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November 19 is International Men's Day and the whole month is the fundraising drive for 20-year-old charity, Movember. Stats say that a high percentage of men aren’t so keen on getting checked out by GPs, even when they have that nagging feeling that something is wrong. Our regular health columnist and local GP, Dr Carl Wong, has written about that unfortunate reality for this issue, and we hope you can take time to have a read. We were approached by Hunters Hill resident Mark Ovens – a ‘Mo Bro’ hero who has been fundraising for Movember for years. Mark has a raft of events, raffles and more happening this month, mostly in conjunction with North Ryde Golf Club. Take a look and see how you can get involved. Most families contend with illnesses, some treatable and others, sadly, that aren't. Getting to know our bodies, taking care of them, and acting immediately when we know something is wrong is vital. Lots of men shy away from this. We hope the articles in this edition spur at least one man on to change this approach to their health. Grow a Mo this month to show your solidarity with all men! And, ladies, keep that nagging up!



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Emma Grimes, Michael Fitzgerald & Peter Louridas A family business, now in our 48th year in Lane Cove

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news Have your say on a place name in Lane Cove The Geographical Names Board (GNB) is seeking community feedback on a proposal by Lane Cove Council to name a reserve in the suburb of Lane Cove as Burumin Reserve. The proposal is to officially name two hectares of bushland from Gamma Road to Stevenson Street, adjacent to the Lane Cove Golf Club. Council proposed the name Burumin Reserve following community consultation where there was a preference for an Aboriginal name. ‘Burumin’ is a Dharug word for brushtail possum and the reserve is zoned as an environmental conservation area which is inhabited by possums. The GNB is seeking feedback to gauge community sentiment for the proposed name. Suggestions for alternative names are not being sought at this time.

Lane Cove Masters Swimming Club to compete at a NSW event at Lane Cove Pool – Club keen to welcome new members Manly Masters is holding a NSW Masters swimming event at Lane Cove Pool on 5 November. The carnival is expected to attract some 150 swimmers of all ages. Although the event is being hosted by Manly Masters, organisers see it as an opportunity for Lane Cove Masters, a swimming club that has been operating for 40 years, to increase its membership and showcase its goals and ambitions. Lane Cove Masters is also celebrating its oldest member, John Notley, who is 96 years old and still competing! John was integral in getting funding from local council, state and federal Governments during the 2000 pool upgrade. Michael Ferguson, a Lane Cove local for no less than 42 years, also helps to run the Club and is a key point of contact if you are interested in learning more, and joining.

Details of the proposal can be viewed at Deadline is November 25.

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2023 Lane Cove History Prize Winner

Harbourside Beaches 2023 Water Quality Report released

The 2023 Lane Cove History Prize was awarded to Jane Van Balen for her essay named, ‘A Gentle Artist: The Life of H. Leonard Greening (1904-1984)’. As the name suggests, the essay celebrates the life of Jane’s grandfather, known as Len Greening, who emigrated from England to Australia in 1924. After his marriage, he settled in Longueville and while he moved about in the area, he remained resident in Longueville or Hunters Hill for most of his later life. He was a skilled artist, and friendly with the famous Northwood Group of Painters.

Local swim spots Greenwich Baths, Woodford Bay, Tambourine Bay and Woolwich Baths have been graded.

WAIG celebrates 40 years

Greenwich Baths is a popular swimming spot in the Lane Cove Council area and a beach safety programme is run there. The Baths have a netted swimming area and a sandy beach, and the report rated it ‘good’. Woolwich Baths, on the Hunters Hill peninsula has been graded ‘poor’. Tambourine Bay is in the lower Lane Cove River. The swimming enclosure has been removed and a beautiful picnic area has now been built. It has been rated ‘poor’ (it was rated ‘poor’ last year too).

The Lane Cove Women’s Action and Information Group (WAIG) celebrated its 40th birthday this year. It started out as a group of women meeting in response to a number of sexual assaults in the area. The initial focus was on lobbying Council, the State Government and the police to make local streets safer and running self-defence classes for women and girls.

Woodford Bay has always been a popular swimming spot for kids and this year it has been rated ‘good’.

WAIG now meets weekly during school terms on Mondays from 10.30am - 12.30pm. The discussion program includes topics of wide interest to women and covers social, cultural, political and economic issues and regular book reviews. More information can be obtained by checking WAIG out on Facebook or by emailing: waigwomen@

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Woodford Bay/Lucretia Bathis is one of three remaining examples of timber “shark” paling harbourside baths left in Sydney. It is currently closed due to the condition of the palings.

Apology and Correction Message from Councillors Bennison, Mort and Brooks-Horn. Councillors Bennison, Mort and Brooks-Horn apologise for a certain statement contained in an advertisement that appeared in The Village Observer on 2 March 2023. Specifically, we apologise for the statement that referenced the cancellation of a contract relating to the proposed sports and recreation facility and that the cancellation of the contract cost the community $18mil. Furthermore, we apologise to Independent Councillors for questioning the motivations of the Independents on Council and acknowledge that a vote to withdraw the original Development Application in February 2022 for the proposed sports and recreation facility was supported by 6 Councillors who voted in favour of this course of action.

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Inflation versus Shrinkflation by Liz Foster

The good citizens of Willoughby City Council (I live in Lane Cove North) all received a recent invitation to Help Secure Willoughby’s Future, detailed in a three-page double sided fold out brochure, full of fancy graphics and charts. We’re presented with four options on which we can all Have Our Say. These range from a rate increase of 3.5% and a reduction of services – yes you read that right – to a whopping 20% increase in rates tied to increased services and infrastructure. Obviously, no increase is favourable in this financial climate though this doesn’t seem to be an option. But the marketer in me admires Council’s style. Willoughby has the second lowest rates in Northern Sydney - $1,088 pa compared with Lane Cove at $1,317pa (and we get our green bins collected every week and we have three general council pickups every year). Of course, Covid, wild weather, inflation blah blah blah. But we humble residents don’t really care about that – they’re Council’s problem. Ours is where to find extra money to pay our sky-high mortgages and utilities and grocery bills. Early in my career I worked at Nestlé as Brand Manager for Allen’s lollies – the pick ‘n’ mix jellies still known and loved today – strawberries and cream, pineapples, wiggly witcheties and so on. There were eighteen varieties, sold to milk bars and servos through wholesalers, with a recommended retail price of Two for Five cents. The time came, as these things do, that we had to put the price up. But here was the dilemma – what’s the next price point after two for five cents? The curly issue of passing on a price rise was a constant lowlevel threat and invariably went down like a lead balloon with all our customers. Later in my career I worked as the Account Manager for Leisure and Entertainment – a job as brilliant as it sounded. I went to annual Movie Conventions on the Gold Coast, where I held the odd client meeting and watched new movie releases all day. Super fun. The least fun part of this job, however, was passing on a price rise. We had zero say in these unilateral decisions which came down from the number crunchers on high, people who lived and breathed spreadsheets, P&Ls and sales targets. And our clients absolutely hated them, to the point where they threatened to de-list our products. For our pick ‘n’ mix price rise, we thought about just making the products smaller and maintaining the price, but a factory trial soon knocked this on the head – the strawberries on the cream were more pimples than fruit. Today, product downsizing to avoid a sensitive price hike is coined 8 TVO


Shrinkflation. But hundreds of readers’ responding to a recent article in The Guardian show they’re none too happy about it. Especially when products have built up a long-term relationship with their consumers such as Rose’s Marmalade and Pear’s Soap. French supermarket chain Carrefour is even putting labels on shelves, saying “This product has seen its volume or weight fall and the effective price from the supplier rise.” In the end we went with putting the price up to Three for Ten Cents – still a 33% increase and not an easy sell in the mid-90s. We smoothed the way by changing our cardboard packaging to plastic containers and throwing in the odd pair of serving tongs. Yours Truly had the task of touring Australia and doing the hard sell on the price rise at state trade nights. I had to field open questions from the floor, a formative experience for a twenty-five-year-old English girl speaking to dozens of (almost all male) confectionery wholesalers, who ate Brand Managers for breakfast. Ah, the fortitude of youth. I got away with it and our product range lived to tell the tale before eventually being mostly converted into hanging bags. So, here’s my advice to Willoughby Council. The Have Your Say options in the dropdown website portal are all well and good, but what I want to see is some open forum Town Hall meetings, like trade nights, where the good citizens of Willoughby can ask anything they like. The outcome might be the same but at least we’ll feel heard.

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

ASPECTS When: 8 October 2023 What: Eight of Hunters Hill’s most lush gardens opened their gates to the public, as part of the Hunters Hill Open Garden Day. Pictured is the historical estate ‘Millthorpe’. TVO 9


Q&A: Carol Dance Waverton’s Carol Dance is the founder of the Sage Age Playwriting Competition for people over 60-years-old who have never been a paid playwright.

How did you get involved with Australian theatre?

I came to Sydney in 1975 from a small town in America. Sydney was heaven. People from everywhere in the world. Galleries, concerts, theatre. I remember seeing Glenda Jackson play Nora in The Doll’s House at the Elizabethan Theatre in Newtown. It inspired me to take up an unpaid position as theatre reviewer with my local newspaper. I wrote about 200 reviews. Then I did a master’s degree and worked full time. When I retired, I started to enter short plays in the Short and Sweet Play Festivals. I’ve now been in 14 short play festivals. Feeling braver, I began writing full length plays. I self-produced three and two other plays were produced by independent theatre companies. 

Tell me about independent theatre companies…

The Lane Cove Theatre Company is a great example. It just launched its 2024 season and it looks terrific. Others in the area are the Pymple Players, Willoughby Theatre Company, Chester Street Players, Mosman Musical Society, Hunters Hill Theatre to name just some. Main stage theatre companies pay wages and rely on government support. Independent theatre companies rely on community support. Independent theatre is probably the most community-binding, healthy, socialising activity in the country. Millions are involved, from directors to craftspeople who build sets. 

When did you start Scene Theatre Sydney?

