Community News: December 2018

December 9 - 15, 2018: Issue 387

Articles This Week 

Front Page Issue 387

Pictures: Santa Stops By Avalon Beach SLSC's Carols At The Beach To Say Ho! Ho! HO!

New Pittwater Bus Services Have Commenced: Keoride Hours Extended - Rob Stokes, MP for Pittwater

Aquatics: Cedar Takes Out A 1st At 2018 Surf Dive ‘N Ski Australian Junior Surfing Titles - Jamie Thomson and Tru Starling secure placings as well

Health Chief Admits Northern Beaches Hospital Has Struggled Since Opening by Miranda Korzy - The Greens State Election Candidate for Pittwater 

Barrenjoey High School Across The Decades Staff Meeting by Sue Martin (Barrenjoey 1970 - 1996)

Surf Sport Season Kicks Off With Interbranch Championships by Surf Life Saving NSW - SNB in 1st place after Day 1

Park Bench Philosopher The NSW Women's Legal Status Bill 1918:  How The 'Petticoat Interference In Government' Came Of Age - A 100 Years Celebration Of Women Alike Our Own Maybanke Selfe-Wolstenholme-Anderson 

DIY Ideas Christmas Lights Display Around The House and Garden: Light Up The Night! - some ideas and some do's and dont's

Outdoor Installation At Manly Art Gallery & Museum Showcases Artist’s Work: Art lovers are invited to attend a talk and afternoon tea with Peta Dzubiel on Sunday 9 December from 3-4pm

B-Line Success - 5.9 Million Passenger Trips In First Year: Manly Vale Breathing Wall Carpark To Open This Month - James Griffin, MP for Manly

Profile: Upu Kila MBE A rare honour has been awarded to one of our favourite Hobie sailors, Upu Navu Kila. Upu, is the recipient of an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire). This award is presented to individuals for outstanding service to the community.

For almost 40 years, Upu has represented Papua New Guinea in sailing. He was the first Indigenous person from PNG to sail Hobie Cats and was the first Indigenous sailor to represent their country in the South Pacific Games. A lifetime of participation is only the beginning of this story. Upu has given back to the sport he loves in many ways, but his passion has been introducing and supporting youth sailing. He has worked for many years to have Papua New Guinean kids accepted into the Royal Papua Yacht Club, often needing to secure grants to cover their membership. Yacht Club membership costs a years wages for many locals. Upu’s legacy is that now the entire team representing PNG are all Indigenous sailors.

A longtime resident of Australia, Upu is the regular PNG entry in the Australian Hobie Cat Nationals. Upu has introduced and encouraged dozens of Australian youngsters in Hobie sailing too. He has given his time and served on the committee at his home club, Palm Beach Sailing Club on Pittwater, and on the NSW Hobie Association committee.

His story is one of serving, and while the MBE was presented by the Governor-General of Papua New Guinea “For service to sport, particularly Hobie Cat Sailing”, this honour is celebrated in Australia too, especially at Palm Beach where Upu has served as a commodore for the Palm Beach Sailing Club and was recently honoured among the club's World and Olympic champion members.

History: Roads IN Pittwater: The Bay View Road: The run to Church Point alongside Bayview was once a track weaving through settlers farms filled with prize winning fruit. A wharf, opened in 1900 where the Bayview Baths now are, brought communication with 'Sydney Town' and visitors to the area. A series of holiday cottages for rent and land sales meant the track, gradually being widened and surfaced with something other than sand blown in from the estuary, was needed for access. A few years on reclamation works to provide parking for cars indicates the quick shifts that occurred in this favourite place of many Pittwater people.

Artist of the Month:  December 2018 - January 2019: Tony Edwards Tony Edwards is bringing an exhibition of selected works from more than 80 new paintings he has completed to Avalon Recreation Centre this January. The paintings range from Still Life to Architectural subjects and include a vast amount of the place that is his spiritual and now, again, physical home - Pittwater. This should come as no surprise - he grew up at Bayview, attended Manly Boys High. Now back home again he shares a small taste of what can be seen up close this coming January.

 Pittwater Offshore Newsletter Update 9/12/2018 

click on Logo: 

To contact Julian:  editor@scotlandisland.org.au

Pittwater Electorate Environment: Private Members Statement

Those who are still rushing around trying to get everything done and more prior to Christmas may not have heard or read Rob Stokes, MP for Pittwater, Private Members Statement of November 15th, 2018 on our local environment.

You may read Mr. Stokes Statement in full here, but an extract seems to echo a report published in the Sydney Morning Herald this week where the Member for Pittwater stated that although he did not agree with students taking strike action against climate change on November 30th, he understood their frustrations.

Extracts from 'Pittwater Electorate Environment';

Around the world we have devastating evidence of the impact of bushfires and other natural disasters amplified by a changing climate. As we speak, bushfires are tearing through the west coast of America, forcing more than 15,000 residents to flee their homes. A few months ago Greece battled one of the deadliest wildfires in history, second only to the Black Saturday fires in Victoria. Even the United Kingdom, a historical stranger to the perils of bushfires, is not immune, with Greater Manchester engulfed in wildfires for more than three weeks in its summer this year. This is not to mention the increasing prevalence and ferocity of fires in Siberia, Borneo and other parts of Asia, which are being fuelled by forests that are growing faster than ever aided by the CO2 fertilisation effect, and burning peat bogs that turn carbon sinks into carbon emitters.

Closer to home our entire State continues to battle one of the worst droughts in history, with emergency services warning that we are heading into uncharted territory for the coming bushfire season. I hope I am wrong but I fear the worst for the coming season. Like many in my community, my memory is seared with the impacts of the 1994 bushfires that turned swathes of Pittwater into a moonscape. The hundreds of firefighters, many volunteers, who service the Pittwater community do an incredible job. Every season they risk their lives to keep us safe and I thank them for everything they do, particularly as we head into the summer.

However, despite this mounting body of evidence that climate-related risk is rising, some politicians declare that addressing rising CO2 emissions must be balanced with the national interest of developing new coalfields and investing in more coal-burning power plants. But this is a false dichotomy. There are not only two options and we must urgently recognise that addressing climate change is in the national interest. The risks we face from climate change are real and they are unacceptably high. As Republican President Theodore Roosevelt once noted:

The civilized people of today look back with horror at their medieval ancestors who wantonly destroyed great works of art ... we turn our rivers and streams into sewers and dumping grounds, we pollute the air, we destroy our forests, and exterminate fishes, birds and mammals.

Our descendants 100 years from now are poised to look back at us with similar incredulity, baffled as to how we could so easily destroy our environment when the benefits of looking after it are so manifestly evident. We must adapt to our changing environment, not fight it or, worse still, ignore it. We must have robust discussions around land use, planning, land management and how and where we develop new areas with roads, bridges and other infrastructure, particularly residential development.

