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Clifton | Scarborough | Wombarra | Coledale | Austinmer | Thirroul




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MEET OUR CONTRIBUTORS ELLIOT STEIN is a third-generation Thirroul

boy. He worked in politics for the Labor Party in Canberra and Brisbane for a decade before moving to New York City as a communications consultant. At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic he returned to Thirroul. He tweets at @elliotjstein SUSIE CRICK is the Ocean Plastics Director at Surfrider Foundation and sits on three environmental Boards. Her day job is the director of Planet Childcare in Coledale. Susie is a crew member of the all-female eXXpedition sailing research mission exploring plastics and toxics in our oceans. Protecting the marine environment is her passion. DR JEFF HALL graduated from the University of Sydney in 1995 and undertook general practice training in regional NSW and the UK before settling in the Illawarra. He joined Bulli Medical Practice in 1999 and became a managing partner in 2001. He supervises medical students from the University of Wollongong and General Practice Registrars from GP Synergy. Jeff loves living and working in the Illawarra with his family.

MURRAY JONES Aged 69, Murray was born in Bulli Hospital and lives in Thirroul. He attended Bulli High and UOW, graduating in Maths. Murray is a software developer and has been Secretary of the Thirroul Village Committee since 2004.


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It’s a tricky time to be a parent. ART Released on June 15, the OF Australian Bureau of Statistics’ AUSTI Household Impacts of COVID-19 Survey (26-29 May 2020) showed three in four parents (76%) kept their children home from school or childcare due to COVID-19. Parents made changes to their work arrangements to care for their children, including working from home (38%), reducing or changing working hours (22%), and taking leave from work (13%). About 34% of Australians who were caring for children reported an increase in time spent caring for children while also doing household chores or working. Yes, triple tasking – supervising homework, while in an online meeting and also folding washing – is a trend. There are more challenging times ahead. As I write, huddled in the bedroom in an effort to find a quiet corner on a rainy Sunday, besieged by a playful kelpie herding a flock of screaming children around the house, I know I’m not the only parent looking forward to the July school holidays with trepidation. For any working parent, holidays are a time of mixed emotions: joy at having the kids at home, no early alarms or school lunches. But horror at the prospect of juggling 24/7 childcare with a job. Particularly so in 2020. Term 1 featured the first outbreak of Covid-19, panic-buying and two anxious weeks of home-schooling, social distancing and general uncertainty. Then the April school holidays. The rise of Zoom, working from home and ‘iso pets’ on Insta. More home schooling in Term 2. A staggered return. And from 3pm on Friday, July 3, more holidays. Certainly cold, possibly wet and with a virus still lurking in the community. Which is why I know you’ll be thrilled to hear we’ve found a screen activity that’s creative, educational and guilt-free. The co-founder of the SmartFone Flick Fest, local resident Angela Blake, is calling on Illawarra students to enter the 2020 competition, with over $40,000 worth of prizes up for grabs. “All you need is your phone or tablet, a good idea and to say yes.” And Wollongong City Council has launched its first Creative Wollongong Short Film competition, calling for kids flicks featuring bananas (“No bananas should be harmed in the making of the film”, cut-off July 18). Turn to page 47, read Angela’s tips for budding Spielbergs and – I say this with feeling as the kelpie chase has just ended in tears – go bananas, kids! The editors, Gen & Marcus 2515


Clifton | Scarborough | Wombarra

| Coledale | Austinmer | Thirroul

COMING HOME By Elliot Stein

THEN New York had been shut down barely a week. My one-bedroom apartment on the Lower East Side, once a spacious and welcoming respite between commitments, now felt claustrophobic. Unease and panic seemed to push against the double-glazed windows onto 1st Avenue which now lay quiet of traffic. On the day the City closed we stood on a rooftop over a dark Broadway and watched the cars banked up for the exits. People get out of town for the weekend all the time, we convinced ourselves. It was Wednesday. Our lives continued their march into our screens. Zoom became a verb, our only source of contact and information. A flat 13.3-inch necessity. A hold-out coffee stand stayed open. They didn’t know if they’d be open later that day. I said goodbye. We exchanged ‘Stay safe’, which hung heavy between us. A midnight text: “The borders are closing. Get home, now.” NOW I finish my inverted workday as the sun is rising over Thirroul Beach. I grab a coffee to defy my body clock and briefly chat to the crew at Blackbird before scrambling along the coastline. It’s been exactly 100 days since I left the US, that life daily fading away in both thought and memory. It’s becoming an abstract place, a ‘there’ not a ‘home’. Reaching the top of the northern hill at

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Austinmer and looking north and south I’m struck each time by just the sheer scale and space of it all. Beaches and tracks that I’ve known since before I can remember but that feel new each time, standing between the ocean and the tracks that my Pop ran locomotives on. This is feeling less and less like a brief sojourn. When American mates used to see a picture of Wollongong on my desk or at home, they’d ask why I ever left. And I’d have a thousand words and rambling answers. Now I ask myself the same and come up short. Walking up through Coledale I feel like I could stretch out my arms and graze both the trees and the ocean. The escarpment, once an impenetrable wall holding back exploration, now hangs in the background like a green velvet curtain, framing an oasis. A creeping sensation. How could I leave. Americans are sick of me talking about DH Lawrence and sit shocked at news of flat curves and open anythings. They tell me my accent is getting thicker and harder to understand. We lost what little was left of our certainty in 2020. We gave up planning for safety. And I came back to a place left almost 15 years earlier with no plan of returning. A place now again, home. Elliot Stein is a third-generation Thirroul boy who worked in New York City as a communications consultant. At the start of the COVID pandemic he returned to Thirroul. 2515




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Congratulations on the new role. Do you have previous ties to Helensburgh? I moved to Helensburgh about four years ago and love the lifestyle. After commuting into the city for work I was thrilled to be able to take on a role that allowed me the freedom of staying closer to home. What are your plans for NINA? I would like to see NINA grow to be able to provide other services to our client base, and looking forward, I would be keen to investigate other needs within the community to develop programs and services How many clients does NINA currently have? NINA provides support to over 100 clients and we are always willing to take on new clients. The aim of the service is to ensure that we can support people to stay independent, living in their own homes for as long as possible. How have clients been coping over the past few months? It has been lovely to see that families have really pulled together for lots of our clients. As we all have experienced the isolation, it was clear that the

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support by family and friends who are close enough was strong. For other clients, we were able to step in and assist with shopping What services will be on offer in July, now that Covid-19 restrictions are easing? Although our services have been impacted significantly by COVID, we are keen to restart as many as we can as the restrictions ease. We have a COVID Safe plan in place that will ensure we meet the current regulations and keep everyone safe. Social distancing will continue to impact on the numbers of services we can provide, but we have started some of our social groups and small shopping trips have also restarted. You’ve been looking for volunteers what roles need filling and who should apply? If people are interested in assisting in their community, then we have opportunities for drivers (own car a bonus) and also volunteers to be able to provide social support for clients who may be more isolated and need some company from time to time. 2515


n NINA manager Sharon has an extensive social work history, working primarily with families and within the child protection system in NSW over the last 25 years. “I recently took some time off work to assist my aging parents make the transition from independent living to supported care. This gave me first-hand experience of how the aged care system operates and the importance of a sense of control for clients in this time.” n Kim has been a team member for over four years, Kim is responsible for managing the social groups including Café Club, Laugh and Craft and is our volunteer coordinator. Kim enjoys spending time with the variety of people that make up NINA. “There is always something new to do or someone new to meet.” n Fiona joined NINA in March of this year. and says: “NINA is one of the best community services I have worked for with assisting the elderly with maintaining their independence and enjoying social outings.” Fiona is responsible for booking transport for clients. She also organises group outings including a shopping trip once a week, Bunnings on the first Tuesday of the month and other exciting social

From left: Sharon, Kim, Fiona, Barbara.

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Kyran Solsberg recording the didgeridoo.


2515 spoke to Bellambi Public’s Assistant Principal Koby Miller and Aboriginal Education Officer Sharon Hanlon. Every year since 2014, hundreds of local school children have celebrated National Reconciliation Week in June by joining the Reconciliation Walk hosted by Bellambi Public School. But in 2020 coronavirus restrictions put a stop to this. “It really forced us to rethink how we were going to deliver reconciliation this year,” said Bellambi Public School assistant principal Koby Miller. Inspired by an ABC venture, the school came up with the Reconciliation Virtual Choir Project, featuring staff and students singing the chorus to I am Australian. The series of snippets was stitched together to make a short film, published online. “We had six and a half thousand hits on Facebook,” said Bellambi Public School’s Aboriginal education officer, Sharon Hanlon. “So we definitely touched community, but it was touching community in a different way.”

