Community News: March 2017

March 19 - 25, 2017: Issue 305

Articles This Week 

Front Page Issue 305

Pictures: Barrenjoey High Students And Community Break Longest Line Of Surfboards World  Record: Raise Big Funds For DSA

Help Tamara Honour Aussie Debt To The Timorese With Education by Pittwater Friends of Soibada

Around The Bends Newport To Avalon Ocean Swim Challenge:  POSTPONED until Sunday April 9, 2017 don't miss out on being part of History, join the Inaugural First Swim

Aquatics: Sydney Harbour Bridge Celebrates 85th Birthday: A Few Pittwater Connections - That bridge across the harbour turns 85 today, Sunday March 19th. The National Film and Sound Archive has launched an Online Exhibition and we've compiled a few insights too.

Reflections by George Repin: STRASBOURG

Sealink Magnetic Island Race Week - 40th and 80th birthdays for first entrants by Di Pearson

Profile: Bayview - Church Point Residents Association The BCPRA AGM is on Tuesday March 21st, 7.00 p.m. for 7.30, At BYRA - 1842 Pittwater Rd,  Bayview - find out a little more about this local voice for residents, established in 1907, and still going strong

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

ROD MILGATE: Tribute Exhibition at Manly Art Gallery & Museum - with studios at Bilgola, Newport and Avalon, this award winning Artist's works reflect being inspired by his locale - Plus what's coming up at MAG&M: Express Yourself 2017; the Child Artist Response Project; Bernd Heinrich; Gabriella Hirst; SharingStories Foundation - Liz Thompson’s photographs from her A Song for Country series as part of the 2017 Head On Photo and Guringai Festival; and Instrumental: Chuck Bradley

Artist of the Month: March 2017 Jude Rose - Linocut Printmaker, Painter, works that can be added to the home as cushions, lampshades and currently exhibiting at Rust, Avalon Beach, this Teacher of Art began decades of works inspired by nature and a passion for Argentine Tango when born at Darwin.

Around The Bends Swim Challenge Postponed

The Around The Bends Newport To Avalon Ocean Swim Challenge POSTPONED until Sunday April 9th

The surf forecast is not getting any better, and with 6 to 12ft+swell forecast on Sunday the organisers have made the decision to postpone to Sunday 9th April. 



Our first meeting of the year will be held on Tuesday, 11 April and as usual will be held in the Avalon Beach Bowling Club in Bowling Green Lane.

This year for the first time we have decided to schedule our meeting dates for the year – simply, they will be held on the second Tuesday of the months of April, June, September and December.

GOVERNOR PHILLIP AND WEST HEAD BEACH
The prevailing view among historians and writers has long been that Governor Phillip most likely spent his first night in Pittwater at Resolute Beach. In fact there is strong evidence to suggest that West Head Beach is where Phillip, in March 1788, first set foot on land in Pittwater, made first contact with local aborigines on land and camped for two nights.
Geoff and member Roger Sayers have spent a good deal of time at the latter site and, as Phillip would have, approached it by water on several occasions. Recent photographic evidence, along with pertinent documents eg. Lieu. Bradley’s journal and Phillip’s diary, provide for compelling discussion. 

The completed document including photographs, have been submitted for publication in the June issue of ‘History’, the magazine of our parent body, the Royal Australian Historical Society.

We would like to present to the meeting our finished work including  an accompanying photographic essay on the big screen in the Avalon “Bowlo”.

Geoff Searl
President, Avalon Beach Historical Society

Family Outdoor Movie Night Rained Off

Firstly, thank you so much to all of you who bought movie tickets and held on to them for Saturday 18th. We are absolutely devastated that we have to cancel the movie night due to this terrible weather.

Thank you so much to all our vendors, sponsors, supporters and volunteers who reshuffled their schedules to accommodate us for a second time.

The cancellation of this movie is a financial blow for Mums for Mums. We rely on the revenue from these events to continue to support families. 
So we ask a favour....

We are still running the fabulous raffle and if you were going to come along on Saturday night, maybe buy a few raffle tickets to support us. First prize is worth $1100, with over $2000 worth of prizes in total. You can buy the tickets on line at www.trybooking.com/PDDZ

If you choose to hold on to your movie tickets and have them converted into raffle tickets, you will still go into the lucky door prize draw.
Once again thank you all for your understanding and support.

The Mums for Mums Team

Community Strategic Plan - Shape 2028

The Community Strategic Plan will 'help guide local decision making and community participation over the next 10 years'. This phase of engagement will focus on testing the Interim Council under Administration's draft vision, goals and strategies for the region. Residents are invited to Register to attend one of NBC's Shaping the Future Workshops:

Monday 27 March, 6-8pm Manly Golf Club, Balgowlah Road
Thursday 30 March, 6-8pm Forestville RSL, Melwood Avenue
Saturday 1 April, 2-4pm Dee Why Civic Centre, Pittwater Road
Tuesday 4 April, 6-8pm Mona Vale Golf Club, Golf Avenue

NB: spaces are limited.
You can also view the Discussion Paper and provide comments online.

Also Current:

Freshwater Coastal Open Space Master Plan - Comments close 13 April -  to develop a vision for the future revitalisation of the Freshwater Coastal Open Space area. 
Drop in sessions at the playground near Kooloora Avenue:
Wednesday 22 March from 9am - 12pm,
Saturday 25 March from 3pm - 5pm.
You can also Register for a Walking Tour on these dates
You are also invited to nominate to be on a Community Working Group or you can provide ideas on the online discussion forum.
 
Newport West Parking Demand Management Strategy - Submissions close 29 March 2017 

Ocean Street Narrabeen - Proposal to name a reserve. - Submissions close 17 April 201: to name a reserve on Ocean Street, Narrabeen, as ‘The Kirsop Surfrider Gardens'.  

The next Interim Council meeting for 2017 will take place on Tuesday 28 March 2017 at Manly. For further information on any of the above projects please call Dee Why on 9942 2111.

By-Elections Saturday 8 April: Manly, North Shore, Gosford

Since we're surrounded by it anyway!
NB: Labor will not contest either Manly or North Shore - links on candidates names will take you to their websites/webpages on social media, where available, for upcoming by-election.

Manly Candidates
DELEZIO Ron Independent
GRIFFIN James Liberal Party
RIDGE Kathryn Independent
WILLIAMS ROLDAN Clara The Greens 
WRIGHT, Annie Christian Democratic Party (Fred Nile Group)

Gosford Candidates 
BOYD, Abigail     The Greens 
CHURCH, Andrew    Christian Democratic Party (Fred Nile Group)
PILON, Jilly              Liberal Party
TESCH, Liesl             Australian Labor Party

North Shore Candidates
ALICK, Justin                 The Greens 
CORRIGAN, Carolyn Independent
GIBSON, Jilly          Independent
MUTTON, Ian                 Independent
NILE, Sylvana         Christian Democratic Party (Fred Nile Group)
RUFF, Stephen         Independent
WILSON, Felicity         Liberal Party

Beaches Link Plans Revealed

16th March, 2017: NSW Government
The NSW Government has revealed a preferred route for the Beaches Link and Western Harbour tunnels.

The Beaches Link tunnel will connect to the Warringah Freeway, cross underneath Middle Harbour and connect with the Burnt Bridge Creek Deviation at Balgowlah. The Wakehurst Parkway will be upgraded to two lanes each way between Seaforth and Frenchs Forest.

The Western Harbour Tunnel will connect to WestConnex at the Rozelle Interchange, cross underneath Sydney Harbour and connect with the Warringah Freeway at North Sydney.

Motorists using the tunnels will bypass up to 19 sets of traffic lights and cut up to 40 minutes in travel time between Brookvale and the CBD. The tunnels will also slash up to 45 minutes between Manly and Parramatta.

Northern Beaches bus commuters could see travel times reduced by up to 40 per cent and there will be less “rat-running” on local streets.

At this stage of the project, the government has also:
  • started to contact 71 property owners who may be directly impacted by the route
  • committed $77 million to undertake geotechnical work along the route
  • started a market-sounding process involving the private sector to look into funding and delivery options
  • started community information sessions.
Roads and Maritime Services will ensure that people who may be impacted are kept updated around development of the project.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said it had taken two years to make this project a reality.

“The NSW Government is committed to delivering this important project which will reduce congestion along the gridlocked Spit and Military Roads and provide a Sydney Harbour and Anzac Bridge bypass for Western and Southern Sydney motorists,” Ms Berejiklian said.


Barefoot Bowling Social Event

By Avalon Palm Beach Business Chamber Inc.
Date: Friday 31 March 2016
Time: 4.30pm - the game starts at 5pm
Members and their family are invited to enjoy a fun game of barefoot bowl at the Avalon Beach Bowling Club.

Cost: Members: $10 for adults / $5 for children Non members: $20 for adults / $5 for kids
Includes: BBQ dinner & salads, bowls and first drink on arrival

Please email us if you have any dietary requirements.
Book your tickets here

Lifeline Northern Beaches Classic 

The “Lifeline Northern Beaches Classic” is a tag team surfing competition, a charity fundraising event supporting Lifeline Northern Beaches. Sunday 30 April 2017.

Teams consist of 4 surfers per team. Each team commits to running their own fundraising campaign and reaching a fundraising goal of $5,000 per team.

This is a fundraising competition just as much a surfing competition!
Every team will be rewarded with a legend surfer to join their team on the day. The team who raises the most funds at the end of the campaign gets first pick from the pool of pro/ legend surfers on the day. Second place fundraisers get second pick, and so on in order of the fundraising results.
Trophies are presented to the winning fundraising team, and the winning surfing team on the day.

The 2017 Lifeline Classic - a fundraising surf tag competition event, will be held at Dee Why Beach on 30th April.

Get involved or support a team at:

Volunteer Drivers Needed To Help Our Elders Get Out And About 

01 March 2017
Easylink, a local not-for-profit organisation, is calling for new volunteer bus drivers to help meet growing demand from community elders and people with a disability for their community transport service.

Serving the northern beaches for 32 years, Easylink relies on over 60 passionate volunteer drivers to help people who have difficulty using public or private transport get out on social outings with their affordable, door-to-door service.

Rod Smith, a volunteer driver at Easylink said, “Some of our customers are so challenged mobility-wise they’d be isolated if it weren’t for us.

“When I retired two years ago, I knew I had a small window of opportunity to do something for the community, and volunteering at Easylink is rewarding and gives me the social interaction I miss from work.

“I really get a buzz when, after a few of my jokes, I see customers interacting and enjoying themselves!

“I take people on our social outings, so I’ve been to great places such as historic houses, the Blue Mountains, Mount Tomah Botanic Gardens and the Sydney Mounted Police stables.

Volunteer drivers need a C-class licence for Easylink’s cars or a Light Rigid licence to drive their minibuses.

Easylink also welcomes other volunteers, from bus assistants to office staff.

Formerly Manly Warringah Pittwater Community Transport, Easylink has evolved into an organisation with a 20 vehicle fleet, serving over 2000 northern beaches residents with door-to-door transport and care, and public transport travel training.

People interested in volunteering should call Pat Lang, Administration Manager on 9919 0700 or visit easylink.com.au.


Easylink volunteers at  2016 Christmas party - Peter Wilson, Yvonne Vodanov, Diane Hunter, Gaye McLindin, Laurelei Moore, Carolyn Rolfe and Rod Smith

Charity Golf Day 2017

Friday, March 31 at 7:30 AM - 3 PM
Bayview Golf Club
1825 Pittwater Rd, Mona Vale
Join us at beautiful Bayview Golf Club for a morning of golf and fun with lunch to follow. All proceeds go to the projects of Rotary Club of Upper Northern Beaches. We support the Palliative Care Centre at Mona Vale Hospital and other local and international causes.

SPONSORS WANTED!
Support us with a hole sponsorship at $1,500. You’ll get:
  • Sign at the hole and on our sponsor board during lunch acknowledging your support
  • Four registrations for golf and lunch
  • Gift bags and post-match drinks for your players
Other sponsorship levels are also available - each with its benefit to you!

To sign up as a sponsor, call Simon on 0402 037 032.or Patrick 0405 457 950

Golf experience optional! A great day out for men and women of all skill levels!
Format: 4- ball Ambrose / Shotgun start
Teams of four: Register your own team or join one of ours

Golf + Lunch package: $150 per person includes:
  • 18 holes golf (Ambrose format)
  • Morning tea
  • Snack/drinks cart
  • Gift bag
  • Two course lunch
Golf only: $100
Lunch only: $60

To register: Download our PDF registration form here and send it to us with your payment before March 23rd.
Hand your completed form and payment details to an UNB Rotary club member OR drop it at Bayview Golf Club reception during business hours
OR post it to: The Rotary Club of Upper Northern Beaches, P.O. Box 321, Mona Vale N.S.W. 1660
OR scan it and send it as an email attachment to: golfday@rotaryuppernorthernbeaches.org

For more details, email Simon at golfday@rotaryuppernorthernbeaches.org

Coastal Wings

An amazing video by UNSW Water Research Laboratory drone pilot Chris Drummond highlighting some of the amazing footage he captured in 2016 around Sydney and NSW.

Coalition Tackles Local GP Shortage Head On

Joint Media Release
The Hon Dr David Gillespie MP
Assistant Minister for Health
Member for Lyne

Mrs Lucy Wicks MP 
Member for Robertson

17 March 2017
Steps towards solving the shortage of GPs in the Woy Woy area will be announced today after a public forum was called in response to concerns raised by residents and local GPs with the Federal Assistant Minister for Health, Dr David Gillespie and Federal Member for Robertson, Lucy Wicks. 

“Woy Woy has a large proportion of older people, and a high proportion of GPs who are approaching retirement age,” Dr Gillespie said.

“There is also a worrying lack of younger GPs and GP registrars joining local practices. Lucy has insisted we address the issue and I am pleased to say that she has brought me here today and I am keen to hear from local doctors and patients about the problems they are having now and what we may be able to do to attract more young doctors for the future.”

Dr Gillespie, the Minister responsible for health workforce, today announced that the Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network (PHN) will:
  • Collaborate with GP Synergy, the regional training organisation responsible for the placement of AGPT registrars in the area, to develop strategies to increase GP registrar numbers and assess the number of GPs able to provide supervision and mentorship to medical students with consideration to the retirement age of GPs in the area.
  • Evaluate and support GP succession planning, and
  • Circulate information to the broader Central Coast and PHN regions to raise awareness and potential relocation of doctors from more densely populated GP regions.
The forum was called together by Ms Wicks in response to concerns raised by residents and local GPs in the Peninsula area. Dr Gillespie, who spent over 30 years as a medical practitioner in regional Australia, said that the Government is committed to ensuring that people in Woy Woy and all parts of Australia had access to the workforce they need.

Ms Wicks said she was keen to hear firsthand from local people about their experiences in accessing GP services.

“If patient books are closed and GPs are reducing their workloads, this can cause issues especially for people who are new to the area.”

“Obviously if patients are finding it hard to get a doctor’s appointment, I want to know why,” she said. 

The chief executive of the PHN, Richard Nankervis, will also attend the forum. Dr Gillespie and Mrs Wicks said they were hopeful that the PHN would be able to use feedback from today’s forum to fine tune its activities and strategies to ensure adequate access to GP care in future. The group will also raise the issue and seek advice from the Association of Medical Recruiters Australia & New Zealand.

Almost 20 per cent of people in the Robertson electorate are 65 years or older, compared to the national average of almost 15 per cent. In 2014-15, the Government provided $1.1 million in incentive payments to general practices in the electorate of Robertson to encourage better access or patients, better health outcomes and other improvements.

“The Government takes this issue very seriously and provides generous incentives to doctors to move and stay in areas where they are needed most,” Dr Gillespie said.

Dr Gillespie also said the new Central Coast Medical School would operate as a branch facility of the University of Newcastle and would provide additional medical students and young doctors, when it became operational. The Federal Government has committed $32.5 million to the medical school, which will be co-located with Gosford Hospital.

Donations Of Surfboards Needed

Do you have a surfboard hiding in your garage that you never use? 
Grass Skirt Project is collecting donated surfboards to send to Papua New Guinea to encourage and enable local people to participate in surfing. If you have a board or any other gear (legropes, fins, deck pads, rashies, boardies, swimsuits etc) that you’re willing to part with and send to a new home in Papua New Guinea, please drop them off at 
Line Up Surf 26 Clyde Rd, Dee Why NSW 2099, Monday to Sunday 9.00am - 6.00pm. 

Go to www.grassskirproject.org/surfboardsforpng.html for more info or email tahina@grassskirtproject.org or sofia@grassskirtproject.org if you are unable to drop surfboards off at the donation point.

Petition: Keep Maternity Services In Mona Vale! 

As many of you may know both Manly and Mona Vale hospitals are due to be closed towards the end of 2018 and replaced by the large hospital currently under construction in Frenchs Forest. This means losing both the maternity units from our local hospitals as all services are transferred to the new site, creating a gap in maternity services and further limiting local women’s choices regarding where they choose to give birth.

This petition seeks to provide a platform for our voices to finally be heard. It has long been proven by countless research studies that midwifery-led continuity of care models for low-risk women SHOULD be the gold standard of maternity care. Why should women accept any less? As a community, we want to see a midwifery-led freestanding birth centre that provides continuity of midwifery care and CHOICE for families on the Northern Beaches.

We are concerned that the commute to the new hospital in Frenchs Forest will put women at risk due to travel time during peak traffic and the flooding that occurs during heavy rain on the main access route to the new hospital. Studies have already proven that the closure of maternity units across Australia has been significantly associated with increased 'birth before arrival' (BBA) rates. The distribution of studies undertaken has not been limited to rural and remote areas, but includes large urban populations. Given the high risk of adverse maternal and neonatal outcomes associated with BBA, it is time to stand up against the closure of units.

A birth centre that is based at Mona Vale Hospital, centrally located on the beaches would allow women with low risk pregnancies the option of Midwifery Continuity of Care which research also shows to be cost-saving. In 2012 a multimillion-dollar investment was made to upgrade and modernise the Mona Vale maternity unit. The investment has been made in the right location already. We therefore propose that the Northern Beaches Health Service Redevelopment (Mona Vale Hospital site) be the ideal location for such a service.

This is such an important issue! It is a fundamental human right to have CHOICE when it comes to childbirth.

Both local and regional support is welcome, you may not use this service or live on the beaches but if we rally together for the future we can see this dream become a reality for our daughters, granddaughters and the wider community as a whole.

We need to be heard, but to be heard we need your voices! We need as many voices as possible so that NSW Government take notice. Please,sign and share this petition today and be the change.


The 2017 Community War Memorials Fund (CWMF) Is Offering Grants Of Up To $10,000

by NSW Government
The CWMF will assist local communities to protect, repair and improve the accessibility of war memorials, statues, honour rolls, and memorial halls which commemorate the Anzac legacy.

Funding applications can be made up until Anzac Day and will be assessed by the State War Memorials Committee.

Minister for Veterans Affairs David Elliott said it was important that young people understood the sacrifices made during World War I to ensure their legacy lives on.

“I sincerely encourage all communities who believe their local memorial needs a bit of love or protection to apply for a grant,” Mr Elliott said.

Last year, the CWMF allocated $250,000 to projects across NSW, which included the re-painting of the Bellata War Memorial Hall near Narrabri and repairs to the Maclean Cenotaph near Grafton.

Other projects included a conservation assessment for the Broken Hill War Memorial and the installation of protection barriers around the Boer War Memorial and WWII RAAF Memorial in Lismore.

Find out more about the Community War Memorials Fund and how to apply

More Than $2.6 Million For Local Heritage 

Monday, 13 February 2017: Media Release - Gabrielle Upton, Minister for Heritage
Communities can apply for more than $2.6 million in funding to help protect and preserve heritage items listed on their council’s Local Environmental Plan, Heritage Minister Gabrielle Upton announced today. 

Ms Upton said the funding was available under the NSW Government’s second round of Heritage Activation Grants, designed for local government, businesses and community organisations to reactivate and preserve local heritage spaces and precincts.

“This program aims to build on the knowledge and connection communities have with their heritage – communities know their heritage better than anyone,” Ms Upton said.

 “The program acknowledges the important role owners and managers of locally listed heritage items play in communities across NSW.” 

Heritage Activation Grants, part of an $8 million three year NSW Government investment in local heritage protection, are open to owners and managers of local heritage items listed on their council’s Local Environmental Plan. 

“Some of the proposals funded in the first round included a project to improve public access at Wingham Library and a plan to revitalise the Lachlan Railway Heritage Centre’s entrance,” Ms Upton said. 

