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DISTRICT NEWS

LOCHIE MCDONALD FROM WATER-SHY NIPPER TO YOUNG LIFE SAVER OF THE YEAR!

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


DISTRICT NEWS EDITORS Genevieve Swart, Marcus Craft CONTACT PO Box 248, Helensburgh, 2508; editor@2508mag. com.au  www.2508mag.com.au  There is a drop box at Helensburgh Newsagency (please notify us if you use it). ADVERTISING Karen McDougall, 0403 789 617. Or book via www.2508mag.com.au. Terms and conditions apply. ON THE COVER: Lochie McDondald, Illawarra Youth Life Saver of 2019. Photography by Anthony Warry, story page 16. 2508 is hand delivered in the first week of each month and produced by The Word Bureau. ABN 31 692 723 477 Disclaimer: All content and images remain the property of 2508 District News unless otherwise supplied. No part of this magazine may be reproduced without the written permission of the publisher. Views expressed do not reflect those of the editors. Articles of a general nature only; seek specific advice on an individual basis.

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Locations are: • Helensburgh Train station – inside the waiting room • Laurina Ave, Helensburgh – Kids Korner Pre School • Parkes St, Helensburgh – station end • The Drive, Stanwell Park – CWA hall • Otford Rd, Otford - Community Hall • Annesley Ave, Stawell Tops – middle near bus stop.

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The only rule we ask you to respect is all materials are community appropriate and no mouldy books. We hope everyone gets some great use and strike up community conversations around books.

You may have noticed a number of Free Little Libraries that have popped up around the region. Six, in fact. These have been a project undertaken by Komplete Kaos Inc. in an effort to keep inspiring authors and books easily circulating in the community. KKInc are excited to give back to our 2508 community who have supported us from inception. KKInc applied for community connection grant from Wollongong City Council. That covered the cost of all outdoor materials. The 2508 Men’s Shed came on board quickly to help source and construct all of the free little libraries to a detailed and weatherproof standard. A huge thank you for the warmth and support from the Men’s Shed. We announced a community paint day at Stanwell Park CWA where people got to enjoy a bit of creative paint and mess making. Leading to the final installation of all six free little libraries. We encourage everyone to put a book in. Take a book out at any stage. Feel free to write recommendations on paper and leave in the book – post recommendations to our facebook page and encourage others to be inspired by what you’ve enjoyed. We have local author Sue Whiting who will gift her books at random times in the year. We encourage anyone to brown paper wrap their book and write an age group on it so we can enjoy some surprise with what we swap.

‘BIN SPRING’ BLOCKS CLEVER COCKIES

By Lilli Pang

FRANKY NEEDS A HOME!

Franky is one of the best dogs we’ve had, and he deserves a chance at a forever home! He is always happy, smiling, and always ready for a game of fetch. He is so well-behaved he could be the perfect dog. He has so much to give of himself. EMAIL Julie-ann on ccarpetrehoming@tpg.com.au or Helensburgh’s Country Companion Animal Rescue.

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Wollongong City Council has taken action following many years of native birds behaving badly and breaking into rubbish bins. A Council spokesperson said: “A trial by Council, Remondis and residents of Hillcrest Village in Stanwell Park has been underway since July 2019 using a product known as a ‘bin spring’. “The bin spring attaches to the lid of a garbage bin and provides pressure to stop birds opening the lid but still allows the bin to be emptied by the collection trucks. The trial has been successful to date with positive feedback from residents. “At present, the bin springs are only available for the 240-litre bins. Remondis is in discussions with the manufacturer to provide bin springs to suit the 80-litre and 120-litre bins. These bin springs could then be purchased by residents if they require.” 2508

COMMUNITY NOTICES IN MEMORY In memory of the passing of our mother Dora Elizabeth (Eileen) Ryan, on the17th August 2019. Marie Armstrong & Margaret Thompson wish to express our sincere thanks to all those who sent cards, good wishes and offered words of comfort. We specially thank Dr Sandra Sherwood & Maree for their care of our mother. We would also thank Father Patrick and members of the Holy Cross Church. Many fond memories will live on through her extended family. Send letters to editor@2508mag.com.au 2508


By Heather Eiszele

Four years ago, when Christian Rowe opened his Helensburgh butcher shop on the same site his father once plied the trade, he knew he wanted it to be something special. “Something worth putting my name to,” he said. At the Illawarra & South Coast Local Business Awards last month, that goal was realised when Christian’s Premium Meats was named Business of the Year, beating 205 finalists and an initial pool of 11,707 nominees. Christian, who has worked as a butcher from Engadine to London for the past 22 years, said the win came as a complete surprise.

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“It’s wonderful recognition for hard work,” he said. “We thought we had a pretty good chance in the fresh food category but to win the overall award is just amazing.” The father-of-three said customers wanted pre-prepared meals so they could have dinner on the table quickly. “The days of just selling chops and sausages are gone,” Christian said. “We have the knowledge of what people want, backed up by high-quality service. “We sell the best beef available with all our beef now sourced from Gippsland in Victoria and our lamb from Cowra, NSW. “But it’s not just the produce people see on display in our store – we supply pubs, clubs, cafes and restaurants all the way down to Bomaderry. And we also do catering!” Fellow butchers Luke Ranger and Matt Asgill celebrated the win with Christian at The Grange Golf Club on September 11, with Matt saying the butchery was a fun place to work. “We work long hours – 12 hours a day – so we have a good time with a good bunch of people.” Matt, who has worked at the shop for the past 16 years, said the presentation and variety set it apart. “We have a good range of ready to eat meals and better quality meats,” he said. Other category winners from this area were Lime Leaf Café (cafés) and Sunrise Nursery (specialised retail business). Local Business Awards founder Steve Loe said finalists had to profile their business and were ranked on presentation, products, value and customer relations. “We truly believe that local business … have a key role to play in addressing major issues faced by our local communities,” Mr Loe said. 2508

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LILLY, 8, WOWS CLIMATE CROWD

On September 20, millions of people around the world took part in a climate strike, inspired by Swedish schoolgirl Greta Thunberg. Wollongong had its own inspirational star – eight-year-old Lilly Callaghan of Scarborough Public. “What do we want? “Climate action! “When do we want it? “Now!” This was what school children chanted as they marched through central Wollongong as part of the global climate strike on Friday, September 20. Children carried signs ranging from the poetic – “I’d be in school if the earth was cool” – to the succinct – “yikes”. The protest began about noon with a series of speeches in the square outside IPAC. Scarborough schoolgirl Lilly Callaghan delivered a powerful plea for action, speaking clearly, confidently and with great passion in front of thousands of people. “I’m only eight years old and don’t understand everything yet about climate change, but I do know that terrible things are happening like mines that dig too much from our earth and that animals are becoming endangered and even extinct. “I also just learnt if we all work together and change we can stop the damage we are doing. This makes me feel so happy... “But I just can’t understand why people don’t make all the changes now? This makes me feel sad! “I just can’t understand why people don’t make all the changes now?” she said. Thirroul resident Claire Dunning, a UOW

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Wearing full Highland dress, Adam did the Blackmores Sydney Marathon in the Guinness record making time of 3:20:13.

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Lilly Callaghan. Photo: River McCrossen, UOWTV Multimedia

student and a member of Youth Environmental Alliance Wollongong (YEA), helped to organise the September 20 Climate Strike. “Almost 4000 people marched in Friday’s strike, which was a fantastic turnout that exceeded our wildest expectations,” Claire said. “The crowd represented people from all across society; high school and primary school students made up a large section of the rally, with huge numbers of university students, workers, retirees, and trade unionists also coming out to stand up against the destruction of our environment.” Claire said anyone who wanted to get involved in strengthening climate activism in Wollongong should follow the YEA Facebook page for further updates and events. 2508

A Helensburgh resident has broken the Guinness World Record for the fastest ever marathon run in full highland dress. Adam Keighran reports. In 1984 I was born at 27 weeks; almost three months prematurely. I suffered a collapsed lung, received heart surgery and weighed just over 900g at birth. I was very lucky to survive. In 2011, despite this fortunate start to life, I had let my health go. I weighed 132.4kg, smoked and drank heavily. I was diagnosed with high blood pressure and gout at the age of 26 and told I would not survive until my 40th birthday unless I changed my ways... Enter running. I lost over 50kg. I fell in love with running and fitness and I became a qualified PT and Online Run Coach based in Sutherland (now Helensburgh). I have dedicated a lot of my running to The Miracle Babies Foundation, a charity that supports premature babies and their families, and attempted to raise funds for them along the way. Last weekend I stepped it up a notch and entered the Blackmores Sydney Marathon (my 29th full marathon or ultra since 2012) and I attempted to break the Guinness World Record for the fastest ever marathon run in full Highland dress. Kilt, vest and jacket (both to be buttoned at all times), full socks and hose, sporran and bow tie. The previous time for this record was 3:21:00 and I thankfully managed to pass the finish line in 3:20:13. It was a magical day. 2508


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RALLY ROUND!

