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Ita Buttrose Dignity for Dementia

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A peak into Fashion Week Australia p.17


Top places to play in Chatswood p.14


We last spoke to Ita Buttrose for our Winter 2011 edition soon after Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo was released.

With mental health being a leading topic, we caught up with Ita to learn more about dementia, the quality of Australia’s residential care and what we can do as a society to support those who suffer with it. Ita is the National Ambassador for Alzheimers Australia and has a great commitment to understanding dementia. Currently there is a much greater awareness into removing the stigma when it comes to a diagnosis. Dementia is the second leading cause of death in Australia and there is no cure…yet! We also had the chance to attend Australia’s Fashion Week. Inside you will find Candice, Maree and Ellen’s experience on what’s trending on the runway.

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Letters & Comps What’s On Whats Great App Reviews Big Mortgages Gumnut Babies Suburb Safari Winter Activities

17 BEAUTYFashion Fashion Week Engagement Feature

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Tina Vartis, Sue Handisides, Copy Editor & Sales & Co-Editor Proof Reader Sue lives in St Ives with Tina is an office her husband and two manager, freelance sons. She has worked writer, editor and in public relations, proof reader. She journalism and event enjoys playing golf, photography management. She enjoys building genuine, constructive relationships and and is an avid foodie. looks forward to working with you soon.


Larinda Brown, Maree Turk, Graphic Designer Photographer Larinda has several Maree is a wife, years of experience mum, secondary working across various teacher and photographer. national and community 'I love working at newspaper publications. Living Local, capturing photos of She loves generating fresh ideas and is our local area, it’s always a pleasure delighted to be a part of the Living and great fun!' Local team.

Michelle Seale, Sales Candice McLintock With a wealth of Fashion & Stylist Editor experience, Michelle In between caring for has worked with many her three gorgeous boys, Candice loves magazines, agencies and being part of the non-profits. She believes Living Local team in the importance of village, loves to travel, and is passionate helping readers find the latest looks locally. about her two children and husband.

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19-20th Jul 7pm-11pm St Ives Show Grounds A celebration of life, music and fabulous food. Forget your troubles come on get happy and bring your dancing shoes. 9424 0000



LIBRARY BOOK SALE Thurs 18th Jun 11am-2pm Chatswood Library A range of books for all ages: fiction, non-fiction, community languages and children’s books. 9777 7900


Weekly, Thurs/Fri 12pm -8pm Chatswood Mall Arts, crafts, fashion and fresh produce, as well as delectable, freshly prepared food from around the globe to tantalise your tastebuds.



Tue 23rd Jun 10am-11am MOSAIC Multicultural Centre,12 Brown St, Chatswood Enjoy the great variety and flavour contrasts of dishes from India, Iran, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia and more.


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“A place that is always happy to see patrons”

“Steaks so silky” 80 Longueville Road Lane Cove 9427 2021

Lane Cove Plaza 23-25 Burns Bay Road Lane Cove 9420 4881

Bavarian Bier Cafe

Riverview Deli

“Delightful German style food and German beer”

“Corner store with style and great coffee”

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53 Tambourine Bay Road Riverview 9420 5307


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“A young and vibrant feel  that is great to end off   your week with a southern Californian surf vibe" 1 Young Street Neutral Bay 9904 5691

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Via Napoli Pizzeria “Pizza, pasta perfect” 141 Longueville Road Lane Cove 9428 3297

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app Reviews BY Brandon Cowan, App Developer - Crazy Dog Apps TED “Learn cool stuff with TED” I have something I need to confess…I messed up…The TED app has been around for over TWO YEARS now and I haven’t recommended it yet. Poor form Brandon… Anyway, better late than never! TED Talks are talks, often by experts in their various fields that aim to educate, inspire or entertain us and they usually surround a single idea or concept. The main goal of the TED not-for-profit organization is to share interesting ideas, hence their slogan “ideas worth spreading”. Many of the world’s smartest and/or most interesting people have done a TED Talk, including but certainly not limited to Bill Gates, Steve Jobs [indirectly – one of his most famous speeches was added to the TED website], Stephen Hawking, Edward Snowden and many more. There is a jaw-dropping talk by Zak Ebrahim, who’s father was a terrorist that helped plan the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, another talk by a psychologist (Kelly McGonigal) that argues through various studies that stress isn’t bad for your health but the way you think about it can make it so and there are over 1,900 other great talks. TED is available to download for free on iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows Phone.

Service NSW “Check and re-new your rego with Service NSW” Apps and websites of larger institutions are often notorious for being broken or terrible but when I opened this app to check the rego on my car, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the feature actually works. 8


My vehicle details appeared, the weight of it and even the last few digits of my VIN/Chassis number stared back at me from my iPhone screen. It also displayed both my rego and CTP insurance details and expiry dates. Super simple and it worked (I’m still surprised). I haven’t tried it myself but the reviews of the app suggest that the “Renew rego” feature is also simple and great so that’s another big tick of approval for the RMS. This all being said, the developers of the app have been a little bit lazy by just providing links to various websites and apps instead of implementing other features inside the app itself. In short, if you’re looking to check your rego or CTP insurance details or renew your rego, this app should be perfect for you. Service NSW is available to download for free on iPhone and Android.

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Bigger mortgages are leaving many customers at risk

BY Blake Chandler, Branch Principal Yellow Brick Road

House prices are sky rocketing with Sydney in particular experiencing significant growth, yet at least 60 per cent of Australians lack the insurance cover to pay their mortgage if something unexpected happens. In New South Wales the average mortgage is now around $544,000. However, in suburbs such as Willoughby the median house price hit $1.49 million and $1.59 million in Lane Cove as of March 2015. A recent study by ASIC found up to 60% of families with dependents didn’t have sufficient life insurance to financially care for the family for any more than 12 months should the main breadwinning parent die. Many home buyers rush through the home loan process and ignore one of the most important questions. If you couldn’t work, who in your family would pay the home loan? Accidents and terminal illnesses are not something people like 10

to think about. However, at least 20% of Australians between 21 and 64 will suffer some unfortunate event in their lives that will leave them incapable of working. A mortgage is generally the biggest debt a person will take on in their life. When you consider that just about every car owner has car insurance, it’s amazing that so many Australians are inadequately insured when it comes to their home, their mortgage and providing for their family. Insurance policies should begin at settlement, when you take ownership of the property. This is when you take on the risk of owning the property and repaying the mortgage. With home and contents insurance, some people deliberately underinsure their house, to save on premiums. This is asking for trouble. At settlement of the property sale, you should also have life insurance


products – call them debtrepayment policies, if you’d prefer. They cover death, incapacitation and terminal illness. But the most crucial aspect of these insurances is that they insure your income. Life insurances keeps food on the table, bills paid and a roof over your head. In the case of the breadwinner passing away, death benefit polices allows for a lump sum for your dependents to pay off the mortgage and to care for your family. Death benefit policies can include Total and Permanent Disablement (TPD) cover, which is a lump sum payable to your dependents if you have an accident and are unable to work. Be careful with the temptation of buying the cheapest insurance. Often this means the policy doesn’t cover you for as much money, or in as many circumstances, as full-priced policies might. The $100 per year you saved won’t seem so great when you have to use your policy. If you use a financial planner or insurance broker to source your insurance, they should make sure you have adequate cover and that the cover is upgraded as your circumstances change. But this is something you can also research yourself. Australians expect their home to provide wealth and security, and that means guarding against risk. So as house prices and mortgage sizes increase, remember to make settlement day your insurance day.

