Community News: November 2018

November 11 - 17, 2018: Issue 383

Articles This Week 

Front Page Issue 383 

Treatment To Go Ahead For Avalon Gentleman Refused Angiogram At NBH

Mona Vale Hospital Supporters To Hold Wake At Parliament House on November 16

Major New Hospital Condemned For Lack Of Public Birth Centre by Professor of Midwifery

Destruction Of Swamp Sclerophyll Forest At Warriewood: Developers Dreams Remain A Community Nightmare

Pictures: Warriewood and other Creek Chirrups by Pittwater Pathways +++ - we could all enjoy a good dose of the opposite!

New Funds for Pittwater Foreshore and Pedestrian Upgrades from Office of the Hon. Rob Stokes, MP for Pittwater

Maserati Takes The Chequered Flag In Act 5 and The MC38 2018 Season by Lisa Ratcliff

DIY Ideas: Garden Design and Plant Management to Minimise Tick Attacks and Infestations - insights from an essay by Bill Conroy BSc. (Agr) (Syd) + a Tribute to Wilfred Lawrence Conroy CBE by Keith Jackson, PNG and others

Park Bench Philosopher: Filmed In Pittwater: A Sentimental Reprise + Some Extra Narrabeen Notes - History

Aquatics: Champion Casey Shatters NBI's Pittwater Paddle SUP Record by Lisa Ratcliff

Manly Marlins Make their Mark on Mental Health - from Office of James Griffin, MP for Manly

Insomnia’s Club Marine Pittwater To Paradise Regatta Countdownby Lisa Ratcliff

School Strike 4 Climate Change: Big School Walk Out On November 30th, 2018

Remembrance Day 2018 - 100 Years From Armistice Day 1918: Some Pittwater Veterans From The First World War

Profile: Bill Leimbach Bill Leimbach’s face is sun weathered, he’s a man who has spent his life outdoors, in the light, capturing real stories of real people. With over 40 years of Producing and Directing Documentaries and Films, most of them in places known for weather extremes, his squint not only occurs when he's focusing in on how to present the story through evolving vision, that squint is looking forward too, towards the next production and records that should be made.

In Canberra today the multi award nominated and winning film Beneath Hill 60, the true story of the 1st Australian Tunnelling Company’s mining Hill 60 in the Ypres Salient on the Western Front and setting off what was then the biggest explosion known to humankind, apparently felt in Dublin and heard in London, will be screened as part of Remembrance Day activities. This is one of Bill’s films - one story that 'had to be told'. 

There are a lot of Bill Leimbach productions, in fact there are so many films and documentaries, someone needs to make a definitive filmography of his work. Bill has worked with the best in the business here. The works are authentic - well researched, well written, well acted and directed. They 'stick' with you - the mark of any decent film. 

It's not only films he's been an integral part of getting made that he's interested in either. Next Saturday Bill has arranged a screening of another WWI favourite of the thousands of Australians sent oversea, The Sentimental Bloke, which is also marking its century this month. The screening will take place at the Avalon Bowling Club with Elanora's The Volantinski Quartet providing  music to accompany the classic silent film and even a menu of food from 1918 to heighten the whole experience for those who attend. 

Artists of the Month:  November 2018 - The Avalon Mixed Palette Art Show: Opens Friday November 16th (runs 17-18) - Lorrie Morgan and Debby Waters, founders of the Pittwater Community Arts  are again bringing an eclectic mix of works from 35 Artists for the 14th consecutive year. Unique Silent Auction artworks, to be opened by Katherine Roberts MAG&M - a few samples of the organisers works who are Artists themselves. NB: This page will be updated after Opening Night - more Art!

History: Roads IN Pittwater: The Barrenjoey Road There is only one road in and one road out of the peninsula that stretches to the Barrenjoey Headland - formed along an ancient aboriginal pathway, the widening of this track by European settlers, the building of bridges across creeks, the filling in of a lagoon and cutting into hillsides have changed the way to wend north in just 100 years

 Pittwater Offshore Newsletter Update 11/11/2018 

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To contact Julian:  editor@scotlandisland.org.au

Remembrance Day 2018

Remembrance Day was formerly known as Armistice Day and commemorates the cease-fire at the end of World War I. The First World War ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month 1918. On the 11th day of the 11th month at 11am, one minute's silence is observed, to reflect on the loss and suffering caused by all wars. 

2018 Services 
Pittwater RSL Sub Branch
This Remembrance Day commemorates 100 years since Armistice. Please join us at the lower Cenotaph at the club. Sub Branch Members will March on Parade at 10.40 hours.

Avalon Beach RSL Sub Branch
Commences 10.40 hours at Avalon Beach RSL Cenotpah

Palm Beach RSL
Commences 10.40 hours at Palm Beach RSL Cenotpah

Remembrance Day Memorial Service – Manly Dam
Friday 9 November
Manly Dam War Memorial Park
King Street, Manly Vale
Service commences at 10.45am
Presented by the Manly Warringah War Memorial Park Remembrance Trust

Remembrance Day Memorial Service – Manly
Sunday 11 November
Manly War Memorial, The Corso
Service commences at 10.45am


Song For Grace By Ted Egan Sung By Nerys Evans

My mother, Grace Brennan, had three brothers who volunteered to join the Australian Light Horse in 1914. Jack Brennan was killed at Gallipoli, Bob Brennan served three years straight in the horror of the Western Front. Martin Brennan went to the Middle East after Gallipoli, engaged in many conflicts, was briefly a prisoner of war, escaped, rejoined his regiment. I wrote my Song for Grace to record, word for word, the story my mother told me when I was twelve. She was the most anti-war person I have ever known.
Ted Egan

NB: This song will be part of the Commemorative Service being conducted at Pittwater RSL Cenotaph and will be sung by Soprano Anna Gebels.

Surf Boats News: Congratulations Ryan

Congratulations to Ryan Halangahu who has been appointed the SNB Interbranch Team Manager for 18-19 season.

Ryan started rowing with North Steyne before moving to Mona Vale then to Freshwater, and finally back to Mona Vale where he has been boat captain for the last 9 years. Ryan has had a fantastic career both rowing and sweeping and we hope he can lead team SNB to victory.

Ryan’s highlights include -

Rowing
Branch gold - Reserve men 
State gold - Reserve men
Aussie gold - Reserve men 
NSW state team - Reserve men

Sweeping 
Branch gold - U23 Men 
State gold - Reserve men 
State bronze - Reserve men 
Aussie bronze -reserve men


Ryan Halangahu

Marine Rescue Cottage Point Honours Elizabeth Watts

Congratulations to Elizabeth (Beth) Watts who was honoured last Saturday (Nov. 3) with the commissioning of CP 31 proudly named " The Elizabeth Watts" at their 50 Years reunion for Cottage Point Coast Guard's/Marine Rescue. 

Photo courtesy Matthew/CPMR

Congratulations Girls!

Tully White has taken out the Women's Palm Beach Longboarders Old Mal-Old Log Rally. Blaze Roberts came a very respectable 2nd. All the girls were ripping this year and the female contingent is growing. 

Full report and more pictures next Issue!

Photo: Women's winners. Photo courtesy Fiona Roberts.

State Election 2019: Local Greens Candidates Announced

Northern Beaches Greens are pleased to announce our candidates for the 2019 state election.
Felicity Davis, a filmmaker and nurse, who's also a strong advocate for renewable energy, will stand in Davidson. 
In Pittwater, journalist and community activist Miranda Korzy will stand. 
Congratulations Felicity and Miranda.
Greens Northern Beaches


Felicity Davies and Miranda Korzy

Friends Of Narrabeen Lagoon Forum November 2018 

Transport impacts Narrabeen Lagoon catchment 
7pm Monday Nov  26,  2018 Coastal Environment Centre, Pelican Path,  Lake Park Road, Narrabeen 

Presenters:   
Richard Michell will talk about transport in the past. Richard is the president of the Manly Warringah Pittwater Historical Society and very active in the Friends of Dee Why Lagoon organisation. 

Malcolm Raymond will tell us about some of the  changes about to take place with transport in the near future. Malcolm is an Electronics Engineer—a graduate  of the University of Adelaide who later worked in Adelaide’s Technology Park helping people get technology based products developed. Most recently he has worked in the testing and assessment of new software and hardware. 

The Impact of Transport is a fascinating topic.  It would be good if you managed to attend and there will be an opportunity ask questions after each presentation. 

What impacts have various means of transport—walking, boating,  horse-drawn and motorised transport had on the local environment? 

What changes to transport systems are about to happen and what impact will these various systems have on the environment?
 
Bring your knowledge and thoughts to the forum and  participate in the discussion. Book your ticket by emailing: Judith Bennett email@narrabeenlagoon.org.au

Friends of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment 

Forest Way-Warringah Road Works Notice

November 2018
Continuing work on Forest Way between Warringah Road and Adams Street from Saturday 10 November

The NSW Government is upgrading roads around the new Northern Beaches Hospital to increase capacity on the road network and improve access through the area.

Roads and Maritime Services has been carrying out service relocation work, installing drainage as well as widening and
upgrading Forest Way between Warringah Road and Adams Street.

Work will continue from Saturday 10 November to Sunday 31 March 2019, weather permitting.

The work involves:
• utility trenching, underboring and excavating
• removing redundant poles, pipes, pits and conduits
• saw cutting footpaths and driveways
• temporarily impacting access to residents’ and businesses’ driveways
• installing poles, pipes, pits and stringing new cable
• installing new conduits, fittings, valves and pipes
• reinstating the road surface, footpaths and driveways
• installing traffic lights
• landscaping. 

Palm Beach Sailing Club - Beware The Bullets Regatta 2018

Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th November 2018
At: Palm Beach Sailing Club (formerly known as Pittwater Catamaran Club)
On Water Venue: Pittwater estuary between Governor Phillip Park, West Head, The Basin and Careel Bay.

This will be the 53rd consecutive running of the annual regatta
Classes/brands of boats attending: Hobie Cat 16, Hobie Cat 18, Taipan, Formula 18, A Class, Wetta
 
This year the regatta also incorporates the NSW State Titles for the Taipan Catamaran Class.
 
What Does Beware The Bullets mean?
The sailing course area near Barrenjoey Headland and the sand spit connecting it to the mainland allows the traditional nor-east seabreeze to blow over the sand spit, but also bend around the headland. At times there are freak gusts that bounce down onto the water in short bursts that can catch the sailors by surprise. These unexpected gusts are called Bullets. When sailing close to Barrenjoey Headland you therefore need to be careful or beware of the bullets. Every year we see catamarans flying a hull very high as a result of the bullets and, if you are not careful and react swiftly, the bullets can make the boat capsize and you will lose your position in the race. You’ve been warned! Beware the Bullets.

