Community News: November 2019

November 10 - 16, 2019: Issue 428

Articles This Week 

Front Page Issue 428

The Christmas Drought Run - Hampers For Farmers and Their Families 2019: drop off items to Lisa Hewitt, 594 Barrenjoey Rd, Avalon Cnr Eastbourne ave, - by November 29th

Ingleside RFB - Warringah/Pittwater Headquarters RFB Volunteers Deployed To North Coast Of NSW Infernos: Dangerous Conditions forecast for whole of NSW, including Sydney, Tuesday Nov. 12 - Are You Fire Ready?

Collaroy's Georgie Rowe Smashes Rowing World Record by Surf Life Saving New South Wales

Council Document Puts B-Line To Newport Back On The Agenda and May Facilitate Inappropriate Development: Closes Nov. 10,  Feedback can be provided in 5, 10, and 15 minute answers online should you not wish to pen a long detailed response.


Northern Beaches Hospital Inquiry: November 2019 Hearing (final Hearing - the committee will tender their report by the first sitting day in 2020)

Pictures What's Been Happening: News & Glorious Views Spring 2019

Aquatics The Eos - Classic Pittwater Yachts As we head into the cruising season, one for all those who can't wait for end of year get aways, or for those already indulging! Eos, owned by Malcolm Lambe and currently moored in Careel Bay, was the first Brittany Class sloop built in Australia. She has sailed in three Sydney to Hobarts' (1956 and 1960, with Tom Flower as Skipper/Owner and the 50th edition in 1994 under Brian Wilson, Skipper/ Owner) as well cruised in the Pacific, to Tasmania and sojourns to the Great Barrier Reef. Her first ocean voyage was to New Zealand in January 1959.

Separate TP52 Division At The Festival Of Sails 2020 - All Entries Now Open by Lisa Ratcliff

Park Bench Philosopher Aussie Bird Count 2019: Pittwater's Lists Reflect Diverse Range Of Species In Wide Range Of Habitats



Profile Avalon Golf Course Bushcare by Geoff Searl OAM - The volunteer group meets on the second Wednesday of each month usually in the car park of the golf club at 2.30pm. New members are very welcome, instruction, tools and afternoon tea are all provided and it’s a great way to spend a few hours on a Wednesday afternoon. Contact Geoff on 0439.292.566 for more information.

History The Little Bugler Boy Saved By The First Australian-Born Captain Of The RAN - an oldie but a goodie for Remembrance Day 2019
Commemoration Services will be held at Pittwater RSL and Avalon Beach RSL from 10.30am this coming Monday.
Details in Community News page

Artist of the Month November 2019: Jan Murray - Novelist

Jan left school at fourteen, married young, producing five spectacular offspring before hearing the siren call of the feminist revolution, at which time she abandoned the kitchen (but not the children!) and headed for the lecture theatre, graduating with Honours in Political Science and English Literature. Jan worked as a speech writer and press officer for federal politicians before establishing her own PR consultancy, Jan Murray & Associates Pty. Ltd, which, in the Eighties handled a raft of high-profile briefs such as the NSW State Government’s Disability Awareness Campaign, Sanctuary Cove gala opening and the 1988 Australian Bicentennial First Fleet Reenactment Voyage.

Recently Jan launched 3 new books including the first in her Glencairn Island Mystery Series, “NO Bridge, No Way!”, set on a fictitious version of Scotland Island and on fictitious characters populating the off-shore community. She believes the locals will have fun with this quirky adventure story.

The three books are available at bookstores and on Amazon, etc. and the first children's book at a reduced price for local kids at the Pasadena Pantry. Jan is also donating copies to our public and school libraries.

"I’m not in this to make money...I want kids to get their heads out of screens and READ BOOKS!" - Jan Murray, October 2019

Visit: www.janmurray.com

Pittwater Offshore Newsletter Update November 10th, 2019 

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To contact Julian:  editor@scotlandisland.org.au

Pittwater Remembrance Day Services 2019

Avalon Beach RSL
Conducted by Avalon Beach RSL Sub-Branch members. Commencing at the Cenotaph from 10.30 a.m.
This event is proudly supported by Avalon Beach RSL Sub-Branch and Avalon Beach RSL Club Ltd.

Pittwater RSL Sub-Branch and Pittwater RSL
Monday, November 11, 2019 at 10 AM – 12 PM
Pittwater RSL
82 Mona Vale Rd Mona Vale
Join us on the Monday 11th November at the Lower Cenotaph on site at Pittwater RSL Club, to commemorate 101 years since Armistice. Special guests of this service will include representatives from our schools, the Honourable Rob Stokes and soprano Anna Gebels. This event is proudly supported by Pittwater RSL Sub-Branch and Pittwater RSL Club Ltd.

