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Draft Train Timetable Rattles Community

By Genevieve Swart Parents and commuters were anxiously awaiting the new Sydney Trains timetable as a leaked draft shows that services to our area may be cut. Concerns were based on a draft obtained by Fairfax in May and described in the Sydney Morning Herald as “Sydney’s biggest train timetable change in almost a decade”. According to the draft, local high school children and commuters using the South Coast Line could face longer journeys. Afternoon services from Heathcote to Helensburgh would be cut from two trains to one. This would mean if a Heathcote High student missed the 3.28pm train to Helensburgh, instead of 15 minutes, their journey home could take hours. Children would be faced with the option of backtracking to Sutherland, or waiting for the next train to Helensburgh – at 5.46pm. Heathcote High School said 220 students from Helensburgh and Waterfall use the train to travel to and from school. More teenagers at Engadine High and St John Bosco College also travel home to the northern Illawarra via train.

Community concern: Helensburgh (above), Stanwell Park and Otford Stations could be subjected to reduced train services.

The new times make no allowance for children who have extra curricular lessons or sport, say parents. Continued on page 3


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Draft Train Timetable Rattles Community

From page 1 Concerned about their children’s safety, parents have contacted the office of Lee Evans, the member for Heathcote (9548 0144), called NSW Trains’ feedback line (1300 038 500), written to our paper and voiced their concerns on Facebook, with Helensburgh mum of two Alison Smith writing on ABC 702’s wall that, “We have no high school, kids have to travel north, there is no bus. How can all those kids manage to make that one train?” Helensburgh resident Gina Krohn summed up concerns: “The fact that it is even being contemplated is a slap in the face for southern commuters as there are no other viable public transport options and the current service is barely adequate.” Lee Evans was unavailable for comment. Meanwhile, morning commuters from Stanwell Park and Otford also faced reduced stops and longer journey times. In the draft timetable, Stanwell Park commuters could catch just one direct express train to Sydney, departing at 7.58am. The alternatives were changing trains at Waterfall or driving to Helensburgh to catch a

direct train. Stanwell Park resident Tatiana Day has organised an online petition, with 233 signatures at press time. Posted at petitions/transportforall, it is addressed to NSW Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian and reads: “By reducing train services to Stanwell Park and Helensburgh stations during peak commuter times you are depriving us of a basic service, robbing us of time spent with our loved ones, putting school children in danger, forcing more cars onto the road and disturbing the peace of a beautiful community.” A Transport for NSW spokesperson would only say the new timetable will be out “well in advance of the October 20 start date”. The spokesperson said, “The new train timetable is being developed by transport experts based on demand and it will deliver more services, more express services and a better outcome for the overwhelming majority of customers.” Do we fall into the “overwhelming majority”? Look out for our report in next month’s H&D Herald.

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Helensburgh Lions’ Annual Country Fair It’s on again – the Lions’ Fair in Charles Harper Park – bigger, brighter and better than ever! We have lots of new stalls and your old favourites, our fabulous Lions BBQ as well as lots of other yummy delights, great rides for the kids and lots more to keep the whole family entertained for the entire day! Our entertainment line up is jam-packed with local talent – Rebekah Mowbray, the Helensburgh Public School Big Band, Symbio, John & Dave Duo, Irish dancing, Circus WOW (this includes a kids’ workshop, so bring them along and join in!), Rebecca Moore Trio, the Jackie Dee Band and finally, the fabulous Ray Beadle Trio! This fantastic line up is followed by the Grand Parade and this year’s theme is Tomorrow’s Heroes Today. During the day check out the buskers in the park and along Walker Street! And (yes, there’s more!), start measuring, stirring, chopping and tasting as we hold not one but two home-made competitions! Enter our Home Grown competition to find out if your secret recipe really is the best in Helensburgh.

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Your home-made jams, pickles and spreads will be sampled and judged by a very discerning public! Entry forms are available online on the Lions website – and will soon be available from some of our very supportive local businesses. Each entry is only $1 and this is to be included with your form and jam, pickle or spread. Our second competition is open to all brilliant bakers, daring decorators and generous gastronomes! In this competition, we ask that you donate your creation to the Lions Club to be part of a silent auction on Fair Day. The cake raising the most money will be the People’s Choice (can you hear the applause!) and all money raised will be used for some great local Lions’ initiatives. More details will be in next month’s Herald. This is a big day for your small local Lions Club and we are desperately in need of some volunteer help. If you have a blue traffic marshal ticket, we could really use your help with the logistics of the Grand Parade and road closures. We also need a qualified electrician for a couple of hours in the early morning to organise power before the crowds arrive. If a sizzling BBQ is your passion, we’d love your help. If you’d like a stall or want to busk, give us a call! If you can help in any way, please call Steve Wright on 4294 8329 or Gina Krohn on 4294 1371.



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Local Solar Project Goes Global By Joh Wakim Helensburgh resident and Sydney University architecture student Matthew Fuller (22) has recently returned from Datong, China. While there, he and his team competed in and won the 2013 Solar Decathlon. The Solar Decathlon competition involved designing a zero-emissions solar house. The University of Wollongong’s 51-strong team (Team UOW) was a joint project of The University of Wollongong and TAFE Illawarra. The team’s entry, The Illawarra Flame House, was in production for two years. The Illawarra Flame House started life as a humble fibro cottage, and was retro fitted by Team UOW to have net-zero energy consumption. Matthew was involved in the architecture components of the Illawarra Flame House and is also featured as the male voice on the ‘Illawarra Flame House Animated Walkthrough’ video. Matthew said of the process, “One of the biggest challenges we faced was that we had to build a traditional Australian house and do it IKEA style. Meaning it all had to be flat packed into shipping containers. This presented many design challenges but we managed to work through those to design and build a house that


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Helensburgh resident Matthew Fuller among those from UOW to win the 2013 Solar Decathalon

has now been built and disassembled three times without a hitch.” Team UOW took out first place in the Solar Decathlon finals with 957.6 of a possible 1000 points, beating second-place getters Team SCUT from China by a margin of only 5.8 points. Third place was awarded to Team Sweden. Matthew continues, “When we came to the competition we were hoping for a top five position, and when we came out to finish number one it was a fantastic feeling. “Not only did we win the 2013 competition but we also posted the highest final score awarded in the Solar Decathlon competition history.” The Solar Decathlon has been running since 2002 and this is not only the first time an Australian team has won, but the first time an Australian team has even made it to a Solar Decathlon final. Matthew says that now the competition is over his career aspirations are as certain as always. “I have always wanted to work in sustainable design. Not many architecture students get hands-on experience or real-world experience during their studies, so in that respect I have learned a lot. “My immediate plans are to continue working part time as a draftsman while I finish my Architecture studies.”



Well done, Nathan By Genevieve Swart Visually impaired triathlete Nathan Johnston is well known in Helensburgh for his charity fundraising work. But last month, on Sunday, August 11, the nation got to see him in action. Nathan ran his first City2Surf with Tony Abbott as his guide. “He’s a top bloke,” Nathan says. “We had lots of talks along the way. He was talking about his life in general, the election campaign.” The pair made TV and newspaper headlines around the country, and almost 20,000 people “liked” the Liberal leader’s Facebook post: “About to run the City to Surf with my friend Nathan – and 85,000 other runners. Nathan is a blind runner and I will be his guide. Bondi Beach here we come!” Nathan’s eyesight began deteriorating at a young age, leaving him with less than 10 per cent vision. He suffers from retinitis pigmentosa (Rachael Leahcar, star of The Voice, was born with the same degenerative eye disease, he says). Tony Abbott also guided Nathan at the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival marathon last year. “We pretty much run the same pace,” Nathan says. “He’s always kept pretty fit – it’s part of his daily ritual, run or cycle before he goes to work.” Nathan did the 14km City2Surf from Hyde Park to Bondi Beach in 78 minutes. “I was pretty happy with that,” he says. Wearing blue vests with the Motor Neurone Disease NSW logo, he and his team raised almost $4000 for charity. Nathan’s long-term goal is to compete in the 2016 Paralympics in Rio. For now, the 28-yearold is training for a special event closer to home: the Burgh2Beach, from Helensburgh’s Centennial Hotel to Stanwell Park Surf Club on Sunday, October 27. Nathan is the brains behind this 8km fun run, which he started in 2012 after a year’s worth of work. It also raises funds for Motor Neurone Disease NSW.

