Community News August 2017

August 13 - 19, 2017: Issue 325

Articles This Week 

Front Page Issue 325

Park Bench Philosophers: Avalon Beach North Headland Indian Face 'Falls': An Everchanging Coastline

Warriewood SLSC's 2017 AGM - Warriewood's First Female President- extracts from Annual Report

Leopard Seal On Bungan Beach: Please Maintain At Least 40 Metres From Seals That Come Ashore At This Time Of Year

Funding To Return Pasadena Site To Public Ownership: Once was Crown Land (1941) - 76 years later...

Mona Vale Performance Space: Northern Beaches Performing Arts Venue First Steps Under Shared Use Deal

Narani, Captain Cook Celebrations At MVPS And Elvina Bay Memories - 1970s from and by Kathyrn Ryan

Nautical Treasure In Suburbia by Roger Wickins - is there a better place for the housing of this artwork celebrating Claude Chouls?, last of the last of our WWI Veterans

Aquatics: PLYMOUTH REVISITED FOR OWNERS OF THE CLASSIC 1963 BUILT KIALOA II 

Pictures: Avalon Bulldogs A Grade Match - Bulldogs get Semi-Finals Fever

Helmets: No 1 in Really Bad Poetry for Children

Lunch in the Garden: Come Along to Coomalong for Cambodian charity, ‘Build Your Future Today’ - food by Leang and Touch Khun, Mona Vale Bakery, known for their traditional Cambodian fare, Bikes 4 Life Brookvale collect second-hand bikes and ship them to Cambodia - attending event, also renowned children’s author, Louise Park, will be discussing her Cambodian Literacy Project at the lunch - Sunday September 24th

Artist of the Month:  August  2017: Adriaan van der Wallen  Most people know Adriaan as a great surfer on short or long boards or logs, or even one of his numerous collectors boards inherited from legends such as Midget Farrelly or Jack McCoy, or as the gentleman who teaches their Nippers as a Member of Avalon Beach SLSC or a part of the Masters Team at Palm Beach SLSC, or as the teacher who educates their children. Others will have seen his great photographic skills featured here as one of our regular contributors.

Profile: John McInerney OAM
Vietnam Veterans Day (Northern) takes place today, Sunday August 13th, with a March from Palm Beach Ferry Wharf to the Cenotaph at Palm Beach RSL (Club Palm Beach) at 11.00 a.m.

Vietnam Veterans Day is commemorated on 18 August every year. The day was originally known as Long Tan Day, chosen to commemorate the men of D Company, 6RAR who fought in the battle of Long Tan in 1966. On that day, 108 Australian and New Zealand soldiers fought a pitched battle against over 2,000 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops in a rubber plantation not far from the small village of Long Tan. 

Each year a small insight into one of our community members who served in this conflict reminds us of the rich life many around us have led in their determination to 'get on with it' after they have served in our defence forces. Vietnam was the last conflict Australians could be conscripted into prior to the age when they were able to vote - the age for voting being lowered from 21 to 18 in 1974. Prior to this men aged 20 had to perform National Service and could be sent overseas.

This year a small insight into a gentleman who began his adult life serving, and serves the community still - at Newport SLSC, where he has worked in a variety of roles, and as the gentleman who helped launch the Veterans Centre – Sydney Northern Beaches.

History:  Early Pittwater Surfers – Palm Beach I: John (Jack) Ralston and Nora McAuliffe - the man who went out to try and save people in 1920, the incident that led to the formation of PBSLSC, and the man who is said to be the first to bring a surfboard to Palmy, was a good wave rider too. He married a Manly born girl who had a passion for the waves and surfing on a board in Nora...

Apology: Alrema Becke Is Next

For those waiting on the next page in our series of Early Pittwater Surfers: apologies, we ran out of time to load/set it this week - there's some great pictures and insights into Avalon Beach Headland run this week, due to the rather recent remodelling of the profile by Nature.

Alrema was the second daughter of famous Australian writer Louis Becke (George Lewis Becke) and we've tracked down material not seen before we'd like to try and get right for you all.

In the meantime; this lass was a Commercial Artist and can be seen here with her initials, designed by her, on one of her surfboards on Palm Beach - we'll get to some other lady surfers too as the series unfolds:


Above : Mrs. Alrema Samuels champion woman surfboard rider of the State, who is an all-timer at Palm Beach. She will entertain her sister, Miss Niya Beck, and others over the Week-end.  Palm Beach Season Opens (1935, October 6). The Sun (Sydney, NSW : 1910 - 1954), p. 34. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article231183089 

 Pittwater Offshore Newsletter Update 9/8/2017 

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To contact Julian:  editor@scotlandisland.org.au

Mermaids Go Pink

August 11, 2017
Pink Day on the Bash, from Katherine to Jabiru, weather really warm, a lay day today and Darwin tomorrow, the time has flown by and may never get the dust out! - Elyse Cole

We will run the Mermaids of Palm Beach full report next Issue!

Funds For Scotland Island Wastewater Study

August 11, 2017
Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes today announced the NSW Government will provide financial support to Northern Beaches Council to enable a feasibility study to be conducted into the provision of wastewater services to Scotland Island. 

The funding announcement follows a resolution by Council to seek a partnership with the NSW Government to engage consultants to assess the viability of the project and advise on service provision models.

“This is an essential first step which has never before been undertaken,” Rob Stokes said today. 

“Providing wastewater services to Scotland Island has been proposed for decades – but without a detailed feasibility study it’s never been able to be properly considered or progressed. 

“Scotland Island is a unique community in an environmentally sensitive location and Northern Beaches Council has rightly identified that this long-standing issue must be put under the spotlight. 

“Council now has the resources and expertise available to help drive this study and I’m delighted the NSW Government is able to provide financial support to get this underway,” Rob Stokes said. 

Last month Northern Beaches Council also provided funding to the Scotland Island Residents’ Association to introduce a modern, automated water booking system to better distribute and manage residents’ access to emergency water supply – often used to help top-up personal household water tanks.

The Friends Of Mona Vale August 2017 Meeting Report

A brief REPORT of a public meeting convened by The Friends of Mona Vale and held at the M.V. Golf Club, 8th August 2017.

Chaired by former Premier of NSW Mr. Barrie Unsworth, 51 people attended to hear a wide range of speakers from local election candidates and organisations.

Mr. Bob Grace of Protect Pittwater Association reported on the crowd funding and progress of its campaign seeking the return of Pittwater Council in a speech that was well received.

Mr. Peter Bosley, Independent candidate for Friends of Pittwaterstated its opposition to the over-development now proposed for Mona Vale and Pittwater generally. One of his major points was a demand for the de-amalgamation of Northern Beaches Council.

Mr. John Ward and Mr. Richard Pearse PhD, both ALP candidates, together expressed support for the principle that local councils should not be forced to amalgamate and that local communities should have the opportunity to vote for de-amalgamation. They stated that a Labour government when elected is pledged to provide this opportunity.

Ms. Selena Griffiths, Independent candidate of Elanora Heights offered
advocacy and activism should she gain election.

Ms. Miranda Korzy, The Greens candidate emphasised that her party’s local government policy bound councillors to community consultation. The Greens opposition to over-development was well known, she said.

Ms. Jenny Stone, Independent, Friends of Pittwater candidate read her detailed speech in which she called for a limit to building heights to a maximum of 4 storeys when seeking support for a community based alternative to the “Mona Vale Place Plan”. She rejected any development of Pittwater’s wildlife corridors, including on Bayview Golf Course.

Mr. John Lettoof, Independent, candidate for Friends of Pittwater is very interested to see Pittwater’s waterways are properly cared for. He is also concerned that having one party in control of Federal, State and Local government can lead to a diminution of the benefits of democracy.

RESOLUTION OF MEETING. 
Proposed by Mark Edwards and seconded by Mr. Bob Grace the attached Resolution was adopted 49 for and 2 against !

MOTION.
This meeting of residents of Pittwater expresses its strong disappointment with the Government of NSW at its refusal to de-amalgamate the Northern Beaches Council. It gives notice of its intention to continue a campaign to ensure the return of Pittwater Council as a singular entity.

Considering the already choked roads on this narrow peninsular, with only two roads in or out of it, the Meeting further states its rejection of the Government’s ill-considered plans to grossly increase the population of Narrabeen and Pittwater Wards and so to increase building heights in those Wards from 4 storeys (13 metres) to 6 and 7 storeys, (23 metres).

This Motion is endorsed by The Friends of Pittwater.

CABRA Meeting Report

For those who couldn't make it to the CABPRA - Clareville and Bilgola Plateau Residents' Association meeting last Monday, here is coverage of the speech by Corinne Fisher:

"We do not have the luxury to do nothing. Work together to focus on what you love."

So says Corinne Fisher, a campaigner from the Total Environment Centre (TEC), who spoke at the CABPRA meeting last Monday night.

Corinne had a sobering assessment of the state government's agenda for development throughout Sydney - including Pittwater.

Changes to help drive that agenda since 2014 include:
- council amalgamations;
- a change to the Crown Lands Act (enacted late last year), that will permit the state govt to transfer Crown Land to Local Govt, allowing it to be sold off;
- the Bio-diversity Conservation Act, which even allows cash payments by developers as offsets for degraded land;
- tree clearing laws;
- and planning by the Greater Sydney Commission, and the bulldozing of whole Sydney suburbs.

Corinne condemned the role of developers in driving the development agenda and described the oft-quoted theory that house prices in Sydney are so high as "a myth propagated by development lobbyists".

However, she urged everyone to stand up for what we value in Pittwater, describing community groups like CABPRA as "the last line of defence" in protecting our green space. 

Corinne Fisher also encourages everyone to sign an open letter to the NSW Premier to Protect Sydney's Green Spaces:

"A powerful network of community, planning and health organisations have called on the Premier of NSW to protect and enhance the lungs of Sydney in an open letter organised by TEC.

Join major organisations, such as the Heart Foundation, National Trust and the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects: sign the letter and share it to amplify its impact.

The joint letter urges better protection of green spaces and trees from development and raises serious concerns about the proposed Biodiversity Offsets Scheme, which will lead to the widespread clearing of remnant bushland in the Greater Sydney area, in return for developers' cash payments.

Other ways you could help is sharing the link to the letter on your Facebook page and/or Twitter account.

Only by working together can we protect our precious green spaces. We hope you will join us in supporting this important initiative." - Corinne Fisher
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The CABPRA Cuppa Club is on the first Wednesday of each month, weather permitting. The next club is Wednesday 6 September at Clareville Beach BBQ area 10:30 am

Zonta Club Of NB Birth Kit Packing Day HUGE Success

What a great community day of packing birthing kits. 150+ members of our community packed kits at Barrenjoey High School. 2000 birthing kits successfully packed and ready to send to the Birthing Kit Foundation Australia for distribution. 

These ones are heading to the Congo with the 300 packed at Freshwater and the hospital - making a difference in the lives of 2300 women. 



Thanks to everyone - including those who donated to our raffle which raised $810 towards the cost of the kits. A very special 'thank you' to the Trefoil Guild of Retired Girl Guide Leaders for their fundraising and support. They have donated $810 towards next year's packing day costs.

A very big 'thank you' to the students and staff at Barrenjoey High School. Huge Thanks to everyone.

Zonta Club of Northern Beaches - August 6, 2017

Candidates In Pittwater And Narrabeen 

We will be running information on candidates who send it in to this News Service

Please provide:
1. Bio's on you and who is standing with you
2. What your objectives are (why should people vote for you)
3. High Res photos of you/your supporting standees - if you don't have these we can help you out - email - pittwateronlinenews@live.com.au or phone the office 
4. How people may contact you or where you may be speaking at upcoming community functions.

This information will run Issues 326, 327 and 328 - published 20th and 27th of August and September 3rd 2017 - you will need to have everything to us by the Wednesday prior to publication. 

ALL those sent in will run in that final September 3rd Issue.

We do not run:
a) Political advertisements.
b) Rude or defamatory comments towards others.

Ferry Problems

Commuters and visitors to Ettalong from the Palm Beach Ferry wharf have spoken of a  growing problem with sand buildup causing delays and even cancellation of some services after one ferry ran aground just over a week ago at Box Head despite recent dredging of the Ettalong Channel.

The emergency dredging completed during the parliamentary break has been described as ‘inadequate’ by stakeholders and, as predicted by them, the ferry was grounded and a wave broke over the back of the ferry.
The important commuter and tourist ferry was then cancelled with ferry drivers reluctant to take the risk on our dangerous local route. The ferry was translocated to Patonga due to low tides making the mouth to the Brisbane Water inaccessible and dangerous for the ferry to cross. 

Matt Wales, President of the Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, states that the recently completed dredging is not a solution and all parties need to come to the table to settle on a satisfactory long-term plan.

Residents who regularly use the service to visit relatives have advised that commuters can sign up for a message advice from the ferry Service so that if a scheduled trip is delayed or cancelled they will receive a notice on their phone prior to leaving for the Palm Beach Ferry wharf.

NBI Carers Cafe: 2 Years Young

Happy birthday to our Carers Cafe, 2 years old this month. 

The Carers Cafe provides valuable support to Carers in a relaxed and informal environment. 

The Cafe is held once a month on a Friday morning, for more information please contact louise@nbi.org.au

This year’s Team NBI T-shirts are on their way!
If you register for the Pub2Pub, join Team NBI and fundraise $100 or more for NBI, we’ll give you one to wear on the day, FOR FREE.

Register today. Go to www.pub2pub.com.au, click register, in Step 3 select “Join an existing team”, then search and select “Team NBI”.

Let's paint the place in orange, blue and white!

Funding For Councils To Reduce Flooding 

August 10, 2017: NSW Government
NSW councils will receive $5.9 million in funding to better understand and manage their flood risks. 

he Floodplain Grants Scheme will fund 28 projects to help councils across the state make informed decisions on the best way to invest in flood mitigation and better manage the risk posed by floods.

Projects receiving funding include flood studies, floodplain risk management plans and flood mitigation works investigation and design.
In 2016, $4.59 million in funding was awarded to local councils and other authorities to undertake 43 priority projects to assess and reduce flooding.
Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant stressed the importance of the role councils play in understanding and managing the flood risk in their local government areas.

“By enabling councils to better understand and manage flood risks we can help minimise some of the devastation caused by flooding,” Mr Grant said.

View a full list of the projects on the Office of Environment and Heritage website

Northern Beaches Council
Greendale Creek Flood Study
Council will undertake a catchment wide flood study for Greendale Creek to replace the previous localised flood study. Parts of the catchment, including the suburb of Brookvale, are under increasing pressure for an intensification of development, with major flagship developments either planned or already underway. Contemporary and accurate flood information for the catchment is important to ensure that proposed rezoning and future developments are designed to minimise the flood risk to future occupants.

McCarrs Creek, Mona Vale and Bayview Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan
The McCarrs Creek, Mona Vale and Bayview Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan will provide strategic direction for managing flooding in the suburbs of Mona Vale, Bayview, Church Point and parts of Ingleside and Newport on Sydney's Northern Beaches. This project will involve assessing the risk to life and proposing suitable flood response modification management options. It will include an assessment of the impact of structural integrity of dwellings, duration of inundation, potential evacuation routes and evacuation capability for both mainstream and overland flow flooding. The study will also identify any flood modification management options and assess their feasibility, effectiveness and impacts.

Aussies Out In Force At 2017 Aarhus Sailing Week

By Australian Sailing, August 8, 2017 
A strong contingent from the Australian Sailing Team have been competing at this week’s 2017 Aarhus Sailing Week in Denmark, the test event for the 2018 Sailing World Championships to be held in Aarhus next August.

Heading the charge for the Aussies will be the 49er crews, who have had early success competing in Europe.  David Gilmour and Joel Turner will be looking to put their boat through its paces after winning Kiel Week, and then finishing second at the 49er Europeans last week.

“This event is a good chance to start learning about the race course for next year’s world championships,” said Gilmour ahead of racing.  “However for us, this regatta is not so much about the results, but getting in some good practice ahead of this year’s  world championships in Portugal.”

Lachy Gilmour and Ryan Donaldson of WA will also compete at this event, alongside Will and Sam Phillips of Victoria.  A fleet of 36 49ers will take to the water tonight (AEST time) for the first three races of the series.

Meanwhile Australia will also be well represented in the 49erFX, with four Aussies crews competing in Aarhus.  Victoria’s Tess Lloyd and Eliza Solly will be looking to improve on their 11th position at last week’s European Championships in Kiel.  Haylee Outteridge and London 2012 Silver Medallist, Nina Curtis of NSW will also line up in tonight’s first three races, alongside Caitlin Elks and Hayley Clark of WA and the NSW/WA combo of Amelia Stabback & Ella Clark.  25 boats will compete in the 49erFX.

In the Laser Radial, Ashley Stoddart will compete at her first major overseas event since the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.  35 boats will contest this class, with Stoddart lining up with three other young Aussies.  Fellow Queenslander, Mara Stransky; Marlena Berzins of NSW and WA’s Elyse Ainsworth will all compete.

“This is very much a training regatta for us in preparation for the upcoming Worlds in Medemblik,” said Laser Radial coach, Jared West.  “The squad was here in May for a training camp and it's another good chance to keep working on our racing and fitness while continuing to get to know Aarhus in preparation for our Worlds here in 2018.

“The quality of the (Laser Radial) fleet is good, with five of Rio's top ten here, including the gold medalist.”

Meanwhile in the Laser class, three Aussies are in Aarhus this week.  Rio 2016 Olympic Gold Medallist Tom Burton continues his path to Tokyo 2020, but he’ll face some stiff competition from West Australian Matt Wearn and Victoria’s Jeremy O’Connell.  Sydney 2000 Bronze Medallist Michael Blackburn continues to coach the Laser class and continues to build a strong squad of both experienced and ‘up-and-coming’ sailors to develop the team ahead of Tokyo.

In the Nacra 17 foiling class, Jason Waterhouse hopes to be fit to compete this week, after a recurring injury limited his sailing at last week’s European Championship.  Teaming up with cousin Lisa Darmanin, the Silver Medallists only raced two races together last week, with Darmanin sailing the bulk of the regatta with coach Darren Bundock.  However, the signs were good for Waterhouse and Darmanin in the two races they did complete, with some great boat speed and a win in one of those races.  The Aussies also have their eye on the Nacra 17 World Championship in France at the start of September, and having Waterhouse fit for this event will be of paramount importance.

In the Finn class, Rio 2016 Olympian Jake Lilley will return to Olympic class sailing at this event, after his involvement in the America’s Cup.  Lilley will line up in a fleet of 34 boats, including two other Aussies - Jock Calvert of Tasmania and fellow-Queenslander, Lewis Brake.  Oli Twedell of Victoria has withdrawn from the event due to injury.

In the 470 class, no Australians will compete in the Men’s event, while Rio 2016 Olympians Carrie Smith and Jaime Ryan will fly the flag for the Aussies in the women’s event.

No Australians will compete in the RSX Mens or Womens events. Racing commences in Denmark this evening (AEST) and concludes with medal races over the weekend.

The Aarhus 2018 Test Event allows sailors to acclimatize with the local waters, race courses and sailing conditions.

It also provides an opportunity for Race Officials to test key processes one year in advance of the Championships. From testing the Race Management teams, the Field of Play, formats, equipment, technology and the overall management structure.

The test event is being held out of the Egå Marina just outside of the city of Aarhus. However, the Aarhus 2018 World Championships will be centred around the brand-new Aarhus International Sailing Centre. This will be a compact competition venue, in walking distance from downtown Aarhus.

Racing for all 10 Olympic Classes commences on Tuesday 8 August and runs through to Sunday 13 August with Medal Races held on the Saturday and Sunday.
 
About the World Championships
The Sailing World Championship is held every four years and are the largest gathering of Olympic class sailors. The Sailing World Championships are the principal qualification event for the Olympic Games.
 
Aarhus 2018 is the first and most significant qualification event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, with 40% of the nation quotas places available across the ten Olympic events. Men's and Women's Kiteboarding will also be held across the duration of the 2018 World Championships.
 
Santander, Spain, hosted the 2014 World Championship in September 2014. The 2014 Worlds served as the first Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition qualifier with 50% of Rio 2016 places awarded.
 
About Aarhus
Aarhus is a lively and young city, bustling with energy and innovation, as well as a sense of history. A rich and multifaceted cultural life flourishes, with small experimental theatre groups, art galleries, offbeat shops and trendy cafes. The scale of the city makes it quick and easy to get around, and the atmosphere will make you feel welcome.

All the latest news and reports will be available throughout the week here -http://www.sailing.org/news/index.php

Nippers Registration Days 2017-2018 Season

Manly - 3rd & 10th September  
North Steyne - 3rd & 10th September  
Queenscliff- 3rd & 10th September  
Freshwater - 10th September 
South Curl Curl - 17th September 
North Curl Curl
Dee Why  - 10th & 17th September
Long Reef
Collaroy; 3rd & 17th September  
South Narrabeen  10th & 17th September   
Narrabeen Beach  10th & 17th September   
North Narrabeen - 10th & 17th September  
Warriewood - 10th & 17th September  
Mona Vale - 10th September  
Newport - 
Bilgola 2nd & 10th September; 
Avalon Beach- 3rd, 8th, 10th September  

Please note Bungan Beach, Whale Beach, Palm Beach and North Palm Beach do not run Nipper Programs.

Rotary Spring Concert Tickets Now On Sale

Rotary Club of Upper Northern Beaches
Tickets are now on sale for the Northern Beaches concert of the year!

In this, our eighth annual Northern Beaches Spring Concert, Wednesday 20 September in the Grand Theatre at United Cinemas Warriewood, we bring back the popular local symphony, The Northern Beaches Orchestra, playing for the first time with the acclaimed Australian singer/songwriter Melinda Schneider.

Presented in partnership with United Cinemas, this live show -- Melinda Schneider Sings with Strings -- is a sparkling program of enduring songs made popular by Doris Day, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, Dusty Springfield and many more, plus Melinda's own award-winning hits.

Proceeds go to the projects of Upper Northern Beaches Rotary, including the Palliative Care Centre at Mona Vale Hospital. Special thanks to our generous sponsors, including Ann Wilson Funerals, Johnson Bros Mitre 10 and LJ Hooker Real Estate Newport & Collaroy.

Melinda Schneider has forged a brilliant career as country singer/songwriter, earning six CMAA Golden Guitar awards and two ARIA nominations. Her sparkling live show Melinda Does Doris -- A Tribute to Doris Day, is a hit cross Australia.

For details and tickets, see our website:www.rotaryuppernorthernbeaches.org

Turimetta Headland, Warriewood Proposed New Walkway 

Comments close Sun 20 Aug 2017

NBC are seeking feedback on the preliminary design plans for a new footpath at Turimetta Headland.

Comment online HERE 

Mona Vale Cemetery Conservation Management Plan 
Submissions close 27 Aug 2017

NBC are seeking feedback on the Draft Conservation Management Plan for Mona Vale Cemetery.

Residents are welcome to attend an information session:
Tues 15 Aug, 10am-12pm – Mona Vale Cemetery Site Office

Comment online HERE  

SNB Interbranch Golf Day

Hosted by Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern Beaches
Friday, September 22 at 7 AM - 3 PM
Bayview Golf Club
1825 Pittwater Rd, Mona Vale
Raising funds for our Interbranch Team to compete in the State Interbranch Championships.

Save the date - more details to come. 


Avalon Beach Market Day 2017

Sunday, November 19 at 9 AM - 4 PM
The main streets of Avalon Beach village and Dunbar Park come alive with amazing music, a fantastic array of market stalls selling fashion, jewellery and crafts as well as gourmet food stalls. For the kids there is face painting and carnival rides

STALLHOLDER APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN - APPLY HERE!!!


Update On Baleen 2D HR Seismic Survey 

(The survey comprises 46 2D lines of total length 208km.) - 
NOPSEMA 'Not reasonably satisfied – opportunity to modify EP'
Decision date: 03/08/2017 
Titleholder action Resubmission due date: 02/09/2017



From Decision notification:
Basis of decision 
NOPSEMA has assessed the environment plan in accordance with its assessment policies and procedures. 

