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Local Talent Opening Doors (& Windows) This time last year independent singer/ songwriter and Helensburgh resident, Jackie Dee put out a call in the Helensburgh & District Herald for support from the local community, to help her dream of recording a full-length studio album become a reality. After a lot of hard work and help from friends and the community, Jackie’s album titled ‘Doors & Windows’ is now due for official release on February 14. Jackie came to the attention of the Australian country music industry in 2008 when she entered an Illawarra song competition. Jackie’s song ‘A Few Wrong Turns’ (the first single from her debut EP Tide) was named overall competition winner by one of the judges, Colin Buchanan. Jackie went on to become a heat finalist for the entire Sydney region in the Telstra Road to Tamworth, and in 2011 was voted as a finalist (People’s Choice) for the Australian Independent Artists Development Awards. At the 2012 Tamworth Country Music Festival Jackie performed at the Capitol Theatre along with renowned country stars Jetty Road, Pete Denahy, Tori Darke and others. ‘Doors & Windows’ is a mature collection of songs in Jackie’s unique style she calls ‘Coastal Country’. The album’s title is a metaphor for life, seeing endings as opportunities to grow in new directions, “you may be changed, but you’re not broken, one door maybe closing but the window, is open” writes Jackie.

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Being an independent artist means that Jackie is completely self-funded, and says she’s been humbled by the support of locals in pre-ordering her new album to help her raise the funds to get into the studio and record. “My environment provides me with a ton of inspiration for my songwriting, and I’m planning on making a music video for the first single and title track from the new album. Again I’d like to showcase the local surrounds and if possible even use some local people.” The two video clips Jackie made for the singles from her debut EP Tide were both filmed locally. Continued on page 2

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Helensburgh & District Herald Pty Ltd Editor: Angela Fagerstrom 0409 065 500 Facebook: Helensburgh District Herald ABN: 13 877 135 184 Community participation in this monthly newsletter is encouraged. Contributors should keep stories to a maximum of 200 words if possible. The editor reserves the right to edit according to space restrictions. Contributors should include contact details for clarification. The Contributor’s drop box is located at Helensburgh Newsagency, or post to P.O. Box 248 Helensburgh, 2508. Disclaimer: The views expressed in the letters published in this issue do not reflect those of the editor. All graphics remain the property of Helensburgh & District Herald Pty Ltd unless otherwise supplied.

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From page 1 Jackie now has a crowdfunding campaign underway with to raise the funds to produce film clips. You can score yourself copies of her albums by getting on board at jackiedeemusicvidcampaign You can join Jackie for the album launch on Thursday February 14 at Brass Monkey - 115a Cronulla Street, Cronulla. Doors open at 7 pm, tickets are $15 at the door or for table reservations phone 9544 3844. For more information visit

Hip Hip Hooray! The Helensburgh & District Herald is this month celebrating its 2nd birthday! For that I say “hip hip hooray!� to every reader, all the wonderful contributors and the local business community for its support of the HDH through advertising. To celebrate this occasion the HDH has had a little makeover – launching a new logo and banner design courtesy of Wendy Gergos at Flame Fish Designs. Bridging the gap between a traditional newsletter and technology trends, the HDH has also launched an online archive of all (22) past editions in an easy to read electronic pdf flip book format. The electronic library can be viewed at: http:// Not into technology? Don’t worry. The preferred format is always going to be the printed little book delivered for free to your letterbox. New contributors are always welcome! If you are interested in contributing please contact the editor:


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OPINION Are You Fair Dinkum? By Angela Fagerström 2508 is rich in natural assets. We have underground wealth, we have unrivalled coastal beauty and we have absolutely no shortage of opinion when it comes to the use of our land. The decades-old debate over whether or not to open up residential and/or industrial land has gained momentum and ferocity in recent months. There have been reported attacks on property and an alleged physical assault on a Wollongong City Councillor – all as a result of differing opinions on land use. The zone classifications in question are still up in the air, with Council staff sifting through the thousands of submissions (numbering in excess of 40,000) made on the 2508 lands. Yet, on Christmas Eve 2012 a new development application (DA) was lodged, for large residential lots (between approx 75 acres and 97 acres) which at face value appear to be a compromise. For large and prestigious home lots would bring value to the area and prevent mass residential development - a compromise perhaps? Sadly, nothing to do with local land zones is

HELENSBURGH&DISTRICTHERALD straightforward. This particular development application appears to leave a large parcel of land open to future residential ‘if and when’ the zone allows, as outlined in the DA’s development components. The significance of this is that if the large lots are approved, the case for arguing the remaining section be considered housing ‘infill’ is greatly strengthened. There are cases for and against this happening, but when a DA is lodged in the peak of the silly season one can only presume that the hope would be to avoid as many arguments lodged ‘against’ as possible and slip under the radar. Lodging a DA on Christmas Eve for a section of land at one of the epicentres of the zone debate is not being fair dinkum. It is this kind of tactic that leaves cynics jaded and pushes compromise further out of reach. Let Wollongong City Council do their job and make a determination on the future of the lands. Not everyone will be satisfied, but not everyone can be, for not all investments are sound and some land must be opened up. But at the very least, let’s be fair dinkum! For more information see letters to the Editor on page 10.

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Panel to assess local CSG project extension By Angela Fagerström The Planning and Assessment Commission (PAC) is visiting Helensburgh to hear community concerns relating to coal seam gas exploration at Darkes Forest and Maddens Plains. PAC will discuss the merits of granting a further three years to the exploration license of Apex Energy, at a public meeting on Wednesday, February 13 at Helensburgh Workers Sports & Social Club at 2 pm. Of the 237 submissions, 233 objected to the proposal, 3 raised concerns and made recommendations, and 1 had no objection. Yet, NSW Planning has recommended PAC approve the extension. Public concerns included the impacts of exploration (and subsequent mining) on the sensitive Sydney Catchment Special Area and the degradation of drinking water. Groups to lodge submissions against the extension included Doctors for the Environment Australia, and the peak organisation representing local government in the Illawarra and South Coast regions - Southern Councils Group (SCG). In their submission Doctors for the Environment stated “We would like to express our very strong objection on health grounds to the proposal by Apex Energy to modify their development approval to allow an additional 3 years to complete exploratory drilling”.

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The submission went on to say “Whilst Apex Energy have made it clear no hydraulic fracturing is planned for the 16 exploratory wells, only 2 of which will be in undisturbed coal seams, this exploration is preliminary to developing a coal seam gas production field in these areas and this will inevitably necessitate hydraulic fracturing”. The submission made by Brian MacDonald on behalf of SCG was succinct “SCG urges the State Government to rule out CSG activities in water catchment areas”. Spokesperson for Apex Energy, Operations Manager Chris Lawrence spoke to the Helensburgh & District Herald of the confusion surrounding the meeting “The PAC is giving interest groups and the public an opportunity to directly voice their opinions (to them) on the Part3A modification”. Mr Lawrence explained the purpose of the meeting was not “to present on or justify the proposal” stating it was merely to discuss extending the expiry date. Apex Energy confirmed it was likely they would have a representative at the meeting but would only speak if asked to do so by PAC. Spokesperson for Northern Illawarra Sustainability Alliance and Helensburgh resident, Peter Turner said of the upcoming meeting “Given the track record of the PAC, there can be little doubt Apex will get an approval recommendation, no matter the many submissions or what is said at the upcoming PAC meeting”. Mr Turner went on the say “The members of the PAC are hand-picked by the Government and the Government is determined to gamble water for royalties. Even so, the meeting is an important opportunity for members of the community to let the PAC know what they think of Apex’s CSG project and the credibility of the assessment process.” It is expected representatives from Wollongong City Council (WCC) will also present to PAC, with council considering Cr Petty’s motion (for WCC to present its position) on January 29. To register to speak, visit au.



