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MEET OUR CONTRIBUTORS JIM POWELL was born in Helensburgh in 1945. He is a qualified jeweller & horticulturist. Jim retired as captain of Station 325 Helensburgh after 40 years of service in 2016. He was 2508 Citizen of the Year in 2011 and Wollongong City’s Senior Citizen of the year in 2017. Jim is an Hon. Member of the Helensburgh-Stanwell Park SLSC; Life Member of the Helensburgh Hawks & S.L.C. Aquadot Swimming Clubs and Life Member of The Senior & Junior Helensburgh Thistles Soccer Club. He is the current Helensburgh & District Historical Society president, a member of the International Camellia Society and Past - President of Camellias Australia and Camellia Ark Australia. HEATHER EISZELE is a veteran journalist of 35 years experience and was the Editor of this magazine’s precursor, Helensburgh & District News. She currently works from home, offering proofreading and editing services.

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: The 2018 Lolly Run, photo by Jim Powell. 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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works in the Australian Museum in Sydney as a research scientist specialising in beetles. His job is a combination of research, teaching or supervising students, and dealing with public enquiries. A NSW government beetle expert, Chris describes his identifying beetles as “a bit like detective work”. “Working on insects means I get to indulge in two favourite pastimes: travel and bushwalking.”

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This month, in addition to wishing you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, we are excited to be celebrating our 1st Birthday on the 13th of December. Having lived and worked locally for over two decades, Dr Trevor Kemper is proud to have been able to create a modern and welcoming practice in the heart of our community. We would like to thank those who have helped the dream to take shape and who have been part of the successes leading up to our 1st birthday. Particular thanks go to Jono and his team from Mahler Building, Toby from Potter’s Paints, Tony from Local Air, Carl from Bella Blinds, Stacey from Dalton Strata Services and Genevieve from 2508mag. We could not have got to this point without our dedicated team of doctors, nurses, support staff and allied health professionals. They have all worked tirelessly to provide the best quality healthcare for each and every one of our patients.

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COMMUNITY NOTICES

NEW COMMUNITY RADIO CALLS FOR FUNDING During bushfires, authorities in Northern NSW tell residents to listen to their local radio for warnings and advice. But what if you do not have a local radio service? The Wollongong ABC radio service is extinct, and Vox FM have not put in the investment to service the area properly. In September, SeaBridge Country Radio webcasting technical issues were resolved. We are now commencing to interview older community members to record a “living memory of postcode 2508”. Licensing, insurance, web streaming and membership fees of the CBAA along with operational costs are estimated at $12K per year.  https://www.gofundme.com/seabridge-countryradio has been set up and we would greatly appreciate local support. – Clem Rook, SeaBridge Country Radio ABN 13 823 186 359, PO Box 171 Helensburgh. SPOTTED: ILLAWARRA MALES IN COMBAT “If you haven’t seen two red-bellies in combat before, it can be easy to mistake them for mating. The top of their bodies rise up and entwine themselves, untwisting and twisting again.” – Thirroul local Amanda De George, author of Facebook blog @BackyardZoology. Send letters to editor@2508mag.com.au 2508

VALE JANNETTE PARSONS, 29.4.1944 – 31.10.2019 The Stanwell Park branch of the CWA has lost another of its longest-serving members with the passing of Jannette Parsons on October 31. Jannette joined the CWA soon after moving to the area 15 years ago. Her skills were soon recognised and she held the position of Treasurer for much of this time. She was also a point of contact for hiring the CWA Hall so she was known by many members of the community. She was 75 years old and died of complications from pneumonia. Her death follows the passing of Lin Sinclair in August. Both Jannette and Lin had been involved with organising the Festival of Flight and were greatly missed at this year’s event.

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STEPHEN HOLMES: 8.7.1966-24.11.2007 Twelve years and thousands of tears have fallen from our eyes, who can believe it has been so long since we said our last goodbyes. Time moves on and life goes by but one thing stays the same, our love for you grows and never fades as we forever speak your name. Miss you so much and will love you always Steve. – Mum, Lindy, Pen, Dave, Your Beautiful Girls and all your loving family DON HOLMES: 26.2.1937-29.11.2008 Time slips by and life goes on but from our hearts you are never gone, we think about you always we talk about you too, we have so many memories but all we want is you. Missing you just as much now as we did eleven years ago Don. Love you always. – Yvonne, Melinda, Penni, Dave, all Poppy’s grandchildren and all your loving family

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Jannette, whose family was originally from Kings Langley, met her husband Clyde playing handball and the couple had just celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary the month before. They had just downsized to a home in Caringbah when Jannette was admitted to hospital. Funeral celebrant Craig Moran said Jannette was a keen basketballer, avid reader and proficient fisho. “She was loved and held in high esteem by a great many people,” he said. Her three sons spoke lovingly of their mother, with Warren telling mourners she had taught him discipline and respect. “She taught me how to raise good boys and I’ve got a great wife because I knew exactly what I wanted,” he said. Garry said his mother was the strongest woman he had ever known. “She didn’t suffer fools.” Stephen Parsons said Jannette was resilient and loving to the end. “She never complained.” 2508


VALE RONA MARY POWELL (NEE FOULDS). AGED 97. The passing of Rona Powell on the 29 Oct 2019 brought to a close a long and amazing life, of a woman who came to Helensburgh from Manchester, England at the age of six.

a well to collect water, and kerosene lamps for lights. Their home had three rooms with an outside kitchen and laundry. The building was timber with an iron roof and dirt floors, only hessian bags to cover the open windows to stop rain and dust. They had two cows, a Jersey for cheese and butter, and a Friesian for milk, some hens and a bantam rooster, a red setter dog called Baron, and a vegetable patch.

HOW THE FAMILY SURVIVED THE DEPRESSION Rona’s father, Jack, was employed at the local mine where he looked after the Pit Ponies. He was also FROM MANCHESTER CITY TO ‘BLUE GUM’ HOME the Farrier for the horses. When the Pit Ponies With her brother John and mother Sarah, Rona were given a rest from underground activities, he joined (husband & father) John (Jack) Foulds, who would care for them at The Dummies, which was had arrived some 14 months earlier. They came to near his home at Blue Gum. Australia because of her brother John’s asthma They survived the Depression, with Sarah selling condition. Their UK doctor said John needed a eggs to the town people, while Jack was employed warmer drier climate to help his health. After a on the construction of the Woronora Dam where six-week journey from England they arrived at the he carted with his two-horse dray sand from Helensburgh Railway Station where Rona’s Santa is coming and hefather, needs Stanwell your help!!! Park Beach to the dam site, making two Jack, and Billy Hilton (Sarah’s brother) were trips a day during winter, and three during waiting with a horse and sulky to take them to their summer. new abode Bluea smile Gum on Old Princes Helpatput onthe a child's face byHwy, taking part in A Little Ray of Giving. Helensburgh theinevening. CALLED TO TEACH Drop aingift to Ray White Helensburgh by the 10th of December and In thewelight the morning they its wondered where Ronaofwent to Helensburgh willofmake sure it finds way under the tree a deserving family. Public School from on earth they had come to, as there were very few 1928 until 1934, she then travelled to St George homes and a lot of bushland, quite the opposite to Girls High at Kogarah by walking to the station Manchester’s cobbled streets and tenant houses. some two miles away. Or if she was lucky, get a lift with other families taking their children in a sulky MEMORIES OF THE ‘BURGH to the station. The first recollection Rona could remember at Blue Rona excelled at school academically, and also Gum was the passing of Bill James’s eight-strong represented her school in the hockey A team, and bullock team, loaded with large logs of timber on swimming. She then went to teachers college, their way to Bulli. graduating as a teacher at the end of 1939. The highway at the time was a dirt road, there The rest of her life as a teacher has already been was no electricity or town water. The property had well documented until her retirement in 1977. She was a member of the C of E Dramatic Society, a Life-Saver during World War II and a member of the Helensburgh Thistles Ladies Soccer Team who were undefeated in their social comp in 1963. THE TRAVEL BUG STRIKES Rona later got the Travel Bug, and all of her grandchildren got to travel with her overseas at different stages to places like Fiji, Hawaii and Ron Kissell MattiasDisneyland. Samuelsson Ian Pepper She had a good life, right up to the end, and a lot 0410 148 0466of627 0403 570 local226 history has passed on 397 with her. Luckily she 041 orated a lot of her life, and as a keen amateur photographer, had many photos to add to her life’s SATU D AYHelensburgh 14 DECEMBER RayRWhite story. Christine Kissell Ben Gibson 6 PM ENTERTAINMENT 7.30 PM CAROLS 9 PM FIREWORKSSimon Beaufils UnitBEHIND 1, 131 Parkes St The family would like to thank all those people TRADIES HELENSBURGH 0417 001 140their condolences, 0448 141well 649wishes, 0459 who sent and to123 030 4294 7000 those who attended her Farewell Service of her helensburgh.nsw@raywhite.com mortal life. – The Powell Family. 2508 MAJOR SPONSORS