Applications open today and close on Friday 21 April. 

Draft Education And Child Care SEPP

February 3rd, 2017: Department of Planning and Environment
Child care and education infrastructure lays the foundations for our children’s learning from their earliest years through to their adult careers. The NSW Government is committed to providing high quality educational environments that support the learning needs of every student.
 
NSW needs to invest in high quality and cost-effective early childhood education and care facilities, schools, TAFEs and universities to nurture young minds, educate and train our future leaders and innovators and deliver a skilled workforce.
 
The NSW Government is proposing changes to the planning system to make it easier for education and child care providers to build high-quality facilities.
 
The NSW Government is proposing to introduce a new education-based State Environmental Planning Policy.
 
The proposed Education and Child Care SEPP proposes changes that will make it easier for child-care providers, schools, TAFEs and universities to build new facilities and improve existing ones by streamlining the planning process to save time and money and deliver greater consistency across NSW. The proposed SEPP balances the need for delivery of additional educational infrastructure with a focus on good design.

Key aims of this SEPP

The proposed SEPP aims to:
•  streamline the planning system for education and child care facilities including changes to exempt and complying development;
• NSW will be the first State to bring Commonwealth Laws regulating early childhood education and care into a state planning system;
• brings the Department of Education into the planning process early, and gives child care providers and developers information, from the beginning regarding all national and state requirements for new child care services;
• streamline the delivery of new schools and upgrading existing facilities, with a focus on good design; and
• assist TAFEs and universities to expand and adapt their specialist facilities in response to the growing need, and to maintain our reputation for providing world class tertiary education, while allowing for more flexibility in the use of their facilities.

• Explanation of Intended Effects (297 KB PDF)
• Draft State Environmental Planning Policy (Educational Establishments and Child Care Facilities) 2017 (484 KB PDF)
• Draft Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (Schools) Regulation 2017 (184 KB PDF)
• Draft Amendment to the Standard LEP for child care (154 KB PDF)
• Draft Environmental Assessment Code of Practice (256 KB PDF)
• Draft Planning circular on student caps (98 KB PDF)
• Draft Child Care Planning Guideline (6.3 MB PDF)
• Draft Better Schools Design Guide (3.7 MB PDF)
FAQs
• Education and Child Care SEPP FAQ (General) (783 KB PDF)
• Education and Child Care SEPP FAQ (Child Care) (825 KB PDF)
• Education and Child Care SEPP FAQ (Schools) (429 KB PDF)
• Education and Child Care SEPP (Tertiary) (267 KB PDF)

You can view the proposed SEPP online and make a submission until 24 March 2017
 
If you cannot lodge your submission online, you can write to:
 
Director, Industry and Infrastructure Policy
Department of Planning and Environment
PO Box 39 
Sydney NSW 2001
We will publish your submission online. That’s why it’s important to read our privacy statement at www.planning.nsw.gov.au/privacy
 
More information 
Call our Information Centre on 1300 305 695. If English isn’t your first language, please call 131 450. Ask for an interpreter in your language and then request to be connected to our Information Centre on 1300 305 695.


Schools
Planning for schools
 
The proposed SEPP will streamline and simplify the planning requirements for educational facilities across the State.
 
These reforms will make it much easier for public and non-government schools to implement a wide range of improvements and expansions to schools, such as upgrading sports fields, building a new library, and offering before and after school care services.
 
High quality design will be a key focus of the proposed planning improvements to ensure that new educational infrastructure enhances communities, delivers greater energy efficiency and contributes to healthy lifestyles for children.

How the changes will work
Having access to quality early childhood education is vital for the development of our children and for the growth of the NSW economy.
 
These reforms will make it much easier for public and non-government schools to implement a wide range of improvements and expansions to schools such as, upgrading sports fields, building a new library, and offering before and after school care services.

What school development is Exempt Development?
The exempt development provisions for schools are intended to enable minor works to be undertaken within school grounds without planning approval provided that certain development standards are met.
 
Examples of works that may be permitted as exempt development include:
• one storey portable classrooms and amenities buildings
• out of school hours care in existing buildings for primary school children
• removal of trees that pose a risk
• landscaping and routine maintenance works
• play equipment, sporting fields and courts, walking paths, seats, shelters and shade structures
• demolition of certain buildings that are not a heritage buildings or in a heritage conservation area.

What school development is Complying Development?
In order to install additional classrooms and educational facilities quickly, in response to increased student numbers, straightforward developments will be permitted as complying development.
 
They will have fast track assessment process by an accredited certifier to determine if they meet pre-determined development standards.
 
The types of complying development proposed to be permitted within the boundaries of an existing school include:
• construction of buildings for educational uses such as classrooms, a library, administration, school hall, gymnasium, canteen or a child care facility
• a covered outdoor learning area
• a car park
• demolition of a buildings that have an area no greater than 250 square metres
• minor alterations or additions to existing buildings
• restoration, replacement or repair of damaged facilities.
 
Schedule 2 of the proposed SEPP lists the required development standards that must be complied with, including a maximum height limit of four storeys and 22m, minimum side and rear setbacks and requirements for landscaping.
 
There are also requirements for the design of schools and assessment of traffic impacts to be done before an application for a complying development certificate is lodged.

What school developments can be done without development consent?
Certain small scale developments can be done without a development consent from a consent authority, but will require the person carrying out the development to undertake environmental assessment of the likely impacts of the proposed activity.
 
The types of development that will be permitted to be carried out without consent in connection with existing schools include:
• one storey buildings for school purposes such as a library, administration, a classroom, a tuckshop, cafeteria or bookshop
• a car park that is not more than one storey high
• an outdoor learning or play area and associated awnings or canopies
• minor alterations or additions, such as internal fitouts, or to address occupational health and safety requirements or to provide access for people with a disability
• restoration, replacement or repair of damaged facilities
• demolition of buildings or structures.
 
A Code of Practice has been developed to ensure that private school operators undertake the required environmental assessment properly. The Code also sets out requirements for consulting with councils, neighbours and other interested parties on proposed private school developments.
 
Development undertaken without consent cannot significantly increase student numbers at schools, and any existing conditions of development consent that may apply to a tertiary institution must be complied with.

What school developments need a development application?
The proposed SEPP will permit development for the purpose of a school to be carried out with consent in prescribed zones.
 
All new schools and major expansions of existing schools with a project value of $20 million or more will require a State significant development (SSD) application, which is assessed and determined by the Minister for Planning. Other school developments with a value less than $20 million and that require consent will need a development application to be lodged with the relevant council.

DoggieRescue.com

Pets of the Week

Louise                          Thelma
AGE/SEX: 8 years / F                            AGE/SEX: 10 years / F
BREED: Chihuahua X                            BREED: Chihuahua X


Thelma and Louise are a bonded pair who like to cuddle up in the same bed. They may be mother and daughter. They are amazingly active but importantly want to have their humans around. Thelma is particularly clingy. They are sweet natured, easy to handle and both very social with other dogs. They have just had a dental and are feeling so much better for it! Thelma weighs a tiny 1.8kg and Louise weighs 3.3kg.

They come desexed, C5 vaccinated, heartworm free and microchipped. Their adoption cost is $850. 

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

Easter Break

Pittwater Online's Issue 308, published Sunday April 9, 2017, will contain all Events Notices for Easter 2017, and include ANZAC Day 2017 Commemoration Services listings.

Issue 309 will be published Sunday April 23rd. 

Please ensure you have any Notices and Events for that fortnight to us by 6 a.m., April 9th, for the 308th Issue Notice to Subscribers. 
The office will be attended only part-time until April 20th.

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Includes West Pittwater Community Association AGM

Sunday March 19 - 11.00am
West Pittwater Fire Shed - Elvina Bay

Bayview-Church Point Residents Association AGM

Tuesday March 21st
7.00 p.m. for 7.30
At BYRA
1842 Pittwater Rd, 
Bayview 

Speakers – Hon. Rob Stokes
Dick Persson AM

We invite all adult residents of Bayview and Church Point to become members of the Residents Association.

Whether you are a new member or looking to renew your membership with us, please download the Subscription Form below, complete the details and return to us at either bvcpra@gmail.com or the postal address on the form.


Newport Residents Association March 2017 Meeting

The next meeting of the Newport Residents Association will be held onTuesday 21st March 2017 at the Newport Community Centre, The Boulevard Newport at 7 pm.

We normally meet each month however we have a break from formal meetings during January. Should you have any business or issues that need dealing with at this time of the year please just contact us using the ‘Contact Us’ facility and our committee will follow up.

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

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

Next Meeting Tuesday 21st March 2017

Community Safety Matters Barrenjoey Road Between Beaconsfield St & Bardo Rd

March 18, 2017
At the July 2016 NRA meeting there were a number of concerns raised regarding this stretch of Barrenjoey road regarding the safety of children crossing to the school, cars trying to cross or turn onto Barrenjoey Rd not at lights, cars doing U turns and similar.   Some of the  suggestions so far were;
  • Should there be timed lights at the corner of Queens Parade for school children during school hours?
  • Adequacy of footpath for parents with prams and children at the Beaconsfield St lights intersection
  • Should there be a ‘U’ turn prohibition at the Queens Parade intersection?
  • Should there be a turning bay at the Gladston Street intersection for cars turning South (up the hill) onto Barrenjoey Rd?
  • Should there be clever planting of low shrubs on the Barrenjoey Rd median strip?
The purpose of this web site post is to get comments from members or any resident as to their suggestion/recommendations by making a COMMENTHERE (where provided) so that at the next NRA meeting the matter can be discussed and a proposal agreed upon to then take up with the council and relevant authorities.

Website: newport.org.au

Avalon Boomerang Bags

Avalon Boomerang Bags Boxes have been launched onto our streets for over 8 months now and I thought it might be a good time to review a few things.

Firstly, Avalon Boomerang Bags works like a bag library, just like our lovely Avalon (book) Library, only for reusable bags.
It would be great if we ALL remembered our reusable shopping bags ALL the time, but we don't. 
So if you forget yours :
find a Boomerang Bags Box (locations listed below) and
grab your "Borrow and Bring Back" Boomerang Bags.
Do your shopping without needing plastic bags.
Don't forget to pop some bags back in the box  when you get a chance so the library doesn't run out.

That's why they're called Boomerang bags....they Boomerang Back.
If you love the bags so much , you would like to keep some, you are welcome to purchase some of our "Bought to Support" Boomerang Bags, contact us for details.

Boomerang Bag Boxes are currently located at:
Avalon Organics
Hertfords Chemist
Beach General
Avalon Fresh
Johnson Bros Mitre 10
Avalon Village Meats
and Organic Avenues at Bilgola Plateau.

For those of you that would like to get more involved with this great community initiative making it free and easy to rid Avalon of single use plastic bags and protect our environment there are lots of ways to help.
Perhaps you can join us at a workshop:
Tuesdays 11am-5pm 
Sew craft cook
20/14 Polo Ave
Mona Vale

follow us on facebook 
instagram: @avalonboomerangbags

Palm Beach & Whale Beach Association Inc. 2017 AGM

Notice of the 99th Annual General Meeting
on Tuesday 9th May, 2017 at 7.00 pm at Club Palm Beach

Preliminary AGENDA

Welcome by the President: Dr. Richard West
Apologies
Confirmation of the minutes of the 2016 AGM
These minutes have been previously approved by the Committee

Business arising from the minutes
Treasurer’s report: Doug Maher, and the tabling for signature of the Annual Statement to Department of Community Affairs by the Public Officer.
President’s Report
Election of Office Bearers 
An updated Agenda will be issued closer to the date.



NBI are delighted to partner with Dr Michael Zilibowitz (Developmental & Behavioural Paediatrician and Sector Director Northern Beaches Child & Family Health Services) to share the ‘WWW’ program, a child led intervention, as a tool for supporting siblings.


When: Friday, 31st March 2017
Time: 10.30am -12.30pm Place: Dalwood Children’s Services 21 Dalwood Ave, Seaforth 2092 
Cost: Free
RSVP: Louise on 9970 0500 or louise@nbi.org.au
Refreshments Provided.

Basketball at St Luke's is back again this year, making it the fourth year we have partnered with St Luke's Grammar School in Dee Why.

This fantastic social basketball program runs on a Monday afternoon, for individuals with a disability aged 10-18. No previous basketball experience is necessary – all that you need is enthusiasm and a can do attitude.
Places are limited, so if you are keen, contact David on 9970 0500 ordavidt@nbi.org.au.  - Let's shoot some hoops

Government Foul Play Over Election Writs Stopping Independents Raising Campiagn Funds 

March 15, 2017: Media Release -  SOCC
The Premier is accused of serious deception for denying Government action in delaying the issue of by election writs that would allow Independent candidates to raise and spend money on their campaigns as they contest vital by elections in the electorates of North Shore, Manly and Gosford.

Writs must be issued before any Independent candidates for North Shore, Manly and Gosford by elections can spend campaign funds. The Liberal Speaker for the NSW Legislative Assembly, Shelley Hancock has delayed issuing them until March 17. That means the Independents have not been able to spend or raise funds on electoral materials and arrangements for a third of the campaign when normally writs are issued within one week.

Quoted in today’s media the Premier has said she would have preferred the writs to be issued earlier but that was a matter for the Electoral Commission. ”I would love to be able to get stuck into it in a more formal sense.That would have been my preference as well but it’s not a matter that I can decide.”

Save our Council’s Coalition (SOCC) says this statement is seriously flawed.

”If the Premier really would have liked to have had the writs issued earlier then why did her Speaker, Shelley Hancock, say in a March 3 press release that she had written to the Electoral Commissioner ‘advising him of my intention to issue writs on Friday March 17,2017 for a by election to be held on Saturday 8th April in the seats of Manly, Gosford and North Shore.’
“Clearly the words ‘my intention to issue writs’ means the Speaker set the dates which has greatly disadvantaged the Independents campaigns,” SOCC spokesman Phil Jenkyn said.

“This is a scandal. The Premier must have known about it, the Speaker set the date as far back as she could and the Independents were left like shags on a rock with no funding to do what the Government has been doing for three weeks, sending out election material. 

“It’s a disgrace and the voting communities on April 8 should show how wrong this is. The Independents are strongly against Government policy on a number of fronts including council mergers and this act of nobbling is an attempt to sabotage that and candidates funding is disgraceful,” Jenkyn added.

Cliff Side Fun Run

On April 9, 2017

About The Fun Run
This event is run by the AVAAL 4 Life Foundation in collaboration with the Mona Vale Surf Life Saving Club.

To raise much needed funds to directly support of our foundations activities in Mental Health and to support Breast Cancer with our corporate support of the National Breast Cancer Foundation's and their goal of Zero deaths to breast cancer by 2030.

We would like to invite you to come join our annual community based charity Cliff Side Fun Run (or walk), held on Sydney’s Stunning Northern Beaches.

Starting beside the beach at Long Reef, the course takes you up and around the picturesque ocean front taking in Sydney’s most iconic Cliff Side track with the 10k course featuring not 1 but 2 Headlands.

There are two Fun Runs on the same day. A 10km run for a great challenge, and a 3km family friendly course - PLUS an amazing Family Festival.

Our events attract all walks of life: young and old, fit or not, from near and far.

Become a Cliffside Sponsor
We would like to invite you to join us as a sponsor of the annual community based charity Cliff Side Fun Run – Contact Us. info@avaalgroup.com 

Find out more and sign up at: cliffsidefunrun.com.au


B-Line Community Notification: Mona Vale Service Investigations

March 2017 

Available to download (334 KB) (pdf)
Service investigation work at Mona Vale
To deliver a new B-Line bus service, a program of works is proposed along the corridor from the Northern Beaches to the CBD including roadworks, new bus stops, new commuter car parking facilities and improvements to commuter, pedestrian and cycling links.

What’s happening at Mona Vale?
At Mona Vale, the B-Line program includes new northbound and southbound B-Line bus stops and the conversion of the existing Beeby Reserve car park to an unrestricted commuter car park.

Service investigation work
From mid-March 2017, we will be doing service investigation work at Barrenjoey Road, Mona Vale. This work should take around 21 days to complete, weather permitting. The work will involve potholing and saw cutting to locate services. The map below highlights the work locations.

Out of hours work
Most of the work will be carried out during the day from 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 1pm Saturday. Some night time work will be required to minimise traffic impacts ensure the safety of road users. Night work will be carried out from 8pm to 5am.

How will the work affect you?
There will be some noise associated with this work but every effort will be made to minimise noise impacts, including noise barriers, the use of vehicles fitted with reversing squawkers (not beepers) and the selective use of noisy machinery. Concrete saw cutters will be used intermittently to provide respite periods.

Temporary fencing, traffic control, and signs will ensure public safety is maintained. Please exercise caution nearby to the site and follow the direction of traffic control and temporary signs.

Traffic changes
There will be traffic restrictions at the intersection and traffic control will be in place to manage traffic flows. Please keep to speed limits and follow the direction of traffic controllers and signs. For the latest traffic updates, you can call 132 701, visit livetraffic.com or download the Live Traffic NSW App.

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

NBN – Older Apple Macs

As the NBN is rolled out in Avalon various problems and frustrations emerge.

It appears older Apple Macs are not compatible with the new routers and need to have protocols switched off. Residents are annoyed that the NBN purveyors do not tell you this and you have to get expert advice, at a cost.

Mac and Me, Newport have helped other residents encountering this problem.

Our thanks to Alex McTaggart for bringing this to our attention.

Call To Local Councils As Floodplain Management Grants Open For Applications

Media release: 16 March 2017
Grant funding to assist councils in carrying out floodplain management projects to help manage flood risk open for applications today, announced the NSW Government.

The Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) Executive Director Ian Hunter said grant funding is available to assist local government with flood studies, flood risk management studies and plans and major projects such as flood levees, gates, warning systems and house raising and purchase in high risk areas, under the 2017-18 Floodplain Management Program.

“This grant program funds important projects that assess risk and help reduce flood impacts across NSW,” Mr Hunter said.

“I encourage local councils to apply for this funding round. Applications close on 27 April 2017.

“The last funding round supported forty-four projects which shared $6.72 million.

“This grant program supports the implementation of the NSW Flood Prone Land Policy which aims to reduce the impacts of flooding and flood liability on communities,” Mr Hunter said.

Local councils, county councils and other government bodies with floodplain risk management responsibilities (refer to program guidelines) equivalent to those of local councils are eligible to apply.

Further information and application forms are available here: 

Building The Readiness Of The Non-Government Sector For The NDIS – NSW Audit Office Report Released

15 March, 2017: NSW Government Dept. of Family & Community Services
On 23 February 2017 the NSW Audit Office report- ‘Building the readiness of the non-government sector for the NDIS’ was tabled in Parliament.

The report found that FACS has effectively expanded the overall capacity of the non-government disability sector in preparation for the NDIS. The report’s findings are a testament to the sustained, collaborative effort and investment in the disability sector over the past 10 years in NSW.

FACS is committed to implementing all four recommendations of the report. The report outlined the following recommendations:
  • Work with the Australian Government, NDIA and other NSW Government agencies to identify gaps and develop the capacity of specialist clinical services, focusing on regional and rural areas.
  • Continue to implement projects to increase the number of organisations that can support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and culturally and linguistically diverse communities.
  • Target remaining capability building assistance to less prepared providers, including via one-to-one support and mentoring in identified areas of weakness.
  • Continue working with the Australian Government and the NDIA to ensure lessons from sector capability programs are shared.
FACS’ formal response to the report, and more information on how the recommendations will be addressed, is available on the NSW Audit Office website.

FACS will continue to work in partnership with the Commonwealth and the NDIA throughout the remainder of the NDIS transition period.

2017 NSW Training Awards Nominations

March 13, 2017: NSW Government
Nominate an outstanding individual, employer or training organisation before 24 March 2017. 
he NSW Training Awards are conducted by Training Services NSW and recognise the achievements of individuals, employers and training organisations involved in Vocational Education and Training (VET).

Award categories for individuals include:
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year Award
  • Apprentice of the Year Award
  • School-based Apprentice of the Year Award
  • Trainee of the Year Award
  • VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year Award
  • VET in Schools Student of the Year Award
  • Vocational Student of the Year Award
Deputy Premier and Minister for Skills, John Barilaro, said the NSW Training Awards are the premier recognition for Vocational Education and Training (VET) in NSW.

“These awards provide a platform for us to celebrate the achievements of all those involved in the success of Smart and Skilled – the government’s training framework which provides eligible students in NSW with access to high-quality, affordable training that meets the needs of industry and which leads to jobs,” he said.