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NEWS Beer And Wine Fair…Take Two After a freak, almost cyclonic weather event on December 9 (2012) forced the cancellation of the Boutique Beer and Wine Fair, host Centennial Hotel Heritage Cellars has secured a new date for the event (and hopefully good weather). The 2013 Beer and Wine Fair will commence at 12.30 pm on Sunday March 3. It will provide locals with the opportunity to sample a wide range of bouquet wines and beers virtually on their doorstep. “We will have twelve premium distributors represented. This means around 80 wines and a dozen or so beers and ciders” said Cellar’s manager and wine buff Peter Doak. “This is a great opportunity for locals to experience an afternoon of tastings they would otherwise have to travel right out of area for.” The offerings are predominantly Australian, with red, white and sparkling varieties all represented. Entry is $15 per adult person*and includes unlimited tastings. If a sample has you coming back for more, you can purchase a glass for $5. Cases of wine can be ordered on the day at a discounted price (sorry no single bottles). See you there! *Proof of age is required for all tastings and purchases.

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HELENSBURGH&DISTRICTHERALD Clean Up Australia Day 2013 Clean Up Australia Day will be held on 3 March 2013. Once again Helensburgh and District Landcare Group will provide a registration site for residents who would like to participate in helping to remove rubbish from our local area. Register at the Old Mine Surgery, 78 Parkes Street, Helensburgh, between 9 am and 1 pm. Clean up an area of your own choice, or we can suggest an area in need of a clean up. Wear a hat, sturdy shoes and gloves. For more information ring Sean Johnson 4294 8159 or check out our website



Helensburgh Resident Set For Commanding Military Career

Lieutenant Neale Sinclair at RMC Duntroon

Helensburgh local, Neale Sinclair, graduated from the Royal Military College (RMC) Duntroon, last month, along with 155 future leaders of the Australian Army. The December 2012 Corps of Staff Cadets was the 121st class to graduate from Australia’s Army Officer Training establishment since its inception in 1911. “After high school, I completed training with the state police. However, I soon realised that I wanted something more physical from my career - the Army seemed like the right choice for me,” Neale said. Lieutenant Sinclair applied for, and was selected to complete, a Bachelor of Counterterrorism, Security and Intelligence at the Edith Cowan University in Perth, Western Australia. The next step for his career was to attend RMC, Duntroon, to become an Army Officer before continuing on to pursue a career in the Military Police. “I came to RMC, Duntroon, in 2011 to take my military training to the next level and to allow me to join the Military Police,” Neale said. “My ambition was to be able to command and manage soldiers to the best of my ability, and to serve my country overseas.

“Thanks to my training at RMC, Duntroon, I will soon be on the path to achieving my career goals,” he said. The RMC, Duntroon, experience prepares future Army Officers to lead and achieve objectives professionally, and with courage and dedication. During the training, Staff Cadets undertake specialist studies as well as military training conducted in state-of-the-art facilities. While Lieutenant Sinclair enjoyed the physical challenges and experiences offered at RMC, Duntroon, such as flying in Blackhawks and moving around in Bushmasters (the Army’s Infantry Mobility Vehicle) it is the leadership training that will stay with him after graduation. “My role with the Military Police will be to maintain service discipline in the barracks and to enable Special Forces to conduct tactical actions on operations,” Neale said. “At RMC, Duntroon, I’ve developed a keen understanding of what leadership and mateship in the military is really about,” he concluded. Upon graduation Staff Cadets are promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and are capable of commanding platoon teams of 30 soldiers in complex operating environments. For more information visit www.defencejobs. or call 13 19 01. February 2013 Helensburgh & District Herald 7



Stanwell Park CWA Hall Target Of Attacks The Stanwell Park CWA Hall is a valuable community asset, but sadly has been targeted in a series of vandalism attacks. “After a series of minor break-ins last year, we were forced to change the locks” said President Carol Pugh. “The repairs we need to undertake each time someone damages the hall gets costly and we are a registered charity - the money is needed elsewhere.” The most recent attack, also one of the more bizarre, is believed to have occurred on January 4. The CWA contacted Wollongong Police after the hall was spattered in pink, white and purple paint. While the idea that a group or individuals (presumably at least one female) have painted love hearts on the walls is almost cute, the reality of the latest attack has been far more costly. “The paint was extremely hard to clean, and did not come off the carpets, but the most costly part has been for Stanwell Park Arts Theatre (SPAT) they had hired costumes destroyed by the spattered paint and were forced to pay for

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Remembering Waterfall 10 Years On By Jim Powell, Captain 325 Station It was 7.45 am and I was on my way to work on the 30 January 2003 when my pager went off so I turned around as I was only 6 minutes from the Helensburgh Fire Station. In the meantime a news flash come over the radio about a train derailment at Waterfall. By the time I caught up with our Appliance it was at the Cawley Road locked entrance gates along with the local Ambulance crew. Luckily the Ambo had keys so we followed the sound of a helicopter down the service track for the railways. Finally the tangled mess of the train came into view up along the track with two carriages lying on their side, one with its roof almost torn off. These two carriage had jumped the south-bound track and that 4 of the 8 cars were across the other north-bound track. The derailment also brought down 2 overhead stanchions that carried the electric wires that powered the trains, which luckily cut off the power to the railway line. Why was this a significance? Well another 8 car train had just departed Helensburgh Station crowed with commuters from down the Illawarra on their way to work in the CBD. This oncoming train full of passengers was only 1.5 kms from the derailment and if the train had left Helensburgh 2 minutes earlier, it could have met the runaway train headon at the crash site. When we arrived at the crash scene many other services were in attendance; Fire Brigades, Ambulances, Police and a Helicopter. We were given the task of search and rescue and to find any survivors still trapped in the carriages and also those thrown out of the train and lying by the side of the tracks. Immediately we were asked to assist Hurstville Rescue to help extract injured people out of the first carriage which took the full force of the impact with the rock face. There were at least 4 people still alive in the front carriage which was on its side with part of the roof missing. One unfortunate lady had 2 badly broken legs and was trapped by the seat in front. Her husband still alive had been flung further up the carriage but his condition was grave and died a short time later.