Above: Opposition leader Tony Abbott with local sports star Nathan Johnston at the City2Surf

There is no cure for the debilitating disease and the men’s and women’s race trophies are named in memory of the late Glenn White and Sarah Turk. Last year, about 300 runners entered, raising more than $10,000. This year, the race has been broadened to include walkers, and organisers are hoping to double both the number of entrants and money raised. Individuals can raise money via the website ( and gain free entry. Walkers have two hours to finish the race; the time limit will be strictly adhered to. Children are welcome to enter. Last year, the youngest runner was about 12 – he made it less than 40 minutes. No babies in prams, however. This is partly because the final sandy stretch will be tough going, but also as organisers don’t want to risk any runaway prams on the steep hills. Nathan – who trains around Helensburgh and with the Cronulla Triathlon Club – recommends Burgh2Beach entrants should start doing some light running and walking a few times a week. This year’s run will have mystery special guests. Not Tony again? “No. See what happens on the day,” Nathan says, laughing. SEPTEMBER 2013 Helensburgh & District Herald 7



The Great Teapot Swap By Genevieve Swart Money poured in for charity at a teapot exchange at Sublime Point Cafe on Saturday, August 17. More than 80 people turned up for the afternoon event, which raised $1909 for the research unit at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. Faye Cruickshank, an early childhood teacher who has lived in Stanwell Tops for 36 years, declared the fundraiser a success. “We do it for the love of children – their innocence and capabilities, they surprise us so much,” she said. This was the fifth annual tea-themed charitable exchange – at past events, ladies have swapped teacups, teaspoons, packets of tea and milk jugs. On arrival, afternoon tea goers paid a $10 entry fee, deposited elegantly wrapped teapots on a table and sat down to enjoy tea and scones. Later, they uncovered teapots of every size and colour – from little teapots short and stout to elaborate jugs decorated with toadstools. Raffles raised more money to fund childhood disease research. Prizes included cookbooks, handmade bags, cushions and a beautiful blue

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Faye Cruickshank serves tea for a great cause

quilt Faye made. The lucky winner was Helen Hudson. What’s next for these tea-loving fundraisers? “The ladies are guessing already what it will be next year,” Faye said. “That will be up to the committee. Teapots are more expensive, so next year we might do something cheaper. We have to consider budgets.” Faye would like to thank her hardworking committee: Sarah and Jenny King, Maria and Lynda Burrows, Jo Meredith, Heti Cruickshank, Blythe Cruickshank, Eve Hawkes and Lyn Blaxland. “I couldn’t do it without the committee as it has grown so much,” she said.



Helensburgh Volunteer Firefighters Open Their Doors

Helensburgh Rural Fire Brigade would like to invite the Helensburgh community to watch firefighters in action, see how your local Rural Fire Station works and meet your local volunteers at the annual NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) Open Day on Saturday, 28 September. Helensburgh Rural Fire Brigade, located on the corner of Parkes and Collins Streets, will open its doors to the community from 10am–3pm. An interactive event, Open Day provides an excellent opportunity for local residents, both young and old, to come along to explore brigade fire trucks, learn about and use firefighting equipment, discover the history of the brigade and bush fires in the area, and watch demonstrations conducted by local firefighters. Open Day will also give you a chance to learn valuable skills and collect information on how to protect yourself, your family and your home from bush fire, and learn what the PREPARE. ACT. SURVIVE. message means for the local community. “Our members are part of the local community. I’d encourage all local residents to come along to meet your volunteers, and thank them for the invaluable work they do for the community in a diverse range of emergencies,” said Captain

Aaron West. Open Day coincides with the start of Bush Fire Awareness Week, which aims to raise awareness of the risks associated with bush and grass fires and the best ways to protect you, your family and property from fire this summer. For more information, go to:

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LETTERS 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, It is with great pride that Brad, Paul, Mark, Gary and I have contributed on-field to a group of lads that made the under 13 Grand Final. The result will be known by the time you read this, but it is of little importance to this letter I want each young man in the team to know that we have had a great year and we are more than a rugby league team. Early in the season we cut training for a milkshake, we hit the movies on days the game was washed out, 32 of us went to the State of Origin, and the Dads v Kids game was useless training but a really good morning out. We are coached by an Australian, New South Wales and Dragon icon Brad Mackay. When you talk to your mates from other sports over the coming months, tell them we won more games that we lost but don’t forget everything else too. Have a great break and look out for some beach footy and fun over summer. Nathan Shoemark, Helensburgh

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HELENSBURGH&DISTRICTHERALD Dear Editor, On behalf of Alan Blackwell and Sons, we would like to thank everyone who supported us and our bussiness through the 7(d) land rezoning so that we can continue to operate our bussiness and provide a service to our community. Thank you Adam Blackwell, Manager, Blackwell Bros.

Thank You Blackwell, James (Juma) passed away June 29, 2013. The families of ‘Juma’ would sincerely like to thank all relatives, friends and the many people who showed their kind expressions of sympathy and support during the recent sad loss of our beloved brother, who will be greatly missed by all of us. I would like to also sincerely thank the Doctors, staff and carers for the help and compassion shown to him both here and at Ulladulla. Please accept our personal thanks. Doreen Fitzgerald (nee Blackwell)



Make Cunningham Count - Part 3 The Herald continues its series of profiles of candidates for the forthcoming Federal election

Sharon Bird for Labor Since being elected Member for Cunningham I have thoroughly enjoyed working hard to ensure this local community received its fair share of funding and support from the Government. Since Labor formed Government in 2007, I have been able to secure more than $865 million for our community. One of the key projects I am most excited about is the rollout of the National Broadband Network. The NBN is being rolled out to around 86,900 homes and businesses in the Cunningham electorate over the next three years. This will help to transform our economy and create the jobs of the future. It also provides many new ways to deliver critical health and education services direct to homes and businesses. As a former teacher, I strongly support the Better Schools Plan as it will provide an average of $1.6 million in extra funding for each of

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our local schools over the next four years. I believe that your family background, income or postcode shouldn’t determine your child’s quality of education. Labor has also invested in new facilities in all our schools, TAFEs and our University. We have also invested to significantly increase the number of post-school places available locally. DisabilityCare Australia, like Medicare, is one of the biggest social reforms Australia has ever seen. Around 3,000 local people may be eligible for support under this program making a significant difference to the quality of life for those living with disability and their carers. I have supported local jobs and investing in local infrastructure. The Government has invested $140m in the BlueScope Adjustment Package to secure jobs and help transform our local economy. We have invested over $66m in Illawarra roads, including Mt Ousley Road and Picton Road. The Federal Labor Government has also increased support for families and pensioners. More than 7,000 local families receive the SchoolKids Bonus and more than 5,700 local families have been helped by a significant increase in the Childcare Rebate from 30 to 50 percent. We have also delivered the biggest increase to the pension in 100 years. In our area we have a choice between Labor’s investment in our future and the Opposition taking the axe to our services. I will continue to get results by working with local families and businesses to ensure the Illawarra continues to receive its fair share. SEPTEMBER 2013 Helensburgh & District Herald 11

