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Welcome to March 2019... Words Dan & James Hutton, Publishers Welcome to the March 2019 edition of The Beast, the monthly magazine for Sydney’s Beaches of the East. As another balmy Sydney summer comes to a close, we’re ready for the cool change that March generally delivers. It’s a marvellous month; the weather is pleasant without being oppressively hot, daylight saving is still in place and we’re often blessed with a bit of swell so we can dust off the quiver and catch some waves. Astute readers may notice that a few of our regular contributors are absent from this month’s edition. We’ve had an exceptional number of letters submitted lately, plus we thought we should give appropriate space to the man on
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our cover, Maroubra’s Michael Daley, who may well be premier of our fine state by the end of the month. If you can’t find your favourite scribe, fear not, they’ll be back next month. Besides our interview with Mr Daley, we’ve also got a bunch of informative news articles for you. Siriol Dafydd has the down-low on the latest obscene development application that was recently lodged for the Waverley Bowlo site and she’s also compiled a brief guide to our state election candidates. Meanwhile, Joel Bevilacqua gives this year’s Spot Festival a plug and Duncan Horscroft catches up with a Bronte SLSC volunteer who is doing great things for the environment. We hope you enjoy the read!
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Welcome Note Contents Pearls of Wisdom Monthly Mailbag Local Bloke Thumbs & Dogs Local News Calendar
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The most obnoxious one of all.
The Englishman’s Bread and Butter Words Pearl Bullivant Photo Theresa May Dear Beast - Just a reference to Pearl, or whatever he calls himself. I noticed the ScoMo article (Yo Yo Yo, SloMo Has to Go, The Beast, February 2019). I only ever read a couple of lines because Pearl moans and whinges too much for me, like, I don’t know, maybe an Englishman. Yes, the political climate in Australia is a joke but let’s face it, not many dudes and ladies that have integrity get a chance in politics because all the slimy cowards feel threatened and gang up on them and they don’t last long. I think Julia Bishop may have been good, but, anyway, it’s the same all over the world, except maybe New Zealand seems to have a good PM. 10 The Beast March 2019
Yes, ScoMo is a kook but he’s our kook, and it’s always amusing that in so many print titles English hacks like you Pearl just love to moan and run Australia down! But you Poms do hate a whinge. Have a look at your government - nothing but pompous twats and you all love the most obnoxious one of all, Boris whatever his name is. But I guess being obnoxious and pompous is the Englishman’s bread and butter. You all think you do it so much better in Pommyland; I’m not sure why you don’t go back. The seagulls might get their spots back on the hill opposite Bondi Beach. Craig O'Day Bondi
Dear Craig - Thank you for your letter of concern regarding my spray against Scott Morrison. Perhaps my rant was inappropriate being printed so close to Australia Day, and instead of critiquing Scott Morrison I should have been revering him as the democratically elected leader of our country. He may not be my cup of tea but he is the choice of the masses and I should respect the populace’s pick, just as I should be respecting their choice to watch Sunrise and Today rather than ABC4. Pearl is not known for nationalism or allegiance to those in power, being of an age where the spectre of Nazism still lingers; the sight of a flag draped over a white shoulder makes me cringe. But what is known and factual about Pearl is that I am Australian born and female, not, as you have assumed, a whinging Englishman. Gender faux pas aside, though, it is very refreshing that you correlate whinging and moaning with the male of our species. When one thinks of the great whingers of our time, it is the male tabloid journalist/ shock jock that reigns supreme. However, as a seasoned ranter I must take issue with your belief in the fallacy of the whinging Pom. It’s said that we get the politicians we deserve, and a nation of stoics deserves Theresa May with her sensible shoes and ugly neo-Thatcherism. Kiwis and Canadians, on the other hand, have whinged about climate change inaction and in their wisdom elected Ardern and Trudeau. But Australians, with their whining about inanities like electricity and petrol prices and the property and share markets, and their obsession with Karl Stefanovic, have got the Godbothering kook - and maybe it’s a kook that we deserve. Pearl xx Clovelly
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The Beast's Monthly Mailbag Words The People of the Eastern Suburbs BUS BEDLAM Dear editors - I read Anthony Parrelli’s letter in the February edition (Thrown Under the Bus, Letters, The Beast, February 2019) with interest. I too have contacted the local member, State Transit, etc. regarding the scrapping of the 361 bus service, all to no avail - no response apart from the generic email to say my email had been received. I feel for the elderly, immobile and the rest of the commuters as the new timetable, if you can call it one, is very unreliable. I’ve waited nearly an hour on occasions in peak times - i.e. 8.30am - for a bus, then a cluster of two to three will arrive. Often the bus is too crowded for commuters to get on all the way along Birrell Street. Throw a few prams into the equation and it’s bedlam for all. I’ve even witnessed an elderly lady on such an overcrowded bus fall into the front windscreen as it braked suddenly. There was no room on the bus to assist her in any way. Here's to hoping your correspondence with State Transit gains some traction. Drew Metcalfe Bondi TRANSPORT FOR NSW REPLY TO ANTHONY PARELLI Transport for NSW introduced changes to bus services in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs in September 2018 to boost frequency on key routes and strengthen
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reliability across the network. Improvements included transforming Route 333 into a high frequency, high capacity, turnup-and-go service with buses every three minutes during peak times between Bondi Beach and Bondi Junction, as well as adding more frequent off-peak, evening and weekend services across the region and adjusting under-used routes to increase capacity on busier routes. These changes allow bus services to meet the needs of the majority of customers in the area so more buses turn up where and when customers need them. Community transport services are also available to a wide range of customers, including the elderly, who require transport to access recreation and shopping areas, medical and social services or social appointments, but are unable to use regular public transport services. In Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs, community transport is provided by Randwick Waverley Community Transport. They can be contacted on 9369 5366 or at rwctg.org.au. Customers previously using bus route 361 from the Fletcher and Sandridge Street area to Bondi Junction can now catch route 381 from the corner of Dellview and Fletcher Streets. Changes to route 361 were made in response to changing customer travel patterns identified through Opal data,
which showed patronage on this segment (to Fletcher/Sandridge Streets) of the 361 was low. On an average weekday, fewer than 50 customers boarded route 361 from Sandridge Street towards Bondi Junction, which equates to just over one customer per trip (based on 27 trips each weekday in the old timetable). In the reverse direction, around four per cent of customers on route 361 disembarked at Sandridge Street. Changes to route 381 maintain access towards Bondi Junction for the majority of customers within this area, as well as high frequency services along Bondi Road. While the new route 381 stop involves a slightly longer walk from, for example, the easternmost end of Kenneth Street (an additional 110 metres), the distance remains within standard guidelines for access to bus services and stops. Transport for NSW spokesperson MEAN-SPIRITED ARTICLE Hi - The article by Pearl Bullivant was mean-spirited and narrow-minded (Yo Yo Yo, SloMo Has to Go, The Beast, February 2019). It was infused with vitriol and bitterness. Not cool… not well written… why publish the haters? There’s enough hate out there. Please consider love, kindness and fairness. It’s refreshing… be different… give peace a chance. Lynda Hall Bondi ABUSE OF DISABILITY PARKING PERMITS I read recently that there are now over 200,000 eligible Australians receiving financial support from the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). That is wonderful news and, as a taxpayer for more than 40 years, to those who suffer from disability I hope the support from the NDIS generates a significant and demonstrable improvement to your quality of life. I also hope that the NDIS is better adminis-
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tered than the current Australian Disability Parking Scheme, known as the Mobility Parking Scheme in New South Wales. If readers ever want to see how a well-meaning, taxpayer funded scheme can be so fragrantly abused, just go for a short walk along Gardiner Street, Bondi Junction, between Walter and Ebley Streets, during normal shopping hours and witness the array of able-bodied drivers and their passengers alighting from a regular assortment of trades vehicles, high performance motor cars, four-wheel drives and luxury sedans displaying this permit. John Pitsonis Queens Park RESTORE SOME PEACE, QUIET AND SANITY I usually just flick through the pages of the magazine when it arrives before tossing it in the recycle bin but this month, being on holidays, I took it out to the balcony while enjoying the beautiful weather and actually read it. Two letters stood out for me and I totally agree with them one from Fab regarding Gracie Otto (Glad Gracie’s Not Running the Show, Monthly Mailbag, The Beast, February 2019) and the other from Paul suggesting that you highlight some of our locals on your cover rather than just celebrities (Why So Many Actors?, Monthly Mailbag, The Beast, February 2019). I myself grew up in Bondi in the ‘60s and ‘70s and have been living at my current address in Ocean Street off Bondi Road for more than 20 years. I have seen the changes not just in the area but in my street as well and it saddens me to see the overdevelopment of the area. Gone are the lovely cottages that once stood in the street, replaced by monstrous multi-storey buildings. There is nowhere to park in the street and when people want to visit me they find it difficult and it can take quite a while or they have to walk a fair bit from where they park because of the
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number of residents now living in the street. The church that was across the street closed its doors (it is now a very loud gym) because its parishioners had difficulty finding parking and so they have now merged with the church in Birrell Street. What was a quiet residential street is now a very noisy one with apartments being rented out to backpackers who party on to early hours of the morning on any night of the week, not just weekends, with no regard for those who need to get up early to go to work. Surely Council can ensure that apartments are being used for residential purposes and not being rented out to multiple dwellers (for example having eight backpackers in a two-bedroom, one-bathroom flat would certainly be a violation of sorts?). It would be nice if we could restore some peace, quiet and sanity to what once was a really nice part of the Eastern Suburbs. Zak Bondi COOGEE BEACH PA To those with access to the Coogee Beach public address microphone: Okay, let’s do the sums yet again! It’s 8.14am Sunday morning, February 3. Conservatively there are 14,000 people within hearing (wake up) distance of the speakers. Let’s assume five per cent (Saturday night partygoers, 000 workers, airport staff) are still asleep. That’s 700 people woken up and 13,300 disturbed so that one boardrider can be ordered to move away from the flags. Did the ‛emergency use only’ sign fall off the microphone switch again? Peter Coogee BRUCE COPS IT FROM BOTH SIDES Dear Madam/Sir - Poor Bruce Notley-Smith copped it from both sides of the political divide in last month’s Beast (Monthly Mailbag, The Beast, February 2019). Coogee’s Thomas
attacked his green credentials, while Bronte’s Greg condemned him for supporting renewable energy. As a former Randwick Councillor colleague of Bruce’s, and a Labor voter, I have more faith in Bruce than my other former Randwick Council colleague, currently lining himself up for premier. In my five years on Council I always found Bruce more open to mine and the community’s concerns about the environment and overdevelopment than Michael Daley. Indeed, I mostly heard scorn from Michael. Of late of course, with the election looming, Michael has been speaking up on environmental and development issues. I only hope that if elected premier his epiphany is not short lived – but I fear the worse. Kel Dummett Clovelly BRONTE CUTTING WALKWAY Now that the new (trial) Bronte Cutting walkway is finally up and running, it seems timely to consider the cost incurred so far. Firstly, a few years ago each parking space was marked out and then carefully numbered. Many of these markings have, of course, been covered over by the walkway. Later, solar powered meters were installed and those on the walkway area would seem to now be redundant. Waverley Council followed these installations by placing in-ground glass sensors at every individual parking spot. These sensors indicate parking availability and are connected to an electronic board installed at the entrance to the car park. All very state of the art but one wonders if anybody ever notices this sign anyway. Finally, the red/orange posts marking out the walkway have already been vandalised and a number are missing altogether. When the permanent walkway is finally installed I would think that the total cost will be astronomical! Robert Sharpe Bronte
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SAVE 30 GLEBE STREET, RANDWICK Dear James and Dan - Your magazine has such a wide circulation I thought this story might touch a nerve with your older readers or the demographic of well educated, caring people living in the Randwick/Coogee area. There are more PhDs living here than anywhere else in the Eastern Suburbs. We are living near a grand old property at 30 Glebe Street, Randwick, a previous church home belonging to the Glebe Administration Trust prior to the 1980s for 100 years. The property was sold recently to a developer. We are trying to summon support in our neighbourhood to prevent this marvellous property from being demolished. The house is situated on land that was granted to Thomas Whistler Smith, Thomas Sutcliff Mort, John Croft, Robert Tooth and James Norton Junior on June 3, 1857. The development application number for 30 Glebe Street is DA/855/2018 and was submitted to Council recently. The DA will be heard in March at Council and will be a public forum, which means anyone can attend or object in writing to Council about the demolition of the building before March. Objecting to the proposal about our heritage disappearing might sway opinion at Council. I thought it was worth writing to you for your thoughts about promoting the idea in print so that more people can hear about this story. We need a broad forum to get this message out to the wider community. The property is a federation style 1913/1914 house built by the Moodie Brothers, who also restored Petty's Hotel at Wynyard Square in 1907, which was a major historically significant building. Early federation Californian bungalow homes are easy to identify and are our connection with a past that has been admired for over 100 years. These structures are sadly disappearing in Randwick to make way for high-rise developments.