An Ambulance Officer was administering plasma with sedative to the injured woman and we battled against over 40 degrees heat to release her from the mangled carriage. The Hurstville S/O never left her side and both of us battled with single socket spanner on a long extension bar to undo the seat where the ladies legs were trapped. She was the last passenger still alive to be removed from the train. There were a large number of various emergency agencies at the crash scene and I must say the smoothness and professionalism shown on that day was to be applauded. The whole incident took around 5 hours before it was handed over to the SRA and Police to complete their inquiries, even the Assistant State Coroner was in attendance. The Coroners inquiry held later that year concluded the driver had a heart attack at the controls of the G7-8 car train, and the train instead of decelerating at the approaching bend, it actually accelerated at an incredible speed causing the train to lurch severely prior to hitting an overhead stanchion and jumping off the tracks. The driver had been flung out of his compartment and his body found some distance back beside the tracks. Every year on the Anniversary of the Waterfall Train Disaster, a service has been held at the Helensburgh Catholic Church for the victims and survivors. This is where I meet the lady I helped rescue on that tragic day. She still, as late as 2010 needed a walking stick to aid her walking. Sadly, seven people lost their lives in that derailment, including the train driver. February 2013 Helensburgh & District Herald 9

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR All letters must carry the sender’s home address and a contact number for verification. Please limit letters to 300 words. By submitting your letter for publication, you agree that we may edit the letter for legal, space or other reasonable reasons. Editor. Dear Editor, Herein lies a bit of a rant, but it’s intended to be for information (and action, if you feel so moved): a DA (DA-2012/1480) was lodged on Xmas Eve for some of the former 7d lands in Helensburgh - in the area up near Otford Road. As I understand it, the proposal is to merge some blocks and divide others to form 8 or 9 x 40 ha blocks, each with a house (and so conform with the zoning rules of our Local Environment Plan). This proposal’s merits may include a resolution to the drawn-out 7d issues (for some landowners, but not all), and at the same time protecting some areas of bush from intense development. However I suggest the proposal is given careful consideration.

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HELENSBURGH&DISTRICTHERALD The first thing that springs to my mind is that this development could later lead to a decision that allows “filling in” higher-density housing on adjacent blocks. I know this issue is hotly-debated in our town, and emotions can (and have) run high. By raising this I don’t mean to divide the town any further. All I ask is that we think about this proposal and participate in the discussion. Perhaps there is a compromise. Submissions are due on 18 Feb (although a few requests from the local community may lead Council to extend this date, particularly given the Xmas holiday period). If you would like to be involved in shaping the future of this wonderful town, I suggest you go get yourself informed and make a submission. Go to http://www. applications.aspx and search for DA-2012/1480. T Munn, Helensburgh

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR HSC result surprise Dear Editor, I am overwhelmed with proud parent syndrome and it’s an affliction I’m happy to have. Every parent has reason to be proud of their child at some time or other, if not always. When my son was awarded medals for top of Year 12 in several subjects recently, I was understandably proud and overcome with excitement and admiration at the school graduation ceremony when he was presented with all his awards. As soon as he put on the Heathcote High senior uniform in January 2011, he decided to get a longoverdue haircut, and became a different person. He held his head high, shoulders back, attended school every day and did his homework! I could see such a change in him when he started year 11. It was surprising and pleasing. I hadn’t said a word, but always made it clear how important school is. It happened again! The proud parent syndrome took over when the HSC results were released. He got mainly marks in the 90s and got runner-up school dux at 93.35 – he was beaten to dux with 93.5. So close and he had studied so hard. I said to Matt, “were you disappointed that you didn’t get school dux?” He said “no. I never expected to get dux at all.” Well done Matt. We are all so proud of you, more than you can know. Vicki Christie, Helensburgh

HELENSBURGH&DISTRICTHERALD Dear Editor, There seems to be some confusion, (compounded by the Illawarra media and certain locals) in regards to the number of votes councillors received in Ward 1, our ward. For our relevant area, personally, Greg Petty (Independent) received 284 (Independent Group above the line, 3,448) and Leigh Colacino 128 (Liberal group above the line, 9,711). The other 2 Councillors elected; Janice Kershaw 260, (Labor above the line, 8,703) and Jill Merrin, 168 (Greens above the line, 4754). The above the line is where you just place a #1 and requires not much thought. The personal votes from below the line show you have considered the candidate, their policies and concerns they have for the area and those that agree with them. As shown, Independent, Greg Petty, received the highest number of personal votes. Yet, Cr Petty’s family property and other people’s family properties are attacked by local thugs. There are no other words to describe them… well, maybe there are but they can’t be printed here. Cr Petty and others believe that people should do things legally, just like the majority. Yet, this vocal minority ride rough shod over anyone concerned about their dodgy developments that are being caught out by modern technology. No one has a problem with those that do things legally and have been approved by Council or the governing laws. But when people put themselves outside that law, then they should expect honest people to be concerned about their crooked actions and thumbing their nose at the district and law abiding residents. Alan Bond

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In Search Of Pauper Graves The Helensburgh Historical Society is researching the whereabouts of the lost “Pauper Graves” as well as 137 unknown burials throughout all the denominational sections in the Helensburgh General Cemetery. On November 23, 1892 approximately ten acres of fairly inhospitable stony ground was dedicated a cemetery in the “Village of Helensburgh West”, the village only being proclaimed months before on February 13. A “Cemetery Trust” was formed and the “Trustees” became the custodians of the cemetery. The Trustees were representatives from the various religious groups, community organisations, and many others. Up until the 1960s, the cemetery was in the care and control of the Cemetery Trust. The State Government abandoned the practice of appointing Trustees to manage the cemeteries and in the 60s handed over the administration of all state cemeteries to local councils. When Wollongong City Council took over the administration of Helensburgh Cemetery, all relevant documentation regarding burials held

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by the Trustees would have been forwarded to the administration staff. It appears that in some cases this did not happen, and in fact one of the Burial Registers was burnt during one period of bushfires. There would also have been the Undertakers Books and Helensburgh had several contractors during the period of the 1890s to 1960s. So why can’t we locate these 137 burials and the Pauper Graves? The Society would like to hear from anyone with information about graves that are not in the Council’s records. You can contact Jenny Donohoe, Researcher, Helensburgh District Historical Society: au

COMMUNITY NEWS ECO CINEMA - “Bag It” Would you like to see the 2508 shopping precinct become plastic bag free? Want to learn why you should be even more outraged by the pervasiveness of plastics in our culture, and then learn what it is you can do to live a more plastic-free life? Then you should see Bag It, an engaging award-winning documentary about plastic bags, plastic politics, and singleuse disposables, how plastics are affecting the health of our oceans and the health of our own bodies. Bag It is the story of Jeb, an average guy who begins by asking where a single plastic bag from the grocery store will end up - and ends up travelling the world to find out how plastic pollution and chemistry alter not only our environment, but our bodies and our children’s bodies as well. I recommend this film for kids and adults alike. It asks us to listen to the facts and figures and then to consider changing the way we think, feel, and act regarding plastic products, plastic packaging, plastic garbage and plastic pollution.

HELENSBURGH&DISTRICTHERALD The film also offers some concrete solutions that we can all incorporate into our lives, making our lives both simpler and healthier. It is a 78 minute featurelength film. Hosted by Coalcliff SLSC as part of the Coastal Ambassadors Program, on behalf of Surf Lifesaving NSW, the NSW Environment Trust and Pittwater Council’s Coastal Environment Centre, with the assistance of Helensburgh Bushland Chapel. When: Friday February 22, 2013, 7.00 for 7.15 pm Where: Bushland Uniting Church, 94 Parkes Street, Helensburgh. Bookings essential to:

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Arts At The Chapel The writers’ group will recommence for 2013 in February, running the 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month at 7.15 pm. This group is run by an experienced writer and teacher. It is an opportunity to learn, express, improve skills, and share in a supportive group. Exercises are mixed will open participation. All are welcome – you do not need to be published or experienced. The workshops will benefit all and are very affordable! Come with pen and paper on night! Impressions of 2508. The chapel will sponsor a special arts exhibition and competition in the first of the year. Visual works, paintings, etchings, photographs, video and multi -media works, as well as poems, stories or other writing, are welcome. They should respond to events, architecture, people or the natural environment, in the 2508 postcode. There will be prizes, and all works will be properly exhibited. Chapel spaces are available for public use, such as meetings and classes. Inquiries about use of a visual arts studio space are also welcome.

