Community News June 2017

June 25 - July 1, 2017: Issue 318

Articles This Week 

Front Page Issue 318

The Local Government Amendment (Amalgamation Referendums) Bill 2017 Passes Upper House: gives residents in councils that have been forcibly amalgamated the right to a binding vote on de-amalgamation - goes to Lower House first week of August

Community Expresses Dissatisfaction With B-Line To Newport Proposal and Reduction of L90 Service - Newport SLSC carpark to meet Mona Vale shortfall and be used as bus terminus, 100 buses a day turning through Newport + changing from L90 to B-Line services will make a longer commute for current longest bus run in Sydney

Funding Secured To Commence Mona Vale Road Upgrade - from Office of Hon. Rob Stokes, MP for Pittwater

'Service to Humanity' Award for Southern Cross Wildlife Care's Dr. Howard Ralph - this gentleman has been saving our wildlife since 1972

Newport Lifesavers Set For Foreign Adventure by Surf Life Saving NSW - travelling to Timor Leste through Newport's initiative to give back to the community and support the Pittwater Friends of Soibada - Canapes for a Cause on July 6th at the surf club, please RSVP by June 30

Project Penguin 2017 Expo Day at Taronga Zoo by Kylie Ferguson

Champions Crowned at the 2017 Australian Skin Cancer Clinic NSW Longboard Titles by Ethan Smith/Surfing NSW

Pittwater Lifeguards Reflect On Successful Summer: and Looking Ahead for 2017/18 season by Surf Life Saving NSW

Pictures: RMYC MULTIHULL DIVISION ANNUAL PRESENTATION EVENING by Alan Brand, RMYC Multihulls Race Secretary

New Chapter For The New Caledonia Groupama Race by Lisa Ratcliff

Aquatics: NSW IRB (Inflatable Rescue Boat) Premiership Series 2017: Round 4 by Surf Life Saving NSW



Profile:  Ingleside Rider's Group

Pittwater's love of horses stems from our historic past and is going forward through this great local group who share and celebrate the passion and love we all have for the equine creature. This week a small insight into a local group who are keeping available the love of horses and all you may learn from them and learn to do with them - apart from simply enjoying being with these wonderful animals.

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

Artists of the Month:  June 2017: Broadfoot  As we go to press Broadfoot are releasing their sixth album “Timeless Groove Too”, a double album of twenty nine songs available on  iTunes and Google PlayBroadfoot are one of the Far North Coast’s busiest bands, a three-piece whose gigs leave listeners charged with pleasure and with an urge to dance. Broadfoot's music is all about superb musicianship - the interplay between band members as well as improvising, a rare feature in music of today, is just one of the band’s great strengths. The Pittwater connection, although we’re sure band members John Moodie and Russell Kereama would feel right at home here too, is through Trent Morgan. You can read more about this former local creative in his Profile page, running this Issue, and all about Broadfoot here, this June.

Where Our Children Play

This is long because I'm furious. Please read. Thank you.

We love to complain about "kids these days", about how they're lazy, how they spend all their time on screens, how they don't care about things that matter. We also love to reminisce about the good old days and how when we were kids, we were outside until dark, catching tadpoles in the creek or riding bikes or building cubby houses in the bush. We complain about what a nanny state we've become and how kids don't know how to have fun anymore.

And then this happens.

For the last few weeks, my 12yo daughter and her 15yo friend have been working on a project together down at the edge of the national park. They're both obsessed with animals and wildlife. Both want to be some sort of wild animal researchers or carers when they grow up.

So they decided that to do this, they would need to know how to live and survive in the bush. Their project was to build themselves a hideout in the bush, with only what they could find and their own design and engineering skills.

It was never meant to be a permanent structure and of course they didn't intend to live in it. But they've spent hours and days working on their project, designing and adding bits to it. They were not causing any problems or trouble for anyone. And they were so proud of their achievements.

But somebody decided that what they were doing was not ok and called the council. This afternoon, a 15yo girl who was happily working on her cubby house, was approached by a ranger and told that she would be fined $500 if she didn't pull their 'structure' down. "Sorry to ruin your fun, but..." he said.

So now the girls are devastated. They've kicked their cubby down and are back on their screens, indoors, where clearly they belong and are allowed to have some fun.

Well done to the lovely person who dobbed them in.

You had a wonderful opportunity to talk with those girls, understand what they were doing and why, maybe even offer them some advice or help. But instead, you chose only to see trouble that needed to be stopped.
I hope you're happy.

I'm also concerned that an adult Ranger approached and talked to underage children without a parent or guardian being present.
There are laws, rules and guidelines that have been ignored here.

Name Supplied.
Terrey Hills.
June 24th, 2017.
The 'structure' - picture supplied.

Candidates To Speak To Electors 

June 22, 2017: Media Release – Pittwater Forever
Community umbrella group Pittwater Forever, representing 18 community groups and their members, today confirmed details of two public information sessions for the local government elections being held in the northern beaches on 9 September. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Road Closure - McCarrs Creek Road - Night Shifts
From Wednesday June 14

The NSW Government is funding this essential maintenance work under its $1.5 billion program to maintain and improve the 18,028 kilometre state road network.

Roads and Maritime Services is stabilising the slope on McCarrs Creek Road, 900 metres west of McCarrs Creek Reserve.

We carried out investigation work in January 2017 to help us develop the preferred solution. We will now return to complete the stabilisation work. We have included a map to show the location of the work and detour route.
Our work schedule
This work will take six night shifts and 30 day shifts from Wednesday 14 June to Friday 25 August. Our night work hours will be between 7pm and 6am and our day work hours will be between 7am and 6pm from Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays, weather permitting.

How will the work affect you?
There will be some noise associated with this work. We will make every effort to minimise its impact, including completing the noisier activities by 11pm.

Traffic changes
Part of this work will result in a full road closure, this will affect travel times. McCarrs Creek Road will be closed for up to 20 day shifts and up to six night shifts with no access between Chiltern Trail and McCarrs Creek Reserve BBQ point.

The day road closure times will be between 10am and 3pm and the night road closure times will be between 8pm and 5am from Monday to Friday. The road will be fully open with temporary traffic controls outside these times.

Variable message signs have been installed along the detour route that will update motorists with specific dates for upcoming closures.
Motorists will need to divert onto Mona Vale Road at Terrey Hills and Pittwater Road in Mona Vale to access Church Point. The detour for motorists traveling in either direction will add up to 30 minutes to travel times.

Please keep to speed limits and follow the direction of traffic controllers and signs. For the latest traffic updates, you can call 132 701, visit livetraffic.com or download the Live Traffic NSW App.

Contact
If you have any questions, please contact our delivery partner Downer Mouchel, on 1800 332 660 or nsw_projects@downermouchel.com.
For more information on our projects, visit rms.nsw.gov.au.
Thank you for your patience during this important work.

Household Chemical Cleanout

Date: 24 & 25 June 2017
Time: 9am-3.30pm.
Venue: Mona Vale Beach car park, Surfview Rd, Mona Vale.
Waste matters. CleanOut your household chemicals the right way.
Drop your household chemicals off for FREE. Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 June

The safe way to dispose of potentially hazardous household chemicals is at a Household Chemical CleanOut event which are held across NSW on specified dates. CleanOut is a free service for the safe disposal of a range of household chemicals that could cause harm to human health and the environment if they are not disposed of correctly.

Drop off these materials:
Solvents and household cleaners
Floor care products
Ammonia based cleaners
Fluorescent globes and tubes
Car batteries
Motor oils, fuels and fluids
Paint and paint related products
Pesticides and herbicides poisons
Gas bottles
Fire extinguishers
Pool chemicals
Hobby chemicals
Acids and alkalis
Contact: EPA Environment Line ph 131 555

Peninsula Music Club Winter 2017 Concert

First Prize Winner 2016 Sydney International Piano Competition: Andrey Gugnin



Andrey will perform a wonderful program featuring works by J.S.Bach, Franz Schubert, Dmitri Shostakovich, Leonid Desyatnikov and Michael Kieran-Harvey.

Sunday 23rd July at 2.30pm, Doors open 2pm.
St Luke's Grammar School Bayview Campus
1977 Pittwater Road Bayview
Tickets $25 can be bought online just visit the PMC website below. 
These will also be available at the door.
Enquiries: 0407 441 213 or 99991937

Afternoon Tea will be served after the performance

ANDREY'S DETAILS 
The winner of the 2016 Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia, Andrey Gugnin, will return to Australia later this month to deliver his captivating National Recital Tour in celebration of The Competition’s 40th Anniversary. 

Russia’s Gugnin was the most impressive performer in the competition, taking out 4 prizes in addition to his overall first placing last year. Since his stunning Sydney win he has been in high demand around the world as a soloist, chamber musician and festival artist. He is eager to perform for Australian audiences and will tour six Australian states and territories offering performances including Bach, Schubert, Shostakovich, Desyatnikkov and Stravinsky. This an opportunity for the music lovers of Pittwater to be able to see Andrey in our own unique area. 
 
Andrey Gugnin commented, “Australia has provided many pinnacle moments for me and my career. It’s a pleasure having the opportunity to work with the Sydney International Piano Competition again and to play for audiences across this beautiful country over two months.”

After graduating from the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory in 2010, Gugnin was invited to be a regular participant of the Moscow Philharmonic Society program for promising young artists – ‘The 21st Century Stars’. His energy, feel for the music and outstanding technique placedGugnin on the global stage with performances in over twenty countries as a soloist, recitalist and a chamber music partner.
 
The multi-award winning performer has collaborated with orchestras and ensembles across the world, been welcomed as a guest artist at numerous international festivals, received increasing numbers of concerto engagements and is about to embark on a CD recording for Hyperion Records.

Petition: No To Bulldozing Mona Vale Hospital 

Retain as a Feeder to Frenchs Forest Hospital.
Why this is important

There is little to no information out there regarding the bulldozing of Mona Vale Hospital as soon as FFH is up and running. It is unnecessary. The people of Pittwater deserve to keep their Hospital in particular:

A refurbishment of existing building;
Retaining MVH as a level 3;
Continuing with an A and E; 
Maternity ‐ upgrading birthing suites;
Basic inpatient surgical and medical care of geriatric paediatric and palliative care. (Meaning an ICU specialist anaesthetist and surgical support & back up). 

This level of hospital has served our community well as feeder for RNSH so why not as a feeder for F.F. We're already aware that the proposed "Private/Public" Hospital model is not working at other Hospitals across the state plus with poor road infrastructure in existence getting from Palm Beach ‐ as south to Mona Vale will be extraordinarily tough in bad weather. As recently as July 2016 Mona Vale was cut off due to flooding at the grave yard (base of Mona Vale Road), Garden Street & Pittwater Road Narrabeen and Wakehurst Parkway flooded ‐ any emergencies would not have been able to make it to FF.

More and more young families are moving into the area hence the need to retain such a basic health facility to ensure the lives of all residents within the Pittwater/Wakehurst community is not lost on trying to reach a Hospital.



New Rebate For Families With Active Children

June 20, 2017: NSW Government
Families with school children enrolled in community sport are set to benefit from the Active Kids Rebate. 

From 2018, parents will be able to claim up to $100 per school-aged child, per year, as a voucher to reduce the cost of sport registration or membership fees for after-school and weekend sport, and active recreation activities.

These activities could include sports such as:
  • netball
  • football
  • basketball
  • swimming classes or lessons
  • gymnastics
  • athletics.
The Active Kids Rebate is a key initiative in the 2017-18 NSW Budget and supports the Premier’s priority to reduce overweight and obesity rates of children by five per cent over 10 years.

Sports Minister Stuart Ayres said the annual rebate would be available for every school child wanting to get involved in community sport and fitness.

“We would love to see more young people participating in sport, we know promoting active habits early is a key factor for ensuring a generation of healthy kids and tackling rising obesity rates,” Mr Ayres said.

Parents will be able to register online and can take a sports voucher to a registered sports club or provider to receive their rebate.

Record $4.2 Billion For NSW Schools

20 June 2017: Media release - NSW Government
The NSW Government will spend $4.2 billion over the next four years on capital expenditure to cater for surging enrolments.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Treasurer Dominic Perrottet and Minister for Education Rob Stokes today welcomed the historic spending on school infrastructure, with the $4.2 billion commitment from 2017-18 to 2020 -21 representing a 61 per cent increase on last year's capital program of $2.6 billion from 2016-17 to 2019-20.

The total 2017-18 Budget of $15.7 billion is up 11.5 per cent on 2016-17. 

More than 120 new school and major upgrade projects will start in the next two financial years in response to unprecedented forecast enrolment growth of 164,000 more students in government schools by 2031. 

"The NSW Government is responding to this once-in-a-generation spike in student enrolments by delivering the school infrastructure to meet the needs of current and future students," Ms Berejiklian said.

Mr Perrottet said, "There is nothing more important than the education of our children, and this record investment by the NSW Government will ensure we have the schools and the resources we need to meet the challenges of the future."

Mr Stokes said the NSW Government was also spending a record $747 million over the next four years on school backlog maintenance, including an additional $411 million from 2017-18.

"This is an investment in the future of our state that will transform public education," he said.

New or upgraded high schools or major rebuilds of existing high schools include locations at Picton, Sydney Olympic Park and Canley Vale.

New or major rebuilds of primary schools include Kent Rd, Eastwood, Schofields, Riverbank, The Ponds, Greystanes and Marsden Rd, Liverpool.

The new projects are additional to projects previously announced such as the new high-rise Inner Sydney high school at Surry Hills, the high rise Arthur Phillip High School at Parramatta, Ballina High School, the Alexandria Park Community School, Queanbeyan High School, and Oran Park High School.
 
A newly created specialist assets unit, School Infrastructure NSW, has been tasked with responsibility for delivering the significantly expanded program of capital works. 

Other initiatives funded in the 2017-18 Budget include:
  • around 1,000 more teachers
  • $6.1 million over three years to support an updated anti-bullying strategy and resources for teachers, students and parents
  • Funding of $88 million in 2017-18 as part of the $224 million for teacher professional development through the Quality Teaching, Successful Students initiative
  • Funding of $50 million in 2017-18 on student counselling and wellbeing services as part of the $167 million Supported Students, Successful Students program
  • $149 million on education standards for provision of services related to school curriculum assessment, teaching and regulatory standards in NSW schools
The NSW Government will maintain its full six-year commitment to the National Education Reform Agreement (Gonski), until the end of 2019, which supports funding based on student need across all sectors.

The 2017-18 Budget also provides $1.2 billion in funding support for non-government schools, including increasing the Building Grants Assistance Scheme to support enrolment growth.
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Upgrades are included for:
Harbord Public School, Curl Curl North Public School, Brookvale Public School, Manly Vale Public School and Killarney Heights Public School

Deductible Gift Recipient Discussion Paper

15 June 2017: Media Release - The Hon Kelly O’Dwyer MP, Federal Minister for Revenue and Financial Services
In recognition of Government assistance and the benefits deductible gift recipient (DGR) organisations provide, the Government wants to ensure that compliance arrangements support continued trust and confidence in the not-for-profit (NFP) sector, while also minimising the burden of red tape.

A discussion paper outlining a number of proposals to strengthen DGR governance arrangements, reduce administrative complexity and ensure that an organisation’s eligibility for DGR status is up to date is now available for comment.

There are around 28,000 DGR organisations in Australia. DGR status entitles donors to claim tax deductions on their donations. These tax concessions are in excess of $1.3 billion per year and are a significant part of the Government’s efforts to encourage philanthropy and provide support for the NFP sector.

The Government encourages all interested parties to make a submission to the discussion paper by 14 July 2017.
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From the Discussion paper:
ISSUES 
15. There are also concerns that some charities and DGRs undertake advocacy activity that may be out of step with the expectations of the broader community, particularly by environmental DGRs which must have a principal purpose of protecting the environment.  
Subsection 30-265(1) of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 - Its principal purpose must be: (a)  the protection and enhancement of the natural environment or of a significant aspect of the natural environment; or (b)  the provision of information or education, or the carrying on of research, about the natural environment or a significant aspect of the natural environment.

Consultation Questions
No: 12. Stakeholders’ views are sought on requiring environmental organisations to commit no less than 25 per cent of their annual expenditure from their public fund to environmental remediation, and whether a higher limit, such as 50 per cent, should be considered? In particular, what are the potential benefits and the potential regulatory burden? How could the proposal be implemented to minimise the regulatory burden? 

Summary of proposed reforms
17. To strengthen the governance arrangements, reduce administrative complexity and to help ensure an organisation’s DGR status is up to date, this paper considers a number of possible reforms:
  • All DGRs could be required to be charities registered and regulated by the ACNC (other than government entities, which cannot be charities). 
  • The ACNC’s guidance for registered charities (and subsequently for DGRs) help these organisations to understand their obligations, particularly for certain types of advocacy.  The ACNC has already developed guidance on advocacy so DGRs that are not currently registered charities should refer to this resource. 
  • The ACNC could revoke an organisation’s registration status, and consequently the ATO would revoke the organisation’s DGR status, if one of the grounds for revocation under the ACNC Act were to exist. 
  • To simplify the application process for DGRs, the administration of the four DGR registers could be transferred to the ATO. Those organisations that do not fall within the four registers would still be able to apply to the Minister Revenue and Financial Services for specific listing.
  • The public fund requirement for DGRs that are charities could be removed and DGR entities could apply to be endorsed across multiple categories.
  • Regular reviews could be undertaken by the ACNC and/or ATO to ensure an organisation’s DGR status was up to date and to provide confidence to donors wishing to claim tax deductions for donations. In addition, DGRs could be required to certify annually that they meet the DGR eligibility requirements, with penalties for false statements.
  • The reforms outlined above would address many of the issues identified by the House of Representatives Standing Committee’s REO inquiry . Further discussion of the REO inquiry recommendations are detailed below under the heading –Parliamentary Inquiry into the Register of Environmental Organisations.
Recommendation 6 
75. The Committee recommended that administrative sanctions be introduced for environmental DGRs that encourage, support, promote, or endorse illegal or unlawful activity undertaken by employees, members, or volunteers of the organisation or by others without formal connections to the organisation. 

While submissions may be lodged electronically or by post, electronic lodgement is preferred. For accessibility reasons, please submit responses sent via email in a Word or RTF format. An additional PDF version may also be submitted.

All information (including name and address details) contained in submissions will be made available to the public on the Treasury website unless you indicate that you would like all or part of your submission to remain in confidence. Automatically generated confidentiality statements in emails do not suffice for this purpose. Respondents who would like part of their submission to remain in confidence should provide this information marked as such in a separate attachment.

Legal requirements, such as those imposed by the Freedom of Information Act 1982, may affect the confidentiality of your submission.

Closing date for submissions: Friday, 14 July 2017

Address written submissions to:
Senior Adviser
Individual and Indirect Tax Division
The Treasury
Langton Crescent
PARKES ACT 2600

Email: DGR@Treasury.gov.au
For enquiries please call Susan Bultitude on +61 2 6263 4413.

