Community News: July 2019

July 7 - 20, 2019: Issue 412

Articles This Week 

Front Page Issue 412: Winter School Holidays Break +++

Mackerel Beach RFB Captain Bob Mitchell Steps Down After 46 Years Of Service To The Community - words and photos courtesy Ingleside RFS

Bulldozers Placed In Way Of Democracy Say Mona Vale Hospital Campaigners - 55 year old public building to be demolished, ASAP, to make way for private operators and private structures

Have Your Say On Our Hospital by the Save Mona Vale Hospital Committee 

Ethel Turner's Seven Little Australians Added To UNESCO Memory Of The World Register - The Missing Pages Restored by Matthew CurlewisAn attempt on behalf of my ancestor Ethel Turner, to correct some Koori history censored out of her children’s book classic: Seven Little Australians

Soibada Update: Craft Workshops and Navy Assistance by Tamara Sloper-Harding OAM

Oracle’s Adventures by Lynleigh Greig

Pictures: ORRCA Whale Census Day 2019: 20th Year In A Row - the Stat.s so far

2019 Etchells World Champions Are RPAYC Members Murray, Beashel and Allanson + RPAYC To Host 100th Year Of The Scandinavian Gold Cup and 5.5m Worlds In January 2020 - some Etchells Worlds and Gold Cup on Pittwater History

Reflections by George Repin: WIELICZKA SALT MINE (sculptures made from salt!)

Aquatics: New Resuscitation Kit Handover To Northern Beaches Surf Clubs report by Surf Life Saving NSW

Park Bench Philosopher: Moon Landing Broadcast Donated To CSIRO By NASA Now Donated To NFSA

DIY Ideas: An Artfull Garden - for Winter School Holidays 2019 

Food: Mekong Merchant Restaurants In Mona Vale And Avalon Beach: Pho Specialists! Pronounced as 'fuh', pho is renowned as Vietnam's most popular dish and is often enjoyed for breakfast and lunch. Kampuchian Pork and Prawns soup, Chicken Noodle and that Traditional Beef Pho are currently available and will cure all - that sniffle, those aching bones, that chill after staying in the surf just half an hour too long.


Artists Encouraged To Join Northern Beaches Public Art Artist Panel by Northern Beaches Council: Panel artists will have the chance to develop integrated artworks for sites along the 36km Northern Beaches Coast Walk from Manly to Palm Beach as well as other potential public art projects - closes July 25th

Profile: Friends of Bungan  
Next Bushcare Day is July 28th: 9am to 12 pm

Dedicated community volunteers have played a major role in the conservation and management of Bungan Beach.

It began in 1969 when Mrs. Betty Morrison (who at the time was living on what now is Betty Morrison Reserve), formed the Bungan Beach Flora and Fauna Committee. In 1970  the Committee received its first grant of $200 from Warringah Shire Council to restore the lands native coastal plants, and improve fauna habitat.

In 1980 the committees name was changed to Bungan Beach Reserve Management Committee, and Bushrangers Hill Reserve was added to the area of care.

The committee continued to work with Warringah Shire Council and then Pittwater Council when it was formed in 1992. In 1995 the committee was renamed the Friends of Bungan and in 1999 was incorporated as a tax exempt charitable institution in order to facilitate the application and receipt of Government grants and to act as an independent body separate from Council.

History: Pittwater Roads II: Where the Streets Have Your Name - 'Green Hills', Elanora Heights and Ingleside  

 Pittwater Offshore Newsletter Update July 1st, 2019 

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To contact Julian:  editor@scotlandisland.org.au

Jason Falinski MP Sworn In As The Member For Mackellar

Mr Jason Falinski MP has today been sworn in as the Member for Mackellar this week, along with all 151 members of the House of Representatives in the 46th Parliament. 

Mr Falinski was first elected to the role in 2016 and this will mark the beginning of his second term.

“It is a great privilege to represent the people of Mackellar in the parliament.”

“During the election, I promised that if you were my voice on May 18, I would be yours for the next three years. You elected me, and now it is time for me to fulfil my promise.” Mr. Falinski said this week

“I would also like to thank my family, friends and team of volunteers who have supported me, not just throughout the election but also the last three years and earlier.”

The Northern Beaches MP has reaffirmed his commitment to fight for lower taxes, secure retirement and improving lifestyle, especially protecting the future of the oceans and planet.

Delivered: Tax Relief For Mackellar 

July 5th, 2019
From the Office of Jason Falinski, MP for Mackellar
Around 75380 low and middle income earners in Mackellar will start to receive immediate tax relief from next week. 

“The Coalition Government has delivered on its promise to build a better tax system and provide more tax relief in Mackellar,” Mr Falinski said.

“This will ensure low and middle income earners on the Northern Beaches will keep more of what they earn and have more money in their pockets. This will ultimately boost household consumption, which will be good for the overall economy.

“Those earning up to $126,000 on the Northern Beaches will receive up to $1,080, and dual income couples will receive up to $2,160.”

The tax package provides a further $158 billion in tax relief, building on the already legislated Personal Income Tax Plan that we announced in the 2018-19 Budget. 

The Government has also locked in the benefits of low and middle income tax relief by increasing the top threshold of the 19 cents in the dollar tax bracket from $41,000 to $45,000 and by increasing the low income tax offset from $645 to $700 in 2022-23.

In combination with the legislated removal of the 37 per cent tax bracket in 2024-25, the Government is delivering structural reform to the tax system by reducing the 32.5 cents in the dollar tax rate to 30 cents in the dollar. 

“Together, these tax relief measures will create a flatter and better tax system that will improve incentives for those working hard on the Northern Beaches,” Mr Falinski said.

“It will also ensure that 94 per cent of Australians will face a marginal tax rate no higher than 30 cents in the dollar in 2024-25. 

“Australians voiced their loud and clear support for our comprehensive tax package at the election. They supported a tax system that rewards aspiration and encourages effort, and we have delivered it.  

“Lower taxes are part of our plan for a stronger economy.”

NAIDOC Week 2019

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

NAIDOC originally stood for ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee’. This committee was once responsible for organising national activities during NAIDOC Week and its acronym has since become the name of the week itself.

Each year, there is a different focus city for the National NAIDOC Awards Ceremony. The focus city, National NAIDOC Poster Competition and the NAIDOC Awards recipients are selected by the National NAIDOC Committee.

Local community celebrations during NAIDOC Week are encouraged and often organised by communities, government agencies, local councils, schools and workplaces.

In 2019, the theme for NAIDOC Week is 'Voice. Treaty. Truth.'

The Message on the 2019 theme, from the NAIDOC website:

VOICE. TREATY. TRUTH.
We invite you to walk with us in a movement of the Australian people for a better future. 

The Indigenous voice of this country is over 65,000 plus years old.

They are the first words spoken on this continent. Languages that passed down lore, culture and knowledge for over millennia. They are precious to our nation.

It’s that Indigenous voice that include know-how, practices, skills and innovations - found in a wide variety of contexts, such as agricultural, scientific, technical, ecological and medicinal fields, as well as biodiversity-related knowledge.  They are words connecting us to country, an understanding of country and of a people who are the oldest continuing culture on the planet. 

