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MEET OUR CONTRIBUTORS BILL LOVEGROVE is president of Nan Tien Institute, Australia’s only Buddhist-based higher education provider. Professsor Lovegrove – whose distinguished academic career included a stint as the University of Southern Queensland’s longest serving vice-chancellor – came to the NTI role after studying on campus himself. He spends leisure time keeping fit, by down-hill skiing, cycling, swimming and running. He lives in Wollongong and enjoys spending time with his grandchildren.

CHRIS REID lives in Helensburgh and works in the Australian Museum in Sydney as a research scientist specialising in beetles. His job is a combination of research, teaching or supervising students, and dealing with public enquiries. A NSW government beetle expert, Chris describes his identifying beetles as “a bit like detective work”. “Working on insects means I get to indulge in two favourite pastimes: travel and bushwalking.”

AMANDA DE GEORGE is a naturalist, writer and photographer based in the Northern Illawarra. Her passion lies in discovering interesting critters in urban environments and bringing them to the followers of her Facebook and Instagram page Backyard Zoology. Oh, and adventures and naps and wine; she’s passionate about those things too!

HEATHER EISZELE is a veteran journalist of 35 years experience and was the Editor of 2508 magazine’s precursor, Helensburgh & District News. She currently works from home, offering proofreading and editing services.

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‘JUSTICE AND PROTECTION FOR ALL’ Sarah McKenzie reports on a LGBTIQ+ group advocating for diversity and inclusion in the Illawarra.

representative from Relationships Australia. “We share info on current LGBTIQ + services, events and training, which I find so helpful. This network will grow and become a strong advocacy group for the Illawarra’s LGBTIQ+ community.” In May 2019, ILIN was launched at a colourful IDAHOBIT event, hosted by The Rainbow Underground at Woonona School of Arts. IDAHOBIT is the International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia. This year’s theme was ‘Justice and Protection for All’. The event featured a film screening of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, followed by a Q&A with local LGBTIQ+ people. “The Illawarra has long supported the LGBTIQ+ community,” says Grant Barnes, ILIN representative and local advocate. “I grew up here and have lived locally for over 40 years. I have seen a lot of change in that time. Initiatives like ILIN are so exciting to be a part of. I’m looking forward to continuing to contribute to the community and region I love.” Over the past few months, the ILIN online community has grown to more than 80 members. It hosts face-to-face meetings every six weeks, exchanging information about upcoming events and workshops. “It’s great to see so many people getting involved with ILIN,” says Lisa Tye, ILIN representative and mental health services student. “You don’t need to be queer to join; you can be an ally or advocate.” Together, many people are out, proud and working hard to build a more inclusive Illawarra for our diverse communities! If you would like to get involved, join our Facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/ Illawarra.LGBTIQ.Network 2515

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BACKYARD ZOOLOGY With Amanda De George So I guess we’ll file this one under things you don’t see every day! I love when you drag yourself out, maybe you haven’t been feeling well, or not just feeling ‘it’, but you drag yourself out regardless and the world delivers! And that’s exactly what happened for me on a sunny Sunday in July, down at Sandon Point. It was windy, but not crazy windy like some of the days we had been having where it had actually felt a tad dangerous. A couple of days earlier I had ventured out and actually been blown off my feet and into a rock pool! So, honestly, on this beautiful day I was just relieved that I could stay upright. There were the usual birds around, the stunning great cormorants, their wings spread wide, drying off in the sun and lots of gulls hanging in the wind.

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But you know those moments when you can’t quite believe your eyes? Well, I had one of those that day and thank goodness for some lovely people who were also on the beach and confirmed that they were also seeing what I saw. Because near the shore but in amongst the waves was a lone Black Swan! In the actual ocean! It’s been documented previously and I’ve even seen video of Black Swans surfing the waves in WA but, for me, it was a total first! There are loads of black swans on Lake Illawarra and that’s the sort of habitat that they love, full of vegetation to feed on and perfect for building their nests. But a beautiful lone swan surfing up and over the aqua waves? That’s not so common. I watched for a while as it bobbed around wondering what it was going to do next and after about 15 minutes it took to the air, flying low over the rock shelf and out into the day. You never know what you’re going to find when you’re out and about in the Northern Illawarra. Follow Amanda’s Facebook blog @BackyardZoology 2515


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Being fit is fabulous, but don’t forget to do some safety checks first, writes Dr Paul Theron of Equilibrium Healthcare. Exercise. It’s something a lot of us do, and almost all of us can (and should) do more of! With some poetic licence, here is a quote from Socrates on the matter of exercise: “No citizen has a right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training…what a disgrace it is for a (wo)man to grow old without ever seeing the beauty and strength of which his/her body is capable.”

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HERE ARE SOME OF THE BIG WINS OF REGULAR EXERCISE: Lowers weight and reduces risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, dementia and Alzheimer’s, several types of cancer, and some complications of pregnancy; Better sleep, including improvements in insomnia and obstructive sleep apnoea; Improved cognition, including memory, attention and processing speed; Better bone health and balance, with less risk of injury from falls; Fewer symptoms of depression and anxiety; Better quality of life and sense of overall well-being; and Exercise offers an opportunity to socialise and connect with like-minded people. As a sport-mad nation with tremendous resources for getting outside and staying fit, we should make use of our environment and friends/ family that are active to get exercising, and help us get back to activity if there has been a break due to illness or circumstances. Safety first! First up, let’s check for red flags that might suggest exercise could pose some health risks. 1. Has your doctor ever told you that you have a heart condition? Have you ever suffered a stroke? 2. Do you ever experience unexplained pains or discomfort in your chest at rest or during physical activity? 3. Do you ever feel faint, dizzy or lose balance during physical activity? 4. Have you had an asthma attack requiring immediate medical attention at any time over the last 12 months? 5. If you have diabetes (type 1 or 2) have you had trouble controlling your blood sugar in the last three months?

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6. Do you have any other conditions that may require special consideration for you to exercise? If you answered YES to any of these questions, it is generally recommended that you seek medical advice before starting an exercise program, or have your reintroduction to exercise overseen by an accredited Exercise Physiologist. If you answered NO to all questions, you are generally considered safe to start some form of moderate intensity exercise. Poor health is never a barrier to exercise, but can often be the result of (amongst other things) lack of exercise, and is an opportunity to find new ways to stay active. Come speak to one of our doctors if you have an illness or injury that is slowing you down, or make an appointment with Allira Mercer, our Exercise Physiologist, to guide you in recovery. n Dr Theron’s interests are in sports medicine, preventative care, chronic disease management and office-based surgical procedures. In his spare time, he is a traveller and sportsman who enjoys powerlifting, martial arts, alpine mountaineering and mountain biking. He is a GP at Equilibrium Healthcare in Helensburgh. 2515

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“Events are great motivators, it could be a 5km fun run/ walk, or a half-marathon. Pay for your spot early. Work towards it. You will get there!” – Kate Barter, manager at BURGH, Helensburgh’s Healthy Hub. “Set a goal and work out the steps it is going to take to get there.” – Trevor Kissell, of Trevor Kissell Lifestyle Health & Fitness at Helensburgh Business Park. “Set aside ‘me’ time each week. Enjoy being in the moment – learn to become present with whatever you do.” – Karen McDougall, Yoga Stanwell Park “Summer bodies are made in winter!” – Rodd Parks, Plus Fitness Thirroul “Bring exercise indoors: it can be very tempting to stay warm and rugged up, but there are many ways to stay active and warm indoors, such as Pilates. Partner up: Find a friend to exercise with and establish a routine.” – Lara Samuelsson, The Physio Movement


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Kasia Fulton gives exercise classes at Thirroul Community Centre that will leave you smiling.

Please tell us about yourself. I am a 42-year-old Polish chick, who came to Australia 24 years ago to seek a more fulfilling life with opportunities for personal and professional growth. I wanted a corporate career as well as something that would give me personal satisfaction, a happy place, an initiative that would contribute to the well-being of others. I wanted to be close to people – no doubt I am an extrovert. I worked in banking in various roles and I loved every one of them. After eight years, it was time to change and I took a role in a start-up company. It was a high-pressure job, but extremely fulfilling. After eight years ... I took a redundancy and ran my own business in Stanwell Park. I met beautiful, generous, positive people in the area. I made friendships and contributed to the Stanwell Park and Thirroul communities by way of organising charity events to help two beautiful children and their families. Loved every second of it! I travelled long distances and worked extremely long hours – and I burnt out. Since September 2018 I am back in my element, in the business world. I mentioned earlier that I wanted a ‘happy place’, a passion! I’ve had two: theatre and dance! I have done Polish theatre for four years, but dance is my long-term passion. When I first discovered Zumba, I knew this was my state of joy, Shangri-La for me and, more importantly, for other humans. What brought you to the Illawarra? I moved to the Illawarra over four years ago from Sydney. My husband grew up in Kiama and I spent most of my adult life in Sydney. I was a City chick and extremely sceptical that coastal life was for me. We looked around for a place to buy and within a few days, we came across a perfect house in Windang. Everything about this place was awesome, including five bedrooms. It was meant to

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be! It only took couple of weeks to realise that there is no better place than Illawarra! I love the chilled vibes, amazing and super-friendly people, endless walks on the beach, the space, quirky shops, the markets, easy access and short distance to breathtaking views, ancient and unspoiled walking tracks and creative initiatives for your mind and body. No judgement and no prejudice. How did you get into Zumba? Whilst working in Sydney, I was a member of a local gym. My crazy friend and I used to go to Zumba classes together and had an absolute ball! The classes were great for our bodies and our mental well-being – we met some awesome instructors with real drive, passion and energy; they inspired us, they were our role models, mums with other jobs, people like us. One day, it just clicked for both of us, we set ourselves the goal to become Zumba instructors. It seemed impossible and almost silly at the time, but we followed through and did it! I am now licensed to teach Zumba, Zumba Toning, Aqua Zumba, Zumba Gold, Zumba Gold Toning, Zumba Kids & Kids Junior. I currently teach in three locations: Thirroul, Kiama, Lake Illawarra and I have a plan to open another class soon. My classes are fun and a little different from the standard Zumba format as I put together 50% of my routines – I love to express myself and give the best outcome to my participants, the optimum physical workout, as well as optimum fun! It’s a continuous improvement process. As I always say, steps and coordination are not important, these come with time, the number one objective is to move to the music and express yourself, challenge yourself each time, get yourself out of your comfort zone, have ‘me’ time, dance like your doctor is watching!