NOR and Online Registration at: http://pbsc.org.au/Bullets.aspx

Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary 2018 Stalls

 
 
December
1st: Stall, Pittwater Place Mona Vale                           9am to 3pm
Sewing, knitting, craft, books

December 7th, Stall Outside ANZ Bank, Avalon Parade, Avalon
Sewing, knitting, craft, jam                                           9am to 3pm

Busking By The Beach Competition 2018 

1st prize is $2000 Cash, 2nd prize is a $500 voucher from Mall Music, 3rd prize a $200 Sands Venue Voucher. 

Call 9977 5700 or email narrabeensandshotel@alhgroup.com.au

Apprenticeship Enrolments Booming 

November 7, 2018: NSW Government
In the first half of 2018, apprenticeship enrolments in NSW increased by 16 per cent as more students realise vocational education leads to rewarding careers.

Starting 1 July 2018, the NSW Government began offering 100,000 fee-free apprenticeships and traineeships as part of the Smart and Skilled program. The number of students enrolled in these courses grew by 9.5 per cent in the first half of 2018.

Compared to the same period in 2017, the following qualifications have some of the highest enrolments:
  • construction with 3400 students – 29 per cent growth
  • carpentry with 7800 students – 15 per cent growth
  • electrotechnology electrician with 9100 students – 14 per cent growth.
The growth in NSW apprenticeships is also creating more opportunities for disadvantaged groups. The number of Aboriginal students in NSW rose 7.5 per cent in the first half of 2018 compared with a national decline of 1.7 per cent. There are also 30,100 students with a disability in government-supported apprenticeships, 42 per cent of the national total.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Skills John Barilaro said NSW has 74,300 apprentices and trainees doing off-the-job training which is 34 per cent of the national figure and the highest in the nation.

“The results reflect growth in the NSW economy and show that employers see apprenticeships and traineeships as critical to that growth, while students see them as a pathway to valued employment,” Mr Barilaro said.

“With our recent $285 million investment to make all apprenticeships fee-free over the next four years, we expect many more people to take up apprenticeships.”

Local Fishing And Community Groups Encouraged To Apply For 2019/2020 Recreational Fishing Trust Grants

BY NSW  DPI
Do you have a great idea to improve recreational fishing in your local area? Now is the time for NSW fishing and community groups to apply for funding to bring their ideas to life, with Recreational Fishing Trust funding applications opening today.

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

“This funding makes a meaningful difference to recreational fishers, with flow-on benefits for entire communities who benefit from the increased tourism and business opportunities that recreational fishing can generate in their region,” Mr Turnell said.

“Projects funded from the Recreational Fishing Trust include recreational fishing education, fishing access and facilities, improving fish habitat, fisheries research and much more.

“Some of the popular projects currently funded include fishing platforms, fish cleaning facilities, fish stocking, fish aggregating devices, fishing workshops, the Fishcare Volunteer program and fish habitat rehabilitation.

“Each year, around $15 million is raised from the sale of recreational fishing licences and re-invested back into projects that benefit recreational fishing.

“We encourage all fishing and community groups to come up with new ideas on how this funding could be re-invested back into the sport they love.”

Mr Turnell said applications are open to anyone, including fishing clubs and organisations, universities, councils, community groups, and individuals. Joint applications, including those that combine freshwater and saltwater projects, are encouraged.

“You can discuss your funding ideas with DPI Fisheries by calling (02) 4916 3835 or by emailing recreational.fishingtrust@dpi.nsw.gov.au for more information, ” he said.

“This grants program is another way the NSW Government continues to reinvest this resource back into the recreational fishing industry which adds about $3.4 billion to the State’s economy each year, and accounts for more than 14,000 full-time jobs.”

Applications close on 30 November 2018.

For more information, visit NSWDPI

Mona Vale Hospital Supporters To Hold Wake At Parliament House

Save Mona Vale Hospital supporters will hold a “wake” outside NSW Parliament on November 21 for acute services lost from their hospital.
 
Save Mona Vale Hospital chairman Parry Thomas said “mourners” would travel on a “Hospital Bus” to Macquarie Street, dressed in black, to send a strong message to the government. 
 
“The Pittwater community has lost an essential service with the closure of acute services at Mona Vale Hospital and the people are grieving,” Mr Thomas said.
 
“This will give us a chance to mourn our loss whilst sending a clear message to the Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Health Minister Brad Hazzard and Pittwater MP Rob Stokes, and that we want emergency, surgery, intensive care, paediatrics, maternity and other acute services returned to our hospital.”
 
Of 35,033 presentations to Mona Vale Hospital in the latest year for which statistics are available, the year 2016-17:
  • 143 needed immediate resuscitation.
  • 4,729 needed help within 10 minutes for life-threatening conditions.
  • And another 12,588 needed to be seen within 30 minutes.
Mr Thomas said the enormous numbers of people presenting at the new Northern Beaches Hospital confirmed his group’s concern that it would attract patients from a far wider area and in numbers far greater than the state government planned for - rather than simply cater to the Northern Beaches.
 
NSW Health Department statistics showed that on Tuesday night (November 6) at 10.30pm Northern Beaches Hospital had 26 patients triaged and waiting for treatment, while Royal North Shore had 2, he said. (Statistics recorded from www.emergencywait.health.nsw.gov.au )
 
“The many stories of chaos, patients giving up, going to another hospital or simply going home and of the hospital being unable to provide services, show that we need an easily accessible public hospital that is actually on the northern beaches – as well as the one located an extra 12km away up a flood-prone road,” Mr Thomas said.
 
Anyone wishing to travel on the “Hospital Bus” should contact savemonavalehospital@gmail.com or call 0403 821 520. Otherwise “mourners” can meet us at Parliament House at 12.30pm on Wednesday, November 21. 

From Save Mona Vale Hospital Local Action Group

Follow Up To 'Council's Nice Little Earner' Per John Illingsworth

Council advised on November 6th that;
The lines and signage works at this location have been completed this morning so this should make it much clearer for everyone to identify it as a Taxi Zone.

New Funds For Pittwater Foreshore And Pedestrian Upgrades

November 8, 2018

Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes today announced further funding will be provided to Northern Beaches Council to progress foreshore and pedestrian improvements at three key Pittwater locations.

An additional $920,000 will be provided to support Northern Beaches Council with the implementation of the Palm Beach (South) Landscape MasterplanCareel Bay Foreshore Masterplan (Stage 2) and the Hudson Parade Footpath Project between Clareville Beach and Taylors Point.


Careel Bay Foreshore Masterplan (Stage 2)

This follows $1 million provided to Northern Beaches Council for these projects last year, taking the NSW Government’s total contribution to $1.92 million.

The additional funds have been provided through the NSW Government’s Stronger Communities Fund and have been made available from funding previously allocated to Northern Beaches Council for the proposed acquisition of the Pasadena site at Church Point.

“I’m delighted the NSW Government is providing further funds to help expedite the full delivery of these projects,” Rob Stokes said today.

“Pedestrian, landscaping and foreshore improvements are not only aesthetically pleasing – they also help improve access, safety and usability.

“These projects have been desired for many years – so it’s great to see Northern Beaches Council making them happen,” Rob Stokes said.

These projects are being delivered in partnership between Northern Beaches Council and the NSW Government with the support of community associations including the Palm Beach and Whale Beach Association, Careel Bay Pittwater Protection Association and the Clareville and Bilgola Plateau Residents’ Association. 


Clareville Beach

Congratulations Rita Kluge

Local photographer extraordinaire Rita Kluge has silvers on two of her wonderful photographs at the 2018 Epson Pano Awards!! 

One of them 'Bubbles' missed out with 1 pt to gold! 
With almost 5000 entries this year the local gal has done good.
Visit Rita's website to see 'Bubbles' and some other beauties you may want to lighten your rooms.


To donate to the team, visit the MO-na Vale SLSC team page: https://moteam.co/mo-na-vale-slsc

Bush2Beach Rugby Gala

Published November 5th, 2018 by NSW Office of Sport
The Sydney Academy of Sport at Narrabeen hosted the Bush2Beach Rugby Gala over last weekend to raise money for registration, insurance and running costs of clubs in drought affected communities.

The event not only provided an invaluable link between beaches and country clubs, but also raised over $15,000.

Check out our video wrap of the day & donate now: https://bit.ly/2J1IYxM

NSW Delivers More Funding For Public Schools; Signs Up To Gonski 2.0

November 7, 2018: Media Release
NSW has provided extra funding to public schools as it signs up to the Gonski agreement, ensuring the principles of truly needs-based, sector-blind funding for all students remain across the State.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Education Minister Rob Stokes and Treasurer Dominic Perrottet announced today that a school funding agreement had been reached with the federal government and that the NSW Government would fund an additional $6.4 billion to 2027 for schools across the State from next year, bringing the State’s total investment to $148 billion for government and non-government schools.

NSW schools will receive more than $226 billion to 2027. The deal ensures that Catholic and independent schools across the State will receive their additional funding promised recently by the federal government.

The record funding boost by the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government also includes an additional $712 million in a NSW Equity Fund for government schools – to complement the federal government’s $1.2 billion Choice and Affordability Fund – to ensure all students are treated fairly, no matter where they go to school.

“This is an historic day for NSW setting up our students for a stronger, better future,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“Every child, no matter where they live, their family’s circumstances or the school they attend, must be given every opportunity to be their best.

“This extra funding will go to those students who need it most and will allow them to thrive at school.”

Mr Stokes said that the agreement ensures all schools are funded fairly, with the NSW Government stepping in to provide additional funding for public education.

“Today’s announcement means all our government, Catholic and independent schools across NSW now have funding certainty for 2019 and beyond,” Mr Stokes said.

“We urged the federal government to provide fair funding through their Choice and Affordability fund to every school in NSW.

“In the absence of this, the NSW Government has stepped in to provide additional funding to government schools to ensure this historic funding agreement treats all NSW students fairly.”

DoggieRescue.com

Pets of the Week

Molly    Oscar
Age 13/F         Age 14/m
Breed: Schnoodle Breed: Schnoodle
Molly and Oscar are a bonded couple who like to sleep in the same bed together. They are gentle obedient dogs who are well socialised with other dogs. They are cuddly and affectionate. Molly is 7.4kg and Oscar weighs 7.3kg, both a bit overweight. Both are non-shedding.


They come desexed, C5 vaccinated, heartworm free and chipped. Also included for the love and health of our dogs is a free Health and Wellness Voucher with our DR Vet. Their adoption fee is $850 together. 

