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The People Have Spoken Words James Hutton, Publisher Welcome to the July 2020 edition of The Beast, the monthly magazine for Sydney’s beaches of the east. After three months of weirdness, I feel like we’re finally coming out the other end. Thanks to local artist Lucinda Boden for this month’s cover (which is available to purchase). The Bondi Pavilion refurbishment has begun, so we thought a cover featuring the grand old dame would be fitting. You can see more of Lucinda’s work on Instagram at @lucindabodenart. The big local story of the past month has been the Bronte Surf Life Saving Club development proposal. Surf club member Duncan Horscroft has written about the latest developments in this controversial plan on page 20. There is overwhelming
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opposition to the club’s plans to take a big chunk of public space to increase the size of an already huge building, and to construct an additional amenities block in the park. The local community has spoken, and I feel like our councillors are listening. We’re looking forward to seeing the revised plans for a new surf club on the existing footprint, no bigger than the current structure, that incorporates all of the public amenities. We’ll be following this story closely. Although we are tight on space at the moment, everyone is welcome to contribute to this community publication and share their views, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Cheers, James
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GENTRIFICATION Dear Pearl - Being so in touch with local ‘goings on’, I’m sure you would have heard about Bronte Surf Life Saving Club’s plans to take over a big chunk of the park and privatise it for their own use, as well as the ensuing local uproar. At the centre of this battle is a piece of public space called ‘Dave Brown’s Place’, also known as ‘The Cubes’, which is shared by the local Bronte Boardriders Club and the broader community. This reeks of gentrification by an elitist group of blowins, aimed at ridding the beach of these ‘riff raff’ surfers. I’d be very interested to hear Pearl’s opinion on this whole saga, being the social justice warrior that you are. Val Bronte 8 The Beast July 2020
RESPECT FOR DAVE BROWN Dear Val - ‘Gentrification’- my favourite word. I’d like to think that I created the word ‘gentrification’, but since that glory goes to a sociologist named Ruth, I should instead be publicly credited for bringing back its use, along with the words ‘vile’, ‘malingerer’ and ‘outrageous’. Gentrification can lead to attempts at reinventing past glories and trends because, really, how much excitement can one eke from something as ugly as a Porsche Macan and as pretentious as a Louis Vuitton handbag? It’s a case of ‘new school posing as old school’ (apparently I should be dressing in ‘90s vintage, using a retro camera and recreating old school body building poses) and I’m thinking the Bronte Surf Life Saving Club rebuild may be on-point to reviving the ‘Clubbies vs Surfers Wars’ of the 1960s.
I’m seeing escalating tensions in a turf war - clubbies despising local board riders for putting ‘fun’ before duty. I’m envisaging surfboards being banned during Sunday nippers and the return of the fiveshilling surfboard licence, all topped off by the encroachment onto the surfers’ sacred ‘Dave Brown’s Place’ by hardcore bricks and mortar (I’m actually surprised it hasn’t already been turned into a pram bay for all the yuppie mums). One thing I would love to see though, is for Waverley Council to resurrect the Aub Laidlaw tradition of the prudish lifeguard, with Harries escorting men with beer guts off the beach for the crime of wearing scungies. Unfortunately, the rebuild is an example of why we cannot have nice things in Australia. There’s always some vested interest waiting in the wings (usually the forestry, building or mining industries) to stuff it up. That’s why we don’t have a thriving Great Barrier Reef or Murray-Darling River system, it’s why the former Sydney Football Stadium is lying in ruins and why heritage suburbs are being replaced by enclaves of shoddily constructed vile apartment blocks. It’s also why 140,000 hectares of old growth forest between Taree and Grafton are being turned into woodchips. The $2 million ‘donated’ by the federal government (I thought Jesus was a surfer, ScoMo?) to rebuild Bronte SLSC could cover a decent rebuild on the same footprint and an awful lot of surf lifesaving equipment. But, oops, there’s no male-dominated building industry benefiting from surf lifesaving equipment is there? No trickledown effect. My bad. Pearl Clovelly
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The Beast's Monthly Mailbag Words The Wonderful People of the Eastern Suburbs THEY PAVED PARADISE AND PUT UP A TOILET BLOCK Hi James - Bronte SLSC is a private club which occupies community land to the exclusion of non-members. It seeks a major expansion of the area its clubhouse occupies, the consequential demolition of the existing community toilet and changing amenities, and the relocation of council and lifeguard facilities. It is intended that replacement community and council facilities be built on valuable parkland behind the enlarged new clubhouse at the expense of huts and the barbecue area. The proposed clubhouse is bigger and higher than the existing structure, which includes the (to be shunted) community amenities, council facilities and lifeguards rooms. The proposed size of this private club will be extraordinary yet unnecessary, bearing in mind the limited use of the existing premises, especially the upstairs level. The reality is that much of the present clubhouse is often unused and that it provides more than sufficient space for club activities. Those promoting the planned replacement of the clubhouse tell us that the club has about 1,900 members. Bronte SLSC Annual Report 2018/19 asserts 1,898 members. My understanding of its constitution is that only 544 of them are entitled to a vote at members’ meetings. 778 children, the nippers, are counted amongst the 1,898 members. They have no right of entry to the club except to access the storage area. They use the community toilet and changing 10 The Beast July 2020
amenities. Each child is required to have at least one parent as a club member, that explains the 440 “general members”, who I understand are not issued with the fobs necessary for entry to the clubhouse and have no voting rights although they pay a subscription. Thus the membership numbers include 1,218 who apparently are members in name only. The truer perspective of its life saving activity is that during 2018/19 only 170 of its members regularly performed patrol duties on weekends and public holidays during the limited patrol season. We are looking at a club which, if you take out the children and those parents forced to join to enable them to participate in nippers, has a membership of about 680 of which some 544 have voting rights. The asserted 1,898 members is illusionary. The estimate is $9,000,000, mostly ratepayers’ and taxpayers’ money, and history would predict a cost blowout. Bearing in mind the fact that the modern guardians of beaches are professional council lifeguards who patrol all year round and the modern surf club has a much lesser role, a cost benefit assessment of this proposal might be expected, however I doubt that one exists. The proposed inclusion of a grand function room, with sweeping views and equipped with a commercial kitchen, is indicative of a desire to go well beyond the life saving activities of club members. Such facilities will be closed to members for commercial purposes, as will the meeting rooms. Community
land and resources should not be so used. The club’s role does not entitle it to occupy such a large amount of community space, nor should it be assisted to become a commercial enterprise. The existing but threatened community beach amenities allow direct and convenient access from the beach. The proposed amenities building, hidden behind the proposed clubhouse, is inconvenient and entails walking some distance, often with bare wet feet to the change rooms. Why should the community be disadvantaged by a private club? No private club should be allowed any community land or resources beyond that necessary for its community purpose, in this instance surf life saving. Removal of the community amenities to an area that is presently parkland would be an absurd misapplication of community funds and recreation space. Additionally, the proposed increased height of the building and its extended footprint will detract from the views of those living on the southern ridge. I suspect that local boardriders perform more rescues than the club patrols, which are mostly confined to weekends and are seasonal, yet Bronte Boardriders have no dedicated space in the proposal and their informal meeting place would be moved to a less desirable location which is open to the cold westerlies, again at the expense of community space. Community land and facilities on public land should be for the community, not for the aggrandisement of a private club. Community funded club facilities should only be sufficient for the club’s reason for existence and certainly not for commercial purposes. Think about this, is there any reason why club members should enjoy private amenities rather than share the community facilities immediately adjacent to the clubhouse? Greg Maidment Bronte
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GREEN ROOF DOES NOT EQUAL GREEN SPACE The Bronte Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC) concept plan tries to trick us about the amount of public space and parkland they want to use by offsetting it with a ‘green roof’ and by presenting a misleading, incomplete artist’s impression. Forget it! It didn’t work. The community has spoken, loud and clear: “Too big!” “Keep to the current footprint!” “No second building!” We have over 6,000 signatures on a petition. Quite simply, go back to the drawing board and start again. What was your brief, and who in the hell gave it to you? Don’t waste anymore ratepayer’s money by not consulting us first. We have a voice and we know how to use it. Sandy Bronte NOT ANOTHER SPACESHIP ON THE BEACH Hello Mr Beast - I am writing this in response to recent movements to renovate surf clubs on the Eastern Beaches. I want to start by saying that I come from a family of clubbies and I am a third generation member who has had more clubs than Greg Norman, so this will not be another anti-clubbie spiel for anyone reading it. Surf Clubs at their heart are community organisations, they help people give back and meet people. They take anyone in as a member and provide a good service to our community. Clubs provide a good service to the community, and at their heart are community organisations. However, unfortunately they receive often obscene amounts of public funding to assist in renovations. This fact is even harder to swallow when you realise that these clubs are located in such an affluent area as ours. I am well aware that funding has been either approved or already donated to these clubs, but it is confounding that the three clubs with plans to, or who are in the process of, renovating their 12 The Beast July 2020
clubs, represent three of the richest suburbs in the wealthiest region of the country. There are hundreds of clubs around New South Wales, let alone Australia, that are far more deserving and much less capable of raising the funds to reinvest in their lifesaving and competition programs. It is even worse when you see the function rooms, which are only open to members, less than a quarter full on a hot Sunday. It makes no sense that we need enormous state of the art temples when only a few people use them. While there is an argument that opening the function room to anyone disincentives people to join, and the fact that clubs lease the space for private events to assist in fundraising, it still doesn’t make sense to have a space that caters for hundreds filled by just a few people the majority of the time. There is also the loss of the classic heritage surf clubs in the area. Coogee has commenced renovations to turn their classic (I am not sure of architectural jargon - I may need help) club into a modern spaceship that looks incongruous to the surrounding area, particularly to its neighbouring Santorini inspired Grand Pacific building on the corner of Beach and Carr Streets. Coogee definitely needs an upgrade, but it is debatable whether that should come at the expense of decades of heritage. Similarly, while North Bondi’s is a very sexy looking (feel free to add architectural term) building, it still lacks the charm of the previous Pizza Hut inspired structure that fit perfectly with Bondi’s grunge vibe. It is disheartening when you remember that the club which is housed by this expensive building on Australia’s most famous beach was gifted half a million by the federal government. While Bronte probably needs an upgrade to move it from the 1970s, it is questionable that the beach requires a spaceship with double the footprint at the expense of public land. The money is definitely better off spent on
community rather than another palace on our beach. To be honest, if you asked a member what amenities they need in their club, they would definitely say free hot showers, and maybe a place to drink on Sunday. Some, not all, would want a basic gym and perhaps a locker, and then even less would like a shed to store a board or ski. The clubs already had these things, so it’s hard to agree that the amount of money thrown at these clubs was necessary or justifiable. Residents of Bronte have a unique opportunity to have a say to stop another club from building another spaceship on our beaches. Concerned Narc Coogee TOO BIG After seeing the length and breadth of the new amenities building at Bronte, it is blatantly obvious that the proposed development of the Bronte Surf Club is way too big. Why do they need a second building anyway? Keep it all in one building, as it now is. I would have thought that any development should be kept within the footprint of the existing club. We live in a time when green space is sacrosanct. Stewart Bronte PLEASE BUILD LIGHTLY Dear Editor - Surf clubs are a valuable public asset. We love their community spirit and ocean focus. Our parks are also a valuable public asset. We love them too. 1,900 club members, 1.9 million park and coastal walk users, and counting. The parkland at Bronte is a beautiful setting for any building. This parkland is a beautiful setting for picnics and birds too. Let’s build lightly on this landscape - one modest structure is enough - and let’s share facilities to keep the building’s utility focus on boats, boards and bathrooms. Mark Clovelly
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BRONTE BEACH James - It is not surprising that Waverley Council received so little response from residents to their initial survey regarding the redevelopment of the Bronte SLSC and northern amenities block. It is not the focus of the residents (ratepayers) who use the beach regularly. Prior to this redevelopment proposal, 18 months ago the council worked on a plan to renew the amenities block at the southern end of the beach, which they have now regrettably abandoned. Our councillors should be more aware of the real needs of their ratepayers. The existing spacious amenities block at the surf club end is rarely used and could be closed in the winter months without anyone noticing. On the other hand, the small amenities block at the southern end is in constant demand, summer and winter. Bronte Beach is not a noted swimming beach and is mainly used by surfers, however at the southern end of the beach you have the bogey hole and pool, which are heavily used by people of all ages. It has many natural advantages being in the shadow of inclement southerly winds and is exposed to the winter sun, making it a popular year-round facility. The area is also close to parking, public transport and the retail shops. Mary and I go to Bronte nearly every morning for our exercise and, like other regulars, understand the focus of this beach, for most residents, is not at the surf club end. At the original survey conducted for the upgrade of the southern amenities block, myself and others requested that a shower and foot wash be installed at the steps at the southern end of the beach. The pool showers are remote from the sandy beach exit and are in high demand from pool users. Since then I have repeated the requests to the mayor, verbally and in writing, without getting any commitment other than an offer to include an extra shower at the pool. The 14 The Beast July 2020
facility has not been included in remedial work currently being undertaken. Councillor Tony Kay suggested we apply for funding in the 2020/21 Budget and Long Term Financial Plan, which gave me the impression I am simply on a merry-go-round. Our councillors have only to look over the hill at Clovelly to see the four excellent shower facilities located close to the water accesses. Maybe our councillors should apply for a budget for the bus fare to go and have a look. Andrew Goldfinch WaverleyFirst REDUCE THE FOOTPRINT Dear Editor - A few years ago the Bronte SLSC expanded with a large hole dug into the cliff behind its clubhouse. Now we see more expansion with a proposed new public toilet block cast out into park space. Reworking the cavern into public toilets would be a better outcome to reduce the new project’s footprint on the best of Bronte’s parkland. Fine environmental credentials apart, let’s see curved corners to the proposed floating roof, curved like waves and worn cliffs, and compacted space aspirations for the club’s interior space. Importantly, rework ‘The Cubes’ back into its already paved home territory. Gail Leveson Tamarama OUR NEWFOUND FATHER Dear James - I am no expert in theology, nor am I particularly religious, but compared to Pearl Bullivant I seem to know quite a lot. Her piece titled ‘Our Newfound Father’ about some bloke called ‘ScoMo’ covertly “committing Australia to God” was weak and ill-informed (Our Newfound Father, The Beast, June 2020). I have no interest in this ScoMo topic but continued reading. Pearl makes some bizarre comments of her own, far more worrying than anything this ScoMo fella may have said. First she quotes the prophet Isaiah, as if ScoMo thought it referred to Australia, then she questioned,
“Does this mean The Lord is also assisting sun scorched nations in Africa and the Middle East?” Well, actually Pearl, that prophecy refers to Israel (which is in the Middle East) and it could be argued that this prophecy came true, whether by God’s hand or otherwise. When the Jews returned to that part of the world, they did indeed make the deserts bloom. Then she mockingly suggests that this ScoMo bloke should have a copy of Erich Von Daniken’s Chariots of the Gods. Does Pearl really think that Von Daniken’s work has something to offer this or any other topic? I remember a lot about that Von Daniken. He sold many copies of that book - probably to those who spent most of their time high as a kite at the end of the ‘60s. He was a huge fraud and exposed as such in several TV documentaries in the ‘70s. He even spent time in prison for fraud. In fact, he was such a massive conman I am surprised he never went into politics. Maybe Pearl thinks he would make a better leader than ScoMo? Maybe you should ask her. Chris Strange Bondi WHINGING PEARL I don't know if Pearl Bullivant thinks she is being funny or witty by repetitively regurgitating month after month her discontent with our Prime Minister and the Liberal Party but maybe it is about time that she was reminded that Mr Scott Morrison was elected by the majority of Australians and to get over it and stop mocking and disrespecting our democratically elected head of government (Our Newfound Father, The Beast, June 2020). Also, may I remind Pearl that Australia is a constitutional monarchy headed by Her Majesty Elizabeth II, by the grace of God, Queen of Australia. So, whether Pearl likes it or not, we have the head of the Church of England as our head of state.
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Accordingly, we celebrate Christian religious holidays such as Christmas and Easter and observe them as national public holidays. I suppose if atheistic Pearl had her way we would abolish these holidays? Finally, might I suggest that Pearl turn to page 40 and literally make herself “a cup of Tea, take an aspirin (today’s Bex) and have a good lie down”, and after reading Jeremy Ireland’s article, look at his advertisement on the page opposite and book a telehealth COVID-19 approved counselling session to get rid of all that negative baggage and start writing some positive, happy and cheerful articles! Zak Bondi PEARL'S ESSAY Religion is something we are entitled to. At the last survey I read that some 80 per cent of us still believe in spirituality, even though the belief in established churches was dropping. Religion is not one of my interests but Pearl Bullivant’s great essay, Our Newfound Father, did raise concerns with me about how much our politicians are letting it get out of control and the penalty we will pay (Our Newfound Father, The Beast, June 2020). ScoMo can have his religion (although from the outside it looks more like a profitable entertainment business than a church) but why should his or any other religion be elevated above secular law? Do we really want to adopt the bizzare death requirements of Deuteronomy, for example? Or perhaps the oddities of the Quran should replace secular law? As a geriatric, I can remember when we were divided in Australia. You can still see the remnants of it in Waverley Cemetery with the division into the various religions. Heaven prevent us from being close in death! The public service and the business world were divided into Catholics and the others. Try getting a job in those days without having the 16 The Beast July 2020
right religion. And the encouraged hatred of your neighbours because they didn’t go to your particular church, and how that divided the society. Over the years, I watched that divide disappear as we began to realise that, with a multitude of religions all claiming the right to perfection and, therefore, the right to be the only religion to run Australia, was something that would not work in our multicultural country. Therefore, we wisely adopted the hierarchy of secular law on top and religious law second, and it worked! But now that ScoMo is “committing Australia to God” again, I wonder how long it will be before we are back to the divisions of the past? Our secular teams seem to work tolerably well and I’m not sure that turning our society over to the pedophiles and jihadis of the established religions would make us a better place. Brian Waverley LOCKDOWN TENSION To Ricky Bellinger (Slow Torture by Skateboard, Letters, The Beast, June 2020) - You sound a little pent-up mate, and you know what can help with that? Skateboarding! That’s right, you could jump on a board, have a nice ride around the streets and burn off that lockdown tension in the process. Maybe then you could find some compassion for our local kids, whose schooling, social lives, recreational time and even parent’s livelihoods have been massively disrupted by a global pandemic. Good on the kids for responding to the closure of playgrounds, beaches, skateparks, etc. in a positive way and for getting active and hands-on. Some Eastern Suburbs councils could learn a thing or two about proactivity from these kids, particularly when it comes to providing skateboarding facilities in the area. Anyway, if joining in doesn’t work for you, I’d recommend relocating to Rushcutters Bay.
You’d no doubt fit in well with the minority group of child hating, anti-skateboarding, sourpuss NIMBY residents over that way. Daniel Queens Park RUPERT’S TOILET PAPER Visiting my local shop recently, I saw piles of unwanted toilet paper. Once hyped up by Rupert Murdoch’s media (plus others), today, toilet paper hoarding is truly so last month. Still, the media’s panic-making had forced factories to work overtime for nothing. Now, we are left with heaps of undesirable toilet paper. Rupert’s media hype was, as Shakespeare would have said, Much Ado About Nothing. Meanwhile, Murdoch’s “everScoMo-supporting” NewsCorp was forced to acknowledge that Australia is in recession. It happened on ScoMo’s watch - a triple failed PR man who first gave us the failed ‘Where the hell are you’ campaign, then the failed ‘bushfire handshake’, only to be followed by the failed ‘getoff-my-grass’ PR gig. Never mind! Murdoch’s press (plus others) have convinced Australians that ScoMo is great and his Liberal Party is good for the economy while Labor raises taxes. Looking back, the opposite emerges. It was John Howard who gave us the GST - the biggest tax hike in recent memory. And it was Labor’s treasurer, Wayne Swan, who avoided a recession during the GFC in 2008/2009. PR man ScoMo likes to blame COVID-19 for his own economic mismanagement. By contrast, Wayne Swan got on with the job and became ‘The world’s best treasurer’ - a fact that even Rupert Murdoch’s The Australian had to acknowledge. Otherwise, the media is working hard to keep the urban myth alive that the Liberals are good for the economy. Thanks but no thanks for the recession, ScoMo. Thomas The Mercedes driving Anarchist from Coogee
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Pavilion Restoration Begins as Union Green Ban Lifted Words Nicola Smith Photo Danny Greenban After years of planning and countless delays, Waverley Council has announced that construction work to restore and conserve Bondi Pavilion will begin in June. This follows the approval of the Development Application in December 2019. Plans to upgrade the Pavilion began in 2015, however a ‘green ban’ from the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) prevented works continuing from 2016 through to May 2020. A green ban is a form of strike action whereby an organised labour group refuses to work on a project for environmentalist or conservationist purposes. Previous proposals for developing the Pavilion drew criticism from the community for valuing commercial interests over those of the local community. In response to the green ban, Waverley Council formed a stakeholder committee in 2017 to explore community interests and needs, as well as 18 The Beast July 2020
developing the Bondi Pavilion Conservation Management Plan in 2018. The CFMEU lifted the ban in the belief that the latest plan will preserve the Pavilion for the community. NSW CFMEU secretary Darren Greenfield said the green ban was an effort to keep Bondi Pavilion as a public, community space. “We are proud to have been involved in this struggle to keep Bondi Pavilion in public hands and can officially announce a lifting of the green ban,” Mr Greenfield told The Beast. Waverley Mayor Paula Masselos said that the final design was achieved through community consultation. “The community told us loud and clear that they wanted to retain the Pavilion as a community and cultural hub. Council has listened. The Bondi Pavilion Restoration and Conservation Project ensures the Pavilion will continue to be used and loved for generations to come,” Mayor Masselos said.
The final plans for the restoration were designed by Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects and will preserve community spaces such as art galleries, radio studios and education rooms. The current Pavilion was built in 1928 and has been a centrepiece of the Bondi community for over 90 years. Throughout its rich history it has hosted Turkish baths, amusement parlours, theatre groups, restaurants and was even requisitioned as an American Red Cross officers’ club in 1944. It was heritage listed on the register of the National Estate in 1993. The new conservation project will deliver renovated community spaces, family change rooms and improved amenities, a new art gallery and theatre, flexible education spaces and a new indigenous public artwork, among other things. The balance between community and commercial interests is a hard one to strike, with many of the Pavilion’s coveted commercial spaces currently occupied by local favourites including The Bucket List with its iconic ‘fishbowl’ bar. Part of the proposed renovation under the Bondi Pavilion Conservation Management Plan is the removal of the glass fishbowl bar, as it is considered an “intrusive heritage element” under the plan. The restoration is predicted to take 18 months. The Pavilion itself, and the businesses operating within it (except Surfish), will be closed during this time. The Bucket List, Lush on Bondi and the Pavilion itself were closed in March due to COVID-19 restrictions. Existing tenants in Bondi Pavilion are not guaranteed tenancies in the new Pavilion space but will be invited to compete with other commercial tenders for tenancies once the restoration is complete.
Bondi Pavilion is currently undergoing restoration works For over 90 years, Bondi Pavilion has a been a central point of life for residents and visitors to Bondi Beach. From theatre to pottery, change rooms to ice rinks, ballrooms to music festivals, the Pavilion has done it all. Now, our community and cultural centre is being restored for future generations to enjoy. More info at waverley.nsw.gov.au/bondipavilionproject
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Bronte Surf Club Development Creates Plenty of Ground Swell Words Duncan Horscroft Photo Cora Bezemer There is a massive storm brewing at Bronte Beach as waves of discontent wash upon the shore in response to the proposed $9 million plus development of the Bronte Surf Life Saving Club. Some members of the community are outraged at the possibility of a massive structure on the beachfront and are asking questions as to why it should be so big when the initial footprint of the building would suffice. Not many would argue that the surf club doesn’t need a total revamp as the current building is crumbling from concrete cancer, but if the initial proposal was to go ahead it would result in the loss of hundreds of square metres of public space and green space. As the project is only a concept design at this stage, it is not a given that the project will go 20 The Beast July 2020
ahead under its current plan and Waverley Council is looking at the results of community consultation which ended on June 3. According to Council, nearly 80 per cent of people who responded to the first round of consultation believed it was necessary that the new building be “sustainable, integrates and highlights the natural environment and uses durable materials”. Some are arguing the necessity of removing natural parkland to provide public change rooms and toilets, and include facilities to house council workers, which would involve the relocation of two existing huts, a barbecue and four Norfolk Island pines. Waverley Mayor Paula Masselos said Council will now review the feedback for the consultation, “which will help inform a more detailed proposal”.
She said once a development application (DA) is lodged, another round of detailed consultation will be held with the community. “Councillors will consider feedback received on the preliminary concept design, along with officer advice, and direct which concerns need to be addressed,” Cr Masselos told The Beast. “There will likely be adjustments to the preliminary concept design as we progress to DA stage.” “We have not committed to any timings around when Council will lodge a DA as we are still in the early design stages and listening to the community.” One of the main contentions is that most people don’t understand the plans and sketches provided on the concept design. “Most people look at the artist’s impression and say, ‘That looks nice, much better than what’s there now,’ without understanding or being able to visualise that it’s actually 508sqm bigger,” local resident Sandy Bruns said. “Most people don’t look beyond the artist’s impression and see there’s a second building. I know this because I’m spending time down there talking to locals who are mostly horrified when I explain it to them.” “We need to physically see the scope of what has been proposed. The artist’s impression is misleading and the sketches are inconclusive.” But Cr Masselos reassured The Beast that this is not the final design as they were still in the early stages and listening to the community. “Community feedback will inform the design that finally progresses to the DA stage,” she said. The Bronte Surf Life Saving Club was unavailable for comment at time of going to print.
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Marks Park Memorial Artwork to Honour and Remember Victims of Hate Crime Words Nicola Smith Photo Google Maps A new public artwork to honour and remember victims of decades-old hate crimes in the local area has reached the next stage of community feedback. The site-specific work will be installed in Marks Park, Tamarama, in memory of the victims of an epidemic of homophobic and transphobic violence that took place from 1970-2000. In New South Wales alone, homophobic and transphobic violence took the lives of more than 88 people during that period and several of these crimes took place in Marks Park. At least 30 cases remain unsolved. Marks Park is located on the Bondi to Bronte coastal walk and provides a temporary home to many artworks each year as part of the Sculpture by the Sea exhibition. However, this artwork will remain permanently and stand as a memorial to victims of hate crimes. Marks Park was once known as the ‘Bondi Badlands’ because of the hate crimes that occurred there, but the proposed artwork aims to reclaim the park as 22 The Beast July 2020
a place of hope and inclusivity that can be enjoyed by the whole community. In the next stage of planning, six artists have been shortlisted, each with a unique design that can be viewed at haveyoursay. waverley.nsw.gov.au until July 5. Since many of the crimes remain unsolved, a key aim of the memorial is to provide recognition for the LGBTQ+ community. The development of this artwork by Waverley Council began in 2016 in partnership with ACON, an LGBTQ+ health organisation. ACON Chief Executive Officer Nicolas Parkhill agreed that the proposed artworks will comfort those affected by the crimes. “Recognition and acknowledgement are key in the healing process for the families, partners and friends of victims of these crimes and the LGBTQ+ community generally,” he said. The designs include public seating spaces, pillar sculptures, a frame overlooking the ocean and the use of words on the surfaces of the work.
The crimes have been previously recorded and discussed in the 2017 book Getting Away With Murder, written by former policeman Duncan McNab. Many of the deaths were originally dismissed by police as misadventure or suicide and were later found to be the deliberate acts of homophobic gangs. “The events of this dark chapter in Sydney’s history have left a painful legacy that continues to be felt today,” Mr Parkhill said. Waverley Mayor Paula Masselos said that the aim of the project is healing and reflection for the community. “This artwork will serve as a place for people to reflect and seek solace as well as be a beacon of hope for an inclusive future,” Cr Masselos told The Beast. Both Waverley Council and ACON encourage all members of the community to vote on which of the final six designs will last as a reminder of a brighter and more inclusive future.
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The ABC - Never More Important Words Professor Ed Davis AM Photo Sybille Frank The ABC is a national treasure. Roy Morgan opinion surveys find it is the most trusted media organisation; daylight second. Its stocks have risen even higher over the past six months. The ABC stood tall during the appalling bush fires. Its emergency broadcasts brought crucial information to those in dire need and saved lives. ABC journalists were applauded for their courageous reports from the front line and, in the aftermath, Four Corners presented a gripping account of the fires with important lessons from this grim experience. The Coronavirus has disrupted almost every facet of life across Australia. Again, Australians have turned to the ABC to make sense of what is happening and what it means for them. The ABC has responded with forensic reporting on COVID-19, its impact here and around the world and the implications. At the same time, it has maintained its normal fare of news, information, education 24 The Beast July 2020
and entertainment across its TV, radio and online services. But the ABC is in crisis. While established by an act of federal parliament as an independent body, it is reliant on government funding and this has been steadily reduced. Over the past thirty years, it has lost 30 per cent of its funding. The last six years have been particularly tough with major cuts made to ABC funding in the 2014 and 2018 budgets. A workforce of around 5,000 is now around 4,000 and many programs have been cut back or lost. The Institute of Public Affairs, the major think-tank on the right of Australian politics, continues to campaign hard for the ABC to be privatised. Two years ago, it launched a book, Against Public Broadcasting, which argued that the ABC was an anachronism. It lamented that governments would lack the will to sell it off. It acknowledged that the ABC was deeply loved. However, in June 2018 the National Council
of the Liberal Party supported a motion to privatise the ABC. Then prime minister Malcolm Turnbull and successive communications ministers Mitch Fifield and Paul Fletcher have said that the ABC will not be sold. The National Council motion has not been rescinded. Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp has been relentless in its opposition to the ABC. It attacks the ABC, seeing it as full of lefty journalists. At the same time it begrudges the ABC its audiences. News Corp wants people reading The Daily Telegraph or the The Australian and watching Sky or Foxtel. A further threat to the ABC, and indeed all media, has been the attack on media freedom to report and hold power to account. Last year’s Australian Federal Police raids on the ABC and News Corp were deeply troubling; journalists have since been at risk of prosecution for doing their jobs. Many Australians are aghast at reports of President Trump’s extraordinary record of making statements that are demonstrably untrue. The Washington Post recorded an eye-watering 16,241 false or misleading claims in his first three years in office. This is truly an era of fake news. If citizens are not aware of what is happening or are misinformed, then democracy cannot function. It is in this context that the role of the ABC is so critical. It must be properly funded and independent so that it can keep Australians informed and hold power to account. The ABC has never been more important. Ed is President of ABC Friends NSW & ACT. He has lived in the Eastern Suburbs for the past forty years. Email: president_nswact@ abcfriends.org.au.
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Local Artist... Randwick's Lucinda Boden Interview James Hutton Photo James Boden Introducing the talent behind this month’s beautiful cover illustration, local artist Lucinda Boden... How long have you lived here? I’ve lived in Randwick my whole life, 22 great years. It’s the greatest suburb in Sydney. I still live at home, so it’s cheap, and I couldn’t afford to move out. What's your favourite beach? It’s a close call between Coogee and Gordons Bay. After stepping on a sea urchin in Gordons Bay I’ve definitely taken a break from there! What's your favourite eatery? My local coffee shop, Tucker, not only for their amazing food but the staff are all so much fun. I’ve been working there for four years so I may be a little biased. Another great place is The Little Kitchen in Coogee. Where do you like to have a drink? I’m a sucker for a happy hour, and Ching-a-Lings is my go-to. If I’m feeling a bit fancy I’ll pop over to Bondi Public Bar for an espresso martini. Best thing about the Eastern Suburbs? The beaches, closely followed by the brunch culture. Worst thing about the Eastern Suburbs? It’s very expensive and I doubt I’ll ever be able to afford a home here. Also, the active wear is a little off putting, although I do contribute from time to time. How would you describe your art? My art practice centres around drawing or digitally illustrating Australian native flora and fauna. I also love drawing food, fish and cocktails. My style is not over-complicated; I build many lines to achieve textures in my works. 28 The Beast July 2020
Where can people see your work? You can follow me on Instagram at @lucindabodenart. I also have a website in the works, so stay tuned. My work has recently been acquired by Botanic, across the road from the Gallery of New South Wales. You can enjoy my triptych botanical illustration on the wall while you drink your coffee. Who are your artistic inspirations? My artistic inspirations include Eloise Rankine, John Wolseley, Margaret Preston, Sarah Rayner and many more. I think it’s safe to say Wolseley is my biggest inspiration because of his unusual artistic practice, imprinting natural objects sourced from the land, overlaid with illustrations. What are you working on at the moment? I’ve been working on my own little collection of objects that I found on our South Coast farm. This collection consists of delicate drawings and watercolours of flora that I found in the mountains. Do you have any exhibitions coming up? I am planning on putting together a fun little exhibition soon that will include works based around natural found objects. There will be oodles of wine and beer, so feel free to come along. When did you discover you had a gift for your craft? I’ve always been interested in art but it wasn’t until second year uni that I changed to do a fine arts degree. Majoring in printmaking really changed the way I thought about art. My teachers and friends influenced the way I practised art, and I realised it could be more than a hobby. Any other up-and-coming local artists to look out for? Harriett Clark is an amazing intaglio printer who creates abstract landscapes. You can find her works on Instagram at @harriett.l.c. My boyfriend, Harrison Murdoch, is also a very talented up-and-coming artist. You can find his mural work in the Clovelly Hotel, as well as on his Instagram at @harrymurdickart. Where did you study? I did my Bachelor of Fine Arts at UNSW Art and Design. I loved the freedom that the uni gave us to experiment with untraditional methods, which gave me the chance to develop my artistic practice. I made some lifelong friends there (yes, I’m talking about you Harriet and Peter!). Any words of wisdom for young aspiring artists? Honestly, just keep going, try new things and don’t be afraid to go outside of your comfort zone. Do you have a favourite quote? Bob Ross once said, “We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents.” The world would be a better place if we just remembered that everything we do isn’t so permanent. Any other words of wisdom for readers of The Beast? Draw everyday, keep at it, practice makes perfect!
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The Unreliable Guide To... Uncertainty Words Nat Shepherd Photo Debbie Green So far, 2020 can be summed up with one word: uncertainty. The dictionary defines uncertainty as something that cannot be relied on or fully known, where outcomes are not definite. Sound familiar? First of all we had the uncertainty of the bushfires: will my holiday rental/ house catch fire, will we be able to breathe tomorrow, will we be able to make it home from the South Coast? Then, just as that settled down, along came COVID-19 and every aspect of our world was uncertain. The pandemic has caused a state of worldwide uncertainty that has led to a general lack of confidence in ourselves, the world, the future. We’ve been forced to question every aspect of our lives, but we have no clear answers, just a confusion of random government responses. Will I still have a job? Hard to say. Can I go for a swim, visit friends, drink at the pub, hug my grannie? Maybe, 30 The Beast July 2020
sometimes, just for now, not on your life or hers. At the time of writing, lockdown is easing, but the life we trusted was pulled away from us so rapidly that we still feel uncertain and unable to trust any kind of future. So, if you’re now currently incapable of planning your life beyond what spread you’ll apply to your breakfast toast, don’t fear. The Unreliable Guide has some tips and tricks to help you cope. Uncertainty Intolerance After recent events, you won’t be surprised to learn that psychologists have proved a close link between uncertainty and anxiety. Uncertainty is a fact of life, but our dislike of it explains our fascination with horoscopes and weather channels. Wondering if it will rain tomorrow is one thing, but the current prolonged and profound uncertainty about the future has seriously affected many people’s mental and physical wellbeing. In 1994,
Live in the moment Bobby McFerrin’s 1988 hit song ‘Don’t Worry, Be Happy’ is basically a guide for life. But how do we stop ourselves worrying about the future? Gautama Buddha had some great advice: “The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.” He’s right, but how can we live in the moment when we’re worried about our job, our health, our whole world? But here’s the thing to remember, worrying does not help. Worrying does not fix anything. Instead, it keeps you focused on the misery of possible futures, so hey, sing Bobby’s tune; it’s trite, but it’s true. Watch the clouds, jump around. Sniff the air. You’re alive, right now. Enjoy it. Finally, The Unreliable Guide would like to remind you that the future has never been certain. That’s why life is an adventure - would you start reading a book or watching a film if you already knew the end? There’s only one certainty in any life, and that’s death. So, let’s celebrate every damn day, whatever strange new world it may bring. Cue Buddha: “Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” Yeah, man.
Mayor’s Message A win for heritage in Waverley I am delighted to announce that construction work on the Bondi Pavilion Restoration and Conservation Project has begun. Council worked with the community for over a year on the final design, which will see the pavilion restored to its full glory. The community told us loud and clear that they wanted to retain the Pavilion as a community and cultural hub. Council has listened. The project will take around 18 months to complete and I look forward to again seeing the Bondi Pavilion shining as a beautiful Australian icon. I’m also pleased to announce that the heritage-listed Boot Factory at Bondi Junction is set to be transformed after the Sydney Eastern City Planning Panel approved our development application (DA) for the Mill Hill site. The DA is for restoration works to the roof, masonry perimeter walls, new floors and an interior fit-out. The building will also be connected to the Mill Hill Community Centre to provide lift access and amenities for Boot Factory users. Council will also beautify the courtyard at Norman Lee Place. The approval of the DA paves the way for the Council to transform the former shoemaking factory at the rear of Norman Lee Place at 27–33 Spring Street into a Knowledge and Innovation Hub connected to the Mill Hill Community Centre where we can nurture ideas to further transform
Have your say on the shortlisted designs for the Bondi Memorial at haveyoursay.waverley.nsw.gov.au/ bondi-memorial Waverley into a ‘smart city’ of the future. This community space will not be privatised. Council will consider business case work on the Hub concept in June before making decisions on whether and how to advance the exciting proposal. Building and landscaping works are expected to be completed by around October 2021.
Bronte Surf Lifesaving Club building project We received hundreds of submissions from the community to our consultation on the proposed design for the new Bronte Surf Club and community facilities building. Council officers are now reviewing the feedback which will help inform the final design of the building. A report will go to Council soon before the design goes back for further community consultation. Paula Masselos, Mayor of Waverley
Have Your Say on the Bondi Memorial Waverley Council and ACON are calling on community members to have their say on shortlisted designs for the Bondi Memorial public artwork in Tamarama’s Marks Park, which will honour victims and survivors targeted in homophobic and transphobic attacks. Add your voice and help shape the future of the Bondi Memorial. Community consultation will run from 3 June to 5 July 2020. haveyoursay.waverley.nsw. gov.au/bondi-memorial
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COVID-19 Exposes the Deplorable State of Literacy in the Eastern Suburbs Satire Kieran Blake, email@example.com Photo Anthony Fauci The desperately poor rates of literacy among residents of the Eastern Suburbs are being blamed for the alarmingly high number of COVID-19 cases in the region. The suburb of Waverley recorded the most cases in all of Sydney during the height of the coronavirus pandemic, something locals attributed to their propensity to travel and to the hordes of outsiders invading Bondi Beach. Experts, however, lay the blame squarely at literacy levels. “Eastern Suburbs residents took health warnings literally,” claims study lead Dr Novell Crown. “When they read signs saying ‘Observe Social Distancing’, they did exactly that - they watched other people obey the directions without actually doing it themselves. Residents took the word ‘observe’ to mean watch, monitor or study, rather than the more nuanced form of the word meaning to practise, carry out or implement.” 32 The Beast July 2020
The misunderstanding did not surprise observers, who have tracked declining literacy levels in the region for some time. “We know local dog owners are illiterate,” stated Dr Crown. “They fail to understand written or visual signs advising them to keep their dogs off parks, beaches, BBQ areas and playgrounds. Councils did offer free literacy lessons to all dog owners in an effort to rectify the problem, but all to no avail. As a result, the scourge of illiteracy remains in this region, and now we are suffering its disastrous consequences.” Questions are now being asked as to how standards of literacy could have fallen to such embarrassing depths in one of our most affluent regions. “Too many early marks,” stated Dr Crown. “Local residents have been receiving permission to leave school early for many years, and this has led to declining standards of literacy and numeracy. Early marks are a long-standing
tradition in the Eastern Suburbs, and explain why students in uniform could be seen, before the lockdown, wandering aimlessly around Bondi Junction at any hour of the day.” “It also explains why Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who was born and bred right here in the Eastern Suburbs, took it upon himself to grant the entire nation an early mark after weeks of COVID-19 restrictions.” Another costly misunderstanding concerns the message, ‘Stay at Home’. The straightforward phrase and its attendant hashtag were designed to keep people indoors except for essential outings, but failed to contain the virus in the East. “Locals also interpreted this literally, because they believe that they are entitled to inhabit every patch of turf in the region. To locals, the beach, the park and their favourite surf break is their home. This also extends to any piece of street furniture that sits at least 1.5 metres from their favourite café.”
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Randwick News The global coronavirus pandemic has affected the lives and wellbeing of many of our residents. While there have been positive stories to come out as a result of the lifestyle changes many of us were forced to make, there have also been hardships. In creating our draft Operational Plan and Budget for the year ahead, we were presented with the opportunity to take stock of what was happening in our community and respond with a plan that offered support to residents and local businesses. There are four key areas that we have identified as being crucial to creating a resilient Randwick City, now and into the future. 1. Job creation – Implement a $48.6M capital works program to create more than 3,000 jobs. 2. Community support – Provide funding to help local community service providers support those who have felt the emotional and mental impacts of the pandemic. 3. Business development – Invest more than $2.8M into initiatives focused on local business support. 4. Recovery planning – Develop a destination management plan and explore opportunities to enhance our night-time economy. Our draft Operational Plan and Budget is on public exhibition for community comment from Wednesday 10 June to Wednesday 8 July 2020. You can find it at www.yoursay.randwick.nsw.gov.au or at our Customer Service Centre and libraries. I hope you’ll take time to review it and share your feedback. Councillor Danny Said Mayor of Randwick
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The Year of the Asterisk* Words Alasdair McClintock Photo Victor Radley 2020 has obviously been a tough year for everyone. With sport now more or less back on, at least there is an escape for those of us who love watching people make the best of their athletic abilities for our own mindless entertainment. With the resumption of our favourite pastime, however, our other favourite pastime, unwarranted sledging of opposition fans, has found renewed vigour. The pièce de résistance this season is coming mostly from fans of teams who have no hope of winning - that the 2020 Premiership should be forever “asterisked” and taken as an outlier in history. As a long-suffering fan of a side that doesn’t win too often and might actually have a chance this year, I find this horribly unsettling, because if my side does win it, this sledge will not miraculously disappear, it will continue to resurface any time I publicly bask in the irrational joy of a team, that I have no direct relationship with, winning a long 36 The Beast July 2020
overdue premiership. These people need to be stopped. It is a dangerous notion and we need to silence them before their offensive views catch on further, as more and more fans begin to realise their own teams have no hope of lifting a trophy this year. It’s no exaggeration to say that all, bar the eventual Premiers, will be chanting “Asterisk!” from the streets with a religious fervour if something is not done now. Respective 2020 premierships need a marketing campaign, positioning them as the ultimate triumph against adversity. It’s not easy to watch an empire crumble and the world get overrun by a murderous virus, and still concentrate on your footy. Heck, I’m struggling to even focus on this article! As you are too, no doubt. Sure, leagues have been completely restructured, entire teams separated from their loved ones and screaming fans have been replaced by cardboard cut-outs of weird
little dogs and infamous British serial killers (this actually happened, is there no vetting process at NRL Marketing?). I get that this is by no means a normal set of affairs, but considering the NRL and AFL are continually changing the rules and season structure anyway, is it really that different to any other year? Should we put an asterisk next to every NRL Premier that gets to play the Gold Coast Titans twice during the regular season? Probably, actually, but that’s the exception that proves the rule. So, you know what you can do with your asterisk? You can delete it, that’s what you can do. Put it in your pocket and walk away. No one wants it here, stinking up the place. This year has been hard enough, we don’t need you undermining what little joy we might experience with a snarky little typographical symbol. *Obviously, if my team doesn’t win, I take all of this back.
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How Best to Recognise and Thank Our Frontline Workers Words Dr Marjorie O'Neill, Member for Coogee Photo Shirley Gilroy I was brought up to believe that all work is valuable and no job more important than another, but events of the past six months have challenged this belief as we have all come to realise our collective dependence on the efforts of frontline workers, particularly in the context of crises. As drought, bushfires and then COVID-19 threatened, and sometimes took, the lives and well-being of Australians, we have realised just how dependent we are on the efforts and bravery of those workers whose efforts are directed to protecting us. At the very front line of our defence are the firefighters, nurses, doctors and various emergency workers who literally risk their lives to protect ours. Then, there are the very many who provide public services crucial to the functioning of society and whose work also places them at risk. Consider our garbage collectors, bus drivers, train conductors and shop assistants, who have been required to face the community 38 The Beast July 2020
and even handle our rubbish, often with little or no protective wear or social distancing. Let’s also acknowledge the amazing efforts of our teachers, who were first asked to radically alter how they did their work and go online, and then were asked to go back into their classrooms where social distancing would be an impossibility. I am personally in great awe of all the frontline workers who stand between the ordinary citizen and the threat, whose efforts increase our chances of getting through a crisis. Our Eastern Suburbs have a rich diversity of occupational groups and we all have personal knowledge of the challenges that have faced frontline workers over the past months. My sister is a primary school teacher and I have seen firsthand how she and her colleagues have worked tirelessly to adapt their teaching to ensure that kids can still learn under these changing and challenging circumstances. I am very conscious of the safety issues faced by my uncle driving a garbage
truck and the physical, as well as emotional, traumas faced by my cousin as a firefighter. I have not heard any of these people complain but I have seen their commitment and occasionally their fatigue and anxiety. I am especially in awe of the efforts of nurses and am fortunate to have a good deal of contact with those in the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District, which includes the Royal Women’s, Prince of Wales and Sydney Children’s Hospitals. Nurses rarely receive the recognition that they deserve. Even in so-called ‘normal times’, the nursing profession is overrepresented in bullying and other workplaces hazards including assaults, workplace injuries and exposure to infectious diseases. Although appropriate nurse-to-patient ratios would help ensure better safety and more sustainable workplaces for nurses, these workplace standards do not exist in New South Wales. During this pandemic there has been not only increased risk for nurses but also increased workloads. Community support and gratitude for our essential workers is evident. It is amazing that as a society we are so dependent on the efforts of those who we reward so little. None of these people are high flyers working down the big end of town. Most earn less - and some a lot less - than $80,000 a year. Some earn above $100,000, but not much more, and that comes after many years’ experience. None receive big bonuses, overseas trips or corporate cards. As public service workers, their wages growth has stagnated in recent decades. Is freezing their wages and denying them a lawfully negotiated moderate wage increase really the best way to thank them? Let me please say, from the bottom of my heart, thank you, you are amazing!
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Get in My Belly Words Jeremy Ireland Photo Hugh Jarse When was the last time you jumped on the scales? I haven’t done it for a while, and for good reason. Since being told to stay home, I found myself drawn to the fridge like a moth to the moon. There was no real need to go to the fridge - I wasn’t hungry - but it would call to me, softly whispering my name and seducing me into eating something I didn’t need. To make things worse, once I’d opened the fridge and grabbed those leftovers, it would say, “Hey, you want a beer with that?”. It was hopeless. Why was I giving the fridge more attention than my wife, the kids, even the dog? After much reflection, there was only one answer: comfort eating. We know we need to eat to survive, but what’s probably not thought about as much are the psychological and social reasons for what we eat and how we eat it. How many times do we hear, “This is just like my Grandma used to make it,” on MasterChef? The associations and memories come flooding back, it’s emotional. Socially, food is a great way to gather 40 The Beast July 2020
and celebrate, and it has the ability to change our mood and overall well-being. There’s nothing wrong with having an emotional connection with food - indeed we know eating food reduces arousal and irritability while giving us a sense of calm - but problems arise when we start to overeat and compare how much we are eating with how much we actually need. If we ask ourselves why we’re overeating, usually the truth comes out - perhaps to deal with stress, anxiety, boredom, unhappiness or loneliness. In a nutshell, comfort foods evoke pleasure and comfort, but too much can push us in an undesirable and even dangerous direction. The government recently placed restrictions on the amount of alcohol any one person could buy at a time - two cartons of beer, 12 bottles of wine, 10 litres of cask wine and two litres of spirits. I can feel my liver twinge, but alcohol consumption did increase by over 70 per cent during April. A recent survey found 30 per cent of those drinking through lock-
down were doing so to manage or deal with stress and anxiety. What is it about alcohol that makes us want to pour a glass if we’re feeling a bit on edge? It comes down to a neurotransmitter called GABA. Alcohol’s effects on GABA are known to promote feelings of calm and, like Valium, it generally increases the activity of GABA that helps inhibit and reduce anxiety. Alcohol is also known to have a powerful affect on dopamine activity in the brain, another neurotransmitter associated with reward and pleasure that gives us feelings of euphoria. Ironically, the more we drink to get these good feelings, the more tolerance we develop, leaving us miserable and craving alcohol to feel better. Back to comfort eating and dopamine features again... High calorie, high fat, high carb food is pleasurable to eat. It feels addictive because it tastes good, which is why we tend to crave and eat too much of it. Another neurotransmitter related to impulsive eating is serotonin. If you’ve ever reached for a bar of chocolate or a bowl of ice cream while feeling down, lethargic or irritable, you may be low in serotonin. Low levels are linked to depression, so in effect we are eating chocolate to compensate for low levels of serotonin and elevate our mood. Antidepressant drugs increase serotonin activity and, like comfort foods, keep our mood up. I’m no nutritionist, and certainly no neuroscientist, but the old adage ‘You are what you eat’ comes to mind. If you are eating too much bad food or drinking a lot of booze, then things can get out of balance and affect your mental health. That said, I’m off to weigh myself. Stand by… For further information, please contact Jeremy via bondicounsellingservices.com.
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Pilgrims Finally Arrives in Bronte Words Joel Bevilacqua Photo Kimberly Low Instagram @kimmakesphotos The opening of a fresh vegetarian eatery on Macpherson Street, Bronte, is very much a family affair. Three great local families - the Quigleys, Bardettas and Stewarts - have joined forces to open the Bronte instalment of Pilgrims, a South Coast institution that is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. The Quigley and Stewart families have holiday houses in Mollymook, which they have frequently ventured to since they were little kids. If they were going to Milton, then they were going to Pilgrims - it was as simple as that. These days they are all grown up and have kids of their own, but they still get down the coast often and Pilgrims remains an essential part of their itinerary. For many years, after all coming together for a feed (and one or two drinks) at Pilgrims in Milton, the conversation would often steer towards the idea of the families jointly opening a Pilgrims of their own. Now, after years of talk, that dream has finally become a reality. 42 The Beast July 2020
As a blow-in and uninitiated customer, Pilgrims was not what I expected, but in a good way. Given the name, I was expecting a cosy, Bohemian café that offered wheat grass, celery sticks and free yoga, but that was not the case. Pilgrims is far bigger than I was expecting, with plenty of tables, lots of space and a fun, modern interior. Although it operates as a café during the day, Pilgrims presents itself as a restaurant in the evenings and it’s the perfect spot for an extended dinner and drinks with friends. Once crowds are allowed back, it will be filled with the sort of energy that bigger venues provide; the kind of energy that you would have previously had to venture into the city to experience. Pilgrims offers healthy, wholesome and affordable vegetarian food. Breakfast includes everything from the full Pilgrims breakfast (free range eggs, roast mushrooms, roast tomatoes, Pilgrims baked beans and Iggy’s sourdough) to acai bowls and granola, juices and smoothies. Lunch is burgers, wraps and
bowls. The famous Bliss burger - a mixed grain pattie with special peanut sauce - is my pick. The Mexican dinner menu offers burritos, tacos, nachos and enchiladas, all made from fresh local ingredients. The North Shore plate - a mini Mexican fiesta - is perfect for sharing, and the vegie chips with aioli are a must. The meals are big, tasty and bloody good value. After drinking alone in my lounge room for the past few months, the prospect of dinner and drinks with friends fills me with the same levels of excitement that I used to feel in the week leading up to Splendour in the Grass. Thankfully, Pilgrims also offer a range of beers, wine and cocktails to help you ease back into society. Pilgrims Bronte Address 127 Macpherson Street, Bronte Web pilgrimsbronte.com.au Facebook Pilgrims Bronte Instagram pilgrimsbronte Phone 8040 9519 Open Thu- Sun 7am-8pm
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Shepherd's Pie With Smoky Potato and Parmesan Topping Words and Picture Dana Sims Instagram @stone_and_twine What’s not to love about a pie in winter, or any time of year? For this shepherd’s pie, I’ve gone with a classic potato top, but made it smoky with a parmesan crunch. The pie is full of easily accessible ingredients that will ensure it’s jam-packed with flavour but simple in technique. The richness of the filling develops as you add the ingredients and gently let it bubble away. There are plenty of herbs, aromats and spices that pair well with lamb and the creamy potato topping to provide a luxurious finish. A shepherd’s pie is a savoury meal from the archives and another way you can turn humble mince into a delicious dish. Ingredients (serves 6) 1 tbsp olive oil 750gm lamb mince ½ head of cauliflower, cut into bite size pieces 250ml vegetable stock ½ tsp nutmeg 1 leek, finely chopped ½ large onion, finely diced ½ red capsicum, roasted for 20 mins with a drizzle of olive oil 44 The Beast July 2020
100gm fresh or frozen peas 1 large celery stalk and leaves, finely chopped 2 sprigs rosemary, finely chopped 6 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves chopped 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce 200gm passata 200ml red wine ¼ tsp cayenne pepper 1 tbsp plain flour Sea salt and black pepper Mashed potato topping 6 potatoes, peeled and quartered 1 tbsp butter 100ml pouring cream 2 tsp smoked paprika 1½ tsp sea salt ½ tsp black pepper 50gm finely grated parmesan Method 1. In a large, deep-based frypan, on medium heat, add the olive oil. When heated, add the onion, leek, garlic, celery and roasted capsicum. Sautee for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, and turn down the heat a little if it starts to brown too much.
Add the rosemary and thyme and stir through. 2. Add the lamb mince and use a wooden spoon to break up the mince as it cooks. When browned, after approx. 5-7 minutes, add the nutmeg and cayenne pepper. Add the cauliflower and peas and combine. 3. Pour in the stock, passata, red wine and Worcestershire sauce and stir through. Turn up the heat a little to allow the liquid to start to evaporate and flavour the mince. When the liquid has reduced by half, approx. 7-10 mins, add the flour and quickly stir through. This will help thicken the sauce. Add salt and pepper to taste. 4. Turn down the heat to a simmer and gently cook the pie filling for a further 10 minutes. In the meantime, make the mashed potato. Add the potato to a pot of salted water and bring to the boil. Cook until it is very tender, remove from the heat and drain. Mash well to remove all lumps, add in the butter, cream, smoked paprika, sea salt and black pepper. Use a fork to make the potato smooth and make sure the ingredients are well combined. 5. In a large pie dish, pour in the lamb filling, then generously spoon the mashed potato on top. Sprinkle the top with parmesan. Bake in a 180 degree oven for approx. 30 minutes or until golden brown, then remove from the oven and serve. Dana Sims is a Sydneybased food and prop stylist who has grown up in the Eastern Suburbs and loves to create delicious food for entertaining and family. She is inspired by the fresh produce we have access to here in Sydney. For ideas, recipes and styling inspiration, check out her Instagram, @stone_and_twine.
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DOWN 1. Going strongly and doing very well - going ... (11) 2. Harvest or gather something (6,2) 3. What a photo or painting is held in (5) 4. Plural of large type of tuna (10) 5. Main actress from Silence of the Lambs (1991) (5,6) 6. Side by side with something or is similar to (10) 8. Back to the Future car (8) 11. Place value of the first decimals (6)
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Aquarius Jan 21-Feb 19 Your voice may be soft, but your ideas have the power to burst eardrums. Do not be silenced by anyone.
Libra Sep 24-Oct 23 Aim low and you’ll achieve nothing, aim high and at least you’ll achieve something, but it still won’t be worth the effort.
Pisces Feb 20-Mar 20 Don’t get annoyed when others make judgments about you; that’s what happens when you constantly fail to judge yourself.
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Scorpio Oct 24-Nov 22 You’re not feeling very loved, but there’s someone nearby who never stops thinking about you. Unfortunately they’re a psycho.
Aries Mar 21-Apr 20 Just because you’re tired, it doesn’t mean you can be a complete arsehole to everyone around you.
Cancer Jun 22-Jul 22 Why are you spending so much money on self-help when you actually need a trained professional to help you?
Sagittarius Nov 23-Dec 21 You haven’t been eating enough chocolate, which is the main reason you’re not as happy as you potentially could be.
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