Whether it is in architecture, urban planning or landscaping, the way in which our built environment responds to and reflects our natural environment must be uniquely Australian. We must stop importing designs and ideas from overseas—Newport in Pittwater must not look like Newport in Orange County. It is time that we developed a uniquely Australian approach to manage our climate risk, an approach that reflects and responds to our environment and that futureproofs our beautiful country and our beautiful community for generations to come. It is time to stop paying lip-service to the need to be environmentally responsible and time to reignite Australia's strong legacy of leadership on environmental sustainability. On that we must not be unique. 

© State of New South Wales through the Parliament of New South Wales

44th Annual Scotland Island Dog Swimming Race

Monday December 24th, 2018: 5 p.m.
Come and watch the 44th annual Scotland Island Dog Race, where a pack of pet pooches paddle across Pittwater from the island to Church Point.

Elanora Players 2019: The Bold And The Young

The latest offering from Elanora Players is a light-hearted look at a fictitious soap opera called "The Bold and The Young" from a play written by Don Zolidis titled The Bold,The Young and The Murdered.  From humble beginnings, the soap opera rose to fame and fortune and became 'the most scintillating soap of the century!'

However, popularity for the show is waning to the point where drastic measures must be taken to restore it to its previous profitable state.

The executive producer has a plan. What is this plan and will it have the desired effect?

Robert Longley, the director, has assembled a talented cast of 13 actors plus crew to do justice to this contemporary comedy. He hopes that a similar fate does not befall your own personal favourite soap.

The play is being performed at Elanora Heights Community Centre, 49A Kalang Rd, Elanora Heights. Performances on selected times and dates from 11th January to 19th January. For bookings, phone 9979 9694 or email at boxoffice.elanora@bigpond.com

Bookings are strongly advised as this show is quickly selling out.

Hospital Protest At Dee Why On Wednesday This Week

The Save Mona Vale Hospital Committee advise that they are holding a protest outside the Dee Why office of Health Minister Brad Hazzard this week, and invite Pittwater residents, and all other local residents, to join them at 10.30 a.m.

No matter how much money the government finds to prop up the Frenchs Forest Hospital, it is still necessary to reopen Mona Vale Hospital acute services for the people living along the beaches. We need and deserve a local hospital with emergency, maternity, surgery and other acute services.

Please join us at 10.30 am on Wednesday 12 December outside Mr Hazzard's Dee Why office. 

Petitions
We are well on our way to 10,000 signatures.
If you feel that people in your work place are supportive of our campaign, please take a petition to work. Email savemonavalehospital@gmail.com and we can send you a copy of the petition.

Save Mona Vale Hospital Committee

Avalon's Christmas Tree 2018

The Avalon Palm Beach Business Chamber are very happy to announce, in collaboration with the Northern Beaches Council - the lighting of the Avalon Town Christmas “Pine" Tree.

Location: Dunbar Park (just outside the Community Centre).
Date: Friday 14th December 2018
Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm - Lights will be switched on at 8pm by the Chamber President and the Mayor of Northern Beaches Council
Activities: Carols, Kids Activities
Catering: Sausage Sizzle raising funds for charity

We would like to thank the Avalon Palm Beach Chamber Committee for months of planning, and council's assistance in approvals, installation and financial contributions to this project.
A special thank you to our committee member, Mark Ranucci from Surf Collective for his tireless efforts in this project.

We have been heartened by residents encouragement of a Christmas theme in the town and we encourage all businesses to take part in improving the festive theme in Avalon.

The decoration of this tree allows for future projects, including a Christmas in July, an expanded decoration and Christmas Festival in 2019.

We can't wait to see you there!

Funding Boost For Pittwater Schools

December 7, 2018
Member for Pittwater and NSW Education Minister Rob Stokes has announced more than $4.3 million for additional learning initiatives in Pittwater’s eleven public schools.

The Resource Allocation Model (RAM) funding is part of the NSW Government’s commitment to needs-based funding and represents an increase of more than $450,000 on last year’s allocation.

Pittwater’s public schools will receive an average of $394,000 in additional resource funding in 2019.

School Principals are able to determine how the additional funds are spent to best support student needs. This may include employing specialist teachers or purchasing extra learning resources to respond to the unique requirements of their students.
“I’m delighted our local schools will benefit from this additional funding,” Rob Stokes said today.

“Principals are able to identify exactly where to direct the extra resources based on the individual needs of their students.

“Every extra dollar invested in our schools can make a difference – so it’s great to see funding continue to increase under this initiative.

“It’s only due to the strong financial position of the NSW Government that additional investments can be made in our local schools.

“I’m filled with admiration for our wonderful Principals and teachers throughout Pittwater who nurture and educate our children – and I’m constantly impressed by the new programs and resources that materialise through this initiative,” Rob Stokes said.

Narrabeen Floodplain Study (Draft)

Council has prepared the draft Narrabeen Lagoon Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan to help reduce the impacts of flooding for residents and businesses in the Narrabeen Lagoon catchment. Both Documents HERE

A number of floodplain management options to reduce flood risk in the catchment have been assessed. The draft Study includes research into the social and economic impacts of flooding as well as what to do in an emergency. The Plan includes a list of the recommended options and their draft ranking.

Your input on the draft Study and Plan and the preferred choice of management options is currently open and closes Friday 1st, February 2019.

You can attend an information session at Lakeview Hall, Narrabeen Tramshed
1-4pm, Sat 19 Jan
5-8pm, Tue 22 Jan
1-4pm, Wed 23 Jan

So staff can arrange a specific time for you within one of the above sessions - bookings are essential. To make a booking, please contact Valerie Tulk on 9942 2915 or email floodplain@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au
 
Have your say
In writing to the CEO, Northern Beaches Council, PO Box 82, Manly NSW 1655, marked 'Submission - draft Narrabeen Lagoon Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan'

Pittwater Waterway Strategy 2038 (Draft) On Exhibition 

Council are seeking comment on the Pittwater Waterway Strategy 2038 (Draft).

The draft Strategy sets the future direction for how the Pittwater Waterway will be sustainably managed over the next 20 years.

View Pittwater Waterway Strategy 2038 (Draft) - Attachment Booklet 6
Info Sessions:
Palm Beach Wharf - Saturday 15 December 2018, 10am -12pm
Church Point Wharf - Saturday 2 February 2019, 12 - 2pm
Enquires: Strategic & Place Planning 1 on 130 434 434

Have A Say
In writing marked 'Pittwater Waterway Strategy 2038 (draft)' to Northern Beaches Council PO Box 82 Manly NSW 1655
Hard copies of the relevant documents can also be viewed at Council’s Customer Service Centres during business hours.
Submissions close Sunday 3 February 2019

Tiny Doors Popping Up Everywhere

Those strolling past Avalon Recreation Centre on Saturday may have noticed some golden gates to Willy Wonka's Chocolate factory located near the ground. After a chuckle you may have wondered 'what the?' - do we have tiny characters about to troop through there?

This Summer, when you begin to hear that familiar song 'I'm bored!', offer the option to go find some Tiny Doors.