Winners from the NSW Training Awards will be announced in September. The winners have the opportunity to compete with other states and territories to be named the best in Australia at the Australian Training Awards.

Nominations via the Training Services NSW website close on Friday 24 March 2017.

Boating Anthology Seeks Contributors

Calling all ladies who have ever been on any boat. Do you have a story to tell about a boating experience - funny? Serious? Motivational? Whatever? If you have would you like to have it published in book form as part of an anthology. There is no cost involved.
 
If you answered yes then Frances Black and Margi Law’s project is for you. They are both published authors.

Each year or so they choose a theme that they would like to write about themselves. They then assemble a group of like-minded contributors. Each person writes their own story. Frances and Margi edit and produce a published book available on Amazon. The price will be set as low as Amazon will permit.

If you want to buy a copy then you purchase one on Amazon. 

The motivation is the pleasure of writing and providing a legacy for family and community of the contributors. If you are interested in learning more please email fran@blacks.id.au


Coasts & Ports 2017 is an event that will be of interest to any person with a professional interest in the coastal environments and all aspects of ports both major and minor. The Conference will bring together engineers, planners, scientists and researchers to focus on the technological, scientific, policy, planning and design issues related to our diverse and developing coasts. It will integrate ideas and knowledge among engineers, port and maritime operators, researchers and scientists, local/central government, maritime manufacturers, planners and policy makers and media.

The Conference theme "Working with Nature" reflects the increasing recognition of the need to design and operate projects from a perspective that places the natural environment at the forefront of the project, to benefit the community and nature.

March 12 - 18, 2017: Issue 304

Articles This Week 

Front Page Issue 304Turimetta Beach, 2017 NSW Surf Life Saving Championships, Swell Sailing Sydney Harbour's Manly Circle +

Pittwater Woman of the Year 2017: Deborah Carter-Hendy

Flames And Fear: A Hands-On Account Of The Carwoola Fires by Lynleigh Greig - assisting ACT Wildlife Care volunteers to care for native animals

Aquatics: 2017 NSW Surf Life Saving Opens Championships at Blacksmiths Beach - reports and photos by SLS NSW

Pictures: 2017 NSW Surf Life Saving Masters Championships at Blacksmiths Beach - reports and photos by SLS NSW

Farr 40 2016/17 John Calvert-Jones National Championship - Reports by Lisa Ratcliff and photos by Crosbie Lorimer

Airlie Beach Race Week Entries Open: Top Gun First In by Di Pearson

DIY Ideas One To Two Day DIY Weekend Spruce Ups - front door, decks, letterboxes, garden edgings, even installing solar powered lights or some potted colour will brighten up your Autumn and set your home well for Winter

Profile: Volker Klemm has a lot of passion for sharing what is great about a surf club by dreaming up, and putting into action, plans that make for great events to open up that club to the community. When not in the great blue outdoors he is trying to extend the great green outdoors for people through Landscape Design.

A great love of ocean swimming, given to him through joining Avalon Beach SLSC, has inspired him to give and continue giving back to is community this same experience of the saltwater world and raise funds to support saving lives on Avalon Beach.

The latest event to be added to the Ocean Swims calendar is the Inaugural Around The Bends Newport To Avalon Ocean Swim Challenge, to be run on Sunday March 19th, and is a swim Volker has done many times. This week he shares a small insight into where this love of all things aquatic and community focused began

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

Around The Bends Newport To Avalon Ocean Swim Challenge - March 19, 2017: don't miss out on being part of History, join the Inaugural First Swim 

ROD MILGATE: Tribute Exhibition at Manly Art Gallery & Museum - with studios at Bilgola, Newport and Avalon, this award winning Artist's works reflect being inspired by his locale - Plus what's coming up at MAG&M: Express Yourself 2017; the Child Artist Response Project; Bernd Heinrich; Gabriella Hirst; SharingStories Foundation - Liz Thompson’s photographs from her A Song for Country series as part of the 2017 Head On Photo and Guringai Festival; and Instrumental: Chuck Bradley

Artist of the Month: March 2017 Jude Rose - Linocut Printmaker, Painter, works that can be added to the home as cushions, lampshades and currently exhibiting at Rust, Avalon Beach, this Teacher of Art began decades of works inspired by nature and a passion for Argentine Tango when born at Darwin.

B-Line Community Notification: Mona Vale Service Investigations

March 2017 

Available to download (334 KB) (pdf)
Service investigation work at Mona Vale
To deliver a new B-Line bus service, a program of works is proposed along the corridor from the Northern Beaches to the CBD including roadworks, new bus stops, new commuter car parking facilities and improvements to commuter, pedestrian and cycling links.

What’s happening at Mona Vale?
At Mona Vale, the B-Line program includes new northbound and southbound B-Line bus stops and the conversion of the existing Beeby Reserve car park to an unrestricted commuter car park.

Service investigation work
From mid-March 2017, we will be doing service investigation work at Barrenjoey Road, Mona Vale. This work should take around 21 days to complete, weather permitting. The work will involve potholing and saw cutting to locate services. The map below highlights the work locations.

Out of hours work
Most of the work will be carried out during the day from 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 1pm Saturday. Some night time work will be required to minimise traffic impacts ensure the safety of road users. Night work will be carried out from 8pm to 5am.

How will the work affect you?
There will be some noise associated with this work but every effort will be made to minimise noise impacts, including noise barriers, the use of vehicles fitted with reversing squawkers (not beepers) and the selective use of noisy machinery. Concrete saw cutters will be used intermittently to provide respite periods.

Temporary fencing, traffic control, and signs will ensure public safety is maintained. Please exercise caution nearby to the site and follow the direction of traffic control and temporary signs.

Traffic changes
There will be traffic restrictions at the intersection and traffic control will be in place to manage traffic flows. Please keep to speed limits and follow the direction of traffic controllers and signs. For the latest traffic updates, you can call 132 701, visit livetraffic.com or download the Live Traffic NSW App.

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

Rockfisher Drowns On Northern Beaches

Sunday 12 March 2017 by Surf Life Saving NSW
An early morning fishing trip turned to tragedy on Sunday with one man drowning and his friends requiring rescuing after they were washed into the water near North Head.

The group were fishing at Bluefish Point when they got into difficulty shortly before 6:30am.

Following reports of at least three people in the water, a multi-agency response was launched with Water Police, Paramedics, and Sydney Northern Beaches Duty Officers all attending.

Lifesavers from Manly also prepared the Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) to assist but were not required.

All three men were pulled from the water by Police with two wearing lifejackets. The third man understood to be a 23-year-old foreign national was not wearing a lifejacket, and was unresponsive when he was rescued.

CPR was immediately commenced with the first responders rushing him back to short. Unfortunately all efforts to revive the man were unsuccessful.

The remaining two members of the group were assessed by Paramedics and later transported to hospital for observation.

Conditions at Bluefish Point at the time of the incident have been described as “challenging” with a swell of between 3-4 foot breaking over the rock platform.

In a separate incident also on Sunday at Cape Solander near Botany Bay a man aged in his 20s narrowly escaped drowning while rock fishing thanks to the vigilance of his friend who threw him an angle ring which was located nearby.

The man was washed off the rock platform shortly before 7am with Council Lifeguards, the Off Shore Rescue Boat, a Sydney Duty Officer, Paramedics, and Police all tasked to attend. He wasn’t wearing a lifejacket at the time, but emerged from the water unscathed thanks to the fortuitously placed lifesaving device.

The two incidents so close together add to the frustrations of the lifesaving community particularly in light of NSW Government’s 12 month trial of mandatory lifejackets in the Randwick Local Government Area.

“The tragedy of this situation is that rock fishing fatalities are preventable – the data is clear and it’s consistent. Lifejackets save lives and in the vast majority of successful rescues involving our lifesavers the fisher is wearing a lifejacket,” said NSW Operations Manager Andy Kent.

“As one of the peak water safety bodies in NSW, Surf Life Saving is unwavering in its support for any initiative that makes this recreational activity safer.

“These deaths impact on the volunteers who are called on to assist and the wider community. It is incredibly disappointing that there are those within the fishing community who continue to be vocal in their opposition to mandatory lifejackets and in doing so have hijacked the debate away from safety messages that could potentially save someone’s life.”

General Rock Fishing Safety Tips:

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

Barefoot Bowling Social Event

By Avalon Palm Beach Business Chamber Inc.
Date: Friday 31 March 2016
Time: 4.30pm - the game starts at 5pm
Members and their family are invited to enjoy a fun game of barefoot bowl at the Avalon Beach Bowling Club.

Cost: Members: $10 for adults / $5 for children Non members: $20 for adults / $5 for kids
Includes: BBQ dinner & salads, bowls and first drink on arrival

Please email us if you have any dietary requirements.
Book your tickets here

Lifeline Northern Beaches Classic 

The “Lifeline Northern Beaches Classic” is a tag team surfing competition, a charity fundraising event supporting Lifeline Northern Beaches. Sunday 30 April 2017.

Teams consist of 4 surfers per team. Each team commits to running their own fundraising campaign and reaching a fundraising goal of $5,000 per team.

This is a fundraising competition just as much a surfing competition!
Every team will be rewarded with a legend surfer to join their team on the day. The team who raises the most funds at the end of the campaign gets first pick from the pool of pro/ legend surfers on the day. Second place fundraisers get second pick, and so on in order of the fundraising results.
Trophies are presented to the winning fundraising team, and the winning surfing team on the day.

The 2017 Lifeline Classic - a fundraising surf tag competition event, will be held at Dee Why Beach on 30th April.

Get involved or support a team at:

Deputy General Manager Resigns

Beth Lawsen, a former Manly Council deputy general manager, has resigned from her position after 28 years in local government. Ms Lawsen –– is the seventh of the eight original deputy general managers appointed when the three local councils were forcibly merged to exit.

In a statement at the most recent council meeting Ms Lawsen said she had decided to retire. 

Ben Taylor, former SHOROC staff member and then a Pittwater deputy general manager, is the last remaining of the original eight.

Carwoola Fires - February 2017 Wildlife Volunteers Rescues 

Read full report by Lynleigh Greig - Flames and Fear: A Hands-On Account Of The Carwoola Fires
on this page and at HERE

Interview With Pittwater MP Rob Stokes 

Published on 5 Mar 2017 by John Illingsworth
Pittwater MP Rob Stokes interviewed (3 March 2017) re Mona Vale hospital, forced council amalgamations, the Mona Vale Place Plan etc.

 Pittwater Offshore Newsletter Update 15/3/2017 

click on Logo: 

To contact Julian:  editor@scotlandisland.org.au

Includes Woody Point Community Association AGM

Sunday March 19 - 11.00am
West Pittwater Fire Shed - Elvina Bay

Palm Beach SLSC At 2017 NSW Championships

The 2017 NSW Masters were held at Blacksmiths Beach, Swansea Belmont in very testing conditions.  This year, we lost a number of our stalwart members though injuries and commitments, which meant we travelled with a smaller team than in the past.

As we are coming to expect, our Palmie team showed the way, coming 10th with only 11 competing members. Palmie (87 points) was the top Pittwater Club with  Mona Vale (60 points) 14th, Newport (42 points) 19th, Warriewood (18 points) 30th and Avalon (5 points) 42nd.

On the first day, the swell was up and the wind strong, which caused major issues for the first water discipline – single skis.  After 2 races, the water events were put on hold a couple of times and then all water events were cancelled for the day.  The beach events started with the 1 and 2 kms runs with our team getting 2 Golds (Quentin Reeve and Tim Gates) and 1 fourth (Tony Way).  In fact, Quentin has also repeated his great effort from last year of winning both his masters age group and the Open 2km run (as he did also at the 2016 and 2017 Sydney Northern Beaches Championships).

The second day started with a reorganisation of the events and the surprising decision to ban all over 60’s from any competition that day. Whilst we all agree that the safety of competitors and officials is paramount, a lot of competitors and officials strongly disagreed with this decision. The inability of over 60’s to be involved caused major havoc to our male teams.

The conditions on the second day were still big and testing and the results rewarded competitors who did solid training and had good skills. Congratulations to Annabelle Chapman with her 2 Golds (her wave to come through the pack and win the board was worth seeing).

We have a great team who travel well. I would like to thank all who went up, especially Doug Ferris (who unfortunately did not get to compete but was a great support), Doug and Sophie Lucas (for coming up to help in the team events), Fi Rae for organising the accommodation (I do not think we could have stayed any closer to the carnivals), Tony Way (for always being there to help despite the fact he was not able to compete on Day 2) as well as Simon Wiadrowski and Andrew Webster (who were a great supporters in the teams events).

Special thanks to Andrew Webster for towing up the IRB and Tim and Dylan for offering to act as IRB driver and crew for the masters only to have the races cancelled before your slots. 

We hope to see our stalwarts return for next year and would love to see more members join our great team and have fun whilst improving their skills and fitness.

Final: overall position 10th – 87 points: 4 x 1sts, 4 x 2nds, 6 x 3rds
Karen Begg: 150 yrs Ski Relay – 2nd, 150 yrs Board Relay – 2nd, 55 – 59 Ironman – 4th, 55 – 59 Board – 2nd
Annabelle Chapman: 150 yrs Surf Teams –  3rd, 150 yrs Taplin – 2nd, 150 yrs Ski Relay – 2nd, 150 yrs Board Relay – 2nd, 50 – 54 Double Ski – 1st, 55 – 59 Flags – 6th, 55 – 59 Ironman – 3rd, 55 – 59 Board – 1st
Doug Ferris: Tim Gates: 55 – 59 2km run – 1st, 55 – 59 Ironman – 3rd
Fi Rae: 150 yrs Surf Teams –  3rd, 150 yrs Taplin – 2nd, 150 yrs Ski Relay – 2nd, 150 yrs Board Relay – 2nd, 50 – 54 Taplin – 6th, 50 – 54 Ski – 2nd, 50 – 54 Board – 5th, 50 – 54 Beach Flags – 4th, 50 – 54 Double Ski – 1st
Quentin Reeve: 30 – 34 2 km run – 1st
Adriaan van der Wallen: 50 – 54 Surf – 3rd, 50 – 54 Surf – 3rd,  50 - 54 Board – 5th
Di van Ooi: 150 yrs Surf Teams –  3rd, 150 yrs Taplin – 2nd, 50 – 54 Surf – 6th, 50 – 54 Taplin – 3rd
Tony Way: 60 – 64 1 km run – 4th
Andrew Webster: competed
Simon Wiadrowski: competed
Doug Lucas: competed

Gordon Lang
Masters Captain, Palm Beach SLSC

NBN – Older Apple Macs

As the NBN is rolled out in Avalon various problems and frustrations emerge.

It appears older Apple Macs are not compatible with the new routers and need to have protocols switched off. Residents are annoyed that the NBN purveyors do not tell you this and you have to get expert advice, at a cost.

Mac and Me, Newport have helped other residents encountering this problem.

Our thanks to Alex McTaggart for bringing this to our attention.

Pittwater Mens Probus Club March 2017 Speaker

Tuesday 14th March 2017 at 11AM
Japanese Submarines in Sydney Harbour
Speaker Noel Phelan
 
Noel Phelan is a volunteer guide at the Sydney Maritime Museum and will speak about the Japanese submarines that invaded Sydney Harbour in 1942.

In the late afternoon of 31 May 1942 three Japanese submarines, I-22, I-24 and I-27, sitting about seven nautical miles (13 kilometres) out from Sydney Harbour, each launched a Type A midget submarine for an attack on shipping in Sydney Harbour.

The Pittwater Mens Probus Club is directed primarily to providing fellowship between members who are compatible with each other, and the opportunity for development of acquaintance.

Probus is an association for active members of the community, and for those no longer working full time, to join together in clubs for a new lease of life. Its basic purpose is to advance intellectual and cultural interests amongst adult persons; to provide regular opportunities to progress healthy minds and active bodies through social interaction and activities, expand interests and to enjoy the fellowship of new friends.

The Club is restricted to men, but partners of club members and widows of former members are encouraged to participate in the social activities and attend the monthly meeting presentations.

Find out more here: probus.pittwater.org.au

Bayview Church Point Residents Association AGM

Tuesday March 21st
7.00 p.m. for 7.30
At BYRA
1842 Pittwater Rd, 
Bayview 

Speakers – Hon. Rob Stokes
Dick Persson AM

We invite all adult residents of Bayview and Church Point to become members of the Residents Association.

Whether you are a new member or looking to renew your membership with us, please download the Subscription Form below, complete the details and return to us at either bvcpra@gmail.com or the postal address on the form.


Join The Scotland Island Singers
Our Own Community A Capella Choir

You might have seen us at the comedy night singing our Carpark Song. We are a small group of people who enjoy singing together. Our leader is Jessica McGowan who has years of musical experience, loves singing, and brings enthusiasm and fun to the group. 

What do we sing? One silly song about a carpark! Plus some easy songs like rounds, call and response, and more challenging 3-part harmonies. Our material crosses several genres from world music, gospel, folk, classical… the main criteria is that the songs are enjoyable to sing. Acapella mostly (ie. Unaccompanied). It’s about the joy that comes from blending our voices…. And it’s about having fun.

A choir needs some ‘great’ singers, yes. But it also needs some people who aren’t going to feature or do big impressive solos – it needs some singers to stay in the background and just add bulk to the sound. You don’t have to have a big powerful voice, as long as you’re (mostly) in tune!
Next meeting is the 5th of March from 2.15pm-4.30 pm. Following that, March 12th. We meet at a house on the top of the island. A lift can be arranged if needed.

We always have a break for tea and cake. 

Cost- only $10 a week.

For more details, or to get on the mailing list, or join our WhatsApp group, email jessica_mcgowan@yahoo.com.au or call Jessica on 0422 474 279.





CANCELLED

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we have to postpone our ABHS meeting scheduled for Tuesday 14th until a later date.  

Geoff Searl
President, Avalon Beach Historical Society

Boating Anthology Seeks Contributors

Calling all ladies who have ever been on any boat. Do you have a story to tell about a boating experience - funny? Serious? Motivational? Whatever? If you have would you like to have it published in book form as part of an anthology. There is no cost involved.
 
If you answered yes then Frances Black and Margi Law’s project is for you. They are both published authors.

Each year or so they choose a theme that they would like to write about themselves. They then assemble a group of like-minded contributors. Each person writes their own story. Frances and Margi edit and produce a published book available on Amazon. The price will be set as low as Amazon will permit.

If you want to buy a copy then you purchase one on Amazon. 

The motivation is the pleasure of writing and providing a legacy for family and community of the contributors. If you are interested in learning more please email fran@blacks.id.au

Strong Conditions Recommended For Revised Wallarah 2 Proposal

02.03.2017: Departmental Media Release  - Department of Planning and Environment
Conditions addressing the Central Coast’s water resources have been attached to the Department of Planning and Environment’s assessment of the updated Wallarah 2 Coal Project proposal.
 
The independent Planning Assessment Commission (the Commission) will now review the Department’s assessment report which finds the proposed underground mine near Wyong could be approved, with an extensive 78 conditions recommended.
 
Dr Oliver Holm, Executive Director of Resource Assessments and Compliance, said the Department has carefully considered the revised proposal along with the Commission’s first review of the original proposal in 2014, especially recommendations regarding water and subsidence.
 
“We support the Commission’s recommendations and have now strengthened the conditions in our current assessment,” Dr Holm said.
 
“This is in direct response to the Commission’s review and the community’s feedback during the public exhibition period.
 
“New conditions recommended to the Commission by the Department include intensive and comprehensive monitoring of water resources, as well as independent audits of subsidence, surface water and groundwater.
 
“The company should also be required to closely monitor subsidence and be prepared with Trigger Action Response Plans for the proposed mine’s longwalls.
 
“There are also a suite of conditions to manage air quality, noise, impacts to landscape views, biodiversity and Aboriginal heritage.
 
While the updated proposal changed the way the company plans to transport coal from the mine site, the main elements of the original 2012 application remain the same, such as the proposed mine area, mining methods, production rate and mine site infrastructure.
 
“The Department continues to support the project’s potential to create 300 operational jobs, 450 construction jobs, to stimulate the regional Central Coast economy, and to provide $5 million worth of contributions to Central Coast Council for projects benefitting the local community and environment,” he said.
 
“We made sure we undertook an updated assessment of the economic and social benefits of the project under newer and more robust NSW Government guidelines.

“As part of the independent Commission’s second review, a public hearing will be arranged in the near future.”
 
More than 680 submissions were received by the Department during the public exhibition period last year. All were closely considered by the Department in its assessment.
 
