Community News: May 2019

May 19 - 25, 2019: Issue 405

Articles This Week 

Front Page Issue 405

Jason Falinski Wins Second Term As Member For Mackellar - Independent Zali Stegall Secures Seat Of Warringah

Mona Vale Road East Upgrade: Some Progress Photos - May 2019 Record

Team Effort Saves Drowning Swimmer At Mona Vale This Week

Pictures: Mid Autumn Captures Federal Election Day Queues: A Tale Of Meandering, Open Day 2019 At Local Fire Stations, Hazard Reduction Burn At Turrimetta Headland report by Joe Mills, Avalon Beach Historical Society President On Duty On A Saturday, Warringah Rugby Club's Round 7 Report with great action photos!, More Cool Bugs At Elanora Heights by Selena Griffith, White Ribbon Cocktail Fundraiser Success by Cr. Vincent De Luca OAM, Mona Vale Road Upgrade: Some Progress Photos, Grevillea Caleyi Bushcare May Day 2019 This Week at Beautiful Bahai'i

Aquatics: Team Australia WINS The Worrell 1000 Reunion Race 2019: Rod Waterhouse, and Beau White, of Palm Beach Sailing Club and Brett White, Speers Point Amateur Sailing Club, Lake Macquarie are in 1st place!

Days For Girls (Part 3) – Soibada by Tamara Sloper-Harding OAM

Work Begins on New Inpatient Building at Mona Vale Hospital 

DIY Ideas: Winter Heating Guide + Get Ready For Winter Specials



Profile: Saving Grevillea Caleyi: Join The Baha’i Temple Bushcare Group
George Caley wrote in his 'An Account of a Journey to the Sea in the month of February 1805', of the plants discovered along his route. According to his diary, Caley set out from Macarthur’s farm at Pennant Hills on Monday February 18th 1805. He headed east northeast. As he approached the coast, the date not precisely recorded, he collected near a place he called ‘Seasight Hill’, later established as near Belrose, a Grevillea to which he gave the name ‘E. [Embothrium] pinnatum’. 

Robert Brown, considered ‘the father of Australian botany’, had a great admiration for Caley and had collected with him while in Australia. In an 1830 published paper Brown named a plant Grevillea caleyi in his honour.

At Ingleside and in some areas surrounding Grevillea caleyi is still present although it is now listed as a critically endangered species in New South Wales and at the Commonwealth level (gazetted May 30th, 2014). 

The Pittwater Natural Heritage Association is coordinating a project funded by Greater Sydney Local Land Services and the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage Saving Our Species program. 

The next volunteer bushcare day will be on Monday the 27th of May, 2019.  New volunteers are always welcome and needed - training will be provided. Volunteers meet at the picnic shelter at 8.30 am.

Some background on the Baha'i Temple Grevillea Caleyi  Bushcare program.


Artists of the Month: May 2019: Danielle Ryan & James Sherwood - The Map To Paradise - “The Possibility Of Change Rests On Our Own Ability To Believe That We Can Do It.“In 2016 Pittwater Online News ran information about Curl Curl duo Danielle Ryan and James Sherwood raising funds to make the documentary The Map to Paradise. Now made, a FREE Workshop at the UTS on May 22nd may suit - among other Sydney screenings - details and links run as a great celebration of what has been done and can be done.

 Pittwater Offshore Newsletter Update 8/5/2019 

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To contact Julian:  editor@scotlandisland.org.au

Team Effort Saves Drowning Swimmer At Mona Vale 

Being in the right place at the right time has saved the life of a man who nearly drowned in the surf at Mona Vale on Wednesday this week (May 15th).

While the red and yellow flags have been packed away across most of the state, surf lifesavers, surfers and the local community on the Northern Beaches are never really off-duty.

Just before 1pm on Wednesday 15 May, two 24 year-old Asian males went for a swim at Mona Vale beach. The pair took the natural path from the carpark down to the shore before jumping into the water next to the pool. The area looked calm, the sun was out and the water was warm.

Before the pair knew what was happening they began to be sucked out by the rip current and quickly found themselves out of their depth.

“I came down for a lunchtime swim and was watching the waves, contemplating where to jump in when I heard the screams for help,” said Mona Vale SLSC patrol captain Michael Meadow.

Michael watched from the beach. One of the men was able to find the sandbank and regain his footing. Two surfers paddled quickly over to the other struggling swimmer and were able to get him to shore.

“The surfers said the man was in real danger,” said Michael. “I watched him get to shore and struggle to walk up the beach. He looked distressed. He then sat down and collapsed.”

Michael was about to be confronted by his first real emergency as a patrol captain and realised he would need help from people around him. “It’s what we’re trained to do, not just on the beach but anywhere and anytime. In an emergency it all just comes as second nature.”

Mona Vale SLSC caretaker Monique Wardley was working at her desk in front of her window that overlooks the beach when she heard the screams. “I ran down to the beach to help, unsure whether to jump in the water or call for help,” she recalled. She was met by Michael who instructed her to wait for the Ambulance.

An off-duty nurse arrived on scene to assist, while another club member grabbed the oxygen and the defibrillator from the club.

The team worked seamlessly together to administer oxygen to the patient and get the defibrillator ready while they waited for the Ambulance to arrive.

“It was a collaborative effort that essentially saved the guy’s life,” said Michael.

“This was my first direct experience with a rescue,” said Monique. “One of the biggest things I took away was the strength of the community that comes into play in these situations. Whether our job was big or small we all worked together so well to help the patient. In the end it was a positive result, we saved a person’s life.”

Monique’s partner and fellow caretaker, surfer and lifesaver Jarrad Dober has performed a number of out-of-hours rescues in his time at the club.

“We can see everything from our window and I think club caretakers play a vital role being at the club all year round. Last year alone I pulled an elderly woman and a German backpacker from this same rip.”

Michael added, “Having a skilled water person and surf lifesaver living in the club, right here on the beach, is very underrated.”

“We’re an extra set of eyes and ears here,” said Monique.

The man was transported to Northern Beaches hospital in a stable condition.

Report by Surf Life Saving NSW

New Mural Going In At Newport Public School

Meg Minkley from A Drawing A Day working on a mural at Newport PS on May 14th, 2019. This is the second mural Meg has done at Newport PS - first is HERE

There are also murals at North Narrabeen PS and Elanora Heightsdone by this Artist.

Free Worm Farms And Compost Bins Available For Northern Beaches Residents

May 15th, 2019: NBC
Northern Beaches residents can register for a free worm farm or compost bin from Wednesday 15 May under a new Council initiative to support residents to get on board the war on waste.

“We all have a duty to reduce our footprint and compost bins and worm farms are a great way to avoid sending food scraps and garden waste to landfill,” Mayor Michael Regan said.

“According to the EPA, more than a third of the contents of an average red lid garbage bin in NSW is wasted food - around $3,800 worth for every household.

“We can all shop better and reduce what we throw out but of course, there will always be some food waste that we can’t avoid.

“A worm farm on your verandah or a compost bin in your backyard is a relatively easy way to help the environment plus it produces environmentally friendly, natural fertiliser that your garden and pot plants will love.

“And kids love a worm farm – and they can learn about how to help to better our environment literally in their own backyard, how good is that.

”With our new waste service coming on line in July and a concerted effort by our community to get on board the war on waste, this is a great time to introduce this initiative.”

Choosing between a compost bin or worm farm often depends on the type of garden you have. The ideal location for a compost bin is somewhere with sun and good drainage. In contrast, a worm farm thrives in good shade and is suitable for courtyards, balconies and small gardens.

Residents can register online to receive a voucher, which can be used to redeem a free compost bin or warm farm from a convenient pick up location in Manly (52 Raglan St) or Mona Vale (1 Park St) during business hours.

Rotary Club Brings A Fun Day Of Golf To The Northern Beaches For A Great Cause 

The Rotary Club of Upper Northern Beaches is inviting men and women to sign up for a fun Charity Golf Day at Mona Vale Golf Club (Golf Avenue, Mona Vale) on Friday 24 May, with proceeds going to the charitable projects of the Rotary club.   

"Golf experience is entirely optional," said club President Simon Masman. "The event will appeal to the golfing enthusiast as well as the casual player. We're planning a great day out for everyone."
  
The 18-hole event will follow the popular 4-ball Ambrose format, in which each player can participate regardless of skill level. The day begins with golf registration and a light breakfast from 6:30am followed by a shotgun start at 8:00, with the teams starting on different holes. A snack and drinks cart will be available on the course during the morning, as well as optional novelty events. 
The event wraps up with a hearty two-course lunch at 1:00pm.  

This is the fourth annual golf day event organised by the Rotary Club of Upper Northern Beaches. 

"We're excited to be able to run this event in our local area," said organiser Annette Baggie. "We're offering golfers a fun day out at beautiful Mona Vale Golf Club and also raising some money for our club's worthy causes."  

Players can register as individuals or as foursomes. The full breakfast-golf-and-lunch package costs $160. Or you can register for just golf for $100 or just lunch for $65. Sponsorship packages are available for the event.   

Golf Day proceeds will go to Lifeline Northern Beaches, Veterans Centre Sydney Northern Beaches, Be Centre and other projects of Upper Northern Beaches Rotary.   

Golf Day information and registration forms are available at the Rotary Club of Upper Northern Beaches website.

Classification Of Land - 13 Warriewood Road Warriewood

Council obtained title to the subject land at 13 Warriewood Road Warriewood (Lot 13 DP1206507) on 20 March 2019 and intends to classify the land as “Community Land”.

Make a submission
Enquiries: Council’s Property / Finance Officer - Property Ph. 1300 434 434
Submissions close Monday, 20 May 2019

Classification Of Land - 18 MacPherson Street, Warriewood

Council obtained title to the subject land on 16 April 2019.
Council hereby gives Public Notice of its intention to classify the subject Council land as “Community Land”.

Make a submission
Enquiries: Council’s Property Finance Officer: 1300 434 434
Submissions close: Monday, 17 June 2019

Your Choice

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

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

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

Charging is a last resort.

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

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

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

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

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

It's also available on-line.

For more information: www.yourchoiceonline.com.au

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

DoggieRescue.com

Pets of the Week

St Nic

AGE/SEX: 2 years / M
BREED: Wolfhound X Labrador
St Nic is social well-mannered boy. He is happy and friendly with people. When he came from the pound he was scared of kids and sudden noises or movements and unfamiliar objects but he has improved immensely. He walks nicely on loose lead, ignoring cars and dogs. He walks at a good pace, and likes to run. He loves his pats and jumps up to lick your face. He sits on command, knows other commands and easy to train. Volunteers say "Very well behaved. Enthusiastic, obedient - clearly has brains." He has a wiry coat and weighs about 33kg. 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. 

Harper

Harper is a gorgeous black beauty with a very fluffy tail. He was quite timid having had a tough start in life, but now he is one of the smoochiest boys we have, and enjoys sitting on your lap if you continue to pat him around his ears and under his chin. He is weary of strangers at first, but once you build his trust you'll see his beautiful smoochy relaxed side. He has just turned 1 years old and comes desexed, wormed, F3 vaccinated, FIV/FeLV tested and microchipped. His adoption fee is $220

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

Precious Breath Festival

An outdoor celebration of life with five local bands and surf films on the front green at Avalon Beach Bowling Club. 

We aim to raise awareness of the issues of youth mental health and suicide, facilitate connections between youths and local mental health services, and raise much needed funds.

The green space dedicated to the festival will be alcohol and smoke-free.

Entry is FREE. All ages. Donations are welcome. There will be a silent auction and raffles with amazing items.

The Blackmores Precious Breath Festival, proudly supported by CCNB, is a mental health community initiative of Avalon Beach Bowling Club. 

NB: NOW Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 2:30 PM – 8 PM
Avalon Bowling Club
4 Bowling Green Lane, Avalon

Palm Beach Biggest Morning Tea 2019

On Saturday May 25th Janet and Max Petrie will host a Biggest Morning Tea event at their Pacific Road, Palm Beach home.  
The annual fundraiser is one the Petries have been HUGE supporters of for years and the view and nibblies offered are YUM!
Starts 10 am and goes until it's dark.



Details below. If you can't make it please make a donation HERE

Jacqui Morgan Wins NSW Seniors Championship For 2019

15 May 2019
by Nicole Bessant, Golf NSW
Monash Country Club's Jacqui Morgan has won her sixth NSW Senior Championship title today at Rich River Golf Club.



Morgan was up against Kim Burke which was always going to be a tough match. The pair met in the final back in 2017 and it was a close tussle then when they went to the 24th hole.

Morgan shot out of the blocks early and was 3up through six holes. The match got to 4up through 12 holes, then Burke started to fight back winning three and squaring two holes to bring it back to 1up playing 18. Morgan was too strong and squared the 18th which gave her the win for 2019, 1up. 

Queensland’s Robin Callaghan had a close match in her final defeating WA’s Sharon Dawson 1up on the 18th in the 55-59 years match play. Callaghan qualified second in her section and was able to triumph over the number one seed in her first Seniors event.

Bermagui’s Maggie Hayes defeated Queanbeyan’s Pauline Jeffery 5&4 in todays match to win the 60-64 years category. 

In the 65-69 age category, Victoria’s Betty McGuinness of Buninyong won against Chris Taylor of Belconnen Magpies in a tight match going through to the 19th hole. 

For the all Canberra final, Liz Smyth of Royal Canberra was too strong for Belconnen Magpies, Pat Woodberry winning 4&3 in the 70+ age category. 

The division one handicap match play was won by Pam Sassella on the 20th hole against fellow Queanbeyan member Fran Miller.

And WA’s Robin Challenor of Lake Karrinyup beat Belconnen’s Judy Tokley in the division two handicap match play final 5&4 this morning. 

The Championship is also a qualifying event for the NSW Senior State Team. The three highest placed NSW players from the strokeplay component of the Championship will make up the NSW Senior State Team to represent NSW at the 2019 Australian Senior Championship.

