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ISSUE 21 | AUTUMN 2012

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EDITOR’S NOTES

CONTRIBUTORS

Welcome to autumn!

Rebecca Louie, Copy Editor Rebecca grew up in Turramurra and is married with two children. She is a trained teacher and worked for many years in the not-for-profit sector. She is now working for Living Local in various capacities.

This issue we are excited to expand our distribution to the whole of Ku-ring-gai (+ Chatswood)! We hope you enjoy our new initiatives, the Living Local Loyalty Card included in this issue and our updated website. You will find loads of local savings, details online. This issue we had the privilege of speaking with Tim Maddren from Hi-5! Tim shares his gems on keeping kid’s creative and active at home and over the Easter holidays, his charity work and the impact of technology today. We also have many amazing prizes to win, be sure to enter our competitions! Have a lovely season, enjoy! Edwina Hunter - Editor Page 6

Make-Up Creativety

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Healthy Eating for Pregnant Women

Lesley Courtney-O’Connor, Consultant Lesley lives in Warrawee, has two sons and two beautiful granddaughters. She loves travelling, playing golf, working to create a beautiful garden and enjoys visiting a good restaurant with friends. Wendy Kwei, Freelance Make-up Artist Wendy has contributed to magazines such as Vogue (Australia), Neiman Marcus (US), Gourmet Traveller (Aus), British Airways (Global), and several international and Australian films. (Page 6)

Page 10 What’s On Page 12 Pet Tips Page 18 Kids Education Page 24 Cover Story - Tim Maddren (Hi-5) Page 32 Seniors’ Health Page 36 Your Community Page 42 Travel to Tasmania

Chanelle Stroud, Sales Manager &Writer Chanelle loves business and being creative! Volunteered for magazines such as Grazia. Also, a practising artist who works across mediums including painting, photography, installation art and performance.

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40,000 copies are distributed, quarterly. We would love to hear from you! Mail: PO Box 3116, North Turramurra, 2074 Phone: 0417 059 225 Email: editorial@livinglocalguide.com.au

www.livinglocalguide.com.au Living Local is a seasonal magazine delivered throughout Ku-ring-gai. We are all about connecting people to their local community. We love to profile local business and local people who are doing great things in the community. Our stories do not seek to be controversial but instead focus on the positive and fruitful angles of every individual story. 4 LIVING LOCAL MAGAZINE AUTUMN 2012

Dr Sean Seeho, Obstetrician & Researcher Sean is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney and delivers babies at the Royal North Shore Hospital and North Shore Private Hospital. His area of specialisation is perinatal research. www.pramm.org.au

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MAKING UP

BEAUTYtips

creatively by make-up artist Wendy Kwei

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I’VE ALWAYS SAID THAT YOU DON’T NEED TO BE TRADITIONALLY CREATIVE (LIKE A FINE ARTIST) TO DO YOUR OWN MAKEUP WELL. YOU JUST NEED TO UNDERSTAND WHICH COLOURS WORK ON YOUR SKIN AND HOW TO BLEND THEM WELL SO YOUR MAKEUP LOOKS SEAMLESS ON YOUR FACE. BUT, WHEN IT COMES TO TRYING NEW TECHNIQUES, OR GETTING OUT OF A MAKEUP RUT, IT HELPS IF YOU ARE THE KIND OF PERSON WHO GETS EASILY INSPIRED AND WELCOMES CHANGE. KEEPING ABREAST OF NEW TRENDS IS ONE OF THE EASIEST WAYS TO CONSTANTLY IGNITE YOUR CREATIVITY. THIS IN ITSELF WILL MAKE YOU WANT TO MIX UP YOUR MAKEUP ROUTINE. SO TO GET YOU STARTED, HERE ARE SOME PRODUCTS AND TECHNIQUES WORTH LOOKING AT:

False lashes: Definitely the easiest way to temporarily change the way your eye looks. The right lashes, in the right area, can visibly widen and elongate your natural eye shape. Applying them can be fiddly initially, but it just takes a bit of time and practice. Ardell have an affordable and versatile range of natural-looking individual and fullstrip eyelashes. These are available at Priceline and most large supermarkets. If you are want to try a bolder fashion statement, go straight to Shu Uemera and MAC. The range is extensive: different colours, designs, shapes and adornments. The more embellished the more expensive; but if you remove them carefully, they can be worn again and again.

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Nail art: The way we paint our nails has dramatically changed in recent years. Nail art is a fun and easy way of expressing your individuality. Thankfully, you don’t need a steady, artistic hand to get runway-ready-nails, or to spend hours in a nail salon getting your nail art applied. The Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips have made runway-nails easily accessible to everyone. It’s a simple stick-on concept with forty fun designs and colours.

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Liquid eyeliner pens: These applicators, Bold lip colours: No longer a seasonal runway like felt-tip pen, are much easier to use than trend, strong lips are a classic makeup look that’s the traditional liquid-liner-wands. The ease of here to stay. Provided you choose the right tone, a application allows you to draw your eyeliner close bright lip is without doubt, the quickest way to update to your lash line for a natural look, to create felineyour makeup look. If you’re reluctant to jump into like flicks or to even try a non-conventional wearing a new colour (because it’s runway-style liner shape. Bourjois too bright), try mixing it with one and Maybelline have a good of your existing lipsticks to take the colour range at an intensity down a notch. Or, pat the affordable price. lipstick on top of your lip balm to For more make-up and beauty wear it as a lip stain. tips visit Wendy’s website at www.wendykwei.com to read her makeup blog. 6 LIVING LOCAL MAGAZINE AUTUMN 2012

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VITAMIN B12 Essential for infant

