Neighbourhood Media Dee Why Magazine | Issue #6

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Looking back on Long Reef

IT’S great to be back in Dee Why - and just in time for the longer days, and (slightly) warmer weather. This issue is all about community! We shine a light on some of the incredible organisations that are working behind closed doors to provide assistance to those in need; we even have a local cafe offering free support to those in vulnerable placesgreat work Mind Cafe!


Natasha Chabadova - Local artist and creator of our gorgeous front cover

We took a walk around Long Reef Headland and learnt about its incredibly rich history, you can read all about that on Page 4 and 5. We met two fantastic women shaking things up and heading up the service department at a local Auto Dealership, we’ve put together a Dog’s Day Out Guide so you can plan a fun day out with your pooch on the Northern Beaches, there’s puzzles, our local directory + HEAPS more.

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Humpback highway off the coast of Dee Why


Jackson Kelly - From Rugby to Wrestling


Sunshine, sand and smiles - now you’re chalking!


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IThe circular trek from Dee Why Surf Life Saving Club (DY SLSC) north to Long Reef Headland and Fishermans Beach, then back around Dee Why Lagoon (via Pittwater Rd), is approximately 7 km with amazing views (and not too steep).

IT’S an enjoyable 90-minute walking adventure at all times of year, especially during whale migration season (May to November) when these magnificent leviathans can be seen offshore making their long journeys between the Southern Ocean and the Coral Sea.

The seafront path follows part of the route of the Bicentennial Coastal Walkway, which extends from Manly to Palm Beach. As well as spectacular vistas from windswept cliffs and opportunities to pause for picnics or a paddle in the ocean, there are several key points along the route that are historically fascinating.


At the southern end of Dee Why Lagoon, hidden behind bullrushes and almost submerged, lies a dual row of 22 timber poles. Resembling the supports for a ruined jetty, these rotting stumps are actually remnants of World War 2 sea defences to halt a Japanese invasion, known as “dumble stops”.

After three Japanese mini submarines entered Sydney Harbour in May 1942, one of which torpedoed a ferry upon which 21 sleeping sailors were killed, shoreline defences were erected from Manly to Newcastle. These included rolls of barbed wire and “dragon’s teeth” (metre-high concrete pyramids weighing two tonnes apiece) along the seafront, and dumble stops - timber bollards - driven into tidal lagoons.

The shoreline defences were embedded to impede tanks arriving by marine craft. Their main tactic was to channel the tanks into areas where they could more easily be intercepted and destroyed by heavy armaments. Incidentally, one of the aforementioned submarines,

M-24, which managed to evade capture and escape out to sea, rests on the sea floor 5km off Bungan Head, Newport, at a depth of 55 metres. Its two crew members are still aboard, having committed suicide, and it is a protected war grave.


On the southern face of the cliff above Long Reef Beach, close to where the path to the headland ascends from the sand, lies a hidden tunnel from an old copper mine. In operation for a short period in the 1930s, it was dug horizontally 30 metres into the claystone and had a rail track for buggies along its floor.

Years after it was abandoned and occupied by roosting bats, the entrance was capped with a concrete plug, to deter youths from entering and risk getting buried beneath collapsed ceilings.

Hard to detect, the sealed entrance is described on Flickr website by a photographer as “between the red-brown oxidised rocks and grey-green reduced siltstone.”


Fossils of sea creatures and marine plants often fall from the cliff face around the headland.

According to Northern Beaches Council, “Formed in the Triassic period 230 million years ago, Long Reef Headland is unique in Warringah for its chocolate shales, claystones and ironstones.

“Fossils of fish and plants are not uncommon on shale rock platforms. In 1986 the Australian Museum uncovered the bones of a 200 million year old, 2 metres long Labyrinthodont amphibian, similar to an axolotl.



Located at the northern base of Long Reef Point, on the southern end of Collaroy, lies Fishermans Beach. Part of Long Reef Aquatic Reserve, the oldest aquatic reserve in NSW, it’s a sheltered cove ideal for snorkellers and at low tide rock pools appear. Pelicans also inhabit the beach.

The water is often reddish due to the erosion of the volcanic clays. However, be mindful that the beach is not patrolled by surf lifesavers.

From the 1870s a small community of fisher folk dwelled in seafront cottages, although there is only one of these small buildings remaining, which was built in the 1930s. A Council photo from 1937 shows three houses. The sheltered cove was also used to collect cattle and ship them to Sydney markets when the district was farmland in the 19th century.

A few rusted winches from this era still line the shore; one is believed to have originally been used to haul a buggy in the copper mine on the southern face of the headland.

Several ships have run aground at Long Reef, where no lighthouse was built, despite the imposing headland and exposed reefs at low tide.

These include: the steamer SS Duckenfield in May 1889 with one fatality (which already had a notorious reputation from multiple collisions and maritime accidents dating back to 1876, one of which involved the washing overboard and drowning of 500 sheep); and the paddle wheel steamer Euroka in October 1913 which disintegrated on the rocks

by Fishermans Beach.