A Helensburgh couple are raising money for cancer research – by taking on the epic Spring 2019 Shitbox Rally from Melbourne to Townsville. Tracey Knowles shares their story.

“You’re doing what???” This has been the usual reaction when we explain to people that we will be driving a car worth less than $1000 from Melbourne to Townsville via Birdsville. A good section of this drive will be on dirt roads, and 4WDs aren’t allowed. The next question they ask is: “Why?” The answer to that question began years ago, when my dear Uncle Ted, a WWII veteran, was diagnosed with incurable bone cancer. He was my grandfather’s best mate and Pop took it very badly when he passed away. He said to me at the wake: “Bub, just shoot me if I ever get cancer. Nobody should have to go through that.” Those words came back to me 12 years ago when they found cancer in his lungs. My larger-than-life Pop, who had worked all his life as a diesel mechanic in the coal mines of Wollongong, faded away before our eyes and there was nothing we could do about it. Some time after he passed away, my hubby Craig and I were

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watching a documentary on a bunch of crazy people taking part in the Shitbox Rally to raise funds for The Cancer Council. We thought now here is something we can do to help make a difference, so we registered and were selected to take part in the 2019 Spring Rally. Since being chosen, we have had three friends diagnosed with the Big C and that has made us even more determined to succeed. So we bought “Ding”, the mighty VX Commodore, named for my Pop, and have been busy fundraising and preparing ever since. We have had wonderful support from some corporate sponsors, and our little town of Helensburgh has been incredible, you may have seen Ding around town, he’s hard to miss. Special mentions go to Christian’s Premium Meats, who let us run a fundraiser selling pulled pork rolls that Christian donated; Jonno, from Helensburgh Tyres, who is sorting us out with some spare tyres (just quietly I think we may need them); John and the boys from Helensburgh Car Services, who have gone above and beyond making sure we will arrive safely at the starting line in Melbourne – the rest of the journey is up to us. We have managed to raise over $6000 for cancer research and we are just one of 250 teams taking part. The Spring Rally is closing in on $1.8 million raised. The rally runs from October 19 to 26, so wish us luck, Helensburgh. You can follow our adventures on www.shitboxrally.com.au and you can still donate to this wonderful cause. Your local Shitbox Rally Team. – Craig and Tracey Knowles. Team Adventure Before Dementure. 2508

see. Then off to the Slim Dusty Centre and Museum. All his memorabilia, on his life on the road. It was amazing. Then we went into this big auditorium where we had the most scrumptious By Ruth Duff sandwiches and tea and coffee and a cold beer and listened to country music. Our six-day Northern Rivers Tour: We stayed at Next day we picked up Mitch, our tour leader, at the Nambucca Motel. Had a great trip up to Port Macquarie for more heritage and convict Newcastle, then Nambucca Heads. Stopped at history. Then off to North Brother Mountain, Ourimbah, morning tea and comfort stop, then which had the most magnificent views of Laurieton lunch, then through Taree, Port Macquarie, and Camden Haven River. Wauchope and Kempsey, then our motel. Then to the Reflective Garden, which is an award Next day we were off to Port Macquarie for a winner, the brainchild of father John Casey. I’ve tour, then a three-hour cruise on the Hastings never seen anything more beautiful. Then a visit to River with a beautiful fish and chips and salad, or Ricardoes Tomatoes and Strawberries. The way chicken etc, for lunch. Next day off to Kempsey where we picked up our they were growing you would have to see. A lot of info for gardeners. It was very interesting. tour leader, Shirley. We went to see Slim Dusty's boyhood home at Nulla Nulla. It was something to n To be continued next issue (Nov 2019). 2508

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SATURDAY, OCT 12, 10-5PM With entertainment by Miss Circus MC Tina Green. The action includes Metropolitan Wood Choppers, Chopstick Making with Japanese Tools, Children’s Log Dog Building and chainsaw carver Adam Humphreys. Watch and chat with Indigenous Master Wood Carvers, Uncle Noel Wellington and Uncle Noel Butler. Observe the skills of master Carriage Wheel Maker Neil Wilson. Take time out to see some tops Timber Milling in action and how to take a log to board. Get on the ropes and go tree climbing with Climbcare. Crack a whip with Master Whip Cracker Brad Harper. Make a floral hair comb with Amber Louise Floristry. Enjoy music throughout the day with the Honey Sippers and Phyllistein!

ROLL UP

The time has come for the 2019 Illawarra Festival of Wood. Here’s a peek at the program. FRIDAY, OCT 11, 6-8PM Launch of Coastal Woodworks Fine Furniture Exhibition. Showcasing handcrafted pieces from leading South Coast designers and makers. To be opened by Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery.

SUNDAY, OCT 13, 10-5PM The final day of the Coastal Woodworks Fine Furniture Exhibition, plus more great workshops and family fun. Don’t miss The Great IFOW19 Log-to-Leg Race – a competition between four teams starting with a log that turns into a chair leg at 1pm. Plus, children’s Wood Workshops with Greg Miller from Perth’s Joy of Wood Activities and workshops will be available to book on the day (if workshops not sold out prior – see website for details). Tickets at illawarrafestivalofwood.com or at the gate. 2508

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FUN PLANNED FOR KINDY KIDS Megan Sida reports on Kindergarten Orientation plans at Helensburgh Public School.

At Helensburgh Public School our students and staff are looking forward to having our 2020 Kindergarten children visiting us during term four. The 2020 Kindergarten children and parents are invited to visit on the following dates: Friday, 18 October, 9-10:30am Children will learn and play in the Kindergarten classrooms as the parents undertake a student-led tour of the school. Highlights will include our wonderful Kitchen Garden, the library with our new future-focused learning spaces, our healthy canteen and technology rich classrooms. Friday, 25 October, 9-10:30am Parents and care givers will attend an information session to assist with their child’s transition to school and enjoy a delicious morning tea in the hall. Meanwhile, their children will make new friends and have fun in the classrooms. Friday, 1 November 9-10:30am Today is a very exciting day, as the children will meet their buddy (a current year 5 student) while the parents attend a reading, writing and maths workshop so they can support learning at home. Friday, 8 November, 9am-10:30am Today is our Teddy Bear’s Picnic! Please bring a beloved teddy, a picnic rug and snacks and drink for your child. The children will have lots of fun

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learning, singing and playing games with their buddies. Helensburgh Public School is still accepting new enrolments for Kindergarten in 2020. GRANDPARENT’S DAY A highlight of term three was our annual Grandparent’s Day. We welcomed hundreds of grandparents and friends. Our talented school band entertained guests with their terrific tunes under the direction of Mrs Garvie, while grandparents enjoyed a scrumptious morning tea. This was followed by a performance showcasing the talent of every child in our school. Next, our students welcomed visitors into classrooms. 2508

Grandparents Day was a highlight of term 3.

[executive director, Department of Education] has taken this issue to the infrastructure people in DET and she feels that they were quite receptive to giving consideration to ongoing boundary treatment for our community,” Naomi said. “We clarified at that meeting that this would Last month 2508 reported on progress in the High Schools mean all of the 2508 postcode, not just current for Helensburgh campaign when Heathcote MP Lee Evans HPS students. She is quietly optimistic that they announced any student currently enrolled at Helensburgh will be open to finding a workable solution. “She agreed that after doing her own search Public School, and their siblings, would have the choice around the NSW boundaries, she had yet to find of enrolling either at Heathcote or Bulli high schools. another community with the same bi-commute But parents with children not at Helensburgh and distance issues that we experience and take as Public School are disappointed that the transition our ‘normal’ in the 2508 area. She believes this will agreement does not apply to all children. help us establish a compelling case for a permanent “It was always our intent to represent the whole policy allowing for the two schools as local high of community. We take the ‘citizen’ part of our P&C schools. HPS P&C will continue to lobby both at a remit very seriously,” Helensburgh Public School political and department level on behalf of our (HPS) P&C president Naomi Burley said. community. The timeline for a response from the DET representatives heard parents’ concerns at a DET isn’t until into term 4, so it is an ongoing September 10 HPS P&C meeting that was open to issue.” all community members. Follow the High Schools for Helensburgh page “The good news though is that Ms Lynne Irvine on Facebook for updates. 2508