About 13 years ago. I started it simply to direct my plays selected for short play festivals. For the three selfproduced full-length plays, I found and paid directors. Then, like all theatre companies, I did nothing during the pandemic – except to think about what we could do next. That eventually culminated in Scene Theatre becoming a not-for-profit and registered charity with the aim of developing projects with and for older people and disabled people, amongst other things. That idea came from my play about a paraplegic that has been performed three times now, the last at the Lake Macquarie Play Festival and winning best actor. 10 TVO

 Is that when the idea for the Sage Age Competition emerged? I confess that I got cranky looking at all the ‘opportunities’ offered by philanthropists and government agencies that supported young people. What about older people’s creativity? There’s a mass of people 60 to 100 with decades of experience to share. Then I had the good luck of meeting Stephen Sewell, one of Australia’s best-loved playwrights and former director of writing at NIDA. Stephen and two other well-known playwrights, Justin Fleming and Catherine Zimdahl, loved the idea of encouraging older people to write. All three agreed to be the assessors of the submitted scripts. 

Why did you use the term ‘sage’?

‘Sage’ suggests ‘wise’ and ‘old’. Hence, the Scenes from the Sage Age Playwriting Competition was born. 

Who can enter?

Anyone age 60 or more living in Australia or an Australian living overseas. People involved in professional theatre as a writer, actor or director are excluded. But, a journalist, for example, could enter if he or she has never been a paid playwright. People in independent theatre who have not been paid for writing scripts are eligible. Anyone who has never written anything before is encouraged to ‘have a go’.

Why 60? Why not 55?

55 is not old. Neither is 60, but you have to set limit someplace. Besides ‘sixty’ sounds like ‘sexy’. 

How long are the plays?

Scripts should be for 15-to-20-minute plays. The length is difficult to judge so you have to read it out loud and include the time for the action: ‘Susan walks slowly across the stage to kiss Sam. Sam, surprised, takes a moment to recover.’ It’s fun to gather family or friends around to play the roles. This is a good way of finding the play’s length. The process also garners suggestions for improvements. 

What can the play entries be about?

Any topic - silkworms, politics, bagpipes, dating apps. They can be in any theatre style - absurd, romance, tragedy, comedy. Comedy is good but serious or controversial plays that are also comic are better than merely hilarious skits. There should be no more than five characters. 

Why five?

Because in March 2024 we will show case the plays the assessors select for a moved play reading. About five actors is the maximum to create a great reading. It will be in a soirée-style event with live music in the Walsh Bay Arts Precinct. We’ll video the show and have it on Scene Theatre’s YouTube channel.

Do you have other projects brewing?

We have a soirée-style play reading late December this year and one full production in October 2024. Our longterm project is Justin Fleming’s adaptation of the classic novel The Good Soldier Švejk by Jaroslav Hašek. There are many ideas floating around for 2025.  Anything else people should know? Submissions for the Sage Age Competition close December 15. Scripts could have been written before or after the person turned 60. If you have a script ready now, you may enter now. We say, “Go on. Be a SAGE. Share your experiences.” All the details are at the Scene Theatre Sydney

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Tips to help your contribution to National Recycling Week count Planet Ark is reminding Australians that Recycling Week takes place from November 13-19.

Right from the start it had 'community' at heart

Much of what we currently send to landfill is valuable material that could be reused, repurposed or recycled. This year’s theme “What goes around, comes around” is all about providing simple tips that enable Australians to keep those valuable materials in circulation, whether at home, work or school.

Last year, Planet Ark research for the annual waste reduction and recycling campaign revealed Australian households are potentially sending nearly 2.5 million tonnes of unnecessary waste to landfill. An estimated 9-18 per cent (441,000 tonnes conservatively) of all material sent to landfill by households is likely recyclable, while a massive 41-52 per cent (2,000,900 tonnes conservatively) could be composted at home or organic processing facilities.

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Fighting food waste and ensuring packaging is correctly recycled therefore form a major component of this year’s National Recycling Week resources and activities.

National Recycling Week provides an opportunity for residents and workplaces to learn simple methods of reducing their environmental footprint and preventing waste. Residents can host or join recycling themed events, brush up on their recycling knowledge with educational resources, learn about new developments in recycling policy and technology or discover tricks to reduce what they are sending to landfill and ensure resources don’t go to waste. Planet Ark has a number of tools and tips in the National Recycling Week to enable community groups, councils, households and workplaces to get involved and start reducing waste. To learn more or get involved in National Recycling Week, visit


Flush with Knowedge Just recently, when discussing plans for her holiday, a favourite client commented travelling the wilds of remote Iceland all looked very good, but could I please confirm that there were sufficient toilet facilities enroute. It was a fair enough request. At the risk of appearing indelicate, blokes have a far easier time of it. This convenient skill though has inherent risks, as men accustomed to a more relaxed attitude at home do need to be very sensitive to the social mores of the country being visited. Being apprehended and charged for answering the call of nature, even within nature, does not make for good headlines. It may (or may not) surprise you to learn that there are apps designed to flush out the information you’ll require before you travel. Here in Australia, the Australian Government’s Department of Health and Aged Care has designed a National Public Toilet Map App. It’s good to see our tax money being spent on such an excellent initiative, providing information on 19,000 toilets across Australia. The site promises that you can personalise your results by setting your preferences to return to toilets that meet your needs and is part of The National Continence Programme. How wonderful. There must be nothing more distressing to find that there’s nowhere to go when you’ve got to go. Especially if you have special needs. Problem solved for Australia but what about Iceland? Well, it turns out that there is a supposedly worldwide app called Flush, available for Apple and android phones. It seems that this is a bit like a TripAdvisor site and builds on

the experiences of people who actively use the app – the more information added by users, the more useful the information that comes out. Like the Australian app, it provides salient information about hours of opening and whether there is ADA-disabled access. Importantly for Europe, where many toilet facilities are not free, you can also discover the cost to go. As an aside, I once went on a Tauck tour and every time there was a toilet facility with a charge, the tour director reimbursed the 1 Euro charge … thus raising the concept of all-inclusive to a superior level. The Flush app seems not to be available in one of my favourite countries. Without wishing to plumb the depths (or should it be highs?) of toilet humour and given that so many people are now discovering the delights of travel to Japan, I decided to check that country’s attempts to satisfy a pressing need. Sadly, Flush hasn’t yet made it to Japan however my research opened up a thunderbox box of options. Among them, the fact that there is an app, sadly only in Japanese, called @Toilet (@to-i-ray in Japanese). See news/2017/09/14/business/tech/ gotta-go-now-lion-app/ for an illustration that prioritises toilet seeking as somewhat of an emergency. Equally fascinating was an article about another app that alerts you to the nearest empty cubicle so you minimise time looking! Me, I like the novelty of female facilities that tinkle gentle music as soon as you close the door. Designed to mask “embarrassing

sounds” the choice of music is always interesting. If you’ve never used a Japanese smart toilet, it’s a technological dream. The seat itself is a combination toilet and bidet which is all very well, except there is no English translation for the various control panel buttons. One of my favourite memories is of my then teenage son returning from said toilet, very embarrassed and complaining about a wet backside – it seems the spray wash function that he pressed by accident worked incredibly efficiently but after said experience, he was too terrified of what might ensue in looking for the dry function! We did laugh. I remarked it was a whole lot better than the squat toilet in my apartment, still seen occasionally in older buildings and suburban bars. I doubt I have the muscles these days but at 21 years old it kept me supple and certainly tested many a visiting friend. There is much more I could tell but suffice to say, undoubtedly, the moral of the story is to be prepared. Where there are tools use them, even if it is only Google Translate to point you in the right direction. You don’t need to be looking for a tree and who knows what mirthful experience awaits you!

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End of Year Concerts

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Get into the seasonal swing with LaVoce’s end of year concerts! Concert at The Diddy - Tuesday December 5 at 6:30pm, Longueville Sports Club, 243 Longueville Rd, Longueville. The program will include some popular songs and some Christmas Carols. Relax with a meal or a beverage afterwards. Enquiries: Carols at the Library – Thursday December 7 at 6:30 pm. Lane Cove Library will host us for another festive feast of joyful music. Drinks and nibbles provided. Book with the Library on its News and Events page


New Year Resolutions? It’s never too early (or too late) to join a choir. Improve your health, your brain, your memory, make new friends and have fun! We sing for the joy of it. LaVoce Community Choir is 10 years young and meets every Tuesday during school terms, 6:15pm – 8:00pm, at the Living and Learning Centre, 180 Longueville Rd, Lane Cove. No audition, no requirement needed to read music, we sing popular songs for the joy of it. Join us! LANE COVE ROTARY THANKS YOU

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To the 15,000 locals and visitors who came to the Fair, bought raffle tickets and sausages, took a ride, watched the entertainment and supported the stall holders THANK YOU! To the 40 local businesses which provided fabulous, generous prizes for the raffle, and the 50 stall holders who supported the Fair – THANK YOU. Together we raised over $30,000 for local and international Rotary projects. THANK YOU.


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20 years of facial hair, all in the name of men’s health Movember has gone from strength to strength since it launched in 2003. Here’s a brief history, and a local way for you to get involved. WORDS: NICOLA RICHES


n 2003, two mates from Melbourne, Australia (Travis Garone and Luke Slattery) were having a quiet beer at the Gypsy Bar in Fitzroy when their conversation turned to recurring fashion trends. The moustache, a fixture in past decades, was nowhere to be seen in recent trends. They joked about bringing it back. The two friends decided to talk their mates into growing a Mo. Inspired by a friend’s mother who was fundraising for breast cancer, they decided to make the campaign about men’s health and prostate cancer. They designed the rules of Movember (which are still in place today) and agreed to charge $10 to grow a Mo. Travis designed the first Movember logo, and they sent around an email titled ‘Are you man enough to be my man?’ They found 30 guys willing to take up the challenge. The guys researched men's health 16 TVO

issues and agreed to formally support prostate cancer as their cause, via the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA). 450 Mo Bros raised $54,000, with Spain and the UK becoming home to the first international Mo Bros. The entire proceeds were donated to the PCFA – all costs were covered by the four co-founders until (and including) the 2005 campaign. That first Movember cheque to the PCFA was the largest single donation they received. In 2005, 9,315 Mo Bros raised AUD 1.2 million for the PCFA. In 2006, further research into men’s health in Australia revealed that depression was a significant issue, and beyondblue: the national depression and anxiety initiative was brought on as Movember’s second men’s health partner. That year, a total of 56,129 Mo Bros and Mo Sistas in Australia and

New Zealand raised AUD 9.3 million. Since those first few years, Movember has continued to grow at an extraordinary pace. There are now official campaigns in 21 countries and it has raised more than $730 million to fund more than 1000 men’s health programs. The Movember focus has broadened to four key men’s health issues: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health and physical inactivity. As a result of Movember, we’ve seen the growth of millions of moustaches, significant breakthroughs in scientific research, and a fundamental shift in the conversation around men’s health. With the support of millions of Mo Bros and Mo Sistas from all over the world, Movember is working towards its vision: to have an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health.

