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WELCOME TO SPRING Having just celebrated Father’s Day, in this edition we feature an incredible story about a father, David, and his son, Jackson, that has moved us all. It’s a story of unconditional love, hope, bravery and their determination to defy the odds. Read about the duo on page 30 and be sure to visit www.livinglocalguide.com.au to see exclusive video footage from the interview, which further unveils the details of their miracle story. We hope you enjoy this edition where you will find photos from our locals, what’s on, local tips and more! Be sure to enter our competitions on page 7 and check out our website www.livinglocalguide.com.au. Have a wonderful spring!

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Letters & Comps

What’s New!

What’s On

Local History Article

App Reviews

Out and About

Local Places to Take the Kids

20 BEAUTY Fashion

Your Skin in the Sun

Hair Colour to Suit Your Skin

24 EDUCATION News

EDWINA HUNTER CO-EDITOR & ART DIRECTOR

Local School Updates

30 COVER Feature Sue Handisides, Rebecca Louie, Sales & Co-Editor Copy Editor Sue lives in St Ives with Rebecca grew up in her husband and two Turramurra and is sons. She has worked married with three in public relations, children. She is a trained journalism and event teacher and worked for management. She enjoys building many years in the not-for-profit sector. genuine, constructive relationships and She is now working for Living Local looks forward to working with you soon. Magazine in various capacities.

Lesley CourtneyO’Connor, Proof Reader Lesley lives in Warrawee, has two sons and two beautiful granddaughters. She loves travelling, playing golf, creating a beautiful garden and visiting good restaurants with friends.

Hugh Wilkinson, Beauty Therapist A qualified beauty therapist who has worked in leading salons in Australia and the UK, working with leading brands in roles from trainer to product specialist. Hugh is co-owner of Skin+ a successful beauty salon in Pymble.

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Maree Turk, Freelance Photographer Maree is a wife, mum, secondary teacher and photographer. "I love working at Living Local, capturing photos of our local area, it’s always a pleasure and great fun!"

Tais Froggatt, Freelance Photographer Tais grew up in Wahroonga and has a background in interiors. She uses her travel knowledge and adapts her experiences into her camera.

Contributors: Tina Vartis, Mark Lewin, Dan Yee, Dr Laurence McCarthy, Allan Waldon, Richard Jackson, Krystyna Zawadzka, Kevin Hinder, Robert C. Johnston, Brandon Cowan, Susan Potthurst and Ingrid Zimmermann. 4

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A Father's Love - Miracle Story

37 COMMUNITY News 42 YOUR Health

Reducing Cardiac Arrest

Whiplash Injuries

Surprised by Grief Whiplash? See p.45 Audio Health

Cleaning Toddler Teeth

Saying Sorry Makes More Cents

Lamborghini Test Drive Review

New Bar in Turramurra

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Nepal School Project

Day Trip: Renault & Segwaying

Sudoku Answers

Sight Seeing in Italy

Northshore Entrepreneur

63 YOUR Home

Coffee Culture

Living Local Loves

Doggie Rescue

Tick Alert

Spring Gardening

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“I suggest that the only books that influence us are those for which we are ready, and which have gone a little further down our particular path than we have yet gone ourselves.” - E.M. Forster Wahroonga village is a very special place on Sydney’s North Shore. At Novella we love being part of this friendly, vibrant village community. Our hand-picked selection of the latest new releases, classics and contemporary literature will delight and inspire you. We also stock a wide range of art, architecture, design and interior design titles. Our colourful children’s section buzzes with interest – children’s books are just one of our book passions! We read and recommend the books we stock (Clare reviews the best new releases and her favourite reads on ABC Radio every Wednesday and Friday evening). Just let us know if we can assist with a recommendation for a great read or a gift for family and friends. Telephone orders welcome. Booksellers on this site in Wahroonga Village since 1917. Open 7 days.

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Your letters I love finding out about what is happening in the local area - new restaurants to try; exciting shops to visit; competitions to enter and even pain relief! Great to sit down with a cup of coffee and catch up with local events. Sue Gillespie (Gordon) Just wanted to let you know that I enjoyed the article "Moving beyond Perfectionism" (T. Vartis, p.42). Very interesting... thanks! Living Local is always worth a look, I always learn something new about our beautiful area. We usually go to The Butcher’s Block (Wahroonga) for breakfast, or Tapas Bodega (Turramurra) for a drink with friends in the evenings and we would love to know more great places (like these) to go to on weekends. Thanks again! Christina Tilston (Turramurra)

We love to hear from you! PO Box 3116, North Turramurra, 2074 P: 8213 7306 E: editorial@livinglocalguide.com.au W: www.livinglocalguide.com.au Living Local Magazine is a seasonal magazine. 44 000 copies are delivered throughout the Upper North Shore. We are all about connecting people to their local community. Delivered by boutique companies who do not bundle and individually distribute to all households and businesses. The remaining copies are delivered by Living Local Magazine, allowing the team to continue stocking magazines in local shops throughout the season.

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SPRING WHAT'S ON TWILIGHT CONCERT IN THE PARK

Sat 14 Sep, 5:00pm - 8:00pm Wahroonga Park Enjoy a picnic with friends & family while watching some of Sydney's finest performers. Crn Millewa Ave & Illoura Ave Ph. 9424 0000 www.kmc.nsw.gov.au/twilight

LIGHT THE NIGHT Sun 22 Sep, 5:30pm - 8:00pm Bicentennial Park Help create a brighter future by supporting a Leukaemia Foundation Light the Night Walk. Cnr Loftberg & Yanko Road, West Pymble Ph. 1800 500 088 www.lightthenight.org.au

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ACTIVE KIDS Mon 23 Sep - 3 Oct, 8:00am - 6:00pm West Lindfield Hall Keep your kids happy & healthy during the holidays with this sports program. 2-10 Bradfield Road, Lindfield Ph. 94240802

MANHATTAN FILM FESTIVAL Sun 29 Sept, 3:00pm Glen Street Theatre Screened in over 250 cinemas & universities to view & vote on the Ten Short Films. Blackbutts Road, Belrose Ph. 9975 1455 glenstreet.com.au

FOREVER DIAMOND Tue 8 Oct, 11:00am Glen Street Theatre Dance, clap, sing & relive the music as if Diamond himself were on stage with Peter Byrne. Blackbutts Road, Belrose Ph. 9975 1455 glenstreet.com.au

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FAMILY FUN DAY Sat 9 Nov, 10:00am - 3:00pm St Ives Occasional Care Join us in celebrating our birthday with food, fun & games for all the family. 261 Mona Vale Road, St Ives Ph. 9449 5913 www.sioc-kids.org www.livinglocalguide.com.au


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LOUNGE 10’47 After months of anticipation, a vibrant, new restaurant has finally opened up in this iconic North Shore location. Lounge 10’47 in Pymble brings a much-needed dash of elegance to the Upper North Shore. With décor exuding style and comfort and a diverse Italian European menu, this restaurant is the perfect place for every occasion. Lounge 10’47 offers an experience that will enable you to enjoy time with your family, celebrate with friends, or simply relax and unwind at your own pace. Their Michelin star trained chef, Eric Charpentier, has crafted exquisite menus, bringing his love and passion for food to each dish. Complete your dining experience with a selection from their outstanding array of European and Australian wines, brought together by awardwinning sommelier, Joe Turnaturi. At Lounge 10’47, they also cater for your special occasions, from corporate functions to birthday parties and family celebrations; their attentive staff will ensure you have an unforgettable experience. A feast for the senses, comfort for cravings; this is food for the soul. Lounge 10’47 is open for lunch and dinner from Tuesday to Sunday. For exclusive offers, including a free birthday gift, join Club 10’47 on their website www.lounge1047.com.au. For bookings, call 9449 1047. 1047 Pacific Hwy, Pymble NSW 2073

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Members of the food industry took part in The Royal Agricultural Society of Tasmania’s annual fine food show in July this year. One of the oldest and largest food shows in Australia and the only one with an international flavour. This year a record of 1336 entries were received, including Eastern Road Quality Meats. Eastern Road Quality Meats took out three awards to Gold for San Chow Bow Sausages, Bronze for Aussie Beef Sausages and Silver for Flavour Pork and Green Curry Sausages. Might be worth a taste; see page 57 for further details! www.livinglocalguide.com.au

BOBBIN HEAD FRUIT MARKET A message from Paulo, Store Manager: "Thank you to all our loyal customers, both individuals and businesses who have supported Bobbin Head Fruit Market over the past few months. As always, we are incredibly grateful for the support of local businesses and thrilled that small business owners can work together to achieve great results. We are also glad that our online orders are increasing showing that we are able to meet a need that the local community had. We look forward to another great season this spring. We are open 7 days so if you need something on Sunday we are open from 8am - 3pm. If you can't make it in, we have our own online shopping at www.bobbinheadfruit.com.au Why not give us a try today?" See page 36!

