Community News: May 2021

May 9 - 15, 2021: Issue 493

This Issue:

Front Page Issue 493 

Avalon Place Plan: Let's Ensure We Can Hear Nature Calling

Incoming Rate Rises Of 26 - 44% May Change Our Village Retail Centres, Exacerbate Anti-Council Sentiment

Pictures Pittwater's Mother Nature - our Mother's Day 2021 Tribute to the Mother of us all by several

2021 NSW SUP State Titles: Indy Rose and James Casey win

Aquatics Fanning Inducted At 2021 Australian Surfing Awards Incorporating The Hall Of Fame: Local Surfers and Film Makers Among Awardees Of Top Honours

Park Bench Philosopher Australian Space Startup Quasar Satellite Technologies Takes Off With CSIRO Tech

Environment Osprey Nest At Palm Beach, Another Local Tawny Frogmouth Road Death: Bird Strike Project, Newport Community Garden Autumn Harvest, Pittwater Natural Heritage Association's (PNHA) Pittwater Nature #5, NSW Floodplain Harvesting, New Floodplain Harvesting Regulations Are A ‘Death Warrant’ For The Darling River, Five Projects Set To Accelerate Murray Darling Basin Plan, Western Slopes Gas Pipeline Demise Welcome; Spells Further Uncertainty For Santos, EDO To Give Evidence At Another Hearing Into EPBC Act Amendment Bills, Fox scents are so potent they can force a building evacuation; Understanding them may save our wildlife, Life’s no beach for Beach Energy but Limestone Coast locals welcome gas plant mothballing, Maules Creek case discontinued after Minister finally acknowledges the need for additional offset areas, North Turimetta, Locally Extinct Fish Return To Macquarie River After 70 Years, Waste Levy Exemption Extended For Waste Facilities Transitioning To Organics, North Head National Park Upgrade: Give Your Feedback, Friends Of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment: Next Forum + May Activities, Avalon Community Garden, The 1.5℃ global warming limit is not impossible but without political action it soon will be, Feral desert donkeys are digging wells; giving water to parched wildlife, NSW Government To Strengthen Planning For Natural Hazards: Feedback Wanted, Australia's First Green Hydrogen/Gas Power Plant, Paying Australia’s coal-fired power stations to stay open longer is bad for consumers and the planet, Cayman Islands Sea Turtles Back From The Brink, Defending The Unburnt: EDO Launches Landmark Legal Initiative, Hanson Tweed Sand Plant Expansion: Feedback, Mangroves and Seagrasses Absorb Microplastics, Open Letter To The Australian Prime Minister Advocating For Climate Action To Protect Australia's Health, Many Australian Frogs Don’t Tolerate Human Impacts On The Environment, Momentum Builds For Southern Ocean Protection, Friends Of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment: Next Forum + May Activities, Bushfire Conference June 2021: Open day at North Head, Avalon Golf Course Bushcare Group needs more hands on helpers, BirdLife Australia Autumn Survey Time, Bushcare In Pittwater: when and where, Community Gardens, Groups, Organisations + Reserves ++

Inbox News Indigenous Voice: Overwhelming Support For Constitutional Enshrinement, Northern Red Sea Corals Pass Heat Stress Test With Flying Colours, Next Step For Central Coast Highway Upgrade, Australia's Longest Road Tunnel Proposed For Great Western Highway Upgrade, New NSW Audit Program Cracking Down On Crooked Certifiers, New Research Shows Long-Term Recovery Possible For Areas Impacted By Seagrass Die-Off, CSIRO Innovation Partnership Bolsters NSW Science And Tech Strength, New 'Key-Hole Surgery' Technique To Extract Metals From The Earth

Profile of the Week Wendy Frew

Journalist and radio presenter, Wendy Frew, hosts The Coast, a weekly program about the environment and sustainability on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, broadcast on Radio Northern Beaches (88.7/90.3FM) on Fridays at 11am. 

Wendy Frew is an award-winning journalist who has interviewed captains of industry and media, pulled back the veil on corrupt developments in New South Wales, and taken a look at the seedier side of the art-auction market. She has worked in Australia and overseas for a number of media organisations, including Fairfax Media, Reuters and the BBC.

Wendy has also long been fascinated by Australian history and most recently channelled that passion in the search for her Cornish ancestry. Leane Times her first book, was released in 2018 and is still generating praise from readers.

History Avalon's Village Green: Avalon Park Becomes Dunbar Park - Some History + Toongari Reserve and Catalpa Reserve
With the consultation period on the Avalon Place Plan just a few weeks off closing (May 16, 2021), a glance backwards while looking forwards may be of interest to Readers.

This page on Dunbar Park, with 'Extras' on Toongari Reserve and Catalpa Reserve, are part of an ongoing Pittwater Online News' project to create records on the past and present to inform the future of Pittwater reserves and parks. Fortunately, in this case, there is a lot of material, descriptions that date back to European colonisation of this area, and a great cache of photographs being made available by our state and federal libraries and museums to highlight the records found during research.

Once again, the 'rule' of Warringah Shire Council, along with the ethos of developers to set aside green spaces and public places from when all subdivisions had to go through Council, from 1921 on, is the reason we have these beautiful and tranquil sanctuaries for native wildlife and original plant ecosystems.

Pittwater Offshore Newsletter: May 8, 2021

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To contact Roy:  editor@scotlandisland.org.au

Newport Markets Temporarily Suspended

The Newport Markets have been temporarily suspended while the organisers regear these. During the past few months the stall holders have been at a low number due to a variety of impacts both locally and further afield.

Happy 24th Birthday Sydney Wildlife

On Thursday May 6th this week Sydney Wildlife celebrated its 24th birthday. Pittwater Online has heard a whisper of a great new app that may shortly become available to help with this work - more on that soonish.

Sydney Metropolitan Wildlife Services Inc (Sydney Wildlife) was formed in May 1997, by a large group of experienced wildlife carers, to meet the specific needs of urban wildlife in the Sydney metropolitan area,
Pittwater's Sonja Elwood among these founder carers. 

Sydney Wildlife are licensed by NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service to rescue, rehabilitate and release sick, injured and orphaned native animals and to educate the community, at all levels, about the need to protect our native animals and to preserve their habitats. 

The organisation is a registered charity and is operated entirely by volunteers. They offer a 24-hours, 7-days rescue and advice service. If you need help for sick, injured or orphaned native wildlife please CALL the Rescue Line on (02) 9413 4300.

Wildlife Carer courses are back online!
Sydney Wildlife Rescue's accreditation course for new members (for rescue and rehabilitation of native wildlife) is now held online.

Volunteering your time another way
There is a lot more to Sydney Wildlife than hands-on Rescue and Care animal work.  Animal lovers at all levels of fitness and expertise are needed for these jobs within the organisation: 

Working on the Helpline
We need volunteers to help on our Emergency Helpline - filling four-hour shifts, answering calls from the public.  From 9am to 5pm, calls are taken in our Head Office in Lane Cove National Park.  With the proper training, you may wish to volunteer directing rescuers to the animals in need.

Collect Foliage or Cut Fruit for Animals in Care
You may not have time or space to care for wildlife at home but you can help those who do. Foliage is constantly needed as food or habitat for animals in care. A local, willing pair of hands to gather the particular ‘browse’ required or cut fruit for our bats in care lets a carer concentrate on tending the animals.

Jack-of-all-trades
We always need nesting boxes designed, constructed or installed; donated aviaries transported, erected or adapted; modification and improvements to any and every aspect of infrastructure that helps us do what we do. Tell us how you can help.

Animal transport
Whether moving boxed injured animals from a member of the public to a vet or taking an animal from the vet to a carer, you are improving its chances of survival. This work is invaluable and could suit someone who enjoys the interaction and wants to lighten the load for our busy carers. 

Register to offer yourself for one of these valuable contributions and someone will contact you with further details - Fill out the registration form under "Become a Carer" > "Upcoming Courses" OR - Email training@sydneywildlife.org.au if you think you can help in a different way.

Janice Mason Celebration Swim: Mona Vale SLSC - May 23rd

Mona Vale Surf Life Saving Club is having it's clubhouse rebuilt, but that's not stopping it from running a new event in memory of a long-serving club member, Janice Mason, who passed away during a morning swim just over a year ago. 

Janice was a long service member of Mona Vale SLSC, who held numerous positions in both Nippers and Senior club, where she was a pioneer of women’s masters competition and a national champion herself. 

Janice was also a member of the Bongin Bongin Dawnbusters for more than 20 years and she tragically died here swimming in Mona Vale Basin on May 1st last year. The swim is a fitting tribute to a great lady who inspired all those around her.

The swim replaces Mona Vale's Solstice Swim, which used to run around the time of the winter solstice, in late June. Rules are the same: Only two divisions: Wettie and Newd (four, really, with M/F).

Water should still be glorious towards the end of May.
Hot soup after and parking will be a bit limited by the surf club and precincts reconstruction.

Entries are online only. This means there will be no new entries on race day. Start time is 10am.

Event - Janice Mason Celebration Swim
Organiser - Mona Vale SLSC
Distance - 1.2km
Venue - Mona Vale beach
Time/Date - Sunday, May 23, 2021, 10am
Registration - Entries online only (here). No new entries accepted on race day. Swim check in Sunday, May 23, 8:30am-9:45am, near the old Mona Vale SLSC.
Entry fee - $25
Online entries close - 3pm , Saturday, May 22, 2021. Note that entries to this swim are online only. There will be no new entries accepted on race day.
Prizes - Nil. This swim is just for fun. But you can enjoy hot soup afterwards, a tradition started with the old Solstice Swim with minestrone made by Mrs June Dibbs, mum of swim awgie, Jon Dibbs.



Conditions - There is an at times rambunctious beach break on the south side of the Mona Vale rock shelf, but conditions inside Bongin Bongin Bay generally are quite sheltered. here can be a bit a a dump on the edge, and you swim over reef as you head out of the bay. Minimum age - 10

Pittwater RSL Raffles To Support Zonta NB During May 2021

All profits from the raffles in May are going to the Zonta Club Northern Beaches (pictured here with Club President Julie Emerson).


Come Along For The 2021 Tokyo Olympics Trivia Night Hosted By Zonta Club Of Northern Beaches Inc.