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The history of the Glebe Gully is also significant and will resonate with some readers who remember the controversies about its development in the 1970s and 1980s. State Government Low Cost Housing was built in the 1980s after Randwick Council approved the sale of the gully to developers by the name of Toga, despite a court decision to prevent any further building in the gully. 30 Glebe Street, Randwick is not listed as a heritage property, although it has architectural merit. The researcher for the developer stated that significant occupants of the home could be of interest to the heritage of the property and grounds for the home's preservation. The houses opposite are both heritage-listed properties. We are trying to preserve a significant heritage property in Randwick by finding a reasonable solution to this outcome. We would be very sad to see this home disappear in our neighbourhood. Too many marvellous places have been lost in Randwick in the past. Many thanks for reading this email. I think your magazine has a great following in our community so keep up the good work. Robyn George Randwick ANNOUNCING THE DEATH OF BRUSSEL SPROUT It is with no regret that I advise of the timely death of Brussel Sprout. Born Bertrand Russell Sprout, after the famous British philosopher and mathematician, he cleverly changed his name to ‘Brussel’, thereby distancing himself from any suggestion he had any brains at all. What he missed out on in intelligence he made up for in girth. He was born into a long family of sprouts who were almost all exclusively thin and tall. Close cousins of Brussel include Mung Bean Sprout (politician), Alfalfa (racing car driver) and Soy Bean (hippy). Unlike his cousins, Brussel was short and very rotund, almost the shape of
a squash ball. He was also dull and at times sought treatment for thinking he was a small cabbage. Once known as the darling of British boarding school food, particularly after the war, Brussel slowly became more popular for throwing than for eating. Nutritionists say he lost it. Those who ate him say he never had it. Those who threw him were less unkind. They loved him. Those who copped him in the side of the head thought otherwise. Now all this has passed. Boarding schools, colleges and nursing homes will be revising their menus on Monday. RIP Brussel sprout. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked mourners to send lottery tickets. Peter Manus Strain Bondi Beach DRUGGING MADNESS In February’s Beast (A Bitter Pill to Swallow, The Beast, February 2019), Bruce Notley-Smith writes, “Criminalising drug use has not and will not stop people using drugs.” True. But it also raises questions. Why is his beloved Liberal Party still criminalising drugs? Why was his party fighting injecting rooms? Why is the Liberal Party resisting pill testing? His party does all this despite Uruguay, Canada and ten US states all having legalised cannabis. Not to mention Switzerland’s successful drug policy. On top of that, the Liberal’s shining hero, Ronald Reagan’s ‘war on drugs’, has been utterly lost. Still, the Liberal Party carries on criminalising drugs. By this, however, they do not mean Australia’s most lethal drug that kills a thousand times more people than Mr Notley-Smith’s pills, namely alcohol. What Mr Notley-Smith also avoids asking is something more serious. The Roman Catholic Archbishop Hélder Câmara once said, “When I fed the poor, they called me a saint. When I asked, ‘Why are they poor?’ they called me a communist.” For Notley-Smith it might be, “When I advocate pill testing, they call me a saint. When I ask, ‘Why do
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they take drugs?’ they call me a communist.” So why do people take drugs? Conceivably, to escape reality. They drug a reality that is no longer real and isn’t their reality either. Instead, it is the prefabricated actuality of the Liberal Party’s free market competition. It starts early. While enlightened parents with money send their kids to Steiner schools, the rest are exposed to the uncompromising competition enshrined in league tables and relentless testing regimes. Entering schooling means drill, conformity and competition for stars, brownie points and awards. Like Pavlov’s dog and Skinner’s rat in the box, school centres on completing what Sir Ken Robinson (TED Talks) calls “low clerical work”. Like Skinner’s rat, they no longer ask what it means. They complete meaningless tasks to get a reward, a star, a point on a useless scorecard. All this is utterly boring. 85 per cent of schooling is indeed boring. Why?
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Because it prepares you for work, which is also utterly boring. Just before the madness of swapping the school uniform for a corporate uniform, your life is determined, and not by who you are. It is determined by competition. Getting a good HSC number behind your name on an insane spreadsheet is the name of the game. Madness reigns. The one next to you is no longer your friend. They are competitors on the eternal treadmill of free market competition. ‘Competition is good’ is the Liberal Party’s mantra. But it is also cold, harsh and isolating. When not drugging against the madness of civilisation (Freud) and society (Foucault), young people can look forward to forty years of working in a competitive environment governed by KPIs, performance management and performance-related pay. They do so in meaningless “bullshit jobs” (Graeber). This is “the way of the rat” (Schrijvers). And guess what, even if you win
the rat race, you are still a rat. All this is camouflaged through a cultural industry anaesthetising us with delights like Australian Idiot. Competition reigns while life is emptied of substance (Molière). TV shows like these lower our brain function. You no longer recognise the next commercial break selling you expensive landfill. We buy things we do not need with money we do not have to impress people we do not even like. We do this until we retire or die or both. We have fulfilled the two functions of the Liberal Party’s competitive world: work and consume. In a life emptied of substance and handed over to the bleakness of eternal competition, no wonder people are drugging the madness forced onto them. And no wonder Bruce Notley-Smith’s Liberal Party likes competition – it keeps the corporate rat going, drugged or otherwise. Thomas Coogee
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Local Bloke... David Arbib from North Bondi Interview Dan Hutton Photo James Hutton David Arbib has been living in North Bondi for just about as long as he can remember. When he’s not hanging out with his family, he’s running his successful project management and building services business, Sun Projects. David shares his local favourites with The Beast… How long have you lived here? My family moved to Ben Buckler in the 1940s. I followed them down to Bondi in the ‛90s. Why do you live here? It’s where I grew up and it’s a tough place to beat. Bondi by nature is a very upbeat place to be. The good energy is contagious and it still has some of that barefoot and happy vibe that it did in the early days. It’s also a melting pot of cultures from around the world. Within that is a very close and special community. What's your favourite beach? North Bondi, especially in the mornings. That place is very special. 20 The Beast March 2019
What's your favourite eatery? I’d have to say the Depot (owned by my in-laws), Shuk and Harry’s. Where do you like to have a drink? I love a mezcal or a margarita at Taqiza. Otherwise I’m a bit of a good-whisky-at-home type of guy. Best thing about the Eastern Suburbs? To live so close to the city, yet be surrounded by one of the world’s most beautiful harbours and coastlines, is pretty unique. That, and the people. I still see a lot of the people I grew up with on a daily basis. Worst thing about the Eastern Suburbs? That I still see a lot of the people I grew up with on a daily basis! Do you have a favourite sporting team? I’m a big NBA fan but unfortunately the nature of the game these days is more about the individual than it is about the team. I started playing in
What do you get up to on the weekends? We’re pretty active by nature but we also have two young kids, which slows down the pace a little. Some kind of nature adventure, beach time, a spearfish, or time in the garden and veggie patch. What do you do for work? I run a boutique building company called Sun Projects that focuses on full scale residential renovations. You can check out our work at www.sunprojects.co. What's your favourite thing about work? The relationships I’ve made, the people I continue to meet, the creative aspect and, perhaps above all, creating an environment or a home that really supports or enhances people’s lives. Do you have a favourite quote? “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” - Henry Ford Any other words of wisdom for readers of The Beast? In today’s world of social media, which encourages a culture of smoke and mirrors, I’m going to go with my old school’s motto, "Esse quam videri”, which translates to, "To be, rather than to seem to be”!
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THUMBS UP JUSTIN 'JUZZY' BULL The much loved owner of Huxton’s at Bronte passed away in early February. Juzzy built a real spirit of community on his corner, bringing people together with his warm, welcoming nature and infectious laugh. We’re really going to miss him. THE SPOT FESTIVAL Without doubt the best annual street festival in Sydney. It’s on March 10 this year, so make your way to the heart of Randwick and let your hair down. AUTUMN SWELLS Summer is never great for surf around here, but this year it’s been as bad as we can remember. Fingers crossed the change of seasons brings a change of fortunes. FOOTY SEASON From this month forth your family and other interests will have to compete with the dreaded triumvirate of rugby league, rugby union and AFL.
THUMBS DOWN SINGLE-USE PLASTICS It’s time to ‘Make the Switch on Plastics’, and on March 2 and 3, Randwick Council will be hosting a bunch of events to help you do just that. Find out more at www.randwick.nsw.gov.au. SCHOOL TRAFFIC You’d be forgiven for thinking there are more stay-at-home parents than people with jobs here in the Eastern Suburbs - 3.30pm is the new peak hour. 22 The Beast March 2019
MOCHA Age 8 weeks Sex Female Breed Bull Arab X Weight 30-35kg (fully grown) Latte, Mocha, Frappe and Cappuccino were dumped at a council pound. They have undergone puppy socialisation classes and are ready to join a family where someone is home most of the time and with a garden to run in. Mocha comes desexed, C5 vaccinated, heartworm free and microchipped. Also included for the love and wellbeing of Mocha is a free health and wellness voucher with the Doggie Rescue vet. For more details, please call Doggie Rescue on 9486 3133, or email email@example.com.
OTIS Age 10 years Sex Male Breed Jack Russell X Pug Weight 8.6kg Otis is a friendly, relaxed boy. He is easy to handle and pick up and is social with other dogs. Otis came from the pound with a cherry eye, which is being repaired. Contrary to the rumours, he is not romantically involved with an orange tabby cat named Milo. Otis comes desexed, C5 vaccinated, heartworm free and microchipped. Also included for the love and wellbeing of Otis is a free health and wellness voucher with the Doggie Rescue vet. For more details, please call Doggie Rescue on 9486 3133, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Really testing the limits.
Easts Take ‘Property Developer’ Approach to Bowlo Application Words Siriol Dafydd Insta @sirioldafyddwriter Photo Easts Leagues If you live in the Waverley or Bondi area, you’ve probably heard a lot recently about the fate of the Waverley Bowlo. Despite local efforts to save it in the past, it seems that the powers that be are still intent on tearing it down. Easts Group, which owns the site, submitted its latest DA to Waverley Council on December 20 last year. It proposed a development for 90 apartments, pool and gym for residents, a 76 place childcare centre, two bowling greens and a club. In reaction, local residents have expressed concerns about the loss of community spaces, the impact on traffic and the height of the building, amongst other things. Many are also sceptical about the timing of the application, seemingly submitted during the busy holiday period in an attempt to minimise public awareness. Easts Group has denied any foul play, however, and a spokesperson told The Beast “the club was always committed to an open process” and that residents’ concerns “will all be addressed as part of the DA process”. Easts Group also hosted two information sessions last month 24 The Beast March 2019
in which the project’s traffic experts, town planners and architects were able to hear locals’ concerns first hand. “The club is trading at a significant deficit, which has been the case since it was acquired by Easts,” a spokesperson said. “Easts has sought to provide an integrated mixed-use development, which combines generations and community uses to enable its continued contribution back to the community.” But some locals just aren’t buying it. “The Waverley Bowling Club is not a failing club with a dwindling membership, it is a busy, highly valued community hub that has been strategically left to be unprofitable,” club member and local resident Bernadette Hayes told The Beast. “For the Easts board to maintain that they can’t run the club without an $83 million development that includes 90 units is ridiculous.” Mark Nathan from the ‘Save the Waverley Bowlo' group echoed Ms Hayes’ thoughts. “The Bowlo is a community asset that for many years has been a social hub,” he said. “It is not only about championship
bowling, it caters for groups of mates having a barefoot bowl or families looking for a place to relax and let their kids run around. “It has a long history and is one of the few family friendly clubs in the area. If the site gets overdeveloped, the open space will be lost for good.” Though opposed to the current DA, Mr Nathan recognised that some changes to the club need to be made and is eager to see continued communication between Easts and the local community in order to get the best outcome. “Easts have stated they are open to compromise, however, they have not reflected the community’s feedback about acceptable height, scale and traffic in this DA,” he said. “Instead they have adopted the ‘property developer’ approach of testing what they can get away with. It is important that all concerned residents let their objections be known as this will help achieve a more acceptable outcome.” If you’re reading this as soon as The Beast hit your mailbox, you still can lodge your feedback to Waverley Council at email@example.com. gov.au as community consultation is open until February 25. Peter Monks, Director of Waverley Futures, told The Beast that as the DA indicates that the cost of the project is in the order of $83 million the decisionmaking body will be the Sydney Eastern City Planning Panel rather than Council’s Waverley Local Panel. “Council planning staff will consider the DA, the public submissions made on the DA, and prepare a report to be presented to the Sydney Eastern City Planning Panel for their determination,” he said. “This is a major application and it will take several months to be assessed.”