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4 1 FOR WINE DRINKERS Picnickers rejoice. These Glass on the Grass slide-on coasters will stabilise your glass – because life’s too short to spill wine! Made from recycled material. At Thirroul Collective; $35 for a bag of four. 2 FOR ANIMAL LOVERS Symbio won Business of the Year at the 2019 Illawarra Business Awards. Was it because of the Splash Park, the bushland playground, its conservation programs or all the exotic, native and farmyard animals? Give a 12-month season pass and let kids decide. $52 per child, $99 adults. 3 FOR SUSTAINABILITY FANS A membership to Bulli’s Make-Do Library of Things is the perfect

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sustainable gift. $80 buys your loved one a year’s access to a growing collection of tools, party and camping items. www. make-do.com.au. 4 FOR YOUNG READERS Children’s author Dianne Ellis will launch her new picture book, Kingsley the cross-eyed Kookaburra, at 1.30pm, 14 December at Thirroul Railway Institute Hall, all welcome to attend. 5 FOR YOUR HONEY BUN Local, raw, unfiltered honey by the Austinmer Beekeeper – $15 a jar at Moore Street General in Austinmer. 6 FOR GARDENERS Give a gift that keeps on growing: buy plants and ask about native alternatives to Xmas

trees at Sydney Wildflower Nursery in Heathcote (9548 2818). 7 FOR FUTURE SURFERS Invest in surf lessons with Essential Surf & Skate (0407 283 117). Gift vouchers available, visit the Walker St store. 8 FOR THRILL SEEKERS Give your loved one the experience of a lifetime – tandem flights, flying courses and gift vouchers available from two local businesses – Sydney Hang Gliding Centre (0400 258 258) and HangglideOz (0417 939 200). 9 FOR THEATRE GOERS Get in early with tickets to SPAT’s Wizard of Oz panto at Stanwell Park’s CWA Hall. Or buy a Merrigong gift certificate (the 2020

CHRISTMAS CAROLS

Carols on the Green. 1at Club Hosted by C3 Thirroul Thirroul for the

whole community. BYO picnic blanket! Sun, 8 Dec, 5.30-8.30pm. Combined Churches Carols in the Burgh (Rex Jackson Oval, Helensburgh). Food and entertainment for everyone. Sat, 14 Dec 6-9.30pm. Austi Village Carols by the Sea. (Austinmer Beach Park). In the event of wet weather, Carols will be move to Austinmer Anglican Church at 49 Moore St. Sun, 15 Dec, from 7.30pm.

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season kicks off with Legally Blonde – the Musical in January). 10 FOR HISTORY BUFFS The Big History of Little Stanwell Park, by Michael Adams ($35), is the latest book published by the Helensburgh and District Historical Society. Others include Our Boys Not Forgotten and Dr Cox – Mine Doctor. info@ historichelensburgh. org.au or ring Jan on 0418 681 384. 11 FOR THE ECO AWARE Entertaining? Buy organic, locally sourced fruit and veg at Thirroul’s Flame Tree Co-op. Plus find ethical stocking fillers, such as soaps and bamboo toothbrushes. 12 FOR CIDER DRINKERS Toast to local produce! Made from 100% fresh crushed apples, the award-winning Darkes Cider range is available to taste and buy at Glenbernie Orchard’s Appleshack farm store. Look out for their new 5-litre cider party keg! 14

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13 FOR ART LOVERS Find local scenes and Christmas shows at these three galleries: painter John Vander’s Articles Fine Art Gallery in Stanwell Park; Thirroul’s Egg & Dart or Sketch Art Cafe in Towradji, which displays coastal scenes by Woonona painter Jaqueline Burgess. 14 FOR COFFEE SIPPERS Uluwatu Blue stocks unique and beautiful coffee cups ($29.95), water bottles ($49.95) and other eco-friendly products. 15 FOR YOUR CAR Mothers Carnauba Wash & Wax – a quick and easy way to clean, shine and protect paint ($14.50, Switched On Mechanical & Tyres, 4294 4444. Or treat your car to the full 2515 Auto Spa mobile detailing experience (0424 431 212). 16 FOR THE FIRIES To help our RFS – visit rfs.nsw.gov.au and search for “Support your local brigade”. 2508

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Ray of Giving is Ray White Helensburgh’s 1giftLittle annual appeal for donations for the needy - pop a under the tree at 1/131 Parkes St, Helensburgh. City of Wollongong’s Giving Tree. On December 7, 2Wollongong hundreds of motorcycle riders will ride into to deliver sacks of presents. Add yours to the pile! www.wollongong.nsw.gov.au

FESTIVE FUN

from $60. Guides are selling Christmas 1Place)Buytreesonaattree,FriHelensburgh Guide Hall (4 Chippendale 6 Dec, 2-8pm and Sat 7 Dec from 8am. Toy Raffle. Prizes drawn Sunday, 2Christmas December 8. Visit Tradies Helensburgh. Christmas, Hate Waste. Council’s Green Team 3WedLove host a free DIY gift workshop at Helensburgh Library, 4 Dec 10.30am-12.30pm. Bookings essential.

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Twilight Edition - The Farm’s Market. 1Christmas Killalea State Park. Sun, 15 Dec, 4-8pm. Twilight Christmas Festival (Grevillea Park 2Foragers Road, Bulli Showground). Sun, 22 Dec, 5-10pm Christmas Twilight Market (Coledale Public 3Coledale School), Sun, 22 Dec, 2-8pm

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Narelle Happ, of A Garden For Life, presents native alternatives that can be planted out or kept in a pot. Woolly bush, Adenanthos sericeus. Height: 2-3m. NSW Christmas bush, Ceratopetalum gummiferum. Height: 3-5m. Norfolk Island pine, Araucaria heterophylla. Large tree to 10m.

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We have two copies of the debut novel by Stanwell Park author Christine Sykes to give away! Inspired by the women behind the charity Dress for Success (DFS) – where Christine worked as a volunteer in Sydney – The Changing Room is an uplifting and heart-warming story of female empowerment, proving that there is more to fashion than just clothes. Tell us why you’d like a copy and the best answers will win a book. Email editor@2508mag.com.au – merry Christmas, readers!


READING ON THE RISE By Megan Sida, Assistant Principal, Stage Two

At Helensburgh Public School we know reading is extremely important, so we have fantastic initiatives to encourage our students to read at home and also to see other people in their lives reading. I WONDER WHO WEDNESDAY! Every Wednesday the Kindergarten classes love having a “Mystery Reader” visit their classroom. Each week a member of a student’s family, a friend or a relative visits the classroom and reads a favourite story (from home) aloud to our classes. They also send in clues about themselves during the week of their visit so that the class can guess who might be coming to read. Wednesday mornings are full of excitement as all the blinds are closed and the children wait for the “Mystery Reader” to knock at the door. SUMMER READING CHALLENGE Every summer holidays Helensburgh PS holds our “Summer Reading Challenge”. Every child who participates in the “Summer Reading Challenge” receives an extended recess with an ice-cream to enjoy when school resumes in February and they go into the draw to win a prize, which is kindly donated by our P&C. 2508

CONVOY FOR KORBYN The 15th annual Illawarra Convoy was another big hoot! On Sunday, November 17, people lined the streets to watch 753 trucks and 913 motorbikes go by, as the convoy covered more than 70km from Appin to Shellharbour Airport. A Helensburgh boy enjoyed the day.

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SHOP AT SALVOS! Lauren Martin reports.

When Eadie Brassett-Xavier (pictured above with her mum, Bronwyn) was asked to write a persuasive speech for school on a topic she was passionate about, the year six student knew exactly what she’d talk about. “I chose ‘Why you should shop at Salvos Stores’ because I think it’s a really good way to raise money for the homeless people and it helps the environment, which is another thing I’m pretty passionate about.” Eadie and her two siblings have been shopping at Helensburgh Salvos Store for many years. When her mum, Bronwyn, got a part-time job at the store, Eadie couldn’t have been prouder. She’s counting down the years until she can volunteer or perhaps even work in her favourite store of all time. “I think it’s a really cool job,” she says. “It’s not just a job – it helps a lot of people.” n Helensburgh Salvos Store is looking for volunteers! Drop into the store and speak with our manager about how you can help out – even if it’s just a few hours a week! 2508 Two-year-old Korbyn Myers of Helensburgh had a big day out recently travelling on the Kids and Families bus for i98FM Illawarra Convoy. The Myers family has been supported by Convoy for the last two years with food and fuel vouchers. Korbyn was born with a rare genetic syndrome resulting in epilepsy, vision impairment, developmental delays, mobility issues and inability to have any oral food or drink – he is fed via PEG (Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy) connected to a feeding pump 24 hours a day. Korbyn was accompanied on the day by his parents, Fiona and Dave, and older siblings – Charlotte and Hayden –as well as two of his team of support workers. Korbyn’s flag was proudly displayed by the team from Autocare Services. Convoy 2019 raised $2,760,974.25 which will help many Illawarra families. 2508


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SWEET AS CHRISTMAS! The Santa Lolly Run is back for its 38th outing on Saturday, December 21, thanks to Station 325 Helensburgh. Look out for a fire engine near you! Thanks to Jim Powell and Jenny Donohoe for the story and photos.