By Dr Sean Seeho FOR SOME PEOPLE EASTER TRADITIONALLY MARKS THE END OF A PERIOD OF FASTING. CHILDREN (AND ADULTS) ARE OFTEN TEMPTED DURING THIS TIME BY HOTCROSS BUNS, CHOCOLATE EGGS AND EASTER BUNNIES. WHILE ALL THESE FOODS ARE PERFECTLY GOOD IN MODERATION, IT IS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT FOR WOMEN WHO ARE PREGNANT, BREASTFEEDING OR PLANNING PREGNANCY TO MAINTAIN A HEALTHY AND BALANCED DIET. A well-balanced diet is an essential component of maintaining a healthy weight. Obesity is linked to higher rates of complications for both mother and baby. Extra vitamins, minerals and nutrients are needed during pregnancy to help babies develop healthily. For some women, the extra nutritional demands of pregnancy and breastfeeding may make supplementation advisable. 8 LIVING LOCAL MAGAZINE AUTUMN 2012

neurological development. In This issue, we explore healthy particular, vegetarians and vegans eating for women who are should supplement with B12 during pregnant, breastfeeding or pregnancy and breastfeeding. considering pregnancy to help their body perform the miracle of Lesley Courtney-O’Connor, IRON Requirements are Consultant growing a baby. Lesley lives in Warrawee, has two sons and increased in pregnancy. Iron granddaughters. loves Be sure to maintain a healthy and two beautiful supplementation may beShe required travelling, playing golf, working to create a balanced diet, which includes these for women at particular risk of iron beautiful garden and enjoys visiting a important vitamins and minerals: gooddeficiency and restaurante.g. withvegetarians friends. women with multiple pregnancy. FOLATE/FOLIC ACID A B group vitamin, particularly important IODINE An essential nutrient, for women planning a pregnancy. vital for normal development of Folic acid, taken at least one the brain and nervous system month before conception and for before birth, in babies and the first trimester of pregnancy, young children. It is extremely substantially reduces the risk of important that pregnant and birth abnormalities called neural breastfeeding women get enough tube defects (NTD) in babies, the iodine - supplementation is most common of which is spina recommended. Women with prebifida. Women with increased existing thyroid conditions should risk of NTD may require a higher seek advice from their doctor prior amount than usual. The best way to taking iodine supplements. to ensure an adequate amount of CALCIUM SUPPLEMENTATION folic acid is to take a supplement as well as eating foods with added Recommended for women folic acid or naturally rich in folate. who avoid calcium (e.g. lactose intolerant) and do not consume VITAMIN D Produced by the alternative foods rich in calcium. human body from exposure to Safe during pregnancy and sunlight. It can also be found in shown to reduce the risk of high foods such as fatty fish, fish-liverNadia blood pressure in pregnancy and Stennett, Freelance Writer oils, liver, eggs and mushrooms. Nadiapreeclampsia (potentially serious is a freelance writer with experience Vitamin D has many functions, writing condition mother baby).women’s across a for broad rangeand of major including maintaining healthy and lifestyle publications, including Sydney Time Out, Cosmopolitan Bride to Be, Just OTHER VITAMINSHealth, AND MINERALS bones. Pregnant women at Be, Professional Beauty magazine There is little evidence to and support risk of vitamin D deficiency beautyheaven.com.au. ’ ‘routine’ supplementation of other should consider testing and vitamins (such as A, C & E) or minerals supplementation. There is, (magnesium, fluoride, zinc or rare however, limited evidence minerals) in pregnancy. available on the usefulness and safety of routine vitamin D supplementation.

It is important to talk to your doctor if you think you are not getting enough vitamins or nutrients. It is also important to seek medical advice if you are uncertain whether you should be taking a supplement.


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TURRAMURRA UNITING CHURCH 23 March - 4 April, 2012 The Turramurra Passion returns again for the fourteenth year. The play is a character-driven drama, portraying the events surrounding the death of Jesus and tells the Easter story in a contemporary and engaging way and like the best things in life, tickets are still free. “Creating a community event has always been part of our long term vision for the play,” says Writer/ Director Dave Cornford.

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livinglocalguide.com.au/local-event Plays such as Oberammergau. This traditional form has been transformed into a modern setting, with minimalistic sets, FASHION PARADES: simple costumes and multi-media FASHION FOR A CAUSE elements, to present a more ST IVES SHOPPING VILLAGE universal and timeless context. 29 - 30 March, 2012 Mal Day, of Turramurra, will be On Thursday 29 March, 6-9pm, showing his versatility, having enjoy a night of fashion, played the lead role for five years entertainment, refreshments, and Caiaphas for two years. He special offers, vouchers and will take on the role of Pilate in fundraising. $10 from every ticket 2012. Duncan McLean, of Manly, donated to Sir Eric Woodward will be playing the lead for the Memorial School, St Ives. fifth year.

Tickets are free, but booking is recommended. Phone 9144 1853 (10am-2pm weekdays) or visit: For most of the play, the action takes place amongst the audience, www.turramurrapassion.org.au rather than in front of it. The cast mingles with the audience through six different settings, in and around the grounds of the historic Turramurra Uniting Church building,Turramurra Ave. The form of the play is based on that of the traditional Medieval Cycle Play, and later Passion

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TRIVIA NIGHT: WAHROONGA ROTARY WARRAWEE BOWLING CLUB 14 April, 2012 Wahroonga Rotary is holding a trivia night to fundraise for the three main international projects it supports: the Nepal Schools, an orphanage in Mongolia and an orphanage in Sri Lanka. Tables can nominate which project their funds will support. Renowned former SMH ‘Column 8’ Editor, George Richards, will set the quiz. Please contact Richard Jackson on 9906 8066 for further details.

MUSICAL: NICODEMUS COVENANT CHRISTIAN SCHOOL, BELROSE 21 - 31 March, 2012

In a world that had stopped listening, one man begins to hear. In a world that had stopped looking, one man begins to see. So starts the new Australian musical, ‘Nicodemus’, written by local residents, Matthew Adams (lyrics and drama) and Russell Larkin (music). This Australian musical presented against the backdrop of Easter, revolves around the inner turmoil that besets Nicodemus, the Chief Teacher of Israel, when he is confronted with the teachings and miracles of Jesus. Nicodemus is torn between a life of luxury, privilege and entitlement and the devastating loss of everything he has achieved and worked for. ‘Nicodemus’ contains all the elements of public and private betrayal, intrigue, personal anguish and political expediency, intermingled with eye-popping, big-sounding and entertaining music and dance. This exciting musical, performed with a live orchestra, will be presented over seven performances, leading up to Easter. Purchase tickets at: www.trybooking.com/ZNQ or www.stmattsweb.org.au/nicodemus

Tim Maddren (Hi-5) recommends five great, local places to take the kids this Easter:

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Jubilee Oval, Sunset Souring Club - I used to fly remote control planes around the area

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I also like to hire out a catamaran at Balmoral Beach - lots of fun Wildflower Garden at St Ives, 123 hectares of urban bushland Picnic and bushwalk at Bobbin Head National Park, maps at the park’s visitor centre

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PETtips TOP 5 AUTUMN PET TIPS

Have your pet’s last haircut now. This will insure time enough for good growth before winter.

