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HOLIDAY BUSHLAND ADVENTURE Wed 15 Apr 10am - 12:30pm Step back in time to the 1860s and imagine living in the bush like an early settler. For 5-11 year olds. www.willoughby.nsw.gov.au

Mon 4 May 10:30am Looks at music from the movies, and explores the major trends in film music from the silent era to the present day. Chatswood Library

Sat 28 Mar 5pm - 10pm Come celebrate the classic big band music from the 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s. BYO picnic rug and see the fantastic line up of talent! www.bigswing.com.au St Ives Showground

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MUSIC TALKS LANE COVE Wed 22 Apr 6pm - 7:30pm Music that helped win the war: A musical Celebration of the Anzac Spirit. Presented by local musician Graham Ball. Bookings 9911 3634 Lane Cove Library

INTO THE WOODS Fri 1 May - Sat 9 May An ambivalent Cinderella? A blood-thirsty Little Red Ridinghood? A Prince Charming with a roving eye? Zenith Theatre

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APP REVIEWS BY BRANDON COWAN, APP DEVELOPER - CRAZY DOG APPS BE MY EYES "Help blind people see with this amazing app" Be My Eyes allows sighted people to ‘be the eyes’ of a blind person. Blind users can request help from a sighted person and the sighted users will then be called for help. As soon as the first sighted user accepts the request for help, a live audio-video connection will be set up between the two and the sighted user can tell the blind person what she sees when the blind user points his or her phone at something using the rear-facing camera. The developers have thought of pretty much everything in this super simple app. For example, as a sighted person, you will only be asked for help between 7am and 10pm in our local Sydney time. Additionally, you can also add other languages that you speak to help people in other countries that speak in a matching language to one that you’ve indicated. Be My Eyes is available for free on iPhone and iPad. An Android version is in development without an estimated release date according to www.bemyeyes.org/faq

EPISODER "Keep track of your favourite TV shows" Episoder lets you create a list of your favourite TV programs displaying each episode by season together with the original air date. It also lets you mark off each episode that you have seen so you can keep track of where you’re up to with every show. More importantly, it also shows the date when the next episode comes out for each TV show, which is very handy for those who download TV shows. Episoder is available to download for free on iPhone. 8

MY OPAL "The best Opal app for your Smartphone" Are you one of those lucky people able to commute to the city and back every day via Sydney’s amazing public transport system? If so, you’re in luck! Yes, I realise that ‘amazing’ may not be the most accurate word, although I did get a train ‘early’ once because the previous one was so late and the train I was meant to catch was due 10 minutes later … My Opal lets you check your Opal card balance on the go. The app can show your card balance across multiple Opal cards and your recent journey history across Sydney trains, ferries and buses. It has a handy map of Opal top-up locations and has a fare calculator to help you calculate how much your next trip should cost. My Opal is available to download for $1.29 on iPhone and Android.

PHOTOMATH "Solve math problems with your Smartphone camera" Do you hate math? Me too but this app almost makes it fun! PhotoMath lets you point your Smartphone camera at a mathematical equation solving it for you then displaying the answer on the screen. For a more complex equation, it also shows the steps used to solve it. I have only tested the app using simple equations but it works pretty much every time. It’s one of those apps that you’ll probably always keep on your Smartphone because it’s cool, use once to show others and never use again - just like most apps I guess! PhotoMath is available to download for free on iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows Phone.

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LOW RATES BRING THE FIXED VS VARIABLE RATE DEBATE TO THE LIMELIGHT BY BLAKE CHANDLER With fixed and variable interest rates lower than ever, home owners are asking ‘can rates really drop any more and is now the time to fix my home loan?’ This has been an ongoing debate in the Australian market with everyone asking if fixed or variable is better. Considering that there is also an increasingly popular option – the split loan, none of these approaches are risk-free and require you to understand what you’re comfortable with. Let’s look at each choice closer: A variable interest rate means your mortgage shifts slightly as the Reserve Bank adjusts its official cash rate whereas paying a fixed rate of interest is usually for a defined period, of two, three or five years. People typically take fixed rate loans for two reasons: they are property investors and they want to be certain of their interest costs over a defined budgeted period or, they’re a household with the view that rates are at a low point 10

in the interest rate cycle and likely to rise in the future. One of the interesting things I often see on the North Shore and stands true to the wider Australian residential mortgage market is that – unusual by international comparison – our home loans are predominantly variable rates. When we get down to these very low mortgage interest rates, there’s some uncertainty: people wonder if they should stick with the market and a variable rate loan, or lock in an interest rate with a fixed-rate loan, so when rates do start going up they can still enjoy the low rates. You should beware of several potential pitfalls before locking in a fixed rate. If you take a fixed rate, you want to get further ahead than if you took a variable rate. So you want the lender to allow lump sum payments on the loan so you can pay it out fast. Many fixed rate loans only allow a fixed payment. Secondly, watch for break fees on fixed loans. If you sell your

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home during your three-year term and pay out the mortgage, some loans require you to make good on the income the banks otherwise would have earned. An option that few people know about and can offer Australians the ‘best of both worlds’ is to take up the split loan. With a split loan you can nominate one part of your home loan to be fixed while the remainder is variable. If you already have a variable rate loan, you can nominate – for example – that 70% of your loan be fixed (leaving 30% variable). Most lenders no longer require you to refinance into a fixed-rate loan: they ‘switch’ you, which means you simply sign a contract variation, saving you time, hassle and fees.