Christmas Hampers For Farmers And Their Families

We’d like to thank everyone that has already donated for this amazing cause. Thanks so much.

Di Cutrie and myself (Lisa Hewitt) are collecting for these poor farmers, can everybody dig deep. Imagine what these poor peoples lives are like. If everyone here just gave a little, we as a community could make just a small difference to some very struggling farmers and their families lives.

The 'Hampers' is only ONE part of our THREE part Christmas Drought Run!! 
We still require literally TONNES and TONNES of non-perishable food, 10ltr water cartridges, dry pet food, IGA Gift Cards, Pre-paid Visas/Pre-paid EFTPOS cards, BRAND NEW unwrapped toys and gifts for the farming kids for our 270+ Prime Producing Farmers and their families of the Baradine NSW & Bingara NSW areas!!

We are ALWAYS low on the following donations:
OLIVE OIL, which is absolute LIQUID GOLD to our Farmers!!
Sunscreen 50SPF+
Aerogard Tropical Strength
Moisturiser
Baby Wipes!! Used instead of showers! AKA "truckie shower"
UHT Milk
HAND SANITISER
Non perishable food

Keep the Donations coming in! 
We have 3 semi trailers on stand by, we just need to fill them to the brim.

Drop off to: 594 Barrenjoey Rd, Avalon Cnr Eastbourne ave, thank you

NB: We have just added in another town with another 60 families - please help out.
Photo is of what we have sent so far thanks to the awesome families of Avalon-Bilgola Plateau.

Thanks so much, 
Lisa and Di xx

Ingleside RFB Volunteers Race To Assist On North Coast 

November 8, 2019
Ingleside NSWRFS heavy bushfire Tanker was deployed 5am this morning to the Port Macquarie area to assist with the bushfire effort. An additional 5 tankers were also responded to Taree just after lunch. Ingleside currently have 4 RFS volunteers involved in this bushfire effort.

The 2nd Strike Team that left just after lunch from the Northern Beaches RFS District today (Friday November 8th) ended up at the Rainbow Flat bushfire, just South of Taree. Hot times for that Strike Team. 

Later same day (8.11.2019):
The four Ingleside Rural Fire Brigade NSWRFS volunteers have continued to assist with the bushfire effort on the Mid North Coast of NSW. Their heavy bushfire tanker continues to work in the area. They have saved homes! 

The Ingleside NSWRFS Tanker is up in the Port Macquarie area.
Here are some photos from our RFS volunteers over the last 24 hours. Keep up to date with the Fires Near Me App.
You too can volunteer with the Ingelside RFB: www.inglesiderfs.org.au/join-us

Photos by Ingelside RFB




Warringah/Pittwater Headquarters Rural Fire Brigade Deployed Too

November 8, 2019
This Afternoon, 4 Warringah HQ members responded North to assist the Mid coast District With the current fire emergency.
This video shows our Captain and Senior Deputy Captain leading the crew into Holdens Lane, Rainbow Flat, and shows just how bad the fire situation currently is. 

Please visit www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/fire-information/fires-near-me if you want to keep up to date with the emergency situation around eastern NSW.

November 10, 2019
At 12:30am, 74 bush fires continue to burn across NSW with 43 still not under control. 1 fire remains at Emergency Warning at Hillville Rd on the Mid-Coast and 15 still at Watch and Act.

Crews are using favourable conditions on a number of firegrounds to undertake backburning to strengthen conatinment lines ahead of worsening conditions early this week.

Video by: Deputy Captain McGowan

Dangerous Fire Conditions Forecast For Tuesday 12th November

Sunday, November 10th, 2019: NSW RFS

Tuesday will be a dangerous day.

Based on the latest forecast, we are likely to see widespread Severe and Extreme fire danger. This is expected to stretch from the Queensland border to the south coast, and across the Central West.

There is already extensive fire activity across the north coast and northern NSW areas. These fires won’t be contained in time.

Under these conditions, these fires will spread quickly and will threaten homes and lives.

These conditions will be as bad, if not worse, than those experienced on Friday as they will be across a much broader area including large population centres like Sydney.

There are significant resources committed to fires and they are limited.

If you are threatened by fire, you may not get help.

Monitor conditions over the next few days. Use the time now to get ready.

Stay up to date on bush fires in your area and take responsibility for your own safety.

This coming Tuesday has the potential to be a very serious fire danger day for most of NSW including the Greater Sydney area.

Are YOU Bush Fire Prepared?

Have YOU and YOUR family discussed what to do in the event of a bushfire?

