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Speedy New Liquor Application

With much of the commercial space sitting idle at 20 – 24 Walker Street, the developer is working on a new plan to entice prospective tenants. Scalda Pty Ltd is using the previous (2010) BWS Development Application to apply for a packed liquor licence and in doing so, is able to progress the application in a relatively short period of time. “The community now has just 30 days to lodge objections to the new applicant’s solicitor before a Community Impact Study is lodged with the Casino, Liquor and Gaming Control Authority” stated Greg Petty, who helped spearhead the campaign against BWS in late 2010. The community backlash against the 2010 license application was based on the existing number of liquor licenses in the area, which service a relatively small population of just 6000 residents of whom around 30% are under the age of 16. Between Stanwell Park and Helensburgh, a radius of approximately 6 kilometres, there are liquor licenses held by; Helensburgh Workers

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Club, Centennial Hotel, Centennial Heritage Cellars, Helensburgh Cellars, Helensburgh Tigers Rugby League Club, Helensburgh Soccer Club, Tumbling Waters Retreat, Stanwell Park Cellars and Stanwell Park Surf Club. Mr Petty has written to Heard McEwan Lawyers (HML) seeking an extension of the 30 day submission period deadline – due September 12. HML will be invited to attend a Public Meeting to be convened by Mr Petty for September 11 to hear local business, community groups and residents concerns. Local liquor shops and businesses have started collecting written submissions. Electronic submissions may also be made through Mr Petty’s website. Peter Doak from the Centennial Heritage Cellars, said of the latest application, “The town centre and surrounding areas are already well serviced with the existing liquor licenses, an additional outlet could lead to an increase in antisocial behaviour”.

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR HELENSBURGH&DISTRICTHERALD DEADLINE FOR CONTRIBUTIONS IS 5pm, 18th OF THE MONTH Editor@ 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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Darkes Forest lights Up! The ‘Stop CSG’ forum held on Sunday August 21 at Thirroul, attracted an audience of over 200 people and much media attention. The ‘Stop CSG Illawarra’ group is calling for; a Royal Commission into all impacts of coal seam gas mining (CSG); a moratorium on CSG until the outcome of a Royal Commission, and; a ban on hydraulic fracturing (fraccing). Both exploration license holder Apex Energy NL and their operational partner Ormil Energy have stated on multiple occasions, that they will not be using the controversial technique known as ‘fraccing’. “Our proposed wells have no more risk than thousands of wells that have already been drilled (in the region)” said Ormil Energy Managing Director, Tom Fontaine. The Illawarra has around 10,000 existing wells and according to the NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure (DoP), “There is no special characteristic of the boreholes being proposed by Apex”.


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Mr Fontaine promptly provided data to the HDH demonstrating their proposed drill holes have similarities in both depth and diameter to some of the existing 10,000 well sites. At the epicentre of Apex Energy NL’s proposed operations is the rural pocket of Darkes Forest. In what is widely considered to be a national ‘first’, The Darkes Forest Residents Group is now seeking legal advice against the DoP for what they see as a dereliction of DoP’s responsibility to protect their interests. The residents group have proven to the DoP there were serious miscalculations in the environmental assessment report provided by the consultant hydrologist to Apex Energy NL, Dr Steven Short. The data provided by the residents group is extremely significant given the location of the borehole(s) to the Sydney Catchment Authority land and the adjoining Woronora Dam. Chris Wilson, Executive Director (Major DA Assessment) at the DoP said; “The department has examined the purported errors and accepts that some of the figures in the EA’s relating to soil and water management were misquoted … and will ensure that they do not compromise the assessment of the proposal and are carefully considered during assessment of the project and preparation of the Department’s final report and recommendations” Karen Dinsdale of the Darkes Forest Residents Group said, “Apex Energy advised us yesterday (August 21, 2011) that the 16th bore hole is approved. We find this totally unacceptable given the new information we provided regarding the Apex Energy EA report, misleading and false. Department of planning should be held responsible for this approval”. Mrs Dinsdale added, “We are appalled that we have not been contacted and given the opportunity to discuss this very important issue which threatens our whole life in Darkes Forest”.

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NEWS Silt Happens! On August 15, 2011 members of the Greens party campaigning in the Wollongong City Council (WCC) elections turned their attention to a local business and property in Helensburgh. Greens NSW MP and Planning spokesperson David Shoebridge said of the protest, “The Greens NSW are calling for the NSW Planning Minister to reject the pro-development draft Local Environment plan for the Hacking River catchment lands, rubber-stamped by Wollongong City Council Administrators, and refer the issue back to the soon-to-be elected local council” . The site of the protest was the roadside of Helensburgh Sand & Soil, 159 Walker Street, Helensburgh. The Blackwell family, who own 70 acres of the sensitive lands, believe they are merely “caught in the LEP rezoning fiasco” – Adam Blackwell, Managing Director Blackwell Bros. Of the 70 Acres “we use just 20, we own 50 acres of natural bushland and we have no intention of touching it” he added. In Shoebridge’s call for planning reform he stated the; “Hacking River catchment impacts directly upon the Royal National Park and Port Hacking and is an essential wildlife habitat corridor”. Adam Blackwell recalls of the protest, “They are holding us accountable for something which is not under our control (ie the zoning) and at the same time bagging on council for using recycled building and landscaping products”. Adam insists “a lifelong local was employed for 35 years by the council to operate a backhoe to clean the silt out of the creeks. Silt build up was happening long before our business was operating at this level. You know what they say – ‘SILT HAPPENS’. It comes from bush tracks and natural land every time it rains”. “Small amounts of ‘silt’ are expected, but the Otford Weir (built in 1910) and the Hacking River have only filled up with recycled sand and fill in the past 7 years and the source is evident in every rainfall, just by comparing the tributary creeks” said Greens Candidate, Natasha Watson. “Blackwell Bros have purpose built silt ponds and a full environmental plan. We are actively involved in saving the environment on a daily basis – not just in the business of running our mouths in a desperate attempt to get some half 4 Helensburgh & District Herald

baked media attention” said Adam. “Little do they (the Greens) realise that they have created fear amongst our workers for their job security – which in the present economic environment is unacceptable” added Adam Blackwell.

Helensburgh Lions Club: It’s Fair Time Again! This year’s October Fair has a Homegrown theme and, apart from all your favourite stalls, performances, music, rides and food, the Lions Club is running a competition to find the Burgh’s best homemade jams, pickles and relishes. Now’s the time to dig out that secret family recipe! Entry is $1 and forms are available from the Lions website or from Bryan Millar’s stall (where you can also buy a raffle ticket or two) from October 1. Deliver your delicious entry, entry fee and form to Bede Parkes at 83 Parkes Street by Wednesday October 26. Community judging will take place at the Fair. Should be filling, and great fun!

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Sammy Baker - Local Star On The Rise Local singer/songwriter Sammy Baker is taking on the world of radio, announcing the release of his debut EP ‘Game Over’. His sound may be familiar to locals already, as for some time Sammy has been playing to local audiences with regular gigs at the Helensburgh Worker’s Club. This is the culmination of much hard work for Sam, having won a scholarship to train as an audio engineer with the prominent Sydney ‘SAE Institute’, which specialises in sound engineering and digital video production, while still a student at Bosco High School.