SPOTLIGHT ON LOCAL BUSINESS The Legalities of Voting and Why We Do It By Lynda Babister With a Federal election looming, it seems like a good time for a short foray into the Constitutional basis of voting. What are these politicians doing? How does it all work? Who is allowed to vote, and why should we? The Australian Constitution is the formal document which regulates how the Federal Government runs the country. It is basically the rulebook for the Federal politicians. It covers things like who is allowed to vote, how we elect our representatives, how we get rid of them, and what matters they are allowed to make laws on. The Constitution came into effect in 1901, and has been amended 8 times since. So, who is allowed to vote? And why do we have to? To be eligible to vote, you must be over the age of 18, and an Australian citizen, and enrolled to vote. By law, you must enrol to vote before the next election after your 18th birthday. Everyone who is eligible is entitled to vote. This means that you cannot be prevented from voting because you are working, illiterate, elderly, disabled or unable to understand English. In 1924 the Constitution was amended to make voting compulsory. Women were given the eligibility to vote in Federal elections in 1902, and aboriginal people in 1962. Australia has a secret ballot system, so, while it is a requirement that you attend a polling

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HELENSBURGH&DISTRICTHERALD place and have your name marked off, no-one is entitled to see what you voted, whether you have written anything on your paper, or what you have written. The only people who will see your vote is the official who counts the votes at the end of the day. When we go to vote, as you know, there are two voting papers. One for the lower house, the House of Representatives and one for the upper house, The Senate. The House of Representatives paper is to vote on a local representative, in Helensburgh’s case, for the electorate of Cunningham. Each party may put forward a representative, or a person may run as an independent without the backing of a party. On the House of Representatives paper you must place the numbers 1, 2, 3 and so on until you reach the number of candidates in your electorate. You must number every square to have a valid vote. The Senate paper is Australia-wide, and every candidate who wishes to be a Senator is listed on the paper. In the upcoming election the Senate paper is purported to be over 1m wide. On the Senate paper you may vote “above the line” by putting the number 1 against your preferred group, or you may vote “below the line” and put the numbers from 1 to however many candidates there are. You may only use each number once, and must be careful not to miss a number. Section 51 of the Constitution provides a list of what the Federal politicians may make laws about. If it is not on this list, then the Commonwealth Government has no control over it. When politicians make electoral promises, they must ensure that they stay within the boundaries of what they are able to make laws on. Any matters which are not covered by section 51 remain under the control of the individual States. Section 51 contains 39 sections, including matters such as trade and commerce, taxation, marriage and divorce, family matters, quarantine, coinage, immigration and bankruptcy, among others. It does not include health or education. If you would like any further information or discussion about Constitutional law, or the benefits of the voting system, please feel free to provide coffee and/or wine, depending on time of day, and I am happy to hold a discussion group. If you would like legal assistance please contact Lynda Babister at Babister Legal, 4294 3458, or 0418 604 098 or email lynda@



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Congratulations Switched On Mechanical! The 2013 Illawarra and South Coast Local Business Awards were recently held at the Dapto Leagues Club on Wednesday, 14 August. Local business Switched On Mechanical won their category as Most Outstanding in Automotive Services. “We regard winning the Outstanding Automotive Services Award as our highest achievement. It is the ultimate recognition for our continuous hard work and dedication to our customers and the automotive trade,” said Brook from Switched On. The annual Local Business Awards aim to pay tribute to, and reward, each community’s best businesses, strengthen the bonds between businesses and the community and all the while improve local business standards.

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Above: Brook from Switched On Mechanical with his latest award

The process from nomination through to winner is lengthy and arduous with businesses initially being nominated by patrons and members of the community. The number of nominations received then determines the business finalists but does not determine winners in a category. To win each category a stringent judging process is applied to assess finalist businesses from a customer’s point of view. For most categories, independent mystery shoppers will visit each finalist anonymously and rigorously assess the business using detailed criteria. They rate the performance of the business on presentation, products, value for money and customer service. With this arduous process in mind, Brook says: “We are proud to be the first automotive workshop in Helensburgh to receive the ‘Outstanding Automotive Services Award’ and consider it to be an honour due to the Awards prestigious nature. We wish to thank all of our valued customers for their loyalty and ongoing support. We will continue to provide the most outstanding automotive services together with the very best customer service.” Switched On Mechanical can be contacted on 4294 2222 or visit their website at www.



250ATE Eatery is Helensburgh’s newest café “Friends have been asking me for years when I will open my own café,” says local chef and owner of 250ATE Eatery Brett Hamer. “It has been a dream of mine for a while now, so this opportunity is really quite exciting.” 250ATE Eatery, located on Parkes Street, next to Raya Thai and opposite the Pub, will be open seven days a week for breakfast and lunch. Weekdays will see the café open at 6am to catch those early morning commuters leaving town and Brett says there will be ready-made food for those in a hurry and Latino coffee made by an on-site barista. The cafe will employ a handful of local staff, including chef Graham Thompson, and the menu will specialise in generous made-toorder sandwiches and gourmet wraps, including a mouth-watering sounding Mexican wrap. 250ATE will also be serving sushi.

“The impetus for opening the café was that there wasn’t anywhere in Helensburgh serving the sort of food I like to eat,” continues Brett. Recognising the large population of mums with young children, 250ATE aims to accommodate these patrons by making the café child friendly. There will be a small toy and book area to amuse the baby-cino set. With some outdoor seating and a warm indoor vibe, 250ATE will be enticing. Brett has also commissioned a Sydney graffiti artist to design and paint a mural which reflects the local surroundings, on the interior wall. 250ATE is located at Shop 5, 115-118 Parkes Street Helensburgh.

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Expressions Of Interest

by the constant cycle of washing, dishes and toys that need to be packed away? Do you just need to make some phone calls in peace while your little one plays in a safe, fun environment?

The Mama Tree is seeking expressions of interest from anyone willing to create, consult and collaborate to establish a co-working space and creche. You are invited to join some of 2508’s best business startups and creative talents in a new co-working space in Helensburgh. Do you have a home/online business but would benefit from having a presence in town at least one day a week? Want to hold business meetings in a more professional environment than your kitchen table or local café? Thinking of setting up a business but would like to benefit from being part of a ‘mumpreneur’ community? Are you a therapist, practitioner, consultant or educator who needs a space from which to operate that has a child care facility for you or your clients? Thought about renting a space uptown but can’t afford to go out alone? Are you a crafter/writer/artist who would love some quiet time to work on a project? Working from home but too easily distracted


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Do you make jewelry, artworks or craft items and need a shopfront from which to sell your products? The Mama Tree has a vision: • A shared space that provides a co-working, consultation and events space and ‘mumpreneur’ community – collaborating/inspiring/learning/ partnering/networking/Friday drinks! • Provide genuine opportunities for professional development in a vibrant and creative environment. • Promote the success of women in the start-up/ online/WAHM (Work At Home Mums) business space to the wider community. • Empower women through learning initiatives in the arts and crafts and provide an opportunity to up-skill/cross-skill/create an income. • To engage and partner with existing local businesses and key community stakeholders (library, community centre, early childhood centre, preschools etc). • To create a child-happy environment – “a home away from home” with a professionally managed crèche providing imaginative play in both an indoor & outdoor space. What you can do to be a part of this initiative We are seeking expressions of interest from: • Start up/small business mumpreneurs committed to their own entrepreneurial initiatives who can also bring skills, resources, and friendship to this business community. • Child care workers interested in a Creche Management job share. • Potential Sponsors & Investors. • Tradespeople, renovators and interior designers interested in working (voluntarily) with The Mama Tree to get the space ready for launch (before & after renovations will be professionally photographed and video-diaried). To find out more and register your interest, please contact iShbel Compagnoni, Founder/ Director The Mama Tree ASAP on 0449 518 110 or email There is already a lot of interest so don’t miss out – be inspired today.


Kids + Art + Nature = Fun! Lucy Lee, founder of The Art Box, seemed destined to work with art and nature. Her mother was passionate about craft and Lucy recalls making her own dolls and dollhouse at a young age. Originally from Geelong, she remembers family picnics in the Dandenong Ranges where the children would gather twigs, moss and chestnuts and create a display of their treasures when they got home. Lucy went on to study Visual Arts at Curtin University, also working part-time as a curator in a small Aboriginal Art Gallery and an art technician in a girls’ college. She started creating artworks out of old books and music sheets, including paper flowers and decorative notebooks. Her philosophy of using recycled materials as a starting point for creating art is evident in the classes she runs at the Bushland Chapel studio in Helensburgh. “By using recycled materials as a base I can then spend money on good quality art materials to complete the project,” says Lucy.


