Northern Beaches Review letters to the editor


What a lovely surprise, to read about the present day "Tentenkamp" (What's it really like to live in a caravan park, NBR, September 1-7, pictured) which was home to many migrants from the Netherlands halfway through last century, until they could find other accommodation. Seventy years ago, my Mum, Dad, and their five children ranging in ages from 3 to 11, lived there for four years. So did we ever feel homeless? No way! This was paradise, what with the lagoon, ocean, and even a swimming pool practically at our front door, all bathed in sunshine - except for six weeks of relentless rain in 1953. It was a difficult time for our parents, though, Dad going to work every day but Sunday, and Mum trying to manage the housework without any water, gas or electricity in our home. But there was a wonderful camaraderie amongst the tent dwellers, organising dances at Collaroy Surf Club to support the parents and St Nicholas events for the children; all of which eventually resulted in the birth of the Dutch Club "Neerlandia", still in existence. Marianne van de Voorde, North Narrabeen

Affordable housing

Our Manly CWA branch is calling for urgent action on social and affordable housing options in rural and regional NSW, and for women over 55 who are the fastest growing cohort of homeless people in Australia, as part of this year's CWA of NSW Awareness Week campaign from September 5 to 11. There are some fabulous community groups working with the homeless on the northern beaches but the pandemic has greatly restricted our fundraising activities while also applying more financial pressure on our community. Manly CWA will hold a series of fundraising stalls and events featuring handmade items and home-baked goods. Details will be released once Covid restrictions are lifted. Hannah Watterson, President, Manly CWA branch

Truth in advertising

It seems crazy that there's nothing stopping politicians from telling outright lies in political advertising. I strongly support Zali Steggall's bill for truth in political advertising (NBR, September 1-7) which should be a foundational requirement in a democracy and is the same standard the business world is held to. We have seen in the past how pushing boundaries has blurred the lines between what's appropriate electioneering behaviour and what isn't. Truth in advertising is a way of making the playing field fair for everyone. Sarah Jones, Seaforth

Plaudits and pastries

In a week when my beloved niece in Cape Town tested positive for Covid, your editor's column lifted my spirits and I was thrilled and humbled to see my letter published. Also, a shout out to my local Manly Bakery at 31 Sydney Road. Chris always has time for a laugh and a chat and offers a mouthwatering selection of pastries, pies, rolls and bread. Rhoda Silber, Manly

Thank you for you wonderful magazine, I really look forward to getting it every week. We were so lost for a while when the Manly Daily ceased putting out a paper. Now you are there, with all the local news, my Stars and the letters. Just so great and keeps us together on the beaches. Margaret Steele, Narrabeen

ABBA reunion

Myself, my sister and my cousin used to put on holiday concerts for my family singing ABBA songs. We called ourselves BABA. We also sang Fernando regularly to a roaring applause from the older folks at the local hotel. I think BABA are thinking of reuniting after 40 years too. Aoife Moynihan, via The Northern Beaches Review Facebook

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