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DISTRICT NEWS

MICK SLATTERY MEET THE BOARD MASTER

Helensburgh | Otford | Darkes Forest | Stanwell Tops | Stanwell Park | Coalcliff

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LETTERS 04 Rosa’s a champ! Local runner finishes 100km ultra-marathon NEWS 06 75th wedding anniversary Well done, Bill and Jessie Smith! 08 Art from the heart Local mum works, studies and creates 10 Cover feature Meet Surefire Boards’ Mick Slattery 12 Summer fruits Great recipes from Glenbernie Orchard 14 Arborist’s mission Stuart McWilliam helps Tassie parrots 16 Christmas wish SPAT pantomime set to delight 17 High achievers Bohmer’s Tree Care wins new safety awards 18 ‘Green is mean’ Dr Rip’s top tips for a safe summer 20 Farm fun Symbio’s Farmyard set to open for Christmas hols 22 Wholefood pudding A healthy

alternative for the festive season 24 What’s on Xmas fun and live music on New Year’s Eve 26 Words’ worth A local writer pens her first book of poetry 28 Koalas are back! They’ve been spotted in the Illawarra 29 Xmas trees for sale! Girl Guides branch out again 30 View Club Celebrations 30 Pelvic power Exercise is key BUSINESS 31 Chamber Chatter NICC news 32 Business directory Your ultimate local guide SPORT 43 Golf Having fun 44 Surf Club Making history 45 League Sponsor the Tigers 47 Lifesavers Paraglider rescue 48 Hanggliding World titles

Cover image by Anthony Warry Photography; www.anthonywarryphotography.com.au

MEET OUR CONTRIBUTORS TERRI AYLIFFE

is the owner of Vertu in Stanwell Park. Terri is a photographer, artist and illustrator who has a great appreciation for the talent of other local artisans. Vertu is stocked with the artistic creations of many of our locals. A resident of the area for 15 years, Terri gave up her career in psychology to allow space for her creativity. Terri is illustrating a series of children’s books written by her husband and working on a photographic portrait series while advancing her skills as a portrait painter. See page 26.

HEATHER SMITH

is the former editor of the online Northern Exposure newsletter and, prior to that, the Wollongong & Northern Leader. She is also a former editor of 2508’s predecessor, The Helensburgh & District News. Heather has lived in Stanwell Park since 2002 and has been involved in many community activities. Heather specialises in property reporting as she was a former Property Editor of The Australian, and a real estate agent. She is convinced everyone has a story. Read her article on a 75th wedding anniversary on page 6.

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NARELLE HAPP

is a permaculture and native garden designer, horticulturalist and educator who is passionate about creating ‘living’ spaces that are nurturing, productive and sustainable. A 2508 resident, Narelle spends her time designing gardens and teaching workshops as A Garden for Life. Narelle also designs gardens for Sydney Wildflower Nursery, a native nursery, and volunteers in schools and community garden projects. Narelle reveals how to cleverly use egg shells to help your garden on page 22.

DR ROB BRANDER

– aka ‘Dr Rip’ – is a coastal geomorphologist and Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. A resident of Stanwell Park, he’s been studying beaches for 25 years, starting in Canada where water temperatures convinced him come to Australia to do his PhD. He is an international expert on rip currents and runs a beach safety education program called The Science of the Surf (www.scienceofthesurf. com). He wrote Dr Rip’s Essential Beach Book. Read his column on page 18.

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Write to 2508! Send your letters to PO Box 248, Helensburgh, 2508, or email editor@2508mag.com.au

DOGGIES NEED A HOME!

Perfect pooches Pearl (above left) and Honeyduke need a home. Want to adopt or foster either one? Or maybe both? Email Julie-ann at Helensburgh’s Country Companion Animal Rescue: ccarpetrehoming@tpg.com.au 2508 THANKS TO MYSTERY MAN I wanted to share the post I put on the Helensburgh ROSA’S GREAT RACE Help Facebook page to say thank you to the Just letting you know that I completed the Ned mystery man who paid for my shopping last week. Kelly Chase 100K ultra-marathon yesterday in a Personally it made my day and I thought it was time of 10h43min, yeah! such a feel-good story for our community. I started at 1am which was a challenge in itself “I am feeling so blessed to live in such a great since I don’t usually run in the dark. The course community. Last night at Coles I had scanned my was a 25km out-and-back loop x 2. People started shopping and then realised I’d left my purse at at different times aiming to finish around noon. home. An amazingly generous man, despite my There were only two other people with my start protests, paid for my shopping. I tried to get his time and since we were running at different paces, I number to pay him back but he declined. would often not see anyone else for half an hour. “I wanted to extend a huge thank you to the As I got back to the start/half way mark the sun mystery man and pass on the good karma that will was coming up and it was starting to warm up a bit be coming his way. PS: Still very happy to get the (it was only a chilly 5ºC during the night), which money back to you.” gave me a much-needed boost. The second half – Laurie Price was hard, but I really enjoyed the experience. By that time the marathon and half marathon had started, so there were a lot more runners around, COMMUNITY NOTICES friendly faces and support crews. I am so happy that I was able to complete my SINCERE THANKS personal challenge on such a high. My legs and VERONICA DAVENPORT: PASSED 7-10-2016. AGED 86 YRS. toes were very sore the day after, but apart from Please accept our sincere thanks for the flowers, that I felt great and very happy. cards and expressions of sympathy for the recent I have raised $3,547.55 so far, which is so much passing of our mother, nanna and great nan. more that I had hoped for, and I am thrilled. I From the Williams, Hall & Bell Families am completely overwhelmed by the support and donations I have received, especially over the last couple of weeks leading up to the event. It has been IN MEMORIAM STEVEN BENNETT: 25/12/83 - 12/11/2003 very moving and emotional for me to read all the The tears in our eyes we can wipe away beautiful comments and good wishes. The ache in our hearts will always stay – Rosa Wadel, Helensburgh As each day passes not much changes We still miss you and everything about you. Rosa wins ‘Letter of the Month’! The prize Missing you always, is a $50 Tradies Gift Card (30 Boomerang Mum, Norm, Lauren, Ryan and all your family 2508 St, Helensburgh).

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Perfect partners

A Helensburgh couple has celebrated their 75th anniversary. Heather Smith reports.

Bill Smith is laid-back and easy-going whereas Jessie Smith is organised and industrious – a combination that has led to 75 years of wedded bliss. “He’s easy to live with,” said Jessie of her life-long partner. “And he knows I’m the boss.” Known as Smiling Bill from his days driving the local bus around Helensburgh, 96-year-old Bill describes himself as “a bit of a larrikin” while his 94-year-old bride will always be his “Princess”. “She was beautiful then and she’s still beautiful now,” Bill said of the woman he married at Holy Cross Catholic Church on December 20, 1941. His proposal, after six months of dating, was romantic in its setting atop Bald Hill but the delivery fell flat. “I said: ‘How about us getting married’ before anyone else got her,” recalled Bill with a laugh. The couple were married during wartime, so the honeymoon was also an anti-climax. Bill couldn’t get time off work and Jessie went to Melbourne to spend time with family on her own. However, the pair have rarely been apart since, living and working in the area and raising their family. Jessie worked at the Jeans factory that used to be in Helensburgh and, when that closed, became a seamstress at Garrawarra Hospital. She still sews