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NSW Maritime Medal Nominations Open 

Nominations are now open for the 2017 NSW Maritime Medal. The medal is awarded for outstanding and sustained contributions by individuals or organisations to the boating and maritime community in NSW. To nominate someone for the award, simply complete the fields here and submit your entry.

Nominations for the medal will close at midnight on Friday 30 June 2017Visit: NSW Maritime Medal nomination form

Fix On The Way For Dangerous Curve On Old Pacific Highway At Mooney Mooney Creek

19 June 2017: Joint Release with - The Hon. Christian Porter, Minister for Social Services, The Hon. Lucy Wicks, Federal Member for Robertson
  • Wider shoulder, improved line marking and safety rail to be installed to improve safety on dangerous bend, especially for motorcyclists
  • Works to be complete in around a month’s time
  • $250,000 project funded under Australian Government’s Black Spot Programme
Works are now underway to fix a dangerous curve on the Old Pacific Highway at Mooney Mooney Creek on New South Wales’ Central Coast.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the Australian Government has committed $250,000 through the Black Spot Programme to improve safety on the bend, located 730 metres south of the M1 Pacific Highway.

“Road crashes cause an enormous amount of strain on communities and emergency services, and upgrades like this one will really help reduce injuries on our road network,” Mr Chester said.

“The Black Spot Programme is making our roads safer for all motorists by targeting locations where crashes are occuring.The Australian Government has allocated $19.2 million for 52 Black Spot projects across New South Wales in 2017–18. 
“I'm passionate about keeping people safe on our roads, and Black Spot projects are planned to reduce fatalities and injuries.”

Federal Member for Robertson Lucy Wicks said the upgrade would address a long-standing issue for the community.

“In the five years to June 2016 there were three crashes on this curve, all resulting in injuries to motorcyclists, so this is a location where the Australian Government can make a real difference to the community,” Ms Wicks said.

“The Mooney Mooney Creek Black Spot project will involve widening the southbound road shoulder and changing line marking to increase separation between the north and southbound travel lanes.

“This will greatly reduce the potential for motorists losing control on the bend. In addition, a 140-metre safety barrier with a motorcycle safety rail will be installed along the southbound shoulder to reduce the severity of injury to motorcyclists in the event of a crash.”

Work on the project started from Sunday 18 June and is expected to take four weeks to complete, weather permitting.

Work will be carried out Sunday to Thursday between 7pm and 5am. Some work will be required to be carried out on weekdays between 7am and 5pm

For more information on the Black Spot Programme, or to make a nomination, visit investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/blackspots/index.aspx.

Northern Beaches Bus Service Plan: Warriewood Works - July Update

Construction notification 
Warriewood – July 2017

Construction activities 
Construction work will continue in the car park at Warriewood (see map). 
In July, work will include; 
• continued installation of piles, drainage and services 
• earthworks and pavement construction 
• construction of the car park foundation 
Road work will also continue on Pittwater Road at Warriewood (see map) including: 
• construction of pavement at the entry to the rugby park 
• start of pavement construction in the median on Pittwater Road 
• start of service identification and relocation near the entrance to the rugby park 


Map from update PDF

Day work 
Work will occur at the site located on the map during the following hours: 
• 7am to 6pm on Monday to Friday 
• 8am to 1pm on Saturday 

Night work 
Most work will be carried out during the day, however some night work will be required for the safety of workers, pedestrians and road users and to minimise traffic impacts. 
Site set up activities will start from 7pm. 

Night work is scheduled on: 
• Friday 7 to Sunday 9 July (24 hour work) 
• Friday 21 to Sunday 23 July (24 hour work) 

Dates are weather dependent and subject to change. In the event of a weather disruption, works will be carried out on the weekends immediately following where possible.

Minimising noise impacts
Some of the work will be noisy and we try to reduce the noise when we can. Some ways we do this include;
• talking to residents before the work starts, to let them know what to expect
• using barriers and sound blankets to muffle the noise
• the use of squawkers rather than beepers on vehicles
• only using noisy machinery when we absolutely have to
• doing noisy work early in the evening when possible
 directing the noise and lights away from residents when we can.

Contact us 
Phone: 1800 048 751 (available 24/7 for project enquiries and complaints) 

For the latest traffic updates 
Phone: 132 701 
Visit: livetraffic.com 
Download: Live Traffic NSW App 

Funding Secured To Commence Mona Vale Road Upgrade

20 June 2017
Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes today announced funding has been allocated in the NSW Government’s 2017/18 budget to commence construction of the Mona Vale Road Upgrade.
 
Tenders for the $150 million eastern section of the project between Mona Vale and Ingleside will now be advertised following a $17.5 million allocation to kick start construction. This announcement follows the completion of necessary planning and preliminary works over recent years. 
 
Additional funding has also been allocated to complete preliminary works for the western section of the project between Ingleside and Terrey Hills.
 
“Confirmation of construction funding for this $150 million project is fantastic news for our community,” Rob Stokes said today.
 
“This announcement follows an enormous amount of preliminary work since 2011 – including property acquisitions, geotechnical surveys and detailed road design.
 
“With the extensive planning works completed - we’re now able to proceed to the construction phase.
 
“I’m delighted to be part of a government that’s delivering this major infrastructure improvement for our community,” Rob Stokes said.
 
An additional $2 million has also been allocated in the 2017/18 budget to introduce traffic flow improvements at the intersection of Mona Vale Road and Forest Way at Terrey Hills. This separate ‘Pinch Point’ project includes the construction of a third westbound lane on Mona Vale Road to help reduce congestion. 
 
www.rms.nsw.gov.au/projects/sydney-north/mona-vale-road-forest-way-terrey-hills/index.html

Community Building Partnership

Applications for the 2017 program will open 9am on Monday 26 June 2017.
You can apply via this website once applications open

We are seeking funding applications for community infrastructure projects that:
• promote community participation, inclusion and cohesion
• deliver positive social, environmental, and recreational outcomes.

Incorporated not-for-profits and local councils are eligible to apply.
Grants need to be for:
• building/repairing/refurbishing community infrastructure; or
• capital equipment with a minimum individual asset value of $2,500

Projects must be completed by 31 March 2019.
Interested parties MUST read the entire Program Guidelines before they commence an application.

Some changes to the 2017 CBP program
• Organisations with two or more overdue/unacquitted projects from older CBP rounds (2010-2015) will be ineligible to receive a grant
• Public School P&Cs need to have the school Principal to sign a one-page form  prior to the applications closing (9 August 2017)

Should you require further information please contact the Community Building Partnership team at: cbpinfo@facs.nsw.gov.au.

MWNA Charity Gala Day

Date of event: Sunday July 23, 2017
MWNA is proud to be supporting the Motor Neurone Disease Foundation again with their annual Charity Gala Day to be held on Sunday, 23rd July.

MWNA have chosen to support this charity again as we have members who have been personally affected by MND.

Surf Life Saving Awards Of Excellence

The Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern Beaches Awards of Excellence took place at Dee Why on Friday evening, June 23rd.  

More next Issue on who was recognised for their outstanding service, contributions to surf life saving and achievements during the 2016/17 Season.


2017 SLSNSW Awards of Excellence will take place on Saturday August 5th

The Hilton Sydney
488 George St, Sydney 2000

The Awards of Excellence proudly presented by Stramit recognise the outstanding achievements and contributions in all aspects of Surf Life Saving. The awards will celebrate the accomplishments of members, clubs and branches in the 2016/17 season.

Tickets
Adults $130
Children $100
Tables (10) $1100
Purchase tickets via Moshtix.
Nominations
Branches will need to submit nominations viawww.surflifesaving.com.au/aoenominationsNominations close 1 July 2017.

Surf Life Saving Australia National Awards of Excellence will take place on November 4th.

Each year Surf Life Saving Australia hosts a National Awards of Excellence to recognise the hard work, selflessness and enthusiasm of its volunteers.

This year the National Awards of Excellence will be celebrated at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney the evening of 4 November. The night includes nibbles, an official award ceremony, a sit down dinner and evening entertainment.

Come see our everyday heroes, hear their incredible stories, share your own and catch up with old and new friends for a great night celebrating the amazing work of our people.

Date: Saturday 4 November 2017
When: Doors open 5:30pm, Awards Ceremony 6:30pm and Dinner/Entertainment 8:00-11pm
Where: Art Gallery NSW, Art Gallery Rd, Sydney NSW 2000
Cost: $120 per person (inc GST)
Dress code: Cocktail with a splash of red or yellow
Tickets go on sale 4 September 2017

Changes To EPlanning Tools And Services

With the release of the Simplified Housing Code, and the expansion of planning services coming soon to the NSW Planning Portal, the Electronic Housing Code will be decommissioned.

The NSW State Government’s digital strategy was launched in May and reinforced the need to make government services more efficient, easier to use, accessible and online.

The Department’s eBusiness branch, through the NSW Planning Portal, is a key driver of online planning in NSW. The Electronic Housing Code (EHC) is one of the many planning tools currently available through the NSW Planning Portal, that helps users determine what planning permissions they need to build or renovate under the State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008. With the release of the simplified Housing Code, the information being provided will be inaccurate and the system would need to be redeveloped. 

In parallel, the Planning Portal is preparing to launch new state-wide online lodgement services, it will be even faster and easier to plan a development. Online Lodgement will consolidate and centralise the application process, saving applicants time and money by allowing them to do the following via the NSW Planning Portal:
  • find out what planning permissions they need to build or renovate
  • submit and lodge an application for development online 
  • track the progress of an application.
When Online Lodgement is available, it will expand upon the functionality of the EHC, and include up-to-date planning information, such as development standards for exempt and complying development, in line with the Simplified Housing Code. 

What does this mean?
  • On 23 June 2017, applicants will no longer be able to investigate assessment options or prepare, submit or lodge applications via the EHC. Applications will be lodged offline using the application processes defined by the relevant council or private certifier.
  • Before 9pm on 14 July 2017, users will be able to access the dashboards, ensuring they can download and save investigation reports or application information; or input determination information.
  • If you have an application currently under assessment, the assessment needs to be finalised prior to 9pm on 14 July 2017. If this is not possible, please notify the applicant directly advising that the assessment and determination process will be completed outside of the EHC.
  • On the 15 July 2017, you will be unable to access the EHC and system redirects will be in place.
Further information
For more information on the decommissioning of the EHC, download ourfrequently asked questions or email us at eplanning@planning.nsw.gov.au

Simplifying The Planning System

On Friday 16 June 2017 we released the new simplified Housing Code and other minor changes to the State Policy for exempt and complying development (Codes SEPP), including minor amendments for granny flats and group homes to clarify definitions and further simplify these policies.
 
The changes start on Monday 17 July 2017. To view the changes please visit the NSW legislation website.

Overview of changes
The General Housing Code is replaced with a new simplified Housing Code which sets out clear planning rules for complying development including one and two storey homes, renovations and extensions.
 
Planning rules for building a home under the fast-track complying development approval pathway have been simplified, making it easier, cheaper and faster for homeowners to get an approval.
 
The new Housing Code is clear and simple to understand, with easy to follow diagrams to make it easier for homeowners, certifiers and councils to understand the rules for complying development.
 
Under the new Code, development can be carried out as complying development where the relevant development standards in the State Policy are met. These standards have been developed following extensive consultation with the community, councils and industry, to ensure impacts on neighbours are minimised and include:

• maximum building height
• maximum gross floor area
• minimum setbacks from roads and boundaries
• minimum landscaped area
• privacy requirements
 
Benefits of the new Housing Code include:
• simple and clear planning rules, with easy to follow diagrams;
• saving time and money for home owners;
• cutting red tape;
• more certainty for certifiers and councils when assessing proposals; and
• faster and more efficient housing delivery.
 
More information
• More details on exempt and complying development: NSW Planning Portal

Read the State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) Amendment (Housing Code) 2017

 Pittwater Offshore Newsletter Update 19/6/2017 

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To contact Julian:  editor@scotlandisland.org.au

Pittwater Camera Club Interclub Competition 2017

Our next meeting will be held on June 19th.
Peter Bliss will be presenting an informative session on the hows and whys of infrared photography. Peter's expertise and passion in this genre of image making ensures this evening will be fun and educational.
Come along and learn a different way of seeing things.
The meeting will commence at 7.30 pm .

Pittwater Interclub Competition
Monday July 3rd: 7.30pm to 10pm
Pittwater RSL
82 Mona Vale Road, Mona Vale
Come along and support our club for our annual Interclub competition. This year Pittwater Camera Club are hosting at Pittwater RSL.

Pittwater Camera Club. 
Our aim is for members to share their enthusiasm and love of  photography via competitions, lectures, presentations and social activities. We are a friendly, contemporary and progressive club with regular competitions that are aimed at improving photographic skills. Lectures are given by visiting photographers and professionals in the industry and encouragement is provided in the appreciation of the art of photography.

Membership is open to everyone who enjoys photography and we conduct photographic outings on a regular basis. The Club welcomes visitors to any of our meeting nights. Meetings of the Pittwater Camera Club are on alternate Mondays at 7.15 pm for a 7.30 pm start. Join us at: Pittwater RSL - 82 Mona Vale Road, Mona Vale, NSW 2103

Find out more at: www.pittwatercameraclub.org


Nominations For 2017 National Disability Awards Open

21 June 2017
The Hon Jane Prentice MP, Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services has announced that nominations are now open for the 2017 National Disability Awards.

Individuals, workplaces, and service providers, who have improved the lives of Australians with disability, are encouraged to submit a nomination for the Awards before 6 August 2017.

Mrs Prentice said the Awards seek to highlight the achievements in reducing social discrimination and to bring positive changes for people with disability.

“People with disability and those who work to support them are producing amazing programs and projects every day to enrich lives across the nation, and it is extremely important that we recognise their remarkable achievements,” she said.

The 2017 Awards, to be announced at a ceremony in Canberra on 3 December 2017, will showcase best practice in five award categories:
  • Lesley Hall Leadership Award – recognises excellence in development of reform opportunities that improve the lives of people with disability.
  • Employer of the Year Award – recognises excellence in workforce diversity by providing sustainable employment opportunities for people with disability.
  • Community Excellence Award – recognises excellence in improving access and participation in Australian life for people with disability.
  • Excellence in Innovation Award – recognises excellence in innovation in services, places, communities or accessible technologies to improve the lives of people with disability.
  • Excellence in Education and Training Award - recognises excellence in inclusive education or vocational training that delivers improved economic and social outcomes for people with disability.
The Awards are part of the Australian Government’s International Day of People with Disability, a United Nations (UN) sanctioned day celebrated each year on 3 December.

To submit a nomination visit www.idpwd.com.au .

From The Pages Of The Past: A Rescue And One That Almost Was

We've had requests from Readers to continue these little snippets in this page - so: 

HEROES OF THE YEAR.
BRAVE DEEDS THAT HAVE WON RECOGNITION.
(See Illustrated Section.)
Herewith are particulars of the incidents that have gained recognition by the Royal Shipwreck and Humane Society of New South Wales this year. The awards are to be presented by Lady Chelmsford at the Town Hall on Monday evening next: — 

SILVER MEDALS
Thomas Gunning. — On the night of January 18, 1909 a lady named Mrs. Cottle was bathing in the surf at Manly with others, when she was carried out by the undertow. Her fellow bathers were unable to render any assistance, but ran up the beach screaming for help. Mr. Gunning, who was standing, on the Parade, on hearing the cries, threw off his coat; and rushed into the surf. The night being very dark, he was unable to see the lady, but on being told the direction, he was at last enabled to reach her, and bring her to the shore with the greatest difficulty, as he was encumbered with clothes and boots, and the sea at the time was very rough. 


T. GUNNING,
Rescuing from drowning, Manly.
Silver Medal.

Certificates of Merit
John William Holding, Ernest William Oliver, and Charles Henry Wilcox.— On July 29th, 1908, a message was sent to the Mona Vale Police Station that a boat with two men in it was in a helpless condition off Little Reef, near Barranjoey, N.S.W. Mr. Holding, on hearing of the occurrence, with great promptitude put off In a small boat to the rescue, accompanied by Messrs. Oliver and Wilcox, although the constable on duty endeavoured to dissuade him from doing so on account of the heavy sea running. The three, men, however, pulled through the breakers, but on reaching the scene found the object was only old wharfage with two posts standing at the ends, and with great difficulty succeeded in getting the boat back across the bar.


J. W. HOLDING.
For gallantry on the coast, Mona Vale.
Certificate of Merit.


E. W. OLIVER,
For gallantry on the coast,
Mona Vale.
Certificate of Merit.


C. H. WILCOX,
For gallantry on the coast,
Mona Vale.
Certificate of Merit.

The annual presentation of awards in connection with the Royal Shipwreck and Humane Society of New South Wales is to be made at the Town Hall, Sydney, on Monday evening next, 23rd. The awards will be handed to the recipients by Lady Chelmsford. The honours this year total 34, comprising a silver bar (the recipient already possessing the Societies silver and bronze medals), eight silver medals, ten bronze medals, and 15 certificates of merits. Most of the above portraits by Talma Studios, Sydney.

HEROES OF THE YEAR. (1909, August 18). The Sydney Mail and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW : 1871 - 1912), p. 6. Retrieved fromhttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article164338996 

Investment In EHealth Will Improve Care

June 20, 2017: Media Release
Patients in NSW will benefit from safer and more coordinated care, as paper files are phased out and patient data goes online.
eHealth is revolutionising healthcare by storing and delivering health information efficiently and reducing errors by clinicians.

The NSW Government is investing $536 million over eight years in IT infrastructure and systems to support the healthcare sector, including:
  • digital infrastructure supporting the clinical and other health-related systems across NSW
  • digital patient records to ensure patient records are easy to read, accurate and instantly accessible whenever needed.
  • a central repository for patients’ public hospital pathology results
  • rollout of the Electronic Medications Management System statewide.
Health Minister Brad Hazzard said research showed electronic systems can reduce medication errors, which could result in significant patient harm, by more than 50 percent.

“Notes might be illegible, errors can be made transcribing medication charts, or charts can be lost but this technology helps ensure patients get the right medication at the right time,” Mr Hazzard said.


Seclusion, Restraint And Observation Review Open For Public Submissions

22 June 2017: Media Release - Minister for Mental Health, The Hon. Tanya Davies
The public are invited to share their experiences of mental health care at NSW Health facilities, as part of the review into seclusion, restraint and observation practices.

Minister for Mental Health Tanya Davies said the review, led by NSW Chief Psychiatrist Dr Murray Wright, is now open for written submissions, and soon community consultation would begin across Sydney and several regional locations.

“We want to hear about the personal experiences of current and former patients living with mental illness, from their families, their carers, mental health workers and other members of the community,” Mrs Davies said.

“I recognise people want to be heard and I cannot stress enough how vitally important their experiences are to this review.”