Junior

Age: 10 months/M
BREED: Bull Arab X Dalmatian
Junior is a friendly boy who is good with kids and suits 7+yo. He loves the ball and shows good self control. Junior is very keen to walk and even more eager to run. Volunteers say "very energetic and strong". He loves pats and sits on command. Junior is social with other dogs and is sweet and affectionate with people. He has a short coat and weighs 26kg. He comes desexed, C5 vaccinated, heartworm free and microchipped. Also included for the love and health of our dogs is a free Health and Wellness Voucher with our DR Vet. His adoption cost is $400.
 
For further details or to meet all cats and dogs at DoggieRescue call  9486 3133 or email  monika@DoggieRescue.com. Visit www.DoggieRescue.com to see all our dogs. www.facebook.com/doggierescue 

November 4 - 10, 2018: Issue 382

Articles This Week 

Front Page Issue 382: A Mix of Good, Bad and Great News

Patients Forced To Travel Out Of Area After Mona Vale Hospital Downgraded 

Bilgola SLSC Hosts Round 1 Of The 2018-2019 SLS SNB Surf Boats Premiership + appointment of Romilly Madew to the Surf Life Saving Foundation Board!

Northern Beaches Council’s nice little earner by John Illingsworth

Palm Beach Sailing Club Honours World and Olympic Champion Members At 2018 'Come Have Some Fun' Open Day: Beware the Bullets Regatta 2018 17-18th November

Remembrance Day 2018 - 100 Years From Armistice Day 1918: Some Pittwater Veterans From The First World War

Contract Awarded For Mona Vale Road Upgrade - from Office of the Hon. Rob Stokes, MP for Pittwater

Building works continue at Mona Vale Hospital - from Office of the Hon. Rob Stokes, MP for Pittwater

Pictures: Sydney Wildlife Totally Wild 2018 Fundraiser Achieves Mobile Clinic Liftoff! by Lynleigh Greig

Pittwater Mens Probus - Visit To The 2018 Temora Warbirds Airshow by by Ron Seldon and Michael Mannington

Aquatics: Living Seawall Tiles Installed On Sydney Harbour Are Turning The Habitat Tide 

Reflections by George RepinTHE CHURCH ON SPILLED BLOOD - 2005

Park Bench Philosopher: Remembrance Day 2018: Mona Vale, War Memorial November 14, 1926 - War Memorials were places to honour the thousands who did not come home and were buried where they fell overseas, and to honour those who survived - History insights first run in 2016

Artists of the Month:  November 2018 - The Avalon Mixed Palette Art Show: Opens Friday November 16th (runs 17-18) - Lorrie Morgan and Debby Waters, founders of the Pittwater Community Arts  are again bringing an eclectic mix of works from 35 Artists for the 14th consecutive year. Unique Silent Auction artworks, to be opened by Katherine Roberts MAG&M - a few samples of the organisers works who are Artists themselves. NB: This page will be updated after Opening Night - more Art!

Avalon Preservation Association AGM

The new NBC CEO Ray Brownlee has agreed to be guest speaker at the Avalon Preservation Association (51st ) AGM at 7pm Monday 5/11/2018 at Avalon Bowling Club

Members, new members and guests welcome.

Only $10 pa to join APA.

Remembrance Day 2018

Remembrance Day was formerly known as Armistice Day and commemorates the cease-fire at the end of World War I. The First World War ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month 1918. On the 11th day of the 11th month at 11am, one minute's silence is observed, to reflect on the loss and suffering caused by all wars. 

2018 Services 
Pittwater RSL Sub Branch
This Remembrance Day commemorates 100 years since Armistice. Please join us at the lower Cenotaph at the club. Sub Branch Members will March on Parade at 10.40 hours.

Avalon Beach RSL Sub Branch
Commences 10.40 hours at Avalon Beach RSL Cenotpah

Palm Beach RSL
Commences 10.40 hours at Palm Beach RSL Cenotpah

Remembrance Day Memorial Service – Manly Dam
Friday 9 November
Manly Dam War Memorial Park
King Street, Manly Vale
Service commences at 10.45am
Presented by the Manly Warringah War Memorial Park Remembrance Trust

Remembrance Day Memorial Service – Manly
Sunday 11 November
Manly War Memorial, The Corso
Service commences at 10.45am


Simon Anderson: Legend

For all of you who like surfing you may be interested in the following video. It accompanied the news from SIBA (Surf and Boardsports Industry Association) that at their annual Awards  evening held on Thursday October 25th, Mr. Anderson was received the 2018 ‘Service to the Industry Award’ in recognition of his three-fin thruster design.

Some may even recognise many of the faces in this video:

Quick Thinking Saves Surfers At Freshwater 

October 31, 2018
by Surf Life Saving NSW
They may have interrupted the Campbell family dinner at Sydney’s Northern Beaches on Tuesday night in dramatic fashion, but fortunately for two young tourists their story does have a happy ending.

A group of Argentinean men thought to be in their 20s were making the most of their time surfing at South Curl Curl Beach, but in an error that could have had disastrous consequences they misread the conditions and got caught in a powerful rip current.

After battling the conditions for some time the group drifted past the Campbell family home shortly before 8pm last night.

Luck was on their side however and their shouts for assistance were heard.

South Curl Curl SLSC teenage twins Angus and David joined their father Mark and their mother on the point as they quickly assessed the situation.

“It was pitch black so we took out a flashlight and tried signalling to the surfers that they shouldn’t get out where they were in danger of smashing into the rocks,” said Mark Campbell.

“Despite the language barrier they got the message and Wayne Settree (a fellow club member) was able to ring the emergency services. The powerful police lights certainly made it a lot easier.”

One of the group was able to make his way out of the water and to safety however his two friends started drifting towards Freshwater Beach.

Emergency services raced to the scene with police, paramedics, and Sydney Northern Beaches Duty Officers all in attendance.

An NSW Ambulance helicopter was also tasked to provide aerial support.

In the mean-time under the direction of his father, 14-year-old David grabbed a foam surf board paddled out to the surfers and using all his skills as a waterman was able to get them to the safety of the shore.

Back on Freshwater Beach the surfers were assessed by paramedics and despite suffering from fatigue they emerged unscathed from their ordeal.

“I have every confidence in my son’s ability in the water as they are very strong paddlers,” said proud father Mark Campbell.

“The skills that they have developed in the water are thanks to Surf Life Saving, and as Angus was still in his school uniform David was the one to go out,” he said.

SLSNSW CEO Steven Pearce praised the quick-thinking junior lifesaver and his family for his actions.

“This was a remarkable effort from young David and the entire Campbell family who had the presence of mind to assess the situation and take action to help.

“I would like to congratulate him for this rescue attempt, which serves as a powerful reminder that as surf lifesavers your skills might be needed at any time,” Mr Pearce said.

Northern Beaches Council’s Nice Little Earner

Hundreds of people are being booked at Mona Vale because of RMS incompetence and NBC laziness. They know about this but do nothing .... except continue to fine you. It’s probable that more than $20,000 has been ripped out of unsuspecting punters’ wallets because of this. Anyone for a GIPA to find out:

1. How many have been booked at $187 a pop and paid up?
2. How often has Northern Beaches Council been notified of the problem with the lines and the signs – and failed to act?
3. Why does the State Debt Recovery Office – the enforcer – autocratically refuse to acknowledge this incompetently marked pavement and poorly positioned signage? 

If you’ve been booked and not yet paid the fine consider an appeal in writing. And if refused perhaps consider defending the matter in court as I successfully did.

If you’ve already coughed up could you appeal for a refund? After all, if it’s good enough for the banks why not State Revenue and the NBC?

This is not legal advice. This video is offered in good faith without prejudice.

by John Illingsworth

Contract Awarded For Mona Vale Road Upgrade

November 2nd, 2018

Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes today announced the NSW Government has awarded the construction contract for the upgrade of Mona Vale Road East.

The $140 million project, between Foley Street at Mona Vale and Manor Road at Ingleside, will involve building additional climbing and descending lanes to improve travel times, and the introduction of median separation and a heavy vehicle arrester bed to help address the road’s tragic crash history.

The contract has been awarded to Georgiou Group Pty Ltd and onsite works are expected to commence in February next year, after the summer holiday period. The project is expected to be completed in 2022. 

“This is a huge win for our community,” Rob Stokes said today.

“This upgrade has been talked about for decades – so to now have it fully funded and ready to go is fantastic.

“The key focus of this project is making this notorious stretch of road safer for our community.

“An enormous amount of work has been completed over recent years to get to this point – including geotechnical assessments, property acquisitions and detailed road design.

“There are thousands of motorists who use Mona Vale Road every day and they all know just how important this safety upgrade is. 

“As with all major projects, funding is always an issue and that’s why it was so important we secured the necessary funds in last year’s State Budget.

“Along with everyone in our community I look forward to work getting underway on this project early in the New Year,” Rob Stokes said.

Detailed road design works are continuing for Mona Vale Road West, between Powder Works Road at Ingleside and McCarrs Creek Road at Terrey Hills.

Major improvements to the intersection of Mona Vale Road and Forest Way at Terrey Hills have also recently been completed to assist travel flow, particularly during the morning peak.

More information on the Mona Vale Road Upgrade is available at www.rms.nsw.gov.au/projects/sydney-north/mona-vale-road/index.html

Mona Vale Road Upgrade: Survey-Investigation Works

By NSW Roads & Maritime - Notices
Survey and investigation work on McCarrs Creek Road and Mona Vale Road, Terrey Hills and Ingleside, from Monday 13 August.

The NSW Government is upgrading the Mona Vale Road. To support the planning of this project further investigation works are required. This project is being staged to provide customers with a better travelling experience and to improve safety and traffic efficiency.

Roads and Maritime Services will carry out further survey, geotechnical and utility investigation work along parts of McCarrs Creek Road, Mona Vale Road, Wirreanda Road, Addison Road and Bahai Temple Way from Monday 13 August.

The survey, geotechnical and utility investigation work will be carried out from Monday 13 August until the end of 2018, weather permitting. The work will be carried out during standard working hours between 7am and 6pm, Monday to Friday.

Some night work may be required to minimise the impact to motorists and other road users. We will notify affected residents in advance of any night work.

The work will involve:
• potholing and searching for utilities
• topographical surveying
• pavement and geotechnical investigating.

We have included a map to show the location of the work.

How will the work affect you?
There may be some noise associated with this work. Machinery and equipment used during this work may include construction vehicles, drilling equipment, hand and power tools, generators, concrete saws, sledgehammers and an excavator.

Traffic changes
There will be some temporary traffic changes to ensure the safety of workers, motorists, cyclists and pedestrians. Lane closures may be in place and may affect travel times. On road cycling detours will be in place during parts of the work to maintain cyclist safety.
Please keep to speed limits and follow the direction of traffic controllers and signs. For the latest traffic updates, you can call 132 701, visit livetraffic.com or download the Live Traffic NSW App. 