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grandparents who come along. Next thing you know, you’ve made new friends in town. I can rarely go to Coles without seeing someone I’ve met Volunteers are urgently needed to fill key roles at from playgroup.” Generally the format is free play in the main Helensburgh Community Centre playgroup. 2508 reports. hall. “We set up one corner as an arts and craft corner. We set up another corner like a soft play Helensburgh Community Centre playgroup area for babies. We have slides and climbing co-ordinator Nancy Hymers is inviting any frames, loads of ride-on cars and bikes, hula hoops, interested parents to attend October’s AGM. basketball nets, bowling. Lately we’ve been setting The playgroup that has operated continuously for more than 40 years but is in danger of closing as up a pretend little cafe shop, with shopping trolleys and small foods and a register. It’s noisy and fun! numbers are falling and rent is going up. “Rain or shine, there is so much space for them “We’ll have our general meeting in October. to burn energy. I know that my Genevieve’s best Hopefully we can get more people on the nap of the week is after she’s running around at committee because our committee consists right playgroup, always a win for parents.” now of only myself and the treasurer [Gina Martin], and her children go to school next year. n Helensburgh “Our Tuesday sessions are quiet. Thursdays Community Centre we’ve picked up a lot. Even though attendance is playgroup meets small, I would rather we have to go completely 10am-noon on Tuesdays bankrupt before we ever cancelled it… Even on and Thursdays. $3 a child weeks when only two people show up, because for or $5 a family; first two those two people, it could be their one outing for visits are free, children the week.” under four months old Nancy enjoys the fact that playgroup is not a set, free. Pop in! Email structured activity. “It’s a relaxed, friendly helensburgh.playgroup@ environment. We’ve got mums, dads and gmail.com 2508

‘POWER OF EDUCATION’ Helensburgh’s Gina Krohn reports on her daughter’s passion for helping Cheti Schools in Arusha, Tanzania. It’s a long way from Helensburgh to Arusha, Tanzania – 11,987 kilometres – but that’s how far 19-year old Maeve Turner travelled last year to volunteer at Cheti Schools. Inspired by Cheti’s founder, Zuma Mtuy’s determination to educate Arusha’s children, she returned this June in her uni break to continue working and fundraising with him. “Zuma was abandoned as a child and later received only a basic education,” Maeve says.

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“He believes in the power of education to better yourself and your community and is determined to offer this to as many children as he can, funding it by buying and selling small pockets of land around Arusha as well as with volunteer donations.” Cheti is made up of seven schools and an orphanage, and employs more than 200 teachers, cooks and drivers. The nursery school, primary and high schools educate around 1000 students, aged between three and 16. The schools provide one meal a day, sometimes the child’s only meal. “I am constantly amazed at how much these kids love school,” Maeve says. “It’s really lovely to see when you consider in that Australia we largely take our education for granted.” Maeve has made a commitment to help fund Cheti Schools, in particular Cheti 7, in the Maasai lands, north of Arusha. Donations from the Helensburgh Lions Club, Glenfield Public School, Raya Thai and individual donors means doors, windows and two water tanks have been purchased and installed and the school is now operational. “Zuma has done so much with so little, but obviously there are ongoing costs which is why I’m asking people to donate just $7 for Cheti 7,” Maeve says. “Every dollar is life-changing for these kids.” Donate via Bendigo Bank, account name: Cheti 7, account number: 165365800 and BSB: 633000. More info: www.facebook.com/cheti7school/ 2508


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COVER FEATURE “It’s a good feeling knowing that you were there at the right time to help out.”

LOCHIE McDONALD The 16-year-old Illawarra Youth Life Saver of the Year is a great example of what can come of joining nippers. 2508 reports.

Once upon a time, there was a nipper who was afraid of the ocean. But he stuck with it. Today, Lochie McDonald, of HelensburghStanwell Park SLSC, is the Illawarra’s Young Life Saver of 2019. In winter, he swam with the Sea Eels, crewed with the Sea Wolves and, at age 16, he is the region’s youngest Surf Life Saving drone pilot. Lochie was also fresh from mingling with royalty when he spoke to 2508 magazine. His Royal Highness The Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex visited our city on 14 September, stopping by North Wollongong to watch demos by Nippers, Inflatable Rescue Boats (IRBs) and a surf boat rowing crew. Lochie was one of a group of Surf Life Savers chosen to meet the prince. “It was really good, an awesome experience,” Lochie said. “I did get a chance to speak to him, in group, he asked us about what kind of surf sports there are – board, swim, IRB racing.” Lochie said the prince was approachable, easy to chat to, even humorous. “Last thing I expected was for him to be funny.” In Year 11 at Camden High, Lochie also comes from a long, proud line – of Surf Life Savers. Both his father, Steven, and grandfather, Peter, are H-SP SLSC Life Members, joining the club 40 years ago when Steven was an eight-year-old Nipper. Lochie was named Youth Life Saver of the Year at the 2019 Surf Life Saving Illawarra Awards of Excellence, held on 22 June at Novotel Northbeach Wollongong. “Sitting at the awards night and they called out

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my name, I was like, ‘Oh wow’. I was really amazed that I got it. It was awesome, a really good night.” “I’ve had a massive season this past season. “I’ve got my Bronze, got my crew, got the UAV pilot licence, I’ve done six patrol rescues – four rescues on one patrol. A couple of rescues out of patrol hours. “I started racing IRB as well. I love racing. That was another big thing for me, prior to racing I was always scared of going out in the boat, now this season I’m going to do a lot more crewing.” Lochie has been involved in a couple of memorable rescues. In December 2018, he went down for a surf after school, while his dad was training with his sister on a nipper board. “It was pretty gnarly surf, it was shallow, the waves had a decent size, it was punching, it was really hard hitting, you hit the sand every time you came off a wave. “So I caught a wave in – then I saw Dad running down with a nipper’s board – this is a nipper’s board that the under-10s use, really small, not built for a fully grown man. Dad said, ‘There’s two people out the back drowning.’ “I turned straight around and paddled out. “Two other guys I was surfing with had already got them. Then we got them onto our boards and paddled them back in.” The tourists were fine – other than the shock of being swept out in a rip. “It’s a good feeling knowing that you were there at the right time to help out.” Lochie kindly took time to answer our questions.


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Tell us about some of your earliest memories of Nippers. How old you were when you started? I started doing Nippers in Under 6s, so I was only five. I remember, prior to that, being at the beach when Dad was doing patrol and I realised that I wanted to do it. I remember the day of school after we done our membership and signed up and I’d got all my Nippers stuff – the cap, the rash vest and all that. I took my surf club cap to school – I wore it all day, running around saying I was a surf life saver, just like my dad. What have you loved most about being part of the surf club? The whole environment – I’m obviously not doing Nippers any more but I still go down and do water safety. Then afterwards everyone comes back to the club, has a few drinks, has some food. Just the whole club environment. It’s awesome getting around, talking to people, it’s really good, I love hanging around the club. Have you made many friends? Yeah, definitely. I think we started with 52 nippers in our first year, and there’s five or six of us left now that have gone through and done our Bronze. We’re all real good mates, still catch up and talk. And through doing water safety at carnivals, I’ve gotten to be good mates with a couple of other people in other surf clubs. So, you’ve got your Bronze Medallion. What’s next? Yeah, I did my Bronze last season. Now I’m hoping to do a trainer’s course so I can help out with training Nippers in board and swim. So we can get a stronger water team for carnivals. I know when I was doing Nippers, I was terrified of the water and now I love it. Just because I had that extra bit of help through the surf club. So

giving other kids the opportunity to have that same experience as I did. So you’ve gone from being terrified of the water to Youth Life Saver of the Year. How did that happen? I’m pretty sure we started doing water activities in under-10s. Halfway through under-10s I started getting a bit nervous of the water and, from then until the under-13s, I was refusing to go in the water. When they would line up to go for a swim or go for the board, I’d stand in line, crying, so afraid of doing it, afraid of the ocean. Then suddenly in the under-13s it was like, ‘I’m coming up to doing patrols, I should get over this fear.’ So one day I just started going in, started pushing myself into doing it. I’m surfing now and loving the ocean. It’s like it was a struggle to get me in the water, now it’s a struggle to get me out. That’s a big change! Driven by sheer persistence? Yeah, definitely. It was a case of, ‘I’ve done this enough to know I’m fine, there’s enough water safety to help me out if I do need help.’ There were a few times when I would go for a swim in the early years, and start swimming, but I wouldn’t generally want to make it the whole way out. I would get half-way to the first can and I’d say to the person with me, ‘I can’t do this, I’ve got to go back in.’ And they’d say, ‘No, no, you’ve come this far, you might as well keep going and make it the whole way round, and you’ll feel so much better.’ Just from having that attitude: ‘Well, I’ve made it this far …’ Now I can easily go out anytime with a board or just swim for as long as I want and not be scared of anything.

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Is Stanwell Park a challenging beach to learn at, and patrol? Oh, definitely. If you can make it through the Stanwell Park break, you can make it anywhere. Stanwell Park has got a real good wave, it is really challenging because of the amount of rips we have too. It is actually a dangerous beach, but it’s a beautiful beach as well.

out at another level in Surf Life Saving. It’s beautiful, looking down at the screen, it’s a completely different view of the line-up out the back in the surf. Currently we haven’t used it in any rescues, mainly at the moment it’s being used for shark detection and hazard detection in the water. We came across one shark using the drone but it wasn’t in patrol hours. I have a photo of a local hammerhead we have at Stanwell Park that we took with the drone, it’s kind of cute. They [sharks] are not the biggest worry down here, but it’s always good to be prepared.