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Nutcote: home of the gumnut babies BY Robert C. Johnston, writer and researcher

Like many Australian kids, Snugglepot and Cuddlepie was read to me when I was little. When I see various native plants it still reminds me of May Gibbs’ tales of gumnut babies and banksia men.

Gibbs lived and worked at Nutcote for forty-four years.

The Complete Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie has never been out of print since it was first published in 1918, and May Gibbs’ work is even more impressive because she was both writer and illustrator of her creations.

The North Shore is fortunate to be the custodian of May Gibbs’ own house, Nutcote, located in Neutral Bay.

The property is situated on an easy slope running from the entrance on Wallaringa Avenue down to the water’s edge at Neutral Bay. Upon entering the house, one can say that Gibbs’ requirements were fulfilled. The main part of the house – including bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom, living room and studio – are all on one level. The helpful volunteer guides can give you a tour of the various rooms.

May Gibbs’ studio is said to be the feature room of the house. With her easel still set up, facing towards the windows overlooking the water, it is very easy to imagine the authorillustrator working there. The style of the house reflects the period of its construction. Whilst English feeling in its interior, there is a definite Mediterranean influence in the exterior design. A beautiful balcony just off the studio has a tremendous view of the water, but the view from the studio itself is limited to three quite small windows, typical of those found in most houses of the day. I could not help but wonder if May ever wanted to knock out the studio walls and replace the windows with much larger ones to take advantage of the waterscape.

Nutcote was completed in 1925 by architect BJ Waterhouse for May Gibbs (1877-1969) and her husband. Her requirements were “compactness, convenience and charm.” 12



The quaint kitchen and bathroom are replete with a recently restored original ice chest and a water heater for the bath. Much of May Gibbs’ china collection is on display, the colour scheme being mainly blue and white. A portrait of Bessie de Groot unexpectedly hangs in the dining room. Legend has it that Bessie, a good friend of May Gibbs, was at Nutcote on the day of the Harbour Bridge opening, when Bessie’s infamous husband Francis de Groot rode up on a horse and slashed the ribbon with his sword. Looking from the balcony, despite the rising skyline, you can still see the arch of the Sydney Harbour Bridge which often featured in Gibbs’ work. Downstairs there is an exhibition reflecting on the centenary of the Great War, with many postcards and propaganda posters on display which were created by May Gibbs for the war effort. Visitors can also sit in the next room where two videos are on repeat, with interviews about her house and work in May Gibbs’ own words. The garden runs down to the waterline and visitors can spot little references to characters Gibbs created. For green thumbs, a Dorothy Perkins rose planted by May in 1935 still thrives, thanks to the dedicated group of volunteers who maintain the garden.

In the gallery section children can dress up as characters such as gumnut babies, banksia men, or Little Ragged Blossom and a game of quoits can be played in the garden. The gift shop was originally Nutcote’s garage. Built in 1928 and also designed by BJ Waterhouse, it used to house May Gibbs’ Dodge motor car.

The Bib and Bub Tea Room at Nutcote is staffed by volunteers and is usually open to offer light refreshments for visitors. In the years following Gibbs’ death in 1969, Nutcote was in serious threat of being demolished by developers. Fortunately a handful of concerned people formed the May Gibbs Foundation to save the house and in 1990 North Sydney Council purchased the property for $2.86m. The house and furnishings were meticulously restored to their early condition using a 1926 photographic article in Australian Home Beautiful as reference. Thank you to the people who fought to save Nutcote so that we can all enjoy this beautiful piece of Australian history. Nutcote is located at 5 Wallaringa Avenue, Neutral Bay. It is open from Wednesday to Sunday, 11am to 3pm. Admission is $10 for adults, $6 for concessions, $4 for children age 5 and over and $20 for a family (two adults and up to two children aged 5-16 years). Visit for more information. LIVING LOCAL MAGAZINE WINTER 2015 13

Suburb Safari


GREAT PLACES TO PLAY ON THE LOWER NORTH SHORE On our first suburb safari, let’s talk Chatswood. We all need to get out and go shopping and Chatswood is a place that I both love and avoid. Be prepared to take a little longer when shopping in Chatswood, as it’s not as simple as just popping into a shop!

Both major shopping centres cater for mums and their bubs. Chatswood Chase locates all their kids’ shops, including the play area, on Level 2. You’ll find the play area next to Pottery Barn Kids (which I love). Watch the kids, though, as it is unfenced and the escalator is just nearby. The parent’s room at Chatswood Chase is great. Westfield have a Softplay cafe and play centre on Level 6 which is not cheap but may be more fun and secure. Chatswood also has some great parks. Bales Park is fantastic for a quick but energetic play. It has plenty of shade and my little one enjoyed all the play areas. It has a train, a hill slide, swings, a leafy sandpit, bike track and a skilltesting obstacle cube, which is not for the fainthearted. Older kids can run around the adjoining oval, and there’s something you don’t see very often a bocce court. Muston Park is on a busy road but the playground is well fenced in. I remember the sandpit from my childhood with its little digger and hidden sculptures, and now there’s climbing equipment for older children, some little swings and a toddler slide. Last stop on this suburb safari is Beauchamp Park, which is just brilliant. I was pleased to see that this park caters for children with special needs with ramps and word stations written in Braille and sign language. It has a flying fox, huge swings, a climbing cube, a slide and much more. The gardens are lovely to wander through. There are no fences but the park is very big so it is pretty safe. My little one loved the sculptures a “cowch” to lie on, a dog to say hello to and some gumboots to pop behind for a photo. The park is close to Chatswood Chase so I will definitely head to Beauchamp Park for a play after my next journey there.


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Westfield Chatswood: Parents with prams parking is on Level 1 of the Victor St parking station Chatswood Chase: Parents with prams parking is most easily found by going up the ramp from Archer St and continuing around to the right Bales Park: Stanley St, Chatswood Muston Park: Penshurst St, Chatswood. Best parking on Eden St Beauchamp Park: Best parking on Nicholson or Darling Sts, Chatswood



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inter has arrived, so wrap yourself up, get outside and enjoy some of the exciting activities available on Sydney’s lower north shore.


INDOOR ROCK CLIMBING AT CLIMB-FIT UNIT 4/12 FREDERICK ST, ST LEONARDS PHONE: 9436 4600 Climb-Fit is Sydney’s largest indoor rock climbing and gymnasium facility and features over 160 climbs suitable for all levels of experience. All you need is a partner and a willingness to learn, and staff will guide you through your first rock climbing experience.

Enjoy bushwalking through Lane Cove National Park. Pack some binoculars and look out for the lorikeets, kookaburras and wildlife that inhabit the area, then stop for a picnic at one of the many scenic spots situated in the park.

MOVIES AT HAYDEN ORPHEUM PICTURE PALACE 380 MILITARY ROAD, CREMORNE NSW 2090 The Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace is a national treasure that offers a unique viewing experience. Grab some dinner at a local restaurant and then head to the Orpheum to enjoy a movie in one of their six art deco designed theatres.

