Community News: June 2019

June 16 - 22, 2019: Issue 409

Articles This Week 

Front Page Issue 409

Seeds For Soibada (Drop off points for sealed packets to grow food + Info Evening this week) by Tamara Sloper-Harding OAM

Pictures: Avalon Beach Historical Society June 2019 Meeting: A Fascinating Look Into Local History Through Old Photos by Roger Sayers

Aquatics: Newport SLSC Presentation Evening 2019 by Jan Proudfoot - includes President Rob Emerson's Address

Queens Birthday Honours List June 2019:  Recipients in our area range from environment champions, children's book authors, Educators, life saving champions, industry champions and even a Consul-General

Mona Vale Hospital Inpatient Palliative Care Unit Build Underway from Jo-Ann Steeves, President, Friends of Northern Beaches Palliative Care + other FONBPC News

Park Bench Philosopher: Flint And Steel Guesthouse - A Hand Built Home That Kept Growing

DIY Ideas: Johnson Bros Trade Day 2019: Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 12 PM – 5 PM at Mona Vale + Installing Leaf Stopper Gutter Guard + Johnson Brothers Mitre 10 Catalogue 5 June – 30 June 2019: Tax Time Tool Blitz!

Food: Winter Warmers: Cauliflower - With icy mornings and evenings our thoughts turn to 'rib sticking' food from in season vegetables. One favourite of many that can be used in soups, stews, in breads, as cauliflower cheese or even the feature item in a baked vegetable dish with a touch of spice is this humble brassica family veggie. Did you know cauliflower has a high content (20% or more of the Daily Value, DV) of vitamin C (58% DV) Some history and some recipe ideas! 

Profile: Nan Bosler AM - Among the June 2019 Queens Birthday Honours List is announced Nan Bosler OAM has been award an AM in recognition of her decades of service to others, speçifically 'For significant service to seniors, and to the community'
A few words from Nan on thiws new award and some other insights on a passion for life and community

Artists of the Month: June 2019:  THE FABRIC OF LIFE - Group Exhibition

A group exhibition of makers and creatives who express themselves artistically through tapestry, weaving, basketry, beading, sewing, embroidery, felting, knitting and constructing new forms from natural materials. Showcasing the work of: Soraya Abidin, Debra Beale, Gill Brooks,  Suzanne Davey, Rachel Hine, Caitlin Johnston, Niki McDonald,  Julie Nicholson, Emma Peters, Nicole Robins, Tracey Trinder, Kylie Walsh, Becky Williams. With a selection of work from Ni-van traditional weavers, Regina Lulu and Leimok Peters from Vanuatu.

History: Pittwater Roads II: Where the Streets Have Your name - Warriewood

 Pittwater Offshore Newsletter Update June 14, 2019 

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To contact Julian:  editor@scotlandisland.org.au

Zonta NB Birth Kit Packing Day 2019

June 15, 2019
A very big ‘thank you’ to the 120+ people who came to Barrenjoey High this afternoon to help our Club pack birthing kits. What a wonderful community spirit filled the room. 

And we received donations of a little over $3000 which is a fantastic contribution towards the costs of the kits. A special thanks to Barrenjoey staff and students for their assistance. 

If you would like to donate just click this link

Station Beach Off-Leash Dog Trial REF On Public Exhibition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Congratulations Josh Gessner!

Great news this week that former Manly baseball junior, Josh Gessner, has signed with the Philadelphia Phillies this week for $850K!.

Congratulations and Good Luck Josh!

Read all about it in Philadelphia Phillies Come Calling for HarbourCats Gessner by Scott Harrigan


E-Safety Commissioner Talk At Newport

JUNE 18TH AT NEWPORT COMMUNITY CENTRE
This presentation will provide an overview of how people use technology and the risks they may be exposed to.
Participants will be given practical information to support conversations and safety measures and strategies for the safe use of the internet will be explained with useful links to the Office’s eSafety resources provided.

This is an important and official visit from the eSafety Commissioner and we urge you to find the time to attend.
FREE - GREAT FOR YOUNG AND OLDER ALIKE

Date: Tuesday 18th of June 2019 
Time: 1:30pm – 3:30pm 
Address: The Boulevarde, Newport
HOSTED BY: AVPALS - Avalon Computer Pals Inc. Afternoon Tea will be provided.


Johnson Bros Trade Day 2019

Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 12 PM – 5 PM
Johnson Bros Mitre 10 - Mona Vale
73 Bassett Street, Mona Vale

Massive Public Trade Day Event this Thursday starts at Noon,
in Australia's best Large format Hardware Store (Awarded by IHG & Awarded by Hardware Australia).

Over 50 Suppliers present 
Including the 3 main Power tool suppliers Makita, DeWalt and a secret other. All doing demo's and with bonus offers on the day.
Visits from the Triple M Rock Patrol and a Manly Sea Eagles Legend.

CPD points for the Tradies and a free BBQ for all!

Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade Winter Training

Winter is an opportunity for training time for our RFB's.
On Sunday May 26th it was all hands on deck for the Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade in a realistic training exercise simulating a fire in Pathilda Reserve on Scotland Island. 

The Community Fire unit responded initially and were then supported by crews in Scotland Island 7, Scotland Island 9, Scotland Island PC and Scotland Island Boat.

NSW Budget: $19 Million To Enhance Green Space

June 10, 2019
Residents across Sydney will soon have access to new playgrounds, walking trails, and cycleways as part of a $19 million transformation of government-owned land.

The upgrades are the next phase of the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government’s $50 million commitment in the 2019-20 Budget to create new and improved open spaces. 

Planning and Public Spaces Minister Rob Stokes said communities in Beaumont Hills, Hurstville and Frenchs Forest are next in line to benefit from the investment.

“We want everyone in Greater Sydney to have better access to high-quality open space, given the significant benefits it brings to health and wellbeing,” Mr Stokes said. 

Improvements will include $9 million for walking tracks and bike trails in Frenchs Forest; $6 million for a new running track or playground at Kempt Field in Hurstville; and $4 million to add nature trails to open space at Withers Road in Beaumont Hills, as well as pathways between Smalls Creek and Caddies Creek. 

Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said the remaining $31 million will be used to upgrade open space in Appin, Ermington, Hurstville, Leppington and Penrith. 

“We are also investing $100 million to buy land across the State that will be transformed into parks and playgrounds for communities to enjoy,” Mr Perrottet said. 

The announcement of park upgrades coincides with the release of the Greater Sydney Outdoor Survey, which found residents want open spaces that are free, inclusive, and able to be used for activities including walking, picnics, and barbeques. 

Mr Stokes said the findings of the survey would help inform how money under the Strategic Open Spaces program will be spent. 

“Sydneysiders love the outdoors – whether it be running, hiking, cycling or relaxing at the park with family and friends, so this funding will go a long way to maintaining and improving that lifestyle,” Mr Stokes said.

Celebration!

Hosted by Avalon Beach Toastmasters Club
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 6:45 PM – 9:15 PM
Avalon Beach Toastmasters Club
1 Bowling Green Lane Avalon Beach
On Tuesday, 25 June, Avalon Beach Toastmasters will be celebrating its 300th meeting! Come along and participate in table topics, listen to well prepared speeches, and join in the celebrations!

Avalon Beach Toastmasters Club meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at 6:45 PM at the Avalon Beach RSL.

Do you want to slay your fear of public speaking? Improve your communication skills generally or need to get better before putting yourself on the line in front of customers, peers or friends and family? If your sphere of influence needs to increase and you want to learn to be a better leader, the tried and tested format of Toastmasters can help.

Toastmasters is worldwide and offers the same leadership and communication benefits to members anywhere in the world. BUT each club has a different feel, tone and flavour. And if you’re going to get the most out of your Toastmasters experience, you want to choose the right club for you.

At Avalon Beach Toastmasters Club, we believe in positive encouragement, genuinely care and actively seek to build your confidence. We also like fun!

So if you want to learn to communicate more clearly and lead more effectively in a friendly and non-threatening environment, come along.


Wedgetailed Eagle In Cannes Reserve

I thought you might be interested to hear that on Monday morning (June 10, 2019 about 8am) I saw an Eagle swooping through Cannes reserve with a flying fox in it's talons. It was quite low (about level with our backyard) and the FF managed to get free when the eagle landed on a branch. By the time I got my camera the eagle had flown to a higher perch but I managed to get a photograph before it flew off toward the North.

Report and photo by Larry Paice

Avalon PS Garden Working Bee

Jason Falinski MP To Co-Chair Surf Life Saving Parliamentary Friendship Group

June 10, 2019 

Northern Beaches MP Jason Falinski has been asked to Co-Chair the Parliamentary Friendship group of Surf Life Saving Australia. CEO of Surf Life Saving Australia, Adam Weir offered Mr Falinski the role off the back of a successful year for the Northern Beaches Clubs. 

“It is a pleasure to be Co-Chair of the parliamentary friends of Surf Life Saving. The clubs do an amazing job keeping our beaches safe and deserve a lot of praise.” Mr Falinski said. 

“Mackellar has the most number of Surf Life Saving Club’s in a single electorate and don’t I know it when AGM and award season comes around!” 

Avalon SLSC was named ‘Club of the Year’ for 2018 and recently celebrated the exciting achievement. Mr Falinski attended their recent celebrations along with the Board of SLSA and the club members. 

“Congratulations to club president Ashley Cardiff and all the members on your award. It is great that the Northern Beaches are leading the way in Surf Life Saving across Australia. I look forward to the start of the next season.” 

Mr Falinski is the club patron of Whale Beach and Long Reef SLSCs but has a close relationship with all the Northern Beaches clubs. 

“A special thank you to Whale Beach and Long Reef surf clubs on their excellent year and for having me on board as your patron.”

Mr Falinski was successful earlier in the year in his fight to secure $1.9 million for the upgrade of the Long Reef SLS club house. 

In his new role as Co-Chair of the Parliamentary Friends of SLSA, Mr Falinski looks forward to working closely with all the surf clubs from Palm Beach down to Manly and advocating for SLSA across the country.


Jason Falinski Appointed To Chair Parliamentary Tax Committee

June 13th, 2019
When Parliament returns in July, Mackellar MP Jason Falinski will take on the role as Chair of the House of Representatives Tax and Revenue committee. 

“Ensuring that hard working people and small business owners pay less tax is the central part of the Government’s economic plan. I am an unashamed believer in people having less financial burdens”, said Jason Falinski. 

“When you lower tax you help the economy. Delivering on the tax plan that the Prime Minister took to the election will be the first order of business when Parliament returns. 

“We are about to enter a new financial year, and this will be the first time in 12 years that the Government will run a surplus. 

“I would like to thank the Prime Minister for the faith he has placed in me through this appointment. This committee has an important role and I look forward to outlining my agenda for the committee over the coming months.” 

The Prime Minister said his government was focused on delivering the right policies to grow Australia’s economy. 

“Our plan for tax relief isn’t just now but for the future to back our economy, jobs and confidence,” the Prime Minister said. 

“A strong economy is the foundation of building a stronger Australia. The quiet Australians spoke very clearly on election day. They want lower taxes, not Labor’s higher taxes. 

“Jason Falinski is a hard working local member and a valued part of my team. His expertise and experience will add to the vital initiatives we will drive for the economy over the next three years.”

The Committee’s role is to enquire into any matter referred to it by the House of Representatives or a government minister. It can investigate any pre-legislation proposal, bills, motions and/or review government expenditure, financial matters as well as deliver reports on its investigations to the House of Representatives. 

Mr Falinski will formally take on the role once parliament returns on the 2nd of July.

Opal Park&Ride Arrives At Manly Vale 

Tuesday, June 11th, 2019
From Office of James Griffin, MP for Manly
Commuters on Sydney’s Northern Beaches will benefit from the start of Opal Park&Ride at the Manly Vale commuter car park from Tuesday 18 June, which will protect parking spaces for genuine public transport customers.

The Manly Vale Park&Ride features 144 car parks and allows Opal customers who tap on and off public transport up to 18 hours of free parking each day.

Mr Griffin says it’s one of six commuter car parks delivering about 900 spaces across the Northern Beaches.

“After opening the carpark last year, we are now activating the Park&Ride function which will allow public transport customers 18 hours of free parking,” Mr Griffin said.

“Manly Vale Park&Ride links to important public transport services like the B-Line buses, giving customers an easier way to commute to work or get around the Northern Beaches.

“This is the tenth Park&Ride facility we have delivered since trials began last year.”

Opal Park&Ride has already been rolled out to Ashfield, Brookvale, Dee Why, Gordon, Kogarah, Mona Vale, Narrabeen, Seven Hills and Warriewood.

“Research shows up to half of people who use commuter car parks at some train stations or bus stops around Sydney don’t catch public transport. Opal Park&Ride is about ensuring car parks are saved for their intended purpose – for those using the transport network.”

Those who don’t qualify for free parking will be charged $30 on weekdays and $10 on weekends.

DoggieRescue.com

Pets of the Week

Tucker

AGE/SEX: 2 years / M
BREED: Boxer X
Tucker is a bright bouncy Boxer X boy. He is your typical goofy Boxer dog. He would make a great family dog and suit children 7+yo and he enjoys sitting on them! He is social with other similar sized playful dogs. He is keen to walk and pulls a little on lead. He ignores cars, lunges playfully at passing dogs and likes to jog. He enjoys pats, cuddles, belly rubs. He sits on command. Volunteers say "Extremely excitable. Did occasionally try to jump up to lick face/nibble but otherwise an amazing happy puppy" "Lovely boy. Lunged at dogs but didn’t bark. Obsessed with treats". He has a short coat and weighs 25.8kg. He would suit a family working part time with a house and garden. 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. 

