Community News: March 2019

March 17 - 23, 2019: Issue 397

Articles This Week 

Front Page Issue 397

World's Greatest Shave 2019: Mo, Fro and Lanky Locks GO! Over 20k Raised!!

Mona Vale Road Upgrade - Changed Traffic Conditions Reminder - from Office of Rob Stokes, MP for Pittwater

Mona Vale Hospital Construction Works Continuing: March 2019 Update + More Than 370 Mona Vale Hospital Staff Providing Exceptional Service - from Office of Rob Stokes, MP for Pittwater

School Strike 4 Climate Action Grows 10x In A Few Months; The Next Strike Could Close Australia For The Day

2019 State Election: Upper House Candidates and Pittwater Candidates and where you can vote on Saturday March 23rd

Save Mona Vale Hospital Committee Calls For Voters To Send Message At State Poll 

NSW Government Working To Deliver More Green Space For Newport - from Office of Rob Stokes, MP for Pittwater

News From The Nesting Box - March 2019 by Lesley Stevens & Jude James, Western Shores Pygmy Possum Project - A Rocky Point Bush Care Initiative

MC38 2019 Australian Championship Hosted By The The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club: On Pittwater

Aquatics: Pro Surfing to Descends on Manly - 2019 Key Sun Zinke Sydney Pro Junior on opening weekend of Vissla Sydney Surf Pro.  by Surfing NSW

Pictures: 2019 NSW Surf Life Saving Championships: Opens - Newport Wins!! + Gold medals for PBSLSC in Boats ++

Park Bench Philosopher They Will Definitely Be Missed: Australia’s Faunal Extinction Crisis Inquiry

Pittwater Butterfly Notes: For Those Seeing Wings Flitting + Inspirations To Find Your Own Species - Some Do! - for youngsters

Profile: Peter Macinnis: Last month the National Library of Australia released a brand new work by Fairlight Science writer extraordinaire Peter Macinnis - although 'inspire-er' may be more accurate. The book is 'Australian Backyard Earth Scientist' - the third in a series he has penned for the NLA, including one that won an Eve Pownall award in the 2010 Children's Book Council of Australia Awards for sister publication, Australian Backyard Explorer and a Whitley Award in 2012 for Australian Backyard Naturalist.

This highly illustrated latest 'Australian Backyard' book provides fascinating information that helps explain different aspects of earth science and provides answers to questions like: how old the earth is, what fossils tell us, how mountains were created, what causes earthquakes, what the difference between weather and climate is, why glaciers are melting and many more. The book also includes fun activities that children can try at home for example making fossils and using tree rings to find out about past weather. 

The previous books in the series Australian Backyard Astronomy  (by Ragbir Bhathal)Australian Backyard Naturalist and Australian Backyard Explorer have all been a popular addition to both school and home libraries for budding explorers and adventurers interested in their natural environment. 

Peter is prolific, having penned over 50 books, and he's funny, really funny - an example from his pen;

Peter Macinnis turned to writing after his promising career as a chiaroscuro player was tragically cut short by a caravaggio crash during the Trompe L'Oeil endurance race. He recently did remarkably well in the early rounds of the celebrity underwater cooking program, Moister Chef, but he was disqualified for using dried fruits and desiccated coconut. He has a pet leech named Gladys, which has lived in a container on his desk for the last six months, as part of another book, and he is an expert echidna handler and ant lion wrangler. He wrote both the score and the libretto for the acclaimed opera Manon Troppo. 

Sorry, that’s not quite right. I write and sometimes broadcast about science, for young and old. ... I write mainly about science, or consumer history for both adults and children, depending on how the fit takes me on a given morning. 

Peter is a frequent visitor to our end of the peninsula - in fact he's been romping through the regions offshore for over 50 years now. This week a small insight into one of our local treasures who is disclosing a lot of other hidden treasures right here and right now - do yourself and your youngsters a favour - get these books!

History: Pittwater Roads II: Where the Streets Have Your name - Newport
What stories are behind the names of some of our Pittwater streets, who were these people when they're not a 'Currawong', 'Waratah', 'Foamcrest' or Çentral' Road 

Narrabeen Lagoon Flooding: Parkway Closed

Sunday March 17th, 11 am
Wakehurst Parkway has flooded at Oxford Falls and is closed in both directions. Motorists are advised to seek alternative passageways and exercise caution on very wet roads. Please do not drive through flood waters anywhere they are encountered.

Narrabeen Lagoon is already inundating some properties fronting onto the lagoon and this evenings High Tide at 6. 30 pm is excepted to stymie the flow of flood waters from the lagoon causing further rises. Please seek higher ground if affected.

Those requiring assistance with storm/flooding damage, can call the NSW SES on 132500. If it's an Emergency, then call '000'.

Mona Vale Road Upgrade - Changed Traffic Conditions

Friday March 15th, 2019

Motorists are being reminded that a 60km/h speed limit has been introduced as part of the Mona Vale Road Upgrade.

Work on the $140 million eastern section of the project is underway with work crews progressing vegetation and rock removal, utility relocation and site establishment works. 

The completed project will include the introduction of additional climbing and descending lanes, wider shoulders, median separation, fauna connectivity improvements and a heavy vehicle arrester bed.

“This is an essential project that’s been on our community’s to-do list for decades,” Rob Stokes said.

“There’s an enormous amount of work involved in this project and its scale is now becoming apparent as vegetation is progressively removed.

“With heavy machinery and construction crews onsite - it’s really important that motorists follow directional signage and use extra caution.

“Along with all local residents, I’m really pleased to see this upgrade funded and work underway,” Rob Stokes said.

Further information on the project is available on the Mona Vale Road Upgrade webpage www.rms.nsw.gov.au/projects/sydney-north/mona-vale-road

Below: Mona Vale upgrade has commenced:


Please Keep Eye Out For This Leatherback Turtle

A Leatherback turtle was fighting for his life caught in a shark net off Newport Beach last Sunday, March 10th.

Luckily Newport Lifeguards Nigel, Lauren and Frank were on the scene! We received a call from Tracey and Jess from Newport Lifeguard Station asking for help and that the guys were trying to cut him free. 

He still has net around his head and lacerations from the shark net! So keep an eye out and call: 
  • ASRCC if you spot him 0438 862 676 or
  • Taronga Zoo 02 9978 4785
  • Sydney Wildlife Rescue 02 9413 4300
  • ORRCA 02 9415 3333
  • WIRES 1300 094 737
  • Sydney Sealife Aquarium: 0404109198

Chances are with these injuries he will come to shore. If you do spot him, please do not approach him as that will cause distress. Telephone the numbers above and stay at a safe distance to watch him until someone arrives.

Sea turtles are air breathing reptiles that have lungs, so they regularly surface to breathe. Sea turtles spend a majority of their time underwater, so they must be able to hold their breath for long periods. Dive duration largely depends on activity. 

A foraging turtle may typically spend 5–40 minutes under water while a sleeping sea turtle can remain under water for 4–7 hours. Remarkably, sea turtle respiration remains aerobic for the vast majority of voluntary dive time. When a sea turtle is forcibly submerged (e.g. entangled in a trawl net) its diving endurance is substantially reduced, so it is more susceptible to drowning.

When surfacing to breathe, a sea turtle can quickly refill its lungs with a single explosive exhalation and rapid inhalation. Their large lungs permit rapid exchange of oxygen and avoid trapping gases during deep dives.

Cheyne took this photo of a Leatherback at the end of Jan (top photo) and the bottom pic is the photo Nigel took of the Leatherback caught in the shark net at Newport Beach last Sunday.



Looks like the same injuries which Cheyne thought were probably from boat strike when he saw the turtle initially. He is certainly getting worse and in needing of rescuing. He’s a huge turtle and needs proper gear to catch and transport. 

Please keep an eye out for him and let's get him healed and back into his salty home.

Information from Australian Seabird Rescue Central Coast

Video from Nigel taken  on Sunday freeing the Leatherback from the shark net:

Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern Beaches Branch Officials Training

Congratulations Upu!!

In the 2019 Victorian Hobie Cat State Titles held at Ballarat last weekend a few great results were made by local Palm Beach Sailing Club member, Upu Kila MBE

As Upu explains;

"We grabbed the lead after 2 races on the 2nd day and it all came down to the last 2 races between the top 3 boats. My crew, Jack, was only 11 and just learning. We did great. 1st in Grand Masters and 3rd in Open Division."

Well done Upu and Jack - brilliant result!

Big Crowd Attend Free DeFib Training

Avalon Beach SLSC facilitated an introductory course in CPR and the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) this week. With 70+ in attendance across the 2 sessions the club would like to thank the Avalon community for stepping up and learning these potentially life saving skills. 

Massive thanks to Louise Lindop who initiated this idea and conducted the two sessions today along with the great team of Club trainers. 

Publicly accessible defibs are located on the southern wall of the Surf Club, Avalon Beach Recreation Centre and Avalon Woolworths.

Katie Pellew Running For CanToo In Hawkes Bay Marathon 2019

Sailing legend Katie Pellew has been inducted into the Hall of Fame with Can Too Run and Swim this week! Such a great honour and an amazing cause to raise money for.

On Saturday they were scheduled to run a 27km training run and with a forecast that shows 90% chance of rain, so it may be a little wet.....

In May Katie is going to be a part of the Hawkes Bay Marathon, a mere 42 kilometres (!), raising funds for CanToo.

Let's give Katie some local support by chipping in a few $ each at: HERE


Pittwater Baseball Club Inc 2019 AGM 

The AGM of Pittwater Baseball Club is to be held on Sunday 24th March, commencing at 2.00pm at Narrabeen RSL, Nareen Parade, North Narrabeen.

Our Presentation Day will follow the AGM. 

All sponsors, life members, current and past players, family and friends are welcome and invited to attend both the AGM and our Presentation Day. 

Nominations for Committee
Our committee has worked tirelessly this season and a hard earned break is imminent.  We would love some newcomers as many hands make light work. The more the merrier.
If you are thinking about volunteering your time for the next season, we welcome your smiling face and kind heart. Please see the position descriptions on our website for committee roles. Any assistance is appreciated.

Please feel free to contact either myself president@pittwaterbaseballclub.com.au or Mary Clarkson secretary@pittwaterbaseballclub.com.au if you would like to join the life line of Pittwater Baseball.

Yours in Baseball
Robert Chessell
President
 
Nominations for positions need to be on the nomination form
Photo: Pittwater Baseball Volunteers yesterday (March 9th) at Finals Day.

Guns Out For Tombsy Gala Benefit Dinner

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

A Life, a Family, a Community has been changed. It’s time to get your Guns Out and support your mate Tombsy. 

Tables of 10 are now being sold (no single ticket being sold at present). To purchase go to: www.cvent.com/d/z6qqg8/4W
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Newport Residents Association Meeting

The next meeting is our normal monthly meeting this coming Tuesday 19th March commencing at 7pm
Newport Community Centre, The Boulevard, Newport.

Address by Trish Chaney Community Liaison Coordinator NB Council (come & talk to Trish and let her know what is important for Newport and what you feel needs attention)

RPAYC's Soldier On Family Day

On Sunday March 10th we were pleased to host 35 people from Soldier On & their families as part of our Soldier on Family Days. 

The Family days sees Veterans and/or their families turn up at the RPAYC, enjoy a coffee & welcome briefing, then cruise down to Portuguese beach on-board members boats. Once at the beach, veterans enjoy everything from sunbaking to swimming, beach games and sailing the Club's Elliott 7's or Hobie Waves. A lovely freshly cooked BBQ is enjoyed on the beach (as well as a visit from the resident local goannas)  before heading back to the club. 



Thank You to all staff and volunteers who made this great day possible and thank you to Sonia Williams for the picture above. 

Here is a great video giving a few snippets of one of our previous Soldier On Family Days. Thank You Scott Reynolds

Community, Arts & Culture Grants Will Foster A More Inclusive Northern Beaches

Northern Beaches Council is allocating $240,000 to its Community, Arts & Culture Grants Program for the year 2019/20 with a special focus on advancing “social inclusion”.

Northern Beaches Mayor Michael Regan said Council is keen to is keen to foster welcoming villages and neighbourhood centres that are vibrant, accessible and support the health and wellbeing of our community.

Grants of between $2,000 and $10,000 are available to eligible groups and organisations which undertake projects or activities that bring direct benefit to the locals and the community.  

“The 2019 - 2020 Community, Arts & Culture Grants Program is directed at groups that share Council’s vision of ‘a safe, inclusive and connected community that lives in balance with our extraordinary coastal and bushland environment’,” he said.
 
The grants will be available for projects that can be implemented between July 2019 and 30 June 2020.

To qualify, grant applicants must be incorporated not-for-profit organisations operating within the Northern Beaches local government area. 

However, individuals and unincorporated small groups may qualify for a grant so long as they are sponsored to undertake their project by an eligible not-for-profit organisation.