Community consultations will take place in Lismore, Coffs Harbour, Newcastle, Orange, Queanbeyan, Sydney, Wagga Wagga, Western Sydney and Wollongong.

Mrs Davies said the exact dates and venues for community consultations will be published on the NSW Health website soon.

“An independent expert panel, led by Dr Wright, will use all the information gathered to examine legislation, policy, clinical governance and practice standards, as well as make recommendations to support staff and implement change,” Mrs Davies said.

Written submissions can be made via post or email.
For more information, to lodge a submission or express interest in the community consultations visit 

For concerns related to other aspects of the NSW mental health system, members of the public are invited to contribute to the Parliamentary Inquiry into the Management of Health Care Delivery in NSW via the Parliament of NSW website or contact pac@parliament.nsw.gov.au

DoggieRescue.com

Pet of the Week

Rory

AGE/SEX: 9 months / F
BREED: Kelpie X

Rory is a young active girl. She is a little timid and lots of things are new to her including walking on lead. She is smart though and learning quickly but needs a family willing to build her confidence and teach her more lead work. She is affectionate with people, but reactive to other dogs on lead. She has a short coat and weighs 20.9kg. She comes desexed, C5 vaccinated, heartworm free and microchipped. Also included for the love and health of our dogs is a free Health and Wellness Voucher with our DR Vet. Her adoption cost is $450.

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

June 18 - 24, 2017: Issue 317

Articles This Week 

Front Page Issue 317

35th America’s Cup Final Stage Begins - Pittwater's James Spithill focussed despite Day 1 dramas

6th Peninsula Community Of Schools Art Exhibition At Warriewood Square - Silent Auction now open

Pictures: Careel Bay Marina Winter Festival 2017: Owners Gordon “Bluey” and Anne-Marie Woolcott have shared their love of classic timber boats with the community again this year - great stalls, great food!

Aquatics: Club Marine Pittwater To Paradise 2018 Regatta Entry Now Open

DIY Ideas DIY Dolls House Or Garage Or Boatshed - In a few weeks the July school holidays commence (July 1 to 17) and little hands will want to do something creative. 


Profile:  Surf Collective www.surfcollective.com.au

Tired of looking like everyone else in the same branded gear everyone wears? Want to support a local business and local creators and businesses? Want to find something unique and further the development, or redevelopment of independent makers of Australian products? - then the Surf Collective is where you need to look. Read about their BHS project!

This week co-founder Mark Rannuci helps us share a small insight into a local business in the business of promoting others' business and giving us back access to so many great producers - all in one place!

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

Artists of the Month:  June 2017: Broadfoot  As we go to press Broadfoot are releasing their sixth album “Timeless Groove Too”, a double album of twenty nine songs available on  iTunes and Google PlayBroadfoot are one of the Far North Coast’s busiest bands, a three-piece whose gigs leave listeners charged with pleasure and with an urge to dance. Broadfoot's music is all about superb musicianship - the interplay between band members as well as improvising, a rare feature in music of today, is just one of the band’s great strengths. The Pittwater connection, although we’re sure band members John Moodie and Russell Kereama would feel right at home here too, is through Trent Morgan. You can read more about this former local creative in his Profile page, running this Issue, and all about Broadfoot here, this June.

Protect Pittwater: Taking It To The Marina

The Careel Bay Marina Winter Festival happened Saturday June 17th, with great food, classic wooden boats and all manner of stalls.

Also on hand were members of the Protect Pittwater group finding many willing signers of their petition to restore Pittwater along its original boundaries prior to the imposed amalgamations of May 2016, and Pittwater Council.  The volunteers reported last night;

"The support for the petition was way beyond our expectations."
and
"So fantastic to have people coming looking for us - young and old alike. Even when we were busy packing up and had left it over on the table, supporters were going over and signing it! "


Road Closure - McCarrs Creek Road - Night Shifts
From Wednesday June 14

The NSW Government is funding this essential maintenance work under its $1.5 billion program to maintain and improve the 18,028 kilometre state road network.

Roads and Maritime Services is stabilising the slope on McCarrs Creek Road, 900 metres west of McCarrs Creek Reserve.

We carried out investigation work in January 2017 to help us develop the preferred solution. We will now return to complete the stabilisation work. We have included a map to show the location of the work and detour route.
Our work schedule
This work will take six night shifts and 30 day shifts from Wednesday 14 June to Friday 25 August. Our night work hours will be between 7pm and 6am and our day work hours will be between 7am and 6pm from Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays, weather permitting.

How will the work affect you?
There will be some noise associated with this work. We will make every effort to minimise its impact, including completing the noisier activities by 11pm.

Traffic changes
Part of this work will result in a full road closure, this will affect travel times. McCarrs Creek Road will be closed for up to 20 day shifts and up to six night shifts with no access between Chiltern Trail and McCarrs Creek Reserve BBQ point.

The day road closure times will be between 10am and 3pm and the night road closure times will be between 8pm and 5am from Monday to Friday. The road will be fully open with temporary traffic controls outside these times.

Variable message signs have been installed along the detour route that will update motorists with specific dates for upcoming closures.
Motorists will need to divert onto Mona Vale Road at Terrey Hills and Pittwater Road in Mona Vale to access Church Point. The detour for motorists traveling in either direction will add up to 30 minutes to travel times.

Please keep to speed limits and follow the direction of traffic controllers and signs. For the latest traffic updates, you can call 132 701, visit livetraffic.com or download the Live Traffic NSW App.

Contact
If you have any questions, please contact our delivery partner Downer Mouchel, on 1800 332 660 or nsw_projects@downermouchel.com.
For more information on our projects, visit rms.nsw.gov.au.
Thank you for your patience during this important work.

Pittwater Lifeguards Reflect On Successful Summer

Monday 19 June 2017
From Surf Life Saving NSW
Summer may be fast fading into the rear-view mirror but planning is well advanced to ensure that for the Pittwater based Lifeguards from the Australian Lifeguard Service the 2017/18 season is just as successful.

The final numbers indicate another busy summer for the Lifeguards from Pittwater who were charged with patrolling 9 locations throughout Sydney’s iconic Northern Beaches.

Rescues performed by the team doubled this season with 360 carried out in 2016/17 in comparison to the previous season.

A continued emphasis on preventative actions to control situations before they escalate the point a rescue is required resulted in an increased number of these actions (78,000 up from 57,000), while total first aids remained relatively stable.

A hot summer and a warm start to autumn meant crowds flocked to the beach with an additional 200,000 beach visitations recorded this summer, which ultimately pushed the attendance figures to over a million.

Although the season has finished the work never stops with the ALS team busy conducting reviews of the season, planning training programs, and inspecting equipment.

Perhaps most importantly of all is the recruitment phase. The ALS prides itself on its people with many Lifeguards returning year on year. But they’re always on the hunt for new talent with many Lifeguards having a strong background in the surf club environment.

“As we look back on a successful summer it’s important to note that none of this would be possible without our professional team of lifeguards and lifeguard supervisors,” ALS NSW Lifeguards Operation Manager Oliver Munson.

“Lifeguarding is a challenging but rewarding career that can take you around the state and even overseas. “Were always on the hunt for new talent”

Applicants for Lifeguard positions will participate in a vigorous fitness and skills session ahead of the season to ensure that they are in peak physical and mental condition ahead of the demands of the season.

2016/17 ALS Statistics For Pittwater:

• Rescues – 360
• Preventative actions – 78,192
• First Aid – 3,081
• Beach Attendance – 1,276,511

For additional information about becoming a Lifeguard with the ALS for the 2017/18 season please visit:


Thank You

Thank you to all who visited us on the long weekend. The Pittwater Artists Trail Winter Exhibition was a huge success!

Congratulations to our three lucky raffle prize winners who took home goodie boxes including original works, prints and vouchers for art classes! 

We raised $500 for Mona Vale Hospital through raffle ticket sales.
Our next Open Studio weekend will be 14th and 15th October 2017.

Petition: No To Bulldozing Mona Vale Hospital 

Retain as a Feeder to Frenchs Forest Hospital.
Why this is important

There is little to no information out there regarding the bulldozing of Mona Vale Hospital as soon as FFH is up and running. It is unnecessary. The people of Pittwater deserve to keep their Hospital in particular:

A refurbishment of existing building;
Retaining MVH as a level 3;
Continuing with an A and E; 
Maternity ‐ upgrading birthing suites;
Basic inpatient surgical and medical care of geriatric paediatric and palliative care. (Meaning an ICU specialist anaesthetist and surgical support & back up). 

This level of hospital has served our community well as feeder for RNSH so why not as a feeder for F.F. We're already aware that the proposed "Private/Public" Hospital model is not working at other Hospitals across the state plus with poor road infrastructure in existence getting from Palm Beach ‐ as south to Mona Vale will be extraordinarily tough in bad weather. As recently as July 2016 Mona Vale was cut off due to flooding at the grave yard (base of Mona Vale Road), Garden Street & Pittwater Road Narrabeen and Wakehurst Parkway flooded ‐ any emergencies would not have been able to make it to FF.

More and more young families are moving into the area hence the need to retain such a basic health facility to ensure the lives of all residents within the Pittwater/Wakehurst community is not lost on trying to reach a Hospital.



Queens Birthday Honours 2017

OFFICER (AO) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION
Mr Christopher Edgar CUFFE 
Terrey Hills 
For distinguished service to the community as an advocate for philanthropy, as a supporter of improved financial efficiencies in charitable organisations, and to the funds management industry.

Service includes:
Not-for-profit sector:
Founder and Chairman, Australian Philanthropic Services, since 2010.
Founder and Principal, Third Link Growth Fund (NFP), 2008.
Executive Director, Social Ventures Australia, 2006-2009.
Chairman, Social Ventures Australia Future Trust, 2008-2012.
Chairman, Primary Ethics Future Trust, since 2013.
Founder and Principal, Christopher Cuffe Foundation, since 2006.

Financial sector:
Chairman, UniSuper, since 2011.
Director, Cuffelinks Pty Ltd (publisher of a free weekly newsletter for the finance industry and engaged investors), since 2012.
Non-Executive Director of listed investment companies:
Global Value Fund Limited, current.
Antipodes Global Investment Company Limited, current.
Argo Investments Limited, current.
Chair, Fitzpatrick Private Wealth and Atrium Investment Management, current.
Chief Executive Officer, Colonial First State, 1990-2003.
Chief Executive Officer, Challenger Group, 2003- 2006.
Director, Investment and Financial Services Association (IFSA) and predecessor organisation, circa 1993-2003.
Awards and recognition includes:
Inductee, Australian Fund Manager's Hall of Fame, 2007, 'for services to the investment industry'.

MEMBER (AM) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION
The late Mr Bernard “Midget” FARRELLY 
Late of Brookvale 
For significant service to surfing as a competitor and industry pioneer at the national and international level, and to surf lifesaving.

Service includes: 
Founding Member, International Surfing Federation (now International Surfing Association), 1964. 
Inaugural World Surfing Champion, 1964; Runner Up, 1968 and 1970 World Championships; Australian Surfing Champion, 1964 and 1965. 
Founding Member and Inaugural President, Australian Surfriders Association (now Surfing Australia), 1963. 
Founding Member and Inaugural President, Dee Why Surfing Fraternity, 1961. 
Founder, Farrelly Surfboards, 1965; Established the Midget Farrelly Stringerless model surfboard, 1965; Owner, Surfblanks Australia, circa 1960s. 
Member, Palm Beach Surf Life Saving Club, 1999-2016. 
Member, Whale Beach Surf Life Saving Club, from 2006-2016. 
Awards and recognition includes: Inductee, Australian Surfing Hall of Fame, 1986. Inductee, Surfing Walk of Fame, Huntington Beach, 2007

Mr Sydney FISCHER OBE 
Mosman 
For significant service to sailing as a yachtsman and international competitor, and as a mentor to young sailors.

Service includes: 
Five challenges for the America's Cup with 'Advance', 1983; 'Steak 'N' Kidney', 1987; 'Challenge Australia', 1992; Made third and fourth attempts at San Diego in 1992 and 1995 and the fifth in Auckland in 2000. 
Line Honours in the 1988 and 1990 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Races. Handicap honours in the 1992 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. Captain, Australia's Admirals Cup Team, 1997, 1993, 1981, 1979, 1977, 1973, and 1971. 
In 1996 and 1998 captained Australia's Kenwood Cup team. World Championship One Ton Cup in 'Stormy Peterel' in New Zealand, 1971 
Trains and mentors young helmsmen to steer the yacht 'Ragamuffin' in Sydney to Hobart race each year. 
Member, Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, since 1962. Owner, Sydney City Marine, since 2011. Owner, Australian Corporate Holdings Pty Ltd, since 1981. Board Member, L J Hooker, 2009-2015. 

Awards and recognition includes: 
Recipient, President's Award, Australian Sailing, 2014; Award for Service to Yachting, 2003/4; Ocean Racer of the Year, 2002, 1996 and 1993; Australian Yachtsman of the Year, 1992- 1993 and 1971-1972. Inducted into NSW Sports Hall of Fame, 1970. Recipient, Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, 1971, 'In recognition of service to sport'.

Professor John Blair SHEEHAN 
Clareville 
For significant service to the real estate and property planning sectors, to professional institutes, and to educational and legal bodies.

Service includes:
Australian Property Institute:
National Councillor, 2005; National Native Title Spokesperson, 1997-2003; Representative, Planning Research Centre, University of Sydney, 1996-2000; liaison to the Indigenous Land Corporation, 1996-2003; Member, since 1967.
President, Australian Property Institute (New South Wales Division), 2001-2004.
Acting Commissioner, Land and Environment Court of NSW, 2007-2009; Australian Property Institute Representative on the Court Users Group 1997-2008.
Adjunct Professor and Deputy Director, Asia-Pacific Centre for Complex Real Property Rights, University of Technology Sydney, since 2008.
Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Society and Design, Bond University, since 2015.

Professional organisations:
Pacific Regional Chair, International Association for the Study of Common Property, 2001- 2004.
Board Member, Pacific Rim Real Estate Society, 2008-2016.
Member, Planning Institute of Australia, since 1981.
Director, Spatial Industries Business Association Australia, 2007-2015.
Director, Sarasan Consulting Group, since 1981.
Chairman, Desane Group Holdings, since 1992.

Awards and recognition includes:
Recipient, Fellow, Planning Institute of Australia, 2009.
Recipient, Life Fellowship, Australian Property Institute, 2005.
Recipient, S F Whittington Gold Medal, Australian Property Institute, (New South Wales Division), 1997.
Recipient, Annual Award for Excellence in Planning, Planning Institute of Australia, 1997 and 1998.

Mr David Wesley BENN 
Manly 
For service to the community through church, social welfare, and educational foundations.

Service includes:
Uniting Church in Australia - Synod of New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory:
Chair, Uniting Resources, 2014-2015.
Synod Standing Committee Member, 2013-2015.
Parishioner, Balgowlah Uniting Church, since 2000.
Habitat for Humanity Australia:
Chairman, 2008-2010.
Board Member, 2003-2010.
Recipient, Certificate of Appreciation, 2012.
Recipient, Meritorious Service Award, 2015.
Member, current.

Australian-American Fulbright Commission:
Chairman, 2002-2005.
Board Member, 2000-2005.
Friend of the Australian-American Fulbright Commission, current.

American Club:
President, 1990-1994.
General Committee Member, 1984-1987.
Life Member, since 2003.

Australian-American Chamber of Commerce:
Member, Board of Governors, 1995-2000.
National Senior Vice-President, 1993.
Director, 1973-1993.
Recipient, Outstanding Service Award, 1993.

Mr Barry Roy FINCH 
Frenchs Forest 
For service to the community through social welfare groups.

Service includes:
President, Broken Bay Diocesan Central Council, St Vincent de Paul Society, since 2012; Member, State Council, Current; President, Forestville Conference, since 2008; Member, 'more than 30 years'.
President, No Interest Loan Scheme North Sydney, current.
Acolyte, Catholic Parish of Frenchs Forest, 'for many years'.

Awards and recognition includes:
Recipient, Outstanding Community Service Award, St Vincent de Paul Society, 2013.
Recipient, Local Government Award, Warringah Shire Council, 2012.

Mr Allan George McCORMAC 
Newport 
For service to the community, particularly to road safety.

Service includes:
National Coordinator, Driver Reviver Program, coordinating with various Government departments and service organisations, since 1989 and National Director, current.

Awards and recognition includes:
Recipient, Melvin Jones Fellowship Award, Lions Club International Foundation, 2008.
Recipient, Centenary Medal, 2003.

Mr Richard James NICOL 
Avalon Beach 
For service to botanical gardens as a volunteer.

Service includes:
Volunteer Guide, Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney, since 1997.
Head Guide, 2010-2012.
Convenor, Conference Sub-Committee, Biennial Australasian Conference of Volunteer Guides, Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney, 2015.
Managed the publication, 'A Walk in the Garden', celebrating 30 years of volunteer guides', 2011.

Mr Robert George PORTER 
Manly 
For service to the music industry as a producer, writer and performer.

Service includes:
Mr Porter's career as a record producer, songwriter, recording artist - singer and instrumentalist, music publisher, record company owner, and artist manager, has spanned over 50 years.

Producer:
Founder, Wizard Records/Wizard Music Group, since 1971.
Produced and/or wrote and published a total of over 50 hit singles and albums, nationally and internationally.
Discovered, signed, produced and launched the international careers of a range of iconic Australian recording artists, all of whom have had Number One and Top Ten recording hits in Australia and/or internationally, produced by Mr Porter, including: Marcia Hines, Daddy Cool, Air Supply, Rick Springfield, Tommy Emmanuel, Hush and Colleen Hewett.

Producing highlights include:
All of Marcia Hines' Number One and Top 10 hit singles and six multi-Platinum albums (1975 to 1980) before, during and after her 3-year 'Queen Of Pop' reign.
All of Daddy Cool's recordings, including Australia's all-time Number One chart hit, 'Eagle Rock' (1971) for which Daddy Cool and Robie Porter received The Australian Record of the Century Citation (The Kent Report, 2000).
Air Supply's world-wide Number One hits: 'All Out Of Love'; and 'Lost In Love' (1980)
Tommy Emmanuel's 5-times-Platinum Number One Album: 'Dare To Be Different', and 'Determination' -(the ARIA Award winning A/C Album Of The Year,1992).
Single Of The Year awards with Hush, and Rick Springfield.
Multi-Platinum and Gold Single and Album Awards with 8 different artists.
Five of these recording artists produced by Mr Porter have been inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame, and several of them have won US Grammy Awards, ARIA Awards, US Song of the Year Awards, Single of the Year and/or Album of the Year Awards.
Eight of them have had Number One hits produced by Mr Porter, and have collectively sold in excess of 90 million records worldwide.