The three representatives will be Jacqui Morgan, Kim Burke and Maggies Hayes.

Congratulations ASGMWP: A Great Show!

Monday night 13th May at Warriewood Cinema “Top End Wedding” was shown as a fundraiser for Steward House School.

The Aboriginal Support Group and their supporters, You, have made a difference. Thanks to all involved, we raised $1,215 to help with the project for the school.

We thank:
Tribal Warrior Cultural Cruise.
info@tribalwarrior.org
Moet & Chandon Champagne.
Beach Road Naturals H&B Wash Gift Pack.
info@beachroadnaturals.com
Peninsula Massage One–Hour Massage.
neil@peinisulamassage.com.au
Guringai Aboriginal Tours a Family Tour.
guringaitours@gmail.com
Warriewood Cinema Double tickets.
warriewood@unitedcinemas.com.au
Evolve Within Surprise packs.
evolvewithinanne@gmail.com
Amber’s Food Wraps.
eve@ambersfoodwraps.com

But without your support the night it would not have had the outcome it did.

We thank Josephine & Roy Mustaca of Warriewood Cinema for their support.

You see, together we can make a difference.

Hope to see you all at Sorry Day, Sunday 26th May at Mona Vale Memorial Hall at 2pm.
On behalf of the ASG, thank you again.

Kind regards

Neil Evers. JP
Editor, Elimatta Newsletter

Wanted: Federal Election Material

Help grow the National Library’s Election Ephemera Collection by sending us federal election campaign material you receive.

We are looking for printed campaign material, including flyers, letters to constituents, how-to-vote cards, stickers, badges, posters, or any other original published material to promote a party or candidate, or to lobby on election issues.

Political ephemera provides a unique perspective into Australia’s social life and political landscape – the rise and fall of policies, issues, parties, and careers. The material produced by candidates, lobby groups, officials and journalists reporting the story is all important.

Our Federal Election Ephemera Collection ranges from manifestos to the ‘unofficial’ Election Bean Poll - where café customers were invited to show their political preferences using coffee beans – to a complete digital archive of major party policies, courtesy of the National Library of Australia’s Pandora service, delivered through the new Australian Web Archive.

By collecting 2019 federal election ephemera, we can preserve and make accessible to political and social historians of the future, the stories of today.

Thanks to our supporters, the National Library now has the largest collection of political memorabilia in Australia covering every Australian federal election since Federation in 1901.

Help us collect the latest chapter of Australia’s political history.

To find out how, contact our Ephemera Officer, Fiona Spooner via email fspooner@nla.gov.au or visit our website. 

National Library of Australia

Surf Life Saving SNB Branch Awards Of Excellence 

Nominations are now open for the 2018/2019 Awards of Excellence to be held on June 21st at Dee Why RSL Club.

Click here for nomination criteria and online forms.
Deadline for nominations to be received is Thursday 23rd May 2019, COB. Simply click the link to award you want to nominate for and you will open an online Jot form, fill in the details and press submit. Once done you will receive an email advising your nomination has been received…it’s as simple as that.

Award Categories
Official of the Year
Surf Sports Awards 
Coach of the Year
Innovation of the Year
Volunteer of the Year
Young Volunteer of the Year
Trainer of the Year 
Assessor of the Year
Facilitator of the Year
Community Education  
Youth Surf Lifesaver of the Year
Surf Lifesaver of the Year 
Patrol Captain
Patrol team
Administrator of the Year
Services Team of the Year
Volunteer of the Year
Young Volunteer of the Year

Honour Awards
-Life Membership
-Distinguished Service
-Outstanding Service
-Community Service
Click here for criteria and online forms. 
These are SNB's most prestigious awards, only awarded to those you have rendered sustained and conspicuous voluntary service to SNB over a number of years, each award has a specific criteria 
 
Bookings for the Awards Night

Have Your Say On: Pittwater Development Control Plan 2014 - Amendments (Environment Controls)

At a meeting on 16 April 2019, Council considered amendments to Pittwater Development Control Plan 2014 (DCP) in relation to Water Quality Management and Stormwater Detention Controls.

The purpose of the amendments are to improve and standardise requirements for:
  • water quality management
  • on-site stormwater detention systems
  • estuarine and coastal risk management


Background
A comprehensive review of water management controls in existing Local Environment Plans (LEP) and Development Control Plans (DCP) will be undertaken in conjunction with the development of the Northern Beaches LEP and DCP, due to be completed in 2021.

In the interim, our Natural Environment and Climate Change team has identified the need to prioritise certain amendments to the Pittwater DCP.

In summary, the proposed amendments include -
  • consolidating requirements for different development types.
  • aligning stormwater quality requirements with Council’s adopted Water Management Policy.
  • new water quality treatment requirements for land located in “coastal environment areas” identified under State Environmental Planning Policy (Coastal Management) 2018.
  • removal of requirements for sediment control pits for dwelling houses (given their failure to be maintained).
  • removal of on-site detention requirements in defined Flood Risk Precincts.
  • updating a range of terms and references to reflect recent changes to legislation.
Make a submission
in writing - marked 'Pittwater DCP amendments' to Northern Beaches Council PO Box 82 Manly NSW 1655
Submissions close Sunday 2 June

Australia's Biggest Morning Tea

Monday, May 27, 2019 at 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Hosted by Pittwater RSL
82 Mona Vale Rd Mona Vale
Join us on 27th May for Australia's Biggest Morning Tea. 
This year, we have decided to extend the date to bring the day inline with our FREE Senior's Show. 

Socialise with friends and indulge in a homemade cake or slice while you sit back and enjoy a FREE Show. 

Starting tomorrow, we will have donation boxes sitting on the Guest Services Desk. Please dig deep and donate generously. 
For Catering purposes, please call to RSVP 9997 3833.
Looking forward to seeing everyone there!


Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary Stalls 2019

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

Sausage sizzles Bunnings Narrabeen:      
May 11, June 8                 
All Saturdays  8am to 3pm

May 10th, Stall, outside NAB, Avalon Parade, Avalon.  
Knitting, sewing, craft. 8am to 3pm.

May 18th, Stall, outside Mona Vale Library, Park Street, Mona Vale.  Baking, knitting, sewing, craft.  8am to 3pm.



Entries Open For The Northern Beaches Art Prize

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Northern Beaches Art Prize - Categories

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

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

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

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

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

Manly Arts Festival - Expressions Of Interest Open

Briefing Session at MAG&M: Thursday 23 May, 6PM to 8.30PM 
Expressions of interest close 2 June at 5PM
Thursday, 16 May 2019: NBC
Northern Beaches Council is calling for expressions of interest to be a part of the exciting line-up of talent at the Manly Arts Festival, now in its 26th year.

The Festival that runs from 6 – 29 September is well-known for its eclectic mix of exciting events featuring prominent musicians, performers and visual artists in venues such as artist studios, Manly Art Gallery & Museum, the Creative Space at Curl Curl and Glen Street Theatre.

Each year Northern Beaches Council joins forces with artists and cultural organisations with the support of local businesses to develop a creative and entertaining arts program for our residents and visitors.

Artists, musicians, performers, arts organisations and the community are invited to participate in the festival by running their own events to celebrate the creative activity on the Northern Beaches area.

Venues such as galleries, cafes, restaurants, surf clubs, community centres and other spaces are also invited to host and/or organise arts-related events during the Festival.

Mayor Regan said Council was committed to supporting cultural initiatives and genuine opportunities for participation in the creative arts on the Northern Beaches.

On Thursday 23 May, an Arts Festival briefing session will be held at the Manly Art Gallery and Museum from 6PM to 8.30PM to learn more about participating in the Festival.

“Come along to this session and meet the Festival team, ask questions, meet other members of our creative community and share ideas,” Mayor Regan said.

The deadline for expressions of interest is 2 June at 5PM.

To register for the briefing session and to apply for participation in the Festival, please go to Council’s website

$400,000 To Promote Women's Empowerment

May 7th, 2019: NSW Dept. of Family & Community Services
Organisations with projects that empower NSW women and improve their wellbeing can now apply for a share of $400,000 from the NSW Government.

Minister for Women, Bronwyn Taylor invited organisations across the State to apply for the funding under the latest round of Investing in Women grants.

"As the new Minister for Women in NSW, I am thrilled to oversee initiatives that advance economic and social equality in NSW," Ms Taylor said.

"The Investing in Women funding program empowers women across the State to participate and achieve in a range of areas and works to remove disadvantage that women still unfortunately face.

"We are looking to fund a range of innovative projects, which can be anything from creating employment opportunities in male-dominated industries, improving access to women's health information, to engaging more women in sports and recreation," Ms Taylor said.

The NSW Government is calling for applications for projects that either:

Improve women's financial wellbeing or employment opportunities
Promote and support a holistic approach to women's health, or
Support women's engagement in the community or other social networks.
On Saturday Ms Taylor attended the graduation of students from a program in South West Sydney that received funding in 2018. The program devised by CORE Community Services aligns students with a mentor to guide them in leadership, social and workplace skills. They built a social network with like-minded women and businesses.

Since 2013, the NSW Government has provided over $1.4 million under the Investing in Women funding program to enhance women's economic opportunities and leadership in NSW.

Leadership training for female farmers, STEM workshops for young girls and career mentoring for regional women were among some of the projects previously funded through the program.

For more information on the program and how to apply, visit www.women.nsw.gov.au. Applications open Monday 6 May and close at 11:59 pm (AEST) on Sunday, 26 May 2019.

New Air Tanker To Fight Bushfires

May 16, 2019: NSW Government
NSW communities will have stronger bushfire protection after the purchase of a 737 Fireliner Large Air Tanker (LAT).

The new LAT will provide fast, effective and flexible options for fighting fires and support firefighters on the ground.

It will deliver 15,000 litres of fire suppressants, transport around 70 firefighters and operate from a number of regional airports.

While winter traditionally is a time of year when LATs are not based in Australia, in recent years there has been a growing need for this type of aircraft year-round.

In winter 2018, Rural Fire Service firefighters responded to bushfires in Ulladulla and Port Stephens.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott said during the last fire season there were more fires during winter than across the summer months.

“The NSW Government is committed to ensuring our firefighters have the tools they need to help protect lives and property,” Mr Elliott said.

The last of the contracted Large Air Tankers left NSW to return to the United States late last week.


May 12 - 18, 2019: Issue 404

Articles This Week 

Front Page Issue 404

Permission To Conduct Seismic Testing Off Our Beaches Sparks 'Drawing A Line In The Sand' Response At Manly 

Federal Election 2019: 7 Candidates For Seat Of Mackellar - Information provided by these + 105 NSW Candidates for Senate (links to Info.) +list of polling places

Reflections by George Repin: A MISCELLANY OF FLOWER IMAGES - for Mother's Day!

Pictures: Pittwater's Mother Nature: for Mother's Day Celebration of the Mother of Us All - photos by a few of us.

Days For Girls (Part 2) – Soibada by Tamara Sloper-Harding OA

Aquatics: The Sirius Circumnavigation (1935-1937): Nossiter Trio Make Australian Sailing History




Park Bench Philosopher IPBES Global Assessment Report On Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Shows One Million Species Threatened With Extinction: 'Change Must Start Now' +  State Of The NSW Environment 2018 Report Released

18th May, 1940 to 28th April, 2019
Mike won the Blake Prize with his monumental "Last Supper - Premonition". In recent years Mike has received numerous commissions including major works for the supreme court building, Sydney Olympic Park Peace Monument and Kingsford Smith Airport, Sydney. Kitching's work is represented at the Australian National Art Gallery Canberra, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Mildura Arts Centre, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston, and Ballarat Art Gallery.

Sculptor Michael Kitching was born in 1940 in Hull, England, UK, moving to Australia in 1952. Growing up in England, he often visited galleries and museums with his father, James Digby Percival Kitching, a military trained engineer and builder who was responsible for building two major oil refineries in the UK during WWII. Digby also built the Harbord Diggers Club, St John's Church Mona Vale where Mike's service was held, the Dee Why Library and many more. It was through his father’s creative influence that Mike Kitching’s love of art was founded, teaching him also how to work, construct and create with his hands.

This week, as a Tribute and in Memory of a true rapscallion and Artist, his 2016 Profile.

Pittwater Offshore Newsletter Update 8/5/2019 

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To contact Julian:  editor@scotlandisland.org.au

Ingleside Firies Recognition

Congratulations to 7 Ingleside NSWRFS volunteers who were recently awarded the RFS Commissioners Certificate of Commendation (Unit), for assisting to save the life of a cyclist on McCarrs Creek Rd, Terrey Hills on Saturday, 13 October 2018.

Like all NSWRFS volunteers do each weekend, this Ingleside crew were out training when they came across a cyclist who had had a heart attack. Stopping to render assistance, they were able to help to save someone's life. Well done team, you're a credit to Ingleside Brigade and the RFS Community.



Palm Beach Golf Club AGM 2019

The Board would like to remind members that the Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday 14th May at 7pm. For any member who has not yet received a notice, they are available at the Clubhouse (see Bar Staff) or on the Club’s website.  

The Board is looking forward to seeing as many members as possible on the night. The Annual Report, proposed Constitution and By Laws are available on the website as well as from the office. 

Warringah Rugby Club Round 6

Round 6 - Warringah vs Randwick 
INTRUST SHUTE SHIELD
In what can only be described as an unpredictable, but exciting topsy turvy competition, round 6 certainly didn’t disappoint at Pittwater Rugby Park.

After going into the break at 13 a piece, both sides swapped narrow leads until the last few minutes when the Rats put the pedal to the metal to snatch a final try.

FINAL SCORE: 
Rats 35 def Randwick 27

FINAL RESULTS IN OTHER GAMES
GRADE
2nd Grade 29 - 40 lost
3rd Grade 12 - 22 lost
4th Grade 37 - 7 won
5th Grade 24 - 0 won

COLTS
1st Grade 12-49 lost
2nd Grade 10 - 53 lost
3rd Grade 12 - 52 lost

Warringah Rugby Club partnered with NSW Health “Tackling Domestic Violence” for their charity round on Saturday May 11th 2019 against Randwick.
 