Preparing for a bush fire is easier than you think. It’s your responsibility to prepare yourself, your home and your family. There are four simple steps to get ready for a bush fire:

1. DISCUSS what to do if a bush fire threatens your home.

2. PREPARE your home and get it ready for bush a bush fire event.

3. KNOW the bush fire alert levels. IE: Advise - Watch & Act - EMERGENCY WARNING

4. KEEP all the bush fire information numbers, websites, and the smart phone app.

More information including guides to prepare a Bushfire Survival Plan can be found at https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/resources/bush-fire-survival-plan

Stay up to date with current Bush Fires in your area by going to the Fires Near Me Website (https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/fire-information/fires-near-me) or download the app to your smart device.

EVACUATION OF LARGE ANIMALS DUE TO FIRE

Claire Higgins, Council's Emergency Management Support Officer has announced:

"This quick note is to let you all know that Northern Beaches Council is anticipating some owners of large animals to relocate tomorrow in preparation for Tuesdays catastrophic weather forecast. Council is working with RFS and DPI to facilitate this.

Staging for large animals:

For horses and other livestock, Frenchs Forest Showground and Pittwater Rugby Park may be used as emergency evacuation staging areas at any time. The amenities at these venues are simple thus we strongly encourage people to make alternative arrangements to stay with friends of family members where possible. If you evacuate to these venues and council staff are not yet on-site, please call customer service on 1300 434 434 for assistance. 

If an emergency evacuation centre is activated, pets will be welcome.

You can bring your pets to emergency evacuation centres for assistance with accommodation and other services if you have no other alternative. Your animal will need to be contained by a cage or lead, and you will need to bring your pet’s medications and emergency kit with you.

An emergency evacuation centre’s activation and venue is determined by the location and type of emergency and will be communicated by 702 ABC Emergency Radio. Keep your radio tuned into 702 ABC."

Official Opening Of The Barrenjoey Community Performance Space On November 15th 2019

Barrenjoey High school is delighted to host the Official Opening of the Barrenjoey Community Performance Space at 4pm on Friday 15 November 2019.

The Barrenjoey Community Performance Space will be officially opened by the Hon Rob Stokes MP Member for Pittwater and invited officials are Mr Jason Falinski MP, Barrenjoey School Principal Ian Bowsher, and members of the P&C Steering Committee Cilla Cole, Richard Cole, Kalinda Hawson, Kim Hoggard and Christy Bishop.  Honoured guest Mr Wayne Brown of Brown Bros. Skip Bins will also attend in his capacity as Gold Sponsor of the building.  

Barrenjoey has always recognised the unique artistic and creative talent of its local community and has created multiple platforms where students can showcase those talents. The wider community can experience high quality art exhibits, drama and musical performances.  

The Barrenjoey Community Performance Space is a purpose built, architecturally designed theatre boasting state of the art audio visual equipment with tiered seating for 200 people and an art gallery space.  The building supports the vision of the school to better showcase the talents of our students and the wider community.  

This project has been led by the school’s P&C Association who have spent the past five years fundraising and successfully securing local and federal government grants to deliver the Performance Space at a cost approximately $1.9M.

School Infrastructure NSW, have managed the build and delivered the original Richard Cole Architecture concept drawings through SARM Architects and Clifford Constructions to completion. 

Principal Ian Bowsher said today, “The exciting part of this build has been the genuine support from all areas of the community, from local member Rob Stokes to local businesses who are now able to utilise the venue.”

“The benefits it will provide to the school and the wider community are enormous as it will further support the development of our exceptionally talented performing artists, musicians and community groups.” 

Mr Rob Stokes states, “This project is a great example of the school community and the government working together and I’m really looking forward to attending events here.” 

“Barrenjoey High School has a proud reputation as a leader in performing arts education and this type of dedicated space will support this into the future” Mr Stokes reiterated.

Congratulations Richard Cole Architecture

Congratulations to Jeff Towler Building for winning the 2019 HIA-CSR NSW Home of the Year, Custom Built Home and Custom Built Home over $4 Million with the construction of the Richard Cole Architecture Designed 'Panorama House'.

RCA states 'Jeff and his team are exceptional builders who have built a number of our projects including the Bluff Farm House. With their attention to detail and uncompromising attitude to quality, these awards are very well deserved.'



The Judges said, “A beautiful external façade combining face bricks and zinc in an extremely intricate build with many curves and angles. This home epitomises good design and
extremely high quality of craftsmanship in all aspects of the build.”

Congratulating Jeff Towler Building on such an outstanding achievement, HIA Executive Director - NSW, David Bare, said
“The awards recognise excellence in residential construction and these awards provide a tremendous opportunity for HIA members to showcase their projects and highlight building and design excellence.”

The Housing Industry Association (HIA) is the peak industry association for the Australian residential building sector, supporting the businesses and interests of builders, contractors, manufacturers, suppliers, building professionals and business partners.

In April 2019 the Waverley Design Award was won for Panorama House. Wonderful clients Sophie and Erin, project architect Karla Wilford and builder extraordinaire Jeff Towler Building, as well as Rcihard Cole were at Bronte for the Awards.