Performer:
Recording artist - singer and steel guitarist, since 1959.
Performed under the stage names of Rob E.G. and Robie Porter.
Australia's Number One hit record artist from 1962 to 1964.
Hit singles include '55 Days at Peking', 'Si Senor', 'Jezebel, 'When You're Not Near', 'Whiplash', 'Gemini', '5-4-3-2-1-Zero', Railroadin', all produced by Mr Porter.
Awarded 3 Gold Singles and 5 Gold Albums as a recording artist.

Television:
Television series host of 'SurfSound' - 7 Network, 1962
Television series host of 'Opportunity Knocks' - 9 Network, 1963
Other awards and recognition include:
Recipient, Logie Award for Special Achievement, TV Week, 1964.
Recipient, Number One Australian Recording Artist radio awards: 1962, 1963, and 1964.
Recipient, Wall of Fame, Parkes Elvis Festival, inducted 2016.
Recipient, This Is Your Life Honouree,1980.
Recipient, Australian Steel Guitar Hall of Fame, inducted 2014.
Recipient, Citation: Number One Australian Record Of The Century: Eagle Rock, 2001.
Recipient, Olympic honours: Attache, Sydney Olympic Games, 2000 - wrote and produced the Olympic Announcement theme: 'Sail Down To Australia', performed at the Olympics by Marina Prior.

Mr Richard Francis TIGHE RFD RD 
Fairlight 
For service to sailing, to youth development, and to the community.

Service includes;
Vice-President and Sail Training Coordinator, New South Wales Branch, Australia-Britain Society, since 1999; Treasurer, 1988-1999; National Executive Treasurer, 1993-1997; Member, since 1979.

Coordinator, Tall Ships Award Program and Chairman, Selection Board (involves cooperation between the Australia-Britain Society, the Young Endeavour Youth Scheme and the Australian Sail Training Association).
Volunteer Race Official, Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, since 1997 and Member, since 1992.
Member, Sailing Race Management Team, Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Officer, Royal Australian Naval Reserves, 1956-1997.
Secretary, Naval Warfare Officers Association, 2000-2005; Committee Member, 2005-2016.
Life Saver, Queenscliff Surf Life Saving Club, 1987-2000.

Mr Peter WACHTEL 
Palm Beach 
For service to the community through ski patrolling.

Service includes:
Australian Ski Patrol Association:
National Patroller, 1977.
Former Finance Committee Member.
Examiner, Ski Patroller Training Program, 'for many years'.
Former National First Aid Examiner.
Assisted with formation and implementation.
Treasurer, New South Wales Ski Patrol Association and Liaison Officer to New South Wales Volunteer Rescue Association, 1986-2015; Committee Member.

Perisher Volunteer Ski Patrol:
Held a range of elected roles since 1976, including: Treasurer, 'for many years'; Captain; Equipment Officer.
Member, since 1974.
Ski Safety Officer, Kosciusko Alpine Club, Kosciusko Tour, Boonoona Open and the Snowy Mountains Classic Cross Country Skiing Races, 'for many years'.

Mr Francis WONG 
Belrose 
For service to the Chinese community of Sydney.

Service includes:
Honourable Life President, Chung Shan Society of Australia, since 2004; President, 2009- 2014; Executive Committee Member, since 1998.
Honorary President, Zhung Shan Business Association Inc, 2015.
Honorary Secretary, Kuan Yin Temple Foundation, Sydney, 1995-2006.
Honorary President, Chinese Beneficence Federation of Australia Inc., 2011.
Executive Committee Member, Australia Day Chinese Community Commemoration, 2004- 2011.
Honorary Advisor, Australian Chinese Martial Art Research Association, 2005.
Honorary Life Member, Chinese Youth League of Australia, since 1998.
President, Lions Club of Sydney South, 2004-2006.
Charter Member, Lions Club of Sydney Central, since 2008; Life Member and Honourable Life President.
Vice-Chairman, Evergreen Elderly Centre Foundation, 2003-2011.
Honorary Advisor, North Sydney Regional Community Forum, 2005.
Justice of the Peace, since 1996.

Grassroots Promise Bright Future For Manly

Friday 16th June, 2017
By Sean O'Sullivan - Sea Eagles News
The Manly Warringah Sea Eagles held their annual Junior Representative Awards last night at Club 47, Lottoland.

Head of Football, Bob Fulton, Head Coach Trent Barrett and NRL players, Marty Taupau and Jake and Tom Trbojevic were in attendance to celebrate this special occasion.

Both teams shared successful seasons; with the SG Ball team finishing 9th, while the Harold Matthews team made history by being the first Manly team to contest a Harold Matthews Grand Final since the competition began in 1970. After a well-fought Grand Final, they were beaten in extra time by Newcastle, 26-20.

Sea Eagles juniors Jake and Tom Trbojevic were excited to attend and present awards and support their younger brother Ben.

“It’s really great to be here, I’ve really taken an interest with the juniors this year especially with my brother playing”, Jake said before he reminisced on his junior days.

“I made some great memories and great friends back then. I just really enjoyed the journey, it’s really special looking back on it and it’s a proud part of my life”.

Head Coach Trent Barrett has kept a close eye on the juniors and has great confidence in the junior pathways programme. He applauded both teams’ efforts and revealed to the junior Sea Eagles what it takes to progress in their football careers.

“The one who makes it isn’t necessarily the player with the most talent, it’s the one who is willing to work the hardest and put in the hours to be the best”, Barrett said.

Marty Taupau also presented awards and spoke about his journey from junior reps through to the NRL.

Sea Eagles juniors Jake and Tom Trbojevic were given permission from Blues Coach, Laurie Daley to break Origin camp to attend the awards night.

In recognition of Jakes outstanding career from a local junior through to representing state and country the inaugural junior representative player of the year award has been named in his honour.

“It is a privilege and an honour to have this trophy named after me and I am proud to be a Manly junior.  In a fitting end to the evenings proceedings Jake presented the inaugural Jake Trbojevic Junior Representative Player of the Year Award to Harold Matthews captain Joshua Schuster.

2017 Junior Representative Award Winners
2017 Harold Matthews Cup (Under 16's)
Players Player: Alec Tuitavake & Albert Hopoate
Coach's Award: Luke Rouland
Player of the Year: Joshua Schuster 

2017 SG Ball Cup (Under 18's)
Players Player: Keith Titmuss
Coach's Award: Finn Heath
Player of the Year: Keith Titmuss


Jake Trbojevic Junior Representative Player of the Year: Joshua Schuster

NSW Names Rubber Ducky Team

Friday 16 June 2017 - By Surf Life Saving NSW
There’s no question that speed will be the aim of the game when NSW surf lifesavers takes to the ocean at the Interstate Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) Championships at Cudgen Headland SLSC next month.

A total of 35 athletes have been announced to don the blue cap in the annual event after impressive racing throughout the NSW IRB Premiership Series which concludes at Cape Hawke SLSC this weekend for the final round.

The 18 strong NSW Interstate Team will be racing to spoil their northern rivals’ dominance with the Queenslanders having enjoyed plenty of success over the last few seasons.

Reigning NSW IRB champions and current Premiership leaders Kiama Downs have been rewarded for their consistency with 10 of the 18 selected athletes hailing from the South Coast club, while Caves Beach, North Cronulla and Catherine Hill Bay will also be represented.

Thanks to NSW hosting the competition for a second straight year, the state will also be fielding a Development team boasting some of the best young and up and coming IRB competitors in Australia.

This group of 17 will have the opportunity to test their skills against the best in the country however; their results don’t contribute to the final pointscore.

Kiama Downs stalwarts Nathan Foster and Steven Guy will lead the Interstate Team in this campaign as Head Coach and Team Manager respectively while Thirroul’s Steve Robson and Ken Sellers from The Entrance will be guiding the Development Team.

Surf Life Saving NSW Sport Manager Rob Pidgeon congratulates the surf lifesavers selected.

“We’re expecting NSW to turn in a fantastic performance at the IRB Interstate Championships. There’s a great mix of experience in the Interstate Team and we think this is the right formula for us to achieve success,” Rob Pidgeon said.

“It’s great to have Cudgen Headland hosting this year and is a major plus to be able to select a development team not just for the respective surf lifesavers but also for the sport of IRB racing.”

The 2017 IRB Interstate Championships will be held at Cudgen Headland SLSC on Friday 14 July, which will be followed by the Australian IRB Championships on 15 and 16 July.

2017 NSW IRB Interstate Team:
Rhianna Kevill - Catherine Hill Bay SLSC
Liam Kleyn - Caves Beach SLSC
Mitch Lobston - Caves Beach SLSC
Oliver Kleyn - Caves Beach SLSC
Vivienne Ricketts - Caves Beach SLSC
Aidan Hazell - Kiama Downs SLSC
Avalon Punch - Kiama Downs SLSC
Blair Joynson - Kiama Downs SLSC
Brad Honey - Kiama Downs SLSC
Joshua Ehlbeck - Kiama Downs SLSC
Kaitlin Isabella - Kiama Downs SLSC
Kathy Foster - Kiama Downs SLSC
Kirsty Honey - Kiama Downs SLSC
Matthew Lewis - Kiama Downs SLSC
Naida Guy - Kiama Downs SLSC
Elissa Hughes - North Cronulla SLSC
Felicity Hassett - North Cronulla SLSC
Lucy Green - North Cronulla SLSC

Team Management:
Coach - Nathan Foster (Kiama Downs SLSC)
Team Manager - Steven Guy (Kiama Downs SLSC)

2017 NSW IRB Development Team:
Gabrielle Grieves - Caves Beach SLSC
Jacob Davies - Caves Beach SLSC
Samantha Hallett - Caves Beach SLSC
Kate Janssen - North Cronulla SLSC
Lillian Hassett - North Cronulla SLSC
Louis Sobb - North Cronulla SLSC
Andrew Selosse - Queenscliff SLSC
Elliot Yandle - Queenscliff SLSC
Harrison Yandle - Queenscliff SLSC
Alix Smith - Terrigal SLSC
Bronte Bagala - Terrigal SLSC
Emma Gunasinghe - Terrigal SLSC
Benjamin Clarke - Woonona SLSC
Jake Westlake - Woonona SLSC
Nathan Bow - Woonona SLSC
Nicholas Turner - Woonona SLSC
Patrick Chapman - Woonona SLSC

Team Management:
Head Coach - Steven Robson (Thirroul SLSC)
Team Manager - Ken Sellers (The Entrance SLSC)

Northern Beaches Bus Service Plan: Warriewood Works - June Update

Last week, Issue 315, we ran an overview of what has been published on the B-line Northern Beaches website of the proposed new bus services and routes as part of the Northern Beaches Bus Service Plan

 
Cancelling L90 Off-peak Unsatisfactory
Since then residents have expressed dismay that the L90 from Palm Beach, in off-peak hours, will no longer be running, many writers stating that this is "not satisfactory - full services should be provided" and
"Why can't they run the B-line bus to Palm Beach?".

Queries can be addressed on the Northern Beaches Bus Service Plan webpage of the B-line website or responses to similar queries may provide answers. 

More on the L90 soon.

This week a June Update for Warriewood has been released, advising:
Car park work
Pavement construction will start in early June in the temporary car park area. Work is expected to take approximately 4 weeks to complete, weather permitting, before it opens for public use.

The piling rig has been delivered to the Warriewood work site. Piling work will begin in mid-June and will take 4 weeks to complete, weather permitting. Piling will be carried out between 8am and 5pm Monday to
Friday, with one hour respite after every three hours of work.
Our piling work will not take place on weekends.

Shared user path
Stage 1 of the shared user path construction has begun in the south-west corner of North Narrabeen Reserve. Construction is expected to take 2 weeks, weather permitting.

Conditions around the reserve may change while this work is taking place and users are asked to take care while in the area.

Working hours
The standard working hours for work at Warriewood will be 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 1pm on Saturday. During the project, some night time work may also be required to minimise traffic impacts and
ensure the safety of road users. Night work will be carried out from 8pm to 5am.
Local residents will be notified prior to any night work taking place.

Traffic changes
There will be changes to the entrance of North Narrabeen Reserve from Pittwater Road while the work takes place. Temporary signage and
traffic controllers may direct drivers and pedestrians around the site while the work is being done. Please keep to speed limits and follow the direction of traffic controllers and signs. For the latest traffic updates, you can call 132 701, visit livetraffic.com or download the Live Traffic NSW App.

Contact us
If you have any questions, please call our information line on 1800 048 751 or email projects@transport.nsw.gov.au or visit b-line.transport.nsw.gov.au/
Thank you for your patience during this important work.

For further information please visit Warriewood June 2017 update (this can be downloaded from the Warriewood webpage of the B-line website - right hand side, under 'Resources').

 Pittwater Offshore Newsletter Update 19/6/2017 

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To contact Julian:  editor@scotlandisland.org.au

Northern Beaches Environment Alliance June 2017 Meeting

Monthly Meeting with Warwick Pearse from Bylong Valley
Hosted by Northern Beaches Environment Alliance

Tuesday June 20th at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
At Coastal Environment Centre
1 Lake Park Road -Pelican Path, Narrabeen

Next Tuesday 20th of June will be the Northern Beaches Environment Alliance monthly meeting.

Warwick Pearse a resident of the Bylong Valley, will be giving us a presentation about the situation in Bylong and how proposals for a giant open cut coal mine threaten the valley. 

Warwick has held a number of senior government and academic positions in Australia, he was the foundation Director of the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS), and he also has extensive experience in public health and health services. 

After the presentation about Bylong, we will discuss statewide actions to stop the unfettered expansion of coal and gas. 

This is a free event all are welcome to come along, light refreshments will be provided.

IRB Premiership Series Set For Big Finale

As the final round of the NSW Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) Premiership Series heads to Cape Hawke SLSC this weekend the overall title is set for its closest finish in recent years with just two points separating first and second in the standings.

One Mile Beach will rock to the hum of motors and the thrill of the competition as they play host to over 250 surf lifesavers from 20 clubs across NSW. All clubs will be chasing Kiama Downs who are currently leading the Overall Premiership Pointscore ahead of perennial rivals Caves Beach and Terrigal.

Kiama Downs are reigning champions and are gunning for their sixth straight Premiership title to take home to the South Coast, an impressive feat in an era where the skills of the competitors are ever improving.

Forster SLSC will be flying the flag for the Lower North Coast Branch (currently sitting in 10th spot overall) and after making a splash last start at Ocean Beach will be hoping to take full advantage of their local knowledge.

Cape Hawke SLSC President Gary Curtis is looking forward to welcoming the best NSW IRB competitors and hopes this could encourage his fellow club members to race in the future.

“The beach is looking good; we think the surf conditions will be favourable so we expect a full weekend of racing,” Gary Hawke said.

“Cape Hawke is a club that has had a pretty strong IRB team in the past but unfortunately not so much in recent times. I believe it’s great to have major events every few years to keep the interest of surf lifesaving around the community.

“Another reason for the club hosting a round of the IRB Premiership is to hopefully start the conversation of having our own IRB team competing.”

Surf Life Saving NSW Sports Events Coordinator Luke Stigter is looking forward to a great weekend of racing at the series ending event.

“The quality of racing has been at its highest this season and we expect it continue this weekend. With the winners of the Premiership pointscore taking home an IRB motor, there’s a lot of pressure on teams for every race,” Luke Stigter said.

“It’s great for the sport for a non-competing club to host and feel a part of the event, and we hope in the near future clubs like Cape Hawke will form a team and enjoy competing in the fantastic sport that is IRB racing.”

Racing for the final Premiership Round is set to start at 8am on Saturday and will be the last opportunity to tune up ahead of the NSW State Championships which will be held at South West Rocks on the first weekend of July.

Clubs competing in Round 4 of the NSW IRB Premiership:

Avalon Beach SLSC, Catherine Hill Bay SLSC, Caves Beach SLSC, Coogee SLSC, Cooks Hill SLSC, Forster SLSC, Kiama Downs SLSC, Manly LSC, Newcastle SLSC, Newport SLSC, Nobbys SLSC, North Avoca SLSC, North Cronulla SLSC, North Narrabeen SLSC, Ocean Beach SLSC, South Maroubra SLSC, Stockton SLSC, Terrigal SLSC, Thirroul SLSC and Woonona SLSC.

Pittwater's Knitting Nannas Adani Stance

June 12, 2017
We are still flat out trying to educate the public about the harm that Adani wants to cause with his diabolical mines in QLD.

Knitting Nannas of Pittwater 

Pittwater Camera Club Interclub Competition 2017

Our next meeting will be held on June 19th.
Peter Bliss will be presenting an informative session on the hows and whys of infrared photography. Peter's expertise and passion in this genre of image making ensures this evening will be fun and educational.
Come along and learn a different way of seeing things.
The meeting will commence at 7.30 pm .

Pittwater Interclub Competition
Monday July 3rd: 7.30pm to 10pm
Pittwater RSL
82 Mona Vale Road, Mona Vale
Come along and support our club for our annual Interclub competition. This year Pittwater Camera Club are hosting at Pittwater RSL.

Pittwater Camera Club. 
Our aim is for members to share their enthusiasm and love of  photography via competitions, lectures, presentations and social activities. We are a friendly, contemporary and progressive club with regular competitions that are aimed at improving photographic skills. Lectures are given by visiting photographers and professionals in the industry and encouragement is provided in the appreciation of the art of photography.

Membership is open to everyone who enjoys photography and we conduct photographic outings on a regular basis. The Club welcomes visitors to any of our meeting nights. Meetings of the Pittwater Camera Club are on alternate Mondays at 7.15 pm for a 7.30 pm start. Join us at: Pittwater RSL - 82 Mona Vale Road, Mona Vale, NSW 2103

Find out more at: www.pittwatercameraclub.org


Narrabeen Boys High 1967 50 Year Reunion - 2017

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

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



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

Leaping Livers Lapping The Lagoon 2017

Sunday July 23, 2017
Berry Reserve
Limber up and get ready to make a difference for the Liver Transplant Unit at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead by joining us at Leaping Livers Lapping the Lagoon 2017. When: Sunday 23rd July 2017 Where: Narrabeen Lagoon, Narrabeen Here at the Liver Transplant Unit we rely on the generosity of our supporters to be able to help those in need. Funds raised through events like Leaping Livers are crucial in enabling us to continue our work. We couldn’t do it without the help of dedicated fundraisers like you – every bit of effort counts and any amount you raise is so appreciated.
 
We believe it's important to raise awareness of childhood liver disease and liver transplantation. 
 
The 9km circuit is for EVERYONE - you can do as little as 1km! Let’s go, and together make a difference for the better to those who need it most!


2017 NSW Grandparents Day Event Grants Program Open

June 14, 2017: NSW Government
Applications are now open for grants to help community organisations, small businesses and local councils host events to celebrate NSW Grandparents Day.

This year’s NSW Grandparents Day will be held on Sunday 29 October. It is a time for everyone to come together and recognise the value grandparents and older people bring to our communities.

