Community News: May 2018

May 20 - 26, 2018: Issue 360

Articles This Week 

Front Page Issue 360Pittwater Residents Present Demerger Petition To Office Of Local Government: Tumbarumba Experience Likely To Repeated And Met Again And Again

Avalon Youth Hub: The Door Is OPEN

Pittwater Demerger Proposal Handed to NSW Govt on Amalgamation Anniversary - from Protect Pittwater Association

Inaugural World Bee Day - May 20th 2018Local Knowledge Available on Native Bees and the Northern Beaches Beekeepers Club - World Bee Day was declared by the UN General Assembly in December last year to raise awareness of the importance of bees and apicultural products; which is pretty much everything we eat. The First World Bee Day will be celebrated around the world on May 20th and in Australia with Canberra hosting some great events which are sure to spread nation wide in coming years.  Slovenia proposed the celebration of World Bee Day in the month of May, when bees in the northern hemisphere are most active  – here such activity takes place during September although you can do things right now to ensure a future for our bees. 

Have Wings? Can Do The Club Marine Pittwater To Paradise Regatta by Lisa Ratcliff

Aquatics: New Zealand Has Its Own Population Of Blue Whales: new study finds

Pictures: Sydney Wildlife's Waratah Park Rehabilitation Centre: 5 Years in the Making (A Celebration) by Joan Reid, Volunteer Macropod co-ordinator

Reinstated Sydney Noumea Race draws fleet of 24 by Lisa Ratcliff

Reflections by George Repin: STROMBOLI

Park Bench Philosopher: Stargazing Live - A Guinness World Record Attempt On Wednesday May 23rd + CSIRO's Parkes Telescope’s New  ‘Bionic Ear’ Hears More Of The Universe

DIY Ideas Winter Mould & Mildew Inside Your home: How to Keep Air and Surfaces Healthier

Food: Honey, Honey: Inaugural World Bee Day - Honey Cake Recipes Around the World

Profile: David Henry Lyall PSM ESMM FAIB David Lyall has been investing in the Pittwater community for decades. He’s an extraordinary individual whose works would fill volumes. Not that he’d ever let you know. His input into Bilgola SLSC, Avalon Sailing Club, Marine Rescue NSW and the NSW Rural Fire Service spans the changes and challenges these organisations went through.

He loves local History, he loves building beautiful things with wood, he loves sailing, his wife and three sons - but not in that order.
He was seconded to Pittwater Council when that was formed and is rightly proud of the achievements, such as the MLAK key, that came out of a two year old local government organisation.

This is a clear case of still waters running deep: thank you sir for allowing us to share a small part of a rather large record.

History: Sarah A. Biddy Lewis and Martha Catherine Benns -  The 2018 National NAIDOC Theme is: Because of her, we can!
NAIDOC Week 2018 will celebrate the invaluable contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made – and continue to make - to our communities, our families, our rich history and to our nation. As Sorry Day 2018 by the ASG MWP runs next Sunday, details below, a tribute to two wonderful local Matriarch runs again this Issue for those why may have missed it previously - and illustrates the generations of children of these mothers are still here and turning the tide towards more and more healing

The Aboriginal support Group Manly Warringah Pittwater (ASG-MWP) Commemorates National Sorry Day 2018

Sorry Day this year will be at Mona Vale Memorial Hall as the Elanora Scout Hall at Narrabeen is undergoing repair.

National Sorry Day is an Australia-wide observance which gives people the chance to come together and share the steps towards healing for the Stolen Generations, their families and communities.

This is a Free event.
Sunday May 27th, 2018
Start time 2.00pm till 6.00pm

Welcome to Country – Smoking ceremony and a one minute
silence for the Stolen Generation.
A reading from Auntie Nancy Wood’s short book of poetry Nobody’s Child.
Guest speaker talk about the Stolen Generation.
  • All afternoon a free sausage BBQ and afternoon tea will be available.
  • Singing by local Aboriginal Sisters.
  • Free Kids painting – paint your own boomerang or do Colouring in and take it home with you.
  • Basket weaving with Karleen Green.
  • Aboriginal Dancers with the young children joining in dancing and playing the clap sticks, having fun.
  • Two local Didge players.
  • Aboriginal artefacts on display – things that have never been on display before.
  • For the young ones, a gift bag from ASG.
Come and join us and share the steps towards healing for the Stolen Generations, their families and communities.

 Pittwater Offshore Newsletter Update 20/5/2018 

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To contact Julian:  editor@scotlandisland.org.au

BHS: Call Out To All Ex Students!

We are going to hold an exhibition in the lead up to the Golden Ball in September.

Do you have anything we could use for an exhibition in the lead up to the Golden Ball? Things like old school uniforms, school magazines, images, medals or trophies. Fun things that will take people back. 

Do you have, or know others who might have items like this? We would return them after the exhibition.

Images could be sent to kalinda.hawson@det.nsw.edu.au

15 June – The Barrenjoey Night Market.  There will be food stalls, market stalls, little rides and games.  Centre stage will present some of Barrenjoey’s finest musicians from past and present.  To end the evening there will be fireworks.  this is a family-friendly event. More information will appear here.

29 September – The Golden Ball  All ex students and staff are invited to the Golden Ball.  Plans are being finalised and tickets will go on sale in Term 2.  Keep your eye here for more information as it comes to hand.

If you wish to keep informed about the festivities please go to theAlumni page and register your interest.


Mermaids Of Palm Beach Commence B To B Bash 2018 Fundraising

The Mermaids will be holding their annual Currawong Day on Thursday May 31st with all the usual fun and games and Beryl’s famous sausage rolls – which were also a hit at this year’s garden party.

Guests at the recent Brees Cottage Garden Party were entertained by the Celtic By-The-Sea Music Group, and joined in some Celtic ring dancing, had a Maypole, a wonderful afternoon tea in glorious gardens, along with some fun with Lucky Dips. There were Books for sale, assorted Bric-a-Brac and garden cuttings – all to raise funds for Variety, The Children’s Charity.

The 2018 B to B Bash will be Beryl’s 20th Australian Variety Bash, which, at 85 years young, is not a bad effort – in fact it’s outstanding.



Beryl and Beverly at Brees Garden Party - photo by Michael Mannington

Dog Race Inspiration For Pittwater Artists Trail Winter Exhibition 2018

Cindy Goode has completed some wonderful new works in recent weeks which feature that bastion of community fun - the Christmas Eve Scotland Island dog race. The series will be on display at the Pittwater Artists Trail Winter Exhibition 2018.



The first event on the new Pittwater artists Trail Calendar, the group exhibition will be held on the June long weekend (9-11),  at the Newport Community Centre.

Update On The Ingleside Planned Precinct

May 11, 2018: From NSW Dept. of Planning
We have reviewed the submissions and feedback received on the draft Land Use and Infrastructure Implementation Strategy, which was exhibited from December 2016 to February 2017, and are working through the next phase of the planning process. A summary of the submissions received and our responses is available here.

In response to issues raised by the community and to comply with the draft Planning for Bushfire Protection Policy 2017, a Bushfire Risk Assessment is being prepared. We have also undertaken other additional technical work including:
  • traffic and transport modelling, especially around Mona Vale Road
  • planning for infrastructure provision
  • water cycle management and flooding assessment
  • assessment of environmental impacts including additional surveys, for example around biodiversity across the precinct and along the proposed ecological corridors.
We are working with Northern Beaches Council and other Government agencies throughout this process. 

Next steps
We aim to release the revised Land Use and Infrastructure Implementation Plan (known as the Precinct Plan) in late 2018. 

A draft Local Character Statement (LCS) is also being prepared to define the existing character of the area and capture the community’s values and aspirations. The draft LCS will be based on the extensive community consultation undertaken to date and will be an essential reference guide for the Department to use in finalising the draft plan for Ingleside.  

More opportunities to have your say
There will be more opportunities for the community to provide feedback. 

The revised Precinct Plan, draft Local Character Statement and supporting documents will open for public comment when they are released later in 2018, and the Department will have a range of ways available for you to have your say. 

More information
Call us on 1300 305 695

Throw In Your Line! Apply For Gone Fishing Day Grants

The fourth annual NSW Gone Fishing Day will be held in just six months’ time and recreational fishing clubs and organisations are being encouraged to apply for grants to host fishing activities on October 14.

NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Coordinator Community Programs, Dee Payne, said applications for grants of up to $2,000 are now open until July 16.

“Gone Fishing Day celebrates our love of fishing in NSW and encourages everyone to get out on the water and enjoy this healthy outdoors activity,” Ms Payne said.

“It doesn’t matter if you haven’t fished before or if you’re the keenest of anglers, Gone Fishing Day is for everyone.”

Applications for activities such as casting and fishing workshops, information sessions and fish habitat restoration will be considered.

Grants of up to $2,000 are now available for recreational fishing clubs, organisations and community groups to run fishing events as part of the Day. The money can be spent on event items such as fishing gear, bait, food and drinks and equipment hire,” Ms Payne said.

“This year we also have the option to apply for a package of fishing gear and giveaways as an alternative to a funding grant.”

Fishing clubs simply need to fill out the application form which is available online atwww.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fishing/recreational/resources/go-fishing-nsw

Clubs or organisations can also apply to carry out fish habitat restoration activities including replanting or weeding their local waterway or creek banks.

DPI-staffed major events for the Day will once again be scheduled at six locations across the state.

“We know there are around 850,000 people that love wetting a line each year in NSW and we hope this state-wide day will promote fishing as a vital part of our lifestyle to even more local residents and communities,” Ms Payne said.

“The more fishing activities we can hold across the state, the greater the opportunity to spark an interest that may become a lifetime of recreational fishing enjoyment. I urge all clubs to get involved and apply for a Gone Fishing Day grant before July 16.”

For more information email go.fishing@dpi.nsw.gov.au or phone (02) 4424 7428.

Entries Now Open For Northern Beaches Art Prize

Fancy yourself as the next Brett Whitely or maybe Picasso? Now is your chance to make your artistic talents known to the wider world.

Northern Beaches Council is calling for artists to enter the annual Northern Beaches Art Prize.

With more than $24,000 in prizes on offer, it is the region’s most prestigious art competition.

Northern Beaches General Manager Planning, Place & Community David Kerr said the competition provides an excellent opportunity for artists to showcase their talents.

“It’s very important we foster and nurture arts and culture at the local level,” he said.

The Northern Beaches Art Prize (formerly Warringah Art Prize) began in 1955 and is open to all Australian residents as young as 10.

The competition has four main categories; General, Small Sculpture, Waste to Art, and Youth.

Mona Vale sculptor Suzanne Davey won last year’s Art Prize in the sculpture category.

She said winning the prize boosted her artistic efforts after several years of creating, experimenting and developing her ideas.

“It was really affirming and shows that hard work, application and focus does pay. It gave me a feeling of validation and that I was on the right path; the journey continues.”

Entries open on Tuesday 1 May and close on Sunday 24 Juneand can be completed online through the Northern Beaches Council website.

The competition’s entries will be on display at the Creative Space in North Curl Curl from 10 August to 19 August for General and Small Sculpture, and 24 August to 2 September for Youth and Waste to Art.


Suzanne Davey - Gathering Shadows (award winner) 

DoggieRescue.com

Pet of the Week

Gideon

AGE/SEX: 18 months / M
BREED: Kelpie X

Gideon is a friendly active boy who loves people interaction. He is very excited to go for a walk and walks at a good pace. He prefers to jog and run! He also enjoys cuddles, belly rubs and being patted. He would suit an active family with 8+yo children. He has a short coat and weighs 16.5kg. He comes desexed, C5 vaccinated, heartworm free and microchipped. Also included for the love and health of our dogs is a free Health and Wellness Voucher with our DR Vet. His adoption cost is $400. 

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

Expressions Of Interest - Membership Of NSW Health Boards

​The NSW Government is inviting applications from people interested in becoming a member of a Local Health District or Specialty Network Board. Members will be expected to actively contribute to the effective governance of these significant public sector organisations which provide a broad range of health services to the NSW community.

Boards are responsible for overseeing an effective governance and risk management framework for the district or network, setting its strategic directions, ensuring high standards of professional and ethical conduct are maintained, involving providers and the community in decisions that affect them, monitoring the service delivery and financial performance of the district or network against its targets and holding the chief executive accountable for their performance.

As part of a mid-term appointment process, vacancies exist for positions on each Local Health District Board and the Sydney Children's Hospitals Network Board. Individuals should demonstrate the capacity to represent the interest of consumers of health services and the local community served by a district or the network, and indicate any affiliations with universities, clinical schools or research centres, as well as skills and experience in one or more of the following areas:
  • corporate governance;
  • health management / health administration;
  • business / financial management / public administration;
  • clinical practice / provision of health services to patients;
  • expertise, knowledge or experience in relation to Aboriginal health;
  • understanding of local community issues;
  • understanding of or experience in primary health care.
To apply, individuals need to complete an Expression of Interest indicating their skills and experience relevant to the role of a Member of a governing Board and provide a current Curriculum Vitae.

An information package, Expression of Interest application form and the advertisement are available from the Information panel on the right of this page.

The deadline for submissions is Friday 25 May 2018

The Pittwater Special Rate Improvement Plan

Re: Draft Delivery Program Page 66
Could Readers contacting this news service regarding the details not shown of the planned expenditure under this plan, while pointing it is available it is under the Manly Environmental Levy, please contact the Northern Beaches Council or make a submission by next Sunday - link provided below - requesting that document include those details. 

From the Draft:
P 66: Special Rate: Improvement Program - Former
Pittwater Local Government Area
In June 2011 IPART approved the former Pittwater Council’s application for a special rate.

This resulted in an increase in rates over three years (2011-2014) and generating approximately $39 million in funds for infrastructure works and environmental programs over a 10 year period.

A Community Contract was established to ensure accountability and transparency. The rate is levied and spent on the basis of the Community Contract’s following principles:
• Upgrade and retrofit infrastructure through carefully targeted, high priority ‘on ground works’
• Schedule of projects to be incorporated into Pittwater Council’s Annual Delivery Program
• Funding derived from the SRV will be distributed across the program of works over the 10 year period
• The Pittwater SRV will also support ‘seed’ funding within the works program
• Funding proportions may vary from year to year to achieve economic efficiency through the pooling of funds
• Reporting to be undertaken to ensure transparency

Draft Delivery Program: Community Feedback Sought

The Northern Beaches Council draft Delivery Program is now available for the community to ask questions and provide feedback. The document is available online at HERE until Sunday 27 May.

ASG-MWP Commemorates National Sorry Day

Sorry Day this year will be at Mona Vale Memorial Hall as the Elanora Scout Hall at Narrabeen is undergoing repair.

National Sorry Day is an Australia-wide observance which gives people the chance to come together and share the steps towards healing for the Stolen Generations, their families and communities.

This is a Free event.
Sunday May 27th, 2018
Start time 2.00pm till 6.00pm

Welcome to Country – Smoking ceremony and a one minute
silence for the Stolen Generation.
A reading from Auntie Nancy Wood’s short book of poetry Nobody’s Child.
Guest speaker talk about the Stolen Generation.
  • All afternoon a free sausage BBQ and afternoon tea will be available.
  • Singing by local Aboriginal Sisters.
  • Free Kids painting – paint your own boomerang or do Colouring in and take it home with you.
  • Basket weaving with Karleen Green.
  • Aboriginal Dancers with the young children joining in dancing and playing the clap sticks, having fun.
  • Two local Didge players.
  • Aboriginal artefacts on display – things that have never been on display before.
  • For the young ones, a gift bag from ASG.
Come and join us and share the steps towards healing for the Stolen Generations, their families and communities.

 

Click on logo above to visit their website.

Return And Earn Is At Pittwater RSL

Drink container litter makes up 44% of the volume of all litter in the state and costs more than $162 million to manage.
Return you empty bottles and cans to earn your 10c for every eligible container returned for recycling.
Eligible containers include:
- Drinks cans
- Glass bottles for beer, cider or soft drinks
- Plastic bottles for water, soft drinks or flavoured milk
- Single serve sized drinks cartons
(Wine and spirit bottles and casks, plain milk bottles and bottles for cordial or fruit juice are not eligible).

The returned containers are collected from us and then sorted for recycling.
You have three options of what to do with your refunds:
- Use the myTOMRA app (for iOS or Android) to deposit the funds straight into a PayPal account
- Donate to one of four charity partners (currently Cancer Council, Vinnies, Planet Ark or Surf Life Saving NSW)
- Take a voucher to redeem or spend at Woolworths

2018 AGM
The Annual General Meeting of Pittwater RSL will be held on Sunday 27th May at 10am in the Club's Auditorium.

Applications Open For Community Building Partnership Program

Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes is encouraging local community and sporting groups to apply for funds under the NSW Government’s 2018 Community Building Partnership Program.
 
As part of this year’s program $330,000 will be distributed to community-led infrastructure projects in Pittwater.
 
Almost 50 local projects have been supported by this program since 2011. This includes the expansion of the Northern Beaches Indoor Sports Centre at Warriewood, playground improvements at Narrabeen Community Kindergarten, walkway improvements on Scotland Island, Marine Rescue’s upgraded wharf at Cottage Point, Pittwater High School’s security fence upgrade, improvements to local surf clubs, construction of a walkway alongside Mona Vale Golf Club, Narrabeen Sports High School’s synthetic playing field, accessibility improvements at Currawong and the upcoming construction of a new community performance space at Barrenjoey High School. 
 
“This is a great opportunity to kick start community-led projects that will provide wide-reaching benefits,” Rob Stokes said today.
 
“There are dozens of local projects that have benefited from this program over recent years and I’m looking forward to this continuing.
 
“Many local groups undertake extensive fundraising - but simply need a bit more funding to enable their projects to proceed.
 
“Projects that will provide long-term infrastructure improvements and are supported by leveraged funds have been particularly successful in recent rounds.
 
Applications for this year’s program are now open and will be accepted until 5pm on 15 June.
 
Further details on the program and information on how to apply is available by visiting www.communitybuildingpartnership.nsw.gov.au

717 School Bus Along Whale Beach Road: Changes Coming

To parents of students using the 717 bus route from Palm Beach along Whale Beach Road: the bus is mostly late in the mornings due to being unable to move freely along this road.

The bus drivers have been just as frustrated by this, as they regularly have to stop their bus and knock on doors to ask people to move the vehicles blocking the way- see e.g. in pic below.

In the afternoons the bus is full which shows there are definitely children/families wanting to use it, they just don’t want to be late to school in the mornings.

HOWEVER, changes are coming!
New parking signs will be up in “the next week or so” which means this bus should arrive at its scheduled time of 9:06 am at school.

If this is of interest to people, please could you pass on to those affected. Students using the school bus ultimately means less cars in Avalon.

Once the signs have gone up, allowing a clear run for the drivers this service will meet its timetable. Then hopefully families/youngsters can feel more confident about getting to school on time.

This 717 morning bus service is at the critical point of “USE IT OR LOSE IT” for the next 6 months or so - even though there are valid reasons why families haven’t used it.

To this end, please make sure your child uses their opal card so data collection at Transport for NSW headquarters reflects accurately the volume of students using this service.

Old Barrenjoey Rd near Avalon Primary, Avalon            15:37
Avalon Community Library, Old Barrenjoey Rd, Avalon 15:39
Coonanga Rd near Tasman Rd, Avalon           08:39     15:44
Whale Beach Rd near Surf Rd, Whale Beach 08:48     15:53
Avalon Pde at Old Barrenjoey Rd, Avalon        09:04     16:09
Avalon Public School, Bellevue Ave, Avalon    09:06



News/Photo courtesy Emily Ashton

Design Guide For Heritage - Have Your Say

May 18, 2018: NSW Office of Environment and Heritage
The Heritage Council of NSW has released a draft design guide intended to make it easier to manage heritage design works.
Heritage Council of NSW chair, Stephen Davies said the guide provides heritage industry professionals, heritage owners, urban planners and developers with up to date advice on managing heritage design works.

The draft guide was released at the NSW Heritage Forum at the University of Technology, Sydney today.

“This Design Guide for Heritage has been created to help those who own, regulate, oversee or are working to develop heritage items,” Mr Davies said.

“It will help them understand how to protect the heritage and context of heritage projects, while ensuring an ongoing commitment to good design.

“It will encourage anyone working with heritage items and places to carefully and appropriately use good design.

“This will ensure any new work protects heritage significance and safeguards the character and experience of historic places.

“This guide puts our state’s heritage squarely at the forefront of thinking, planning and designing,” he said.

This publication is part of the NSW Government Architect’s ‘Better Placed’ suite of documents, which was developed to provide over-arching design policy for NSW.

The partnership with the Office of the Government Architect NSW was intended to ensure best practice outcomes for industry and communities.

The draft Design Guide for Heritage is now on public exhibition so community members and industry stakeholders can have their say on what it should include to ensure heritage is protected for future generations.

Submissions close Friday 17 August 2018.
To find out more go to Better Placed: Heritage Design Guide

Mushrooming: The Deadly Risk Of A Popular Autumn Pastime

May 19, 2018: NSW Health
After a recent cluster of poisonings, NSW Health is urging people not to eat potentially deadly mushrooms picked in the field.

NSW Health’s Director of the Environmental Health, Dr Benjamin Scalley, cautioned people against eating wild mushrooms after 38 poisoning hospitalisations this year, including 14 children, were reported to the NSW Poisons Information Centre.