To read the Department’s report on the updated proposal, visit the Department’s Major Projects website.

Join The Fight Against Foxes

27 February 2017: Media Release - Greater Sydney Local Land Services
Northern Sydney residents are being urged to join the fight against foxes in the lead up to an autumn baiting program in March.

Run by Greater Sydney Local Land Services in partnership with the Sydney North Vertebrate Pest Committee, National Parks and Wildlife Services and other land management agencies, the annual program coincides with fox cubs leaving the den and adults finding a mate for the winter breeding period.

Greater Sydney Biosecurity Manager Graham Wilson said coordinated, large-scale baiting programs had proven most effective in limiting the impacts of foxes in urban areas.

“Past experience has shown foxes are more likely to take baits in autumn but the support and cooperation of local residents is vital to the program’s success.”

Mr Wilson said there were simple things residents could all do to minimise the impact of foxes.

“Foxes are attracted to food scraps and domestic pets like chickens and rabbits. You can help by ensuring compost bins are properly closed, keeping household rubbish in a secure location, feeding domestic pets inside, ensuring food is not left outside and wherever possible, keeping pets inside overnight.

“Pesticide restrictions mean baiting can’t be undertaken on the average suburban block which is why coordinated programs like this are crucial to limiting the damage foxes can cause to native wildlife, infrastructure, livestock and domestic pets,” he said.

“Keeping yards in check by tidying gardens, weeding to reduce fox harbour and housing backyard chickens in secure, fox-proof enclosures rather than free ranging will also help.”

The Northern Sydney baiting program will be in place until the end of March. It is important for residents to keep their domestic pets away from sign-posted bait sites and walk their dogs on a leash during this time.”

The baiting will take place in The Hills Shire, Northern Beaches, North Sydney, Willoughby, Ku-Ring-Gai, Mosman and Hornsby areas.

For further information contact Greater Sydney Local Land Services on 1300 795 299.

Photo: Fox courtesy James Doumtsis Invasive Animals CRC

Development Application (DA) Service Integration

The interim Northern Beaches Council are integrating and reviewing how Development Application (DA) services are delivered to our community. From pre-lodgement to decision stage, they will be looking at how these services can be delivered better.

The community will have an opportunity to have a say when the proposed changes are exhibited in April. During the exhibition period, we will be holding workshops with the community to discuss the proposed changes.
It’s not often that the community has the chance to contribute right from the outset to the way services are delivered by its council.

For those with an interest in this area, you are encouraged to register your email address with so you can be updated at key stages in the project.
 
February 2017
Development Application (DA) Service Integration is currently at this stage
Workshops with Strategic Reference Group members

March 2017
this is an upcoming stage for Development Application (DA) Service Integration
Council meeting - outlining proposed changes

April 2017
this is an upcoming stage for Development Application (DA) Service Integration
Exhibition of proposed changes – 28 days
Community workshops – dates TBC

June 2017
this is an upcoming stage for Development Application (DA) Service Integration
Council meeting 27 June reporting on exhibition

August 2017
this is an upcoming stage for Development Application (DA) Service Integration
Implementation of new systems and processes

Environmental Planning And Assessment Amendment (EPlanning) Regulation 2017

February 2017: NSW Depratment of Planning and Environment
Have your say on online development applications for homes and businesses

We welcome your feedback on changes that will allow people to lodge development applications for homes or businesses online. 

This will help to make it faster and easier to get the approvals you need, and also make it easier to find planning information.

Proposed changes to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 (the Regulation) will support online lodgement of development applications by introducing consistent documents and technical requirements across NSW.

Currently, there are many variations in document requirements for development applications, which can cause delays in preparing and determining applications. The Regulation seeks to address this by introducing standards for online submission and lodgement.

Online lodgement through the Planning Portal will dramatically reduce the time and resources spent on producing and reviewing hard copy documents, making it faster and easier for NSW residents to lodge and track applications. It will also make planning information more accessible.

Proposed changes include:
  • standardising the documents required to lodge applications for development
  • replacing written consent with legally enforced declarations by applicants that they have permission from land owners to submit a development application
  • introducing new requirements for making and exhibiting Development Control Plans and Contribution Plans (financial contributions from developers towards infrastructure costs).
To ensure consistency, the Secretary’s Requirements for the Lodgement of Applications for Development (PDF: 2.85MB - 182 pages) provides a clear list of documents and technical requirements for different application types. This will replace requirements contained in Schedule 1 of the Regulation.

Details of the proposals can be found in the resources section below. 

Your feedback can play a vital role in further developing these updates to the Regulation. To make a submission, find out how to get involved.

How to get involved
You can make a submission until 15 March 2017 using the online form below, or by mail to:
Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (ePlanning) Regulation 2017
NSW Department of Planning and Environment 
GPO Box 39
Sydney NSW 2001

Documents and attachments available HERE:
Attachments and Resources

Donations Of Bodyboards Needed

If you have any body boards that you no longer use please drop them off at my place. A friend of mine who works with a kids charity needs boards that do not need repair. Thanks guys
Adriaan van der Wallen

2017 NSW Premier’s History Awards Now Open

27 February 2017: History Council NSW
The State Library of NSW has opened nominations for the NSW Premier’s History Awards 2017. A total of $75,000 in prize money will be presented to the winners at an awards ceremony in September 2017.

Administered by the State Library of NSW, in association with Arts NSW, the NSW Premier’s History Award will offer prizes in five categories this year:

Australian History Prize ($15,000)
General History Prize ($15,000)
New South Wales Community and Regional History Prize ($15,000)
Young People’s History Prize ($15,000)
Multimedia History Prize ($15,000)

All works nominated for the 2017 NSW Premier’s History Awards must be first published, screened, broadcast or made publicly available between 1 April 2016 and 31 March 2017. Nominations may be made by authors or by their authorised representative: agent, publisher, professional theatre company, film distributor, production company, or broadcasting company or corporation.

You can read more about each award here.
Nomination forms and guidelines for the awards are available here.
Entries close 5pm Friday 7 April 2017.

For more information please contact: Senior Project Officer, Awards at the State Library of NSW on (02) 9273 1605 or (02) 9273 1582 orawards.library@sl.nsw.gov.au

VANUATU SOCCER GIG

by Avalon Soccer Club
April 8, 2017
At Avalon Bowling Club

We are super happy with the enthusiasm in our community for this event. Our team are excited to go to Vanuatu to meet the girls there, play soccer and train with them and donate soccer gear. There are still tickets available if you would like to come on April 8, $20. Silent Auction and BBQ. 


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

We strive to provide the best possible playing and coaching environment that we can with the resources to our disposal. We put a great emphasis on player development and coach education at all skill levels in our club and employ two professional coaches as our Directors of Coaching.

Our home ground is situated at Careel Bay in North Avalon. The site of a former rubbish tip was converted to provide us with two full size fields and a large dedicated mini-field area to cater for the variety of small sided versions of the game played by our younger players. We are also lucky to have our own clubhouse with a great canteen that serves the "best coffee to be found at a football ground anywhere"!!!

We are one of 17 clubs playing in games and competitions organised by the Manly Warringah Football Association.

Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary Stalls 2017

March:
4th -  Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale: Sewing, knitting, craft                                 9am to 3pm
11th - Bunnings Narrabeen: Sausage sizzle                                                                  8am to 3pm
17th - Stall foyer Mona Vale Hospital: Baking, knitting, craft, books, sewing            9am to 3pm
 
April:
1st -  Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale: Sewing, knitting craft                                   9am to 3pm
8th  -  Bunnings Narrabeen: Sausage sizzle                                                                 8am to 3pm
21st   - Stall foyer Mona Vale Hospital:  Baking, knitting, craft, books, sewing 9am to 3pm
 
May:
6th - Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale: Sewing, knitting, craft                                  9am to 3pm
13th - Bunnings Narrabeen: Sausage sizzle                                                                  8am to 3pm
19th - Stall foyer Mona Vale Hospital: Baking, knitting, craft, books, sewing            9am to 3pm
 
June:
3rd - Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale: Sewing, knitting, craft                                   9am to 3pm
10th  - Bunnings Narrabeen: Sausage sizzle                                                                 8am to 3pm
16th - Stall foyer Mona Vale Hospital: Baking, knitting, craft, books, sewing            9am to 3pm         

Greater Sydney Commission District Dialogues

What is a District Dialogue?
Facilitated workshops will be held in each district to initiate discussions about the priorities and actions in the draft District Plans and give an overview of Towards our Greater Sydney 2056.

The aim of the district dialogues is to create a forum where a broad range of community members can provide feedback on the priorities in their district through small group discussion and deliberation. The workshops will gather the feedback of participants, which will be compiled and sent as a submission to the Greater Sydney Commission.

Registrations for these sessions closed on 10 February. Even if you don’t have a place at the workshop you can still provide your feedback through the online submission process.

Live Online

What is Live Online?
Live Online is a series of weekly interactive chats with senior members of the Commission which are an opportunity to ask questions that may help you lodge a formal submission to the draft District Plans and/or Towards our Greater Sydney 2056.  

Times and places for the chats will vary so that you can get involved at a time that suits you. You can post questions ahead of the chat as well as during the chat. Just like the Greater Sydney Commission on Facebook and add your question to the thread.

Like all social media discussion, the chats themselves cannot be considered as submissions. Find out more or make a formal submission byclicking here.

Who can participate?
Everyone is welcome to join the online chat. The only rules for participation are that offensive, belligerent or trolling remarks or questions will be deleted and those participants will be blocked.

Senior members of the Commission who will answer your questions may include Commissioners, CEO Sarah Hill, or senior policy and engagement staff.

When will they take place?
Live Online chats will be weekly and start on Tuesday 7 February from midday. The days and times will vary so that as many people as possible can get involved.

Each session can last up to an hour.

How can I get updates?
Follow us on FacebookLinkedIn and Twitter for regular updates on session times and themes. Updates will also be made to this webpage.

Sydney Wildlife: March 2017  Flames And Fear - A Hands-On Account Of The Carwoola Fires

Being part of the First Response Team was tough.  We were the ones combing the blackened wasteland for signs of life.  We were seeing first-hand the devastation that fire wreaks on the slow, the weak and the panicked creatures.   Burnt-out turtle shells, melted reptiles and charred mammals.  Creeks devoid of water and river-banks burnt as black as tar.  A sooty face appeared from a hole in the river-bank.  A water-dragon.  A water-dragon with no water.   We heard a thundering noise.  A wallaby bounced away in distress, trying to scramble up the ashen river-banks.  We noticed that he was favouring one foot and was struggling to get purchase on the rocks.  Definitely a candidate for being darted and brought into care.

Our aim was to go out and look for kangaroos and wallabies that were struggling with burns, dart them and bring them in for treatment.  We were in small teams of 3 - one darter, and two helpers for shepherding the injured ones from the mob, for carrying sedated kangaroos and for administering first aid.   It was instantly apparent that there was no shortage of critters needing treatment.  

During the fires, the kangaroo mobs had fled to escape the conflagration but once the fires had died down, they headed back to their usual feeding areas - not realising that the earth was still red-hot.  Once they hopped onto the scorching coals, they kept hopping forward in terror and burnt the pads of their feet and the bottom of their tails.   These were the victims we were tracking.  The joeys fared the worst.  With sore feet, they were unable to keep up with their mobs and were straggling - becoming vulnerable to predators.  

We darted so many mums with at-heel or at-foot joeys, making sure the mums and their joeys were kept together when transporting them to carers.  Once we’d darted them, they were given first aid for the burns and transported to Wildcare's macropod coordinator, Helen, to be triaged and have treatment plans implemented.  Helen then assisted in deciding which carers were best suited to care for each animal and she had to decipher which of the animals would be taken for veterinary intervention.  Some of the local veterinarians helped to treat the victims.

Dr Howard Ralph of Southern Cross Wildlife Care bore the brunt of the work.  He and his team worked every morning until 3am trying to relieve the suffering of the injured and burnt wildlife.  There were so many patients!  Kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas, possums, reptiles, wombats.  They were all given pain relief, plenty of fluids, antibiotics and specific dressings for their burns.  Many had to be anaesthetised so that their burns could be properly debrided and dressed.  As a charity organisation run purely by volunteers, their costs have escalated enormously as a result of the influx of burn victims. If you admire their work and have a dollar or two to spare, it will be put to exceptionally good use www.southerncrosswildlifecare.org.au

As a member of Sydney Wildlife here on the Northern Beaches, I was honoured to go down to the fire-zone and work alongside members of Wildcare that are nothing short of heroes.  These are people whose homes are already overflowing with rescued wildlife and orphaned joeys;  people who have jobs and kids and still manage to fit in countless joey feeds and dressing changes;  people who willingly put themselves in personal peril by entering the fire-zone and engaging with frightened animals - for one purpose only:  to mitigate their suffering.  These rescuers don’t have television crews following them.  They don’t have publicists crowing about their amazing feats.  They don’t earn money for putting their lives on the line.  But I would like to bear witness to their dedication, passion and selflessness.  These are the people I want my kids to become.  

I was only able to assist for 3 days down in Carwoola and then I had to come back to Sydney.  I thought that experiencing the fire-zone was the worst feeling.  
I was wrong.
Driving away, knowing that there were so many more animals needing my help was by far the worst feeling…

Long after the fires have abated and the camera crews have left, the wildlife will continue to suffer.  


By Lynleigh Greig
Sydney Wildlife 


Cindi - one of Wildcare’s brilliant dart-gun operators and wildlife rescuers.


Dr Howard Ralph of Southern Cross Wildlife Care - a living legend and a man of exceptional moral fortitude.


Me assessing the burnt feet of a wallaby that I’d just darted.


Helen - Wildcare’s amazing macropod coordinator and wildlife carer.


Liesl - one of Wildcare’s busiest carers and a beautiful lady.


Wildcare’s lovely Sherri with 2 of her charges.  Photo supplied.

Southern Cross Wildlife Care and Wildcare rely on the generosity of its volunteers and donations from members of the public. Donations can be made via the Southern Cross Wildlife Care and Wildcare websites: there a number of ways to donate and its tax deductible!

Wildcare Queanbeyan
Donations can be made by direct credit to:
Commonwealth Bank
Account name: Wildcare Queanbeyan Inc
BSB: 062-593
Account number: 10216803
Reference Surname and “Fire”
Or via PayPal to treasurer@wildcare.com.au

Southern Cross Wildlife Care
Bank Transfer
Commonwealth Bank
BSB 062205
Account No. 10237440 (Mona Vale)
Cheque
donate by cheque to:
Southern Cross Wildlife Care
14 Crescent Rd
Mona Vale, NSW, 2103

For Queanbeyan readers - Please Contact Wildcare on 6299 1966 if you see a native animal in distress or need advice as to how you can support wildlife in your area. Wildcare Queanbeyan Facebook Page
Di carrying an injured kangaroo across a blackened landscape to the carers farm - photo courtesy Lynleigh Greig.

Greater Sydney Commission: North District 

Have your say on the draft District Plans!

GSC: We invite you to attend one of our upcoming community drop-in sessions across Sydney's six districts to learn more about planning for Sydney’s long-term future, and how to provide feedback.

Follow the link to find out more details on your local session.

North District
The North District is a place of coastline suburbs, harbour communities and bushland neighbourhoods located around vibrant urban centres with lively high streets, busy shopping districts and employment hubs.
Make a Formal Submission By March 31, 2017

From document, Full Draft District Plan, available to read and download in full at 'North district' link above:

Mona Vale Proposed priorities: 
• protect and enhance the commercial and retail function of the centre to provide employment growth and maintain high job containment 
• ensure sufficient retail and commercial floor space is provided to meet future demand 
• leverage the Mona Vale B-Line stop to facilitate intensification of uses in the centre, with an emphasis on the provision of housing affordability to retain 18 to 35 year olds 
• explore opportunities to increase residential diversification around the centre 
• improve access and linkages to local destinations, such as Mona Vale Hospital, through priority pedestrian networks 
• promote walking and cycling to the centre and within it 
• retain and protect the industrial precinct to the north of the centre to serve the growing population 
• investigate feasibility of existing planning provisions and controls as they relate to mixed-use and residential development within the centre 
• prioritise place making initiatives to promote mixed-use activities, urban activation and more diverse housing, and improve connectivity and integration with existing networks.

Brookvale-Dee Why Proposed priorities: 
• maintain the mix of uses so that Brookvale-Dee Why continues to perform strongly as a well-balanced, self-sustaining combined centre 
• encourage and support improvements to Warringah Mall and better integrate it with the fabric and life of Brookvale-Dee Why 
• encourage provision of affordable housing to attract and retain key workers in local industries, particularly in Brookvale 
• recognise and enhance the economic and employment opportunities along Pittwater Road and encourage revitalisation along this commercial strip 
• promote walking, cycling and public transport to Warringah Mall, the Brookvale industrial area and Dee Why to alleviate traffic congestion on Pittwater Road and to reduce car dependency 
• encourage the establishment of new, innovative and creative industries in the Brookvale industrial area 
• encourage new lifestyle or entertainment uses to activate local streets in Brookvale-Dee Why 
• improve connections between Brookvale-Dee Why and Northern Beaches Hospital and beyond.

Manly Proposed priorities: 
• further develop Manly as a cultural, tourist, retail and entertainment precinct 
• improve transport connections to Manly Wharf from other lower Northern Beaches suburbs 
• provide faster public transport to Chatswood, Frenchs Forest, St Leonards, Macquarie Park and Macquarie University 
• encourage diversified commercial activity to improve economic resilience 
• encourage eco-tourism around North Head and the Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve.

3.5 Prioritising Northern Beaches Hospital as the catalyst for a new centre
The Northern Beaches Hospital will anchor a new health and education super precinct for the North District and Greater Sydney.
Associated road upgrades are intended to ease congestion and improve travel times to, from and within the super precinct as it develops.
The Northern Beaches Council is preparing a Northern Beaches Hospital Precinct Structure Plan to consider the wider land use implications of this investment. The Structure Plan will analyse opportunities and constraints to plan for future development around the Hospital.

2016-2021 Housing Target - Northern Beaches 3,400
The NSW Government is also accelerating the capacity for housing supply across the District through the following projects
• Cherrybrook Station Precinct: which is part of the Sydney Metro Northwest Priority Urban Renewal Corridor to maximise access and opportunities for more housing and jobs 
• Ingleside Precinct: in the Northern Beaches Local Government Area. 

From page 16:
1.1.3 Status of the draft District Plan
While councils are required to give effect to District Plans as soon as practicable after a District Plan is made, draft District Plans will guide the preparation of planning proposals under Part 3 of the Act. This is established by the Department of Planning and Environment’s Guide to Preparing Planning Proposals (August 2016).

The Guide lists assessment criteria for a planning proposal, which include but are not limited to consideration of the strategic merit of the proposal, the site-specific merit of the proposal and consistency with strategic plans, including draft District Plans, State environmental planning policies and Ministerial directions.
Local environmental plans will continue to determine whether development is permitted or prohibited on land. While a draft District Plan or District Plan is not a mandatory matter for consideration in the determination of a development application, a consent authority may decide to consider a draft District Plan or District Plan to the extent it relates to the objects of the EP&A Act.
The inclusion of Our vision – Towards our Greater Sydney 2056 in Chapter 2 of this draft District Plan foreshadows our research and the evolution of our thinking that will inform the review of A Plan for Growing Sydney during 2017. It does not replace the legal status of A Plan for Growing Sydney as the current Greater Sydney Region Plan.

NB: More details are available by downloading the Full Draft District Plan - (PDF: 8.95 MB)


Local Government Amendment (Rates— Merged Council Areas) Bill 2017


The object of this Bill is to amend the Local Government Act 1993: (a) to enable the Minister for Local Government, by determination published in the Gazette, to require a newly merged council to maintain pre-merger rate paths in levying rates for land in the new local government area, and (b) to provide that a determination is to apply to the levying of rates for 3 rating years (in addition to the rating year for which the new council is required to maintain pre-merger rate paths by the proclamation constituting the new council).

Introduced: Wed 8 Mar 2017

Local Government Amendment (Council Amalgamations And De-Amalgamations) Bill 2017

In Legislative Council, Notice of Motion, Tue 7 Mar 2017

Long Title: An Act to amend the Local Government Act 1993 to provide for the de-amalgamation of certain amalgamated councils, to prohibit the amalgamation of certain councils and to require any further council amalgamations to be approved by referendum.

Text of this Bill ‘not available at this stage’
Introduced: Tue 7 Mar 2017

Volunteer Drivers Needed To Help Our Elders Get Out And About 

01 March 2017
Easylink, a local not-for-profit organisation, is calling for new volunteer bus drivers to help meet growing demand from community elders and people with a disability for their community transport service.