On completion of assessment, NOPSEMA has decided that it is not reasonably satisfied that the environment plan meets the criteria below as set out in regulation 10A of the Environment Regulations: 
(a) is appropriate for the nature and scale of the activity 
(b) demonstrates that the environmental impacts and risks of the activity will be reduced to as low as reasonably practicable 
(c) demonstrates that the environmental impacts and risks of the activity will be of an acceptable level 
(d) provides for appropriate environmental performance outcomes, environmental performance standards and measurement criteria 
(e) includes an appropriate implementation strategy and monitoring, recording and reporting arrangements 
(g) demonstrates that: 
(i) the titleholder has carried out the consultations required by Division 2.2A 
(ii) the measures (if any) that the titleholder has adopted, or proposes to adopt, because of the consultations are appropriate 

Titleholder requirements 
For OMR decision In accordance with regulation 10, the titleholder is required to modify and resubmit the environment plan. Upon resubmission of the plan, NOPSEMA will continue to assess the submission in 
accordance with its assessment policies and make a decision under regulation 10. After a titleholder has been provided with reasonable opportunity to modify and resubmit an environment plan, NOPSEMA will 
make a final decision on whether to accept or refuse to accept the environment plan. 
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A Stronger Anti-Corruption Agency

7th August, 2017: Office of the NSW Premier, The Hon. Gladys Berejiklian
The restructured Independent Commission Against Corruption has now commenced operations, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said today.
The Hon Peter Hall QC was appointed as the inaugural Chief Commissioner of the ICAC, with Patricia McDonald SC and Stephen Rushton SC both appointed as Commissioners.

Bruce McClintock SC was appointed as Inspector of the ICAC on 1 July.
“The NSW Government has zero tolerance for corruption, and today marks the beginning of a new era for NSW’s anti-corruption agency,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“The reconstituted ICAC will have stronger powers to investigate, expose and prevent corruption.”

The restructure of the ICAC was one of a number of recommendations made by a bipartisan and unanimous report of the Parliamentary Committee on the ICAC.

In order to implement these changes and form the new ICAC, amendments were made to the Independent Commission Against Corruption Act 1988. 

These include:
  • The ICAC will be restructured as a three-member Commission with a Chief Commissioner and two part-time Commissioners;
  • The ICAC’s power to conduct public inquiries must be authorised by the Chief Commissioner and at least one other Commissioner;
  • A CEO will manage the day to day operations of ICAC;
  • The new Commission will be required to publish guidelines relating to public inquiries that ICAC staff and Counsel Assisting the ICAC, must follow;
  • Before making an adverse finding about a person in a report, the ICAC and ICAC Inspector must give affected persons a reasonable opportunity to respond and, include a summary of this response in the report where requested; and
  • The ICAC will be able to gather evidence that may be admissible in a criminal prosecution after the completion of its investigations where requested.
The Premier thanked Acting Commissioner, the Hon Reginald Blanch AM QC, for his outstanding leadership of the ICAC following the announced restructure.

Nominations Open For NSW Carers Awards

31 Jul 2017: NSW Dept. of Family & Community Services
Minister for Disability Services Ray Williams is encouraging people across NSW to nominate an exceptional carer or employer for a NSW Carers Award.

The NSW Carers Awards aim to recognise and raise awareness of the valuable contribution unpaid carers make to the people they care for and the wider community.

“There are more than 900,000 carers in NSW, who provide unconditional support for those in their care on a daily basis,” Mr Williams said.

“I would urge anyone who knows a carer or who has witnessed best practice by an organisation in supporting carers to put forward a nomination so this tremendous work can be recognised.”

The 2017 NSW Carers Awards will coincide with Carers Week, which runs from 15 - 21 October 2017.

“This is a great opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the significant contributions of carers across NSW,” Mr Williams said.

Up to 10 awards will be presented during the award ceremony, including the 2017 NSW Carer of the Year.

To nominate a carer go to www.careforacarer.nsw.gov.au
Entries close on 31 August 2017.

Examples of Individual carers include:
Family carers
Young carers
Senior carers

Examples of organisations include:
Carer support groups and organisations
Carer friendly employers
Carer friendly education providers

eSafety Community Seminar

Too often I hear of cyberbullying and poor cyber safety practice ending in tragedy for our young people.

To help tackle this issue, the Government has established the Office of the eSafety Commissioner.

To help parents, teachers and young people learn about online safety issues such as cyberbullying, image-based abuse and exposure to inappropriate content, the eSafety Commissioner, Julie Inman Grant,  is hosting an eSafety community seminar in our area.    

The seminar is at 7pm-8:15pm on Monday, 28 August, at The Pittwater House School, 70 South Creek Rd, Collaroy.

This is a good opportunity to educate our community about these important issues.  If you would like to attend, please click here.
 
I hope to see you there.

Jason Falinski
MP for Mackellar

Fundraiser For Marty Campbell

Courtesy Pittwater Offshore Newsletter
Friday 6 October from 5.30-6pm

Marty has been selected again for the 2018 Special Olympics national games in Adelaide.  He needs to raise $3000 towards the cost.

Mary Romeo has very kindly offered to host another fundraising evening atThe Waterfront Restaurant on Friday 6 October from 5.30-6pm. 

Purchase own food and drinks and there will be music, dancing, auction and raffle. 

Geoff and Tina are helping with the organisation so if you can something to auction or raffle, please let them know.
All welcome. $10 for adults. Children free. 
Please put it in your diaries.

A Better Deal For Australian Families

09 August 2017
Prime Minister of Australia, The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull
Treasurer, The Hon. Scott Morrison
Minister for Energy, The Hon Joshua Frydenberg
The Turnbull Government is taking decisive action to reduce energy prices for Australian families and businesses.

It is simply not good enough that some consumers cannot always afford to turn on their lights, heating and equipment. This must stop.

Too many families are not on the best power deal. That is why today we took further action.

We are pleased to have secured agreement from retailers on immediate measures and ongoing changes, to be backed by law, to put families and small business first.

The commitments include:
  • Contacting all the customers now who are on expired discounts and telling them how much they can save on a better deal.
  • Requiring companies report to the Government and ACCC what they are doing to get families on to a better deal and how many families remain on expired deals.
  • Developing simple, plain English, fact sheets with understandable comparison rates.
  • Support a change to the electricity rules requiring companies to inform customers when their discount benefits end, setting out the dollar impact of doing nothing.
  • Ensuring families and individuals on hardship programs will not lose any benefit or discount for late payment.
These are the immediate actions we have secured to help ensure families are not paying more for their power than they should.

The industry and government will continue to work together over the coming months to make more changes that will ensure families do not have to pay a cent more for electricity than they need to.

These significant reforms build on those already achieved by the Turnbull Government to drive a more affordable and reliable energy system.

We are already:
  • Driving down gas prices through our export licensing regime and reforms to pipelines.
  • Stopping energy companies gaming the system, restricting appeals that lead to higher prices.
  • Directing the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to forensically examine energy companies’ behaviour.
  • Encouraging innovation and new technology, including the development of the game-changing Snowy Hydro 2.0.

Pesticide Notification 

1080 FOX POISON (sodium fluoroacetate) FOR FOX CONTROL 1080 poison as buried baits or 1080 poison capsules in ejector devices Will be laid in a continuous and ongoing way from: 

Date: 1st August 2017 to 31st January 2018

Where: 
  • Garigal National Park. 
  • Lane Cove National Park, 
  • Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park 
  • Sydney Harbour National Park: 
  • North Head including the Quarantine Station, 
  • Dobroyd Head, 
  • Middle Head, 
  • Chowder Head & Bradleys Head managed by the National Parks & Wildlife Service. 
  •  The North Head Sanctuary and Former School of Artillery managed by the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust. 
  • The Australian Institute of Police Management, North Head
WARNING: 
DO NOT TOUCH BAITS OR EJECTOR DEVICES DOMESTIC ANIMALS MAY BE AFFECTED 1080 POISON IS LETHAL TO DOGS AND CATS.

Pet owners must ensure that their pets do not enter baited reserves.
Warning signs will be displayed to notify the public.

Dogs and cats are prohibited in National Parks (NPW Act 1974 & Regulations) and the North Head Sanctuary (Local Govt Act (1993) Sect 632 (2) (d). Penalties apply.

For further information please contact:
National Parks and Wildlife Service Pest Management Officer: 9472 8953 NPWS Harbour (north) Area office: 8968 6300 NPWS 
Ku-ring-gai Chase (Forestville) Area office: 9451 3479 
NPWS Ku-ring-gai Chase (Mt Colah) Area office: 9472 9323

Harbour Trust Appoints Architects For HMAS Platypus Site

Thursday, 27 July 2017: Media Release - Sydney Harbour Federation Trust
The Sydney Harbour Federation Trust has engaged award winning architectural firm Lahznimmo Architects to undertake the Design Development phase of the former HMAS Platypus site at North Sydney.

Lahznimmo Architects specialise in public projects working across a number of spheres including education, local government and government authorities to deliver innovative and quality public spaces. They are well versed in the adaptive reuse of heritage buildings to create appealing public spaces having delivered St James Station Café in Hyde Park, City of Sydney Council’s Easy Sydney Community Art Centre and the Armory Wharf at Blaxland Park, Sydney Olympic Park.

They are joined by award winning landscape architectural firm Aspect Studios, responsible for the highly successful Goods Line in Ultimo.
“It’s an exciting phase for the project following a significant period of planning and community consultation and the remediation works,” said Mary Darwell, Sydney Harbour Trust CEO. “The Design Development phase will now see the outcomes of the Platypus Management Plan start to come to life,” she said.

“While the industrial heritage values of the buildings will be retained, the buildings and public spaces will be adapted and opened up to suit new uses with a mix of cultural, community and commercial uses expected,” she said.

The Platypus site, located on Neutral Bay in North Sydney, has been closed to the public for more than 150 years. The Harbour Trust is working to revitalise the site with new open space and urban parkland as well as adaptively reusing the buildings to create commercial and public spaces. New access and site links will allow pedestrian access into and across the site, and a new over water pedestrian link will provide access to Kesterton Park and High St Wharf.

“This brings us a step closer to opening up the area to the public,” said Josh Frydenberg, Minister for the Environment and Energy. “Importantly, the final design will balance community access with maintaining the significant heritage values of the site,” he said.

Andrew Nimmo, Director at Lahznimmo Architects said they are honoured to be involved in this landmark project.

“This is an exciting opportunity to be involved in the creation of a new public space for all of the community to enjoy,” said Mr Nimmo. “The Platypus site is a unique place. It has a fascinating history with industrial buildings that lend themselves to creative and innovative reuse. Once complete the site is sure to be a landmark destination on the harbour for the people of North Sydney,” he said.

The Detailed Design phase will be completed by late 2017 and works are scheduled to start in the second half of 2017. The Harbour Trust is exhibiting the Platypus Renewal Project for public comment until 16 August 2017.

The Harbour Trust was provided funding of $20M by the Federal Government in 2015 in order to open up the site to the public following remediation. The Harbour Trust has contributed an additional $3.8 million.

Free Workshop In Mona Vale On NDIS Disability Funding 

My Choice Matters works with people with disability and their families to live life their way and get the most out of the changing disability system. Our goal is to help you learn and practice new ways of doing things and develop and grow your skills in Choice, Voice and Control.

We have a free, fully accessible workshop coming up for people with a disability, their families/carers, and people working in the sector so make sure you register now!

• Hear about changes to the disability support system and what it will mean for you
• Talk about planning and things to consider for your life
• See what some people are already doing

Where: Pittwater RSL
82 Mona Vale Road, Mona Vale

When:  Wednesday 23 August
Time: 10.00am – 2.30pm

Northern Beaches Veterans And Community Day 

When: Sunday 12th November 2017
Where: Dunbar Park Avalon Beach 10am – 4pm

The Inaugural Northern Beaches Veterans and Community Day will be held on 12 November 2017 in Dunbar Park Avalon Beach. This new event evolved due to the success of the Avalon Military Tattoo over the last 10 years, the enhanced relationship between local RSL sub-Branches and the community, and to carry on the legacy of past Avalon RSL Sub Branch President CDRE Graham Sloper AM RAN (Rtd).

Awareness of veteran’s issues is increasing within the community, and the ANZAC Spirit is flourishing on the Northern Beaches. Crowds at ceremonies have been increasing steadily in recent years. This will be an opportunity for the younger generations to learn more about past and current conflicts and to meet veterans and serving members of the Australian Defence Force.

Our mission is to instil a greater awareness and enduring compassion for veterans and the community in general.

Our objectives are: 
• Highlight concerns for veterans and the community;
• Create an opportunity for interaction;
• Acknowledge service and sacrifice;
• Create harmony;
• Reflect on history;
• Enhance awareness of Defence career opportunities;
• Address veterans issues of reintegration into civilian society, homelessness and suicide; 
• Profile veterans success stories

This will be a free of charge, non-profit event with participation on a voluntary basis. Any funds raised will be donated to Veterans Organisations and primarily the Veterans Centre Sydney Northern Beaches. There will be an emphasis on youth activities and careers. The primary market is the geographical area from Narrabeen to Palm Beach.

It is intended that local schools and community groups will have an arena to showcase their talents through music, drama and artwork with an Australian veterans theme. Over the coming months these groups will have the opportunity for input to shape the programme for the day. There will be a children’s art exhibition, a quilting display, ANZAC biscuit baking competition and many interactive displays and activities. Veterans Support Agencies are welcome to have a display and marquee in the park. There will be a stage with live music and performances throughout the day.

For further information, to book a stall or offer sponsorship, or VOLUNTEER to help, please contact the coordinators Lynn Murphy on 9883 9815 and Tamara Sloper Harding on 9883 9814 or emailsubbranch@avalonrsl.com.au.

Mark Ferguson 
President Palm Beach RSL Sub-Branch
Chairman Northern Beaches Veterans and Community Day Committee
A collaboration between Avalon, Palm Beach & Pittwater RSL Sub-branches.


Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary Stalls 2017

August:
August  12th: 8am to 3pm Bunnings, Narrabeen Sausage sizzle
August 18th:   9am to 3pm  Stall, foyer Mona Vale Hospital Baking, knitting, craft, books, sewing

September:
September 1st: 9am to 4pm   Stall, outside ANZ Bank, Avalon ParadeKnitting, sewing, craft, jam
September 2nd: 9am to 3pm Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale Sewing, knitting, craft, books
September 9th: 8am to 3pm Bunnings, Narrabeen  Sausage sizzle
8am to 4pm 
September 15th: 9am to 3pm Stall, foyer Mona Vale Hospital Baking, knitting, craft, books, sewing     

October:
October 7th: 9am to 3pm Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale Sewing, knitting, craft, books
October 14th: 8am to 3pm Bunnings, Narrabeen Sausage sizzle
October 20th: 9am to 3pm Stall, foyer Mona Vale Hospital Baking, knitting, craft, books, sewing
October 24th: 10.30 am Fashion Parade, Newport Bowling Club,                   Palm Road, Newport

November:
November 4th:  9am to 3pm  Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale Knitting, sewing, craft
November 11th: 9am to 3pm Bunnings, Narrabeen Sausage sizzle 

December:
8am to 4pm

Sydney Wildlife: Critters Of The Month - August 2017

What Makes Echidnas So Unique?


Photo by Lisa Wynn (Sydney Wildlife)
At Sydney Wildlife, we don’t discriminate between species. We love them all. We love birds, mammals and reptiles equally. They are all special in their own ways.

Birds are amazing because of their enviable ability to fly. Reptiles are special in so many ways - especially in their ability to cope with temperature extremes. Mammals are so diverse and we have a good 360-odd species of mammals here in Australia. But the most interesting and unique of our mammals is the echidna.

In appearance, the echidna resembles a pin-cushion waddling about. They are covered in spines and have a long beak used to forage for invertebrates. The spines are modified hairs – spongy inside with a hard covering of keratin. They don’t have visible ears - just slits which are hidden by the spines. The feet have long claws which are perfect for digging.

Why Are Echidnas So Unique?

• Did you know that they are named after a monster in Greek mythology called ‘Echidna’ who was part-woman, part-snake? They were so named due to their part-mammal, part-reptile qualities.
They are warm-blooded and have coarse fur - like mammals, but they also have a low metabolic rate like reptiles. Their average body temperature is about 31 °C which is considerably lower than the average 37 °C for placental mammals. In times of extreme cold or drought, echidnas can use torpor to cope. Torpor is an energy-saving mechanism whereby they lower their metabolic rate - often used by reptiles over the winter period.

• Echidnas are a type of mammal called a monotreme. Monotremes lay eggs instead of bearing live young. The mothers still suckle their young, but not in the ordinary manner. Like all mammals, they lactate, but they have no defined teats. Instead, they excrete milk through openings in their skin. The baby echidna, known as a puggle, suckles the milk from the mother’s skin where the milk appears in ‘patches’.

• Have you heard of the Love Train? It’s a bit like the Love Boat but with echidnas instead of humans! The female heads up the train and is followed by up to 10 males during breeding season. This begins in late June and continues through to the beginning of September. The female will be trailed like this for many weeks and she will eventually choose a partner and they will mate. The unlucky suitors will beetle off. Three weeks after mating, a single egg is implanted in the female’s rear-facing pouch. The pouch only appears when the egg is ready to be implanted. Ten days later a tiny puggle (baby echidna) emerges from the egg. It is only the size of a 5c coin. Which, incidentally, is why the Australian 5c piece bears the image of an echidna.

• After 3 months in the ‘pouch’ the puggle is deposited into an underground den/burrow. The mother leaves the puggle for up to 5 days alone in the burrow while she forages for food. When she returns, the puggle gorges itself on milk until it resembles a spiny balloon! The milk lasts the 5 days that the mother is away from the burrow.

• Slightly x-rated fact: the males have a 4-headed penis!

• Echidnas have no teeth. When consuming beetles or other insects, they grind the food between their sticky tongue and the bottom of their mouth.

• Echidnas are incredibly strong and can escape from baskets, cages and containers with ease.
Having them in care requires a special type of escape-proof box - made either of plastic or metal.


Photo by Lisa Wynn (Sydney Wildlife)

If you find an injured echidna or one in an undesirable location, please call
Sydney Wildlife on 9413 4300 for advice.
www.sydneywildlife.org.au



By Lynleigh Greig
Sydney Wildlife

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

CCNB Is On The Move!!

Please be advised that after nearly 12 years in Mona Vale, CCNB Limited will be relocating to Frenchs Forest on 14 August 2017.
 
Our phone numbers and email will all remain the same.
 
Details:
Street address:     Pharmaxis building, 20 Rodborough Road, Frenchs Forest NSW 2086
Mailing address: PO Box 195, Frenchs Forest NSW 1640
Phone:                   02 9998 2900
Freecall:                1300 002 262
Fax:                       02 9979 7611
Email:                    ccnb@ccnb.com.au
Website:                www.ccnb.com.au

Congratulations To Oma Hill

Loving and heartfelt congratulations to Pittwater's Lynda Hill on the arrival of her granddaughter on August 2nd.

Huge congratulations to parents Jess and David, and uncle Joel on the arrival of Stevie Stella - wonderful news!

What a blessing and wonderful family to have around her.

PBWBA August Newsletter

UPCOMING DATES AND EVENTS:
Monday, 14th August 2017, Committee Meeting at the Pacific Club, 7 pm – members welcome. With a special guest presentation from Kristina Zarich from NBC, to answer your questions on the B-Line Bus program. What about the L90? What’s the new E99? How will I get by bus to the CBD? Dee Why? Neutral Bay? or Manly and home to Palm Beach again?   For further details see below. 

Wednesday 30th August 2017, Members & friends Morning CoffeeMeeting at the “Dunes Kiosk”, Gov. Phillip Park – 1030 am.  An informative morning of discussion with like-minded members, friends and residents. The summary of the last meeting appears below.

Tuesday 29 August 2017 – A public meeting to hear from the candidates for election for Council for Pittwater Ward

Tuesday 5th September 2017 – A public meeting to hear from the candidates for election for Council for Narrabeen Ward. 
Both meetings are at the Community Hall, Mona Vale at 6.30 pm and were arranged by Pittwater Forever
To see who the candidates are visit:https://candidates.elections.nsw.gov.au/   

Sunday 10th December 2017, PBWBA Christmas Party 6.30 pm – Save the Date. Invitations will be sent in September, financial members only. 

WHAT YOUR ASSOCIATION IS WORKING ON
The summary from the July coffee morning below gives a very good indication of all the issues that your committee is addressing.
COMMUNICATING WITH MEMBERS  - COFFEE MORNINGS   - A summary of the meeting on Tuesday 25th July at “Whale Beach Deli” – 19 members and friends attended.  Comments arising from the Morning tea discussions-

The B-Line Bus - Your Invitation
Kristina Zarich, Community liaison officer for the B-Line has agreed to address our next meeting on Monday, 14 August at 7PM at the Pacific Club. All members are invited to attend. Great concern about the cut back to the L90.  Concerned for elders/frail who will have to change buses and make a long trip even longer!  Support for express E90 - the E88 begins at Careel Bay already so why can't it begin in Palm Beach? Proposed Newport Hub in the beach carpark- can foresee traffic congestion worsening around "The Bends".  Leave the children's playground alone. Concerned about loss of parking for businesses if Hub is in carpark behind shops.  Concern that irreplaceable, precious beachside public land is to become a bus terminal! Encourage attendees to write to local member and Transport NSW. Questions concerning Surf Rd bus shelter progress.
 PBWBA are meeting with Rob Stokes on Friday morning 11th August to discuss this and other issues.  

"Hoons" 
Evidence of grassy area torn up in Gov Phillip Park.   Craig Brown to send PBWBA photos.  Locks on timber "boomgates" appear to be old and flimsy. Can this be checked?

Draft Palm Beach Landscaping
Loss of parking near "bridge" is of concern. Mixed opinions voiced for boardwalk at Kiddies Corner. Picnic shelters in Hordern & Wiltshire Park - mixed opinions. We strongly urged attendees to access NBC website - "Have Your Say" for submissions.  Mitch Geddes explained the application re street furniture to Jason Falinski's Stronger Communities Programme. 

Three parcels of road reserve are to be closed and sold by NBC to adjacent blocks in Barrenjoey Rd and Florida Rd (refer NBC meeting agenda 25/7/17).  

The community expects NBC to ensure a current, independent valuation of each amalgamated property (NBC Property Management Policy No 200) and, as required by the Roads Act Section 43(3), that "Money received by a council from the proceeds of the sale of land is not to be used for Council except for acquiring land for public roads or for carrying out road work on public roads. " 
Such road works may vary including pavement strengthening, retaining structures, footpaths or streetscape improvements. PBWBA suggests that the Palm Beach Landscaping project which involves a shared pedestrian/vehicle zone would be appropriate. 

Whale Beach Norfolk Island Pines
Although Council arborist report says the pines are ok, resident is not convinced and would prefer more soil be placed around roots with some erosion protection.  Would rather not leave it till it's too late.  Follow up for more seating for Whale Beach which is supposed to be coming?

Council Elections Sept 9
Questions raised re PBWBA endorsing candidates. Candidates cannot be endorsed by PBWBA or Pittwater Forever.  However a public forum is planned prior to the election for candidates to introduce themselves and their platform.   Pittwater Ward 29th August 2017 and Narrabeen Ward 5th September 2017 at Community Hall 6.30pm Mona Vale

The Lighthouse
A Lighthouse volunteer informed us that up to 3000 people per week are walking up there.  Hence PBWBA push for toilets and water. Medical emergency at the top recently demonstrated the difficulty of access.  One tight corner of pathway should probably be widened so ambulance can get there more easily and quickly.  Helicopter is other alternative. Always looking for volunteers for the Lighthouse tours - please contactrohanwalter747@gmail.com for information

Marine Park - Palm Beach pool rocky area
Area is being fished out by spear-fishermen. Call by community to make this area a sanctuary. Visit 'Marine Sanctuary for Palm Beach NSW' at: www.change.org to gather signatures. Please forward to friends and community. Refer Hazel Mac Donald

Professional Lifesavers
Members have expressed concern about wages costs and impact on volunteer "culture".

