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sight. When I hear one of these gorgeous creatures it’s usually around 9pm, and again around 4AMish (what can I say? I’m a sporadic sleeper). The call is like the traditional “woo-hoo” that is readily brought to mind, but slow and mournful, reverberating around the escarpment here in Thirroul near where I live. We have spent many With Amanda De George. This month: the Circle of Life. nights heading up and down the street, torches in To be honest, I’m a bit lost for words at the moment hand, trying to locate the caller, but each time we and that almost never happens. As I’m sure you’re think we are near, the wind changes and with it, the all aware, we are living in extraordinary and direction of the call and we realise that we are unprecedented times. I’ve written for 2515 Coast never as close as we had believed. News for just over a year and on my Backyard The P’Owl has been visiting more regularly as Zoology page for over four and absolutely love the number of Grey-Headed Flying Foxes has highlighting all of the amazing, everyday wildlife grown. It started with a discarded wing here, a jaw we have in our area. bone there discarded at the bottom of huge gum There’s something about finding beauty and not trees, the crumbs from the dinner of the night even beauty but fascination in the everyday that is before. Finally, about a week ago, I found a just so good for us. If I get too stressed, anxious or perfectly intact bat snout, dropped by the owl and just too much up inside my own head, a wander in now attended to by Red-Eyed Bugs and their nature never ceases to snap me out of it. All of nymphs, who usually feed on plants and their those little lives, and those little worlds going about seeds, sucking the moisture from the remains. As I their business, often just at our feet. How could that watched, ants also clambered up, one after the not bring us back into the moment? other and I’m sure if I had waited, many more So, that’s what I’ve been trying to do, while social creatures would have turned up to feast on the distancing but also somewhat self-isolating due to carcass. It’s never a pleasant thing finding that a a pre-existing condition. And all around me, life, once beautiful animal has died, but it is the circle of wildlife, goes on. life, with all of its ups and its down. And I hope to We are so lucky to have Australia’s largest owl, keep observing it, even as the world feels so the Powerful Owl, sometimes heard and very uncertain, for many years to come occasionally seen throughout the region. These owls are listed as Vulnerable and are quite a rare Follow Amanda’s Facebook blog @BackyardZoology 2515

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LOVE IN THE TIME OF COVID-19

2515’s much-loved columnist Amanda De George has an autoimmune disease and is at high risk in the coronavirus epidemic. Here, Amanda shares her story.

Wow. Where to start? Honestly, I’m just trying to see the keyboard through my tears at this point. But first, an explanation. A couple of days ago, I was asked by the editor of 2515, the lovely Genevieve, to write something to encourage people to practice social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic. This is because five years ago I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that has bumped me up into the high risk category. Now I’ve always been a bit of a germaphobe, especially as I have this completely random vomiting phobia, go figure, and as a result hand-washing has always kind of been part of my arsenal. As far as colds and flu go though, I’ve always felt pretty safe. That was until the other day when I briefly saw my doctor and she advised me to “avoid people as much as possible and to stay indoors as much as you possibly can”. And finally to “stay safe”. Yikes. Alrighty then. So that’s the reasoning: practice social distancing so that we can work towards flattening the curve and protecting our health system. Even if you don’t feel at risk, do it for your parents, your grandparents and for people like me. However, in just a couple of days, everything has changed. Everything. At the time of writing we are heading into partial lockdown. I’m sure most of you are like me, your head spinning, your brain working overtime to try and make sense of this whole thing

and what the world will look like after this virus is all done. Whenever that is. For me, it means locking down with my husband, but not with my son, who normally moves between our house and his dad’s. The risk of transmission is just too high. So that’s where I’m at and I’m sure there are plenty of you in similar situations. People who have made the awful, awful choice to protect themselves or their loved ones by isolating and for the long-term. That got me thinking: what is there to get up for in the morning? What is there to get up to? As I sit here, I hear it. Nature is still buzzing all around, and for some people it might be more noticeable than usual, especially as people begin to work from home and the noise of the village quietens. The cockatoos are shrieking wildly, the ants are clambering over the pot plants on the porch and over each other, butterflies are flitting past the window. Life. The sun will still rise in the morning whether I’ve stopped crying or not. And my usual nature wanders will change and shrink, no doubt. Instead of walks in national parks and long drives to new places, I’ll spend more time face down in my little garden and peering out the window, watching the sky and laying back and listening to the world still turning. And I hope you all get the chance to focus in on those things that you love over the next few months too. 2515

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The Coal Coast Film Festival will be screened via a ticketed Live Stream Event. It was very disappointing to cancel our live audience event in these uncertain times. COVID-19 is an evolving pandemic and has created a new normal: the social distancing live stream film festival. By live streaming our 2020 festival, we hope to reach people stuck at home, in self-isolation or When social distancing gets tough, channel war-time quarantined. housekeeping and start blitzing berries. Coal Coast Film Festival supports talented filmmakers in their pursuits by showcasing their After a super-simple, homemade best artworks through a film festival designed to jam recipe that you can make from promote local, regional and international short just three whole-food ingredients films. The festival is run and managed by with not an ounce of refined white sugar required to produce a jam that LundinStudio and will be live streamed from our studio in Helensburgh. would rival your nanna’s best? I’ve got this one We have a great selection of short films to covered. entertain you for two hours – six Australian shorts This spread looks, tastes and spreads like jam, without white sugar, additives or preservatives. Our (NSW and South Australia) and six International shorts (filmed in Turkey, Chad, Germany, France ingredients are fresh strawberries, chia seeds and and USA). honey – so simple. Heat it up, give it a stir and jar All 12 Finalists win a suite of fantastic it. This recipe works well with all berry types, so production software and Award Winners for Best why not make a few different versions. Think Australian Short Film and Best International Short blueberry, raspberry, blackberry or mixed berry. Film receive a trophy and additional prizes, Or go for an old favourite – strawberry jam. including a shoot day at LundinStudio with the latest LED film lighting. SIMPLE STRAWBERRY JAM Tickets will go on sale from 28 March 2020 Makes - 2 Cups via the festival website: www. CoalCoastFilmFestival.com Ingredients: We invite you to join our public festival group in 3 cups fresh strawberries (chopped into small pieces) Facebook @CoalCoastFilmFestival or to follow us ½ cup chia seeds @LundinStudio on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter 1 tbsp honey (optional) and find out more about the event. 2515

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Interbane, that strangely shaped, intriguing mansion with the turret on top of Bald Hill, is being offered for sale for the first time in 18 years. Owner Heather Eiszele has reluctantly decided to sell the property. “Whoever buys this place will certainly enjoy the magic of Interbane, not just for the spectacular views but for the energy the house generates,” she said, adding that some people feel a sense of the past when they walk in. Interbane celebrated its centenary in 2017 and has witnessed a parade of characters, including its most celebrated owner, Tootie Harvey, who is reputed to have run a brothel with her three daughters in the 1950s. Known as the House on the Hill, it has also been a restaurant, guest house, tea rooms and war-time look-out. “People always ask me if it’s haunted,” said Heather. “It does have spirits but they’re pretty friendly. I think most of them were scared away when we had the builders in.” Heather and her former husband renovated the property about 15 years ago, adding functional

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living spaces while maintaining the integrity of the Victorian design. With four large bedrooms (downstairs with a separate entrance), three generous bathrooms and two expansive living areas, the house provides comfort and privacy. Views stretch from the Sea Cliff Bridge to Wollongong and the sky is regularly coloured with hanggliders and paragliders. “Sunsets are amazing,” Heather said. Situated on a 2221sq m block, the nearest neighbour is beyond shouting distance and the gardens are spectacular. Gardenias, Hydrangeas, Magnolias and Lavender take turns flowering. A six-person spa sits on a high point, overlooking the ocean and magnificent Escarpment. “It’s pretty special sitting in there at night, under a canopy of stars,” said Heather. Interbane is being marketed through Julie York of Raine & Horne Helensburgh, with the first (evening) Open House on Wednesday, April 8, from 5.30-6.30pm. It is expected to fetch around $3 million. Enquiries phone 4294 9800. 2515


LEARNING FROM HISTORY

By Dr Lorraine Jones, vice-president of Helensburgh & District Historical Society. Dr Jones came to New South Wales after an internship in the Royal Brisbane Hospital. She worked at the Prince Henry Hospital before going into general practice in Regents Park in Sydney. After moving to Stanwell Park in 1970 she worked part-time in Helensburgh until she went into specialist practice in rehabilitation. After she retired, Dr Jones joined the Helensburgh and District Historical Society. She has had a booklet published in 2019 by this society on the 1919 influenza epidemic. The epidemic of the coronavirus Covid-19, now spreading throughout the world, has similarities to the ‘Spanish Flu’ epidemic which swept the world in 1918-1919. That pandemic was caused by a virulent new strain of the influenza virus. Older generations had some mild immunity from previous influenza infections, so that they became less severely ill and were less likely to die. That pandemic killed younger people and prostrated whole households. Unfortunately, no-one has any immunity to the coronavirus sweeping the world. This virus has spread from animals to humans from the wet wild animal market in Wuhan in China. Its spread to other countries has been due to travellers, either asymptomatic or people with mild symptoms, initially from China and now from other countries with Covid-19 infections. They have returned to their home country and spread the virus through coughing, sneezing, hand-shaking, kissing or touching hard surfaces.