Mouse

Mouse is a tabby and white DMH kitten, about 5 months old. He is a little shy until you get to know him. He doesn’t mind other cats if they are relaxed and leave him to his self. He comes desexed, wormed, F3 vaccinated, and microchipped. His adoption fee is $220.

To meet him please call The Cottage Animal Hospital in Parramatta on 9890 7220 Mon to Sat.

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

Your Choice

Did you know:
  • In NSW, close to 40% of assaults and 60% of street offences are alcohol related
  • half of young offenders were drunk at the time of their last offence
  • Approximately five young Australians die every week and another 200 are hospitalised due to alcohol-related injury or disease
  • Alcohol consumption can affect a young person's brain development
  • Drinking alcohol is a factor in the three leading causes of death among young people.
Regular readers of the Northern Beaches Police Area Command Facebook page will know the mix of alcohol and young people has become an issue on the Beaches, particularly in the north.

It's an issue we're working to fix through a mix of communication - getting out the message - and operations combining uniformed, plain clothes and specialist police.

Parents are being called to collect their alcohol-affected teens from the streets; cautions are being issued.

Charging is a last resort.

We want to reign in this problem without putting young people into the criminal justice system .

As mentioned already, one option being offered is our 'Your Choice' program.

Aimed at teens under 18, Your Choice offers those found on the streets intoxicated, possessing or consuming alcohol an alternative to the legal system.

It's a prevention strategy designed to help young people understand the dangers of harmful alcohol consumption and enhance the capacity of parents or guardians to influence their behaviour and attitudes to drinking.

The program operates as a two-hour face-to-face seminar that the young person attends with their parents or guardians.

It's also available on-line.

For more information: www.yourchoiceonline.com.au

Northern Beaches Police Area Command
Post on Facebook page, May 14, 2019

Whale On!

During the past few weeks Readers have reported sighting humpback whales, southern right whales and even minke whales off our coasts, whether spotting them from the shores or from boats while out on the water. The ORRCA Whale Census Day is scheduled for June 30th this year and this will be the 20th Whale Census.
For those of you who like spotting whales, this may be an activity you would like to get involved in. Visit HERE.

Council Warn Against Dumping Illegal Material

Friday, 14 June 2019
Several recent instances where building material has been dumped illegally across the peninsula has prompted Northern Beaches Council to warn of the severe penalties for illegal dumping.

In two separate incidents at McCarrs Creek and Palm Beach, Council has found the presence of asbestos fibres, which can be harmful to public health.

Mayor Michael Regan condemned the actions of a select few.

“Illegal dumping of asbestos material is a serious offence under Protection Of The Environment Operations (POEO) Act.

“Such an offence carries significant fines of $500,000 for individuals and $2 million for businesses involved in the transportation and dumping of such materials.

“Asbestos is very dangerous when disturbed and leaving it exposed in public areas can have severe health risks.

“Plus it costs ratepayers thousands of dollars to remove. The recent dumping incidents cost around $25,000 to identify, classify and dispose of safely.”

The Mayor also encouraged anyone seeing illegal dumping activity to immediately notify Council.

“To potentially put other people’s lives at risk is completely unacceptable.

“Council has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to be illegal dumping and we encourage local residents to be alert and report examples of this kind of behaviour,” the Mayor said.

You can report illegal dumping to Council representatives on 1300 434 434 or the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) at any time.

Another option is to phone 131 555 or via email: info@environment.nsw.gov.au.

All asbestos must be transported to and disposed of at a facility that is appropriately licensed by NSW EPA to accept asbestos waste.

Council has a licensed disposal facility at the Kimbriki Resource Recovery Centre in Terrey Hills.

Please Report To Police All Thefts, Malicious Damage 

Residents of Avalon, we have a problem....

We're hearing reports of an increase in the area of malicious damage and property theft, particularly from cars. Problem is, people are sharing this information on social media rather than with us.

It is, to quote the boss, "a tad frustrating".

For us to be as effective as possible, we need to know what's happening.

For this, we rely on the victims of crime, all crime, to report it immediately.

We want to hear about the graffiti in the area, about your car being broken into overnight and a few coins stolen, about damage to playground equipment, street signs or personal property.

As we've reported before, much of this sort of crime is committed by a small number of people.

The more information we get the faster we can establish patterns, match crimes to those responsible, arrest and put them before the courts.

So, to everyone at Avalon and indeed across the Northern Beaches we say by all means post to social media; it gets the message out to the community.

But before you do that, call the Police Assistance Line (PAL) and tell us. The number's 131 444 and they're there 24/7.

While your friends can share you anger, we can act.

As always, if it's an emergency with life or property in danger, call Triple Zero (000).

To help with information about a crime or someone who's committed a crime, call Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000.

Northern Beaches Police Area Command

Mona Vale Dunes Bushcare

June 8: where were we? On Mona Vale Dunes. We’ve planted next to the path near Golf Ave. Rabbits active there so plant covers needed. 



Morning tea: Jen Quine + Lemon tart. 

Lots of interested walkers this morning. 
Next chance to join us: Thursday June 20!

We meet at 8.30 am at the end of Golf avenue and work for around 3 hours or whatever time you can manage. Please wear enclosed footwear, long sleeves and trousers. BYO gardening gloves.

To suit most of us, we meet on two days of the month, so people come on either the second Saturday morning and the third Thursday - sometimes both!

Our morning teas are legendary - what will we have on Thursday June 20th?

Vale Ken 'Davo' Davidson

Avalon Beach SLSC legend Life Member Ken (Davo) Davidsonpassed away peacefully this morning, 12 June 2019, age 91.

Ken joined the club in November 1946 and obtained his Bronze Medallion the following year. In 2017 Ken received his 70 years service award.

Ken was a boatie and a board (toothpick style) specialist and won the board event at many carnivals.  


He was treasurer of the Club for 14 years. During his surf life saving career, Ken had the pleasure of seeing improvements to 4 generations of our Clubhouse.  

Ken completed many rescues over the years but said his most memorable rescue was when he saved a father with his two young daughters caught in the rip at South Avalon. This rescue was carried out with the belt and reel. 

Perhaps his most memorable exploit was when he dived off his board and grabbed the tail of a shark that was in the channel near his brother..To his surprise the shark turned round and bit him!  
Ken gave an extraordinarily sustained contribution to our Club and was awarded Life membership in 1963.  

Even with advancing years he always attended and helped at Club events like the annual swim, IRB carnivals, and still marched with the Club on Anzac Day in his late eighties.  

He liked a good bottle of red and a good meal on Friday nights with Club members young and old.  



Ken referred to this Club as "like a home" and passed away wearing his Avalon Beach 70 year anniversary 1925-1995 tee-shirt. 

He will be sorely missed by many.  

Avalon Beach Surf Life Saving Club

Soibada - Background And Update At Upper Northern Beaches Rotary

Hosted by Pittwater Friends Of Soibada and Rotary Club of Upper Northern Beaches
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Pittwater RSL
82 Mona Vale Rd Mona Vale

Have you ever wondered how the partnership between the Northern Beaches Community and the village of Soibada in Timor Leste began?

Do you want to know how your community has helped and supported that community?

Come and hear about the difference YOU have made and the sustainable development projects that YOU have enabled.
Do you know how far back Australia's ties with Timor Leste go and what sort of debt of honour we have to the people there?
Do you want to know more?:

Guns Out For Tombsy Gala Benefit Dinner

The Guns Out for Tombsy Gala Benefit Dinner is being held on Friday June 21, at The Star, Sydney. MC for the event is Phil Kearns, Guest speaker Sam Bailey and you’ll hear from Richard himself...with more announcements to come! This will not be your regular rugby dinner - it promises to be a night of entertainment- so invite your partner, colleagues and friends. 

A Life, a Family, a Community has been changed. It’s time to get your Guns Out and support your mate Tombsy. Tables of 10 are now being sold (no single ticket being sold at present). To purchase go to: www.cvent.com/d/z6qqg8/4W

Forest Ambassadors: Eramboo Artist Residency Award Exhibition

June 14 – June 23 at 10 AM to 4 PM
Lovett Bay Artist Gloria Florez presents Forest Ambassadors as part of her six-month artist residency at Eramboo Artist Environment, sponsored by Northern Beaches Council.  Through sustainable printmaking methods and unique hand-made paper techniques, her exhibition evokes nature’s power and ephemeral beauty by exploring the unique habitat of the Pittwater spotted gum forest, an endangered ecological community likely to become extinct.

This exhibition also features an artistic and environmental collaboration between children from Cromer Public School After School Care, with collaborative artistic support from local writer and author, Zena Shapter and local multi-media artist, Alyson Bell.


Photo Credit: Karen Watson Photography©

Your Invitation To A Special Night 

Monday 8th July at 7.30pm
“Uluru Statement from the Heart” 
EXPLAINED
Guest speaker Lynda-June Coe
Lynda is from Fighting In Solidarity Towards Treaties - a social and political initiative aiming to represent and liberate Australia's First Nations people.

FISTT aims to create platforms and space for negotiating Sovereignty and Treaty nationwide.

“A treaty for me represents freedom. This country cannot call itself an equal society that is just, if its First Nations still have those colonial chains,” Lynda-June Coe said. 


Lynda-June Coe

This night will be different to the usual as the supper will be a bowl of soup! Pumpkin or Lentil Soup & bread roll. Tea, coffee and cakes will be available as usual. 

So we know how much soup to make, we need you to help us by booking your seatsNo Fee, just let us know how many are coming via info@asgmwp.net

All welcome - this is a Free night, including supper

Venue:
Mona Vale Memorial Hall 
1606 Pittwater Rd, Mona Vale
Hosted by ASG-MWP
Your Donations are welcome

Aboriginal Support Group - Manly, Warringah, Pittwater

Avalon Boomerang Bags Celebrating 3 Years Since Launch Day This June

Launched in June 2016 by Pittwater MP, the Hon Rob Stokes, this grass roots, hands-on group are turning the tide on plastic bags locally. The work that preceded this launch, and all continued to be done since, is a testament to the work done by these volunteers and a community determined to be free of plastic. As well as doing the work to ensure an alternative to plastic, Avalon Boomerang Bags members also recently attended a BIG meeting:

NSW Boomerang Bag meeting Sat 25 May 2019  - it's not just about the bag!

Held at Camperdown Commons on Mallett St - a pocket community farm practicing ecological urban farming methods and providing produce to the on site restaurant 'Acre Eatery'.... definitely worth visiting if you are in the area (2 streets from the RPA hospital).

The meeting was run by the amazing co founders of the community Boomerang Bag initiative, Jordyn de Boeur and Tania Potts from Burleigh Heads and the brilliant master of ceremonies Anthony Hill founder of Plastic Pollution Solutions (mission is to educate to engage behavioural change). 



BB community representatives came from Newcastle, Forster/ Tuncurry, Inner West, Berry, Blue Mountains, Milton, Canada Bay and Avalon.

The meeting gave everyone the opportunity to discuss the highlights and challenges which have been uncovered in setting up, running and communicating within the local community groups as well as hearing about the evolution of the BB from its early days to now. The true understanding that Boomerangs in their traditional design do in fact 'not come back' and confirmed by bags not returning are the reasons 'borrow and reuse' has become the logo replacing the 'borrow and bring back' slogan ....perhaps we can change our expectations (but at the same time not lose hope). 

Another slight shift in practice was changing the wording around 'Sewing bag' workshops to 'Bag making' workshops to reach a wider audience of potential volunteers. 

Fund raising opportunities and insurance issues were also discussed. The strategy of box sponsorships (a' la Avalon) was well received.

Acknowledgement as to why the concept has mushroomed globally from just 3 or 4 communities in just a few years to over 815 communities worldwide today is attributed to the fact that it meets a need in society - the opportunity to connect with other people in our local community and beyond. Apparently Hugh Mackay (renowned Australian social researcher and psychologist) has a high regard for the BB concept in its ability to reach into the community. Of course the environmental issue of reducing single use plastic bags is also a primary reason as well. Evolution and paradigm shifts in society and human relations, attitudes, business practices, utilisation of resources and closed economies were also topics covered.

The day formally ended with a powerful 10 min video interview between Dr Zach Bush and Rich Roll (described by the interviewer as the best monologue ever). Available at:   https://youtu.be/aLaVutWXju0

Dr Zach Bush is an American endocrinologist who brings together human health, environmental degradation, farming practices, science and spiritual transformation onto the one platform. 

The meeting was a great experience - creative, interactive and fun - and lunch was delicious!

Thanks Anne - and to think you apologised for this being "more than a few words" - so great to hear about yours and Laurel's  fantastic day.

Look at our freshly painted boxes....
 

Thanks Ross for maintaining & painting the boxes.
Boomerang Bags are currently located at:
 
  • Avalon Village Meats
  • Herforts Chemist Avalon
  • Chambers Cellars Avalon
  • Andrew Blake Real Estate
  • Johnson Brothers Mitre 10 Avalon 
  • Elvina Ave Supermarket
  • North Avalon - Porters Liquor
  • Bilgola-Organics Avenue/Four Square
  • Clareville Cellars
Thank you to our current box "hosts",
we appreciate you putting them out each day and bringing them in at night. 

Diary Dates

Saturday 6th July - Boomerang Bags Bar-B-Que fundraiser 
Hosted by Tanya from Narrabeen Boomerang Bags and Marina from Collaroy Plateau Boomerang Bags, the event will be held at Bunnings Narrabeen. The girls would love a hand, if you can spare some time, please email Marina  collaroyplateau.boomerangbags@gmail.com

Tuesday 9th July - School Holidays 
NO regular bag making workshops 

Tuesday 9th July - Boomerang Bag meeting 11am
Followed by lunch. 