Industry peak bodies and political parties are not eligible for the grants, and there is a specific separate grant program for events.
“We receive so many very deserving applications so eligible groups and organisations who are want to apply are strongly urged to attend one of four information sessions on the grants program being held on.” Mayor Michael Regan said. 

They will be held on:
• Monday 18 March, 6:30 – 8pm at North Narrabeen Community & Tennis Centre
• Wednesday 20 March, 10am - 12pm at Mona Vale Memorial Hall
• Tuesday 2 April, 10am – 12pm at Dee Why Council Chambers
• Thursday 4 April, 6 – 8pm at Dee Why Council Chambers
…and one of two general grant writing seminars on:
• Monday 25 March, 6:30 – 8pm at North Narrabeen Community & Tennis Centre
• Tuesday 26 March, 10am – 12pm at Dee Why Council Chambers

The Community, Arts & Culture Grants funding round will open for applications from 9am Monday 18 March and will close at 3pm, Tuesday 30 April 2019.

“The objective of the Community, Arts & Culture Grants is to support local groups and organisations that work to create a stronger and more connected Northern Beaches community, with an explicit focus on addressing the causes of inequality and disadvantage,” said Mayor Regan. 

“A small subsidy can make a real difference to community-based organisations wanting to present projects or activities.”

For details, go to Council’s website northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au 

Warriewood Valley Community Centre

March 5th, 2019
Council are seeking community feedback on how the Nelson Heather Centre is currently used. They'd also like to know your needs for a future multi-use centre in the same location.

As part of their engagement they are speaking with existing facility users and seeking input from the community over the coming weeks.

How to get involved
Share your thoughts on the existing and future needs by taking this short survey.

Comments close Sunday 24 March 2019.

Background
Council are seeking to design and build a new multi-use community centre on the existing site of the Nelson Heather Centre in Warriewood.

The project has been incorporated into the Warriewood Valley Development Contribution Plan Amendment 16, Revision 3 to cater for the increase in demand for new public facilities within the Warriewood Valley Release Area as existing facilities are already at capacity. For more Info.,please visit NBC webpage HERE

Hidden Hawkesbury History Cruises

Fantasea Palm Beach Ferries maiden Hidden Hawkesbury History Cruise sets Sail Tuesday 26th of March 

For more info visit fantasea.com.au or Phone: 9974 7413

Watch Out, SWAT’s About In Mona Vale

Councils Special Works and Transformation Team, or SWAT Team as their affectionately known, will storm Mona Vale town centre from Monday 18 March to Friday 22 March conducting a major clean of the area.

Up to 25 Council staff will take on a range of tasks including cleaning the bins, bollards, sweeping, paving repairs, and most significantly the refurbishment of the public toilet block outside the library and Councils customer service centre.

Northern Beaches Mayor Michael Regan said as a result of a successful blitz held in Manly in November, Mona Vale is the next hub to be hit.

“We’ll have several teams from council working together over a week to make the area spick and span

“While our staff do a wonderful job keeping the town centre clean all year round, this is an extra spring clean.” Mayor Regan said.

The SWAT Team will be distinguishable in hi-vis vests operating in the Mona Vale CBD between 7am and 3pm next week.

MADE FOR YOU - Artists And Craftsmen Of Pittwater

For the first time ever, we will have an exhibition at Creative Space in Curl Curl.  The details are:
  • Wednesday 20th – Sunday 24th March
  • Opening times – 10am to 4pm each day
  • Plus Twilight Viewing until 7pm Thursday

Creative Space is at 105 Abbott Road, North Curl Curl.  There is plenty of car parking alongside the hall.  By public transport, unfortunately it is a one kilometre walk from the route 136 bus stop on Griffin Road at Abbott Road, but the on-demand Ride Plus service will get you there from Warringah Mall, Manly Wharf or other hub locations (advance bookings required).

We will have art and craft demonstrations every day, on the hall's back deck (weather permitting).  More details closer to the date.

Find out more at: https://acop.com.au/home

Avalon Surf Swim 2019

Ocean Swimmers - don't miss the 27th annual Avalon Surf Swim of 1.5km and 1km as well as the Around the Bends Newport to Avalon swim now in its third year on Sunday 14 April.Registrations are now open.

With all three swims running on the one day, the Newport to Avalon Swim will run first at 8:00am, followed by the 1km ‘kids and beginners’ swim at 9:30am and the 1.5km event at 10:30am.

Thanks to the series sponsors including Northern Beaches Council, Pittwater Ocean Beach Series, Travel View Avalon, Bay Royal Apartments and our Avalon Beach Surf Swim sponsors and supporters:

• Secure Parking (now in its 27th year)
• DMC Industries
• Adrenalin 


Avalon Beach SLSC

Mums For Mums 50/50 Raffle

Supporting our community, and every little bit helps. Purchase your 50/50 raffle ticket today so we can continue to support local families when they need us. https://www.trybooking.com/475773


Newport Flood Study - Draft

The draft Newport Flood Study is now on public exhibition.

Information Sessions:
Learn what the draft study means for you. Book a 15 minute, one-on-one, information session with a flooding specialist. Sessions will be held during the following times:
  • Tuesday 12 March, 11:30am – 3pm at the Newport Community Centre
  • Monday 18 March, 4 – 7pm at the Mona Vale Memorial Hall Meeting Room
  • Friday 22 March, 2 – 5pm at the Newport Community Centre
  • Saturday 23 March, 9:30am – 1pm at the Newport Community Centre
Bookings are essential. Contact Patrick Stuart on 9976 1606 or email floodplain@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au

Having your say:
In writing to the CEO, Northern Beaches Council, PO Box 82, Manly NSW 1655, marked 'Submission - draft Newport Flood Study'
The study will be updated based on community feedback and presented to Council for adoption.

Comments close Tuesday 9 April 2019

Ingleside Chase Reserve Biobanking Agreement

At a meeting on 27 September 2016 Council endorsed the submission of a biobanking application to the NSW Office of Environment & Heritage to establish a biobank site at Ingleside Chase Reserve.

A Biobanking Agreement is an in-perpetuity arrangement between a land manager (Council in this instance) and the State government – and provides funding for the ongoing management of the biobanking site for conservation purposes.

Conservation management actions in Ingleside Chase Reserve include
  • improving habitat value and conservation of threatened flora and fauna species,
  • reducing the impact of weeds and feral animal pests, and
  • reducing human impacts to improve water quality in the Narrabeen, Fern and Mullet Creek catchments.
These management actions are currently being implemented by Council in accordance with the 2010 Ingleside Chase Reserve Plan of Management. However, current funding is limited, and the Biobanking Agreement provides an opportunity to secure a substantially larger budget to continue to manage Ingleside Chase Reserve.

Benefits of establishing a biobank site at Ingleside Chase Reserve include:
  • provision of biodiversity offsets that are kept local to the Northern Beaches
  • ongoing, in-perpetuity funding for management of the reserve for conservation purposes
  • facilitation of the implementation of management actions which have previously been identified within the adopted Plan of Management.
  • in-perpetuity management of the reserve’s high conservation values.
The draft Biobanking Agreement is now on exhibition.


Make a submission
in writing - marked 'Ingleside Chase Biobank Agreement' to Northern Beaches Council, PO Box 82 Manly 1655
Submissions close Sunday 21 April

Church Point Ferry Service To Trail New Services

Survey - We want your Opinion
We're conducting a survey and your input would be appreciated, so that we can improve our service to you.  
Thank you for your participation!

Ferry Trial Timetable
11 March - 6 May
Depending on the outcome of the trial AND the survey, we will have a look at running later services at the start of summer....

Fox Baiting - Notice To Pet Owners

1080 baits will be laid between 25 February and 15 March 2019 in the following reserves;
  • - Manly Dam, Manly Vale
  • - Allenby Park, Allambie Heights
  • - Middle Creek Reserve, Oxford Falls
  • - Jamieson Park, Narrabeen
  • - Deep Creek, Narrabeen
Warning signs will be displayed.

$40 Million To Support People Living With Dementia

March 14th, 2019: The Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP
Minister for Indigenous Health
Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care
The Australian Government will provide a further $40 million in grants to better support people living with dementia.
Applications are now open under the National Dementia Support Program for funding from 2019-20 to 2021-22. 

Funding of $36 million will support education programs, services and resources to improve interactions between people living with dementia and those around them.

This could include projects to raise awareness and understanding about dementia, and increase the skills and confidence of people living with dementia, their carers, families, health professionals, volunteers, and contacts within their communities.

Grants may also be used to:
  • support primary health care practitioners, including GPs, to improve early diagnosis of dementia;
  • reduce stigma about dementia which can exist in the community;
  • support people and families at or after the diagnosis of dementia;
  • provide culturally appropriate education and information on dementia and support services for people, families and carers from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
This funding includes $5 million to Dementia Australia to enable the organisation to continue to provide its services for five months to 30 November 2019 while the grant process is undertaken.

This investment will ensure people living with dementia, their families and carers are continually provided the support they need during this process.

The remaining $4 million focuses on the use of innovative technology for people living with dementia.

These grants will aim to:
  • assist people living with dementia to sustain their independence and remain in their own homes for longer;
  • improve the quality of life of people living with dementia in both home and residential aged care; and
  • support families and carers to develop skills and strategies for caring.
Dementia is one of the biggest health and social challenges facing our nation, and other developed countries around the world. 

The number of Australians living with dementia will increase rapidly over the next 30 years because we are living longer and the population is ageing.

Earlier this month, the Morrison Government announced funding for a world-first national network of specialist care units for patients with severe dementia. At full roll out, funding of $70 million a year will support more than 30 specialist care units to provide best practice person-centred care for these vulnerable people.

The Morrison Government also provides $50 million each year for a number of dementia specific programs to support quality of life and care for people living with dementia. 

It’s also on top of the $200 million over five years for the Boosting Dementia Research Initiative, of which $15 million is earmarked for Implementing Dementia Risk Reduction and Prevention Research Priority projects.

Applications for the National Dementia Support Program can be downloaded from the GrantConnect website by searching for GO1777.

Ingleside, Elanora And Warriewood Draft Overland Flow Flood Study

The draft Ingleside, Elanora and Warriewood Overland Flow Flood Study is on exhibition for public comment.



Information sessions
Learn what the draft study means for you. Book a 15 minute, one-on-one, information session with a flooding specialist.

Sessions will be held in the Angophora Room at the Nelson Heather Centre, Warriewood on the following days:
  • Mon 11 Mar, 3 - 6pm
  • Mon 18 Mar, 1 - 4pm
  • Tue 19 Mar, 1 - 4pm
  • Sat 23 Mar, 1 - 4pm
Bookings are essential.
Contact Valerie Tulk on 9942 2915 or email floodplain@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au

Having your say
In writing to the CEO, Northern Beaches Council, PO Box 82, Manly NSW 1655, marked 'Submission - draft Ingleside, Elanora and Warriewood Overland Flow Flood Study'
Following completion of the public exhibition, the study will be updated based on community feedback and presented to Council for adoption.

This will include a description of community consultation activities, topics and issues raised during the exhibition period as well as how they were addressed.

Comments close Monday 1 April 2019

Call Out For Artists And Writers - Art & Words Project

Visual artists and writers are being invited to take part in an exciting new community arts project that could see their work taking pride of place in a special event at the 2019 Manly Arts Festival (6 - 29 September).

In a celebration of community creativity, Northern Beaches Council’s Art & Words Project 2019 is calling on participants to write and create works inspired by the theme ‘Saltwater’.

Entrants will have the chance to have their works published in an anthology with the participating artists creating works directly in response to the text.

Northern Beaches Mayor Michael Regan said a selection from the anthology and the accompanying art will be displayed on a 24-hour digital screen at Manly Art Gallery & Museum and at all Northern Beaches Libraries during the Arts Festival.

“The artworks will illustrate the book alongside the words and the original artworks will be displayed in libraries across the Northern Beaches.

“The Manly Arts Festival attracts over 15,000 visitors annually and our six Northern Beaches Libraries have 177,746 members, together representing a huge audience for any aspiring artist or writer,” said Mayor Regan.

The Art & Words Project is a collaborative project mentored by multiple-award-winning writer Zena Shapter and supported by the Northern Beaches Library Service and the Manly Art Gallery & Museum.

Ms Shapter, who will be providing creative support for the project, is the founder of the Northern Beaches Writers' Group and a Northern Beaches local.

“Community creativity on this scale is truly magical!” she said. 

“Entry is open to anyone, regardless of genre or style, so I’m hoping to hear from a diverse range of creatives, a balance of perspectives that will reflect the thrilling yet unspoken truth of our community.”

Applications for the Art & Words Project 2019 will be open from 15 January 2019. To apply and for further information visit northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au

Closing date for entries is Friday 15 March, 5pm, with selected entrants notified by Friday 29 March. 

