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The logic of reality TV has spilled into real life, with residents called on to vote for projects to win funding, with up to $260,000 available for each electorate. Here, in no particular order, are five local contenders in the battle for Heathcote funding. Good luck to all! * HELENSBURGH MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK Helensburgh Off Road Cycle Club aims to expand the mountain bike track. Benefits include a healthy lifestyle and tourism. Amount needed: $60,500. * THE STANWELL PARK CWA COMMUNITY HALL RENEWAL A toilet for performers; expanded dressing room; undercover external deck. Amount: $198,000. * NINA’S MINIBUS To provide a 12-seater minibus for Northern Illawarra Neighbour Aid’s elderly and frail clients for outings. Amount: $55,000. * IMPROVEMENTS TO OUR BELOVED TENNIS COURTS New fencing and improvements to drainage at Stanwell Park tennis courts. Amount: $30,000. * DUAL NETBALL/BASKETBALL COURTS AT HELENSBURGH To provide two safe netball courts and also make them dual purpose, with an interchangeable netball/ basketball ring. Amount: $190,000. Voting closes 15 August. Go to https:// mycommunityproject.service.nsw.gov.au/ 2508

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WORLD WAR II STORIES SOUGHT I am researching civilian life in the area 2508 during World War 2. Please could anyone with stories or photos of this time email me on drlejones@gmail.com. I am particularly interested in the effects the miners’ strikes had on families. I would also like details of peace celebrations in Helensburgh and any photos of such celebrations. – Lorraine Jones, vice president of Helensburgh Historical Society AN OPEN LETTER TO THE COMMUNITY REGARDING THE PROPOSED CLOSURE OF LAWRENCE HARGRAVE DRIVE AT STANWELL PARK. 24 HOURS A DAY FOR 4 WEEKS DURING FEB/MARCH 2020 AND AGAIN IN MAY/JUNE 2020 Most of us have heard about the proposed month-long complete closures of the road by the NSW Roads and Maritime Services. In short, the proposed work is intended to “stabilise the slope and reduce the risk of land slips”. (RMS flyer) I want to encourage as many people as possible to give feedback to the RMS via the online survey. The idea of a complete 24/7 closure of the road from Bald Hill to Chellow Dene Avenue is upsetting. It will seriously affect school and uni students, workers and local businesses. Quick road access to Stanwell Park in the case of an emergency is also of great importance. Many primary and secondary students need to come down or go up the hill to get to school. Secondary school students who travel north will be totally reliant on train services. Adding to an

already lengthy commuting time. And, of course, many Stanwell Park students have after-school and evening sport commitments in Helensburgh. There have been concerns raised about access for emergency services. Resident Anita Willmott asked: “Will emergency service vehicles be granted access through the worksite in case of an emergency?” The RMS addressed this in their flyer “In the event of an emergency, the road could be Continues p6 opened in a matter of hours.”

COMMUNITY NOTICES COALCLIFF COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION AGM IN AUGUST Coalcliff Community Association will be holding their AGM on Wednesday, 28 August at 7.30pm at the Coalcliff Community Hall. All Coalcliff residents welcome. – Pat Goodchild, Coalcliff Community Association president THANK YOU FROM BEDE PARKES Thank you to all that have helped us through the loss of our Elizabeth Edgeworth (Parkes). We are forever grateful for all your cards, flowers, phone calls and support during this very sad time. Thank you also to Father Andrew, the parishioners from Holy Cross Church and School, St Vincent De Paul, Dr Annette Beaufils, Waves Helensburgh, Helensburgh Hotel and to all of Helensburgh from Bede, Ron, James and Will Parkes. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT Thank you to Helensburgh for all your support during this very sad time of losing our loved one Elizabeth Edgeworth (Parkes) it is very much appreciated. – From David Edgeworth, Michael, Ricky, Daniel, Kiara, William and Bella.


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JOIN THE UKELELE GROUP A Ukelele playing and sing-along group has been established in Stanwell Park. We meet weekly on Wednesday 2-3.30pm and players of all skill levels are welcome to join in the playing, practice and fun. Anyone interested can contact Edith McNally on 0477 778 289 or mcnallyedith@gmail.com. Send letters to editor@2508mag.com.au 2508

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Continued from p4 Is this good enough? Anita said, “The closest fire and ambulance stations are in Helensburgh… this (road closure) could cause a significant delay in an emergency.” Local business owners are vocal about the adverse affects. Jennifer Singleton, who owns Renzetti’s Italian Pizza in Stanwell Park, wrote: “We have a very dependent and reliable delivery of approximately 140-170 meals to Helensburgh each week … The total closure of LHD would be a major disruption.” This sentiment is echoed by Jo Draper, co-owner of Palms Cafe in Stanwell Park. Jo wrote: “This is not just an inconvenience in terms of getting to and from work, the closure is detrimental to our business, taking away our income.” Residents I have spoken to agree with the RMS statement, “The work is essential to keep the road safe and open to traffic in the long term.” Pauline Cox from Stanwell Park suggests the previously proposed footpath from top to bottom could assist willing walkers. Other suggestions are closing one lane only – but RMS states that some equipment “covers the entire width of the road”. As Jo Draper says: “We appreciate the safety issue and need for improvements, however night work must be more seriously considered.” Local resident Julie Archer wrote: “Obviously this work needs to be done, but we think they (the

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RMS) can work around the community and businesses better. Possibly a shuttle bus that is approved and capable of driving through a work site?” Cate Richards, who runs a local Stanwell Park business, said: “Yes, safety comes first, but some level of access needs to be maintained.” The best thing is to complete the RMS survey at: https://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/projects/illawarra/ lawrence-hargrave-drive-closures/index.html. This must be done by 5pm, August 16. More information to follow on a LHD road closure community meeting, depending on the outcome and results of the survey. The matter could also be brought to the attention of our local MP, Lee Evans. Email Heathcote@ parliament.nsw.gov.au Why am I writing this letter? Yes, the road blockage will adversely affect my family, who travel north for work and after school activities but also I’ve just returned from a holiday on Lord Howe Island. Here a government-led project went pear-shaped because of poor, or non-existent, consultation. It caused all sorts of ill feeling; ultimately dividing the community. In our case the government is trying to inform us and hopefully they will listen. We just need to make sure that we talk back. I hope we can make a difference. Yours, Luke O’Neill, Stanwell Park resident 2508 More road closure news: p27

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On July 25, 2508 asked Wollongong City Council for further information following a Neighbourhood Forum 1 report (see page 26) of a planning proposal for 280 homes at Lady Carrington Estate South, currently zoned E3. A council spokesperson said: “In 2013 Council received a draft Planning Proposal for Lady Carrington Estate South in Helensburgh. “At that time, Council resolved not to support the rezoning of the site to allow residential development. The proponent appealed this decision to the Department of Planning who referred the matter to the Southern Joint Regional Planning Panel. The Panel recommended further studies be undertaken to guide the preparation of a Planning Proposal to permit residential development. “An amended proposal with additional studies is currently with Council for assessment prior to being reported to Council. “Should Council decide to progress the Planning Proposal, it would seek a Gateway Determination from the NSW Department of Planning, Thanks to Wollongong City Council for supplying this Subdivision Infrastructure and Environment, which is required Concept Layout, dated 14 Dec 15. Readers can view this map in to enable public exhibition.” 2508 detail via Facebook @2508mag or www.2508mag.com.au