The Great Anti-Fracking Bus Trip 2018

The NT Govt has released half of the Territory for CSG - it's a toxic disaster! 

We are helping to get pastoralists and indigenous owners on a bus trip to SE Qld. and the Pilliga to see first hand what fracking does to farmland, water and country, and to hear from land owners and farmers there what a disaster it is. 

This Chuffed fundraiser is to help cover the cost of fuel and cabin accommodation for the 10 days they will be on the road. You can donate directly, and you can bid on stuff in some Facebook Auctions coming up. Any amount helps.

AND can you please invite your friends to the Facebook page HERE too. It's as much about raising awareness as it is about raising money. Tell everyone - NO FRACKING OUR LAND OR WATER!

Thanks, 
Dick & Bron Clarke

Donate at this Chuffed secure link:




The Pittwater Paddle is on again this year! It’s on Sunday 4 November!

Choose from 3 races:

8.4km Pittwater Paddle (Out and around Scotland Island)
3.6km Pittwater Family Paddle (Out and back to Scotland Island)
1km Pittwater Sprint Races (note that entry to the sprints is included when you register for either the 8.4km or the 3.6km race)

Register today at www.pittwaterpaddle.org.au

BYO paddle craft | Entry fees apply

 Pittwater Offshore Newsletter Update 1/11/2018 

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To contact Julian:  editor@scotlandisland.org.au

Closure Of Mona Vale Hospital Services Marks Sad Day For Northern Beaches Community

November 1st, 2018 - Media Release
NSW Greens MP and Health spokesperson, Dawn Walker MP has described the closure of Mona Vale Hospital’s emergency department and acute services from Wednesday 31 October as a sad day for the Northern Beaches community.

“Mona Vale Hospital has been providing emergency, maternity and surgical services to the Northern Beaches community since the 1960’s. It’s a tragedy that this out-of-touch Liberal-National Government has chosen to shut down the Hospital’s acute services and leave Mona Vale Hospital a shell of what it once was” said Dawn Walker MP.

“I congratulate the Northern Beaches community and particularly the Save Mona Vale Hospital group for their ongoing campaign to retain emergency and acute services at Mona Vale Hospital and call on the NSW Government to reverse their short-sighted decision.

“I’ve moved a motion in State Parliament calling on the NSW Government to reverse their decision to downgrade Mona Vale Hospital and reinstate acute and emergency services at the site. It’s time they listened.

“Pittwater MP, Rob Stokes should work on a plan to restore all services at Mona Vale Hospital prior to the state election in March 2019. 

“We’ve seen the recent result in the Wentworth by-election where a previously ‘safe seat’ voted for change because it was taken for granted by an out of touch Liberal Government. Rob Stokes should hear the message and listen to his community” said Dawn Walker MP.

Mona Vale Hospital’s emergency department and other acute services will close as of Wednesday 31 October when patients are transferred to Northern Beaches Hospital.


NSW Rural Fire Service Medals Presentation Ceremony 

Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons presented National and Long Service Medals to 50 members in recognition of a collective 1050 years of service at the Warringah / Pittwater Headquarters Rural Fire Brigade on November 1st.

Alan Brinkworth, Bob and Christine Mitchell were recognised for serving for 45 years and Jeff Cree who has now served for 50 years. 

Congratulations and thanks you to all medal recipients for your outstanding and dedicated service.

Photo from Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons Facebook post

Congratulations Johnson Brothers-Mitre 10 Mona Vale!

On October 21st, 2018 at the NSW Independent Hardware Group awards, Johnson Bros. Mitre 10 Mona Vale were awarded both the Best Trade Store and the Best Large Format store, as well as a finalist for Best Garden Centre. 

Nominees are judged on performance in core business areas including store standards, customer service, innovation and business strategy. As the JBH Mitre 10 crew are all trained to provide product advice and superlative customer care, and do it with a genuine smile, the years of doing Brilliantly Better are set to continue.

Congratulations to all members of one of Pittwater's favourite families and loyalist supporters of every community endeavour, and to their suppliers, customers and most of all - their amazing staff.

JBH-Mitre 10 MV
73 Bassett Street
Mona Vale
Visit: jbhmv.com.au

Aquatic Projects In Pittwater: What's Going On?

Macquarie University Environmental Science students will give presentations about their work in Pittwater.

Where: Coastal Environment Centre, Lake Park Rd  Narrabeen.
When: Friday 9 November 10am-1pm

They have been working on aquatic projects in Pittwater and will be presenting their findings.
Topics include:
  • metals and microplastics in the sediment 
  • plankton communities:
  • the interaction between caulerpa and native sea grass.             (Caulerpa is an introduced algae or seaweed)
All Welcome.


High tide in Careel Bay, Pittwater.

Pittwater Natural Heritage Association (PNHA)

2018 Harken International Youth Match Racing Line-Up Confirmed

November 1st, 2018
By RPAYC
The 2018 Harken International Youth Match Racing Regatta will host the World’s best youth match racing talents, with competitors coming from across the globe including America, New Zealand, and interstate Australia. This year’s event is again being managed by one of Australia’s best Race Management and International Umpire teams, continuing its place as one of the most prestigious Youth Match Racing Events in the world.



With 6 of the 12 teams ranked within the world top 100, competition for this year’s Rockin’ Robin Trophy and Grade 2 ranking points will be fierce. RPAYC Head Coach Tom Spithill commented ‘Not only has ‘The Harken’ got a big reputation in Australia as being one of the feature events of the year, we now have worldwide reach’.

Current Australian Open Match Racing Champion James Hodgson, who is representing The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, joins as the highest ranked competitor currently ranked 35th on the World Sailing Open Rankings.

 As the RPAYC teams have been worldly renowned for with strong mixed and female teams, this year emerging talent Juliet Costanzo is coming fresh off her win at the Australian Women’s Match Racing Nationals. “Growing up watching this event I have always had aspirations to one day sail in it, so to be able to skipper a team for the Harken this year is really exciting’, commented an excited Costanzo before she hit the water for training.


Racing for the Grade 2 International Youth Match Racing Regatta starts November 22nd at the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club in the clubs polished fleet of Elliott 7’s.

Grant Pellew, HARKEN Australia Managing Director commented: ‘We are heavily committed to youth sailing both here and overseas and have been extremely proud of our involvement in this event over the past 26 years. On behalf of Harken Worldwide we wish everyone Good Luck and may the best team win’.

Whale Giving A Wave At Warriewood

Video by Warriewood SLSC - November 2nd, 2018

Palm Beach Sailing Club - Beware The Bullets Regatta 2018

Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th November 2018
At: Palm Beach Sailing Club (formerly known as Pittwater Catamaran Club)
On Water Venue: Pittwater estuary between Governor Phillip Park, West Head, The Basin and Careel Bay.

This will be the 53rd consecutive running of the annual regatta
Classes/brands of boats attending: Hobie Cat 16, Hobie Cat 18, Taipan, Formula 18, A Class, Wetta
 
This year the regatta also incorporates the NSW State Titles for the Taipan Catamaran Class.
 
What Does Beware The Bullets mean?
The sailing course area near Barrenjoey Headland and the sand spit connecting it to the mainland allows the traditional nor-east seabreeze to blow over the sand spit, but also bend around the headland. At times there are freak gusts that bounce down onto the water in short bursts that can catch the sailors by surprise. These unexpected gusts are called Bullets. When sailing close to Barrenjoey Headland you therefore need to be careful or beware of the bullets. Every year we see catamarans flying a hull very high as a result of the bullets and, if you are not careful and react swiftly, the bullets can make the boat capsize and you will lose your position in the race. You’ve been warned! Beware the Bullets.

NOR and Online Registration at: http://pbsc.org.au/Bullets.aspx

Navigation Restriction - Windsor Bridge, Hawkesbury River - Span Closures - Bridge Replacement Works

NSW Roads and Maritime - Marine Notices (Marine Safety Act 1998 s.12) 
Windsor Bridge, Hawkesbury River
SPAN CLOSURES – BRIDGE REPLACEMENT WORKS
Monday 29 October 2018 to end of December 2019 

THE WORKS
Vessel operators are advised that in order to provide a safe and reliable crossing of the Hawkesbury River at Windsor a new Windsor Bridge is being built. The works will commence on Monday 29 October 2018 and are scheduled for completion in December 2019.

As a result, navigation through the bridge spans will be restricted to one navigable channel through one span of the Old Windsor Bridge for the duration of works. Spans will be temporarily closed during the installation of bridge piers, incremental launching of the structure and demolition of the Old Windsor Bridge. Closed spans will be marked with the appropriate closed channel signals and marked by buoys. Project signage will also be displayed at Pitt Town and Governor Phillip Reserve Boat Ramps.

Unauthorised vessels are prohibited from entering or operating within the closed span.

NAVIGATION WARNING 
Vessel operators are advised to exercise extreme caution when navigating in the vicinity of the works and to pay particular attention to the closed spans.

This navigation warning remains in place for the duration of the works.

DIRECTIONS
Roads and Maritime advises: 

Vessels are required to maintain a safe distance and speed from the works and operators are reminded that the production of wash which impacts unreasonably on the works is an offence (Marine Safety Regulation – clause 11) - Maximum Penalty $5,500.00)
Persons within the vicinity of the works must comply with any directions given by a Boating Safety Officer or Police Officer in relation to the works or to marine safety. Failure to comply with any such direction is an offence (Marine Safety Act 1998, s.15A - Maximum Penalty $3,300.00). 

MAPS & CHARTS AFFECTED
Roads & Maritime Services Boating Map – 9C

For further information concerning this Navigation Warning, please contact the Roads and Maritime Services Info line on 13 12 36.
MARINE NOTICE SY1838

DoggieRescue.com

Pets of the Week

AJ


AGE/SEX: 6 years / M
BREED: Cattle X Bull Arab
AJ was a long term resident at a pound with no interest. He has scars on his face and ears and torn left ear from fights. AJ is a very gentle boy who has not been walked on lead before coming to us. With volunteers he walked reluctantly at first then walked hesitantly. He was a little scared of vehicles at first but improved as time passed. He is an amazing sweet boy who just needs someone to love him and give him time. He has a short coat and weighs 33.7kg. 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. 

Sundae

AGE/SEX: 18 months / F
BREED: Kelpie X
Sundae is a very happy friendly engaging girl. She has a lot of energy being a teenager and working breed. Out walking she pulls a bit on lead out of excitement. She ignores cars and generally is unreactive to other dogs. She is really into cuddles, belly rubs and will sit on command. She has a short coat and weighs 19kg. She comes desexed, C5 vaccinated, heartworm free and microchipped. Also included for the love and health of our dogs is a free Health and Wellness Voucher with our DR Vet. Her adoption cost is $450. 