HELENSBURGH&DISTRICTHERALD “I love encouraging children to be creative with what they can find around them - and then turn it into art with a bit of paint, glue and imagination!” She regularly visits the Reverse Garbage recycling centre in Marrickville to source materials, plus welcomes donations of materials from friends. Since starting The Art Box in April Lucy has had an enthusiastic response to her weekly kids’ classes and school holiday programs. Starting in early October, she will also be offering classes for adults: a weekly evening art class and a monthly ‘Crafternoon Tea’, where you can learn a variety of craft techniques while enjoying tea and cake. Lucy has also begun collaborating with teachers from other disciplines: September’s school holiday program will combine art with gardening, the environment, movement and music. She is brimming with ideas so who knows what will pop up next from The Art Box? You’ll have to wait and see. For more information or to book a class: Email: Mobile: 0429 990 337

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Dress-Up Week At Kindy The children at Happy Hearts Academy Early Learning Centre, Helensburgh are in for some exciting times. For the first week in September the children are coming to kindy dressed as their favourite rugby league, soccer, AFL or rugby union player. Jeremy (aged 3) is coming in Roosters gear because “my favourite team are the Roosters, roo roo.” And for Cooper, also 3, dressing up is great fun because “I like playing football with my daddy.” Nicholas, 3, said: “I love to dress up in footy clothes because it means am going to the football.” Not quite, Nicholas. But the children will have the next best thing when Rugby League World Cup winner and Jillaroos player Samantha Hammond visits Happy Hearts with some of her Tiger-lillies team mates to play footy with the children. Director Antoinette Holmes says that “early childhood settings such as Happy Hearts are potential places for children to build social connections and feelings about belonging to our wonderful community.”

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Then during the first week in October Happy Hearts will be participating in Families and Community Week. Parents and other members of the community are invited to visit the centre to share what they do for a living. Antoinette comments further that during these activities her educators “are able to spend more time with families, building relationships. Children really love it when their families are involved at the centre.” Happy Hearts is also going green! Antoinette said: “We are concentrating on educating our children on environmental sustainability practices at the moment. We have new vegetable gardens, composting and worm farming. A new garden (Clara’s Garden) is also complete now for the children to enjoy.” And over the coming months the Centre will turn its focus to water conservation by installing a new water tank to be used in outdoor play.



Drama Classes For The ‘Burgh Local junior drama queens and kings will soon be able to hone their talents, with drama classes set to begin in Helensburgh in Term 4. After the success of her recent school holiday workshops, Karen Barnett has decided to run weekly classes on a Wednesday afternoon at the Bushland Chapel. “The kids really enjoyed the half-day drama workshop, throwing themselves into drama games and improvisation like old pro’s and I got some terrific feedback,” said Karen. “But quite a few of them commented that they would like to work on scripts and performance as well, so I’d like to be able to work towards that.” Depending on the level of interest, Ms Barnett plans to run a half hour class for 7-9 year-olds at 3.45 pm, followed by a one hour class for 10-12 year-olds from 4.30, and another one hour class for teenagers from 5.30pm. The half hour classes will be $7, and the one hour classes $12 (with a discount of $2 a class, if the total is paid at the start of term).

“We will look at techniques such as breathing, ‘throwing your voice’, stagecraft, as well as playing games, improvising and working on script and character development, with the idea of putting on a small performance piece at the end of term. I should stress the aim is not to develop “stars” but to have fun and develop life skills such as confidence and the ability to think on your feet. This is not a substitute for local theatre – in fact, I’d encourage the performers to take part in SPAT and school productions once they feel ready.” To register your child or to ask any questions, please contact Karen on 0466 418 824. Numbers are limited.

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YOUTH NEWS HPS News By Merle McPherson, Learning and Support Teacher EDUCATION WEEK Every classroom was filled with excited children and a sea of visitors first thing in the morning. Our annual Open Day had arrived and visitors were greeted with the children’s work in their books and displays around the rooms. The children love showing off their work with pride. Computers and interactive whiteboards were a real hit with some detailed explanations being given and amazing work being shown. There was a wonderful feel of community over the school. WALKATHON Another successful walkathon was run as a major fundraiser to purchase much-needed equipment for our students. Straight after the open classrooms, the whole school assembled ready to begin. The course went throughout the school playground and around the surrounding streets. Singing, laughing and, of course, unending talking could be heard as the students walked around the course.

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HELENSBURGH&DISTRICTHERALD Beautiful sunny weather made this event a great success. We even had mums and dads enjoying some exercise with their children. To date, thanks to the outstanding support from the community, we have raised over $11,000. ZONE ATHLETICS Two of the coldest and windiest days this year saw over 50 students represent our school at the zone athletics carnival at Sylvania. Every event seemed to have black and yellow singlets competing. All students represented with pride and did their personal best. Fun and wonderful sportsmanship were seen both days on and off the field. Helensburgh PS received a surprise at the end of the carnival when we were named third in the march past and second champion school. Beau and Krystal are the 11-year-old zone champions. Congratulations to all competitors and the best of luck to all students who are moving on to represent their school at the upcoming regional carnival. GRANDPARENTS DAY Calling all Grandparents, mark your calendars and diaries! (Tuesday 3rd September) Our annual Grandparents Day is fast approaching. Classrooms will be open to visit and look at the students’ fantastic work, the library is ready for you to visit and a concert will be running in the hall. Yummy morning teas will also be available at the canteen. Please come along and enjoy this very special day with your grandchildren. More details can be found in the weekly Highlights and on the school website. ENROLMENTS FOR 2014 Enrolment is now open for all students starting school in 2014. Enrolment packages can be collected from the school office or on the school website. If you have a child eligible to begin school next year please complete and return enrolment forms as soon as possible. This allows us to plan classes and any support students may need so their transition to school is a smooth one.

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This year the St George, Sutherland Shire & The Illawarra’s 13th Celebratory Breast Cancer Luncheon held at Doltone House will be run by The Joanne Mackay Breast Cancer Foundation to raise much-needed funds to support Jo’s Helping Hand Patient Care Service. The JMBCF was formed in 2002 following Joanne’s untimely death (aged 37) from Breast Cancer. It was Jo’s heartfelt wish to raise money for women who are not only coping with the dreadful effects of the disease and treatment but also with worries about their family’s domestic and financial responsibilities. The luncheon is being held on the 28th of October, which is Australia’s Pink Ribbon day, The event is immensely popular and attracts over 400 women. The entertainment for the day will be The Dolly Parton Experience, with raffles, door prizes and a photo booth so attendees can take home memories from the luncheon. This is also the first year that businesses have been invited to sponsor and the sponsorships are coming in from all types of companies like WIN Television and The Cleary Bros. A business sponsoring a pink table heart will get their logo on the heart and a shout out on the day thanking them for their support. The foundation’s fundraising coordinator says: “Our patients are referred to us from the Breast Care Nurses from local hospitals. The JMBCF assist women living in the Shire, St George and Wollongong areas and is the only Breast Cancer Foundation who provides financial assistance to those in need. “The JMBCF is run by volunteers and 100% of the monies raised go directly to our patients.” Contact: Anne Doyle 0401 536 602 SEPTEMBER 2013 Helensburgh & District Herald 21

BLUEGUM DIARY / NOTICES Bluegum Diary 17 September - VIEW Club Luncheon Centennial Hotel 11am. Speaker Alan Cousins from Rural Fire Service.