And with 2019 being celebrated as the United Nations International Year of Indigenous Languages, it’s time for our knowledge to be heard through our voice. 

For generations, we have sought recognition of our unique place in Australian history and society today. We need to be the architects of our lives and futures. 

For generations, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have looked for significant and lasting change. 

Voice. Treaty. Truth. were three key elements to the reforms set out in the Uluru Statement from the Heart. These reforms represent the unified position of First Nations Australians. 

However, the Uluru Statement built on generations of consultation and discussions among Indigenous people on a range of issues and grievances. Consultations about the further reforms necessary to secure and underpin our rights and to ensure they can be exercised and enjoyed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

It specifically sequenced a set of reforms: first, a First Nations Voice to Parliament enshrined in the Constitution and second, a Makarrata Commission to supervise treaty processes and truth-telling.   

(Makarrata is a word from the language of the Yolngu people in Arnhem Land. The Yolngu concept of Makarrata captures the idea of two parties coming together after a struggle, healing the divisions of the past. It is about acknowledging that something has been done wrong, and it seeks to make things right.) 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people want their voice to be heard. First Nations were excluded from the Constitutional convention debates of the 1800’s when the Australian Constitution came into force.  Indigenous people were excluded from the bargaining table. 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have always wanted an enhanced role in decision-making in Australia’s democracy. 

In the European settlement of Australia, there were no treaties, no formal settlements, no compacts. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people therefore did not cede sovereignty to our land. It was taken away from us. That will remain a continuing source of dispute. 

Our sovereignty has never been ceded – not in 1788, not in 1967, not with the Native Title Act, not with the Uluru Statement from the Heart. It coexists with the sovereignty of the Crown and should never be extinguished. 

Australia is one of the few liberal democracies around the world which still does not have a treaty or treaties or some other kind of formal acknowledgement or arrangement with its Indigenous minorities. 

A substantive treaty has always been the primary aspiration of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander movement. 

Critically, treaties are inseparable from Truth. 

Lasting and effective agreement cannot be achieved unless we have a shared, truthful understanding of the nature of the dispute, of the history, of how we got to where we stand. 

The true story of colonisation must be told, must be heard, must be acknowledged. 

But hearing this history is necessary before we can come to some true reconciliation, some genuine healing for both sides. 

And of course, this is not just the history of our First Peoples – it is the history of all of us, of all of Australia, and we need to own it. 

Then we can move forward together. 

Let’s work together for a shared future.


Registrations Are Now Open For The 2019 Beach To Bush Program

Proudly sponsored by Clubs NSW and the Cancer Institute, rural primary schools in NSW have been benefiting from our Beach to Bush program for an incredible 25 years.

The week-long program was born out of research in 1994 that showed 50% of people rescued from the surf live more than 50km from the beach.

Last year marked the 25th year of the program which started in 1994 and is free for schools along the tour routes. To date, the program has educated 250,848 young people about safety at the beach and other aquatic environments.

Surf Life Saving NSW thanks ClubsNSW and NSW Cancer Institute for their ongoing support which makes this program possible.

2019 TOURS
Tour 1: Canberra
Tour 2: Dubbo
Tour 3: Wagga Wagga
Tour 4: Deniliquin
Tour 5: Orange
Tour 6: Bathurst
Tour 7: Tamworth

Register Your Interest Online Here For The 2019 Beach To Bush Program

Discover The Enjoyment Of Sailing On Pittwater With Avalon Sailing Club

Looking to give sailing a go, or get your kids involved at a young age at a fun, relaxed club? Then consider Avalon Sailing Club which is holding an information and registration day for kids learn to sail on Sunday August 25th from 12 a.m. – 2 p.m at 28B Hudson Parade, Clareville

With a modest timber clubhouse on the shore between Clareville & Paradise beaches, Avalon SC is a unique part of Pittwater’s world class sailing heritage. The Club which is over 80 years old is a volunteer run Club with 400 active members, ranging in age from 8 to 88.  It has a comprehensive and professional sailing program which caters to all ages and skills. 

Avalon is one of those iconic “wooden shed” sailing clubs which has a wonderfully inclusive culture that welcomes newcomers. No flash restaurants, bars or pokies. Just the best place for families to enjoy a BBQ and a drink post sailing whilst taking in the best views on Pittwater. Friday evenings on the deck or on the water in Summer are a popular family friendly way to end the working week. 



The Youth program which runs on Sunday mornings from September through to Easter, starts with Blue Group which is aimed at beginners aged 7 – 12. The Club Nippas & Pacers are used for this program. Once the basics have been learnt, the children progress to the Red and Gold groups for further instruction and an introduction to racing. Race preparation for State & National Titles is also provided. 

This season there will be club dinghies available for season hire so there’s no pressure to commit to buying a boat straight away. For teenagers and adults, there is a very active group sailing Spirals and Waszps with dedicated coaching days. The Club also runs Spring/Summer school holiday camps, open to children of all ages.Classes sailed at Avalon include, Nippas, Pacers, Bics, MJs, Flying 11s, Waszps & Spirals.

Avalon Sailing Club also offers Adult learn to sail classes with an emphasis on a fun activity which teaches many skills and provides opportunities for a lifetime. There are many sailors in their 80s who regularly enjoy cruising & racing! Not many other sports can claim that!!   

The Club also has a healthy Yacht division and a revamped racing program for the coming season will provide a diversity of events and casual entries are encouraged. 

The addition of the Pittwater Couta boat fleet to Avalon Sailing Club last year was a great bonus. The Couta fleet is always looking for crew on a Wednesday afternoon or Sunday! For those that like a more relaxed approach, the Cruising Division organises great weekends away. Members with yachts can take advantage of club moorings dotted around Pittwater. 

Blue Group Learn to Sail is limited to 25 children, and along with sailing camps, positions are provided on a first come, first in basis. 

For more info regarding Registration Day or any club activities, please email info@avalonsailingclub.com.au

Have Your Say: Before And After School Care 

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019

Parents on the Northern Beaches have been urged to have their say on Before and After School Care, with the NSW Government launching an ‘expressions of interest’ page via Service NSW this week, which will run from July to December 2019.

Member for Manly James Griffin said the NSW Government is ramping up the implementation of their election commitment to make Before and After School Care available to children at all Government primary schools on the Northern Beaches and the rest of the State by 2021.

“We know how important it is for families to have access to flexible, affordable and convenient child care services, which is why we are rapidly rolling out this initiative,” Mr Griffin said. 

The Service NSW website will help us understand your needs, give us rich insights into where there are gaps in service delivery and help us to ensure the extra places and new services go to where they will make the most difference first.

“Parents can also use the Service NSW site to stay up to date with any new developments in their area.”

Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell said that applications have also opened for grants to assist Before and After School Care services to set up or expand their services with the costs of new facilities and equipment. 

“This Government’s $120 million investment in Before and After School Care includes $50 million for new equipment and facilities; $40 million for rental subsidies to reduce costs to parents and $20 million to help schools where a standalone service may not be viable, including smaller schools and rural and remote communities,” Ms Mitchell said. 

“We will work closely with our schools, P&Cs, principals and parents – as well as the before and after school care sector – to develop flexible and creative solutions that offer parents support and choice, as well as ensuring schools have the equipment and resourcing they need to deliver these wonderful services,” Ms Mitchell said.