Tuesday 9th July - NAIDOC week 
2pm smoking ceremony & author talks Avalon Recreation Centre $5

Tuesday 16th July - School Holidays 
NO regular bag making workshops 

Friday 19th & Saturday 20th July - Plastic Free July Event
To be held at Avalon Recreation Centre and among  other things there will be stalls and a Recycled Fashion Show.

Tuesday 23rd July - Bag making working shops resume 
11.30am - 3.30pm Avalon recreation Centre
Come for an hour or come for the day - we're making a difference in so many ways.

SAVE THE DATE
Sunday 3rd November -  Avalon Market Day

Local Author Releases Fantastic New Book

The Camino Diaries, by Cilla Cole, Together with Terry Cole and Tom Keelty and Illustrated by Richard Cole is now available
through Beachside Bookshop, Bookoccino and Berkelouw Books Mona Vale or direct from the author: www.cillacole.com.au ($25)

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

Experience the landscapes, cuisines and eccentric personalities of the Camino de Santiago, not to mention the tears and tantrums, through this compilation of the candid journals kept by Cilla, her father-in-law Terry and friend Tom when walking the ancient pilgrim trail across France and Spain together in 1995.  
 
Much like the medieval pilgrims who walked the same path 800 years before them, as adversities start to take their toll and divergent motivations clash, this unlikely group find themselves inside a walking pressure cooker.  But there are three sides to the story.  

Congratulations Cilla - wonderful stuff!
More on this soon.


Cover design by Emma Long @ Penguin Creative, Avalon
Production by Bad Apple Press.

Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary Stalls 2019

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

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


Applications Open For Youth Led Projects

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Swan Breeding Season On Narrabeen Lagoon

Black swans may nest at any time of year, although the peak of breeding activity in south-eastern Australia tends to be between June and November.

With the return of these majestic creatures to Narrabeen Lagoon, and a fair amount of loving stuff going on right now, please be aware that we all want to keep seeing them around here and give them some space, peace and .... privacy?
Black Swans on Narrabeen Lagoon - Autumn 2013 - photo by Michaele Mannington

Nominations Open For The Premier’s Volunteer Recognition Program

The program will recognise the contributions volunteers have made to their local communities.
The Premier’s Volunteer Recognition Program celebrates all volunteers – from students selflessly working with charities to veterans who’ve dedicated decades of their lives to causes close to their heart.

There are four categories open for nominations:

People with a lifetime of volunteering experience – over 40 years
People with over 25 years of volunteering experience
Significant volunteering at any age
Student volunteering.
Since the program launched in 2015, 28,600 volunteers have been recognised for their contribution to NSW communities.

In NSW, more than 2.1 million people volunteer, contributing a combined 240 million hours of their time each year, valued at $5 billion to local communities.

Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services Gareth Ward said volunteers are the backbone of our society.

“It’s so important for all of us to acknowledge this invaluable work, and I urge all NSW residents to nominate someone who’s making a difference,” Mr Ward said.

The Premier’s Volunteer Recognition Program is part of the NSW Government’s Volunteering Strategy 2016-2020.

Nominations close 27 September 2019 for the adult categories and 30 September 2019 for the student category.

Find out more about the Premier’s Volunteer Recognition Program and Nominate someone HERE

Entries Open For The Northern Beaches Art Prize

Monday, 13 May 2019: NBC
The Northern Beaches Art Prize is on again. With a prize pool of $27,000 on offer, it is the region’s most prestigious art competition, with a history spanning over 50 years.

The prize is open to all permanent Australian residents, aged 10 years and over. It represents a marvellous opportunity to exhibit your creative talents, while being rewarded for your efforts.

There are four categoriesGeneral, Small Sculpture, Waste-to-Art, and Youth. Entries are now open and close on Monday 24 June, and can be completed online via Council’s website.

Mayor Regan said the competition continues to play an integral role in showcasing the incredible talent of local artists within our own cultural community.

“It’s amazing the calibre of entries from people who may not normally feel inclined to enter art competitions.”

Last year’s General category winner Jacquie Maynard said winning the competition boosted her confidence.

“Having worked on my own for many years, it was really good to have my art acknowledged by others. It was a great feeling to be chosen from some hundreds of entries.

“It was even better that both the judges asked to buy my winning painting on the night, and one of them did.”

“I encourage all would-be artists, young and old, to have a go,” she said.

The competition’s successful entries will be displayed at the Creative Space in North Curl Curl from 9 August to 18 August for General and Small Sculpture, and 30 August to 8 September for Waste-to-Art and Youth. For information on last year’s winners and their successful entries, please go to Council’s website.

Northern Beaches Art Prize - Categories

General
  • Two-dimensional original paintings or drawings in any medium; printmaking and collage. Excludes sculpture and digitally produced works.
  • Open to artists 19 years and over.

Small Sculpture
  • Freestanding plinth based, non-site-specific, three-dimensional objects. Should not exceed 40cm in any dimension.
  • Open to artists aged 19 years and over. 

Waste-to-Art
  • Original works of art: sculpture, clothing, collage and jewellery. Artworks must be made from reused or recycled materials.
  • Open to artists aged 10 years and over.

Youth
  • Two-dimensional original paintings or drawings in any medium; printmaking and collage. Excludes sculpture and digitally produced works
  • Open to artists in two categories - 10 to 14 years and 15 to 18 years.

Entry Fee
After submitting your Art Prize Entry Form, you will be directed to finalise the payment for your submission. Payment must be made for your submission to be completed.
  • Adult - First entry $35
  • Adult - Subsequent entries $25
  • Concession - $15 (valid student/senior concession card holders must be submitted with entry)

June 9 - 15, 2019: Issue 408

Articles This Week 

Front Page Issue 408

NSW Upper House To Hold Inquiry Into Northern Beaches Hospital

Mona Vale Road Upgrade Update: Fauna Fencing To Be Installed During Construction  + June Night Works

Pictures: Pittwater's Great Outdoors - For World Environment Day and World Oceans Day: Storm photos from Narrabeen by Joe Mills, Bird Walk at Warriewood, Misty Barrenjoey +++

Soibada - Projeto Montanha by Tamara Sloper-Harding OAM

Ocean Respect Racing Makes It A Record 40 Entries For Australian Women’s Keelboat Regatta: Pittwater's Spithill And Curtis Part Of Ocean Respect Crew by Di Pearson

Hat-Trick For Kiama Downs At 2019 IRB Premiership: Round 3 by Surf Life Saving NSW

Aquatics: Sydney To Auckland Yacht Race 2021: The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club and Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron are excited to announce their partnership for the 1250nm Sydney to Auckland Yacht Race 2021. The race will start on Sydney Harbour on 30th of January 2021 and finish in Auckland Harbour in time to help the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron celebrate their 150th Anniversary and enjoy the 36th Americas Cup. 

Reflections by George Repin: HAVE YOU STOPPED TO LOOK?

Park Bench Philosopher: Vintage Sheet Music – William Stanley's  Bay View Gavotte

Profile: Bill Fulton  Living Ocean's Plastic Free July event will be held on July 19th-20th this year and will include a Recycled Fashion Show using some of those great numbers you won't find anywhere else but in Red Cross shops. The team is also keeping an eye on the growing seal colony on Barrenjoey headland and may be incorporating some research into this colony soon.

On Saturday, June 8th, Worlds Ocean Day, members were at North Palm Beach with volunteer citizen scientists and Macquarie university students conducting another microplastics data collection as part of their research studies on our local beaches and waterways in conjunction with the world-leading AUSMAP program. 

Living Ocean's Centre for Marine Studies builds upon the expertise of the Whale and Seal Foundation (WSF), which merged into Living Ocean.  WSF brought into Living Ocean experienced whale researchers and educators, including several of the most experienced whale rescue specialists in Australia. For many years WSF volunteers trained the NSW National Parks Service, Australian National Parks, Water Police and other organisations in the rescue of stranded and entangled whales.

Bill Fulton - IT Cetacean behaviour and tracking programmer, was one of those WSF members and has spent over 35 years in the study of marine mammals, focusing on humpback whales, especially those that migrate north and south each year. 

Whales have been his passion but that was extended to seals and now is bringing in collecting data of microplastics on our beaches as part of Living Ocean's continued focus on a 'No Plastic Please' life. This week a small insight into a gentleman who has been honouring, celebrating and working for everything in the ocean for decades and has introduced some things that were not here before he did this work.

Artists of the Month: June 2019:  THE FABRIC OF LIFE - Group Exhibition

A group exhibition of makers and creatives who express themselves artistically through tapestry, weaving, basketry, beading, sewing, embroidery, felting, knitting and constructing new forms from natural materials. Showcasing the work of: Soraya Abidin, Debra Beale, Gill Brooks,  Suzanne Davey, Rachel Hine, Caitlin Johnston, Niki McDonald,  Julie Nicholson, Emma Peters, Nicole Robins, Tracey Trinder, Kylie Walsh, Becky Williams. With a selection of work from Ni-van traditional weavers, Regina Lulu and Leimok Peters from Vanuatu.

History: Pittwater Roads II: Where the Streets Have Your name - Warriewood

 Pittwater Offshore Newsletter Update June 10, 2019 

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To contact Julian:  editor@scotlandisland.org.au

Warriewood Streets Have Your Name History Page Brings Thanks

Readers who have an interest in the current series we're working our way through on the people behind the first names given to many streets in Pittwater suburbs when the initial subdivisions occurred will know that page was a tad late this week due to the volume of material that had to be loaded and set.

None of those still to come are any shorter - so bear with it - they're worth the wait!

And they're also bringing more into the records for all through those who are enjoying them.

As we went to press this week an email came in from a relative of the gentleman who did the first real subdivisions into smaller blocks of land where the Warriewood valley becomes Mona Vale. A reply request for any photos of that gentleman brought a wonderful cache.

From that email;

Wow! I found this news site by accident and have just read my great-grandfather’s story in your History section. He was Friedrich Caesar Hedemann (known as Caesar). What a nice surprise. 
Many thanks.

I have a few photos of the house at Mona Vale and of Caesar, Emma and their eldest son Everard. They’re not great quality, but they’re all I have. I cropped the photos to get images of their faces as I hadn’t seen any of them before. 

Caesar was an interesting man. He was born in Germany, started as a merchant in Fiji, then moved to Sydney (his brother Ferdinand didn’t come to Australia), then went to Kalgoorlie to start again after going bankrupt in the 1893 financial crash. He was an old man when he moved back to Mona Vale and lived at The Bamboos.


Mater & Pater Hedemann, circa 1915

Catherine Quinn (nee Hedemann).

No, THANK YOU Catherine! The lady in this photo is the 'Emma' after whom Emma street Mona Vale/Warriewood was named. 

So, Dear Readers, those of you who waited patiently for the mucking about to cease this week on the Warriewood; Streets Have Your Name page and for it to be done - it's not!

We have added Catherine's wonderful images in and our community is enriched by her contribution thereby.
How good is the Internet?!

All other history pages have extras added when found or sent in by wonderful relatives, so well worth a revisit during cold rainy days.

Green Hills - Elanora and Ingleside is next in this series. We're running the Steel and Flint Guesthouse next week in the PBP's page so Issue 410 will be when this Pittwater - Streets Have Your Name page is up.

A J Guesdon.
Editor, Pittwater Online News.

ABC Chair Ita Buttrose's Statement In Full

Friday June 7th, 2019
ABC Chair Ita Buttrose released this statement, in relation to the Australian Federal Police raids at the broadcaster's Sydney headquarters this week.

On behalf of the ABC, I have registered with the Federal Government my grave concern over this week's raid by the federal police on the national broadcaster.

An untrammelled media is important to the public discourse and to democracy.

It is the way in which Australian citizens are kept informed about the world and its impact on their daily lives.

Observance of this basic tenet of the community's right to know has driven my involvement in public life and my career in journalism for almost five decades.

The raid is unprecedented — both to the ABC and to me.

In a frank conversation with the Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, Paul Fletcher, yesterday, I said the raid, in its very public form and in the sweeping nature of the information sought, was clearly designed to intimidate.

It is impossible to ignore the seismic nature of this week's events: raids on two separate media outfits on consecutive days is a blunt signal of adverse consequences for news organisations who make life uncomfortable for policy makers and regulators by shining lights in dark corners and holding the powerful to account.

I also asked for assurances that the ABC not be subject to future raids of this sort. Mr Fletcher declined to provide such assurances, while noting the "substantial concern" registered by the Corporation.

There has been much reference in recent days to the need to observe the rule of law.

While there are legitimate matters of national security that the ABC will always respect, the ABC Act and Charter are explicit about the importance of an independent public broadcaster to Australian culture and democracy.

Public interest is best served by the ABC doing its job, asking difficult questions and dealing with genuine whistle-blowers who risk their livelihoods and reputations to bring matters of grave import to the surface.

Neither the journalists nor their sources should be treated as criminals.

In my view, legitimate journalistic endeavours that expose flawed decision-making or matters that policy makers and public servants would simply prefer were secret, should not automatically and conveniently be classed as issues of national security.

The onus must always be on the public's right to know.

If that is not reflected sufficiently in current law, then it must be corrected.

As ABC Chair, I will fight any attempts to muzzle the national broadcaster or interfere with its obligations to the Australian public.

Independence is not exercised by degrees.

It is absolute.

Warringah Rugby Club Shines In Round 10 - The Lachlan Ward Memorial Round

June 8th, 2019
ROUND 10 UPDATE
1st grade
WARRINGAH vs WEST HARBOUR
Final score Rats 30-24

In other grades:
4th grade 26-10 Won
3rd grade 66-7 Won
2nd grade 26-17 Won

1st grade Colts 71-12 Won

Saturday June 8th games were played at home as the Lachlan Ward Memorial Round. General Manager, Guy Fraser-Hills says “The day is a celebration of Lachlan’s life with a number of things happening – Head Coach Mark Gerrard invited Jill and Murray (Lachlan’s parents) to present 1st Grade with their jerseys. Sam Ward led his first-grade teammates onto the field with Lachie’s parents’ side by side with the West Harbour team.