TEA AT GUNNERS BARRACKS END OF SUAKIN DRIVE, MOSMAN. PHONE: 8962 5900 Grab some girlfriends, get dressed up and head out for Afternoon Tea at Gunners Barracks. This picturesque location features stunning views, brilliant service and delectable food. The Afternoon Tea experience includes cakes, scones, sandwiches and savoury pastries as well as Asia Pacific’s largest selection of Ronnefeldt teas.

DINNER AT THE OAKS 118 MILITARY RD NEUTRAL BAY PHONE: 9953 5515 Relax and unwind with beautiful food and a lively atmosphere at The Oaks. This iconic hotel features distinct dining and seating areas for all occasions. The menus are varied, and feature gourmet pizza, steak, pasta and traditional pub classics. There’s also an exceptional range of craft beers, wines and classic cocktails, and a crackling fireplace to keep you warm this winter.



spring / summer SPRING / SUMMER 2015 / 16 TRENDS • Monochromatic palette with metallic accents - not your typical bright, bold summer colours • Non obtrusive and minimal prints • Wide leg/culotte pant • Sexy thigh high splits in pants and floor length dresses • Fit and flare billowing fabrics juxtaposed with structured, symmetrical lines • An all encompassing mix of fabrics – leathers, sheers, sheens and lurex • Cut out details • Trenches, including sleeveless • Sheer panelling • Pocket details • Gladiator sandals or ankle boots with dresses



[ TRENDS ] By our resident stylist CANDICE MCLINTOCK


he Living Local team scouted Sydney’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in May in search of the upcoming Spring/ Summer fashion trends. Here are some of the stand out designers we enjoyed viewing during fashion week.

Galanni duo Lenna Vasilas and Catherine Vasilas know how to accentuate and celebrate the feminine silhouette. Our LL team found it almost impossible to pick up our jaws off the floor during the entire show, in total adoration for these handcrafted gowns. The collection oozed femininity and luxury with heavy beading and lace details, sheer panelling, high splits, floor length figure hugging gowns in golds, silvers, blacks and whites. The beauty and intricacy of the collection was juxtaposed with a slightly risqué but tasteful contemporary edge. Amazing!

JENNIFER KATE With celebrity followers like the Kardashian girls and fresh out of the US market, this was Jennifer Kate’s first Aussie appearance at MBFW and boy did she stand proud and make a significant impression! The LL team loved her sporty-lux edge fused with a sophisticated elegance. Crop tops were paired with fit and flare below length skirts and toned down with a sneaker shoe. Predominantly working with luxurious leathers and suedes, her milky palate with minty/sky blue accents was our pick. The pastel collection was also contrasted nicely with a burnt orange, brown and mushroom colour story.


Jennifer Kates leather and organza sleeve jacket and sky blue trench

TOME A big trend this summer is the resurgence of the culotte/wide legged crop pant which Tome’s designers Ramon Martin and Ryan Lobo featured heavily. Inspired by India and Indian sari’s, Tome’s collection consisted of billowing fabrics as well as oversized structured shirts all cinched with belts. Belts were present creating an hourglass, feminine silhouette. Sleeve lengths were symmetrical, sharp and structured which was contrasted against the free flowing, mid-length skirts and pants. Black and white prevailed with metallic accents.


Tome gingham sleeveless trench and Tome ruby top, beige pleated skirt with belt

BEC & BRIDGE Forty-five ready-to-wear, free spirited looks decked the catwalk for Bec & Bridge’s spring summer collection. Prints and colours transported us straight to the streets of Morocco, with earthy tones, browns, maroons, metallic’s, blacks and greys. It was pleasing to see how the sequin mirror embellished boarders on dresses and tops, cut outs sheer panelling and glitter lurex fabrics were contrasted against these earthy hues. This collection very much gave off a relaxed holiday feel with a 70’s vibe. Prints were not loud but rather toned down. Dresses featured plunging V necklines, free flowing drapery and ruffles with dress lengths predominantly above knee or to the floor. Similarly, pants were voluminous and featured high splits. Check out the gladiator lace up sandals which will be a must have with your summer dresses and playsuits.


The perfect party dress with gladiator sandals and thigh high split leg jumpsuit

BIANCA SPENDER Daughter to Carla Zampatti and renowned for her fabulous suiting and dressmaking skills, Bianca Spender featured an array of stunningly elegant dresses focusing on cut outs and interesting sleeve and bust line details - of particular note were some of the unbalanced neck lines in her designs. Her stiff sheen suiting was structured namely around the shoulders and featured an 80’s inspired longer drop waist. This was softened beautifully with sheer panel details in garments and soft organza full circle skirts.


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or many years, my work has taken me backstage on fashion shows creating the makeup looks we see on the runways and in magazines. It’s an honour to be reporting on beauty trends this year as a beauty editor, however I feel I need to add a few notes.

The girls we see on the runway are young - really young. The average age is approximately fifteen years old. They also have a full team of makeup artists and stylists prepping their makeup until literally the last minute before they walk out in front of the cameras, and the makeup only has to look good for the time it takes to do a lap of the runway. Most of us are just swiping on some mascara as we leave the house and hoping we still look decent at lunch time, so complicated makeup is not an option. With that in mind, we’ve put together some suggestions for how to translate the fun of a catwalk makeup to a practical beauty look. BY ELLEN MALONE, BEAUTY EXPERT

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This year’s fashion week showed beautiful clean, fresh looking skin. Many shows simply had clean skin with a little concealer. Try a five minute face mask before your normal skincare routine to get your skin looking its best, and keep your base light by mixing it with moisturiser. Add a little Illuminator on tops of cheekbones to show off your best assets.

This year’s lip had two options: super soft, or bold reds. Try a bright, orange based red for a fun, flirty feel, or a dark burgundy to feel like a femme fatale. Make sure to prep lips with lip balm before application to ensure an even layer of fabulousness.

This year we saw some bold eyes with graphic lines of black, yellow or blue. Try a black smudge stick on eyelids as a thick line, with some white eyeliner on the inner rim to create monochromatic drama, or a creme shadow in a bright colour traced along the upper lash line as an eyeliner. Keep the rest of the makeup soft to create balance.


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COVERStory HOW DOES DEMENTIA AFFECT A PERSON AND THEIR FAMILY? We know that people with HOW DOESwant DEMENTIA AFFECT dementia to stay in their Ahomes PERSON THEIR FAMILY? for AND as long as they can We knowisthat people with we – which understandable, dementia want tothere stay in all do. However, aretheir times, homes for as long as they can not always, when the condition –changes which isto understandable, we no the point that it’s all do. However, there are times, longer safe for that person to not whenand thethat’s condition be always, living alone when changes to the point that it’s no the difficult choice of moving longer that occurs. person to be into a safe care for facility living alone and that’s whenand the This is a difficult transition difficult of moving into a can be achoice disturbing experience care facility occurs. for the person with dementia. This difficult transition Thisisisaunderstandable, asand can be a disturbing experience we have come to learn that for the you person with dementia. when interrupt the This is understandable, as we normal routine of a person have to learn that when withcome dementia, they become you interrupt the normal disturbed because thereroutine is this ofnew a person with dementia, they level of uncertainty become disturbed because there is this new level of uncertainty

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became officially involved with Alzheimer’s Australia in 2008 when I was a member of the Alzheimer’s Australia NSW advisory board. Then I was approached in 2011 to become National President. I held that position for three and a half years until I stepped down in 2014 and became the National Ambassador. WHAT HAVE YOU SEEN CHANGE DURING YOUR TIME AS PRESIDENT AND AMBASSADOR IN ATTITUDES AND PRACTICAL TERMS?