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(not Helensburgh) were driven by the chauffeurs of the cars which rich people loaned for the effort. In Helensburgh the local minister loaned his horse and sulky for the volunteer nurses. This was not entirely successful as the horse sometimes released himself from where he was tied up and went home! Thus my mother had provoked in me an interest in this epidemic. When I ceased work and attended the History Society meeting in Helensburgh, Allan House, the then president, suggested that I write about that epidemic. He had done some research himself which he passed on to me. Dr Cox, who was, during the epidemic, the town’s GP, had left a log book of the patients with influenza he had seen. This was essential for his practice as he was obliged by law to notify all new influenza cases. He was paid by the New South Wales Government for each notification. I used Trove, a digitised source of newspaper articles. They had a weekly report from Helensburgh in the Wollongong paper. This section would tell stories of the

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Children seem not to show symptoms of the virus while carrying the infection or even having pneumonia. At time of writing, no children had died of the infection. This lack of apparent infection in children may be due to their robust immune systems and better lungs because they have had less exposure to cigarette smoke and air pollution. The mean age of those suffering Covid-19 infections is between 49 and 60. Once a person passes 50 there is a gradual decline in their immune system and thus their ability to fight infections. The presence of illnesses, such as


diabetes, heart disease or autoimmune disease weakens the body’s ability to fight off infections. As I write, Covid-19 has a death rate of 2 to 3%. This increases with age, reaching 14% in the over 80s. It is unclear for how long a person is infectious before developing symptoms. The asymptomatic carrier is excreting the virus in saliva droplets or mucus from the nose or by coughing. If one can smell what a person has had for lunch, say garlic or curry, then you are inhaling droplets from their breath which may carry the virus. PREVENTION OF COVID-19 • Do not shake hands with or kiss people. • Wash hands with soap or hand-wash after using the toilet, or being out and returning home. • Use the dishwasher rather than hand-washing dishes. • Avoid group outings. • Cover a cough with the bend of the elbow. • Distance yourself from people when coughing or sneezing. • Hard surfaces should be cleaned with disinfectant. DISINFECT SURFACES A letter published in the New England Journal of Medicine on March 19, 2020 by researchers N Van Doremalen and others was on the stability of Covid-19 in aerosol form on various surfaces. Covid-19 was more stable on plastic or steel than on cardboard or copper. Viable (living) viruses were detected up to 72 hours after application to these surfaces. What does that mean to you? The epidemic, who was doing what etc. I also used medical journals and researched information in the State Library in Macquarie Street Sydney and in the Wollongong library. The surprising thing was that this epidemic had been mainly forgotten by the current townspeople. I advertised in 2508 District News for people to tell stories of what happened in their families and there was no response. I gave a talk in the Wollongong History meeting about this epidemic. I mentioned the names of the young women in Helensburgh who were nursing volunteers. One of the volunteers was the grandmother of an audience member. Until my talk the granddaughter had never heard of this epidemic and her grandmother’s help. That epidemic had school closures, attempts at isolation of the population, and a much larger percentage death rate in the young than the current Covid-19 virus epidemic. The 1919 Influenza Epidemic booklet by Dr Jones is $10 plus $5 postage. Visit https://historichelensburgh.org.au, email info@historichelensburgh.org.au or call Jan Lee on 0418 681 384. 2515

KINDNESS THEN & NOW 1918/19 FLU EPIDEMIC “People in Sydney would leave food at the doorstep of the people sick with influenza to help the sick. It would have happened in the Burgh.” – Dr Lorraine Jones 2020 CORONAVIRUS EPIDEMIC “I’m a local business owner who is lucky enough to work from home. I would love to offer my services to anyone local with a disability or perhaps and elderly person who is struggling to get to the shops, the multiple times that is required to get everything you need. Simply send me your shopping list and address and I will do my best to fulfil it and get it to you ASAP. No charge – you just pay for your groceries.” – 2508 resident Carolyn Bursill. Carolyn’s husband Rod is a local electrician and their company, Rocar Electric Pty Ltd, is a longtime 2508 District News advertiser, contact 4294 3994, carolyn@rocarelectric.com. 2515 virus will survive on cooking surfaces and plastic bags for up to three days unless these surfaces are decontaminated. n Note: Please check NSW Health for the latest advice on this ever-changing situation. Visit www.health.nsw.gov.au or call the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080. 2515

Dr Cox outside his surgery in 1919. Photo thanks to Helensburgh & District Historical Society

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FIND JOY IN THE GARDEN

Home for the holidays? Sydney Wildflower Nursery’s Verity Snaith has some tips for gardening with kids.

Clockwise from top left: Water dragon habitat Scleranthus biflorus, paper daisies, and Plectranthus argentatus – a great toilet paper substitute. Photos: Verity Snaith

The Easter school holidays are fast approaching and with travel off the cards for many families it’s time to start thinking about ways to keep the kids occupied at home. Luckily, Sydney is blessed with mild autumn days, clear blue skies and abundant sunshine – the perfect weather to get out and about in the garden! There are many benefits to getting your kids out into the garden, from moving around and using their muscles to encouraging them to think about their environment and problem solve. Gardening is also incredibly therapeutic – just getting out amongst the fresh air, gentle sunlight, green plants and flowers can make you feel happier and more relaxed. Garden projects don’t have to be taxing or expensive. Creating a simple fairy (or dinosaur!) garden requires little more than a pot, some soil, and some Scleranthus biflorus (cushion bush) –

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from there the kids can design their own playscape. If you have a bit more space you could dedicate a shady corner to some small ferns such as Pellaea rotundifolia (button fern) and a soft, flowering ground cover such as Viola hederacea (native violet) or Pratia pedunculata (white star creeper). Add some small stones for a path, and a low terracotta dish for visiting lizards and frogs and you have a mini habitat. Paper daisies are great for children as well – they are bright, flower prolifically and make excellent cut and dried flowers. Pop them in a pot, or in the ground in a sunny spot and they’ll keep you cheery all year round. So why not try and get your children involved in a gardening project this school holidays? Sydney Wildflower Nursery has plenty of boredom-busting small projects to inspire little gardeners – pop in for a visit and ask one of our friendly staff for suggestions! 2515


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125 YEARS OF CARING FOR THE COMMUNITY

Bulli Medical Practice is one of the oldest general medical practices in Australia. This year it is celebrating 125 years of continuous operation. In 1895, shortly after the opening of Bulli Hospital and Bulli Public School, Dr Clifton Sturt (pictured) purchased the premises on Park Road. He built a small medical practice alongside his own private residence. Dr Barton Dixon took over the practice in 1903 and was instrumental in the development of Bulli District Hospital. Dr Dixon was a keen photographer and took many images of Bulli and Wollongong in the early 1900s. In 1922, the practice was purchased by an Irish migrant, Dr Francis Crossle (pictured). Dr Crossle was a colourful character who visited patients via horse and sulky until he bought a car. He caused a scandal when he published his novel, Dona Juana, in 1931 as it was considered risqué at the time. Some of his friends included D.H. Lawrence and Norman Lindsay. Dr Bertram Cook took over the practice in 1938 and was superseded by his brother, an ex-army officer, Dr ‘Captain’ Cook. In 1958, another ex-army serviceman joined the practice, Dr William (Bill) Feneley (pictured). Bill’s commitment to medical services and education earned him an Order of Australia in 2000. He received the ANZAC Medal for services to charitable and community organisations in 2001. Dr Julie Blaze joined in 1997 and, together with Drs Jeff Hall and Michael Hanson, expanded and modernised the practice. Today, with 10 doctors, four practice nurses and a dedicated administrative team, the practice continues to provide quality, personal healthcare in the Northern Illawarra. They also offer a comprehensive travel medicine service, a weight management program and a skin check clinic. Bulli Medical Practice always welcomes new patients. Visit www.bullimedicalpractice.com. au to book online or call 4284 4622. n COVID-19 UPDATE Bulli Medical Practice has implemented new risk-management procedures during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. Patients with potential viral infections and/or symptoms including cough, fever and breathing difficulties SHOULD NOT book online, but instead call 4284 4622. For the latest advice, visit www.bullimedical practice.com.au or www.facebook.com/ Bullimedicalpractice 2515

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Clockwise from top left: Dr Clifton Sturt founded the Park Road practice in 1895 (photo: State Records) Irish Dr Francis Crossle bought the practice in 1922; Dr William Feneley joined in 1958. Below, the current directors in 2020, from left to right: Dr Jeffrey Hall, Dr Julie Blaze and Dr Michael Hanson.


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After 38 years in the business, John Wallace is closing Leading Edge Video in Thirroul.