HELENSBURGH&DISTRICTHERALD Birth Notices ARENA (Gagen) Chris and Kylie are overjoyed to announce the birth of their darling daughter

15 October - VIEW Club Luncheon excursion, to be advised.

SOPHIA LORAINE ARENA Born 16th August 2013 Weighing 4lb 8oz, Length 44cm

19 October - Otford Public School Fair. 10am - 3pm

1st grandchild to Kevin 5th grandchild to Antoine & Desiree

26 October - Lions Club annual country fair. Charles Harper Park, Helensburgh. 10 November - Save the Date! Stanwell Park Festival of Flight. 19 November - VIEW Club Christmas Luncheon, Centennial Hotel 11am.

Invitation You are invited to join the President and members of Stanwell Park CWA for a delicious morning tea and an interesting talk by: Mr John Ebbott from CAREFLIGHT, On Tuesday 17Th September At 10.30 AM. Please join us for this informative and interesting morning and find out the many services which this organisation provides. CWA Hall Stanwell Park. Entry is a $5.00 donation to CAREFLIGHT.

Fun 4U Fun 4 U Helensburgh Before and After School care is now taking enrolments for 2014. Limited vacancies so please contact us on 0431 099 608 or 0431 199 150 Email: Fun 4 U Helensburgh Vacation care 23rd September - 4th October Lots of fun activities for the children; Monster Music Bus, Animals On The Move, a day at the movies, Helensburgh golf driving range, Kidz Space and much more! Bookings must be made by Tuesday 10th September. Call 0431 099 608 or 0431 199 150 Email: 22 SEPTEMBER 2013 Helensburgh & District Herald



In Memoriam

Holy Cross Catholic Parish

BLACKWELL Denise Mary 15.09.03 In loving memory we treasure, of a beautiful wife and caring mother. So sadly missed in our hearts and cherished forever. Alan and family

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.

Christian Home Prayer Group Salvation (Non denominational, all ages) Are you someone who specifically wants to pray for the salvation of a spouse, family member, friend or colleague? Small home group meets 1st Monday of each Month at 7.30pm for approx. 30 minutes for simple prayer. “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them” Matt 18:20. Salvation is the single most important thing for anyone to achieve in life – and the only way to heaven. If interested please call Nigel – 4294 4834 (Evenings)

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 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.

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.

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MONDAY PLAYGROUP - STANWELL PARK: Mondays 9.30-12 noon. Kids have fun whilst parents can relax. Stanwell Park Children’s Centre, Stanwell Avenue. Ph. Penelope Stone on 0431 593 118. FRIDAY PLAYGROUP - STANWELL PARK: Fridays 9.30-12noon. Friendly relaxed atmosphere, meet other mums while the kids play and have fun. Stanwell Park Children’s Centre, Stanwell Avenue. Ph. Gerri 0402 477 898. HELENSBURGH PLAYGROUP: Tuesdays and Thursdays 10.00am – 12.00noon. Lots of toys, games and craft suitable for all ages. In the hall at Helensburgh Community Centre. Ph. Rosemary 4294 1290. PLAYGROUP: Tuesdays 9.30 – 11.30. Join the fun as we go through the alphabet with morning tea, craft, and games. In the hall at Helensburgh Anglican Church, 75 Parkes Street, Helensburgh. Ph. 4294 1024. SEPTEMBER 2013 Helensburgh & District Herald 33

ECONOMY BUSINESS Economy Business Listings From A - Z BAZZA’S HANDYMAN SERVICES: All handyman repairs. Decks, pergolas, tiling, fencing, plastering and all other timber work. Local, reliable, quick and fully insured. Free quotes. Ph. Barry [Bazz ] 0414 492 509 or 4294 8164. BRICKLAYING: All brickwork, block work, extensions, retaining walls, repairs. Ph 4294 3741 or 0413 323 629 Lic. No. 35124C. CARPENTRY AND MAINTENANCE SERVICE: Honest, professional, reliable and licensed (253680C). From doors to decks and everything in between. Get the job done right the first time. For a free no obligation quote Ph. Kelvin 0421 952 100. CHEMICAL FREE CLEANING: Ph. Janine 0409 323 321 or 4294 9652. CHILDREN’S BOOKS: Baby/toddler, activity books (drawing, make & do, stickers, colouring, cooking), beginner and advanced readers, educational and curriculum based books. Quick delivery. Gift ideas. www.usborne. For brochures, sales, home parties and fundraising Ph. Annalyssa 0408 216 331. CLOTHING ALTERATIONS: Zippers replaced, hems taken up, minor repairs fixed. Reasonable rates. Ph. Melinda 0419 977 658 or 4294 1619. ELECTRICAL AND HANDYMAN SERVICES: For a free quote today Ph. Garry 42941929 or 0435932499. ENGLISH TUTORING: Experienced English teacher and HSC English marker. Ph. Iskra 0410 344 423. FACE PAINTING: For kids’ parties or special events – fairies, cats, bats and more. Fully insured. Dressed as a fairy or clown. Ph. Monica 0427 991 673. 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. GREENER GAPS TREE SOLUTIONS PTY LTD: All tree related work and advice, stump grinding, pruning, development, council required reports, mulch supplies. Qualified Arborists with 27 years of combined experience. 34 SEPTEMBER 2013 Helensburgh & District Herald

HELENSBURGH&DISTRICTHERALD Fully insured. Quality work. Ph. Mick 0402 657 353 or Alison 0425 282 780. HANDYMAN SERVICE: If you need it fixed, repaired, installed, replaced or constructed by someone you can trust, then call for a free no obligation quote (lic 253680C). Ph. Kelvin 0421 952 100. HORSE RUG CLEANING & REPAIRS: Hygienic clean rugs reduce risks of skin conditions and rugs last longer. Weekly pick up service from “Pet Food & Produce” (rear of Sunrise Nursery) and Darkes Forest Riding Ranch. Ph. 0458 829 999. KIMMY’S CLEANING SERVICES: Reliable, professional, friendly & personal. Domestic and commercial cleaning, fully insured with attention to detail. Weekly, fortnightly or a one off. Mention this add to receive a 10% discount on your first clean. Ph. Kim 0405 950 464. LAWN MAGIC: Lawn care, weed control, hedge trimming, waste removal, gutter cleaning, water blasting, garden mulching, planting of plants and general maintenance. Fully insured. Free Quotes. Ph. Kyle 0433 772 443. NUTRIMETICS: Shopping/pampering in your home. For monthly brochures, product samples or fundraising Ph. Jenelle 4294 2864 or 0407 038 799. PAINTER: Local licensed painter & decorator. Free quote & advice or hourly rate. Reliable, quality service. Ph. Stephen 0422 826 158. PAINTING WORKSHOP: Be creative, be inspired: painting workshop in Otford in a beautiful and peaceful environment. Ph Catherine 0407 382 288. RAELEEN’S FANCY FACES: Face painting, glitter tattoos, balloon twisting & special effects makeup. Bring the ‘wow’ factor to your next party, fete, christening or corporate event. Local business (will travel), fully insured, exceptional hygiene standards, professional cosmetic-grade face paints used. Ph. Raeleen 0413 291 843. SHEPHARD ACADEMY of DANCE: Ballet, modern/contemporary, jazz, tap, preschool fairies. Classes from 2 yrs to Advanced. Boys, girls and adults. Enquiries, Helensburgh Community Centre or Ph. Shirley 0416 229 919.

CLUB NEWS STRETCH STRENGTHEN RELAX: Based on tai chi, yoga and pilates. All classes 1 hour. $14 casual or 5 for $60. Tuesday 9.15am & 7.15pm, Thursday 7.15pm, Sunday 4.30pm. Stanwell Park Children’s Centre, Stanwell Avenue, Stanwell Park. www.yogastanwellpark. To book Ph. Karen 0403 789 617. SUSAN’S JUST DANCE: Great fun, no pressure, fantastic environment to learn to dance. Jazz, tap, contemporary, hip hop, boys only hip hop crew. Ages from 3 to adult. Latest music, great teachers. Concert each year at the Sutherland Entertainment Centre. For registration Ph. Susan 4294 8366. TENNIS COACHING: Otford Tennis Court. Beginners to advanced. All ages. Sale of tennis balls and racquet restringing available. Ph. 0458 829 999. TIGHT ACCESS EARTHWORKS: The smallest top of the line machines, unbeatable rates, access to 800mm and over, save your back your money and your time. Ph. Glen 0431 767 394. WORMS: Composting/fishing, quality fresh worms in a 250g pack (1200 to 2400 worms) $29.00. Ph. Bill 4294 2864 or 0429 942 864.