Sam next plays at the Helensburgh Worker’s Club on September 10, and will have copies of his debut EP available for sale for $10. ‘Game Over’ is also available on i-tunes or you can visit:

Above: The EP ‘Game Over’ now available, Right: Singer Songwriter Sammy Baker

In a relatively short period of time, Sam has also won a jingle writing contest, ranked second in Triple-J’s ‘Unearthed’ for writing and performing an original song and ranked in the top five out of over 700 entrants in a song contest for national youth week called “Rock It”. “I was playing two to three gigs a week between Sutherland and Wollongong, so making an EP seemed like the next logical step to making this a career” said Sam. Mentored in production by SAE lecturer and industry icon Joachin Mueller, featuring all original songs, Sam’s debut EP is best described as ‘acoustic pop-folk’. Sam is also very grateful to Scott Smith for creating the EP artwork. Helensburgh & District Herald 5

COMMUNITY NEWS RFS Open Day The NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) is opening its station doors for the 2011 RFS Open Day. RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons has confirmed that Open Day will be held across the State on Saturday September 24, 2011. “Open Day is a chance for people to get to know their local volunteer firefighters and learn about the great work they do,” said Commissioner Fitzsimmons. “Our members are a reflection of their local communities and this is a fantastic opportunity for residents to meet the dedicated men and women who make up our volunteer brigades. “It’s also an exciting day out for the children, they always have fun exploring the fire trucks and seeing the equipment.“While Open Day is a great chance for the public to go behind the scenes and find out what happens when we’re called to an emergency, it’s also a good time to pick up some valuable fire safety tips, “he said. Commissioner Fitzsimmons said that the advice on offer at Open Day is timely, ahead of the bush fire season.

HELENSBURGH&DISTRICTHERALD “Our members will be on hand to give property owners and residents advice on how best to prepare for the bush fire season. Being well prepared, having a Bush Fire Survival Plan and knowing what you will do in the event of a fire are all important safety measures that our volunteers can help with. “We’ve organised a range of activities, displays and demonstrations to highlight the professionalism and versatility of our brigades, as well as providing great entertainment,” he said. Please see list below of Stations that will be open in the Illawarra area. Helensburgh Parkes Street, Helensburgh 10 am - 2 pm Otford Otford Road, 10 am - 4 pm Stanwell Park Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Stanwell Park 10 am - 2 pm Darkes Forest 304 Darkes Forest Road, 2 pm - 5 pm For more information contact Illawarra Zone Office 4230 8200

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COMMUNITY NEWS Nominations Open For 2508 Australian Of The Year The 2508 Australian of the Year Awards for 2011 were a great success with several locals being awarded for their personal contribution to the district. The committee is organizing another event to be held in January and to make this occasion a success we need the community to nominate people for the 2012 Australian of the Year in the 2508 postcode area. Put on your thinking caps, pick up a form from the many businesses, i.e., Helensburgh Workers Sports & Social Club, Helensburgh Newsagency, Helensburgh Pharmacy, Stanwell Park Corner Store and other local shops or contact the number below for a form. We are calling for nominations in the following 6 categories and are open to anyone; 1) Australian of the Year, 2) Senior of the Year; 3) Young Person of the Year (under 25); 4) Sports Person of the Year (Junior and Senior); 5) School Academic of the Year (Primary School) Boy and Girl; 6) Volunteer of the Year. This year we have increased our awards to cover both juniors and seniors in the Sports Person section and in the School Academic Primary School section awards for a boy and a girl. The Awards will be presented on Saturday January 21, 2012 at the Helensburgh Workers Sports & Social Club. More details will be given over the next couple months in our local papers. Please start to fill in the nomination forms as soon as possible so the selection committee can get on with the hardest job of all. Contact: Marjorie (Midge) Palmer, President 2508 Australian of the Year Committee Phone: 4294 3083

NISA Film Nights NISA (Northen Illawarra Sustainability Alliance) will be screening a series of films at The Bushland Chapel, starting with The Economics of Happiness on 15 September. All our films and documentaries have a sustainability theme and should provoke some interesting discussion and, we hope, action. Check out NISA's Facebook page for more information -

HELENSBURGH&DISTRICTHERALD Eyesore On Stuart St The burnt remains of the house situated at number one Stuart Street are unlikely to be removed anytime soon, as the property owner claims to have insufficient funds to pay for the demolition and removal of the rubble. The circumstances surrounding the property are complex, and include both police and private investigations and the identification of a biohazard material (asbestos). A spokesperson from WCC explained “Council has liaised with the property owner to ensure that the partially burnt out dwelling is made safe. The owner of the premises has erected a site security fence and provided Council with documentation from a licensed asbestos contractor confirming that “make safe” works have been undertaken”. WCC further added “At this stage Council is unable to require the demolition of the premises; however the site will be routinely monitored by Council. Should the condition of the dwelling change, Council may reconsider its current position”.

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FUTURES SURVEY: PART 2 Helensburgh Futures Survey Results: Part Two Do Helensburgh residents disagree about coal futures? Figure 2 shows responses to the question asking about the importance of coal in forging a sense of community. These survey results suggest Helensburgh residents disagree over the future role of coal in Helensburgh. Figure 2 shows that the great majority of respondents either ‘agreed’ or ‘strongly agreed’ that coal is integral to understanding the past in Helensburgh. In one respondent’s words: “It is a strong part of the history of Helensburgh – it was responsible for the creation of the town!” Yet, the survey results suggest disagreement between respondents on the importance of coal in forging a sense of community in Helensburgh today, and in the future, with over 46 percent ‘disagreeing’ or ‘strongly disagreeing’ that coal would be important in forging a sense of community in Helensburgh in the future. Statistically significant differences in the understanding of coal emerged for those with a connection to the mining industry. Respondents with a connection to the mining industry were more likely to report a continuing importance for coal. These respondents point to the jobs created “for locals and other local businesses” by coal mining.

HELENSBURGH&DISTRICTHERALD For example, one respondent wrote that coal was integral to sustaining the local economy as it “injects money and jobs back into our community.” Others pointed to the importance of investments in community infrastructure and facilities made by the mining company. Another respondent wrote that “...the mine does a lot of good for the town providing donations to a lot of events and sports clubs”. In contrast, those respondents with no connection to the mining industry were less likely to see coal playing an important role in the future. These respondents were most likely to speak about coal as a non-renewable source (“Major source of energy for the world but bad for the environment and unsustainable”), harmful (“Dirty, pollution, traffic noise”), and outdated (“A fuel of the past”). The changing demographics of Helensburgh were also noted: “...many people moved here for lifestyle not mining.” Disagreements about the role of coal today and into the future can in part be explained by some Helensburgh residents having a personal connection to the mining industry. However, the changing demographics of Helensburgh mean that fewer Helensburgh residents have this connection, and are less likely to understand coal as playing an integral part in forging a sense of community in the future. A big thank you to Kiri Yapp for Providing the survey results.

Figure 2: Survey respondents’ views on the importance of coal in forging a sense of community in Helensburgh in the past, present and future. 8 Helensburgh & District Herald

SPOTLIGHT ON LOCAL BUSINESS “I’ll See You In Court!” “I’ll see you in Court!” It’s a threat designed to provoke fear, but why is it such a scary prospect. Mainly because the Court system is unknown to most people. The busiest section of the Court system is the Civil Registry. This is where you may be “sued”, or may need to come to assert or enforce your rights over another party. For example, if they owe you money, or use your trademarks, or don’t leave you anything in their will. The Court is divided into a number of jurisdictions. Jurisdiction refers to the areas where a particular Court has the power to make a decision. It may be a financial jurisdiction, or a geographical one, or cover a particular area of law. In New South Wales, the lowest Court is the Local Court. It has two areas of jurisdiction, the Small Claims Division which covers monetary amounts up to $10,000, and the General Division which covers monetary amounts up to $100,000. The Local Court also deals with some criminal matters, traffic matters and some Family Law matters such as property settlements.