NSW Government funding for local community events on NSW Grandparents Day has doubled this year to $200,000.

There are three funding categories available:
  • Tier 1 grants of up to $1000 for small-scale local events or activities targeted at community organisations and schools
  • Tier 2 grants from $1001 to $5000 for local community events
  • Tier 3 grants from $5001 to $10,000 for large-scale community events targeted at local councils in partnership with organisations and groups.
Minister for Ageing, Tanya Davies said Grandparents Day is a special day to connect across generations and to appreciate the wide-ranging benefits gained from the knowledge and wisdom shared by older people.

“I encourage organisations planning NSW Grandparents Day events to focus on activities that help older people, regardless of their age or ability, stay connected and contribute to their communities,” Mrs Davies said.

Last year 100 projects were successful in securing funding for events.

Applications for the grants program will close at 5pm on Friday 14 July 2017. Apply here

Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary Stalls 2017

July:
July 1st:  9am to 3pm Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale:  Sewing, knitting, craft, books.
July 8th: 8am to 3pm  Bunnings, Narrabeen; Sausage sizzle
July 21st: 9am to 3pm  Stall, foyer Mona Vale Hospital: Baking, knitting, craft, books, sewing

August:
August  5th:  9am to 3pm  Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale Sewing, knitting, craft
August  12th: 8am to 3pm Bunnings, Narrabeen Sausage sizzle
August 18th:   9am to 3pm  Stall, foyer Mona Vale Hospital Baking, knitting, craft, books, sewing

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

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

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

Deductible Gift Recipient Discussion Paper

15 June 2017: Media Release - The Hon Kelly O’Dwyer MP, Federal Minister for Revenue and Financial Services
In recognition of Government assistance and the benefits deductible gift recipient (DGR) organisations provide, the Government wants to ensure that compliance arrangements support continued trust and confidence in the not-for-profit (NFP) sector, while also minimising the burden of red tape.

A discussion paper outlining a number of proposals to strengthen DGR governance arrangements, reduce administrative complexity and ensure that an organisation’s eligibility for DGR status is up to date is now available for comment.

There are around 28,000 DGR organisations in Australia. DGR status entitles donors to claim tax deductions on their donations. These tax concessions are in excess of $1.3 billion per year and are a significant part of the Government’s efforts to encourage philanthropy and provide support for the NFP sector.

The Government encourages all interested parties to make a submission to the discussion paper by 14 July 2017.
____________________________

From the Discussion paper:
ISSUES 
15. There are also concerns that some charities and DGRs undertake advocacy activity that may be out of step with the expectations of the broader community, particularly by environmental DGRs which must have a principal purpose of protecting the environment.  
Subsection 30-265(1) of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 - Its principal purpose must be: (a)  the protection and enhancement of the natural environment or of a significant aspect of the natural environment; or (b)  the provision of information or education, or the carrying on of research, about the natural environment or a significant aspect of the natural environment.

Consultation Questions
No: 12. Stakeholders’ views are sought on requiring environmental organisations to commit no less than 25 per cent of their annual expenditure from their public fund to environmental remediation, and whether a higher limit, such as 50 per cent, should be considered? In particular, what are the potential benefits and the potential regulatory burden? How could the proposal be implemented to minimise the regulatory burden? 

Summary of proposed reforms
17. To strengthen the governance arrangements, reduce administrative complexity and to help ensure an organisation’s DGR status is up to date, this paper considers a number of possible reforms:
  • All DGRs could be required to be charities registered and regulated by the ACNC (other than government entities, which cannot be charities). 
  • The ACNC’s guidance for registered charities (and subsequently for DGRs) help these organisations to understand their obligations, particularly for certain types of advocacy.  The ACNC has already developed guidance on advocacy so DGRs that are not currently registered charities should refer to this resource. 
  • The ACNC could revoke an organisation’s registration status, and consequently the ATO would revoke the organisation’s DGR status, if one of the grounds for revocation under the ACNC Act were to exist. 
  • To simplify the application process for DGRs, the administration of the four DGR registers could be transferred to the ATO. Those organisations that do not fall within the four registers would still be able to apply to the Minister Revenue and Financial Services for specific listing.
  • The public fund requirement for DGRs that are charities could be removed and DGR entities could apply to be endorsed across multiple categories.
  • Regular reviews could be undertaken by the ACNC and/or ATO to ensure an organisation’s DGR status was up to date and to provide confidence to donors wishing to claim tax deductions for donations. In addition, DGRs could be required to certify annually that they meet the DGR eligibility requirements, with penalties for false statements.
  • The reforms outlined above would address many of the issues identified by the House of Representatives Standing Committee’s REO inquiry . Further discussion of the REO inquiry recommendations are detailed below under the heading –Parliamentary Inquiry into the Register of Environmental Organisations.
Recommendation 6 
75. The Committee recommended that administrative sanctions be introduced for environmental DGRs that encourage, support, promote, or endorse illegal or unlawful activity undertaken by employees, members, or volunteers of the organisation or by others without formal connections to the organisation. 

While submissions may be lodged electronically or by post, electronic lodgement is preferred. For accessibility reasons, please submit responses sent via email in a Word or RTF format. An additional PDF version may also be submitted.

All information (including name and address details) contained in submissions will be made available to the public on the Treasury website unless you indicate that you would like all or part of your submission to remain in confidence. Automatically generated confidentiality statements in emails do not suffice for this purpose. Respondents who would like part of their submission to remain in confidence should provide this information marked as such in a separate attachment.

Legal requirements, such as those imposed by the Freedom of Information Act 1982, may affect the confidentiality of your submission.

Closing date for submissions: Friday, 14 July 2017

Address written submissions to:
Senior Adviser
Individual and Indirect Tax Division
The Treasury
Langton Crescent
PARKES ACT 2600

Email: DGR@Treasury.gov.au
For enquiries please call Susan Bultitude on +61 2 6263 4413.

Planning Alerts


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New Priority Precincts

June 1, 2017: NSW Dept. of Planning & Environment
Fifteen new Priority Precincts announced
Fifteen new Priority Precincts have been announced to provide more homes and jobs close to public transport, shops and services.
 
These include:
Belmore and Lakemba;
Burwood, Strathfield and Homebush;
Campsie and Canterbury;
Cherrybrook;
Frenchs Forest;
Glenfield;
Leppington Town Centre;
Randwick;
Riverwood;
Schofields Town Centre;
Seven Hills and Wentworthville;
St Leonards and Crows Nest;
Telopea;
Turrella and Bardwell Park; and
Westmead
For more information please refer to the FAQs below.
 
Priority Precincts are areas generally located around transport corridors or strategic centres and have broad social, economic and environmental significance for the community.
 
Planning for these areas is coordinated by state and local government which helps ensure infrastructure such as schools, parks, community facilities, public transport and road upgrades are delivered to support community needs.
How can I be involved?
We’ll be working closely with the community, councils and other stakeholders to provide a range of opportunities to participate in planning for each precinct. This includes surveys, project updates, social media, public events, face to face meetings and formal submissions.
 
Before we start preparing plans for the area we’d like to hear from you about what you value about your area, what works well and what could be improved. 
 
Come along to a drop-in session to find out more about the planning process and tell us what’s important to you.

Frenchs Forest  Tuesday 20 June from 5pm to 8pm
Galstaun Function Centre, 5 Grattan Crescent Frenchs Forest

Frequently Asked Questions
Belmore and Lakemba FAQ
Burwood, Strathfield and Homebush FAQ
Campsie and Canterbury FAQ
Cherrybrook FAQ
Glenfield FAQ
Leppington Town Centre FAQ
Randwick FAQ
Riverwood FAQ
Schofields Town Centre FAQ
Seven Hills and Wentworthville FAQ
St Leonards and Crows Nest FAQ
Telopea FAQ
Turrella and Bardwell Park FAQ
Westmead FAQ

Household Chemical Cleanout

Date: 24 & 25 June 2017
Time: 9am-3.30pm.
Venue: Mona Vale Beach car park, Surfview Rd, Mona Vale.
Waste matters. CleanOut your household chemicals the right way.
Drop your household chemicals off for FREE. Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 June

The safe way to dispose of potentially hazardous household chemicals is at a Household Chemical CleanOut event which are held across NSW on specified dates. CleanOut is a free service for the safe disposal of a range of household chemicals that could cause harm to human health and the environment if they are not disposed of correctly.

Drop off these materials:
Solvents and household cleaners
Floor care products
Ammonia based cleaners
Fluorescent globes and tubes
Car batteries
Motor oils, fuels and fluids
Paint and paint related products
Pesticides and herbicides poisons
Gas bottles
Fire extinguishers
Pool chemicals
Hobby chemicals
Acids and alkalis
Contact: EPA Environment Line ph 131 555

NSW Maritime Medal Nominations Open 

Nominations are now open for the 2017 NSW Maritime Medal. The medal is awarded for outstanding and sustained contributions by individuals or organisations to the boating and maritime community in NSW. To nominate someone for the award, simply complete the fields here and submit your entry.

Nominations for the medal will close at midnight on Friday 30 June 2017Visit: NSW Maritime Medal nomination form

Haylee & Nina Tokyo 2020 Olympics

We are Haylee Outteridge and Nina Curtis and are currently campaigning towards Tokyo 2020 in the sport of Sailing.

We have each been sailing for over 20 years and in November 2015 we teamed up  in the women's high performance Olympic class - 49er FX to pursue our Olympic goal together. We are proudly part of the Australian Sailing Squad and while we spend most of our training time in Sydney, we compete mostly overseas.

Due to the nature of our sport, our biggest obstacle in successfully executing our goals is having enough money to cover our campaign expenses. Such as purchasing & maintaining equipment, travel expenses, shipping equipment to venues, competition fees etc.

We hope that with your support we can make a strong start in achieving our on water goals that will shape our way to Tokyo 2020.



DoggieRescue.com

Pet of the Week

Logan


AGE/SEX: 2 years / M
BREED: Border Collie X Kelpie

Logan is a very sweet gentle boy who came in very underweight. We are doing our best to fatten him up. He has a happy friendly nature and is very popular around volunteers. Being working breed he is very smart and very active. He is social and very playful with other dogs. He has a fluffy coat and weighs 13.8kg. He comes desexed, C5 vaccinated, heartworm free and microchipped. Also included for the love and health of our dogs is a free Health and Wellness Voucher with our DR Vet. His adoption cost is $400.

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

Unleashed Dog Exercise Areas Review

Council are seeking your feedback on the four proposed new unleashed dog exercise areas:
1. Warriewood Valley Detention Basin, Prosperity Parade Warriewood
2. Avalon Beach Reserve Avalon, adjacent to Central Road. and west of the drainage canal
3. Munnumba Reserve, Munnumba Avenue Belrose
4. South Creek Reserve, South Creek Road Wheeler Heights

Council are also seeking your feedback about the adequacy of Lagoon Reserve, Queenscliff to continue functioning as an unleashed dog exercise area. This matter has been raised by residents living nearby.

• In writing marked "Unleashed Dog Exercise Area" to Northern Beaches Council 725 Pittwater Rd Dee Why 2099

For further information, contact Allison Cooper, Open Space Planning and Management on 9942 2545
Comments close on Wednesday 21 June 2017

“Great Australians” Trivia Night 

hosted by Zonta Club of Northern Beaches Inc. 
on Saturday 22 July

Zonta Club of Northern Beaches Inc will host the annual fundraising Zonta Trivia Night on 22 July this year.  The evening is in the Pittwater Memorial Hall, Pittwater Road, Mona Vale, 6.30pm for a 7.00pm start.

This year Famous Australians is our theme.  Guests may choose to dress according to the theme or just come as you are!  There will be some ‘best dressed’ awards. Questions will be broad and general in nature with some notable inclusions regarding famous Australians.

Zonta Club of Northern Beaches is part of the worldwide service organisation Zonta International. Our local club supports women in need on the Northern Beaches by giving education grants to women, assisting high school students to stay at school, supporting the local Womens’ Refuge and Manly Womens’ Shelter amongst other projects.

This is a fun evening and all proceeds will support our Club’s local support programs.  BYO glass, drinks and nibbles, tea, coffee and biscuits will be available.  Gather your friends and enjoy this relaxing evening while supporting your local community.

Bookings are essential.  The cost is $20 per person payable at the door. To book call Tricia on 0414 568 414 or by email to zontanb@gmail.com   You may book a table of 10 or we will seat you with others. We look forward to seeing you there.


Call Out For Poets - ‘Spirit Of The Land’

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

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

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

Submissions to be emailed to meusepress@hotmail.com  by 5pm Fri 29 Sept 2017.

The selected poets will perform their works on Sunday 5 November, 2 - 4pm

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

Currawong Beach Cottages

Come and unwind and reconnect with family and friends. Currawong is a great place to spend the July school holidays. 
Call now on 9974 4141 to make a booking.

Please Report All Native Animal Killers

C/- Sydney Wildlife

$11,000 fine and/or 6 months in prison.
These are the penalties you face for harming or killing a native animal in NSW. Including snakes.

We had a disturbing incident of cruelty to a native animal last month and believe it is very important to bring attention to this issue.

Two lovely young ladies witnessed a middle-aged man stabbing a red-bellied black snake - with a stick - because he felt "it was the right thing to do".

The beautiful little snake was curled up beside the walkway - in a reserve (which should be a safe place for wildlife) - enjoying the sun and minding her own business when she was brutally attacked, just for existing. When the witnesses approached the man to stop him, he threw the injured snake - still alive - into the lake and left.

We find this abhorrent. We find it inexcusable.

One of our most dedicated rescuers, Georgie, donned her mask, snorkel and fins to find the snake that had been tossed into the water. She retrieved the body and has kept it in her freezer for the police investigation, which is still underway. Our thanks go out to the Police for their assistance and for reporting the incident to the RSPCA. Our wonderful National Parks rangers have also been informed and will be keeping an eye out for any disturbing incidents of cruelty to wildlife.

We rescue and relocate red-bellied black snakes day in and day out. They are wonderful snakes. They are very shy and inoffensive and tend to only defend themselves if provoked. They play an extremely important role in the environment by keeping the predator/prey cycle in balance and they are a wonderful asset to our natural world.

If you find an injured or displaced snake, please contact:
Sydney Wildlife on 9413 4300
or Wires on 1300 094 737
or a Professional Snake Catching organisation, such as Sydney Snake Catchers or Snakes in the City


Georgie with the limp, lifeless body of a once-glorious creature.

How To Request To Address Council

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

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

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

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

June 11 - 17, 2017: Issue 316

Articles This Week 

Front Page Issue 316

RPAYC Showcase Sailing To Prince Harry For The 2018 Invictus Games by Stephen Collopy

Pictures: Pittwater Artists Trail – Winter Group Exhibition 2017 At Newport by Kylie Ferguson - includes Opening Address by Katherine Roberts (MAG&M) Open until end of Monday, June 12th at Newport Community Centre - food, music and market stalls too!

First Champion Of Mackellar Revealed - from Office of Federal Member for Mackellar Jason Falinski

Protect Pittwater Campaign Grows and Prepares to Join Careel Bay Marina Winter Festival Next Weekend by Miranda Korzy

Celebrating World Ocean Day With Valerie Taylor AM at Palm Beach - hosted by Federal Member for Mackellar, Jason Falinski

ASCCA’s President Nan Bosler OAM: Winner At 2017 Australian NFP Technology Awards by Joan Craymer

Henry Lawson - A Manly Bard and Poet - on his 150th Birthday, June 17, 2017

Reflections by George Repin: THE DUOMO OF ORVIETO

Aquatics: IRB Season Heats Up

27th Australian Women’s Keelboat Regatta(June 10-12): hosted by the Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron, Victoria - by Lisa Ratcliff



Profile:  Living Ocean - Living Ocean- Each Whale Migration Season the team from Living Ocean’s Centre for Marine Studies, comprising researchers and volunteers study, from sea and land, the humpback whales that migrate along Australia’s East Coast. The study – licensed by State and Commonwealth agencies including an Ethics Committee –  continues an innovative research program that the team began in 2004.

Every Winter trip the Living Ocean Team make costs around $450.00 in fuel alone. Living Ocean are currently seeking a Sponsor for this research for the 2017 season, or would like to hear from those who have great fundraising ideas to keep this vital program going. 

Over the last few years Living Ocean’s data has starkly revealed that areas off Sydney proposed for commercial sand mining are high-use areas for whales and could be stated to be ‘whale highways’ where the mammals are using familiar sea channels and the floor of the sea, as landmarks, to find the way they swim, and have swum, north or south.

This data has become particularly more relevant due to the fact that one company is currently seeking to run 2D Seismic tests within the zones the Living Ocean Team patrol each Whale Migration Season during the third quarter of this year - July to September 2017.



Celebrating seven years of inviting art lovers to connect and collect, the Pittwater Artists Trail launches their 2017 - 2018 season with a group exhibition this June long weekend at the Newport Community Centre. Featuring works from established and emerging artists both known and new to the Trail, the exhibition will showcase works in an array of media from pastels, paints and eco-dyed fabrics, to jewellery, sculpture and mosaics.

Meet and mingle with the artists on opening night from 6-8pm Friday 9th June, with the exhibition continuing over the weekend 10am - 4pm Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th June and 10am - 3pm Monday 12th. 

There will be music, food and market stalls to enjoy over the weekend as well.

Around The SLSC's

In the past few weeks Warriewood, Mona Vale, Newport, Bilgola, Avalon and Whale Beach have held their annual Presentation nights of club awards, recognising members who have made outstanding contributions to their clubs during the past year.

Those recognised are surrounded by tireless volunteers, countless supporters and amazing members who make the surf season always one to remember and keep those who visit our beaches safe.

Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern Beaches Branch will hold their Awards of Excellence on June 23rd at Dee Why RSL, Surf Life Saving NSW's Awards of Excellence will be held at the Hilton in Sydney on August 5th. 

The season may be over but progress in the movement locally continues year round. Two items that example this courtesy of and from Bilgola SLSC's latest newsletter:

Bilgola Digs Deep to Save a Life  
Have you seen the NEW Defib in it's glorious red box at the Bilgola SLSC Clubhouse?


This amazing group (pictured) were part of a generous move to raise funds to buy this lifesaving device so it could be available 24/7 to benefit the whole community.

Now, this same group have gone the next step and have undertaken training so they are ready if ever needed.

Thank you to the Bilgola locals for their generous spirit and a HUGE thanks to Bilgola's very own, Belle Schmidt for coordinating the fundraising and the training! Special thanks to Craig Poppleton and Pete Fenley for their assistance with training!

Next Generation in Lifesaving
Bilgola SLSC has been generously gifted a Westpac Little Ripper Lifesaver drone that includes world-first Shark Spotter technology, a flotation device that can be dropped down to swimmers, an alarm and a loudspeaker.The $50,000 groundbreaking device was donated by Bilgola's favourite and stalwart supporter of surf life saving, Marcus Blackmore.
Above: Whale Beach SLSC Presentation Eening - Saturday, June 10th, 2017 - photo courtesy Kylie Ferguson.