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The Spot Festival Celebrates the Culmination of its Childhood Words Joel Bevilacqua Photo Anna Warr With its heritage cinema and selection of trendy restaurants, cafes and bars, it comes as no surprise that even on a typical day The Spot in Randwick is buzzing with people looking to treat themselves. But on Sunday, March 10, the bustling hub will really come to life in an emphatic celebration of food, music and culture as Randwick’s annual The Spot Festival returns for its twelfth year. Organised by Randwick City Council, The Spot Festival brings the community together at the end of each summer for a vibrant street party. Randwick Mayor Kathy Neilson is excited to celebrate the festival’s final year of childhood before it hits its tumultuous teenage years. “The Spot Festival highlights the best of The Spot,” Cr Neilson said. 26 The Beast March 2019
“It combines great food, fun dancing and community spirit to create a day that can be enjoyed by all. “The Spot Festival has been running for twelve years now and each year we try to make it better and better. “I hope the community come along and enjoy all that is on offer in this little corner of Randwick.” Paloma Marquez, manager of the Four Frogs Crêperie on St Paul’s Street, said The Spot Festival is a great way to connect with the community. The Four Frogs has been in operation in the heart of The Spot since 2015, and has been involved in the festival every year since, serving people their crêpe and galette treats. Ms Marquez told The Beast that her team can’t wait for this year’s edition. “It definitely gets better and better every year,” she said.
The intersection of Perouse Road and St Paul’s Street in Randwick will be closed off to traffic from 1pm to 8pm, making way for over 100 food and market stalls and three stages of live music and dancing. More than 20,000 people are expected to attend the celebration, which has something for everyone. For the kids, the petting zoo is back, as is the silent disco, and street performer Bubbleheads will be roving around performing spellbinding bubble tricks. A burger eating competition will surely capture the attention and appetite of those who take food consumption seriously the person who can wolf down the most burgers will win a $100 dinner voucher to be used at The Spot, so get training. For those curious about what the rest of the year has in store for them, there will be a fortune-telling tent featuring tarot card readings - hopefully they can offer more positive predictions than those supplied by our resident astrologer, Beardy from Hell. More relaxed folk can head over to the ‘chillout stage’ to see local dance groups showcasing their favourite performances, or plonk themselves in the bean bag chillout zone. The hunters and gatherers among us can peruse an array of colourful market stalls brimming with exquisite handmade jewellery, beautiful clothing, children's toys, antiques and homewares. Above all else, The Spot Festival is a celebration of Randwick’s vibrant community, so make sure you get along and celebrate the end of another magical summer. For more information, visit www.thespotfestival.com. au or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Bits and Pieces from Around the Beaches Words Dan Hutton Photo Jamie Watson Instagram @jmewtsn SEASIDE SCAVENGE Sponsored by Randwick Council,the Maroubra Beach Seaside Scavenge on March 2 is a waterway clean-up where the litter that participants collect becomes their currency to purchase quality pre-loved clothes, books and more that has been donated by the local community. Registration for the Maroubra Beach Seaside Scavenge will begin at 9am and the event will finish at 1pm. For more information, head to www.seasidescavenge.org. WAVERLEY HERITAGE AND DESIGN AWARDS Nominations from homeowners, architects, designers, builders and others involved in good heritage and design projects that celebrate Waverley’s architectural excellence close on March 1. The winners will be presented with a trophy at an awards ceremony on April 29 and given an opportunity to have their projects promoted in the local area. Entries will also be exhibited in the Waverley Library Galleries during May, coinciding with the Australian Heritage Festival. For more information or to
submit your nomination, please visit www.waverley.nsw.gov.au/ building/heritage_and_design/ waverley_design_awards. WALK FOR RESPECT In October 2017, Waverley Council resolved to hold a Walk for Respect in celebration of community harmony, diversity and multiculturalism. Walk for Respect – Together by the Sea is an event for all ages held on March 3 between 11am and 1pm. The walk will begin in Bondi’s Biddigal Reserve and will finish in Dolphin Court, next to the Bondi Pavilion, where there will be speeches and some entertainment. For more information, visit www.waverley.nsw.gov.au. PILLIGA RISING Pilliga Rising is a new film described by the Sydney Morning Herald’s Elizabeth Farrelly as a “mesmerising, heartbreaking, exhilarating tale of a community unified in defence of land and livelihood. See it, and see it soon”. It’s screening at the Bronte Surf Life Saving Club from 6.30-8.30pm on Tuesday, March 12. Speakers on the night will
include Adam Macrae, a teacher and farmer from Coonamble, and the Wilderness Society’s Naomi Hodgson. Tickets are free and donations are welcome. RSVP via Lock the Gate’s website, bit.ly/Pilliga_Bronte. FREE PARKING AT EASTGATE Eastgate Bondi Junction’s owners, ISPT, in conjunction with Waverley Council, are excited to announce that one-hour free parking has returned to the shopping centre’s adjoining car park, so there’s no longer any need to park at Westfield before wandering across to Aldi. Bloody fantastic! FLOATING FILM FESTIVAL Featuring an all Aussie line-up of features and short films including Blue, A Lunar Cycle, A Man and the Sea, Church of the Open Sky, Home and Duct Tape Surfing, this evening of film, food and spectacular views will take place at Wylie’s Baths in Coogee on Friday, March 15 and Saturday, March 16. Get your tickets for a great evening of ocean, swimming and nature films at www.wyliesfloatingfilms.com.
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Bronte leading the way.
Bronte Lifesavers on Clean-Up Patrol Words Duncan Horscroft Photo Phil Leamon The dangers of plastic and other rubbish in our waterways are well documented. As well as threatening endangered marine and other wildlife, there are literally islands of junk floating in the world’s major oceans. All of this junk is man-made and there is no apparent reason why it should not have been disposed of properly in the first place. But it is what it is. The late Ian Kiernan OAM, through his Clean Up Australia campaign, showed the world that people care for their environment, with millions of volunteers on hand every year on Clean Up Australia Day. Now another volunteer is starting her own campaign on Bronte Beach. Emma Finnerty, an active 30 The Beast March 2019
volunteer surf lifesaver for the Bronte Surf Club, has made a resolution to complete a rubbish clean-up along the beach at the end of every surf patrol. “It’s a small step to try and make a difference for our beaches and our community,” Ms Finnerty said. “The local parkies and the council are doing a great job, but with the number of beachgoers over the recent holiday period, everyone needed to step in and lend a hand.” Ms Finnerty wants to encourage other clubs to band together and show they care for their local beaches, and has received support from her local patrol captains. She also hopes to receive support from the local Nipper movement. By doing this, she believes it will encourage beachgoers to
be more aware of the rubbish left behind on a summer’s day and hopes that they will get the message and take their rubbish with them. “Watching our volunteer lifesavers comb the beach at the end of the day will be a powerful reminder to be responsible for our impact on the environment,” Ms Finnerty said. “It would be great to get some promotion to get the other clubs on board and send a compelling message to the community that it shouldn’t be anyone’s job to pick up after others. “It is commonplace to see committed ocean lovers heading back from the shoreline with fists full of rubbish. No one wants to go for a swim at Bronte pool and have to navigate past plastic bottles and coffee cups strewn across the ground or floating in the water.” Ms Finnerty also provided some insights from the Environmental Protection Authority into what drives littering behaviour: • The more litter about, the more people are inclined to litter - “So removing a solitary piece of litter is an important step to avoid the problem getting worse.” • The more convenient the bin placement, the less people will be inclined to litter - “That said, who else has seen litter shoved in the bushes less than two metres from a bin?” • Areas out of public view or alleyways collect litter - “This explains all the rubbish in the Bronte Cutting.” • The more community involvement and social engagement, the more effective the strategy - “Get involved and remind people to be considerate.”
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Can Gladys cling to power?
The Beast's Election Rundown Words Siriol Dafydd Insta @sirioldafyddwriter Photo Mike Baird The state election is looming, and aside from hitting up the sausage sizzle, it’s also your opportunity to have your say on who will be running your neighbourhood. If you’re undecided about how to vote on March 23, here’s a quick rundown of the candidates... Coogee Bruce Notley-Smith is hoping to hold this seat for the Liberals but he’ll have to fend off Waverley Councillor Marjorie O’Neill and former Randwick mayor Lindsay Shurey, who are running for Labor and the Greens respectively. Mr Notley-Smith told The Beast that among his proudest achievements so far are his improvements to healthcare. “The fantastic Nelune Comprehensive Cancer Centre opened two years ago, as did the hospital’s first hybrid operating theatre,” he said. “Right now we are constructing a brand new $720 million Emergency and Acute Services Building and the Health Translation Hub building next to it, which will make the Prince of Wales Australia’s leading hospital and clinical research facility.” Given that Mr Notley-Smith
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has been elected twice before, some consider the seat a slam dunk for the Liberals. But Marjorie O’Neill is keen for change. “I want to be part of a government with ambitious renewable energy targets and one that is creating jobs for the future,” she said. “In a context where our schools are at capacity, children are being taught in demountables and our nurses are over-worked, we do not need to splurge $2.2 billion on stadiums.” Greens candidate Lindsay Shurey said she will endeavour to end violence against women. “There is so much work that the state government can do to end violence against women and I will fight to increase the Family Violence Prevention Legal Services and fund shelters and crisis accommodation,” she said. All three candidates are partaking in The Great Debate on March 11 at Coogee Diggers. Entry is free but you’ll need a ticket, which you can reserve via eventbrite.com.au. Vaucluse Gabrielle Upton is hoping to be re-elected for the third time.
“For the last eight years I have proudly represented my local area as the Member for Vaucluse in the NSW Parliament,” she told The Beast. “I’ve worked hard to make our community an even better place to live, work and raise a family.” Labor’s Lenore Kulakauskas disagrees. “It is astonishing that Gabrielle Upton is the chosen candidate with her abysmal track record and even more frightening is the damage she has done as the Minister for Environment,” she said. “I stand for real action on climate change, a halt to runaway development and proper funding of our infrastructure, and I’m firmly against the privatisation of public assets.” Greens Candidate Megan McEwin is “calling for pill testing and an end to the war on drugs”. She will also aim to “breathe new life into our local music scene, which is suffering from the failed lock-out laws”. Maroubra Voted in thrice already, Labor incumbent Michael Daley is expected to be re-elected, and as Leader of the Opposition he will serve as premier should Labor win overall. Hoping to give Daley a run for his money is Liberal candidate Pat Farmer. The famous ultra-marathon runner and former federal MP is pledging “to be a strong voice to get things done locally”. Meanwhile, Greens candidate James Cruz told The Beast: "I’ve put my hand up to help elevate the voices of those marginalised by rampant neoliberalism, to push out those looking at politics for a career and challenge the vested interests who are harming our community. It’s time we put people first and build a fairer future for all of us." And there you have your who’s who of local politics. Whatever your beliefs, go forth, exercise your democratic rights and enjoy your free snag!
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Tableaux at Gallery East Clovelly local Carol Ruff’s latest exhibition, Tableaux, which features a beautiful series of colourful still life paintings, opens at Gallery East tonight from 6.00-8.00pm. Gallery East is located at 21 Burnie Street, Clovelly. For more information, call the gallery on 9665 5414.
Maloneys Home Delivery Too lazy to do your grocery shopping? Maloneys offers a complete home delivery service, so there’s no excuse for living on Domino’s and Deliveroo. Get your order in by 7pm and it’ll be delivered fresh to your door the next day. To order, please visit www.maloneysgrocer.com.au.
2-4-1 Pizzas at The Cloey Get stuck into 2-4-1 pizzas from 5.00-9.00pm every Tuesday at the Clovelly Hotel. It's also $5 happy hour from 4.00-6.00pm every Monday to Thursday so you may as well make a night of it! For more information about what’s on at the Cloey, please visit www.clovellyhotel.com.au.
Succeed in Your HSC Want to succeed in your HSC? Of course you do. And now, thanks to the good folk at Randwick Council, you can learn how. Just get down to the Lionel Bowen Library in Maroubra from 5.30-6.30pm to learn how to avoid the dreaded ‘red dot’. Visit www.randwick.nsw.gov.au.
The Great Debate Hear from those who will represent your interests in the state elections at Coogee Diggers from 6.30-7.30pm tonight, as Liberal MP Bruce Notley-Smith goes head-to-head with Labor’s Dr Marjorie O’Neill and the Greens’ Lindsay Shurey. Please visit bondichamber.eventbrite.com.au.
Pilliga Rising Pilliga Rising is screening at the Bronte SLSC from 6.308.30pm tonight. Speakers will include Adam Macrae, a teacher and farmer from Coonamble, and the Wilderness Society’s Naomi Hodgson. Tickets are free. RSVP via Lock the Gate’s website, bit.ly/Pilliga_Bronte.