Enquiries: artandwordsproject@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au


Image: ‘Flying Fish’ by Nettie Lodge

Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary Stalls 2019

Pittwater Place stalls:   
Feb 2, March 2, April 6, May 4, June 1.                    
Selling sewing, knitting, craft, books  9am to 3pm

Sausage sizzles Bunnings Narrabeen:      
Feb 9, March 9, April 13, May 11, June 8                 
All Saturdays  8am to 3pm

Stall outside Mona Vale Library                  
23rd March  (State Election)                                        
Baking, sewing, knitting, craft 8am to 3pm


Mona Vale Hospital Kiosk Looking For Volunteers

Volunteers are required to work 3 hour shifts, weekly, fortnightly or monthly in preparation for the kiosk’s move to new premises next to the Acute Care Centre in the next few months.  No previous experience is necessary so come and meet new people and provide the staff and public with coffees, teas and prepared food.  Please either drop into the kiosk or phone 9998 0272, Monday to Friday, 9am to 3pm and leave your details.

The sausage sizzles volunteers also need cooks urgently, just one Saturday a month for 2 hours at Bunnings, Narrabeen.  Please also leave details at the kiosk.

NSW Premier’s History Awards 2019 Now Open

The State Library of NSW has opened nominations for the NSW Premier’s History Awards 2018. A total of $75,000 in prize money will be presented to the winners at an awards ceremony in August 2019. Entries close 5pm Monday 8th April, 2019.

Administered by the State Library of NSW, in association with Create 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)
Visit their website and download the nomination forms and guidelines.

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

Liz Muir – Artist: Open Studio During March 2019

On March 9th,16th & 23rd Liz Muir’s Studio will be open at North Avalon allowing visitors to view and purchase her paintings inspired by the local environment.  Both large and small paintings of the beaches, creeks and walkways in both impressionist and contemporary form will be available for sale from the studio at 19 Catalina Crescent, Avalon Beach from 10-4pm.  You can book an appointment on 9918 7438 or  0414 50 55 50 or email lizmuir@me.com.


Headland (92x153cm) by Liz Muir

MuirArt - Muir Aust Pty Ltd
p: +61 (0)2 9918 7438  m: +61 (0)414 50 54 50
a: 19 Catalina Crescent AVALON BEACH NSW 2107

Express Yourself 2019 At Manly Art Gallery & Museum

Friday, 22 March 2019 - 10:00am to Sunday, 28 April 2019 - 5:00pm
This significant annual curated exhibition of artworks by HSC Visual Arts students from the 20 high schools across Sydney’s Northern Beaches region is always a great favourite among all generations. It represents diverse bodies of work including multi-media, digital, sculpture and drawing, and celebrates the creativity of emerging artists in this region. Curated by Ross Heathcote. 

In conjunction with Express Yourself, two awards are granted annually to students featured in the exhibition; the Manly Art Gallery & Museum Society Youth Art Award and the Theo Batten Bequest Youth Art Award, presented to a student continuing tertiary study in the arts. This exhibition is part of ARTMONTH, Sydney.

Teachers’ Preview
Friday 22 March, 5 - 6pm

Art Talk + Walk
Saturday 30 March, 2 - 3pm
Express Yourself artists walk through the exhibition and discuss their works with the curator.

City Of Hobart First In Australia To Ban Plastics

March 5th, 2019
The City of Hobart (Council) is taking the lead to reduce the human impact on our environment by banning single-use plastics within our Local Government Area.

What does this mean?
Retailers will be advised to change their current single-use plastic containers which are smaller than one litre in volume or an area equivalent to A4 (210 mm by 297 mm) in size, to more environmentally friendly options.

This change will only affect packaging that is provided at the point of sale, such as when food is prepared onsite then packaged for takeaway. Prepackaged food (that is food that is already packaged like chocolate bars and soft drinks) will not be affected. Pre-packaged fruit and vegetables from the supermarket, will also not be affected.

2019 NSW State Election

Saturday, 23 March 2019: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Election of the 57th Parliament of New South Wales, including all 93 seats in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly and 21 of the 42 seats in the New South Wales Legislative Council.

You can check your current electoral enrolment by entering your details on check.aec.gov.au or by phoning the AEC on 13 23 26.  You must be enrolled by 4 March 2019 to be eligible to vote.

To enrol for the first time or get back on the roll, you can enrol onlineVisit: www.aec.gov.au/enrol

If you have moved, you need to update your address details on the electoral roll. However, if you are overseas or going overseas, please see the information on the going overseas page of the AEC website.

If you have special needs or there are specific circumstances that may affect your enrolment there are special enrolment formsavailable on the AEC website for you to complete to update your address details.

For senior citizens
If you find it difficult to get to a polling place on election day, you can apply to become a General Postal Voter to receive your ballot papers in the mail. The AEC also provides mobile polling to some nursing homes and hospitals, and uses accessible polling places wherever possible. In cases where an accessible polling place is not available, alternative arrangements are in place to assist those people who may be unable to access a polling place without assistance.


For people with a disability
If you find it difficult to get to a polling place on election day, you can apply to become a General Postal Voter to receive your ballot papers in the mail. The AEC also provides mobile polling to some hospitals, and uses accessible polling places wherever possible. In cases where an accessible polling place is not available, alternative arrangements are in place to assist those people who may be unable to access a polling place without assistance.

If you have a physical disability that prevents you from writing, you can get someone else to complete and sign an enrolment form for persons unable to sign their name on your behalf.

Some people may require additional support to enrol and vote, such as people with an intellectual, cognitive or psychosocial disability. The AEC provides a range of information written in Easy English. Easy English is more accessible for people who have difficulty reading and understanding written information.

March 10 - 16, 2019: Issue 396

Articles This Week 

Front Page Issue 396

NSW Election An Opportunity To Regain Local Government & M.V. Hospital Voice Protect Pittwater Members State 

Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade Win Inaugural Merv Collins Trophy: 2019 Combined District Fire Boat Exercise

Palm Beach Ferry Runs Aground at Half Tide Rocks

2019 Pittwater Women Of The Year: The Zonta Club Northern Beaches Volunteers

Independent Environmental Report Shows Station Beach Off Leash Dog Trial Would Be ‘Ill Advised’

Extra $10 Million For Mona Vale Hospital Palliative Care Services from Office of Rob Stokes, MP for Pittwater

Greens Pledge: Will Return Northern Beaches Hospital To Public Hands

Aquatics: 2019 NSW Surf Life Saving Championships: Masters - Results For Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern Beaches Branch Clubs by Surf Life Saving NSW

Clean Up Australia Day 2019: Two Hours On Land And In The Water- An All Schools & All Peoples Pittwater Mission! + Congratulations Barrenjoey High School, First Ocean Friendly accredited school cafe in Australia!!

Pictures: Early Autumn 'Weather' in Pittwater 2019: for ex-pats from near and far and for our less mobile Readers - from Narrabeen, Warriewood and to Palm Beach - photos by Readers

Dee Why Rockpool To Become Isa Wye Rockpool: Naming Ceremony of March 9th, 2019

Reflections by George Repin: COSTUMES FROM THE BALLETS RUSSES

DIY Ideas: Fruits Of Your Garden: Growing Figs - one of the easiest fruit trees to grow (great for getting youngsters involved) and easy to maintain, these produce one of the best and sweetest fruits. They can even be grown in pots. Now is the time to prepare for a little cutting, fertilising and propagation!

Park Bench Philosopher The Fearless Men Of Palm Beach SLSC's Surf Boats First Crews: A Tale of Viking Ships, Butcher Boats and Robert Gow’s Tom Thumb 'Canoe' - originally ran in 2014 - a State Championships 2019 Special!

Profile: Zonta Club of Northern Beaches:  Chartered in 1975 the Zonta Club of the Northern Beaches brings together the intelligence, energy and acumen of some of our great women. With members who are professionals in academia, nursing, accounting, the law, small business, book editing, information technology, music, optometry, economics, administration, medicine, art, fitness and real estate, the range of knowledge and experience represents the infrastructure of community itself. Pittwater ladies Dorothea Mackellar and her best friend and frequent visitor Ruth Bedford were among those to establish a Zonta Club in Sydney during the 1920's and although this had to be re-established a few decades later, women supporting women has long been part of the Australian ethos.

On Australia Day 2012 the ZCNB International Women’s Day Breakfast was awarded a ‘High Commendation’ award for the Pittwater Council Community Event of the Year. Also in 2012 the annual Zonta NB breakfast was the place where it was announced Cr. Patricia Giles was the Pittwater Woman of the Year, recognising decades of service to community. Cr. Giles expressed feeling overwhelmed in joining the ranks of women who have previously received this award but with service to others forming an integral part of all Zonta Club activities, Patricia represents a great example.

The former Mayor is among a growing list of women whose efforts for the community have been recognised - among them are Arts advocate Lorrie Morgan, Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary champion Eileen Gordon, Surf Life Saving's Christine Hopton OAM, palliative care volunteer Jo-Ann Steeves and Pittwater RSL Sub-Branch President Deborah Carter.

This year the club itself has been recognised, MP for Pittwater Rob Stokes announcing on March 6th:

Volunteer members of the Zonta Club of Northern Beaches were today acknowledged as the first ever joint-recipients of the Pittwater Woman of the Year award.  

History: Pittwater Roads II: Where the Streets Have Your name - Scotland Island
What stories are behind the names of some of our Pittwater streets, who were these people when they're not a 'Currawong', 'Waratah', 'Foamcrest' or Çentral' Road 

 Pittwater Offshore Newsletter Update 1/3/2019 

click on Logo: 

To contact Julian:  editor@scotlandisland.org.au

Last Chance To Send Mona Vale Hospital Message Before Election

A rally at Mona Vale next Saturday will be the last chance before the NSW state election to send a message to the government that the community wants emergency and other acute services reopened at Mona Vale Hospital, organisers say. 

Save Mona Vale Hospital chairman Parry Thomas said the group would not let the government forget the issue in the week before the poll.

“This is the last chance before the state election for the community at large to make their feelings known about the closure of other acute services at Mona Vale Hospital,” Mr Thomas said. 

“We will make the message clear to our elected representatives and others standing at the election that we want emergency, surgery, maternity and all other services reopened at Mona Vale and do not want the buildings demolished.

“If we are we to safeguard the buildings and ensure the return of safe and reliable acute services to Pittwater, we must be vocal and united.”  

Residents will muster for the Reopen Our Hospital Rally at Mona Vale Village Park, next Saturday March 16 from 2pm to 4pm.

Warriewood Valley Community Centre

March 5th, 2019
Council are seeking community feedback on how the Nelson Heather Centre is currently used. They'd also like to know your needs for a future multi-use centre in the same location.

As part of their engagement they are speaking with existing facility users and seeking input from the community over the coming weeks.

How to get involved
Share your thoughts on the existing and future needs by taking this short survey.

Comments close Sunday 24 March 2019.

Background
Council are seeking to design and build a new multi-use community centre on the existing site of the Nelson Heather Centre in Warriewood.

The project has been incorporated into the Warriewood Valley Development Contribution Plan Amendment 16, Revision 3 to cater for the increase in demand for new public facilities within the Warriewood Valley Release Area as existing facilities are already at capacity. For more Info.,please visit NBC webpage HERE

Hidden Hawkesbury History Cruises

Fantasea Palm Beach Ferries maiden Hidden Hawkesbury History Cruise sets Sail Tuesday 26th of March 

For more info visit fantasea.com.au or Phone: 9974 7413

Extra $10 Million For Mona Vale Hospital Palliative Care Services

Saturday, 9 March 2019
Northern Beaches families who have loved ones with a life-limiting illness will benefit from a $10 million boost to enhance the planned palliative care facilities at Mona Vale Hospital. 

Health Minister Brad Hazzard, together with the Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes, announced the extra $10 million, which will improve end-of-life care for patients.

“This additional investment will ensure the design and fit out of the new inpatient unit will be of the highest standard and comfort,” Mr Stokes said. 

“Inpatient palliative care services have never been available in this way on the Northern Beaches.

“The NSW Government is committed to Mona Vale Hospital continuing to provide vital health services for local patients into the future – in close cooperation with the major Northern Beaches Hospital.”

Mr Hazzard said the NSW Government’s strong economic management has enabled it to make record investments to support palliative care patients, including $45 million for an extra 100 palliative care nurses and other palliative care improvements announced earlier this month. 

“This investment is on top of a $100 million package for palliative care that was announced as part of the 2017-18 Budget, which is already delivering more nurses and community-based palliative care services, and the $210 million spent by the NSW Government every year,” Mr Hazzard said.

“This further investment for Mona Vale Hospital’s palliative care services will enhance the vital role it has in delivering world-class health services to the Northern Beaches community.”

The ongoing redevelopment of Mona Vale Hospital will also include a new 10-bed geriatric care and assessment unit, a new 10-bed inpatient drug and alcohol facility, a new helipad, a new support services building, and a new ambulance station. 

The new Urgent Care Centre, equivalent to a level-1 emergency department, opened in November last year.

The Liberal & Nationals Government is investing a record more than $8 billion in health infrastructure over the next four years, on top of nearly $10 billion since 2011. 