Family and domestic violence is an issue impacting many communities and the Northern Beaches is no exception. Last year alone, there were 447 domestic assaults recorded by Police on the Northern Beaches.  Domestic violence statistics show that assaults increase during major sporting events. With a Rugby World Cup and State-of-Origin just around the corner, it is important to remember that with increased drinking mixed with heightened emotions comes a greater risk of domestic violence incidents*.
 
Jonathon Noyes, Health Promotion Officer at NSW Health says “The Warringah Rats have such a strong standing in the Northern Beaches community, and we are very fortunate to be working with such good men within the club who are prepared to take a leadership role in tackling family and domestic violence.  The whole-of-club approach to addressing this significant issue will have a positive impact not only within the club but throughout the broader community".
 
Warringah Rugby Club (WRC) invited Northern Beaches Women’s Shelter to set-up inside the entrance gate of Rat Park to “rattle some buckets” asking sponsors, supporters, and players to donate much-needed funds. The 1st Grade and Ratettes wore YELLOW Tackling Violence Socks as part of Round 6.


 
At half time, WRC President Phillip Parsons interviewed Diana Jenkins, Business & Communications Manager at the Northern Beaches Women’s Shelter (NBWS).  NBWS is a safe-haven, supporting homeless women so they can rebuild their lives, reclaim their independence and re-join society. 

Source: Livingston, M., The association between State of Origin and assaults in two Australian states. Centre for Alcohol Policy and Research. 2018

Team Australia And The Worrel 1000

When Rod Waterhouse made the call to sailing mates Brett White and Beau White to join him in sailing the 13 day catamaran stage race up the east coast of the United States there was only one answer that would suffice.

It is a gruelling test of sailing skill, determination and toughness. Sailing a semi foiling 20ft off the beach catamaran 1000 miles. Lets hope their Nacra Carbon 20 and our team are up for the challenge

Thanks to everyone who has assisted to get us here:
Rooster Sailing gear is looking schmmick. Thanks Simon at Life Aquatic for kitting us out with great warm weather sailing gear.
Harken for the boat bits. 
OTB marine for the forward wip crash lids.
Grant for the signage. 
What a team to get all this organised!

In the 5 out of the 12 legs run so far Team Australia has placed 1st.

More information on the Worrell 1000 can be found at the website here: https://worrell1000race.com/ 

Follow Team Australia's journey at:

Video (Thursday May 9th): Little on board video again after lunch before putting the hammer back down on today's dream leg from Daytona to Jacksonville. We really getting the hang of this NACRA Carbon 20 now. What a great boat!!

Special thanks to Rooster sailing who have kitted us out with warm weather gear which we are testing in these shorter legs. Such great kit!!!! Love the boots they stick like S to a blanket, making the crew's life a lot easier in the bumps offshore.

Meanwhile...In San Francisco

A huge crowd witnessed Australia's victory over Japan on San Francisco Bay last Sunday (May 5th) as part of the SailGP Series.

After two full days of thrilling racing at San Francisco SailGP, the Australia SailGP Team, helmed by Olympic gold medalist Tom Slingsby, took the top honor. Proving the ultimate come-back kids after struggling in training and a disappointing day of racing on Saturday, they defeated the Japanese team in the final match race to win the event and go two points up in the overall season rankings and a step closer to the $1 million prize.

“We’re stoked, it’s no secret that we struggled all week. Nathan Outteridge and his team were better, but we kept saying we are going to come back. We left it late, but we did come back and won the match race and then the event,” said Slingsby.

After dominating the opening day, winning all three races in an impressive showing, Outteridge’s team couldn’t hold off Slingsby’s charge. Despite a close battle in the final match race, Outteridge later noted that a software issue meant that they were ‘sailing blind’ around the race course.

“As soon as something doesn’t work, it makes it very hard, it’s like asking a race car driver to drive a car where the brakes aren’t working,” said Outteridge. “The last race we lost the display software that tells us the time to the start, time to boundaries, shows a diagram of where you are on the course, so we raced the last race blind. Considering all that happened today, to still come second here and still pushing hard is great. Yesterday was the highlight for our team so far.”

With two wins out of two, the Australian team takes top spot on the overall Season 1 leaderboard, with just two points separating the top two teams going into the next event in New York, June 21-22.

SailGP Season 1 Leaderboard
1st: Australia - 93pts
2nd: Japan -  91pts
3rd: Great Britain - 79pts
4th: United States - 68pts
5th: France - 61pts
6th: China - 60pts

SailGP was created to engage and excite global sports fans year-round in a supercharged, fast-paced version of sailing aimed at increasing its mainstream popularity, introducing the next generation to the sport and creating a career path for extraordinary athletes.

The F50 boats are equal in their top-flight technology, allowing the world-class sailors to determine the outcome as the season unfolds in some of the world’s greatest sailing venues.

Follow the racing and events on the Sail GP website:

Jason Waterhouse AUS sprays Champagne towards the camera. Photo: Bob Martin for SailGP, supplied by Sail GP.

Why I Love Avalon, Reason #2

We all know that hardware shops are the domain of the tradie and home-handyperson, but in Avalon, it's also the domain of artists. Here are Leo and Joshua in Johnson Bros Hardware, with me in the middle. I build stuff with clay and mosaics. I've presented many, many "how to?" questions over the years to the guys and gals at the Avalon hardware, and especially to these two; my personal heroes.



I love living in a community with a store which not only sells stuff, but shares a resource of experience, knowledge and infinite patience (thanks, you guys!) with generosity of spirit.

Artist

Tim Flannery On Extinction And In Conversation With Alice Thompson

Hosted by Alice Thompson Independent for Mackellar
Tuesday May 14th, 2019: at 7 PM – 8:30 PM
Mona Vale Surf Lifesaving Club
Surfview Road, Mona Vale
Free; Register to attend here

Tim Flannery, author of The Future Eaters, and public policy adviser Alice Thompson, discuss extinction and why this matters for our society.

To discuss what's happening, why this matters and what we need to do to tackle this crisis, author, explorer, biologist and climate activist Tim Flannery talks with Alice Thompson, a public policy leader and former adviser to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull who is also standing as an Independent candidate for Mackellar in the Federal election on May 18th.


Precious Breath Festival

An outdoor celebration of life with five local bands and surf films on the front green at Avalon Beach Bowling Club. 

We aim to raise awareness of the issues of youth mental health and suicide, facilitate connections between youths and local mental health services, and raise much needed funds.

The green space dedicated to the festival will be alcohol and smoke-free.

Entry is FREE. All ages. Donations are welcome. There will be a silent auction and raffles with amazing items.

The Blackmores Precious Breath Festival, proudly supported by CCNB, is a mental health community initiative of Avalon Beach Bowling Club. 

Saturday, May 25, 2019 at 2:30 PM – 8 PM
Avalon Bowling Club
4 Bowling Green Lane, Avalon

Lifeline Classic 2019

Congratulations and thank you to all of competitors, volunteers and supporters for your commitment and phenomenal fundraising efforts to raise over $60,000 for the Lifeline Classic 2019, which will prove invaluable in contributing financial resources towards Lifeline’s 24-hour Crisis Support Line: 13 11 14 and continue to operate and deliver our core services to the public as we work towards our vision: an Australia free of suicide.

Thank you to James Griffin MP, Member for Manly and Candy Bingham for your support and presenting awards to our winners.
Congratulations to our winners!

WOMENS - 1st Surfing Mums Australia teaming up with Sophie Fletcher, 2nd Queenscliff Boardriders Club Girls, 3rd Narrabeen Sports High School.



MENS - 1st Northern Beaches Uniting Church teaming up with Cooper Chapman, 2nd Manly Surf School 3rd International College of Management, Sydney (ICMS) 4th Swellnet.



Congratulations and thank you to our teams CMS Surveyors, Christian Surfers - Southern NSW Region, Man Anchor, Meditation for Men, Manly Wine, Hotel Steyne, Manly One Eighty Inc.

Lifeline Northern Beaches

DoggieRescue.com

Pets of the Week

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


Millie is a bright bouncy energetic 4yo Staffy X girl. She is super friendly with people and would suit active sporty people. Millie is best as the only dog in the household and prefers not to be in close proximity of other dogs. She has a smooth coat and weighs 20.5kg. 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. 

Lawson


Lawson a Russian Blue X, with a gorgeous short dark grey coat, and an intelligent and good natured mind. He is typical of his breed, smoochy and talkative and quite active.
Lawson is a handsome boy around 7 years old. He comes desexed, wormed, F3 vaccinated, FIV/FeLV tested and microchipped. His adoption fee is $220.

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

Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary Stalls 2019

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

Sausage sizzles Bunnings Narrabeen:      
May 11, June 8                 
All Saturdays  8am to 3pm

May 10th, Stall, outside NAB, Avalon Parade, Avalon.  
Knitting, sewing, craft. 8am to 3pm.

May 18th, Stall, outside Mona Vale Library, Park Street, Mona Vale.  Baking, knitting, sewing, craft.  8am to 3pm.



Australia's Biggest Morning Tea

Monday, May 27, 2019 at 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Hosted by Pittwater RSL
82 Mona Vale Rd Mona Vale
Join us on 27th May for Australia's Biggest Morning Tea. 
This year, we have decided to extend the date to bring the day inline with our FREE Senior's Show. 

Socialise with friends and indulge in a homemade cake or slice while you sit back and enjoy a FREE Show. 

Starting tomorrow, we will have donation boxes sitting on the Guest Services Desk. Please dig deep and donate generously. 
For Catering purposes, please call to RSVP 9997 3833.
Looking forward to seeing everyone there!

Message In The Wall

The Belrose, Davidson, French's Forest & Forestville Community Page on Facebook this week had a wonderful story, thanks to Candice Milne and family who are doing a few renovations to their home. Candice posted; - 

'found a note in our wall from an 11 year old in 1987, so cute. Anyone recognize the name? Tresaire Reinhard.'



The scribe was a friend of members on the page, had grown up in Belrose, and was thrilled at being 'tagged' and tracked down - one of the positive ways social platforms can be utilised.

Trezaire replied; - 
Wow ! Thank you Candice Milne. My father was an amazing man who built many things. I remember this day well he said “quick Trez put a note in this wall before I put the last board up.. so I scribbled something on a scrap piece of paper! 

I love that I mentioned that my dad built the wall. I was then as I am now so proud of my dear father.. sadly we lost him 12 years ago but he lives on in all of our memories ! Just half an hour before I found out about this post , I was telling my colleagues about how clever my father was and how much I miss him... sooo happy that Candice took the time out of her day to post this and so grateful to those of you who contacted me. Thank you to you all this is extra special for me ! - Trezaire Jenkins

The instance is one positive reminder that in 1968, J.C.R. Licklider, a director at ARPA, published a landmark paper called “The Computer as a Communication Device,” in which he described “a radically new organization of hardware and software, designed to support many more simultaneous users than the current systems, and to offer them… the fast, smooth interaction required for truly effective man-computer partnership.” 

This new network Licklider imagined as a forum for the free exchange of ideas.

You’re reading this on a website that runs a weekly magazine to bring you a News, as a Service, so you know what happened next: the internet. 

In March 1989, a researcher named Tim Berners-Lee laid out a new system for connecting computers at CERN, a proposal that would ultimately lay the groundwork for the World Wide Web.

"I just had to take the hypertext idea and connect it to the Transmission Control Protocol and domain name system ideas and—ta-da!—the World Wide Web."

“The hope would be to allow a pool of information to develop which could grow and evolve with the organisation and the projects it describes,” Berners-Lee wrote. “For this to be possible, the method of storage must not place its own restraints on the information.”

Berners-Lee made his idea available freely, with no patent and no royalties due, so that everyone may benefit from its existence.

This is a clear instance of what providing a free communications platform can do and how it has developed and offered a parallel point of communication that may be used positively to bring a smile to many and make community as big as it can get.  

Surf Life Saving SNB Branch Awards Of Excellence 

Megan Hayward received an award from SNB SLS Branch the 
Directors' Choice Cedric T. Walton Award for Recorder of the Year on Friday. Megan is that lady you see organising all the paperwork at every local Surf Boat Carnival and puts in a fair amount of effort for away carnivals too.



'I am a proud husband and I am sure you all are too of the extensive work that she puts into the sport. Well done - from Mark (Megans husband)

'Congratulations Megan Hayward, well deserved, all SNB Boaties appreciate all you do for us, thank you. - Peter Spence, Captain Boat Division at PBSLSC and past Coach of the Year Awardee.

There were numerous other messages of congratulations and thanks to Megan, one of the true assets of surf life saving.

Cedric Walton was a member of the North Steyne SLS Club and was made a Life Member of Branch in 1962. Cedric carried out recording duties over many years at Branch, State and Australian Championship carnivals.

He also featured in a few Life Saving reports when they appeared regularly in Sydney newspapers during the 1920's and 1930's - one example relates to 'mucking about in surf boats' when they were still those 'banana boats' due to their shaped keels. The escapade, in Winter, did not turn out as well as one may hope in this instance:

SURF THRILL BOAT CAPSIZES MAN'S LEG TORN BELTMAN TO RESCUE
A THRILLING rescue was witnessed at North Steyne yesterday, when Cedric Walton, a member of the local club's surf boat crew, had one of his legs badly torn, owing to the capsize of the craft about 300 yards from the shore. 

THE whole Incident caused considerable excitement on the beach, many believing that Walton had been attacked by a shark. The injured man is now in Manly Cottage Hospital. 

While waiting for the English footballers to visit the club room, the boat crew, in charge of Rastus Evans, set out to shoot some of the big waves. The boat was out about 300 yards from the shore when one of the seas lifted the boat high In the air and threw it on its side. The crew was thrown into the water and Walton's left leg struck the rowlock on the side of the boat. As soon as he came to the surface he recalled that he had received a serious Injury and holding his leg In the air discovered that he had a deep cut about 10 inches in extent alongside the shin bone.