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The singalong was a creative way to mark a reconciliation event that has grown “significantly” over six years, Sharon said. “Back in 2014, we had six local schools and about 50 community members. “Last year, we had 27 schools, ranging from preschool, primary school, high schools, private schools, from as far down as Dapto up to Helensburgh. It was about 2500 people.” Local Aboriginal Elders Uncle Richard Archibald and Aunty Sharralyn Robinson have been the main drivers of the walk, Sharon said. “We also have Uncle Peter Button and Aunty Mae Button involved – they are supporters who always come along and enjoy being part of the walk – and Aunty Wendy Doherty.” It was Uncle Richard’s idea to host the first walk to Bellambi Point, to give students and community a voice, to instil pride and promote reconciliation. “He totally supported and was very proud of the fact that it wasn’t just dropped, that we wanted to do something innovative this year,” Koby said. The 2020 theme for National Reconciliation Week was ‘In this Together’ – something the school very movingly evoked despite the social distancing challenges of the time. In the virtual choir project, Uncle Richard delivers the Welcome to Country, the children take turns to sing, and Aunty Sharralyn ends the film with poignant insights into reconciliation, and pays respect to the Stolen Generations. The project’s timing was perfect. After four weeks of home schooling, plus two weeks of holidays, Covid-19 restrictions were easing and students starting to return to school, class by class, for one day a week. “We made the recording of the students singing along really fun and I think it was just a nice way to come back in,” Koby said. “Nathan [Sandercock] filmed the kids onsite on their one face-to-face day. Nathan is a support teacher who’s got incredible expertise in creative producing and technology. “The kids liked the song, I went in and just taught all the kids the chorus and how they were to sing it. Then Sharon and Nathan spent all that following week editing and putting all the pieces of the puzzle together.” The initial plan for a simple singalong expanded as elders and students delivered additional contributions. “Serene Chapman, our year six student, is the voice for the Acknowledgement of Country and Kyran Solsberg in year one plays the didgeridoo that you hear when she’s saying the acknowledgement. So things just started to evolve,” Koby said. “And then it ended up being the seven-and-a-half-minute video that we have.” Sharon: “Some of the students got to spend some

Photos: Bellambi Public School

time with Aunty Shas when she was onsite, doing her piece about what reconciliation means to her. It was all about that connection to each other. I think they really enjoyed that side of the project.” Koby: “Aunty Shas has been that really strong voice at the [Reconciliation Walk] ceremony, because she speaks just so beautifully and has all this knowledge around the history and the connection and what this is bringing for these children who attend the walk.” Sharon: “We as a school took photographs and videos and every day we would put that up on our Facebook, as a snippet of the ‘behind the scenes’. “The kids really enjoyed actually seeing that process and then watching the choir together as a final product – just to watch their faces in each classroom. And they’re still continuing to watch it and admire themselves!” Like the walk, the choir project involved lots of time and planning. “We ended up putting in the hours in a different way, but it is a massive amount,” Koby said. The film was shared with schools around the Illawarra, and the Bellambi team look forward to receiving their feedback. Would they do it again? Koby: “A big question! It’s a case of watch this space at the moment, we can’t really say.” Visit https://bellambi-p.schools.nsw.gov.au 2515

Sharon Hanlon (front) Koby Miller and Nathan Sandercock (back)

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LOCAL CELLIST IN ISO STRINGS By orchestra volunteer Lyndall Fowler

Rita Woolhouse (photo by Chris Donaldson) and an image of the quartet – from left: Rita Woolhouse, Cecilia Bersée, Kyle Little and Adrian Davis.

In May, “Isolation Strings”, a successful social media campaign with digital performances through the Australian Cultural Fund, raised more than $8000 in donations for Steel City Strings. Boost funding of a further $5000 was provided by Creative Partnerships Australia. After cancellation of the planned world premiere of an Elena Kats-Chernin work (featured in 2515’s March issue), this groundswell of support has been heartening for all players in the orchestra. Live performance is the life-blood of an orchestra. Without that magic between the players and audience the motivation to continue playing is diminished. A versatile cellist, Rita Woolhouse is well known locally as a teacher and performer. She has played with Steel City Strings for several years, has collaborated with Judy Stubbs’ musical shows and in many other classical and folk performances in the Illawarra. She was involved in the recent Steel City Strings home video recordings that were a vital part of the fundraising campaign. Learning the new skills to record from home (recording her own performance of the cello part while watching another recording of the conductor and listening to guide tracks of other key parts) was challenging but the result has been worthwhile. Music teachers have taken the plunge into a world of new technology. “Learning how to relate and to connect to each other online has not been easy for me or the students,” Rita said. “Despite the challenges, we have developed some new ways of teaching and

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performing to use into the future.” The home video recordings have been one way the players have been able to feel connected and hearing the edited result of the combined voices of all the instruments is like being part of the orchestra again – maybe with a little less magic but magical all the same. Rita will be part of the Steel City Strings Quartet performing works by Borodin, Prokofiev, and a new work inspired by the recent bushfires by composer-in-residence at the Wollongong Conservatorium of Music, John Spence. This performance will be professionally recorded and streamed in July. Rita appreciates the opportunity to play quartets, considered the pinnacle of the string repertoire because it is so rewarding artistically. The collegial creative process in a quartet offers all players a role in shaping the eventual performance, which will be exhilarating when that magical connection between players sings. Other members of the quartet are first violin Kyle Little (Artistic Director of SCS) with Cecilia Bérsee on second violin and Adrian Davis on viola. Funds raised in the campaign as well as a Creative Wollongong Quick Response Grant from Wollongong City Council will employ local production company CMG to record and stream the concert free on Sunday, 19 July at 2pm via Steel City Strings YouTube Channel. For more online performance videos, search for ‘Steel City Strings YouTube Channel’ or visit www.steelcitystrings.com.au 2515

Room Out The Back. Photo: Takt Studio

WHO’S HOMEBUILDER FOR? Stimulus or stymying? Local architect Ben Wollen unravels the government scheme.

With the economy going backwards, the Government has been opening its coffers to lessen the blow of an impending recession. There was much anticipation ahead of the announcement of the HomeBuilder program. But when details were finally released, HomeBuilder was, for many, a disappointment. Kitchen and bathroom renos were out unless you wanted the gold-plated version. There was a distinct lack of assistance for any form of social housing – in spite of a 5-10 year waitlist to get into social housing. Critics have observed that it was a missed opportunity to help the disadvantaged. Let’s look at who is eligible. On first reading, it becomes very clear only a small portion of the population can take advantage of the scheme. It’s those who have either cash at hand or a good ability to borrow the minimum outlay – $150,000. You will also require the confidence to spend that kind of money in the face of a pending recession. There’s a time limit: you have to have a signed contract before the end of the year. It’s not for the James Packers of the world, because if you earn over $125,000 individual or combined income of over $200,000 for a household you can count yourself out too. Oh yeah, and if at the end of your construction contract your place of residence is worth more than $750,000 (new home) or $1.5 million (renovation) then good bye $25,000 grant! There’d be some hedging of bets on the property market for this last condition. Pundits are saying

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it’s going to go backwards, but we’ve all heard that before, right? Owner-builders are out, you can’t get your cousin to over-quote your golden bathroom reno. Forget about that investment property, granny flat, tiny home, swimming pool, sauna, or pizza oven – also out. If it’s for a renovation it “must improve the accessibility, liveability and safety of the property” although there’s no detail on how this gets measured. Now we’ve ruled out 99.9% of the population, let’s look at opportunities! This would be a great time to renovate an existing home in a bushfireprone area to improve its bushfire resilience and $150,000 would go a long way to do this. It could also be used to improve a building’s sustainability by upgrading to double-glazed windows, adding new insulation, water tanks and solar panels. Or for a growing family, or those who don’t mind a granny flat within their home, adding another bedroom would be another option. Up, down or both are also options, think attic studio space for those Zoom meetings or grabbing underfloor space for a storage or rumpus room. Takt Studio’s “Room out the back” (pictured) is a perfect example of a small addition that fits a smaller budget, but goes a long way to improve the amenity of a home. $25,000 is nothing to scoff at, but remember, it’s time limited, so contact your local architect soon to get your plans ready before the end of the year! Visit https://www.revenue.nsw.gov.au/news-mediareleases/covid-19-tax-relief-measures/ homebuilder-program 2515


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AUSTI DELIGHTS Two new projects add to the joys of life in the Illawarra. 2515 reports.

CREATIVE CORNERS: Imogen Ross (right) and Louise Manner with a ‘spontaneous sculpture’. Photos: Unicorn Studios

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Two Austinmer initiatives have received funding of up to $250 in Wollongong City Council’s Connecting Neighbours Grants Program. Three local artists – Imogen Ross, Catriona Stanton and Louise Manner – are behind Creative Corners, which features ‘spontaneous sculptures’ on the corner of Railway Avenue and Park Avenue/ Wigram Roads. The Claybanks is a rest spot for walkers at the top of Maxwell Road. Its name refers to the area between the street and the railway tracks, where some of the older residents of the street used to play as kids, project co-ordinator Ineka Gow told 2515. In humpback migration season, this high point on the hill is also a great place to watch for whales. The two Austinmer projects were among 13 successful applications to receive a total of $7,750 in funding. Wollongong City Lord Mayor Councillor Gordon Bradbery AM said the grants help to strengthen and celebrate our neighbourhoods at the grassroots level. “The activities communities put together build positive neighbourhoods and connections. They encourage people to get to know one another and learn something new from a different culture or demographic and make lasting friendships, which is incredibly important. “These grants are also an opportunity to celebrate the creativity, kindness, and innovation of our community,” Cr Bradbery said. The two project co-ordinators kindly took time to answer 2515’s questions.


What was your idea for Creative Corners? I wanted to make some free-standing structures from locally sourced bamboo and various recycled/ upcycled weaving materials, and install them as ‘spontaneous sculptures’ on the corner of Railway Avenue and Park Avenue/Wigram roads in Austinmer, to delight the many walkers who pass by every day. Since Covid-19, the number of residents walking/jogging/strolling by has increased noticeably, and most folks pause and admire the constantly evolving ‘guerrilla garden’ created near the underpass. I thought it would be fun to add some colourful additions that enable passers-by to see the area differently and get members of our ‘street’ community involved in making art from found, upcycled and local natural materials.