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LAST SCREENING IN THIRROUL By Heather Eiszele

As John Wallace was recalling how Leading Edge Video in Thirroul used to be a community meeting place in its day, a long-term customer walked in and started asking after his holiday. The next customer knew the first and soon they were all talking about the impending closure of one of the last few independent video stores in the state. “A lot of people are shattered we’re closing down,” said John who has been in the video business in Thirroul with his wife and sons for 38 years. While streaming platforms such as Netflix and Stan have dented their business (“It wasn’t even paying wages”), a new five-year lease on a higher rent was too much of a commitment. “I’m 79! It’s time to retire and play more golf,” said John, who is a life member of the Thirroul Surf Life Saving Club. He said the business, originally located in the northern shopping area and now across from the library, was always exciting. “It’s different all the time with new releases,” he said. “I’ve loved the variety.” A fan of comedies, especially Monty Python, John said his wife Marion was the discerning movie buff and a special section with her selections always attracted customers. Leading Edge Video, at 351 Lawrence Hargrave Drive, will close at the end of April. Nearly 15,000 videos are on sale for $6 each, two for $12 or six for $20. 2515

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These are just a few of the titles for young people available at Collins Booksellers Thirroul. We have a great selection in every category. School holidays don’t have to mean going on a trip away, sometimes the best times can be had right at home. We have an abundance of educational and fun books, games and activities to engage and entertain every age group these school holidays. If you are in quarantine, self-isolation or just feeling too anxious to go out, we are more than happy to deliver books to your doorstep. If you live in the 2515 postcode we will deliver any purchase no matter its value. If you’re outside of 2515 then the order must be over $30. Phone us to purchase on 4267 1408. Stay safe & happy reading! 2515

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DISCOVER #ARCHIGONG By local architect Ben Wollen

This month’s article was going to be on some of my favourite architecture of the Illawarra, but then I caught onto a little known but passionately followed hashtag of Instagram – #archigong. This has been fervently populated by local architecture student, Adam Hogan. When he’s not working at local architectural firm, Edmiston Jones (EJ), Adam has been slowly documenting some of Wollongong’s hidden architectural secrets as he wanders around the place in his everyday routines. The act of wandering through a city and observing has been coined by the French as flânerie

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and the person doing so a ‘flâneur’. Wikipedia describes a flâneur as “an ambivalent figure of urban riches representing the ability to wander detached from society with no other purpose than to be an acute observer of society”. While it may have somewhat aristocratic roots, today’s flâneur is a keen observer of the city and its architecture. Some famous architects have used it as a tool to gain a greater and deeper understanding of our urban conditions. The world-renowned Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto famously walked the streets of Tokyo for six years before designing a building! While we await Adam’s future designs we can,


in the meantime, admire his small moments of architectural appreciation by following the instagram hashtags #archigong and #wallsofwollongong. On a rather wet and rainy early Autumn day, I asked Adam to show me around some of his discoveries of downtown Wollongong. Over an hour we discovered green walls, greenhouses, fascinating geometries, textural brick walls and a brutalist style lawyer’s foyer. All of these were in a short working distance from the Crown Street mall. Adam’s urban explorations go beyond the CBD; he has documented many more around the mall due to a forced lunch hour by EJ. Previously, owning a bike shop and having to eat lunch whilst changing a bike chain, Adam was at a loss on what to do during his lunch hour. So he wandered. And, as he wandered, he observed. Soon

enough a small obsession began. (Note to all employers: lunch hours improve employee engagement – Adam’s living proof of this!) I’m not going to reveal the locations of Adam’s wanderings as that’s not what flâneuring is all about. Whilst you might be able to recognise some from the Instagram feed, I recommend taking Adam’s approach. Next time you have some time to spend, turn off your “list-of-things-to-do mind” and just walk and observe. You don’t need to take photos or sketches, to admire is enough. You don’t need a lot of time either – an hour will do but try to integrate it into your routine for maximum benefit. Step into the shoes of the designer and ponder some of your local architectural moments. Find the interesting in the everyday, put on your flâneur’s hat, go and discover! 2515

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ON BOARD WITH SURFRIDER By Coledale’s Susie Crick, chair of Surfrider Foundation Australia. Every month I write to you about community beach-cleans and projects that whet my appetite for cleaner oceans. Last month, the environmental community of Wollongong came together to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Clean Up Australia Day. The Surfrider South Coast volunteers participated in four beach cleans over the weekend and the biggest event was held in Wollongong Harbour. Together with the Wollongong Freedivers, Peloton Against Plastic, Rotary, the SES, Fair Food Forager, the UOW Scuba club and Wollongong City Council, we collected 620kg of non-recyclable garbage from the Wollongong Harbour seabed and surrounding rocks, and 300kg of recyclable waste. It was such a fantastic event where everyone came together. That was then… Now there is an elephant in the room, so allow me to dive straight in. Surfrider’s activities, indeed everyone’s activities have been cancelled and/or postponed temporarily because of COVID-19.

“We collected 620kg of non-recyclable garbage from the Wollongong Harbour seabed.” Photo: Aristo Risi

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It has brought us closer together, disrupted our lives, forced us to be vigilant and changed the way we do things. These changes are not always convenient, but they are giving Mother Nature a chance to regenerate, and certainly not in the way any of us would have liked or even dreamed of. We need to celebrate the wins and focus on the good. Pay kindness forward and do a good turn today because the last thing we want is to induce anxiety or fear, as that makes us weak. We shouldn’t stop living and allow panic to grip us. Indeed, this is not the first time that humanity has had to deal with difficult traumas – although it is a first for many of us. The most important thing we can do is to support one another and spread peace and calm, not the crippling emotion of fear that overpowers rational thinking. Choose a reputable news source, and implement measures suggested by key health experts to minimise the spread of COVID-19; don’t use social media as your source of information and don’t get sucked in to negativity. Keep calm, keep busy, and keep your distance. It’s a beautiful world out there, so get some sand between your toes, look after your loved ones, wash your hands with soap, and enjoy what 2515 has to offer, even if it means looking out of your window (for now). Finally, if you’re not a member of Surfrider, I urge you to get involved and join us in protecting our oceans, waves and beaches. Membership starts from $25 per year and you get the greatest sense of community by being involved in our programs. Visit https://www.surfrider.org.au/25membership (South Coast). Our organised activities might be on hold for now, but you can always head to the beach and show it some love! 2515

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’TIS THE SEASON

With Green Connect Fair Food Coordinator Kristin Watson

It’s been a challenging year for all of us. But it’s important to stick together. Although we can’t share hugs and handshakes, we can share friendly words, smiles and good deeds. We are taking extra precautions at Green Connect and have upped the level of hygiene and social distancing. We’re spending a lot of time and resources helping our staff and community understand what’s going on, and what precautions to take. As more people are choosing to isolate themselves to stay safe, we want to be able to help. We are now offering home deliveries to extended suburbs, Thirroul, Bulli and Woonona, until further notice. You can also donate a box to someone who might be struggling to get out to the shops –you can do so on our website. We want to stress that in these times it is more important than ever to support your local businesses. We all need to stick together to help our community. Green Connect aims to create employment for former refugees and young people. As a lot of the events where we provide Zero Waste services have been cancelled this year, first because of fires and now because of Covid-19, the bulk of our income at Green Connect comes through the sale of veg boxes – so thanks to all our subscribers! We’d like to increase our veg box numbers, but increasing sales has always been a slow process, and it takes time to build up community interest in sustainable fruit and veg. But while we’re waiting on community interest to catch up, we can tap into a demand for free-range eggs, pork and lamb. Diversifying our product offerings in this way

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increases our resilience to external shocks, and keeps the employment of our staff more secure. Our mixed Pork and Lamb packs are now available to order via our website, they come in 10kg packs and are picked up at Cleaver and Co’s Craft Butchery in Gwynneville. There are a lot of new things to get used to and restrictions and rules changes every day, but we will keep doing all we can to provide our community with fresh, locally grown, nutritious fruit, vegetables and free-range meat. PORK RAGU (SLOW COOKER*). Serves 6-8. • 1.3kg Green Connect pork neck • 1 cup Green Connect bone broth • 200g bacon or pancetta (optional) • 2 tbsp olive oil • 1 brown onion, roughly chopped • 1 large carrot, roughly chopped • 1 bay leaf • 1 tin organic crushed tomatoes • 3 garlic cloves, crushed with the back of your knife. • 3 black peppercorns • Salt • Add fresh herbs like oregano, thyme, rosemary or parsley. • Olives and fresh pasta or polenta to serve. METHOD: Season pork neck with salt and pepper. Heat 1tbsp of olive oil in a large frying pan on medium heat. Sear the pork neck on each side so it gets a nice colour. Alternatively, you can cut the pork neck into four pieces and sear them all off, this will shorten the cooking time. Once the meat has a nice brown surface, place in the slow cooker. In the same frying pan, cook-off your bacon or pancetta, and add to the slow cooker. Then sear of the onion and carrot in the juices and fat from the bacon, and add to the slow cooker. Add bone broth, tomatoes, vinegar, herbs, and garlic. Place lid on top and cook for eight to 10 hours, or until the pork is tender and can be pulled apart with a fork. Once you are happy with the consistency of the pork, pull it apart and serve with the cooking juice. (if the juice is too watery, strain it into a saucepan and reduce to get the right consistency). Then simply add the meat back in and pull apart. Add olives. Serve with fresh pasta or polenta. * You can also cook this in a casserole. Put it in the oven on 150ºC for six to eight hours. 2515

Packed with fresh produce from the urban farm in Warrawong, Green Connect’s weekly veg boxes are available for pick up at Flame Tree Co-op and at Taylor’s Healthy Grocers in Thirroul. To order, visit www.green-connect-vegbox.com.au