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for family and friends and has her workroom set up in the double garage. Last year she appeared on Millionaire Hot Seat! “I got through three questions and then passed so I didn’t get another chance,” said the nonogenarian. Jessie attends Bingo a few times a week at Tradies Helensburgh and recently won the Melbourne Cup hat parade. Bill built the family’s home in Parkes Street (“that house will never fall down”) and worked in the Helensburgh mine for many years but the job he loved most was as the town bus driver. “At Christmas, I dressed as Santa and handed out bags of lollies to the kids,” he said. The children were his joy and his greatest responsibility. He once saved a bus-load of children when the brakes failed going down a hill, using the gears to bring it to a stop. He retired not long after. The Smiths had four children, two boys and two girls, but lost their first son in a car accident when he was nine. They have seven grandsons and three greatgranddaughters and expect at least 70 people at their Anniversary party at Tradies Helensburgh this month, including Jessie’s bridesmaid from all those years ago. “She was going with Bill’s brother, Frank … that’s how we met,” Jessie said. 2508

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Art from the heart Meet Helensburgh’s Kathryn Dalmer, who expertly juggles her art alongside family, work and study commitments. Kathryn’s artistic prowess first came to our attention when she and Big Fat Smile’s Marti Lancaster completed Neurogenesis, a joint project which blended Kathryn’s Indigenous dot painting, children’s hand-prints and Marti’s stunning Bald Hill sunrise shot. The artwork is an eye-catching mix of Indigenous and non-Indigenous culture. Kathryn, very busy raising a family and studying to be a doctor, was kind enough to answer a few of our questions. How long has your family lived in the 2508 region? My husband and I moved here in 2012 with our daughter so that we could live in a beautiful environment with space around us and be close to extended family. We have since had two more beautiful baby girls and a slight change in focus, namely my acceptance to the Graduate School of

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Describe your art. The paintings I do fit the category of contemporary Indigenous art. I use contemporary colours, mixed with traditional Aboriginal symbols and concepts to create a story. I enjoy bringing life to the canvas, especially the moods and key attributes which give it personality. The connection to spirit and the land are key in producing the works and that can only be done when that connection is there. Emotion and energy is contained in every dot and these combine to form a concept which is then conveyed to anyone who cares to take a look, essentially broadcasting what I was experiencing at the time. The transfer of this concept to another person via the art is fascinating for me. What inspires you? I enjoy learning about my own culture and art as it has been a means of communication, celebration and decoration for Indigenous Australians since the beginning of time. So I guess my inspiration has been more of a need to participate in the conversation of my people. Travel to Northern Territory, Arnhem Land and other less famous places for viewing art, such as NSW South Coast, has exposed me to some amazing work. The pleasure that painting and creating brings continues to inspire me. With commencing my studies to be a doctor and increasing the size of our family, time to meet with my art group or to paint on my own is extremely limited. Even so, mixing paints and meticulously placing dots on a canvas at 2am after putting away the text books and resettling babies back to sleep is something of a crazy addiction that I just can’t seem to kick. The inspiration really has to be the smile that it puts on my face when I’m in that moment. 2508

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R COVE RE U FEAT

BOARD MASTER Mick Slattery shaped his first board in high school and now runs a successful business in Helensburgh. 2508 reports.

When 2508 arrives at Stanwell Park Beach for our cover shoot with Mick Slattery, head shaper/ designer at Helensburgh-based Surefire Boards, the big fella is busy keenly surveying the surf. And we can’t blame him because it’s a glorious day and some decent-sized waves are rolling in. Mick reckons there are photos of him surfing when he was about six years old, but he started “consistently surfing” when he was about 12 or 13. He’s travelled and worked around Australia and the world, but reckons he’s always been drawn to the beach and the ocean. “I get just as much enjoyment watching an empty wave peel down the reef as I do from riding one.” Mick took the time to answer our questions.

When did you start shaping boards? The first board I shaped was in high school, but I was always trying to hang out in shaping bays learning the craft. It’s funny, because with every board I have ever picked up or ridden, I have studied the curves and every aspect of the board to work out why it surfed a certain way. I was very lucky to have an awesome shaper take me under his wing and teach me the finer points of shaping and design. I started designing and shaping SUPs in 2009. I tried to surf on one but found it too big and heavy to truly surf with, so I shaped a bunch of boards based on my surfboard-shaping knowledge and

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core, all your stabiliser muscles, your legs, arms, shoulder, even the tendons in your ankles. Give me a SUP over a gym session any day. Lastly, they are so much fun in the surf – away from crowds, of course – you can catch even the tiniest waves and surf them all the way to shore. They are great during flat spells as you can pretty much surf anything, or simply go for a paddle and enjoy the ocean. A SUP is something the whole family can enjoy too. I have surfed with my kids and our dog on the front of a board.

What are your plans for Surefire, next year and beyond? Our plans are to continue growing our customer base with the success of our custom board range they went insane, quickly gaining attention for SUP and our specialised repair centre – offering all boards that surfed like shortboards. surfboard, epoxy, and SUP repairs including colour-matching. What’s the appeal of SUP? We have a great business that is growing at a Riding a SUP is an amazing feeling. Firstly, you get rapid pace with stockists in Queensland, WA and to go explore reefs and coastlines and have a bird’s Hawaii. With this growth, and being true to our eye view of all the fish and marine life under you. I roots, we are looking at getting some local have paddled with dolphins, seals and whales sponsored riders in surfing and SUP surfing and around the Coal Coast. also form some collaborations with local artists and Secondly, it is one of the easiest sports to learn; employ more staff – sharing and teaching my I have had everyone from three-year-olds to passion of surfing and what it offers. 90-year-olds simply stand up and paddle first go. We are also expanding our SUP colour schemes Thirdly, it is one of the best all-round workouts and adding more sizes and models to our range. you can do, and you don’t even know you are doing it as you are having too much fun. It works your n Visit www.surefireboards.com. 2508

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Mick Slattery checks the surf at Stanwell Park Beach.

Give us an idea of your range of boards. We shape custom surfboards and custom SUP boards. We have more than 10 models in our surfboard range: from fun summer boards, hybrids, mini mals and long boards right through to high performance shortboards and semi guns. We make sure we get all the details we require for a custom board – ranging from what you are riding now, your skill level, what waves you want the board to perform in and also your stats including weight/height etc. – and based on all the information we can recommend the best options for you in regards to board length, width and the model that would most likely suit you. I love receiving feedback from happy customers who have maybe ridden the same board for years, but after shaping them a custom board, designed just for them, their surfing has improved out of this world and they have renewed enthusiasm for surfing. For SUPs we have a large range of boards from entry-level cruisers right through to highperformance surf models in a range of constructions and price-points.

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for those of us who are not used to counting kilojoules (kJ), you need to walk for 12 minutes to burn 191 kilojoules. 3. Peaches and nectarines will continue to ripen after picking if you leave them sitting on the bench. Stored this way they will stay juicy but will get soft. For longer term storage and for those of us who like them with a bit of ‘crunch’, they need to be kept under 2°C. This is difficult for most of us as our fridges operate at about 4 to 8°C.