The council was offering Connecting Neighbourhood grants up to $250 for individual projects. I had just lost all my work as a theatre designer due to Covid-19 and wanted to do something simple and fun from home that could involve other local creatives, connect the community, and spark interest and smiles from those casually passing by. The $250 will go towards buying materials and plants. Please tell us more about yourself. I have lived here in the Illawarra for nearly 10 years with my teenage son. Some 2515 readers will have seen my design work on stage with Merrigong Theatre or with various touring kids’ shows. I also teach after-school art classes in Woonona at Eyecatcher Arts (www.eyecatcherarts.com.au/) – or at least I will do, when everything gets back to normal! I am also a ‘guerrilla gardener’, and have been growing edible/flowering things to share with my neighbourhood in Austinmer for nearly five years, on disused public land along the Illawarra railway line (on the public-access side, of course!). I have planted small fruit trees, vegetables, flowers and native plants (from the Botanic Gardens) in the hope of creating a sustainable food forest in years to come, using seeds and cuttings. Many neighbours stop to tell me how much they enjoy what I’ve done, and ask how they too can get involved. Who are you working with on this project? Recently I was an artist in residence at Hazelhurst Galleries in Gymea for a month, with fellow Illawarra-based artist Catriona Stanton (http://catrionastanton.com/profile/). We collaborated on weaving ‘habitats’ from locally sourced materials in the shape of birds’ nests and tee-pees. We were interested in the urgent need to rethink ‘habitat’ in the wake of the terrible bushfires that swept NSW’s South Coast over summer.

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My creative practice often involves using found objects and recycled materials, sourcing from the areas I am working in. I ended up sourcing dried gymea stems, green bamboo, long grasses, second-hand yarns, twisted palm fruit stems and oodles of safety police tape left over from the big storms in February! I enjoy the process of collaborating with others as it builds on each other’s strengths and raises the imaginative possibilities higher. Catriona and I thought it would be fun to start making these organic ‘habitats’ in our own streets, allowing them to slowly work their way back into the landscape, devolving back into mulch over time. Another well-known Austinmer artist, Louise Manner (http://sproutmedia.com.au/drawstring), is joining in the Creative Corner collaboration. Louise is a talented graphic artist and web designer, often seen selling her beautiful handdrawn cards at the markets or teaching printmaking or illustration with RUMPUS. She has recently painted an electrical box on Russell Street in Woonona with one of her eye-catching birds. Together Louise and I designed and coordinated the creation of the ‘bush art garden’ and pirates’ bridge at Austinmer Public School over several years, from 2014 to 2016. Louise has also spearheaded many creative arts projects with a strong recycling focus with young people in Austinmer. We share a passion for introducing young people to the joy of making art in gardens and growing things. What’s the plan for Creative Corners? The plan is to harvest wild bamboos growing along local streets, and use them to create 3D shapes that can be installed safely in off-road green verges. Due to the ongoing impact of Covid-19 on our communities, we may need to work singly or in pairs, maintaining safe social-distancing measures. The structures will need securing, the ground will need mulching, and we hope to grow local vines and flowering plants (sourced from the Botanic Gardens) up the structures. The planning and preparing of the area will start to happen over winter and I hope to involve more locals by holding advertised ‘making moments’ on Sunday mornings as we move into Spring. There is always a number of local people walking and cycling past on a sunny day, so it will be easy to create a casual ‘creative corner’ chat space. Posters will be put up on the corner to advertise ‘making days’ and we will let locals know via social media. If this small neighbourhood project is successful we hope to expand Creative Corners into a bigger arts project across the Illawarra. Being a theatre person, the creative activation of

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under-used public spaces to tell different stories is core to my practice. Communities benefit from being able to connect to the environment and tell their stories – Creative Corners may be part of a re-imagining of public spaces, post-Covid-19.

What’s the benefit?: Joy! To spark interest and engagement with walkers and passers-by. Continual evolving creative engagement with our neighbourhood as artists … and a long-term plan is to use art to help slow down the car traffic that zooms through the Austinmer Underpass at speed, endangering the many children and dog walkers that use the same road! How can people get involved? If you would like to get involved in the Creative Corners Connecting Neighbourhoods project, please email imogenross@yahoo.com.au or text me on 0412 936 566.


By project co-ordinator Ineka Gow What was your idea for The Claybanks rest spot at the top of Maxwell Road in Austinmer? We wanted to create a place where people can stop and take in the view of the coast and bush. Along with the rest spot and street library we have planted native wildflowers and some edible plants for people to enjoy. This whole crisis makes you realise the importance of open, public space and the benefits for people’s wellbeing. We noticed that during the lockdown a lot more people were walking and running in the street, so it made sense to put somewhere for people to stop and take it all in. The Illawarra is such a beautiful area and we are incredibly lucky to be able to share that with the community and visitors. Who’s behind it? Please tell us a bit about yourselves. Myself, my partner Michael Tyrpenou, our daughter Elke and her Oma Viv. We are all long-time Austinmer locals and now have seen three generations in Maxwell Road. We’ve been so lucky to grow up here and be a part of the local community. How much money is Wollongong Council contributing? The council has committed to $250 to help with costs, which shows its commitment to positively transforming public spaces across the region. It’s taken about a week to set up and we hope it’s a permanent fixture for Maxwell Road. 2515

THE CLAYBANKS AT AUSTINMER Project co-ordinator Ineka Gow, her partner Michael Tyrpenou and their daughter, Elke.

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A magpie may eat small lizards – or it may not. Photos: Amanda De George


With Amanda De George

Okay, I have a confession to make, I’m not the biggest Australian Magpie fan. I know, I know! Whenever I post something about them on my page I always get a huge reaction. People generally LOVE these birds. Sure they’re pretty, yes they’ve got an absolutely beautiful song and they are an absolutely smart and character-filled bird. Now, we live near the escarpment and as a result we get the whole constantly damp thing that only being surrounded by trees can offer and maggies are a sun-loving bird. It’s kind of a two-worlds-notcolliding kind of thing. I recently ran into this young magpie and watched as it was hunting for some food. Maggies love beetles and their larvae but will also eat spiders, worms, frogs, mice, some fruit and grains and like this one, small lizards. Except this magpie wasn’t one hundred percent sure if it actually wanted to eat the lizard it had caught. At first it

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strutted forward, the skink hanging from its bill, looking almost proud of itself. And then the lizard wiggled. And then wriggled. And finally struggled. And the magpie dropped it and stood over it as it continued to squirm on the concrete. I stood there watching the magpie watch the lizard, both of us frozen stiff, mesmerised by what we were both seeing. The lizard however, tail now dropped, did not remain still and tried to move itself off the path and back into the grass. After maybe a minute watching it try to make its way to safety, the magpie grabbed the lizard again. And once again, dropped it. Turns out this particular bird hadn’t yet developed a taste for reptile and turned its attention instead to … a blade of grass! At least grass doesn’t fight back when it becomes dinner! Yesterday a few magpies flew into our gum tree, giving the kookaburras a run for their money, noise-making wise. I went outside and stood on the deck watching them bouncing along the branches. And, you know what, my cold heart has started to thaw. I think magpies are going to strut their way to the top of my favourite bird list after all! Follow Amanda’s Facebook blog @BackyardZoology 2515

EXCITING REFRESH FOR ICONIC VENUE By Warrick Try, secretary/manager of Coledale RSL Club Excitement is building in the local Coledale community for the launch of the reinvigorated Coledale RSL. The Club used the Covid-19 closures as an opportunity to move full steam ahead with renovation plans to create a more inclusive venue for families, those who work from home, sporting and community groups as well as weekend visitors. Commencing work without the usual flow of patrons has meant the renovations will be completed by the end of July! The biggest change to the Club is the addition of a large deck with retractable roof that boasts ocean views and a grassy dog-friendly area. Other exciting additions will include fresh carpet, new furniture, a coffee corner, upgraded kitchen and dining facilities. The coffee corner will operate seven days a week from 8am and will serve barista-made coffee with on-the-go breakfast options. In the kitchen, chef Carlos is returning for lunch

and dinner from Wednesday till Sunday with his new international menu. The menu will have club favourites, chef selections and family-friendly meal options to enjoy. The renovation plans have been achieved without losing the heritage status of the building, which was an important provision for the Club’s board and members. The Club was built in 1948 by the Coledale community to provide a centre for returned service personnel so it is great that its heritage can be maintained and celebrated. Coledale RSL Club will continue to provide sponsorships to help local community and sporting groups and will look to engage further with the Coledale community. Coledale RSL will be reopening its doors at 8am on Saturday, 25th July and cannot wait to welcome the community back! Add the first weekend of August to your diaries for the official launch and follow @ColedaleRSLclub on Facebook to find out more. 2515