FITNESS / SPECIAL FEATURE What does a class involve? Colombian dancer and choreographer Alberto Pérez created Zumba as an exercise fitness program in the 1990s. A Zumba class combines fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body using principles from aerobic and fitness to achieve cardio and muscle-toning benefits. In every Zumba lesson four core rhythms are always present: merengue, salsa, cumbia and reggaeton. There are six other official rhythms that might be incorporated: belly dance, flamenco, tango, samba, soca and quebradita and more blended rhythms or original. The classes are of varied impact and intensity: my Zumba Gold class in Kiama, for example, is low-impact and low-intensity, great for active older adults. At each Zumba class, I show variations of the moves, so participants can do the more difficult or less-challenging option, or switch between the two. Zumba is for Everyone!! The class goes for 60 minutes and it has three elements: warm-up, core and cool-down. It’s important that participants attend the entire class for maximum benefits. If someone is attending the class for the first time, I speak to them about their level of fitness, health and get to know them. There is also a one-off form to be completed. There is no ongoing commitment, participants can pay as they attend. There is no membership fee either. What should someone wear to a Zumba class? Participants should wear comfortable clothing (preferably sports) and joggers must be worn. Bring a small towel and a bottle of water. If you are not smiling at the beginning of the class, I guarantee you’ll leave the class with a smile and a feeling of accomplishment! What are the rewards? Some of the possible known benefits include: • improved condition of your heart and lungs • increased muscular strength, endurance and motor fitness • increased aerobic fitness • improved muscle tone and strength • weight management • stronger bones and reduced risk of osteoporosis • better coordination, agility and flexibility • improved balance and spatial awareness • increased physical confidence • improved mental functioning • improved general and psychological well-being • greater self-confidence and self-esteem • better social skills and new friendships. n Kasia Fulton gives Zumba classes at Thirroul Community Centre on Tuesdays, 7-8pm. Contact her via 0418 683 235 or klania.zumba.com 2515

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Deb at Collins Booksellers Thirroul suggests some titles to help raise your fitness levels as spring approaches: • Training for the Uphill Athlete by House, Johnston & Jornet The ultimate guide to extreme fitness. • The A-List Diet & Fitness Plan by Luke Zocchi Meals & workouts from Chris Hemsworth’s trainer. • Fit Mama by Belinda Norton Easy post-baby exercises, recipes & tips for mental well-being. • 365 ways to be FITTER by Claire Chamberlain Tiny tips… one for each day of the year. • Yoga for Everyone by Dianne Bondy Exactly what it professes… a yoga book for everyone. Plus, to get the whole family involved, we have lots of easy, colourful Yoga for Kids books. 2515

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How do you stay physically fit? Swimming, riding and running/triathlons. And mentally fit? Mindfulness meditation. My exercise may also be a form of mindfulness meditation. When did you start exercising? At primary school. When did you start practising mindfulness? About 14 years ago. What are your favourite forms of exercise? Swimming is most mindful and enjoyable. And mindfulness techniques? Simple breathing meditation, focussing on air through the nose. What’s your diet like? Very balanced across the food groups with very little sugar or processed food. Where do you like to train? Riding north to Bald Hill and beyond, Mt Keira and to Kiama. Running through Puckey’s Reserve. Swimming in the Uni pool in winter and in Belmore Basin in summer. How does it make you feel afterwards? Normally relaxed and happy. And how do you feel if you are unable to practice? Much less happy and relaxed. A little edgy. How do you tie in mindfulness with exercise? And why? It is really enjoyable during exercise to focus on a particular aspect of movement at any one time. For example, in swimming, focus on each stroke or, in riding, focus on each pedal turn. What other things do you like to spend your time doing that supports your mental and physical health? Spending time with friends and family, especially grandchildren. We all take part in Wollongong’s annual Aquathon together and I recently cycled from Canberra to Wollongong with one of my grandchildren, which was wonderful. What’s your next challenge? My next physical challenge will be the Australian Age Group Triathlon Titles. What one small thing could someone start today that could make a big difference tomorrow? Five minutes of meditation a day. 2515


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Do you need a jack hammer, an extension ladder or a tin of paint? Want to sew clothing, hand-make pasta or throw an outdoor party in the shade of a gazebo? Or simply enjoy a work-out on the lawn with a push-mower? Now you can have it all, with none of the consumer guilt, thanks to Bulli’s new Make-Do Library of Things, which aims to reduce landfill through sharing resources. Pay an annual membership fee of $80 (or $22 per quarter), then borrow what you need from a library of over 100 things, from camping gear to kitchen gadgets. The Make-Do Library of Things is a not-forprofit association, powered by volunteers and donations. It’s open Thursday evenings (5-7pm) and Saturday mornings (9am-noon). You can borrow items for a week at a time. It was founded by Austinmer bee keeper Andrea Persico, a mother of two young girls, Nina and Luisa, who moved to the Illawarra seven years ago. “I’m a bit of a doer,” says Andrea, looking comfortable with a power tool, while 2515’s photographer snaps away. “I’m more of a crafter, but I’m always really happy to learn how to do stuff. “The Library of Things is an idea that I had floating around for years and years. “I wanted to do something about the climate crisis. At home I buy most everything second hand, repair things, cook from scratch, but there’s this whole category of things that we don’t need often, and it occurred to me that everyone has a bunch of these things floating around. “It’s about sustainability. We need to change our relationship with stuff.

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‘I wanted to do something about the climate crisis. We need to change our relationship with stuff.’

“If there’s one drill for 20 households instead of 20 drills we’re reducing a lot of stuff that’s in the world and the packaging and the manufacture and shipping and storage of that, so it’s better for the environment. “Also, it’s encouraging mending and DIY and the reuse of items. It’s sustainable. “It’s great for individuals because you’re saving money by not buying the thing and you also don’t need to store it.” Launched at a party to be attended by Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery on Saturday, 27 July, the Make-Do Library of Things has about 100 things in stock and more would be welcome. “We accept donations of good quality stuff, but we don’t borrow things from people; we need to have ownership. “We want to have a popcorn maker. And a chocolate fountain. My daughter’s eyes lit up at this. She didn’t know there was such a thing. What wonders there are in the world… “We hope to get a jumping castle as well. Ikea cups: we’re going to have a tub of those that we can lend out so you’re not using disposables at parties.” Andrea let her idea for a Library of Things simmer until March 2019. “I put a survey online to see if people would use a service like our library. I had 200 replies in 24 hours. And about 80 people saying, ‘I want to volunteer for this as well. I want to help you make this happen.’ “People were really emphatically supportive of the idea. So I just kept taking the natural next step and organised to get together with all the people

who had wanted to volunteer … now we have nearly 1000 likes on the Facebook page and 30 very active volunteers and we have this amazing space.” The Make-Do Library is set in a couple of old garages behind the old Bulli Bowling Club at 222 Princes Highway. Bulli BC Proprietary Ltd owns the land, which may one day be developed, Andrea says. “In the meantime, they have very generously given us use of this garage.” It began as a borrowing place. “And then we said, ‘Well, it also makes sense to have a space where people can come together and use things.’ I’ve got a bunch of sewing machines, so we hope to have Mend-Ins, where people can come and bring your mending basket and sit and have a cup of tea as well.” The idea builds on global trends – such as the Slow Movement, Repair Cafes and a revival of interest in learning traditional crafts. “We are familiar with the concept of the maker space,” Andrea says. “This takes it a step further and asks, what about all the other stuff that we need? And then, it also opens up opportunities for those who might not have the space and the money to buy a bunch of tools.” Graffiti artist Kane ‘Trait’ Horspool has painted a stunning mural of white egrets on the exterior. Inside, volunteers have knocked down a crumbling wall and plan to use donated timber to put up a new one, with a door opening to a DIY workspace. “We hope with this DIY space that perhaps we’re going to run a few classes around sustainable living, maybe having a workshop on electric bikes or composting or mending, that kind of stuff. It’s an

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important part of the sustainability movement too – being happy with what we can do and what we’ve got. It’s great to be able to repair things. “My seven-year-old is very excited about this. It’s awesome how kids really get the concept. They start making lists and things they want in the library. She wants to have classes with kids.” Volunteers come from all walks of life. “We’ve got retirees, we’ve got high-income earners, people who are running companies, and long-term unemployed people who live in housing commission. It’s a fantastic spread of people. “What I’m working on right now is a membership drive. And we’re trying to sort out a major power tool sponsor.” Borrowing is easy online. “Log onto the website (www.make-do.com.au) for the full catalogue and reserve an item. You can pick it up on a Thursday evening or Saturday morning, keep it for a week and then bring it back. The bringing back is really important.” (Library fines may be introduced to encourage borrowers to return items on time.) “The extension ladder was the first item that was loaned out – we had somebody who came by on our donation day. He dropped off something and was like, ‘oh yeah, I need a ladder’, then joined up on the spot. He was our first member and our first borrower, Paul Hall.” Two books have been inspirational in setting up this community project: The Art of Frugal Hedonism and Lost Connections, by Johann Hari. “That one was a huge inspiration for me – about