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KARRI IS TWELVE-YEARS-OLD, ALTHOUGH THE WAY SHE SWIMS, YOU’D THINK SHE WAS THREE. SHE HAD A TEN-YEAR CAREER IN PROTECTING THE AUSTRALIAN COMMUNITY. KARRI, WAS A “SNIFFER” DOG. While contemplating what to write, I felt a gentle nudge on my knee. My girl, my mate, my German shorthaired pointer, Karri. Karri’s story is not as sad as some of my rescued pets, from my experience as a vet nurse and with RSPCA and WWF, but a very noble one. I think it is important to see animals for all the things they are. I have had to face the harsh reality of the cruelty that some animals experience, but sometimes we forget what they actually are to us; not just as pets but how they contribute to our society. Each day, Karri was picked up at 6am to be driven to the mail centre where, with her handler, she would sniff mail for up to 8 hours a day. She was known as one of the best and was put to retirement late, due to her dedication to the job. Her role was to have her nose to the ground and at full-speed, run through and around thousand of letters and packages a day. It was only when an illegal or questionable scent hit her sensitive nostrils that she came to a crashing holt. All this for one simple reward: a tennis ball. After working all day, Karri returned to the kennels where she was placed in a run with other working dogs until her next shift. And ten years passed her by. 12 LIVING LOCAL MAGAZINE AUTUMN 2012

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By Lyza Moutia, Practice Manager at Turramurra Vet Hospital. You may think that’s they end of her story, but no. Upon retirement, many working dogs don’t cope well with the change in lifestyle, have behavioural issues and a hard time settling. In Karri’s case, her obsession with her ‘reward tool’ would cause her to run (without concern for traffic, other dogs, or people) if she saw a tennis ball being thrown around. She had only ever been exposed to a van, mail centre and a run. No concept of cats, fish tanks, slippers, lounge cushions or glassware; all of which suffered some sort of disturbance with her arrival. Each morning, she circled frantically waiting for the van to arrive to take her to work. She jumped on the kitchen table every time I brought the post in. It was hard for her to understand that we weren’t just another handler, but her family. She never had one before.

Update old bedding. As the seasons change it is great to get rid of old bedding covered in hair, mites and flea eggs. Update to a thick bed to help keep your pets from getting cold, especially those who suffer from joint pain, stiffness and arthritis (cats too).

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Keep using your flea treatments. Fleas slow down but still lay thousands of eggs through winter, staying dormant until sunny spring.

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Brush out your pets. Many cats and dogs grow multiple coats all year round for warm and cold conditions. They need a thorough going-over each season to maintain a healthy coat.

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Cuddle up to your pet every day. This brings down stress levels and helps ease oncoming ‘winter blues’.

It took two years of retraining for her PET OF THE WEEK to understand that she no longer has to work so hard, and although times have been very frustrating, she has become more accustomed to lying on her lounge, playing with toys that are not a ball, and believe it or not, sleeping in when I leave for work. There were fears that we wouldn’t be able to help her adjust to a pet’s life but she is now a very happy girl. “POSSUM” A 4-month-old female DSH kitten: wormed, de-sexed, It makes me laugh out loud when we go walking and she signals that deflead, micro-chipped & vaccinated. she has ‘picked up on something’. She costs $379 & would be a She stops and looks directly at wonderful member of any family. the questionable person having a coffee. I just say ‘good girl’ and keep Please contact Turramurra Vet Hospital, 2 Princes St, Turramurra moving on. if you would like to adopt a kitten.

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IN THE 2011 HSC, LORETO NORMANHURST WAS RANKED AS THE TOP CATHOLIC SCHOOL IN NSW AND IN 21ST POSITION OVERALL IN THE STATE. THE SCHOOL RECEIVED 14 ALLROUNDERS AND 4 STUDENTS MADE THE TOP ACHIEVERS IN SUBJECT LIST. THE WHOLE YEAR-GROUP PERFORMED IN AN OUTSTANDING FASHION. 110 STUDENTS MADE THE DISTINGUISHED ACHIEVERS LIST, WITH A TOTAL OF 350 MENTIONS. APPROXIMATELY 76% OF THE FORM ACHIEVED ATARS OF 80 AND ABOVE. Loreto Normanhurst offers an award-winning model of education, the Loreto Normanhurst Student Growth Model (LNSGM), which is innovative and dynamic and fosters critical thinking, curiosity and joy in learning – an education that prepares a Loreto girl for an exciting and challenging future. The success of the model in the academic realm was highly evident in the school’s recent HSC results.

excellence. This is evident not only in the HSC, but in successes throughout the student body in oratory and debating, sport, music, drama, and a wide array of extracurricular pursuits. 2012 promises to be yet another exciting year, with continued focus on the school’s Strategic Plan 20112015. It’s implementation last year has meant renewed energy in our three priorities of mission, learning and sustainability. The most exciting piece of this plan is a beautiful, new building that will house sixteen new flexible learning spaces, as well as state-ofthe art Technological and Applied Studies rooms, and will be a wonderful addition to the school’s already exemplary educational facilities. Due to be completed at the commencement of the 2013 school year.

There were ten students nominated for ArtExpress, with three selected. Two students were nominated for Encore, and one for Viva Voce. Two students in Year 11 undertaking HSC Dance were nominated for inclusion in Callback.

Boarding continues to thrive at Loreto Normanhurst, with the boarding school now home to over 200 boarders from country NSW. This dynamic community of young women from Years 7 to 12 maintains the 115-year tradition of boarding at the school. From Bourke to Brewarrina, Newcastle to Nyngan, our girls are country women who enjoy learning the ropes of city life.

It is obvious from these results that the LNSGM continues to support our diverse students towards

The essential element of a Loreto education is about being a person for others, and our students

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demonstrate this so well each day. Students of Year 12 lead the school and their House groups, always finding time for younger students. The vertical pastoral care system is strong at Loreto Normanhurst where each student is known for her own uniqueness. Staff care for the students and know them well, building good relationships that assist both pastorally and in the learning realm. The FACE (Faith, Academic, Community, Extracurricular) Curriculum is an holistic program which is at the core of the work we do. Loreto Normanhurst (est 1897) is a Catholic independent boarding and day school for girls from Years 7-12. The school is part of a worldwide network of Loreto schools, and is one of seven in Australia. Located in Sydney’s leafy Upper North Shore, the school is set in spacious grounds on the edge of bushland, and is a pleasant mix of historic buildings and modern learning spaces, with beautiful ovals and a large sporting and aquatic complex. An oasis set back from bustling Pennant Hills Road, the school is very accessible and is well-serviced by public transport, both train and bus, and by a private bus service. In short, Loreto Normanhurst is… such an exciting place to be. 


