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RODNEY ARMISTEAD is a zoologist with 20 years’ experience in environmental education, research and science. He spends most of his time working on Australia’s threatened bats, marsupials and the platypus. Now a resident of Helensburgh, he has lived and worked across Australia. He finds great pleasure in travelling to remote locations in the hope of catching sight of a particular bird, mammal or reptile. MELANIE FORSTER is a registered psychologist who graduated from Deakin University in 2015 and has worked in private practice ever since. Before moving to Australia, she was a practicing psychologist in Germany. She loves the Australian bush and is a keen camper. Melanie is a well-known face at Helensburgh’s Equilibrium Healthcare. DR CHRIS REID lives in Helensburgh and 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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‘HE’S A FIGHTER’: COMMUNITY SENDS LOVE TO KAI AFTER WORLD CUP CRASH

Local BMX competitor Kai Sakakibara suffered a severe head injury during a World Cup event, his sister Saya reports. Kai was involved in a serious crash on Saturday, February 8, at the recent World Cup in Bathurst. Weather forecasts were not looking great for the competition and the officials of the event had to make some tough decisions which included the race being run on the five-metre start hill instead of the eight-metre (the Olympic Standard) due to high winds and dangerous gusts. After Kai’s crash, all racing was stopped, postponed, then eventually cancelled. Kai was then airlifted to Canberra Hospital in a critical condition. Kai suffered a severe head injury where he required assistance with his breathing at the track, then immediately put into ICU (Intensive Care Unit) upon arrival at the hospital. Now, several days after the accident, Kai is under heavy sedation after an operation on the Sunday morning which helped to relieve pressure on his brain. We are expecting that he will be in this coma for at least the next couple of weeks. I am currently in Canberra right now with my parents staying in accommodation that is only a 10 minute walk from the hospital. We can easily go

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and see Kai which has been nice and always comforting. We are coping by keeping busy and trying to stick to our usual routine. We understand the road ahead will be a long and difficult one. We really would like to thank you for your messages, love and support so far. And we definitely need your support going forward. Kai’s BMX career will be put on hold for now, as our main focus is on his long term rehabilitation. However, I will continue the rest of the World Cup season and chase my Olympic campaign. I know Kai wouldn’t want me to stop and it will be in his honour that I ride and compete for Team Sakakibara. I will ensure to keep you updated as supporters of Kai and I, but we are currently waiting to see how things progress. For now, we would just appreciate all of your love and your positive energy to be sent his way. He’s a fighter, that much we know for sure. Lots of love to everyone sending it to us, Saya. #KaiFight77. (Note: as this issue went to press, Kai remained in a medically-induced coma and doctors were happy with his progress.) 2508


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Above: past and current Helensburgh RFS Brigade members Ron Brandwood, Elaine Betts, John Betts, Karen Elward, Don Wardle, Dennis Hamilton, Greg Chrystal, Chris Linke, Darryl Wardle, Tony Gadd, Col Warn, Marc Rayner, Bill Jeffrey, Clair Williams, Graham Williams, Terry Molloy, Paul Keys, Aaron West, Joan Taylor, and James Marshall.

HELENSBURGH RFS TURNS 80! Helensburgh RFS celebrated its 80th birthday on Saturday, February 15 with a special presentation to past and present RFS members.

During the ceremony, one National Medal Clasp, two Long Service Medal Clasps and 23 Life Membership Certificates were presented. National Medals/Clasps are presented to members of the Service in recognition of their years of diligent service (15, 25, 35, 45 or more years), for members who go above and beyond what is expected of active members within their Brigade/s. Among the medal recipients on the day were Dennis Hamilton, who received a long service medal for 30 years of service, and Darryl Wardle, who received a long service medal for 20 years of service. Medal/clasp recipients were: Gregory Chrystal (National Medal 1st Clasp, 29 years of service), Aaron West (Long Service Medal 1st Clasp, 23

years of service), and Marc Rayner (Long Service Medal 1st Clasp, 22 years of service). Certificates of Life Membership (awarded in recognition of diligent service to the community) were presented to: Terry Millott, Jim Taylor, Darryl Everingham, James Marshall, William Jeffrey, Paul Keys, Graham Williams, John Betts, Elaine Betts, Ron Brandwood, Claire Williams, Don Wardle, Michael Townsend, Dennis Hamilton, Daryl Wardle, Chris Linke, Chris Chrystal, Col Warn, Tony Gadd, Trevor Elward, Karen Elward, Aaron West, and Marc Rayner. Service medals were issued by Deputy Commissioner Kelly Browne (AFSM), Emergency Services Minister David Elliott MP, Member for Heathcote Lee Evans MP and District Superintendent Greg Wardle. 2508

Above (from left to right): former Helensburgh RFS Captain of 20 years John Betts, former catering/welfare officer Elaine Betts, former Deputy Captain Bill Jeffrey, and former Executive Member/Firefighter Paul Keys.

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Australia … travelled all around Australia.” Their home behind the gallery is packed with paintings, collectors’ items and historical memorabilia. John shared a decades old unnamed newspaper clipping describing Stanwell Park as “the gateway to the Illawarra”, adding “a stop here would be incomplete without a look at Articles Art Gallery”. Another old clipping, titled “Painting the Spirit of our Country”, read: “John’s paintings blend impressionism and realism with an accent on the change of the season and the celebration of light and texture… His work is varied and interesting, often immortalising the pioneer spirit of Australia with street scenes and country homesteads”. John aims to distill the character, history and beauty of a place to capture its essence on canvas. “Before I paint a town I paint every, or nearly every, house, every shop, individually,” he said. “Also I try to meet the people in the town – who lives there, who used to live there, what is the history of the place? Then I do an overall painting, a larger painting of the whole town. By that stage I will know every nook and cranny. You should see Articles art gallery owners John and Frances Vander are my library of research – when you travel in those villages, they’ve got a local historical society, right? celebrating four decades in business at Stanwell Park And they released a book which only six people with an exhibition launching on Saturday, March 21. bought – well, I am one of the six.” Forty years later, the couple are still “living the John and Frances Vander met at a bar in Sydney’s Kings Cross, a respectable watering hole run by the dream”. Over the years Articles has exhibited the work of many fine Australian artists, including American Army in the days of the Vietnam war. Max Mannix. John’s own work has won many Belgian emigrant John – who had served in the accolades (including the Opera House Art Award Belgian Air Force special forces and travelled to and a fellowship from the Australian Institute of Australia in his 20s in search of adventure as a History and Arts), and has been held in private and crop-dusting pilot – passed the evening playing public collections around the world, from the noughts and crosses with a British woman. Master Builders Association to the First National She won. Bank of New York. The pair later got married and started a family John and Frances have also played an active role (their daughter, Katrine, a jewellery designer who in the local community, being Engadine Rotary runs a Cronulla gallery, will bring her Precious Club members, founder members of the Northern Fusion designs to Articles’ 40th birthday Illawarra Chamber of Commerce and the tourism celebrations). In 1980, John and Frances seized an board (now Destination Wollongong). opportunity to start their own business on the As well as painting our famous Sea Cliff Bridge, South Coast. John left his role as a Bankstown bank John also attended the community consultation manager (“At one stage I used to decorate all the meetings with Roads & Maritime Services (RMS), offices at Citicorp. I decorated all the associated held at Stanwell Park surf club prior to the bridge’s businesses with my paintings.”). And so Articles Fine Art Gallery was born, occupying a historic site construction, asking the all-important question of an early design: “But where will the people walk?” that, over the years, has also hosted a boarding The couple were also among the organisers of house, supermarket and bottle shop. the first Festival of Flight, launched to celebrate John said: “The first Christmas people were aviation pioneer Lawrence Hargrave and revitalise queuing like 20m out the door. And we said: local business, which floundered when the road ‘Whoa, what have we done here? It looks like it’s south was closed during the bridge’s construction. going to be successful’ …” “It feels like a déjà vu experience, having It was. The couple would travel for a month, then John would paint for a month. In the 1980s, fine art endured the closure of Lawrence Hargrave Drive print distributors Art Nouveau picked up his work. for nearly three years during the building of the Sea “It went berserk and now we’ve sold about three Cliff Bridge and repairs to the road from 2003 to 2005,” John wrote to RMS, after plans to shut the million prints. I’ve had exhibitions all around John has captured the beauty of Stanwell Park in several paintings.