Home Grown Mos – a local tale Mark Ovens (Mo Bro) is a local Movember Advocate, having raised funds for the last six years from his home in Hunters Hill. A dedicated member of North Ryde Golf Club (NRGC), the Club is throwing its weight behind Mark’s massive fundraising mission this year. Just for a bit of fun, NRGC members are encouraged to shave off their moustaches on 31 October, ‘Grow a Mo’ for the month of November and submit photos of their magnificent facial hair by the 24 November. NRGC members and participants will vote on which is the best, worst, weirdest, funniest or leaves the most to be desired. Ladies (Mo Sistas) aren’t left out and asked to wear their ‘Melbourne Cup fascinators’ on raffle draw night. All winners’ Mos and hats will be bestowed bottles of wine, donated by Mark. Mark is also running a raffle with incredible prizes until November 25. Those prizes include fine dining vouchers for Cucinetta, Deckhouse (Dedes), Merivale (Bresnic Whitney), Ironwood Cafe, Boronia Kitchen, Hunters Hill Hotel, Woolwich Pier Hotel, Dachshund Café (The Agency), and more, from generous community businesses. On 25 November, Mark’s friend, Channel 9 Current Affair Reporter, Steve Marshall, will MC an event at NRGC from 5:00pm. The raffle prizes will be drawn and proceeds will go towards

Movember. Members of the public welcome. Perhaps Mark’s most exciting Movember fundraiser is the celebrity Silent Auction for groups of three people to bid for a round of golf with a celebrity including Mark (Tubby) Taylor, former Australian Test Cricket and Captain, now Channel 9 commentator; James (Teddy) Tedesco, Captain Roosters NRL, State of Origin and Australian Kangaroos Captain, and Mal (Miracle) Johnston retired Jockey (Melbourne Cup winner Kingston Town). NRGC is generously donating carts and rounds of golf with these celebrities. Mark says he is also working on other wellknown sporting names who live locally, but we can’t even whisper who they are right now. The silent auction will run from 25 November to 5 December. Mark says: ‘Movember is an opportunity for growing Mo’s and raising funds. Every dollar we raise goes to Movember to improve men’s health outcomes. You can all help make a difference. Mo on.’ If you can’t make the event, you can still donate here: If you would like to buy raffle tickets or enter the silent auction, email: or call 0400 764 763.

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THE FACTS: Men will die on average 4.5 years earlier than women,

and for reasons that are largely preventable. It doesn’t have to be that way: we can all take action to live healthier, happier and longer lives.

HOW CAN WE TAKE ACTION? ACCORDING TO MOVEMBER, HERE ARE THE TOP 5 THINGS TO KNOW AND DO: 1. Spend time with people who make you feel good: stay connected and make time to catch up with mates. 2. Talk, more. If someone you care about seems to be going through a tough time, they might not talk about it even if they want to. The first step in looking out for them is reaching out. 3. Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men in Australia. Globally, more than 1.4 million men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year. Know the facts and take action early. 4. Know thy nuts. Simple. Testicular cancer is the #1 cancer among young guys. Yet 62% of those who are most at risk don’t know how to check themselves. Find out how. 5. Move, more. Add more steps to your day.

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Hunters Hill showcases art Hundreds of art enthusiasts gathered at Town Hall on Friday 13 October for the official opening of the 2023 Hunters Hill Art Exhibition.

The exhibition, well known for its prestigious showcase of high-quality artworks, attracted over 440 entries from artists all across Australia. “Again, this year we have got a wonderful exhibition of both local and regional artists,” the Chair of the Hunters Hill Advisory Committee, Councillor Ross Williams, said. “Our committee has worked very hard to make the exhibition a great success, with over 270 entries being selected for display.” Councillor Williams presented the award recipients alongside Deputy Mayor of Hunters Hill, Elizabeth Krassoi, who officially opened the presentation of exhibition prizes. Anna Letsios, was awarded the major Hunters Hill Art Prize for her artwork ''The Grotto". OTHER AWARD WINNERS INCLUDED: • Nora Heysen Award - Ardele Blignault for "Turtle Pond, Tarban Creek'' • Maison Dental Smaller Works - Judy Smith for "Day's First Dawning''

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• Watercolour Prize - Richard Bardsley-Smith for "Liz & Nic's Wall" • Hunters Hill Hotel Sculpture Prize - Simon Treseder for "Sea Beauty'' • Regional Art Prize - Helen Oram for "The Plait". HIGHLY COMMENDED ARTWORKS WERE ALSO ACKNOWLEDGED DURING THE EVENT, INCLUDING: • Smaller Works - Jenny Needham for "Water Dragon of Suburbia" • Sculpture Prize - Amber Helliwell for "Creature" • Sculpture Prize - Vivienne Lowe for "Ebb” • Regional Art Prize - Kevan Rush for "Like Sardines" • Hunters Hill Art Prize - Marilyn Ross for "Aerial view at the Quay". Throughout the event, visitors were accompanied by guest pianist Michael Hope and were served light refreshments by Taylors Wines and Cooked by Jacki.

Sculpture Prize Winner Simon Treseder's 'Sea Beauty

HH Art Prize winner Anna Letsios with her work 'The Grotto'

Maison Dental Smaller Works Winner Judy Smith for 'Day's First Dawning'

Watercolour Prize winner Richard Bardsley-Smith's 'Liz & Nic's Wall'

Regional Art Prize - Helen Oram for 'The Plait'

Hunters Hill Medical Practice People's Choice Winner Simon Piccioni for The Flight of Calm Thoughts

Nora Heysen Award won by Ardele Blignault for Turtle Pond, Tarban Creek

Voting for the People’s Choice and Kids Choice awards remained open for the duration of the exhibition.

Hunter’s Hill Council congratulates all winners of the Hunters Hill Art Exhibition and thanks all event partners, volunteers, artists and staff for their valuable contribution in the staging of this great event.

Following the successful event, Hunters Hill Medical Practice People’s Choice and Kids Choice award winners were announced as Simone Piccioni for “The flight of calm thoughts” and Samara LeTard for “Morning Whispers”.

Council’s season of art will continue with a student-focused exhibition, Young In Art which opens on 9 November 2023.

For more information about Young in Art or the Hunters Hill Art Exhibition, visit Council’s website at

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Why Lyn is leaving the ultimate gift to the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation Lyn’s son Mark arrived at the Sutherland District Hospital in 1979. Her joy quickly turned to shock when told that he was born with a combination of serious health problems. Mark was born five weeks prematurely with H-type Fistula, which affects one in 375,000 children. This meant that food and liquid could enter the lungs resulting in life-threatening respiratory conditions. Mark was also born with a harelip and cleft palate. Mark was transferred to the Prince of Wales Children’s Hospital (now Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick). Mark's future was uncertain – it was suggested Lyn might want to baptise him. Lyn’s mother’s intuition held her back and she said, ‘No, I’ll have him baptised later’. After several major operations, Mark spent 10 months in the Intensive Care Unit. The results were extraordinary - he could eat without a feeding

tube and his harelip and cleft palate recovered after surgery. Miraculously, Mark fully recovered and is now married with two beautiful children. Mark’s miracle inspired Lyn to leave a gift in her Will to Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation (SCHF). ‘I’m a retired Mum. I may not be in the position to make a significant donation today but through my Will I can in the future. Any gift I leave, I know, will go to help little babies like Mark to survive and thrive’. Leaving a gift in your Will to SCHF, even as little as 1%, can elevate great healthcare to extraordinary healthcare’. Anne McFadden, Head of Planned Giving, SCHF.

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


NOVEMBER 2023 New Mayor and Deputy Mayor

I am honoured to have been elected as Mayor by my colleagues for the next 12 months. First and foremost, I'd like to extend my heartfelt thanks to the former Mayor, Councillor Andrew Zbik, for his dedicated service over the past two years, during which he worked tirelessly for the residents of Lane Cove. I would also like to extend a warm welcome to Councillor David Roenfeldt, who has assumed the role of Deputy Mayor. We are committed to working together to provide our community with certainty regarding the successful delivery of several major infrastructure projects. Our goal is to align the decisions of the Council with strategic outcomes that will directly benefit our community. We believe that through collaboration, dedication, and a shared vision, we can make a positive impact on our community's growth and prosperity.

October Council meeting • Closure of Canberra Avenue, St Leonards The Council has passed a resolution to confirm its intention to partially close Canberra Avenue, specifically the section from its intersection with River Road to Duntroon Avenue. This closure is aimed at integrating the land into Newlands Park, thereby expanding the public open space by an impressive 4,000 square metres and contributing to an increase in tree canopy. In the spirit of community engagement, feedback from the community for inclusions into the upgraded park have been considered. These include the potential addition of amenities such as toilets, multipurpose courts, and a dog park.

sympathies to anyone who has family and friends caught up in the fighting, and condemn the hostile actions taken by Hamas against innocent people. Likewise, antisemitism in Australia cannot be tolerated. A Mayoral Minute on this topic was supported by Council at the October meeting. You can read it on Council’s website. • Strong Financial Result In my capacity as Mayor, I am pleased to present the annual financial statements for the year ending 30 June 2023, that were approved at the October meeting. These financial statements continue to showcase the robust financial position that our Council has diligently strived to establish and uphold over the past decade. I concur with the report's

assertion that this financial outcome is particularly remarkable in light of the inflationary challenges encountered over the past year, with the noteworthy increase of the community's net assets by 14.5%, amounting to $1,404,807,000. Below, you will find some highlighted financial ratios that may pique your interest. • Parking restriction for boat trailers park next to Kingsford Smith Oval To address the persistent problem of trailers parked on the streets around Kingsford Smith Oval, Council has resolved to refer this issue to the Traffic Committee to seek their recommendations. The objective is to implement parking restrictions that will prohibit the parking of boat trailers in the vicinity of Kingsford Smith Oval.

