Community News: February 2018

February 18 - 24, 2018: Issue 348

Articles This Week 

Front Page Issue 348Avalon Beach Avocados Win Their Trans Tasman Test Debut + NSW Wins the Surf Boat Interstates + More

Tumbarumba Delivers Valentine’s Day Divorce Proposal To State Government: Pittwater locals joined a rally this week supporting Tumbarumba residents who came to the big smoke to deliver a proposal to the NSW Government demanding a council demerger

Spotted On Pittwater: Michelle Lee's Different World's Canoe: This Lady is Getting Ready To Row Solo Across The Atlantic - Fundraiser at The Quays Marina, Bayview on March 24th

By The Left Veterans Initiative: Younger And Female Veterans Have Served Too - Avalon Beach ANZAC Day March 2018; Sub-Branch encouraging all female Veterans to March With Us

Church Point Carpark Reserved Parking Space Scheme: EOI's Now Open + we've included some Stage of Works News and Photos for younger Readers who may have an interest in Civil Engineering

Pictures: 2018 Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern Beaches Branch Championships Results for Surf Boats and Masters

Aquatics: Tiny Membrane Makes Sydney Harbour "Drinkable": New Graphair Technology Has Potential To Save Lives Worldwide - from CSIRO

DIY Ideas: Late Summer and Early Autumn Projects: A Shed For All Storage Solutions + Garden Tasks + Keeping Our Waterways Clean

Coastal Connection Key To Conservation: Connecting the Chinese community with the coast was the theme behind an interactive rock pool walk at Long Reef Aquatic Reserve recently

Change As Good As A Holiday For Young Lifesavers: City to Country and Country to City Exchange Program - Hamish Christie (Long Reef SLSC), selected to represent NSW at the Annual Lifeguard Exchange in New Zealand next month - from Surf Life Saving NSW

Park Bench Philosopher City Of Sydney Chinese New Year's Celebrations: Lunar Lanterns At Circular Quay And Community Performances CNY Festival Runs Until March 4th, 2018 - photos courtesy Selena Griffith and City of Sydney Council

Avalon Quilters 2018 Exhibition Of Members Work and AMDF Raffle Quilt Touches StarsFriday 9th and Saturday 10th of March: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in Avalon Uniting Church Hall

Profile: Willi Michalski – Master Potter  For the past 30 years master ceramicist, Willi Michalski, has been creating one-off pieces in his Church Point studio. He began in Wollongong decades ago being taught by renowned Australian Artists Ivan and Patricia Englund in 1961 and has recently been honoured by Wollongong Council for his contribution to that city.

History:  Pittwater Summer Houses: A Tent At Palm Beach's Governor Phillip Park 'Neath Barrenjoey Having commenced this series with A Tent at Tent Basin, a glimpse into life at the Avalon Camping Grounds, and the once popular Bilgola Camping Grounds and even those who like the seclusion of Whale Beach or the community atmosphere that marked Narrabeen Camping grounds, this one is for all those who have written 'when is it Palm Beach's turn?!';

Artist of the Month: February 2018  - Willi Michalski – Master Potter 

For the past 30 years master ceramicist, Willi Michalski, has been creating one-off pieces in his Church Point studio. Willi has spent decades researching and refining his technique for glaze-on-glaze decoration and, gas reduction firing, with resounding success. Over the years he has developed his own unique style, often creating generously sized pieces, with immediately identifiable sculptural forms.

 Pittwater Offshore Newsletter Update 7/2/2018 

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To contact Julian:  editor@scotlandisland.org.au

Newport Residents Association February Meeting

The next meeting of the Newport Residents Association will be held on Tuesday 20th February 2018 at the Newport Community Centre, The Boulevard Newport at 7 pm.

We have a break during the month of January however if any matter arises that you wish us to follow up before our next meeting please just contact  a committee member or use the ‘Contact Facility’ here.

Should you wish to send an apology for the next meeting please complete and use the ‘Contact Us’ facility.

All community members are encouraged and are most welcome to attend.

Find out more here: newport.org.au

RFS Updates: Summer 2017-18

 Warringah / Pittwater RFB's have responded to numerous events in recent months, among activities and education undertaken in the off season and lead into bushfire season.

Find out more in: 
Warringah Pittwater District RFS Brigades Volunteers; A Busy Spring And Summer Serving The Community Over 2017/2018

Friends Of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment February 2018 Forum

Protecting Powerful Owls
7pm Monday Feb 26, 2018
Coastal Environment Centre
Pelican Path, Lake Park Road, Narrabeen

Presenters:
Georgia Cameron has been involved in action to protect the habitat of powerful owls.

Michael Bianchino is the photographer for the book they co-published about Mikey, the Powerful Owlet.

Georgia Cameron and Michael Bianchino will tell about the struggle to protect habitat in Byles Creek Valley where Mikey, the Powerful Owlet, fledged. They have co-authored two children's books about Mikey, the Powerful Owlet and friends, to engage people in the cause.

Michael and Georgia host a radio program on local community radio station Triple H 100.1FM called "The Half Hour Hoot" featuring environmental issues.

Entry is free but we ask for a donation to cover expenses.
Make sure you get a ticket preferably by emailing Judith Bennettemail@narrabeenlagoon.org.au

Avalon Quilters 2018 Exhibition Of Members Work

Friday 9th and Saturday 10th of March 2018
Avalon Uniting Church
Bellevue Avenue
Avalon Beach
Entry: $5
Proceeds to Australian Mitochondrial Disease Foundation

“Touching Stars” is a 1930’s Vintage Quilt, material purchased in the U.S. and hand quilting done by members using traditional quilting patterns and YLI thread – tickets for the 2018 Raffle Quilt ($2 each or 3 for $5) may be bought at Avalon Fabrics and Craft (4/24 Avalon Parade, Avalon Beach)  or Cottage Quilts (Building 4, Quattro Corporate, 4 Daydream Street, Warriewood ) or at Patchwork on Pittwater (1 Mona Vale Rd, Mona Vale) – or from Avalon Quilters (Thursday in Avalon Uniting Church) or at the 2018 Exhibition of Members Work.


Avalon Quilters members with their raffle quilt “Touching Stars”(Queen size)

Pittwater Online also spoke to the Avalon Quilters about some of the wonderful works you will see here – all done by members, some Traditional and Modern takes on Quilts and Quilting, with close to 100 quilts on exhibit this year. One of these has been made into a pattern by member Marilyn and may be purchased at the 2018 Exhibition for $10. This also forms what will be the 2019 Raffle Quilt from the 1800’s – with some reproduced 1860’s fabrics. These were sourced from Dr. Annette Gero, one of Australia's and the world’s leading quilt historians who generously sold some to the Avalon Quilters.

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DoggieRescue.com

Pet of the Week

Maple


AGE/SEX: 4 years / F
BREED: Staffy X

Maple is a sweet affectionate girl who loves people. She walks nicely on loose lead, ignoring cars and dogs. She walks at a good pace and likes to jog. She loves cuddles and pats and can be picked by strangers. She was been walked with families with older children. She has a smooth coat and weighs 24.1kg. She comes desexed, C5 vaccinated, heartworm free and microchipped. Also included for the love and health of our dogs is a free Health and Wellness Voucher with our DR Vet. Her adoption cost is $450.

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

B-Line Updates February:Mona Vale And Warriewood 

WARRIEWOOD CONSTRUCTION UPDATE
In Warriewood, the installation of northbound and southbound bus stops along Pittwater Road is mostly complete, including new commuter seating and Passenger Information Displays.

In February, work will continue to widen the access road from Pittwater Road into the car park, in preparation for the installation of a signalised intersection. Utilities work will also continue throughout February and landscaping work will commence around the commuter car park site.

CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES
In February, work will include:
  • construction of the car park facade, concrete columns, lift, stairwell and the new amenities block. Temporary toilets will remain in place as work continues on the amenities block
  • installation of overhead and underground utilities, including water main relocation
  • landscaping which may include vegetation trimming and removal 
  • finishing work to northbound and southbound bus stops on Pittwater Road 
  • asphalting, line marking and continued work on new traffic signals 
  • footpath work
DAY WORK
Work will occur at the sites located on the map during
standard construction hours:
  • 7am to 6pm, Monday to Friday
  • 8am to 1pm on Saturday
NIGHTWORK
Some work is required to be carried out at night for the safety of workers, pedestrians and road users and to minimise traffic impacts. Site set up activities will start from 7pm.

Construction work is scheduled from 9pm and will continue to 6am, up to five nights a week work will take place generally Sunday to Thursday nights.
Please check the B-Line website for more up to date information about night work

MONA VALE CONSTRUCTION UPDATE
Construction work is near completion at the new commuter car park at Mona Vale. The car park is now open and will remain open throughout February as minor finishing work is completed.

Road work will also continue through February, as well as works to complete footpaths and medians

CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES
In February, road work will include:
  • traffic island adjustments at the intersections of Pittwater Road and Barrenjoey Road, and Park Street, Golf Avenue and Barrenjoey Road, including drainage and traffic signal work 
  • asphalting works on Pittwater and Barrenjoey Roads 
  • installation of new kerb 
  • Beeby Reserve car park modifications including service installation, pavement work and sign installation 
  • bus stop completion work 
  • car park access control work
TRAFFIC AND PARKING CHANGES
Approximately 8 parking spaces may be temporarily unavailable in the car park to accommodate the car park finishing works. The car park will also be closed during February overnight and signage will be displayed with
dates and times.

Temporary fencing, traffic control, and signs will be in place for the safety of motorists and pedestrians. Please be careful around sites and follow the direction of traffic controls and temporary signs

CONTACT US
Phone: 1800 048 751
(Available 24/7 for project enquiries and complaints)
For the latest traffic updates
Phone: 132 701
Download: Live Traffic NSW App
For more information about the B-Line project, 

Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Legislation

The Office of Environment & Heritage is changing the way Aboriginal cultural heritage is conserved and managed in NSW and is seeking feedback on the proposed new system.

The Office of Environment & Heritage is seeking community input on a proposed new system for managing and conserving Aboriginal cultural heritage.

This involves changing the law for conserving and managing Aboriginal cultural heritage and includes the draft Aboriginal cultural heritage legislation. This will form the cornerstone of a new legal framework that will, over time, also include new regulations, policies and guidelines.

There will be a series of information sessions, workshops and webinars from September to February 2018 to explain the proposed new system and to seek feedback.

Have your say
There are five ways you can provide your feedback:

Phone: 131 555
Mail: NSW Office of Environment and Heritage
PO Box A290
Sydney South NSW 1232

Have your say by 2 March 2018.

More Information
Phone: 131 555

Northern Beaches Walking Plan: Input Sought

Council are developing a footpath plan which will guide the delivery of their future footpath program. They’re seeking your help to identify missing links within the existing footpath network and where new ones are required.

Use the interactive map or comment form to provide information on where you would like us to consider a footpath for inclusion in the Northern Beaches Walking Plan.

Interactive Mapping
Identify gaps and new footpath considerations via the mapping tool 

Make a comment

Community workshops
Community workshops will be held during February and March 2018, with at least one in all of the newly created wards. Details of these workshops will be available soon. You can register your interest in a workshop near you via an online comment form.

Further information contact Michelle Carter on 9970 1196.

Comments close Sunday 4 March 2018

Navigation Restriction - Hawkesbury River Railway Bridge

Hawkesbury River Railway Bridge, Hawkesbury River
SPAN 2 CLOSURE – BRIDGE MAINTENANCE WORKS
Thursday 1 February 2018 to Wednesday 28 February 2018 
(Marine Safety Act 1998 s.12) 

EXCLUSION ZONE
Vessel operators are advised that due to maintenance works on pier two of the rail bridge across the Hawkesbury River (south of Cogra Point), navigation through span 2 will be restricted and an exclusion zone will be established approximately 50 metres upstream and downstream of the Hawkesbury River Railway Bridge from Thursday 1 February 2018 to Wednesday 28 February 2018.

The exclusion zone will be marked by lit yellow buoys and signage and unauthorised vessels are prohibited from operating within the exclusion zone. 



NAVIGATION WARNING 
Vessel operators are advised to exercise extreme caution when navigating in the vicinity of the works and to pay particular attention to work vessels and buoyed off areas. This navigation warning remains in place for the duration of the works.

DIRECTIONS
Roads and Maritime advises:  
  1. Vessels are required to maintain a safe distance and speed from the works and operators are reminded that the production of wash which impacts unreasonably on the works is an offence (Marine Safety Regulation 2016 – clause 11(2) - Maximum Penalty $5,500.00)
  2. Persons within the vicinity of the works must comply with any directions given by a Boating Safety Officer or Police Officer in relation to the works or to marine safety. Failure to comply with any such direction is an offence (Marine Safety Act 1998, s.15A - Maximum Penalty $3,300.00). 
MAPS & CHARTS AFFECTED 
Roads & Maritime Services Boating Map – 9B

For further information concerning this Navigation Restriction, please contact the Roads and Maritime info line on 13 12 36 or Sydney Trains Customer Service 131 500. 

MARINE NOTICE SY1806

Spotted On Pittwater: Michelle Lee's Different World's Canoe

Of all the vessels you see plying their ways on the estuary, this one, caught by Regina Renfree of Palm Beach Sailing Club whole capturing Day 2 of the NSW Hobie State Titles on Pittwater last Sunday, must have caused a bit of 'what the?'.



Michelle Lee was on a visit to The Quays Marina at Bayview to raise awareness of a challenge she is undertaking, commencing December 2018 -  the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge, one of the world’s toughest nautical challenges, and the ultimate test in mental and physical strength and endurance.  This Challenge is a 2900 nautical mile (5371km) ocean row will start from La Gomera, Canary Islands and finish 60-90 days later in English Harbour, Antigua.

Michelle will be one of the solo rowers that make up about 30 crews - comprising of solo's, pairs or fours. The race is professionally organised and fully supported with strict rules and regulations with mandatory courses to give you the best chance of completing this mammoth challenge safely. 

The Ocean Rowing boats are specifically designed with self righting and self draining abilities. Michelle's boat has been built from scratch and is of full carbon fibre. It has all of the latest safety and navigational equipment on board and able to sustain her for the duration of the row.

Michelle is the current world record holding for the one million metre row. She beat the previous record by 10 hours and 29 mins.

Michelle has an impressive history of athletic achievements and has proven time and again her ability to push beyond her boundaries, to take on bigger and bigger challenges, to go through the gruelling training required to prepare for them, and to succeed.  All of these challenges have required not only top physical fitness, but a mastery over her emotional and mental states. 

In 1996, Michelle did a 9-day trek covering 160km to the peak of the Annapurna Circuit, through the Himalayas hiking a 14kg pack the whole time.

In 2012, she trekked the 96km Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea, completing the ruggedly relentless trek of constant undulations, in just 5 days – a trek normally only able to be done in 9 to 12 days. Again all the while carrying a fully loaded backpack.

For fun she has done many Mini-Triathlons, long distance ocean swims, parasailing and white water rafting.  Throw in weekly 40-60km cycling, along with 14-18km runs, and you know the lady is taking this challenge seriously.

If she gets through Michelle will be Australia's first female to row solo across the Atlantic ocean.

Michelle can't focus on getting across the line without some help though - she's looking for sponsors and even donations.

Find out more here: www.differentworlds.com.au
Follow her journey on Facebook OR: let's help get this Australian lady closer to where she wants to go - 

Opportunity For Offshore Residents To Secure Long Term Parking At Church Point: EOI’s Now Open

February 16, 2018: NBC Media Release

Northern Beaches Council will open a new carpark at Church Point in late March and applications are now open for offshore residents to secure a long-term reserved parking space.

The two level carpark located on McCarrs Creek Road will allocate 68 reserved parking spaces on the top level of the carpark to eligible residents through a ballot system for a two year term. 

The lower level will be a Pay and Display carpark for the community and visitors to the area and will also be available for Church Point Permit holders overnight. 

General Manager Environment and Infrastructure Ben Taylor said the reserved spaces will be issued via an Expression of Interest consisting of up to four rounds.

“Demand for parking is a challenge at many locations across the Northern Beaches and Church Point has been particularly difficult for both local residents and those who live offshore,” Mr Taylor said.  

“Too often we hear stories of offshore residents coming home and spending hours trying to park, having to walk kilometres to their car, or even giving up and staying with friends nearby.

“Onshore residents are also impacted by the huge demand for limited spaces.