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40TH ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION ENTERTAINMENT BY “FIDDLE DANCE BAND” John and Frances Vander invite you and your friends to celebrate their milestone. One of John’s paintings will be drawn at the end of the day. Entry forms available at the gallery.

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Then and now: John and Frances Vander are celebrating an incredible 40 years in business.

SATURDAY, 21 MARCH 2020 FROM NOON ON THE COURTYARD: • A demonstration at the wheel by Shire potter Therese Haussener. • A demonstration by cartoonist Paul Dorin. • A “pop-up” stall of jewellery by Precious Fusion. IN THE GALLERIES: • Australian original humorous works by our featured cartoonist Paul Dorin.

road from Bald Hill were revealed last year. “At that time the closure affected not only the local residents and visitors to the area, but also numerous businesses which disappeared forever, i.e. garage, hotel, shops, newsagent, post office etc., all along the main artery. It was nicknamed “The Road to Ruin”. Thanks to four decades of mixing talent, travel and hard work, Articles, however, continues to thrive. John and Frances have a loyal following of customers, who’ve all been invited to their 40th Anniversary Exhibition launch on Saturday, March 21. The palm trees John and Frances planted long

• Quirky pots by our featured potter Therese Haussener. • Recent paintings by Shire artist Nicole Southworth. • Decorative pots from Victoria by Klei Pottery. • Popular “Sunrise” paintings by noted artist David Brayshaw. • Handmade “Birds of Australia” Paperweights from the Songbird Collection. • The art of resident artist John Vander. • Collection of works by our regular exhibiting artists.

ago now soar above the start of the Grand Pacific Walk and give their name to a neighbouring cafe. The gallery remains an iconic stop for tourists from all over the world. And on every wedding anniversary, John gives Frances a noughts and crosses game – her collection now includes games in every medium, from pottery to silver. 2508 believes she still wins. n Articles is at 111 Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Stanwell Park. Call 02 4294 2491, or visit www.johnvander.com.au 2508

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THE JOY OF EXERCISE By psychologist Melanie Forster

We all know that being active is beneficial for our physical health. It has a positive effect on our cardiovascular system and helps us keeping off excess weight. But could engaging in regular exercise also aid with our mental health? Numerous studies have found a link between exercise and mental health. A recent study undertaken in the USA found that individuals who exercised had 1.5 fewer days of poor mental health in the past month than individuals who did not exercise. It was found that all exercise types were associated with better mental health, although the biggest improvements in mental health were found in individuals who engaged in team sports, cycling and aerobic and gym activities. You may ask why exercise can help improve mental health. To answer this question, we need to take a look inside our brain. During exercise, the brain releases endorphins and serotonin. These chemicals play an important role in regulating our mood. In fact, antidepressants were designed to target an imbalance in these chemicals. Individuals with alcohol or drug dependence may benefit from exercise, as our brain also releases dopamine, the so-called “reward chemical”, in response to any form of pleasure, like exercise, alcohol drugs, and food. It may be much better for your mental health to swap the “I had a tough week, I deserve it” drink for a run, swim or dance class. You would be rewarded with much better sleep which is essential for our overall mental health. Exercising three to five times a week for 30 to 45 minutes can provide a sense of achievement and help improve motivation in individuals with depression. It may also be a welcome distraction from constant worry in people with anxiety. Getting better at a sport gives us a sense of mastery and achievement which helps with low selfconfidence. Joining a group sport can further provide us with a sense of belonging and alleviate feelings of isolation which is a common symptom of depression. So, put on your runners, start slow, track your progress and feel better within yourself. You will love it. 2508

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A KICK-START INTO KINDER!

By Annaye Blakey, Kindergarten Teacher at Helensburgh Public School Helensburgh Public School students and staff have returned refreshed from their holidays and ready to engage in dynamic learning. We have some exciting things happening this year and we cannot wait to share them with you in 2020. Kindergarten has had a tremendous start as a result of a successful transition program that commenced in Term 4, 2019. During the orientation sessions parents toured the school and attended information sessions while students visited their classroom, participated in fun activities, met their teacher and their Year 6 buddy. The Year 6 buddy program has been very successful. Year 6 students have looked after the Kindergarten students in the playground and helped them make new friends. The Year 6 buddies have enjoyed it nearly as much as Kindergarten. We are very lucky to have so many amazing senior role models at our school. 2508


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wife ‘Julie’ and we like the family connection here too! This year we will be running a small number of ‘pick your own’ groups in the Julie apples. Our pick-your-own customers last season described the Julie apple as having subtle flavours of strawberry, pear, nashi and pineapple. Originating from Ryde in 1868, Granny Smith is a well-known chance seedling founded in the Sydney region. We think Julie could be the next big thing! Last year we sold out pretty quick, so if you want to try a Julie you’d better visit us early in March for the best chance not to miss out! Book ‘Pick Your Own’ tours at www.darkes.com.au 2508


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MEL WHITESIDE Meet an amazing Helensburgh local – the owner of Crawchy’s Swim School, founder of the Starfish Club and a volunteer with Wildlife Rescue South Coast. 2508 reports.

Mel Whiteside has two orphaned kangaroo joeys in her lounge room in Helensburgh. Twiggy is ill, snuggled up asleep in a lowhanging nappy stacker, re-purposed as a pouch. Tucker hops out to have a nibble on the grass in her front yard. Mel keeps an eye on him: “He’s about 12 months and jumping now and I’m so nervous he’s going to jump over the fence,” she says. The depth and strength of this woman’s heart is incredible. Mel has spent 15 years teaching the town’s children to swim, building a business from scratch to almost 1000 students and 24 swim coaches. A mother of three, she sustained her family through hard times when her husband was sick. She also takes joy in helping others, founding the volunteer-run Starfish Club to give pool time to children with disabilities and serious illnesses. And she volunteers with Wildlife Rescue South Coast. Hence the kangaroos in the living room. Mel signed up 18 months ago after finding a sick joey in front of the family’s holiday home in Berrara. She took it to Wandandian Kangaroo & Wallaby Sanctuary and, after five hours of bottle feeding, was hooked. “I did the basic rescue course, then I did the macropod one – macropods are kangaroos, wallabies. Once you’ve done that course, then you can become a foster carer.

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Recently, she has been on the frontline saving animals, going into burnt bushland to hunt for survivors after the devastating South Coast bushfires. (Mel took the photo of the injured kangaroo on the cover of last month’s 2508 District News.) Mel is taking a well-earned swim school sabbatical in term 1 (her first real break in 15 years) but will be back in term 2. She kindly takes time to chat to 2508 over a cup of tea on a sunny verandah, while Tucker hops in the yard below. How hard is it to foster a kangaroo? I reckon they’re easy. Unless they get sick... But it depends on your work and stuff. If they come in as pinkies, tiny little things, they’re four-hourly feeds, they’re just really time consuming. But the last feed you do at 10pm and then you skip the 2am and the next one you do is at 6am – like a baby. How long would you have them for? Usually months. I’ve got two at the moment. These guys are in between nine and 12 months old. I got them both at around a kilo, now they’re 4.8 and 5.4kg. About 5kg, they go back to the sanctuary.


Where did Tucker come from? His mum was shot; he was found in her pouch. When he came into care, he was only about 1.2kg, but he’s super healthy now. And he’s got a real funny personality. His name’s Tucker, because he came from Gundagai. The idea is not to humanise them too much… it’s really hard because we’ve had him for probably five months now and he’s at the point where he knows my voice, and if I go out somewhere he’ll cry for me. So I’m trying very hard to ignore him and turn him back into a kangaroo. At Adrina’s [Wandandian Kangaroo & Wallaby Sanctuary], he’d been a cage now with about 15 others… They’ll all be released together and they may make their own little mob. I’ll keep him for a while longer as so many of them are sick down there. He’ll be in care for about another 12 months.