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COMMUNITY NEWS Are You A Member Of A Surf Life Saving Club? Have you ever wondered about the animals that live on our coastal rock platforms? Would you like to know what they are? Come and join us for an information session and a low tide rock platform tour. Summer holidays are a great time to investigate the amazing diversity of life that lives between the land and the sea, and see how these creatures survive in such a unique and challenging environment. A fun couple of hours for Surf Club members! Hosted by Coalcliff SLSC as part of the Coastal Ambassadors Program, on behalf of Surf Lifesaving NSW, the NSW Environment Trust and Pittwater Council’s Coastal Environment Centre. Please email your interest to Jenelle McWilliam: When: Sunday February 24, 2013 TIME STILL TO BE CONFIRMED Where: Coalcliff SLSC What to bring: sturdy covered shoes, hat, sunscreen, water bottle.

HELENSBURGH&DISTRICTHERALD Community Information Sessions For Sandon Point & McCauley’s Beach Wollongong City Council will hold a series of information sessions as part of its consultation with the community on the draft Plan of Management for Sandon Point and McCauley’s Beach. The draft Plan, which is on public exhibition until 28 February, outlines ideas and plans to manage this community land, and recognises the site’s Aboriginal significance. Sessions will be held to provide information and gather feedback from the community, including: • Information night at Thirroul District Community Centre and Library on Wednesday 13 February from 7.30pm. • Public hearing at Thirroul District Community Centre and Library on Wednesday 27 February from 7.30pm. The draft Plan can also be viewed under the ‘Have Your Say’ section of Council’s website. Submissions on the draft Plan of Management will be accepted until 5pm on 15 March 2013. For more information call Council’s Customer Service on (02) 4227 7111 or visit Council’s website.

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CHEERS to local singer/songwriter Sammy Baker for his moving song titled how many more about the tragic shootings in Newtown (USA) which attracted almost 175,000 hits on YouTube in its first month! CHEERS to Bevans Illawarra for being one of the major sponsors of the Great Illawarra Walk for Camp Quality. You can help too! Go to www. CHEERS to Eleanor McLeod who celebrated turning 90 years young in January. Eleanor is a hard working volunteer for Northern Illawarra Neighbourhood Aid. Cheers and congratulations!


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What Makes You Special? By Quentin Field, Media Officer, Northern Illawarra Chamber of Commerce The rather scary term ‘fiscal cliff’ emerged in the latter part of 2012, suggesting we are on the verge of the unknown when it comes to the economic outlook as we head into 2013. So it had me thinking, what can the many small and medium businesses of the Northern Illawarra do to best prepare themselves for the year ahead and stay competitive? When people think of competition, they often think of competing on price alone. However, for many small to medium businesses the reality of a shrinking margin might be the difference between seeing out 2013 still in business or not - and there are other ways to compete in the marketplace for the valuable customer dollar. Make a New Year resolution for your business - take a few minutes, sit down and make a note of what makes you special. What makes you special? How are you different to your competition? Perhaps it’s a value added service that you offer that your competition does not, such as home delivery. It may be industry-specific training that you or your team have achieved which sets you apart. It could be that you have access to a particular product or software that is highly esteemed in the marketplace. Or it can be as simple as offering free gift-wrapping. No matter what industry you are in – from building and construction to IT or cake making – there should be something that makes your business different from your competitors. In most cases it just needs to be identified and communicated to your customers. But I’m just a tradie? If you feel unsure about what you can offer that is different to your competitors, why not ask the people who matter - your customers! Ask a repeat customer why they choose to use your business. This may give you a unique insight into the way your business is perceived in the marketplace. Answers like You leave the building site tidy, Your staff are always nice on the phone and You are the only stockist for XXX brand might help guide you towards understanding your unique offering.

Talk it up! When you have made a note of at least three things that are special about your business, tell others! Next time you are competing on price or proximity, mention the things that make your business special and be confident that this will win you business. Avoid negatives and be gracious When highlighting what makes your business special and worthy of the customer’s spend, avoid bagging your competition. This is a big no-no. For example, here are two ways the same message could be delivered: a) Our coffee is better than theirs b) We believe we have the best coffee If you lose a customer to your competition, be gracious and leave the door open for future conversations. I’m sorry that we were not able to help you this time, but should you need anything in the future please consider us. The region is far too small to be burning bridges with customers. Be compelling I am often surprised how many are unfamiliar with their “compelling message”. Advertising is an important way to reach your target audience, but you have only a few seconds to make sure your message reaches them. Ask your clients to respond with a “call to action” - this can be as simple as “Call now for a quote!” Be thankful Running a small business can be tough and exhausting and in some cases financially draining. Yet there are some tiny things that every business can do to improve customer relations that cost absolutely nothing! Smile, make eye contact, open a door, remember names and lastly say thank you. Wishing all the business of the Northern Illawarra a happy and prosperous new year! February 2013 Helensburgh & District Herald 17



Familiar Faces & New Friends @ Razorhurst

Salon owner Nigel is keen for locals to experience the latest hair trends and is offering all new clients a cut and colour (any colour, any length) at just $99. Nigel has extended this offer exclusively for readers of the Helensburgh & District Herald until March 16. “What is trending in hair styles are geometric, disconnected cuts with strong panels of autumn hues” said Nigel, who is also a senior technical consultant for De Lorenzo Hair Care. “Personalisation has never been bigger. It’s not about what’s hot – it’s about what’s hot on you!” he added. Don’t forget you can also become ‘tan-tastic’ at Razorhurst, with spray tan shades catering to all. The gentle 1 hour ‘light bronzed’ tan, right through to the 8 hour ‘triple dark’ for a serious tan. Razorhurst is open Tuesday – Saturday from 9:00am, except for late nights on Thursday from 11am. Shop 5/91 Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Stanwell Park. To make an appointment call 0468 337 477.

A new team member has arrived at Razorhurst salon in Stanwell Park. Sharlene Baker is a name many locals will remember from her time operating ‘Sharlene’s hair update’ which operated in Stanwell Park for around 10 years before she moved out of area. Sharlene joins full time hairdresser Marie Caine to complete the new look Razorhurst team. Now well settled into Razorhurst, Marie brings a wealth of experience in cutting and colour techniques having worked for years in salons in Cronulla and around the Sutherland Shire. “It’s been a wonderful thing to have Sharlene join myself and (owner) Nigel at Razorhurst, there is a real team environment!” said Marie. “I really missed Stanwell Park and can’t wait to catch up with old friends. It will be great to meet new people and share the latest styles and techniques” commented Sharlene.