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Belonging to the Wahroonga community is a most enjoyable aspect of life at Novella. Encouraged by the NOVELLA FINEin BOOKS interest shown all our author events, we recently launched Alice-Miranda in New York, Jacqueline Harvey’s latest book (the fifth book in the highly successful Alice-Miranda series, and already a bestseller!). Over 250 guests enjoyed a perfect day as we re-created a slice of New York City’s Central Park in a sunny corner of Wahroonga Park, complete with a hot dog stand, a gelato cart and a musical fancy-dress parade. Thank you to everyone who made the day such fun.

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Wahroonga ‘Central’ Park

Novella’s Clare Calvet Reviews Books on ABC Radio 702 

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Clare  Calvet recently joined our team of experienced booksellers at Novella - she may already be a familiar    voice to many of you (her beautiful Irish lilt is a bit of a give-away). Clare is the resident book reviewer on  Tony Delroy’s Nightlife every Wednesday and Friday after 9pm on ABC Radio 702. Clare’s weekly radio audience extends all over Australia and around the world. Her weekly reviews are posted on the novellafine books Facebook page and are also available in printed version in-store each Thursday. Please come in and   meet Clare next time you are at Novella, she and all our staff are happy to recommend books for you, your  family and your friends.   Happy reading from all at Novella  Recommended New Books Jo, Caz, Traute, Nick, Clare & Fergus

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2012 is off to a great start with a quality range of new fiction and non-fiction available from many award winning authors. Four new bestselling titles that we recommend are:  

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P.S. Recently a customer told us that she and her mother laughed all the way from Wahroonga to the Hunter      in character  Valley reading Tips For Husbands and Wives from 1894 – as Victorian ladies! We approve. 

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THE AUDIENCE IS RARELY THE ENEMY When asked why people fear public speaking, a common response is, “because the audience is just waiting for me to make a mistake.” No one comes to a presentation saying, “I hope the speaker make mistakes.” Most people hope for a good (not perfect) speech. Also, most people are inherently on your side from the start. SPEAK WITH YOUR AUDIENCE, NOT TO THEM A good speech is a good conversation. The best speakers speak conversationally while keeping it brief. Today’s audiences generally want short, practical presentations that focus on “what’s in it for me?”

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What does a typical day look like for you?

It’s so varied, we do albums, films, press and charity work. When in Sydney, our studio and film shoots are based on the North Shore. A typical day would be to get up around 7am, have breakfast, start our first show at 10am, meet with about 20 children, have lunch and then another show. When touring Asia, usually Singapore, we do a few shows a day then the crew pulls apart the set while we wait. Around 5pm we drive to the next venue, then fall asleep. Not as glamorous as it sounds; busy, but a lot of fun! It feels like you’re on a roller coaster for those 2 weeks (laughs).


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Hi-5 are about to start their 2012 Tour, can you tell us more? We will be touring around the whole of Australia. It’s so much fun. I often don’t know which town is next because we just hop on the bus and off we go. It’s really nice to be able to go out to the rural areas. It is amazing to be on stage and then meet the kids and I especially love to hear their individual stories. That’s what I really love about this job.

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How is Dayen Zheng fitting in after replacing Fely Irvine? She is great! It’s really cool to have a new energy. She’s bright and bubbly and full of enthusiasm and we’re loving it! She’s a perfect fit. Kids seem to go by someone’s energy, rather than their image, voice or words. It is important for us to genuinely get along, otherwise kids sense that. For many kids that come to the show, a lot of the content goes over their head but they get the energy, vibe, fun and hilarity. That’s why it is so important that the energy of Hi-5 is genuine. Kids get bored easily! We will miss Fely. We have been through so much together. It is very hard to say goodbye, especially without crying!

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Favourite activity when you were a child? Sailing. I loved it! I grew up in Marlborough, NZ and one day I was out on the water when a dolphin suddenly appeared under the boat with its little baby following behind. They stuck around for a couple of hours. It’s harder [to sail] now because we tour so much, I have taken to surfing as it’s easier and I can still enjoy the water!

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You are a naturally energetic person and a self confessed “child at heart,”do you have some ideas for keeping children entertained? Children will always be the same - they are always discovering and always up for fun! So how about these timeless activities? The noisy way to have fun is to make cubby houses. Not just two chairs together and then a rug over the top. I’m talking, like, epic cubby houses! You get every cushion in the house and every blanket. Upturn your couches to make a tunnel, then you cover them with rugs, pillows and blankets, make it pitch black. Then you get a torch and crawl

through. You can make it a cave or whatever you want it to be. Cubby houses are the best! I’m not too good with quiet activities but, from my experience, I have one thing that’s really good with kids and will appeal to grandparents. If you really listen to a kid, they really do have the most amazing imagination. Sit down quietly, when they’re nice and settled and ask them what they are thinking about. Whatever they suggest, say “yes” to. For example, they might say, “I’m thinking of going to the moon. Do you want to go to the moon?” If you let them lead the play time, you will be amazed at how imaginative they can be and what kind of whacky and weird world you can end up in! I often take the time to do this with kids and all of a sudden they’re like, “I’m thinking about being an animal in the jungle. Can we be animals?” I respond with “Yeah!” and off we go to be so-and-so.

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What is your advice to parents and grandparents when children want to spend a lot of time playing video games and watching TV?

SOME WAY OF GETTING CHILDREN TO

Our show is encouraging kids to watch TV but the goal is to make children interact and that’s what is especially great about Hi-5. There is interaction in the first minute, first line! Without interaction, kids’ shows aren’t good.

USE THEIR OWN IMAGINATION.”

The major issue I see, is that TV shows and games have all been

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I hear you are a big Paul Jennings fan. What’s your favourite book?

developed by someone else. The challenge is to work out some way of getting children to use their own imagination.

With a computer game, someone else has created and imagined that game and there’s nothing really left for the child to imagine.

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My primary school was in a rural area. The playground was conceived and designed by an architect, which was cool, but in this school there was a small forest, a whole lot of native trees plonked together. My mates and I would go in that forest more than going into the playground because we could use our imaginations. We could make a car out of a piece of wood. It was easier to use our imagination there than it was in a playground designed by someone else. Make the most of the beautiful bush surroundings in Ku-ring-gai. Explore and use your imagination!

Do you believe technology helps or hinders children’s creativity today? I would be a fool to say that technology is wrong, because it’s not - it’s great. It definitely has its place and it’s not going away. Technology is an amazing tool to promote learning. It’s so easy and readily available, like on Youtube you can learn about a place, or watch surfing videos, for example. There is so much at their fingertips. It’s about how to best incorporate technology into our lives and how to use technology in a way that encourages imagination. If a child is playing a horse-riding computer-game, then after the game, make a horse out of cardboard and encourage them to ride around the house with you. Otherwise, children aren’t using their imagination, which is one of the most important things when it comes to education and creativity.

We don’t know what the world will look like in 10 years but thanks to technology, the way we live has changed completely in the last 10 years. At a time like this, I think creativity is one of the most important skills to have. To be able to adapt in life, invention and creativity are so very important and highly, highly underrated!

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Little Squirts for sure. Paul Jennings appeals to boys like no other writer. He is cheeky and funny. Paul Jennings really pushed my imagination. Read Little Squirts and you will see why. I can’t believe he got away with writing that for children, but he did, so I can say it (laughs). WORLD VISION

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You and Hi-5 are ambassadors for World Vision, can you share with us why it is so important to you? It is about making a change in the world. I think we have become complacent about what is happening in other parts of the world. Just being involved in an organisation, like World Vision, helps you become aware of what is happening; and that can never be a bad thing.

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Can you share with us an early experience doing the 40 hour famine? I started raising money for World Vision’s 40 Hour Famine in high school. Although, instead of going without food, we did a 40 hour running relay around our cricket ground, which also doubled as a round-a-bout. That was pretty cool. I organised the


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relay fundraising event and got it all going. One of the sides of the cricket ground was an area linking the airport to the city and there’s an area where pedestrians can cross in three ways. I stood in the middle of the pedestrian island and kept pressing the pedestrian button. Of course, each time I pressed it, it slowed the traffic down, which caused a traffic jam about 1 km long. We took advantage of this opportunity and took buckets to all the cars to collect money. People were giving us buckets of cash! Then soon the police stopped us from doing it, however, the traffic jam had made it onto the traffic report and was aired all the radios. The radios started to say, “These guys are raising money for World Vision, get behind them and make a donation!” Money was getting thrown out of cars, so we were picking up coins from everywhere - an amazing experience! It was a great thing. Instead of doing the 40 Hour Famine we got a bit creative, which proved very successful. These days, I wouldn’t encourage this idea but hey, we raised a lot of money: $50,000 for World Vision and from that a lot

of people were looked after. Since then, my school has continued with the 40 Hour Famine and has raised $600,000 for World Vision. After that I got a scholarship for World Vision and things followed from there. A BIT MORE ABOUT TIM

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Do you go to sleep with Hi-5 songs running through your head? They keep me up! I had one the other night that would not go away. I don’t know why they stick in your head, I have had a go at the composer about it (laughs).

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Lastly, where will you be in the future? Definitely performing and still just as childish! Also, I can’t wait to be a dad. I can’t wait to rediscover the world again! Hi-5’s ‘Holiday’ Stage Show is touring throughout March and April. For tour venues and dates visit www.hi-5.com.au

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long our minds lose some of their capacity to interpret the sounds which are no longer getting through. When our ears lose some of their ability to receive sound effectively, our mind has to work doubly hard to interpret what is coming in. Some words start to sound like others and people fill in the gaps by guessing, or they just nod to cover for the fact that they’ve lost the thread of the conversation. In these cases often it becomes tiring to keep up in social situations. And in turn this might lead to isolation.

Photo: Senior Audiologist Melissa Franks

IT IS A LITTLE KNOWN FACT THAT IN AUSTRALIA THERE ARE OVER 3.5 MILLION PEOPLE WHO LIVE WITH SOME FORM OF HEARING LOSS. FOR GRANDPARENTS OVER THE AGE OF 70, THE ODDS ARE ONE IN TWO. THESE STATISTICS TESTIFY TO THE FACT THAT HEARING LOSS IS A PERVASIVE CONDITION AND YET MANY PEOPLE SIMPLY CHOOSE TO IGNORE THE SIGNS OF HEARING LOSS. We asked Melissa Franks from Pinnacle Hearing in Pymble why this happens. "Top of the list, would be a degree of denial about how hearing loss is affecting their life. A lot of people say it is simply a facet of getting older, or dismiss the extent of their loss and say their partner mutters too much. In all cases we encourage people to think about whether they have a mild hearing loss and if so get their hearing checked.” Unfortunately, most forms of hearing loss deteriorate as we age. It is better to address the problem early and the reason for this is quite simple. If we wait too

The good news is that a modern, programmable, digital, hearing aid can manage a hearing problem by selectively amplifying the sounds which our ear has lost the capacity to recognise on its own. Melissa Franks opened Pinnacle Hearing in April last year to meet the hearing needs of the community after the only publicly funded hearing clinic closed at Hornsby Hospital several years ago. As a local of Turramurra, Melissa provides the type of continuity of service which can be lacking in the hearing clinic chains. Her clinic is one of the only full-time independent hearing clinics situated on the upper North Shore.

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“Many people are not aware that the large chains of hearing clinics are owned or strategically aligned with a foreign-owned hearing-aidmanufacturer and in certain cases, their audiologists are working to sales targets. We would question how anyone can be sure they are getting objective advice when this is the case.” Pinnacle Hearing is independent. “We see ourselves as working for our patient’s interests, and not our hearing aid suppliers. Being a private, family-owned clinic, we don’t have internal sales targets and we don’t spruik the wonders of some ‘invisible’ hearing device to attract patients.” Modern hearing aids are discreet and far more effective than they were a decade ago. “Over time, the people I see show very obvious improvements in how they perceive what someone is saying and in their quality of life. They seem happier in themselves and I believe this is because it is no longer such an effort to communicate effectively and appreciate what life has to offer. It is immensely rewarding to me to see the way restoring hearing function can lift a person’s spirits.” Pinnacle Hearing caters to the hearing needs of all age groups. It is accredited by the Office of Hearing Services to provide fully subsidised hearing assessments and hearing devices to pensioners. For further information or to make an appointment with Melissa call 9440 9091.


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and beyond SOUL IN THE BUSH A group of fifty Ku-ring-gai youth is heading to rural NSW to undertake service projects in local communities in April this year. For three afternoons, they will undertake service projects, organised by the local church, to affect the local community. Examples include kids camps, chatting youth at an Indigenous drop-in centre, or starting a community garden. Rod Thearle, Youth Pastor at St Philips Turramurra, has a group heading over the mountains to Bathurst, and is excited to see the youth stepping out of their comfort zone and taking action. “Our young people are passionate about living-out their faith and impacting communities with their actions; not just participating in church on the weekend,” says Rod. “It’s a great opportunity for our youth to be part of something bigger themselves, on the streets of Bathurst.” In total, local youth organization, Soul Survivor is taking 600 young people to serve local communities in rural NSW as part of this year’s ‘Soul in the Bush’. Matt Gelding, Director of Soul Survivor NSW, says this is more than just a one-off event. “We’re asking each group of 12 to make a three year commitment to the community they visit, and spend time in the community as ongoing support.”