In 1981, members of Station 325, together with the Helensburgh Lions Club, proposed to have a Santa distribute lollies around the town just prior to Christmas. Some 38 years later, members of Fire & Rescue have kept up the tradition using the fire truck for distribution. Our first Santa was John Russell and he drove through town seated on the top of the fire engine, much to the delight of all concerned. Nowadays, under OH&S regulations, Santa and his Elves ride

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inside the cab. The route gradually expanded to include Blue Gum (Old Princes H’way), Symbio, Stanwell Tops, Conference Centre and Bald Hill. Yes, folks – it is that time of the year again, and as in the previous 38 years Fire & Rescue NSW Station 325 Helensburgh’s Santa Lolly Run will be doing its street-by-street deliveries, starting about 9am on Saturday, 21 December. We have a set run, starting from the southern top end of town.


THE LOLLY RUN ROUTE SOUTH-EAST – 9am Walker St South, between Whitty, Shannon, Tabratong, Frances streets, and Old Quarry Crt. SOUTH CENTRAL & WEST - 9.30-11am We then do the areas on the south side on Lilyvale up to the top end of Parkes St, covering the areas on the west side, Parkes, Rajani and Laurina etc. Next we cover the north side: Lilyvale, Chippendale, Hay, Stuart, Charles Harper Park and ovals and the main commerce section. CENTRAL TO NORTH-EAST - 11am-12 noon Next is the central area between the Centennial (Helensburgh Hotel) down to Helensburgh Public School. From Lukin down Parkes, doing the eastern side of Old Farm and Halls Rd etc. We then come back up to Old Station Rd, Foster, Vera, Tunnel and Wilsons Creek Rd about 11.45am. NORTH CENTRAL - 12-12.30pm The Crescent, The Ridge & Maidstone St. SOUTH-WEST & EAST - 1pm Then out to the Old Princes Highway and Blue Gum area, including Symbio Wildlife Park, and Helensburgh Golf Driving Range. We proceed to Stanwell Tops doing Southview Crs first, and working our way back to The Tops Conference Centre by around 2pm. We finish at Bald Hill Lookout around 2.30pm. By this time we should have delivered all the lollies and a very tired Santa is taken back to the Fire Station for some well-deserved R&R with his Reindeers and Red Nosed Elves. We look forward to seeing all the children’s smiling faces, as well as parents and grandparents alike. Please be aware that Santa will be in the Big Red Fire Engine and we ask you to stay well clear of the moving vehicle as we don’t want any accidents. We will have a safety support vehicle in front to keep the roadway clear. When it is safe to stop we will do so to allow photos with Santa. Once again we look forward to bringing you our little ‘Christmas Joy’ from the 325 Station Helensburgh Fire & Rescue NSW and the Helensburgh Lions Club. A big thank you to our sponsors: Peabody Coal Helensburgh. Merry Christmas and a healthy fire-safe and awareness New Year. All our best wishes to everyone. 2508

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LOCAL HEROES As fires rage throughout Australia spare a thought for the nation’s hard-working firefighters – professionals and volunteers – who help to keep us all safe. 2508 reports.

At time of writing, more than 40 bushfires were still burning in NSW and, of those, 20 had not been contained. Six people in NSW had died as a result of injuries sustained during this bushfire season so far, more than 600 homes had been destroyed and more than 1.65 million hectares of land was estimated to have been burnt in NSW alone. The damage bill from bushfires burning through Queensland and northern NSW had been

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estimated to be $145 million at the time. More than 1000 firefighters remained operational in the field as this issue went to press. When 2508 met members of Otford RFS, they had just returned home only hours before after fighting blazes in the Taree area – Hillville and Tinonee – as part of a five-day strike team deployment to northern NSW. Kev Douglas (Senior Deputy, Otford Brigade, NSW Rural Fire Service, joined in 2002),

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Otford RFS Brigade members (from left to right): Adam Mingare (firefighter, joined RFS in 2015), Danny Belter (firefighter, joined 2003), Anthony Whitney (firefighter, joined 2018), and Kev Douglas (Senior Deputy, joined 2002).


Danny Belter (joined RFS in 2003), Adam Mingare (joined 2015), and Anthony Whitney (joined 2018) all looked tired but they were in good spirits. We spoke to them at Helensburgh RFS brigade headquarters as local residents braced themselves for the next day – Tuesday, November 12 – when the NSW Rural Fire Service had issued a “catastrophic” fire danger warning for the Illawarra, Shoalhaven and Sydney. Kev kindly took time out of his precious rest time in between deployments to have a chat with 2508.

and then you’d get a call and off you go again.

What was it like up there? I’ve never seen anything like it. You’d put it [the fire] out and it [the bush] was just so dry, it’d just reignite.

It must be like hell on earth, if there’s fire all around you? It is. We had a pretty big blow-up there at one stage and, yeah, you just rely on the people around you. We had six- or seven-metre flame height at one stage and you’ve just got to stop it – and it was spotting over us and it was spotting behind us and within 10 minutes, it’s over. And then you’re just standing around, you’re waiting for the next phone call or the next radio message. It was crazy.

Ridiculous conditions? It is, I mean, the wind didn’t help. It’s just so dry.

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How’s morale with everyone? The firefighters? Yeah, good. It’s tiring. You’re working massive days, aren’t you? Yeah, but the people up there, the locals, they’re just fantastic: we stopped at a fire and ran into the bush, not knowing there was a house up on the hill and the residents were there with a fire hose, so they were pretty happy to see us. And we went back to that house three times in a day. We checked across the road and it was fine, and while we were putting the last lot of foam on that house, this one took off. It was just crazy.

How do you sustain yourself in those conditions, under that workload? You’ve just got to do it – if there’s a house under threat, you’ve just got to go and deal with it. We had Fire and Rescue [NSW], we had four of our units … we had another brigade there at one stage… So a mammoth effort? Yeah.

And now do you get a bit of a break? Yeah, well, hopefully nothing happens here [in Helensburgh and district].

When did you get the call to go to Taree? We got the call at 11 o’clock on Saturday and we were on the road about one or two o’clock in the afternoon. We got looked after up there – the locals are fantastic, they can’t do enough for you. Even driving home, the cars are going past and So, you were just going every which way, all day long? the drivers are tooting and waving – everyone’s so Yeah, pretty much. You’d have some quiet moments thankful.

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Are you a bit concerned about this bushfire season? I really hope it’s okay here. It happens so quick. We went past John’s River [275km north of Sydney] about 10 o’clock, 10.30 yesterday morning and we saw a column of smoke and we just saw people standing there, watching it, and I think it was about four hours later, it just came through there. How long have you been a firie? About 17 years, 18 years. That [the fires in the Taree area] was the worst I’ve seen. Is it because there’s so much fuel load on the ground? It’s just so dry, everything is so dry.

Craig Robertson (pictured above), Group Captain Illawarra, NSW Rural Fire Service and recipient of the Australian Fire Service Medal, says residents of Helensburgh and district have to be prepared. “They need to go home and sit down with their family and discuss what they’re going to do [if they are bushfire-affected]. Get a plan, work it out. “It takes five to 10 minutes to sit down and do it: Do we stay? How long do we stay? Do we go? “Just remember there’s not going to be a big red fire truck at every house.” Mr Robertson says there are a few crucial things people can do to prepare for a bushfire. “You need to have a bushfire survival plan – visit www.rfs.nsw.gov.au for that – do your housekeeping around your home, clean your gutters. “Pay attention to what your local brigades are saying and doing; go to the relevant websites and all of the information is there. “We don’t want to scare people, but the conditions are there and obviously we’d rather there’d be no fires, but the reality is that it will happen. “And Helensburgh, the biggest fires were in 2001, it’s been some time, so people are getting a little bit laid-back. “It’s more a matter of when, not if. “It just takes the wrong thing – whether it’s a cigarette butt out the window, or an angle-grinder, or someone doing some work.” 2508

It’s like a perfect storm of factors? Yeah, where we had that big blow-up yesterday, it was more or less grass, just long, dry grass coming up the gully and the fire got into the trees and it went off. Like I said, you deal with it and then you move on. You haven’t got time to be scared really – it’s there and you’ve got to deal with it. The crew went really well. Note: When 2508 last spoke to Kev Douglas on November 22, as this issue went to press, he was heading to the Hawkesbury region to once again fight the bushfires.

Helensburgh RFS Brigade members (from left to right): Greg Chrystal (captain, 29 years service) and Karen Elward (firefighter, 26 years service).