Launched on Friday December 7th, and now 'live' since Saturday the 8th, there are 30 Tiny Doors to be found between one end of the peninsula and the other, all created by local children and artists.

All the Tiny Doors have been inspired by a door from literature or film, including the Chamber of Secrets Door from the Harry Potter books, the door to Narnia from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and the Tardis door from Doctor Who.

Tiny door “passports” are available at every Council Library - start your treasure hunt now.  Show proof you found a door to staff at any library and get your passport stamped.

There were 100 youngsters and artists involved in everything from creative, marketing and website design!
You can find the map and more at:

Bored? Go find some Tiny Doors!

2018 Pittwater Carols Afloat

Another Fantastic event held on the Pittwater, this time in over in the ever so darling Lovett Bay!

The 2018 PITTWATER CAROLS AFLOAT 
Celebrating 10 years!

Two performances 
7pm at the Lovett Bay Boatshed
- Come by foot or boat
8.30pm From the old Ferry wharf, Church Point. 

Church Point Ferry Service are proud supporters of this wonderful event! Be sure to pop down and join in the festive spirit!

Pittwater Ocean Swims Series 2019

With summer here it’s time to get excited about the Pittwater Ocean Swim Series. The Series dates have changed for some of the swims:

Newport Beach January 6th
Bilgola Beach January 13th
Warriewood to Mona Vale January 20th
Whale Beach Big swim January 27th
Avalon Beach April 14th

More in the final Issue for 2018

NSW SES Manly Unit Volunteers Celebrate Service Milestones 

December 5, 2018
Volunteers from the NSW State Emergency Service (NSW SES) Manly Unit have been recognised for their diligent service to the community at a special awards ceremony. 
 
Manly MP James Griffin officially presented awards to 17 volunteers from the Manly Unit, including the Commissioner’s Commendation for Service, and Long Service Medals ranging from five years to 25 years of service with the NSW SES. 

In presenting the awards, Mr Griffin thanked the volunteers for their outstanding work on behalf of the community.

“These awards recognise not only our volunteers’ years of active service, but also their diligence and dedication to the safety of their community,” Mr Griffin said. 

“While all volunteers in the NSW SES show an extraordinary level of commitment to their communities, award presentations such as this provide a wonderful opportunity for special recognition. 

“There is obviously a huge wealth of knowledge in the NSW SES Manly Unit, and that absolutely deserves to be celebrated, and it’s something we are very grateful for.  

“It is a tribute to the dedicated volunteers of the NSW SES that so many have achieved these important milestones.”

NSW SES Director for Information and Communications Technology Stephen McRobert also acknowledged the hard work and dedication of the Manly Unit in their community engagement activities and cadet training.

“The Manly Unit has been heavily involved in Flood Awareness Campaigns, and is actively supporting the cadet program, which is successfully run at the Manly Selective Campus of Northern Beaches Secondary College,” Mr McRobert said. 

“Engaging academically-gifted students by introducing them to authentic rescue scenarios is a great way to expose students to emergency services and volunteering. 

“These volunteers have a long and proud history in assisting the local community with invaluable responses during various emergencies. 

“It’s great to see their commitment to creating collaborative partnerships with the community to build resilience and better prepare for severe weather in the future.” 

Modus Brew Club 2019

G'day folks,
Just a quick one to let you know we'll be running a home brew club at the brewery from January and to give you the chance to sign up. 
The plan is run five sessions once a month on a Thursday evening and finishing with a brew day on a Sunday in June.

The sessions will be broken up as follows:

Week One 17th January
The Mash & Pale Ales

Week Two 21st February
The Boil & Stouts & Porters

Week Three 21st March 
Dry Hopping & IPAs

Week Four 18th April
Cellar Control & Pilsners 

Week Five 23rd May 
Contamination & Sours & Saisons

Week Six Sunday 16th June
Brew Day. Members bring their kit to brew an agreed style.
Have lunch a few beers. 

Meet up post fermentation!
Sign up at link below: $250.00


Sonic Sea Screening At Avalon Cinema

Living Ocean has initiated a GoFundMe campaign to hire Avalon Cinema for a screening of Sonic Sea.

LO have initiated this campaign to raise awareness that seismic testing is mooted for early next year off our coastline and the public needs to be made aware asap to realise what is at stake.

They will have a balanced panel of experts to discuss the movie and also the issues for all life in the area from any effects of the testing. Also the reality of offshore gas fields and how it could impact fishing, tourism, whale watching plus the hazards that failure of any equipment resulting from the industrialisation of rigs just offshore could produce.

Living Ocean successfully campaigned with NOPSEMA against 2D testing offshore scheduled for peak northern migration of Humpback whales last year. However small scale 2D testing went ahead anyway early this year.

Please share and donate or if you wish to sponsor the screening please contact us.
We have charitable tax deductible status.

Forest Way-Warringah Road Works Notice

November 2018
Continuing work on Forest Way between Warringah Road and Adams Street from Saturday 10 November

The NSW Government is upgrading roads around the new Northern Beaches Hospital to increase capacity on the road network and improve access through the area.

Roads and Maritime Services has been carrying out service relocation work, installing drainage as well as widening and
upgrading Forest Way between Warringah Road and Adams Street.

Work will continue from Saturday 10 November to Sunday 31 March 2019, weather permitting.

The work involves:
• utility trenching, underboring and excavating
• removing redundant poles, pipes, pits and conduits
• saw cutting footpaths and driveways
• temporarily impacting access to residents’ and businesses’ driveways
• installing poles, pipes, pits and stringing new cable
• installing new conduits, fittings, valves and pipes
• reinstating the road surface, footpaths and driveways
• installing traffic lights
• landscaping. 

Australian Heritage Grants Round Now Open

November 20, 2018: Media release - The Hon. Melissa Price MP, Minister for the Environment
Owners and managers of Australia's National Heritage List sites, as well other organisations, can now apply for funding to help protect, conserve and raise awareness of Australia's national heritage.

A total of $21.4 million will be available under the Australian Heritage Grants program over four years from 2018-19 to 2021-22. From 2022-23 onwards this funding will increase to $5.7 million annually. For the first time, the funding round includes Indigenous and natural heritage places as well as those with historic heritage values.

Applications are open until 19 December 2018 for a share of up to $5.347 million, which will be administered over two years. Grants will be available to successful projects ranging from a minimum $25,000 to a maximum of $400,000 (ex GST).

The National Heritage List protects more than 100 of Australia's outstanding natural, historic and Indigenous heritage places, including ancient rock art sites, outstanding colonial buildings, beaches, and parks. Iconic destinations, from Victoria's Echuca Wharf and Queensland's Qantas Hanger at Longreach, to Adelaide Park Lands and the Sydney Opera House, take their place on the list.

These landmarks and places are an integral part of our identity, telling stories of the moments that made our unique history. They remind us of how Australian life was in the past and prompt us to reflect on how we hope to live in the future.

The Australian Heritage Grants program aims to strengthen recognition, management, and conservation of these sites, and encourage public appreciation of Australia's National Heritage Listplaces.