Beach-Goers Urged To Be Wary Of Marine Algal Bloom

March 2nd, 2019: WaterNSW
The public is being advised to avoid making contact with water discoloured by a marine algal bloom being reported in the Sydney region.

Samples tested from the Manly area yesterday were identified as Trichodesmium erythraeum, a species not considered toxic but with potential to cause skin and eye irritations.

Reports of the bloom have been received along the coast from Palm Beach to the Illawarra.

The algal bloom currently appears as a brownish discolouration throughout the water and can often be mistaken as an oil slick.
In later life stages the species may be visible as a pinkish discolouration in the water.

Generally, the health impacts of marine or estuarine species is largely unknown so caution should be exercised where blooms occur.

NSW Health said: “People should avoid swimming or wading in discoloured water affected by the algae. People should also avoid contact with any algal material if it is washed up onto beaches.”

Marine and estuarine blooms will often move with the wind and tides which means the bloom may present at different locations along the NSW coast.

Trichodesmiumerythraeum occur in tropical and temperate environments and can move down the coast via the East Australian Current.

Authorities will continue to monitor the bloom and advise the public as required.

Updates and information about harmful algae blooms and red level warning areas can be obtained by calling 1800 999 457 or visiting – http://www.waternsw.com.au/water-quality/algae


George Shuttleworth: 60 Years Service To Surf Life Saving

March 6th, 2019
What a pleasure it was to host Life Member, George Shuttleworth and his son Brett at the Club today. George joined the Club in 1952 and was awarded Life Membership in 1978. 

Joined by fellow Life Member's Don Imison, Peter Akehurst, Bob Head, Mark Heffernan along with Club President Ash Cardiff and Long Service members, Geoff Searl and Brian Friend, George received his 60 year service award and kept everyone entertained with his stories and memories of his beloved Avalon Beach.


Avalon Beach SLSC


Reopen Our Hospital Rally

Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 2 PM – 4 PM
Mona Vale Village Park, Mona Vale
Hosted by Save Mona Vale Hospital

One week before the State Election our community has the chance to tell our local Members, Hazzard and Stokes, exactly what we think of their decision to endanger us by closing Emergency, Surgery, Maternity and other Acute Services at Mona Vale Hospital. And with the real threat of the existing hospital being demolished and the land leased to private healthcare providers, we have to be vocal and united to retain this essential service for our community.


Avalon Surf Swim 2019

Ocean Swimmers - don't miss the 27th annual Avalon Surf Swim of 1.5km and 1km as well as the Around the Bends Newport to Avalon swim now in its third year on Sunday 14 April.Registrations are now open.

With all three swims running on the one day, the Newport to Avalon Swim will run first at 8:00am, followed by the 1km ‘kids and beginners’ swim at 9:30am and the 1.5km event at 10:30am.

Thanks to the series sponsors including Northern Beaches Council, Pittwater Ocean Beach Series, Travel View Avalon, Bay Royal Apartments and our Avalon Beach Surf Swim sponsors and supporters:

• Secure Parking (now in its 27th year)
• DMC Industries
• Adrenalin 


Avalon Beach SLSC

Mums For Mums 50/50 Raffle

Supporting our community, and every little bit helps. Purchase your 50/50 raffle ticket today so we can continue to support local families when they need us. https://www.trybooking.com/475773


Newport Flood Study - Draft

The draft Newport Flood Study is now on public exhibition.

Information Sessions:
Learn what the draft study means for you. Book a 15 minute, one-on-one, information session with a flooding specialist. Sessions will be held during the following times:
  • Tuesday 12 March, 11:30am – 3pm at the Newport Community Centre
  • Monday 18 March, 4 – 7pm at the Mona Vale Memorial Hall Meeting Room
  • Friday 22 March, 2 – 5pm at the Newport Community Centre
  • Saturday 23 March, 9:30am – 1pm at the Newport Community Centre
Bookings are essential. Contact Patrick Stuart on 9976 1606 or email floodplain@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au

Having your say:
In writing to the CEO, Northern Beaches Council, PO Box 82, Manly NSW 1655, marked 'Submission - draft Newport Flood Study'
The study will be updated based on community feedback and presented to Council for adoption.

Comments close Tuesday 9 April 2019

Ingleside Chase Reserve Biobanking Agreement

At a meeting on 27 September 2016 Council endorsed the submission of a biobanking application to the NSW Office of Environment & Heritage to establish a biobank site at Ingleside Chase Reserve.

A Biobanking Agreement is an in-perpetuity arrangement between a land manager (Council in this instance) and the State government – and provides funding for the ongoing management of the biobanking site for conservation purposes.

Conservation management actions in Ingleside Chase Reserve include
  • improving habitat value and conservation of threatened flora and fauna species,
  • reducing the impact of weeds and feral animal pests, and
  • reducing human impacts to improve water quality in the Narrabeen, Fern and Mullet Creek catchments.
These management actions are currently being implemented by Council in accordance with the 2010 Ingleside Chase Reserve Plan of Management. However, current funding is limited, and the Biobanking Agreement provides an opportunity to secure a substantially larger budget to continue to manage Ingleside Chase Reserve.

Benefits of establishing a biobank site at Ingleside Chase Reserve include:
  • provision of biodiversity offsets that are kept local to the Northern Beaches
  • ongoing, in-perpetuity funding for management of the reserve for conservation purposes
  • facilitation of the implementation of management actions which have previously been identified within the adopted Plan of Management.
  • in-perpetuity management of the reserve’s high conservation values.
The draft Biobanking Agreement is now on exhibition.


Make a submission
in writing - marked 'Ingleside Chase Biobank Agreement' to Northern Beaches Council, PO Box 82 Manly 1655
Submissions close Sunday 21 April

Palm Beach Ferry Runs Aground

Volunteer crews from three Marine Rescue NSW units responded to a Palm Beach ferry that had run aground at Half Tide Rocks at the entrance to Brisbane Water, at 6.20 p.m. on Saturday night, March 9th. The ferry service was on its last run back from Ettalong to Palm Beach.

Rescue vessels Cottage Point 31, Broken Bay 20 and Central Coast 30 were deployed and assisted passengers, ferry staff and Police on the scene.

One hour later a MRNSW Update stated: 

'The ferry that earlier ran aground at Half Tide Rocks at the entrance to Brisbane Water is now safely on an emergency mooring and all Marine Rescue NSW vessels have been stood down.

Thirty ferry passengers were safely transferred to shore before NSW Police vessel WP 42 and MRNSW vessel Cottage Point 31 relocated the vessel.

Cottage Point 31 was able to secure a tow line to the ferry's bow and with all passengers removed and a solid 3 knot current, tow the large vessel to deeper water.

All three crews from Marine Rescue Cottage Point, Broken Bay and Central Coast are returning to their bases.'

MR NSW posted; 'Thanks to all our volunteers who responded, particularly the crew members from Broken Bay and Cottage Point, who have been on the water since 5.30-6.00 a.m. to take part in the joint NSW Rural Fire Service - MRNSW training exercise on the Hawkesbury River.'

More HERE

Photos courtesy MRNSW


NSW State Election 2019:  Pittwater Candidates To Speak To Electors   

March 6th, 2019: from Pittwater Community Alliance
When:      Monday 11 March 2019 from 6.45pm
Where:     Banksia Room at the Nelson Heather Centre, 4 Jacksons Road, Warriewood

Community umbrella group Pittwater Community Alliance,  representing 12 community groups and their members, today confirmed details of a public information session for the NSW State elections being held on Saturday 23 March 2019.  
 
Chairman Craig Boaden confirmed that “Pittwater Community Alliance will host a public meeting at which candidates in the Pittwater electorate can address electors directly. This session will take place from 6.45pm on Monday 11 March in the Banksia Room of the Nelson Heather Centre at Warriewood.”   
 
Pittwater Community Alliance has invited all candidates seeking election to make brief presentations on their policies, and to answer questions from the floor.  
 
“This public information session will give candidates an opportunity to inform electors about their policies, and electors a chance to hear from candidates before polling day on 23 March”, said Mr Boaden.  

“It’s one of the Pittwater Community Alliance’s contributions to local democracy."

Those Registered for Pittwater (as of March 9th, 2019)
Daly, Suzanne                         Sustainable Australia Party
Korzy, Miranda Margaret The Greens NSW
Matkovic, Natalie         Animal Justice Party
Matthews, Stewart Anthony Independent
Mitchell, Stacey-Lee Jo-Anne Australian Conservatives (NSW)
Newman, Michael             Keep Sydney Open Party
Stokes, Robert Gordon The Liberal Party of Australia New                                                    South Wales Division
Turkington, Jared Rhys Australian Labor Party (NSW                                                            Branch)  

Friendly's Mo To GO Day Approaches. Now At $10K!

Raffle now on too!
'On the day in question, an enormous raffle will take place with many people donating to this wonderful cause. If you buy some tickets, they will go into the barrel to be drawn out on the night. 

At the moment Kylie Leach, Ros Verrills, Deb Wiltshire together with Robyn Friend are selling tickets and this will conclude just prior to the 'shave'. There are approximately 20 items up for grabs so get your tickets and they will be drawn out of the hat, one at a time. So there will be 20 lucky people of the night and one very unlucky male....seated before you.'

Donate at: HERE


Intro To CPR & Use Of A Public Access Defibrillator (AED): Avalon Beach SLSC

A FREE short 1 hour introduction to the potentially life saving skills of Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and the use of an automated external defibrillator. This knowledge will enable you to sustain life and minimise the consequences until professional help arrives.

On Wednesday 13 March 2019 at 11:00 AM and Wednesday 13 March 2019 at 7:00 PM

LOCATION
Avalon Beach SLSC Bangalley Bar (entry via the beachside staircase) at 558A Barrenjoey Road, Avalon Beach.

Pittwater Baseball Club Inc 2019 AGM 

The AGM of Pittwater Baseball Club is to be held on Sunday 24th March, commencing at 2.00pm at Narrabeen RSL, Nareen Parade, North Narrabeen.

Our Presentation Day will follow the AGM. 

All sponsors, life members, current and past players, family and friends are welcome and invited to attend both the AGM and our Presentation Day. 

Nominations for Committee
Our committee has worked tirelessly this season and a hard earned break is imminent.  We would love some newcomers as many hands make light work. The more the merrier.
If you are thinking about volunteering your time for the next season, we welcome your smiling face and kind heart. Please see the position descriptions on our website for committee roles. Any assistance is appreciated.

Please feel free to contact either myself president@pittwaterbaseballclub.com.au or Mary Clarkson secretary@pittwaterbaseballclub.com.au if you would like to join the life line of Pittwater Baseball.

Yours in Baseball
Robert Chessell
President
 
Nominations for positions need to be on the nomination form
Photo: Pittwater Baseball Volunteers yesterday (March 9th) at Finals Day.


2019 Pittwater Woman Of The Year

March 6, 2019
Volunteer members of the Zonta Club of Northern Beaches were today acknowledged as the first ever joint-recipients of the Pittwater Woman of the Year award.  

The annual award, which recognises the outstanding achievements and contributions of local women, was accepted on the group’s behalf by Club President Bernardine Guy.

“This is one of the most energetic, passionate and effective volunteer groups in our community,” Rob Stokes said today.

“With the loyal assistance of countless supporters throughout our community – the group has been able to directly assist women in our local area, as well as in remote corners of the world.

“There’s no time wasting or hidden agendas with this group – they simply raise funds, raise awareness and provide support.

“The work they do to fund, prepare and dispatch birthing kits to women in developing countries is not only inspiring – it’s also a powerful way of connecting communities at opposite sides of the world.

“This award is a great way to acknowledge their inspirational efforts and the positive messages they spread throughout our community,” Rob Stokes said. 
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For more read this Issue's Pittwater Women of the Year 2019 and  Profile of the Week

Guns Out For Tombsy Gala Benefit Dinner

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

A Life, a Family, a Community has been changed. It’s time to get your Guns Out and support your mate Tombsy. 

Tables of 10 are now being sold (no single ticket being sold at present). To purchase go to: www.cvent.com/d/z6qqg8/4W

Mona Vale Public School Upgrade Announced 

Monday March 4th, 2019
Thousands of Mona Vale families will benefit from the NSW Liberal Government’s record investment in education, with a major upgrade to expand Mona Vale Public School.

Member for Pittwater and NSW Minister for Education Rob Stokes explained that the upgrade will remove demountables and provide more places for local students in new air conditioned classrooms and upgraded core facilities. 

In addition, the major upgrade will deliver a new multi-purpose performance centre, which will be available for use by the school and wider community. The new centre will provide specialised music rooms, dance studios and a theatre performance space. 

$2.5 million has already been provided to the Northern Beaches Council to kick start the community performance space at Mona Vale Public School.

Mr Stokes said he was thrilled that the major upgrade was being delivered for the increasing number of young families in the area. 
“This is great news for local families and I’m thrilled to work in partnership with Council to deliver on our commitment to ensure this major upgrade includes a community performance space,” Rob Stokes said.