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SOCIALLocal were constructed. Sadly, pollution later prevented swimming and the baths and old bridge were demolished in 1974. However, water quality has improved in recent years. As I meandered along Two Creeks Track, past ferns and gums, the accompanying moss covered early-1900s stonework was evocative of another time. Almost unexpectedly the track opens to a waterfront clearing PHOTO BY ROBERT C.JOHNSTON (see more photos on our website) where the Roseville Baths once stood. The old seawall, with its angular outcrops, is unmistakeable. It is impossible not to feel sentimental and imagine the BY ROBERT C. JOHNSTON, WRITER AND HISTORIAN laughter and splashing of swimmers long ago. way to cross Middle Harbour and Every day thousands of cars Thankfully the site is wellin the mid-1800s a commercial cross Roseville Bridge. But have equipped with BBQ facilities rowboat operation began to ferry you ever been below? and is still a wonderful spot picnickers. A rowboat was left on I hadn’t, so I decided to explore. for a picnic. each side at night for emergencies. The area is rich in history. My The track continues under the mission was to find the remains of In 1924 the first Roseville Bridge, impressive pylons of Roseville the old Roseville Baths near where near the Pipe Bridge, opened to Bridge. If you are unprepared for the original Roseville Bridge once connect Babbage Road to Healey a serious walk you may like to turn Way. This and Spit Bridge allowed back soon after at Marjorie’s Glen, spanned Middle Harbour. vehicles to easily cross into the a cascading waterfall known by Parking at Echo Point I followed that name since at least 1893. my feet down the grassy terraces. Northern Beaches. In 1966 growing traffic congestion With quiet park benches, led to the opening of the current Do you know who picnic facilities, and a nearby Marjorie was? six-lane bridge, leaving the old playground, Echo Point Park is a bridge for pedestrian use. It hidden gem. You may also like to spend a must have been quite surreal At the water’s edge I followed day at Davidson Park. It costs for Babbage Road residents to Two Creeks Track towards $7 to park your car but the Roseville Bridge. Plaques en route find their usually chaotic street well-equipped BBQ areas and suddenly subdued. shed light on Middle Harbour’s wide grassy spaces are perfect fascinating history. for children. Do you remember? Aboriginal shell middens here said to date to at least 8000 years. Tell us what it was like. Sandstone rock formations along Middle Harbour was a popular the track offer a breathtaking bathing spot and in the earlycontrast to the sapphire water. 1900s a timber structure and net were built. In the 1930s a In the early days of European Sources: Ku-ring-gai Council. seawall and dressing facilities settlement, boats were the only

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SNAPCHAT Snapchat is a photo sharing application with a fun twist. It lets you take a picture [or video], select your friends that you’d like to send it to and select how long it will be displayed to your friends for. After that time period, it disappears and cannot be viewed again. Snapchat has gained popularly, particularly amongst teens and millions of pictures are shared through the app, daily! The app has also faced some skepticism, as it is possible to take screenshots of pictures sent through the app, meaning that some pictures that were meant to be deleted forever after the time period is expired, are not gone forever. As with all social networking sites, it's advisable not to send any Snapchats you wouldn’t want the public to see. Available for free on iPhone and Android.

ITORCH FLASHLIGHT As the name suggests, iTorch Flashlight is a simple flashlight app. This app is the missing pathway between your iPhone with and without a bright light that will help illuminate your surroundings at night. If the normal screen (even on full) brightness isn’t enough to help you navigate your way in the dark, this is a very handy app to have. The app also has a cool strobe light affect if you want to create a party atmosphere in your room, or in any other dark location. Available for free on iPhone 4 (and newer iPhones). There are also lots of other free flashlight apps but this is my preferred one. 12

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When we discovered the Cascades in St Ives, we couldn't believe how wonderful, hidden and magnificent they were...it's a favourite bushwalk and picnic destination for our family.

I love taking my kids to • Bobbin Head National Park for bush walks, fishing and walks along the marina admiring the boats and beauty

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• St Ives Showground to see the horses, dirt bikes, remote controlled aeroplanes • The many parks and bike riding track • Roseville Park • Ferry to Berowra Waters • Wahroonga Park

We enjoy taking the kids to Bicentennial Park at West Pymble. There is plenty of places to run or things to do.

• Auluba Oval in South Turramurra and so many more We love the upper north shore. Best place to live!! Diana Anderson, Wahroonga

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• Karuah Oval and park • La Zana Italian restaurant in East Wahroonga

I love taking my kids to: Lane Cove National Park :)

I love taking my family (including my nephew and my niece) to Primula Oval on Highfield Rd, Lindfield. It is spacious, has good play equipment and close to where my parents live. Yes, this will have to be my favourite place to take the kids.

I love taking my kids to: Kuring-gai Wildflower Garden. Pawan Sehgal

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BEAUTYFashion Yes, we can get a heavy greasy product to protect our skin, but thankfully professional skin care companies are competing to produce moisturisers that offer skin benefits as well as SPF protection, and feel amazing on our skin. There are sunscreens with anti-ageing peptides, which help stimulate collagen and elastin - perfect for people concerned with ageing skin, something like Dermalogica’s Dynamic Skin Recovery is a great!

Welcome back TO THE SUN! BY HUGH WILKINSON, DERMALOGICA® SPECIALIST FROM SKIN PLUS, PYMBLE The warmer months are here again. One of the top causes of ageing skin is the sun, so, here is some information to help you protect your skin from the sun’s damaging rays. The sun produces three types of ultra violet light (UV) •

UVA – was once called the ageing ray as this was the longest wavelength and it is able to penetrate the deeper layers of the skin and break down our collagen and elastin which will then lead to lines/wrinkles and premature ageing

• UVB – has been called the burning ray as it is associated with the heat or burning feeling • UVC – mostly filtered by the steadily depleting ozone layer, meaning more and more of this harmful ray can reach us. There are two types of sunscreen (SPF) available: 1.

Physical sunscreen – uses natural ingredients like titanium dioxide or zinc oxide and causes a physical barrier on the skin to reflect the UV away. Think of cricket players, when they apply zinc on their nose, it reflects the damaging rays and protects the skin underneath.

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We can also get SPF products that combat redness and skin-sensitivity, like Dermalogica’s Super Sensitive Shield, it is light and healing on the skin. If you have oily or acne-prone skin, there are SPF products that will reduce and balance oil flow, keeping the skin matte. If you love the moisturiser that you currently use but would like to boost or add sunscreen to it, Dermalogica have brought out Solar Defence Booster SPF50. This can be added to your current moisturiser, and even make-up, and it will make it an SPF40 – that is pretty cool! Does your eye product contain any SPF? The eye area is one of the first areas to show ageing, I use total eye care SPF15 everyday! If you are confused about SPF or if you would like any advice, come and see us at Skin Plus and we will explain everything!

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Youngblood Natural Mineral Foundation appeals to me as the ingredients are mineralbased and don't include nasties such as talc, perfumes, and lead. The colour suits me well, and provided good cover and a healthy look. One of the keys to successful make-up application is having the right tools and this brush is certainly the best I have used. Rebecca Louie Copy Editor

I loved using this Creme Powder Foundation as it’s natural, free from harsh chemicals and because it delivers what it promises. The packaging is neat and practical with a lift up section for the applicator sponge and a handy mirror in the lid. It glides on smoothly over the smallest amount of moisturiser and spreads evenly. Throughout the day I noticed that my skin wasn’t oily at all, even late into the afternoon. I recommend this product to anyone wanting to find a fast and easy foundation which has a powder finish.

Youngblood Liquid Mineral Foundation was recommended by my sister-in-law who always has flawless skin. I have sensitive, oily skin. It allows my skin to breathe, is light (with moderate coverage), is soothing and gives my skin a healthy glow. I can rest knowing it’s free from talc, perfumes, and chemical dyes and is enriched with herbal extracts. Includes natural SPF protection and all their products are non-comodogenic (don't block pores) and cruelty free. It’s a little pricey but seems to last. Edwina Hunter Editor/Designer

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BEAUTYFashion imperfections on the surface become more apparent, such as emphasising acne scarring and even rosacea. For those starting to lose colour (pigment) in their hair and are showing grey hair, it’s time to start lightening up your hair a little. I often suggest running some foil highlights or accent colour through the all-over colour. There is often a need more than a want to break the solidity of the base colour.

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(warm) and, by the same token, hair colour also has one of two pigments. For those with cool tones, applying hair-colour with warm tones will flatten a person’s complexion and skin tones will pale right out. For a person with warm skin tones, if a cool colour is applied, the background tone of the skin drains out and

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Why Ravenswood? Ravenswood is a remarkable school. We offer a unique combination: quality teaching and outstanding academic results; a school that is just the right size, small enough for individual care but large enough to offer choices; and a focus on the development of a girl’s character and values in a Christian environment. Why not visit Ravenswood to find out more about our school, and what it can offer you and your daughter?

Ravenswood is … • The right size • A welcoming and open school community • A school that provides opportunities to shine • Committed to choice, offering both the HSC and IB • Proud of its strong academic results in a non-selective environment • Engaged with the wider world through a clearly defined global connections programme

Enrol now for 2014 and 2015 Limited places available for Kindergarten, Year 3 and Year 7

To find out more… Call 9498 9808. Just minutes from the Gordon rail and bus interchange. Full details: www.ravenswood.nsw.edu.au A Uniting Church school Kindergarten to Year 12 Henry Street, Gordon NSW 2072

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EDUCATIONNews their many users. In one way or another, each finalist wowed the jury," said the Chicago Athenaeum president.