HELENSBURGH&DISTRICTHERALD Geographically, there are many Local Courts around the State, making it the most accessible Court for most people. The next level in the Court system is the District Court. The monetary jurisdiction of the District Court is $750,000. The District Court may also deal with all motor accident cases, and most criminal matters, with the exception of murder, treason and piracy. Primarily the District Court sits in Sydney, however there are a number of country towns where the Court will sit. There are certain weeks during the year when the District Court will sit in each town. The top level of the State Court system is the Supreme Court of NSW. The Supreme Court has unlimited civil jurisdiction and hears the most serious criminal matters. The civil jurisdiction is divided into two – common law, which deals with personal injury, breach of contract and defamation, and equity, which deals with matters that do not include debt recovery and damages. The Supreme Court also hears any Probate or Letters of Administration matters. The Supreme Court sits in Sydney, however may hear some matters in regional areas if it is required. The Supreme Court also contains the Court of Appeal, and Court of Criminal Appeal, which are the highest Courts within the State. The High Court of Australia is the highest Australian Court. The High Court decides matters of special federal significance, and with special leave of the Court, can hear appeals from the State or Territory Courts. In 1986 the Australia Act 1986 removed any right of appeal to the Privy Council in the United Kingdom. In addition to these Courts, there are a number of Tribunals and Courts which deal with specific matters. These include the Children’s Court, the Coroner’s Court, the Land and Environment Court, the Drug Court and the Industrial Magistrate’s Court. Tribunals and Commissions include the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), the Guardianship Tribunal, the Consumer, Trader and Tenancy Tribunal (CTTT) and the Industrial Relations Commission. As you can see, there is a Court, Commission or Tribunal to cover every type of problem, issue or dispute which you may have. If you would like assistance please contact Lynda Babister at Babister Legal, 4294 3458, or 0418 604 098 or email lynda@babisterlegal. Helensburgh & District Herald 9



He Didn’t Just Say That Did He?

stretching program before exercise. After a 12 week intensive training program the rates of injury among both groups was statistically the same, meaning there was no added benefit to stretching before exercise in preventing injury. This opened the floodgates into so much research, which has continually found the same result. So what can we take from this? That Hue Heffner’s wife probably stretches before exercise? Yes, but also one of the major findings in all this research is that a warm-up jog or alike is incredibly beneficial in reducing the risk of injury. When they looked at a warm-jog versus no warm-up jog the research is clear. If you start out cold you’re going to rip, tear, snap or break something. All you need to aim at is generating a slight sweat before you run out onto that paddock to kick the old pigskin to reduce your risk of injury. Before I come across as an anti-stretching campaigner I need to clear one thing up. Stretching is important. “What! But you just said” … I know, I know, but the goal of stretching is to achieve a more permanent length change in the muscle not merely loosen you up before exercise. This is achieved by stretching at least 3 times a week, holding each stretch for a bare minimum of 30 seconds, then repeating this at least 5 times. With each stretching session you are effectively telling your muscle “You’re too short, grow longer” and it will over time. The actual muscle length and its chance of damage is all relative to the task you set it. “Is my calf muscle long enough for me to sit at my desk and type on my computer?” Yes. “What about to walk out the front and get the mail?” Probably. “What about running a cheeky 10k?” Now that’s different. The worst offenders are guys who have a fairly sedentary job but then off the cuff think they might play soccer this season because Fred from accounting has started playing and said they need players. Bad idea. Unless you have firstly put in the time to achieve the muscle length you’re going to need to play soccer. You guys know who you are, and I’ll probably see you next season. In summary lightly warming up before you exercise is good, regularly stretching properly is excellent but stretching only before you exercise, well I believe you...and I’m sure she truly loves him.

By Aaron Babb, Helensburgh Physio and Sports Injury Clinic It’s about time. I think the myth can finally be dispelled. I may get chased down the road with pitchfork carrying pre-exercise pro-stretching advocates but here I go.... Stretching before exercise is about as useless in preventing injury as one of Hue Heffner’s new girlfriends trying to convince you she has no interest in money. I can hear the shrieks of horror from here. “He didn’t just say that did he? And he calls himself a physio!” Before you start making a voodoo doll with my little head on it lets look at the mass of evidence that has been generated over the last decade. We’ll start with the paper published in the prestigious Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercisejournal that started it all. In 1999 they gathered 1538 young male army recruits, split them into 2 groups. One group warmed up with a jog only before exercise the other group conducted the same warm-up however in addition conducted a supervised

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Stanwell Park Festival of Flight


An invitation to local school students and members of the community The ‘Festival of Flight’ is an annual celebration of Lawrence Hargrave, an engineer, explorer, astronomer, inventor and aeronautical pioneer who chose to live and experiment with his flying machines in Stanwell Park. This year the festival is aiming to increase the focus on history, innovation and the science of flight, with the introduction of the “The Flighty Professor” pavilion. “The Flighty Professor” will have a display of aviation, science and engineering curiosities with one simple theme; flight. The CWA is encouraging a fun and interactive exhibition with works and ideas from local primary, high school, university students or interested individuals. Examples could include: • Artwork with a “flight” theme, Paper plane designs, model aircraft, any historical artefacts on flight, particularly from the local region, games and experiments, unique research or experiments that can be reproduced on the day The pavilion will have games and activities coordinated by volunteers, but if you have an idea you would like to share – ‘The Flighty Professor’ wants to hear from you! Get in touch with the Flighty professor: P: 0409 065 500 E: adfagerstrom@hotmail. com This event is coordinated by volunteers of the Stanwell Park branch of the CWA. The Festival of Flight is sponsored by Wollongong City Council

White, grey and yellow cockatiel, from Walker/Frances St area on July 27. Beloved pet of elderly couple. Answers to “Cruz”. Reward offered: 4294 2734 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, An Indian, Asian or American accented person will ring you out of the blue, at random and they’ll ask/tell you your PC/Windows is running slow and you need to go on to your computer where they’ll prompt you to bring up the event viewer (by typing eventvwr in the run box) Event viewer is always full of messages and errors, it’s nothing to be worried about but they’ll tell you this is horrifically bad and you need to spent £65 with them to get this fixed. They are a total con, report them to fair trading / don not call (if you are registered). They might pretend to be Microsoft but they are in fact an Indian based company called 24-7 PC Care. They use two numbers normally: 0 1614084448 02070991349 Their website is http://www.24sevenpccare. com - Do NOT give them any payment details such as bank account numbers, credit or debit card details etc. They will ask for remote access to your PC, do NOT do this. Tell them not to call back and hang up, I’ve read reports of them harassing folks and scamming vulnerable people for hundreds of dollars. I have had them ring myself and know of at least 100 people who they have contacted. They appear to be going though the Wollongong area phone numbers. Microsoft have confirmed that they will not ring customers with Windows based computers offering support. Microsoft depend on the company / person you brought the computer from being the first line of support of Windows users ringing Microsoft themselves. Please do not accept these calls. Warwick Erwin, Stanwell Tops technical Services. Helensburgh & District Herald 11