Applications for projects that meet the program's outcomes are now welcome.

The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science is responsible for administering the program on behalf of the Department of the Environment and Energy.

For more information on the program, including eligible grant activities, or to apply, go to business.gov.au and GrantConnect.

Rebirth Of The Top Of The Island Bush Regen Group

Starts 8 December
We meet 2nd Saturday of each month (rain date Sunday), 9am - noon

If you love meandering along the trails on top of the island and soaking up the beauty of the natural bush and amazing birdlife, you may enjoy hanging out for an hour or two with us and giving a little back to the island by pulling a few weeds.

Starting 8 December, we meet 2nd Saturday of each month (rain date Sunday), 9am - noon or whenever you can make it, tea at 10:30 shall we say? Meet at the picnic platform on the highest point on the island (see map), or text Hazel to find out where we are. 



No experience required, children welcome too. Ticks have been seen (very few!), so trousers and long sleeves in light colours are sensible. 

Biscuits, tea, tools and logistical support provided by Council. 
Bush regen expertise provided by Emmie Collins. 

Contact Hazel for enquiries and biscuit/tea preferences, or to get up-to-date details and reminder emails. Or just show up.  hazelmalloy@gmail.com

Notice courtesy Pittwater Offshore Newsletter (PON)

Doggie Rescue's 2019 Calendar Is Out!

DR’s ever popular calendar is out now. Each month features a winning photo from the calendar competition showing DoggieRescue dogs in their new forever homes.

The cover depicts our new Freedom Dog Park that now brings so much pleasure and happiness to our dogs and volunteers. This is your opportunity to grab a calendar for yourself and perhaps a few as Christmas presents for your doggy friends.


At $15 it makes the perfect Christmas gift, knowing that 100% of the proceeds of the calendar goes directly to the animals in our care.

It is available online at www.DoggieRescue.com or can be purchased by calling 02 9486 3133 or by visiting the shelter at Ingleside.

DoggieRescue.com

Pets of the Week

Grayson

Grayson is a Russian Blue X around 12 months old. Russian Blues are very loving and reserved. They do not like noisy households but they do like to play and can be quite active when outdoors. They bond very closely with their owner and are known to be compatible with other pets. They can happily live indoor or outdoor and will also suit small living space like apartments. The Russian Blue's coat requires minimal attention. The less they are brushed, the more radiant the coat becomes. Grayson had had a rough start in life. He recently needed to have his tailed amputated and is currently incontinent. He wears little washable nappies that he is used to wearing. He is looking for a committed owner willing to keep this lovely little cuddly bear clean. He comes desexed, wormed, F3 vaccinated, FIV/FeLV tested and microchipped. His adoption fee is $220.

Aries

AGE/SEX: 12 months / M
BREED: Staffy X
Aries is an active athletic boy who needs secure fencing. He is social with other dogs and has a happy friendly nature. He is good with kids and would suit 10+yo as he jumps up. Out walking he is excited and keen to go. He walks on loose lead ignoring cars and dogs. He walks at a good pace and likes to jog. Enjoyed a cuddle, pats and belly rubs. He sits on command. Comments “Very friendly. No trouble with other dogs”, “Great dog! Super happy and obedient!”, “Cuddly and loves running. He has a short coat and weighs about 26kg. 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 cats and dogs at DoggieRescue call  9486 3133 or email  monika@DoggieRescue.com. Visit www.DoggieRescue.com to see all our dogs. www.facebook.com/doggierescue 

Inaugural Girls Fire & Emergency Services Camp 

December 6, 2018: NSW Rural Fire Service
The inaugural Girls Fire & Emergency Services Camp is being held this week at Yarramundi.

During the six-day camp the NSW RFS, FRNSW and NSW SES will deliver practical and theory-based sessions to give the 20 participants aged 15-17 years (including four NSW RFS members) an introduction to the role the Emergency Services plays in the community, inform them about the variety of emergency service roles and encourage them to consider a career or voluntary position in this field.

The program is filled with fun and challenging activities including abseiling, high ropes and camping. We hope they have a fun and educational time!

December 2 - 8, 2018: Issue 386

Articles This Week 

Front Page Issue 386: Upu Kila MBE + Summer in Pittwater!

Reflections by George Repin: REPIN’S IN “LADIES IN BLACK”

It takes more than a village to raise a Performance Space! from the Barrenjoey High School P&C and Community Performance Space (BCPS) Steering Committee 

Students Demand Government Stop Adani Coal Mine and Transition To Solar Power: Big School Walk Out For Climate Action To Be Followed By More Actions - local students join Sydney strike

Funding Boost For Pittwater Community Projects + Extra Funds for Avalon Beach Netball Courts - from Member for Pittwater, The Hon. Rob Stokes 

Pictures: From Palm Beach To Pasadena: Mick Glasheen's Drawing On The Land - GARIGAL COUNTRY OpensGovernor Phillip Park, Palm Beach weekend of December 1/ 2, Porter Reserve, Newport December 8/9 and outside Pasadena for December 15/16

Council Briefs: November 27 Meeting by Miranda Korzy, The Greens Candidate for Pittwater

Computer Pals For Seniors Northern Beaches Launch Armistice: Before And After - A Great Community Project Book - embedded in full here for your Summer Reading

Aquatics: 2018 Tradies Surfmasters at Cronulla: Wave of the Day Won By Avalon Beach Surfer + Local Champions Crowned by Surfing NSW

Artist of the Month:  December 2018 - January 2019: Tony Edwards Tony Edwards is bringing an exhibition of selected works from more than 80 new paintings he has completed to Avalon Recreation Centre this January. The paintings range from Still Life to Architectural subjects and include a vast amount of the place that is his spiritual and now, again, physical home - Pittwater. This should come as no surprise - he grew up at Bayview, attended Manly Boys High. Now back home again he shares a small taste of what can be seen up close this coming January.

Profile: Tim Nossiter This Summer Pittwater Online News is very privileged to share a series of pages on the Nossiter family and their endeavours, who have among them, generations of some of Australia's premier sailors. We open with a few insights from Tim Nossiter, youngest son of Richard (Dick) Harwin Nossiter OAM. Richard was the second son of four sons of Harold Nossiter senior, the first Australian to skipper a yacht around the world under an Australian flag from 1935 - 1937 on the schooner Sirius.  Mr. Nossiter left Sydney Harbour with the two eldest of his four sons, Harold Junior and Richard (Dick) in July 1935. The Sirius is still sailing, and current owner Simon Morris, is contributing to this Summer of Nossiter Insights project as well. For Tim a Life at Sea was and remains an abiding passion - he was bringing a yacht from Tassie to Sydney when we caught up with him earlier this year - more in his page.

History: Roads IN Pittwater: The Bay View Road: The run to Church Point alongside Bayview was once a track weaving through settlers farms filled with prize winning fruit. A wharf, opened in 1900 where the Bayview Baths now are, brought communication with 'Sydney Town' and visitors to the area. A series of holiday cottages for rent and land sales meant the track, gradually being widened and surfaced with something other than sand blown in from the estuary, was needed for access. A few years on reclamation works to provide parking for cars indicates the quick shifts that occurred in this favourite place of many Pittwater people.