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

Palmy Old Mal-Log Rally 2018

On Saturday 10 November 2018, Palm Beach Longboarders is hosting its 22nd annual Palmy Old Mal Rally at Palm Beach on Sydney’s northern beaches. 

Palmy President Pete English says –
“The Old Mal Log Rally goes from strength to strength. It has a roots connection to longboarding and is one of the longest running events of its type in the country. It’s a graceful style of surfing that embraces art, lifestyle and music, in ways that is keeping longboarding fresh and engaging a broader, younger audience. There are a lot of smiles that go around at this event.”

The contest is exclusively for pre-1968 boards and modern single fin logs. 

Palmy welcomes surfers from all over the state - including former event winners Matt Chojnacki, Jye Byrnes, Jack Norton, Jace Pioli, Justin Bevan, Johnny Gill and Kai Ellice-Flint and old hands Bruce Channon from Palm Beach, Lynden Riley from Manly and Wollongong’s Billy Morris. Keyo rider Tom Payne, is a former junior winner, and current Australian Open champion Declan Wyton has been invited. The girls event is filling up quickly. Local junior Minna Blackwell who got a third at the recent Australian Old Mal titles in Crescent Head will be one to watch.

There are a total of 72 spots available over Open Old Mal, Over 40 Old Mal, Open Log, Junior Log and the Ladies divisions. The first heat will start at 6.30 and the last final is scheduled for 4.30. As always, there’s an all-day BBQ, music, vintage cars, vintage boards and a celebration to finish. 



Thank you to sponsors, Naked Wines, HeartSmart, Vanimo Surf Lodge, Young Henrys, The Critical Slide Society, O’Donnell, Keyo and McTavish, Okanui and Pacific Longboarder.

Entry form is below, simply click on, 'save as' on your own PC or device, fill out and get it in - see you on the beach!
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Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary 2018 Stalls

 
 
November
3rd: Stall. Pittwater Place, Mona Vale                          9am to 3pm
Sewing, knitting, craft, books
 
4th: Bunnings, Narrabeen                                              8am to 3pm
Sausage sizzle                                                    
 
December
1st: Stall, Pittwater Place Mona Vale                           9am to 3pm
Sewing, knitting, craft, books

December 7th, Stall Outside ANZ Bank, Avalon Parade, Avalon
Sewing, knitting, craft, jam                                           9am to 3pm

Caravan Owners Set To Save Big On Cost Of Living 

Friday, 2 November 2018
Northern Beaches MPs James Griffin, Brad Hazzard and Rob Stokes are reminding caravan owners that they will soon receive a 40 per cent discount on the registration costs of caravans and camper trailers.

“These reductions to registration are yet another cost of living measure implemented by this Government,” Mr Griffin said. 

“This means that caravan owners on the Northern Beaches and across NSW will now save up to $471 off their rego.”

Member for Wakehurst Brad Hazzard said, “these changes came into effect on 1 November 2018 and will be of great benefit to the many caravan owners on the Northern Beaches and more broadly, to approximately 120,000 registrations across the State.”

Towed caravans and purpose-built camper trailers that are privately registered will be eligible for the 40 per cent reduction in motor vehicle tax. Customers will still be required to pay the standard NSW registration fees including the annual fee of $65.

“Caravanning is a wonderful way for people of all ages to experience the great Australian road trip – I’m delighted the NSW Government is able to assist in making this more affordable,” said Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes.

Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said that the motor vehicle tax is part of the cost associated with registering a vehicle in NSW, but eligible caravan owners will now benefit from a reduction. 

“Not only will this put money back into hip pockets, it will encourage more people to travel and do business in NSW,” Mr Perrottet said. 

Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said the Liberals and Nationals recognised the need to reduce costs associated with these popular vehicles. 

“These are big numbers and huge savings. The change will apply to towed caravans and purpose-built camper trailers weighing up to 4.5 tonnes, putting a saving of up to $471 back into the pockets of hard working families,” Mrs Pavey said. 

KEY POINTS 
  • 120,000 caravanners across NSW to benefit from the reduction
  • Savings range from $46 to $471
  • The 40 per cent reduction applies to privately-owned towed caravans and purpose-built camper trailers, weighing 255kg to 4.5 tonne
  • A pensioner that elects to have free registration for a vehicle other than their caravan or camper trailer, will still be eligible for the 40 per cent discount

Local Fishing And Community Groups Encouraged To Apply For 2019/2020 Recreational Fishing Trust Grants

BY NSW  DPI
Do you have a great idea to improve recreational fishing in your local area? Now is the time for NSW fishing and community groups to apply for funding to bring their ideas to life, with Recreational Fishing Trust funding applications opening today.

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

“This funding makes a meaningful difference to recreational fishers, with flow-on benefits for entire communities who benefit from the increased tourism and business opportunities that recreational fishing can generate in their region,” Mr Turnell said.

“Projects funded from the Recreational Fishing Trust include recreational fishing education, fishing access and facilities, improving fish habitat, fisheries research and much more.

“Some of the popular projects currently funded include fishing platforms, fish cleaning facilities, fish stocking, fish aggregating devices, fishing workshops, the Fishcare Volunteer program and fish habitat rehabilitation.

“Each year, around $15 million is raised from the sale of recreational fishing licences and re-invested back into projects that benefit recreational fishing.

“We encourage all fishing and community groups to come up with new ideas on how this funding could be re-invested back into the sport they love.”

Mr Turnell said applications are open to anyone, including fishing clubs and organisations, universities, councils, community groups, and individuals. Joint applications, including those that combine freshwater and saltwater projects, are encouraged.

“You can discuss your funding ideas with DPI Fisheries by calling (02) 4916 3835 or by emailing recreational.fishingtrust@dpi.nsw.gov.au for more information, ” he said.

“This grants program is another way the NSW Government continues to reinvest this resource back into the recreational fishing industry which adds about $3.4 billion to the State’s economy each year, and accounts for more than 14,000 full-time jobs.”

Applications close on 30 November 2018.

For more information, visit NSWDPI


October 28 - November 3, 2018: Issue 381

Articles This Week 

Front Page Issue 381

Surf Life Saving Australia Awards Of Excellence 2018: Avalon Beach SLSC Named DHL Club Of The Year - Whale Beach Receives A Meritorious Award 

Eileen Gordon Awarded Life Membership To UHA - Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary Continues To Work For The Community

Pittwater Calls For Demerger Answer After Five Month Delay + LGNSW Motion to Support Council Demergers Passed at 2018 Conference

Silent Protest at Mona Vale Hospital “Closing Day”: 8.30 a.m. Oct. 31, at the hospital

Funding Boosts For Mona Vale Surf Club and Currawong Cottages - Rob Stokes, MP for Pittwater: Pasadena funding reallocated

NRMA Acquires Fantasea Cruising Fleet

Aquatics: NSW Sports High Schools Association And Surfing NSW Form Partnership

Pictures: Newport Sculpture Trail 2018 Is Open!

Lifesavers Deliver Hope to NSW Farmers: 2018 SLSNSW Buy A Bale Hay Delivery

Brush Turkeys In Suburbia: There's An App For That - Citizen Scientists Called On To Spot Brush Turkeys In Their Backyards

Park Bench Philosopher: We Have So Many Ways To Pursue A Healthy Climate –  It’s Insane To Wait Any Longer by Peter C. Doherty, Laureate Professor, The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity + Australian health professionals' statement on climate change and health published in The Lancet

Profile: Neale Ashby The Palm Beach Longboarders Old Mal-Log Rally 2018 is coming up on November 10th, a chance for those who like to Hang Five to do so and those who like to watch this classic traditional form of surfing get a good dose of the great stuff. This year, doing his inaugural Palmy Longboarders Rally, is Narrabeen Sports High Teacher Neale Ashby, a gentleman born and bred here who still loves his surfing and represented New South Wales as part of the NSW Team at this year's Nationals. 

History: Roads IN Pittwater: The Barrenjoey Road There is only one road in and one road out of the peninsula that stretches to the Barrenjoey Headland - formed along an ancient aboriginal pathway, the widening of this track by European settlers, the building of bridges across creeks, the filling in of a lagoon and cutting into hillsides have changed the way to wend north in just 100 years

 Pittwater Offshore Newsletter Update 21/10/2018 

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To contact Julian:  editor@scotlandisland.org.au

Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary Continues To Work For The Community 

The Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary members advise that they will still be working hard raising funds for the renovation of the rehabilitation units and ongoing maintenance of the hydrotherapy pool amongst other requirements on site when patients and staff move to the Northern Beaches Hospital. 

The Auxiliary is grateful for the donations from our community and craft, knitting and sewing donations and the stalls will continue in the future. They will be holding one in the vacant shop in Pittwater Place, Mona Vale from October 29th to November 3rd.

The Auxiliary organises weekly high teas for rehabilitation patients and the breakfast club to assist patients to become independent after suffering strokes etc.  The monthly sausage sizzles will continue also. 

The kiosk will remain open on its current site during the period the hospital has closed until it is relocated next to the new Urgent Care Centre early next year.

Supporters of MVHA will be delighted to know that past MVHA President Eileen Gordon has been awarded Life Membership of the United Hospital Auxiliaries at the Conference that took place this week.

Visit:  Eileen Gordon Awarded Life Membership To UHA 

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
South Mona Vale Headland Reserve, Coronation St, Mona Vale (next to hospital)
Hosted by Save Mona Vale Hospital Committee.

Patients from Mona Vale Hospital's acute services wards will be transferred to the New Northern Beaches Hospital on Wednesday, October 31 - the day after the Emergency Department closes.

We will hold a silent protest at the closure of emergency, surgery, intensive care, maternity and other acute services outside the hospital - ensuring we do not disturb patients.

However, the gathering will also be a tribute to the many doctors, nurses, other staff and volunteers who have served the community at the hospital since it opened in 1964.

Easylink Shuttle Service To NBH

Northern Beaches Hospital
We operate a shuttle bus between Mona Vale Hospital and the new Northern Beaches Hospital.
To view the shuttle’s timetable and fee schedule, please click here. (Also below) Please contact us for details on pickups in your area.

Subsidised passengers
If you’re registered with My Aged Care, transport disadvantaged temporarily or permanently, or referred by Manly Waters or Delmar Private Hospitals, the cost for our shuttle services are as follows:

Northern Beaches Hospital
$6.00 each way from Mona Vale Hospital Community Health Centre
$8.00 each way from home (up to 5km from Mona Vale Hospital)
$10 each way from home (more than 5km from Mona Vale Hospital)

For NDIS, HCP customer: $10 each way  from Mona Vale Hospital Community Health Centre, $15.00 each way from home
For private customers: $10.00 each way from Mona Vale Community Health Centre

Congratulations Avalon Girls Soccer

Congratulations to Avalon PS Senior Girls Soccer Team. Runners up in the final of the State Soccer Knock Out after a 1-0 loss to Engadine West. A HUGE accomplishment to be second out of 400+ teams in the comp. 