“In Autumn alone, prime mushroom-growing season, there have been 27 poisoning hospitalisations so far, ten of them children.

“Unidentified mushrooms picked in the wild can make you very ill and could be lethal, so people should only eat shop-bought mushrooms,” Dr Scalley said.

“Cooler, wetter weather is making good growing conditions for wild mushrooms. But it is difficult for most people to recognise edible from poisonous mushrooms.

“Eating poisonous mushrooms can cause severe abdominal pains, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, sweating, confusion and hallucinations. Some varieties of mushrooms can be fatal causing severe kidney and liver damage.”

Dr Scalley said cooking or boiling wild mushrooms does not make them safe to eat, so it is best to avoid eating wild mushrooms unless they have been bought from a shop.

Jared Brown, Head of the Poisons Information, said in Australia there are some poisonous wild mushrooms that look similar to edible wild mushrooms found in Asia or Europe.

“There are many mushroom species growing in the wild including the Death Cap mushroom (Amanita phalloides), for example, which can cause serious poisoning, and potentially fatal organ damage,” Mr Brown said.

“There is no reliable way to identify mushrooms picked in the wild. Their appearance can often change at different stages of its growth, and can look similar to edible mushroom species, making it very difficult, even for an expert, to differentiate.”

“We strongly advise that people do not pick or consume wild mushrooms at all. It is simply not worth the risk.”

Between 2014-17, there have been 281 hospitalisations from mushroom poisoning in NSW and ACT, with the Poisons Information Centre receiving 893 calls from people eating wild mushrooms in the same period.

Anyone who ingests wild mushrooms should contact the Poisons Information Centre (13 11 26) immediately, even if they are completely well as symptoms can be delayed in onset and early treatment is vital.

In an emergency, people should call 000 for an ambulance or seek medical treatment through their doctor or local hospital emergency department.


Vivid Sydney At Taronga Zoo Special Event Clearways

Fri 25 May 2018 - Sat 16 Jun 2018
Traffic arrangements: Special event clearways - Show details
Download maps - Show details
Advice: Use public transport
Check signage
Public transport: Plenty of transport services will run to get you to Vivid Sydney at Taronga Zoo. Plan your trip at transportnsw.info.

Other Info:  Celebrating its 10th anniversary Vivid Sydney returns to light up Taronga Zoo for 3 ticketed sessions at 5:30pm, 6:30pm and 7:30pm. Last entries at 8:30pm and the Zoo closes at 9:30pm.

No planned road closures will be in place around the Zoo however there will be strict parking restrictions.

Special event clearway parking restrictions will be in effect on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights from 5pm to 10pm on sections Bradleys Head Rd and Athol Wharf Rd between Taronga Zoo Wharf and Whiting Beach Rd.

Clearways are no parking zones and apply even for local residents and permit holders. Check signs carefully as vehicles left in clearways will be towed and a fee applies.

Location: View on map

NSW Launches School Curriculum Review

Sunday, 13 May 2018: Media release
The NSW Government has launched the first comprehensive review of the entire school curriculum since 1989 to ensure our education system is preparing students for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.
 
Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Education Minister Rob Stokes announced a review of the NSW school curriculum from Kindergarten to Year 12.
 
“The world has changed rapidly since the last comprehensive review in 1989 and we must ensure the curriculum is as strong as it can be,” Ms Berejiklian said.
 
“We want to ensure our students have every opportunity with the skills needed for the jobs of the future. This includes a greater focus on the basics including English, maths and the sciences."
 
Mr Stokes said the review would implement findings of David Gonski’s latest report into Australian school education.
 
“Our review puts David Gonski’s report into practice and will tailor the national education reform agenda to the NSW context,” Mr Stokes said.
 
“Several recent national reports on improving educational outcomes call for curriculum review, and we are keen to ensure that these reports are answered by real action.
 
“This is a once in a generation chance to examine, declutter, and improve the NSW curriculum to make it simpler to understand and to teach.”
 
The curriculum review also supports the premise that while the goals and values of education remain eternal, the methods of achieving these outcomes have dramatically changed, particularly with the development of information technology over the past 30 years.
 
The review will therefore examine the role of new technologies and teaching methods in delivering the curriculum.
 
The Minister said it is essential that the review draws on the expertise of teachers and ensures the curriculum continues to support them in the important work they do.
 
Another core component will be ensuring that Australian perspectives are included throughout the curriculum. This will include maintaining a strong emphasis on Australian literature, scientific discoveries and key events that have shaped our history.
 
“For Australia to continue to mature, we must first have pride in what has made us great,” Mr Stokes said.
 
“We are a proud pioneering nation. The tyranny of distance once meant we had to invent, improvise, and do things for ourselves. A by-product of this isolation was innovation and the cultivation of incredible minds. It is time to look at how we can best support students to develop that mindset and those skills in the complex modern world.”
 
The NSW Education Standards Authority will engage Professor Geoff Masters, CEO of the Australian Council for Educational Research to lead the review.
 
Professor Masters was supportive of the broad directions of the Gonski report and said the NSW Curriculum Review will need to focus strongly on implementation issues and look for ways it can be decluttered and simplified.
 
“This review is a timely opportunity to demonstrate how the national reform agenda can be successfully tailored to the specific needs and context of high performing state education system. This is how Commonwealth/State collaboration should work,” Professor Masters said.

Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary 2018 Stalls

 
May

18th: Stall, Foyer Mona Vale Hospital                         9am to 3pm
Baking, knitting, sewing, books
 
June
2nd: Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale                        9am to 3pm
Sewing, knitting, craft, books
 
9th: Bunnings, Narrabeen                                             8am to 3pm
Sausage Sizzle
 
15th: Stall,  Foyer Mona Vale Hospital                        9am to 3pm
Baking, knitting, sewing, books

The Imminent Threat To Newport And Avalon…

The congestion. All the new apartments. Traffic jams, even between Newport and Mona Vale. Not to mention the shemozzle at Narrabeen bridge. And now the B Line is about to turn Newport Beach into a bus depot. The simple answer is:
The B Line must terminate at Mona Vale

Didn’t we all come here, kilometres away from the city, for the trees, the blue sea and the beach? Well, you might say, it’s only a bus service but, the threat to our way of life this represents is really serious. Consider these four reasons why the B Line termination at Newport, or Avalon or Palm Beach, would wreck the character and amenity of the far north peninsula:
  1. B Line buses are large. Creating a massive roundabout at Newport for these buses means removing trees, widening roads and making an ugly mess of the beach area of Newport. With queues of diesel buses, congestion would be terrible, for the people of Newport and all places further north. 
  2. If the B Line were to go further, negotiating the bends at Bilgola and the Avalon Kamakaze roundabout would be absolute chaos. Particularly congestion at Avalon shops would be unacceptable. 
  3. The government’s stated intention is for increased density. Extending the B Line to Newport invites further development north of Mona Vale. We’ve all noticed the huge increase in congestion between the northern suburbs and Mona Vale. 
  4. If termination is at Newport, the beach parking would be forever filled up. Newport would become a parking station, its beach, its ambiance and its character destroyed.
Bus services north of Mona Vale must be improved

The service is now decidedly worse with the introduction of the B Line. Such is the way all this has been organised, it seems the E88 is now faster from Mona Vale to the city than the B Line.

In some cases, yes , it would be necessary to change at Mona Vale if you are city bound, but everything is a trade-off. If we want to keep the far peninsula as a liveable place, to retain its character and to hold on to a community we all love, the B Line must terminate at Mona Vale. 

At the same time, we must have an improved bus service for the far north peninsula. Make no mistake, the government will make a roundabout at Newport unless we make ourselves heard.

What can we do?
We’ll be talking to the community on the corner of Robertson
road and Barrenjoey road on Saturday mornings from 10.00
to 1.00. Please come and see us. We would welcome your
suggestions as to how to counter this threat.

Friends of Newport Community Group. 
Please email us at friendsofnewport@gmail.com
NB: The authors do not represent that the contents are complete, current and free from error and accept no liability.

 

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Pittwater Community Groups: 


Sports (plus Social Members)

Gardens and Environment

Rural Fire Brigades
Services

Arts and Social

May 13 - 19, 2018: Issue 359

Articles This Week 

Front Page Issue 359: Swell's building!

Pittwater Residents Mark Second Amalgamation Anniversary With Delivery Of Demerger Proposal 

Songs for Soibada 2018: Great Musicians = Great Music + Food + Auction Items means a Great Night Friday May 19th at BHS!

Reflections by George RepinA MISCELLANY OF FLOWER IMAGES - for Mother's Day 2018George Repin has requested we run his A MISCELLANY OF FLOWER IMAGES, first published in Issue 277 as a tribute to all Mother's for Mother's Day 2018 - Happy Mother's Day mum!

Mother Nature by Lynleigh Greig

Palm Beach & Whale Beach Association 100th AGM 2018: A Celebration + President's Report

Jervis Sparks: A Tribute: On April the 27th, 2018 a Memorial and Tribute was held for Jervis Sparks at Barrenjoey Lighthouse. Jervis was the lighthouse keeper for the Barrenjoey Head Lighthouse for decades, restoring the then derelict keepers cottages to how thye had once been. Jennifer Kinsella, along with Jervis’ widow Bridget, organised the memorial in his honour. Some of the tribute read that day run this week. NB: Jervis sent the editor of Pittwater Online News through his Archaeological and Nature Walk studies a few years back - with a request to make these available - so the work will now continue converting those hundreds of pages into a digital format and will shortly be available here, online.

Aquatics: IRB Season Throttles Up At Stockton Beach: Round 1 Results + Bungan Beach SLSC Christens New IRB - The Col Rae 

Pictures: Significant Trees register: The next step in the Avalon Preservation Association's Avalon Cultural Audit is to identify and list significant trees in the area. Please help us by contributing your pick of significant trees in the area so we can map them and enter into our database.  You can either post a picture/s here and identify location of tree/s and species type if known or email us with same at  secretary@avalonpreservationassociation.org.au - Examples from Pittwater Online News records run this Issue - hopefully inspiring other resident's associations to make their own lists...

Park Bench Philosopher: Let There Be Whales! + Five facts about mother whales and their calves + National Parks deals for whale watching season

Manly Dam Had The Highest Concentration Of Neurotoxin BMAA In Testing For Study: BMAA Links With Neurodegenerative Diseases by Brendan Main, PhD Candidate, University of Technology Sydney

World Sailing Launches Into The Digital World With The Inaugural ESailing World Championship

Profile: Peter Sharp Pet and wildlife photographer, Peter Sharp is used to cleaning up after his clients, but a few weeks ago, he was sweeping up accolades, rather than fur, at the 2018 AIPP New South Wales EPSON Professional Photography Awards. 

The event saw the Sydney photographer win a total of 10 awards, including 3 Gold and the title of AIPP NSW Pet/Animal Photographer of the Year.

“I absolutely love what I do and I am very humbled to have received this recognition of my work.”

The significance of this recognition is not lost on Sharp, who pursued photography as a career after a debilitating spinal condition forced him to cease working in sales and marketing. Recovering from surgery and looking for something to do, Sharp revisited his childhood passion for photography and found a renewed love for the art.

Sticking with what he loved, Sharp made music his subject and started shooting live gigs and performances. It was during a trip to Africa in 2015, he decided to let his lifelong love of animals guide him to a new aspect of his career.

He now runs Tame & Wild Studio which sees a variety of animals stepping in front of the camera for their moment in the spotlight. Sharp specialises in finding each creature's unique personality and letting this shine through the lens.

“The key to taking a great portrait of any animal is patience and taking the time to let them feel comfortable around me and my camera.”

When he's not in the studio, Sharp takes time volunteering his services to three not-for-profit organisations, Sydney Dogs and Cats Home (SDCH), Sydney Wildlife and Wild2Free Kangaroo Sanctuary. The images he captures play an important role for these organisations by shining a light on animals in need to the wider community.
Peter Sharp Photography: petersharpphotography.com
Tame and Wild Studio: tameandwildstudio.com/about

History: Taramatta Park, Mona Vale: Taramatta was the 4 hectare and 1 rood reserve we now call 'Village Park' in Mona Vale, only it's not 4 hectares in size any longer and doesn't have a horse trough, a tennis court or cricket pitch and isn't the scene of many a community gala event prior to a dance at Booth's Hall. Formally opened in 1904, amid gay celebrations, the building of fencing etc. was overseen by the patriarch of the Stringer family, who lived in what is now Park street, Mona Vale. The missing telling insights have now been made available through the NLA's TROVE digitisation of the Mosman Mail (1898-1906) which included many a Pittwater report of then soon after its launch from one named 'Turrimetta'. 

 Pittwater Offshore Newsletter Update 8/5/2018 

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To contact Julian:  editor@scotlandisland.org.au

Dear Pittwater Resident,

Saturday, May 12, is the second anniversary of the amalgamation of Pittwater into the Northern Beaches Council.

To mark the date, Protect Pittwater will be delivering our proposal/ petition for the re-instatement of Pittwater Council within its original boundaries to the NSW Government.

Because the actual anniversary is on a weekend, we will take the Proposal to Parliament House on the next sitting day - which is Tuesday May 15.

We will also deliver a statement to NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian containing a motion passed at the Protect Pittwater community forum last week, calling for her to demerge the councils.

Protect Pittwater has booked a bus for the trip and we are inviting supporters to travel with us.

Details of the trip are as follows:
Date: Tuesday May 15
Meeting place: Newport Beach car park
Time: 10.45am for 11am departure.

If you have anything turquoise - like the old Pittwater colour - please consider wearing it for the day. We also have turquoise T-shirts made up that we'll hand out in Newport before we leave to wear over clothes of other colours.

We’ll disembark outside Parliament House in time for the rally from 1 to 2pm.

After the rally, a small contingent will take the proposal into the Local Government Minister's office and everyone else will re-board the bus for Newport (so that the less fit amongst us don't have to stand for too long.)

You don't need to bring anything special but it might be worth packing a light lunch and something to drink. We're making some placards and a banner with a turquoise background. If you feel like making one of your own please bring it along. 

To book a seat on the bus please call 0439 788 867.
For anyone working in the city on Tuesday, it would be great if you could join us during lunchtime for the rally.

Hope to see you on Tuesday.
Protect Pittwater Association


Avalon Youth Hub Launch

Friday, May 18 at 4 PM - 6 PM
59 Barrenjoey Road, Avalon
Hosted by  Avalon Youth Hub and The Burdekin Association
We are excited to invite you to the official launch of the new Avalon Youth Hub, a collaborative project by local service providers to address a need for community services for mental health in the Pittwater area, which has historically been lacking.

Join us for music and food from 4 til 6.

Please share and invite anyone along whom you think would like to come!

The Hub officially opens on Monday 21st May. 

Hours (for now) are 
Monday 12-5
Wednesday 3-5
Thursday 3-5

Warriewood SLSC Chieftain Challenge Ocean Swim: New Date

STOP PRESS: This event is rescheduled to Saturday, May 19, with a start time of 11am. All entries received for the earlier date (April 28)roll over to the new date.

The Chieftain’s Challenge is a highly achievable run-swim-run from Mona Vale to Warriewood on Sydney’s northern beaches.

A rare run-swim-run event, this growing category is becoming popular with the introduction of events like the 3 Points Challenge (North Curl Curl), Bondi Splash n Dash and Swimrun.

The course, which can be completed solo, or as a team, consists of four ocean swims broken up by three runs. The total course distance is approx 3.4km, that includes 1.9km of ocean swimming and 1.5km of running.

All run legs are on the sand, so no shoes are required.

Transport will be provided for gear from Mona Vale to Warriewood.
After the swim the surf club will be hosting a BBQ with the bar open and band playing in the club house for all participants.

Volvo Ocean Race Leg 8

Unbelievable scenes in Newport for the finish of the Volvo Ocean Race Leg 8. Mapfre overtaking Team Brunel in the last few minutes of the race. Amazing after 5000nm of racing to finish within shouting distance of one another.

Congratulations to RPAYC club members Nina Curtis on Team Brunel and Stacey Jackson on Team Vestas finishing on the podium in 2nd and 3rd respectfully.

An update from Team Brunel: :)

From The Pages Of The Past: Warriewood Surf Club Architect In 1951

Warriewood will have a clubhouse as good as anything the United States can produce. Warriewood is a classy beach between Narrabeen and Mona Vale. Sydney architect Ken Spain has designed the clubhouse free of charge. It will consist of two decks, fitted with' massage rooms, showers, streamlined kitchen, dance floor, first aid room, offices, boat room, flat roof and shark tower. 

Warriewood club was formed this year by 20 residents, including engineers and carpenters. There are six bronze medallion holders in the .club, but more are needed. The district council is behind the move and has granted £500 to the club, which has also raised £300 by local activities.
GINTY LUSH GIVES (1951, April 1). The Sun (Sydney, NSW : 1910 - 1954), p. 22. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article230071344

Powerful Swell To Hit NSW Coastline

Friday May 11, 2018: From SLS NSW
Huge waves driven by gale-force winds are expected along much of the NSW coastline this weekend with the forecast conditions prompting surf lifesavers and the Bureau of Meteorology to issue a Hazardous Surf Warning.

Autumn has finally arrived with the warning set to be in place for at least the next 48 hours, though it could also potentially extend well into next week as the forecast models continue to be refined in the coming days.

Currently, the warning for Saturday covers the coastline from Eden through to Sydney with a southerly swell building throughout the day with peaks of between 2-4 metres.

On Sunday conditions are likely to be significantly stronger with the warning extending from the Far South Coast to at least Coffs Harbour.

Sets of between 5-8 metres are forecast for some areas with south facing and exposed beaches likely to bear the brunt of the conditions.
With waves and wind stronger offshore, boat users are being urged to be particularly mindful of the conditions throughout the weekend and exercise extreme caution if crossing river bars.

The cooler months are traditionally a great time for rock fishing but fishers are urged to wear the correct safety gear including a lifejacket, fish with a friend, take care when getting on and off rock platforms, and to never turn their back on the ocean.

NSW Lifesaving Manager Matt du Plessis is urging all water users to be aware that the warning is in place this weekend especially because volunteer patrols have now finished for the season.

“While the strong winds and large waves are likely to deter many people from entering the water this weekend, it is important that beachgoers are still mindful of the conditions.

“Although patrols have finished there are still surf lifesaving assets available to respond to coastal emergencies, but it can take time for our callout teams to get to you.

“In addition there are a number of beaches still patrolled by council lifeguards, and we urge beachgoers to familiarise themselves with those locations,” said Mr du Plessis.

“Please take note of the safety warnings and if you have any doubt whatsoever about your ability to handle the water it’s better not to go in,” he said.

General Safety Tips during Hazardous Surf Conditions:  
  • Avoid rock fishing and water activities on exposed beaches/rock-shelves
  • Only swim at patrolled beaches, between the red & yellow flags. See www.beachsafe.org.au for patrolled locations/times  
  • Check the official Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) forecast before undertaking rock fishing and water activities  
  • Boaties should seek advice from Marine Rescue NSW and always wear a lifejacket 
  • If witnessing an in-water emergency dial Triple Zero – Police  
Useful Links:  
BeachSafe Website - https://beachsafe.org.au/  
Bureau of Meteorology - http://www.bom.gov.au/nsw/  

Applications Open For Community Building Partnership Program

Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes is encouraging local community and sporting groups to apply for funds under the NSW Government’s 2018 Community Building Partnership Program.
 
As part of this year’s program $330,000 will be distributed to community-led infrastructure projects in Pittwater.
 
Almost 50 local projects have been supported by this program since 2011. This includes the expansion of the Northern Beaches Indoor Sports Centre at Warriewood, playground improvements at Narrabeen Community Kindergarten, walkway improvements on Scotland Island, Marine Rescue’s upgraded wharf at Cottage Point, Pittwater High School’s security fence upgrade, improvements to local surf clubs, construction of a walkway alongside Mona Vale Golf Club, Narrabeen Sports High School’s synthetic playing field, accessibility improvements at Currawong and the upcoming construction of a new community performance space at Barrenjoey High School. 
 
“This is a great opportunity to kick start community-led projects that will provide wide-reaching benefits,” Rob Stokes said today.
 
“There are dozens of local projects that have benefited from this program over recent years and I’m looking forward to this continuing.
 
“Many local groups undertake extensive fundraising - but simply need a bit more funding to enable their projects to proceed.
 
“Projects that will provide long-term infrastructure improvements and are supported by leveraged funds have been particularly successful in recent rounds.
 
Applications for this year’s program are now open and will be accepted until 5pm on 15 June.
 
Further details on the program and information on how to apply is available by visiting www.communitybuildingpartnership.nsw.gov.au

Sydney Wildlife Rescue And Care Course May 2018

Start 19 May 2018 8:30 AM
End 20 May 2018 5:00 PM
Location North Parramatta

Registration
Family Discount (per person for TWO PEOPLE living at same address) – $65.00
This is PER PERSON for TWO people attending who live together and will share resources.
Note: Only ONE SET of materials will be provided.

BOTH PARTICIPANTS NEED TO REGISTER SEPARATELY ON THE WEBSITE so we have the name, address, contact details of BOTH participants separately.
Refresher – $5.00 For members who need to refresh after 3 years
Single Participant – $100.00

To join Sydney Wildlife, attend the next Sydney Wildlife Rescue and Care Course.

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

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


R.P.A.Y.C.150 Year Historic Video

Auditor-General’s Report To Parliament: Grants To Non-Government Schools

May 3, 2018: Audit Office of New South Wales
The NSW Department of Education could strengthen its management of the $1.2 billion provided to non-government schools annually. This would provide greater accountability for the use of public funds, according to a report released today by the Auditor-General for New South Wales, Margaret Crawford.

The NSW Government provides funding to support the educational outcomes of 418,000 children in non-government schools. The bulk of these funds (85 per cent) are provided as a per-student grant.
The Department has adequate processes to allocate this funding, but needs to better clarify what its per-student grants are intended to achieve, and monitor more closely how schools are using these funds.

The Department does receive certifications from schools on enrolment data used to calculate funding. Schools also certify that funds are being used as intended.

'Clarifying funding conditions and strengthening processes to provide greater assurance that information reported by schools is accurate, will increase confidence that funds are being used as intended', said the Auditor-General.

The report makes four recommendations to the Department of Education and two recommendations to the NSW Education Standards Authority. These aim to improve transparency and accountability for the use of grants given to non-government schools.

Further information

Where Have All The Rangers Gone? 

(The Dingo's Breakfast + NSW voters)
Published May 7, 2018 by Wayne Richmond
Protest song by local group Loosely Woven 7 friends. 
Our indigenous park rangers have been cut by a third (from 150 to 100) as an economy measure. There have been broadscale cutbacks in NSW NPWS staff as well. We need these rangers and NWPS staff to care for and preserve these parks.

Vote For Scott Fardy

Our home-grown 'Newport' Wallaby - Scott Fardy is in the European Challenge Final on 12 May.
He is also up for "European Player of the Year".

ASG-MWP Commemorates National Sorry Day

Sorry Day this year will be at Mona Vale Memorial Hall as the Elanora Scout Hall at Narrabeen is undergoing repair.

National Sorry Day is an Australia-wide observance which gives people the chance to come together and share the steps towards healing for the Stolen Generations, their families and communities.

This is a Free event.
Sunday May 27th, 2018
Start time 2.00pm till 6.00pm

Welcome to Country – Smoking ceremony and a one minute
silence for the Stolen Generation.
A reading from Auntie Nancy Wood’s short book of poetry Nobody’s Child.
Gusset speaker talk about the Stolen Generation.
  • All afternoon a free sausage BBQ and afternoon tea will be available.
  • Singing by local Aboriginal Sisters.
  • Free Kids painting – paint your own boomerang or do Colouring in and take it home with you.
  • Basket weaving with Karleen Green.
  • Aboriginal Dancers with the young children joining in dancing and playing the clap sticks, having fun.
  • Two local Didge players.
  • Aboriginal artefacts on display – things that have never been on display before.
  • For the young ones, a gift bag from ASG.
Come and join us and share the steps towards healing for the Stolen Generations, their families and communities.

 

Click on logo above to visit their website.

Mermaids Of Palm Beach Commence B To B Bash 2018 Fundraising

The Mermaids will be holding their annual Currawong Day on Thursday May 21st with all the usual fun and games and Beryl’s famous sausage rolls – which were also a hit at this year’s garden party.

Guests at the recent Brees Cottage Garden Party were entertained by the Celtic By-The-Sea Music Group, and joined in some Celtic ring dancing, had a Maypole, a wonderful afternoon tea in glorious gardens, along with some fun with Lucky Dips. There were Books for sale, assorted Bric-a-Brac and garden cuttings – all to raise funds for Variety, The Children’s Charity.

The 2018 B to B Bash will be Beryl’s 20th Australian Variety Bash, which, at 85 years young, is not a bad effort – in fact it’s outstanding.



Beryl and Beverly at Brees Garden Party - photo by Michael Mannington

Mona Vale SLSC Renewal Consultation Opens

The Mona Vale SLSC Renewal Feasibility Study and Business Casedocument formed part of the April 17 General Meeting of Council (p.74 of Agenda) and provides an update on the project.

The Renewal Feasibility Study and Business Case states the proposed new building will be twice the size of that now in place with the concept design having a total floor area of 1580 square metres.

The Quantity Surveyor Cost Plan is $6, 350, 000 (6.35 million) which includes design and constructions, authority fees, consultancy fees, and a construction cost escalation allowance for a potential  construction  commencement in 2019.

The Public exhibition has commenced for feedback and runs until June 8th. There are also two 'Drop-In' Sessions, nothing to do with surfing, at MVSLSC on May 12th and 19th, 9-11am. 

Webpage for the Mona Vale SLSC Renewal HERE

The document also contains some architectural plans and Artists' Concept diagrams:


View from carpark


View from beach


View of restaurant and cafe

Orange On-Trend For WOW Day To Thank SES Volunteers

Not a day goes by in Australia without the sight of an SES volunteer dressed in their orange uniform responding at the scene of an emergency or natural disaster.
It’s a hard colour to miss.

On Wednesday 23rd May, the colour orange will be on-trend across Australia, as people say thanks to SES volunteers nationally as part of Wear Orange Wednesday, or WOW Day.

WOW (Wear Orange Wednesday) Day is a day of recognition and appreciation of the 40,000 SES volunteers across the country. It focusses on encouraging the community to express their gratitude to SES volunteers in a highly visible way - by wearing the colour orange.

NSW SES volunteers spend around 400,000 hours helping their communities in times of storms, floods and other emergencies and Northern Beaches residents are being encouraged to wear orange to recognise this massive effort.

With the help of NRMA Insurance, the NSW SES will be celebrating WOW Day, encouraging schools, businesses, buildings and landmarks to go orange to support SES volunteers across
Australia.

NSW SES Local Controller, Wayne Lyne said WOW Day is an opportune time to show support for local volunteers.

“This is a day when the dedicated work our volunteers do for the community, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, is acknowledged in a very public way,” Mr Lyne said.

“Seeing people wearing orange and decorating their workplaces and communities is a great way to let our volunteers know they are appreciated for all the times they have been there for the community,” he said.

NRMA Insurance Partnerships and Programs Manager, Jen Cobley said NSW SES volunteers are invaluable in helping NSW communities in times of storms, floods and other emergencies.

“We are proud to partner with the NSW SES to support volunteers and empower local communities to build resilience and protect themselves from severe weather. WOW Day is a fantastic initiative to recognise SES volunteers and we encourage everyone to wear something orange to show their appreciation,” said Ms Cobley.

Last year NSW SES volunteers responded to over 32 000 requests for assistance. Not only did they assist people during storms and floods, but they also responded to road crashes, provided support to NSW Police on missing person searches and delivered remote and rural medical assistance through the NSW SES Community First Responder Units.

The NSW SES has over 9,000 volunteers across the state that come from all walks of life.

Volunteers range in age from 16 up to 90 and are involved in activities as diverse as flood rescue, large animal rescue, tarping roofs, clearing fallen trees, community education, operational logistics and planning, communications, and much more.

To find out how to become a NSW SES volunteer go towww.ses.nsw.gov.au/getinvolved/volunteer

It's A Menagerie!


The wonderful Rita Kluge with some of her works at the opening of the Menagerie Exhibition, Avalon Art Gallery (39 Old Barrenjoey Road, Avalon Beach), May 12th, 2018; this exhibit of works by 16 local Artists is open until June 2nd  - photo by Christine Hopton OAM

The Hon. Rob Stokes's Speeches In Hansard

The MP for Pittwater and current NSW Education Minister has made some great Private Members Statements during the past few weeks, particularly on Palm Beach and Whale Beach Association (100th year) and Newport Beach Shopping Village.

All of Mr Stoke's speeches, going right back to his Inaugural speech, may be accessed here.

Well worth a read for the amount of information and research they contain and the glowing insights into community members and community itself for that matter.

Newport Residents Association May Meeting

The next meeting of the Newport Residents Association will be held on Tuesday 15th May 2018 at the Newport Community Centre, The Boulevard Newport at 7 pm.

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

The Newport Residents Association Incorporated is an organisation of residents and/or ratepayers of the original Pittwater Council area whose concerns are the welfare and advancement of that area, in general and Newport in particular.

Find out more at: newport.org.au

Songs For Soibada 2018

Saturday, May 19 at 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
at Barrenjoey High school
Tickets; $25 Student, $45 Adult

It will be on again this year - our biggest fundraising event Songs for Soibada! Watch this space to find out more. 

Who will be the performers? - We always have outstanding and well known acts!

What will be the raffle prizes? - Even bigger and better than ever before!

Where will the money go? - All funds raised will go towards the Senior High School Project in Soibada!

Dog Race Inspiration For Pittwater Artists Trail Winter Exhibition 2018

Cindy Goode has completed some wonderful new works in recent weeks which feature that bastion of community fun - the Christmas Eve Scotland Island dog race. The series will be on display at the Pittwater Artists Trail Winter Exhibition 2018.



The first event on the new Pittwater artists Trail Calendar, the group exhibition will be held on the June long weekend (9-11),  at the Newport Community Centre.

Update On The Ingleside Planned Precinct

May 11, 2018: From NSW Dept. of Planning
We have reviewed the submissions and feedback received on the draft Land Use and Infrastructure Implementation Strategy, which was exhibited from December 2016 to February 2017, and are working through the next phase of the planning process. A summary of the submissions received and our responses is available here.

In response to issues raised by the community and to comply with the draft Planning for Bushfire Protection Policy 2017, a Bushfire Risk Assessment is being prepared. We have also undertaken other additional technical work including:
  • traffic and transport modelling, especially around Mona Vale Road
  • planning for infrastructure provision
  • water cycle management and flooding assessment
  • assessment of environmental impacts including additional surveys, for example around biodiversity across the precinct and along the proposed ecological corridors.
We are working with Northern Beaches Council and other Government agencies throughout this process. 

Next steps
We aim to release the revised Land Use and Infrastructure Implementation Plan (known as the Precinct Plan) in late 2018. 

A draft Local Character Statement (LCS) is also being prepared to define the existing character of the area and capture the community’s values and aspirations. The draft LCS will be based on the extensive community consultation undertaken to date and will be an essential reference guide for the Department to use in finalising the draft plan for Ingleside.  

More opportunities to have your say
There will be more opportunities for the community to provide feedback. 

The revised Precinct Plan, draft Local Character Statement and supporting documents will open for public comment when they are released later in 2018, and the Department will have a range of ways available for you to have your say. 

More information
Call us on 1300 305 695

Draft Delivery Program: Community Feedback Sought

The draft Delivery Program is now available for the community to ask questions and provide feedback. The document is available online atHERE until Sunday 27 May.

Council staff will also be available at these locations to answer questions;
Glen Street Library, Belrose on Monday 7 May (6 - 7.30pm)
Council Chambers, Dee Why on Wednesday 9 May (6 - 7.30pm)
Newport Community Centre, Newport on Thursday 10 May (6 - 7.30pm)
Council Chambers, Manly Town Hall on Monday 14 May (6 - 7.30pm)
Coastal Environment Centre, North Narrabeen on Wednesday 16 May (6 - 7.30pm)

Auditor-General’s Report To Parliament
Report On Local Government 2017

Audit Office of NSW: April 20, 2018
The Auditor-General, Margaret Crawford, released her inaugural report today on the results of statutory financial audits of councils in the local government sector. Unqualified audit opinions were issued on the 2016−17 financial statements of 136 councils.

'I would like to thank councils for their cooperation with the Audit Office during this first full cycle of the new audit arrangements. Local government is a unique sector, passionate about the community and focused on delivering local services that meet citizens' needs,' the Auditor-General said.

The report provides guidance, and includes recommendations to councils and the Office of Local Government, aimed at strengthening financial reporting, asset management and governance and internal controls.

'The quality and timeliness of financial reporting in the local government sector needs to improve,’ the Auditor-General said.
Qualified audit opinions were issued on the 2016−17 financial statements of three councils and a further 22 councils required material adjustments to correct errors in previous audited financial statements. Most of these matters related to the way councils value and account for assets.

Forty of the 140 councils required lodgement extensions past the 31 October 2017 statutory reporting deadline with one council yet to present their 2016−17 financial statements for audit.

'The report will help Parliament understand the common challenges that councils face. It provides points of comparison for councils and signposts matters that will be the focus of future audits. Importantly, this report and the data visualisation that accompanies it, provides comprehensive and accessible information to citizens regarding the management and performance of their councils,' the Auditor-General said.

Further information
A full copy of the report is on the Audit Office website.

A few extracts:
Financial performance and sustainability
Observation
3.1 Operating revenue performance measures
 
Operating performance
Operating expenses for 18 councils exceeded their operating revenue.

Another 20 councils would not have met OLG’s operating performance benchmark without the receipt of 2017–18 financial assistance grants which was recorded as revenue during 2016–17.

Eleven councils have not met OLG’s operating performance benchmark for the last three years.

Forty councils received revenue from special rate variations
In 2016–17, the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal NSW (IPART) set the allowable percentage increase in a council's annual rates income (the rate peg) at 1.8 per cent. However, IPART can approve special rate variations above the rate peg for things such as:
  • extra services
  • capital expenditure
  • financial sustainability
  • infrastructure such as roads, bridges and stormwater drainage.
Forty councils received additional revenue from special rate variations in 2016–17. Seventeen regional, 12 rural and ten metropolitan councils received revenue from special rate variations, ranging from three per cent to 11 per cent of their rates revenue. One rural council received approval to levy a special rate of 30 per cent.

However, even with this extra revenue, four regional, one rural and one metropolitan council reported negative operating performance in 2016–17.

Employee benefits expense is the largest expense category for most councils
The largest overall expense categories for metropolitan, regional and rural councils are employee benefits, materials and contracts, and depreciation and amortisation.

Buildings and infrastructure renewals ratio
Seventy councils do not meet OLG’s buildings and infrastructure renewals ratio benchmark
The buildings and infrastructure renewals ratio is used to assess the rate at which infrastructure assets are being renewed against the rate at which they are depreciating. OLG sets a benchmark of greater than 100 per cent. The underlying information used to calculate this indicator is derived from a council’s audited financial statements.

Achievement of the OLG benchmark indicates that a council is renewing its assets at the same rate it is depreciating them. Twenty-six rural, 24 regional, 16 metropolitan and four county councils reported to OLG they do not meet the prescribed benchmark for the buildings and infrastructure renewals ratio.

OLG’s Code requires that the buildings and infrastructure renewals ratio is calculated based on a council’s renewal expenditure on specific infrastructure assets listed in Special Schedule 7. OLG has informed the Audit Office that work-in-progress assets are not infrastructure assets for the purposes of reporting in Special Schedule 7. Eighty per cent of councils included work-in-progress assets in calculating the ratio. If work-in-progress assets are excluded from the calculation, a further 23 councils would not meet OLG’s benchmark. This means that 93 councils, or 69 per cent of those that reported this indicator, did not meet the OLG benchmark for renewing their assets.

OLG will need to clarify the requirements for calculating the buildings and infrastructure renewals ratio with councils.

Infrastructure backlog ratio
Eighty-four councils do not meet OLG’s infrastructure backlog ratio benchmark
The infrastructure backlog ratio shows the amount of infrastructure backlog expenditure relative to the total net book value of a council's infrastructure assets. OLG sets the benchmark for this ratio at less than two per cent. Achievement of the OLG benchmark indicates that infrastructure backlog is kept at a manageable level. The underlying information used to calculate this indicator is derived from a council’s audited financial statements and other unaudited sources.

Infrastructure backlog is defined in Special Schedule 7 as the estimated cost to bring a council's infrastructure, buildings, other structures and depreciable land improvements back to a condition determined to be satisfactory by the council and the community.

Thirty-seven rural, 28 regional, 15 metropolitan and four county councils reported to OLG they do not meet the prescribed benchmark for the infrastructure backlog ratio. This means that 60 per cent of councils that reported this indicator did not meet OLG’s benchmark for maintaining their infrastructure backlog.

Own source operating revenue
The second operating revenue measure helps to assess a council’s fiscal flexibility and the degree to which it can generate own source revenue compared with the total revenue from all sources. The OLG benchmark is for own source operating revenue to be more than 60 per cent of total revenue.

This measure is sensitive to revenue from capital grants and developer contributions, and the percentage will fall where these revenue sources are significant.

Rural councils face challenges generating own source revenue
In 2016–17, forty-two rural, eight regional, five county and four metropolitan councils did not meet OLG’s benchmark for own source operating revenue. This may result in councils not generating enough operating revenue to cover operating expenses.

Throw In Your Line! Apply For Gone Fishing Day Grants

The fourth annual NSW Gone Fishing Day will be held in just six months’ time and recreational fishing clubs and organisations are being encouraged to apply for grants to host fishing activities on October 14.

NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Coordinator Community Programs, Dee Payne, said applications for grants of up to $2,000 are now open until July 16.

“Gone Fishing Day celebrates our love of fishing in NSW and encourages everyone to get out on the water and enjoy this healthy outdoors activity,” Ms Payne said.

“It doesn’t matter if you haven’t fished before or if you’re the keenest of anglers, Gone Fishing Day is for everyone.”

Applications for activities such as casting and fishing workshops, information sessions and fish habitat restoration will be considered.

Grants of up to $2,000 are now available for recreational fishing clubs, organisations and community groups to run fishing events as part of the Day. The money can be spent on event items such as fishing gear, bait, food and drinks and equipment hire,” Ms Payne said.

“This year we also have the option to apply for a package of fishing gear and giveaways as an alternative to a funding grant.”

Fishing clubs simply need to fill out the application form which is available online atwww.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fishing/recreational/resources/go-fishing-nsw

Clubs or organisations can also apply to carry out fish habitat restoration activities including replanting or weeding their local waterway or creek banks.

DPI-staffed major events for the Day will once again be scheduled at six locations across the state.

“We know there are around 850,000 people that love wetting a line each year in NSW and we hope this state-wide day will promote fishing as a vital part of our lifestyle to even more local residents and communities,” Ms Payne said.

“The more fishing activities we can hold across the state, the greater the opportunity to spark an interest that may become a lifetime of recreational fishing enjoyment. I urge all clubs to get involved and apply for a Gone Fishing Day grant before July 16.”

For more information email go.fishing@dpi.nsw.gov.au or phone (02) 4424 7428.

Entries Now Open For Northern Beaches Art Prize

Fancy yourself as the next Brett Whitely or maybe Picasso? Now is your chance to make your artistic talents known to the wider world.

Northern Beaches Council is calling for artists to enter the annual Northern Beaches Art Prize.

With more than $24,000 in prizes on offer, it is the region’s most prestigious art competition.

Northern Beaches General Manager Planning, Place & Community David Kerr said the competition provides an excellent opportunity for artists to showcase their talents.

“It’s very important we foster and nurture arts and culture at the local level,” he said.

The Northern Beaches Art Prize (formerly Warringah Art Prize) began in 1955 and is open to all Australian residents as young as 10.

The competition has four main categories; General, Small Sculpture, Waste to Art, and Youth.

Mona Vale sculptor Suzanne Davey won last year’s Art Prize in the sculpture category.

She said winning the prize boosted her artistic efforts after several years of creating, experimenting and developing her ideas.

“It was really affirming and shows that hard work, application and focus does pay. It gave me a feeling of validation and that I was on the right path; the journey continues.”

Entries open on Tuesday 1 May and close on Sunday 24 Juneand can be completed online through the Northern Beaches Council website.

The competition’s entries will be on display at the Creative Space in North Curl Curl from 10 August to 19 August for General and Small Sculpture, and 24 August to 2 September for Youth and Waste to Art.


Suzanne Davey - Gathering Shadows (award winner) 


Avalon Beach Historical Society May 2018 Meeting

The next meeting of the Avalon Beach Historical Society will be held on TUESDAY 15 MAY at 8pm in the Avalon Beach Bowling Club.

The PARKER FAMILY have known Avalon Beach for at least 96 years. Although Vic and Joyce Parker have been members of our Society for many years, it was Vic’s dad who chose Avalon Beach as the family holiday destination from as early as 1922. They pitched tents for some years and then built a holiday house in Marine Parade.

The good fortune for us is that Mr Parker carried a camera with him on most visits to Avalon Beach and then confirmed the date by writing it on each print in pen.

While John Stone and I have selected the best 18 shots for the June exhibition, we’ve collated a great set of around 30 photos for the meeting which we know you’re going to love, especially on the big screen.

To this we will add the 3 brief but interesting movie clips, a continuation from the March meeting. The clip from a drone’s trip into and to the rear of St Michael’s Cave is particularly interesting.

Member Richard McEvoy has been doing some historical detective work and located some new shots of the Barranjoey Headland, especially focussing on the trolley track used to transport materials to the summit from the Customs Station wharf. They date from around 1880/1881 and show the track in surprising detail.

We have some stunning photos taken by the late member John Davis inside the sea caves at Careel Head. One even shows his wife Felicity abseiling down the access route.

I need a good deal of help to ‘man’ the exhibition, requiring around 78 hours overall (besides the 26 hours I will be contributing).

A roster will be available at the meeting to write names and times etc. which suit your weekend schedule – approx. 2 hour shifts.

Of course our usual supper will be available after the meeting.

Geoff Searl,
President.


Bilgola Beach Upgrade 2018 Consult

Council has plans to upgrade the landscaping at Bilgola Beach.
The proposed upgrades include:
  • Use of synthetic turf
  • Renewal of the showers and improvement to the accessible shower
  • Removal of koppers logs and replacement with sandstone seat logs
  • Retention of existing memorial seats
Have your say
Make a written submission: To the CEO, Northern Beaches Council, 725 Pittwater Road, Dee Why NSW 2099, marked “Bilgola Beach Upgrades 2018”

If you have any questions, please call the Parks and Recreation team on 1300 434 434.

Bilgola Beach Upgrade 2018: Update 11.05 a.m. April 13th from NBC
Council has removed the synthetic turf from the concept planand will instead place natural grass along the beachfront. Other aspects of the proposal currently remain the same, pending the results of the community engagement.

Comments close 13 May 2018


DoggieRescue.com

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

Expressions Of Interest - Membership Of NSW Health Boards

​The NSW Government is inviting applications from people interested in becoming a member of a Local Health District or Specialty Network Board. Members will be expected to actively contribute to the effective governance of these significant public sector organisations which provide a broad range of health services to the NSW community.

Boards are responsible for overseeing an effective governance and risk management framework for the district or network, setting its strategic directions, ensuring high standards of professional and ethical conduct are maintained, involving providers and the community in decisions that affect them, monitoring the service delivery and financial performance of the district or network against its targets and holding the chief executive accountable for their performance.

As part of a mid-term appointment process, vacancies exist for positions on each Local Health District Board and the Sydney Children's Hospitals Network Board. Individuals should demonstrate the capacity to represent the interest of consumers of health services and the local community served by a district or the network, and indicate any affiliations with universities, clinical schools or research centres, as well as skills and experience in one or more of the following areas:
  • corporate governance;
  • health management / health administration;
  • business / financial management / public administration;
  • clinical practice / provision of health services to patients;
  • expertise, knowledge or experience in relation to Aboriginal health;
  • understanding of local community issues;
  • understanding of or experience in primary health care.
To apply, individuals need to complete an Expression of Interest indicating their skills and experience relevant to the role of a Member of a governing Board and provide a current Curriculum Vitae.

An information package, Expression of Interest application form and the advertisement are available from the Information panel on the right of this page.

The deadline for submissions is Friday 25 May 2018

Shoosh For Kids Awareness Week

April 28, 2018: Manly Warringah Netball Association
Manly Warringah Netball Association has teamed up with the Office of Sport and Netball NSW to promote positive behaviour at junior sport, by supporting the Shoosh for Kids campaign.

MWNA calls on all members to be proactive in ensuring the focus of junior sport is about kids having fun whilst getting active.

Shoosh for Kids awareness week is running from 14 to 20 May and this is an important reminder for members to support the cause and be positive all season long,” President of MWNA, Jane Hauser, said.

“We want our junior events to be a positive and happy place for kids so that they want to continue to participate in sport for many years to come.”

The awareness week is also a timely reminder to all spectators to support the coaches, officials and volunteers who make grassroots sport possible by offering their valuable time.

“We are extremely grateful for everyone’s contribution. Promoting Shoosh for Kids awareness week at our club, along with other clubs and associations ensures that there is a consistent message focused on positive behavior for children’s sport,” said President of MWNA, Jane Hauser.

Shoosh For Kids - Netball

Published on 8 April, 2018 by NSW Office of Sport
Shoosh for Kids is a collaborative effort between the Office of Sport and State Sporting Organisations to promote positive behaviour to their members, clubs and associations. The general rule is, if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all. 

Repost this video with the hashtag #shooshforkids to show your support or visit www.sport.nsw.gov.au/shooshforkids for more info.

Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary 2018 Stalls

 
May

11th: Stall: Outside ANZ Bank, Avalon                        8am to 4pm
Knitting, sewing, craft, jam
 
18th: Stall, Foyer Mona Vale Hospital                         9am to 3pm
Baking, knitting, sewing, books
 
June
2nd: Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale                        9am to 3pm
Sewing, knitting, craft, books
 
9th: Bunnings, Narrabeen                                             8am to 3pm
Sausage Sizzle
 
15th: Stall,  Foyer Mona Vale Hospital                        9am to 3pm
Baking, knitting, sewing, books

The Imminent Threat To Newport And Avalon…

The congestion. All the new apartments. Traffic jams, even between Newport and Mona Vale. Not to mention the shemozzle at Narrabeen bridge. And now the B Line is about to turn Newport Beach into a bus depot. The simple answer is:
The B Line must terminate at Mona Vale

Didn’t we all come here, kilometres away from the city, for the trees, the blue sea and the beach? Well, you might say, it’s only a bus service but, the threat to our way of life this represents is really serious. Consider these four reasons why the B Line termination at Newport, or Avalon or Palm Beach, would wreck the character and amenity of the far north peninsula:
  1. B Line buses are large. Creating a massive roundabout at Newport for these buses means removing trees, widening roads and making an ugly mess of the beach area of Newport. With queues of diesel buses, congestion would be terrible, for the people of Newport and all places further north. 
  2. If the B Line were to go further, negotiating the bends at Bilgola and the Avalon Kamakaze roundabout would be absolute chaos. Particularly congestion at Avalon shops would be unacceptable. 
  3. The government’s stated intention is for increased density. Extending the B Line to Newport invites further development north of Mona Vale. We’ve all noticed the huge increase in congestion between the northern suburbs and Mona Vale. 
  4. If termination is at Newport, the beach parking would be forever filled up. Newport would become a parking station, its beach, its ambiance and its character destroyed.
Bus services north of Mona Vale must be improved

The service is now decidedly worse with the introduction of the B Line. Such is the way all this has been organised, it seems the E88 is now faster from Mona Vale to the city than the B Line.

In some cases, yes , it would be necessary to change at Mona Vale if you are city bound, but everything is a trade-off. If we want to keep the far peninsula as a liveable place, to retain its character and to hold on to a community we all love, the B Line must terminate at Mona Vale. 

At the same time, we must have an improved bus service for the far north peninsula. Make no mistake, the government will make a roundabout at Newport unless we make ourselves heard.

What can we do?
We’ll be talking to the community on the corner of Robertson
road and Barrenjoey road on Saturday mornings from 10.00
to 1.00. Please come and see us. We would welcome your
suggestions as to how to counter this threat.

Friends of Newport Community Group. 
Please email us at friendsofnewport@gmail.com
NB: The authors do not represent that the contents are complete, current and free from error and accept no liability.

May 6 -12, 2018: Issue 358

Articles This Week 

Front Page Issue 358: Portuguese Beach, Pittwater - Bliss!

Community Forum Calls For Immediate Pittwater Demerger: Pittwater Rally Will Be Held At Parliament House - May 15th

Pittwater's Phil Walker's GIPA Application For The KPMG ‘Business Case’ On Forcibly Amalgamated Councils

Residents Say Newport B-Line Extension Not Needed: Will Facilitate Dee Why Style Over-Development + Road Congestion

Australian Life Saving Squad For Worlds 2018 Named

New Carpark At Church Point Gives Priority To Local Residents from Northern Beaches Council - open from May 1st, photos showing interior provided by Cr. Kylie Ferguson

Strike Postponed But Nurses Still Aggrieved On Northern Beaches

Aquatics: Ducks Away As Lifesavers Gear Up For IRB Season: Bilgola and Mona Vale Entering For First Time by SLS NSW

2018 HIF NSW BODYBOARD STATE TITLES by Surfing NSW - local bodyboarders Sam Giddy (Newport) and Mauricio Abrunhosa (Dee Why) do well!

Pictures: Newport Rugby Club's Mo Day 2018 + Other Updates - Ladies Day June 2, Newport 'Wallaby' Up For European Player Of The Year, Warringah Rats Players Milestones & Short Club History from Cameron Greaves, Newport Rugby Club - The Breakers

DIY Ideas: A Rose Garden+ Mother's Day Treats for the Best Mums in the World!

Food: Mother's Day at Home Breakfast Menu for those who 'can't cook' + some local alternatives with views or street buzz

RSV Nuyina Update May 2018: Anchors, Ice Knives And Thrusters - Some Construction Pictures For You! (for those following the "Name our Icebreaker" competition [2017] news run for younger Readers)

Profile: Bruce Robertson OAM A few weeks back Bruce Robertson reluctantly ceased being an active Patrol Member for Bilgola SLSC after almost eight decades of service. A Celebration at the clubhouse for the Bilgola Life Member was the occasion of unveiling a new IRB presented by the Blackmore Foundation and named for Bruce which is probably getting a double christening this weekend as the Surf Life Saving NSW IRB Premiership commences. This will be the first time Bilgola competes in the prestigious Autumn-Winter rounds and also the first time Mona Vale, where Bruce commenced his service as a volunteer lifesaver during WWII, competes too. Something Bruce would be happy about seeing as he is a year-round happier being active person, and 87 years young!

History: The Kalori - Pittwater High School's Yacht: Walter 'Wal' Wardle, History teacher at Pittwater Highs School since it opened in 1963, attributes the idea of building a school yacht to Harold Vaughan, one of the founders of the Avalon Sailing Club:

What was the first conversation that eventuated in a yacht being built in the canteen at Pittwater High School?

It’d have to be the 1968 Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race. At the time, Harold Vaughan, whom I used to sail with on his Diamond which was called ‘Saltash’. We were halfway across Bass Strait in the yacht “Shimaal”,  in quite a storm, and Harold said,  “Well, how would you like to build a Diamond at the school?”.

I said “Oh, that’d be great Harold.” Then forgot about it.

I thought maybe, with the storm and all, it’d got to him. But Harold at the time was President of the Australian Diamond Association. 

Artist of the Month: May 2018  WOKE – The Shibboleth Trilogy (Volume One) By John Ogden

Woke is the fictional account of one man's existential journey through an extraordinary time in history. Woke is John's debut novel.

After fleeing Australia to avoid the draft, Will Oakley somehow finds himself working as a photojournalist on Vietnam's battlefields, before being wounded and repatriated to America for treatment. He arrives in San Francisco during the Summer of Love, and soon begins work on a music magazine, during a seminal period in popular music. Abandoning America as dark forces converge, he begins an incredible journey back to his homeland and redemption.

An extract and where to purchase available this month.

 Pittwater Offshore Newsletter Update 1/5/2018 

click on Logo: 

To contact Julian:  editor@scotlandisland.org.au

Bon Voyage Captain Chad 


We and the entire Offshore community thank you for the past 5 years! 

Not only have you greeted us with smiles, laughs and charm on a daily basis but your positive soul is second to none.
🏻
We wish you all the best in your new venture on the Fantasea on the Sydney Harbour.
You will be missed buddy.

Church Point Ferry Service.

Community Forum Calls For Immediate Pittwater Demerger: Rally To Be Held At Parliament House

A shortfall of $55 million in savings anticipated from the creation of Northern Beaches Council should spur Pittwater residents on to reclaim their own council, a community forum was told on Thursday night. 
 
The forum, at Pittwater RSL club in Mona Vale, was hosted by the Protect Pittwater Association, to bring residents up to date on the impact of the 2016 council merger of Pittwater, Warringah and Manly Council - as well as efforts to restore Pittwater. 
 
Two courses of action were discussed at the meeting for achieving a demerger.
 
Protect Pittwater president Bob Grace encouraged residents to join members of the group on a trip to Parliament House on May 15 to present a de-amalgamation proposal.
 
The proposal with thousands of signatures, set up under the Local Government Act, called on the government to reconstitute Pittwater Council within its pre-amalgamation boundaries, Mr Grace said.
 
“On the 15th of May, we are taking it into Macquarie Street, Parliament House, to give to the Minister for Local Government (Gabrielle Upton),” he said.
 
“What’s important is that we get everyone who’s here and other people to come.
“We will show what Pittwater is going to do to retain its identity if we get a huge crowd there.”
 
Protect Pittwater plans to hire a bus which will depart Newport Beach car park at 10.45am on May 15, arriving at Parliament House for the rally between 1pm and 2pm.
 
The crowd also unanimously passed a resolution, to be sent to NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, that reads: 
“This meeting condemns the forced amalgamation of the viable and successful Pittwater Council and demands an immediate and binding referendum of the former Pittwater Local Government Area on its demerger”.
 
Politicians at the meeting, NSW Labor’s Local Government spokesman Peter Primrose and his Greens’ counterpart David Shoebridge shook hands and signed statements at the forum agreeing to support a plebiscite within the former Pittwater council area for a demerger.
 
Mr Primrose said that if Labor won government at the next state election, it would run binding plebiscites in the former local government area. 

Note from Protect Pittwater:
Please email Miranda Korzy by May 9th (if possible) to guarantee a seat on the bus and a Pittwater T-shirt to wear to the rally. If any residents have proposal (petition) sheets with signatures or would like to help collect more in the lead up to May 15, could they also please get in touch.


Congratulations Ken Hughes

Well done to Ken Hughes on being awarded an OAM. 

Message from
His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d)
Governor of New South Wales

This week, it will be my honour to invest the New South Welsh men and women whose awards were announced in the Australia Day Honours List. Seven ceremonies will be conducted at Government House Sydney from Tuesday to Friday.

For the first time the ceremonies will be livestreamed on our website allowing people unable to attend to be a part of this special moment for their friend, colleague or family member. 



Ken with his wife Pat, His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley, daughters Jenny and Natasha. 
Read about Ken's Australia Day 2018 award here
Photo courtesy Cr. Kylie Ferguson.

Notice Of The 100th AGM Of The Palm Beach & Whale Beach Association 

TUESDAY 8TH MAY 2018 AT 7.00 PM
A CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION AT CLUB PALM BEACH (RSL)

AGENDA
Welcome by the President: Dr. Richard West AM
Apologies
Confirmation of the minutes of the 2017 AGM
The 2017 Minutes were approved at the June 2017 Meeting by the Committee
Business arising from the 2017 Minutes
Treasurer’s report: Doug Maher presenting the Annual Statement to the Department of Community Affairs by the Public Officer, for signature.
President’s Report: Dr Richard West AM

Election of Office Bearers:
Motions of thanks: Dr. Richard West AM

Guest Presenter: The Hon. Rob Stokes, MP – Parliament of NSW

General business:
Closure of the meeting
Following the meeting, members are invited to Centenary Celebration drinks and a light supper.

Congratulations Doug Menzies

May 2nd, 2018: Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern Beaches
Doug Menzies will serve a fifth season as president of Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern Beaches Branch after he was given the thumbs up by club presidents.

Mr Menzies was challenged by Michael Bate and Tony Hilliger at the Branch AGM last night (Tuesday) but he received a majority vote from the 21 clubs.

One the challenge for the leadership, he said: 
"It's healthy that people want to put their hand up to serve. I am just grateful that the presidents gave me a vote of confidence to continue to serve and progress this Branch.''

He said he had unfinished business.
''I am really happy with where we have been the past four years,'' he said.

''But we've got some new challenges, some new issues, and particularly implementing our new strategic plan, which will be a great benefit to give us a little bit more of a road map of where we need to be and some high level stuff for giving some stretch targets to see us progress our activities '' he said.

''We are very strong. We had a very good financial outcome despite some challenges that we were confronted with in the middle of the year. We have a great team. The executive is a fabulous team to work with and all our clubs are strong.'' 

''One of the things we have identified is that we can't rely on sponsorship. We need to find a way that we can be more self sufficient without relying wholly on sponsorship. That's one of the things we need to get our head around over the next few years.''


Picture: Doug Menzies ... marches on.

Well Done Mike Kitching

Mike's work 1966 “ Phoenix 11 “ is on currently on Exhibition at The National Gallery of Victoria's “THE FIELD REVISITED” 
CELEBRATING 50 YEARS. 

Originally in 1968 BHP Billiton purchased the work and gifted the sculpture to Mildura Regional Gallery.

Regarded as a landmark exhibition in Australian art history, The Field was the National Gallery of Victoria’s inaugural exhibition at its new premises on St Kilda Road in 1968. With its silver foil-covered walls and geometric light fittings, this boundary-pushing exhibition was the first comprehensive display of colour field painting and abstract sculpture in Australia and opened to much controversy at the time.


Installation view of The Field, 1968

To commemorate the 50th anniversary in 2018, The Field Revisitedrecreates this exhibition for contemporary audiences at NGV Australia at Federation Square. Reassembling as many of the 74 original artworks as possible, this exhibition has been co-curated by Tony Ellwood, Director, NGV and Beckett Rozentals, Curator, Australian Painting, Sculpture and Decorative Arts to 1980.

The Field boldly launched the careers of a generation of young Australian artists, including Sydney Ball, Peter Booth, Janet Dawson and Robert Jacks, many of which were influenced by American stylistic tendencies of the time. Eighteen of the exhibiting artists were under the age of thirty, with Robert Hunter the youngest at twenty-one years of age.

As a number of works from the original 1968 exhibition are known to have been destroyed, and the fate of six paintings and six sculptures still remain unknown, the NGV commissioned a number of artists, including Garrey Foulkes, Col Jordan, Emanuel Raft, Trevor Vickers and Normana Wight, to recreate their original works for The Field Revisited.

"The Field is a totally amazing exhibition. It features the Leading young artists that completely rocked Melbourne’s Establishment and knocked their socks off and put Australia on the International Map."

The Field Revisited is on display from 27 April – 26 August 2018 at Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Federation Square. Entry is FREE. Further information is available from the NGV website
Visit if heading south!

Narrabeen B-Line Commuter Works Complete

May 3, 2018
Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes today said improvements to the Narrabeen commuter precinct have resulted in a major transformation of the area.
 
Works throughout the precinct, adjacent to Berry Reserve, included the construction of new amenities, landscaping, new pedestrian plaza, installation of CCTV, undercover bicycle storage, extra lighting, new basketball area and a redesigned car park with around 40 additional spaces.
 
The new commuter precinct was funded as part of the NSW Government’s B-Line project.
 
“There’s been an incredible transformation of this area,” Rob Stokes said today.
 
“To be frank, the area was ugly and unpleasant.
 
“The old amenities block was a blight on the whole area.
 
“The introduction of new facilities and extensive landscaping has revitalised the area and transformed it into a modern and more user-friendly space.
 
“An injection of funds and some clever design and landscaping was exactly what this area needed.
 
“Commuters, shoppers, tourists and neighbours will all benefit from this great example of place-based planning that embraces the lagoon, enhances our environment and respects Narrabeen’s heritage,” Rob Stokes said.


Newport Residents Association May Meeting

The next meeting of the Newport Residents Association will be held on Tuesday 15th May 2018 at the Newport Community Centre, The Boulevard Newport at 7 pm.

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

The Newport Residents Association Incorporated is an organisation of residents and/or ratepayers of the original Pittwater Council area whose concerns are the welfare and advancement of that area, in general and Newport in particular.

Find out more at: newport.org.au

Scotland Island And Mackeral Beach RFB's Training Day

Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade members did Boat training last Sunday (April 29) with members from Mackeral Beach Brigade.

"There's never a quiet time. During fire season we are fighting fires. When its not fire season there is hazard reduction and training to be done!"


ASG-MWP Commemorates National Sorry Day

Sorry Day this year will be at Mona Vale Memorial Hall as the Elanora Scout Hall at Narrabeen is undergoing repair.

National Sorry Day is an Australia-wide observance which gives people the chance to come together and share the steps towards healing for the Stolen Generations, their families and communities.

This is a Free event.
Sunday May 27th, 2018
Start time 2.00pm till 6.00pm

Welcome to Country – Smoking ceremony and a one minute
silence for the Stolen Generation.
A reading from Auntie Nancy Wood’s short book of poetry Nobody’s Child.
Gusset speaker talk about the Stolen Generation.
  • All afternoon a free sausage BBQ and afternoon tea will be available.
  • Singing by local Aboriginal Sisters.
  • Free Kids painting – paint your own boomerang or do Colouring in and take it home with you.
  • Basket weaving with Karleen Green.
  • Aboriginal Dancers with the young children joining in dancing and playing the clap sticks, having fun.
  • Two local Didge players.
  • Aboriginal artefacts on display – things that have never been on display before.
  • For the young ones, a gift bag from ASG.
Come and join us and share the steps towards healing for the Stolen Generations, their families and communities.

 

Click on logo above to visit their website.

Mermaids Of Palm Beach Commence B To B Bash 2018 Fundraising

The Mermaids will be holding their annual Currawong Day on Thursday May 21st with all the usual fun and games and Beryl’s famous sausage rolls – which were also a hit at this year’s garden party.

Guests at the recent Brees Cottage Garden Party were entertained by the Celtic By-The-Sea Music Group, and joined in some Celtic ring dancing, had a Maypole, a wonderful afternoon tea in glorious gardens, along with some fun with Lucky Dips. There were Books for sale, assorted Bric-a-Brac and garden cuttings – all to raise funds for Variety, The Children’s Charity.

The 2018 B to B Bash will be Beryl’s 20th Australian Variety Bash, which, at 85 years young, is not a bad effort – in fact it’s outstanding.



Beryl and Beverly at Brees Garden Party - photo by Michael Mannington

Songs For Soibada 2018

Saturday, May 19 at 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
at Barrenjoey High school
Tickets; $25 Student, $45 Adult

It will be on again this year - our biggest fundraising event Songs for Soibada! Watch this space to find out more. 

Who will be the performers? - We always have outstanding and well known acts!

What will be the raffle prizes? - Even bigger and better than ever before!

Where will the money go? - All funds raised will go towards the Senior High School Project in Soibada!

Orange On-Trend For WOW Day To Thank SES Volunteers

Not a day goes by in Australia without the sight of an SES volunteer dressed in their orange uniform responding at the scene of an emergency or natural disaster.
It’s a hard colour to miss.

On Wednesday 23rd May, the colour orange will be on-trend across Australia, as people say thanks to SES volunteers nationally as part of Wear Orange Wednesday, or WOW Day.

WOW (Wear Orange Wednesday) Day is a day of recognition and appreciation of the 40,000 SES volunteers across the country. It focusses on encouraging the community to express their gratitude to SES volunteers in a highly visible way - by wearing the colour orange.

NSW SES volunteers spend around 400,000 hours helping their communities in times of storms, floods and other emergencies and Northern Beaches residents are being encouraged to wear orange to recognise this massive effort.

With the help of NRMA Insurance, the NSW SES will be celebrating WOW Day, encouraging schools, businesses, buildings and landmarks to go orange to support SES volunteers across
Australia.

NSW SES Local Controller, Wayne Lyne said WOW Day is an opportune time to show support for local volunteers.

“This is a day when the dedicated work our volunteers do for the community, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, is acknowledged in a very public way,” Mr Lyne said.

“Seeing people wearing orange and decorating their workplaces and communities is a great way to let our volunteers know they are appreciated for all the times they have been there for the community,” he said.

NRMA Insurance Partnerships and Programs Manager, Jen Cobley said NSW SES volunteers are invaluable in helping NSW communities in times of storms, floods and other emergencies.

“We are proud to partner with the NSW SES to support volunteers and empower local communities to build resilience and protect themselves from severe weather. WOW Day is a fantastic initiative to recognise SES volunteers and we encourage everyone to wear something orange to show their appreciation,” said Ms Cobley.

Last year NSW SES volunteers responded to over 32 000 requests for assistance. Not only did they assist people during storms and floods, but they also responded to road crashes, provided support to NSW Police on missing person searches and delivered remote and rural medical assistance through the NSW SES Community First Responder Units.

The NSW SES has over 9,000 volunteers across the state that come from all walks of life.

Volunteers range in age from 16 up to 90 and are involved in activities as diverse as flood rescue, large animal rescue, tarping roofs, clearing fallen trees, community education, operational logistics and planning, communications, and much more.

To find out how to become a NSW SES volunteer go towww.ses.nsw.gov.au/getinvolved/volunteer


Mental Health Education For Community Groups

Would your group or organisation benefit from exploring how to respond to the specific mental health needs of people in your community? Wellways are looking for groups interested in hosting a Well Together workshop.

Workshops are suitable for 10-20 participants. We come to you, there is no cost involved and days and times are flexible.

Workshops are run by a qualified trainer and include a presentation from someone with their own lived experience of mental health challenges and recovery.

If you are interested in building a more supportive and inclusive community, take advantage of this free initiative.

Well Together is funded by the National Disability Insurance Agency and delivered by Wellways Australia.

Interested? Please leave your details in the form HERE

About Wellways Australia
Wellways Australia is a leading not-for-profit organisation dedicated to ensuring all Australians lead active and fulfilling lives in their community. We work with individuals, families and the community to help them imagine and achieve better lives.

We advocate for change to make sure people can access the best possible care and information when they need it. We provide a wide range of services and assistance for people with mental health issues, disabilities, youth and older Australians and those requiring community care.

Community Health organisation Wellways has received a federal grant to deliver FREE mental health workshops across eastern Australia. 

Update: Remembrance Day Poppy Wall For Avalon Beach RSL 

If you liked the display in Avalon Beach RSL foyer this week of ANZAC comprised from crocheted and knitted poppies you may wish to get involved with the group that is knitting more of these for a larger display for Remembrance Day 2018.

It is hoped enough are made to fill the garden and cover the garden fence of the RSL.

An anonymous donor has committed to providing the wool and another 150 balls have arrived on Thursday - all you need to do is join in!

Already 12 ladies are busy knitting and crocheting away. You can help by dropping made flowers into the Avalon Beach RSL Club or join the group in the club on Mondays at midday. Just look for Dannie Sloper.

Find out more at HERE


Gonski Review To Achieve Educational Excellence In Australian Schools Report Released

April 30, 2018
PRIME MINISTER OF AUSTRALIA
The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP
The Federal Government has released a landmark report on Australia’s schooling system and accepted its recommendations in principle.

The Government commissioned Mr David Gonski AC to undertake the Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools alongside a panel of seven eminent education and policy experts to determine how Australia can improve student achievement and school performance.

The Review finds that Australia’s education system needs to reform for the future.

While many other countries have been changing their education systems to keep pace with the challenges they face, the performance of Australia’s schools has stagnated and declined, both in comparison to other nations and in real terms. For example, between 2000 and 2015, the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment shows Australia dropped from 4th in the world for literacy to 16th, 7th in mathematics to 25th and 4th in science to 14th.

The Government has implemented the needs-based schools funding model Mr Gonski recommended in 2011, however, we have said all along that establishing fair funding arrangements alone do not produce better results. In fact, Australia already invests more per student than other countries that outperform us.

We need to get better outcomes for the record and growing funding we are investing.

The Review makes it clear Australia’s education system should make fundamental changes that would improve the prospects for every student across every school:

“Australian students should receive a world-class education, tailored to their individual learning needs, and relevant to a fast-changing world. They should be challenged and supported to progress and excel in their learning every year of school, appropriate to their starting point and capabilities.”

Australia must focus on creating an education system that gives each student the opportunity to excel and to be their individual best.

The Review identifies 23 recommendations under five themes:
  • Laying the foundations of learning before the school years and in the home environment
  • Equipping every student to grow and succeed with the knowledge they need and a focus on growing each individuals’ skills
  • Creating, supporting and valuing a profession of expert educators including building on the Government’s reforms to date in teacher education
  • Empowering and supporting school leaders with experience and autonomy
  • Lifting aspirations with quality assurance, data and evidence-based research
The Review’s findings and recommendations are informed by extensive consultation with education, policy and business leaders as well as 279 submissions.

The recommendations outline a blueprint for everyone involved in school education, charting clear opportunities for federal leadership while respecting state and territory autonomy. Together, we can ensure Australia’s education system is a world leader for generations to come.

The Government thanks Mr Gonski and the Review panel for their diligent work.

Mr Gonski will brief state and territory education ministers at a special meeting of the COAG Education Council this Friday.

The Government will work with states and territories and non-government school systems to determine how the reforms set out in the Review should be delivered. A new reform agreement between the Commonwealth and jurisdictions will be negotiated this year to come into effect from 2019.

This Review is an opportunity for all levels of government, educators and families to turn around Australia’s performance and build a stronger school system. This is an opportunity we all must grasp to ensure this and future generations of students get the opportunities they need to succeed.

Through growth to achievement; Report of the Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools is available at www.education.gov.au/review-achieve-educational-excellence-australian-schools.

Woolworths To End Single Use Plastic Bags From June 20th, 2018

Woolworths: We've set the date for the end of single-use plastic bags.

The removal of single-use plastic bags has been a really important topic for our customers and our team. Which is why, Woolworths committed to phase out all single-use plastic bags at our checkouts nationally.

After listening to our customers and working with our teams, we're proud to announce that from the 20th of June 2018 all Woolworths stores will be single-use plastic bag free. We are committed to playing our part in reducing plastic usage and believe that this is the right thing to do for our environment.

This means that we, from the 20th of June, will no longer provide ‘free’ plastic bags at our checkouts in store. We've always encouraged the use of reusable bags and with this change it's now more important than ever for customers to bring in their own bags from home or pick up one of our reusable bags in store.

The Woolworths team continues to work hard to reduce our impact on the environment by supporting the reduction and recycling of plastics throughout our stores. Other initiatives include reducing the amount of plastic packaging on fruits and vegetables; introducing the new Australasian Recycling Label to help educate our customers on what can be recycled and where, as well as the expansion of our soft plastic recycling program.


Notice at Woolworths checkouts, Avalon Beach - picture by A J Guesdon, May 2018

New Laws Strengthen Road Safety

May 4th, 2018: NSW Government
Cameras to detect drivers using their mobile phones illegally, tougher penalties for driving under the influence of drugs and roadside testing for cocaine will be introduced from 1 July 2018.
Drivers who consume cocaine or use their mobile phones illegally will be targeted as part of the NSW Government’s road safety reforms which have passed NSW Parliament.

In 2017, 74 people lost their lives in crashes where a driver or rider had an illicit drug present in their system. 

There were 184 crashes involved illegal mobile phone use between 2012 and 2017, which resulted in 7 deaths and 105 injuries.

  • introducing tougher penalties for drivers under the influence of drugs
  • adding cocaine to mobile drug testing
  • introducing speed-camera-style technology to detect illegal mobile phone us
  • requiring fines from camera detected mobile phone offences to be paid to the Community Road Safety Fund, which allows community organisations to develop road safety projects in their local areas
  • ensuring oral drug testing measures that apply to motoristsalso apply to marine drivers and vessel operators.
Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said that the reforms would help to achieve the NSW Government’s road safety goals as part of the Road Safety Plan 2021(external link). 

“NSW is the first jurisdiction in Australia to introduce legislation like the Road Safety Bill, showing this Government’s ongoing commitment to road safety as technology and societal trends change,” Mrs Pavey said.

“Driving under the influence of drugs has emerged as a significant factor in our road toll, along with alcohol, speeding, fatigue and mobile phone distraction.”

Learn what offences and penalties apply for driving while affected by drugs

Applications For The 2018 Minister’s & Secretary’s Awards For Excellence Now Open

March 28: NSW Dept. of Education and Public Education Foundation 
The NSW Minister's and Secretary's Awards for Excellence recognise outstanding public school students, our most committed and skilled teachers, and our most dedicated employees and parents.

The awards also acknowledge the extraordinary initiatives taking place every day in schools right across the state.

Together with the NSW Department of Education, the Foundation manages awards that acknowledge excellence in NSW schools across a range of categories:

Minister’s Award for Excellence in Student Achievement
Minister’s Award for Excellence in Teaching
Secretary’s Award for Excellent Service
Secretary’s Award for an Outstanding School Initiative
Secretary’s School Achievement Award
Public School Parent of the Year Award

Applications for the 2018 Minister’s and Secretary’s Awards for Excellence close on 19 June 2018.  All applications are online. For your reference, we have included sample applications below. An Awards Ceremony will be held in September 2018.  Please email us for more information about these awards.

Further information and application details are on the Public Education Foundation website

Draft Code Of Practice For Flying-Foxes

The Office of Environment and Heritage is seeking feedback on the Draft Code of Practice Authorising Flying-fox Camp Management Actions.

What's this about?
Flying-foxes are protected in NSW by the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016.

Managers of public land, including local councils, work with communities to manage flying-fox camps that are affecting people’s enjoyment of the land.

Currently, public land managers need a biodiversity conservation licence to act in or near flying-fox camps to reduce the impact of camps on nearby communities.

The Office of Environment has prepared a draft code of practice. It defines the standards required for the effective and humane management of flying-fox camps.

If actions required by councils and other public land managers to manage a flying-fox camp are consistent with the code, then a licence will not be required.

Have your say
There are three ways you can submit your feedback:

Email: Flying.Fox@environment.nsw.gov.au
Mail: Flying-fox Code of Practice Review
PO Box A290
Sydney South NSW 1232
Have your say by 24 May 2018.

Anna's Walk

It is with great pride and emotion that MVSLSC member Adam Lynch invites you to be part of Anna’s Walk.

Adam's beautiful wife, Anna, lost her battle with bladder cancer last year. On Sunday 27th May we are walking in memory of Anna, and to support her passionate wish to help stop this tragic story happening to other families.

Please take a look at annaswalk.org.au to find out all about it, and to register and donate! 

Ingleside - Key Actions And Documents

The next steps in the planning process for Ingleside are as follows:
  • All of the submissions and feedback have been reviewed. Feedback from landowners, Northern Beaches Council, the Ingleside Community Reference Group, state agencies and the community will inform the development of the final Land Use and Infrastructure Implementation Plan.
  • A decision will be made regarding the proposed amendment to the State Environmental Planning Policy (Sydney Region Growth Centres) 2006 to make Ingleside a Priority Growth Area. An amendment to the policy will help to assist Northern Beaches Council when assessing development applications prior to rezoning. This will ensure that the intended planning outcomes for Ingleside are considered during the assessment of new buildings or projects.
  • The final Land Use and Infrastructure Implementation Plan will be released early in 2018, which forms the basis of the formal planning controls and contributions schemes. The Plan will include new material on energy and water conservation measures as well as affordable housing.
  • The formal planning controls and contributions schemes will also be placed on exhibition for comment at that time, including:
  1. Proposed changes to land use zones and associated controls for Ingleside;
  2. An application for Biodiversity Certification (this is required to be exhibited at the same time as the rezoning proposal). Biodiversity Certification enables areas of high conservation value to be identified upfront and means that landowners, Council and developers don't need to undertake a threatened species assessment during the Development Application stage;
  3. A Development Control Plan, addressing urban design controls for streetscapes, active travel, other public spaces and controls regarding the built form;
  4. A Special Infrastructure Contributions determination (section 94EE), funding biodiversity offsets, major infrastructure and potentially affordable housing;
  5. A Local Infrastructure Contributions Plan (Section 94), funding local infrastructure which will be maintained by Northern Beaches Council.

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Petition: Save Ingleside From Over-Development

PROPOSED INGLESIDE DEVELOPMENT
We the undersigned, write in connection with the above proposal and wish to object strongly and respectfully to the development of the area in the proposed manner.

Ingleside is a dispersed settlement where development proposals should be considered very carefully: infilling could ruin the character of the area but estate development will not only overwhelm it but also overwhelm the vast majority of residents living from Narrabeen to Palm Beach who will travel through or near Ingleside every day.

Naturally, we understand that the State Government has a determined growth strategy. However, the overwhelming increase in immediate population and thoroughfare traffic will have a devastating effect upon the existing population who live here and contribute to Sydney as a city and as a defined demographic already. 

Pressure for the development in the region is considerable, mainly for housing city commuters, but has been successfully resisted for more than 30 years for the same reasons as now. The infrastructure was not in place and as can be seen by the impact of development in Warriewood, remains at an unsupportive level. The reasons for rejecting those schemes also included the inadequacy of the minor roads apart from Mona Vale Road to accommodate even small increases in traffic. 

Reference is made to the over one thousand comments on the supporting website, mostly by residents of Pittwater external to the immediate area of Ingleside who have failed to have a voice but as your constituents have equal right to be represented as bearing the impact of the development. With the above in mind, we request that the development be reviewed to take into account the residents of Pittwater, whom you represent. Rather than telling them why it will be good for them, consider the voice of the residents and understand why it will be bad for them. 

New Season for Sailability Pittwater 

Sailability Pittwater is a volunteer organisation which provides sailing for people with a disability. Our main recreational sailing activities are at Rowland Reserve, Bayview, and we run competitive sailing for people with a disability out of RPAYC Newport. We are currently looking for new volunteers for our Saturday morning program at Rowland Reserve and Tuesdays at RPA. For more information at  www.sailability.org/au/pittwater or call John on 9982 5656

Red Cross Shop Newport

The Newport Red Cross shop desperately needs your quality, discarded clothing items. Now that spring is almost springing, perhaps you are all set to 'declutter' your offshore abode. But what to do with all those gems that are no longer you. Well donate them of course. The Red Cross shop at Newport is very excited to receive your cast offs. We also take small household items but alas, no electrical or furniture. 

Did you know that all profits from Red Cross shops stay in Australia? Profits from Red Cross shops support worthy programmes like providing breakfast for school kids, Telecross - a daily call to elderly people in need of contact, youth services, disaster relief, mental health services and much, much more.

Should you need assistance please feel free to call me or just leave your items in our boat. We live on the northern side of Lovett Bay between Now and Zen and Therese and John. The house is called 'Foreshore' and our boat is a Stabicraft for purposes of identification! 

Don't hesitate to call in to the Newport Red Cross shop with your donations - close to Woolworths petrol station at 334 Barrenjoey Rd Newport or call Lesley Scott to help with donations - 0410 687864



Vote For Scott Fardy

Our home-grown 'Newport' Wallaby - Scott Fardy is in the European Challenge Final on 12 May.
He is also up for "European Player of the Year".

Congratulations Sonja Elwood

GREAT News this week that Pittwater's Sonja Elwood will Feature in the Women in STEM Calendar - HUGE thanks to Lynleigh Greig for entering her - and to all who voted for this outstanding lady!

A huge congratulations to these amazing Women in STEM photograph winners! 
Each of these photographs will feature in a 2018-2019 financial year calendar & 1st Prize winner Rachel Miller will also feature on a stubby cooler - all available by donating at

All winners will receive a copy of the calendar and thank you to everyone who supported this venture. With 14235 views I think we got that word out that Women in STEM are Badass and we have some excellent role models out there for all.



#oglethis — with Sonja Elwood, Rachel Miller, Amalina Katinka, Jessica Agius and Heather Neilly.
Deborah Bower,
Women in Stem Calendar Iniatator

Further Reading:

Vale Leigh Campbell

It is with the deepest regret that I inform all of our community members and early Avalon Public school students and those that knew Leigh Campbell that our dear friend passed away today, April 28th, 2018 at about 5.30 pm. Leigh and his brothers were all Palm Beach originals and I knew them from the 1950s. Steve Campbell, Rod (RIP) were all surfers and are pictured in this 1961 classic "Beachcombers" pic. 

Farewell Leigh Campbell a Palm Beach original!

Ron Turton.


Palm Beach 1961 and the three Campbell brothers are here. Steve (bottom left) Leigh resting his head in his hands and Rodney (right with white jumper) — at Palm Beach.

Leigh was never far away from the sea.

Entries Now Open For Northern Beaches Art Prize

Fancy yourself as the next Brett Whitely or maybe Picasso? Now is your chance to make your artistic talents known to the wider world.

Northern Beaches Council is calling for artists to enter the annual Northern Beaches Art Prize.

With more than $24,000 in prizes on offer, it is the region’s most prestigious art competition.

Northern Beaches General Manager Planning, Place & Community David Kerr said the competition provides an excellent opportunity for artists to showcase their talents.

“It’s very important we foster and nurture arts and culture at the local level,” he said.

The Northern Beaches Art Prize (formerly Warringah Art Prize) began in 1955 and is open to all Australian residents as young as 10.

The competition has four main categories; General, Small Sculpture, Waste to Art, and Youth.

Mona Vale sculptor Suzanne Davey won last year’s Art Prize in the sculpture category.

She said winning the prize boosted her artistic efforts after several years of creating, experimenting and developing her ideas.

“It was really affirming and shows that hard work, application and focus does pay. It gave me a feeling of validation and that I was on the right path; the journey continues.”

Entries open on Tuesday 1 May and close on Sunday 24 Juneand can be completed online through the Northern Beaches Council website.

The competition’s entries will be on display at the Creative Space in North Curl Curl from 10 August to 19 August for General and Small Sculpture, and 24 August to 2 September for Youth and Waste to Art.


Suzanne Davey - Gathering Shadows (award winner) 

Kalori Query

Update; We have had a few replies to this item - and some more information on the Kalori which will be added into the archived page. Most seem to think that this sign is not connected to the original PHS yacht.

A Reader who has read Pittwater Online's Kalori insight, courtesy of Allan Jones and Wally Wardle (Pittwater High School Yacht - Sailing) has sent in the below photo of something that may have gone astray from here with the message;

'Hi, I just found a solid timber name plate for the vessel "KALORI" done a bit of research and your name keeps coming up. Would there be any chance it would be one in the same?'

Does anyone else recognise this - or if it belongs to either the yacht or was part of the magazine of the same name published by Pittwater High?

For those who missed the first run of the Kalori - that page is shared again as this Issue's History feature.

While on Local History - The Pittwater Online News History insight into Taramatta Park, sometimes spelled 'Turramatta' will run in Issue 359 - time constraints and being inundated with masses of local news have taken TIME - again - and the community comes first.

Taramatta was the 4 hectare and 1 rood reserve we now call 'Village Park' in Mona Vale, only it's not 4 hectares in size any longer and doesn't have a horse trough, a tennis court or cricket pitch and isn't the scene of many a community gala event prior to a dance at Booth's Hall.

Formally opened in 1904, amid gay celebrations, the building of fencing etc. was overseen by the patriarch of the Stringer family, who lived in what is now Park street, Mona Vale. The missing telling insights have now been made available through the NLA's TROVE digitisation of the Mosman Mail (1898-1906) which included many a Pittwater report of then soon after its launch from one named 'Turrimetta'. The same periodical also lends great insights into the naming of streets in the Village of Turrimetta, among other great now recoverable and confirming records straight from the mouths and breaths of those living them.

The Kalori solid wood nameplate - any other suggestions on this?:



Avalon Beach Historical Society May 2018 Meeting

The next meeting of the Avalon Beach Historical Society will be held on TUESDAY 15 MAY at 8pm in the Avalon Beach Bowling Club.

The PARKER FAMILY have known Avalon Beach for at least 96 years. Although Vic and Joyce Parker have been members of our Society for many years, it was Vic’s dad who chose Avalon Beach as the family holiday destination from as early as 1922. They pitched tents for some years and then built a holiday house in Marine Parade.

The good fortune for us is that Mr Parker carried a camera with him on most visits to Avalon Beach and then confirmed the date by writing it on each print in pen.

While John Stone and I have selected the best 18 shots for the June exhibition, we’ve collated a great set of around 30 photos for the meeting which we know you’re going to love, especially on the big screen.

To this we will add the 3 brief but interesting movie clips, a continuation from the March meeting. The clip from a drone’s trip into and to the rear of St Michael’s Cave is particularly interesting.

Member Richard McEvoy has been doing some historical detective work and located some new shots of the Barranjoey Headland, especially focussing on the trolley track used to transport materials to the summit from the Customs Station wharf. They date from around 1880/1881 and show the track in surprising detail.

We have some stunning photos taken by the late member John Davis inside the sea caves at Careel Head. One even shows his wife Felicity abseiling down the access route.

I need a good deal of help to ‘man’ the exhibition, requiring around 78 hours overall (besides the 26 hours I will be contributing).

A roster will be available at the meeting to write names and times etc. which suit your weekend schedule – approx. 2 hour shifts.

Of course our usual supper will be available after the meeting.

Geoff Searl,
President.


Mona Vale SLSC Renewal Consultation Opens

The Mona Vale SLSC Renewal Feasibility Study and Business Casedocument formed part of the April 17 General Meeting of Council (p.74 of Agenda) and provides an update on the project.

The Renewal Feasibility Study and Business Case states the proposed new building will be twice the size of that now in place with the concept design having a total floor area of 1580 square metres.

The Quantity Surveyor Cost Plan is $6, 350, 000 (6.35 million) which includes design and constructions, authority fees, consultancy fees, and a construction cost escalation allowance for a potential  construction  commencement in 2019.

The Public exhibition has commenced for feedback and runs until June 8th. There are also two 'Drop-In' Sessions, nothing to do with surfing, at MVSLSC on May 12th and 19th, 9-11am. 

Webpage for the Mona Vale SLSC Renewal HERE

The document also contains some architectural plans and Artists' Concept diagrams:


View from carpark


View from beach


View of restaurant and cafe

Funding Boost For Pittwater’s Sporting Clubs

May 4, 2018
Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes today announced NSW Government funding to support key local sporting organisations.
 
The funds are part of the NSW Government’s Local Sport Grant Program and will assist with infrastructure improvements, equipment purchases and events.
 
The recipients include:
  • $20,000 for Pittwater Baseball Club to assist with the construction of a new clubhouse at North Narrabeen Reserve. (Additional to $80,000 previously allocated by the NSW Government);
  • $10,000 for Palm Beach Sailing Club to upgrade its rescue boat facility;
  • $7,000 for Surf Life Saving Northern Beaches to improve equipment storage;
  • $5,000 for The Royal Motor Yacht Club at Newport to support the 2018 Stand Up Paddle (SUP) Festival;
  • $4,000 for Newport Junior Rugby Club to support a junior rugby sevens event;
  • $3,600 for Pittwater Pinks Dragon Boat Team to purchase new personal floatation devices.  
“This funding supports a variety of our community’s most popular sporting groups,” Rob Stokes said today.
 
“Grassroots sporting organisations are an integral part of our community and every dollar they raise directly benefits local residents.
 
“Many of our local sporting groups have fantastic projects and initiatives in the works – but they just need a financial boost to help make them become a reality.
 
“I congratulate these groups on their success and their important contribution to our community,” Rob Stokes said.


Bilgola Beach Upgrade 2018 Consult

Council has plans to upgrade the landscaping at Bilgola Beach.
The proposed upgrades include:
  • Use of synthetic turf
  • Renewal of the showers and improvement to the accessible shower
  • Removal of koppers logs and replacement with sandstone seat logs
  • Retention of existing memorial seats
Have your say
Make a written submission: To the CEO, Northern Beaches Council, 725 Pittwater Road, Dee Why NSW 2099, marked “Bilgola Beach Upgrades 2018”

If you have any questions, please call the Parks and Recreation team on 1300 434 434.

Bilgola Beach Upgrade 2018: Update 11.05 a.m. April 13th from NBC
Council has removed the synthetic turf from the concept planand will instead place natural grass along the beachfront. Other aspects of the proposal currently remain the same, pending the results of the community engagement.

Comments close 13 May 2018


Draft Delivery Program: Community Feedback Sought

The draft Delivery Program is now available for the community to ask questions and provide feedback. The document is availble online atHERE until Sunday 27 May.

Council staff will also be available at these locations to answer questions;
Glen Street Library, Belrose on Monday 7 May (6 - 7.30pm)
Council Chambers, Dee Why on Wednesday 9 May (6 - 7.30pm)
Newport Community Centre, Newport on Thursday 10 May (6 - 7.30pm)
Council Chambers, Manly Town Hall on Monday 14 May (6 - 7.30pm)
Coastal Environment Centre, North Narrabeen on Wednesday 16 May (6 - 7.30pm)

DoggieRescue.com

Pet of the Week

Pearl

AGE/SEX: 9 months / F
BREED: Staffy X
Pearl is a very active girl who still needs a lot of training on lead but she certainly likes to jog. Out walking she walks at a good pace and enjoys being patted by volunteers. She would suit a family with older children as she is a bit mouthy and jumpy when excited. She is very energetic out on walks and chases cars and lunges at other dogs. Pulls on lead. Lunges at cars, and lunges at dogs playfully. Walks at a good pace and likes to jog. She enjoys being patted, enjoys cuddles, belly rubs and jumps up to lick your face. She sits on command. Walkers say: “Such a lovebug! Sweetest girl that improved on walking without pulling in just one walk. Eager to please and great with training” She has a short coat and weighs about 12kg. She comes desexed, C5 vaccinated, heartworm free and microchipped. Also included for the love and health of our dogs is a free Health and Wellness Voucher with our DR Vet. Her adoption cost is $450. 

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

2019 Rugby World Cup With The Friends Of Warringah  

Friends of Warringah (FOW) are hosting a tour group for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. 

There will be an information night  on Wednesday the 9th May at 7:00pm at Rat Park in the Clubhouse. WRC will be supplying snacks and beverages… all are welcome!

Please RSVP to Christine@warringahrugby.com.au by 8th of May.



Warringah Rugby Club
1472 Pittwater Rd, 
North Narrabeen

Expressions Of Interest - Membership Of NSW Health Boards

​The NSW Government is inviting applications from people interested in becoming a member of a Local Health District or Specialty Network Board. Members will be expected to actively contribute to the effective governance of these significant public sector organisations which provide a broad range of health services to the NSW community.

Boards are responsible for overseeing an effective governance and risk management framework for the district or network, setting its strategic directions, ensuring high standards of professional and ethical conduct are maintained, involving providers and the community in decisions that affect them, monitoring the service delivery and financial performance of the district or network against its targets and holding the chief executive accountable for their performance.

As part of a mid-term appointment process, vacancies exist for positions on each Local Health District Board and the Sydney Children's Hospitals Network Board. Individuals should demonstrate the capacity to represent the interest of consumers of health services and the local community served by a district or the network, and indicate any affiliations with universities, clinical schools or research centres, as well as skills and experience in one or more of the following areas:
  • corporate governance;
  • health management / health administration;
  • business / financial management / public administration;
  • clinical practice / provision of health services to patients;
  • expertise, knowledge or experience in relation to Aboriginal health;
  • understanding of local community issues;
  • understanding of or experience in primary health care.
To apply, individuals need to complete an Expression of Interest indicating their skills and experience relevant to the role of a Member of a governing Board and provide a current Curriculum Vitae.

An information package, Expression of Interest application form and the advertisement are available from the Information panel on the right of this page.

The deadline for submissions is Friday 25 May 2018

Shoosh For Kids Awareness Week

April 28, 2018: Manly Warringah Netball Association
Manly Warringah Netball Association has teamed up with the Office of Sport and Netball NSW to promote positive behaviour at junior sport, by supporting the Shoosh for Kids campaign.

MWNA calls on all members to be proactive in ensuring the focus of junior sport is about kids having fun whilst getting active.

Shoosh for Kids awareness week is running from 14 to 20 May and this is an important reminder for members to support the cause and be positive all season long,” President of MWNA, Jane Hauser, said.

“We want our junior events to be a positive and happy place for kids so that they want to continue to participate in sport for many years to come.”

The awareness week is also a timely reminder to all spectators to support the coaches, officials and volunteers who make grassroots sport possible by offering their valuable time.

“We are extremely grateful for everyone’s contribution. Promoting Shoosh for Kids awareness week at our club, along with other clubs and associations ensures that there is a consistent message focused on positive behavior for children’s sport,” said President of MWNA, Jane Hauser.

Shoosh For Kids - Netball

Published on 8 April, 2018 by NSW Office of Sport
Shoosh for Kids is a collaborative effort between the Office of Sport and State Sporting Organisations to promote positive behaviour to their members, clubs and associations. The general rule is, if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all. 

Repost this video with the hashtag #shooshforkids to show your support or visit www.sport.nsw.gov.au/shooshforkids for more info.

Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary 2018 Stalls

 
May
5th: Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale                          9am to 3pm
Sewing, knitting, sewing, books
 
5th: Bunnings, Narrabeen                                             8am to 3pm
Sausage Sizzle

11th: Stall: Outside ANZ Bank, Avalon                        8am to 4pm
Knitting, sewing, craft, jam
 
18th: Stall, Foyer Mona Vale Hospital                         9am to 3pm
Baking, knitting, sewing, books
 
June
2nd: Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale                        9am to 3pm
Sewing, knitting, craft, books
 
9th: Bunnings, Narrabeen                                             8am to 3pm
Sausage Sizzle
 
15th: Stall,  Foyer Mona Vale Hospital                        9am to 3pm
Baking, knitting, sewing, books

The Imminent Threat To Newport And Avalon…

The congestion. All the new apartments. Traffic jams, even between Newport and Mona Vale. Not to mention the shemozzle at Narrabeen bridge. And now the B Line is about to turn Newport Beach into a bus depot. The simple answer is:
The B Line must terminate at Mona Vale

Didn’t we all come here, kilometres away from the city, for the trees, the blue sea and the beach? Well, you might say, it’s only a bus service but, the threat to our way of life this represents is really serious. Consider these four reasons why the B Line termination at Newport, or Avalon or Palm Beach, would wreck the character and amenity of the far north peninsula:
  1. B Line buses are large. Creating a massive roundabout at Newport for these buses means removing trees, widening roads and making an ugly mess of the beach area of Newport. With queues of diesel buses, congestion would be terrible, for the people of Newport and all places further north. 
  2. If the B Line were to go further, negotiating the bends at Bilgola and the Avalon Kamakaze roundabout would be absolute chaos. Particularly congestion at Avalon shops would be unacceptable. 
  3. The government’s stated intention is for increased density. Extending the B Line to Newport invites further development north of Mona Vale. We’ve all noticed the huge increase in congestion between the northern suburbs and Mona Vale. 
  4. If termination is at Newport, the beach parking would be forever filled up. Newport would become a parking station, its beach, its ambiance and its character destroyed.
Bus services north of Mona Vale must be improved

The service is now decidedly worse with the introduction of the B Line. Such is the way all this has been organised, it seems the E88 is now faster from Mona Vale to the city than the B Line.

In some cases, yes , it would be necessary to change at Mona Vale if you are city bound, but everything is a trade-off. If we want to keep the far peninsula as a liveable place, to retain its character and to hold on to a community we all love, the B Line must terminate at Mona Vale. 

At the same time, we must have an improved bus service for the far north peninsula. Make no mistake, the government will make a roundabout at Newport unless we make ourselves heard.

What can we do?
We’ll be talking to the community on the corner of Robertson
road and Barrenjoey road on Saturday mornings from 10.00
to 1.00. Please come and see us. We would welcome your
suggestions as to how to counter this threat.

Friends of Newport Community Group. 
Please email us at friendsofnewport@gmail.com
NB: The authors do not represent that the contents are complete, current and free from error and accept no liability.

Unleashed Dog Exercise Areas Review

Council are currently developing a 'Dogs in Public Places Policy' that will provide key guidelines on how dogs are managed in public places. The Policy will include the list of dog off-leash parks and places where dogs are prohibited.

Go to the project webpage to register your interest in this project.The draft Policy is expected to be ready for public exhibition in May 2018.

Course For A Cause At Avalon

Just beyond the Bilgola Bends as you are about to enter the Avalon Village, nestled in behind a strip of nature that separates it from the often busy Barrenjoey Road – you have the Royal Avalon Golf Course.

Not only 9 holes of golf open to the public every day of the year, with no membership required but also one of the best located venues available for hire on the Northern Beaches, or even Sydney!

Recently we have begun a program called “Course for a Cause”. The initiative is designed to help local charities by offering free use of our facilities to raise money and/or awareness for a worthy cause.

Do you have a cause close to your heart?
Nominate your charity to become part of this program by calling 9918 2606 or emailing manager@avalongolfcourse.com.au

If you don’t want to play golf, but are still after a venue for your function, the clubhouse is available for extended hours. So with plenty of parking on sight, the time of day shouldn’t be a problem when promoting your personal cause. If you don’t have a charity, but are still looking for somewhere to party, the clubhouse can be hired to celebrate all kinds of occasions.

The bar is available and serving some of your favourite beer and wine, or take advantage of our BYO option. Day time events can always incorporate games to raise some extra money with the practice putting green beside the clubhouse being utilised for competitions or a bit of fun for the kids.

If you are interested in our Course for a Cause initiative OR would just like to hire Avalon Golf Course and clubhouse for a function, please email manager@avalongolfcourse.com.au or call 9918 2606

April 29 - May 5, 2018: Issue 357

Articles This Week 

Front Page Issue 357: End of the SLS Patrol Season 2017/18

Lack Of Transparency For Nurses Sparks Industrial Action On Northern Beaches: Mona Vale and Manly Nurses set to Strike

Mermaids Of Palm Beach Commence B To B Bash 2018 Fundraising for Variety The Children's Charity - Brees Cottage Garden Party was great - Currawong Day 2018 is May 21!

Ingleside RFS: Last Two Weeks Of April 2018 - The Heathcote-Holsworthy fire response by local RFS crews, Hazard Reductions and Breathing Apparatus Operator Skills Training

Park Bench Philosopher Floating Landcare: Enjoy Our Estuary And Help Maintain The Green Alongside All That Blue Pittwater! - The Floating Landcare Program provides community volunteers with a unique wilderness land management experience. The program involves taking volunteers by boat to water access only bushland sites on the Pittwater estuary, Hawkesbury River estuary and Brisbane Waters.

NSW Junior Lifesavers Of The Year 2018 by Surf Life Saving NSW

Creative Creatures Film Festival 2018 Wows Big Audience With Big Ideas

Aquatics: Aussies 2018 Wrap

2018 Oz Billabong Grom Cup by Surfing NSW

Pictures: ANZAC Day in Pittwater 2018

Mudgee Rambling: Narrabeen bushwalkers by Robyn McWilliam

Restored Vintage Tram ‘Number 1753’ and Café Set To Open This Month At Narrabeen by NBC

Terrey Hills Skatepark Set to Launch

Reflections by George Repin: THE GOLD SOUK IN DUBAI

Collector's Corner: F-100 Ford Truck: 1977 - Susanne Mitchell owns a classic truck that has been around the Mona Vale - Warriewood area for years now, while research shows one of the early 1900's interests in selling Ford vehicles in Australia was a gentleman who also came here - sailing!

Sydney University's Carillon - 2018 Anniversary 

Curious Kids Series: Where Do Trees come from?

Profile: Avalon Beach SLSC's U14 Girls Beach Relay Team: Nina McGuffog, Tyella Toll, Sammy Casey and Tegan Scott have had a great Season, again, have gained their SRC and are becoming part of the club's brilliant Cadet's Program - find out more about these wonderful young ladies!

NB: Bruce Robertson OAM will run Issue 358 - research and permission to use archival material is being finalised.

History: The Kalori - Pittwater High School's Yacht: Walter 'Wal' Wardle, History teacher at Pittwater Highs School since it opened in 1963, attributes the idea of building a school yacht to Harold Vaughan, one of the founders of the Avalon Sailing Club:

What was the first conversation that eventuated in a yacht being built in the canteen at Pittwater High School?

It’d have to be the 1968 Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race. At the time, Harold Vaughan, whom I used to sail with on his Diamond which was called ‘Saltash’. We were halfway across Bass Strait in the yacht “Shimaal”,  in quite a storm, and Harold said,  “Well, how would you like to build a Diamond at the school?”.

I said “Oh, that’d be great Harold.” Then forgot about it.

I thought maybe, with the storm and all, it’d got to him. But Harold at the time was President of the Australian Diamond Association. 

Artist of the Month: May 2018  WOKE – The Shibboleth Trilogy (Volume One) By John Ogden

Woke is the fictional account of one man's existential journey through an extraordinary time in history. Woke is John's debut novel.

After fleeing Australia to avoid the draft, Will Oakley somehow finds himself working as a photojournalist on Vietnam's battlefields, before being wounded and repatriated to America for treatment. He arrives in San Francisco during the Summer of Love, and soon begins work on a music magazine, during a seminal period in popular music. Abandoning America as dark forces converge, he begins an incredible journey back to his homeland and redemption. An extract and where to purchase available this month.

 Pittwater Offshore Newsletter Update 1/5/2018 

click on Logo: 

To contact Julian:  editor@scotlandisland.org.au

Congratulations Alyse And Melissa!

Local sailor Alyse Saxby sailing in the 2018 Special Olympics National Games in Adelaide with Melissa Nelson have won Silver

Melissa is the lady who was part of the 2015 Gold Medal crew of Saxby-Nelson that secured that podium spot at the 2015 Special Olympic World Games in Los Angeles.

The focus now turns to the World Hansa Class Championships in Japan in October, which Alyse will be going to. 


Medals all round for our NSW sailors at the 2018 Special Olympics National Games in Adelaide . Photo by and courtesy Julie Saunders

Congratulations Arch Whiteman, Gabi Spake And Ruby Trew!

Avalon Surfer Arch Whiteman won 2nd place in the Billabong Oz Grom Cup thar ran at the beginning of the Autumn School Holidays. The prestigious five-day event – now in its fifth year – ran from the 13th – 17th April and catered for over 200 competitors in nine different divisions.

Arch led for most of the final heat until Ethan Hartge (Caves Beach) claimed the biggest win of his young career taking out the 16-and-Under Boys division. Despite remaining in second position to Arch Whiteman for a solid portion of the heat, Hartge was able to slingshot himself into the top spot thanks to posting a respectable 6.93 wave score to jump into the lead.

The margin:
16-and-Under Boys
1 – Ethan Hartge (Caves Beach, NSW) – 14.1
2 – Arch Whiteman (Avalon, NSW) – 14.0
3 – Beau Buckpitt (Culburra Beach, NSW) – 13.57
4 – Olly Bolton (Copacabana, NSW) – 8.73

Collaroy's Gabi Spake also made it to the finals and placed 4th overall in the girls 14 and under.

The biggest local winner was Ruby Trew (Seaforth). Paddling into waves unassisted paid dividends for Ruby Trew (Seaforth, NSW) in the 10 Girls division as she proceeded to post a perfect 10-point ride. Trew performed an eclectic mix of turns over the course of the final to amass a 17.33 heat total and take the win ahead of Oli Taylor (Peregian, Qld) who finished in second position.

Former champions of the event include 2016 World Junior Champion Macy Callaghan who claimed her respective division in the event's inaugural year. Since then the event has been won by a range of Australia’s best and most promising junior surfers.

Most states were represented with surfers coming from Queensland, NSW and Victoria.

Report and great photos by Ethan Smith/Surfing NSW run in this week's Children's and Youth pages.


ABOVE: The 2018 Billabong Oz Grom Cup pres. by Flight Centre saw nine champions crowned as competitors duked it out in an attempt to bag themselves a coveted title. The gentlemen standing with them are the legendary surfers Shane Dorian and Mark Occhilupo - photo by Ethan Smith / Surfing NSW. 

Kalori Query

A Reader who has read Pittwater Online's Kalori insight, courtesy of Allan Jones and Wally Wardle (Pittwater High School Yacht - Sailing) has sent in the below photo of something that may have gone astray from here with the message;

'Hi, I just found a solid timber name plate for the vessel "KALORI" done a bit of research and your name keeps coming up. Would there be any chance it would be one in the same?'

While we're waiting for Allan and Wally to get back to us - does anyone else recognise this - or if it belongs to either the yacht or was part of the magazine of the same name published by Pittwater High?

For those who missed the first run of the Kalori - that page is shared again as this Issue's History feature - in Pittwater Online's wish forFair Winds and Following Seas!! to all those heading back to school this week.

While on Local History - In Issue 358 we have an interesting History insight into Taramatta Park, sometimes spelled 'Turramatta' - which was the 4 hectare and 1 rood reserve we now call 'Village Park' in Mona Vale, only it's not 4 hectares in size any longer and doesn't have a horse trough, a tennis court or cricket pitch and isn't the scene of many a community gala event prior to a dance at Booth's Hall.

Formally opened in 1904, amid gay celebrations, the building of fencing etc. was overseen by the patriarch of the Stringer family, who lived in what is now Park street, Mona Vale. The missing telling insights have now been made available through the NLA's TROVE digitisation of the Mosman Mail (1898-1906) which included many a Pittwater report of then soon after its launch from one named 'Turrimetta'. The same periodical also lends great insights into the naming of streets in the Village of Turrimetta, among other great now recoverable and confirming records straight from the mouths and breaths of those living them.

The National Library of Australia, working in conjunction with the State Library of New South Wales, are what's great about Australian libraries - they Keep what is National available and are capable of bringing it to a local community level that never fails to engage.

Pittwater Online News staff (some only knee-high) have been having a thorough look through all of their new children's books recently released during our 'school holiday' and have found some brilliant works that will also run next Issue as a feature that may inspire more to up their own ante in this year's Premier's Reading Challenge.

Hope all had a good break and a few moments of respite - let's get back to work!

The Kalori solid wood nameplate - anyone recognise this?:


Protect Pittwater Association Community Forum

The Protect Pittwater Association will host a community forum next week titled: Where Are We Now.
 
Details are as follows:
 
Thursday May 3
7pm- 9pm
Pittwater RSL
82 Mona Vale Road, Mona Vale
 
Speakers at the forum will include:
Bob Grace – former Pittwater councillor
Brian Halstead - President Save Our Councils Coalition
Phil Jenkyn - Save Our Councils
Peter Primrose - Labor Local Government spokesperson
David Shoebridge - Greens Local Government spokesperson
 
Speakers will outline some of the financial and other problems that are coming to light with the amalgamation - and there will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions and for discussion.
 
We will also be discussing arrangements for presentation of our Proposal under the Local Government Act to reinstate Pittwater Council with its former boundaries – which we plan to present to the NSW Government on May 15.
 
We’ll discuss the arrangements for the presentation – including a bus to Parliament House - at the community forum.
 
We hope you’ll come along on May 3 and join us on the bus to Parliament House on the May 15.
 
Bob Grace President
Miranda Korzy Secretary
Protect Pittwater Association

Mermaids Of Palm Beach Commence B To B Bash 2018 Fundraising

A Garden Party held at Brees Cottage on April 21st, hosted by longterm Mermaids supporter Beverly Wilson,  raised close to $2500.00 and set Beryl Driver, Elyse Cole and Viktorija Macdonell on the road to take part in the 2018 Variety, The Children’s Charity, B to B Bash.

The Mermaids will be holding their annual Currawong Day on Thursday May 21st with all the usual fun and games and Beryl’s famous sausage rolls – which were also a hit at this year’s garden party.

Guests at the Garden Party were entertained by the Celtic By-The-Sea Music Group, and joined in some Celtic ring dancing, had a Maypole, a wonderful afternoon tea in glorious gardens, along with some fun with Lucky Dips. There were Books for sale, assorted Bric-a-Brac and garden cuttings – all to raise funds for Variety, The Children’s Charity.

The 2018 B to B Bash will be Beryl’s 20th Australian Variety Bash, which, at 85 years young, is not a bad effort – in fact it’s outstanding.



Beryl and Beverly at Brees Garden Party - photo by Michael Mannington

Congratulations Living Ocean Lifeline Classic Team!

Congratulations to the Living Ocean surf team for their effort and passion competing in the 2018 Lifeline Northern Beaches Classic surf event. Super strong finish to nearly overcome a large handicap for the heat draw.

Congratulations to Manly Surf School for winning the men’s final, Joyce Magazine for winning the women’s final and Aqua Therapy for taking a big win in the Fundraising. 

A brilliant result with teams collectively raising almost $54,000 for Lifeline!

Lifeline Northern Beaches provides crisis support and suicide prevention services. Every year Lifeline answers over 750,000 calls for assistance on our 13 11 14 line - 25,000 of those are taken at the Northern Beaches Centre. Lifeline provide a range of services including face-to-face counselling and group support programs all aimed at relieving distress and suffering in the community.

Special thanks to the Whiteman, Partington and Roberts clans for the support and to NASA - North Avalon Surfriders Association for their ongoing support of the Living Ocean surf team.


LO team crew: Sam Partington, Van & Arch Whiteman, Hunter Roberts, Photo courtesy LO

Peter Loft Marathon 2018

BYRA's annual Peter Loft Marathon Race takes place on Sunday 6th May 2018. This is a great event and sailors from all clubs are welcome. All race fees benefit the Peter Loft Foundation. Entry costs $10 for Juniors (aged under 18) and $15 for Seniors (18 and over).

THE PETER LOFT FOUNDATION
Peter Loft, a talented young sailor and member of BYRA was tragically killed in a plane accident in 1990. He appears on BYRA's honour board multiple times. In the 1986-87 season, Peter was the Manly Junior National Champion. The following season Peter switched to the 420 and proceeded to become the 420 National Champion that year and the next.

In Peter's honour, the Peter Loft Foundation was set up to help young sailors compete in national and international sailing regattas. Since the 1990s the marathon race has become an institution on Pittwater, and thousands of dollars have been passed on to the foundation.

One of the most popular aspects of the race is the Le Mans start. Competitors line up on the beach beside the clubhouse and, on the dropping of the BYRA flag, sprint to their boats to begin. Clearly this gives the less-old sailors an advantage, but history shows that experience soon wins out.

After the race, please join us for prize-giving and a barbeque dinner on the BYRA deck. Refreshments will also be available.



Notice Of The 100th AGM Of The Palm Beach & Whale Beach Association 

TUESDAY 8TH MAY 2018 AT 7.00 PM
A CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION AT CLUB PALM BEACH (RSL)

AGENDA
Welcome by the President: Dr. Richard West AM
Apologies
Confirmation of the minutes of the 2017 AGM
The 2017 Minutes were approved at the June 2017 Meeting by the Committee
Business arising from the 2017 Minutes
Treasurer’s report: Doug Maher presenting the Annual Statement to the Department of Community Affairs by the Public Officer, for signature.
President’s Report: Dr Richard West AM

Election of Office Bearers:
Motions of thanks: Dr. Richard West AM

Guest Presenter: The Hon. Rob Stokes, MP – Parliament of NSW

General business:
Closure of the meeting
Following the meeting, members are invited to Centenary Celebration drinks and a light supper.

Update: Remembrance Day Poppy Wall For Avalon Beach RSL 

If you liked the display in Avalon Beach RSL foyer this week of ANZAC comprised from crocheted and knitted poppies you may wish to get involved with the group that is knitting more of these for a larger display for Remembrance Day 2018.

It is hoped enough are made to fill the garden and cover the garden fence of the RSL.

An anonymous donor has committed to providing the wool and another 150 balls have arrived on Thursday - all you need to do is join in!

Already 12 ladies are busy knitting and crocheting away. You can help by dropping made flowers into the Avalon Beach RSL Club or join the group in the club on Mondays at midday. Just look for Dannie Sloper.

Find out more at HERE


Thanks For Your Support

April 27, 2018: Mona Vale Raiders Rugby League Club
Thanks to Andrew Johns for dropping by training on Friday afternoon. The youngsters were stoked!

MVRRLC are holding their Social Fundraiser on June 2nd. This is the club's Major fundraising event. Cost is $75 cash from canteen on Friday nights and home games or if you wish you can pay $77.50 inc Credit Card Fees online

If you know anyone who would like to donate a prize from their workplace please get in contact with Jen (events@monavalerugbyleague.com.au) who has done a great job getting it off the ground for the first time in a couple of years. VisitHERE to see the great prizes Jen has lined up to date, including a $2000 holiday lucky door prize!

It is going to be at The Bored Monkey in Narrabeen who are also our major training shirt sponsor. All inclusive beer, red & white wine, soft drinks and finger food.


Andrew Johns and MVRRLC players on Friday 

Pittwater Outriggers Saturday Long Paddles

ON SEASONS paddle with lifts Gets a little longer each month in the racing seasons - 16 to 20km 
OFF SEASON Shorter paddle to Portuguese or Sandy Point beach with a 10 min break - depending on winds.
Next is Saturday May 5th: from 6:30am to 8:30am
Commences from Rowland reserve, Bayview.


Also: HUGE Thanks to all those who helped at the Pittwater ORC Working Bee on April 21st for Canoe Cleaning & Maintenance, Canoe Launch Site Cleaning & Maintenance (BYRA & Rowlands)
Review of stock of equipment at both sites.




Bilgola Beach Upgrade 2018

Council has plans to upgrade the landscaping at Bilgola Beach.
The proposed upgrades include:
  • Use of synthetic turf
  • Renewal of the showers and improvement to the accessible shower
  • Removal of koppers logs and replacement with sandstone seat logs
  • Retention of existing memorial seats
Have your say
Make a written submission: To the CEO, Northern Beaches Council, 725 Pittwater Road, Dee Why NSW 2099, marked “Bilgola Beach Upgrades 2018”

If you have any questions, please call the Parks and Recreation team on 1300 434 434.

Bilgola Beach Upgrade 2018: Update 11.05 a.m. April 13th from NBC
Council has removed the synthetic turf from the concept planand will instead place natural grass along the beachfront. Other aspects of the proposal currently remain the same, pending the results of the community engagement.

Comments close 13 May 2018


Draft Code Of Practice For Flying-Foxes

The Office of Environment and Heritage is seeking feedback on the Draft Code of Practice Authorising Flying-fox Camp Management Actions.

What's this about?
Flying-foxes are protected in NSW by the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016.

Managers of public land, including local councils, work with communities to manage flying-fox camps that are affecting people’s enjoyment of the land.

Currently, public land managers need a biodiversity conservation licence to act in or near flying-fox camps to reduce the impact of camps on nearby communities.

The Office of Environment has prepared a draft code of practice. It defines the standards required for the effective and humane management of flying-fox camps.

If actions required by councils and other public land managers to manage a flying-fox camp are consistent with the code, then a licence will not be required.

Have your say
There are three ways you can submit your feedback:

Email: Flying.Fox@environment.nsw.gov.au
Mail: Flying-fox Code of Practice Review
PO Box A290
Sydney South NSW 1232
Have your say by 24 May 2018.

From The Pages Of The Past: H T Squires 

MONA VALE SCULPTOR'S NOVEL ART IN CONCRETE
At Work on Life-sized Mob of Elephants

Descendant of a family of artists and sculptors, Mr. H. Tristran Squire, of Mona Vale, has turned his ability as a modeller and sculptor in a novel direction.

His home is full of statues in concrete, and a big group on which he is now engaged is that of a life-sized mob of elephants. A flamingo in concrete causes the visitor to pause at the front gate, and a jackass and frilled lizards fraternise with life-like rabbits. Mr. Squire's plaques in concrete are in demand, and he is kept fully occupied at his work.


IT WOULD TAKE a big gun to scare this flamingo from his perch. He is a concrete bird.
MONA VALE SCULPTOR'S NOVEL ART IN CONCRETE (1930, May 15). Daily Pictorial (Sydney, NSW : 1930 - 1931), p. 13. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article246185285

2019 Rugby World Cup With The Friends Of Warringah  

Friends of Warringah (FOW) are hosting a tour group for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. 

There will be an information night  on Wednesday the 9th Mayat 7:00pm at Rat Park in the Clubhouse. WRC will be supplying snacks and beverages… all are welcome!

Please RSVP to Christine@warringahrugby.com.au by 8th of May.



Warringah Rugby Club
1472 Pittwater Rd, 
North Narrabeen

Songs For Soibada 2018

Saturday, May 19 at 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
at Barrenjoey High school
Tickets; $25 Student, $45 Adult

It will be on again this year - our biggest fundraising event Songs for Soibada! Watch this space to find out more. 

Who will be the performers? - We always have outstanding and well known acts!

What will be the raffle prizes? - Even bigger and better than ever before!

Where will the money go? - All funds raised will go towards the Senior High School Project in Soibada!

Anna's Walk

It is with great pride and emotion that MVSLSC member Adam Lynch invites you to be part of Anna’s Walk.

Adam's beautiful wife, Anna, lost her battle with bladder cancer last year. On Sunday 27th May we are walking in memory of Anna, and to support her passionate wish to help stop this tragic story happening to other families.

Please take a look at annaswalk.org.au to find out all about it, and to register and donate! 

The Imminent Threat To Newport And Avalon…

The congestion. All the new apartments. Traffic jams, even between Newport and Mona Vale. Not to mention the shemozzle at Narrabeen bridge. And now the B Line is about to turn Newport Beach into a bus depot. The simple answer is:
The B Line must terminate at Mona Vale

Didn’t we all come here, kilometres away from the city, for the trees, the blue sea and the beach? Well, you might say, it’s only a bus service but, the threat to our way of life this represents is really serious. Consider these four reasons why the B Line termination at Newport, or Avalon or Palm Beach, would wreck the character and amenity of the far north peninsula:
  1. B Line buses are large. Creating a massive roundabout at Newport for these buses means removing trees, widening roads and making an ugly mess of the beach area of Newport. With queues of diesel buses, congestion would be terrible, for the people of Newport and all places further north. 
  2. If the B Line were to go further, negotiating the bends at Bilgola and the Avalon Kamakaze roundabout would be absolute chaos. Particularly congestion at Avalon shops would be unacceptable. 
  3. The government’s stated intention is for increased density. Extending the B Line to Newport invites further development north of Mona Vale. We’ve all noticed the huge increase in congestion between the northern suburbs and Mona Vale. 
  4. If termination is at Newport, the beach parking would be forever filled up. Newport would become a parking station, its beach, its ambiance and its character destroyed.
Bus services north of Mona Vale must be improved

The service is now decidedly worse with the introduction of the B Line. Such is the way all this has been organised, it seems the E88 is now faster from Mona Vale to the city than the B Line.

In some cases, yes , it would be necessary to change at Mona Vale if you are city bound, but everything is a trade-off. If we want to keep the far peninsula as a liveable place, to retain its character and to hold on to a community we all love, the B Line must terminate at Mona Vale. 

At the same time, we must have an improved bus service for the far north peninsula. Make no mistake, the government will make a roundabout at Newport unless we make ourselves heard.

What can we do?
We’ll be talking to the community on the corner of Robertson
road and Barrenjoey road on Saturday mornings from 10.00
to 1.00. Please come and see us. We would welcome your
suggestions as to how to counter this threat.

Friends of Newport Community Group. 
Please email us at friendsofnewport@gmail.com
NB: The authors do not represent that the contents are complete, current and free from error and accept no liability.

Narrabeen Lagoon Aquatic Boardwalk: Have Your Say

Council has developed plans for an aquatic boardwalk for the northern side of the Narrabeen Lagoon trail to improve safety whilst protecting the environment.

Project open for comment: 24 March 2018
Community Drop in Session: 07 April 2018
Comments close: 06 May 2018

Since completion of stage 2b of the Narrabeen Lagoon Trail (NLT) in 2015 the recreational trail has enjoyed high popularity with the community and the Trail is considered a success in promoting a healthy lifestyle while also providing sustainable access to the natural environment.

Council has developed a safe solution for the northern side of the lagoon where the trail is adjacent to the Wakehurst Parkway. This narrow section of trail is a potential hazard for bike riders and pedestrians.

This existing path is in an environmentally sensitive area. The embankment is too unstable to construct a cantilevered structure and would require removal of all vegetation along this part of the riparian zone.

This project has been subject to feasibility reports and substantial planning. We invite you to review the associated documents:

Have your say
Make an online submission
Attend our drop in session at Bilarong Reserve - Saturday 7 April 2018 – 1-3pm

Make a written submission: To the CEO, Northern Beaches Council, 725 Pittwater Road, Dee Why NSW 2099, marked “Narrabeen Lagoon Aquatic Boardwalk”

If you have any questions, please call the Parks and Recreation team on 1300 434 434.
Documents At: HERE 

New Clearways On Warringah Road Between Roseville Chase And Beacon Hill

11 April 2018: NSW RMS
New and extended clearways will be introduced on Warringah Road from the end of April to help manage traffic flow for motorists who travel along the key corridor between Roseville Chase and Beacon Hill.

A spokesperson said Roads and Maritime Services thanks the community for providing feedback which was considered when finalising the proposed clearways.

“The new and extended weekday clearways are being delivered as part of the NSW Government’s $121 million Clearways Program which aims to reduce delays and congestion by maximising use of existing road space,” the spokesperson said.

The new clearways will take effect from Monday 30 April andwill operate in both directions on Warringah Road between Roseville Bridge at Roseville Chase and Beacon Hill Road at Beacon Hill from 6am to 7pm on weekdays and from 9am to 6pm on weekends and public holidays.

“Introducing clearways on this busy transport corridor through Forestville, Frenchs Forest and Beacon Hill will help manage traffic flow and improve journey reliability.

“This important corridor provides access to schools, shopping centres as well as a number of community and recreational services.
“This corridor also provides direct access to Forest Way, Wakehurst Parkway and the Northern Beaches.”

The spokesperson said implementing clearways along this section of Warringah Road will ensure all lanes are available to traffic during the day.

“A single parked car can significantly reduce road capacity and cause delays on busy road corridors so it is important to ensure all lanes are available to improve journey reliability for motorists,” the spokesperson said.

“Clearways will change the ability to park, pick up and drop off family and friends and allow deliveries to be made along Warringah Road.
“During clearway hours, residents will need to reconsider parking arrangements for visitors including parking on local streets.”

Work to install new clearway signage will be carried out between Monday 16 and Sunday 29 April, weather permitting.

Parked vehicles can be reported to the Transport Management Centre on 131 700.

For more information visit Sydney Clearways Program.

Unleashed Dog Exercise Areas Review

Council are currently developing a 'Dogs in Public Places Policy' that will provide key guidelines on how dogs are managed in public places. The Policy will include the list of dog off-leash parks and places where dogs are prohibited.

Go to the project webpage to register your interest in this project.The draft Policy is expected to be ready for public exhibition in May 2018.

Ingleside - Key Actions And Documents

The next steps in the planning process for Ingleside are as follows:
  • All of the submissions and feedback have been reviewed. Feedback from landowners, Northern Beaches Council, the Ingleside Community Reference Group, state agencies and the community will inform the development of the final Land Use and Infrastructure Implementation Plan.
  • A decision will be made regarding the proposed amendment to the State Environmental Planning Policy (Sydney Region Growth Centres) 2006 to make Ingleside a Priority Growth Area. An amendment to the policy will help to assist Northern Beaches Council when assessing development applications prior to rezoning. This will ensure that the intended planning outcomes for Ingleside are considered during the assessment of new buildings or projects.
  • The final Land Use and Infrastructure Implementation Plan will be released early in 2018, which forms the basis of the formal planning controls and contributions schemes. The Plan will include new material on energy and water conservation measures as well as affordable housing.
  • The formal planning controls and contributions schemes will also be placed on exhibition for comment at that time, including:
  1. Proposed changes to land use zones and associated controls for Ingleside;
  2. An application for Biodiversity Certification (this is required to be exhibited at the same time as the rezoning proposal). Biodiversity Certification enables areas of high conservation value to be identified upfront and means that landowners, Council and developers don't need to undertake a threatened species assessment during the Development Application stage;
  3. A Development Control Plan, addressing urban design controls for streetscapes, active travel, other public spaces and controls regarding the built form;
  4. A Special Infrastructure Contributions determination (section 94EE), funding biodiversity offsets, major infrastructure and potentially affordable housing;
  5. A Local Infrastructure Contributions Plan (Section 94), funding local infrastructure which will be maintained by Northern Beaches Council.

Please Help: Contribute To Significant Trees Register For Our Area

Significant trees listings wanted
February 28, 2018: Avalon Preservation Association
The next step in the Avalon Preservation Association's Avalon Cultural Audit is to identify and list significant trees in the area.

Roger Sayers has nominated the Spotted Gums in the reserve opposite Careel Bay Wharf.

Please help us by contributing your pick of significant trees in the area so we can map them and enter into our database.

You can either post a picture/s on the APA Facebook page and identify location of tree/s and species type if known or email us with same at secretary@avalonpreservationassociation.org.au

Our new Avalon Preservation Association Noticeboard is finally installed on corner of Belle Property Building near Herforts Chemist Old Barrenjoey Rd Avalon Beach. Many thanks to Mark Griffin Belle Property for use of wall and Robert Adema for installation.

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Petition: Save Ingleside From Over-Development

PROPOSED INGLESIDE DEVELOPMENT
We the undersigned, write in connection with the above proposal and wish to object strongly and respectfully to the development of the area in the proposed manner.

Ingleside is a dispersed settlement where development proposals should be considered very carefully: infilling could ruin the character of the area but estate development will not only overwhelm it but also overwhelm the vast majority of residents living from Narrabeen to Palm Beach who will travel through or near Ingleside every day.

Naturally, we understand that the State Government has a determined growth strategy. However, the overwhelming increase in immediate population and thoroughfare traffic will have a devastating effect upon the existing population who live here and contribute to Sydney as a city and as a defined demographic already. 

Pressure for the development in the region is considerable, mainly for housing city commuters, but has been successfully resisted for more than 30 years for the same reasons as now. The infrastructure was not in place and as can be seen by the impact of development in Warriewood, remains at an unsupportive level. The reasons for rejecting those schemes also included the inadequacy of the minor roads apart from Mona Vale Road to accommodate even small increases in traffic. 

Reference is made to the over one thousand comments on the supporting website, mostly by residents of Pittwater external to the immediate area of Ingleside who have failed to have a voice but as your constituents have equal right to be represented as bearing the impact of the development. With the above in mind, we request that the development be reviewed to take into account the residents of Pittwater, whom you represent. Rather than telling them why it will be good for them, consider the voice of the residents and understand why it will be bad for them. 

New Season for Sailability Pittwater 

Sailability Pittwater is a volunteer organisation which provides sailing for people with a disability. Our main recreational sailing activities are at Rowland Reserve, Bayview, and we run competitive sailing for people with a disability out of RPAYC Newport. We are currently looking for new volunteers for our Saturday morning program at Rowland Reserve and Tuesdays at RPA. For more information at  www.sailability.org/au/pittwater or call John on 9982 5656

Red Cross Shop Newport

The Newport Red Cross shop desperately needs your quality, discarded clothing items. Now that spring is almost springing, perhaps you are all set to 'declutter' your offshore abode. But what to do with all those gems that are no longer you. Well donate them of course. The Red Cross shop at Newport is very excited to receive your cast offs. We also take small household items but alas, no electrical or furniture. 