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BEETLING ABOUT

With entomologist Dr Chris Reid. This month: insects and fire. Climate change is happening and our landscape is drying out. Much of our landscape is eucalypt forest and eucalypts mean fire – that’s how they regenerate. The problem is we aren’t getting the follow-up rain to help them. And the small rainforest patches have dried out too and have become vulnerable. But forests generate rain and lock up carbon, so the worst response is to cut them all down. While our ‘management’ put their collective heads in the once-was-soil-but-now-is-sand, it seems appropriate to talk about insects and fire. It might be a surprise to learn that there are insects attracted to fires. In Australia two insects are so frequently observed doing this that they have common names: the fire beetle (Merimna atrata) and the smoke fly (Microsania). The fire beetle, a dull black 2cm-long member of the jewel beetle family, has an obvious reason for visiting recently burnt areas – it breeds in dead wood and is basically getting a bit of one-upmanship over its wood-breeding rivals. Thousands have been seen flying into fires but the beetles appear to be limited to sitting on surface temperatures of 46°C or less – sensors on their feet save them from landing on anything too hot. This species occurs in our area but is more common in the drier woodlands of the west. There is a fascinating study of it using thermal imaging and helpful ‘firies’ (in WA): http:// museum.wa.gov.au/sites/default/files/RecWA Museum_2015_30(1)_1to11_SCHMITZetal.pdf

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Fire beetle, Merimna atrata. Photo: Ben Sale (Wikimedia Commons).

The other insect, the smoke fly, is a group of species of tiny black flies that fly into fires to lay eggs in recently burnt soil. It’s thought that the larvae feed on soil fungi, which rapidly produce fruiting bodies after fire. Other insects, for example, species of flat bugs, are also attracted to fires, for similar reasons. Of course these few species are no compensation for all the insects lost in fire. But what really happens to the ‘ordinary’ insects? This is a really complex issue that I can only touch on. Some things benefit, such as the insects above that live in dead wood or soil fungi and can fly in quickly. Other things, those that are flightless and feed on the leaf litter that gets burnt up, may be destroyed may not recover for a very long time. Looking at the literature, surprisingly little is known about the effects of fire on insects in Australia, especially in Australian forests, like the ones around us. And the effects depend on the region, fire intensity, post-fire rainfall, time of year, type of forest, type of insect, local invasive weeds etc. We need some local studies… I think that’s enough about fire. I hope it is not a problem for any of you this summer and that you all have a safe and peaceful holiday break. 2508

contingency options, identifying at-risk communities such as the nursing home in Stanwell Park and informing residents of hazard reductions. By Heather Eiszele Three maps – a bush fire survival map, preparation map and operational brigade map – Emergency services personnel say they would be have been produced with the first two for residents disappointed to find anyone at Charles Harper Park to help prepare individual safety plans. – the area’s neighbourhood safer place – in the “The community maps give a good indication of event of a bushfire. what might happen and an idea of what’s been “It’s the place of last resort,” Emergency done to reduce the level of hazard around Management Controller (Southern region) Warren properties,” said Jim Killen, NSW Rural Fire Goodall told a meeting of residents at the Service Community Protection Planner. Helensburgh Community Centre last month. “It Residents expressed concern that an evacuation means people have not left early enough.” centre hadn’t been opened during the recent Representatives from Fire & Rescue, RFS, catastrophic fire rating, however, they were told National Parks, Police and Wollongong City this only happened when necessary. Council attended the meeting, explaining to about Another meeting is being planned to give 50 residents the objectives of a Community residents an opportunity to comment on the draft Protection Plan. plan. Visit the Helensburgh RFS and Illawarra The draft plan includes education programs, District RFS Facebook pages. 2508

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A DISTRICT DIVIDED

No one liked the first proposal, but the four new options presented by Roads & Maritime Services (RMS) for the proposed closures of Lawrence Hargrave Drive in 2020 have still met with a mixed response. 2508 reports. On Monday, November 18, in round 2 of community consultation, Transport for NSW released a press release announcing four options for essential slope repair and safety work on Lawrence Hargrave Drive between Bald Hill and Stanwell Park. Locals immediately began tagging and sharing the news on social media. It was eagerly awaited. Ever since the news broke in July, residents have been worried about the proposed closures. For small business owners, livelihoods are at stake. Family life is set to be disrupted. Sydney commuters and school children face extended travel times. Health care and emergency services access are also major concerns. On Tuesday, November 19, the Illawarra Business Chamber issued a media release announcing its support for Option D, “as it represents the shortest total road closure period that will enable the road to be open during weekend peak visitation periods.” IBC policy manager James Newton, who represented the IBC at the Coalcliff community meeting with RMS, told 2508: “As the regional chamber, we have considered the significance of Lawrence Hargrave Drive to the broader Illawarra, including its role in bringing tourism visitation further down the coastline.”

THE FOUR ROAD CLOSURE OPTIONS

The road in need of vital repairs is between Otford Road and Chellow Dene Avenue, essentially, Bald Hill and Stanwell Park. • Option A – Two stages of four-week closures during the winter months • Option B – One eight-week road closure during winter months • Option C – 16-day full road closure (in winter school holidays), plus 6 to 8 months of full road closures on weekdays from 9am-3pm with one lane open to traffic (under alternating traffic flow) at all other times until work is completed

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Northern Illawarra Chamber of Commerce (NICC) president Greg Watts said the IBC did not consult the NICC, the volunteer-run networking group that covers the suburbs directly affected, to reach this conclusion. Mr Newton told 2508 via email: “The NICC declined a previous opportunity to advocate jointly on this issue with the IBC and were therefore not approached for further comment on the media release. In any case, local chambers are entitled to formulate and advocate their own policy positions, as is the IBC.” CHAMBER TO SUBMIT MEMBERS’ FEEDBACK That Tuesday night, November 19, RMS officials presented the proposed road closures options to a special NICC networking meeting at Headlands Hotel in Austinmer. About 20 people attended, representing a wide range of local businesses – including Symbio, Stanwell Tops Technical Services, Articles Fine Art Gallery, Outside Space, the Bald Hill Ice-Cream Van and 2508 District News. Robyn Lyster, RMS area maintenance manager, outlined the four options RMS was considering (see below). After the RMS officials had concluded their presentation, NICC attendees discussed the options and voted unanimously in favour of Option B. NICC president Greg Watts, however, said he planned to canvass as many NICC members as possible in the lead-up to the cut-off for RMS feedback at 5pm, on Monday, 16 December. Mr Watts said: “NICC welcomes the ongoing community consultation process of RMS and will be making a further submission to advance the interests of, and explain the impact of road closure options on, our members and the wider small business community in the Northern Illawarra.” Share your thoughts with the NICC via president@nicc.net.au before Tuesday, 3 December. NICC will make another submission to RMS before the December 16 cut-off. 2508 • Option D – 16-day road closure (in winter school holidays), plus 4 to 6 months of full road closures on weekdays from 9am to 3pm, full road closures from Sunday to Thursday at night from 8pm to 4am and only one lane open to traffic (under alternating traffic flow) at all other times until the work is completed. Repairs will not start prior to May 2020. On Monday, 9 December, from 5-8pm, a drop-in session will be held at the CWA Hall at Stanwell Park, so residents can speak to the project team. The cut-off for feedback is 5pm, Monday, 16 December, with an update expected in early 2020. Go to rms.work/ lhd-closure. 2508


DIFFICULT CHOICES AHEAD “Consultation will set the preferred option, this is up to the community, although I have clearly communicated the community want/need access through the construction period. The best outcome due to the condition of Section Four is that 16-day closure is needed to complete this complicated project. I encourage everyone impacted by this work to continue to engage with the consultation to have your say.” – Lee Evans, State Member for Heathcote “What I would prefer as a small business and long-term resident of Stanwell Park. Option B. Because I think it’s best to just go in and get the job done … I feel that interrupting the road work will drag the whole process out to even longer than 8 months. – Kat Erskine, owner of Uluwatu Blue “At this point we’re still unsure what’s best … a total closure is definitely not a good time for us. We even saw with the road closures for the MS Gong, our patronage halved.” – Dimitrious Havadjia, assistant manager, The Pantry Stanwell Park “If anything it [Option 4] is the worst of a bad bunch. We are open 9-4pm and they will close the road 9-3pm! If anything I am leaning towards option 1, that they get in and get out as fast as possible. Opening/closing/opening just creates too much uncertainty for customers.” – Jo Draper, co-owner of the Palms Cafe “We’re very disappointed with all the options offered by the RMS, who don’t seem to appreciate the impact this will have on all local businesses. We’ll vote for the eight-week road closure, the best of a bad bunch, as the other options are too disruptive, confusing and lengthy. We hope they complete the work swiftly and ahead of schedule.” – Annaleigh Sturmann, owner of LOAF “I basically told RMS I was in favour of option A. Option B is too long to be closed in one hit and options C and D drag out for so long it would be severely detrimental to mine and [my wife] Tanya’s businesses. On top of this, buyers would be extremely turned off purchasing south of Bald Hill during these disrupted times. ” – Ian Pepper, finance and real estate professional 2508

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NEIGHBOURHOOD FORUM 1 REPORT By NF1 convenor Warwick Erwin

The Lord Mayor, Cr Gordon Bradbery, attended the NF1 meeting of Wednesday, 13 November and was involved in discussion over the previous day’s Catastrophic fire danger rating and confusion of not knowing where to go if leaving. Wollongong Entertainment Centre is the usual place but only becomes an evacuation centre when a bushfire or other disaster occurs. Members agreed with the Lord Mayor that there should be a Helensburghspecific bushfire plan that takes into account the evacuation of elderly and disabled citizens. NEW LIBRARY UPDATE Wollongong City Council resolved to negotiate with the owner of the old house and vacant block next to the current Library to acquire those properties to add to council’s Operational Land and thus the space available for a new Library / Community Centre. This raised a whole lot of new questions that will need to resolved with further community consultation. HELENSBURGH TOWN PLAN UPDATE Helensburgh’s Town Centre will benefit through a $1.6 million grant awarded to Council for its revitalisation. Council’s successful application to the NSW Government included current and future projects for the town centre. These projects include upgrades and resurfacing of car parks, streetscape upgrades and improvements to make the main street experience more pedestrian-friendly.