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Helensburgh VIEW Club By Virginia Dowson VIEW stands for Voice, Interests and Education of Women and was founded by the General Secretary of The Smith family, George Forbes, in 1960 to support the charitable work of The Smith Family. Today VIEW comprises 19,600 women members throughout 357 Clubs in local communities in every State throughout Australia. VIEW provides members with leadership opportunities, and the chance to be purposeful in helping others, and to promote the recognition of women as contributing community members. The VIEW website is or call 1800 805 366 to find out more about VIEW. At our luncheon on 20 August we listened to an interesting talk on Selling Your House, by Melody Innes of M.I. Real Estate, Helensburgh. We also welcomed Regina from The Smith Family’s “Learning For Life” program, who informed us that there is a very intensive program taking place in the Illawarra, for the children involved with “Learning For Life”. A collection of books, stationery and library bags for the children was given to Regina to take back. Chris reminds you that payment for “The Lion King” is due by 11 October, and now has bookings for “Strictly Ballroom, The Musical”, 2pm Matinee on Saturday 3 May 2014, at Sydney Lyric Theatre, pay by 28 February. Please phone Chris on 42941103 for details. We are hoping that our October luncheon will be an excursion, possibly to Bowral. Meanwhile, our next luncheon is Thursday 17 September, at the Centennial Hotel at 11am for 11:15 start. Our Speaker will be Alan Cousins from the Rural Fire Service. For new bookings or cancellations please phone Nerida on 0429 004 298 by Wednesday 11 September. New members are always welcome.

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SPORT Time To Spring-Clean Your Body By Caroline Wade-Martens Now is a great time to spring-clean your nutrition and exercise regime. If you really want to “detox”, don’t fall for any of the gimmicky detox diets with large advertising budgets. The best and most effective way is to learn how to eat cleanly and nutritiously. This will help with weight loss and have long-term health benefits. Below are tips to get you started: • Make sure you drink enough water. It never ceases to amaze me how many people don’t drink water, or drink very limited amounts. The best guide is about 30-40ml per kilogram of bodyweight, so someone who weighs 70kg should be consuming roughly 2.5-3L of water per day. This may vary depending on how much you exercise, or the amount you sweat. If you are nowhere near this amount, then slowly work on increasing your intake of water by a glass until you reach your goal. • Limit processed foods. The busier we are, the more often we reach for packaged foods that are quick to prepare. Unfortunately, this has increased our waistlines and our type 2 diabetes rates. The more processed foods are, the less nutritional value they tend to have. Processed foods contain loads of unwanted extras, such as preservatives, chemical additives etc., that result in a toxic overload on our systems. Try and simplify your diet to include lean meats, wholegrains and lots of fruit and vegetables. • Eat good fats. Our diet needs to be made up of about 25 to 30 per cent fat from a variety of sources, such as olive oil, avocados, fish, nuts, seeds and small amounts of red meat and coconut oil. Eliminate all trans and hydrogenated fats. Trans and hydrogenated fats can lead to elevated levels of low-density lipoproteins (bad cholesterol). Some sources of trans and hydrogenated fats are certain margarines, pastry doughs and commercially prepared biscuits. • Fill up on good, fresh, seasonal fruit and vegetables. Eat lots of green, leafy vegetables such as kale, broccoli, cauliflower, bok choy, salad greens and fresh fruits, particularly berries. Highly nutritious, containing lots of fibre, these types of fruits and vegetables are processed effectively into fuel, rather than being stored as excess fat. 36 SEPTEMBER 2013 Helensburgh & District Herald

HELENSBURGH&DISTRICTHERALD About 50 to 55 per cent of your diet should be made up of this. Finally, • Switch up your exercise routine! I have purposely left this as the last in the list. At this time of year, the gyms are suddenly inundated with people joining up in the hope of losing weight for summer. However, exercise is really the smallest part of the equation when it comes to successful weight loss. The most important thing is to fix your nutrition – this accounts for 80 per cent of weight loss success. You cannot out-exercise a bad diet. Remember your body adapts very quickly to Try different gym classes, get outdoors and run, train for obstacle courses, have a trainer provide you with a new program for your gym routine. All of these small changes will help you continue to reap the rewards and see you heading for a better, healthier, leaner lifestyle. Personal trainer Caroline Wade-Martens owns Attitude to Burn Fitness Outdoors, www.

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Dr Rip’s Science of the Surf “Dr Rip” is Dr Rob Brander, a surf scientist from the University of New South Wales and a Stanwell Park local. Rob has been studying beaches and rip currents for over 25 years, and gained his nickname for his habit of putting harmless purple dye in rip currents for demonstrations. His community education program The Science of the Surf has been presented to over 40,000 adults, primary and high school students throughout New South Wales and has received several State and Federal Safer Community Awards. In 2012 he was awarded the prestigious Australian Government Eureka Prize for Promoting Understanding of Australian Scientific Research. His YouTube video How to Survive Beach Rip Currents has over 1.1 million views and Rob is also the author of the bestselling book Dr Rip’s Essential Beach Book. Everything you need to know about surf, sand and rips. Dr Rip will be doing a presentation at Coalcliff Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC) on Saturday

Above: Dr Rip AKA Dr Rob Brander

November 9 at 3pm with a gold coin donation to attend. The Science of the Surf is a fascinating, entertaining and multiple award-winning visual multimedia presentation about how our beaches work and behave; from the journey of tiny little sand grains onto your favourite beach, to the massive swell that rolls in during big storms, to how to spot a deadly rip current - this talk is for anyone who loves and is interested in the beach. It also has a beach safety theme throughout. The talk goes for approximately one hour with questions and is for all ages, but is best suited for ages 8+. If conditions permit, a release of harmless purple dye will be made into a rip outside the venue. Bring your cameras! Signed copies of Dr Rip’s Essential Beach Book will be available for purchase for $30. This fun and simple guide is packed with photos and fascinating facts and stories that will help you get the most out of your next visit to the beach. What people have said about the book: “The beach is a fun, but a dangerous place. Everyone who loves the surf should read this fantastic book” Mick Fanning, World Surfing Champion “Everyone interested in the beach should read this entertaining and informative book” Peter Geogre, AM, Director of Lifesaving, Surf Life Saving Australia “So good it should be compulsory reading at school and in planes flying to Australia” Dr Karl Coalcliff SLSC holds Nipper point scores Sunday mornings on a fortnightly basis. Registration can be done online via the club’s website or in person: 10am - 12 at Helensburgh on Saturday September 7 or at Coalcliff SLSC on Sunday September 8. SEPTEMBER 2013 Helensburgh & District Herald 37

SPORT Sea Eels At South Coast Champs By Karl Weber On Sunday, July 21, Stanwell Park Sea Eels competed in the South Coast Winter Swimming Championships at Wollongong Continental Pool. The water temperature was 15 degrees. Eight clubs from the Illawarra competed in a variety of events, including age races and relays. Several of our women members took part in a protest swim before the event, and it would be nice to see them be allowed to compete in races in the future. Their support and tireless efforts on the day epitomise what a community club is all about. The presentation festivities were hosted by Bellambi Blue Bottles at Fairy Meadow’s Fraternity Club. Stanwell Park Sea Eels ended up with the second highest overall point score on the day. We were placed first in five events, second in three events and third in two events. In the annual ‘Captains & Presidents’ relay, our president Peter McDonald and vice-captain Gary Marshall set a new South Coast record when they came in 0.02 seconds off their estimated time. Also noteworthy is that our club’s ‘C’ grade