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

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“We’ve got a whole new style of storage,” Christie said. “There’s nothing like this in the area. We are going to be quite competitive in our pricing. Unlike at some centres, units are separated by walls, not chain-wire, to provide privacy. “We’ll be a cheaper option than Sydney, and there’s less traffic,” Christie said. Security measures include cameras in the main building, unique pin codes for the front gate and individual units, all of which will be alarmed. There is drive-in access to groundfloor units and a turning bay for vehicles. Trolleys will be supplied to help clients move items. A large lift – like one you’d wheel luggage onto at an airport – gives easy access to upstairs units. Boxes, bubble-wrap and padlocks (coded or with keys) will be sold on-site. HBP + Storage will have 105 units in total, sized from 1.5m x 2m up to 10m x 3m. “The big enterprise units – we’ve got 12 of them – they are going to be really good for tradies, maybe for a plumber who wants to keep his gear here,” Christie said. Smaller container-style units could suit someone who wants to clear out their garage (so they can actually park their car in it), or store motorbikes, sporting or camping gear. A local society has even expressed interest in document storage. “If somebody came along and needed something sensitive stored, we could potentially accommodate them. Say they wanted refrigeration panels, we could convert one – we are open to doing things like that. Whatever your storage needs, we can accommodate it,” Christie said. AO Contracting is now set to start work further south. “We’re going to Port Kembla,” Andy said. “In Wentworth Street, we’ve bought a 1940s dance hall. We’re going to do that up as an events space.” n For more information, call 4294 1076 or visit www.hbpstorage.com.au 2508





Being fit is fabulous, but don’t forget to do some safety checks first, writes Dr Paul Theron of Equilibrium Healthcare.

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Exercise. It’s something a lot of us do, and almost all of us can (and should) do more of! With some poetic licence, here is a quote from Socrates on the matter of exercise: “No citizen has a right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training…what a disgrace it is for a (wo)man to grow old without ever seeing the beauty and strength of which his/her body is capable.” HERE ARE SOME OF THE BIG WINS OF REGULAR EXERCISE: Lowers weight and reduces risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, dementia and Alzheimer’s, several types of cancer, and some complications of pregnancy; Better sleep, including improvements in insomnia and obstructive sleep apnoea; Improved cognition, including memory, attention and processing speed; Better bone health and balance, with less risk of injury from falls; Fewer symptoms of depression and anxiety; Better quality of life and sense of overall well-being; and Exercise offers an opportunity to socialise and connect with like-minded people. As a sport-mad nation with tremendous resources for getting outside and staying fit, we should make use of our environment and friends/ family that are active to get exercising, and help us get back to activity if there has been a break due to illness or circumstances. Safety first! First up, let’s check for red flags that might suggest exercise could pose some health risks. 1. Has your doctor ever told you that you have a heart condition? Have you ever suffered a stroke? 2. Do you ever experience unexplained pains or discomfort in your chest at rest or during physical activity? 3. Do you ever feel faint, dizzy or lose balance during physical activity? 4. Have you had an asthma attack requiring immediate medical attention at any time over the last 12 months? 5. If you have diabetes (type 1 or 2) have you had trouble controlling your blood sugar in the last three months?

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6. Do you have any other conditions that may require special consideration for you to exercise? If you answered YES to any of these questions, it is generally recommended that you seek medical advice before starting an exercise program, or have your reintroduction to exercise overseen by an accredited Exercise Physiologist. If you answered NO to all questions, you are generally considered safe to start some form of moderate intensity exercise. Poor health is never a barrier to exercise, but can often be the result of (amongst other things) lack of exercise, and is an opportunity to find new ways to stay active. Come speak to one of our doctors if you have an illness or injury that is slowing you down, or make an appointment with Allira Mercer, our Exercise Physiologist, to guide you in recovery. n Dr Theron’s interests are in sports medicine, preventative care, chronic disease management and office-based surgical procedures. In his spare time, he is a traveller and sportsman who enjoys powerlifting, martial arts, alpine mountaineering and mountain biking. He is a GP at Equilibrium Healthcare in Helensburgh. 2508


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



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Chantelle (in the pink) and Letitia (in the bue).


Helensburgh sisters Chantelle and Letitia Walker will compete in the baton twirling International Cup in France. According to Twirling Australia: “Baton twirling is a unique artistic sport combining the technical skill of twirling the baton with the grace and artistry of ballet, the enthusiasm of jazz dance, and the agility and stamina of gymnastics.” “Baton Twirling is not a very big sport in Australia, its numbers are so small it isn’t recognised as a sport,” said Helensburgh’s Chantelle Walker. “However, it is becoming popular again and slowly growing the more it is recognised.” Chantelle is 20 years old and has been twirling since she was four. She started twirling in Helensburgh at her mum Natalie’s club, Southern Star Twirlers. Chantelle grew up in Helensburgh and works at Burgh Healthy Hub as a receptionist and dance instructor. She also teaches baton twirling at Helensburgh Community Centre. Chantelle attended Newtown High School of the Performing Arts, and in 2017 she received her HSC. In 2018 she attended Ettingshausen’s Pro Boutique Full Time Dance Course, receiving a Cert IV in Dance. Chantelle’s sister, Letitia, who started twirling at Southern Star Twirlers when she was two, turns 18 during this competition! She attends Sylvania High School and will be sitting her HSC exam this year. Congratulations on being selected to represent Australia at the World Baton Twirling Federation (WBTF) International Cup in Limoges, France in August! Chantelle: Thank you! We first needed to trial for this at our national championships, which was held in October 2018. Over the school holiday period we had three international coaches come to Australia to give us our routines to put on the floor. We spent over four hours with each coach. Then we are expected to practice these routines by ourselves in our own time and on our scheduled training day with our coach. We need to buy a costume for each event and have a back-up

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costume. We are also expected to attend one dance class a week, two gym sessions per week and present our routines at each competition so a judge has seen our routine and can let us know what needs to be improved and fixed before we present the routine in France. When we get to France we have three days of training for three hours and the competition goes for five days. We can only spend one hour to warm-up before our routine in a space filled with over 200 people on the day. Each event has a preliminary round, semi-final (top 15) and final (top 10). I’m in three events and so is Letitia. How much will it cost and how will you fund it? Chantelle: A lot! We need to pay for everything ourselves. Our contract says it’s estimated to be $10,000 per athlete. We have done a lot of Bunnings barbecues, chocolate selling, raffles; we have set up a funding page and a trivia night. Tell us about your fitness regime and where you’re training. Letitia: I wake up at 4.30am to be at Burgh Healthy Hub by 5am for a gym session. I train for one hour and get ready for school. After school I walk on the treadmill or grab my batons and go over my routines outside. We only have one training session scheduled on Saturdays from 1.30pm-3.30pm at Port Hacking High School and we can choose to join in on an acrobatics lesson at 12.30pm if we get there on time. I dance at school and stay back after school to do my HSC major works. How can readers follow your baton-twirling adventures, or help with fundraising? We will be posting results on Instagram (@chantelle.walker.1 and @letitia_xox) and we have a fundraising page – https://asf.org.au/ donate/chantelle-walker-2019-international-cupwbtf--france/ Any donation is greatly appreciated. 2508


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Susie Fagan chats to Professor Bill Lovegrove, president of Nan Tien Institute, Australia’s only Buddhist-based accredited higher education provider. How do you stay physically fit? Swimming, riding and running/triathlons. And mentally fit? Mindfulness meditation. My exercise may also be a form of mindfulness meditation. When did you start exercising? At primary school. When did you start practising mindfulness? About 14 years ago. What are your favourite forms of exercise? Swimming is most mindful and enjoyable. And mindfulness techniques? Simple breathing meditation, focussing on air through the nose. What’s your diet like? Very balanced across the food groups with very little sugar or processed food.