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how depression is largely caused not by a chemical imbalance, but by our lost connection to meaningful work and meaningful relationships. “We have this incredibly isolated existence, where we have a lot of messages about dangers thrown at us through the media. And it’s no wonder everyone’s depressed. We don’t have the support networks that we used to have, we don’t go and borrow a cup of sugar from a neighbour. “I read that book and realised we could do this thing [the library], and if done right could solve a lot of our problems. Individually, as a community and as an environment in crisis. “Another great book is The Art of Frugal Hedonism, which says if you’re living frugally, there’s a huge number of choices that you can make that are so much more fun. And more sustainable.” Andrea’s day job is as a bee keeper. “I love the bees. I think scientists are really just discovering the benefits of real honey.” This includes honey’s super bacterial properties in healing sores. “I use it for nappy rash now. “And then bees as pollinators are so important.” Andrea learned how to keep bees in Italy, where she met her husband, Beppe. “In Florence, we had a tour company. We did tours in vintage Fiat 5000 cars. We took people around to wine tasting, that kind of stuff. That was fun, but in the off season, in winter, there wasn’t a lot of tourism. So I did a bee-keeping course. “When we moved back to Australia, I got one hive and then, with a three-month-old child, I decided what I really needed to do was expand my bee-keeping operation.” Now known as the Austinmer Beekeeper, Andrea runs a business that’s literally buzzing. “I teach bee keeping, I sell honey and I’m also starting to make some balms with essential oils.” All this, two children and now a Make-Do Library of Things? “It’s been a whirlwind few months,” she says, laughing. “Luckily the bees hibernate in winter… “We’re also in the running to open a space in Port Kembla. It’s together with Paul Hellier, a local activist, the Fair Food Forager. He’s setting up a bulk food store in Port Kembla, and will then have a Library of Things as part of that. That’s in the running for a NSW My Community grant.” The Illawarra is home to an increasingly sustainably minded community. “We’ve got a really great place for people who are interested in these things and because our way of life is a little bit slower, I think that people have the time to take in a concept like a Library of Things. “I’d love it if every street had one. Every street in the world. One day, we’ll get there!” Visit www.make-do.com.au 2515


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STORAGE CENTRE OPENS The new HBP + Storage centre is the final stage of Andy Offord Contracting’s Cemetery Road development. 2508 reports. Set in a secure, gated complex at 29 Cemetery Road, HBP + Storage opened on July 1 with 100 units ranging in size, from something you could park a truck in, to a large wardrobe. Its first clients were, fittingly, a couple attracted to Helensburgh who needed short-term storage during their move. The new storage centre marks the final stage in the Cemetery Road development by Andy Offord’s AO Contracting. “It’s a bit of a dream come true for Andy,” said Christie Peters, property and business manager at AO Contracting. “This has been in the pipeline since about 2015. He’s pretty much completed the whole street now.” About 10 years ago, the Otford developer bought four acres of land zoned light industrial on the western side of Cemetery Road and started work on a development that would boost local business. AO Contracting put in power, water, sewerage and built 39 factories in three stages. Today, Helensburgh Business Park is full, home to a range of companies, including mechanics, filmmakers, tech innovators and Crawchy’s swim school. “It’s gone really well,” Andy said. “The good thing is we’ve got mainly owneroccupiers, which is very rare. Mostly, people from Helensburgh bought them. That’s good because people stay in Helensburgh then. “I always wanted the street to have that sort of metal, corrugated iron feel. For this one (HBP + Storage), we changed it a little bit because we wanted this to be really sealed, we didn’t want any dust in here. It still looks pretty good.” Designed in-house to Andy’s vision by Kate Lynch, the new HBP + Storage complex is a two-storey concrete building with a clean, modern look – walls in monument grey, electric garage doors in bright yellow. It’s also designed to make storage easily accessible, secure and private.

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“We’ve got a whole new style of storage,” Christie said. “There’s nothing like this in the area. We are going to be quite competitive in our pricing. Unlike at some centres, units are separated by walls, not chain-wire, to provide privacy. “We’ll be a cheaper option than Sydney, and there’s less traffic,” Christie said. Security measures include cameras in the main building, unique pin codes for the front gate and individual units, all of which will be alarmed. There is drive-in access to groundfloor units and a turning bay for vehicles. Trolleys will be supplied to help clients move items. A large lift – like one you’d wheel luggage onto at an airport – gives easy access to upstairs units. Boxes, bubble-wrap and padlocks (coded or with keys) will be sold on-site. HBP + Storage will have 105 units in total, sized from 1.5m x 2m up to 10m x 3m. “The big enterprise units – we’ve got 12 of them – they are going to be really good for tradies, maybe for a plumber who wants to keep his gear here,” Christie said. Smaller container-style units could suit someone who wants to clear out their garage (so they can actually park their car in it), or store motorbikes, sporting or camping gear. A local society has even expressed interest in document storage. “If somebody came along and needed something sensitive stored, we could potentially accommodate them. Say they wanted refrigeration panels, we could convert one – we are open to doing things like that. Whatever your storage needs, we can accommodate it,” Christie said. AO Contracting is now set to start work further south. “We’re going to Port Kembla,” Andy said. “In Wentworth Street, we’ve bought a 1940s dance hall. We’re going to do that up as an events space.” n For more information, call 4294 1076 or visit www.hbpstorage.com.au 2515


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stirfried with soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic and chilli. The fennel is also beautiful when it’s roasted with balsamic vinegar. Cauliflower is great in so many ways and my kids love it, Cauliflower puree, roasted cauliflower, add it to your curry or soup, or just eat it raw. It’s Wow, winter is truly here! The such a versatile vegetable. If you have access to a recent wind and rain have dehydrator, cut the stem really thinly and reminded us all to rug up on our way to the farm. Once there, we are dehydrate it, it makes a mean crisp. And as a Swede, I got particularly excited when safely sheltered by the Banner grass the swede was ready for harvest, few things are that we have planted around the more Swedish or remind me more of my childhood edge of the farm to shelter our plants and trees than root mash. Traditionally root mash is served from the wind. Although the recent weather has with corned beef or ham hock, which reminds me, still created some challenges for us. our free-range pork and lamb is now available for Su Meh, one of our farmhands, shook her head pre-order on our website. when I saw her last week and said: “Last week when we were working the soil and clearing the patches, we didn’t want all that rain (as it created a ROOT MASH 500g swede lot of mud) and this week, when we finally got the new seeds in, we don’t want the wind, but would 1 large carrot love some rain.” 300g floury potatoes It’s hard work running a 10-acre chemical-free 1 tbsp butter farm, with rotating crops and only three farmhands. They do an amazing and very METHOD labour-intensive job, and not one day looks the 1. Peel the vegetables. Cut into large evenly sized pieces. same at the Green Connect farm. Over the school holidays, we have hosted a number of farm tours 2. Place swede into a saucepan and cover with lightly salted and it’s been lovely to have curious kids at the farm. water or stock. Bring to the boil and simmer for about It amazes me how knowledgeable and clued up 30 minutes. most of them are. It’s such a lovely way to spend a 3. Add the carrots and simmer for another 10 minutes. morning on the farm. In fact, there have been so many requests to come and see the farm, Cal and I 4. Add the potatoes and let everything boil together for have created some workshops and tours available about 15 minutes, until the potatoes are soft, without throughout spring and summer. We’re looking disintegrating. forward to sharing our knowledge and experience 5. Drain the vegetables but keep some of the stock. with you all. Check out our website for details. I’m very excited to see all our winter veg bulging 6. Mash the potatoes with a potato masher Add butter and out of the ground. Broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, a little of the reserved stock until you have the consistency fennel and swede. They make for such great staples of mash. Season with salt and pepper. in your winter diet. Lately, I’ve been enjoying raw cabbage, thinly sliced with fennel and a tangy vinaigrette, or rolled To order a box of vegies fresh from the farm, visit www.green-connect-vegbox.com.au. 2515 up into cabbage rolls filled with pork mince, or By Green Connect’s Fair Food Coordinator Kristin Watson

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ASK BOHMER Q: I’m worried about the health of one of my trees. What should I do?

We recently received a call from the SES to say that a branch from a Liquid Amber Tree had fallen into someone’s granny flat during the wild winds earlier this year. Luckily no one was hurt, however, we removed a branch that had fallen over the top of a stainedglass roof and, thanks to more meticulous work by the team, no glass was broken. The image shows the recovered branch. Once snapped, we could see inside how weak it was – it would have been impossible to see this with the naked eye. It has two relatively equal sized parts (branches) sharing one primary section, with the white wood ‘holding’ the wood yet the black wood representing ‘dead’ wood, as there’s no actual vascular connection. The brown in the centre of the end of the wood shows it’s slowly dying. Considering that this white ‘healthy’ wood area is all that was holding up this beast of a tree

weighing around a tonne and half, it’s no wonder that it snapped! Give me a call if you’re worried about the health of your trees, particularly coming into the wild Winter weather and let’s keep our homes, families and communities safe. n Email Bohmer at info@bohmerstreecare.com.au or call 0432 789 530. 2515

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Below: The author in a grazed untreated meadow on the edge of Dartmoor (purple blobs = ragged robin). Photo: Safrina Thristiawati.

BEETLING ABOUT With Helensburgh entomologist Dr Chris Reid, a research scientist specialising in beetles at the Australian Museum.