This will be a Covid-19 safe event

When:            Saturday 17th July, 6.30 pm for a prompt 7.00 pm start
Where:   Mona Vale Memorial Hall, 1 Park Street, Mona Vale
What to bring:   Food + serving tongs, glasses, drinks and nibbles (we will provide tea and coffee)
What to wear: Optional “Olympic” attire or just come along and enjoy the fun
Why:                   An entertaining evening with your friends will assist your local Zonta Club of Northern Beaches support women in need in your local area.  The Zonta Club provides education grants to women via a Local Study Grant Program, assists in disadvantaged high school students, supports the local Women’s Refuge and Manly Women’s Shelter amongst other worthwhile projects.  
Cost:                $25 per person, payable upon entry.  Please be sure to book!
How to book:        Either call Annette on 0417 236 982 OR email zontanbtrivia@gmail.com to book a table of 8 or we will seat you with others.


Australian Curriculum Review Consultation

Your feedback is now invited on proposed revisions to the Australian Curriculum. Responses will help ensure the Australian Curriculum continues to remain world-class and meets the needs of students.
On 12 June 2020, Australia’s education ministers agreed it was timely to review the Foundation – Year 10 Australian Curriculum, which outlines the core knowledge and skills to be taught to students from Foundation to Year 10, wherever they live in Australia.

The Review looks to improve the Australian Curriculum by refining, realigning and decluttering the content so it focusses on the essential knowledge and skills students should learn and is clearer for teachers on what they need to teach.

We have consulted widely with teachers, education stakeholders and curriculum experts, and now we want to hear what you think about the proposed revisions to the Australian Curriculum.

The consultation period is from Thursday 29 April to Thursday 8 July. 

Support For Pittwater's Small Businesses

April 30, 2021
Northern Beaches Small Business Hardship Grants are available, adding to a suite of stimulus measures designed to assist local businesses impacted over the Christmas and New Year lockdown.

Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes said cash grants of $3,000 or $5,000 can now be applied for through Service NSW.

“Pittwater’s small businesses took a bit hit during the lockdown in order to help protect our community,” Rob Stokes said today.

“These grants help cover business operating expenses – such as utilities, rent, financial advice, and marketing.”

The grants have two tiers, with $3,000 available for eligible small businesses that suffered at least a 30 per cent decline in turnover due to the northern beaches lockdown, and $5,000 available for a 50 per cent decline in turnover.

“Our community worked together incredibly well to control the spread of COVID-19. It was a tough time for families separated across borders and a tough time for small businesses.”

“These cash grants are an important component in a targeted support package for local businesses – which also includes the Dine & Discover voucher program, the $1500 small business fees and charges rebate, and the major surfing event recently held at North Narrabeen.

“It’s great to have this assistance available, and to see people out and about enjoying this beautiful time of the year and supporting our local businesses,” Rob Stokes said.

Applications for the Northern Beaches Small Business Hardship Grant and the Small Business Fees and Charges Rebate can be submitted online via the Service NSW app or website, or by calling Service NSW on 13 77 88.


The Northern Beaches Small Business Hardship grants will be open for applications from local small businesses and not-for-profit organisations until 11:59pm on 11 June 2021.

Police Fine 74 People During Operation Targeting Anti-Social Behaviour On Public Transport Around Sydney

May 7, 2021
The Police Transport and Public Safety Command (PTC) have fined 74 people during a high-visibility operation targeting anti-social behaviour around Sydney yesterday, as commuters return to public transport.

Operation Colossus saw 90 officers deployed in Central, the Northern Beaches, North Shore, Hornsby, Gosford, Maitland, Morisset, and Newcastle targeting anti-social behaviour and criminal activity between 12.30pm and midnight (Thursday 6 May 2021).

Police Transport Command North Central led the high-visibility operation with assistance from the Dog and Mounted Command, Marine Area Command, and police area commands including Eastern Suburbs, Eastern Beaches, South Sydney, North Shore, Inner West, and Ku-ring-Gai.

During the operation, police fined 74 people for a range of offences including travel without a valid ticket, smoke in or on public passenger vehicle/train and put feet on seat in or on public passenger vehicle/train.

Officers also conducted 57 person searches, two vehicle searches, and 20 licensed premises checks. They also issued 41 move-on directions.

There were four drug detections, with officers seizing cannabis and prescription drugs.

“We will continue to target offences on the public transport network to ensure commuters feel safe while travelling, as the number of people using the transport network has returned to pre-COVID volumes” said Acting Superintendent Todd Cunningham, Commander of Police Transport Command Central North.

“To those who want to commit offences, action will be taken against you by police to make sure commuters feel safe.”

“During the operation, mask wearing on public transport again came into effect and we were generally pleased with the public’s compliance with the regulation.”

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.

Warning About MyGov Impersonation Email Scam

May 7, 2021
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and Services Australia are warning the community about a new email impersonation scam that is doing the rounds. The fake emails claim to be from “myGov” and include screen shots of the myGovID app. The email asks people to click a link to verify their identity using a “secure form” which takes them to a fake myGov page requesting personal identifying information and banking details.

myGovID is an app that can be used to prove who you are when accessing government online services. ATO systems, myGov, and myGovID have not been compromised.

ATO Assistant Commissioner Ben Foster said this new phishing scam contains classic warning signs that it is not legitimate, for example, asking people to click a link to confirm their details and spelling errors.

“The ATO and myGov does send emails and SMS messages, however will never send you an email or SMS with a hyperlink directing you to a login page for our online services,” Mr Foster said.

“In the lead up to tax time, we expect to see more of these malicious attempts to harvest identity details. So we encourage everyone to be on alert and take the time to remind family and friends to be on the lookout and stay safe online.”

Mr Foster confirmed that this scam was all about collecting personal information from victims rather than gaining access to live information via myGov or myGovID.

Services Australia General Manager Hank Jongen said scams were becoming more sophisticated, and people should be wary of emails asking for identity documents or personal identifying information.

“If you’ve opened an email that looks suspicious, don’t click any links, open any attachments or reply to it,” Mr Jongen said. 

“If you‘ve received the suspicious email and provided your myGov sign in information you should take immediate action.

“Change your myGov password and if you’ve provided your banking details, contact your bank.

“If you’re still concerned and require extra support you can call Services Australia’s Scams and Identity Theft Helpdesk on 1800 941 126.

“Staff will be able to give you advice on what to do if you’ve been scammed, and connect you with identity recovery services.”

Mr Jongen said the Helpdesk is open Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm AEST.

If you receive an SMS or email that looks like it’s from myGov, but it contains a link or appears suspicious, you can report it to ScamWatch.

Lists of the latest ATO and Services Australia scam alerts and more information about how to identify and report impersonation scams are available at ato.gov.au/scams and servicesaustralia.gov.au/scams.

Tips to protect yourself from scammers
  • Be cautious when clicking on hyperlinks embedded in SMS and emails – do not click on links or attachments in emails from unknown sources.
  • When logging in with myGovID, ensure that the URL displayed in your browser includes https://www.myGovID.gov.au or https://myGovID.gov.au.
  • Keep your personal information and passwords secure – don’t share your password with others and change your passwords regularly.
  • Install anti-virus software on all devices and set the software to automatically check for updates on a daily basis.
  • Make data security an everyday priority, practice good cyber hygiene and constantly review your security habits.
  • Store personal information in a secure place – make sure electronic documents containing personal information are secure and avoid carrying your birth certificate or passport in a wallet or handbag unless you need them.
  • When downloading the myGovID app make sure it’s from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

Local Government Remuneration Tribunal Annual Report And Determination

May 4, 2021
The Local Government Remuneration Tribunal has handed down its 2021 Annual Report and Determination on the fees payable to councillors and mayors.

The Tribunal granted a 2.0% increase in the fees payable to Councillors and Mayors, which is 0.5% less than the maximum allowable increase under the Government’s wages policy. The increase will take effect on and from 1 July 2021.

The Tribunal received 18 submissions – 17 from individual councils and a submission from Local Government NSW. The Tribunal also met with the President and Chief Executive of Local Government NSW. All submissions were discussed at length with the assessors and the Tribunal acknowledged the difficulties imposed by COVID-19, bushfires, floods and the unique challenges of connectivity and travel experienced by mayors and councillors in regional and remote locations.

The Tribunal did not undertake a broad review of the categorisation of councils and considered only those requests where an individual submission was made. The Tribunal considered nine requests for re-categorisation, with four of these requests seeking the creation of new categories. In each of these requests the Tribunal considered the case put forward and the criteria for each category. However, it determined that the current categories and allocation of councils to these categories remained appropriate.

The Tribunal will next consider the categorisation model, the criteria applicable to each group and the allocation of councils in detail in 2023.

For further information, consult the Tribunal’s Annual Report and Determination.

Draft Budget 2021-22: Preparing To Meet The Challenges Of The Future

Wednesday April, 28, 2021: from NBC
The community is invited to comment on the Northern Beaches Council draft 2021-22 Budget which focuses on building economic, environmental and social resilience to continue to adapt to every eventuality, now and in the future.

The draft $452m budget which includes a $106m capital works program, is a balanced budget, which also continues to reduce legacy debt and meet the forecast efficiencies.

Mayor Michael Regan said the community had experienced significant upheaval over the last 12 months.
“We’ve pulled together through major storms, floods and a global pandemic which have really highlighted the need to embed adaptability and resilience in everything we do,” Mayor Regan said.

“Like many organisations we took a hit to the bottom line during COVID but our strong financial position meant we could absorb the loss and even give back to support our local businesses and community.

“That’s why this draft Budget continues to pay down debt and find efficiencies and invest in the upkeep of all our assets so we remain financially solid and not burden future residents with debt and derelict infrastructure.

“It’s also why we are continuing to invest in community safety infrastructure like the major revamps of surf clubs at Long Reef and Mona Vale and ongoing improvements to many others.

“We’re investing in the volunteer fire station at Duffys Forest and building a new community centre at Warriewood which will also be an evacuation centre in emergencies.

“Our eye is on supporting community resilience too, providing opportunities for social connections to support physical and mental health such as aiming to complete the fantastic Manly to Palm Beach Coast Walk, investing in new and improved playgrounds and playing fields and resourcing suicide prevention initiatives plus over $10 million will fund new and improved footpaths and roads.

“Overall, the proposed Budget and Delivery Program prioritises our community’s needs now but also sets us up for the future.

“I encourage all our community to see what is proposed and have your say.”

The Draft Budget and Delivery Program is on public exhibition from 1 May until 30 May - HERE.