Incidentally, Collaroy Beach was named after a paddle steamer, the SS Collaroy, which ran aground there during dense fog on 21 January 1881 and lodged in the sand. It was not recovered until 4 years later but became a popular tourist attraction in the interim.


The whole Upper Northern Beaches region was originally inhabited by the Garigal, a saltwater people, whose clan totem was the whale. Historians believe they ranged from Dee Why Lagoon north to Broken Bay and the Lower Hawkesbury, and west to Terrey Hills, encompassing Middle Harbour Creek, Cowan Creek and Pittwater.

There are numerous Aboriginal sites revealing evidence of their thousands of years of inhabitation, including rock engravings, shell middens, grinding grooves, cave art stencils and shelters.

According to an online e-book, Long Reef Golf Club, The First One Hundred Years, “prior to white settlement, the coastal aborigines used part of the headland area as a burial ground. Some of their remains were excavated during the early construction of the golf course and Clubhouse.”

A versatile maritime culture, the Garigal paddled out into the Pacific Ocean in simple canoes made of gum tree bark to catch fish and marine creatures. The first Europeans reported that they surfed recreationally in these water craft too – like modern sit-on kayaks.

“Several ships have run aground at Long Reef, where no lighthouse was built, despite the imposing headland and exposed reefs at low tide”.


CNatasha Chabadova’s art on the cover of this issue of Neighbourhood Media speaks to her travel and spiritually-inspired art background. Titled Spirit Reunion, and from her Cenote Collection, it shows humpback and shark whale spirits uniting, and invites viewers to dive into their inner worlds and experience release.

CHABADOVA wants readers to look and “see the magical world [and] feelings of liberation and curiosity. The whales trust the process of life, even though they may lead to the unknown. The act of dreaming, travelling, jumping, flowing whales and hanging plants symbolises this feeling of release, ease, exhale and liberation all people need to live a harmonious life.”

After living in Dee Why over the past four years, Chabadova is currently visiting family in Slovakia with plans for a group exhibition with her mum on the theme of cenotes (underground caves sacred to the ancient Maya).

“I started to paint cenotes many years ago inspired by my travels around Mexico, Yucatan,” Chabadova shares. “When I moved to Australia and lived in Cairns, the whale migration season had started, and I created a very dreamy cenote reversed painting with three different whales.”

“I paint these mystical places in dreamlike abstracts and realistic forms,” she says. Recently, her painting Cenote Whale Constellation was selected to feature as a mural on a famous sea wall in Bondi Beach, which visitors can visit until later this year.

Chabadova found her passion for art, culture and travel at a young age. She hosted her first exhibition at 19 in her Slovakian hometown before continuing to exhibit in other cities around the country. Her paintings began to be purchased worldwide, “It made me so happy when I reached the first 100 sold paintings.”

“Visiting different countries, seeing world galleries and at the same time exhibiting and selling my artworks was a dream that gradually turned into reality,” Chabadova shares, “I have travelled to several countries, of which I was particularly interested in Mexico and Australia, where I draw inspiration when painting to this day.”

“Every technique I tried, and every country/ landscape I saw, gave me new impulses and ideas that shaped my style. Painting straight on canvas feels free and relaxing, like swimming in the ocean.”

Over the years, she started «NatashaArt,” which evolved into a creative space and studio alongside a brand name to sell her work under. She adds, “My creative process can never miss good music and a cup of coffee.”


When Chabadova relocated to the Northern Beaches, she had a desire to introduce art and music to balance a culture oriented toward outdoor activities and sports. She started supporting younger generations through art and music education, which developed into a variety of art workshops and sound healing therapies with guided meditations helping adults and children in their path of self-discovery, self-development and harmony.

“Some very special events included art and sound healing retreats, which were a combination of sound healing with various healing instruments, exploring art, spirituality, beauty, relaxation and a healthy lifestyle focused on the four elements (fire, air, water, earth). I also enjoy holding sound healing events on various beaches in Australia.”

“I am very happy to see change,” she says on noticing more art and music classes and events on the rise in the Northern Beaches. “My teachings are all about inspiring others and myself, so when I see my clients and students becoming sound healers or focusing more on creating art, it feels like my mission was successful.”

To stay updated with Chabadova’s ventures, visit her website at or follow her on YouTube at @magic. missioner.

To stay updated with Chabadova’s ventures, visit her website at or follow her on Instagram at @magic.missioner



BETWEEN early May until late August, whales journey northwards through the Tasman Sea to the Coral Sea, and out into the South Pacific Ocean, many of them in close proximity to the shore.

From mid-August until late November the cetaceans return; the early southbound travellers on route to the Southern Ocean bypass the late northbound, often socialising as they cross paths.

Humpbacks, which feature distinctive fluted chins and long fins with up to 11 bumps known as ‘tubercles’, are, along with southern right whales, the most common of the migratory cetaceans in our waters. Around 30,000 (of the approximately 80,000 humpbacks worldwide) travel up and down the east coast of Australia every year.

