Volunteers' News

Volunteers’ News April 2019

Last month I was fortunate to host my English friend Angela from Kent on several excursions around Sydney Harbour. It was a great opportunity to experience the sheer size and beauty all around us on a number of days.

Wendy Whiteley’s Secret Garden, Lavender Bay
The first excursion was by ferry to Lavender Bay to Wendy’s Secret Garden which she created with the help of volunteers on derelict railway land. It is an oasis of cool greenery, with artefacts and lovely nooks with tables and chairs to have lunch or just contemplate the beauty.

HMAS Sydney Memorial, Bradley’s Head
Then there was a drive around North Head to reach the HMAS Sydney Memorial at Bradley’s Head Lookout, not far from Taronga Zoo. Sensational views of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House in the distance, and plenty of historical information on the various HMAS Sydneys.

West Head Lookout, Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park
Then another day, after a ferry ride to Manly on one of the grande dames of the ferry world, MV Queenscliff, we were taken by friends to the magnificent West Head Lookout, in the Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park. From there stunning views of Barrenjoey Point and the Lighthouse, to Lion Island then to the mouth of the mighty Hawkesbury River at Patonga. There is an Aboriginal Heritage Walk on the lands of the Garrigal people of the Guringai nation to discover ancient and sacred rock carvings. Park entry fees apply for the national park.

Lastly, a birthday family lunch for my brother at Patonga, once home to the Guringai
first peoples, and named “oyster” in their language, on a very beautiful, sunny autumn day. It was so pleasant to get away from building and construction mayhem for a while.

Autumn School Holidays 2019
This year are from Monday April 15 to Friday April 26. There will be plenty of holiday activities in your local area, so contact your local council for information.

Green Square Library – record your music
Monday April 15 from 1-3pm. A great opportunity for aspiring musical artists to learn the principles of sound recording with Kathryn Parker of Matriark Theatre. This is a free event, but booking is recommended at http://whatson.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/.
Bring your own laptop and instrument.

The year of elections
Now the NSW election is behind us, don’t forget to make sure you are enrolled to vote for the expected federal election in May. Commiserations to SSH associate Aunty Norma Ingram in Newtown, and congratulations to Jenny Leong for retaining her seat for another four years. As usual, thanks must go to the many volunteers and booth workers for their hard work and dedication.

Until next time,

Pat Clarke


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