October events

In the month of October, I had the privilege of attending the following events: 1. A Citizenship Ceremony, during which 65 candidates took the important step of becoming Australian citizens. 2. A Small Business Breakfast organised by former Councillor Karola Brent in collaboration with Lane Cove Council. The event featured special guest speakers, including Catherine Continued on page 24 >

This development, which creates additional community open space, complements the recently completed Wadanggari Park, further enhancing the recreational and leisure opportunities available to the local community. • Blackman Park Synthetic Sports Field Replacement Council resolved to replace the synthetic field at Blackman Park in 2024. Disposal and recycling of the existing surface is to commence in early 2024 and due for completion time by June 2024. • Hamas terrorist attack on Israel It has been devastating to watch the escalation of the conflict in Israel and Palestine. I extend my heartfelt TVO 23

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Mayor's Column, continued from page 23 Harris AO PSM, Co-founder and Chairperson of Harris Farm Markets. It's worth noting that this event received funding from the NSW Government as part of NSW Small Business Month, and delivered with support from Lane Cove Council. 3. On Sunday 8 October, I had the honour of participating in the opening of the Lane Cove Rotary Fair. The Rotary Club of Lane Cove, a longstanding not-for-profit service club, has been actively serving the Lane Cove community since its inception in 1958. The fair is a testament to their dedication, and it serves as a platform for fundraising and supporting various local, national, and international projects. 4. It was truly enjoyable to have the opportunity to introduce the INXS cover band at The Canopy. I still recall my first encounter with INXS back in the early '80s when I saw them perform in Taree, and I've remained a dedicated fan of their music ever since.

Council Meetings

The next Council meeting will be held on Thursday 16 November followed by the final meeting for 2023 on Thursday 7 December. 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.

Remembrance Day Saturday 11 November, from 10:45am – 11:30am, Lane Cove Plaza Pay tribute to and remember all those who sacrificed their lives in service to their country.

Tree of Joy

Share Christmas joy with those less fortunate by selecting a gift tag from the Tree of Joy. Donate your gift (unwrapped) at the Lane Cove Civic Centre, Lane Cove Library or St Leonards Library from Friday 17 November until Friday 8 December. We appreciate your kindness and generosity. Melbourne Cup Tuesday 7 November, 3:00pm, Lane Cove Plaza and The Canopy The race that stops a nation will be broadcast from 3:00pm in Lane Cove Plaza and The Canopy.

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Pedal around Lane Cove on this small-group, 3-hour bicycle tour and follow your guide to discover the suburb's vibrant street art scene. Book online:

Have Your Say

Lane Cove residents have access to high quality open space and we are currently asking the community for feedback on two areas Stringybark Reserve and Burns Bay Reserve. We are creating masterplans for these popular spaces and are keen to hear what you’d like to see in the area. You can find out more at haveyoursay. and provide feedback by Friday 23 November. We’ll then review responses and develop a draft masterplan for further consultation next year.

Street Art Cycle Tour Sunday 12 November, 10:30am – 1:30pm, departs Cameraygal Park, Lane Cove

Learn to Love your Laptop Thursdays 9 and 16 November, 10:00am – 11:30am, Lane Cove Library

Screen on the Green: Shark Tale (G) Friday 10 November, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Burns Bay Reserve, Riverview Bring your picnic rug and snacks and join us at Burns Bay Reserve for the fun family movie, Shark Tale (G).

Experienced computer trainer, Ferg Brand, will deliver a two-lesson program on Windows 10 and Windows 11 to help you feel more confident using your laptop. Book online:

What’s on Lane Cove November 2023

Speechie Library Talk Wednesday 15 November, 1:30pm – 2:30pm, Lane Cove Library Do you have a child between 0-5 years old? Would you like to develop their language skills? Meet local speech pathologists, read Speech Pathology Australia’s Book of the Year 2023 winning books, and find out more about how you can support your child’s language and literacy development at home. Book online: Lane Cove Literary Awards Ceremony 2023 Wednesday 15 November, 6:15pm for 6:30pm, Lane Cove Library We request the pleasure of your company at the Awards Ceremony for the Lane Cove Literary Awards 2023. Join us for this celebration of literature as we announce the winners of this years’ Awards. Book online: Book Launch – Lane Cove Poets’ Reflection Anthology 2023 Monday 20 November, 6:15pm – 7:30pm, Lane Cove Library Celebrate the launch of the Lane Cove Poets’ Reflection Anthology 2023. This anthology brings together the wide-ranging contributions of 13 poets. Discover poems that showcase the natural beauty of the Lane Cove area along with poems of joy, humour and life’s experiences. Book online:

International Games Week for Kids Tuesday 14 November, 3:30pm – 4:30pm, Lane Cove Library Friday 17 November, 3:30pm – 4:30pm, St Leonards Library In Conversation with Peter Fitzsimons – The Last Charge of the Australian Light Horse Tuesday 21 November, 6:15pm – 7:30pm, Lane Cove Library Join Peter Fitzsimons, bestselling author of ‘Kokoda’ and ‘Gallipoli’, as he tells the extraordinary story of the Australian Light Horse. Their defining World War I battle was at the seemingly unassailable town of Beersheba, in October 1917.

The annual Christmas celebration for the whole family! Featuring free kids activities, entertainment, special performances and of course, lighting the Plaza Christmas Tree!

Scrabble Afternoons for Kids Every Thursday during the school term, 3:30pm – 5:00pm, Lane Cove Library Learn and play scrabble for free with volunteers from NSW Scrabble. No booking required.

Book online: Stop Motion Animations Friday 24 November, 2:30pm – 4:30pm, Lane Cove Library Join us as we create our own short animation using a range of materials. For adults. Cost $5.00 per person + booking fee. Book online: Ben’s Book Club: Violet Kelly and the Jade Owl by Fiona Britton Tuesday 28 November, 7:30pm – 8:30pm, online event Join best-selling author Ben Hobson in conversation with Fiona Britton, Sydney author, to discuss her mysterious novel ‘Violet Kelly and the Jade Owl’. A Shorelink Libraries free event. Book online:

Lighting of the Christmas Tree Friday 1 December, 3:30pm – 8:00pm, Lane Cove Plaza

Create paper dominoes, a snakes and ladders board with player pieces, and your own catapult basketball games set to take home! No bookings required.

Celebrate the Festival of Lights Join us to celebrate Diwali in Lane Cove! The Lane Cove Indian Community will be creating a beautiful Rangoli at Lane Cove Library, which will be on display from 4-18 November. Plus, we’ll be at Lane Cove Plaza on Saturday 18 November 10:00am – 12:00pm with a familyfriendly event.

Bluey Live Christmas Experience! Friday 1 December, shows at 3:00pm, 4:00pm and 5:00pm, The Canopy Wackadoo! Bluey and her little sister Bingo are heading to Lane Cove – for real life! Get ready to play Veranda Santa, Keepy Uppy and more. Free event. No booking required but we recommend you arrive early to grab a spot on the grass.

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What’s on Lane Cove November 2023 Affordable and simple solar for locals Council’s Community Renewables Program is designed to help Lane Cove residents transition to affordable solar solutions, including solar panels, batteries, and virtual power plants. Save money on your energy bill and help build community resilience in the face of rising power prices. Join us on Tuesday 14 November and Wednesday 22 November to learn about solar, view products on offer, and design the perfect solar system for your home. Plus, the ShineHub experts will be on hand to answer all your questions! Power a better tomorrow by registering your interest at lanecove

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Insomnia and mental disorders are linked. But exactly how is still a mystery. WORDS: BEN BULLOCK (Senior Lecturer, Psychology, Swinburne University of Technology)

The 2004 movie The Machinist gives us a striking depiction, albeit a fictional one, of the psychological effects of chronic insomnia. When people don’t have enough sleep, their memory and concentration are impaired in the short term. They are also less able to regulate their emotions.

How the brain responds to sleep loss may be connected to how systems in the brain control cognition, emotion and reward. Disturbances of these brain functions are implicated in a range of mental disorders; inflammation and/ or dysfunction of the immune system may underlie both insomnia and mental disorders.

If sleeping difficulties continue, longer-term psychological effects can include anxiety, depression, mania and psychosis. Indeed, Christian Bale’s character in The Machinist has increasingly vivid visual hallucinations and paranoid delusions as his insomnia deepens.

Which comes first? Further complicating the picture is evidence showing insomnia can occur before someone develops a mental disorder, or afterwards. Researchers call this a “bidirectional” relationship.

The relationship between insomnia and mental disorders is complex. It’s not just a case of “which comes first, the insomnia or the mental disorder?” Insomnia and mental disorders are interrelated in ways we don’t yet fully understand.

We can’t say one causes the other. We can only say there is a clear link between them.

What is insomnia? Is it a mental disorder? Insomnia is, by far, the most common disorder of sleep. An estimated 12-15% of Australian adults at any one time meet criteria for insomnia. People with insomnia have frequent and ongoing difficulties in falling and staying asleep, and/or going back to sleep after early waking. Insomnia not only affects people’s quality of sleep, but how they function the next day.

This link means diagnosis and treatment of one can have implications for diagnosis and treatment of the other. For instance, if you don’t adequately treat insomnia, this can worsen symptoms of someone’s mental disorder, increasing both the severity and risk of relapse. A type of talking therapy known as cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia (CBTi) aims to change the unhelpful thoughts, feelings, emotions and behaviours that contribute to insomnia. And, in many cases, successful treatment of insomnia with CBTi can also treat someone’s mental disorder (and vice versa).

Many of the factors that trigger insomnia and help maintain its negative long-term effects are psychological or behavioural. These include:

CBTi is particularly effective at treating insomnia plus depression, substance use or post-traumatic stress disorder. But it is less effective at treating insomnia plus psychosis or bipolar disorder.

• psychosocial stressors (such as money, work or family problems)

Filling the gaps

• attentional bias and worry about sleep (the more we think and worry about sleep, the worse it gets) • poor sleep habits (such as irregular sleep and wake times). Insomnia is not a mental disorder in the same way that, say, depression and anxiety are mental disorders. Insomnia is a recognised sleep disorder that nonetheless has close links to a wide variety of mental disorders.