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HELPING WILDLIFE

Lisette Tatnell, a founder of the Wollongong Network Helping South Coast Wildlife group on Facebook, reports on action taken in March. Aerial food-drops for wildlife have been taking place in remote fire-affected areas with the assistance of helicopters from the Australian Navy. These drops have been organised and funded by Wildlife Stations Shoalhaven. You can donate to help them continue these food-drops at Wildlife Stations BSB: 082 435 ACC: 18 581 0666 Swift code: Nataau 3302S. The Batties, led by Katrina Skellern, and All Sustainable Futures’ Lisa Miller, have been busy delivering fruit and eucalypt blossoms to the Shoalhaven Bat Clinic. The clinic has been inundated with around 500, grey headed flying foxes this year. Fruit for the bats can be donated at Supermarket Trolley Collections. Wildlife carers plan to release the flying foxes as soon as possible, however, food shortages due to the drought, fire and habitat loss are of great concern for the future survival of this very important pollinator. Planting natives in your garden is a great way to help flying foxes and other wildlife. Ficus coronata, glochidion sumatranum and Syzygiums are just a few of the suitable garden plants that can also provide food for flying foxes. Many of these native plants can be at native nurseries. Habitat Box production for Wildlife Rescue South Coast has commenced thanks to the fundraiser wildlifeboxes.raisely.com organised by Jane Fullerton Smith. Soon there will be habitat boxes for five different species, including the newly designed Boobook owl boxes thanks to Pat Maloney. A huge thank you to everyone who has donated time, money or encouragement towards helping wildlife in this very difficult time. 2515

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Real estate update HOW WILL COVID-19 IMPACT THE PROPERTY MARKET IN OUR AREA? There certainly has been a lot of disruption to our lives recently with the Coronavirus but is it having an impact on the real estate market? There have been a few comments from vendors and buyers, however, the fundamentals of the market are still strong. Finance regulations have eased and interest rates are at an all-time low, both of which are major drivers of the property market. Supply is limited and people still need a roof over their head. And in these uncertain times our area is viewed as safer than other more populated areas. In addition, bricks and mortar is seen as less volatile than the share market. So there are strong fundamentals, but with information and government announcements coming daily, best to contact your real estate adviser for up to date information on your property or circumstances.

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Liliana with Ken’s Cones owners Janelle and Ken Murray. Photos: Dean Murray

SWEET THOUGHT

A surprise gift brought joy to an ice-cream vendor. 2515 reports. When she hears the tinkle of Greensleeves, seven-year-old Liliana from Woonona knows a sweet treat is coming to her street. But last month, instead of rushing out to order her favourite flavour (sherbert) from Ken’s Cones ice-cream van, Liliana surprised the operator with a gift – an ice-cream van all made of Lego. “When Liliana presented me with the Lego van, I was quite taken by it. Very surprised and felt sort of honoured,” said Ken Murray, owner of Ken’s Cones. Liliana said she had made the Lego gift for Ken because “he is so generous”. “Because he works so hard and he puts a lot of effort into making and delivering the ice cream to make people happy.” Liliana’s mum, Sue Fagan, said she loves supporting a local family business. “Ken’s got a great story and he’s been around for years with his wife and kids. You just don’t see that anymore. “As a mum of a seven year old who can be easily distracted by screens and wanting to wear make up and being all grown up, I love the innocence and the nostalgia that a simple ice-cream van visiting our street brings. It brings the kids out onto the streets and the adults, and creates an almost lost era of opportunity to connect. “And let’s face it, we need human connection and the simple things like ice-cream, conversations and communities more than ever now! And who

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doesn’t love a choc top or sprinkles? “Ken’s Cones has been operating for over 27 years,” Ken said. “Most of our business over the years has come from catering events. “We are a small family business. [My wife] Janelle and both kids, Dean (30) and Tanya (25), have worked and remain helpers in the business. “I am a joker and like to make people laugh. I never really thought I was changing people’s lives for a moment in time, but when I look back at instances over the years of providing my treats, it’s definitely true. “One occasion, I was catering a wedding in Nowra, as we arrived with Greensleeves music blaring, flashing light on, a group of young women, like in their mid 20s, were jumping with joy, like seven year olds. It was amazing to watch. “I have served 70, 80 and 90-year-old men and women and revived their childhood. They have said to me on numerous occasions that it reminds them of when they were young. “If I could bottle that feeling and sell it in a bottle, imagine the joy I could deliver on a daily basis, especially in these difficult times we are all experiencing at this time.” Liliana’s Lego van now occupies a special place amongst Ken’s treasures. “It sits in my Mancave – I call it the Kencave – on a shelf with my other prized possessions. I have it in a clear container to preserve it from getting knocked and damaged.” 2515


COOKING WITH APPLES! Jo Fahey reports from Darkes Glenbernie Orchard.

INSTRUCTIONS Prepare apples for dipping. If using sticks, insert into apples at stem stopping before puncturing through bottom of apple. Line baking sheet with wax paper and spray with cooking spray. Melt caramels according to package instructions. Dip the apples, one at a time, letting extra caramel drip off. Place on wax paper to cool. Once all have been dipped, place in refrigerator for at least an hour to let caramel set up. Using kitchen shears, if needed trim caramel “feet” (extra blob of caramel on bottom of apple) off of apples before dipping in chocolate. Melt chocolate according to package instructions. Dip caramel-covered apples in chocolate until evenly covered. Let extra chocolate drip off. If adding toppings, sprinkle, dip or drizzle now. Place finished apple on wax paper until set. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate until needed. These should keep three to five days refrigerated.

April is Pink Lady and Granny Smith Apple Picking season. Unfortunately, because of new rules with COVID-19 we can’t run our pick your own experiences on the farm right now but you can buy the apples from us already picked! Pink lady apples will hold their shape when you cook them but Granny Smith will become soft and make a smooth paste. If you have plenty of time over the school holiday break socially isolating or distancing, why not try to make something delicious with these apples? Here’s a few ideas on what yummy recipes you Visit www.darkes.com.au 2515 can prepare at home whilst they are at their very best! You can always ‘google’ great traditional recipes for apple pie, apple crumble, apple Charlotte and even bread and butter pudding but try adding a bit of apple! Give this simple idea a try: Juice them and freeze with a little chopped mint added to each ice block. Use these to drop into your favourite drink, rather than a plain water ice block, or blitz a few seconds to make an icy slurpee.

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COVER E FEATUR

COLEDALE WAVES The government let them down. Now the club is asking the community for help. 2515 spoke to club president Cartia Wollen and sponsorship manager Dan Banyard.

Coledale Waves Football Club has launched a Go Fund Me page to raise $20,000 for a new storage shed. Yet this sum is a fraction of what the club needs to get up to scratch. The Waves club has a stunning homeground at St James Park, with the Illawarra escarpment on one side and the ocean on the other. But while spoilt for natural beauty, the club lacks safe playing fields, a women’s changing room, storage space and floodlights so players can practise after dark. “Our major thing at the moment is we don’t have a girls’ change room,” the Waves club president Cartia Wollen says. The club has almost 500 players, almost 600 members including coaches and managers. “We have four dedicated girls competition teams (U12-16), a number of junior mixed teams and one over-30s senior women’s team. We sadly lost our younger all-age women’s team to other clubs with

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better facilities. About half the club is made up of female players, although this reduced this year because of the loss of one of our women’s teams. “It’s just not good enough for a club that has half females to not have privacy and change rooms for females. This [Cartia points to the rundown clubhouse] is all we’ve got and we’re using one of the bathrooms as storage. And obviously you have a lot of equipment that has to be put out every time you have a competitive Saturday or Sunday. “There’s just gear everywhere. “So that’s why Dan Banyard has put together the Go Fund Me, after missing out on that grant.” THE SPORTS GRANTS SCANDAL “That grant” is one of the big political scandals of 2020. The federal government’s Community Sport Infrastructure Grant Program made ‘sports rorts’ headlines for months, starting in January


5 SKILLS TO PRACTISE AT HOME

Owing to the coronavirus crisis, soccer season has been pushed back until April 14, possibly further. But you can still stay soccer fit! FAST FEET Place the ball in between your feet, with your legs shoulder width apart. Slightly bend your knees and knock the ball in between your feet as quickly as you can, using your instep. TRIANGLES Start with the ball slightly in front of you. Drag the ball back with the sole of your right foot at an angle so your legs are shoulder width apart. Pass the ball across to your left foot using the instep of your right foot. Pass the ball forward at an angle with your left foot. Stop it with the sole of your right foot and continue the process. Do the same exercise but now start with your left foot. when the Australian National Audit Office released a report revealing a process that was politically biased, where grants were given to less deserving clubs in key Liberal electorates, or electorates which the Coalition held by a small margin. The scandal has included the resignation of Senator Bridget McKenzie, the minister responsible for the program, accusations of corruption and calls for a federal ICAC (Independent Commission Against Corruption). And it squandered public faith ahead of a time when trust was most needed, making “Stop it!” two of the most ineffectual words a prime minister has spoken. The Waves were disappointed not to receive any funding. They’d asked for $500,000 to cover absolutely everything; 10 members had spent more than 200 hours working on the application. “We had a really good score,” Cartia says. “And yet, because we’re a safe Labor seat, we missed out – while ones that didn’t fit as much of the criteria got the grant.” “The application was really good, really compelling,” says Dan Banyard, the Waves sponsorship manager. “It would’ve just made everything amazing. We would’ve been able to do everything – the pitch, the drainage, the lights, the whole lot.” Since the sports grant scandal broke in January, the feeling at the club has been “a bit deflated,

DRAG-PUSH Ball Starts in front of you, drag the ball back using the sole of your foot then push the ball forward at a slight angle using your laces. Stop the ball with the sole of your other foot and quickly pull the ball back. Push it forward again at a slight angle and continue the process. INSIDE-OUTSIDE Start with the ball slightly in front of you. Play the ball side-wards with the instep of one foot, with the other foot play the ball in the same direction with the outside of the foot. Then use the inside of the same foot to pass the ball back in the opposite direction, with the other foot play the ball in the same direction with the outside of the foot. Use the inside of the same foot and continue the exercise. FAST FEET STEP OVER Knock the ball in between your feet as quickly as you can, using the instep. Once the ball has hit the inside of your right and then left foot perform a step-over with your right foot as the ball is moving. Once your foot reaches the outside of the ball again perform and fast feet and repeat the step over with the left foot. Find a rhythm and make sure you are on the balls of your feet. APRIL / 2515 / 27