“Access to this new carpark, along with the car parking spaces at Church Point Reserve and Bothams Beach, will provide additional parking options for offshore residents and help to alleviate parking issues in the area, in particular for those wishing to park overnight.

“After several years of consultation with the local community it is exciting to be offering some certainty to local residents.”

First round applications open on Saturday 17 February with priority given to permanent offshore property owners who reside at Scotland Island, Elvina Bay, Lovett Bay, Morning Bay and Douglas Estate who are existing holders of a Church Point parking permit.

The ballot will be selected from the eligible applications at random by a system under the supervision of the Northern Beaches Office of Integrity and Complaints Resolution.

If not exhausted in the first round ballot, three additional rounds will be conducted until all are allocated. A waiting list will be created if demand exceeds the allocation.

Cost to secure a reserved spot for a two-year term is $4,939 per year and paid quarterly.

Applications will close on Sunday 4 March with the first round of notifications being communicated to residents in the week commencing 12 March 2018.

The costs for the reserved spaces together with Pay and Display on the lower level are contributing to the cost of the carpark. Eligible residents can submit an EOI now at northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au

How to Apply

Apply Online

Or download and complete the PDF form and submit via:

- Email: parkingoperations@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au  

- Post: Northern Beaches Council, 725 Pittwater Road, Dee Why, NSW, 2099

- Deliver in person: to one of our customer service locations

Funds Available To Support Active Kids

Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes is reminding parents to take advantage of the NSW Government’s Active Kids rebate when registering their children for sport programs this year.
 
The NSW Government will contribute $100 for every school-aged child towards the cost of sports registration or fees for physical activities such as swimming, dance and athletics.
 
Over $200 million has been allocated towards the scheme over the next four years.
 
“Pittwater is a recreational hub and we’re really fortunate to have excellent sporting clubs and organisations catering to a wide range of interests and abilities,” Rob Stokes said today.
 
“We want all kids to have the opportunity to experience the thrill and health benefits of organised sport.
 
“I’m delighted the NSW Government is helping to alleviate the financial pressure on parents who are hoping to get their children involved in some form of active sport.
 
“The rebate is able to be claimed throughout the year – so parents have the flexibility of using it for either summer or winter sports,” Rob Stokes said.
 
Parents can register online with Service NSW to receive their $100 voucher to provide to their approved sport or physical activity club.

Visit: 


BYRA NEWS

NS14 State Championships At BYRA Easter 2018

Friday 30 March to Monday 2 April.
Entry closes 1 March 2018 for those wishing to order shirts.

Monday 2 April is a reserve DAY for if the scheduled races have not been completed by Sunday. Saturday social function is a spit roast at BYRA being organized by the Association.

The NS14 is an Australian designed sailing dinghy, intended for competitive family sailing. It has a simple rig, is light enough to be lifted from a trailer into the water by 3 persons of average strength, requires only reasonable fitness to sail, and is affordable by the private sailor.

Peter Loft Marathon Race 2018: May 6th Fundraiser

BYRA's annual Peter Loft Marathon Race takes place annually on the first Sunday in May. This is a great event and sailors from all clubs are welcome. All race fees benefit the Peter Loft Foundation.

This year the Peter Loft Marathon Race Will take place on May 6th from 8am to 4pm

Peter Loft, a talented young sailor and member of BYRA was tragically killed in a plane accident in 1990. He appears on BYRA's honour board multiple times. In the 1986-87 season, Peter was the Manly Junior National Champion. The following season Peter switched to the 420 and proceeded to become the 420 National Champion that year and the next.

In Peter's honour, the Peter Loft Foundation was set up to help young sailors compete in national and international sailing regattas. Since the 1990s the marathon race has become an institution on Pittwater, and thousands of dollars have been passed on to the foundation.

One of the most popular aspects of the race is the Le Mans start. Competitors line up on the beach beside the clubhouse and, on the dropping of the BYRA flag, sprint to their boats to begin. Clearly this gives the less-old sailors an advantage, but history shows that experience soon wins out.

After the race, please join us for prize-giving and a barbeque dinner on the BYRA deck. Refreshments will also be available.

The Bayview Yacht Racing Association (BYRA) is a sailing club based on Pittwater. We specialise in dinghy sailing and offer learn to sail courses and racing for Lasers, Spirals, Flying Elevens, Manly Juniors, Optimists and other classes. We also offer twilight racing on Pittwater for keel boats.

Visit: www.byra.org.au  - Profile


Environmental Restoration And Rehabilitation Grants

February 6th, 2018: NSW O&H
The Restoration and Rehabilitation grants program is now open to applications, and will close on Monday, 26 March 2018

Purpose
To assist in the ongoing sustainable management and stewardship of significant environmental assets and services in NSW.

Funding
Individual grants of up to $100,000 with a total of $2,000,000 for community organisations and $2,000,000 for government entities. 

Who can apply
Community groups and organisations, incorporated associations, non-profit organisations, non-commercial cooperatives, Trusts and government entities.

Register Now For Lending Rights

February 14, 2018: Australian Government Dept. of Communications and the Arts
Are you an author, creator or publisher who has released a book in the last five years? You may be eligible for lending rights.

The public and educational lending right schemes compensate Australian creators and publishers for lost income through the free use of books in Australian public and educational lending libraries.

Payment is based on the estimated number of the specific book held in public and/or educational lending libraries.

You can now easily make and track your claims using our online portal. Make sure you register now for the 2018/19 program year, as title claims need to be lodged by 31 March 2018.

For more information on eligibility and how to register and submit a claim see the Lending Rights page.

Consultation On Online Copyright Infringement

February 13, 2018: Australian Government Dept. of Communication and the Arts
We are seeking views on the effectiveness and efficiency of Australia’s online copyright infringement amendment.

The Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Act 2015 was introduced to help reduce online copyright infringement and disrupt large-scale violations by websites operating outside of Australia.

This review supports the Government’s commitment to review the operation of the online infringement amendment after it came into effect on 27 June 2015.

As part of our consultation round, we will meet with stakeholder groups affected by the amendment, including peak bodies and their members, to discuss their experiences and views.

Submissions close on 16 March at 5.00 pm (AEST).

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Wildlife Wins!

Sydney Wildlife were thrilled and honoured to be the recipients of the Community Event of the Year Award at the Australia Day Awards for our inaugural ‘Go Wild Gala’!!!

It’s wonderful to know that the community is behind our pioneering project, as well as our Councillors and our esteemed Mayor, Michael Regan.


Mayor Michael Regan with Kirstie (one of the lovely award nominators), Sydney Wildlife Treasurer - Diane Jenner, Joan Reid and Lynleigh Greig - 2 of the ‘Go Wild Gala’ committee members.


Not all the committee members could attend the Awards Ceremony but here they all are at a lunch meeting prior to the Gala. Joan, Lynleigh, Lisa, Nicole, Laurie and Ali.

We would like to say a gigantic thank you to all the wonderful people who nominated our event and to the adjudication panel for selecting our event as the winner. We were extremely honoured to listen to Mayor Regan speak highly of our volunteers and to have him present the award to us, along with the Hon. Brad Hazzard and Australia Day Ambassador Peter Wynn.

The Award Ceremony took place on Australia Day 2018 at the Glen St Theatre. There were 6 award categories:

Citizen of the Year

Senior Citizen of the Year

Young Citizen of the Year

Sportsperson of the Year

Community Event of the Year

Outstanding Community Service Award.

Sydney Wildlife’s “Go Wild Gala” won in the category of Community Event of the Year. The gala was held to raise funds to purchase and equip a much-needed Mobile Wildlife Clinic.


The Gala came together as a result of hard work and dedication from many of our volunteers. Our committee consisted of 5 members initially, but when Ali moved back to Bermuda a month before the event, we were down to 4 members - Lisa, Joan, Laurie and myself. Nicole was an honorary member of the committee who spent hours sending out emails and letters to companies asking for donations for our Auction. She also spent 6 months filming and producing an emotive video that was aired on the night, showcasing what we do for wildlife and why we need the mobile clinic. The video can be viewed here:

t took about 6 months to organise the Gala and the amount of community involvement was astounding! Two of our committee members - Lisa and Laurie - weren't actually members of Sydney Wildlife yet but they gave freely of their time and talents. Lisa was a demon in her quest to obtain as many prizes for the Auction as humanly possible! She even managed to get her friends from Levendi Jewellers to donate an exquisite white gold and diamond necklace - the Levendi Kiss - as our raffle prize. And Laurie did all our graphic design work and printing free of charge.

On the night of the Gala we had assistance from the wonderful Jeannie at the venue (the Cardinal’s Palace in Manly) as well as a large group of students at the ICMS who were in charge of decor, general event coordination and the food for the evening. Our MC for the evening, Jason Morrison - Head of 7 News - got the night off to a fun and interesting start and he introduced our first entertainer for the evening.

The beautiful soprano, Phoebe-Celeste Humphreys, of Opera Australia gave freely of her talent and that of her accompanying musicians to open proceedings with her captivating voice. Later we were treated to a wonderful performance by Arthur Murray dancers - Jace and Melissa - who also donated their time for the event.

We had celebrities, councillors, volunteers, executives, media representatives and people from all walks of the community in attendance. We even had Animal Planet’s Snake Boss (Julia Baker) and Johny Bagpipes who flew down from Queensland to do our Auction for us!


Guests arriving at the Cardinal’s Palace




The entire event was captured on camera by the sensational Michael Mannington of Volunteer Photography whose images were a wonderful collage of memories of our first-ever Go Wild Gala!

Residents Want 'Welcome To Pittwater' Sign Returned

Pittwater Online has been contacted by a number of residents this week expressing their dismay that the 'Welcome to Pittwater' sign as you come along Wakehurst Parkway has disappeared.

Although many of the former Pittwater Council logos are disappearing or being scrubbed out from the names of wharves, obviously to be replaced by the new 'design', readers have expressed this cheery sign made them many feel welcomed and gave those returning home a boost after a long day.

As Pittwater is now a Ward, with different boundaries, the wish expressed is that such a sign may be returned and placed where the new lines mark Pittwater's circumference so that good cheer may continue.
The Old
 The New?

Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary 2018 Stalls

March
3rd: Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale                          9am to 3pm
Sewing, knitting, craft, books
 
16th: Stall, Foyer Mona Vale Hospital                          9am to 3pm
Baking, knitting, sewing, books
 
17th: Bunnings, Narrabeen                                            8am to 3pm
Sausage Sizzle
 
April
7th: Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale                          9am to 3pm
Sewing, knitting, craft, books
 
14th: Bunnings, Narrabeen                                           8am to 3pm
Sausage Sizzle
 
20th: Stall, Foyer Mona Vale Hospital                         9am to 3pm
Baking, knitting, sewing, books
 
May
5th: Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale                          9am to 3pm
Sewing, knitting, sewing, books
 
5th: Bunnings, Narrabeen                                             8am to 3pm
Sausage Sizzle

11th: Stall: Outside ANZ Bank, Avalon                        8am to 4pm
Knitting, sewing, craft, jam
 
18th: Stall, Foyer Mona Vale Hospital                         9am to 3pm
Baking, knitting, sewing, books
 
June
2nd: Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale                        9am to 3pm
Sewing, knitting, craft, books
 
9th: Bunnings, Narrabeen                                             8am to 3pm
Sausage Sizzle
 
15th: Stall,  Foyer Mona Vale Hospital                        9am to 3pm
Baking, knitting, sewing, books

Amon Community Grants Fund - Round 1

In September last year, I was privileged to be elected as a Liberal Party endorsed Councillor to serve the people of Narrabeen Ward on Northern Beaches Council.

In my brief time on Council, I have been struck by the generosity and effectiveness of our community groups.  As a way of giving back, I am establishing the Amon Community Grants Fund by donating a part of my Councillor pay.

Round 1 of the program includes a total of $5,000 and is now open for applications.  Grants are between $200 to $500 for any community group to help with projects or the purchase of items which benefit our community.

As I am a Councillor for Narrabeen Ward, priority will be given to groups with a connection to that Ward.  A connection might be that your group is based in Narrabeen Ward, does work in the Ward, or one of your members lives in the Ward.  However, the application process is very brief so please apply by clicking below. All applications will be assessed by an independent community panel.

Applications close on 28 February 2018 - apply today!

Rory Amon.

Pittwater Artists Trail 2018

Now’s the time to apply to join the Pittwater Artists Trail for 2018/19. If you’re an artist living on the Northern Beaches and have a studio in the Pittwater area get in touch. Details on our website:

The Pittwater Artists Trail is an alliance of artists who collectively open their studios to the public on two weekends each year creating a Trail for art lovers. 

Visitors can engage with the artists, see how they work and what inspires them, buy beautiful, original artworks or perhaps enrol in one of the courses offered by a number of artists on the Trail.

Next open weekend is March 10 and 11, 2018. 
All studios are open from 10am - 5pm.


Boating facilities upgrade: Two New Pontoons Proposed for Rowland Reserve Bayview

Council are proposing to install additional boat access facilities for the northern and southern boat ramps at Rowland Reserve, Bayview.

The proposal for two new access pontoons is being facilitated to provide recreational boat users with a safe and more efficient means of embarking and disembarking water craft about the existing boat ramps. 

View the plans

Northern Boat Ramp 

Southern Boat Ramp 

Have your say

Register for updates on the project  

Comment online 

In writing marked ‘Boating Facilities Upgrade - Rowland Reserve’ addressed to: Northern Beaches Council, Civic Centre, 725 Pittwater Rd, Dee Why.

Comments close Sunday 18 February

Frequently Asked Questions - From Council's webpage

Will I be able to launch a boat from land during the works?

Yes, one ramp will be available during construction.

Will access along the foreshore change or be restricted?

A small area at each ramp will be fenced off for safety reasons during construction, but otherwise access along the foreshore will be maintained as existing.

Will parking be affected during or after the works?

A small area for site materials and waste storage will be established adjacent to the boat ramps within the carpark area during construction. This area will be fenced off and unavailable to the public during construction.  

The site materials and waste storage area will have minimal impact on the available carparking or associated vehicle lanes.

Will the works affect the navigation of the surrounding waterways?

The proposed new pontoons will extend approximately 23 metres from the lowest astronomical tide mark into the waterway and will incorporate new lighting which will improve navigation about the existing boat ramps. 

The impact of the proposal will be minimal with regard to navigation.

Will the proposal affect Marine Rescue operations?

Access to the Pittwater from Rowland Reserve will be maintained for Marine Rescue operations.

How will the proposal affect commercial uses such as barge and salvage operations?

Access to the Northern Boat Ramp will be maintained for commercial operators with minor interruptions during piling works.

Will any marine vegetation be disturbed as a result of the works?

No seagrass species such as Zostera or Posidonia* were found within the Aquatic Survey area. Marine pest Caulerpa Taxifolia was found to be located within the survey area.  Management procedures have been prepared to minimise the risk of spreading the pest algae Caulerpa Taxifolia to other parts of Pittwater. A small area of marine algae Sargassum will likely be disturbed near the Southern boat ramp. Additional vertical surface area will be created as a result of the works, which would support fringing algae species.  *Refer the Aquatic Ecology Survey Report for details of local sea grasses.

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. 

February 11 - 17, 2018: Issue 347

Articles This Week 

Front Page Issue 347Summer in Pittwater means 'Show Us Your Dooleys' to Palm Beach Longboarders  + A Few Other Pictures from this week!