Many people have both insomnia and a mental disorder Around half of all people diagnosed with insomnia also have an associated mental disorder. The most common ones associated with insomnia are depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and substancerelated disorders. We don’t (yet) know why we see such high levels of mental disorders in people with insomnia. But there are several leading theories, including: a shared genetic risk for insomnia and a mental disorder. In other words, some people’s genes may predispose them to both conditions.

There’s much we don’t know about the link between insomnia and mental disorders. Last year an international panel of experts outlined the research needed to plug the knowledge gaps. Recommendations included: • Longer-term studies starting in childhood and adolescence that collect data on sleep and mental health using wearable or smartphone technologies. • More studies involving people from diverse social and cultural backgrounds. • A greater recognition of people’s daytime behaviours and environmental exposures, and their contribution to insomnia and poorer mental health. Results of this research will have profound implications for accurate diagnosis of both insomnia and mental disorders, and their treatment. The aim is to reduce the burden when these conditions occur together, both for individuals and society more broadly. This article was originally published on The Conversation

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Men’s Day and a guide to better health for men WORDS: DR CARL WONG


fficially, International Men’s Day 2023 takes place on 19 November each year. Now the cheeky response to this might be: But isn’t every day International Men’s Day?

Amongst many objectives, Men’s Day aims to highlight men’s health, and with good reason. Consider: • Australian men are more likely to get sick from serious health problems than Australian women. • Men die four years younger than women on average, with men dying in greater numbers than women in almost every non-gender-specific health problem. • Premature deaths account for 40% of all deaths in males. • Suicide and self-inflicted injuries were the leading causes of ill-health and premature death in the below 44-year age group (are more than three times as likely as women to die from suicide). Coronary heart disease was the leading cause in the 45 to 85-year age group. • In 2022, more than half of the total ill-health and premature death in males were from five areas: injuries, kidney disease, cardiovascular (heart) disease, endocrine disorders (eg diabetes) and cancers • Less than 1 in 30 men eat the recommended daily amount of fruit and vegetables • 3 out of 4 men are overweight or obese Men visit a doctor less frequently, have shorter visits and tend to visit much later in the course of an illness. A common misconception from this is that men have a lack of interest in their own health. But the reality is that studies have shown that most men do care about their own health but that men go about their healthcare differently to women. A man’s decision to seek professional medical help will depends on the nature of the illness, the duration of symptoms and the impact on his life. He is more likely to seek help when he feels the illness is serious, the symptoms are painful or disfiguring, prevents his performance in everyday activities, or for which he thinks treatment will be effective, compared to illnesses without these characteristics. It may not be a surprise to hear that research has also shown that men value collaborative interventions with their doctor, involving action-oriented problem-solving. When seeking care, men like a prompt resolution of their problems, or at least a clear plan to reach that outcome. Men tend to be reluctant to raise sexual or mental health 28 TVO

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

concerns themselves with their doctor but are welcoming and forthcoming with information, if these topics are raised by their doctor. Here are my tips to look after your male health: 1. Ignore the male stereotypes. The need to be stoic, selfreliant, and not wanting to bother the doctor for being too embarrassed or it being a sign of weakness to talk about your symptoms or feelings. All these stigmas are false and can be harmful to your health. Do not allow these stereotypes prevent you from seeking your healthcare needs. 2. Find a regular GP that you feel comfortable with. One way to live a long and healthy life, is to have a good longterm relationship with your GP who knows your medical history over time, can look after you holistically and tailor your healthcare needs as your life circumstances change with time. This can also motivate you to attend to see them more regularly. 3. Do not ignore any health symptoms believing them to be trivial, or delaying seeking medical help until the issue becomes extreme. For example, developing niggling chest discomfort could be an early warning sign of heart disease. 4. Prevention is better than cure! By attending for regular annual health checks, your GP will be able to screen for health conditions, meaning issues can be discovered (and treated) earlier. This should ideally be done at least every two years from the age of 30, and annually from the age of 45. 5. Talk about your health. If there is one truism, it’s that everyone gets older and our health deteriorates. Talking about your health concerns, especially with other males, can help destigmatise and normalise health issues and can allow encouragement to seek further medical help. Communitybased organisations, such as Men’s Sheds, are a great place for this 6. R U Ok? Depression, anxiety, loneliness, and isolation. If you are experiencing, any of these issues and more, please do not suffer alone. Talk to a loved one, and seek professional medical and psychological help straight away. Australian men generally enjoy better health and longer life expectancy than men in most other countries in the world. Men don’t always address health risk factors as effectively as they could, so there is still room for improvement. By making your men’s (or the male person that you know) health a priority, it will certainly lead you to a happier and healthier longer life.

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Lane Cove Theatre Company presents: The Little Mermaid Adapted from Hans Christian Anderson Directed by Alexei Belchenko Musical Direction by Chelsea Taylor 10-26 November at The Performance Space @ St Aidan’s in Longueville

Lane Cove Theatre Company Season 2024: "Unexpected Consequences” Tickets are available now for all four 2024 productions Including the hilarious Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s Murder Mystery, Martin McDonagh's bitingly dark comedy The Lieutenant of Inishman, the powerful drama Radium Girls and the annual children's musical. Season 2024 has something for everyone. To book your annual season tickets go to

Journey under the sea with Ariel and her friends in The Little Mermaid. Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories, The Little Mermaid is an enchanting look at the sacrifices we all make for love and acceptance. Ariel longs to be part of the human world. In a magical underwater kingdom, she longs to leave her ocean home – and her fins – behind and live in the world above. After bravely striking a bargain with Ursula, a sneaky sea witch, Ariel embarks on the adventure of a lifetime. But the fate of her father’s kingdom is in her hands. With Flounder and Sebastian at her side, Ariel will need all of her courage and determination to make things right in both her worlds. This dazzling production, suitable for the entire family, boasts a toe-tapping, hand-clapping score of pop music favourites and first-class theatre magic for old and young at heart. Share the wonder with your family as you dive into this beloved classic under the sea adventure. The Little Mermaid will enthral the whole family with its huge waves of happiness, hilarity and heart. So come and be part of our world as the curtain rises on this UNDER-THE-SEA, MUST SEE! Based on one of author Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic Disney animated film, The Little Mermaid is a classic and beautiful love story for the entire family. • 10-26 November 2023 at The Performance Space @ St Aidan's 1 Christina Street, Longueville • Tickets $30 / $25 conc / $23 groups 10+ / add $10 cheese plate / $8 dessert plate • Online booking 30 TVO

Hunters Hill Theatre ends the year with a home-grown comedy It appears that Hunters Hill Theatre has picked a winner on which to end the year. The Appleton Ladies Potato Race is a rollicking Australian comedy – perfect for the lead up to Christmas. Writer Melanie Tait has had a career as a radio presenter, author, journalist and playwright and following a stint in broadcasting at the ABC she returned to playwriting in 2019 and this gem of a play was first performed at the Ensemble Theatre. At its core, this play tells the story of financial disparity in the prize money offered at a local Agricultural Show, for the main event, the annual potato race. What’s more this is actually based on true events. Director Jennifer Willison says: “The Appleton Ladies Potato Race is a heart warming and humorous story about determination, female friendship, and the spirit of a small community in a NSW country town” The Appleton Ladies Potato Race opens on Friday 17 November and goes for three weeks, closing on Sunday 3 December. Get your tickets now for matinee or evening performances via the website or telephone the box office on 02 9879 7765. Bev: Linda Young Penny: Caroline Lloyd Rania: Moja Band

Barb: Judy Jankovics Nikki: Tonia Davis Director: Jennifer Willison

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What makes a house a home? Earth, worn brown patchwork, resembles a childhood teddy bear. Roads coil around the topography, Lake George to the left. Wind turbines, forests of blanched matchsticks, dwarfed from eagles’ aspect. Approaching the Southern Highlands, a wash of sage green seeps across the landscape, sombre pine timberlands dotted with verdant chartreuse. Rivers twist, ebony serpents, marking out valleys, turning tawny ochre, muddy from recent rain. Mountain cliffs; then over the horizon the ocean materialises. Abruptly, low over tensely packed suburbia, roads score arteries, veins and capillaries on this reclining giant. Tyres hit tarmac. A puff of blue smoke shears. Safely earthbound again. Bronnie Campbell

A lot of people use the words ‘house’ and ‘home’ interchangeably. And, admittedly, sometimes I do, too. But there’s a distinction, all the same. A house is a building or structure – four walls and roof – whose main purpose is to be occupied for habitation, protecting us from the elements. A home is different. A home is a place of refuge. A person’s most personal belongings are kept in a home. It’s where we should feel most safe and accepted. A home tells our story and expresses our interests. Making a home requires an emotional connection and sense of belonging, not physical things. Not every house is a home, of course. We can live in a house that doesn’t feel like a home. Or we can find ‘home’ in a house that isn’t even ours –because home isn’t a physical construct …it’s a feeling. The feeling of ‘home’ can’t be bought. It’s where the heart is. It’s an intimate relationship we have with the personal space we live in. A home reflects who we are, our personality, and how we choose to live our lives. What a privilege it has become to have somewhere to call home! Imagine then, for a moment, not having a house to begin with…

The Sunlight was fading, as we hurried home, with the sound of Autumn leaves crunching beneath our feet. We were warmly greeted by the Jack o’ lantern on the windowsill. The candlelight inside, illuminated its jagged smile. We were keen to examine our haul of trick or treat candy, but even more excited to welcome our annual visitor. Every Halloween night, to our delight, we would discover a pile of gifts on our porch. The card simply read, “from the Great Pumpkin.” My cousins, meanwhile, couldn’t wait until December 31st and a midnight visit from the New Year’s baby. Perihan Bozkurt

Many, not least the most vulnerable in our immediate community, and the key workers who care for us, will know firsthand just how difficult it has become to find (and keep!) a house in Lane Cove. Rents far beyond means; property values far beyond dreams, and; an increase in the ‘cost of living’ to boot. Where should I apply?! Advocating for local affordable housing for key workers 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… Join us for a journey through the latest television offerings with Stephen Miller, our seasoned TV enthusiast. He’s your trusted guide in identifying the cream of the crop and uncovering those hidden gems, ensuring that your precious screen time is well spent.