Is rip-spotting something you learnt through nippers? Yes. If me and my mates were to go down to a beach, and it’s not a patrolled beach, I’ll be able to stand and say, ‘We will go there. We shouldn’t go there. If we go there we’ll get in trouble.’ As with any surf life saver, I’d be able to stand at the edge of the beach and pick out all the rips in the What are you looking forward to about the upcoming season? water. Some are harder to find than others, of Getting back on the beach. I miss doing patrols. course. Any tips for Nippers starting out? What will you be doing over summer? I was scared of the ocean, but I just pushed myself I’ll be doing a lot of IRB training, because last to do it. season I got my crew licence. And just going on But don’t push yourself to the point where you patrol, for a paddle on the rescue board, probably don’t enjoy it. If you’re scared of it, try it in small get one of my mates to swim out, so I can run doses to start off with. If you’re scared to go 100m down and do a practice rescue, just a bit of extra out, then start with 5m by yourself, or even 10m. training. Nippers starts at Stanwell Park Beach at 9am on Sunday, October 13. Email jnr_secretary@stanwellparksurfclub. How did you come to be a drone pilot? Dad was pushing for drones in the Illawarra, it was com or find the club on Facebook @hspslsc 2508 just a good thing to do … I was just doing it to help

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They’re high-vis proof that Stanwell Park is a family friendly club. Pictured above are three generations of McDonalds on patrol in 2017 – Peter, his son Steven and grandson Lochie. “It was the day Lochie got his surf rescue certificate,” says Steven. “It’s a massive part of our family. The kids love it and the grandparents love it. My brother and sister - their kids are involved now.” Lochie’s sister, Indiana, is in Nippers Under 11s. Steven has been club president for the past six years. “It’s all mum’s fault,” Steven says, for signing him up at age eight 40 years ago. Today, 13 members of the McDonald family are part of the club. “The surf club has given everyone so many opportunities to go further in their life and build a good set of leadership skills. It’s a great place.”

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Local GP Dr Trevor Kemper, director of Equilibrium Healthcare, has launched a new campaign promoting the health benefits of cutting down on alcohol and invited local businesses to get on board. 2508 reports. Tell us about your new campaign. We will be educating people about alcohol use and encouraging local businesses to get on board, aiming to get people thinking and talking about drinking habits and the effect alcohol has on them and the people in their lives. We want people to know how much they really are drinking, because standard serves and recommended intakes are often not what people think. The use of low- or no-alcohol beer and wine as alternatives to higher strength versions will be encouraged to help keep people sociable, safely. What inspired it? We have seen increasing numbers of serious injuries and tragic deaths locally related to alcohol use as well as significant mental health and relationship deterioration with alcohol as a factor. Rather than just work at repairing the chaos related to excessive alcohol use we decided it was time to be more proactive and stimulate change, start a conversation about alcohol and prevent the problems we are seeing. Who is it aimed at? We want it to be a conversation that goes throughout the community, because it affects everyone. People often drink because they feel pressured to. We want to take the pressure off and have mates respect their decision to drink less or choose low- or no-alcohol alternatives. There are so many health benefits to reducing alcohol intake, we want the community to know that and to be happier and healthier as a result. You've been running a survey - what are some results? We have surveyed in excess of 300 people locally so far. Of those surveyed: • 22% drink hazardous amounts (6+ serves) regularly, 50% drink hazardous amounts at least intermittently and 39% drink above recommended amounts routinely. • 23% have been injured as a result of alcohol (13% because of their own drinking and 10% because of someone else’s)

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• 11% have feared for their safety because of someone else’s drinking. • 61% know someone injured or with health issues related to alcohol. (For 25% it is someone close to them.) It suggests that most people reading this will have experienced an impact of alcohol. There’s so much misinformation out there – can you offer rules to live by? Connect with people and be active together; walk, swim, surf, cycle, whatever you enjoy getting active with. Do more of the things that make you feel truly happy and rewarded in life, not just the ones that make you feel good at the time. Without wanting to be the “fun police”, if you are going to meet friends for a drink, why not make it about the conversation, not the alcohol. Try sipping a glass of water between alcoholic drinks to reduce your intake to just one or two drinks, rather than three or four. Or more. Your hip pocket and your head will thank you the next day. Which other businesses will be supporting the campaign? We have asked local business who sell or serve alcohol to get on board and help by increasing the availability of low- or no-alcohol options in beers, wines and spirits; and to help take the stigma out of these products; help make them a socially accepted option. All of our staff have been up-skilled in helping manage alcohol-related health issues and we are encouraging other practices locally to do the same, so that we can all help create a healthier community. 2508

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80TH BIRTHDAY SHOW

Articles Fine Art Gallery will host a special exhibition celebrating the colourful and humorous work of outback painter Max Mannix.

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CWA HALL WINS GRANT!

By Christine Sykes Stanwell Park Arts Theatre (SPAT) and Stanwell Park Branch of the Country Women’s Association are delighted at the success of the application for a grant for improvements to the CWA hall. These improvements will benefit the entire community by making the much used and much loved hall more accessible and appealing. The hall is used extensively for theatre, children’s activities, health and fitness, music and social events. We would like to thank the committee who put the application together, as well as the community who voted for the project. Without this support this would not have happened. Thanks must also go to the NSW Government for making these funds available to local communities. The grant provides $198,000 to revitalise and expand the hall which was built in the 1960s, by making the following improvements: • Safer main entrance to the hall so patrons do not have to queue in a vehicle laneway • An undercover external deck area to enable a more sun protected space for all hall users • An expanded stage dressing room area with adjacent toilet for performers • Improved storage areas so can equipment can be recycled and re-used. n Helensburgh Mountain Bike Park was the other local grant winner of the My Community Project. Helensburgh Off Road Cycling Club (HORCC) requested $60,500 to further develop and finish the first dedicated mountain bike track in the Northern Illawarra. Not only is the aim to promote a healthy outdoor lifestyle through mountain biking, it’s hoped the track will boost tourism and bring more business to local shops and cafes. 2508

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The Max Mannix 80th Birthday Exhibition will be held over the last two weekends of October at Articles Fine Art Gallery in Stanwell Park. Articles – which turns 40 years old in 2020 – has hosted many exhibitions of Mannix’s work. His paintings are always popular, with their bright, colourful outback scenes and humorous portrayal of country life. For Australians, Mannix’s work triggers a smile, evoking a nostalgia for an adventurous era of shearers and drovers, the remote stations where they worked and the country pubs where they gathered. Articles Fine Art Gallery owner John Vander met Max Mannix more than 50 years ago and the two painters have been friends ever since. “Although we are fellow artists and we’ve been on painting trips together, we’ve got a different view of the landscape,” John says. “Max paints his life in the bush – his vision of the 1930s and 1940s, while I’m looking more at the history of the towns and cities of Australia. “Many tourists from China buy a lot of his work because it seems to represent the Australia that they imagine Australia is like… “And they love the humour in the paintings,” John adds. “It’s a very larrikin Australian humour. “It is a humour that is not quite there any more, but that is why people buy his work – because it reminds them of their childhood.” The Max Mannix 80th Birthday Exhibition will open on Saturday, October 19 at Articles Fine Art Gallery. Join the owners, John and Frances Vander, as they celebrate with a launch party, starting at noon. Popular band Fiddledance will perform in the courtyard. The exhibition will close with a raffle draw at 5pm on Sunday, October 27. One lucky entry will win an original Max Mannix painting! 2508