CAROLINE PEMBERTON MEETS TIMOR LESTE DIGNITARIES IN GORDON Sydney’s North Shore recently entertained the Prime Minister of Timor Leste, Xananna Gusmao and the Timorese Secretary of State, Mr Agio Perreria. Along with other dignitaries, Mr Gusmao was in Sydney for the launch of his book Strategies for the Future. Local entrepreneur and successful businessman, Jerry DaSousa brought the entire Timorese Government delegation out to Australia on his new airline, Timor Air. Jerry grew up in poverty in the rural villages of Timor Leste and now resides on the North Shore. Having overcome great adversity, he has achieved incredible business success. Prior to the launch of his book, local resident Caroline Pemberton, Ambassador for Timorese Tourism and former Miss Australia, had the honour of welcoming the Secretary of State to Sydney at Jerry’s stunning serviced offices on the Pacific Highway in Gordon.

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FULL STEAM AHEAD! Unique Nepal Experience January 2013 Allan Waldon has received strong interest in the planned trip in January 2013 to the villages and schools helped by the project in Nepal. It will be a unique experience trekking through a remote part of the Himalayan foothills, rarely visited by outsiders. Participants will truly be on a road less travelled, in fact both Allan Waldon and Richard Jackson have had the extraordinary experience of being the first Europeans to have ever visited some of the villages and schools helped by the project. The traditional culture and agricultural way of life continues largely as it has for centuries, in the shadow of the majestic Himalayan peaks is Manaslu, over 8,000 meters and the eighth highest mountain in the world, and Ganesh Himal. To be eligible to participate travellers are first challenged to raise $5,000 of which 100% will be applied to the project. At the end of the trip, participants have the opportunity to specify how $2,500 of their funds will be applied. Please contact Allan Waldon at Eastern Road Quality Meats for more details.


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A second group of teacher trainers, organised by Rotary, visited Allan Waldon’s Nepal schools in January 2012. The group comprised six Australians, including four teachers. While it’s important to improve physical infrastructure, it is crucial that this is complemented by efforts to improve the quality of the teachers. Sadly, few teachers in state schools in Gorkha District have any tertiary education, and specialised teacher training is even rarer, so the teachers helped by the project are very keen to learn.

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This year, 80 teachers from 34 schools attended. All teachers walked to and from their homes each day, up and down the steep Himalayan foothills for up to three hours each way. The training group’s leader, Peter Kindred a local Chartered Accountant, was so impressed that he is now putting together a Rotary International Aid project to build new school toilet blocks. Some schools have no toilets and those that exist are often very poor. Peter is an experienced member of Rotary and aims to use Rotary’s global network to leverage funding.

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WE KNOW THEM, we grow them ALLAN WALDON, OWNER OF EASTERN ROAD QUALITY MEATS, REFERS TO HIS SHOP AS THE "REAL FARMERS’ MARKET.” The Murray Grey, Angus & Galloway cattle are selected from the best genetic stock in Australia. On the farm they grow their own grain, hay and fodder, and Allan can tell you about each animal. "We know them, we grow them,” he says. They are dry aged for three weeks. We also run 250 Boer Goats at the farm. If you want a good authentic curry, try our trim diced goat, with our curry pack. Allan says, "One thing we never want to do is to sell 'supermarket meat’, where you don’t even know where it’s grown. We are about quality and service. You are what you eat; consumers are much more

aware of that these days, and food is produced, and if prices that is a good thing.” are forced down so are the standards of what is produced. We are the only local stockist of Bangalow Sweet Pork, which More and more people want to know where the food comes is grown the old fashion way from, whether it’s bread, fish, for that terrific taste, as we are beef, chicken or lamb. We are a prepared to pay the growers professional business with years the premium price they need of experience and training, and to grow it. Our Bangalow recently upgraded our shop Christmas Hams were the best now with 40% more room and a ever. So many people said how new production room. fantastic they were. We had them cooked and cured a few FOOD IS OUR LIFE. WE ENJOY days before Christmas for super IT, LIVE IT, LOVE IT AND WE freshness; you won’t get better. MOST CERTAINLY ALL EAT IT. We have a few new sausages now. If you want a treat try We are proud locals, supporting our 'True Blue’ - this won best local schools and sport clubs, gourmet sausage in Tasmania alongside our Nepal school. RAS Food Show. Kids’ favourite is So if you want a healthy low-fat 'Chicken and Camembert’. sausage, a piece of dry aged Food is a passion, not just steak, fish, and good service call something wrapped in plastic. in and have a look. Drop in to the We are all more aware of how Real Farmers’ Market.

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CREATIVITY: IT IS SAID THAT PLAY IS THE OCCUPATION OF CHILDHOOD. PLAY IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ACTIVITY IN THE LIFE OF A CHILD AND BY WATCHING CHILDREN, YOU BEGIN TO UNDERSTAND WHY PLAY IS SO IMPORTANT. For a child, the opportunity to play and have exposure to creative environments, is arguably one of the most fundamental and important things you can do for them, and is paramount to a child’s development. Often play seems even more important than sleep or food. Sometimes play is easy and fun and sometimes it is simply trying-hard to do something right. Creativity and play nurture personal growth, physical and emotional health, confidence and sense of security, and development of social skills, while also providing an opportunity to discover, experiment, imagine and succeed.

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Psychologist, Eva Louie, explains, “Not only does play assist children in developing cognitive, social, emotional and physical skills (both fine and gross motor skills), it also provides a fantastic opportunity for parents and children to establish a stronger bond. This type of attachment provides them with the confidence they need to further explore the world and continue to reach all their developmental milestones.” The benefits of creative expression, for adults and children alike, are countless. Being creative is closely linked with success yet somewhere between childhood and adulthood many of us lose our creative flair. I recently met Award Winning Photographer, Catherine de Souza, from 45 degrees studio in Roseville, who offers an unforgettable experience. She

helps fulfill your child’s need for creativity and self-expression, captures the moment, and celebrates your child’s uniqueness. 45 degrees studio prides itself on giving a unique experience the whole family will enjoy. Children’s photo sessions are run more like a play date; Catherine runs around with the kids then turns to photograph and capture the fun. Most children want to take her home. The unique aspect of Catherine’s sessions is the choice to finish up with a fun finger-painting session. What a blast and what a great fresh-take on the more traditional portrait. Bring a change of clothes though; it gets messy! Catherine says, “My clients and I have such a great time during the photo shoot, I want their whole experience with the studio to be easy going and fun.” I can understand why they love what they do; and it shows! I can tell you where I’m taking my children for their next photo session. Encourage creative expression, capture the moment, and make the mess at someone else’s place! For more about play and learning or for other child-related resources visit Australian parenting website www.raisingchildren.net.au. To book a photo session with Catherine at 45 degrees studio visit www.45degreesstudio.com.au or phone 9419 8543.