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Fruits of summer

Nectarines and peaches are ripe for the picking at Glenbernie Orchard, the fourth-generation family farm in Darkes Forest. Glenbernie’s Jo Fahey shares a few fun facts and recipes. Nectarines and peaches are in season right now through summer. Here are three summertime fun facts about stone fruit. 1. Nectarines are just smooth-skinned peaches. They are not a cross between plums and peaches, they are just a type of peach! By chance they began because every once in a while a tree mutates. The gene responsible for fuzz turns off and out comes a smooth-skinned peach! 2. Nutritionally peaches and nectarines are powerhouses. They are a good source of vitamin C, vitamin A and potassium. They are full of anti-oxidants. They contain about 1.7 grams of fibre and 184 kJ per 100g. To put this into context

In the microwave You can cook nectarines or peaches in the microwave very easily. Start by chopping them up, throw away the seeds, toss them into a microwavesafe container with a lid and zap on high until soft and then add honey for sweetening to taste. As a guide a 4-litre container full would take about 20 mins on high setting. Serve with yoghurt, ice cream, muesli. This is a great breakfast cereal topper or dessert. (You can also cook them on the stove in a pot but you will need to put a little water in the bottom to stop them sticking, use low heat at first and you may need to stir them.) In the oven Slice the nectarines or peaches. Throw away the seeds. Lay them on a tray lined with baking paper. Drizzle with honey and bake at 180°C until golden caramelised. Serve with a dollop of double cream or ice-cream. Easy sorbet When peaches are soft they are perfect for making a sorbet. Slice the fruit coarsely, throw away the seed. Toss the sliced fruit into a blender with a few drops of fresh lemon juice and, if you want, a teaspoon of honey. Blend until no big chunks remain. Pour into individual serving cups and freeze. YUM!

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Teach your children where fruit comes from, taste stone fruit fresh from the tree and experience life on a working farm at Glenbernie Orchard in Darkes Forest. Picking tours are fun for the whole family and will run on weekends through summer. Follow Glenbernie Orchard’s Facebook page or visit www.darkes.com.au. 2508

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Stuart McWilliam hard at work, up a Tassie tree, carving out a nest for a swift parrot. Photo supplied.

Burgh arborist joins expert team to help save endangered parrot Helensburgh’s Stuart McWilliam, of Sydney and Southern Tree Services, travelled to Tasmania in October to combat habitat loss that has pushed the swift parrot to the brink of extinction. 2508 reports.

Stuart joined a crew of more than 30 arborists from the Victorian Tree Industry Organisation who travelled to Tasmania’s Bruny Island to carve hollows in which the critically endangered birds may nest. The swift parrot only breeds in Tassie. Illegal firewood collection in the parrots’ breeding area has robbed the region of many suitable nesting trees. Big old trees have natural hollows, so due to the lack of those, the expert arborist crew set about carving hollows in live younger trees. They carved about 40 in three days of treeclimbing in Tasmania. Every carved hollow was satellite mapped and data includes when it was carved, who carved it, the size of the opening, the depth of the hollow and more. Australian National University scientists will monitor activity at the hollows during the breeding season. About 40 nest boxes, simple wooden boxes hung on trees, have been installed as well and have already proven successful. The hollows may also help other hollowdependent birds and mammals, such as the leadbeater possum or the orange-bellied parrot. Stuart – who runs a local family-owned business, Sydney & Southern Tree Services – said he became

interested in the plight of the swift parrot after talking with Victorian colleagues, members of the Victorian Tree Industry Organisation, about it during a conference in Geelong in August. He paid his own travel costs, among other things, to attend the Bruny Island initiative. “They [scientists] have studied how big the [natural] hollows are, the opening; swift parrots are not fussed on what direction the wind or sun comes from. “A lot of theory goes into making a habitat that’s going to work. “Fingers crossed, they’ve given us enough information to carve hollows similar to what the swift parrots use. “They’re thinking of going back down there about mid next year and getting some more hollows in ready for breeding season – I think it’s October, November, December. We can get down there and get twice as many hollows in for the next season than we did [this time] and boost the population.” He said habit preservation and saving native species were both important to him. “Maybe in 20 years’ time, when my own [five-month-old] son gets a bit older and the swift parrots thrive, I can say: ‘Well, I had a little bit of a part in that’.” 2508

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Wish for a Wife

Stanwell Park resident Bernadette Le Mesurier is the writer and director of this year’s SPAT pantomime. 2508 asked her to tell us more. Tell us what inspired this year’s panto, 'Wish for a Wife'. I originally set out to write a Santa origin story, but quickly found that the characters had a mind of their own and that the story about Santa was being drowned out by political and self-referencing themes. This prompted a rewrite, removing the Santa plot altogether and focussing on themes of freedom, true love, and happiness for all.

Wish for a Wife director Bernadette Le Mesurier (left) and her cast. Photos: Deborah Edward

Tell us a bit about yourself. I have had a life-long love affair with acting. I was involved in some professional work and in school musicals as a teenager. After a long break, I discovered SPAT eight years ago and have appeared in virtually every one of their shows since. I have also appeared in productions for Black Box Theatre. The first play I wrote and directed was for a holiday children’s workshop in 2011, and after directing a youth one-act-play in 2013, I became more serious about writing my own material. In 2015, I wrote and directed a one-act play Are there jokes for children and adults? This is a show for the whole family. There is plenty called The Secure Conference Room, and this year I had a short play After the End included in of singing, dancing, slapstick and sillier jokes for Wollongong Workshop Theatre’s Workshorts. This the children and some easily recognisable is the first time I have written and directed a characters just for them. There are also a lot of full-length play, but I plan on doing much more of jokes that only adults will understand. The characters have a tendency to misbehave from time my own material in the future. to time, which I hope will be very entertaining for Who are your favourite playwrights, or literary influences? the audience. I have always been an avid reader, particularly fantasy fiction. My favourite playwrights include Who are the stars and how big is the cast? Debra Chalmers (an up-and-coming playwright There are 20 cast members ranging in age from 10 from Brisbane) and Alan Ayckbourn. I am also a to 60, most of whom live locally. We do not have any professional actors in the cast, but we do have a fan of another SPAT-based playwright, Tom Peach, who plays Karol Karter in this year’s pantomime. number of Stanwell Park Arts Theatre (SPAT) regulars – in fact, nearly all the cast has appeared in Finally, how do we get tickets? at least one of our shows beforehand. The pantomime is a SPAT tradition in its 42nd year and Wish for a Wife will be performed at the Stanwell Park CWA Hall on Sat, Dec 3 at 7.30pm; Sun, Dec 4 is the main opportunity for children in the area to participate in a SPAT show, so many of the children at 3pm; Sat, Dec 10 at 2pm and 7.30pm; and Sun, Dec 11 at 3pm. Tickets are $15 per adult, $10 per are quite experienced in pantomime. child or $45 per family (max 2 adults, 3 children). We do, however, welcome newcomers and so if you’ve ever wanted to give acting a try, please come To book, call 4294 4060. Cheer on the heroes, boo the villains and have a great outing. 2508 along to next year’s auditions. Give us an idea of the plot. Who are the heroes and villains? Our heroes are Kristian, his mother Karol, and his childhood sweetheart, Emily. The show begins with Kristian arriving home from England to propose to Emily, only to discover that Australia is in the grip of an evil emperor who has banned education for the poor and sent children to work in sweat shops. To win Emily’s hand, Kristian must save the children of Australia and bring back democracy.