Did you know that all profits from Red Cross shops stay in Australia? Profits from Red Cross shops support worthy programmes like providing breakfast for school kids, Telecross - a daily call to elderly people in need of contact, youth services, disaster relief, mental health services and much, much more.

Should you need assistance please feel free to call me or just leave your items in our boat. We live on the northern side of Lovett Bay between Now and Zen and Therese and John. The house is called 'Foreshore' and our boat is a Stabicraft for purposes of identification! 

Don't hesitate to call in to the Newport Red Cross shop with your donations - close to Woolworths petrol station at 334 Barrenjoey Rd Newport or call Lesley Scott to help with donations - 0410 687864



Residents Want 'Welcome To Pittwater' Sign Returned

Pittwater Online has been contacted by a number of residents this week expressing their dismay that the 'Welcome to Pittwater' sign as you come along Wakehurst Parkway has disappeared.

Although many of the former Pittwater Council logos are disappearing or being scrubbed out from the names of wharves, obviously to be replaced by the new 'design', readers have expressed this cheery sign made them many feel welcomed and gave those returning home a boost after a long day.

As Pittwater is now a Ward, with different boundaries, the wish expressed is that such a sign may be returned and placed where the new lines mark Pittwater's circumference so that good cheer may continue.
The Old
 The New?

 Gone Fishing Gallery at Waterfront Store Church Point

Open again TODAY in the top room Waterfront Store. Open mainly weekends as an addition to the waterfront cafe. Keep up to date on their Facebook page

Congratulations To Manly SES Volunteer Naomi Leviton

On April 11th Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant announced 24 NSW and 8 ACT finalists for the 2018 Rotary Clubs and Districts of NSW and ACT Emergency Services Community Awards. Manly SES Volunteer Naomi Leviton was named as a Finalist.

Mr Grant said the expanded awards, which include the ACT for the first time, are a fantastic opportunity to shine a light upon the enormous contribution of emergency services workers such as nominee Alan Johnson from Batlow who has been a volunteer for over 52 years.

“These awards celebrate the outstanding commitment, sacrifice and spirit of service. As a community it is important that we take the time to acknowledge and thank volunteers and personnel who give so much of themselves and ask so little in return,” Mr Grant said.

“As a state we are hugely indebted to all our emergency services men and women. We should never take for granted their commitment to protecting us and it is important that we acknowledge the unsung heroes who repeatedly go above and beyond.

“This year’s finalists have more than 600 years of combined service and I thank them all for their exemplary community service.”
Finalists come from the following emergency services agencies:
Fire & Rescue NSW
ACT Fire & Rescue
NSW Ambulance
ACT Ambulance
NSW Rural Fire Service
ACT Rural Fire Service
NSW State Emergency Service
ACT State Emergency Service
Marine Rescue NSW
NSW Volunteer Rescue Association.

Naomi is a Deputy Officer, Learning and Development with the NSW State Emergency Service and has volunteered as an SES member since February 2012.

Her work:
UNIT TRAINING COORDINATOR: Conduct training needs analyses for Manly unit to inform courses required. Collaborate with Controller, Deputy controllers, officers and trainers to create biannual training calendars which both train members and ensure their competencies are continually practiced.

TRAINER: Facilitate "Storm and Water Damage" courses according to ASQA and SES compliancy requirements.

UNIT CADET COORDINATOR: Instigated and facilitated the SES Cadet Program at Manly Selective Campus, which has since become a highly sought-after and over-subscribed, and provides student leadership opportunities. Naomi requested to present at the NSW SES 2017 Cadet Coordinators Conference to members from across the state to explain the development and benefits of her student-focused redevelopment of Cadet course content.

Mr Grant also announced the creation of a $1,000 Dorothy Hennessy Emergency Services Youth scholarship for a volunteer aged up to 21 for training and educational materials or equipment.

“This scholarship celebrates our young volunteers and honours the outstanding contribution of an individual in providing support to their community,” Mr Grant said.

Commissioners from the NSW SES, NSW RFS, Marine Rescue NSW and the NSW Volunteer Rescue Association will each nominate an outstanding individual for consideration of the scholarship. A Rotary NSW panel will determine the most deserving candidate.

Winners for each service, plus two special winners for NSW and for ACT, and the young volunteer will be announced at an Awards Presentation Dinner, at the Bankstown Sports Club on June 1st.

Family, friends, supporters and the general public are invited to attend the presentation dinner. Tickets can purchased at:www.RotaryESCawards.org.au.


The Honourable Troy Grant MP, Minister for Emergency Services; The Honourable Gareth Ward MP, Parlimentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South Coast; Commissioners, Finalists, Sponsors and Guests at April 11th Announcement of 2018 Finalists in NSW Parliament House – Jubilee Room. Photo supplied.

Mona Vale SLSC Renewal Feasibility Study And Business Case

For those returning from school holidays, the Mona Vale SLSC Renewal Feasibility Study and Business Case document formed part of the April 17 General Meeting of Council (p.74 of Agenda) and provides an update on the project.

The Renewal Feasibility Study and Business Case states the proposed new building will be twice the size of that now in place with the concept design having a total floor area of 1580 square metres.

The Quantity Surveyor Cost Plan is $6, 350, 000 (6.35 million) which includes design and constructions, authority fees, consultancy fees, and a construction cost escalation allowance for a potential  construction  commencement in 2019.

The project (Item 9.4 in General Meeting Agenda for April 17th, 2018) was discussed, particularly the cost and funding sources for, but was passed unanimously to go to the next stage, which is council approve for the concept plans to be placed on Public Exhibition and to proceed with the next stages of the project. The Public exhibition is slated to commence in May 2018 for feedback.

The document also contains some architectural plans and Artists' Concept diagrams:


View from carpark


View from beach


View of restaurant and cafe

Pittwater Environmental Foundation Directors Appointed

For those returning from school holidays, Marita Macrae, David Poppleton, Angus Gordon, Roberta Conroy, Jo Talau, Cathy Griffin and Conny Harris have been appoint Directors for a period of three (3) years. The Director roles are voluntary and unpaid.

Pittwater Environmental Foundation (the Foundation) is a Registered Environmental Organisation that was established in 2006 by Pittwater Council to enable donations, grants and bequests to be
collected and distributed from the Pittwater Environmental Trust (the Trust), to projects that benefit the former Pittwater Local Government Area.

Council is responsible for appointing Directors to the Foundation.

Cargo Wharf Renewal And Church Point Precinct Upgrade To Go Ahead

In a closed session at the end of a three and a half hours general meeting council, April 17th, approved  reallocating savings in Council’s Road resheeting program into the reconstruction of the Cargo Wharf at Church Point (Scotland Island) and the reallocation of funds from the New Traffic program for the Church Point boardwalk extension project. 

The cargo wharf is critical infrastructure for both public and commercial enterprises. A condition assessment of the existing Cargo Wharf was recently undertaken by council and the
wharf was found to be nearing the end of its design life. Currently the wharf’s operating load limit has been reduced to significantly less than what is required for ongoing offshore operations including the garbage service to over 500 properties and the transportation of building materials to these offshore properties. 

The extension of the boardwalk around the General Store is stated as being integral to the ongoing transformation of the foreshore. 

North Narrabeen Reserve Sports Amenities Building: Tenders Declined

For those returning from school holidays, council resolved as part of its april 17th meeting to decline to accept any of the tenders received for RFT 2018/041 – Major Works for Construction Services for North Narrabeen Reserve Sports Amenities Building.

The project funding includes grant funding of $80,000 which is time limited and would be lost due to the time required to re-tender.

Councillors resolved that Authority be delegated to the Acting Chief Executive Officer to enter into negotiations with TCM Construction Group, Dezign Interiors and Bermagui Constructions with a view to
Council entering into a contract in relation to the subject matter of the tender and to execute all necessary documentation to give effect to this resolution.

Draft Delivery Program: Community Feedback Sought

The draft Delivery Program is now available for the community to ask questions and provide feedback. The document is availble online atHERE until Sunday 27 May.

Council staff will also be available at these locations to answer questions;
Glen Street Library, Belrose on Monday 7 May (6 - 7.30pm)
Council Chambers, Dee Why on Wednesday 9 May (6 - 7.30pm)
Newport Community Centre, Newport on Thursday 10 May (6 - 7.30pm)
Council Chambers, Manly Town Hall on Monday 14 May (6 - 7.30pm)
Coastal Environment Centre, North Narrabeen on Wednesday 16 May (6 - 7.30pm)

De Luca Disgusted Community Gagged From Planning Meetings

April 18th, 2019 - Vincent De Luca OAM, Independent Councillor for the Northern Beaches
Northern Beaches Council’s decision to hold “local” Planning Panel Meetings that determine development applications during business hours thus preventing residents who work and have other duties during the day from attending has been described by Independent Councillor Vincent De Luca OAM “as a deliberate attempt to stop the community from having their say on development application in their area”.

“The whole point of this Panel is to facilitate the community having their say on development applications. Under the previous Council the meetings were held at night so that residents could attend and have their say” Cr De Luca said.

“In this new amalgamated Council, Council’s General Manager of Planning, David Kerr confirmed they have set the time for the meetings, usually at 1pm during working hours. Residents have come to me saying they would have to take days off work to travel to the meeting and then speak and thus cannot attend and are furious with being blocked from having their say”.

“How would you feel if you had a monstrosity proposed next door to you or in your street or major developments in your area like we continue to see, only to be gagged from speaking because you have a job during the day – it’s outrageous”.

“In an effort to ensure community participation, I moved an Urgency Motion at last night’s (April 17th) Council meeting so that in future Staff schedule meetings at 6pm at not during working hours. Sadly, Mayor Michael Regan and his fellow political party Councillors together with his Coalition cohort, his Deputy, Candy Bingham voted down my Urgency request and stopped my Motion from being considered”.

Mayor Michael Regan and Councillors Sue Heins, Roslyn Harrison, Ian White, Penny Philpott, Sarah Grattan of the Your Northern Beaches Registered Political Party together with Candy Bingham of the Good for Manly Registered Political Party voted against the Motion of Urgency while Councillors Vincent De Luca (Independent), Alex McTaggart (Independent) and Rory Amon, Pat Daley and Kylie Ferguson (Liberal Party) voted for.

“To say I am disappointed in Michael Regan and his political party mates blocking my Motion for the community is an understatement. It shows a complete disregard and arrogance towards people who work and that can’t get to a meeting during the day and makes a mockery of the community consultation process Cr De Luca stated.
“Our community has a right to be heard and by having meetings during the day just gags them from being able to exercise their democratic right” Cr De Luca concluded.

Motion of Urgency
Northern Beaches Local Planning Panel Meetings
That this Council resolves to:
1. Note with concern that Northern Beaches Local Planning Panel is meeting during business hours, for example at 1pm tomorrow, thus preventing many residents from attending such meetings and having their say on development applications that affect them and the future of the Northern Beaches,

2. Request Councils CEO to ensure that future Northern Beaches Local Planning meetings are held after 6pmat night in order to ensure proper public participation and that residents, applicants and objectors can be properly heard at such meetings that are meant to hear from affected parties,

3. Requests the CEO to write to the Minister for Planning, the Hon Anthony Roberts MP:
(a) Requesting that the NSW Government ensure that it is mandatory for all Councils to ensure that such Panels are open and accessible to the community and that in order to ensure public participation, meetings should not be held at any Council during business hours as this prevents a large number of the community from participating,
(b) Requesting that the NSW review the costs of such Panel and either subsidise these panels in view of the State Government appointing members to such Panels or add as an additional fee to development applications in order to pay for such Planning Panels.

4. Requests the CEO to ensure that Agendas and associated documents for the Northern Beaches Local Planning Panel are sent to all Councillors at least three days prior to a respective meeting of the Panel.

__________________________

An Independent Hearing and Assessment Panel known as a Local Planning Panel under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, is a panel of; a chair, two independent expert members and a community member who assess development applications (DAs) made to local councils.

The Minister for Planning, the Hon Anthony Roberts MP has appointed independent, expert Chairs for Councils to appoint to their Panel.

Councils will also choose two expert members to appoint to its Panel from a pool established by the Department of Planning and Environment and approved by the Minister for Planning. It will be up to Councils to recruit and appoint community members to the Panels.

From 1 March, panels are mandatory for all Sydney councils.

IHAP Chair for Northern Beaches Council (combined Manly, Warringah Pittwater IHAPs)
Peter Biscoe - Former judge of NSW Land and Environment Court and of Supreme Court of NSW - Chair of Northern Beaches IHAP,

Alternate 1: Lesley Finn - 30 years’ experience as a lawyer specialising in Local Government, Town Planning and Environmental Law - former Chair of the Warringah IHAP.

Alternate 2: Paul Vergotis- Currently sitting on five IHAPs as a Chair and expert member. Principal at McCabes Lawyers, a solicitor-advocate with over 17 years’ experience practising in planning law, environmental law, local government law and administrative law

No information as yet on two appointed experts or community member/s appointed. 

DoggieRescue.com

Pet of the Week

Athena


AGE/SEX: 4 years / F
BREED: Staffy X Ridgeback

Athena is a happy friendly girl. She is very child friendly but best with kids 12+yo due to rough play with toys. She is a very attentive, relaxed, very stable dog. She is excited to walk and pulls on the lead. She ignores cars and other dogs. She likes to jog and run and enjoys her treats. Walkers say: "only lunges playfully at some dogs", "Athena was very good, very friendly and patient with 2 kids", "Great dog, great companion!" She has a short coat and weighs 26.7kg. She comes desexed, C5 vaccinated, heartworm free and microchipped. Also included for the love and health of our dogs is a free Health and Wellness Voucher with our DR Vet. Her adoption cost is $450. 

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

Shoosh For Kids Awareness Week

April 28, 2018: Manly Warringah Netball Association
Manly Warringah Netball Association has teamed up with the Office of Sport and Netball NSW to promote positive behaviour at junior sport, by supporting the Shoosh for Kids campaign.

MWNA calls on all members to be proactive in ensuring the focus of junior sport is about kids having fun whilst getting active.

Shoosh for Kids awareness week is running from 14 to 20 May and this is an important reminder for members to support the cause and be positive all season long,” President of MWNA, Jane Hauser, said.

“We want our junior events to be a positive and happy place for kids so that they want to continue to participate in sport for many years to come.”

The awareness week is also a timely reminder to all spectators to support the coaches, officials and volunteers who make grassroots sport possible by offering their valuable time.

“We are extremely grateful for everyone’s contribution. Promoting Shoosh for Kids awareness week at our club, along with other clubs and associations ensures that there is a consistent message focused on positive behavior for children’s sport,” said President of MWNA, Jane Hauser.

Shoosh For Kids - Netball

Published on 8 April, 2018 by NSW Office of Sport
Shoosh for Kids is a collaborative effort between the Office of Sport and State Sporting Organisations to promote positive behaviour to their members, clubs and associations. The general rule is, if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all. 

Repost this video with the hashtag #shooshforkids to show your support or visit www.sport.nsw.gov.au/shooshforkids for more info.

Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary 2018 Stalls

 
May
5th: Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale                          9am to 3pm
Sewing, knitting, sewing, books
 
5th: Bunnings, Narrabeen                                             8am to 3pm
Sausage Sizzle

11th: Stall: Outside ANZ Bank, Avalon                        8am to 4pm
Knitting, sewing, craft, jam
 
18th: Stall, Foyer Mona Vale Hospital                         9am to 3pm
Baking, knitting, sewing, books
 
June
2nd: Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale                        9am to 3pm
Sewing, knitting, craft, books
 
9th: Bunnings, Narrabeen                                             8am to 3pm
Sausage Sizzle
 
15th: Stall,  Foyer Mona Vale Hospital                        9am to 3pm
Baking, knitting, sewing, books

Vote For Sonja Elwood!

Okay, everyone - we need your votes!!!
Sonja Elwood - founding member of Sydney Wildlife and environmentalist extraordinaire - and she belongs to Pittwater!

Sonja is one of the most incredible, most dedicated and most extraordinary humans we’ve had the pleasure of meeting. She has saved literally thousands of animals and is that lady who helps you do bushcare and takes you on informative walks and talks.

It’s easy - just click and vote.
PS: Ignore name beside - Lynleigh Grieg is the lady who submitted Sonja for consideration. Vote HERE

Background/Previously: 

Excerpt:

To raise awareness of the lack of women in senior STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Maths) positions a photo competition is currently underway with the tag #oglethis. Pittwater's Sonja Elwood has been nominated to be part of this by Lynleigh Greig, regular columnist on rescuing and caring for our local fauna.

As the organisers explain;

'Some calendars might suggest that women spend their time lazing around on over-accessorized cars but we hope to capture the alternative side of life.

Please get involved by posting a photograph of a woman, a mum, or a wild fairy god mother capturing the reality of life or showing off impressive tasks that more accurately portray why women truly are amazing."


Sonja with a nesting box for eastern pygmy possums.

Avalon Beach Ladies Probus 

meets at Club Palm Beach 
10am first Tuesday of the month -visitors welcome 
Next Meeting Tuesday May 1  our Guest speaker is: 

Lucilla Ronai is the Paper Conservator at the Australian National Maritime Museum, the national centre for maritime collections, exhibitions, research and archaeology. Completing her masters in Cultural Materials Conservation in 2014 at the University of Melbourne she began her career at the State Library of Queensland. Acting as the Paper/Exhibition conservator, she worked on the Q ANZAC 100 project, preparing items to be part of a major exhibition.

Upon completion of her contract at the end of 2015, she received the Heritage Council Book and Paper Conservation Internship at the Library of Trinity College Dublin. During this internship she worked on exciting projects including architectural plans of Trinity campus and a 17th century Dutch atlas. This led on to an extension of her contract as a Projects Conservator.

By late 2016, Lucilla relocated back home to Australia to work for the Australian National Maritime Museum, bringing her international experience back home to share. 

In 2017, she was awarded the 2017 Nicholas Hadgraft Scholarship which allowed her to attend the Montefiascone Book Conservation Summer School in Italy.

For three intensive weeks, Lucilla and her classmates learned how to bind various historical books from different cultures with a medieval town as their backdrop and an historic seminary as their bookbindery. 

Lucilla likes to think cultural heritage conservation, and her role, is saving the world, one piece of paper at a time. 

Community Heritage Grants Round Opens

March 5th, 2018: Australian government Department of Communications and the Arts
Applications are now open for the 2018 Community Heritage Grants Program.

Grants of up to $15,000 are available for community organisations such as museums, libraries, archives, genealogical and historical societies, and Indigenous and multicultural groups.

The grants assist community organisations in the preservation and protection of locally owned but nationally significant cultural heritage material such as archives and records, oral histories, textiles, paintings, drawings, objects, photographs and audio visual material.

Funding is also available for training workshops, preservation assessment of collections and related conservation activities.

The Community Heritage Grants Program is administered by the National Library of Australia, with support provided by the Department of Communications and the Arts, the National Archives of Australia, the National Film and Sound Archive and the National Museum of Australia.

Applications close on Monday, 7 May 2018 at 5.00 pm.

To find out more visit the National Library of Australia’s website.

Course For A Cause At Avalon

Just beyond the Bilgola Bends as you are about to enter the Avalon Village, nestled in behind a strip of nature that separates it from the often busy Barrenjoey Road – you have the Royal Avalon Golf Course.

Not only 9 holes of golf open to the public every day of the year, with no membership required but also one of the best located venues available for hire on the Northern Beaches, or even Sydney!

Recently we have begun a program called “Course for a Cause”. The initiative is designed to help local charities by offering free use of our facilities to raise money and/or awareness for a worthy cause.

Do you have a cause close to your heart?
Nominate your charity to become part of this program by calling 9918 2606 or emailing manager@avalongolfcourse.com.au

If you don’t want to play golf, but are still after a venue for your function, the clubhouse is available for extended hours. So with plenty of parking on sight, the time of day shouldn’t be a problem when promoting your personal cause. If you don’t have a charity, but are still looking for somewhere to party, the clubhouse can be hired to celebrate all kinds of occasions.

The bar is available and serving some of your favourite beer and wine, or take advantage of our BYO option. Day time events can always incorporate games to raise some extra money with the practice putting green beside the clubhouse being utilised for competitions or a bit of fun for the kids.

If you are interested in our Course for a Cause initiative OR would just like to hire Avalon Golf Course and clubhouse for a function, please email manager@avalongolfcourse.com.au or call 9918 2606


The purpose of  www.westpittwater.com.au  - is best defined by the vision of the West Pittwater Community Association.

To be a supportive community, encouraging and promoting civic pride, interest in community affairs and goodwill amongst residents.

To protect local fauna and flora and generally preserve West Pittwater and its environs.

To secure essential facilities including public wharves and reserves and to protect private and public property.

To speak with one voice and represent the interests of the Western Foreshore community when in discussion with Pittwater Council and other relevant government bodies. The WPCA website provides a forum for the better realisation of these objectives. Visit: www.westpittwater.com.au

 

Click on logo above to visit their website.

Pittwater Community Groups: 


Sports (plus Social Members)

Gardens and Environment

Rural Fire Brigades
Services

Arts and Social