Food Addicts Meetings Today, Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) is hosting one of its twice-weekly meetings, which are held every Wednesday at 7.00pm and Friday at 10am at Salvation Army Hall, 100 Boyce Road, Maroubra. For more information, visit www.foodaddicts.org.
Hot Room Theatre Dealing with inequality, selfinterest and Sydney’s obsession with real estate, Monopoly is a fast-paced comedy that will have you laughing all the way to the bank. It’s on Mondays at 8.00pm from today at El Rocco, Kings Cross. Please visit www.ticketebo.com.au/monopoly.
Writing for Pleasure Learn new skills to strengthen and enhance your writing as a budding author in this series of four workshops for all skill levels. It’s on from 1.30-3.30pm today at Margaret Martin Library, Randwick and it’s free. Please call 9093 6400 or visit www.randwick.nsw.gov.au.
3-4-2 Wednesdays There’s absolutely nothing wrong with being the third wheel, especially at the Robin Hood Hotel where it’s a case of third time lucky. Purchase any three main meals at the Hood on a Wednesday and you’ll receive the cheapest one for free. Visit www.robinhoodhotel.com.au.
Jewish LGBT+ Congress The peak body of the international Jewish LGBT+ community will hold its World Congress in Sydney from today until March 24, bringing a global focus to Sydney and providing a space for ideas, networking and good fun. Please visit www.dayenu.org.au or www.lgbtjews.org for more.
Wylie’s Baths Bushcare Become a bushcare volunteer with Randwick’s bushcare officers on this great bush regeneration program from 9.30-11.30am today. Anyone who is interested should meet at Grant Reserve, Coogee. For more information, please visit www.randwick.nsw.gov.au.
Woollahra VIEW Club Meeting Woollahra VIEW Club meets at 10am at Woollahra’s Gaden Community Cafe on the fourth Wednesday of every month, with a guest speaker followed by an optional lunch. If you’d like to come along, please call Jan on 0422 922 095 or email email@example.com.
World Class Stand-Up Enjoy killer comedy with drinks delivered direct to your seat every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night at the Comedy Store Showcase in the Entertainment Quarter. Receive 50% off when you use the promo code “BEAST”. Call 9550 3666 or visit www.comedystore.com.au.
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Waverley Heritage and Design Awards Nominations from homeowners, architects, designers and builders involved in heritage and design projects celebrating Waverley’s architectural excellence close today. Visit www.waverley.nsw.gov. au/building/heritage_and_design/waverley_design_awards.
Follow Me at Cafe Del Mar Join Follow Me at Cafe Del Mar this Saturday for a sunset terrace party, hosting House Legends Marshall Jefferson, X-Press 2 and Brandon Block. Catch you on the dance floor! For ticketing and prices, please visit www.eventbright.com.au. Randwick Nursery Sale
Walk for Respect Together by the Sea Walk for Respect - Together by the Sea is an event for all ages held today between 11am and 1pm. The walk will begin in Bondi’s Biddigal Reserve and will finish in Dolphin Court, next to the Bondi Pavilion. For info, visit www.waverley.nsw.gov.au.
International Women's Day The Bucket List Bondi, Bondi Business Women and Bondi Chamber of Commerce present the International Women’s Day Awards Bondi today from 6.00pm at The Bucket List. Celebrate female empowerment! You can RSVP, nominate and vote at www.thebucketlist.com.
Waratahs Versus Reds Super Rugby Heritage Round gets underway this weekend as the Waratahs go up against their traditional foes from north of the border, the Queensland Reds. It’s on at the SCG with kick-off scheduled for 7.40pm. For tickets and info, please visit sydneycricketground.com.au.
The Spot Festival Now in its 12th year, Randwick’s biggest free outdoor festival combines the best that the local area has to offer in food and shopping with an awesome entertainment program from 1.00-8.00pm at The Spot. For more information, please visit www.thespotfestival.com.au.
NRL Local Derby The Roosters take on the Rabbitohs tonight at the SCG at 7.55pm in their first home game of the 2019 season. Both clubs have the rosters to be in contention for the premiership this year, so this should be a belter! For tickets and information, visit sydneycricketground.com.au.
Floating Film Festival Featuring an all Aussie line-up of features and shorts, this evening of film, food and spectacular views will take place at Wylie’s Baths in Coogee on March 15 and 16. Get your tickets for a great evening of ocean, swimming and nature films at www.wyliesfloatingfilms.com.
The Lifeguard Challenge The Lifeguard Challenge is heating up in 2019, with Randwick Council jumping on board with Sutherland Shire and Waverley to make it a three council challenge supporting the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation. Visit bit.ly/2R8hPPS. St Patrick's Day
Jazz @ the Pav Jazz @ the Pav is a month-long celebration of jazz music in Bondi featuring a star-studded line-up of Sydney’s finest musicians. Sit back, have a drink and enjoy the fabulous music at Bondi Pavilion from 8.00pm. For tickets and information, visit www.eventbrite.com.au.
Waverley Markets Get down to Waverley Primary School today from 9.00am1.00pm for a fantastic car boot sale, new and secondhand stalls, jumping castle, face painting, kids games, coffee and more. For enquiries, call 0498 687 888 or visit www.facebook. com/waverleymarkets.
Live and Local Music Come along to Clovelly Bowling Club on the fourth Sunday of every month and enjoy live and local music from 4.00-8.00pm in the relaxed atmosphere overlooking the magnificent Pacific Ocean. For more information, please call 9665 1507 or visit www.clovellybowlingclub.com.au.
Battle of the Birds The Sydney Swans will take on the Adelaide Crows tonight at the SCG in their first home clash of the 2019 AFL season. Can Buddy finally help the boys bring home a premiership? First bounce is at 7.50pm. For tickets and info, please visit sydneycricketground.com.au.
Bondi Farmers Markets Choose from a huge range of fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables, organic meat and poultry, fresh flowers, breads, jams, cheeses, seafood, herbs, spices and more at Bondi Beach Public School every Saturday morning from 9.00am. Please visit www.bondimarkets.com.au.
Functions at Urban Winery Hold your next function at Urban Winery. Quote “The Beast” and go into the draw to win a case of A.Retief wine. You can also learn to blend your own wine in the blending course onthe second Sunday of each month from 3.00pm-5.00pm. Visit urbanwinerysydney.com.au.
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MICHAEL DALEY THE CHALLENGER
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Voters will be heading to the polls on March 23 to elect the 57th Parliament of New South Wales. We caught up with the man who is vying to be our next premier, NSW Labor leader Michael Daley... How are you Michael? How have the last few weeks been? It's been hectic, but I feel really good. I feel really positive. People are saying to me, "Are you feeling the pressure?" I feel responsibility more than pressure, because I think this government's been behaving really badly. I think they mistreat people. I don't think they respect communities. I just see how poorly they treat things, like the environment, and I feel very strongly that we can't afford another four years of them. So I feel a very heavy responsibility to make sure I put my best foot forward so that I can sell a positive message and give the people who don't want to re-elect this Liberal government a really good, positive choice. I'm feeling really energetic, and the locals are so proud. I went down to Coogee with my wife the other night after we saw a movie at the Ritz. We had a date night and saw A Star is Born, which is fantastic. We had a couple of drinks at Bat Country, across the road from the Ritz, then went down to the Coogee Bay for a bit of a dance. A lot of locals I didn't even know were coming up and saying, "Good on you, mate. We've been following your career for a long time. You're one of us. Hope we get another premier from the area..." It really surprised me. It's really good. Did you have one of Wardy's hotdogs at the Bay? I didn't have a hotdog, no. We had dinner at Ummarin Thai before that. I'm trying to stay nice and slim for the election.
When you mentioned the Liberals treating the environment poorly, can you give us a specific example of what they have done that's been shithouse? Well, cutting 800 trees down for the light rail is top of the list in our local area, including the century-old fig trees on Anzac Parade. They were planted to see the Anzacs off to war, they welcomed them home and they'd no need to knock them down. Randwick Council and a whole raft of others including me came up with an alternative plan to move the alignment of the light rail slightly so that all those trees could be saved, and Premier Berejiklian, who was transport minister at the time, didn't listen to anyone, and now they're all gone. It was one of the world's most beautiful boulevards and now it's like there's this gaping hole of light. It does look a bit shit at the moment... It's terrible. And in George Street, in the city, they undergrounded the power lines for the light rail "because of the aesthetic value for the locals". But if you drive up Alison Road and Wansey Road now, along Anzac Parade, it looks like Spiderman's been going from building to building. Apparently the aesthetic value doesn't matter for our locals, only the other locals. Was the tree chop-down part of the original plan or did that change after it was approved? No. This was the problem. The original plan was flawed, and the premier said she wasn't going to entertain any changes whatsoever, because she was afraid of the raft of changes that the City of Sydney was going to demand, down in Devonshire Street. So her solution was, "No changes for anybody." So when Randwick Council and others popped up
and said, "You don't need to do this. You can move it by 10 feet, by three metres, and save all those trees," she just said, "I've told you, we're not moving. We're not making any changes at all, and that's it." It was bloody-minded and it didn't need to happen, and now they're gone forever. Is there any truth to the conspiracy theory that the Australian Turf Club wanted it on the other side of the road, so it was moved to keep them happy? No, no. What happened was, the original plan had a good idea, and it was a good idea, to put the tram stop in the forecourt of the racecourse, because the racecourse is not used all that often. When it was not being used it would be a free pedestrian space and waiting space for people who wanted to catch the light rail. It was great. And on race days youâ€™d pull in and walk straight through the gates, then at the end of the day straight out of the gates, straight on to the light rail and off youâ€™d go. But some of the very smart locals in our area sat down and did the calculations for the number of passengers that the government said 45-metre trams could carry, and they worked out that the numbers were wrong, that they couldn't carry anywhere near what the transport minister, Berejiklian, said at the time. The government then reacted by increasing the length of the trams from 45 metres to 67 metres, and guess what? They didn't fit into the forecourt of the racecourse. Remember, Council then said, "We'll run it down the middle of Alison Road, like you're doing in George Street, because if you move it over to the northern side that wall along Centennial Park is actually a dam wall. There are a whole raft of trees down there you need to get rid of and there's
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a bicycle path that you'll need to get rid of." But the government refused. So they moved it into Centennial Park. They had to excise part of Centennial Park. They found out that it wasn't just a retaining wall, it was actually a dam wall. I can't remember what the exact cost was, but it was $60 million extra, or something like that, to replace the dam wall - a 10-foot wall where trees and a bike path used to be; it didn't need to be that way. Do you think we need a light rail at all? In the Infrastructure New South Wales 2012 Report - and it wasn't a Labor Party committee, it was Nick Greiner, former Liberal premier, and Paul Broad - they said, "Don't do a light rail." They said that it won't carry any more people than the buses, that it will interrupt traffic flows, that it will disrupt business and it will be a waste of money. And they were right on every count. It carries very, very slightly more people than buses in the peak. Four lanes of traffic have gone forever, on Anzac Parade and Alison Road, including dedicated busways, both ways. Businesses have gone broke. The stops are a kilometre apart, so good luck if you're an old person trying to get onto it. And it will destroy traffic. It's going across South Dowling Street, not underneath it, across it at grade. So every four minutes, both ways, in the peak, you have to stop traffic for 30 seconds so the longest tram in the world can cross it at grade, not in a tunnel. So what is the actual purpose of it? I can see how it would be handy for the hospital, if someone needed to go to the Children's Hospital... But the buses took you there anyway. There's also the racecourse and the university, but a lot of the students live on campus anyway, don't they? Will locals from Coogee, Maroubra or Clovelly Beach use it to go into the city for work? Well we'll all have to because they're going to stop the buses. They'll run some express services with the light rail, but at nine o'clock in the morning