STRENUOUS SWIM 
Walton called to 'Rastus' Evans, who immediately swam to his assistance and signalled for aid. Eric Ellison, who had just left the water after having been out on a surf board, donned the belt. After a strenuous swim in the big seas he reached the Injured man and brought him safely to the beach . In the meantime another line was taken out to bring the boat to safely. When Ellison reached the sand 'with his patient, the crowd rushed to the water's edge, and, many were affected when they saw the shocking wound in Walter's leg. 

Mr. Les Ellison, secretary of the club, who was on the beach at the time, decided that the injured man should be removed to hospital Immediately. Mr. 'Ossie' Read, who had a car on the promenade, took Walton to hospital, where an operation was found necessary. It Is expected that Walton will be in hospital for at least a fortnight.
AIRMAN LOST IN GRUELLING ROUND-BRITAIN RACE (1928, July 23). Evening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 - 1931), p. 5. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article115414387

The Sly family of fishermen were the first to use boats as surf life saving equipment - and this also happened at Manly. More on this is available in:


There is also an overview of surf boats themselves in:

Cedric Walton was soon back into the swing of things:

Big Beach Gala Attracts 34 Competing Clubs
SURF KINGS' DAY 
'BLUEBOTTLE' v. 'SAWFISH' AGAIN
WON'T those Rotarians stare when they see the bronzed kings of the surf in action at Bondi on Saturday! IT will be the big day of the year for surf clubs, and it's a guinea to a gooseberry that there'll be thrills to spare. THE surf championships are always worth gazing at, but this season's bunch will be worth going naked through stinging nettles to see.

JUST the bare 34 clubs will be in action! And they won't all be from Sydney. From north and south will come the pride of the beaches to vie with the city coves, and, if possible, to teach them a lesson or three. Getting an eyeful of the champs. that Sydney will put into the fray makes it appear that there's poor hope for the outsiders.  But — there's always a big BUT in surf events — the race is not always to the swiftest, as men like Beaurepaire and Charlton have found out. In the surf race 'Tiger' Ryan, Owen Griffiths, Tas. King, and BeIsomo don't appear to give the others a sight of the prize; but how often has the outsider, riding on a mountainous wave from away back in the I field, given the hooks a joyful feeling in their pockets? 
Wonder from Kempsey, Owen Griffiths looked the best of good things last season, but Tas. King got up in time to win. ...
For the belt championship the first favorite is George Proudfoot, but North Steyne is hopeful that Waratah footballer Geoff Bland, whose preparation has been a tough one, will take it out. 
The March Past will be a wonder spectacle with 22 teams marching, and if the overseas Rotarians don't get the thrill of their lives, well, they'll be the most blase bunch ever. On this occasion fans will be quite prepared to put up with the longdrawn-out R. and R. event, for with it goes the Premiership. 

The pity is that luck will be given even a bigger pull than usual, through running the affair in two stanzas. North Steyne team has been practising day and night on the beach, and in the baths, and fancies itself no end, especially if it can land young Soutar for a swim and Cedric Walton as operator. North Bondi is also keen on collecting, and the clubs from other centres, Mowbray Park and the rest of then,, reckon the two Norths won't have it their own way. 

Surf Boats 
But most of the real thrills of the day will be bound up in the surf boat championship. 'Rastus' Evans, with a marvellous record in North Steyne's 'Bluebottle', has had his bunch racing Manly ferry boats out to the Heads and back every night, and they'll be no fifty to one shot. 

Manly has gone back to its old favorite, 'Sawfish,' and Queenscliffe has been taking all the risks round the place, coining in on the big ones at night. But there's an outsider bunch from Cronulla, new boat and all, which must be considered if reports of their form are correct. Saturday, at Bondi, will be the Mecca for all lovers of clean sport, and organiser Tommy Glazebrook's only fear is on the score of the weather. Tom knows his onions, and will put on another of his wonder shows for sure.
Big Beach Gala Attracts 34 Competing Clubs (1930, March 18). Sydney Sportsman (Surry Hills, NSW : 1900 - 1954), p. 13. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article166468531

The North Steyne boat Bluebottle, so named because members apparently 'stung everyone on the beach to pay for it', dominated surf carnivals and conducted astonishing rescues in giant swells for years come.

'Rastus' continued to take her out to “crack the bommy”, which still breaks in front of North Steyne SLSC during large swells.

Megan's recognition is a reminder that the off-season is about IRB Racing Premierships, morfe training for some, and recognising the efforts of volunteer members during the just finished season.

Nominations are now open for the 2018/2019 Awards of Excellence to be held on June 21st at Dee Why RSL Club.

Click here for nomination criteria and online forms.
Deadline for nominations to be received is Thursday 23rd May 2019, COB. Simply click the link to award you want to nominate for and you will open an online Jot form, fill in the details and press submit. Once done you will receive an email advising your nomination has been received…it’s as simple as that.

Award Categories
Official of the Year
Surf Sports Awards 
Coach of the Year
Innovation of the Year
Volunteer of the Year
Young Volunteer of the Year
Trainer of the Year 
Assessor of the Year
Facilitator of the Year
Community Education  
Youth Surf Lifesaver of the Year
Surf Lifesaver of the Year 
Patrol Captain
Patrol team
Administrator of the Year
Services Team of the Year
Volunteer of the Year
Young Volunteer of the Year

Honour Awards
-Life Membership
-Distinguished Service
-Outstanding Service
-Community Service
Click here for criteria and online forms. 
These are SNB's most prestigious awards, only awarded to those you have rendered sustained and conspicuous voluntary service to SNB over a number of years, each award has a specific criteria 
 
Bookings for the Awards Night


Surf life boats being towed, possibly NORTH STEYNE and CURL CURL – image courtesy Australian National Maritime Museum pictures on Flickr: Object number 00010244 - circa 1925 - being towed for race off Shelley Beach. This version of surf boats are the 'double-enders' banana boats.

Iconic Palm Beach Bus Shelter To Get Rebuilt

News has come through this week that the 1920's Bus Shelter opposite Surf Road will now be rebuilt.

Fight Rate Rise Petition

By Councillor Rory Amon
Here are the rate rise facts
  • $4.5m Council rate rise next year
  • $65m rate rise over 10 years
  • Rate rise despite amalgamation savings of $29m next year and $160m over 10 years
  • Rate rise despite budget surpluses of $100m+ over 10 years
  • While raising rates, Council wastes $13m on new garbage bins no one needs and no one asked for
I am arguing for a rate freeze, to return the benefits of amalgamation to you. But, I need YOUR help!

SIGN the petition to fight the rate rise - https://tinyurl.com/y4m3w5ey

Olympic Selection Battle Heats Up For Nacra 17

The Nacra17 class will take to the waters of the London 2012 Olympic sailing venue off Weymouth, England for the 2019 Volvo Europeans. Supported by the R.Y.A., the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy will host fifty-seven foiling Nacra 17 teams hungry to secure national selection as the Tokyo 2020 Games grow ever closer.

From 13-19 May, members of the Australian Sailing Team (AST) will compete at the 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 European Championships at Weymouth, home of the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition.

Three weeks ago, the Australians competed at the Hempel World Cup Series – Round 3 in Genoa, Italy, the second European event for the season. Coming away with range of results, the best performed were West Australian siblings, David and Lachy Gilmour, who took Gold in the 49er skiff. 

As the saying goes, ‘you are only as good as your last result’, so the pair will have a big job on their hands to come away with the gold medal again. Joining the brothers in Weymouth in the 49er class are Australian teams of Thomas Needham and Joel Turner, along with Kurt Hansen and Simon Hoffman and the Victorian Phillips brothers, Will and Sam. 

The Australians will face, among others, reigning world champions and relative newcomers to the class, brothers Sime and Mihovil Fantela (CRO) and the quickly improving Olympic silver (London 2012) and gold (Rio 2016) medallists, Peter Burling and Blair Tuke (NZL), following their recent return to the class. 

Tess Lloyd and Jaime Ryan were best of the 49erFX teams in Genoa, finishing 26th, and like the other Australians in the class, still have some work to do to be amongst the best. The pair will be pushed hard by fellow squad members, Natasha Bryant and Annie Wilmot, as well as Amelia Stabback and Caitlin Elks.

Australia’s Nacra sailors were not in Genoa, but two pairs competed in April’s Princess Sofia Trophy in Palma, where Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin won Gold. The Rio silver medallists will not be in Weymouth, but Paul Darmanin and Lucy Copeland, who finished 21st in Palma, will. They will be spurred on by brother/sister combination, Nathan and Haylee Outteridge, who are making their first European appearance of this season.  

Although he has lacked Nacra 17 competition of late, Nathan Outteridge is no stranger to Olympics or to foiling boats; and possesses 49er gold and silver medals from the London and Rio Games respectively. The NSW Central Coast sailor also has foiling experience from skippering America’s Cup boats, Moth competition and the SailGP series, in which he just finished second in San Francisco. 

In their most recent Nacra 17 events, the Outteridges finished second at the Hempel World Sailing Championships in Aarhus, Denmark and fourth at the World Cup Series in Enoshima, Japan, which was won by Waterhouse and Darmanin. 

Those who sailed at Palma and Genoa will now have to switch their game from the extremely light conditions they mostly sailed in, to those of Weymouth, which have been favourably compared to Australian conditions by competitors at the 2012 Olympic Games and its two Test Events.

“We’ll see the Olympic venue at a different time of year – but we expect good wind and a bit of chop. Environmentally, it’s much more similar to what we get back in Sydney,” Australian Sailing’s Performance Director Iain Murray confirmed.  

“We had good results at the 2012 Olympics and some of our Olympic prospects have had good things happen there. Nathan Outteridge is returning to where he won his 49er gold medal and Dave Gilmour has sailed there a bit. It will be a good test for us; a mix up after the light conditions of Palma and Genoa.

“Dave could have won Hyeres a year ago and was well placed at last year’s Europeans. He has had an up and down history in the last 12 months. With a new boat he sailed well in the light breeze of Genoa. Generally, the good guys are at top of scorecard, so it’s up to Dave.”

Of the 49erFX teams, Murray said, “We’ve seen up and down results. The ball is in their court to keep the results up on a more consistent basis. They’re a work in progress.”

Murray said Emmett Lazich, who coached Outteridge to gold and silver Olympic medals and has been working with him at the SailGP events, will be in Weymouth.  

“As the speed king of high performance boats, he will be there to assist the national coaches; Darren Bundock (Nacra 17), Tessa Parkinson (49erFX) and Euan McNicol (49er); and that is a good thing.”  

Parkinson won 470 Women’s Gold with Elise Rechichi at the Beijing 2008 Games, while Bundock won Silver at Sydney 2000 with John Forbes and at Beijing 2008 with Glenn Ashby. McNicol has campaigned a Nacra 17 and 49er for past Olympics and won the 29er Worlds in 2002 and 2005 after placing second in 2000.

Racing in Weymouth starts on 13 May with the Qualifying Series’, followed by three days of fleet races, ahead of the Medal Race for the top ten in each of the classes on 19 May. For all fleets, seven Qualifying Series races are required to be completed to constitute a series.

The Australian squad in Weymouth will face the world’s best as they campaign towards selection to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. 

Full entry list and more information: https://www.rya.org.uk/racing-events/2019-europeans

The Australian Sailing Team in Weymouth comprises: 

49er 
David and Lachy Gilmour 
Will and Sam Phillips
Thomas Needham and Joel Turner
Kurt Hansen and Simon Hoffman

49erFX 
Tess Lloyd and Jaime Ryan
Amelia Stabback and Caitlin Elks
Natasha Bryant and Annie Wilmot

Nacra 17 
Nathan and Haylee Outteridge
Paul Darmanin and Lucy Copeland

By Di Pearson/Australian Sailing Team media manager

$400,000 To Promote Women's Empowerment

May 7th, 2019: NSW Dept. of Family & Community Services
Organisations with projects that empower NSW women and improve their wellbeing can now apply for a share of $400,000 from the NSW Government.

Minister for Women, Bronwyn Taylor invited organisations across the State to apply for the funding under the latest round of Investing in Women grants.

"As the new Minister for Women in NSW, I am thrilled to oversee initiatives that advance economic and social equality in NSW," Ms Taylor said.

"The Investing in Women funding program empowers women across the State to participate and achieve in a range of areas and works to remove disadvantage that women still unfortunately face.

"We are looking to fund a range of innovative projects, which can be anything from creating employment opportunities in male-dominated industries, improving access to women's health information, to engaging more women in sports and recreation," Ms Taylor said.

The NSW Government is calling for applications for projects that either:

Improve women's financial wellbeing or employment opportunities
Promote and support a holistic approach to women's health, or
Support women's engagement in the community or other social networks.
On Saturday Ms Taylor attended the graduation of students from a program in South West Sydney that received funding in 2018. The program devised by CORE Community Services aligns students with a mentor to guide them in leadership, social and workplace skills. They built a social network with like-minded women and businesses.

Since 2013, the NSW Government has provided over $1.4 million under the Investing in Women funding program to enhance women's economic opportunities and leadership in NSW.

Leadership training for female farmers, STEM workshops for young girls and career mentoring for regional women were among some of the projects previously funded through the program.

For more information on the program and how to apply, visit www.women.nsw.gov.au. Applications open Monday 6 May and close at 11:59 pm (AEST) on Sunday, 26 May 2019.

All Drink Drivers To Lose Their Licence On The Spot

May 6th, 2019: NSW Government
Motorists caught drink-driving in NSW, including low-range offenders, will now lose their licence immediately.
From May 2019, drink drivers who are first-time, lower range offenders will receive an immediate three-month licence suspension and a fine of $561.

Under the new laws, simpler and more certain penalties will also apply for drug drivers.