RAVENSWOOD’S MIBEL FIDLER BUILDING Since completion in 2011, the building has won numerous awards including the prestigious Master Builders Award – Excellence in Construction 2012 and the Sir John Sulman Medal for public architecture, 2012. The Mabel Fidler Buidling at Ravenswood School for Girls, Gordon has now received international recognition. The building was one of seven Australian projects recognised at the 2013 International Architecture Awards announced on August 10, 2013 by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies. Sixty new buildings, commercial and institutional developments, and urban planning projects from 20 countries were selected by the New York jury of this prestigious global program. Ravenswood is delighted and proud of the international recognition given to the Mabel Fidler Building two years on after its completion. "All projects exhibit innovation in design, acute sensitivity to the environment, sustainability, adaptability to their surroundings, and provision of enjoyment to 24

Classes are run by experienced instructors and coaches who provide expert guidance. Knox Grammar Aquatic Centre is located at 7 Woodville Ave, Wahroonga, with exclusive on-site parking. For more information visit www. knox.nsw.edu.au/aquatics or call 9487 0126.

ARV GUEST, MS MARGERY BRITT & DIVE INTO YEAR 10 STUDENT, AMELIA SKINNER SWIMMING AT ROSEVILLE IN KNOX GRAMMAR THE COMMUNITY AQUATIC CENTRE Roseville College students hosted

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 from six months old to school-age children. Junior and adult squads and aqua aerobics classes are held throughout the week, with the pool and gym also open to the public for fitness. "Our aquatic centre is world-class," said Knox Aquatic Centre Manager, John Bladon. "It opened in August 2011 and has an indoor, heated 50-metre pool and a learn to swim pool."

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more than 100 elderly residents from local Anglican Retirement Villages (ARV), Lady Gowrie Village and St David's Village, for a Big Day Out at the College. The event was part of the College’s Building Connections in the Community program. Highlights included a catered morning tea and lunch, and a concert in the School’s beautifully appointed Joy Yeo auditorium featuring Junior School choirs, string quartets and ensembles, Year 10 theatrical performances, and individual musical performances and poetry recitals. "Our Year 10 girls were ‘second to none’ hosts of our visitors, many of whom relied on wheelchairs or walking frames for mobility," says Mr Peter Mackay, coordinator of the College’s Building www.livinglocalguide.com.au


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EDUCATIONNews Connections in our Community program and Director of Staff Services. "They were given the primary responsibility to care for our guests and, in a very natural way, they talked and joked with the ARV residents and made each person feel very special." The College’s Building Connections in the Community program raises awareness among its students about community services that help individuals and families, while simultaneously encouraging students to look to the needs of others and experience that every person has value, irrespective of age, disability or illness.

Two students wrote an account of day five: "Yesterday, we headed off to the war memorial for the soldiers who had passed away in Afghanistan. The bus then drove us to Yungaburra for an opal cutting demonstration, and onto Gordonvale where we budgeted in the IGA to buy healthy lunches for our next stop at Yarrabah State Primary School. We played some lunch games, donated our books to their library and watched some home-made movies. Then we drove around Yarrabah, which is one of the most populated and poorest Aboriginal communities in Australia before heading back for a long trip to Gennezano. Going to Yarrabah, really opened our eyes and made us realise how grateful we should be. It was an amazing experience that changed our perspective of Aboriginal communities." By Bella P and Georgia C

FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND EXPERIENCE Recently, 150 Year 9 students and staff from Loreto Normanhurst embarked on the FNQE (Far North Queensland Experience), a two week program where students and staff engage with a number of Indigenous communities, perform community service, and experience learning outside of the traditional classroom. The physical environment is largely classified World Heritage and allows students to appreciate the glory of creation and to find a place for prayer and reflection. 26

BARKER'S NEW CENTRE Barker Junior School has been transformed over the past 18 months into a new centre designed to provide a teaching and learning environment to maximise each boy’s potential. First opened in 1955, the Junior School has provided the foundational learning for nearly

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6000 boys of the Baggy Blue over almost 60 years. Already, the new facilities are helping the Junior School staff experience a whole new paradigm in learning, which is radically different to the traditional Junior School. "The new learning and enrichment centre has been planned deliberately to stimulate the young male brain," Junior School Headmaster, Mr Neil Harrison said. "It will tap into their natural curiosity and inquisitiveness." The new centre has a very open plan, and with its generous connecting common spaces, it brings all grades together, providing a great sense of curriculum continuity. Many more boys are now utilising the spacious and well-resourced Enrichment Centre with its enormous library/research focus. Classroom teachers are able to access spaces and specialist teachers to provide art, music, pottery and now science experiences to enrich the curriculum.

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At Roseville, girls are challenged and inspired to pursue their personal best across the spectrum of College life, from academic studies, to sport, the arts, community service and personal interest initiatives.

Kindergarten to Year 12 We aim to nurture and empower girls to become independent young women who embrace life’s array of valuable learning experiences with passion and diligence as they journey from Kindergarten to Year 12. In 2012, our HSC Graduates ranked 25th overall in NSW, with 13% of girls earning an ATAR of 99 or more and 17% receiving All-Round Excellence awards. Results like these illustrate our commitment to helping each girl reach and realise her potential. Reserve a personalised tour, tailored to your specific interests, by emailing registrar@roseville.nsw.edu.au or telephoning 9884 1109.

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EDUCATIONNews on challenges and making discoveries without fear of failure is incredibly courageous! The responses by the adult onlookers, and particularly fathers, have a powerful influence on the child’s feelings about their learning and their confidence. The initial spark and enthusiasm about learning and school can be quickly extinguished by a single negative comment, a suspicious glance, or by jokes and sarcasm. It is well known that the most important influence on a child is still the parent. The influence of teachers comes second. Dads play a vital role in influencing their child’s success in education by showing a genuine interest in the learning and achievements taking place at school, by attending information evenings and parent-teacher interviews, and by talking about school events. Dads should model positive attitudes toward learning by discussing books they recently read, using new vocabulary and discussing this with their child, or maybe even studying a course. Children will be more optimistic and enthusiastic about their own learning if dads are supportive role models. Principal at Northside Montessori School in Pymble.

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ACHIEVE SOMETHING REMARKABLE AT ABBOTSLEIGH When young children start school, they bring an innate sense of curiosity, wonder and excitement. These powerful attributes, when complemented with Abbotsleigh’s educational programs, facilities and academic care, allow each student to achieve remarkable outcomes. To educate young and inquiring minds to the highest standards, strong foundations in literacy and numeracy must be coupled with opportunities to learn by doing, experiencing and applying new skills. Our teaching is differentiated to allow each girl to be challenged and stimulated in her learning journey. Abbotsleigh’s experiential learning approach focuses on learning through experiencing, exploring and interacting, and acknowledges that the physical environment plays an important part in education. Classroom teachers are often supported by highly experienced specialist staff to create an engaging environment. Specialist teaching areas facilitate experimentation, creating and learning in music, the arts, science and information literacy. Outside, there is room to run, explore, play, invent and imagine, with everything from cubby areas and reflective gardens to a sports oval and outdoor pool. Come and see us – we’d love to show you around.

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PHILOSOPHY HOW WISE ARE YOU? Aristotle once said, "Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom." Shakespeare said, "Know thyself", and "To thine own self be true". If you've ever wondered who you really are or how you could be wiser, then here is the course for you. The Wisdom Within is an 11-week course delivered by The School of Philosophy. The emphasis is on learning from our most powerful teacher – our experience. Through discussion-based group sessions you will learn how to connect to the present moment along with the opportunity to participate in discussion around "Who am I?" and "What does it mean to live wisely?" As well as enriching life, Practical Philosophy provides you with the art of living mindfully. The mindfulness of Practical Philosophy simplifies life, bringing clarity, understanding and decisiveness to our thoughts and actions. Term 3 commences Monday 16 September. For more information on courses please visit www. practicalphilsophy.org.au or call 9489 4333 www.livinglocalguide.com.au


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LOCAL, DAVID KELEHER AND HIS ADORABLE SON, JACKSON, TALK WITH EDWINA HUNTER IN WAHROONGA PARK

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Many people could say they know a great candidate for Father of the Year and in this edition, I had the pleasure of meeting one; the amazing father of Jackson, David Keleher. Jackson has cerebral palsy (CP) and is defying the odds in every way. David’s sacrificial love meant that he gave up his full-time job to be with Jackson on a day-to-day basis but as David explains as the interview unfolds, Jackson is well worth it and is literally progressing in leaps and bounds. Despite being given a grave outlook by doctors at birth, at threeyears-old, Jackson can now sound basic words and has taken some unassisted steps. We recently caught up with the local family, in Wahroonga Park and heard their story - an ever-unfolding miracle. While finishing the interview, David reflected on his relationship with his son, and said admiringly, “I'm so proud of Jackson; he's been through hell and fought so hard. I think, good on you Jackson, you are a true champion. Each day, Jackson just keeps trying and keeps smiling. What a beautiful boy. He deserves every opportunity to gain control of his body.” 1. Can you tell us a little about how Jackson's cerebral palsy came about? At three hours of age, he was found in a very bad state. He wasn't breathing, he didn't have a heart rate, and he required full resuscitation by the medical team to survive. Something had 30

gone dramatically wrong and we're not sure, to this day, what it was. The quick decisions to cool Jackson’s body within minutes of the episode, and place him in experimental hyperthermia, may have saved Jackson from a certain death. The levels of acid in Jackson's body had started to

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500 babies). Can you explain what Cerebral Palsy is and how it affects Jackson? CP is a brain injury received before the age of three. 80% of infant brain injury occurs during pregnancy, and the other 20% occurs at the time of birth, or near after. There is a distinct difference in symptoms and my son, Jackson, finds himself in the 20% category. Jackson’s thinking brain is unaffected, his cognitive reception is normal, and he can understand everything another three-year-old could. At 16 weeks, Jackson's diagnosis was that 95% of his body was disabled. His intelligence was un-affected. The injury in Jackson’s brain is in a place called the basal ganglia, which is the area that controls movement on the outside – he’s a working brain in a non-working body. Jackson was never expected to walk or talk. I've always accepted Jackson and 32

his brain injury. The one thing I don't accept is that his brain injury is going to leave him as a quadriplegic in a wheelchair for the rest of his life. I discovered that with intense physiotherapy and exercise, the young brain can be retrained to communicate with the body. Day after day, I pushed my son to the limit and slowly it started to work.