...I often see on the North Shore ...our home loans are predominantly variable rates By keeping a portion of your mortgage as a variable rate loan, you have the flexibility to make as many extra repayments as you want while also ensuring that some of your debt is marketlinked and won’t leave you high and dry if rates drop again. In reality, all borrowers are different and it’s important to get advice before changing loans. Very few people accurately predict where interest rates will be in two or three years. At the end of last year, people thought interest rates were at rock bottom yet the Reserve Bank dropped the cash rate again to 2.25 per cent in February. In the end you must go with the loan that suits your circumstances. www.livinglocalguide.com.au


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IF YOU BRIDGE IT, THEY WILL COME: THE LONG GULLY BRIDGE BY ROBERT C. JOHNSTON, WRITER & RESEARCHER

Driving home to the Northern Beaches from the Sydney CBD I usually choose the Miller Street exit, towards Northbridge. It’s not necessarily quicker than my other options, but it’s my favourite route for a reason. I like it because it takes me across one of the most beautiful bridges in Australia – the Long Gully Bridge.

For years I drove by believing the bridge was simply called “Northbridge”, after the suburb in which it resides. But after recent exploration I discovered not only its many names, but a very interesting history. The Long Gully Bridge is on Strathallen Avenue, on the border between Northbridge and Cammeray. The bridge, opened in 1892, was built as a private initiative by the North Sydney Investment and Tramway Company, to attract buyers for new THE SUSPENSION BRIDGE IN 1892 residential allotments on the north side of Long What is particularly fascinating about the bridge is Bay. The intention was to run a tramline across the that it was originally built as a suspension bridge – bridge, conveniently linking the new suburb and like the famous Golden Gate – and at the time was beautiful Middle Harbour peninsulas to the more the largest of its type in Australia and fourth largest developed parts of North Sydney. in the world. Unfortunately, the great financial depression of the 1890s soon followed and despite the introduction of But in the mid-1930s faults were discovered in the a bridge toll the company went bankrupt. It was not steel cables and anchorages in the rock below. For safety reasons public transport was interrupted until 1914 that the first tram crossed the bridge. with passengers having to walk across the bridge to A nice anecdote is that in November 1894, a “dance trams waiting on either side. and promenade concert” was held on the bridge. It was decided that the A brass band played a selection of dance music bridge would be repaired and the proceeds helped to raise funds for the by replacing the suspended local hospital and band. A contemporary report steel girders with a concrete wonderfully evokes the evening: arch structure that was built “There was a large and orderly attendance, and between 1937 and 1939. as the night was fine, with a cool breeze blowing, It was claimed to be the dancing to the strains of music furnished by the largest concrete arch in the North Shore Band was very pleasant.” Southern Hemisphere. CONSTRUCTION OF THE ARCH IN 1938

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EDGE OF TUNKS PARK AND LONG BAY, MIDDLE HARBOUR

The beautifully ornate Gothic-style towers, parapets and archways of the original bridge were retained. You can still see the points where the old suspension cables ran through the towers. The bridge has been known as the North Sydney, Long Bay, Northbridge, Cammeray, Long Gully Bridge and simply the Suspension Bridge. The residential areas surrounding the bridge were also known as Suspension Bridge until they were officially named Cammeray, after the powerful Aboriginal clan, and Northbridge, after the bridge itself. When the bridge was replaced the public voted for possible new names. Curiously, Kent Bridge was the most popular choice, but it was never officially adopted. Most people just kept calling it the Suspension Bridge. By which name have you always known the bridge?

THE BRIDGE TODAY AS SEEN FROM TUNKS PARK

More recently, a wetland and weir were constructed to help prevent debris and sediment entering Middle Harbour from Flat Rock Creek. The park is named Tunks Park after William Tunks, the first Mayor of St. Leonards. Another impressive structure bridging the former waterway is the Tunks Park Aqueduct, completed in 1927. Tunks Park is wonderful for a picnic by the water, a scoot around the field, a kick of a ball or an explore of nearby walking tracks. If you’re interested in bridge design, it’s a perfect place to view a bridge with a history spanning more than a century.

FROM THE BRIDGE

If you look down to the gorge below you will see a sprawling green field and may wonder why the bridge even needed to be built. In addition to the steep slope, the reason is that the expanse used to make up the waters of Long Bay, in Middle Harbour. At the time of the bridge’s construction the waterway was navigable up Long Bay and Flat Rock Creek to the quarry where the sandstone for the bridge was sourced. During the 1930s Depression work began on an unemployment relief scheme to fill in the area under the bridge for sports fields. Up to 500 men were involved. Flat Rock Creek was allowed to flow underneath the new fields to Long Bay in Middle Harbour. www.livinglocalguide.com.au

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Despite the bridge’s original builders succumbing to an unprecedented economic crisis, we can be thankful that they had the courage to build something grand which continues to serve and delight our community. Sources: Trove Newspaper Archiven; Sydney: Biography of a City, Lucy Turnbull; The Book of Sydney Suburbs, Pollon and Healy; All modern photos by Robert C. Johnston LIVING LOCAL MAGAZINE AUTUMN 2015

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on the Lower North Shore Willoughby Council have done a fantastic job with Willoughby Park. It has a great natural feel with the park furniture and equipment designed to fit in with the surrounding environment. The park’s slides are built into little hills, which is a novelty for the kids and allows me to feel more confident to let my children explore alone. My daughter loves the musical instruments and trying out all the different types of play equipment on offer. It’s well appointed with tables, BBQ, toilets and shade, which makes this a park to keep coming back to. Also in Willoughby is the interesting Hallstrom Park. Designed to reflect the layout of Taronga Zoo, or so the sign tells me, this park is one for the little explorer. Equipment is dispersed throughout the park, and it feels like every turn reveals another secret. Sensor activated speakers play animal sounds when you walk past and there are many unusual features, such as an old water pump or musical skeleton, to delight young and old. There’s a cafe nearby and great facilities for a party, BBQ or function. This is a park I recently discovered and I’m sure it will become a favourite. But by far my favourite way to spend a day on the Lower North Shore doesn’t involve any play equipment at all. Balmoral Beach just has so much to offer - good food, child friendly swimming and a stunning outlook on almost any day. The little island in the centre of the beach, known as Rocky Point, is a wonderful place for the kids to explore and the enclosed swimming area at the South end of the beach is a great place to cool down after the long stroll. I’ve enjoyed snorkeling at the North end, fish and chips at the South end and had so many beautiful days with my little one at this beach. Parking may be expensive, but if you can make a day of it, it’s well worth it!

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Autumn Walks SYDNEY’S LOWER NORTH SHORE

WOOLWICH DOCK AND PARKLANDS WOOLWICH Woolwich Parklands features scenic walking tracks suitable for all fitness levels. Spend the afternoon strolling through landscaped parklands with breathtaking harbour views, then become acquainted with Sydney’s maritime past with a visit to this majestic sandstone dock. After a busy day, spread out a picnic rug and relax in the lovely parklands surrounding the area.

The Cremorne Reserve stretches around the shoreline of Cremorne Point. This picturesque place features bush and formal gardens and provides unrivalled public access to the harbour shores. After a walk, enjoy a swim in the harbourside pool or relax with a picnic while the kids have fun in the playground.

FIDDENS WHARF WALKING TRACK LANE COVE NATIONAL PARK This short, easy track is clearly signposted and is the perfect walk for the whole family. Travel along the track through a casuarina forest, past a heritage wharf and old diving sites. The track leads to Fiddens Wharf oval where kids can kick a ball around and everyone can enjoy a picnic after the invigorating walk.

SAILORS BAY TRACK LITTLE BLUE GUM WALKING TRACK Chatswood West

CASTLECRAG Take in the beauty of the natural area as you journey along Sailors Bay Creek. This popular track features hidden waterfalls, sandstone rock formations, and an enchanting coachwood forest. The Sailors Bay track is a 1.5km return walk that leads to Sailors Bay and is perfect for anyone looking for a medium grade track to explore.

LANE COVE NATIONAL PARK WALKS The Blue Gum Reserve is a magical place to explore. Stroll along the track, through wet gullies and open forest while enjoying the beautiful tall gum trees and amazing variety of fungi inhabiting the area. The Blue Gum Reserve is home to an abundance of wildlife including 64 recorded bird species and is the perfect place to spend the day.

Lane Cove National Park is a beautiful pocket of bushland that sits on either side of the peaceful Lane Cove River. Hit the walking tracks and explore the park’s bushland. Listen out for the kookaburra’s laughing call and keep an eye out for colourful lorikeets and the Eastern Water Dragon slinking around by the river.


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A Wash and Blow-Dry WITH A DIFFERENCE

BY SUE HANDISIDES It’s time to spoil yourself! How about a wash and blow-dry with a difference? Brand new to the interchange area in Chatswood, ZaZa Hair Studio offers traditional Asian style hair washing. I became intrigued, as I was not familiar with this type of service, having not travelled much in Asia. On arrival I was asked by the friendly staff to sit at the mirror (where you would normally sit), was offered a coffee or tea and made sure I had enough (current) magazines to keep me busy. While seated, my stylist started shampooing my hair – yes, you read right. I was still sitting up straight, in my comfy chair, at the mirror reading a magazine. The stylist used a small bottle of warm water and shampoo. No water dripped down my neck or anywhere whilst the shampoo was happening. I was given a delightful head massage for at least 10-15 minutes while my hair was completely washed. I was then shown to the basin and sat in a very comfortable, adjustable chair, where I used the button control to stretch my legs out. The shampoo was rinsed out and my hair conditioned. Then I was back to the chair at the mirror where she gave me a neck and shoulder massage – all part of the service I was told. Then a different stylist started 16

to blow dry my hair. I was asked what I wanted and he did exactly what I asked for. No curling wands or hot irons, just brushes and after another 20 minutes I had a lovely hair-do that lasted me the next couple of days (normally wouldn’t have lasted more than a couple of hours as I have very fine hair). Afterwards I had a meeting with our resident stylist Candice McLintock who said my hair looked amazing – that was my tick of approval!

I was happy to learn that ZaZa use only Organic Shampoos and all Ammonia Free Colour treatments. They also have a Micro Mist machine delivering a better treatment for damaged or broken hair. When you’re trying to find ZaZa, be aware the address is a bit confusing, so look near the bus terminal part of the Interchange. I parked under Fitness First then walked down Endeavour Street, to where it meets Orchard Road then crossed the road towards the bus terminal and there was ZaZa hair. Jess and the team will be sure to give you the same great service as they gave me.

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t’s true that makeup artists go to beauty school to learn a myriad of techniques to achieve flawless skin and great bone structure, yet most of us are just trying to get five minutes grooming time before we zoom out the door in the morning. This however, doesn’t mean your makeup can’t look great. It just means you need a few insider tricks to make it easier.

LIGHTING IS KEY. Most women do their 1. makeup in their bathroom, however, it’s rarely the best lighting to see what you’re doing. Pick a spot with clear, even lighting. Natural light (near a window, you don’t need to sit in the garden) is often best. BUY SOME BRUSHES. Brushes are to 2. makeup, as pans are to cooking. It’s worth investing in a few key professional brushes to ensure your makeup goes on evenly disposable sponge tips need not apply. GET YOUR BROWS SHAPED PROFESSIONALLY. 3. Eyebrows are often the first thing we look at when doing someone’s makeup, as they can dramatically alter someone’s overall look. Go to someone who specialises in brows, you can easily maintain them between visits by following the line your therapist did for you.

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TIME MANAGEMENT. Spend half your grooming time on getting your skin looking nice. This includes doing skincare, applying foundation, blush, concealer or anything else which goes on the skin. You can always brighten up your look with a pretty lip colour - complicated eye shadow techniques are best saved for when you have ample blending time. 20

secrets BASE IS EVERYTHING. Book 5. anA GREAT appointment to get your foundation professionally matched. Foundation needs to be matched to your skin type, texture and colour, and there are numerous finishes to choose from. Your skin may only need something lightweight, and many new formulations give a great result without heavy coverage. MORE MASCARA. Most great makeup 6. isWEAR very simple. Great skin, nice brows, and something to bring out the eyes. Try layering two different mascaras to get ultimate volume, without the clump factor.

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o. You've found the man, the venue, and the dress, and it's onto the really important stuff- the makeup! Every woman wants to feel her most beautiful on her wedding day, so here are some top tips for getting the best result from your makeup artist.

ALL ABOUT RESEARCH. You know the saying 'a 1. IT'S picture is worth a thousand words?' This is definitely true when explaining what sort of makeup you like. Words like 'natural' can mean different things to different people, so it's much easier to collect photos of makeup you like and work from there. A good place to start is red carpet photos of celebrities who have similar colouring to you, these photos tend to be less airbrushed than photos found in a bridal magazine or on social media. #nofilter #meanslotsoffilter OK TO BE A LITTLE BIT BOSSY. Send a photo of 2. IT'S yourself, along with details of dress and hair, plus your favourite makeup looks along to your makeup artist prior to your trial. It helps to give us an idea of your style, your colouring, and what you feel good wearing. A professional will be able to guide you in terms of what will work, but ultimately the best makeup is makeup that you feel great in, not somebody else's style pushed onto you. Your best look might even be a more polished version of your Friday night favourite - if you feel great in a red lip, wear it! Big on eye makeup? Go for it. FOR THE OCCASION. Your wedding dress 3. DRESS is usually the most glamorous dress you will ever wear in your life, unless you work as a runway model. Wear something nice (and preferably neutral coloured) to your trial, as this will give the best idea of how the makeup will look with your actual dress. Perfection would be a maxi in a similar tone to your dress, but a little black dress is a great alternative. It's great if you can have your hair trial on the same day, it helps to have it looking groomed so your makeup doesn't feel out of place. 22

BUT CLEAR. Once you've had 4. BEyourGRACIOUS makeup done, it might be perfect (hooray!) or you may need to ask for some changes. Your artist wants you to be happy, so don't be afraid to ask for what you want. TEST. Professional makeup usually looks 5. ROAD better after about an hour, and should last well for at least 4-6 hours. (I've had some clients wear it out the day next day!) Take a photo after it's settled in, so your artist can see if anything needs adjusting. THE DAY. Allow yourself plenty of time to 6. ON get ready, your makeup and hair should be completed no later than one hour prior to you getting into your dress. Under no circumstances should you be the last one in the bridal party getting your makeup done - you will be too nervous to sit still. Touch up makeup should be packed the night before to save stress, that should include powder, under eye concealer, lips and blush. After all that, relax and enjoy the day. In my experience, every bride is beautiful on her wedding day, so go soak up the admiration!

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Jonah's Whale Beach 122 cocktail, 100 seated

SYDNEY WEDDING VENUES BY EDWINA HUNTER

Gunners' Barracks Georges Heights 180 cocktail, 130 seated

This season has involved researching many wedding venues. Here are a few of my favourites; all with open, water views! Catalina Restaurant Rose Bay 240 cocktail, 140 seated

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THE WAY SHOPPING USED TO BE Imagine how your greatgrandma would have shopped. Imagine what her kitchen pantry looked like. Rows of tins, glass jars and paper bags that were re-used again and again. They’d be filled with flour, rolled oats, sugar, currants, rice, barley and perhaps one with sweets.

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Her meat and cheese would be wrapped in paper or cloth. There wouldn’t have been a plastic bag, bottle or sheet of cling-film in sight. In fact, she probably didn’t even have a kitchen bin. The only waste she made was veggie scraps and tea leaves that were thrown onto the garden. No food was wasted - she only bought as little or as much as she needed.

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She probably walked to her local shops where she’d stop in at the butcher for chops and a chat. Then shopping for ingredients and supplies she’d natter to the grocer about the weather or a cake recipe and other shoppers would join in and offer their two pence worth. Shopping was friendly, relaxed and people knew her name. She never had to wonder whether her food was organic and pesticide free. She never had to count the unpronounceable chemicals listed on plastic packets of processed foods. Her food was real, unprocessed. Shopping for food back then was simpler. Far less confusing and stressful than it is now. It’s time we went back to food shopping the old way. It’s time we went back to basics.

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pete evans Paleo Chef Pete

vision for a healthy future

Personal & Family YOU STARTED AS CHEF AND RESTAURATEUR AS A 19-YEAR -OLD. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE YOURSELF IF YOU COULD GO BACK?

great taste, it’s actually about seeking out nutrient-dense foods that will ensure your food tastes great and also helps your body perform at an optimal level.

’d tell myself to spend more time investigating and understanding how the food we eat can act as some of the most natural and healing medicine on the planet. I’d also make sure that I understood, as a chef, it’s not just about using ingredients to achieve

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future generations have the best chance of a healthy and sustainable future. I have also had the pleasure and privilege of getting to know my amazing fiancé, Nic Robinson. Nic’s a farm girl from New Zealand who is passionate about healthy eating and who loves nothing more than enjoying quiet moments in nature. She’s hugely compassionate and this compassion gives her an incredible intuitive connection with animals and children.


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WHO ARETHE THE MOST MOST INTERESTING PEOPLE YOU HAVE COOKED WITH ?IN?

Do you know what? The most interesting people I get to cook with in the kitchen are my family, especially my two girls – Indii and Chilli – they are the lights of my life and ever since they were little, they’ve both enjoyed experimenting with flavours and ingredients in the kitchen. They’re both active adventurers and as they’ve grown, they’ve been able to understand more about food and to make choices accordingly. Thinking about the future that I’m responsible for creating for them is what’s driving my determination to ensure Australia becomes one of the healthiest nations in the world in the next decade. It starts with educating our kids. I’m keen for us to all work together to create an environment in which parents around the country can enjoy supportive conversations about what our kids are eating. Food habits are developed early in life, so getting kids into the kitchen and creating an exciting environment that fosters a sense of responsibility ensures that kids will make the best healthy food choices for themselves.

WHEN IT COMES TO JUNK FOOD, DO YOU THINK COMPROMISE IS EVER WORTH IT? No way! That’s why I once told my kids the bunny story and now they share it with their friends. One day, I picked my girls up from a birthday party and they had a bag of lollies and they asked if they could have them. I asked the girls if I bought them a bunny each and told them that for the bunnies to be healthy, that we needed to feed them foods like grass and water, what would you feed them? They answered grass and water, of course. I then told them, “What if the bunnies wanted to eat lollies because the other bunnies in the street were eating them and there was a chance that maybe their bunnies would get sick or not live as long, would you ever feed your bunnies the lollies?” Both said “NO, 26

we wouldn’t feed the bunnies the lollies”. Then I told them that they were my ‘bunnies’ and I would do everything I could to make sure they did not get sick through choosing foods that would cause their little bodies harm. Hopefully they will learn to make wise choices when it comes to what they feed themselves.

DID YOUR CHILDREN HELP YOU CREATE SOME OF THE DELICIOUS FAMILY FOOD? FOOD DISHES IN YOUR BOOKFAMILY Yes – they love making tuna and avocado sushi rolls so it was added into Family Food. Rather than using sushi rice, which is full of sugar, these rolls use cauliflower rice (a real favourite of the girls and something I love as a dad to make because it packs a nutritious punch), a bit of nut butter for creaminess and some tahini for stickiness. Plus I know that it’s a way of giving their wee brains a boost during the day so that they can concentrate in the afternoon and hopefully still have enough energy left to go for a surf with dad after school!

Health & Paleo HOW FAR REACHING IS YOUR HEALTHY EVERY DAY SERIES AND THE ORGANIC SCHOOL GARDEN PROJECT? WHEN WILL IT REACH SYDNEY’S NORTH SHORE?

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want Australia to be the healthiest nation in the world in the next decade and that’s why my schools programme is really important. In my ideal world, every school in Australia would adopt it. And of course, Sydney’s North Shore is a pretty special place for me so I’m hoping to introduce it to schools in this area soon, hopefully by mid-year. The benefits of a Paleo lifestyle has worked so well for my loved ones and me that I want to leave this planet in the best state possible for my children and their children’s children. I’m also deeply concerned that all over the Western world, humans are getting sicker and fatter. It’s clear that some of the nutritional advice we have been following isn’t helping us so that’s why I’m determined to inspire our next generation to take the power back for themselves by shopping locally, choosing seasonal ingredients and getting into the kitchen. Not only does it benefit the physical health and emotional wellbeing of our kids but, by promoting organic and ethical farming, we are also teaching our children to care for

our animals in a humane way and to nourish the soil of our planet, rather than strip it of resources for material gain. I have so much hope in our next generation because I know that their education can lead to a far more sustainable future.

WHEN DID YOU ADOPT A PALEO LIFESTYLE AND WHAT PAIEO LED TO THE CHANGE? It was Nic who first introduced me to the book that changed my life three and a half years ago and kick-started this incredible journey we are now on together. Nic was already investigating the health benefits of a Paleo lifestyle and was reading Primal Body, Primal Mind: Beyond the Paleo Diet for Total Health and a Longer Life. It’s written by internationally renowned nutrition expert Nora Gedgaudas, who is also our nutrition guide for our 10-week programme thepaleoway.com. It quickly unlocked the science behind why eating in a Paleo way allows you to effectively take back control of your physical and mental health - it was a real

...to take the power back for themselves by shopping locally, choosing seasonal ingredients and getting into the kitchen. light bulb moment for me. I cut out wheat, sugar and dairy for the first three months and was blown away by just how good I felt. My energy levels were instantly boosted, I could concentrate for long periods of time without getting fatigued and within a month, the digestion problems that I had struggled with all my life had all but disappeared. Once I saw how well it worked for me, I was determined to use my skills as a chef to inspire others to view their food as medicine and to get people into their own kitchens so that they could also learn to take back control and responsibility for their own health and wellbeing. Nic and I became passionate about our results that together

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we went on to study to become qualified health coaches by studying extra-murally at the New York-based Integrative Institute of Nutrition. We learnt about the more than 100 holistic health and wellbeing theories and got a really good grasp of everything and Paleo is the one that made the most sense for us personally. I’m so grateful to Nic for supporting me as we work together to advocate for real change through both a schools programme in Australia and with The Paleo Way – I couldn’t imagine doing this with anyone else by my side.

THERE HAS BEEN SOME CONTROVERSY FROM YOUR PROMOTION OF THE PALEO WAY. WHAT DO YOU THINK THE MAINSTREAM REACTION IS DUE TO? I’m stoked that there is a conversation happening about the health of our nation in the mainstream and of course, some regulatory bodies are never going to support what we are saying because a Paleo lifestyle fundamentally challenges the status quo. If you shop at your local butcher and fish market, visit your green grocer and get other foods straight from the source or make it at home, you have no need for the large multi-national corporations’ food goods or a lot of the products that line our supermarket shelves.

The important thing to understand is that Paleo is not a diet, nor a fad nor something that is nutritionally incomplete. While you do enjoy weight loss, increased muscle tone and more energy and focus, the key thing to understand is this is about eating as close to the way nature intended in order to take personal responsibility for living long, healthy, disease-free lives. Not only is there a global community of like-minded people who have returned to eating natural, nutrient-dense foods from sustainable sources and had personal success with it but today’s cutting-edge nutritional research and findings from scientific experts continue to back up many of the recommendations that come with following a Paleo way of life.

YOU ARE AN ACCLAIMED CHEF SO ALTHOUGH IT MIGHT NOT SEEM HARD TO YOU, DO YOU THINK THE PALEO WAY IS REALISTIC FOR EVERYONE? Yes absolutely. Whether you are eight or 80, anyone can enjoy increased health and vitality by following a Paleo lifestyle. Get to know your ingredients, ditch all processed food and refined sugars and carbohydrates, eat lots of good-quality fats because these will satiate your brain and help you feel full. Make sure you are planned and prepared so you can stick to your guns when you are travelling or out and about and most importantly, have fun and enjoy adventuring with all of that newfound energy you’ll have. Honestly, there are so many incredible, amazing, inspiring and heartfelt stories that people share with me every day and I in turn share on my Facebook page facebook.com/paleochef peteevans. It’s these conversations that are creating a movement that our policy makers, multi-national corporations and food industry reps can no longer ignore. We can all have a say in changing the game. From Australians who have used food to help overcome debilitating depression and anxiety issues to those who suffer from auto-immune diseases who have enjoyed incredible weight loss and massive energy level lifts which have allowed them to focus on achieving their long-held dreams. Every story is a blessing and every human connection I make, I treasure.

COMMON NUTRITION MISTAKES AND TIPS ON HOW WE CAN AVOID THEM? We have been educated over the past 40 to 50 years to eat a diet that’s high in carbohydrates, full of refined sugars (over 90% of the foods on our supermarket shelves today contain some form of sugar) and also steeped in polyunsaturated vegetable oils, such as canola oil. Yet today degenerative disease are more rife than ever throughout Western society and scientific research has proven that much of the inflammation caused by these types of foods can be traced as one of the root causes of diseases such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer.

Make sure you are planned and prepared ...

Instead by ditching refined carbohydrates and sugars and replacing them with moderate amounts of protein, good-quality fats (the kind that come from coconut oil, olive oil, avocados, nuts and quality animal sources from land and sea) and lots of nutrient-dense vegetables, the health of our bodies and minds benefits enormously. You’ll have energy to burn and can concentrate for long periods without experiencing the brain fogginess and blood sugar roller-coaster ride that comes with eating a diet full of refined carbs and sugars.

WHAT DO YOU DO TO MAINTAIN HEALTHY EATING DURING WORK AND TRAVEL – ESPECIALLY WITH FOOD BEING THE FOCUS OF YOUR CAREER?


choose. It highlights the awesome work of local food producers throughout our country who are helping to create better products that can ensure we can all live much healthier, happier, disease-free lives. And that’s why I want to help give these people a voice. In light of the growth of the GM food industry, we should support our organic food producers by buying their products. The saying goes, “think global, act local” and it’s about doing just that.

APART FROM COOKING, WHAT OTHER PASSIONS DRIVE YOU?

The important thing to understand is that Paleo is not a diet, nor a fad nor something that is nutritionally incomplete. It’s all about preparation and creating as many leftovers as I can. I love to eat leftovers for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s cost-effective and makes life pretty easy after a long, day working. I like to prep my Paleo plane meals a day before I fly so I know I’ve got lots of healthy snacks to keep me going. I’ll prepare a large salad using leftover roast chook and boiled eggs, avocado and a few nuts with a simple dressing of a slug of goodquality olive oil mixed with apple cider vinegar. It’s full of antioxidants and key minerals, such as magnesium, to help my body cope at altitude as well as combat dehydration.

YOU SAID IN 2013 THAT TRAVEL HAS TAUGHT YOU “RATHER THAN JUDGE, JUST DILIGENTLY OBSERVE, PARTICIPATE AND LEARN, AND FEEL GRATEFUL TO BE IN A POSITION TO DO SO.” DO YOU STILL THINK THIS? Yes I do think this. Today, I’m 41 and feel physically and mentally the best I ever have in my life. I have a laser sharp focus for what I want to achieve and have so much gratitude for the incredible people around me, in particular my family.

WHAT SHOULD WE EXPECT IN YOUR UPCOMING SHOW, FOOD IS MEDICINE? Food is Medicine is a documentary. It’s a way of inspiring people to really think about how the food they are putting into their bodies can be medicine or poison, depending on what they

Being connected to the water, having the opportunity and privilege to live off the land and my family are all I need in life to feel complete. Other than food, these are my passions and I’m stoked to be able to be living the life we live.

Quick Questions FAVOURITE SPOT ON SYDNEY ‘S NORTH SHORE? Whale Beach

FAVOURITE PLACES TO SOURCE HEALTHY FOOD ON SYDNEY’S NORTH SHORE? Fishing in Pittwater

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Turramurra artist, artist, 96 96 year year old, old, Edna Edna Garran-Brown Garran-Brown Turramurra Turramurra artist, 96-year-old, Edna FRAS (Edna (Edna Thew), Thew), has has her her own own definite definiteGarran-Brown and individual individual FRAS and FRAS (Edna Thew), has her own definite and individual style of of painting painting (in (in oils oils and and in in water water colours). colours). style style of painting (in oils and in water colours). Edna has has been been aa Fellow Fellow of of the the Royal Royal Art Art Society Society Edna Edna has been a Bay Fellow of thesince Royal Art Society (FRAS) Lavender Gallery, 1984, and has has (FRAS) Lavender Bay Gallery, since 1984, and (FRAS) Lavender Bay Gallery, since 1984, and hasis exhibited with with them them ever ever since since (and (and prior). prior). Edna Edna exhibited is exhibited with themRegional ever sinceGallery (and prior). Edna is represented in most Collections represented in most Regional Gallery Collections represented in collections most Regional Gallery Collections and University in N.S.W. N.S.W. and also, private private and University collections in and also, and University collections in N.S.W. and also, private collections, worldwide. collections, worldwide. collections, worldwide. 30

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Edna is is an an Edna Edna is an Australian Australian Australian treasure and treasure and treasure and inspiration, inspiration, inspiration, devoted to to devoted devoted capturingto the capturing the capturing the beauty of of our our beauty beauty our countryofand and country country and its people. people. its its people. Edna’s work work focused focused aa lot lot on on Edna’s Edna’s work focused a lot on Australia’s Indigenous people, Australia’s Indigenous people, Australia’s Indigenous native landscape, faunapeople, and native landscape, fauna and nativeShe landscape, fauna flora. She found aa lot lot of and flora. found of flora. She found a lot of of beauty within the culture of the the beauty within the culture beauty within the culture of the indigenous people. Edna was was indigenous people. Edna indigenous people. was inspired to paint paint theEdna “truth” and inspired to the “truth” and inspired to paint understanding the “truth” and enlighten cultural understanding enlighten cultural enlighten culturalowners understanding of the traditional traditional owners and of the and of the traditional owners custodians of the land on which custodians of the land on and which custodians we stand. of the land on which we stand. we stand.

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the history of contemporary Indigenous Australian art. YOU ATTENDED ART SCHOOL IN THE 1920’S. WHICH ART SCHOOL DID YOU STUDY AT? Dattilo Rubbo Art School. Anthony Dattilo Rubbo, was an artist himself. He began art classes in his Bligh Street studio offering life drawing. His school became the main rival to Julian Ashton’s Sydney Art School.

Sympathetic towards Aboriginal Australians, Edna concentrated on finding ways to advance their recognition and to be a voice for the forgotten people.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PAINTING FOR? Over 70 years. I was 18 years old when I started painting. Edna’s distinct individual style of painting is pure Australian. Edna was so passionate about keeping her style true to Australia that she never left Australia. She did not want her style to be mixed with any other culture, but wanted to stay true to her country. A highlight in Edna’s career was meeting with, and painting (from sketches) - Emily Kame Kngwarreye (or Emily Kam Ngwarray). Emily, born in 1910, was an Australian Aboriginal artist from the Utopia community in the Northern Territory; and Emily is one of the most prominent and successful Aboriginal artists in

IS ART IN YOUR FAMILY? Not before me. Mum was a composer and Dad was a surgeon. However, my daughter Joanne Hunter (nee Joanne Thew FRAS) is a wonderful artist who has received over a 100 art awards for her work; and she also has her own distinct individual style of painting. We have worked a lot together travelling Australia as well as working in my home studio. FAVOURITE ART MOVEMENT? Definitely the Impressionists. Naming a few artists: Cezanne, Degas, Manet, Monet, Renoir and Van Gogh.

WHERE DO YOUR INSPIRATIONS COME FROM? The great beauty of God’s creation in Australia. WHAT DO YOU MOSTLY PAINT? Australiana: aboriginals, birds, wild-flowers, still-life, seascapes, portraits and figurative. FAVOURITE AUSTRALIAN SPOTS FOR INSPIRATION? Central Australia; how beautiful it is! The colours are magnificent. Specifically, Kata Tjuta, Uluru and Alice Springs. WHERE CAN WE SEE YOUR WORK? Most Regional Gallery Collections, University Collections and permanent Municipal Collections in N.S.W. Also, in private and institutional collections in Australia, England and USA.


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Roseville College Year 8 Technology students are relishing in the School’s Kitchen Garden initiative, mirroring the wider paddock-to-table trend that favours fresh, organic produce.

Wenona’s enthusiasm for the booming fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) continues to turn heads in the education world and last month made headlines across Australia when its now famous 1967 Deluxe Mini car restoration project was featured on Foxtel as part of International Women's Day.

Introduced last year, Head of TAS at Roseville College, Mrs Nada Burke, says students designed the existing kitchen garden in elevated garden plots from under utilised garden space. “The students nurture the plants and harvest them,” Mrs Burke explains. “For example, students planted the herb choc-mint and, after making ice-cream from start to finish, added diced herbs to create a choc-mint ice-cream sundae. Another favourite is making basil pesto from scratch and creating a delicious pasta lunch with their friends.” The practical experience of garden-to-plate brings theory to life and is praised by students for giving them a deeper understanding, appreciation, and fresh perspective about unprocessed raw foods and authentic flavours. (L-R) Samantha Ellwood, Sascha Grassmann and Olivia Filipe. 34

Knox Grammar Aquatic Centre’s programs are thriving, with more than 1,700 learn to swim swimmers, 200 squad swimmers and many community groups and schools visiting the centre each week. Knox offers a wide range of aquatic programs which are open to the public including learn to swim classes for six month old to school-age children. Junior and adult squads and aqua aerobics classes are also held throughout the week, with the pool and gym also open to the public for fitness. There’s an indoor, heated, 50-metre pool and an indoor, heated learn to swim pool. The classes are run by experienced instructors and coaches who provide expert guidance. More information: Knox Grammar Aquatic Centre is located at 7 Woodville Ave, Wahroonga, with exclusive on-site parking for aquatic centre customers. Visit www.knox.nsw.edu.au/aquatics or call 9487 0126.

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The School’s excited STEM students were filmed by SKillsONE TV when NSW Chief, Scientist and Engineer, Professor Mary O’Kane, launched Wenona's first Engineering Studies program as one example in a series of ongoing STEM initiatives. These include the launch of the School’s first Space Science Club, the introduction of Years 5 and 6 robotics workshops, a Year 8 problem solving program with UNSW and UTS, and the Supersprint Model Solar Car Challenge. Hopes and dreams for future careers in the broad world of professional STEM are alive and well at Wenona and we encourage you to discover more at: www.skillsone.com.au/vidgallery/ wenona-school-restore-mini/ www.wenona.nsw.edu.au www.livinglocalguide.com.au


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READ THE BOOK DON’T WAIT FOR THE MOVIE BY SUE HANDISIDES THE HUSBANDS SECRET I have recently read a fantastic book by West Pymble Author Liane Moriarty. This book was a real page turner. I was interested by the concept and then grabbed within the first few pages to keep reading. The whole story is about a letter, a letter found by devoted wife and mother, not to mention business woman and community champion Celia. The letter was written by her loving husband, the thing is, it wasn’t supposed to be found and has instructions only to open it in the event of his death. This of course begs the question for every reader and for everyone discussing the scenario – would you open it? The story is well written as it takes you through Celia’s journey deciding whether or not to open this letter and her husband’s reaction to the potential of it being opened. It also navigates cleverly through the implications of the content of the letter being widespread and intertwined with many lives outside their own ‘perfect bubble’. It is definitely a Pandora’s box concept which Liane manages to weave humour cleverly through the serious topics covered. A fantastic read where local readers will recognise landmarks making it even more interesting.

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TREES 3. DECIDUOUS As the sun sits lower in the sky and the days get shorter, it is more and more important to harness that warmth and light that the sun brings. The installation of deciduous trees will allow more light into your garden during the day, not to mention the incredible autumn colour they bring. 40

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YOURHome MISSY Hello my name is Missy and I’m a middle-aged dog who enjoys belly rubs, shaking hands and walking nicely on the lead. If you are looking for a suitable dog for an apartment or townhouse, then you’ve come to the right place as I would love to be re-homed in one as I am allergic to grass. For more details go to www.bit.ly/adoptmissy. ZENA Introducing Zena the squishy faced, huggable little bear. Zena can sit, is toilettrained, loves people and other dogs and is very well-behaved. Zena loves snuggling with humans, playing with toys and going for walks. She loves her food and bones but needs to keep an eye on her weight. Zena requires to be allowed to sleep inside at night and is happy to spend the day outside in a fully fenced, escape-proof yard. For more details go to www.bit.ly/adoptzena EDDIE I’m Eddie, I love people, daily walks on a lead, and playing with toys. In my spare time, I enjoy taking myself for runs around the house, preferably with a toy in my mouth for maximum fun. I must admit that when I see new people or if they walk into my house I get so excited that I jump on them as high as possible and lick them to death. I’m so excitable that I don’t think small kids can handle me. I like most other dogs and would prefer to be re-homed with someone who has another dog for me to play with or someone that’s at home most of the day. For more details go to www.bit.ly/adopteddie1 44

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AN EASTER WARNING FOR PETS BY DR NICK TAYLOR BVSC, GREENCROSS VETS ROSEVILLE

Easter is a time for celebration, reflection, family and eating. And where would Easter be without chocolate and Easter eggs? Whether they are chocolate bunnies, eggs, or cream eggs, made from white chocolate, dark chocolate, milk chocolate or even cocoa, they can be very toxic and potentially fatal to our dogs and cats. Unlike humans, cats and dogs cannot metabolise the key ingredient theobromine. Theobromine causes a wide range of problems including vomiting, diarrhea, excessive urination and hyperactivity. In severe cases, this can be followed by depression, coma, seizures and even death.

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Performing outdoors and performing many songs I have always wanted to sing but haven’t had the correct band line up to do them justice. Now that we have a fantastic ‘Big Band’ to perform with, it gives me the chance to perform them.

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Benny Goodman’s ‘Sing Sing Sing’ is my favourite swing song. It’s pure swing and a great song to dance to. I will be performing a couple of Peter Allen songs too, which will sound fantastic in front of that band.

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. We hear that you will be having dancers and a co-star – can you tell us about them? Have you performed with many of the other stars that will take to the stage for The Big Swing Festival?

. What do you usually do on a Saturday afternoon and night?

. What have you been doing most recently and what is coming up?

I’ve been performing in my own show as mentioned and I am working on Sydney’s 2UE 954 with Stuart Bocking. I have also been busy with my business www.toddstours.com where I escort people to private dinners and a show. I also open my house up for a High Tea Soiree for small groups of people and my friends and I perform a private show for them in my studio. It’s great fun. My website has the details.

Lucy Maunder will be joining me for my set. Lucy and I have just finished touring in the national tour of ‘Grease’. Lucy played ‘Rizzo’ and is a knockout. Four of the dancers from ‘Grease’ will also be performing with us in a couple of songs.

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. What is the best thing about performing outdoors as opposed to being in a theatre?

When you perform outdoors you get a real feeling of how relaxed the audience are. It’s a special event for us but also a really fun and relaxed event for them. I hope they get up and hit the dance floor during the show. It’s perfect music to dance to.

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. How long have you been a resident here and what do you love most about the area?

I have been here nearly six years and I love it. I like my neighbours and the sense of community you feel on the North Shore. The St. Ives Showground is my local park and I visit it every day with my two beautiful dogs. I’d be lost without it. The Phillip Street Mall is my local hang for coffee etc. Very friendly place and full of locals. www.livinglocalguide.com.au

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Living Local Lower North Shore | Autumn 2015  

Welcome to our first edition on Sydney's Lower North Shore! After publishing for over 7 years on the Upper North Shore, we're thrilled to be...

Living Local Lower North Shore | Autumn 2015  

Welcome to our first edition on Sydney's Lower North Shore! After publishing for over 7 years on the Upper North Shore, we're thrilled to be...

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