Pictures: 2017/18 Hobie 14, Hobie 16, Women and Youth State Titles hosted by Palm Beach Sailing Club - Day 1

Vissla Great Lakes Pro 2018: spectacular surfing this week from local and O.S. surfers - Finals day today (Feb 11) - report by Surfing NSW

Clare Costanzo WINS Hardy Cup 2018: First Female Skipper - First All Female Team To Take Out Prestigious Match Racing Event

Avalon Beach SLSC Launches A New Surf Boat - The Roland Luke

Wildlife Wins! by Lynleigh Greig

Whale Beach Patrol Honoured For Top Rescue: SLS NSW Rescue Of The Month - In January were announced SLSSNB Rescue of the Month

Aquatics: Tiny Turtle Hatching Time At Warriewood Wetlands: Also - Get Involved With Frog ID! or Apply for a Restoration Grant

Warringah Pittwater District RFS Brigades Volunteers: A Busy Spring And Summer Serving The Community Over 2017/2018

Council tackling significant pollution incident at Beacon Hill: anyone with information is asked to contact Council on 1300 434 434

Sailors With DisAbilities To Help Disengaged and Disabled Youth: project ‘Wright of Passage’ will restore old Herreshoff 53'; learn skills for employment in the marine and allied industries; first TAFE intake is 19 February; focus is on teenagers, but anyone up to 30 can apply. Any young person interested should contact us regardless of the timeline. Donations, including boat products sought

Problem Boat And Trailer Parking Areas Targeted Under Six Month Trial

Days For Girls In Avalon For PFOS from Peta Wise

Reflections by George Repin: A RIDE ON THE JUNGFRAU RAILWAY - 1954

Vissla Sydney Surf Pro Set To Launch (At Manly 24 February - 4 March, 2018): Info About Community Partnership Program and The Key Sun Zinke Sydney Pro Junior Event Was Added This Week

Park Bench Philosopher Bondi's Black Sunday Remembered 80 Years On: Australia's Largest Mass Rescue

Bayview Golf Club Development Proposal  Reignites 'How To' Keep The Wildlife Corridor And Community Safe Questions

Avalon Quilters 2018 Exhibition Of Members Work and AMDF Raffle Quilt Touches Stars: Friday 9th and Saturday 10th of March 2018: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Avalon Uniting Church

Profile: Scotland Island Residents Association

Website: sira.org.au

Scotland Island is a thriving, vibrant and welcoming community situated in the Pittwater estuary, Sydney, Australia. Around 1000 people live here, some as weekenders, others as permanent residents.

Accessed by water only, the island is a refuge for natural forests, bushland reserves and native animals. Visitors love the shimmering water and gentle pace. Residents love the sense of community and adventure.

SIRA is an association of Scotland Island residents, and is collectively the voice of the Scotland Island community and a key provider of services to families living on the island. The SIRA committee advocates for residents in addressing issues relating to off-shore sustainability and community well-being. SIRA was established in 1955 at a meeting at Bangalla and since then has become a vital part of island life. 

All islanders are encouraged to join SIRA via the SIRA self service portal at: sira.org.au. Information about other ways to join can be found there too. Membership is $15 per year per individual. 

History:  Pittwater Fishermen: Barrenjuie Days from six weeks after Europeans landed here until a few years ago, fishing off this landmark has been the site of historic moments in our fishing development

Artist of the Month: February 2018  - Willi Michalski – Studio Potter 

For the past 30 years master ceramicist, Willi Michalski, has been creating one-off pieces in his Church Point studio. Willi has spent decades researching and refining his technique for glaze-on-glaze decoration and, gas reduction firing, with resounding success. Over the years he has developed his own unique style, often creating generously sized pieces, with immediately identifiable sculptural forms.

 Pittwater Offshore Newsletter Update 7/2/2018 

click on Logo: 

To contact Julian:  editor@scotlandisland.org.au

Kimbriki Fire

Ingleside NSWRFS attended Kimbriki Tip in Ingleside about 11.30pm on Thursday night for a General Waste fire about 3000m² in size. The RFS were on site until 2.45am. 7 heavy tankers from five volunteer Brigades were in attendance with RFS crews using Breathing Apparatus in the toxic smoke. 

The fire was on the Western edge of the tip in general waste and RFS crews were required to use an excavator to break up the waste. Two Ingleside RFS volunteers were the Incident Controllers for the duration of the fire. 

The fire continued to smoulder into the morning and was left with Kimbriki Tip to further manage with heavy machinery.

On October 30th 2017 Ingleside RFS, along with other volunteer RFS Brigades extinguished a mattress pile fire at Kimbriki Tip. That fire put a lot of black smoke into the Terrey Hills area, with RFS crews advising residents to to keep their windows and doors shut. 

Kimbriki Tip has also been used for training for local RFS crews. In June 2016 Ingleside RFS volunteers led car Fire and vehicle accident training at Kimbriki for 18 Village Fire Fighters training on the course. Crews were taught to extinguish the fires safely and effectively.

Brigades in attendance for Thursday's fire while the rest of us slept:
Terrey Hills Rural Fire Brigade
Warringah / Pittwater Headquarters Rural Fire Brigade
Tumbledown Dick Rural Fire Brigade
Belrose Rural Fire Brigade
Ingleside Rural Fire Brigade

This is just one fire Warringah / Pittwater RFB's have responded to in recent months, among activities and education undertaken in the off season and lead into bushfire season.

Find out more in: 
Warringah Pittwater District RFS Brigades Volunteers; A Busy Spring And Summer Serving The Community Over 2017/2018

Below: Photos of Kimbriki Tip fire courtesy Ingleside RFB.

Reply To: “NEW Pittwater Signs”

Re your article and Notice “NEW Pittwater Signs” in Pittwater Online News Issue 346
The Budawa Aboriginal Signage Group (BASG) have been trying to have signage that acknowledges the Aboriginal history of the Northern Beaches area for over 4 years. This included a welcome to the Pittwater area Garigal Country.

We had approached the Pittwater Council and Warringah Councils who gave support for the proposal then, the Councils' Amalgamation! Back to square one.

We met with the Administrator Mr. Dick Persson who suggested we concentrate on signs with information of local Aboriginal Peoples and clans, their history and culture; and the Council would do the Welcome signs.

The BASG suggested to the Administrator that the new Welcome signs could be similar to the signs in the Sutherland area. (see photo) or carved or inserted on large local sandstone rocks, as previously.

However, a meeting with the General Manager Mark Ferguson on 9th March 2017 resulted in the BASG being told that the Council would take control of all signage and they would all be produced within NB Council.

The group was able to get just one sign under way about the local Garigal clan. This has taken a lot of time by both parties.

We are presently led to believe by Council that, after nearly 2 years, the sign is just about ready. We are hoping it will be displayed in Mona Vale. We will keep POLN informed when and where.

RE the Welcome Signs, we would welcome any comment from the NBC Council.

I feel as disappointed as you, as this is the Country of my Ancestors and we should also be able to welcome everyone into this area.

Neil Evers
Chairperson
Budawa Aboriginal Signage Group: budawagroup.com
Direct Descendent of the Garigal clan of the Northern Beaches.

Tumbarumba Shire Taking Demerge Policy To Sydney 

Residents of Pittwater are heading into town this coming Wednesday to Stand by for action on Valentine's Day (Wednesday, February 14), 12 noon, at NSW Parliament House.

Community Group Protect Pittwater state,

"Some of our country cousins - Tumbarumba and Guyra - are taking their demerger proposals (just like our petition) to hand in to the government. 

"There'll be a rally with media invited and we'd like to get as many Pittwater residents (with signs and banners if possible) along to support them. So make it a date and join us there!


Environmental Restoration And Rehabilitation Grants

February 6th, 2018: NSW O&H
The Restoration and Rehabilitation grants program is now open to applications, and will close on Monday, 26 March 2018

Purpose
To assist in the ongoing sustainable management and stewardship of significant environmental assets and services in NSW.

Funding
Individual grants of up to $100,000 with a total of $2,000,000 for community organisations and $2,000,000 for government entities. 

Who can apply
Community groups and organisations, incorporated associations, non-profit organisations, non-commercial cooperatives, Trusts and government entities.

Bayview Golf Course Seniors Housing DA Lodged

New - Construction of Seniors Housing consisting of 95 units including golf course upgrades and infrastructure works
At: 52 Cabbage Tree Road BAYVIEW NSW 2104 
Application Type:Development Application
Submitted:19/12/2017
Notification Period:10/01/2018 to 12/02/2018
Application Number: DA2017/1274

Make a submission:
Documents: HERE

Construction and use of seven (7) separate buildings of predominantly 3-4 storeys in height to be operated as a retirement village (within the meaning of the Retirement Villages Act 1999);
− Basement parking for 186 cars, loading and servicing; 
− Landscaping works, including ground level landscaping for the creation of a communal open space area for future residents; and
− Extension/augmentation of services and utilities to service the development.
 Construction of a road facilitating access into the proposed seniors housing development from Cabbage Tree Road and a round-a-bout on Cabbage Tree Road (and associated pedestrian crossing); and
 Construction of an access pathway from the site through to the bus stop on the eastern side of Annam Road.

Pittwater Mens Probus Club February 2018 Speaker

Tuesday 13th February 2018 at 11AM
'Secrets of a Misspent Life': Greg van Borssum
Greg Van Borssum is a former body-builder and Mr Australia champion. Greg was also a finalist in the Mr America contest.
Greg is also a pistol shooting world champion and won an Oscar for his work on the Mad Max films. After a health scare, Greg has decided to devote himself to public service which includes speaking at Probus meetings.

Probus Trivia Night
Venue: Mona Vale Golf Club 20 February 2018
Cost: $32 includes dinner (main/dessert and coffee)
Time: From 6.15pm
Teams: Can be arranged on the night or set up by team members in advance. Come with your partner or single. Guests welcome
Bookings: Please pay at the door at the February Club Meeting. Payment can also be sent to PO Box 700, Mona Vale 2103. Cheques payable to Pittwater Probus 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.

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

Significant Pollution Incident At Beacon Hill

The Northern Beaches Council has tackled a significant pollution incident at Beacon Hill, with crews cleaning up a toxic substance before it made its way into South Creek and Narrabeen Lagoon.

Mayor Michael Regan said the incident had resulted in serious impacts to local environment and wildlife after a stormwater detention basin captured around 200,000 litres of contaminated water in a holding pond near Endeavour Drive.

“The thoughtless actions of one or more people have killed most of the aquatic life within the area, and cost the community around $150,000 in clean-up costs, as well as hundreds of hours of staff time dealing with this situation.

“The only survivors were three native eastern long-necked turtles that were rescued and relocated by Council staff.

“This is one of the biggest pollution incidents we’ve had to deal with as Northern Beaches Council. It happened on Christmas Eve and we’re still dealing with the after-effects.

“Fortunately, the prompt response of Council officers contained the pollution in the pond, but the impact was so bad the only way to remove it was to drain and dig out the entire pond, and that’s a huge job.

“We’ve had to organise a number of waste water tankers, excavators and dump trucks, at considerable expense,” Mayor Regan said on Thursday this week.

Along with emptying the contaminated water, crews have also removed around 60 tonnes of sediment as a result of the incident.

Illegally disposing of chemicals can drastically affect our natural areas and harm our local wildlife. Visit northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au and search hazardous waste for more information and to learn about correct disposal procedures.

“Quite apart from the environmental impact, the cost of this clean-up is substantial, and that’s money which could have been spent providing community services and other benefits. It’s really frustrating,” Mayor Regan said.

Council’s Environmental Compliance team is investigating the source of the pollution, and anyone with information is asked to contact Council on 1300 434 434.


Excavators and bobcats cleaning the polluted area - photo supplied

Wildlife Wins!

Sydney Wildlife were thrilled and honoured to be the recipients of the Community Event of the Year Award at the Australia Day Awards for our inaugural ‘Go Wild Gala’!!!

It’s wonderful to know that the community is behind our pioneering project, as well as our Councillors and our esteemed Mayor, Michael Regan.


Mayor Michael Regan with Kirstie (one of the lovely award nominators), Sydney Wildlife Treasurer - Diane Jenner, Joan Reid and Lynleigh Greig - 2 of the ‘Go Wild Gala’ committee members.


Not all the committee members could attend the Awards Ceremony but here they all are at a lunch meeting prior to the Gala. Joan, Lynleigh, Lisa, Nicole, Laurie and Ali.

We would like to say a gigantic thank you to all the wonderful people who nominated our event and to the adjudication panel for selecting our event as the winner. We were extremely honoured to listen to Mayor Regan speak highly of our volunteers and to have him present the award to us, along with the Hon. Brad Hazzard and Australia Day Ambassador Peter Wynn.

The Award Ceremony took place on Australia Day 2018 at the Glen St Theatre. There were 6 award categories:

Citizen of the Year

Senior Citizen of the Year

Young Citizen of the Year

Sportsperson of the Year

Community Event of the Year

Outstanding Community Service Award.

Sydney Wildlife’s “Go Wild Gala” won in the category of Community Event of the Year. The gala was held to raise funds to purchase and equip a much-needed Mobile Wildlife Clinic.


The Gala came together as a result of hard work and dedication from many of our volunteers. Our committee consisted of 5 members initially, but when Ali moved back to Bermuda a month before the event, we were down to 4 members - Lisa, Joan, Laurie and myself. Nicole was an honorary member of the committee who spent hours sending out emails and letters to companies asking for donations for our Auction. She also spent 6 months filming and producing an emotive video that was aired on the night, showcasing what we do for wildlife and why we need the mobile clinic. The video can be viewed here:

t took about 6 months to organise the Gala and the amount of community involvement was astounding! Two of our committee members - Lisa and Laurie - weren't actually members of Sydney Wildlife yet but they gave freely of their time and talents. Lisa was a demon in her quest to obtain as many prizes for the Auction as humanly possible! She even managed to get her friends from Levendi Jewellers to donate an exquisite white gold and diamond necklace - the Levendi Kiss - as our raffle prize. And Laurie did all our graphic design work and printing free of charge.

On the night of the Gala we had assistance from the wonderful Jeannie at the venue (the Cardinal’s Palace in Manly) as well as a large group of students at the ICMS who were in charge of decor, general event coordination and the food for the evening. Our MC for the evening, Jason Morrison - Head of 7 News - got the night off to a fun and interesting start and he introduced our first entertainer for the evening.

The beautiful soprano, Phoebe-Celeste Humphreys, of Opera Australia gave freely of her talent and that of her accompanying musicians to open proceedings with her captivating voice. Later we were treated to a wonderful performance by Arthur Murray dancers - Jace and Melissa - who also donated their time for the event.

We had celebrities, councillors, volunteers, executives, media representatives and people from all walks of the community in attendance. We even had Animal Planet’s Snake Boss (Julia Baker) and Johny Bagpipes who flew down from Queensland to do our Auction for us!


Guests arriving at the Cardinal’s Palace




The entire event was captured on camera by the sensational Michael Mannington of Volunteer Photography whose images were a wonderful collage of memories of our first-ever Go Wild Gala!



The key to their future is in your hands.

To donate: 

by Lynleigh Greig
Sydney Wildlife

Water Research Laboratory Open Day

When: 17 February 2018 - 9:00am to 1:00pm
Venue: 110 King St, Manly Vale

Ever wanted to know how beaches work? Why do we get rips and what happens to all the sand in a storm? How much water does it take for a car to float away in a flood? How are dams, harbours and breakwaters designed? And how, exactly, is it all tested anyway?…

Based on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, WRL spans four hectares tucked away beside Manly Dam. We are also one of the biggest scientific and engineering facilities in Australia, solving all kinds of problems related to water and the environment. Our “laboratories” don’t have test tubes and lab coats; instead we have big wave machines and fly drones. We build scale models of dams and harbours larger than a lounge room!

The WRL Open Day is a fantastic opportunity for you to experience first hand this unique, world-class research facility. Tour our massive labs, meet the experts, and see engineering and science at work.

All are welcome! If you are interested in water, engineering, science or the environment, then come along!

Register your interest to be sure to receive further updates on this upcoming event.



Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park: 1080 Fox Baiting Program

1080 fox baits (sodium fluoroacetate) will be laid in various locationsacross Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and Garigal National Park from Thursday 1 February 2018 to Tuesday 31 July 2018.  

The baited areas will contain buried baits or ejector capsules. Do not touch the baits or ejector devices as they are poisonous. 1080 is highly lethal to domestic animals and pet owners are reminded that dogs are not permitted in national parks.

For further information during business hours please contact NPWS Greater Sydney Branch Pest Officer on (02) 9542 0678.

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park: Aboriginal Heritage walk, Akuna Bay,
America Bay walking track, Apple Tree picnic area, Bairne walking track,
Barrenjoey Lighthouse, Basin Aboriginal art site, Beechwood Cottage,
Birrawanna walking track, Bobbin Head, Bobbin Head Information Centre
Centre trail, d'Albora Marinas at Akuna Bay, Empire Marina Bobbin Head,
Gibberagong walking track, Great North walk – Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Kalkari Discovery Centre, Mount Colah Station to Pymble Station cycle route, Mount Ku-ring-gai track to Berowra Station Perimeter trail,
Red Hands Cave walking track - Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park,
Resolute picnic area, Salvation loop trail, Sphinx Memorial, Sphinx Memorial to Bobbin Head loop track, The Basin campground, The Basin picnic area, The Basin track and Mackerel track, The Pavillion picnic shelter, The Station picnic shelter, Topham walking track, Wallaroo walking track, Waratah walking track, West Head lookout, Willunga Trig walking track


Problem Boat And Trailer Parking Areas Targeted Under Six Month Trial

Northern Beaches Council is introducing a trial designed to crack down on trailers and boats parked on public roads. It is hoped the trial will help residents park closer to a number of popular local parks and reserves.