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OUT & About

CLUBS & MEETINGS Helensburgh & District Probus Club meets every second Thursday of the month at Tradies Helensburgh. Visitors welcome, please first contact Brent Percy on 0419 604 576 for further information. Helensburgh Girl Guides Fridays at Guide Hall, Send your listings to editor@2508mag.com.au. Chippendale Place. Email mflarey@gmail.com Sign up for weekly email updates at 2508mag.com.au Helensburgh Lions Club Meets 7.30pm 2nd Monday of month at Helensburgh Tradies function room. HELENSBURGH LIBRARY, 57 Walker Street, 4294 2185 www.helensburghlions.org.au October at Helensburgh Library will be actionHelensburgh Men’s Shed Mondays and Tuesdays packed with school holiday fun. Our Evenings 9am-3pm at 199A Parkes Street Helensburgh. Program returns with author Steven Matthews Call Mike Croft 0413 401 522, Ron Balderston talking about his first adult book The Skinny Girl, 0410 564 752; www.helensburghmensshed.org.au. available for loan if you wish to read before the Helensburgh Scout Group Open to new members. event. And the SPAT choir will provide an Meetings during school term: Joeys (ages 6-8) entertaining evening of music. Bookings required Tues 4.30-6pm. Cubs (ages 8-11) Thurs 6.30-8pm. for both evenings and refreshments will be served. Contact groupleader@helensburghscouts.org.au Wed 2 10.30am, School Holiday Activity – Lego Neighbourhood Forum 1 7pm, second Wednesday of Challenge. 5+, free, bookings essential the month, Helensburgh Community Centre. Fri 4 11am-1pm. Knit, Stitch , Yarn – come along Northern Illawarra Chamber of Commerce Join online at and enjoy the knitting group. Free, drop-in www.nicc.net.au or follow on Facebook. Wed 9 10.30am, School Holiday Activity – Puffy Northern Illawarra U3A Stanwell Park Mondays (in school Paint, create a masterpiece and microwave it! 5+, terms) 9.30am-noon at Hillcrest House, Stanwell free, bookings essential Park. Jenny Lee-Robins, 0406 350 025 / 4294 3475. Tue 22 Evenings Program: author Steven Stanwell Park CWA Meets 1st Tuesday each month, Matthews. 5pm, bookings essential. 10am at CWA Hall. Call Lynette Loo, 0413 166 244. Matthews is donating all proceeds Toastmasters meets at Tradies Helensburgh every from The Skinny Girl to the Homicide 2nd and 4th Monday, at 7pm. 0408 961 392. Victims Support Group and View Club Meets for luncheon at Tradies on the third organisations involved in similar work. Tuesday of the month: next meeting on Oct 15. Featuring shy, petite Daisy Croucher, this suspenseful tale highlighting CHURCHES domestic violence chronicles how • Bushland Chapel (Uniting Church) 94 Parkes St Daisy lives in other people’s shadows and is Helensburgh. Faith, community. Yoga, drama. practically invisible, even in her own family. Spaces available. bushlandchapel.net, 0425 257984. Wed 23 – Storytime. 10.30am, free. Stories, • H’burgh & Stanwell Park Anglican Church sing-alongs, finger rhymes and craft, ages 0-5 Regular Sunday services, 8.15am, 54 Stanwell Ave, Tue 29 Evenings Program – SPAT Community Stanwell Park; 10am and 6pm, 75 Parkes St, Choir. 5.30pm, bookings essential Helensburgh. Call 4294 1024. Thu 31 Born to Read. 10.30am, 0-12mths, free, • Helensburgh Baptist Church Sundays, 10am at 6-week program, bookings essential the Bushland Chapel, 94 Parkes St, 0411 192 508. • Holy Cross Catholic Church Weekend Mass at THE BOMBIE Helensburgh:  Sunday 8.30am. Reconciliation:  Sat 26 October Rhythm Hunters, 8-11pm Sunday 8am. Visitors welcome. Stanwell Park CWA Hall, BYO grog, food by • Hope Church 2508 Sunday services, 9.30am, Uluwatu Blue 3/23 Cemetery Road, Helensburgh. 0404 803 055. Fri 8 November KING TIDE, 8pm • Hillcrest Christian Fellowship Sundays, 6pm, Fri 20 December Midnight Oil’s Jim Moginie & The Hillcrest House, Stanwell Park. Call 4294 3153. Family Dog, 7.30-11pm PLAYGROUPS SCARBOROUGH ART SHOW • Mondays 9.30am-noon, Stanwell Park Children’s Oct 12-13 Saturday and Sunday, Scarborough Public Centre. Call Eleanor: 04 3443 4481. School, 10am-4pm, $5/$3, children under 13, free. • Tuesdays 10am-noon, Helensburgh Community Highly regarded annual event showcases a wide Centre, Walker St. variety of talents, including artists such as Ashley • Tuesdays 9.30-11.30am, Helensburgh Anglican Frost, Paul Ryan, Tanya Stubbles and Frank Church, 75 Parkes St. Call 4294 1024. Nowlan. Visit www.scarboroughartshow.com or • Thursdays 10am-noon, H’burgh Community Facebook @scarboroughartshow. Centre, Walker St. 2508

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HELENSBURGH LIONS CELEBRATE 40TH ANNIVERSARY

Fran Peppernell, publicity officer for Helensburgh Lions, looks back on amazing achievements by local volunteers. Plus, it’s the Lions’ annual Country Fair on Saturday, October 26. Birthday cake will be cut at 3.30pm – be there! When we reflect on the history of our beautiful town it is also an incredible feat for Helensburgh Lions to have been serving our community for 40 years. There is an amazing history of Lions Australia too. Lions Australia was at the coalface for Cyclone Tracy, the Black Saturday bushfires and the Queensland floods. Lions Australia has also been involved with development of the bionic ear and the cervical cancer vaccine, Gardasil, developed by Professor Ian Frazer AC, a former Lions Medical Research Foundation Fellow. Lions Australia also inspired a young Fred Hollows and continues to provide funding for a range of other research initiatives involving diabetes and autism. When we look back at our local Helensburgh Lions Club we can also be proud of our achievements for our local community. Over 40 years, many wonderful memories come to light: • Helensburgh Lions was Chartered on 6 October 1979. • First Helensburgh Lions Fair was in 1992, the start of many happy Fair years. • Country and Western dances held at the old woolshed in Darkes Forest. • Buzz in the Burgh, which started in 2004 providing jazz music, food, kids crafts and community information. • On a more serious note, Helensburgh Lions have generously assisted in natural disasters. When the devastating bushfires of 1994 and 2001 hit our town, we were there to help. • Drought-relief support which involved fundraising activities to support our farmers.

• ANZAC Day services started in April, 1982. A worthy memorial place at Stanwell Tops for all those who have served and protected our country. • Lions Hearing Dogs in NSW is co-sponsored with Ladies Hurstville Quota Club and Helensburgh Lions. • A bus shelter for Otford School funded by Helensburgh Lions Club. • Santa visits are a happy occasion for the children of Helensburgh and our Lions members, the NSW Fire Brigade and Rural Fire Services. • Easter Scrambles, going since 2000, have always been a fun-filled chocolate experience for our young children. • Our miner’s statue in town was a Helensburgh Lions project, co-ordinated by Scott Smith and sculpted by Gaye Porter. We also co-ordinated for two historic miners coal skips from the Helensburgh mine to be on display at Charles Harper Park. This is a tribute to our heritage. • The placement and completion of the Rotunda’s roof in Charles Harper Park. • Our Community Sign coming into town, which promotes community and sporting events. • Our recent Brick Fair was a huge success and one Helensburgh Lions are very proud of. n We welcome new members to our Helensburgh Lions Club. If you would like come along, please contact us by email info@ helensburghlions.org.au or on Facebook. n Our Helensburgh Lions Country Fair is on Saturday, 26 October. We will celebrate 40 years with a Grand Finale and Birthday Cake at 3.30pm. Please come along and celebrate with us. 2508

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FOOD FOR THE SOUL

Heather Eiszele was a guest of Heart & Soul Retreats at Govinda Valley. The kitchen is the heart and soul of any home and Govinda Valley in Otford has adopted this mantra for its recently introduced wellness retreats. Heart & Soul Retreats offers divinely delicious vegan meals with a focus on nutrition for the soul. Meals are cooked with love, offered as gifts and playful with ingredients, as discovered when a beetroot coulis was featured as a topping for porridge. Phasing out dorm-style accommodation, the centre is welcoming individuals and couples to its new retreats with private rooms and facilities. Guests can participate in as many or as few scheduled events as desired and can also book other sessions such as massage, astrology readings or Tarot card readings at additional cost. Gentle, beginner yoga sessions are held three times a day, with noon workshops varying from guided meditations to cooking demonstrations. At dawn and dusk, guests and staff gather for Kirtans: music meditations or chants. Guided by beautiful voices, a tiny piano accordion and a tabla drum, the hour-long Kirtan feeds an energy which has been proven to create a balanced mind. Reduced stress, improved memory and enhanced brain blood flow are among the benefits. Nestled in the Royal National Park on 8ha of rolling hills, Heart & Soul Retreats attracts herds of deer, parrots and kookaburras as regular visitors. The serene location is one of its best features with no through traffic and only the occasional train. Birdsong fills the air and tiny robins flit about. But it is the food that really sets it apart.