Offenders who drive with the presence of illicit drugs for the first time will receive a $561 fine and a three-month licence suspension if the offence is confirmed by laboratory analysis.

Alcohol-related crashes claimed the lives of at least 68 people on NSW roads in 2018, accounting for nearly one in five road deaths, including 55 lives lost on country roads.

Fatalities from crashes involving a drug driver accounted for similar numbers of deaths.

Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance said this reform makes it clear if you break the law, you will pay the price.

“We are taking a zero-tolerance approach to drink and drug driving,” Mr Constance said.

“Drivers who have an illegal level of alcohol in their blood or have used illegal drugs have no place on the road.”



Mothers Day Gift To New Mothers

Its Mothers' Day on 12th of May. What better gift than a donation supporting Birthing Kits Assembly. The Zonta Club of Northern Beaches, with Barrenjoey High School, is holding a Birthing Kit Packing Day on Saturday 15 June from 1pm. 

Our goal is to pack 2000 kits. Cost $3 each = $6000 and hopes to raise much of the cost for the items that need to be bought to make up the kits. 

Can you help?
We have set up a funding page in coordination with the Birthing Kit Foundation Australia. Each kits costs $3 - Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible. 

Sydney Wildlife Carers Course May 2019

Scratchum the Brushtail possum was found in the middle of the day sitting in a puddle outside a petrol station on King st, Newtown. 

A lovely person spotted her, scooped her up, kept her warm in their jacket and walked to the vet.

The little one was very dehydrated and cold.

If still in the wild she would be in her mum’s pouch and riding on her back at night. We aren’t sure how they were separated.
One of our volunteers soon picked Scratchum up and has been caring for her ever since.

Scratchum is doing very well, she loves her marsupial formula and has started eating solids. In a few months Scratchum will be ready for release! 

Our next Rescue & Care course is 18-19 May 2019. If you want to help in the rescue and rehabilitation of our wildlife go to the following link to register: 
Scratchum

Opportunity For Residents To Develop And Select Community Projects 

April 11, 2019
Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes is encouraging local residents to get involved in the NSW Government’s My Community Project grant program.    

The new program provides an opportunity for anyone to propose a community project that will enhance their local area.

The $24.4 million program will deliver community-driven projects valued between $20,000 and $200,000 across the State.

Examples of projects could include community gardens, safe and inclusive playgrounds, walking paths or ramps to improve access, and community events.

Individuals who propose a project must develop the idea with a sponsor – such as Council, schools or P&C associations, incorporated Progress and Residents’ associations, or registered charities – who can assist with expertise and help deliver the project.

When the list of eligible projects is published, anyone in the community over the age of 16 will then have the opportunity to vote for the project they would most like to see progressed.

“This initiative is a fantastic opportunity for individuals in our community to conceptualise local projects and help see them delivered,” Rob Stokes said today.

“Often local groups and progress associations have great ideas brewing – but haven’t the necessary funds to get them across the line.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the excellent projects developed by Pittwater residents and I’m excited to learn of the projects selected to go ahead,” Rob Stokes said.

Those with a project idea should contact an eligible sponsor to see if they are willing to support the project, then visit the program webpage to complete the application.

Completed applications must be submitted by 2pm on Wednesday 15 May 2019. Applicants and sponsors will be notified if their project progresses to the public vote. 

To read the My Community Project guidelines, view a fact sheet or lodge an application, visit: www.nsw.gov.au/mycommunityproject

May 5 - 11, 2019: Issue 403

Articles This Week 

Front Page Issue 403: Autumn In Pittwater

Pictures: Newport Breakers Rugby Family Day - Ladies Day 2019 will be Saturday June 15th

Aquatics: 23 Clubs To Start Their IRB Engines This Weekend: The 50th Anniversary Of IRBs In Australia Is In 2019 and Began Here!

Next Generation Taking To Local Streets To Demand Action On Climate Change

Days For Girls (Part 1) – Soibada by Tamara Sloper-Harding OAM

Park Bench Philosopher Aussie Science Student Rows Her Way To The USA



DIY Ideas: Dealing With Autumn Dampness Inside The Home + Mums Day Gifts For 2019 

Profile: John Vaughan -  John Vaughan is a vexillographer and is considered to be Australia’s leading authority on the design, etiquette, protocol and history of flags. He has been chief executive of the Royal Australian Historical Society and was appointed by Sir Colin Hines OBE to help launch the Australian National Flag Association (ANFA) in 1983. He was founder and managing director of AUSTRALIANA FLAGS, 1973 – 2017.

John served as President of ANFA (NSW) for many years and proposed the concept of Australian National Flag Day at the inaugural public meeting in 1983. After thirteen years of active lobbying, Governor-General, Sir William Deane proclaimed Flag Day, 3 September as an annual national day of commemoration. Since 2008, 3 September, Flag Day has also been proclaimed as Australian Merchant Navy Day when the Australian Red Ensign, the National Colours afloat, maybe flown on land in commemoration of service and sacrifice of Australia’s Merchant Navy service. 

John spends much of his time speaking on the history and meaning of flags having given more than 5,000 talks, many radio/television interviews and participated in a number of flag debates. Since 1973 he has been making flags specialising in replica historical flags of Australasia. John was the driving force for the new replica signal mast at Sydney Observatory, Fort Phillip Signal Station.

His talk is usually entitled “Australian Maritime and Heritage Flags” and covers the evolution of the designs of other flags which lead to the unique public competition in 1900 to create our national flag of ‘Stars and Crosses’. His own designs include; the First Fleet Re-Enactment Suit of Colours, Lord Howe Island, Dangar Island,  Scotland Island, Willoughby City, Sydney Ferries, Anglican Flag of Australia, Greater Sydney, Australian Christmas and the Red Wine Pennant. Australia’s first Southern Cross flag designs of 1823/24, 1831, 1851 and 1853 are displayed. His flag collection has featured on the ABC TV series, “Collectors”.

Regular readers would be aware of his wonderful photographs of our area as well as sharing family images of this place from the years of when his grandfather and father and mother used to frequent Clareville, were founding members of the Avalon Sailing Club, and those he continues to delight us with of the Pittwater estuary and the pristine waters that run alongside Pittwater.

History: Pittwater Summer Houses: Waiwera and Hopton Lodge, Bayview by John Forbes et al,

Artists of the Month: May 2019: Danielle Ryan & James Sherwood - The Map To Paradise - “The Possibility Of Change Rests On Our Own Ability To Believe That We Can Do It.“In 2016 Pittwater Online News ran information about Curl Curl duo Danielle Ryan and James Sherwood raising funds to make the documentary The Map to Paradise. Now made, a local screening is happening at Collaroy on May 15th - a FREE Workshop at the UTS on May 22nd may suit - among other Sydney screenings - details and links run as a great celebration of what has been done and can be done.

 Pittwater Offshore Newsletter Update 1/4/2019 

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To contact Julian:  editor@scotlandisland.org.au

PCA Federal Election Candidate Forum

Pittwater Community Alliance has invited candidates for the Federal election to make brief presentations on their policies, and to answer questions from the floor. 

When: Thursday 9 May 2019 from 6.45pm 
Where: Nelson Heather Centre (Banksia Room), Jacksons Rd, Warriewood  

This free public information session will give candidates an opportunity to inform electors about their policies, and electors a chance to hear from candidates before polling day on 18 May.

ale Jacqui Giuliano

29/9/1967 - 2/5/2019
Such a huge loss to our community and world... an inspirational and talented woman who changed so many lives for the better.
Loving mum, adoring wife.
An Inspirational Artist and brilliant Yoga Practitioner.
A beautiful soul.

Rest In Peace.

Fight Rate Rise Petition

By Councillor Rory Amon
Here are the rate rise facts
  • $4.5m Council rate rise next year
  • $65m rate rise over 10 years
  • Rate rise despite amalgamation savings of $29m next year and $160m over 10 years
  • Rate rise despite budget surpluses of $100m+ over 10 years
  • While raising rates, Council wastes $13m on new garbage bins no one needs and no one asked for
I am arguing for a rate freeze, to return the benefits of amalgamation to you. But, I need YOUR help!

SIGN the petition to fight the rate rise - https://tinyurl.com/y4m3w5ey

TLC Fundraiser

TLC is a volunteer organisation within Mona Vale Public School that provides practical support (basic groceries, cleaning etc.) to families in our community affected by serious illness or injury. Our next major fundraiser is on 15 May at United Cinema Warriewood. It is open to all and tickets can be purchased by clicking the image below. 

If you are connected to any business that might be able to donate a prize to our raffle, we would be delighted to hear from you too! 

New Board Members For SLS NSW

Saturday May 4th, 2019
Surf Life Saving NSW welcomes four new Board members elected today.

George Shales was elected President, John Restuccia Deputy President, Joel Wiseman Director of Lifesaving and Kerry Clancy Director of Member Services.

CEO Steve Pearce thanked the outgoing Board members for their contribution and commitment to the organisation and congratulated the newly elected directors.

Rain I

I woke up this morning and looked out the back.
The sky is full of dark clouds, it looks very black.
Unfortunately it's been like that for a week
For ****** sake what have we got to do to break this dry streak.
Frogs are not croaking, I've not seen an ant.
No Stormhawks or Rainbirds, not heard a chant
Will someone hold a Garden Wedding, that will bring rain
Send it down Huey. We need to grow Grain.

Ken 'Sava' Lloyd
May 3rd, 2019
Gunnedah, N.S.W.

Rain II

Well the rain has come, it's rained all night
I cant wait to read my rain gauge, so I can brag and skite.
I've filled up all my rain water bottles,from my little Water tanks.
The farmers can now plant winter crops, Old Huey, Thanks!
Out here on The Northwest Sloppy Plains it's how it used to be.
Rain in April, Rain in May, plant the Wheat, Oats,Canola, Barley..
So our hopes are lifted, We can all smile again.
All because we have had Good Rain

Ken 'Sava' Lloyd
May 4th, 2019
Gunnedah, N.S.W.

Waverley Heritage & Design Awards Winner

Congratulations to Richard Cole Architecture for winning the Contemporary Design Award in this year's Waverley Heritage & Design Awards for Panorama House in Bronte.
Clients: Sophie and Erin, project architect Karla Wilford and builder Jeff Towler Building.

The house responds with sculpted specificity to it's dramatic site, capturing the spectacular views from almost every room. 

First held in 2006, the Awards initially promoted Waverley's rich heritage through acknowledging projects which conserved, maintained and adapted heritage listed places. The Awards subsequently evolved to recognise excellence in contemporary design. They have attracted more than 140 submissions over the ten years with 28 winners and eight commendations.

The Awards acknowledge the building works, special accomplishments, projects and efforts which have furthered the goal of excellence in design and heritage conservation in Waverley. They recognise excellence and inspire better building design by promoting community awareness and acknowledging the architects and designers involved in enhancing distinctive character. The Awards have had a positive impact on the design standard, products and sustainability of environment.

The winners were announced at the Awards night on 29th April 2019 which is followed by an exhibition of the nominations and winning entries at the Waverley Library Gallery, 2 May – 23 May 2019 as part of the Australian Heritage Festival.

Awards and Judging Criteria
Awards Categories:
  • Contemporary Design: Any contemporary project or study, including the design of public places.
  • Heritage: Any built heritage conservation project or study, or any adaptive reuse of a heritage structure.
In general, the following criteria has been applied to assessing the Awards submission:
  • Response to category: Underlying principles and core ideas.
  • People: Innovation in design that satisfies the functions and needs of today.
  • Place: Excellence in creating places in a manner that responds to and enhances the significance of Waverley.
  • Product: Excellence in design and sustainability.
Panorama House. Photo by Simon Wood

Rachel Ward's 'Palm Beach' To Screen Opening Night Of 2019 Sydney Film Festival

Pittwater's Palm Beach will feature as the film seen in the opening Gala Night of the 2019 Sydney Film Festival on June 5th at the State Theatre.

In Rachel Ward’s funny, uplifting drama/comedy, a group of lifelong friends reunite for a party at Palm Beach; but tension mounts when deep secrets emerge.

With a fantastic cast including Bryan Brown, Sam Neill, Richard E. Grant, Greta Scacchi, Jacqueline McKenzie and Heather Mitchell, Palm Beach raises universal issues through the prism of friendship. To mark his birthday, Frank (Brown) and Charlotte (Scacchi) decide to throw a three-day party at their luxurious house in Palm Beach, welcoming their closest friends. Frank, Leo (Neill) and Billy (E. Grant) were once involved in a band together; The Pacific Sideburns had one hit but little beyond that. Rounding out the guest list: Billy's partner, beautiful actress Eva (Mitchell); Leo’s wife Bridget (McKenzie) and his step daughter Caitlin (Frances Berry); the hosts' children Dan and Ella (Charlie Vickers and Matilda Brown); and Holly (Claire van der Boom), the daughter of the band's late lead singer, who’s brought along her new sheep farmer beau (Aaron Jeffery). 

The party starts well, with mouth-watering food and flowing champagne, but it doesn’t take long for new and old resentments to emerge and, more seriously, the threat of an old secret coming to light. With witty dialogue, a breathtaking location and great actors at the top of their game, Palm Beach is an exuberant and life-affirming celebration of friendship.

In her former career as a thespian, Rachel Ward was the recipient of several international drama awards and nominations, including two Golden Globe nods. She has directed several short films including Blindman’s Bluff, The Big House and Martha’s New Coat. Her feature film debut Beautiful Kate (also playing at SFF this year) played at SFF and Toronto in 2009.

Full SFF Program at: www.sff.org.au

Mothers Day Gift To New Mothers

Its Mothers' Day on 12th of May. What better gift than a donation supporting Birthing Kits Assembly. The Zonta Club of Northern Beaches, with Barrenjoey High School, is holding a Birthing Kit Packing Day on Saturday 15 June from 1pm. 

Our goal is to pack 2000 kits. Cost $3 each = $6000 and hopes to raise much of the cost for the items that need to be bought to make up the kits. 