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SPOTLIGHT ON LOCAL BUSINESS Ezy Pool Services Is Going Mobile! After almost two years with a shopfront in Helensburgh, Ezy Pool services is going exclusively mobile. “We knew there was a need here for a pool service” said owner/operator Quentin Field “the shop gave us the opportunity to work out which products people wanted and build up our clientele”. “By offering a mobile service we can give the very best value to our clients. We will have lower over heads but can still offer all the same products and services” said Quentin. The mobile services include: • Free local Delivery on all chemical orders • Free in Home Water Testing*(conditions apply) • Free Quotations • Free Advice • Regular pool servicing starting at $49 • Solar repairs and installation Ezy Pool’s shopfront (in the Helensburgh Post Office building) will remain open until Saturday February 23, where you can get huge savings on

HELENSBURGH&DISTRICTHERALD everything in the store while stocks last (cash only). For more information call Quentin at Ezy Pool Services on 0404 018 000 or email: quentin@ - online shopping also available:

An Afternoon Yoga Retreat with Amber At Govinda Valley Amber is running an afternoon of meditation, yoga and relaxation set in the lovely setting of Govinda valley in Otford which we are lucky to have on our doorstep! There will also be a delicious vegetarian meal after the class. Sunday 17th February 3pm – 6pm $65per person. Limited spots so book early. For more details contact Amber on 0403 959 334 or go to

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A Little Help From Our Friends

By Rev. James Ramsay, Helensburgh Baptist Church Author Donald Tuttle tells the story of a little boy and his father who, while walking along a road one day, came across a large rock that blocked their path. The little boy looked at the stone and then he asked his father, “Dad, do you think that if I use all my strength, I can move that rock?” His father thought for a moment and said, “Sure son, I think that if you use all your strength, you can do it.” Well, that was all the encouragement the little boy needed. He ran over to that rock and began to push on it. He pushed and he pushed and he pushed. He pushed so hard that his muscles ached, and his feet slipped against the earth, and beads of sweat appeared on his forehead. But the rock didn’t move—not even a millimetre. After a while, the little boy sat down on the ground, utterly discouraged. “You were wrong,” he told his dad. “I can’t do it.” The father then walked over to the defeated little boy and knelt beside him. He put his arm around his son’s shoulder and said, “Oh, but you can do it. You just didn’t use all your strength. You didn’t ask me to help.” What a profound truth that father was trying to teach his son. He wanted him to know that none of us needs to stand alone like an island – separate, isolated, utterly self sufficient. Instead, there is strength at our disposal that actually comes from sources beyond us. If we’re lucky, then like the little boy in Tuttle’s story, people who cared for us have taught us this truth through their willingness to help us shove our way past life’s obstructions. And haven’t we all run into obstructions? For some of us the obstruction has been depression, or isolation, illness, grief, addiction, bitterness, worry, anger, heartache, fear, or hopelessness. The rocks that block our way can come in many shapes and sizes and sometimes seem so formidable we’re sure we’re incapable of budging them no matter how hard we try. But why did we ever think we needed to do it alone? We have our pride, of course. And sometimes that may prevent us from seeking the help we need.

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But the truth is, to be unwilling to ask for the help of others is, in all likelihood, to live a diminished life- one that has us butting our heads against large rocks without any hope of getting past them. None of us gets by without a little help from others. Experiencing the loving, supportive help of friends who willingly lend us a hand with life’s heavy lifting is actually good practice. It helps us to envision, and accept, the aid of God, whose power to unburden us is limitless. Is there a large rock in your way? Are you exhausted from butting your head constantly without any sign of change? Call on every source of strength at your disposal. If you use it all – anything’s possible. And remember there are people who are there for you, and a God who knows what you are facing.

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CHURCH NEWS Helensburgh & Stanwell Park Anglican Church Regular Sunday services 8.15am Stanwell Park 54 Stanwell Avenue, Stanwell Park, 10am and 6pm Helensburgh, 75 Parkes Street. For information on any of our services or activities, visit or ring the office on 4294 1024

Helensburgh Bushland Chapel 94 Parkes Street, Helensburgh. A place for friendly, progressive inquiry into faith and modern life. 1st and 3rd Sundays 9.30 communion held on the 1st. Artistic, media, community, meditation, book club environmental and bushwalk events See or 4268 6748 Minister available for weddings, funerals, blessing. Chapel and rooms available for use.

Helensburgh Baptist Church Helensburgh Baptist Church (HBC) is a group of locals who believe that God can make a difference to the world. Hard to believe perhaps, but who else can you count on doing it? Working within the deepest parts of our lives God can bring about real and lasting change. God has radically changed our lives and we know he wants to change yours too. If you have ever thought about God and faith can make a difference in your life why not find out how? HBC is a friendly and laid back Church with a Sunday meeting held at the Community Centre on Walker St at 10am. Contact James Ramsay with any further questions on 4294 8459.

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HELENSBURGH&DISTRICTHERALD Holy Cross Catholic Parish You are welcome to come and celebrate Jesus’ love for us at Holy Cross Helensburgh and St Bernadette’s Stanwell Park. Weekend Mass Times Helensburgh: Saturday Vigil – 5:30pm, Sunday – 9.30am. Stanwell Park: Sunday – 8am. Confessions: Saturday – 5pm (Helensburgh). Weekday Masses - Helensburgh 9:15 Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays. Catholic Women’s League – Caring for others. Meet monthly. St. Vincent de Paul Society – Outreach to people in need. Meets monthly. For more information please phone Parish Priest Fr. Bede North or Kerrie on 4294 1009.

Hope Church 2508 Hope Church 2508 is a family church made up of genuine and committed people of all ages, driven by the belief that God is real and we can relate to Him on a daily basis. It is a place where people can find the acceptance and friendship that comes from being a part of a large family, creating a positive impact in the lives of the people in our community. We believe that God will bring hope, wholeness and healing to all who will cry out to Him. We aim to be the kind of church described in the Bible through relevant teaching, meaningful worship, sincere friendships, prayer, missions, compassion and care for others. You are most welcome to join us at our new church building at 6/17 Cemetery Road, Helensburgh at 9.30am each Sunday. For any enquiries or assistance please ring Pastors Lionel or Briga Rattenbury on 0404 803 055.

Hillcrest Christian Fellowship Hillcrest House (Hillcrest Retirement Village), Railway Crescent, Stanwell Park. 6pm each Sunday. Phone Graeme Ratten on 4294 3153. February 2013 Helensburgh & District Herald 21



Do You Know Someone In Need Of A Feed? An act of charity can be a simple one and the sentiment behind Need a Feed™ is exactly that. Inspired by the inaugural Need a Feed event held in southern QLD in September 2012, Bulli resident and Northern Illawarra Chamber of Commerce member, Shaz Harrison-Shaw started planning a Need a Feed event for the Wollongong area. “There are no gimmicks, we just want to provide a food parcel for people in need - the homeless, struggling families and anyone less fortunate” said Ms Harrison-Shaw. “From the very first mention of hosting a Need a Feed event in the Illawarra I found businesses and volunteers were keen to help” said Ms Harrison-Shaw, “I think people like the simplicity and purity of helping to provide one of life’s basic needs.” “The Illawarra community is a very generous one, and I am conscious that people give often” commented Ms Harrison-Shaw.