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from the centre of Thirroul out. So, isn’t it time to just widen the bridges for the benefit of Thirroul’s residents? Well, rebuilding the railway bridge would not be cheap. Then we need to convince the government of the merits of replacing the 12-year-old Bulli Pass A conversation about Lawrence Hargrave Drive is Bridge. But clearways operating seven days a week much needed, writes Murray Jones, secretary of the would have traffic pouring out of Thirroul. Thirroul Village Committee. Wouldn’t that intensify Bulli’s existing traffic problems? Then the resultant four-lane road with After years of council and transport department irregular and often blind corners would efforts, the Bulli and Thirroul Improvements disadvantage pedestrians, cyclists and even some Report was published this month with no specific options for improvement. So it looks like plans for drivers. The impact on Thirroul’s traders would be the new Thirroul plaza could decide the first stage. dire. I mean, what village exists on a four-lane road? Thirroul would become a dormitory suburb Is that wise given the following issues? and we still have the same risks. Lawrence Hargrave Drive (LHD) is the single So, what are the alternatives? Slow down road that threads through all of Northern development? I know of no precedent for that. Wollongong’s Coastal Villages. Over half of LHD’s residents live in Thirroul where the Railway Bridge What about a tourist route east of LHD? This slow and the Bulli Pass Bridge, one kilometre apart, limit link road would provide a short-cut to three spectacular surfing points, Sandon, Peggies and traffic to one lane each way. All road traffic must Bellambi and adjoining uncrowded beaches and pass these choke points. There are no practical thus a better route for Grand Pacific Drive. alternate routes. A minor accident can cause Thirroul, after a 50-year wait, will then have the gridlock. A bushfire could lead to a horror benefits and safety of a road network, just like situation. A tsunami warning risks chaos. Traffic along LHD flows well, but often slows to a every suburb south of Scarborough. In my opinion, it comes down to spending a small fortune on two crawl and stops on entry into Thirroul where bridges for little benefit, or spend far less to save numerous traffic lights and over 5000 residents the Thirroul we love. If you feel this is a better generate their own demands. In Thirroul, LHD is option than clearways in Thirroul, please contact wide enough for two lanes each way and the new our Councillors. 2515 plaza development is offering to start this process

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unaccountable State Planning appointees and two WCC councillors, called the State Regional Planning Panel. Write to us – email editor@2515mag.com.au It is not a democratic decision. It is one interest against 10,000 (about the local population). In GOOD CHOICE theory and as believed by most residents, the WCC Well done to the editors for your choice of front represents the public interest in any DA. The page story in the June edition. The development owner, it is assumed, will maximise his profit by story is obviously the biggest piece of news, and various methods, ambit claims and other requests you covered it very well from p18 – comprehensive, to the WCC for ‘variations’ to the rules. This is his balanced and with well chosen images – however interest. The theory goes the WCC and State the far more suitable front page story was about the planning regulations should represent the public Clifton School of Arts. And much more befitting of and the view that we are not simply individuals and this community publication! we live in a community. What we do affects others – Julien, Thirroul and changes should accord with the community, its values and views. The WCC and the State have THIRROUL PLAZA – THE HIGH-DENSITY PLAN - DA 2020-363 obviously failed in this duty. We pay them but they The WCC DA for 82 units in the parking lot of don’t work for us. Coles was released in the middle of the Covid Public input in the design would put in a decent pandemic and its social isolation. It effectively gave toilet. To maximise profit there are no plans for the residents about a week to object. this. No plans for public open space at all. What is there to object to? There seems one hope for Thirroul shops The DA is the start of the State’s long-term plan without 82 units stacked in the car park. to change Thirroul shopping area into one of This is the State Planning Panel will send it back high-density units around the transport hub of the to the WCC to be renotified. Reconsidered. They railway station. may form the opinion the WCC has given tacit The DA proposes solid buildings from the approval to a huge ambit claim that partially footpath and bus stop, to the railway line and destroys the values and coastal community of across to King St and down several floors into an Thirroul. underground car park. The present car park will If the Panel does this, any subsequent objects have open entry space, but this will be private unit and comments after the DA closure date may be space only. considered. And may have greater influence on any This density increase of 82 units will stack redesign. And may save Thirroul. people three levels high. Exceeding the two-level What is needed is everyone taking two minutes limit in the area. It can be estimated that about 300 to send WCC a simple message. people and 300 cars will be resident in what is now Council@wollongong.nsw.gov.au open space. Subject: DA 2020-363 Parking for Coles will be underground, tight and No Units. possibly ticketed. Coles will be bigger. You don’t have to include your name or address. There will be other shops. What they will be is It will be recorded by the WCC and filed with the unknown. They will probably compete directly DA. If enough people do it, the Thirroul we know with the surviving shops in Thirroul. might be saved for our future. To accommodate the higher number of people – Michael Crighton, Austinmer and car density, street parking will be removed. Traffic lights at King St will be introduced. In EDITOR’S NOTE: Several readers contacted 2515 Coast News last addition to those at Raymond St. month to complain about community consultation issues and the People will be pushed in and increased traffic Thirroul Plaza DA. pushed out, further backing it up past Austinmer A Wollongong City Council spokesperson said: “The exhibition on the weekends. The increased traffic is to be of the Thirroul Plaza DA met the requirements of the Community addressed at a later date after this DA has increased Participation Plan. Due to the capital investment value the proposal will be determined by the Southern Regional Planning it. This is State Planning. Panel. Council will provide the Panel with a report summarising The decision on this DA is not made by the community feedback, and there will be an additional opportunity WCC. They have assisted it by adding a floor level provided by the Panel for community members to address the for the Kogarah-based company. In this they have meeting and the proposal.” For more information on this process: created precedent for more DA claims on the public. The WCC also collate and assess the public www.planningportal.nsw.gov.au/planning-panels/have-your-say. Thirroul Plaza Investments’ media liaison officer did not submissions made by the deadline. The decision on respond to a request for comment. 2515 this DA is made by five people, three

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Darkes Glenbernie Orchard’s original farmhouse. Inset: the area is named after surveyor William Wedge Darke.

DARKES FOREST – WHAT’S BEHIND THE NAME? Jo Fahey reports from Darkes Glenbernie Orchard. Darkes Forest is named after William Wedge Darke (1810-1890). Darke was a young, British-born surveyor who was assigned to Melbourne when the city was formally recognised by the government. He arrived in 1836 to assist famed chief surveyor Robert Hoddle with laying out the city and the initial suburbs. But the two men did not get along. Apparently Darke had a short temper and an ill-disguised contempt for stuffy formality, which eventually led to the two men falling out with each other. Darke married Isabella Campbell McArthur on 15 February, 1838 in St. James, Sydney. He loved nature and studied Australian bush animals quite closely, apart from his profession of survey. He didn’t mind the isolation of the bush. Due to the nature of Darke’s work, he and Isabella lived in many isolated areas, from a caravan towed by two bullocks. They went on to have 14 children. Darke and Isabella returned to Sydney in November 1842. He then began survey work in Sydney’s south and the Wollongong area. Darke surveyed a bullock track through Blue

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Gum Forest that passed through what is now known as Darkes Forest. It was the main track to Sydney and bullock wagons would be taken across this route, but the bush was thick virgin bush at the time of Darke’s work. Sir Thomas Mitchell, surveyor general, and his son, Roderick Mitchell, began surveying to put in a new road from Lugarno, the then southern limit of Sydney, to Bulli. Darke replaced Roderick Mitchell as the surveyor in charge of constructing the Illawarra Road. In 1843, work commenced on the road, using convict labour. It was completed in the 1850s and called the Illawarra Road. Darkes Forest was named after Darke, who had surveyed the area and the road. It was such a heavily forested area with massive trees, it was thought to have sections of good soil suitable for farming. Later, several families settled in the Forest and began farming. The rest, of course, is history! Visit www.darkes.com.au 2515


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ART AND TIME By David Roach

West of here, beneath a rocky overhang, deep in the catchment area, powerful running figures hunt kangaroos. The painting is made with local ochres. I will never visit this secret place but even in the blurry black and white image taken in the 1950s, you can see the hand of the artist. The lines are strong, the figures placed precisely where the shadows would fall to create the illusion of movement. I’ve been following the Wodi Wodi Track along the edge of the escarpment. You can’t traverse an ancient pathway like this without reflecting on its history. Ahead of you, the path performs a calligraphic loop around an outcrop, disappears down a gully. You imagine the thousands of others, more sure-footed than you, who have followed this route. As author Robert McFarlane says, “Pathways

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connect. This is their first duty and their chief reason for being.” They connect places and they connect people over time. Conversations also connect. In our series, Clifton Conversations, Caroline Baum talks to artists with a particular connection to place – to this place. We all read the landscape differently. For some, it’s property, a commodity to be traded. For artists, landscape is a repository of memories, stories, meaning and light. Painter Paul Ryan sits off the coast on his winged-keeled paddle board looking up at the light shafting through the clouds that are forming at the top of the escarpment. Many of his paintings have this point of view. “It struck me that the first sight the colonisers had was the land from the sea. The little wisps of smoke rising out of the bush.” Paul is as well-known for his politically charged work as he is for his thick, buttery paint, his gestural flourishes. He paints wet on wet, working in a frenzy, often starting and finishing a painting in a day. “Painting as one of the most immediate art forms. It’s this triangular connection between your hand, your brain and the canvas.” In her workspace at Bulli’s Timbermill Studios Tanya Stubbles operates her beloved band-saw, making intricate constructions out of countless, carefully worked pieces. “I love power tools. Who would say that? But I do. I love the physicality of the work.” She finds meaning in things that the rest of us neglect. Old bed frames and barn doors, piano keys worn down by countless fingers, her materials have had a life and her work is permeated with the vestigial memory of these other worlds. As Ashley Frost sets up his easel on a high point of the Wodi Wodi Track he contemplates the dawn light flushing the impossibly twisted limbs of the angophoras. “The light here comes from every direction and infuses the area. It just glows.” Long known for his luminous, shimmering landscapes, Frost is inching towards more primal, abstract work. Eventually he would like to free himself from the representational and rediscover the simple pleasures of just pushing paint around. Human beings are mark makers. On cave walls, on canvas, on the landscape. The meaning of these marks can sometimes be elusive but their function is not to help us escape the world, but to engage more fully with it. n The Clifton Conversations are fortnightly live zoom events hosted by Caroline Baum for the Clifton School of Arts. Coming soon, painter John Bokor and Bangarra choreographer, Frances Rings. To become a member, email Vivienne: vyvwilson@gmail.com. Or visit our website: www.artsclifton.com. 2515



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THE COVID FILES: DIARY OF A NURSE In our new series on local life during the pandemic, 2515 talks to Helensburgh nurse Kelly Carlisle.