Can you help?
We have set up a funding page in coordination with the Birthing Kit Foundation Australia. Each kits costs $3 - Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible. 

Pittwater Ocean Swim Series Winner

The Avalon Ocean swims were the final event in the  Pittwater Ocean Swim Series this Season. There were 5 Ocean swims at Newport, Bilgola,  Mona Vale, then Palm Beach to Whale Beach and the last from Newport to Avalon Beach.

The Pittwater Ocean Swim Series raise funds for our volunteer Life Saving Clubs. 

There were over 3000 entrants in the Series this Season with a lucky draw prize for someone who swam in 3 of the 5 beach events.  The prize is flights for two with 3 nights luxury accommodation at Byron Bay and entry in the Byron Bay Ocean Classic which is 2.2km from from Watagoes to the main Byron beach.  

The Winner this year is Annette Gray of South Turramurra. 

‘'I was in my early fifties when I  decided to learn to swim better, and further,”proudly relates Annette, “so I joined a CanToo training squad. That really helped my fitness and confidence and then I had a go at ocean swim events. This is just my second summer going in ocean swims and completed Newport, Bilgola and Avalon. I am looking forward to now doing the Bryon Bay 2.2km swim.” 

CanToo is a not-for-profit organisation helping people train and get confidence in swimming, with funds raised donated to Cancer Research. Congratulations Annette Gray ! 


Annette Gray 

Jean Arnot Award Winner

Congratulations Joan Herringe on being one of the 2019 Jean Arnot Award winners. Joan was recognised for her lifetime of community work in CWA, Manly View Club and local tennis clubs. 

Age Discrimination Commissioner the Hon Dr Kay Patterson presented the certificate to Joan who was accompanied by her daughter - and another Manly CWA member - Judy Kirby - at the Jean Arnot Luncheon held at Parliament House on May 3rd. 
Well done Joan!

The Jean Arnot Award
Miss Jean Fleming Arnot, MBE, FLAA. (1903-1995) was educated at Fort Street Girls High School and hoped to attend University and study science. This could not be realised because of her father's poor health and the need to assist financially in her home. Consequently Jean started as an apprentice librarian at the State Library in 1921.  Through application, study and hard work Jean Arnot moved through the library system to become acting Mitchell Librarian and head catalogDescription of photo hereuer prior to her retirement in 1968.

Miss Arnot was loved and admired by all her library colleagues. Her many acts of kindness earned her their respect and loyalty,

As the family bread-winner Jean became aware of the disparity between male and female rates of pay. This led her to undertake the campaign for equal pay for equal work from the early 1930s.

For 42 years, Jean Arnot earned less than male employees - even subordinates.  Sadly, it was only in the last 5 years of her employment that she benefited from her efforts to achieve equal pay for equal work in the Public Service.

Miss Arnot took an active role in many women's organisations, her trade union and professional association.  She was a former President of the Sydney Business and Professional Women's Association and National President of the Australian Federation of Business and Professional Women's Associations. 

Miss Arnot was also very active in the National Council of Women, NSW. Elected President in 1960 she served in that capacity for six years, followed by three years as Vice President. During this period she wrote the history of NCW NSW. She was elected Honorary Life Vice President of the NCW in 1972 in recognition of her contribution to the advancement of women. Jean was Honorary Life Vice President of the Pan Pacific and South East Asian Women's Association and a member of the Board of Directors of The Women's Club. Fittingly, Jean was awarded the MBE in 1965.

In 1993 National Council of Women of NSW and the Federation of Business and Professional Women of Australian and supported by thDescription of photo heree State Library, joined together to plan the celebration for Jean's 90th birthday. Because of the great success on that occasion and at Jean's suggestion, the committee decided to continue with a Jean Arnot Annual Luncheon which remembers Jean's contribution to the struggle for equal pay for equal work and honours ladies over 90 years old for service to their community. The function initiated by Val Buswell OAM (BPW Australia) and Joan Elliston AM (NCW NSW). Val and Joan were co-convenors of the lunches until Val's passing in 2005 and Joan continued this tradition with great distinction assisted by Marlene Arditto and others until 2011. Since then, a committee of NCW NSW and BPW Australia members with assistance from the State Library, have organised the luncheon.

The family of Jean Arnot is delighted that this tradition is being continued and that The Jean Arnot Memorial Fellowship awarded to outstanding librarians can act as a continuous reminder of Miss Arnot's contribution for all women.
Joan Herringe and Judy Kirby - photo courtesy Manly CWA

Upgrading Local Sporting Facilities

April 30, 2019: from the Office of Jason Falinski, MP for Mackellar
The Coalition Government will invest more than $300,000 to upgrade multiple sporting facilities across the Beaches to encourage physical activity in the region.

As part of the nation’s first sports plan - Sport 2030 – the Liberals and Nationals have set a goal to reduce inactivity across the nation by 16 per cent by 2030. 

Liberal Member for Mackellar Jason Falinski said improvements would be made to facilities at two popular recreational locations across the region in a bid to encourage people to participate in community sport. 

“This investment will assist with lighting infrastructure upgrades to Newport Oval and Bayview Golf Club. It’s a huge win for our community,” Mr Falinski said. 

The investment will go towards: 
  • $160,000 for sportsground lighting upgrade at Newport Oval to meet current Australian Standards for training and match practice
  • $140,372 for Bayview Golf Club’s installation of sustainable solar panels to enhance the usability of existing club facilities.
“The improvements to Newport Oval include smart controls and energy efficient LED lights which reduce operational costs for sporting clubs in the Northern Beaches Council area.

“At Bayview, the solar panels will help reduce greenhouse emissions helping the club to remain viable, deliver additional lighting for pathways and tracks and provide safe and active spaces for our members and the community,” said Mr Falinski.

“These are all great announcements for our community. The strong economic management of the Coalition Government means upgrades like these can be delivered for our region.” 

Funds For Long Reef Surf Club

April 29, 2019
Jason Falinski has today announced that the Liberal Government will meet the funding shortfall of $1.9 million for the redevelopments of the Long Reef Surf Club (SLSC) and community facilities.

Member for Mackellar Jason Falinski said the $1.9 million now means the project finally has the green light to go ahead.

"10 years ago this project came before Council. I’m pleased to say, now, after 10 long years all funds are in place and construction can now begin. 

"The ball is now in Northern Beaches Council court to start the works," Mr Falinski said. 

Long Reef SLSC Vice President Rob Pearson welcomed the funding which will reinvigorate the clubhouse and community facilities at the site.

"On behalf of our President Peter Kinsey, our Management Committee, members and friends of Long Reef SLSC I would like to officially thank the Federal Government for the wonderful contribution they have made to make our project a fully funded reality. 

“The new facilities will be a magnificent asset that recognises and supports volunteer surf life savers and provides great long term benefits for the wider community,” Mr Pearson said.   
Fantastic People Creating All Good Things at Avalon Community Gardens - April 28, 2019. Photo by Geraldene Dalby-Ball

Hands Across The Sand Against 3D Seismic Testing Protest At Manly

Hosted by Surfrider Foundation Northern Beaches
Against 3D seismic testing and oil and gas exploration off our coasts.
Hands Across The Sand peaceful protests are occurring at Umina Beach at12 this Sunday 5th May, Woollongong Beach at 10am and next week it will be Northern Beaches turn on Manly at 3pm Saturday 11th May - meet at the north end of beach - line will go from the Corso to north. 


Grevillea Caleyi Bushcare May 2019

Next volunteer bushcare day will be on Monday the 27th of May, 2019.
Meet at the picnic shelter at 8.30 am

New volunteers welcome - training will be provided
Wear long trousers, a long sleeved shirt and boots or closed in shoes

The session will be cancelled in the event of rain. For more information contact David Palmer on 0404 171 940.

Please join our Bush regeneration morning at the Baha'i Temple, 173 Mona Vale Road Ingleside. 

Based on our past success PNHA has been given a new round of funding to continue work on conserving the threatened Grevillea caleyi  - so we look forward to your support.

Morning Tea provided.

Pittwater Natural Heritage Association

39th Governor Of NSW Sworn In 

May 2nd, 2019
Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AO QC has been sworn in as the 39th Governor of New South Wales (NSW). 
Mrs Beazley brings her deep commitment to education, youth leadership, human rights and social justice to the role in service of the people of NSW.  

Appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1989, Mrs Beazley became the first woman to sit exclusively as a judge in the Federal Court of Australia in 1993.

In 1996, she was the first woman appointed to the NSW Court of Appeal and, subsequently, as the first woman to be appointed as its President. 

She was made an Officer in the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2006 for service to the judiciary and the law.

Mrs Beazley assumes the role of Governor of NSW following the departure of His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret'd). Mr Hurley is due to be sworn in as Governor-General of Australia on 28 June 2019. 

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said Mrs Beazley is an exceptional Australian who will serve the people of NSW with distinction.
Ms Berejiklian also paid tribute to Mr Hurley and Mrs Linda Hurley for their dedication to duty and their service to the people of NSW over the past four and a half years.

“I know he will serve our nation with the same passion and dedication that he showed during his time as Governor of NSW,” Ms Berejiklian said.

Australia's Biggest Morning Tea

Monday, May 27, 2019 at 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Hosted by Pittwater RSL
82 Mona Vale Rd Mona Vale
Join us on 27th May for Australia's Biggest Morning Tea. 
This year, we have decided to extend the date to bring the day inline with our FREE Senior's Show. 

Socialise with friends and indulge in a homemade cake or slice while you sit back and enjoy a FREE Show. 

Starting tomorrow, we will have donation boxes sitting on the Guest Services Desk. Please dig deep and donate generously. 
For Catering purposes, please call to RSVP 9997 3833.
Looking forward to seeing everyone there!


Cane Toads Found At Parramatta

May 2nd, 2019: Liveable Parramatta
Look at what City of Parramatta's contractors found at Stevens Street Reserve in Ermington this morning!

This cane toad was hiding away in our bushland, and is the second toad to be found in the Parramatta Local Government area in less than six weeks.



The cane toad is an invasive species from Central and South America which was introduced to tropical Australia but seems to be steadily moving south. If you think you have found a cane toad in Sydney please do not kill it! Native frogs are often mistaken for cane toads, some species of which are endangered.

Do not touch the toad! Cane toads secrete a poison which can be toxic to pets and humans.

For suspected cane toad sightings take photos, if it is safe to do so, and visit www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/biosecurity/sighting

Australian Human Rights Commission Calls For Public Submissions

Friday May 3rd, 2019
The Commission has announced the details of its national consultation process to develop a human rights reform agenda for the next decade.

The Commission has released an issues paper for ‘Free and Equal’: An Australian conversation on human rights and has called for public submissions.

The National Conversation, announced in December 2018, asks: What makes an effective system of human rights protection for 21st century Australia?

“What kind of Australia do we want to live in—for ourselves and, most importantly, for our children and our children’s children? We should be ambitious in seeking to address inequality where it exists,” said Commission President, Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher.

“We need to reimagine our system of human rights protections so that we can provide everyone with the opportunity to be the best that they can be.

“We want to hear from you—from individuals, groups, organisations and enterprises from around the country. We will be welcoming submissions until 5pm on Friday, 12 July 2019,” she said.

Consultations will be held nationwide and we will host the National Human Rights Summit in early October. 
By the end of 2019 we intend to:
  • recommend an agenda for federal law reform to protect human rights and freedoms fully
  • recommend an agenda for federal law reform to protect human rights and freedoms fully
  • recommend priorities for reforming federal discrimination law to make it more effective, comprehensive and fairer in its protection, and simpler to understand
  • articulate key actions that all governments must take to adequately protect the human rights and freedoms of all Australians
  • identify how we can build community understanding and partnerships to realise human rights and freedoms
  • identify options to invest in and build community capacity to realise human rights and freedoms
“I want human rights and freedoms to be embedded in our national psyche and for their promotion to be seen as a shared endeavour,” said Professor Croucher.

Council Seeks ‘Human Books’ To Tell Their Refugee Stories

Friday, April 26th 2019: NBC
Northern Beaches Council is calling for community volunteers with a refugee background to become ‘Human Books’ for a day.
To celebrate Refugee Week (16 to 22 June), Council is hosting a ‘Human Library’ on Saturday 22 June. People will go ‘on loan’ to the public for 20 minutes at a time as Human Books, sharing their experiences of settling in Australia.

Mayor Michael Regan said Council’s inaugural Human Books initiative last year was a huge success, with another event planned for later in the year, following the upcoming event focussing on refugee experiences.

“If you are from a refugee or humanitarian settlement background, reside on the Northern Beaches, and are interested in connecting with local people to tell them your settlement story, contact Council’s Community Development team on 9976 1562 to discuss how you can get involved. 

“We’re calling on willing volunteer ‘Human Books’ to share their stories as refugees, including their experiences with prejudice and stereotypes, whether due to their ethnic, religious or cultural background.

“The ‘Human Library’ will be a great place to connect people in our community and to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue.”
The ‘Stories of the Northern Beaches - Human Library’ event will be held on Saturday 22 June, between 2pm and 5pm at Warringah Mall Library.

For more information, please go to Council’s website.

April 28 - May 4, 2019: Issue 402

Articles This Week 

Front Page Issue 402: Close of Surf Life Season Volunteers Patrol Season - Millions of Hours Given by Thousands

Bodhi Leigh-Jones Wins Hydralyte Sports Surf Series at Cronulla

The Family That Cosplays Together Stays Together At Lithgow Historic Ironfest - School Holidays that proves History is FUN!

Pictures: Anzac Day In Pittwater 2019 - Avalon Beach RSL Sub-Branch Address by Jennifer Wittwer CSM RAN Rtd.

