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ADVOs AND FAMILY LAW PARENTING PROCEEDINGS Last year, my practice represented an increasing number of parents in family law proceedings who were also issued with provisional Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders (ADVOs). The primary question from parents in receipt of provisional and/or final ADVOs is: “Will it affect my chances in the family law proceedings?”. My professional answer is “it may”. The determining factor of whether an ADVO ultimately affects a parent’s family law outcome for parenting is determined by the final ADVO and whether other criminal charges accompany it. Firstly, an ADVO is not a criminal charge. Rather it is a court order that is issued to an individual to assist the person to regulate their behaviour when in the company of the victim. It is not based on a finding of guilt and nor does it appear on a person’s criminal record. It is however heard at the Local Court (within its criminal list of the General Division) as provisional ADVOs are issued by the Police. At Court, an accused faced with a provisional ADVO can either: 1) Defend the ADVO resulting in a plea of not guilty being entered from a defended and a hearing will subsequently occur 2) Accept the ADVO as presented to the Court and is commonly dealt with immediately, or 3) Accept the ADVO on a “without admissions basis”. The latter tells the court that you are prepared to accept the requirements of an ADVO but without affirming the Police allegations. The Police often request the Court to make an ADVO Order for a duration of two years. However, there are exceptions to this rule and the order can be reduced to 12 months as experienced first-hand on two occasions last year.

Secondly, if an ADVO is breached, that is, you contravene the ADVO, the contravention is converted to a criminal charge. All breaches are viewed by the courts as acutely serious. If you have an ADVO or any other criminal charge listed for hearing, and you are in the middle of Family Court proceedings involving children, the Family Court will seek to ensure that the ADVO charge and/or additional criminal matters have been finalised before progressing with the family law matter. The Family Court’s justification for adopting this position stems from its primary concerns for the safety and well-being of all children involved in Family Court parenting matters. Once the ADVO and/or criminal matter has finalised, the Family Court will progress the family proceedings as expeditiously as possible to final orders.

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Editor's Letter Powering Our Community Proceeds from The Village Observer supports residents of Lane Cove, Hunters Hill, Ryde, Willoughby and North Sydney, via Sydney Community Services – a local not-for-profit organisation that helps residents to live a quality and independent life in their own home and in their community. Local Support for Local People SCS provides services to seniors and people living with a disability including social activities, gardening, home nursing, podiatry, Community Care Advisory, linen, home delivered meals, home modifications and maintenance, flexible respite, carers support, shopping services, community and engagement programs, medical transport and assistance in daily life. THE VILLAGE OBSERVER: 1 Pottery Lane, Lane Cove NSW 2066. PUBLISHER: Gillian Batt P: 02 9427 6425 E: EDITOR: Nicola Riches P: 0405 661 570 E: DESIGN + ADVERTISING: Sharon Curby P: 0450 370 575 E: ADVERTISING: E: PRINTED BY: Spotpress DISTRIBUTED: Monthly The Village Observer is published monthly (except January) by Sydney Community Services (trading as Lane Cove Community Aid Foundation) • Distribution is at the beginning of the month. • Readers are invited to submit articles for consideration. • Articles and items for community events should be emailed to the Editor with any accompanying images by the 15th of each month, for inclusion in the next month’s issue. • Advertising enquiries should be directed to • If mailing material and you would like it returned, please include a stamped, self-addressed envelope. All care, but no responsibility will be taken for this material. © Copyright 2021. Original advertisements and editorial in this publication are copyright and remain the exclusive property of The Village Observer. No part of this publication may be reproduced and/or transmitted in any form or by any means without the written consent of the Publisher. DISCLAIMER: The content of editorial and advertisements in The Village Observer has been provided by a number of independent sources. Any opinions expressed are not necessarily those of the Editor and Publisher of The Village Observer, and no responsibility is taken for the accuracy of the information, or any factual errors contained within any items printed. Readers should make their own enquiries directly to any organisations or businesses prior to making any plans or taking any action.

Welcome to the first issue of 2024. We hope you had a restful holiday break. This issue is brimming with content. It was almost a struggle to fit it all in! Our columnist Liz Foster, who has been writing for TVO for more than seven years, has achieved the enviable task of writing her first novel. We are thrilled for Liz and delighted that TVO has a columnist who is also, now, a novelist. You can read all about that inside. Just before Christmas, we were contacted by someone connected to a local named Captain Jack Richardson (you may have seen the plaque commemorating his life), who is looking for Jack’s family. It’s a fascinating tale, and who knows, you might be able to help find someone in the family. We must also congratulate Terry Eakin, the Caretaker at Carisbrook who is retiring after 24 years in the role. TVO pays tribute to him inside. Plus, we introduce you to local resident Fergus Hynes whose life reads like a story – literally! The first chapter of his new book is inside. We also pay our respects to two notable Rotary members, Richard Dawes and John Donald, who passed away late last year. This month is Lunar New Year and a lot is happening in Chatswood, just on our doorstep. We’ve listed some of our favourite events, so have fun celebrating Year of the Dragon! Keep your fascinating stories coming. We love receiving and printing them.



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news Letter to the Editor It is rare TVO has a letter to publish. Serendipitously, this coincided with our plans to run a feature on trees and environmental protection in our area. You can read that feature on pages 14-16. If you would like to send a letter to us, email Dear Editor, We are writing to you about tree preservation abutting the 266 Longueville Road development. The preservation of the magnificent native trees in the Buffer Zone behind the properties in Richardson Street West has always been of great concern to us. Recently we noticed significant damage to one of the healthiest of these trees, which had branches ripped off (we assume by heavy machinery), leaving gaping wounds. The "Tree Protection Zone" signs had been discarded on the ground amongst the torn branches. The point of writing this letter is that the developers demonstrated a disregard of Lane Cove Council's Tree Preservation Order. This does not bode well for any other work (e.g. installation of a pathway) that may threaten the retention of a native Buffer Zone as was promised in the development application. This damage needs to be repaired by a specialist, or this beautiful tree may be doomed. Yours sincerely, Marina Bishop & Wayne Pearson

Chatswood, on our doorstep, is the place to be for the Year of the Dragon Festival Ushering in the Year of the Dragon, Lunar New Year 2024 runs from 10 - 25 February. Among our favourite events are the following: • Witness the magnificent Lion Dance roaming The Mix at Chatswood Place on Saturday 10 February and Saturday 17 February from 1:00pm. • Be a spectator at an enchanting evening of cultural wonder at the Lantern Parade taking place on Victoria Avenue where there will also be stalls and street food. Saturday 3 February 6:30pm to 7:30pm. • Prepare to be captivated by the shimmering splendour of Soaring Dragon - a spectacular metallic art installation that breathes life out of The Concourse reflection pool with its majestic presence. Nestled within Chatswood library, this larger-thanlife sculpture is not merely an art piece but a guardian of peace and power, offering a perfect backdrop for photos and selfies. Thursday 1 February to 25 February 9:00am to 10:00pm. 6 TVO

• Make a wish at the Wishing Tree. Swing tags are available for visitors to write their message of hope for 2024 and hang on the Wishing Tree next to the customer service desk on level 3 at Westfield Chatswood. Plus, give the giant zodiac wheel a spin to read your fortune. • Go see Lost in Shanghai. Throughout her adventurous journalism career, one story has intrigued Jane Hutcheon more than any other: the story of her mother Beatrice’s turbulent childhood in pre-Communist Shanghai. Lost in Shanghai is her family’s story of survival. Beatrice becomes a journalist at the South China Morning Post in the 1950s, perhaps setting a precedent for her daughter. Using projected images from the family archive curated by renowned photographer William Yang and music composed and performed by Dr Terumi Narushima, Jane narrates the moving story of Lost in Shanghai in her own words. See: for more information

Girl says yes after partner bids $2m over guide for Hunters Hill home A property at 28 Joubert Street in Hunters Hill sold for $8.5m on at the start of December - $2 million over the guide. As soon as the hammer fell, the male buyer dropped to his knee and proposed to his partner, who was still clutching the auction paddle. Having secured a house and an engagement ring within a matter of seconds, the overwhelmed girlfriend accepted the offer, much to the delight and applause of the stunned backyard onlookers. Who says romance is dead?

First 2RRR Youth Achievement Awards

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Local community radio station 2RRR has presented its inaugural Youth Scholarship Achievement Awards to local teens Ella Donovan, Chris Davis and Tia Rose. Station Manager Natalie de Silver says: “Ella, Chris and Tia are our first graduates of the scholarship, and they may be heard live on air each week on 2RRR’s Youth Jukebox program on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4:00pm.”

The Guardian – the British owned masthead that has an office and news site running out of Sydney – has awarded The Diddy with the title of sport’s quirkiest nickname. The article reads:

Perhaps the best of all we know so far is “The Diddy”, the now official nickname for the Longueville Sporting Club 2RRR wishes to thank Riverside Girls High, in Sydney. Primarily devoted Hunters Hill High, St Joseph’s College to lawn bowls, though now and Streetwork for their co-operation and notably welcoming to children, support of the Youth Scholarship. the club long suffered from the The station will be contacting all local members’ average age and the high schools in search of the next crop inevitable consequences. Old to qualify for what is hoped to become a friends would disappear and sought after and valued award. when someone asked where they were, they would be told the sad news which would be regularly received with the words “Oh, did he die, did he?” And the phrase stuck, and they became the Diddy-Dies, before Emma Grimes, Michael Fitzgerald & Peter Louridas being further shortened, so as A family business, now in our 48th year in Lane Cove not to frighten the children.

Local firefighter selected for realty TV show Lane Cove Fire Fighter, Peter Palmer is one of the contestants on the new reality television program ‘Million-Dollar Island.’ Peter, who is also a Rugby League Coach at the North Sydney Bears, will grace our screens over the coming weeks as a competitor in the Channel Seven game show hosted Ant Middleton. Filming for the show has already taken place and the show is airing now. 100 contestants were dropped off on a remote island with rations and each wearing a bracelet worth $10,000. The contestants compete against one another in challenges to win each other’s bracelets to eventually win the competition.



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Q&A: TVO Columnist, Liz Foster

 You have been the TVO columnist for over seven years and now you have your debut novel out. How long have you been a writer, and was it always your ambition to be one? I wrote my first Life’s Rich Pattern in October 2016, and that was pretty much the moment I knew I wanted to be a writer. I’ve always enjoyed writing and creating light moments using words – I was a big letter writer throughout university in the UK and when I first moved here. LRP was something I pitched to the former editor, thinking that the good citizens of Lane Cove and beyond might appreciate a light lifestyle column with a local focus, and it took on a life of its own. It was the genuine early seed sower for writing a novel in the same vein, lighthearted and page turning whilst being something people can resonate with. 

Has your career always involved writing?

My working life has centred on strategic marketing, and later, copywriting and PR. It was all business focussed but you have to make every word count. And my other job today is as General Manager Communications at a nursing home in Ashfield. Crafting messages and emails to families during the pandemic took some real effort, managing people’s anxieties and reassuring them at the same time. I also write and edit the magazine where I interview a resident and staff member every month – their stories are always wonderful, rich, and humbling. 

What was the inspiration for your book?

I followed the tale of Melissa Caddick’s fraudulent Ponzi Scheme business during lockdown, and thought – well, it’s one thing to rip off a faceless corporate, and another to rob your family and friends blind. How would you feel if you found out your own partner had done it? Which is where the idea for Libby, the protagonist in The Good Woman’s Guide to Making Better Choices, was born. Would you stand by your partner or run a mile? 

Did the book writing process come easy to you?

Look, writing a whole load of drivel comes easy, but forming it into cohesive sentences and a fully formed and functioning manuscript is less so. Luckily, I did heaps of short courses at the Australian Writers Centre, from creative writing to novel writing and more. I met some wonderful people and learned invaluable lessons which I still use every day. 8 TVO

 Tell us about a bit about your personal life - we know you were born in the did you end up in Australia? Did you settle in okay? I came backpacking after university with two girlfriends in September 1991 and stopped over in Sydney, where I caught up with an Aussie guy I’d met on holiday in the Greek Islands the year before. I’m somehow still here, married to him, having raised two daughters. I wasn’t really conscious of settling in because the backpacking thing just sort of stretched out, so it was never an actual decision to emigrate. I love it here, but I did (and still do) miss my old friends and family. Sydneysiders all seems to hang out in their school and uni groups for years!  More specifically, how did you land in Lane Cove and why this particular Sydney suburb? We had two babies and were living in a flat in Bondi. We both loved Lane Cove (I worked for Nestlé in the now defunct Lifesavers factory in Lane Cove West) and decided it was the place we were going to raise our family. After weeks of property searching (and missing out) we managed to secure a tiny two-bedroom original red brick deceased estate in Lane Cove North. We’re

still there today. The house has undergone several renovations through the years which have all been fabulous, but I’m often nostalgic for those early days in the tiny house with the lean-to and external laundry, and kids’ paddling pool in the grassy backyard. 

What is about LC that keeps you here?

pooch Sid in Blackman Park. Do some writing, either editing or something new, like my newsletter which is always fun to do. Have dinner out with the family – definitely a perfect day does not involve cooking!  Where can we buy your book, and will you be doing any readings or a Q&A?

Our hood is so neighbourly, everyone’s children have been to or still go to Mowbray Public just behind our street and many go on to local high schools. We have a street party every year and a Facebook app (for essentials like, does anyone have a spare green bin??) Our neighbours have truly become our friends and they are relationships to be treasured.