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I discovered Tasmania on a tenday driving adventure. Australia is renown for its diverse landscape; and despite its size, Tasmania is no exception. It uniquely combines the rolling hills and glacial carved mountain ranges (similar to that of New Zealand) in between and along side dry bushland and picturesque coastlines. Here are my 7 highlights:

1

The Bay of Fires in the North East is listed by the Lonely Planet Guide as a must see destination. The colour contrasts were amazing: white sandy beaches, with sapphire pools faded into the green ocean and yellow sand, which touched grey rocks covered in bright orange moss. We stopped to swim in the crystal water surrounded by the sparse bush that had grown out over the rocks of the shore.

2

The Bicheno Fairy Penguin Night Tour. We were lucky enough to get right up close to these tiny, cute, but deceptively armoured, birds as they waddled past us from the shore to their nests. Our knowledgeable tour

guides pointed water right near the out the Orion’s Belt shore. Although we and the Southern just stopped to see Cross that shone so the lake, up to six-day By Chanelle Stroud brightly while we treks are underwere away from the taken in Lake St Claire city. Bicheno is also known for its National Park over Tasmania’s glass bottom boat tour. biggest mountain.

3

The Freycinet National Park where I experienced the Freycinet Paddle, a guided Kayaking tour of the Freycinet Peninsula. Listed on Nine Network’s “Things to try before you die”, it truly met my expectations. The twilight paddle took a total of three hours with equipment and refreshments provided. The guides were quick to point out stingrays speeding past in the calm water and a large starfish.

4

Sheffield Mural Town in Northwest Tasmania displays an artistic and colonial heritage. Worth a stop, even if you are just travelling through on the way to Cradle Mountain, the town boasts over 60 murals. Known as a thriving outdoor Art Gallery, large-scale artworks drape around the buildings in the towns centre and surrounds. The town was previously in economic decline, but has now transformed into a great tourist destination.

5

Lake St Claire situated below Cradle Mountain, is another example of Tasmania’s beautiful landscape. Blue mixed with deep aqua green, stretched out until it touched the crisp crystal-clear

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6

Mt Field National Park. Well known for its alpine landscape, Russel Falls is one of the most photographed areas in Tasmania. Only thirty minutes walk from the visitors centre, deep-green forest drapes around the white water waterfall. Watch in awe from the visitor’s platform and follow the creeks that wind amongst some of Australia’s tallest trees.

7

Hobart is a city that truly combines the colonial and the new. The $75 million Museum of Old and New Art, is one of the most amazing in the world. Situated within a vineyard and against the harbour, this new enterprise has gained international attention. A private museum; there really is no limit to the extravagance of David Walsh’s vision. Each patron is given their own i-phone that senses the artwork as you walk past; displaying information, interviews and reviews of individual art works. As you turn each corner, you can expect anything from the likes of Damien Hurst to coins from Ancient Rome that are reminiscent of a shimmering galaxy. On your i-phone, you can hit the like or dislike button for each artwork and have your tour emailed to you. Simply a must see!


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There are charming canals in Amsterdam, 1000 years of history in Bamburg, coffee and opera in Vienna, and romantic alleys to wander in Basel’s Old Town. Gracing the banks of the Rhine is Germany’s oldest city, Cologne; and nearby are the incredible vistas of medieval castles nestled amongst vine-covered slopes. There is living history at Nuremberg, the world’s oldest sausage kitchen in Regensburg, a magnificent Benedictine Abbey in Melk, whilst Budapest is the city that straddles the Danube and is home to thermals baths and the music of Liszt. The palette of France which inspired extraordinary artistic masterpieces is shown in all its glory along the romantic Saône and the mighty Rhône rivers, whilst the diverse sights from St. Petersburg to Moscow unfold along Russia’s waterways including the Neva River, Lake Ladoga and the Volga River. And, there is truly spectacular cruising through the incredible Iron Gate from Serbia to Romania and through the Black Sea and Baltic States, plus the unforgettable Gallipoli Peninsula.

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Just a stone’s throw from vibrant capitals like London, Paris, Berlin and Prague, a river cruise is the perfect introduction to this colourful continent. Europe’s waterways are the gateway to some of the continent’s most exceptional places, from the sparkling Northern Aegean coastline and the dramatic Dalmatian Coast to the beautiful countries of Scandinavia, majestic Britain and Ireland, the intriguing East, and the ever popular destinations of Italy, the Alps and the Côte d’Azur. Wherever you choose to venture, sail in style along the waterways of Europe. At Harvey World in Hornsby we are offering an additional bonus if you book with us in March, which is a set of superb Tosca Luggage – terms and conditions apply. So why don’t you come and see us in Hornsby and let us help you experience the magnificence that is a Scenic River Cruise.


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RECIPE 1 Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a rolling boil, add pasta and cook until al dente. 2 Heat oil in a pan and saute garlic and chilli until garlic is fragrant but not coloured. Add herbs and cook until they sizzle – about 1 minute. Remove from heat.

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The Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) announced that its final dividend for the year was $1.88, which when added to CBA’s interim dividend, shareholders will have received $3.20 for the calendar year 2011. The $1.88 dividend was an 11% increase to the previous year’s final dividend. Over the year CBA increased its total dividend by 10.30%. Despite what the media is reporting about the current state of our stock market and despite what the spokesman for CBA is saying about how hard it is to remain competitive, the fact is CBA is run by some of the best minds in Australia and it made a record profit of $6.8 billion (to 30 June 2011). All true assets have two dimensions: price and income. Investors must monitor both of these in order to make the right financial decisions. Unfortunately, Australians are too pre-occupied with the price movements of their assets but the fact remains that if a retiree holds CBA in his/ her retirement account and never sells the share, the price becomes irrelevant. On the other hand, income becomes the dominant criteria as to whether the asset is judged as a quality asset or not. Quite clearly all investors should admire the ever-increasing income stream paid by CBA since it was floated in 1991. Speculators buy assets with a hope that the asset’s price increases and they can sell for a short-term gain. Investors buy assets for their long-term qualities and disregard shortterm price movements as these usually are the result of market sentiment or investors emotions.