Introducing a six month trial in five problem locations across the Beaches, Mayor Michael Regan said other measures had failed and it was time to try something different.

“We are getting an increasing number of complaints from residents fed up with trailers and boats taking up most of the parking next to playgrounds, parks and fields and rarely being moved,” Mayor Regan said.

“Under State Government legislation Council could give trailer owners 28 days notice to move on. However we were finding they would wait until the 28th day and then move a few spots down the street, or even just return to the same spot, and Council would have no recourse but to start the process again with another 28 days notice. It simply was ineffective.

“Our new approach prevents boats and trailers from parking at all in some known problem areas.

“These measures will also prevent the dumping of un-roadworthy trailers which is a persistent issue.

“The trial will be reviewed after six months and expanded to other areas if successful.”

The trial has been developed in consultation with the RMS. Council will erect ‘No Parking, Motor Vehicles Excepted’ signs over the next month at:

  • Kenneth Rd, Manly Vale
  • Balgowlah Rd, Fairlight
  • Aitken Reserve, Queenscliff
  • Jacka Park, Freshwater
  • Barrenjoey Road, Avalon Beach

Council has notified hundreds of residents in the immediate vicinity of the affected areas and the response has been overwhelming in favour of the trial.

Consultation Draft Of The New Model Code Of Meeting Practice For Local Councils In NSW

NSW Office of Local Government
Amendments made to the Local Government Act 1993 (the Act) in August last year by the Local Government Amendment (Governance and Planning) Act 2016 provide for a model code of meeting practice to be prescribed by regulation.

The Office of Local Government (OLG) is consulting with councils and other stakeholders on the new Model Code of Meeting Practice for Local Councils in NSW (Model Meeting Code). Once this is finalised, it will replace the meeting rules currently prescribed in the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005 (the Regulation).

The Model Meeting Code has two elements:
  • It contains mandatory provisions (indicated in black font) that reflect the existing meetings provisions of the Act and adapt those currently contained in the Regulation. The existing meetings provisions of the Regulation have been updated and supplemented to reflect contemporary meetings practice by councils and to address ambiguities and areas of confusion in the existing provisions based on feedback from councils.
  • It contains non-mandatory provisions (indicated in red font) that cover areas of meetings practice that are common to most councils but where there may be a need for some variation in practice between councils based on local circumstances. The non-mandatory provisions will also operate to set a benchmark based on what OLG sees as being best practice for the relevant area of practice.
The Model Meeting Code has been designed to achieve a range of outcomes, namely:
  • promoting, as the principal object of meetings, the making of decisions by the governing bodies of councils that are in the best interests of the council and the community as a whole
  • promoting more accessible, orderly, effective and efficient meetings and to provide councils with the tools to achieve these outcomes
  • prescribing principles to inform the way in which meetings are conducted and to prescribe meeting rules that are consistent with these principles
  • codifying areas of common practice across councils in a way that is clear, efficient, leads to better informed and more effective decision making and that is consistent with the requirements of the Act
  • promoting greater consistency between councils across the state in key areas of meetings practice without losing the ability to allow some variation in practice to meet local needs or expectations
  • allowing greater flexibility in the conduct of meetings to accommodate a range of potential scenarios that are not addressed by the current meeting rules
  • simplifying the language currently used to make the prescribed meeting rules more accessible and easier to understand
  • modernising the rules to accommodate current and emerging technologies (e.g. electronic notice, electronic voting systems and webcasting).
Links to the consultation draft of the Model Meeting Code can be found on the ‘Related Downloads’ section on this webpage. 

Submissions can be made by email to olg@olg.nsw.gov.au. Submissions should be labelled “Model Meeting Code Consultation” and marked to the attention of OLG’s Council Governance Team. 

Submissions should be made by COB Friday 16 March 2018.

For further information, contact OLG’s Council Governance Team on (02) 4428 4100 or via email olg@olg.nsw.gov.au.

All submissions are a matter of public record and will be made available for public inspection upon request. Submissions may contain information that is defined as ‘personal information’ under the NSW Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998. Submissions will be handled in accordance with the NSW Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act, 1998 and the requirements of the Act will be followed for the collection, use, storage and disclosure of personal information contained in the submissions. The Office reserves the right to withhold submissions which it considerers to be defamatory, offensive or otherwise not in the public interest to release.

Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary 2018 Stalls

February
3rd: Stall,  Pittwater Place, Mona Vale                         9am to 3pm
Sewing, knitting, craft, books
 
16th: Stall, Foyer Mona Vale Hospital                          9am to 3pm
Baking, knitting, sewing, books
 
17th: Bunnings, Narrabeen                                            8am to 3pm
Sausage Sizzle
 
March
3rd: Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale                          9am to 3pm
Sewing, knitting, craft, books
 
16th: Stall, Foyer Mona Vale Hospital                          9am to 3pm
Baking, knitting, sewing, books
 
17th: Bunnings, Narrabeen                                            8am to 3pm
Sausage Sizzle
 
April
7th: Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale                          9am to 3pm
Sewing, knitting, craft, books
 
14th: Bunnings, Narrabeen                                           8am to 3pm
Sausage Sizzle
 
20th: Stall, Foyer Mona Vale Hospital                         9am to 3pm
Baking, knitting, sewing, books
 
May
5th: Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale                          9am to 3pm
Sewing, knitting, sewing, books
 
5th: Bunnings, Narrabeen                                             8am to 3pm
Sausage Sizzle

11th: Stall: Outside ANZ Bank, Avalon                        8am to 4pm
Knitting, sewing, craft, jam
 
18th: Stall, Foyer Mona Vale Hospital                         9am to 3pm
Baking, knitting, sewing, books
 
June
2nd: Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale                        9am to 3pm
Sewing, knitting, craft, books
 
9th: Bunnings, Narrabeen                                             8am to 3pm
Sausage Sizzle
 
15th: Stall,  Foyer Mona Vale Hospital                        9am to 3pm
Baking, knitting, sewing, books

Boating facilities upgrade: Two New Pontoons Proposed for Rowland Reserve Bayview

Council are proposing to install additional boat access facilities for the northern and southern boat ramps at Rowland Reserve, Bayview.

The proposal for two new access pontoons is being facilitated to provide recreational boat users with a safe and more efficient means of embarking and disembarking water craft about the existing boat ramps. 

View the plans

Northern Boat Ramp 

Southern Boat Ramp 

Have your say

Register for updates on the project  

Comment online 

In writing marked ‘Boating Facilities Upgrade - Rowland Reserve’ addressed to: Northern Beaches Council, Civic Centre, 725 Pittwater Rd, Dee Why.

Comments close Sunday 18 February

Frequently Asked Questions - From Council's webpage

Will I be able to launch a boat from land during the works?

Yes, one ramp will be available during construction.

Will access along the foreshore change or be restricted?

A small area at each ramp will be fenced off for safety reasons during construction, but otherwise access along the foreshore will be maintained as existing.

Will parking be affected during or after the works?

A small area for site materials and waste storage will be established adjacent to the boat ramps within the carpark area during construction. This area will be fenced off and unavailable to the public during construction.  

The site materials and waste storage area will have minimal impact on the available carparking or associated vehicle lanes.

Will the works affect the navigation of the surrounding waterways?

The proposed new pontoons will extend approximately 23 metres from the lowest astronomical tide mark into the waterway and will incorporate new lighting which will improve navigation about the existing boat ramps. 

The impact of the proposal will be minimal with regard to navigation.

Will the proposal affect Marine Rescue operations?

Access to the Pittwater from Rowland Reserve will be maintained for Marine Rescue operations.

How will the proposal affect commercial uses such as barge and salvage operations?

Access to the Northern Boat Ramp will be maintained for commercial operators with minor interruptions during piling works.

Will any marine vegetation be disturbed as a result of the works?

No seagrass species such as Zostera or Posidonia* were found within the Aquatic Survey area. Marine pest Caulerpa Taxifolia was found to be located within the survey area.  Management procedures have been prepared to minimise the risk of spreading the pest algae Caulerpa Taxifolia to other parts of Pittwater. A small area of marine algae Sargassum will likely be disturbed near the Southern boat ramp. Additional vertical surface area will be created as a result of the works, which would support fringing algae species.  *Refer the Aquatic Ecology Survey Report for details of local sea grasses.

Newport Residents Association February Meeting

The next meeting of the Newport Residents Association will be held on Tuesday 20th February 2018 at the Newport Community Centre, The Boulevard Newport at 7 pm.

We have a break during the month of January however if any matter arises that you wish us to follow up before our next meeting please just contact  a committee member or use the ‘Contact Facility’ here.

Should you wish to send an apology for the next meeting please complete and use the ‘Contact Us’ facility.

All community members are encouraged and are most welcome to attend.

Find out more here: newport.org.au

Pittwater Artists Trail 2018

Now’s the time to apply to join the Pittwater Artists Trail for 2018/19. If you’re an artist living on the Northern Beaches and have a studio in the Pittwater area get in touch. Details on our website:

The Pittwater Artists Trail is an alliance of artists who collectively open their studios to the public on two weekends each year creating a Trail for art lovers. 

Visitors can engage with the artists, see how they work and what inspires them, buy beautiful, original artworks or perhaps enrol in one of the courses offered by a number of artists on the Trail.

Next open weekend is March 10 and 11, 2018. 
All studios are open from 10am - 5pm.


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Friends Of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment February 2018 Forum

Protecting Powerful Owls
7pm Monday Feb 26, 2018
Coastal Environment Centre
Pelican Path, Lake Park Road, Narrabeen

Presenters:
Georgia Cameron has been involved in action to protect the habitat of powerful owls.

Michael Bianchino is the photographer for the book they co-published about Mikey, the Powerful Owlet.

Georgia Cameron and Michael Bianchino will tell about the struggle to protect habitat in Byles Creek Valley where Mikey, the Powerful Owlet, fledged. They have co-authored two children's books about Mikey, the Powerful Owlet and friends, to engage people in the cause.

Michael and Georgia host a radio program on local community radio station Triple H 100.1FM called "The Half Hour Hoot" featuring environmental issues.

Entry is free but we ask for a donation to cover expenses.
Make sure you get a ticket preferably by emailing Judith Bennettemail@narrabeenlagoon.org.au

NSW Surfboat Interstate Team Announced

Wednesday 7 February 2018
By Surf Life Saving NSW
With a strong win in last year’s event, the NSW Team will be pushing hard to go back-to-back at this years Interstate Surfboat Championships.

North Cronulla makes up three of the crews alongside Bulli’s dominant Open Men and Palm Beach’s Open Women, Avalon Beach Reserve Women, Newport Reserve Men and Queenscliff’s U19 Women.

Its business as usual for Bulli Gelcon, Palm Beach Patriots and North Cronulla Funky crews who have been selected for their third consecutive year to represent NSW proving that consistency is key, especially with the point score selection carnivals held.

Greg Heard (Queenscliff) will be managing the team again this year along side Assistant Team Manager Lachlan Payne (Gerringong).

"The athletes are excited to be pulling on the sky blue cap to continue the recent successes of the NSW surf boat team," said Mr Heard.

The Interstate Surfboat Championships kicks off on Friday 16 February 2018 at Elouera SLSC, Sydney with all 8 divisions.

Crew Lists

Open Men - Bulli Gelcon
Shane Geloven, Sweep
Dean Roberts, Stroke
Heath Mercer, 2nd Stroke
Ben Lowe, 2nd Bow
Fraser Worthington, Bow

Open Women - Palm Beach Patriots
Peter Spence, Sweep
Verity Boulton, Stroke
Lucy Day, 2nd Stroke
Paparangi Hipango, 2nd Bow
Elly Reynolds, Bow

Reserve Men - Newport Sea Cucumbers
Rob Emerson, Sweep
Thomas Howes, Stroke
Tim Gunns, 2nd Stroke
Scott Quin, 2nd Bow
Tom Holland, Bow

Reserve Women - Avalon Beach Bandits
Peter Carter, Sweep
Ash Norman, Stroke
Rachel Strong, 2nd Stroke
Rebecca Elliott, 2nd Bow
Ellie Mackay, Bow

U23 Men - North Cronulla Funky
Mark McDonald, Sweep
Jackson Ford, Stroke
Tom Mailey, 2nd Stroke
Matt Workman, 2nd Bow
Matt Hammond, Bow

U23 Women - North Cronulla Micks Juggernaughts
Michael Hawkins, Sweep
Maddi McKinnery, Stroke
Layne Holloway, 2nd Stroke
Libby Holloway, 2nd Bow
Lauren Chadwick, Bow

U19 Men - North Cronulla Young Guns
Michael Hawkins, Sweep
Hugo Langton, Stroke
Ben Jessop, 2nd Stroke
Logan Barling, 2nd Bow
Will Fleming, Bow

U19 Women - Queenscliff Red Rockets
Damien Daley, Sweep
Sophie Berry, Stroke
Camryn Scott, 2nd Stroke
Willow Doyle, 2nd Bow
Lucy McIntyre, Bow
Julia Altenburger, Stroke

Avalon Quilters 2018 Exhibition Of Members Work

Friday 9th and Saturday 10th of March 2018
Avalon Uniting Church
Bellevue Avenue
Avalon Beach
Entry: $5
Proceeds to Australian Mitochondrial Disease Foundation

“Touching Stars” is a 1930’s Vintage Quilt, material purchased in the U.S. and hand quilting done by members using traditional quilting patterns and YLI thread – tickets for the 2018 Raffle Quilt ($2 each or 3 for $5) may be bought at Avalon Fabrics and Craft (4/24 Avalon Parade, Avalon Beach)  or Cottage Quilts (Building 4, Quattro Corporate, 4 Daydream Street, Warriewood ) or at Patchwork on Pittwater (1 Mona Vale Rd, Mona Vale) – or from Avalon Quilters (Thursday in Avalon Uniting Church) or at the 2018 Exhibition of Members Work.


Avalon Quilters members with their raffle quilt “Touching Stars”(Queen size)

Pittwater Online also spoke to the Avalon Quilters about some of the wonderful works you will see here – all done by members, some Traditional and Modern takes on Quilts and Quilting, with close to 100 quilts on exhibit this year. One of these has been made into a pattern by member Marilyn and may be purchased at the 2018 Exhibition for $10. This also forms what will be the 2019 Raffle Quilt from the 1800’s – with some reproduced 1860’s fabrics. These were sourced from Dr. Annette Gero, one of Australia's and the world’s leading quilt historians who generously sold some to the Avalon Quilters.

Find out more in:

Palm Beach To Star In New Australian Film

7 February 2018: Media Release - NSW Government/Destination NSW
Sydney’s picturesque Palm Beach will be the setting for a new feature film to be directed by critically acclaimed filmmaker Rachel Ward.

The NSW Government today announced its support for Palm Beach, a heart-warming comedy about old friends reuniting, with Sydney’s iconic Palm Beach providing a stunning backdrop for the unfolding drama.

Minister for the Arts Don Harwin said, “This is fantastic news for NSW filmmaking, bringing in a spend of over $5m as well as 80 jobs across the shoot at the beautiful Palm Beach location setting.

“I am particularly pleased to see the hugely-talented Rachel Ward at the helm, directing an incredibly acclaimed cast and crew.”

Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said the production would showcase Sydney’s northern beaches to viewers from around the world.

“Film is a powerful medium to showcase destinations, with a location so often becoming a central character in itself in many screen stories. We’re delighted to be supporting this new Australian comedy which will showcase Sydney’s picturesque Palm Beach and surrounding Pittwater region to a worldwide audience,” Mr Marshall said.

Producers Deb Balderstone and Bryan Brown said, “We are delighted to be embarking on this journey together with our partners. In the capable hands of Rachel Ward, the irresistible world of Palm Beach is set to become a future classic.”

The NSW Government is supporting the production through its arts, screen and culture agency Create NSW and tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.

Palm Beach is a New Town Films and Soapbox Industries production with principal production investment from Screen Australia, in association with Create NSW and Spectrum Films and with support from Destination NSW.