DA PB Surf Club
New parking area. Minimal tree removal. New building replacing old. New female dormitory (females members now outnumber males) Rooms for training & community use downstairs.

McKay Reserve
Residents around reserve are still very concerned with fires, drug use and vandalism. Recent fire (in July school holidays) required attendance by fire brigade and police. Have NBC got this on the radar for ranger patrols?

TAFE & further educational opportunities: Youth suicide
Our Community is very concerned by Supt Darcy's comments regarding suicide on the Northern Beaches. It is essential that Tafe, Uni, further educational opportunities be provided in NBC area. Comment that Brookvale Tafe operates at minimal level mostly with international students on visas - very few local students. Youth services at Mona Vale Hospital are essential - but not widely publicised and have long waiting times to access.

YOU MAY ALSO BE INTERESTED IN ....
This is a free service set up by Rohan Walter (Newport) providing a specific Pittwater weather service.  Pittwater has its own microclimate and the nearest Bureau of Meteorology stations at Terrey Hills and North  do not really provide Pittwater specific detail.  There are actuals, forecasts, tides, sun, moon rain and maps and some beautiful photos of Pittwater on the site.

Register for NBC project updates on Northern Beaches Council Website  www.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.
click " Get Involved"   click "Your Say"    "Community Hub"

Current projects that may be of interest - 
Landscaping Palm Beach - closes 30/7/17
Events Strategy - closes 3/9/17 -     
Community Strategic Plan closes 5/11/17

Radio Northern Beaches  88.7 or 90.3
Community radio based at Terrey Hills.  Would welcome all content from the community.  Happy to conduct interviews or accept talk back re local issues
change.org - petition to Rob Stokes - Member for Pittwater
 select "search", then "Marine Sanctuary for Palm Beach".
 
And two announcements at the last council meeting
Northern Beaches Performing Arts Venue First Steps Under Shared Use Deal - 9 August 2017
A performing arts centre built by Northern Beaches Council may now be established on Mona Vale Public School grounds in a win for both students and the community.
 Education Minister Rob Stokes and Northern Beaches Council Administrator Dick Persson announced today that the NSW Department of Education and the council would go ahead with planning for the Mona Vale Performance Space.
“This is an exciting opportunity for the Northern Beaches to have a quality performing arts venue through the council and the school sharing resources,” Mr Stokes said. The Department of Education will grant  the council permission to create the purpose-built performance and arts facility on Mona Vale Public School property. Mr Persson said the council will carry out a feasibility study on the facility including a detailed business case in consultation with the Department. “It’s within our broader community interest to invest in building a facility that supports ensembles and allows residents to maintain an active interest in music    throughout their lifetime,” Mr Persson said.. Mr Persson said the council will establish a charitable trust to take donations to raise funds for the Mona Vale Performance Space which would be run by the council        and used by all local schools and the broader community.

Mr Stokes said the project was the latest example of government schools and the community sharing each other’s assets. Other shared use agreements already in place or under negotiation include synthetic sporting fields, indoor sports centres and community centres. Under one recent deal, a swimming pool complex will go ahead at Denistone East Public School.  “Managed carefully, shared use agreements are a win-win for the community and the school,” Mr Stokes said. He said shared use agreements could assist the NSW Government to provide the facilities for the new and upgraded schools required for the forecast 164,000 new students by 2031.

Council to buy PASADENA
At last night's Council meeting a decision was made that Council will buy the Pasadena, either with agreement from the current owners or by compulsory acquisition. The State Government will contribute final master plan will be developed to ensure maximum public benefit into the future: "Including converting the majority of the site to public open space and the provision of suitable building/s to accentuate public use of the area."
 
 
Richard West AM
President  
Palm Beach Whale Beach Association

Mandatory Panels Erode Local Democracy

Wednesday August 9th, 2017: LGNSW
The imposition of mandatory planning panels for Sydney and Wollongong further erodes local democracy, the local government sector said today.

"The Government claims this is a governance issue, but this move has the potential to actually reduce the accountability and transparency of planning decisions," Clr Rhoades said.

"Councils are accountable to the community where panels are not. There is no accountability like the ballot box.  

"Councillors are their community's voice at the table - they have been elected to represent community views on key issues, such as planning decisions which will have long-term impacts on neighbourhoods.

"And yet the Government has determined that they cannot serve on a panel.

"Instead, councils will only be able to select one community member on the four member panel, and two Government-appointed experts that have been pre-approved by the Minister.

"At the same time, the Minister gets to appoint the powerful fourth member: a chair who must have worked in the law or government.

"This could conceivably include a former member of the Government of the day - hardly the transparent, independent and conflict-free expert promoted in the Government's media release announcement."

Clr Rhoades said less than 3% of development applications (DAs) were currently referred to a council meeting for determination, with 97% being approved by professional planning staff under delegation.

"The forced introduction of local planning panels will not only create an additional bureaucratic process where there may be no need for one, but will also introduce additional professional and administrative costs on councils and applicants. 

"The Department of Planning and Environment estimates each panel will cost $100,000 per annum - another expense for councils and applicants."

Clr Rhoades said the Government had at least spared Newcastle, regional cities and coastal councils from the mandatory panels - for now.

"At least these councils can determine whether the panel option is the right choice for their area, and whether there are real benefits to the community rather than simply additional bureaucracy and cost - and less local democracy," he said.

IHAPs To Be Introduced For All Sydney Councils 

Media Release Tuesday, 08 August 2017-  Minister for Planning and Housing, The Hon. Anthony Roberts, and Minister for Local Government, The Hon. Gabrielle Upton
Independent Hearing and Assessment Panels (IHAPs) will become mandatory for all councils in Sydney and Wollongong to guard against corruption and lead to better local planning decisions.

Minister for Planning and Housing, Anthony Roberts, and Minister for Local Government, Gabrielle Upton, announced the Government would set clear criteria for which development applications (DAs) are to go to the panels.
Mr Roberts said that mandatory IHAPs would bring expertise, transparency and integrity to the assessment of DAs at the local level. 

“It is essential the Government has a transparent and accountable process in place when assessing DAs of significant value, when there is a conflict of interest for the council or developer, or when they are of a sensitive nature,” Mr Roberts said.

“By making IHAPs mandatory, local councils will be able to focus on providing community services, strategic plans and development controls for their local area.”

Mr Roberts pointed out that Wollongong and 15 Sydney metropolitan councils were already successfully using IHAPs on a voluntary basis.
The new Bill will propose a standard model for IHAPs comprising three independent expert members and a community member.

The community member will represent the geographical area within the LGA of the proposed development, to provide local perspective (see ‘overview’ attachment).

“Introducing IHAPs will provide additional safeguards, expertise and transparency into planning decisions,” Ms Upton said.

“We expect these panels to give communities and ratepayers greater certainty about planning decisions.”

IHAP members will have to be expert in one or more of the following fields: planning, architecture, heritage, the environment, urban design, economics, traffic and transport, law, engineering, tourism, or government and public administration.

The chair must also have expertise in law or government and public administration.

The panel members themselves will be subject to statutory rules such as a compulsory code of conduct and operational procedures for the panels.
Further selection criteria will be outlined in the recruitment process.

Councils will be able to share a panel to improve efficiencies and in the regional parts of the state, panels would remain voluntary.

Local councils will still process most applications for individual houses or alterations to existing houses.

Sydneysiders Want Experts To Decide On Big Development 

27 JUL 2017: Media Release - PROPERTY COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA
Research released today by the Property Council of Australia shows that Sydneysiders want experts to make planning decisions on large developments, not local politicians.

The research was conducted by Newgate Australia with 1,000 residents across metropolitan Sydney and shows that while councils are rated positively at consulting with the community on developments, they are rated poorly for being open and transparent, processing development applications and on town planning.

“The research has shown us that Sydney councils should focus on strategic planning and providing better services for the community and the decisions for large development proposals should be made by independent expert panels,” Property Council NSW Executive Director Jane Fitzgerald said today

The research shows us
  • 85% agreed that politics and self-interest should be taken out of planning decisions.
  • 81% agreed that large planning decisions should be made by experts. 
  • 79% agreed that planning decisions should be made in a consistent way across councils. 
  • 75% agreed that planning panels could keep potential corruption out of planning decisions. 
  • 69% agreed that planning panels mean getting things done faster. 
  • Only 25% of respondents rated their councils positively on processing development applications
  • Only 31% of respondents rated their councils positively in being open and transparent
  • their worst ratings relate to council decisions on larger commercial and apartment building projects (23% and 25% positive respectively)
“The research backs up Glenn Steven’s recommendation in his housing affordability report to the Government that there should be mandatory independent planning panels across metropolitan Sydney and in select regional areas and that members of these panels should have relevant qualifications and no conflict of interest,” Ms Fitzgerald said

“It is a common-sense approach that has the support of the community – councils decide upon the strategic planning of their area and experts make decisions on large developments – now we just need the Government to be bold and make panels mandatory.”

Petition: Save Ingleside From Over-Development

PROPOSED INGLESIDE DEVELOPMENT
We the undersigned, write in connection with the above proposal and wish to object strongly and respectfully to the development of the area in the proposed manner.

Ingleside is a dispersed settlement where development proposals should be considered very carefully: infilling could ruin the character of the area but estate development will not only overwhelm it but also overwhelm the vast majority of residents living from Narrabeen to Palm Beach who will travel through or near Ingleside every day.

Naturally, we understand that the State Government has a determined growth strategy. However, the overwhelming increase in immediate population and thoroughfare traffic will have a devastating effect upon the existing population who live here and contribute to Sydney as a city and as a defined demographic already. 

Pressure for the development in the region is considerable, mainly for housing city commuters, but has been successfully resisted for more than 30 years for the same reasons as now. The infrastructure was not in place and as can be seen by the impact of development in Warriewood, remains at an unsupportive level. The reasons for rejecting those schemes also included the inadequacy of the minor roads apart from Mona Vale Road to accommodate even small increases in traffic. 

Reference is made to the over one thousand comments on the supporting website, mostly by residents of Pittwater external to the immediate area of Ingleside who have failed to have a voice but as your constituents have equal right to be represented as bearing the impact of the development.
With the above in mind, we request that the development be reviewed to take into account the residents of Pittwater, whom you represent. Rather than telling them why it will be good for them, consider the voice of the residents and understand why it will be bad for them. 

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New Legislation To Imrove Air Quality

Media release: 10 August 2017 - The Hon. Josh Frydenberg MP, Minister for the Environment and Energy
The Turnbull Government has today introduced new legislation to help improve Australia’s air quality.

The Product Emissions Standards Bill will allow new product emissions standards to be established on small spark engines (non-road), bringing us into line with the US, Canada and Europe.

Currently emissions from these engines are not regulated in Australia, leaving Australia as a dumping ground for less efficient products that cannot be sold in other countries.

The standards will be phased in over two years and reduce noxious air pollution from petrol-powered outdoor equipment and marine outboards which release high amounts of harmful air pollutants.

For example, a two-stroke leaf blower can produce the same amount of hydrocarbons as 150 cars, while on summer weekends in cities where the use of garden equipment is high, small petrol engines can contribute up to 10 per cent of air pollution.

Following extensive consultation with key stakeholders, the new emissions standards will strengthen Australia’s capacity to manage air quality nationally and deliver an estimated $1.72 billion in avoided health costs over a 20 year period.

The Turnbull Government is also providing $1 million funding to support surf life saving clubs upgrade to cleaner outboard engines that meet the new emissions standards.

The Department of the Environment and Energy has partnered with Surf Life Saving Australia to deliver grants of up to $1,000 per clean outboard engine over the next four years to support this important organisation and its clubs across Australia.

Heritage Grants Program

The Heritage Grants program is one of the Community, Youth and Senior heritage projects funded by NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, and provides funding to individuals and community groups for local historical research. The program is designed to facilitate the dissemination of local Australian stories, expression of the diversity of Australian culture as it impacts on communities, and to highlight and localise pivotal Australian historical events and issues. Please subscribe to our eNewsletter or blog for the latest news on this program.

Please note: The 2017 Heritage Grant round will close at 5pm Wednesday 6 September 2017

For applicants guidelines, to read before submitting an application, for the application form and/or for more information, please visit our website

If you have any queries, please email us or phone 02 9247 8001.  We recommend that you read previous years' assessment reports, which are available on our website, as they provide insights into why projects are chosen for grant funding.

Church Point Ferry Service Connected

Did you know our timetable is on the NSW trip Planner app? 
If you have your phone you have our timetable. 
Links in with all public transport.

Find out more about the Church Point Ferry Service here:churchpointferryservice.com

Breakwater Ball 2017

Hosted by Lifeline Northern Beaches
Saturday, October 14 at 6 PM - 11 PM
International College of Management, Sydney (ICMS)
151 Darley Road, Manly

On Saturday 14 October 2017, we are holding an event to support two much-loved community groups: Lifeline Northern Beaches and Queenscliff Surf Life Saving Club. United by their commitment to supporting the people of the Northern Beaches, these two organisations provide safety, strength and protection – just like the breakwater provides a safe harbour from the waves.

Join us for a night to remember, and help these organisations do what they do best: change lives for the better.

Tickets on sale soon – keep up to date here  

Record Funding Available For Surf Club Upgrades

Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes is encouraging local surf clubs to apply for funds under the NSW Government’s Surf Club Facility Program.
This year the NSW Government has doubled the amount of infrastructure funding available to surf clubs to $4 million in order to help support their invaluable contribution to communities throughout the State.

Applications are now open for infrastructure grants between $30,000 and $350,000 and will be accepted until 31 August 2017.

Pittwater’s surf clubs have had great success with this program over recent years – including funds to assist with the major redevelopment of Avalon Beach Surf Club.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for our local surf clubs to receive a financial boost,” Rob Stokes said today.

“Surf clubs are much more than just a base for the amazing volunteers who patrol our beaches – they’re also essential community facilities used by countless local groups and associations.

“This initiative aims to support their efforts to upgrade their facilities and deliver even greater opportunities and services.

“Many local surf clubs have plans and projects in the pipeline but require financial assistance to help them progress.

“Further information on the record funding available this year, and details on how to apply, is available by visitingwww.sport.nsw.gov.au/clubs/grants/SCFP

“I encourage all our local surf clubs to explore this important opportunity,” Rob Stokes said.


Sing it loud, sing it clear! The Avalon Public School P&C Association is celebrating our biennial Avalon Public School Fete! 

Our primary school is a huge part of the region and services most of the local families. Parents and staff work tirelessly to support classroom learning in a friendly and caring environment with the P&C fundraising activities providing vital funds for the school.

Our major fundraising event for the next two years, the Avalon Public School Fete, is scheduled for the Sunday, 10 September 2017, 9 am – 3 pm! 

We have a bumper fete planned with visitor numbers expected in the thousands!

There will be over a dozen amusement rides for all ages, pony rides, face painting, games alley, tie dying, gourmet food, cakes, showbags, cosmic dance party and silent disco, DJ, pre-loved books and clothes, raffles, silent auction and artisan markets.

Come along, bring all your friends (unfortunately not your four-legged friends - no dogs allowed on school grounds) and invite everyone to follow this page for the latest news!

DoggieRescue.com

Pet of the Week

Marley

AGE/SEX: 5-6 years / M
BREED: Staffy X Lab

Marley is a gentle calm dog who came as a stray and was saved from a vet clinic. He is a very friendly boy, who is crate trained, and is very polite on a lead. He has been fine around other dogs in a busy clinic environment. He is also good with kids and would suit a family with older children. He seems social with other dogs. Marley has calluses on his elbows and hocks suggesting he was had a life of living on concrete. He has occasional partial seizures, more facial twitching and head shaking than your conventional seizuring. He is on inexpensive medication for this which is working well. He has a smooth coat and weighs 26.2kg. He 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. His adoption cost is $400.

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 

$65 Million To Champion Community Cohesion

Community organisations will benefit from more than $65 million in funding to help build inclusive and resilient communities.

The Minister for Social Services Christian Porter opened the Strong and Resilient Communities (SARC) grants round today to help local organisations overcome disadvantage and build strong and safe communities and increase national security.

“These grants will provide organisations working in disadvantaged areas with $45million to help increase social cohesion in areas of high cultural diversity where there is risk of racial, religious or cultural intolerance developing,” Minister Porter said.

“Through this grants round, community organisations can benefit from up to $500,000 in funding for each project they deliver over the life of the program to 2021.

Minister Porter said funded projects may include:
  • the development of online platforms for marginalised youth to challenge ideas and concepts online and create forums to counter negativity and feelings of isolation;
  • training or volunteering opportunities for humanitarian entrants or newly arrived migrants; and
  • cultural or sporting activities that bring people of different cultures or faiths together.
“This is an important grassroots approach to bring people in from the margins, establish social harmony and help strengthen resilience across communities,” Minister Porter said.

A further $19.95 million will fund Volunteer Management Activity until 2021 to encourage and increase volunteering in communities across Australia.

“Evidence shows that well integrated and cohesive communities are underpinned by high-levels of volunteering and community participation, a strong sense of community belonging, local leadership and engagement,” Minister Porter said.

Applications for SARC’s Inclusive Communities Grants and Community Resilience Grants are open until 23 August 2017.

For more information or to apply for a grant, go to the GrantConnect website at www.grants.gov.au.

2017 Mosman Art Prize

Saturday 23 September - Sunday 29 October
Mosman Art Gallery
REGISTRATION DAY - MONDAY 11 SEPTEMBER 2017
Registrations are open online now - click here to enter

Mosman Art Gallery is thrilled to announce that in 2017 the Mosman Art Prize will celebrate its 70th year!

Established in 1947, the Mosman Art Prize is Australia's oldest and most prestigious local government art award.  It was founded by the artist, architect and arts advocate, Alderman Allan Gamble, at a time when only a small handful of art prizes were in existence in Australia and the community had very little support and few opportunities to exhibit their work. 

Over the past seventy years the Mosman Art Prize has developed in stature to become Australia’s most prestigious municipally funded art prize with a national profile. It regularly attracts over 900 entries annually and currently offers over $40,000 in prizes.

As an acquisitive art award for painting, the winning artworks collected since 1947 form a splendid collection of modern and contemporary Australian art, reflecting all the developments in Australian art practice since 1947.
The inaugural winner in 1947 was a young Margaret Olley. Since the prize has been won by scores of artists including Guy Warren, Grace Cossington Smith, Weaver Hawkins, Nancy Borlase, Lloyd Rees, Anthony Galbraith, Elisabeth Cummings, Tim Johnson, Guan Wei and Michael Zavros among many others. Past adjudicators also include notable Australian art figures such as Margaret Preston, John Olsen, Tim Storrier, Jenny Sages and Edmund Capon.
Now in its 70th year the Mosman Art Prize is more relevant than ever before and continues to sit at the centre of contemporary painting practice and is a not to be missed event on the nation's cultural agenda.
  • Mosman Art Prize (major acquisitive prize) sponsored by Mosman Council - $50,000
  • Allan Gamble Memorial Art Prize sponsored by Mosman Council - $3,000
  • Commendation Prize sponsored by Mosman Council - $2,000
  • Fourth Village Providore Emerging Artists’ Prize (under 35) - $2,000
  • Mosman Art Society Viewers' Choice Prize - $1,000

Candidates To Speak To Electors 

Media Release – Pittwater Forever
Community umbrella group Pittwater Forever, representing 18 community groups and their members, today confirmed details of two public information sessions for the local government elections being held in the northern beaches on 9 September. 

Chairman Craig Boaden confirmed that:
“Pittwater Forever will host an evening session at which candidates in thePittwater Ward can address electors directly. This session will take placefrom 6.30pm on Tuesday 29 August in the Mona Vale Memorial Hall.” 

“This will be followed by a session for candidates in the Narrabeen Wardon Tuesday 5 September, again from 6.30pm in the Mona Vale Memorial Hall.” 

Pittwater Forever will invite all candidates seeking election to council from these two Wards to make brief presentations of their policies, and to answer questions from the floor. 

“These two public information sessions will give candidates an opportunity to inform electors about their policies, and electors a chance to hear from candidates before polling day on 9 September”, said Mr Boaden. 

“It’s one of Pittwater Forever’s contributions to local democracy. “ 

“Through our member community groups, we will also facilitate recruiting volunteers to help independent candidates with things like leafletting, and handing out How to Vote cards at pre-poll and polling stations”.

Go Wild Gala For Sydney Wildlife 2017

When: Sat. 11 November 2017, 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm 
Where: The Cardinal's Palace (ICMS), 151 Darley Road, Manly
Tickets: $200 plus booking fee
It’s time to GO WILD for WILDLIFE at Sydney Wildlife's Inaugural Gala Event at the iconic Cardinal's Palace in Manly! Enjoy canapés and our custom-created cocktails on the balcony, followed by a delicious 3-course meal and drinks in the Great Hall. There will be live music, dancing, and lots of opportunities to make a difference - including both a live and silent auction with amazing prizes. Bring your credit cards and get that Christmas shopping done early!

At the gala, we will be raising funds for a Sydney Wildlife Mobile Clinic which will be dedicated to treating injured and sick wildlife and ensuring that they remain protected for generations. The clinic may also be able to be deployed to areas affected by natural disasters to assist with treatment and pain alleviation.


There has never been a more crucial time to invest in our natural world and the protection of our glorious wildlife!

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
What should I wear?
Attire is black tie.
How do I get there?
Take the ferry (the Manly Ferry Wharf is a 3-minute cab ride from ICMS) or catch a cab. Additonally, there is free car parking onsite at ICMS (International College of Management).
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No, we will have a guest list at the door.
How do I become a sponsor?
We have VIP sponsor tables available for purchase. Please email us atgowildgala@gmail.com for more information.
How can I contact the organiser with any questions?
Please feel free to email us at gowildgala@gmail.com
Where can I learn more about Sydney Wildlife?
Please go to our website: www.sydneywildlife.org.au

Narrabeen Boys High 1967 50 Year Reunion - 2017

We are about to reach the 50 Year Anniversary of the very first Year 12 from Narrabeen Boys High.
This Page is to attract alumni for a Reunion in 2017. www.facebook.com/nbhs67/

I guess we produced more World Surfing Champions than any one school and in 1967 we won every Year 12 Sports Premiership there was, every one. Rugby, Cricket, Soccer, Water Polo, Basketball, Tennis... etc



50 Years HSC Reunion Lunch
Hosted by Narrabeen Boys High 1967 50 Year Reunion - 2017
Friday October 6th, 2017: 1pm to 6pm
At The Newport
Cnr. Beaconsfield and Kalinya Streets, Newport

Call Out For Poets - ‘Spirit Of The Land’

Submissions are invited on the subject of the ‘Spirit of the Land’, the 3rd in a series of the popular Manly Art Gallery & Museum poetry readings. Twenty poems will be chosen by event curator Les Wicks for live-reading by the authors who will each receive $50.

The Gallery will be hosting an exhibition on the theme LAND (3 November – 3 December)  with selected works by artists who have drawn inspiration from the theme ‘LAND’… as a noun, a verb, a place, an idea, a possibility, a presence, a contested space. Landscape, headland, wasteland, landfill, landmine, landform, landed, etc. The exhibition supports and connects this region’s contemporary artists with the gallery, providing a valuable opportunity to showcase their work and to challenge their art practice through their diverse responses.

Selected poems will have explored this theme. Please advise in which suburb you live.

Submissions to be emailed to meusepress@hotmail.com  by 5pm Fri 29 Sept 2017. The selected poets will perform their works on Sunday 5 November, 2 - 4pm

Manly Art Gallery & Museum & Museum, West Esplanade Reserve, Manly
At the reading, there will also be an open mic section.
Cost: gold coin donation (refreshments served)

 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

 

Click on logo above to visit their website.

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.

August 6 - 12, 2017: Issue 324

Articles This Week 

Front Page Issue 324: Quite a bit...