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express buses will cease so you'll have to use the light rail; there will be no buses after that. It will take you longer to get into the city than the buses took. If you win the election, what are your plans to fix that? Just pray it works, because they've signed a 15-year contract with a private operator to run it. With the Spanish company that’s building it, Acciona? Yeah, so they've locked a 15-year contract in after having been told by the experts not to build it. The original cost was $1.6 billion; we've heard today it's going to hit $3 billion. They don't know when it will be finished. It's supposed to be open now. They don't know when it will be finished, they don't know how much it will cost and they have given evidence, under oath, that they don't know the answer to either of those questions. They don't even know when they will know when it will be finished, and they don't know when they will know how much it will cost! Pretty good if you're a Brazillian backpacker holding a stop/slow sign at a zebra crossing; you'd be making a bloody fortune... Well, you thought you had a year's work but you’ve probably got three years of work now. It's probably the only good thing. You grew up at Maroubra Beach? Born and bred? Born and bred in South Maroubra, Dan Avenue in South Maroubra. Mum and Dad, they moved there in 1965 and they're still there. I've got two brothers and a sister. My sister lives at Hillsdale, my brother Paul bought the adjoining semi, my other brother Pete lives about four streets away and I'm at Chifley, just down the track, so we're all still in the area. So you're a ‘real’ local... Never leaving. Conceived on the golden sands of Maroubra Beach? I've never been near that intricate detail with my mum and dad. I was born in November 1965; I'll have to go back and see what event there was
in February of 1965. I never asked Mum and Dad that, but I might. What are your fondest memories of growing up around the Eastern Suburbs? Oh god, there are so many. Just the fun and freedom of being a little kid, that you could just wander everywhere with no shoes on. We'd play street cricket until 10 o'clock at night, go down the beach, walk up through the rifle range, which we called ‘the bush’ back then. South Maroubra was just called ‘the bush’. And the good thing about those days, which still exists in the Eastern Suburbs, is that everyone knows everyone. I said in my first speech, my maiden speech in parliament, "There's no six degrees of separation in the Eastern Suburbs. It's about one and a half." Everyone knows everyone. Mums and dads knew each other, brothers and sisters knew each other. Different families knew each other from footy, or netball, or surf club, or from school... And it's still like that now... Even a former boyfriend, "I used to go out with him, or her..." It's like that now. It's a village. It's still got that village atmosphere and that's why I want to make sure that the place is never overdeveloped, because if you take that village atmosphere out of the Eastern Suburbs it won't be the home that we all grew up in. And it's survived for a long time. There's still a wildness about Maroubra. Maroubra Beach still has a bit of the '50s about it. There's still bushland at South Maroubra, which we turned into a national park. That's been one of my greatest achievements. And the bushland out along Bunnerong Road, there's still pockets of horses out there. There's still a bit of wildness out there. The city hasn't quite wiped it out and I'm determined that it won't. Do you mind if other parts of Sydney get overdeveloped and ruined? I think I've said that no area should get ruined by overdevelopment. Sydney's growing and everyone needs to take their fair bit, and we have. And locals have whinged too much about that, but developments like what's happen-
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Randwick News I love to enjoy our beautiful outdoors. We’re so lucky to live in an area that makes getting outside so accessible. From ocean walks to beautiful parks, we’ve got it all in Randwick City. One thing Council takes seriously is maintaining these parks and paths. It’s a big job. We’ve got 511km of footpaths and until now we’ve been maintaining them on a rotating schedule. Yet some paths get more wear and tear while others barely change. To help us prioritise the paths that need our attention, we’re conducting a footpath condition inspection. This week we’ll begin the process, which involves quad bike inspection vehicles travelling on public footways. Along the way a series of photographs will be taken of the paths, which will be analysed to assure we’re focussing on the areas that need attention urgently. You may see these vehicles when you’re out and about – feel free to give them a wave and say hi! We appreciate your tolerance during this brief period of assessment. I’d also like to thank our staff of outdoor workers who work tirelessly in the summer to stay on top of trimming trees, pulling weeds and mowing lawns. As anyone who has even a small patch of green in their home knows, summer is a relentless time for gardening! And our outdoor workers have a lot of their plate! I hope you’ve been enjoying our great outdoors. Councillor Kathy Neilson Mayor of Randwick
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ing at Eastgardens now, that's really taking the Mickey and I'm not happy about that. That got pushed through by the state government without anyone really having their say. And we've never minded taking our bit, but you've just got to make sure you do it well and in the right place, so that suburban streets and communities don't get wiped out and changed. Do you think Sydney is 'full'? Well, no one ever talks of London being full, or New York being full, or San Francisco being full, but what we've got to make sure we do is come up with alternative transport methods to other areas before Sydney gets really choc-a-block and uncomfortable. We need to talk about fast rail services into the Hunter and along the Central Coast. Imagine a one-hour rail service from Newcastle into the city. You can go and live at Hamilton Beach and work in the city. Imagine a fast train down through the Illawarra and Goulburn. They're the next big things. We need the federal government to help with that sort of funding, and we need to do it before Sydney really becomes choc-a-block and uncomfortable. How many people came into Sydney over the last five years? I'd have to look at the statistics. I don't know. Is it about 100,000 each year? It's more than that. What do you think is a sustainable number of people that could come into Sydney each year? It's arbitrary to point to a particular figure, because so much depends on it. It's like saying, "What's the perfect size for Sydney?" Well, you've got to look at peopleâ€™s jobs, how you can do density well, the good design of buildings, how you get people around. That's why a metro to Parramatta is our number one priority. A 20-minute trip between Sydney and Parramatta metro would be a huge game changer. But as far as the Eastern Suburbs is concerned, people have still got to remember that we're a peninsular - there's only
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one way in and one way out. We don't have heavy rail. The light rail carries the same number of people as buses. It's getting pretty choc-a-block on the roads now so people shouldn't think the Eastern Suburbs, like anywhere else, should become a dumping ground. It all needs to be done thoughtfully and well. So does the Labor Party have a specific population policy? No. There's an independent body, or it's supposed to be independent, called the Greater Sydney Commission. It's supposed to take the politics out of planning, and they set the number of dwellings for a five-year period for each area of Sydney. I've said that it is unfair that there are some areas that are getting off without taking too many and other areas are getting clobbered. I recently announced that if I become the premier I want them to have another look at those figures and distribute the density of Sydney more fairly. Do you think quality of life in Sydney now is better than it was, say, five years ago? That's a difficult question. I think it is for some people and not for others, and I think that particularly in western suburbs of Sydney there have been some massive overdevelopments out there, and commute times have been very long for certain people. A few years ago I could guarantee a parking spot in my street, now I'll quite often have to park half a kilometre away in the beach car park... Well, it is difficult, and it's always been a difficult area for that. That said, I want my kids to have the same gift that I do. That is, a chance to live in our area. One of my daughters has already given up. She's gone to live in St Kilda. She just couldn't afford to buy. St Kilda's still pretty good; not as good as here though... St Kilda's an unreal place, but it's sad for us because we don't see each other. She wanted a change, of course, but so many young people are just giving up, forgetting about not only buying, but renting. So we do
need some new stock to try and give our kids in our area a fighting chance to do what we did and live in our area. We've just got to make sure we do it thoughtfully, that it's designed well and we don't make the area choc-a-block. I feel like if your parents are rich and generous then you can stay in the Eastern Suburbs, but if your parents aren't rich, or they're rich and not that generous, you haven't got a hope in hell... And that's what we need to guard against. The Eastern Suburbs has always been an area where everyone's equal. If you think you're better than someone else, you get your head knocked off down the beach or your friends will bring you down to earth. No one's better than anyone. It doesn't matter whether you grew up in the housing commission of South Maroubra or South Coogee, or in Bondi, everyone's treated equally. I don't want to see it become an enclave for rich kids from the North Shore whose parents have bought them a unit, or being the remnants of rich people only. There's a real egalitarianism in the Eastern Suburbs and if we lose that it won't be the place I grew up in. And you know what? We've kept it. It's still there and I'm confident that with some nurturing and caring government policies we can keep that. I spend a lot of time at Bronte and I look at the changes down there, even just over the last five years it seems like it's becoming a suburb of haves and have-nots. How do you address that continual erosion of equality of opportunity? It's very, very difficult, because we have a free market in the housing area. God's not making any more land and there's pressure on that. It's definitely a challenge and that's why we do need to make sure that there are some home units built, because there is air space, but you've just got to make sure you don't overfill the place, that the buildings look nice, that there's parking underneath the buildings so you can get the cars off the street, and you give people a fighting chance to stay in the area.
Mayor’s Message Walk for Respect In recognition of our commitment to community harmony and celebration of diversity, Waverley Council will hold a Walk for Respect – Together by the Sea on Sunday 3 March. Show your support, catch up with friends and enjoy some entertainment as we celebrate community harmony, diversity and multiculturalism in this, our 160th year of Waverley Council. We strive to ensure that our beautiful and vibrant part of the world remains welcoming, strong, inclusive, resilient and fair. See you there! For more, visit waverley.nsw.gov.au/ walkforrespect.
Lifeguard Challenge On Sunday 17 March, a group of Waverley Council lifeguards will be taking part in the 2019 Lifeguard Challenge to raise money for the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation (SCHF). The Lifeguard Challenge is a gruelling swim, paddle and run for 30kms from Bondi to North Cronulla via Maroubra and is held in partnership with lifeguards from Randwick and Sutherland Shire. Kicking off at 6am at Bondi with a 2km paddle board to Bronte Beach. There will be vantage points along the way including Bondi, Bronte, Coogee, Maroubra, Frenchman’s and Kurnell beaches. To donate, please visit schf.org.au/ fundraisers/lifeguardchallenge2019. John Wakefield, Mayor of Waverley
Events NSW Seniors Festival Love your Life 18–24 February Various locations around Waverley Our program to celebrate NSW Seniors Festival has both free and paid activities for people over the age of 50. Bookings are open now! waverley.nsw.gov.au/seniors festival or call 9083 8999.
Walk for Respect – Together by the Sea 3 March, 11am to 1pm Biddigal Reserve Bondi to Dolphin Court at Bondi Pavilion for free entertainment.