LIFESTYLE 3. Can you describe a typical week with Jackson? A week with Jackson is a pretty intense experience. Simply last year, we had 253 specialist medical appointments and constant daily requirements of support aids, necessary for correct postural positioning or to improve mobility. Not having sufficient physical support will cause Jackson to have deformities and place further stress on an overloaded musculoskeletal

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system, resulting in painful early surgical re-alignment by the age of six. There’s a whole range of appointments that Jackson needs as well as all the normal stuff for a three-year-old like trying to go to kindergarten and doing forward rolls on the picnic rug and conductive education classes and play dates and stuff that three-year-olds just like to do, like going to parties and blowing out candles. Jacko also loves to hit the beach, play in the park (he's such a little dare devil!) and get dirty at Jubilee BMX park. We normally crawl into bed at 7:30pm and crash and burn. It’s pretty exhausting every day with Jackson. We’re early to bed and up at around 4:30-5am every day - it doesn’t stop. It was okay in summer when he would try to wake the birds up in the valley but in the winter it’s tough but he wakes up happy and he’s so keen to go that it’s infectious. Grandma, Poppy and myself and obviously Jackson, are on team Jacko – we’ve been working with Jackson since he was very young. We share the load: Grandma the catering van, Poppy the old silly fella [laughs] and I handle Jackson on a day-to-day basis. 4. With Father's Day just passed, we acknowledge the importance of dads. What has being a father taught you? I have learnt more and grown more since Jackson's birth than at any other time in my life. I have learnt patience and witnessed miracles, which otherwise I would have been too busy to notice. I have learnt acceptance. I realise that during my life I have been www.livinglocalguide.com.au


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COVERStory wrong to judge and I have learnt a thing called unconditional love. Jackson is a miracle of unconditional love. He teaches me so much – we were up at the local school the other day and one of the kids asked me if I’d taught Jackson sign language but he’s pretty much teaching me sign language. He teaches me so many things about life. I see [his] determination and I can’t help feeling that it is my responsibility to give him the opportunity. I never want to look back and think I should have, or could have, done something. I only want to look forward knowing I’ve done everything. That’s how I live. Being so involved with the rehabilitation of a brain-injured infant has simply taught me so much about life. There is a responsibility attached to Jackson, which involves personal sacrifice. Raising Jackson is a fulltime position and there is an uncertainty about the future. I do not think I could ever look back at life before Jackson. It's a matter of looking forward and making a very bad situation better.

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We’re lucky to be a part of this community. I had a pretty active lifestyle and have some great memories and great friends, which I have carried through life. Some of my mates are now Jackson’s Godfathers and the founders of his charity. These friendships span 35 years. They are great mates standing with me in the face of adversity and supporting Jackson. If Jackson can make relationships with people in this community, make friends with people who will join him in his journey, I think that would be the greatest thing for this little man, raising Jackson in the local area. 6. What sort of support do you get from the local community and what would you like to see? Jacko just has one of those infectious smiles. We fought so hard in these early years to prepare him with the hope that one-day he could integrate within the community. One of Jackson's greatest steps was making his way into the local Kindergarten this year. Seeing Jackson with his able peers, we are hoping that this will aid his development and progress. The kindergarten and the kids have been amazing and we hope Jacko goes onto school making lifelong friends to join his journey through life. There are some really special people across the country that have become part of Jackson’s life and that makes the journey a lot easier with nice people around.

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CHARITY 7. Can you tell us a bit about your 35 former classmates? When Jackson was one-yearold we were really struggling. I had committed to Jackson and realised how much work was involved. I really wanted to commit to him full-time and so I invited the boys (Godfathers) to come around and have a bit of a chat. I told them that I wanted an army of men to fight for one beautiful boy named Jackson, a boy fighting 'a fight against all odds’, a brain-injured boy, a boy with determination, a boy with support, a miracle boy. So the boys started a not-for-profit charity for Jackson called, Walk Talk Fly and we set about raising the money to finance Jackson’s rehabilitation. 8. So, what is Walk Talk Fly all about? Walk Talk Fly, the Jackson Keleher Cerebral Palsy Fund is stepping forward with Jackson, where government organisations fail. Walk Talk Fly is privately funded and intends to continue supporting and providing Jackson with the opportunities to an ideal life. The treatments that we need for Jackson couldn’t have happened without the help of these guys, the funds raised and with the generosity of the community. We are providing a model of the right way forward. The big picture for Jackson is hard to swallow, as we budget for ongoing therapies and equipment, it's a price tag which as an individual is impossible to meet. The challenge now is going www.livinglocalguide.com.au


COVERStory to be the larger ongoing costs year after year, providing housing for an independent future and opportunity to live a full life. We have set out to give Jackson an ideal life and along the way we are going to help other kids like Jackson too. Because miracles do happen, they just take hard work and people to believe. Despite Australia being a wealthy country, long term care and proper support for Jackson and others like him is simply not available. 9. How can the community get involved? We as a community must reach the point of lifelong care for our brain injured children. There is one born in Australia every 15 hours. If they want to get involved they can check out his website www.walktalkfly.com where they can donate, or follow him on www.facebook.com/walktalkfly, twitter @walktalkfly, or on his YouTube channel where you can catch Jackson doing day-today things. 10. So just before we finish up, what has Walk Talk Fly achieved so far? Walk Talk Fly has basically stepped in to help raise enough money for Jackson’s therapy for the next three years. He’s got a pretty heavy burden of therapy both physically and financially, but honestly, we can say that it’s helping him – we are so lucky that we are in a position to say that the applied therapies are paying off and the early intervention has changed the future for him. So, Walk Talk Fly has done an amazing thing and everybody who has donated should be really proud because they’ve helped in a miracle. I didn’t really think about how Jackson’s journey would affect others and now I understand that there is a real responsibility telling our story. The responsibility that goes along with that is also letting other people know about how we got to this point. I’m also hoping cerebral palsy becomes something that we want to give attention to and address and help these kids because it changes their lives. They are people too and they need help just like everyone else. www.livinglocalguide.com.au

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KU-RING-GAI LOCAL COMMUNITY NEWS REFLECTIONS ON THE FINANCIAL YEAR By David Langdon Chairman, Ku-ring-gai Financial Services Limited

During the past financial year the Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank® Branches of Bendigo Bank operated by locally-owned Ku-ring-gai Financial Services Limited (KFSL) have continued to achieve significant new milestones. In terms of banking, the value of banking business on the books of our branches surpassed $260 million as at 30 June which included an increase of $40 million (18%) during 2012/13. Almost $100 million of this banking business comprises lending provided to local residents and businesses in the form of home loans, business loans, investment loans and personal loans. The resultant growth in KFSL’s revenue has enabled the company’s directors to significantly increase the levels of financial and other support that we provide to local clubs, charities and community organisations within Ku-ring-gai. Indeed, our Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank® branches returned more than $160,000 to the local community in the form of community grants, donations and sponsorships during 2012-13. This represented an increase of almost 30% over the previous year. These contributions enhance the economic and social prospects of our Ku-ring-gai community. Fittingly, during our on-going celebration of “10 years of community banking in Ku-ring-gai”, our most ambitious long-term community project came to fruition when the new Headquarters buildings of the Ku-ring-gai Bush Fire Brigade and SES were officially opened by Premier Barry O’Farrell on 25 May 2013. With the continuing support of our 4,000 Customers who choose to conduct their banking business with us, we confidently predict that the financial and other support we provide to our local community will continue to grow and further enhance the quality of life in Ku-ring-gai. www.livinglocalguide.com.au

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CELEBRATING DENICE’S KELLY’S 10TH ANNIVERSARY On 12 August, Denice Kelly celebrated 10 years of exceptional service as Senior Branch Manager of Turramurra Community Bank® Branch. The outstanding results that Denice and her team consistently produce have made Turramurra Community Bank® Branch one of the most successful branches in Bendigo Bank’s Australia-wide Community Bank® network of 300 Community Bank® branches. “The support that Denice Kelly has offered us over the years has been invaluable and we are so incredibly grateful for both her personal and corporate support” said Carol Langsford OAM, Chairman, Trish Multiple Sclerosis Research Foundation. This sort of comment is typical of the high esteem in which Denice’s customers regard her. Customers love that they can contact Denice directly by phone and that she knows them personally and understands their business and that she is always willing to go the extra mile for them. “Under Denice’s leadership, our Turramurra Community Bank® Branch has established an excellent banking business which delivers outstanding customer service to almost 3,500 customers and has provided financial support to more than 150 local community groups. Denice is a wonderful role model for her team and a passionate and inspiring advocate for giving back to the community” said David Langdon, Chairman KFSL. Denice’s 10th anniversary was celebrated with a surprise morning tea at the branch which was attended by more than 40 supporters including current and former staff members, Bendigo Bank executives and customers. LIVING LOCAL MAGAZINE SPRING 2013

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COMMUNITYNews GETTING BEHIND SUPPORT LINDFIELD

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The new joint headquarters for local Ku-ring-gai State Emergency Service (SES) and Bush Fire Brigade was officially opened at a special launch event held at North Wahroonga’s Golden Jubilee Field, on Saturday May 25.