Below: Panorama House by Richard Cole Architecture - RCA photo

2020 NSW Australian Of The Year Award Recipients Announced

November 4, 2019
2020 NSW Australian of the Year – Professor Munjed Al Muderis (North Sydney)
2020 NSW Senior Australian of the Year – Sue Lennox (Bellingen)
2020 NSW Young Australian of the Year – Corey Tutt (Gordon)
2020 NSW Local Hero – Bernie Shakeshaft (Armidale)

The 2020 NSW Australian of the Year Awards have been announced this evening in a ceremony at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney.

The four NSW recipients will join those from the other states and territories for the national awards ceremony at the National Arboretum in Canberra on 25 January 2020 – the 60th anniversary of the awards.

The 2020 NSW Australian of the Year is Orthopaedic surgeon and human-rights advocate Professor Munjed Al Muderis.
 After fleeing the tyranny of Saddam Hussein's regime in a leaking boat, Professor Munjed Al Muderis was detained in Christmas Island's Curtin Detention Centre and several Western Australian jails. He overcame these extraordinary obstacles to become an orthopaedic surgeon, specialising in hip, knee and reconstructive surgery, and now advocates for the human rights of others. 



A compassionate ambassador for multiple organisations, including the Red Cross, Munjed is a powerful advocate for humanitarian work supporting people seeking asylum and refugees. Funded out of his own pocket, 47-year-old Munjed has taken a team to his former homeland of Iraq seven times, to help the victims of the conflict he fled, and has educated other orthopaedic surgeons in the osseointegration technique and in complex limb reconstruction. His surgical innovations and breakthroughs are helping Australians and people throughout the world. Munjed exemplifies the valuable and positive contribution that refugees can make – leading by example what it means to be Australian.

Environmental educator and social enterprise founder Sue Lennox is the 2020 NSW Senior Australian of the Year. 

As a teacher, Sue Lennox was concerned about young people's anxiety and despair about the future of the planet. So, with her late husband Colin, she founded the award-winning social enterprise OzGREEN (Global Rivers Environmental Education Network Australia Inc). It teaches young people how to take positive environmental action through education, participatory leadership and community development. 

Sue's initiatives with OzGREEN include the Youth Leading the World program, a learning and leadership course that creates sustainable communities. She teaches people to become 'citizen scientists' and to take action to improve the health of their waterways. 

Under Sue's leadership, OzGREEN has developed sustainability programs in 1,600 locations across Australia, India, Papua New Guinea, East Timor and Pakistan. After stepping down as CEO this year, 67-year-old Sue is now focused on sharing OzGREEN's multi-award-winning approach by training others as facilitators and citizen scientists. She remains on the board of OzGREEN. Her extraordinary work continues to empower individuals and communities by replacing despair with hope.

The 2020 NSW Young Australian of the Year is Indigenous mentor and fundraiser Corey Tutt.
Through his organisation, Deadly Science, proud Kamilaroi man Corey Tutt gathers donations of science resources and sends them to remote schools around Australia. As well as receiving book donations from high-profile scientists such as Professor Brian Cox and Doctor Karl Kruszelnicki, 27-year-old Corey has raised more than $33,000 to purchase books and equipment, and distributed more than 4,300 books and 70 telescopes. He is engaged with more than 90 schools around Australia. 

In a recent survey, these schools showed a 25% increase in engagement in STEM-related subjects. Deadly Science has given 28 Deadly Junior Scientist Awards, encouraging young Indigenous kids to follow their dreams. Corey particularly wants to ensure that every remote Australian school has a copy of Bruce Pascoe's book Dark Emu – a history of Indigenous science and agriculture – to help educate them about the real story of Australia's past. Corey's actions inspire Indigenous children to believe in themselves and understand their environment – for the benefit of Australia and all its people.

Bernie Shakeshaft, the founder of BackTrack Youth Works Program, is the 2020 NSW Local Hero. 
After seeing the plight of disadvantaged youth in his community, Bernie Shakeshaft decided to take action. Starting in 2006 with a shed and an idea, Bernie founded the BackTrack Youth Works Program, turning around the lives of some of Australia's most vulnerable kids. Using the skills he developed growing up and as a jackaroo in the Northern Territory, learning from the Aboriginal trackers, 52-year-old Bernie has developed an award-winning program that uses animal-assisted learning, agricultural skills and a residential facility. He and his extraordinary team have helped more than 1,000 children reconnect with their education, training, families and community, offering them love and support to live out their hopes and dreams. 

The BackTrack program, now the subject of a documentary, Backtrack Boys, has the support of magistrates, police and mayors. It has helped decrease Armidale's youth crime rate by more than 38 per cent, saving millions of dollars and keeping children out of correctional systems. Bernie's kind, effective approach is life changing and inspiring.