Humpbacks and grey whales travel the longest distances of all whales – some swim a 10,000km round trip during their migratory cycle! Males often leap completely out of the water - known as ‘breaching’ - during demonstrations of strength generally intended to impress females.

However, only a few species of dolphins migrate, often travelling in pods among the whales, and they trek significantly shorter distances, preferring instead to follow the seasonal movements of their favourite fish prey.


Whales frequently pause to rest or socialise in bays and sheltered coves during their migration.

Bondi, for example, receives occasional visitors. On 6 June 2023, a small pod of around six whales were filmed frolicking in the bay. On 31 May 2022, curiosity got the better of two young humpback whales that swam in to closely inspect a group of three ocean swimmers returning to Bondi Beach. The incident was filmed by a drone and made national news.

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On 9 July 2013, surfer Bishan Rajapakse was knocked unconscious when a 15-metre humpback flicked him off his board with a swish of its tail, just 70 metres offshore. Fellow surfers transported the concussed rider in to the beach, who later joked, “maybe it was giving me a high five!”

Typically among the last southbound stragglers coming close to shore in October-November are the new-born calves on their first long-distance journey south, accompanied by their mothers. They usually swim closer to the shoreline to avoid hungry predators, especially orca, which roam in packs seeking vulnerable young whales on which to feed.


The word ‘cetacean’ is derived from the Ancient Greek ‘ketus’, meaning ‘monster-sized fish’, although they are not fish but warm-blooded mammals that give birth to live young, breathing air through a nostril ‘blowhole’, not filtered through gills.

There are 86 species of whales, dolphins and porpoises worldwide - are all marine-dwelling carnivores with diets that range from miniscule plankton to fish to other whales. 45 species of cetacean are found in Australian waters, including 10 large whales, 20 smaller whales, 14 dolphins and a single breed of porpoise. Some of them are seasonal, others resident all year round.

Cetaceans can be divided into two categories of feeders: Baleen, which have thin, frayed-end strainers for teeth through which they filter small marine creatures like plankton and fish.

Toothed, which generally prey on fish and squid, although some, like orca (aka “killer whales”, which are actually large dolphins and not whales, despite their name), also hunt seals or other cetaceans.

BThe annual whale migration season is in full flight, as an estimated 40,000 cetaceans make their way up the east coast to warmer waters for feeding and breeding.


There are several high vantage points along the Sydney coastline from which to view whales, including: Ben Buckler Point, north of Bondi Beach; Burrows Park, Clovelly; and The Gap at South Head.

Further south, Magic Point, Malabar, and Solander Point at Kurnell are popular whale-watching spots.

On the Northern Beaches the new Burragula and Yiningma lookouts on North Head offer spectacular sea views, or Long Reef Headland and Barrenjoey Lighthouse.

Baleen whales sighted off the coast of Sydney include: Bryde’s, fin, humpback, minke (Antarctic and its dwarf subspecies), right (both southern and pygmy) and sei whales. Blue whales too, albeit once in a blue moon.

Toothed whales witnessed offshore include: southern bottlenose, pilot (long and short-finned), melon-headed, sperm (including pygmy and dwarf sub-species), and several ‘beaked’ species (Andrew’s, Arnoux’s, Blainville’s, Cuvier’s, ginkgo-toothed, Gray’s, Shepherd’s and strap-toothed).

Several species of dolphins inhabit the coastal waters around Sydney, including bottlenose, common, dusky, hump-backed, Indo-Pacific, pantropical, Risso’s, rough-toothed, spinner (which perform spectacular, corkscrew-like acrobatic flips), striped, and the orcas (including false killer whales and pygmies). Some dolphins swim into bays to feed or even surf the waves breaking close to shore!

“Humpbacks and grey whales travel the longest distances of all whales – some swim a 10,000km round trip during their migratory cycle!”

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GWhen you think about the Northern Beaches perhaps the last form of entertainment that would come to mind would be professional wrestling, however, as one young local found the region is flush with wrestling fans.

GROWING up in Dee Why Jackson Kelly was your stereotypical Northern Beaches «beach bum» who also loved his footy. As he grew up Jackson’s passion for footy became his driving motivation, so much so that he was recruited to the Manly Sea Eagles development squad, where he played alongside the likes of Jake & Tom Trbojevic, Clint Gutherson & Luke Garner - all of whom have since gone onto become NRL superstars. Reflecting back on his time within the Manly Sea Eagles system Jackson remains incredibly humble, “It was a pleasure to be a part of that system because in all honesty I was just one of the guys who made up the numbers in the squad & always knew I was never going to make it to the top level.”

Although Jackson didn’t ever feel like he could make it to the NRL his efforts certainly weren’t helped when he suffered two very nasty shoulder injuries in quick succession, “I broke both of my shoulders & had quite major surgery on both shoulders within 3 months.” Despite his football days coming to an early end Jackson still has a deep seeded love for rugby league & the Manly Sea Eagles.