Beckham (Netflix)

David Beckham’s incredible journey from working-class roots to global football stardom is expertly captured in this engaging series directed by Oscarwinner Fisher Stevens. The narrative weaves through moments of triumph and despair, delivering an engrossing story that never overstays its welcome. With the affable and charismatic Beckham as the subject, this delightful binge-worthy show goes beyond football. Whether it gets him closer to a knighthood remains to be seen. ★★★★★ Why you should watch it: Watching Beckham is as satisfying as his trademark free kicks.

Crime (SBS OnDemand) and (Britbox)

With Irvine Welsh’s story and Dougray Scott’s lead performance, it’s much more than its generic title suggests. Dive into the gritty world and troubled psyche of DI Ray Lennox as he battles his inner demons through a highstakes crime investigation. A schoolgirl vanishes, a town trembles in fear, a police department is in turmoil, a hero is lost to his torment, and all the while, a ruthless killer waits to strike. ★★★★ Why you should watch it: Simple name, but complex, gripping storytelling and powerful acting.

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Lessons in Chemistry (Apple TV+)

Set in the early 1950s, Lessons in Chemistry follows Elizabeth Zott, a scientist whose career is derailed by a patriarchal society. Fired from her lab, she reinvents herself as a TV cooking show host, teaching both housewives and attentive men much more than just recipes. Touching on pressing social issues and enriched by Brie Larson’s talent, Lessons in Chemistry serves up ambitious and satisfying entertainment. ★★★★½ Why you should watch it: A solid, high-quality drama featuring an outstanding central performance.

Lupin: Series 1, 2, and 3 (Netflix) A modern rendition of the timeless French tale about Arsène Lupin, the renowned gentleman thief and a master of disguise, Season three of Lupin adheres to its established strengths, consistently delivering an addictive experience. With a charismatic star like Omar Sy in the lead, who needs a new approach? Across its seven episodes, the show skilfully weaves a captivating web of intrigue and delves deep into our hero’s complex relationships. ★★★★ Why you should watch it: If you’re new to Lupin, start with Series 1.

While the Men Are Away (SBS OnDemand)

The critics’ opinions were mixed, so you'll either love or hate this tonguein-cheek (sometimes other places too), queer dramedy about the Women’s Land Army in outback Australia during WW2. I personally really enjoyed it. Yes, it’s wildly historically inaccurate, but the story maintains a lively pace, and you unexpectedly become strongly invested in the well-developed characters and their emotional journeys. ★★★½ Why you should watch it: It’s intentionally light, so just suspend your belief and enjoy.

Sherwood (ABC iView)

This remarkable English drama series takes its inspiration from a true story and stands out with its exceptional cast. It weaves a captivating narrative around the meticulous investigation of two heinous murders within a tranquil Nottinghamshire town that shatter an already fractured community. This leads to one of the largest manhunts in British history while threatening to inflame historic divisions sparked during the Miners’ Strike three decades before. ★★★★ Why you should watch it: A gripping mystery that draws immense power from its sterling cast.

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What’s On: Gallery Lane Cove + Creative Studios

• SOLAR PLATE PRINTMAKING WORKSHOP WITH SUSAN BARAN - 2 & 3 December, 10am-4pm - Cost: $320 + $40 material fee (to be paid to Susan directly)

• SYDNEY PRINT MAKERS 2023 – EXHIBITION, ARTIST TALKS AND WORKSHOP Featuring artists: Karen Ball, Tina Barahanos, Susan Baran, Anthea Boesenberg, Ruth Burgess, Seong Cho, Neilton Clarke, Jacqui Driver, Salvatore Gerardi, Maximilian Gosling, Rew Hanks, Angela Hayson, Lea Kannar-Lichtenberger, Roslyn Kean, Therese Kenyon, Carmen Ky, George Lo Grasso, Graham Marchant, Seraphina Martin, Carolyn McKenzie-Craig, Esther Neate, Evan Pank, Janet ParkerSmith, Jenny Robinson, Marta Romer, Mark Rowden, Anna Russell, Gary Shinfield, Laura Stark, Andrew Totman, Thea Weiss, Mirra Whale, Ann Bewah Wu, Cheryle Yin-Lo, Sharon Zwi 8 November – 2 December Group exhibition by nationally and internationally acclaimed members of the Sydney Printmakers’ collective. Sydney Printmakers explore all traditional and contemporary forms of printmaking and have built up a reputation for excellence in the field. The collective aims to develop a dialogue between their practices and the wider audience by promoting the diversity of printmaking as a versatile, adaptive and engaging medium.

• OPENING EVENT: - Wednesday 15 November, 6-8pm • PUBLIC PROGRAM:

- Artists’ Talks Saturday 2 December, 11am-12pm

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In this workshop students will learn how to expose Solar plates establishing the correct exposure times and look at the various ways these plates can be printed to create beautiful handmade prints. Students will look at using photographic images as well as hand drawn and painted imagery. The material fee in this workshop covers plates and printmaking paper. Extra plates will be available to purchase during the workshop. Students are to wear covered shoes for safety and bring an apron. Notes will be sent out to students once they enrol with special instruction on how to get photographic transparencies. This workshop has a maximum capacity of six students. To book your spot, visit

COMING UP IN DECEMBER: • 2023 Lloyd Rees Emerging Artist Award 6 December – 23 December A national Art Prize for emerging artists aged 18-30 working in painting, drawing and printmaking.

• Xanthe Muston Collected Stories: Scenes from a Window 8 – 23 December Collected Stories: Scenes from a Window presents an exquisite selection of watercolour and mixed media paintings by Xanthe Muston, winner of the 2021 Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Award.

Riverview coffee group launches book of poems Every day, (except Sunday) a group of Lane Cove locals have been meeting for coffee at York’s Corner deli in Riverview. Founding members Keith Wilshire and Maggie Lawrence named their coffee group ‘The Riverview Coffee Collective’. “It all began after I moved to Lane Cove in 2014, Maggie said. “I’d stop at the York’s Corner Deli to grab a coffee as part of my daily power walk. It was there I met the late TV/Radio broadcaster, Paul Murphy and his long-term friend Harold Brown.

We included some lovely nature shots as well as pictures of the members and some of our get-togethers. We’ve dedicated the book to Paul, since it all really began with him,” he added. ‘It wasn’t our initial aim in self-publishing this book for it to be marketed to a general audience. But it seems to be gathering a momentum of its own,’ Maggie said. “The price that we put for the book was $19.99 AU and it is available on Amazon in Australia, U.S. and UK. However, I see that for some reason Amazon have put a high price on it. They seem to do this and then reduce the price later on. But it is frustrating for those of us who self-publish. If anyone wants a book it would be cheaper for them to pick one up or order one from Tony at the York’s Corner Deli in Riverview.’ Maggie said.

“The three of us became solid friends. We met nearly every day and others would join us and it was there that I also became good friends with Keith, said Maggie. “After Paul sadly passed away in 2020 the coffee group continued to grow.” “Maggie started writing funny limericks and poems reflecting our coffee get-togethers and life in Lane Cove at York’s Corner, and every day I sent them out as a text to the group,” said Keith. “Before long I felt inspired to write some of my own poems. Other coffee members contributed a few as well. Soon we had a collection of over 200. “We decided it would be nice for everyone in our coffee group to have a beautiful record of our sizeable daily reflections and this became our book called ‘Deli Ditties’. ADVERTORIAL

Give the gift of travel this Christmas Another year has flown past and here we are again contemplating the last few months of 2023 and the lead up to Christmas. This year we have seen an increase in holidays for multiple generations traveling together, with popular locations including Africa, South East Asia, the South Pacific, Europe – and the USA combining Hawaii & Disneyland. Something to consider this festive season or ahead into 2024 is sharing that special international or domestic travel experience with your extended family. There are many destinations and forms of travel to suit your group from river cruises, tropical resorts to cruise ship sailing. Catering for all interests and standards of travel, nothing can compare to travelling together as a family and exploring a new destination, creating precious moments to cherish forever. Most recently we have booked several big family groups to Fiji as well as Singapore and Bintan. These locations work wonderfully for groups of multiple generations offering opportunities for group experiences, as well as solo time. We can help co-ordinate the entire families’ movements from flights departing Australia, to booking accommodation suitable to each family structure and arranging group activities and bookings whilst away. Some of the group may prefer to extend and travel longer, which we can happily assist in tailoring the arrangements to suit each traveller. Helloworld Travel Lane Cove Owner and Manager, Debbi Ashes, has travelled for years with her family, Lauren, Natalie

and Courtney, the latter being a Senior Consultant at the agency as well now for 8 years. Now more recently their family travels with the next generation, Debbi and Rob’s 5 grandchildren. Vanuatu was the most recent of their family group holidays and next they’re embarking on the Disney Cruise line together in January 2024 from Sydney. So, if you are thinking of mobilising your extended family on a once in a lifetime holiday, look no further than the experienced team at Helloworld Travel Lane Cove. We know multi-generational travel first hand & we look forward to assisting you with your next holiday.

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Supporting Independent Artists: Brightening the Art World

Summer cocktail anyone?

Recently, I had the privilege of participating in The Other Art Fair at The Cutaway in Barangaroo, where over 130 talented visual artists showcased their creations. This renowned fair, known for its commitment to independent artists, provides an exceptional platform for these artists to shine and share their work with the world. In all my conversations with fellow exhibiting artists, one thing became abundantly clear – for many of them, being in the spotlight and discussing art sales isn't a walk in the park. Each artist poured their heart and soul into the fair, investing immense energy and effort. It was a labour of love, and it showed. Here are three simple ways you can enhance your support for these remarkable artists: Buy the Art and Don't Haggle: If you fall in love with a piece of artwork, consider making the leap and investing in it. You might even have the option to use services like Afterpay or Art Money for flexibility in your payments. Your purchase not only provides financial support to the artists, allowing them to continue pursuing their passion, but it also boosts their morale and determination. Support Artists in Other Ways: If buying art isn't feasible right now, there are still many ways to show your support. Follow artists on social media and occasionally share their posts to help spread the word about their work. Your efforts on social media mean more than you can imagine. Stay Connected: Sign up for your favourite artist's mailing lists so you can stay in the loop about their upcoming exhibitions and events. Being there in person to support them goes a long way in bolstering their artistic journey. And for those who want to support my journey as an artist, you can become a VIP by signing up at www.rosgervayart. com/pages/sign-up. This will keep you at the forefront of my art events, exhibitions, and exciting art releases. Remember, every ounce of encouragement and support you provide makes a world of difference in these artists' lives. Your kindness uplifts the art world and, in turn, brightens our shared human experience. @rosgervayart 36 TVO

It's the summer celebrating season and getting the drinks list is as important as the food. Chilled drinks need at least two hours in the fridge, or one hour in ice. For a large party where there may be dozens of bottles of champagne, wine and beers to chill down, start two hours earlier. Drinks tubs and eskies can be loaded up, bottles in first, then sprinkled over bagged ice. Servo ice can be hard to break up by hand. Take the bag outside onto concrete, and let the bag fall onto the concrete to break it up. Do this BEFORE opening the bag up. An esky with 12 bottles will need two bags of ice to chill, and if it’s a hot day, have another bag to top up about an hour into the party. This year, I’m in love with Lychee and Elderflower. This chilled cocktail is bright, fizzy and simple to make, and lovely to garnish with pretty skewers of whole lychee, orange slices and mint leaves. For six cocktails, you’ll need: 12 Lychee, peeled and stoned 6 large mint leaves for garnish 1 Lime, cut into thin slices 6 long skewers 90 mls of Lychee Liqueur 90 mls of Elderflower Cordial 1 bottle of chilled Prosecco 750ml Start by making your skewer garnish with two lychee, a mint leaf and a lime slice and keep chilled in the fridge. In a mixing jug, filled with one cup of ice, add the lychee liqueur and the elderflower cordial to chill down, stirring well, and strain into six tall highball glasses, without the ice. Top each glass up with the chilled prosecco and garnish with your lychee skewers. Serve immediately. Matches well with cumin spiced prawns, chili pork belly buns or salt and pepper tofu.



@ Longueville UC Hall, 47A Kenneth St, Longueville. TIME : 6.30pm Pizza; 7.15pm Movie. Tuesday 7 November : Ride Like a Girl (2019) – Australian biographical sports drama based on the story of Michelle Payne, the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup in 2015, starring Teresa Palmer and Sam Neill and directed by Rachel Griffiths in her debut as a director. Tuesday 5 December – The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) – Biographical comedy-drama based on the life and times of Charles Dickens as he wrote A Christmas Carol in 1843, starring Dan Stevens, Christopher Plummer and Jonathan Pryce.Bookings: 9428 4287 or 9427 4740. Cost $12 – BYO drinks.

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@ 10am till Noon. Cost $5.00 @ Longueville Uniting Church Hall, 47A Kenneth St, Longueville. Friendly and fun mornings with home-made morning tea in St Andrew’s UC Hall, 47A Kenneth St, Longueville. After chatting over morning tea, we continue with the fascinating ABC series “Backroads”. Enquiries : Chris on 9428 4287

At The Foot Of The Cherry Tree by Alli Parker

I have read a lot of historical fiction; it’s absolutely my comfort read. I’ve been to the Scottish highlands in the 1700s (who hasn’t!) I’ve travelled to Australia as a convict in the first fleet, I’ve spent lots and lots of time in France during World Wars, but this was the first time I’ve been in occupied Japan in 1946. This novel is nowhere near anything I’ve ever read before. At The Foot Of The Cherry Tree tells the story of Gordon and Cherry Parker. It is based on the true story of the author’s grandparents, Australia’s first Japanese war bride. We get to watch their first meeting (the sweetest meet cute ever!) We get to spend time with these two fine young people. We watch them fall in love, marry and want to live in Australia. We watch how relentlessly Gordon fights the White Australia Policy for the right to bring his wife home. It is an ‘incredibly powerful, moving, heart breaking and inspiring story’ Tania Blanchard said, and I completely agree. I loved this novel.

This book is the debut of Alli Parker, she is a young JapaneseAustralian author and screen writer. I wasn’t at all surprised when I found out she was a professional storyteller - this novel is one that ACCENT STRINGS: BACH TO BEATLES plays out in your head. You can see the bed Cherry hid beside, ~CONCERT~ you can see the hospital they work at, the decimated streets of Tuesday 28th November 2023 at Quartet: Hiroshima…it’s not just a moving account, it’s a wonderful love 7.30pm. story. I must have read it was based on a true story, but by the end Jane Stanley – Violin. Leo Kram – Violin. “Taverner Consort of Voices” had forgotten and was just swept along. When I read the afterword Taverner Consort of Voices, directed NeilThe Thompson – Viola. Emily Palethorpe – Cello. you can imagine the first thing I did was Google the real people… by Julie Blewitt, is a group of 20-30 exactly how I pictured them! This is a beautifully told, really visual Accent Strings is delighted to present sacred a program beginning with experienced singers performing secular music to theand Classical periodsstory, I won’t be at all surprised when it is made into a movie. someand wonderful music from from the the 14th Baroque 21st centuries music including works of including Bach, Vivaldi andcelebrating Mozart, followed by a I was lucky enough to read an early copy of At The Foot OF the Christmas. The choir will be supported Cherry Tree so it’s been a while since I have read it, but honestly, selection of contemporary pieces which will get your feet tapping. by talented soloists and instrumental these characters feel like friends. It’s incredible how often I think of These will include popular numbers by the Beatles, Leonard Cohen, accompaniment. Don and Cherry. Hope you love it just as much too! CyndiVenue: Lauper, Elton John and other millennial favourites. LCM St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, 19 Rosenthal Avenue, Lane Cove, Tuesday 9th Post May 2023 7.30pm. behind the Office andat opposite the Lane Cove Canopy Carpark. LCM Anglican Church (St. Andrew’s), ~


Bookings with TryBooking can bebehind the Post Office. 19 Rosenthal Avenue, Lane Cove, accessed via our website from Tuesday Free parking opposite at The Canopy 7th November 2023: Bookings with TryBooking, accessed via our website from: Review by: Anna Loder. Anna is the founder of and the podcast th Limited at Tuesday 18admission April 2023: of the same name. She is a book fanatic and door on the night, cash only. owns a second-hand bookshop and café in Limited admission (cash only) at the door on the night, online online bookings preferred. Cronulla. Adults $30, Students $10. bookings preferred. Adults $30, Students $10 enquiries are welcome at 9428 4287. Enquiries are welcome at 9428 4287.

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The Interview

A SHORT STORY BY JENNY ENGLAND Interview Room. City Central Police Station. 08.15 am 25.12.2023 Detective Johnson switched on the tape recorder, relaxed into his chair and placed his notepad on the desk in front of him. He stared directly at the old man sitting opposite and began the interview. “Good Morning. I am Detective Johnson. This is Constable Watkins,” he said gesturing to his sidekick. “For the record can you please state your name, address and date of birth”. “Santa Claus. 1 Christmas Lane, North Pole. Not sure about birth date, late C14th I think.” “So,” Detective Johnson began, “you say you are Santa Claus.” “Yes. That is correct.” Detective Johnson picked up the arrest sheet. “It says here you were arrested last night for Break and Enter after being caught climbing through a window at 4 Boronia Drive, Kiama.” “Yes. But I wasn’t breaking in. I was delivering gifts. Don’t you know what Santa does?”

Detective Johnson jotted a few things down on his notepad then turned to Constable Watkins. “Did he have anything with him besides the empty sack?” he asked him. The Constable instantly shook his head. “OK ,” Detective Johnson said, turning back to the old man. “So why was your sack empty?” “Magic. The sack automatically fills with the right gifts for the children of the house as soon as I am under the Christmas Tree,” the old man explained. “Hmm. And why are you not wearing the red outfit Santa is supposed to wear.” “I can explain that too,” the old man replied. “Mrs Claus sent it to the cleaners and it wasn’t back in time so I had to make do with this,” he said as he stood and pointed to his dishevelled pants and shirt. ”And before you ask about the reindeer and sleigh, they were frightened off by the sirens of the police car. They will come back and get me when I am released.” “Well, I think that is enough for now,” Detective Johnson sighed, turned off the recorder and turned to his Constable again. “Take him back to the cells. We’ll talk to him again a bit later.” “The cells are pretty crowded,” the Constable replied. “So how many more do we have to interview today?” “53…it’s going to be a long day.”

“Hmm. Do you have any identification on you?”

“God, I hate Christmas,” Detective Johnson exclaimed.

“What! No, Santa doesn’t need identification,” the old man exclaimed.

Yeah. Me too,” Constable Watkins added as he turned back and escorted the old man out of the interview room.




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Australians are charitable by nature

Ways to donate include:

- and during times of crisis this is definitely the case, such as the $500 million donated during the 2019-20 bushfire appeal. As we approach the end of a difficult financial year for many, the festive season is not only a time for giving to friends and family, but it is also a time for helping those struggling in the local community. The Charities Aid Foundation report on World Giving Index 2022 ranked Australia as the fourth most generous country among 119 countries with 3 in 5 Australians making a financial donation to a charity (CAF 2022). People decide to donate for a number of reasons, including to align with values and cultural identity, for personal reasons, and they are concerned about ‘doing the right thing’, and ‘giving back’ (McGregor-Lowndes et al. 2017). In Australia, philanthropy and giving to charity occurs in numerous ways. Philanthropy Australia defines philanthropy as the giving of money, time, information, goods and services, influence and voice to improve the wellbeing of humanity and the community.

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1. One time donation - The donor gives a specific amount of money to the nonprofit organisation.

2. Recurring donations – These are gifts made at a regular interval, such as each month, biannually or annually.

3. Legacy donations - Legacy donations take many forms, including annuities, several kinds of trusts, and bequests made through wills.

4. Tribute or Memorial donations - Tribute

donations can be made in honour or memory of a loved one, friend or colleague.

5. Physical Property donations - Nonprofits can

accept tangible property items like cars, boats and even real estate as charitable donations.

6. In-kind donations - These are non-cash gifts that can include time, services and physical goods.

7. Volunteering – time willingly given for the common good and without financial gain.

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Meeting House Hub 23a Stokes Street, Lane Cove North


At the end of the month, Tuesday 28 November 2023, it will be Giving Tuesday. This is a global generosity movement and is a day encouraging people to give, whether it’s by donating time, a monetary donation, or using the power of your voice in your local community. Maybe you can help a neighbour or stranger, make someone smile, give your time as a volunteer to an organisation such as Sydney Community Services, or make a monetary donation. As we approach the festive season, Sydney Community Services will again be asking for food donations and support for those most in need. The holiday season can often be a time of struggle and hardship for many. Some members of our community have experienced immense hardship. This has placed a strain on their ability to provide the extra financial commitment that occurs during the Christmas period. In addition to this, many people often spend Christmas alone. A donation, both in kind or a monetary amount, will provide extra joy for a family, couple, or a single person on Christmas morning. But remember, our local community benefits from your donations throughout the year and not just at specific times. Every donation, large or small, makes a difference in our local community.  A donation can help someone participate in a social bus outing, enjoy a warm meal and meet new friends.  A donation can support someone experiencing financial difficulty so they can receive meals.  Provide support for a carer caring for someone with a disability so they can receive respite.

 A donation can mean a client who is legally blind can receive some home modifications to their home to make it safe.  Your donation can help a young mother and family facing eviction pay their rent.

There are many easy ways to support and donate to Sydney Community Services: 1. Make a donation over the phone: 02 9427 6425. 2. Come in and visit us and make an in-person donation: 1 Pottery Lane, Lane Cove. 3. Visit our website and use the donate button, Donate to our Christmas hamper drive, after visiting 4. the Tree of Joy at the Gladesville Shopping Village. Then drop your donation at 46 Gladesville Rd, Hunters Hill. 5. Look out for the Sydney Community Services Christmas trolley at the Lane Cove Woolworths and make a festive food donation of non-perishable food and toiletries. Thank you for your generosity - everyone has something to contribute and can make a big difference to the local community on Giving Tuesday, during the festive season, or any day of the week. Consider making a donation today and help Sydney Community Services support the local community.

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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WHAT’S ON NOVEMBER 2023 Book Club Lane Cove Hub Activities HEAD OFFICE

1 Pottery Lane, Lane Cove

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Monday 20 November 1.30-2.30pm Cost: $5 inc book and afternoon tea

Movement Matters

Tuesdays and Wednesdays Accepting expressions of interest for Term 1, 2024. Contact us for more details.

Mah Jong

Social Bridge / Solo / Rummikub Thursdays 12.30-3.30pm Cost: $5 inc afternoon tea


Thursdays 2, 16, 30 November 10am-12noon Cost: $5 inc morning tea

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

Wednesdays 1.00-3.45pm Cost: $5 inc afternoon tea.

Seniors Hub Hunters Hill-Ryde Hub Activities

If you are a family member or carer of someone living with dementia, take some time out knowing we are looking after your loved one.

46 Gladesville Road, Hunters Hill

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 Return trip from your home to Lane Cove shops. Cost: $12

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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!

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. This month several outings are planned including a trip to Macquarie Shopping Centre and a visit to the Chau Chak Wing Museum with morning tea. Contact us for the full program.

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2nd Monday each month 10am – 4pm

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. For more details contact Rosemary

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Christmas Luncheon

BOOMers Mens Group BOOMers for senior independently mobile men who enjoy an opportunity to socialise and visit interesting places in the company of other men.


PLUS: Guest appearance of a super saxophone player!

Contact us for the full November program. When: Fridays Departs: 10.00am from Lane Cove Hub, Pottery Lane Returns: 2.00pm Cost: $20 including morning tea and lunch

Glass of bubbles on arrival

Join us for a festive Christmas lunch

Date: Monday 27 November 2023 Time: 12 noon-2pm Cost: $30 Lane Cove Hub, Park View Room, 1 Pottery Lane, Lane Cove Enjoy a three-course meal with all the trimmings, an abundance of Christmas cheer, with friends and a complimentary glass of bubbles. Bookings Essential: P: 9427 6425 E:


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Disability Supports

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)

Meeting House Playgroups 2023

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Seniors Computer Club

Moocooboola Computer Club

Join the 'Moocooboola Computer Club for Seniors' and learn new computer skills. Explore the internet, utilise online banking, plan holidays, edit digital photos, watch the share market, send and receive emails. Computers supplied. Contact us for times and more information. INVITATION: Please join us for our Annual General Meeting on 2 November 2023, from 2pm at 44 Gladesville Rd. P: 9 816 5293 or 9879 4588 (during club sessions) E:

Meeting House Playgroups 2023

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9.30am to 11.30am Come along and join us...WHEN: WHERE: At the Meeting House Hub, 23a Stokes St, Lane Cove North

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The Lane Cove Rotary Fair Over the second Sunday of October the Rotary Club of Lane Cove held their Annual Rotary Fair. Such a joy to see parents chasing their kids around because something new and exciting had caught their little eyes. It was such a fantastic day in the sun. The Fair sprawled all over Lane Cove, the Canopy cinema area was packed

Are you considering respite care? If you are a family member or carer of someone living with dementia, it is important you have regular breaks to avoid burn out and to give yourself a chance to recharge. At our Sydney Community Services Hunters Hill-Ryde Seniors Hub, your friend or family member will be given the opportunity to socialise and meet other people in the safety of a welcoming environment, with the help of our support workers, whilst you have the chance to take a break. Many people with dementia find new environments and new people unsettling, so becoming a regular visitor at our Seniors Hub will help everyone adjust to each other and the surroundings. Every month the Sydney Community Services ‘Seniors Hub’ at Hunters Hill-Ryde offers a varied program of activities for seniors. We visit different destinations throughout the month but also enjoy activities at the Hub. If you are a carer, take some time out knowing we are looking after your loved one. Contact us to learn more about our programs throughout the month or to book a place on an outing.

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I’d like to firstly thank all the Rotary volunteers for their preparation and service. Bringing the community and abroad together is a skill and on the 8th you all did it beautifully. The Lane Cove Rotary Fair was also a great opportunity for small businesses. The private stalls selling clothing, food and other accessories were great to see and try out. Thank you, Lane Cove Council, for your hard work and facilitation to create such fantastic business opportunity on such a community filled day for small businesses trying to make it big time. I’d like to take this time to reflect and pray for peace and unity between Israel and Palestine. Having seen the images and read the reports over the last few weeks, I’m dumbfounded that there are people in NSW that wish to justify the violence and terrorism. I stand with our Jewish Brothers and Sisters during this time. Antisemitism has no place in our society and our Jewish community must feel safe in our own country. The hundreds of men, women, children, and babies who have been mercilessly killed based on their religious beliefs. You are all in my prayers at this time. I remain hopeful that peace is achieved as quickly as possible, so that innocent Israeli and Palestinian civilians are spared from further violence and bloodshed. Let us all stand united against terrorism.



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Our Art Season Continues!

Recognising our local heroes

Made up of submissions from all eight schools in the Hunters Hill area, Young in Art is a free-entry exhibition that celebrates the creativity and hard work of both students and their teachers.

These awards – in which winners will be announced at a special ceremony on Thursday 18 January 2024 – give our community a chance to recognise the deeds and achievements of some outstanding individuals.

There will be prizes for the best artworks in each art category, plus, it’s an opportunity for many of our young artists to bring their family and friends to Town Hall and show off their creations.

You can nominate people in three categories: Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year (for people aged 12-25), and our Community Heroes.

Following on from the success of the Hunters Hill Art Exhibition, the season of art in Hunters Hill continues with the upcoming Young in Art Show.

I am always impressed by the level of skill and creativity demonstrated by our young artists and I have no doubt this year’s exhibition will bring enjoyment to all our visitors once again. I hope many of you can come and visit the exhibition to see the great work on display and support our incredible local talent. Young in Art will be open to the public this month from Thursday 9 November until Sunday 12 November at Town Hall. Stay up-to-date with all the Young In Art news at

Nurturing Safe Drivers

Our council is committed to making our community a safer place for everyone. One of the places we are constantly seeking improvement is our road safety around local schools. As part of our Hunters Hill’s Road Safety Program, we have been working with local schools on a safe drop off initiative. Schools get very busy around pick up and drop off time and with so many kids out and about so it is important to keep them as safe and visible as possible. We have revamped the imaging and messaging of the bollards at the pick-up and drop-off zones outside each of our four local high schools. These bollards are a visual reminder to drivers to be mindful of their surroundings and to take the utmost care in the around school zones. As part of our efforts, we are also working with Transport for NSW to bring the latest in our series of ‘Teach a Learner Driver’ workshops to Hunters Hill residents. The free online session for parents and supervisors of learner drivers offers practical advice around safe driving and positive learning experiences. The next session is on Wednesday 22 November, from 6pm to 7.30pm. For more information and to register, visit

Nominations are open for City of Ryde’s 2024 Citizen of the Year Awards, and I encourage everyone to put forward a worthy recipient.

The awards are held under the auspices of the Australia Day Council of NSW and judging is conducted by a local selection panel. Nominations close on Sunday 26 November 2023. Go to for more details and to find the nomination form. The City of Ryde will be helping to tackle men’s health this month with a series of MOvember-themed events. We’re opening up ‘The Barbershop’ in collaboration with Meadowbank TAFE where men are encouraged to come in for a free haircut and to hear about some important topics that may not always come up in everyday conversation. Some of those topics include building a relationship with your GP, wellbeing and social isolation, being a dad, tackling difficult conversations, respectful relationships, and community connection. MOvember is a terrific charity changing the face of men’s health worldwide by raising funds to deliver innovative, breakthrough research and support programs that enable men to live happier, healthier, and longer lives. Go to www. for details. Author, comedian, and broadcaster Wendy Harmer is visiting Ryde Library on Thursday 16 November from 7.008.30pm to discuss her frank, fearless, and funny memoir Lies My Mirror Told Me with Carolyn Swindell, a Gladesvillebased writer, producer, and comedian. This promises to be a revealing and entertaining evening, so go to AuthorsPlatform to book your spot. We have a chance to keep football World Cup fever alive with the staging of the Street Football World Cup Tournament and Community Festival at Meadowbank Park Sports Fields on Sunday 19 November from 9.00am4.00pm. This one-day football tournament is about celebrating the many language groups and cultures throughout our region through participation in the world game. Go to www.ryde. for details. And, finally, I’d like to thank my fellow City of Ryde Councillors for re-electing me Mayor at the September Council meeting. It continues to be a tremendous honour and privilege.

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