Support Lindfield is a group of committed residents and business owners working together to turn the Woodford Lane parking lot into community space and have the proposed commuter car park built underground.

Premier of NSW, Barry O’Farrell, Commissioner of the NSW Rural Fire Service, Shane Fitzsimmons and Commissioner of the NSW State Emergency Service, Murray Kear, Paul Fletcher MP and Elaine Malicki, Ku-ring-gai Mayor were among the special guests to celebrate the opening of the new HeroHQ. Also in attendance were other local federal, state and council members, along with members of the SES and RFS and the general community. Funding for the $3.6 million state of the-art-facility was provided by Ku-ring-gai Council, the SES and RFS. Ku-ring-gai Financial Services Limited matched each public donation, dollar for dollar up to $100,000 to secure the $200,000 total needed to undertake the internal fit-outs.

The first aim of Support Lindfield was to stop the development of the above ground car park. The group met with the Minister for Transport who agreed that her department will work with Council and the community to provide an outcome that is in everyone’s best interests. Another aim was to engage Council in the project. In May, Councillors unanimously agreed to prepare a master plan for the site in partnership with Transport for NSW. Our Branch has proudly sponsored two Support Lindfield community meetings that helped engage the community in this important initiative. The most recent was held at the end of July and was attended by 150 residents and business people. There was overwhelming support for the direction of the project which will enhance the amenity of Lindfield and provide much needed community facilities. Interested residents and business people are encouraged to register for updates on progress at www. supportlindfield.net.au If you would like to speak to Warren Dwyer about any of your banking needs or Support Lindfield, please give him a call on 0434 730 976. 38

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COMMUNITYNews AN INTERESTING TIME IN THE PROPERTY AND INVESTMENT MARKET By Denice Kelly, Senior Branch Manager

We have seen the North Shore property market come alive in the past few months with increased lending activity, particularly in June. For some it may be the right time to review their debts and consider restructuring to take advantage of the low interest rates on offer. The Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank® branches process and approve most home loans on-site, so if someone is considering consolidation then they should call their Community Bank® who offer face-toface interviews with experienced lending staff. There’s a common perception that it’s difficult and expensive to refinance a loan. It certainly isn’t difficult and may even be considered inexpensive if the potential cost savings via a better structure and/or interest rate are taken into account. It may pay you to talk to your bank manager. In some situations your Community Bank® may be able to refinance for less than $800.* Investors are facing lower returns on their investments and many have arranged to meet with their Community Bank® wealth consultant. It is timely to look at alternative investment strategies. Our Community Bank® branches have investment consultants who can help review investment plans.** It’s time to act, so please call and make an appointment or drop in – our contact details are on the back cover. If you would like to speak to Denice Kelly about any of your banking requirements, please give her a call on 0428 437 761. *Bendigo Home Loans are subject to terms and conditions. Some fees and charges do apply and valuations will be necessary for refinancing and attracts charges from the valuer. All loans are subject to Bendigo Bank’s normal lending criteria. Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Limited ABN 11 068 049 178 AFSL 237.

KFSL APPOINTS NEW DIRECTORS

CLANCY’S AT PRINCES STREET Keith and Cheryl Stark have owned and operated Clancy’s Supermarket and Newsagency in Princes Street, Turramurra for over nineteen years. They have had a long relationship with the Turramurra Community Bank® Branch since it opened ten years ago. Keith was one of the original members of the Steering Committee that was formed to get the branch up and running and they have both personal and business accounts and use a number of the branches other services the bank offers including EFTPOS and Car Insurance. Clancy’s is a family business with a loyal customer base and they pride themselves on the customer service that they provide and the relationships that they have formed with their customers over the years. This is something that they have in common with Denice and her team at Turramurra Community Bank. “Denice has been our bank manager for ten years and she knows us and our business and we know that she is willing to go the extra mile for us”, said Keith. Keith and Cheryl’s daughter recently purchased her first home and obtained her home loan from the Turramurra Community Bank® branch. After a hitch with the bank transfer, the deposit cheque was hand-delivered to the required bank and their daughter’s solicitor notified. They were all impressed with the incredible service and their daughter’s solicitor commented, “You have the nicest bank manager”. The Princes Street shopping precinct is currently being revitalised with renovations expected to be completed in mid-September that will make it easier for people to park, shop and socialise. Clancy’s is open from 7am to 8pm seven days a week and is located at 20 Princes Street, Turramurra Ph: 9144 4062

Dina Coppell and Nirmal Hansra have been appointed as new Directors on the Board of Ku-ring-gai Financial Services Limited (KFSL). Dina has over 20 years experience of successful strategy development and implementation as an entrepreneur, manager and advisor across a number of sectors in Australia and overseas. Nirmal brings over 7 years corporate advisory and Non-Executive Director experience and 35 years executive experience in business management as Finance Director/CFO of leading Australian and International companies. www.livinglocalguide.com.au

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Wealth Seminar on SelfManaged Super Funds

The inaugural Ku-ring-gai Community Bank® bowls carnival was held last month and was designed to attract teams from bowling clubs in the Ku-ring-gai area. This event proved very popular with all clubs represented and some composite teams as well.

The Turramurra Community Bank® Branch recently hosted a wealth seminar at Avondale Golf Club that focused on the self-managed superannuation market and how to build a retirement portfolio.

Over the two days the event was conducted, the organisation and hospitality of Turramurra Bowling Club was outstanding. We wish to thank them for the tremendous effort from all their volunteers and staff. It is intended to make this an annual event, rotating around all the clubs within the municipality. Prize money is donated by both the Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank® Branches in an effort to strengthen the wonderful ties we have with the bowling community in this area. “I would like to acknowledge the Ku-ring-gai Community Bank® Branches’ initiative in creating this new carnival and I hope that it can continue way into the future for the benefit of all bowling clubs and bowlers within Ku-ring-gai”, said Harvey Fuller, Chairman, Turramurra Bowling Club.

This was a very timely seminar as these superannuation related issues are of great concern to many local residents seeking to plan for their retirement. More than 60 people were in attendance including customers from the Turramurra Community Bank® Branch and interested members of the community. The speakers were Julie McKay (Senior Manager), Nick Jackson (Manager, Wealth Distribution) and Steve Sutton (Business Banking Manager) from Bendigo Bank Wealth who delivered wide-ranging presentations on Self-Managed Super Funds that were very well received and included an information question and answer session.

August Kipling’s Garage Bar at 2 Eastern Road, Turramurra is now open for business. Ph: 9440 4088 August 31 Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra Piano Splendour to be held at 8pm in the Gillian Moore Performing Arts Centre, Pymble Ladies College. For more information visit kpo.org.au September 21 Trish MS Research Foundation, The Trish Ball ‘Kiss Goodbye to MS’ to be held at the Hilton, Sydney. For more information visit trishmsresearch.org.au or phone Carol Langsford on 0410 410 491. September 30 Ku-ring-gai Community Grants Presentation Night October 21 KFSL 10th Birthday Cocktail Party November 10 Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra Feast with Song to be held at 2.30pm at Macquarie Theatre. November 16 Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra Feast with Song to be held at 8.00pm at Leslie Hall, Barker College. For more information visit kpo.org.au

The response to the seminar was very positive and further seminars will be held by both the Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank® Branches in a few months’ time. ** This material contains general advice only. Please consider your situation and read either the Product Disclosure Document or Terms and conditions available from any Bendigo Bank branch or online at www.bendigobank.com.au before making any decision. ** Bendigo Bank offers financial planning and advice through representatives of its subsidiary, Bendigo Financial Planning Limited, ABN 81 087 585 073 AFSL 237898, via both Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank® Branches.

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BY EDWINA HUNTER Further to a defibrillator being placed on the ground floor of the Gordon Centre, I recently spent a few hours with Angela Farr-Jones, talking about CARDIAC Responder. It was lovely to catch up again, after initially meeting her last winter for our cover story, starring her husband, Nick Farr-Jones. She has really opened my eyes about the importance of these miracle machines. A study carried out by the American Medical Association in 2006, identified a 2% failure rate of defibrillators due to defibrillator malfunction. It was essentially the results of this study which led to the formation of CARDIAC Responder and their fully monitored systems back in 2008. Angela is dedicated to educating people about cardiac arrest with the aim of reducing the number of needless, sudden, cardiac deaths. CARDIAC Responder does this by working with professionals, deploying defibrillator/AED (automated external defibrillator) rescue systems, and enhancing public understanding of cardiac arrest survival, in particular that 42

the basic life support action plan for CPR now involves DRSABCD (Dangers, Responsive, Send (for help), Airway, Breathing, Circulation and now, Defibrillator). A defibrillator controls heart fibrillation (heart rhythm disorder) by application of an electric current to the chest wall or heart. While this sounds complicated, Angela assured me that these devices can be used by anyone by simply following the machine’s instructions (audio steps). The terrifying thing that occurred to me is that many cardiac arrest victims appear healthy prior to a cardiac arrest incident, with no known heart disease or other risk factors. Sudden cardiac arrest occurs when electrical impulses in the heart become rapid or chaotic, which causes the heart to stop beating unlike heart attacks which occur when blood supply to part of the heart muscle is blocked. Angie explained that cardiac arrests are more common than one thinks: • 23,000-33,000 fatalities occur in Australia annually (more than breast cancer, shootings, and

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road crashes combined). • 75% happen out of hospital with a survival rate of just 6%. • Early defibrillation may improve the survival rate by 80%. Organisations that have embraced a culture of heart safety, by deploying fullymonitored and securely-enclosed AEDs, raising awareness of AEDs and heart safety action plans, have achieved survival rates of 30-50% and higher - significantly reducing the likelihood of a delayed or failed response. Apart from the Gordon Centre, many sporting organisations, other public venues and also many Sydney train stations have been deploying these systems for the last four years with a number of successful rescues. A serious issue is that effectiveness of defibrillators can be hampered due to the low uptake and poor deployment of defibrillators in the workplace and public spaces as well as low public awareness. The CARDIAC Responder system ensures that their defibrillators are readily accessible, operable, and used effectively, which dramatically reduces the possibility of failure and better protects those they serve. The purpose of this article is to raise awareness of the vital role that fully monitored AEDs can play in public venues and workplace safety and to increase acceptance of fully monitored AEDs as part of public facilities and workplaces OH&S responsibilities. www.cardiacresponder.com 1300 37 2223 sales@cardiacresponder.com www.livinglocalguide.com.au


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More than A PAIN IN THE NECK BY KRYSTYNA ZAWADZKA, SOMATHERAPY, GORDON (SEE PAGE 44) WHIPLASH INJURIES OF THE HEAD AND NECK

Most commonly, whiplash of the head and neck results from a car accident but it can also be the consequence of high speed or a blow to the head. Whiplash can also result from sudden stopping of a car where the body remains fairly in place but the head and neck are thrown forwards. Whiplash is caused by sudden exaggerated thrust of the head backward, forward, and sometimes sideways. Abnormal forces are applied to muscles, ligaments, nerves, bones, intervertebral discs, blood vessels and eyes as the head moves beyond normal physiological limits. There may be no visible bruises or abrasions from this type of injury, yet victims report classic symptoms, called Whiplash Syndrome. In the vast majority of whiplash injuries the damage is to the neck’s ligaments, tendons, muscles, soft tissues of the head and vertebral alignment causing nerves impingement. A worst case scenario occurs in a small minority of the cases where there is actual bone fracture and spinal cord damage. The most severe spinal cord damage can cause www.livinglocalguide.com.au

paralysis and death. The most prominent is consistent neck pain – a dull aching sensation is initially noted at the base of the head, which is aggravated by movement and neck stiffness with restricted mobility. Pain may radiate to the head, shoulders, arms and area between shoulder blades. Headaches frequently result from a whiplash injury. Some people may experience ear ringing, visual disturbances: blurred vision, sensitivity to light, pain behind eyeballs, dizziness, diminished concentration and memory disturbances. Numbness, pins-and-needles and tingling of the arms and hands, along with weakness and reflex changes have frequently been found in patients after suffering whiplash injury. Occasionally, there may be tearing or a running nose. Whiplash can lead to the development of TMJ (jaw joints) symptoms.

with force, affecting those joints and the pelvis. The lumbar and thoracic spine may experience severe side-bending movements, resulting in injuries to the lumbar ligaments, discs and muscles. The diagrams shown below may help you to understand some of the most common chronic pain patterns (referred pain and its source) caused by whiplash injury.

Head is forced backwards causing muscles Injury.

THE REST OF THE BODY While the strict definition of whiplash focuses on the tissues of the head and neck, it’s obvious Front that the rest of the body may be involved in this injury. For example, seatbelts can cause bruising to the chest under the shoulder harness and injury to the viscera under the lap belt. With one shoulder restrained, the other shoulder is free to pivot forward, resulting in rotational stress on the torso, thoracic and lumbar spine. The knee can hit the dashboard

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TODDLER TEETH BY DR LAURENCE MCCARTHY, BMEDSCI, BDENT (HON) I am frequently asked questions by new mothers and devoted parents about how they should be caring for their children’s teeth. Below are a few questions that pop up most frequently. When should I start cleaning my child’s teeth? The mouth should be cleaned even before there are teeth present. The gums can be wiped once a day with a moist cloth or washer. Once the first teeth arrive, a small headed soft bristled baby brush can be used to gently massage the teeth and gums with some water. This should be done at night time, after the last feed and is usually easiest with the child lying down. At around 18 months, a very small amount of low fluoride children’s toothpaste can be introduced. Encourage them to spit out the excess but if spitting 50

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LIFEStyle And significantly, ASFA's calculations assume that the retirees in its examples own their homes, no matter whether they are individuals or couples. Many separated individuals, of course, can no longer afford to own a home.

WORKING OUT RELATIONSHIPS A new study by the Australian Institute of Family Studies, reports an increase in the number of couples divorcing after long marriages. This leaves less time to begin saving again for retirement.

WHEN SAYING "I'M SORRY" CAN SAVE YOU THOUSANDS BY MARK LEWIN, CFP ÂŽ FINANCIAL PLANNER I often get good advice reading articles from Robin Bowerman, Marketing Strategist at Vanguard Australia, and his latest article made so much sense that I wanted to share it with everyone in this edition of Living Local.

One of the greatest destroyers of personal wealth is the breakdown of marriages and de facto relationships.

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Separation means that a former couple's assets including the family home and superannuation - are split. Solely from a retirement perspective, this means that not only are retirement savings divided but each individual has to pay for a separate home.

There are times in a person's life when the services of a good financial planner may be particularly valuable - including after a relationship breakdown when guidance is often needed to rebuild personal finances, including retirement savings. The latest-available ABS figures on marriages and divorces suggest that 40% of marriages are likely to end in divorce. And these statistics don't include the breakdown of de facto relationships. That's something to think about. So, before it all goes pear shape, saying "I’m sorry" may be one of your best financial decisions you will ever make.

And in a recent survey published by the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA), it notes that it costs much more to finance the retirement of two single people than a couple.

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LIFEStyle plan for new clients, obligation free. The initial meeting is also for you and Mark to get to know each other and decide whether to proceed with a professional partnership. Mark and his team can be found in Bridge Street, Pymble and are committed to serving the needs of the Ku-ring-gai community.

Local financial PLANNER PROFILE Mark Lewin’s past experience in the financial markets as a Bond Broker, gives him an edge over many of his peers in the financial planning community. His ability to dissect and analyse the moving parts of an investment product is an essential skill in determining if a product is right for his clients.

His astute attention-to-detail is consistent with Mark’s philosophy of maintaining a manageable client-base. It gives him the time to understand the intimate needs, goals, aspirations and circumstances of each of his clients. Mark invests an initial couple of hours drawing up a strategy

Markson Financial Planning Pty Ltd is a privately owned, client focused practice that specialises in providing tailored financial solutions for mid- to high-net-worth families and their businesses. They look to work with those clients that appreciate a holistic approach to the planning process, in which they protect, manage and enhance their financial well-being and allow for effective wealth transfer to the next generation.

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LIFEStyle visit the blowhole (of course). "The Gallardo offers the driver a lot of feedback through the wheel and pedals, especially around corners. Driving up the many hills, it really comes into its own. For me, having driven many cars, this certainly stands out as having the biggest fun-factor. And did I mention the engine?" said Rowan.

LAMBORGHINI GALLARDO LP560-4 SPYDER REVIEW BY EDWINA HUNTER Test driving the Lamborghini Gallardo with Rowan CourtneyO'Connor as the driver, felt like I had fallen into an Italian movie or Need for Speed computer game; we were on the perfect road, in the perfect car, and I have the photos to prove it! We were thrilled to drive the everadmired Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 Spyder, provided by Sydney Sports Car Rentals. "Experiencing the king of the supercars was an experience we will always remember. Famous for its extravagance and roaring engine; this is no sensible car. A 5.2 V10, 412 kW engine and 540 Nm of torque, push this baby to the limit and you can hit 0-100 km/h in just 3.9 seconds . With a top speed of 319 km/h, you will want to keep going just to hear her roar! 54

It looks and drives like a dream, however, you certainly need to pick the right road - without potholes or speed humps. In saying this, it has a very handy feature, a button that raises the car if you need to - or just to be safe!" said Rowan. We took the Grand Pacific Drive - perfect for this stallion - with the roof off, wind in my hair, sun shining, roads winding, and engine roaring. We enjoyed spectacular scenery: coastal rainforests, ocean views, and mountainous backdrops. We admired the Royal National Park and the views at Stanwell Tops, before our first stop, the Scarborough Hotel, perched on the cliffside with unrestricted views and great food. After enjoying the drive over the iconic Sea Cliff Bridge, we passed by Wollongong then onto Kiama, to

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Next destination, via Berry, was Kangaroo Valley. The roads were steep and winding in and out of the valley. "The car’s gear box was precise and combined with 4-wheel driving, gave oodles of grip. We certainly enjoyed those corners!" said Rowan. On our way home, we took the inland route, continuing through Bowral to visit Mount Gibraltar, the highest point between the coast and the Great Dividing Range, with numerous spectacular vantage points. We stopped to take in the view mostly of the car. Along the way, we were spoilt for choice with so many quaint villages, seaside towns, and relaxing, alfresco cafes, restaurants, wineries, and B&Bs. It was definitely worth making the trip in to a long-weekend away! We loved it! The only serious feature about this car is its speed. It is an absolute laugh - loads of fun! Alex Pro at Sydney Sports Car Rentals will arrange your dream ride and assist you with any questions! Sydney Sports Car Rentals | 8030 5650 | www.sscr.com.au | 220 O'Riordan Street, Mascot www.livinglocalguide.com.au


LIFEStyle menu offering shared plates, mini burgers, fish fingers, terrines, and more. If you prefer the culinary delights on The Cooks Garden restaurant menu, these too can be ordered while enjoyed in the relaxed bar-atmosphere. The Cook’s Garden now provides a new level of food in a local favourite, where you nearly always bump in to someone you know.