 Pittwater Offshore Newsletter Update 1/12/2018 

click on Logo: 

To contact Julian:  editor@scotlandisland.org.au

Rebirth Of The Top Of The Island Bush Regen Group

Starts 8 December
We meet 2nd Saturday of each month (rain date Sunday), 9am - noon

If you love meandering along the trails on top of the island and soaking up the beauty of the natural bush and amazing birdlife, you may enjoy hanging out for an hour or two with us and giving a little back to the island by pulling a few weeds.

Starting 8 December, we meet 2nd Saturday of each month (rain date Sunday), 9am - noon or whenever you can make it, tea at 10:30 shall we say? Meet at the picnic platform on the highest point on the island (see map), or text Hazel to find out where we are. 



No experience required, children welcome too. Ticks have been seen (very few!), so trousers and long sleeves in light colours are sensible. 

Biscuits, tea, tools and logistical support provided by Council. 
Bush regen expertise provided by Emmie Collins. 

Contact Hazel for enquiries and biscuit/tea preferences, or to get up-to-date details and reminder emails. Or just show up.  hazelmalloy@gmail.com

Notice courtesy Pittwater Offshore Newsletter (PON)

It Takes More Than A Village To Raise A Performance Space!

November 29, 2018

The Barrenjoey High School P&C and the Community Performance Space (BCPS) Steering Committee are thrilled to officially announce today the approved funding of $123,891 through the NSW Government’s Infrastructure Grants Program - for the fit out of the Barrenjoey Community Performance Space.

“It’s taken us four attempts at this particular grant over the years, and finally we were in a position to tick all the boxes and receive the funding – you can imagine our reaction!” states Christy Bishop of the BCPS Steering Committee.

Since its conception, this project has received wide ranging support from the NSW Government and the surrounding Barrenjoey community.  Earlier funding contributions for this project have included grants from NSW Government’s Stronger Communities Fund, and the Community Building Partnership Program. School contributions and ongoing community fundraising efforts have contributed a further combined total of approximately $437,174.00 to date.

 “This latest grant funding will enable us to put the essential finishing touches to the Performance Space - the final fit out of the interior of the building - which will include a complete set of stage curtains, stage lighting and an audio system” Christy states

“The Barrenjoey community has been working on this project for a number of years now, and it is with much gratitude and thanks we can announce it is about to become a reality!”

Barrenjoey’s P&C President Kalinda Hawson reveals, “Barrenjoey High School has an outstanding reputation in the performing arts, and it continues to nurture and foster some incredible talent. This Performance Space will provide a purpose built venue to further promote and encourage performers across a wide range of disciplines, both from within the school and from the surrounding community groups.

The building tender process is currently underway with plans to start the build in the new year, with the aim of completion later in 2019.”

Updates on the building progress will be posted to the School’s website in the new year at www.barrenjoeyhighschool.com.au 

Related - Issue 384: Barrenjoey High Performance Space Funding Tops $1.2 Million - from Member for Pittwater, The Hon. Rob Stokes 

Hot And Cold Week

While many of us experienced Internet outages in the onset of Wednesday's torrential downpour and lightening, services were restored by the late in the day for most. Elsewhere in Sydney people are reporting their phone services (landline) are still out. Some modems blew out in the storm - a good reason to keep an old spare one if you can so you may at least 'connect' that way until a new one arrives - but no good for landline services connected through the same.

Those who lost their modems in Pittwater through the lightening activity will not have landlines run through modems restored until these arrive later this coming week. Most telcos will redirect landlines to mobiles during these events, which works as a stop-gap measure if you have decent mobile reception.

For those who have PaceMaker Monitors run through a landline, and after much searching, the best option seems to be to shift to a cardiac device remote monitor. The nbn currently has an unmonitored medical alarm upgrade offer for those interested in finding out more about that option.

Throughout the area responses to that other form of 'access' were being attended to - trees were damaged, some falling, with local NSW RFS and SES volunteers assisting residents again. Flooding affected North Narrabeen; Southbound lanes of Wakehurst Parkway were affected just past Elanora Road and at Oxford Falls, Oxford Falls Road was closed between Wakehurst Parkway and Avoona Road.

At the same time volunteers with local units, through the Warringah / Pittwater Headquarters Rural Fire Brigade had gone to assist with the bushfires in Queensland. There were 100 NSW RFS volunteers who went north on Monday, returning home Friday November 30th, with another 100 personnel, from NSW RFS and ACT RFS, being deployed to Queensland that same day.

Just prior to this members of local RFB's were among 100 firefighters working across the Richardson Rd, Salt Ash fireground.

 
Salt Ash Fire, Overnight backburns to contain fire - Nov. 25, 2018 - Photo: Ingleside RFB

In other local NSW RFS Brigades news, Beacon Hill RFS celebrated their 70th anniversary on November 17th;

Beacon Hill Rural Fire Brigade Celebrates 70th Anniversary

November 17, 2018: NSW RFS Media Release
NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) members today gathered to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Beacon Hill Rural Fire Brigade (RFB) and honour the long-standing dedication and commitment to protecting the community by its members.

NSW RFS Senior Assistant Commissioner Bruce McDonald AFSM congratulated members past and present for building the Brigade into the community institution it is today.

“Formed back in 1948, this Brigade has a proud history of community service and spirit,” Senior Assistant Commissioner McDonald said.

“As a former Beacon Hill Captain, I am familiar with effort this brigade has put in to developing its members and strengthening its relationship with the community.

“Today, the Brigade of 125 members responds to a wide range of emergency incidents ranging from bush and grass fires, structure fires and motor vehicle accidents, to lending a helping hand at community and fundraising events and helping residents prepare for the fire season.

“The hard work and professionalism of NSW RFS members does not go unnoticed and, while they do not ask for praise, we should take this milestone to acknowledge their contribution and commitment.”

Senior Assistant Commissioner McDonald said Beacon Hill’s 70th anniversary was a great opportunity for the Service and community to say thank you to all volunteer members.

“The Northern Beaches is afforded a world-class level of fire protection due to the experience and dedication of our 18 Rural Fire Brigades and we cannot thank them enough,” Senior Assistant Commissioner McDonald said.
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Today, Sunday December 2nd, a Total Fire Ban has been declared for the NSW's Far North Coast, North Coast, Greater Hunter, New England, Northern Slopes and North Western regions with a Severe Fire Danger Rating. 

The Ban is a good reminder for residents south of these areas that a hot Summer has been forecast and it's time to make sure gutters are cleared of leaves, yards cleared of combustible materials and Bush Fire Survival Plans are in place for the season ahead.

Bilgola Racing Driver Has A Great Year

We're nearing that time when people begin to relax a little, exhale, and do a bit of a review of the year. 