2017 Surf Life Saving NSW Awards of Excellence: Surf Lifesaver of the Year - Lara Boyle Whale Beach SLSC, Initiative of the Year - Mona Vale SLSC, Athlete of the Year - Jake Lynch, Newport SLSC, Junior Lifesaver of the Year - Elliott Prasad Narrabeen Beach SLSC, and Sport Team of the Year - Open First Aid Team, Freshwater SLSC

Pittwater Locals Disappointed by Delay in Plebiscite Bill

Newport SLSC 108th Annual General Meeting - Three new Life Members

Bilgola SLSC 68th Annual General Meeting from Romilly Madew, President

Avalon Beach SLSC 2017 Annual General Meeting - Two new Life Members by Rogers Sayers, ABSLSC Publicity Officer

RPAYC Named Club of the Year! - Marina Industry Association Award

What Makes Echidnas So Unique? by Lynleigh Greig

Aboriginal Engravings Vandalised At The Basin: NPWS Undertakes Program Of ‘Highlighting’ Engravings To Protect Them

Pittwater Yachting Legend Jack Gale Passes - Obituary written by Peter Kennett.

Aquatics: Kialoa II’s Revival At 47th Rolex Fastnet Race by Lisa Ratcliff - Elvina Bay resident Paddy Broughton and a superlative crew are racing in this prestigious old race, starts Sunday August 6th

Reflections by George Repin: BONIFACIO, CORSICA

2017 Youth Match Racing World Championship: RPAYC's All Women Crew: ran August 1-5 at Balboa Yacht Club, Newport Beach, California

Pictures: 2017 Masters And 1967 A Grade Reunion; Belrose Eagles invited Narrabeen Sharks from Brian Friend

DIY Ideas: DIY Bathroom Refresh: Zing For Spring - a few simple things you can do to make your bathroom all brand new and on a budget!

Retracing Governor Phillip's Footsteps Around Pittwater: The Mystery Of The Cove On The East Side by Roger Sayers and Geoff Searl - Do Not Miss this Readers!

Lunch in the Garden: Come Along to Coomalong for Cambodian charity, ‘Build Your Future Today’ - food by Leang and Touch Khun, Mona Vale Bakery, known for their traditional Cambodian fare, Bikes 4 Life Brookvale collect second-hand bikes and ship them to Cambodia - attending event, also renowned children’s author, Louise Park, will be discussing her Cambodian Literacy Project at the lunch - Sunday September 24th

Palm Beach Sailing Club (PBSC) Open Day: Saturday the 12th of August from 12 p.m.

Park Bench Philosopher Patrick Edward Quinn: A Manly Prose writer who gave us A Run To Pittwater (1889) and Songs for the Federation of Australia - as well as standing for a seat after being a NSW Poet/Politician

Artist of the Month:  August  2017: Adriaan van der Wallen  Most people know Adriaan as a great surfer on short or long boards or logs, or even one of his numerous collectors boards inherited from legends such as Midget Farrelly or Jack McCoy, or as the gentleman who teaches their Nippers as a Member of Avalon Beach SLSC or a part of the Masters Team at Palm Beach SLSC, or as the teacher who educates their children. Others will have seen his great photographic skills featured here as one of our regular contributors.

Profile: Clareville & Bilgola Plateau Residents' Association (CABPRA) At: https://cabpra.wordpress.com/ 
This week an insight into anther of our local residents associations that ensure 'community' stays in our communities. Our winter meeting will be this Monday 7 August 7:30 pm at the Avalon Sailing Club. All residents welcome. Membership by donation - find out more about CABRA this week.

History:  Early Pittwater Surfers – Palm Beach I: John (Jack) Ralston and Nora McAuliffe - the man who went out to try and save people in 1920, the incident that led to the formation of PBSLSC, and the man who is said to be the first to bring a surfboard to Palmy, was a good wave rider too. He married a Manly born girl who had a passion for the waves and surfing on a board in Nora...

 Pittwater Offshore Newsletter Update 1/8/2017 

click on Logo: 

To contact Julian:  editor@scotlandisland.org.au

Congratulations West Pittwater RFB

West Pittwater Rural Fire Brigade would like acknowledge  the recent achievements of our volunteer firefighters:



Recently Qualified Bush Fire Fighters (BF)
Congratulations to our newest members.
Andrew Woodward
Anthony Mills
Ben Van Steele
Declan Springthorpe 
Justin Mills

CABA Certification - (BAO Breathing Apparatus Operator)
Congratulations to Sally-Anne Gaunt on achieving her CABA certification- one of the most physically and mentally challenging RFS Courses.

Congratulations also to the following people:
Village Firefighter Certification (VF)
Wayne Lazarides

Chainsaw Certification (TFT)
Jon Matthews
Paddy Broughton
Roy Atkins (Re-cert)

Rural Fire Driver Certification (RFD) 
Wayne Lazarides

Special thanks should also go to Melinda Broughton, Kylie Stackhouse, David Lambert and all the the RFS trainers and helpers for their commitment and diligence in helping to train and prepare members of the Brigade.

Congratulations to all and to those who have supported you. We always encourage our members to apply for new courses, challenge themselves and increase their skills. 

Andrew Cutler   
Captain - West Pittwater RFB

Congratulations Maddie Spencer

HUGE Congratulations to Newport SLSC's Maddie Spencer who has come first in this year's 12ft Stock Board Female - Molokai 2 Oahu.

20 year old Maddison Spencer took home a first time victory in her first M2O, coming in at 6 hours, 6 minutes and 24 seconds. 

Founded in 1997, M2O is an open-ocean endurance paddleboard challenge, featuring racers in both the prone and stand-up (SUP) disciplines. Connecting the islands of Moloka’i and O’ahu, the 32-mile race crosses the Ka’iwi Channel, also known as the Channel of Bones. Men and women face challenging conditions as they navigate the fastest downwind route over one of the deepest channels in the world. Top athletes typically complete the crossing in less than five hours, riding mid-channel waves that can crest more than 12 feet and carry paddlers hundreds of meters.  The race starts on Kaluakoi Beach on the north shore of Moloka’i and finishes in Maunalua Bay on the south shore of O’ahu.

Maddie wasn't the only Australian doing well this year.



Maddie in the centre

Update On Baleen 2D HR Seismic Survey 

(The survey comprises 46 2D lines of total length 208km.) - 
NOPSEMA 'Not reasonably satisfied – opportunity to modify EP'
Decision date: 03/08/2017 
Titleholder action Resubmission due date: 02/09/2017



From Decision notification:
Basis of decision 
NOPSEMA has assessed the environment plan in accordance with its assessment policies and procedures. 

On completion of assessment, NOPSEMA has decided that it is not reasonably satisfied that the environment plan meets the criteria below as set out in regulation 10A of the Environment Regulations: 
(a) is appropriate for the nature and scale of the activity 
(b) demonstrates that the environmental impacts and risks of the activity will be reduced to as low as reasonably practicable 
(c) demonstrates that the environmental impacts and risks of the activity will be of an acceptable level 
(d) provides for appropriate environmental performance outcomes, environmental performance standards and measurement criteria 
(e) includes an appropriate implementation strategy and monitoring, recording and reporting arrangements 
(g) demonstrates that: 
(i) the titleholder has carried out the consultations required by Division 2.2A 
(ii) the measures (if any) that the titleholder has adopted, or proposes to adopt, because of the consultations are appropriate 

Titleholder requirements 
For OMR decision In accordance with regulation 10, the titleholder is required to modify and resubmit the environment plan. Upon resubmission of the plan, NOPSEMA will continue to assess the submission in 
accordance with its assessment policies and make a decision under regulation 10. After a titleholder has been provided with reasonable opportunity to modify and resubmit an environment plan, NOPSEMA will 
make a final decision on whether to accept or refuse to accept the environment plan. 
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2 Macpherson Street, Warriewood (22 Dwellings) 

Summary: The Planning Proposal seeks to amend Clause 6.1 (3) Warriewood Valley Release Area to permit up to 22 dwellings at 2 Macpherson Street, Warriewood. 

Stage Approved at Gateway and with RPA for implementation 
Number PP_2017_NBEAC_003_00 

Supporting notes: The proposal has been the subject of a pre-Gateway review. The Sydney North Planning Panel recommended that the proposal be submitted for a Gateway determination subject to conditions. 

Northern Beaches Council declined the role of the Relevant Planning Authority for this matter. The Sydney North Planning Panel has been appointed to the role of Relevant Planning Authority for the current proposal. The proponent has submitted the planning proposal to the Department for a Gateway Determination. 

Submission Stage
Date Proposal Lodged : 07/06/2017
Relevant Planning Authority (RPA): Sydney East Joint Regional Planning Panel
Local Government Area Covered Northern Beaches
Gateway Stage
Date of Determination 30/06/2017
Gateway Decision Passed with Conditions
Link to RPA Web Site
Gateway Implementation Stage
Date sent to RPA for Implementation: 30/06/2017
(Planning Proposal sent to RPA for exhibition)
LEP Assessment Stage
Date returned to Department for assessment N/A
(Planning Proposal returned to Department of Planning for assessment and drafting of LEP)
Local Environmental Plan Stage
Date of Publication N/A
Publish Decision N/A
Link to LEP Document

Residential Aged Care Facility

Demolition of an existing residential care facility and construction of a new 156-bed residential aged care facility.

Mermaids Of Palm Beach - Snapshots From The Road


Day 1 leaving from St Mary's, Sydney. Beautiful send off by the Indigenous Choir. First stop Wellington for lunch. Then onward through rain and a sunshiny sunset to Bourke. 718kms done!




Day 2 Tennis Mermaids in action.


Photos/reports Courtesy Viktorija McDonell (the tall one).

Important Change To Frenchs Forest Priority Precinct: Information Session

Received July 31, 2017
From: NSW Department of Planning and Environment
The Department advises the Frenchs Forest Priority Precinct information session planned for Monday 31 July 2017 at the Galstaun Function Centre, 5 Grattan Crescent, Frenchs Forest, from 5-8pm, has been changed to Thursday 10 August. The time and venue are unchanged.
 
The date change was made at the request of Northern Beaches Council, who are now holding an Extraordinary General Meeting on Tuesday 1 August, where they will discuss their master plan for a new town centre adjacent to the new hospital, which involved considerable community and stakeholder consultation. 
 
The Department regrets having to delay our information session and any inconvenience this may cause, however, it was important Council’s process was first able to proceed.
 
Frenchs Forest has been announced as a Priority Precinct to ensure it benefits from the NSW Government’s investment in infrastructure in the area. The new hospital and improved transport links will be a catalyst for revitalising and creating new homes and jobs in the area. 
 
We will continue to work with Northern Beaches Council to plan for the area. A key priority will be to ensure that council’s master plan for a new town centre is implemented. 
 
Plans for a Western Harbour Tunnel and Northern Beaches Link will also present opportunities for Frenchs Forest. A phased strategy to further increase the supply of new homes and create more jobs for the long term will be considered in partnership with council.
 
The information session on Thursday 10 August will provide the Department, council and other agencies the opportunity to answer your questions about the planning process and the future of the area. 
 
To register for project updates or for more information visitplanning.nsw.gov.au/newpriorityprecincts.


The drop-in session will provide a “one-stop shop” to learn more about what’s happening in the Frenchs Forest area. We’ll have staff there from the Department, Council and other agencies including RMS. It is also a chance to learn more about the planning process and timelines for any work.

We encourage you to pre-register for this event. By pre-registering you will fast-track the sign-in process and we can send you a reminder. If you don’t want to pre-register, you can still drop in any time.

Pittwater Mens Probus Club August 2017 Speaker

Tuesday 8th August 2017 at 11AM
Memoirs of a Blitz Kid
Club member Bryan Pritchard will talk about his early upbringing in wartime London. Children continued going to school during the war though some city schools moved to the country. As well as ordinary lessons, children learned air raid drills, leaving the classroom when the sirens sounded to go to the air raid shelters.

Bryan will also talk about his later career in banking.

Five Minute Speaker
Ken Plumb: Iceland
Club member Ken Plumb recently visited Iceland and will talk briefly about some of its unique geology and its way of life.

Pittwater Mens Probus Meetings
10am 2nd Tuesday every Month
Venue: Mona Vale Golf Club

Pittwater Mens Probus
Our Probus club 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.
Our club membership is for men only, however partners are welcome at our social events and activities including our monthly guest presentation following each meeting.
Visitors Welcome

Monthly Meetings
Our monthly meetings are followed by a guest presentation that will interest our members. Meetings conclude at 12noon followed by an optional lunch at the Golf Club. Partners are invited to attend the presentations.

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

RPAYC 2017 AGM

The 2017 AGM saw a number of awards presented to Members including 50yr Membership, Centenarians, Life Member and Clubmanship Award 2016/2017. 

50yr Members 
Congratulations to the following Members who were awarded with their 50yrs of Membership Medallions.

Bob Clisdell
Ken Davidson
Ian Fergusson
Brian Gray
Philip Kinsella
Fred Lind
Grahame Maclean
Marillyn Morris
Bryan Neilson
Roger Prior
Kevin Weldon

Particularly, congratulations to Marillyn Morris, the Club’s first female member to achieve 50 year membership. 

We would like to acknowledge and congratulate the Club’s Centenarians, Arthur Dreverman who celebrated his 100th birthday in September 2016 and Mrs Gwenyth Mercer who will celebrate her 100th birthday in August. 

Life Membership Award 
The AGM saw Mr Russell Murphy elected as a Life Member of The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club as of 25 July, 2017.

Russell’s extensive commitment to the club began when he joined as a member in 1988. In 1997 he commenced a long and ongoing list of significant Committee roles including:

Finance Committee 1997 – overview financing for replacement Marinas and clearance of associated debt.
Director 2001-2004/ Chairman 2003/04
Vice Commodore House 2005
Vice Commodore Yacht Racing 2006/07
Commodore 2008/09/10
Board/Flag Roles
Coffs Organising Committee Liaison
Discipline Committee Chair
Human Resources Committee (Chair)
Membership Board Liaison
Archives Committee
Training Committee

Currently Russell still serves the clubs interests on:
Membership/Election Committee + Yacht Race liaison
Go Sailing Promotion – instigated this promotion.
Sail Expo Co-ordinator of Volunteers

Russell has been instrumental in promoting Youth in the sport including two crews to World Championship campaigns in his Etchell and was at the forefront of the constitutional change to adopt family membership which continues to yield positive benefits to the Club.

Russell has always been a strong promoter of the value of the club membership and taking measures he thought best to promote and protect the Clubs interests, notwithstanding the personal cost.

Clubmanship Award 
The Clubman of the Year is elected by a select committee of one being the Commodore, so it is a very efficient committee, but one which is taken very seriously.

The Clubmanship Trophy recognises the effort of Members who have, made a significant contribution to the Club across a range of activities.

This year the Commodore choose a member who has made a significant contribution across a multitude of areas in a very unassuming but not unnoticed way including, to name but a few:

A regular part of the race management team
Member of the Archives committee including countless hours with the white gloves on and slaving over new computer systems. 

A regular supporter of our Regattas including almost a week of full time work holed up in the Regatta Office completing Registrations and Administration duties for the Etchells Regatta.

On top of those volunteer efforts, this member also got married on the front lawn to complete her dedication to the Club and one particular member.
We are proud to announce that the 2016/17 Club “PERSON” OF THE YEAR is JULIA HORNSBY

Flag Officers 2017/2018
Commodore, Michael Lockley
Vice Commodore, Ron Palmer
Rear Commodore, Membership, Liz de Soyres
Rear Commodore, Yacht Race, Allen Stormon
Rear Commodore, Cruising, Leon Wilson
Rear Commodore, Centreboard, David Taylor
Rear Commodore, Activities, Sal Ridlulfo

Pittwater Yachting Legend Passes

VALE JOHN LINCOLN (JACK) GALE
1926- 2017

Pittwater Yachting Legend
Yachting on Pittwater and Sydney has lost a pioneer with the recent death of Jack Gale at the age of 91. Coincidentally, Jack died exactly two years after his beloved wife, Joan. Jack is survived by his two sons Geoff and Rob.

The youngest of five children, Jack had an idyllic childhood growing up in North Narrabeen and it was at this time he developed his love of the water. Following his education Jack was employed as a telegraph operator. He enlisted during WWII at the age of eighteen and was posted to the Z force in communications.

Following his war service, Jack worked as a delivery driver until 1956 when he accepted a position as caretaker and boatyard manager at The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (Pittwater Division). At that time the Club facilities at Pittwater were quite basic, consisting of a boatshed, rudimentary slipway and the two bedroom cottage which the Club erected for Jack, Joan and their young son Geoff to occupy.

Jack was dedicated to the Club, taking part enthusiastically, methodically and comprehensively in the many and varied building programmes and other projects which shaped the current wonderful facilities enjoyed to-day by The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club.

Over the years Jack held many positions with the Club including Boatyard Manager, Yachting Secretary and, ultimately, Secretary/Manager.

It was during his years as Yachting Manager that Jack achieved a reputation not first in Sydney but in Australia and world-wide as an innovative, dedicated and skillful yacht race manager and administrator.

Jack pioneered the use of what became known as the Barrenjoey Circle racecourse which gained a reputation for its challenging sea conditions, its fair winds, and relative lack of tidal influence. A winning crew on the Barrenjoey Circle could justly be proud of their efforts!!

Jack's skill and competence as a race manager resulted in the Club gaining a stellar reputation for conducting yachting championships. Assisted by his wonderful team, Jack and the Club conducted many World, Australian and State Championships on "the Circle" in 5.5's, Solings, E22's, 6 metres and other classes.

In addition, Jack conducted the Club's busy schedule of inshore and offshore yachting. It was not unusual for Jack to start an offshore race at 8.00pm on a Friday night and then be out laying the offshore marks for the Saturday events at 6.00am.

Prior to his assuming the position of Yachting Manager Jack sailed with the late Tony Carr in the 5.5 "Altair", finishing runner up to Sir William Northam in the 1964 Olympic Trials. Jack also sailed several Montague Island races on various boats but he never professed a love for offshore sailing, preferring one design racing.

Jack also sailed aboard Gretel II in the 1977 Americas Cup challenger trials. He had previously commentated on radio at earlier Americas Cup events and did so again in 1983 at which time he resumed his on-air rivalry with American Yachting commentator Norrie Hoyt. Their on-air banter was legendary for its critical insights and humour.

After retiring from The RPAYC in 1988, Jack continued running RPAYC races and regattas as the Club's race officer and in 1994 was made a Life Member of the Club. In 2014 the Club named its new training facility The Jack Gale Centre, in honour of Jack and the significant contributions he made to the Club and the sport on Pittwater.


Jack at 2017 RPAYC Old Timers Race

Jack enjoyed life, especially yacht racing and golf. He possessed a wonderful sense of humour and was a great raconteur with an encyclopaedic knowledge of sail numbers, yachts, their skippers and crews.

Jack and Joan were extremely hospitable and visitors to their home were genuinely most welcome. Following Joan's passing Jack liked nothing better than providing advice to anyone who asked provided that he could indulge in a glass of his favourite Sauvignon Blanc.

He will be sadly missed by The RPAYC, its members, the entire yachting community and all those who remember him.

Obituary for Jack Gale written by Peter Kennett.

Ferry Problems

Commuters and visitors to Ettalong from the Palm Beach Ferry wharf have spoken of a  growing problem with sand buildup causing delays and even cancellation of some services after one ferry ran aground just over a week ago at Box Head despite recent dredging of the Ettalong Channel.

The emergency dredging completed during the parliamentary break has been described as ‘inadequate’ by stakeholders and, as predicted by them, the ferry was grounded and a wave broke over the back of the ferry.
The important commuter and tourist ferry was then cancelled with ferry drivers reluctant to take the risk on our dangerous local route. The ferry was translocated to Patonga due to low tides making the mouth to the Brisbane Water inaccessible and dangerous for the ferry to cross. 

Matt Wales, President of the Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, states that the recently completed dredging is not a solution and all parties need to come to the table to settle on a satisfactory long-term plan.

Residents who regularly use the service to visit relatives have advised that commuters can sign up for a message advice from the ferry Service so that if a scheduled trip is delayed or cancelled they will receive a notice on their phone prior to leaving for the Palm Beach Ferry wharf.

Invitation To Attend The Friends Of Mona Vale Monthly Meeting 

Tuesday, 8th August, 6.30-8pm,
Mona Vale Golf Club. All welcome.
Golf Avenue in Mona Vale

NSW Government has dropped its policy of council mergers !
Following the NSW Government’s announcement of its now dropped
policy of Council Amalgamation, a MOTION will be put to the meeting
seeking the prompt DE-MERGER OF THE NORTHERN BEACHES
COUNCIL AND THE RESTORATION OF PITTWATER COUNCIL and
further that the scheduled council elections be immediately cancelled.
DON’T MISS THIS DEBATE!

To be CHAIRED by Former NSW PREMIER, BARRIE UNSWORTH

“Mona Vale Master Plan” workshop, a community alternative to the “Place Plan”.

Meet the FRIENDS OF PTTWATER independent candidates
Peter Bosley, Jenny Stone and John Latoof.
Other speakers include, Bob Grace and Selena Griffith.

A report on the Friends of Pittwater meeting with the GREATER SYDNEY
COMMISSION and GENERAL BUSINESS will follow if time permits.

Friends of Mona Vale

CABRA AGM 2017

Paradise Beach follow-up
CABPRA met with representatives of Northern Beaches Council on July 17th to go over the draft landscape plans for the refurbishment of Paradise Beach. The storms of last year had caused considerable damage to the seawall and associated structures.

The new landscape plans include:
• Replacement of the temporary rock wall by a sandstone block wall
• A dinghy ramp
• A sandstone rock storm drain/culvert
• Resurfacing of the car parking area

The works which are subject to final comment from the neighbours should commence in early August.

CABPRA General Meeting
The Theme is Protecting Pittwater with special guests:
• Corinne Fisher - Total Environment Centre (TEC)
• Bob Grace - President Protect Pittwater
Time & date: 7.30pm Monday 7th August 2017
Place: Avalon Sailing Club, Hudson Parade, Clareville

Clareville & Bilgola Plateau Residents' Association (CABPRA).

2017 Community Building Partnership Applications Closing Soon

August 2nd, 2017
Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes is reminding local community and sporting groups to apply for funds under the NSW Government’s Community Building Partnership Program.
 
The NSW Government has allocated $300,000 to the Pittwater community as part of this highly successful program which provides financial assistance to projects that will deliver wide-reaching community benefits.
 
Applications for the program close on Wednesday 9 August 2017.
 
“This is a hugely popular initiative which provides plenty of opportunities,” Rob Stokes said today.
 
“There’s dozens of projects throughout Pittwater which are a direct result of this program and are providing real benefits to our community.
 
“Projects providing long-term infrastructure improvements and supported by leveraged funds have been particularly successful in past years.
 
“Applications for this year’s program are closing soon - so it’s really important for those groups looking to submit an application to do so quickly.
 
“Further details on the program and information on how to apply is available by visiting the program’s websitewww.communitybuildingpartnership.nsw.gov.au .
 
“I encourage all eligible community groups to take advantage of this great opportunity,” Rob Stokes said.
 
Local projects that have been supported by this program over recent years include Narrabeen Sports High’s synthetic sports field, Marine Rescue’s new wharf at Cottage Point, Avalon Beach Surf Club’s major renovations, Pittwater High School’s security fencing upgrade, renovations within Mona Vale Hospital’s Assessment and Rehabilitation Unit and the expansion of the Northern Beaches Indoor Sports Centre at Warriewood.

Lucy Brogden Appointed Chair Of National Mental Health Commission

Joint media release:
The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP
Prime Minister

The Hon. Greg Hunt MP
Minister for Health
Minister for Sport

2 August 2017
Distinguished businesswomen and psychologist Lucy Brogden will be the next Chair of the Australian Government’s National Mental Health Commission.

Mrs Brogden has been a highly-skilled Commissioner for the Government’s peak mental health body for three years and her energy, passion and contribution to the mental health sector has been immense.

We look forward to Mrs Brogden continuing this leadership in her new role and advising the Government on tangible ways to improve the lives of people living with mental health issues.


Lucy Brogden, photo courtesy Bilgola SLSC

To ensure strengthened accountability the Commission will now report directly to the Health Minister and will provide six-monthly updates to the Prime Minister on the Government’s mental health reform agenda. The Commission will also include additional members on the new board to provide broad expertise and experience from across our health system.