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Bohmer’s wins safety award In the high-risk tree care industry, Illawarra arboriculture business Bohmer’s Tree Care has won two state awards for its safety standards. 2508 reports. Clive “Bohmer” Woodnutt was presented with the NSW SafeWork Leadership in Safety Award and the Excellence in Workplace Health and Safety Culture Award (joint winner) during an official awards presentation held at Sydney’s Doltone House on October 27. Clive said winning the award had been “absolutely fantastic” because it acknowledged his company’s ongoing commitment to the highest of safety standards in a high-risk industry. “We are very proud, all of our workers are very, very proud of winning the award as well; they are Bohmer’s Tree Care. I’m very happy that my guys go home every day without injury. “We obey legislation and follow best practice and we set our own standards as well. We have special checklists for all of our machinery, the training that we give and the technology that we use; we have our

Bohmer’s Tree Care managing director Natasha Woodnutt and director/head arborist Clive Woodnutt on awards night. Photo supplied.

own apps now for checking every piece of machinery. The guys can just go on the laptop [and check the machinery] … technology’s been very good to us.” He said Bohmer’s Tree Care was set to become “bigger and better” in 2017. “We’re aiming to have maybe 20 workers by the end of 2017, which will create new jobs and, of course, we’ll be taking on more apprentices, so for the Illawarra it’s quite good. We’re enjoying life at the moment.” 2508

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Dr Rip’s Science of the Surf

Your annual rip current survival guide, by Dr Rob Brander. It’s December and time for my annual Rip Current Survival Guide. Rips are the biggest hazard on Australian beaches causing more fatalities each year on average than bushfires, cyclones, floods and sharks combined and this year won’t be any different. There will be far too many unnecessary rip current drownings and tens of thousands of people getting rescued in them. There are 17,000 rips on Australian beaches at any given time and there are many unpatrolled beaches. Do you know how to spot a rip? If the answer is ‘No’ and you swim outside of the flags, then you must read this article. What are rips? Rips are rivers of the sea that carry water brought towards the beach by breaking waves back offshore. They start close to the shoreline and flow at different angles offshore, often in deeper channels between sand bars. Most rips are about 5-20 metres wide and occur every 100-200 metres along the beach. Rips flow at speeds faster than most people can swim and can suddenly pulse (after wave sets break) for 30 seconds or so at Olympic swimmer speeds. They

always flow faster a few hours before and after low tide. Rips will flow offshore to the limit of breaking waves where they may either re-circulate back towards the beach, or head offshore another 20-50 metres. Their flow behavior is very unpredictable. What do rips look like? Most beach rips are fixed in place by channels and bars and can stay in the same spot for days or weeks. As they are in deeper water, the water looks darker with less waves breaking. Always spend five minutes looking for dark gaps, almost like paths, heading offshore between areas of whitewater. When it comes to rips, “white is nice, green is mean”. Also look along the beach for large bowls, or embayments, carved into the sandy shoreline by rips. There are almost always persistent rips against reefs and headlands. The water surface in rips also looks a bit bumpy, rippled and disturbed and there’s often clouds of sand heading offshore of the breakers. What should you do if you get caught in one? Don’t panic – rips won’t pull you under, take you to New Zealand or into shark-infested waters; they just take you for a ride. Stay afloat, relax and signal for help from the lifeguards or surfers. If you are a good swimmer, swim towards lots of whitewater where it’s shallower, you may be able to stand up and the breaking waves will help bring you back to the beach. Whatever you do, keep reassessing the situation, conserve energy if you feel tired and don’t swim directly back to the beach against the rip. For YouTube videos and pictures of rips, please explore www.scienceofthesurf.com

Have a question for Dr Rip? Email rbrander@unsw. edu.au or head to www.scienceofthesurf.com to buy Dr Rip’s Essential Beach Book. 2508

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Can you spot the rips in these three photos? All taken by Dr Rip at Stanwell Park Beach.

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All the fun of the farm The Symbio Farmyard is set to open in time for the Christmas school holidays, writes Symbio's Kevin Fallon. We are so excited about the return of the Symbio Farmyard. The project has involved more than six months of construction and was jointly funded by our good friends at Tradies. It’s going to be home to all your farmyard favourites, including the cutest little lambs, goats, chickens and alpacas. And there will be heaps of feeding and interaction opportunities. There will also be many examples of sustainable living, such as vegetable gardens and permaculture and rainwater harvesting. Educational shows throughout the day will feature everyone’s favourite, “Happy Snap” animal encounter photos. In its heyday, the Symbio Farmyard was the most popular attraction at the family-owned and

-operated zoo. But it was closed due to a lack of appropriate facilities. In the meantime, the Radnidge family has concentrated on turning the zoo into a world-class attraction, a sanctuary for critically endangered animals. Today Symbio provides a home for rare Sumatran tigers, cheetahs, ring-tailed lemurs, red pandas, as well as native Australian favourites. Once this conservation dream had been realised, it was time to resurrect the farmyard and build one of the largest precincts in Australasia. With two large barns covering 700 square metres, a chicken coop the size of a three-car garage, and expansive grounds where people can interact with the animals, it is set to fast become one of the most popular family attractions. For the official launch date, follow Symbio Wildlife Park on Facebook. 2508

New kiosk a year away

Detailed planning for the new kiosk in Stanwell Park Reserve is underway following public consultation last month. Comments received will be taken into account, as will feedback from a public information session held on November 12. Preliminary designs show the new kiosk, due for completion in December 2017, will be similar in look and size to the cafes at the Bulli and Corrimal tourist parks. It will have an elevated, covered dining deck overlooking the park as well as an additional outdoor dining area. A Council spokesperson said the site was subject to flooding, had significant bush fire risk and was constrained by multiple underground services and easements. The 50-year-old kiosk has been dogged by problems since October last year when Council officers closed the unsafe kitchen and supplied a caravan for cooking and food preparation. While the current leaseholder, Sofia Papadopoulos, has a three-year lease from February 2015, Council says a new operator will be chosen by a “public competitive process”. A temporary kiosk will operate from the caravan during demolition and construction. 2508

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Pudding reinvented Stephanie Meades has a recipe for raw Christmas pudding. I love this time of year. There is such a positive, energetic vibe around town. But too much festive fare can leave you feeling worse for wear. So this year I’d like to share one of my favourite “festive treats” that will leave you feeling suitably festive, but minus the food hangover. It’s my “raw, wholefood” take on Christmas pudding. RAW CHRISTMAS PUDDING INGREDIENTS: 1 cup organic sultanas 1/2 cup organic cranberries 2 cups almonds 1 tbsp mixed spice 2 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp natural vanilla extract 1 tbsp orange zest METHOD:

Place all ingredients into a food processor and blitz until well combined. Using your hands, roll dessert spoons of mixture into firm balls, then press into a mini muffin tin lined with baking cups. Decorate puddings with pepitas and cranberries for a holly bush look, or drizzle with white chocolate for an ‘iced pudding’ look. Or both! WHOLEFOOD XMAS TREATS WORKSHOP

Stephanie will run this workshop at Thirroul’s Flame Tree Community Co-op on December 11, 10am-noon. Learn how to create simple, nutritious and delicious wholefood-inspired Christmas treats. To book email info@lifewellnessco.com. 2508