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How did you come to start Crawchy’s? We moved here 21 years ago. I’d been coaching at Sutherland Pool, but hated it and never wanted to go back to swim coaching again. So I let all my qualifications go. Dave was a fireman at the time, so I couldn’t get a job because his shifts were all over the place. Before a school swimming carnival, [my son] Dane must’ve been eight, I took him up to the pool to teach him how to dive and some dad said, ‘Oh, you look like you know what you’re doing. Can you teach my kid to dive?’ The next afternoon I was up there, there were about four parents: ‘Can you teach my kid, how much does that cost?’ I was like, ‘It doesn’t cost anything.’ Anyway, by the end of the week, I think I had 20 or 30 kids, all with parents saying, teach us! I honestly did not want to get back into swimming So you don’t need a great big paddock to foster a kangaroo? training. But I said to the lifeguards, can I hire a No, when they’re little, they’re in the pouch all the lane? And they said, just give us five bucks and time. So when they’re tiny little, especially in you’ll be right. It just started from there. winter, I’ll put them in my wardrobe. So I go and There must’ve been a whole winter go by and get them, feed them a bottle, toilet them, put them every time I’d talk to someone, they’d say, ‘Can you back in the wardrobe. do swimming lessons?’ So I thought, bugger it, you know what, I’ll go You’re running a business with a kangaroo in your wardrobe? and get my qualifications. Dane must’ve been about Pretty much. 8, Kiah about 5. Macey was two, she’d just started going to Kids Corner, she’s our youngest – she’s 17 So, Crawchy’s – what’s in the name? now and coaching at Crawchy’s. When we started, they had Crawchy Day up at the So I had two mornings. I thought, I can do three pub. It was a day in March. You had all day to catch hours a day, two days a week. And it grew from the biggest crawchy and then you took it back up to there. I did it on my own the first summer, then the pub and whoever had the biggest crawchy won. Michelle Gilmour started working with me. The It was a great day, I wish they’d bring it back. Dads second or third summer was super hot and it just and kids would be out there all day in the bush, got massive. covered in leeches, it was a big tradition.

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How did you go from renting a lane to running a swim school at Helensburgh Business Park? I probably did it up here [at Helensburgh Pool] for three years and it was great. I’d work my ass off all summer and then have all winter off. It was perfect. I loved it. But it got to the point where I was too busy all summer, it was ridiculous. And seriously, all winter I’d be sick, it was just too much. Then in winter, heaps of people would go to other swim schools and then summer would come and I’d be fighting to get them back. And my staff were left with no work in winter too. By that point I was convinced that it would be worth spending a lot of money to open an indoor pool. Hadn’t convinced Dave of it yet… For five years I approached everybody… We spent thousands on different development applications. When Andy [Offord] started building those factory units [at Helensburgh Business Park] I asked him … it was really scary because it was a lot of money … that was just to build the pool, so that’s not owning the factory. We’d never had credit cards in our life and we had 10 credit cards. We maxed them out, [went into our] mortgage... I still had people saying it’s not gonna work. But I knew it would, I just knew it would. Six weeks after we opened, I was up there taking the class by myself and Dave was at home building a chook shed up the back and felt something rip in his heart … long story short, he ended up ambulance to hospital, his heart valve ruptured and he dissected his aorta down to his knees. He was in Sutherland Hospital for three days before they realised what it was, airlifted to Prince of Wales, 15 hour operation, I was told he wasn’t going to live, life support, coma. That was really horrendous. And the whole time I’m thinking I’m going to end up in jail [for borrowing all the money]… I was told he’d never be a fireman again, he was going to have brain damage, he’d lose his leg. It was absolutely horrific. This was in April 2012. I rang the girls [at

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Crawchy’s] and just said, put a sign on the door. I don’t know, close it. I’ll be back when I can and I’ll just give everyone their money back. Two weeks later Dave was still in hospital, but I came home and thought I’d better call into the pool, there’s milk in the fridge. And the lessons were still going. I was like, ‘What’s going on?’ And they said, ‘We’ve just kept going. We don’t want to be paid.’ The staff we had at the time, – no one had any idea of how to chlorinate the pool, they just all figured it out. They were booking people in, they were taking money. They were awesome! I think for three weeks they all refused to be paid. In hindsight, with Dave losing his fire brigade job and being sick, there is no way I would have gone into so much debt. But had we not done it, well, I would’ve been working at Sutherland Pool for $20 an hour. At the time, I thought the timing couldn’t have been worse. Now I go, that timing was exactly what it was meant to be. Amazing how it worked out. That must’ve been an incredibly tough time for you as the sole income earner, looking after the family... Yes, that pressure – being strong for the kids and getting the business going … I think that’s why the last couple of years I’m so burnt out and I’m so tired. I just need to slow down now. Dave didn’t work at all for two years. He is now a lifeguard at Helensburgh Pool – loves it. He hasn’t had any other scares. Favourite part of the business? Teaching the kids to swim. Just being with the kids. I love being in the water with them and the Starfish Club that we do. I haven’t done that for six months because I’ve been so exhausted; I will get that up and going again. Why did you start the Starfish Club? That was maybe three years ago. I started that purely because of Caleb [the Stanwell Park boy diagnosed with Infantile Neuro Axonal Dystrophy


(INAD), a rare and fatal disease for which there is no cure]. [His diagnosis] was devastating … Because we have heaps of kids come through our swim centre with all sorts of different things, I just saw a real need for support … I mentioned it to four or five parents, and they said, ‘Awesome idea.’ The idea of that was that the parents could sit upstairs and chat to each other and cry. We’d go and take their kids in the pool. They could have half an hour’s rest. And they have made the most beautiful relationships, they’ve shared all sorts of stuff. It’s all voluntary, a lot of our staff help, we’ve had a couple of Olympians, physios and occupational therapists help us. [Helensburgh’s music star] Darren Coggan comes up when he’s around and sits in the water and plays his music. I love teaching kids with disabilities in the water because it’s just so different. And they so need it – especially the ones that are stuck in wheelchairs – it’s just freedom. There’s no splints, no things tying them down or holding them down. Kids with autism and Down Syndrome are known for loving water and having no fear of it. So as a swimming teacher, you’ve got to got to give them that respect for the water, which means lots of little scares and lots of safety stuff. It’s also an awesome way to get rid of some of that energy. What else makes you proud? At one point, I made a promise to myself to only employ parents – just because we get it. But it’s one of the things that I have felt pretty proud about – I’ve given lots of young mums, in the same situation as me, shifts from 9am to 12. I’ve been able to employ lots of mums who’d struggle to earn money, struggle to get back in the work force – and it’s the perfect job for that. At the moment we’ve got 24 [swim coaches], either part-time or on a contract. Every year I think we seriously can’t grow any more. There’s just not enough pool space and time in the week. This time last year, I think we did 996 [students]. Every season it’s grown. The Stanwell Park Ocean Swim is back on Sunday, March 15. Are you going to enter? Yes. I’ve done it probably five or six times. It’s a beautiful swim. Hard but beautiful. Most of our squad will do it, that’s what they’re training for. n Crawchy’s runs swim training at Helensburgh Pool and classes at their indoor pool (heated to 32 degrees) at Helensburgh Business Park on Cemetery Road. Book soon for Term 2 and April school-holiday intensives. Follow Crawchy’s Swim School on Facebook, email crawchyswimschool@gmail.com or call (02) 4294 9999. 2508

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FUN FOR EVERYONE!

The Holy Cross Family Fun Day is coming to our wonderful community on Saturday, 14 March from 9am, so head on down to our school for a day of fun and entertainment. All our famed attractions return including side show alley, chocolate toss, show bags, hair & nails, face-painting, kids craft and, after much pleading from the kids, we welcome back the dodgem cars. We’ll also have the giant slide, windjammer and bouncy castles for young and old! (Prepaid rides bands can be ordered from the school office.) Make sure you try your luck on the Chocolate Wheel (which has been generously stocked with prizes from businesses near and far), Putt for Dough, Candy Tree and, of course, our major raffle, which has more than $2500 worth of prizes up for grabs, including a Toshiba 49” Netflix Smart TV as first prize. Keep an eye outside of Coles for our ticket sellers but don’t worry if you can’t buy tickets beforehand as you can grab one on the day! If shopping is more your style, grab a bargain in the White Elephant, Book and Plant stalls. Those with a sweet tooth will just love our famous Sweet Treats Stall or even some tea and scones and – for the kids – snow cones and fairy floss galore! Yummy bacon and egg, pulled pork or halloumi rolls and sausage sandwiches will be available at the barbecue, so fill your tummies while listening to our wonderful entertainment by local artists. This day is a chance for our school and the community to celebrate the start of the school year, with funds raised going towards supporting the educational and learning requirements of our Kindy to Year 6 students. Thank you, we really appreciate your support. 2508

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The Holy Cross school fete is back with face-painting, show bags and the chocolate toss. Fete coordinator Allison Wallace reports on the upcoming Family Fun Day on Saturday, March 14.