RMYC Expansion Appeal Upheld

Development consent is granted to development application No 379/15 for alterations and additions to the Royal Motor Yacht Club at 46 and 46A Prince Alfred Parade, Newport, involving the removal of 28 existing berths and the incorporation of 67 new berths, resulting in a net increase of 39 berths, on the conditions in Annexure A.

Annexure A available at base of page of above judgement.

Sanyo Bussan Cup 2017 – Australian Life Saving Team

June 8, 2017 - By Surf Life Saving Australia
The Australian Life Saving Team has named a youthful 10-athlete ‘pathways squad’ ahead of their Sanyo Bussan Cup title defence at Momoshi Beach in Japan.

The pathways team provides the strongest Australian surf sports athletes with international experience to help progress and develop their surf sports careers.

The team will feature four returning members from 2016 Sanyo Bussan Cup including last year’s Surf Race winner Daniel Collins (Redhead), and Nutri-Grain IronWoman Finals Series eight place finisher Naomi Scott (Manly).

Nutri-Grain IronWoman Finals Series fourth place finisher Maddy Dunn (Northcliffe) will her open age debut for the Australian Side, after picking up two team gold  medals at the 2017 Australian Surf Life Saving Championships.

Nikolas Green (Northcliffe) also returns to the squad after winning the Ski Race and Ironman on day one of last year’s competition.

On the beach, star sprinter Jackson Symonds (Sorrento WA) re-joins the team after finishing first in the Open Male Beach Sprint at the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships, alongside Elizabeth Forsyth who finished third in Beach Flags and first in the Open Female Beach Relay.

Australian Life Saving Team Sanyo Bussan Cup head coach Craig Holden said he is confident in the youth movement.

“We realise the competition is going to be tough this year, especially competing against the World Champion New Zealand team, as well as South Africa and Japan,” he said.

“Despite our relatively young team, we have a team full of competitors with international experience, and big things are expected for our new-comers.

Holden said the team will be challenged by the climate and flat conditions.

“The flat conditions will not necessarily suit our competitors, so tactics will be crucial” he said.

“The heat and humidity in Japan may also be a concern, and our team will have to adapt to these conditions.”

The Australian Life Saving Team will depart for Japan on Wednesday 21 June, with competition running from Saturday 24 June to Sunday 25 June.

Sanyo Bussan Cup 2017 – Australian Life Saving Team
First Name Last Name SLS Club               RLSSA Club
Maddy         Dunn         BMD Northcliffe
Nikolas        Green         BMD Northcliffe
Joshua        Brown         Currumbin
Elizabeth       Forsyth         Currumbin
Callum Lowe-Griffiths Kurrawa
Naomi        Scott         Manly
Hannah        Minogue         Newport
Daniel        Collins         Redhead
Jackson        Symonds         Sorrento (WA)
Rachel       Wood         Umina                       The Hills
*Bolded name denotes first Sanyo Bussan Cup appearance.

Team Coaches & Management:
Coach – Craig Holden
Assistant Coach – Sam Dick

Northern Beaches Bus Service Plan: Warriewood Works - June Update

Last week, Issue 315, we ran an overview of what has been published on the B-line Northern Beaches website of the proposed new bus services and routes as part of the Northern Beaches Bus Service Plan

 
Cancelling L90 Off-peak Unsatisfactory
Since then residents have expressed dismay that the L90 from Palm Beach, in off-peak hours, will no longer be running, many writers stating that this is "not satisfactory - full services should be provided" and
"Why can't they run the B-line bus to Palm Beach?".

Queries can be addressed on the Northern Beaches Bus Service Plan webpage of the B-line website or responses to similar queries may provide answers. 

More on the L90 soon.

This week a June Update for Warriewood has been released, advising:
Car park work
Pavement construction will start in early June in the temporary car park area. Work is expected to take approximately 4 weeks to complete, weather permitting, before it opens for public use.

The piling rig has been delivered to the Warriewood work site. Piling work will begin in mid-June and will take 4 weeks to complete, weather permitting. Piling will be carried out between 8am and 5pm Monday to
Friday, with one hour respite after every three hours of work.
Our piling work will not take place on weekends.

Shared user path
Stage 1 of the shared user path construction has begun in the south-west corner of North Narrabeen Reserve. Construction is expected to take 2 weeks, weather permitting.

Conditions around the reserve may change while this work is taking place and users are asked to take care while in the area.

Working hours
The standard working hours for work at Warriewood will be 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 1pm on Saturday. During the project, some night time work may also be required to minimise traffic impacts and
ensure the safety of road users. Night work will be carried out from 8pm to 5am.
Local residents will be notified prior to any night work taking place.

Traffic changes
There will be changes to the entrance of North Narrabeen Reserve from Pittwater Road while the work takes place. Temporary signage and
traffic controllers may direct drivers and pedestrians around the site while the work is being done. Please keep to speed limits and follow the direction of traffic controllers and signs. For the latest traffic updates, you can call 132 701, visit livetraffic.com or download the Live Traffic NSW App.

Contact us
If you have any questions, please call our information line on 1800 048 751 or email projects@transport.nsw.gov.au or visit b-line.transport.nsw.gov.au/
Thank you for your patience during this important work.

For further information please visit Warriewood June 2017 update (this can be downloaded from the Warriewood webpage of the B-line website - right hand side, under 'Resources').

 Pittwater Offshore Newsletter Update 12/6/2017 

click on Logo: 

To contact Julian:  editor@scotlandisland.org.au

Trade Day - 2017

Hosted by Johnson Bros Mitre 10 - Mona Vale
Wednesday, June 14 at 12 PM - 5:30 PM
73 Bassett Street, Mona Vale.

This is going to be a huge event. Over 40 Suppliers confirmed all onsite and all bringing the best deals you'll see all year. Storewide sale. Demo setups from Makita, Dewalt, Sheffield and more. As always the BBQ and drinks will be on. Pick up those couple of CPD points as well.

Peninsula Community Of Schools Art Exhibition

June 15 – June 25
Hosted by Warriewood Square
Jacksons Road, Warriewood 

You are invited to attend the Peninsula Community of Schools Art Exhibition in celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Culture on the Northern Beaches.

Enjoy a showcase of students work from Kindergarten to Year 12 from the 13 Peninsula Community of Schools; Avalon, Bilgola Plateau, Collaroy Plateau, Cromer, Elanora Heights, Mona Vale, Narrabeen Lakes, Narrabeen North, Newport, and Wheeler Heights Public Schools and Barrenjoey, Narrabeen Sports and Pittwater High Schools.

Join us at the Opening Night 5pm Thursday 15 June and be entertained by Aboriginal dancers and musicians, and meet the students who created the wonderful pieces of artwork on display. Our Education Minister, Rob Stokes will be in attendance along with the very best principals and teachers in the peninsula. 

The collection has been created by considering and reflecting on the themes of significant annual festivals;
  • Guringai Festival - “Connection” Connections of people and place, connections of communities, connections of parents and children”
  • Harmony Day - “Everyone Belongs – Strength in Harmony”
  • Reconciliation Week – “Let’s Take the Next Steps”
  • 2017 NAIDOC Week – “Our Languages Matter” - The importance of resilience and richness of Aboriginal & Torres Strait islander Culture
The exhibition is located at Kmart Court with large format canvases displayed around the Centre. 

Surf Club Facility Funding Doubled To $4M

Sunday, June 4, 2017
Surf Life Saving Clubs across NSW will be able to apply for additional funding for facilities upgrades after the NSW Government announced funding for club grants would be doubled to $4 million.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Treasurer Dominic Perrottet and Member for Coogee Bruce Notley-Smith made the announcement at Coogee Surf Life Saving Club.

“From nippers to senior patrollers, members of Surf Life Saving Clubs provide an amazing service to the people of NSW,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“With 129 surf clubs across NSW, this $4 million investment will bring significant upgrades to surf club facilities, improving access for the 76,000 volunteer surf life savers.”

More than $24 million in funding has been allocated over the past 12 years for upgrades to surf clubs across NSW to ensure they are safe, accessible and secure.

“We rely on the skill and passion of volunteer surf lifesavers to provide this service and this injection of funding will ensure lifesavers have the support they need to do their work,” Mr Perrottet said.

Surf Life Saving NSW Acting CEO, Adam Weir, thanked the Premier, Treasurer and Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres for supporting volunteer surf lifesavers in the vital role they perform.

“We’ve been advocating for increased funding for surf clubs for several years now and I’m delighted that the NSW Government is recognising our efforts by doubling the grant pool,” said Mr Weir.

“Our surf clubs are often the hub for many community activities and making sure they are safe, accessible and fit for purpose benefits everyone, not just our patrolling lifesavers,” Mr Weir said.

New grant applications can be submitted from July and surf clubs who had already reached the maximum cap of $400,000 will be re-eligible for facility funding.


The next meeting of the Avalon Beach Historical Society will be held on TUESDAY, 13 JUNE in the Avalon Beach Bowling Club in Bowling Green Lane at 8pm.

‘HOUSES, WEEKENDERS, SHEDS & CASTLES’

Over many years we have had some remarkable buildings constructed in the area which have served as residences.

From the humble corrugated iron water tank of the 1930s with 3 holes (2 windows and a door!) cut into one end – to the mighty ‘Finisterre’, occupying the end of Stokes Point and which changed hands for $20 million 15 years ago. There have all served in their own way to shelter their occupants.

We have assembled a compilation of photographs of many of these dwellings from our archives and we think you will enjoy the result along with the stories which accompany some of them.

In many cases we are able to show how they looked originally compared to how they look now. Some have changed and some haven’t and sadly in some cases they don’t exist anymore!

Some have had poems written to and about them by their architect and builder and some have been painted as subjects by artists.



We know you’re going to enjoy this evening so come along (bring a friend if you wish) and stay for supper and a chat afterwards.

With the cool change of winter headed our way, 13 June maybe a little chilly but the temperature inside the bowling club is normally very sympathetic.

Geoff Searl
President Avalon Beach Historical Society

Unleashed Dog Exercise Areas Review

Council are seeking your feedback on the four proposed new unleashed dog exercise areas:
1. Warriewood Valley Detention Basin, Prosperity Parade Warriewood
2. Avalon Beach Reserve Avalon, adjacent to Central Road. and west of the drainage canal
3. Munnumba Reserve, Munnumba Avenue Belrose
4. South Creek Reserve, South Creek Road Wheeler Heights

Council are also seeking your feedback about the adequacy of Lagoon Reserve, Queenscliff to continue functioning as an unleashed dog exercise area. This matter has been raised by residents living nearby.

• In writing marked "Unleashed Dog Exercise Area" to Northern Beaches Council 725 Pittwater Rd Dee Why 2099

For further information, contact Allison Cooper, Open Space Planning and Management on 9942 2545
Comments close on Wednesday 21 June 2017

Pittwater Dragonboat Racing Club Winter Training

June  2017
Awesome end to the 2016/2017 season. Winter training already started with lots of enthusiasm and smiling faces.

New Paddlers wanted for 2017/2018 season:
​It's time to build the Pittwater family and add more committed paddlers. Winter is a great time to join the club so you can try the sport and see if you like it before committing to the season later in the year. 

Contact us to get started in a sport that is fun, competitive and a little addictive.



New Priority Precincts

June 1, 2017: NSW Dept. of Planning & Environment
Fifteen new Priority Precincts announced
Fifteen new Priority Precincts have been announced to provide more homes and jobs close to public transport, shops and services.
 
These include:
Belmore and Lakemba;
Burwood, Strathfield and Homebush;
Campsie and Canterbury;
Cherrybrook;
Frenchs Forest;
Glenfield;
Leppington Town Centre;
Randwick;
Riverwood;
Schofields Town Centre;
Seven Hills and Wentworthville;
St Leonards and Crows Nest;
Telopea;
Turrella and Bardwell Park; and
Westmead
For more information please refer to the FAQs below.
 
Priority Precincts are areas generally located around transport corridors or strategic centres and have broad social, economic and environmental significance for the community.
 
Planning for these areas is coordinated by state and local government which helps ensure infrastructure such as schools, parks, community facilities, public transport and road upgrades are delivered to support community needs.
How can I be involved?
We’ll be working closely with the community, councils and other stakeholders to provide a range of opportunities to participate in planning for each precinct. This includes surveys, project updates, social media, public events, face to face meetings and formal submissions.
 
Before we start preparing plans for the area we’d like to hear from you about what you value about your area, what works well and what could be improved. 
 
Come along to a drop-in session to find out more about the planning process and tell us what’s important to you.

Frenchs Forest  Tuesday 20 June from 5pm to 8pm
Galstaun Function Centre, 5 Grattan Crescent Frenchs Forest

Frequently Asked Questions
Belmore and Lakemba FAQ
Burwood, Strathfield and Homebush FAQ
Campsie and Canterbury FAQ
Cherrybrook FAQ
Glenfield FAQ
Leppington Town Centre FAQ
Randwick FAQ
Riverwood FAQ
Schofields Town Centre FAQ
Seven Hills and Wentworthville FAQ
St Leonards and Crows Nest FAQ
Telopea FAQ
Turrella and Bardwell Park FAQ
Westmead FAQ

Household Chemical Cleanout

Date: 24 & 25 June 2017
Time: 9am-3.30pm.
Venue: Mona Vale Beach car park, Surfview Rd, Mona Vale.
Waste matters. CleanOut your household chemicals the right way.
Drop your household chemicals off for FREE. Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 June

The safe way to dispose of potentially hazardous household chemicals is at a Household Chemical CleanOut event which are held across NSW on specified dates. CleanOut is a free service for the safe disposal of a range of household chemicals that could cause harm to human health and the environment if they are not disposed of correctly.

Drop off these materials:
Solvents and household cleaners
Floor care products
Ammonia based cleaners
Fluorescent globes and tubes
Car batteries
Motor oils, fuels and fluids
Paint and paint related products
Pesticides and herbicides poisons
Gas bottles
Fire extinguishers
Pool chemicals
Hobby chemicals
Acids and alkalis
Contact: EPA Environment Line ph 131 555

NSW Maritime Medal Nominations Open 

Nominations are now open for the 2017 NSW Maritime Medal. The medal is awarded for outstanding and sustained contributions by individuals or organisations to the boating and maritime community in NSW. To nominate someone for the award, simply complete the fields here and submit your entry.

Nominations for the medal will close at midnight on Friday 30 June 2017Visit: NSW Maritime Medal nomination form

Haylee & Nina Tokyo 2020 Olympics

We are Haylee Outteridge and Nina Curtis and are currently campaigning towards Tokyo 2020 in the sport of Sailing.

We have each been sailing for over 20 years and in November 2015 we teamed up  in the women's high performance Olympic class - 49er FX to pursue our Olympic goal together. We are proudly part of the Australian Sailing Squad and while we spend most of our training time in Sydney, we compete mostly overseas.

Due to the nature of our sport, our biggest obstacle in successfully executing our goals is having enough money to cover our campaign expenses. Such as purchasing & maintaining equipment, travel expenses, shipping equipment to venues, competition fees etc.

We hope that with your support we can make a strong start in achieving our on water goals that will shape our way to Tokyo 2020.



DoggieRescue.com

Pet of the Week

Ralph

AGE/SEX: 10 years / M
BREED: Pomeranian x

Ralph is a very lovable easy going boy who likes to talk to you! He is social with other dogs and has a very relaxed manner. He came with little hair on his body and rotten teeth. Neither blood tests nor biopsies revealed any reasons for hair loss but at the time he was desexed his hair started to grow, so it is likely as a result of poor nutrition and or hormonal. He also had a major dental losing most of his teeth, but he feels a whole lot better now! He came in weighing 2.9kg. He comes desexed, C5 vaccinated, heartworm free and microchipped. Also included for the love and health of our dogs is a free Health and Wellness Voucher with our DR Vet. His adoption cost is $400. 

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

“Great Australians” Trivia Night 

hosted by Zonta Club of Northern Beaches Inc. 
on Saturday 22 July

Zonta Club of Northern Beaches Inc will host the annual fundraising Zonta Trivia Night on 22 July this year.  The evening is in the Pittwater Memorial Hall, Pittwater Road, Mona Vale, 6.30pm for a 7.00pm start.

This year Famous Australians is our theme.  Guests may choose to dress according to the theme or just come as you are!  There will be some ‘best dressed’ awards. Questions will be broad and general in nature with some notable inclusions regarding famous Australians.

Zonta Club of Northern Beaches is part of the worldwide service organisation Zonta International. Our local club supports women in need on the Northern Beaches by giving education grants to women, assisting high school students to stay at school, supporting the local Womens’ Refuge and Manly Womens’ Shelter amongst other projects.

This is a fun evening and all proceeds will support our Club’s local support programs.  BYO glass, drinks and nibbles, tea, coffee and biscuits will be available.  Gather your friends and enjoy this relaxing evening while supporting your local community.

Bookings are essential.  The cost is $20 per person payable at the door. To book call Tricia on 0414 568 414 or by email to zontanb@gmail.com   You may book a table of 10 or we will seat you with others. We look forward to seeing you there.


Call Out For Poets - ‘Spirit Of The Land’

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

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

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

Submissions to be emailed to meusepress@hotmail.com  by 5pm Fri 29 Sept 2017.

The selected poets will perform their works on Sunday 5 November, 2 - 4pm

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

June 4 - 10, 2017: Issue 315

Articles This Week 

Front Page Issue 315

Huge Response To Pittwater Crowd-Funding Campaign To Reinstate Pittwater and Demerge

Jo Brigden- Jones Wins Silver at Canoe sprint Cup in Belgrade

World Environment Day - June 5th and World Oceans Day - June 8th: including activities for youngsters, a free online book and resources from The Octonauts as well as how you can Connect with Nature or Turn the Tide On Plastics in our aquatic environment or get involved in local bushcare, community gardens and environment groups

Northern Beaches Bus Service Plan: B-Line Extension To Newport Announced, Changes To Palm Beach Route, Mona Vale Nightworks

Gonski 2.0 Passes House Of Representatives: What It Means For Our Local Schools

Surfers Rescue 24/7 Prepares to Hit NSW Beaches Again in 2017

Reflections by George Repin: THE COAL MINE AT BALMAIN

Bushwalking In The Shoalhaven Region by Robyn McWilliam - the Narrabeen bushwalkers head south!