Serving the northern beaches for 32 years, Easylink relies on over 60 passionate volunteer drivers to help people who have difficulty using public or private transport get out on social outings with their affordable, door-to-door service.

Rod Smith, a volunteer driver at Easylink said, “Some of our customers are so challenged mobility-wise they’d be isolated if it weren’t for us.

“When I retired two years ago, I knew I had a small window of opportunity to do something for the community, and volunteering at Easylink is rewarding and gives me the social interaction I miss from work.

“I really get a buzz when, after a few of my jokes, I see customers interacting and enjoying themselves!

“I take people on our social outings, so I’ve been to great places such as historic houses, the Blue Mountains, Mount Tomah Botanic Gardens and the Sydney Mounted Police stables.

Volunteer drivers need a C-class licence for Easylink’s cars or a Light Rigid licence to drive their minibuses.

Easylink also welcomes other volunteers, from bus assistants to office staff.

Formerly Manly Warringah Pittwater Community Transport, Easylink has evolved into an organisation with a 20 vehicle fleet, serving over 2000 northern beaches residents with door-to-door transport and care, and public transport travel training.

People interested in volunteering should call Pat Lang, Administration Manager on 9919 0700 or visit easylink.com.au.


Easylink volunteers at  2016 Christmas party - Peter Wilson, Yvonne Vodanov, Diane Hunter, Gaye McLindin, Laurelei Moore, Carolyn Rolfe and Rod Smith

Have Your Say On The Proposed Mona Vale Road West Upgrade

10 FEBRUARY 2017: NSW Roads & Maritime
Community members are asked to provide feedback on the Review of Environmental Factors (REF) and Species Impact Statement (SIS) for the proposed Mona Vale Road West upgrade between Terrey Hills and Ingleside.

A Roads and Maritime Services spokesperson said the NSW Government has proposed to upgrade Mona Vale Road from McCarrs Creek Road in Terrey Hills to Powder Works Road in Ingleside from two to four lanes to reduce congestion, improve safety and meet future traffic demand.

“Mona Vale Road is a key link for motorists accessing the northern beaches with high levels of congestion during peak periods,” the spokesperson said.

“Roads and Maritime Services plans to build additional lanes, widen lanes, shoulders, median separation, and increase the speed limit to 80 km/h.

“Feedback is invited on the REF and the SIS which examine the potential impact of the proposed upgrade to Mona Vale Road West and outline measures to reduce and manage the impact.

Community members can attend a drop in session on Saturday 18 February between 2pm and 4pm at Terrey Hills Community Hall, where members of the project team will be on hand to answer questions.

Feedback can be provided by Monday 13 March tomonavaleroad@rms.nsw.gov.au or PO Box 973 Parramatta CBD NSW 2124.

“Following the display of the Review of Environmental Factors (REF) andSpecies Impact Statement (SIS), Roads and Maritime will collate all feedback received and prepare a Submissions Report to respond to matters raised by the community and stakeholders.

“Planning approval for the project is expected to be granted following this process and upon approval, Roads and Maritime will proceed with the detailed design phase of the project.”


Next steps
Following the display of the REF and SIS, Roads and Maritime will prepare a submissions report to respond to matters raised by the community and stakeholders during the display.

Upon approval of the project, Roads and Maritime will proceed with the detailed design phase of the project.

Key features
The key features of the Mona Vale Road West upgrade include:
  • Widening Mona Vale Road between McCarrs Creek Road and Powder Works Road from two lanes to four lanes with a central concrete safety barrier
  • Providing a new traffic signal intersection at Kimbriki Road and Mona Vale Road, including additional dedicated turning lanes and a truck climbing lane
  • Relocating the intersection of Mona Vale Road and Tumburra Street to the west by about 40 metres and changing access to left turn in and left turn out only
  • Closing the existing intersection at Mona Vale Road and Addison Road to general traffic and restricting access to emergency vehicles only
  • Constructing a new local road connection between Bungendore Street and Powder Works Road, using the existing Harvey Road corridor, and extending the new local road east of Addison Road to meet the intersection of Mona Vale Road and Powder Works Road
  • Removing bus stops near the intersection of Tumburra Street and re-directing bus services along the new local road connection and Tumburra Street to serve existing and future land uses
  • Providing new and improved fauna connections including a 40 metre wide fauna bridge over Mona Vale Road and two fauna underpasses
  • Constructing a shared use path on the northern side of Mona Vale Road
  • Relocating the access road to the National Baha’i Centre by about 120 metres west along the new road
  • Upgrading street lighting for the full length of the project
  • Constructing retaining walls and/or sandstone cuttings at various locations along the alignment
  • Landscaping over the length of the proposal.

Surfboard Record Attempt

Thursday, March 16 at 9 AM - 3:10 PM
Barrenjoey High School
Coonanga Rd, Avalon, New South Wales, Australia 2107

We are very excited to announce that Barrenjoey will be attempting to set a World Record on March 16th. All students and the local community are encouraged to participate as we attempt to lay more than 685 surfboards end to end around the school and Avalon Beach. 

This type of event gives the students a community minded focus while fostering pride in their school.

We will be raising both funds and awareness for the Disability Surfers Association (DSA) through the sale of raffle tickets and other activities on the day.
Event details at:

Cliff Side Fun Run

On April 9, 2017

About The Fun Run
This event is run by the AVAAL 4 Life Foundation in collaboration with the Mona Vale Surf Life Saving Club.

To raise much needed funds to directly support of our foundations activities in Mental Health and to support Breast Cancer with our corporate support of the National Breast Cancer Foundation's and their goal of Zero deaths to breast cancer by 2030.

We would like to invite you to come join our annual community based charity Cliff Side Fun Run (or walk), held on Sydney’s Stunning Northern Beaches.

Starting beside the beach at Long Reef, the course takes you up and around the picturesque ocean front taking in Sydney’s most iconic Cliff Side track with the 10k course featuring not 1 but 2 Headlands.

There are two Fun Runs on the same day. A 10km run for a great challenge, and a 3km family friendly course - PLUS an amazing Family Festival.

Our events attract all walks of life: young and old, fit or not, from near and far.

Become a Cliffside Sponsor
We would like to invite you to join us as a sponsor of the annual community based charity Cliff Side Fun Run – Contact Us. info@avaalgroup.com 

Find out more and sign up at: cliffsidefunrun.com.au


Manly-Warringah Choir Concert 
6th May 2017

I am delighted to tell you that the Manly-Warringah Choir and Orchestra will soon be performing one of the great works of the choral repertoire – Brahms’ German Requiem.

This is a special occasion for us, because not only will we be performing it at our usual venue in Manly in May, but the choir has now established an international reputation and has been invited to join other choirs later in May to perform it at Carnegie Hall, New York.

The concert is on Saturday 6 May starting at 7:30pm at the Cardinal Cerretti Chapel at St Patrick’s in Manly.

Details of the performance and ticketing are in this Issue’s Events page. Please note that the box office for ticketing opens on the morning of Monday 6 March.

You can book on-line at www.manlywarringahchoir.org.au or by phone on 9953 2443 or 0432 656798.

I do hope that you can come and enjoy this sublime work with us.

Roger Pratt
President – Manly-Warringah Choir.

Donations Of Surfboards Needed

Do you have a surfboard hiding in your garage that you never use? 
Grass Skirt Project is collecting donated surfboards to send to Papua New Guinea to encourage and enable local people to participate in surfing. If you have a board or any other gear (legropes, fins, deck pads, rashies, boardies, swimsuits etc) that you’re willing to part with and send to a new home in Papua New Guinea, please drop them off at 
Line Up Surf 26 Clyde Rd, Dee Why NSW 2099, Monday to Sunday 9.00am - 6.00pm. 

Go to www.grassskirproject.org/surfboardsforpng.html for more info or email tahina@grassskirtproject.org or sofia@grassskirtproject.org if you are unable to drop surfboards off at the donation point.

Petition: Keep Maternity Services In Mona Vale! 

As many of you may know both Manly and Mona Vale hospitals are due to be closed towards the end of 2018 and replaced by the large hospital currently under construction in Frenchs Forest. This means losing both the maternity units from our local hospitals as all services are transferred to the new site, creating a gap in maternity services and further limiting local women’s choices regarding where they choose to give birth.

This petition seeks to provide a platform for our voices to finally be heard. It has long been proven by countless research studies that midwifery-led continuity of care models for low-risk women SHOULD be the gold standard of maternity care. Why should women accept any less? As a community, we want to see a midwifery-led freestanding birth centre that provides continuity of midwifery care and CHOICE for families on the Northern Beaches.

We are concerned that the commute to the new hospital in Frenchs Forest will put women at risk due to travel time during peak traffic and the flooding that occurs during heavy rain on the main access route to the new hospital. Studies have already proven that the closure of maternity units across Australia has been significantly associated with increased 'birth before arrival' (BBA) rates. The distribution of studies undertaken has not been limited to rural and remote areas, but includes large urban populations. Given the high risk of adverse maternal and neonatal outcomes associated with BBA, it is time to stand up against the closure of units.

A birth centre that is based at Mona Vale Hospital, centrally located on the beaches would allow women with low risk pregnancies the option of Midwifery Continuity of Care which research also shows to be cost-saving. In 2012 a multimillion-dollar investment was made to upgrade and modernise the Mona Vale maternity unit. The investment has been made in the right location already. We therefore propose that the Northern Beaches Health Service Redevelopment (Mona Vale Hospital site) be the ideal location for such a service.

This is such an important issue! It is a fundamental human right to have CHOICE when it comes to childbirth.

Both local and regional support is welcome, you may not use this service or live on the beaches but if we rally together for the future we can see this dream become a reality for our daughters, granddaughters and the wider community as a whole.

We need to be heard, but to be heard we need your voices! We need as many voices as possible so that NSW Government take notice. Please,sign and share this petition today and be the change.


The 2017 Community War Memorials Fund (CWMF) Is Offering Grants Of Up To $10,000

by NSW Government
The CWMF will assist local communities to protect, repair and improve the accessibility of war memorials, statues, honour rolls, and memorial halls which commemorate the Anzac legacy.

Funding applications can be made up until Anzac Day and will be assessed by the State War Memorials Committee.

Minister for Veterans Affairs David Elliott said it was important that young people understood the sacrifices made during World War I to ensure their legacy lives on.

“I sincerely encourage all communities who believe their local memorial needs a bit of love or protection to apply for a grant,” Mr Elliott said.

Last year, the CWMF allocated $250,000 to projects across NSW, which included the re-painting of the Bellata War Memorial Hall near Narrabri and repairs to the Maclean Cenotaph near Grafton.

Other projects included a conservation assessment for the Broken Hill War Memorial and the installation of protection barriers around the Boer War Memorial and WWII RAAF Memorial in Lismore.

Find out more about the Community War Memorials Fund and how to apply

More Than $2.6 Million For Local Heritage 

Monday, 13 February 2017: Media Release - Gabrielle Upton, Minister for Heritage
Communities can apply for more than $2.6 million in funding to help protect and preserve heritage items listed on their council’s Local Environmental Plan, Heritage Minister Gabrielle Upton announced today. 

Ms Upton said the funding was available under the NSW Government’s second round of Heritage Activation Grants, designed for local government, businesses and community organisations to reactivate and preserve local heritage spaces and precincts.

“This program aims to build on the knowledge and connection communities have with their heritage – communities know their heritage better than anyone,” Ms Upton said.

 “The program acknowledges the important role owners and managers of locally listed heritage items play in communities across NSW.” 

Heritage Activation Grants, part of an $8 million three year NSW Government investment in local heritage protection, are open to owners and managers of local heritage items listed on their council’s Local Environmental Plan. 

“Some of the proposals funded in the first round included a project to improve public access at Wingham Library and a plan to revitalise the Lachlan Railway Heritage Centre’s entrance,” Ms Upton said. 

Applications open today and close on Friday 21 April. 

Draft Education And Child Care SEPP

February 3rd, 2017: Department of Planning and Environment
Child care and education infrastructure lays the foundations for our children’s learning from their earliest years through to their adult careers. The NSW Government is committed to providing high quality educational environments that support the learning needs of every student.
 
NSW needs to invest in high quality and cost-effective early childhood education and care facilities, schools, TAFEs and universities to nurture young minds, educate and train our future leaders and innovators and deliver a skilled workforce.
 
The NSW Government is proposing changes to the planning system to make it easier for education and child care providers to build high-quality facilities.
 
The NSW Government is proposing to introduce a new education-based State Environmental Planning Policy.
 
The proposed Education and Child Care SEPP proposes changes that will make it easier for child-care providers, schools, TAFEs and universities to build new facilities and improve existing ones by streamlining the planning process to save time and money and deliver greater consistency across NSW. The proposed SEPP balances the need for delivery of additional educational infrastructure with a focus on good design.

Key aims of this SEPP

The proposed SEPP aims to:
•  streamline the planning system for education and child care facilities including changes to exempt and complying development;
• NSW will be the first State to bring Commonwealth Laws regulating early childhood education and care into a state planning system;
• brings the Department of Education into the planning process early, and gives child care providers and developers information, from the beginning regarding all national and state requirements for new child care services;
• streamline the delivery of new schools and upgrading existing facilities, with a focus on good design; and
• assist TAFEs and universities to expand and adapt their specialist facilities in response to the growing need, and to maintain our reputation for providing world class tertiary education, while allowing for more flexibility in the use of their facilities.

• Explanation of Intended Effects (297 KB PDF)
• Draft State Environmental Planning Policy (Educational Establishments and Child Care Facilities) 2017 (484 KB PDF)
• Draft Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (Schools) Regulation 2017 (184 KB PDF)
• Draft Amendment to the Standard LEP for child care (154 KB PDF)
• Draft Environmental Assessment Code of Practice (256 KB PDF)
• Draft Planning circular on student caps (98 KB PDF)
• Draft Child Care Planning Guideline (6.3 MB PDF)
• Draft Better Schools Design Guide (3.7 MB PDF)
FAQs
• Education and Child Care SEPP FAQ (General) (783 KB PDF)
• Education and Child Care SEPP FAQ (Child Care) (825 KB PDF)
• Education and Child Care SEPP FAQ (Schools) (429 KB PDF)
• Education and Child Care SEPP (Tertiary) (267 KB PDF)

You can view the proposed SEPP online and make a submission until 24 March 2017
 
If you cannot lodge your submission online, you can write to:
 
Director, Industry and Infrastructure Policy
Department of Planning and Environment
PO Box 39 
Sydney NSW 2001
We will publish your submission online. That’s why it’s important to read our privacy statement at www.planning.nsw.gov.au/privacy
 
More information 
Call our Information Centre on 1300 305 695. If English isn’t your first language, please call 131 450. Ask for an interpreter in your language and then request to be connected to our Information Centre on 1300 305 695.


Schools
Planning for schools
 
The proposed SEPP will streamline and simplify the planning requirements for educational facilities across the State.
 
These reforms will make it much easier for public and non-government schools to implement a wide range of improvements and expansions to schools, such as upgrading sports fields, building a new library, and offering before and after school care services.
 
High quality design will be a key focus of the proposed planning improvements to ensure that new educational infrastructure enhances communities, delivers greater energy efficiency and contributes to healthy lifestyles for children.

How the changes will work
Having access to quality early childhood education is vital for the development of our children and for the growth of the NSW economy.
 
These reforms will make it much easier for public and non-government schools to implement a wide range of improvements and expansions to schools such as, upgrading sports fields, building a new library, and offering before and after school care services.

What school development is Exempt Development?
The exempt development provisions for schools are intended to enable minor works to be undertaken within school grounds without planning approval provided that certain development standards are met.
 
Examples of works that may be permitted as exempt development include:
• one storey portable classrooms and amenities buildings
• out of school hours care in existing buildings for primary school children
• removal of trees that pose a risk
• landscaping and routine maintenance works
• play equipment, sporting fields and courts, walking paths, seats, shelters and shade structures
• demolition of certain buildings that are not a heritage buildings or in a heritage conservation area.

What school development is Complying Development?
In order to install additional classrooms and educational facilities quickly, in response to increased student numbers, straightforward developments will be permitted as complying development.
 
They will have fast track assessment process by an accredited certifier to determine if they meet pre-determined development standards.
 
The types of complying development proposed to be permitted within the boundaries of an existing school include:
• construction of buildings for educational uses such as classrooms, a library, administration, school hall, gymnasium, canteen or a child care facility
• a covered outdoor learning area
• a car park
• demolition of a buildings that have an area no greater than 250 square metres
• minor alterations or additions to existing buildings
• restoration, replacement or repair of damaged facilities.
 
Schedule 2 of the proposed SEPP lists the required development standards that must be complied with, including a maximum height limit of four storeys and 22m, minimum side and rear setbacks and requirements for landscaping.
 
There are also requirements for the design of schools and assessment of traffic impacts to be done before an application for a complying development certificate is lodged.

What school developments can be done without development consent?
Certain small scale developments can be done without a development consent from a consent authority, but will require the person carrying out the development to undertake environmental assessment of the likely impacts of the proposed activity.
 
The types of development that will be permitted to be carried out without consent in connection with existing schools include:
• one storey buildings for school purposes such as a library, administration, a classroom, a tuckshop, cafeteria or bookshop
• a car park that is not more than one storey high
• an outdoor learning or play area and associated awnings or canopies
• minor alterations or additions, such as internal fitouts, or to address occupational health and safety requirements or to provide access for people with a disability
• restoration, replacement or repair of damaged facilities
• demolition of buildings or structures.
 
A Code of Practice has been developed to ensure that private school operators undertake the required environmental assessment properly. The Code also sets out requirements for consulting with councils, neighbours and other interested parties on proposed private school developments.
 
Development undertaken without consent cannot significantly increase student numbers at schools, and any existing conditions of development consent that may apply to a tertiary institution must be complied with.

What school developments need a development application?
The proposed SEPP will permit development for the purpose of a school to be carried out with consent in prescribed zones.
 
All new schools and major expansions of existing schools with a project value of $20 million or more will require a State significant development (SSD) application, which is assessed and determined by the Minister for Planning. Other school developments with a value less than $20 million and that require consent will need a development application to be lodged with the relevant council.

Little Wings - A Great Story And We Need Your Support

This is a great story and I am so very fortunate to be a small part of that Little Wings story in my new role as a Board Member.  I affectionately call Little Wings "the littlest airline in NSW!"
 
Getting the funds to get more flights into the air for these seriously ill children is always challenging.  The most recent fund raising effort is a raffle, with amazing sponsorship partners, and with a Lexus as the major prize.   Little Wings benefits from this promotion and I am asking for your help.
 
Tickets are $20 each, and bookable online via the link below.  Don't wait.  The raffle closes at the end of the month!  Good luck, and enjoy the Little Wings story.  You'll be touched.  



Please support this raffle.

Janette Davie AM
Palm Beach 

DoggieRescue.com

Pets of the Week

Brandine                         Cletus
AGE/SEX: 3 years / F                               AGE/SEX: 3 years / M
BREED: Jack Russell x                       BREED: Jack Russell x


Brandine


Cletus
Cletus and Brandine came from the same household and appear to be litter mates. They are a bonded pair who want to stay together. They both have very quiet gentle natures and are somewhat timid. They would do best is a quiet household. Cletus weighs 11.2kg and Brandine weighs 5.3kg. They both have short coats.

They come desexed, C5 vaccinated, heartworm free and microchipped. Their adoption cost is $850. 

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

Charity Golf Day 2017

Friday, March 31 at 7:30 AM - 3 PM
Bayview Golf Club
1825 Pittwater Rd, Mona Vale
Join us at beautiful Bayview Golf Club for a morning of golf and fun with lunch to follow. All proceeds go to the projects of Rotary Club of Upper Northern Beaches. We support the Palliative Care Centre at Mona Vale Hospital and other local and international causes.

SPONSORS WANTED!
Support us with a hole sponsorship at $1,500. You’ll get:
  • Sign at the hole and on our sponsor board during lunch acknowledging your support
  • Four registrations for golf and lunch
  • Gift bags and post-match drinks for your players
Other sponsorship levels are also available - each with its benefit to you!