Egg-citing ideas! Local permaculture guru Narelle Happ suggests seven ways to use eggshells in your garden. Instead of putting shells in the bin, try a few of the tips below to add nutrients to soil, prevent pests and stop added waste going to landfill. 1. Pest Control Crush eggshells and sprinkle around seedlings and plants. Slugs and snails don’t like crawling over sharp shells. As shells break down they add calcium to soil. Shells may also deter territorial White Cabbage butterflies, tricking them into thinking there are other butterflies in your patch. Use white shells and leave in halves. 2. Calcium as nutrients To prevent blossom end rot in tomatoes, capsicum and eggplants, place crushed shells in the bottom of planting holes. When the shells slowly break down, they add calcium to prevent this disease. 3. Compost Add crushed eggshells to your compost. This will add valuable nutrients to your pile. 4. Crushed eggshells added to chicken scratch mix. As long as they are washed first to prevent the chickens from getting a taste for eggs, this adds valuable grit to the chicken’s food and calcium to their diet to help produce healthy eggshells. 5. Potted plants Crushed shells in the bottom of potted plants provide nutrients as they decompose. 6. Use as a fertiliser for all plants Crush shells to a powder, place into a watering can and fill it up. Let it sit for a few days, then water all your edibles and shrubs with this natural fertiliser. 7. Use eggshells as seed starter pots. Prick holes in the base, add soil, plant seeds, place in egg carton and put in a warm place to germinate. Later, move into garden beds. Great fun to do with kids – they can draw faces on shells, then plant seeds and watch their eggpots grow some crazy hairdos. 2508

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CLUBS & MEETINGS Helensburgh Girl Guides Meet at the Guide Hall, Chippendale Place every Friday during school term. Junior Guides (age 7-10) 4.30-6pm and Guides (age 10-15) 6.30-8.30pm. Contact: Malynda Flarey (Brolga), malynda@exemail.com.au Helensburgh Scout Group Meets during school terms. Joeys (ages 6-8) Tues 4.30-5.30pm; Cubs (ages 8-11) Fri 6.30-8pm; Scouts (ages 11-15) Tues 7-8.45pm. Email groupleader@helensburghscouts. org.au for more information. Lawrence Hargrave U3A Meets Mondays 9.30am-noon at Hillcrest House, Railway St, Stanwell Park. Probus Club Meets 2nd Thursday of the month at Tradies Helensburgh, helensburghprobus.org Toastmasters meets at Tradies Helensburgh every 2nd and 4th Monday, at 7.30pm. 0408 961 392. View Club No VIEW meetings in December or January. Next meeting: AGM, 21 February 2017. CHURCHES • Bushland Chapel (Uniting Church) 94 Parkes St Helensburgh. Faith, community. Fourth Sunday of month 9.30am and as announced. Yoga, drama. Spaces available. bushlandchapel.net, 0425 257984. • H’burgh & Stanwell Park Anglican Church Regular Sunday services, 8.15am, 54 Stanwell Ave, Stanwell Park; 10am and 6pm, 75 Parkes St, Helensburgh. Call 4294 1024. • Helensburgh Baptist Church Sundays, 10am, Community Centre, Walker St. Call 0411 192 508. • Holy Cross Catholic Church Weekend Mass at Helensburgh:  Sunday 8.30am. Reconciliation:  Sunday 8am. Visitors welcome. • Hope Church 2508 Sunday services, 9.30am, 3/23 Cemetery Road, Helensburgh. 0404 803 055. • Hillcrest Christian Fellowship Sundays, 6pm, Hillcrest House, Railway Crescent, Stanwell Park. Call 4294 3153. PLAYGROUPS • Mondays 10am-12.30pm, Stanwell Park Children’s Centre. Call Penelope, 0431 593 118. • Tuesdays 10am-noon, H’burgh Community Centre, Walker St. Call Rosemary, 4294 1290. • Tuesdays 9.30-11.30am, Helensburgh Anglican Church, 75 Parkes St. Call 4294 1024. • Wednesdays 9.30am-noon, Stanwell Park Children’s Centre, Stanwell Ave. • Thursdays 10am-noon, H’burgh Community Centre, Walker St. Call Rosemary, 4294 1290.

Above: tHE tRACKS (from left to right) Matt Ward, Matt Crawford, Simon Fuhrer and Scott Lewin.

ENTERTAINMENT The Bombie presented by Coalcliff Surf Life Saving Club. Live music on the deck, 2-5pm, $15-$20, under 16s free. Dec 11 Benji and the Saltwater Sound System, Supported by Red Whyte Jan 1 Kava Kings Feb 5 King Tide. Visit thebombie.com.au Days of Creation Dance/drama show at the Bushland Chapel, Parkes Street, on Wednesday, December 14 at 7.15pm. Ages 8+; $10, book 4294 4124. HELENSBURGH LIBRARY, 57 Walker Street, 4294 2185 06 3.30pm Kids Connect, join us at the library for Christmas craft; ages 5+ 14 10.30am Preschool storytime. Unders 5s. Free. 16 11am-1pm, Drop-in Knitting group Merry Christmas Helensburgh Library staff, Renee, Marisa and Laure, would like to wish the community a safe and merry Christmas. The library will close from 1pm Friday, 23 December and re-open 10am, Tuesday, 3 January 2017. We look forward to welcoming you back in 2017. NEW CONVENOR FOR NEIGHBOURHOOD FORUM 1 Warwick Erwin has been elected to the role of Convenor of Wollongong City Council Neighbourhood Forum 1 committee. Co-convenor is Jenny Sherratt. Next meeting is February 8, 2017. STAND BY FOR ANNUAL SANTA LOLLY RUN! Santa will be in his big red fire engine so watch out for him! Fire & Rescue NSW 325 Station Helensburgh will conduct its 40th annual Santa Lolly Run this year, from 9am on Saturday, December 17. This street-by-street lolly run, a joint effort by 325 Station Helensburgh and the local community and businesses, will start at the southern top end of town and work its way through town, finishing at The Tops Conference Centre about 2pm. All our best wishes from Captain Lisa Bussa and crew from 325 Station Helensburgh. 2508

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tHE tRACKS on the keys. Don’t be surprised if he grabs the mic to share some rhymes as an MC or if he unveils his alter ego called Krassimir Kulenko, an Ukrainian vodka lover.

NYE Jam!

Helensburgh drummer Simon Fuhrer has organised a welcome party for 2017 at the CWA Hall in Stanwell Park. Tell us about your band, tHE tRACKS. We play many different styles and each track has its own identity. It’s not about us, it’s all about the music, it’s all about the tracks. Who's in the band? Scott Lewin (guitar, vocals); Matt Crawford (bass); Simon Fuhrer (drums); Matt Ward (trumpet); special guest Nisu (keyboard, vocals). What kind of music do you play? Expect a wild ride from punching reggae to schmaltzy latino to rootsy funk. The ride just got more exciting with Nisu from Switzerland joining

Is NYE a one-off, or can we expect more local gigs next year? We will see. It would be great to see more local music like a decade ago, when Sarah Parker and Scott Lewin put on regular nights in Stanwell Park. Now even more than ever, as the Bombie in Coalcliff only does monthly events due to noise complaints. What do you love about life in the Burgh? Where do I start? The size, climate, the people, the national park, the horses, the fire brigade, the skate park, the local soccer club, the free pool, the proximity to the Gong/Sydney and the beach, the potholes, the temple, the roaming rabbits, the daring deer, the kids in the streets, the cafes and restaurants … and our neighbours. n NYE JAM is on December 31 at the CWA Hall, Stanwell Park.With tHE tRACKS & friends. Mexican food, BYO. Limited tickets. $20 pre-sale, $25 at door; look for NYE JAM Stanwell Park CWA on www.trybooking.com. $5 shuttle bus home to Otford/Helensburgh. 2508 SPOONSMITH & ILLAWARRA WOODWORK SCHOOL PRESENT

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‘Poetry started screaming’

Writer Ali Whitlock and Hector at their regular spot at the Palms Cafe.