When the pandemic hit, I was working and living in Helensburgh as a practice nurse. I have three children, in high school. My husband is the local Anglican minister, Steve Carlisle. I trained through Charles Sturt University. I’m sixth year out now. I did five years at Dr Annette Beaufils and I’ve done a year and a half here (at Equilibrium Healthcare) … since I’ve left uni I’ve always worked in Helensburgh as a practice nurse. My big kick-off for the coronavirus was my son’s birthday, the 10th of March. We took the kids out of school and we were supposed to take them to an Australian cricket game at the SCG that day. Then they cancelled the game! They shut the gate and wouldn’t let the crowd in. And it was his birthday! That was the point at which everything sort of went crazy. That’s my marker. The following Monday, it was panic stations. We weren’t prepped. It hit very hard, very suddenly. Daily life was chaotic, uncertain. There was a sudden increased level of anxiety in the community. Everyone wanted to come and get tested for the virus. But our doctors were fully

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booked. The burden of following up all the people fell to me, alone. I was here till nine o’clock at night, just all day, calling people, FaceTiming people, checking in and trying to reassure them that their symptoms were probably most likely influenza and explaining, ‘I can’t just send you for tests. There’s certain criteria that you have to meet.’ People were getting upset because they were scared and it was really stressful. We’d come in at 8am… I’d have to do my normal routines. The phones just rang constantly off the hook. NSW Health guidelines kept changing daily, sometimes more than daily. We had to plan for what if it does go bad, if we do have lots of elderly patients who can’t get to hospital. We were talking about how do we set this place up as a mini hospital? So making sure that we have enough oxygen bottles and enough antibiotics. People wouldn’t sell us oxygen bottles. I’m like, ‘We are not stockpiling, we are 45 minutes from the closest hospital. If I can’t get an ambulance straight away, I need spare oxygen!’ We had to change providers because they wouldn’t sell it because they were worried people were stockpiling. I would be wearing full gown, gloves, mask, sometimes face shield if people were coughing. There was enough PPE initially. But very quickly we had to order new stock, and we just didn’t get it in time. There was one stage where I only had one bottle of hand sanitiser left in the building. It was really bad. In the end our practice manager got someone to make some for us. We had to shut the doors. People couldn’t come into this building if they had any symptoms at all. FaceTiming them was important. But with little children who can’t tell you necessarily how they’re feeling, but they have a fever, they would have to come and park outside and I would have to get fully dressed in the gear, go out, check them, then decontaminate all the equipment I just used before coming back into the building, cleaning again. It was daunting. It was a bit scary. I felt a bit vulnerable. We were lucky that we had an array of iPads, personal doctors’ iPads available, that they brought in. So I was able to FaceTime people who had an iPhone quite quickly, people who had an Android, we had to get them via Skype. Within a couple of weeks, our clinical software had updated so that we could do a telehealth consult through the software. The older people are struggling more with technology. It’s quite difficult, but we’re getting there. We are tired. We just had to keep going. There was no time to really think. One of the doctors’ wives made a COVID-19 emergency kit, which consisted in the staffroom of a chocolate cake, and the practice manager started a glucose box in the

back room. She would constantly fill it with unhealthy things for us to get our energy levels up. It was exhausting. We had quite a few team meetings. And then we’d come back to the phones. We definitely bonded. Everyone stepped up and we were really conscious of our own health because we knew if one of us got sick, then you’re letting the team down. We felt a burden, to the community, to stay healthy. Because if one of us went down, then we’re all exposed because we are close contacts, so we would have to shut and then that’s bad for the community. I did not come in one day because I had a sore throat – and I just felt terrible. So I worked from home. The doctor would do the flu injections and I would do all the data entry and stuff from home. I FaceTimed in to the surgery via the iPad and I was doing my role from a distance until I got my results in, but it was stressful and I felt really guilty that I had to go and get tested. I had to wait three days for my results. We didn’t have any positive cases here. There were two in the area. I don’t see many people using the hand sanitiser at Coles anymore. But I am on it! All the time. Even before I get into my car, because my kids are going to be in that car and my husband’s going to touch the steering wheel. I’m not a germaphobe … but we have to keep social distancing. That will become our norm. I think it will be very hard to go back to being able to give someone a hug or a kiss or a handshake. Hygiene has always been a massive part of my job, but I’m super conscious going out into the community. I can’t bring an illness into this environment because I’m working with vulnerable people. I think I have a really heightened sense of hygiene through Covid. Some people would say it’s difficult [living and working in the same town]. I love it. I care for my community. I like that. 2515


This is the first in a series of stories from this key time in our history. Do you have a Covid-19 story to share? Please email editor@2515mag.com.au The Helensburgh and District Historical Society will be collecting articles for their archives. Plus, you can also help preserve life in the pandemic for posterity by contributing to Wollongong City Libraries’ Local Studies collection. They are seeking short stories, photos, flyers and posters. Visit https://wollongong.nsw.gov.au/library/explore-ourpast/share-your-stories

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LETTER FROM THE TRACK By Stanwell Park Public School mum Clare Bowley

We’re facing a challenge with the road closure and getting our kids to Stanwell Park Public School from Helensburgh. As parents, we’re rising to the challenge, trying out all the different travel methods with some, including myself, making the most of the opportunity to get fitter and shed post-Iso kilos, and bush-walk it up and down. Just as we get our teeth into it, we are thwarted by the road workers throwing tree debris and vegetation onto the newly cleared track that was ideal for kids’ use as it wasn’t so steep and was also shorter than the other goat tracks around the escarpment. It was especially interesting as a few of the workers had clocked me the day before, walking up with my youngest – as well as no doubt spying a few others trying to get to work as efficiently as possible, all while they sat ‘working hard on day one’ on the guard rails above. When I tried to point out to the offending workers that we were working with them and trying to find ways around the closure, all they could suggest was to find an alternative route. And

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On the Queen’s Birthday weekend in June, Stanwell Park residents organised a clean-up of a bush track up Bald Hill. Known as the ‘paragliders’ track’, this route was the least steep of Bald Hill’s informal paths. Many locals – including commuters and school children – had planned to use it during the eight-week closure of Lawrence Hargrave Drive. The fit and adventurous preferred a 20-minute hike to the hour-long road detour via Bulli Pass. That dream has ended in a pile of debris. On Monday, June 15, Lawrence Hargrave Drive was closed between Lady Wakehurst Drive/Otford Road and Chellow Dene Avenue for essential slope repair work, predicted to run for eight weeks, ending on August 7. Roads & Maritime Services (RMS), now part of Transport for NSW, is carrying out the slope stabilisation work, with crews working day and night. The road is closed 24/7 and detours are in place via Bulli Pass. On the very first day of the works, walkers were turned away as roadworkers felled trees and dumped vegetation on the paragliders’ track. Dozens of residents expressed their anger and disappointment on social media. as we know, there are so many of those (tongue is firmly in cheek here, insert sarcastic tone at will). Using the term ‘Ma’am,’ when talking to me to infer some respect isn’t really going to calm or placate me, as I’m definitely not old or decorated enough to be the Queen. Ask for my name and use it – humanise me, make that personal connection, and I won’t want to use your hard hat as a lethal weapon! Anyway, recent global events have highlighted how adaptable to change we humans are. I’ve been so happy to see us all rising to the road closure challenge, from working together and clearing paths to finding new and different ways of getting to where we need to be daily. My aim is to have ‘thighs of steel’ at the end of this necessary inconvenience, and after only a few days, I can fully feel my legs groaning in sweet sculpting pain, and I am pretty exhausted really. I’m not sure how I’m going to go walking the equivalent of 100 floors each weather-friendly day, but I’m definitely hoping to be fitter. Not only that, but I’m chatting to the other adventurous parents, rather breathlessly admittedly, and making more human connections. Most importantly though, I’m making the most of an opportunity to spend more time conquering

2508 District News contacted Wollongong City Council to ask if they’d help maintain the track. A spokesperson said it was Crown Land and fell under the jurisdiction of the National Parks and Wildlife Service. Later, a NSW National Parks spokesperson referred the matter back to Wollongong Council. At press time, a council spokesperson provided this update: “The land in and around Bald Hill is in the care of a number of Government agencies, including the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service. “Council has raised this matter of the informal pathway between Bald Hill and Stanwell Park with the Minister for Energy and Environment, and requested consideration be given to formalising this track. However, if this was to happen, it would be a long-term, multi-agency process. “In the meantime, we ask the local community to keep safety front of mind and to not use this informal pathway.’’ Is anyone planning to clean up the felled trees now smothering the paragliders’ path? The Council spokesperson referred us to RMS. A Transport for NSW spokesperson was “looking into it”. n Next month, once we’ve resolved this exciting game of ping pong, we’ll bring you another update: “The buck stops where?” 2515 mountains with my youngest, gathering more memories so she can tell her children one day about how she had to trek up and down a muddy rainforest escarpment to get to and from school. Transform that negative into a positive people, but just don’t talk to me on a wet and woolly weather week, as my opinion may change and moods may definitely alter! 2515


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A new family furniture business, Fox Wood Co. is a creative response to job losses and downtime. 2515 reports.