“The school upgrade and new multi-purpose performance centre will have enormous benefits for our community.”

Mr Stokes said the project is another example of the NSW Government delivering the school resources local students and their families deserve.

The major upgrade to Mona Vale Public School is in addition to the NSW Liberal Government’s record $6 billion school building program to deliver more than 170 new and upgraded schools, including the new Narrabeen Education Precinct.



The next meeting of the Avalon Beach Historical Society will be our first for the year. As usual it will be held in the Avalon Beach Bowling Club in Bowling Green Lane on TUESDAY, 12 MARCH and commence at 8pm.

Long-time member and supporter of our society DAVID LYALL has also been a resident of TRAPPERS WAY for over 60 years.

I accepted his offer to tell us of his time there so far and what he knows of the earlier years and explain the derivation of the name.

John Stone has converted a fascinating video cassette recording loaned to us by David, into digital format of a show from ABC ‘The Investigators’ from June 1960. It recalls the story of when the local postman from the Avalon Beach Post Office flatly refused to deliver the mail to Trappers Way any longer and the outcome!

We also have some photos to help illustrate the talk, including some of what we are led to believe, an Aboriginal water storage ‘sink’ remaining in bush near the entrance to Trappers Way. David and I followed up on an email received some years ago recalling visits to an Aboriginal site up on the saddle from a visitor about 80 years ago.

Gail Lonnon, another long-time resident from a slightly different part of Trappers Way, will also talk to us of her recollections concerning the southern end of the road.

There is also a lot to talk about, so come along and join us as we kick-start the New Year in style.

Guests of members are always welcome and to stay for supper afterwards.

Probus Club Of Pittwater: March 2019 Meeting 

Our club meets at 10am every 2nd Tuesday of the month
Venue: Mona Vale Golf Club
Guests welcome  at 10.30am
Tuesday 12th March 2019 at 11am

Guest Speaker: March 2019
Ken Plumb 
“Aboriginal Art of the Kimberley”
Club member, Ken Plumb, will talk about the Aboriginal art of the Kimberley. Ken spent many years working in the region and has a strong attachment to this unique part of Australia.

Aboriginal paintings in the Kimberley Plateau are unlike any other in Australia. The oldest, the Bradshaws or Gwion Gwion, display a unique elegance and sophistication. Present day aboriginals have no spiritual connection with them or knowledge of their meaning.

Five Minute Speaker
Gordon Stokes
“Tasmanian Rosé”
Ever tasted a glass of Rosé from Deloraine? Well now is your chance. Club Member, Gordon Stokes, will tell of the wonders of developing and making this popular style of wine by some of the enterprising members of the Stokes family.

About Probus Club of Pittwater
Our Probus club is an association for active members of the community, and for those no longer working full time, to join together in clubs for a new lease of life.

Its basic purpose is to advance intellectual and cultural interests amongst adult persons; to provide regular opportunities to progress healthy minds and active bodies through social interaction and activities, expand interests and to enjoy the fellowship of new friends.

Our club membership is for men only, however partners are welcome at our social events and activities including our monthly guest presentation and lunch following each meeting.

MADE FOR YOU - Artists And Craftsmen Of Pittwater

For the first time ever, we will have an exhibition at Creative Space in Curl Curl.  The details are:
  • Wednesday 20th – Sunday 24th March
  • Opening times – 10am to 4pm each day
  • Plus Twilight Viewing until 7pm Thursday

Creative Space is at 105 Abbott Road, North Curl Curl.  There is plenty of car parking alongside the hall.  By public transport, unfortunately it is a one kilometre walk from the route 136 bus stop on Griffin Road at Abbott Road, but the on-demand Ride Plus service will get you there from Warringah Mall, Manly Wharf or other hub locations (advance bookings required).

We will have art and craft demonstrations every day, on the hall's back deck (weather permitting).  More details closer to the date.

Find out more at: https://acop.com.au/home

Ingleside, Elanora And Warriewood Draft Overland Flow Flood Study

The draft Ingleside, Elanora and Warriewood Overland Flow Flood Study is on exhibition for public comment.



Information sessions
Learn what the draft study means for you. Book a 15 minute, one-on-one, information session with a flooding specialist.

Sessions will be held in the Angophora Room at the Nelson Heather Centre, Warriewood on the following days:
  • Mon 11 Mar, 3 - 6pm
  • Mon 18 Mar, 1 - 4pm
  • Tue 19 Mar, 1 - 4pm
  • Sat 23 Mar, 1 - 4pm
Bookings are essential.
Contact Valerie Tulk on 9942 2915 or email floodplain@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au

Having your say
In writing to the CEO, Northern Beaches Council, PO Box 82, Manly NSW 1655, marked 'Submission - draft Ingleside, Elanora and Warriewood Overland Flow Flood Study'
Following completion of the public exhibition, the study will be updated based on community feedback and presented to Council for adoption.

This will include a description of community consultation activities, topics and issues raised during the exhibition period as well as how they were addressed.

Comments close Monday 1 April 2019

Call Out For Artists And Writers - Art & Words Project

Visual artists and writers are being invited to take part in an exciting new community arts project that could see their work taking pride of place in a special event at the 2019 Manly Arts Festival (6 - 29 September).

In a celebration of community creativity, Northern Beaches Council’s Art & Words Project 2019 is calling on participants to write and create works inspired by the theme ‘Saltwater’.

Entrants will have the chance to have their works published in an anthology with the participating artists creating works directly in response to the text.

Northern Beaches Mayor Michael Regan said a selection from the anthology and the accompanying art will be displayed on a 24-hour digital screen at Manly Art Gallery & Museum and at all Northern Beaches Libraries during the Arts Festival.

“The artworks will illustrate the book alongside the words and the original artworks will be displayed in libraries across the Northern Beaches.

“The Manly Arts Festival attracts over 15,000 visitors annually and our six Northern Beaches Libraries have 177,746 members, together representing a huge audience for any aspiring artist or writer,” said Mayor Regan.

The Art & Words Project is a collaborative project mentored by multiple-award-winning writer Zena Shapter and supported by the Northern Beaches Library Service and the Manly Art Gallery & Museum.

Ms Shapter, who will be providing creative support for the project, is the founder of the Northern Beaches Writers' Group and a Northern Beaches local.

“Community creativity on this scale is truly magical!” she said. 

“Entry is open to anyone, regardless of genre or style, so I’m hoping to hear from a diverse range of creatives, a balance of perspectives that will reflect the thrilling yet unspoken truth of our community.”

Applications for the Art & Words Project 2019 will be open from 15 January 2019. To apply and for further information visit northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au

Closing date for entries is Friday 15 March, 5pm, with selected entrants notified by Friday 29 March. 

Enquiries: artandwordsproject@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au


Image: ‘Flying Fish’ by Nettie Lodge

Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary Stalls 2019

Pittwater Place stalls:   
Feb 2, March 2, April 6, May 4, June 1.                    
Selling sewing, knitting, craft, books  9am to 3pm

Sausage sizzles Bunnings Narrabeen:      
Feb 9, March 9, April 13, May 11, June 8                 
All Saturdays  8am to 3pm

Stall outside Mona Vale Library                  
23rd March  (State Election)                                        
Baking, sewing, knitting, craft 8am to 3pm


Mona Vale Hospital Kiosk Looking For Volunteers

Volunteers are required to work 3 hour shifts, weekly, fortnightly or monthly in preparation for the kiosk’s move to new premises next to the Acute Care Centre in the next few months.  No previous experience is necessary so come and meet new people and provide the staff and public with coffees, teas and prepared food.  Please either drop into the kiosk or phone 9998 0272, Monday to Friday, 9am to 3pm and leave your details.

The sausage sizzles volunteers also need cooks urgently, just one Saturday a month for 2 hours at Bunnings, Narrabeen.  Please also leave details at the kiosk.

NSW Premier’s History Awards 2019 Now Open

The State Library of NSW has opened nominations for the NSW Premier’s History Awards 2018. A total of $75,000 in prize money will be presented to the winners at an awards ceremony in August 2019. Entries close 5pm Monday 8th April, 2019.

Administered by the State Library of NSW, in association with Create 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)
Visit their website and download the nomination forms and guidelines.

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

Liz Muir – Artist: Open Studio During March 2019

On March 9th,16th & 23rd Liz Muir’s Studio will be open at North Avalon allowing visitors to view and purchase her paintings inspired by the local environment.  Both large and small paintings of the beaches, creeks and walkways in both impressionist and contemporary form will be available for sale from the studio at 19 Catalina Crescent, Avalon Beach from 10-4pm.  You can book an appointment on 9918 7438 or  0414 50 55 50 or email lizmuir@me.com.


Headland (92x153cm) by Liz Muir

MuirArt - Muir Aust Pty Ltd
p: +61 (0)2 9918 7438  m: +61 (0)414 50 54 50
a: 19 Catalina Crescent AVALON BEACH NSW 2107

Express Yourself 2019 At Manly Art Gallery & Museum

Friday, 22 March 2019 - 10:00am to Sunday, 28 April 2019 - 5:00pm
This significant annual curated exhibition of artworks by HSC Visual Arts students from the 20 high schools across Sydney’s Northern Beaches region is always a great favourite among all generations. It represents diverse bodies of work including multi-media, digital, sculpture and drawing, and celebrates the creativity of emerging artists in this region. Curated by Ross Heathcote. 

In conjunction with Express Yourself, two awards are granted annually to students featured in the exhibition; the Manly Art Gallery & Museum Society Youth Art Award and the Theo Batten Bequest Youth Art Award, presented to a student continuing tertiary study in the arts. This exhibition is part of ARTMONTH, Sydney.

Teachers’ Preview
Friday 22 March, 5 - 6pm

Art Talk + Walk
Saturday 30 March, 2 - 3pm
Express Yourself artists walk through the exhibition and discuss their works with the curator.

City Of Hobart First In Australia To Ban Plastics

March 5th, 2019
The City of Hobart (Council) is taking the lead to reduce the human impact on our environment by banning single-use plastics within our Local Government Area.

What does this mean?
Retailers will be advised to change their current single-use plastic containers which are smaller than one litre in volume or an area equivalent to A4 (210 mm by 297 mm) in size, to more environmentally friendly options.

This change will only affect packaging that is provided at the point of sale, such as when food is prepared onsite then packaged for takeaway. Prepackaged food (that is food that is already packaged like chocolate bars and soft drinks) will not be affected. Pre-packaged fruit and vegetables from the supermarket, will also not be affected.

2019 NSW State Election

Saturday, 23 March 2019: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Election of the 57th Parliament of New South Wales, including all 93 seats in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly and 21 of the 42 seats in the New South Wales Legislative Council.

You can check your current electoral enrolment by entering your details on check.aec.gov.au or by phoning the AEC on 13 23 26.  You must be enrolled by 4 March 2019 to be eligible to vote.

To enrol for the first time or get back on the roll, you can enrol onlineVisit: www.aec.gov.au/enrol

If you have moved, you need to update your address details on the electoral roll. However, if you are overseas or going overseas, please see the information on the going overseas page of the AEC website.

If you have special needs or there are specific circumstances that may affect your enrolment there are special enrolment formsavailable on the AEC website for you to complete to update your address details.

For senior citizens
If you find it difficult to get to a polling place on election day, you can apply to become a General Postal Voter to receive your ballot papers in the mail. The AEC also provides mobile polling to some nursing homes and hospitals, and uses accessible polling places wherever possible. In cases where an accessible polling place is not available, alternative arrangements are in place to assist those people who may be unable to access a polling place without assistance.


For people with a disability
If you find it difficult to get to a polling place on election day, you can apply to become a General Postal Voter to receive your ballot papers in the mail. The AEC also provides mobile polling to some hospitals, and uses accessible polling places wherever possible. In cases where an accessible polling place is not available, alternative arrangements are in place to assist those people who may be unable to access a polling place without assistance.

If you have a physical disability that prevents you from writing, you can get someone else to complete and sign an enrolment form for persons unable to sign their name on your behalf.

Some people may require additional support to enrol and vote, such as people with an intellectual, cognitive or psychosocial disability. The AEC provides a range of information written in Easy English. Easy English is more accessible for people who have difficulty reading and understanding written information.

Church Point Ferry Service To Trail New Services

Survey - We want your Opinion
We're conducting a survey and your input would be appreciated, so that we can improve our service to you.  
Thank you for your participation!

Ferry Trial Timetable
11 March - 6 May
Depending on the outcome of the trial AND the survey, we will have a look at running later services at the start of summer....

Fox Baiting - Notice To Pet Owners

1080 baits will be laid between 25 February and 15 March 2019 in the following reserves;
  • - Manly Dam, Manly Vale
  • - Allenby Park, Allambie Heights
  • - Middle Creek Reserve, Oxford Falls
  • - Jamieson Park, Narrabeen
  • - Deep Creek, Narrabeen
Warning signs will be displayed.

DoggieRescue.com

Pets of the Week

Cisco

AGE/SEX: 6 years / M
BREED: Staffy X Kelpie
Cisco is a beautiful affectionate kelpie X staffy boy about 6 years old. He is child friendly but would be best with 12+yo due to his excitement and energy levels. He loves his toys but can get scared of unfamiliar objects or sudden noises. Out walking on lead he ignores cars and most dogs and likes to jog. He is very responsive to pats, cuddles and belly rubs. He sits on command. Volunteers say "He is genuinely a lovely affectionate guy!" Cisco will stare at passing dogs but show no other reaction. Very affectionate, I sat down and he jumped on my lap wanting scratches." He has a smooth coat and weighs 17kg. He would suit a family where someone is home a lot and have a garden for him to run in. 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.


Brulee

Brulee is 12 month calico Mum cat who was homeless with her 4 "dessert" kittens. She is very playful, curious and full of energy now that she no longer has to worry about the rough homeless life. She is a cheeky girl that can get play bitey so still has some learning to do. She would prefer not to live with dogs and is a lady who knows what she wants in life. She is tiny short haired girl who weighs only 3.2kg.
She comes desexed, wormed, F3 vaccinated, FIV/FeLV tested and microchipped. Her adoption fee is $220. She is residing at Ingleside.

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

History Fairlight -Balgowlah Request For Info

Dear Editor,
I have been sitting through the  Monsoon Weather on Magnetic Island, Qld., where I have resided since 1982 and occupying myself by reading about John Parker, who was an early Englishman to settle in Fairlight. From there I went on to read more in the Pittwater Online News Issue dated June 2018 thus finding your contact address. 

Prior to that date my family and I lived for many years at 14 Northcote Ave., Fairlight.

To introduce myself, I am eighty six [86] years old and now live alone, with the help of two of my four daughters, who were raised at Fairlight and attended Manly West and Mackellar Schools.

We are all extremely interested in the Fairlight/Balgowlah area and in particular and would like to discover more about the neighbouring house of our old home.

I/we are hoping you or your readers may be able to help.
The house next to ours was in Sydney Road and was a two storey, sandstone , “Queen Anne Style” building and was owned by a Mister  Walker, who at that time was The Mayor of Longreach, Qld.
Mister Walker used this large Property, named ''Ingleside'', as a holiday house for himself,daughter and workers from his Queensland Property.

From memory there was a date about 1911 on the verandah, cut into one of the sandstone blocks.

Mister Walker was happy to allow my children and those of the  Green family, who owned a hotel in The Manly Corso, to play in the vast grounds and climb the old established trees because he thought the place would look occupied.

When the Coromandel Units were built they blocked the sun from our property and the noise of the basement garage doors, going up and down, became too much to live beside we decided to move to our favourite holiday island “Maggie”.

I thank you for your time,
With regards, 
Sylvia R. McDermott
________________________

NB: If Readers have any information that could help Sylvia, please email to us at: pittwateronlinenews@live.com.au and we will forward to her.

March 3 - 9, 2019: Issue 395

Articles This Week 

Front Page Issue 395

Protect Pittwater To Provide Lowdown On Council Merger:  Forum, Digging for the Truth – The Facts on Council Mergers and how to get Pittwater Council Back - Sunday March 3, from 4pm to 6pm, at Mona Vale Memorial Hall

Pittwater Needs An Olympic Pool Complex/Aquatic Centre by Geoff Ross

Art Deco Inspirations In Palm Beach: The Palladium Dance-Hall, Cafe and Shop, The Surf Pavilion, The Beacon Store (History)

Council Briefs - February 2019:  Items Deferred Until March 2019 Meeting, Public Forum; Beeby Park B-Line Problems Persist, Surf Clubs Renewals Progress (Long Reef Surf Life Saving Club potential Construction Commencement April 2020 and Mona Vale Surf Life Saving Club programmed to commence construction by mid-2019), Creative Space North to be at Mona Vale with Studios and teaching space for Avalon Golf clubhouse too, Mona Vale Community Performance Space not financially feasible - space at MVPS will happen anyway, Fern Creek Road Warriewood Voluntary Planning Agreement, Rezoning Certain Land In The Vicinity Of “Mermaid Pool” For Public Recreation, Crown Land Reserve Trust Land Categories; staff recommendations  finesse every inch of 'Natural Area - Foreshore', A Coastal Art Trail Walk: now on exhibition - Principles of, four curatorial themes, 10 priority sites + further 10 sites ++, Review Of Policy Allowing Development Certificates By Private Certifiers, Avalon's Dunbar Park (East) To Get Some TLC, Boarding House Controls, Fines analysis

Lots of Aquatic Sports News:

A Sea Of Nippers Hit 2019 State Championships by Surf Life Saving NSW

Aquatics: 2019 NSW Surf Life Saving Championships:  The 2019 NSW Surf Life Saving Championships proudly supported by Your local club Patrol Competition and Champion Lifesaver has  kicked off 10 big days of events at Swansea Belmont SLSC. The 2019 NSW Surf Life Saving Championships  continues this weekend with the Juniors and Inclusive events and from 6-10 March with Masters and Opens. You can watch all the action from the event live on SLSNSW Facebook 

Sydney Harbour Regatta 2019 - Pittwater yacht Conspiracy wins Boat of the Day by Di Pearson

Pictures: Epic Racing and A Changing Of The Guard At The International 5.5 Metre Australian Championships - hosted by RPAYC - With the impeding 5.5m World Championships to be held in the Palm Beach Circle in January 2020 hosted by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, Newport, more and more Fives are being bought and renovated and joining the Australian fleet

Vissla and Sisstrevolution Central Coast Pro. runs February 27 – March 4; reports and photos so far by Surfing NSW

2019 Mothernest Great Lakes Pro. by Surfing NSW - Matt Banting and Cooper Chapman on podium

Entries Open For Hamilton Island Race Week 2019 by Rob Mundle

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Park Bench Philosopher Balloons Are The Number 1 Marine Debris Risk Of Mortality For Our Seabirds 

Food: End Of Summer Fruit: Figs - they've been around since at least  9400–9200 BC and as this year's crop begins to appear in Summer gardens and stores, a few insights and recipes for those who don't eat them all straight from the tree

Profile: Women In Local Government:  This Wednesday, March 6th, the 2019 Pittwater Woman of the Year will be announced by Rob Stokes, Member for Pittwater, at the annual breakfast hosted by the Zonta Club of the Northern Beaches at the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club. On Friday March 8th Council, where 7 of the 15 elected councillors are women, will hold their own celebration at Manly. 

The International Women's Day 2019 campaign theme of 'Balance for Better' is a call-to-action for driving gender balance across the world. 

The 2019 IWD theme mirrors that of the vision long held by the national Australian Local Government Women’s Association (ALGWA) - a 50:50 Vision - A National Program for Gender Equity in Local Government.  

This week a Tribute and Celebration to Beverley Job MBE, first woman on Warringah and Deputy President, Jean Hay AM first Female to serve as Mayoress and then Mayor of Manly and longest serving Cr. on Manly Council, Joan Thorburn first Female Mayor of Manly, Patricia Giles OAM, first Female Mayor of Pittwater, Julie Sutton first Female Mayor of Warringah, as well as some of the women that have served or continue to serve still - there have been and still are quite a few!

History: Pittwater Roads II: Where the Streets Have Your name - Scotland Island
What stories are behind the names of some of our Pittwater streets, who were these people when they're not a 'Currawong', 'Waratah', 'Foamcrest' or Çentral' Road 

Artist of the Month: March 2019: Amanda Fuller 

A Solo Show by AMANDA FULLER
PEREGRINATION
A Long and Meandering Journey

Opening Night – Friday 8th March – 5pm to 8pm
March 8– 24  2019
At Be Brave Artspace
5-7 Careel Head road, North Avalon

Since completing my studies at NAS I have explored the Australian landscape as a recurring theme in my painting and am influenced by the connection I feel to my surrounding environment and recent travels.

Absorbing the peace and stillness of nature is a reminder that you are such a small part of the big picture on a somewhat uncharted journey, both exciting but equally unnerving. With wandering thoughts to match my steps I find parallels between my journey as an artist and reflect on the connection I feel to the landscape and the various challenges faced along the way.

 Pittwater Offshore Newsletter Update 1/3/2019 

click on Logo: 

To contact Julian:  editor@scotlandisland.org.au

Pittwater Friends Of Soibada AGM And Info Evening

Monday, March 4, 2019 at 7 PM – 9 PM
Avalon Beach RSL Club
1 Bowling Green Lane, Avalon
All are welcome to come along and here the latest information about the projects in Soibada. Our recent volunteers will tell you about their experiences and you can find out the many ways you can can involved both here and in country. 


Church Point Ferry Service To Trail New Services

Survey - We want your Opinion
We're conducting a survey and your input would be appreciated, so that we can improve our service to you.  
Thank you for your participation!

Ferry Trial Timetable
11 March - 6 May
Depending on the outcome of the trial AND the survey, we will have a look at running later services at the start of summer....

Reopen Our Hospital Rally

Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 2 PM – 4 PM
Mona Vale Village Park, Mona Vale
Hosted by Save Mona Vale Hospital

One week before the State Election our community has the chance to tell our local Members, Hazzard and Stokes, exactly what we think of their decision to endanger us by closing Emergency, Surgery, Maternity and other Acute Services at Mona Vale Hospital. And with the real threat of the existing hospital being demolished and the land leased to private healthcare providers, we have to be vocal and united to retain this essential service for our community.


Fox Baiting - Notice To Pet Owners

1080 baits will be laid between 25 February and 15 March 2019 in the following reserves;
  • - Manly Dam, Manly Vale
  • - Allenby Park, Allambie Heights
  • - Middle Creek Reserve, Oxford Falls
  • - Jamieson Park, Narrabeen
  • - Deep Creek, Narrabeen
Warning signs will be displayed.

Mona Vale Hospital Kiosk Looking For Volunteers

Volunteers are required to work 3 hour shifts, weekly, fortnightly or monthly in preparation for the kiosk’s move to new premises next to the Acute Care Centre in the next few months.  No previous experience is necessary so come and meet new people and provide the staff and public with coffees, teas and prepared food.  Please either drop into the kiosk or phone 9998 0272, Monday to Friday, 9am to 3pm and leave your details.

The sausage sizzles volunteers also need cooks urgently, just one Saturday a month for 2 hours at Bunnings, Narrabeen.  Please also leave details at the kiosk.

Liz Muir – Artist: Open Studio During March 2019

On March 9th,16th & 23rd Liz Muir’s Studio will be open at North Avalon allowing visitors to view and purchase her paintings inspired by the local environment.  Both large and small paintings of the beaches, creeks and walkways in both impressionist and contemporary form will be available for sale from the studio at 19 Catalina Crescent, Avalon Beach from 10-4pm.  You can book an appointment on 9918 7438 or  0414 50 55 50 or email lizmuir@me.com.


Headland (92x153cm) by Liz Muir

MuirArt - Muir Aust Pty Ltd
p: +61 (0)2 9918 7438  m: +61 (0)414 50 54 50
a: 19 Catalina Crescent AVALON BEACH NSW 2107

History Fairlight -Balgowlah Request For Info

Dear Editor,
I have been sitting through the  Monsoon Weather on Magnetic Island, Qld., where I have resided since 1982 and occupying myself by reading about John Parker, who was an early Englishman to settle in Fairlight. From there I went on to read more in the Pittwater Online News Issue dated June 2018 thus finding your contact address. 

Prior to that date my family and I lived for many years at 14 Northcote Ave., Fairlight.

To introduce myself, I am eighty six [86] years old and now live alone, with the help of two of my four daughters, who were raised at Fairlight and attended Manly West and Mackellar Schools.

We are all extremely interested in the Fairlight/Balgowlah area and in particular and would like to discover more about the neighbouring house of our old home.

I/we are hoping you or your readers may be able to help.
The house next to ours was in Sydney Road and was a two storey, sandstone , “Queen Anne Style” building and was owned by a Mister  Walker, who at that time was The Mayor of Longreach, Qld.
Mister Walker used this large Property, named ''Ingleside'', as a holiday house for himself,daughter and workers from his Queensland Property.

From memory there was a date about 1911 on the verandah, cut into one of the sandstone blocks.

Mister Walker was happy to allow my children and those of the  Green family, who owned a hotel in The Manly Corso, to play in the vast grounds and climb the old established trees because he thought the place would look occupied.

When the Coromandel Units were built they blocked the sun from our property and the noise of the basement garage doors, going up and down, became too much to live beside we decided to move to our favourite holiday island “Maggie”.

I thank you for your time,
With regards, 
Sylvia R. McDermott
________________________

NB: If Readers have any information that could help Sylvia, please email to us at: pittwateronlinenews@live.com.au and we will forward to her.

NSW Marine Estate Update

February 28, 2019

The Marine Estate Management Strategy 2018-2028, a statewide Strategy, outlines how we can achieve our vision for a healthy coast and sea, managed for the greatest wellbeing of the community, now and into the future.