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2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

150 154

2002

2001

130 136

2000

115

1999

1998

82

102 104

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1996

42

1994

40

1993

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90

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200

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Unlike a residential investment property, where the rent is collected by the owner and rarely gets re-invested back into the asset (apart from maintenance and repairs), blue chip Australian companies re-invest up to 60% of their profits. This allows the company to grow and make everincreasing profits, thus allowing directors to keep increasing dividends. CBA is a great example of where retirees can purchase a share with the sole intention of collecting an ever-increasing income stream, without having to worry about price movements. If diversification is about not holding all your eggs in one basket, then investors should purchase a portfolio of blue chip shares and/or a portfolio of rental properties. Buying one or two rental properties is not being diversified and hence it is far easier to diversify into a portfolio of a dozen shares earning an everincreasing dividend stream. In Australia, we get the extra benefit of using the imputation system, whereby not all of your dividend income is taxed at your marginal tax rate. Unless you are holding your rental property in a self-managed super fund, rent received by the owner will be taxed at his or her marginal tax rate. There are numerous blue chip companies like CBA that continue to grow and pay out strong dividends. Why the financial media doesn’t report stories such CBA and others, I don’t know. What I do know though is how to help you find them. div•i•dend/divi dend/ Noun: A sum of money paid regularly (typically quarterly) by a company to its shareholders out of its profits (or reserves).


Local Financial Advisor - PROFILE Mark Lewin’s past experience in the financial markets as a Bond Broker, gives Mark an edge over many of his peers in the financial planning community. The 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 small client-base. It gives him the time required 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 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. Avenue Capital Management is a privately owned, client focused Dealer Group that specialises in providing tailored financial solutions to mid to high-net-worth families and their businesses.

Two of Mark’s toughest critics were generous enough to provide their feedback: My wife and I have been clients of Mark Lewin’s for over five years now. Mark and his team are responsible for successfully setting us up for retirement. I also want to make sure my wife has trustworthy and honest people to rely on when it comes to financial decisions, if I go before her. Tony, Roseville Mark put structure into our financial chaos. He and his team structured our super funds, put together a proper Will and helped us organise investments. He communicates with us on a regular basis and we don’t feel sold, like we have in the past. Jules & Kate, Turramurra

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COMMUNITY PREPAREDNESS

LOCALnews

for Bushfires

By Jennifer Wray ROSEVILLE: MR SHANE FITZSIMMONS, COMMISSIONER OF THE NSW RURAL FIRE SERVICE STRONGLY ADVISED THAT EVERYONE AT RISK IN KU-RING-GAI SHOULD PREPARE A BUSH FIRE SURVIVAL PLAN. EIGHTY GUESTS LISTENED TO HIS SPEECH AT THE RECENT KU-RING-GAI BUSINESS FORUM HELD AT ROSEVILLE GOLF CLUB ON 29TH FEBRUARY. During his speech Commissioner Fitzsimmons outlined some of the risks posed by fires and discussed how being prepared is an important part of protecting families, homes and businesses from the impacts of bush fires. He said, “Community preparedness is key. When you have a well prepared community working side by side with a strong fire fighting effort you get good results”. He talked about the importance of having a bush fire survival plan in place as a key to being prepared is to understand the level of bush fire risk you and your property are exposed to. Shane Fitzsimmons was appointed Commissioner of the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) in September 2007 and is responsible for over 70,000 volunteers. He is a dedicated fire fighter with

over 20 years of experience in emergency services management. As Assistant Commissioner for Operations, he was responsible for the co-ordination of all fire fighting arrangements during some of the largest bushfires in the State’s history, including the 2001-02 and 2002-03 fire seasons that had a dramatic impact upon the Ku-ring-gai area. During the course of the evening, David Langdon, Chairman of Ku-ring-gai Financial Services Limited, took the opportunity to announce the launch of the “Hero HQ” initiative sponsored by the Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank® branches.

The local facilities for both the Ku-ring-gai SES and Bush Fire Brigade are arguably sub-standard due to their age and the fact that part of their joint headquarters at East Wahroonga have had to be demolished due to building failings. Importantly, the SES facility is the local HQ and a backup regional HQ if required. The cost of rebuilding a modern facility for both organisations is in the order of $2 million. Much of this funding has been made available by the State Government, Ku-ring-gai Council, the SES and the NSW Rural Fire Service. However, there is presently a shortfall in the order of $200,000 to undertake the internal fit-out of these two new buildings. The locally-owned Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank® branches of Bendigo Bank have committed to assist the Ku-ringgai SES and Bush Fire Brigade to raise these funds from the

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community. They plan to do this by directly engaging with the local Ku-ring-gai community and also by matching funds raised by the community on a dollar-for-dollar basis up to a total of $100,000. Denice Kelly, Senior Branch Manager, Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank® branches said, “We are all aware of the issues of living in a bush fire prone area such as Ku-ring-gai but also how other forces of nature can create emergency situations that require a rapid response. We are very proud to be part of this initiative to assist in the fitting out of what will be state of the art facilities for both the SES and the RFS to service the Ku-ring-gai area”. Ku-ring-gai Business Forum dinners have built a reputation for delivering high profile and timely speakers. The Forum was established in 2004 and is an initiative of the Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank® branches. The aim of the Forum is to promote and develop opportunities for local business people to network with each other and build relationships in a relaxed social environment. For further information on the Community Bank® branches, Kuring-gai Business Forum dinners and how you can support the “Hero HQ” initiative, please visit www.turramurrracommunity. com.au or contact Turramurra Community Bank® Branch, phone 9488 9496 or Lindfield Community Bank® Branch, phone 9416 6337. For more information on forming a bush fire survival plan, please visit www.rfs.nsw.gov.au.


banking

Looking for the perfect home loan? At Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank® Branches we know there’s more to home loans than the interest rate. That’s why we help you choose the perfect home loan for you, with the flexibility and features that suit your needs. Chances are your existing home loan could do with an overhaul. And the good news is your local Community Bank® Branch may be able to help you refinance for less than $600.*

So whether you’re after a loan with a variable or fixed interest rate, a line of credit loan or an investment loan – you’ll find the perfect home loan at Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank® Branches. And by doing your banking with us, you’ll be helping your local community prosper. So call into one of the branches at 1273 Pacific Highway, Turramurra, phone 9488 9496 or 318 Pacific Highway, Lindfield, phone 9416 6337. We’re open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and Saturday 9am to 12 noon.

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