'We are super proud of the team, and our Super Coach, Ms Connolly.' -  Avalon Public School

Funding Boost For Mona Vale Surf Club

23 October 2018
Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes has announced the NSW Government has provided a further $2.5 million to assist with the upgrade of Mona Vale Surf Life Saving Club.

The funds are in addition to $1.4 million allocated to the project last year, bringing the NSW Government’s total contribution to $3.9 million.

The funding is part of the NSW Government’s Stronger Communities Fund provided to progress key local projects in partnership with Northern Beaches Council. Following Northern Beaches Council’s decision not to pursue an acquisition of the Pasadena site at Church Point, the residual funding is now being secured to further support and expedite Council’s other projects.

“This generational upgrade will ensure the surf club continues to provide outstanding community services into the future,” Rob Stokes said today.

“Improvements to Mona Vale Surf Club have been sought for many years but funding has always been an issue.

“Mona Vale is one of Sydney’s busiest beaches over summer with people coming from all over to enjoy it.

“Surf clubs not only accommodate essential surf rescue equipment and training facilities – they’re also really important community hubs.

“I’m delighted this additional funding has been secured to further support Northern Beaches Council with this long-awaited and essential project,” Rob Stokes said.

Other surf club upgrade projects being supported as part of the NSW Government’s Stronger Communities Fund include Newport Surf Life Saving Club and Long Reef Surf Life Saving Club.

Below: Architects Concept Drawing for MVSLSC

Additional Funds To Restore Currawong Beach Cottages

26 October 2018
Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes today announced the NSW Government will provide a further $1.68 million to support Northern Beaches Council with the refurbishment of the historic Currawong Beach cottages.

This follows $1 million provided to the project last year, bringing the NSW Government’s total allocation to $2.68 million.

The funds have been provided to Northern Beaches Council through the NSW Government’s Stronger Communities Fund and have been made available from funds that were previously allocated for the acquisition of the Pasadena site at Church Point.

Restoration works on the heritage listed Currawong Beach cottages will ensure they are comfortable and functional for guests into the future. Northern Beaches Council, which manages Currawong State Park, has commenced detailed design, with construction works planned for after the peak summer season.

“Currawong has been a unique holiday destination for generations of Sydneysiders,” Rob Stokes said today.

“It’s becoming increasingly difficult for families on holiday to escape the presence and attraction of modern devices and technology. Currawong offers the opportunity to step back and unwind.

“These upgrades will ensure the cottages are more inviting and comfortable – but still provide opportunities for families and conference groups to switch off in a natural and historic waterfront setting.

“Currawong’s key attractions are its simplicity and tranquil surrounds – however it’s also really important to ensure its facilities are functional, inviting, and meet modern standards.

“I’m delighted the NSW Government is able to assist Northern Beaches Council with their ongoing work to ensure this very special area is protected and enhanced for future generations,” Rob Stokes said.

In recent years other significant improvements have been introduced at Currawong through collaboration between the NSW Government, Northern Beaches Council, Pittwater Environmental Foundation and The Friends of Currawong.

Currawong was purchased by the NSW Government in 2011 following a hard-fought community campaign against residential subdivision plans by a private owner. The NSW Government announced the creation of Currawong State Park in 2015.


Currawong Cottages - Michael Mannington/Volunteer Photography

Happy 130th Newport PS!

We hope you all had a really great time this week celebrating the 130 years of your school. Having heard about some of the great projects undertaken by students and their mums and dads it must have been great.

Thank you to all those who thanked us for running a few insights into your great school in The Newport School: 1888 to 2018 - it's good that this was of some benefit.

Did you know that another local gentleman put together a video a few years back that shows Newport, Bilgola, Clareville and Avalon in 1956?

Pittwater Online has run this before for you - BUT, on this very special occasion it's probably worth a second look.

This is John Illingsworth's 2011 reprise of PAPER RUN from the NFSA collection http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dyxAR... 

John's family has ties to Newport that go back a few generations too!

Here's his film:

Premier’s Anzac Memorial Scholarship (PAMS)

The Premier’s Anzac Memorial Scholarship gives high school students the opportunity to travel on an international study tour to develop their knowledge and understanding of the history of Australians at war. 

The 2019 Premier’s Anzac Memorial Scholarship tour 
In 2019 the Scholarship will fund a study tour for 20 students to travel to Germany, France and Belgium during September and October. Students will visit the battlefields where Australians fought to learn about the causes of the First and Second World Wars, and to commemorate their service.

All NSW High Schools were invited to submit an online expression of interest. Applications closed on Monday 15 October 2018. A ballot was held on Wednesday 17 October 2018 to draw 20 schools. Each of the schools drawn is now responsible for selecting a maximum of three History students who are enrolled in either Year 10 or 11 in 2019, and who will turn 16 years of age by 27 September 2019, the departure date of the tour.

The Office for Veterans Affairs will consider the candidates put forward by each school and complete the final selection process to choose one student per school.

Students and parents
Students who meet the selection criteria will be able to apply for the scholarship if their school was selected in the ballot. The schools that were drawn in the ballot are listed below. Student application forms will be made available to eligible students from these schools.


Please contact Veterans Affairs on (02) 8061 9288 if you have any questions. 


PAMS 2019 – Schools drawn in the ballot
School name

Caringbah High School
Carlingford High School
Cecil Hills High School
Champagnat Catholic College
Charlton Christian College
Coonabarabran High School
Crestwood High School
Erskine Park High School
Goulburn High School
Great Lakes College Tuncurry Campus
Holsworthy High School
Jamison High School
Merewether High School
Monte Sant' Angelo
Nowra Christian School
St Brigid's Catholic College
St John Paul II Catholic College
St Patrick's College for Girls
St Stanislaus' College
The Forest High School

Avalon Preservation Association AGM

The new NBC CEO Ray Brownlee has agreed to be guest speaker at the Avalon Preservation Association (51st ) AGM at 7pm Monday 5/11/2018 at Avalon Bowling Club

Members, new members and guests welcome.

Only $10 pa to join APA.

Mona Vale Road Upgrade: Survey-Investigation Works

By NSW Roads & Maritime - Notices
Survey and investigation work on McCarrs Creek Road and Mona Vale Road, Terrey Hills and Ingleside, from Monday 13 August.

The NSW Government is upgrading the Mona Vale Road. To support the planning of this project further investigation works are required. This project is being staged to provide customers with a better travelling experience and to improve safety and traffic efficiency.

Roads and Maritime Services will carry out further survey, geotechnical and utility investigation work along parts of McCarrs Creek Road, Mona Vale Road, Wirreanda Road, Addison Road and Bahai Temple Way from Monday 13 August.

The survey, geotechnical and utility investigation work will be carried out from Monday 13 August until the end of 2018, weather permitting. The work will be carried out during standard working hours between 7am and 6pm, Monday to Friday.

Some night work may be required to minimise the impact to motorists and other road users. We will notify affected residents in advance of any night work.

The work will involve:
• potholing and searching for utilities
• topographical surveying
• pavement and geotechnical investigating.

We have included a map to show the location of the work.

How will the work affect you?
There may be some noise associated with this work. Machinery and equipment used during this work may include construction vehicles, drilling equipment, hand and power tools, generators, concrete saws, sledgehammers and an excavator.

Traffic changes
There will be some temporary traffic changes to ensure the safety of workers, motorists, cyclists and pedestrians. Lane closures may be in place and may affect travel times. On road cycling detours will be in place during parts of the work to maintain cyclist safety.
Please keep to speed limits and follow the direction of traffic controllers and signs. For the latest traffic updates, you can call 132 701, visit livetraffic.com or download the Live Traffic NSW App. 

The Great Anti-Fracking Bus Trip 2018

The NT Govt has released half of the Territory for CSG - it's a toxic disaster! 

We are helping to get pastoralists and indigenous owners on a bus trip to SE Qld. and the Pilliga to see first hand what fracking does to farmland, water and country, and to hear from land owners and farmers there what a disaster it is. 

This Chuffed fundraiser is to help cover the cost of fuel and cabin accommodation for the 10 days they will be on the road. You can donate directly, and you can bid on stuff in some Facebook Auctions coming up. Any amount helps.

AND can you please invite your friends to the Facebook page HERE too. It's as much about raising awareness as it is about raising money. Tell everyone - NO FRACKING OUR LAND OR WATER!

Thanks, 
Dick & Bron Clarke

Donate at this Chuffed secure link:


Learn To Swim Narrabeen 2018 Rego. Day

Narrabeen Learn to Swim provides swimming lessons by qualified AustSwim instructors on Saturday mornings (9am to 11am) during the summer season for a nominal fee of $40/child for the season. 

One-to-one lessons are provided and last approximately 10mins. Registration day will be held on Saturday 4th November 2018, with lessons starting on Saturday 11th November 2016.

Register at North Narrabeen Rock pool from 9 a.m. on 4th of November.

Children (3+ years old) come along at any time in the morning, enrol, receive a number indicating their position in a queue and wait for one of the volunteer instructors to take them. Stroke correction and water awareness lessons also available for older children.

WE NEED QUALIFIED VOLUNTEER TEACHERS. 
If you have your accredited Austswim or similar. We would love to have you join us. The reward is seeing the development of our little swimmers grow in their abilities.

More information
Contact: Liz Kelly
Phone: 0418 696 525

Grants Help Communities Commemorate Centenary Of Armistice

October 25, 2018: Media release - The Hon Darren Chester MP, Minister for Veterans' Affairs, Minister for Defence Personnel, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC
More than 660 community projects commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armistice of the First World War are set to share in more than $5.3 million under the Armistice Centenary Grants Program.

Minister for Veterans' Affairs Darren Chester said he was impressed with the projects that had been approved for funding, and the innovative ways groups were commemorating the centenary of the First World War Armistice.

"Successful projects and activities include the restoration of relics from the First World War, installation of commemorative plaques, the creation of displays and books, activities to honour the role women played during the war, as well as the installation of honour boards," Mr Chester said.

"Two projects that particularly resonated were the establishment of a dedicated learning centre at Redfield College in Dural, New South Wales to educate students about Australia's role in the First World War, and the production of a short documentary showcasing students' work and learning about the centenary of the Armistice at St Mary's Primary School in Dandenong, Victoria.

"These projects are central to the goals of the Anzac Centenary 2014–18, creating a lasting legacy for those in the community and educating the younger generation of Australians of the service and sacrifice of those who served during the First World War."