The commissioners will oversee the Government’s mental health reforms and the implementation of the Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan following final agreement by the Council of Australian Governments Health Council on Friday. 

We look forward to working with the new Commissioners to deliver better support and care to those facing the challenge of a mental health disorder. 

Dr Peggy Brown, the Commission’s CEO, has been appointed a Commissioner, along with the following new appointees:
Professor Harvey Whiteford
Professor Ngiare Brown
Professor Wendy Cross
Professor Helen Milroy
Mr Samuel Hockey.

Current members Professor Allan Fels AO, Professor Ian Hickie AM and Ms Jackie Crowe have been reappointed.

Mrs Brogden will work as Co-Chair of the advisory board alongside current Chair, Professor Allan Fels AO, for six months until he steps down from the role. Mrs Brodgen will then continue as sole Chair.

These new and returning members bring their diverse expertise and stakeholder perspectives that will help the Commission further advance mental health policy and practice.

An additional $2 million in funding has been allocated to the Commission for this financial year to ensure it has the staffing and skills needed to support a stronger mental health sector. The first task of the new Commission will be to develop a revised work plan that encapsulates the strengthened and clarified role of the agency.

We extend our thanks to the outgoing board members – the Hon Rob Knowles AO, Professor Pat Dudgeon and Ms Nicole Gibson – for their insights, passion and hard work. Their work advising Government has helped to elevate the importance of mental health and suicide prevention.

We want to especially thank Professor Allan Fels for his unwavering commitment to this vitally important issue.

The Turnbull Government is committed to delivering important mental health reforms that provide better support to those living with a mental illness, and has backed this commitment by investing an additional $365 million for mental health support, treatment and research in the past 12 months.

Nippers Registration Days 2017-2018 Season

Manly - 3rd & 10th September  
North Steyne - 3rd & 10th September  
Queenscliff- 3rd & 10th September  
Freshwater - 10th September 
South Curl Curl - 17th September 
North Curl Curl
Dee Why  - 10th & 17th September
Long Reef
Collaroy; 3rd & 17th September  
South Narrabeen  10th & 17th September   
Narrabeen Beach  10th & 17th September   
North Narrabeen - 10th & 17th September  
Warriewood - 10th & 17th September  
Mona Vale - 10th September  
Newport - 
Bilgola 2nd & 10th September; 
Avalon Beach- 3rd, 8th, 10th September  

Please note Bungan Beach, Whale Beach, Palm Beach and North Palm Beach do not run Nipper Programs.

Rotary Spring Concert Tickets Now On Sale

Rotary Club of Upper Northern Beaches
Tickets are now on sale for the Northern Beaches concert of the year!

In this, our eighth annual Northern Beaches Spring Concert, Wednesday 20 September in the Grand Theatre at United Cinemas Warriewood, we bring back the popular local symphony, The Northern Beaches Orchestra, playing for the first time with the acclaimed Australian singer/songwriter Melinda Schneider.

Presented in partnership with United Cinemas, this live show -- Melinda Schneider Sings with Strings -- is a sparkling program of enduring songs made popular by Doris Day, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, Dusty Springfield and many more, plus Melinda's own award-winning hits.

Proceeds go to the projects of Upper Northern Beaches Rotary, including the Palliative Care Centre at Mona Vale Hospital. Special thanks to our generous sponsors, including Ann Wilson Funerals, Johnson Bros Mitre 10 and LJ Hooker Real Estate Newport & Collaroy.

Melinda Schneider has forged a brilliant career as country singer/songwriter, earning six CMAA Golden Guitar awards and two ARIA nominations. Her sparkling live show Melinda Does Doris -- A Tribute to Doris Day, is a hit cross Australia.

For details and tickets, see our website:www.rotaryuppernorthernbeaches.org

Turimetta Headland, Warriewood Proposed New Walkway 

Comments close Sun 20 Aug 2017

NBC are seeking feedback on the preliminary design plans for a new footpath at Turimetta Headland.

Comment online HERE 

Mona Vale Cemetery Conservation Management Plan 
Submissions close 27 Aug 2017

NBC are seeking feedback on the Draft Conservation Management Plan for Mona Vale Cemetery.

Residents are welcome to attend an information session:
Tues 15 Aug, 10am-12pm – Mona Vale Cemetery Site Office

Comment online HERE  

SNB Interbranch Golf Day

Hosted by Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern Beaches
Friday, September 22 at 7 AM - 3 PM
Bayview Golf Club
1825 Pittwater Rd, Mona Vale
Raising funds for our Interbranch Team to compete in the State Interbranch Championships.

Save the date - more details to come. 


Pittwater Preview
UNDER THE LINO

The Life & Art of Bruce Goold
A film by Bill Leimbach, with a score by LIME CORDIALE
Long time Pittwater resident Bruce Goold is one of Australia's greatest living artists. UNDER THE LINO tracks down some of the finest pieces of his art, woven through some wonderful conversations and archival images of great times and exotic people.

Full of humour, eccentric art and a score by Louis Leimbach & LIME CORDIALE.

Bruce will introduce the Film - preceeded by a lively set by LIME CORDIALE

Thu, September 14, 2017
7:00 PM – 11:00 PM AEST
AT: Avalon Bowlo
Bowling Green Lane, Avalon
Tickets ($18.34): HERE


Avalon Beach Market Day 2017

Sunday, November 19 at 9 AM - 4 PM
The main streets of Avalon Beach village and Dunbar Park come alive with amazing music, a fantastic array of market stalls selling fashion, jewellery and crafts as well as gourmet food stalls. For the kids there is face painting and carnival rides

STALLHOLDER APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN - APPLY HERE!!!


Writers Live - Phil Jarratt Introduces Life Of Brine

Wednesday, August 16 at 6:30 PM - 8 PM
Berkelouw Books Mona Vale
12-14 Park St, Mona Vale
Tickets here: General admission is $ 14.00, $ 5.00 of which will be credited against any purchases made on the evening.

You are invited to meet Phil Jarratt when he introduces his new book Life of Brine: A Surfer's Journey.

As one of the world's best-known chroniclers of the surfing culture for more than 40 years, Australian writer Phil Jarratt is an absolute legend. In his memoir Life of Brine: A Surfer's Journey he rides the wave of nostalgia seamlessly from the 1960s to recent times, from one side of the Pacific to the other, from the cold Southern Ocean to the warm Java Sea, from Bali to Biarritz and many points in between.

Starting with the innocence of Jarratt's early days learning to surf in the 60s, and moving through encounters with surfing greats, he shares experiences at the world's hottest surfing spots and wild times. 

Jarratt pulls no punches and spares no reputations as he interprets surfing's journey from slightly spooky sidebar cult to billion dollar sport and industry - but it is also the reflections of a lifelong surfer whose pursuit of the waves has governed much of his life.

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Taronga Zoo: ProposalAfrican Savannah And Congo Exhibits

The proposal includes partial demolition of the existing African Safari and Orangutan Rainforest exhibits; construction of a new African Savannah exhibit for Giraffe, Zebra, Lions, Ostrich, Meerkats and Fennec Fox species and a new Congo Forest exhibit for Gorillas and Okapi; Cliff Edge Village visitor amenities; new visitor viewing shelters, decks and pathways; interpretative and directional signage and relocation, upgrade and augmentation of services as required. The exhibits will include landscaping, holding dens and back-of-house facilities.

Exhibition Start       04/08/2017
Exhibition End  04/09/2017

Nominations Open For NSW Carers Awards

31 Jul 2017: NSW Dept. of Family & Community Services
Minister for Disability Services Ray Williams is encouraging people across NSW to nominate an exceptional carer or employer for a NSW Carers Award.

The NSW Carers Awards aim to recognise and raise awareness of the valuable contribution unpaid carers make to the people they care for and the wider community.

“There are more than 900,000 carers in NSW, who provide unconditional support for those in their care on a daily basis,” Mr Williams said.

“I would urge anyone who knows a carer or who has witnessed best practice by an organisation in supporting carers to put forward a nomination so this tremendous work can be recognised.”

The 2017 NSW Carers Awards will coincide with Carers Week, which runs from 15 - 21 October 2017.

“This is a great opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the significant contributions of carers across NSW,” Mr Williams said.

Up to 10 awards will be presented during the award ceremony, including the 2017 NSW Carer of the Year.

To nominate a carer go to www.careforacarer.nsw.gov.au
Entries close on 31 August 2017.

Examples of Individual carers include:
Family carers
Young carers
Senior carers

Examples of organisations include:
Carer support groups and organisations
Carer friendly employers
Carer friendly education providers

Blacktown Council Named Inaugural Leo Kelly Award Winner At LGNSW Local Government Week Awards

August 4th, 2017: LGNSW
Blacktown City Council's innovative Australian Hip Hop history project has taken out the inaugural Leo Kelly OAM Arts and Culture Award handed out by Local Government NSW (LGNSW) overnight. 
 
The Award - introduced to honour the late Councillor Leo Kelly OAM, a passionate and dedicated LGNSW Board member from 1983 to January 2017 - celebrates outstanding achievement in the strategic planning and delivery of arts and culture to local communities.
 
LGNSW President Keith Rhoades said it was fantastic the independent judges selected Blacktown City Council as the award winner in the 70,000-plus council population category.
 
"Leo was a long-serving councillor on Blacktown City Council, and was instrumental in creating the Blacktown Arts Centre," Clr Rhoades said.
 
"He continued to support the arts throughout his life, through the Blacktown City Art Prize and scholarships for local artists.
 
"I know he would be very proud that the council he served so faithfully has won the very first Leo Kelly OAM Award."
 
Leo Kelly Award winners in the remaining two population categories were Wagga Wagga City Council, for We Are Here - LGBTIQ Stories of the Riverina exhibition, program and collection; and Griffith City Council, for their Centenary of Spears project.
 
Also announced at the Sydney ceremony overnight were winners of the RH Dougherty Awards for Excellence in Communication.
 
RH Dougherty Winners and Highly Commended councils included Central Coast Council, the City of Parramatta, Liverpool City Council, Northern Beaches Council, the City of Ryde, Camden Council, Upper Lachlan Shire Council, Cessnock City Council, Tweed Shire Council, Parkes Shire Council, and Wagga Wagga City Council.
 
"This year's Local Government Week theme - Discovery, Diversity, Democracy- reflects the incredible breadth of activities undertaken by councils," LGNSW President Keith Rhoades said.
 
"Councillors are not only the democratically-elected representatives of their local communities, but individuals working within a board-like structure to help govern multi-million-dollar businesses.
 
"Local Government employs almost 50,000 staff across the state, and has an annual spend of $10 billion - as a sector we're active almost every sphere of daily life.
 
Also awarded at the Sydney ceremony were the:
  • NSW Disability Inclusion Award, with population-based categories won by Cobar Shire Council, Wollondilly Shire Council and Wollongong City Council 
  • Heart Foundation Local Government Awards, won by Kiama Municipal Council
  • Youth Week Local Government Awards, with category winners including Fairfield City Council, Newcastle City Council, Shoalhaven City Council, Walgett Shire Council, Port Macquarie-Hastings Council, and Dubbo Regional Council.

eSafety Community Seminar

Too often I hear of cyberbullying and poor cyber safety practice ending in tragedy for our young people.

To help tackle this issue, the Government has established the Office of the eSafety Commissioner.

To help parents, teachers and young people learn about online safety issues such as cyberbullying, image-based abuse and exposure to inappropriate content, the eSafety Commissioner, Julie Inman Grant,  is hosting an eSafety community seminar in our area.    

The seminar is at 7pm-8:15pm on Monday, 28 August, at The Pittwater House School, 70 South Creek Rd, Collaroy.

This is a good opportunity to educate our community about these important issues.  If you would like to attend, please click here.
 
I hope to see you there.

Jason Falinski
MP for Mackellar

Fundraiser For Marty Campbell

Courtesy Pittwater Offshore Newsletter
Friday 6 October from 5.30-6pm

Marty has been selected again for the 2018 Special Olympics national games in Adelaide.  He needs to raise $3000 towards the cost.

Mary Romeo has very kindly offered to host another fundraising evening atThe Waterfront Restaurant on Friday 6 October from 5.30-6pm. 

Purchase own food and drinks and there will be music, dancing, auction and raffle. 

Geoff and Tina are helping with the organisation so if you can something to auction or raffle, please let them know.
All welcome. $10 for adults. Children free. 
Please put it in your diaries.

Pesticide Notification 

1080 FOX POISON (sodium fluoroacetate) FOR FOX CONTROL 1080 poison as buried baits or 1080 poison capsules in ejector devices Will be laid in a continuous and ongoing way from: 

Date: 1st August 2017 to 31st January 2018

Where: 
  • Garigal National Park. 
  • Lane Cove National Park, 
  • Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park 
  • Sydney Harbour National Park: 
  • North Head including the Quarantine Station, 
  • Dobroyd Head, 
  • Middle Head, 
  • Chowder Head & Bradleys Head managed by the National Parks & Wildlife Service. 
  •  The North Head Sanctuary and Former School of Artillery managed by the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust. 
  • The Australian Institute of Police Management, North Head
WARNING: 
DO NOT TOUCH BAITS OR EJECTOR DEVICES DOMESTIC ANIMALS MAY BE AFFECTED 1080 POISON IS LETHAL TO DOGS AND CATS.

Pet owners must ensure that their pets do not enter baited reserves.
Warning signs will be displayed to notify the public.

Dogs and cats are prohibited in National Parks (NPW Act 1974 & Regulations) and the North Head Sanctuary (Local Govt Act (1993) Sect 632 (2) (d). Penalties apply.

For further information please contact:
National Parks and Wildlife Service Pest Management Officer: 9472 8953 NPWS Harbour (north) Area office: 8968 6300 NPWS 
Ku-ring-gai Chase (Forestville) Area office: 9451 3479 
NPWS Ku-ring-gai Chase (Mt Colah) Area office: 9472 9323

Ten-Point Plan For Fire Safety Reforms

July 31st, 2017: NSW Government
Responding to the issues around London’s Grenfell Tower fire, the 10-point plan will ensure unsafe building products are taken off the shelves, buildings with cladding are identified and notified and that only people with the right skills and experience can certify buildings and sign off on fire safety.

The plan includes:
  1. a comprehensive building product safety scheme that would prevent the use of dangerous products on buildings
  2. identifying buildings that might have aluminium or other cladding
  3. writing to the building/strata managers or owners of those buildings to encourage them to inspect the cladding and installation of cladding, if it exists
  4. NSW Fire and Rescue visiting all buildings on the list, as part of a fire safety education program, to gather information to prepare for a potential fire at that building and provide additional information to building owners
  5. creating a new fire safety declaration that will require high-rise residential buildings to inform state and local governments as well as NSW Fire and Rescue if their building has cladding on it
  6. speeding up reforms to toughen the regulation of building certifiers
  7. creating an industry-based accreditation to ensure only skilled and experienced people can carry out fire safety inspections
  8. establishing a whole-of-government taskforce to coordinate and roll out the reforms
  9. instructing all government departments to audit their buildings and determine if they have aluminium cladding, with an initial focus on social housing
  10. following up with local councils on correspondence they received in 2016 from the NSW Government after Melbourne’s Lacrosse Tower fire.
Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean said it was the government’s priority to put consumers first and keep them as safe as possible in their homes.

“This package will protect consumers from building products that are inherently dangerous or that are being advertised for use in a way that makes them dangerous,” Mr Kean said.

Harbour Trust Appoints Architects For HMAS Platypus Site

Thursday, 27 July 2017: Media Release - Sydney Harbour Federation Trust
The Sydney Harbour Federation Trust has engaged award winning architectural firm Lahznimmo Architects to undertake the Design Development phase of the former HMAS Platypus site at North Sydney.

Lahznimmo Architects specialise in public projects working across a number of spheres including education, local government and government authorities to deliver innovative and quality public spaces. They are well versed in the adaptive reuse of heritage buildings to create appealing public spaces having delivered St James Station Café in Hyde Park, City of Sydney Council’s Easy Sydney Community Art Centre and the Armory Wharf at Blaxland Park, Sydney Olympic Park.

They are joined by award winning landscape architectural firm Aspect Studios, responsible for the highly successful Goods Line in Ultimo.
“It’s an exciting phase for the project following a significant period of planning and community consultation and the remediation works,” said Mary Darwell, Sydney Harbour Trust CEO. “The Design Development phase will now see the outcomes of the Platypus Management Plan start to come to life,” she said.

“While the industrial heritage values of the buildings will be retained, the buildings and public spaces will be adapted and opened up to suit new uses with a mix of cultural, community and commercial uses expected,” she said.

The Platypus site, located on Neutral Bay in North Sydney, has been closed to the public for more than 150 years. The Harbour Trust is working to revitalise the site with new open space and urban parkland as well as adaptively reusing the buildings to create commercial and public spaces. New access and site links will allow pedestrian access into and across the site, and a new over water pedestrian link will provide access to Kesterton Park and High St Wharf.

“This brings us a step closer to opening up the area to the public,” said Josh Frydenberg, Minister for the Environment and Energy. “Importantly, the final design will balance community access with maintaining the significant heritage values of the site,” he said.

Andrew Nimmo, Director at Lahznimmo Architects said they are honoured to be involved in this landmark project.

“This is an exciting opportunity to be involved in the creation of a new public space for all of the community to enjoy,” said Mr Nimmo. “The Platypus site is a unique place. It has a fascinating history with industrial buildings that lend themselves to creative and innovative reuse. Once complete the site is sure to be a landmark destination on the harbour for the people of North Sydney,” he said.

The Detailed Design phase will be completed by late 2017 and works are scheduled to start in the second half of 2017. The Harbour Trust is exhibiting the Platypus Renewal Project for public comment until 16 August 2017.

The Harbour Trust was provided funding of $20M by the Federal Government in 2015 in order to open up the site to the public following remediation. The Harbour Trust has contributed an additional $3.8 million.

Free Workshop In Mona Vale On NDIS Disability Funding 

My Choice Matters works with people with disability and their families to live life their way and get the most out of the changing disability system. Our goal is to help you learn and practice new ways of doing things and develop and grow your skills in Choice, Voice and Control.

We have a free, fully accessible workshop coming up for people with a disability, their families/carers, and people working in the sector so make sure you register now!

• Hear about changes to the disability support system and what it will mean for you
• Talk about planning and things to consider for your life
• See what some people are already doing

Where: Pittwater RSL
82 Mona Vale Road, Mona Vale

When:  Wednesday 23 August
Time: 10.00am – 2.30pm

Northern Beaches Veterans And Community Day 

When: Sunday 12th November 2017
Where: Dunbar Park Avalon Beach 10am – 4pm

The Inaugural Northern Beaches Veterans and Community Day will be held on 12 November 2017 in Dunbar Park Avalon Beach. This new event evolved due to the success of the Avalon Military Tattoo over the last 10 years, the enhanced relationship between local RSL sub-Branches and the community, and to carry on the legacy of past Avalon RSL Sub Branch President CDRE Graham Sloper AM RAN (Rtd).

Awareness of veteran’s issues is increasing within the community, and the ANZAC Spirit is flourishing on the Northern Beaches. Crowds at ceremonies have been increasing steadily in recent years. This will be an opportunity for the younger generations to learn more about past and current conflicts and to meet veterans and serving members of the Australian Defence Force.

Our mission is to instil a greater awareness and enduring compassion for veterans and the community in general.

Our objectives are: 
• Highlight concerns for veterans and the community;
• Create an opportunity for interaction;
• Acknowledge service and sacrifice;
• Create harmony;
• Reflect on history;
• Enhance awareness of Defence career opportunities;
• Address veterans issues of reintegration into civilian society, homelessness and suicide; 
• Profile veterans success stories

This will be a free of charge, non-profit event with participation on a voluntary basis. Any funds raised will be donated to Veterans Organisations and primarily the Veterans Centre Sydney Northern Beaches. There will be an emphasis on youth activities and careers. The primary market is the geographical area from Narrabeen to Palm Beach.

It is intended that local schools and community groups will have an arena to showcase their talents through music, drama and artwork with an Australian veterans theme. Over the coming months these groups will have the opportunity for input to shape the programme for the day. There will be a children’s art exhibition, a quilting display, ANZAC biscuit baking competition and many interactive displays and activities. Veterans Support Agencies are welcome to have a display and marquee in the park. There will be a stage with live music and performances throughout the day.

For further information, to book a stall or offer sponsorship, or VOLUNTEER to help, please contact the coordinators Lynn Murphy on 9883 9815 and Tamara Sloper Harding on 9883 9814 or emailsubbranch@avalonrsl.com.au.

Mark Ferguson 
President Palm Beach RSL Sub-Branch
Chairman Northern Beaches Veterans and Community Day Committee
A collaboration between Avalon, Palm Beach & Pittwater RSL Sub-branches.


Digital Literacy School Grants - Round Two

Digital Literacy School Grants is an initiative under the Inspiring all Australians in Digital Literacy and STEM measure of the National Innovation and Science Agenda.

Grants of between $10,000 and $50,000 are available for schools and other organisations to encourage and facilitate implementation of the new Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies. Grants will be awarded for project proposals that demonstrate innovative methods for driving enhanced digital literacy in schools. Grants of amounts greater than $50,000 may also be made where a project has demonstrated capacity to reach regional, national or sectoral scalabilities such as projects involving clusters of schools and/or peak bodies/professional associations.

Eligibility:
For education entities that meet the program guidelines and parameters

Grant Activity Timeframe:
Outcomes for this grant application process are expected to be announced by 9 February 2018.

Total Amount Available (AUD): $2,000,000.00
Estimated Grant Value (AUD):From $10,000.00 to $50,000.00

Instructions for Lodgement:
Applications must be submitted to the Australian Government Department of Education and Training by 12 noon Canberra local time, 11 August 2017.

Other Instructions:
To apply for a grant, applicants must complete the online ‘Grant Application Form’ via the Department of Education and Training’s website.

Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary Stalls 2017

August:
August  12th: 8am to 3pm Bunnings, Narrabeen Sausage sizzle
August 18th:   9am to 3pm  Stall, foyer Mona Vale Hospital Baking, knitting, craft, books, sewing

September:
September 1st: 9am to 4pm   Stall, outside ANZ Bank, Avalon ParadeKnitting, sewing, craft, jam
September 2nd: 9am to 3pm Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale Sewing, knitting, craft, books
September 9th: 8am to 3pm Bunnings, Narrabeen  Sausage sizzle
8am to 4pm 
September 15th: 9am to 3pm Stall, foyer Mona Vale Hospital Baking, knitting, craft, books, sewing     

October:
October 7th: 9am to 3pm Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale Sewing, knitting, craft, books
October 14th: 8am to 3pm Bunnings, Narrabeen Sausage sizzle
October 20th: 9am to 3pm Stall, foyer Mona Vale Hospital Baking, knitting, craft, books, sewing
October 24th: 10.30 am Fashion Parade, Newport Bowling Club,                   Palm Road, Newport

November:
November 4th:  9am to 3pm  Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale Knitting, sewing, craft
November 11th: 9am to 3pm Bunnings, Narrabeen Sausage sizzle 

December:
8am to 4pm

Sydney Wildlife: Critters Of The Month - August 2017

What Makes Echidnas So Unique?


Photo by Lisa Wynn (Sydney Wildlife)
At Sydney Wildlife, we don’t discriminate between species. We love them all. We love birds, mammals and reptiles equally. They are all special in their own ways.

Birds are amazing because of their enviable ability to fly. Reptiles are special in so many ways - especially in their ability to cope with temperature extremes. Mammals are so diverse and we have a good 360-odd species of mammals here in Australia. But the most interesting and unique of our mammals is the echidna.

In appearance, the echidna resembles a pin-cushion waddling about. They are covered in spines and have a long beak used to forage for invertebrates. The spines are modified hairs – spongy inside with a hard covering of keratin. They don’t have visible ears - just slits which are hidden by the spines. The feet have long claws which are perfect for digging.

Why Are Echidnas So Unique?