A new specialist team in the Department of Education will also be created to coordinate services and manage leases to relieve this burden from principals.

Artists Encouraged To Join Northern Beaches Public Art Artist Panel

 Stone Seal Sculpture in Dunbar Park, Avalon Beach - photo by A J Guesdon in March 2019

By Northern Beaches Council

Northern Beaches Council has a unique opportunity for qualified and experienced artists as well as arts project teams to join the new Northern Beaches Public Art – Artist Panel.

Panel artists will have the chance to develop integrated artworks for sites along the 36km Northern Beaches Coast Walk from Manly to Palm Beach as well as other potential public art projects on the peninsula.

Once completed, the Northern Beaches Coast Walk will be a signature experience of Sydney’s stunning coastline. It will feature dramatic headlands, bushland, rock platforms, wetlands, lagoons, beaches and ocean views, further emphasised by the area’s unique identity, character and history.

Northern Beaches Council Mayor Michael Regan has called on emerging and established artists to support the high profile art project.

“Everyone at Council is very proud about what the Coast Walk will bring to area once completed. 

“I’m also excited that the art works will be of such high quality and have the potential to really inspire our community.

“We have an opportunity to develop the most extraordinary art and environmental experience for locals and visitors to embrace and enjoy. “To be a part of a permanent gallery along our extraordinary coastline will be a real achievement for artists who are successful in gaining a commission.”

A total of 20 sites have been selected for major integrated artworks that are to be both high quality and deeply respectful of the coastal landscape in which they are placed. 

Additionally, due to the multi-layered, multi-use, harsh weather and corrosive nature of the coastal environment, artworks must be made of robust, durable sustainable materials and include approved protective coatings that require minimal maintenance.

Artists will need to submit an application outlining their artistic approach, credentials and qualifications, their ability to undertake the work, a record of their previous completed public artworks, fee proposals and references.

Aboriginal artists and artists from the Northern Beaches are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Artist Panel Tender closes on Thursday 25 July 2019, 2pm (AEST).

For additional information about the Northern Beaches Coast Walk Project, please refer to the following https://yoursay.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/publicarttrail;

https://www.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/council/current-works-and-projects/major-projects/connecting-northern-beaches/coast-walk

Northern Beaches Council reserves the right to adjust the selection process and artist selection as required for the delivery of the project and/or changing program requirements.

Interested parties are required to register via Northern Beaches Councils E-Tendering portal: https://www.tenderlink.com/northernbeaches/

PLEASE NOTE: Council will disqualify any Tenderer that:

  • engages in unethical, corrupt or inappropriate conduct;
  • approaches Councillors or Council officers in relation to this RFT in a manner not consistent with the RFT; or
  • displays intimidating behaviour.

Station Beach Off-Leash Dog Trial REF On Public Exhibition

Friday, 14 June 2019: NBC
An independent Review of Environmental Factors (REF), detailing the potential impacts of a proposed 12-month trial on an off-leash dog area at Station Beach in Palm Beach is now on public exhibition.

Northern Beaches Council has proposed a trial arrangement that would allow people to take their dogs for a walk and a swim off-leash along a section of Station Beach at specified times and days.

Before proceeding with the trial, Council has commissioned a thorough review by independent environmental experts to consider any potential environmental impacts arising from the proposed initiative.

Station Beach is bound to the east by Palm Beach Golf Club and to the west by Pittwater Estuary.

“The purpose of this REF is to inform Council’s decision on the proposed trial,” Northern Beaches CEO Ray Brownlee said.

“The review document gives a detailed description, takes into account relevant planning controls, examines the existing environment in the vicinity of the proposed trial area, as well as potential impacts and any mitigation measures that must be taken.

“It follows a period of extensive community consultation on the nature and scope of the proposed trial.”

The REF is also required as part of Council’s licence application to conduct the trial with the Department of Industry Lands & Water. The REF is publicly available on Council’s ‘Your Say’ website page at Here: LINK.

Public submissions in response to the Review of Environmental Factors (2019) close at 3pm on Friday 12 July.

Council will consider a report about the proposed trial at its July meeting.

Winter School Holidays: No Issue On July 14th 

The NSW Winter School Holidays will run from Saturday, 6 July 2019 to Sunday, 21 July 2019.

Please note that there will be NO Issue on Sunday July 14th as staff attend to their own youngsters/families for that first week. 

Issue 413 will be published on Sunday July 21st.

Thank you very much.

Have Your Say On Our Hospital

By the Save Mona Vale Hospital Committee 

The NSW Parliament is holding an inquiry into the Northern Beaches Hospital following the closure of acute services at Mona Vale Hospital and ongoing reports of medical and staff problems at the new hospital.

Save Mona Vale Hospital believes the committee conducting the Parliamentary Inquiry needs to be made aware of the huge local concern over our loss of acute services at Mona Vale Hospital in addition to the ongoing problems at Northern Beaches Hospital. 

The Save Mona Vale Hospital Committee will provide a submission to the Parliamentary inquiry but we need you also to make submissions. It is essential that the Parliamentary Committee receives submissions from as many individuals and groups as possible.

Please take some time to make a submission. Talk with family and friends about their experiences. Encourage them to also send submissions. 

This is your chance to have your say about how the loss of services from Mona Vale Hospital has affected you and your family, your experiences at the new hospital and what sort of hospital services you would like into the future. 

Submissions can be as brief or long as you like –  a page is plenty if you can say what you want in that space.

If you are concerned about confidentiality, please contact Save Mona Vale Hospital (see contact number below) and we can include your comments in our submission without identifying you.

A few aspects you could focus on include:

On Mona Vale Hospital:

  • Access – distance, time and hazards
  • Loss of services
  • Need for local emergency and other acute services

On Northern Beaches Hospital

  • Personal experiences at the hospital
  • Availability of services – and public versus private issues
  • Transport

You can make a submission by:

Terms of Reference of the Inquiry into the Operation and Management of the Northern Beaches Hospital can be seen at: 

https://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/lcdocs/inquiries/2524/Terms%20of%20Reference%20-%20Northern%20Beaches%20Hospital%20-%2012%20June%202019.pdf

Please note: We suggest you prepare or keep a copy of your submission in Microsoft Word or similar software because we’ve had reports last week of residents experiencing problems with the inquiry submission site and losing their text.

For more information call: 

Legislative Council Portfolio Committee 2 – Health 9230 3586

Save Mona Vale Hospital 0411 517 035

Vale - Neil Montgomery OAM


It is with great sadness that we advise the passing of Collaroy's Neil Montgomery OAM. Neil was 89 years of age.



At the 1951 Australian Surf Life Saving Championships in Perth, Collaroy's Neil Montgomery won the open beach sprint championship. He also won another gold medal in Perth as a member of the beach relay team with Barry Heath, Bob Langbein and John Tenison.

He then turned professional and wasn't allowed to compete at future Aussie titles.One of the biggest races Neil won as a pro was the Broken Hill Gift.

While he raised enough money from professional running to buy land and build a home in Collaroy Plateau, Neil became heavily involved with not only the Collaroy SLSC but also Branch, State (NSW) and SLSA.