The Fox Wood Co. families, pictured from left to right: Michael and Jessica Locke; Wayne and Vanessa Battishall. Photo: Unicorn Studios

The Covid-19 crisis has inspired two local families to kick-start a dream. They’ve launched an online furniture store in record time – Fox Wood Co. received its ABN on May 4 and the store went live online on June 11. “To go from literally nothing to an active website with 20 products in six weeks – there was no way any one of us could have done this by themselves. But together we can,” said furniture production manager Wayne Battishall. On paper, the business partners are Wayne Battishall and Jessica Locke, but everyone pitches in. Wayne, a qualified joiner, takes care of product design, building and production. His wife, Vanessa, isn’t an official part of the business but provides valuable support. Jessica does marketing, admin and accounts; her husband, Michael, did the website design. “At the moment it’s like a big blend of us all doing everything,” Wayne said. Fox Wood Co. specialises in high-quality flatpack furniture, making classy products for adults (including wine racks and picnic tables) and children, with designs inspired by the practical needs of parents. Michael and Jessica have two children: three-year-old Allira and 18-month-old Miller. “I had a big list of things I wanted Wayne to make for me,” Jessica said. “So we thought if we’re going to make them for

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me, why not make them for a whole lot of other people? “We do think the kids’ stuff is going to be our bread and butter.” One example is the ‘My Little Helper’, its name inspired by Wayne’s daughter Eliza, a two-year-old known for saying, ‘Daddy, I help!’ “We have one of those in our bathroom,” Michael said. “The kids can hop up and brush their teeth and wash their hands, we don’t have to hold them. It’s so convenient.” As well as wood, My Little Helper comes in white laminate – “so it’s easy to clean!”, Jessica said. All 20 products are crafted with care. “We wanted to put the emphasis on Australian made, Australian products, built by people with trade experience,” Wayne said. “So literally the owners are the ones building the product, putting it in a box and sending it to you. The pride in our work is there.” Fox Wood Co. began as a chat on a Helensburgh driveway, at the Lockes’ home on the Crescent. “Wayne was at our house that day to build a study,” Michael said. “He had some ideas about wanting to start a business but didn’t have the time or the capital to do it on his own. “We had another chat the next day and said, ‘Let’s do it!’” Wayne: “A day later I already had drawings done up and started building things.”

Designed and made by parents: the Picnic Table is part of Fox Free time – thanks to Covid – was a driving force. When the pandemic hit, Wayne was working Wood Co.’s range of furniture for children. full-time at a busy exhibition display company. He suddenly found himself on JobKeeper, working only about one day a week. “It’s afforded me something I haven’t had for quite some time, which is time,” Wayne said. Jessica: “I was working at Crawchy’s Swim School as a swim teacher. That ended pretty quickly, so suddenly I had a lot more time too.” Michael: “We suddenly found we had so much time too because we couldn’t see anyone.” Jessica: “Yes, we couldn’t go swimming. There wasn’t any preschool. We couldn’t go anywhere.” The business partnership is also grounded in decades of friendship “I’ve known Mick for about 20 years,” said Wayne, who grew up in Stanwell Park and lives in Corrimal. “We were together in Canada at Whistler when he met Jess.” While Wayne already had ideas for some items, Jessica came up with the creative concepts for the children’s furniture, like the climbing equipment. “My gut feeling is the climbing arches and the kitchen helper are probably going to get the most sales, but you never know,” Wayne said. “We are not limited to kids – this is a beautiful timber product store.” “Nobody in NSW does this,” Michael said. “A lot of our products are born out of things that we need.” “We couldn’t find someone who could meet that need, so we’ve created it,” Jessica said. Quality is key. “We’ve chosen to use Tasmanian oak in all our dowels, so an Australian hardwood,” Jessica said. Wayne: “They’re flatpack products that once they’re put together don’t look like flatpack Free shipping products. We’ve tried to make screw heads and Australia wide things a design point. So we’ve used black screw heads and we’ve used really nice fixings and made Locally made them a highlight.” and proudl y Australian They puzzled over a name. Wayne: “We spent days on that! “We wanted to say what we are, so Wood – then Mick suggested fox, I saw a cool cartoon picture, knew it would be the perfect branding.” Free shipping Australia wide is a key selling point, and they’ll take international orders too. Quality Australian-Made “We’re going to offer the ability for locals to do Pikler Climbing Frames pick-ups and save some money,” Wayne said. Work currently takes place in their garages at Kids Furniture Helensburgh and Corrimal, and at rented factory space. Finding their own premises is the next step. Kitchen Helpers “We’ve got a place picked out in Helensburgh in Wine Racks the industrial area, we’re just waiting to see how well it takes off,” Jessica said. www.foxwoodco.com.au Visit the website at www.foxwoodco.com.au 2515

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The dog who saved the day: Ruby and Indi Morgan with Labrador puppy Ace. Photos supplied


The Morgan family of Stanwell Park, who lost their timber home in a tragic early-morning fire on June 2, consider themselves the luckiest people in the world. “In such an unlucky situation, we feel so lucky,” said mum Shelly. “Rod and I have never felt more loved.” Donations, gifts and support have been pouring in since the family, including young daughters Ruby, 9, and Indi, 4, ran from their burning home in Sheridan Crescent with only the clothes on their backs – and their new puppy. Then 12-week-old Labrador Ace is credited with saving the family as he was scratching and yelping as the flames took hold. “Rod got up and could hear a roar, then he saw the orange glow and we just ran,” said Shelly. “Every man on the street was out there with a hose trying to put it out. We are so grateful to everyone who tried to save our house.” About 45 fire fighters from eight stations fought to control the blaze as extremely strong winds threatened nearby houses and bushland. Homeless, the Morgans initially stayed with family in Railway Crescent but have since moved to a property in Chellowdene Avenue. “It’s for sale and fully furnished and the owner insisted we stay here for free. We didn’t know him but he turned up on the first night with a bottle of champagne.

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“He wanted us to heal in a safe environment. “The enormity of what people are doing for us is so overwhelming.” A PayPal account has been set up for donations, a meal roster was organised on the first day, toys and clothes have been delivered, a mufti fundraiser was held at Stanwell Park Primary, netball uniforms, wetsuits and surfboards from Scarborough Boardriders and DP Surfboards gifted and fundraisers planned. Shelly said she could fill 2508 magazine with Thank Yous. “We had 13 years in that house and it’s where we brought our two daughters home,” she said. “Every single cent donated will go towards building our new home – which will be single level and brick!” While the family is extremely grateful for the support they have received, it’s the sentimental losses from the fire that continue to affect them. The girls’ height records on the back door, Rod’s first surfboard given to him by his grandfather when he was five, grandma’s crystal jewellery box, photo albums, first birthday cards, first ribbons. “It’s all the firsts you can’t replace,” said Shelly. Investigations into the cause of the fire are continuing. 2515 HELP THE MORGAN FAMILY REBUILD: To donate, PayPal Themorgans@oneand2.com.au or CBA BSB 012299 Account 484614657

MINERS SET UP CAMP IN OTHER ‘SLACK TIMES’ A short overview of the Great Depression at Bulgo Beach, by John Arney, Hon. Secretary, Bulgo Beach Protection League.

The early Bulgo Beach shack community began with visits to the area by miners and others, starting with the depression of the 1890s, through to the Great Depression of the 1930s. During those years, mine strikes and “slack times”, due to a lack of coal orders, saw many of the Helensburgh miners set up camps on the beaches of Bulgo, Era, Burning Palms, and Little Garie. The South Coast Times, in May 1913, reported: “Bulga Beach, Otford, has become quite a popular camping place during the coal strike. Many miners, with their families, have been putting in a good time.” (Source: National Library, Trove Historic Newspapers) In the years between 1910 and 1930, long strikes continued to send the Helensburgh families to Bulgo for extended periods. In 1921, two rowing boats were purchased by the fishermen. A boat shed was constructed from cabbage tree palm trunks that were split length-ways and hollowed out, then laid like Spanish tiles to make a weather-proof cladding. Until 1930 the boat shed was the only permanent structure at Bulgo, however, family camp sites were by then well established and woe betide anyone who set up their tent on someone else’s plot. The first shack, a 12 x 12 foot corrugated iron structure, was built by a Helensburgh miner, Tom Collins, in early 1930.

Other shacks soon followed as men strove to keep up with their neighbours and placate wives who were quick to point out the improved situations of others. The usual method of construction was to set corner and side posts into the ground and to use lighter saplings for the gable roof. In many cases, cabbage tree palm trunks were cut and split for use as battens and the resulting frame was clad in corrugated iron or white-washed hessian with newspaper lining to keep the draughts out. Windows were simple shutters. During the 1930s the children from Bulgo walked to Otford to attend school. When asked about their childhood they spoke of happy memories, with a sense of adventure. Because almost everyone else was in similar circumstances, they did not feel deprived, they were loved and well fed, and needed no more. The South Coast Times reported in May 1931: “Fishermen are constantly at Bulgo out in the boats getting fair hauls of Jackets which are distributed to anyone who goes down; the offer is gladly accepted by many as it means a good and wholesome meal.” This set the pattern for the duration of the Depression and it was to be 1937 before the Helensburgh mine was back to normal production. n Visit the Bulgo Beach Protection League stall at the Helensburgh Lions Fair in October 2020. 2515

‘Dividing the catch – Schnapper and Jackets’. Photo from the collection of the late Ida Morgan, with permission of Bulgo community