National Australia Day Council CEO Karlie Brand congratulated the award recipients from NSW, noting their amazing contributions to our country.

“The 2020 NSW Australians of the Year are truly inspirational – they are making a huge difference to the lives of others and to the world in which we live,” said Ms Brand.

For more information on the Australian of the Year Awards visit australianoftheyear.org.au.


DoggieRescue.com

Pets of the Week

Zara

Age/Sex: 15 weeks/F
Breed: Kelpie x Rotty
Zara came from the pound with a fractured leg. She has had it rested in a vet clinic and it has healed however the leg is slightly shorter. There is nothing further to do for her and she can run and play as any other dog. Zara has an affectionate gentle nature and she is very social and playful with other dogs. Having working breed in her she is active and smart. She knows sit and shake! She has a short coat and weighs about 10kg. She is looking for a family where someone is home most of the time. She comes with puppy vaccinations, wormed, heartworm free, with desexing and microchipped. Her adoption cost is $600. 

Benny

Benny is such a sweet gentle boy. When we first got Benny he spent the first 4 months at our vets as he was so emaciated and had severe dental disease, trench mouth and severely ulcerated tongue. He was incontinent and had diarrhoea. He weighed only 2kg. Benny has been on a special diet and has been gaining weight. He is now 3.1kg and no longer incontinent. He has had a full mouth extraction except for 4 canines. His tongue ulcer has reduced at lot in size. He needs help with grooming as he cannot groom himself due to past chronic mouth pain. Benny is looking for a special family experienced at caring for high maintenance cats. He is gentle and sweet. Benny is located on the Northern Beaches and comes desexed, wormed, F3 vaccinated, FIV/FeLV tested and microchipped. His adoption fee is $220.

For further details or to meet all cats, rabbits and dogs at Doggie Rescue call  9486 3133 or email monika@DoggieRescue.com. Visit www.DoggieRescue.com to see all our dogs. www.facebook.com/doggierescue 
Rehoming Organisation No R251000024. 

Linda Haigh: Avalon Sculptor - Open Studio

I started working in clay about ten years ago, after winding back a long-term practice in psychotherapy and deep tissue massage.  I work from my home studio in Avalon.  Having wanted to establish a local network of home-studio artists like myself, I started the Pittwater Artists Trail in 2011.  As isolation is something artists often contend with due to the nature of their work, I felt this would be a way for us to find and support each other. It worked!  As well, the 'trail' now facilitates an ever-expanding connection and appreciation between the Pittwater community and its artists, which means...more conversations!  And sales!

One of the things I love best in working with clay is building 'organic' forms - expressed in a current body of work I call my 'Pebble' series.

I never really know where the clay will take me when I start on a form - it shapes itself as we go.  It's a constant practice for me in letting go of 'trying to make it happen', and allowing the clay to be my muse.  It's of the earth, after all, and working with clay, for me, is about 'grounding' - asking my brain to take a back seat to my heart and hands.  It's a challenge for a perfectionist! - but a wonderful practice in 'being taken' rather than 'directing'.

The resulting forms and their silken texture invite exploration through eyes to hands. The mosaic material harboured in their little wells is individually placed; time-consuming and delicate work; but work which gives me an element of control and precision that I relinquish while building the forms.  

I think each 'pebble' embodies a grace and an elegance, as well as an element of innocence; almost awkwardness.  These are qualities that I feel emerge from the works as an aspect of my own discomfort with exposure as an artist.  Because I find these aspects endearing in the chunky little sculptures, it helps me to accept my own vulnerability about putting my work 'out there'. I do think that's a commonly shared journey for many artists.  

I have monthly open studio days, usually on a Friday...and I love having visitors. 

Open studio: Friday, November 15, 10am - 4pm
                      3 Burrendong Place, Avalon
      Ph: 0452 140 957
             Instagram: earthandtide


Image - 'Rock Pool', 'Pebble' series. Hand built clay sculpture, inlay of pebbles and weathered shells. 

Narrabeen Photographer Launches Book For Furry Lovelies

Past Profile of the Week and Artist of the Month Peter Sharp has this week launched 'Lost but Found', a celebration of 40 lovelies with all royalties from the sale of this book being donated to Sydney Dogs & Cats Home.


ABOUT LOST BUT FOUND
Lost but Found is a project that was born from my work as the volunteer photographer and Ambassador for Sydney Dogs & Cats Home.

Every week I would see and hear amazing stories of animals in the Home. Some stories had sad beginnings with happy endings, while others simply had sad endings. Over time, I felt the need to document and share these stories with the purpose of educating people as to how and why the animals ended up at the shelter and highlight the love and care they received while in the Home’s care. Through this project I also wanted inform people about the steps that can be taken to ensure their pet doesn’t end up in a shelter or pound, as well as share the benefits of adopting a rescue animal.
In the process of collecting these stories, I have been fortunate to meet many amazing animals and their new owners. These stories are not just about how the animals have been saved; in many cases they also reflect how the animals have saved their new owners.