I think there is a much greater awareness now of dementia. I think it is so prevalent now that there are very few people in Australia that don’t know someone who has dementia – whether it’s someone in their family or a close family friend. Also, I think because of this greater awareness, we are now working very hard to remove the stigma that comes with such a diagnosis.

My father was in hospital a few times towards the end of his life because it interrupted his routine – his behaviour was sometimes more aggressive. I realised that my father had become very difficult to deal with and I used to have to explain to hospital staff that when you interrupt a person’s routine who has dementia they become confused – they don’t know what’s happening to themselves and why they’re not doing what they normally do and this affects who they are and how they behave.


Dementia impacted my dad in other ways too. I also noticed with dad that when I asked him how his day was going, he’d tell me he was feeling a little depressed - and why wouldn’t he feel depressed. Dad knew he wasn’t well and he knew he wasn’t in control of his mind. But there were times he was perfectly lucid and other times he wasn’t. In those lucid moments he would reflect on his life and that would make him depressed.


The federal government has committed $200 million over five years for research which is a terrific step forward - that was something that was achieved during my time as president. Research is going on everywhere globally. There are people looking for a cure and treatment. There are trials in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney and I think I can say that researchers and doctors are learning a lot more about the brain and aspects of dementia but we still haven’t been able to find a cure or treatment – not yet. More than half of all Australians think that it is a normal part of ageing and it’s not, it’s a disease.


In some cases people with dementia do need specialised care. More training and more specialised staff will greatly help those who also have difficult to handle behavioural problems. But in the most part I think aged care facilities are doing the best they can in delivering care. Specialised facilities that offer areas for people to go out into and enjoy a garden without wandering off would be beneficial. Also, they need activities that they can participate in like art classes and choirs. People who have skills at playing a musical instrument will often retain that knowledge even if they don’t retain other memories, so music is beneficial for those people with dementia. I’ve seen a dementia friendly choir and while they might not have remembered what happened yesterday, when they are singing songs from their past they all know the words and it brings them joy. They need these things to be available for them but aged care facilities are stretched so that’s not always possible.

More than half of all Australians think that it is a normal part of ageing and it’s not, it’s a disease

IS THERE WITHIN THERE AA NEED NEED FOR FORBETTER BETTERACCOUNTABILITY ACCOUNTABILITY WITHIN AGED AGED CARE CAREFACILITIES? FACILITIES? We verywhat concerned medications – weis think there should Wellare I think we areabout very concerned about medications – we I believe around 60% of all be zero tolerance of psychotropic medications and think there shouldfor bethe zeromisuse tolerance for the misuse of psychotropic nursing home beds are currently physical restraints in care restraints facilities. There been aThere lot ofhas work medications and physical in carehas facilities. occupied by someone with to try atolot remove wetreatments know it stillbut happens been of workthese to trytreatments to removebut these we know dementia – so there is a lot of care and becauseand of the challenging behaviour andbehaviour psychological it stillit’s happens it’s because of the challenging and going on within the community symptoms of dementia. released a We report last year that found psychological symptomsWe of dementia. released a report last at the moment and we definitely that 80% of people half and of people year up thattofound that up towith 80%dementia of people and withnearly dementia nearly need people to be educated in residents in in aged care facilities receivingwere psychotropic half of people residents in agedwere care facilities receiving about how best to care for people medications in some cases psychotropicand medications and ininappropriately some cases inappropriately with dementia.

In the report – “The Quality Of Residential Care – The Consumers Perspective” for Alzheimer’s Australia in 2013 and this was all to do with improving the quality of residential aged care by bringing together providers, staff and consumers in order to determine the best way forward. In it there were two important changes that we recommended – one was to take short-term action that was necessary to give consumers greater confidence in the complaints scheme and implementation as well as ensuring minimum standards are in place and upheld by all residences.


One of our goals is to create a truly dementia friendly Australia where people with dementia feel valued and respected as members of the community. A person with dementia is still a person and while they may not be able to do all the things that they once did, they are still capable of doing a great many things. Everyone’s journey with dementia is different. A lot of people with dementia can still hold down a job, or work in a voluntary position within the community.

prescribed. That’s a very big concern of ours and we continue to raise it. We feel a basic right of a person with dementia must be respected and all the clinical guidelines indicate that psycho social approaches should be considered first including people centred care and recreational therapies and that psychotropic medications and physical restraints should be the very last resort – the very last resort.

80% of people with dementia and nearly half of people in residents in aged care facilities were receiving psychotropic medications and in some cases inappropriately prescribed

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…while they may not be able to do all the things that they once did, they are still capable of doing a great many things So for instance when someone goes to the supermarket and they get to the check-out and then forget why they are in the queue and as the queue forms and people become impatient wondering what’s going on, we want the check-out person to say “ah, I wonder if it could be dementia”, and to just politely say “come over here for


a moment we can probably straighten this out”. Usually it’s as simple as saying, “you need to give me your credit acard moment straighten thiswhere out”. Usually to paywe forcan theprobably items” or “do you know your it’s as simple as saying, “you need to give me your credit wallet is?” That’s all it takes sometimes and the person card items” or “do you know where may to bepay ablefor tothe go on again. All that’s needed is a your little wallet is?”understanding. That’s all it takesSosometimes and the person time and that’s the challenge - simple may be able gowhich on again. All that’s needed a little gestures liketo that are just things that weis would time and understanding. So how that’swe the challenge like people to do for us and would like to- simple be gestures which are –just things thatwith we would treated iflike we that had dementia to be treated respect like do formembers us and how we would like to be andpeople feel liketovalued of the community. treated if we had dementia – to be treated with respect and likeINFORMATION: valued members of the community. FORfeel MORE

such as TV or radio. If you stay still while talking you will be easier to follow. Maintain such as TV or radio. If youminimise stay still confusion while regular routines to help talking you will be easier to follow. Maintain and assist communication. regular routines to help minimise confusion and assist communication.





ALZHEIMER’S AUSTRALIA: FOR MORE INFORMATION: ALZHEIMER’S AUSTRALIA: AGED CARE COMPLAINTS: AGED CARE COMPLAINTS: NATIONAL DEMENTIA HOTLINE: NATIONAL DEMENTIA HOTLINE: HELPLINE: services-and-programs-we-provide/national 1800 100 500 dementia-helpline services-and-programs-we-provide/nationaldementia-helpline YOUR GUIDE TO BRAIN HEALTH Source:


1. Look after your heart Source: 2. Do some kind of physical activity 1. afterchallenge your heart 3. Look Mentally your brain 2. some kind of physical activity 4. Do Follow a healthy diet 3. challenge 5. Mentally Enjoy social activityyour brain 4. Follow a healthy diet 5. EnjoySOMEONE social activity WHEN CLOSE IS DIAGNOSED WITH DEMENTIA: • Don’t take changes in behaviour personally WHEN SOMEONE CLOSE IS DIAGNOSED WITH DEMENTIA: • Aggressive, agitated or anxious behaviour changes are • Don’t out oftake theirchanges control in behaviour personally •• Aggressive, agitated or anxious behaviour changes are Everyone’s dementia journey is different out of their control • Keep calm and don’t get frustrated. Don’t raise your voice or argue •• Everyone’s dementia journey isdoesn’t different Because they don’t remember mean they don’t care •• Keep and don’t get frustrated. raise your voice orrespect argue Theycalm are still that person you knowDon’t and need dignity and •• Because they don’t remember doesn’t mean they don’t care Seek help and assistance from a Doctor • They are still that person you know and need dignity and respect •CARING Seek help andSOMEONE assistanceWITH from a Doctor - WHAT TO TRY FOR DEMENTIA Source:


Caring Attitude - People retain their feelings and Source: emotions even though they may not understand what Caring their feelings and of time is beingAttitude said. Be- People flexibleretain and always allow plenty emotions even though they may not understand what for a response. is being said. Be- flexible and always allow Ways of Talking Keep sentences short and plenty simple,of time for a response. focusing on one idea at a time. It can be helpful to use Ways of Talking Keep sentences short and orienting names- whenever you can, such assimple, “Your son Jack.” focusing on one -idea a time. It can be hand helpful to use and Body Language Youat may need to use gestures orienting names whenever you can, such as “Your Jack.” facial expressions to make yourself understood. son Holding Body You keep may need use hand gestures and their Language hand may -help their to attention and show that facial expressions to make yourself understood. Holding you care. A warm smile and shared laughter can often their hand maymore help than keepwords their attention and show that communicate can. you care. A warm smile and shared laughter cannoises often The Right Environment - Try to avoid competing communicate more than words can. The Right Environment - Try to avoid competing noises 28


My father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease about six months ago, so when I saw the book My diagnosed Alzheimer’s disease ‘Stillfather Alice’ was in the bookshopwith I knew it would be about months so know when –I saw book hard tosix read, but Iago, had to whatthe was it like ‘Still Alice’ in the bookshop IAlzheimer’s knew it would be for someone to experience disease? hard to read, but I had tothe know – what was it like The book is written from perspective of Alice, for someone toand experience Alzheimer’s a very capable competent Harvarddisease? Professor The book is written the perspective of Alice, of Psychology, whofrom is diagnosed with early onset aAlzheimer’s very capable and competent Professor disease around theHarvard time of her 50th of Psychology, who gives is diagnosed withAlice’s early onset birthday. The book insight into thoughts Alzheimer’s disease around time of her and perspectives whilst she the experiences the50th slipping birthday. Thethe book gives insight into Alice’s thoughts of her mind, inability to recognise the people and perspectives the slipping she loves and thewhilst loss ofshe herexperiences bodily functions. of her mind, to recognise people Towards thethe endinability of the book there is athe moment she loves and the lossinof her bodily functions. when Alice is sitting her summer holiday home Towards the end ofnot therecognising book there ishim a moment with her husband, or any of the when Alice is sitting in her‘the summer holiday home surroundings and asking nice man sitting across with not recognising himrecognises or any of the fromher me’husband, to take her home. Alice then surroundings and asking ‘the sitting across a book she had authored withnice her man husband many from takeinher home. Alice then recognises yearsme’ agotoand, a rare moment of clarity, she arecognises book she ‘the hadnice authored with her husband man sitting across frommany me’ as years ago and,John. in a rare clarity, her husband, Alicemoment looks upofwith tearsshe in her recognises ‘the‘John... nice man sitting across fromI miss me’ as eyes and says you’re my husband... her husband, John. looks with tears in with her being me’ John, alsoAlice teary eyed,upsimply replies eyes and saysyou ‘John... you’re my .husband... I miss ‘Alice... I miss being you too’ being me’ John,depiction also tearyof eyed, simplyin replies withof It’s a wonderful humanity the face ‘Alice... I miss beingdisease. you too’It. is bravely written suffering thisyou dreadful It’s wonderful of humanity the face of anda conveys thedepiction importance of treatinginpeople with suffering thisrespect dreadful disease. It of is bravely written dignity and – regardless their disease or and conveys the importance treating with current capability. It has givenofme some people important dignity respect – regardless of their or insight and hopefully more patience as Idisease continue current capability. It has my relationship with mygiven some important insight and hopefully more patience as I continue my relationship with my father.




Knox Senior Students Academy

Vox Pop How Our Local Schools Prepare Students for Life after Graduation ABBOTSLEIGH A most important function of any school is to prepare students for life after graduation. Essential life skills taught at Abbotsleigh are how to communicate, think critically, be resilient and adaptable, as these are all talents needed to survive both in daily life as well as in the workforce. Other central skills we teach include creativity, emotional intelligence and how to relate to and serve the needs of others. Mrs Marg Selby, Abbotsleigh Careers Advisor



Preparation for life beyond school is an integral part of our Senior School, especially as girls develop a sense of awareness of who they are as young women whilst deciding the HSC subjects and careers they wish to pursue. Interwoven with a challenging and rigorous learning platform designed to help each student achieve her best possible academic goal in the HSC, are programs such as career education and counseling, leadership training, wellbeing and outdoor education that assist girls prepare for life beyond school. Our teachers work alongside our girls each day, helping them develop into the women they are becoming: purposeful, resilient, courageous and independent, able to express themselves articulately, confident in their ‘own skin’, determined to give ‘new challenges a go’, with a true sense of community connectedness and concern for others. Megan Krimmer, Principal Roseville College

"Learning, Leading, Serving is the framework we’ve adopted for our school-wide leadership focus. Being a school founded on Christian principles, it makes sense that Barker should adopt the servant leadership model, which not only upholds the Christian ethos of the School, but also offers excellent preparation for students entering an evolving workplace," said Mr Phillip Heath, Head of School at Barker College. Much of the teaching on leadership occurs within the Pastoral Care and Social Education program offered each week from Kindergarten to Year 12. The program’s focus changes and evolves in line with the students’ school life development. Resilience, self-awareness, key values and life skills in leadership are introduced and explored. "There’s a wide range of activities in our School community that provide carefully planned opportunities for students to develop skills that ultimately help them mature as future leaders and prepare them for life after graduation," Mr Heath said.



Works is almost complete on Knox Grammar School’s Senior Students Academy, with the centre due to open in Term 3, 2015. The new facility will include features such as a Seniors Hall, large Senior Student Library and Research Centre, 150-seat lecture theatre, and modern science labs and classrooms. The Academy has been created to meet the specific learning needs of Year 11 and 12 students as they transition from school to the more independent world of future studies. “Senior students have very specific learning needs and this facility has been designed to ensure our Year 11 and 12 students thrive and have the very best academic support,” Headmaster John Weeks. “This landmark building will allow Knox teachers to engage with their students by taking a more innovative and creative approach in their teaching practice.” “The architectural features and facades of the building have been designed to reflect and celebrate Knox’s traditions and heritage,” Mr Weeks.


DISCOVER WHO YOU CAN BE BOYS WORKING COLLABORATIVELY TO SOLVE PROBLEMS • Robotics is just one of the many enquiry-based clubs and activities your son can experience at Knox Preparatory School CATCH THE BUS TO KNOX • The Knox bus connects Mosman, Cammeray and Castlecrag to Knox daily CONTACT • Head of Enrolments, Martin Gooding at or 9473 9768 A Uniting Church school for boys, K-12, Wahroonga


Roseville College Presents at IB APAC

Swim Club Success at Nationals

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Roseville College showcased its Primary Years Program (PYP) journey, at this year’s prestigious International Baccalaureate (IB) Asia Pacific Conference in Macau, Hong Kong. The program focuses on learning outcomes for girls that include international awareness and global citizenship, as well as how Roseville College inspires students to put their learning into practice.