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By Coledale’s Susie Crick, head of the Plastic Research program at Surfrider Australia It’s Plastic Free July, yet I’m surrounded by plastic. For many it’s a convenience, but for mother nature it’s a huge and damaging, long lasting problem. When we shop we are surrounded by plastic and our eyes are bombarded with clever marketing and shiny colourful containers. The reality is that we’re only really buying the product inside the packaging and we definitely don’t want or need all of the excessive plastic that comes with it. If we stop buying the garbage, companies will stop making it. If each of us refused to buy produce that was packaged in plastic, the supermarkets would stop stacking their shelves with the offending packaging. To do something for the greater good costs money and the environment is worth the price and we will all have to pay - but inaction will cost us more. As feel good as it is to help the environment, it is unrealistic to expect companies to change their plastic producing ways without legislative changes from the government. Once the manufacturers of plastic garbage are made responsible for the packaging of the products that we are buying, only then will things change. #MAKE it and TAKE IT BACK The beginning of the end of plastic pollution will be when our government makes the producers / importers of single use plastics own the problem that they are creating. We should pressure our politicians to put taxes on the producers on the amount or type of waste produced to incentivise

waste reduction and push the Extended Producer Responsibility back onto the producers. If we taxed companies for their choice of polluting materials which create waste, then and only then will we see a change. If the manufacturers are pushed to this point, then they will make a bigger effort to use materials that can be multi cycled. Recycling efforts are pathetically low right across the globe. Less than 9% of plastics get recycled yet only 2% of products are recycled effectively. One hopes that these statistics will improve because of China’s National Sword policy refusing to accept the world’s garbage. When corporations have to OWN what they make, they will quickly find a way to change; in fact they probably have already worked it out, but are kicking and screaming to get away with the cheaper option. Once rubbish is in the sea, it’s too late so we have to STOP it at the source. Cleaning up is a great entry point for someone starting to dabble in the environment, but I challenge you to dive in deep, get informed, get writing, use your voice, stand alongside your children because this a problem that we created that they will inherit if we don’t act rapidly and with intelligence. The solution is right there in front of us, just say NO to single use plastic. One person can do so much, but a community can do so much more. Join me and become a member of Surfrider South Coast and support the vital research that we do in our fight against single-use plastics. www.surfrider.org. au 2515 Bag on the seabed – taken in Wollongong Harbour by local photographer Aristo Risi.

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Australian Fur Seals at Martin Island. Inset: Students from the University of Wollongong catch the drone after a seal survey at in the Five Islands Nature Reserve.

FUR SEALS RETURN TO FIVE ISLANDS Words and photos by Paul Jones

The University of Wollongong is working with the National Parks and Wildlife Service in the Five Islands Nature Reserve, with students flying drones over Martin Island to get a picture of how many Australian and New Zealand fur seals live there. As Associate Professor Sarah Hamylton and Dr Rowena Morris motor past tugboats and iron-ore ships, plumes of white smoke rise from blackened chimneys. Just over a kilometre from Port Kembla’s steel works and directly offshore from the sewage treatment plant is a setting that would rival any David Attenborough documentary. Hamylton edges the research boat to a spot protected from the wind and swell at the edge of the island “The first time Rowena took me to the islands, I was blown away by the wildlife there,” she recalls. “The noise of the birds is overwhelming, you have to watch where you walk on every step as nests full of bird eggs and live babies literally cover the floor… it was such a surprise given the industrial setting.” Keen to show off their water skills, younger seals slide gracefully into the water, effortlessly appearing suddenly at the side of the boat. Australia’s fur seal population dramatically reduced between 1798 and 1923 due to commercial sealing. The species is still threatened by fishing, plastic pollution, entanglement and oil spills. As recently as within the last 10 years, there were stories of

frustrated fishermen pulling out rifles and shooting the seals who were stealing their catch. The marine mammals are now protected, and are increasingly spotted along the beaches of the Illawarra and nearshore islands. This is a classic study site where drones provide a practical solution. The recent return of seals to Martin Island demands our attention, but the jagged rocks drop straight down into crashing waves. Landing on the island is very difficult so, without direct access, we use the drone to capture quick and continuous high-resolution photos across the whole island. The photos are then stitched together to create a mosaic, from which we can reliably count the seals. Our year-long study found that the seals at Martin Island preferred cooler winter waters, increasing from a few individuals in March to a peak of approximately 103 seals in late July. The study provides some of the first-ever research on fur seal behaviour at Martin Island and will guide conservation of the seals here. Note: it is illegal to land on the Five Islands, or fly a drone within 100m of marine mammals. n Editor’s note: Want to see the seals? Abyss Scuba Diving runs a boat on weekends from Port Kembla Harbour to Martin Island. You can scuba dive or snorkel. Cost $120, visit www.abyss.com.au 2515

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Janice Creenaune meets Anne Blythman, who worked in school supplies and real estate, but today continues her passion for quilting. At 80, Anne’s quilting keeps her young, passionate and working hard at her craft. UK-born Anne is a long-time resident of Thirroul. “My world opened up in about 1985 after visiting a quilt show and I decided to join a group of like-minded people. There is a great camaraderie. We get together to work, share ideas and news, sometimes it is about quilting, other times about each other. “The Illawarra Quilters is a disparate group and we meet at The Old Court House in Wollongong. I found my spot. This group of women (and a few men) meet, work together, display our quilts and welcome all who are interested.” Anne, who is largely self–taught, had some initial instruction from a Japanese book. “I started going to meetings and quilt shops and it just grew from there. I get attracted to different designs and put ideas within them, traditional patterns and designs (often US designs), some modernism.” The design depends on her interests and

influences at the time, and she thinks about, and plans, her next quilt well ahead of its ‘birth’. Anne often uses traditional blocks dating back to the 19th century and puts elements together to make it her own. Sometimes the design just features together to form a whole piece, with different elements. “I complete all work by hand, (at least 99%) occasionally I build a border with the machine.” Anne then chooses her fabrics, which “can take some time”, she says. “We quilters are great collectors of fabric. I have drawers full of it.” Enormous accuracy is needed for cutting, Anne says. “There is considerable maths involved, enormous patience, and an adroit feel for putting together the right fabric in colour and design. The quilting process cannot be rushed. It can take me well over a year to complete.” Anne works on a couple of quilts at a time. “I am often raising money for charities,” she says. “I am a bit of a perfectionist, some will accuse me of being ‘fussy’, but I find it relaxing. I forget the time and I really can’t see myself ever stopping. “Each is a labour of love and sometimes I do not want to part with them. I have sold them, but appreciation for the time, the labour, the skills and expertise seem rarely appreciated.” Anne enters her work in competitions, including The Sydney Quilt Show at Darling Harbour, and has won the prestigious Viewers Choice Award, and in 2017 she won the Narelle Grieve Hand Quilting Award (amateur) from Quilt NSW. Her works also appear in quilting books. Anne’s quilts are exemplary, but her enjoyment – of being with other quilters, sharing a love for the materials and the process – radiates from her. 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. 2515

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With Green Connect Fair Food Coordinator Kristin Watson It’s been a few months since I got to wander through the farm. Throughout our lockdown we have kept foot-traffic at the farm to a minimum, to reduce any risk of contagion. But man, they have been busy! Works are truly underway for our new hub, learning centre and kids’ activity play area. The Green Connect farm is a truly magical place in the Illawarra and, after all the recent rain, things are looking particularly beautiful. The red and green cabbage heads are decorating our market garden with their beautiful colours. The textures of fennel tops, endives, cauliflower and lettuces give you such a sense of a healthy thriving garden. Perhaps it’s the Swede in me, but I’m so excited about the veggies that are coming into season this Winter. The kids and I have been enjoying pickling cucumbers, turnips, radishes and beetroots as well as a range of different kinds of fritters. The kohlrabi and carrot fritters have been an all-around winner, and I’ve experimented using potato, turnip, sweet potato and kohlrabi. They all work a treat. During the past month, we have been running live online workshops via the School of Green Living. We are also working hard on getting our new op shop up and running in Unanderra. We also have two new pick-up hubs for veg boxes in Thirroul/Austinmer. This month we are welcoming Wilde Café in Thirroul and Salt Bush Clinic to the list of weekly veg box hubs. We are so

thrilled to be working with all these passionate and supportive people in our community. KOHLRABI AND CARROT FRITTERS 2-3 Kohlrabi, peeled & grated 2 large carrots, peeled & grated 2 eggs, lightly whisked ½ cup cornflour 1 tsp turmeric 1 tsp sweet paprika salt & pepper METHOD Grate kohlrabi and carrot in a large bowl. Season with salt, pepper turmeric and paprika. Stir in the eggs and cornflour and mix well. Let sit for 10 min. Place a large frying pan on medium to low heat and add a couple of tablespoons of olive oil. Take a large spoon and shape the fritters in your hand and gently place in the saucepan. Don’t squeeze them too hard. Fry on a medium to low heat for 5 min before turning them over. It will take a while for them to set so be patient. Once cooked, serve with some tzatziki or hommus and a fresh seasonal salad. 2515

CONNECT ONLINE By Vanessa Fookes

Green Connect brings the community together online for the love of fair food and sustainable practices. While we have suspended face-to-face workshops in response to Covid-19, Green Connect is offering live online learning. With interest in sustainable living on the rise, the School of Green Living aims to share skills and knowledge that will empower you to implement changes to create a more sustainable household and community. The School of Green Living draws on Green Connect’s nine years of experience working in sustainability. WHY IS GREEN CONNECT GOING ONLINE? Green Connect is proud of the work its members have done to turn 11 aces of disused land into a thriving permaculture farm abundant with vegetables, fruit, herbs and animals. People often ask why it’s such a

success story for the Illawarra, so grab a ticket to learn the answers. ‘Beginners in Backyards’ is a mixed bunch of topics taught by the experts at Green Connect. If you are a beginner gardener and want to grow your skills as well as your herbs, then this live online series is for you! Sign up to hear our experts walk you through the basic skills that will get you backyard gardening with confidence. With winter setting in, now is the perfect time to make plans, learn simple skills and start thinking long-term to ensure the success of your edible garden. $30/ticket. Book online: https://green-connect.com.au/ whats-on-at-green-connect/ Fun fact: When eating cauliflower this winter, remember you are eating the flower of the plant! Broccoli is a flower too. 2515

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Top: beach rove beetle (Cafius). Photo by Nick Porch (Deakin University) Below: A female dust mite. Photo: Matt Colloff, CSIRO, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 3.0).