In Lost but Found, you will meet forty special dogs who have spent time at the Home. Some of the tales are confronting, some are devastatingly sad. Other stories are uplifting and joyful, showing the best of dog- and human-kind. The collection featured in this book is just a tiny sampling of the dogs who have come through the shelter and positively changed people’s lives forever. 

Fully illustrated and with both before and after adoption photography, this touching collection will warm the hearts of animal lovers near and far. 


Avalon Preservation Association 2019 AGM

Avalon Preservation Association will hold its 2019 AGM at the Avalon Bowling Club on Monday 25 November 2019 from 7.00pm.

The guest speaker will be Prof. Peter Davies, Associate Professor of Environmental Planning and Interim Head of Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Macquarie University. 


Professor Davies

Prior to working in academia, Peter worked in state and local government for 20 years as an environmental scientist and manager.  

Professor Davies will talk on the topic of "The Urban Forest, Loss and Opportunities", a subject dear to the hearts of Avalon residents, who are all welcome whether APA members or not.  

To find out more about APA please visit:

BYRA Is 70 Years Old This Year

Yes in 1949 after an informal race around Lion Island two yotties Mr. Dalton and Mr. Williams decided they should form a club, for full details Visit: https://byra.com.au/our-history/.

That was 70 years ago and to celebrate those years it has been decided that as well as our annual around Lion Island Race for keelboats we should also have a dinghy race and a Social gathering after the racing on the Sunday evening.

The celebrations will be on the last Sunday of November, that is the 24th.

The keelboat race will start as usual at mid-day.  The dinghies at their usual start time. Watch for more information on the Social Activity and the Notice of Race in coming Issues. Also remember that visitor non-member boats are welcome to participate in this our Historic birthday race.  

Whether you’re looking for a social outlet, wanting to learn to sail, a seasoned racer, or an opportunity to get the whole family out on the water, at BYRA we have something for everyone. As a valued member of our Club, you can enjoy the unique benefits as well as access to our beautiful Club grounds and facilities.


Worth Noting: The Manly Country Women’s Association Sub Branch Was Inaugurated In 1923


From the pages of the past:

A Strong Sub-Branch at Manly
Manly has the credit of establishing the first sub-branch of the Country Women's Association. It is a subbranch of Cumberland, and already the group of workers is one of which we shall, one feels sure, be proud. A splendid meeting assembled at the Dungowan Cafe on Tuesday afternoon, when the Mayoress (Mrs. Keirle) presided, and the speakers included the Hon. R. H, D. Weaver, Mrs. Jas. Ashton, O.B.E. (President of the Cumberland Branch), and the Org. Sec. of the Association. Mr. Myers, proprietor of the Cafe, which is one of the most beautiful anywhere round Sydney, had generously placed the room at the disposal of the meeting, and here gathered a large number of country women, and women who have indirect interests in the country, together with many generous city friends. (I sometimes wonder whether the average country woman realises how many good friends she has in the city, ready to help our Association to 'help her). 

The proposal to form a sub-branch being carried unanimously, the election of officers followed, and resulted in the election of the Mayoress herself as Patroness, Mrs. Cecil Tindale, as President, Mesdames Weaver and Osborne England, as Vice-Presidents, Mrs. Nest as Hon. Treasurer, and Miss Martin as Hon. Sec. 

The work already accomplished by the Association was told by the Org. Sec., who stated that in 18 months the Association would have not only accumulated 34 active branches, with a membership of about 1600, arranged, and taken part in innumerable deputations to try and improve the travelling conditions of mothers and their children, and to obtain medical benefits for them, but has established a central office, which was already proving of inestimable value to country women visiting town. Individual women had been helped in many ways ; sent to hospitals and convalescent homes, of whose existence they were previously unaware, while others were provided with domestic help, and suitable addresses in town, when looking for accommodation, while innumerable business inquiries have been made on behalf of country women from all parts of the State. 

Next month there would be in hand a substantial sum to assist in getting more Bush Nurses away to the help of country dwellers far from hospital and medical men, and, as well, the Association would be in a position to carry on an active campaign to organise for maternity wards in every country hospital. In several branches a move is being made for motor ambulances, and the first seaside home would be opened close to Manly, probably at Narrabeen, in October next. 

Mr. Weaver congratulated the Association upon the breadth of its platform. They knew neither politics nor sectarianism, but issued a call to all women to come forward and help their less fortunately situated sisters. He felt that they were organised upon quite the right lines, and would serve to break down those unfortunate 'barbed wire entanglements', that so many country associations built round themselves, and draw city as well as country women together. Cities could not live without the country, nor could the country live without the cities, and there must always be closer co-operation if each is to succeed. He was delighted to be present to voice his approval of the movement, which he would unreservedly commend to the Manly people. 