Aquatics: An Australian and RPAYC Commodore Aboard an America's Cup Challenger of 1908 and 1914 by The Father of the Pittwater Regatta, John Roche - 1930

Pictures: Social Pittwater - The Opening of Chuck Bradley's Instrumental at Manly Art Gallery & Musuem, Ladies Day at Newport Breakers Rugby Club to support Mums for Mums, Land Army Ladies Attend 2017 Aboriginal Commemorative Service at Hyde Park Cenotaph


Pittwater Artists Trail Artists for 2017 Group Launch Exhibition to be held in Newport, June 9 -12

Profile:  Chuck Bradley - Inspirational and consummate Still Life Photographer shares a few insights on past works and the wonderful Instrumental, showing until July 9 at Manly Art Gallery & Museum - Art Talk + Walk, Sunday 4 Jun, 2pm ; A special treat with photographer Chuck Bradley in conversation with Ross Heathcote.

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

Artists of the Month:  June 2017: Broadfoot  As we go to press Broadfoot are releasing their sixth album “Timeless Groove Too”, a double album of twenty nine songs available on  iTunes and Google PlayBroadfoot are one of the Far North Coast’s busiest bands, a three-piece whose gigs leave listeners charged with pleasure and with an urge to dance. Broadfoot's music is all about superb musicianship - the interplay between band members as well as improvising, a rare feature in music of today, is just one of the band’s great strengths. 

The Pittwater connection, although we’re sure band members John Moodie and Russell Kereama would feel right at home here too, is through Trent Morgan. You can read more about this former local creative in his Profile page, running this Issue, and all about Broadfoot here, this June.

World Oceans Day 2017

This Thursday, June 8th, is World Oceans Day. World Oceans Day is a global day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a better future. 

The Overall theme for World Oceans Day 2017: Our Oceans, Our Future

Conservation action focus: Encouraging solutions to plastic pollution and preventing marine litter for a healthier ocean and a better future.

So please pick up any rubbish you see this week, especially that made of plastic: bags, straws, cups, bottlecaps etc. and support local initiatives likeAvalon Boomerang Bags and Living Ocean's No Plastic Please campaign and let's have a year round custodians only approach to living in an aquatic environment - isn't that what we love about here, and don't we all want to keep it that way?


Celebrating seven years of inviting art lovers to connect and collect, the Pittwater Artists Trail launches their 2017 - 2018 season with a group exhibition this June long weekend at the Newport Community Centre. Featuring works from established and emerging artists both known and new to the Trail, the exhibition will showcase works in an array of media from pastels, paints and eco-dyed fabrics, to jewellery, sculpture and mosaics.

Meet and mingle with the artists on opening night from 6-8pm Friday 9th June, with the exhibition continuing over the weekend 10am - 4pm Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th June and 10am - 3pm Monday 12th. 

There will be music, food and market stalls to enjoy over the weekend as well.

Pittwater Dragonboat Racing Club Winter Training

June 1, 2017
Awesome end to the 2016/2017 season. Winter training already started with lots of enthusiasm and smiling faces.

New Paddlers wanted for 2017/2018 season:
​It's time to build the Pittwater family and add more committed paddlers. Winter is a great time to join the club so you can try the sport and see if you like it before committing to the season later in the year. 

Contact us to get started in a sport that is fun, competitive and a little addictive.



New Priority Precincts

June 1, 2017: NSW Dept. of Planning & Environment
Fifteen new Priority Precincts announced
Fifteen new Priority Precincts have been announced to provide more homes and jobs close to public transport, shops and services.
 
These include:
Belmore and Lakemba;
Burwood, Strathfield and Homebush;
Campsie and Canterbury;
Cherrybrook;
Frenchs Forest;
Glenfield;
Leppington Town Centre;
Randwick;
Riverwood;
Schofields Town Centre;
Seven Hills and Wentworthville;
St Leonards and Crows Nest;
Telopea;
Turrella and Bardwell Park; and
Westmead
For more information please refer to the FAQs below.
 
Priority Precincts are areas generally located around transport corridors or strategic centres and have broad social, economic and environmental significance for the community.
 
Planning for these areas is coordinated by state and local government which helps ensure infrastructure such as schools, parks, community facilities, public transport and road upgrades are delivered to support community needs.
How can I be involved?
We’ll be working closely with the community, councils and other stakeholders to provide a range of opportunities to participate in planning for each precinct. This includes surveys, project updates, social media, public events, face to face meetings and formal submissions.
 
Before we start preparing plans for the area we’d like to hear from you about what you value about your area, what works well and what could be improved. 
 
Come along to a drop-in session to find out more about the planning process and tell us what’s important to you.

Frenchs Forest  Tuesday 20 June from 5pm to 8pm
Galstaun Function Centre, 5 Grattan Crescent Frenchs Forest

Frequently Asked Questions
Belmore and Lakemba FAQ
Burwood, Strathfield and Homebush FAQ
Campsie and Canterbury FAQ
Cherrybrook FAQ
Glenfield FAQ
Leppington Town Centre FAQ
Randwick FAQ
Riverwood FAQ
Schofields Town Centre FAQ
Seven Hills and Wentworthville FAQ
St Leonards and Crows Nest FAQ
Telopea FAQ
Turrella and Bardwell Park FAQ
Westmead FAQ

 Pittwater Offshore Newsletter Update 4/6/2017 

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To contact Julian:  editor@scotlandisland.org.au

DAs In Your Suburb

This feature is brought to you by the charity the OpenAustralia Foundation with financial assistance from the Australian Government 2.0 Taskforce utilising the information on our Development Application Tracking Tool.

You can view the Complete list (RSS) of planning applications (past 6 months) in Pittwater and those posted each day at:

Examples from this week:
Modification of consent N0116/06 for the construction of an administration and packaging facility for Blackmores Limited

Modification of consent N0182/16 for the construction of 13 attached and semi-detached dwellings, Community Title Subdivision and amendments to the existing Community Lot

Proposed subdivision of existing lot into four allotments, construction of four dwellings and associated swimming pools

Household Chemical Cleanout

Date: 24 & 25 June 2017
Time: 9am-3.30pm.
Venue: Mona Vale Beach car park, Surfview Rd, Mona Vale.
Waste matters. CleanOut your household chemicals the right way.
Drop your household chemicals off for FREE. Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 June

The safe way to dispose of potentially hazardous household chemicals is at a Household Chemical CleanOut event which are held across NSW on specified dates. CleanOut is a free service for the safe disposal of a range of household chemicals that could cause harm to human health and the environment if they are not disposed of correctly.

Drop off these materials:
Solvents and household cleaners
Floor care products
Ammonia based cleaners
Fluorescent globes and tubes
Car batteries
Motor oils, fuels and fluids
Paint and paint related products
Pesticides and herbicides poisons
Gas bottles
Fire extinguishers
Pool chemicals
Hobby chemicals
Acids and alkalis
Contact: EPA Environment Line ph 131 555

Please Report All Native Animal Killers

May 31, 2017: C/- Sydney Wildlife

$11,000 fine and/or 6 months in prison.
These are the penalties you face for harming or killing a native animal in NSW. Including snakes.

We had a disturbing incident of cruelty to a native animal last month and believe it is very important to bring attention to this issue.

Two lovely young ladies witnessed a middle-aged man stabbing a red-bellied black snake - with a stick - because he felt "it was the right thing to do".

The beautiful little snake was curled up beside the walkway - in a reserve (which should be a safe place for wildlife) - enjoying the sun and minding her own business when she was brutally attacked, just for existing. When the witnesses approached the man to stop him, he threw the injured snake - still alive - into the lake and left.

We find this abhorrent. We find it inexcusable.

One of our most dedicated rescuers, Georgie, donned her mask, snorkel and fins to find the snake that had been tossed into the water. She retrieved the body and has kept it in her freezer for the police investigation, which is still underway. Our thanks go out to the Police for their assistance and for reporting the incident to the RSPCA. Our wonderful National Parks rangers have also been informed and will be keeping an eye out for any disturbing incidents of cruelty to wildlife.

We rescue and relocate red-bellied black snakes day in and day out. They are wonderful snakes. They are very shy and inoffensive and tend to only defend themselves if provoked. They play an extremely important role in the environment by keeping the predator/prey cycle in balance and they are a wonderful asset to our natural world.

If you find an injured or displaced snake, please contact:
Sydney Wildlife on 9413 4300
or Wires on 1300 094 737
or a Professional Snake Catching organisation, such as Sydney Snake Catchers or Snakes in the City


Georgie with the limp, lifeless body of a once-glorious creature.

Kaz Makes Her Marks

Thursday, 1 Jun 2017: by SLS NSW
Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) racing has been part of the surf lifesaving sport calendar for decades, but this weekend is extra special for one Sydney Northern Beaches surf lifesaver.

This weekend’s Round 3 of the NSW IRB Premiership sees Kaz Marks from Narrabeen Beach and Bilgola surf clubs make her debut as the first female IRB Competition Referee.

Kaz will oversee a very busy program as the semi-finals and finals from Round 2 at Mollymook were held-over due to conditions and will also need to be completed at Ocean Beach this weekend.

NSW Director of Surf Sport Don van Keimpema says encouraging skilled female lifesavers to take on senior officials roles is a key priority.

“It’s great to see someone as experienced and enthusiastic as Kaz appointed as referee, and in what has generally been a male-dominated area of competition like IRB racing,” said Don.

It’s a far cry for the competitor who began in IRBs as a patient after being asked to train with the club’s IRB racing team.

“It is the best way to hone your rescue skills. I loved it. I started out the back as shark bait. Over the years we had so much fun, so many carnivals, carnage, friendships and great memories,” Kaz Marks said.

From the beginning the surf lifesaver was hooked and continued to develop her IRB skills over many years, however she will never forget her first carnival.

“It was a bit of a blur. Trying to race to the pigpen in time and remember what colour can I was on. Marshalls yelling, all of us piling in…we would all be chatting, laughing and shivering,” Kaz said.

“The beach was covered in black wetsuits; it was unbelievably exciting and exhausting at the same time.”

After her first IRB carnival, the addiction to racing really took hold and Kaz became part of the bigger IRB family.

“There is nothing quite like the sound and feel of IRBs when you race. It’s addictive,” Kaz said.

“IRB racing is like a big family. Whether you’re racing or helping to run the carnival, the groups are tight. It has an amazing camaraderie. I’ve not seen another sport where the competitors go out after the carnival is finished and help bring in the equipment.”

It wasn’t long before Kaz moved through to officiating in surf sports and since 2009 she has made a huge impression, not just in IRBs but also surf boat and lifesaving events.

“When our racing team became too small to compete I started going to the IRB events as an official. I started out setting the cans, then lane judge, judge-in-boat for many seasons, finish tower, course supervisor, assistant chief judge, chief judge, deputy referee and now referee,” Kaz said.

Like many officials, Kaz contributes at club, branch and state carnivals in the summer months to progress her skills.

“I personally feel it’s important to acquire knowledge and experience of the various roles, to encourage others by mentoring them and to be cognisant of when to move on to let others grow,” Kaz said.

After acting as Chief Judge in Round 2, Kaz says her appointment to the top slot this weekend would not have happened without the years of guidance from senior officials including Wayne Scott, Rod Williams, John Wake, Nigel Penn and Steve Haggett.

“I’m proud to have been put forward and have a loyal, experienced and dedicated team supporting me,” Kaz concluded.

Surf Life Saving NSW Sports Officer, James Trickey says this weekend is crucial for teams due to two rounds of finals being run.

“Having finals for both round two and three at Ocean Beach means teams will be racing harder than ever to gain points,” said Mr Trickey.

“It’s amazing to see the number of surf lifesavers competing this weekend, it shows the new formats brought in this year, including over 45 years division and composite teams, are reaping rewards for the sport.”

The third round of the NSW IRB Premiership will kick off at 8am on Saturday 3 June with the semi-finals and finals of Round 2 to follow.

Clubs competing in the NSW IRB Premiership Round 3:
Avalon Beach SLSC, Bungan Beach SLSC, Catherine Hill Bay SLSC, Caves Beach SLSC, Coogee SLSC, Cooks Hill SLSC, Forster SLSC, Kiama Downs SLSC, Manly LSC, Maroubra SLSC, Newcastle SLSC, Newport SLSC, Nobbys SLSC, North Avoca SLSC, North Cronulla SLSC, North Narrabeen SLSC, Ocean Beach SLSC, Queenscliff SLSC, South Maroubra SLSC, Terrigal SLSC, Thirroul SLSC, Woonona SLSC and Macmasters/Umina/Wamberal/Soldiers Beach SLSCs (Central Coast Composite Team).

Photo: Kaz Marks at Round 2 of the 2017 NSW IRB Premiership at Mollymook SLSC.

Highlights From SLSA Board Meeting With National Advisory Chairs – May 2017

June 1, 2017
At the SLSA Board meeting on 27 May 2017, working with the National Advisory Chairs, the following key initiatives are being progressed.

Transition from SRC to Bronze
Develop a clearer pathway for the transition of SRC to Bronze Medallion based on an ‘apprenticeship model’. This initiative will encourage retention of our SRC group without the necessity to complete a separate Bronze Course.

Returning Members
Develop an easier pathway for returning members based on specific skills training and the successful completion of a proficiency rather then a blanket requirement to redo the Bronze Medallion Course.

IRB Crew award option in Bronze
Include the option for Bronze Medallion candidates to undertake the IRB Crew award during Bronze Medallion training. This will lead to an increase in the number of suitably qualified IRB crew for our frontline services and flow through to increased numbers of IRB Drivers.

Probationary Bronze Award
Rather than creating a new award use the existing Policy 1.02 “come and try” with a water proficiency requirement and agreed time to complete Bronze Training. It will not replace the normal pathway for Bronze Medallion and members who take this option will not be able to compete at any Championship events. The National Advisory Chairs will review and recommend a clear pathway for those wishing to take this option to encourage recruitment.

As a reminder the SLSA Policy 1.02 allows for non-qualified new members to ‘come and try’ surf sports activities.

Patrol exemption for Junior Activity Members (SRC )
The National Advisory Chairs will review and recommend the exemption from Patrol requirements for Junior Activities (SRC) to allow them to compete in surf sports as part of their transition to Open competition.

Requalification process
The National Advisory Chairs will review and recommend the delegation of the annual requalification process to Patrol Captains under the supervision of the Club Assessor.

Policy 5.4
The National Advisory Chairs will review and recommend the simplification of the current policy and guideline to give clarity to the membership.

Bronze Medallion curriculum review
Full review of Bronze Medallion to ensure the content being delivered is relevant to what is required of our frontline Surf Lifesavers.

Australian Championships
The Chair of Sport and the National Sport Team are reviewing the Championships and investigating additional enhancements for the Aussies including the creation of a multi disciplined Athlete Panel to help inform the decisions of the Safety Emergency Committee, open engagement with Team Managers in decisions. I thank all members who have provided positive feedback and support

Composite Teams in Surf Sport
The National Advisory Chairs will review and recommend the framework for composite teams to participate in Surf Sport.

The National Advisory Chairs and the associated Advisory and Management Committees will review all of the matters listed above except the Bronze Medallion curriculum review, which will take time to complete, and report back to the August 2017 SLSA Board meeting with their recommendations for endorsement.

The collective view of the SLSA Board and National Advisory Chairs is that these initiatives can be implemented prior to the commencement of next season and will have a significant impact on membership and removing the barriers to participation.

Yours in Surf Life Saving

Graham Ford AM
President
Surf Life Saving Australia

Avalon Craft Cottage At Warriewood Square

The Avalon Craft Cottage will be at Warriewood Square, for one week, from Monday 5th June to Sunday 11th June.

The stall will be situated be right outside K-Mart, and open all week during normal business hours, closing at 4pm on the Sunday.

As always, beautiful hand-crafted gift items, hand crafted Australian timber work;  colourful silk scarves;   hand-knitted woollens; scarves, bed socks,
ladies jumpers, baby jackets & booties, and gorgeous baby shawls; handmade greeting cards; jewellery ; hand towels, tea towels  …. and so much more.

Check our Facebook page for photos of new items and please LIKE & SHARE our page with your friends.

Maureen Darcy Smith.


The next meeting of the Avalon Beach Historical Society will be held on TUESDAY, 13 JUNE in the Avalon Beach Bowling Club in Bowling Green Lane at 8pm.

‘HOUSES, WEEKENDERS, SHEDS & CASTLES’

Over many years we have had some remarkable buildings constructed in the area which have served as residences.

From the humble corrugated iron water tank of the 1930s with 3 holes (2 windows and a door!) cut into one end – to the mighty ‘Finisterre’, occupying the end of Stokes Point and which changed hands for $20 million 15 years ago. There have all served in their own way to shelter their occupants.

We have assembled a compilation of photographs of many of these dwellings from our archives and we think you will enjoy the result along with the stories which accompany some of them.

In many cases we are able to show how they looked originally compared to how they look now. Some have changed and some haven’t and sadly in some cases they don’t exist anymore!

Some have had poems written to and about them by their architect and builder and some have been painted as subjects by artists.



We know you’re going to enjoy this evening so come along (bring a friend if you wish) and stay for supper and a chat afterwards.

With the cool change of winter headed our way, 13 June maybe a little chilly but the temperature inside the bowling club is normally very sympathetic.

Geoff Searl
President Avalon Beach Historical Society

Unleashed Dog Exercise Areas Review

Council are seeking your feedback on the four proposed new unleashed dog exercise areas:
1. Warriewood Valley Detention Basin, Prosperity Parade Warriewood
2. Avalon Beach Reserve Avalon, adjacent to Central Road. and west of the drainage canal
3. Munnumba Reserve, Munnumba Avenue Belrose
4. South Creek Reserve, South Creek Road Wheeler Heights

Council are also seeking your feedback about the adequacy of Lagoon Reserve, Queenscliff to continue functioning as an unleashed dog exercise area. This matter has been raised by residents living nearby.

• In writing marked "Unleashed Dog Exercise Area" to Northern Beaches Council 725 Pittwater Rd Dee Why 2099

For further information, contact Allison Cooper, Open Space Planning and Management on 9942 2545
Comments close on Wednesday 21 June 2017

Spring Concert 2017

by Rotary Club of Upper Northern Beaches
 
We have an exciting announcement about our seventh annual Northern Beaches Spring Concert. Save the date -- we'll have more details and ticketing information soon!

Sponsors wanted! 
Contact us if you want to be part of this fabulous community event!

Manly Art Gallery And Museum: INFORMATION CALL-OUT: FRANK HURLEY

Searching for Frank Hurley along our northern beaches

Did you know that Frank Hurley was a very keen gardener and photographer of wild flowers?

In the lead up to a special exhibition entitled Frank Hurley – Sydney Harbour photographer: From Circular Quay to Collaroy (April 2018),  MAG&M is seeking long-term residents who may have information about this famous Australian and his search for plants along the Northern Beaches, his life in Collaroy Plateau and other stories. 

The gallery is now reaching out to ask if any long-term residents know of other stories or have information about this famous Australian and his search for plants along the Northern Beaches.

Up till now Frank Hurley has been famous for his exploits in both world wars, for his journeys to the Antarctica, and through his films and photographs. This exhibition presents a wonderful opportunity for the Northern Beaches to claim him back as a local celebrity and as part of the garden history of the area.