Where do you like to train? Riding north to Bald Hill and beyond, Mt Keira and to Kiama. Running through Puckey’s Reserve. Swimming in the Uni pool in winter and in Belmore Basin in summer. How does it make you feel afterwards? Normally relaxed and happy. And how do you feel if you are unable to practice? Much less happy and relaxed. A little edgy. How do you tie in mindfulness with exercise? And why? It is really enjoyable during exercise to focus on a particular aspect of movement at any one time. For example, in swimming, focus on each stroke or, in riding, focus on each pedal turn. What other things do you like to spend your time doing that supports your mental and physical health? Spending time with friends and family, especially grandchildren. We all take part in Wollongong’s annual Aquathon together and I recently cycled from Canberra to Wollongong with one of my grandchildren, which was wonderful. What’s your next challenge? My next physical challenge will be the Australian Age Group Triathlon Titles. What one small thing could someone start today that could make a big difference tomorrow? Five minutes of meditation a day. 2508


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It’s on Sunday, August 25 – so dust off your pastry cutters and start practising! Darkes Glenbernie Orchard’s Jo Fahey reports. Think you have what it takes to become a pie champion? Or do you just like eating apple pie? Entries and ticket sales are now open for 2019’s event, with categories for men, women and junior apple pie, or crumble, bakers! Get stuck in and give it a go. Judging will be on appearance, crust, apple filling and overall flavour. It could be a family effort and what a great thing to do with the kids and build some life-long memories! NEED TO KNOW – APPLE PIE BAKE-OFF DAY 2019 • It is on 25 August. • A full day of entertainment, 9.30am until 4pm. • Save $$$! Early-bird tickets available until August 11 will include a bonus Darkes Cider of your choice. • Pre-purchase your take-home pie online to ensure you don’t miss out! • On the day – Eat apple pie and wood-fired pizza till you drop! Sit and relax on the lawn, sip some cider and listen to unplugged music while the kids enjoy the jumping castle or play lawn games. Go on a blossom-tour tractor ride! • Have fun and participate in the winning pie auction! • Trophies for winning entries. • Entries and ticket sales open now… For tickets, ordering and entries go to www.darkes.com.au or the Glenbernie Orchard Facebook page! The Apple Pie Bake-Off Day is a fundraiser in support of the Country Women’s Association (CWA) of Stanwell Park. 2508 Cheers to Pie Day! Early bird tickets get bonus Darkes cider. Buy now: www.darkes.com.au

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

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10 YEARS AS COALCLIFF SLSC CAPTAIN! Congratulations to Rob Deacon, who has been captain of Coalcliff SLSC for a decade. Jenelle McWilliam, Coalcliff SLSC publicity officer, reports.

Although it was almost two decades after obtaining his Bronze Medallion before he would return to surf lifesaving in a formal capacity, Coalcliff ’s Robert Deacon has certainly made up for lost time by enthusiastically throwing himself into his club. The qualified teacher has now been club captain for 10 consecutive seasons, patrolling 140.26 hours over the past season. Rob gained his Bronze Medallion in 1985 at Port Kembla Surf Club as part of his Bachelor of Physical Education course at Wollongong University; but Rob never patrolled for any club after that. In 2003, while Rob was training on Coalcliff Beach in the hope of becoming an ocean lifeguard in the school holidays, a local suggested he join the surf club so he could use its facilities. The fitness side of things – and the possibility of working as a lifeguard – appealed to Rob at the time, as well as the location. Coalcliff was, and still is, a beautiful place in which to spend time. And the rest is history. Surf Lifesaving continues to complement his job as a PE teacher, to this day. Because he holds a Bronze Medallion, Rob is able to teach swimming in the school pool, take surf-awareness groups for school sport, as well as run kayaking and snorkelling trips and his school camp; most NSW teachers are not allowed to run these activities. Rob’s teaching background has also helped him to perform his surf club duties. As club captain, Rob attends the start of every Coalcliff patrol to ensure the club covers all the prerequisite awards required to satisfy our Life Saving Service Agreement. When he is unable to find replacements on the day, Rob stays and covers the awards himself. Prior to each patrol, Rob

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ensures that all equipment is ready for set-up on the beach, on the ATV (All Terrain Vehicle) and in the patrol room. This helps each individual patrol to be set up as required for the patrolling day and that the club meets Illawarra Surf and Council Patrol Inspections’ requirements. Rob attends the patrol room after each patrol to ensure the room is left in the best possible state for the council lifeguard on duty the next day. In the week following each patrol, Rob sends a “Thank you” message via surfguard online messaging to each member who patrolled, thanking them for their voluntary work. Many years ago Rob, Ben Rennie and Paul Mattock established the club’s popular Bombie Bar and its thriving social music scene, raising much-needed club funds; Rob was the club’s first Liquor Licence holder. Regular live-music gigs, by some of Australia’s leading musicians, continue at Stanwell Park’s CWA Hall. Some of Rob’s other achievements at club and branch level have included: 10 years ago he initiated and organised the Coalcliff SLSC Triple Crown to provide club members with meaningful competition, which would enhance lifesaving skills and fitness across the disciplines of running, swimming and rescue-board paddling. The Triple Crown events are The Seacliff Bridge to Boatshed Run, The Rod Stevens Memorial Paddle (to the southern end of Sea Cliff Bridge and back), The Beach to Bombie Swim, and the Coalcliff Black Iron Person where competitors complete the APOLA (Australian Professional Lifeguard Award) course. This season Rob managed and ran two of these events – the Beach to Bombie swim and the Coalcliff Black Iron

Photos of Rob Deacon by Damian Lloyd @seasaltstudios


Person. The Triple Crown was designed to also develop friendly rivalries and camaraderie among the club’s patrolling members. These events also take advantage of the beautiful environment that surrounds Coalcliff Beach and the iconic Sea Cliff Bridge. As club captain and a patrolling member, Rob believes it is important to be as rescue fit as possible and a positive example to his fellow patrollers. This season he was second-placed male in the Rod Stevens Memorial Paddle, and third-placed male in the Coalcliff Black Iron Person, three minutes under the lifeguard qualification time. Rob was the Support Ski One Illawarra (RWC 1/ Rescue Water Craft 1) co-ordinator for three seasons 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19. A member of Illawarra Lifesaving Support Operations, Rob is on standby all year for tasking on RWC1 Illawarra. He liaises with the club’s facilitators and trainers, and mentors patrol members. Several seasons ago Rob helped to initiate a relationship with North Bondi SLSC where, once a season, patrolling members from that club patrol in place of one of our patrols. This season, for the first time, members of Coalcliff SLSC patrolled at North Bondi and experienced the challenges of patrolling on Australia’s most famous beach. This was a unique educational experience for some of our youth members in particular and will help them grow as lifesavers. This relationship will be an ongoing benefit to both clubs. Rob plays an important role in helping Coalcliff SLSC perform a wider service role in the community. This past off-season he hosted, on

behalf of the club, The Illawarra Red Kidney Charity Walk, which started at the Coalcliff SLSC. In previous years Rob has performed the same role in hosting the Great Illawarra Walk as well as the Relief Collection for the Coalcliff Fire Victims in 2017. Rob reckons learning how to operate the jet ski and maintain his skill levels on it have been the most challenging aspects of surf lifesaving. But what’s so special about Coalcliff SLSC? “Coalcliff is a uniquely beautiful place,” Rob says. “Every time that I am down there I look at that backdrop, I pinch myself. “It is a very small township and this means that the majority of members do not live in Coalcliff. “We don’t have a large number of patrolling members but we have managed to maintain six whole day patrols for many seasons. “While it is an ongoing struggle to maintain our required level of awards across the patrols season after season, somehow we manage to achieve this and have kept the required patrolling hours of our volunteers at reasonable levels,” he says. “Because of the tourism created by the nearby Sea Cliff Bridge, Coalcliff is becoming better known and, as a result, the crowds on the beach are increasing from season to season. There are obvious challenges that will come with this in the future. “The thing I most enjoy is arriving each Sunday morning, an hour or so before everyone else, and setting up the patrol room and then taking the ATV for a run to the northern end of the beach to put out a rescue board, and finding that I have this beautiful place to myself.” 2508