The Men’s Shed gathered for a talk about prostate cancer in February.

CHAT ABOUT CANCER Michael Croft reports on a Men’s Shed health talk.

This month’s your Men’s Shed health talk was about prostate cancer. Don Hahn from the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (www.prostate.org.au) advised us to have our PSA tested at least annually, and then heed these three steps for the best treatment: 1. If cancer is diagnosed, be sure to take a support person to the urologist consultations. 2. Get a second and third opinion, then weigh the pros and cons of the differing options. Beware non-scientific Google doctors.

3. Be aware of the possible side-effects, especially how a prostate op can lead to anxiety and depression. On a less serious note, your shed members, when not laughing, are busy making cheese boards, Indian clubs, an industrial dust-extraction system, a beautiful Helensburgh sign plus other remarkable commissions, which stretch our skills and imaginations. You should see them! Visit us soon. n Helensburgh Men’s Shed, 199A Parkes Street Open Mondays and Tuesdays 9am-3pm. And more days to come. Contact Michael Croft (0413 401 522) or Ron Balderston (0410 564 752).Visit our website at helensburghmensshed.org.au 2508

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WILD IN FOCLIFE US

The platypus is found in waterways of the Royal National Park and the Illawarra. Note the bill, with pores from which they emit electrolocation, enabling them to find food and their way beneath the water. Photo: Rodney Armistead

THE PLATYPUS – A FASCINATING ODDITY By Helensburgh zoologist Rodney Armistead

The platypus is unique – one of Australia’s most recognisable, fascinating and oddest creatures. It’s an evolutionary marvel with a duck bill, webbed feet, otter-like flat tail, and dense soft mammalian fur. It lays eggs and when the baby platypus (puggle) hatches, they feed them on milk. The only other egg-laying mammals are four species of echidna. The males are venomous and have hollows spurs on their back legs that can inject an extremely painful, but non-life-threatening poison. FINDING FOOD AND ‘SEEING’ BENEATH THE WATER Platypuses eat insect larvae, shrimps, fish eggs, yabbies and other small invertebrates that live in the mud or beneath the rocks in our rivers, creeks, dams and lakes. When beneath the water, the platypus uses ‘electrolocation’ or electric fields, emitted from its bill, to find food. It also uses these same electrical fields to create a 3D image of the watery world in which they live. CRYPTIC AND RARELY SEEN IN THE WILD These little nocturnal animals are cryptic, secretive, very timid and are rarely seen in the wild. Often, if by chance you do see one, they will silently

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disappear beneath the water. To see one in the wild takes patience, persistence and, often, just luck. I have fond childhood memories of watching platypus in the waterways near my Otway Ranges home in Victoria’s south-west. They would pop up in front me and swim around or just float there with flippers spread out, and then disappear, with the slightest of ripples. As an adult, I’ve had the absolute privilege of working on Melbourne’s platypus populations – you’d be surprised at some of the places that platypus live in Melbourne. Platypus are only found in waterways of eastern Australia, from northern Queensland, south through NSW, Victoria, Tasmania and across to eastern South Australia. They live in many different types of waterways, from fast-flowing mountain streams to wide-open coastal rivers, farm dams and our drinking water reservoirs. Undoubtedly, this includes our waterways that flow through the Royal


National Park, from northern and southern Illawarra escarpment and beyond to central NSW. CONSERVATION AND THREATS Platypus, and the invertebrates that they eat, prefer the water that they live in to be healthy. They do live in streams that flow through some of our most densely populated urban or residential areas. These waterways are often highly degraded, polluted and choked with litter. LITTER AND ILLEGAL FISHING Litter lowers the quality of the water and platypuses can become entangled in elastic hair-ties, plastic ‘o’ rings from food jars, or in dumped fishing line, whipper-snipper cord, disused fishing nets, and other plastic and metal objects. When entangled, a platypus cannot free itself and so may die from infection or drowning. A platypus can drown when caught in opera house nets, submerged drum nets and drop-nets. Opera house nets are banned from use in all waterways in Victoria, but they can be used in some western NSW waterways. If using such nets, they should be set in manner that can allow a captured platypus, water rat (or rakali) or turtles access to air. DROUGHT AND FIRE Some waterways have dried up or become restricted to small disjunct pools. Without water a platypus can’t use electrolocation to find food and, with less water, there is often less food. They may starve or face the risk of being eaten by a fox, feral cat or wild dog while they forage in shallow water. Platypus may have avoided recent, widespread wildfires by staying in their burrows until the fire had passed, but with the onset of the recent heavy rain, there is a risk that sediment and ash will be washed into the water, making it impossible for a platypus to move about and forage for food. WHAT YOU CAN DO TO PROTECT PLATYPUS 1. Don’t throw your rubbish on the ground and, if it is safe to do so, pick up other people’s rubbish and put it in a bin before it ends up in a stormwater drain, and then into our natural waterways. 2. Pick up all disused hair-ties, plastic or metal ‘o’ rings, fishing line, rope and anything that could entangle an animal. Cut them and then throw in the recycling or waste bin. 3. Don’t flush or pour chemicals, petrol or liquid waste into stormwater drains. Take it to a waste-disposal facility or have it collected. FURTHER INFORMATION For more details, visit platypusSPOT.org and https://platypus.asn.au. 2508

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FINDING MEANING IN A BUILDING

By David Roach, a visual artist and award-winning screenwriter and director who lives in the Illawarra.

Photo: David Roach

Right: (from left to right) CSA Committee Members Prue Watson, Alison Wiig and Bernie O’Donnell at the screening of Red Obsession at the Clifton School of Arts. Photo: Annette Wellings.

A visitor driving up the hill from the iconic Sea Cliff Bridge cannot fail to notice the two-storey Victorian landmark looking out across the Pacific. They may glimpse the sign on the front; Clifton School of Arts. What most visitors miss as they pass by are the words, “A Community Building since 1911.” A modest claim that hints at an extraordinary history. Built by striking coal miners, the building cost £100, which was raised by public subscription. In a village of rudimentary weatherboard cottages, it was a structure to be proud of. The building was furnished with a small reading library, an upright piano and rooms where the community could gather for meetings and classes. The miners had plans for a second stage but before work could commence on the rear section, the industrial dispute was settled and the men headed back to the pit. Not long after opening its doors, the little School of Arts was being buffeted by history. In 1915 army recruiters came up the coast road, gathering men to fight at Gallipoli and on the Western Front. The following decades saw the Great Depression and another World War, years of turmoil that caused wild fluctuations in the fortunes of Clifton. Throughout all this upheaval, a chain of committees somehow kept the Clifton School of Arts functioning. They repainted and repaired, they kept the lights on and the doors open so that locals could still meet their sweethearts at a School of Arts dance, have their receptions in one of the beautiful rooms overlooking the ocean. It was a place to vote, a place for art classes and music lessons, a place to shelter from storms and fires. By the 1980s the Clifton mine had closed down and the town’s population had dwindled. The landslides that had regularly blocked the main road would force the last hotel to shut its doors. The School of Arts too was on shaky ground. Blasted by

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decades of salt-laden winds, saturated with damp rising up from dodgy foundations, the building was showing its age. There was talk of demolition. In the broader Australian community, privatisation had become the buzz word. Our national banks, airlines and infrastructure were being sold off. The market had become the arbiter of what was valuable, of what should be saved and what should be let go. With its prominent position and magnificent views, it wasn’t long before developers began sniffing around the old School of Arts. It would make a great restaurant, a cute hotel, a spectacular weekender. While this was not what the original miners had intended, who could have blamed the members if, after almost a century of hard work, they had decided that selling the School of Arts was the only way to save it? But the members had no intention of letting this building slip through their fingers. Cobbling together funds from cake stalls, raffles, jumble sales and grants, they raised $200,000 and, with help from local tradies, they set about giving the building a new life, slowly transforming it from a crumbling ruin to the neat little School of Arts that now draws the eye of visitors as they come over the rise. Today the Clifton School of Arts is as vibrant as it has ever been with a growing membership, fully equipped gallery spaces and ambitious plans to complete the work that the miners started all those years ago. This past Australian summer has been a brutal one with capricious weather, deadly bush fires and floods. For many of us it has meant a growing uncertainty about our future, as well as a loss of trust in institutions that we thought would always be there for us. Modest buildings like the Clifton School of Arts are now more valuable than ever, not just because of their architectural heritage but because they represent an unbroken chain of love, a belief in the simple, transformational power of a community working together. 2508