He served as President of Collaroy SLSC, Chief Instructor at the club, Branch Superintendent, Branch Board of Examiners (34 years). He served on the State Judiciary Panel, State Championships Referee, NSW team manager and Australian Championship Referee.

His first Life Membership was with Collaroy SLSC in 1971, then followed Manly Warringah (now SNB Branch in 1979), followed by State (1993).

In 1999 Neil was awarded an OAM For services to surf life saving.

Neil ultimately challenged Surf Life Saving Australia about their rules regarding professionals not being allowed to run at the Aussies. The head body eventually changed the rules where professionals could compete.

A private service will be held at Mona Vale, on Tuesday, July 9.
This will be followed by a Memorial Service to celebrate Neil's life at the Collaroy Surf Club, commencing at 12.30 pm. All are invited to attend.

The community extends its sincere condolences to Neil's wife Dorothy, sons Gary, Wayne, Glen and Chris, his 9 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

ASG-MWP July 2019 Speaker - NAIDOC Week

NB: Change of Speaker
Your invitation to a special night Monday 8th July at 7.30pm
  

‘Ablaze’ is a feature documentary in the process of being made that tells the astonishing true story of the first Aboriginal filmmaker William Bill Onus. In it, his grandson and co-director, opera singer Tiriki Onus seek to solve the mystery surrounding a 70-year-old silent film recently discovered inside a vault, believed to be made by Bill, which recorded the birth of the Aboriginal civil rights movement in 1946. ‘Ablaze’ also traces the yet untold story of how a handful of passionate activists stood up against government racial policies intent on destroying First Nations languages, cultures and communities, and how they changed the course of history. 

Special Guest Speakers: 
Alec Morgan, co-director of ‘Ablaze’, will talk about the making of the documentary and screen never-before-seen scenes. 

David Tribe: Explains the Murray-Darling river issues and situation.  

Matt and Marc on the Didgeridoo. 
       
This night will be different to the usual as the supper will be a bowl of soup! Pumpkin or Lentil Soup & bread roll. Tea, coffee and cakes will be available as usual. 
                         
So we know how much soup to make, we need you to help us by booking your seats. No Fee, just let us know how many are coming via info@asgmwp.net

All welcome - this is a Free night, including supper
Mona Vale Memorial Hall
1606 Pittwater Rd, Mona Vale
Hosted by ASG-MWP


Author Talks At Avalon Library For NAIDOC Week 

Drop in to the library or call 9918 3013 to book a spot

National Tree Day Planting At Toongari

National Tree Day activity at Toongari Reserve, Avalon Beach from 10.00 am to 2.00 pm on Sunday 28th July 2019.

This is an appeal for community members to plant tubestock and help continue the work already completed by the Toongari Reserve Bushcare Volunteers.

The site of the planting is behind the kindergarten. Come along and get involved in greening your community and making a difference to your local environment.

How to find this hidden gem:
  • The pathway from Central Road is between 55 and 59 Central Road and joins the pathway from Bowling Green Lane, behind Pittwater Palms retirement village leading to Toongari Reserve.
  • The pathway from Avalon Parade is the right-of-way at 118 Avalon Parade, which is beside the KU Avalon Kindergarten.
Please wear suitable clothing for planting including enclosed shoes. Gloves, tools and equipment for planting, watering cans and buckets provided.


Avalon Bilgola Amateur Swimming Club AGM

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 7 PM – 9 PM
Royal Motor Yacht Club Broken Bay

Avalon Bilgola Amateur Swimming Club is a recreational swimming club on the Northern Beaches in Sydney. We swim at Bilgola rock pool on Saturday mornings(8:45am till 11:30am).
Our season runs between October and March.

We cater for all standards of swimmers, from the social swimmer to those who enjoy some fun Competition. Our registration fee is $40 per member.

Sydney Wildlife Rescue And Care Course August 2019

To join Sydney Wildlife, attend an upcoming Sydney Wildlife Rescue and Care Course.

Note: this course is provided for potential new members who intend to rescue and/or care for animals at their own home.  You must have some facilities and quiet space at home in order to care for animals.

We also seek new members who are not able to care and/or rescue, but can volunteer in the Wildlife Office answering calls to the Rescue Line.  
Please email training@sydneywildlife.org.au, or phone 9413 4300 to enquire further.

Start: 10 Aug 2019 8:30 AM
End: 11 Aug 2019 5:00 PM
Location: Londonderry 
Registration
Refresher – $15.00
For members who need to refresh after 3 years
Single Participant – $140.00
TWO Person Family Discount (per person for TWO PEOPLE living at same address) – $100.00
This is PER PERSON for TWO people attending who live together and will share resources. Note: Only ONE SET of materials will be provided.
BOTH PARTICIPANTS NEED TO REGISTER SEPARATELY ON THIS WEBSITE so we have the name, address, contact details of BOTH participants separately.

Avalon Beach Netball Courts Public Hearing And Feedback Opens

To facilitate the construction of these courts the Local Government Act 1993 requires Council to amend the Ocean Beaches generic Plan of Management to re-categorise the land from Park to Sportsground.

It's also time to commence thinking about questions such as:
  • Do you want to lose all that Green Space to hard surface courts that will increase heat in this space during Summer?
  • Where will the families of small and young children who hold safe birthday parties in this soft green field adjacent to the skate park hold them now? 
  • The concept plan does not provide for change rooms - are they needed?
Key features of the concept plan include -
  • four hardcourt netball courts with a green surface
  • a half-court basketball court
  • a bridge across Careel Creek to connect the two sets of courts and
  • lighting to Australian Standards.
How to have your say
1. Attend a Public Hearing - Avalon Recreation Centre, Wednesday 26 June, 6.30-7.30pm
2. Drop-in eastern side of Careel Creek, near skatepark -Saturday 20 July, 12-2pm 
3. Make a submission
in writing - marked 'Ocean Beaches Plan of Management' to Northern Beaches Council PO Box 82, Manly NSW 1655
Submissions close Sunday August 11th, 2019


Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary Stalls 2019

Pittwater Place, Mona Vale stalls:
July 6th, August 3rd, September 7th, October 5th, November 2nd, December 7th
Selling sewing, knitting, craft, books, 9am to 3pm

Sausage Sizzles at Bunnings, Narrabeen:  8am to 3pm
Saturdays, July 13th, August 10th, September 14th, October 12th, November 9th, December 14th


Local Historian Shares Insights With Youngsters

What an absolute pleasure it was to have Avalon Historian Geoff Searl OAM speak to our Year 1 and Year 2 students about the history of Avalon Beach SLSC. 
Thank you Geoff! 

Maria Regina Catholic Primary School Avalon
July 4th, 2019

Reminder: Second Active Kids Vouchers Now Available

Youngsters on the Northern Beaches are keeping active while their parents are keeping the cash, with each school-enrolled child now able to access two $100 Active Kids vouchers from July 1st.

Member for Manly James Griffin said one of the most popular programs for kids and parents has just been doubled to help kids stay active all year long.

“Playing sport and keeping active with your friends is part of growing up on the Northern Beaches, and now parents can encourage their kids even more with another voucher to help spread the costs associated with participation,” Mr Griffin said.

“This investment in our young people sets them up for positive health outcomes over a lifetime.”

Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said since the Active Kids program was launched in 2018, more than one million vouchers have been redeemed and more than $100 million saved by NSW families.

“Families across NSW keep telling me how much the Active Kids Vouchers help them manage the cost of living. Now with two per school enrolled child, parents keep even more money in their back pocket while their kids stay happy and healthy,” said Mr Perrottet.

Minister for Sport John Sidoti said it is a big win for NSW when more kids can participate in sport because of the Government’s drive to take down the barriers to expensive registration costs.

“Whether it is soccer, scouts, AFL, rugby, netball, golf or volleyball, you’re sure to find an activity kids will love. Active Kids really is making a difference to children’s participation in sport and active recreation in NSW,” Mr Sidoti said.

From January – June there was an overall increase of 13 per cent in the number of Active Kids’ vouchers created, including a 17 per cent rise in vouchers created for girls following an influx of registrations for dance, gymnastics, tennis and swimming Active Kids providers.

“These are incredible results and demonstrate why the NSW Government is investing an additional $40 million this year to expand the Active Kids program.”

From today, parents of school-enrolled children can access a second $100 Active Kids voucher to use towards registration and membership fees for sport and active recreation each year. For further information visit sport.nsw.gov.au/activekids or call 13 13 02.

DoggieRescue.com

Pets of the Week

Max

AGE/SEX: 5 years / M
BREED: Kelpie X
Max is a gentle easy well-mannered 5yo Kelpie X boy. He is probably the best behaved boy we have in the shelter at DoggieWood at the moment. Our vets said "cute as a button, we wanted to keep him." He is social with other dogs and walks well on lead. He has a short coat and weighs 17kg. He comes comes desexed, C5 vaccinated, heartworm free and microchipped.  Adoption cost is $400. 

Maddie

Maddie is a stunning tortoiseshell girl around 5 years old. She is gentle and smoochy if you are calm. She is social with other cats and would suit a quiet household. She comes desexed, wormed, F3 vaccinated, FIV/FeLV tested and microchipped. Her adoption fee is $220.

If you are interested in meeting her, call DoggieRescue on 9486 3133 or email cats@DoggieRescue.com. She is located at Ingleside.

For further details or to meet all cats and dogs at Doggie Rescue call  9486 3133 or email  monika@DoggieRescue.com. Visit www.DoggieRescue.com to see all our dogs. www.facebook.com/doggierescue 
Rehoming Organisation No R251000024. 

Barrenjoey Seal Colony Growing

Jools Farrell, local ORRCA lady extraordinaire, reminds us that at present the Australian Fur Seal Colony at Barrenjoey is growing. In mid May there were 3 but there will be a lot more as we had up to 20 last year.

                                                           
This behaviour is called thermoregulating which is normal seal behaviour to regulate their body temperatures.

Please remember that legally you must stay a minimum of 40 metres away from seals, especially if they come ashore on the estuary beaches or ocean beaches to rest.

Also please keep an eye out for them if you are out in a boat as they do venture out of this spot to feed on the estuary or around Barrenjoey Headland. In recent years they have been seen everywhere from Barrenjoey to Clareville and Church Point.

Please do not attempt to feed them as they get plenty of food here in Pittwater. Please also do not attempt to swim with them, Jools asks.

If you do see a seal in distress, please contact ORRCA on their 24/7 hotline: 9415 3333.

Applications Open For Youth Led Projects

From James Griffin, MP for Manly
Organisations looking to kick-start projects promoting youth engagement and inclusion can now apply for a $1.5 million NSW Government fund.

Member for Manly James Griffin today urged Northern Beaches non-government organisations and the Northern Beaches Council to apply for the Youth Opportunities Fund.

“Given some of the recently reported challenges facing our youth, Youth Opportunities is a wonderful program that provides a platform for young people in our state to engage with the community, socialise with others and gain new skills,” Mr Griffin said.

“The program supports young people from all walks of life to thrive, including those from regional areas, Aboriginal and culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, disadvantaged youth, and people with a disability.”

One-off grants of between $10,000 and $50,000 are available for new youth-driven projects that use strategies to support participation and community engagement.

Since the program was established in 2012, more than $10 million has been invested in projects across the state.

“Young people involved in the program get the chance to participate in a diverse range of activities and develop a range of skills, including management skills, hospitality skills, event planning and artistic development,” Mr Griffin said.

Applications for grants under this year’s program close on 16 July 2019.

To apply or to find further information about the program, visit: www.youth.nsw.gov.au/youth-opportunities/

June 30 - July 6, 2019: Issue 411

Articles This Week 

Front Page Issue 411 

Advocates Condemn Mona Vale Hospital Demolition Announcement As Inquiry Into NBH and MVH Commences -  Submissions received online to July 28th, 2019

REF For Station Beach off-leash Dog Trial Recommends Over 30 Mitigation & Monitoring Measures In Order To Proceed: Omits Mention Of Resident Seal and Little Penguin Colonies - REF Feedback open until 3pm July 12th, 2019

Pictures: Lion Island's Little Penguins (Fairy Penguins) Get Fireproof Homes - thanks to NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and the Fix it Sisters Shed

Opportunity To Complete The Mona Vale-Ingleside Escarpment Mooted: Residents and members of the Friends of Mona Vale group have recently put forward a proposal to acquire 15 acres of farmland in the Mona Vale - Ingleside escarpment for conservation purposes and to complete the escarpments' run of green to Narrabeen

Jason Falinski MP demands Telstra provide phone reception at Cottage Point

Saving Grevillea Caleyi Project Receives Funding Boost

Artists Encouraged To Join Northern Beaches Public Art Artist Panel by Northern Beaches Council: Panel artists will have the chance to develop integrated artworks for sites along the 36km Northern Beaches Coast Walk from Manly to Palm Beach as well as other potential public art projects on the peninsula

Aquatics: Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern Beaches Branch Awards Of Excellence 2019: The Full List & Some Great Photos

Soibada Update – Baby Bags, Maternity and More! by Tamara Sloper-Harding OAM

Park Bench Philosopher: UNSW Takes On Climate Change In Our Estuaries: Where 80% Of Australians Live, Work And Play

Artist of the Month: July 2019:  The Camino Diaries by Cilla Cole, Together with Terry Cole and Tom Keelty and Illustrated by Richard Cole 

Available through Beachside Bookshop, Bookoccino and Berkelouw Books Mona Vale or direct from the author:  www.cillacole.com.au  ($25)

What's it about? Is it madness or naivety when a young woman thinks walking the ancient Camino de Santiago pilgrimage path with her husband, her father-in-law, and his architect, would be a fun way to spend her honeymoon?  But it doesn’t take Cilla long to realise that walking 1500 kms across France and Spain with a single-minded judge and an ex- Army commando and avid bushwalker will be no sightseeing holiday. 

Experience the landscapes, cuisines and eccentric personalities of the Camino de Santiago, not to mention the tears and tantrums, through this compilation of the candid journals kept by Cilla, her father-in-law Terry and friend Tom when walking the ancient pilgrim trail across France and Spain together in 1995.  

