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MAG A ZINE Issue 5 - Summer 2019/20







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Welcome to Issue 5 of Shire Talk Magazine, Summer 2019/20 Edition Issue 5! Where has the last 12 months gone? Looking back over the last four editions of the magazine, gets me a little reminiscent. How proud we were of our first magazine; how our team discussed what we would do and how we would do it. Our visions and goals for Shire Talk. At the time, we had 15,000 established followers across all our social media platforms. Now, 12 months on, we have a reach of more than 40,000 across all our platforms; plus, another 10,000 in magazine readership. We produce a weekly YouTube Shire Talk TV episode, focussing on local businesses and news from around the Shire; we have the Shire Rewards App, rewarding customers for shopping locally; and now, we are broadcasting LIVE every Wednesday evening from 6pm until 8pm on 2SSR 99.7FM with our talk back show. I am beyond proud of all that our team have been working tremendously hard on. And we are all very proud of Shire Talk. As the central hub of the Sutherland Shire, everything we do is driven by you, the residents and businesses of our wonderful area. Thank you for going on this journey with us and I am sure you are all looking forward to what we have planned for the next 12-months. Take a look inside for information on our new Shire Rewards businesses – Ur Pho, The Wholesome Pod, Nourish Cafe and The Bearded Barber; we have a Sharks season round up; and a whole double page spread dedicated to Christmas and school holiday activities in the Shire. Plus, don’t forget our events calendar and all the latest information on our radio show. Local designer, Cookie Empire Kids is running a Christmas giveaway, so take a look on page 9 for how to enter. On a different note, I was very privileged to hear of Georgia and Alana’s story. Read about what they are doing to make a difference to men’s mental health and wellbeing on page 15. Plus, read all about Bronte and Luke of Stellar Experiences and the opportunities they are providing to young people. Wishing you and your families well over the festive period. See you next decade!

Julia Baker CONTENTS IN THIS ISSUE Letter from the Editor.................................................Page 3 Ur Pho......................................................................Page 4

THE SHIRE TALK TEAM Julia Baker, Managing Editor

Corey Blake, Presenter @corey.blake

Lauren Holly, Writer @happylaurenholly

Tartarin Laurent, Photography @it_photographer

Joel Beatton, Sports Writer @joelbeatton

Hannah Geraghty, Writer @Forty_feisty_fatigued

Jessica Osbourne, Food Writer @theshirefoodie_

Sam Oliveri, Videographer @samoliveri_media

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Brett Whipp, Editor-in-Chief

Come on baby, light my Shire....................................Page 6 Kids Christmas Holidays Activities............................. Page 7 Goodness in a Pod................................................... Page 8 Cookie Empire Kids.................................................. Page 8 How to Avoid Over-Indulging this Holiday Season.....Page 9 Shire Foodie Cocktail Crawl.......................................Page 10 Stellar Experiences....................................................Page 12 Sharks Season Review...............................................Page 13 Totum Health.............................................................Page 13

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Ur Pho UR PHO is one of Cronulla’s newest restaurants, opening in June 2019, and are also one of the latest businesses to join the Shire Rewards program. Offering traditional Vietnamese cuisine such as Pho Noodles, Salads and Stir Fry as well as Vietnamese hawker food, owner Tim Nguyen understands the importance of providing quality in both food and service and is committed to doing so. Plus, as a member of Shire Rewards he feels it is an opportunity to get closer to and give back to the Shire community. Having already run a Vietnamese restaurant in North Sydney, Tim has a wealth of experience spanning 10 years in the hospitality industry, which perfectly places him for this restaurant in Cronulla. The eatery invites everyone of any age, single, couple or family; catering for all tastes and dietary requirements. Since all food is prepared fresh and made to order, the team can satisfy vegan, gluten and dairy free diets. They can even accommodate functions. Some of their best sellers include, Crispy Spring Rolls, Ur Pho Shaking Beef, Crispy Pork Belly with Steamed Kailan and Pho Noodle Soup. Open daily from 11.30am until 9.30pm, so whether you’re looking for a quick lunch or a leisurely evening meal, Ur Pho is one to add to your list. Ur Pho is located at 138 Cronulla Street, Cronulla and is offering a 10% cashback on all purchases on the Shire Rewards App. Download it now for free.

Do you listen to 2SSR? It’s on 99.7FM and is the sound of the Sutherland Shire and has been broadcasting on a permanent basis since 1992! Over the years the organisation, which is run entirely by volunteers, has grown and continued to flourish to become the wellrespected radio station they are today. It is even streamed online across the globe from their modern and efficient studios! The station is now a thriving community and prides itself on its diverse range of programs that are targeted to both the regular and casual listener. This includes including a minimum of 30% Australian content across the whole schedule as well as encouraging local artists to contribute. 2SSR are continually seeking to attract new talent and one of the ways they do this is through providing broadcasting training courses. They also have huge community links and are involved in different areas around The Shire.

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Shire Talk, live on air What happens when the voice of the Sutherland Shire and the central hub of the Sutherland Shire partner together? Well, we’re about to find out as 2SSR and Shire Talk join forces to bring you Shire Talk, live on air every Wednesday evening! When was the last time you had a good old conversation about what’s happening in your local area? Was it with your neighbour, or perhaps the cashier at the supermarket? Maybe you were chatting to the parents at pick up, or families in the café? Or, do you prefer to connect on social media, commenting on posts or finding out information? Every week, we will be giving you the opportunity to talk about all the local issues that matter. Our team will be posting questions about pressing Shire issues or asking for your opinions on events that are happening. We’ll be doing that via the Shire Talk Facebook Page so keep your eyes peeled for the question of the week. Then on Wednesday night Shire Talk will be going live on 2SSR 99.7FM to find out what the Shire is talking about. As well as reading your comments, we’ll be interviewing key members of the community and even taking the odd phone call from you, our listeners. So, don’t forget to tune in every Wednesday at 6pm to 2SSR 99.7FM If you have anything you’d like to chat about or contribute to our show, please email us or phone us on Wednesdays between 6pm and 8pm on 9545 1800.