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Dear Editor, It appears the battle over the Review of Submissions is still going on with the latest nonsense review in before the State Planning Dept and for it to come back to the Gong Council for ANOTHER 2 months of public exhibition. It didn’t matter that a few days before the original Willana Review went to the Labor State Parliament Planning Department, the whole 7d area changed from the exhibited E2 Environmental Conservation to some areas of E2 but mainly E-3 Environmental Management and other fragmented zoning that allowed development. It was never re-advertised, a serious failing of Council under the Administrators. The reason for this sudden change given was that if a house burnt down in E2, it could never be replaced according to the Council with much made in the media by some land speculators. Trouble is, that was completely wrong and misleading. Under the Environmental Protection Act, a house could be replaced as “existing use rights.” Didn’t matter what the zone was. It didn’t matter also that some DAs suddenly appeared in the latest Review that were never part of the publicly exhibited Willana Review. Still another serious failing of the Council under the Administrators. People should be reminded here what a “gift” means. It means you should not expect anything in return in the true sense of the word. There should be none of this nonsense I’ll give you this, only if you give me that. Tut, tut, not nice. Anyway, when the Royal National Park and the Garrawarra State Conservation Area were placed on the Australian National Heritage List, there were strict conditions put into place to protect those areas, of which the Federal Government notified Wollongong City Council. These conditions were to alert proponents of land that were “to have a significant impact on a matter of national environmental significant” through rezoning. Though the Federal Government could not intervene in a rezoning decision by a Local Council, Council were alerted to this fact so they could inform the owners of these lands. It would appear that Council has not done this, nor have they contradicted any statements on this in the media. 12 Helensburgh & District Herald

HELENSBURGH&DISTRICTHERALD A proposed subdivision of a few hundred home sites around Herbert Creek, one of the headwater tributaries of the Hacking River would seriously be affected by the Federal Government strict conditions on the heritage listed Royal National Park or Garrawarra. Regardless of what people seemed to think back in the 1890s in regard to land around Helensburgh, if they had known then of what the world knows now of heritage listed sites and the value in protecting them, then these areas would not be proposed subdivisions. If the former corrupt Wollongong Council was prepared to keep these lands protected, what does it say of anyone who would now allow subdivisions? Besides why didn’t the current land owners buy in the Helensburgh residential footprint if they were so keen to live in the area? If they bought 7d land, why didn’t they buy areas with “existing use rights”? A lot of people did, and are happy. Alan Bond, Stanwell Tops

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LETTERS / ANNOUNCEMENTS Dear Editor, I am writing in regard to the Voluntary Planning Agreement that was front page, last month. I would like to express my view regarding the character of two local residents who have been getting some “bad press” lately. Lady Carrington Estate Director, Bob Hogarth, has given much to this community during the move here over 30 years ago, setting up beautiful Otford Valley Farm and having many social interactions with the community. He is not the big ogre that people might like to believe, but a normal family man with a vision for his land. Handing acreage over to Royal National Park will be a great opportunity to see this land used and nurtured by the NPW. I guess it’s a bit like the duck pond at Gymea Glades; how beautiful an area that is now, compared to before the development. Also, our local school teacher at Otford who has been part of the community for around 25 years. She is certainly no big time developer, only wanting security for herself, having lost her husband three years ago. A dedicated teacher who also deserves our support and friendship, after all her invaluable years of supporting our children & families. I am neither an environmentalist or developer; just wanting to stand up and be counted, to acknowledge their role in our community. Finally, I guess we are all speculators - hoping to make a profit on our home or land purchases. Isn’t that why we buy and not rent? Meg Hedley, Otford

HELENSBURGH&DISTRICTHERALD Dear Editor, The Brettschneider family would like to thank Karl & Tanja’s friends who travelled to Germany to help celebrate their wedding. Karl & Tanja were married on 6th August, 2011. Doris and Andreas, Karl’s proud parents are happy to welcome Tanja to their family; Hanna, Karl’s sister, was delighted to be bridesmaid. The wedding took place in Memmingen, a village in Bavaria, in the south of Germany where Tanja lived. The wedding literally started with a BANG! At 4.30am a cannon was fired to summons the butcher and the baker to provide the wedding party and guests, with “weisswurst” and “prezels”. Luke Maguire was best man, Jessie Cartwright and Ian Walker (Bushy to his mates) were groomsmen, and they did a great job of supporting Karl on and before his wedding day. Sheree, Amy and the Avis twins were also present. I was very proud of all the boys and girls, the way they conducted themselves whilst being guests of Tanja, in her fathers home; it was something to make her parents proud. I cannot begin to express my thanks for their exemplary behavior, manners and the effort they all put in by travelling to Germany to celebrate this happy event with our family. Well done “Burgh Boys”! Two ceremonies were performed, an International ceremony in the Town Hall and another in an ancient Lutheran church, so Karl and Tanja are well and truly married! Special thanks to “Bushy” for his entertainment along with Amy; ACDC was a hit with the locals, but guys, “don’t give up your day jobs just yet”. Thanks, Andreas & Doris Brettschneider. Dear Editor, Thank you to the Helensburgh “Northern Illawarra Neighbourhood Aid” (NINA) for the invitation to attend their Australian Meals on Wheels Day celebrations. I ask all citizens of 2508 to consider volunteering. Meals on Wheels would appreciate and can certainly do with your support. They will be there when you need them! Will you be there now when they need you? Greg Petty, Helensburgh Helensburgh & District Herald 13



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The Bushland Chapel in Parkes Street Helensburgh, is a well known part of the town and has served the community for many years. Many locals have been married and baptised there. It has distinctive architecture and bush setting. In recent years the chapel has been run by the local congregation, and has offered a rich program of arts events and classes, yoga, bushwalking, screenings as well as Sunday meetings. Study, discussion and quiet time occur on the 1st ad 3rd Sundays at 9.30 am, and the Rev Len Cliff visits on 4th Sunday. The Chapel offers a place for open and progressive inquiry into matters of faith, spirituality and contemporary issues, in small groups, that could well suit the needs of locals seeking something different. The chapel is located at 94 Parkes Street. Further information including use of chapel at Inquiries can be made to 4268 6748.

Hope Church 2508 is a local, friendly genuine Christian Church. Part of the Australian Christian Network (, Hope Church 2508 provides a local expression tailored to meet our community needs. The church meets 9:30 am every Sunday morning, at Helensburgh Public School. This is an excellent facility, recently built and has plenty of room, disabled access and is in a central location to Helensburgh. We offer a fresh and encouraging family service every Sunday, kids church and an exciting program for our youth every Friday night. We invite you to join us for a service. If you have a question, any pastoral needs or would like somebody to talk to, you can contact Daniel Zelli on 4294 2299 during the week at anytime. Join Hope Church 2508 at Helensburgh Public School Hall, 9:30 am Sunday morning, Fletcher Street, Helensburgh.

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CHURCH NEWS Holy Cross Catholic Parish

"Bearing Christ's love to the communities north of Sea Cliff Bridge" We are quietly proud to have been the bearers of Christ’s love to the people residing along the northern tip of the Illawarra from the beginning of European settlement. The first Catholic church was built in 1890 and the primary school was opened in 1900 (by St Mary of the Cross MacKillop herself). This year, 2011, marks the Centenary of the establishment of the parish in its own right, the 25th anniversary of the opening of the current Church in Helensburgh, and the opening of the (near) complete rebuilding of Holy Cross Parish School. The community north of the Sea Cliff Bridge is served from two churches: Holy Cross Church, 4 McMillan St, Helensburgh. St Bernadette’s Church, Stanwell Ave, Stanwell Park. Our Sunday worship times are: Saturday evening Vigil Mass – 5.30pm (Helensburgh) Sunday early-morning Mass – 8.00am (Stanwell Park) Sunday mid-morning Mass – 9.30am (Helensburgh) We also have regular weekday times for worship and other activities, information for which is updated weekly in our parish bulletin. The parish office (Cnr Parkes & McMillan Sts) is opened Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The parish secretary can be contacted on: (tel) 4294 1099, (fax) 4294 9180, (email) The school office (Mrs Kerrin Cronin, Principal) can be contacted on: 4294 1588 Our parish website, where more information will be found and details of the Centenary celebrations will be posted, is:

Hillcrest Christian Fellowship Hillcrest House (Hillcrest Retirement Village), Railway Crescent, Stanwell Park. 6pm each Sunday. Phone Graeme Ratten on 4294 3153.