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By Warwick Erwin, Stanwell Tops Technical Services “This is Natalie, from the NBN Co, we have been trying to contact you, your internet is going to be cut off in 24 hours because NBN is now available in your area.” This is a scam, so do not respond to it. If you are concerned, hang up and call your provider to discuss NBN connection. If you are already on the NBN and get this call – think about it – you’re already on NBN. We are in the second half of the NBN change-over period so it you are not connected to NBN now is the time to change over. If you are looking for assistance, talk to the local Computer and Data businesses listed in the directory section of this mag. 2508

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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 main street renewal. FLETCHER, MAIDSTONE ST AND THE RIDGE ROUNDABOUT Council contactors will be constructing the new roundabout during the Christmas school holidays, ready for the start of the new school year. Council staff will monitor the traffic at the roundabout and around the primary school during the first few weeks of the new school year. LADY CARRINGTON ESTATE SOUTH PLANNING PROPOSAL Council staff said the proponent advised that they were going to submit an amended rezoning plan (to reduce the extent of the area proposed for residential development). So they are waiting on that information to be submitted, before Council starts the preliminary exhibition period when the community can comment on the latest proposal (as well as seeing the earlier proposal). Council staff advised that they will present to NF1 during the exhibition period. The NSW Planning System allows application for planning proposals to be continually made / resubmitted, even if Council / State Government not approve. NF1 DECEMBER MEETING Council has approved a request for NF1 for a meeting on Wednesday, 11 December for requesting a presentation from RMS on the Lawrence Hargrave Drive Bald Hill road closure. 7pm at the Community Centre. Any updates on the Lady Carrington Estate South will also be presented. 2508

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Tue 3 Steam Punk, 3.30pm, free, ages 5+. Wed 4 Love Christmas hate waste workshop, 10.30am, how to make DIY Christmas gifts and decorations! Bookings essential. Thu 5 Born to Read. 10.30am, free literacy program for you and baby. Bookings essential. Fri 6 11am-1pm. Knit, Stitch, Yarn – come along and enjoy the knitting group. Free, drop-in. Tue 10 Gingerbread house making workshop, 4.30-5.30pm, Location: Helensburgh Community Centre, Bookings essential via Helensburgh Library or Eventbrite. Wed 11 Storytime, 10.30am, Free, drop-in. Christmas opening hours Helensburgh Library will close from 1pm Tuesday 24th December and reopen at 10am Thursday 2nd January 2020. 2508


TV STAR GOES FRUIT PICKING! Stonefruit is here and it’s cider weather too …Sydney Weekender’s Mike Whitney is into the fun at Darkes Glenbernie Orchard. Jo Fahey reports.

Mike Whitney arrived at Darkes Glenbernie Orchard in style on a Harley Davidson Trike, with Steve Melchior of Just Cruisin’ Harley Davidson Motorcycle Tours, after a trip along our famous coastline. The former Test and one-day cricketer now television personality climbed aboard the 50-seat ‘Orchard Explorer’ tractor train, along with a bunch of local under five-year-olds. Zipping around the orchard has never been so much fun! The peaches we picked were huge and Mike said that he had never seen such juicy ones! The playgroup children who came on the day had fun talking to Mike and making up some tall stories too. Mike joined a taste-testing and mixology session of the ciders with some of the mums. He is now a new fan of ‘Little Blue’ non-alcoholic cider. We enjoyed ourselves so much that we forgot to demonstrate our new five-litre cider party keg on camera! We found out Mike is very health conscious and supports looking after your body. He’s a fan of apple cider vinegar and was appreciative of ours being unpasteurised and including the vinegar’s mother culture. He encouraged us to keep making it and not to change anything with it. Picnic by the Sea, a local business based in Thirroul, hosted a wonderful picnic on the farm for Nicole Burrill, Diane Counsell and Oliver Risi. They surpassed themselves with a feast fit for a king, in the orchard under our 80-year-old plum trees. Nadia from Picnic by the Sea can set up themed events for you in pretty much any setting, but we just love the feel of a picnic within the farm! Sydney Weekender airs on Sundays at 5.30pm on Channel 7. Catch this episode sometime in the new year! We had such a great day – thanks to the mums and children from Helensburgh and district who gave up their day to come and join in!

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On Saturday, 26 October we had a wonderful turn-out for our annual Helensburgh Country Lions Fair. Weather conditions tested our stall holders but they prevailed with great tenacity. We had some terrific entertainment on the day from our local talent and this year we also enjoyed a High Tea with lovely fresh ingredients and beautiful china on show. A few of our fellow Charter Lions members also enjoyed having a cuppa, a chat and a scone. We would to thank our wonderful sponsors and volunteers who always contribute with their support. What a fun-filled community event for our 40th Anniversary Country Fair Day. The planning now begins for our 2020 Fair where we’ll do it all again so if you would like to contribute, come along to a meeting. For more details visit our web page at www.helensburghlions.org.au 2508


FABULOUS DAY FOR FESTIVAL OF FLIGHT By Stanwell Park CWA president Carol Pugh

What a fabulous day for the Festival of Flight. The sun shone, a light breeze was blowing, there were hang gliders, paragliders and a colourful array of kites in the sky. The historic Grumman Tracker plane made a number of sweeps of Stanwell Park so Lawrence Hargrave was well and truly honoured. Thanks go to Wollongong City Council for financial sponsorship and to others who supported us – Lawrence Hargrave Centre, HARS (Historical Aircraft Restoration Society Inc), The Bombie Bar, Uluwatu Blue, Sol Presents, Glenbernie Orchard and Helensburgh Men’s Shed. Special thanks to Rob Deacon for compèring on the day. Thanks also to the businesses that donated prizes for our raffle: Moore & Co Hair Austinmer, Crust Pizza Thirroul, The Salon at Coledale, True Blue Gifts Helensburgh, J&C Café Helensburgh, The Chilli Project as well as Charlie and Elaine Cattell and Anne Percy. The winning ticket numbers were, The HARS Grumman Tracker plane (844) swept over Bald Hill during Stanwell Park’s Festival of Flight. Photos: Damian Lloyd, in order of draw: 0477066356, 0124249, 0124253, Sea Salt Studios / www.seasaltstudios.com 0124222,0124307, 0124203, 0124321. Sadly, we have lost another valued member. Jannette Parsons became CWA treasurer shortly after moving to Stanwell Park 15 years ago. She was an active member being very involved with the management of our CWA Hall. She became ill some months ago and sadly did not recover but passed away on 31 October. She will be greatly missed by all her friends in CWA. As promised I will be giving regular updates on OPERATOR, TRUCK, PLANT the renovations to the CWA hall and how the grant is being spent. A committee has been formed and a & EQUIPMENT HIRE project manager appointed. Detailed plans are being drawn up and relevant contractors/ For Hire consultants have been engaged to provide the necessary information before the Development  Trailers  Mini Excavator Application can be finalised. A pre-lodgement - Caged Box  Small Tipper meeting has been set for 26 November. More (Various Sizes) (Car Licence) updates will be provided in our quarterly CWA - Car Trailer News segments in 2508.  Stump Grinder - Plant Trailer We will next meet on Friday, 13 December at  Generator  Earth Moving 10am at the CWA hall, and then have our  High Water Christmas lunch at J&C Café in Helensburgh. Contractor We usually meet on the first Tuesday of the Pressure Cleaner  Lots of other month at 10am at the CWA Hall, 15 The Drive, Equipment Stanwell Park. We will not be meeting in January except for a working bee on the hall. Call us today New members are welcome and if you are 0418 680 255 interested please call Carol Pugh on 0432 385 524 or Lynette White on 0413 166 244. 2508

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Artist Lucy Lee and her zoologist husband Rod Armistead have teamed up to create Lulu Ceramics. Find their stall at the Coledale Twilight Market on Sunday, 22 December. Please tell us a bit about yourself. I have always been a creative person, which led me to complete a Bachelor of Visual Arts at Curtin University in Perth 10 years ago. Since then, I have completed a few short courses in art and created The Art Box Studio, which encouraged children, including my own eight-year-old son, to be creative with different mediums. I am studying a Diploma in Ceramics at Gymea TAFE. At home, I have a small studio where I create ceramic wares.