Soibada Training Centre and Guest House + Soibada and our ANZAC Links by Tamara Sloper-Harding OAM

Mackellar Climate Election Candidates Forum At Mona Vale; 'Unfortunately, there are still people who will vote on the 18th of May who will be disregarding scientific fact or wilfully neglecting the impacts their decisions will have on the lives of future generations.' - Alex, local student

Northern Beaches Music Festival 2019 Will Be At Narrabeen RSL: May 3-5

Narrabeen's Indy Griffith Announced As A 'Skillaroo' For 45th WorldSkills International Championship 


Aquatics: Richard Hayes Harnett - First Commodore Of The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club and Designer Of The Yacht 'Australian' - Based On The Lines Of A Mackerel

Artists of the Month: May 2019: Danielle Ryan & James Sherwood - The Map To Paradise - “The Possibility Of Change Rests On Our Own Ability To Believe That We Can Do It.“In 2016 Pittwater Online News ran information about Curl Curl duo Danielle Ryan and James Sherwood raising funds to make the documentary The Map to Paradise. Now made, a local screening is happening at Collaroy on May 15th - a FREE Workshop at the UTS on May 22nd may suit - among other Sydney screenings - details and links run as a great celebration of what has been done and can be done.

Park Bench Philosopher WWII Shipwreck Discovered: Australian Freighter SS Iron Crown Found After Being Sunk By Submarine In 1942

Reflections by George Repin:  CITY DEPARTMENT STORES – GONE AND MOSTLY FORGOTTEN

Food: Rozana Mediterranean Cuisine - Officially opened November 18, 2018, Rozana restaurant Avalon is a fusion of Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and International  flavours. Fresh vibrant food and a great open space in the cottage that once hosted the Avalon Craft Cottage, Khaled Fahmy and his team are wowing local eaters.


Profile: Chris McGuckin -  Avalon Beach SLSC member Chris McGuckin won Gold in the Board and the Ironman at the World Surf Life Saving Championships in Adelaide in 2018 and won Gold again at the 2019 Australian Surf Life Saving Championships, the 'Aussies' - Gold in Board and Gold in Board Rescue with Bob Richardson. In 2009 he won Gold at the World, National, State and Branch Championships in the Board event.

Known as ‘Paddle Pop’ by his three grandchildren, Chris has been on the beach and in the water for all of his life and winning since a Cadet at Port Macquarie SLSC. 

Although in his sixties and continuing to win events at all levels, all over the world, his decades in the surf life saving movement have been more about the people he meets, the friendships formed and working as a team to urge each other to greater challenges. The Team in Chris' book is all surf club members everywhere and locally consists of members from Mona Vale to Palm Beach clubs
He's a great reminder as the Season closes that the work/fun balance of being fit for the water never ends for some and that the Team is every surf club member from the knee high through to those with several decades in pursuit of Vigilance and Service.

 Pittwater Offshore Newsletter Update 1/4/2019 

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To contact Julian:  editor@scotlandisland.org.au

Bayview Church Point Residents Association 2019 AGM

Bayview Church Point Residents Association (BCPRA), established in 1907, and one of the oldest continuously active community groups on the Northern Beaches, is currently looking to welcome new and current members at its upcoming Annual General Meeting .

President Ken Wallace said the BCPRA community association is committed to preserving the natural beauty of our unique local environment, while balancing this with the need for controlled development. The BCPRA aims to achieve ongoing enjoyment for all local residents and their families.

“We are currently represented by a keen and active committee who are actively engaged in wide range of local issues, and are always looking for fresh ideas,” Mr Wallace said.

The BCPRA Committee meets monthly, and on behalf of members, maintains liaison with Northern Beaches Council and other relevant authorities, and to ensure a coordinated voice on wider local matters, actively liaises with other Pittwater Community Associations.

The BCPRA Annual General Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday 30 April at Bayview Yacht Racing Association (BYRA) clubhouse, 1842 Pittwater Road, Bayview.  

Starting at 7.00pm for refreshments and registration, the brief AGM to commence at 7.30pm will be followed by presentations by our Northern Beaches Council Ward Councillors, a representative of NBC CEO Ray Brownlee (and hopefully, our local member), and finally, a BCPRA Members Question and Answer session.

Membership at an annual cost of $25.00 per family is open to all adult residents of Bayview and Church Point. While it will be possible to enrol at the AGM, it would be appreciated if new and re-enrolling members could use the Membership details on the Bayview Church Point Residents Association website, https://bcpra.wordpress.com to sign up.

Any queries, contact the BCPRA via PO Box 348 Church Point 2105, email bvcpra@gmail.com or contact the Secretary via fandm.makin@bigpond.com.

Mona Vale SLSC Focus On Sun Safety A Winner

Mona Vale SLSC have won the inaugural Mates against Melanoma Sun Safety Club Challenge competition for surf life saving clubs in NSW.
The clubs were asked to enter a short video on how they are being sun safe in the community and had to include all ages of club members.

Representatives from Mates against Melanoma Organisation attended Mona Vale's end of season nipper presentation in April to present the award.

A big CONGRATULATIONS! goes to Skye Rose and all the club members who participated in this sun safety message.

You can see the winning video on www.mam.org.au and below

Pictures: Very happy Mona Vale Surf Club members and their families

Northern Beaches Music Festival 2019 Will Be At Narrabeen RSL

In the last Issue before the April School Holidays break we ran the disappointing information that the 2019 Northern Beaches Music Festival had had to be cancelled due to licensing laws now imposed in NSW. 

Since then the community has rallied and the festival is back on. Paul Robertson, founder and organiser explains:

Dear friends,

It is with great joy, pleasure and gratitude that I can announce that The Northern Beaches Music Festival 2019 is back on!

This is due to the overwhelming support we have received on social media, print, television and radio and the incredibly good fortune to have garnered the support of Narrabeen RSL management and staff who have offered to stage the entire event 'as is' at their venue.

This announcement follows a number of intense meetings to nut out all of the hurdles and obstacles that we were facing. We also sincerely thank the Northern Beaches Police who have extended a generous hand in order to make this happen.  

Although there are still issues to be resolved, resourced or funded I believe that none of them are beyond our reach. 

So . . . I hope all of you musicians, supporters and volunteers are still available to take part in this great not for profit music event.

Please contact us ASAP to confirm your involvement. We would like to know this very soon so that we can finalise the program.  We understand some of you may have already made other commitments. 

A few important matters

Those of you who had been originally scheduled to perform on the Solar Stage have now been scheduled to perform acoustically (unplugged) on the Sunny Stage - a garden setting under a small marquee.  We understand that this arrangement will not suit everyone.

Attention parents & guardians: Underaged patrons are not allowed in the Sunk and Basement areas after 7pm and are required to be off the Club’s premises completely by 9pm.  Minors must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times.

Gofundme.com Campaign - To cover the extra costs involved in the new arrangement (extra heavy theatrical curtains & stands, extra courtesy buses and drivers etc.) we have launched a gofundme.com campaign which you can link to from the web site or the Festival’s Facebook page.

The last few days have been a truly wild and emotional ride going from disaster to resurrection - we have gone from a “bad day at black rock“ to a beautiful vista on the Northern Beaches!

It just goes to show you what people power can do.

Paul Robertson (Executive Producer)

Date and Time
Fri 3rd May, 7:00 pm - Sun 5th May 2019, 10:00 pm
Location
Narrabeen RSL Club
116 Nareen Parade, North Narrabeen 
Tickets: $20 to $99

The Northern Beaches Music Festival is an annual not-for-profit community based music festival that presents contemporary music - folk, world, blues, pop - together with international food and dance.

PCA Federal Election Candidate Forum

Pittwater Community Alliance has invited candidates for the Federal election to make brief presentations on their policies, and to answer questions from the floor. 

When: Thursday 9 May 2019 from 6.45pm 
Where: Nelson Heather Centre (Banksia Room), Jacksons Rd, Warriewood  

This free public information session will give candidates an opportunity to inform electors about their policies, and electors a chance to hear from candidates before polling day on 18 May.

Council Seeks ‘Human Books’ To Tell Their Refugee Stories

Friday, April 26th 2019: NBC
Northern Beaches Council is calling for community volunteers with a refugee background to become ‘Human Books’ for a day.
To celebrate Refugee Week (16 to 22 June), Council is hosting a ‘Human Library’ on Saturday 22 June. People will go ‘on loan’ to the public for 20 minutes at a time as Human Books, sharing their experiences of settling in Australia.

Mayor Michael Regan said Council’s inaugural Human Books initiative last year was a huge success, with another event planned for later in the year, following the upcoming event focussing on refugee experiences.

“If you are from a refugee or humanitarian settlement background, reside on the Northern Beaches, and are interested in connecting with local people to tell them your settlement story, contact Council’s Community Development team on 9976 1562 to discuss how you can get involved. 

“We’re calling on willing volunteer ‘Human Books’ to share their stories as refugees, including their experiences with prejudice and stereotypes, whether due to their ethnic, religious or cultural background.

“The ‘Human Library’ will be a great place to connect people in our community and to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue.”
The ‘Stories of the Northern Beaches - Human Library’ event will be held on Saturday 22 June, between 2pm and 5pm at Warringah Mall Library.

For more information, please go to Council’s website.

Pantry For Community

Sydney Northern Beaches folk, do you have spare pantry items to donate to our Free Pantry? Drop off anytime 24/7 at 280 Powderworks Rd Ingleside 2101, for those in need... Take what you need, leave what you don't. Non perishable items please.

An initiative by Solace Kitchen, Commenced April 11, 2019 

Solace Kitchen are a unique outdoor cafe serving up seasonal street food ... from garden to plate. Come and enjoy nutritiously delicious food in a beautiful garden setting. eg. Bao burgers (steamed low-gluten buns) and Kefir superfood smoothies (milk kefir is high in probiotics).

Bike and dog-friendly, kids zone, organic edible garden & free pantry (for those in need) are just some of the reasons to come and visit.

Our goal is to bring you SOLACE = Scrumptious, Organic & homegrown here where possible, Locally-sourced (reduce food miles & increase freshness), Artisan (& often Asian-inspired), Clean-eating (real food, no junk) comfort-cuisine that is Ethically-sourced (free range, fairtrade & sustainability are important to us).

Solace Kitchen
280 Powderworks rd, Ingleside

Peter Loft Marathon

Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 11:30 AM – 4:30 PM
BYRA Bayview Yacht Racing Association Sailing Club
1842 Pittwater Rd, Bayview

The Peter Loft Marathon is held annually to commemorate the untimely death of one of its most promising young sailors, Peter Loft, and to raise funds (via entry fees) for the Peter Loft Foundation which is established to assist junior members of BYRA to participate in National and International sailing events. 

The event consists of a race to Lion Island, around Lion Island and back to the clubhouse at BYRA. The start is “Le Mans style” with the participants running to their boats in the water and then sailing north. 

BYRA welcomes many visitor boats every year from humble single handers to powerful skiffs. Juniors have their own course which is completed by sailing around Scotland Island.

Find out more at: byra.com.au


Rotary Club Brings A Fun Day Of Golf To The Northern Beaches For A Great Cause 

The Rotary Club of Upper Northern Beaches is inviting men and women to sign up for a fun Charity Golf Day at Mona Vale Golf Club (Golf Avenue, Mona Vale) on Friday 24 May, with proceeds going to the charitable projects of the Rotary club.   

"Golf experience is entirely optional," said club President Simon Masman. "The event will appeal to the golfing enthusiast as well as the casual player. We're planning a great day out for everyone."
  
The 18-hole event will follow the popular 4-ball Ambrose format, in which each player can participate regardless of skill level. The day begins with golf registration and a light breakfast from 6:30am followed by a shotgun start at 8:00, with the teams starting on different holes. A snack and drinks cart will be available on the course during the morning, as well as optional novelty events. 
The event wraps up with a hearty two-course lunch at 1:00pm.  

This is the fourth annual golf day event organised by the Rotary Club of Upper Northern Beaches. 

"We're excited to be able to run this event in our local area," said organiser Annette Baggie. "We're offering golfers a fun day out at beautiful Mona Vale Golf Club and also raising some money for our club's worthy causes."  

Players can register as individuals or as foursomes. The full breakfast-golf-and-lunch package costs $160. Or you can register for just golf for $100 or just lunch for $65. Sponsorship packages are available for the event.   

Golf Day proceeds will go to Lifeline Northern Beaches, Veterans Centre Sydney Northern Beaches, Be Centre and other projects of Upper Northern Beaches Rotary.   

Golf Day information and registration forms are available at the Rotary Club of Upper Northern Beaches website.

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

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

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

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

“The 2019 - 2020 Community, Arts & Culture Grants Program is directed at groups that share Council’s vision of ‘a safe, inclusive and connected community that lives in balance with our extraordinary coastal and bushland environment’,” he said.
 
The grants will be available for projects that can be implemented between July 2019 and 30 June 2020. To qualify, grant applicants must be incorporated not-for-profit organisations operating within the Northern Beaches local government area. 

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

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

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

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

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

“A small subsidy can make a real difference to community-based organisations wanting to present projects or activities.”
For details, go to Council’s website northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au

Surf Life Saving Volunteer Patrol Season Closes

Weekend voluntary patrols began on Saturday 29th September 2018 and conclude today, Sunday, 28th April 2019, at 5pm. 

Through a long Season there have been many rescues on local beaches. In all cases it has been a team working as one outfit that have successfully rescued many. 

Over the Easter long weekend almost 300 rescues were performed including several rescues by Avalon Beach SLSC Members on Easter Monday.

The rescues came right at the time the volunteers were paying tribute to two fellow lifesavers, father and son Ross and Andrew Powell, also volunteers and Life Members of Port Campbell SLSC, who lost their lives trying to save another in Victoria the day before. 

Ross ‘Po’ Powell was a founding member of Port Campbell SLSC in 1963. As well as holding most positions in the club, his passion was surf boats. Po swept and coached countless crews over the years including Aussies at Kurrawa and North Narrabeen. He swept one of the first women crews in Victoria. He took great delight in sweeping his own children in many carnivals, winning many medals along the way. Even after his sweeping retirement, he still offered advice and support for many crews.