GO FUND ME CAMPAIGN On February 9, Dan Banyard launched a Go Fund Me page titled “Help raise funds for a Storage Shed”. At press time in March, the club had raised $825 of a $20,000 goal. Here’s an edited extract: Coledale Waves Soccer Club is a rapidly growing community sports club with around 600 players including seven senior teams. Yet our home ground, St James Park, is in terrible condition, and has inadequate storage and change facilities and no floodlighting. The Government let us down. We need your support. In the recent Community Sport Infrastructure Program, we submitted an application for $500K. We received $0. We still desperately need funds to upgrade our sub-standard facilities. We urgently need $20K (to add to funds already raised) to begin the first stage of our upgrade plans – including a new storage shed, water tanks for irrigation and ground improvements. In the meantime, we’re stuck with: • no adequate storage facilities for our gear (currently in change rooms) • no adequate drainage and a rock-hard uneven field punctuated by a cricket pitch • no dedicated change rooms for our male and female players • no floodlights for after-dark training and games and increased player safety Donate cash via https://au.gofundme.com/f/ coledale-waves-soccer-club or to donate in kind, get in touch via info@coledalewaves.com.au 28­ / 2515­/ APRIL

angry and frustrated”, Cartia says. “[Grants officer] Lisa Miller was pivotal in doing that grant, and Martin Smith. A number of members that spent a lot of time getting that grant together were quite angry – not angry that they didn’t get it, but angry when they found out why they didn’t get it. “And who did get it.” The Waves have spoken out in the national media. “It’s not acceptable. It shows complete disrespect for all the volunteers across Australia who put in huge amounts of time [applying for grants],” Lisa Miller told the ABC. Martin Smith’s two sons played for the Waves and he’s been a coach for more than 10 years, currently of the All Age Division 1 team. Martin wrote an article for The Guardian, saying, “the realisation that our government would show so little integrity and allocate tax payer funds for their own political gain is totally demoralising”. Sharon Bird, the member for Cunningham, spoke on the Waves’ behalf in parliament, saying: “The blatant rorts of the grants process is a slap in the face for community volunteers who keep these groups like the Coledale Waves going.” Cartia says: “She’s been really supportive.” Dan: “I put the Go Fund Me page up and I think literally 10 minutes later, it was me first, then maybe the second or third person was Sharon Bird. She put $200 in, I thought that was nice.” SO, HOW BAD IS IT? Dan: “The changing facilities here are not so much of a problem at a younger age. But as they [the girls] get older, clearly you’ve got a problem.” Cartia: “They have to change in a car, or before they get here. Just then [before the cover shoot] they were taking a turn to change around the side. With hooded towels, things like that.” The ground is rock-hard and uneven, notorious for causing twisted ankles and other injuries. Plus, there’s a cricket pitch in the middle. Cartia: “We can’t host any of the big days that the other clubs apply to host because our fields are nowhere up to scratch.” Dan: “Martin Smith manages the senior men’s all ages team. Last year his side got into the FFA Cup, the local competition, they did quite well. In the end [FFA Cup round 5], it was Coledale versus the Wollongong Wolves but we couldn’t play here – this ground wasn’t a sufficient standard.” Training happens all over the place. Cartia: “We’ve got such a small pitch and everyone wants to train on Friday…” Each week she’ll book six or seven training locations, from schools to council grounds. “Clowes Park, the beach, Glastonbury Gardens.” Dan: “The senior women were training on the


bit of grass at Austi Beach.” Cartia: “So were the junior teams, and also near the playground at Scarborough. Just anywhere you can find a piece of green patch.” Dan: “The training thing, I can’t emphasise how bad that is. “I have coached the under-14s, under-15s – they can’t necessarily start at four o’clock. And you have to start at 4pm to finish by 5 in the winter. There are no lights here.” The club has applied for grants at local, state and federal levels. So far, they’ve not had any luck, although Wollongong City Council has provided a water-filter tap and may contribute money towards floodlights. Dan: “Trev [Deeming] and I have been watering and growing grass – out of our own money, actually paying to buy seed and fertiliser and stuff. Just to get it up to a base standard.” Cartia: “A lot of our members – like Greg [Soster] with his landscaping business, he will come and put fill down – we have lots of members doing stuff out of their new pockets.”

league – so Coledale is pretty much responsible for creating the women’s league in this area.” Today Cartia is backed up by an executive team that includes two women: Katrina Marshal and Lisa Metcalfe. “I think that’s been really great,” she says. “Having our executives and our management run by women. I was really happy hearing that we had a female executive team.” The Waves are renowned along the coast for their community spirit. “It’s very family focused,” Cartia says. “Our club motto is ‘Football for all’. “It’s a very relaxed club. Sometimes you can go to other clubs and other fields and it’s pretty strict. We don’t want that. We want that sort of community, everybody putting in, everybody helping out to run, and to keep the club going.” Dan: “There are some clubs in the area that are really keen being at an elite level, getting really good players and winning trophies and all that kind of stuff. And that’s the opposite to us. “We promote soccer for everyone. It’s not necessarily about winning. You choose your side on who’s here rather than who’s good. “That kind of ethos goes all the way through to the senior sides as well. So even though we play in WOMEN MAKING WAVES division one, we have teams throughout all the Cartia is the club’s first female president, taking divisions. That inclusion thing is really important.” over from Vinnie Taylor at the start of this year. Ultimately, Cartia’s dream for their homeground “Vinnie was great, he was really good in getting lots is simple: “It’s a beautiful, lit-up, flat oval.” of people involved in the management,” she says. Help dreams come true: donate at https://au. Prior to Vinnie, Ian Dewey was the club’s gofundme.com/f/coledale-waves-soccer-club 2515 long-time president. “Ian’s amazing. His daughter wanted to play soccer and there was no women’s

Top row left to right: Cartia Wollen and her son Albert, Marlon Rowe, Henry Robinson, Patrick Reid, Kaitlyn House, Tim Ayling, Dan Banyard. Bottom row: Maggie Banyard, Finn O’Connor.

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HELPING THOSE WHO HELP US

A St John volunteer has started a new Facebook group for RFS, SES and other emergency services volunteers that aims to promote mental health – and potentially save lives. 2515 reports.

Towradji registered nurse and St John Ambulance volunteer Louise Murphy has launched the “Valuing Volunteer First Responders” Facebook group to help Australians stay “psychologically fit” to cope with crises past and present. In 2018, Louise was awarded a fellowship by the Churchill Trust (an Australian trust established in 1965 in memory of Sir Winston Churchill). In 2019 she travelled to the UK, Canada and US to investigate peer support programs to reduce mental health issues and suicide in volunteer emergency first responders. It was an incredible experience – not only did she learn lots and meet “absolutely amazing people”, Louise celebrated her 50th birthday while cruising the highways in a police car in Boston. “That was a highlight.” She returned to Australia just as the bushfire crisis exploded. “I flew in in December and got on a plane the next day, and flew off to Armidale, NSW and went to Yarrawitch base camp. “I work with St John, so I went to the base camp

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to support the RFS crew; it’s basically a whole heap of camps, tents where all the RFS people go after they’ve been out fire fighting. So it’s pretty noisy and busy and a bit chaotic at times and everyone was saying to me, ‘How are you sleeping so well?’, because, you know, you’ve got 10 people in a tent. “I was actually just jet-lagged!” Then, on New Year’s Eve, the fires took off on the South Coast. “Pretty much over the five weeks, I got deployed four times, twice with NSW Health and the rest with St John.” St John had volunteers at the evacuation centres, which were staffed 24/7 “for months”, Louise says. “In total we had about 400 volunteers at the evacuation centres to be able to support the communities – they were providing first aid, and psychological first aid as well. I think we’ve done a really great job in difficult times.” In the wake of the bushfires, Louise has set up the “Valuing Volunteer First Responders” Facebook group to aid wellbeing. It’s likely to be especially valuable in this time of social distancing. Louise is currently helping bushfire-affected people in the Shoalhaven. “Looking at a person and being able, where appropriate, to hold their hand is so powerful. It’s really hard to work around [the COVID-19 restrictions].” Are St John volunteers likely to be called up again in the coronavirus pandemic? “Absolutely. Without a doubt. “We’re not on standby yet, but as soon as the State Health Plan is activated, St John may be asked to step in.” “We need to be able to make sure that people are ‘mentally fit’, ‘psychologically fit’, prepared to be able to respond to the demand.” Louise kindly took time to answer our questions. Tell us a bit about yourself and your work with St Johns. I am a Registered Nurse of over 30 years’ experience. My area of expertise is in mental health and drug and alcohol nursing. Up until two weeks ago I was the Principal Nurse Educator for Mental Health Services in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISLHD). Two weeks ago, I moved into the Mental Health Bushfire Recovery Coordinator role for the ISLHD and I am supporting the mental health and wellbeing of the bushfire affected individuals and communities in the Shoalhaven region. I have been a volunteer with St John Ambulance for 16 years. In 2018 I was admitted into the Order of St John for my Leadership role in developing and implementing a statewide peer support program for our volunteers. Over the 16 years, I have been actively involved in providing pre hospital care – first aid to the communities. I have been on the Bicycle Emergency Response Team, the advanced


response teams and part of the deployments to bushfire in 2010 in Victoria and more recently in NSW. I love volunteering with St John Ambulance because it gives me an opportunity to serve the community and offer healthcare and treatment to individuals, families and communities. I joined St John so that I could use my clinical nursing skills to help the community. I feel privileged that I am able to do that – in fact, I have been awarded two “save a life awards” for successful CPR on individuals. What does your volunteer work with St Johns involve? I am an active volunteer and attend many community events. Over the past six years, I have been the NSW State Peer Support coordinator for St John Ambulance (volunteer role). This is my passion! I have developed and implemented a peer support program across NSW. By the very nature of what we do with St John, we are often on the frontline and we may be exposed to critical incidents (e.g. cardiac arrests) or trauma (e.g. fights at festivals, injured children etc) … I am committed to ensuring that our volunteers are looked after, so that we can in turn continue to look after our community. Evidence reveals that emergency service first responders have higher rates of mental health issues and suicide. In fact, recent data reveals that every 4.3 weeks an Australia emergency service worker dies by suicide. I am passionate about helping to reduce mental health and suicide rates in our volunteer first responder groups I generally attend the “big” events where there are large crowds and it’s more likely that there will be may presentations that are often complex. For example music festivals, the City to Surf, the Royal Easter Show etc.