Louise Charman-James is a writer, singer, meditation teacher and therapist based in Helensburgh. She enjoys expressing herself through prose, poetry and song, as well as supporting others to access their own authentic self-expression and creativity through her business, Soul Signature. Louise is currently working on her first novel. 2508

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Send your listings to editor@2508mag.com.au. CLEAN UP AUSTRALIA DAY: SUNDAY, 1 MARCH With Helensburgh & District Landcare Group. Go to the Old Mine Surgery, 78 Parkes St, between 10am and 1pm, on Sunday, 1 March. Pick up a bag, clean up an area of your choice. Contact merilyn@ helensburghlandcare.org.au or 0414 819 742. THE BOMBIE Sun Mar 29 Jim Moginie and The Family Dog, 2-5pm Sat April 18 King Tide 8 to 11pm Fri May 1 Tubular Swell supported by Escarpment 8-11pm. Food at all gigs by Uluwatu Blue! STANWELL PARK U3A PROGRAM FOR 2020 Monday morning talks 9.30-10.30am followed by Morning Tea then Music Appreciation from 11am-noon. Call Jenny Lee-Robins, 0406 350 025. Mar 2 Crop Circles – Hidden Mysteries (YouTube). Jenny Lee-Robins. Mar 9 Return of the Divine Feminine. Jenny Lee-Robins. Mar 16 Five Mysteries of the Ocean. Judy Bull Mar 23 Spain and Gaudi Highlights. Marion Sinclair. HELENSBURGH LIBRARY, 57 Walker Street, 4294 2185 Tue 3 Steam Punk, 3.30pm, free, ages 5+, Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths fun. Fri 6 11am-1pm, Knit, Stitch, Yarn – come along and enjoy the Knitting Group, free, drop-in. Tue 10 5-6pm, Adults Evenings Program, Music at Helensburgh Library with Jessica Grainger, light refreshments will be provided, bookings essential. Wed 11 10.30am, Preschool Story Time, free, ages 0-5, sing-along, finger rhymes and craft. Tue 17 5-6pm, Adults Evenings Program, Author talk with local writer Christine Sykes presenting her first novel The Changing Room, light refreshments will be provided, bookings essential. Wed 25 Preschool Story Time, 10.30am, free, ages 0-5, stories, sing-along, finger rhymes and craft. HALLS FOR HIRE Otford Community Hall 121 Otford Rd (holds up to 30 people) book online at www.otford.org.au. Helensburgh-Stanwell Park Surf Club Reasonable rates, licenced. www.hallhirestanwellparksurfclub.com 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.

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Helensburgh Historical Society Meeting Thurs 19 March at 7.30pm, Helensburgh Community Centre with guest speaker. Contact Jan Lee 0418 681 384 or visit historichelensburgh.org.au Helensburgh Lions Club Meets 7.30pm 2nd Monday of month at Tradies. www.helensburghlions.org.au Helensburgh Men’s Shed Mondays and Tuesdays 9am-3pm at 199A Parkes Street Helensburgh. Call Mike 0413 401 522, Ron 0410 564 752. Helensburgh Scout Group Open to new members. Meetings during school term: Joeys (ages 6-8) Tues 4.30-6pm. Cubs (ages 8-11) Thurs 6.30-8pm. Contact groupleader@helensburghscouts.org.au Neighbourhood Forum 1 7pm, second Wednesday of the month, Helensburgh Community Centre. Northern Illawarra Chamber of Commerce March 3 meeting will include update from RMS officials on planned closure of Lawrence Hargrave Drive. Visit www.nicc.net.au for more details. Northern Illawarra U3A Stanwell Park Mondays (in school terms) 9.30am-noon at Hillcrest House, Stanwell Park. Jenny Lee-Robins, 0406 350 025 / 4294 3475. Stanwell Park CWA Meets 1st Tuesday each month, 10am at CWA Hall. Call Lynette Loo, 0413 166 244. Toastmasters meets at Tradies Helensburgh every 2nd and 4th Monday, at 7pm. 0408 961 392. View Club Meets 3rd Tuesday of the month, 10.45 for 11am start at Tradies Helensburgh. CHURCHES • Bushland Chapel (Uniting Church) 94 Parkes St Helensburgh. Faith, community. Yoga, drama. Spaces available. bushlandchapel.net, 0425 257984. • H’burgh & Stanwell Park Anglican Church Regular Sunday services, 8.15am, 54 Stanwell Ave, Stanwell Park; 10am and 6pm, 75 Parkes St, Helensburgh. Call 4294 1024. • Helensburgh Baptist Church Sundays, 10am at the Bushland Chapel, 94 Parkes St, 0411 192 508. • Holy Cross Catholic Church Weekend Mass at Helensburgh: Sunday 8.30am. Reconciliation:  Sunday 8am. Visitors welcome. • Hope Church 2508 Sunday services, 9.30am, 3/23 Cemetery Road, Helensburgh. 0404 803 055. • Hillcrest Christian Fellowship Sundays, 6pm, Hillcrest House, Stanwell Park. Call 4294 3153. PLAYGROUPS • Mondays 9.30am-noon, Stanwell Park Children’s Centre. Call Eleanor: 04 3443 4481. • Tuesdays 9.30-11.30am, Helensburgh Anglican Church, 75 Parkes St. Call 4294 1024. • Fridays 10.30am-12.30pm, NEW DAY & TIME! Starting on February 14, Helensburgh Community Playgroup will meet at the Walker St Community Centre on Fridays during school term, $4 per session; first two sessions free. Tons of fun things planned! helensburgh.playgroup@gmail.com 2508


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Left: An Australian native dung beetle, Onthophagus pentacanthus. Photo: Max Beatson, Australian Museum. Below: Matthewsius illawarrensis, a 5mm flightless dung beetle found in Illawarra rainforests. Photo: Mike Burleigh, Australian Museum.

BEETLING ABOUT With entomologist Dr Chris Reid. This month: A Dirty Story.

This month’s story is about poo, so you might want to wait until you’ve finished your food before reading on. Poo is a consolidated lump of nicely predigested nutrient that gets dumped in the environment. It’s a freebie, so it isn’t wasted – plenty of insects tuck into it. Flies love it – bacterial soup for the adults to slurp up (where did that fly come from that just landed on your salad?) and a nice wet home for their legless maggots. But flies only dominate poo in winter. In summer there’s one particular group that specialises in feeding on poo and that’s the dung beetles, known in the trade as dungies. Unlike flies, dungies don’t just passively sit in the poo – they bury it in the soil so that nobody else gets at it. And in that buried lump they lay an egg, so the larva is safely tucked away with a ready meal on hand. In Australia the famous dung beetles are the ones brought from Europe, Africa and America by CSIRO to bury cow poo. By the 1960s the outback was being overwhelmed by the stuff because it wasn’t of interest to our native dungies. 28 million cows producing 10 poos per day. The smell of cow was too foreign (remember that hoofed animals are not native here), so cow poo just accumulated and bushflies bred in it too. Overall the newbies have done the trick, and we have gained 25 exotics in the Australian fauna.