Proposed community infrastructure highlights for 2021/22
  • $10.6m: resurface 13km roads, renew 2km & build 6km new footpaths
  • $2.8m: cycleways
  • $16.1m: new surf club buildings at Mona Vale and Long Reef, and upgrades to others
  • $9.6m: stormwater works to reduce flooding and pollution
  • $7.8m: improving pedestrian safety in school zones 
  • $4.8m: start Warriewood Valley community centre 
  • $2.1m: open space and transport in Warriewood Valley
  • $2.1m: improving the Coast Walk trail, plus $0.7m on public art on the trail
  • $1.7m: wharves at Mackerel and Currawong beaches, and design for Church Point wharf
  • $1.5m: Church Point and surrounding infrastructure
  • $2.8m: coastal protection at Collaroy-Narrabeen
  • $2.8m: protecting other foreshores and related structures
  • $1.4m: improving commercial centres at Forestville, Church Point, Manly Corso, West Esplanade
  • $2.1m: public amenities at Shelly Beach, Little Manly Point, Forestville Town Centre and Porters Reserve
  • $1.7m: upgrade to Duffys Forest RFS Station, Marine Rescue Broken Bay and other emergency buildings
  • $1.5m: improving sports fields 
  • $1.2m: on playgrounds at Clontarf Reserve, Little Manly Point, Griffith and Jacka parks
  • $0.8m: improving Paradise Beach and other tidal and rockpools

Draft Avalon Beach Place Plan Now Open For Feedback

The Draft Avalon Beach Place Plan opened for feedback on Friday February 19th. The consult runs until Sunday May 16th, 2021.

Pittwater Online has received feedback and input from the three local community residents associations, as well as residents who are not members of these.  

Jump in and have a look HERE - - also available:

Avalon Place Plan Open For Feedback - Feedback Closes May 16

There is also information available within the village itself with a display. APA has installed a display of major documents in the window of the empty shop across the arcade from Avalon Floral Art at 55 Old Barrenjoey Road (opposite Barefoot Boulevarde).

Councils Warned Over Cat Management Complaints

Sunday, 25 April 2021: Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government - Media Release
The NSW Government has warned local councils that they risk losing companion animal funding if they fail to adequately manage domestic cats in their local communities.

Minister for Local Government Shelley Hancock said Liverpool City Council has been sent a formal ‘please explain’ notice by the Office of Local Government following complaints alleging it is refusing to accept cats at its pound.

“It is critical that the Government, local councils and other key stakeholders work together to promote responsible pet ownership and strengthen animal welfare standards in local communities across the State,” Mrs Hancock said.

“The Government has received complaints alleging that Liverpool City Council is refusing to accept cats at its pound including animals surrendered by their owners as well as injured, sick and roaming cats rescued by the public.

“If this is true then the council is passing the buck on its responsibilities, contrary to the shared policy goals of the Government and councils to effectively manage cats in NSW.

“Poor cat management can exacerbate issues caused by stray, roaming, feral and aggressive cats including neighbourhood disturbance and impacts on native birds and animals.

The NSW Government is providing almost $6 million from the Companion Animals Fund to the State’s 128 local councils this financial year, with more than $31 million allocated in the past five years.

“This fund, which includes pet registration fees, pays for companion animal management by local councils including the operation of pounds and shelters, ranger services and education and awareness programs.

“Liverpool City Council alone has received more than $535,000 from the Companion Animals Fund over the past five years.

“The Office of Local Government has now sent a formal notice calling on the council to explain its cat management practices and policies and show cause as to why it should not lose companion animal funding.

“The failure of councils to appropriately manage cats in their area can greatly contribute to cat management issues and place an unreasonable burden on their community, neighbouring councils, rescue groups and veterinarians who are left carrying the additional load.

Any council not doing the right thing and shirking on their companion animal management responsibilities risks losing funding as the Government is not going to continue to pay them for a job they are failing to do.”

Mrs Hancock said the NSW Government is assisting local councils and communities to appropriately manage cats with a range of measures including:
  • Introducing $80 annual permits for owners of non-desexed cats over four months old to encourage desexing, prevent unwanted litters, ease the burden on pounds and shelters, and reduce euthanasia rates
  • A one-off $10 reduction to the lifetime cat registration fee to encourage higher registration rates and adoption of cats from council pounds and animal shelters
  • Subsidising half-price pet registration for anyone adopting a cat or dog from council pounds and animal shelters, with more than $1.6 million in savings to pet owners since 2015, and
  • A funding boost of more than $500,000 to help local councils meet increased food, vet, staffing and equipment costs at council pounds during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The NSW Government will continue to work with animal welfare organisations, councils and other key stakeholders to ensure we have a robust statutory framework for the appropriate management of cats in communities across the State,” Mrs Hancock said.

The Office of Local Government has formally requested all councils to review their cat management functions to ensure they are meeting requirements under companion animal laws and guidelines.

Mosman Independent Hub Now Open

Following feedback from the community, Transport for NSW  reviewed the new routes and proposing some adjustments to the existing service that maintains customer access to bus services where it is needed. This review also included meeting with members of the North Balgowlah community who had concerns regarding the frequency of the new 172X (Warringah Mall to the city via North Balgowlah) in and around Urunga Street.

You can have your say on the proposed changes by emailing buschanges@transport.nsw.gov.au  before Friday 14 May 2021.

Transport for NSW will continue to provide the community with updates prior to any changes.

NSW Government Releases Tuggerah Lakes Expert Panel Report

May 7, 2021
One for those who travel from Pittwater to sail on this body of water during year round competiitons. 

The Tuggerah Lakes Expert Panel’s report into improving water quality in the popular lake system has been released by the NSW Government.

During a visit to the Central Coast on Friday, Environment Minister Matt Kean said the extensive work undertaken by the Expert Panel will inform the preparation of Central Coast Council’s Coastal Management Program for Tuggerah Lakes which will set the strategic direction for management of the lakes for the next ten years.

“Tuggerah Lakes are central to the lives of thousands of people who live, work and play in the area,” Mr Kean said.

“The Expert Panel’s final report, Tuggerah Lakes Water Quality Independent Expert Panel Review, is the next step in unlocking what actions need to be taken to protect and conserve the Lakes for generations to come.”

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch said the report will ensure the coastal planning process for Tuggerah Lakes is underpinned by sound science and data.

“This is the first time that science, data and community feedback have been brought together into a single document that all levels of government can utilise to better direct resources and funding,” Mr Crouch said.

“The extensive public consultation conducted by the Expert Panel shows that our community thinks a ‘reset’ into the management of Tuggerah Lakes is required, and this report enables the Council to do exactly that.

“The Expert Panel has worked hard to form 50 final recommendations which the NSW Government will now consider and also provide to the Council. I want to thank the Expert Panel, led by Associate Professor Will Glamore, for their significant work.”

In 2019, the NSW Government committed $200,000 to establish a Tuggerah Lakes Expert Panel to investigate the ongoing water quality problems in Tuggerah Lakes and recommend actions to address these issues.

For more information, go to Tuggerah Lakes Expert Panel.

NextSense Secures New Home At Macquarie University

May 5, 2021
The peak organisation for hearing and vision loss will relocate its headquarters to Macquarie University after the NSW Government approved plans for its new $74.5 million state-of-the-art facility.

Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes said NextSense Centre of Excellence - formerly known as the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children - will boost the university’s position as a leading hearing hub and strengthen its research, audiology and healthcare assets.

“This move will bolster the strong partnership and collaborative relationship that exists between NextSense and Macquarie University,” Mr Stokes said.

“Locating the new headquarters on campus will mean better research and collaboration, more resources and world-leading care and community services for those living with hearing and vision loss.”

Member for Ryde Victor Dominello said the new headquarters adds to the exciting development of more research facilities in the Macquarie Park innovation precinct.

“This $74.5 million project locks in continued job security for nearly 300 employees and the creation of 250 new construction jobs,” Mr Dominello said.

“The sharing of resources and the opening of a new specialist pre-school and primary school and clinical services for children and adults will ensure families can reap the benefits of strong support and early intervention.”

The new facility is expected to open for the 2023 academic year and strengthens Macquarie Park’s position as an innovation precinct and high-tech employment hub.

NextSense’s Chief Executive Chris Rehn said the new purpose-built facility on the university campus will see NextSense Centre of Excellence deliver best practice services and support for people with hearing or vision loss.

“Our combined expertise and voice will be a formidable force for good, for people with hearing and vision loss, and for knowledge sharing and influence,” Mr Rehn said.

Consultation Open For Royal Commission

Wednesday April 21, 2021
VETERANS and their families, ex-service organisations, states and territories, peak bodies and other interested stakeholders are being encouraged to provide their input for the Terms of Reference for the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide announced yesterday.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister for Defence Personnel Darren Chester said it was vital that all those involved in the Defence and veteran support system had their say through the Royal Commission.

“Over the coming weeks I will be undertaking a public consultation process to ensure the Royal Commission is focused and based on the experiences and perspectives of those who have been impacted by Defence and veteran suicide,” Mr Chester said.

“Any member of the community or any organisation is able to provide their input regarding the broad themes released on Monday April 19 and I would encourage them to provide their feedback.

“As part of this process it is important that all state and territories are involved and I have written to my counterparts in each jurisdiction to seek their assistance in consulting with the community.

“We must all work together to ensure that this Royal Commission can start promptly and put us on the path to a better understanding of suicide in the serving and ex-serving community, and importantly, how we can continue to improve the supports available to service men and women, and their families.”

Following consultation, all feedback will be provided to the Attorney-General’s Department which will lead the drafting of the Terms of Reference. 

Interested individuals, groups, peak bodies, ex-service organisations and community members are able to review the broad themes for consultation on the DVA website and can contribute to the consultation process by emailing royalcommission@dva.gov.au.

Mr Chester said the Government was committed to ensuring ADF members, veterans and their families had access to the support they need, when and where they need it, especially those who are vulnerable or at risk.

“Importantly, I want to assure the Defence and veteran community that the Government will continue to prioritise the health and wellbeing of serving and ex-serving personnel and their families,” Mr Chester said.

“For anyone who may find this process difficult, help is available and can make a difference. Current serving members can access support through their local Garrison Health Centre or by contacting the All Hours Support Line available 24/7 on 1800 628 036.

“Open Arms — Veterans & Families Counselling provides support and counselling to current ADF members, veterans and their families and can be contacted 24/7 on 1800 011 046.

“Those who wish to remain anonymous can also contact Safe Zone Support on 1800 142 072. This is a free and anonymous counselling line established for veterans and their families who may have concerns about anonymity.”

Roger Sayers OAM

Roger received his OAM at Government House on Thursday, May 6th, 2021. This photo, taken by his daughter Heidi, shows this great volunteer after the ceremony.

Congratulations Roger - outstanding service and a wonderful acknowledgement of your contributions over many years in varied roles to our community.

Roger is one of several local recipients of Australian Honours and Awards announced  in January in the 2021 Australia Day Honors List.

Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC, Governor of New South Wales will conduct 20 investiture ceremonies over the next two weeks, with the first on May 4th last week.

Beryl Clarke Awarded Life Membership 

Pittwater RSL would like to congratulate Beryl Clarke on being awarded a Life Membership of the Club. Here we have Beryl with Julie Emerson our Club President and Deborah Carter our Club Sub Branch President.


Photo courtesy Pittwater RSL

Beryl Clarke
Interviewed by Sandra May, Pittwater RSL
I was born Beryl Byron at Cottage Hospital in Collaroy on June 21st 1931. My first home was at 73 Park Street, Mona Vale for many years, and now I live around the corner in Kunari Place.

My father, Richard Paul Byron was born near a fallen tree near Bungenore, as his birth certificate states. Paul, as he was known, was in the Light Horse Regiment in WW1. He met Ida Johnson at a picnic spot west of the Mona Vale Cemetery, known as Dead Horse Hill. Ida was a midwife in the area, and they were married soon after meeting. They had nine children between 1919 and 1931. I was the youngest child.

My four brothers, Frank (AKA Johnny), Neil (Ned), Roy (Tichy), and the youngest Henry, all served and fought in the Australian Army during WW2. My eldest sister, Burnice, was in the Australian Women’s Army Service (AWAS) during WW2. They all came home alive, albeit with varying forms of PTSD. 

Frank and Roy were prisoners in Changi for about four years, and Roy was also forced to work on the Thai Burma Railway.

Collectively, my father and my four brothers worked for the Warringah Council for a combined total of 130 years.

My first job at age 16 years was at Barnes Leather factory in Dee Why making the iconic military watch bands with covers for the Forces.

My first husband, Alan Grant, and I had two sons, Paul and Glenn. My second husband was Harold Clarke, and we had one son, Robert. Harold was a member of the Pittwater RSL Club, and was often called ‘H’. He coached the RSL junior boys in Cricket and Rugby League.

I have been a member of the Pittwater RSL Club for many years, but only joined the Sub-Branch as an Affiliate in December 2017. I volunteered at the Pittwater Day Club from the beginning in 1983; we made all the sandwiches for lunch, and sold raffle tickets.

I was a founding member of the former Women’s Auxiliary. The Auxiliary performed shows for the Pittwater RSL Club and we were invited to perform at Legacy House, and the War Vets at Collaroy. In the good ol’ days the Women’s Auxiliary also prepared all the meals for ANZAC Day. From about 1990, I volunteered at the Mona Vale Hospital kiosk, and because of health reasons, I had to end my service in early 2000.

For years, Wal Williams fought to get the Mona Vale War Memorial restored. I supported Wal quite strongly, and wrote to the Manly Daily in praise of what he was trying to achieve. This restoration was finally installed at Village Park, corner of Pittwater and Barrenjoey, on ANZAC Day, 25 April 1996. 

Congratulations Sea Eagles: 2021 Harold Matthews Premiers

The premiership winning Harold Matthews team of 2021 will certainly go down as one of the finest outfits in the proud history of the Sea Eagles. Under Coach Adam McEwan, the Sea Eagles dominated the U17s competition to finish undefeated Minor Premiers and Premiers.

Along the way, the Sea Eagles recorded some very impressive wins, including downing the Newcastle Knights 40-0, Balmain Tigers 48-6 and the Penrith Panthers 44-16 in three consecutive weeks to showcase their strength and unity.

The Sea Eagles came out victorious 24-12 against arch rivals Parramatta Eels in the Saturday May 1st Grand Final at Leichhardt Oval to claim the Club’s second Harold Matthews title. The first came in 2018 with a 26-18 win over Parramatta.

Read in full: Undefeated Sea Eagles claim own piece of history by  Ricky Newell & Wayne Cousins, Wed 5 May 2021.  Photo by Ben Hamilton (Manly Sea Eagles Media)

Elanora Honey

You can now buy Tom’s Permanora local, organic, raw honey from The Meat Emporium  in Elanora Heights - just beautiful local produce.



COVID-19 Restrictions Update May 6

May 6, 2021: NSW Government
Given the latest cases of community transmission and updated health advice from the Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant, COVID-19 restrictions will be temporarily tightened across Greater Sydney.

The following measures will be effective from midday today, 6 May 2021 (enforceable from 5pm) until 12:01am Monday, 10 May for the Greater Sydney region (including Wollongong, Central Coast and Blue Mountains):
  • Visitors to households will be limited to 20 guests – including children
  • Masks will be compulsory on public transport and in all public indoor venues, such as retail, theatres, hospitals, aged care facilities and for front-of-house hospitality staff (except in a hospitality venue when eating or drinking)
  • Drinking while standing up at indoor venues will not be allowed
  • Singing by audiences at indoor shows or by congregants at indoor places of worship will not be allowed
  • Dancing will not be allowed at indoor hospitality venues or nightclubs however, dancing is allowed at weddings with a strong recommendation that no more than 20 people should be on the dancefloor at any one time
  • Visitors to aged care facilities will be limited to two people.
It is also strongly recommended the community avoids mingling in large groups over the coming days, and is careful not to put our most vulnerable at risk.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the three day restrictions would help reduce the risk of a super spreading event.

“These measures are proportionate to the risk and will help reduce further cases of community transmission,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“To allow our health authorities to do their excellent work it is critical the community continues to keep their physical distance, get tested with even the mildest of symptoms and importantly continues to use the Service NSW app to check into venues.”

Health Minister Brad Hazzard said there are more than 300 COVID-19 testing locations across the State including new pop up sites in the Eastern Suburbs.

“Anyone experiencing any cold or flu-like symptoms, even if they are mild, must isolate immediately, get tested and continue to isolate until a negative result is received,” Mr Hazzard said.

“It is also important to remember that even if you have had your first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine you must still come forward for testing if you have any symptoms.”

Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said high testing rates are critical to NSW Health’s efforts to identify COVID-19 cases and prevent the virus from spreading.

“We are asking the community to be on alert, continue to practice COVID-Safe behaviours and stay home and get tested if they’re unwell,” Dr Chant said.

Find your local COVID-19 testing clinic.

Sorry Day 2021: May 30 At Mona Vale

The Aboriginal Support Group Manly Warringah Pittwater host this year's Sorry Day at Mona Vale, in the Memorial Hall.

Let’s come together for a day of healing and reconciliation to honour the Stolen Generation.

The Native Hibiscus was adopted because it is found widely across Australia and it is a survivor. Its colour denotes compassion and spiritual healing.

Location: Mona Vale Memorial Hall 1 Park Street Mona Vale.
Start time 3.00pm-5.30pm


The afternoon will include Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremonies, dance performances by the Biala girls and weaving workshop, display of Aboriginal artifacts, Didgeridoo playing, local Aboriginal girls singing, (not to be missed) While the children can paint their own Boomerang and shields. A shared experience with a talk “Why is it Sorry Day!”. A reading from Aunties Nancy’s book of poems.

BBQ and afternoon tea. Please come and join us.

The Aboriginal Support Group – Manly Warringah Pittwater (ASG) started in 1979 as a treaty organisation and later developed into a group of people committed to supporting Indigenous Australians in their broader struggle for justice. Members of the ASG share a passion to see right relationships forged between Indigenous and settler Australians. Working in our local area, we seek to change the way non-Aboriginal people understand and relate to Aboriginal Australians.

Sydney Wildlife Recycled Bottles For Wildlife 2021

Sydney Wildlife Rescue is registered for return and earn in NSW. This time it is accessed by an App called My Tomra  - which is the organisation that runs the recycling. 

Once you have downloaded the My Tomra App. Just search “Our Wildlife” you will see Sydney Wildlife Rescue listed. You can set that as the payout. 

So you just scan the bar code from the App  at the recycling machine and the 10c will be donated to Sydney Wildlife Rescue. The machines can be located anywhere in NSW.  

Please have a look it’s a good way to support us to care for wildlife and do your bit to keep Australia Beautiful.

Marine Rescue NSW New State Communications Centre At Belrose

May 5, 2021
Work is progressing well on our new State Communications Centre and Marine Rescue Sydney unit base located at Belrose on Sydney’s northern beaches. 

The new facility will incorporate state-of-the art technology for our 24/7 marine radio watch. This is vital work to ensure that when boaters are in trouble on the water, help is quickly on the way.


Pothole Problems At Warriewood

Residents report a series of potholes, with one large one, are causing damage to vehicles amounting to well over one thousand dollars each in repairs in the entrance to a facility which houses fast food outlets off Ponderosa Parade in Warriewood.

The fast food outlets renting space on this land have stated they have approached the owner for months to do repairs. 

The entrance way is on private land and the responsibility of the owners to maintain, not Council. 

Recent rains have only exacerbated the problem. 

WFC 2021 Grants Available

The World Fisheries Congress 2021 (WFC2021) September 20-24 in Adelaide, is an approved Business Event for the Australian Federal Government’s $50 million Business Events Grant program.

Australian businesses exhibiting, sponsoring or sending delegates to attend the WFC2021 are now able to apply for funding to cover up to 50% of eligible costs to support their participation in the Congress. Grant funding between $5,000 and $250,000 to meet eligible costs is available.

Find out more here: https://wfc2020.com.au/

Newport Residents Association Monthly Meeting

Tuesday May 18, 2021: 7pm at the Newport Community Centre, The Boulevarde, Newport

Aims and objectives include:
1. To provide a forum for all interested residents, ratepayers and resident groups in the Pittwater Ward area and particularly in the Newport area.
2. To represent the interests of ratepayers and residents on local issues at all levels of government but particularly at the local government level.
3. To work for responsible planning, environmental protection and the enhancement of the environment of the Northern Beaches Council and in particular the Pittwater Ward area.
4. To achieve community awareness and involvement in Council’s decision-making processes and planning.
5. To take any other action not elsewhere included to further the interests of the Newport Residents Association Incorporated and its members.

Find out more at: https://newport.org.au/

Avalon Beach Historical Society May 2021 Meeting

At The Avalon Annexe/Scout Hall
The first meeting in our ‘new home’ will be held on TUESDAY 18 MAY at the normal starting time of 8.00pm.

We have tried to stick to holding meetings in March, June, September and December but this year June is unavailable, so we are bringing the June meeting forward to May. This will also give us more time in September to rustle up support for volunteers to help set up and man our Exhibition over the 4 days in October this year.

I have managed to grab the prolific, historical documentary maker (and Society member) 
JOHN ILLINGSWORTH to introduce and show his latest work – 
THE BROKEN SECTION: The story of Pittwater’s anti-submarine boom net.