A minute silence was held prior to 1st grade kick off. There was the irrepressible Bubble Girl prior to the game and then leading all the kids on to the field at half time. Oh, and how can I forget, Bundy was Lachlan’s favourite drink, so all Bundy’s were $5 for the day and we secured an awesome country western band (a genre Lachie trained to in the gym as loud as possible) as the post-game entertainment.”

The WRC has run WRC Family Showcase with Jill & Murray Ward this week, which may be read here

In Loving Memory of Lachie.

ABHS General Meeting For Tuesday 11 June 2019

The next meeting of the Avalon Beach Historical Society will be held on TUESDAY 11 JUNE in the Avalon Beach Bowling Club in Bowling Green Lane. As usual it will start at 8pm sharp.

We know from past experience that our members understandably enjoy a good old-fashioned (digital) slide night.

If the attendance at our March meeting is any indication, you will need to be there on time! We ran out of chairs when 71 locals packed the mighty ‘Bowlo’ for the Trappers Way story.

We will probably experience a cooler night in June but the hall will be comfortable and heated if necessary.

Just to wet your whistle, some of the subjects covered will be some very early shots of Trappers Way which have come to light since March. We have some excellent shots of the early St Marks Church in Kevin Avenue.

Superb quality reproductions of respected architect, Divola’s extraordinary subdivision of the area between Dark Gully and Iluka Road, Palm Beach were donated to the Society at the exhibition last year. They will be shown as well as details of the nearby Aboriginal Rock Shelter in Mackay Reserve.

Member Jim Nicol and myself followed up on info. received from the Bush-care supervisor for Pittwater Council concerning the Aboriginal Rock Shelter in Stapleton Reserve. Some interesting shots of our venture will verify that info. and illustrate what a gem of a reserve it really is.

The Wickham family played a huge part in the establishment of early Avalon Beach and we’ll touch photographically on this family and their input and achievements.

There is more and still more of some wonderful photographs of early Avalon Beach so don’t miss this one.

As usual guests of members are very welcome and to stay for supper afterwards.

Geoff Searl
President Avalon Beach Historical Society

E-Safety Commissioner Talk At Newport

JUNE 18TH AT NEWPORT COMMUNITY CENTRE
This presentation will provide an overview of how people use technology and the risks they may be exposed to.
Participants will be given practical information to support conversations and safety measures and strategies for the safe use of the internet will be explained with useful links to the Office’s eSafety resources provided.

This is an important and official visit from the eSafety Commissioner and we urge you to find the time to attend.
FREE - GREAT FOR YOUNG AND OLDER ALIKE

Date: Tuesday 18th of June 2019 
Time: 1:30pm – 3:30pm 
Address: The Boulevarde, Newport
HOSTED BY: AVPALS - Avalon Computer Pals Inc. Afternoon Tea will be provided.


Local Author Releases Fantastic New Book

The Camino Diaries, by Cilla Cole, Together with Terry Cole and Tom Keelty and Illustrated by Richard Cole is now available
through Beachside Bookshop, Bookoccino and Berkelouw Books Mona Vale or direct from the author: www.cillacole.com.au ($25)

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

Experience the landscapes, cuisines and eccentric personalities of the Camino de Santiago, not to mention the tears and tantrums, through this compilation of the candid journals kept by Cilla, her father-in-law Terry and friend Tom when walking the ancient pilgrim trail across France and Spain together in 1995.  
 
Much like the medieval pilgrims who walked the same path 800 years before them, as adversities start to take their toll and divergent motivations clash, this unlikely group find themselves inside a walking pressure cooker.  But there are three sides to the story.  

Congratulations Cilla - wonderful stuff!
More on this soon.


Cover design by Emma Long @ Penguin Creative, Avalon
Production by Bad Apple Press.

Local Hero Receives Donation: HUGE Thanks To Local Real Estate With Real Heart


Monika Biernacki, who runs the animal shelter Monika’s Doggie Rescue at Ingleside, has been named one of only ten Real Heroes as part of a Laing+Simmons statewide campaign, receiving a $5,000 donation as a token of appreciation for her work rescuing and re-housing unwanted pets. 
 
Laing+Simmons Narrabeen agent Gill Sommers, who was one of those who nominated Monika, and head office Operations Manager Jackie Jones recently presented her with the donation in recognition of her work rescuing dogs, cats and rabbits facing death from local pounds and veterinarian clinics, and finding them new homes. 

Thank you Gill, Jackie and Laing+Simmons Narrabeen - a thousand puppy kisses, a million waggy tails and purring smooches to you!

Monika's Pets of the week just below this - let's get these darlings a home!
Photo - Laing+Simmons Narrabeen agent Gill Sommers with Monika.

DoggieRescue.com

Pets of the Week

Izzy


AGE/SEX: 5 months / F
BREED: Terrier X
Izzy came from a rural pound at just under 8 weeks. She is a sweet wriggly happy girl who is social with other dogs and very easy to handle. She is playful and friendly. Izzy has short legs but we expect her to grow to at most cocker spaniel size. She has a scruffy white coat and weighs 4.3kg when she came in. She is about 8.6kg now. 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. 

Athena

Athena is a tiny girl who loves to play but also happy to relax at home alone. She came from the pound with a history of food allergies but our vets have sorted it out. She has been used to living in a busy vet clinic around other cats and dogs. She has a short coat and weighs a tiny 2.9kg. She comes desexed, wormed, F3 vaccinated, FIV/FeLV tested and microchipped. Her adoption fee is $220.

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

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

Author Talk With Wendy Frew At Avalon Library

Where : Avalon Recreation Centre
When : Sunday 16 June, 3pm
Bookings : Avalon Library 9918 3013 or drop in
Tix : $7
Light refreshments will be served

We have a fascinating author talk at Avalon Library coming up. Journalist Wendy Frew author of "Leane Times".

Historian Charles Bean described the Leanes as "the most famous family of soldiers in Australian history" - and they were used as a poster family for recruitment in the First World War.

Frew places her family at the crosscurrents of history - mass migration, colonisation and war - and reveals a complex true story that will resonate with the descendants of Australia's early free settlers.

Leane Times is a vivid account of personal courage, triumph and tragedy. Wendy is a great speaker and has been in conversation with Richard Fidler on ABC radio.

Energy Switch To Slash Gas Bills From Today

June 3rd, 2019: NSW Government
In Lane Cove today, Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Energy and Environment launched the expansion of Energy Switch to include gas.

“Winter is here, so now is the time to compare gas and electricity plans. It takes only minutes but could save hundreds of dollars a year. Energy Switch helps ease the cost of living for families by helping them find the best deal,” Ms Berejiklian said.

Energy Switch is one of more than 40 NSW Government rebates and incentives easing the cost of living. Others include cheaper Green Slips and refunds, $100 Active Kids and Creative Kids vouchers and free registration for regular toll users.

Around 7,000 households have already switched electricity providers, bringing close to $3 million in annual savings since the free service launched last year. The average saving per household is more than $400 a year.

Mr Kean said the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government was determined to make energy more affordable for NSW families.

“Energy Switch works by using a customer’s latest energy e-bill and comparing it with every retailer in NSW before presenting the top three plans available. If a switch is requested, Service NSW will make all the arrangements,” Mr Kean said.

“Last year, we saved 900,000 NSW households about $300 million through our NSW Government energy rebates. We’re absolutely committed to reducing living costs, and delivering lower energy prices for NSW families.”

$1.16 M For Local Government Climate Change Response Grants

June 6 2019: OE&H
The $1.16 million second round of funding in the NSW Government’s Increasing Resilience to Climate Change (IRCC) grants scheme to support local councils will open on 1 July 2019.

OEH Director Climate Resilience and Net Zero Emissions, Stephen Bygrave, said: 'This is part of the $3.5 million IRCC package aimed at assisting councils until June 2022 to help manage the risks of climate change in their communities.

'The IRCC grants are being delivered in partnership with Local Government NSW and will range between $30,000 – $120,000 for individual councils to implement specific climate change adaptation and resilience projects.

'These projects include asset or building upgrades to minimise climate impacts like extreme heat and floods, community engagement programs that build capacity and awareness, detailed cost benefit analysis, specifications to support implementation of adaptation actions.

'Grants from $50,000 to $300,000 are also available for proposals to coordinate climate adaptation and resilience projects across several council areas because a regional response enables collaboration, capacity building and adaptation actions to be shared across councils dealing with similar climate change impacts in their communities.' 

In the grant round which closed in March, 10 councils including Bega Valley, Blacktown, Central Coast, Lake Macquarie, Tweed, Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC), and Wingecarribee, received funding totalling $1,011,300.

This is helping deal with coastal inundation, reducing impacts of urban heat, using recycled water to maintain gravel roads during drought, and engaging communities in better design and planning to build their resilience to climate change.

Dr Bygrave said: 'I’m urging councils to apply for these grants as they have a frontline role in managing climate change risks as councils are responsible for many services likely to be heavily impacted by climate change.

'These include local roads, stormwater, community buildings, parks and playgrounds, development and planning, environmental management and public health and safety.

'The IRCC program enables the Government to support local council capacity to reduce the impacts of climate change on our communities by embedding climate risks into existing council risk management plans.'

The IRCC grants follow the successful Building Resilience to Climate Change program which distributed $1.5 million to councils for projects such as a climate adapted bus shelter in Penrith, a blackwater treatment system to water local parklands in Blacktown, protecting IT transmission stations to secure emergency communications in Albury and a climate resilient masterplan for Cobar’s airport.

LGNSW Congratulates Local Government Women Award Winners

Thursday June 6th, 2019
Women showing leadership and breaking down barriers in local government have been congratulated by the sector following their recognition at the 12th annual NSW Minister’s Awards for Women in Local Government, held in Sydney today.

Local Government Minister Shelley Hancock handed out 22 awards and commendations to high-achieving women in local government, which included elected officials as well as council staff.

Local Government NSW (LGNSW) President Linda Scott, who served on the Government’s judging panel, said 29.5 per cent of all elected councillors in NSW were women, a slight increase on the 2012 figure of 27 per cent.

“Women have always made a massive contribution to their communities, and more and more are taking up the challenge in the local government sphere,” she said.

“Currently, only 14 per cent of NSW’s 128 councils have female general managers, and just 29 per cent are represented by female mayors.

“The number of women contesting the most recent NSW local government elections actually declined, and that’s not good enough.

“While the gender balance for local government staff is better, there is still a way to go in many areas before the local government sector reflects the broader population.”

Clr Scott said Minister Hancock had made it clear that she was strongly committed to the encouragement, empowerment and support of women in local government.

“I welcome the Local Government Minister’s commitment to work with local governments to help dismantle entrenched barriers, stereotypes and assumptions that impede women’s ability to play a central role in public life,” she said.

“The 2019 theme for International Women’s Day was Balance for Better, and those three simple words really encapsulate the goal both the Minister and I share.

“I am very much looking forward to working with her to examine ways to increase the number of women standing for, and elected to, local councils, or taking up staff leadership positions in local government.”

Local government women recognised in the State Government awards today included elected representatives Clr Susan Price OAM (Moree Plains Shire Council), and Clr Phyllis Miller OAM (Forbes Shire Council), Clr Wendy Waller (Liverpool City Council), Clr Roslyn Harrison (Northern Beaches Council), and Clr Reena Jethi (The Hills Shire Council).

General Managers and Senior Staff included Morven Cameron (Lake Macquarie City Council), Melissa Boxall (Shellharbour City Council), Simone Plummer (Sutherland Shire Council), and Therese Manns (Randwick City Council).

A wide range of non-senior staff, and women in traineeships or apprenticeships were also recognised at the awards, with a full list available here.

Councillor Roslyn Harrison is a former Deputy Mayor of Warringah Council, a mother of three and a primary school teacher. Before becoming a teacher Roslyn spent 20 years working in various government departments which included curriculum development with the Board of Studies, marketing for WorkCover, managing National Youth Week and developing early intervention programs for children at risk with the Department of Family and Community Services. She has also been president of Northern Beaches Multiple Birth Association, Forestville Public School Parents & Citizens Association as well as sitting on numerous committees such as Vibrant Connected Communities and Environment Strategic Reference Groups and Curl Curl Youth and Community Centre.

Roslyn’s proudest achievement as a councillor of Warringah Council was her successful call to adopt the “Warringah Says No to Domestic Violence” campaign in 2015, resulting in local garbage trucks displaying the message.

Swan Breeding Season On Narrabeen Lagoon

Black swans may nest at any time of year, although the peak of breeding activity in south-eastern Australia tends to be between June and November.

With the return of these majestic creatures to Narrabeen Lagoon, and a fair amount of loving stuff going on right now, please be aware that we all want to keep seeing them around here and give them some space, peace and .... privacy?
Black Swans on Narrabeen Lagoon - Autumn 2013 - photo by Michaele Mannington

Whale On!

During the past few weeks Readers have reported sighting humpback whales, southern right whales and even minke whales off our coasts, whether spotting them from the shores or from boats while out on the water.

It may be early but the ORRCA Whale Census Day is scheduled for June 30th this year and this will be the 20th Whale Census.
For those of you who like spotting whales, this may be an activity you would like to get involved in. Visit HERE.

Guns Out For Tombsy Gala Benefit Dinner

The Guns Out for Tombsy Gala Benefit Dinner is being held on Friday June 21, at The Star, Sydney. MC for the event is Phil Kearns, Guest speaker Sam Bailey and you’ll hear from Richard himself...with more announcements to come! This will not be your regular rugby dinner - it promises to be a night of entertainment- so invite your partner, colleagues and friends. 