To sign up as a sponsor, call Simon on 0402 037 032.or Patrick 0405 457 950

Golf experience optional! A great day out for men and women of all skill levels!
Format: 4- ball Ambrose / Shotgun start
Teams of four: Register your own team or join one of ours

Golf + Lunch package: $150 per person includes:
  • 18 holes golf (Ambrose format)
  • Morning tea
  • Snack/drinks cart
  • Gift bag
  • Two course lunch
Golf only: $100
Lunch only: $60

To register: Download our PDF registration form here and send it to us with your payment before March 23rd.
Hand your completed form and payment details to an UNB Rotary club member OR drop it at Bayview Golf Club reception during business hours
OR post it to: The Rotary Club of Upper Northern Beaches, P.O. Box 321, Mona Vale N.S.W. 1660
OR scan it and send it as an email attachment to: golfday@rotaryuppernorthernbeaches.org

For more details, email Simon at golfday@rotaryuppernorthernbeaches.org

Avalon Boomerang Bags 2017

From Tuesday February 7th workshops will be run at:
Sewcraft
Unit 20/14 Polo Ave , Mona Vale. 
9.30-2.30

We would like to say a big welcome from Avalon Boomerang Bags to Kate at Sewcraft and a HUGE Thank You for offering us the use of this fabulous space. For those that cannot attend our regular workshops but still want to be involved, get together 2-6 friends and we can run a workshop for you at a mutually convenient time. Or perhaps you would like to donate some nice bright fabric or some thread or help out in other ways behind the scenes. 
If you can help call Laurel on 0410 608 315 or reply to this email.

2017 is going to be great, can't wait to see all our baggers again.
Just quick reminder that we are running a bag SHARING program. The bags are called Boomerang Bags because we would like the ones you're not using to Boomerang back into our boxes , so that there are always plenty available for shoppers who may have forgotten their own. 


Join us, and let's rid our beautiful coastal suburb of polluting, wild life entangling plastic bags.


 

Click on logo above to visit their website.

Indian Myna Action Group

Indian or Common Mynas are one of the world's most invasive species, not a cute bird. Many communities in NSW, QLD,  ACT  and overseas are taking action against these pests, sometimes called flying rats. 



Pittwater Natural Heritage Association set up the Northern Beaches Indian Myna Action Group, as these birds are a common pest in local shopping centres, on private land and in schools and parks. Now a grant from Greater Sydney Local Lands Services has enabled our campaign to take a leap forward, with more publicity and more  traps available for people wishing to trap on private land. 

These aggressive birds are pests because they breed in great numbers, nesting in hollows in houses and in trees, displacing native birds and animals. They can spread diseases and lice and scavenge in rubbish bins. 
Our Myna information is welcomed by cafes that are pestered by birds fouling tables. This term we will deliver a pamphlet to alert schools about Mynas. 

See our  Facebook page for what we are doing and  how people can get involved. For more information contact us on pnhainfo@gmail.com or phone Nick Halkyard on 0416 288 874

March 5 - 11, 2017: Issue 303

Articles This Week 

Front Page Issue 303: Happy Nippers, Storming Sailors on the Harbour, Sublime and Divine pictures over Mona Vale

A Walk In The Bush - Written and Illustrated by Gwyn PerkinsScotland Island resident Gwyn Perkins has dedicated this great book for young readers 'For Sabene - from Grandad' - written and illustrated by the author, adult readers may well recognise the places, plants and creatures that feature in this work and would enjoy some of the artists other illustrations created to depict humorous captures of island life in his 28 Days on an Island.  

Aquatics: Sydney Harbour Regatta 2017 by Di Pearson, photos by Andrea Francolini

Pictures: 2017 NSW Surf Life Saving Age Championships at Blacksmiths Beach - reports and photos by SLS NSW

Subway Surf Series 2017 At Avoca (March 4-6) by Surfing NSW

Heron Island Escapade by Robyn McWilliam

Reflections by George Repin: GRUYÈRES

Park Bench Philosopher Emile Theodore Argles - champion of all Australians without a Voice - a very very funny satirist 

Artist of the Month: March 2017 Jude Rose - Linocut Printmaker, Painter, works that can be added to the home as cushions, lampshades and currently exhibiting at Rust, Avalon Beach, this Teacher of Art began decades of works inspired by nature and a passion for Argentine Tango when born at Darwin.

Around The Bends Newport To Avalon Ocean Swim Challenge - March 19, 2017: don't miss out on being part of History, join the Inaugural First Swim 

ROD MILGATE: Tribute Exhibition at Manly Art Gallery & Museum - with studios at Bilgola, Newport and Avalon, this award winning Artist's works reflect being inspired by his locale - Plus what's coming up at MAG&M: Express Yourself 2017; the Child Artist Response Project; Bernd Heinrich; Gabriella Hirst; SharingStories Foundation - Liz Thompson’s photographs from her A Song for Country series as part of the 2017 Head On Photo and Guringai Festival; and Instrumental: Chuck Bradley

Profile: Jude Rose - Linocut Printmaker, Painter, works that can be added to the home as cushions, lampshades and currently exhibiting at Rust, Avalon Beach, this Teacher of Art began decades of works inspired by nature and a passion for Argentine Tango when born at Darwin.

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

Clean Up Australia Day 2017
SUNDAY 5 MARCH

SCHOOLS CLEAN UP DAY 3 MARCH
BUSINESS CLEAN UP DAY 28 FEB
Register or join a site at: www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au

2108
Coasters Retreat
Meeting Point: The fire brigade shed
Date: March 5th 2017
Start time: 9:00 AM
End time: 11:00 AM
Contact Wilma Taylor - Email: warwiskataylor@yahoo.com

2107
Avalon Beach
Meeting Point: Avalon Beach SLSC.
Date: March 5th 2017
Start time: 9:00 AM
End time: 10:00 AM
Site Coordinator Details
Guy Williment - Email: gwilliment@live.com.au

Avalon Dunes Careel Creek
Meeting Point: near Avalon Skate Park
Date: March 5th 2017
Start time: 8:00 AM
End time: 11:00 AM
Site Coordinator Details
Marita Macrae - Email: marita.macrae@gmail.com

2104
Bayview Shore Front
Come For Half An Hour Or As Long As You Can Manage. Plastic Is The Number One Material Caught In The Mangroves, Buried In Mud And Sand And Mixed In With Shore Debris.
Meeting Point: Bayview Baths - in the park to the right of Gibsons Marina
Date: March 5th 2017
Start time: 08:00 AM
End time: 11:00 AM
Site Coordinator Details
Louise Smith - Email: le_gbsmith@optusnet.com.au

2103
Coastal Environment Centre
Representing: Upper Northern Beaches Rotary Club
Meeting Point: Volunteers will meet at the Coastal Environment Centre and work north towards Warriewood SLSC
This Clean Up is a recurring one which takes place yearly.
Next Clean Up: March 5th 2017
Date: March 5th 2017
Start time: 9:30 AM
End time: 11:00 AM
Site Coordinator Details
Michael Baxter - Email: mdbax@hotmail.com

2102
Mona Vale Beach
Representing: Blackmores Ltd
Meeting Point: Car park next to Bronze Cafe
Date: March 2nd 2017
Start time: 7:00 AM
End time: 2:00 PM
Site Coordinator Details
Jackie Smiles - Email: jsmiles@blackmores.com.au

2101
Narrabeen Lagoon State Park
Representing: Friends Of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment
Meeting Point: Berry Reserve
Date: March 5th 2017
Start time: 8:00 AM
End time: 11:00 AM
Site Coordinator Details
Judith Bennett - Email: email@narrabeenlagoon.org.au

Boating Anthology Seeks Contributors

Calling all ladies who have ever been on any boat. Do you have a story to tell about a boating experience - funny? Serious? Motivational? Whatever? If you have would you like to have it published in book form as part of an anthology. There is no cost involved.
 
If you answered yes then Frances Black and Margi Law’s project is for you. They are both published authors.

Each year or so they choose a theme that they would like to write about themselves. They then assemble a group of like-minded contributors. Each person writes their own story. Frances and Margi edit and produce a published book available on Amazon. The price will be set as low as Amazon will permit.

If you want to buy a copy then you purchase one on Amazon. 

The motivation is the pleasure of writing and providing a legacy for family and community of the contributors. If you are interested in learning more please email fran@blacks.id.au

Volunteer Drivers Needed To Help Our Elders Get Out And About 

01 March 2017
Easylink, a local not-for-profit organisation, is calling for new volunteer bus drivers to help meet growing demand from community elders and people with a disability for their community transport service.

Serving the northern beaches for 32 years, Easylink relies on over 60 passionate volunteer drivers to help people who have difficulty using public or private transport get out on social outings with their affordable, door-to-door service.

Rod Smith, a volunteer driver at Easylink said, “Some of our customers are so challenged mobility-wise they’d be isolated if it weren’t for us.

“When I retired two years ago, I knew I had a small window of opportunity to do something for the community, and volunteering at Easylink is rewarding and gives me the social interaction I miss from work.

“I really get a buzz when, after a few of my jokes, I see customers interacting and enjoying themselves!

“I take people on our social outings, so I’ve been to great places such as historic houses, the Blue Mountains, Mount Tomah Botanic Gardens and the Sydney Mounted Police stables.

Volunteer drivers need a C-class licence for Easylink’s cars or a Light Rigid licence to drive their minibuses.

Easylink also welcomes other volunteers, from bus assistants to office staff.

Formerly Manly Warringah Pittwater Community Transport, Easylink has evolved into an organisation with a 20 vehicle fleet, serving over 2000 northern beaches residents with door-to-door transport and care, and public transport travel training.

People interested in volunteering should call Pat Lang, Administration Manager on 9919 0700 or visit easylink.com.au.


Easylink volunteers at  2016 Christmas party - Peter Wilson, Yvonne Vodanov, Diane Hunter, Gaye McLindin, Laurelei Moore, Carolyn Rolfe and Rod Smith

Provisional Results For PBSC Club Championship 

Held on February 25th 2017.
Good sailing, good friends, good times ....... and good BBQ !!!!
The day started with a small number of boats and with a few of them not 100% keen on sailing due to the inclement weather and small turnout. At one stage it looked like racing would be off and unfortunately this resulted in us losing of regular club championship starters John Goldsmith and Kerry Holmes  :-(

By 11:30am more boats had arrived, racing was definitely on and Upu had kindly put his hand to fill the gap as starter for the day. Thank you to Upu and Alicia for setting the course and doing the starts on a miserable day for start boat duty.

Taking out the honours for the day:
1st H16 - Anthony Duchatel / Evelyn Curtis
2nd Weta - Peter Martin
3rd Weta - Martin Cross 
4th H18 - Darren Schmidt / Barbara Klampfer

Weta Cup:
1st - Peter Martin
2nd - Martin Cross
3rd - Peter DuRoss

Well done to Andrew Nelson, John McCormick and Richard Lacey for taking to the water one-up on their Hobie 16's. Andrew was having so much fun he stayed on the water for at least another half hour after racing finished.
Capsize of the day goes to Richard Lacey who decided to wash his boat mid 2nd race. 

All things considered having 10 boats on the water was a good result for the day and luckily for those who braved the conditions it turned out to be a great sailing day !!!

Note: yardsticks and adjustments for one-up sailing have been made, where applicable

Report by Trevor Gourlay‎  
Palm Beach Sailing Club
Ally-oop! - photo courtesy Upu kila

In The Fire Zone Attending To Native Animals

Lynleigh Greig, Sydney Wildlife Columnist for this publication, has formed part of a team of trained volunteers who have been spending this week and the past few weeks finding and tending to native animals; blue tongue lizards, wombats, kangaroos, wallabies and their joeys (including juveniles that cannot keep up with the mob due to burnt feet, echidnas, wedge-tailed eagle - and more!  in the areas that were recently burnt by bushfires, including Hoskingtown and Queanbeyan, near Canberra. 

This comes on top of floods in the area during January which put wombats, who use river banks for burrow areas, at risk. You also need to take into account that much of their available food is gone too now - burnt.

On Tuesday, Feb,. 28th Lynleigh messaged:
First day in the fire-zone. In amongst the horror are some really touching moments between animals and their rescuers.
The people who are down here living through this are saints. 
And people like Dr Howard Ralph, Glenda and their team are working every day 'til 3am to treat the animals we keep bringing in. Incredible humans.
Wildcare rescuers Cindi, Di, Suzy, Helen, Cherie, Lorraine and so many more are nothing short of heroic. 

Day 2 in the fire-zone and more critters saved from a nasty fate. Lots of sore feet, burnt tails and dehydration.

As a result of her work out of Pittwater Lynleigh's column will not be changed until next Sunday - Issue 304.

In the meantime, Please support the work these amazing people are doing and help fund the medical supplies and medicines they need to save lives.
These organisations receive no grants to fund all that needs to be done and all the people, from Veterinarians to carers are volunteers.

The Southern Cross Wildlife Care link below  will take you to their facebook page (those without a clue have hacked their website) so leave a message there and they'll get back to you on where donations can be made.

Let's also make this the year we get Sydeny Wildlife's Mobile Clinic for all our native animals out and on the road so it can be sent into such areas

Visit: 
One of the volunteers carrying an injured kangaroo across a blackened landscape to the carers farm - photo courtesy Lynleigh Greig.

Bayview Church Point Residents Association AGM

Tuesday March 21st
7.00 p.m. for 7.30
At BYRA
1842 Pittwater Rd, 
Bayview 

Speakers – Hon. Rob Stokes
Dick Persson AM

We invite all adult residents of Bayview and Church Point to become members of the Residents Association.

Whether you are a new member or looking to renew your membership with us, please download the Subscription Form below, complete the details and return to us at either bvcpra@gmail.com or the postal address on the form.


Join The Scotland Island Singers
Our Own Community A Capella Choir

You might have seen us at the comedy night singing our Carpark Song. We are a small group of people who enjoy singing together. Our leader is Jessica McGowan who has years of musical experience, loves singing, and brings enthusiasm and fun to the group. 

What do we sing? One silly song about a carpark! Plus some easy songs like rounds, call and response, and more challenging 3-part harmonies. Our material crosses several genres from world music, gospel, folk, classical… the main criteria is that the songs are enjoyable to sing. Acapella mostly (ie. Unaccompanied). It’s about the joy that comes from blending our voices…. And it’s about having fun.

A choir needs some ‘great’ singers, yes. But it also needs some people who aren’t going to feature or do big impressive solos – it needs some singers to stay in the background and just add bulk to the sound. You don’t have to have a big powerful voice, as long as you’re (mostly) in tune!
Next meeting is the 5th of March from 2.15pm-4.30 pm. Following that, March 12th. We meet at a house on the top of the island. A lift can be arranged if needed.

We always have a break for tea and cake. 

Cost- only $10 a week.

For more details, or to get on the mailing list, or join our WhatsApp group, email jessica_mcgowan@yahoo.com.au or call Jessica on 0422 474 279.



Avalon Sailing Club In Flying 11 States

Round 2 of the Flying 11 States was hosted by Manly 16 Foot Skiff Club over the weekend of 17th-18th of February, 2017 and was also celebration of the 50th year of the Flying 11's. 

Sailing out of Manly adds new challenges for those used to only sailing in the relatively quiet and flat waters of Pittwater. At Manly you add swell coming through Sydney Heads, the Manly ferry steaming around the outside (mostly) of the course and the normal busy Harbour traffic.

It was a challenge that the five Flying 11's from ASC meet head on proved they are up to the task - 1294 “K” (Sarah Rodgers and Albi Gibson Healy), 1295 “Sparta” (Louis and Issy Festa), 1304 “Chill” (Finn Moller and Jonah Nicholson), 1332 “This Way Up” (Zoe Whitlock and Jasmine Bridge) and 1393 “Waverunner” (Harry Parker and David Tulk).

Racing got underway on Saturday in a lumpy swell making for a wet and bumpy ride for competitors and support boats alike. An open fleet with 60 plus boats on the start line made for some challenging starts and it showed that a good start is important in such a large fleet. The wind held in for most of the first 2 races but died to nothing as the second race finished.



The transition fleet, developed especially for sailors new to the class was also assisted by on water coaching and support funded by the Flying 11 Association - a great way to ease into the bigger fleet racing.

As the race committee tried to get race three underway on Saturday some very big black clouds could be seen on the horizon. After a quick check of the radar it was decided that race for the day should be abandoned - a good call as heavy rain, lightening and hail fell just after the sailors made it ashore.

Sunday dawned with clear skies with a fairly consistent breeze and less swell. Race management got three races in and all ASC boats did themselves and the club proud.

Overall results for the states titles in the transition fleet saw ASC take out first and second place - well done to 1295 Sparta (first) and 1304 Chill (second). In the Open fleet 1393 Wave Runner finished 17th, 1332 This Way Up 32nd and 1295 K 54th. All in all a good result and all boats showed plenty of improvement on round 1, with potential for better results in the coming season. Smiles all round from all ASC competitors showed that ASC sailors have the most fun!

As is usual for many of these efforts the ASC parents provided great support on and off water both for our own club sailors and also assisting the F11 association with race management. From transporting boats, manning the pin boat and scribing on the start boat, supplying a support boat or just being there to offer encouragement - it all develops a great club spirit - so thanks to all. Host club Manly did a great job and ensured safe and fun racing for all competitors.

The Flying 11 is an exciting, challenging and well established youth class - but most importantly fun, one good reach with the kite up and kids are addicted! If you are interested in stepping into a Flying 11 contact club captain Ralf Moller or Flying 11 class captain Allan Bridge.

Photos of the event can be seen here

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The 10th Don McLachlan Wet Etchells Regatta will be held at ASC on Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd April 2017. NOR, SI & other details are on the website.

Avalon Sailing Club
Fostering, Encouragement, Promotion, Teaching and above all, enjoyment of sailing on the waters of Pittwater

Yachts: Cruising Divison and Racing Division
Centreboards: Nippas, MJs, Open BICs, Flying 11s, Spirals, Lasers and 29ers

Avalon sailing Club
Hudson Parade
Avalon.
Find out more by visiting: www.avalonsailingclub.com.au

Join The Fight Against Foxes

27 February 2017: Media Release - Greater Sydney Local Land Services
Northern Sydney residents are being urged to join the fight against foxes in the lead up to an autumn baiting program in March.

Run by Greater Sydney Local Land Services in partnership with the Sydney North Vertebrate Pest Committee, National Parks and Wildlife Services and other land management agencies, the annual program coincides with fox cubs leaving the den and adults finding a mate for the winter breeding period.

Greater Sydney Biosecurity Manager Graham Wilson said coordinated, large-scale baiting programs had proven most effective in limiting the impacts of foxes in urban areas.

“Past experience has shown foxes are more likely to take baits in autumn but the support and cooperation of local residents is vital to the program’s success.”

Mr Wilson said there were simple things residents could all do to minimise the impact of foxes.

“Foxes are attracted to food scraps and domestic pets like chickens and rabbits. You can help by ensuring compost bins are properly closed, keeping household rubbish in a secure location, feeding domestic pets inside, ensuring food is not left outside and wherever possible, keeping pets inside overnight.

“Pesticide restrictions mean baiting can’t be undertaken on the average suburban block which is why coordinated programs like this are crucial to limiting the damage foxes can cause to native wildlife, infrastructure, livestock and domestic pets,” he said.

“Keeping yards in check by tidying gardens, weeding to reduce fox harbour and housing backyard chickens in secure, fox-proof enclosures rather than free ranging will also help.”

The Northern Sydney baiting program will be in place until the end of March. It is important for residents to keep their domestic pets away from sign-posted bait sites and walk their dogs on a leash during this time.”

The baiting will take place in The Hills Shire, Northern Beaches, North Sydney, Willoughby, Ku-Ring-Gai, Mosman and Hornsby areas.

For further information contact Greater Sydney Local Land Services on 1300 795 299.

Photo: Fox courtesy James Doumtsis Invasive Animals CRC

Introducing Healthy School Canteens

28 February 2017: Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Education Minister Rob Stokes
School canteens will promote freshly-made foods and only stock packaged goods that have a minimum 3.5 star Health Star Rating.

A new Healthy School Canteens Strategy replaces the current “traffic light” system in schools, which experts have found to be overly complex and too narrow in its consideration of nutrition. The new strategy offers simpler, easier to understand menus consistent with the latest Australian Dietary Guidelines.

Under the Healthy School Canteens Strategy:
  • fruits, vegetables, sandwiches, salads, pasta, and stir fries will make up at least 75 per cent of the menu
  • occasional foods, which will make up the remaining 25 per cent, will need to have a Health Star Rating of 3.5 stars or higher.
  • pies, sausage rolls and pizzas that are above the 3.5 star rating can be available at all times.
Cake stalls or fundraising initiatives will not be affected by the changes.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said that providing healthier options in school canteens was just one of the ways the NSW Government could move towards achieving its priority target to reduce childhood obesity by five per cent by 2025.