(e.g. wattlebirds, orchids, bees, jellyfish) or habitat (peatswamp, rockpool, rainforest) and work them up so that they are familiar, then keep notes, do repeated visits to sites, share the observations. One of the most obvious reasons for insect decline in the UK is loss of habitat diversity, with much of traditional pasturage disappearing and being ‘improved’ by ploughing, fertilising, seeding and spraying. That uniform bright-green colour is actually rather sickly. Traditional pasture, untreated and grazed by cattle, is still impressively diverse, but such places are often unsustainably small islands. These areas were the best for my collecting. Here in coastal NSW our local pastures are artificial, formed from forest clearance and seeding with exotic grasses. More similar to the UK meadows are infrequently burnt woodlands, with rich and diverse understorey and the occasional wallaby. These might be suitable places for long-term monitoring. Tumbling flower beetles are common in such places, as they sit on flowers feeding on pollen. In the UK there are just 17 species but here in Australia we have at least 150 and nobody is working on them. Where am I heading? Well, mass insect extinction is a hot topic now but the data are mostly from the UK. Let’s find out what’s happening here.

I’m back from a holiday in the UK where, naturally enough, I spent a lot of time collecting or observing insects. It was the beginning of summer, so the prime time for flowers and insects, so heaps Have a question for Chris? about if you know where to look. Email editor@2515mag.com.au. 2515 The UK is one of the primary sources for information on changes in insect distribution and numbers, all based on the long-term recording schemes set up 50 years ago and relatively intense collecting and study for the past 200 years. Global warming? Well, four different species of dragonfly, all southern and Central European, have established in the UK in the last 12 years. These are not species that are carried about by humans. Asian hornets established in 2016, from France. Every year insect species new for the UK are discovered Above: A large tumbling flower beetle found in the in the southern counties. And my collecting, in Illawarra (length 15mm). Photo: Steven Chu. south-west Scotland, turned up several southern Below: A diverse, occasionally burnt, heathy woodland species that were unknown in Scotland 50 years near Seal Rocks (purple blobs = Boronia). ago. Concurrently, northern insect species are declining. Whether climate change or not, there is evidence for massive change and in general it is loss of species. It was alarming to me to find that many species of birds common up to 20 years ago have disappeared and the list is increasing. I mention all this because similar changes are certainly happening here but are not well documented. Discovering them requires long-term monitoring and observation by the informed public, hopefully including you. If you have an interest in nature, I suggest you pick a reasonably easily observed and small enough group

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CHAINSAW ART

Welsh sculptor Adam Humphreys carves with a chainsaw. He’s a third-generation woodsman. He loves horses. And he’s coming to October’s Festival of Wood! Sue Fagan reports. Sculpture in wood is a continuing theme for the Illawarra Festival of Wood, with the 2019 event proud to be hosting Adam Humphreys, a self-taught chainsaw sculptor from the UK who now bases himself between NSW and New Zealand. A love of timber is in Adam’s blood. A thirdgeneration woodsman, he grew up working on the family farm and its adjoining woodland, labouring alongside his father planting and felling trees. Adam began his wood sculpture journey when he began carving the trees that he had felled on his family farm at just 18. His specialty is animals, particularly horses, which always impresses those who interact with his work. Do you have a piece of work you would like Adam to work on, just for you? Adam is currently accepting commissions that can be delivered or developed while he is here for the festival, so if you have a personal query or request, please email illawarrafestivalofwood@ gmail.com.

Early bird tickets for the 2019 Festival of Wood are now on sale, so don’t miss out on this special event for the family. Details/book at illawarrafestivalofwood.com. 2515

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Photos: Unicorn Studios & the Illawarra Choral Society

Local members of the Illawarra Choral Society, from left to right: Maia Van Duin, Helen Whelan, Mary Alice Lee, Libby Gentle, Ann Duffy, Anna Baxter-Rose, Margaret Stratton.

JOIN THE CHOIR

Can you sing and read music? The Illawarra Choral Society needs you! 2515 reports. Singing in a choir is good for body and soul, with studies crediting it with everything from lowering blood pressure to beating the blues. “The health benefits of singing in a choir are really fantastic,” says Illawarra Choral Society member Libby Gentle (who many locals will also know as the owner of Thirroul store Fundamentals for Living). “Once a choir starts singing, the energy in the room is amazing. And when you’re in it, it’s like a giant breathing organism making one sound. It’s a really joyous experience.” Founded in 1947, the Illawarra Choral Society currently has about 80 members. It’s for people of all ages, from 18 to 80, from uni students to new parents to retirees. Libby is keen to attract more members from the northern suburbs. “It’s a fabulous choir, it’s incredibly professional. But so many people, particularly up here, are unaware that it exists.” Libby found the society after a random web search. “I was quite amazed that I had never heard of it because I’ve lived here a long time, about 30 years. And I only joined the choir last year

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because I wanted to have a sing but I didn’t know where to go. “We’d love more people to come and sing with us. We like people to come who have got a good voice and can read music. “At a concert, we’ll usually have at least 65 to 70 people performing. We’ve performed in schools, old people’s homes, in the streets, you name it.” Rehearsals are held at the University of Wollongong on Monday nights, from 7.30-10pm, with local singers organising car pools. “The conductor is Meryl Jackson-Kew, she is a teacher and has an Order of Australia for her contributions to music. “Everyone leaves with a big smile on their face. You come in after your day of work with a frown and by the end of the rehearsal everyone’s smiling and happy. “Rehearsals are great, and then you get to perform with an orchestra. We often have sopranos and baritones and basses and tenors come down from Sydney, from the Conservatorium, from the Opera Company, to perform with the choir,


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to do the solos. So they’re of a very high standard.” The choir gives three major performances a year: at Easter, midwinter and Christmas. The winter concert is generally a more light-hearted affair – this year’s Sprig of Thyme show on August 17 will include folk songs arranged by John Rutter. In May, the society performed Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, “a difficult piece of work”, Libby says. “It’s challenging and makes your brain go too, so from that point of view too, it’s good for you. Singing the major works is a great challenge. It’s very stimulating to get it right. Very awful when you get it wrong. “The Christmas show this year will be The Messiah at the Town Hall. We love singing The Messiah, that’s just extraordinary.” Libby finds being in the choir uplifting on many levels. “Physically filling up the lungs and giving forth is really good for you. It gets all your blood full of oxygen. “And sitting amongst a whole group of people who are like-minded and they’re all enjoying the same moment – it’s very good for your soul. “Anyone who sings in the shower knows that singing is good for your soul,” she adds, laughing. Libby has made many new friends through the choir. It is about 75% women (“we need more men”) and many are retirees. “We have heaps of

Guest soloist Sarah Ampil (winner of the 2016 Sydney Eisteddfod Joan Sutherland Memorial Award) at May’s performance.

sopranos and a couple of women in the tenors too. The choir itself is mostly older and partly I think that’s because not enough younger people are aware of it to come in and fill the ranks.” No experience is required (“just a love of singing”) but you do need to be able to read music. Don’t worry if you haven’t done this since your school days, Libby says. “You’d pick it up in a minute. I just think that it would be good for more people to have a sing.” n To join, visit illawarrachoralsociety.org or find Illawarra Choral Society on Facebook. 2515

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them. We can go slow instead of loading up our day with speedy stresses and finally we can stop to smell the seaweed.

ON BOARD WITH SURFRIDER By Coledale’s Susie Crick, chair of Surfrider Foundation Australia.

Hey, ocean lovers! We have the best of everything in 2515; we have the beautiful strip of blue ocean on one side, and the mighty green escarpment on the other! To quote Sylvia Earle, marine biologist and explorer: “No water, no life. No blue, no green.” Sylvia will speak at the National Maritime Museum in Darling Harbour, on Tuesday August 13th. I hope you can join me and be inspired. Last month, almost 1000 concerned ocean lovers travelled to Minnamurra to oppose sand-mining proposals that could devastate two iconic surf breaks,‘Mystics’ and ‘the Farm’. It was heartwarming to see so many people gather for environmental and marine issues. There are proposals like this all over our beautiful sunburnt country. It’s up to each of us to start shifting our habits, our homes, schools and work place, as well as our conversations, to look after our planet. As a society we are shifting away from our linear (wasteful) model that promotes convenience, to a circular economy that is based on three principles: 1) design things properly so that they don’t create waste or pollution, 2) reuse products and materials after their initial and subsequent use, and 3) regenerate natural systems where products are compatible with nature. How can we change things around our house, our community and our workplace? We can start by eliminating plastic and eradicating waste wherever possible. Buy local. Walk, skate or cycle. We can re-use or fix items instead of replacing

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GROMFEST Surfrider is excited to announce our partnership with Surfing NSW and are thrilled that they will support our GROMFESTs. Our junior surf comps have been a fantastic way for young surfers to get involved in our organisation whilst having fun competing and cleaning the beach with their Boardriders club. We have held four events and the surfing industry has been really supportive by providing prizes and sponsoring events. We want to thank the Piping Hot surf brand for coming on as a naming rights sponsor for our next event on Sunday, August 18. We are looking for a Boardriders club who wants to host it so if your Boardrider club is willing to host, please text 0412 009 385 with your details. OCEAN FRIENDLY CAFES

Is your favourite cafe certified Surfrider’s OCEAN FRIENDLY? Our program is the perfect solution for food and beverage businesses to eliminate single-use plastics. After focussing on cafes, restaurants, shops, markets, we are now starting on school canteens. If your school is ready to eliminate unnecessary plastics, email me at southcoastnsw@surfrider.org.au. VOLUNTEERS WANTED We are seeking professionals who would like to offer their services pro bono to mentor our UOW and overseas interns. If you know of anyone who would like to get involved and has a particular skill like grant writing, film, or photography, please email us at southcoastnsw@surfrider.org.au VOTE FOR SURFRIDER!