The film will start Bryan Brown, Sam Neill, Greta Scacchi and Jacqueline McKenzie, and will start production later this year at various locations in Sydney.


Bryan Brown and Rachel Ward - photo courtesy Sydney Film Festival

Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade:  Community Fire Unit Training Announcement

Following the very successful series of briefings at the four Community Fire Unit cabinets we have now scheduled a Community Fire Unit Training Course on Sunday 11th February 2018 from 9am to 4pm.

The course will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to prepare and protect your home and assist the Brigade in the event of a fire. The key things we will cover include:
  • Working safely
  • Preparing your property
  • Bushfire behaviour
  • Fire fighting equipment and operations
If you would like to complete the course please register using this link. 

We had a lot of interest in doing the training and places on the course are limited so please register asap.

You will also have to apply for membership of the Rural Fire Service prior to the day of the course. The first step to do this to complete this online form.

If you have completed a previous CFU training course you can also register to do it again and refresh your knowledge and skills.

More information about the Scotland Island Community Fire Unit is available on our web site here www.sirfb.org.au/cfu

Its exciting to imagine our beautiful island well equipped with fire fighting equipment and with lots of well trained and prepared residents. Lets make it a reality! 

Invictus Games Sydney Clubs NSW Countdown

Members and representatives of local clubs attended a Games Countdown function this week. The event was to thank those Clubs across NSW who are contributing and assisting put on the Invictus Games in October 2018. 
Sailing will be a feature event this year and a first for the Games and Pittwater's RPAYC is proud to be running this aspect of the Games on Sydney Harbour.

As a Founding Partner for the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 presented by Jaguar Land Rover, ClubsNSW is proud to be working with local clubs to help promote and recognise the service and sacrifices of Defence Force personnel and veterans in their communities.

With many defence personnel striving to overcome physical and emotional challenges after their service, the powerful use of sport inspires recovery, supports rehabilitation and generates wider understanding. 

Clubs NSW are working hard to promote these ideals, along with support from Bankstown Sports, Campsie RSL, Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL Club, Castle Hill RSL, City Tattersalls Club, Club Bondi Junction RSL, Club Five Dock RSL, Club Rivers, C.ex Group, Coogee Legion Club, Cruising Yacht Club Of Australia, Ingleburn R.S.L Club, Mingara Recreation Club, Polish Club Ashfield/ Klub Polski Ashfield, Smithfield RSL, The Juniors Kingsford, Windsor RSL, Revesby Workers, The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club - RPAYC, Petersham RSL Ltd., Penrith RSL, Dee Why RSL Club, Ettalong Beach War Memorial Club and Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron. 


Photo courtesy Clubs NSW

B-Line Updates February:Mona Vale And Warriewood 

WARRIEWOOD CONSTRUCTION UPDATE
In Warriewood, the installation of northbound and southbound bus stops along Pittwater Road is mostly complete, including new commuter seating and Passenger Information Displays.

In February, work will continue to widen the access road from Pittwater Road into the car park, in preparation for the installation of a signalised intersection. Utilities work will also continue throughout February and landscaping work will commence around the commuter car park site.

CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES
In February, work will include:
  • construction of the car park facade, concrete columns, lift, stairwell and the new amenities block. Temporary toilets will remain in place as work continues on the amenities block
  • installation of overhead and underground utilities, including water main relocation
  • landscaping which may include vegetation trimming and removal 
  • finishing work to northbound and southbound bus stops on Pittwater Road 
  • asphalting, line marking and continued work on new traffic signals 
  • footpath work
DAY WORK
Work will occur at the sites located on the map during
standard construction hours:
  • 7am to 6pm, Monday to Friday
  • 8am to 1pm on Saturday
NIGHTWORK
Some work is required to be carried out at night for the safety of workers, pedestrians and road users and to minimise traffic impacts. Site set up activities will start from 7pm.

Construction work is scheduled from 9pm and will continue to 6am, up to five nights a week work will take place generally Sunday to Thursday nights.
Please check the B-Line website for more up to date information about night work

MONA VALE CONSTRUCTION UPDATE
Construction work is near completion at the new commuter car park at Mona Vale. The car park is now open and will remain open throughout February as minor finishing work is completed.

Road work will also continue through February, as well as works to complete footpaths and medians

CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES
In February, road work will include:
  • traffic island adjustments at the intersections of Pittwater Road and Barrenjoey Road, and Park Street, Golf Avenue and Barrenjoey Road, including drainage and traffic signal work 
  • asphalting works on Pittwater and Barrenjoey Roads 
  • installation of new kerb 
  • Beeby Reserve car park modifications including service installation, pavement work and sign installation 
  • bus stop completion work 
  • car park access control work
TRAFFIC AND PARKING CHANGES
Approximately 8 parking spaces may be temporarily unavailable in the car park to accommodate the car park finishing works. The car park will also be closed during February overnight and signage will be displayed with
dates and times.

Temporary fencing, traffic control, and signs will be in place for the safety of motorists and pedestrians. Please be careful around sites and follow the direction of traffic controls and temporary signs

CONTACT US
Phone: 1800 048 751
(Available 24/7 for project enquiries and complaints)
For the latest traffic updates
Phone: 132 701
Download: Live Traffic NSW App
For more information about the B-Line project, 

Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Legislation

The Office of Environment & Heritage is changing the way Aboriginal cultural heritage is conserved and managed in NSW and is seeking feedback on the proposed new system.

The Office of Environment & Heritage is seeking community input on a proposed new system for managing and conserving Aboriginal cultural heritage.

This involves changing the law for conserving and managing Aboriginal cultural heritage and includes the draft Aboriginal cultural heritage legislation. This will form the cornerstone of a new legal framework that will, over time, also include new regulations, policies and guidelines.

There will be a series of information sessions, workshops and webinars from September to February 2018 to explain the proposed new system and to seek feedback.

Have your say
There are five ways you can provide your feedback:

Phone: 131 555
Mail: NSW Office of Environment and Heritage
PO Box A290
Sydney South NSW 1232

Have your say by 2 March 2018.

More Information
Phone: 131 555

Northern Beaches Walking Plan

Council are developing a footpath plan which will guide the delivery of their future footpath program. They’re seeking your help to identify missing links within the existing footpath network and where new ones are required.

Use the interactive map or comment form to provide information on where you would like us to consider a footpath for inclusion in the Northern Beaches Walking Plan.

Interactive Mapping
Identify gaps and new footpath considerations via the mapping tool 

Make a comment

Community workshops
Community workshops will be held during February and March 2018, with at least one in all of the newly created wards. Details of these workshops will be available soon. You can register your interest in a workshop near you via an online comment form.

Further information contact Michelle Carter on 9970 1196.

Comments close Sunday 4 March 2018

DoggieRescue.com

Pet of the Week

Cosmo

AGE/SEX: 1-2 years / M
BREED: Bull Arab X Cattle
Cosmo is a happy bouncy boy. He is friendly with other dogs and loves people. He is easy to walk on loose lead, ignoring other dogs and cars and knows "sit". He loves a jog too! He has a very playful puppy like manner. He is a nice dog with children if trained. He jumps up and gets excited. He has a short coat and weighs around 17kg. 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 DoggieRescue call  9486 3133 or email monika@DoggieRescue.com. Visit www.DoggieRescue.com to see all our dogs. www.facebook.com/doggierescue 

Navigation Restriction - Hawkesbury River Railway Bridge

Hawkesbury River Railway Bridge, Hawkesbury River
SPAN 2 CLOSURE – BRIDGE MAINTENANCE WORKS
Thursday 1 February 2018 to Wednesday 28 February 2018 
(Marine Safety Act 1998 s.12) 

EXCLUSION ZONE
Vessel operators are advised that due to maintenance works on pier two of the rail bridge across the Hawkesbury River (south of Cogra Point), navigation through span 2 will be restricted and an exclusion zone will be established approximately 50 metres upstream and downstream of the Hawkesbury River Railway Bridge from Thursday 1 February 2018 to Wednesday 28 February 2018.

The exclusion zone will be marked by lit yellow buoys and signage and unauthorised vessels are prohibited from operating within the exclusion zone. 



NAVIGATION WARNING 
Vessel operators are advised to exercise extreme caution when navigating in the vicinity of the works and to pay particular attention to work vessels and buoyed off areas. This navigation warning remains in place for the duration of the works.

DIRECTIONS
Roads and Maritime advises:  
  1. Vessels are required to maintain a safe distance and speed from the works and operators are reminded that the production of wash which impacts unreasonably on the works is an offence (Marine Safety Regulation 2016 – clause 11(2) - Maximum Penalty $5,500.00)
  2. Persons within the vicinity of the works must comply with any directions given by a Boating Safety Officer or Police Officer in relation to the works or to marine safety. Failure to comply with any such direction is an offence (Marine Safety Act 1998, s.15A - Maximum Penalty $3,300.00). 
MAPS & CHARTS AFFECTED 
Roads & Maritime Services Boating Map – 9B

For further information concerning this Navigation Restriction, please contact the Roads and Maritime info line on 13 12 36 or Sydney Trains Customer Service 131 500. 

MARINE NOTICE SY1806

Residents Want 'Welcome To Pittwater' Sign Returned

Pittwater Online has been contacted by a number of residents this week expressing their dismay that the 'Welcome to Pittwater' sign as you come along Wakehurst Parkway has disappeared.

Although many of the former Pittwater Council logos are disappearing or being scrubbed out from the names of wharves, obviously to be replaced by the new 'design', readers have expressed this cheery sign made them many feel welcomed and gave those returning home a boost after a long day.

As Pittwater is now a Ward, with different boundaries, the wish expressed is that such a sign may be returned and placed where the new lines mark Pittwater's circumference so that good cheer may continue.
The Old
 The New?

Mona Vale Chamber Of Commerce February 2018

Join us at the first Mona Vale Chamber Function of the year, hosted by Community First Credit Union!

Date: 13 February 2018
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Venue: Shop SP018, Jacksons Rd, Warriewood Square, Warriewood NSW 2102
Cost: Free for Members, $20 for Guests


Mona Vale Chamber of Commerce was reformed on 26 May 2010, was registered as incorporated association on 29 June 2010 and exists to promote and protect the trade, commerce, industries and tourism of Mona Vale and its immediate surrounds.

Find out more at: www.monavalechamber.org

Call For National Heritage List Nominations

Media release - The Hon. Josh Frydenberg MP, Minister for the Environment and Energy
Nominations are now open for places of outstanding natural, Indigenous or historic significance to the nation for possible inclusion on our National Heritage List.

“Our prestigious National Heritage List celebrates and protects places that reflect our unique landscapes, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and development as a nation,” said the Hon Josh Frydenberg MP, Minister for the Environment and Energy.

“The List currently includes more than 100 sites from across Australia and its territories, ranging from icons such as Bondi Beach, Fraser Island and Kakadu National Park to lesser-known gems such as the Dirk Hartog’s Landing Site, Darlington Probation Station, Mount William Stone Hatchet Quarry, Witjira-Dalhousie Springs and the High Court-National Gallery Precinct.”

“Each year, more places are added to the List as our national story unfolds and understanding of our heritage deepens.”

Nominations are open until 26 February 2016 and will be considered by the Australian Heritage Council before a final list of places to be assessed in 2018-19 is developed. As part of that assessment process, there will be further opportunities for public comment on each proposed listing.

Nominations of natural, Indigenous and historic places with significant heritage value for possible Commonwealth heritage listing are also being sought.

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. 

Course For A Cause At Avalon

Just beyond the Bilgola Bends as you are about to enter the Avalon Village, nestled in behind a strip of nature that separates it from the often busy Barrenjoey Road – you have the Royal Avalon Golf Course.

Not only 9 holes of golf open to the public every day of the year, with no membership required but also one of the best located venues available for hire on the Northern Beaches, or even Sydney!

Recently we have begun a program called “Course for a Cause”. The initiative is designed to help local charities by offering free use of our facilities to raise money and/or awareness for a worthy cause.

Do you have a cause close to your heart?
Nominate your charity to become part of this program by calling 9918 2606 or emailing manager@avalongolfcourse.com.au

If you don’t want to play golf, but are still after a venue for your function, the clubhouse is available for extended hours. So with plenty of parking on sight, the time of day shouldn’t be a problem when promoting your personal cause.

If you don’t have a charity, but are still looking for somewhere to party, the clubhouse can be hired to celebrate all kinds of occasions.

The bar is available and serving some of your favourite beer and wine, or take advantage of our BYO option.

Day time events can always incorporate games to raise some extra money with the practice putting green beside the clubhouse being utilised for competitions or a bit of fun for the kids.

If you are interested in our Course for a Cause initiative OR would just like to hire Avalon Golf Course and clubhouse for a function, please emailmanager@avalongolfcourse.com.au or call 9918 2606


Pittwater Community Groups: 


Sports (plus Social Members)

Gardens and Environment

Rural Fire Brigades
Services

Arts and Social

February 4 - 10, 2018: Issue 346

Articles This Week 

Front Page Issue 346: 

Bayview Golf Club Development Proposal  Reignites 'How To' Keep The Wildlife Corridor And Community Safe Questions

SLS SNB Rescue Of The Month For December 2017: Whale Beach SLSC

Avalon Quilters 2018 Exhibition Of Members Work and AMDF Raffle Quilt Touches Stars: Friday 9th and Saturday 10th of March 2018: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Avalon Uniting Church

Teenagers Swap Bush For Beach On Northern Beaches Exchange; Northern Beaches teenagers will soon have the opportunity to apply be part of the exchange to Brewarrina in April as part of 2018 National Youth Week celebrations

NSW Lifesavers Win Inaugural Youth Cup by Surf Life Saving New South Wales

Pictures: Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern Beaches Branch Begins Branch Championships Weekends: Masters, Boats, Belles and Outstanding Junior Lifesavers 

Hy-Brasil, Avalon Beach - Pittwater Summer Houses; History - Round III

Lots of Local Sailor Triumphs in Recent Days:

Local Sailors Excell At 2018 World Cup Series Miami: More Medals For Olympians Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin, first hitout for Natasha Bryant and Annie Wilmot in 49er in World Cup events

Marcus Blackmore's Ammonite Wins The 2018 New Zealand Millennium Cup - on Australia Day 2018!

Aquatics: RPAYC Women Skippers In 2018 Hardy Cup Sydney International Match Racing Regatta: begins today, Feb. 4

Park Bench Philosopher  2018 Ferry Name Reach For Longevity In An Environment Crusader and An Environment Author To Engage The Young Needs The Gibbs-Turner Original Magic Button

Artist of the Month: February 2018  - Willi Michalski – Studio Potter 

For the past 30 years master ceramicist, Willi Michalski, has been creating one-off pieces in his Church Point studio. Willi has spent decades researching and refining his technique for glaze-on-glaze decoration and, gas reduction firing, with resounding success. Over the years he has developed his own unique style, often creating generously sized pieces, with immediately identifiable sculptural forms.

Profile: Avalon Soccer Club

Avalon Soccer Club's Registration Information, Registration and Orientation Day is on next Saturday, February 10th, 2018 - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.. 
If you are new to Football or the Avalon Soccer club and have any questions, please come down to our registration/information day being held at the Avalon Soccer Club house at Careel Bay playing fields on Saturday the 10th February 2018. Club representatives will be there to answer all your questions and to assist you on how to register on-line. Boots, Balls, Shin pads, bags, shorts and club clothing will also be available to be purchased. It’s a chance to get all the info for the coming season, meet the Age Co-Ordinators, other kids and parents and get to know a bit more about our great club. The Club Shop will also be open all day for all your kit needs.  There are some merchandise examples and a price list on our dedicated pageWe’ll be around from 9am-5pm so come down to clubhouse, say hi and get ready for a terrific season 2018!

Avalon Soccer Club is an amateur club situated at the northern end of Sydney’s Northern Beaches. As a club we pride ourselves on our friendly, family club environment. The club is comprised of over a thousand players aged from 5 to 70, who enjoy playing the beautiful game at a variety of levels and is entirely run by a group of highly dedicated volunteers. In 2012 we celebrated the 30th anniversary of the amalgamation of the Avalon Junior and Senior Clubs. Online Registration is also open.