HELENSBURGH&DISTRICTHERALD 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.

Helensburgh & Stanwell Park Anglican Church Bible based, Jesus focused. Religion is out, grace is in! You're always welcome at your local Anglican Church, where there is a wide range of groups and ministries for all ages. See the website (below) for more. Our service times are: 8.15am Stanwell Park, for all age Prayer Book service. 10am Helensburgh Family service with Kids' Club and Creche. 5pm Helensburgh-Sunday Night Live (catch the bus from Stanni Anglican at 4:45) for dinner, games and a more relaxed youth-oriented service. For more information, visit

Helensburgh Bushland Chapel Uniting Church of Australia Meets at 94 Parkes Street Helensburgh, Sundays at 9.30AM 1st and 3rd of month group meetings – study and quiet time. 4th Sunday of the month, Rev Len Cliff leads Monthly bushwalks. A place for friendly progressive inquiry into faith and contemporary life For more info including chapel use: or 42686748.

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A lifetime of lifesaving

Holly Templeton and Peter Prcevich are delighted to announce they are now engaged Congratulations!

Vale: Con Asmussen MBE. 28 June 2011 The late Con Asmussen joined the Surf Life Saving movement in 1939, attracted by the comradeship and spirit of competition he’d first observed during visits to Illawarra’s Stanwell Park beach. He gained his Bronze Medallion the following year. Con is renowned for stating that we all get more from Surf Life Saving than we put in. In addition to a long and distinguished history with the Helensburgh-Stanwell Park SLSC, Con was Illawarra’s delegate to the NSW State Centre for 15 years (1949 to 1964) and was State delegate to the National Council for 20 years (1958 – 1978). He was elected NSW Deputy President for two seasons (1965 & 1966) and then NSW President for a record 12 seasons from 1967 to 1978. He was awarded Life Membership of Helensburgh-Stanwell Park in 1950, Illawarra Branch in 1962, Surf Life Saving NSW in 1963, Surf Life Saving Australia in1966 and was awarded an MBE in 1972. He also received an Australian Sports Medal in 2000. Con was involved in pioneering many of the major changes and innovations within Surf Life Saving, from the introduction of inflatable rescue boats and helicopters, to the acceptance of women as active patrolling surf lifesavers in the 80s. Con was one of the original inductees into the SLSA’s Hall of Fame in 2004. By this stage Con had lived in northern NSW for some time and was a Life Member of the Ballina Lighthouse & Lismore SLSC. In March Con was one of a handful of surf sports officials who were honoured at a special dinner held during the NSW Surf Life Saving Championships at Kingscliff. Con was presented with a plaque acknowledging his contribution as an official for more than 50 years. At 96, Con was still assisting with administrative tasks at the Ballina club and as recently as a week or so ago, attended the Branch AGM and the Awards of Excellence, demonstrating his dedication to the organisation he said had given him so much. Con will be greatly missed by many people and his passing is a significant loss to the Surf Life Saving movement in NSW.

In Memoriam BLACKWELL, Denise In Loving Remembrance Her beautiful smile, her gentle touch, we lost a dearly loved wife, mum & Nan; so precious to us. Memories of our time together will be cherished in our hearts forever. So sadly missed. Love - husband Alan and Family.

Many Thanks To our wonderful friends at Helensburgh. The cards, the flowers, the hugs and kisses have been very comforting; on the passing of our dear dad, Alan Stewart Ross. He was a great husband, father, grandfather and friend. He will be in our memories and hearts forever. Vicki Little, Debbie Ross, Glen Ross and families.

With Thanks Our family sincerely thanks you for the kind expressions of sympathy conveyed to us in so many ways since the sad and sudden loss of Talbot Shafer on 8th July, 2011. Thank you to Steve Melchior, Shelly Daniew, Frances Stanley for your helpfulness and kindness we are so very grateful. Thank you Helensburgh Works club for the venue and special thanks to Chris Lean for a brilliant job in organising the venue set up & your superb courtesy and professionalism & Jackie Mulligan for all the co-ordination. Amy Potter of Amy’s Flower Boutique Heathcote, the flowers were absolutely gorgeous we thank you. Nicola, Sam, Jessie & The Shafer Family USA/NZ

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CHEERS & JEERS JEERS to the folks on Annesley Ave Stanwell Tops who think that the open park like space over the back fence is a good place to throw away all kinds of rubbish. Council cleanups are free and they will come twice a year. What a poor decision to just trash this beautiful extra space we have to live in! CHEERS to the folks on Annesley Ave Stanwell Tops who think that the open park like space over the back fence is a good place to mow and plant gardens and place sunny tables and park benches and fruit trees etc. What a privilege to have this beautiful extra space to live in! JEERS a local supermarket for taking away the school boxes for ‘dockets’ – so much for community support for our kids. For them it is only about money! JEERS to running out of room for the quiz again this month – sorry mum.

CHEERS to the Helensburgh Tiger Lillies team, in their inaugural year they took out the premiership undefeated! CHEERS again to the Tigers RLFC for getting three teams to the finals! CHEERS to Geoffrey from ‘Wagon Wheels Country Retreat’ for allowing us into the property’s beautiful grounds to take photos. Thank you! CHEERS to the parents and friends who helped revitalise the grounds of Helensburgh Community Preschool. CHEERS to Hope Church 2508 for raising over $1200 for Northern Illawarra Neighbourhood Aid. Show how much you like the Helensburgh & Distict Herald - Join us on facebook!


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YOUTH NEWS Otford Public School Fair Otford Public School invites all to attend their 2011 fundraising ‘Artisan Fair’. There will be lots of speciality stalls including jewellery, organic fabrics, recycled timber furniture, spring water, fresh produce (some produce organic), flowers, candles, local honey, local apples, freshly baked organic bread, organic juice, homemade cakes and great coffee! The array of food stalls cover curries through to a traditional grill with sausage sizzle, bacon and egg rolls plus corn on the cob. There will also be an art auction which starts at 1pm, features well known local artists. Otford will have its very own ‘Luna Park’ for the day, which will have a giant slide, jumping castle, sumo wrestling and double bungee run. You can pre-purchase your ‘early bird - all day’ wrist band for just $15, or on the day for $20, which gives you unlimited access to the rides. Wristbands can be purchased from Otford School or Paper Haven in the arcade near Helensburgh Newsagency. There are special activities for the kids at the ‘design, grow or make your own’ stalls. Visit the parlour, register for a cake decorating class or help build and design the paper fantasy forest See you at the fair!

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More ‘Happy Hearts’ Happy Hearts academy has welcomed a new university Trained Early Childhood Teacher and can now offer additional places for children aged 0-2 and 2-6. As well as new vacancies, Happy Hearts are expanding their school readiness program and have loads of new resources at the centre and are now taking enrolments for 2012.

Local School Uniform Supplier Little Cherub Clothing Helensburgh, now has ‘Holy Cross’ school uniforms in store. The prices are the same as ‘Claudine's’ in Caringbah which until recently, was the only place they could be purchased from. Anything Coleen does not have in store, can be ordered in for you!

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Helensburgh Public School By Lucinda Carter - Relieving Assistant Principal Grandparents Day and Open DayEducation Week: It was wonderful to see so many visitors at our school on Open Day, Grandparents Day and the official opening of our new classrooms by our local Federal member for Cunningham, Ms Sharon Bird. Parents and special visitors joined us in celebrating Education Week on Thursday 4th August. This special event opened with a concert and was followed by a visit to the children’s classrooms where activities had been organised and the children's work was shared .The tempting aroma of the sausage sizzle, which had been organised by the P&C, tempted everyone to join the children in a picnic lunch in the sunshine. On Tuesday 8th August, Grandparents spent the morning watching the concert put on by the school band, choir and grade singing. Many grandparents were given special gifts made by the children such as paper plate handbags and badges with “World’s Best Grandparent”.