Surfrider has put in a community grant for ‘drain buddies’ to capture waste in our drains before it flows out to sea in the Australian Ethical Superannuation Community Grants competition. Please vote for SURFRIDER. You can only vote for one, so put your tick next to Australia’s volunteer-based and oldest marine environment defender. Vote at www.australianethical.com.au/ community-grants/ and scroll to the bottom of the web page to find Surfrider. 2515


WHAT DOES CLIMATE CHANGE MEAN FOR AUSTRALIA’S COASTS AND OCEANS?

UOW invites readers to the 2019 Allan Sefton Memorial Lecture at 5.30pm on Friday, 16 August. Location: Building 43.G01. The late Allan Sefton was well known to residents of the Illawarra and further afield for his work as a naturalist and conservator of the local environment. In recognition of his contributions to environmental science in the Illawarra region, the Allan Sefton Memorial Lecture was established in 1993 and is a public occasion where a distinguished Australian scientist speaks on a topic of wide environmental interest. The guest speaker for this year will be Dr Gretta Pecl (pictured), Director of the Centre for Marine Socioecology at the University of Tasmania, who will deliver a lecture titled “What does climate change mean for Australia’s coasts and oceans?” The lecture will discuss some of the climate-driven changes occurring in our oceans, including locally. Dr Pecl will finish with a citizen science example of how Australians – including you – can become involved in marine research and help us better understand the implications of climate change in our local seas. Light refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the lecture. For further event details, please visit: uow.info/seals. 2515

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DEVIL OF A TIME

Symbio’s conservation work continues, with staff helping out at Aussie Ark, Jessica Harris reports. One of Symbio’s main conservation projects is actively supporting the work of Aussie Ark. Aussie Ark is committed to creating a long-term future for the threatened wildlife in Australia including Tasmanian Devils, Eastern Brown Bandicoots, Quolls, Potoroos and Parma Wallabies to name a few. This month two Symbio staff members travelled to Aussie Ark in Barrington Tops in northern NSW, where they provided assistance in cleaning, maintenance, food preparation, as well as health checks, movements and genetic testing preparing

LIFEOLOGY With Terri Ayliffe.

Life is often simpler than we think. Humans have wonderful minds. What differentiates us from other species is our ability to imagine. Through this capability we create myths, art and literature and, sometimes, to our own detriment, we perceive living to be more complicated than it is. It is said our reasoning determines our quality of living and I would agree with that. Situations can be tough but we can make them worse by our thinking styles. It is our expectations, how we see ourselves in the circumstance. If we believe we should be able to control experiences and see ourselves in a negative light because we can’t, that adds to the situation. Our thinking can often follow this line: High expectations = negative evaluations of the situation and ourselves within it.

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the Devils for the upcoming breeding season. On average a Tasmanian Devil will only survive for up to eight years in captivity and can breed up until five or six years of age. In 2018, Symbio was lucky enough to support the program by raising two juvenile Tasmanian Devils, who have now been transferred to Aussie Ark and will be a part of the breeding program next season. In 2019, Aussie Ark has bred 69 Tasmanian Devil Joeys. These Joeys will add to the current Devil population of 150 at Aussie Ark, further contributing to efforts to build a captive insurance population on the Australian mainland, free from Devil facial tumour disease. If you would like to help support the efforts of Aussie Ark or to learn more about how you can help make a difference, visit us at Symbio or go to www.devilark.org.au. Donations can also be made at various businesses in Helensburgh. If you would like to be considered as a donation point please contact Symbio. 2515

Negative self-evaluation = Decrease in self-worth, elevated anxiety and depressive thoughts Increase in need for control = Increased expectations. We find ourselves caught in a loop. What if we lowered our expectations by accepting that we have limited control over life’s events and we understood that we do the very best we can, and we accept life will be difficult and we learn to flow and work at finding peace, rather than happiness? We improve our experience even though we can’t improve our circumstances. Sometimes, all we need to do to improve our experience is to talk and get a reflection on our perspective. With this in mind, I will conduct workshops based on my articles from Sept 2019. Follow @lifeology1 on Facebook to find out location and times. I look forward to sharing my experience with you and learning from yours. I can be contact me on 0431 488 914 or by email on terriayliffe@gmail.com. If you would prefer a private session, please contact me. n Read more of Terri’s work at https://lifeology.blog 2515


Turning point in real estate and finance BY IAN PEPPER The federal election in May this year was most likely the catalyst for the turning point in the real estate market. The possibility of Labor being elected was high and their policies were overall considered negative for the property market. However, a surprise election win by the Coalition was the start of some positive news in the market. This was closely followed by further positive news with two interest rate cuts and weakening lending standards by the government regulator. The Reserve Bank of Australia cut the official cash rate by 0.25% in June and again by another 0.25% in July. This leaves the cash rate at a staggering low of 1%. However, this is not the rate used by lenders and lending rates have generally fallen to around 3.5%-4.5%. The interest rate at which lenders assess loan applications was then amended by the regulator. Lenders were required to assess loan applications at 7% or more, but this was removed

and replaced with a requirement to assess loans with a buffer of 2.5% above the actual rate being applied for by the borrower. Generally, this added borrowing capacity to most situations. So what has this meant for the real estate market in 2508? At Ray White Helensburgh we have noted a definite increase in buyers interested in purchasing anywhere from Helensburgh to Thirroul. More popular properties get a lot of interest and sell for good prices, some in line with the market highs of late 2017. In the coming months more properties are likely to test the market and we will see if the positive events from the finance perspective flow through to positive news for real estate prices.  Ian Pepper is a finance and real estate professional. Originally trained as a Chartered Accountant in 1995, he has worked in Sydney and London. Ian has an MBA from Macquarie Graduate School of Management and is now selling real estate with Ray White Helensburgh. He also volunteers with local groups, including P&Cs, sports clubs and business chambers.

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VET AT WORK With Dr Matt O’Donnell. This month: Maverick Gets a Raw Deal.

Maverick is an extremely cute little rescue puppy that was lucky to begin a new life with a local family. Five days later, after implanting himself into the hearts of the whole family, Maverick developed an acute episode of repeated vomiting and diarrhoea. It was getting very late at night and things were looking grim so his new family called up our dedicated vet Sarah, who came in to check him out. Maverick was treated with drugs for nausea and with fluids for dehydration. He responded temporarily but a day later things really took a turn for the worse. His vomiting become persistent and no drug we used seemed to help. The family were beside themselves with worry and we had to admit him for intravenous fluids and medication. We feared something nasty such as parvovirus which can be fatal to such young puppies who are yet to be fully vaccinated. Fortunately the test was negative, yet his condition deteriorated. What to do but to continue with the care he was getting, from which he was just holding on. Had he eaten something he shouldn’t have? Possibly, he loves to chew his toys and practically anything he can get his teeth into. We took x-rays and did an ultrasound. Nothing showed up except we could see that his whole gastrointestinal system had shut down, nothing was moving. This could be from a blockage or severe infection. We did not want to leave it to chance but referral was a long way away and would cause further delay and expense, as costs were mounting. We decided to go in and take a look. The surgery proved conclusive, nothing was stuck, everything has just shut down with severe infection. Maverick just had to hold on with the medical care until hopefully he responded. Cases like this are really challenging for everyone, the family, our staff and most of all for Maverick. Our staff so much into keeping him going, we collaborated with each other, the specialist and pathologist by phone in an attempt to find out what was wrong and what to do. In the meantime we did everything in our power to keep him alive. Dr Sarah deserves a special mention here as she put in long hours, came back at night and through the weekend to make sure he had the best chance of survival. Finally, after a week of toiling, Maverick started to pull through. This story has a happy ending as Maverick is now fully recovered, loving life with his new family.

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Towards the end of his stay with us we received some results showing he was suffering from salmonella. This is a food poisoning bacteria that most commonly comes from eating raw or off meat. It is especially found in raw chicken. There is a fashion these days to feed our dogs and cats raw meat because it is considered more ‘natural’. Maverick was recommended this diet by a well-meaning dog carer and his family dutifully fed him raw chicken wings and beef bones. One of the consequences of this can be contracting a nasty gut infection and this is even more likely in young animals with a naive immune system. Our advice is to cook any meat before feeding it to your dog or cat, they will still get the full nutritional value without risking a nasty gut infection or worse. And definitely don’t feed them cooked bones. n Northern Illawarra Veterinary Hospital is at 332 Princes Highway, Bulli. Phone 4238 8575. 2515


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It’s on Sunday, August 25 – so dust off your pastry cutters and start practising! Darkes Glenbernie Orchard’s Jo Fahey reports. Think you have what it takes to become a pie champion? Or do you just like eating apple pie? Entries and ticket sales are now open for 2019’s event, with categories for men, women and junior apple pie, or crumble, bakers! Get stuck in and give it a go. Judging will be on appearance, crust, apple filling and overall flavour. It could be a family effort and what a great thing to do with the kids and build some life-long memories! NEED TO KNOW – APPLE PIE BAKE-OFF DAY 2019 • It is on 25 August. • A full day of entertainment, 9.30am until 4pm. • Save $$$! Early-bird tickets available until August 11 will include a bonus Darkes Cider of your choice. • Pre-purchase your take-home pie online to ensure you don’t miss out! • On the day – Eat apple pie and wood-fired pizza till you drop! Sit and relax on the lawn, sip some cider and listen to unplugged music while the kids enjoy the jumping castle or play lawn games. Go on a blossom-tour tractor ride! • Have fun and participate in the winning pie auction! • Trophies for winning entries. • Entries and ticket sales open now… For tickets, ordering and entries go to www.darkes.com.au or the Glenbernie Orchard Facebook page! The Apple Pie Bake-Off Day is a fundraiser in support of the Country Women’s Association (CWA) of Stanwell Park. 2515 Cheers to Pie Day! Early bird tickets get bonus Darkes cider. Buy now: www.darkes.com.au

ORDER YOUR PIE! ENTER THE COMP BUY EARLY BIRD TICKETS (and get a bonus Darkes Cider) Go to www.darkes.com.au PROGRAM FOR SUNDAY, AUGUST 25 8.30am-9.30am: Pie/crumble registrations (drop off your cooked pie or crumble) 9.30am: Orchard Blossom Tour (limited numbers, booking essential) 1pm: Winners announced & photographs 1.30pm: Winning Pie Auction 2.30pm: Orchard Blossom Tour (limited numbers) Throughout the day enjoy entertainment including music, jumping castles, lawn games, wood-fired pizza, cider, coffee and apple pie!