It is a fascinating story from March 1942 when the net first became serviceable.
Johns production company, ‘Pittwater Pathways’, has already been responsible for some excellent historical and environmental videos. I had the good fortune 5 years ago to work with John on the documentary ‘The Stewart Towers of Barranjoey’.

The northern headland of Avalon Beach has been a real signature subject for many early and recent artists (and of course photographers). The headland also figures in the logos of both our Society and that of the Avalon Beach SLSC.

A new panel at our October Exhibition will feature 18 paintings from 1862 to 2020 and we will show them on the screen and discuss them at this meeting.

As usual supper will be served after the meeting and guests of members are very welcome to stay and join us.

Geoff Searl OAM
President, Avalon Beach Historical Society

Mosman Independent Hub Now Open

Last week Zali Steggall MP for Warringah opened the Mosman Independent Hub at Spit Junction.

''It was fantastic to meet so many new and familiar faces.

It is wonderful to have such a welcoming space on the Lower North Shore where Warringah residents can drop in and find out more about what is happening locally and in Federal politics.'' Ms Steggall stated

The office is now open:
10-4pm Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 
10-2.30pm Every first Saturday of the month

The official Warringah Electorate office remains in Manly at Level 2/17-19 Sydney Road, which you are also welcome to pop in to.

Planning Proposal: 66 Bardo Road & 2-4 Nooal Street, Newport.

Submissions now open - closes May 30, 2021
The Planning Proposal for 2-4 Nooal Street and 66 Bardo Road, Newport (PP0003/17) is now on statutory public exhibition following a revised Gateway Determination to proceed.

The Planning Proposal seeks to amend the Pittwater Local Environmental Plan 2014 (Schedule 1 Additional Permitted Uses) to allow for seniors living on the site.

To view the Planning Proposal, supporting reports and make a submission, visit Council's

Church Point Commercial Centre Upgrades

Landscape improvements and road upgrades
Submissions Close May 23
Council are progressing with the next stage of the Church Point Precinct upgrade with planned improvements to the landscaping in Thomas Stephens Reserve and some road upgrade works.

The proposed landscape improvements include new:
  • timber boardwalk and pavement
  • wharf style seating
  • tables and benches
  • sandstone stairs to beach
  • repointing and backfilling of the existing seawall
  • bins, bike racks and water station
  • plantings and trees.
The road realignment and associated works include:
  • smoothing of the road curve
  • new speed hump
  • new raised pedestrian crossing
  • reconfiguration of car spaces and loading zones
  • safety improvements to bus stop
  • realignment of access road to numbers 1-19 McCarrs Creek Road
  • new retaining wall on access road, clad to match new carpark
  • stair and footpath upgrade on southside of road
  • some kerb and guttering.
All existing trees will be retained. View concept design and provide feedback HERE

Community Building Partnership 2021 Grants Open

The NSW Government is investing in infrastructure projects that deliver positive social, environmental, and recreational outcomes while promoting community participation, inclusion and cohesion.

Since 2009, the Community Building Partnership (CBP) program has awarded more than $362 million to over 16,600 projects.

In 2021, there is a maximum of $300,000 to allocate in each electorate. Incorporated not-for-profit community organisations and local councils are eligible to apply for grants of between $5000 and $150,000. The average grant awarded is around $20,000.

Projects with contributions from their own, or other sources, will be considered favourably. Local councils, including their section 355 committees, are required to provide matched funding to the CBP grants.

As total funding will be divided equally among the state electorates of NSW, applications will be assessed against other proposed projects within the same electorate.

Submissions are now open. Submissions close 5:00PM 14 May 2021 (AEST).

Temporary Supportive Accommodation To Play Part Of The NSW Government Housing Strategy

May 5 2021
The NSW Government is leveraging vacant buildings and land to deliver immediate accommodation for people experiencing homelessness as part of the NSW Government’s first ever housing strategy for the state, outlining a 20-year vision for better housing across NSW.

Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey said the Housing 2041 strategy and an initial two-year action plan will deliver improved outcomes immediately and into the future by focusing on housing supply, diversity, affordability and resilience.

As part of the strategy, the NSW Government is piloting the Temporary Supportive Accommodation (TSA) which seeks to use vacant land and buildings to establish transitional housing for people at risk of homelessness for up to two years while longer term housing solutions are sorted.

“One of the critical aspects of Housing 2041 is the exploration of how we can better meet the needs of our communities,” Mrs Pavey said.

“For this TSA pilot project, we’ve reached an agreement with Wollongong Council to investigate the use of vacant buildings and land in the Wollongong area to deliver a safe home for those who desperately need it.

“As part of Housing 2041, we are developing a TSA Discussion Paper that will call on other local governments, NGOs and the private sector to come to us with ideas to deliver additional TSA projects and to meet the Premier’s Priority of reducing homelessness by 50 per cent.”

Minister Pavey said this Strategy will allow us to better plan and deliver housing that meets the needs of people in both metropolitan and regional areas now and over the next 20 years.

The circumstances facing NSW today have influenced the development of the Strategy.

“COVID-19 has highlighted significant challenges for the housing market, including supply and affordability in some regional areas of NSW,” Mrs Pavey said.

The Strategy and inaugural two-year action plan also features initiatives to support better housing outcomes including:
  • establishing a cross-sector Expert Housing Advisory Panel to guide delivery of Housing 2041 and increase collaboration across Government and the housing sector
  • better use of government-owned land and information to develop new housing types, tenures and delivery models
  • strengthening relationships with local governments, the community housing sector and developers to trial new innovative housing solutions.
“Collaboration is key to housing success over the next 20 years.  For the first time the NSW Government will bring together the broad housing-related expertise that exists in NSW through the creation of the Expert Housing Advisory Panel,” Mrs Pavey said.

Minister Pavey said to assist in future planning for the housing sector, the Government is also announcing a new online interactive mapping tool that will increase transparency of the State’s property portfolio and encourage private investment on public land. The Portal allows searches of Government owned land, and outlines planning conditions on that land in order to facilitate these temporary uses.

“The Government Property Index (GPI) provides a free, one-stop shop for information on NSW Government-owned property and allows industry to put forward innovative proposals for that land to improve utilisation and benefits for local communities,” Mrs Pavey said.

“Not only will the GPI provide transparency and accountability of the state’s vast property portfolio, it will encourage investment proposals through the establishment of a new public proposals process.

“We are always looking at how we can best leverage government-owned land and property to deliver better economic, social, environmental and cultural outcomes for the people of NSW.

“Better use of our data will lead to better decision-making and, ultimately, better housing outcomes for the people of NSW.”

The public, Councils, NGOs and developers can search for government owned land and put forward innovative proposals to put the land to better use. This may include TSA or something else, such as additional community housing.

Housing 2041 was informed by sector-wide consultations and community feedback following the launch of a Discussion Paper in June 2020.

Draft Avalon Place Plan Face To Face Sessions

Do have questions or want to find out more? Council will be running face to face sessions on Old Barrenjoey Road (North), Avalon on the following days.
No registrations required, just pop in!
  •   Thursday 29 April, 1.30 to 5.30pm.
  •   Saturday 1 May, 9.30am to 1.30pm.
  •  Saturday 8 May, 9.30am to 1.30pm.
  •  Thursday 13 May, 1.30 to 5.30pm.

Newport Residents Association: Newport Village Future And Improvements Survey

 
NEWPORT NEEDS YOUR HELP:
 
This is your chance to help shape the future of Newport Village.  We would like your ideas and thoughts.
We’d like to know what is important to you, as our community tries to attract new businesses and revitalise village life.
 
Click on the link below and take our short survey - it will take no more than 5 minutes to complete – we promise! however  if you have filled out the hard copy version before there is no need to do this one.
 

Update yourself on Newport matters visit our website: http://newport.org.au/

DoggieRescue.com

Pets Of The Week

Cricket


AGE/SEX: 12 months / M
BREED: Kelpie X Staffy
Cricket is a very active super friendly boy who sits up like a Meercat. He loves car rides and so enjoys outings. He can get anxious when left alone. He makes the most unusual squealy sounds when stressed. He can be reactive on lead walking past some dogs. He has a smooth coat and weighs 21kg. 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. 

Evie


Evie is a tabby and white girl with a short coat. She is about 10 years old. She is a quiet calm cat who loves pats and napping. She loves snuggling into a big bed. She comes desexed, wormed, F3 vaccinated, FIV tested and microchipped. Adoption fee is $220.
If you are interested in meeting her, please call DoggieRescue on 9486 3133 or fill in the Cat Adoption Questionnaire and email it to cats@DoggieRescue.com. She is located at Ingleside.


Foster Carers Needed
Not everyone is in a position to adopt a dog, which is why DoggieRescue runs a foster program making it easy for caring dog lovers to make an immediate difference.

Meet our top ten doggies desperate for a foster home. These are most frequently doggies who have spent a long time in the shelter and are in urgent need of some quiet time in a loving home.

For further details or to meet all cats, rabbits 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 
Rehoming Organisation No R251000024. 

 

Click on logo above to visit their website.

Proposed Road Reserve Closure And Sale Of Land

Public notice: proposed road reserve closure adjacent to 58 Herbert Avenue, Newport

Under Section 38B of the Roads Act 1993, Council gives notice of its proposal to close a portion of council’s road reserve adjacent to 58 Herbert Avenue, Newport.

The road reserve under consideration is an area of approximately 67.25 square metres, known as part of Herbert Avenue, adjoining 58 Herbert Avenue, Newport (Lot 149 DP 13457).

Upon closure of the road reserve, Council intends to sell the land to the adjoining landowner.

View the plan and have your say by:
  • completing the submission form here
  • emailing to council@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au
  • writing to marked ‘Road Reserve Closure 58 Herbert Avenue, Newport', Northern Beaches Council, PO BOX 82 Manly 1655.
Submissions close on Thursday 13 May 2021.

For enquiries, please contact Council’s Property Officer on 1300 434 434.

Domestic Violence Support 

NB: Where to get help Fact Sheet is below. Simply click on PDF and 'save as' on your own device

People experiencing domestic violence can be assured police and frontline services are ready to support them and their families.

Member for Manly James Griffin said the Northern Beaches community should not hesitate to seek help and support at this time. 

“If you are in danger or in an emergency call Triple Zero (000),” Mr Griffin said. “If you are in need of support services, such as housing or counselling, our hard working frontline staff are also available to help those suffering domestic violence.”  

“No person, whether they live on the Northern Beaches or anywhere in Australia, should in live in fear of violence and I urge people to seek the help they need when it is safe to do so.”