A Life, a Family, a Community has been changed. It’s time to get your Guns Out and support your mate Tombsy. Tables of 10 are now being sold (no single ticket being sold at present). To purchase go to: www.cvent.com/d/z6qqg8/4W

Road Closure: Frenchs Forest

Wakehurst Parkway between Warringah Rd and Aquatic Dr
Date: Fri 7 June 2019 - Tue 11 June 2019
Roads closed Scheduled road closures for this week
Fri (8:00pm to 11:59pm) Both directions closed
Sat (all day) Both directions closed
Sun (all day) Both directions closed
Mon (all day) Both directions closed
Tue (12:00am to 5:00am) Both directions closed
Diversions: Northbound (short local detour): Aquatic Dr,Allambie Rd, Frenchs Forest Rd East. 
Southbound (longer detour): Warringah Rd, Pittwater Rd.

Advice: Check signage
Use diversions; Allow extra travel time
Public transport: Public buses will run as normal through the work area.
Other Info:
- Wakehurst Parkway south of Aquatic Dr to Seaforth will be open to northbound traffic only. 
- Delays are expected on Warringah Rd due to additional traffic on the diversion routes. 
- Access to Northern Beaches Hospital will be maintained at all times via the public entrance on Frenchs Forest Road East.
From Live Traffic

World Oceans Day

June 7th 2019
From Office of Jason Falinski, MP for Mackellar
There are 1261 ‘world days’ each year, but of all these one of the most neglected is World Oceans Day, celebrated on June 8. On this day Mackellar MP, Jason Falinski has demanded community commitment to Australia’s marine environment particularly here on the Northern Beaches. 

Seventy percent of the world’s oxygen comes from the ocean, and therefore while it may seem self-serving for a beaches community to demand action, an unhealthy marine environment will affect everyone.

“It is our responsibility here on the Northern Beaches to protect our beautiful beaches and waterways. From Palm Beach down to Manly the Pacific Ocean provides us with a big part of our lifestyle.” Said Mr Falinski

Of all metropolitan electorates, Mackellar has the highest number of beaches and has the most Surf Life Saving Clubs. 

In the last two years we have increased marine parks and ecological protection zones by around 60%.

One hundred and sixty-seven million dollars is being spent to combat the amount of plastic waste entering our ocean through the Australian Recycling Investment Plan. This is in conjunction to the pre-existing ban of microbeads made by the liberal government.

“Thirteen million tonnes of plastic are estimated to enter our oceans across the world. This is why I support the Australian Recycling Investment Plan which will reduce the amount of plastics entering the ocean.”

Mr Falinski said: “We all need to think about what we can do to reduce our own use of plastics and non-recyclable materials. The less household rubbish we produce, the less likely it is to end up in our oceans.”

“World Oceans Day is one day that deserves more prominence and as a member of the Northern Beaches, I will continue to advocate for good government policy to protect our ocean environment.”

Avalon Upgrades Evident

In February 2019 Councillor Alex McTaggart submitted a Motion to that Council meeting that an upgrade for the 'Woolies' car park is needed, paying particular attention to filling pot holes and raising surface level where water ponds, replacing the rotten damaged and missing timber wheel stops, revegetating where necessary, replanting missing major trees, fixing damaged pavers and removing damaged concrete slabs, steam cleaning the rear lane way/loading dock, put in place a regular tree trimming schedule for the Canary Island Palms which require regular attention.

Also included was the path leading from the beach alongside the service station.

Spotted this week:

Sydney Rain Not Enough To Break The Drought

June 6th, 2019: NSW Government
More than 30 millimetres of rain has fallen across Sydney in the first week of June 2019, only a third of what is needed to significantly impact dam inflows. 

Sydney’s dams currently need at least 100 millimetres of rain to start filling up. The rain produced 40 millimetres of rainfall over the Upper Nepean, Woronora and Shoalhaven catchments.

The Warragamba catchment received 30 millimetres with 20 millimetres recorded over the Blue Mountains catchment.

In 2018, rainfall levels in NSW were among the lowest ever recovered. In some areas, the state is the driest it has ever been and worse than the millennium drought.

Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey said a single rain event is not itself enough to break the drought and people across the state have to be mindful that water restrictions are in place.     

“Water restrictions will mean households across Sydney are doing their bit to conserve water," Mrs Pavey said.

"Reducing shower time by one minute can save around nine litres of water every shower. This equates to 45 million litres of water across the city, every day."

On 1 June 2019, Level 1 water restrictions started across Sydney, the Illawarra and Blue Mountains.

Under the Level 1 water restrictions residents and businesses are not able to:
  • use standard sprinklers and watering systems at any time
  • leave hoses running unattended
  • wash vehicles and buildings with a hose that isn’t fitted with a trigger nozzle or high pressure cleaning equipment
  • clean hard surfaces such as paths, driveways and paved areas with a hose as part of general clean.

Probus Club Of Pittwater June 2019 Meeting

Tuesday 11th June Meeting
Guest Speaker 
John Harston
“A Look at the Delights of Sri Lanka”
Club Member John Harston recently visited Sri Lanka and enjoyed the delights of this wonderful country. Fortunately for John and his wife Robyn, it was before the tragic events that occurred over Easter. Despite these terrible incidents happening, John will talk about the natural beauty of the country and its special and enduring attractions.

Come and hear a little more about this enchanting country.

Five Minute Speaker
Bojana Stancic “Your Health & Wellness”
Bojana is from an organisation called “Your Side” and is Team Leader for Home Care Packages, and will give a short presentation about services that are available to seniors living in the community and how to access them.

Probus Monthly Meeting
Our club meets at 10am every 2nd Tuesday of the month
Venue: Mona Vale Golf Club
Guests welcome  at 10.30am

Your Choice

Did you know:
  • In NSW, close to 40% of assaults and 60% of street offences are alcohol related
  • half of young offenders were drunk at the time of their last offence
  • Approximately five young Australians die every week and another 200 are hospitalised due to alcohol-related injury or disease
  • Alcohol consumption can affect a young person's brain development
  • Drinking alcohol is a factor in the three leading causes of death among young people.
Regular readers of the Northern Beaches Police Area Command Facebook page will know the mix of alcohol and young people has become an issue on the Beaches, particularly in the north.

It's an issue we're working to fix through a mix of communication - getting out the message - and operations combining uniformed, plain clothes and specialist police.

Parents are being called to collect their alcohol-affected teens from the streets; cautions are being issued.

Charging is a last resort.

We want to reign in this problem without putting young people into the criminal justice system .

As mentioned already, one option being offered is our 'Your Choice' program.

Aimed at teens under 18, Your Choice offers those found on the streets intoxicated, possessing or consuming alcohol an alternative to the legal system.

It's a prevention strategy designed to help young people understand the dangers of harmful alcohol consumption and enhance the capacity of parents or guardians to influence their behaviour and attitudes to drinking.

The program operates as a two-hour face-to-face seminar that the young person attends with their parents or guardians.

It's also available on-line.

For more information: www.yourchoiceonline.com.au

Northern Beaches Police Area Command
Post on Facebook page, May 14, 2019

Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary Stalls 2019

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

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


The Queen's Album

24 May 2019 to 16 June 2019
Friday to Sunday: 10.30am to 3pm
Government House, Sydney
(inside the Royal Botanic Gardens)
Free entry by tour*
By NSW State Archives & Records

At Windsor Castle on 27 February 1882 Queen Victoria received a special gift from the people of NSW. Encased in an ornate wooden box was a large book clad in purple velvet embellished with elaborate silver mountings. As she opened the cover and turned the pages of the heavy tome, Victoria would have seen a faraway place: a land where ancient landscapes, sites of ‘civilisation’ and symbols of Empire coalesced under a sharp light and clear bright sky. This, no ordinary armchair selection of late 19th Century photographs was the ‘Queen’s album’, gifted to her as a tribute of loyalty and an expression of the spirit of optimism and possibility that defined the British colony of NSW.

The Queen’s Album is a new exhibition produced to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria. It features images from the 1882 album reproduced from original glass plate negatives sourced from the State Archives Collection.

The Queen’s Album reimagines a moment in history from nearly 140 years ago when NSW sought to define itself to the reigning monarch. It also compels us to consider if we were to create a similar album today for Queen Elizabeth II—Victoria’s great-great granddaughter—what would we include?

History Mystery
Today, the whereabouts of the album presented to Queen Victoria are unknown. 


Tours of Government House Sydney
Admission to Government House Sydney is free.
Prior registration is required before entering the house. Tickets are available from the Gatehouse next to the main gate. For security reasons all visitors are required to present valid identification when registering for a tour at the Gatehouse. 

A maximum 20 visitors can be accommodated on each tour. Tickets are allocated on a first come first served basis.

Mona Vale Solstice Swim

Hosted by Mona Vale Surf Life Saving Club Inc
Sunday, June 16, 2019 at 10 AM – 11 AM
Mona Vale Surf Life Saving Club Inc
Surfview Road, Mona Vale, New South Wales, Australia 1660
Distance - 1.2km
Venue - Mona Vale beach

Registration - Entries online only here. No new entries accepted on race day. Swim check in Sunday, June 16, 8:30am-9:45am, Mona Vale SLSC. Entry fee - $30

Online entries close - 3pm , Sat'dee, June 15, 2019. Note that entries to this swim are online only. There will be no new entries accepted on race day.

Prizes - Nil. This swim is just for fun.
Conditions - There is an at times rambunctious beach break on the south side of the Mona Vale rock shelf, but conditions inside Bongin Bongin Bay generally are quite sheltered. here can be a bit a a dump on the edge, and you swim over reef as you head out of the bay. Water temp in late June should be in the early 20s or maybe late teens.
Minimum age - 10

Applications Open For Youth Led Projects

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Entries Open For The Northern Beaches Art Prize

Monday, 13 May 2019: NBC
The Northern Beaches Art Prize is on again. With a prize pool of $27,000 on offer, it is the region’s most prestigious art competition, with a history spanning over 50 years.

The prize is open to all permanent Australian residents, aged 10 years and over. It represents a marvellous opportunity to exhibit your creative talents, while being rewarded for your efforts.

There are four categoriesGeneral, Small Sculpture, Waste-to-Art, and Youth. Entries are now open and close on Monday 24 June, and can be completed online via Council’s website.

Mayor Regan said the competition continues to play an integral role in showcasing the incredible talent of local artists within our own cultural community.

“It’s amazing the calibre of entries from people who may not normally feel inclined to enter art competitions.”

Last year’s General category winner Jacquie Maynard said winning the competition boosted her confidence.

“Having worked on my own for many years, it was really good to have my art acknowledged by others. It was a great feeling to be chosen from some hundreds of entries.

“It was even better that both the judges asked to buy my winning painting on the night, and one of them did.”

“I encourage all would-be artists, young and old, to have a go,” she said.

The competition’s successful entries will be displayed at the Creative Space in North Curl Curl from 9 August to 18 August for General and Small Sculpture, and 30 August to 8 September for Waste-to-Art and Youth. For information on last year’s winners and their successful entries, please go to Council’s website.

Northern Beaches Art Prize - Categories

General
  • Two-dimensional original paintings or drawings in any medium; printmaking and collage. Excludes sculpture and digitally produced works.
  • Open to artists 19 years and over.

Small Sculpture
  • Freestanding plinth based, non-site-specific, three-dimensional objects. Should not exceed 40cm in any dimension.
  • Open to artists aged 19 years and over. 

Waste-to-Art
  • Original works of art: sculpture, clothing, collage and jewellery. Artworks must be made from reused or recycled materials.
  • Open to artists aged 10 years and over.

Youth
  • Two-dimensional original paintings or drawings in any medium; printmaking and collage. Excludes sculpture and digitally produced works
  • Open to artists in two categories - 10 to 14 years and 15 to 18 years.

Entry Fee
After submitting your Art Prize Entry Form, you will be directed to finalise the payment for your submission. Payment must be made for your submission to be completed.
  • Adult - First entry $35
  • Adult - Subsequent entries $25
  • Concession - $15 (valid student/senior concession card holders must be submitted with entry)

June 2 - 8, 2019: Issue 407

Articles This Week 

Front Page Issue 407

Pictures: Social Pittwater - Bayview Heights to Church Point Walkway Opened, Be Brave Artspace Fabric of Life Opened,  Bilgola SLSC 2019 Presentation evening, Avalon Beach SLSC  Australian Surf Club of the Year 2018 Award Celebration and Ava-Tri Adventure + 2019 Presentation Night + More Smiles!

Council Briefs – May 2019 Meeting: A lot of positives and a lot of constructive work getting done

Vocational Training In Soibada by Tamara Sloper-Harding OAM

Chinese Whisper and Hooligan At Hamilton Island Race Week 2019 by Rob Mundle

Italian National Day Celebrations 2019

Aquatics: Australian Sailing Names Olympic Test Event Team For Enoshima 2019

DIY Ideas Keeping Your Garden Dewful During Times Of Water Restrictions and Drought - The State Government has announced water restrictions will commence from June 1st - a few tips on how to look after soil so it retains moisture, how to harvest dew, and what plants are more resilient + a few other Winter Garden Care tips 

Artists of the Month: June 2019:  THE FABRIC OF LIFE - Group Exhibition

A group exhibition of makers and creatives who express themselves artistically through tapestry, weaving, basketry, beading, sewing, embroidery, felting, knitting and constructing new forms from natural materials. Showcasing the work of: Soraya Abidin, Debra Beale, Gill Brooks,  Suzanne Davey, Rachel Hine, Caitlin Johnston, Niki McDonald,  Julie Nicholson, Emma Peters, Nicole Robins, Tracey Trinder, Kylie Walsh, Becky Williams. With a selection of work from Ni-van traditional weavers, Regina Lulu and Leimok Peters from Vanuatu.