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When Sandy Szewcow and her then-husband Nick bought Sunrise Nursery in July 1999, she regarded its location as a negative. Now a thriving space, complete with café and gift shop, is regarded as a destination. People plan their day around a trip to the popular plant place. “It works in its favour,” Sandy said. “It’s an outdoor activity and it’s reconnecting with what people used to do; not shop online but see things, hold things, touch and experience things.” About 110 people, including past staff and local tradespeople, attended the 20-year anniversary last

month, with Sandy claiming she could see herself there in another 20 years. “It’s what I love,” she said. The establishment of Lime Leaf Cafe four years ago has given the nursery a caffeine boost, with many people coming for coffee or lunch and then buying a plant or a product. “The two businesses work well together,” Sandy said. “They complement each other.” The 44-year-old mother of two teenagers is considering further changes, such as a function room in the Red Shed, retailing outdoor furniture and gardening workshops for children. “There’s renewed interest in children learning what to eat and how to grow their food,” she said. Sunrise has been on the Old Princes Highway near the roundabout for nearly 60 years, starting life as a wholesale business when many more nurseries were operating. “The competition has dropped off,” Sandy said. “There’s next to none in the Illawarra now and most others have been pushed out by real estate.” Sandy, who was born with dislocated hips, is due for a hip replacement in November and knows her business will be in good hands with her dedicated staff, including Wayne Elphick, who has been there for 30 years. “He came with the place,” she laughed. “He’s been through fires and floods and all the history.” 2508

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

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

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weighing around a tonne and half, it’s no wonder that it snapped! Give me a call if you’re worried about the health of your trees, particularly coming into the wild Winter weather and let’s keep our homes, families and communities safe. n Email Bohmer at info@bohmerstreecare.com.au or call 0432 789 530. 2508

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A campaign is underway to reinstate both Heathcote and Bulli as the local high schools for residents of Helensburgh, Stanwell Tops and Darkes Forest. Helensburgh Public School P&C president Naomi Burley reports. Following up on Helensburgh Public School P&C’s previous 2508 article on high school choices for residents of Helensburgh, Stanwell Tops and Darkes Forest, the P&C is organising a community meeting on August 8 at Tradies Helensburgh, to allow the community to have its voice heard. The P&C has invited local NSW representative, the Hon. Lee Evans, and Department of Education representatives to attend this meeting. We need your voices there to be heard. The P&C has received responses to its communication with the Minister for Education, as well as representations from the Department at P&C meetings. However, these have failed to answer several key questions and continue to ignore the reality of life for Helensburgh residents. Our community deserves the opportunity to explain how our unique positioning warrants the official allowance of two high school options – one north and one south. It is critical for the NSW Government to understand that distance is a vital consideration. Heathcote and Bulli high schools are essentially equidistant from Helensburgh but


families may work, have extracurricular activities or family support in only one direction. This campaign is about choices, not the quality of education provided by either school. For over 30 years, the choice of two high schools has reflected our unique geographical location and the needs of our community and this choice needs to continue. Please Helensburgh – join us at this meeting. This affects all of us! The community meeting will be on Thursday, August 8 at 7pm at Tradies Helensburgh. Please come along to have your say. In the meantime, sign our online petition at www.Change.org – search for “Bulli or Heathcote”. Write to the Minister for Education, Sarah Mitchell via the NSW Government website, https://www. nsw.gov.au/your-government/ministers/ministerfor-education-and-early-childhood-learning/ Contact our local member, Mr Lee Evans, on 9548 0144. We will continue communication with the Government and Department on this issue! 2508

a small bike track, climbing features and improved seating areas. Shade structures have been incorporated into the design and it will include artwork panels featuring the work FROM WOLLONGONG CITY COUNCIL’S NEWS DESK: of local school students. Helensburgh’s young families will soon have a new Ceramic shells made by local pre-school and primary playground to explore with work to start in spring on an students will also form the basis of a dry creek bed updated playground in Charles Harper Park. Council has accepted a tender for the work, which will see play area. Work will start in September and is expected to be the 12-year-old playground in Parks Street, Helensburgh, completed by November, provided we get good weather. replaced with a new, up-to-date design. For more information, visit www.wollongong.nsw.gov.au or The new playground has been designed in consultation with many local children and includes a space for water play, call Customer Service on (02) 4227 7111. 2508

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Helensburgh parents and children are not happy about the sudden lack of high school choices.

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

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

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

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

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

I’m back from a holiday in the UK where, naturally enough, I spent a lot of time collecting or observing insects. It was the beginning of summer, so the prime time for flowers and insects, so heaps Have a question for Chris? about if you know where to look. Email editor@2508mag.com.au. 2508 The UK is one of the primary sources for information on changes in insect distribution and numbers, all based on the long-term recording schemes set up 50 years ago and relatively intense collecting and study for the past 200 years. Global warming? Well, four different species of dragonfly, all southern and Central European, have established in the UK in the last 12 years. These are not species that are carried about by humans. Asian hornets established in 2016, from France. Every year insect species new for the UK are discovered Above: A large tumbling flower beetle found in the in the southern counties. And my collecting, in Illawarra (length 15mm). Photo: Steven Chu. south-west Scotland, turned up several southern Below: A diverse, occasionally burnt, heathy woodland species that were unknown in Scotland 50 years near Seal Rocks (purple blobs = Boronia). ago. Concurrently, northern insect species are declining. Whether climate change or not, there is evidence for massive change and in general it is loss of species. It was alarming to me to find that many species of birds common up to 20 years ago have disappeared and the list is increasing. I mention all this because similar changes are certainly happening here but are not well documented. Discovering them requires long-term monitoring and observation by the informed public, hopefully including you. If you have an interest in nature, I suggest you pick a reasonably easily observed and small enough group

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

Early bird tickets for the 2019 Festival of Wood are now on sale, so don’t miss out on this special event for the family. Details/book at illawarrafestivalofwood.com. 2508

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OUT & About


TINY HOMES ON SHOW By Heather Eiszele

With their European backgrounds, friends and colleagues Chaya Bratoeva (at left) and Diamond Hawkins were puzzled why Australian houses were always so cold. “I’m from Bulgaria but the coldest I’ve ever been is in New South Wales,” said Chaya, a dual architect and landscape architect from Stanwell Park. Diamond, a structural engineer who lived in Germany for 13 years and is originally from China, also felt the chill when she moved to Otford. “You don’t only lose heat through the roof – you need to Pictured, left to right: Chris Malone (Ray White Corporate), insulate the walls, floors and windows,” she said. Matthias Samulesson (Director, Ray White Helensburgh), Diamond founded her company, Panorama Simon Beaufils (Managing Director, Ray White Helensburgh) Prebuilt, to bring thermally efficient housing to Andrew McCulloch (Ray White CEO NSW). Australia and reached out to Chaya for design solutions. “You need to get to a point where the BEANIES FOR BRAIN CANCER Ray White Helensburgh is supporting brain cancer passive design means you don’t need to heat or cool,” said Diamond. “We established early on that research by selling $25 beanies. it had to perform thermally.” It’s a cause close to the heart of managing Through the University of Wollongong’s director Simon Beaufils, who lost a good mate, iAccelerate business mentoring program, Channel Nine NRL executive producer Matt Callander, to the devastating disease in 2017. “Matt Panorama Tiny was born, with designs by Chaya’s Antfarm Projects under commission from was a really good friend of mine,” Simon said. Brain cancer survival rates have increased by just Diamond’s Panorama Prebuilt. The result of this collaboration is an 18sq m 1% over the past 30 years. 2019’s Beanie for Brain (plus 5sq m loft) tiny house on wheels that can be Cancer NRL Round was held in July, with footy set up in the backyard for less than $90,000 with no fans encouraged to wear a Mark Hughes council approvals required. “It comes under state Foundation Beanie for Brain Cancer to games. legislation for caravans,” said Chaya. The aim was to raise $3 million for research. Three tiny houses have been built in “We’re just a small part of it,” said Simon, who with his wife, Danielle, was planning to sell beanies Helensburgh using local tradespeople; two have sold. Diamond said the company was anticipating at three matches in two states. Want to help? Visit Ray White at 1/131 Parkes Street or call 4294 7000. “big growth”. “There is lots of interest in this area as it has a positive environmental footprint. It can be completely off the grid with a composting toilet, HELENSBURGH LIBRARY, 57 Walker Street, 4294 2185 Reading is my Secret Power! Children’s Book Week solar panels, rainwater tank and solar batteries.” Diamond has sourced bamboo from renewable runs from August 19 to 23. Pop into the library and forests and uses oriented strand board (OSB) and check out the books nominated for awards. magnesium oxide board (MGO), a substitute for Fri 2 11am-1pm. Knit, Stich, Yarn – Come along fibre cement that is mainly made in China. “Fibre and enjoy the knitting group. Free, drop in, bring cement is a key material in the market but it’s not any craft you are working on. Tues 6 Steam Punks. 3.30pm, free, ages 5+. Science, sustainable,” she said. The aim is to create a pre-packaged home that Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths fun. can be placed on site without approvals. “It’s a flat Wed 14 10.30am Storytime. Free, ages 0-5. Stories, pack system,” said Chaya. “It’s like Ikea for houses.” sing-alongs, finger rhymes and craft activities. A display house is open for viewing in Wed 28 10.30am Storytime. Free, ages 0-5. Stories, Helensburgh until August 20. sing-alongs, finger rhymes and craft activities. Visit www.panoramaprebuilt.com.au. 2515 n 2508’s club listings will be back next month. Send your listings to editor@2508mag.com.au. Sign up for weekly events updates at 2508mag.com.au