And local writer Ali Whitlock heeded its call. Ali has published a memoir and is currently putting the finishing touched to a manuscript of her unique and highly regarded poetry. Terri Ayliffe reports. Tell me a little about yourself. I am a November baby; born in Scotland to a frozen, desolate landscape that still haunts me in the wee small hours way down here in Australia. Of course I love the life I’ve created here, but lately I miss the windswept highlands, the frosts that rise at dawn and licks the world silver, the Scottish heather that flourishes in the harshest of spots like the cracks of rocks where’s there’s no love. Crikey, I even miss the deep-fried pizzas. When did you become interested in writing? Twelve years ago when I was working in the most boring, (sorry, did I just say, ‘boring’? What I meant was BORING) job I’ve ever had in my entire life. This particular day I sat at my desk, eating a toasted cheese sandwich, (yes, even lunch was boring) and my eyes stumbled upon a quotation by Henry Thoreau, which chills me even today: “Most men lead quiet lives of desperation and die with their song still inside them.” I stood up, consigned my sandwich immediately to the bin and decided right there and then not to be one of those men (or women). You are a published author; tell us about your first book. Poking seaweed with a stick and running away from the smell is my first memoir about growing up in Scotland in the ’70s. The book is a series of hilariously tragic incidents that fit together to give a flavour of growing up in a dysfunctional Glasgow home. What are you working on at the moment? I was in the middle of two memoirs when I suddenly started writing poetry. With writing, you must always run with whatever screams the loudest and poetry started screaming night and day and I couldn’t ignore it. I’ve just completed my first poetry manuscript, which I’m about to send off to my publisher in Edinburgh, tomorrow as it happens.

Who inspires you? Charles Bukowski, whose “grasping at the curtains like a drunken monk and tearing them down” set me free as a writer in ways I could never have imagined. Where can people find your work? Vertu! And via most bookstores. Oh and online at Amazon and Booktopia…. but please support the independent bookstores before they all disappear. Imagine a world without them. Unthinkable. Visit www.aliwhitelock.com. n Resident talent finder, Terri Ayliffe, owns the store Vertu in Stanwell Park. 2508

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Back to the bush: OEH senior threatened species officer Kylie Madden releases a koala (below).

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Wild about koalas The world’s favourite tree-dwelling marsupials have been sighted in the Wollongong area! Office of Environment and Heritage senior threatened species officer Kylie Madden answers 2508’s questions. When and where were the koalas found? In early November eight koalas were found in the water catchment areas above the escarpment in the Wollongong area. Only three nights of survey have been done so far with another week planned. Some koalas were spotted by our ecologists and some were heard making their distinctive “bellowing” mating call from down in the gullies. How many are in the Mount Kembla colony? We don’t know yet, though finding eight koalas in just three nights proves it is a ‘colony’ rather than just a few lost individuals. Koalas may have been quietly living there all along (i.e. since they were first spotted by Europeans there in 1803) or they may have recolonised from populations in the Southern Highlands or Campbelltown, both of which are walking distance for a young koala. How did you discover them? There have been a handful of promising sounding reports of koalas in the area over the past 5-10 years. Real proof came in the unmistakable photo of a koala caught on a remote infrared camera that had been set to find a rare bandicoot. We typically use spotlighting to survey for koalas. For this technique, expert ecologists use strong torches to scan the trees for the bright eyeshine of the koala along 200m transects through the bush.

Any tips for local koala spotters? Spotlighting is a fun activity for any age group, and even if you don’t see koalas you can find possums and owls and other wildlife. The water catchments are all off-limits to the general public. However, in the last few weeks there have been reports of other koalas about the Illawarra – at Macquarie Pass and near Waterfall. Any accessible trail in southern Heathcote, Garrawarra or Dharawal National Parks could be investigated. Choose taller forest rather than low, scrubby woodland as koalas prefer the taller trees on the better soils. Koalas are the only treedwelling marsupial that can also be spotted during the day, though they are incredibly difficult to see! Who’s behind the survey and how can we stay up to date? The Wollongong koala survey is being funded by the Office of Environment and Heritage and is coordinating with other regional koala projects in the Wollondilly and Wingecarribee shires. Our neighbours are a little further down the track of learning about their koala populations and have volunteer programs and Facebook pages to keep people up to date. In Wollongong we are just at the beginning, though it’s certainly a very exciting beginning. A matter of weeks ago we didn’t even know we had a koala population! Watch this space. 2508

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Trees for sale!

December is shaping up to be an exciting month for the Helensburgh Girl Guides, publicity officer Heather McNaughton reports. Helensburgh Guides will be selling quality Christmas trees at the Guide Hall at 4 Chippendale Place from 2pm on Friday, December 9, and from 8am on Saturday, December 10. There is nothing like the smell of a real Christmas tree to help fill your home with the festive spirit. All proceeds will support our local Guide unit, and most trees will sell for just $58, so make sure you don’t miss out! At the time of writing, the Guides were looking forward to their end-of-year camp in early December. A weekend of Witchcraft and Wizardry was to be held at Cataract Scout Park, where the Guides would participate in the Tri-Wizard Tournament, comprising of a series of fun and challenging activities. Events such as this camp would not be possible without the generosity of our community. The Guides would like to thank everyone who supported their fundraising cake stall outside Coles on Saturday, November 19. All proceeds have been put towards the camp. 2508

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VIEW Report

VIEW Club for lunch and meetings on the third Tuesday of each month. We support The Smith Family’s “Learning for Life” for disadvantaged Helensburgh VIEW Club held its final lunch students, a very worthy cause. Also it is an meeting for the year at Tradies Helensburgh. Tables opportunity for social contact for women of 18 were decorated with Christmas trimmings of tinsel years onward. Fran and Carol were presented with and bon-bons by VIEW members. Thanks to their new membership badges at the November Nerida for her little Christmas “puddings”, and to meeting. May they continue to enjoy the friendship Margaret for a lovely Christmas cake. Thanks also and fellowship of VIEW. go to Patti for her amusing trivia, and mirthful Reportedly, Bobby Darin, Dream Lover was rhymes and jokes. There were many raffles and “fabulous”, and if you missed the trip to My Fair Secret Santa gifts, as well as November and Lady (“magnificent”) there will be another chance December birthday lucky dips. as it is moving to the Capitol Theatre, and VIEW Special guests were VIEW Club’s National has premium seats. Phone Chris on 4294 1103 or President Gwen Wilton, and former National mobile 0419 282 264 for details and bookings. Councillor Sue Field. They were welcomed by Club The next, and first for 2017, VIEW Club lunch President Nerida, and both gave inspiring speeches meeting will be the AGM on 21 February at Tradies of thanks, with emphasis on VIEW ideals standing Helensburgh, at 11am for 11:15 start. For new for Voice, Interest and Education for Women. We bookings or cancellations please phone Margaret welcomed our regular visitors from Thirroul, now on 4294 1484 by Monday, 13 February. almost Helensburgh members. VIEW wishes you a Merry Christmas, and may Ladies, make a New Year Resolution to join our your 2017 be happy and safe. 2508 By Publicity Officer Virginia Dowson