BEETLING ABOUT With Helensburgh entomologist Dr Chris Reid

It’s mid June and I suppose that means it’s winter here, but there are still plenty of insects around. The railway station lights are attracting ‘swift moths’ (Hepialidae), unusual large mottled brown moths that lack a proboscis (sucking tube) and are therefore non-feeding and shortlived. Their long empty pupal cases can sometimes be found half-emerged from larval burrows in the ground. A ‘transversely spotted ladybird’ (Coccinella transversalis) was flying in the garden last week. There must be enough aphids around to keep it happy. And another flying beetle made the bad mistake of landing on me as I sat above the strandline on Stanwell Park Beach. It was a ‘beach rove beetle’ (Cafius), a group that specialises in feeding on fly maggots in rotting things cast up on beaches. I hope I smell better than that. However, the insect-like things that have had the most impact on me, over the past two months of lockdown, I haven’t even seen. It has been damp, mild and Ive spent a lot of time indoors, and my dust mite allergy has gone through the roof. I’ve had allergic rhinitis to dust mites all my life – streaming nose, sometimes eyes as well, sometimes a lot of sneezing. This year has been particularly bad. Dust mites are related to spiders and ticks, not

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insects, so they have eight legs. Like ticks, they have a body that looks like a single segment, but it isn’t flattened. However, they are really, really tiny, about 0.2mm, so too small to see. I’ve never seen one. They feed on flakes of skin, but also mould spores and can hang around in mattresses, clothes, curtains and dust for weeks. The mites themselves are not allergenic, it’s their even tinier poo, which is full of chemicals. Dust mites thrive in humid and mild climates so the east coast of NSW is one of the centres of prevalence of these things. And it’s not just one species, several are involved, more if you have pets. They won’t kill you, but they can certainly dominate your life. They are such a big issue that more than 250 articles are published each year in medical journals on mites and allergies. So what to do? I’m not a medical expert, but there is an excellent, reasonably non-technical summary of medical advice by a team of US doctors, freely available on the internet (https:// pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24267359/). Among other things, it recommends getting rid of carpets and cloth upholstery, a lot of cleaning, and keeping humidity below 50%. As for medical treatment, see your local GP, of course. I can’t say it will work! The Americans’ recommended best way of beating the bugs is to live in the desert, seriously. Well, I like where we live too much for that. Keep well, everyone. 2515


By Carol Pugh At last the CWA Hall in Stanwell Park is re-opening. It has been a long three months with no activities allowed. Many are recommencing with the hall able to accommodate 21 people in the main body and four more on the stage. This is allowing for four square metres per person as stipulated in government regulations. Extra cleaning is also being arranged. We are excited that we will be able to meet at the hall in person for our next CWA meeting at 10am on Tuesday 7 July. Zoom is not quite the same! If you are interested in coming to a meeting or joining our branch you would be very welcome. We usually meet on the first Tuesday of the month at 10am. Please call Carol on 0432 385 524 or Lynette on 0413 166 244. The plans for the extension to the hall are proceeding well, but we need builders, tradies and building-material suppliers! As has been previously reported, Stanwell Park Arts Theatre (SPAT), in conjunction with Stanwell Park CWA, is sponsoring an upgrade in the CWA Hall, to provide improved amenities in this vital community cultural and events centre. With NSW Government financial assistance, the addition of a deck, mobility-accessible ramp, backstage bathroom and improved change-room and storage facilities, the upgrade will enhance access and comfort for performers, audiences and many other users of the hall.

LIFEOLOGY With Terri Ayliffe. This month: the ‘he said, she said’ argument.

Often, when someone mistreats us, we blame their behaviour on ourselves. We believe they act offensively because of who we are. We don’t own the behaviour of others; they do. They create their responses to us with their thinking, words and actions. We must also understand we own our thinking, words and actions, we don’t get to blame others for the way we behave. Our emotions often get tangled with others and we may find ourselves in a place where both parties are trying to contribute blame. It becomes a ‘he said, she said’ dialogue where feelings are hurt and no one wins. Arguing diverts attention from the behaviours. The best response to inappropriate behaviour is to

CWA & SPAT members at the CWA Hall: from left: Rhiannon Morgan, Matt Dickson, Lynette White, Lauren Mitsak, David Mitsak, Brett Harris, Irene Stimpson.

A development application has been submitted to Wollongong Council and the project committee is now seeking interest from qualified local builders, tradespeople and material suppliers who would like to contribute their time and skills or products – at a discount to normal commercial rates – to this very worthwhile community project. If this refers to you, please contact project manager, Peter Ryan (0414 295 501), by 17 July 2020; or, if you know someone you think could help in this way, please pass this message onto them. 2515 say nothing. It is in silence that people get to reflect on their actions. Arguing also avoids addressing the problem that has caused the argument, there is no solution in conflict. It takes honest and open dialogue where all parties accept their responsibility. We need to get ourselves to a place where we own what we own and nothing more. Apologise if we should, for our words and actions. And allocate the responsibility back to the other party for theirs. It’s then we can let the behaviour of others go and ensure we protect our own self-esteem. Understand that someone else’s behaviour toward you is a reflection of them, not of you. Our mental wellbeing is our own responsibility, it is not someone else’s job to make us feel whole. We must protect ourselves by realigning our thinking and detangling our emotions to stand separately but together with those you love. n Read more at https://lifeology.blog or get in touch with Terri: Terriayliffe@gmail.com or 0431 488 914. 2515

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Helensburgh BMX star Kai Sakakibara is recovering well from serious injuries he sustained in a crash during the third round of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup at Bathurst BMX Club on February 8 this year. Here, his BMX champion sister, Saya, reports on Kai’s recovery. Kai is full-time in Liverpool Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit and he’s working hard every day in therapy, with the same grit and determination he’s always displayed. He has also started to enjoy regular meditation and the visits from his friends on weekends. Kai has continually shown improvement in his overall strength. He was able to put some body weight back on after he lost more than 20kg during hospitalisation. His speaking has gotten a lot clearer, he looks healthier and more relaxed, and he’s always happy and goofing around. One of the biggest steps he has taken was that he was able to come home for a weekend. Our home has a stairway as an entrance, so wheeling Kai in wasn’t an option and the only way was to get him out of the wheelchair and assist him as he walked down the stairs himself. His visit has had a huge positive impact on Kai and us as a family. Just to have the four of us together around the dinner table for the first time in four months; for Kai to sleep in his own bed; and start to reintroduce some normality back into our lives was such a blessing. I can only be grateful for the fact Kai has gotten well enough to be able to come home. It really does make you appreciate the little things. For Kai, hopefully coming home on the weekends becomes a weekly routine, which gives him a break from being in a hospital environment 24/7. And he particularly looks forward to the weekend! There’s still a long way to go, but the day-to-day gains Kai makes every day are inspiring and we can only be positive as he takes on the journey to his recovery. 2515 Kai at a BMX comp in 2019. Photo: supplied

Kai Sakakibara. Photo: supplied


We are pleased to announce that with Covid-19 restrictions easing, we can now confirm our next pointscore scheduled for Sunday, 28th June will be proceeding (subject to surf conditions as usual). This is great news for our members especially the grommets and young guns keen to demonstrate their new surfing skills developed over the lockdown period. There are Surfing NSW and Wollongong Council guidelines and measures that we need to take into account in running the event. Some of these are below: • Surfers are to “arrive, surf and leave” • Current social distancing practices to apply • Surfers must put their rash vests into a designated bucket with water and detergent • Hand sanitiser to be provided • No BBQ or gatherings. Overall, it should still be a great day and we thank club members in advance for their cooperation with these measures. 2515

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Illawarra local Angela Blake, co-founder of SF3, invites readers to take part in 2020’s competition.

There’s no excuse not to be creative, even during these times! All you need is your phone or tablet, a good idea and to say yes. To help you out we want to share our three top tips for making an award-winning mobile film: 1. Hold your phone in landscape mode. Not a deal-breaker, but cinema screens are in landscape mode and you want your film to fit the screen. 2. Clean your lens. Wipe your lens down before you shoot and you’ll be astounded by the difference. 3. Just do it! Everyone talks about doing amazing things but so few actually do. Not you. Get out there and have fun. Pretty soon you’ll have a movie and how cool is that?! Visit www.sf3.com.au 2515

SF3, the SmartFone Flick Fest is Australia’s international smartphone film festival. We are calling for short films (up to 20 mins), feature films, VR/360 films and Iso films (a film made in your lockdown laws up to 3 mins), all shot on your phones or tablets. We also have the SF3 Kids Competition for filmmakers 16 years and under at the time of filming. All films are in the running to share in more than $40,000 worth of prizes and screen at our Gala Finals and Festival on October 9-10th in Sydney and online.

Wollongong City Council has launched its first Creative Wollongong Short Film Competition. There’s a catch: the film must feature a banana. It should not be the main focus of the film but its use should be creative and meaningful. No bananas should be harmed in the making of the film. Films must be one to seven minutes long and created on a mobile device. There are two categories: for ages eight to 12, and ages 13 to 19, with a $150 prize for each category. The deadline for entries is midnight on 18 July. Visit https://wollongong.nsw.gov.au 2515

Wollongong’s Rocco Roncato was an SF3 Kids finalist last year.



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