Why were you awarded a Churchill Fellowship? Because of my role as the St John Peer Support Coordinator. I wanted to make sure that the program that I had developed for St John Ambulance was best practice and I wanted to learn what other emergency service first responder organisations (ambulance, fire, police etc) were doing to look after and support the mental health and wellbeing of their people, Often volunteers are forgotten about when it comes to workforce mental health and wellbeing so I wanted to observe what others were doing internationally and bring the learnings back to Australia to create best practice peer support program for volunteers. Volunteers play a significant role in protecting and serving our community so it’s essential that we look after them. Australia’s volunteer emergency first responders are having a really tough year, with fires, floods and now the virus. Tell us about your Facebook group and how it aims to help? Yes, it has been a very tough year! The “Valuing Volunteer First Responders” Facebook group provides a space to promote the mental health and wellbeing of our volunteer first responders. The group aims to provide education, inform and inspire volunteer first responders on how to look after their mental health and wellbeing so that they can look after the community. The information provided is evidence-based/ informed and intended to raise awareness about self care, mental health and well-being, reduce stigma and increase mental health literacy. To date, we have 304 group members with most being volunteer emergency first responders (e.g. St John, SES and RFS) although other healthcare professionals have joined the group because the content is relevant to them. 2515

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VET AT WORK

With Dr Matt O’Donnell. This month: The Year of Living Dangerously. This last summer season we have been presented with an unusually large number of Grey Headed Flying Foxes by our dedicated local WIRES carers. They are a fascinating large bat species located in the forested areas of south-eastern Australia. Sadly most of them are presented due to severe injury, malnutrition or dehydration and many are already too injured or weak to respond to treatment. Sometimes however, there is a chance for survival and we assist the WIRES carers with treatment and advice so they can rehabilitate them. We think the increased numbers this summer season is due to the bats having established a local summer camp in the lower escarpment in Thirroul. The extreme heat, drought and fires have reduced their range to less affected regions such as ours.

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We have had reports of many deaths due to extreme heat this summer, that has also produced many orphans brought into care. We are lucky to have both WIRES and Wildlife Rescue South Coast in our region stepping up to rescue and rehabilitate as many as they can. The Grey Headed Flying Fox is considered vulnerable to extinction due to threats such as habitat loss, mass die off during heat waves and human activity such as inappropriate fruit tree netting, electrocution on transmission lines and barbed wire entanglement. If you have fruit trees you want to protect, please look for wildlife safe netting that has holes less than 5mm wide. If you can poke your finger through, the holes are too big. For more information, contact www.wildlifefriendlyfencing.com In this last week we have had another netentangled bat here for treatment and she is battling with extensive wing wounds that she may not survive (pictured below, with extensive damage to the wing-tip digits and nails). On a positive note, we had some success with a juvenile orphan (pictured, top left, in his bat wrap) in care and now thriving. And the recent rains have eliminated the fires, have brought on new growth bringing nectar and fruit to our native forests, hopefully putting an end to the year of living dangerously. UPDATE ON KEVIN You may remember Kevin the “Schoodle” from last month who had a bladder full of stones. I am pleased to report he has fully recovered from this bladder surgery, has had his knee fixed and is making great progress. Now he is using his leg much better than before the surgery. n Northern Illawarra Veterinary Hospital is at 332 Princes Highway, Bulli. Phone 4238 8575. 2515


DESIGN FOR LIFE

Q&A with Michelle Viret, a Stanwell Park mum who has started her own business, Michelle Viret Design. One of her first local projects was at Stanwell Park Surf Club.

What was it like growing up in Stanwell Park in the 1980s? It was every child’s dream! Shoes were always optional, everyone always said ‘hello’ and Friday nights were spent at the Kiosk eating dinner and playing cricket. Growing up here has given me a deep appreciation for our natural environment and a passion to protect it. You’ve won an award for environmental innovation in a commercial project – please tell us more. One of my workplace designs for WT Partnership was awarded the ‘International Green Interior Award’ and achieved a 5-Star rating from the GBCA. The design challenged what an everyday office should be by crafting a ‘rainforest inspired’ landscape that increased social interaction and knowledge sharing, as well as helping to increase the company’s female recruitment exponentially. How were you involved in the Stanwell Park surf club reno? The H-SP Surf Club engaged me to design a full refurbishment of their existing function hall. The space was lovingly restored to make way for a beautifully crafted acoustic and lighting solution, layered with a beach-style finishes palette. Custom storage also simplifies the interior environment to ensure the focus is on the community within and the coastal views beyond. Why start your own business? My mission is to show that living in a sustainably built environment is a beautiful and achievable lifestyle for everyone. I’d love to share the knowledge I’ve gained over the last 15 years with the South Coast community so that the benefits can be enjoyed by everyone.

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Please tell us a bit about yourself. As an interior designer, I’ve always had a passion for understanding how our surroundings influence how we feel, as well as the impact the built environment has on our planet. This led me to specialising in environmental design with the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA). The last 15 years have seen me travelling the globe designing projects for companies such as Estee Lauder, Macquarie Private Wealth and Hitachi. With the growth of my family in Stanwell Park, I’ve launched my own interior design business to share this knowledge with the local community.

What services do you offer? I provide full interior design services for both family-friendly homes and commercial environments. My designs have an emphasis on biophilic principles, clever planning, beauty, comfort, connection to daylight/views and sustainable product sourcing. What does biophilic mean? Biophilia is our innate biological connection with nature. It helps explain why crackling fires and crashing waves captivate us. By strengthening this connection, our client’s interior environments help to reduce stress, decrease blood pressure levels and heart rates, enhance creativity and clarity of thought, improve well-being and expedite restorative healing. How is our health linked to the design/building process? Statistically we spend 90 per cent of our time indoors. The World Health Organisation says that this is leading to a decrease in physical and mental health due to the current quality of our buildings, construction materials used, and the equipment installed. By being mindful of the decisions we make during the design process, we have an opportunity to build healthier, safer and more eco-friendly buildings to support us well into the future. n Contact Michelle on 0422 760 837, michelle@ michelleviret.com.au or michelleviret.com.au 2515

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DID YOU HEAR THE WHISPERS? By Dawn Crowther.

Clifton School of Arts has stood at the corner of Lawrence Hargrave Drive and School Parade, Clifton since 1911. The original building consisted of a large hallway upstairs and four separate rooms. On the southern side, two of the rooms consisted of a doctor’s surgery and a waiting room. A library/ reading room and meeting room were at the northern end upstairs. Downstairs was completely separate from upstairs. No internal stairway existed in those days. The central hallway upstairs was mirrored downstairs with a shop on the left and a billiard room situated on the right. I was fortunate to grow up in Clifton during the late 1940s/1960s – “when the village raised a child”. By then upstairs had been opened up in to one large room, access was by the front stairway and a wooden ramp from the back door which led to the outdoor toilet (dunny). A shop, downstairs, catered for the need of the community and also acted as a meeting place. Researching the history of this lovely building brought back many lovely memories for me and I was prompted to write the following:

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Did you hear the whispers? As you walked across the threshold, did you hear the whispers from the library? The rustle of a lady’s skirt as she bustled past to see the doctor? The shuffle of feet by others sitting on the long stools awaiting their turn and a whimpered cry from a small baby suffering from one of the many ailments of the day? I hear the giggles of small children sitting on the same long stools along the walls and imagine the Christmas tree bedecked with hand-made decorations, and the echoes of Jingle Bells as Santa arrives with his bag of toys for each child in the town, followed by the pianist pounding out the Hokey Pokey on the old upright piano. Can you imagine all the people in Sunday best at their prayers? When Clifton was first established, all denominations shared the CSA in their devotion to God. Do you hear the Chairman bringing the meeting to order and the scratch of the secretary’s pen as Clifton’s founding fathers discussed the matters of the day? Through the open windows I hear the clip-clop of horses and the jingle of their harness and the rattle of the coach as it passes on its way. Occasionally, the crack of whip and cursing can be heard outside, followed by the smell of oxen as they trundle down the main road hauling huge wagons of felled cedar. Downstairs in the billiard room all is quiet until a sudden roar of laughter signals a missed shot, or yells and clapping which followed a win. Can you smell the cigar and cigarette smoke that must have permeated from that room? Visions of black-faced coal-miners at play. Downstairs also conjures up memories of the village shop and many shop owners. Biscuits, flour, sugar in large containers shovelled onto an old set of scales and sold by the ounces or pounds then handed over in brown paper bags. The milk and fresh bread delivered to the shop by the local producers. Voting days brought all in the community to the CSA. Clifton was a coal-mining village; the very rudimentary huts and tents gave way to sturdy wood and tin dwellings often with verandahs along the front and the people who inhabited these cottages knew the Clifton School of Arts and many a rowdy meeting has been held in its rooms. 21st’s, engagements, weddings and parties have left echoes. Listen for them. 2515