Mr Griffin added that perpetrators are on notice and that police have increased efforts to combat violence in the home including more proactive operations to enforce protection orders. 

“Police will continue to conduct Apprehended Domestic Violence Order (ADVO) compliance checks to keep victims safe.”

NSW Police Force Domestic Violence Corporate Spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner Mark Jones, said police are monitoring rates of domestic violence. 

“High-risk and repeat offenders are being targeted by specially trained police to ensure that all orders are strictly followed and complied with and offenders are arrested if violence is detected,” Assistant Commissioner Jones said. 

“Police are also able to vary existing interim or final ADVOs if we know that violence is escalating, without needing to first go to court, so victims are immediately protected.
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JP Public Register

You can find a Justice of the Peace (JP) using the online Public Register. You can search by postcode, name of a JP, day of availability, language spoken and JP registration number.

The register lists a JP’s location, availability and telephone number. Please note that JPs are volunteers and may not be available at all times.

May 2 - 8, 2021: Issue 492

This Issue:

Front Page Issue 492 

We Are Pittwater: Council Demerger Campaigners To Launch New Petition

Large Seniors Living Proposal In Low Density Zone Won’t Pass Without Protest In Pittwater

Blocking Access To Public Reserve and Encroachment Into Road Reserve Win For Residents in L&E Court: Shore Brace Reserve - objections to this date from 2014

Teenager Grace Campbell: Liberty Foundation's Inaugural Carer Of The Year 

Holding Back the Tide - The Coast, Radio Northern Beaches: Friday 7 May at 11am - Wendy Frew speaks to coastal engineer and former General Manager of Pittwater Council, Angus Gordon and Surfrider Foundation Northern Beaches Branch President, Brendan Donohoe. Work has begun on a sea wall to protect private properties at Collaroy-Narrabeen beach from erosion and storm damage but questions remain about whether sea walls are the best solution to this “wicked” problem.

Pictures A Resident Shorebirds + Aquatic Birds Celebration: BirdLife Australia's Annual Photo Comp. Opens This Month - by Neil Fifer, Margaret Woods, Joe Mills, Australian Seabird Rescue Central Coast

Aquatics NSW Longboard Titles 2021 - local surfers are excelling in the 2021 Port Stephens Surf Festival 

DIY Ideas Mother's Day 2021 Ideas: Grow Her Some Lemons Or Avocadoes and Get A Pink Step Ladder So She Can Safely Reach The Top Shelf Indoors 


Park Bench Philosopher An Industry With Legs: Australia's First Edible Insects Roadmap


Environment International Permaculture Day 2021 At Elanora Heights, Council Calls For Removal Of Shark Nets On The Northern Beaches, Migrating Shearwaters Coming Ashore On Our Beaches, EPA Seeking Feedback On Methods For Sampling Air, Water And Noise, Kimbriki’s New FREE Monthly Community Drop-In Day To Meet Our Ecologists!, Biodiversity Offsetting In NSW Drives Habitat Loss And Super Profits For A Lucky Few NSW Conservation Council States, Far West Gas Fields - Where Is The Water Coming From NSW Nature Conservation Council Asks?, Defending The Unburnt: EDO Launches Landmark Legal Initiative, Tahmoor Coal Mine Extension Approved By NSW IPC, Defending World Heritage Springbrook National Park From Water Mining, Night Noise Limit Breach Results In $15,000 Fine For Hunter Valley Coal Mine, $300,000 Upgrade For Piles Creek Loop, Stronger Protection For Sydney's Drinking Water Pipelines, Hanson Tweed Sand Plant Expansion: Feedback, This $1 billion energy deal promises to cut emissions and secure jobs; So why on earth is gas included?, More reasons for optimism on climate change than we've seen for decades: 2 climate experts explain, Meet 5 of Australia’s tiniest mammals who tread a tightrope between life and death every night, Next time you see a butterfly treasure the memory: scientists raise alarm on these 26 species, North Head National Park Upgrade: Give Your Feedback, Friends Of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment: Next Forum + May Activities, Bushfire Conference June 2021: Open day at North Head, Avalon Golf Course Bushcare Group needs more hands on helpers, BirdLife Australia Autumn Survey Time, Bushcare In Pittwater: when and where,  Community Gardens, Environment Groups and Organisations In Pittwater, Pittwater Reserves ++

Inbox News We’re all ingesting microplastics at home and these might be toxic for our health: Here are some tips to reduce your risk, Our history up in flames?; Why the crisis at the National Archives must be urgently addressed, Australian Children More Distracted By Digital Devices In The Home Parents Say, Australian Report Says Not Too Late To Avoid A 3°C Warmer World, Australian Study First To Explore Combined Impacts Of Fishing And Ocean Warming On Fish Populations, Espresso, Latte Or Decaf?; Genetic Code Drives Your Desire For Coffee, Future Drones Likely To Resemble 300-Million-Year-Old Flying Machine, Australian Airports Could Generate Enough Solar Energy To Power A City, Genetic Effects Of Chernobyl Radiation

ed Road Reserve Closure And Sale Of Land

Public notice: proposed road reserve closure adjacent to 58 Herbert Avenue, Newport

Under Section 38B of the Roads Act 1993, Council gives notice of its proposal to close a portion of council’s road reserve adjacent to 58 Herbert Avenue, Newport.

The road reserve under consideration is an area of approximately 67.25 square metres, known as part of Herbert Avenue, adjoining 58 Herbert Avenue, Newport (Lot 149 DP 13457).

Upon closure of the road reserve, Council intends to sell the land to the adjoining landowner.

View the plan and have your say by:
  • completing the submission form here
  • emailing to council@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au
  • writing to marked ‘Road Reserve Closure 58 Herbert Avenue, Newport', Northern Beaches Council, PO BOX 82 Manly 1655.
Submissions close on Thursday 13 May 2021.

For enquiries, please contact Council’s Property Officer on 1300 434 434.

Newport Residents Association: Newport Village Future And Improvements Survey

 
NEWPORT NEEDS YOUR HELP:
 
This is your chance to help shape the future of Newport Village.  We would like your ideas and thoughts.
We’d like to know what is important to you, as our community tries to attract new businesses and revitalise village life.
 
Click on the link below and take our short survey - it will take no more than 5 minutes to complete – we promise! however  if you have filled out the hard copy version before there is no need to do this one.
 

Update yourself on Newport matters visit our website: http://newport.org.au/


Pittwater Offshore Newsletter: May 1, 2021

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Mothers Day Stall 2021 At Avalon: MVHA

Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary’s Mothers’ Day stall will be held on Friday, May 7th outside 41 Avalon Parade, Avalon from 8am to 3pm.  Knitting, sewing, jams and craft will be for sale.

Funds raised will assist in the purchase of equipment for the hospital’s units including the new Palliative Care Centre.

Stalls will also be held at Pittwater Place on the first Saturday of the month from June till November.


Support For Pittwater's Small Businesses

April 30, 2021
Northern Beaches Small Business Hardship Grants are available, adding to a suite of stimulus measures designed to assist local businesses impacted over the Christmas and New Year lockdown.

Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes said cash grants of $3,000 or $5,000 can now be applied for through Service NSW.

“Pittwater’s small businesses took a bit hit during the lockdown in order to help protect our community,” Rob Stokes said today.

“These grants help cover business operating expenses – such as utilities, rent, financial advice, and marketing.”

The grants have two tiers, with $3,000 available for eligible small businesses that suffered at least a 30 per cent decline in turnover due to the northern beaches lockdown, and $5,000 available for a 50 per cent decline in turnover.

“Our community worked together incredibly well to control the spread of COVID-19. It was a tough time for families separated across borders and a tough time for small businesses.”

“These cash grants are an important component in a targeted support package for local businesses – which also includes the Dine & Discover voucher program, the $1500 small business fees and charges rebate, and the major surfing event recently held at North Narrabeen.

“It’s great to have this assistance available, and to see people out and about enjoying this beautiful time of the year and supporting our local businesses,” Rob Stokes said.

Applications for the Northern Beaches Small Business Hardship Grant and the Small Business Fees and Charges Rebate can be submitted online via the Service NSW app or website, or by calling Service NSW on 13 77 88.


The Northern Beaches Small Business Hardship grants will be open for applications from local small businesses and not-for-profit organisations until 11:59pm on 11 June 2021.

Avalon Beach Historical Society May 2021 Meeting

At The Avalon Annexe/Scout Hall
The first meeting in our ‘new home’ will be held on TUESDAY 18 MAY at the normal starting time of 8.00pm.

We have tried to stick to holding meetings in March, June, September and December but this year June is unavailable, so we are bringing the June meeting forward to May. This will also give us more time in September to rustle up support for volunteers to help set up and man our Exhibition over the 4 days in October this year.

I have managed to grab the prolific, historical documentary maker (and Society member) 
JOHN ILLINGSWORTH to introduce and show his latest work – 
THE BROKEN SECTION: The story of Pittwater’s anti-submarine boom net.

It is a fascinating story from March 1942 when the net first became serviceable.
Johns production company, ‘Pittwater Pathways’, has already been responsible for some excellent historical and environmental videos. I had the good fortune 5 years ago to work with John on the documentary ‘The Stewart Towers of Barranjoey’.

The northern headland of Avalon Beach has been a real signature subject for many early and recent artists (and of course photographers). The headland also figures in the logos of both our Society and that of the Avalon Beach SLSC.

A new panel at our October Exhibition will feature 18 paintings from 1862 to 2020 and we will show them on the screen and discuss them at this meeting.

As usual supper will be served after the meeting and guests of members are very welcome to stay and join us.

Geoff Searl OAM
President, Avalon Beach Historical Society

Local Housing Blueprint Approved

Friday, 30 April 2021: From NBC
The overarching strategy governing the Northern Beaches’ housing to 2036 has been approved by Council for submission to the NSW Government.

Preparation of a Local Housing Strategy is a State Government requirement for all councils that must address the Sydney Region Plan and North District Plan, including housing targets. It is a long-term strategy that must also align housing growth with the necessary supporting infrastructure and social services.

Mayor Michael Regan said the constraints of the peninsula meant our housing targets were low compared to other council areas and would be almost entirely met through areas already zoned for growth, for example, Dee Why and Warriewood, and in areas where growth is planned, for example, Frenchs Forest and Ingleside.

“This Local Housing Strategy recognises the pressures of our growing population but confirms that we will be able to manage this without major changes to existing zonings,” Mayor Regan said.

“The good news is that the existing LEPs of the three previous councils have already accommodated most of the target. These include existing plans for areas like Frenchs Forest and Ingleside, so in reality we only need to find a very modest 275 extra dwellings over a 20 year period.