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Janice Creenaune meets Ashley Frost, who after a working career in real estate, moved to Thirroul 12 years ago. Often driven by the local landscape, he creates an alternative world on canvas.

Ashley Frost lives in the art world, surrounded by his works at The Timbermill Studio, but he is a realist. “To make a living out of art is simply hard work. It is always six days a week, building up to the next exhibition or possibly competition, working through galleries, promotions, sales and payments.” Yet he remains passionate and stimulated by the process of his art. Self-taught in life-drawing and urban landscapes, Ashley began his art career by attending the National Art School where a new world was opened. “I even began my PHD, which may one day be completed, but at the moment my priorities lie with exhibiting through galleries in Sydney, The Stella Downer Fine Art Gallery in Waterloo and through Nancy Sever in Canberra. “I also show my work at various distribution points, some markets, art fairs and even for the last four years in Hong Kong. The work of developing new markets, especially in China, is exciting.” Ashley knows how important it is for artists to take the initiative in promoting and selling artworks. “The art fairs have grown, but traditional art galleries too are unfortunately closing,” he says. He generally works with concepts and themes. “They are not overly complex in nature; the coastline, the bush, urban landscapes and the occasional portrait series.” The very fortunate period in 1992 that had Ashley completing paintings of his experiences in the Antarctica stands out. “I created in the abstract and the surreal, the landscapes in front of me.” “My paintings vary in size, usually beginning with the smaller sizes and I primarily concentrate on one painting at a time, while having a larger theme in mind. I travel to a site and respond to the

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landscape and place. I build up ideas with different compositions, often after a number of visits, differing times of day and often completely contrasting light patterns, with early morning and later afternoons highlighted in particular. I choose the element of the beautiful and produce in both watercolours and oils but the dynamics and visceral workings are essential.” A punchy, bravura, with almost a musicality and poetic element emanate from Ashley’s canvases. “I am primarily a colourist, I concentrate on colour harmony and show repeats in my work, almost like music and have the colour interacting and talking like other harmonies.” “I edit my work, my galleries edit my work, and paintings are chosen for exhibitions. My latest work is of another local, Caroline Baum, a writer of some distinction who supports many others within the writer’s community, for the Archibald Portrait this year. She is a real powerhouse for the literary arts. I am merely hoping I am ‘hung’.” Ashley admits there is a real feeling of satisfaction as works come together in tonality and colour. Even euphoria can come towards the end of a work, he admits. “A painting has a whole range of emotions, joy, self-loathing, confusion and beauty. It is a process and a deeply human one. “My family, Sonja, Matthew and my wonderful wife of 25 years, Meiling, need recognition. They not only encourage me but also give honest feedback and criticism that I trust and appreciate. “I am a fortunate man.” n Writer Janice Creenaune is a volunteer for the PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease) Foundation Australia. Email: janicecreenaune@gmail.com 2515


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said Chaya. “It has an annexe like a caravan and has a similar resale value.” Three of the tiny houses have been built in By Heather Eiszele Helensburgh using local builders and tradespeople, and two have sold. With their European Diamond said the company was anticipating backgrounds, friends and colleagues Chaya Bratoeva “big growth”. “There is lots of interest in this area as it has a positive environmental footprint. It can be and Diamond Hawkins completely off the grid with a composting toilet, were puzzled why solar panels, rainwater tank and solar batteries.” Australian houses were She said while other companies competed in the always so cold. “I’m from Bulgaria but pre-fabrication and tiny homes space, “none of them combine architectural design with highthe coldest I’ve ever been quality, energy-efficient engineering”. is in New South Wales,” “You need to get to a point where the passive said Chaya, a dual design means you don’t need to heat or cool,” said architect and landscape architect from Stanwell Park. “Houses here are just Diamond. “We established early on that it had to perform thermally.” not designed for short, mild winters.” Diamond has sourced bamboo from renewable Diamond, a structural engineer who lived in Germany for 13 years and is originally from China, forests and uses oriented strand board (OSB) and magnesium oxide board (MGO), a substitute for was also feeling the chill when she moved to fibre cement which is mainly made in China. Otford. “You don’t only lose heat through the roof “Fibre cement is a key material in the market but – you need to insulate the walls, floors and it’s not sustainable,” she said. windows.” Diamond founded her company, The aim is to create a pre-packaged home which Panorama Prebuilt, to bring thermally efficient can be placed on-site without approvals. housing to the Australian market and reached out “It’s a flat pack system,” said Chaya. to Chaya for design solutions. Through the “It’s like Ikea for houses.” University of Wollongong’s iAccelerate business To find out more, visit www.panoramaprebuilt. mentoring program, Panorama Tiny was born, com.au. A display house is open for viewing in with designs by Chaya’s Antfarm Projects under Helensburgh until August 20. 2515 commission from Diamond’s Panorama Prebuilt. The result of this collaboration is an 18sq m (plus 5sq m loft) tiny house on wheels that can be set up in the backyard for less than $90,000 with no council approvals required. “It comes under state legislation for caravans,”

Top: Panorama Tiny entrepreneurs Chaya Bratoeva (left) and Diamond Hawkins, with Chaya’s son Emil in the loft above. Right: inside the tiny house.

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— A BRASSY REFLECTION — Inside this lidded box lying with memories caressed by silky velvet brassy curves concealed. Poet Julie Davis.

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ROAD CLOSURES AHEAD FROM THE RMS NEWS DESK, ON JULY 16: HAVE YOUR SAY ON LAWRENCE HARGRAVE DRIVE CLOSURE Roads and Maritimes Services (RMS) is planning slope repair work on Lawrence Hargrave Drive at Stanwell Park next year to reduce the risk of land slips. A RMS spokesperson said the work, which would be carried out between Otford Road and Chellow Dene Avenue, was essential to keep the road safe and open to traffic in the long term. “Work will include the installation of mesh and soil nails (steel bars up to 13 metres long) to reinforce and strengthen the ground, as well as building a concrete retaining wall.” The work will be carried out in two stages and will require full road closures, each lasting four weeks. The first four-week closure is proposed during February/March 2020 and the second during May/June 2020.

The road will be closed to all traffic, including cyclists and pedestrians, seven days a week 24 hours a day. The spokesperson said it was necessary to close this section of Lawrence Hargrave Drive due to the narrow and winding nature of the road. Residents within the closure area will be able to access their property at all times. Detours for all other motorists will be in place via Bulli Pass and the M1 Princes Motorway. To get more information and provide feedback, visit rms.work/lhd-closure and click on the survey link by 5pm, Friday, 16 August 2019. n In response to 2515’s questions, a Transport for NSW spokesperson said: “In the event of an emergency, Lawrence Hargrave Drive would be opened as soon as possible. “Key stakeholders, including local schools, will be contacted directly and asked to provide their feedback. The community will be updated about the feedback and outcomes later this year.” 2515

THE CHAMBER’S VIEW President of the Northern Illawarra Chamber of Commerce Greg Watts said: “NICC shares the concern of both residents and businesses as to the negative impact the closure of Lawrence Hargrave Drive will have, but we accept the assurances and decisions of RMS that the work is necessary to ensure the priority of public safety. It is clear that businesses in Stanwell Park in particular but also Helensburgh through Austinmer will be badly affected. There is also a clear issue with full road closure for months on access from the North for emergency services, plus the issue of traffic using detours. We request that RMS give more thought to not fully closing the road at all times, and to the scheduling of repairs such that the road is closed for as short a period as possible and closed over non-peak periods of business activity to minimise the impact on business and residents alike.” NICC AGM, Tuesday, August 6, 7.30pm. Tradies Helensburgh. Members only. www.nicc.net.au 2515

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‘IT’S MY FIRST TV ROLE AND MY BIG BREAK’ By Heather Eiszele

Not so long ago, 27-year-old Rebecca Montalti was brewing coffees at Hargrave Cafe in Stanwell Park and bemoaning the lack of opportunities for actors in Sydney. Next month she will appear alongside veteran actors Damon Herriman (Justified), Brooke Satchwell and Scott Ryan (this year’s Logie award winner for Most Outstanding Actor) in Season 2 of the Foxtel FX drama, Mr Inbetween. “I’m definitely in good company,” said Bec, who has appeared in a few feature films (Rhiannon Bannenberg’s Ambrosia and Rip Tide), short films, music videos and commercials during her 10-year acting career. “It’s my first TV role and my big break.” Mr Inbetween stars Scott Ryan as Ray Shoesmith, a family man by day and hitman by night. “It’s very Chopper Read,” said Bec. “Dark, but funny. “The process is very organic. Scott, who’s also the writer, will adapt stories he might have just heard on set eating lunch.” The black comedy, directed by Nash Edgerton, recently completed filming at the glow worm tunnel in Helensburgh. While Bec couldn’t disclose any story lines, she described a lot of the scenes as “sketchy” and “violent”. “They do a lot of filming in the bush.” Bec, who grew up in Farmborough Heights, now lives in Stanwell Park with her partner, artist Matthew Gillett whose work hangs on the walls of the Scarborough Hotel and whom she met on the set of a music video for the Living End nearly four years ago. “He built us a beautiful house near the

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Help SCARF get Our Stories off the ground! Vote today. Our project – “Our Stories” – has been shortlisted for funding by the NSW government. If successful, Our Stories will combine visual art, photography, podcasts, film and live conversation to tell the inspirational stories of former refugees living in the Illawarra - but we need your vote. Our Stories celebrates the diverse voices and experiences of how people made Wollongong their home. By sharing through conversation, art and story, the project gives a powerful platform for people from refugee backgrounds to break down the stigma and misinformation surrounding how they arrived and why calling Australia home is so powerful for them.