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You attended Marcellin College, is that right? Yeah, I did infants school at St Joseph's at Maroubra Beach. That's now St Mary - St Joseph Catholic Primary School. I did primary school at Lurline Bay. And then I did high school at Marcellin College in Randwick. And you studied law as a young bloke while you were working for Customs? Yeah. I left school and I went to Sydney Uni for a couple of months to do law there. Hated it. Hated uni life. Why? Just too much idle time and I had no money. I hated being poor so I worked two nights a week in the bar at the Randwick Labor Club. I had a car because I'd saved up from my paper run from when I was a young bloke and bought a car in Year 11. I used to drive to school. We're actually short a couple of Beast magazine deliverers this month... I was one of the coolest kids at school because I had a car in Year 11, and my paper run paid for that. When I left school and worked two days in a bar, I had no money. I'd have two lectures on Monday, then I’d go back on Wednesday and have nothing on Friday. I thought, “This is a waste of time.” My dad said, "Go and get a job and have a look at whether you can study your law parttime." So I joined Customs, spent 13 years in Customs, and I had a great experience there, learned so many things, and I studied law at night. Why did you choose law? I've always wanted to do law. I was fascinated by logical thinking and all I ever wanted to do since I was eight years old was get into parliament, and I knew that law was such a great preparation for parliament because it taught you how the machinery of society works. It's perfect preparation for parliament, along with being on the local council. Do you have any small business experience? No, but what I did do is I represented a lot of small businesses, particularly franchisees, in the law - a lot of mums
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and dads who had bought franchises who were getting ripped off by the franchisor. I did recognise, while I was at the private legal practice that I worked in, that I had a weakness in business, in corporate governance and business knowledge, so I asked Nick Whitlam for a job at the NRMA as an in-house lawyer. I worked as a corporate lawyer there and learnt a lot about corporate governance in business. So you'd have a good grasp of how bloody hard small business can be... Nothing beats running a small business, but I do have a good understanding of the sacrifices they make and the risks they take, and the hours they work. What made you decide to have a crack at politics? It's all I've ever wanted to do; it's in my blood. Apart from that, I've always been the sort of guy who just liked to get involved and roll their sleeves up. I'm never backward in coming forward, I always have an opinion on something, and I thought, rather than sit back and be a spectator and criticise other people for making mistakes, get in and have a go yourself. I thought I had a lot to offer and I've been pretty lucky in my career. I'm still here after 23 years of public life, probably about 13 in parliament. Probably about to be premier as well? I'll give it a crack. I've got the ball and I'm running it up hard. You started off as a local politician at Randwick City Council back in 1995 and served as deputy mayor from 2000 to 2004; what were your main achievements during your time there? One of the things I regard about Randwick City Council when we were there was that we gave it a real environmental focus. And one of the good things we did was to put gross pollution traps in all the drains leading out on to the beaches. They're a mesh that can pick up things about as small as a cigarette butt, so plastic bags, which are such a scourge, and a lot of other pollutants now get caught in the gross pollu-
tion traps that we put in, from memory, in the late '90s. Also, people go down to Coogee Beach now and look at what a beautiful place it is. That was a Labor man, Chris Bastic, who did that. He did the Coogee Beach Redevelopment Plan, so all the pine trees down there, all the lighting, all the paving along the promenade, that was a Labor man who did that, and I'm really proud of that. I'm showing my age that I can remember it. Why did you choose the Labor Party? I was attracted to the Labor Party in the '90s. I'm a latecomer to politics. I didn't join the Labor Party until 1992. I was about 27 when I joined. I was attracted to the environmental credentials of the Hawke and Keating governments, and also the fact that I liked the vision that Paul Keating had, that if you get the finances right, if you get the numbers right, they're important settings for ordinary people. People think economics is boring. In government, finances are boring, but if you get it right you can make a real difference to people’s lives. The Liberal Party is the party of individualism, and of selfishness, of make a buck and get out. The Labor Party is that party that is all about fairness and looking after people who need a hand. Making sure that when you go to work you don't get ripped off by your boss, and that you come home safely. It cares for people. It's just a more nurturing party. Plus, the Labor Party's perfectly positioned to look after the environment. Liberals have never cared about it, and if you look at what's happening in Menindee and Broken Hill now, with the fish kills, we've had a Royal Commission that's handed out its findings today and basically pointed a finger at some of the deliberate policies of the Liberals and Nationals in New South Wales that have caused damage to it. If you really want to look after the environment, it's the Labor Party that can get it done. So what did the Liberal Party do to cause the fish kills? It's very complicated. It's a long, com-
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plicated issue. Basically there's always been a rule on the BarwonDarling River that when the water level dropped to a certain extent, when it got really low in times of drought, you had to stop extracting water so that it kept flowing, so that it kept flushing out. That gave the fish an opportunity to move around the river if there was blue-green algae. The Liberals did away with that and said that even if the river gets to a critical level, irrigators could still pump water out. So when I went to Menindee and Broken Hill a couple of weeks ago I was astounded to see that the Darling River is not even a river anymore; it's a series of stagnant pools, and these big, beautiful fish were struggling for their lives. At 52 degrees the water must be 35, and these big Murray cod, 40 kilos each, are gulping for air, boiling in these dying ponds because it's not flowing. And that's not because of the drought. It's because the Liberals and the Nationals allowed too much water to be sucked out by certain people upstream. So if they hadn't let that water out, all this wouldn't have happened? No, it wouldn't have happened. Why did you make the move from local to state politics? I always intended to get into state politics. My long-term aim was to replace Bob Carr when he retired. When he left in 2005 there was a preselection and there were about five candidates who were chosen. I won that ballot and I've made the most of it ever since. Do you have any interest in federal politics? I like the fact that I can go home every night and kiss my kids goodnight, even if I'm late. I watch Matt Thistlethwaite now, who is doing a great job, he's got four daughters under eight and he will fly out to Canberra on a Sunday afternoon, he'll come back in on a Friday afternoon, then he'll be with me having dinner at the surf club or footy club on Friday night. On Saturday he'll be with me at a netball function, on Saturday night he'll be with
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me at another function and on Sunday night he flies out again. People don't understand how much families give up when a spouse or partner - a mum or dad - is in politics. It would be a great honour to represent the federal parliament, and yes, you can touch any issue in the world from there, but you can do a lot of good in state politics and I do value being able to go home and kiss the kids goodnight and give the wife a hug. What are your main achievements during your time as Member for Maroubra? Looking after Malabar Headland, making sure Maroubra Headland stayed free of development. That national park up there that Peter Garrett secured with our help, in the western part of the headland, thatâ€™s bush that we used to play in when we were young and it is there now, a national park, protected forever. If you haven't gone for a walk on the boardwalk through that national park from South Maroubra to Malabar, do it. It's one of the most spectacular views in Sydney. That's a huge achievement. Managing to defeat the Liberal Party's priority precincts and keeping the area free of a bucket load of inappropriate development is also a big achievement. People trust me in the area to look after them and safeguard our area, and that's one of the times I was really pleased not to let them down. We won that battle. We'll be ready for the next one if it comes. Bringing the M20 bus to Botany, the M10 bus to Maroubra and the M50 to Coogee - those big, red metro buses are dynamite. People love them. I'm worried now that they'll take all of them away because of the light rail. They're taking so many bus services away now, but those red metro buses are a great achievement and I was really happy to get them delivered. In your view, what are the main challenges we currently face in New South Wales? There are a number of them and I've got to be careful not to forget our friends in the bush. People are
sick and tired of governments that don't pay attention to them. They just pop up in an area and declare this project's coming, or that development's coming, and you don't have a say. I want to give people the respect back, of listening to them. I've got a saying that I've always lived by in my time in public life. If you want to find an expert, they're easy to find - they're called locals. You listen to them because they know their area back to front and they'll tell you what they need. I worry that the Liberals have sold all of our public assets. All of our electricity industry has gone, $70 billion worth of assets have been sold, like the port. Port Botany made $220 million a year. Electricity made billions of dollars a year for government. There's now pressure on schools and hospitals. And, of course, the cherry on top, the big insult to everyone, is this wanting to spend $2.2 billion on stadiums. There's a better way to do that, and I've announced that. What's your policy on the stadiums? Well, if we take Allianz Stadium, for example, it's the stadium that's served the Eastern Suburbs well. The Roosters supporters call it home. I've been to many matches there. The Liberals want to knock it down completely and put a $730 million stadium there and they want the taxpayers to pay for it. They want to knock ANZ Stadium down - that was the original plan â€“ and build a new one, $1.5 billion, make the taxpayers pay for that as well. And they signed a deal with the NRL that said, "If we don't knock all three stadiums down and rebuild them from scratch, and make the taxpayers pay for all that, then you've got the right to take the grand final and all the State of Origin out of Sydney, even though it's not played at Allianz Stadium." What government would sign such a deal? Can't the NRL do that anyway? They can. They can do that now. They have always been able to dictate where the NRL Grand Final and the State of Origin is played.
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Who should pay for it? Well, there's a better way. I've said, in relation to Allianz Stadium, that there'll be a loan given to the SCG Trust at generous rates. Is that the same arrangement as the Turf Club's new grandstand, for example? Was that funded by a government loan? I can't remember how that was funded, but there arenâ€™t limitless funds. If you spend $2 billion on stadiums it means you can't put it into schools and hospitals. So I'll give them a loan, but they'll have to pay it back. Otherwise the government takes ownership of the asset? No. They'll just have to pay it back. It's just a loan facility. So the taxpayers get their money and, if I become premier, it will be spent on schools and hospitals, and theyâ€™ll still get a new or refurbished stadium. If the Liberals knock it down I'm not going to just leave a rose garden there. I'll build a new stadium. It won't be the grandiose $730 million stadium because it's full very few times during the year. My preferred option would be to give it a serious renovation more changing rooms and toilets for women, better treatment of women athletes and spectators, improving some of the safety aspects there. Iâ€™d make it quicker and easier for people to get the pie, hot dog and drink at halftime. But I'm not convinced there's a need to knock it down and spend $730 million - three quarters of a billion dollars - to put a new shiny stadium there. It's a good stadium, it's a great place to watch footy, you give it a serious reno and off we go. So the money that the Libs are proposing to spend on those stadiums is money that would otherwise be spent on public schools and hospitals? Correct. There's only one pot of money. The last state Labor government, which you were a minister in, was riddled rotten with crooks; have they all been cleared out or are there still a few lurking in the ranks? I wouldn't say it was riddled rotten. It was a government
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that still did a lot of good things. It's dead and buried now because the people put the cleaners through it. Over. There were two or three people who did the wrong thing. They've all been caught now. They're in jail. They deserve to be there. It shows the system works. I'm grateful the system did work. It's why we need a strong ICAC, why I didn't agree with Mike Baird and Gladys Berejiklian cutting the ICAC budget. But then after this mob came to government we had an ICAC inquiry into rorts in the Central Coast and the Hunter. Eleven of those Liberals and Nationals have hit the wall, including a premier. Unfortunately it doesn't matter what line of work you're in, from time to time there are crooks who want to look after themselves, breach the trust and break the law, in any walk of life. What's important is that there's a system there - an independent system - that can catch them and prosecute them. I've got no sympathy whatsoever for people who do the wrong thing in public life. I've been in public life for 23 years. I've not had a hint of impropriety levelled at me, and I won't, because it's not hard to do the right thing.
A few months back there was a massive public backlash against the Liberal state government, Alan Jones and the racing lobby, particularly Racing NSW CEO Peter V'landys, when Alan Jones publicly chastised Opera House CEO Louise Herron for refusing to promote their stupid horse race on the Opera House sails; do you have anything to say about that whole saga? Do you think that the racing lobby and media personalities like Jones have too much influence in politics? I like a day at the races. I do like going to Randwick and standing on the grass with a nice suit on, looking at my wife with a nice dress and hat on. And we take the kids out; it's a good family day. But I think the lesson that came out of that was that people shouldn't take for granted that they can impose their business model on other parts of Sydney and use public spaces for those sorts of purposes. The misunderstanding there was the racing industry never wanted to use the Opera House. They wanted to hang some banners off the bridge briefly, for six minutes, the barrier draw. It was the government that said, "You're not getting the bridge, you have to use the Opera House."
You've been criticised for thanking Eddie Obeid in your maiden speech; can you respond to that? Yeah, sure, and this appeared in the Herald the other day...
What makes them think that they have the right to hang shit off the Opera House or Harbour Bridge in the first place? Who else gets to do that? Well, anyone can make an application for it and it's up to the government whether they allow it or not. It was meant to be a six-minute promotion and it just went horribly wrong, didn't it? It was a debacle all round. I don't know what we'll do next year.
That's where I saw it... Yeah, so after I was elected I was given a list of names of members of parliament who had come out to Maroubra and handed out - or said they were coming out to hand out - how to vote cards for me, and they said the done thing is that you thank the members of parliament who worked for you on the day, and his name was on the list. So it was as simple as that? I just thanked him for working on the day. I thought that you guys were mates or something... No, I'd never met him until I walked into parliament.
What are your thoughts on pill testing? I wish kids wouldn't take drugs, but... Have you ever had a pill? No, never. I'm a dag, mate. I've never had one. I was too scared to put that stuff in my body. I just wouldn't do it. My view is that just telling young people not to take drugs is not working. It's naive to think young people are going to listen to advice from their oldies. They don't, never have, and they're not
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doing it now. What we'll do is have a drug summit, like the very successful drug summit in 1999. For the injecting room? One of the outcomes was the heroin injecting room at Kings Cross. That was very controversial, but now we know it's saved thousands of lives. There have been many overdoses there but not a life lost. I'll listen to the experts. I'll listen to the police. I’ll listen the community, to kids, to parents and doctors, and we'll make up our mind - if I'm the premier - based on the best expert advice about how to come up with a raft of measures to keep people safe at these music festivals. Back in 2014 the Liberal government responded to a spate of alcohol-fuelled violence by enacting lockout laws, effectively killing off Sydney’s night time economy with a net loss of 176 venues; what are your thoughts on that policy, and how would you have handled the situation? I've just created a portfolio called Shadow Minister for Music and
the Night Time Economy, and it's the only one in the world. We've been sitting down with venues in Sydney CBD, particularly music venues, live music venues, contemporary musicians, and we've got a whole raft of policies to help these businesses flourish, including getting a whole bunch of regulation out of their way. At the moment, like with noise pollution and noise complaints, we have five different bodies that deal with it. We want to make it one. When you go to put an application in to start a new small bar or wine bar, or music venue, there are layers and layers of bureaucracy. There are five approvals you need. We'll make a one-stop shop for them. And we'll reward venues that look after their patrons by going above and beyond the call of duty to keep them safe, but we'll be keeping, in the CBD, the integrity of the lockout rules intact. So you won't change the timing of the lockouts? No. There's a review mechanism set up in the legislation. We won't be changing
that. One of the things we need to do, just like drink driving, is to change the culture of young men. Alcohol, testosterone. It's not okay to get pissed and/or take drugs and go and belt someone. That's just not okay, and I think what we've seen in the last few years is a growing community awareness in that regard, where people will pull one of their mates up who's acting like a dickhead. And in due course, just like drink driving, I think social change and the movement of social attitudes will make Sydney a much safer place, but I don't think we're quite there yet. What does the future hold for Michael Daley? Well, hopefully I'll be the third premier from the seat of Maroubra. There have been four members from Maroubra since the seat was created in 1950. The first one, Bob Heffron, was premier, the second one, Bill Hague, was a minister, and the third one, Bob Carr, was premier. The fourth one, Premier Daley? Let's hope so. I hope the locals back me in. They always have.