“Where there are areas identified for further investigations, they will primarily be aiming to improve our housing mix rather than increasing heights or moving to highest density.

“Currently, freestanding houses make up approximately 57 per cent of dwellings, followed by units at 33 per cent, and semi-detached dwellings at around nine per cent.

“Our community is becoming more diverse so we need a variety of housing options connected to public spaces, transport, employment that make for great places to live, work and play.

“The Housing Strategy also aims to address our increasing affordable housing issues.

“Without improved diversity and affordability, our key workers, young people and young families will be forced to leave the area.

“We have a responsibility of ensuring everyone in the community has a safe, well-connected place to live no matter their circumstances.”

Mayor Regan said the strategy also seeks exemptions from some of the State planning codes.

“These are the ones which leave us with giant seniors’ developments or boarding houses in otherwise low-density suburban streets.

“The strategy shows we have a plan to manage our ageing and affordable housing needs within our own controls and so the code shouldn’t be applied here.”

After an extended seven-week public exhibition period garnering over 650 submissions, the Local Housing Strategy underwent several amendments.

This included a reduction in the size of our centre investigation areas around some of our Strategic Centres such as Mona Vale as well as a reduction in the size of our centre investigation areas around some of our villages like Avalon.

The strategy was also updated to clarify that there would be no increase in building heights in the Mona Vale investigation centre.

“We thank the community for their feedback and have made a number of changes to address concerns raised,” Mayor Regan said.

“Where investigation areas have been identified, there will be ongoing consultation with those communities.”

The Local Housing Strategy will be sent to the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment for approval in consultation with the Greater Sydney Commission.

Draft Budget 2021-22: Preparing To Meet The Challenges Of The Future

Wednesday April, 28, 2021: from NBC
The community is invited to comment on the Northern Beaches Council draft 2021-22 Budget which focuses on building economic, environmental and social resilience to continue to adapt to every eventuality, now and in the future.

The draft $452m budget which includes a $106m capital works program, is a balanced budget, which also continues to reduce legacy debt and meet the forecast efficiencies.

Mayor Michael Regan said the community had experienced significant upheaval over the last 12 months.
“We’ve pulled together through major storms, floods and a global pandemic which have really highlighted the need to embed adaptability and resilience in everything we do,” Mayor Regan said.

“Like many organisations we took a hit to the bottom line during COVID but our strong financial position meant we could absorb the loss and even give back to support our local businesses and community.

“That’s why this draft Budget continues to pay down debt and find efficiencies and invest in the upkeep of all our assets so we remain financially solid and not burden future residents with debt and derelict infrastructure.

“It’s also why we are continuing to invest in community safety infrastructure like the major revamps of surf clubs at Long Reef and Mona Vale and ongoing improvements to many others.

“We’re investing in the volunteer fire station at Duffys Forest and building a new community centre at Warriewood which will also be an evacuation centre in emergencies.

“Our eye is on supporting community resilience too, providing opportunities for social connections to support physical and mental health such as aiming to complete the fantastic Manly to Palm Beach Coast Walk, investing in new and improved playgrounds and playing fields and resourcing suicide prevention initiatives plus over $10 million will fund new and improved footpaths and roads.

“Overall, the proposed Budget and Delivery Program prioritises our community’s needs now but also sets us up for the future.

“I encourage all our community to see what is proposed and have your say.”

The Draft Budget and Delivery Program is on public exhibition from 1 May until 30 May - HERE.

Proposed community infrastructure highlights for 2021/22
  • $10.6m: resurface 13km roads, renew 2km & build 6km new footpaths
  • $2.8m: cycleways
  • $16.1m: new surf club buildings at Mona Vale and Long Reef, and upgrades to others
  • $9.6m: stormwater works to reduce flooding and pollution
  • $7.8m: improving pedestrian safety in school zones 
  • $4.8m: start Warriewood Valley community centre 
  • $2.1m: open space and transport in Warriewood Valley
  • $2.1m: improving the Coast Walk trail, plus $0.7m on public art on the trail
  • $1.7m: wharves at Mackerel and Currawong beaches, and design for Church Point wharf
  • $1.5m: Church Point and surrounding infrastructure
  • $2.8m: coastal protection at Collaroy-Narrabeen
  • $2.8m: protecting other foreshores and related structures
  • $1.4m: improving commercial centres at Forestville, Church Point, Manly Corso, West Esplanade
  • $2.1m: public amenities at Shelly Beach, Little Manly Point, Forestville Town Centre and Porters Reserve
  • $1.7m: upgrade to Duffys Forest RFS Station, Marine Rescue Broken Bay and other emergency buildings
  • $1.5m: improving sports fields 
  • $1.2m: on playgrounds at Clontarf Reserve, Little Manly Point, Griffith and Jacka parks
  • $0.8m: improving Paradise Beach and other tidal and rockpools

Draft Avalon Beach Place Plan Now Open For Feedback

The Draft Avalon Beach Place Plan opened for feedback on Friday February 19th. The consult runs until Sunday May 16th, 2021.

Pittwater Online has received feedback and input from the three local community residents associations, as well as residents who are not members of these.  

Jump in and have a look HERE - - also available:

Avalon Place Plan Open For Feedback - Feedback Closes May 16

There is also information available within the village itself with a display. APA has installed a display of major documents in the window of the empty shop across the arcade from Avalon Floral Art at 55 Old Barrenjoey Road (opposite Barefoot Boulevarde).

PUBLIC MEETING TO PROVIDE INFORMATION ON THE DRAFT AVALON PLACE PLAN

SUNDAY 2nd MAY  2021    3.00PM to 430 PM
AVALON BOWLING CLUB Green 1 Bowling Green Lane Avalon Beach
FORMAT- PANEL OF SPEAKERS followed by Q & A

Welcome to Country Neil Evers - Garigal Man, Chairperson- Aboriginal Support Group- Manly,
Warringah, Pittwater.
The Essence of Avalon………………………………………………………… Councillor Alex McTaggart
A Vision for Avalon…… (to be confirmed) …………………. Professor Richard Leplastrier AO Architect
A Vision for our Future- A Local’s Perspective……….……………… Nic Laidlaw
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Draft Avalon Place PlanHave Your Say Submission Questions Explained
https://yoursay.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/avalon  Submissions Close 16 May 2021

Question 1 Do you support the draft Avalon Beach Place Plan? What are you being asked to support?
Refer to Avalon Beach Place Action Plan  Priority Items 1-58 Pages 83-89 Draft APP.

The Action Plan …Where to access. What are your priorities? What else?....................Ros Marsh

Question 2 Do you support the proposed shared zone on Old Barrenjoey Road? In moving forward, a temporary one way south bound shared zone of Old Barrenjoey Road north (between Avalon Parade and the entrance to the Woolworths car park) will be established for a trial period (minimum of six months). Refer pages 38-41 Draft APP

The NBC One Way Trial Concept Explained…………………David Poppleton-Property, Planning and Market Expert

Impact on the Village/Business Owners……………………Chris Kavanagh - President, Peninsula Business-Mona Vale to Palm Beach

Question 3 Do you support the proposed bike path/cycleway designs? Refer Pages 47-49 Draft APP

Question 4. Do you have any comments on the Avalon Beach Pedestrian Bike Path - Alternative Connections design Page 43 The alternative design was prepared by Avalon Preservation Association and endorsed by Clareville and Bilgola Plateau Resident Association and Palm Beach Whale Beach Association.

The Bike Plan NBC Concept and The Alternative APA Concept explained ………………. Ros Marsh
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DCP’s, LEP’s Character Statement and impact on Place Plan ............ David Poppleton  - Property, Planning and Market Expert

Innovation, Character & Priorities………………………… Peter Stutchbury - Architect

Community Priorities Local Resident Association Priorities and Panel Members

Avalon Preservation Association ………………………........................…..Conrad Grayson
Clareville Bilgola Plateau Residents Association……………………………..Catherine Kerr
Palm Beach Whale Beach Association……………………………  ……………. Frank Bush

Q & A Panel Speakers and Resident Associations 30 mins

Summary……………………………………………………………Councillor Alex McTaggart


Review Of The Rate Peg To Include Population Growth

The Minister for Local Government has asked IPART to recommend a rate peg methodology that allows the general income of councils to be varied annually on a total basis to take into account population growth.

This is to support the NSW Government’s commitment to allow councils to align their rates revenue with population growth.

The review is focused on ensuring local councils can continue to provide quality services to their communities, including in those areas experiencing population growth.

IPART has been asked to recommend a rate peg methodology that allows the general income councils receive through rates to be varied annually in a way that accounts for population growth. The review will make recommendations on the adequate levels of revenue required by councils to service growth, with a focus on changes to total rates revenue not individual rates. IPART invites submissions to its Issues Paper on the impact of population growth on council costs.

The rate peg is based on the annual change in the Local Government Cost Index (LGCI), which measures the average costs faced by NSW councils.

Under the current system, an increase in the population of a council area does not necessarily result in an increase in revenue from rates. The costs incurred by councils to service growth are recovered from special variations, developer contributions and supplementary valuations.

IPART’s review of the rate peg will look at population growth in rural and regional NSW, as well as across Sydney. In our Issues Paper, IPART will explore a number of key issues, including:
  • the different types of income councils can source to cover the costs of population growth and the role of the rate peg.
  • varying population growth between councils in NSW, including how to define population growth.
  • the impact of population growth on council costs.
IPART is seeking feedback on the issues to be explored through the review until 3 May 2021. The Issues Paper can be found here.

We will present a Final Report to the Minister for Local Government in September 2021.

Taste Of The Beaches Supports Local Businesses To Delight Your Senses This May

A raft of new dining experiences have been announced in the Taste of the Beaches event program, with over 30 local businesses getting involved to make the month of May the tastiest the Beaches have ever seen.

Running from 1-30 May, hospitality businesses throughout the peninsular will be hosting unique culinary experiences, along with a number of signature events including the Council-run Manly Beach Front Restaurant presented by The Steyne Hotel and the Palm Beach Wine Garden.

Mayor Michael Regan said he was delighted that Council could support so many local businesses that will be participating in this flagship event through the grants program, that will showcase all the best food and drinks made and created locally.

“Taste of the Beaches will bring together some of the best restaurants, cafes, craft brewers and wineries in a family-friendly environment for a month-long celebration of gastronomic delights.

“Northern Beaches residents have had a tough year, and now we can enjoy a vigilant return to normal daily life with a celebration of everything that makes this a great community.”

International travel may be off the menu for now, but Taste of the Beaches will have you around the world, and back again this May.