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bush and ocean,” she said. “I love it here, it will always be my base.” Bec also surfs and teaches meditation from home. “[Meditation] really helps when you’re at an audition, usually full of anxiety.” The producers of Mr Inbetween caused her no such angst. “They wanted someone new, someone different they hadn’t seen before,” Bec said. “Mandy is intelligent, tough, feminine but definitely not a mouse … she’s a Bad Arse!” For the past 18 months, Bec has worked part-time doing client services at Arc Edit – the editorial company where Mr Inbetween is coincidently being cut. “Working there and watching the editors has increased my appreciation of how many people work towards the shows and films being made,” Bec said. “They’re the storytellers as much as the actors. “It’s all about being in the right place at the right time. And that’s the perfect place to be.” 2515 SCARF relies on funding through projects like this so we can continue to offer support and services to refugee entrants and their families. Your vote could help get this project off the ground. SCARF is a local not-for-profit organisation providing support to refugee entrants by creating connections that build a sense of belonging, promote social and economic inclusion, and empower individuals and families to lead independent lives. We aim to provide social and practical support to refugee entrants settling in the Illawarra. We’re independent, volunteer-powered and community focused. More than 1700 people from refugee backgrounds, from 14 different countries of origin, have benefited from one or more SCARF services. Voting closes on 15 August: https://mycommunityproject.service.nsw. gov.au 2515


CHARITY AT THE CUTTING EDGE By Shaz Harrison, Need a Feed founder

On July 1, Wollongong’s Sebelle Salon owner Lina Sorrentino opened up her salon and donated her service and time on her day off to cut, wash and blow dry 10 of our Need a Coffee friends’ hair. This is the second time her and co-worker Blair Pincham have done this for our Need a Coffee friends and, since seeing the difference she is making, she has decided to make it a regular event. Seeing the smiles on the faces of people who haven’t had their hair done in a salon for up to 35 years was fantastic. The ripple effect of having this salon experience has carried on for those who came in last time, they are still walking taller, feeling more confident and happier. This experience really makes you think about how easy it is to take such things for granted. Everyone deserves to feel good inside and out, what an amazing example of great community spirit; everyone deserves to feel nice and enjoy such an experience. 2515

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REMEMBER THE DAYS

Local musician Darren Coggan is bringing his Cat Stevens’ greatest hits concert to Anita’s Theatre on Saturday, September 21. 2515 reports You’ve spent 10 years inspiring audiences in Australia, including at the Opera House, and, most recently, the UK, with the critically acclaimed production, Peace Train The Cat Stevens Story. Now you have a new show. Please tell us about Remember the Days of Cat Stevens. Remember The Days Of Cat Stevens is a celebration of one of the most inspiring and prolific singersongwriters of our time, Cat Stevens. In this new production, I want our audiences to experience what it might have been like to hear Cat Stevens at the height of his career, a cosmic concert experience of Cat Stevens’ biggest hits. There are some personal reflections on the experience I had being invited to London to meet with the great Cat Stevens in 2007, where I heard first-hand some of the many anecdotes and stories that I have enjoyed sharing with our audiences over the past 10 years. This new production also highlights how relevant Cat’s timeless songs and messages of peace, tolerance and understanding are in our world today, perhaps even more relevant than when they were first written back in the 70s. What do you admire about the songs of Cat Stevens? I love how his songs are so accessible and cross generational. Everyone’s experiences and feelings about Cat Stevens’ songs are individual and different, yet in some strange, even spiritual way, they are the same, because I always feel the

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audience is unified in its understanding and joy of hearing these songs together once again. The songs say something, ask questions, make statements, they have intelligent, poetic lyrics, and musically, whilst simplistic in presentation, they are very complex and always fun and challenging to perform. I love the incredible sense of unity that comes over the audience; they enter the theatre as an individual and emerge as an audience. I love how I can continue to find new interpretations of his lyrics, I love seeing the reaction from the audience each night and seeing them all stand up with an ovation – something I’ll never take for granted. Do you have a favourite? As a performer, to have such a deep catalogue of material to present to our audience is a gift and I have many favourites: Moonshadow, Wild World, Peace Train, Where Do the Children Play, Father & Son, Morning Has Broken but possibly at the top of the list is a song called How Can I Tell You?, from the album Teaser & The Firecat, such a beautiful lyric and quite emotional to perform. How did you come to sound so much like Cat Stevens? The idea for this show came about from people constantly telling me that I sounded like Cat Stevens. I was never intentionally trying to channel


him or emulate his voice, but for some reason there is a very similar timbre in our voices. In producing this show I have studied his songs intimately and certainly embrace his phrasing and the sense of yearning in his songs. Whilst this show is not an impersonation, I feel a tremendous responsibility to accurately re-create the songs, do justice to Cat’s music and indeed to his legions of fans. I have always believed that he and his music command great respect. We have always endeavoured to showcase our performance with such respect, investing heavily in the production values to elevate it beyond the realms of a regular ‘tribute’ type of performance. Tell us about your recent UK tour. We hear you had a series of standing ovations... The UK tour was undoubtedly the highlight of my career. We played 18 theatres across England, Scotland and Wales, including Liverpool Philharmonic, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Oxford New Theatre, Manchester Bridgewater Hall, Brighton Theatre Royal, it was incredible! Backstage, hugging the walls were photographs of artists that had played the same rooms over the years, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, ACDC, The Doors, it was so surreal to think that I too was treading the same boards. We had standing ovations at every show and great reviews, I do hope we have the opportunity to return soon. What was it like meeting the man himself? It was a huge privilege to be invited to London to meet with the great man himself. Yusuf, as he is now known, was every bit as kind, considered and inspiring as I expected, even more so. He kindly autographed his album covers for me, took me to lunch at his favourite restaurant, showed me around the school he founded near Queens Park and held me spellbound as I heard first-hand some amazing tales. I knew when I got home that I just had to share my experience and what I had learnt; to do real justice to Cat’s amazing journey. What can audiences expect from the Anita’s show on September 21? A journey back in time as we ‘Remember The Days Of Cat Stevens’ through 27 of his greatest hits that the whole world sang along to, backed by a fabulous band, songs that have become bookmarks in our lives, deeply personal, songs that defined a generation. We trace the path of a man who never stopped wondering about how to make the world a better place. Tickets are on sale through www.ticketmaster.com.au, phone 136 100, or visit www.darrencogggan.com 2515

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CALLING FUTURE LEGO MASTERS

Inspired by Channel 9’s LEGO Masters? Block off Sunday, August 25 on the family calendar – a Brick Fair is coming to town! Organised by Helensburgh Lions – a club about more than raffles and cooking sausages – the Brick Fair will build on the LEGO Masters excitement and raise funds for local schools. The family fun day will feature inspiring displays of LEGO* creations and mini figures. These blocks aren’t just toys for children, there are plenty of adult fans of LEGO (AFOLs). For example, Sydney dad Henry – one of the winners of LEGO Masters – is a member of the Sydney Lego Users Group, SydLUG. Several members of SydLUG live in the Illawarra and they are going to bring their amazing creations to Tradies Helensburgh on Sunday, August 25 from 10am-4pm. They will also have LEGO sets, mini figures and spare part bricks and pieces for sale. The whole family will be enthralled and leave with lots of ideas of how to reinvent their boxes of bricks at home. Please bring cash for the $5 entry fee and look out for fantastic LEGO raffle prizes. Funds raised will go to participating local schools from Waterfall to Scarborough. In the lead-up to the event, children from participating schools will receive a colouring-in competition entry form. Bring this along on the day to have a chance of winning a lucky door prize. Prizes will be presented when the Lions deliver cheques to the schools. Thanks to our generous local sponsors, including Tradies for the use of their function room, Switched on Mechanical & Tyres, Peabody Energy, Sunrise Nursery, Put Together and Chris and Ron Kissell at Ray White real estate. Want to help on the day? Or are you interested in joining Helensburgh Lions Club? Please contact Keith on 0432 717 012, or come along to our meeting on the second Monday of each month at 7.30pm in Tradies function room. You can also find us in the Helensburgh Hotel on Friday evenings at 6pm, where we hold a meat raffle. Our next big event will be the Country Fair on October 26. * This event is not affiliated with The LEGO Group. LEGO and The LEGO Logo are trademarks of The LEGO Group. 2515

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The town’s first ever Brick Fair will be held on August 25 at Tradies, thanks to Helensburgh Lions Club and SydLUG. Helensburgh Lions’ Val Hawkins reports.