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The district’s first ever Brick Fair will be held on August 25 at Tradies, thanks to Helensburgh Lions Club and SydLUG. Helensburgh Lions’ Val Hawkins reports. Inspired by Channel 9’s LEGO Masters? Block off Sunday, August 25 on the family calendar – a Brick Fair is coming to town! Organised by Helensburgh Lions – a club about more than raffles and cooking sausages – the Brick Fair will build on the LEGO Masters excitement and raise funds for local schools. The family fun day will feature inspiring displays of LEGO* creations and mini figures. These blocks aren’t just toys for children, there are plenty of adult fans of LEGO (AFOLs). For example, Sydney dad Henry – one of the winners of LEGO Masters – is a member of the Sydney Lego Users Group, SydLUG. Several members of SydLUG live in the Illawarra and they are going to bring their amazing creations to Tradies Helensburgh on Sunday, August 25 from 10am-4pm. They will also have LEGO sets, mini figures and spare part bricks and pieces for sale. The whole family will be enthralled and leave with lots of ideas of how to reinvent their boxes of bricks at home. Please bring cash for the $5 entry fee and look out for fantastic LEGO raffle prizes. Funds raised will go to participating local schools from Waterfall to Scarborough. In the lead-up to the event, children from participating schools will receive a colouring-in competition entry form. Bring this along on the day to have a chance of winning a lucky door prize. Prizes will be presented when the Lions deliver cheques to the schools. Thanks to our generous local sponsors, including Tradies for the use of their function room, Switched on Mechanical & Tyres, Peabody Energy, Sunrise Nursery, Put Together and Chris and Ron Kissell at Ray White real estate. Want to help on the day? Or are you interested in joining Helensburgh Lions Club? Please contact Keith on 0432 717 012, or come along to our meeting on the second Monday of each month at 7.30pm in Tradies function room. You can also find us in the Helensburgh Hotel on Friday evenings at 6pm, where we hold a meat raffle. Our next big event will be the Country Fair on October 26. * This event is not affiliated with The LEGO Group. LEGO and The LEGO Logo are trademarks of The LEGO Group. 2508

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BRICK FAIR Sunday 25th August Helensburgh Tradies 10am - 4pm

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NEIGHBOURHOOD FORUM 1 NEWS By NF1 convenor Warwick Erwin

MAIDSTONE ST AND RIDGE ROUNDABOUT. Wollongong City Council has finally developed a concept plan for construction of a roundabout at the intersection of Maidstone, Fletcher, Junction Streets and The Ridge. The Helensburgh Public School intersection. This intersection is unique in the Wollongong LGA for having four streets with five legs meeting on the crest of a hill. Residents have been asking for many years for something to be done to increase the safety of this intersection. Construction is scheduled for December 2019 for six weeks corresponding with school holidays. Between August and December 2019, Telstra and Sydney Water will also need to carry out works for relocation of services in the intersection area. Council has sent letters to residents of the area and will have crews on-site between now and December to investigate and survey, with traffic control in place. Please be aware of this. If you have any comments about the impact of the December construction work, please contact Council’s Community Engagement team on 4227 7111 or engagement@wollongong.nsw.gov.au by the end of August 2019. Council has been asked for a copy of the traffic modelling for the intersection, especially in relation to the movement of buses from Junction Street to Fetcher Street. Copies of the letter and plan will be at the next NF1 meeting on 14 August. RAILWAY CRESCENT UPGRADE, STANWELL PARK Council “are hoping to work with the community to improve pedestrian access on the west side of Railway Crescent, Stanwell Park”. To do this, council is hosting a workshop on 3 August with residents and stakeholders to find out the needs of pedestrians accessing the pedestrian bridge over Lawrence Hargrave Drive from the western side. Council previously replaced the steps in 2012 and, at that time, did not have the budget to provide ramps for access to the bridge. Council has since upgraded the eastern side of the bridge with disabled access. You can get on to the pedestrian bridge from the eastern side in a wheelchair but cannot get off on the western side. Access for the residents of Hillcrest Village and Kennett Home to the CBD of Stanwell Park was discussed in 2012 with the Lord Mayor, councillors and council staff but the response was that there was not the budget.

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Council is asking residents: • What are the issues with the current situation? • What are the pedestrian movements in this area and where are people walking? • What are your current and future needs? • What are the physical and environmental constraints of the area? • Can you suggest a solution that considers all these factors and cost? Go to Council’s website and fill in the survey or email engagement@wollongong.nsw.gov.au. It’ll be too late to have your say when the work is done. PLANNING PROPOSAL FOR 280 HOMES IN HELENSBURGH A planning proposal for development of the area known as Lady Carrington Estate South is with Council for preparation to be submitted to the NSW Department of Planning for what is known as a Gateway determination. If successful, the Gateway determination will return to Council for approval to go on public exhibition. The area is from Otford Rd through a “cleared area”, including the gated Lilyvale Rd, and around to the rear of homes on Shannon Drive. This area was determined in 2013 by the Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) to possibly support further development subject to many independent studies on water and environmental issues. The owners have had more than five years to prepare those studies and it is understood those studies have been submitted to Council. If Council approves the planning proposal to go on public exhibition, we will probably only get 28 or 56 days to make submissions and that will be the first time the studies will be available for review. The PAC requested the studies be peer reviewed and that will be a question for Council as the owners are paying for the studies. NF1 has also asked Council for an update on the Otford to Stanwell Park Tunnel feasibility study and the Helensburgh Town Centre Plan project. NF1 meets at 7pm on the second Wednesday of the month in the Community Centre meeting room. Next meeting: 14 August. 2508