• Did you know that they are named after a monster in Greek mythology called ‘Echidna’ who was part-woman, part-snake? They were so named due to their part-mammal, part-reptile qualities.
They are warm-blooded and have coarse fur - like mammals, but they also have a low metabolic rate like reptiles. Their average body temperature is about 31 °C which is considerably lower than the average 37 °C for placental mammals. In times of extreme cold or drought, echidnas can use torpor to cope. Torpor is an energy-saving mechanism whereby they lower their metabolic rate - often used by reptiles over the winter period.

• Echidnas are a type of mammal called a monotreme. Monotremes lay eggs instead of bearing live young. The mothers still suckle their young, but not in the ordinary manner. Like all mammals, they lactate, but they have no defined teats. Instead, they excrete milk through openings in their skin. The baby echidna, known as a puggle, suckles the milk from the mother’s skin where the milk appears in ‘patches’.

• Have you heard of the Love Train? It’s a bit like the Love Boat but with echidnas instead of humans! The female heads up the train and is followed by up to 10 males during breeding season. This begins in late June and continues through to the beginning of September. The female will be trailed like this for many weeks and she will eventually choose a partner and they will mate. The unlucky suitors will beetle off. Three weeks after mating, a single egg is implanted in the female’s rear-facing pouch. The pouch only appears when the egg is ready to be implanted. Ten days later a tiny puggle (baby echidna) emerges from the egg. It is only the size of a 5c coin. Which, incidentally, is why the Australian 5c piece bears the image of an echidna.

• After 3 months in the ‘pouch’ the puggle is deposited into an underground den/burrow. The mother leaves the puggle for up to 5 days alone in the burrow while she forages for food. When she returns, the puggle gorges itself on milk until it resembles a spiny balloon! The milk lasts the 5 days that the mother is away from the burrow.

• Slightly x-rated fact: the males have a 4-headed penis!

• Echidnas have no teeth. When consuming beetles or other insects, they grind the food between their sticky tongue and the bottom of their mouth.

• Echidnas are incredibly strong and can escape from baskets, cages and containers with ease.
Having them in care requires a special type of escape-proof box - made either of plastic or metal.


Photo by Lisa Wynn (Sydney Wildlife)

If you find an injured echidna or one in an undesirable location, please call
Sydney Wildlife on 9413 4300 for advice.
www.sydneywildlife.org.au



By Lynleigh Greig
Sydney Wildlife


Go Wild Gala For Sydney Wildlife 2017

When: Sat. 11 November 2017, 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm 
Where: The Cardinal's Palace (ICMS), 151 Darley Road, Manly
Tickets: $200 plus booking fee
It’s time to GO WILD for WILDLIFE at Sydney Wildlife's Inaugural Gala Event at the iconic Cardinal's Palace in Manly! Enjoy canapés and our custom-created cocktails on the balcony, followed by a delicious 3-course meal and drinks in the Great Hall. There will be live music, dancing, and lots of opportunities to make a difference - including both a live and silent auction with amazing prizes. Bring your credit cards and get that Christmas shopping done early!

At the gala, we will be raising funds for a Sydney Wildlife Mobile Clinic which will be dedicated to treating injured and sick wildlife and ensuring that they remain protected for generations. The clinic may also be able to be deployed to areas affected by natural disasters to assist with treatment and pain alleviation.


There has never been a more crucial time to invest in our natural world and the protection of our glorious wildlife!

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
What should I wear?
Attire is black tie.
How do I get there?
Take the ferry (the Manly Ferry Wharf is a 3-minute cab ride from ICMS) or catch a cab. Additonally, there is free car parking onsite at ICMS (International College of Management).
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No, we will have a guest list at the door.
How do I become a sponsor?
We have VIP sponsor tables available for purchase. Please email us atgowildgala@gmail.com for more information.
How can I contact the organiser with any questions?
Please feel free to email us at gowildgala@gmail.com
Where can I learn more about Sydney Wildlife?
Please go to our website: www.sydneywildlife.org.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

Heritage Near Me Incentives Program

NSW Office of Environment & Heritage
The Heritage Near Me incentives program has been developed to complement current State Heritage funding programs. It provides funding opportunities and support directly to owners and managers of local heritage items.

Three new funding opportunities
The Heritage Near Me incentives program runs from 2016 to 2019. There is $16 million available in funding over the life of the program. The three grant stream opportunities are: Heritage Activation Grants, Heritage Green Energy Grants and Local Heritage Strategic Projects Grants.

The program is supported by a dedicated Heritage Near Me Roadshow team.  For information about NSW Heritage Council grant opportunities for items listed on the State Heritage Register, please visit the Heritage grants page.



Heritage Grants Program

The Heritage Grants program is one of the Community, Youth and Senior heritage projects funded by NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, and provides funding to individuals and community groups for local historical research. The program is designed to facilitate the dissemination of local Australian stories, expression of the diversity of Australian culture as it impacts on communities, and to highlight and localise pivotal Australian historical events and issues. Please subscribe to our eNewsletter or blog for the latest news on this program.

Please note: The 2017 Heritage Grant round will close at 5pm Wednesday 6 September 2017

For applicants guidelines, to read before submitting an application, for the application form and/or for more information, please visit our website

If you have any queries, please email us or phone 02 9247 8001.  We recommend that you read previous years' assessment reports, which are available on our website, as they provide insights into why projects are chosen for grant funding.

Pittwater Sailors Results In Land Rover Sydney To Gold Coast Yacht Race 2017

Seven RPAYC Teams from the 57 entrants took to the winter waters to compete in this years Land Rover Sydney to the Gold Coast Yacht Race 2017. With final results published, RPAYC have taken to the podium across all categories a great achievement. 

Line Honours:
Wild Oats XI, The Oatley Family 1st – 1:18:37:06
Showtime, Mark Griffith 20th – 2:19:18:00 (first boat under 40’) 
Pretty Woman, R. Hudson/M. Lockley/R. Murphy 21st – 2:21:10:55
Nexba, John Bacon 24th – 2:21:28:16
Xs Moment, Ray Hudson 27th – 2:22:18:42
Takani, James Whittle, 41st 03:01:58:31
Sticky, Richard Harris 48th – 3:03:5:44
Quest, Paul Clitheroe/Bob Steel – RET at Port

IRC overall & Division:
Sticky 8th (Division 4 3rd) 
Showtime 18th (Division 2 2nd) 
Xs Moment 20th (Division 2 3rd) 
Pretty Woman 27th (Division 2 5th)
Wild Oats XI 29th (Division 0 2nd)
Quest – RET

PHS overall:
Nexba 13th
ORCi overall & Division:
Sticky 5th (Division 3 5th) 
XS Moment 15th (Division 3 12th) 
Showtime 21st (Division 2 2nd) 
Wild Oats XI 24th (Division 1 6th)
Pretty Woman 27th (Division 2 6th) 
Quest - RET

Komatsu Azzurro Named Overall Winner Of The Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race

Wednesday, August 2, 2017
By Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yact Race 2017 media
For the second time in three years Shane Kearns' Komatsu Azzurro has powered to overall victory in the Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race, finishing the 2017 event in a corrected time of 3 days 1 hour 40 mins 25 seconds, 2 hours 36 mins and 23 seconds ahead of Ian Creak’s Beneteau 47.7 Ausreo in second.

Komatsu Azzurro, an S & S 34 designed by Sparkman Stephens, were big beneficiaries of Monday night’s wind shift from northly to southerly which almost all of the faster boats finished ahead of. It meant the six-strong crew were able to set themselves for race against time, a race they knew they were comfortably leading.

“It was a great race. The hard thing was knowing that we had a chance once Black Jack finished but we were still 150 miles from the finish. So it was a long drawn out run to the line.”

“During that time, as more boats finished we knew we were in with a really good chance and then the southerly did come in and that was great. Really good to get the win.”

Tactical options were fairly limited in the smaller 34 footer in the offshore race but Kearns knew he still had to play his hand right, “From the beginning we knew we had to keep in contact with the bulk of the fleet and to their dismay, and our delight, we did that. With the wind shift they couldn’t shake us and that’s how we got the result.

“With an average boat speed of 6 knots, the biggest killer for us would be 2 knots of current, that a 33% hit for us so staying in close to the shore was key.”

The result is the second win for Kearns and Azzurro in the past three years and he believes it will shake any accusations of good fortune being at the heart of their victories.

“We were lucky enough to win it two years ago so we had big celebrations, people said it was a fluke but don’t know what they’re going to say for a double fluke! We’ve worked hard for this, lot of training so we’re delighted it has paid off.”

“This is the first race of the Blue Water and we’ll be doing all the races on the way to the Rolex Sydney Hobart, that’s the one we want to win next. People laughed years ago when I said that but they don’t laugh so much anymore!”


Commodore Kerry Noyes (SYC) and Commodore John Markos (CYCA) with Shane Kearns and crew of Komatsu Azzurro, the overall winner.

Church Point Ferry Service Connected

Did you know our timetable is on the NSW trip Planner app? 
If you have your phone you have our timetable. 
Links in with all public transport.

Find out more about the Church Point Ferry Service here: churchpointferryservice.com

Winter Fire Safety Message

C/- Ingleside Rural Fire Brigade
With the cold weather setting in across the state and even colder this weekend, it’s a timely reminder about the danger brought by house fires. The incidence of house fires increases by around 10 percent during winter, mainly due to the use of heaters, electric blankets  and other appliances.

Advice for residents to prevent house fires includes:
  • Turn off heaters and electric blankets before leaving home or getting into bed
  • Clean lint filters in the clothes dryer before or after each use
  • Don’t overload power boards
  • Keep candles away from curtains and put them out before leaving the room
  • Don’t use LPG cylinders for cooking or heating indoors as they can leak and the gas is both toxic and highly explosive.
  • Ensure you have a working smoke alarm

Nominations Open For NSW Council Elections

July 28, 2017: Media Release -LGNSW
Nominations open on 31 July for people wanting to stand for election as a local councillor on one of the NSW councils going to election on 9 September.

Local Government NSW is urging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to nominate with the aim of shaping local government to better reflect the community.

At present the proportion the Aboriginal local government councillors falls well short of the 2.5 per cent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the NSW population.

LGNSW President Keith Rhoades said as a result of the current under-representation of Aboriginal peoples on local councils, we are failing to unlock important cultural, social and economic contributions.

"Nominations are only open for a short time. So if you're passionate about your community, now is the time to get ready to nominate and be a voice in local government," said Cr Rhoades.

To support decisions about nominating to become a councillor, LGNSW has launched Collaborate NSW, a one-stop information hub aimed to support local government to engage with Aboriginal and Torres Islander peoples.

The candidate support section of Collaborate NSW includes information for potential candidates to consider in order to make an informed decision about standing for election.

The site also steps out the process required to nominate and includes campaign tips and useful information on working with local media, advertising, and important campaign finance rules.

Palm Beach Sailing Club (PBSC) Open Day

Prelude to the Start of the Sailing Season

PBSC is predominantly a family orientated sailing club offering great opportunities for young and older sailors to get the feel of fast “off the beach” multihulls. 

PBSC is gearing up for the start of the next sailing season with its own “boat show” on Saturday the 12th August, the weekend after the Sydney International Boats Show.

While not anywhere near the same dimensions as the Sydney’s International Boat show PBSC will be showcasing the “off the beach” multihulls that frequent the waters of Pittwater including the Weta Trimaran, A Class, F18 and F16 and Hobie 18,16 and 14’s.

PBSC sailors have competed and podium at State, National, World and Olympic events over its long history. With a few of its sailors looking at turning over their multihulls in time for the new season this is a great opportunity to see some of the boats that some Olympic and Americas Cup sailors cut their teeth on and experience the thrill of “off the beach” multihull sailing.

The multi’s will be on the beach and available for a sail from noon on the 12th August from Sandy Beach at the corner of Iluka and Woorak Roads, Palm Beach.

Come down, have a look and bring your sailing gear.

Breakwater Ball 2017

Hosted by Lifeline Northern Beaches
Saturday, October 14 at 6 PM - 11 PM
International College of Management, Sydney (ICMS)
151 Darley Road, Manly

On Saturday 14 October 2017, we are holding an event to support two much-loved community groups: Lifeline Northern Beaches and Queenscliff Surf Life Saving Club. United by their commitment to supporting the people of the Northern Beaches, these two organisations provide safety, strength and protection – just like the breakwater provides a safe harbour from the waves.

Join us for a night to remember, and help these organisations do what they do best: change lives for the better.

Tickets on sale soon – keep up to date here  

New Service To Improve Safety For Rock Fishers, Boaters And Swimmers

Friday, 21 July 2017 : Australian Bureau of Meteorology 
A new weather warning issued for the first time this week is aimed at enhancing the safety of rock fishers, boaters and swimmers in and around coastal waters. 

The Hazardous Surf Warning service has been launched by the Bureau of Meteorology to alert the public when conditions are dangerous for rock fishing, boating or swimming due to wave height and swells created by weather systems far off the coast. 

Manager Weather Services for New South Wales, Jane Golding, said a driver for developing the Hazardous Surf Warning was to reduce rock fishing injuries and deaths. 

"A key finding from our research is that awareness of large and powerful wave conditions would influence over 90 percent of rock fishers to change their plans," Ms Golding said. 

"Boaters and swimmers also need to keep up with the latest warnings and forecasts because conditions on the water can be more dangerous than they appear, even when it seems calm and the sun is shining. 

"These new warnings will help people make informed decisions about how and when they enjoy the coastal environment.” 

The warnings will identify which coastal waters areas are affected and include safety advice that has been developed with maritime agencies. 
NSW Police Marine Area Commander, Superintendent Mark Hutchings, said the key to water safety is assessing the environment and taking simple precautions. 

“I urge anyone planning to head out onto or near the water to heed our advice – we aren’t trying to spoil anyone’s fun, we are trying to save your life,” Supt Hutchings said. 

“For those out boating or rock fishing, please remember the most important piece of safety equipment is a life jacket.”  

Surf Life Saving NSW Chief Operating Officer Adam Weir said the new system of surf warnings will be a big asset to lifesavers in alerting the public to hazardous conditions. 

"To be able to better target our safety messaging to the public will help us to focus our lifesaving efforts where they are needed most," he said. 

The new Bureau of Meteorology service complements the current suite of coastal warnings, including hazardous surf caution messages in coastal waters forecasts (and certain town and district forecasts) and Damaging/Dangerous Surf Warnings which alert communities to significant waves that can damage coastal infrastructure. 

This service will be provided in the coastal waters areas of New South Wales and southern Queensland. The warning will be available from the Bureau's website homepage, via the National Warnings Summary:www.bom.gov.au/australia/warnings, as well as the New South Wales and Queensland state warning pages, marine radio, the Bureau App, and mobile website.

Record Funding Available For Surf Club Upgrades

Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes is encouraging local surf clubs to apply for funds under the NSW Government’s Surf Club Facility Program.
This year the NSW Government has doubled the amount of infrastructure funding available to surf clubs to $4 million in order to help support their invaluable contribution to communities throughout the State.

Applications are now open for infrastructure grants between $30,000 and $350,000 and will be accepted until 31 August 2017.

Pittwater’s surf clubs have had great success with this program over recent years – including funds to assist with the major redevelopment of Avalon Beach Surf Club.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for our local surf clubs to receive a financial boost,” Rob Stokes said today.

“Surf clubs are much more than just a base for the amazing volunteers who patrol our beaches – they’re also essential community facilities used by countless local groups and associations.

“This initiative aims to support their efforts to upgrade their facilities and deliver even greater opportunities and services.

“Many local surf clubs have plans and projects in the pipeline but require financial assistance to help them progress.

“Further information on the record funding available this year, and details on how to apply, is available by visitingwww.sport.nsw.gov.au/clubs/grants/SCFP

“I encourage all our local surf clubs to explore this important opportunity,” Rob Stokes said.


Sing it loud, sing it clear! The Avalon Public School P&C Association is celebrating our biennial Avalon Public School Fete! 

Our primary school is a huge part of the region and services most of the local families. Parents and staff work tirelessly to support classroom learning in a friendly and caring environment with the P&C fundraising activities providing vital funds for the school.

Our major fundraising event for the next two years, the Avalon Public School Fete, is scheduled for the Sunday, 10 September 2017, 9 am – 3 pm! 

We have a bumper fete planned with visitor numbers expected in the thousands!

There will be over a dozen amusement rides for all ages, pony rides, face painting, games alley, tie dying, gourmet food, cakes, showbags, cosmic dance party and silent disco, DJ, pre-loved books and clothes, raffles, silent auction and artisan markets.

Come along, bring all your friends (unfortunately not your four-legged friends - no dogs allowed on school grounds) and invite everyone to follow this page for the latest news!

DoggieRescue.com

Pet of the Week

Oreo

AGE/SEX: 3 years / M
BREED: Kelpie X

Oreo is a happy, bouncy boy. He is social with other dogs and loves people. Out walking he is on loose lead and ignores cars but does seen scared of dogs. Enjoys cuddles, pats and licking volunteers faces. He loves jogging and knows "sit". He has a short coat and weighs 21.1kg. He 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. His adoption cost is $400.

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 

$65 Million To Champion Community Cohesion

Community organisations will benefit from more than $65 million in funding to help build inclusive and resilient communities.

The Minister for Social Services Christian Porter opened the Strong and Resilient Communities (SARC) grants round today to help local organisations overcome disadvantage and build strong and safe communities and increase national security.

“These grants will provide organisations working in disadvantaged areas with $45million to help increase social cohesion in areas of high cultural diversity where there is risk of racial, religious or cultural intolerance developing,” Minister Porter said.

“Through this grants round, community organisations can benefit from up to $500,000 in funding for each project they deliver over the life of the program to 2021.

Minister Porter said funded projects may include:
  • the development of online platforms for marginalised youth to challenge ideas and concepts online and create forums to counter negativity and feelings of isolation;
  • training or volunteering opportunities for humanitarian entrants or newly arrived migrants; and
  • cultural or sporting activities that bring people of different cultures or faiths together.
“This is an important grassroots approach to bring people in from the margins, establish social harmony and help strengthen resilience across communities,” Minister Porter said.

A further $19.95 million will fund Volunteer Management Activity until 2021 to encourage and increase volunteering in communities across Australia.

“Evidence shows that well integrated and cohesive communities are underpinned by high-levels of volunteering and community participation, a strong sense of community belonging, local leadership and engagement,” Minister Porter said.

Applications for SARC’s Inclusive Communities Grants and Community Resilience Grants are open until 23 August 2017.

For more information or to apply for a grant, go to the GrantConnect website at www.grants.gov.au.

2017 Mosman Art Prize

Saturday 23 September - Sunday 29 October
Mosman Art Gallery
REGISTRATION DAY - MONDAY 11 SEPTEMBER 2017
Registrations are open online now - click here to enter

Mosman Art Gallery is thrilled to announce that in 2017 the Mosman Art Prize will celebrate its 70th year!

Established in 1947, the Mosman Art Prize is Australia's oldest and most prestigious local government art award.  It was founded by the artist, architect and arts advocate, Alderman Allan Gamble, at a time when only a small handful of art prizes were in existence in Australia and the community had very little support and few opportunities to exhibit their work. 

Over the past seventy years the Mosman Art Prize has developed in stature to become Australia’s most prestigious municipally funded art prize with a national profile. It regularly attracts over 900 entries annually and currently offers over $40,000 in prizes.

As an acquisitive art award for painting, the winning artworks collected since 1947 form a splendid collection of modern and contemporary Australian art, reflecting all the developments in Australian art practice since 1947.
The inaugural winner in 1947 was a young Margaret Olley. Since the prize has been won by scores of artists including Guy Warren, Grace Cossington Smith, Weaver Hawkins, Nancy Borlase, Lloyd Rees, Anthony Galbraith, Elisabeth Cummings, Tim Johnson, Guan Wei and Michael Zavros among many others. Past adjudicators also include notable Australian art figures such as Margaret Preston, John Olsen, Tim Storrier, Jenny Sages and Edmund Capon.
Now in its 70th year the Mosman Art Prize is more relevant than ever before and continues to sit at the centre of contemporary painting practice and is a not to be missed event on the nation's cultural agenda.
  • Mosman Art Prize (major acquisitive prize) sponsored by Mosman Council - $50,000
  • Allan Gamble Memorial Art Prize sponsored by Mosman Council - $3,000
  • Commendation Prize sponsored by Mosman Council - $2,000
  • Fourth Village Providore Emerging Artists’ Prize (under 35) - $2,000
  • Mosman Art Society Viewers' Choice Prize - $1,000

Candidates To Speak To Electors 

Media Release – Pittwater Forever
Community umbrella group Pittwater Forever, representing 18 community groups and their members, today confirmed details of two public information sessions for the local government elections being held in the northern beaches on 9 September. 

Chairman Craig Boaden confirmed that:
“Pittwater Forever will host an evening session at which candidates in the Pittwater Ward can address electors directly. This session will take place from 6.30pm on Tuesday 29 August in the Mona Vale Memorial Hall.” 

“This will be followed by a session for candidates in the Narrabeen Wardon Tuesday 5 September, again from 6.30pm in the Mona Vale Memorial Hall.” 

Pittwater Forever will invite all candidates seeking election to council from these two Wards to make brief presentations of their policies, and to answer questions from the floor. 

“These two public information sessions will give candidates an opportunity to inform electors about their policies, and electors a chance to hear from candidates before polling day on 9 September”, said Mr Boaden. 

“It’s one of Pittwater Forever’s contributions to local democracy. “ 

“Through our member community groups, we will also facilitate recruiting volunteers to help independent candidates with things like leafletting, and handing out How to Vote cards at pre-poll and polling stations”.

Narrabeen Boys High 1967 50 Year Reunion - 2017

We are about to reach the 50 Year Anniversary of the very first Year 12 from Narrabeen Boys High.
This Page is to attract alumni for a Reunion in 2017. www.facebook.com/nbhs67/

I guess we produced more World Surfing Champions than any one school and in 1967 we won every Year 12 Sports Premiership there was, every one. Rugby, Cricket, Soccer, Water Polo, Basketball, Tennis... etc



50 Years HSC Reunion Lunch
Hosted by Narrabeen Boys High 1967 50 Year Reunion - 2017
Friday October 6th, 2017: 1pm to 6pm
At The Newport
Cnr. Beaconsfield and Kalinya Streets, Newport

Call Out For Poets - ‘Spirit Of The Land’

Submissions are invited on the subject of the ‘Spirit of the Land’, the 3rd in a series of the popular Manly Art Gallery & Museum poetry readings. Twenty poems will be chosen by event curator Les Wicks for live-reading by the authors who will each receive $50.

The Gallery will be hosting an exhibition on the theme LAND (3 November – 3 December)  with selected works by artists who have drawn inspiration from the theme ‘LAND’… as a noun, a verb, a place, an idea, a possibility, a presence, a contested space. Landscape, headland, wasteland, landfill, landmine, landform, landed, etc. The exhibition supports and connects this region’s contemporary artists with the gallery, providing a valuable opportunity to showcase their work and to challenge their art practice through their diverse responses.

Selected poems will have explored this theme. Please advise in which suburb you live.

Submissions to be emailed to meusepress@hotmail.com  by 5pm Fri 29 Sept 2017. The selected poets will perform their works on Sunday 5 November, 2 - 4pm

Manly Art Gallery & Museum & Museum, West Esplanade Reserve, Manly
At the reading, there will also be an open mic section.
Cost: gold coin donation (refreshments served)

 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

 

Click on logo above to visit their website.

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.

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. For more information at  www.sailability.org/au/pittwater or call John on 9982 5656

July 30 - August 5, 2017: Issue 323

Articles This Week 

Front Page Issue 323: heaps!

2017 Pittwater Community Service Award: Jenny Harris

Pittwater Calls For Pittwater To Be Restored: We're Not Backing Down - Not Going Away, after NSW Premier's Announcement amalgamations of councils fighting in court against forced mergers will not proceed

B-Line Terminating At Newport Won’t Work: Community Residents Groups Alternative - Residents Groups Meeting with Project Team notes there will be no community feedback sought prior to new timetable being published, no through city services covering the ‘Newport Loop’ during peak hours, Newport Surf Club carpark to be used as commuter carpark, proposed L90 cuts during peak hour 

Mermaids Of Palm Beach Ready To Rock And Roll In 2017 Belmore To Buffalo Creek  Variety - The Children's Charity Bash

Retracing Governor Phillip's Footsteps Around Pittwater: The Mystery Of The Cove On The East Side by Roger Sayers and Geoff Searl - Do Not Miss this Readers!