History:  Pittwater Fishermen: Barrenjuie Days from six weeks after Europeans landed here until a few years ago, fishing off this landmark has been the site of historic moments in our fishing development

 Pittwater Offshore Newsletter Update 1/2/2018 

click on Logo: 

To contact Julian:  editor@scotlandisland.org.au

Avalon Quilters 2018 Exhibition Of Members Work

Friday 9th and Saturday 10th of March 2018
Avalon Uniting Church
Bellevue Avenue
Avalon Beach
Entry: $5
Proceeds to Australian Mitochondrial Disease Foundation

“Touching Stars” is a 1930’s Vintage Quilt, material purchased in the U.S. and hand quilting done by members using traditional quilting patterns and YLI thread – tickets for the 2018 Raffle Quilt ($2 each or 3 for $5) may be bought at Avalon Fabrics and Craft (4/24 Avalon Parade, Avalon Beach)  or Cottage Quilts (Building 4, Quattro Corporate, 4 Daydream Street, Warriewood ) or at Patchwork on Pittwater (1 Mona Vale Rd, Mona Vale) – or from Avalon Quilters (Thursday in Avalon Uniting Church) or at the 2018 Exhibition of Members Work.


Avalon Quilters members with their raffle quilt “Touching Stars”(Queen size)

Pittwater Online also spoke to the Avalon Quilters about some of the wonderful works you will see here – all done by members, some Traditional and Modern takes on Quilts and Quilting, with close to 100 quilts on exhibit this year. One of these has been made into a pattern by member Marilyn and may be purchased at the 2018 Exhibition for $10. This also forms what will be the 2019 Raffle Quilt from the 1800’s – with some reproduced 1860’s fabrics. These were sourced from Dr. Annette Gero, one of Australia's and the world’s leading quilt historians who generously sold some to the Avalon Quilters.

Find out more in:

Nexba Heads South

The start dates for entries in the Melbourne to Osaka Double-Handed Yacht Race Osaka Cup have been released & Nexba Racing is heading out of Port Phillip on March 25th, 2018.

Nexba will leave the RPAYC this Sunday (Feb 4.) for Melbourne.

With John Bacon & David Sampson.heading to Melbourne, friends and supporters will continue to be kept up to date on Facebook and Insta by Nexba Racing’s media legend OCC - Lisa Ratcliff who has been following the preparations and will be updating progress regularly with image support from Bob Fowler.

John Bacon and one of his core MC38 and Melges crewmates David Sampson have linked up for their first Melbourne to Osaka Double-Handed Race in 2018, an epic 5,500 nautical mile ocean adventure aboard Bacon’s Class 40.


Nexba on Pittwater- photo by Bob Fowler

Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade:  Community Fire Unit Training Announcement

Following the very successful series of briefings at the four Community Fire Unit cabinets we have now scheduled a Community Fire Unit Training Course on Sunday 11th February 2018 from 9am to 4pm.

The course will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to prepare and protect your home and assist the Brigade in the event of a fire. The key things we will cover include:
  • Working safely
  • Preparing your property
  • Bushfire behaviour
  • Fire fighting equipment and operations
If you would like to complete the course please register using this link. 

We had a lot of interest in doing the training and places on the course are limited so please register asap.

You will also have to apply for membership of the Rural Fire Service prior to the day of the course. The first step to do this to complete this online form.

If you have completed a previous CFU training course you can also register to do it again and refresh your knowledge and skills.

More information about the Scotland Island Community Fire Unit is available on our web site here www.sirfb.org.au/cfu

Its exciting to imagine our beautiful island well equipped with fire fighting equipment and with lots of well trained and prepared residents. Lets make it a reality! 

CONGRATULATIONS
Well Done Ratcliff Family!

While on all things sailing, the 175th Festival of Sails Part Of Victorian Long Weekend Sporting Bonanza took last weekend and while Pittwater Sailing and Sports Event Media professional Lisa Ratcliff was covering the wide range of races, family members were mixing it up with the best on the water with great results. From Lisa's report;

Gill Sports Boat Victorian Championship
Andrew York’s Reo Speedwagon took out the Gill Sports Boat Victorian staye title with aplomb, five corrected time wins from eight starts and a worst score of second a scoresheet that proved too tough for the Ratcliff family on the Viper 640 Heat to overcome in the light air series.

York, the current sports boat Australian champion completed his first Festival of Sails steering Reo Speedwagon with a perfect score of three wins from three, putting seven points between Reo and the Viper skippered by 16-year-old Tyler Ratcliff. Third overall was Dan Morrow’s Anger Management, a Thompson 7 from the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria.

The infectious Ratcliff family joy even featured in the Geelong Advertiserarticle on the event with this great shot of Harley by sports photographer:



The Festival of Sails is the largest annual keel boat regatta in the Southern Hemisphere with over 300 yacht entries and 3,000 competitors annually taking part in the event. First held in 1844, the Festival of Sails Regatta is one of the nation’s oldest sporting events, and has evolved over many years culminating in its current format as Australia’s foremost keelboat regatta.

Running alongside the sailing action, the free community Waterfront Festival features numerous acts across three stages and a multitude of stallholders to provide you with fine food and wine, live music, entertainment and roving performers, art and craft market stalls, novelty stalls, an on-water Come & Try Zone and a dedicated family friendly kids zone all along the stunning Geelong Waterfront and in the Royal Geelong Yacht Club.


Lisa starts work at the Commonwealth Games on Monday, February 5th, as Venue Press Manager at the hockey after a late promotion came through. Which probably means we'll all be keeping one eye on the hockey with added interest.

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games runs from 4-15 April and will feature 12 action-packed days of sports as well as music, theatre, circus, dance, ideas, visual arts and film from the Gold Coast, Australia and across the globe.

Ratcliff's Viper 'Heat' at the 2018 Festival of Sails, Sunday Racing. Photo by Salty Dingo

Avalon Soccer Club Set To Kick Off A Great 2018 Season

Over the Summer break we have witnessed a lot of work going on at the Careel Bay playing fields. A New Watering System has been installed on Fields 3a, 3b, 3c and 4. New Goal posts and Netting for the littllies fields have also been provided. In March a New de-fibrilator machine will be available on site. A New Water fountain has been installed and upgrades to parking have been completed - with more to come this year.

Pittwater Online News, which is running an Avalon Soccer Club Profile this Issue - their Soccer Club's Registration Information, Registration and Orientation Day is on next Saturday, February 10th, 2018 - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m, contacted Council this week about the ongoing improvements who affirmed

"Council continues to invest in and upgrade local sporting facilities under our Sportsgrounds Strategy."
 
“Many recent improvements have been made to sportgrounds across the Northern Beaches including at the Careel Bay soccer fields where a new drainage system has been installed to assist in reducing wet weather closures." Mayor Regan said.
 
“There is also a new water fountain, new goals posts and netting for the mini-fields, and an all-important publically accessible defibrillator which will be installed in March 2018 for the start of the winter sports season. An upgrade of the existing perimeter fencing is also underway.
 
“Sport is an essential part of our Northern Beaches lifestyle and Council is proud of our role in providing quality sports facilities for our community. " The Northern Beaches Council Mayor stated.

Avalon Soccer Club is an amateur club whose clubhouse is at the Careel Bay playing fields. As a club they pride themselves on a friendly, family club environment. The club is comprised of over a thousand players aged from 5 to 70 backed up by a big group of dedicated volunteers.
Find out more HERE


B-Line Updates February:Mona Vale And Warriewood 

WARRIEWOOD CONSTRUCTION UPDATE
In Warriewood, the installation of northbound and southbound bus stops along Pittwater Road is mostly complete, including new commuter seating and Passenger Information Displays.

In February, work will continue to widen the access road from Pittwater Road into the car park, in preparation for the installation of a signalised intersection. Utilities work will also continue throughout February and landscaping work will commence around the commuter car park site.

CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES
In February, work will include:
  • construction of the car park facade, concrete columns, lift, stairwell and the new amenities block. Temporary toilets will remain in place as work continues on the amenities block
  • installation of overhead and underground utilities, including water main relocation
  • landscaping which may include vegetation trimming and removal 
  • finishing work to northbound and southbound bus stops on Pittwater Road 
  • asphalting, line marking and continued work on new traffic signals 
  • footpath work
DAY WORK
Work will occur at the sites located on the map during
standard construction hours:
  • 7am to 6pm, Monday to Friday
  • 8am to 1pm on Saturday
NIGHTWORK
Some work is required to be carried out at night for the safety of workers, pedestrians and road users and to minimise traffic impacts. Site set up activities will start from 7pm.

Construction work is scheduled from 9pm and will continue to 6am, up to five nights a week work will take place generally Sunday to Thursday nights.
Please check the B-Line website for more up to date information about night work

MONA VALE CONSTRUCTION UPDATE
Construction work is near completion at the new commuter car park at Mona Vale. The car park is now open and will remain open throughout February as minor finishing work is completed.

Road work will also continue through February, as well as works to complete footpaths and medians

CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES
In February, road work will include:
  • traffic island adjustments at the intersections of Pittwater Road and Barrenjoey Road, and Park Street, Golf Avenue and Barrenjoey Road, including drainage and traffic signal work 
  • asphalting works on Pittwater and Barrenjoey Roads 
  • installation of new kerb 
  • Beeby Reserve car park modifications including service installation, pavement work and sign installation 
  • bus stop completion work 
  • car park access control work
TRAFFIC AND PARKING CHANGES
Approximately 8 parking spaces may be temporarily unavailable in the car park to accommodate the car park finishing works. The car park will also be closed during February overnight and signage will be displayed with
dates and times.

Temporary fencing, traffic control, and signs will be in place for the safety of motorists and pedestrians. Please be careful around sites and follow the direction of traffic controls and temporary signs

CONTACT US
Phone: 1800 048 751
(Available 24/7 for project enquiries and complaints)
For the latest traffic updates
Phone: 132 701
Download: Live Traffic NSW App
For more information about the B-Line project, 

Calling All Women And Youthful Sailors – Hobie State Titles On Pittwater With Boats Available!

Palm Beach Sailing Club members will donate their boats to teams who would like to enter the Hobie state titles but don’t have access to one of these gleaming speed machines.
 
The NSW Hobie Association is excited to join the Palm Beach Sailing Club and The Life Aquatic to host the 2017/18 Hobie 14 and Hobie 16 Women and Youth Hobie State Titles on beautiful Pittwater. The regatta will be run on the weekend of the 10th and 11th of February.
 
“We want women and young people to enjoy racing Hobies, and we want these teams to enjoy the Club and all Pittwater has to offer,” said Commodore Andrew Nelson. 

“Club members have been working hard to encourage as many women and youth teams to enter this event as possible. And we’re even willing to offer our boats for the regatta to those women and youngsters who don’t have one.”
 
Palm Beach Sailing Club is located at Sand Point, Palm Beach and sailing is often right up underneath the iconic Barrenjoey Headland at the entrance to Pittwater.
 
A small club run by members, the Palm Beach Sailing Club punches well above its weight at national and international competitions. The club boasts Australian Champions, World Champions and Olympic medal winners amongst its members as well as those trying catamaran sailing for the first time.

The atmosphere is friendly and there is always someone to help with tips and techniques to make sailing even more fun.
 
Any teams interested please contact Andrew Nelson atandrew@andrewjnelsonco.com.au


Rescue Of The Month: Whale Beach SLSC

Congratulations to Whale Beach SLSC; Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern Beach Branch winners of the December Rescue of the Month. 

Detailed information on the Rescue of the Month program can be found on the SLSNSW website here

Whale Beach SLSC: 
"We are very proud of our Patrol 9, what an outstanding effort by the Whale Beach team! A big thank you to ALL of our lifesavers for keeping our beaches safe this summer.

"If you or a mate want to learn how to save a life or find out more about what we do, it's easy just email lifesaving@whalebeachslsc.com or head tohttps://www.whalebeachslsc.com

YOUNG LIFESAVERS PASS TEST IN WHALE BEACH RESCUE

Friday January 12th, 2018: SLS NSW
Two Western Sydney men were able to celebrate Christmas with their families after the substantial skills of a team of lifesavers stopped a potential double tragedy at Whale Beach on the Northern Beaches.

The incident happened just after 3pm on December 23 when the two men understood to be in their early 20s got into difficulty while swimming just to the edge of the flagged area.

A set of waves knocked the pair off-balance and they were at the mercy of the rip current, being tossed and turned in the churning water.

Fortunately for the duo help was close by in the form of Whale Beach Patrol 9. Seeing the incident escalate, the volunteer lifesavers quickly rushed into the water with rescue tubes and boards while the Inflatable Rescue Boat was also launched.

One of the patients was in severe distress when he was pulled unconscious onto a rescue board. He received CPR treatment on the beach, while the second man was fully conscious when he was brought ashore. However, once back on the beach, his condition too deteriorated and he began to display the symptoms of secondary drowning and shock.

Both men were transported to hospital for further treatment.  

It was a great team effort from the Whale Beach SLSC lifesavers, many of whom were newly qualified and in their teens. For first year Patrol Captain Suzy Bownes and Sophie Rothery, it was a highly stressful incident, but they handled the situation with the skill of seasoned veterans.

“Without their vigilance, skills and training, there is little doubt one or both of these swimmers would have drowned,” said Club President Andrew Pearce.

“When these things happen they happen fast. It doesn't bear thinking about how things might have ended differently had we been less prepared,” he said.

CEO of Surf Life Saving NSW, Steven Pearce, said the incident highlights the importance for lifesavers of maintaining current rescue skills and having a working knowledge of CPR techniques.

“The ability of the volunteers to step up and save someone’s life shows how vital regular training is for all of us in undertaking this important work,” said Steve Pearce.

“This experience brings home the fact that keeping up to date with CPR training and lifesaving skills is paramount.

“It also demonstrates how important it is to always swim at a patrolled beach between the flags. If the patrol hadn’t been there to respond, things would have ended very differently,” he concluded.

MASS EVACUATION OF ROCK FISHERMEN AT FINGAL BAY BEACH

Saturday 3 February 2018
By SLS NSW
A man is in hospital with suspected spinal injuries after being swept into rocks while fishing on Fingal Island in the Hunter area on Saturday morning. 

Shortly after 10am, the State Operations Centre was alerted to initial reports of an incident involving a group of bushwalkers near the lighthouse on Fingal Island, which is a popular local fishing spot.

Surf Life Saving assets including the Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) from Fingal Beach SLSC, a Hunter Branch Support Jet Ski, and a Hunter Duty Officer were all tasked to attend, while NSW Police and Paramedics also sent personnel.

Once on scene it was quickly discovered that the incident involved fishermen and not bushwalkers as previously reported.

It is understood that the group of six were hit by a large wave and thrown against the rocks with one young man in his 20s suffering suspected spinal injuries in the incident.

Due to the geography of the area only an air evacuation of the patient was possible.

The Westpac Lifesaving Helicopter arrived on scene at around 11:15 with the young fisherman and a second man who had suffered minor leg injuries both flown to hospital shortly afterwards.

Due to the changing conditions, the area was now completely underwater as a result of the tide, it was decided that the remaining members of the group would be transported by the IRB back to Fingal Beach where a staging area had been set up.

Paramedics assessed the group once they had been brought to the safety of the shore but none required any further treatment.

NSW Lifesaving Manager Matt du Plessis said this morning’s rescue reinforced the importance of inter-agency relationships.

“This rescue involved responders from four different agencies including our volunteer surf lifesavers with each playing a small, but critical role in what was a successful outcome.

“We are pleased to be able to assist and play our part in this rescue,” said Mr du Plessis.

It is unknown if the injured fisherman was wearing a lifejacket at the time of the incident. 

General Rock Fishing Safety Tips:
  • Check the weather, surf conditions and tides before going fishing
  • Tell someone where you are going and when you will be back
  • Always wear a lifejacket
  • Wear appropriate non-slip footwear and light clothing
  • Always fish with a friend
  • Check the warnings signs for information about the area
  • Never turn your back to the water
  • Do not try and retrieve anything that has fallen into the water
  • Do not jump in if someone falls into the water - wait for assistance or throw an ‘Angel Ring’ or Lifebuoy if there is one nearby
Additionally boaters are urged to always check conditions prior and to log on with their local Marine Rescue Base via radio or using the MarineRescue App. Visit www.mrnsw.com.au for more information
Call Triple Zero – Police to report an in-water emergency

Warriewood Angels 

January 29, 2018: Warriewood SLSC
Our under 19 girls, the Angels were invited to take part in an exhibition race on Australia Day at Circular Quay in front of a massive audience.

A lot has been happening with the boaties over the last few weeks.
 