The team at Burns Bay Bookery in Lane Cove has been wonderfully supportive of me as a debut author and has plentiful stock of my book. Otherwise, if you’re further afield it’s ranged in all good bookstores and mass merchants. I’m doing a Q&A with crime writer B.M. Carroll at Lane Cove library on February 20, 6.15pm – 7.30pm and The Bookery will be there selling copies on the day.

 If you were hosting some guests who had never been here before, where would you send them?

Hope to see you there!

Of course, to Manly on the ferry, and then do the Spit Bridge to Manly walk and/or kayak. The Eastern suburbs beaches are great too, the harbour beaches like Nielsen Park and Watsons Bay. You can’t go past Newtown for wholly cool vibes and atmosphere. And a walk through The Rocks followed by drinks in the Shangri-La cocktail bar is a must.  Imagine a perfect day - what would it look like for you? A day with no plans. Get up when I wake up, have a lazy breakfast. Get a coffee from my local barista and walk my in-conversation-with-lizfoster-and-ber-carrolltickets-775391275177?aff=e bdsoporgprofile

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A Novel Idea by Liz Foster

We probably all have our own ideas about writers’ tropes. You know, the classic writer hunched over his or her (always manual) typewriter for hours at a time, tearing out hanks of manuscript from the carriage, surrounded by scrunched up bits of paper. The Colin Firth character in Love Actually is a writer who retreats to France to nurse a broken heart and churn out pages of his new crime novel, all on paper. The novelist Lawrence Durrell (brother of Gerald) is portrayed in The Durrells bashing out pages of courier typing, perched atop a coastal sand dune, ostensibly supervising the junior Gerry. As a writer I marvel at these scenes, because anyone who’s attempted to write a novel will tell you that it takes at least eight complete redrafts to get a manuscript ready (that’s ready to pitch or submit to your publisher, not ready to print – that’s a whole other ballgame). How did writers using longhand or typewriters do this? Did they redraft back in the day? Or did their editors? How did the editing actually work when there was only one original copy – did the editor retype everything, or just apply red pen and send it on its way to the printers? So many questions. I started writing my first book back in 2017 and spent years toiling over it while having heaps of fun. The main part of the learning curve wasn’t about ideas, but everything else that turns good writing into a great novel. It’s not enough to have a clever plot or interesting characters. The whole box and dice need to be cohesive in the way that all novels are in thousands of small and large moments which readers don’t notice. The story arc (trajectory of the narrative) is different to the character arc. Every character needs to have conflict, which is not stand-up fisticuffs, but either internal or external turmoil - what the story’s about, the reason readers want to keep reading to find out what happens. The structure needs to be arranged to maximise page turning tension. Charles Dickens authored some excellent stories which still stand up, but if he submitted one of his manuscripts today an editor would cut at least half of it out. Modern readers are heavily influenced by television ‘jump-cuts’ – those dramatic scene endings which yank you straight to a different time and place. If Dickens wasn’t considered classic, he’d be struggling to hold the attention of the time poor Millennials and beyond. The highest performing videos on social media platform TikTok are watched for mere seconds. Our attention spans, along with our patience tolerance for slow internet, have been whittled down to the pencil nub. When you’re starting out as a writer it’s ridiculously hard because the first people who give feedback are invariably 10 TVO


family or close friends. If they’re critical it’s all too easy to slump into a decline and give up. If they’re complimentary – well, they have to say nice things, they’re family! I had no clue if my work had legs. After two years of pitching to publishers and getting nowhere I was stuck. What to do? All the advice seemed to be to ‘just write another book.’ Like that’s easy (what’s wrong with this one???) But then Covid hit, and I thought, well what better time to do it if not now. I became obsessed with true crime podcasts while everyone else took to home baking and craft projects, and the Melissa Caddick Ponzi scheme fraud that captivated the nation. Which is where the inspiration for my debut novel published this month, The Good Woman’s Guide to Making Better Choices, began. So, I wrote another book (see above). But this time I was better at it. I understood structure, and scenes, and character arcs, and dramatic tension, and much more. I got that the story could have funny moments and an interesting setting and intriguing characters but that the whole thing needed to coalesce for a true novel to be born. And I can see now that my first novel just wasn’t good enough. As a young person I lived in the world of books and stories, relishing the place that they can take you in good times and bad. A friend emailed me shortly after my book’s release and thanked me, saying it was delightful and the first book in over a decade she’s been able to read in a day. I just love that. My book might not be for everyone, but if it puts a smile on people’s faces and gives them joy, especially during dark times, then I can truly die happy.

Liz Foster is a local writer. Her debut fiction novel, The Good Woman’s Guide to Making Better Choices, is out in January 2024 with Affirm Press. You can reach her by scanning this QR code to subscribe to her monthly light bites and lifestyle newsletter, or emailing

review The Good Woman’s Guide to Making Better Choices by Liz Foster

Our resident book review Anna Loder shares her thoughts on our columnist Liz Foster’s debut novel I was lucky enough to be given an early copy of The Good Woman’s Guide to Making Better Choices. I laughed, I cried, I rejoiced and loved with Libby. I loved it so much and I know you will too. It’s a complete romp; so much fun. Sweet, wonderful and I completely have not read anything like it before. With this novel Liz Foster has allowed me to think about choices and consequences, but in such a fun relatable and breezy way. I loved this debut. Apparently the idea for the novel came from wondering about Melissa Caddick; her friends and family. How does that level of fraud and misappropriation impact on the family of the perpetrator? It was something so interesting to think about, and I loved my time doing so in Bondi and a rustic rural goat farm… This is a such a sweet novel. There was so much to get interested in and it will completely get you reaching for the

goat cheese at Woolies. There is so much going on and to love. It does come complete with a host of supporting characters-some including a goat named Kim Kardashian and a parrot by the name of Miss Marple. Libby was just a gorgeously good woman, the story as delightful as it could be when you know from the outset her husband does jail time for fraud. It would make a great New Year read because we are right beside Libby as she faces and does start ‘her life all over again when everything goes south of the border’…it has all the new year resolution feels without having to follow the rules as laid out in the book Atomic Habits! It got me thinking about what I want to bring to 2024, what I want my life to have more of in 2024, things I want to stop sleepwalking through…this was a fabulous novel and I think completely the perfect novel for now.



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Protecting our urban canopy for the environment and our wellbeing WORDS: NICOLA RICHES PHOTOS: BY NICOLA RICHES AND STEPHEN MILLER

Recent events have brought our relationship with our local environment back into focus. As urban heat soars and 40c days become more frequent, our reliance on tree canopy is greater than ever.


he illegal killing of 265 trees on Sydney’s North Shore was not just vandalism. It was theft on a grand scale, wrote Gregory Moore, Senior Researcher at Melbourne University when the Woodford Bay incident occurred last year. The felling was breathtaking and appalling. Some of the trees, it’s reported, were 80 years old. The Council described the incident as the “the worst act of environmental vandalism in Lane Cove history” and is in the process of investigating what happened and what the repercussions will be for the perpetrators.

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NSW bushland

Lane Cove Bushland and Conservation Society, which has undertaken incredible work to protect the natural environment in Lane Cove issued this statement at the time: ‘The Society shares the disgust at the deliberate destruction of almost 300 trees and shrubs from Council-owned

Lower North Shore Eucalypts

Lower North Shore night after a scorching day

bushland on Woodford Bay adjacent to 44 Lucretia Ave, Longueville.

Lane Cove Bushland and Conservation Society has campaigned for the preservation of trees and bushland for over 50 years and may well be the first organisation of its kind in suburban Sydney.

‘Native habitat and the foreshore beauty was destroyed with the clear-felling of Eucalypts (incl Angophora), Banksia, Casuarina (high density vegetation) and others. ‘While the Society supports Council taking strong action and lobbying State Government to increase penalties for environmental crimes, this slow process benefits the culprits, particularly those wealthy landholders for whom the fines are mere pocket money.’ That statement, perhaps, sums up what many locals fear: that the desire for clear views of the harbour, combined with penalties that are too low to burn a hole in certain homeowners’ pockets is trumping the protection of the local environment. As we all know, trees and other plants help cool the environment, making vegetation a simple and effective way to reduce urban heat islands. They lower surface and air temperatures by providing shade and cooling through evaporation and transpiration, also called evapotranspiration. We have all heard how hot it can get in the western suburbs – up to 10c hotter than suburbs on the coast on days of extreme heat. The lower north shore, between the west and the coast, is not immune to the effects of urban heat. On 21 January this year, the temperature in Lane Cove North was 40c. Lane Cove is consistently three to six degrees warmer than non-urban areas.

You may know them from the stall they set up in the Plaza twice each year to advise on plants native to the area and to sell a selection of them. Thanks to its work and the research, we know that Lane Cove and surrounds has a history of preserving bushland and greenspace that compares favourably to other lower north shore suburbs and is supported by the Council and local environmental organisations. The Lane Cove Council website states: ‘Trees are a key ingredient in the visual quality of the Lane Cove area. They improve air quality, help counter extremes of temperature, protect soil and water supplies, provide habitat for wildlife and act as extensions and links between our bushland.’ Sue Ingham, a member of the Bushland and Conservation Society, explained that the current pressure from the government to identify greenspace and increase housing accommodation creates a potential for conflict with the policy of protecting the tree canopy. ‘The State Government is giving big developers incentives to build higher, denser housing that override local environment plans, developments that may denude whole blocks of land or create housing without natural shade. ‘A loss of tree canopy in Lane Cove will increase the overall heat island effect,’ she said. While the trees in Lane Cove are protected under the State Environmental Planning Policy (Biodiversity and TVO 15

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Conservation) 2021, which allows Council to regulate the tree canopy under its Development Control Plan (DCP currently under review), Longueville, for example, was identified as having the least amount of canopy coverage, while also having the most amount of viable planting sites. Despite criticisms, the State Government has initiated a Greener Neighbourhoods program to help fund work around trees and protection of the environment. In 2022, the grant program awarded $1.37 million to 28 councils across Greater Sydney to deliver 32 projects. This funding was designed to help councils strategically plan for and manage urban forests in their local government area. Its aims included: eveloping or updating urban forest strategies and street tree • D master plans; • D eveloping and enhancing tree asset databases; nalysing tree canopy data to identify priority planting areas; • A

issued last year, eastern Australia is one of the world’s deforestation hot spots. Nearly half of the area once covered by forests has been lost. The once vast brigalow and grassy box forests of inland eastern Australia are now endangered or critically endangered. More than 700 native plant and animal species are threatened by forest habitat destruction. Why has there been so much deforestation? The main reasons are deforestation to create pasture for livestock, native forest logging, bushfire and drought, and clearing for cropping. Landclearing for livestock accounts for 75% of forest lost, while native forestry logging is responsible for a further 16%. On top of that, increasing bushfires, forest fragmentation and weeds are expected to further impact substantial areas of the eastern Australia forests. And scientists predict that large areas of forest will change to woodland or savannah, meaning there will be fewer trees overall.

The ultimate ambition, it says, is for a coordinated approach to planning for tree canopy and green cover to achieve 40% urban tree canopy cover for Greater Sydney by 2036. Its aims are commendable. Critics will say that this program does not go far enough to solve the problem.

In the devastating 2019–20 summer bushfires, a staggering 7.3 million hectares of the eastern Australia forests were impacted - almost all of this was in New South Wales. Half of the stunning ancient Gondwana Rainforests World Heritage Area was burned and may not ever fully recover. While the devastation caused by bushfires is overwhelming, WWF notes that our forests were already facing severe pressure before these extreme bushfires.

According to WWF Australia’s Deforestation Fronts report,

And this is just in eastern Australia. Almost 300,000 hectares

• E ngaging the community through workshops and educational campaigns to promote the benefits of trees and canopy cover.

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of native forests and woodlands are bulldozed every year across Australia - that’s more than 57 Sydney Harbours’ worth of forests. Fewer trees and forests mean that less carbon dioxide is absorbed, which creates higher concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. This leads to more warming in global temperatures and increased climate change impacts. It’s a negative ecological feedback loop that keeps on amplifying the more we cut down trees and forests. We know that trees help to supply and purify our drinking water supplies, produce much of the oxygen we breathe and remove fine particles of pollution from the air. “Air pollution contributes to more than 3,000 deaths each year in Australia. Those figures would likely be higher without trees which help filter air pollution. They also help cleanse water so that we use fewer chemicals to make water drinkable,” said Dr Kim Loo from Doctors for the Environment Australia. The bigger picture is, as WFF says, overwhelming. Knowing what we can do on a local level to get to know and protect our environment can give residents some control and confidence.

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COMMUNICATING WITH COUNCIL ABOUT TREES Trees planted on Council managed land and private property are protected by Council’s Tree & Vegetation Development Control Plans and other legislation. If you believe a tree has been illegally pruned, removed, poisoned or vandalised, you can report this to Council by completing the following steps.

Reporting Step 1. Check for tree works approval Search Approved Private Tree Works to check if Council has approved tree works for the selected property. Please note: • Tree approvals are listed from 1 July 2022 • Works approved under a Development Application approval are not listed

Step 2. Report it to Council

A good place to start might be Tree Plotter – a service that Lane Cove Council provides for residents.

If you have searched the property and Council has not approved the tree works you can report this to Council in one of the below ways.

Tree Plotter is an online tree inventory and database of street trees and significant trees located within the parks and on some accessible bush trails.

• If illegal works are happening now, please call 9911 3555 and Council can send a Ranger to investigate.

The database and inventory allows Council to monitor the age, health and general condition of trees in the area as well as map the distribution of tree species.

When reporting suspected illegal tree work, please provide as much of the following information as possible:

This vital information helps Council with its management of trees and determining locations for future planting sites. You can check out the database


Total tree count on the local database is 13,500, with more than 200 species listed.

• Property address of the tree. • What type of activity is occurring • Record and submit information such as date, time and photographs to assist our investigation • Provide your name and contact details to enable Council to respond to you.

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How to have a “Good Divorce” WORDS: ANDREW CORISH

Hello, I am Andrew Corish, principal of Modern Divorce Solutions - Family Law Specialists, based in Northwood and the creator of the “Legally Uncoupling” Family Law System.

Unfortunately, about 40 to 50 per cent of marriages and relationships currently in existence are likely to end in separation or divorce. It is a sad reality of modern life. Nobody likes it or wants it. But when a relationship has no quality of life left in it, it is usually better to conclude it and start anew. Those who hang on for fear, convenience, financial or other reasons, often come to regret it. It is of course a difficult decision and one people put off and agonise over for years. But once you make the decision to separate, or it is imposed upon you, the vital thing is to then seek to have a “good divorce”. It is a enormous challenge. There are huge pressures and stresses upon you. You may feel a range of negative emotions including anger, shame, resentment and be motivated to seek retribution and recompense. You are in an extremely vulnerable position and there are some who may seek to take advantage of you. Usually the only beneficiaries of a hostile conflict are the lawyers who arrange it. I do suggest one of the vital ingredients for success in this difficult situation is to have a calm, reliable and experienced friend in your corner, who has your best interests firmly at heart and who can assist and help you make the right decisions and come through the experience in the best possible shape and achieve the best possible results. That is what I provide. I have devised a program designed to facilitate this. It is called “Lawfully Uncoupling”. I have prepared excellent documents which explain clearly what you need to know and do and 18 TVO

what is likely to happen and the pathway to a successful resolution of your issues. You need to be proactive and understand your legal rights and entitlements and make sure you obtain them. I suggest there are usually a 9 steps process in coming to a successful separation and resolving your issues quickly, efficiently and inexpensively.

IT IS POSSIBLE TO HAVE A GOOD DIVORCE. THIS IS THE BEST WAY TO DO IT. If you would like to discuss your situation or know someone who could benefit from my services, please arrange a free initial consultation by ringing 02 8075 0141 or go to my website to get further information.

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Terry Eakin, Caretaker at Carisbrook Historic House, retires after 24 years WORDS: FRANCES CHRISTIE

Terry Eakin, caretaker at Carisbrook Historic House, retired in January, concluding 24 years in the role. He has been a well-respected figure around the grounds of Carisbrook, and many people from Lane Cove and beyond have met him, sometimes guiding visitors, sometimes directing car parking, and sometimes enjoying the gardens. He is, among other matters, a skilled gardener, and though not himself responsible for the gardens, he has always taken a keen interest in them, even contributing some of the rare clivias displayed in the grounds. By any standards, Terry has led an interesting and useful life, one of which he can indeed be proud. Terry was born in Kempsey in 1937, the descendant of Irish settlers who had arrived in New South Wales in the late 19th century. Raised on the farm as he was, Terry recalls one exciting experience from his childhood, when a small cargo vessel, the Wollongbar II, was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine in 1943. The incident occurred off the coast of New South Wales, near Kempsey. Most of the crew perished. In the aftermath some Bren Gun carriers and other light armoured vehicles were brought into the area to look for survivors, as well as any Japanese. Some of the soldiers from these vehicles were billeted on Terry’s father’s farm. It was a very exciting experience for a small boy of six years! Growing up as he did in a farm, Terry learnt a lot about farming and land management, though by the age of 17 he wanted to move on and see more of the world. His first job when he moved away from home was in mining, working with one of the then small companies in coastal New South Wales which mined for minerals such as rutile and zircon. He drove a bulldozer for the mine for a few years, before making quite a marked career shift, when he chose to become a policeman. He applied for a position with the Northern Territory Police Force in 1958. He was based for a time in Timber Creek, west of Katherine, though he was sometimes sent to Darwin as well. He had a number of responsibilities. For example, he was required to inspect licensed premises, and also handled mining leases. He was a Protector of Aborigines and maintained the register of motor vehicles. He moved around a lot, sometimes on horseback and sometimes in a small plane, whose pilot used mirror navigation. Eventually he moved on, this time back to northern New South Wales, where he took up work at an abattoir. He started by loading the animals

into the abattoir, though eventually rose to the position of superintendent of 32 men, mainly boning the animals. The abattoir closed, and Terry went back to mining, though in a somewhat different context from the previous mine where he had worked. Terry commenced work at the Mount Isa Mines in 1968 and he remained with the company until his retirement in 1997. In his years at the mine, Terry worked in several capacities, commencing with the work on the surface of the mines, which involved feeding lead into the lead smelter. Processed at a very high temperature with crushed limestone, silica and coke, the lead emerged into solid blocks or ingots. At one stage Terry was one of a team that went to England to assist in setting up a new furnace for processing the ingots in that country. In later years, Terry served in several other capacities at the Mount Isa Mines, and he also found time in his leisure hours to purchase a small aircraft - a Cessna 172G- with which he flew to the Gulf of Carpentaria, bringing back fish or prawns, depending on what was available. On his retirement aged 60, Terry gave his plane to the Aero Club in Mount Isa. It was a typically generous action. Terry then travelled around the world for a time, making contact with relatives in Ireland among other things, and then he returned to Australia, a still fit man of just over 60 years of age. He was attracted to an advertisement he saw in the Sydney Morning Herald, for the caretaker’s position at Carisbrook, and was pleased that he was appointed, taking up residence at the small flat in the house. Continued over page > TVO 19

Terry Eakin continued from page 19 Over the years since his taking up residence, Terry has been both an active and effective caretaker, and an active member of the Lane Cove Historical Society. Moreover, he has been at all times generous in his many gifts, both in Lane Cove and in Kempsey. He wrote an early history of the Lane Cove Historical Society, while he undertook considerable research into the history of Kempsey and its environs, and has given an extensive library of books to the Macleay River Historical society.

Red Velvet Valentines Cake This recipe yields a delicious, moist red velvet cake that goes well with either a cream cheese frosting or plain buttercream. Prep: 30 min Chill: 2 hours Cook: 30 min Total: Yields four-layer 20 cm cake •P reheat oven to 180c. Spray four 20 cm round cake pans with baking spray and place a circle of parchment paper in each, set aside. • 4 ½ cups cake flour • 1 ½ teaspoon baking soda • 1 teaspoon baking powder • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder • ½ teaspoon salt Whisk together the flour, soda, powder, cocoa, and salt, set aside.

Becoming interested in the clivias he found established in the grounds of Carisbrook, he travelled to South Africa more than once, bringing back unusual specimens of the plant, which he donated to the House. He has been unfailingly generous in his gifts to Carisbrook and to the Society. Thus, he has purchased items such as folding chairs and tables to use in the grounds of the House. He has provided financial support for the Lane Cove History Prize, and has provided money in a number of other smaller ways. Most recently, and as his departing gift, Terry has paid for security cameras to be installed at Carisbrook House, providing an important measure of protection to Lane Cove’s House Museum. Terry Eakin has lived an honourable life of service to others. He is a man of generosity and kindness. The people of Lane Cove have been well served in their caretaker at Carisbrook Historic House. We wish him a rewarding and productive new life after Carisbrook.

• Teaspoon red gel food colouring • 1 ½ cups buttermilk, at room temperature • I n a large measuring cup combine the food colouring and buttermilk, set aside. • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature • 1 cup canola oil • 606g / 3 cups sugar


In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter, oil, and sugar until light and fluffy (mixture should be pale and white), about four minutes. • 6 eggs (add one at a time) Add in the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition and scraping down the bowl as necessary. • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract • 1 ½ teaspoon apple cider vinegar Stir in the vanilla and apple cider vinegar. In three batches, add the dry ingredients to the bowl, alternating with the dyed buttermilk, mixing well after each addition, and scraping the bowl to fully incorporate all ingredients. Divide batter evenly among prepared pans and bake until centres are set and edges begin to pull away from the sides of the pans, about 30 to 35 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool on rack for 10 minutes before turning out of pans and cooling to room temperature before frosting. Decorating Place one layer on a cake platter and frost. Top with second layer and frost as desired. 20 TVO


“FIGHTING POVERTY THROUGH EDUCATION” A great Australian who founded The School of St. Jude in Tanzania providing 1800 students with free education.

Tuesday, 27th February 2024 Hunters Hill Club 12-20 Madeline St, Hunters Hill

6:30pm — 10:00pm Two Course Dinner $85pp Live Entertainment with vocalists

Helen Zerofos and Ted Hamilton Donations, Attractive Raffle and Auction items "All funds raised will support The School of St. Jude and Rotary youth projects."


have been handed down the generations of the Richardson family, along with Jack’s medals and his ‘Dead Man’s Penny’. My family would like to make contact with any living relatives of Captain J. W. Richardson and I am hoping that this article may lead me to such contacts, so that the full family story can be told. My name is Konrad Beinssen and I can be reached at

Seeking the living relatives of Captain J. W. (Jack) Richardson

Ekke Beinssen was Sydney born but sent to Germany to finish his schooling, where he was drafted into the German army. When a fellow Sydney boy, Captain J. W. (Jack) Richardson, was discovered a casualty of the Passchendaele battle, Ekke ensured the message about his passing and his personal items were returned to his family in Lane Cove… On a gatepost of Kamilaroi Retirement Village at 155 Longueville Road in Lane Cove, there is a plaque in memory of Captain J.W. Richardson (Jack), killed in France, 1917. In fact, he was killed in action in Belgium during the Battle of Passchendaele (sometimes called ‘Third Ypres’) in October 1917.

Seeking the living relatives of Captain J. W. (Jack) Richardson On a gatepost of Kamilaroi Retirement Village at 155 Longueville Road in Lane Cove, there is a plaque in memory of Captain J.W. Richardson (Jack), killed in France, 1917. In fact, he was killed in action in Belgium during the Battle of Passchendaele (sometimes called ‘Third Ypres’) in October 1917. Jack came from a prominent Lane Cove family. His father, John senior, was a ‘quarryman’ and built the sandstone wall at the entrance to the Longueville Congregational Church, which today is the Kamilaroi Retirement Village. He fixed the memorial to his son to the gatepost. The Lane Cove Council also honoured Jack’s war service by naming Richardson Street in his honour. Jack was a Lane Cove boy, just 26 years old when he fell. After finishing his education at Longueville Public School, he worked locally at Radke’s tannery and his profession is listed in the army records as ‘leather belt maker’. His mother was Sophy (nee Dickens). He was the eldest of eight children, his siblings being Edith Violet, Arthur, Elsie May, Ruby Mabel, Henry, Nellie Francis and Eric Charles. The battle of Passchendaele is considered by war historians as one of the most ferociously fought during the First World War. Rain turned the battlefield into a quagmire and many soldiers drowned in the mud. It was difficult to retrieve the wounded and dead. But a remarkable incident took place on that bleak and muddy battlefield now over 100 years ago which will forever tie the Richardson family to my family, the Beinssen family.

Jack came from a prominent Lane Cove family. His father, John senior, was a ‘quarryman’ and built the sandstone wall at the entrance to the Longueville Congregational Church, which today is the Kamilaroi Retirement Village. He fixed the memorial to his son to the gatepost. The Lane Cove Council also honoured Jack’s war service by naming Richardson Street in his honour. Jack was a Lane Cove boy, just 26 years old when he fell. After finishing his education at Longueville Public School, he worked locally at Radke’s tannery and his profession is listed in the army records as ‘leather belt maker’. His mother was Sophy (nee Dickens).

My father, Ekke Beinssen, was also a Sydney born boy like Jack and grew up to the age of twelve in Hunters Hill, close to Jack’s home suburb of Lane Cove. But then he was sent to Germany to complete his education. At age 18, he was drafted into the German army and found himself opposite the Australians at Passchendaele.

He was the eldest of eight children, his siblings being Edith Violet, Arthur, Elsie May, Ruby Mabel, Henry, Nellie Francis and Eric Charles.

He gave the disc to a wounded Australian prisoner of war, Samual Pittman from Merriwa in NSW and asked him to hand it to authorities with the message that Captain Richardson had been found dead.

The battle of Passchendaele is considered by war historians as one of the most ferociously fought during the First World War. Rain turned the battlefield into a quagmire and many soldiers drowned in the mud. It was difficult to retrieve the wounded and dead. But a remarkable incident took place on that bleak and muddy battlefield now over 100 years ago which will forever tie the Richardson family to my family, the Beinssen family.

The full story has been documented by ANU history professor Bill Gammage in an article recently published in the literary journal ‘Overland’ entitled ‘An Incident at Passchendaele’. (Available on the web; Search ‘Overland Literary Journal 251 Winter 2023’). After Jack’s death, his parents received a few possessions returned from the Western Front including his identity disc, a card case, bible, wristwatch and (importantly) a diary.

My father, Ekke Beinssen, was also a Sydney born boy like Jack and grew up to the age of twelve in Hunters Hill, close to Jack’s home suburb of Lane Cove. But then he was sent to Germany to complete his education. At age 18, he was drafted into the German army and found himself opposite the Australians at Passchendaele. It was my father who came across Jack’s body, took his identity disc and arranged for it to be returned to the family in Sydney.

I assume these have been handed down the generations of the Richardson family, along with Jack’s medals and his ‘Dead Man’s Penny’. My family would like to make contact with any living relatives of Captain J. W. Richardson and I am hoping that this article may lead me to such contacts, so that the full family story can be told. Konrad Beinssen is asking that any relatives of Jack contact him at TVO 21


Liz, the aunty that every child deserves Meet Liz, the aunty that every child deserves. A loving and attentive aunt to many nieces and nephews. One of nine siblings herself, family has always been at the heart of what makes life meaningful to Liz.

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Over the years, Liz and her extended family share an unlimited number of family celebrations and memories, and still do. Her nieces and nephews have always been a focus for celebration and joy. One day in 1989, everything changed for the tight-knit family when Liz's 5-year-old nephew Chris developed a lump in his throat. Having seen two different GPs, initially little Chris was thought to have a cold or croup, however a third GP urgently referred him to an Ear Nose & Throat Specialist. Chris never made the appointment. That night, he developed breathing difficulties and things took a frightening turn. The next day Chris’ parents took him to Camperdown Children’s Hospital (now The Children's Hospital at Westmead). Chris was immediately admitted through emergency, a biopsy of the lump was taken and on further examination it turned out to be more sinister than anyone could have imagined. Little Chris was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. The diagnosis rocked the tight-knit family.

Liz is grateful for her nephew's recovery. He is now grown, has a career and is married with a daughter of his own. He is everything his aunt could have hoped for and more, and this is why Liz is leaving a gift in her Will to Sydney Children's Hospitals Foundation (SCHF). "Many years have passed with Chris being cancer free and I felt it necessary to acknowledge Sydney Children's Hospitals Foundation with a bequest gift in my Will. My hope for the future is for professional quality care to always be readily available for sick children... my decision to give back feels very rewarding'' - says Liz.

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No matter what the future throws at us, gifts in Wills help us look after tomorrow’s children, ensuring they have access to the best healthcare possible, whenever and wherever they need it. Together, we can go all in for kids’ health. Together, we can change lives. Please, consider leaving a gift in your Will to Sydney Children's Hospitals Foundation.

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Councillor Scott Bennison, Mayor of Lane Cove P: 0402 406 241



As the Mayor, my first message is to extend New Year wishes to all Lane Cove residents. Additionally, I want to remind everyone that Council elections are scheduled for September this year, where you will have the opportunity to elect your new Council members for the next four years. It's important to recognise that effective leadership at the top influences the future responsibility and direction of Lane Cove. At the December Council meeting Council unanimously voted to change the process through which Councillors request information from staff. This adjustment aligns with the updated legal requirements related to the assessment and management of psychosocial hazards at work. It's essential to highlight that Councillors can still seek the same information; however, requests will now be directed through the General Manager. I recently enjoyed the opportunity to drop by Synergy Youth Centre located underneath the pool grandstand. This is an excellent Council facility that provides important support to some of our younger members of Lane Cove. From school holiday programs to regular term activities, I encourage young people to head along to check out what’s happening. We’re also organising a Battle of the Bands for Youth Week in April. If you are interested in volunteering your time, gaining experience in organising a music event or you’re a muso keen on performing, get in touch with our Youth Team on

 Citizenship Ceremony and Australia Day celebrations

January 26 was an exciting day with more than 100 people choosing Australia Day and Lane Cove to become Australian Citizens, noting that two families came from France and India to take part in their children’s citizenship ceremonies. It is not Australia Day without some classic Aussie music, a sausage sizzle from Rotary, an address by Australia Day Ambassador, Jason Sotiris, founder of SuperTee, and a visit from local comedian, Paul Fenech. Please see our website or Facebook for photos. I also hope that residents enjoyed the cover band ‘Oils Ain’t Oils’ and the screening of the final of the Australian Open.

 Lunar New Year celebrations

I hope the community enjoys the opportunity to share in Lunar New Year celebrations as part of our Sunset in the Village program. Join us in the Plaza on Friday 9 February for lots of fun activities, music and a special lion dance which then moves through to The Canopy. We’ll also be celebrating the Year of the Dragon at Wadanggari Park on Saturday 24 February with a range of family-friendly activities.

Enjoying a game of pool at Synergy at Youth Centre.

 Update on Tree Vandalism in Longueville

Although we cannot provide detailed specifics at this time, the ongoing investigations into the extensive removal of trees along the foreshore at Longueville are progressing well. In response, Council will soon be installing suitable banners to obstruct any new views resulting from the habitat destruction. Additionally, a bush regeneration plan for the affected area is currently being prepared. Continued over - on page 24 >

Did you know?

Flags are displayed at sports fields to help dog owners know when their dogs are allowed on the oval. ⊲ NO FLAG = allowed off-leash on oval ⊲ RED FLAG = not allowed on the oval This helps keep athletes and dogs safe. The flags are also used when Council staff and contractors are working on the ovals. TVO 23

What’s on Lane Cove February 2024

Sustainability and Mindful Macrame Workshop

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Saturday 10 February, 1:00pm to 4:00pm, Lane Cove Library

 Upgraded Playgrounds

In the coming months Council will be upgrading equipment at three local playgrounds. If you live near Nichols Reserve, Woodford Bay or Coxs Lane then keep an eye out for on-site signage as to when works will be taking place.

Learn about the mindful art of macrame and be guided by a sustainability mentor. You’ll leave with a beautiful macrame plant hanger to cherish and remind you of your sustainability promise. $10 per person. Book online:

 Lane Cove North Speed Reduction Proposal

If you live in Lane Cove North and have yet to let us know what you think of the proposal to install traffic calming devices to reduce the speed limit to 40km/h, please do so by 18 February 2024. Find out more at www.haveyoursay.lanecove.nsw.

 Pottery Green Amenities Upgrade

Lunar New Year

Friday 9 February, 3:30pm - 6:00pm, Lane Cove Plaza and The Canopy Bring in the Year of the Dragon at this special event featuring a range of activities and live performances in the Plaza. Pak Hok Kung Fu will perform their special lion dance.

Tuesday 13 February, 6:30pm – 8:00pm, online

Explore how to design for resilience and comfort, the first webinar in our ‘Introduction to Sustainable Building’ series.

We are getting ready for our next live music performances at The Canopy, including Taylor Swift and Cold Chisel tribute shows. Stay tuned for the latest updates on these events by visiting Council’s website. It's the best source for up-to-date information on Council activities in your area.

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Learn how to do basic maintenance checks on your vehicle and leave feeling confident in looking after your car.

Introduction to Sustainable Building: Designing for Resilience

 Upcoming events

The next Council meeting will be held on Thursday 22 February followed by Thursday 21 March 2024. Members of the public can register to address Council by using the online form no later than midnight, on the day prior to the meeting. Details:

Sunday 11 February, 12:00pm - 2:00pm, Lane Cove Council Carpark

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The amenities building at Pottery Green Oval has been the source of repeated vandalism and has unfortunately been closed unless sporting matches have been taking place. We look forward to constructing a new amenities block in the next few months. At the same time we’re also upgrading the field lighting to include LED lights.

 Next Council Meetings

Hands-on Car Maintenance Workshop

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Library Lovers’ Day

Wednesday 14 February, Lane Cove, St Leonards and Greenwich libraries

Film Screening – How to Train Your Dragon (PG)

Friday 9 February, 6:00pm - 7:30pm, The Canopy Join us for a special free film screening of How To Train Your Dragon (PG). Bring your own picnic or purchase delicious takeaway from local businesses to continue your Lunar New Year celebrations. No booking required.

Celebrate Library Lovers’ Day by discovering a love for a mystery author, book or genre. Maybe borrow a mystery book and movie double act? Mystery delights also include a Library Lovers’ Day takeaway craft bag.

What’s on Lane Cove February 2024

Moments in Music – History of Early Music: Romantic and Before Wednesday 21 February, 10:00am – 12:00pm, Lane Cove Library

Join local musician, Graham Ball, for a discussion on the fascinating development of western classical music in Europe during the Dark Ages until the end of the 19th century. Book online:

Lane Cove and Sydney Mardi Gras

Friday 16 February – Sunday 3 March The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival is a demonstration of the amazing power of passion, creativity and community. Lane Cove Council is proud to be a part of the 2024 celebrations celebrating the theme of ‘Our Future’. Visit: to see what is happening as part of this celebration.

Lunar New Year at Wadanggari Park

Saturday 24 February, Wadanggari Park, St Leonards, 3:00pm onwards Bring in the Year of the Dragon at this special event featuring a range of activities including a special lion dance by Pak Hok Kung Fu. Details:

In Conversation with Liz Foster and Ber Carroll Tuesday 20 February, 6:15pm – 7:30pm, Lane Cove Library

Hear Liz Foster, columnist for The Village Observer, discuss her debut novel, The Good Woman's Guide to Making Better Choices, in a Q&A session with IrishAustralian author, Ber Carroll. Book online:

Come and Try Bushcare

Saturday 2 March, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Moore Street Bushcare site Join our friendly team to discover common native and exotic plants and be prepared to tackle a few weeds! A perfect opportunity to give Bushcare a go – no experience needed, all tools and equipment provided. Book online:

Living with Trees

Sunday 9 March, 9:00am – 10:30am, Tambourine Bay Park

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Join us for an insightful walk and talk about living in harmony with trees. You will be led by a qualified arborist through Tambourine Bay Park and into Warraroon Reserve, learning about the benefits, common myths and fun facts about trees. Book online: TVO 25

Lane Cove Local Business Update There’s plenty happening in Lane Cove for local businesses this year. Read the below Council update to discover exciting opportunities, forge connections with others and find ways to elevate your business in 2024. Interested in more business news? Sign up to our local business e-newsletter at Advertising opportunities available at Market Square

Love Where You Shop

Does your business accept the Lane Cove Gift Card? The Lane Cove Gift Card can be redeemed at nearly 100 shops, cafes, restaurants, and other retail outlets in Lane Cove! Don’t miss out on the opportunity for locals to spend with you; sign up to accept the Lane Cove Gift Card by visiting

If you’re looking for ways to reach new customers this year, advertising space is now available at the Market Square Car Park. With a turnover of nearly 3,000 vehicles each day, it’s a great way to connect with locals. Find out more by visiting au/lovewhereyoushop

4 ways to get solar and electrify your local business Is becoming a more sustainable business a goal for you this year? Here are four ways you can make that goal a reality: 1. Solar for Business – receive independent, expert advice and a solar feasibility study to identify opportunities to lower your electricity bill. 2. Community Renewables Program – share renewable energy with your neighbours. 3. Sustainability Rebates – apply for up to $1,000 for solar, batteries, electric vehicle chargers and rainwater tanks.

Join us for our next free Business Breakfast! Celebrate International Women’s Day on Wednesday 6 March at our next free Business Breakfast. As always, there’ll be a guest speaker to inspire you as well as the opportunity to network with other business owners. Visit for more details.

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4. Building Upgrade Finance – get a cashflow positive funding agreement for environmental upgrades to your building. Visit greenbusiness to learn more.

Make a difference this Clean Up Australia Day Local businesses are invited to join us for a Business Clean Up Australia Day event on Tuesday 27 February at Manns Point, Greenwich. Contribute to building a cleaner environment and a stronger sense of community, whilst engaging with your staff. Please RSVP by visiting

Sing your sustainability achievements from the treetops! Share your sustainability success with the world (well, starting with Lane Cove!) by applying to be a part of our Sustainable Business Case Studies. If selected, we’ll share your story to inspire your neighbours and increase recognition of your achievements.

Is your business in Lane Cove West Business Park? Council would like to understand some of the sustainability challenges and opportunities for businesses in Lane Cove West. Scan the QR code below to complete this short survey on the sustainability achievements and goals for your business.


Talking Dentistry This month we’re talking restorative dentistry with Dr Andrew See who combines passion, artistic flare and extensive knowledge of dentistry to answer any questions you may have. He has advanced training in aesthetic and implant dentistry.

Reader’s question: “I have a front tooth that is broken down to the gum line. I have seen people with dental implants on a front tooth and they look fake. Is there a way to make them look better?”


BDS Hons (Syd), FRACDS, MSc(Lond), PGDipDentImplantology, FCGDENT(UK), FICOI, MFDS RCSEng

Dr See says: In the world of aesthetic and implant dentistry, achieving natural results for dental implants requires artistic precision and a deep understanding of the intricacies of natural tooth and gum characteristics. Today, we delve into a real-life case where old veneers and an infected broken-down front tooth at the gum line were expertly replaced, showcasing our dedication to delivering the best in natural cosmetic dentistry. Many people who have undergone implant dental work in the aesthetic zone are familiar with the frustration of unnatural results. Dental implants can sometimes appear unnatural because they lack the soft tissue (gum) volume that a natural tooth has. This can be disheartening for patients who desire subtlety and elegance, not an overly artificial look. Catherine, came to us with this exact issue. Her old veneers were not only worn and broken down, but a front tooth had suffered catastrophic damage at the gum line. Catherine, like many discerning individuals, sought a solution that would not only restore the functionality of her teeth but also deliver a naturally beautiful result that harmonized with her overall appearance. Understanding Catherine’s concerns and her desire for natural results, we embarked on a comprehensive treatment plan. The process involved the following steps: • Minor orthodontics to move teeth into a more natural position. • Extracting the failing front tooth and implant placement with immediate temporary implant crown so she wasn’t without a tooth and we could protect the existing gums from collapsing and disappearing. • Replacing the old veneers with new Porcelain Veneers and an Implant Porcelain Crown. The new veneers and dental implant seamlessly blended with Catherine's facial aesthetics and personality. For discerning patients who seek the best in aesthetic and implant dentistry, achieving natural results is possible. Our commitment to artistry, precision, and patient satisfaction ensures that every smile we transform or tooth we replace is one of a kind that is in harmony with you. If you are looking for an aesthetic dentist who excels in creating naturally beautiful smiles, we invite you to experience the difference with us. We understand that your smile is your signature, and our team is here to help you make it as remarkable as you are. Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

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HOW ARE WE DIFFERENT? Dr Andrew See has dedicated the last 20 years to Aesthetic Dentistry and has unique qualifications in cosmetic dentistry and rehabilitation. This includes a three year Masters in Aesthetic Dentistry from the prestigious King’s College London and a Postgraduate Diploma in Dental Implantology. Dr See completed his Fellowship by primary and secondary examinations for The Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons (FRACDS). FRACDS is the mark of professional achievement in dentistry and demonstrates attainment of an advanced level and skill in Dentistry.

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Medications - when is it a good time to introduce them? It needs to be first said that there are amazing health and wellbeing benefits to leading a drug-free life, and an ongoing life goal to reduce the need for medication use is desirable. It is also a personal edict that I try to strive for with my patients. But what if this is not enough, or even potentially detrimental to both our quality of life and our overall lifespan? Preventing another stroke or heart attack immediately come to mind, and this is where medications have their place. I have appreciated this more since I changed career paths from being a pharmacist, albeit several decades ago now! In Australia, we are lucky to have access to the highest quality medications at relative affordable costs. The Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) which began back in 1948 is the federal government’s program to provide affordable medications to Australians. The good thing is that many available prescription medications fall under this scheme (notable common exceptions are many oral contraceptive pills, weight loss and chronic pain medications). If you have a Medicare card (or if you an overseas resident from a country with a reciprocal agreement with Australia), you are entitled to subsidised medications often at a significantly discounted cost to the consumer. Consumers pay a co-payment contribution. From 1 January 2024, you may pay up to $31.60 for most PBS medicines, or $7.70 if you have a concession card. Our government pays the remaining cost difference. These cost differences that the government pays for us can be substantial. Otherwise, a COVID-19 antiviral medication costs over $1000. Some anti-cancer medications cost over $10,000. Approval for even more expensive medications require hospital committee and government consensus and are made on a case-by-case basis. Many medications, usually those which have been available for a long time, including many antibiotics, are much cheaper. In these cases, there are no government subsidies and pharmacies pass on processing fee costs to the consumer. These capped fees often vary between pharmacies depending on the medication and certain market forces.

HERE ARE SOME FURTHER THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT MEDICATIONS: Brand premium vs generics? All new medications must be thoroughly tested before they are licenced and available to Australian consumers. They undergo several clinical trials, often first on animal models and then studied on people. This process can take as long as 10 to 15 years to complete. Pharmaceutical companies are businesses and so need to recoup the money spent for years 28 TVO

Dr Carl Wong is a Lane Cove-based GP and sits on the board of Sydney Community Services.

of research and development. Their licence patent period is limited and after that other companies can make cheaper generic brands of the same base drug. To get the original, the consumer will need to pay a brand price premium cost. Generics may be a different colour or shape, but legally must provide the same therapeutic effect as the original. There are so many generic types on the market that it can become confusing. If you are on multiple different medications, I would recommend to sticking to your preferred same brand each time you get a refill prescription, to reduce the chance of medication errors.

Medication dosing Some tips: four times a day is not the same as being instructed to take something every six hours. Being instructed to take something on an empty stomach is usually to assist with drug absorption (typically at least half hour before or two hours after food) – typical examples are iron and thyroid supplements and certain antibiotics. Some drugs work better when taken in the morning, others at night.

Medication timing and fasting blood tests As a general rule, all morning dose medications can be still taken. Some exceptions relate to when checking for correct drug blood levels and compliance, including anti-epilepsy medications.

Medications before procedures and surgery This is individualised and is best spoken with your health professional. For example, blood thinning and diabetes medications often need to have dose adjustments or even with-holding.

Adverse reaction (side effects) vs drug allergy? All drugs have side effects. Even simple paracetamol when taken in excessive quantities can lead to liver damage and is one of the most common query concerns made to the Poisons Information Centre hotline (Ph 13 11 26). Some side effects are common, mild and short-lived (eg cough, nausea, headaches and loose bowel motions) whilst others are rare but potentially dangerous. Googling a medication’s shoppinglist length of side effects can be counterproductive and can detrimentally deter one from starting a new drug. This is a particularly common psychological hurdle for consumers when it comes to antidepressants. If in doubt or have concerns, ask your doctor or pharmacist for professional individualised advice.

A drug allergy may range from only a common mild side effect to actually a life-threatening reaction, constituting an absolute contra-indication against future use. Clarity on this is vital. A common pitfall is an adult recalling being told they were ‘penicillin allergic’ as a child but with no further information; a penicillin allergy is recorded in their medical file, thus denying future use of a commonly used antibiotic Quartet: potentially unnecessarily.

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DUO “AMUSE-BOUCHE” ACCENT STRINGS: BACH TO BEATLES Dr. Michael Duke (Saxophone) and Dr. Michael Kluger (Accordion)

Jane Stanley – Violin. Kram – Violin. “Amuse-Bouche” translatesLeo to a small savoury item of food served as an appetizer before a meal. These two – Cello. Neil Thompson – Viola. Emily Palethorpe virtuosic performers take you on a musical journey,

Common combination problems are blood pressure and anti-inflammatory medications, heart and asthma traversing sophisticated Parisian cafes, through bustling Accent Strings is delighted to present a program beginning with medications, and blood thinners like warfarin. Always check Italian brasseries and into throbbing Argentinian nightclubs. music from the Baroque Classical periods with your doctor or pharmacist for advice when prescribedsome wonderful They will present the authentic musicand of the streets with any new medications. unbridled including works of passion…. Bach, Vivaldi and Mozart, followed by a

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selection of contemporary pieces which willatget your feet tapping. Tuesday 12th March 2024, 7.30pm. These will include popular numbers by the Beatles, Leonard Cohen, VENUE: LCM Anglican Church, 19 Rosenthal Cyndi Lauper,Avenue Elton John other millennial favourites. Laneand Cove, behind the Post Office and opposite The Canopy Car Park.

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Tuesday 20th February 2024 via our website All of the above can greatly affect the eventual choice of aLCM Anglican Church (St. Andrew’s), medication and the dosing amount. Paediatric dosing will 19 Rosenthal Avenue, Lane Cove, behind the Post Office. usually be calculated by body weight. Become a subscriber and enjoy six 2024 concerts for $90, Free parking opposite at The Canopy Pensioner concession $55. Limited admission at the door When used wisely and in partnership with yourself and your the night, online bookings preferred. health professional, medications have their role in diseaseBookingson with TryBooking, via our Tickets at the door (cashaccessed only) : $30 visitor, $10website student. from: prevention, maintenance of good health and treatment of th Tuesday Enquiries 18 Aprilwelcome 2023: 9428 4287. problems. They are not always needed, but when used can make a significant positive impact to one’s life. Further 2024 Concerts, all Tuesdays at 7.30pm: Limited admission (cash only) at the door on the night, online 14th May, 25th Jun, 13th Aug, 8th Oct, 26th Nov.

bookings preferred. Adults $30, Students $10 - enquiries are welcome at 9428 4287. Future 2023 Concerts, all Tuesdays at 7.30pm: 20th June, 8th August, 10th October, 28th November.


arks Family Law are specialist family lawyers with extensive experience in both simple and complex family law cases. Our philosophy is to assist families going through a separation as amicably as possible. We understand that each family is different and requires a personalised approach to navigate the next phase of their family’s story. Our approach is tailored to meet the needs of all family members, including couples who are separating, but also family members that are effected by a separation. We are here to assist your family through each step of the family law process, from preparing a prenuptial agreement, the initial separation, attending a mediation, and if required the court process. Our Director, Catherine Parks, has been a Family Lawyer for 20 years, she has attained accreditation as Family Law Specialist, is an accredited mediator, Family Dispute Resolution practitioner, parenting co-ordinator and is a member of the Australian Association of Collaborative Professionals. Catherine has experience assisting families through the litigation process, and also as an independent mediator. She has extensive experience in complex financial and parenting matters. Our Associate, Paniz Yazdi, has worked exclusively in Family Law for over 8 years. In addition to her experience as a Family Lawyer, Paniz has experience working as an associate to a Judge, in both Division 1 and 2 of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia, and as a Deputy Registrar of the Court. Her combined experience in private practice and the Court gives her a unique ability to assist families through the Court process. Paniz is an accredited mediator and is currently undergoing training to become a Family Dispute Resolution practitioner.

Catherine Parks Director

Parks Family Law is excited to invite you to a free Q&A Zoom Meeting

How decisions are made about the care of children in the Family Law System 7pm, 28th February 2024 Catherine and Paniz will happily answer your family law questions. We understand that privacy may be a concern—if you wish to remain anonymous please advise us when you register. Register your interest by emailing: (02) 9638 7480 | Suite 3, 37 Alexandra Street, Hunters Hill, NSW, 2110 Level 21, 133 Castlereagh Street, Sydney, TVONSW, 29 2000

What’s On: Gallery Lane Cove + Creative Studios

Transcendence Curated by Simon Chan 31 January – 24 February Lunar New Year in 2024 is a time to celebrate the Year of the Dragon. It is also a time to reflect upon the cultural diversity of Australian life. Transcendence features eleven Chinese Australian artists who navigate their cross-cultural journey mediating cultural differences and exploring their identity, heritage and tradition through their own different personal artistic expression and creativity. Part of Gallery Lane Cove + Creative Studios' Guest Curator Program.

Opening Event: Wednesday 7 February, 6-8pm Matt Cox, curator of Asian Art Provenance at the Art Gallery of NSW, will be opening the exhibition. Attend the opening event, meet the artists and enjoy some refreshments. Public program details at Artists: Bingbing Chen, Claudia Chan Shaw, Fan Dongwang, Dapeng Liu, Jayanto Tan, Laurens Tan, NC Qin, Pamela See, Wang Lan, Wang Xu, William Yang

JIM HAYNES OAM At the Podium

7pm Tues Feb 27 Lane Cove Library Enquiries: 0418 276 365

Jim Haynes OAM guest speaker on at the Podium this February WORDS: DR K LEIPER (Lane Cove Historical Society) Lane Cove Historical Society kicks off its ‘At the Podium’ program of guest speakers at the Lane Cove Library this February with the inimitable Jim Haynes. Jim's latest book, Heroes, Rebels and Radicals of Convict Australia [Allen and Unwin 2023] spins the yarns in the same way that has made him famous and on 27 February from 7pm he'll be recounting the intriguing histories of a pretty outrageous cast of characters who all made their mark on early Colonial Australia. From Joseph Banks, the true founder of the colony, to Pemulwuy the Bidjigal freedom fighter; from the wild colonial boy John Donohue to Tasmania's Lady Jane Franklin and many more—their tenacity, bravery, defiance or just plain cussedness carved their rightful places into the nation-building landscape. The extraordinary social and cultural schisms of this convict period will be treated with the humour and insight that only Jim can evoke. What was it like living in Australia from 1788 to 1870? You can be sure Jim will paint a colourful and witty picture. His gift with words brings to history an entertaining slant and his love of uniquely Australian idioms never fails to bring a smile to his listeners. Haynes is a multi-talented writer, poet, songwriter, singer and hilarious historian with a host of memorable moments over the decades of his broadcast career in television, radio and live stage performances. His novelty songs have won numerous awards at the Tamworth Country Music Festival. His books include: Great Australian Rascals, Rogues & Ratbags; Adventurers, Pioneers & Misfits; Great Furphies of Australian History; The Big Book of Australia's War Stories. His novelty songs have won numerous awards at the Tamworth Country Music Festival. Who will ever forget Weelabarabak for Me, Don't Call Wagga Wagga, Wagga (with Greg Champion and Ted Egan) and Since Cheryl Went Feral (with Roger Corbett). If you haven't come across these before, just search You Tube. I'm sure he will be thoroughly entertaining and informative when he's At the Podium this February. COME AND JOIN US: it's free with welcoming wines and cheese platters. Tuesday 27 February from 7pm to 9pm at the Lane Cove Library. ENQUIRIES: 0418 276 365 www.lanecovehistorial

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Love may not be all you need… I would do anything for love –well almost anything. After all, healthy boundaries are a necessary component for self-care, aren’t they? Without boundaries, we’d feel depleted, taken advantage of, taken for granted, or intruded upon. Four ‘Cs’. Last summer beneath Paris' Eiffel Tower, it hit us: let go of control, stop comparing, quit complaining, and ditch criticism. Choosing curiosity over the four Cs became our family mantra, fostering authenticity and growth. As we farewelled the iconic tower, a fresh perspective embraced us. Moving forward with happiness, the Eiffel Tower transformed from a landmark to a symbol of our curiosity commitment. It ensures a forever view through a bright, enlightened lens, marking a meaningful shift for our family. In Aussie spirit, we learned: less fuss, more curiosity, and the Eiffel Tower will always hold that special magic. Arc.817 – Lane Cove

"Dorothy stood at the vanity, fine toothed comb in hand, teasing her hair, as the wind and rain violently rattled the window. “Hurry up, Dotty, we’re gonna be late for Big Mama’s Tupperware party!” Ernie reminded her, but she kept working on her hairstyle. Her concentration broke when the alarm signal sounded. Hurricane Lurline was headed for Northern Florida. “Dotty, we gotta evacuate. Go to the storm cellar, now!” Ernie shouted. She calmly assessed her handiwork, then pulled out the big guns, two cans of hair lacquer. The roof might blow off tonight, but her bouffant wouldn’t budge an inch." Perihan Bozkurt – Lane Cove. This is a tribute to their late Aunt Dorothy, a real Southern belle.

Whether it's at work or in our personal relationships, poor boundaries can lead to resentment, hurt, anger, and burnout. In today’s fast-paced world, we often find ourselves juggling multiple responsibilities and commitments, leaving little time for ourselves. It’s easy to fall into the trap of saying yes to everything and neglecting our own needs. However, this constant giving without taking a break can have negative consequences on our mental health and wellbeing. That’s why setting boundaries and saying no is essential for maintaining a healthy work-life balance and protecting our mental wellbeing. Boundaries help us create a healthy balance between our personal needs and the demands of the outside world. They help us to express to others what we think is acceptable or unacceptable and help us express our needs in an assertive but not an aggressive way. So perhaps it’s no surprise that people with solid boundaries tend to have lower levels of stress and higher self-esteem. Setting healthy boundaries can be challenging, especially if you’re used to putting other people’s needs before your own. However, with practice and patience, you can learn to establish and maintain healthy boundaries that support your wellbeing. Some ways to set healthy boundaries include identifying your needs and priorities, communicating clearly and assertively, learning to say no when necessary, avoiding people and situations that drain your energy, prioritising self-care, and seeking support when needed. It’s important to remember that setting boundaries is not selfish, but rather a necessary step towards maintaining a healthy and fulfilling life. Setting boundaries takes practice: If you are struggling to make sense of your boundaries, it may help to talk to a registered professional. Oh, and Happy Saint Valentine’s Day ; )

Cultivating wellbeing is just one of the things we do. Want to know more? Come and join the conversation where all are welcome, and all means ALL.

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What I watched on TV… Our beloved TV aficionado, Stephen Miller, returns for another exciting year with his latest recommendations for must-watch television. Count on him to curate the finest shows and unveil hidden gems, ensuring your screen time is not only enjoyable but also worthwhile.

All the Light We Cannot See (Netflix)

Pørni – Series 1–4 (SBS OnDemand)

Vigil – Series 2 (Binge and Foxtel Now)

The Twelve: The Cinderella Murder (SBS OnDemand)

David Holmes – The Boy Who Lived (Binge and Foxtel Now)

Loudermilk – Series 1–3 (Netflix)

This 4-episode series stands out as an exceptional production that transcends typical TV fare. Set in a Nazi-occupied French town, it offers a unique perspective on historical events. Focused on the search for a blind young woman symbolising resistance and a young Nazi compelled to pursue her, the series intricately weaves two distinct life stories. The radio serves as a crucial link between them, connecting past subplots to present war scenes. ★★★★★ Why you should watch it: The lead actress—a genuine blind talent without acting experience— delivers a captivating performance.

Twelve ordinary citizens are summoned for jury duty and thrust into a murder case. This gripping series seamlessly weaves together the courtroom drama and the personal lives of the twelve jurors. With a well-crafted storyline and exceptional acting, each episode keeps you on edge as suspicions and alliances shift in unexpected directions. It’s a riveting journey, keeping the courtroom moments and storyline twists thoroughly engaging. ★★★★½ Why you should watch it: In the tradition of The Twelve (Series 1), but a brand new storyline.

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Pørni, akin to Norwegian Better Things, follows a single mother, Pørni, as she navigates the challenges of caring for her three children, an elderly father, and those she encounters in her child welfare role. The show masterfully weaves humour, awkwardness, and poignant sadness into each 30-minute episode, offering a compelling exploration of the dilemmas faced when striving to do right by loved ones and oneself. ★★★★½ Why you should watch it: You will fall in love with the characters immediately.

This documentary film traces the coming-of-age journey of stuntman David Holmes, a remarkable teenage gymnast chosen to be Daniel Radcliffe's stunt double in the initial Harry Potter film. Their inseparable bond evolves over a decade until a tragic on-set accident leaves David paralysed. As Daniel and fellow stunt professionals unite to aid David and his family, the story highlights David's exceptional resilience as their ultimate source of strength and inspiration. ★★★★★ Why you should watch it: A really enjoyable, quietly inspiring, portrait of immense stoicism.

In the second season of Vigil, a rogue pilot targets Wudyani officials and British troops who are testing the capabilities of an RPAS drone (Remotely Piloted Aircraft System), leading to a massacre in Scotland. The initial accusations are directed towards the purported terrorist organisation Jabhat Al Huriya, who are said to have used a stolen console in the attack. When DCI Silva is dispatched to investigate, she uncovers a more complex plot that casts suspicion on Jabhat Al Huriya's role. ★★★½ Why you should watch it: Despite the gripping action sequences, the storyline is a tad implausible.

Loudermilk impressively showcases sharp writing and occasionally laugh-out-loud humour, which lays the groundwork for Ron Livingston's outstanding central performance. Livingston is impeccably suited for his role in this delightful dark comedy, tracing the transformation from rock critic into a recovering alcoholic. Loudermilk offers viewers a highly engaging and entertaining bingeworthy experience. ★★★★½ Why you should watch it: A witty dark comedy with authentic performances.

We get you to where you need to go EXPANDED SOCIAL OUTINGS CALENDAR We've added lots of new destinations and activities to our 2024 Social Outings Calendar:

Scenic Drives to historic Windsor, the Royal

National Park, Long Reef Headland & more Coffee Chat Time meet ups with friends at local cafes

Art Gallery, Library & Shopping Centre visits

New lunch venues such as The Fiddler at Rouse Hill

Download our full Social Outings Calendar for February 2024 from our website today!

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Wonder Woman or Miracle worker: You be the Judge! Gemma Sisia “Overcoming Poverty through Education"


This is the story of a young woman, Gemma Rice, from a farming community in Guyra NSW. She was educated In Inverell and at St. Vincent’s College in Potts Point. She attended Melbourne University graduating with a Degree in Science with Honours, she then went on to gain a Diploma of Education, after which she volunteered to teach at a school in Uganda. During this time she met a tour guide Richard Sisia whom she would eventually marry in 2001 after a seven year courtship. Richard was the son of a Masai Chieftain. As the friendship grew he suggested she come to Tanzania and start a school for the poor children. If she was interested his father would give her the land to build on. Gemma having seven brothers was always up for a challenge, so returning to Australia she sought support from local Rotary Clubs, this led to her being invited to speak at a Rotary District Conference. In a moving presentation she outlined her plan to start a school for children of the poorest of the poor providing free quality education. From that day Rotary was on board. Eventually Rotarians from Armidale, Tamworth and Inverell would travel to Tanzania and build the first 3 classrooms just outside the city of Arusha. Shortly afterwards seven couples from Gosford North Rotary would help build three more classrooms and Gemma’s brother a builder would spend several months at the school teaching locals the required skills. Come 2002 the School of St Jude opened with 3 students and a volunteer Teacher, Angela Bailey from Coogee. Gemma had rules about who could gain a place in the School of St Jude if the child’s home had running water, electricity, then the family was too rich. Only one child per family could be accepted for a free education. Move forward to 2022 and St Jude’s is providing a totally free education to 1800 students, by free I mean free tuition, free uniforms, free transport, free hot lunch for day students. All Secondary students are Boarders. There a now three Campuses, Sisia, a primary school, Moivaro a Girls Boarding School, Smith a Boys boarding school to 4th Form, Co-Ed for Forms 5 and 6. St. Jude’s has a strong focus on STEM subjects i.e. Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. There are 17,000 Primary schools in Tanzania but only 800 Secondary Schools. Only 34% of girls complete form 4 of secondary school. St Jude’s is in the top 5% of all schools in Tanzania. The Rotary Club of Hunters Hill has had involvement since the beginning, sponsoring two teachers and a student (now just two teachers) and some member have sponsored privately. In 2010 my late wife Lyn and I visited the School, we visited the homes and met the families of two sponsored students, had lunch with our sponsored teachers, lunched with the students and the sewing ladies who are tasked with repairing uniforms, sat in on some classes and travelled home with the students on the school bus. It is inspiring to talk with the students and learn of their aspirations, aiming to be Doctors, Lawyers, Engineers, Pilots, Accountants etc. whilst knowing that without Gemma’s miracle working skills they would have a life of Poverty. On our final day we had lunch with Gemma and Kim Saville, Deputy Head and during lunch Gemma stated that her aim was to get her students to University. I was surprised by this aim and thought to myself “In your dreams Gemma” How wrong was I? 97% of St Jude’s Graduates go on to Higher Education on the Beyond St. Jude’s program. Compare this to National Average, only 3.1% of tertiary age students are enrolled in higher education. Currently there are 360 St Jude students studying at 40 Universities in 14 Countries plus 400 graduates from Tertiary Education. GAP YEAR. After graduating High School, students are required, as a thank you for a free education, to volunteer in the Community or the school. Many of the gifted students choose to teach in the Public system where there is a shortage of teachers and resources. Class sizes of 100 are not uncommon. Come and hear this amazing person when she speaks at The Hunters Hill Rotary Club on Tuesday 27th February 2024. Gemma will be accompanied by two ex-students, Suleiman who graduated as a Doctor in 2021 and Winnie an International Business Administration graduate who won a scholarship and studied in Kenya .


St. Andrew’s Uniting Church Longueville 47A Kenneth Street, Longueville

CENTENARY SERVICE 100 year Anniversary

Everyone is welcome to join us as we celebrate the first service in our beautiful Church Sanctuary, which was officially opened 100 years ago, on 3 February 1924. Worship Service on Sunday 4 February 2024 at 9:30am, followed by morning tea in the adjacent War Memorial Hall. ALL WELCOME!

Pizza + Movie Nights

@ Longueville UC Hall, 47A Kenneth St, Longueville. TIME : 6.30pm Pizza; 7.15pm Movie. • 6 February - Penguin Bloom (2020) Australian drama based on the true story of the Bloom family and their interaction with a magpie named Penguin. • 5 March - Falling for Figaro (2021) Romantic comedy set in the beautiful Scottish highlands, starring Joanna Lumley, Danielle Macdonald and Hugh Skinner . “ To find your voice, sing from the heart ". Bookings: 9428 4287 or 9427 4740. Cost $12 – the best value pizza/movie combo anywhere ! BYO drinks

Time 4U Every Wednesday

@ 10am till Noon. Cost $5.00 @ Longueville Uniting Church Hall, 47A Kenneth St, Longueville. Friendly and fun mornings with homemade morning tea, discussion and board games in Longueville UC Hall, 47A Kenneth St, Longueville. All are welcome to come and join us. . Enquiries : Chris on 9428 4287


WHEN: every second Sunday. Feb - Nov. COST: $50 CONTACT: or


A belated, Happy New Year to all our valued clients and the Lane Cove Community. We trust you enjoyed the festive season with your family and friends. After a short Christmas break, the Travel Agency has hit the ground running and back into the swing of things, with a lot of upcoming departures and future travel plans. Debbi and her daughter Courtney, along with the extended Ashes tribe returned in early 2024 from their annual trip to Vanuatu, taking with them over 200kg of donations – clothes, toys, laptops and phones. These were donated to the local villages, Erakor resort staff, Erakor Village School as well as the children’s ward at Port Vila hospital. They have commenced collecting for the next visit to Vanuatu in December 2024. Thank you to those who contributed, any monetary donation received was used to buy clothes for distribution. If you would like to contribute to their next visit; computers, iPads, phones, new clothes, toys and shoes for either adults or children, they will be accepted with open arms! It is very much appreciated.

the plaza, it was time for a refresh and upgrade after nearly three decades at the top of the plaza. We are looking to open in March/April, the new space will offer more privacy for client meetings and the ability for you to enjoy a coffee, tea or even a beer or champagne whilst discussing your upcoming holiday.

If you wish to discuss your travel plans, meetings will still be held by appointment only, so please email or call us today to book in a time to chat. We’re happy to do after hours for appointments. Although we’re moving, our phone number and email is not! P: 02 9418 6866 E:

In other exciting news, we are moving! After 28 years, Debbi, Courtney and the team are moving the location of Helloworld Travel Lane Cove. With a generous upgrade of space, the new office will be double the size. Situated in a prime location, opposite Harris Farm on the corner of The Village in

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Hunters Hill Theatre launches 2024 season Following a lengthy and rigorous process by the Hunters Hill Theatre Selection Panel, the 2024 season is now locked in and promises to offer something for everyone.

about the Red Barn murder in Suffolk. Beth Flintoff tells the story of Maria Marten, who was shot in 1827 in the village of Polstead, and buried for a year before her remains were found. Focusing on her life rather than her death, Flintoff restores dignity to Maria, who became the grim fascination of public gossip after her murder. What was the truth behind her murder? Why was she killed, and who was responsible? The play focuses on Maria’s life and celebrates the solidarity of female friendship through a joyous mix of storytelling, dance and laughter. We get the pleasure of seeing Maria be happy. It’s the halfway point in the year and we have an English comedy-thriller of the highest order. A thriller writer indulges in vitriolic word duels with his estranged wife until she shoots him. An amateur detective from the next flat attempts to solve the murder before calling the police. More deadly games are in store when the corpse rises and the tables are turned more than once for the victim and the killers. An author is murdered by his ex-wife who has orchestrated it very carefully with help of his publisher. Or did she? The amateur detective next door thinks that he has it solved. Or has he?

First cab off the rank (or should we say first jet off the runway?) is Boeing Boeing, an all-time favourite comedy/ farce that was revived on the London stage in 2007.

ageing mother (Maggie) and her two sons Arthur and Robbie. It explores various issues (which most people will be familiar with) that involve the vulnerability of the elderly, ageism, and family dynamics. At the heart of the play, however, is Arthur’s love and compassion for his mother as she becomes more confused – with some hilarious results. 'Mother And Son' was a muchloved television show which has been updated for today’s audience. However, the themes are timeless, and while dementia and mental illness may seem an unlikely basis for comedy, the frustrations and miscommunications that abound will resonate with today’s audiences. It is a classic, bittersweet story of familial love.

The play is set in the 1960s, and centres on bachelor Bernard, who has a flat in Paris and three airline stewardesses all engaged to him without knowing about each other. It all boils down to juggling timetables and a reliable maid who never forgets to change the photographs. Bernard's life gets bumpy, though, when his friend Robert comes to stay, and complications such as bad weather and a fast new Boeing jet disrupt his careful planning. Soon, all three stewardesses are in the city simultaneously and catastrophe looms. Changing gears, the second play – The Red Barn murder as it became known, has all the hallmarks of a classic crime drama: a missing body, a country location, a disreputable squire and a village stuck in its age-old traditions.

Murder by the Book takes place in the parlour of the Dickens House, a mansion built on an island off the coast of Maine.

The history books are rewritten in this luminous, compassionate production

'Mother And Son' is a comedy about the relationship between an

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And to finish off the year, a perennial favourite sure to be a big hit with Hunters Hill Theatre patrons.

Subscriptions are available for all four plays and can be booked online at or by contacting the Box Office on 9879 7765. Tickets for individual plays are also available.

Lane Cove Theatre Company presents The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery Every drama group has experienced the horrors of what can go wrong on opening night, and the ladies of the F.A.H.E.T.G. Dramatic Society are no different, with the possible exception that almost everything that could happen does! The scenery collapses, cues are missed, lines forgotten, and the sound effects take on a strange note at times, as the ladies present their ambitious evening's entertainment with the cunning whodunit, 'Murder At Checkmate Manor.' And just in case the audience should get bored there's a Film and Fashion Show and Murder Mystery Quiz, complete with a Prize!

The crunch comes in the denouement when the 'murderer', about to be revealed, has to rush home to bandage up an injured daughter. But Mrs. Reece, doyenne of the group, rises above the slings and arrows of outrageous dramatics to save the situation and provide the final inventive twist. By arrangement with Origin Music Australia on behalf of Samuel French Ltd. • 9-25 February 2024 at The Performance Space @ St Aidan's • 1 Christina Street, Longueville • Tickets $30 / $25 conc / $23 groups 10+ / add $10 cheeseplate/$8 dessertplate

• Online booking: For review tickets, interviews, photos, bios and all other enquiries contact Rachael at Lane Cove Theatre Company on 0414991006, email

What can my Federal Electorate Office help you with? Many North Sydney residents are surprised by the number of things that the Electorate Office can help with. My team can help you navigate federal government services such as the NDIS, Centrelink, My Aged Care and the ATO. We can help with visa and passport issues. We provide nationhood materials such as flags, constitutions and portraits of King Charles III. We have an onsite JP on Fridays. We can help community organisations in applying for grants to support community projects. In addition, my team has developed an online resource outlining financial incentives to help electrify your home or business: Powering to net zero ( A full list of resources is available on my website: but please do not hesitate to contact the office if you have any questions.

I’m listening… To the people of North Sydney & would love to hear from you (02) 9929 9822 Authorised by Kylea Tink. Level 10, 2 Elizabeth Plaza, North Sydney NSW 2060.

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Story Excerpt

Half a Loaf and a Thrupenny Bit WORDS: FERGUS HYNES Lower north shore resident Fergus Hynes grew up in Ireland and worked in England, Canada, and the United States before settling in Australia. His diverse career has spanned business (as CEO of Life Education Australia) politics (as an active member of the Liberal Party) and the pursuit of social justice through prison reform after being appointed by the Minister to the statutory position of Official Visitor. His book ‘Half a Loaf and a Thrupenny Bit: Dubliners, Politicians and Prisoners and Everyone In Between’ attracted the attention of Richard Fidler last year when he appeared on his popular ABC Conversations show. Here is an excerpt of the first chapter. I‘m ten years old and asleep when the sound of a bell ringing furiously disturbs me. Mammy has forgotten her key again. Down the stairs I run to the first floor above the family pub. Someone is kicking the front door, and pressing the doorbell. Wide awake, I creep down the last flight of stairs to the hallway. Splinters from a shattered door panel, and the sight of a booted foot greet me. “Let me in”, a drunken voice roars. Crawling on my knees I peer through the shattered panel to see Mr. Clancy lurching towards the door to land another kick. It’s not the pleasant Mr. Clancy I see walking to Mass with his family on Sundays. Mr. Clancy is mad with the drink – roaring mad. “A drink! A drink!” “Mr. Clancy, the pub is closed. You can’t get in through this door.” I see a pair of woman’s legs. “Oh, Jaysus, Dermot, come away; the Gardai (police) are coming.” Large black boots with dark blue pants appear. “S’alright Sergeant, me husband has had too much to drink. I’ll get him 38 TVO

home, and talk to Mrs Hynes tomorrow about the damage”.

explaining to the gardai the source of his stock, Pop posted bail for him.

The voices fade away, and I climb the stairs and sit on the edge of my bed. My father looks at me from his picture frame. He can’t help me, he died as I was turning five.

One night when Pop was sitting up in bed reading The Evening Herald as usual, while my mother tried to sleep, the doorbell rang incessantly just before midnight. Pop got out of bed and made his down the stairs to open the front door, only to be confronted by a customer called Breda.

My father, known as ‘Ned’ came to Dublin from Limerick when he was fifteen to be apprenticed to a publican. By the age of 35 he had managed to purchase a small pub in Lower Mount Street, a rundown ‘high street’ off fashionable Merrion Square. I was ready to help out in the pub when I was ten. My first tasks were performed in the cold, dark, lowroofed cellar, washing and labelling bottles. When I was older, I was ‘called to the bar’ to collect empty glasses, to prevent them from being nicked. At closing time the lights were dimmed and “Time gentlemen, please” called out. After more “Time gentlemen, please” the customers would finish their drinks reluctantly, and braced themselves for the cold air outside, and the likelihood of a frigid reception at home. With a packet of Tayto Potato Chips in hand on occasions to pacify the Missus. Our pub provided temporary sanctuary from the Missus, and the world of poorly paid jobs or unemployment, crowded living conditions, and a miserable climate. The more affluent congregated towards the front of the pub: tradesmen, foremen, bus drivers, small shop owners, and the occasional thirsty civil servant or professional. The unemployed, the pensioners, and the unskilled tended to drink towards the back. Sitting on their hands from time to time to conserve their pints. Joe worked for the Gas Company, and had never been sighted without his blackened face and clothes. One day he got caught in a downpour and arrived in the pub soaking wet. My step-father, Pop (Jim) Behan, felt sorry for him. “Go upstairs and see if there is an old shirt we can give him.” Down I came with a white shirt. When Joe emerged from the toilet with a white face and shirt he was almost unrecognisable, and a loud cheer erupted. “Christie O’Gorman called out: “The dead arose and appeared to many”. When customers were in strife there were no hotlines to phone, or welfare officers to assist, so who better to turn to than your local publican. When a local shopkeeper had difficulty

“Oh, Mr. Bean I’m in desperate trouble. Me daughter is getting married in the morning and the outfit she bought for me is locked up in Breretons. What can I do?” Well, what could he do but get in his car and locate the home of Brereton’s pawnbroking manager. The manager kindly agreed to come down to his shop and release the outfit. A happy ending more or less - Breda remained a customer of both businesses. On 21 January 1948 I was awakened abruptly when two men jumped on to the roof above my bed. So began an exciting day for me, and our neighbours, as armed gardai tried to capture two prison escapees and an accomplice, who had been living in No 53. This escapade kept me excited for weeks while the manhunt for the two escapees, who had managed to avoid capture, continued. Eventually, Laverty, Nolan and Nugent appeared in court. I shared something in common with the trio. As they were starting their sentences in prison, I was commencing my five year term in a boarding school. In his autobiography ‘Clinging to the Wreckage’, John Mortimer observed: “It’s rightly said that the great advantage of an English public school is that no subsequent form of captivity can hold any particular terror for you”. I believe my time in boarding school, and in the pub, enabled me to empathise with women and men in prison. Fergus’ book is available on Amazon and via the Book Depository

Lane Cove Rotary pays tribute to late members whose efforts helped create a supportive, better community

Richard ‘Dick’ Dawes

John Donald

Richard, always known as Dick, joined Lane Cove Rotary in 1987 and from day one was a committed and hard-working Rotarian. He was a source of fantastic ideas, discovering worthwhile community projects in and beyond Lane Cove. Dick loved a chat and a laugh and always relished the chance to talk about his years in Fiji, managing a sugar plantation for CSR. During his time, a USAF B-52 bomber took off from the nearby airport and flew so low over their hilltop house that it blew the washing off the line.

Retelling John’s life of 87 years just a few words doesn’t do his worthy existence justice. John was there for everyone – his family, of whom he spoke so proudly, and the many people he helped along the way. John was generous, gregarious, and tolerant, with a sharp intellect.

Perhaps it was this international experience which nurtured his love for overseas projects. Dick devoted a lot of time to organising teams of capable volunteer tradesmen, not only Rotarians, who would work cooperatively with teams from Rotary clubs around Australia to build or refurbish humanitarian projects in Melanesia and Polynesia. These could comprise sewage systems, classrooms, hospital wards, and housing. Dick thought nothing was impossible. In Wagga Wagga, the Yal-balinga-da project for Flo Grant and the Wiradjuri people is testimony to Dick’s drive to create a ‘Learning Centre’ for the Wiradjuri people to revitalise their heritage and language and bridge the gap between their culture and ours. The project resulted in the publication of the “FIRST” Wiradjuri Dictionary under the hand of Stan Grant. Locally, years ago, Rotary held a regular garage sale at an empty service station where Subway is today. When the property was demolished, Dick, almost single-handedly, continued to gather goods from the neighbourhood and moved the sale to his Tamborine Bay Road home. As Dick aged, he ignored the fact that he was in his 90s and increasingly infirm, and was often seen selling raffle tickets and setting up information signs in the plaza, encouraging locals to join and support Rotary. Dick was a much valued, and deservedly well-loved member of this community. We are grateful for his service, often with his wife Margaret (deceased in 2018) and extend our condolences to his family.

His service ethic started with the Lions Club and when the Lane Cove branch closed, he promptly joined Rotary, for John was never happy without a project. In this regard, his working life which encompassed taxi and truck driving, building and managing abattoirs in Croatia and the NT, and a house builder prepared him for every task. He was interested in everyone and everything. In the last two decades of his life, John’s special focus was BlazeAid. John heard about massive fires engulfing Victoria and NSW and that people were needed to re-build fences on rural properties. John joined the BlazeAid team and would travel around building fences to assist his fellow Australians. Similarly, he would drive untold miles out into the country to help a cattle station mate battling poor health. At the Rotary Fair John would make himself available from 4am to 7pm filling any role asked of him, then proudly enjoying a beer with the other exhausted Rotarians at the end of the day. Together with Roger Climpson, he was instrumental in making a DVD: “What in the World is Rotary” to let everyone know what Rotary does within the community. He wrote a lot about the best parts of being a Rotarian and, with Roger, was delighted with the result which helped to spread the great work of Rotary and the Rotary Club of Lane Cove. Sadly John’s last few months were very difficult healthwise but he bore his difficulties bravely. Our community mourns the loss of another wonderfully giving man and we offer our condolences to Carole, and John’s family.

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This will be the last column I write as the time has come for me to leave Sydney Community Services. I have very much enjoyed my nine years with the organisation, first as the General Manager for Lane Cove and North Side Community Services, and then as CEO of the new organisation, Sydney Community Services, following the merger with Hunters Hill Ryde Community Services. I have been extraordinarily proud of the staff and volunteers who have all come together to grow and develop the organisation into a first-class example of respect, care and community. There have been many extremely rewarding times over the past nine years as our services and activities have expanded, and our staff and wonderful volunteers have delivered outstanding community and disability services on an unwavering basis. And to be able to say we managed our services and activities throughout the COVID-19 pandemic whilst keeping everyone safe and cared for, is a feat I will always be proud of. It is with great pleasure I announce Branka Ivkovic as the new CEO of Sydney Community Services. Branka started with Sydney Community Services (SCS) – then Hunters Hill Ryde Community Services – as Social Support Coordinator in 2007. Her current position has been the SCS Community Connections Manager, where she has been responsible

for a range of social support programs enabling clients and their carers to fully participate within their community. Branka brings to the CEO role more than 20 years’ international experience in the field as a manager and practitioner, providing support services to refugees, children, seniors and families, on behalf of government and non-government agencies. She is a qualified nurse and social worker and has studied social work in both Europe and Australia. Branka also holds qualifications in family counselling, management, social policy and planning. Her experience as a migrant cemented her commitment to being a community sector worker and helping others develop and reach their potential. The organisation is lucky to have new leadership where fresh and novel ideas will be implemented, as well as steady and considered management. I thank the Board, senior management, staff and volunteers, and all our consumers for their support, time, enthusiasm and gratitude over the course of my time as CEO. I truly believe Sydney Community Services will continue to evolve and grow whilst always helping the local community live safely and independently. I wish everyone well moving forward and am sure I will hear great things from all the fabulous friends and acquaintances I have had the pleasure of making over the years.

Gill Batt

Volunteer today and help make a difference Your support allows us to continue to improve the quality of life of people in the local community so they can remain living independently in their own homes for as long as they wish. We are looking for volunteers for the following positions: • Gardeners - We would like to find enthusiastic people to assist our gardening team. This runs on Tuesday

to Thursday, 8.30am - 12noon. There is flexibility and you can decide to volunteer weekly, fortnightly or monthly. Great team environment. • Linen Service - Can you offer your time to help change the bed and bathroom linen of consumers in their home and replace with commercially laundered linen. The linen is then collected and returned to SCS and the Lane Cove hub. We require a volunteer every second and fourth Monday of each month, 8:30am to 10.30am-11am, approximately (dates may change depending on public holidays). If you, or someone you know, is interested in any of the volunteer vacancies, contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Yvonne Hughes, for more information and find out how you can get involved.

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African Drumming Workshop

FREE EVENT Numbers Limited Bookings Essential:

Explore the rich tapestry of West African traditional instruments, songs and rhythms. Get ready for an uplifting vibe with everyone drumming in unison.

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TIME: 10.30am – 12.30pm

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Join us for a fun, interactive, all abilities one-hour African drumming event.

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Feel the rhythm, relive the vibes, and shimmy and shake to the beat of Elvis Presley’s greatest hits. Whether you’re an Elvis enthusiast or out for a rollicking good time, this show is your ticket to an unforgettable experience! DATE: Wednesday 13 March 2024

COST: Free Event

TIME: Concert 11.30am – 12.30pm Followed by light refreshments.

VENUE: Sydney Community Services, Park View Room, 1 Pottery Lane, Lane Cove

VENUE: Sydney Community Services, The Meeting House Hub, 23a Stokes St, Lane Cove North

3hrs free parking.

Supported by the Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care

Lane Cove Choristers Variety Concert: “Love Changes Everything”

Free street parking. Limited local transport available.

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Celebrating Seniors Lunch


$10PP Join us for a delicious morning tea, and a variety concert with all your favourite tunes. There will be guest artists and a special solo performance! Sing, clap, and dance along…its all about “love” and celebrating positivity as we age! DATE: TIME:

Monday 18 March 2024 MORNING TEA: 10.30am CONCERT: 11.00am -12noon COST: $5 donation VENUE: Sydney Community Services, Park View Room, 1 Pottery Lane, Lane Cove 3hrs free parking.

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Join us in our Park View room to wrap up the Seniors Festival celebrations!

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Enjoy fantastic food, a complimentary glass of bubbles, and a lively seniors' trivia challenge. Bring a friend or come make new ones!

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Monday 25 March 2024 12 noon – 2.30pm $10 – Special Seniors Month Price! (normally $20) VENUE: Sydney Community Service, Park View Room, 1 Pottery Lane, Lane Cove 3hrs free parking. Limited local transport available.

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Lane Cove Hub Activities HEAD OFFICE

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Book Club

Mah Jong

Movement Matters

Social Bridge / Solo / Rummikub

1.30pm - 2.30pm Monday 19 Feb 2024 Cost: $5 inc book/afternoon tea

Tuesday, 12pm - 1pm and 1.15pm - 2.15pm. Wednesdays, 11.15am - 12.15pm. Fridays, 10am - 11am. Contact us for further details and registration.

Seniors Hub Hunters Hill-Ryde Hub Activities

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All-day tailored seniors program from Monday to Friday. Includes excursions, picnics, and wellness activities. Door-to-door transport and nutritious meals catering for all dietary requirements.

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Cost: $35 Contact us for a monthly program.


Seniors Shopping Bus Meeting House Hub Activities 23a Stokes Street, Lane Cove North

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Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am - 11am Return trip from your home to Lane Cove shops. We can also assist to carry your shopping into your home. Cost: $12

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Tuesdays, 9.00 - 11.30am Wednesdays, 1.00 - 3.45pm Cost: $5 inc afternoon tea.

Thursdays, 10am - 12noon Cost: $5 inc afternoon tea


Every Thursday, 10am - 12noon Cost: $5 inc morning tea

Table Tennis Fridays, 12.00 - 4.00pm Cost: $5

Seniors Social Support:

The Velveteens

Each group is supported by bilingual staff and volunteers to meet and share their cultural heritage and interests. Social inclusion activities such as excursions, cultural celebrations, English language conversation classes, wellness activities and information sessions are offered to all CALD communities in the Greater Sydney area.

Join us for morning tea before heading off to a different venue each month.

For Afghan, Chinese, Iranian, Italian, and Spanish seniors

Contact us for a monthly program


Senior Services Seniors Social Bus Outings Mondays and Wednesdays We have some fabulous outings planned for the month of February to a variety of destinations. Contact us for the full program

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If you are over 65, registered with My Aged Care, have a referral code for Social Support Group and are totally independent then contact us for more information. Cost: $20 (does not include lunch/beverages)


Seniors Hub every Friday Centre Based Service for over 65 year olds. Providing a safe, warm and engaging environment for people who would like to spend more time with other seniors. The hub offers a tailored program providing a break for family carers. Contact us for more details.

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BOOMers Mens Group Social Tennis Group

Join us every Thursday at Lane Cove Tennis Club, Central Park, Kenneth St, Longueville. Cost $5. Every Thursday 9-11am Whether you’re an experienced player or just starting out, this is your opportunity to be part of a vibrant tennis community! All players must register prior to playing – please call Julie 9427 6425. We look forward to seeing you on the court!

BOOMers for senior independently mobile men who enjoy an opportunity to socialise and visit interesting places in the company of other men. Contact us for the full February program. When: Fridays Departs: 10.00am from Lane Cove Hub, Pottery Lane Returns: 2.00pm Cost: $20 including morning tea and lunch


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Tuesdays Strength and balance exercise Time: 9.45am - 10.45am Cost: $12.00

Group community access activities from Monday – Friday in centres and community.

Activities include drama ensemble, creative movement, full and half E: day excursions, Sailablity, art groups and virtual meetups. Contact us to join the waiting list. Cost: based on the NDIS pricing Social Bus Outings schedule. Individual support, Tuesdays including transport, daily living Supporting your local Lane Cove Community Hub Supporting your local Lane Cove Community Hub Join us every Tuesday and visit a activities and community access COME JOIN COMEALONG ALONGAND ANDavailable JOINININ on request. new destination. Time: 9.00am - 4.00pm Meeting House Playgroups 2023 E: g or Cost: $25 (Bus only)

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Happy New Year and Welcome Back

Our Citizens of the Year

Now that we’re getting stuck into another year, schools have resumed or will be doing so very soon. For the past several years, many families have banked on the Government’s ‘back to school vouchers’ to assist with the return. Thanks to cuts from NSW Labor these vouchers are no longer available.

There were 15 nominations for the 2024 Citizen of the Year and five nominations for Young Citizen of the Year, with a truly impressive catalogue of deeds and achievements showcasing the amazing diversity of a community that embraces selflessness and caring.

Welcome to 2024. I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday break and got around to spending time with friends and family, either at home or abroad.

I understand the stress that these cuts will have on many families during this cost-of-living crisis. Households are already under massive stress from interest rates and costs of goods. Parents should not have to budget around their children’s education and school preparedness. If you or someone you know will struggle to get their children prepared for the new school year, please explore the different charities in our area that can help. St Vincent De Paul and the Salvation Army provide numerous resources that are of great assistance. Both charities have an online presence and physical locations that are easily accessible. Additionally, for those that would like to be of assistance to those in need I strongly encourage you to donate to these charities. A reminder for you all that my office in Gladesville offers numerous services including but not limited to: - Enquiries regarding State Government initiatives and legislation. - Justice of the Peace (JP) services. - Congratulatory messages for significant milestones such as wedding anniversaries and birthdays. - Community Sporting and Infrastructure Grants. If you have any questions and you wish to seek advice, my office is here to help. Phone: 9817 4757 Email:

City of Ryde began the new year by celebrating some of our most outstanding residents with our annual Citizen of the Year Awards, which were announced at a special ceremony held on Australia Day eve.

Scouting legend Lyn Mann was named Citizen of the Year after four decades of leadership and guidance, especially for the young people who have passed through the 1st East Ryde Scout Group. This is one of the largest and most successful Scout groups in NSW in no small part thanks to Lyn’s continued involvement. Our Young Citizen of the Year Areg Grigorian has been active in the City of Ryde community since the tender age of eight, when he inspired Council’s Walk, Ride, Share campaign after seeing his brother injured in a bicycle accident. He has continued his community work through involvements with the SES and St John’s Ambulance Juniors. I offer them both a heartfelt thanks and congratulations. This month I’m excited to join in our much-anticipated Lunar New Year festivities, which take place on Saturday 17 February at Eastwood Oval, from 4.00-9.00pm. There is something for all ages with cultural performances, a high pole lion dance, a dragon dance, market stalls and food trucks. There will also be plenty to keep the kids entertained, with amusement rides, games, face painting, the incredible Excite Stunt Show and, of course, a spectacular fireworks finale. We’ll be celebrating the beginning of the Year of the Dragon, which is the fifth creature in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac signs. For more details, go to: Finally, a reminder that City of Ryde has partnered with RecycleSmart for a 12-month trial of collecting and recycling hard-to-recycle household items including soft plastics, small e-waste items (excluding items eligible for a television and computer collection service), wearable and non-wearable textiles, batteries, blister packs, polystyrene, coffee capsules, cookware, and toys. RecycleSmart will collect from your doorstep selected items for free that can be recycled but can't go in your recycling bin. For more details, go to:

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Improving our transport connections

Our transport system plays a central role in shaping the functionality of our municipality. It connects our residents to essential services, employment, entertainment and the many social activities hunters Hill has to offer. As congestion continues to be a concern for our residents, Council has been working with our community to ensure that our infrastructure reflects the needs of our ratepayers. As part of our ongoing consultation on this issue, Council has collected your feedback on local transport needs and other issues affecting transport in our municipality and will now prepare a draft Integrated Transport Strategy, covering the whole Hunter’s Hill Local Government Area. The Strategy will help us deliver a connected, integrated, and sustainable transport network that is safe, accessible, efficient, and reliable for our residents. All public feedback will be considered while the Strategy is being prepared. To help you to stay informed on the progress of the strategy you can subscribe to the Strategy Project Page on Connect Hunters Hill: In addition to this important project, Council has been delivering on some key priorities for our local road network, having successfully lobbied Transport for NSW to install additional traffic light sensors at the Church Street overpass at the Durham Street intersection. These new sensors broaden the detection of vehicles behind both the traffic light and the ‘keep clear’ area at the intersection; helping to streamline the light timings and avoid bank ups which often occurred at this pinch point for traffic exiting the peninsula. The sensors help to make the intersection safer for drivers, pedestrians and other road users, aligning with Councils commitment to managing and developing a safe and wellconnected transport system within Hunters Hill. These sensors are a great enhancement that will significantly improve commuting experiences and the safety of residents and visitors alike.

A Promising Start to 2024

Happy New Year, North Sydney! I hope everyone has managed to have some downtime, catch up with loved ones, rest and recharge. I certainly have, and am excited to be returning to the office to serve and represent our community in 2024. Our North Sydney office is open and ready to assist you. Many people are surprised by the types of issues that we can help with. These can range from challenges with immigration and social services, to advocating for those in housing need, to facilitating official messages of congratulations for special birthdays and anniversaries, and much more! We have also developed an online guide to government incentives to help people electrify their homes. I know the cost of living has been a growing challenge for many in our community. Electrification is the way to go for households to save money, reduce emissions and improve air quality in our homes and streets in the long term. I will continue to work with all levels of government to make it simpler and more affordable for households to take the steps toward electrification. We can also help with government grants. You may not be aware we also have a dedicated grants officer who can help local organisations identify relevant grant opportunities and provide support for grant applications. We have so many wonderful non-profit organisations and innovative businesses in our community. We would love to hear about your projects and see if we can help! Remember, our doors are always open, and our team is eager to assist you. Your feedback informs how I represent our community in Canberra, so please feel free to reach out with any concerns or issues you may have. Visit my website,, to find out more about how we can help, or to sign up for updates. Together, let's make 2024 a year of positive change and progress for North Sydney. Wishing you a year filled with joy, prosperity, and community spirit

For more information on the new sensors, visit the news page on our website: Council is also working with Transport for NSW to ensure kids are safe on our roads by offering a free child car seat checking service for residents. Residents can have their child car seats or booster seats checked, refitted or fully fitted by a designated local authorised restraint fitter at the Lane Cove Council car park at 48 Longueville Road, Lane Cove on Saturday 9 March between 9am to 1pm. The service is free; however, bookings are required. For more information and to book, contact our Road Safety Officers on 9911 3576 or email

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