Under the Armistice Centenary Grants Program, every Federal electorate had the opportunity to receive up to $50,000 for local projects that commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armistice on 11 November 2018.

This is the latest announcement of successful community projects awarded funding and details by state are listed below. Further announcements of successful grant recipients will be made over the coming weeks.

Computer Pals for Senior Northern Beaches Inc Narrabeen Mackellar Produce a commemorative booklet and train participants on researching relevant war records from the First World War $4,761

Dee Why RSL Club Limited Dee Why Mackellar
Restore, renovate and repair the Dee Why Surf Life Saving Club cenotaph. $40,909

Forestville RSL Sub-Branch Forestville Warringah
Purchase and install two memorial benches in the Cenotaph area of the Forestville RSL. $2,728

Friends of Freshwater Inc Freshwater Warringah
Install a statue in the Freshwater ANZAC Memorial, Jacka Park. $25,000

Mosman High School Mosman Warringah
Restore the First World War Honour Roll at the school. $8,000

Seaforth Public School Seaforth Warringah
Create a memorial garden at the school to commemorate the service of men and women who fought in the First World War.  $8,000

Mosman RSL Sub-Branch Mosman Warringah
Repair and upgrade the medals board and restore historic First World War art work at the RSL Club.  $5,455

NSW'S First Women's Week Grants Available

October 15, 2018: NSW Government
Women’s health, social and economic empowerment are set to be key features of events held during the State’s inaugural NSW Women’s Week in March next year.

Minister for Women Tanya Davies today called on local government and not-for-profit community organisations to apply for a share of $100,000 to hold events in the week of 2019 International Women’s Day to celebrate local women.

“While progress is being made toward gender equity in women’s personal and public lives, there is still more work to do,” Mrs Davies said.

“We’re open to all kinds of events that celebrate women and girls across our State.”

Events should support at least one of the key priorities of the NSW Women’s Strategy 2018-2022 by either;
  • Improving women’s financial wellbeing and security
  • Encouraging a holistic approach to health and wellbeing or
  • Helping women and girls build confidence and resilience and celebrating their achievements.
“We want these events to be about mentoring and supporting - be it a career day, workshop for women in STEM, sporting event, an activity that promotes wellbeing, or even a networking opportunity,” Mrs Davies said.

“The NSW Government wants to empower women to fulfil their potential.”

Funding is available across two categories to cater for small-scale or large local community events and activities.

NSW Women’s Week will take place from Monday 3 to Saturday March 9, 2019. International Women’s Day will be celebrated on March 8.

Applications for the NSW Women’s Week Grants Program close on Monday, November 12 at 5pm. For further information, criteria or to apply, please visit the Womens NSW website.

Supporting People With Disability In NSW

October 23, 2018: Media releases - NSW Dept. of Family & Community Services

Minister for Disability Services Ray Williams launched a public information campaign to ensure all eligible people with disability in NSW sign up to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

"NSW is leading the country, with almost 100,000 people with disability signed up to the NDIS," Mr Williams said.

"We estimate there are tens of thousands of people in NSW who may be eligible for the scheme but have not yet signed up.

"This means a number of people with disability may be missing out on the services and supports they are entitled to.

"This information campaign will particularly engage with communities who are underrepresented in the Scheme, including people from Indigenous and culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds."

Since joining the NDIS, Kris Van Kampen from Frenchs Forest, has worked at a café and is now a full time employee at Fighting Chance, a support network for social entrepreneurs.

"The NDIS has helped me find my feet. I never thought I could be independent like my brothers and live a 'full' life," Mr Van Kampen said.

Mr Williams said the NDIS is now available in NSW and individuals can apply even if they have not previously received supports.

"It is critical that people in our State who have a permanent and significant disability are aware and have access to information about the NDIS," Mr Williams said.

The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is contributing more than $3.2 billion to the NDIS.

For more information about the NDIS, visit: www.ndis.nsw.gov.au

Palmy Old Mal-Log Rally 2018

On Saturday 10 November 2018, Palm Beach Longboarders is hosting its 22nd annual Palmy Old Mal Rally at Palm Beach on Sydney’s northern beaches. 

Palmy President Pete English says –
“The Old Mal Log Rally goes from strength to strength. It has a roots connection to longboarding and is one of the longest running events of its type in the country. It’s a graceful style of surfing that embraces art, lifestyle and music, in ways that is keeping longboarding fresh and engaging a broader, younger audience. There are a lot of smiles that go around at this event.”

The contest is exclusively for pre-1968 boards and modern single fin logs. 

Palmy welcomes surfers from all over the state - including former event winners Matt Chojnacki, Jye Byrnes, Jack Norton, Jace Pioli, Justin Bevan, Johnny Gill and Kai Ellice-Flint and old hands Bruce Channon from Palm Beach, Lynden Riley from Manly and Wollongong’s Billy Morris. Keyo rider Tom Payne, is a former junior winner, and current Australian Open champion Declan Wyton has been invited. The girls event is filling up quickly. Local junior Minna Blackwell who got a third at the recent Australian Old Mal titles in Crescent Head will be one to watch.

There are a total of 72 spots available over Open Old Mal, Over 40 Old Mal, Open Log, Junior Log and the Ladies divisions. The first heat will start at 6.30 and the last final is scheduled for 4.30. As always, there’s an all-day BBQ, music, vintage cars, vintage boards and a celebration to finish. 



Thank you to sponsors, Naked Wines, HeartSmart, Vanimo Surf Lodge, Young Henrys, The Critical Slide Society, O’Donnell, Keyo and McTavish, Okanui and Pacific Longboarder.

Entry form is below, simply click on, 'save as' on your own PC or device, fill out and get it in - see you on the beach!
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The purpose of  www.westpittwater.com.au  - is best defined by the vision of the West Pittwater Community Association.

To be a supportive community, encouraging and promoting civic pride, interest in community affairs and goodwill amongst residents.

To protect local fauna and flora and generally preserve West Pittwater and its environs.

To secure essential facilities including public wharves and reserves and to protect private and public property.

To speak with one voice and represent the interests of the Western Foreshore community when in discussion with Pittwater Council and other relevant government bodies. The WPCA website provides a forum for the better realisation of these objectives. Visit: www.westpittwater.com.au

WRC Head Coach Appointment

October 23, 2018
The WRC coach review and selection panel have completed its recruitment process for our new Head Coach and aligned coaching structure for the 2019 season.

The position was advertised globally to ensure all available candidates were considered in line with WRC requirements, including commercial constraints and our assessment criteria. The criteria not only included experience and ability but also cultural fit and alignment with our long-term view as a strong community club focusing on growth and engagement.

WRC not only prides itself on developing a platform that allows players to be the best they can be, it also has a commitment to grow its wider group of coaches and support staff.

In considering all these factors it is with great pleasure we announce Mark Gerrard as our 2019 head coach. As an ex Wallaby Mark has performed at the highest level and we are looking forward to the year ahead where Mark will be able to combine his understanding of the game and his passion for Warringah rugby community into the Head Coach role.

Mark will be supported in the role by a panel of coaching development consultants and technical specialists, including Joe Barakat who most recently was the Forwards and Attacking Breakdown Coach for the Melbourne Rebels, further details below.

We have also created a new role that further reflects the growth of WRC. Daniel Tilley will take up the role of “Athletic Performance Director” working closely with Mark to ensure our Rugby programmes are delivering the highest benefit.

We wish Mark, Joe and Daniel all the best in their new roles and we look forward to supporting them in delivering further success for the Rats on and off the paddock. A full Rats coaching and support staff roster will be announced in the coming weeks.

WRC Board

Mark Gerrard’s playing and coaching history
N.S.W Waratahs – 2000/2001
A.C.T Brumbies – 2001/2009
Australian National squad (Wallabies 23 tests) 2001 to 2007/2011
Japan, Top League rugby; NTT Communication 2009/2011
Melbourne Rebels Rugby; 2011/2012
Player/Coach; Top League Toyota Shokki Japan – 2014/2018
Shute Shield Competition. Warringah Rats; Assistant coach. (Backs and Attack) 2013/2014



Joe Barakat’s recent history
2018 - Forwards and Attacking Breakdown Coach, Melbourne Rebels
2017 – Forwards and Attacking Breakdown Coach, Western Force
2015/2016 – Defence, Collision Zone and Set Piece Coach, Ulster Rugby FC, Northern Ireland
2012 / 2015 - Set Piece, Forwards Attack and Defence Coach Toshiba Brave Lupus
2011 – Forwards and Defence Coach NTT Communications Rugby, Top League, Japan
2006 - 2010 – Various head coach roles – Waratahs

SLSA President Graham Ford AM Re-Election

October 26, 2018: SLSA
Surf Life Saving Australia is delighted to announce that Graham Ford AM was re-elected for a 5th two-year term as the SLSA President Elected Director at today’s AGM. “It is a great honour and privilege to have been re-appointed to the role of SLSA President,” Graham said.

“I am thrilled to see the growth in our base membership over the last 12 months, made up of a similar number of males and females. This demonstrates that our organisation continues to be highly relevant and valued by our members, stakeholders and the community.”

“Our main goals for the next term are to make the lives of our volunteer members easier, engage with the membership to look beyond 2020 and develop a set of strategic goals for the organisation. Together these will move us closer to our vision of zero preventable deaths in Australian waters.”

“It is hugely exciting to see some of the technological advances in lifesaving equipment and techniques, and combined with the ongoing enthusiasm of our volunteers, I am confident that SLSA will continue to lead the lifesaving and drowning prevention field both domestically and internationally.”

Graham was first elected as SLSA President in 2010 and is a Life Member and Patron of Bronte SLSC and President of the International Life Saving Federation.

Surf Life Saving Australia's 2017/18 Annual Report is available to read at https://bit.ly/2Rg84vz

The Pittwater Paddle is on again this year! It’s on Sunday 4 November!

Choose from 3 races:

8.4km Pittwater Paddle (Out and around Scotland Island)
3.6km Pittwater Family Paddle (Out and back to Scotland Island)
1km Pittwater Sprint Races (note that entry to the sprints is included when you register for either the 8.4km or the 3.6km race)

Register today at www.pittwaterpaddle.org.au

BYO paddle craft | Entry fees apply

Palm Beach Sailing Club - Beware The Bullets Regatta 2018

Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th November 2018
At: Palm Beach Sailing Club (formerly known as Pittwater Catamaran Club)
On Water Venue: Pittwater estuary between Governor Phillip Park, West Head, The Basin and Careel Bay.

This will be the 53rd consecutive running of the annual regatta
Classes/brands of boats attending: Hobie Cat 16, Hobie Cat 18, Taipan, Formula 18, A Class, Wetta
 
This year the regatta also incorporates the NSW State Titles for the Taipan Catamaran Class.
 