What’s on 2SSR 99.7FM? With more than 130 members of staff including presenters, all giving their time voluntarily, their passions are clear. There is such an eclectic mix of genres, personalities and subject areas and an abundance of talent at 2SS. Whatever your style, rhythm or interest, there’s something for everyone.

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Come on baby, light my Shire! As we come into the festive period, there is one thing that the Shire really does put on a show for – our Christmas lights! We got up close and personal with Steve May who runs the Shire Griswolds, a Facebook page celebrating the wonderful effort so many of our residents go to decorate their homes for the enjoyment of others. Steve describes himself as a true hobbit having lived in the Shire his whole life and currently resides in Gymea Bay. His wife Louisa is an artist and lecturer both at tertiary level and at Hazelhurst Gallery. Their mini Shire Griswold is Charley, their 14-year-old daughter.

Tell us about Shire Griswolds. What do you do and why? “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” is my all-time favourite Christmas movie and is our family tradition to watch it every Christmas. It’s a fun comedy movie about the Griswold family and dad, Clark who covers the family home with 25,000 fairy lights, accidentally causing a citywide power cut! It got me thinking about all the amazing light displays we see in The Shire and how there are so many people, just like Clark, who love putting up lights for others to enjoy. Because that’s the true treasure of Christmas lights – they’re always for other people’s enjoyment.

What happened next? There was never a true hub for Christmas lights in The Shire, even though everyone goes nuts for them. Yes, there were streets who ran the odd competition, but there wasn’t a central ‘brand’ that encompassed all The Shire lights. Big or small, Shire residents have always been proud of their light displays. It ramped up significantly in the late ‘90s in Bonnet Bay – just ask the residents who remember the traffic congestion! As lights became more accessible and less frustrating – searching for a blown bulb would take hours! – it spread further across other Shire suburbs. You’ll now find terrific light displays all over the place. So, a couple of years ago, I basically thought about linking the two things together – The Griswolds movie and The Shire. Shire Griswolds was born.

Competition Time! #LightUpTheShire is back! Sutherland Shire Council is encouraging everyone in our community to get into the festive spirit and spread some Christmas cheer by decorating and lighting up your home for your chance to WIN some fabulous prizes! Entries open 25 November to 12 December and voting from 13-19 December 2019. To enter and vote visit:

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What makes a ‘good’ Christmas lights display? Firstly, there are no ‘bad’ light displays. Anyone who takes the time to decorate their home with any amount of lights is a Shire Griswold in my eyes. I guess a display that stands out from the crowd is one where you can tell a lot of time has gone into the composition. More lights aren’t necessarily better (try telling that to Clark Griswold!) but certainly, the volume of lights does seem to capture imaginations more. And perhaps other things like illuminated inflatables and wooden lawn characters do as well. There are just too many to choose from to name the most interesting display, but our favourites are always the streets that combine to create an alleyway of illumination magic.

What was the most memorable display you have seen? Rachel, who runs the 16 Days of Christmas Fundraiser at her place in Engadine always creates a wonderfully immersive Christmas display. Everyone loves meandering through her garden, it’s such an incredibly festive experience. It literally takes her months! There’s the Tea Tree Place display at Kirrawee, that’s always a crowd-pleaser. Oneresident has been providing a snow machine for over 20 years, which the kids and parents equally love standing in front of and copping a spray! Then you’ve got Allembie Avenue in Caringbah South, always orchestrating a bigger thanbig display! And they’re just the tip of The Shire illumination iceberg.

Are there any Shire Griswolds traditions? It’s only early days, but I hope there will be. There are a few Shire Griswolds T-Shirts floating around now! Part of the magic is finding new and wonderful displays that “up the game.” Traditionally, we compile our “must-see list” and my daughter and I spend many nights travelling around The Shire, visiting and determining which of the displays we consider “mustsees.” Keep an eye out on Shire Griswolds and Shire Talk socials for the list of “must-sees”.

For all your Shire festive light displays, don’t forget to use the following tags hashtags on social media @ShireGriswolds @ShireTalk @SuthShireCncl #LightUpTheShire #ShireTalk #ShireGriswolds #SutherlandShireCouncil

Don’t settle for boredom and your kids eating you out of house and home … here are 9 things you may not have thought about doing this summer holidays! Make a Movie Workshop Fancy being the star in your own movie? Or perhaps you prefer to play an active role behind the scenes? Lauren and her team at Make Me A Rockstar are hosting a Movie workshop on Thursday 16 th January 2020! More info at

Swimming Holiday Camp Hilltop Swim Academy are running a holiday camp on Thursday 19th and Friday 20th December. For just $50 per day, the kids can enjoy heaps of on-site activities, sport, swimming and crafts! Plus, all food and drink is included! Call 9524 8280 or email

Love playing with make up? Want to learn more? The Bridal Bar in Caringbah will be running a few sessions over the holidays for kids aged 5 to 17. The 5-9-year-olds can enjoy a Little Glams Mini Makeover Session, whilst the Tween Session is for for children aged 10-13 years, with a more educational emphasis. The open age group of 14-17 years takes on a more serious side of hygiene and techniques. Keep an eye on their Facebook page @ bridalbarau Plus earn 5% cashback using the Shire Rewards App!