We had 2 crews, the Rustys and Crustys, complete the world’s longest surf boat marathon of 190kms from Batemans Bay to Eden.
 
Our Open Womens crew, the Wahines, has been competing in Ocean Thunder, the premier surf boat competition in Australia. 

Our 2 new younger crews, the Devils in the under 23 males and the Angels in the under 19 females, had their first carnivals in January. The Devils won a race in only their second carnival at Manly on Australia Day. We had all 5 crews competing at Manly and Freshwater over the long weekend.
 
Our under 19 girls, the Angels were invited to take part in an exhibition race on Australia Day at Circular Quay in front of a massive audience.
 
We will be starting learn to row and social rowing in the next week or so. 
Keep up to date on the Warriewood SLSC website or Facebook page

Photo courtesy Warriewood SLSC

The Initial “Ride For Aboriginal Peoples”

On Friday 26 January, Australia Day/Survival Day, a group of non-Aboriginal cyclists rode from Manly to Church Point to honour the Aboriginal clans of the Northern Beaches. They met at 7am at the plaque near Manly Wharf where Wil-Le-Me-Ring, a Garigal man, speared Governor Captain Arthur Phillip, wounding him. This is the first event of this kind on the Northern Beaches and is welcomed as a gesture of reconciliation.

They rode through Manly, Queenscliff, Freshwater, Curl Curl, Dee Why, Collaroy, Ocean Parade, Narrabeen, Mona Vale, and Church Point then back to Manly.

The group were met at Church Point by local Garigal man Uncle Neil Evers with a Welcome to Country and a thank you to the riders. Aunty Clair Jackson gave a small talk about Australia Day and how the large midden on Church Point was saved by the erection of the first church and cemeteryon it in 1872, leading to the local name of Church Point.


We hope this cycle ride will become an annual event.

For all those interested in joining the ride in 2019 please contact Colin Hutton colin.httn@bigpond.com  Neil Evers the.evers@gmail.com 

Bikalabarley Murraring Walla Giballee Yaddung Guringai Wanangini Wahroong Yennieubu

Let us walk together in Guringai Country as one

$10,000 For A Youth Hub In Pittwater

Jason Falinski, MP for Mackellar, this week announced a grant has been secured under the Federal Government's Stronger CommunitiesProgramme, part of the Australian Government's commitment to help deliver social benefits in communities across Australia.

In December 2017 Pittwater MP Rob Stokes also announced over $30,000 in NSW Government funds to support local mental health support services.

"The funds are part of the NSW Government’s Community Building Partnership Program and include $20,350 for the Burdekin Association and $12,500 for Lifeline Northern Beaches." Mr. Stokes stated.

"The Burdekin Association is currently working with Northern Beaches Council and Barrenjoey High School to establish a youth health hub in the northern part of Pittwater. The funds will assist with the fitout of the hub which will accommodate a range of youth support agencies."

In January 2018 the Northern Beaches Council announced $48,050 had been allocated to The Burdekin Association in Round Two, the final one, of this program. 

"It is recognised that the suburbs within the northern section of the northern beaches are under resourced in respect to support services for young people and their families. The vision is to provide a permanently based youth support/referral hub in this area, designed with community consultation to ensure it best meets the need of the community and to be staffed by the multiple agencies that already support the Northern Beaches community, a collaboration of community services. "

The Stronger Communities Fund was a one off NSW Government grant set up to provide funding to new councils. The Fund was designed to help the delivery of projects that improve community infrastructure and services. 

Council were allocated $1million for the Community Grants Program, with individual project funding up to $50,000 to go to incorporated not-for-profit community groups for projects that would develop vibrant, sustainable and inclusive local communities.

The Burdekin Association is based on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, providing support and accommodation options for children and young people (12-24) and their families for the past 33 years. 

With this week's announcement Pittwater is one step closer to having a much needed Youth Hub.

A video with Mr. Falinski speaking with Justene Gordon, CEO of Burdekin was made available Tuesday, January 30th:

Bayview Golf Course Seniors Housing DA Lodged

New - Construction of Seniors Housing consisting of 95 units including golf course upgrades and infrastructure works
At: 52 Cabbage Tree Road BAYVIEW NSW 2104 
Application Type:Development Application
Submitted:19/12/2017
Notification Period:10/01/2018 to 12/02/2018
Application Number: DA2017/1274

Make a submission:
Documents: HERE

Construction and use of seven (7) separate buildings of predominantly 3-4 storeys in height to be operated as a retirement village (within the meaning of the Retirement Villages Act 1999);
− Basement parking for 186 cars, loading and servicing; 
− Landscaping works, including ground level landscaping for the creation of a communal open space area for future residents; and
− Extension/augmentation of services and utilities to service the development.
 Construction of a road facilitating access into the proposed seniors housing development from Cabbage Tree Road and a round-a-bout on Cabbage Tree Road (and associated pedestrian crossing); and
 Construction of an access pathway from the site through to the bus stop on the eastern side of Annam Road.

Planning Proposal – 75-79 Old Pittwater Road And 19 Cross Street, Brookvale

Council have received a planning proposal that seeks to amend Warringah Local Environmental Plan 2011 (WLEP 2011) to allow business premises, office premises, residential premises and local open space as additional permitted uses on the subject site. It also seeks to amend the LEP to allow building heights of up to 17 storeys.

A Planning Proposal was received on 10 January 2018 for 75-79 Old Pittwater Road and 19 Cross Street, Brookvale ((Lot A DP 166808; Lot 2 DP 600059; Lot 1 DP 204107).

The proposal seeks to retain the existing IN1 General Industrial zone for the site and to include Additional Permitted Uses for the site being:
  • business premises
  • office premises
  • residential flat buildings, and
  • local open space.
It also proposes that the maximum building height for the site is amended by adding a clause to WLEP 2011 that states that the (current) maximum permitted building height for the site shall not apply in circumstances where Council has approved buildings of greater height on the subject land under an approved precinct masterplan.

The proposal includes a concept precinct masterplan. This proposes nine buildings that range in height up to a maximum of 17 storeys. Each building is to accommodate multiple/ mixed uses.

It proposes 507 dwellings and 11,894sm of employment floor space. It also proposes local open space generally aligning the creek at the north eastern boundary of the site and pedestrian connectivity through the site.

In accordance with the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act 1979 Council are assessing the proposal to determine whether there is merit to proceed as an amendment to Warringah Local Environmental Plan 2011 (WLEP 2011).

Make a submission:
In writing marked ‘PEX2018/0001’ to Northern Beaches Council, 725 Pittwater Road,
Dee Why NSW 2099.
Any person may make a written submission to Council in relation to the Planning Proposal. If you intend to do so, you should make yourself aware of any obligation you might have in relation to (External link)Political Donations and Gifts Disclosure(External link). Please note that all submissions are public documents and are available to the Applicant or other interested persons on request.

For further information contact Kathryn Fadeev(External link), Principle Planner on 1300 434 434.

Submissions close Monday 12 February 2018
View the Documents and make a Submission HERE.

Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary 2018 Stalls

February
3rd: Stall,  Pittwater Place, Mona Vale                         9am to 3pm
Sewing, knitting, craft, books
 
16th: Stall, Foyer Mona Vale Hospital                          9am to 3pm
Baking, knitting, sewing, books
 
17th: Bunnings, Narrabeen                                            8am to 3pm
Sausage Sizzle
 
March
3rd: Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale                          9am to 3pm
Sewing, knitting, craft, books
 
16th: Stall, Foyer Mona Vale Hospital                          9am to 3pm
Baking, knitting, sewing, books
 
17th: Bunnings, Narrabeen                                            8am to 3pm
Sausage Sizzle
 
April
7th: Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale                          9am to 3pm
Sewing, knitting, craft, books
 
14th: Bunnings, Narrabeen                                           8am to 3pm
Sausage Sizzle
 
20th: Stall, Foyer Mona Vale Hospital                         9am to 3pm
Baking, knitting, sewing, books
 
May
5th: Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale                          9am to 3pm
Sewing, knitting, sewing, books
 
5th: Bunnings, Narrabeen                                             8am to 3pm
Sausage Sizzle
 
18th: Stall, Foyer Mona Vale Hospital                         9am to 3pm
Baking, knitting, sewing, books
 
June
2nd: Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale                        9am to 3pm
Sewing, knitting, craft, books
 
9th: Bunnings, Narrabeen                                             8am to 3pm
Sausage Sizzle
 
15th: Stall,  Foyer Mona Vale Hospital                        9am to 3pm
Baking, knitting, sewing, books

Boating facilities upgrade: Two New Pontoons Proposed for Rowland Reserve Bayview

Council are proposing to install additional boat access facilities for the northern and southern boat ramps at Rowland Reserve, Bayview.

The proposal for two new access pontoons is being facilitated to provide recreational boat users with a safe and more efficient means of embarking and disembarking water craft about the existing boat ramps. 

View the plans

Northern Boat Ramp 

Southern Boat Ramp 

Have your say

Register for updates on the project  

Comment online 

In writing marked ‘Boating Facilities Upgrade - Rowland Reserve’ addressed to: Northern Beaches Council, Civic Centre, 725 Pittwater Rd, Dee Why.

Comments close Sunday 18 February

Frequently Asked Questions - From Council's webpage

Will I be able to launch a boat from land during the works?

Yes, one ramp will be available during construction.

Will access along the foreshore change or be restricted?

A small area at each ramp will be fenced off for safety reasons during construction, but otherwise access along the foreshore will be maintained as existing.

Will parking be affected during or after the works?

A small area for site materials and waste storage will be established adjacent to the boat ramps within the carpark area during construction. This area will be fenced off and unavailable to the public during construction.  

The site materials and waste storage area will have minimal impact on the available carparking or associated vehicle lanes.

Will the works affect the navigation of the surrounding waterways?

The proposed new pontoons will extend approximately 23 metres from the lowest astronomical tide mark into the waterway and will incorporate new lighting which will improve navigation about the existing boat ramps. 

The impact of the proposal will be minimal with regard to navigation.

Will the proposal affect Marine Rescue operations?

Access to the Pittwater from Rowland Reserve will be maintained for Marine Rescue operations.

How will the proposal affect commercial uses such as barge and salvage operations?

Access to the Northern Boat Ramp will be maintained for commercial operators with minor interruptions during piling works.

Will any marine vegetation be disturbed as a result of the works?

No seagrass species such as Zostera or Posidonia* were found within the Aquatic Survey area. Marine pest Caulerpa Taxifolia was found to be located within the survey area.  Management procedures have been prepared to minimise the risk of spreading the pest algae Caulerpa Taxifolia to other parts of Pittwater. A small area of marine algae Sargassum will likely be disturbed near the Southern boat ramp. Additional vertical surface area will be created as a result of the works, which would support fringing algae species.  *Refer the Aquatic Ecology Survey Report for details of local sea grasses.

Pittwater Artists Trail 2018

Now’s the time to apply to join the Pittwater Artists Trail for 2018/19. If you’re an artist living on the Northern Beaches and have a studio in the Pittwater area get in touch. Details on our website:

The Pittwater Artists Trail is an alliance of artists who collectively open their studios to the public on two weekends each year creating a Trail for art lovers. 

Visitors can engage with the artists, see how they work and what inspires them, buy beautiful, original artworks or perhaps enrol in one of the courses offered by a number of artists on the Trail.

Next open weekend is March 10 and 11, 2018. 
All studios are open from 10am - 5pm.


Mona Vale Chamber Of Commerce February 2018

Join us at the first Mona Vale Chamber Function of the year, hosted by Community First Credit Union!

Date: 13 February 2018
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Venue: Shop SP018, Jacksons Rd, Warriewood Square, Warriewood NSW 2102
Cost: Free for Members, $20 for Guests


Mona Vale Chamber of Commerce was reformed on 26 May 2010, was registered as incorporated association on 29 June 2010 and exists to promote and protect the trade, commerce, industries and tourism of Mona Vale and its immediate surrounds.

Find out more at: www.monavalechamber.org

Newport Residents Association February Meeting

The next meeting of the Newport Residents Association will be held on Tuesday 20th February 2018 at the Newport Community Centre, The Boulevard Newport at 7 pm.

We have a break during the month of January however if any matter arises that you wish us to follow up before our next meeting please just contact  a committee member or use the ‘Contact Facility’ here.

Should you wish to send an apology for the next meeting please complete and use the ‘Contact Us’ facility.

All community members are encouraged and are most welcome to attend.

Find out more here: newport.org.au

DoggieRescue.com

Pet of the Week

Ranger

AGE/SEX: 2 years / M
BREED: Staffy X
NUMBER: 9486 3133
Ranger is a very friendly happy boy. Out walking he pulls on lead, walks at a good pace and likes to run. He ignores passing cars, but lunges/barks at dogs. He enjoys being cuddled and patted and jumps up to lick your face. He has excellent interactions with kids. He has a smooth coat and weighs 23kg. 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 DoggieRescue call  9486 3133 or email monika@DoggieRescue.com. Visit www.DoggieRescue.com to see all our dogs. www.facebook.com/doggierescue 

The DoggieRescue E-Magazine is now available online! 

January 2018 Issue:

Planning Alerts


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Seeking Misses Macklin Relatives

In November 2017 we ran a celebratory history page as part of thepresentation of  bronze medallions to the Terrigal ladies who patrolled that beach during World War Two as an all-women squad. The Central Coast, Hawkesbury and Pittwater regions have been linked since earliest days and this includes the associations and support between sailing bodies and the interaction between surf life saving clubs and more recently, surfers.

As part of our research we found details of numerous women involved in or being part of looking after people on beaches long prior to when women were officially allowed to become life savers. 

Among those archives searched were the old Warringah Shire Council Minutes of meetings where this is recorded:

Meeting of 8th November, 1926
North Curl Curl Life Saving Club. 1/11/26 nominating James Wilson, Thos Christian; Miss H. Macklin and Miss P. Macklin, as Beach Inspectors; (2) requesting some old timber from the council's depot for the purpose of roofing their shed and enclosing the Club Room verandah :Resolved – (Crs. Campbell, Corkery) That the persons nominated be Beach Inspectors, the appointments to be under seal, and the timber supplied as requested. 

As part of our ongoing focus on women in surf life saving and surfing we would welcome any information anyone can provide on these two ladies for future History pages/created records of our area scheduled for publication.

Please email us at pittwateronlinenews@live.com.au if you can shed any light, or water, on the Misses Macklin.

For Examples on what Pittwater Online news does in this regard, please visit:

Huge Thanks

Pittwater Online News would also like to thank those across Australia who have sent in additional records and photos over our Christmas-New Years Break to add into existing history pages/records. We will be making these pages even greater, thanks to you, and will be sending out our files for your own Family Records in February, as requested, when we get back to work properly (translation; get off the beach and estuary)!

Your generosity and help in creating a permanent record of interlinked  pages are coalescing into a map that unfolds for all here, and around the country and world apparently, a dynamic living insight into our place. This resource is utilised and accessed by young and old in the hundreds of thousands annually and everyone LOVES it - the young can go and stand on that hill there, in that same breeze from the middle of that same season and look out and see that same water - only 150 years or so on. The mature are recalling phrases and adventures and fashions their grandchildren want to see and know about. THANK YOU!

P.S.: Apologies for the delay - we are clearing the backlog. 

 

Click on logo above to visit their website.

Pittwater International Women's Day Breakfast

Wednesday 7 March 2018
hosted by Zonta Club of Northern Beaches

This breakfast marks International Women's Day. It is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.​ ​It's a day to acknowledge women's contribution to making Australia, and the world, a better place.  Everyone is invited to celebrate the day. The 2018 Pittwater Woman of the Year will be announced at the breakfast by Rob Stokes, Member for Pittwater.

The delightful location at the RPAYC looks over the waters of Pittwater and across to Bayview and Scotland Island. Everyone is invited to attend and men are particularly welcome. Please book early to avoid disappointment. Booking details below.

Amon Community Grants Fund - Round 1

In September last year, I was privileged to be elected as a Liberal Party endorsed Councillor to serve the people of Narrabeen Ward on Northern Beaches Council.

In my brief time on Council, I have been struck by the generosity and effectiveness of our community groups.  As a way of giving back, I am establishing the Amon Community Grants Fund by donating a part of my Councillor pay.

Round 1 of the program includes a total of $5,000 and is now open for applications.  Grants are between $200 to $500 for any community group to help with projects or the purchase of items which benefit our community.