FROM THE RMS NEWS DESK, ON JULY 16: HAVE YOUR SAY ON LAWRENCE HARGRAVE DRIVE CLOSURE Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) is planning slope repair work on Lawrence Hargrave Drive at Stanwell Park next year to reduce the risk of land slips. A RMS spokesperson said the work, which would be carried out between Otford Road and Chellow Dene Avenue, was essential to keep the road safe and open to traffic in the long term. “Work will include the installation of mesh and soil nails (steel bars up to 13 metres long) to reinforce and strengthen the ground, as well as building a concrete retaining wall.” The work will be carried out in two stages and will require full road closures, each lasting four weeks. The first four-week closure is proposed during February/March 2020 and the second during May/June 2020. The road will be closed to all traffic, including cyclists and pedestrians, seven days a week 24 hours a day. The spokesperson said it was necessary to close this section of Lawrence Hargrave Drive due to the narrow and winding nature of the road. Residents within the closure area will be able to access their property at all times. Detours for all other motorists will be in place via Bulli Pass and the M1 Princes Motorway. Visit rms.work/lhd-closure and click on the survey link by 5pm, Friday, 16 August 2019. n In response to 2508’s questions, a Transport for NSW spokesperson said: “In the event of an emergency, Lawrence Hargrave Drive would be opened as soon as possible. Key stakeholders, including local schools, will be contacted directly … The community will be updated about the feedback and outcomes later this year.” THE CHAMBER’S VIEW Northern Illawarra Chamber of Commerce president Greg Watts said: “NICC shares the concern of both residents and businesses as to the negative impact the closure of Lawrence Hargrave Drive will have, but we accept the assurances and decisions of RMS that the work is necessary to ensure the priority of public safety. It is clear that businesses in Stanwell Park in particular but also Helensburgh through Austinmer will be badly affected. There is also a clear issue with full road closure for months on access from the North for emergency services, plus the issue of traffic using detours. We request that RMS give more thought to not fully closing the road at all times, and to the scheduling of repairs such that the road is closed for as short a period as possible and closed over non-peak periods of business activity to minimise the impact on business and residents alike.” NICC AGM Tuesday, August 6, 7.30pm. Tradies Helensburgh. Members only. www.nicc.net.au 2508


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MEET SUPERWOMAN She’s surrounded by 35 preschoolers every day of the week, yet remains warm, calm and kind. 2508 meets Jane Morgan, director of Big Fat Smile’s not-for-profit Helensburgh Community Preschool.

The director of Helensburgh Community Preschool, Jane Morgan, has devoted 25 years to working in the not-for-profit sector. “I’ve always worked community based. I had a short stint at a private service, and didn’t last long. The tone is just different. We have the support of [Big Fat Smile] head office so we’re not bogged down with fees or administration. “Our focus can be solely on the children.” A 25-year career has included working everywhere from inner Sydney preschools to remote Aboriginal communities. “I did my Tafe diploma in child studies and then worked for a good 10 years as an educator in Sydney. Then I moved to Japan for two years, teaching English, and upon returning enrolled at Charles Sturt University and that’s how I gained my degree in teaching Early Childhood.” Jane moved to the Illawarra and joined Big Fat Smile as an inclusion-support facilitator. “So assisting services for children from different backgrounds, challenging behaviour, additional needs. Then I had an opportunity to direct a service in Bellambi.” Jane has three children of her own, who’ve all inspired her and helped her develop “maybe just a little bit more empathy” in her professional life. “I have two 17-year-olds who are in year 12, doing the HSC, and they couldn’t be more different if they tried. I’ve got one that’s very, very creative and one that’s very, very focused on academics. “My 14-year-old actually has an additional need, he has mild cerebral palsy. So I can really empathise with what parents are going through when they’re going through diagnosis with their children. And that whole grief that you go through when your child is not what you thought it was going to be. So I’ve got that background, which is quite personal as well.” Before coming to Helensburgh, Jane spent a year at the University of Wollongong in the Early Start program and working in remote NSW. “I did a lot of travel in that year,” she says. “Working with remote Aboriginal communities, with preschools in disadvantaged areas. Staffing’s really hard for those services, resources are hard to come by.” For the past five years, Jane has been director at Helensburgh Community Preschool. “From being in quite a disadvantaged area such as Bellambi and then coming to the university and then coming here, it’s a lot of contrasts. But kids are

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


the Devils for the upcoming breeding season. On average a Tasmanian Devil will only survive for up to eight years in captivity and can breed up until five or six years of age. In 2018, Symbio was lucky enough to support the program by raising two juvenile Tasmanian Devils, who have now been transferred to Aussie Ark and will be a part of the breeding program next season. In 2019, Aussie Ark has bred 69 Tasmanian Devil Joeys. These Joeys will add to the current Devil population of 150 at Aussie Ark, further contributing to efforts to build a captive insurance population on the Australian mainland, free from Devil facial tumour disease. If you would like to help support the efforts of Aussie Ark or to learn more about how you can help make a difference, visit us at Symbio or go to www.devilark.org.au. Donations can also be made at various businesses in Helensburgh. If you would like to be considered as a donation point please contact Symbio. 2508

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Not so long ago, 27-year-old Rebecca Montalti was brewing coffees at Hargrave Cafe in Stanwell Park and bemoaning the lack of opportunities for actors in Sydney. Next month she will appear alongside veteran actors Damon Herriman (Justified), Brooke Satchwell and Scott Ryan (this year’s Logie award winner for Most Outstanding Actor) in Season 2 of the Foxtel FX drama, Mr Inbetween. “I’m definitely in good company,” said Bec, who has appeared in a few feature films (Rhiannon Bannenberg’s Ambrosia and Rip Tide), short films, music videos and commercials during her 10-year acting career. “It’s my first TV role and my big break.” Mr Inbetween stars Scott Ryan as Ray Shoesmith, a family man by day and hitman by night. “It’s very Chopper Read,” said Bec. “Dark, but funny. “The process is very organic. Scott, who’s also the writer, will adapt stories he might have just heard on set eating lunch.” The black comedy, directed by Nash Edgerton, recently completed filming at the glow worm tunnel in Helensburgh. While Bec couldn’t disclose any story lines, she described a lot of the scenes as “sketchy” and “violent”. “They do a lot of filming in the bush.” Bec, who grew up in Farmborough Heights, now lives in Stanwell Park with her partner, artist Matthew Gillett whose work hangs on the walls of the Scarborough Hotel and whom she met on the set of a music video for the Living End nearly four years ago. “He built us a beautiful house near the bush and ocean,” she said. “I love it here, it will always be my base.” Bec also surfs and teaches meditation from home, crediting Matty with giving her important tools for her craft. “Meditation taught me how to breathe,” she said. “It really helps when you’re at an audition, usually full of anxiety.” The producers of Mr Inbetween caused her no such angst. “They wanted someone new, someone different they hadn’t seen before,” Bec said. “Mandy is intelligent, tough, feminine but definitely not a mouse … she’s a Bad Arse! She’s strong for her age and I guess they saw that toughness in me.” Bec continues to take acting classes (“I’ll be

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Publicity officer Heather McNaughton reports. Preparations have been in full swing over the past month for a joint camp between Helensburgh and Jannali Girl Guides at Karingal, Engadine, due to take place at the end of July. The girls will enjoy a more traditional Guide camp with a Pirate theme, where the older girls will spend the night in a bell tent, and many guiding skills will be put to the test during the weekend. Over the past weeks, the girls have been taking heed of their Guide motto (‘Be Prepared’) by practising lashing and knotting to make sure everything runs smoothly once they arrive at camp. An evening was spent lashing wooden stakes together to practise making pack racks so that luggage can be kept off the ground and away from the elements – their collaborative effort produced a successful rack capable of holding luggage. Many thanks to Fiona Myers for her guidance. Another evening was spent instructing the Guides how to wrap their sleeping bag, mat and other bedding into a waterproof bedroll. Each evening was rounded off in true camping style with hot chocolate and marshmallows. The girls are now fully prepared for their great camping adventure. 2508

STANWELL PARK ARTS THEATRE SPAT publicity officer Beth Farmer reports.