READY-TO-TAKE-HOME MEALS Ready-to-take-home meals are now available at The Cook’s Garden! Rick and the team have done the work for you - ideal for those lazy nights. Perfectly cooked with their sous-vide system, used by the world’s leading restaurants, and now recognised as the best way to and private functions with a deliver consistently cooked food professional, attentive team. Whether it is for a full breakfast, a at a very high standard. Don’t casual drink, coffee and scones, or settle for less when you can a special dinner, The Cook’s Garden enjoy luxury, easy to re-heat now has it all making it the perfect meals at home. destination for every occasion.

New bar at THE COOK’S GARDEN BY EDWINA HUNTER THE COOK’S GARDEN The Cook’s Garden is ready to celebrate its five-year anniversary as it continues to develop into a local, trendy, suburban oasis with exciting new renovations and added space. After re-opening this month, you will find it combined with the premises next door, which is now converted into a charming, character-filled, English-styled bar. Nicknamed The Garden Tap, this new bar is nestled alongside the alfresco garden restaurant and is the perfect place to grab a drink.

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Be charmed by the restored interior and original open fireplace in a building with historical significance, which dates back to the 1930’s making this shopfront the oldest in North Turramurra. The enchanting The Cook’s Garden is now a interior is complemented by wonderful space with so much on the expanded wine list; beer offer. Owners, Rick and Elizabeth, on tap including Coopers Pale Ale, and Kronenbourg; bottled have created a wonderland of beers and ciders; flat screen TV choice including entertainment, and dartboard; and casual bar drinks, casual or fancy meals, www.livinglocalguide.com.au

OPENING HOURS The bar is open 7 days from 9am until late and the restaurant is open Wednesday to Sunday from noon until late. The Cook’s Garden, 272 Bobbin Head Road, North Turramurra Ph. 9144 5086 www.thecooksgarden.com.au

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HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! I’m sure all the supporters of Nepal Schools project know of Allan Waldon’s central role in the creation and subsequent success of the project. In April 2006 Allan trekked to Everest Base Camp. His guide was Nepali local Prem Khatri. Prem is very well educated but his education came at the cost of hardship and sacrifice 56

unimaginable to Aussie kids. Prem walked for two hours each way every day, in his later years at school. On his return to Australia, Allan started working with Prem to help rebuild Prem’s local school, Bhairabi Primary School, in the Gorkha District. Allan’s dedication continues today, seven years on from that visit. The rewards for his effort are many. Bhairabi Primary School has been totally rebuilt and several other schools nearby have been significantly improved, in particular Dharapani Secondary School, plus training for dozens of teachers, a sprinkling of new toilet blocks and even a library. But best of all, thousands of Nepalese children have had their life changed through Allan’s efforts and for Allan, helping those kids is what it’s all about. So next time you are in his shop, Eastern Road Quality Meats, don’t forget to wish Allan Happy Anniversary!

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Online donations to the project are now possible thanks to our partnership with the Rotary Club of Wahroonga. The link below takes you straight to the Project’s dedicated donation page in Rotary Australia’s SecurePay site. Rotary retain 3% of any donation to cover the site costs and pass the balance through specifically to our project in Nepal. Donors, by credit card or direct credit, will receive an ATO approved tax deductible receipt. https://donations. rawcs.com.au/Default. aspx?ProjectID=271&ReturnTo=4

SCHOOLIES 2013 After the 2013 HSC we are planning a schoolies experience in Nepal, to be lead by Dr Anne Prescott of the UTS Lindfield campus, in conjunction with Rotary. To express your interest, please contact Dr Anne Prescott at the UTS Lindfield on anne.prescott@uts.edu.au The bone bucket at Eastern Road Quality Meats has been a great source of fundraising for Nepal. Thank you for your generosity. www.livinglocalguide.com.au


BEYONDLocal FARM NEWS The farm is looking fantastic this time of year, very green and there are lots of calves, lambs, and kids. We really love the fact that we produce our own meat on our farm. We know our animals from start to finish. We will have a constant supply now until well after summer. The Murray Grey cattle are really great carcass animals as well as being extremely quiet and easy to handle. The Dorper sheep are doing well. They are a leaner type of lamb with a thicker build, and we will have a good supply of these lean spring lambs from October. We still have our goats however supply is a little limited until the next lot are ready.

Farm fresh FROM OUR FARM BY ALLAN WALDON, EASTERN ROAD QUALITY MEATS SPRING IS HERE! What a great time to spring into lamb. We have been working hard to get our hands on some really good produce with a focus on quality, and good animal welfare practices, we have engaged suppliers such as Pembroke Eggs at Nabiac, Organic milk and yogurt from Elgaar Dairy in Tasmania, and fish from Macquarie Harbour in Tasmania. We deal directly with the producer in most cases so know the welfare of the animals. We know that it’s not possible to produce milk cheaper than water.

LATEST NEWS We have had some huge success this year with our sausages. The Sydney sausage competition was

something we have not done for a few years, but we took out the award for Best Gourmet Sausage with our San Choy Bow sausage. We also entered three of our varieties of sausages in the Tasmanian RAS Fine Food Show, one of the largest food shows in Australia with over 2000 entries, and renowned for being the good-food capital of Australia! We only entered three sausages yet won Best Beef Sausage, Best Pork Sausage, overall best sausage, and San Choy Bow not only won its class, but also took out the only Gold Medal sausage of the whole show! We thought winning Best Gourmet Sausage in Sydney was good, but the Tasmanian result was beyond our expectations.

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Our plan is to be a sustainable farming enterprise and we have been actively progressing towards this. To date we have planted over seven kilometres of tree lines.

PICKS OF THE SEASON • Spring would not be spring without lamb. Best lamb all year! • Try some dry-aged beef direct from the farm, and get some on your BBQ. • Gold medal winning San Choy Bow Sausages - "The very best."

FACEBOOK Check out the shop, our specials, and the latest news and photos of our farm on Facebook, Eastern Road Quality Meats. 101 Eastern Road, Turramurra Ph. 9489 4345

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BEYONDLocal Fairmont Resort where they are based. I would have to agree with them that they offer the best segway tours in NSW! Their segway machines differ from others I’ve seen because they have 4WD type tyres that enabled us to zoom around bush tracks and the obstacle course. Our guide, Bec, was excellent and we quickly found our segwaylegs (much quicker than I’d anticipated) before heading around the variety of bush tracks, viewpoints and areas where we could zoom around to our heart’s manual transmission, was so easy content. The scenery is beautiful and grounds magnificent. to use that it started to change my mind. It cleverly restarts if you Segway Blue Mountains have stall (as long as your foot is on the given us two Double Passes for clutch) so there was no need to a 60 minute tour to give away; panic at the lights if I accidentally see details p.7. stalled. It alarms if you stray out I recommend that the winners of your lane, has enough zip, was upgrade to the 90 minute tour. roomy and very comfortable. It left At the 60 minute mark, I felt me wondering if the good folks at totally comfortable and confident Northshore Renault would mind and I was then able to relax and if I dropped it back next week or thoroughly enjoy the last half hour. maybe sometime next month. It was a really great day and I To experience the car for yourself, would recommend test driving visit Northshore Renault at the Renault Mégane and visiting 60 Pacific Hwy, Waitara. Segway Blue Mountains to anyone. During the day, we enjoyed a picnic lunch in picturesque Leura overlooking the beautiful mountains. As always, I was amazed at what the human eye Sudoku on p.74 can capture that is missed even 9 2 6 8 5 7 3 1 4 by a good camera. Then, knowing 8 5 7 1 3 4 2 9 6 what was coming next, Tina 3 4 1 9 2 6 7 8 5 suggested I purchase gloves for 4 1 3 7 6 8 9 5 2 the next part of our adventure and 2 6 8 4 9 5 1 7 3 I’m so glad I did! 5 7 9 2 1 3 6 4 8 A huge shout-out to Segway Blue 1 8 2 3 4 9 5 6 7 Mountains who treated us to a 6 3 4 5 7 1 8 2 9 90 minute tour at the beautiful

Do a day trip! BY SUE HANDISIDES My friend Tina and I took a comfortable drive in a new Renault Sports Mégane GT 220 Sports Wagon to the Blue Mountains to enjoy an experience at Segway Blue Mountains and I have to say it was a very pleasant trip. What struck me most was how solid the Mégane felt and the numerous features that increase safety and convenience. With the key in my pocket, the car unlocked as I approached it and it started with the press of a button. The headlights and windscreen wipers are both automatic and the connectivity for my phone and sound system worked well and also sounded great. The inbuilt GPS was easy to use and the dual climate control air conditioning meant both of us were comfortable. The handbrake automatically released, and reapplied when I stopped, which meant there was no problem with hill starts. Many people choose automatic cars as they are easier in the city, but the Mégane, with 58

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BY EDWINA HUNTER MY TOP 12 PLACES TO SEE FROM MY RECENT TRIP TO ROME!

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4. Vatican & Sistine Chapel You can't miss seeing one of Michelangelo’s greatest artworks in the Sistine Chapel.

6. Catacombs of San Callisto This one is supposed to be the most sacred of all the Roman catacombs and I think the most visited. More than 50 martyrs and 16 popes have been buried here, making it the most important Christian cemetery.