If you have any information on Frank Hurley and his life in Collaroy Plateau – or know of anyone else who may be able to assist, please contact Katherine Roberts, Manly Art Gallery & Museum on (02) 9976 1418 orkatherine.roberts@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au

Photo: Wildflowers by the sea, flannel flowers at Palm Beach by Frank Hurley. Created/Published: between 1910 and 1962 - courtesy National Library of Australia, nla.obj-15752
Mr Hurley was once a resident of Whale Beach - visit: Frank Hurley

LGNSW Welcomes NSW Govt Rethink On FESL

May 30, 2017
The NSW local government sector today welcomed the State Government's announcement that it would not push ahead with the introduction of its council-collected Fire and Emergency Services Levy (FESL) from July 1.

Local Government Minister Gabrielle Upton advised the sector's peak body Local Government NSW (LGNSW) that the collection of the fire and emergency services levy would revert to the existing system.

Currently, property owners make a significant funding contribution to fire and emergency services through their insurance premiums, as well as via an 11.7% levy embedded in their rate notices.

The Government had previously announced it would scrap the insurance contribution, replacing it with a new line-item levy on council rate notices.

The FESL was based on the unimproved land value of property across NSW.

However, the most recent land valuations meant significant increases in contributions for many property owners, prompting community and media criticism.

"Premier Gladys Berejiklian's announcement that the Government will not impose the FESL from July 1 provides an opportunity to pursue a true broad-based levy that replaces both the insurance and existing ratepayer contributions," LGNSW President Keith Rhoades said.

"The local government sector recognises and supports the need to properly fund fire and emergency services, and has continued to work with Treasury on this.

"Councils have already done a lot of work to comply with the Government's FESL legislation, and there will now be a need to undo this work - not to mention the associated costs.

"While this is regrettable, the chance to get the levy right should be our focus," he said.

Scotland Island Wharves Survey

SIRA is conducting a survey to better understand the needs of residents and issues currently exiting with the aim to prepare proposals for council to improve our ability to tie up our boats.

Your information on this survey is completely anonymous (unless you choose to identify yourself at the end of the survey). SIRA greatly appreciates your support and we hope to be able to continue a good dialogue with council to complete the outstanding island wharf upgrades.

Please complete the Survey available here

Nominations Open For Top Nurses And Midwives

NSW Minister for Health. The Hon. Brad Hazzard
Outstanding nurses and midwives will be recognised for their tireless work with nominations now open for the fifth annual Excellence in Nursing and Midwifery Awards. Health Minister Brad Hazzard today marked International Nurses Day by encouraging anyone who knows of a top nurse or midwife to nominate them.

“I encourage community members, patients and colleagues to put forward any nurse or midwife working in the public health system who has made a real difference to the lives and experiences of their patients,” said Mr Hazzard.

“The NSW Government is right behind our nurses and midwives, expanding the workforce by an extra 6280 since March 2011 – representing a 14 per cent increase.

“We now employ a record 49,900 nurses and midwives and I want to personally thank each and every one of them for their tireless dedication and compassion.

“We have also recruited a record 2200 nursing and midwifery graduates this year, a quarter of them in rural and regional NSW.”

The NSW Government has committed $120 million in 2016-2017 for 900 additional nurses, doctors, allied health and other hospital staff to support the increasing patient demand for health services.

Another $9.8 million has been committed to recruiting 65 more specialist nurses and midwives and 30 clinical support officers for nurses and midwifery services.

NSW Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer Jacqui Cross also paid tribute to the state’s nurses and midwives.

“I wholeheartedly thank our nurses and midwives for providing quality, patient- centred care and making a difference for people in our communities,” Ms Cross said.

Nominations close on Friday 9 June 2017 and can be made atExcellence in Nursing and Midwifery Awards for 2017

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

Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary Stalls 2017

June:
10th  - Bunnings Narrabeen: Sausage sizzle                                                                 8am to 3pm
16th - Stall foyer Mona Vale Hospital: Baking, knitting, craft, books, sewing            9am to 3pm         

 

Click on logo above to visit their website.

Review Of The Bush Fire Environmental Assessment Code

Have your say on the Draft Revised Bush Fire Environmental Assessment Code
Public consultation is now underway on the Draft Revised Bush Fire Environmental Assessment Code. The NSW RFS is seeking public comment on the proposed Draft Revised Bush Fire Environmental Assessment Code.

You are invited to provide feedback on the Draft Revised Bush Fire Environmental Assessment Code during the public consultation period from 15 May 2017 until 5pm on 25 June 2017.

Submissions can be made by:
accessing the online form https://form.jotform.co/NSWRFS/BFEAC
Alternatively:
By mail to:
Bush Fire Code Review
C/O Manager Community Planning,
NSW RFS Headquarters,
Locked Mail Bag 17,
Granville, NSW 2142.
Submissions must be received by 5pm on 25 June 2017.

The Draft Revised Bush Fire Environmental Assessment Code can be viewed at:
NSW Rural Fire Service website www.rfs.nsw.gov.au
NSW Rural Fire Service Headquarters, 15 Carter Street, Lidcombe NSW - 2141
NSW Rural Fire Service Fire Control Centres.

A public consultation package has been developed and it includes:
Draft Revised Bush Fire Environmental Assessment Code,
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs),
Existing supporting documents (ie. unchanged supporting documents):
Standards for Pile Burning
Standards for Low Intensity Bush Fire Hazard Reduction Burning
Standards for Windrow Burning
Fact Sheet - Telecommunication Towers in Bush Fire Prone Areas
Threatened Species Hazard Reduction List: Part 1 – Plants 
Threatened Species Hazard Reduction List: Part 2 – Animals
Threatened Species Hazard Reduction List: Part 3 – Ecological Communities
Neighbourhood Safer Places, Places of Last Resort Guidelines
New or amended draft supporting documents:
Application Form - Bush Fire Hazard Reduction Certificate
Application Instructions - Bush Fire Hazard Reduction Certificate
Table of Certifying Authorities and Applicable Land
Bush Fire Protection for Existing Development Guidelines (Draft)
Rules and Notes for the Application of Soil Erosion Risk for the Bush Fire Environmental Assessment Code
Rules and Notes for Implementation of the Threatened Species Hazard Reduction List for the Bush Fire Environmental Assessment Code
Threatened Species Hazard Reduction List: Part 4 – Aquatic Biodiversity
Conditions for Hazard Reduction and Aboriginal Heritage
Fire Intervals for SFAZs and LMZs
Fire Trail Standards (under development)
Powerlines and Prescribed Burn Guidelines (subject to development)
Fire and Weed Management Guidelines (subject to development)
NB: The Bush Fire Environmental Assessment Code also refers to a series of  existing Standards. These Standards can be accessed here.

If you have problems accessing the online form, contact NSW RFS:
By phone: 02 8741 5555

The public consultation period is an important opportunity for the community to have a say on the changes to the Code and we encourage you to make a timely submission.

NSW Green Global Awards Nominations Open

by NSW Government
Do you have a history of working towards and achieving change that is good for the environment, the community and business?

The Office of Environment and Heritage is calling for nominations of individuals and organisations that show exceptional environmental and sustainability leadership.

The Green Globe Awards are NSW's biggest sustainability awards, with 10 award categories covering a range of resource, business, community and individual sustainability initiatives.

An independent judging panel reviews nominations against three key criteria:
  • leadership and innovation
  • engagement and partnership
  • outcomes and benefits.
The 2016 Green Globe Awards had a cumulative audience of nearly 1.2 million people. Among the winners were a world-first portable solar system, Australia's first and largest community solar project and a family-owned northern rivers macadamia producer. 


NSW Maritime Medal Nominations Open 

Nominations are now open for the 2017 NSW Maritime Medal. The medal is awarded for outstanding and sustained contributions by individuals or organisations to the boating and maritime community in NSW. To nominate someone for the award, simply complete the fields here and submit your entry.

Nominations for the medal will close at midnight on Friday 30 June 2017Visit: NSW Maritime Medal nomination form

Haylee & Nina Tokyo 2020 Olympics

We are Haylee Outteridge and Nina Curtis and are currently campaigning towards Tokyo 2020 in the sport of Sailing.

We have each been sailing for over 20 years and in November 2015 we teamed up  in the women's high performance Olympic class - 49er FX to pursue our Olympic goal together. We are proudly part of the Australian Sailing Squad and while we spend most of our training time in Sydney, we compete mostly overseas.

Due to the nature of our sport, our biggest obstacle in successfully executing our goals is having enough money to cover our campaign expenses. Such as purchasing & maintaining equipment, travel expenses, shipping equipment to venues, competition fees etc.

We hope that with your support we can make a strong start in achieving our on water goals that will shape our way to Tokyo 2020.



New South Wales Government Legislation This Week

Environmental Planning Instruments(Greater Sydney Commission)
Marrickville Local Environmental Plan 2011 (Amendment No 9) (2017-238) — published LW 2 June 2017
Sydney Local Environmental Plan 2012 (Amendment No 35) (2017-239) — published LW 2 June 2017

Bills revised following amendment in Committee 

Bills passed by both Houses of Parliament

Bills assented to
Liquor Amendment (Reviews) Act 2017 No 20 — Assented to 01 June 2017

Keep up to date with Official notification of the making of statutory instruments, NSW Government Gazette and Bill Information at:

Parliament of NSW Current session bills (by bill title) are listed at:

Information Centre Moving To Service NSW

May 30, 2017: Media Release - Department of Planning and Environment
The Department of Planning and Environment's customer enquiries will now be managed at Service NSW. This means customers will have better and more streamlined access to information.

Service NSW provides improved access to information at more than 80 centres located across NSW and also has a contact centre at Parramatta with more than 100 staff available to answer calls.
 
To view planning documents, go to our website or request printed documents at Service NSW.

Service centres operate from 8.30am-5.30pm Monday to Friday and Saturday 8.30am-12.30pm but check their website to confirm. 
The contact centre is open from 7am-7pm Monday to Friday.

Panel Measure Erodes Local Democracy

June 1, 2017: LGNSW
A move to make Local Planning Panels (LPPs) mandatory in metropolitan NSW could further erode local democracy, the local government sector warned today.

Local Government NSW (LGNSW) said media reports that the NSW Cabinet would today consider a plan to force all metropolitan councils to use independent panels to determine development applications over a certain value was a significant concern.

"Councils can now choose to use independent planning panels if the system is right for their area," LGNSW President Keith Rhoades said.

"We welcomed the former Minister for Planning's determination not to mandate the introduction of LPPs statewide because they're simply not necessary or suitable for all councils even though they work well for others.

"Media reports now suggest the Government is considering mandating them in the metropolitan area. 

"LGNSW is concerned that this has the potential to actually reduce the accountability and transparency of planning decisions.

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

"ICAC and other watchdogs also have jurisdiction over councillors (and State MPs). 

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

"The current decision-making model for the approval of DAs is not broken, and expert after expert has said just churning out DAs faster and faster won't fix the housing affordability issue.

"The Planning Minister Anthony Roberts himself regularly promotes the record number of housing approvals - approvals delivered under the current system - and yet housing prices continue to rise.

"When it comes to LPPs, we say to the State Government: Don't mess with local democracy!"

2017 Rotary NSW Emergency Service Community Awards Finalists Announced

30 May 2017: Media release - Minister for Emergency Services
Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant today announced the 24finalists for the 2017 Rotary NSW Emergency Services Community Awards.

Mr Grant said the awards celebrate the outstanding contribution of emergency services workers such as nominee Gordon Hill who has been involved with the RFS for over 45 years including for more than two decades as a Duty Officer providing support for volunteers needing help after a traumatic experience.

"These awards celebrate the outstanding service, sacrifice and spirit of so many quiet achievers who tirelessly work to ensure the safety of others in times of disaster and devastation," Mr Grant said.

"We should never take for granted the work our emergency services staff and volunteers do and it is important to acknowledge the unsung heroes who have gone above and beyond.

"There is almost 500 years of combined service from this year's finalists from all corners of the State and I thank them all for their exemplary community service."

Finalists come from the following emergency services:
  • Fire & Rescue NSW;
  • Marine Rescue NSW;
  • NSW Ambulance;
  • NSW Rural Fire Service;
  • NSW State Emergency Service; and
  • NSW Volunteer Rescue Association.
Rotary District Governor Stephen Humphreys said Rotary NSW was delighted with this year's finalists and is looking forward to announcing the winners on 4 August.

"All of the finalists are worthy of accolades and should be very proud of their dedication and commitment," Mr Humphreys said.

"Rotary NSW is working to increase support for our emergency services and has also established an emergency services scholarship for a PhD candidate to investigate Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in Emergency Services Personnel."

For more information on the scholarship opportunity including how to apply please contact Rotarian Mrs Dot Hennessy at dothennessy@gmail.com.

Finalists will attend an Awards Presentation Dinner, to be held at the Bankstown Sports Club, where winners for each service will be announced plus two special winners:

Emergency Service Officer of the Year serving in a volunteer capacity; and
Emergency Service Officer of the Year serving in a paid capacity.
Family, friends, supporters and the general public are invited to attend the presentation dinner.

Tickets can purchased at: www.RotaryESCawards.org.au.

Finalists
Marine Rescue NSW  Mr David Crawford Terrey Hills
Marine Rescue NSW Mr Albert Morris Central Coast

NSW Ambulance Mr Steven Martyn Tuncurry

NSW State Emergency Service Mr Graham Kinder Manly

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New BASIX Energy Targets

30.05.2017: Department of Planning and Environment
On 1 July, new Building Sustainability Index (BASIX) energy targets will come into effect. Part of the government’s initiative to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, these changes will improve the energy efficiency of homes in NSW, resulting in lower utility bills for residents, and lessen impact on the environment.

New homes, built better
Part of the Development Application (DA) process for homes in NSW, BASIX ensures proposed designs are sustainable. Currently, homes use approximately 17 per cent of the state’s total energy consumption. With 1.8 million new homes expected to be built over the next 40 years, it’s important these are designed in a way that maximises energy efficiency.

Outline of changes
Energy targets for houses and low-rise units will increase by approximately 10 per cent, and by 5 per cent for mid and high-rise units. Thermal comfort heating and cooling settings will also change.
 
These changes were announced in A Draft Plan to Save NSW Energy and Money, which was released by the Minister for the Environment in October 2016.
 
For more detailed information, view the frequently asked questions.
 
To find out more about BASIX or apply for a BASIX certificate, visit theBASIX website.

New Measures To Help First Home Buyers

June 1, 2017: NSW Government
A package to improve housing affordability will support first home buyers by providing stamp duty exemptions and discounts, boosting housing supply and delivering infrastructure to support growing NSW communities.

The government has developed a new comprehensive package to improve housing affordability across the state.

For first home buyers, the package will:
  • abolish stamp duty on all homes up to $650,000
  • give stamp duty relief for homes up to $800,000
  • provide a $10,000 grant for builders of new homes up to $750,000 and purchasers of new homes up to $600,000
  • abolish insurance duty on lenders’ mortgage insurance
  • ensure foreign investors pay higher duties and land taxes
  • no longer allow investors to defer paying stamp duty on off-the-plan purchases.
The package also considers the state’s growing population and the need to ensure that development occurs close to essential infrastructure such as roads, railway lines and schools.

Priority Precincts identified for growth and revitalisation will expand in Sydney to include more areas and fast-track the delivery of new homes in these areas. The expansion of these precincts, which will deliver around 30,000 additional homes, will allow for the acceleration of rezoning and for modern, more diverse developments to be built.

This expansion will increase the supply of housing in:
  • Belmore/Lakemba
  • Burwood/Strathfield/Homebush
  • Campsie/Canterbury
  • Cherrybrook (government land)
  • Frenchs Forest
  • Glenfield
  • Leppington town centre
  • Anzac Parade corridor
  • Riverwood
  • Schofields town centre
  • Seven Hills/Wentworthville
  • St Leonards/Crows Nest
  • Telopea
  • Turrella/Bardwell Park
  • Westmead.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said she wanted to ensure that owning a home was not out of reach for people in NSW.

“These measures focus on supporting first home buyers with new and better-targeted grants and concessions, turbocharging housing supply to put downward pressure on prices and delivering more infrastructure to support the faster construction of new homes,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“This is a complex challenge and there is no single or overnight solution. I am confident these measures will make a difference and allow us to meet the housing challenges for our growing state.”

Minister for Planning and Housing Anthony Roberts said the package included measures to speed up planning processes to ensure developments get off the ground as quickly as possible.

“While we have done well to release an unprecedented amount of land, we need to do better with our development application process to ensure we are keeping up with demand,” Mr Roberts said.

“Great Australians” Trivia Night 

hosted by Zonta Club of Northern Beaches Inc. 
on Saturday 22 July

Zonta Club of Northern Beaches Inc will host the annual fundraising Zonta Trivia Night on 22 July this year.  The evening is in the Pittwater Memorial Hall, Pittwater Road, Mona Vale, 6.30pm for a 7.00pm start.

This year Famous Australians is our theme.  Guests may choose to dress according to the theme or just come as you are!  There will be some ‘best dressed’ awards. Questions will be broad and general in nature with some notable inclusions regarding famous Australians.

Zonta Club of Northern Beaches is part of the worldwide service organisation Zonta International. Our local club supports women in need on the Northern Beaches by giving education grants to women, assisting high school students to stay at school, supporting the local Womens’ Refuge and Manly Womens’ Shelter amongst other projects.

This is a fun evening and all proceeds will support our Club’s local support programs.  BYO glass, drinks and nibbles, tea, coffee and biscuits will be available.  Gather your friends and enjoy this relaxing evening while supporting your local community.

Bookings are essential.  The cost is $20 per person payable at the door. To book call Tricia on 0414 568 414 or by email to zontanb@gmail.com   You may book a table of 10 or we will seat you with others. We look forward to seeing you there.


Local Impact Assessment Review

The Department of Industry – Liquor & Gaming is seeking feedback on the review of Local Impact Assessment for gaming machines.

The review of Local Impact Assessment (LIA) for gaming machines will:
  • evaluate the effectiveness of the LIA scheme in achieving harm minimisation
  • evaluate the balanced development of the gaming industry
  • evaluate the ongoing reduction in the number of gaming machines across NSW
  • identify opportunities for improving the operation of the LIA scheme.
This is a public review and submissions may be published on the Liquor & Gaming NSW website after the consultation period ends, unless you request for your submission to be kept confidential.

More information about the LIA and this review is available in thediscussion paper and on the Liquor & Gaming NSW website.

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

Mail: The Coordinating Officer
Local Impact Assessment Review
Liquor & Gaming NSW
GPO Box 7060 
Sydney NSW 2001
Have your say by 18 June 2017.

Call Out For Poets - ‘Spirit Of The Land’

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

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

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

Submissions to be emailed to meusepress@hotmail.com  by 5pm Fri 29 Sept 2017.

The selected poets will perform their works on Sunday 5 November, 2 - 4pm

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