WE WILL ROCK YOU: SPAT Film Society has announced its August movie and oooo, it’s a good one! We are proud to present Bohemian Rhapsody, the smash hit depicting the early years of legendary rockers, Queen. We

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HELENSBURGH VIEW CLUB By Barb Kitson, publicity officer

Last month’s meeting was Christmas in July. Held on Tuesday 16th, this was our school supplies collection. At our previous meeting we discussed and voted on the resolutions that we will be presenting to our national council. We still have some seats available to a couple of theatre shows: Billy Elliot on November 2, The School of Rock on November 23, and Legends in Concert at Sutherland Entertainment Centre on Monday, November 26 at 11am. If any of these interest you, then ring Chris on 0419 282 264. For lunch bookings or cancellations ring Lyn 4294 1815. Our lunch meetings are on the third Tuesday of the month at 10:45am for a 11:15 start. 2508

1ST HELENSBURGH SCOUTS Term 3 is upon us!

The Scouts are looking forward to a fun and active schedule for the remainder of the year. The program each term is compiled mainly from suggestions made by the scouts themselves as part of our effort to be “youth led, adult supporting”, the ultimate aim of which is to teach the Scouts leadership and planning skills that they will carry with them on into adulthood. Each week we try to offer the Scouts the opportunity to do something or learn something new and each week has a slightly different theme. Some of the items on our program this term includes night time navigation, bike skills and safety, a father’s day bowling tournament and making pancakes. On top of that there is opportunity for the Scouts to participate in two separate weekend camps as well as a themed sleepover/movie night at the hall. Scouts meet each Tuesday night during school terms from 7pm at the Scout Hall. For more information email scouts@helensburghscouts.org. au 2508 encourage our audience to dress up, sing along and rock out – air guitar compulsory! Saturday, August 3, see spat.org.au for tickets! TELL ME MORE, TELL ME MORE: I've got chills… they’re multiplying to tell you about our upcoming SPAT performance. You better shape up cos it’s Grease Lightning! It’s gonna be electrifying… Grease the Musical opens September 13. Book your tickets via spat.org.au. 2508



Helensburgh Men’s Shed provides a place where men can go and find something to do and someone to talk to. We do need to raise the funds to pay our $500 per week rent. So members pay a fee and a weekly subscription and we produce items for sale at Helensburgh Newsagents, as well as doing commissioned work for locals. And we are very thankful for our wonderful sponsors. Please support these businesses, they are all listed on our website https://helensburghmensshed.org.au Recently we repaired the vandalised flagpole for Stanwell Park Surf Club. And a group of us refreshed our CPR training and learnt to use the new Defibrillator, several also did the Mental Health First Aid course at the CWA. We are open 9am-3pm each Monday and Tuesday and break for Rosie’s coffee around 11am. 199A Parkes Street Helensburgh. Call Michael on 0413 401 522. 2508

Northern Illawarra Neighbour Aid would like to sincerely thank the Bucknells for their generosity of time and dedication volunteering for NINA since 2005. John has held many positions from President, Treasurer, Bus driver, Escort, Bingo Caller and Individual Transport Driver. Carol has also held many roles from meal delivery, Café Club assistant, WHS committee member and Office assistant and many other roles. We are sorry to say goodbye but know you will enjoy the next chapter of your lives. Thanks again from all of us at NINA.

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NINA says farewell and thank you to John and Carol Bucknell.

NINA NEEDS YOUR HELP NINA has submitted a project to the NSW Government for a 12-seater minibus to transport our clients. The minibus would also be available to other local community groups. Voting closes on 15 August. Vote online at mycommunityproject.service.nsw.gov.au. 2508

PROBUS CLUB By Helen Durham, publicity officer This month the Probus club has been very busy. We had the President’s Picnic at Sublime Point welcoming our new President Jenny Mason. A group of our members attended High Tea at Parliament House in the Members Dining Room. Afterwards we had a very informative tour of the Legislative Assembly and the Legislative Council. The New Horizon Band entertained us at the June meeting with music including The Pink Panther, Beethoven and Gospel. Some members have returned from a holiday in China where they visited The Forbidden City, Summer Palace and Tiananmen Square in Beijing. They walked on the Great Wall of China, travelled on a bullet train at 336km/ph. They had a ride on a rickshaw, visited pandas in the zoo, and attended a concert in the rain. They said it was all great fun. Enquiries: Brent Percy on 0419 604 576. 2508

Pictured: John and Carol Bucknell, President of NINA, Richard Smart and Manager Sarah James

HELENSBURGH HISTORICAL SOCIETY “BOOK LAUNCH” EVENT Thursday 22 August at 7.30pm Stanwell Park Anglican Church Hall (54 Stanwell Ave)

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On July 11, Action Aviation chairman Hamish Harding, astronaut Terry Virts and crew made history by beating the world record for any aircraft flying over the North and South poles in a Qatar Executive Gulfstream G650ER aircraft. The mission’s record flight time was 46 hours, 39 minutes and 38 seconds. “Our mission, titled One More Orbit, pays homage to the Apollo 11 moon landing achievement, by highlighting how humans push the boundaries of aeronautics,” said Harding. “We did this during the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Apollo 11 moon landing and the 500th anniversary of man first circling the planet. “It is our way of paying tribute to the past, the present, and the future of space exploration.” What was Helensburgh’s role in this momentous record attempt? Our town’s LundinStudio set up and controlled the live stream to Facebook and YouTube simultaneously, for the entire recordbreaking flight. This was done remotely from Dennis and Karen Lundin’s film and photo studio at Helensburgh Business Park. Live-stream director Dennis Lundin advised and guided the One More Orbit team on the complex live-stream set-up, from testing through to successful completion of the mission. “This type of live-stream set-up has never been attempted before,” Dennis said. “It was a huge collaborative effort with a world-class team.” Jannicke Mikkelsen, onboard live-stream operator, managed 10 cameras mounted in the aircraft that were connected via a complex set-up to a LiveU encoder, controlled remotely by LundinStudio. The bandwidth and live feed from the aircraft was provided by Inmarsat and Satcom Direct. 2508

John Towns reports. Another great winter’s morning for golf with the next round of our match play completed. The coldest morning of the year and it was noticed the light reflecting off the dew on the greens was causing some interesting putts. Ian won the day with 38 stableford points, with Steve and Dave on 36 in a count-back – enjoy the Gallardo’s Pizza and Helensburgh Butchers prizes. The longest A grade drive went to Paul and B grade to Keith, the only ones to stay on the fairway! Match play results: Dave defeated Jammu 7&5, Ian beat Gary 6&5. Clary and Geoff claimed the prize for the best front and back 9 holes with Rod heading to Helensburgh Driving Range to improve his game. The Drive and Pitch went to Mick and John with the Eagles nest Jackpotting again. The August game on the 17th at 7.30am is a stroke and the second Championship round. Remember to arrive early to allow Mick time to prepare the various cards. Full results are available Tradies Helensburgh Sports and Social Golf Club where I can be contacted for further information. 2508


Robert ‘Indy’ Jones reports. The HSSGC Championship has begun. Mark “I will take all the prizes” O’Connor triumphed in July with a 63 to top the podium. Left in the sand and the rough were the rest of us, lead by Tim Lowe with a 67, followed by Phil Wilson with a 68. Well done, Chuckie, winning four holes on the way. With the best two scores out of three there is still a chance to get into the winner’s circle and secure the prizes generously donated by our sponsors, Christian’s Premium Meats, Helensburgh Hotel and Helensburgh Golf Range on August 4 and 18. The HSSGC match play resumes in September for Craig, Tony G and Frank. The trip away is looming in October … get your money to Frank asap. To finish up, a reminder two games in August, 4th and 18th, followed by September 8th. Contact Tony on 0418 863 100 or just arrive at 7:30 to tee off at 8am and enjoy a BBQ finish at Boomerang Public Golf Course. Golfer: Do you think it’s a sin to play on Sunday? Caddy: The way you play, sir, it’s a sin on any day. 2508