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James Hollow with his Grandmother at ‘Grandparents Day’ 2011

They were also treated to a special morning tea and welcomed wholeheartedly by the children of Helensburgh Public school who were extremely excited to see them. We would like to thank the many grandparents who purchased and donated a book to the library. It was greatly appreciated. A wonderful time was had by all. Helensburgh Public School 125 Year Celebrations: Next year is a significant year in the school’s historical calendar as it marks 125 years since the school first opened its doors to the Helensburgh community. Planning has already begun for this important event and if you would like to support the P&C in its organisation this would be welcomed. If there is anyone in the community who would like to assist the school by loaning old photographs, memorabilia or anything of historical significance it would be greatly appreciated. Illawarra Choral Festival: The Helensburgh School Choir performed beautifully at the 56th annual Choral Festival held at Wollongong Town Hall on Wednesday 3rd August. They were part of a combined choir with students from Helensburgh, Balgownie and Corrimal East schools who sang a combined repertoire of ten songs. Zoe Brown sang the most beautiful solo and Sophie McGuire played the wind chimes to accompany the choir. Thank you to all the students who participated and the parents who were so supportive on the night getting their children there on time. You all sang so beautifully and made our school feel very proud.

CLUB & COMMUNITY NEWS Weekend Warriors The day was Sunday August 21, 2011, The venue - Engadine Tavern, and the stage was set for an afternoon of rock and roll as a small group of old time rockers dusted off their instruments once again in a fundraiser for the Sutherland Hospital Children’s Ward. The program is called the Weekend Warriors, and was run by Engadine Music to culminate in a charity event aimed at giving the Baby Boomer generation one last shot at rock and Roll fame. The Weekend Warriors program is designed for people who may have long ago put away their instruments due to family or work commitments, and aims at getting them back into the joy of playing music. Participants are split up into bands after a 1 day orientation jam, and set up with all necessary equipment, rehearsal space, and even coaching to help hone their musical skills. The day was an amazing success, with a turnout of more than 250 people packed into Engadine Tavern's St Moritz Reception room, and over $1200 was raised for Sutherland Hospital’s Children's Ward.

HELENSBURGH&DISTRICTHERALD It was a day filled with rock music, and an experience that no one will soon forget. Engadine Music will be running another weekend warriors in the early months of 2012, and you don't have to be an experienced muso to participate, so if you can play 3 chords and have a love for music, then visit www.engadinemusic. com & look for the “Weekend Warriors” banner on the front page, or call Michael on 9520 3044 for more information.

Helensburgh Daytime View Club By Virginia Dowson The 2011 Annual National Convention of VIEW Clubs, will take place in September at Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre, who will host the Conference days as well as the Gala Dinner. Another dinner will be at the renowned Flemington Racecourse, and this year’s Grand Celebration will be held in the stunning Dame Elisabeth Murdoch Recital Hall. Helensburgh VIEW continues to grow and three prospective new members came to our August meeting. A very warm welcome to them. We also welcomed our Speaker, John Martin and his wife Sharon. John is from Albion Park Aerodrome, and his talk on “Wings Over the Illawarra” was most interesting and entertaining. He told us about the many volunteers who meet to restore old aircraft, and once a year put on an Air Show which has grown over 5 years, and now attracts thousands of visitors to see aircraft old, and new, take to the skies. It has grown to the extent that State Rail now put on special trains to the event, This month we say farewell to long-time member Lyn Negal who is moving to Tasmania. Our President, Jenny, presented Lyn with a small gift, and a card of Good Wishes from the Club, for an enjoyable sea-change. VIEW Clubs are also crossing Bass Strait this year, with the first Club being launched in Hobart. Places on Port Hacking Cruise, 18 October, are still available, pay by 20 September. For all details of outings please phone Chris 4294 1103. Our next meeting will be 20 September 2011 at the Centennial Hotel at 11am for 11:15 start. Please phone Nerida 0429004298 for new lunch bookings or cancellations by the Wednesday prior to the meeting. Visitors welcome. Helensburgh & District Herald 23

CLUB NEWS Fellowship of First Fleeters South Coast Chapter By Betty Warn Concluding Joe’s story as told to Caroline Chisholm: Lying awake on shore a few nights later, his head still ached from the blow. The lice were itching but he fancied the sores were a little better. They were still waiting for their blankets and tents to be unloaded from the hold of the JUSTINIAN. It was cold but he was huddled around a camp-fire with the other boys. That night, the boys had leaves, berries and fresh turnips in their broth. Their bread and salt meat was better and there seemed to be more of it when the ration was weighed on shore. “I knew they were cheating on us on that ship!” Joe told the other boys. After dark, when the others were asleep, he lay awake, staring at the glowing embers of the fire. The Colony was in chaos with nearly 500 sick, landed from the (Second) Fleet, many of them past hope of recovery. There were men dying every day and Joe had seen the large pit that had been dug on the hill. The bodies were wrapped in coarse rotten sackcloth and dropped into the hole, one by one at the end of the day. there was no time for ceremony; too much work to do, too few hands and too many sick! The wild dogs were starting their growling and snarling on the hill beyond the camp. Joe knew they were fighting over the bodies in the pit.

HELENSBURGH&DISTRICTHERALD They had been told there would be a city here one day and they would be given land to work for themselves. October 3rd 1845 - Caroline Chisholm wrote quickly as the old farmer told his story. “No man worked harder than I have done.” said Joe. “I have by me about 1,000 in ready cash, farms and fine cattle for my sons. We’re never without a chest of tea in the house. We use two in a year. I’ve paid forty pounds for a chest of tea in the Colony. Tea is a great comfort! I still dream of them dogs and their howling, Mrs Chisholm, and I will till the end of my days.” “I hope them that kept us a starving and had us flogged and chained have gone to the Devil!” The Second Fleet had the worst record for cruelty, starvation and deaths on the voyage to Australia. The Fleet had been contracted to an ex slave-trader. It was not stated whether the crews and convicts had to be landed dead or alive, so the abuse was horrific. Any question, please phone Betty Warn 4294 2735

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By Joan Gardner Helensburgh Probus Club continues to thrive. We are having a great time with our many varied outings. We have a marvellous team of organisers who make sure there is never a dull moment. Some recent activites include a visit to the Mounted Police at Redfern where our club had a tour of the facilities and were treated to a “work out” of the horses and an explanation of the duties they perform which included performances at the Easter Show as well as engaging in crowd control when necessary. These are beautiful horses, much loved by their handlers. Nan Tien Temple at Berkeley was a great excursion which included a 90 minute tour of the Temple, cultural activities, eg Tai Chi and also a wonderful vegetarian lunch. Coming up an excursion to the Fairfax Printers at Chullora and in November the Quarantine Station North Head Manly. Also our Tag-a-long mid week adventure to Bulli Tourist Park close... but it has everything we need..... why not? Our visits to top Sydney concerts and local shows are drawing a good response from members. The Jersey Boys, Mary Poppins, Classic 3 Tribute Concert at Sutherland Entertainment Centre and Nunsensations at the School of Arts Sutherland are some of the shows we are enjoying. 28 of our members board the Pacific Pearl on 19th August for 10 nights on the high seas. We wish them Bon Voyage. A trip has been organised to the Leura Garden Festival and with our $2.50 ticket and only $20.00 to visit 12 magnificent gardens with a shuttle bus pick up and drop off this is a must. Word of warning stay well clear of our carriage if you would like some quiet solitude. Our “foot and mouth” walks, our golf club and bowls club are all functioning well. At Probus we truly embellish the Probus motto “friendship, fellowship and fun”. We are almost at our capacity for membership of 100, but we will be commencing a waiting list in the near future. If you feel you could cope with this active lifestyle then feel free to contact our Membership Officer, Brian Jackson Phone 9548 6992 for further details.