Mrs. Jas. Ashton recalled, with heartfelt gratitude, the fine work of Manly throughout the dark days of the war. They recruited over their strength, and were at the head of every movement for help. She specially wanted a strong branch of the Association in Manly, for the first Seaside Holiday Home would be very near them, and she asked them to make that their special care. The reputation of Manly for doing well anything that they undertook was such that she felt every confidence in the future, and she heartily congratulated all present upon the fine roll-up, and the happy augury for the future.

Votes of thanks to the speakers were moved by Mrs. Osborne England, to the proprietor of the Cafe, by Mrs. Jas. Ashton, and to' the Mayoress for presiding, by Mr. Weaver. Later, a great number of those present joined the branch; and a delightful programme of music was contributed to by the Misses Bell and Grainger. And an informal afternoon tea party concluded the successful afternoon. Messages of congratulation and good wishes were received from the Association President, Mrs. Hugh Munro, the Vice-President, Mrs. Stephen Laver, ' and Mrs. Earle Page, who was to have been a speaker, hut who was called to Melbourne. ' ~ Splendid work was done by Mrs. H. C. McIntyre, Hon. Sec.' of the Cumberland branch, in the organisation of this meeting. 
A Strong Sub—Branch at Manly (1923, June 19). The Sydney Stock and Station Journal (NSW : 1896 - 1924), p. 2. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article128174948

Please Register Wildlife Road Strikes

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

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

The RMS are using this information to plan mitigation. So please, if you can, add the information in directly.

Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary Stalls 2019

Pittwater Place, Mona Vale stalls:
July 6th, August 3rd, September 7th, October 5th, November 2nd, December 7th
Selling sewing, knitting, craft, books, 9am to 3pm

Sausage Sizzles at Bunnings, Narrabeen:  8am to 3pm
Saturdays, July 13th, August 10th, September 14th, October 12th, November 9th, December 14th


 

Click on logo above to visit their website.

Shop Country For Christmas

When purchasing gifts for Christmas this year, please consider shopping locally, supporting businesses across Mackellar.  I also urge residents of the Northern Beaches to buy at least one Christmas gift from a small business in a drought affected area. Below are links to a selection of small businesses in towns heavily impacted by drought. However there are many more towns and businesses affected - this list is just a start:

Armidale: 
Brewarrina:
Coonamble
Dubbo:
Dubbo Home and Gifts: https://www.dubbohomeandgifts.com
Moree: 
Robin’s Nest for Children: https://www.robinsnest.com.au
Walgett: 
Stone’s Throw: email.stonesthrow@gmail.com OR @stonesthrowwalgett on Instagram
Gilgandra: 
Gunnedah:
Enchanted on Conadilly: https://enchantedonconadilly.com.au
Molong: 
Narrabri: 
Little House on Rose: https://littlehouseonrose.com.au

I am delighting in supporting small country retailers this year, literally doubling the joy of giving!  I hope you join us and many other Australians to support our country friends. Disturbingly, since commencing this research some weeks ago, businesses we earmarked have closed their doors due to the drought. Let’s all give not only to our loved ones, but to those who need our support.

Jason Falinski
Member for Mackellar

Grants Available To Reduce Climate Change Impacts

NSW Government
NSW communities are invited to apply for grants that will assist them reduce climate change impacts such as heatwaves, bush fires or floods.

The Increasing Resilience to Climate Change (IRCC) community grants program is providing $600,000 in the first round of grants. Grants between $10,000 and $30,000 are available for individual projects.

Community groups can partner with local councils in their applications for funding under the IRCC. The grants are funded through the Climate Change Fund, which allows the NSW Government to better support the community in its response to the effects of climate change.

Environment Minister Matt Kean said these grants will help local communities plan, coordinate and take action to increase their resilience and adapt.

“IRCC grant funding has already benefited Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils for a cool suburbs rating tool and Bega Valley Shire Council to upgrade community halls to be more climate-resilient during extreme heat events,” Mr Kean said.

Apply for round one funding by 31 January 2020 HERE

Keoride Trial To Continue

November 8th, 2019
Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes today announced the Keoride on demand transport trial is being extended due to its tremendous popularity.

The two year pilot commenced in November 2017 and is being extended into 2020 to further investigate and refine the innovative service model.

The commencement of Keoride coincided with the launch of the B-Line and operates between Palm Beach and North Narrabeen, connecting customers direct from their homes to Pittwater’s three B-Line hubs at Mona Vale, Warriewood, and Narrabeen. 200,000 passenger trips have been completed since the service was launched, providing an efficient alternative to individual cars.

“Keoride has revolutionised public transport in Pittwater and been one of the most successful on demand transport trials in the state,” Rob Stokes said today.