Implementation of the NSW Government’s Marine Estate Management Strategy is well underway. The Strategy coordinates and streamlines the management of the State’s entire coastline – 1,750 km – including 826 beaches and 185 estuaries. Developed with input from key stakeholders and the community, it outlines how we will care for our marine estate and the range of community benefits it provides over the next ten years. The Strategy will be delivered through 53 actions under nine initiatives.

Over $45.7 million will be spent during the first two years. Since August 2018 staff have been working closely with industries, key stakeholders, and partner government agencies involved in the delivery of actions, to plan their projects. A range of innovative projects are now underway that will help to:

  • reduce water pollution and marine litter
  • improve marine and coastal habitats
  • protect Aboriginal cultural values
  • reduce impacts on marine wildlife
  • enhance the social, cultural and economic benefits that everyone derives from the marine estate.

RISK-BASED FRAMEWORK FOR WATERWAY HEALTH OUTCOMES

The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) is supporting local governments throughout NSW, to help deliver positive waterway health outcomes using a riskbased approach. The Risk-based Framework for Considering Waterway Health Outcomes in Strategic Land-use Planning Decisions provides a structured approach for decision-makers to help manage the impact of land-use activities on the health of our waterways.

OEH is working with local government to assist them to apply the framework and to strengthen requirements for protecting water quality and waterway health under their local planning instruments. This includes Local Strategic Planning Statements and the ‘LEP Health Check’. The framework will also be used to identify the barriers to improving stormwater management, such as cost-effective delivery of infrastructure.

OEH is also supporting the wider application of the framework by providing data and preparing tools, guidance and practice notes. OEH will be contacting councils in the coming weeks to ensure that these materials and guidelines are developed to meet local needs and expectations.

A key outcome will be a refresh of the NSW Water Quality and River Flow Objectives, which underpin the NSW Government’s policy on water quality.

DoggieRescue.com

Pets of the Week

Curly

AGE/SEX: 11 years / M
BREED: Maltese X Poodle
Curly is a happy friendly boy who just loves cuddles and is very social with other dogs. He has a quiet nature and is easy to groom. He has a non-shedding coat and weighs about 4.5kg. He would suits apartment living and suit families working FT. 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. 

Mistletoe

Mistletoe is a beautiful 18 month mum who came with 2 very young babies, Holly and Jolly from the pound. She is a gentle affectionate girl with a short coat. She is a relaxed friendly girl. Her kittens are adopted and she is ready to start her life with her forever family.

She comes desexed, FIV/FeLV tested, wormed, F3 vaccinated and microchipped. Her adoption fee is $220. 

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

Bayview Golf Club Development Proposal Update: February 2019

Waterbrook P/L requested on 23rd November 2018  that their original Site Compatibility Certificate (SCC) be amended to change the type of housing that had been originally proposed, to change the approved location of the development footprint and to include the entire golf course site as being compatible with Seniors Housing.
 
They also requested that all the conditions that were applied to the SCC certificate, as being items that needed to be further reviewed during the DA phase be removed. These were important issues such as - form, height, bulk, scale, setbacks and landscaping; - flood risk management and excavation design responses; - car parking and access requirements for all existing and proposed land uses on the site; and - potential ecological impacts. 
 
The Department of Planning asked them to withdraw this 23rd November 2018 application as adding additional land ( the entire golf course) to an existing SCC is not allowed under the legislation.
 
[The applicant did not withdraw the application rather they changed their SCC amendment application to fit the previous land definition on the existing SCC. It wasn't refused by the DPE however and is still listed as 'under consideration'.]
 
The proponent then submitted a second a request for amendments on 8th January 2019 , removing their request for the whole golf course land to be included but the other items requested under their amendment remained.
 
Council's response to this request for amendment to the existing SCC has been placed on the DPE website (Jan 30, 2019)
 
scc.planningportal.nsw.gov.au/proposaldetails.phpNBEAC_001_01- refer to the top document for council's response.
 
Council objects to the amendment on various grounds including the DPE's own policy regarding SCC's which states that they can not be amended.

Council also reiterates that their previous extensive response and objections to this development on recreational land remains unchanged.
 
Running concurrently to the review for an SCC amendment by the DPE, the Land and Environment Court is hearing an appeal by the developer to approve the DA which was refused by the Sydney North Planning Panel on 13 August 2018. The final day of this LEC hearing is the 12th of February, 2019.
 
The petition established to object to this development now has over 70,000 signatures and over 1,000 objections were submitted in October 2018 to Council in regard to the amended development application.

Visit: the petition calling on the NSW Planning Minister to refuse the application/s is still available .


Clean Up Australia Day 2019

Business Clean Up Day – Tuesday 26 February 2019
Youth and Schools Clean Up Day – Friday 1 March 2019
Clean Up Australia Day – Sunday 3 March 2019

Local Clean Ups - By Postcode

2108
Coasters Retreat, Pittwater
Sunday 03rd March 15:00
Meeting Point: Fire brigade fire shed
Site Supervisor: Wilma Taylor

Kiddies Corner, Palm Beach
Sunday 03rd March 09:00
Meeting Point: On the beach, southern end of Palm Beach off beach road.
Site Supervisor: Carmen Bolton

2107
William Street, Avalon Beach
Sunday 03rd March 08:30 - 11:30
Meeting Point: Eastern end of William St, near track through mangroves.
Site Supervisor: Julie Bennett

2106
Newport  beach
Sunday 03rd March 10:30 - 12:00
Meeting Point: Bert Payne Park bear the surf club
Site Supervisor: Matt James

2105
Elvina Bay, Pittwater 
Saturday 02nd March 12:00
Meeting Point: Elvina Park
Site Supervisor: Melinda Broughton

Fitzpatrick Avenue, Scotland Island
Sunday 03rd March 09:00 - 13:00
Meeting Point: Cargo Wharf
Site Supervisor: Cass Gye

Lowanna Street, Scotland Island
Sunday 03rd March 09:00 - 13:00
Meeting Point: Eastern Wharf
Site Supervisor: Cass Gye

Harold Avenue, Scotland Island
Sunday 03rd March 09:00 - 13:00
Meeting Point: Carols Wharf
Site Supervisor: Cass Gye

Vivian Street, Scotland Island
Sunday 03rd March 09:00 - 13:00
Meeting Point: Bell Wharf
Site Supervisor: Cass Gye

Elizabeth Park, Scotland Island
Sunday 03rd March 09:00 - 13:00
Meeting Point: Cargo Wharf
Site Supervisor: Cass Gye

Pitt View Street, Scotland Island
Sunday 03rd March 09:00 - 13:00
Meeting Point: Tennis Wharf
Site Supervisor: Cass Gye

Pittwater Road, Church Point
Sunday 03rd March 09:00 - 13:00
Meeting Point: Church Point Ferry Wharf
Site Supervisor: Cass Gye

Bayview Scout Hall and surrounds
Sunday 03rd March 09:00 - 11:00
Meeting Point: Bayview Scout Hall - come inside, sign up and collect a bag and gloves.
Site Supervisor: Jenny Hermann

2103
Mona Vale Beach, Mona Vale
Sunday 03rd March 10:00 - 12:00
Meeting Point: Meet at the northern end of The Basin on the grass area next to beach.
Site Supervisor: Tina Mollema

2102
Warriewood Beach
Sunday 03rd March 09:30 - 10:00
Meeting Point: Meet at the small timber platform next to the power pole, on the beach beside the car park.
Site Supervisor: Bruce Kelly

2101
Sanctuary Island, Wimbledon Avenue, North Narrabeen
Sunday 03rd March 09:00 - 12:00
Meeting Point: Park at end of Wimbledon Avenue
Site Supervisor: Rick Shires

Protect Pittwater To Provide Lowdown On Council Merger

The facts about council mergers on the northern beaches and how to recover Pittwater Council will be the focus of a forum at Mona Vale on Sunday.

Protect Pittwater Association president Bob Grace said the forum will investigate claims of significant savings resulting from the creation of the Northern Beaches Council and bring the community up to date on moves to demerge Pittwater Council.

The outcome of Freedom of Information requests showing the true sequence of events leading up to the mergers will also be discussed, Mr Grace said.

NSW Labor MP and Local Government spokesman Peter Primrose and his NSW Greens counterpart David Shoebridge will attend and outline their parties’ demerger policies going into the March 23 election.

“With the state election around the corner, it is now time to take stock of our amalgamated council and the prospects for a demerger,” Mr Grace said.

“NBC mayor Michael Regan claims the new council has made savings of $25 million but an analysis of the budget would suggest otherwise - we will hear about that on Sunday from Save Our Councils Coalition president Brian Halstead.

“We have also developed a timeline using information gleaned from Freedom of Information requests that will throw more light on the NSW government’s real amalgamation agenda.

“Finally, given that it is now nine months since we submitted our demerger proposal to NSW Local Government Minister Gabrielle Upton and have still received no response from her, we will hear from the politicians what our options are now.

“The people of Pittwater have lost our independence as part of this mega-council, which refuses to advocate for us on critical issues such as the loss of emergency and other services at Mona Vale Hospital.

“We must be masters of our own destiny and strive to recover our council.”

Speakers at the forum, Digging for the Truth – The Facts on Council Mergers and how to get Pittwater Council Back, will include:
  • NSW Labor MP and Local Government spokesman Peter Primrose
  • NSW Greens MP and Local Government spokesman David Shoebridge
  • Former Pittwater Councillor Sue Young
  • Save Our Councils Coalition president Brian Halstead
  • Save Our Councils Coalition media officer Will Tuck
  • Save Our Councils Coalition spokesman Phil Jenkyn
The Protect Pittwater Association is a community group set up following the NSW council mergers in May 2016 to recover Pittwater Council.

The forum will take place on Sunday March 3, from 4pm to 6pm, at Mona Vale Memorial Hall, 1 Park St, Mona Vale.

MONA VALE PUBLIC SCHOOL UPGRADE ANNOUNCED

Monday March 4th, 2019
Thousands of Mona Vale families will benefit from the NSW Liberal Government’s record investment in education, with a major upgrade to expand Mona Vale Public School.

Member for Pittwater and NSW Minister for Education Rob Stokes explained that the upgrade will remove demountables and provide more places for local students in new air conditioned classrooms and upgraded core facilities. 

In addition, the major upgrade will deliver a new multi-purpose performance centre, which will be available for use by the school and wider community. The new centre will provide specialised music rooms, dance studios and a theatre performance space. 

$2.5 million has already been provided to the Northern Beaches Council to kick start the community performance space at Mona Vale Public School.

Mr Stokes said he was thrilled that the major upgrade was being delivered for the increasing number of young families in the area. 
“This is great news for local families and I’m thrilled to work in partnership with Council to deliver on our commitment to ensure this major upgrade includes a community performance space,” Rob Stokes said.

“The school upgrade and new multi-purpose performance centre will have enormous benefits for our community.”

Mr Stokes said the project is another example of the NSW Government delivering the school resources local students and their families deserve.

The major upgrade to Mona Vale Public School is in addition to the NSW Liberal Government’s record $6 billion school building program to deliver more than 170 new and upgraded schools, including the new Narrabeen Education Precinct.

The next meeting of the Avalon Beach Historical Society will be our first for the year. As usual it will be held in the Avalon Beach Bowling Club in Bowling Green Lane on TUESDAY, 12 MARCH and commence at 8pm.

Long-time member and supporter of our society DAVID LYALL has also been a resident of TRAPPERS WAY for over 60 years.

I accepted his offer to tell us of his time there so far and what he knows of the earlier years and explain the derivation of the name.

John Stone has converted a fascinating video cassette recording loaned to us by David, into digital format of a show from ABC ‘The Investigators’ from June 1960. It recalls the story of when the local postman from the Avalon Beach Post Office flatly refused to deliver the mail to Trappers Way any longer and the outcome!

We also have some photos to help illustrate the talk, including some of what we are led to believe, an Aboriginal water storage ‘sink’ remaining in bush near the entrance to Trappers Way. David and I followed up on an email received some years ago recalling visits to an Aboriginal site up on the saddle from a visitor about 80 years ago.

Gail Lonnon, another long-time resident from a slightly different part of Trappers Way, will also talk to us of her recollections concerning the southern end of the road.

There is also a lot to talk about, so come along and join us as we kick-start the New Year in style.

Guests of members are always welcome and to stay for supper afterwards.

Respected Journalist Tracey Spicer AM To Speak At International Women’s Day Breakfast

Thursday, 21 February 2019

One of Australia’s most well-renowned journalists, Tracey Spicer AM, will be guest speaker at Northern Beaches Council’s 2019 International Women’s Day Breakfast on Friday 8 March.

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women – while also encouraging the acceleration of gender parity.

Northern Beaches Mayor Michael Regan said this year’s theme for International Women’s Day 2019 is #BalanceforBetter.