“I look back fondly on those days. I’m so glad I had those opportunities because it kept me fit & gave me purpose at that time in my life,” explained Jackson. «I still love the game. I love seeing the Trbojevic brothers, Clint Gutherson, Luke Garner & a few other guys that I had the privilege of playing with now playing in the NRL & I still love going to Brookvale Oval to support the Sea Eagles.”

With his rugby league career over Jackson found himself searching for a new passion & direction in life. After a year travelling the world with mates Jackson turned to his childhood passion, professional wrestling.

“In 2015 I wasn’t sure what I was going to do but I knew I had a bit of a desire to still remain athletic. I still wanted to train, be physical & use my body but I just needed a purpose,» said Jackson. “As a fan of wrestling growing up I always thought that maybe one day that could be me, so in 2016 I set out to make that the year I focused on becoming a professional wrestler.”

To embark on this journey into the world of wrestling Jackson ventured over to Iowa in the USA to train under WWE superstar Seth Rollins at the Black & Brave Wrestling Academy. Despite his rugby league background & the gruelling training in the Manly Sea Eagles system Jackson explained that the transition to wrestling training was still far from easy.

“I definitely had a leg up on some other students at Black & Brave. I also feel like rugby league helped me, but it still wasn’t easy. I honestly compare the 3 months I did at Black & Brave with an intense 3 month pre-season with the Sea Eagles”

Wrestling isn’t simply physical though. As a pro wrestler Jackson also had to develop a character, so rather then reinventing the wheel he tapped into what he knew - the Northern Beaches!

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“My hair is a bit shorter now but when I first started I had the long blonde hair & a beard, so I was a caricature of the Northern Beaches, I was a beach bum! It has been super handy to be able to lean into the stereotype of the Northern Beaches. That character has pretty much written all of my wrestling stories for me in the last few years because whenever I’m outside of the Northern Beaches I get a lot of heat just because of how we’re perceived.”

On the flip side whenever Jackson & his home promotion, International Wrestling Australia (IWA), return home to the Dee Why RSL he receives a thunderous reaction.

“The crowd at Dee Why blew me away the first time we ran there & then each time since they have maintained the noise & passion for wrestling,» Jackson said proudly. “Performing at the Dee Why RSL was super special for me because I grew up 5-10 minutes away. I grew up going to the Dee Why RSL when I was 18 & have had plenty of nights out there. So to be told that we were going to run a show there & that I was going to be featured as a large part of the show was super fun.”

In regards to what fans can expect from an IWA show at the Dee Why RSL Jackson explained that, “IWA is a really fun show... Our show will typically go for 2 hours & people will generally grab dinner beforehand... We get a lot of families coming along but there’s also a lot of energetic young adults who are there to have a good time as well. As performers that allows us to have a really good time as well so it’s an all round fun evening. When IWA does return to Dee Why RSL in the not too distant future I recommend everyone heads down there!”

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HSurf, Sand, and Smiles Collide: the Local Chalk Artist Spreading Joy

HAVE you been lucky enough to catch artist, James Maltman, creating an Australian-inspired chalk mural along the Dee Why Beachfront? The artist returned to his former local beach to meet some old friends but ended up “blown away” by support from the community as he worked on the artpiece (“they were even bringing me homemade biscottis!”).

We caught up with him to learn more about chalk art and his ongoing creative connection to Dee Why.

How did you get started as a chalking artist?

I started during lockdowns. I lived in Dee Why, and needed to find a way to keep my 3-year-old entertained. I found some chalk in the house, and we took it to our front path. Before that, I had never really drawn, certainly not with chalk. Slowly, I improved and noticed families on their walks stopping to admire the drawings. I started to do more, with my son deciding on subjects. Lots of my early work was from his favourite shows like Bluey. From there, I built the courage to head to the beach to create art on the

sea walls.

We loved seeing your work in Dee Why. Can you tell us more about the piece and the Aussie characters involved?

The Northern Beaches Council has always supported my work. Although I recently moved out of the area, they asked if I wanted to draw a mural at Dee Why Beach. I jumped at the chance to reconnect with the community.

I landed on surfing characters as it felt like I was returning to how it all began - drawing characters my son loves and throwing in some for the older crowd. I’m most proud of having Blinky Bill hold a Bubble O’Bill Ice Cream!

Can you tell us more about your connection to Dee Why?

My wife and I lived in Dee Why for about ten years. Only a short walk from the beach felt like I was on an eternal summer holiday. I loved the beach, cafes, restaurants and people. It’s a melting pot of cultures and personalities.


I’ve felt an immense connection to the community through my chalk art – families on their morning walks, groups gathering around while I create a piece or a friendly nod and smile of a local while I draw in the early morning hours.

It makes me extremely happy to think I’ve been able to bring just a little joy to the amazing people of Dee Why.

How did Dee Why locals respond to your work as you were creating it?

I was nervous the first few times I drew at the beach but gained more confidence every time. I often came early in the morning; I got to see some incredible sunrises and build a connection with regular locals walking, surfing or swimming down at the beach. I moved away last year but have been able to return a few times, and each time I get the warm response of “YOU’RE BACK!”

What role does a suburb play in your designs? Where to next?