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Head chef Jahnavi Vinden-Clark and kitchen leader Leonardo Lopez cook according to Ayurvedic practice, which involves investing consciousness into the food by freeing the mind of clutter, having a peaceful, clean environment and not tasting the food while cooking. They share their knowledge with the many volunteers who pass through Govinda Valley on their international travels. Roxy, a healer from the UK who guided guests on a visual meditation about empowerment, has been enjoying her culinary journey as she learns more about the power of lovingly cooked food. “We are conscious that making food for someone else takes love and it’s that sense of giving that’s our focus,” said Jahnavi. Herbs, seeds and grains are cooked to draw out their goodness and maximise their curative properties while most ingredients are sourced directly from the centre’s organic garden or from Sydney Markets. A sense of warmth, inclusion and serenity pervades the air at Heart & Soul while the continuous stream of overseas visitors on Voluntourism holidays adds a multicultural, vibrant element. People of all ages from all over the world stay a minimum of four weeks, exchanging their labour for meals and accommodation. Teams work in the kitchen, garden, cleaning and administration to make Heart & Soul Retreats affordable and attractive. Prices start from $90 a night. To find out more, visit heartandsoulretreats.com.au 2508


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MAIDSTONE ST ROUNDABOUT Council officers presented an updated drawing for the roundabout that included pedestrian ramps in the curb for disability access. Concern was expressed to council about the roundabout being blocked during school drop-off and pick-up times. Rangers will be requested to monitor the area. PROPOSED CHANGE TO STANWELL PARK OFF-LEASH AREA Council could not give a reason for the proposed change to the southern end of beach. Forum members wanted the off-leash area to remain as is. LADY CARRINGTON ESTATE SOUTH PLANNING PROPOSAL Members were very concerned about the proposal and the impacts on the town and the environment. A letter from Council’s Manager City Strategy was read to the forum. Here’s an extract: “The decision on whether a Planning Proposal has merit and should progress to public exhibition is made ultimately by the elected Councillors, at a public Council meeting. Given the history of the site, Council’s decision will be reviewed by the State Government. The information and reports provided by the owner’s consultants will be exhibited (preliminary notification) in the near future to enable the community to review and provide input into the Council assessment and decision. A Council officer will attend a NF1 meeting during this period.” HELENSBURGH TOWN CENTRE PLAN – UPDATE FROM COUNCIL “There is a lot of work in the pipeline for Helensburgh. Helensburgh’s families will soon have a new playground to explore in Charles Harper Park. Provided we get good weather, we expect the playground to be completed by November. “Helensburgh’s Town Centre will benefit through a $1.6 million grant awarded to Council for its revitalisation. Council will contribute $1.36 million from its capital works budget for the projects, and Helensburgh’s Metropolitan Coal (Peabody) will provide a further $180,000. All up, more than $3 million will be spent on projects in Helensburgh. RFS COMMUNITY PROTECTION PLAN Community Fire Plans are complete for Stanwell Tops, Otford, Darkes Forest and Garrawarra. RFS asked residents to report any suspicious fires. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF FORUM Wednesday, 9 October – will include election of Convenor and Co-Convenor for two years. 2508

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HOW THE PARK GOT ITS NAME

Helensburgh & District Historical Society’s Jenny Donohoe shares a story from the archives. In October 1884, Charles Harper and a crew of mining engineers and labourers moved into the area to drill for coal. They are believed to have been the earliest Europeans to settle here. They found an abundance of water available in Camp Creek and set up a drilling rig close by, with which they drilled to a depth of 726 feet, but no coal. They moved the drilling rig more than a mile to the east, close by the 28-mile peg on the Illawarra Railway Line, which was being surveyed at the time. They located a 12ft 3in seam at a depth of 1100 feet. The beginning of a township was laid out on the heights above the drilling area. This became known as Camp Creek, but was later changed to Helensburgh. On the 3rd March, 1886, Sir Norman Wisdom, who was to become the first chairman of the Metropolitan Coal Company, turned the first sod for the sinking of the main shaft, the diameter of which was 16ft. By 1888, 10 trucks of coal per week were being shipped to Sydney. On Saturday, August 4th, 1888, Charles Harper, who was then manager of the mine, was killed while supervising the installation of a winding

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engine in the air shaft. A wire rope, being used to haul the engine, snapped and hit Mr Harper. He died a short time later. Charles Harper, regarded as Helensburgh’s founding father, was buried in the churchyard of St Augustine’s Anglican Church at Bulli. The Helensburgh cemetery did not open until 1892. Mourners numbered in the hundreds, such was the esteem in which Charles was held by everyone at the Helensburgh mine and at Clifton and Greta Collieries, which he had previously managed. His wife and children (six boys and three girls), along with hundreds of mourners, attended the service. The Miners Lodges at Helensburgh and Clifton Collieries organised the collection of donations for a ‘fitting Memorial Stone’ to be placed over Mr Harper’s grave. The stone column, with carved decorations and lettered marble face tablet, was duly erected and dedicated. In 1983, Helensburgh Historical Society approached authorities at St Augustine’s Church to discuss the possibility of moving the Harper Memorial Stone to Helensburgh. The plan evolved to move the stone to Helensburgh Park and to have the park renamed ‘Charles Harper Park’. Wollongong City Council and the National Trust ageed and Australian iron and Steel Ltd (BHP), owner and operator of the Helensburgh mine at the time, agreed to meet the cost of moving and renovating the memorial and construction of an appropriate base for the Memorial Stone. Local stonemason, Tom Nagle, undertook the stonework. Rex Jackson, Member for Heathcote, unveiled the Memorial on Sunday, 7 October 1984 during Centenary Celebrations. More than 150 descendants of Charles Harper came from three states of Australia to join with hundreds of locals to witness the renaming of the park and the re-dedication of the memorial. 2508 include trees that you want to remove, along with trees that may impact the construction project. It’s better to identify all the trees at this stage than having to think about it later when construction has started. Perhaps you could also offer to replant several trees in their place, something that council also suggests. There are organisations that will plant trees on your behalf and then certify that they have done this for you (providing proof for councils). If this dilemma is between neighbours, then I would, in the first instance, suggest talking things through with them. However, if this doesn’t work then you may like to consider speaking to someone at a Community Justice Centre. n Email Bohmer at info@bohmerstreecare.com.au or call 0432 789 530. 2508


STEPPING UP TO STOP FALLS Helensburgh Men’s Shed has hosted the Stepping On program, Ron Balderston reports.

Stepping On is a proven program than reduces the risk of falls for older adults. NSW Health runs this free falls-prevention program. Peter White is our trainer. He’s a Men’s Shed member and an experienced Stepping On facilitator. Stepping On teaches you ways to prevent falls and stay in control. Several other local blokes have come especially for the program. Altogether, there are 12 participants, all men, a first in Pete’s experience. Week by week we talk about different things: dangers at home; vision and falls – with special guest presenters from Guide Dogs; medication and how it can affect your balance. Plus we learn to practice simple exercises to improve leg strength and balance. All up the exercises take no more than 10 minutes per day. Halfway through the seven-week program Peter Walsh says his crook knees are not so painful and Warwick Anderson says his are better too. If you’re 65 years plus and want to stay upright longer why don’t you talk to the Stepping On Coordinator, Sharon Concannon from NSW Health on 4267 0164 or email sharon.concannon@ health.nsw.gov.au 2508

Participants practise the 'sit to stand' technique to most easily stand by moving your centre of gravity over your knees and feet before standing up. Photo: Ron Balderston

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Marie Alessi (Photo: Unicorn Studios), Inset: Rob, Marie, Flyn & Jed Alessi in 2012 (image supplied).

LOVING LIFE AFTER LOSS

Following the sudden death of her husband, a local mum of two wants to help others cope with grief, find hope and rebuild a life with space for happiness and love again. Marie Alessi spent a decade running a coaching business, teaching people about ‘Mindset and Personal Growth’. Then her husband Rob died suddenly from a brain aneurysm on 12 June 2018. Marie, 47, says her first reaction was to close down her business, focus on their two young sons (only eight and 10 at the time) and allow herself some time to cope with the loss. But what did coping look like? When her psychologist asked her what grief meant to her, she knew then that there was no ‘format’ for grief, despite what people wanted her to believe.  Marie knew that in order to heal, she needed to grieve in her own way, even if that did not fit the stereotypical grieving widow. And by reverting to

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her training and what she did best, she could not only start her own healing journey but help others. Four months after the death of her husband, Marie wrote a book called Loving Life after Loss. Then she created a Facebook group of the same name that supports those who have suffered a loss of any kind and spreads a message of hope and the belief that there is life beyond loss, and that life can have space for happiness and love. “I needed a space that promoted the concept of allowing happiness and joy back into life, while honouring and sharing your loved one’s memories.  “I remember the first time we went to the beach after Rob’s passing. The beach was something we did together a lot, it was our favourite thing to do as a family. My focus after losing Rob went immediately to inviting joy back into our lives and doing fun things as a family of three. I have to admit, a lot of those things hurt pretty badly within, yet it also felt healing doing them. “Rob and I moved to Helensburgh in February 2008, when Flyn was only 10 days old. Rob always loved the beaches down here and used to surf along our beautiful coastline. We also had our barefoot wedding on Stanwell Beach, only two years before we moved here! It’s an amazing community, we love being part of it. I have never experienced such a close-knit community, where people genuinely care for each other and help each other out – in particular in times of adversity. I am blown away by the love and support we have received.” Marie has faced criticism. “It’s easy to misjudge a situation or a person if you only judge a book by its cover, without making an effort to even read the first chapter... For some people, I am too happy; for others, I’m stuck in depression or denial – I’ve heard it all. I knew by putting myself out there when starting the movement “Loving Life after Loss” that I would also make myself vulnerable. Yet the joy and healing I am bringing to people outweighs the very minor parts of criticism by far!” Having the community’s support has been a huge help. “Although I declined the offer from four different people at first, we finally said yes to a “GoFundMe Page” – we thought we’d be covered with the life insurance, yet they took over 14 months to pay out! The financial support as well as cooking rosters were tremendously helpful. I didn’t have to cook for the first six weeks after Rob’s passing. No matter where I went, people were always respectful – and I got plenty of hugs. “We also became part of Hope Church, only two months before Rob died. Church has become a very important part of our lives and we often refer to them as Hope Church Family. We feel immense support and love there.” n Facebook @LovingLifeAfterLoss; to buy the book go to www.MarieAlessi.com. 2508