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Congratulations to Coalcliff Surf Life Saving’s Peter Stone. Coalcliff SLSC publicity officer Jenelle McWilliam reports. club’s operations. Peter’s experience and insights are often invaluable to setting our direction as a club, and his impact on Coalcliff spreads far beyond the nipper program. Peter holds many positions at our club, including: Nipper Captain, Committee Member, Patrol Captain, Age Manager, IRB Driver, IRB Crewperson, ARTC / Spinal, Canteen Coordinator, IRB/Bronze Medallion Trainer, Rescue Water Craft Operator and Lifesaver (Bronze Medallion). At the beginning of Peter’s tenure as nipper captain, Coalcliff SLSC had no operational canteen service and membership in the nipper program had dwindled from more than 100 in the 2012/13 and 2013/14 seasons, to a low of 83 in the 2015/16 season. These changes to services and membership presented a serious risk, affecting our pipeline of future members and an avenue for club fundraising, both of which are especially important for small clubs like Coalcliff SLSC, which operates with a smaller pool of members and financial resources than our peers. Peter’s dedication and commitment turned this situation around. He took on this task with exceptional enthusiasm, and personally contributed to almost every aspect of the program, Coalcliff ’s Peter Stone was awarded 2019 Volunteer including beach management, water safety, clean of the Year at the recent Surf Life Saving Illawarra up, canteen duty, gear management, parental Awards of Excellence. engagement and first aid. In each of the last four Over the 2018/19 season, Peter logged more seasons, Peter has been front and centre of the than 133 hours of frontline volunteering, across his program from the first family’s registration in many roles including Patrol Captain, IRB driver, pre-season to the end-of-season presentation day. IRB crew, Advanced Resuscitation (ART) Operator, Peter ensures that every task is handled, from Bronze medallion) and Nipper Captain. This makes season logistics to the sausages for our canteen. Peter one of the club’s most prolific active The club is incredibly lucky to have such a members. Importantly, these official figures do not dedicated nippers captain. include the many hours Peter has dedicated to His efforts in growing the nipper members and nippers organisation and committee meetings family participation is translating to growth in our outside of official patrol hours, which we estimate cadet membership. Furthermore, it has increased would at least match his official logged numbers. the number of parents who have completed awards As a small club, Coalcliff relies heavily on the and joined patrols. contributions of exceptional members like Peter Thanks to Peter’s efforts, our young members are who put in significantly more time than they are benefiting from one of the best programs the club officially rostered to keep vital club services has ever put together, and the club is witnessing a running. In Peter’s case, these extra efforts have growth in nippers and cadet numbers. been directed towards the nipper program. Peter has fostered a tremendous amount of Peter has taken the club’s nipper program from goodwill among the families engaged in the strength to strength, working tirelessly to ensure nippers program, and translated a growing number that our program is safe, enjoyable and educational of these families into cadet members who will serve for each and every nipper, whilst simultaneously the club for generations to come. We continue to increasing membership, cadet training and canteen see the fruits of Peter’s labours year on year, and are revenue for the club. incredibly grateful to have him as part of our Finally, as a member of the club’s committee community. 2508 Peter has put aside many nights to help direct the Peter Stone, photo by Damian Lloyd, www. seasaltstudios.com

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Dave and Judy Winner; at left, Dave with daughter Carly and granddaughters Tylah & Coco.

LIFE MEMBERSHIP HONOUR Dave Winner has held many important roles at Coalcliff, Jenelle McWilliam reports. Coalcliff SLSC is very proud to announce our Chief Instructor and Life Member Dave Winner has been honoured with Life Membership of Surf Life Saving Illawarra. Dave joined Coalcliff in 1980 with Glenn Andrews and Ed Melinz all gaining their Bronze Medallion under the instruction of Life Member Jim Dalmer. Many positions have been held by Dave at Coalcliff SLSC over the years: Club Captain – 1984/84, 1986/87; Secretary 1987/88; President 1988/89, 1989/90. Dave was President in 1989 when Nippers were started with Terry Ponder and Tracey McNally as Nipper Captains. He was Chief Instructor 1994 – 2018/2019, 25 years of educating and changing lives. Dave is an amazing educator, having the knowledge is one thing but being able to pass it on is another. Dave also has the honour of being Illawarra

Lifesaver of the Year in 1991, finalist in the State Lifesaver of the year 1991, Illawarra Assessor of the year 2003/2004, 2016/2017, finalist NSW Assessor of the year 2016/2017. Coalcliff has nominated Dave for Facilitator of the Year and Trainer of the Year for the 2018/2019 season, Dave is also the recipient of many major Coalcliff Awards. He has patrolled on Coalcliff Beach since 1980, being patrol Captain for 25 years and proud recipient of 100% patrol attendance for all of his patrolling years. Dave was also a masters competitor. Dave continues with the Coalcliff music tradition, he often serenades Patrol 3 with his ukulele, he also plays the keyboard. One person can make a difference – Dave Winner is proof of that. Coalcliff is very fortunate to have such an outstanding, giving member. We are all very proud of Dave. 2508

SCARBOROUGH BOARDRIDERS SURFERS OFF TO THE NATIONALS Scarborough Boardriders pair Kasey Hargreaves and Finley McLaren are off to the nationals in Western Australia later this year after posting strong results at the recent NSW state titles in Coffs Harbour. Both will compete in the Under 18s division and will back up after competing in the nationals held in South Australia last year. Hargreaves qualified by finishing 2nd in the final in an impressive performance including a single wave score of 9 out of 10, the highest in the final. She was edged out by fellow Illawarra surfer Charli Hurst, demonstrating the depth of local talent. Fin McLaren finished 3rd on countback in a high-scoring semi-final, posting an 8 and a 6 in punchy but small lefts at McCauleys Beach. Jamie Thompson from North Narrabeen went on to win. Scarborough Boardriders surfer Will Clarke surfed through to Round 4 in the 18s Boys while Anna Chamberlain was eliminated in Round 1 of the U16 Girls. 2508

Scarborough Boardriders’ Kasey Hargreaves. Photo: Nick McLaren Photo: Nick McLaren

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FR 1813 1.73

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0.44 1.40 0.45 1.80

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

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

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

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Datum of Predictions is Lowest Astronomical Tide

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

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The cliff along the edge of the rock platform is about 2-3m in height and has lots of crevices and cracks. Some of the fish include sweep, cale and occasionally black drummer. East and slightly south of the point there is a sand gully about 20m across and then the reef comes back up. One can see groper, red morwong and leatherjacket but I have also seen large black stingrays snoozing where the sand joins the reef (is there one in the video near the boat?). They are probably waiting for fishermen to return to the ramp and clean their fish. Swim north to where the take-off point for Headies surf spot is located and find the big gullies At Brickyard Point, Austinmer. With Duncan Leadbitter that cut into the reef. In the cliff are some bands of coal which give a The waters off Brickyard Point headland (where Headlands Hotel is today) are easy to access either hint as to the large coal seams that underlay the Sydney basin, outcropping at sea level in the via a direct jump off the eastern side or at the boat launching ramp. The ramp isn’t used all that much Illawarra and Central Coast regions. On the rock platform on the northern side of the boat ramp are but care is still needed and if you get in or out it some very minor remnants of the Hicks Point Jetty, pays to stay away from the main channel. Along which was built in 1886 for the North Bulli Coal the eastern side the rock platform drops straight into the water and so there are no nasty slopes and Company, which operated a mine at Coledale. It was destroyed by fire in 1915 but was one of many washes to contend with, but take care to check there are no shallow ledges. These are useful to help such jetties that helped load coal for transport to Sydney (www.illawarra-heritage-trail.com.au). get out but not good to jump onto. The rock platform can be treacherous on a high tide when Watch the underwater action! waves wash across. As always, spend some time Go to https://youtu.be/_ySoPyxni68 2508 watching how it works before committing.



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