The Abbotsleigh Swim Club’s success at the 2015 Georgina Hope Foundation Australian Age Swimming Championships in April is unprecedented.

Four Pymble Ladies’ College alumni have been accepted to study at three of the world’s most prestigious universities.

Junior School teachers, Mrs Henrietta Miller and Mrs Abi Woldhuis, shared how Roseville College embraces technology to enrich learning and how it’s used to develop global citizenship skills. This is achieved through authentic learning tasks like blogging and connecting with classrooms around the world. Despite being a true local school for families on Sydney’s North Shore, Roseville College has growing international regard, demonstrated by its selection to present at conferences such as the IB APAC Conference, forward thinking and expertise in innovative learning initiatives.


Of its 25 swimmers, both boys and girls, the Club boasts six gold medals, two NSW State records, a Junior World Qualifying time and placement in the Youth Performance Squad. But that’s not the only reason the Club is celebrating. The coaches emphasise that they are especially proud of the entire team who are a group of athletes supporting the success of each individual and lifting those who are struggling, "The friendships and the fun are a huge part of the journey and without it, swimming becomes just a sport and not a lifestyle," Leanne Speechley, Head Coach. The swim club offers a range of swimming and diving programs from early learning to professional, aquatic fitness classes, adult squads, lap swimming and intensive holiday programs. community/aquatic


2014 Head Prefect, Mannat Malhi, will study Law at the University of Oxford, Caitlin McCartney will read History at Cambridge University, Shani Wijetilaka will also be at Cambridge University studying Law and Mackenzie Little will study a pre-Medicine degree at Stanford University. “At Pymble we inspire our students to broaden their global awareness through our extensive international programs and experiences,” said Pymble Ladies’ College Principal, Mrs Vicki Waters. Access to international programs such as the Churchill College Summer School at Cambridge University provide outstanding opportunities for Pymble students. Year 10 students, Mannat and Shani were inspired by the scholarly pursuits at such a prestigious university when they attended the Summer School for two weeks on a Pymble scholarship program in 2012. Pymble provides students with many opportunities to challenge themselves and extend their learning both inside and outside the classroom.


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From Kindergarten to Year 12, our girls engage in enriching learning experiences that challenge and empower them to pursue their personal best across the spectrum of College life – both within the classroom and beyond. Our girls are given opportunities to flourish as learners through a dynamic academic program that promotes curiosity and wonder. Foundational skills are taught, giving the girls a solid basis upon which to build as they confidently engage in learning, and develop into articulate and independent young women who embrace life’s opportunities with enthusiasm and passion. Reserve a personalised tour, tailored to your interests, with our Registrar on 9884 1109 or email 27 Bancroft Avenue, Roseville 9884 1100

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Hooray for The Paleo Way! By SUE HANDISIDES

As a mother of a young family who eat healthily, my interest sparked when I heard about The Paleo Way. I love to cook and am mindful of what we feed our two boys aged 4 and 6. In March I attended The Paleo Way Tour with Pete Evans and a panel of experts. This was a full and interesting day. Pete along with Luke Hines demonstrated how to cook The Paleo Way with the other guests explaining the science and reasoning behind it. I can’t begin to articulate what I learnt that day, but I now understand enough to change our family’s eating style. Paleo isn’t a fad diet, in fact, it’s not even complicated. Basically the way I understand it, is, you cut out the food that is doing you harm and eat the food that is great for you. Avoid processed foods, grains and dairy, because they’re difficult for your body to process. Finally and importantly, get to know where your food is coming from and what is in it. We discovered that we don’t need dairy for calcium because the most calcium-rich foods on 34

the planet actually come from plants, especially leafy greens such as kale, spinach, and broccoli. Neither, do we need grains for carbohydrates as they are found in many vegetables, fruits and nuts. We started our Paleo challenge with slowly eliminating wheat, other grains and dairy. Our evening meals were almost all Paleo food and we made every effort to source great local organic/grass fed produce. My husband even started making chicken broth (stock) using the remains of left over roast chicken! My husband who was sceptical at first, lost 5kg in the first 3 weeks and is continuing to lose weight. Needless to say


he is far happier. As for myself, I have lost 7kgs and actually feel much more alert than I have in years. Paleo is also making a surprising difference in our boys. Earlier this year we discovered our youngest son is intolerant to wheat, dairy and white potato (amongst other things) and since going Paleo he is a different boy. His preschool teachers, who were unaware of the change in diet, told me, that he is far happier and much more interactive and initiates play. He now sleeps better and his constant diarrhoea stopped almost immediately. Our 6yr old son is autistic and although high functioning, in the past has been easily distracted

YOURHealth by anything around him. He would wander around his classroom, fidgeting and distracting others. However, three weeks after starting Paleo his teacher asked me what had happened with him because his behaviour had changed dramatically. He now sits still in class, listens to instructions and follows through without confusion or prompting. I told her we were going Paleo - she was astounded, she said the change has been so dramatic she was going to ask me if I had put him on medication! He also now sleeps solidly 12 hours each night, whereas in the past he would sleep for way less. I have registered for The Paleo Way 10 Week Challenge, which is full of great recipes, videos and blogs from Pete and the team, which helps you along the journey. I have several of Pete’s recipe books and use them almost every night. Each recipe that I have cooked is scrumptious. My favourite is the Family Food Cookbook. It’s practical, informative and the recipes are delicious! For more information check out at

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No longer codependent Codependency arises from an environment that is less than nurturing and leaves us in a perpetual cycle of trying to fix the issues we lived with in our family of origin with our relationships with others today. There is no single example, which illustrates the typical codependent. Codependency is complex. People are complex. Yet a common thread runs through stories of codependency - a reaching out to others in order to, not only fill a deep void within but to also feel good about themselves. A selfdefeating exercise for our identity and worth is not found in others.


By Tina Vartis, Freelance Writer


n her book, From Bondage to Bonding, Nancy Groom describes a codependent person as someone “addicted not to a destructive substance, but a destructive pattern of relating to other people, a pattern usually learned in childhood … Codependency holds a person hostage to other people’s behaviour, moods or opinion, and the codependent bases his or her worth and actions on someone else’s life. It’s a terrible bondage.” There are plenty of checklists online to help determine whether a person is struggling with codependency. This list provides a starting point to help consider whether some relationships with others are unhealthy: Do you feel overly responsible for those around you? Do you neglect to take responsibility for fully leading and living your own life? Do you constantly give to others but don’t know how to receive from others? Do you get angry and exhausted helping others and not getting any recognition? Are you so absorbed in other people’s problems that you don’t have the time to identify and solve your own? Does another person’s anger determine what you say or do? Do you put your values aside in order to connect with another? Do you feel controlled by events and people? Do good feelings about yourself stem from the approval of others? If you don’t have a crisis in your life, or a problem to solve or someone to help, do you feel bored, empty or worthless? Recovering from codependent relationships requires setting boundaries and investing in self-care. It means having the courage to honestly tell others how you feel and think and how you are affected by what is happening and being said. It is about living your own life rather than obsessively helping others, it’s about defining your own goals and values apart from the pressure you feel from other people in your life yet at the same time remaining connected to them in a different way from before. Remember, every aspect of our being is important and the permission we need in order to make changes towards wholeness lies in our hands, not others.



Q&A with a dog foster carer from the Sydney-based group, No Kill Pet Rescue

What is dog foster care about? Foster caring is where you save a dog, normally from the pound, and keep it in your care until it is adopted by its forever family. This time varies but usually ranges from one to three months. You are provided with support along the way, all vet bills are covered by the rescue group and supplies for your foster dog are provided. You will feel part of a team and there is always someone to contact if you have any questions or issues.

Will my family or lifestyle be suited to the foster dog?

How do I get involved?

into consideration. If you already have a dog, they will have a meet and greet with your potential foster dog to see if they get along.

Call No Kill Pet Rescue’s Foster Coordinator, Louise on 0457 265 537 or email nokillpetrescue2009@gmail. com for more information on becoming a foster carer.

What is expected of me as a foster carer? No Kill Pet Rescue expects you to treat them as you would treat your own dog by providing exercise, a warm, sheltered place to sleep, basic obedience, meals and most importantly, love. Most dogs will need several trips to the vet, (for vaccinations, desexing, check-ups etc.) so you are expected to drive your foster dog to one of their approved vets.

Can’t foster care but want to help - Check out their website for other things you can do to help: Want to adopt a dog? Check out their foster dogs available for adoption: www.nokillpetrescue. com/category/dogs

No Kill Pet Rescue takes the time to match you to your foster dog as they want you to have a pleasurable fostering experience. If you have size requirements due to yard space, prefer senior dogs or youngsters, have children so you can’t have a jumpy dog, want an active dog to go running with etc., this will be taken

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The Tree House A practical family home designed and built with sustainability in mind. The owners of this award winning house wanted a sustainable home that would cater for their growing family as well as a separate granny flat for overseas visitors, all with a tree house feel. They chose the builds master building designer, Dick Clarke (of Envirotecture) because he focuses on ecologically sustainable and culturally appropriate buildings. The Tree House flows over three levels, from the street down with living areas and pool on top, bedrooms in the middle, and the guest room and laundry at the bottom, all with generous ceiling heights. The Study/Rumpus Room, being a potentially loud space, was placed in the mid-level against the hill. The top level sits adjacent to the lower tree canopy to the northeast. Solar access along the long axis is reasonable, and this allowed classic passive solar orientation to north whilst still allowing

unfettered views to the east. The top level was squeezed between permissible driveway transitions and planning height limits. Lower levels were numerically ‘suspended’ from this upper level. Geotechnical slip zone issues made masonry construction unaffordable, so a lightweight timber frame was used with solar hydronic heating as a proxy for thermal mass. The house is cool in summer and warm in winter with minimal cooling or heating costs, achieving 8 stars BASIX equivalent and is fully self-sufficient for energy and water. Before construction began, the site in North Narrabeen with views to the coast had lots of established trees and a very steep decline, sloping away from the road. This contributed to the challenge of providing universal access to the

main living area of the house. The house was owner built and the budget modest, dictating the construction method remained lightweight. Therefore the best insulation details and thermally broken, double glazed windows were installed to help maintain the house’s passive solar approach. Hydronic underfloor heating was also installed to boost the comfort levels in winter. Under the garage, 4 x 20,000L rainwater tanks harvest the roof water used for the whole of house. A 2.5 Kw PV system provides the house’s electricity needs and the solar hot water system with gas boost provides the domestic hot water and hot water for the hydronic heating and on occasion the suspended pool. The gas boost system is being replaced by an electric heat pump powered by the PV system which is truly omission free and cost effective. The pool is ionised (no chlorine or salt) to minimise chemicals used and is covered with an automated pool cover which allows the pool to be used from early August through to late May with minimal heating costs. The house is clad in a combination of Weathertex weatherboards and steel providing a durable and sustainable exterior. Windows



LOCALProfile and doors are thermally broken double glazed products. There is pre-weathered recycled bluegum cladding at the entry and poolside walls. Insulation is post-consumer recycled PET, and double sided foil. Sublime Shutters in North Narrabeen provided the shutters.

This project won several awards: The Sustainable Residential Building Award 2013 at the Building Design Australia design awards; the manufacturers of the thermally broken double glazed windows and All timbers used are recycled, FSC or doors, AWS Vantage, bamboo and all paints are zero or in 2012, for its use low VOC. of the Thermal Heart The garden was covered with suite; and Residential running bamboo, bits of cars, Sustainable Buildings barrows of long neck bottles and Design Award in the 2013 a menu of weeds. The owner, a BDA NSW. landscape architect, designed Treehouse is opened each a native garden using recycled year to the public for sustainable materials for retaining walls, garden homes day. edging, vegie patch and the kid’s cubbies. There is a 4-bed rotation reece-house vegie patch, permaculture beds and Treehouse is also available for chicken coop. short term holiday let.





If you are looking for somewhere lovely to head for a weekend or even just a couple of days, then The Fairmont Resort in Leura is a great option. It’s just 90 mins drive west from Sydney and whether you’re treating yourself or your family, organising a corporate conference or wedding, you are sure to be impressed with the facilities, and thoroughly enjoy the spacious rooms and spectacular views. With 212 accommodation rooms and 15 flexible event spaces catering for 8 – 850 people there is something for everyone. There is an additional 11 new accommodation rooms as well as a 12 treatment rooms Day Spa, located past the indoor heated pool, both in the final stages of construction. I headed up on a mid week visit with a friend and from the minute we entered the grand reception area we knew we were going to be treated to something special. The KidsZone provides entertainment for all ages, which makes the Fairmont an enjoyable 40

destination for families. There are activities, games rooms, weekend movies and even a miniature train to ride. With several dining options we tried and loved the tapas in the Embers Bar where the food was delicious and the atmosphere welcoming. With a magnificent fireplace and panoramic views of the Blue Mountains we also enjoyed toasting marshmallows, which were provided to us by the lovely staff. We also tried the Terrace Restaurant and highly recommend the pork belly. For afternoon tea, we relaxed in the Sublime Lounge. Lara’s of Leura is the shop within the hotel, providing an excellent service for guests. Tanya was very helpful advising us about the large range of items from candles to funky motorbike lights. Our host told us they are preparing for a visit from the Dalai lama in June who has booked the entire resort for his guests. We also enjoyed a Segway Tour with Segway Blue Mountains conveniently located at the


resort. The weather was cold and the sun was shining so we rugged up and headed down the drive to the lower car park to get acquainted with our Segways. Our guide, Jarrad was exceptional at making us feel comfortable and safe as we headed out around the beautiful grounds. These Segways can go off road so as our training progressed and our confidence grew, the ‘training wheel’s came off and we then flicked over to full speed trying out our skills on the obstacle course. Our tour provided some fun challenges and as we travelled through the bush tracks we also came upon some terrific vantage points overlooking the spectacular Jamison Valley. I have to say this is a really fun activity, I would recommend it to anyone, so bring your friends or why not even organise a team building exercise. Segway Blue Mountains have given us 3 Double Passes for a 60-minute tour to give away; (see pg 5) I would totally recommend the winners upgrade to the 90-minute tour. A private tour can be arranged for $449 – max 8 people. Included in this deal is a Go Pro video of your 1.5 hour tour. See their website for details.