As I am a Councillor for Narrabeen Ward, priority will be given to groups with a connection to that Ward.  A connection might be that your group is based in Narrabeen Ward, does work in the Ward, or one of your members lives in the Ward.  However, the application process is very brief so please apply by clicking below. All applications will be assessed by an independent community panel.

Applications close on 28 February 2018 - apply today!

Rory Amon.

PFOS AGM And Information Evening

Hosted by Pittwater Friends Of Soibada
Tuesday, February 6 at 7:30 PM
Avalon Beach RSL Club
1 Bowling Green Lane, Avalon Beach

Pittwater Friends of Soibada is a diverse group of local individuals who are committed to forging a lasting friendship between communities on Sydney's Northern Beaches and those in the Central Timor Leste province of Soibada.  Our key objective is to support the local people in their efforts to achieve sustainable development in their region.  All our projects are initiated by the people of Soibada themselves.



The Pittwater Regatta Is Back In 2018!

The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, Newport, invites you to the return of the Pittwater Broken Bay Regatta, to be held over the weekend of Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th February, 2018. 

This is a great regatta for offshore and inshore competitors alike, with post racing celebrations, crew BBQ, including live music, held at the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club.

This Grand Prix Regatta is perfect for IRC, PHS, One Design and Sports Boats incorporating the Etchells World Qualifying Series.

Offshore windward/leeward courses will be held in the Broken Bay Offshore Zone for the Premier and Performance classes, with the One Design and Sports Boats racing inshore on Pittwater.

Berthing is included in the regatta entry fee - please contact the Waterfront staff at waterfront@rpayc.com.au for all berthing enquiries.

Enter online today and join in this exciting grand prix regatta competing with members from other Sydney and NSW Yacht Clubs, and enjoy a fun weekend on Pittwater.

For more information, including online entries, please visithttp://www.rpayc.com.au/yacht-racing/regatta-and-championships or contact the sailing office at sailing@rpayc.com.au

Policy For Appointing Community & Stakeholder Representatives To Committees

A policy has been developed to govern how community and stakeholder representatives are appointed to NBC council committees.

Learn More: View the Council report (automatically downloads PDF: 195.78kb) Read the draft policy (automatically downloads PDF: 30.06kb)

Have your say on the draft policy
In writing marked 'Policy for Appointing Community and Stakeholder Representatives to Committees', to the CEO, Northern Beaches Council, 725 Pittwater Road, Dee Why, NSW, 2099
Submissions close Sunday 4 February 2018.
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Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern Beaches Branch Championships 2018

Saturday, 3rd February at Collaroy   
Masters Water 
Lifesaving  
 
Sunday, 4th February at Collaroy    
Junior Water 
First Aid
 
Saturday, 10th February at Collaroy  
Open Water 
Boats   
R&R    
 
Sunday 11th February at North Narrabeen
ALL Beach events (Juniors, Masters, Opens)     

Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Legislation

The Office of Environment & Heritage is changing the way Aboriginal cultural heritage is conserved and managed in NSW and is seeking feedback on the proposed new system.

The Office of Environment & Heritage is seeking community input on a proposed new system for managing and conserving Aboriginal cultural heritage.

This involves changing the law for conserving and managing Aboriginal cultural heritage and includes the draft Aboriginal cultural heritage legislation. This will form the cornerstone of a new legal framework that will, over time, also include new regulations, policies and guidelines.

There will be a series of information sessions, workshops and webinars from September to February 2018 to explain the proposed new system and to seek feedback.

Have your say
There are five ways you can provide your feedback:

Phone: 131 555
Mail: NSW Office of Environment and Heritage
PO Box A290
Sydney South NSW 1232

Have your say by 2 March 2018.

More Information
Phone: 131 555

Northern Beaches Walking Plan

Council are developing a footpath plan which will guide the delivery of their future footpath program. They’re seeking your help to identify missing links within the existing footpath network and where new ones are required.

Use the interactive map or comment form to provide information on where you would like us to consider a footpath for inclusion in the Northern Beaches Walking Plan.

Interactive Mapping
Identify gaps and new footpath considerations via the mapping tool 

Make a comment

Community workshops
Community workshops will be held during February and March 2018, with at least one in all of the newly created wards. Details of these workshops will be available soon. You can register your interest in a workshop near you via an online comment form.

Further information contact Michelle Carter on 9970 1196.

Comments close Sunday 4 March 2018

Elanora Players Glorious Success

Audiences have raved about Elanora Players’ production of Glorious!, the true story of Florence Foster Jenkins – the worst singer in the world.
Allanah Jarman’s superb performance as Florence has brought the house down.

Wade Orth, James Belfrage, Jan Adamson, Robina Silvolli and Chris Richardson’s performances have been equally stunning.



The Season finished on Saturday evening, January 20th.
Congratulations to the cast and production team! Truly GLORIOUS!

DO YOU HAVE THE PASSION & SKILLS TO DIRECT?
Elanora Players are looking for directors for their 2018 and 2019 programmes.

A $500 honorarium will be paid to all directors who produce and direct a successful, full-length production.

If you think you have what it takes, please Contact Elanora Players and fill out the email fields provided on their website. They would love to hear from you!


UPCOMING 2018 PRODUCTION  
April
Private Lives - An Intimate Comedy
Written by Noël Coward
Directed by Sarah Lovesy
This is a comedy about something profound - it is about LOVE, about being alive, about trying to be happy and how hard that is as being in love can make you bonkers!! 

Avalon Beach Authors' Forthcoming Release - Spinning Tops & Gumdrops: A Portrait Of Colonial Childhood

Author:   Edwin Barnard 
Edition:   1st Edition - Pages:   192 - Price $44.99
Publication Date:   01 March 2018

AVAILABLE 01 MARCH - PRE-ORDER NOW 
'Spinning Tops and Gumdrops' takes us back to childhood in colonial Australia. The delight of children at play is universal, but the pleasure these children experience as depicted through the book's photographs is through their 'imagination, skill and daring' rather than through possessions. Children play quoits and jacks, hide and seek, cricket with a kerosene tin for a wicket, dress ups and charades. They climb trees, run races, and build rafts to sail on the local waterhole. The photographs show children happily absorbed in the play of their own making. 

Being a child in colonial Australia was also tough. It was a time when school yard disagreements were sorted out with fists and 'the loss of a little claret'. A time when children could view public hangings and premature death was frequent, especially taking the very young and vulnerable though dysentery, whooping cough or diphtheria. 

The lasting impression left by the contemporary accounts, photographs, etchings and paintings of colonial children in 'Spinning Tops and Gumdrops' is their possession of qualities of resilience, self-sufficiency and acceptance of their lot. Perhaps it was through lack of choice, or of knowing no other. Nevertheless, these were qualities that put them in good stead for the challenges many faced in their adulthood. Interestingly, these are qualities on which contemporary society still places a high value, but which today seem a little more elusive.


Edwin Barnard's 45-year career in book publishing, both in Australia and the UK, has seen him working on a diverse range of subjects, from computers and gardening to atlases and encyclopaedias. History and archeology have been strong interests since childhood, and work on two projects in particular—Australia's Yesterdays, with journalist and author Cyril Pearl, and Antarctica, a history of the frozen continent (during which he actually got to meet one of Ernest Shackleton's men)—revealed unexpected riches yet to be explored. Now employed as a freelance researcher, author and designer, Edwin is happily indulging his current obsession with the everyday lives of so-called 'ordinary' Australians during the nineteenth century. 

NLA Publications:
Capturing Time: Panoramas of Old Australia
Exiled: The Port Arthur Convict Photographs
Emporium: Selling the Dream in Colonial Australia

Australia Council's Latest Funding Round Supports Close To  200 Projects, With Strong Success By Female Artists

The $6.4 million funding in the October core grants round will support 118 individual artists, 27 groups, and 51 arts organisations.

This round saw strong outcomes for female artists, particularly in music, with 56% of grants awarded to women or groups including women. This is particularly encouraging in light of the Council’s recent research report Making Art Work which found that on average female artists earn 25% less than male artists and earn 30% less from their creative work.

Australia Council CEO Tony Grybowski said that this funding round would benefit local and international audiences with a large number of live performance projects being successful.

“Many of the projects funded include international components which will expand artistic and commercial opportunities for Australian artists and strengthen our international reputation for producing great art and artists, as well as sharing Australian stories with global audiences,” Mr Grybowski said.

The Australia Council received  a total of 1,423 applications in the latest core grants round, spanning Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts, Community Arts and Cultural Development, Dance, Emerging and Experimental Arts, Literature, Multi-art form, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts.

In addition to the $6.4 million in core grants delivered through the October round approximately $3.3 million was invested in other targeted programs and initiatives including International Residencies, Visual Art and Craft Strategy funding to individuals, Playing Australia and the Contemporary Music Touring Program.

The Council’s core grants program continues to attract a high proportion of first time applicants, enabling a diverse range of artists and arts organisations to access support.

Australia Council grant applications are assessed by panels of expert peers from across the country who bring deep artistic knowledge and industry experience. Of the 129 peers involved in assessing the latest round, 35% were based in regional and remote areas, 21% identified as culturally and linguistically diverse, 17% identified as First Nations, and 5% identified as people with disability.

Applications for the next grants round close on Tuesday 6th February 2018. Visit: 

Public Consultation For Improving Disability Resident Protections In Supported Group Accommodation

12 January, 2018: NSW Dept. of Family & Community Services
The NSW Government wants to hear from you on how we can improve resident protections for people with disability living in supported group accommodation.

To participate, read one or more of the consultation papers and then send us your feedback by:
  • answering an online survey (approximately 15-20 minutes)
  • emailing a response
  • writing a letter to the Department of Family and Community Services.
The consultation is open to anyone but we especially want to hear from:
  • people with disability in NSW who are living in supported group accommodation their families and guardians
  • peak body and advocacy groups
  • people and organisations of the disability and housing sector.
The public consultation period runs until Friday 2 March 2018.

The NSW Government will release a final report in June 2018.

Visit www.facs.nsw.gov.au/residentrights for more information about the consultation and how to be involved.

Residents Want 'Welcome To Pittwater' Sign Returned

Pittwater Online has been contacted by a number of residents this week expressing their dismay that the 'Welcome to Pittwater' sign as you come along Wakehurst Parkway has disappeared.

Although many of the former Pittwater Council logos are disappearing or being scrubbed out from the names of wharves, obviously to be replaced by the new 'design', readers have expressed this cheery sign made them many feel welcomed and gave those returning home a boost after a long day.

As Pittwater is now a Ward, with different boundaries, the wish expressed is that such a sign may be returned and placed where the new lines mark Pittwater's circumference so that good cheer may continue.
The Old
 The New?

Call For National Heritage List Nominations

Media release - The Hon. Josh Frydenberg MP, Minister for the Environment and Energy
Nominations are now open for places of outstanding natural, Indigenous or historic significance to the nation for possible inclusion on our National Heritage List.

“Our prestigious National Heritage List celebrates and protects places that reflect our unique landscapes, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and development as a nation,” said the Hon Josh Frydenberg MP, Minister for the Environment and Energy.

“The List currently includes more than 100 sites from across Australia and its territories, ranging from icons such as Bondi Beach, Fraser Island and Kakadu National Park to lesser-known gems such as the Dirk Hartog’s Landing Site, Darlington Probation Station, Mount William Stone Hatchet Quarry, Witjira-Dalhousie Springs and the High Court-National Gallery Precinct.”

“Each year, more places are added to the List as our national story unfolds and understanding of our heritage deepens.”

Nominations are open until 26 February 2016 and will be considered by the Australian Heritage Council before a final list of places to be assessed in 2018-19 is developed. As part of that assessment process, there will be further opportunities for public comment on each proposed listing.

Nominations of natural, Indigenous and historic places with significant heritage value for possible Commonwealth heritage listing are also being sought.

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. 

Course For A Cause At Avalon

Just beyond the Bilgola Bends as you are about to enter the Avalon Village, nestled in behind a strip of nature that separates it from the often busy Barrenjoey Road – you have the Royal Avalon Golf Course.

Not only 9 holes of golf open to the public every day of the year, with no membership required but also one of the best located venues available for hire on the Northern Beaches, or even Sydney!

Recently we have begun a program called “Course for a Cause”. The initiative is designed to help local charities by offering free use of our facilities to raise money and/or awareness for a worthy cause.

Do you have a cause close to your heart?
Nominate your charity to become part of this program by calling 9918 2606 or emailing manager@avalongolfcourse.com.au

If you don’t want to play golf, but are still after a venue for your function, the clubhouse is available for extended hours. So with plenty of parking on sight, the time of day shouldn’t be a problem when promoting your personal cause.

If you don’t have a charity, but are still looking for somewhere to party, the clubhouse can be hired to celebrate all kinds of occasions.

The bar is available and serving some of your favourite beer and wine, or take advantage of our BYO option.

Day time events can always incorporate games to raise some extra money with the practice putting green beside the clubhouse being utilised for competitions or a bit of fun for the kids.

If you are interested in our Course for a Cause initiative OR would just like to hire Avalon Golf Course and clubhouse for a function, please emailmanager@avalongolfcourse.com.au or call 9918 2606


Northern Beaches People 
I NEED YOUR STORIES PLEASE!

As promised I’m launching a website to collate our case for better buses on the northern beaches and present it to government and the media.

As I’d like to make an impact with a credible information plus story sharing place on the web would you please take a moment to email me your experience so far with the new service. Let me know your name, age if willing and location and what the difference it has made negative (or positive). Give me as much detail as you can tobetterbusesforthebeaches@gmail.com.

As per this photo I would like to quote you so please let me know if you would rather remain anonymous. PLEASE share this information  - let’s mobilise and make this count people!



Helen Crozier

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

Summer Cheers From The Critters

2017 was been a busy and difficult year for our wild ones.  Burgeoning human growth and all the things we humans seem to 'need' for our convenience are taking a toll on their existence.  There are many people who don't place any value on the wildlife's contribution...

Thankfully, however, our community is also overflowing with superhuman beings who pour all their passion, energy, time, money and their very souls into making things better for the wild babies!  These are the people we would like to thank profusely.  

Concerned members of the public, all wildlife rescue organisations, our Police, our Firefighters and SES, all our educators, our environmental representatives and wildlife advocates in Council, our veterinarians and their staff, our Zoo clinic, our wildlife-trained dogs and their trainers, our bush regeneration teams, our volunteer environmental advocates and groups, our roadkill prevention team and our wonderful media without whom the wildlife would be lost.   

Over the Christmas period, temperatures go up, more people will be on the roads and there will be lots of fireworks for celebrations.  

Just like our pets, the wildlife will be affected by all these things, too.

In hot weather, you can help immensely by leaving a bowl of fresh water at the bottom of the garden for thirsty little critters.  Not a metal bowl as they get too hot.  A nice ceramic bowl works best in a shaded area with some tree/bush for cover.  Make sure to replenish it daily.

When driving, try to keep alert for wildlife at the edge of the road and slow down if they look like they are attempting to cross.  If you see any marsupials (mammals with pouches) that have been hit, call for help as a joey could still be alive in a pouch.

If you see any wildlife in distress or in an odd location during or after the fireworks, please call:
Sydney Wildlife 9413 4300 (24-hour service)
WIRES 1300 094 737

Wishing you all a safe, happy and WILD Christmas and New Year!!!

Lynleigh Greig
Sydney Wildlife

Red Cross Shop Newport

The Newport Red Cross shop desperately needs your quality, discarded clothing items. Now that spring is almost springing, perhaps you are all set to 'declutter' your offshore abode. But what to do with all those gems that are no longer you. Well donate them of course. The Red Cross shop at Newport is very excited to receive your cast offs. We also take small household items but alas, no electrical or furniture. 

Did you know that all profits from Red Cross shops stay in Australia? Profits from Red Cross shops support worthy programmes like providing breakfast for school kids, Telecross - a daily call to elderly people in need of contact, youth services, disaster relief, mental health services and much, much more.

Should you need assistance please feel free to call me or just leave your items in our boat. We live on the northern side of Lovett Bay between Now and Zen and Therese and John. The house is called 'Foreshore' and our boat is a Stabicraft for purposes of identification! 

Don't hesitate to call in to the Newport Red Cross shop with your donations - close to Woolworths petrol station at 334 Barrenjoey Rd Newport or call Lesley Scott to help with donations - 0410 687864