For me, it’s about being part of a community and suburb. The community of Dee Why has done so much for me.

I’m now living with my family in Sydney’s northwest suburbs and have brought my chalking to a new community. I fit my chalking around work and family life and continue to do small commissions, but mostly my work is voluntary and just for joy rather than money.

How can people support your work?

Follow me @now_yourechalking. Share my work, tell your friends, hire me for an event, say hello if you ever bump into me while I’m drawing or buy me a virtual coffee at https://

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IAs life gets busier & more stressful many of us forget to make our mental & physical health a priority. Knowing this inspired Willie Bishop, the Head Trainer at F45 Brookvale, to create the Brothers4Brothers support group.

IN A recent conversation with Neighbourhood Media, Willie told us how the group came to be and how they support men’s mental health, particularly in Dee Why.

What was the major inspiration behind the foundation of Brothers4Brothers?

The inspiration behind Brothers4Brothers actually came from my marriage separation. Being married for 17 years but then separated for two I hit rock bottom and went through deep anxiety and depression. I was also very suicidal at that time as well.

Then one morning I had a penny-drop moment and made the decision on the spot to become a better man and role model for my two younger boys at the time. After two years I was able to reconcile my marriage and save my family.

Now 5 years on we have two new additions to our family. Having experienced all of that and coming through the other side gave me a passion to help other men.

How big of an issue is men’s mental health in Australia?

I believe there’s still a massive stigma around men’s mental health. Which is why I believe so many men continue to take their own lives.

I truly believe that men’s groups, like Brothers4Brothers and others, are so important for our mental health and wellbeing. It’s a safe space where we can talk and unpack.

How does Brothers4Brothers help support mental health awareness & improve mental health overall?

Brothers4Brothers is a safe and comfortable space where men can talk and show vulnerability without judgement or expectation.

We facilitate one-day workshops where we speak about vulnerability and breaking the stigma around this issue. We also have weekly Zoom chats as an opportunity to check in with each other and keep each other accountable.

We also have fortnightly walks that are open to our community.

The work we do in this space doesn’t discriminate. It’s open to all men from all walks of life.

What separates Brothers4Brothers from other men’s mental health/support groups?

We value family, culture, connection and community. The reason why family is first to me is because I lost mine in the past. What I went through I don’t want any man to experience. So family first always.

In saying that, understanding your culture and where

some of your behaviours may come from is really important to understand. Having a genuine connection is what I search for these days.

The relationships and friendships I choose to form are now based on the heart and soul of a person. Not what’s on the outside.

I believe with these values we are able to connect with like-minded men, and people to build community and awareness in this space.

Have you found that tackling mental health outside of a traditional setting allows men to open up more?

I never felt a genuine connection when I was seeking professional help. Just by chance, I connected with someone through sports which was my outlet that I felt really comfortable around. To this day he mentors me and has educated me so much that I now find myself in his shoes educating and helping others.

Who specifically is Brothers4Brothers designed for?

The work we do in this space doesn’t discriminate. Our home is open to any man, or teenager that is looking for growth, self-development, connection and community.

In terms of our Dee Why issue, what should men in the area be on the lookout for from Brothers4Brothers?

Through this journey, I’ve learnt that sometimes people come and go for whatever reason. I just want our community to be aware of who we are and what our vision is. To create a safe space where men can talk and show vulnerability without judgement or expectation. It’s simple.

What are some of the highlights coming up in the next few months for Brothers4Brothers?

Our next major event coming up is going to be supporting the Suicide Prevention Day Walk. It’s something we supported last year and will continue to do again this year.

I’m in the process of looking at speaking in high schools and running mental health and wellbeing workshops for years 7/8. I believe early intervention is the key.

We’ll continue to gather fortnightly as a brotherhood to build connection and community.

I’ll also continue to do one on one mentoring with men.

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IIN RECENT years, our community has faced some hard challenges, so it’s no wonder mental health has come to the forefront of conversations. Lockdowns and long periods of isolation have seen a large increase in declining mental health and the current cost of living crisis hasn’t helped to steady emotions. These factors, compounded with the usual challenges of everyday life has made the need for in-person communication and support all the more greater.

The impacts our mental health plays in our overall wellbeing are fortunately better understood now than in bigone eras, despite this there has been little to no increases in funding or resources. The overwhelming strain on the mental health system has direct impacts within our communities and it is often those you would least suspect who are suffering the most.This means, it’s more important than ever for us to come together as a community to support those less fortunate, or those that may be struggling with mental health issues.

Thankfully, the Sydney’s Northern Beaches has MoWaNa. Standing for Mona Vale, Warriewood and Narrabeen, MoWaNa is a community-led Safe Space group offering peer-support for those experiencing emotional or suicidal distress. They have taken up residence at The Mind Cafe in Narrabeen.

Co-designed by Roses in the Ocean, MoWaNa is part of their National Community-led Safe Space Project, developing spaces for people to meet, share and support each other throughout Australia.

MoWaNa President Melani Kypri candidly shared her story of attempeted suicide and struggles with mental health with the Northern Beaches Advocate, saying:

“From my experience being in hospital and the recovery period, I thought we’ve got to do better. People that are feeling mentally stressed out, they need peace and quiet, they need calmness around them,”

With that, the idea or MoWaNa was founded. The Mind Cafe, owner Guy Morel, also told the publication,

“This issue is really close to my heart. The purpose and values behind this café align with what MoWaNa is about.”

MoWaNa offers a person-led non-clinical approach to support, whereby people with Lived Experience are actively involved in all aspects of the Community-led Safe Space. The organisation is staffed by Peer CARE Companions (PCC) who have either had their own lived experience of suicide, have supported someone else in crisis, or who have been bereaved by suicide.

It is important to remember, that community is more than just the street or suburb that you live in, community also means being able to seek out and offer support.

A community based service supporting people facing emotional or suicidal distress and creating ‘safe spaces’ right across the Northern Beaches.
MoWaNa operates from 5.00pm to 9.00pm, Friday to Sunday, at The Mind Cafe ( 1346 Pittwater Road, Narrabeen). All are welcome to attend. If you need immediate help, call 000.


1. WHAT prompted you to take on a job in cars? Have you always had an interest in them?

Samantha: “My father ignited my passion for the motor trade. I watched him climb the ranks (in sales) as a child. He used to bring home fast/ fun cars. Since then, I have always had an interest in cars. It wasn’t until I started in the motor trade that my passion really grew. Selling cars didn’t satisfy my interest, I understood that service is where the real fun begins.”

Skye: “Similar to Samantha, my father was in body repair. I watched him work in a garage most of my life. It sparked a passion and interest in cars. I have always been interested in cars and saw the perfect opportunity to grow my knowledge in something I was passionate about.”

2. It’s no secret that the car industry has, since its foundation, been overwhelmingly male. What do you make of it as women in the workforce?

Samantha: “Both Skye and I agree. I have been in and out of the trade for nine years; it has always been dominated by men. It is more progressive, which is fantastic. Just because the industry has previously been a male-dominated area doesn’t mean that you should feel incapable or inadequate to start a career in something you’re passionate about. I can confidently say both Skye and I are headstrong women who aren’t intimated by the environment, nor should anyone feel it creates limitations.”

3. How long have you been in the industry? Have you noticed any changes since you’ve started?

Samantha: “Roughly 9 years. I originally started selling cars when I was 17. I was in a team with 13 men. Since then, a lot has changed; I’ve worked with several really fantastic women, I hope that trend continues.”

Skye: “I’m new to the industry, but having an all-female customer facing service department is normal to me even though it’s certainly not normal within the industry.”

4. Do you believe that there are more obstacles in the car industry for women than men?

Samantha: “I think it’s more a personal limitation that you can create for yourself. If you believe that the motor trade is difficult for women, you will become a product of that way of thinking. There are disadvantages at times, but nothing substantial has put me off working in this type of environment.”

Skye: “I personally do not feel that there were any obstacles and I’m excited for what the future holds!”

Neighbourhood Media is always looking for those in the local community who are challenging norms and making a difference in their respective fields. For this issue, we were fortunate enough to catch up with Brookvale Nissan’s Service Manager, Samantha Lamb and their Service Provider, Skye Evans, to talk about their roles and experiences as women working in the car industry.

“The motor trade is becoming progressive; having a female service manager gives me the ambition to continue to develop my skill set in the industry and strive to do the same”.

5. In what ways do you hope the industry will continue to change to be more accessible to women?

Samantha: “It’s important to have both genders in any type of work environment. Being defined by a certain sex to do a particular role seems unnecessary, you create the opportunities that you want. I truly believe that the industry is more inclusive, and Skye and I are a perfect example of that.”

Skye: “The motor trade is becoming progressive; having a female service manager gives me the ambition to continue to develop my skill set in the industry and strive to do the same.”

6. Do you find that working at Nissan Brookvale has helped develop your skills and support you in your careers?

Samantha: “I have worked here for several years now. It has helped shape me into the person I am in a professional and personal manner. No one wants to spend any money on their car; Brookvale Nissan has helped give me the skill to communicate something that isn’t always an easy conversation.”

Skye: “As someone that has recently started at Brookvale Nissan, it is helping me develop the necessary skills to progress in my career.”

7. Any additional items or pieces of information that you’d like to share with our readers?

Both: “The motor trade is a weird and wonderful place to work. Regardless of gender, people should strive for the

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career they want to achieve. If you want to see us wonderful women in action, please come and visit us at Brookvale Nissan.”

To learn more about the team at Brookvale Nissan head to or call into to their dealership at 583 Pittwater Road, Brookvale, NSW 2100.



We’ve checked out some of the best value for money memberships in Dee Why to help you make the most of what’s on offer!


$5 per year | $10 per 3 years | $15 per 5 years

THE Builders Club at 18 Fisher Rd is one of Dee Whys most versatile venues and has been around since 1958. The club offers a heap of daily food/drink specials, a range of entertainment options as well as social activities. As a member, you’ll receive discounted drinks and weekly members specials, access to weekly raffles, free vouchers during your birthday month, free weekly trivia, jackpot badge draws and you’ll be in the draw for daily random prizes!

You can apply online or in person at the venue.


Training packages from $69

LOOKING for a great way to keep active and connect with other locals? You can’t look past F45 Dee Why! With cardio classes on Wednesdays, resistance workouts on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays and Hybrid classes on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays, F45 Dee Why has got you covered. Complete functional HIIT team training workouts in only 45 minutes and make friends while you’re at it! To learn more, go to:


Memberships from $35 pending age and category per year

BECOMING a member of the Dee Why SLSC is the ultimate way to get involved in the local community. With memberships ranging from patrolling, non-patrolling, nippers and more there is something for everyone! Membership entitles you to surf safety information, surf sports as well as access to training and coached. For more, visit:


$15 Junior Membership per year | $30 Adult Membership per year

PCYC Northern Beaches offers community-centred activities and programs from all ages. This includes sports competitions, learn-to-play programs, pre-school classes, teen fitness classes, social sport, L-plate safer drivers program, school holiday programs, Fit4Life programs, school sport and much more. Additionally, PCYC Northern Beaches also boasts the newest indoor sporting complex in the area, having openined in 2017. To join PCYC Northern Beaches and find out more, head to:



$5 per 2 years | $15 per 5 years | $20 per 10 years

ONE of Dee Why’s biggest, and oldest venues - if you’re living or working in 2099, this is a club you should definitely join. Membership includes a bunch of perks, but we think the highlight is receiving Members Pricing across every restaurant and bar in the venue! You can also access the DY Reward Points program with non-expiration rewards points. There’s heaps of other bells and whistles, including discounts at Zone Bowling. Fun fact, over the years Dee Why RSL has amassed more than 67,000 members! You can join online, or in person at one of thier kiosks or at reception:


Social Membership $10 per year | Bowls Memberships from $70 per year

WITH a stacked calendar of family friendly events, Dee Why Bowling Club membership is well worth having! Members are entitled to discounts across food and beverages as well as loyalty points to be redeemed at The Club and annual birthday points for further deals. From weekly Thursday night trivia to raffles and weekly meal deals, there’s always something to look forward to at The Dee Why Bowling Club. To see what’s on offer head to:


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If you’re a dog parent living on the Northern Beaches, you’re in for a treat. On the Northern Beaches, we’re blessed with many fabulous dog-friendly walks, right on our doorstep. There are also some beautiful dog-friendly beaches and if you’re more in the mood to relax and enjoy a coffee or a bite, we’ve listed a couple of great dog-friendly spots for you to try.

Let us inspire you to get out and explore with your furry best friend.

SSTARTING off with Red Hill Reserve. It’s a beautiful dog-friendly area that offers a range of walking trails for you and your fluff to explore. The walking trails are surrounded by native flora and fauna, providing a peaceful and serene environment for you and your dog to enjoy. Dogs are allowed in Red Hill Reserve on a leash. Make sure to bring your own water and poop bags as there are no facilities available in the reserve.

Next up is the Narrabeen Lagoon Trail: This 8.4km loop walk is mostly flat and offers beautiful views of the lagoon and surrounding bushland. Dogs are allowed on a leash, and there are plenty of spots along the trail to take a break and soak in the views - and even a few cafes where you can sit outside and enjoy a coffee or grab something to eat to replenish your energy.

The Long Reef Coastal Walk: This beautiful walk offers breathtaking views of the ocean and coastline. It’s an easy walk and is suitable for all fitness levels. Dogs are allowed on a leash, and there are plenty of spots along the way to stop and take in the views. If your dog is up for a good play with some buddies we recommend checking out the off-lead dog park off the golf course!


The Freshwater to Curl Curl Coastal Walk is one we’d highly recommend! This stunning walk offers spectacular views of the ocean and coastline. It’s an easy walk that stretches for about two kilometers and is suitable for all fitness levels. The entire walk is dog-friendly, and if your dog is up for a good play with some buddies we recommend checking out the off-lead dog park and the doggy beach where dogs are allowed to swim*. Gusto by the Beach is a wonderful dog-friendly spot with outdoor seating, enjoy a nice breakky and a coffee with stunning ocean views to really start your morning off right!

Manly locals know that Manly Lagoon to Hinkler Park is also a fantastic dog-friendly walk in the Northern Beaches of Sydney. Manly Lagoon is surrounded by a walking and cycling track. Dogs are allowed on a leash everywhere and there are even parts where dogs are allowed off lead. Hinkler Park is a well-known fully fenced dog park where dogs are allowed off-lead. Dogs are allowed to dip their paws in the water on the edges of Hinkler Park as well as the doggie beach at the start of the walk*. Stop by The Corner at Queensie to grab a nice coffee on-the-go.

Clontarf Beach or “Sandy Bay dog area” is another great spot to explore if you have a social, water-loving pooch. We’d recommend visiting at low-tide, because the beach area almost disappears at high-tide. The beach and parts of the lawn are officially part of the “off-leash” dog area. In between Sandy Bay and Clontarf Reserve you’ll find the Sandy Bear. Dogs are welcome at the outdoor tables, even if they’re sandy! Offering breakfast and lunch daily, the menu features all of the classics with a fresh and healthy focus befitting its beachy vibe.

*be mindful, the water in the lagoons can be polluted, especially after lots of rainfall.

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CHARLIE & LIDDIE - The friendly felines are long-time Northern Beaches residents, Liddie since the first half of 2012 and Charlie since late 2013. They both came from the same original household; where their original ‘owners’ moved house and left them behind. Luckily, a neighbour was feeding them, but couldn’t adopt them, which was our fortune! Liddie’s owner is a young boy and they are very bonded. She’s sweet natured, very pretty and very loved! They are both big fans of food, and not fans at all of the cat carrier.

POPE - When you look up adorable in the dictionary, there’s a picture of Pope! This boy is a unique mix - Mini Aussie Bulldog x Border Collie - bet you haven’t heard of that before. He is super sweet, cheeky and will do anything for food. He loves going for walks to the park and the beach. At home, you can find him chewing a toy or devouring a bone.

EECO-CONSCIOUS Dutch greenwares brand Elho began as a small family business in 1964 and has been focusing on sustainability ever since, with all products designed and manufactured in Holland. Additionally, Elho create their beautiful designer pots by using over 8 million kilos of waste each year!

Not only do Elho’s amazing products work to save the planet, but they’re also built to last a lifetime - designed with long-lasting colours, UV protection, lightweight and frost-resistant materials – they are the perfect addition to any home. What’s more, all of their products are made using renewable energy via wind power.

In March of this year, scientists reported that there were more than 170 trillion plastic particles floating in our oceans, with the rate of plastic waste entering aquatic environments set to more than double by 2040 unless plastic production is slowed. Now, making use of recyclable materials and reclaimed waste particles is more important than ever.

We can hardly go online or watch television today without seeing images of polluted oceans; thankfully, Elho is trying to change that by bringing sustainability into the garden and home! Their newest range, the Ocean Collection Designer Pots, is made - as all Elho pots are - with 100% recycled materials. This collection helps keep our oceans and waterways clean as each pot is made using recycled maritime plastic granules. This includes plastic from items

such as fishing ropes, nets, and dragnets.

This inventive process of using different, recycled plastics allows for every pot to be unique, with different colour tones and natural marble effects reflecting the colours of the ocean such as “Pacific Green” and “Atlantic Blue”. This makes them perfect for mixing and matching around your home and garden. Not to mention they come in a variety of shapes and sizes to fit your needs.

Elho is a world-leading innovator in garden pots with selections for all spaces and styles – indoor or outdoor, hanging or floor, balcony pots or raised veggie beds – Elho has all your gardening needs in one sustainable and stylish brand! They also have you covered with an extensive range of gardening accessories, including self-watering inserts and greensense aqua cares – designed to help your plants receive the right amount of water.

Elho pots, accessories and their new Ocean Collection can be purchased online and are stocked at most Bunnings and Flower Power stores throughout Sydney – to find your closest store selling Elho pots or to order yours today, head to:

Keep the oceans clean and your garden looking great with Elho’s sustainable new line.

Jackson Kelly went to the USA to train with celebrity WWE superstar Seth ______

A place where you will find a food + drink special every day of the week. The _______ Club

Local Chalk artist, James _______ spreading Joy.

A mental health initiative providing a safe mental health space for men. Brothers4______.

The Bicentennial Walkway extends from Manly to _____ Beach.

Grey and White cat living in 2099.

Type of whale most commonly seen off Dee Why Beach?

MoWaNa is co-designed by ____ in the Ocean.

Canine friendly cafe close to Curl Curl_____ By the Beach.

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A unique educational environment for boys in Preschool to Year 6

To apply or find out more phone 8302 5200

One of Australia’s leading golf retailers for over 40 years, providing a huge range of the world’s leading golf brands to golfers of all levels and ages. There are over 50 stores nationwide, with one in our little seaside hamlet of Dee Why! All products come with Australian warranties, and you can head in store for expert advice and knowledge.

1/33 Oaks Ave, Dee Why 9982 4566


Your local experts in mattress and bedding - first established by husband and wife team Warwick and Kris in 1991. Sleep Doctor prides themselves on exceptional customer service and always having the most recent product information. The team is always sourcing and supplying the highest quality products. 25 years later the business is still family owned and run and we still aim to offer the highest level of service and advice always.

10 Howard Ave, Dee Why 9972 1260

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A trusted pet care provider in Dee Why, servicing the Northern Beaches in Sydney. We’re committed to keeping your fluffy friends happy and healthy, specialising in private dog walks, house visits and overnight pet care. «We love the No Fluff team! They are so responsive, reliable and accommodating to our beagle pup, he looks forward to his walkies every week! - Sarah Williams, Dee Why”. Visit for more information.

For bookings

text Mel on 0431 468 238

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