Much like the medieval pilgrims who walked the same path 800 years before them, as adversities start to take their toll and divergent motivations clash, this unlikely group find themselves inside a walking pressure cooker.  But there are three sides to the story.  READ AN EXTRACT HERE

Profile: Cilla Cole

Cilla grew up in Avalon and after finishing school, spent a year as a Rotary Exchange Student in Indonesia. After studying Economics and Anthropology at Sydney University, she completed a Graduate Diploma in Tourism at James Cook University, Townsville, before returning to Sydney to work in wholesale travel. 

Now with four children she works part time with her husband Richard as the office administrator for the family architecture firm, Richard Cole Architecture and as a volunteer for the NGO Good Return, while spending her spare time planning the next holiday and writing about the last.

Her just released book The Camino Diaries is a great read which shares one of those trips from the perspectives of three walkers; herself, her father in law, and his architect.

History: Pittwater Roads II: Where the Streets Have Your Name - 'Green Hills', Elanora Heights and Ingleside  

 Pittwater Offshore Newsletter Update July 1st, 2019 

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To contact Julian:  editor@scotlandisland.org.au

Artists Encouraged To Join Northern Beaches Public Art Artist Panel

 Stone Seal Sculpture in Dunbar Park, Avalon Beach - photo by A J Guesdon in March 2019

Monday, 24 June 2019
By Northern Beaches Council

Northern Beaches Council has a unique opportunity for qualified and experienced artists as well as arts project teams to join the new Northern Beaches Public Art – Artist Panel.

Panel artists will have the chance to develop integrated artworks for sites along the 36km Northern Beaches Coast Walk from Manly to Palm Beach as well as other potential public art projects on the peninsula.

Once completed, the Northern Beaches Coast Walk will be a signature experience of Sydney’s stunning coastline. It will feature dramatic headlands, bushland, rock platforms, wetlands, lagoons, beaches and ocean views, further emphasised by the area’s unique identity, character and history.

Northern Beaches Council Mayor Michael Regan has called on emerging and established artists to support the high profile art project.

“Everyone at Council is very proud about what the Coast Walk will bring to area once completed. 

“I’m also excited that the art works will be of such high quality and have the potential to really inspire our community.

“We have an opportunity to develop the most extraordinary art and environmental experience for locals and visitors to embrace and enjoy. “To be a part of a permanent gallery along our extraordinary coastline will be a real achievement for artists who are successful in gaining a commission.”

A total of 20 sites have been selected for major integrated artworks that are to be both high quality and deeply respectful of the coastal landscape in which they are placed. 

Additionally, due to the multi-layered, multi-use, harsh weather and corrosive nature of the coastal environment, artworks must be made of robust, durable sustainable materials and include approved protective coatings that require minimal maintenance.

Artists will need to submit an application outlining their artistic approach, credentials and qualifications, their ability to undertake the work, a record of their previous completed public artworks, fee proposals and references.

Aboriginal artists and artists from the Northern Beaches are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Artist Panel Tender closes on Thursday 25 July 2019, 2pm (AEST).

For additional information about the Northern Beaches Coast Walk Project, please refer to the following https://yoursay.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/publicarttrail;

https://www.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/council/current-works-and-projects/major-projects/connecting-northern-beaches/coast-walk

Northern Beaches Council reserves the right to adjust the selection process and artist selection as required for the delivery of the project and/or changing program requirements.

Interested parties are required to register via Northern Beaches Councils E-Tendering portal: https://www.tenderlink.com/northernbeaches/

PLEASE NOTE: Council will disqualify any Tenderer that:

  • engages in unethical, corrupt or inappropriate conduct;
  • approaches Councillors or Council officers in relation to this RFT in a manner not consistent with the RFT; or
  • displays intimidating behaviour.

Success For Council At NSW Local Government Awards Night

Thursday, 27 June 2019: NBC
A number of employees from Northern Beaches Council are still on cloud nine after taking home a handful of awards from the NSW Local Government Professionals Awards.

Representatives from the youth-led public art project ‘Tiny Doors’ were delighted after snaring the prestigious Creative Communities award.

Their project drew on the creativity of local youth, featuring a series of miniature art pieces – styled in the form of tiny doorways and portals – placed in public spaces across the Northern Beaches.

Later in the evening, a Northern Beaches Council team of six staff were crowned NSW Management Challenge winners ahead of representatives from Lake Macquarie City Council and Waverley Council.

A second team from Northern Beaches Council finished fourth in the overall standings in the same category.

The victorious team of six will now take part in the national event.

Northern Beaches Mayor Michael Regan was quick to pay tribute to the Council award winners.

“I was very happy but not at all surprised when I heard we (Council) left a big mark on the awards evening,’’ he said.

“It shows the talent we have on our staff books. “Congratulations to all our winners and finalists.”

Northern Beaches Council were also highly commended in a further two categories – Excellence in People and Culture (Innovation in Structure – Community Librarian) and Service Delivery Initiative (Three into One Does Go: Migrating from Three to One Library Management Systems).

Disco For Soibada - Postponed To August 

Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 7 PM – 11 PM
Avalon Beach RSL Club
1 Bowling Green Lane, Avalon, New South Wales, Australia 2107
Hosted by Pittwater Friends Of Soibada
Tickets · $35 BOOK HERE

Thank you to all friends that have shown interest in our event. Due to a new project in Soibada we are postponing our event until August. 

Apologies to those of you who have purchased tickets. Please hold on to your tickets for the next event.

Barrenjoey Seal Colony Growing

Jools Farrell, local ORRCA lady extraordinaire, reminds us that at present the Australian Fur Seal Colony at Barrenjoey is growing. In mid May there were 3 but there will be a lot more as we had up to 20 last year.


This behaviour is called thermoregulating which is normal seal behaviour to regulate their body temperatures.

Please remember that legally you must stay a minimum of 40 metres away from seals, especially if they come ashore on the estuary beaches or ocean beaches to rest.

Also please keep an eye out for them if you are out in a boat as they do venture out of this spot to feed on the estuary or around Barrenjoey Headland. In recent years they have been seen everywhere from Barrenjoey to Clareville and Church Point.

Please do not attempt to feed them as they get plenty of food here in Pittwater. Please also do not attempt to swim with them, Jools asks.

If you do see a seal in distress, please contact ORRCA on their 24/7 hotline: 9415 3333.

ORRCA Whale Census Day 2019 At Bilgola's A J Small Lookout

This Sunday, June 30th, is ORRCA 2019 Whale Census Day  when we can all contribute to counting whales!

Jools Farrell, who is 2nd Vice President at ORRCA, will be up at Bilgola's A J Small Lookout from sunup to sundown and will need as many hands as possible to help out. 

This will be the 20th Whale Census so let's all help out and pop by for an hour or two and get involved - maybe even take Jools a hot drink!

Above Barrenjoey Seals - Photo courtesy of Mark Farrell.

Station Beach Off-Leash Dog Trial REF On Public Exhibition

Friday, 14 June 2019: NBC
An independent Review of Environmental Factors (REF), detailing the potential impacts of a proposed 12-month trial on an off-leash dog area at Station Beach in Palm Beach is now on public exhibition.

Northern Beaches Council has proposed a trial arrangement that would allow people to take their dogs for a walk and a swim off-leash along a section of Station Beach at specified times and days.

Before proceeding with the trial, Council has commissioned a thorough review by independent environmental experts to consider any potential environmental impacts arising from the proposed initiative.