Pelvic power Exercise can be the key to continence, physiotherapist Sarah Jones-Nygren writes. Your best kept secret. You leak urine. Only sometimes, when you cough or someone tells a funny joke. The thing is, no matter how good the joke is, it’s no longer funny when you wet your pants. Stress incontinence is the term used for small amounts of urinary leakage during activities where there is an increase in abdominal pressure, such as when you cough, sneeze, lift something or play sport. According to the Continence Foundation of Australia (www.continence.org.au) more than 4.8 million Australians experience bladder or bowel control problems. So you’re not alone, and you can live with it, right? But you don’t have to. Women’s health physiotherapists are experts in assessing the pelvic

floor and helping you treat your problem. Often you can gain help by exercising your pelvic floor. The pelvic floor is, like its name says, the “floor” of the pelvis. It is made up of tissues and and muscles that span the bottom of the pelvis, from the pubic bone to the tail bone and between the two sitting bones. The urethra, vagina and back passage all pass through the pelvic floor. A woman’s pelvic floor muscles provide support for the pelvic organs, the bladder, uterus and bowel, and their ability to ”squeeze” is important for continence. These muscles can be weakened by childbirth, chronic constipation and obesity. Just like other muscles in the body, exercise makes pelvic floor muscles stronger. A Cochrane review (a highly regarded review of research articles) published in 2015 cites the effectiveness of pelvic floor muscle training for urinary incontinence in women. When you start exercising your pelvic floor daily you should start to feel stronger after a few weeks and see improvements in your continence after a few months. 2508

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November’s NICC meeting in Thirroul featured presentations by Joanna Stuart of Etaxperts, Tom Ravelingien of ElectroTechnics Security Systems and Leanne Smith of the Illawarra Business Chamber. The final gathering for 2016 will be the Christmas Party at Symbio Wildlife Park on Friday, December 2. NICC would like to thank all its members for a fantastic year and remind everyone to “Shop Local” this Christmas! NEWS FROM NICC MEMBERS: Tyre Special: At Switched On Mechanical, Kenda KR23 215/60/16 tyres are on sale, $100 each, fitted. Ph: 4294 2222. Bookings essential, limited time only. Apple Pay: Horizon Credit Union customers can now use Apple Pay, a fast, easy, and secure way to pay, in person or online. Apple Pay is easy to set up and users will continue to receive all of the rewards and benefits offered by credit and debit cards. Visit www.horizoncreditunion.com.au TO JOIN THE CHAMBER: Visit www.nicc.net.au. 2508

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Sunday social golf club Vicki ‘The Hair’ Little on the club’s good-fun shenanigans. We all know the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach or maybe something else that we can’t talk about. (Ha ha!) Sister Deb and I brought our famous coleslaw which was appropriate, as we were playing for the Normie and Brenda Bell plate. Normie would always bring his famous coleslaw on the day he would present the plate to the winner, which was a yearly tradition [Great Bloke]. Dave Flewin, a big Normie and Brenda fan, was thrilled that he took out the day with a mean 43 points. It was nice to see Phil Wilson, new-ish to the club, coming in 2nd place with 40 points. Pete Gardner on 38 points took out 3rd place. We had the final of our matchplay; Frank Zorro

Tradies social golf Who emerged victorious from November’s comp? John Towns reveals all in this report. When you’re up at 3am cleaning the tank filter in the middle of a thunderstorm, you know it’s going to be a bad start to your golf day. However, 16 like-minded golfers turned up to do battle with the elements.

took out the game against Pommie Mark. Apparently it was a hard slog for both, but there can only be one winner and Zorro was the man! The naughty boys weekend to St Georges Basin is coming up. Oh, I’d love to be a fly on the wall, and give you the scoop, but I’ll be at our annual Golf and Xmas party on December 4, so I’m sure I’ll have some juice on that! Hoping to see Pete ‘Doc’ Howes back on the course after a few probs; I’m sure he’ll be back in fine form! From The Confused Golfer: Golf is a game where you claim the privileges of age and retain the playthings of childhood. 2508 Steve Egbers obviously handled the conditions better than most – he won the matchplay final 4 and 3 from Tung Nguyen, taking the Gallardo’s Pizza voucher with a score of 63 on a countback from Dave Astill. Bill Dodd was third with an impressive 65. Both runners-up headed off to Helensburgh Butchers for a supply of their famous chilli sausages. Terry scored the Helensburgh Driving Range voucher – again. After the barbecue at Tradies we held the AGM for the election of the new committee. President Brian thanked the Committee for their efforts through the year and welcomed Dave Astill as the new Secretary for 2017. A scramble for the record books was required when Geoff arrived in rain gear; it was the first time in living memory he has not arrived in shorts, summer or winter. Evidence has been placed on our Facebook page at Tradies Helensburgh Sports and Social Golf Club, along with the full results of the day’s play. Remember the second game this month, an Ambrose round at 7am on the 26th and our presentation dinner from 6pm at Tradies Helensburgh on Saturday, December 3. For more details, check out Tradies Helensburgh Sports and Social Golf Club or email john.towns45@gmail.com. 2508

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U19 surfboat crew makes history Helensburgh-Stanwell Park Surf Life Saving Club’s Ed White reports.

November 5, 2016 was a monumental date for the Helensburgh-Stanwell Park SLSC. On that sunny but windy Saturday in Mollymook, the first U19 women’s surfboat crew in the club’s 108-year history competed in the first round of the South Coast Boat Series and officially entered the club’s history books. The crew of Brittany Scutts, Bijou Fawcett, Courtney Gallagher and Alex Liss rowed well in their first carnival, finishing third on the day. The girls have been training hard and improving their jump-starts, can turns and wave-catching. Well done, girls, on a good first hit-out! (Quick shout-out to our sponsors Helensburgh Tyres, Peabody Energy and Helensburgh Tradies. Without your support we wouldn’t be in a position to create such historical moments. Cheers!) Surfboat rowing was first opened to women in 1996 as a trial event at that season’s Australian Surf Life Saving titles and formally accepted the following 1996/97 season. As women’s participation grew, it became evident to event organisers that the standard of rowing had increased dramatically and that there was a large number of younger women rowing in the open women’s division. This lead to the creation of the u23 women’s division in the 2006/07 season to provide an age category in which new female entrants could hone their surf skills and row in a more even competition. A new crop of young rowers in the 16-19 age range have embraced the sport with the inaugural season of U19 women’s rowing beginning this 2016/17 season. Women were first permitted to become active lifesavers in August 1980; the club’s first female bronze recipient gained her bronze that year. Stanny rowers followed, quickly accepting women into the boatie section; an open women’s crew was formed for the 96/97 season, and U23 women’s crew in 2006/07. Now, we have an U19 women’s crew. All these crews have been formed and participated in the first season of creation for their respective divisions, a proud achievement for H-SP SLSC and the local region of 2508. Two other crews from the club also competed at Mollymook on November 5. Last year’s U23 women’s crew are looking to build on their first full competitive season last year and the new U19 boys crew is itching to get in some racing and surf experience.

The U23 women – one crew member down on the day – relied on a junior girl to fill in for each race. Courtney Gallagher and Bijou Fawcett rotated the fill-in position, while Connie Wood, Sian Foster and Monique Lehane rounded out the rest of the crew. The crew rowed strongly and finished a solid fourth. They’ll be looking to get some consistency in crew composition in upcoming carnivals. The U19 crew, competing at their first carnival, rowed well through the round-robin, improving immensely with each race. Hamilton Reiley, Riley Foster, Lochleigh Thomas and Jayden Curkoski have been training hard in the lead-up to the season. Unfortunately, their day finished after the round-robin. No problem – the boys will be back. Well done to all crews. Let’s look to build on this start over the coming months through our training and hopefully we will reap the rewards come the end of the season. 2508

Helensburgh-Stanwell Park SLSC’s first U19 women’s surfboat crew – Brittany Scutts, Bijou Fawcett, Courtney Gallagher and Alex Liss – make history.

The U19 men’s crew in action. Photos supplied.

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SPONSOR TIGERS

Helensburgh Tigers rugby league club is encouraging local businesses to support and sponsor the club for the 2017 season. Contact them for sponsorship ASAP because the 2017 jersey design is underway. The Tigers are an integral part of the Helensburgh community and without the support of their loyal fans and sponsors they would not be the success they are. As a sponsor of the mighty Helensburgh Tigers your business will be promoted across social media platforms, jerseys and merchandise and different media, including programs, signage and newspapers. The club is offering sponsorship packages to suit all businesses, regardless of their size. If you’re interested in sponsoring for the 2017 season, please contact the club ASAP at helensburghtigers@hotmail.com or call Johann Cobb or Dodge Cobb. n The Helensburgh Tigers will host Christmas drinks and music on the balcony of the club from 1.30pm to 6.30pm on Sunday, December 4. Live music will be by Pete Jordan. There will be bar facilities – no BYO alcohol – and it will be BYO nibblies. There is no cover charge. 2508

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Paraglider rescue Continued from page 47 Big congratulations to Nick Lowe for his commitment to the rescue – charging from the IRB and onto the rocks, showing great bravery to free the man – and Lochleigh Thomson, a 16-year-old who only became an active lifesaver last season, for showing experience beyond his years to be an integral part of the rescue mission. Steve Scullion must be highly commended for providing the level-headed advice required to guide the younger members in the rescue. The rest of the patrol must also be congratulated for their efforts on the day. The typical age of most patrolling members rostered on the day was 16 to 17 years, so it was a performance more suited to lifesaving veterans with more than 10 years of experience. Support on the beach from Courtney Gallagher, Hamilton Reilly and Jayden Curkoski allowed for a smooth rescue in difficult conditions. Big shout-out to Dakota Curkoski and Keehan Reilly in the patrol observation room. They performed the crucial task of watching the rest of the beach while the rescue was occurring. Well done Patrol 3 H-SP SLSC! 2508

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Lifesavers rescue paraglider

Helensburgh-Stanwell Park SLSC report on their members’ rescue of an injured paraglider at Stanwell Park. There was 6ft-plus surf at Stanwell Park beach on November 6, so Helensburgh-Stanwell Park SLSC was on high alert. The beach had been closed at the start of the day and, because the swell wasn’t getting any smaller, it remained closed. The patrol had been running several roving patrols over the course of the day, paying close attention to swimmers who ignored the ‘Beach Closed’ flag and entered the water. It was after one of these roving patrols that members noticed a paraglider in the water near the rocks at the south end of the beach. The patrol quickly sprung into action. The IRB was launched to execute a water rescue as it was then believed the paraglider was in the water near the rocks. As the IRB neared the rocks, it became evident that a rescue from the water would not be possible. The paraglider had landed in the water and cleared the chute, but a wave had washed him and the chute onto the rocks. The chute complicated the rescue because it was wrapped around the paraglider’s legs. He had managed to move into a position on the rock whereby he shielded himself from the approaching waves, but 3-4 ft waves, reforming close to the beach, were pounding into and over his position. The paraglider was copping a barrage of water on his head, making it difficult for him to

attempt self-rescue or even to breathe. Moss and seaweed covered the lower part of the rock, making access even more difficult for patrol members. Submerged rocks on the seaward side prevented IRB access, leaving the paraglider in a precarious position. By this stage fellow patrol members had scaled down cliffs at the beach’s south end in an attempt to reach the man. Steve Scullion and Lochleigh Thomson were the first patrol members within communicating distance of the stricken paraglider, who was in quite some distress. Lochleigh attempted to remove the chute’s nylon strands from the paraglider. Nick Lowe, who had been in the IRB with Ed White, quickly joined him. With a pair of scissors from a first aid kit and a knife borrowed from a nearby fisherman, Nick and Lochleigh began to free the man from the tangle as waves pounded them. Fellow patrol members called out to alert the rescuers of approaching waves. One wave formed, seemingly out of nowhere, and knocked Nick flat on his back and almost into the water. He suffered a cut to his finger. Soon after, the paraglider was freed and moved to higher rocks, then to the beach where paramedics were able to treat him. Continued on page 45

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Gliders set to soar

Two flyers are on track for the Australian team, as Heather Smith reports.

Stanwell Park hangglider pilots Josh Woods and Tony Armstrong are on track to claim national selection for the 2017 World Championships in Brazil from August 6 to 19. Josh is currently ranked no. 5 in the country while Tony is ranked sixth – with the national team comprising six flyers. The pair recently competed at Canungra in Queensland and will head to Forbes next month before the final qualifying competition in Manilla, NSW, in February. Tony, who has been flying for 37 years and runs Hangglide Oz, said he was disappointed with his placing at Canungra as he had gone out too fast. “I was too impatient and didn’t complete one day,” he said. “I have a tendency to lead out too much so I’ll have to learn to put on the handbrake.” Tony said making the Australian team was a challenge as one flyer from South Australia had been a fixture for 30 years and others from the Central Coast were strong contenders. Regularly launching off Bald Hill helped with training for competitions but conditions were very different.  “At home it’s about coastal ridge soaring, which is very easy but, inland, it’s looking for heated air (thermals) to give you the lift necessary to stay up and fly cross-country,” Tony said. “Only about 10 per cent is heated air and you have to find these

Josh Woods (left) and Tony Armstrong (above) with a passenger over Stanwell Park.

thermals to go up before you hit the sinking air, taking you back down. “It’s like a game of three-dimensional chess.” Josh, who started flying when he moved from Wombarra to Stanwell Park three years ago, said he had wanted to fly since he was a boy. “I remember looking up at the escarpment from our house and seeing all the hanggliders and paragliders up there. I always said I would do it one day. It’s a rite of passage.” He has been racing for two years and is placed 19th in the world. Races are typically 100-120km and take between three and four hours. Flyers race to a “goal”, a GPS-located spot in the sky. They look out for birds of prey, eagles or swallows, riding the updraughts to pinpoint speed-giving thermals. “That allows us to circle and rise,” Josh said. “The winners are those who climb the thermals best, glide best and find the lift lines.” Josh, who runs local business OceanAir & Refrigeration, ascended to 18,000ft (5500m) in Telluride, Colorado, and reached 12,000ft at Forbes. Apart from his aborted attempt at the sport in 2001 when his glider stalled, he has had only one tricky incident in his career – when he was attacked by a wedge-tailed eagle. “They’re very territorial,” he said. 2508

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