The businesses of the Illawarra have been outstanding in their support for the event commented Ms Harrison-Shaw, adding “the idea was also welcomed by the Berkeley Neighbourhood Centre and we felt this was a great place to hold the event.” The inaugural need a feed Illawarra will be held on Saturday February 9, between 11am and 2pm at the Berkeley Neighbourhood Centre. (Winnima Way, Berkeley NSW 2506) Sponsors include Colour Print Solutions, Bulli Fruit Market, Bunnings (Wollongong), Curves - Figtree, The Original Hot Chocolate, i98FM, Kings Charcoal Chicken (Thirroul), Mezzaluna Catering, San Huuey Bakery (Thirroul) . Donation points are located along the Illawarra coast as far north as Helensburgh and can be found on the facebook page doyouneedafeed Need a feed is now accepting donations of packaged food and drink with donations of fresh food and produce to be collected on the day of the event. To make a donation, find a donation drop-off point, to lend a hand on the day or to make further enquiries contact Shaz Harrison-Shaw on 0404 474 880 or email au

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YOUTH NEWS Komplete Kaos in Helensburgh By Lillian Pang When you have a problem with your mobile or computer who do you ask for help? A teenager, a tween or even younger? We all know kids are fast at picking up technology. Well here in the Illawarra we have proof of it. On Tuesday afternoon every week since July a group of 9 to 12 year olds have been meeting to complete Robotics Lego challenges in Helensburgh. What is Robotics Lego I hear you ask? It is the perfect blend of Lego and robotics components (called MindStorms), design and computer programming. Each week participants are set a challenge, for example; build a sumo bot. They must design build and program their sumo robot and then put them in the ring against each other. If your bot is too top heavy, has a blind side etc, the impact is felt immediately. The kids then get to go back to the design, build, program table to make adjustments. That was just the first challenge for the Helensburgh group. Over the past two terms the kids have been moving through a series of challenges to help them learn. Komplete Kaos Inc. is their name. They got a donation from Peabody to buy the initial start up kits ($6000) and in-kind support from Helensburgh Public School for location, computers and insurance. An invitation went out via local schools and the activity was filled rapidly. Andrew Clark, from Project Bucephalus. An experienced and generous trainer who has assisted all of the Illawarra teams (creating WORG – Wollongong Organisation of Robotics Groups) was employed as their trainer. During that first term they were told about FIRST® LEGO® League. An international competition that includes three components – the robot game, a research project and the team is judged on their core values. That is; do they work well as a team, work together to find solutions etc. Five of the Komplete Kaos kids decided they wanted to attempt the official tournament. These were Marnie Parkinson (9 years) Nicola pang (9 years) Glen Chambers (10 years), Andrew Christy (10 years) and Jiah Pang (10 years). This group of tenacious science and robotics kids set themselves to the task. This years FIRST® LEGO® League set the challenge to be based

HELENSBURGH&DISTRICTHERALD around seniors. Can FIRST® LEGO® League teams improve the quality of life for seniors by helping them continue to be independent, engaged, and connected in their communities? Komplete Kaos interviewed a range of seniors in 2508 and beyond and voted on one problem to solve. This senior kept loosing her glasses making it hard to get on with her daily life. Sound familiar? The kids researched vision, safety in the home and medication. They came up with an innovative solution that they researched and refined with members of the community, including our local pharmacist, Doug, an analytical chemist, bar code technologists in Queensland, seniors at the Café club run by NINA, and Doctor Delany. The worked paid off as this rookie team from 2508 came in the top 12 teams of NSW and will go on to compete in the nationals in February. Thirty nine teams from Australia and New Zealand will come together to compete at Macquarie University. Three teams in total from the Illawarra made it through to nationals putting the local mark on this national and international competition. We wish them all the best of luck!

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2013 Term 1 – U3A Term 1, U3A kicks off on Monday February 4 at 9.30am with a talk on the Opera house, as this year is the 40th anniversary of the Opera house’s opening. Our resident ex-music teacher shares his many music resources to present us an insight into the splendours of “our house”. We can also look forward to a wonderful visual presentation on Vincent Van Gogh, the famous and unique painter we now celebrate. Get your kilt and sporran out as Jim Powell will delight us with his journey to Highlands of Scotland and the Orkney Islands - an archipelago in northern Scotland. Several phrases like ‘no intiendo’ ‘mucho gracias’ and ‘el banyo’ were par for the course on my Mexican/Mayan experience. Come see the pyramid of Chichen Itza, ruins of Tulum and Coba and hear the real reason for the Mayan calendar. Monday February 4, 9.30am: ‘Our House’ by Geoffrey Reid

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Monday February 11, 9.30am: ‘Time traveller’s guide’ pt1by Harry Slip Monday February 18, 9.30am: ‘Time traveller’s guide’ pt2 by Harry Slip Monday February 25, 9.30am: ‘Van Gogh’ by Con Pikoulas Monday March 4, 9.30am: ‘Highlands of Scotland & Orkney Islands’ by Jim Powell Monday March 11, 9.30am: ‘Food Inc’ (DVD) hosted by Jenny Lee-Robins Monday March 18, 9.30am: ‘Vikings’ by Betty Warn Monday March 25, 9.30am: ‘Mexican/Mayan experience’ by Jenny Lee-Robins For further information please contact Jenny Lee-Robins on 4294 3475.

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CLASSIFIEDS CLASSIFIEDS Changes are coming to this page FOUND: A small sum of money in Bi-Lo in the 2nd week of January 2013. NB You must know the correct amount 0402 998 509. FOR SALE: Wall oven & hot plates 2 yrs old $100 each or $150 for both exc cond 0418 673 031. ELECTRICAL AND HANDYMAN SERVICES. Call Garry on 42941929 or 0435932499 for a free quote today. ENGLISH TUTORING: Experienced English Teacher and HSC English Marker call Iskra 0410344423 FLORIST: Wedding flowers, centrepieces, arrangements, gift baskets, presentation bouquets. Call Julie 0418265230. Photos available. MATHS AND PHYSICS TUTORING: in Helensburgh by experienced high school teacher. Call Naomi on 0429 083 533. FORMAL OR WEDDING PHOTOS DISAPPOINTING? Fly away hair? Acne? Distracting objects or background. Let “Touch Me Up” do all your photo editing needs. Phone Tracey 4294 8303 or visit “” MONDAY PLAYGROUP - STANWELL PARK. Monday’s 9.30-12 noon. Kids have fun whilst parents can relax. Location: Stanwell Park Children’s Centre, Stanwell Avenue. Please contact Penelope Stone on 0431 593 118. CELEBRANT: Personalised Wedding Ceremonies, Naming Ceremonies and Vow Renewal Ceremonies. Verheti Cruickshank Mobile 0401 227 665. STRETCH**STRENGTHEN**RELAX *Based on Tai Chi, Yoga and Pilates *All classes 1 hour $14 casual or 5 for $60 WHEN: Tuesday 9.15am & 7.15pm Thursday 7.15pm, Sunday 4.30pm WHERE: Childrens Centre end of Stanwell Ave Stanwell Park *Call Karen to book 0403 789 617 FACE PAINTING: For Kids’ parties or special events – fairies, cats, bats and more. Fully insured. Dressed as fairy or clownish. Phone Monica on 0427 991 673. AUSSIE FARMERS DIRECT: Fresh, Australian produce delivered free to your door. 34 February 2013 Helensburgh & District Herald