Andrew Powell like his father, developed a passion for surf boats. His thirst for rowing knowledge was never ending in his quest to become a better competitor, always wanting to make the boat go faster. He was a great coach and had the capabilities to be an exceptional sweep in future years.

Andrew Powell, who joined the SES at 16, was also a dedicated farmer like his father and won young farmer of the year in 2017.

Andy Powell will tragically never get to meet his baby girl, who is due in August.

A webpage has been set up to raise proceeds to assist his partner and soon to come child - www.support-for-andy-powell-family

Surf Lifesaving NSW chief executive Steven Pearce ascribed the warm weather over the weekend drawing visitors unfamiliar with water conditions as a primary cause of the spike in rescues.

“In the Easter long weekend we had so many more rescues because that’s predominantly from people, holidaymakers, who go to other destinations and they are not familiar with those water conditions,” Mr Pearce said.

“They are not familiar with what’s dangerous and what’s not; we had some fantastic weather, so it’s the last hit of summer and everyone is trying to make the most of it and head to the coastline.

“On the coast of Victoria and South Australia there have been very large seas and that’s made it exceptionally dangerous for people; in NSW it has not been as large, but it’s been still tricky,” he added.

“There have unfortunately been several sad incidents this Easter and our thoughts are with the families of those involved and also to the lifesavers who have responded so professionally,” said Surf Life Saving NSW CEO Steve Pearce.

The Easter, Anzac Day break along with school holidays has resulted in nine fatalities recorded around the country, despite warnings issued by Surf Life Saving agencies around Australia, Police, Emergency Services and the Bureau of Meteorology about safety considerations.

After the worst summer (December – February) recorded in 15 years by Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA), the tragic loss of life during the Easter and Anzac Day holiday period, SLSA is asking all visitors to the coast (and other aquatic locations) to stop and consider their safety.

“The incredible loss of life during these two holiday periods (Christmas and Easter) is shocking.” said Adam Weir, CEO Surf Life Saving Australia. “We need all coastal users to stop and consider where they are going and their actions. In nearly all situations these incidents were preventable.”

Surf lifesavers at many locations around Australia have now finished or are finishing volunteer patrols for the season. However, many continue to respond to incidents and provide rescue services all year round as visitors put themselves at risk on rock platforms when fishing or don't assess conditions such as rips or go into the water despite hazardous weather warnings. 

“The demands on our volunteer surf lifesavers continues to increase; and to the credit of all they keep on delivering essential emergency service and lifesaving duties at all times of the day and night.” said Mr Weir. “We thank all our members for the time they have given, the commitment they have made and for the efforts on providing rescue, first aid, preventative actions and safety to the beach going public, thank you.”

“We are seeking all to heed safety advice and signs but also take a moment to check for dangers.” said Shane Daw, National Coastal Risk & Safety Manager. “We also ask people to swim at patrolled locations, don’t risk your life, that of family or friends, or that of strangers and rescue personnel who may be called to assist you.”

“The unnecessary risks that people have taken that has cost their lives; and in other situations that of those going to rescue them; all which have significant impacts with family, loved ones, friends having to live with this loss every day. Having two surf lifesavers lose their lives in the line of duty is devastating and felt by the entire organisation.” said Mr Daw.

President SLSA Graham Ford AM was in Port Campbell on Easter Monday to support the members and staff of Life Saving Victoria during this difficult time. Surf Life Saving Australia asked all members to join in this mark of respect with the minute silence at 12:30 p.m.

Surf lifesavers provide over 1 million volunteer patrol hours and perform more than 10,000 rescues annually. 

The Surf Life Saving motto is Vigilance and Service. 

The details of the rescues by Avalon Beach SLSC patrol members are;

1225 : Mike Stanley Jones called Nick Sampson informing a boat was drifting towards the rocks off the Whale Beach headland was unable to get in contact with Marine rescue, the anchor was not holding the boat in position, and we were asked to launch the IRB to assist 2 people on board vessel.

IRB was launched by Matthew Mayall and Scott Poole. Surfcom was advised they were trying to mobilise Whale Beach IRB to assist as well Marine Rescue advised 20mins to location

1234: 9 mins since the initial call, IRB arrived on location at Whale Beach. As the IRB reached vessel, it was approx. 150 m off the rocks but drifting fast. By the time the boys had the Vessel under tow it was approx. 75m off the rocks. IRB kept the vessel under tow until Marine Rescue came and took over the tow back to Pittwater.

While this was occurring, back at Avalon Beach, as the tide was dropping and during the mobilisation of the IRB, flag conditions had changed. Patrol members were in the process of moving the flags to a safer location when 2 people were carried out in the rip. Zac Dale and Amelia Barber completed board rescues. 

On completion of the first rescue another person was swept off the bank and into the rip, so Zac Dale turned and went again and completed another board rescue.

As he was completing the rescue a 4th person got swept into the rip so Nick Sampson completed a board rescue.

"This all occurred in under 15 minutes. It goes to show just how vigilant and how fit ALL of the patrolling members have to be to deal with something like this. Thankfully in this situation all members of the public managed to go home safely to their families. Incredible effort from all the patrol Members there for keeping the rest of the beach safe while this all went on." Nick Sampson stated afterwards.

AM patrol – Lauren Peterson (Patrol Captain), Chloe Scott, Neil Peterson, Amelia Barber, Nick Sampson, Matt Mayall, Robyn Husband, Sophie Jones, Ella Brady

PM patrol – Nick Sampson(Patrol Captain), Ian Dalgleish, Scott Poole, Rachel Murray, Zac Dale, Regan Dale, Sophie Jones, Ella Brady

Avalon Craft Cottage .... At St Ives

Dear Customers…. after what was a busy, and very enjoyable, week at Warriewood Square we have now had time to 'recharge our batteries', and make new stock for our next venture.

For those of you who missed us at Warriewood, or live more in the Forest area, we will be at St Ives Village for one week starting Monday 29th April. 

This time we will be downstairs, outside the Newsagency, and will be open every day until Sunday 5th May.    

As always, there will be hundreds of gorgeous hand-crafted items for you to choose from -  Australian woodwork; colourful patchwork quilts; beautiful hand-knitted or crocheted baby shawls & wraps; beautiful dichroic glass jewellery & glass boxes; screen-printed homewares; pretty baby clothes & toys; knitted scarves, socks, bed socks, booties & bonnets; gorgeous succulent gardens; 
silk scarves; Liberty print shower caps & cosmetic purses; miniature paintings; and much much more.

And… we are delighted to welcome a new member to our group…  Denise Taylor, from Mona Vale, who is a glass blower and makes the most exquisite little tiny teapots, elephants, pendants, gnomes…. all miniature, and all so pretty.  

We are delighted to have her in the group, and am certain that you will soon be a collector of her work … like me!



I will be putting new photos up on our Facebook page, as well as on our website at: www.avaloncraftcottage.com.au and Instagram… so please Like and Share our FB page, tell your friends about us, and do come along to St Ives.

Regards
Maureen Darcy-Smith

Nominations For State And Territory Sailing Awards Now Open

April 24, 2019: Sailing Australia
Nominations for the 2019 New South Wales/ACT, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria Australian Sailing Awards open today, with applications being accepted across a range of individual and club categories as well as two new categories for 2019.

The awards recognise the outstanding performances of sailors, volunteers, officials and clubs in our states and territories, with winners of the awards eligible to be put forward as nominees for the annual Australian Sailing Awards in October.

This year’s Awards include two new categories, the Sustainability Awards and the SheSails Award

The Sustainability Award has been created to celebrate the effective execution or ongoing delivery of high-impact, highly replicable sustainability initiatives by individuals, teams, crews, classes, clubs or groups around the country. 

In line with the recent launch of our national female participation brand, the SheSails Award will recognise those who have made remarkable contributions to the development, encouragement, promotion and reinforcement of women’s participation in sport.

The nomination categories include:
  • Male Sailor of the Year   
  • Female Sailor of the Year   
  • Youth Sailor of the Year   
  • Sailor of the Year with a Disability    
  • Sport Promotion Award   
  • Sport Professional Award   
  • Offshore Sailor of the Year Award   
  • Lifetime Achievement Award   
  • Sustainability Award   
  • SheSails Award   
  • Coach of the Year   
  • Instructor of the Year   
  • Official of the Year   
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Club of the Year   
There are additional state-based Awards, which can be found on the appropriate nomination pages.

Please visit your state’s nomination page in the table below, and take note of the nomination close date.

Nominations for the NSW/ACT Sailing Awards close June 9 2019. Nominations must be completed using the online nomination forms   

Bungaree Inspiration Group

April 11, 2019
Would you like to see more fun Creative, Cultural and Educational Programs and Events in your area? Help us to help you by completing this short survey.

We are looking to form a Not For Profit Association for the communities surrounding Broken Bay and Pittwater to Inspire, Support, Network, Incubate, Activate, and Fund Raise for Creative, Cultural and Educational programs and events, facilities and equipment in the local area from Newport to Palm Beach and the Pittwater and Western Foreshore Communities. 

We would like to hear whether you would be interested in joining this group and what specific areas of interest you have. Please take the time to complete this short survey if this piques your curiosity?

Sydney Wildlife Carers Course May 2019

Scratchum the Brushtail possum was found in the middle of the day sitting in a puddle outside a petrol station on King st, Newtown. 

A lovely person spotted her, scooped her up, kept her warm in their jacket and walked to the vet.

The little one was very dehydrated and cold.

If still in the wild she would be in her mum’s pouch and riding on her back at night. We aren’t sure how they were separated.
One of our volunteers soon picked Scratchum up and has been caring for her ever since.

Scratchum is doing very well, she loves her marsupial formula and has started eating solids. In a few months Scratchum will be ready for release! 

Our next Rescue & Care course is 18-19 May 2019. If you want to help in the rescue and rehabilitation of our wildlife go to the following link to register: 
Scratchum

Opportunity For Residents To Develop And Select Community Projects 

April 11, 2019
Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes is encouraging local residents to get involved in the NSW Government’s My Community Project grant program.    

The new program provides an opportunity for anyone to propose a community project that will enhance their local area.

The $24.4 million program will deliver community-driven projects valued between $20,000 and $200,000 across the State.

Examples of projects could include community gardens, safe and inclusive playgrounds, walking paths or ramps to improve access, and community events.

Individuals who propose a project must develop the idea with a sponsor – such as Council, schools or P&C associations, incorporated Progress and Residents’ associations, or registered charities – who can assist with expertise and help deliver the project.

When the list of eligible projects is published, anyone in the community over the age of 16 will then have the opportunity to vote for the project they would most like to see progressed.

“This initiative is a fantastic opportunity for individuals in our community to conceptualise local projects and help see them delivered,” Rob Stokes said today.

“Often local groups and progress associations have great ideas brewing – but haven’t the necessary funds to get them across the line.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the excellent projects developed by Pittwater residents and I’m excited to learn of the projects selected to go ahead,” Rob Stokes said.

Those with a project idea should contact an eligible sponsor to see if they are willing to support the project, then visit the program webpage to complete the application.

Completed applications must be submitted by 2pm on Wednesday 15 May 2019. Applicants and sponsors will be notified if their project progresses to the public vote. 

To read the My Community Project guidelines, view a fact sheet or lodge an application, visit: www.nsw.gov.au/mycommunityproject

DoggieRescue.com

Pets of the Week

Kiara

AGE/SEX: 3 years / F
BREED: Chow x

Wilfred

AGE/SEX: 6 years / M
BREED: Lab X
Kiara and Wilfred are a couple who came in together but do not seen stressed when they are apart. Kiara is an affectionate girl with a happy friendly nature. She walks well on lead and is easy to handle. She can be a bit sensitive about touching her back end, however we have groomed her with little difficulty. Wilfred is your typical Labrador who loves everybody and is very easy to handle. He is a bit overweight and we are trying to slim him down. Kiara has a fluffy coat that needs clipping and regular brushing and Wilfred is short haired and weighs 30kg. They come desexed, C5 vaccinated, heartworm free and microchipped. Their adoption cost is $650. 


Levi

Are you looking for an inquisitive and social new friend? Levi just likes to "hang out" with you for most of the day and sleep on your bed at night.

Levi is about 3 years old, brave at heart and likes being with people and involved with whatever they are doing including lounging or pottering on the balcony, cleaning the house, watching telly, or playing with cat toys.

She was rescued from a pound. She is FIV positive so would be better suited as a totally indoor cat. Levi acts like any other cat and needs a relatively quiet family home to help keep her immunity up.
Levi is extremely playful with a very loud purr. Levi loves to play with toys, and is comfortable spending hours alone but she prefer the company of people.

She is located on the Northern Beaches and comes desexed, wormed, F3 vaccinated, FIV tested and microchipped. Her adoption fee is $220. If you are interested in meeting Levi, please call DoggieRescue on 9486 3133 or email cats@DoggieRescue.com

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

Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary Stalls 2019

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

Sausage sizzles Bunnings Narrabeen:      
May 11, June 8                 
All Saturdays  8am to 3pm

May 10th, Stall, outside NAB, Avalon Parade, Avalon.  
Knitting, sewing, craft. 8am to 3pm.

May 18th, Stall, outside Mona Vale Library, Park Street, Mona Vale.  Baking, knitting, sewing, craft.  8am to 3pm.



FOTB Seeking Prize Donations For 6th Annual Christmas In July Ball

The 6th annual 'Christmas in July' Charity Ball at Miramare Gardens will be held on July 6th this year. The Fight on the Beaches team are currently seeking input from the local business community to help raise another $250 000. 

If you have a business, or work for a business that could donate a prize to help fund Australian cancer research at RNSH and Macquarie Uni Hospital it would be so appreciated. 

Please visit the FOTB Help Us Fight for a Cure webpage and click on the Prize Donations link. 

For more Visit: www.fightonthebeaches.com

Guns Out For Tombsy Gala Benefit Dinner

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

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

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