“Northern Beaches Council is a proud supporter of International Women’s Day. It’s no surprise this is a global movement has been embraced for over a century.

“This year, Tracey Spicer is our guest speaker. She is renowned for her convictions, passion for social justice and commitment to equality which is fitting for this year theme.” Mayor Regan said.

The unfortunate fact is that women are still not paid equally to that of their male counterparts, women still are not present in equal numbers in business or politics, and globally women's education, health and the violence against them is worse than that of men; however, great improvements have been made.

“At Council we have seven female Councillors who are well respected and do a fantastic job.

“Let’s make a difference - think globally and act locally and do what you can to truly make a positive difference for women everywhere,” said Mayor Regan.

Tracey Spicer AM is an author, journalist and television presenter who has anchored programs for ABC TV, Network Ten, Channel 9 and Sky News over the past 30 years.

Currently, she works as a columnist for Fairfax, presentation trainer for Outspoken Women and the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, and media trainer at Spicer Communications. She appears regularly as a commentator on ABC TV and Channel 9.

Tracey has also written, produced and presented documentaries for NGOs in Bangladesh, Kenya, Uganda, Papua New Guinea, and India, and the National Breast Cancer Foundation in Australia.

In 2018, Tracey was honoured with an Order of Australia for work in media and as an ambassador for charitable and social welfare groups.

The unstoppable 50-year-old has also published a Best Selling book titled The Good Girl Stripped Bare.

“Come along to our breakfast for an enjoyable start to your day and do your bit to ensure that the future for girls is bright, equal, safe and rewarding. Make every day International Women's Day!” Mayor Regan said.

The Northern Beaches Council International Women’s Day Breakfast will support the Northern Beaches Women’s Shelter and Manly Warringah Resource Centre with proceeds donated to both charities from a special event raffle.

The event will be held on Friday 8 March, 7am - 9am, at Manly Golf Club - 38 Balgowlah Road, Balgowlah.

Tickets are $45 (including all fees) and can be purchased at northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au or call 9976 1624.

7th Annual Maybanke Fund Lecture 2019: April 16, 2019 At 5:30 Pm - 7:30 Pm

Visit the Sydney Community Foundation webpage

About The Maybanke Fund

The Maybanke Fund honours the work of Maybanke Anderson, writer, leader, feminist, early childhood education pioneer and promoter of the rights of women and children in Australia.

The Maybanke Fund connects its community of donors with organisations working to reduce social inequality through education, women’s advocacy and social reform – causes that continue to be as important in the 21st century as they were for Maybanke in 1893.

You can make a difference by donating to The Maybanke Fund. Your donation today helps build the Fund for tomorrow and also provides the Maybanke Anderson Award for Indigenous students in Education, at Macquarie University.

Call Out For Artists And Writers - Art & Words Project

Visual artists and writers are being invited to take part in an exciting new community arts project that could see their work taking pride of place in a special event at the 2019 Manly Arts Festival (6 - 29 September).

In a celebration of community creativity, Northern Beaches Council’s Art & Words Project 2019 is calling on participants to write and create works inspired by the theme ‘Saltwater’.

Entrants will have the chance to have their works published in an anthology with the participating artists creating works directly in response to the text.

Northern Beaches Mayor Michael Regan said a selection from the anthology and the accompanying art will be displayed on a 24-hour digital screen at Manly Art Gallery & Museum and at all Northern Beaches Libraries during the Arts Festival.

“The artworks will illustrate the book alongside the words and the original artworks will be displayed in libraries across the Northern Beaches.

“The Manly Arts Festival attracts over 15,000 visitors annually and our six Northern Beaches Libraries have 177,746 members, together representing a huge audience for any aspiring artist or writer,” said Mayor Regan.

The Art & Words Project is a collaborative project mentored by multiple-award-winning writer Zena Shapter and supported by the Northern Beaches Library Service and the Manly Art Gallery & Museum.

Ms Shapter, who will be providing creative support for the project, is the founder of the Northern Beaches Writers' Group and a Northern Beaches local.

“Community creativity on this scale is truly magical!” she said. 

“Entry is open to anyone, regardless of genre or style, so I’m hoping to hear from a diverse range of creatives, a balance of perspectives that will reflect the thrilling yet unspoken truth of our community.”

Applications for the Art & Words Project 2019 will be open from 15 January 2019. To apply and for further information visit northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au

Closing date for entries is Friday 15 March, 5pm, with selected entrants notified by Friday 29 March. 

Enquiries: artandwordsproject@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au


Image: ‘Flying Fish’ by Nettie Lodge

Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary Stalls 2019

Pittwater Place stalls:   
Feb 2, March 2, April 6, May 4, June 1.                    
Selling sewing, knitting, craft, books  9am to 3pm

Sausage sizzles Bunnings Narrabeen:      
Feb 9, March 9, April 13, May 11, June 8                 
All Saturdays  8am to 3pm

Stall outside Mona Vale Library                  
23rd March  (State Election)                                        
Baking, sewing, knitting, craft 8am to 3pm


NSW Premier’s History Awards 2019 Now Open

The State Library of NSW has opened nominations for the NSW Premier’s History Awards 2018. A total of $75,000 in prize money will be presented to the winners at an awards ceremony in August 2019. Entries close 5pm Monday 8th April, 2019.

Administered by the State Library of NSW, in association with Create 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)
Visit their website and download the nomination forms and guidelines.

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

Express Yourself 2019 At Manly Art Gallery & Museum

Friday, 22 March 2019 - 10:00am to Sunday, 28 April 2019 - 5:00pm
This significant annual curated exhibition of artworks by HSC Visual Arts students from the 20 high schools across Sydney’s Northern Beaches region is always a great favourite among all generations. It represents diverse bodies of work including multi-media, digital, sculpture and drawing, and celebrates the creativity of emerging artists in this region. Curated by Ross Heathcote. 

In conjunction with Express Yourself, two awards are granted annually to students featured in the exhibition; the Manly Art Gallery & Museum Society Youth Art Award and the Theo Batten Bequest Youth Art Award, presented to a student continuing tertiary study in the arts. This exhibition is part of ARTMONTH, Sydney.

Teachers’ Preview
Friday 22 March, 5 - 6pm

Art Talk + Walk
Saturday 30 March, 2 - 3pm
Express Yourself artists walk through the exhibition and discuss their works with the curator.

Improved Treatment After Pregnancy Complicated By High Blood Pressure: World-First Study Launched

February 25, 2019: SOUTH EASTERN SYDNEY LOCAL HEALTH DISTRICT / UNSW
A new study launched last month at St George Hospital will trial the best follow-up and lifestyle behaviour change strategies for women and their babies after experiencing a hypertensive disorder (high blood pressure) during pregnancy.

About one in 10 women in Australia have a hypertensive pregnancy, which equates to approximately 30,000 women affected annually.

Hypertensive disorders include preeclampsia, gestational hypertension or chronic hypertension.

The world-first study is aiming to recruit 500 women, and will be performed at five hospitals across Sydney including St George Hospital, the Royal Hospital for Women, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Liverpool Hospital and Campbelltown Hospital.

Study Chief Investigator, Dr Amanda Henry, Obstetrician, St George Hospital and Senior Lecturer, School of Women’s and Children’s Health, UNSW Sydney, said women who experience a hypertensive pregnancy were at increased risk of long-term health problems.

“Many studies have demonstrated that although blood pressure will return to normal for most women after a hypertensive pregnancy, they have at least double the long-term risk of heart attack, stroke and developing diabetes, and triple the risk of chronic high blood pressure, compared to women who had an uncomplicated pregnancy,” Dr Henry said.

“However, it is unknown whether monitoring or treatments in the first few years after a hypertensive pregnancy can improve health risks or outcomes for either a mother or her baby.

“The Blood Pressure Postpartum Study – or BP2 – is aiming to answer that question by trialling different methods of follow up and encouraging a healthy lifestyle after a hypertensive pregnancy,” Dr Henry said.

Study participants will be assigned one of three pathways for ongoing care, including follow up with a GP, attending a postpartum clinic or participating in a lifestyle program.

Women and their babies will return to the hospital where they gave birth for further follow up and assessment six months after birth, and then at annual intervals from when their baby turns one.

“The study methods being investigated differ from the standard treatment offered after a woman has a hypertensive pregnancy because they include structured, consistent information packages, education tools and a specific hospital postpartum clinic for women,” Dr Henry said.

“Currently, few women receive appropriate follow-up, counselling or tools to support their long-term health. 

“Because pregnancy identifies a group of relatively young women at higher risk of heart disease, our team of researchers are hopeful the study will identify effective interventions that can improve the future health of thousands of Australian women,” Dr Henry said.

BP2 is funded by the NSW Health Translational Research Grants Scheme, and is supported by the NSW Health Get Healthy Service.

Study partners include the Heart Foundation and patient advocacy group Australian Action on Preeclampsia (AAPEC).

This study is supported by the NSW Health Translational Research Grants Scheme which has provided funding of $632,843 over two years, starting in July 2018.

For further information about BP2, please contact Lynne Roberts, Study Coordinator, on: 02 9113 2117 or email  lynne.roberts2@health.nsw.gov.au.

Speakers Wanted: Rotary Club Of Frenchs Forest

The Rotary Club of Frenchs Forest is looking for speakers to address our regular meetings - recently, we have had presentations on the local property market, the Northern Beaches Hospital, historical information on Sydney and its landmarks, various charitable organisations and even travel stories from those who have been to exotic locations...

We would like to invite speakers with a cause, an insight or just a good story. We'll also invite the public to listen as guests, so we can expand your audience!

We meet most Monday evenings at the Forestville RSL and some Monday mornings at various cafes in the area.

Please call Brian on 0402 938 870 to discuss your topic and select a date to join us.

(We'll even shout you dinner or breakfast on the day.)

A Survey On Ticks And Wildlife In The Northern Beaches

The University of Sydney is conducting a study to better understand how residents and their pets are encountering ticks and wildlife in their backyards. We invite all Northern Beaches residents to participate in our survey.

Coastal bushland remnants and other green spaces across the Northern Beaches are home to a variety of native plants and animals. They also provide a place for residents to enjoy their favourite outdoor pastimes. Paralysis ticks (Ixodes holocyclus) are common in the Northern Beaches and feed on a wide range of animal hosts during their life cycle. Understanding the complex relationship between ticks and their host species is an essential part of our research. The information we gain will contribute to our growing knowledge of ticks and will guide future research efforts.

We aim to identify:
  • Areas where people are encountering ticks more than others (tick 'hotspots'),
  • Backyard and landscape features that may influence tick presence, and
  • Wildlife using backyards and how this might or might not influence tick occurrence
To meet these aims, it is important for you to provide a street address. If you would prefer not to, we ask that you provide your street name and nearest cross street. It is important for us to create a map of tick encounters to understand what landscape features might influence tick presence and where to target future research.

All identifying information will be removed from any data presentations.

The survey should only take approximately 10 minutes to complete and is voluntary. 

If you have any questions about the project, please contact PhD candidate Casey Taylor on 02 9351 3189 or casey.taylor@sydney.edu.au. This project is being undertaken by the University of Sydney in association with Northern Beaches Council.

Your participation is greatly appreciated.

This research has been approved by the University of Sydney Human Ethics committee. (Approval no: 2018/157)

2019 NSW State Election

Saturday, 23 March 2019: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Election of the 57th Parliament of New South Wales, including all 93 seats in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly and 21 of the 42 seats in the New South Wales Legislative Council.

You can check your current electoral enrolment by entering your details on check.aec.gov.au or by phoning the AEC on 13 23 26.  You must be enrolled by 4 March 2019 to be eligible to vote.

To enrol for the first time or get back on the roll, you can enrol onlineVisit: www.aec.gov.au/enrol

If you have moved, you need to update your address details on the electoral roll. However, if you are overseas or going overseas, please see the information on the going overseas page of the AEC website.

If you have special needs or there are specific circumstances that may affect your enrolment there are special enrolment formsavailable on the AEC website for you to complete to update your address details.

For senior citizens
If you find it difficult to get to a polling place on election day, you can apply to become a General Postal Voter to receive your ballot papers in the mail. The AEC also provides mobile polling to some nursing homes and hospitals, and uses accessible polling places wherever possible. In cases where an accessible polling place is not available, alternative arrangements are in place to assist those people who may be unable to access a polling place without assistance.


For people with a disability
If you find it difficult to get to a polling place on election day, you can apply to become a General Postal Voter to receive your ballot papers in the mail. The AEC also provides mobile polling to some hospitals, and uses accessible polling places wherever possible. In cases where an accessible polling place is not available, alternative arrangements are in place to assist those people who may be unable to access a polling place without assistance.

If you have a physical disability that prevents you from writing, you can get someone else to complete and sign an enrolment form for persons unable to sign their name on your behalf.

Some people may require additional support to enrol and vote, such as people with an intellectual, cognitive or psychosocial disability. The AEC provides a range of information written in Easy English. Easy English is more accessible for people who have difficulty reading and understanding written information.