HELENSBURGH&DISTRICTHERALD Milk, bread, dairy, fruit & veg, meat, chicken and seafood. Growing organic range also available. ph Helen for $20 off your first order 4294 4922 or 0415 916 732 CLOTHING ALTERATIONS: Zippers replaced. Hems taken up, minor repairs fixed. Reasonable rates. Call Melinda 0419 977 658 or 4294 1619. LAWN MAGIC *Lawn Care *Weed Control *Hedge Trimming *Waste Removal *Gutter Cleaning *Water Blasting *Garden Mulching *Planting of Plants *General Maintenance. FULLY INSURED, FREE QUOTE, CALL KYLE 0433 772 443 USBORNE BOOKS Quality Children’s Books for every age - babies, pre-schoolers to beginner and advanced... even adults. Teacher/ School discounts, Home Parties, Fundraisers Welcome. Extensive range (including internetlinked titles) and short door to door delivery. Perfect Gift Ideas. Contact Annalyssa 0408 216 331 or HOLIDAY in ancient village of southern France. Two individual apartments or whole house, fully equipped, all inclusive, sleep up to 8. Secluded yet close to everything: Carcassone, Milhau, Montpellier, Canal du Midi, Pyrenees, Mediterranean beaches. $350-750 pw. occitania. WORMS: Composting/Fishing, quality fresh worms in a 250gm pack (1200 to 2400 worms) $29.00, call Bill 4294 2864, 0429 942 864 CHEMICAL FREE CLEANING: Call Janine 0409 323 321 or 4294 9652. TIGHT ACCESS EARTHWORKS , the smallest top of the line machines, unbeatable rates, access to 800mm and over , save your back your money and time. Call Glen on 0431767394 PLAYGROUP - STANWELL PARK Fridays 9.30-12am. Friendly relaxed atmosphere, meet other mums while the kids play and have fun. Stanwell Park Childrens Centre Stanwell Ave. Contact Wendy 0403 397 751. SHEPHARD ACADEMY of DANCE BALLET, MODERN/CONTEMPORARY, JAZZ, TAP, Pre-school Fairies. Classes from 2 yrs to Advance Boys, Girls to Adults. Enquiries, Helensburgh Community Centre, or phone Shirley 0416 229 919

CLASSIFIEDS / BLUEGUM DIARY GARDEN SERVICE: Rejuvenate your garden for spring. Pruning, hedge trimming, weeding, clean ups and removal. Regular mowing and trimming service also available. Free quotes. Ph Stewart 4294 9726 NUTRIMETICS: Shopping/pampering in your home, for monthly brochures, product samples, fundraising call Jenelle 4294 2864, 0407 038 799. HELENSBURGH PLAYGROUP: In the Hall at Helensburgh Community Centre. Tuesdays and Thursdays 10.00am – 12.00noon Lots of toys, games and craft suitable for all ages. For further information please contact Rosemary at the Community Centre on 4294 1290. SUSAN’S JUST DANCE..Great fun.. no pressure fantastic environment to learn to dance. Jazz.Tap.. Contemporary.. Hiphop..boys only Hiphop Crew..ages from 3 to adult..latest music..great teachers..Concert each year at the Sutherland Entertainment Susan for registration 4294 8366.

HELENSBURGH&DISTRICTHERALD Bluegum Diary 5 FEBRUARY 10:00am – 12:00noon CWA monthly meeting - Stanwell Park CWA Hall 15 The Drive, Stanwell Park 9 FEBRUARY 11:00am – 2:00pm Need A Feed - Berkeley Neighbourhood Centre, Winnima Way, Berkeley 2506 13 FEBRUARY 7:00pm Neighbourhood Forum 1 (Helensburgh Area) - Helensburgh Community Centre, Walker Street Helensburgh 19 FEBRUARY 11.00am VIEW Club Luncheon - Centennial Hotel. 19 FEBRUARY 10:30am – 12:30pm CWA Craft Meeting and Morning Tea - CWA Hall, 15 The Drive, Stanwell Park 2508 22 FEBRUARY 7:00pm – 8:00pm Screening of ‘Bag it’ - The Bushland Chapel, 94 Parkes Street Helensburgh 28 FEBRUARY 7:30pm – 8:30pm Historical Society Meeting - The Old Mine Surgery, Parkes Street 3 MARCH 9:00am – 6:00pm Clean Up Australia Day - Register at the Old Mine Surgery, between 9am and 1pm 3 MARCH From 12:30pm Beer and Wine Fair - Centennial Heritage Cellars - Centennial Hotel, Helensburgh 16 MARCH Holy Cross “We-Connect” Annual Fete - Holy Cross Primary School

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CLUB NEWS Fellowship Of First Fleeters By Betty Warn Beginning of the wine industry in NSW: In April 1800 the Duke of Portland wrote to Governor King at Sydney town that “As it appears the Colony is favourable to the growing of the grape”. Two young French prisoners of war on the convict hulks at Portsmouth had agreed to go to the colony for this purpose, their names being L’Andre and De Riveau. Antoine L’Andre was born at Nantes, France in 1771 and while serving as a soldier in the French Army, was taken prisoner during the war against England (1795-1796). He was 26 years old. The two Frenchmen sailed on the convict ship “Royal Admiral” which left England on May 23rd 1800. On August 4, four strange sails were sighted an on the “Royal Admiral” the decks were cleared for action. Two French vessels were taken by the convoy, “La Concorde” and “Medee”. On August 12 the Royal Admiral arrived in Rio Di Janiero with the deaths of 23 convicts plus another 5 by August 25th. Surgeon Turner, four seamen, a convict’s wife and child died bringing the total deaths to 35. The ship left Rio on September 15th and when she reached Port Jackson on November 20th, 43 people had died. Up to 1801 all the grape vines grown in the colony would not cover 2 acres and Governor King wrote to England “I have set the two Frenchman and six convicts that Parramatta must be planted with cuttings, which will not bear for

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two years and it won’t be until the end of 1803 that any quantity can be expected”. Governor King was authorised to pay each man 60 pounds per year. By March 1802, 7000 cuttings were doing well on the banks of the Parramatta River behind Government House. By October 12,000 cuttings were planted and King wrote to the Colonial Secretary in 1804 that it was necessary to produce wine and beer in the colony as the cost of importing liquor was very high and people did not drink tea of coffee (tea at that time was costing 7 pounds per pound). It was decided the two Frenchmen knew little of growing grapes and even less about making wine. De Riveau became involved in the uprising at Vinegar Hill, so he and his family were deported on the ‘Calcutta’ in 1804. Antoine was stung on the hand by a centipede and in one hour the wound festered. On the following day the hand and arm swelled badly causing a most agonising condition. Antoine died on August 11, 1811 aged 40 – the same day his daughter Jane was born.


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CLUB NEWS Stanwell Park CWA News – From crochet to web innovation! By Angela Fagerström, Publicity Officer The Stanwell Park branch of the CWA will be holding a handicrafts information session on February 19 between10.30am and 12.30pm at the CWA Hall. The aim of the information session is to find out from CWA members and interested community members what techniques and skills should be covered in the craft classes and what session time best suits everyone. To facilitate understanding and discussions, a display of sample styles and techniques will be there on the day. So if you have ever thought you might like to learn crochet (or any of the gentle arts), please join us at the CWA Hall for a cuppa and a chat. Alternatively, if you have a skill you would like to share with the group – we would love to hear from you! In other news, the Stanwell Park CWA has become tech savvy! A clever idea by President Carol Pugh, to create an online diary system for the CWA Hall hire– is now up and running. The online calendar can be viewed by anyone with the internet and will let interested persons know easily if the hall is available for hire on any particular day or time. To view the hall hire calendar visit the Stanwell Park CWA Facebook page: StanwellParkCWA and click on the icon ‘hall hire calendar’(don’t forget to like our page while you are there). For more information or to secure a booking email or call Elaine on 4294 1257.

WAVES 2508 By Brian Taylor, Vice President W.A.V.E.S 2508 would like to thank all people who purchased tickets in our Xmas raffle. Unfortunately not everyone can win, but the lucky three were; 1st Andrew Dove 2nd B Sykes 3rd Rita Laws We would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year and may it be a safe and prosperous one!