“Obesity has significant health impacts for children with around one in five NSW children between the ages of five and 16 being overweight or obese," Ms Berejiklian said.

Education Minister Rob Stokes said the new strategy would reassure parents that food sold in school canteens is healthy for their children.

 “This is a simpler, easier-to-understand approach that is consistent with Federal Government guidelines on healthy food.”

The strategy will be phased in over three years so that schools and the food industry have time to adjust.

The Big Wave Project (Official Trailer )
By Tim Bonython Productions

The Big Wave Project - A Band Of Brothers
Filmed and Directed by award winning ocean cinematographer and Avalon resident Tim Bonython

Short Synopsis: 
THE RAW AND UNCENSORED JOURNEY INTO ONE OF THE WORLD'S MOST EXCITING CHALLENGES: RIDING THE WORLD'S BIGGEST WAVE

It is a production that is everything Tim Bonython lives for when it comes to documenting surfing.

Big wave surfing has evolved so much over the past 10 years and his relationship with this genre of the sport that has grown more than any other.

The Big Wave Project is about just that. It's everything from where its come from to where it is now.

The production of the BIG WAVE PROJECT has taken Tim around the planet to interview the world’s most renowned big wave surfers to document the biggest & craziest waves. It’s a narrative film that will scare as much as it will exhilarate the viewer.

The Danger Level increases as we attempt to climb a mountain of water where the peak keeps getting higher” Alex Gray, big wave surfer.

Five years in the making, the BIG WAVE PROJECT follows a tight-knit crew of leading big wave surfers (A Band Of Brothers) who are working together to attempt a personal goal that drills to core passion of surfing: Riding the World's Biggest Wave.

We hear candid, personal, no-holes barred accounts as the real fear of death walks side by side with ultimate personal glory.

The BIG WAVE PROJECT depicts the history of the how the sport has developed from humble origins to modern tow-in surfing with the latest challenges of returning to the simple art of unassisted paddling into 100-foot walls of water.

This progression collides with the best swell season in 30-years as the World's best paddle and tow into some of the greatest waves ever documented including what has been titled "the biggest wave ever attempted” featuring Aaron Golds infamous massive paddle-in wave at Jaws, Hawaii. 

The BIG WAVE PROJECT also travels across Australia, Tahiti and finally to Europe's new frontier of Nazare, in Portugual.
The BIG WAVE PROJECT incorporated the best surfers on the planet from around the world. 
Jamie Mitchell, Aaron Gold, Mark Healey, Ryan Hipwood, Grant “Twiggy” Baker, Billy Kemper, with insights from Peter Mel, Big Wave icon Greg Noll, the legendary late Brock Little and many more…

A NEVER BEFORE SEEN RAW AND UNCENSORED JOURNEY INTO ONE OF THE WORLD'S MOST EXCITING CHALLENGES - RIDING THE WORLD'S BIGGEST WAVES.

This film will be touring as part of the Australian Surf Movie Festival in May / June 2017
More screenings around the world to be announced. Visit: ASMF.net.au for further details.

Jude Rose - Alchemy Exhibition At Rust

Rust
45 Avalon Parade
Avalon

The 'Alchemy' exhibition opened Friday February 4th and is on until March 24th. These are beautiful works well worth a look at. Jude will be adding more work during that time. There are 20 linocuts and several cushion covers and lampshades. Jude is also doing a range of homewares in linocut designs, as well as the framed linocuts. Jude features as our Artist of the Month for March 2017.




Cactus - Jude Law

Development Application (DA) Service Integration

The interim Northern Beaches Council are integrating and reviewing how Development Application (DA) services are delivered to our community. From pre-lodgement to decision stage, they will be looking at how these services can be delivered better.

The community will have an opportunity to have a say when the proposed changes are exhibited in April. During the exhibition period, we will be holding workshops with the community to discuss the proposed changes.
It’s not often that the community has the chance to contribute right from the outset to the way services are delivered by its council.

For those with an interest in this area, you are encouraged to register your email address with so you can be updated at key stages in the project.
 
February 2017
Development Application (DA) Service Integration is currently at this stage
Workshops with Strategic Reference Group members

March 2017
this is an upcoming stage for Development Application (DA) Service Integration
Council meeting - outlining proposed changes

April 2017
this is an upcoming stage for Development Application (DA) Service Integration
Exhibition of proposed changes – 28 days
Community workshops – dates TBC

June 2017
this is an upcoming stage for Development Application (DA) Service Integration
Council meeting 27 June reporting on exhibition

August 2017
this is an upcoming stage for Development Application (DA) Service Integration
Implementation of new systems and processes

Environmental Planning And Assessment Amendment (EPlanning) Regulation 2017

February 2017: NSW Depratment of Planning and Environment
Have your say on online development applications for homes and businesses

We welcome your feedback on changes that will allow people to lodge development applications for homes or businesses online. 

This will help to make it faster and easier to get the approvals you need, and also make it easier to find planning information.

Proposed changes to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 (the Regulation) will support online lodgement of development applications by introducing consistent documents and technical requirements across NSW.

Currently, there are many variations in document requirements for development applications, which can cause delays in preparing and determining applications. The Regulation seeks to address this by introducing standards for online submission and lodgement.

Online lodgement through the Planning Portal will dramatically reduce the time and resources spent on producing and reviewing hard copy documents, making it faster and easier for NSW residents to lodge and track applications. It will also make planning information more accessible.

Proposed changes include:
  • standardising the documents required to lodge applications for development
  • replacing written consent with legally enforced declarations by applicants that they have permission from land owners to submit a development application
  • introducing new requirements for making and exhibiting Development Control Plans and Contribution Plans (financial contributions from developers towards infrastructure costs).
To ensure consistency, the Secretary’s Requirements for the Lodgement of Applications for Development (PDF: 2.85MB - 182 pages) provides a clear list of documents and technical requirements for different application types. This will replace requirements contained in Schedule 1 of the Regulation.

Details of the proposals can be found in the resources section below. 

Your feedback can play a vital role in further developing these updates to the Regulation. To make a submission, find out how to get involved.

How to get involved
You can make a submission until 15 March 2017 using the online form below, or by mail to:
Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (ePlanning) Regulation 2017
NSW Department of Planning and Environment 
GPO Box 39
Sydney NSW 2001

Documents and attachments available HERE:
Attachments and Resources

Donations Of Bodyboards Needed

If you have any body boards that you no longer use please drop them off at my place. A friend of mine who works with a kids charity needs boards that do not need repair. Thanks guys
Adriaan van der Wallen

2017 NSW Premier’s History Awards Now Open

27 February 2017: History Council NSW
The State Library of NSW has opened nominations for the NSW Premier’s History Awards 2017. A total of $75,000 in prize money will be presented to the winners at an awards ceremony in September 2017.

Administered by the State Library of NSW, in association with Arts NSW, the NSW Premier’s History Award will offer prizes in five categories this year:

Australian History Prize ($15,000)
General History Prize ($15,000)
New South Wales Community and Regional History Prize ($15,000)
Young People’s History Prize ($15,000)
Multimedia History Prize ($15,000)

All works nominated for the 2017 NSW Premier’s History Awards must be first published, screened, broadcast or made publicly available between 1 April 2016 and 31 March 2017. Nominations may be made by authors or by their authorised representative: agent, publisher, professional theatre company, film distributor, production company, or broadcasting company or corporation.

You can read more about each award here.
Nomination forms and guidelines for the awards are available here.
Entries close 5pm Friday 7 April 2017.

For more information please contact: Senior Project Officer, Awards at the State Library of NSW on (02) 9273 1605 or (02) 9273 1582 orawards.library@sl.nsw.gov.au

VANUATU SOCCER GIG

by Avalon Soccer Club
April 8, 2017
At Avalon Bowling Club

We are super happy with the enthusiasm in our community for this event. Our team are excited to go to Vanuatu to meet the girls there, play soccer and train with them and donate soccer gear. There are still tickets available if you would like to come on April 8, $20. Silent Auction and BBQ. 


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

We strive to provide the best possible playing and coaching environment that we can with the resources to our disposal. We put a great emphasis on player development and coach education at all skill levels in our club and employ two professional coaches as our Directors of Coaching.

Our home ground is situated at Careel Bay in North Avalon. The site of a former rubbish tip was converted to provide us with two full size fields and a large dedicated mini-field area to cater for the variety of small sided versions of the game played by our younger players. We are also lucky to have our own clubhouse with a great canteen that serves the "best coffee to be found at a football ground anywhere"!!!

We are one of 17 clubs playing in games and competitions organised by the Manly Warringah Football Association.

Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary Stalls 2017

March:
4th -  Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale: Sewing, knitting, craft                                 9am to 3pm
11th - Bunnings Narrabeen: Sausage sizzle                                                                  8am to 3pm
17th - Stall foyer Mona Vale Hospital: Baking, knitting, craft, books, sewing            9am to 3pm
 
April:
1st -  Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale: Sewing, knitting craft                                   9am to 3pm
8th  -  Bunnings Narrabeen: Sausage sizzle                                                                 8am to 3pm
21st   - Stall foyer Mona Vale Hospital:  Baking, knitting, craft, books, sewing 9am to 3pm
 
May:
6th - Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale: Sewing, knitting, craft                                  9am to 3pm
13th - Bunnings Narrabeen: Sausage sizzle                                                                  8am to 3pm
19th - Stall foyer Mona Vale Hospital: Baking, knitting, craft, books, sewing            9am to 3pm
 
June:
3rd - Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale: Sewing, knitting, craft                                   9am to 3pm
10th  - Bunnings Narrabeen: Sausage sizzle                                                                 8am to 3pm
16th - Stall foyer Mona Vale Hospital: Baking, knitting, craft, books, sewing            9am to 3pm         

Greater Sydney Commission District Dialogues

What is a District Dialogue?
Facilitated workshops will be held in each district to initiate discussions about the priorities and actions in the draft District Plans and give an overview of Towards our Greater Sydney 2056.

The aim of the district dialogues is to create a forum where a broad range of community members can provide feedback on the priorities in their district through small group discussion and deliberation. The workshops will gather the feedback of participants, which will be compiled and sent as a submission to the Greater Sydney Commission.

Registrations for these sessions closed on 10 February. Even if you don’t have a place at the workshop you can still provide your feedback through the online submission process.

Live Online

What is Live Online?
Live Online is a series of weekly interactive chats with senior members of the Commission which are an opportunity to ask questions that may help you lodge a formal submission to the draft District Plans and/or Towards our Greater Sydney 2056.  

Times and places for the chats will vary so that you can get involved at a time that suits you. You can post questions ahead of the chat as well as during the chat. Just like the Greater Sydney Commission on Facebook and add your question to the thread.

Like all social media discussion, the chats themselves cannot be considered as submissions. Find out more or make a formal submission byclicking here.

Who can participate?
Everyone is welcome to join the online chat. The only rules for participation are that offensive, belligerent or trolling remarks or questions will be deleted and those participants will be blocked.

Senior members of the Commission who will answer your questions may include Commissioners, CEO Sarah Hill, or senior policy and engagement staff.

When will they take place?
Live Online chats will be weekly and start on Tuesday 7 February from midday. The days and times will vary so that as many people as possible can get involved.

Each session can last up to an hour.

How can I get updates?
Follow us on FacebookLinkedIn and Twitter for regular updates on session times and themes. Updates will also be made to this webpage.

Draft Education And Child Care SEPP

February 3rd, 2017: Department of Planning and Environment
Child care and education infrastructure lays the foundations for our children’s learning from their earliest years through to their adult careers. The NSW Government is committed to providing high quality educational environments that support the learning needs of every student.
 
NSW needs to invest in high quality and cost-effective early childhood education and care facilities, schools, TAFEs and universities to nurture young minds, educate and train our future leaders and innovators and deliver a skilled workforce.
 
The NSW Government is proposing changes to the planning system to make it easier for education and child care providers to build high-quality facilities.
 
The NSW Government is proposing to introduce a new education-based State Environmental Planning Policy.
 
The proposed Education and Child Care SEPP proposes changes that will make it easier for child-care providers, schools, TAFEs and universities to build new facilities and improve existing ones by streamlining the planning process to save time and money and deliver greater consistency across NSW. The proposed SEPP balances the need for delivery of additional educational infrastructure with a focus on good design.

Key aims of this SEPP

The proposed SEPP aims to:
•  streamline the planning system for education and child care facilities including changes to exempt and complying development;
• NSW will be the first State to bring Commonwealth Laws regulating early childhood education and care into a state planning system;
• brings the Department of Education into the planning process early, and gives child care providers and developers information, from the beginning regarding all national and state requirements for new child care services;
• streamline the delivery of new schools and upgrading existing facilities, with a focus on good design; and
• assist TAFEs and universities to expand and adapt their specialist facilities in response to the growing need, and to maintain our reputation for providing world class tertiary education, while allowing for more flexibility in the use of their facilities.

• Explanation of Intended Effects (297 KB PDF)
• Draft State Environmental Planning Policy (Educational Establishments and Child Care Facilities) 2017 (484 KB PDF)
• Draft Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (Schools) Regulation 2017 (184 KB PDF)
• Draft Amendment to the Standard LEP for child care (154 KB PDF)
• Draft Environmental Assessment Code of Practice (256 KB PDF)
• Draft Planning circular on student caps (98 KB PDF)
• Draft Child Care Planning Guideline (6.3 MB PDF)
• Draft Better Schools Design Guide (3.7 MB PDF)
FAQs
• Education and Child Care SEPP FAQ (General) (783 KB PDF)
• Education and Child Care SEPP FAQ (Child Care) (825 KB PDF)
• Education and Child Care SEPP FAQ (Schools) (429 KB PDF)
• Education and Child Care SEPP (Tertiary) (267 KB PDF)

You can view the proposed SEPP online and make a submission until 24 March 2017
 
If you cannot lodge your submission online, you can write to:
 
Director, Industry and Infrastructure Policy
Department of Planning and Environment
PO Box 39 
Sydney NSW 2001
We will publish your submission online. That’s why it’s important to read our privacy statement at www.planning.nsw.gov.au/privacy
 
More information 
Call our Information Centre on 1300 305 695. If English isn’t your first language, please call 131 450. Ask for an interpreter in your language and then request to be connected to our Information Centre on 1300 305 695.


Schools
Planning for schools
 
The proposed SEPP will streamline and simplify the planning requirements for educational facilities across the State.
 
These reforms will make it much easier for public and non-government schools to implement a wide range of improvements and expansions to schools, such as upgrading sports fields, building a new library, and offering before and after school care services.
 
High quality design will be a key focus of the proposed planning improvements to ensure that new educational infrastructure enhances communities, delivers greater energy efficiency and contributes to healthy lifestyles for children.

How the changes will work
Having access to quality early childhood education is vital for the development of our children and for the growth of the NSW economy.
 
These reforms will make it much easier for public and non-government schools to implement a wide range of improvements and expansions to schools such as, upgrading sports fields, building a new library, and offering before and after school care services.

What school development is Exempt Development?
The exempt development provisions for schools are intended to enable minor works to be undertaken within school grounds without planning approval provided that certain development standards are met.
 
Examples of works that may be permitted as exempt development include:
• one storey portable classrooms and amenities buildings
• out of school hours care in existing buildings for primary school children
• removal of trees that pose a risk
• landscaping and routine maintenance works
• play equipment, sporting fields and courts, walking paths, seats, shelters and shade structures
• demolition of certain buildings that are not a heritage buildings or in a heritage conservation area.

What school development is Complying Development?
In order to install additional classrooms and educational facilities quickly, in response to increased student numbers, straightforward developments will be permitted as complying development.
 
They will have fast track assessment process by an accredited certifier to determine if they meet pre-determined development standards.
 
The types of complying development proposed to be permitted within the boundaries of an existing school include:
• construction of buildings for educational uses such as classrooms, a library, administration, school hall, gymnasium, canteen or a child care facility
• a covered outdoor learning area
• a car park
• demolition of a buildings that have an area no greater than 250 square metres
• minor alterations or additions to existing buildings
• restoration, replacement or repair of damaged facilities.
 
Schedule 2 of the proposed SEPP lists the required development standards that must be complied with, including a maximum height limit of four storeys and 22m, minimum side and rear setbacks and requirements for landscaping.
 
There are also requirements for the design of schools and assessment of traffic impacts to be done before an application for a complying development certificate is lodged.

What school developments can be done without development consent?
Certain small scale developments can be done without a development consent from a consent authority, but will require the person carrying out the development to undertake environmental assessment of the likely impacts of the proposed activity.
 
The types of development that will be permitted to be carried out without consent in connection with existing schools include:
• one storey buildings for school purposes such as a library, administration, a classroom, a tuckshop, cafeteria or bookshop
• a car park that is not more than one storey high
• an outdoor learning or play area and associated awnings or canopies
• minor alterations or additions, such as internal fitouts, or to address occupational health and safety requirements or to provide access for people with a disability
• restoration, replacement or repair of damaged facilities
• demolition of buildings or structures.
 
A Code of Practice has been developed to ensure that private school operators undertake the required environmental assessment properly. The Code also sets out requirements for consulting with councils, neighbours and other interested parties on proposed private school developments.
 
Development undertaken without consent cannot significantly increase student numbers at schools, and any existing conditions of development consent that may apply to a tertiary institution must be complied with.

What school developments need a development application?
The proposed SEPP will permit development for the purpose of a school to be carried out with consent in prescribed zones.
 
All new schools and major expansions of existing schools with a project value of $20 million or more will require a State significant development (SSD) application, which is assessed and determined by the Minister for Planning. Other school developments with a value less than $20 million and that require consent will need a development application to be lodged with the relevant council.

Have Your Say On The Proposed Mona Vale Road West Upgrade

10 FEBRUARY 2017: NSW Roads & Maritime
Community members are asked to provide feedback on the Review of Environmental Factors (REF) and Species Impact Statement (SIS) for the proposed Mona Vale Road West upgrade between Terrey Hills and Ingleside.

A Roads and Maritime Services spokesperson said the NSW Government has proposed to upgrade Mona Vale Road from McCarrs Creek Road in Terrey Hills to Powder Works Road in Ingleside from two to four lanes to reduce congestion, improve safety and meet future traffic demand.

“Mona Vale Road is a key link for motorists accessing the northern beaches with high levels of congestion during peak periods,” the spokesperson said.

“Roads and Maritime Services plans to build additional lanes, widen lanes, shoulders, median separation, and increase the speed limit to 80 km/h.

“Feedback is invited on the REF and the SIS which examine the potential impact of the proposed upgrade to Mona Vale Road West and outline measures to reduce and manage the impact.

Community members can attend a drop in session on Saturday 18 February between 2pm and 4pm at Terrey Hills Community Hall, where members of the project team will be on hand to answer questions.

Feedback can be provided by Monday 13 March tomonavaleroad@rms.nsw.gov.au or PO Box 973 Parramatta CBD NSW 2124.

“Following the display of the Review of Environmental Factors (REF) andSpecies Impact Statement (SIS), Roads and Maritime will collate all feedback received and prepare a Submissions Report to respond to matters raised by the community and stakeholders.

“Planning approval for the project is expected to be granted following this process and upon approval, Roads and Maritime will proceed with the detailed design phase of the project.”


Next steps
Following the display of the REF and SIS, Roads and Maritime will prepare a submissions report to respond to matters raised by the community and stakeholders during the display.

Upon approval of the project, Roads and Maritime will proceed with the detailed design phase of the project.

Key features
The key features of the Mona Vale Road West upgrade include:
  • Widening Mona Vale Road between McCarrs Creek Road and Powder Works Road from two lanes to four lanes with a central concrete safety barrier
  • Providing a new traffic signal intersection at Kimbriki Road and Mona Vale Road, including additional dedicated turning lanes and a truck climbing lane
  • Relocating the intersection of Mona Vale Road and Tumburra Street to the west by about 40 metres and changing access to left turn in and left turn out only
  • Closing the existing intersection at Mona Vale Road and Addison Road to general traffic and restricting access to emergency vehicles only
  • Constructing a new local road connection between Bungendore Street and Powder Works Road, using the existing Harvey Road corridor, and extending the new local road east of Addison Road to meet the intersection of Mona Vale Road and Powder Works Road
  • Removing bus stops near the intersection of Tumburra Street and re-directing bus services along the new local road connection and Tumburra Street to serve existing and future land uses
  • Providing new and improved fauna connections including a 40 metre wide fauna bridge over Mona Vale Road and two fauna underpasses
  • Constructing a shared use path on the northern side of Mona Vale Road
  • Relocating the access road to the National Baha’i Centre by about 120 metres west along the new road
  • Upgrading street lighting for the full length of the project
  • Constructing retaining walls and/or sandstone cuttings at various locations along the alignment
  • Landscaping over the length of the proposal.