Twelve racers ready for the Youth Match Racing World Championship 2017 by Daniel Smith, World Sailing + 2017 Governor's Cup by Tom Spithill, RPAYC Coach

NSW Governor Launches New Name For Easy Transport As ‘Easylink’ - Transport With Care

Lunch in the Garden: Come Along to Coomalong for Cambodian charity, ‘Build Your Future Today’ - food by Leang and Touch Khun, Mona Vale Bakery, known for their traditional Cambodian fare, Bikes 4 Life Brookvale collect second-hand bikes and ship them to Cambodia - attending event, also renowned children’s author, Louise Park, will be discussing her Cambodian Literacy Project at the lunch - Sunday September 24th

Aquatics: 2017 Pantaenius Newport To Coffs Coast Yacht Race Entries Now Open by RMYC BB

Pictures: Out And About: local heroes just being themselves at littlies rugby games, the annual RMYC Vintage Car Show raising funds for Bear Cottage, a good swell for confident surfers, Palm Beach Mermaids raising funds for Variety the Children's Charity, Rob Stokes, our local MP recognising another outstanding Pittwater Volunteer and a local transport provider that clearly cares refreshing and relaunching courtesy of a gentleman held in high esteem on the peninsula - the NSW Governor

Park Bench Philosopher Patrick Edward Quinn: A Manly Prose writer who gave us A Run To Pittwater (1889) and Songs for the Federation of Australia - as well as standing for a seat after being a NSW Poet/Politician

Palm Beach Sailing Club (PBSC) Open Day: Saturday the 12th of August from 12 p.m.

Artist of the Month:  August  2017: Adriaan van der Wallen  Most people know Adriaan as a great surfer on short or long boards or logs, or even one of his numerous collectors boards inherited from legends such as Midget Farrelly or Jack McCoy, or as the gentleman who teaches their Nippers as a Member of Avalon Beach SLSC or a part of the Masters Team at Palm Beach SLSC, or as the teacher who educates their children.

Others will have seen his great photographic skills featured here as one of our regular contributors.

A brilliant photographer who likes the shots that capture 'energy, fire and life' or those beautiful 'quiet reflections' of this place, we've finally convinced him to share some of his favourites and own up to being an Artist too when exercising his capacity to capture the essence of here - or anything he turns his eye to for that matter.

Profile:  Newport Residents Association becoming a member of your local residents' association is a way to turn one voice into many and help protect and shape the place you live in, the places you love - this one has been doing so since 1902.

History:  Early Pittwater Surfers – Palm Beach I: John (Jack) Ralston and Nora McAuliffe - the man who went out to try and save people in 1920, the incident that led to the formation of PBSLSC, and the man who is said to be the first to bring a surfboard to Palmy, was a good wave rider too. He married a Manly born girl who had a passion for the waves and surfing on a board in Nora...

Congratulations

HUGE congrats to the team of Fight on the Beaches who held their annual Christmas in July Ball on Friday July 28th on raising one million dollars... that's one million dollars people(!) to fund cancer research to find a cure.

"There are so many thank you's to make but let's start with the incredible Executive Committee who work all year to make it a night to remember: Meghann Parker, Michelle Heaton-Armstrong, Bec Coulson, Rachel Sadler, Kelly Evans, Ali Warman and Danielle Hobbs." the team posted on Saturday July 29th on their facebook page,

" The wonderful women on the sub-committees who gather donations, proof event programs, do all our graphic design and wrap presents.

To all our sponsors, in kind donors, prize donors, friends, family and guests...THANK YOU!"

"We have LOTS of money to count but look forward to sharing our total raised soon."

701 guests attended this year's FOTB Ball, snapped up the Christmas presents, bid on countless items and danced to Jelly Bean Jam.

The room fell silent for the very brave and emotional guest speakers Julie and Scott Randall. Julie told her inspirational story about her fight to stay alive for her girls. About the lack of clinical trials in Australia and the desperate process of getting into the clinical trial in Portland Oregon. Scott shared his story of how they had to carry on faced with despair and his feelings of pain, anguish, loneliness and helplessness. And how his story had a happy ending. But many don't.

They shared their patient 71 story to ask us all to help raise more funds for the scientists to do more research, establish clinical trials to find the answers and save numerous patients like Julie.

There wasn't a dry eye in the house.

As so many of us have lost a loved one to cancer or battled to keep a loved one here, this team is doing work we all can appreciate.

They are fighting the good fight - determined to win.

 Pittwater Offshore Newsletter Update 1/8/2017 

click on Logo: 

To contact Julian:  editor@scotlandisland.org.au

Pittwater Sailors In Land Rover Sydney To Gold Coast Yacht Race

Good Luck to all RPAYC members heading north this weekend in the Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race. 

RPAYC Members yachts and Sailors aboard yachts include:
Nexba
Pretty Woman
Showtime
Sticky
Takani
Wild Oats XI
XS Moment

Follow the racing at

56 boats make up the fleet in the 2017 S to GC Yacht Race - it was a light airs start. Wild Oats XI leading the fleet as we go to press.

Church Point Ferry Service Connected

Did you know our timetable is on the NSW trip Planner app? 
If you have your phone you have our timetable. 
Links in with all public transport.

Find out more about the Church Point Ferry Service here:churchpointferryservice.com

Mona Vale SLSC Initiative Recognition

By Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern Beaches 
It's one of the great things Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern Beaches does - caters for Special Needs kids.

Last season Mona Vale SLSC came up with the idea to hold a Special Needs Branch Championships which won Initiative of the Year at the Branch Awards of Excellence.



Now Mona Vale hope to go one better at the NSW Awards of Excellence in Sydney on Saturday, August 5.

Mona Vale are up against Mid North Coast Branch, Central Coast Branch, Sydney Branch and Broulee Surfers SLSC for the big award.



Pictures: Michael Wasley (middle) accepts the Branch Award from Director of Member Services Tracey Hare-Boyd. Mona Vale Nipper Chairman Dave Moreton is left; and littlies having fun at the Special Needs Branch Championships.

Sydney Wildlife Mobile Clinic Update

For those of you who are goal-orientated and love to watch the gap closing between the target and the amount still needed...
Below is our 'thermometer' of funds showing how much we have raised against our target.

Please help us close the gap by attending our Go Wild Gala in November:

Winter Fire Safety Message

C/- Ingleside Rural Fire Brigade
With the cold weather setting in across the state and even colder this weekend, it’s a timely reminder about the danger brought by house fires. The incidence of house fires increases by around 10 percent during winter, mainly due to the use of heaters, electric blankets  and other appliances.

Advice for residents to prevent house fires includes:
  • Turn off heaters and electric blankets before leaving home or getting into bed
  • Clean lint filters in the clothes dryer before or after each use
  • Don’t overload power boards
  • Keep candles away from curtains and put them out before leaving the room
  • Don’t use LPG cylinders for cooking or heating indoors as they can leak and the gas is both toxic and highly explosive.
  • Ensure you have a working smoke alarm

Nominations Open For NSW Council Elections

July 28, 2017: Media Release -LGNSW
Nominations open on 31 July for people wanting to stand for election as a local councillor on one of the NSW councils going to election on 9 September.

Local Government NSW is urging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to nominate with the aim of shaping local government to better reflect the community.

At present the proportion the Aboriginal local government councillors falls well short of the 2.5 per cent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the NSW population.

LGNSW President Keith Rhoades said as a result of the current under-representation of Aboriginal peoples on local councils, we are failing to unlock important cultural, social and economic contributions.

"Nominations are only open for a short time. So if you're passionate about your community, now is the time to get ready to nominate and be a voice in local government," said Cr Rhoades.

To support decisions about nominating to become a councillor, LGNSW has launched Collaborate NSW, a one-stop information hub aimed to support local government to engage with Aboriginal and Torres Islander peoples.

The candidate support section of Collaborate NSW includes information for potential candidates to consider in order to make an informed decision about standing for election.

The site also steps out the process required to nominate and includes campaign tips and useful information on working with local media, advertising, and important campaign finance rules.

Infrastructure Grants For Community Projects

July 20, 2017
Local communities can apply for a share of $12.5 million in funding for projects across arts and culture, emergency preparedness and sport and recreation.

Applicants have four opportunities to apply for grants throughout the year: August and November 2017, February and May 2018.

Grants available are between:
  • $50,000 to $200,000 for arts and culture projects
  • $10,000 to $200,000 for emergency preparedness projects
  • $100,000 to $300,000 for sport and recreation projects. 
Priority will given to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, regional and remote communities, disadvantaged communities, and culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

Infrastructure Grants are funded through Clubgrants Category 3, which reinvests 0.4 per cent of clubs’ gaming machine profits over $1 million back into community projects.

Minister for Racing Paul Toole said the government is making it easier to apply for Infrastructure Grants. 

“The government is giving more communities the opportunity to access the funding more often,” Mr Toole said.

“The new funding guidelines will mean the government can fund a wider range of projects. A simpler application process will cut red tape and allow for faster assessment.”

Read the Infrastructure Grants guidelines and apply from 1 August 2017

Breakwater Ball 2017

Hosted by Lifeline Northern Beaches
Saturday, October 14 at 6 PM - 11 PM
International College of Management, Sydney (ICMS)
151 Darley Road, Manly

On Saturday 14 October 2017, we are holding an event to support two much-loved community groups: Lifeline Northern Beaches and Queenscliff Surf Life Saving Club. United by their commitment to supporting the people of the Northern Beaches, these two organisations provide safety, strength and protection – just like the breakwater provides a safe harbour from the waves.

Join us for a night to remember, and help these organisations do what they do best: change lives for the better.

Tickets on sale soon – keep up to date here  

New Service To Improve Safety For Rock Fishers, Boaters And Swimmers

Friday, 21 July 2017 : Australian Bureau of Meteorology 
A new weather warning issued for the first time this week is aimed at enhancing the safety of rock fishers, boaters and swimmers in and around coastal waters. 

The Hazardous Surf Warning service has been launched by the Bureau of Meteorology to alert the public when conditions are dangerous for rock fishing, boating or swimming due to wave height and swells created by weather systems far off the coast. 

Manager Weather Services for New South Wales, Jane Golding, said a driver for developing the Hazardous Surf Warning was to reduce rock fishing injuries and deaths. 

"A key finding from our research is that awareness of large and powerful wave conditions would influence over 90 percent of rock fishers to change their plans," Ms Golding said. 

"Boaters and swimmers also need to keep up with the latest warnings and forecasts because conditions on the water can be more dangerous than they appear, even when it seems calm and the sun is shining. 

"These new warnings will help people make informed decisions about how and when they enjoy the coastal environment.” 

The warnings will identify which coastal waters areas are affected and include safety advice that has been developed with maritime agencies. 
NSW Police Marine Area Commander, Superintendent Mark Hutchings, said the key to water safety is assessing the environment and taking simple precautions. 

“I urge anyone planning to head out onto or near the water to heed our advice – we aren’t trying to spoil anyone’s fun, we are trying to save your life,” Supt Hutchings said. 

“For those out boating or rock fishing, please remember the most important piece of safety equipment is a life jacket.”  

Surf Life Saving NSW Chief Operating Officer Adam Weir said the new system of surf warnings will be a big asset to lifesavers in alerting the public to hazardous conditions. 

"To be able to better target our safety messaging to the public will help us to focus our lifesaving efforts where they are needed most," he said. 

The new Bureau of Meteorology service complements the current suite of coastal warnings, including hazardous surf caution messages in coastal waters forecasts (and certain town and district forecasts) and Damaging/Dangerous Surf Warnings which alert communities to significant waves that can damage coastal infrastructure. 

This service will be provided in the coastal waters areas of New South Wales and southern Queensland. The warning will be available from the Bureau's website homepage, via the National Warnings Summary:www.bom.gov.au/australia/warnings, as well as the New South Wales and Queensland state warning pages, marine radio, the Bureau App, and mobile website.

Record Funding Available For Surf Club Upgrades

Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes is encouraging local surf clubs to apply for funds under the NSW Government’s Surf Club Facility Program.
This year the NSW Government has doubled the amount of infrastructure funding available to surf clubs to $4 million in order to help support their invaluable contribution to communities throughout the State.

Applications are now open for infrastructure grants between $30,000 and $350,000 and will be accepted until 31 August 2017.

Pittwater’s surf clubs have had great success with this program over recent years – including funds to assist with the major redevelopment of Avalon Beach Surf Club.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for our local surf clubs to receive a financial boost,” Rob Stokes said today.

“Surf clubs are much more than just a base for the amazing volunteers who patrol our beaches – they’re also essential community facilities used by countless local groups and associations.

“This initiative aims to support their efforts to upgrade their facilities and deliver even greater opportunities and services.

“Many local surf clubs have plans and projects in the pipeline but require financial assistance to help them progress.

“Further information on the record funding available this year, and details on how to apply, is available by visitingwww.sport.nsw.gov.au/clubs/grants/SCFP

“I encourage all our local surf clubs to explore this important opportunity,” Rob Stokes said.


Sing it loud, sing it clear! The Avalon Public School P&C Association is celebrating our biennial Avalon Public School Fete! 

Our primary school is a huge part of the region and services most of the local families. Parents and staff work tirelessly to support classroom learning in a friendly and caring environment with the P&C fundraising activities providing vital funds for the school.

Our major fundraising event for the next two years, the Avalon Public School Fete, is scheduled for the Sunday, 10 September 2017, 9 am – 3 pm! 

We have a bumper fete planned with visitor numbers expected in the thousands!

There will be over a dozen amusement rides for all ages, pony rides, face painting, games alley, tie dying, gourmet food, cakes, showbags, cosmic dance party and silent disco, DJ, pre-loved books and clothes, raffles, silent auction and artisan markets.

Come along, bring all your friends (unfortunately not your four-legged friends - no dogs allowed on school grounds) and invite everyone to follow this page for the latest news!

DoggieRescue.com

Pet of the Week

Blossom

AGE/SEX: 11 weeks / F
BREED: Staffy X

Blossom came from the pound with ringworm (a contagious fungal disease). She has had intense treatment at our vets and we are continuing medicated baths. She has hair regrowth and well on road to recovery. She no longer is contagious. She is an active sweet girl with an inquisitive nature. She is likely to grow to American Staffy size. Help Blossom recover- Visit Everydayhero

She comes with 3 puppy vaccinations, heartworm free, wormed, chipped and with desexing. Her adoption fee is $600.
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 

Palm Beach Masterplan

Readers who have had a look at the NBC’s masterplan for Palm Beach have told us they’re not happy about the planned reduction in beachfront parking. 

“This will affect older residents and young families, from Avalon Beach to Palm Beach.” has been the comment many have expressed.

If people aren't happy they need to make a submission today as these close on Sunday 30 July. 

Visit HERE to make an online comment 

Turimetta Headland, Warriewood Proposed New Walkway 
Comments close Sun 20 Aug 2017

NBC are seeking feedback on the preliminary design plans for a new footpath at Turimetta Headland.

Comment online HERE 

Mona Vale Cemetery Conservation Management Plan 
Submissions close 27 Aug 2017

NBC are seeking feedback on the Draft Conservation Management Plan for Mona Vale Cemetery.

Residents are welcome to attend an information session:
Tues 15 Aug, 10am-12pm – Mona Vale Cemetery Site Office

Comment online HERE  

CABRA AGM 2017

Paradise Beach follow-up
CABPRA met with representatives of Northern Beaches Council on July 17th to go over the draft landscape plans for the refurbishment of Paradise Beach. The storms of last year had caused considerable damage to the seawall and associated structures.

The new landscape plans include:
• Replacement of the temporary rock wall by a sandstone block wall
• A dinghy ramp
• A sandstone rock storm drain/culvert
• Resurfacing of the car parking area

The works which are subject to final comment from the neighbours should commence in early August.

CABPRA General Meeting
The Theme is Protecting Pittwater with special guests:
• Corinne Fisher - Total Environment Centre (TEC)
• Bob Grace - President Protect Pittwater
Time & date: 7.30pm Monday 7th August 2017
Place: Avalon Sailing Club, Hudson Parade, Clareville

Clareville & Bilgola Plateau Residents' Association (CABPRA).

eSafety Community Seminar

Too often I hear of cyberbullying and poor cyber safety practice ending in tragedy for our young people.

To help tackle this issue, the Government has established the Office of the eSafety Commissioner.

To help parents, teachers and young people learn about online safety issues such as cyberbullying, image-based abuse and exposure to inappropriate content, the eSafety Commissioner, Julie Inman Grant,  is hosting an eSafety community seminar in our area.    

The seminar is at 7pm-8:15pm on Monday, 28 August, at The Pittwater House School, 70 South Creek Rd, Collaroy.

This is a good opportunity to educate our community about these important issues.  If you would like to attend, please click here.
 
I hope to see you there.

Jason Falinski
MP for Mackellar

Palm Beach SLSC Update

There’s a new Captain at Palmy, as Alistair Shields took over from Alex Tyrell from last Sunday. Saul Brown has stayed on as president.

Thanks go to Alex for all her hard work during the last few seasons – see you on the beach soon!

Below - the lady herself.

Local Heroes Visit Doggie Dome

Wee Waa met Avalon in the Under 12's annual footy match at the Doggy Dome last week. Former Mona Vale players, now in the Manly Sea Eagles Jake and Tom Trbojevic gave the Wee Waa lads an assistance as 'trainers' for the game and then presented the trophy to the victorious team. 

What a wonderful display of footy and rugby league is alive and well with these two great ambassadors of the game. John and Melissa should be very proud of their offsprings who bring nothing but credit to our great game.




Brian Friend OAM
Avalon Junior Rugby League Football Club

The Alf Side Of Friendly

Just while on Mr. OAM - stole this snap from his spacebook page - dated April 7th this year - 

‘The door was open so I put my hand up.’ 
he commented re this picture:

Royal Motor Yacht Club Broken Bay (At Newport) 2017 Vintage Car Show

Sunday July 23rd, 2017
The car owners and the club raised over $2500 for Cure Cancer Australia and Bear Cottage.

Over 80 unique Vehicles of all sorts were on display including: vintage cars, classics, sports, hot rods and motorcycles.
 
The RMYC reports they had around 2000 visitors come through the gates on the day. More pictures in this week's Pictorial - Out and About


Report On The Mackellar Community Forum

Thank you to all who came to my Community Forum at the Pittwater RSL on 20 July, which was attended by over 140 residents.  I am writing to let you know about the three main issues which you raised.

1. Adani 
2. Affordable energy 
3.  Infrastructure 

Click here for more on the above.

If you could not make the Forum, I will be holding annual forums in the North, South and Forest areas of Mackellar. 

In the meantime, if you would like to let me know your views, please complete my community survey here or contact me onjason.falinski.mp@aph.gov.au or 8484 0300.

Jason Falinski
MP for Mackellar

Ingleside Rural Fire Brigade Winter Training

July 26, 2017
Ingleside NSWRFS conducted some hose work, team work and gas fire training tonight. Our crews trained in keeping gas cylinders cool when impacted by fire and also operating around flames that are under pressure from gas preparing our crews to work in gas type incidents, whether LPG or Natural Gas.

From The Pages Of The Past:

PALM BEACH SURF BOAT


What is claimed to be the most up-to-date surf-boat built in Sydney was launched at Palm Bench on Sunday. Built by W. Holmes, of Lavender Bay, at a cost of £93, it is 21ft overall, with a 5ft beam. It Is the only surf-boat in New South Wales with masts and sails. 
The launching ceremony was performed by Mrs. H. W. Meggitt. Mr. J. Craig referred to the liberality of the residents of Palmi Beach, and to their keen Interest in the Club. The spectators were treated to a first-class exhibition In the heavy southerly swell that was running, and the boat behaved splendidly. Mr. Fred Notting, ex-captain of the Manly Surf Club, took the steering oar. 
Although the Palm Beach Surf Life saving Club was started only in November 1921, it has now 35 active members, nearly all of whom are qualified life-savers. PALM BEACH SURF BOAT (1922, May 17). The Sun (Sydney, NSW : 1910 - 1954), p. 8 (FINAL RACING). Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article223949070

Free Workshop In Mona Vale On NDIS Disability Funding 

My Choice Matters works with people with disability and their families to live life their way and get the most out of the changing disability system. Our goal is to help you learn and practice new ways of doing things and develop and grow your skills in Choice, Voice and Control.

We have a free, fully accessible workshop coming up for people with a disability, their families/carers, and people working in the sector so make sure you register now!

• Hear about changes to the disability support system and what it will mean for you
• Talk about planning and things to consider for your life
• See what some people are already doing

Where: Pittwater RSL
82 Mona Vale Road, Mona Vale

When:  Wednesday 23 August
Time: 10.00am – 2.30pm

Palm Beach Sailing Club (PBSC) Open Day

Prelude to the Start of the Sailing Season

PBSC is predominantly a family orientated sailing club offering great opportunities for young and older sailors to get the feel of fast “off the beach” multihulls. 

PBSC is gearing up for the start of the next sailing season with its own “boat show” on Saturday the 12th August, the weekend after the Sydney International Boats Show.

While not anywhere near the same dimensions as the Sydney’s International Boat show PBSC will be showcasing the “off the beach” multihulls that frequent the waters of Pittwater including the Weta Trimaran, A Class, F18 and F16 and Hobie 18,16 and 14’s.

PBSC sailors have competed and podium at State, National, World and Olympic events over its long history. With a few of its sailors looking at turning over their multihulls in time for the new season this is a great opportunity to see some of the boats that some Olympic and Americas Cup sailors cut their teeth on and experience the thrill of “off the beach” multihull sailing.

The multi’s will be on the beach and available for a sail from noon on the 12th August from Sandy Beach at the corner of Iluka and Woorak Roads, Palm Beach.

Come down, have a look and bring your sailing gear.

Northern Beaches Veterans And Community Day 

When: Sunday 12th November 2017
Where: Dunbar Park Avalon Beach 10am – 4pm

The Inaugural Northern Beaches Veterans and Community Day will be held on 12 November 2017 in Dunbar Park Avalon Beach. This new event evolved due to the success of the Avalon Military Tattoo over the last 10 years, the enhanced relationship between local RSL sub-Branches and the community, and to carry on the legacy of past Avalon RSL Sub Branch President CDRE Graham Sloper AM RAN (Rtd).

Awareness of veteran’s issues is increasing within the community, and the ANZAC Spirit is flourishing on the Northern Beaches. Crowds at ceremonies have been increasing steadily in recent years. This will be an opportunity for the younger generations to learn more about past and current conflicts and to meet veterans and serving members of the Australian Defence Force.

Our mission is to instil a greater awareness and enduring compassion for veterans and the community in general.

Our objectives are: 
• Highlight concerns for veterans and the community;
• Create an opportunity for interaction;
• Acknowledge service and sacrifice;
• Create harmony;
• Reflect on history;
• Enhance awareness of Defence career opportunities;
• Address veterans issues of reintegration into civilian society, homelessness and suicide; 
• Profile veterans success stories

This will be a free of charge, non-profit event with participation on a voluntary basis. Any funds raised will be donated to Veterans Organisations and primarily the Veterans Centre Sydney Northern Beaches. There will be an emphasis on youth activities and careers. The primary market is the geographical area from Narrabeen to Palm Beach.

It is intended that local schools and community groups will have an arena to showcase their talents through music, drama and artwork with an Australian veterans theme. Over the coming months these groups will have the opportunity for input to shape the programme for the day. There will be a children’s art exhibition, a quilting display, ANZAC biscuit baking competition and many interactive displays and activities. Veterans Support Agencies are welcome to have a display and marquee in the park. There will be a stage with live music and performances throughout the day.

For further information, to book a stall or offer sponsorship, or VOLUNTEER to help, please contact the coordinators Lynn Murphy on 9883 9815 and Tamara Sloper Harding on 9883 9814 or emailsubbranch@avalonrsl.com.au.