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CLUB NEWS WAVES 2508 By Graham Oldfield, WAVES President Profile# 5 Graham Albert Sloan: It is not like this bloke to be lost for words, ever, but he said he did not want to write about himself, so I will endeavour to tell you a little about this Vietnam Vet. Graham hails from Woronora River and joined the Army in Sydney in September 1967. He did his basic training at Kapooka, near Wagga Wagga. Now the Army took care of his basic training but Graham being Graham, he also took some quick lessons in tractor driving, if you want to know more about that then you will need to ask him, as I do not want to incriminate him in any way!! After Kapooka training he was posted to Ingleburn to do his Infantry training, it was around this time that he met his lovely wife Dianne. At the end of our Infantry training when we were all due to “march out’ (Graduate), a certain person whom I won’t incriminate again, was in “BOOB’ (army for jail) for the minor misdemeanour of being AWOL. The whole Platoon refused to march out until he was released. Our Training Officer who was a “lovely bloke” had him released, he dressed quickly in his uniform and the parade went ahead. His next Army adventure was when he was posted to the 9th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment at Woodside in South Australia for training to go to Vietnam. He embarked on the cruise on the Vung Tao ferry (HMAS Sydney) in November 1968 heading to Vietnam. Guess who was on board, yes that lovely Training Officer; this was going to be just great!! He turned out to be alright in the end though. On the cruise ship the battalion did their morning exercises under the watchful eye of Bobby Fulton. In Vietnam Graham was a machine gunner in Support Company. His job was to build support bases for the battalion as well as work with the dogs in tracking. 34 Helensburgh & District Herald

I can fondly remember whilst out on patrol in the jungle with Graham following closely behind me, hearing a noise I hadn’t heard before, it sounded like Pssst, Psst. I stopped and listened and it went again Psst, Pssst. I turned around and Graham was tangled in the vines, he whispered to me “Cut the ****hole bigger, I can’t fit through.” Now I rest my case about someone stealing the chocolate biscuits from my ration pack each morning, or maybe it had something to do with the fact that he was carrying a machine gun and ammo that somehow increased his size. No! No! It was the chocolate biscuits believe me! Graham spent 3 years in the Army, after his discharge he worked on Sutherland Shire Council then moved to Helensburgh where he worked at the Coal Mine. Grahams’ son Aaron and daughter Kirrily both live in the Burgh along with his 3 terrific grandchildren Caitlyn, Riley and Merryn.

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SPORT Helensburgh Hawks Amateur Swim Club Swimming - Socialising – Exercising Helensburgh ASC has been established for 40years, encouraging locals to get together on a Monday evening to swim. “Swim Club is a great environment for people of all ages to improve their swimming, spend time together with family or friends and train in an encouraging and supportive environment”. Meikle Bennett Helensburgh Hawks club president Helensburgh Hawks ASC is a family orientated club catering for all ages and provides kids and adults with a competitive and fun environment in which they can develop their swimming skills. The club encourages and fosters a sense of team spirit and variety of social and carnival activities This year swim club commences on the 10th October 2011 at 6:45pm. You can register in person on Saturday the 17th and 24th September 2011 between 10am and 12pm outside The Ezy Pools Shop 114 Parkes Street Helensburgh. Registrations can also be completed online at are welcome from 5 years and up For more information visit the website See you there!

HELENSBURGH&DISTRICTHERALD Blue Gum Diary 16 SEPTEMBER - Jackie Dee Supports ‘The Flood” 8:30 - 11:30pm, at the Brass Monkey, Cronulla 17 SEPTEMBER - Otford Public School Fete 9 am - 2 pm 20 SEPTEMBER - VIEW Meeting and Lunch, 11am, Centennial Hotel 18 OCTOBER - VIEW - No Meeting (Hacking River Cruise) 15 NOVEMBER - VIEW Meeting and Lunch, 11am, Centennial Hotel 19 NOVEMBER - Holy Cross Street Stall 28 OCTOBER - Holy Cross Golf Day & Dinner

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SPORT Optimum Health By Elaine Bolton Sickness (below normal), wellness (normal) and fitness (above normal) are all measures of health. They differ only as to the point on the health measurement scale at which they appear. This makes fitness and above normal health something that most people would like to achieve and not just something for those who were born sporty in nature. Many common measures of health improve as fitness is achieved, including but not limited to, blood pressure, cholesterol, body fat, muscle mass, flexibility and strength. The best way to achieve this kind of fitness is through a varied exercise program that includes cardiovascular endurance, stamina, flexibility, strength, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance and accuracy. From this kind of fitness program it is possible to achieve great health, whether the goal is to keep out of the Doctor’s surgery or compete at a World Class level in sport. The level of fitness training will differ only in degree not kind. Best of all it can be achieved

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with only 45-60mins per session with best results achieved with a frequency of 1 session, 5-6 days/ week (of course anything is better than nothing if carried out consistently). In a hurry to get started? Try the following short workout, which can be done at home with no equipment necessary and suitable for all levels of individual not suffering from current injury or joint pain. 2 mins step-ups (use one or two stairs depending on your current fitness) 5 push-ups (box, knee or full push-up position) 5 sit-ups 5 body weight squats Repeat this circuit as many times as possible in 5, 10 or 15mins depending on your current fitness level. Write down your score and re-test in a month. Demonstrations of exercises can be found at Elaine Bolton is co-owner of Mind the Gap Yoga and Fitness with Amber Muller. She has been a Personal Trainer for over 10 years and can be contacted at physicalpursuit@bigpond. com or on 0417 679 639.



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‘On the Tee with Tone’ Hi, Filling in this month for Vicki “The Hair” Little…….It is with sadness in my heart that I announce in this month’s catch up, the unexpected passing of Vicki Little and Debbie Ross’s father – Al. From everyone at the Golf Club please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts are with you both and with your families during this difficult time. Although it may be difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back in memory help comfort you both tomorrow. We are all here for you. Well, August saw the second round of the Club Championship unfold – the weather was kind to us with the wet stuff not coming down until well after the conclusion of our presentation on course. As always, great fun was had by the many that turned out to try their hand at becoming the 2011 Club Champion of their respective grades. A minute’s silence was observed before start of play by the thirty or so member’s to remember and honour a well liked and much treasured member – Frank (golf is in my blood) Snee. The day was dedicated in his memory. As they say there can only be one winner and today it was “Young gun” Matthew Green (with a surname of Green, you would think he would win all the time!) It’s great to see Matty back in the winner’s circle and for playing so well he picked up a Telstra Cordless phone set worth $130. Hot on his heels was Craig “Kung Fu’ Nicoll. Craig is the quite achiever who ‘just gets it done’ he continues to shine (as the handicapper has duly noted) so much so, that word has it he has upgraded the family car to a Station Wagon to make collecting his golf prizes that much easier… just kidding CN. If you like playing golf why not join us or even bring a friend for a round on the first Sunday of every month at the Royal Boomerang Golf Course – its just five minutes up the road heading South from the Burgh. You don’t have to be golf star (heck none of us are) If you are 16 and older (male / female) set your alarm for 7am, throw your clubs into the car and meet us on the first tee at 7.30am. Ask for Tony! You can also check us out on our website at –

Our ladies meet at the Workers Sports and Social Club each Tuesday morning at 9.30am. Lenore Bartlem, our Secretary, can be contacted on 42 94 1472 if you would like more information. 26 Jul: Sun out today but the breeze a bit bitey across the green. Our consistency competition was won by Shirley Cassidy with June Killham r/up. This was a great close game. In the social triples, Carol Dixon, Lenore Bartlem, Roma Henham ran out winner with Wendy Britten, Helen Haynes and Elaine Smith r/up. Violet West, June McCotter (swinger), Joan Gardner winners with Jenny Mason, June McCotter (swinger) and Judith Starky r/up. The daily raffle went to Helen Haynes and the vegies to Violet West. Good to see Joan back on the green and her shoulder holding up. Sad news, Robyn Smith has slipped over and broken her pelvis. Our best get well wishes go to her and hoping for a speedy recovery. 2 Aug: The weather was sunny and the semi final of the consistency was held with Shirley the winner and Carol r/up. Nominated pairs saw Elaine Smith and Janet Smith win by 1 point over June McCotter and Joan Gardner, a really close game which had been terminated previously due to inclement weather. Another nominated pairs match saw Robyn Single and Violet West winners with Jenny Mason and June Killham r/ up. Daily went to Rhonda Christie (finally) and the vegies to Shirley Cassidy. 9 Aug: The final of the consistency was won by Rhonda Christie with Shirley Cassidy r/up another great game. The other members had an enjoyable day playing social with much laughter coming from some of the teams. The daily went to Helen Haynes with Jenny Mason winning the vegies. (Carol was grateful for the egg plant which Jenny happily offloaded.) 12 Aug: Robyn Single, Judith Starky and Joan Gardner represented Helensburgh at the Thirroul under 5 years social day. They decided that you do not have to go to Melbourne to have 4 seasons in one day, just go to Thirroul .... rain, chill, sunshine, winds, more rain etc. But a lovely friendly club and they enjoyed the time there. If you think you would like to be part of this wonderful, friendly club and enjoy the “fresh” air and sunshine come and join us on a Tuesday morning. Helensburgh & District Herald 37


SPORT Helensburgh Men’s Touch Football Helensburgh Men’s Touch Football will be holding its rego day for 2011/2012 season: Date: Wednesday 28 September 2011 Time: 6pm Where: Rex Jackson Oval, Helensburgh Rugby League Football Sheds. If you are 16 years or over and would like to enter a team (12 players) or you are new to town and would like to find a team to play for, then come along on the night and see Tony or Wrecker or ring Andy on 0411 352 830. Helensburgh Touch has been operating for over 30 years on a Wednesday Evening Competition with games starting at 6 pm and 7 pm. The games are played on full size fields, 9 players on the paddock and a kick is permitted on the last tackle and in some games a field goal is allowed by a nominated player. The Comp concludes in February where the four Division Grand Finals and games day are played on the last Sunday of the month. The playing fees are the same as the last season, $80 per person which represent excellent value. And remember what Joe the Gadget Man said for the Gen Y’s that is: “BRING YOUR MONEY WITH YOU!”

Can You Help? We are looking for anyone that might have a photo of the barb wire on Stanwell Park Beach during WWII. The beach was protected by barb wire and a manned patrol. An interesting story has come to light about a deaf lady that went fishing on the beach and caused alarms to go off when she got caught in the barb wire. We would be pleased to hear more on this period when the beach was under threat from invasion. The Surf Life Saving Book Committee have put in a request for a photo for their 100 Year Book. Please contact Jenny Donohoe, Research Officer, Helensburgh Historical Society, (02) 4294 2877 or au 38 Helensburgh & District Herald

Christian Surfers: Rated R Are you skeptical about the claims of Jesus and Christianity? Or maybe you have a sneaking suspicion that Jesus might just be who he claims to be !? Christian Surfers is starting an over 18’s discussion group to consider Jesus’ claims in an objective and open manner. One thing is for sure, Jesus is a historical figure. His existence, and the claims he made can be tested just like any other historical figure using verifiable ancient sources. The aim of this group will be to consider the claims of Jesus and Christianity with an open mind and a healthy dose of Scepticism. This is only fair, since the claims made by Jesus concerning himself are outrageous. No thinking person should accept or reject them without carefully considering the available evidence. CS is starting on Wed 17th August and will be held in the Anglican Church Hall, in Stanwell Av, Stanwell Park between 6.30 and 8.00pm. If you would like to come please let Paul Campbell know on 0401 161 134 or email pa.campbell@



The Burgh’s Very Own Soccer Star Helensburgh resident Aaron Calver is well on his way to soccer stardom, having recently been selected to represent Australia as ‘centre-back’ in the under 16’s team known as the “Joeys”. Despite his young age, Aaron has many years of hard work and experience behind him. He started playing soccer with the Helensburgh ‘Thistles’ at just age 4 and has represented the Illawarra since age 11, this was followed by selection into the NSW institute of sport at age 14 and Aaron has participated in several Institute of Sport workshops, aimed at ‘fine tuning’ the skills of our future Socceroos. The most recent training camp saw Aaron head to Canberra with 30 of the best ‘under 16’ soccer players Australia wide. In a scenario much like you would expect


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‘Centre Back’ for Australia - Aaron Calver

in a reality TV show, the boys had to bring their suitcases and passports, ready to be jetted off for competition in Japan if they were lucky enough to be selected. Out of the 30 candidates, only 18 were chosen and Helensburgh’s Aaron Calver was selected to represent his country in the position of ‘centreback’ for competition in the Japanese city of Nagoya. On his recent trip to Japan Aaron observed; “the main difference with representing Australia was how professional it all was, we had a management team of eight, including a doctor, a physio and support staff”. This was not Aaron’s first visit to Japan, he had visited once before representing NSW, however this visit was peppered with earth tremors. Remarkably, only the coaches remembered the tremors, as the ‘Joeys’ were far too exhausted from their daily training regime to notice. As this story went to print, Aaron and his family were eagerly waiting to hear if Aaron has been selected to play for his country in the ‘Asian Cup Qualifiers’. Having won a ‘man of the match’ title while in Nagoya, Aaron is quietly confident he will be called up again. Good luck and congratulations! Helensburgh & District Herald 39



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Why not come and join us this summer for Nippers at Stanwell Park Beach? Nippers are welcoming any child between the age of 5 and 13. The 2011/2012 Season will commence on Sunday 16 October. Registation can be completed either via the Club webpage: Or at one of our registration days: Saturday 10 September – 9 am till 12 noon , outside Pizzarama, Walker Street, Helensburgh or, Saturday 17 September – 10am till 1pm, Helensburgh/Stanwell Park Surf Life Saving Club, Beach Road, Stanwell Park Please note: For all new memberships please bring your childs birth certificate to registration. Membership renewals are required by 30/9/11 or a late payment fee will apply. Please feel free to contact the Juniors if you have any questions on or contact the Secretary A/H on 42 943 659

Little A's is starting soon! First competition night at Rex Jackson Oval is on Friday 9th September from 5:45 pm. All welcome, girls and boys, from 3 to 17 years old. Rego fees are unchanged from last year and are cheaper if you register online at: www.helensburgh-lac. com • Tiny Tots (3-4 years old): $75 online versus $80 off-line; • All other age groups: $80 online versus $85 off-line. Register early and you can keep your favourite rego number! Online rego dates: anytime. Off-line rego date: Friday 9th September between 6 and 8 pm at the Helensburgh Workers Club. Come and join Little A's for a new and exciting season of Family, Fun & Fitness!!

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