Station Beach is bound to the east by Palm Beach Golf Club and to the west by Pittwater Estuary.

“The purpose of this REF is to inform Council’s decision on the proposed trial,” Northern Beaches CEO Ray Brownlee said.

“The review document gives a detailed description, takes into account relevant planning controls, examines the existing environment in the vicinity of the proposed trial area, as well as potential impacts and any mitigation measures that must be taken.

“It follows a period of extensive community consultation on the nature and scope of the proposed trial.”

The REF is also required as part of Council’s licence application to conduct the trial with the Department of Industry Lands & Water. The REF is publicly available on Council’s ‘Your Say’ website page at Here: LINK.

Public submissions in response to the Review of Environmental Factors (2019) close at 3pm on Friday 12 July.

Council will consider a report about the proposed trial at its July meeting.

DoggieRescue.com

Pets of the Week

Ella


AGE/SEX: 3 years / F
BREED: Kelpie X Rotty?
Ella is a happy friendly girl. She gets very excited to see people and is kid friendly with children 12+yo as she is a bit jumpy. She sits for treats and shakes hands. She has a short coat and weighs 27kg. 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. 

Ted


Ted is a lovely grey and white coloured boy around 5 years old. Ted is very calm, gentle and affectionate. He is social with other cats but tends to keep to himself a bit. He weighs 5.7kg. He comes desexed, wormed, F3 vaccinated, FIV/FeLV tested and microchipped. His adoption fee is $220.

If you are interested in meeting him, call DoggieRescue on 9486 3133 or email cats@DoggieRescue.com. He is located at Ingleside.

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

Jason Falinski MP Demands Telstra Provide Phone Reception At Cottage Point


Northern Beaches MP, Jason Falinski is demanding action from Telstra to upgrade phone reception in Cottage Point. This call comes off the back of a tragic death which may have been avoided if the area had adequate phone reception. A Cottage Point resident suffered a heart attack and his wife had to alert her neighbours to call for help before returning to her husband to perform CPR. Sadly the man died before the ambulance arrived.

“I have been advocating for improved mobile phone coverage at Cottage Point since I was elected in 2016 but this is the last straw. A man has died, and his wife was unable to call for an ambulance as there was no mobile phone reception.” Mr Falinski said.

“Telstra need to stop stuffing the people of Cottage Point around. It doesn’t matter that they may be a small community; they are worth just as much as people living in the CBD of Melbourne or Sydney. Andrew Penn needs to respond immediately and provide them with phone reception.

Cottage Point is home to over 100 residents as well as a Rural Fire Brigade, Marine Rescue Station and the Kuring-Gai Motor Yacht Club. It is also a popular tourist destination and the marina is a popular location for the yachting and boating community.

Over the years Mr Falinski has made numerous requests to Telstra to have the landline switchboard equipment upgraded from an out-of-date 4 E1 Microwave Radio transmission system.

“The current infrastructure in Cottage Point is old and in extremely poor condition. Every time there is a storm, it requires specialists to repair it. This often takes days, leaving residents not only without mobile phone reception but also their landlines. This is totally unacceptable.”

Mr Falinski has made representations to the Minister of Communications, the Hon. Paul Fletcher MP as well as the CEO of Telstra Mr Andrew Penn. Mr Falinski has also set up a petition on his website to gain community support for Cottage Point’s desperate need for phone reception.




Photos: Microwave Transmitter taped to Garbage bin at Cottage Point - Cottage Point view by and courtesy John Vaughan

Winter School Holidays Break Issues

The NSW Winter School Holidays will run from Saturday, 6 July 2019 to Sunday, 21 July 2019.

Please note that there will be NO Issue on Sunday July 14th as staff attend to their own youngsters/families for that first week. 

Please send any Items/Events you want in Issue 412, published Sunday July 7th, to us by 4pm July 6th.

Issue 413 will be published on Sunday July 21st - we will return to loading in very very late items, even on the Monday, for that Issue.

Thank you very much.

Avalon Headland Rockfall

More of Avalon Headland fell on Monday afternoon, June 24th. Although not as dramatic as last time a big cloud of dust went up afterwards - as seen in this capture by lady on the spot - Melissa Aveling.

Barrenjoey Performance Space Advocates Recognised 

Congratulations to the Barrenjoey Community Performance Space Committee for their recent recognition of all the hard work done.
To receive the Executive Directors award 'for significant contribution to Public Schools' is some indication of everything this group has done and continues to do to ensure this project has gone from a dream to soon to be realised reality. 

Special thanks to Cilla Cole, Richard Cole, Kim Hoggard, Christy Bishop and Kalinda Hawson. 

Very special thanks goes especially to Ian Bowsher for his drive and passion for the Performance Space.

Avalon Beach Netball Courts Public Hearing And Feedback Opens

To facilitate the construction of these courts the Local Government Act 1993 requires Council to amend the Ocean Beaches generic Plan of Management to re-categorise the land from Park to Sportsground.

It's also time to commence thinking about questions such as:
  • Do you want to lose all that Green Space to hard surface courts that will increase heat in this space during Summer?
  • Where will the families of small and young children who hold safe birthday parties in this soft green field adjacent to the skate park hold them now? 
  • The concept plan does not provide for change rooms - are they needed?
Key features of the concept plan include -
  • four hardcourt netball courts with a green surface
  • a half-court basketball court
  • a bridge across Careel Creek to connect the two sets of courts and
  • lighting to Australian Standards.
How to have your say
1. Attend a Public Hearing - Avalon Recreation Centre, Wednesday 26 June, 6.30-7.30pm
2. Drop-in eastern side of Careel Creek, near skatepark -Saturday 20 July, 12-2pm 
3. Make a submission
in writing - marked 'Ocean Beaches Plan of Management' to Northern Beaches Council PO Box 82, Manly NSW 1655
Submissions close Sunday August 11th, 2019


Council To Put Manly Dam Forward For National Heritage Honours

Friday, 28 June 2019
Northern Beaches Council will nominate the Manly Warringah War Memorial Park for the prestigious Australian National Heritage List.

Affectionately known as Manly Dam, the park has long been a celebrated attraction on the peninsula after it was first opened it 1892 as a water supply dam for residents in the Manly area.

Council decided to nominate the park for the National Heritage List due to its national significance as a war memorial, the dam wall representing a high degree of technical achievement and the fact the site contains endangered and threatened species which need to be preserved.

Mayor Michael Regan said he was pleased Council would put forward a nomination for this significant area of the Northern Beaches.

“It is a very exclusive list to potentially be a part of, joining the likes of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Opera House and North Head,’’ he said.

“Manly Dam is an institution on the northern beaches, is popular with the local community and remains an important site for veterans.

“It also boasts rich Indigenous history and is the home of threatened plant and animal species.”

Public consultation will be sought as part of the listing process. 

Manly Dam was listed on the New South Wales State Heritage Register in 1999.

Have Your Say On The Future Of Northern Beaches Tourism

Thursday, 27 June 2019
Northern Beaches Council is seeking community feedback on its inaugural Destination Management Plan (DMP), which will guide the future direction of tourism on the Northern Beaches.