OFF TO SEE THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ By Isabella Franklin

The Stanwell Park Arts Theatre (SPAT) Pantomime is a longstanding local tradition, this year is our 45th annual Christmas Pantomime, based on The Wizard of Oz. The show is being directed by Isabella Franklin and produced by Penelope Wood who have both been involved with SPAT for many years. The Wizard of Oz Pantomime was written by

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Your husband Rod is also involved - what does he do? Rod has always been a massive supporter of Lulu Ceramics, especially on market days. He became more involved when our pottery wheel was couriered up from Geelong. Rod too has an arts background and studied visual arts at TAFE in the early 90s. It was at TAFE where he developed an ability to use a pottery wheel. That was 30 years ago, and now he works full time as zoologist. He relishes the opportunity to be creative and clay is a perfect medium for him. Rod creates most of the wheel-thrown pottery. This includes our coffee and espresso cups, condiment and soup bowls. Without his help, I would be behind, and I now consider Lulu Ceramics a ‘husband and wife’ team. What do you love about working with clay? I love the endless possibilities of different clays, glazes and firing techniques. Most of all, I love what clay has done for my mental health and wellbeing. Working with clay has brought me some calm and healing. It has helped me to slow down, relax, breathe deeply and focus on what is in front of me. The change in my mental health has been incredible and I would recommend this medium to anyone who has anxiety or depression. n Instagram @lu_lu_ceramics. 2508 Emma Houldershaw and Samantha Cartwright and is a lot of fun, starring many of the classic songs from the movie. Danielle Ives (costume designer) and Melanie Russell (set designer) have made almost all of our costumes and sets by recycling, reusing, upcycling, borrowing and the generous donations of our community. The show has a cast and crew of over 50 people, making it one of the largest SPAT shows ever! Because of this we have extended our usual five shows to seven shows over the first three weekends of December. This year’s pantomime will be performed in loving memory of Ken Edwards, who was heavily involved with SPAT for many decades, was a beloved member of many pantomimes and is dearly missed. Dorothy will be played by Lucy Morgan who performed in her first SPAT pantomime when she


SYMBIO’S WILD SUCCESS!

Symbio’s Jessica Harris reports.

What a year it has been here at Symbio! Our first summer operating our Splash Park and Adventure Playground resulted in record-breaking numbers through the door. This year we have also added new exhibits, including our farm area housing our cheeky goats, and seen the births of many new babies, including koala joeys, meerkats, little monkeys, alpacas, wallabies and, tawny frogmouths. We had great success with our conservation programs, releasing more 1000 green and gold bell frog tadpoles into the wild this year. Our most recent arrivals are native stingless bees, which are being housed in our Farmyard and

can be seen during sustainability tours on weekends and during school holidays. Stingless bees are Australian native bees and will help pollinate fruit trees in our Farmyard area, as well as other native plants at Symbio. On top of all of these great achievements we have garnered great business recognition in the Illawarra business awards, winning 2019 Business of the Year. Exciting projects are underway and in the works for 2020. These include new amenities and a new state-of-the-art hospitality facility. 2508

was six years old. She has since been involved in the following SPAT productions; Miss Lily’s Holidays Home, Leisel and the Lost Melody, Grease (as Frenchy), as well as SPAT’s Christmas carols. She is excited to be bringing such a classic tale to SPAT this year. Toto will be played by Eve Pedersen, Eve is six years old and this is her first time performing in a SPAT Pantomime. Eve has previously been involved in the SPAT workshops and SPAT weekly kid’s classes (SPATYOULA). BOOK YOUR PANTO TICKETS The Wizard of Oz Pantomime opens on the 6th December with performances on December 6, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21and 22. Tickets $15-$55. To buy tickets or for more information please visit www.spat.org.au 2508

From left to right: Allison Cairncross, Lucy Morgan, Eve Pedersen and Leonie McDonald.

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CLUB REPORTS HELENSBURGH GUIDES By publicity officer Heather McNaughton

Christmas is coming – and the Helensburgh Girl Guides will be continuing their tradition of selling quality live Christmas trees at the Guide hall in Chippendale Place. Sales will commence on Friday, 6th December from 2-8pm, continuing from 8am on Saturday, 7th December until sold out. Trees will be priced from $60. This is the major annual fundraiser for the Helensburgh Girl Guides, and helps support the running costs of the unit throughout the year. The Guides have started to work towards their Flight badges this term, which has involved some interesting activities and excursions over the past few weeks. The girls spent a fascinating morning visiting the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society (HARS) Aviation Museum at Albion Park Rail, where they enjoyed a scavenger hunt to find out more details about the planes, including the Lockheed Super Constellation, Boeing 747 and the Tiger Moth. The flight theme continued at the Guide hall the following week, where the Guides made and flew their own kites. The girls also kicked off their end-of-year fundraising this month with a cake stall outside Coles. They wish to thank everyone who came down to support them, and will be making a donation to the Koala Bushfire Appeal from the proceeds. 2508

HELENSBURGH MEN’S SHED By Paul Blanksby

Your Helensburgh Men’s Shed celebrated our first Open Day with a sausage sizzle, cakes, drinks, tours of the Shed and great conversations with members of the 2508 community. Lee Evans, his lovely wife Gail and Mayor Gordon Bradbery popped in for a look-see as well. The Shed has been quite busy with the Open Day, the CWA’s Festival of Flight and the Lion’s Country Fair, and it has been very rewarding to join with and assist Helensburgh and Stanwell Park organisations in this way. We wish to once again thank our sponsors for their support this year; Hope Church 2508, Helensburgh and Stanwell Park Anglican Church, the Tops Conference Centre, Razamataz Car Wash, Helensburgh Tyres, Raine & Horne, newsXpress, Peabody Mine, Heathcote Handyman Timbers, Helensburgh Car Services, Christian’s Premium Meats and Dave’s Endless Concreting; we couldn’t continue to improve local men’s health without your help. Enjoy our yearly report in a video format on our Helensburgh Men’s Shed Facebook page – it’s a great message of who we are, what we do and why. See You at The Shed! 199A Parkes Street Helensburgh. Call Michael Croft 0413 401 522 or Ron Balderston 0410 564 752. 2508

HELENSBURGH VIEW CLUB By Barbara Kitson, publicity officer

At our October meeting we were fortunate to have the ladies from Poetry and Pretty things join us and entertain us with very funny poetry, which they wrote about their life experiences and then showed us a range of accessories , beads ,earrings and brooches etc. They were handy for Christmas presents, we had a lovely day. November will be our last meeting for this year and our Christmas party our next meeting will be January 2020.This year a number of our members have lost family or friends: our most senior member Rona Powell 97 passed away. RIP Rona Thank you to all members for their participation in the club and donations for raffles, trading table and suggestions of ideas to help our club progress. Theatre list bookings will be in my December view club blog. Happy Christmas to all and stay safe. n New members and guests are most welcome. Please give Lyn a call if you haven’t got your name in the book and also guests who are interested in coming along. Phone Lyn on 4294 1815. 2508

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2020 VALENTINE'S DAY LOVE POEM COMPETITION

The Valentine’s Day Love Poem Competition is open to all residents living in the 2508 and 2515 post code areas. There’s no entry fee and no prize money – just a chance to have your poem published in the February edition of 2508 and 2515 magazines. Closing date is 12 noon Friday, 3 January 2020. The poem doesn’t have to be about romantic love, it can address love for any person, place or thing. Any questions, please email WritersBootCampOtford@gmail.com or call 0412 787 873. GOOD LUCK. TERMS AND CONDITIONS: 1. The poem must be the original work of a resident currently living in the 2508 or 2515 post code area. 2. The competition is open to children and adults. 3. Only one poem per person. 4. The poem must include a title and include the name of the person who wrote it – the name can’t be ‘anonymous’. 5. The poem can't be published elsewhere and must not be on the internet however it's OK if the poem has been posted on the writer’s own website, facebook page or blog. 6. Email the poem to WritersBootCampOtford@gmail.com and in the subject line use the words “Love Poem”. Please note, the poem must not be sent as an attachment but sent within the body of the email. 7. Closing date and time is 12 noon Friday 3 January 2020. 8. Poems will be judged by writers from the Wednesday Writing Haven in Helensburgh. 9. Past and present writers of the Wednesday Writing Haven in Helensburgh can not enter this competition. 10. The judges’ decision will be final. 11. The winning poem will be published in the February edition of the 2508 and 2515 Magazines. 2508

1ST HELENSBURGH SCOUTS The Cubs report.

This term Cubs have been practising some of their core Cub skills, with First Aid, map making and outdoor pioneering challenges on the program. We’ll also be visiting the beach for our annual sand art competition, which is a lovely evening where families can join the group as well and participate. Last year the Mums almost won the grand prize. We welcome new members at any time, you don’t have to wait for the start of term next year to join us! Some of our Cubs will also be participating in Cuboree in January 2020 and are camping this term in preparation for the big event. Cuboree is a five-day camp at Cataract with several hundred cubs from across NSW attending. More info: cubs@helensburghscouts.org.au Thursday, 6.30-8pm. 2508

HELENSBURGH AIR FORCE WOMAN SERVED IN WW2 A story from the archives of the Helensburgh & District Historical Society.