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Unfortunately, the success of that project and associated publicity has led to a common misconception that there are no native species. And what of the recalcitrant Australians? They are much more interesting. There are many native dungies, about 550 species, and most of them love poo too, just not cow. In general the natives are nocturnal and live in either forest or open woodland, with the forest favouring species in eucalypt forest (which burns) or rainforest (which doesn’t). The open woodland species tend to be widespread and are all fully winged. In the dry outback they have to be quick – once the poo dries out they can’t make use of it. So some species have short-cutted this problem and evolved pincer-like claws for gripping fur. They hang on to the hairs around the backsides of roos and wait for ... But that’s probably enough detail. In contrast, many of the rainforest species are flightless and confined to these dark and damp worlds. So what is the relevance of these fascinating animals to fire and drought? (I hear you say). Well, very few insects can be accurately surveyed. Butterflies don’t like bad weather, bees fly to tree tops, ants are too numerous. But stick a poo in a trap and all the local dungies will flock to it. It only takes one night. So dung beetles, with their faithful adherence to particular habitats, make the ideal group for monitoring the effects of drought and fire on insects. Which is hopefully what I’ll be doing fairly soon. Share your stories or ask Chris a question. Email editor@2508mag.com.au. 2508


drawn up to warm the building and in summer, this heat flow is reversed with thermal energy transferred from the building into the ground. The building’s green walls and roof produce oxygen and improve air quality inside and out, while rainwater is captured for use in the building. Blackwater, which in other buildings is exported as a toxic sludge into the community’s sewer, is treated on-site using purely natural processes through reed and absorption beds in the gardens. And the gardens are important: a Living Building needs to provide food for its occupants The University of Wollongong’s Sustainable Buildings and community, and the LBC requires a certain Research Centre is a research powerhouse and the first fraction of the development site to be devoted to urban agriculture. The SBRC researchers tend to building in Australia to be certified under the Living our gardens and grow vegetables for all to use. Building Challenge (LBC) framework for sustainable, Tackling Living Building certification required regenerative buildings. The centre’s director, Senior Professor Paul Cooper, explains what a Living Building is. tracking of every single item used in constructing the building. All building ingredients had to be The International Living Future Institute’s (ILFI) documented and there was a red list of materials Living Building Challenge (LBC) is widely banned because of negative health impacts. recognised as the world’s most rigorous Carbon emissions caused by transporting performance standard for buildings – a green construction materials to site was reduced through building certification program based on a a sourcing restriction, with major steel and regenerative, or restorative, design framework. concrete components coming from within a 500km The Institute uses the metaphor of a flower to radius. A carbon offset was also purchased to embody its mission, meaning that ideally every compensate for the overall embodied emissions building should function as cleanly and efficiently from the construction of the building. as a flower. We used many local and recycled materials, so if Since the SBRC building was completed in 2013, you wander around the building you’ll see reused we have been on a quest to validate it as a ‘Living bricks, recycled power poles and railway line. Building’, achieving certification late last year. I believe the SBRC Building has set a new Just like a living flower or tree, the SBRC sustainability benchmark in Australia – arguably Building harvests solar energy through its this is the most significant advance since the CH2 160-kilowatt photovoltaic array on the roof, Building in Melbourne was announced as the first making it a net-positive energy building. What 6-Star Green Star building 13 years ago. little energy is imported from the grid is more than Its creation was a true team effort, from offset by the export of clean renewable energy back inception to certification, with experts from a to the grid. The building gives more than it takes. range of fields contributing. It represents a big step To continue the tree theme, the building also has towards the goal of creating buildings that provide a (thermal) root system that extends 90 metres an overall benefit to our society and our fragile under the gardens where water circulates through a biosphere, not a burden – and it has brought my ground source heat exchanger. In winter, heat is own Living Building dream into reality. 2508

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Photos: UOW

UOW’s Sustainable Buildings Research Centre is the first building in Australia to be certified under the Living Building Challenge.

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RIDE TO REBUILD By Lauren Martin

people will ride in relay-style for up to six hours! The cost to enter the adults’ challenge is $100 per team, with all proceeds going to The Salvation Army’s Bushfire Appeal and Drought relief. One of the event organisers, Chris Bye, said after having seen the devastation from the bushfires, particularly on the South Coast of NSW, places that so many 2508 locals know so well, he felt moved to act.

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HORCC member and Salvos writer Lauren Martin was in Bateman’s Bay on New Year’s Eve. Here the Helensburgh resident shares how the Salvos Emergency Services crews supported people at the evacuation centre.

Photos: Lauren Martin

With bushfires devastating large parts of Australia’s eastern seaboard over summer, and the ongoing drought still affecting farmers, Helensburgh’s Off Road Cycle Club (HORCC) is hitting the local trails to make a difference. The Ride to Rebuild will be held at Helensburgh Mountain Bike track on 21 March. There will be a kids ride (gold coin donation to enter) and an adults team challenge in which teams of up to four

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On New Year’s Eve, my two children and I were staying at my parents’ home in Batemans Bay. I woke in the very early hours to the sound of howling winds and sticks or branches hitting the roof of their home. A quick look at the Rural Fire Service ‘Fires Near Me’ app revealed a huge increase in fire activity that had pushed the blaze across the highway at Mogo to the south. Things escalated quickly. The only word to describe the hours between 5am and 11am that morning is ‘noisy’. The sound of the fire and the high-pitch whistle of the wind was unnerving. Sirens, lots of sirens, and in every direction. Water-bombing aircraft and the constant calling and beeping of every mobile phone and device in


“I couldn’t physically go down there and help out myself and I thought maybe we could do a HORCC fitness challenge fundraiser, use our mountain bike club and our track as a way of making a difference.” Not wanting to forget the nation’s farmers who have been struggling with drought for so long, the club decided to donate the full proceeds of the event to The Salvation Army, with half going to its Bushfire Appeal, and half going to its rural support work. The club is hopeful that the Ride to Rebuild event will also mark the opening of the highly anticipated extension to the Helensburgh Mountain Bike Track, which is being built adjacent to the Helensburgh Netball Courts. “Unfortunately, the recent rain has impacted track conditions and repair work is underway,” said Chris. “We will do our best to get the new track completed but our efforts at the moment are to get the existing track rideable again.”

The Helensburgh Off Road Mountain Bike Club is well known for its generosity and support of local and national causes. It regularly supports The Salvation Army’s local mission work, has taken part in an annual cancer fundraiser for many years (last year raising $12,784 for the Great Cycle Challenge to fight kids’ cancer) and organises impromptu men’s mental-health walks and rides that allow for conversation, friendship and support.

the house. We decided to leave for a safer location. The noise seemed intolerable, but the silence that followed was more unnerving. The wind stopped, then started to shift and do funny things. We saw a column of smoke charge across the Clyde River, like a wave. The streets became deserted of cars, except for fire trucks. The sky started turning a strange colour. We saw water-bombers intensify efforts and, at 12.20pm, the sky turned red ... then black. Black as night. My kids got scared. What seemed like hours lasted only minutes and the sky began to clear again. Convinced of my family’s safety, I got in my car and drove to the Batemans Bay evacuation centre to help. The centre was overflowing with tension, heartache, but above all, goodwill. Ambulance personnel treated people, the Red Cross and government agencies were hard at work and the Salvation Army Emergency Services (SAES) volunteers were serving lunch. I unloaded boxes of water, buttered bread,

relayed messages to different sites within the sporting complex and listened to people’s stories. Support kept rolling in. Different churches united in the relief efforts. On the first night at the Batemans Bay evacuation centre, the St Johns Greek Orthodox Community cancelled their New Year’s Eve celebration and came to cook 450 souvlakis. Individuals and businesses emptied their freezers and donated meat. Chefs offered assistance and, at one stage, a man was handing out free ice-creams to all the kids (at that point, I think he was more popular than Santa Claus!) Over the next two days I watched the SAES team respond to left-of-field queries, arrange meals for hundreds of people in a centre that at one stage had no power. I’ve been overwhelmed by the enormity of what our people juggle. And they do it with smiles, compassion and a heck of a lot of grace. (This article was first published in the Salvos’ magazine, Others, visit others.org.au.) 2508

RIDE TO REBUILD WILL BE HELD ON 21 MARCH AT HELENSBURGH MOUNTAIN BIKE TRACK 1-2pm: kids’ ride 2-8pm: team challenge Local coffee van Morning Brew will be in attendance and there will be a sausage sizzle on the day. A small expo with stalls, remedial massage and food will also be available. To enter or find out more about this event, visit horcc.com.au. 2508

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CLUB REPORTS HELENSBURGH LIONS By Fran Peppernell

As we venture forth into another month of 2020 we would like to thank our Helensburgh community for your on-going donations, support and kindness shown to our less fortunate communities who have been devastated by unprecedented natural disasters of catastrophic proportions. With your support of the Helensburgh Lions “bucket” donations outside our local Coles store, our Rural Fire Service (RFS) crews have received many much-needed grocery items and bottled water supplies for their fire station houses. Various schools on the South Coast have also benefited from your generosity, receiving school backpacks and school equipment. Our fellow Lions Gina and Mel travelled to south to hand these out. We would like to thank Bunnings Kirrawee for their donation of two fans and two boxes of face masks for our Otford RFS. A shout out of thanks also to Dave from Harcor Australia for delivering 300 temporary library bags for South Coast kids. Dymocks Bookstores, we also thank you for your kind book donation. Our Lions Information Day will be on Saturday, 7 March at Charles Harper Park from 10am. Here you’ll find information on how you can become a member of the Lions, plus there will also be some members of our local RFS providing Fire Plan information. Mark your diaries for our Easter Scramble on Easter Saturday, 11 April 2020. It will be held at Charles Harper Park from 9am and there will be entertainment and – most importantly for the kids – the Easter Egg Scramble. We are also happy to confirm that the Helensburgh Lions Brick Fair will be on again this year… so watch this space. If you would like to be involved in Lions, come along to one of our meetings held at 7.30pm every second Monday of the month at Helensburgh Tradies. You can also find us on Facebook, visit our website at www.helensburghlions.org.au or email us via info@helensburghlions.org.au 2508

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HELENSBURGH HISTORICAL SOCIETY THURSDAY 19 MARCH 2020 at 7.30pm – 9pm HELENSBURGH COMMUNITY CENTRE CIVILIAN LIFE IN HELENSBURGH AND OTFORD DURING WORLD WAR II GUEST SPEAKER DR LORRAINE JONES (Vice President) Lorraine has researched and written an article about the impact of the Second World War on our local area. Come along to hear this interesting talk, and to find out what else the Historical Society has been doing recently, and what we have planned for 2020. There will be a bookstall of our products for sale on the night (cash sales only). 2508

HELENSBURGH VIEW CLUB By Barbara Kitson, publicity officer

Welcome back (Nanny) Nerida and also all our VIEW members. Our first meeting was a blast and I hope everyone went home inspired to do great things, like write a book or a poem or something out of the ordinary. Our first guest speaker for the year was Karen Lane, author and teacher. Karen showed us how to dig deep into our lives and find literary works and also showed that we would be able to write small items for the 2508 mag or Readers Digest etc. What a great first meeting – thank you, Karen. Just to add a few of us went for lunch to the Pub on Tuesday the 4th of February and had a great time eating and chatting for a couple of hours – a most enjoyable afternoon.We will be starting our fundraising for the Smith Family by our next meeting date. Our AGM was held on 18 February. 2508


Janine was thrilled with the Men’s Shed’s restoration of her side table.

HELENSBURGH MEN’S SHED HMS to the Rescue. By Paul Blanksby

A little story this month, about a little Orientalstyle side table, a family heirloom that had suffered water damage. Mark Bray, a new member of your Men’s Shed, brought the table along for a friend. It was in a very sorry state, with the intricately wrought table sections coming apart, the supports broken or missing and water staining throughout. With help and guidance from other Men’s Shed blokes, Mark slowly but surely repaired, restored and brought back to life this old and cherished treasure. Janine, the owner of this little table, was overcome with joy at how beautiful it had become once again. Well done to Mark and the men. As the Men’s Shed year progresses, we have several Men’s Health events occurring, with a Prostate Cancer Australia Ambassador speaking to the guys in February, and a grief counsellor speaking in March. Contact the Shed for more info on these and all other Shed matters. We would love to meet you at the Shed, hear your ideas and help with your life. All men aged 18 and above are welcome. For news and information visit our website, helensburghmensshed.org.au or email info@helensburghmensshed.org.au n Helensburgh Men’s Shed, 199A Parkes Street Open Mondays and Tuesdays 9am-3pm. Michael Croft 0413 401 522 Ron Balderston 0410 564 752 2508

STANWELL PARK CWA By Carol Pugh

Stanwell Park CWA finished up the year with a wonderful lunch at J&C Café. We are hoping they will find a new venue so we can continue to enjoy their great food and hospitality. While we have a break from formal meetings in January, committee members attended a meeting to discuss the progress of the proposed extension to the hall. A Quantity Surveyor was engaged in early January to price the proposal. Unfortunately, to do all that we would like to do is twice what we have in the budget. We have scaled back the plans somewhat but we still hope to complete a covered deck and extensions to the back stage area. Changes to the entrance will have to wait until a later project. We have certainly had a challenging few months with the drought, heatwave conditions, fires and now extreme rain and storms. CWA of NSW has a Disaster Relief fund and supports people in need after any sort of disaster. Donations come from branches around the state but anyone can make a tax deductible donation. Information can be found on the website, cwaofnsw.org.au . You may be aware that CWA of NSW was entrusted by the government to deliver drought aid. To date they have distributed more than $14.5 million to over 8,700 families affected by the drought. Our branch has been doing our bit for the bushfires too, with members joining with Lions to raise funds with cake stalls. We’ve also been supporting the wildlife by making items for WIRES. We’re planning a fun year this year with a number of activities. We meet on the first Tuesday of the month at 10am and welcome new members. 2508

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POSITIONS VACANT ETHICS TEACHER WANTED: HELENSBURGH PUBLIC SCHOOL

Could you be an ethics teacher for Helensburgh Public School? We are seeking volunteers, so that we can provide ethics classes for all the families who have requested it for their children. We currently require teachers across all stages. In ethics classes, children learn how to think logically, disagree respectfully and support their arguments with evidence, rather than act according to blind habit or peer pressure. No experience is necessary – all training is provided by Primary Ethics. If you are looking for an opportunity to make a valuable contribution to our school, please email ethics.helensburgh@gmail.com

HEAD SPORTS TRAINER WANTED – HELENSBURGH TIGER LILLIES

A position is available as head sports trainer for the Helensburgh Tiger Lillies, Rugby league Open Women side for the 2020 season. The applicant will be in charge of sustaining all players, treating injuries and will report directly to the team’s coach Ryan Powell. The Tiger Lillies play in the Illawarra competition and train one night a week at Helensburgh. Games are usually played on Saturdays. Successful completion of a Level 1 Sports Trainer course is a minimal requirement, as well as competence in strapping. University students studying physiotherapy are encouraged to apply. The club has a rich history in women’s rugby league and this is the Tiger Lillies’ 10th year in competition. Women’s league is growing fast and this is a great opportunity to be a part of our Tigers family. For all enquiries, please email helensburghtigers@hotmail.com or contact Helensburgh Tigers via the club’s page. 2508

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DARCY DE CLOUETT WINS

Scarborough Boardrider Ian Pepper reports on February’s pointscore at Sharkeys Beach. Rain failed to spoil our first pointscore of the year, which was held on February 2 at Sharkeys Beach with a massive turn-out in all divisions. In total, 111 athletes surfed in the senior divisions while 22 micro grommets under the age of 12 also took on the haphazard conditions. The day had all types of weather, with sunshine and wind coming and going and then an afternoon thunderstorm with heavy rain during the finals all creating a challenging day for the organisers. However, we persevered to cap off a great day of surfing by all. The open men’s division saw our champion Darcy De Clouett from 2017 and 2018 return to form and win his way through his heats to take out the final with some fine progressive surfing. Rod Morgan, our champ from 2019, was also there to challenge Darcy, finishing second and open division debutant Will Clarke took out third. The open women’s division was a straight final with a bunch of new girls in the division progressing up from the junior girls. However,

it was Talani Wilson who took the win with her experience, local knowledge and power-surfing on display. Second and third were new-comers to the division with Zara Ginn in second and Shaye Shipton in third. The club’s commitment to more coaching events this year kicked off on Sunday, 16 February at Coledale Beach. There were sessions of morning training for the 18 and under and Girls divisions and afternoon tag-team training for our surftag competitors. The surf was excellent all day and many had not experienced any coaching previously so enjoyed receiving the feedback. Big thanks to our team coach Nic Squiers for supporting the day, and the girls coordinators Raylee Golding and Talina Wilson. And, finally, good luck to our five surftag teams who were competing in the 2020 Surftag Australian Series Qualifier at Stanwell Park Beach on 22-23 February as this issue went to press. 2508