Tourism is a multi-billion dollar industry on the Northern Beaches with this sector generating over $2.5 billion through direct and indirect sales in 2016/17.  This includes spend by visitors in local businesses such as accommodation, hospitality, entertainment and leisure.

And it's great for local employment too with 13,880 jobs in the area relying on the tourism and hospitality sector (9,500 direct, 4380 indirect).

Mayor Regan said the DMP will provide a framework to help manage the impact of tourism on our community.

“We need your help to make sure future tourism is well planned and sustainable along with protecting and enriching our environment and the people who live here.

“People come from all over the world to visit our famous beaches and explore the area's natural beauty but our visitors aren't just holiday makers. In fact, we know that most of these visitors are our friends and family coming to stay.”

Council recently held its inaugural Tourism Industry Summit with representatives from Tourism Australia, Destination NSW, National Parks and Wildlife and a variety of local businesses and community leaders.

“We discussed a sustainable tourism strategy and the feedback gathered will also guide our Northern Beaches Destination Management Plan. It was a standing-room only event,” Mayor Regan said.

People can view Council’s draft Key Directions that will shape the DMP and lodge their feedback on Council’s websiteDeadline for feedback is 7 July.

Scotland Island Mural Unveiling

Plans For Little Manly Beach To Go On Public Exhibition

Friday, 28 June 2019
Northern Beaches Council is seeking community input on the draft Masterplan for Little Manly Beach and Little Manly Point.

Mayor Michael Regan said following extensive initial consultation, the draft plan includes only minor upgrades rather than mass changes.

“Our aim is to make the site more practical as well as preserving its existing character,’’ Mayor Regan said.

“The community told us they didn’t want to add a boardwalk or change the position of the kiosk, so we are looking at modest upgrades in the draft Masterplan.

“The draft plan increases seating adjacent to the kiosk and also sees the planting of additional trees and the construction of a new public toilet facility in close proximity to the car park on Little Manly Point.”

Council has already undertaken a thorough stage one community engagement process which received just under 100 submissions. This was used to help identify issues, needs and aspirations for future use of the park.

A long-term hidden gem on the northern beaches, Little Manly Beach is famous for its natural beauty and Sydney Harbour views.

The area was transformed in the 1990s from a derelict industrial site into a large park and is now utilised by local residents and visitors all year round.

The draft Little Beach Masterplan and Little Manly Point will be on public exhibition for 28 days, and following the final Masterplan will be presented to Council for adoption.

Celebrating And Investing In Our Seniors 

Thursday June 27th, 2019
Seniors across the Northern Beaches will benefit from a cash boost to the 2020 NSW Seniors Festival, encouraging them to get active, socialise, learn new skills and connect with services.

Member for Manly James Griffin has announced a share of $200,000 is available for local organisations helping them to deliver events that celebrate seniors.

“The NSW Seniors Festival is growing from strength to strength and celebrates the vital contributions seniors make to communities across NSW,” Mr Griffin said.

“Festival events are designed to get our seniors involved in a range of activities – whether that’s art courses, active sports, playing music, tapping into technology, and travel.”

“The Government is always looking to support events that offer unique and engaging activities. We love bringing younger and older generations together with these innovative projects that promote healthy ageing.”

Minister for Seniors John Sidoti said the NSW Seniors Festival is the largest of its type in the Southern Hemisphere and has been running for more than 61 years.

“The grants program ensures seniors from areas right across the state have the opportunity to participate in the festival,” Mr Sidoti said.

“Providing funding to a range of organisations means we can reach a broad range of individuals, including those from regional and remote areas, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and Aboriginal communities.”

The 2020 NSW Seniors Festival wall take place from Wednesday, 12 February – Sunday, 23 February 2020.

Applications should be submitted online between Monday, 24 June 2019 and midnight on Friday, 9 August 2019 at 

Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary Stalls 2019

Pittwater Place, Mona Vale stalls:
July 6th, August 3rd, September 7th, October 5th, November 2nd, December 7th
Selling sewing, knitting, craft, books, 9am to 3pm

Sausage Sizzles at Bunnings, Narrabeen:  8am to 3pm
Saturdays, July 13th, August 10th, September 14th, October 12th, November 9th, December 14th


Medium Density Planning Pause Extended

Friday 28 June 2019
A further three-months planning pause for medium density housing is a sensible step in helping ensuring measured, future-focused planning which will determine neighbourhoods for decades to come, Local Government NSW (LGNSW) said today.

LGNSW President Linda Scott said the delay, granted by the NSW Government following extensive lobbying by the peak body, will allow councils to finalise their local planning rules in time to help prevent shoddy design and builds of low rise apartment buildings and terrace-style homes.

“On behalf of NSW councils, I’d like to thank Housing Minister Rob Stokes for recognising a range of concerns and acting to help prevent any unintended consequences of this code,” Clr Scott said.
“Councils strongly support the need for sufficient housing stock to accommodate our growing population.

“We must ensure NSW Planning system is delivering quality housing, and that’s just as important for low-rise buildings as it is for high rise.

“Our core concern is that the Code removes planning powers from Councils, which risks poor quality dwellings to be built and alienates communities from the development process.

Clr Scott said local council planning instruments helped ensure neighbours had input into the process, and that issues such as privacy and access to natural light for adjoining homes were properly taken into account.

“Councils want to ensure medium density housing is done well,” she said.

“That means sufficient time to get the right local planning instruments in place – a critical planning base to which councils need more involvement.”

Clr Scott said the process was more complex for some councils, particularly those that already faced real challenges of providing sufficient local infrastructure to support high housing density.

“So far 78 NSW councils have been able to introduce the Code, while Armidale Regional, Ballina Shire, Lane Cove and Narromine Shire councils have told us they are planning to introduce the Code from July 1.

“That leaves 45 councils who will benefit from the three-month extension, and unsurprisingly the vast majority of these are in areas experiencing rapid development.”

The Government has announced a short review of the Code by UTS academic Roberta Ryan, and there will be further consultation with councils and other stakeholders.

“We welcome the Government’s commitment to invest this time to ensure the planning process improves quality of life for everyone,” Clr Scott said.

Applications Open For Youth Led Projects

May 28th, 2019: from James Griffin, MP for Manly
Organisations looking to kick-start projects promoting youth engagement and inclusion can now apply for a $1.5 million NSW Government fund.

Member for Manly James Griffin today urged Northern Beaches non-government organisations and the Northern Beaches Council to apply for the Youth Opportunities Fund.

“Given some of the recently reported challenges facing our youth, Youth Opportunities is a wonderful program that provides a platform for young people in our state to engage with the community, socialise with others and gain new skills,” Mr Griffin said.

“The program supports young people from all walks of life to thrive, including those from regional areas, Aboriginal and culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, disadvantaged youth, and people with a disability.”

One-off grants of between $10,000 and $50,000 are available for new youth-driven projects that use strategies to support participation and community engagement.

Since the program was established in 2012, more than $10 million has been invested in projects across the state.

“Young people involved in the program get the chance to participate in a diverse range of activities and develop a range of skills, including management skills, hospitality skills, event planning and artistic development,” Mr Griffin said.

Applications for grants under this year’s program close on 16 July 2019.

To apply or to find further information about the program, visit: www.youth.nsw.gov.au/youth-opportunities/