Adam Bressington, who placed 2nd at last weekend's Newcastle 500 races in the Touring Car Masters has secured 3rd in the Pro Masters class for 2018 - a pretty solid result. 

The Touring Car Masters showcases touring cars of the pre-1976 era from Falcon GT's, BOSS Mustangs, Chevrolet Camaros, Chrysler Chargers and Holden Monaros to the giant-killing Holden Toranas and sporty Porsche 911 RS's.

The Touring Car Masters series is structured across three classes at each round: ProMASTER – For the professional drivers, ProAM – For part-timers or drivers doing it as much for fun as they are success, and ProSPORTS – allows entrants to cross-enter in the same car, enabling two (or more) drivers to score points for the vehicle and still compete for the class championship.

Although he takes his racing seriously, Adam doesn't take himself too seriously, thanking all those who have supported his great efforts this year as a Whiteline Racing team member but also his two girls 'for reminding me I am just dad at the end of the day...' and his big girl and wonderful wife Vitina.

Congratulations Adam - thanks for sharing your passion and the excitement this series brings to lovers of all things that go VROOM.


Adam Bressington - photo by Vitina!

Funding Boost For Pittwater Community Projects

November 29, 2018

Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes today announced $330,000 for community infrastructure and capital equipment projects in Pittwater.

The funding is part of the NSW Government’s Community Building Partnership Program and will directly support 16 local initiatives that will deliver wide-reaching community benefits.

Community organisations to receive funding under the 2018 program include:

  • $50,000 allocated to Avalon Beach Surf Life Saving Club to complete the fit out of its new training and function space
  • $40,000 allocated to Mona Vale Golf Club to support a car park extension
  • $33,000 allocated to Palm Beach Surf Life Saving Club for a kitchen upgrade
  • $28,000 allocated to Marine Rescue Broken Bay at Bayview for new outboard motors
  • $25,000 allocated to Whale Beach Surf Life Saving Club for a boat shed refurbishment 
  • $22,795 allocated to St Faith’s Church at Narrabeen for a playground upgrade
  • $22,000 allocated to Elanora Heights Community Preschool for upgraded facilities
  • $21,470 allocated to Newport Anglican Church for new solar panels and playground works
  • $20,000 allocated to Avalon Beach Bowling & Rec. Club for a kitchen upgrade
  • $20,000 allocated to Careel Bay Tennis Club for a children’s playground upgrade
  • $12,454 allocated to Northern Beaches Council to assist with new netball courts at Avalon Beach
  • $10,000 allocated to Elanora Heights Public School P&C for sporting infrastructure
  • $10,000 allocated to Mona Vale Scouts for a kitchen upgrade
  • $6,246 allocated to Pittwater RSL Football Club for a change room upgrade
  • $5,000 allocated to Northern Beaches Woodturners for air filtration equipment
  • $4,023 allocated to Sunnyfield Disability Services for a property upgrade at Terrey Hills

“This funding will directly support local residents, community groups and sporting organisations,” Rob Stokes said today. 

“Many of these projects have been identified for years – but they just need a financial boost to help get started. 


“This year’s projects range from kitchen upgrades to car park extensions.

“The funding allocated to Avalon Beach Surf Club is particularly important to help complete the fit out of its brilliant new clubhouse. 

“Congratulations to everyone involved in designing and planning these community projects,” Rob Stokes said.

Extra Funds For Avalon Beach Netball Courts

November 29, 2018

Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes today announced additional NSW Government funding for the installation of permanent netball courts at Avalon Beach.

An extra $262,454 is being provided to Northern Beaches Council to introduce permanent, sealed netball courts to help cater for the growth and popularity of the sport.

The additional funding comes from the NSW Government’s Stronger Communities Fund and Community Building Partnership Programand brings the NSW Government’s total contribution to $562,454.

“This project will benefit the entire northern beaches netball community,” Rob Stokes said today.

“There’s long been a need for additional netball courts in Pittwater.

“I’m pleased Northern Beaches Council is progressing this project and I’m delighted the NSW Government is able to provide financial support,” Rob Stokes said.

Pasadena Pantry & Fresh Happenings!

Just thought we’d let you know we have another Knife Sharpening happening 7/12/18, have your knives in by 9am on the 7th. $6.00 ea.

We now have the refillery you can bring in your bottles and top up your dishwashing detergent 
  • Shampoo & Conditioner 
  • Laundry detergent 
  • Body wash. 


We also do Dry cleaning.
Plus we have a online shop pasadenapantry.com.au you can pick up from the shop or the Pasadena wharf. 
Follow us on instagram #pasadenapantry. 

Stay tuned more exciting things to come 
Muchos Gracias 

Colin & Pepe
Pasadena Pantry & Fresh

Long Reef Hosts Round 4 Of SNB Boat Premiership

A great carnival was hosted by Long Reef SLSC on the first day of Summer with great waves providing challenging conditions for all crews and what competitors describe as 'chilled' atmosphere on the beach. The host club provided a BBQ afterwards - as is the tradition.

For those looking to see some surf boat action this Summer, the 20th of January 2019 will see the Best of the Best Interbranch Championship which includes crews from all eight divisions and 11 Branches visiting Queenscliff  SLSC's home beach. One for the diaries!

Photo - Long Reef in action yesterday - by Bill Sheridan.

Australian Team Selected: Trans Tasman 2019 

December 1st, 2018
The National Team Selection Event was held today in Lorne, Victoria! We had exciting racing all day and on behalf of the ASRL, we would like to congratulate the following crews who will represent Australian as part of the Australian Life Saving Team against New Zealand.

Open Men - Avoca
2nd - Bulli
3rd - North Cronulla

Open Women - Northcliffe
2nd - Elouera
3rd - Lorne

Under 23 Men (Development Team) - North Cronulla
2nd - North Cronulla
3rd - South Curl Curl
4th - Palm Beach

Under 23 Women (Development Team) - North Cronulla
2nd - Tallebudgera
3rd - North Bondi

We would like to thank all officials, water safety, Lorne SLSC and competing crews for supporting this event.

The 2019 ASRL Open will be held February 15-17 at Eloura, NSW.

Team Navy ASRL

Sonic Sea Screening At Avalon Cinema

Living Ocean has initiated a GoFundMe campaign to hire Avalon Cinema for a screening of Sonic Sea.

LO have initiated this campaign to raise awareness that seismic testing is mooted for early next year off our coastline and the public needs to be made aware asap to realise what is at stake.

They will have a balanced panel of experts to discuss the movie and also the issues for all life in the area from any effects of the testing. Also the reality of offshore gas fields and how it could impact fishing, tourism, whale watching plus the hazards that failure of any equipment resulting from the industrialisation of rigs just offshore could produce.

Living Ocean successfully campaigned with NOPSEMA against 2D testing offshore scheduled for peak northern migration of Humpback whales last year. However small scale 2D testing went ahead anyway early this year.

Please share and donate or if you wish to sponsor the screening please contact us.
We have charitable tax deductible status.

