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The Rock-itt : June 2010
In this issue of The Rock-itt we are going to reintroduce an old favourite feature called "Our Beaches People". This feature looks at our own people young and old who live and work here on the beaches. Our first Beaches person is local businessman, Mick Pangallo who made his home here almost 60 years ago. Mick's determination and hard work have made him a very successful Beaches person. Mick Pangallo came to Australia from Italy with his parents in 1952. Mick was 12 years old and went to Harbord Primary school. He left school at 14 years of age to start working in a job at Brookvale in a factory packing cigarettes. After a year as a cigarette packer he moved into the fruit and vegetable business and for the next five years worked at the fruit markets at Collaroy. Mick worked long hours to enable him to put quite a bit of money aside to start his own business in the construction industry. He continued to work hard to build this into a profitable enterprise becoming involved in many of the large building projects in Sydney's CBD district. Mick's business flourished and during these years he was commissioned to be part of the building of our new Parliament House in Canberra where Mick commuted for 3½ years during its construction. Mick's home on the Beaches was his castle and so not wanting to live away from his beloved Northern Beaches, he put up with the long hours driving to and from Canberra. In 1966 Mick met Elena and they were married and two children were born to Mick and Elena (son Anthony and daughter Marianne) who grew up on the Northern Beaches. Mick kept his successful construction business going for 42 years before retiring. Being an active man and not wanting to just stop, Mick and Elena decided to buy a rural property at Richmond Vale in the wine growing area of the Hunter Valley. The property was a virgin acreage and Mick and Elena decided to start planting grapevines and olive trees. Gradually as time went by Mick increased his olive grove and planted more vines and began marketing his produce for sale. Pangallo wines include a very nice Shiraz and an excellent Rosé but Mick has a new wine on the market which he is extremely excited about. It's called Zibbibo which has recently won an award at the Hunter Valley Boutique Wine Show. The grape owes its origin to Southern Italy where the climate and soil is ideal for the growing this very special grape. This grape is produced into a delicious white wine ideally suited to be served with a variety of cuisines, including seafood, meat, chicken, salads and Asian foods. Today Mick has a fine property in the Hunter Valley and produces some wonderful wines and olives, spending half the week tending his vineyard and olive orchard and the rest of the week home here on the Beaches. Italy's loss was the Northern Beaches gain as Mick Pangallo and family are a fine part of our Beaches Community.