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The waters off Brickyard Point headland (where Headlands Hotel is today) are easy to access either via a direct jump off the eastern side or at the boat launching ramp. The ramp isn’t used all that much but care is still needed and if you get in or out it pays to stay away from the main channel. Along the eastern side the rock platform drops straight into the water and so there are no nasty slopes and washes to contend with, but take care to check there are no shallow ledges. These are useful to help get out but not good to jump onto. The rock platform can be treacherous on a high tide when waves wash across. As always, spend some time watching how it works before committing. The cliff along the edge of the rock platform is about 2-3m in height and has lots of crevices and cracks. Some of the fish include sweep, cale and occasionally black drummer. East and slightly south of the point there is a sand gully about 20m across and then the reef comes back up. One can see groper, red morwong and leatherjacket but I

have also seen large black stingrays snoozing where the sand joins the reef (is there one in the video near the boat?). They are probably waiting for fishermen to return to the ramp and clean their fish. Swim north to where the take-off point for Headies surf spot is located and find the big gullies that cut into the reef. In the cliff are some bands of coal which give a hint as to the large coal seams that underlay the Sydney basin, outcropping at sea level in the Illawarra and Central Coast regions. On the rock platform on the northern side of the boat ramp are some very minor remnants of the Hicks Point Jetty, which was built in 1886 for the North Bulli Coal Company, which operated a mine at Coledale. It was destroyed by fire in 1915 but was one of many such jetties that helped load coal for transport to Sydney (www.illawarra-heritage-trail.com.au). Watch the underwater action! Go to https://youtu.be/_ySoPyxni68 2515

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SCARBOROUGH BOARDRIDERS SURFERS OFF TO THE NATIONALS Scarborough Boardriders pair Kasey Hargreaves and Finley McLaren are off to the nationals in Western Australia later this year after posting strong results at the recent NSW state titles in Coffs Harbour. Both will compete in the Under 18s division and will back up after competing in the nationals held in South Australia last year. Hargreaves qualified by finishing 2nd in the final in an impressive performance including a single wave score of 9 out of 10, the highest in the final. She was edged out by fellow Illawarra surfer Charli Hurst, demonstrating the depth of local talent. Fin McLaren finished 3rd on count-back in a high-scoring semi-final, posting an 8 and a 6 in punchy but small lefts at McCauleys Beach. Jamie Thompson from North Narrabeen went on to win. Scarborough Boardriders surfer Will Clarke surfed through to Round 4 in the 18s Boys while Anna Chamberlain was eliminated in Round 1 of the U16 Girls. 2515

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0.32 1.15 1.24 0518 28 280416 11 1050 23 17 11 8 2 26 23 17 0328 0925 1.31 13 0.56 26 0957 0.53 1502 1734 0.48 1.61 1636

0309 0.090439 .32 0627 09 1.37 0248 1.39 0305 1.24 1.49 0249 1.63 1.400220 0043 0.47 0315 0148 1.35 130.34 28 0951 13 1055 0.40 0943 0.370.44 0.540843 1.26 0909 1.41 .34Meteorology 53 0.53 0840 0.54 of 0658 1244 1.28 MO0933 0805 0.45 1.64 1603 1.37 1.33 TH 1725 TU 1617 2346 0.51 2144 0.66 2204 0.781520 1404 0.55 1447 0.34 .46 22 1.35 1608 1.56 1.41 1333 1821 0.70 1439 1.50 SA WE FR TH FR FR TU TH 1.77 2115 2.000538 .92 0.78 2040 2234 16 0.57 0404 0.68 0357 1.63 1.392144 1.44 1954 2109 0.56

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1.37 SU

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WE 1702 1.42 2304 0.72

FR 1813 1.73

SA 1741 1.62

1.25 SU 1159 0.52 1839 1.74

0500 1128 WE 1749 2354

0458 1115 TH 1743 2355

0045 0633 SA 1224 1859

0015 0600 SU 1148 1824

0127 0713 MO 1243 1922

0435 1026 SU 1706 2350

29 1118

1.39 0.49 1.51 0.63

0.44 1.40 0.45 1.80

0.53 1.31 0.49 1.73

SU 1.41 TH 1.31 SA 1.53 FR FR 1541 MO SA SA 1431 WE 1333 1.60 1.65 1.75 2226 1.95 2111 .97 1921 0.51 2205 24 0.72 2115 0.60 2200 0.73 2341 0.54 2251 0.61 1821

31 0545 1152

1.40 0.48 FR 1820 1.60

0.39 1.25 0.53 1.77

1.20 0.52 1.61 0.48

0.49 MO 1756 1.72

0.33 0.43 0.34 0259 0.08 0144 .24 0028 1.31 0358 0523 10 1.32 0326 0328 1.20 0400 1.40 0423 1.23Moon 1.16 0027 irst Quarter Quarter Full 3 18 18 0919 12151024 12 27 27 24 9 24 1000 1.32Last 1.26 1000 1.44 0750 .36 0709 0.48 0614 1.17 39 0.53 0.54 0.50 0900 0.52 0934 0.57 30 1542 1614 15 1.50 1540 30 1141 301058 0.49 15 0.56 1.63 0.34 .45 1.43 1443 1702 0.55 1733 12 1.63 0.32 1.59 0.48

1821

1.13 0110 13 0700 0.56 TU 1228 1.58 1903 MO 2328 0.41 0148 0.45 0538 1.23

1.30 0.52 1.52 0.63

0043 0634 TU 1210 1845

TU

SEPTEMBER SCHOOL 1.13 26 0416 0957UNTIL 0.56 THE HOLIDAYS MO 1636 1.58 2328 END OF THE0.41 APRIL 0.43 SCHOOL 0523 1.19 HOLIDAYS. 1.17 27 1058 0.50 0.55 1.70 TU 1733 NORTH WOLLONGONG 1.65 IS THE ONLY LOCAL 0.39 0022 0.28 1.20 28 0619 1.27 PATROLLED 0.53 BEACH 1155 0.42 WE 1.68 1827 1.82 YEAR-ROUND.

1.15 0.56 SU 1734 1.61

0.35 1.24 WE 1309 0.51 1942 1.70

14 0739

1.19 0.50 0223 15 0815 1.70 TH 1347

0.36 1.27 0.45 1.84

29 0112 0710

0.16 1.36 TH 1249 0.33 1917 1.92

TIMES 0159 AND HEIGHTS 0.08 0759AND 1.44LOW OF30 HIGH FR 1343 0.26 2008 1.96 WATERS 29’ 3400.04 31LAT0245 0847 1.50 SA 1436 0.22 0 LONG 1501.94 55’ 2058

0.33 1.27 0.49 2017 1.70

0132 0.24

.19 0119 10 1.30 .37 0754 23 0.52 .46 1427 58 1.52 FR TH .99 2030 23 0.63

310022 0727 1.32 0.39 0.28 WE 1301 0.40 1935 1.94 1.20 0619 1.27 0.53 WE 1155 0.42 1.35 SU 1.57 MO 1.48 SA SA 1640 TU SU SU 1534  Copyright Commonwealth of Australia 2018, Bureau of Meteorology 1.84 2225 1.53 1.68 2151 1827 1.82 0.48 2235 0.49 2350 0.73 1.71 2332 2257 0.53 1903

.17 0220 07 1.30 .37 0843 05 0.50 .47 1520 41 1.62 SA FR .96 2144

Times are in local standard time (UTC +10:00) or daylight savings time (UTC +11:00) when in effect 0.39 0.35 0436 0.37 0518 0.18 0416 0038 0.45 0534 1.23 0503 0148 0112 0.16 1.15 0538 1.24 Moon Phase Symbols New Moon 1.13 First Quarter Full Moon Last Quarter 1.34 1.24 1036 1.26 1050 1.47 0957 1.25 1145 0.49 1115 0710 1.36 0.56 1118 0.56 0739 0.54 0623 1703 0.55 1601 0.60 1737 0.42 1309 0.51 1159 0.52 1756 1.72 1249 0.33 1.58 1.41 MO 1.61 WE SUThe Bureau MOno warranty TH in respect to the availability, accuracy, currency, completeness, Meteorology gives any TU kind whether express, implied, statutory or otherwise SUof 1734 MO of1636 1.44 2228 1.65 1.69 1942 1.70 1839 1.74 1917 1.92 or reliability of the 2350 information or that the2328 information2313 will be fit for any particular purpose or will not infringe any third party Intellectual Property rights. 0.41 0.68 quality

0.11 0259 0.36 0.35 0412 1.27 0445 1.20 0430 1.16 0435 1.32 0526 1.12 0110 4 28 19 1036 13 1112 13 0700 10 25 19 0401 25 1052 1.46 0852 1.33 0958 1.26 0.50 0.52 0956 0.55 1026 0.52 0.58 0.37 1.61 1620 1228 0.52 1521 1753 0.57 1.69 1638 1706

28

Datum of Predictions is Lowest Astronomical Tide

26 20 14 11 5 29 26 20 14

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The Bureau’s liability for any loss, damage, cost or expense resulting from use of, or reliance on, the information is entirely excluded.

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30 0159 0759

.22 0435 0548 1.51 0022 0.24 0615 1.20 0.43 0110 0046 0.39 0132 0.28 22 1242 13 7 31 28 28 .38 22 1158 1.27 0713 0727 0.36 1.32

31 0245 0847

0.33 1.27 0.49 WE 1.70 SU 1.50 TU 0.55 MO MO 1141 TU TU 1733 TH SA 1614 1.34 1.70 1.58 1821 .88 2251 24 1.73 2304 1.77 1.65 1845 1.84 2354 2017 0.60 1922 0.49 1.35

0.08 1.44 FR 1343 0.26 2008 1.96 0.04 1.50

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