COZY WINTER BOOK REVIEWS By NATasha copley THE ROSIE PROJECT - GRAEME C. SIMSION I can’t remember which of us recommended The Rosie Project, by Graeme Simsion, but I do remember that all of us in the Wednesday Night Book Club were hooked from the first few pages. Don, our protagonist, is a genetics professor who is bewildered by the social nuances of the world, its lack of order and structure and inherent inefficiencies. Convinced that the only way to find a wife is to use a methodical, scientific approach he commences ‘The Wife Project’ but his efforts are thwarted by Rosie who seeks Don’s genetics skills to find the identity of her biological father. Rosie is in every way the opposite of everything Don believes he needs in a wife and it is this tension that makes the story so enjoyable. Whilst there are few surprises, the characters are so engaging that the book becomes a page turner as you cannot help but fall into the world of Don and Rosie, feel their pain, embarrassment and excitement as Rosie opens up a new and exciting world for Don, one that none of us would have imagined for him at the start of the story. If you are after an engaging read, try The Rosie Project.


USE WINTER TO GET ON TOP It can be cold, dark, damp and sometimes straight out miserable. Yes, gardening during winter is not so appealing. However, be brave and get out there because these few tips will set you up for an enjoyable, easily managed and hassle free spring and summer.



Everything that grows is slowing down, so use this time wisely. Hard prune back your dominant hedges like Viburnum and Murraya. Tackle those invasive weeds like Privets, and Wandering Jew that seem to be impossible to control during spring and if you have any transplanting or re-potting to do, now is your time.

your garden’s drainage. It is cold, 2. Monitor wet and without that constant warmer weather, the garden just wont dry out. Take note of boggy areas of turf or dangerous, slippery hard surfaces. If any issues need to be addressed by a tradesman, now is a great time as it means you wont have to deal with a construction works during spring. is the deck looking? What about your 3.How external paint? If they need some attention, do it now. Get out your Gerni and give it all a clean. Or call in a professional and get things sanded, re-oiled and re-painted. 42


the gutters is not just something 4. Checking that needs to be done during bushfire season. As the leaves fall on the roof, their final resting place tends to be in your gutters. Left untreated this will block your down pipes and cause an overflow during the next down pour. yourself of clutter. Everyone has 5. Free that corner in the garden that rubbish accumulates, but why? Do you really need that broken wheelbarrow? What about that half empty bag of potting mix? No? Well, use it or throw it out. While the mornings are cold, and the days are short don’t forget spring is only just around the corner. Put in the hard yards now, so that come September you’re ahead of the game and free to enjoy your garden. Outdoor Establishments 02 9966 8630


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By Claire Carey-Jones, Elegant Outdoors Garden Centre, Turramurra Well, the deluge of autumn rain certainly affected North Shore businesses and residents so, while we’re in clean-up mode, let’s focus on what all of us can do to improve the smooth running of our homes, gardens and in turn, the suburbs we live in. Our environments need to be sustainable, practical and open to change, whether it is on the business front or in your domestic arena, so let’s look at some ways that will have an immediate effect.

Pleased with your efforts so far? Enjoy your cup of coffee? Then give those used capsules a second life with our Nespresso capsule recycling service. We are the only outlet within a 10km radius offering this enormously popular initiative.

PRACTICAL Firstly, mulch those fallen autumn leaves, clean up the weeds, eliminate slippery mould, then gather together all those empty plastic plant pots and bring them here to our nursery to be recycled. YES! We are the only nursery on the North Shore offering this service. Take a moment to see the full pot recycling story on this website and click on "our pots are 100% recyclable".

PURPOSEFUL We all groan when we receive our power bills, so follow our lead and install simple timers on garden lights and water features to control your energy use. The watering system in our nursery has a sensor bypass system which responds to the weather conditions and adjusts the amount of water delivered automatically. This is such a simple concept using clever technology that you can affordably install in your own garden. And while the idea of a rainwater tank seems redundant given the amount of rain we’ve had in recent months, never forget that those long dry periods are always going to be on the horizon.

PLANTI-FUL Troughs, pots, sills and ledges can do with a winter clean-up and a burst of fresh colour. Maybe the pots at the front door are looking cracked or tired so recycle them into a less obvious spot and establish a new look ahead of spring. Be inspired by our beautiful range of ceramic urns and planters and remember a creative garden is one that has flowers in abundance. During the bleaker winter months that splash of colour does much to lift our spirits! Keeping your new plantings happily flowering requires a key and often overlooked ingredient - the humble bee! Bees are essential to the pollination of our gardens and food crops and we are lucky in our nursery to have our own hive of stingless native bees which have so much fun with all the flowering perennials we keep year round. To see how simple beekeeping can be, check out our own bee box here in the nursery.







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SENIOR PETS: Looking after our old friends

Written by Dr Nick Taylor BVSc Greencross Vets Roseville Just like us, as our pets age they have an increased chance of developing health problems and need a little extra care. We can do a lot for our older pets to help keep them feeling well. Bringing your pets for their annual check-up and vaccination enables your vet to discuss all aspects of their care, throughout their lives. But as your dog or cat ages, a check-up every 6 months is well worthwhile. Some of the problems which are more common in our older pets are arthritis, dental disease, heart disease, kidney disease, cancer, diabetes and endocrine disease. Your vet may recommend a blood test as the best way to look for the early indicators of age-related illnesses. The earlier a diagnosis is made, the better your pet’s management will be. With the increased requirement for more frequent veterinary care, schemes such as Healthy Pets Plus, a proactive health management plan available from Greencross Vets can help to reduce your yearly costs, covering most aspects of pet health care. The plan provides free or discounted services that particularly benefit older pets and can be undertaken at any age or disease stage. Nutrition is an important aspect of managing the health of older pets. For example, some dogs become less active and need restricted calorie diets. Others

have a reduced appetite, so need more concentrated food. Special diets are available to help manage various problems, such as kidney disease and osteoarthritis. Arthritic pain can really slow your old pet down, especially during the colder months. X-rays may be recommended to make an accurate diagnosis and there are several treatments available that can dramatically improve an arthritic pet’s life, freeing them from ongoing pain and the reduced enjoyment of life. Dental problems can make your pet reluctant to eat, and absorption of bacteria and toxins from an unhealthy mouth will make other problems such as heart and kidney disease much worse. Unfortunately, we can’t stop the aging process, but we can help our old friends stay comfortable and well for as long as possible. Regular checkups by your veterinarian to enable early detection and management of

any problems are the key to their comfort and wellbeing. Greencross Vets Roseville is focusing on senior pet health this winter. All cats and dogs over 8 years are offered $30.00 off a senior pet consultation on presentation of the voucher in this article. So if you feel that your pet has not quite been themselves lately or you just need that ‘peace of mind’ to see how they’re travelling in their older years, please don’t hesitate to contact your local pet care team from Greencross Vets Roseville.


LL Lower North Shore | Winter 15  

We last spoke to Ita Buttrose for our Winter 2011 edition soon after Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo was released. With mental health being...

LL Lower North Shore | Winter 15  

We last spoke to Ita Buttrose for our Winter 2011 edition soon after Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo was released. With mental health being...