Park Bench Philosopher Pittwater's Ocean Beach Rock Pools: Southern Corners Of Bliss - A History a pre World Oceans Day (June 8th 2019) Celebration

Profile: Careel Creek Bushcare Group: 1990 To 2019  The Careel Creek Bushcare Group has been working on restoring the habitat between Careel Bay and Avalon since 1990. More hands are always needed as although the bulk of the planting out after removing vines and weeds such as lantana is done, regular maintenance is required such as weeding and watering. The group meets once a month for a few hours in the morning on the fourth Saturday morning of each month from 8.30 to about 11.30. Contact Karin Nippard, Northern Beaches Council Bushland Management Officer, on 0417 040 945 to find where the group will work each month.

Careel Creek days coming up are: June 22, July 27, August 24, September 28, October 26, November 23

Great for those who want to see their efforts 'grow', literally, and for those doing their Duke of Edinburgh award. You will also get to be amongst a great group of people and see some of the resident fauna being attracted back to our area through your efforts.

An overview of what's been done so far courtesy of the Pittwater Natural Heritage Association, Oceanwatch and the Hawkesbury-Neapean Catchment Management Authority, Greater Sydney Local Land Services and Council

History: Pittwater Roads II: Where the Streets Have Your name - Warriewood

 Pittwater Offshore Newsletter Update June 1st, 2019 

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To contact Julian:  editor@scotlandisland.org.au

Commemoration Service - 77th Anniversary Of Sydney Harbour Attack

On Friday May 31st, Jason Falinski, MP for Mackellar, attended a Commemoration Service at North Head to mark the 77th anniversary of the day Japanese submarines came into Sydney Harbour during World War II.

Mr Falinski stated that these events are important to mark as they remind us people have sacrificed their lives to protect the freedom of Australians.

He also paid tribute to the thousands of Service men and women who are currently deployed in protecting these freedoms.



On May 31st 1942, 21 sailors were killed aboard the navy depot ship HMAS Kuttabul along with six Japanese submariners aboard three midget submarines.

In 1942, as shown through the interviews for Profiles conducted with those who were here then, the impact on people was huge. Those who were in Sydney remember it - it's what everyone recalls first and foremost:

Bob Langbein (lived at Cammeray then)Can you remember the evening Japanese submarines were in Sydney Harbour?
Yes I can. That night was rather disturbing that they’d come so close. We could hear it where we were.

Allan Collins (lived at Turramurra then): What do you remember of World War II – what incidence stands out most?

When the Japanese attacked Sydney Harbour. The trees weren’t as tall as they are now at Turramurra then, they were more sparse, and there wasn’t as much traffic noise as you have in Sydney now, so we could hear all the shipping on the harbour and the guns on that particular night. At anytime we could always hear the shipping tooting and carrying on but on that particular night it was action packed. 

A bloke flew over Sydney in his aeroplane and we had a searchlight battery just opposite where we lived down in Holmes street, there were three searchlights there, they were manned by the Women’s Army who we knew through spending all our time over there; so their lights were up and all over the sky, and other lights were up too, from the Bondi area and from Parramatta too somewhere, they were up everywhere. It was a very busy night. We could hear the ships moving, we could hear the guns going. To me it was exciting because I was so young but not so to all the adults, they seemed to have a grip on how serious it was.

Gwynneth RossCan you remember the shells that fell on Bondi and the Japanese submarines coming into the Harbour?

Oh yes. That was just about when my birthday was, the 27th of May and I think they came in a few nights later. On the night of my birthday, my girlfriend and I, she was one of my bridesmaids later, we went on a ferry to Manly. They later shelled Bondi from the ocean; some poor people copped it along the beach front. We were in Fletcher street, which is up on the heights looking down on Tamarama beach, and between Bronte and Bondi beaches. We weren’t affected; it was the ones down low on the beach that got hit.

Bert King OAM (lived at Narrabeen then): In the early days of the war they were sure we were going to be invaded; there was barbed wire all along the beaches, trenches everywhere, and because we were at Scouts we were pulled in, the big lumps of fellows like me, into what we called the NES, the National Emergency Services. I got a yellow armband, a tin hat, had to have a pushbike with a light on it, and a First Aid Kit, and you had to provide your own. They made us go and do the St John’s Ambulance course; I got my first certificate when I was 12. We used to go on patrols.

When the submarines attacked Sydney we were on standby. I remember sitting in the corner of Atkin’s Store on the corner of Loftus and Lagoon Street and Ted Atkins was the leader of the push, and there was Charlie Kerwin, Mick Marlin, and Lenny Marsden’s father, four men and me. We were put on standby and we could hear all the noise going on in Sydney, could see all the searchlights going and all this sort of thing, and we were stood down about 2 o’clock in the morning or somewhere near then, and I always though what a motley looking bunch of heroes we were.  I pushed on with the scouting, I stayed in that until I was quite senior.

Gwynneth Sneesby (lived at Mona Vale then): I joined the Navy in 1942, 9th of December. I was stationed at HMS Penguin which was at Balmoral. We did our Basic Training there, which was more or less marching around the oval and teaching us discipline. At the end of six weeks there were ten girls whose names were called out, and I was one of them, and they said, well you’re going to go to HMS Kuttabul, which isn’t in Garden Island as everybody thought. Garden Island was where the Kuttabl was moored and there was Garden Island, Pott’s Point. Garden Island was being connected to the land at this stage, in those days. They were making a road, called the ‘Burma Road’. Until then it was definitely an island.

Why did they carry on HMS Kuttabl even though she had been sunk? It was a tribute I suppose, to all those sailors who were lost during that time. The Kuttabl was a training ship and all those boys lost were young trainees, some still teenagers. HMS Kubttabl was what was on our hats. It’s still the Kuttabl today. I was home here at Mona Vale the night that occurred.

What was your role during this conflict? 

We were told we were to go to Bradley’s Head.  We didn’t know what Bradley’s Head was and we were quite worried because we didn’t know of anything being there. An establishment had been built there by the American Navy, a camouflaged two storey building and it was called the Degaussing Range. I think because of my ticket writing training they decided I could do this work and we worked on charts there.


Degaussing is the process of decreasing or eliminating a remnant magnetic field. Degaussing was originally applied to reduce ships' magnetic signatures during WWII. It was the testing base really for degaussing; which is a bit of a complicated situation; but we used to operate ten instruments and from that the Electrical Officers who were with us would calculate the amount of electrical current that had to be passed around the hull of a ship to repel the magnetism of the mines, to make them safer in waters where there were these magnetic mines. It was quite a technical job.

We didn’t do the calculations. We operated the machines. It was similar to those heart monitors that have the lines going up and down and the ten gauges, we had to operate those while the ship was going across the harbour and their magnetism was being recorded on these machines. 

We would then take off the tape off these twelve machines and put them together and we would trace over those and give them to the Officers and they would calculate the necessary adjustments that needed to be made to the electrical current. They were the clever ones.  It was very interesting. The Navy, the American Navy, stayed there for a couple of weeks to teach us girls how to operate the machines. There were ten of us who worked there, and four Naval Officers. There was a lot of camaraderie between us girls.

To get to Bradley’s Head from Mona Vale we had to go to The Spit on the bus then a tram which finished at the Zoo (Taronga). Then we had to walk through Ashton Park to get to Bradley’s Head. It was quite a walk. When we wanted to go home we often use to catch a lift from various boats from one of the ships that were anchored in the harbour. If they were going ashore they’d come past and see if we wanted a lift. We had a jetty out to the end of the degaussing establishment and we used to get a ride from any boat going past that was going to Man O’ War steps at Garden Island. The girls would signal to them.

How many ships were in the Harbour? Lots of them, lots of Merchant ships. They used to moor at Chowder Bay, which was just around the corner, and would have to pass us. They were bringing goods and supplies to Australia. 

The rate of those being torpedoed or worse offshore was not widely publicised during the time of conflict, although articles can be found and read. Through these today's generation may understand the Australian populations rising fears they were about to be invaded.


Friday, May 31st 2019 was the 22nd Commemoration Service held at North Head.

Member for Manly and Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment and Veterans James Griffin, along with the Hon. Tony Abbott, who initiated the service in 1995, were also in attendance.

Mr. Abbott posted a short video after the Service in which he thanked Warringah for being able to serve them for 25 years as federal member.

The Hon. Tony Abbott

'It's been a wonderful honour to serve the people of Warringah for the last twenty five years.'

Police Watch

May 30, 2019

Dog attack....
A 26-year old woman has needed hospital treatment for deep dog bites to her leg.

The Dee Why woman had arrived at a home in neighbouring Freshwater to visit a friend working there as a nanny.

Not so friendly was the family dog who charged through the gate, latching onto the woman's leg and thrashing around.
It took two attempts to drag the dog away.
Council rangers are investigating.

RBT
10.20 last night and police attention was drawn to an Audi A3 seen speeding on Pittwater Road at Brookvale.

Directed to stop after turning into Victor Road, the driver pulled into a unit block, stopping with his side of the car hard up against a wall.

Even speaking to him from the passenger side, officers noticed both the strong smell of alcohol and that the driver's speech was slurred. With roadside breath test positive, the 34-year old Dee Why man returned a blood-alcohol reading on 0.177, well into the high range.
Licence suspended, court appearance to follow.

Theft from cars - all unlocked
Collaroy Plateau is again in on the list of suburbs where thieves have been active. This time it was an unlocked Nissan Nirvara left overnight on Acacia Street, from which thieves helped themselves to a wallet and contents plus sunglasses. Cards from the wallet were used in a local shop and for an Uber ride.

Also left unlocked overnight, this time on Lascelles Road at Narraweena, was a Nissan Pulsar from which thieves took a pair of sunglasses.

At Dee Why, thieves have stolen a driver's licence, cash and credit cards from a Landcruiser parked with an open window in the bowling club car park.

At Avalon Beach, several hundred dollars worth of property has been taken from a Hi-Lux left unlocked overnight on Hilltop Road.

Further up, at Palm Beach, a Go-Pro camera, speaker and cash have been taken from an unlocked ute parked on Pacific Road.

Roof Scammers
Northern Beaches residents, particularly the elderly and vulnerable, should be aware that roof scammers have returned.
Often with an Irish accent, they start with a knock on the front door and offer to clean out gutters or do minor repairs.

From there they come back with claims of major work needing to be done.

They demand thousands of dollars, always in cash, and will even accompany their victims to the bank.

With the cash in hand, they take off with little or no work done on the roof and leaving those they've fleeced very much the poorer.

So our warning, politely but firmly close the door to anyone offering to do this or any other work around your house.
Do not let them draw you into conversation.

If anything needs repairing, go to the phone book or internet to find reputable trades people.

And please pass this on to relatives and friends.

Marine Equipment Thieves
May 21st, 2019
1: A little before one this morning and police received reports from residents at Avalon of sounds like a jack hammer coming from a local soccer club.

Not long afterwards, police in the area pulled over a blue Ford Falcon driven by a Marsden Park man, his fiancee on the seat beside him.

In the back, covered by a towel, a large boat motor.

"It's mine," said the man, "I've had it for four weeks now."

But that wasn't all.
Also in the car were life jackets, a mooring hook, marine battery, engine muff, flares, jerry can full of fuel and a 25-litre boat fuel tank.

Meanwhile, police headed to the soccer club found an abandoned boat and trailer in the car park, traced and contacted the owner.
From there, it didn't take long for them to be reunited and for a link to be drawn to the couple down the road.

Turns out the boat and its trailer had been driven from where they'd been parked at Avalon to the soccer club car park.
There, the engine was removed from the boat with a battery-operated drill, the sound of which was the subject of the noise complaint.

Result: A 27-year old man and 20-year old woman charged with take and drive conveyance, possess housebreaking implements and drugs.

Both were given conditional bail pending a court appearance next month at Manly.

2: It began on Sunday morning as the victim was loading several thousand dollars worth of fishing gear into his station wagon at Narrabeen. At the time, a man wandered over and started a conversation.

Monday morning and the 45-year old returned to his car on Lagoon Street to find the gear gone.

A search of an internet trading site was all it took to find the gear, already listed for sale.
After speaking with police, the victim set up a meeting with the seller there in Narrabeen.
As plain clothes officers waited in the wings the seller arrived; they moved in, arrest made.

Result: a goods in custody charge with court appearance to follow.

Flock Of Black Cockatoos

A group of 30 Black Cockatoos was spotted Wednesday May 29th, flying over Belrose. Residents have also reported some down towards Church Point and at Avalon and Clareville this week.

Great to see and hear these delightful creatures are still around!

Climate And Water Outlook, June–August 2019

Bureau of Meteorology
Published on 29 May 2019
The end-of-month Climate and Water Outlook video covers rainfall, streamflow and temperature for the next three months. It includes a wrap-up of recent conditions and a look at which drivers are influencing our climate. Read more at http://ow.ly/cpIT50usqmV.  

Water Restrictions Start Across Sydney

May 29, 2019: NSW Government
Level 1 water restrictions will start in Sydney, the Blue Mountains and the Illawarra from 1 June 2019.

The restrictions have been introduced by the NSW Government to protect Sydney’s water supply from drought conditions.

Under the Level 1 water restrictions residents and businesses are not able to:
  • use standard sprinklers and watering systems at any time
  • leave hoses running unattended
  • wash vehicles and buildings with a hose that isn’t fitted with a trigger nozzle or high pressure cleaning equipment
  • clean hard surfaces such as paths, driveways and paved areas with a hose as part of general clean.
Water restrictions are enforceable and penalties apply. Fines of $220 will apply to individuals and $550 for businesses who don’t follow the restrictions. There will be a three-month grace period before fines apply. Fines will not be issued until after 1 September 2019.