Take in the beautiful Sardinia with Giovanni Pilu's degustation, visit a Tokyo style street market with Daniel San, take a spice journey at Coya, dress up and enjoy a Eurovision themed dinner at Fika, walk through the rich history of Israel at Fuel by Night, feel the vibe at an Austrian pork knuckle party or take the family to Italy with a hands-on pizza making at Sale Pepe.

Blend that together with local brew events at 4 Pines and 7th Day, charcuterie at the Park House, roasting and tasting coffee at Nine Yards and a five-course degustation dinner by renowned chefs at the Dunes in Palm Beach and you have your month covered.

In accordance with current COVID Health Orders, the traditional Taste of Manly event could not run this year, however, this tasty initiative will celebrate our region’s diverse culinary experiences and support our local businesses through the Taste of the Beaches grants program. 

While more events are still being added, for a full list of Taste of the Beaches special events and dining experiences so far, go to 

Consultation Open For Royal Commission

Wednesday April 21, 2021
VETERANS and their families, ex-service organisations, states and territories, peak bodies and other interested stakeholders are being encouraged to provide their input for the Terms of Reference for the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide announced yesterday.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister for Defence Personnel Darren Chester said it was vital that all those involved in the Defence and veteran support system had their say through the Royal Commission.

“Over the coming weeks I will be undertaking a public consultation process to ensure the Royal Commission is focused and based on the experiences and perspectives of those who have been impacted by Defence and veteran suicide,” Mr Chester said.

“Any member of the community or any organisation is able to provide their input regarding the broad themes released on Monday April 19 and I would encourage them to provide their feedback.

“As part of this process it is important that all state and territories are involved and I have written to my counterparts in each jurisdiction to seek their assistance in consulting with the community.

“We must all work together to ensure that this Royal Commission can start promptly and put us on the path to a better understanding of suicide in the serving and ex-serving community, and importantly, how we can continue to improve the supports available to service men and women, and their families.”

Following consultation, all feedback will be provided to the Attorney-General’s Department which will lead the drafting of the Terms of Reference. 

Interested individuals, groups, peak bodies, ex-service organisations and community members are able to review the broad themes for consultation on the DVA website and can contribute to the consultation process by emailing royalcommission@dva.gov.au.

Mr Chester said the Government was committed to ensuring ADF members, veterans and their families had access to the support they need, when and where they need it, especially those who are vulnerable or at risk.

“Importantly, I want to assure the Defence and veteran community that the Government will continue to prioritise the health and wellbeing of serving and ex-serving personnel and their families,” Mr Chester said.

“For anyone who may find this process difficult, help is available and can make a difference. Current serving members can access support through their local Garrison Health Centre or by contacting the All Hours Support Line available 24/7 on 1800 628 036.

“Open Arms — Veterans & Families Counselling provides support and counselling to current ADF members, veterans and their families and can be contacted 24/7 on 1800 011 046.

“Those who wish to remain anonymous can also contact Safe Zone Support on 1800 142 072. This is a free and anonymous counselling line established for veterans and their families who may have concerns about anonymity.”

Public Inquiry Into Central Coast Council

Monday, 26 April 2021: The Hon. Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government

The NSW Government has announced a public inquiry into Central Coast Council to investigate its financial management and ability to serve the local community.

Minister for Local Government Shelley Hancock said a public inquiry will provide an independent, open, and transparent process to help improve the council’s performance and sustainability.

“The performance of Central Coast Council, particularly concerning financial management, has been of great concern to the local community,” Mrs Hancock said.

“On behalf of all Central Coast ratepayers, I want to see Council performing in the best interest of the community and this public inquiry will help get to the bottom of the issues which have impacted its performance, resulting in my suspension of Councillors and appointment of an interim administrator.
“Any member of the public with concerns about the council can now raise them directly with the Commissioner of the public inquiry.”

Mrs Hancock has appointed Ms Roslyn McCulloch as Commissioner to undertake the inquiry. Ms McCulloch has three decades of experience in local government and planning law and conducted the 2019 public inquiry into Balranald Shire Council.

At the conclusion of the inquiry, the Commissioner will present a report to the Minister. The Commissioner may make recommendations having regard to the findings of the inquiry, including issuing a Performance Improvement Order or dismissing Council.

Mrs Hancock said the decision to hold a public inquiry also means that the local government election scheduled for the Central Coast in September will now need to be postponed until late 2022.

“My decision to order a public inquiry aims to give the community the best possible chance to restore confidence in its Council,” Mrs Hancock said.
“As such, I have formed the view that it is in the public interest for all Central Coast councillors to remain suspended during the public inquiry process.”

Council was first suspended in October last year with interim administrator Dick Persson AM appointed to provide independent governance to address widespread financial, reputational and organisational issues.

Mr Persson was joined by former local government general manager Rik Hart to oversee the council’s operational recovery. Mr Hart will now assume the role of interim administrator in May following Mr Persson’s decision to step down from the role.

“Dick Persson has worked hard since being appointed interim administrator, stepping into a challenging role at short notice and under difficult circumstances,” Mrs Hancock said.

“Rik Hart has nearly two decades of experience as a local government general manager at councils including the City of Parramatta, Inner West Council and Warringah Council and of course Central Coast Council.

“Given his experience and involvement alongside the current interim administrator, Mr Hart is ideally placed to assist in resolving the current financial crisis and continuing the council’s road to recovery.”

New Bullying And Harassment Protections

April 28, 2021
The NSW Government will develop a new safety net for political staff following a review of policies ordered by Premier Gladys Berejiklian.

Former Sex Discrimination Commissioner Professor Pru Goward has delivered her report to the Premier.

Ms Berejiklian said she welcomed the findings of the Goward Review into Policies and Procedures in Ministerial Offices regarding bullying, harassment and sexual misconduct and will be accepting the recommendations made.

“I would like to thank Pru Goward for this comprehensive and forthright report,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“It’s very important to me that we stress test everything that exists in and around NSW Ministerial Offices to make sure that we have in place good policies and culture.

“I am keen to adopt all the recommendations and there will be an opportunity for consultation in the next phase of this process. If we're serious about making change, we have to do it properly and this will involve engagement with NSW Parliament and any survivors.

“I want to have a clear conscience that I've done everything I can to make sure that our workplace is supportive, respectful, and fair and that staff are always comfortable in coming forward in a safe setting.”

The review found shortcomings currently exist within the system, and 13 recommendations have been made including: 
  • the establishment of an independent process for those unwilling to have their complaint handled within a Ministerial Office
  • the establishment of clear and transparent processes to be followed where complaints are made, including where the complaint may constitute criminal conduct
  • development of a best practice Respectful Workplace Policy, including investigative and reporting procedures to address bullying, harassment and sexual misconduct in Ministerial Offices to enhance the safety and security of staff
  • an increased focus on training for staff and Chiefs regarding their obligations
  • an anonymous survey to be conducted of all Ministers and their staff to establish a baseline for the subsequent impact of the new policies and procedures
  • that the independent structure report regularly to the Premier on emerging trends and proposals to improve the respectful workplace policy.

NSW Heritage Act Review

The NSW Government is inviting community discussion on how heritage can be better managed and protected in NSW.

In April this year the state government asked the NSW Legislative Council’s Social Issues Standing Committee to conduct a review of the Act. The review will look at the effectiveness of the NSW Heritage Act and the NSW heritage regulatory system, along with heritage aspects of the Environmental Protection and Assessment Act 1979.

The purpose of the review is to see how we can deliver more effective, relevant, and best-practice ways of recognising, conserving, re-using and celebrating the important heritage of NSW. The findings of the review will contribute to the evidence base for a Government White Paper and a subsequent Heritage Bill.

As a starting point for public consultation and community input, Heritage NSW has published a discussion paper . The discussion paper reflects on the current heritage system, considers some alternatives and poses some questions to assist with public consultation.

To assist with their public consultation, the discussion paper has been referred to the Social Issues Standing Committee. The Standing Committee review will provide an opportunity for key stakeholders and the broader community to have their say on government heritage policy.

In the near future the Social Issues Standing Committee will make announcements about their process for the Heritage Act review. The Committee will call for submissions from the public on the review and we encourage all stakeholders and interested members of the community to take the opportunity to have your say.

More information: 

JP Public Register

You can find a Justice of the Peace (JP) using the online Public Register. You can search by postcode, name of a JP, day of availability, language spoken and JP registration number.

The register lists a JP’s location, availability and telephone number. Please note that JPs are volunteers and may not be available at all times.

Domestic Violence Support 

NB: Where to get help Fact Sheet is below. Simply click on PDF and 'save as' on your own device

People experiencing domestic violence can be assured police and frontline services are ready to support them and their families.

Member for Manly James Griffin said the Northern Beaches community should not hesitate to seek help and support at this time. 

“If you are in danger or in an emergency call Triple Zero (000),” Mr Griffin said. “If you are in need of support services, such as housing or counselling, our hard working frontline staff are also available to help those suffering domestic violence.”  

“No person, whether they live on the Northern Beaches or anywhere in Australia, should in live in fear of violence and I urge people to seek the help they need when it is safe to do so.”

Mr Griffin added that perpetrators are on notice and that police have increased efforts to combat violence in the home including more proactive operations to enforce protection orders. 

“Police will continue to conduct Apprehended Domestic Violence Order (ADVO) compliance checks to keep victims safe.”

NSW Police Force Domestic Violence Corporate Spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner Mark Jones, said police are monitoring rates of domestic violence. 

“High-risk and repeat offenders are being targeted by specially trained police to ensure that all orders are strictly followed and complied with and offenders are arrested if violence is detected,” Assistant Commissioner Jones said. 

“Police are also able to vary existing interim or final ADVOs if we know that violence is escalating, without needing to first go to court, so victims are immediately protected.
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Speed Humps On McCarrs Creek Rd: Please Share Wildlife Data 

Local wildlife rescuers are asking all members of the public to report any roadkill on McCarrs Ck Rd or any other road in the NB (Wakehurst Parkway or Mona Vale Road for instance) on www.wildlifemapping.org

It records the GPS position, date, sex, species. Photos can be added as they help in identification
The data is then forwarded to OEH and Transport NSW as it can help establish the best places to place  mitigation. Thanking you all in advance for your help with this.

We need your help. Thank you for reporting wildlife road fatalities. There is so much wildlife on the move in our area at present due to various pressures. Although we have had pictures sent to us, many of these have no date or location.

There is a database that volunteers maintain but this needs three pieces of information:
  1. The position via GPS or road and suburb
  2. The date
  3. The animal
The details can be entered into the database directly by you at: