CLUB WITH A FUTURE
Community interest is high as the new owners
of the former Hardys Bay RSL club (now the
Hardys Bay Club), Sandra and Bruce Murray, work
towards securing a bright future for the club. Having
purchased the property and building with the Hardys
Bay Club leasing back part of the facility, they have a
vision for the club being one of quality, sustainability
as well as securing its future.
They have just rebuilt the kitchen and opened
a new quality bistro/restaurant, "Bistro 14" with
head chef Damien Battye, previously of the highly
acclaimed "Audrey's" at MacMasters Beach. Damien
and sous chef Dane have developed an outstanding
reputation and following at several high quality
The renovations and upgrading of facilities
continues and will also provide the community and
visitors with an exciting new venue for functions
and events. Local bands are a regular feature on the
weekends along with the return of the meat tray raffles
on Friday nights and Jag the Joker.
Coming from the Northern Beaches, and having
a very successful business background, Sandra and
Bruce also have a residence at MacMasters and see
the club as an exciting community project. Bruce is a
keen surfer and sportsman and is active in community
projects such as "Clean up Australia" where he has
been a local convener. Bruce says "utilizing the many
local assets is a priority" and has introduced local
regional craft beers and Hunter wines. Head chef
Damien will also be sourcing as much local produce
A passionate environmentalist, regenerating
the many natural assets which are part of the clubs
property is well under way and it is hoped will provide
a wonderful and pleasant setting for all. Soon you
should be able to have a beer or wine nestled into the
rainforest and waterfalls behind the club. Community
support of the club, restaurant and events is the
key to a long term sustainable future for this prized
"Bistro 14" Chef Damien Battye
Sanda & Bruce Murray at "Bistro 14"
BUSY WEEKEND FOR FRIGID DIGITS
On Sunday July 6th at Putty Beach the "Frigid
Digits" were very excited and honoured to have
a visit from Olympic swimming legend Dawn Fraser
AO, MBE. Being the champion she is Dawn easily and
readily engaged in conversation, signed autographs,
posed for photographs and gave of her time in the
most generous manner for the very excited members
and children who swim with the Digits.
Of particular interest to her was the way the races
are conducted in the ocean and she was especially
taken with the beautiful and tranquil position of the
All the clubs affiliated with The Australian Winter
Swimming Association conduct their races in either
ocean baths, tidal or indoor pools, so Dawn was really
impressed to see the Winter Swimmers conducting
their races in this unique ocean setting.
The Frigid Digits warmly welcome all comers with
men, women and children racing together, as all races
are based on a handicap system it gives everyone an
equal chance of winning.
The club is renowned for its hospitality and
friendship so it was no surprise a feast of home made
goodies was enjoyed by all.
Dawn Frasers visit was greatly appreciated by all
and she was duly presented with a "Frigid Digits" cap
to be worn in a future winter swim. A big thank you
On the same weekend twelve members had
travelled to Forster to compete in The Northern
District Swimming Championships. The water
temperature was a chilly 14 degrees but that did not
deter the "Frigid Digits" who managed to be placed
5th in the overall point score which was a very pleasing
Bryce Cameron won Gold in the 45-49yrs age
group and 4th in the final of the hotly contested
"Open" against all the "young guns" which was a very
exciting race, Bryce just missed out on 3rd place.
Well done also to John Bourne who won Gold in
the Presidents race.
The Digits over 70yrs relay, comprising Bob
Cochrane, Lex Cameron, Norm Little and Ron
Malcolm won Silver and our oldest competing
member, Bob Cochrane was 4th in the final of the 75
- 79 yrs age group, Ron Malcolm 5th in the 70 – 74
yrs final. With the most popular race being the "10
person closest to time" relay in which "The Digits"
were third. Great results all round.
meet swimming legend Dawn French
Recently the HBRG circulated its membership
with a request for input on what should be the
Gosford Councils priorities for the bay and nearby
area. This followed a recent HBRG meeting at which
the Gosford Council general manager Mr Paul
Anderson gave a presentation concerning his strategic
plans for Gosford Council under his stewardship.
Mr Anderson's message to members was that
Council would be open to greater input from the
community and accordingly, he would welcome input
on what were the community's principal priorities.
As expected there has been a significant response,
these can be broken into the following categories.
Roads, repair and maintenance of the local roads
with particular emphasis on Scenic road from Wards
Hill down to Araluen Dr, Araluen Dr itself both east
and west and again highlighting the exceptionally
poor state of the road at RSL creek bridge.
Mudflat Creek, the need to consolidate on the
work done and complete stages 2 & 3
Drainage into the Bay, a need for silt traps to be
installed and clearance of the many storm water drains
leading into the Bay.
Foreshore improvement, there are a number of
issues under this heading, safety along the foreshore
wall, extension of the wall, upgrading of existing
picnic tables, improving the lawn area of the reserve.
Widening of Araluen Dr, this to allow for safer
parallel parking from RSL creek to the village center.
Members of the HBRG executive committee will
be meeting with Mr Anderson in the near future and
will be highlighting these issues as the priority and
focus for council. There were also many individual
issues raised which will also be put to the GM on
behalf of members.
Some local residents are in the process of developing
a not-for-profit organisation within the Wagstaffe
to Killcare community whose purposes are charitable
and for the public benefit. "Killy Cares" is the name of
this proposed charity which is being established as an
incorporated association so as to provide structure,
permanence and appropriate governance.
This initiative is being steered in its early stages
by local residents Cathy Baker, Sarah Bolt, Stephen
Hinks and Brent Walker.
The Constitution which Stephen has drafted for
Killy Cares anticipates having a membership of people
who might be willing to assist the charity achieve its
Objects. So interested people may contribute for
example their time, resources, professional expertise,
or make a financial contribution, in order to assist
those within our community who are recognisably in
need of support.
Details of the membership drive will be announced
at the forthcoming launch of the charity. The proposed
launch date is a lunch on 29 August.
Chartered accountants Paul Booth and Amy
Mitchell from the Umina chartered accounting firm
Harmer, Cassin, Davis and Booth are assisting in
the incorporation and application for certain tax
concessions for the new charity. Paul has agreed that
he will provide ongoing accounting and audit services.
This firm has generously offered its services on a pro
bono basis because Paul recognises the public benefit
of this gesture.
Local lawyer Alan Bennett is also assisting Killy
Cares on a pro bono basis by formulating appropriate
policies, practices and procedures to ensure that any
fundraising conducted by the new charity is compliant
with government regulations and that the charity has
appropriate governance and accountability mechanisms.
Examples of how Killy Cares will help local
residents include: the provision of meals or food to
those who need such assistance because of sickness
or other reasons. It also proposes to provide practical
assistance to the elderly or disabled in need of
transport, shopping, house cleaning and maintenance
or other essential services. We are looking to purchase
a minibus to assist with transport.
Killy Cares will also provide practical support and
specific goods like furniture items to local residents
or other local charities caring for the homeless and
especially youth at risk.
The full range of Killy Cares' purpose and objects
are contained within its Constitution which will be
available to members following the forthcoming
The steering committee has observed that there are
enormous resources within the Wagstaffe to Killcare
peninsula which include retirees with wonderful
practical and professional skills. There is also a
generosity of spirit among the local residents and a
desire to assist those less advantaged. The committee
believes that the success or otherwise of the proposed
charity will depend on whether Killy Cares is able to
harness the enormous existing resources available and
channel them and this generosity towards positive
charitable outcomes. "We recognise that everybody
is busy with their own lives but we are providing a
platform through Killy Cares so that interested people
may become a member and assist, as and where their
particular contribution is relevant." There will be an
initial membership fee and a smaller annual fee for
those wishing to join in this marvellous cause.
Channels for contact will soon be established,
but in the meantime further information is available
from Sarah [0448 822 225], Cathy [0414 241 005] or
Stephen [02 4360 1293].