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CLUB REPORTS HELENSBURGH MEN’S SHED By Paul Blanksby

A bloke’s phone messages: “G’day John, missed you at the Tiger’s game last Saturday. You going alright?” “Hey Johnno, as your best mate, I’m worried about you. Give us a call, eh?” “Are you OK? Mate, no matter what’s happening, I’m here for you, and NOTHING is too big for us to get through together. We’ve gone through some stuff, and we can get through this, no prob. You may not believe it now, but the way you’re feeling will change.” Sounds familiar? Don’t be afraid to ask The Big Question. The party stoppers. The Silence Breaker. Be pushy, gently. Ask your friend, dad, brother, son; “Mate, R U OK? I’m here for you, and we can get through it, together.” Be yourself. Listen. Be sympathetic. Offer hope. Take the person seriously. It’s heaps easier than a eulogy. At your Men’s Shed, we are preparing for some big events; the Lions Country Fair 26 October, the CWA Festival of Flight 10 November, and our Open Day 16 November. We are also hosting a talk by Parkinson’s NSW at 1.30pm on November 11 and any interested people from 2508 are very welcome to join us at the Shed. And we had a great talk from Mark Bray, one of our members, about the Prostate Cancer Outback Rally from Lightning Ridge to Tocumwal, and how simple it is to be tested for prostate cancer – if it’s detected early, your survival rate is very high – please get checked! Come on in and visit the Shed, have a look at our display area, talk with a member about the little (or big) job you need made or fixed, and have a yarn about ‘stuff ’. Helensburgh Men’s Shed, 199A Parkes Street the ‘Burgh. Monday and Tuesday 9-3. Call Michael Croft (0413 401 522) or Ron Balderston (0410 564 752). 2508

The Men’s Shed don't just make big things, look at this beautiful carved flower.

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1ST HELENSBURGH SCOUTS Scouts have had a great time during Term 3. We have been on a short night hike where we learnt night-time navigation basics, went bowling with our families for Fathers Day, had a costume night for one of our regular meetings, as well as a weekend sleepover and movie night at the hall. At the time of writing we are gearing up for a short weekend camping trip in preparation for the larger three-day Jamborette camp over the October long weekend in Bungendore. We’ve welcomed two new members to Scouts this term who hit the ground running and we’re glad to have them aboard. Next term’s fun will include building a brand-new billy cart, building a raft out of 20L containers and a bit of ingenuity for a district rafting derby, and a hiking activity weekend against groups from the entire south coast region. If this sounds like something that would interest you or someone you know, please feel free to get in touch! scouts@helensburghscouts.org.au 2508

HELENSBURGH GUIDES By Heather McNaughton

This has been a great month for the girls to enjoy some excursions and carry out a variety of activities in the local area. Rugged up warmly against the cold and armed with torches, the Guides kicked off their activities with an evening of stargazing at Bald Hill. They learned to identify various constellations using a star map, and honed their astronomy skills in preparation for their forthcoming visit to the Green Point Observatory in Oyster Bay later this month. The girls were also fortunate to enjoy a beautiful afternoon of sunshine for an abseiling trip to RockSchool at Noorumba Guide Camp. They walked along a firetrail into camp, where they were first taught how to repel safely, as this was the first abseiling experience for many of the girls. They were then able to put their nerves and skills to the test over a series of three rock walls of varying heights and difficulty. Many thanks to the leaders for their tuition and support, and to all those family members who came along to lend a hand. 2508


STANWELL PARK CWA By Carol Pugh

By now will have read the wonderful news that we have been successful in gaining a grant to improve the CWA hall. Thanks to SPAT for submitting the grant and to the community for supporting it. The first week of September was CWA Awareness Week. This year the aim was to support awareness of mental health issues. The theme was “Start a sconeversation”! The week coincided with the scone expo that J&C café were running so we were able to team with them, leaving our CWA brochures and a specially designed leaflet with mental health information on one side and a scone recipe on the other. On the last Saturday of the expo, a group of CWA members and friends visited the café to finish off the scones. They were all delicious! Thanks to Jenny and Cathy for partnering with us and doing such a great job with the scone expo. On a much sadder note, we lost one of our long-standing members Lin Sinclair, who was 90 years young. Lin had a long history of volunteering. She was active on the P&C when her children were at school and once her working life was over she joined CWA, WAVES and VIEW. She was also an active member of the Anglican Church and the

From left to right: Lynette White, Val Perfect, Kerryn Hale, Carol Pugh and Cathy from J&C Café.

Bible study group. Lin was known for her generosity. She would always make herself available to sit on a stall – even staying all day if no-one else was available. Until the last couple of years Lin could be relied upon to make batches of delicious cakes and slices to be sold to raise funds for various causes. She would make trip after trip to her car unloading them – all carefully packed and labelled. Lin was a fiercely independent woman and she was able to maintain that independence until the end. She is going to be missed by a lot of people, but especially by her friends at Stanwell Park CWA. CWA meets on the first Tuesday of the month. Enquiries: call Carol Pugh on 4294 1343. 2508

HELENSBURGH VIEW CLUB By Barbara Kitson, publicity officer

We had a great August meeting with a fashion parade. Our usual models, Jen Hawkins, Megan Gale and Naomi Campbell, were working in Paris but we are lucky to have our own top models: Chris, Lyn, Lorraine and Jan. Thank you, ladies. The clothes were from Wash & Wear and a big thanks to Paula and Sandra for the presentation on affordable clothes to suit our age group. Paula and Sandra are members of View MacArthur. Lorraine received her badge and we bid farewell to Nerida for two or three months. Our next show is Chicago and coming up is Billy Elliott on November; School of Rock, November 23 (pay by 17/9). We also have tickets to War Horse, 7 March 2020 (pay by 19/11). We have started to collect goodies for our Christmas raffle, we draw lots of lovely prizes for Christmas so join us for our October luncheon at Tradies Helensburgh. If you haven’t booked or have visitors they are most welcome as new members and don’t worry that you may not know anyone. I didn’t know a soul, had only met Nerida a couple of times, but everyone is so friendly it’s as though you’ve known them for years. Ring Lyn on 4294 1815. 2508

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Left: Some of the 18,000 rat-bait stations on Lord Howe. Photo: Ian Hutton, Lord Howe Island Museum. Below: male ‘tree lobster’. Photo: Matthew Bulbert, Australian Museum.

BEETLING ABOUT

With Helensburgh entomologist Dr Chris Reid, a research scientist specialising in beetles at the Australian Museum. Conservation is not just about keeping bits of land as near natural as possible, but often involves a lot of proactivity. I was recently on a field-trip to Lord Howe Island, an 11 x 1km dot in the Pacific administered by the NSW government. Lord Howe is registered as a World Heritage site, primarily for its unique wildlife and semi-natural condition. ‘Semi-natural’, because apart from the 30% of the island that is not protected, the apparently pristine forest has been subtly altered by introduced rodents, particularly black rats. The rats arrived off a shipwreck in 1918 and within 10 years had eaten to extinction several of the native birds and a large unique stick insect, the ‘tree lobster’. Many other things probably also went extinct, including several flightless beetles. I’ve been trying to get an accurate picture of what has been lost and what is still present, by

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tramping all over the island and also visiting every historical collection of insects from Lord Howe. For the last two trips I’ve been aided by volunteers and we’ve focussed on the sorts of large black beetles that rats might like to munch. The destruction of wildlife by the rats has been bad enough, but the rats also eat the seeds of certain plants, particularly of Kentia Palms. So now it is apparent that large areas of palm forest lack new growth and are in danger of being replaced by other trees. Kentia palms are popular worldwide as potted plants in offices and Lord Howe is the original source of all of these plants. The rats have been slowly destroying a major source of income for the island. And so, this year, a huge operation is underway to eliminate the rats, with 18,000 bait stations, bait spraying by helicopter, caging of the two native birds most vulnerable to the bait, use of sniffer dogs trained to track rats, and plenty of employment for the locals. As I write (August), only 15-20 rats are thought to be still alive, out of the estimated population of 120,000, but the experiment will still be deemed a failure unless all the rats have gone. I live in hope. One upshot of the rat eradication is the planned re-establishment of the Tree Lobster on Lord Howe. It never really went extinct but managed to survive in low numbers on the tiny but rat-free island of Balls Pyramid, 22km from Lord Howe. In the past 15 years eggs from these survivors have been reared in several zoos and now several thousand descendants exist. The plan is to re-introduce this iconic insect to Lord Howe, where it hasn’t been seen since the rats arrived. Interesting times. Any questions? Email editor@2508mag.com.au. 2508