Exemptions will be available for non-residential customers with outdoor water use as their core business.

Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey said Sydney is seeing some of the lowest inflows into its dams since the 1940s.

“The Bureau of Meteorology’s latest forecast is predicting below-average rainfall and higher temperatures for June to August, which are key drivers of stronger water demand,” Mrs Pavey said.

“Regional NSW has been experiencing a record drought. Water restrictions in Sydney mean that households across NSW are doing their bit to conserve water.”

Your Choice

Did you know:
  • In NSW, close to 40% of assaults and 60% of street offences are alcohol related
  • half of young offenders were drunk at the time of their last offence
  • Approximately five young Australians die every week and another 200 are hospitalised due to alcohol-related injury or disease
  • Alcohol consumption can affect a young person's brain development
  • Drinking alcohol is a factor in the three leading causes of death among young people.
Regular readers of the Northern Beaches Police Area Command Facebook page will know the mix of alcohol and young people has become an issue on the Beaches, particularly in the north.

It's an issue we're working to fix through a mix of communication - getting out the message - and operations combining uniformed, plain clothes and specialist police.

Parents are being called to collect their alcohol-affected teens from the streets; cautions are being issued.

Charging is a last resort.

We want to reign in this problem without putting young people into the criminal justice system .

As mentioned already, one option being offered is our 'Your Choice' program.

Aimed at teens under 18, Your Choice offers those found on the streets intoxicated, possessing or consuming alcohol an alternative to the legal system.

It's a prevention strategy designed to help young people understand the dangers of harmful alcohol consumption and enhance the capacity of parents or guardians to influence their behaviour and attitudes to drinking.

The program operates as a two-hour face-to-face seminar that the young person attends with their parents or guardians.

It's also available on-line.

For more information: www.yourchoiceonline.com.au

Northern Beaches Police Area Command
Post on Facebook page, May 14, 2019

Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary Stalls 2019

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

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


DoggieRescue.com

Pets of the Week

Rhodie

AGE/SEX: 13 years / F
BREED: Cardigan Corgi
Rhodie is the most amazing well adjusted girl. She is friendly with people, easy going with other dogs and is very obedient. Rhodie's owner recently died and she found herself homeless. She has a beautiful shiny coat and weighs 18.5kg -- a little tubby! 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

Fluffy

Fluffy is a lovely medium coated tabby girl who just had a litter. Her kittens have been adopted and she is still waiting. She is a gentle girl suited to a quiet life and looking for a family to call her own to let her very affectionate and sweet nature shine. She is located on the Northern Beaches and comes desexed, wormed, F3 vaccinated, FIV tested and microchipped. She is approximately 2 and a half years old and her adoption fee is $220.
If you are interested in meeting her call DoggieRescue on 9486 3133 or email cats@DoggieRescue.com. She is located at Ingleside. 

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

The Queen's Album

24 May 2019 to 16 June 2019
Friday to Sunday: 10.30am to 3pm
Government House, Sydney
(inside the Royal Botanic Gardens)
Free entry by tour*
By NSW State Archives & Records

At Windsor Castle on 27 February 1882 Queen Victoria received a special gift from the people of NSW. Encased in an ornate wooden box was a large book clad in purple velvet embellished with elaborate silver mountings. As she opened the cover and turned the pages of the heavy tome, Victoria would have seen a faraway place: a land where ancient landscapes, sites of ‘civilisation’ and symbols of Empire coalesced under a sharp light and clear bright sky. This, no ordinary armchair selection of late 19th Century photographs was the ‘Queen’s album’, gifted to her as a tribute of loyalty and an expression of the spirit of optimism and possibility that defined the British colony of NSW.

The Queen’s Album is a new exhibition produced to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria. It features images from the 1882 album reproduced from original glass plate negatives sourced from the State Archives Collection.

The Queen’s Album reimagines a moment in history from nearly 140 years ago when NSW sought to define itself to the reigning monarch. It also compels us to consider if we were to create a similar album today for Queen Elizabeth II—Victoria’s great-great granddaughter—what would we include?

History Mystery
Today, the whereabouts of the album presented to Queen Victoria are unknown. 


Tours of Government House Sydney
Admission to Government House Sydney is free.
Prior registration is required before entering the house. Tickets are available from the Gatehouse next to the main gate. For security reasons all visitors are required to present valid identification when registering for a tour at the Gatehouse. 

A maximum 20 visitors can be accommodated on each tour. Tickets are allocated on a first come first served basis.

Nominations Open For The Premier’s Volunteer Recognition Program

The program will recognise the contributions volunteers have made to their local communities.
The Premier’s Volunteer Recognition Program celebrates all volunteers – from students selflessly working with charities to veterans who’ve dedicated decades of their lives to causes close to their heart.

There are four categories open for nominations:

People with a lifetime of volunteering experience – over 40 years
People with over 25 years of volunteering experience
Significant volunteering at any age
Student volunteering.
Since the program launched in 2015, 28,600 volunteers have been recognised for their contribution to NSW communities.

In NSW, more than 2.1 million people volunteer, contributing a combined 240 million hours of their time each year, valued at $5 billion to local communities.

Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services Gareth Ward said volunteers are the backbone of our society.

“It’s so important for all of us to acknowledge this invaluable work, and I urge all NSW residents to nominate someone who’s making a difference,” Mr Ward said.

The Premier’s Volunteer Recognition Program is part of the NSW Government’s Volunteering Strategy 2016-2020.

Nominations close 27 September 2019 for the adult categories and 30 September 2019 for the student category.

Find out more about the Premier’s Volunteer Recognition Program and Nominate someone HERE

Days For Girls First Sunday Of The Month

Days for Girls – there is a workshop in Maria Regina Church Hall from 1pm this Sunday! Please come along.

You don’t need to be able to sew to help out. We need fabric cutters and ironers too! If you are interested in finding out more pop into Maria Regina Church Hall in Central Road at 1pm on the first Sunday of every month.

To find out more, please visit: Days For Girls (Part 1) – Soibada

Tamara Sloper-Harding OAM
Email: tamara.harding@bigpond.com
Ph: 0403 226 699
On Facebook: www.facebook.com/Pittwater-Friends-Of-Soibada
Website: www.pittwaterfriendsofsoibada.org.au

Ku-Ring-Gai Chase Lyrebird

May 30, 2019 by NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service
Our beloved lyrebird, captured by Annette Scholtz on her morning walk in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park today.

Vale Nick Yakich

December 10, 1941 - May 28, 2019
Flying Manly winger scored tries in each of his three appearances for NSW in 1965 which catapulted him into the squad for the Australian Tour of NZ. Born in Innisfail Queensland (the son of a Croatian immigrant who stowed away on a ship bound for Perth in the 1920s) Yakich moved to Mosman in the late 1940s and attended school at Marist Brothers with budding sprint star Ken Irvine. 

After attending Newcastle Teachers College with his brother Fred, Nick Yakich was posted to Harbord Primary School. Trialling with Manly at the instigation of Frank Stanton, a cricket team-mate, he was graded as a winger in 1960. Nick Yakich came under the guidance of former beach sprint champion Johnny Bliss, an assistant coach at the club, and went on to win 5 Australian Sprint Championships with the North Narrabeen Surf Life Saving Club. 

In 1965 he was chosen for Australia on the tour of NZ and although he did not play in a Test (Ken Irvine and Mike Cleary were the Test wingers), Yakich was the leading try-scorer on tour with six tries in minor matches. Major knee surgery after suffering an injury in a match against Souths ended his Sydney career the following year and he retired from the game when he suffered a shoulder injury as captain-coach of Werris Creek in 1967.

Nick Yakich played 74 games for Manly. He also represented New South Wales on three occasions in 1965 scoring a try on each occasion, he was also called up to the Australian squad to tour New Zealand but was never selected for a match. 

Residents recall him as PE teacher while brother Fred taught at at Narrabeen High school and then Barrenjoey High school during the 1970's.
R.I.P.

Paintback Mona Vale Collection Event: June 2nd

Date: June 2, 2019
Time: 10am to 2pm
EVENT LOCATION:
Johnson Bros Mitre 10 
73 Bassett Street 
Mona Vale, NSW 2103 

Paintback is coming to Mona Vale
Trade and DIY Painters
Drop off your unwanted paint for free at the Paintback Pop-Up event being held at Johnson Bros. Mitre 10, 73 Bassett Street Mona Vale on Sunday 2nd June 2019. From 8am until 4pm, you can dispose of your unwanted architectural and decorative paint and packaging for free. You can bring up to 100 litres per visit secured in containers of 20 litres or less. See more information about eligible paint products hereSo clean out your shed and head to the Paintback Pop-Up event.

Disposing of your paint responsibly with Paintback makes you one of Australia's most admired painters. Your paint will be collected and treated, turning it into a valuable resource and minimising landfill — and we think it deserves a prize.

Simply snap a selfie when you drop off your unwanted paint at your nearest Paintback collection site. It’s free to drop-off! Then upload your photo for a chance to win a trip to Kakadu! 
For more info on how to dispose of your unwanted paint responsibly visit: www.paintback.com.au/admiredpainter

ABHS General Meeting For Tuesday 11 June 2019

The next meeting of the Avalon Beach Historical Society will be held on TUESDAY 11 JUNE in the Avalon Beach Bowling Club in Bowling Green Lane. As usual it will start at 8pm sharp.

We know from past experience that our members understandably enjoy a good old-fashioned (digital) slide night.

If the attendance at our March meeting is any indication, you will need to be there on time! We ran out of chairs when 71 locals packed the mighty ‘Bowlo’ for the Trappers Way story.

We will probably experience a cooler night in June but the hall will be comfortable and heated if necessary.

Just to wet your whistle, some of the subjects covered will be some very early shots of Trappers Way which have come to light since March. We have some excellent shots of the early St Marks Church in Kevin Avenue.

Superb quality reproductions of respected architect, Divola’s extraordinary subdivision of the area between Dark Gully and Iluka Road, Palm Beach were donated to the Society at the exhibition last year. They will be shown as well as details of the nearby Aboriginal Rock Shelter in Mackay Reserve.

Member Jim Nicol and myself followed up on info. received from the Bush-care supervisor for Pittwater Council concerning the Aboriginal Rock Shelter in Stapleton Reserve. Some interesting shots of our venture will verify that info. and illustrate what a gem of a reserve it really is.

The Wickham family played a huge part in the establishment of early Avalon Beach and we’ll touch photographically on this family and their input and achievements.

There is more and still more of some wonderful photographs of early Avalon Beach so don’t miss this one.

As usual guests of members are very welcome and to stay for supper afterwards.

Geoff Searl
President Avalon Beach Historical Society

That Doggie Dome Roar

Residents around Hitchcock Park may have heard lots of cheering last night (June 1st) as the club hosted an A Grade game between the Avalon Bulldogs and the Narrabeen Sharks. A massive crowd cheered on both teams as they went try for try down to the last minute with Avalon winning out in the final minutes.

Score 20-18!

This was the first at home for all Avalon JRLFC  grades this season meaning the park was full from early morning to after dark hosting teams from Cromer, Mona Vale, Narraweena, Harbord, North Curly, Ku-ring-gai and the aforementioned Narrabeen.

Rats Ring Some Bells

Warringah Rugby Club's Rats were having a good day too on the first official day of Winter.

The Rats report as it came in last night:
ROUND 9 UPDATE
RATS vs EASTWOOD

SHUTE SHIELD - 1ST GRADE
Full time - TG Milner with the Rats mounting a courageous comeback to win the game 21-19.

Scores were locked at the full time whistle with the conversion to come. As he has done many times before, Hamish Angus calmly stepped up and slotted it over.

IN OTHER GAMES
GRADE
2nd Grade 17-10 Won
3rd Grade 20-15 Won
4th Grade 10-41 Lost

COLTS
1st Grade 29-27 Won
2nd Grade 22-19 Won
3rd Grade 19-15 Won

The other wining news coming out of the Rats Club lately is that their Tackling Violence round held on May 11th  produced a  tremendous game of footy and even better community spirit with 445 pledges to stand against domestic violence and $1,689.80 raised for the Northern Beaches Women's Shelter.

The Tackling Domestic Violence Charity Match between Northern Beaches Over 35s vs NSW Police Over 35s, involving plenty of legends from Newport Breakers Rugby Club, Dee Why Lions Rugby Club and Narrabeen Tigers Junior Rugby Club was a great testament to what community sport is all about.

24 Hour Treadmill For RUOK

The Narrabeen Shark JRLFC A-Grade were right behind this fabulous cause and put the call out to 2101 to head down to Anytime Fitness Narrabeen (right next to the B-Line bus stop).

Sharkies legend and Life Member Gary Liddell kicked off for the club on May 31st. You can up their ante by donating online HERE

Thank you also to Jordan Williams and Matt Lee who completed the Suicide Prevention 24 Hour Treadmill Challenge at Anytime Fitness (Avalon), walking from 3pm Friday May 31st to 3pm Saturday, June 1st, to raise funds for R U OK :).

The boys set themselves a challenge to raise 10 thousand in total and they're pretty close - you can help get them over the line HERE

All donations over $2 are tax deductible within Australia, and you will be issued with a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) receipt via email as soon as you make a donation.

Along the way many other residents joined in for a dollar a minute, some donning great hair for their leg, and a stack of great local businesses were sponsors for the event, contributing funds, goods or services - including haircuts yesterday!


Jordan and Matt with Roberts family and friends doing their bit yesterday, June 1st - photo courtesy Fiona Roberts

Anytime Fitness holds a 24 hour treadmill challenge each year and shines a positive light on the talks we need to keep happening - or simply speaking up when you need to.