EILEEN MATILDA LUCK IN WW2 (WAAAF) by Sylvia Gauslaa (daughter) Eileen Matilda Luck was an Aircraftwoman (109228) in the Women’s Auxiliary Australian Air Force (WAAAF). She enlisted in Sydney 29 April 1943, and was discharged 29 January 1946 from 8 Operational Training Unit, in Parkes. Eileen was born in Helensburgh and attended Helensburgh Public School. The family lived in Walker St, Helensburgh. Her mother, Mary, wife of Hugh Luck, died in 1940 when Eileen was only 15. While Eileen waited until she was old enough to enlist, she stayed with her half-sister Dot in Binalong. She trained as a cook, stationed at Narromine Airforce Base and also at Parkes. She often spoke of good friends she met in camp. She recalled an accident that happened with an aircraft crash and said she ‘could smell burning flesh’. After the war she spent time with her sister Maud in Tasmania, picking apples. Maud has been in the Land Army throughout the war. They returned to the Wollongong area and Eileen worked at Lysaghts as a clerk, where she met her future husband Bernie Stenton. The couple were married by the Rev. Flores in The Church of the Holy Redeemer, Helensburgh on 15 March 1947. They settled in Cringila and later West Wollongong, where they raised their four children. Eileen died 17 Nov 2009 at her home in West Wollongong, where she had lived for 54 years. 2508

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BMX star Kai Sakakibara (pictured below) reveals how he is learning to best deal with injuries and setbacks It was a fairly injury-free year for me … until the start if October, when I crashed during a routine warm-up lap around the BMX track. I landed hard on my left knee, and the bruising and fluid made my shin swell up like a balloon. I was forced to opt out of the Olympic Test Event in Tokyo, and placed terribly at the Osaka International a week later – I probably shouldn’t have raced that one, either. Now back in Australia, I am on the mend, but have had to adjust my training to compensate for my recovering knee. In the past, having to deviate from my original training plan has led to a lot of stress for me. However, the time I’ve spent on the World Cup circuit has taught me that everyone is dealing with some sort of injury, niggle or pain. The riders who excel are those who best deal with injuries and setbacks, physically and mentally. So instead of getting frustrated about what I can’t do, I focus on what I can do, and substitute an alternative method for the things I can’t do to get the desired result. The mental game goes beyond the battle-field … it’s part of our day-to-day decisions and how we handle tough situations as they arise. 2508

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Barry Thompson Towns reports. It was a small field as several members were on holidays, but we welcomed back Bill Dodd after a long lay-off. Bill still swings a fair club. Ian took the Laurels with a 62-round followed by Greg on 63. Laurie won the Helensburgh Driving Range voucher but gave it to me with instructions to put it to good use before we play the Gozzunda Cup. Our AGM was held after lunch and all committee positions were declared vacant. The outgoing committee was applauded for their efforts as was the support of our sponsors: Tradies, Helensburgh Butchery, Gallardo’s Pizzeria and Helensburgh Driving Range. Terry is new president, replacing Steve who steps down due to work commitments. The old stalwarts were re-elected so the club is in good hands. Contact us at Tradies Helensburgh Sports and Social Golf Club. Our December fun day on the 7th (tee-off 7.30am) marks the end of our season and we wish all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year … hope to see you in the new season. 2508

HELENSBURGH SUNDAY SOCIAL GOLF CLUB

Robert ‘Indy’ Jones reports. The greens were rolling well on Norm & Brenda Bell Plate day, November 3. Mitchell Hesford topped the leader board with 45 and possibly the handicapper’s attention. Kerry Gardner (43) and Phil Wilson (42) completed the podium to receive the prizes from our sponsors Christian’s Premium Meats, Helensburgh Hotel and the Helensburgh Golf Range. We also continued with the HSSGC neverending match play, Tony and Craig lining up in the penultimate round with Tony coming in 1 up, leaving Tony and the treasurer to sort the spoils in December. On-course pitches and putts were evenly shared with only “A” grade able to keep the ball in play for the longest drive. Yes, 2019 is driving to a close and final putts will be followed by the end-of-year celebrations at Red Nectar on December 1st. We look forward to seeing players and partners there. The 2020 opening round will be set in December. Call Tony on 0418 863 100 or arrive at 7.30am for 8am to enjoy golf, a chat and a BBQ finish at Boomerang Public Golf Course. 2508

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Nippers and their Water Safety Team. Photo: Steven McDonald.

NEW CLUB COMP ON DECEMBER 15

The Nippers are excited! Steven McDonald, president of Helensburgh-Stanwell Park Surf Life Saving Club, reports. Helensburgh-Stanwell Park SLSC has got the 2019/2020 Patrolling Season underway, with more then 600 patrol hours performed since the season started in late September 2019. There are 12 Bronze Medallion Candidates and 12 Surf Rescue Certificate Candidates in training for their awards, along with IRB Drivers and Crew. Awards training is generally on a Sunday morning starting at 7am for IRB’s and 8am for Bronze Medallion and Surf Rescue Certificate. If you are interested in training for these awards, contact the club at education@stanwellparksurfclub.com or just turn up at the surf club on Sunday mornings. 180 NIPPERS ENJOY NEW FORMAT Nippers is charging along with a new format for their Sunday activities, spending alternate weeks doing skills and education, and then competition. This is a great innovation for the club and is resulting in lots more nippers being water confident. The nippers are growing year on year with just over 180 running and swimming every Sunday. They are very excited about their end-of-year intra-club carnival on 15 December. The nippers are divided up into “houses” representing some of the club groups – Sea Eels Winter Swimmer, Stanny Boat Rowers and Sea Wolves IRB Racing Team. The nippers will compete in a range events for the “Carl Williams Cup” – it should be a great day with a Santa visit, lunch, and the Surf Club Bar will open at 1pm with Pete Jordan providing the atmosphere. A big thanks to our Nippers Water Safety Team, a dedicated group of life savers (young and old). The club has had solid results across the board at the Sydney Water Series Surf Carnivals. A big congratulations to Sabina Rogers and Malea Ross

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for being selected in the Illawarra Inter-branch Team, which will compete against the best of the best from each NSW Branch at Bulli Beach on 7-8 December. SURF BOAT COMPETITION SEASON BEGINS The club is back in Surf Boat Competition for the 2019/2020 Season. This year, to keep our young boys company on the beach, we also have a Veterans Crew competing. With two rowers coming out of 20-year lay-offs and two first-timers, they recently had their first test with three rows at the Warilla Bowls South Coast Rowing Championships at Bulli, and will be all the better for the experience. The crew consists of Club Captain Anthony Rooskie, Chris Reilly, Craig Scutts and Luke Walsh (currently injured), swept by Ed White with fill-ins by Drew Walsh and Matty Anger. On the same day, our U19’s crew finished 2nd in the final. This crew consists of Dakota Curkoski, Matty Anger, Drew Walsh, sweep Ed White, and new member Mitch Sweeney. Mitch takes the place of Hamilton Reilly, who is now too old to compete in the U19’s. Welcome back to the Park, Mitch. On 19 October, the boaties raised about $900 from a top-class Comedy Night at Tradies, with plans for another one at the start of next season. Our next competition will be a weekend away at Broulee for Round 2 of the Warilla Bowls series on the 7th December 2019, then the Nth Cronulla Carnival on the 14th December 2019. We would like to thank our major sponsor Westfund, and our sponsors Peabody Energy, United Mineworkers and Helensburgh Premium Liquor for their continued support.


DRONES ON PATROL Helensburgh-Stanwell Park SLSC is leading the way in the Illawarra with the use of UAV (drones) for patrolling the beach, with the club looking to grow the number of active pilots on our beach. After much debate at SLS NSW headquarters, it appears the individual branches will be responsible for the recruitment and training of their pilots. To realise this goal, UAV instructors will be recruited and trained from within the Illawarra Branch members, and these instructors will, in turn, train the individual Club pilots. If you’re interested in becoming a UAV pilot, visit stanwellparksurfclub. com or email drones@stanwellparksurfclub.com. HIRE THE CLUBHOUSE TO HOST YOUR EVENT Looking for a great venue? The Surf Club is available for hire at reasonable rates. Contact Leisa at events@stanwellparksurfclub.com. BTW: the view is awesome, and we throw that in for free. Visit the club’s website or Facebook page, drop into the surf club on a Sunday morning, or email Steven McDonald, president@stanwellparksurfclub. com. 2508 The club’s Santa photos – taken on November 24 by Walkley Award-winning local photographer Dean Lewins – raised over $2500! Thanks to Peter Burke for playing You Know Who.

‘LIFE-LIKE’ MANIKIN BOOSTS TRAINING AT COALCLIFF SLSC By Dave Winner, Chief Training Officer Coalcliff SLSC

A SLS NSW 2019 Lifesaving Equipment Grant has boosted Coalcliff SLSC training resources. We were able to purchase a life-size water rescue manikin, IRB fuel cell, 4 x rescue tubes, 4 x rescue fins. The manikin can be used in various training scenarios, depending on the conditions as it can be weighed down to as much as 70kg. It floats well and has foam pads which can be relocated between feet and chest depending on how you want the dummy to float.