5. Trevi Fountain - You will see Bernini’s art all over Rome. The Trevi Frountain is near both the Pantheon and the Spanish Steps.

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10. The Mouth of Truth - Seen so famously in the movie Roman Holiday (Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn) and of course Only You.

12. Two favourite restaurants - Gabriello and, if you want to spoil yourself, Ristorante Mirabelle (breathtaking view). If not for dinner it is worth just visiting for a drink one evening (an aperitivo).

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LOCAL LAD TO BIG BUSINESS BY LIVING LOCAL MAGAZINE James van Rooyen grew up in St Ives, played local sport and worked casual jobs for local businesses. Today, James is best known as an entrepreneur, with his latest business, Bicycles Online, seeing exponential success with annual revenue of over $3 Million. 1. Can you take us on a quick journey from growing up on the North Shore to where you are today? The North Shore provided a wonderful nurturing ground growing up. My bike was my first taste of freedom. I was always in the parks and reserves. Following school at St Ives Primary then Barker College, I completed a Bachelor of Commerce and headed overseas to pursue a career in motor racing. A few years later I returned, working in corporate jobs in the environmental sector. This changed my perspective and bikes became the perfect blend 62

(environmentally friendly yet still had that mechanical aspect to them) and I started a new venture with a friend, Jonathan Allara. 2. You were recently named in BRW’s Fast Starters List. What do you see as the key factors that led to your success? I think you need a good understanding of the way a business or a market operates and then be willing to offer something different. You need belief and passion to follow through on your idea, learning from mistakes as you go. We saw the opportunity to cut out the middlemen in a fragmented supply chain, by sourcing direct and selling online - meaning high quality bikes at previously unheard of prices. 3. Can you share the most challenging event in the leadup to your success? In the first few months of Bicycles Online we had an opportunity

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to purchase bikes at a large discount. On paper the idea made sense, however, we had to purchase over 1000 bikes to get the discount. We scrounged the funds needed yet had no space to store them, or staff to build, sell and service them. In just two months we found a location, fitted it out ourselves and signed a three-year lease, not knowing if the market could handle all the bikes we were bringing in. 4. What advice would you give to others considering taking on a new business venture? I would have to caution that it is difficult, stressful and not quite as romantic as it might seem. However there are certain positives, such as choosing to work with the people you like, following your passion, and answering that lingering question "What if?" My top 3 tips are: • Don’t be afraid to tell people about your idea. •

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Coffee CULTURE WRITTEN BY DAN YEE, SALVAGE SPECIALTY COFFEE, BEST BARISTA SMH GOOD CAFE GUIDE

For so long our café culture in Australia has had its coffee beverages based upon espresso. In my travels around the world I have noticed we have one of the most established cultures of this, not only in our rich café scene but also coffee made at home. In the end the espresso machine is merely an instrument for brewing coffee. With better quality raw coffee and better roasting techniques emerging over the past few years we have seen other techniques of brewing come into the fray and other methods of consuming coffee showcased. Some of these methods are ‘older’ style methods brought back to life with a renewed knowledge on how to get the best out of better quality beans. To most, some of these methods are seen as inferior to the common espresso beverage but for the past few years what lacked was not the inadequacy of the brewing device, but the quality of coffee going in and our techniques. Some of these devices include such humble methods as the plunger, drip-style coffee (often associated with American coffee or catering coffee) and pour-over coffee. With fresh roasted, specialty coffee and a tight technique these methods commonly snubbed can beat a poorly extracted espresso beverage any day of the week. I haven’t convinced you have I? It is early stages so far, but many progressive specialty coffee cafes are bringing these brew methods back to life and roasting specifically to showcase particular origins, varieties or terroir of certain coffees. Believe it or not, there is actually an internationally recognised competition dedicated to alternate brew methods that require no espresso machine at all. I had the pleasure of winning last year's NSW 66

competition and placed second in Australia. The winner of Australia eventually went on to win the world title in 2012 in Vienna. Like all things, they progress and become more refined. We are in the early stages in where the specialty coffee industry is taking us in Australia and I am personally excited to see where it leads, elevating the humble cup of coffee from a mere commodity to a quality-focussed specialty beverage. For further details see: www.worldbrewerscup.org

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Dee came from the pound pregnant and gave birth to 5 pups. Very social, friendly and easy going. Loves playing with balls and is great with other dogs & cats. Good at climbing low wire fencing so needs secure fencing.

Dottie is such a happy friendly little girl. She is very social with other dogs and does not mind cats either. Would suit part-time worker.

Astra is a happy, easy-going girl who would suit families working longer hours. She is gentle, social with other dogs, has a calm nature and does not mind cats. She has an easy, short coat.

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Cricket is a very sweet gentle boy but arrived frightened when he came from the pound. He needs encouragement to walk on a lead. Requires a calm family whom he can continue to come out of his shell. He has a scruffy coat.

Bubbles loves his walks and jogs! He is a clever, attentive boy who walks well on a lead. Would make a good ball player. Very social with other dogs but does need secure fencing. He has a smooth easy-care coat.

Colonel is a happy, friendly boy. He does have a streak of bossiness in him, true to his breed and there are some dogs he does not like. He needs secure fencing as he can climb 1.2m. He has a short coat.

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Tick alert!

BY DR MARTINE PERKINS BVSC(HONS) MRCVS, MACVS, OF PYMBLE VETERINARY CLINIC

Along with the lovely spring weather also comes a far greater risk of your pet being affected by the dreaded paralysis tick. The paralysis tick (Ixodes holocyclus) is the single most dangerous parasite for dogs on the eastern coast of Australia. One single tick is capable of causing paralysis and death. Cats are also becoming increasingly affected. Native animals such as possums and bandicoots are the native hosts and often have a huge burden of ticks and yet are not affected themselves. In other countries the Ixodes ticks carry other diseases harmful to people. Currently a lot of research is underway in Australia to see if such diseases may be here too. Although we do see ticks all year round, the peak season is from September through to April.

RECOMMENDATIONS • •

Clip the long hair to make it easier to do a daily tick search Apply spot-on tick preventatives every two weeks

Speak to your vet about how to wash your dog when applying these products. It is not cheap to keep up the best healthcare for your pet and you don't want to be wasting your time stripping these products off their coat.

• A three weekly spray is another alternative

SIGNS YOU MAY NOTICE

Tick collars can also be helpful as additional protection but remember to remove it when your dog is swimming.

• Altered bark

Rinses are also available however be careful as many of these might kill ticks on your pet but may not have much longevity of affect

• Paralysis

• Avoid tick areas such as scrub and bushland

• Soft cough • Gagging or vomiting • Weak hindlimbs • Altered or noisy breathing

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Remove it (tick twisters make this easier!) and keep it for your vet to identify or get to your vet

2. Call your local veterinarian to see if attention is required

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PLANTS WITH A SPRING IN THEIR STEP BY SUSAN POTTHURST, ELEGANT OUTDOORS, TURRAMURRA

In the garden centre business, spring starts in August and we get very excited about getting loads of lovely new plants in. I want to focus this time on just a few absolute stunners that we currently have in the nursery. TRI-COLOUR ABUTILON STANDARDS If you have a love of abutilons, also known as Chinese Lanterns, but can never decide on which colour you’d like, how does having three colours in one grab you? My grower has planted a red, an orange and a yellow abutilon in one pot, plaited their stems and created a standard to die for. It looks like it’s just one plant but with three flower colours. Abutilons bear flowers for most of the year, need a morning sun but afternoon shade position, especially in summer and need to be kept fertilised all year round – I recommend Garden Gold be applied each season. They respond brilliantly to a good haircut in summer.

GORGEOUS GERANIUMS Geraniums have made a huge comeback in recent years. The www.livinglocalguide.com.au

new varieties have interesting foliage and brightly coloured flowers. 14 years of breeding for the Calliope geranium has resulted in a combination of show stopping large flowers, with petals that do not easily shatter, attractive dense dark green foliage and a wonderful semitrailing habitat. The new sister of big red, a highly successful variety released a few years ago is big pink, which bears profuse large neon pink semi-double flowers throughout spring summer and autumn. They make great pot specimens but are equally happy in the ground but as with all geraniums, make sure you give them full sun and ensure they don’t have wet feet!

damage to magnolias and it’s not unusual for the leaves to develop brown edges in late summer. Good watering and mulching will reduce this problem. My hot favourites are: black tulip, a deep burgundy with a tulip-like flower; vulcan, a compact magnolia with deep magenta flowers; burgundy glow, a soulangeana, with dark purplish-pink and white gobletshaped fragrant flowers; and the ever popular denudata, with ivory white flowers that really stand out against a blue sky.

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MAGNIFICENT MAGNOLIAS These deciduous small trees come in dozens of varieties. Because magnolias come from cool climates with rich, moistureholding soil, keeping them happy through hot Australian summers can be a challenge. It’s important to take the opportunity to improve the soil as much as possible before planting. Summer heat and drought cause most

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FIND OUT WHAT YOUR PROPERTY'S WORTH NOW BY KEVIN HINDER, REAL ESTATE AGENT

This is less than the five years before 2008 with an increase of approximately 34% growth. So if you have not appraised your property's value in the last five to ten years you may be in for a pleasant surprise. Even if you are only thinking of selling in the next three to five years, an updated property report could be for you! Get your FREE personalised property and suburb report from a local professional. Simply email your property address and contact number to: propertyreport@rwt.com.au or call on 0417 253 633

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