Looking for Santa? Loftus Volunteer Bushfire Brigade will be helping Santa see all the good boys and girls around the Shire; handing out lollies to whoever is waiting to see him. Jannali East - 8th December 9am – Noon Sutherland / Jannali - 10th December 5:30pm - 8pm Como South - 11th December 5:30pm - 8pm Como North - 12th December 5:30pm - 8pm Yarrawarrah - 17th December 5:30pm - 8pm Loftus North - 18th December 5:30pm - 8pm Loftus South - 19th December 5:30pm - 8pm Visit or their Facebook page @LoftusVolunteerBushfireBrigade

How about something gooey? Slime Factory offers a range of services; from slime parties to slime presents! They’ll come to your place for either a party or simply to entertain the kids in the holidays & spend time making slime with the kids supplying all the ingredients & decorations. Plus their ready-made slimes make some great birthday and Christmas gifts! Give them a call on 0412 962 728 or find them on Facebook 7 ShireTalkSpring 2019/2020 7 ShireTalkSummer 2019/2020

Bricks for Kids Bricks for Kids are hosting the ever popular, engaging and super-fun Workshops with LEGO® Check out their AWESOME workshops including, Junior Robotics, Galaxy Far Away, Ninjas, Minecraft, Lego Movie, Superheroes, Amusement park and lots more! Plus Use your Creative Kids Voucher before 31 December. Spots are limited. We continue to sell out so book fast: https://www.bricks4kidz.

Art Workshops Greta from Creative Heartworks will be running a series of workshops that encourage your kids to connect with their creative side; whether you have never painted before or always wanted to explore and develop your skills and creativity. All classes run from 10am until 11.30. 7 January 2020 - Under the Sea – Drawing & painting sea creatures in watercolour 8 January 2020 – Paint Your Own Galaxy – Acrylic on Canvas 14 January 2020 – Playing with Pastels – Pastels on paper 15 January 2020 – Underwater Silhouette – Acrylic on Canvas 21 January 2020 – Drawing Techniques – Graphite on paper 22 January 2020 – Summer Tasty Treats – Drawing & painting in watercolour To Enrol contact Greta on 0400401771 or email Facebook: @creatheartwork

Fancy a bite to eat? Nutrition Station in Miranda will be bringing out a new menu in time for the summer holidays. See what’s on offer on their Facebook page - @nutritionstationmiranda Plus earn a 10% cashback using the Shire Rewards App!

Plus, don’t forget to check out Sutherland Shire Council! They have heaps of activities on across the Libraries, Leisure centres, Entertainment Centre, Vacation Care, Bushcare events &Hazelhurst Art Gallery. Go to www.sutherlandshire.

From rockabilly to sustainable kids adventure wear. How local designer encourages kids to build their own empires. Inspired by her love of animal print, spots, tartan, patterns and a wealth of red, red and more red; Cookie Empire Kids is on a mission – to help children embrace the diversity of the world, one item of clothing at a time. We spoke to Sarah Plumer aka Cookie, the label’s Owner and Creative Director about her latest collection to hit the streets. Originally established as a “women’s rockabilly pinup” clothing line, Cookie had three very successful sell-out seasons. In 2016, however, the company took a different direction by creating functional kids wear that is durable for little adventurers. “I’m a fashion designer and patternmaker by trade, so when as a mum I couldn’t find many pants that would keep their knees and bottoms padded on hard surfaces, it made sense for me to just make something. My son actually spent his first winter crawling in my baby patch pants.”

NEW Range and Matchy Matchy! As her children grow so does her range. Working out of her Cronulla studio, Cookie designs and makes all the clothing herself and has just created a line of dresses and Matchy Matchy just in time for Christmas! Not only are her designs practical and fashion-forward, but they are also environmentally considerate. All fabrics have both the Australian climate and the kids who will be wearing them in mind. Sustainably sourced Lycra allows the clothing to be durable, crease-resistant and comfortable, whilst the eco recycled cotton blend helps kids to stay cool.

- High UV Protection - Ultra-chlorine resistant - Durable - Functional - Age-appropriate - Soft on the skin - Easy care - Withstands stains and odours - Approved by toddlers

“Each season, we design the prints on regenerated fabrics. Our clothing patterns are proudly made in Australia and sewn locally. I am a firm believer in longevity in our clothing, not fast fashion; and would rather upcycle a piece of clothing than contribute to landfill.” Cookie states. Cookie plans to use her clothing as an opportunity to give the next generation the chance to escape and be free, explore life and what it has to offer. “We want little ones to find out who they are by encouraging them to explore their world,” she says. “Our clothing will complement their movement and needs in the Australian climate and beyond. Follow on


Goodness in a Pod! Nathan Porter is a new father, all about keeping it real. His passion for real organic food and giving back to the community is what gets him up every morning. That and his beautiful 18-month old daughter, Willow! Having worked in the health industry for more than 10 years, he has recently opened The Wholesome Pod Café offering a tasty array of organic meals, snacks, coffee and desserts. For breakfast you might choose the Caringbah Smash or have the Vegan Burger for lunch. Something to drink? Try their Peanut Butter Pleasure Smoothie or even a Keto Coffee. “Being a business in the Sutherland Shire means a lot to us; the people we meet, the relationships we form and the conversations we create is why we do what we do,” Nathan says. “We offer healthy food to a growing community every day! That’s our goal, that’s our focus, that’s our life!” And now he has joined the Shire Rewards program, offering 10% cashback on all purchases made at the café. Nathan believes that it’s a fantastic way for local businesses to create awareness, an important asset to all owners and managers. “Everyone believes in their business model; Shire Rewards lets everyone know about it!” So next time you find yourself in Caringbah, or even if you don’t – make that trip over to The Wholesome Pod at 218d Willarong Road, Caringbah.

Download the FREE Shire Rewards App and start earning 10% cashback at The Wholesome Pod TODAY!

Facebook: @thewholesomepod Instagram: @thewholesomepodcafe

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How to Avoid Over-Indulging this Holiday season

Christmas is a time of joy, love and sharing moments. It’s also a time of stress- sleep-deprivation, long lines and circling Miranda Westfield for 45 minutes looking for a park. It’s the time we’re encouraged to leave our hair down (and our wallets open) and indulge – in everything. Before I write on, I want to preface - everyone needs rest, reward and guilt free spontaneity from time to time. If you indulge while honouring your values, then keep jingling your bells! But if you’re unhappy your hand is in the cookie jar more than Santa on December 25, then I have some tips to help ditch the ‘over’ and keep the ‘indulge’.   1. Meet your needs Appetite is more than just physiological hunger. It is also the product of your hormone and neurotransmitter levels. Put simply, if you’re feeling stressed, tired or otherwise run down, then it’s likely your levels of dopamine and serotonin (among other things) are low. In the short term, caffeine and sugar can boost these levels, so you may find yourself compensating by reaching for a coffee 0r sweet treat. But these could never meet demand, so you’ll find cravings persist long after you’re full causing a constant want for more. To avoid this dangerous cycle, it’s important to meet your bodies needs by eating balanced meals that reflect the energy expended, getting at least 8 hours sleep and drinking plenty of water. To target dopamine specifically, mindful activities such as practicing gratitude or laughter yoga (as featured in our last issue) will provide a natural boost that keep cravings away.  2. Have a strategy Take a moment for honest reflection and identify those circumstances and foods that tempt you to overindulge. Only by understanding the behaviour can you change it. Then, you can adopt strategies to get your desired outcome. Here are a few of my favourites as an example:  Eat with intent. An absent mind watching TV, working or on the go is far more likely to overindulge and finish a packet or plate rather than eating until satisfied. Instead, take a break and enjoy your food. Make it inconvenient. The more inconvenient an option, the less likely we are to choose it. If you know that chocolate of an evening is your downfall then don’t include it in your regular shop so you would have to make a special trip. Store it at the back of the fridge and only take one square at a time from the kitchen. I guarantee chocolate will stop being a comfort and start being ‘too hard’.

Make it convenient. On the flip side, support good choices by making them easy. Meal prep to predetermine portion sizes and have fruit and veg easy to reach. Ban Excuses. Don’t use the season as an excuse to go overboard. Keep it Christmas by indulging on those days that have been in your calendar for more than 2 weeks and keeping yourself in check if it’s just another Thursday. Keep going! You wouldn’t throw your car away because of one flat tyre, so don’t discourage yourself because of one bad meal. You can do this.

A quick word – if you no longer feel in control of your eating, then you’re certainly not alone and it’s time to reach out for some help. Your GP is a good first contact, though of course I prefer hypnosis – drug free, fast and effective. May your season be jolly, your to-do list short and your Christmas tree always lit. Remember to enjoy this silly season- we only get so many.

All my merriest wishes


WIN 2 pairs of toddler patch pants or a custom matching set for Christmas! Show us your kids being active and exploring our world. Capture their authentic paradise! - What are they loving? - What makes them smile and laugh? - Play in the sand or dirt? Mud play, splash, play pots ‘n’ pans? - Climb? Dance, or jump? Show us their sense of adventure, discovery and of being active! Post a short boomerang or 10 second Facebook video clip to the Cookie Empire Facebook Page - @CookieEmpireKids *See Instagram for terms and conditions PLUS, Shire Talk readers will also get a 10% discount off all clothing on their website – with the code shiretalk

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The Shire Foodie Cocktail Crawl As the weather warms up, what better way is there to catch up with friends then over cocktails?!

As voted by you, we embarked on a cocktail journey throughout The Shire, taste testing the finest cocktails on offer. So, whether it’s a family Christmas catch up, long lunching with friends or a quick cocktail before dinner, the venues below have you sorted!

Rocksalt Tapas Menai | @rocksalttapas Famous for their incredible Golden Gaytime cocktail, Rocksalt Tapas offer a great selection of Tapas food and most importantly… a long list of delicious cocktails! My Picks: No Way Jose and White Choc Passionfruit Martini

Jensen’s Restaurant

Kareela | @jensensrestaurant Jensen’s is the gift that keeps on giving, with a recent expansion and relaunch, there are many more reasons to headthere. A Cellar, Atrium, Cocktail Bar, The Laneway, Dining Room and Private Dining Room are all unique spaces you can enjoy all year round. Highly recommend ordering an Antipasto board to enjoy with the cocktails. My Picks: Pearls of Wisdom and The ScientistMartini

Union Place Hotel

Jannali | @unionplacehotel Your new local premium pub is well and truly here! With weekly entertainment, exclusive membership deals, delicious food and loads of drink specials, there’s no reason not to pay a visit to Union Place Hotel. The Gin Spritzers were some of the best cocktails I’ve ever had. Picture a sunny Summer afternoon sipping on a Gin Spritzer… mmm yes! My Picks: Strawberry and Rosemary Gin Spritzer and Ole Ginny

C.C. Babcoq

Cronulla | @ccbabcoq One of Cronulla’s newest venues, C.C. Babcoq features a Bar, Rotisserie and an Eatery with a focus on making contemporary comfort food. With a menu designed for sharing, C.C. Babcoq is the perfect spot for some share plates and tangy cocktails over summer! My Picks: Juicy Watermelon Sour and Everyone Loves Strawberries

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Croydon Lane

Cronulla | @croydonlane Tucked away in the lane, you’ll find this beautiful Wine and Tapas Bar! Sophisticated cocktails, Tapas Thursdays, Puppies and Pinot and Martini Hours, there really is something for everyone. Get the Yonce and thank me later! My Picks: Yonce and Lit Sailor

Alphabet Street

Cronulla | @alphabetst An authentic, modern Asian restaurant with a cocktail menu to die for, Alphabet Street screams a long lunch over summer, but be sure to make room for the refreshing cocktails and even a few Espresso Marts at the end. My Picks: Alphabet Apple Martini and Salted Caramel Espresso Martini

Lever Bar (Grind Espresso)

Cronulla | @grindespresso @leverbarcronulla Well, well, well, no longer just your coffee-stop in Cronulla but Cocktail bar too! Opens exclusively on Friday and Saturday nights from 5pm onwards, Lever Bar is perfect for a pit stop on your way to dinner, featuring a chill vibe and Gin list to salivate over. My Picks: Green Spritz and Abbey-Gaga

For more details on each of the venues and cocktails, head to @theshirefoodie_Jess, The Shire Foodie x Website:

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STELLAR EXPERIENCES MAKES INDEPENDENCE ACCESSIBLE TO ALL According to studies, an average person makes in the region of 35,000 choices on a daily basis. Our choice of what to have for breakfast, when to read a book, check social media. What we choose to do when we finish school, study more, get a job, volunteer? Choosing what to do in one’s free time – movies, travel, socialising. Everyone has that freedom to make decisions for the future; to be independent. But what if society perceived your ability as having to rely on others; or that because of your circumstances you would be less able to participate in society? Stellar Experiences is the brainchild of Bronte Hendricks and Luke Muttdon; with both having experiences and qualifications in inclusive education, disability provision and health – the perfect combination for an organisation with big goals. “Our main goal is to provide endless opportunities for young people with disabilities to access all aspects of their community.” says Bronte. “We want to break down the perceived barriers of what people with disabilities cannot do and empower them to be independent; and actively engage in each and every part of the life they choose, not what society dictates or believes they are capable of.” And so Stellar Experiences is first and foremost a social, recreational and travel company. It’s secondary that these opportunities are for young adults with mild to moderate disabilities and mental health conditions. Over the past few months, the pair have been breaking down barriers, facilitating activities that are based around the interests of the young people; whether that’s going to sports games, attending events or holidays. They also have exciting itineraries planned for 2020, as Stellar Experiences will be travelling to Queenstown, The Pacific Islands, USA and Europe! Their most memorable experience so far has been their first overnight, interstate trip to Melbourne for the weekend. Bronte explains that everyone got along well and had an amazing time. Their guests were not only appreciative and thankful for the experience, but with so many referring it to as “the best weekend of their life,” it reinforced to the Stellar Experiences team they are genuinely making a difference to their guests’ lives. But it is also the lifelong friendships that are being formed; the instant connections, the smiles and sense of inclusiveness and community that solidifies Luke and Bronte’s goal for their organisation. The notion that their unique and tailored experiences promotes this. “It makes us feel so fulfilled to see how happy they are to be making connections. It also motivates Luke and I to continue to provide experiences for more and more young people, so we can help them achieve the same sense of belonging,” says Bronte. “It’s honestly so rewarding - we have a group message and all our guests chat to one another constantly. Every single morning, they say, “ Good morning, my Stellar Family” and likewise at night-time before they go to bed. I guess that speaks for itself. They belong, they have that friendship group now that they always deserved!!” Their commitment to helping young people have normal teenage experiences extends way beyond their social circle. Luke and Bronte have been overwhelmed by the amount of support and positivity from both their guests and their families. Since they are of a similar age to the young people, their experiences are perceived as a more of being out with friends. “We are providing experiences that are ageappropriate; activities that they see other young people their age doing but may not have had the opportunity to do before, such as attending a music festival!”

For more information on Stellar Experiences, check out their website PLUS use the code ‘EXPERIENCE’ to claim 10% off your first day tripwith Stellar Experiences!

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Season Review: Cronulla Sharks 2019 ended with a 28-16 qualifying final loss on the Northern Beaches for rookie head coach John Morris’ Cronulla Sharks. The season was a mixed bag for the Sharks, who struggled to find consistency in an injury-marred season. In his first year atop Cronulla’s first-grade coaching ranks, Morris blooded in a number of promising youngsters, whilst calling out the inconsistencies of some of his veterans. Despite finishing in the top

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eight, it isn’t hard to see why numerous But, the season was not all doom pundits have labelled season 2019 a and gloom, with a number of rookies breaking onto the scene, all stepping up failure for the boys from the Shire. when called upon. Bronson Xerri and When looking at the roster at the Briton Nikora were both nominated for beginning of the season, it was easy NRL Rookie of the Year honours, for Sharks fans to be optimistic. A roster loaded with that type of talent whilst Billy Magoulias powered the should have been able to compete for Shark’s feeder side Newtown to a State a title or, at the very least, survive a Championship victory over the Burleigh week or two into September. However, Bears. 2019 was also the last season a pair of issues prevented the Sharks that Paul Gallen will pull on a Sharks from reaching anywhere close to their jumper, with the 38-year-old retiring full potential – poor goalkicking and a after 19 years as a Shark and a clubrecord 348 games. Gallen debuted for devastating injury toll. the club in 2001 and captained the side The Sharks ranked only above the to their maiden premiership in Wests Tigers in the goalkicking 2016, playing 32 test matches for department. Their goalkicking woes Australia and 24 Origins for NSW became most apparent during a three- along the way. game stretch midseason, in which they of this season’s lost three consecutive games by two Regardless points. In those three games combined, disappointment, the Sharks will be Shaun Johnson, Chad Townsend, and looking forward to season 2020, Kyle Flanagan kicked a combined hoping that Graham, Moylan, Johnson 3/12 goals. Combine those with their and Fifita are fit and healthy heading one-point Round 24 loss to the Raiders into the preseason; and, that young where Flanagan missed all three of his stars Bronson Xerri, Briton Nikora, Jack conversion attempts and the Sharks cost Williams and Blayke Brailey can build themselves a potential eight competition on their breakout seasons. points purely off goalkicking. From an injury standpoint, only Kurt Capewell, Despite having no Paul Gallen in the Matt Prior, and Chad Townsend squad for the first time in nearly two managed to appear in all 25 games, decades, Sharks fans should be excited whilst stars Wade Graham, Matt to watch the growth of their promising Moylan, Shaun Johnson and Andrew youngsters and the class of their Fifita all missed significant time with experienced stars. injury.

More than just a beard; more than just a barber The humble barber shop has always been more than just a place for a man to get a haircut. In past incarnations you could also get a shave and minor surgical operation. Over the centuries it has continued to evolve and play a special role in society. You don’t just go to The Bearded Barber, run by brothers Moe and Marty, for a haircut. While the barber is no longer the local surgeon, Moe admits he does adopt the role of social worker, marriage counsellor and careers advisor. And he wouldn’t have it any other way. He understands that for some men the barber/client relationship is important for physical and emotional wellbeing. As you enter their new premises, it feels like walking to a home lounge room. A warm smile welcomes you, inviting you to have a seat, to soak up the family atmosphere. Moe and Marty pride themselves on creating an extended in family. They’ve been serving the community for 19 years and love it’s vibe. In order to expand the range of services available they needed to expand to a larger space. What you don’t see out the back is the discrete one-stop-shop of male pampering options. Inthe 21st Century men get lasered, waxed and deserve a relaxing facial after a long work week, but can be reluctant to go into a beauty salon run by women for women. This obvious gap in the market has been filled by Moe and Marty. The offer teeth whitening, microdermabrasion and can even help acne prone skin with needling to rejuvenate the skin. The Bearded Barber genuinely want all their clients to leave looking and feeling refreshed, confident and ready to face the world or even a first date. As a staple in The Shire, Moe and Marty have clients who they gave their first haircut to and have now taught them to shave. They place much value on building relationships with their clients as well as the extended community. It’s not surprising they are involved with the Dandelion Support Network who offer assistance to families in need of a helping hand. After understanding how family orientated these young men are, such generosity is at the core of themselves as individuals and businessmen. Download the FREE Shire Rewards App and claim your 10% cashback on every purchase made at The Bearded Barber – 4-6 Wandella Road, Miranda

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Meet the Shire’s Super Dads Jesse Benson is making waves at Cronulla Beach. As the Founder of Dads and Co, his aim is to create a safe, private and respectful space for dads of all walks of life. Since creating his Facebook group, the membership has quickly grown and is now close to 400 dads. Having a baby can create a sense of disconnect with the life you had before children. You may even be the first one in your circle of friends to have a baby. When Jesse’s son was born, he wanted to do activities with him, but that he could also do with friends. Through the Dads and Co community, he can meet others who are in the same situation and understand the trials and tribulations of sleeping patterns, feeding and changing nappies. Every Saturday the group meet at Elouera Beach at 9.30am; walk up to the RSL and back to have a coffee and a chat. There is no set topic, but dads are welcome to talk about anything they wish. It’s about getting some fitness in as well as connecting with people going through similar stages of life and having a positive effect on men’s mental health. “Dads have a kind of, or males in general, have a stigma of not talking, or being a bit shy about talking about concerns they might have; whether that be childhood, or fatherhood, or work, or anything in life,” says Jesse adding that it’s important for the group to be a safe space that dads could do this. And he assures dads wanting to join that whilst it can be a bit nerve wracking to join in something you don’t know; the group is open – all types of dad, whether you’re single, separated, soon-to-be – it’s just popping down the beach and meeting other dads. Connect with Dads and Co on Facebook or online at

How young friends are working together in the face of grief TRIGGER WARNING: This article deals with sensitive issues including depression, anxiety and self-harm. There are never any words to describe losing someone. Even if you are prepared in some way because they are unwell. But losing someone to mental illness, often suddenly and without warning, leaves so many questions, feelings, and emotions; the raw emptiness, hollowness, and overwhelming sadness. Alana White and Georgia Selmon never want anyone else to feel the way they do after the tragic passing of one of their closest, long-term friends. No one should have to feel the pain and hurt they do, and they want to do as much as they can to prevent this from happening to someone else and their loved ones. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, men are three times more likely to die by suicide than women. Men are also far less likely to seek help for mental health issues than women. “It made us all realise how close to home mental health is,” said Alana. “In all the sadness, we decided we needed to help the wider community bring awareness to this issue and end the stigma on mental health.” And it is this stigma that drives them to make a difference. Alana and Georgia are preparing, with a group of volunteers, a trivia night to raise funds for Beyond Blue, an organisation providing support and advice on managing anxiety and depression. They hope that they can bring the community together, bringing more awareness and creating more support networks for individuals suffering with mental health to prove they are not alone. With a date set for 1 February 2020, the team aims to raise more than $5,000. With some big named prizes, it’s set to be an amazing event for a very worthwhile cause. If you or your business can support the event, either through sponsorship, donations or volunteering, please get in touch by emailing so together we can all make it a success. If you or someone you know needs to talk you can call - Lifeline 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636

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Bundeena Saltwater Market 9:00am - 2:00pm Summers Reserve Just a short walk from Bundeena wharf you can drop by the local Saltwater Market featuring products from several local artists and natural product suppliers.

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Bundeena and Maianbar Art Trail Come along for a peek inside some of Sydney's finest artist studios, nestled on the edge of the Royal National Park. Walk or drive to open artist's studios in the villages of Bundeena and Maianbar.

IMB Bank Cook Community Classic 8:00am - 3:00pm Dunningham Park Cronulla More fun and attractions than ever before! Rock Climbing, Cronulla Sharks players, IMB and The Victor Heart-Check Booth, ANSTO Science Booth for the kids, Reptileshow, plus much more!


Engadine Christmas Market 8:00am - 2:00pm Engadine Town Square

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Surrogacy and Law in NSW 7:00pm - 9:00pm Elocin Legal, Miranda

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LLearn how NSW law applies to your Surrogacy arrangement; covering agreement terminology including both medical and legal terms; the legal process; requirements to fulfill; and, prohibitions.


Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize Exhibition 10:00pm - 4:00pm Moran Gallery


This super-condensed course is specially designed for busy & pregnant couples from 25 to 40 weeks!


Creators and Makers Market 10:00am - 3:00pm Jannali

Handmade market where you will find unique products made with love. Stalls include plants, art, journals, food, cakes, cards, crochet, candles, honey, beauty products and much more 16 ShireTalkSummer 2019/2020

Riverview Markets At Como Public School 9:00 - 2:00pm Various shopping stalls plus food stalls and kids entertainment.

Christmas Express 10:00am - 3:00pm Illawarra Light Railway Museum Ride the Christmas express and have a great day out with family. Meet Santa, steam & Miniature Train Rides, food stalls, shed tours, picnic grounds and kids play areas.

European Outdoor Film Tour Royal National Park 7:00pm - 9:00pm Audley Dance Hall

Family Christmas Fair 4:00pm - 7:00pm St Luke’s Anglican Church Miranda Family Christmas Fair, celebrating Christmas with the local community with a great afternoon planned full of kids activities and fun.

Foodies and Farmers Market Menai 4:00pm - 9:00pm

If your Friday night plans are looking for some excitement, bring your friends and family along to Foodies and Farmers Market Menai. There will be FREE children's activities and entertainment.


A national competition that awards and promotes Australian contemporary photography and excellence.

Transition into Parenthood 9am-5pm Doula Academy of Australia

Cambridge Markets are returning to the Sutherland Shire to host the Cronulla Christmas Markets.

Adventure is waiting! The most renowned film event on the European outdoor

Lots of great ideas for the Christmas list, for people of all ages. Come and fossick out a bargain.


Cronulla Christmas Markets 10:00am - 4:00pm Don Lucas Reserve


Carols in the Parc - Menai 5:00pm - 8:30pm Urban Life Church

Be a part of the Christmas Carols at Parc Menai.

Transition into Parenthood 9:00am-5:00pm Doula Academy of Australia

This super-condensed course is specially designed for busy & pregnant couplesfrom 25 to 40 weeks!

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Divine Women’s Breathwork Circle 7:00pm - 9:00pm Grays Point Join Joanne for an intimate Shamanic breathwork session. Weaving our magic together in a sacred and united circle, the process works to transmute our blockages and reveal our deepest desires.

9:00am-5:00pm Doula Academy of Australia



Transition into Parenthood This super-condensed course is specially designed for busy & pregnant couplesfrom 25 to 40 weeks!




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Transition into Parenthood 9:00am-5:00pm Doula Academy of Australia

This super-condensed course is specially designed for busy & pregnant couplesfrom 25 to 40 weeks!

Make Your Own Teapot 10:00am - 12:30pm Something at Marys

Learn hand-building techniques such as pinching and coiling to create your own unique teapot in this fun and stress-free workshop.

Wheel Throwing Pottery Class 1:00pm - 4:30pm Something at Marys

Now in its 29th year, Australia’s longest-running s print series is back for a new season! Swim in Botany Bay, ride through the Kamay National Park and run this amazing piece of Sydney parkland.

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10:00am - Citizenship Ceremony, Sutherland Entertainment Centre.

Plenty of prizes to be won at this trivia night, raising funds for the Beyond Blue charity.

Celebrate the last day of the Southern Swell exhibition with beer, a barbeque and a DJ on the Hazelhurst lawn.

Southern Swell Exhibition 9:00am - 4:00pm

Celebrate with your family, friends and local c ommunity this Australia Day in The Sutherland Shire.



Hazlehurst Sutherland Shire Arts Centre Last Day Closing Events


This summer Hazelhurst Regional Gallery is going to the beach with a major exhibition, exploring the early days of surfing in the ’ 50s through to today.