— THE LAND: MY HOME — By Renee McDonald

Austinmer-based therapist, coach, writer and creative, Renee McDonald, has been writing poetry since she was a teenager. She is currently raising her three children with her husband and their dog, Barkus, in Austinmer. She currently works as a director of her own company, runs retreats and generally lives a very full life around the Illawarra. You may see her walking her dog, out and about, or at the beach with her children. 2515

POET’S CORNER Compiled by Karen Lane

Green tree, big hills Black serpent, spirit wills Glistening sea and turning wave Our picturesque home And fervent enclave Safety zone and shimmering gold The reds, yellows and greens abound With regularity and sky burns bold Natural light and volcanic ground Sun, shine, rain and clear Attractive nature, whilst sheer And natural mere Near and dear to Austinmer And where I find myself And loving it here You can feel the rugged, special beauty Or people with their shore duty Deep gratitude for the sand And the Dharawal country land Blessings of firsthand Knowledge and wisdom Peaceful, gorgeous, grand.

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EMBROIDER

Janice Creenaune meets Judy Ireland who, after a career in pathology, is now reimagining her art and craft in an array of different styles of embroidery, across skills and across cultures. Photos supplied. Judy Ireland’s welcoming smile is all-inclusive as she invites any visitor to embrace her works. Her art surrounds her at home, but it can also often be seen on show in Thirroul Community Centre. Her love for her craft is seen in the perfection it offers. She has perfected her embroidery over decades, from the age six or seven, enjoying holidays with her grandmother and mother, perfecting stitches, often on stamped linen. It was needlework in summer, knitting and crochet in winter and for Judy it holds wonderful memories. “I was often given a piece of stamped linen and threads as a Christmas present. I kept them all in a chocolate box, but it was years later, inspired by friends and guild works at the Ribbonwood Centre in Dapto that my world was truly opened to the world of embroidery. “I attended some workshops and joined the guild and I was overwhelmed with the possibilities. Others inspired me and also encouraged me to try other stitches and types of embroidery.” Judy says the knowledge and experience drawn from others was helpful. “We all share books, leaflets, ideas, fabrics, cottons, whatever really. We do also share our lives. It is friendly, with great camaraderie and lifelong friendships. My group meets on a Friday once a month, but there are many other groups too.

“The art of embroidery appears complicated, but a few basic techniques, often crossing cultural boundaries makes for the various differences we experience. I began with surface stitching and cross stitching, mainly from my grandmother and mother.” This type of stitching is generally English in origin. but Judy also works in many other styles and crossing cultural boundaries. Norwegian Hardanger, named after the region of foundation in its drawn-tread work, is one such passion for Judy, but she also works in sashiko (“little stabs”) style, a form of Japanese folk embroidery using the basic running stitch to create a patterned background. Judy also works in Egyptian samplers, “a type of double running stitch”, stump work, a threedimensional embroidery, using wire to lift the foreground, most often in silk and she also embroiders nets. Gold work, Dorset buttoning and tatting also feature in Judy’s repertoire. Some of these projects take a few hours, others many weeks and months – but, in all, Judy’s skill is easy to recognise and admire. “I do work on many projects at once and sometimes we are set challenges within our group at the Ribbonwood Centre. One such task recently was to embroider a CD. This helps to keep everybody going and the ideas and creativity that emerge from everybody is truly amazing. “We also hold exhibitions to show the wider community our efforts but we love showing each other. We inspire each other all the time. “I use embroidery as a release and I relax.” Judy and other volunteers guide and share skills with young embroiderers in the Children’s Group (age 7-14) at Tarrawarra on the 3rd Saturday afternoon of each month. “I love to exhibit, I love being with others in our group, but generally I just love to do something, and embroidery is so diverse it is never-ending in the discovery of it. I feel I have barely scratched the surface even now.” n Writer Janice Creenaune is a volunteer for the PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease) Foundation Australia, helping to raise awareness. For more details, email janicecreenaune@gmail.com or call 4267 4880. 2515

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A FRESH START

Last month Shaz Harrison – known to many as the founder of Illawarra charity Need A Feed – took over as manager at Manic Organic Whole Foods in Woonona. Embattled independent grocery store Manic Organic was on the verge of closing when a retired local geologist bought the business and appointed Shaz to run it and its social media pages. On one hand, a global pandemic is a terrible time to take on a new job. On the other hand, Shaz told 2515 mag that food was flying off the shelves in March and she was barely able to restock the milk fridge fast enough. “We have a regular sanitising and cleaning schedule and will do everything we can for the community,” Shaz said. “Our fruit and veggie home-delivery service is available and we aim to do everything we can to bring you the best organic produce and products we can source at this tricky time.” n Follow Manic Organic Whole Foods on Facebook & Instagram, or phone 4285 9875. 2515

Shaz Harrison is the new manager at Manic Organic in Woonona. Photos: Unicorn Studios

LIFEOLOGY

of us. We should quieten our anxious minds, use logic and, for the good of the age, frail and disabled, take what we need and no more. This will not be a With Terri Ayliffe. This month: new way of life, this is a temporary situation which Collective anxiety. we can all get through with each other’s help. We have to learn to think critically. We no longer It has been a very difficult few months for us all. live in a time when we can take the media or Most of us have felt an extraordinary amount of information from the internet at face value. We anxiety over the summer and now we find we have have to challenge everything we read and hear, a new threat, the coronavirus. and we should turn to science for the correct We are in an unusual situation as almost information. overnight our world has changed. Our fear may I get these times are scary, but let’s not forget that have grown, misinformation adds to panic, and collectively we are powerful. Compassion and a lack of trust in our leaders exacerbates it. empathy have lost favour over the last few years. Collective anxiety manifests after a period of It is time we resurrected these gentle human traits collective trauma. The result is the community feels for all of our sake. fatigue and hopelessness. Our responses to our As a precaution to both you and I and our aged collective psychology may not be logical or provide relatives, I will not be conducting face-to-face us with the best long-term solution. Anxiety forces life-coaching sessions for a month. However, I am some of us to behave in a way that provides available through Skype and email. short-term solutions that immediately ease our feeling of anxiety. Some people act from a point of n Read more at https://lifeology.blog or get in touch with individual preservation, but this does not help any Terri: Terriayliffe@gmail.com or 0431 488 914 2515

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From left to right, back row: Oliver Keed, Ruby Morgan, Ella Campbell, Harley Fuller, Kailan Kulmar, Marley Lewis. Front row: Lyla Bell, Evie Subovic, Zayd Kulmar, Maggie Hill.

MICRO GROMS! Children from Helensburgh to Thirroul love learning to surf with the Scarborough Boardriders. 2515 chats to Micro Groms manager Luke Campbell.

Luke Campbell has surfed with the Scarborough Boardriders for most of his life. Now his five-yearold daughter Ella is also set to ride the waves. “I started in Scarborough Boardriders when I was probably 10 years old,” Luke says. “Ella started when she was probably two and a half.” So Ella’s a professional now, at age five? “She thinks she is!” he says, laughing. Luke manages the club’s Micro Groms division and has organised an enthusiastic crowd of young surfers for our Friday afternoon photo shoot at Coledale Beach. Despite a cool breeze, the kids are all excited,

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ready to jump in the surf and show off their skills. Men may still outnumber women in the surf, but today there’s a good mix of girls and boys. “It’s probably half-half this year,” Luke says. “There seems to be a lot more girls than we used to have … the girls have taken over.” “Yes, the girls are taking over! Woo!” Ella yells. Ella is a gorgeous girl, fun-loving and super patient while her dad is talking. Luke has spent a lifetime in Wombarra (he jokes about having moved 500m up the road). A coal miner who also runs his own air-conditioning business, Coastline Climate Control, Luke is part of


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a close-knit community where friends are for life – “me and the president [Christian de Clouett] grew up together”. Growing up in Wombarra in the 80s, they loved “the beaches and the freedom that we’ve got – just the community life.” For the past five years, Luke has run the Scarborough Boardriders’ Micro Groms. “The goal for the Groms is just to get the kids in the water, feel comfortable, be safe and have fun,” he says. “They start at probably four years old through to about 10. But there’s no age limit on it.” The groms meet one Sunday a month. Accordingly to Ella, the best part is surfing, the hardest is winning and when she catches a wave: “It feels fun!” “They’re all pretty keen,” Luke says. “They all turn up in the middle of winter. The water would get down to 15 degrees [Celsius] and the air temp can be 10 to 15 degrees at times. “We surf in any weather conditions, but it’s just the surf conditions – if it’s safe for them we’ll be there. If it’s not, we’ll postpone it for another weekend. So we don’t take any risks with the little ones. “We look at Scarborough Beach first, that’s our priority but we can go anywhere. “We just try to put them in the best waves from Little Austinmer through to Stanwell Park. So wherever’s the safest and best waves for them, we’ll be there. “The club started Micro Groms about 15 years ago, just to get the kids in the water and enjoy the water and feel safer in the water.” “The Groms started out with about five or six kids and then grew. We’ve got, right now, I reckon, 40 registered – that’s just in the Micro Groms. “We probably have 30 of them turn up most Sundays.” “Some of the kids that did Micro Groms 15 years

Luke Campbell and daughter Ella, 5.

ago have gone on to win the opens in Scarborough Boardriders and some of them have just gone on to be surfers.” Parents play an active role in water safety. “About half the parents go in,” Luke says. “My dad is one!” Ella says. “It just depends on the conditions on the day,” Luke says. “We put probably five or six in the water at each time. We’ll do that do that, then they’ll surf for 15 minutes and then the next lot will go out. Just because, if you send 40 kids out there, it’s just chaos. “It’s very family-friendly. There’s lots of dads who are here at the Micro Groms that are also competing in the older divisions. And mums.” The Boardriders don’t have a club house. “A club house would be good. No, we work out of a trailer so there’s a box trailer with a barbecue and tents and everything in that.”