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HELENSBURGH&DISTRICTHERALD relay team came first AGAIN! In the 25 years of our club’s existence we have won this trophy 15 times at South Coast level. Look out South Sydney. The place getters are listed below. O’ 30s: 1st James Quinn, 2nd Murray Copas, 3rd Karl Weber O’ 50s: 1st Ron Masser O’60s: 3rd Barry Allen Over 40s 6 man relay: 1st Steve McDonald, Tony Bailie, Gary Marshall, Barry McGuiness, Damian Lloyd, Ron Masser Captain & President’s relay: 1st Peter McDonald and Gary Marshall C grade relay: 1st Adam Hampson, Mike Perabo, Steve Clarke, Graeme Cassidy, Phil Kelly, Terry Wood, Steve Connor, Peter Turner, Peter McDonald, Rod Hampson B grade relay: 2nd Adam Hampson, Tony Bailie, Ian Van Zyl, Peter Burke, Steve Clarke, Karl Weber, Phil Kelly, Terry Wood, Barney Vodicar, Steve Connor, Barry Allen, Peter Turner A grade relay: 3rd Sean Kelly, Murray Copas, James Quinn, Karl Weber, Steven McDonald, Gary Marshall, Barry McGuiness, Damian Lloyd, Ron Masser, Adam Hampson Cram House Day On Saturday, August 4, Stanwell Park Sea Eels Winter Swimming Club hosted our major charity, the Cram Foundation, for a day of socialising and festivities at Helensburgh Workers Club. This is a special day when members share time and friendship with residents and carers. Over the past couple of decades, members have watched Cram Foundation residents grow from toddlers into adulthood, and this year 30 residents and 20 carers travelled up from Wollongong for the day. 2013’s celebrations took on a disco theme with members, clients and carers gearing up in afros and flares. Hawaiian shirts were popular, tunes and balloons filled the air and a fun time was had by all. Cram Foundation CEO Gareth McKeon said that it was “a great day out. You are the only group in town who do something like this for us. We really appreciate it.” Our president, Peter McDonald, presented Gareth with a $1000 cheque from our club’s fundraising. Thanks to our sponsors: Helensburgh Butchery, Binners Fruit and Veg, St. George Bank, Helensburgh Workers Sports and Social Club and McGrath Sutherland



‘The Surf Life Saving Club Where Bush Meets Beach’ On Sunday 29th of September at 10:00am Garie will throw their doors open to the public and promote Surf Lifesaving within the local community On the day members of the Club will provide Surf Ed Presentations, Information Sessions, First Aid Presentations, Nippers Demonstrations, Raffles, Fun, Games, a BBQ, Nippers Registration and much more We’re looking for new recruits: - It’s never too late to join! It doesn’t matter what age you are new members are always welcome. Whether you are looking to be a part of lifesaving, take part in surf sports competitions, nippers or get involved with a fun family environment, there’s a role for you within our club. Get involved in whichever way suits you. - Contribute to the community without even getting your feet wet. Not everyone involved in Surf Life Saving is an active Lifesaver on the beach. Many of our members play vital roles in areas such as administration, first aid, fundraising, event organisation, equipment maintenance and communications. No person has drowned at Garie Beach whilst it has been patrolled. ‘Join Surf Life Saving and be part of an Australian icon.’ First competition night (recorded) at Helensburgh Rex Jackson Oval: Friday 13th September 5:45PM. 3000m races will still be on once a month. Offline rego and information pack pickup at Helensburgh Workers Club: Friday 30th August and Friday 6th September. Come and join Little A’s right after the netball, the soccer, the footy, the cricket for a new and exciting 20 weeks season of family, fun and fitness, and a great social activity for our kids!

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Helensburgh & District’s Little Athletics - Season 2013/14 Attention all new and returning athletes: Little Athletics is starting soon and online rego is now open. Online rego with secure payment is the preferred way of becoming a member: it’s much faster, much easier and definitely much cheaper! • Tiny Tots (3-4 years old): $80 per child online versus $90 offline • U6 to U17 athletes: $100 per athlete online versus $120 offline and $130 from first competition night. Visit our website at www.helensburgh-lac. com for all the details and follow the links and instructions there, or contact us at hblac@live., or follow us on Facebook at

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Helensburgh Women’s Bowling By Beatrice Gallagher Our lady bowlers meet each Tuesday at the Workers Club in Boomerang Street at 9.30am. For more information, contact our secretary Lenore Bartlem on 4294 1472. Our Christmas in July at the Club was great fun. From all of us to our wonderful Social Organiser Robyn Single, THANKS SO MUCH!! All our bowlers along with their husbands turned out in true Christmas spirit. Robyn had crocheted bon bons for each person as a keepsake, along with another beautifully crocheted rug for a lucky door prize...this time happily taken home by Robyn Smith. Judith Starky donated a beautiful scarf she made which was won by Kay Woolley. Christmas dinner was enjoyed by everyone and thanks very much to the helpful staff in the bistro. We finished off with a celebratory cake made by Robyn! Jul 23: Welcome to Jacqui Severino, a friend of Janet Smith. In the social games the first winning team were Margaret May, Elaine Smith (swinger), Robyn Single with runners-up Kay Woolley, Elaine Smith (swinger), Wendy Britten. Social pairs Janet Smith and Pat Watts came away with a win with runners-up Lenore Bartlem and Jacqui Severina. Aug 6: It’s a hard game when you have to play against your competitors and the wind! Our social games today included a pairs game with Judith Starky, Carol Dixon winning and Robyn Smith, Helen Haynes runners-up. Jacqui Severina and June Killham were successful in their game with Pat Watts and Beatrice Gallagher runnersup (last time I am going to lend my bowls to an opposition player-b) – an enjoyable game where Jacqui and June never lost sight of the lead – can I blame it on using Joan Gardner’s bowls? In the triples, Jenny Mason, June McCotter, Elaine Smith won the game with runners-up Margaret May, Shirley Cassidy, Wendy Britten. We would like to express our appreciation to Lisa for ensuring we don’t go hungry by making toasted sandwiches for those in need. Ann Jackson has had to hand over the duties of away games while she is going through her treatment. Rhonda Christie has agreed to help out with this. Thanks Rhonda.

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Aug 13: With many members away and a couple on sick leave we had one social game. Winning team included Pat Watts, Robyn Single, Wendy Britten with runners-up Margaret May, Robyn Smith, June McCotter. Carol Dixon played swinger. Aug 20: The August winds continued. We braved the weather and headed out onto the green, a little reluctant. The most important game of the day was Queen of the Green played between President June McCotter and Jenny Mason. This was a hard game in the wind with the scoreline seesawing right to the end. Winner was June In the social pairs winners were Pat Watts and Wendy Britten with runnersup Robyn Single and Carol Dixon. Triples team of Margaret May, June Killham, Beatrice Gallagher had a win over runners-up Kay Woolley, Jacqui Severina, Elaine Smith. Happy Bowling



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By Barry Thompson Barry Thompson Travel plans, the dreaded lurgy and various injuries limited the numbers at our August tournament. Those who did play enjoyed perfect conditions. Some members implied that handicapper benevolence allowed the winner to take the money. Believe me, when it comes to handicapping, there is not an ounce of pity to be found in Mick Carroll. Therefore Bill Dodd must have called on his vast experience to come out a winner. Terry Maney came in second and Geoff Hammonds pipped Steve Egbers on count back for third. The Helensburgh Driving Range prize again went to Steve Egbers. Another couple of these Steve and you will be able to turn pro. Neither Tran nor Jammu could play this month so we are still on tenterhooks to see who will play Brian in the match play final. After speaking to Bob Britton and Bill Dodd, I have been given a source that may be able to supply a definitive answer to the date our club was established. I haven’t been able to make contact yet but I hope to do so in the near future. It is important that I prove this to be our 60th year so that we can wheedle an extra shout out of treasurer Rod during our presentation celebrations. It was good to see Mal Myts come down to the club for a chat. Mal is one of our out of town stalwarts who has been unable to play due to recent indifferent health; we hope to see him back on the course soon. Our next tournament is on Saturday September 21 at Boomerang. Tee off is at 7.00 and male and female golfers of all standards are welcome. Just turn up half an hour before tee off and introduce yourself to our starters. Our club has in recent years been supporting the Rotary Club of Corrimal Charity Golf Day at Russell Vale. This year the event will be held on Monday September 30. We already have a few starters and the details are up on the noticeboard… this is a great day’s golf for a worthy cause.