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HELLO FISH Around Pig Island (aka Bass Islet). With Duncan Leadbitter

The water is cold and big seas have made getting in the water difficult over the past few weeks so this month I have resurrected an older video of a dive around Pig Island (also called Bass Islet after the explorers Bass and Flinders). Flinders Islet is nearby and also called Toothbrush Island. There is some excellent diving around Pig Island. On the eastern side there is a pinnacle that comes out of 33m depth to about 6m. There is little shelter from the wind and currents can be an issue, but it’s a spectacular dive with lots of small pelagic species like yellowtail (and sometimes their predators, like seals and kingfish), large schools of nannygai (also called redfish) and a mix of bottom-dwelling fish like red morwong. The southern side slopes quickly into 24m depth and has a series of gullies, drop-offs and amphitheatres. Kelp can be found in the deeper water and occasionally the colourful, protected weedy sea dragon can be found pottering around looking for small shrimps to eat. I have also seen a numb ray in the past. These are one of a few species of fish that can generate an electric current, which may help protect them from being eaten by sharks. Life on the seabed includes sponges, bryozoans, sea tulips and the occasional gorgonian coral. Over 140 fish species of fish alone can be found in the Five Islands group and this includes a range of uncommon, rare and protected species. Earlier this year the State government proposed some protective zoning around the islands as part of the Hawkesbury Shelf Marine Park – visit https://www.marine.nsw.gov.au/marine-estateprograms/hawkesbury-shelf-marine-assessment. The land side of the islands are protected by a Nature Reserve because of their value for seabirds. Watch the underwater action. Go to https://youtu.be/XGd_AIi9ZD8 2508

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John Towns reports. Dennis scored a commendable 40 Stableford points with Kevin and Iain coming in with a healthy 38 and 37 in second and third place. Enjoy the prizes from our wonderful sponsors Gallardo’s Pizza and Helensburgh Butchers. The other prizes went to Paul and Jammu for the front and back nine, Laurie taking the eagles nest on the 7th and the longest drive to Steve and Jammu. The Helensburgh Driving Range prize goes to our newest player Ron Easton who also won the drive and pitch on the 11th with Jerry taking out the same on the 13th. The match play final was deferred due to the wet conditions on the fairways and the bunkers out of play. The grand final will be between Iain and Dave next month. Full results at Tradies Helensburgh Sports and Social Golf Club where I can be contacted. The October game on the 13th at 7.30am is an individual Stableford. Remember to arrive early to allow Mick time to prepare the various cards. 2508

HELENSBURGH SUNDAY SOCIAL GOLF CLUB

Robert ‘Indy’ Jones reports. The Jim O’Connor Trophy was the HSSGC crown on the 2nd weekend in September. A close result saw Mark Buckley push Tim Lowe into second place on a count-back. Both players arriving at the 19th with 36pts. Mark B. also saw off Tony Gersback in the HSSGC Match Play with a much wider margin, 6 & 4. This leaves Mark to play Craig Nicoll in the final on October 6th. Kevin Brown scooped a few on-course prizes, whilst the rest of us enjoyed “O’Connor” beef burgers. The annual trip away is here, so get your money to Frank on October 6th. HSSGC’s next events are October 6th – don’t forget Daylight Saving – and November 3rd to be rewarded by our sponsor’s Christian’s Premium Meats, The Centennial Hotel and Helensburgh Golf Range. Contact Tony on 04318 863 100 or just arrive at 7.30 for 8am, and enjoy the golf, a chat and a BBQ finish at Boomerang Public Golf Course. n Playing so badly, a golfer’s caddie was getting frustrated. On beginning the back 9 the golfer’s ball had come to rest about 160m from the green and as he eyed up the shot, he asked his caddie, “Do you think I can get there with a 4-iron?” “Eventually,” replied the caddie. 2508


BRACED FOR A BUSY SEASON

Steven McDonald reports on plans for the 2019-2020 season at Helensburgh Stanwell Park Surf Club.

Club membership is now due! The Nippers season commences Sunday 13th October at 8.45am for a 9am start.

Helensburgh-Stanwell Park Surf Club is now in full preparation for the upcoming 2019/2020 season. With the ever-increasing patronage of Stanwell Park Beach, a lot of organisation has gone into assuring the safety of our beach-goers. Membership is now due. Junior, Senior and new members can re-new your membership by visiting www.stanwellparksurfclub.com/web/membership or attend the Helensburgh-Stanwell Park Surf Club on Sunday mornings between 9 and 10am. Membership is open to the public and you will be made most welcome at the club. Junior Section are well organised for the season with an emphasis on surf education. Nippers starts with Sea Babies U/6 (must be 5 years old to commence and proof or age required) and then into Seagulls U/7 to U/14. New members are required to produce a birth certificate. Nippers is a multi-disciplined activity where children learn Surf Awareness, Life Saving Skills, Surf Swimming, Board Paddling, Beach Running and activities, Team Work and Leadership as well as making lifelong friends. The club is inclusive and welcomes all skill levels and abilities, parents are encouraged to join and assist with the running of activities. The Nippers season commences Sunday, 13th October at 8.45am for a 9am start. Surf Patrols started on 29th September 2019 and will be patrolling every Sunday and Public Holiday until 26 April 2020. The club has put together seven patrols with on average 10 members in each. If there are current or past members who still want to contribute to patrolling then talk to the Club Captain, Anthony Rooskie, about what you can do for the club and community. We are providing

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flexible patrolling and want to make it work for your situation. Education. All new and existing members wishing to attain surf lifesaving awards in Surf Rescue Certificate 13 yrs., Bronze Medallion 15 yrs., and IRB Drivers and Crew persons, Drone Operators, Advanced Resuscitation certificates, are invited to attend an introduction evening at Helensburgh-Stanwell Park surf club on Tuesday, 8 October at 7pm. Lifesaving awards are available to all members of the public and you will be made most welcome to participate. Annual General Meeting was held on Sunday, 28 July 2019. The club elected an Executive Committee and several officers for the new season. President – Steven McDonald, Club Captain – Anthony Rooskie, Secretary – Ralph Hall, Treasurer – Harley Dreghorn, Education – Bobo White, Surf Sports – Ed White and Nippers – Steve Agnew. Many thanks to everyone who attended. The club also re-opened The Club Hall after a major internal renovation to improve the acoustics, upgrade lighting, replace the ceiling, paint and generally revitalise the appearance of the building. On hand to help with the opening was Member for Heathcote, Lee Evans, WCC Lord Mayor Cr Gordon Bradbery, WCC Councillor Leigh Colacino, builder Ben Holland, interior designer Michelle Viret, architect Brett Sherson and Vennu CEO Suzanne Campbell, along with 60 club members, families and friends. The club hopes the revitalised hall will encourage more people to come to the club, and make it a more attractive option for weddings, parties and corporate functions, as well as being a meeting place for local residents. 2508

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With the Stanwell Park Ocean Swim coming up on December 8, it felt only fit to interview one of its veterans, writes Tahlia Bailey. A common face at Helensburgh-Stanwell Park Surf Club, Ralph Hall has participated in every ocean swim the club has held since 2001. This incredible achievement is the result of hard work and dedication. When Ralph enrolled his three children at Leichardt Swimming Club in 1978, it was suggested that he join the Golden Oldies. Not one to resist a challenge, Ralph was intrigued by the world of swimming and what it had to offer. Despite having troubles managing a 50-metre swim, he persisted in his training, and 41 years later is still doing it – and can most definitely swim 50 metres! The Stanwell Park Ocean Swim is one of many that this experienced swimmer participates in seasonally but it’s long been an event close to his heart. Ralph has been a member of Stanwell Park Surf Club since signing up his youngest daughter for nippers many years ago. When asked why he would encourage the community to participate in the ocean swim, Ralph said: “To support the surf club.” Ralph Hall is a prime example that attitude is a choice, and maybe age really is just a number. If a man who once could not swim the length of a pool can do it, you can too! Swap the slippers for a swim cap and sign up for the 2019 Stanwell Park Ocean Swim on December 8. With just under three months until the event, there is still plenty of time to get some training under your belt. Plus,with a multitude of water safety volunteers, swimmers and sausage sandwiches, the swim is set to be a hit!

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