A grade winners: Darcy De Clouett (centre) won February’s open men’s division, Rod Morgan (right) came second and Will Clarke (left) took out third. Photo: Ian Pepper

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FIRST CLUB CARNIVAL AT STANWELL PARK IN 10 YEARS

On February 1, the club hosted the SLSI Junior Development Carnival, writes Steven McDonald, president of Helensburgh-Stanwell Park Surf Life Saving Club. ILLAWARRA JUNIOR DEVELOPMENT CARNIVAL – FIRST CARNIVAL ON STANWELL PARK BEACH IN 10 YEARS The club had a great day on Saturday, 1 February 2020 hosting the SLSI Junior Development Carnival. It was the first time the club has hosted a carnival at Stanwell Park Beach in over 10 years. We had members on the beach from 6am (maybe a bit earlier), and many of them stayed until pack-up was completed around 2pm. A big thank you to the club’s Water Safety Team and IRB drivers and crew for their service during the day. We had to find the Surf Sports Manual at one stage to help us remember the order of the can colours for the swim cans, as well as a few tense moments working out how to lay the cans. Water Safety did a massive 4+ hour stint looking after competitors in the U/8s up to the U/15s. Many compliments from carnival officials and other clubs for a job well done. Most of the Water Safety Team and IRB crews clocked up eight patrol hours for their efforts. To the general work party, it was almost like we put on a carnival every year – excellent effort! And when it came time to pack-up there was plenty of help – thank you to all. Many thanks of appreciation across the board for the food service. A big thanks to the senior families who came to allow the nipper parents to get onto the beach to watch their children compete, a wonderful gesture. Officials and water safety really appreciated being fed and watered on the beach, and the post-event food was spectacular.

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Thank you to everyone who did the organising and lead-up work to get everything aligned for the day, including picking the carnival trailer and barbecue trailer, sourcing food supplies, ice, drinks, checking we had gear ready for the day, ensuring the IRBs were ready, getting the 2nd ATV up and running – it was an awesome team effort. There has been great feedback from officials and clubs, and this was all because as a club we had a go. Looking forward to hosting another carnival next season, or maybe even later this season. Thanks to our resident UAV Pilot for the awesome photo (bottom of this page) and making sure the surf was safe for competitors. And, of course, well done to all HelensburghStanwell Park Nippers who competed on the day, for many of them it was their first surf carnival. The club had some great results including a win in a board race with a come-from-behind wave cracked at the cans to overtake the entire field – local knowledge. It was good to see so many of our nippers in water events giving them a red-hot go, as well as showing everyone how to do it on the beach. Well done all. There has been overwhelming support by the membership in helping the club run these awesome events. BUSHFIRE “BACK TO SCHOOL DRIVE” Thanks to everyone for the tremendous support of our “Back To School Drive” to send to bushfireaffected small schools on the NSW south coast.


The club delivered eight large boxes of school items to Tradies Helensburgh on Australia Day. There were whole backpacks and pencil cases along with boxes of pens and coloured pencils, even a bunch of education board games donated. The photo (bottom of this page) shows Tradies Helensburgh Duty Manager Mitch with all the donated goodies from Helensburgh-Stanwell Park SLSC members, families and friends. U/19 BOATIES AT THE ASRL OPEN, MOLLYMOOK The clubs U/19 Male Surf Boat crew – Drew Walsh, Matt Anger, Dakota Curcoski, Mitchell Sweeny and Sweep Ed White – headed south to Mollymook on the weekend of 14-16 February 2020. The ASRL Open is one of the biggest gatherings of surf boat crews from across Australia with more than 300 crews participating in the event. After a change of venue to Long Beach near Batemans Bay for more favourable conditions and a flatter row, the boys missed out by 1 point in progressing from the round-robin stage to the knockout rounds. They will head to Blacksmith’s Beach for the NSW Open Championship on 6-8 March 2020 – good luck to the crew. NIPPERS HEADING TO BLACKSMITHS BEACH FOR THE NSW AGE CHAMPIONSHIPS – 28 FEBRUARY – 1 MARCH 2020 A solid group of nippers have been training hard for the 2020 NSW Age Championships. This event brings the best of all competitors from the NSW club’s to compete over three days. This season our nippers have been training every week to give them the confidence and skills to take on the surf and the best competitors. The club still has outstanding beach competitors who plan to continue the club’s medal haul on the beach. Read the next issue of 2508 District News for full results.

THE EQUILIBRIUM HEALTHCARE STANWELL PARK OCEAN SWIM – SUNDAY, 15 MARCH 2020 This is an epic ocean swim from Coalcliff Beach to Stanwell Park Beach, just over 2.3 km. If conditions are right, there is lots to look at on the ocean floor as your leave Coalcliff and when you head back into Stanwell Park. The event is supported by Equilibrium Healthcare. The club will provide a huge amount of water safety for the event with four IRBs and multiple board paddlers on the course, and lots of life savers on the shore to assist swimmers in finding their feet at the end of the swim. Entries close on Saturday, 14 March 2020, go to https://oceanswims.com/swims/calendar/ eventdetail/699/54/stanwell-park-nsw-e.html to enter. FRIDAY NIGHT DRINKS - 20 MARCH 2020 The Surf Club Bar @ Stanwell Park will open its doors on Friday, 20 March 2020 from 6pm. Stanny Rowers will host the event and on the menu will be that barbecue classic: steak & sausage sandwiches from 6.30pm. These are great community- and family-focused events, aimed at bringing the local community to the surf club, so please come along and support the Stanny Rowers. SURF LIFE SAVING PATROLS ON STANWELL PARK BEACH Wollongong City Council Lifeguards and Surf Club Lifesavers will patrol the beach from 9am to 6pm until 29 March 2020, then from 9am to 5pm until the last day of the season on Sunday, 26 April 2020. So far this season, volunteer lifesavers have provided more than 2500 hours on patrol, conducted five rescues, 343 preventative actions and watched over 25,500 beach-goers. Interested in being a volunteer lifesaver? Please email president@stanwellparksurfclub.com. 2508

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2020 PORT KEMBLA TIDAL CHART 2020

NEW SOUTH WALES LONG 150° 55’ E

PORT KEMBLA – NEW SOUTH WALES

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Barry Thompson Towns reports. The ban on carts prevented me and other less athletic members from taking to the course and stopped John Town’s return after his back problems. But 15 of our finest braved the quagmire and Greg, Dave and Brian finished in that order after a three-way count-back. Terry won the first nine and Rod took the honours on the second. Karl took my usual place on the Bradman podium. Two players didn’t return to the Tradies debrief and suggestions were made for a search party to ensure they were not still stuck knee-deep somewhere on the course. The winners will put their Helensburgh Butchery and Gallardo’s Pizzeria vouchers to good use, and I hope Roger benefits from the Helensburgh Driving Range prize he won. Don’t forget to see Dave for your new Tradies shirt issue and Mick for bookings for our May 3rd trip to Kiama. Our next round is on March 14th, 7.30 Tee Off, come join our happy throng and please bring some good weather with you. 2508

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Robert ‘Indy’ Jones reports. HSSGC members welcomed newcomer Jose Hernandes to Boomerang on February 2nd for 2020’s first official event. Much-needed rainfall softened the course a little. Craig Nicholl posted 39 points to win, with Debbie Ross (on 37) in second, and Phil Wilson third on a count-back. As always, players received great prizes from our sponsors Christian’s Premium Meats, Helensburgh Hotel and Helensburgh Golf Range. On course, the usual suspects Bruce, Mark O’ and Frank took the majority of rewards on offer. Frank has Blotto handing out cash already this year and there are few numbers still available. It’s time to put your ideas forward for the annual trip away in 2020, dates in October or November and venue(s) to be decided soon. HSSGC events are scheduled for March 1st, April 5th and May 3rd. Contact Tony on 0418 863 100 or just arrive at our regular time of 7.30 for 8am to enjoy the golf, a chat and a BBQ finish at Boomerang Public Golf Course. Remember it’s not hard to keep your ball on the fairway as long as you’re not too picky about which one. 2508

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