Cooler Classrooms For NSW Public Schools

November 26, 2018: NSW Government
Over 900 schools across the state will have new air conditioning systems installed in their classrooms and libraries.
The first round of the $500 million Cooler Classrooms Fund will provide schools with new air conditioning units that will give students healthy and comfortable learning environments.

Schools in areas that have an average maximum January temperature of 30 degrees or more will automatically receive air conditioning. While all other schools can apply for funding on a needs basis.

Previously only schools with an average maximum January temperature of 33 degrees or more were air conditioned.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the NSW Government is delivering on their commitment to providing healthy learning environments where students and teachers can thrive, no matter the weather.

“From Tumbarumba to Mullumbimby, Bathurst South to Cecil Hills, students and teachers around NSW will benefit from new air conditioning in their school,” Ms Berejiklian said.

Education Minister Rob Stokes said the Cooler Classrooms program was both economically and environmentally sustainable.

“We’re installing solar panels and ‘smart systems’ alongside the air conditioning units, so schools can offset their additional energy use and efficiently heat and cool their schools,” Mr Stokes said.

The second round of the program will open on the first day of Term 1 2019.


Forest Way-Warringah Road Works Notice

November 2018
Continuing work on Forest Way between Warringah Road and Adams Street from Saturday 10 November

The NSW Government is upgrading roads around the new Northern Beaches Hospital to increase capacity on the road network and improve access through the area.

Roads and Maritime Services has been carrying out service relocation work, installing drainage as well as widening and
upgrading Forest Way between Warringah Road and Adams Street.

Work will continue from Saturday 10 November to Sunday 31 March 2019, weather permitting.

The work involves:
• utility trenching, underboring and excavating
• removing redundant poles, pipes, pits and conduits
• saw cutting footpaths and driveways
• temporarily impacting access to residents’ and businesses’ driveways
• installing poles, pipes, pits and stringing new cable
• installing new conduits, fittings, valves and pipes
• reinstating the road surface, footpaths and driveways
• installing traffic lights
• landscaping. 

Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary 2018 Stalls

 
 
December
1st: Stall, Pittwater Place Mona Vale                           9am to 3pm
Sewing, knitting, craft, books

December 7th, Stall Outside ANZ Bank, Avalon Parade, Avalon
Sewing, knitting, craft, jam                                           9am to 3pm

Save Hundreds On Your Energy Bills

November 27, 2018: NSW Government
Households could save hundreds of dollars on their energy bills through the Energy Switch program.

Energy Switch is a free online comparison tool that works by comparing a customer’s latest electricity e-bill with all NSW electricity providers to see what they could be saving. It then provides the three cheapest electricity plans available.

The online tool provides all the information needed to switch plans and will remind you when it’s time to review your plan again.

During the pilot of the program across five Service NSW centres, the average saving was more than $550 per household. One customer saved more than $1600 on their energy bills.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said Energy Switch is a game changer and is more than just another government comparison website.

 “For the first time for an Australian government, customers can switch providers in minutes with the click of a mouse or a chat with Service NSW,” Ms Berejiklian said.

 “With summer just around the corner, Energy Switch has come at the right time to help households save when their energy is highest.”

Energy Switch can be accessed in-person at all Service NSW Centres or on the Service NSW website.

Australian Heritage Grants Round Now Open

November 20, 2018: Media release - The Hon. Melissa Price MP, Minister for the Environment
Owners and managers of Australia's National Heritage List sites, as well other organisations, can now apply for funding to help protect, conserve and raise awareness of Australia's national heritage.

A total of $21.4 million will be available under the Australian Heritage Grants program over four years from 2018-19 to 2021-22. From 2022-23 onwards this funding will increase to $5.7 million annually. For the first time, the funding round includes Indigenous and natural heritage places as well as those with historic heritage values.

Applications are open until 19 December 2018 for a share of up to $5.347 million, which will be administered over two years. Grants will be available to successful projects ranging from a minimum $25,000 to a maximum of $400,000 (ex GST).

The National Heritage List protects more than 100 of Australia's outstanding natural, historic and Indigenous heritage places, including ancient rock art sites, outstanding colonial buildings, beaches, and parks. Iconic destinations, from Victoria's Echuca Wharf and Queensland's Qantas Hanger at Longreach, to Adelaide Park Lands and the Sydney Opera House, take their place on the list.

These landmarks and places are an integral part of our identity, telling stories of the moments that made our unique history. They remind us of how Australian life was in the past and prompt us to reflect on how we hope to live in the future.

The Australian Heritage Grants program aims to strengthen recognition, management, and conservation of these sites, and encourage public appreciation of Australia's National Heritage Listplaces.

Applications for projects that meet the program's outcomes are now welcome.

The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science is responsible for administering the program on behalf of the Department of the Environment and Energy.

For more information on the program, including eligible grant activities, or to apply, go to business.gov.au and GrantConnect.

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

Pittwater Artist Sophie Haythornthwaite Has A Great 2018

Local Artist Sophie Haythornthwaite has had a great 2018 -  a Finalist in the Portia Geach Portrait Prize - What Remains(Denise Leith, author), and the Lethbridge Art Prize - Untitled, and a Semi Finalist in the Doug Moran Portrait Prize this year, again for What Remains (Denise Leith, author).

Sophie will be be doing an artist talk at the S H Ervin Gallery at 3pm on Sunday December 2, Observatory Hill, The Rocks - All Welcome.

You can also keep up to date with this local artist on her website, at: www.sophiehaythornthwaite.com.au

Sophie explains a little of what is behind What Remains, her portrait of Denise Leith:

'Denise is the author of 'Bearing Witness: The Lives of War Correspondents and Photojournalists', and 'The Politics of Power'.

The interviews she conducted for these books took her all over the world to the scenes of wars, massacres and horrific violations of human rights. From this research came Denise's first novel, 'What Remains'. The title comes from the story of Pandora's box. When all the evils of the world were unleashed there remained one small creature at the bottom of the box; hope.

Several years ago Denise was involved in a near fatal car accident. Her whole outlook on life became one of uncertainty. Not only the question of whether she herself would live, but of what still held meaning in life, what was worth living for. Denise's strength in adversity and refusal to become cynical in the face of injustice, and her continual quest to understand life and do meaningful work in times of global uncertainty are an inspiration.

I hope that my portrait captures both her fragility and her strength.
I have woven in to the portrait references to the Pandora myth.'


What Remains - By Sophie Haythornthwaite

Balloons No Party For Our Marine Life

Inflated party balloons seen more than 250km off the NSW coast shocked scientists on board the CSIRO research vessel Investigator. Two separate clusters of balloons were observed far from land around noon on Sunday 16 September while the ship was on a voyage to study ocean productivity.

Dr Eric Woehler, Convenor of BirdLife Tasmania and leader of a seabird observer team on board Investigator said that the balloons were spotted in an area where several species of seabirds, had been observed less than an hour earlier, including albatrosses and petrels.