HELENSBURGH&DISTRICTHERALD Helensburgh VIEW Club Another VIEW year, the 22nd in Helensburgh, is about to begin, after a year of great company, good food, happy excursions, Theatre Parties and more successful fund raising. These enable our VIEW Club to continue to support our student in The Smith Family “Learning for Life” program. This is The Smith Family’s 90th year and we hope to include some extra events to celebrate. Current bookings are being taken for “One Man, Two Guvnors”, Comedy and Music, a National Theatre of Great Britain Production, 1:30pm matinee, at Sydney Theatre Co., Walsh Bay, on 4 May 2013, to be paid by 19 March 2013. Early bookings are open for “South Pacific”, on 28 September, 1pm matinee, at the Sydney Opera House, to be paid by 2 August. We travel by comfortable air-conditioned coach to the front doors of the various venues, with pick-up and drop-off at the Centennial Hotel in Helensburgh. This has proved to be very convenient to be able to see the top shows in Sydney, with premium seats. There is no parking for you to worry about. Full booking details are available from Chris 42941103. Unfortunately, due to lack of response, the trip to see “Carmen” has had to be cancelled. Birthday Greetings go to Eleanor McLeod who celebrated her 90th Birthday in January. Eleanor has been a much valued member of VIEW for 22 years, including a number of years as President, as well as serving on other Committees in the area. Happy Birthday Eleanor. VIEW luncheons are held on 3rd Tuesday of each month, and the next luncheon will be held at Centennial Hotel, Helensburgh, on Tuesday 19 Feb at 11am for 11:15am start. Still to be confirmed, “Postie Fashions” will be presented. New members and visitors are welcome. For all new bookings or cancellations, please phone Nerida 0429 004 298 by Wednesday February 13.

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SPORT Helensburgh Women’s Bowling Club By Beatrice Gallagher, Publicity Officer Our ladies meet at the Workers Club each Tuesday morning at 9.30 am. We are a very sociable group who enjoy our bowling - for the exercise and the company. So if you would like to meet some new friends, please come along! Lenore Bartlem, our secretary, can be contacted on 4294 1472 if you would like more information. Welcome everyone to 2013 and may the year bring us all good health and great enjoyment of our friendship out on the green. The men’s bowling club has been working extremely hard along with the greenkeeper to have our green looking fabulous! We thank all the men who participate in the working bees to ensure our green is in the best condition possible for us all to enjoy. The ladies will start bowling again next Tuesday January 22. During the break we did manage to catch up for coffee and keep in touch. Glad to hear Wendy Britten is recovering after her knee operation. Unfortunately, we will go into this year without Violet West who has moved to Tamworth and will be very much missed. Before going, Robyn Single arranged an 80th Birthday Party for Vi, which was also a farewell party. It was a day everyone attending enjoyed. Thanks again Robyn for all your hard work. I was unable to attend our Christmas Party so would like to thank Joan Gardner for the following report: “On Tuesday December 18 2012, 15 of our ladies dressed to attend our annual Presentation and Bowls Christmas Party. We met at 11.00 am at the Club for our pre-luncheon drinks and a chat (funny thing about bowls ladies - always up for a chat). This was followed by our presentation to the winners by our President June McCotter. Our champion for 2012 was Beatrice Gallagher (one chance in a lifetime and I missed being there!) taking out the Major Singles Trophy, with her very worthwhile opponent Robyn Smith runnerup. Minor Singles winner and newcomer to our ladies bowls in 2012 was Pat Watts, who literally bowled all of us over playing Judith Starky in the final. The next presentation was for Nominated Pairs won by Robyn Single and Violet West, with opponents Shirley Cassidy and Rhonda Christie as close seconds. 38 February 2013 Helensburgh & District Herald

HELENSBURGH&DISTRICTHERALD Consistency was won by Beatrice Gallagher who had a great year, with Carol Dixon runner-up. We enjoyed a lovely luncheon with delicacies supplied by our wonder “member” cooks. The Helensburgh Bowls ladies are renowned throughout the coast by visiting clubs as “darn good cooks” and once again they excelled themselves. A great day was had by all, and thank you to the organisers.” Sadly, Ian Smith passed away on January 18 and we would like to extend our heartfelt sympathies to Robyn Smith and the family on their loss. The Men’s Bowling Club is arranging a Mixed Social Bowls Day at the Club for Australia Day - an early start to avoid the heat, and a great deal for lunch...Happy Bowling to All.



Tony ‘Prez’ Gersback presented with the “Joe Doherty Mug’ by Robyn Doherty

Sunday Social Golf Club From page 40 After the presentation of awards El’ Presidente (Tony) introduced The Godzilla! Many who dared to rip it (have a swing) did come off second best with backs being thrown out, wrists sprained and the odd dislocated elbow making an appearance. A couple poor souls even managed to knock themselves out cold on their follow through. It is fair to say that the 2012 season was one filled with fond memories, surprises, good times the odd miracle and the opportunity to meet and welcome new members to our little group. Some members went under the knife for various reasons - new golf swing, bigger liver for drinking and some did it as a simple cry out for attention! Just kidding guys…. Our thoughts are with you all and we hope your recoveries are pain free and the healing process is a speedy one. Unfortunately, we also endured the loss of several loved ones…. may your sadness be lessened knowing that you are in our prayers and hearts.

Peter ‘Doc’ Howes having a swing with Godzilla

If Golf is your passion or you just like a good walk, then now’s the perfect time to drop in on us on the first Sunday of the month. Its not expensive and you have the chance to win some wonderful prizes. Tee time is 8am up at the Royal Boomerang Course, located on Maddens Plains, just before Bulli Tops. Pencil us in on your diary now so you don’t forget! - If you need any more info, feel free to drop Tony a call on 4294 2696. February 2013 Helensburgh & District Herald 39



By ‘The Prez’ Happy New Year one and all! Our Miss Vicki has gone AWOL again. Well, our first game of the year was played on the 20th January…. Woohoo! Still in holiday mode, many hit the ball long, smooth and sweetly like a seasoned pro (obviously the Christmas spirit was still running through their veins) – this apparently only lasted for the first two holes. Then normality set back in and it was golf as usual – hack, swear, hack, swear ….. basically, shots going everywhere and anywhere. Conditions were just right for the twenty plus who turned up for their monthly round of exercise. Taking the prize on the day with a fine round indeed was our El’ Presidente (Tony “slim” Gersback) picking up first place on a count back from “Young” Dennis Green with 39 points. Third place went to Peter “Doc” Howes with 38 points. The lads received some mighty fine prizes – an Al’s Meat voucher, a game of Golf with cart and drinks (for two) at Shell Cove and a ‘Mystery Prize’ (we think it was two golf games at Boomerang). Feeling pretty good about our efforts on course we all headed back to the ‘Burgh for our traditional BBQ and the handing out of the day’s

prizes…with drinks in-hand and fine food on the table we then proceeded to spin a few yarns about the day’s play. The celebrations and frivolities ‘kicked into gear’ with the year’s trophies and awards handed out to those who had been successful during 2011/12. Honours went to: Club Champion/s - Mark O’Connor & Kevin Brown Eclectic Champion - Matthew Green Joe Doherty Mug - Tony Gersback Brenda & Norm Bell Plate - Kevin Brown Championships A Grade -Scratch Champion - Peter ‘Doc’ Howes A Grade - Net Champions - Matthew Green & Greg Crisp B Grade - Scratch Champion - David Morris B Grade - Net Champion - Tony English C Grade - Scratch Champion - Kerry Gardner C Grade - Net Champions - David Thorne & Kevin Brown Serial Pest Award went to - Kevvie Brown who won it uncontested (well done buddy). Continued over page

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