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THE SEA WOLVES NEED YOU The Stanwell Park “Sea Wolves” IRB Racing Team is preparing for their third year in competition. This is an exciting time for the Sea Wolves IRB Racing team and they want you to join them! The Sea Wolves are looking to bring home lots of medals in the 2020 season. The under 23’s team is hoping to have its first all-female team, so now is the time to join them. The over 45’s are determined to finish what they started after just missing out on a State medal. Contact IRB Captain Anthony Ashley at powercraft@stanwellparksurfclub.com or visit www.stanwellparksurfclub.com.

The manikin will be used in a variety of ways, practical rescues for the IRB and Jet Ski where the manikin can be weighed down and give a much better idea of retrieving an actual person in rough conditions. Also with our Bronze Medallion and Surf Rescue training, again the manikin can be used in rescue scenarios for rescues of patients with a board or rescue tube. When undertaking spinal-management training, the manikin can be used to practice patient roll-overs, as well as retrieving patients from an aquatic environment, such as the ocean pool at Coalcliff. I am sure regular people who visit Coalcliff are likely to see us training with the manikin at the beach and, as it is really lifelike, expect some exciting times on your next visit. It is only through grants and the support of the public that we are able to have these great training resources, which allow us to keep up the high skills standard of all our members. I encourage everyone to visit the Coalcliff website or chat to us on Facebook to keep up to date with all that is happening. 2508

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RENEW COALCLIFF!

Built in 1977, and extended in 1993, the surf clubhouse is now urgently in need refurbishment. Leo Stevens reports. For more than 40 years the Coalcliff SLSC clubhouse has been a hub for the community. With enviable views and a membership that embraced the club’s role as a key part of the social fabric of the community, the building has hosted everything from engagements and birthday parties through to yoga, board-riders, the Great Illawarra Walk, Stanwell Park Ocean Challenge and local music. Unfortunately, decades of weathering has rendered parts of the clubhouse unsafe and left much of the rest in need of repairs. Meanwhile, the popularity of the region has exploded as the Sea Cliff Bridge and Grand Pacific Walk bring more visitors to the area every year, without the amenities to support them. To help resolve the dual challenges of ailing infrastructure and increased patronage, Coalcliff SLSC has launched the Renew Coalcliff campaign on the crowdfunding platform Pozible. The club is seeking funding and community support to ensure the clubhouse can once again become a vibrant hub for the Northern Illawarra.

Incorporating a dedicated function space, tourist information, accessible toilets and a modern kitchen will allow the club to once again open its doors to the wider community, and give us the opportunity to resolve the pressing structural concerns that are currently impeding on the building’s important club roles including training, committee meetings and nippers marshalling. The Renew Coalcliff campaign will run until December 20, ending with a Bombie gig at Stanwell Park’s CWA Hall. Featuring Jim Moginie and The Family Dog, this will be a trip into psychedelic rock and roll. Think Mogwai, Moby Grape, Fugazi and Radio Birdman. Performing Jim songs, the odd chestnut from the Midnight Oil days and some highly prized covers. Tickets $20. The club invites all members of the Northern Illawarra community to get behind the campaign. WHAT’S THE PROBLEM? Age, weathering and more beach-goers. The balcony and internal staircases are hazards, storage areas have water ingress, toilets are in disrepair. THE FUNDRAISING GOAL Target is $30,000. HOW TO HELP Support and share the campaign at: • www.pozible.com/project/renew-coalcliff Book tickets to the finale event at: • https://www.southcoasttickets.com.au/events/ midnight-oils-jim-moginie-and-the-family-dogat-the-bombie/ 2508

Photos: Damian Lloyd (Sea Salt Studios)

Above: SLSNSW CEO Steve Pearce, SLS Illawarra president Peter Evert and Coalcliff SLSC president Leo Stevens. Below: Renew Coalcliff launch day! November 17.

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HELLO FISH

CYCLISTS TACKLE CANCER FUNDRAISER By John Noonan

Thirteen local riders from Helensburgh Off-Road Cycling Club (HORCC) have ridden 8225km throughout October, raising $12,773 for the Children’s Medical Research Institute (CMRI). All riders were participating in a national charity ride called ‘The Great Cycle Challenge’, where all money raised goes to supporting the work of CMRI to develop better treatments and find a cure for childhood cancers. Cancer is the largest single killer of children from disease in Australia. More than 600 children are diagnosed with cancer every year and, sadly, three die every week. The HORCC team did exceptionally well, achieving 22nd out of 844 teams, and the club was the 3rd highest ranked cycling club in Australia for funds raised. As part of the fundraising HORCC staged a great band night at the Tigers footy sheds which raised more than $3500. A huge thank you to everyone who attended, as well as Helensburgh Tigers Footy club for providing the venue, HORCC volunteers, the two local bands ‘Merchants of Panic’ and ‘The Skidz’ who rocked the house down, and all local businesses that kindly donated raffle prizes, including: CB Landscapes, Ian Sinclair Optometrist, Heathcote Motor Repairs, Helensburgh Tyres, Lakefront Jindabyne, Lakeside 22 @Lake Crackenback Resort, Lime Leaf Cafe, Cafe Diem, Symbio, Helensburgh Cellars, Gelato Man, RideAus, Steel City Cycles, Sunday Road Brewing, Alfresco Coffee Roasters, and Cup Bearer. 2508

With Duncan Leadbitter This month we head back to Bass Point for a scuba dive in one of my favourite shore dive sites, the Gutter. The video (https://youtu.be/ F817SRk4MUc) is over a year old but there are others on my YouTube page. I have been trying to write a story about Stanwell Park but big swells, dirty water, the weather and work travel have been against me. At this time of the year the water is at its coldest but we also get blooms of plankton as the marine ecosystem kicks out of its winter torpor and provides food for fish larvae. Hopefully in 2020 I can get my most visited snorkelling spot covered. The Gutter is located at the north-eastern end of Bass Point. Get there early to get a carpark. Whilst standing facing north, the Gutter is easy to find. It’s a short rock hop down to the entry/exit spot. Watch how the swell affects the various ledges, and have a think about how the area may behave if the nor’easter gets up or the tide changes. After entering the water, swim on the surface using compass north until you can’t see the bottom, then keep heading north. The depth gradually increases from about 12m to a maximum of 24m. There are a variety of low-rise reefs and drop-offs covered in sea tulips, a few gorgonian fans, brown, red and green seaweeds, bryzoans and many types of sponge. At times the fish life can be rich and varied with red morwongs, red rock cod, beardies, various wrasse species, half banded sea perch and leatherjackets among the sea bed dwellers and one spot pullers, mado, yellowtail and southern sea pike living just above or in the water column proper. Because of the long swim, it’s easy to get low on air or bottom time. Swim south until you reach the rock wall that defines the Gutter and say hello to the groper near the big rock that marks the way home. On two occasions I have seen whales whilst gearing up to get in the water. I have also seen the only giant salp I have ever seen in almost 40 years of scuba. It’s a varied spot! Watch the underwater action! Go to https://youtu.be/F817SRk4MUc 2508

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The 2019 Equilibrium Healthcare Stanwell Park Ocean Swim is fast approaching on December 8. Anthony Ashley, IRB Captain, Helensburgh-Stanwell Park SLSC, reports. REGISTRATION AND TAG COLLECTION: For pre-event entry, visit oceanswims.com and follow the link to Stanwell Park Ocean Swim Dec 8th. Visit oceanswim.stanwellparksurfclub.com for more information relating to the Swim. Registration on the day is open from 8am, $45. This will be at Helensburgh-Stanwell Park SLSC. Tag collection will be conducted during this time. TRANSPORT TO THE EVENT: After registration and tag collection, a free shuttle bus will run between Stanwell Park and Coalcliff Surf Clubs. This will be available to swimmers only (sorry, spectators) from 9am. Limited parking spots are available near Coalcliff Surf Club. AGE GROUPS WILL BE SPLIT ON THE DAY INTO 6 GROUPS: 14 to 19 years; 20 to 29 years; 30 to 39 years; 40 to 49 years; 50 to 59 years; 60 years and over. WATER SAFETY: Patrolling between the 2.3km stretch between Coalcliff and Stanwell Park will be six Inflatable Rescue Boats (IRBs), two jet-skis and over a dozen board paddlers. In the break zones at both beaches there will be an array of qualified tube swimmers to assist upon entry and exiting of the water. FOOD AND AMENITIES: Stanwell Park Nippers will host a barbecue and there’ll be a coffee van at Helensburgh-Stanwell Park SLSC. There are toilet amenities at the club and in the car park below. AWARDS CEREMONY: There will be an awards ceremony after the race. The Helensburgh-Stanwell Park SLSC Bar will be open to the public, so come up and take advantage of the picturesque view from the newly renovated Surf Life Saving Club. See you all at the beach on December 8. 2508

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