“When these balloons burst, the pieces float on the surface where they may be eaten by seabirds mistakenly identifying them as food items” Dr Woehler added.

“Plastic ingestion is a global conservation issue for seabirds, and the presence of these balloons so far from land shows how easily our actions can adversely affect seabirds and other marine life far from land”.

The same has been witnessed again just last weekend and was this week.

“While balloons provide short-term enjoyment for people, their release has the potential for long-term impacts on marine environments” Dr Woehler added. “Balloons should be disposed of appropriately, and should never be released into the environment.”

“It’s only a simple change in behaviour but it can greatly reduce our global impact on seabirds and other marine animals.”

Doggie Rescue's 2019 Calendar Is Out!

DR’s ever popular calendar is out now. Each month features a winning photo from the calendar competition showing DoggieRescue dogs in their new forever homes.

The cover depicts our new Freedom Dog Park that now brings so much pleasure and happiness to our dogs and volunteers. This is your opportunity to grab a calendar for yourself and perhaps a few as Christmas presents for your doggy friends.


At $15 it makes the perfect Christmas gift, knowing that 100% of the proceeds of the calendar goes directly to the animals in our care.

It is available online at www.DoggieRescue.com or can be purchased by calling 02 9486 3133 or by visiting the shelter at Ingleside.

Pittwater Ocean Swims Series 2019

With summer here it’s time to get excited about the Pittwater Ocean Swim Series. The Series dates have changed for some of the swims:

Newport Beach January 6th
Bilgola Beach January 13th
Warriewood to Mona Vale January 20th
Whale Beach Big swim January 27th
Avalon Beach April 14th

More in the final Issue for 2018

DoggieRescue.com

Pets of the Week

Grayson

Grayson is a Russian Blue X around 12 months old. Russian Blues are very loving and reserved. They do not like noisy households but they do like to play and can be quite active when outdoors. They bond very closely with their owner and are known to be compatible with other pets. They can happily live indoor or outdoor and will also suit small living space like apartments. The Russian Blue's coat requires minimal attention. The less they are brushed, the more radiant the coat becomes. Grayson had had a rough start in life. He recently needed to have his tailed amputated and is currently incontinent. He wears little washable nappies that he is used to wearing. He is looking for a committed owner willing to keep this lovely little cuddly bear clean. He comes desexed, wormed, F3 vaccinated, FIV/FeLV tested and microchipped. His adoption fee is $220.

Cinnamon Paprika
AGE/SEX: 12 months / F    AGE/SEX: 12 months / F
BREED: Kelpie X             BREED: Kelpie X
Paprika and Cinnamon are sisters who came from a rural pound and they want to stay together. They are young energetic teenage dogs who love to fetch toys and balls but do not return them. They are social with other dogs. They are smart and inquisitive and easy to handle. Walking on a lead is new to them. They pull on a lead, ignore cars but lunge playfully at passing dogs. They both enjoy jogging. They enjoy cuddles and pats from volunteers. Volunteers say “Gorgeous dogs”, “Not interested in treats, Very friendly girls”, “Walked with her sister Cinnamon, but Paprika is more confident than her sister. Paprika is a sweet, well behaved girl who can sit on command and is obedient” "Cinnamon is very calm and sweet, a bit shy but happy walking with sister Paprika. Cinnamon weighs 11.1kg and Paprika weighs 10.2kg. They have short coats.
They come desexed, microchipped, heartworm free and vaccinated. Their adoption fee together is $900. 




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

Christmas-New Years Break + To Meet Demand

Please be advised that the last Issue of Pittwater Online News for 2018 will be published on Sunday December 16.

The first Issue for 2019 will be published Sunday January 13th.

Events, stories etc. for that final 2018 Issue, or happening prior to January 13th, 2019, will need to be received no later than midnight December 16th. The Office will be closed in between.

Before the rush of Christmas-New Years sets in, we'd like to thank everyone very much for their continued support throughout the year. Your tips, your contributions, your requests and your feedback continue to guide each Issue.

We remain - For, About and By Pittwater!

To Meet Demand
Pittwater Online News is experiencing an increased demand for reporters and photographers for local events and news. The phone never stops ringing, the volume of emails for story requests has quadrupled. 

As a result we will be changing our policy and taking paid-for advertisements from February 2019 in order to pay for people to do all that extra work to meet the demand.  

Not every page will be available for advertising materials (Profile of the Week and History pages for example) - others will. 

Volunteer organisations, such as surf life saving clubs, bushcare groups etc. will remain exempt from such fees. We will also continue the policy of putting $ paid for works/events/products run back into the community, although this will have to shift from 100% in 2019. 

We will also aim to keep the look intact so that advertising materials are not the feature, but the story remains the feature - that will work best for both clients and readers.

THUS - if you are making $ from it please don't send it in for us to pick up your tab to run it. 

Those who would like to advertise in Pittwater Online can email pittwateronlinenews@bigpond.com to discuss what they want. The rate, for the present, will remain 10% of what is paid elsewhere.

Pittwater Online News hopes through this change we can meet all the demand and requests to expand this News Service.

As Pittwater Online News has a big 'staff' of photographers, writers and journalists already working as volunteers, finally get paid for their hard work will be optioned to these people first. Any other Positions Vacant will be advertised on this page.

Thank you - doing our best to expand giving you your own voice and ensure the Issue won't be so late - every. single. week.

A. J. Guesdon
Editor, Pittwater Online News. 

Dolly’s Law Puts Safety And Wellbeing Of Children First

November 22nd, 2018: NSW Government
Under tough new laws, cyberbullies could face up to five years prison time for sending abusive emails or posting hurtful messages.

The laws cover sending abusive emails, posting threatening or hurtful messages, photos or videos online or repeatedly sending unwanted messages. It also provides a basis for victims of cyberbullying to seek apprehended violence orders.

Named after Amy ‘Dolly’ Everett, who took her own life after sustained cyberbullying, Dolly's Law is an important signal to everyone using technology that there are consequences to cyberbullying. Dolly’s parents, Tick and Kate, established Dolly’s Dream to help prevent cyberbullying and educate children and parents about the serious harm it can do.

Attorney General Mark Speakman thanked the parents of Amy ‘Dolly’ Everett for allowing the NSW Government to give their daughter’s name to the Crimes (Domestic and Personal Violence) Act 2007 amendments.

“No parent should have to go through this devastating experience. This is why we are committed to protecting everyone in our community from online abuse – whether that be school children, victims of domestic violence or anyone else whose safety is put at risk by cyberbullies and online trolls,” Mr Speakman said.

“Dolly’s Law is now putting online abusers on notice that if their actions cause people to fear physical or mental harm, they face a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment.”

Where to get help
Support services that operate 24/7 include:

Kids Helpline – 1800 551 800
Lifeline – 13 11 14
Domestic Violence Line – 1800 656 463
Men’s Referral Service – 1300 766 491.
The Victims Access Line – 1800 633 063 operates Monday to Friday, 8am – 6pm (excluding public holidays).

 

Click on logo above to visit their website.

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