Community News April 2017

April 9 - 22, 2017: Issue 308

Articles This Week 

Front Page Issue 308

The Sydney Northern Beaches Veterans Centre Inaugural Resilience Luncheon

Approval Of Site Compatibility Certificate For Bayview Development Meets Strong Community Disapproval

Lifeline Classic Living Ocean Team Raises The Bar To Support Those Who Will Always Answer The Call For Anyone In Crisis - local students and surfers quickly raised 5k and need your support to reach 10!

Av. Green Team Creating Waves Of A Sustainable Green And Clean Future

Kookaburra Kids Program For Defence Force Families Launched - from the Office of Jason Falinski, MP for Mackellar

A Week In The Life Of A Sydney Wildlife Volunteer by Lynleigh Greig

Aquatics: Sail Port Stephens 10th Anniversary Regatta: Classic Yachts and Classic Sailing by Lisa Ratcliff

Pictures: Elsie Track, Scotland Island Reclaimed: Community Engages Next Generation On A Great Way Forward For Little Feet! By SIOCS - The Island Kindy and SIRA - report and pictures by Adriana Labate

Warringah Touch Football Association Support Of Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary and The Children's Ward Continues

Badge, Boot, Button: The Story Of Australian Uniforms by Craig Wilcox - (former Narrabeen resident) follows the evolving to an Australian climate our uniforms have had to undergo - those thick woollen uniforms needed by British soldiers in 1788 may be well suited to Northern Winters but those wearing them here may be in dire straits during a mid-Summer heatwaveSports uniforms have changed too. Another change in uniform is that of surf lifesavers...

DIY Ideas: Johnson Brothers Mitre 10 Great New Mona Vale Store: Still In Bassett Street - number 73!

Help Tamara Honour Aussie Debt To The Timorese With Education by Pittwater Friends of Soibada

Strokes That Matter - Bass Strait Paddle April 2017 by Newport SLSC and North Cronulla SLSC members  to raise $30 K to establish and implement a number of programs to specifically target drowning prevention and surf awareness

Profile: Ron Turton has been halfway around the world and back, twice! A gentleman who has a deep and abiding love of the sea and countryside, he was among those young Australians who took to surfing in the 1950's and saw surfing evolve into the worldwide phenomenon it remains today. He is among those who surfed Palm Beach as part of the 'Beachcombers' crew and surfboard riding club.

Ron has also seen the changes that have occurred in newspapers with almost five decades of experience in rural and metropolitan print media on the advertising side of these. He was in the first year of Avalon Beach Public school when that opened, and in the first intake of Narrabeen Boys High School when that opened.  A motto he has lived his life by is from his short time at Manly Boys High School when there that educational font in our community was still 'just for boys'. In keeping with that, Mr. Turton shares some of what he has received and learned along the way

History:  A Historic Catalogue and Record of Pittwater Art Pt. I – of Places, Peoples and the development of Australian Art and Artists; first the Pittwater Estuary

Artist of the Month: April 2017 Chris John Raggatt - Blues Musician: A mini online concert - right here, right now!

Pittwater Mens Probus Club April 2017 Speaker

Tuesday 11th April 2017 at 11AM
Life as an Exploration Geologist
Speaker Wes Harder (Club Member)
Wes was a president of Toastmaster for many years. He began life as an exploration geologist before going into business as a CEO.

Five Minute Speaker
George Repin. Probus travel insurance.
The Pittwater Mens Probus Club is directed primarily to providing fellowship between members who are compatible with each other, and the opportunity for development of acquaintance.

Probus is an association for active members of the community, and for those no longer working full time, to join together in clubs for a new lease of life. Its basic purpose is to advance intellectual and cultural interests amongst adult persons; to provide regular opportunities to progress healthy minds and active bodies through social interaction and activities, expand interests and to enjoy the fellowship of new friends.

The Club is restricted to men, but partners of club members and widows of former members are encouraged to participate in the social activities and attend the monthly meeting presentations.

Find out more here: probus.pittwater.org.au

Charity Golf Day 2017

N E W  D A T E!
Friday 19th May 2017 
Bayview Golf Club
After a postponement due to recent heavy rains, our Golf Day is back on track on a new date.

If you've already registered, we'll be in touch with you directly. If you'd like to sign up, we'd love to have you join us. For all the details, see below.

Join us at beautiful Bayview Golf Club for a morning of golf and fun with lunch to follow. 
Golf experience optional! A great day out for men and women of all skill levels!

Format: 4- ball Ambrose / Shotgun start
Teams of four: Register your own team or join one of ours

Golf + Lunch package: $150 per person includes:
18 holes golf (Ambrose format)
Morning tea
Snack/drinks cart
Gift bag
Two course lunch

Golf only: $100
Lunch only: $60

To register:
Hand your completed form and payment details to an UNB Rotary club member 
OR drop it at Bayview Golf Club reception during business hours
OR post it to: The Rotary Club of Upper Northern Beaches, P.O. Box 321, Mona Vale N.S.W. 1660
OR scan it and send it as an email attachment to:golfday@rotaryuppernorthernbeaches.org

For more details, email Simon at golfday@rotaryuppernorthernbeaches.org


NSW Gov. Backs Nation's First Young Adult Hospice

April 3, 2017: The Hon. Brad Hazzard, NSW Minister for Health, Minister for Medical Research
The NSW Government will help establish Australia’s first young adult hospice which will provide palliative, respite and end of life care for young people aged between 18 and their early thirties, Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Health Brad Hazzard announced today.
 
Ms Berejiklian announced $2 million of NSW Government funding each year to support the establishment of Big Bear Cottage on the Northern Beaches, providing much needed continuous care and respite for young adults with life-limiting and terminal conditions once they reach 18. Ms Berejiklian made the announcement today in Manly alongside former Premier Mike Baird and Liberal candidate for Manly James Griffin.
 
“Bear Cottage has been providing incredible support and care for families with children who suffer life-limiting and  terminal  illnesses  over  the  past  15  years,” Ms Berejiklian said.
 
“Unfortunately, when children turn 18, they no longer have access to these services. The NSW Government has decided to back calls from families and staff at Bear Cottage to ensure young adults with life-limiting and terminal illnesses continue to receive these much needed services in a soon-to-be-established Big Bear Cottage.”
 
Mr Hazzard said Big Bear Cottage will be a young adult facility building on the model of Bear Cottage – NSW's only children's hospice located in Manly. “Bear Cottage is a special place that is impossible not to be touched by,” Mr Hazzard said. “The NSW Government has strongly supported palliative care and the Big Bear Cottage is our way of caring for vulnerable young people and their families.”
 
The NSW Government will assist with securing a location for the Big Bear Cottage, possibly on the site of Manly Hospital.
 
Ms Berejiklian thanked supporters of Big Bear Cottage, in particular former Premier Baird and Sian Grahl, a former resident of Bear Cottage who unfortunately recently passed away and whose photography is helping to raise funds to make Big Bear Cottage a reality.

What Our Child Care Changes Mean For You

Published on 5 Apr 2017 by Jason Falinski, MP for Mackellar
I asked Simon Birmingham, the Minister for Education and Training, what our childcare reforms will actually mean for Northern Beaches families.

Therapy Dogs Go On Trial

April 4, 2017 - By NSW Government
NSW will trial the use of therapy dogs to support children and vulnerable victims during courthouse visits.

The six-month trial begins in Manly on 27 April 2017 with two therapy dogs assisting victims and helping reduce the stress of appearing in court.

Therapy dogs will be located in public waiting areas, as well as safe and remote witness rooms four mornings a week from 9am to 10.30am, excluding Wednesday.

The therapy dogs will support and comfort adult and child victims and witnesses in public waiting areas before and after they give evidence to help them feel calm in court.

If a victim or witness is particularly distressed, arrangements will be made for the therapy dog to sit with them privately.

The success of the trial in Manly will determine whether the program will roll out across NSW.

Attorney General Mark Speakman said the trial is a wonderful initiative.

“We know court proceedings can be distressing and overwhelming, particularly for young children, which is why the government is piloting the use of companion animals in our courthouses,” Mr Speakman said.

“Research shows having a dog to talk to and pat can calm people who are feeling scared and nervous, a phenomenon referred to as the pet effect.”

In Sydney, therapy dogs regularly visit intensive care, spinal and burns units at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney Children’s Hospital, and Westmead Hospital.


Development Application Service Integration

At its meeting of 28 March 2017, Council resolved to publicly exhibit the following documents for 6 weeks:
  • Draft Northern Beaches DA Management Policy
  • Draft DCP Amendment
  • Draft Northern Beaches Independent Assessment Panel Charter 2017
The Draft Development Control Plan (DCP), amending:
Pittwater 21 DCP 2015
Warringah DCP 2015
Warringah DCP 2000
Manly DCP 2013
Draft Northern Beaches Independent Assessment Panel Charter

The proposed amendments are fundamental to integrating and streamlining the DA assessment service. 

The community can be involved through

Drop-in session for the public to discuss the proposed changes:
  • 2-4pm on Wednesday 12 April 2017 at Dee Why Council Chambers
  • 1-3pm on Saturday 29 April 2017 at the Mona Vale Memorial Hall
  • 5.30-7.30pm Tuesday 2 May 2017 at Manly Council Chambers
Submissions may be made a number of ways:
Via Email
Or In writing marked: ‘DA Service Integration’ to Northern Beaches Council, Civic Centre, 725 Pittwater Road, Dee Why NSW 2099 

Submissions will be received up until 14 May 2017.

Bouddi Graffiti Attack Dismays Authorities

Media release: 7 April 2017 - NPWS
Authorities have expressed dismay following a graffiti attack at Mount Bouddi, in Bouddi National Park, south of Terrigal, last weekend (2-3 April).



National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) Area Manager Angela Lonergan said the graffiti was sprayed over the Dingeldei Memorial Shelter in the day use area.

“It is disappointing to see the lack of respect shown to these public facilities,” Ms Lonergan said.

“These senseless attacks are unnecessary and cost taxpayer funds to repair.

“It is estimated it will cost approximately $1,800 to remove the graffiti. Money that could be better spent on maintaining the Park.

“Anyone who thinks they may have information about this incident is asked to contact the NPWS or Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000,” Ms Lonergan said.

The Dingeldei Memorial Shelter was built in 1962 by local volunteers in honour of a former trustee of Bouddi National Park.

Libs Retain Manly And North Shore Seats

The Liberal party has claimed victory in the Manly and North Shore seats at yesterday's by-election, retaining the seats left vacant by the resignation of Mike Baird and Jillian Skinner. 

Labor claimed victory early in Gosford, where popular former paralympian Liesl Tesch will become the new MP, with a swing towards Labor of 12.4%. Liesl had 21500 cast in her favour, 50.1% of the voters. Liberal candidate Jilly Pilon had 12951 against her tally as we go to press, or 30.2% of votes cast.

In Manly Mr James Griffin secured 43.3% of the first preference vote, despite a swing against the Liberal party of almost 25 per cent, and will represent the electorate.  Independent candidate Kathryn Ridge won 8858 of votes (22.3%) with Greens candidate Clara Williams Roldan, on 7379 (18.6%) being the next highest.

In the North Shore electorate Felicity Wilson won the seat, with 41.9% of the first preference vote, a 16.2% against the party. Independent Carolyn Corrigan won 9395 of votes in that electorate (24.6% overall).

Easter Break

Pittwater Online's Issue 308, published Sunday April 9, 2017, will contain all Events Notices for Easter 2017, and include ANZAC Day 2017 Commemoration Services listings.

Issue 309 will be published Sunday April 23rd. 

Please ensure you have any Notices and Events for that fortnight to us by 6 a.m., April 9th, for the 308th Issue Notice to Subscribers. 
The office will be attended only part-time until April 20th.

The Editor.
Pittwater Online News.

Holidays Double Demerits 

Run
Easter, 13 to 17 April 2017
Anzac Day 21 to 25 April 2017

Transport for NSW, in partnership with NSW police,  developed the ‘Double Demerits - Think Twice' road safety campaign to encourage safe driver behaviour on our roads. 

The campaign reminds drivers and riders that during double demerit periods the consequences for breaking the road rules are more severe.

 Pittwater Offshore Newsletter Update 1/4/2017 

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To contact Julian:  editor@scotlandisland.org.au



Our first meeting of the year will be held on Tuesday, 11 April and as usual will be held in the Avalon Beach Bowling Club in Bowling Green Lane.

This year for the first time we have decided to schedule our meeting dates for the year – simply, they will be held on the second Tuesday of the months of April, June, September and December.

GOVERNOR PHILLIP AND WEST HEAD BEACH
The prevailing view among historians and writers has long been that Governor Phillip most likely spent his first night in Pittwater at Resolute Beach. In fact there is strong evidence to suggest that West Head Beach is where Phillip, in March 1788, first set foot on land in Pittwater, made first contact with local aborigines on land and camped for two nights.
Geoff and member Roger Sayers have spent a good deal of time at the latter site and, as Phillip would have, approached it by water on several occasions. Recent photographic evidence, along with pertinent documents eg. Lieu. Bradley’s journal and Phillip’s diary, provide for compelling discussion. 

The completed document including photographs, have been submitted for publication in the June issue of ‘History’, the magazine of our parent body, the Royal Australian Historical Society.

We would like to present to the meeting our finished work including  an accompanying photographic essay on the big screen in the Avalon “Bowlo”.

Geoff Searl
President, Avalon Beach Historical Society

Pittwater Waterway Review

Following the council meeting of Tuesday 28th March comments on the Pittwater Waterway Review Discussion Paper are being invited.

View the:

The Discussion Paper seeks to inform and engage the community on the wide range of issues and challenges the waterway faces now and into the future.

Hard copies of the relevant documents can also be viewed at council customer service centres during business hours.

In writing addressed to the General Manager, ‘Pittwater Waterway Review’ Northern Beaches Council, PO Box 882, Mona Vale NSW 1660.

Enquiries: Strategic Planning Team (Mona Vale) on 9970 1111
Comments close: 14 May 2017.

You have the opportunity to talk about the Discussion Paper. Staff will be available at the following times and locations to hear your thoughts and answer questions.

There are two drop in sessions at Mona Vale Memorial Hall scheduled
  • Saturday 29th April - 12noon -3pm
  • Tuesday 2nd May - 5pm -8pm
Bookings preferred for these sessions but not essential. Bookings can be made by calling 9970 1319

Come along to a drop in session or information stall:
Saturday 29 April 2017, 12noon-3pm Mona Vale Memorial Hall
Sunday 30 April 2017, 9am-1pm Frenches Forest Organic Markets
Tuesday 2 May 2017, 5pm-8pm Mona Vale Memorial Hall
Friday 5 May 2017, 8am-12noon Beaches Market, (Pittwater Rugby Park)
Saturday 6 May 2017, 12:30pm-3pm Avalon (outside Woolworths)


ANZAC Day 2017

Narrabeen RSL
The President and Members of the Narrabeen RSL Sub-Branch will hold their annual ANZAC Sunday March and Wreath Laying Ceremony on Sunday, 23rd April 2017.

Participants are to assemble in the car park at Narrabeen Terminus (Berry Reserve) from 11:00am, and the march will commence at 11:30am sharp.
The parade will be led by the Warringah Pipe Band and proceed south along Pittwater Road to the Narrabeen Memorial Cenotaph, at the intersection of Pittwater Road and Ocean Street. A Wreath Laying ceremony and ANZAC Service will be held at the Cenotaph.

The general community is invited to come along and watch the ANZAC march along Pittwater Road from 11:30 and attend the Wreath Laying ceremony and ANZAC Service at the Cenotaph.

John West - Secretary
Narrabeen RSL sub-Branch.

Pittwater RSL
Sunday April 23rd: Muster at Vineyard Street 12.30 p.m.
1.00 p.m. March to Mona Vale Cenotaph for Commemoration Service.
ANZAC Sunday March & Luncheon. This ceremony traditionally takes place on the Sunday prior to ANZAC Day, with a service being held at Village Park in Mona Vale, followed by Luncheon in the Club's Auditorium.
April 25th:Spend your ANZAC Day at Pittwater RSL - the 5.45am memorial service will be followed by hot bacon and egg rolls for only $5. Breakfast tickets are on sale now from the club reception desk. 
Don't forget two-up at 12pm!

Church Point
Community ANZAC Day Service
Church Point Reserve 11 a.m.

Avalon Beach RSL
5:30am
Dawn Service at Dunbar Park
11:00am
ANZAC March starts from Avalon Public School 
11:20am
Commemoration Service at Club Cenotaph.
12:00pm
Two-Up begins in the Surf Lounge on Level One - NEW EARLIER START TIME.

Club Palm Beach 
10:30 a.m. Muster at Palm Beach Ferry Wharf 
11.00 a.m. ANZAC Day Commemoration Service at Palm Beach Cenotaph (outside Club Palm Beach)

Anzac Day Tickets NOW AVAILABLE!!
Available from reception - all members purchasing tickets must be financial & show membership card to staff member.
Sub-Branch Members - FOC
Members - $75 Visitors - $85
12 Noon - Luncheon will commence with a performance from special guest Grant Galea.
1:00pm - Club opens to the public
3:00pm - TWO-UP (3pm - 7pm only)
Tickets will NOT be sold on the day, so get in early to avoid missing out on this event.

Manly Arts Festival 2017

SEE exhibitions + events     
HEAR music + talks + tours  
PLAY workshops                  
OPEN studios
Artist market 

This year we’re coming together to celebrate 24 years of the Festival and the magic of creativity in Manly and beyond. A broad range of exciting events featuring prominent musicians, visual artists and dance performers in a host of different venues from creative studios to Manly Art Gallery & Museum and the Warringah Creative Space will ignite the region.

Since 1994 the Manly Arts Festival has grown into one of the State’s leading community-based arts festivals. Each year, arts and cultural organisations in the region and Council, supported by local businesses, join forces to develop a creative and entertaining program of events for residents and visitors.

CALL-OUT for ARTISTS
Invitation to be part of the Manly Arts Festival
8 - 24 September 2017

Artists, musicians, performers, arts organisations and the community are invited to participate in the festival by running their own events to celebrate the creative activity on the Northern Beaches area.  Venues such as galleries, cafes, restaurants, surf clubs, community centres and other spaces are also invited to host and/or organise arts-related events during the Festival.  This year’s Festival will be held across the Northern Beaches from 8 – 24 September 2017 and will include: 

Visual Arts exhibitions and events
Music events
Literary and theatre events
Film events
Dance and Performance events
Youth events
Creative Workshops
Children’s events

The Manly Arts Festival is a celebration of the achievements, dedication and innovation of the Northern Beaches creative community.  Local artists are able to participate by organising arts-related events across the Northern Beaches. 

The Manly Arts Festival is created by the community for the community - a two week extravaganza of arts events. Artists and members of the community come together by supporting each other through entrepreneuring and administering arts events, attending arts events, providing venues for artists and organisations and providing sponsorship and in-kind support for the Manly Arts Festival.

The Manly Arts Festival is managed by Rachel Carroll. Rachel wants to hear from all artists and arts/cultural organisations and potential venues interested in running their own events for a highly focussed program throughout the Northern Beaches. If you have any questions about how to be involved or you would like to propose an event or activity, phone Rachel Carroll on - 0466 486 352 and fill out the form on the Apply Here link below.

DEADLINE: MONDAY 22 MAY 2017 - APPLY HERE


Elanora Players April 2017 Production: 'THE MEMORY OF WATER'

written by Shelagh Stevenson
directed by Sarah Lovesy
  
THE MEMORY OF WATER is hilariously funny, sublime and poignant.
When Violet’s three daughters return home for her funeral, each sister finds her own way of coping with the loss.

For Teresa, it’s herbal tea, obsessive cleaning and hectoring her long-suffering husband Frank. Catherine, the youngest, resorts to retail therapy, manic phone calls and a playful reliance on marijuana. Middle sister Mary seeks consolation in the arms of her lover Mike. Like Mary, Mike is a doctor; unlike Mary he is married.

The play is a wonderful story about a family of misfits who are simultaneously lovable, tragic and funny.
  
CAST (in order of appearance):
Vi: Sandra Muscat-Bowers
Mary: Karen Pattinson
Teresa: Diane Howden
Catherine: Lela Keighley
Mike: Gerard Hawkins
Frank: Mike McCrann
Robert Longley: Assistant Director
Wendy Starkie: Stage Manager
Wendy Knight: Assistant Stage Manager & Props/Costumes
Bernadette Miflin: Costume Production
Sue Whittaker: Sound Operator
Bill Akhurst: Lighting Operator
  
PERFORMANCES:
Sat 15 Apr, 8pm* / Sun 16 Apr, 11am & 3pm
Mon 17 Apr, 11am & 3pm / Thu 20 Apr, 8pm
Fri 21 Apr, 8pm / Sat 22 Apr, 3pm & 8pm
* Sat 15 Apr - Opening Night - complimentary drinks/nibbles following the show and an opportunity to mingle with the cast
  
TICKETS: 
$25, $22 concession, $20 groups (10+)
BOOKINGS:   
T: 9979 9694

Avalon Boomerang Bags

Avalon Boomerang Bags Boxes have been launched onto our streets for over 8 months now and I thought it might be a good time to review a few things.

Firstly, Avalon Boomerang Bags works like a bag library, just like our lovely Avalon (book) Library, only for reusable bags.
It would be great if we ALL remembered our reusable shopping bags ALL the time, but we don't. 
So if you forget yours :
find a Boomerang Bags Box (locations listed below) and
grab your "Borrow and Bring Back" Boomerang Bags.
Do your shopping without needing plastic bags.
Don't forget to pop some bags back in the box  when you get a chance so the library doesn't run out.

That's why they're called Boomerang bags....they Boomerang Back.
If you love the bags so much , you would like to keep some, you are welcome to purchase some of our "Bought to Support" Boomerang Bags, contact us for details.

Boomerang Bag Boxes are currently located at:
Avalon Organics
Hertfords Chemist
Beach General
Avalon Fresh
Johnson Bros Mitre 10
Avalon Village Meats
and Organic Avenues at Bilgola Plateau.

For those of you that would like to get more involved with this great community initiative making it free and easy to rid Avalon of single use plastic bags and protect our environment there are lots of ways to help.
Perhaps you can join us at a workshop:
Tuesdays 11am-5pm 
Sew craft cook
20/14 Polo Ave
Mona Vale

follow us on facebook 
instagram: @avalonboomerangbags

Palm Beach & Whale Beach Association Inc. 2017 AGM

Notice of the 99th Annual General Meeting
on Tuesday 9th May, 2017 at 7.00 pm at Club Palm Beach

Preliminary AGENDA

Welcome by the President: Dr. Richard West
Apologies
Confirmation of the minutes of the 2016 AGM
These minutes have been previously approved by the Committee

Business arising from the minutes
Treasurer’s report: Doug Maher, and the tabling for signature of the Annual Statement to Department of Community Affairs by the Public Officer.
President’s Report
Election of Office Bearers 
An updated Agenda will be issued closer to the date.

Grants To Highlight The Benefits Of Philanthropic Partnerships

5 April 2017: Media Release - The Hon. Christian Porter MP, Minister for Social Services
Community organisations can now apply for a share of $160,000 in Commonwealth Government funding for projects that showcase their philanthropic partnerships.

In opening the grants round today, Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter, said that community organisations working with philanthropic or business partners could apply for up to $10,000 to demonstrate the success of their partnerships in strengthening communities during Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week.

This year’s Week, to be held from 20-26 November, will focus on ‘building stronger communities together’.

“The Week celebrates philanthropic partnerships with community groups around Australia, to advance our culture of philanthropy and volunteering,” Minister Porter said.

“It is a great opportunity for community organisations and their philanthropic or business partners to highlight their collaborative work.”

The grants round is managed by Philanthropy Australia, in partnership with the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal, and closes on 12 May 2017.

Highlighting the impact of philanthropy in Australia, today the Minister also released new research commissioned for the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership. Minister Porter said that more Australian philanthropists are involved in collective giving and young philanthropists are giving while building wealth rather than waiting until later in life.

“These new trends are identified in the Philanthropy and Philanthropists report, part of the Giving Australia 2016 project,” he said.

“Giving Australia 2016 is Australia’s largest ever review and analysis of giving and volunteering, with Commonwealth Government funding of $1.7 million.

“This research will establish benchmark data to measure progress on philanthropic giving, and a strong basis for policy decisions to encourage charity in Australia.”

Minister Porter, who is Deputy Chair of the Community Business Partnership, said it was important to recognise the enormous contribution made to strengthen Australian communities at the grassroots.

“Local champions of philanthropy, volunteering and investment will also be acknowledged through the Australian Government Community Business Partnership Awards in the lead up to Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week celebrations,” he said.

“These initiatives reflect the Government’s strong commitment to recognising the impact of community, business and philanthropic collaboration to building a culture of corporate social responsibility, strategic philanthropy and volunteering to help us build a strong civil society.”

For information on the grants and the Week, go towww.communitypartnerships.com.au/ 

For information on the Giving Australia 2016 project and the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership, go towww.communitybusinesspartnership.gov.au/

For information on the Australian Government Community Business Partnership Awards, go to www.dss.gov.au/community-business-partnership-award

Call For Expressions Of Interest In The Lease Of Officers Mess And Annexe At North Head Sanctuary 

21 March 2017: Sydney Harbour Trust
The Harbour Trust is now seeking expressions of interest to lease two landmark former defence buildings inside Manly’s North Head Sanctuary at 33 North Head Scenic Drive.

Expressions of interest close on 24 May 2017 at 4pm.
Visit here for more information:http://www.harbourtrust.gov.au/lease/eoi1701

Call To Local Councils As Floodplain Management Grants Open For Applications

Media release: 16 March 2017
Grant funding to assist councils in carrying out floodplain management projects to help manage flood risk open for applications today, announced the NSW Government. The Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) Executive Director Ian Hunter said grant funding is available to assist local government with flood studies, flood risk management studies and plans and major projects such as flood levees, gates, warning systems and house raising and purchase in high risk areas, under the 2017-18 Floodplain Management Program.

“This grant program funds important projects that assess risk and help reduce flood impacts across NSW,” Mr Hunter said. “I encourage local councils to apply for this funding round. Applications close on 27 April 2017.

“The last funding round supported forty-four projects which shared $6.72 million. This grant program supports the implementation of the NSW Flood Prone Land Policy which aims to reduce the impacts of flooding and flood liability on communities,” Mr Hunter said.

Local councils, county councils and other government bodies with floodplain risk management responsibilities (refer to program guidelines) equivalent to those of local councils are eligible to apply.

Further information and application forms are available here: 

Boating Anthology Seeks Contributors

Calling all ladies who have ever been on any boat. Do you have a story to tell about a boating experience - funny? Serious? Motivational? Whatever? If you have would you like to have it published in book form as part of an anthology. There is no cost involved.
 
If you answered yes then Frances Black and Margi Law’s project is for you. They are both published authors.

Each year or so they choose a theme that they would like to write about themselves. They then assemble a group of like-minded contributors. Each person writes their own story. Frances and Margi edit and produce a published book available on Amazon. The price will be set as low as Amazon will permit.

If you want to buy a copy then you purchase one on Amazon. 

The motivation is the pleasure of writing and providing a legacy for family and community of the contributors. If you are interested in learning more please email fran@blacks.id.au

The purpose of  www.westpittwater.com.au  - is best defined by the vision of the West Pittwater Community Association.

To be a supportive community, encouraging and promoting civic pride, interest in community affairs and goodwill amongst residents.

To protect local fauna and flora and generally preserve West Pittwater and its environs.

To secure essential facilities including public wharves and reserves and to protect private and public property.

To speak with one voice and represent the interests of the Western Foreshore community when in discussion with Pittwater Council and other relevant government bodies. The WPCA website provides a forum for the better realisation of these objectives. Visit: www.westpittwater.com.au

Sydney Wildlife: April 2017

A Week In The Life Of A Sydney Wildlife Volunteer

Sydney Wildlife is turning 20 in May!  I would’ve loved to be one of the original members but, alas, I only joined 5 and a half years ago.  

In celebration of our 20 Year Anniversary, I have been asked to share a typical “Week in the Life of a Wildlife Rescuer”…

One always begins the week with all kinds of plans for scrubbing out the aviaries, tidying out the overflowing cupboard of animal-feeding accoutrements and attacking the ever-burgeoning pile of paperwork.  But wild critters have no idea about these plans, apparently…

The first call comes through.  A wallaby has managed to get its head stuck in a plastic lid.  Without opposing digits, it has no hope of releasing itself from its rather ridiculous-looking bib.  



So it’s off to the safe to pack up the tranquilliser rifle and the myriad darts, needles, meds, cartridges and other things that are required to sedate the poor critter for the removal of the plastic noose.  Then the long trip up the mountain to find a wallaby that is not in an enclosed space but has been sighted in 1 of 4 different places.  Sigh.  A long day ahead…

Well, after about 3 hours of searching, we eventually find him at exactly the location where we started our search - typical.  Load the dart into the rifle, aim and fire.  In around 5 minutes this rather large boy is in sleepy mode, dreaming of pink unicorns.  The plastic was not difficult to remove.  And there’s time for a quick health-check before he wakes.




Back to the ‘Big Smoke’ where a tawny frogmouth has been found on a school oval near the soccer nets.  The grounds staff are keeping a watchful eye on it as I’m not sure they believe me when I mention that it is not an owl but a nightjar.   I drive onto the oval to find the tawny struggling to stand and flopping onto his face.  I scoop him up and pop him into a carry-cage and head straight to a veterinarian.  I suspect that he may have been clipped by a car and ended up on the field.  A clinical examination and x-rays reveal that he has a fractured tibiotarsis (leg bone).  Poor critter.  The veteriarian reduces the fracture and starts to splint it.  Immobilising the fracture reduces the pain significantly.  The tawny gets pain relief and a pretty blue vet-wrap bandage.  On the trip home, I stop off to buy tawny food from Pat’s Rats.  Fuzzy mice - yum!

Once the tawny is set up in an enclosure, it’s time to feed all the other critters in care.  The blue-tongue lizards get pinkie mice, the snakes get rats and the dragons get a smorgasbord of crickets, mealworms and woody cockroaches.  Bleugh.  Glad my dinner is a little less revolting…

First job of the next day is a simple python relocation.  Yeah, right.  

I arrive at the home of a fairly anxious member of the public.  The diamond python is curled up on her deck beside a pot-plant.  Apparently she’s been there for a couple of days.  I’ve seen pythons in lots of places - draped over balcony railings, up in stable rafters, beneath shrubs, in kitchen cupboards…  So this isn’t particularly strange.  But as I pick her up, I feel a really large and firm lump right near her cloaca (bottom).  I manipulate the bulge a bit to try to ascertain what it is.  Well, whatever it is, she can’t be relocated without further investigation.  So into the bag she goes and off home for a soak in a bucket of warm water.  With a heat-mat under the the bucket, the water will stay warm enough for a nice hour-long soak.  I am still under the impression that she is suffering a faecal impaction and that the warm water might move things along a bit.  After an hour and a half in the water… Nothing.  So another hour’s bath.  Nothing.  My son gets the dubious honour of holding the ‘bitey’ end while I do some manipulation of the colon to see if that helps.  Nothing.  

Hmmmmm.  Maybe we’ll try again tomorrow.



Meanwhile it’s time to weigh the ringtail babies to see if they are ready to be transferred to our Pre-Release Facility in Duffy’s Forest.  Joan Reid, our Facility manager, is busily preparing the large aviary for the arrival of my batch of 5 ringtails.  She has also just received 2 adorable wallaby joeys who are ready for ‘big school’ and is simultaneously attempting to capture one of the bigger wallaby boys who is ready for release back to the wild.  

I weigh the biggest ringtail of the batch - a beautiful and gentle boy called Diggle.  The other male is a nut-case.  He wants nothing to do with being weighed and almost takes a chunk of flesh out of the back of my hand.  Two of the little females are just as unwilling to be handled which is a good thing as we need them to be wary of humans before their release.  The third little female is like a pocket-rocket.  In her quest to be surgically attached to me, she is as quick as lightning.  The second she hears the aviary door opening, she prepares to catapult herself onto my face.  Sheesh - another scratch to add to the growing collection.  She loves me.  Which is a problem.  Little Felicity is small and rather hyperactive but for some reason (despite being raised exactly the same way as all the other 4) she has decided she would rather be a human than a possum.  The reason the Pre-Release Facility was started by Joan, was for exactly this situation.  Hand-raised orphans can sometimes become too ‘humanised’.  Releasing a humanised animal into the wild doesn’t give them very good odds for survival.  So Joan is in charge of ‘tough love’.  At the Pre-Release Facility, the orphans learn to be wild and become ‘dehumanised’.  They learn to cope with the weather, parasites, finding their own food and mingling with other wild animals.  They learn not to depend on humans - all in a predator-free environment.  This will stand them in good stead for assimilation into the wild.  

With the weigh-in complete, I decide with a heavy heart that my babies are ready to graduate.  After a quick call to Joan, I hop in the car and drive the nest of babies up to Duffy’s Forest.  Along the way I pick delicious foliage for the babies to add to their new aviary.   I also stop off at Petstock to buy some more turtle food for the rehabilitating turtles up at the Facility.  As I arrive, the heavens open.  Yay…  Not.  Soggy wallabies bound around inside the paddock.  Soooooo cute.  Joan is attempting to catch a kookaburra inside one of the enclosures for a visit to the local veterinarian.  His flight training isn’t going as well as expected so he needs a health-check.

Joan and Jenny have been prepping the aviary and the babies are ensconced into their new palatial digs.  



On the way home, I see a rainbow lorikeet standing on a driveway with its head bowed.  This is not normal lorikeet behaviour.  I pull over and grab a towel from the boot.  In silent gesture, I put my hand up to halt a lady walking her three dogs as they are approaching the lorikeet unawares.   They stop and watch as I try to gently cover the lorikeet with a towel.  Does it go to plan?  Ha!  He perks up and starts screeching like a banshee and running about like a headless chook.  One thing’s for sure, though - he can’t fly.  My guess is that he has collided with a vehicle.  So back to the local veterinarian.  As I arrive, I’m called out to assist one of my snake-handlers who is grappling with a tonne of firewood on a property where the owner has filed  a report of a tiger-snake!   The lorikeet is whisked off to the holding area and I’m ushered out.  I jump in my car in excitement.  A tiger snake!!!  Haven’t seen one of those in that particular area in over 10 years!!!  

Before I can get there, my trustee snake-wrangler - Georgie - has taken on the big fellow single-handedly and won!  What a gal :)  She’s dripping sweat and adrenaline and is talking faster than a teenager on their 6th Red Bull.  I am completely in awe of this amazing woman :)  

She definitely thinks the big boy requires a health check as she noticed a rather raw injury to his dorsal scutes and she also noted that he felt a little underweight.  I am very happy to oblige with the health-check and pop the precious cargo into an escape-proof lockable box for transportation back to my ‘examination table’.  The examination table is a little less amazing than it sounds.  In reality, it’s just a pool table with a cover, but it works a treat.  



The tiger snake has been named Nash by the member of the public from whose woodpile he was expertly extracted by our Georgie.  



Georgie grappling with the 1.4m tiger snake.  What a woman!

I tip Nash out of his bag and he comes out swinging!  What a firecracker!  Woooooohooooo!   




We chase each other around for a while and I eventually get him into the tube for a closer inspection of that wound.  Georgie was right - he’s very underweight and I need to find out why.  I slowly extract him from the tube until I can restrain his head.  And I have a good look into his mouth.  Hmmmm - very red, inflamed and sore.  Possible stomatitis.  This would certainly be a symptom of a systemic infection.  After consulting with a Reptile Veterinarian, I start him on intramuscular antibiotics and wash out his mouth with an antiseptic.  I give subcutaneous fluids to address his dehydration.  He’s soon dozing on a lovely warm heat-mat in his temporary home.  



“To Be Continued” in our Anniversary month of May…

By Lynleigh Grieg
Sydney Wildlife

 

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New Season for Sailability Pittwater 

Sailability Pittwater is a volunteer organisation which provides sailing for people with a disability. Our main recreational sailing activities are at Rowland Reserve, Bayview, and we run competitive sailing for people with a disability out of RPAYC Newport.

We are currently looking for new volunteers for our Saturday morning program at Rowland Reserve and Tuesdays at RPA. Visit our website for more information at  www.sailability.org/au/pittwater or call John on 9982 5656

Alcohol Free Zones

Maps of the proposed zones are available in the document library on the right hand side of this page and also within the Booklet (Pages 166 to 182) attached to the council report (Item 9.3).

We are currently accepting submissions on the following areas until 30 April 2017:
  • Dee Why CBD
  • Dee Why - Pittwater Road
  • Narrabeen - Pittwater Road
  • Belrose - Frenchs Forest
  • Forestville Shopping Centre
  • Collaroy - Pittwater Road
  • Cromer Community Centre
  • Warringah Mall Bus Stops
  • Dee Why - Walter Gors Park\
  • Narrabeen Lagoon
You can make a submission by:
Writing to council Marked: “Re-establishment of Alcohol Free Zones" 725 Pittwater Road, Dee Why, 2099
For more information contact Neil Williamson, Executive Manager Environmental Compliance, on 9942 2111.

Public Exhibition Of Draft Affordable Housing Policy

At its meeting on 28 March 2017, Council resolved to place a draft Affordable Housing Policy on public exhibition.

The draft Policy has been developed in consultation with an internal working party, State government departments and other stakeholders, and Council’s Affordable Housing Strategic Reference Group. 

It is supported by evidence of the need for affordable housing (Housing Needs Analysis and Affordable Housing Discussion Paper), and a recommended Action Plan to respond to that need.

The draft Policy is supported by evidence of the need for affordable housing (Housing Needs Analysis and Affordable Housing Discussion Paper), and a recommended Action Plan to respond to that need.


For details, view the Frequently Asked Questions and following documents:
Draft Affordable Housing Policy - April 2017 (97.7 KB) (pdf)
Draft Action Plan - Affordable Housing - April 2017 (81.9 KB) (pdf)
Council Report - draft Affordable Housing Policy - 28 March 2017 (172 KB) (pdf)
Council Resolution - draft Affordable Housing Policy - 28 March 2017 (22.8 KB) (pdf)
Draft Discussion Paper - Affordable Housing - March 2017 (1.33 MB) (pdf)
Needs Analysis of Northern Beaches Affordable Housing - Dec 2016 (382 KB) (pdf)

Further background documentation
The draft Policy and associated documents may also be viewed at Council Customer Service Centres in Manly, Dee Why, Mona Vale and Avalon.

Have your say
You can make a submission:

Writing to Council Marked: “Affordable Housing Policy" 725 Pittwater Road, Dee Why, 2099

For enquiries, contact Suzy Lawrence, Senior Strategic Planner, 9942 2111

Submissions close Sunday 30 April 2017.

Students Offered Free Meningococcal W Vaccine

April 4, 2017: The Hon. Brad Hazzard, NSW Minister for Health, Minister for Medical Research
Parents of Year 11 and 12 students are being urged to check school bags this week for consent forms for a free meningococcal ACWY vaccine to protect their children against the rare but deadly disease.
 
NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard said the State Government’s $9 million NSW Meningococcal W Response Program was introduced due to an unprecedented outbreak of meningococcal W disease in Australia.
 
“The NSW Government has acted swiftly to protect the most vulnerable group of people – those in their late teens – from this rising threat,” Mr Hazzard said.
 
“I strongly encourage parents to take advantage of this very important opportunity and sign and return the consent forms as meningococcal disease can result in lifelong complications, or even death.”
 
Meningococcal W is now the most common strain of the disease in Australia, with cases in NSW virtually tripling from nine in 2015 to 26 in 2016. It also has triple the mortality rate (14 per cent) of other strains.
 
Dr Vicky Sheppeard, Director, Communicable Diseases, NSW Health, said that the meningococcal ACWY vaccine, which protects against four of the strains of the disease, will be offered in Term 2.
 
“Teens are one of the groups most at risk of contracting the W strain. This is due to social behaviours that result in the disease being transmitted through close physical contact, such as frequent kissing and participation in social activities like going to nightclubs,” Dr Sheppeard said.
 
Since 2013, the NSW Government has committed $5.5 million towards the Save the Date vaccination campaign. NSW rates of childhood immunisation are above or at the Australian average, with 93.4 per cent fully vaccinated by the age of five.
 
For NSW data on all meningococcal cases, refer to:

How To Request To Address Council

Residents have communicated being unable to negotiate their way around current websites to how/where they must register to address council meetings. 

The links for forms required to be filled out are on this page  

For requests to address Council at Public Forum on items NOT on the Agenda complete the Application to Address Public Forum.  

For requests to address Council on items on the Agenda, complete theApplication to Address Council.

Come And Try Golf - Long Reef NSW 

9 May 2017
Empower Golf and Return2Sport are hosting a Come and Try Golf Clinic, to introduce new people living with a disability to Golf for the first time, or to reintroduce former players to the game they love after accident or illness.
Players of all abilities will have the opportunity to try golf, the amazing ParaGolfer (which is available for future hire at Long Reef) and other adaptive equipment.

Please ensure you register below and send any enquiries to James Gribble – james.gribble@empowergolf.com.au
Places Limited!! Book Now!!

Long Reef Golf Club
Anzac Avenue
Collaroy, NSW 2097

Community Engagement For Draft TARA Extended

Community engagement that will inform the finalisation of the first statewide threat and risk assessment (TARA) for the NSW marine estate has been extended from 31 March to 18 April to ensure stakeholders have extra time to prepare their submissions.

Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Director, Aquatic Environment Sarah Fairfull said The draft statewide TARA aims to identify, assess and prioritise the threats to the social, economic and environmental benefits the NSW community derive from the marine estate.

“Some key findings of the draft statewide TARA include higher and greater risks to estuaries than coastal and marine waters from various threats, such as estuary modifications, and impacts on water quality such as urban stormwater discharge, clearing riparian vegetation and adjacent habitat including wetlands and agricultural runoff,” Ms Fairfull said.

“The purpose of this engagement is for stakeholders and the community to consider the evidence used to determine the risk levels assigned to threats and provide any new or additional evidence or local examples that may support or change these.”

Six workshops with key stakeholders from State and Local Government, recreational fishing, commercial fishing, conservation, diving, boating and universities were held in regional areas and Sydney during February. Participants highlighted the need for additional time to provide considered comment on the draft statewide TARA.

A series of ten Aboriginal workshops have now concluded along the NSW coast to seek out any additional evidence that can inform the Aboriginal cultural findings in the statewide TARA.

An interactive tool is available to help stakeholders and the community to navigate, interrogate and provide feedback on the draft statewide TARA. Submissions through the TARA interactive tool can now be made until 18 April 2017.

“The final statewide TARA will be used to inform the development of management initiatives to address priority threats at varying scales, including local, regional and statewide in the NSW Marine Estate Management Strategy and new management plans for marine parks, starting with Solitary Islands and Batemans Marine Park,” Ms Fairfull said.

There is a variety of reports and supporting material, including fact sheets, FAQs and three videos explaining the draft statewide TARA or how to use the interactive tool available at www.marine.nsw.gov.au.

Strokes That Matter

In April 2017 a group of 12 paddlers from Newport Surf Club will paddle on surf skis from mainland Australia to Tasmania across the infamous Bass Strait – a journey of over 300 km’s through one of the world’s harshest ocean crossings

The group includes some of Australia’s best ocean paddlers, a Nutri Grain Ironman, 8 multiple Australian Gold Medal winning surf lifesavers , and a couple of old blokes.

The Group are paddling for a cause very close to their heart ….. water safety and drowning prevention … in the hope to raise awareness to stop the needless loss of life.

Through a fund established with the Newport Surf Club called “Strokes That Matter” – they are looking to raise $30k to establish and implement a number of programs to specifically target drowning prevention and surf awareness.

100% of all funds raised will go directly to executing programs established within the existing and proven framework of Surf Life Saving Australia;

The fund has the following key goals for 2017 /2018:
  • Implement an educational program for delivery in NSW Schools 
  • Deliver programs via Nutri Grain athletes at NSW schools
  • Utilise media coverage of Bass Strait Crossing and other social media to increase access to educational forums
  • Conduct surf and water safety awareness clinics at beaches across NSW in conjunction with other surf clubs
  • Conduct surf and water safety awareness clinics at waterways and public meeting places
  • Participate with other organisations in initiatives that directly target drowning prevention

NEWPORT SURF CLUB
Providing beach patrol and rescue services to Newport Beach for over 100 years, the Newport Surf Club is community focused and a hub of community activity. 

As a custodian of the beach, the club has a proud history of actively teaching nippers through to adults, vital surf skills and provides a vibrant surf sports program that is ranked No 3 in Australia. In addition, its leadership, development and community service programs and activities play a vital part in developing future generations of Australian's.

Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary Stalls 2017

April:
21st   - Stall foyer Mona Vale Hospital:  Baking, knitting, craft, books, sewing 9am to 3pm
 
May:
6th - Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale: Sewing, knitting, craft                                  9am to 3pm
12th - Mother’s Day stall outside ANZ Bank, Avalon Parade, Avalon. Knitting, crafts, sewing.  8am to 4pm
13th - Bunnings Narrabeen: Sausage sizzle                                                                  8am to 3pm
19th - Stall foyer Mona Vale Hospital: Baking, knitting, craft, books, sewing            9am to 3pm
 
June:
3rd - Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale: Sewing, knitting, craft                                   9am to 3pm
10th  - Bunnings Narrabeen: Sausage sizzle                                                                 8am to 3pm
16th - Stall foyer Mona Vale Hospital: Baking, knitting, craft, books, sewing            9am to 3pm         

Organisations Across NSW Are Invited To Apply For The Second Round Of The Mental Health Innovation Fund

March 27, 2017: NSW Government
A total of $1.5 million in funding is available to find new, local initiatives that improve mental health services and outcomes across NSW.

Target innovation areas include:
  • Mental health and intellectual disability/cognitive impairment
  • Aboriginal mental health
  • Mental health and youth homelessness
  • Adult education
  • Child and youth mental health.
Minister for Mental Health Tanya Davies said the fund provides an opportunity for the best minds in business, the community sector and government to develop and deliver new and creative ways to help people living with mental illness.

“Collaborating partners may include start-ups, non-government organisations, the private sector, local businesses, carers or individuals working alongside all levels of government,” Mrs Davies said.

“By funding these ideas, we can enhance the way we deliver person-centred care that focuses on consumers, particularly at the community level.”

The fund aligns with the government’s commitment to Living Well(external link), the Mental Health Commission’s 10-year road map to transform mental health services.

Successful projects from the first round will be announced shortly.

Expressions of Interest for the second round of the fund close on Tuesday, 9 May 2017. 
For information on how to apply, visit the NSW Government e-tenderingwebsite

Lifeline Northern Beaches Classic 

The “Lifeline Northern Beaches Classic” is a tag team surfing competition, a charity fundraising event supporting Lifeline Northern Beaches. Sunday 30 April 2017.

Teams consist of 4 surfers per team. Each team commits to running their own fundraising campaign and reaching a fundraising goal of $5,000 per team.

This is a fundraising competition just as much a surfing competition!
Every team will be rewarded with a legend surfer to join their team on the day. The team who raises the most funds at the end of the campaign gets first pick from the pool of pro/ legend surfers on the day. Second place fundraisers get second pick, and so on in order of the fundraising results.
Trophies are presented to the winning fundraising team, and the winning surfing team on the day.

The 2017 Lifeline Classic - a fundraising surf tag competition event, will be held at Dee Why Beach on 30th April.

Get involved or support a team at:

Local Teams On Board:

Living Ocean
Living Ocean is proud to sponsor a group of amazing young surfers who have put together a team to raise awareness of youth mental health issues for Lifeline Northern Beaches.
Suicide and depression is a major concern for all our ocean loving tribe, especially when we are blessed to be living on an amazing planet.
The Lifeline Northern beaches Classic is a tag team surf event held on 30 April 2017. Support the team and donate today. All funds go directly to Lifeline on the page link below.

Avalon Beach Surf Life Saving Club

Avalon Beach Surf Life Saving Club and our team of junior life savers have created this page because we want to make a difference. Having been touched by youth suicide in our local community, we have been inspired to raise funds for the support services available through Lifeline. We hope we are also able to raise awareness of the work Lifeline do and encourage others to reach out and talk to someone as a way to promoting positive mental health. All funds go directly to Lifeline on the page link below.

DoggieRescue.com

Pets of the Week

Matilda


AGE/SEX: 5-6 years / F
BREED: Kelpie X
NUMBER: 9486 3133
Matilda is a calm natured girl. She responds well to gentle handling. Out walking she is calm and walks with encouragement on loose lead. She walks at a good pace, enjoys being patted by volunteers. She can lunge at some dogs. She came from the pound, very thin with all her ribs showing. She is looking good now but she is sensitive about having her feet and her undersides touched by strangers. She comes desexed, C5 vaccinated, heartworm free and microchipped. Also included for the love and health of our dogs is a free Health and Wellness Voucher with our DR Vet. Her adoption cost is $450. 

For further details or to meet all dogs at call DoggieRescue on 9486 3133 or email monika@DoggieRescue.com. Visit www.DoggieRescue.com to see all our dogs.www.facebook.com/doggierescue 

More Than $2.6 Million For Local Heritage 

Monday, 13 February 2017: Media Release - Gabrielle Upton, Minister for Heritage
Communities can apply for more than $2.6 million in funding to help protect and preserve heritage items listed on their council’s Local Environmental Plan, Heritage Minister Gabrielle Upton announced today. 

Ms Upton said the funding was available under the NSW Government’s second round of Heritage Activation Grants, designed for local government, businesses and community organisations to reactivate and preserve local heritage spaces and precincts.

“This program aims to build on the knowledge and connection communities have with their heritage – communities know their heritage better than anyone,” Ms Upton said.

 “The program acknowledges the important role owners and managers of locally listed heritage items play in communities across NSW.” 

Heritage Activation Grants, part of an $8 million three year NSW Government investment in local heritage protection, are open to owners and managers of local heritage items listed on their council’s Local Environmental Plan. 

“Some of the proposals funded in the first round included a project to improve public access at Wingham Library and a plan to revitalise the Lachlan Railway Heritage Centre’s entrance,” Ms Upton said. 

Applications open today and close on Friday 21 April. 

 Gone Fishing Gallery at Waterfront Store Church Point

Open again TODAY in the top room Waterfront Store. Open mainly weekends as an addition to the waterfront cafe. Keep up to date on theirFacebook page

Friends Of Bungan Beach Restoration

Bungan Beach's superb backdrop of bushland is being cared for by donations from the Pittwater Environmental Foundation (PEF) and the determination and hard work of local people who love this wonderful place. Volunteers and contractors remove weeds and plant native plants where natural regeneration is unlikely because of dense weeds for many years.

Can you lend a hand to Friends of Bungan? go tohttp://www.friendsofbungan.org.au/about-us/


Bushcare in Pittwater 


For further information or to confirm the meeting details for below groups, please contact Council's Bushcare Officer on 9970 1367







BUSHCARE SCHEDULES 
Where we work                      Which day                              What time 

Avalon     
Angophora Reserve             3rd Sunday                         8:30 - 11:30am 
Avalon Dunes                        1st Sunday                         8:30 - 11:30am 
Avalon Golf Course               2nd Wednesday                3 - 5:30pm 
Careel Creek                         4th Saturday                      8:30 - 11:30am 
Toongari Reserve                 3rd Saturday                      9 - 12noon (8 - 11am in summer) 
Bangalley Headland            2nd Sunday                         9 to 12noon 

Bayview     
Winnererremy Bay                 4th Sunday                        9 to 12noon 

Bilgola     
North Bilgola Beach              3rd Monday                        9 - 12noon 
Algona Reserve                     1st Saturday                      9 - 12noon 
Plateau Park                          1st Friday                           8:30 - 11:30am 

Church Point     
Browns Bay Reserve             1st Tuesday                      9 - 12noon 
McCarrs Creek Reserve       Contact Bushcare Officer     To be confirmed 

Clareville     
Old Wharf Reserve                 3rd Saturday                     8 - 11am 

Elanora     
Kundibah Reserve                   4th Sunday                      8:30 - 11:30am 

Mona Vale     
Mona Vale Beach Basin          1st Saturday                   8 - 11am 
Mona Vale Dunes                     2nd Saturday+3rd Thursday     8:30 - 11:30am 

Newport     
Bungan Beach                          4th Sunday                      9 - 12noon 
Crescent Reserve                    3rd Sunday                      9 - 12noon 
North Newport Beach              4th Saturday                    8:30 - 11:30am 
Porter Reserve                         2nd Saturday                   8 - 11am 

North Narrabeen     
Irrawong Reserve                     3rd Saturday                   2 - 5pm 

Palm Beach     
North Palm Beach Dunes       3rd Saturday                   9 - 12noon 

Scotland Island     
Catherine Park                          2nd Sunday                    10 - 12:30pm 
Elizabeth Park                           1st Saturday                     9 - 12 noon 
Pathilda Reserve                      3rd Saturday                     9 - 12 noon 

Warriewood     
Warriewood Wetlands             1st Sunday                         8:30 - 11:30am 

Whale Beach     
Norma Park                               1st Friday                            9 - 12noon 

Western Foreshores     
Coopers Point, Elvina Bay      2nd Sunday                        10 - 1pm 
Rocky Point, Elvina Bay           1st Monday                          9 - 12noon

April 2 - 8, 2017: Issue 307

Articles This Week 

Front Page Issue 307

Aquatics: Warriewood Rustys Prove They Are Really A GOLD Aussie Surf Boat Team + A Whole Lot of other Masters Aussies Bling and some Opens news

Pictures: Pittwater RSL Dedication Of New Cenotaph

Sir Adrian Curlewis CBE CVO Awarded Gold Distinguished Service Medal - The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award

Resident Birds Baffled By B-Line Sleight Of Hand: Where Did All Our Trees Go?

Forced Amalgamations Hit "Procedural Fairness" Snag That May Bring Every Imposed Merger Completely Undone

12 Thousand Best Friends Saved By Monika's Doggie Rescue: Ingleside

Let's Go Fly A Kite !: Palm Beach Whistling Kites Inspire sharing How to Make Standard, Box and Whistling Boy Kites - school holidays fun with a bit of Australian and Narrabeen history 

Reflections by George Repin: COVENTRY CATHEDRAL

Help Tamara Honour Aussie Debt To The Timorese With Education by Pittwater Friends of Soibada

Strokes That Matter - Bass Strait Paddle April 2017 by Newport SLSC and North Cronulla SLSC members  to raise $30 K to establish and implement a number of programs to specifically target drowning prevention and surf awareness

Profile: Christopher John Raggatt  - For decades some of the best music played around here has been made by a gentleman who passion and dedication to his art form has brought pleasure to thousands. For almost five decades Chris Raggatt has been perfecting his music and, although he’d state he’s still learning, he is also a sought after teacher and guitar repairer.

History:  A Historic Catalogue and Record of Pittwater Art Pt. I – of Places, Peoples and the development of Australian Art and Artists; first the Pittwater Estuary

Artist of the Month: April 2017 Chris John Raggatt - Blues Musician: A mini online concert - right here, right now!

Daylight Saving Ends

Daylight saving ends in NSW on Sunday, 2 April 2017 when clocks go back one hour at 3am. Please adjust your clocks; it's not as late as you think!

Pittwater Waterway Review

Following the council meeting of Tuesday 28th March comments on the Pittwater Waterway Review Discussion Paper are being invited.

View the:

The Discussion Paper seeks to inform and engage the community on the wide range of issues and challenges the waterway faces now and into the future.

Hard copies of the relevant documents can also be viewed at council customer service centres during business hours.

In writing addressed to the General Manager, ‘Pittwater Waterway Review’ Northern Beaches Council, PO Box 882, Mona Vale NSW 1660.

Enquiries: Strategic Planning Team (Mona Vale) on 9970 1111
Comments close: 14 May 2017.

You have the opportunity to talk about the Discussion Paper. Staff will be available at the following times and locations to hear your thoughts and answer questions.

There are two drop in sessions at Mona Vale Memorial Hall scheduled
  • Saturday 29th April - 12noon -3pm
  • Tuesday 2nd May - 5pm -8pm
Bookings preferred for these sessions but not essential. Bookings can be made by calling 9970 1319

Three (3) community pop-up stalls are planned for local markets -
  • Forest Market - Parkway Hotel, Frenchs Forest – Sunday 30th April 9am -1pm to be confirmed
  • Warriewood Market - Rat Park, Warriewood – Friday 5th May – 8am -12noon to be confirmed
  • Avalon – Location to be Confirmed – Saturday 6th May – 12:30pm-3pm

Development Application Service Integration

At its meeting of 28 March 2017, Council resolved to publicly exhibit the following documents for 6 weeks:
  • Draft Northern Beaches DA Management Policy
  • Draft DCP Amendment
  • Draft Northern Beaches Independent Assessment Panel Charter 2017
The Draft Development Control Plan (DCP), amending:
Pittwater 21 DCP 2015
Warringah DCP 2015
Warringah DCP 2000
Manly DCP 2013
Draft Northern Beaches Independent Assessment Panel Charter

The proposed amendments are fundamental to integrating and streamlining the DA assessment service. 

The community can be involved through

Drop-in session for the public to discuss the proposed changes:
  • 2-4pm on Wednesday 12 April 2017 at Dee Why Council Chambers
  • 1-3pm on Saturday 29 April 2017 at the Mona Vale Memorial Hall
  • 5.30-7.30pm Tuesday 2 May 2017 at Manly Council Chambers
Submissions may be made a number of ways:
Via Email
Or In writing marked: ‘DA Service Integration’ to Northern Beaches Council, Civic Centre, 725 Pittwater Road, Dee Why NSW 2099 

Submissions will be received up until 14 May 2017.

Public Exhibition Of Draft Affordable Housing Policy

At its meeting on 28 March 2017, Council resolved to place a draft Affordable Housing Policy on public exhibition.

The draft Policy has been developed in consultation with an internal working party, State government departments and other stakeholders, and Council’s Affordable Housing Strategic Reference Group. 

It is supported by evidence of the need for affordable housing (Housing Needs Analysis and Affordable Housing Discussion Paper), and a recommended Action Plan to respond to that need.

The draft Policy is supported by evidence of the need for affordable housing (Housing Needs Analysis and Affordable Housing Discussion Paper), and a recommended Action Plan to respond to that need.


For details, view the Frequently Asked Questions and following documents:
Draft Affordable Housing Policy - April 2017 (97.7 KB) (pdf)
Draft Action Plan - Affordable Housing - April 2017 (81.9 KB) (pdf)
Council Report - draft Affordable Housing Policy - 28 March 2017 (172 KB) (pdf)
Council Resolution - draft Affordable Housing Policy - 28 March 2017 (22.8 KB) (pdf)
Draft Discussion Paper - Affordable Housing - March 2017 (1.33 MB) (pdf)
Needs Analysis of Northern Beaches Affordable Housing - Dec 2016 (382 KB) (pdf)

Further background documentation
The draft Policy and associated documents may also be viewed at Council Customer Service Centres in Manly, Dee Why, Mona Vale and Avalon.

Have your say
You can make a submission:

Writing to Council Marked: “Affordable Housing Policy" 725 Pittwater Road, Dee Why, 2099

Come along to a drop-in session:
  • Civic Centre, Dee Why on Wednesday 5 April 2017 from 5.00-7.00pm.
If you cannot make this time, you can make an appointment with staff to discuss the draft Policy and background documents.

For enquiries, contact Suzy Lawrence, Senior Strategic Planner, 9942 2111

Submissions close Sunday 30 April 2017.

How To Request To Address Council

Residents have communicated being unable to negotiate their way around current websites to how/where they must register to address council meetings. 

The links for forms required to be filled out are on this page  

For requests to address Council at Public Forum on items NOT on the Agenda complete the Application to Address Public Forum.  

For requests to address Council on items on the Agenda, complete the Application to Address Council.


Avalon Beach SLSC Goes Jazzy

This Sunday (April 2nd) at the Avalon Beach SLSC Bar there will be live music from the Barrenjoey Jazz Combo. Come on down from 4:00pm. All welcome including members, guests and the general public.

Easter Break

Pittwater Online's Issue 308, published Sunday April 9, 2017, will contain all Events Notices for Easter 2017, and include ANZAC Day 2017 Commemoration Services listings.

Issue 309 will be published Sunday April 23rd. 

Please ensure you have any Notices and Events for that fortnight to us by 6 a.m., April 9th, for the 308th Issue Notice to Subscribers. 
The office will be attended only part-time until April 20th.

The Editor.
Pittwater Online News.

 Pittwater Offshore Newsletter Update 1/4/2017 

click on Logo: 

To contact Julian:  editor@scotlandisland.org.au

Jason Falinski MP Community Update On Avalon Soccer Fields

March 27 , 2017
COMMUNITY UPDATE - 1100 members of the Avalon Soccer Club will see their playing fields upgraded with better drainage and fencing. I will keep fighting to have netting installed as well.

Hard Work Recognised

March 30, 2017 Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary
Six members of the Auxiliary attended the "Pride of Workmanship Awards Dinner" held by Warringah and Dee Why Rotary on Tuesday 28th March at Dee Why RSL, when we were delighted to see our Auxiliary member Lyn Smith receive an award. 

Lyn was nominated by the Auxiliary at our last meeting with a unanimous vote. Lyn is one of our members who works tirelessly to raise funds through her contacts with the local community, she is a main collecting point for donations of knitting, sewing and crochet work and is the organiser of our regular stall at Pittwater Place.

Congratulations Lyn, well deserved.


Elanora Players April 2017 Production: 'THE MEMORY OF WATER'

written by Shelagh Stevenson
directed by Sarah Lovesy
  
THE MEMORY OF WATER is hilariously funny, sublime and poignant.
When Violet’s three daughters return home for her funeral, each sister finds her own way of coping with the loss.

For Teresa, it’s herbal tea, obsessive cleaning and hectoring her long-suffering husband Frank. Catherine, the youngest, resorts to retail therapy, manic phone calls and a playful reliance on marijuana. Middle sister Mary seeks consolation in the arms of her lover Mike. Like Mary, Mike is a doctor; unlike Mary he is married.

The play is a wonderful story about a family of misfits who are simultaneously lovable, tragic and funny.
  
CAST (in order of appearance):
Vi: Sandra Muscat-Bowers
Mary: Karen Pattinson
Teresa: Diane Howden
Catherine: Lela Keighley
Mike: Gerard Hawkins
Frank: Mike McCrann
Robert Longley: Assistant Director
Wendy Starkie: Stage Manager
Wendy Knight: Assistant Stage Manager & Props/Costumes
Bernadette Miflin: Costume Production
Sue Whittaker: Sound Operator
Bill Akhurst: Lighting Operator
  
PERFORMANCES:
Sat 15 Apr, 8pm* / Sun 16 Apr, 11am & 3pm
Mon 17 Apr, 11am & 3pm / Thu 20 Apr, 8pm
Fri 21 Apr, 8pm / Sat 22 Apr, 3pm & 8pm
* Sat 15 Apr - Opening Night - complimentary drinks/nibbles following the show and an opportunity to mingle with the cast
  
TICKETS: 
$25, $22 concession, $20 groups (10+)
BOOKINGS:   
T: 9979 9694


Our first meeting of the year will be held on Tuesday, 11 April and as usual will be held in the Avalon Beach Bowling Club in Bowling Green Lane.

This year for the first time we have decided to schedule our meeting dates for the year – simply, they will be held on the second Tuesday of the months of April, June, September and December.

GOVERNOR PHILLIP AND WEST HEAD BEACH
The prevailing view among historians and writers has long been that Governor Phillip most likely spent his first night in Pittwater at Resolute Beach. In fact there is strong evidence to suggest that West Head Beach is where Phillip, in March 1788, first set foot on land in Pittwater, made first contact with local aborigines on land and camped for two nights.
Geoff and member Roger Sayers have spent a good deal of time at the latter site and, as Phillip would have, approached it by water on several occasions. Recent photographic evidence, along with pertinent documents eg. Lieu. Bradley’s journal and Phillip’s diary, provide for compelling discussion. 

The completed document including photographs, have been submitted for publication in the June issue of ‘History’, the magazine of our parent body, the Royal Australian Historical Society.

We would like to present to the meeting our finished work including  an accompanying photographic essay on the big screen in the Avalon “Bowlo”.

Geoff Searl
President, Avalon Beach Historical Society


ANZAC Day 2017

Narrabeen RSL
The President and Members of the Narrabeen RSL Sub-Branch will hold their annual ANZAC Sunday March and Wreath Laying Ceremony on Sunday, 23rd April 2017.

Participants are to assemble in the car park at Narrabeen Terminus (Berry Reserve) from 11:00am, and the march will commence at 11:30am sharp.
The parade will be led by the Warringah Pipe Band and proceed south along Pittwater Road to the Narrabeen Memorial Cenotaph, at the intersection of Pittwater Road and Ocean Street. A Wreath Laying ceremony and ANZAC Service will be held at the Cenotaph.

The general community is invited to come along and watch the ANZAC march along Pittwater Road from 11:30 and attend the Wreath Laying ceremony and ANZAC Service at the Cenotaph.

John West - Secretary
Narrabeen RSL sub-Branch.

Pittwater RSL
Sunday April 23rd: Muster at Vineyard Street 12.30 p.m.
1.00 p.m. March to Mona Vale Cenotaph for Commemoration Service.
ANZAC Sunday March & Luncheon. This ceremony traditionally takes place on the Sunday prior to ANZAC Day, with a service being held at Village Park in Mona Vale, followed by Luncheon in the Club's Auditorium.
April 25th:Spend your ANZAC Day at Pittwater RSL - the 5.45am memorial service will be followed by hot bacon and egg rolls for only $5. Breakfast tickets are on sale now from the club reception desk. 
Don't forget two-up at 12pm!

Church Point
Community ANZAC Day Service
Church Point Reserve 11 a.m.

Avalon Beach RSL
5:30am
Dawn Service at Dunbar Park
11:00am
ANZAC March starts from Avalon Public School 
11:20am
Commemoration Service at Club Cenotaph.
12:00pm
Two-Up begins in the Surf Lounge on Level One - NEW EARLIER START TIME.

Club Palm Beach 
10:30 a.m. Muster at Palm Beach Ferry Wharf 
11.00 a.m. ANZAC Day Commemoration Service at Palm Beach Cenotaph (outside Club Palm Beach)

Anzac Day Tickets NOW AVAILABLE!!
Available from reception - all members purchasing tickets must be financial & show membership card to staff member.
Sub-Branch Members - FOC
Members - $75 Visitors - $85
12 Noon - Luncheon will commence with a performance from special guest Grant Galea.
1:00pm - Club opens to the public
3:00pm - TWO-UP (3pm - 7pm only)
Tickets will NOT be sold on the day, so get in early to avoid missing out on this event.

Avalon Boomerang Bags

Avalon Boomerang Bags Boxes have been launched onto our streets for over 8 months now and I thought it might be a good time to review a few things.

Firstly, Avalon Boomerang Bags works like a bag library, just like our lovely Avalon (book) Library, only for reusable bags.
It would be great if we ALL remembered our reusable shopping bags ALL the time, but we don't. 
So if you forget yours :
find a Boomerang Bags Box (locations listed below) and
grab your "Borrow and Bring Back" Boomerang Bags.
Do your shopping without needing plastic bags.
Don't forget to pop some bags back in the box  when you get a chance so the library doesn't run out.

That's why they're called Boomerang bags....they Boomerang Back.
If you love the bags so much , you would like to keep some, you are welcome to purchase some of our "Bought to Support" Boomerang Bags, contact us for details.

Boomerang Bag Boxes are currently located at:
Avalon Organics
Hertfords Chemist
Beach General
Avalon Fresh
Johnson Bros Mitre 10
Avalon Village Meats
and Organic Avenues at Bilgola Plateau.

For those of you that would like to get more involved with this great community initiative making it free and easy to rid Avalon of single use plastic bags and protect our environment there are lots of ways to help.
Perhaps you can join us at a workshop:
Tuesdays 11am-5pm 
Sew craft cook
20/14 Polo Ave
Mona Vale

follow us on facebook 
instagram: @avalonboomerangbags

Palm Beach & Whale Beach Association Inc. 2017 AGM

Notice of the 99th Annual General Meeting
on Tuesday 9th May, 2017 at 7.00 pm at Club Palm Beach

Preliminary AGENDA

Welcome by the President: Dr. Richard West
Apologies
Confirmation of the minutes of the 2016 AGM
These minutes have been previously approved by the Committee

Business arising from the minutes
Treasurer’s report: Doug Maher, and the tabling for signature of the Annual Statement to Department of Community Affairs by the Public Officer.
President’s Report
Election of Office Bearers 
An updated Agenda will be issued closer to the date.

Cliff Side Fun Run

On April 9, 2017

About The Fun Run
This event is run by the AVAAL 4 Life Foundation in collaboration with the Mona Vale Surf Life Saving Club.

To raise much needed funds to directly support of our foundations activities in Mental Health and to support Breast Cancer with our corporate support of the National Breast Cancer Foundation's and their goal of Zero deaths to breast cancer by 2030.

We would like to invite you to come join our annual community based charity Cliff Side Fun Run (or walk), held on Sydney’s Stunning Northern Beaches.

Starting beside the beach at Long Reef, the course takes you up and around the picturesque ocean front taking in Sydney’s most iconic Cliff Side track with the 10k course featuring not 1 but 2 Headlands.

There are two Fun Runs on the same day. A 10km run for a great challenge, and a 3km family friendly course - PLUS an amazing Family Festival.

Our events attract all walks of life: young and old, fit or not, from near and far.

Become a Cliffside Sponsor
We would like to invite you to join us as a sponsor of the annual community based charity Cliff Side Fun Run – Contact Us. info@avaalgroup.com 

Find out more and sign up at: cliffsidefunrun.com.au


Call For Expressions Of Interest In The Lease Of Officers Mess And Annexe At North Head Sanctuary 

21 March 2017: Sydney Harbour Trust
The Harbour Trust is now seeking expressions of interest to lease two landmark former defence buildings inside Manly’s North Head Sanctuary at 33 North Head Scenic Drive.

Expressions of interest close on 24 May 2017 at 4pm.
Visit here for more information:http://www.harbourtrust.gov.au/lease/eoi1701

Call To Local Councils As Floodplain Management Grants Open For Applications

Media release: 16 March 2017
Grant funding to assist councils in carrying out floodplain management projects to help manage flood risk open for applications today, announced the NSW Government.

The Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) Executive Director Ian Hunter said grant funding is available to assist local government with flood studies, flood risk management studies and plans and major projects such as flood levees, gates, warning systems and house raising and purchase in high risk areas, under the 2017-18 Floodplain Management Program.

“This grant program funds important projects that assess risk and help reduce flood impacts across NSW,” Mr Hunter said.

“I encourage local councils to apply for this funding round. Applications close on 27 April 2017.

“The last funding round supported forty-four projects which shared $6.72 million.

“This grant program supports the implementation of the NSW Flood Prone Land Policy which aims to reduce the impacts of flooding and flood liability on communities,” Mr Hunter said.

Local councils, county councils and other government bodies with floodplain risk management responsibilities (refer to program guidelines) equivalent to those of local councils are eligible to apply.

Further information and application forms are available here: 

Boating Anthology Seeks Contributors

Calling all ladies who have ever been on any boat. Do you have a story to tell about a boating experience - funny? Serious? Motivational? Whatever? If you have would you like to have it published in book form as part of an anthology. There is no cost involved.
 
If you answered yes then Frances Black and Margi Law’s project is for you. They are both published authors.

Each year or so they choose a theme that they would like to write about themselves. They then assemble a group of like-minded contributors. Each person writes their own story. Frances and Margi edit and produce a published book available on Amazon. The price will be set as low as Amazon will permit.

If you want to buy a copy then you purchase one on Amazon. 

The motivation is the pleasure of writing and providing a legacy for family and community of the contributors. If you are interested in learning more please email fran@blacks.id.au

Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary Stalls 2017

April:
8th  -  Bunnings Narrabeen: Sausage sizzle                                                                 8am to 3pm
21st   - Stall foyer Mona Vale Hospital:  Baking, knitting, craft, books, sewing 9am to 3pm
 
May:
6th - Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale: Sewing, knitting, craft                                  9am to 3pm
12th - Mother’s Day stall outside ANZ Bank, Avalon Parade, Avalon. Knitting, crafts, sewing.  8am to 4pm
13th - Bunnings Narrabeen: Sausage sizzle                                                                  8am to 3pm
19th - Stall foyer Mona Vale Hospital: Baking, knitting, craft, books, sewing            9am to 3pm
 
June:
3rd - Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale: Sewing, knitting, craft                                   9am to 3pm
10th  - Bunnings Narrabeen: Sausage sizzle                                                                 8am to 3pm
16th - Stall foyer Mona Vale Hospital: Baking, knitting, craft, books, sewing            9am to 3pm         

Development Application (DA) Service Integration

The interim Northern Beaches Council are integrating and reviewing how Development Application (DA) services are delivered to our community. From pre-lodgement to decision stage, they will be looking at how these services can be delivered better.

The community will have an opportunity to have a say when the proposed changes are exhibited in April. During the exhibition period, we will be holding workshops with the community to discuss the proposed changes.
It’s not often that the community has the chance to contribute right from the outset to the way services are delivered by its council.

For those with an interest in this area, you are encouraged to register your email address with so you can be updated at key stages in the project.
 
February 2017
Development Application (DA) Service Integration is currently at this stage
Workshops with Strategic Reference Group members

March 2017
this is an upcoming stage for Development Application (DA) Service Integration
Council meeting - outlining proposed changes

April 2017
this is an upcoming stage for Development Application (DA) Service Integration
Exhibition of proposed changes – 28 days
Community workshops – dates TBC

June 2017
this is an upcoming stage for Development Application (DA) Service Integration
Council meeting 27 June reporting on exhibition

August 2017
this is an upcoming stage for Development Application (DA) Service Integration
Implementation of new systems and processes

The purpose of  www.westpittwater.com.au  - is best defined by the vision of the West Pittwater Community Association.

To be a supportive community, encouraging and promoting civic pride, interest in community affairs and goodwill amongst residents.

To protect local fauna and flora and generally preserve West Pittwater and its environs.

To secure essential facilities including public wharves and reserves and to protect private and public property.

To speak with one voice and represent the interests of the Western Foreshore community when in discussion with Pittwater Council and other relevant government bodies. The WPCA website provides a forum for the better realisation of these objectives. Visit: www.westpittwater.com.au


Come And Try Golf - Long Reef NSW 

9 May 2017
Empower Golf and Return2Sport are hosting a Come and Try Golf Clinic, to introduce new people living with a disability to Golf for the first time, or to reintroduce former players to the game they love after accident or illness.
Players of all abilities will have the opportunity to try golf, the amazing ParaGolfer (which is available for future hire at Long Reef) and other adaptive equipment.

Please ensure you register below and send any enquiries to James Gribble – james.gribble@empowergolf.com.au
Places Limited!! Book Now!!

Long Reef Golf Club
Anzac Avenue
Collaroy, NSW 2097

Community Engagement For Draft TARA Extended

Community engagement that will inform the finalisation of the first statewide threat and risk assessment (TARA) for the NSW marine estate has been extended from 31 March to 18 April to ensure stakeholders have extra time to prepare their submissions.

Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Director, Aquatic Environment Sarah Fairfull said The draft statewide TARA aims to identify, assess and prioritise the threats to the social, economic and environmental benefits the NSW community derive from the marine estate.

“Some key findings of the draft statewide TARA include higher and greater risks to estuaries than coastal and marine waters from various threats, such as estuary modifications, and impacts on water quality such as urban stormwater discharge, clearing riparian vegetation and adjacent habitat including wetlands and agricultural runoff,” Ms Fairfull said.

“The purpose of this engagement is for stakeholders and the community to consider the evidence used to determine the risk levels assigned to threats and provide any new or additional evidence or local examples that may support or change these.”

Six workshops with key stakeholders from State and Local Government, recreational fishing, commercial fishing, conservation, diving, boating and universities were held in regional areas and Sydney during February. Participants highlighted the need for additional time to provide considered comment on the draft statewide TARA.

A series of ten Aboriginal workshops have now concluded along the NSW coast to seek out any additional evidence that can inform the Aboriginal cultural findings in the statewide TARA.

An interactive tool is available to help stakeholders and the community to navigate, interrogate and provide feedback on the draft statewide TARA. Submissions through the TARA interactive tool can now be made until 18 April 2017.

“The final statewide TARA will be used to inform the development of management initiatives to address priority threats at varying scales, including local, regional and statewide in the NSW Marine Estate Management Strategy and new management plans for marine parks, starting with Solitary Islands and Batemans Marine Park,” Ms Fairfull said.

There is a variety of reports and supporting material, including fact sheets, FAQs and three videos explaining the draft statewide TARA or how to use the interactive tool available at www.marine.nsw.gov.au.

Strokes That Matter

In April 2017 a group of 12 paddlers from Newport Surf Club will paddle on surf skis from mainland Australia to Tasmania across the infamous Bass Strait – a journey of over 300 km’s through one of the world’s harshest ocean crossings

The group includes some of Australia’s best ocean paddlers, a Nutri Grain Ironman, 8 multiple Australian Gold Medal winning surf lifesavers , and a couple of old blokes.

The Group are paddling for a cause very close to their heart ….. water safety and drowning prevention … in the hope to raise awareness to stop the needless loss of life.

Through a fund established with the Newport Surf Club called “Strokes That Matter” – they are looking to raise $30k to establish and implement a number of programs to specifically target drowning prevention and surf awareness.

100% of all funds raised will go directly to executing programs established within the existing and proven framework of Surf Life Saving Australia;

The fund has the following key goals for 2017 /2018:
  • Implement an educational program for delivery in NSW Schools 
  • Deliver programs via Nutri Grain athletes at NSW schools
  • Utilise media coverage of Bass Strait Crossing and other social media to increase access to educational forums
  • Conduct surf and water safety awareness clinics at beaches across NSW in conjunction with other surf clubs
  • Conduct surf and water safety awareness clinics at waterways and public meeting places
  • Participate with other organisations in initiatives that directly target drowning prevention

NEWPORT SURF CLUB
Providing beach patrol and rescue services to Newport Beach for over 100 years, the Newport Surf Club is community focused and a hub of community activity. 

As a custodian of the beach, the club has a proud history of actively teaching nippers through to adults, vital surf skills and provides a vibrant surf sports program that is ranked No 3 in Australia. In addition, its leadership, development and community service programs and activities play a vital part in developing future generations of Australian's.

2017 Mackellar Community Forum (The Forest)

Thursday, April 6 at 7 PM - 8:30 PM
Belrose Bowling Club
146 Forest Way, Belrose

You are invited to my first community forum. Come along to meet me and ask any questions you have on federal government policy. 

I will be there to listen to you, to what you have to say, to respond to your questions, and to share my vision for our community.

Jason Falinski
MP for Mackellar

NB: Upcoming Community Forums are listed in Mr. Falinski'sEVENTS page

Nominations Are Open For The 2017 NSW Creative Achievement Awards

March 30, 2017: NSW Government
he awards celebrate and reward outstanding achievements of individuals and businesses that help raise the global profile of NSW Creative Industries.

Highlighting established and emerging talent within our creative industries, the awards recognise the importance of our world-class creative industries and talent.

There are two main award categories:
  • NSW Creative Laureate: recognises a candidate that has demonstrated significant leadership and made a significant contribution to increasing the global profile of NSW creative industries.
  • NSW Emerging Creative Talent Award: recognises an individual, team or organisation that has shown originality and innovation and contributed to raising the global profile of NSW Creative Industries. This award offers a prize of $15,000.
More than 42 per cent of Australia’s creative workforce lives in NSW, with over 200,000 people across the state employed in the industry.

Nominations close on Sunday, 9 April 2017. The finalists will be announced in the weeks leading up to the award ceremony on Wednesday, 14 June 2017 during Vivid Sydney.

By-Elections Saturday 8 April: Manly, North Shore, Gosford

Since we're surrounded by it anyway!
NB: Labor will not contest either Manly or North Shore - links on candidates names will take you to their websites/webpages on social media, where available, for upcoming by-election.

Manly Candidates
DELEZIO Ron Independent
GRIFFIN James Liberal Party
RIDGE Kathryn Independent
WILLIAMS ROLDAN Clara The Greens 
WRIGHT, Annie Christian Democratic Party (Fred Nile Group)

Gosford Candidates 
BOYD, Abigail     The Greens 
CHURCH, Andrew    Christian Democratic Party (Fred Nile Group)
PILON, Jilly              Liberal Party
TESCH, Liesl             Australian Labor Party

North Shore Candidates
ALICK, Justin                 The Greens 
CORRIGAN, Carolyn Independent
GIBSON, Jilly          Independent
MUTTON, Ian                 Independent
NILE, Sylvana         Christian Democratic Party (Fred Nile Group)
RUFF, Stephen         Independent
WILSON, Felicity         Liberal Party

Manly Sea Life Sanctuary Closing

Wednesday, 29 March 2017
Over the past few months, we have undertaken a comprehensive assessment of the facility to determine whether it continues to meet both Merlin and industry standards. This included a full review of the building as well as other infrastructure upgrades including accessibility and compliance.
 
After this thorough and lengthy review, we have made the difficult decision to announce our intention to close the facility when its lease expires in the summer of 2017. This conclusion has been reached with a heavy heart and we are working closely with all of those involved to ensure a smooth transition.
 
Our announcement today allows us the time to make the necessary preparations while providing guests an opportunity to visit the attraction ahead of closure.  This will include ensuring our beloved marine animals are transferred to new homes within other SEA LIFE attractions in Australia as smoothly as possible.
 
The transfer of our animals is a complex job that requires careful planning and management; our experts have safely transferred many animals in the past and we are confident we can ensure a successful relocation for every one of them, with transfers beginning from early next year. 
 
The attraction's important ethos of Breed, Rescue and Protect will continue to live on via rescue and rehabilitation projects at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, as well as Sustainable Organisations of Manly (So Manly) at a local level.
 
More information on a program of community engagement will be made available in the coming weeks.

Organisations Across NSW Are Invited To Apply For The Second Round Of The Mental Health Innovation Fund

March 27, 2017: NSW Government
A total of $1.5 million in funding is available to find new, local initiatives that improve mental health services and outcomes across NSW.

Target innovation areas include:
  • Mental health and intellectual disability/cognitive impairment
  • Aboriginal mental health
  • Mental health and youth homelessness
  • Adult education
  • Child and youth mental health.
Minister for Mental Health Tanya Davies said the fund provides an opportunity for the best minds in business, the community sector and government to develop and deliver new and creative ways to help people living with mental illness.

“Collaborating partners may include start-ups, non-government organisations, the private sector, local businesses, carers or individuals working alongside all levels of government,” Mrs Davies said.

“By funding these ideas, we can enhance the way we deliver person-centred care that focuses on consumers, particularly at the community level.”

The fund aligns with the government’s commitment to Living Well(external link), the Mental Health Commission’s 10-year road map to transform mental health services.

Successful projects from the first round will be announced shortly.

Expressions of Interest for the second round of the fund close on Tuesday, 9 May 2017. 
For information on how to apply, visit the NSW Government e-tenderingwebsite

Roadside Reserve Grants Open To Councils

Friday March 24, 2017- from LGNSW
Funding is now open to NSW councils seeking to streamline and improve the management of roadside reserves in their areas, under a pilot program run by Local Government NSW (LGNSW).

A total of $1.46 million is available to councils via contestable grants as part of a three-year program funded by the NSW Environmental Trust.

LGNSW President Keith Rhoades said the funding would support councils to pilot a new roadside reserve environmental management framework.

"LGNSW has worked with the sector to develop a new framework aimed at making the management of these reserves more effective and more cost-efficient.

"Now it's time to test that framework, and to make sure it can be seamlessly embedded into Integrated Planning and Reporting by councils."

Clr Rhoades said the Council Roadside Reserves Environmental Grants were designed to support councils to trial the new framework, and ensure it had been tested and fine-tuned before being rolled out across NSW.

Councils could apply for grants of up to $50,000 to participate in the pilot, while amalgamated councils or regional collaborative groups could apply for up to $80,000.

"Well-managed roadsides bring very real benefits to councils and their communities," Clr Rhoades said.

"Maintenance costs are reduced as there is less to mow and control weeds, and there are additional benefits such as bank stabilisation and the prevention of road pavement waterlogging.

"Well managed roadside reserves have the potential to reduce road accidents by decreasing headlight glare, relieving driver monotony and highlighting road delineation.

"They clearly offer environmental benefits, providing a seed source and habitat connectivity for wildlife - particularly threatened species and endangered ecological communities not represented in National Parks.

"And of course a well-managed roadside reserve also has a range of community and commercial applications, whether it's providing shelter, shade, privacy, or the capacity to offer rest stops and associated business opportunities.

"I'd urge all councils in NSW to have a close look at this grant program, and to attend one of the four half-day information sessions to maximise their chance of accessing the funding."

Further information can be found on LGNSW's website.
  • Applications due 27 April 2017.
  • Projects are expected to commence by 1 June 2017 and have a maximum of twenty (20) months.
  • All projects must be completed by 28 February 2019.

Lifeline Northern Beaches Classic 

The “Lifeline Northern Beaches Classic” is a tag team surfing competition, a charity fundraising event supporting Lifeline Northern Beaches. Sunday 30 April 2017.

Teams consist of 4 surfers per team. Each team commits to running their own fundraising campaign and reaching a fundraising goal of $5,000 per team.

This is a fundraising competition just as much a surfing competition!
Every team will be rewarded with a legend surfer to join their team on the day. The team who raises the most funds at the end of the campaign gets first pick from the pool of pro/ legend surfers on the day. Second place fundraisers get second pick, and so on in order of the fundraising results.
Trophies are presented to the winning fundraising team, and the winning surfing team on the day.

The 2017 Lifeline Classic - a fundraising surf tag competition event, will be held at Dee Why Beach on 30th April.

Get involved or support a team at:

Local Teams On Board:

Living Ocean
Living Ocean is proud to sponsor a group of amazing young surfers who have put together a team to raise awareness of youth mental health issues for Lifeline Northern Beaches.
Suicide and depression is a major concern for all our ocean loving tribe, especially when we are blessed to be living on an amazing planet.
The Lifeline Northern beaches Classic is a tag team surf event held on 30 April 2017. Support the team and donate today. All funds go directly to Lifeline on the page link below.

Avalon Beach Surf Life Saving Club

Avalon Beach Surf Life Saving Club and our team of junior life savers have created this page because we want to make a difference. Having been touched by youth suicide in our local community, we have been inspired to raise funds for the support services available through Lifeline. We hope we are also able to raise awareness of the work Lifeline do and encourage others to reach out and talk to someone as a way to promoting positive mental health. All funds go directly to Lifeline on the page link below.

Petition: Keep Maternity Services In Mona Vale! 

As many of you may know both Manly and Mona Vale hospitals are due to be closed towards the end of 2018 and replaced by the large hospital currently under construction in Frenchs Forest. This means losing both the maternity units from our local hospitals as all services are transferred to the new site, creating a gap in maternity services and further limiting local women’s choices regarding where they choose to give birth.

This petition seeks to provide a platform for our voices to finally be heard. It has long been proven by countless research studies that midwifery-led continuity of care models for low-risk women SHOULD be the gold standard of maternity care. Why should women accept any less? As a community, we want to see a midwifery-led freestanding birth centre that provides continuity of midwifery care and CHOICE for families on the Northern Beaches.

We are concerned that the commute to the new hospital in Frenchs Forest will put women at risk due to travel time during peak traffic and the flooding that occurs during heavy rain on the main access route to the new hospital. Studies have already proven that the closure of maternity units across Australia has been significantly associated with increased 'birth before arrival' (BBA) rates. The distribution of studies undertaken has not been limited to rural and remote areas, but includes large urban populations. Given the high risk of adverse maternal and neonatal outcomes associated with BBA, it is time to stand up against the closure of units.

A birth centre that is based at Mona Vale Hospital, centrally located on the beaches would allow women with low risk pregnancies the option of Midwifery Continuity of Care which research also shows to be cost-saving. In 2012 a multimillion-dollar investment was made to upgrade and modernise the Mona Vale maternity unit. The investment has been made in the right location already. We therefore propose that the Northern Beaches Health Service Redevelopment (Mona Vale Hospital site) be the ideal location for such a service.

This is such an important issue! It is a fundamental human right to have CHOICE when it comes to childbirth.

Both local and regional support is welcome, you may not use this service or live on the beaches but if we rally together for the future we can see this dream become a reality for our daughters, granddaughters and the wider community as a whole.

We need to be heard, but to be heard we need your voices! We need as many voices as possible so that NSW Government take notice. Please,sign and share this petition today and be the change.


DoggieRescue.com

Pets of the Week

Bonnie

AGE/SEX: 6 years / F
BREED: Foxy x

Bonnie is a very affectionate sweet natured girl. She is social with other dogs but has a bossy nature so is best as an only dog in the household as she can get jealous of attention. Bonnie is a good climber and amazingly agile so secure fencing is a must. She is very kissy with people and is very easy to handle. She has not been officially tested with children but we have seen her engage with 8-10yo kids very happily. She is very quiet and calm when left unattended and loves chewing on a kong. She has a short coat and weighs 5.8kg. She comes desexed, C5 vaccinated, heartworm free and microchipped. Also included for the love and health of our dogs is a free Health and Wellness Voucher with our DR Vet. Her adoption cost is $450. 

For further details or to meet all dogs at call DoggieRescue on 9486 3133 or email monika@DoggieRescue.com. Visit www.DoggieRescue.com to see all our dogs.www.facebook.com/doggierescue 

More Than $2.6 Million For Local Heritage 

Monday, 13 February 2017: Media Release - Gabrielle Upton, Minister for Heritage
Communities can apply for more than $2.6 million in funding to help protect and preserve heritage items listed on their council’s Local Environmental Plan, Heritage Minister Gabrielle Upton announced today. 

Ms Upton said the funding was available under the NSW Government’s second round of Heritage Activation Grants, designed for local government, businesses and community organisations to reactivate and preserve local heritage spaces and precincts.

“This program aims to build on the knowledge and connection communities have with their heritage – communities know their heritage better than anyone,” Ms Upton said.

 “The program acknowledges the important role owners and managers of locally listed heritage items play in communities across NSW.” 

Heritage Activation Grants, part of an $8 million three year NSW Government investment in local heritage protection, are open to owners and managers of local heritage items listed on their council’s Local Environmental Plan. 

“Some of the proposals funded in the first round included a project to improve public access at Wingham Library and a plan to revitalise the Lachlan Railway Heritage Centre’s entrance,” Ms Upton said. 

Applications open today and close on Friday 21 April. 

Indian Myna Action Group

Indian or Common Mynas are one of the world's most invasive species, not a cute bird. Many communities in NSW, QLD,  ACT  and overseas are taking action against these pests, sometimes called flying rats. 



Pittwater Natural Heritage Association set up the Northern Beaches Indian Myna Action Group, as these birds are a common pest in local shopping centres, on private land and in schools and parks. Now a grant from Greater Sydney Local Lands Services has enabled our campaign to take a leap forward, with more publicity and more  traps available for people wishing to trap on private land. 

These aggressive birds are pests because they breed in great numbers, nesting in hollows in houses and in trees, displacing native birds and animals. They can spread diseases and lice and scavenge in rubbish bins. 
Our Myna information is welcomed by cafes that are pestered by birds fouling tables. This term we will deliver a pamphlet to alert schools about Mynas. 

See our  Facebook page for what we are doing and  how people can get involved. For more information contact us on pnhainfo@gmail.com or phone Nick Halkyard on 0416 288 874


 Gone Fishing Gallery at Waterfront Store Church Point

Open again TODAY in the top room Waterfront Store. Open mainly weekends as an addition to the waterfront cafe. Keep up to date on theirFacebook page

Friends Of Bungan Beach Restoration

Bungan Beach's superb backdrop of bushland is being cared for by donations from the Pittwater Environmental Foundation (PEF) and the determination and hard work of local people who love this wonderful place. Volunteers and contractors remove weeds and plant native plants where natural regeneration is unlikely because of dense weeds for many years.

Can you lend a hand to Friends of Bungan? go tohttp://www.friendsofbungan.org.au/about-us/


Bushcare in Pittwater 


For further information or to confirm the meeting details for below groups, please contact Council's Bushcare Officer on 9970 1367







BUSHCARE SCHEDULES 
Where we work                      Which day                              What time 

Avalon     
Angophora Reserve             3rd Sunday                         8:30 - 11:30am 
Avalon Dunes                        1st Sunday                         8:30 - 11:30am 
Avalon Golf Course               2nd Wednesday                3 - 5:30pm 
Careel Creek                         4th Saturday                      8:30 - 11:30am 
Toongari Reserve                 3rd Saturday                      9 - 12noon (8 - 11am in summer) 
Bangalley Headland            2nd Sunday                         9 to 12noon 

Bayview     
Winnererremy Bay                 4th Sunday                        9 to 12noon 

Bilgola     
North Bilgola Beach              3rd Monday                        9 - 12noon 
Algona Reserve                     1st Saturday                      9 - 12noon 
Plateau Park                          1st Friday                           8:30 - 11:30am 

Church Point     
Browns Bay Reserve             1st Tuesday                      9 - 12noon 
McCarrs Creek Reserve       Contact Bushcare Officer     To be confirmed 

Clareville     
Old Wharf Reserve                 3rd Saturday                     8 - 11am 

Elanora     
Kundibah Reserve                   4th Sunday                      8:30 - 11:30am 

Mona Vale     
Mona Vale Beach Basin          1st Saturday                   8 - 11am 
Mona Vale Dunes                     2nd Saturday+3rd Thursday     8:30 - 11:30am 

Newport     
Bungan Beach                          4th Sunday                      9 - 12noon 
Crescent Reserve                    3rd Sunday                      9 - 12noon 
North Newport Beach              4th Saturday                    8:30 - 11:30am 
Porter Reserve                         2nd Saturday                   8 - 11am 

North Narrabeen     
Irrawong Reserve                     3rd Saturday                   2 - 5pm 

Palm Beach     
North Palm Beach Dunes       3rd Saturday                   9 - 12noon 

Scotland Island     
Catherine Park                          2nd Sunday                    10 - 12:30pm 
Elizabeth Park                           1st Saturday                     9 - 12 noon 
Pathilda Reserve                      3rd Saturday                     9 - 12 noon 

Warriewood     
Warriewood Wetlands             1st Sunday                         8:30 - 11:30am 

Whale Beach     
Norma Park                               1st Friday                            9 - 12noon 

Western Foreshores     
Coopers Point, Elvina Bay      2nd Sunday                        10 - 1pm 
Rocky Point, Elvina Bay           1st Monday                          9 - 12noon

New Season for Sailability Pittwater 

Sailability Pittwater is a volunteer organisation which provides sailing for people with a disability. Our main recreational sailing activities are at Rowland Reserve, Bayview, and we run competitive sailing for people with a disability out of RPAYC Newport.

We are currently looking for new volunteers for our Saturday morning program at Rowland Reserve and Tuesdays at RPA. Visit our website for more information at  www.sailability.org/au/pittwater or call John on 9982 5656

60th Anniversary Of Club Palm Beach

Club Palm Beach is going to celebrate the 1957 opening, its 60th anniversary and we would like to get as many people from the past and present as possible to join us in a reunion here at the Club. This includes old friends, relatives, neighbours, local sports clubs, sailing mates, students from local schools, campers from the old camping ground near the Golf course, EVERYONE! 

Leading up to the reunion we want to hear your old stories & share your photos from the good old days. Stories from the camping grounds, for example some families lived at the camping grounds while their family homes were built. John Oliver was one, he says the camping ground was a community in itself. Other campers such as the Trainor family loved the camping community so much they moved permanently to Palm Beach.


Camping at Palm Beach - photo courtesy National Library of Australia

Palm Beach RSL started off as a shed, it was originally built in Lucinda Park, Nabilla Rd Palm Beach. The shed, built from weather board by Dick Martin, Jack Martin and Fred Verrills, was then moved to Barrenjoey Rd, the current Club site, sitting approximately where the bistro dinner room is now. The land purchased in Barrenjoey Rd was instigated by Carl Gow. The little Club traded there from the very early 50's until the current Club opened in December 1957. The original shed was removed by Peter Verrills and Bill Martin then transported by Bill's semi-trailer to Wisemans Ferry and there it was used as a cabin for the Verrills family & friends for their water skiing holidays. In the early days the Cub (shed)l opened daily at 4pm and operated on an honour system, any purchases were fixed up on pay day.

The Club as it is today was built by R. Martin & Sons. It was opened on the 14th December 1957. The president at the time of the opening was Alf Curtis and the secretary was Ron Vance. Some of the early committee members were Harold Richardson, Ken Wardrop, Fred Verrills, Jack Martin, Bill McTaggart, Ron Vance, Jack Henman, Brian Oxenham and Chic Whitchard. Some old local family names were the Gonsalves, Martins, and Goddards. There was a big variety of local businesses including the chemist, butcher, bakers, doctors and the fruit and veg shop.

Apparently there were two garages as well. To Peter Verrills' recollection, the Palm Beach bottle shop is the only shop still operating as it was when opened. The original owners were the Goddard's.

Lola was their daughter who married Jack Martin.

We would love to hear all the history on the ferry service, fishing charter boats, builder's ship wrights etc... before it is all lost. 

Please start posting any stories, pictures or memories to our Facebook page - Club Palm Beach. Save the date and come down and join us and tell us a bit about it. We can't wait to see what you have in store for us!

This is a great time to catch up with that old Palm Beach friend of yours - you always say you will but never seem to get the chance.

John Sinclair
Club Palm Beach Secretary - Manager