Trivia Fundraiser for Beyond Blue Tradies Gymea

Nutri-Grain IronMan / IronWoman Series Round Five 2:00pm - 4:00pm North Cronulla Beach

Four separate, ten minute long Iron races starting with 20 competitors, with the last five finishers in each race eliminated until five are left in the final race.

Entertainment including Alex Hurt, Evie J Willie, Tim Moxey, The Coldplay Show and Endless Summer Beach Party. Shire Vibes is the most relaxed event of the year. Bring a rug and picnic basket and enjoyan intimate and relaxed time on one of the best beaches in the world, Cronulla Beach, while enjoying the eclectic sounds of our most talented musicians.


Enjoy a fun and relaxing pottery workshop, in the tranquil surrounds of Bundeena..

Triathlon NSW Sprint Series Kurnell 12:00 am to 11:59pm Kamay Botany Bay National Park

Shire Vibes is back 4:00pm - 9:00pm


Pip and Pop Playgroup Caringbah South Learning through play; meet local mums and dads whilst the kids have fun - construction zone, play cafe, ride on cars, painting, dress-ups, playdough, mini tramps, soccer, music and more!

An Afternoon At The Proms 2:00 PM Sutherland Entertainment Centre This stunning spectacular salutes the famous BBC Proms Concerts of London’s Royal Albert Hall, including well-known favourites Rule Britannia, Jerusalem, Radetzky March and Elgar’s Land of Hope and Glory.

You Got It! - A Salute to Roy Orbison 8:00 PM Sutherland Entertainment Centre Starring internationally renowned JOHN STEPHAN ‘The Voice From Downunder’.

Senior Moments 2 8:00 PM Sutherland Entertainment Centre

The senior sensation returns! Australian showbiz legends Max Gillies, Tony Barber, and Normie Rowe are having more Senior Moments in this sequel without equal.

12:15pm - 9:00pm - Entertainment 9:00pm – Fireworks Menai District - Blaxland Oval, Illawong 17 ShireTalkSummer 2019/2020

A family with a passion for healthy living – Nourish Cafe Sue and her son Will began as a small business, making pre-prepared healthy meals. The business quickly expanded, and the dynamic duo needed a bigger kitchen. And so, Nourish Café was born. Located on the Princes Highway at Sylvania, the team serve good coffee and a range of wholesome food. The pre-prepared meals have also continued to expand. You can order these direct from the cafe or through Purebred Fitness at Caringbah the brainchild of another of Sue’s entrepreneurial sons. It’s clear the family have a passion for healthy living. Sue raised her children on healthy meals and this ethos continues into the café. Order a Tradies Breakfast (bacon, egg and a hash brown on a roll) for a breakfast boost or try a Nourish Bowl with a healthy protein and crisp veggies for lunch. Plus, if you fancy a not- so-naughty treat, the popular Protein Pancakes are winner! The menu is extensive, combining traditional café options with healthier options. Sue and Will can simultaneously provide low carb and high carb meals whilst catering for allergies. They even have a Bariatric Meal program for people who have had weight loss surgery. Nourish Café are also keen to give back to the community by sponsoring kids’ soccer teams around The Shire.  A perfect pairing - their messages of health with their love of the Shire.

Next time you’re in Sylvania, check Nourish Café out and earn 10% cashback on all purchases made. Download the FREE Shire Rewards App today!

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Welcome to As you can see, this edition of Shire Talk Magazine, along with our social media feeds have been full of Shire Rewards. We are truly excited to be launching this amazing platform that allows businesses to network and the people of the Shire to benefit.

We have a number of businesses who have jumped on board with our launch offer and as you can see from the logos below, there is a whole range, from cafes, beauty to fitness and car maintenance. You will also see their profiles throughout the magazine. In fact, there were so many that wanted to join that we didn’t have space to include them all in this issue, so we will introduce you to them next quarter.

We are LIVE!

So how does it work?

Where can I use my points?

Shire Rewards is a loyalty program that gives you money back on your purchases. That money is stored as points on your app which you can then spend at any retailer within the Shire Rewards Network.

At any retailer within the Shire Rewards Network. They will display our sign at their point of sale. We already have several businesses involved, but this is growing on a daily basis.

Does it cost me anything?

How do I redeem my points?

No, it costs nothing to set up and the app is free

This is all done via the app. You select the number of points you wish to redeem and the retailer you wish to spend them with. You then show them that you have used some points with them in order to reduce your bill.

What do I have to do? It’s simple. All you have to do is download the app from the App Store or Google Play, set up your account and away you go!

How do I earn points? When you make a purchase, just take a photo of your receipt and upload it to the app. The points are then calculated based on the percentage the retailer is offering, and then added to your Shire Rewards account.

How much are my points worth? Each 100 point is worth $1.

Can I use my points for anything else? Yes, each month, we will choose a local primary school or charity. Instead of spending your points, you can choose to donate your Reward Dollars to them.

Are there times when I can earn bonus points or get a special offer? Yes. Using the latest technology, you may receive notifications via text message of special offers that are only available to Shire Rewards customers. This means that you can also win prizes or additional points just by being in the “right place at the right time!”

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Shire Talk Magazine - Issue 5 - Summer 2019/2020  

Sutherland Shire's best magazine. We share everything you need to know about what is happening in the shire, coming events and what locals a...

Shire Talk Magazine - Issue 5 - Summer 2019/2020  

Sutherland Shire's best magazine. We share everything you need to know about what is happening in the shire, coming events and what locals a...

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