This is the second BIG walk Jordan has completed this year. In January 2019 he took on the extraordinary task of walking 849km from Palm Beach to Brisbane. He expected the walk to take 31 days but completed the challenge in just 19, averaging 44-68km per day.

That 'walk' raised an incredible $5,990 for Black Dog Institute.
“I chose to support the Black Dog Institute because I can’t express enough how amazing and crucial the work they do is. The facility is top of the range and the workforce behind the scientific research is astonishing. It warms my heart knowing they are here and are helping to create a mentally healthier world.” Jordan said.

After the walk, Jordan had a special commemorative tattoo done on his legs.“My tattoo is the words “Solvitur Ambulando” he explained. “It is Latin for ‘it is solved by walking’ and it was a phrase I used during my walk. It means that no matter how much of a shadow you feel is being cast over you, there is a way forward, just keep going. Walking in this positive and powerful way, with support from everyone I met, meant I could face my fears and keep going.”


R U OK Day happens on September 12th, 2019 this year - but of course everyday is a great day to ask each other R U OK?

Japan Lifesaving Exchange Program

Avalon Beach SLSC's Mike Stanley-Jones is off to Japan again as part of the Japan Lifesaving Exchange Program. For the first time there will be three programs run that will involve 10 volunteer surf lifesavers who will work alongside their Japanese counterparts. The participants will assist with patrols, water safety and surf survival education during July and August in Onjuku Town, Oarai, and Iwai, Japan.

2017 NSW Lifesaver of the Year and Whale Beach SLSC stalwart Lara Boyle has attended the exchange, she says it exceeded all her expectations. “We didn’t have a huge amount of information in the lead up other than we would be working long hard hours in the sun,” said Lara. “While the work was long and hard, the benefits were immense. We forged great new friendships, saw some unusual things on patrol and got to be completely immersed in Japanese culture.”

Go Mike!


Mike Stanley-Jones - AJG photo

Avalon Beach SLSC's Ava-Tri

On Saturday May 25th, another Mike Stanley-Jones initiated event saw 18 of Avalon’s finest adventurers launched themselves into the ocean on paddle boards. They would paddle 4 kilometres from Avalon to Whale Beach and the stopwatch would stop. They would wait until the last paddler arrived, start the stopwatch again, launch themselves into the water and swim 2 kilometres to Palm Beach and the clock would stop. When the last swimmer arrived safely, they would don their running shoes (all but one), start the clock again and run the 6 kilometres back to Avalon Beach surf club.

It’s called the 'Ava-Tri'' and its all about conquering 3 beaches before breakfast. “Tri” could be interpreted as 3 beaches or events, it could also mean – try.

It’s all about having a go. It’s getting people off their couches or screens and sampling some of the gorgeous nature we have to offer. The early sunshine on the sandstone cliffs of Bangalley Head is beautiful as you board paddle. The fish on the rock shelves as you swim around the headland is something that you’d usually see on holidays and the run back through parks and rights-of-way isn’t as hard as you think.

Nobody knows whose won the adventure until the times of the board paddle, swim and run have been tallied together. The winner gets to burn their initials into a trophy made of driftwood from all 3 beaches – using a magnifying glass. (meaning, after completing all that before breakfast, they still need a steady hand for burning their initials!).

It’s an annual event and it's run by Avalon Beach Surf Club. If you’d like to have a go, give them a call and mention you’d like to    “Ava-Try”.


Winner! Photo by Warren Young OAM, 'Wazza About photos'

Italian National Day Celebrations 2019

Italian National Day Celebrations were this year held Sunday May 26th in the Western Suburbs at Club Marconi with the Northern Beaches represented by the first woman of Italian origin to be elected in 2005 to the Senate, Senator the Honourable Concetta Fierravante-Wells and Northern Beaches Councillor Vincent De Luca OAM. 

The Northern Beaches is also the home of the first woman of Italian origin elected to an Australian Parliament (NSW Legislative Council 1981), Franca Arena AM who has been the heart and soul of the Italian community since the 1950s.

The Northern Beaches is the home of thousands of Italians who have worked hard over the decades and become integral parts of the community.

From the late 1920s and early 1930s the first Italian market gardens were in Dee Why and Beacon Hill. There was one in the area where Beacon Hill Public School is now situated. Later there were market gardens along the valley in Old Pittwater Road; around where the present Brookvale Bus Depot is; at the present site of Manly Boys’ High; and at Keirle Park. Brookvale was sparsely inhabited in the 1930s. “The place was so deserted that from Frenchs Forest to Dee Why to Roseville, there was not a single house, there was just an orchard, where the Frenchs Forest Public School is today 5.” There were as yet few Italians around; by 1939 there were the Bombardier (formally Bombardiere) family, the Carnovale family, Nick Tomaino, the Curulli brothers, the Simonetta family Giuseppe Vescio, Frank Vumbaca, Antonio and Sebastiano Lentini and Rocco Ferraro.

As religion and festivals were an integral part of Italian life, many new settlers wanted to create an environment similar to their homeland. Around 1960, several Italians, mostly from Gizzeria in Calabria, gathered at the home of Vitaliano Mauro in Brookvale to form the Association of St John the Baptist. Antonio Caputo was the founding president. Funds were collected by door knocking – some of those who helped with the fund-raising were Arnaldo Milani, Carmelo Gallo, Joseph Mauro, Battista Vescio, Vittorio Gigliotti, Vincenzo Parisi, Giovanni Russo and many others. Finally they acquired the money needed, and the festival got off the ground. The festival organisers brought over from Gizzeria in Calabria the statue of San Giovanni (St. John the Baptist). The Association was registered as a charity with the mission of providing religious, social and educational activities within the Italian community and to help integration with Australian society at large.

Many of the migrants recalled with great pleasure the annual Festival of St Giovanni Battista, which really brought all the Italian community together. The event became extremely popular and attracted thousands of people. At the Festival of San Giovanni, the whole community got involved. Many people met their future husbands and wives when they socialised at the different events.

The Associations not only organised Italian Festivals at Brookvale but also established the first Italian language classes for children, around 1965 taught by Joseph Mauro. The classes were held on Saturday mornings at St Augustine’s College near Brookvale Oval. Later there were Italian classes for adults two nights a week at the Narrabeen Evening College. These popular classes helped bring Italians and Australians closer together. This legacy has continued with the insertion of Italian classes into primary schools to the present day by CO.AS.IT (Comitato Assistenza Italiana) The Committee for Assistance to Italians.

Since the 1960’s many other festivals such as San Rocco (Saint Rocco) the patron saint of Cirella; Madonna Assunta (Our Lady of the Assumption); Sant’ Antonio di Padova (Saint Anthony of Padua) the patron saint of Fabrizia; Maria Santissima Della Quercia di Visora (Our Lady of the Oak) the patroness of Conflenti; Maria Mamma Nostra (Mary Our Mother) patroness of Bivongi; Madonna Di Fatima (Our Lady of Fatima); and Santissimo Salvatore (Our Saviour) all from Calabria have been celebrated with a mass and procession.

In the 1990s the celebration moved to Dee Why Beach and named Festa Sulmare again attracting sometimes over 20,000 people but with increasing insurance costs and Council regulations the Festa was abandoned over 15 years ago.

Visit: 
Photo: Northern Beaches Independent Councillor Vincent De Luca OAM, Senator the Honourable Concetta Fierravante-Wells, NSW Liberal Upper House MP The Honourable Lou Amato MLC and Minister for Multiculturalism and Liberal MP for Drummoyne The Honourable John Sidoti MP.
Photo: Mrs Elizabeth Foti, Mr Vince Foti (President of Club Marconi), Senator the Honourable Concetta Fierravante-Wells, NSW Liberal Upper House MP, The Honourable Lou Amato MLC and Northern Beaches Independent Councillor Vincent De Luca OAM.

Congratulations!

The Australian Life Saving Team have named a High Performance Squad of 30 and a Pathways Squad of 34 to lead Australia to victory at Life Saving World Championships 2020 (LWC2020). 

Congratulations to the latest SNB athletes that have been selected in representative teams.

The following athletes have been selected in the Australian Life Saving Team High Performance Squad:
Kendrick Louis – Manly
Max Brooks – Newport
Blake Drysdale – Newport

Whilst the following group has been selected in the Australian Life Saving Team Pathways Squad:
Jay Furniss – Manly
Naomi Scott – Manly
Jackson Borg – Newport
Emily Doyle – Newport

Pinnacle events for the ALT in 2019 include International Surf Rescue for surf and beach athletes which takes from 28th September – 2nd October in Durban, South Africa. Pool Rescue athletes will look to defend their German Cup and Orange Cup titles across two weekends in November. Both teams will be announced later in the year.

The Australian Life Saving Team will announce a Pathways Team of ten athletes to compete at Sanyo Bussan Cup next week which will be held over 22nd-23rd June at Momochi Beach, Japan.

The Lifesaving World Championships of 2020 will be held in Riccione, Italy from 14th September to October 3rd 2020.
There is also a team of SNB Masters athletes who will be travelling to Italy.

Swan Breeding Season On Narrabeen Lagoon

Black swans may nest at any time of year, although the peak of breeding activity in south-eastern Australia tends to be between June and November.

With the return of these majestic creatures to Narrabeen Lagoon, and a fair amount of loving stuff going on right now, please be aware that we all want to keep seeing them around here and give them some space, peace and .... privacy?
Black Swans on Narrabeen Lagoon - Autumn 2013 - photo by Michaele Mannington

Mona Vale Solstice Swim

Hosted by Mona Vale Surf Life Saving Club Inc
Sunday, June 16, 2019 at 10 AM – 11 AM
Mona Vale Surf Life Saving Club Inc
Surfview Road, Mona Vale, New South Wales, Australia 1660
Distance - 1.2km
Venue - Mona Vale beach

Registration - Entries online only here. No new entries accepted on race day. Swim check in Sunday, June 16, 8:30am-9:45am, Mona Vale SLSC. Entry fee - $30

Online entries close - 3pm , Sat'dee, June 15, 2019. Note that entries to this swim are online only. There will be no new entries accepted on race day.

Prizes - Nil. This swim is just for fun.
Conditions - There is an at times rambunctious beach break on the south side of the Mona Vale rock shelf, but conditions inside Bongin Bongin Bay generally are quite sheltered. here can be a bit a a dump on the edge, and you swim over reef as you head out of the bay. Water temp in late June should be in the early 20s or maybe late teens.
Minimum age - 10

Applications Open For Youth Led Projects

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Whale On!

During the past few weeks Readers have reported sighting humpback whales, southern right whales and even minke whales off our coasts, whether spotting them from the shores or from boats while out on the water.

It may be early but the ORRCA Whale Census Day is scheduled for June 30th this year and this will be the 20th Whale Census.
For those of you who like spotting whales, this may be an activity you would like to get involved in. Visit HERE.

Entries Open For The Northern Beaches Art Prize

Monday, 13 May 2019: NBC
The Northern Beaches Art Prize is on again. With a prize pool of $27,000 on offer, it is the region’s most prestigious art competition, with a history spanning over 50 years.

The prize is open to all permanent Australian residents, aged 10 years and over. It represents a marvellous opportunity to exhibit your creative talents, while being rewarded for your efforts.

There are four categoriesGeneral, Small Sculpture, Waste-to-Art, and Youth. Entries are now open and close on Monday 24 June, and can be completed online via Council’s website.

Mayor Regan said the competition continues to play an integral role in showcasing the incredible talent of local artists within our own cultural community.

“It’s amazing the calibre of entries from people who may not normally feel inclined to enter art competitions.”

Last year’s General category winner Jacquie Maynard said winning the competition boosted her confidence.

“Having worked on my own for many years, it was really good to have my art acknowledged by others. It was a great feeling to be chosen from some hundreds of entries.

“It was even better that both the judges asked to buy my winning painting on the night, and one of them did.”

“I encourage all would-be artists, young and old, to have a go,” she said.

The competition’s successful entries will be displayed at the Creative Space in North Curl Curl from 9 August to 18 August for General and Small Sculpture, and 30 August to 8 September for Waste-to-Art and Youth.

For information on last year’s winners and their successful entries, please go to Council’s website.

Northern Beaches Art Prize - Categories

General
  • Two-dimensional original paintings or drawings in any medium; printmaking and collage. Excludes sculpture and digitally produced works.
  • Open to artists 19 years and over.

Small Sculpture
  • Freestanding plinth based, non-site-specific, three-dimensional objects. Should not exceed 40cm in any dimension.
  • Open to artists aged 19 years and over. 

Waste-to-Art
  • Original works of art: sculpture, clothing, collage and jewellery. Artworks must be made from reused or recycled materials.
  • Open to artists aged 10 years and over.

Youth
  • Two-dimensional original paintings or drawings in any medium; printmaking and collage. Excludes sculpture and digitally produced works
  • Open to artists in two categories - 10 to 14 years and 15 to 18 years.

Entry Fee
After submitting your Art Prize Entry Form, you will be directed to finalise the payment for your submission. Payment must be made for your submission to be completed.
  • Adult - First entry $35
  • Adult - Subsequent entries $25
  • Concession - $15 (valid student/senior concession card holders must be submitted with entry)

Guns Out For Tombsy Gala Benefit Dinner

The Guns Out for Tombsy Gala Benefit Dinner is being held on Friday June 21, at The Star, Sydney. MC for the event is Phil Kearns, Guest speaker Sam Bailey and you’ll hear from Richard himself...with more announcements to come! This will not be your regular rugby dinner - it promises to be a night of entertainment- so invite your partner, colleagues and friends. 

A Life, a Family, a Community has been changed. It’s time to get your Guns Out and support your mate Tombsy. Tables of 10 are now being sold (no single ticket being sold at present). To purchase go to: www.cvent.com/d/z6qqg8/4W