What Does Beware The Bullets mean?
The sailing course area near Barrenjoey Headland and the sand spit connecting it to the mainland allows the traditional nor-east seabreeze to blow over the sand spit, but also bend around the headland. At times there are freak gusts that bounce down onto the water in short bursts that can catch the sailors by surprise. These unexpected gusts are called Bullets. When sailing close to Barrenjoey Headland you therefore need to be careful or beware of the bullets. Every year we see catamarans flying a hull very high as a result of the bullets and, if you are not careful and react swiftly, the bullets can make the boat capsize and you will lose your position in the race. You’ve been warned! Beware the Bullets.

NOR and Online Registration at: http://pbsc.org.au/Bullets.aspx

Community Invited To Comment On Creative Art Space North Concepts

Feedback Now Open
Northern Beaches Council is inviting the community to provide feedback on two proposed locations for the Creative Art Space North - the Annexe Building at Dunbar Park in Avalon and Avalon Golf Club House. 

Concept Designs on Exhibition
At the Council meeting on Tuesday 25 September, a resolution was passed to seek community feedback on the two presented options for the Creative Arts Space North;
  • Avalon Annexe - Dunbar Park and
  • Avalon Golf Clubhouse.
These designs seek to balance the needs of the community and artists, creating an open and inviting place to create, view and experience the Arts.

Avalon Annexe Concept
The concept design for the Avalon Annexe incorporate the following works;
  • Refurbishment of the existing community ‘hall’ space to become an exhibition space
  • Creation of an communal outdoor decking space for exhibition and teach space
  • Indoor multipurpose rooms designed as teaching space
  • Three studio spaces for local artists
  • A kiosk style café that would utilise the outdoor decking space for seating. NOTE: this is not a commercial kitchen but a food preparation space
  • New public male, female and accessible toilet facilities

Avalon Golf Clubhouse Concept
The concept design for the Clubhouse incorporate the following works;
  • Refurbishment and relocation of the existing golf Pro-shop (Golf will continue to be catered for)
  • Extension of the building footprint to include an exhibition and teaching space
  • Improvement of accessibility through the installation of a lift to both floors
  • Three studio spaces for local artists
  • Modification of the existing café
  • Relocation of the existing male and female toilet facilities. The Accessible toilet will remain in it’s current location.
  • Creation of an indoor and outdoor communal space for exhibition and teaching purposes

How to get involved
Provide your feedack on the Concept Designs for the two site options -
  • Online
  • In writing - marked 'Creative Art Space' to Northern Beaches Council PO Box 82 Manly, NSW 1655
If you would like to meet the team, visit us at one of our pop-ups;
  • Avalon Recreation Centre Room 1 - 59 Old Barrenjoey Road, Avalon Beach Thursday 25 October, 5-7pm
  • Avalon Golf Clubhouse, 32 Old Barrenjoey Road, Avalon Saturday 3 November, 10am -12pm
Comments close Sunday 11 November 2018



Avalon Golf Club House Proposal


Avalon Annexe Proposal

Navigation Restriction - Windsor Bridge, Hawkesbury River - Span Closures - Bridge Replacement Works

NSW Roads and Maritime - Marine Notices (Marine Safety Act 1998 s.12) 
Windsor Bridge, Hawkesbury River
SPAN CLOSURES – BRIDGE REPLACEMENT WORKS
Monday 29 October 2018 to end of December 2019 

THE WORKS
Vessel operators are advised that in order to provide a safe and reliable crossing of the Hawkesbury River at Windsor a new Windsor Bridge is being built. The works will commence on Monday 29 October 2018 and are scheduled for completion in December 2019.

As a result, navigation through the bridge spans will be restricted to one navigable channel through one span of the Old Windsor Bridge for the duration of works. Spans will be temporarily closed during the installation of bridge piers, incremental launching of the structure and demolition of the Old Windsor Bridge. Closed spans will be marked with the appropriate closed channel signals and marked by buoys. Project signage will also be displayed at Pitt Town and Governor Phillip Reserve Boat Ramps.

Unauthorised vessels are prohibited from entering or operating within the closed span.

NAVIGATION WARNING 
Vessel operators are advised to exercise extreme caution when navigating in the vicinity of the works and to pay particular attention to the closed spans.

This navigation warning remains in place for the duration of the works.

DIRECTIONS
Roads and Maritime advises: 

Vessels are required to maintain a safe distance and speed from the works and operators are reminded that the production of wash which impacts unreasonably on the works is an offence (Marine Safety Regulation – clause 11) - Maximum Penalty $5,500.00)
Persons within the vicinity of the works must comply with any directions given by a Boating Safety Officer or Police Officer in relation to the works or to marine safety. Failure to comply with any such direction is an offence (Marine Safety Act 1998, s.15A - Maximum Penalty $3,300.00). 

MAPS & CHARTS AFFECTED
Roads & Maritime Services Boating Map – 9C

For further information concerning this Navigation Warning, please contact the Roads and Maritime Services Info line on 13 12 36.
MARINE NOTICE SY1838

DoggieRescue.com

Pets of the Week

Fluffy
Fluffy is a lovely medium coated tabby girl, about 12 months old who just had a litter. Her kittens have been adopted and she is still waiting. She is a gentle girl suited to a quiet life and looking for a family to call her own. She is located on the Northern Beaches and comes desexed, wormed, F3 vaccinated, FIV tested and microchipped. She is approximately 2 and a half years old and her adoption fee is $220.

Grayson
Grayson is a British Blue X around 12 months old and has had a rough start in life. He recently needed to have his tailed amputated and is currently incontinent. He wears little washable nappies that he is used to wearing. He is looking for a committed owner willing to keep this lovely little cuddly bear clean.
He comes desexed, wormed, F3 vaccinated, FIV/FeLV tested and microchipped. His adoption fee is $220.

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

Applications Now Open For Artists In Residence

Northern Beaches Council is inviting talented local artists to apply for Council’s 2019 Artists in Residence Program at the Kimbriki Resource Recovery Centre and the Eramboo Artist Environment, both in Terrey Hills. 

Applications are now open and will close 5pm Monday 12 November.

The Artists in Residence Programs provide opportunities for local artists across practices including, but not limited to visual arts, sculptural, jewellery, installation, print making, screen, digital, mixed media or photography to develop new work in their own dedicated studio space at either Kimbriki or Eramboo.

Northern Beaches Mayor Michael Regan said the artist residencies are keenly sought and give artists living in the local area a rare opportunity to further develop their practice, experiment and build knowledge, networks and partnerships within the local community.

“The Kimbriki residency is at the heart of sustainability and innovation, supporting professional artists to develop a body of work entirely using resources that have been recovered from the Kimbriki Resource Recovery Centre. 

“Eramboo has been a haven for creativity for decades. This residency provides a peaceful sanctuary for artists in the middle of the bush, using the unique and diverse natural surroundings as inspiration.”

At the end of their residency, artists are provided opportunities to present their work in a public space, prominent location, or an exhibition space. 

At Kimbriki, two artists will have free access to a nine month, non-residential studio space to create a site-specific body of work. They will also receive a $3,000 allowance for materials.

At Eramboo, a six month residency that provides free non-residential studio space is up for grabs with a $2,000 allowance for materials. An added bonus is being able to tap into professional development support and networks that Eramboo provides.

For more information, please go to Council’s website

The current artists in residence at Kimbriki, Angela van Boxtel and Colin Razor (Fraser the Razor) will present their artwork produced at the Resource Recovery Centre in a special exhibition
at Creative Space in North Curl Curl from 17 October to 28 October 2018.

There will also be a free Waste Factory Workshop with Angela van Boxtel on Saturday, 20 October from 1.00 – 2.30pm, however bookings are essential.

Jet Skiers Put On Notice After Potentially Deadly Game Of ‘Chicken’ With Authorities

October 25, 2018: NSW Roads & Maritime
Two Boating Safety Officers were left fearing for their lives on Saturday night after an incident in which a jet skier accelerated directly at their patrol boat after refusing their request to stop.

Roads and Maritime Services Executive Director Maritime Angus Mitchell said the incident is now under investigation with multiple charges relating to several offences being considered. The jet ski involved has also been seized under powers which came into effect in 2016 to improve safety for all boaters.

“Operating dangerously on NSW waterways is illegal and won’t be tolerated. Roads and Maritime carries out daily patrols of the Georges River, including acting on tip offs and following up on CCTV footage from cameras along the shore,” Mr Mitchell said.

“Our officers are charged with keeping the boating community safe. To see them being threatened is alarming and a cause for concern.”

“Jet skis were banned for use on Sydney Harbour and tributaries of the Lane Cove and Parramatta rivers in 2001. Jet skis are still permitted to be used – by those with personal watercraft licences - on the Georges River. We don’t want the behaviour of an unruly few to impact on the majority who do the right thing.

“However, if a minority of users continue to breach maritime safety legislation and fail to get the message about safe and respectful behaviour, then their actions jeopardise the ongoing enjoyment of all users.”

Mr Mitchell said jet skiers are being put on notice leading in to summer after a weekend which saw two Boating Safety Officers threatened by a jet ski operator.

The incident at Revesby on the Georges River was the second on the waterway that day involving jet skis,” he said.

“In an earlier incident in the same area of the river, two people were injured, one seriously, in a collision with a jet ski and a ski boat.”

Since the introduction of Section 97A offences (Assault/ Threaten Authorised Officer/ Use Abusive Language to an Authorised Officer in the Exercise of their functions) of the Marine Safety Act, Roads and Maritime has started several prosecutions in court.

A 44 year old male who threatened to punch a Boating Safety Officer in the face was fined a total of $1800 and placed on a 12 month Section 9 Good Behaviour Bond.

In a separate incident, a 37 year old male is alleged to have threatened to shoot at a BSO. The man will appear in court in January next year. He was also charged by NSW Police with intimidation.

“These results show that the courts are taking matters very seriously and will impose custodial sentences for these types of offences to protect the rights and safety of Boating Safety Officers,” Mr Mitchell said.

For more information on jet ski licensing and safety requirements, visit the Personal watercraft (PWC) page.

Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary 2018 Stalls

 
 
November
3rd: Stall. Pittwater Place, Mona Vale                          9am to 3pm
Sewing, knitting, craft, books
 
4th: Bunnings, Narrabeen                                              8am to 3pm
Sausage sizzle                                                    
 
December
1st: Stall, Pittwater Place Mona Vale                           9am to 3pm
Sewing, knitting, craft, books

December 7th, Stall Outside ANZ Bank, Avalon Parade, Avalon
Sewing, knitting, craft, jam                                           9am to 3pm

Update: Remembrance Day Poppy Wall For Avalon Beach RSL 

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

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

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

Find out more at HERE