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A Vision for a Liveable Future Words Dr Marjorie O'Neill Photo Chase Clark I have enjoyed a lovely summer over the past weeks. The beaches have been gorgeous, the traffic slowed and people everywhere seemed relaxed. As the holidays come to an end and the challenges of normal living confront us, it feels timely to ask what might be done to make our lives better. While we all have our own escapist fantasies - be that quitting work, lying on a tropical beach or permanently vacationing in Europe - the reality for most of us is that in many ways our personal futures will be much like our present, with most changes occurring incrementally, almost unnoticed. We are inevitably upset by changes beyond our control, particularly when they leave us worse off socially, spiritually and/or economically. Yet most would agree that we need change in some aspects of our lives, particularly relating to pollution of the environment and the need for more investment in renewable forms of energy. I think it is pretty obvious that traffic congestion is a major problem for residents and that one of the ways we can improve our quality of life in the Eastern Suburbs is by encouraging 50 The Beast March 2019
more people to get out of their cars. This means encouraging active transport like walking and cycling or the use of public transport. With so many old and narrow roads, our buses are fundamental to how we are able to move around and get where we need to go. Yet often I hear people say that they are forced to drive because of unreliable or indirect bus services, or because driving is cheaper than public transport. Any vision for a better place would have to include affordable and convenient public transport. I would love to see a greener and more people-friendly Eastern Suburbs. With an ageing population, growing families and health challenges like obesity and diabetes, walkable streets are important if we want to achieve a vision for a more livable part of the world. This means not just paved footpaths, but paved footpaths that are well shaded by trees (which will also offset heating from the concrete), more public street seating and even the odd free water dispenser for refilling water bottles. People also need to be able to cross the road safely. At times
there is an aggressiveness to the local traffic that is, quite frankly, scary. Consider the speed and intensity with which some drivers enter roundabouts or turn corners, determined it seems to grab the moment and make it very difficult for all but the fittest to cross the street. There are good reasons to encourage walkers and cyclists but much more could be done to make their journeys safer. Another major challenge facing us is where we will secure the jobs of the future. A great deal has been written lately about the automation of so many jobs and the alleged inadequacies of the current education system in preparing our young people for the future. Our schools and TAFEs need to be better funded, while time-wasting artificial measures and comparisons need to be replaced with staff and student development opportunities relevant to the needs of future generations. We need better educational opportunities in the trades, professions and in technology fields, and at the same time itâ€™s critical that we develop and enhance essential qualities such as effective communication, team working, perseverance and resilience. A new publicly funded co-educational high school in the Eastern Suburbs must be established. Any positive vision for the future of the Eastern Suburbs must also include a properly funded Prince of Wales Hospital. Patient to staff ratios need to improve and support or allied health positions in particular need to be properly resourced. It makes no sense that allied health or support roles have been cut, leaving more highly paid specialist staff to refill the photocopier and the supplies cabinet in emergency. There are so many positive initiatives that can contribute to a better future for those in the Eastern Suburbs. Better planning, funding and delivery
of tangible areas like transport, health and education are, of course, among the most crucial. Another key area, especially given the beautiful natural environment we have been gifted, is water quality along our coast, as well as ensuring water security across of all of NSW. At the same time, any vision for a better future must also include the less tangible things that make a society more liveable and create a sense of togetherness across the community. Over the past year in this column I have discussed some of these less tangible subjects including better honouring our returned veterans and protecting open spaces and our trees while also improving our community sporting facilities. I have also raised the need to preserve our recreational spaces, which in the crowded Eastern Suburbs can often be not only our parks but also the cafes, restaurants, pubs and clubs that we frequent with our family and friends. The cost of living and housing affordability is another area we need to continuously work on. We do not want our loved ones to be forced to move away because they can no longer afford to live here. We also must ensure that essential workers such as nurses, teachers, firefighters and police can still afford to live in the area. We live in a beautiful place but we face some big challenges and choices. I believe that it starts with putting people first, certainly before stadiums and the like, and ensuring that we have the infrastructure to support a sustainable, diverse, healthy and well educated local population. If we get it right locally, we can be that critical building block for a better NSW and Australia. Let’s do this. Dr Marjorie O’Neill is a Waverley Councillor. The views expressed here are her own.
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Amanda WAVERLEY Get rid of all the tourists! Just joking, I’m actually Irish but I’ve been here now longer than I was there. I think the government needs to regulate food premises. I own a cafe in Charing Cross and every time a shop closes down, another coffee shop opens up. It’s getting too hard to make a living and the cost of everything is going up. Everyone has been complaining about it.
Joe MAROUBRA We need leaders with the courage to tackle issues that will actually address climate change via a coherent energy policy that’s not a political football. We need to make public transport the preferred option to travel - anyone who’s driven from Maroubra to Bondi on a Saturday will understand. And we need to recycle properly, rather than just sticking it in landfill.
Bridget COOGEE We need to put more emphasis on sustainability. Sydney is so densely populated now so we need to pay more attention to things like how we get rid of our rubbish and invest in developing more biodegradable materials. It’s difficult to legislate but a tax on single-use plastics would be a good start. If they can do it in other countries, why can’t we do it here? March 2019 The Beast 51
Keeping it in the family.
The Power and the Passion Words Jeremy Ireland Photo Tyrion Lannister It’s Oscar season: that special time of year when the world is reminded of how lucky it is to have its Hollywood A-listers the red carpet, the paparazzi, the glitz, the glamour, the gushing speeches and, of course, our little gold hero himself, Oscar. An Oscar is considered the holy grail of Hollywood, the pinnacle that film types aspire to reach, a club that guarantees fame, fortune and happiness. What’s not so well known is that the little gold man may also come with what’s known as the ‘Oscar love curse’, where upon winning the award you also stand to lose the love of your life. A loose correlation, perhaps, but the research is in and the numbers do stack up. According to German psychologist Diana Boettcher, the bigger the success the bigger the risk of separation. She goes further, suggesting that not only does a successful career often stand in the way of having a successful relationship but over time when success brings more success the erosion process is harder to stop, leaving little time for what’s needed for a healthy relationship. The Oscar love curse stands as a reflection for anyone in any long-term relationship, whether 52 The Beast March 2019
it be marriage, de facto, LGBTQ or otherwise. However, there’s something deeper at play here: power. The balance of power in any relationship is generally defined by decision-making, i.e. the person making the decisions is seen to hold the most power. To take it one step further, it’s the ability to affect (consciously or unconsciously) the emotions, attitudes, thought processes or behaviour of someone else. When one partner is desiring certain changes in the other, the process involved is considered to be one of power. It can be as simple as who cooks dinner, deciding where to go for a holiday or what kind of car to buy, or something more life changing like deciding where to live, what career to choose or when to have children; the one who has orchestrated the desired outcome is generally seen to have the authority and be exerting more control, and in turn hold the power. There are different types of relationships, all reflecting different levels of power and status. In a ‘complementary’ relationship, one person tends to dominate and make all the decisions. Usually these types of relationships experience little
or no conflict as one partner readily defers to the other. This is most often seen with parents and young children. In a ‘symmetrical’ relationship, both parties behave toward power in the same way, either both wanting it or both avoiding it. A ‘dependant’ relationship sees a power imbalance between couples, where the person who depends on someone else to meet their needs has less power. In such dependant relationships the person with less emotional involvement often holds the power - more often the male in heterosexual cases. In such dependant relationships it comes as no surprise that the more we depend on someone else the more power they hold over us. The most damaging style of relationship is the ‘competitive symmetrical’ relationship. Here both parties vie for power and control in the decision-making process, and often conflict arises and stubbornness sets in. In such cases a failure to agree on roles leads to instability. Our mate Oscar, who has by now been placed on the mantelpiece, sees more of this type of relationship than anything else, which begs the question: Do high status careers and the glory they appear to bring affect marital stability? Maybe ask Brad and Angelina. It’s worth pointing out that there is nothing wrong with aspiring to achieve and do well. Indeed, it should be encouraged. But it’s important that both parties are on the same page when choices need to be made. Power and conflict go hand in hand and it can be a rocky road if both partners don’t share the decision-making. That said, as individuals we all interpret and respond to power differently, so keep an open mind. Even the most harmonious of marriages take effort, and the more mutual the decision process the better.
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Underage Beach Trial Declared a Roaring Success Satire Kieran Blake, firstname.lastname@example.org Photo Todd D'ler The decision to designate northern Clovelly Beach as the world’s first underage beach has been declared such a huge success that the initiative will be continued during the 2019/20 summer school holidays. Millions of children flocked to the concrete on the northern side of the popular swimming spot during the recent school holidays after word of the adult-free zone spread through various social media platforms via the hashtag #Cloey4Me. Youthful exuberance oozed from the pores of impossibly bronzed bodies as teeny boppers drove the oldies away from their patch of paradise with a combination of boisterous beats, flying footballs, daring dives and ferocious flirting, while younger children blocked entry to the bay with an armada of inflatables. Anyone old enough to vote was banished to the sand or the southern side of the bay, where they gazed wistfully upon the joyous and carefree assemblage of youth. 54 The Beast March 2019
A smattering of adults raised a feeble resistance in the hours following sunrise. As teenagers caught up on their beauty sleep, toddlers built sandcastles, fitness fanatics puffed and panted, and dog owners swarmed the rock pools to teach their children the value of civil disobedience. Once the clock struck 10am, however, the under 18 army annexed the beach and set about enjoying their holidays free from the scrutiny of their parents and teachers, and distanced from anyone not in possession of a valid Working With Children Check. #Cloey4Me attracted such an avalanche of likes, hits, emojis, shares, acronyms, comments and posts that the exclusion zone will return during the next Christmas break, with a number of additions. A strictly enforced uniform code will require teenage boys to arrive with boardies, baseball caps, a burgeoning six-pack and an uncontrollable bravado, while teenage girls will only be granted entry if they are wear-
ing a ‘barely there’ Brazilian bikini. Free WiFi and USB ports will feed the young people’s addiction and will enable them to attract even more youths to the tiny beach. Another initiative will see a professional lifeguard patrol the northern end of the beach on a full-time basis, while medical staff will also be present every day of the holidays. Ratepayers will fund the deployment of highly-paid doctors as well as nurses, counsellors, social workers and emergency services staff, who will be on-hand to assist children who disregard the warning signs and launch themselves head first into a submerged rock or an innocent snorkeller. The resumption of the school year returned the space to the septuagenarians with their bulging bellies and saggy speedos, and they are advised to enjoy the relative peace and quiet until the kiddies return in December under a new trending hashtag.
Don't Look Up We are only at the beginning of the drone revolution. Originally designed for military purposes, camera drones can now be bought for less than $100. Some people hate them so much they use frequency jammers to stop them flying, or even train falcons to catch and destroy the buzzy little snoopers. And they’re right to worry; already some drone cameras can see in the dark using infrared or thermal imaging and they can recognise your face from thousands of feet above. Who’s looking at you, kid?
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The Unreliable Guide To... Privacy Words Nat Shepherd Photo George Orwell Look around: who is watching you right now? CCTV, a drone, malware in your phone, a spy camera in the light bulb? George Orwell’s powerful warning against totalitarianism, 1984, has been a best seller since Trump weaseled his way into power, but what amazes me about that book is how accurately Orwell predicted our current state of surveillance. He wrote about “telescreens” that “received and transmitted simultaneously” and snooping, drone-like helicopters that peeped through windows. Sound familiar? What he didn’t anticipate was that we’d voluntarily post everything about ourselves, from who we love to what we’ve had for lunch. Whether it’s on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram or Snapchat, we’re constantly uploading personal data. This not only allows a bewildering variety of third parties to legitimately profile you, it also enables identity theft, blackmail and online bullying. But fear not, The Unreliable Guide is here with some tricks and tips on how to keep your secrets confidential… 56 The Beast March 2019
Think Before You Post Posting everything online makes you incredibly vulnerable to abuse. From blackmailing emails that threaten to send your saucy pictures to all your contacts, to the colleague who point-scores by posting a video of you messy and obnoxious at the office Christmas party, the privacy of anonymity is a thing of the past. You can’t really control what pictures other people take or what they put online, but please think twice before you send anything electronically. Today’s dick-pic to the hot Tinder chick is tomorrow’s awkward situation. Avoid 'Reality' Shows Why do so many people sign up for these? And why do we watch them? This car-crash television is certainly addictive, but if you think participating will make you a real ‘celebrity’, please think again. All these shows do is cast you in the worst possible light. If you’re ever tempted to go on one just remember this: we’ll be laughing at you, not with you.
Lights, Camera, Action Thinks drones are cheap? A wireless, Wi-Fi spy-camera can be bought online for less than $20. Stayed at a hotel or Airbnb lately? In September last year, Glaswegian Dougie Hamilton found a camera in the bedside clock of his Toronto Airbnb. How many other happy holiday couples have been filmed doing the wild thing? These creepy little bits of tech can be found in light bulbs, photo frames, alarm clocks, taps, power adaptors, smoke detectors – the list goes on. They send quality images, typically via Wi-Fi, to a remote computer. Those with infrared can even watch you in the dark. Be like Dougie and learn to spot them before they record you. He noticed unusual wiring, but LED lights, unexpected glints of light from the lens or strange clicks or buzzes can also indicate a camera. The truly paranoid may wish to invest in a camera-detecting app, or even spend a few hundred dollars on a professional hand-held detector. Finally, The Unreliable Guide suggests you don’t take your eye off this ball. Like democracy, privacy is a privilege, not a right. Guard yours wisely.
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Make the Switch to Solar Words Nicola Saltman, Sustainable Waverley Photo Positive Charge Did you know Australia has more solar-powered homes per capita than any other country in the world? Better still, 5,000 of them are here in the Eastern Suburbs. Winning! Interest in solar is hardly surprising given our community’s increasing appetite to take climate action and the fact that technology prices are the lowest we’ve seen. Plus, who doesn’t love lower energy bills! Even with all these benefits, going solar can still be a tricky purchasing decision. Let’s tackle five common curly questions... 1. How much will it cost? On average, households install a 4-5kW solar system, costing roughly $4000-8000. Cost depends on size, type of roof, number of storeys, system components and other factors. Generally, it will pay for itself in 3-5 years, after which you’ll 58 The Beast March 2019
enjoy much smaller bills. Mark Jarvis of Kingsford noticed savings of $100-300 on his quarterly energy bills since installing solar. 2. Should I wait for batteries to fall in price before I go solar? With all the media hype, it’s easy to think it may be better to wait for cheaper batteries. However, they are a good few years away from being economical and stalling the solar decision may mean losing out on 3-4 years of bill savings. You will also risk receiving a smaller federal government rebate as it decreases every year. A cheaper battery can be retrofitted down the track. Just make sure to request a battery-ready system. 3. I think my roof is too shady and faces the wrong direction to go solar? North-facing roofs have been touted as optimal for solar
4. Do I need Council approval? In most cases, you won’t need planning approval to install solar at home unless you live in a heritage area (particularly if the solar panels are visible from the street). Contact Council to check: Waverley Council Duty Planner on 9083 8484; Randwick Council on 1300 722 542. 5. How do I find a trusted solar supplier? Firstly, make sure the supplier is an accredited installer with the Clean Energy Council. Then, it never hurts to get recommendations from friends who’ve installed a solar power system or via online forums. To make this even easier, Council has partnered with Positive Charge to do the hard work for you with the Our Energy Future program. They have vetted local suppliers and will provide you with an obligation-free quote through their website, www.ourenergyfuture.org.au, or over the phone on 1300 339 915. You can register for a free solar and batteries info session on Tuesday, April 2 from 6.30-8.00pm at Bronte Surf Life Saving Club by visiting solarforyourhome. eventbrite.com.au. Get solar advice on 1300 339 915 or visit ourenergyfuture.org.au.
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Carbòn Mexican Woodfire... Making Mexican Food Fancy Words Joel Bevilacqua Photo Wasamedia The orange neon sign above the entrance promises a good time, and Carbòn Mexican Woodfire does not disappoint. ‘Carbòn’, the word written in lights, translates to ‘charcoal’ in Spanish and serves as an apt name for a Mexican restaurant that focuses on wood-fired dishes made using traditional South American ‘parrilla’ (grilling) techniques. Chefs and owners Pablo Galindo Vargas and Liber Osorio are the same team behind Taqiza, the trendy taqueria on Glenayr Avenue. Both men were born and raised in Mexico and their second Bondi venture brings the beaches of Tulum to Bondi Road. Inspired by the haciendas of the Mexican Caribbean, inside you’ll find cacti, candles, dark timber furniture and a cow’s skull pimped out in neon lights mounted on one of the white rendered walls. There is definitely a touch of Bondi about 62 The Beast March 2019
the place as well. The ostentatious skull, white backdropfriendly walls, semi-lit bar and large mirror resting in one corner all make for a very Instagram worthy interior. As is the case at most Mexican joints, the Carbòn menu is designed to share. Parrilla techniques are used to cook everything and each dish is enriched by the smoky flavours emanating from the open charcoal fire below. While you can order tacos from a set taco menu, mains from the woodfire menu are all served with house-made corn tortillas and diners are encouraged to invent their own taco flavour combinations. Choose from options such as the confit pork with Seville oranges, roasted lamb shoulder with mole, char-grilled octopus with zarandeado sauce or a 200-days grain-fed Angus rib eye, match these with sides like the fresco cheese esquites or the confit
potatoes with duck lard and chorizo, then add some heat with a home-made salsa. Carbòn took over the old Rum Diaries space at the eastern end of the Bondi Road shops, and there is still drinking to be done in the cosy terrace - although now, unsurprisingly, agave spirits reign supreme. I opted for a jalapeno margarita, made from 100 per cent agave blanco tequila. The spicy kick and hint of lime juice paired wonderfully with the citrus juices our kingfish ceviche starter rested in. One particular cocktail that stood out on Carbòn’s extensive drinks menu was the mezcal mint smash, made with blanco tequila, lime, mint, capsicum syrup and tonic. Even on school nights the team at Carbòn stay open relatively late (12am Tuesday to Saturday and 10pm Sunday). There is also live music every Friday night from 6.00-8.00pm with $5 Tecate beers and $12 margaritas, and each weekend they offer a generous bottomless brunch deal: $75 for all the tacos and margaritas you can consume in one leisurely sitting (12pm to 5pm). Carbòn offers a fun yet chilled-out environment in which to enjoy some of the best Mexican cuisine Sydney has to offer, with a bar stocked full of quality tequila and mezcal to help wash it all down. Carbòn Mexican Woodfire Web carbonmexican.com.au Address 288 Bondi Rd, Bondi Instagram @carbonmexican Phone 9365 6092 Open Tue-Fri 5pm-12am, Sat 12pm-12am, Sun 12pm10pm Prices $8 for single tacos, mains from $28 Cards Master, Visa, Amex Licensed Yes
An oldie but a goodie.
Lemon and Chive Risotto with Chargrilled Prawns Words and Picture Dana Sims Insta @stone_and_twine Risotto is an oldie but a goodie. Yes, it does involve a lot of stirring, but when you make a good one you’ll enjoy the process. It’s a great dish to make in the colder months too, and there are a lot of variations you can play around with. I find that lemon, chives and prawns are great summer ingredients and they give this dish a lightness that is perfect for the current warm weather. The rice should be cooked through, but it does need to be al dente and the consistency creamy. You’ll need to keep an eye on the level of stock, and tasting the rice on occasion will also help if you are not a regular risotto maker. I add the parmesan at the end to any risotto I make. You don’t need much, but the added sharpness does give it a big hit of flavour.
Risotto is always at its very best when it is eaten hot, as soon as it comes off the stove, and with this summery combination of flavours and the freshest of Aussie prawns I doubt there’ll be a grain of rice left in the bowl. Ingredients (Serves 4 people) 1 tbsp olive oil 1 small onion, finely chopped 25g unsalted butter 1 clove garlic, finely chopped 2 cups arborio rice 1.5 litres vegetable stock, heated 4 tbsp fresh chives, finely chopped 4 tbsp good quality parmesan, grated Zest and juice of two lemons 1 cup dry white wine 650g raw green prawns, shelled and deveined
Method 1. In a heavy-based pan over medium heat, add the olive oil and butter. Stir in the onion and sauté for approximately 2 minutes, until translucent. Add the garlic and cook for a minute ensuring it doesn’t burn; 2. Add the rice and stir until combined, coating with the oil for 1 minute. Pour in the white wine and deglaze the pan then stir for a further minute; 3. Heat the stock in a separate saucepan and pour onto the rice 1 cup at a time, stirring frequently but gently. Continue this process as the rice absorbs the liquid. Ensure the stock remains hot and add in batches until the rice is tender and slightly al dente, approximately 20-25 minutes. Don’t allow the rice to cook without any liquid in the pot as it will stick to the bottom and may become gluggy; 4. In a separate pan on high heat (when the rice has only a few minutes left to cook), add a tablespoon of olive oil then cook the prawns for 1-2 minutes on each side or until cooked through. Set aside and keep warm; 5. Add the lemon juice, lemon zest and chives to the risotto (reserving 1 tablespoon of chives for garnish) and season with salt and pepper. Stir to combine and remove from the heat; 6. Divide amongst bowls, sprinkle over the grated parmesan and remaining fresh chives, and top with the grilled prawns. 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. March 2019 The Beast 63
MANSIONAIR Shadowboxer Label Glassnote Records Reviewer Alasdair McClintock Rating They couldn’t have known, could they? A Sydney band dropping an album called Shadowboxer on the eve of the NRL season reeks of one of the greatest marketing stunts ever pulled off (excuse the pun). Mansionair are another of those bands that have seemingly been around for years and yet are only now dropping their debut album. And it doesn’t disappoint. Upbeat yet melancholy, it channels that sort of sad electro-pop that Phoenix and Passion Pit used to do so well, but now it might be time for them to pass over the sceptre.
JAMES BLAKE Assume Form
Film Review Title The Sisters Brothers Genre Drama, Comedy Reviewer Linda Heller-Salvador John C. Reilly and Joaquin Phoenix play two perfectly mismatched brothers in The Sisters Brothers, award-winning French director Jacques Audiard’s English language film debut. Adapting the 2011 prizewinning novel by Canadian author Patrick deWitt, coscreenplay writers and frequent collaborators Audiard and Thomas Bidegain (A Prophet, Dheepan) have created a violent, stylish and humourously warped Western that will have you enthralled and snickering throughout. Set in the American Wild West during the gold rush of 1851, notoriously ruthless brothers Eli (Reilly) and Charlie (Phoenix) are professional frontier hitmen who are hired to track down and eliminate Hermann Kermit Warm (Riz Ahmed), a gold-prospecting chemist who has a secret formula to extract gold from rivers. The personality differences between Eli and Charlie cause them to be constantly at odds with each other, which results in their latest mission being an alcohol-fuelled leisurely pursuit across the country with bloody and unpredictable outcomes. 64 The Beast March 2019
Label Polydor Records Reviewer Alasdair McClintock Rating The man responsible for the “it’s all about the notes we’re not playing” craze is back. He seems to be playing more notes now, though. Perhaps that’s why this album sounds a lot tighter than his previous efforts. I literally fell asleep listening to Assume Form, and while that sounds like a dig, it’s actually the complete opposite. I was so happy and at peace that I drifted off. A normal person may not understand, but any new parent will. Thank you so much, James Blake. For this album and the nap. I really needed that nap.
WHITE LIES FIVE Label [PIAS] Reviewer Alasdair McClintock Rating London. It brings to mind incredible history, great bars, architecture and museums. In reality, it’s an overcrowded shit-fight, with Big Brother-esque facial-recognition CCTV everywhere, moped gangs, terrible food and a dreary, endless damp. It does have good bands, though. White Lies is one of them. Their music is nothing new, but I’ve always loved a bit of a Joy Division/New Order rip off; for the younger audience, think Interpol or Editors. It meanders along at a happy pace and while it won’t win any awards for originality, it will certainly entertain.
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Trivial Trivia Words Cameron Anderson Photo Jamie Watson Insta @jmewtsn 1. Southern Rhodesia became what country in 1980? 2. How many U.S. presidents have been assassinated? 3. Which woman was second on Forbes magazine's list of the World's Most Powerful People in 2015?
4. Which dung beetle was worshipped by the ancient Egyptians? 5. What is the modern name for Van Diemen's Land? 6. The parts from which animal were used to stiffen corsets?
7. How many people have walked on the Moon? 8. How long did the Hundred Years' War last? 9. Which Soviet satellite was the first to be launched into space in 1957? 10. How old is Tony Abbott?
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ARIES MAR 21-APR 20 You don’t need to be rich, you just need to look rich, so stop working like a dog and start spending like a sailor.
VIRGO AUG 23-SEP 23 Sydney isn’t as boring as you think it is. People are still going out and doing stuff, they’re just not telling you about it.
TAURUS APR 21-MAY 21 An unmissable opportunity to sell out all your morals and values for a quick buck will present itself. Take it while you can.
LIBRA SEP 24-OCT 23 I know it’s considered healthy to pass wind these days, but you need to control your toxic farts or you’re going to kill someone.
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GEMINI MAY 22-JUN 21 You’re full of good ideas, it’s the execution that’s the problem. All you need is a bit of initiative and you’ll be unstoppable.
SCORPIO OCT 24-NOV 22 Your inconsiderate neighbours need to learn a lesson. You’ve been very patient up until now but the time has come for action.
AQUARIUS JAN 21-FEB 19 You give people too much credit by underestimating your own ability and overestimating that of those around you.
CANCER JUN 22-JUL 22 Prepare for the cooler months by ‘growing out’ your pubic hair. Only trim it back if the mound becomes visible through jeans.
SAGITTARIUS NOV 23-DEC 21 You don’t need to see a shrink; you just need a good root. Dust off the weaponry and get back in the saddle.
PISCES FEB 20-MAR 20 Stop telling so many lies. You’ve got a pretty good memory but not good enough to keep track of all the shit you talk.
LEO JUL 23-AUG 22 God will send a sign and reveal himself to you. Open your heart to the Lord, but do not let him into your wallet.
CAPRICORN DEC 22-JAN 20 You’re wasting your life working where you are now. It’s a shit business anyway. What is wrong with you?
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