Mark Ferguson 
President Palm Beach RSL Sub-Branch
Chairman Northern Beaches Veterans and Community Day Committee
A collaboration between Avalon, Palm Beach & Pittwater RSL Sub-branches.


2017 Mosman Art Prize

Saturday 23 September - Sunday 29 October
Mosman Art Gallery
REGISTRATION DAY - MONDAY 11 SEPTEMBER 2017
Registrations are open online now - click here to enter

Mosman Art Gallery is thrilled to announce that in 2017 the Mosman Art Prize will celebrate its 70th year!

Established in 1947, the Mosman Art Prize is Australia's oldest and most prestigious local government art award.  It was founded by the artist, architect and arts advocate, Alderman Allan Gamble, at a time when only a small handful of art prizes were in existence in Australia and the community had very little support and few opportunities to exhibit their work. 

Over the past seventy years the Mosman Art Prize has developed in stature to become Australia’s most prestigious municipally funded art prize with a national profile. It regularly attracts over 900 entries annually and currently offers over $40,000 in prizes.

As an acquisitive art award for painting, the winning artworks collected since 1947 form a splendid collection of modern and contemporary Australian art, reflecting all the developments in Australian art practice since 1947.
The inaugural winner in 1947 was a young Margaret Olley. Since the prize has been won by scores of artists including Guy Warren, Grace Cossington Smith, Weaver Hawkins, Nancy Borlase, Lloyd Rees, Anthony Galbraith, Elisabeth Cummings, Tim Johnson, Guan Wei and Michael Zavros among many others. Past adjudicators also include notable Australian art figures such as Margaret Preston, John Olsen, Tim Storrier, Jenny Sages and Edmund Capon.
Now in its 70th year the Mosman Art Prize is more relevant than ever before and continues to sit at the centre of contemporary painting practice and is a not to be missed event on the nation's cultural agenda.
  • Mosman Art Prize (major acquisitive prize) sponsored by Mosman Council - $50,000
  • Allan Gamble Memorial Art Prize sponsored by Mosman Council - $3,000
  • Commendation Prize sponsored by Mosman Council - $2,000
  • Fourth Village Providore Emerging Artists’ Prize (under 35) - $2,000
  • Mosman Art Society Viewers' Choice Prize - $1,000

Access Taronga

Published on 23 July, 2017 by Taronga Sydney
On our Access Taronga days, guests on the autism spectrum with their family and friends can enjoy early entry to Taronga Zoo Sydney. This is a great opportunity for you to enjoy the peace and quiet of the Zoo before it opens to the general public.

Sky Safari will be open (offering round trips from the Top Entrance) and extra animal meet and greets will be offered. Food and beverage will be available for sale and the Zoo Shop will be open. 

Saturday 23rd September 2017
Taronga Zoo Top Entrance at 8:30am
Bradleys Head Road Mosman NSW

Digital Literacy School Grants - Round Two

Digital Literacy School Grants is an initiative under the Inspiring all Australians in Digital Literacy and STEM measure of the National Innovation and Science Agenda.

Grants of between $10,000 and $50,000 are available for schools and other organisations to encourage and facilitate implementation of the new Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies. Grants will be awarded for project proposals that demonstrate innovative methods for driving enhanced digital literacy in schools. Grants of amounts greater than $50,000 may also be made where a project has demonstrated capacity to reach regional, national or sectoral scalabilities such as projects involving clusters of schools and/or peak bodies/professional associations.

Eligibility:
For education entities that meet the program guidelines and parameters

Grant Activity Timeframe:
Outcomes for this grant application process are expected to be announced by 9 February 2018.

Total Amount Available (AUD): $2,000,000.00
Estimated Grant Value (AUD):From $10,000.00 to $50,000.00

Instructions for Lodgement:
Applications must be submitted to the Australian Government Department of Education and Training by 12 noon Canberra local time, 11 August 2017.

Other Instructions:
To apply for a grant, applicants must complete the online ‘Grant Application Form’ via the Department of Education and Training’s website.

Loosely Woven With Amnesty International   

“GOING HOME”
FREE CONCERT in AVALON
SUNDAY 6th AUG.  4 p.m.     
The local music group “LOOSELY WOVEN”, led by Wayne Richmond, will be giving a free community concert in  Avalon Baptist Church (2 George St.) on  Sunday  6th Aug at  4 p.m.

Wayne Richmond, the leader of the group, is one of the Peninsula’s inspirational leaders in giving live music to the community. Wayne and his musicians have been contributing to Amnesty's great work for more than 20 years and helping those who suffer injustice, unfair imprisonment, torture, execution and other human rights abuse.

GOING HOME is named from the opening song from Dvorak’s New World Symphony. 

Most of us are human rights supporters and will love to hear Australian singer Sissy Higgins’ heart-rending song ‘Oh Canada’ written in response to the  tragedy of Syrian refugee Alan Kurdi whose 3 year old body was washed up on a Turkish beach after he and his family attempted to reach a Greek island on their way to Canada.  Graham Moore’s song ‘New Frontier’ celebrates all those who struggle to build a better world.  'Anchor Me' is a New Zealand song adapted by Greenpeace to commemorate the sinking of the Rainbow Warrior in 1985. Great songs for a human rights concert!

Amongst the performers this time is a young man from Tanzania who has taught the group two of his own songs.
  • It was nice meeting you
  • The Wind
Additional Australian songs include:
  • Small Things (The Audreys)
  • Down City Streets (Archie Roach & Ruby Hunter)
  • Rayya’s Lament (Ian Ross Williams - brother of Loosely Woven performer Meredith Williams)
Well known items will include:
  • All I ever need is you (Sonny & Cher)
  • Bei Mir Bist Shein (Israel)
  • Bright Side of the Road (Van Morrison)
  • Killing Me Softly (Roberta Flack)
  • Sway
  • The Rose (Bette Midler)
  • Black Velvet Band (fabulous arrangement of a well known folk song)
  • Leaving on a jet plane
Instruments this time will include flutes, saxophones, clarinets, trumpet, recorders, harp, concertina, melodicas, glockenspiel, xylophone, guitars, keyboard and percussion.

Some comments on previous concerts from reviewer Paul Cruise:
"Loosely Woven again demonstrated their uncanny ability to encompass the gamut of human experience in a single performance.  

Leader Wayne Richmond and his talented crew took their audience to many places - some enchanting, some disturbing, some hilarious, some mournful; I felt I'd been given a grand tour of my own heart. What more could you ask of a night out? "*


Wayne and Gail

Loosely Woven encourage audience participation in their concerts which are always lots of fun,and  you can enjoy a musical treat and  also support human rights by coming  because voluntary donations will go to Amnesty International.
 
Avalon Amnesty International group works for the rights of:-
refugees and asylum seekers; indigenous people,  many victims of unjust treatment;  those at risk of torture and execution;and  to gain human rights for  disadvantaged people all over the world. 
We will have a table with information and petitions 

Free Concert:   “GOING HOME” (Loosely Woven)
Free:   afternoon tea
Date:   Sunday   6th Aug.   4p.m.    
Place:    Avalon Baptist Church -   2 George St.
Voluntary Donations:  Avalon Amnesty International Group
Information: Kath Moody kath_moody@hotmail.com  0417 069 472 / 99971815   (looselywoven.org)

Kath Moody
Avalon Amnesty International

Applications Open For Community Building Partnership Program

Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes is encouraging local community and sporting groups to apply for funds under the NSW Government’s 2017 Community Building Partnership Program.
 
This year the NSW Government has allocated $300,000 to the Pittwater community to be distributed to infrastructure projects that will deliver lasting and wide-reaching benefits.
 
Local projects that have been supported by this program over recent years include Narrabeen Sports High’s synthetic sports field, Marine Rescue’s wharf at Cottage Point, Avalon Beach Surf Club’s major renovations, Pittwater High School’s security fencing upgrade, renovations within Mona Vale Hospital Assessment and Rehabilitation Unit and the expansion of the Northern Beaches Indoor Sports Centre at Warriewood.
 
“This program has supported a range of fantastic projects throughout our community”, Rob Stokes said today.
 
“In many cases groups have simply needed an extra injection of funds to get a long-awaited project underway.
 
“Applications will be received from all local groups and associations that can demonstrate how their project will deliver wide-reaching benefits to our community.
 
Applications are now open and will be accepted until Wednesday 9 August 2017.
 
“Further details and information on how to apply is available by visitingwww.communitybuildingpartnership.nsw.gov.au
 
“I encourage all eligible community groups in Pittwater to explore this funding opportunity and submit their applications,” Rob Stokes said.

Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary Stalls 2017

August:
August  5th:  9am to 3pm  Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale Sewing, knitting, craft
August  12th: 8am to 3pm Bunnings, Narrabeen Sausage sizzle
August 18th:   9am to 3pm  Stall, foyer Mona Vale Hospital Baking, knitting, craft, books, sewing

September:
September 1st: 9am to 4pm   Stall, outside ANZ Bank, Avalon ParadeKnitting, sewing, craft, jam
September 2nd: 9am to 3pm Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale Sewing, knitting, craft, books
September 9th: 8am to 3pm Bunnings, Narrabeen  Sausage sizzle
8am to 4pm 
September 15th: 9am to 3pm Stall, foyer Mona Vale Hospital Baking, knitting, craft, books, sewing     

October:
October 7th: 9am to 3pm Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale Sewing, knitting, craft, books
October 14th: 8am to 3pm Bunnings, Narrabeen Sausage sizzle
October 20th: 9am to 3pm Stall, foyer Mona Vale Hospital Baking, knitting, craft, books, sewing
October 24th: 10.30 am Fashion Parade, Newport Bowling Club,                   Palm Road, Newport

November:
November 4th:  9am to 3pm  Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale Knitting, sewing, craft
November 11th: 9am to 3pm Bunnings, Narrabeen Sausage sizzle 

December:
8am to 4pm

Narrabeen Boys High 1967 50 Year Reunion - 2017

We are about to reach the 50 Year Anniversary of the very first Year 12 from Narrabeen Boys High.
This Page is to attract alumni for a Reunion in 2017. www.facebook.com/nbhs67/

I guess we produced more World Surfing Champions than any one school and in 1967 we won every Year 12 Sports Premiership there was, every one. Rugby, Cricket, Soccer, Water Polo, Basketball, Tennis... etc



50 Years HSC Reunion Lunch
Hosted by Narrabeen Boys High 1967 50 Year Reunion - 2017
Friday October 6th, 2017: 1pm to 6pm
At The Newport
Cnr. Beaconsfield and Kalinya Streets, Newport

Sydney Wildlife: Critters Of The Month - July 2017

Tawny Frogmouth Chicks

Thanks to you, our rehabilitation facility is growing and demand has been very high as Sydney Wildlife members want to use the facility to get their animals ready for release.

Most of the animals that come to our rehabilitation facility have been in care for some time and therefore need to build up their muscle strength and stamina before they go back to their natural habitat where they will have to find or catch their own food.

Our Twin Tawny Story.
One cold day, some lumberjacks were cutting down a tree for one of their clients when they noticed a nest in the tree that contained two fluffy little Tawny Frogmouth chicks.   They started to look around to see if they could locate the parents but were unable to locate them. As it was a cold day and they had taken down the branch the nest was in, they didn’t want to leave the chicks there so they took them to a local vet. After a quick check over, the vets contacted Sydney Wildlife to come and collect the chicks for hand raising.


Tawny Frogmouth Chicks

Unfortunately, when we collected the little balls of fluff from the vets, they were not able to provide us with any more detail than the suburb they were found in so we were unable to go back and try to look for the parents ourselves as we didn’t have a specific address.

When they first got home to the careers house, the two chicks were put in a nice heated box with a substitute nest in it to make them feel as much like home as possible. They were feed at very regular intervals throughout the day. Luckily for their carer, as they are birds, they didn’t need feeding during the night.

With regular feeds and constant care, they continued to grow and learn how to eat different types of foods. You will see in the photo’s the big transformation they went through going from being little white balls of fluff to beautiful feathered birds.

Once they were old enough and only requiring one hand feed per day they were taken to the rehabilitation facility were they had a larger enclosure to fly around in and learn to catch the insects and bugs that frequent the area. This enabled them to get better at catching their food in an environment that mimicked as closely as possible what they would do in the wild.


Tawny's Growing up and stretching their wings


In the Rehabilitation facility

After about one month it was time to take them back to the suburb where they were found and release them. Not only did they both fly very well and silently but we observed them flying down to the grass and bushes to catch insects, feeding them selves.


One of the Tawny's after release

Three months after release one of the Tawnys is still seen around the release site and is thriving in its natural habitat.

Without donations from our magnificent Global Giving supporters, none of this would be possible!

If you know any one else you can share this story with please do, as they may also want to help Sydney Wildlife help our native animals.

Thank you so much.

Joan and the rehabilitation critters.

By Joan Reid 
Volunteer Macropod co-ordinator
Sydney Wildlife’s rehabilitation facility at Waratah Park 
Sydney Wildlife: www.sydneywildlife.org.au
Sydney Wildlife celebrates 20 years - Cloudy and Cassius, Joan Reid, Lynleigh and Kayleigh Greig, Sonja Elwood.

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

$65 Million To Champion Community Cohesion

Community organisations will benefit from more than $65 million in funding to help build inclusive and resilient communities.

The Minister for Social Services Christian Porter opened the Strong and Resilient Communities (SARC) grants round today to help local organisations overcome disadvantage and build strong and safe communities and increase national security.

“These grants will provide organisations working in disadvantaged areas with $45million to help increase social cohesion in areas of high cultural diversity where there is risk of racial, religious or cultural intolerance developing,” Minister Porter said.

“Through this grants round, community organisations can benefit from up to $500,000 in funding for each project they deliver over the life of the program to 2021.

Minister Porter said funded projects may include:
  • the development of online platforms for marginalised youth to challenge ideas and concepts online and create forums to counter negativity and feelings of isolation;
  • training or volunteering opportunities for humanitarian entrants or newly arrived migrants; and
  • cultural or sporting activities that bring people of different cultures or faiths together.
“This is an important grassroots approach to bring people in from the margins, establish social harmony and help strengthen resilience across communities,” Minister Porter said.

A further $19.95 million will fund Volunteer Management Activity until 2021 to encourage and increase volunteering in communities across Australia.

“Evidence shows that well integrated and cohesive communities are underpinned by high-levels of volunteering and community participation, a strong sense of community belonging, local leadership and engagement,” Minister Porter said.

Applications for SARC’s Inclusive Communities Grants and Community Resilience Grants are open until 23 August 2017.

For more information or to apply for a grant, go to the GrantConnect website at www.grants.gov.au.

Zonta Birthing Kit Packing Day 2017

On: Saturday 5th August 2017 – Would you like to assist?
Zonta Club of Northern Beaches Inc and Barrenjoey High School are organising a day to pack Birthing Kits for women in developing countries. Members of the local community are invited to help.  We plan to pack 2000 kits.

With an estimated 385,000 women dying annually in childbirth, many from infections acquired during childbirth, there is a great need for these birthing kits.  Most women need assistance due to isolation, cultural choice or poor transport and have little or no assistance during childbirth. Many mothers and babies die from preventable infections. By providing a clean birthing kit, and training in how to use it, these mothers will have the resources to reduce infection.

Birthing Kits are assembled under the auspices of the Birthing Kit Foundation (Australia)  - a not-for-profit non-government organisation (NGO) that provides birthing kits and education in clean birthing practices. BKFA originated from the Zonta Clubs of Adelaide Hills and has grown to be supported by Zonta Clubs across Australia.  Well over 100,000 kits are assembled and distributed each year.  Each birthing kit is made up of six simple items assembled into a small plastic bag.

Each donation of just $3 buys the materials for one kit and the training program for its delivery. You can help us by making a donation on the day. 
For full details of the Birthing Kit Program see the BKFA website atwww.bkfa.org.au  

The Packing Day at Barrenjoey High School will run from 1pm to approximately 3.30pm.  

Please contact Margaret White on 0416 182 393 or emailmarg.white@me.com  if you are able to assist or you would like more information.


New Priority Precincts

June 1, 2017: NSW Dept. of Planning & Environment
Fifteen new Priority Precincts announced
Fifteen new Priority Precincts have been announced to provide more homes and jobs close to public transport, shops and services.
 
These include:
...
Frenchs Forest;
Glenfield;
Leppington Town Centre;
Randwick;
Riverwood;
Schofields Town Centre;
Seven Hills and Wentworthville;
St Leonards and Crows Nest;
Telopea;
Turrella and Bardwell Park; and
Westmead
For more information please refer to the FAQs below.
 
Priority Precincts are areas generally located around transport corridors or strategic centres and have broad social, economic and environmental significance for the community.
 
Planning for these areas is coordinated by state and local government which helps ensure infrastructure such as schools, parks, community facilities, public transport and road upgrades are delivered to support community needs.
How can I be involved?
We’ll be working closely with the community, councils and other stakeholders to provide a range of opportunities to participate in planning for each precinct. This includes surveys, project updates, social media, public events, face to face meetings and formal submissions.
 
Before we start preparing plans for the area we’d like to hear from you about what you value about your area, what works well and what could be improved. 
 
Come along to a drop-in session to find out more about the planning process and tell us what’s important to you.

Frenchs Forest  Monday 31 July from 5pm to 8pm
Galstaun Function Centre, 5 Grattan Crescent Frenchs Forest

Frequently Asked Questions
Belmore and Lakemba FAQ
Burwood, Strathfield and Homebush FAQ
Campsie and Canterbury FAQ
Cherrybrook FAQ
Glenfield FAQ
Leppington Town Centre FAQ
Randwick FAQ
Riverwood FAQ
Schofields Town Centre FAQ
Seven Hills and Wentworthville FAQ
St Leonards and Crows Nest FAQ
Telopea FAQ
Turrella and Bardwell Park FAQ
Westmead FAQ

Funding Available To Improve Water Safety

NSW Government
The NSW Government is offering Water Safety Fund Community Grants to help prevent drowning deaths across NSW. Water safety organisations, community groups, and research bodies are encouraged to apply for the funding that will help educate and better equip people heading into the water at beaches, pools and inland waterways.

Priority will be given to initiatives that target high-risk groups and locations that have been identified in research by Royal Life Saving NSW, including:
  • changing risk taking behaviour around the water
  • encouraging parents to actively supervise young children (0-5 years) in, on and around the water
  • reducing drowning risk at unpatrolled locations (including both coastal and inland waterways)
  • CALD communities and international visitors (including international students)
  • Aboriginal communities.
Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant said the 2017-18 grant program has a stronger emphasis on collaborative initiatives between water safety organisations and community groups.

“After listening to feedback at the inaugural Water Safety Forum on 9 May, it was clear that many water safety and community-based organisations were working towards a common goal,” Mr Grant said.

“We want to bring water safety experts and community groups together to build water safety skills and resilience in our local communities.”

Who can apply
  • Legally constituted not for profit organisations with experience delivering water safety projects.
  • Not-for-profit organisations who lead a program in partnership with government agencies, where the project is outside of usual budget parameters.
  • Non-government research bodies.
  • Local community groups that can demonstrate a track record of managing projects and finances, or which can partner with a larger organisation.
Water Safety Fund Community Grants Program applications close on 4 August 2017.

For more information or to apply, please visit:www.watersafety.nsw.gov.au/Water-Safety-Fund.aspx

Read - Access-Download:
Mahony, A, Scarr, J, Peden, AE (2017) NSW summer drowning
report 2016/17: An investigation into drowning deaths in NSW between 1 December 2016 and 28 February 2017Royal Life Saving Society – Australia. Sydney. HERE

Candidates To Speak To Electors 

Media Release – Pittwater Forever
Community umbrella group Pittwater Forever, representing 18 community groups and their members, today confirmed details of two public information sessions for the local government elections being held in the northern beaches on 9 September. 

Chairman Craig Boaden confirmed that:
“Pittwater Forever will host an evening session at which candidates in thePittwater Ward can address electors directly. This session will take placefrom 6.30pm on Tuesday 29 August in the Mona Vale Memorial Hall.” 

“This will be followed by a session for candidates in the Narrabeen Wardon Tuesday 5 September, again from 6.30pm in the Mona Vale Memorial Hall.” 

Pittwater Forever will invite all candidates seeking election to council from these two Wards to make brief presentations of their policies, and to answer questions from the floor. 

“These two public information sessions will give candidates an opportunity to inform electors about their policies, and electors a chance to hear from candidates before polling day on 9 September”, said Mr Boaden. 

“It’s one of Pittwater Forever’s contributions to local democracy. “ 

“Through our member community groups, we will also facilitate recruiting volunteers to help independent candidates with things like leafletting, and handing out How to Vote cards at pre-poll and polling stations”.

Heritage Near Me Incentives Program

NSW Office of Environment & Heritage
The Heritage Near Me incentives program has been developed to complement current State Heritage funding programs. It provides funding opportunities and support directly to owners and managers of local heritage items.

Three new funding opportunities
The Heritage Near Me incentives program runs from 2016 to 2019. There is $16 million available in funding over the life of the program. The three grant stream opportunities are: Heritage Activation Grants, Heritage Green Energy Grants and Local Heritage Strategic Projects Grants.

The program is supported by a dedicated Heritage Near Me Roadshow team.  For information about NSW Heritage Council grant opportunities for items listed on the State Heritage Register, please visit the Heritage grants page.



Go Wild Gala For Sydney Wildlife 2017

When: Sat. 11 November 2017, 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm 
Where: The Cardinal's Palace (ICMS), 151 Darley Road, Manly
Tickets: $200 plus booking fee
It’s time to GO WILD for WILDLIFE at Sydney Wildlife's Inaugural Gala Event at the iconic Cardinal's Palace in Manly! Enjoy canapés and our custom-created cocktails on the balcony, followed by a delicious 3-course meal and drinks in the Great Hall. There will be live music, dancing, and lots of opportunities to make a difference - including both a live and silent auction with amazing prizes. Bring your credit cards and get that Christmas shopping done early!

At the gala, we will be raising funds for a Sydney Wildlife Mobile Clinic which will be dedicated to treating injured and sick wildlife and ensuring that they remain protected for generations. The clinic may also be able to be deployed to areas affected by natural disasters to assist with treatment and pain alleviation.


There has never been a more crucial time to invest in our natural world and the protection of our glorious wildlife!

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
What should I wear?
Attire is black tie.
How do I get there?
Take the ferry (the Manly Ferry Wharf is a 3-minute cab ride from ICMS) or catch a cab. Additonally, there is free car parking onsite at ICMS (International College of Management).
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No, we will have a guest list at the door.
How do I become a sponsor?
We have VIP sponsor tables available for purchase. Please email us atgowildgala@gmail.com for more information.
How can I contact the organiser with any questions?
Please feel free to email us at gowildgala@gmail.com
Where can I learn more about Sydney Wildlife?
Please go to our website: www.sydneywildlife.org.au

Call Out For Poets - ‘Spirit Of The Land’

Submissions are invited on the subject of the ‘Spirit of the Land’, the 3rd in a series of the popular Manly Art Gallery & Museum poetry readings. Twenty poems will be chosen by event curator Les Wicks for live-reading by the authors who will each receive $50.

The Gallery will be hosting an exhibition on the theme LAND (3 November – 3 December)  with selected works by artists who have drawn inspiration from the theme ‘LAND’… as a noun, a verb, a place, an idea, a possibility, a presence, a contested space. Landscape, headland, wasteland, landfill, landmine, landform, landed, etc. The exhibition supports and connects this region’s contemporary artists with the gallery, providing a valuable opportunity to showcase their work and to challenge their art practice through their diverse responses.

Selected poems will have explored this theme. Please advise in which suburb you live.

Submissions to be emailed to meusepress@hotmail.com  by 5pm Fri 29 Sept 2017. The selected poets will perform their works on Sunday 5 November, 2 - 4pm

Manly Art Gallery & Museum & Museum, West Esplanade Reserve, Manly
At the reading, there will also be an open mic section.
Cost: gold coin donation (refreshments served)

 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

 

Click on logo above to visit their website.

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.

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. For more information at  www.sailability.org/au/pittwater or call John on 9982 5656