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After each session, organisers aim to “give the kids a bit of encouragement”. “Sometimes there’s prizes to give away. Like towels, backpacks, suncream. “Water bottles!” Ella pipes up. “If you win.” Luke: “And there’s bacon and egg rolls, and sausages on the barbecue.” More children are welcome to join up through the year. “In Micros, kids can join up any time,” Luke says. “They just need a board and a wetsuit and that’s about it. “If their parents don’t feel safe going in the water with them, if they’re not surfers but their kids are, there’s always someone that will take them out and give it a go.” There’s no fixed age when Micro Groms move up to the next level at Scarborough Boardriders. “Just when they get a little bit competitive and they’re good enough to go up. “Some kids that have gone up this year were eight, and they’ve gone really good. And sometimes they’re a bit older.” Micros are not involved in any inter-club comps: “We just compete against each other. And in the Micros it’s not really competing – I write some scores down, but they’re all 8s and 9s and sometimes 10s. “It’s just getting them in the water and having fun. That’s what it’s about.” “Yes, daddy,” Ella agrees. “That’s what it’s all about.” n COVID-19 update: On March 17, Scarborough Boardriders club president, Christian de Clouett announced: “There will be no other Scarborough Boardriders Club events in either March or April. “Our next pointscore is scheduled for Sunday May 17th as per our Calendar, but we will monitor the situation closely and advise in the near future.” Stay up to date via the club’s social media pages. Follow the Scarborough Boardriders on Facebook and Instagram. 2515

WANT TO SPONSOR THE MICRO GROMS?

More sponsors are always welcome, says Luke Campbell, manager of Scarborough Boardriders’ Micro Groms. The club would love to hear from a company that could donate prizes, for example. “So at the end of every round, we can reward them for trying, for being part of it, to encourage them to keep wanting to do it. “The club has lots of sponsors, but it would be epic if we could get a sponsor on board to reward the kids when they come out the water. Like with Milo, or zinc or even just a sticker. “At this age they like that encouragement.” Contact @Scarbsboardridersclub via Facebook. 44­ / 2515­/ APRIL


GROMS SPEAK At what age did you start surfing & who taught you? Dadda taught me and I was 3 years old. – Charlie Hill, age 4 I caught my very first wave at 4 at Green Island and my dad taught me. – Ruby Morgan, 9 I started surfing when I was 4 and my dad taught me. – Fletcher Bell, 6 At 5, a surfing teacher at Happy Days Surf School [Woonona] and my dad. – Marley Lewis, 7 What do you like most about micro groms? It’s fun and I get to see my friends. – Oliver Keed, 9 The best part is surfing with your friends and its fun to stand up and do barrels. – Fletcher Bell, 6 Bacon and egg sandwich after surfing and doing cannonballs off my surfboard. – Charlie Hill, 4 It’s fun because I get to see all my friends and dad gets to push me into waves. – Maggie Hill, 7 Surfing with my friends and cheering each other on when we catch a fun wave. – Ruby Morgan, 9 What’s the hardest part? Standing up. – Charlie Hill, 4 That you’re really scared to go out, but once you’re out it’s so much fun and you want to do it more. – Marley Lewis, 7 Trying to get a wave because you can get smashed. – Lyla Bell, 9 The hardest bit is sometimes you get wobbly on the surfboard and wipeout and can’t breathe in the water. – Fletcher Bell, 6 How do you feel when you catch a wave? Excited that I got it! – Oliver Keed, 9 So happy, especially if the wave goes for a long time and I don’t fall off! – Ruby Morgan, 9 It’s great because even if you fall off you are in the ocean. – Maggie Hill, 7 I feel really happy and smiling. – Fletcher Bell, 6 It feels awesome! – Charlie Hill, 4 2515

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TH 0.38 SA 0.32 SU 0.54 SA MO FR FR 1558 SA 1523 WE 1607 Commonwealth of Australia Bureau of Meteorology 0.66 2215 1.50  Copyright 1.542019, 2217 1.84 2355 2147 1.69 Datum of Predictions is Lowest Astronomical Tide

0.55 1.51 TU 1326 0.43 1940 1.54

0.50 1.50 WE 1355 0.44 2011 1.59

WOLLONGONG CITY COUNCIL HAS0.47 ASKED 23 0223 0824 1.47 0.46 ALL 2508THTO1424 REMIND 2042 1.64 BEACH GOERS TO 0.21 0.45 24 0300 1.74SWIM 0900 1.43 THE BETWEEN 0.23 FR 1453 0.49 1.83 2115 1.67 FLAGSQuarter – NO FLAGS Last 0.21 NO0.44 SWIM. 25 0340 1.62 MEANS 0939 1.37 SA 1523 0.54

1.69 YOU 2147 CAN ALWAYS 0420 0.45 26 SPEAK TO ONE 1020 1.32 OF SU 1556 0.59 COUNCIL’S 2224 FRIENDLY 1.68 0.32 LIFEGUARDS 0504 0.47TO 1.34 27 1104 1.26 0.56 0.64 MO 1632 DISCUSS CONDITIONS 1.73 2304 1.66 AT THE BEACH. 0.40 0554 0.50

0.25 1.48 0.44 1.80

1.22 0.67

28 1154

1.21 TU 1715 0.70

1.62 TIMES 2350 AND HEIGHTS 1.65 0650 0.52 29HIGH 0.46 OF 1252AND 1.17LOW 1.15 WE 1809 0.75 WATERS 0.76 LAT 3401.59 29’ 0045 1.56 0.50 30 0753 0.51 0 1501.17 55’ 1.14 LONG TH 1401 0.80

1917 0.78

1.50 0.59 1.15 0.70

0.50 1.21 TU 1715 0.70 2350 1.62

Times are in local standard time (UTC +10:00) or daylight savings time (UTC +11:00) when in effect 1.65 0650 0.52 Moon Phase Symbols New Moon First Quarter Full Moon

0.61 0.67 0448 0.56 0420 1.50 33 0416 1.40 0013 1.67 0016 0.52 0029 0.45 0034 0.25 0617 0.45 0052 20 0634 20 0642 5 29 14 0800 14 0657 26 11 26 1.51 1.55 0537 1.73 1020 0.51 35 1026 0.57 0.35 1.29 1.52 1052 1.48 1217 1.32 0.44 0.43 1.44 1218 1804 0.26 0.58 1256 1402 1.14 38 1.34 1330 1300

0.61 1.51 0.44 1.47

0.25 1.82 0.17 1.77

0.32 2217 1.84

0.45 1.52 0.42 1.53

25 0340 0939

1.59 0.51 1.17 TH 1917 0.78 0029 0634 MO 1256 1909

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0.46 1252 1.17 1.15 or otherwise 0.75 0.59 FR 0.42 SU 0.44 TU WE 1809 SAThe Bureau SUno warranty Meteorology gives anyMO kind whether express, implied, statutory in respect to the availability, accuracy, currency, completeness, TH 1634 SAof 1641 SUof1556 1.47 1.25 1828 0.62 1916 0.76 48 2246 0.51 1931 1900 0.43 or reliability of the information that the2224 information1909 will be fit for any particular purpose or will not infringe any third party Intellectual Property rights. 1.53 quality 2306 1.80 or1.45 1.68 The Bureau’s liability for any loss, damage, cost or expense resulting from use of, or reliance on, the information is entirely excluded.

0.55 0.61 0548 0.44 0504 1.61 0455 0105 1.63 0014 1.53 0108 0.32 0033 0.47 0155 0.46 0127 21 0712 21 0728 6 30 1546­0803 15 0909 12 27 27 1.51 1.58 0630 1.80 1104 0.39 1100 0.55 / 2515­1149 /0.42 APRIL 1.34 0706 1.26 1.45 0.43 1406 1400 0.40 1.28 1304 1303 0.19 1.21 1326 1519 1.23

1.56 0.50 1.14 TU 0.64 SA 0.46 MO 0.56 SU SU 1726 MO MO 1632 WE FR 1703 1.54 0.80 1.32 2357 1.57 2304 0.56 1914 0.64 1940 1.73 1843 1.66 2029 2319 2008 1.55 1948

0.33 0554 0.53 0534 0148 1.50 0146 0.40 0117 0.50 0.48 0.55 0652 0109 22 0747 13 7 31 28 28 0722 0804 1.84 0.59 1.73 22 0807 1.60

0.50 1.50

30 0045 0753

1.59 0.51 TH 1401 1.17 1917 0.78


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