Surfboard Record Attempt

Thursday, March 16 at 9 AM - 3:10 PM
Barrenjoey High School
Coonanga Rd, Avalon, New South Wales, Australia 2107

We are very excited to announce that Barrenjoey will be attempting to set a World Record on March 16th. All students and the local community are encouraged to participate as we attempt to lay more than 685 surfboards end to end around the school and Avalon Beach. 

This type of event gives the students a community minded focus while fostering pride in their school.

We will be raising both funds and awareness for the Disability Surfers Association (DSA) through the sale of raffle tickets and other activities on the day.
Event details at:

Draft Sustainability Strategy

Have your say: Shaping Sydney's sustainable future
By NSW Government

What's this about?
As the NSW Government’s urban transformation agency, it is UrbanGrowth's mission to create innovative and productive urban places with world-class standards of liveability, resilience, inclusion, affordability and environmental quality.

We have released our Draft Sustainability Strategy for public comment. The strategy will guide development across our projects and create a legacy of sustainable places for future generations.

Extensive research, benchmarking, and stakeholder and industry consultation have informed the strategy to ensure that it holds us to world class standards.

Have your say
Provide your feedback on the Draft Sustainability Strategy by completing a survey and/or attending a briefing session.

Find out more on the UrbanGrowth website.

Have your say before 10 May 2017.

Online Consultation
Date: Mar. 1 - May. 10, 2017


Our first meeting of the year will be held on Tuesday, 14 March and as usual will be held in the Avalon Beach Bowling Club in Bowling Green Lane.

This year for the first time we have decided to schedule our meeting dates for the year – simply, they will be held on the second Tuesday of the months of March, June, September and December.

GOVERNOR PHILLIP AND WEST HEAD BEACH
The prevailing view among historians and writers has long been that Governor Phillip most likely spent his first night in Pittwater at Resolute Beach. In fact there is strong evidence to suggest that West Head Beach is where Phillip, in March 1788, first set foot on land in Pittwater, made first contact with local aborigines on land and camped for two nights.
Geoff and member Roger Sayers have spent a good deal of time at the latter site and, as Phillip would have, approached it by water on several occasions. Recent photographic evidence, along with pertinent documents eg. Lieu. Bradley’s journal and Phillip’s diary, provide for compelling discussion. 

The completed document including photographs, have been submitted for publication in the June issue of ‘History’, the magazine of our parent body, the Royal Australian Historical Society.

We would like to present to the meeting our finished work including  an accompanying photographic essay on the big screen in the Avalon “Bowlo”.

Geoff Searl
President, Avalon Beach Historical Society

 Pittwater Offshore Newsletter Update 1/3/2017 

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To contact Julian:  editor@scotlandisland.org.au

Aussie Heroes Founder To Speak At Rotary

Wednesday, March 8 at 6 PM 
Bayview Golf Club
1825 Pittwater Rd, Mona Vale

The Rotary Club of the Upper Northern Beaches is opening it's doors on International Women's Day to anyone interested in hearing the wonderful story of Aussie Heroes Quilts. We are so lucky to have Jan Maree Ball OAM with us that night. So if you are interested in military or quilting - or even just to hear how one person can change lives - come along.

Cliff Side Fun Run

On April 9, 2017

About The Fun Run
This event is run by the AVAAL 4 Life Foundation in collaboration with the Mona Vale Surf Life Saving Club.

To raise much needed funds to directly support of our foundations activities in Mental Health and to support Breast Cancer with our corporate support of the National Breast Cancer Foundation's and their goal of Zero deaths to breast cancer by 2030.

We would like to invite you to come join our annual community based charity Cliff Side Fun Run (or walk), held on Sydney’s Stunning Northern Beaches.

Starting beside the beach at Long Reef, the course takes you up and around the picturesque ocean front taking in Sydney’s most iconic Cliff Side track with the 10k course featuring not 1 but 2 Headlands.

There are two Fun Runs on the same day. A 10km run for a great challenge, and a 3km family friendly course - PLUS an amazing Family Festival.

Our events attract all walks of life: young and old, fit or not, from near and far.

Become a Cliffside Sponsor
We would like to invite you to join us as a sponsor of the annual community based charity Cliff Side Fun Run – Contact Us. info@avaalgroup.com 

Find out more and sign up at: cliffsidefunrun.com.au


Manly-Warringah Choir Concert 
6th May 2017

I am delighted to tell you that the Manly-Warringah Choir and Orchestra will soon be performing one of the great works of the choral repertoire – Brahms’ German Requiem.

This is a special occasion for us, because not only will we be performing it at our usual venue in Manly in May, but the choir has now established an international reputation and has been invited to join other choirs later in May to perform it at Carnegie Hall, New York.

The concert is on Saturday 6 May starting at 7:30pm at the Cardinal Cerretti Chapel at St Patrick’s in Manly.

Details of the performance and ticketing are in this Issue’s Events page. Please note that the box office for ticketing opens on the morning of Monday 6 March.

You can book on-line at www.manlywarringahchoir.org.au or by phone on 9953 2443 or 0432 656798.

I do hope that you can come and enjoy this sublime work with us.

Roger Pratt
President – Manly-Warringah Choir.

Win A Harley – Support Local Surf Life Saving Clubs

By Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern Beaches
How would you like to win a new Harley-Davidson Dyna Street Bob worth $22,840 for just $5.00?

Thanks to a generous donation by Northern Beaches Harley- Davidson and the tremendous support of Dee Why RSL Club, we are raffling this beautiful bike with tickets just $5 each or 5 for $20.
All of the proceeds from the raffle go to supporting our lifesaving efforts across our 21 Surf Life Saving Clubs.

Tickets are on sale at Dee Why RSL Club or from your local Surf Life Saving Club. We will also be selling tickets at Westfield Warringah Mall on 18 and 19 February.

The raffle will be drawn at Dee Why RSL Club on Friday 10 March. A second-chance draw of a $500 Northern Beaches Harley-Davidson gift voucher will take place on the night.

Donations Of Surfboards Needed

Do you have a surfboard hiding in your garage that you never use? 
Grass Skirt Project is collecting donated surfboards to send to Papua New Guinea to encourage and enable local people to participate in surfing. If you have a board or any other gear (legropes, fins, deck pads, rashies, boardies, swimsuits etc) that you’re willing to part with and send to a new home in Papua New Guinea, please drop them off at 
Line Up Surf 26 Clyde Rd, Dee Why NSW 2099, Monday to Sunday 9.00am - 6.00pm. 

Go to www.grassskirproject.org/surfboardsforpng.html for more info or email tahina@grassskirtproject.org or sofia@grassskirtproject.org if you are unable to drop surfboards off at the donation point.

Petition: Keep Maternity Services In Mona Vale! 

As many of you may know both Manly and Mona Vale hospitals are due to be closed towards the end of 2018 and replaced by the large hospital currently under construction in Frenchs Forest. This means losing both the maternity units from our local hospitals as all services are transferred to the new site, creating a gap in maternity services and further limiting local women’s choices regarding where they choose to give birth.

This petition seeks to provide a platform for our voices to finally be heard. It has long been proven by countless research studies that midwifery-led continuity of care models for low-risk women SHOULD be the gold standard of maternity care. Why should women accept any less? As a community, we want to see a midwifery-led freestanding birth centre that provides continuity of midwifery care and CHOICE for families on the Northern Beaches.

We are concerned that the commute to the new hospital in Frenchs Forest will put women at risk due to travel time during peak traffic and the flooding that occurs during heavy rain on the main access route to the new hospital. Studies have already proven that the closure of maternity units across Australia has been significantly associated with increased 'birth before arrival' (BBA) rates. The distribution of studies undertaken has not been limited to rural and remote areas, but includes large urban populations. Given the high risk of adverse maternal and neonatal outcomes associated with BBA, it is time to stand up against the closure of units.

A birth centre that is based at Mona Vale Hospital, centrally located on the beaches would allow women with low risk pregnancies the option of Midwifery Continuity of Care which research also shows to be cost-saving. In 2012 a multimillion-dollar investment was made to upgrade and modernise the Mona Vale maternity unit. The investment has been made in the right location already. We therefore propose that the Northern Beaches Health Service Redevelopment (Mona Vale Hospital site) be the ideal location for such a service.

This is such an important issue! It is a fundamental human right to have CHOICE when it comes to childbirth.

Both local and regional support is welcome, you may not use this service or live on the beaches but if we rally together for the future we can see this dream become a reality for our daughters, granddaughters and the wider community as a whole.

We need to be heard, but to be heard we need your voices! We need as many voices as possible so that NSW Government take notice. Please,sign and share this petition today and be the change.


The 2017 Community War Memorials Fund (CWMF) Is Offering Grants Of Up To $10,000

February 22nd, 2017: NSW Government
The CWMF will assist local communities to protect, repair and improve the accessibility of war memorials, statues, honour rolls, and memorial halls which commemorate the Anzac legacy.

Funding applications can be made up until Anzac Day and will be assessed by the State War Memorials Committee.

Minister for Veterans Affairs David Elliott said it was important that young people understood the sacrifices made during World War I to ensure their legacy lives on.

“I sincerely encourage all communities who believe their local memorial needs a bit of love or protection to apply for a grant,” Mr Elliott said.

Last year, the CWMF allocated $250,000 to projects across NSW, which included the re-painting of the Bellata War Memorial Hall near Narrabri and repairs to the Maclean Cenotaph near Grafton.

Other projects included a conservation assessment for the Broken Hill War Memorial and the installation of protection barriers around the Boer War Memorial and WWII RAAF Memorial in Lismore.

Find out more about the Community War Memorials Fund and how to apply

EOI For Carers Day

Northside Community Forum are planning a Young Carers Wellbeing Day, dedicated to supporting Young Carers living in the Northern Beaches.
Before they lock in a date, they’d like to get a feel for how many people are interested in attending the event, and what dates might suit everyone the best.

So, if you like the sound of what’s on offer below, and you don't want to miss out, get in touch with Yara today on 1300 134 332 or email her onyarai@yournorthside.org.au

More Than $2.6 Million For Local Heritage 

Monday, 13 February 2017: Media Release - Gabrielle Upton, Minister for Heritage
Communities can apply for more than $2.6 million in funding to help protect and preserve heritage items listed on their council’s Local Environmental Plan, Heritage Minister Gabrielle Upton announced today. 

Ms Upton said the funding was available under the NSW Government’s second round of Heritage Activation Grants, designed for local government, businesses and community organisations to reactivate and preserve local heritage spaces and precincts.

“This program aims to build on the knowledge and connection communities have with their heritage – communities know their heritage better than anyone,” Ms Upton said.

 “The program acknowledges the important role owners and managers of locally listed heritage items play in communities across NSW.” 

Heritage Activation Grants, part of an $8 million three year NSW Government investment in local heritage protection, are open to owners and managers of local heritage items listed on their council’s Local Environmental Plan. 

“Some of the proposals funded in the first round included a project to improve public access at Wingham Library and a plan to revitalise the Lachlan Railway Heritage Centre’s entrance,” Ms Upton said. 

Applications open today and close on Friday 21 April. 

Little Wings - A Great Story And We Need Your Support

This is a great story and I am so very fortunate to be a small part of that Little Wings story in my new role as a Board Member.  I affectionately call Little Wings "the littlest airline in NSW!"
 
Getting the funds to get more flights into the air for these seriously ill children is always challenging.  The most recent fund raising effort is a raffle, with amazing sponsorship partners, and with a Lexus as the major prize.   Little Wings benefits from this promotion and I am asking for your help.
 
Tickets are $20 each, and bookable online via the link below.  Don't wait.  The raffle closes at the end of the month!  Good luck, and enjoy the Little Wings story.  You'll be touched.  



Please support this raffle.

Janette Davie AM
Palm Beach 

EXPRESS YOURSELF 2017

HSC Visual Arts from Sydney’s Northern Beaches
Manly Art Gallery & Museum, 3 Mar – 2 Apr 2017


Express Yourself is a vibrant and dynamic annual exhibition, this year showcasing the talent and creativity of the 2016 crop of HSC Visual Arts students from Sydney’s Northern Beaches. 

The exhibition kicks off at the Manly Art Gallery & Museum on Friday 3 March at 6pm and will be opened by Tristan Sharp, Director Programs & Engagement, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences.

Express Yourself celebrates the work of over 40 emerging young artists from 18 secondary schools in the region and includes multi-media, digital, sculpture, graphics and drawing. The outstanding technical and artistic calibre of the works in Express Yourself reflect the artistic strength of the students in Sydney’s Northern Beaches region, and the high quality of teaching and learning in Visual Arts at the HSC level. 

Displayed alongside the artworks are statements written by the students expanding on the inspirations and influences that informed their works and their journeys through this unique and demanding creative process.  

The winners of the 2017 Manly Art Gallery & Museum Society Youth Art Award and Theo Batten Bequest Youth Art Award will be announced on the opening night. These two awards are granted annually to students featured in the exhibition. Manly Art Gallery & Museum Society presents a $3000 award and the Theo Batten Youth Art Award of $5000 is awarded to a student who is continuing tertiary studies in the arts. 

TEACHERS’ PREVIEW
Fri 3 Mar, 5 - 6pm 

OFFICIAL OPENING
Fri 3 Mar, 6 - 8pm 

ART TALK + WALK
Sat 11 Mar 2017, 2 - 3pm

Express Yourself artists walk through the exhibition and discuss their works with the curators.

Manly Art Gallery & Museum is on West Esplanade Reserve (close to Manly Ferry Wharf). The Gallery is open 10am-5pm Tuesday-Sunday. Free Entry 

For information, telephone 9976 1421 or emailartgallery@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au
This Exhibition is part of Art Month Sydney.

Charity Golf Day 2017

Friday, March 31 at 7:30 AM - 3 PM
Bayview Golf Club
1825 Pittwater Rd, Mona Vale
Join us at beautiful Bayview Golf Club for a morning of golf and fun with lunch to follow. All proceeds go to the projects of Rotary Club of Upper Northern Beaches. We support the Palliative Care Centre at Mona Vale Hospital and other local and international causes.

SPONSORS WANTED!
Support us with a hole sponsorship at $1,500. You’ll get:
  • Sign at the hole and on our sponsor board during lunch acknowledging your support
  • Four registrations for golf and lunch
  • Gift bags and post-match drinks for your players
Other sponsorship levels are also available - each with its benefit to you!

To sign up as a sponsor, call Simon on 0402 037 032.or Patrick 0405 457 950

Golf experience optional! A great day out for men and women of all skill levels!
Format: 4- ball Ambrose / Shotgun start
Teams of four: Register your own team or join one of ours

Golf + Lunch package: $150 per person includes:
  • 18 holes golf (Ambrose format)
  • Morning tea
  • Snack/drinks cart
  • Gift bag
  • Two course lunch
Golf only: $100
Lunch only: $60

To register: Download our PDF registration form here and send it to us with your payment before March 23rd.
Hand your completed form and payment details to an UNB Rotary club member OR drop it at Bayview Golf Club reception during business hours
OR post it to: The Rotary Club of Upper Northern Beaches, P.O. Box 321, Mona Vale N.S.W. 1660
OR scan it and send it as an email attachment to: golfday@rotaryuppernorthernbeaches.org

For more details, email Simon at golfday@rotaryuppernorthernbeaches.org

Board Collector Surf Swap

Avalon Beach
Sunday 9 April 2017
Boards Bands Beers Burgers

Featuring
  • STAB Magazine Filmlyfe Film festival
  • Films and Q&A with surfing and shaping legends
  • "Show and Shine" 100 Vintage surfboards display
  • Pre-1990 surfboards for sale and swap.
  • Warung of Knowledge
  • Free Vintage appraisals
  • "The best of the cutting edge", new surfboards and contemporary shapers
  • Photography, art, clothing and accessories stalls
  • Micro brewery beers and gourmet food stalls
Calling on collectors the reserve a spot to display and sell their boards and volunteers to be part of the family and help us wrangle surfboards and crowds

If your interested in coming along, having a stall, displaying some boards or volunteering, drop us a line - Email: info@boardcollectorsurfswap.com

Find out more or get involved at: www.boardcollectorsurfswap.com

NSW Recreational Fishing Trust Grants Open

3 Feb 2017: NSW Department of Primary Industries
Fishing and community groups are encouraged to apply for a share of $15 million in NSW Recreational Fishing Trust funding for grants to improve recreational fishing across the state.

NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Group Director, Recreational and Indigenous Fisheries, Peter Turnell, said grants are available for both large projects involving more than $10,000 of funding, and smaller projects involving less than $10,000.

“I would encourage individuals and community groups to apply for these grants which improve recreational fishing in NSW for present and future generations,” Mr Turnell said.

“Some of the projects funded already include artificial reefs, fish stocking, fishing workshops, Fishcare Volunteer programs, habitat restoration, and the installation of fish aggregating devices.

“The NSW Recreational Fishing Trusts are funded through the sale of recreational fishing licences.

“The grants program is another way the NSW Government continues to reinvest this resource back into the sector to help it further develop.
“Recreational fishing adds about $3.4 billion to the State’s economy each year, and accounts for more than 14,000 full-time jobs.

“Putting the recreational fishing licence fees to work on ideas generated by the fishers and fishing groups that are so passionate about the sport helps ensure a bright future for NSW fishing.”

Mr Turnell said $15 million has been allocated this financial year from the sale of recreational fishing licences to both freshwater and saltwater projects in 2016-17, such as offshore artificial reefs, fishing stocking and fishing platforms.

Applications are open to anyone, including fishing clubs and organisations, universities, councils, community groups, and individuals. Joint applications are encouraged.

Gone Fishing NSW fishing club grants of up to $2,000 are also available for groups applying to run community fishing events for Gone Fishing NSW Day on 15 October 2017.

Applications for small and large projects close on 13 March 2017.
Applications for Gone Fishing NSW fishing club grants close on 30 April 2017.

DoggieRescue.com

Pet of the Week

Blitzen

AGE/SEX: 10 years / M
BREED: Irish Terrier X Poodle

Blitzen is an affectionate but somewhat shy boy who is social with other dogs. He loves a cuddle and loves to play with soft toys. He has a low shedding coat and weighs 9.4kg. He comes desexed, C5 vaccinated, heartworm free and microchipped. Also included for the love and health of our dogs is a free Health and Wellness Voucher with our DR Vet. His adoption cost is $400.

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

Avalon Boomerang Bags 2017

From Tuesday February 7th workshops will be run at:
Sewcraft
Unit 20/14 Polo Ave , Mona Vale. 
9.30-2.30

We would like to say a big welcome from Avalon Boomerang Bags to Kate at Sewcraft and a HUGE Thank You for offering us the use of this fabulous space.

For those that cannot attend our regular workshops but still want to be involved, get together 2-6 friends and we can run a workshop for you at a mutually convenient time. Or perhaps you would like to donate some nice bright fabric or some thread or help out in other ways behind the scenes. 
If you can help call Laurel on 0410 608 315 or reply to this email.

2017 is going to be great, can't wait to see all our baggers again.

Just quick reminder that we are running a bag SHARING program. The bags are called Boomerang Bags because we would like the ones you're not using to Boomerang back into our boxes , so that there are always plenty available for shoppers who may have forgotten their own. 


Join us, and let's rid our beautiful coastal suburb of polluting, wild life entangling plastic bags.


Indian Myna Action Group

Indian or Common Mynas are one of the world's most invasive species, not a cute bird. Many communities in NSW, QLD,  ACT  and overseas are taking action against these pests, sometimes called flying rats. 



Pittwater Natural Heritage Association set up the Northern Beaches Indian Myna Action Group, as these birds are a common pest in local shopping centres, on private land and in schools and parks.

Now a grant from Greater Sydney Local Lands Services has enabled our campaign to take a leap forward, with more publicity and more  traps available for people wishing to trap on private land. 

These aggressive birds are pests because they breed in great numbers, nesting in hollows in houses and in trees, displacing native birds and animals. They can spread diseases and lice and scavenge in rubbish bins. 

Our Myna information is welcomed by cafes that are pestered by birds fouling tables. This term we will deliver a pamphlet to alert schools about Mynas. 

See our  Facebook page for what we are doing and  how people can get involved.

For more information contact us on pnhainfo@gmail.com or phone Nick Halkyard on 0416 288 874