Sunday Social Golf Club By Vicki “The Hair” Little On with the games! We played twice in August to complete our championships. Will let you know next month who’s the biggest bragger of the club - there’s a couple of contenders who might take it out, and boy we‘ll know about it. The biggest bragger of late is Dave Thorne, coming in first with 66 points (he was noted in the last report). Wow! Your handicap might be in trouble Dave! Greg Crispy came in second and Kerry Gardner with a “Y” (private joke) came in third. I think Russell “The Luv” Mussel would like to wear a skirt; he would prefer to hit off the ladies’ tee. There are eyes everywhere! Our menu has had a step up with kebabs; I also suggested cake and Moët champagne but I got laughed at. I wonder why. Just like to thank the Driving Range for their donation of two buckets of balls which will be one of our great prizes .We have a website you might like to look at which has some interesting photos and you can also enter a competition to win prizes. It’s all happening. So check it out at

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New Life Member For HSPSLSC On the eve of his 30th Anniversary as an active member of Helensburgh Stanwell Park Surf Life Saving Club, Don Burke was officially nominated and unanimously carried for Life Membership. Current Life Member Jeff Luke presented Don with his badge at the club’s AGM, saying: “Don is a true club man and will always be here tomorrow and the next day to quietly help out as he always does.” Donny Burke, as he is known, first became a member of Stanwell Park SLSC in 1984, completing his Bronze Medallion. Through hard work, fundraising, and obtaining sponsorship (Helensburgh’s Peabody Energy being the club’s main sponsor), Donny raised enough funds for seven fully equipped brand new surf boats within a decade – an amazing achievement. He also raised money to purchase two boat trailers and four new rowing machines. With each new boat, Don co-ordinated a formal christening, naming each one after a past Life Member and presenting them with a model replica of the boat. Don has represented the club as a competitor since 1984 in beach events as well as in surf boat rowing. In Don’s early days, he represented the Illawarra Branch in beach events from 1987 to 1992. In 1988 he came 3rd at the World Titles in the open Beach Sprint. In 1997 he came 2nd at the State Titles in Surf Boat Rowing. In 1997 he was the Branch champion in the 0/30 Beach Sprint. His boat crew also won the 2007-2008 South Coast boat series. Don’s diligence and service to Stanwell Park SLSC shows in his impressive résumé. He was Club Captain for five years, Deputy President for three years, Junior Nippers Chair Person for two years, Boat Captain & Vice-Boat Captain for 10 years, Team Manager for six years, Fundraising, Sponsorship & Social Committees for over 10 years. Donny also holds many Surf Life Saving certificates, including Advanced Resuscitation & Instructors Certificate. Over the past 29 years, Don has run an incredible amount of fundraisers. For many 42 SEPTEMBER 2013 Helensburgh & District Herald

Above: Don and his proud boys Tim, Nathan & Ryan.

years he assisted in the running of two-up on Anzac Day at the Workers Club. Don has also been involved in co-ordinating many club social events including Music On The Lawn, booking bands once a month in summer. In 1998, Don and a few others were asked by Coalcliff Surf Club to lend a hand with their major fundraiser: “Mr Surf Lifesaver”. Helensburgh Community Centre hall was packed with patrons. Don strutted out on stage in only a white G-string, surf flags painted on his cheeks. I think he would much rather forget that event, but I believe he came third. He was a great sport and it was a successful event. Over the past eight years, Don has enjoyed watching the next generation of his own family come through the club with his three boys – Tim, Nathan and Ryan – enjoying the amazing lifestyle that Surf Club generously gives to people. He has watched his sons compete, learn and grow. His eldest son, Tim, looks like following in his footsteps. Tim was elected Nipper Captain for this season and will complete his SRC this year and looks forward to patrolling on Stanny beach. He also looks forward to the day when he can get into a surf boat. Don has always welcomed new members to the club and enjoyed a chat over a coldie with our members. You will find Donny Burke on the


SPORT BBQ in his Souths cap and apron cooking up a storm every Sunday morning at Nippers, creating his specialty: soy chicken burgers with avocado. We invite all new and old members, friends, boaties past and present to enjoy a small presentation in Don’s honour on Sunday, October 13 at Helensburgh Stanwell Park Surf Life Saving Club at 12 midday. Check club website for details A special thank you to our outgoing Club President, Carl Williams, for your great leadership; the club is thriving because of your dedication and hardworking efforts. For any new and old members wishing to join us this summer, registration is on the following days: Saturday September 7, 9 am - 12 noon, outside Pizzarama, Walker Street, Helensburgh. Registration Dates: Saturday September 14, 10 am - 1 pm, at Helensburgh Stanwell Park Surf Life Saving Club. Or registration can be completed online at Note: for all new members, please bring child’s birth certificate to registration.

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World Champ’s Report By Saya Sakakibara, BMX Rider The BMX World Championships were held in Auckland, New Zealand on July 24 - 28. After great results from my brother Kai and me at the National Championships earlier this year, we both qualified to compete there. I competed in the 14 Girls and Kai competed in the Junior Elite Men class, which is a very high level class. We got on a plane early Saturday morning and arrived early afternoon. It was a short flight compared to other plane trips we have taken to travel to competitions. My practice started on Monday. It was only one and a half hours with about 500 other riders, so we had to learn the track very quickly. The track was indoors and the arena was very small, so the track was very short. Normally the track would be 350 to 400 metres but this year it was only 280 metres. Each lap only lasted 30 seconds or less. My race was on Wednesday. The turnout was great. Most of the seats around the arena were filled, not only with BMX fans but also with locals. There were 34 riders in my class with half of them from New Zealand and Australia. I did well in all of my races. I won all of my heats, my quarterfinal and my semifinal. Then I also won the final which made me the World Champion for my age group. Kai competed on Sunday. All the tickets were sold out and a handful of people missed out watching. This day saw the racing of the fastest riders in the world. There were 63 riders in Kai’s class. He was running 2nd all day until his quarterfinals when he unfortunately came 6th (he needed to get into the top four to get through to the next round). He was very unlucky to get one of the outside lanes which put him at a disadvantage at the first turn. And considering the short track, he could not catch up. However, still an excellent achievement. It was a great trip for us with great results. We’d like to thank all our sponsors: Redline Bicycles, Blackman Bicycles, Time, Peabody Energy, Michram Industries, Goreys Vids and Davies Constructions, as well our parents for their continuous support.

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Nutty Ninjas Win At Netball Carnival

Each year the Illawarra District Netball Association holds a carnival that attracts teams from all over, from the Sutherland Shire to Yass.
This year, about 200 teams entered the carnival, which was held on Sunday, July 28. It was a beautiful, sunny day. 
In one of the 15-years divisions (there were five different divisions in each age group), one particular Helensburgh team played all day, until finally they were playing their last game and realised if they won the game, they would win their division.
So every last girl in that team gritted her teeth and gave every last ounce of energy to come out on top. For their efforts, they received a nice trophy and proudly showed it to everyone, even people in the street in Helensburgh as they were being driven home.
Helensburgh Netball Club would like to congratulate these girls – The Helensburgh Nutty Ninjas – on a hard-fought day. 
We would also like to thank everyone from Helensburgh Netball who participated in the carnival, especially the umpires. A big thank you to the parents who came down to support and help with teams. 
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