“Pittwater’s challenging geography is well-suited to the nimble Keoride vehicles which can access areas not able to be serviced by traditional buses.

“I’m thrilled Keoride has unlocked the transport independence of so many in our community and it’s become a key component in our local public transport mix,” Rob Stokes said.

The Keoride trial is conducted by Keolis Downer whose CEO David Franks describes the service as seamless, convenient and safe.

“The satisfaction rate is incredibly high. This is mainly linked to the quality and reliability of the service, but also the relationship our customers have built with our drivers,” Mr Franks said.

“Since the northern beaches on demand service was launched it has seen uninterrupted patronage growth.”

Keoride’s service hours were extended in November 2018 and vehicles have been progressively added to cater for growing demand. 10 vehicles currently operate in the service area. Keoride will be reviewed prior to June 30, 2020 to determine the ongoing approach to service delivery.

Direct bus services between Palm Beach, North Avalon, and Wynyard were also boosted in December 2018 with extended operating hours introduced for E88 and L90 routes. A new bus between Pittwater and Northern Beaches Hospital also commences November 17, using Wakehurst Parkway as a scheduled public transport route for the first time.

Bales From The Beach 2019 Is Here!

Last year you were all amazing in your support of our 'Bales from the Beach' Fundraiser and we were able assist in getting close to $18,000 to farming communities through Aussie Helpers. We thank you so much for this however in the lead up to Christmas we again are asking you to dig deep.

Sadly the drought has not improved and farming communities are doing tougher than ever with some towns on the verge of running out of water. Many farmers are sending their livestock for slaughter, and for many there are no crops to harvest leaving no income for these farmers. This then has a ripple effect throughout these towns and their businesses, some of which are completely reliant on the farming community. Many in these communities are at breaking point, and the mental health of many in these communities is of great concern.

This time we are taking an 'adopt a town' strategy whereby we have decided to concentrate on raising funds for the small farming community of Tottenham in central NSW. Tottenham is in an area severely affect by the drought with a population of around 450. 100% of funds raised will be injected directly into the community in way of gift vouchers for local businesses and supermarkets and eftpos cards. Along with the raising of funds through bales we will also be collecting any goods to take to the community however would like to request Kids Xmas Gifts as the priority. We will be engaging with the local schools and kindergartens in from Newport to Palm Beach who were so amazing in their contributions last year and would love to have Christmas Cards from the local schools to deliver to the families in Tottenham.

In December representatives from the Avalon RSL Club Community Crew will travel to Tottenham to deliver any good and all funds raised to be delivered just in time for Christmas.

We know the Avalon Community can't make it rain, but what we do know is that we can bring a little joy, hope, and support to our friends in the bush through a very difficult time.

Bales will be for sale in the club and online. We will also have packs available for the local schools and businesses at request. We have set a target for this year is $20,000.

Thank you in advance for your support.

Angus Rimmer 
General Manager
Avalon Beach RSL

𝗕𝗔𝗟𝗘𝗦 𝗡𝗢𝗪 𝗔𝗩𝗔𝗜𝗟𝗔𝗕𝗟𝗘 𝗔𝗧 𝗖𝗟𝗨𝗕 𝗥𝗘𝗖𝗘𝗣𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡 𝗢𝗥 𝗢𝗡𝗟𝗜𝗡𝗘 𝗛𝗘𝗥𝗘: www.avalonrsl.com.au/balesfromthebeach2019.html

Avalon Youth Hub Secures Government Grant 

November 6th, 2019
Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes is congratulating Avalon Youth Hub for securing funding under the NSW Government’s Youth Opportunities Grant Program.

The Avalon Youth Hub was established in 2018 and provides access to a broad range of youth support services in one convenient location.

$35,940 has been allocated to the Burdekin Association, which operates Avalon Youth Hub, to assist with the delivery of the Avalon Youth Hub’s Podcast Project in 2020.

“Avalon Youth Hub is an integral service in our community and provides sustained and holistic support opportunities,” Rob Stokes said today.

“This grant provides an important opportunity to increase discussion in our community about local youth issues and the many support services available.

“Sometimes it’s necessary to try different ways to reach and connect with young people and this initiative is a fantastic idea.

“Thank you to Justene Gordon and the incredible staff at the Avalon Youth Hub who make themselves available to local families,” Rob Stokes said.

Financial support was also provided by the NSW Government to assist with the initial fit-out of the Avalon Youth Hub in 2018.

For more information on the Youth Opportunities Grant Program, visit www.youth.nsw.gov.au/youth-opportunities


Pittwater's Hobie 16 Master’s International Cup Winners

November 6, 2019
The first stage of the 2019 Hobie 16 World Championships was completed this week with the 54-boat Hobie 16 Master’s International Cup on November 2-5 in Captiva Island, Florida. This four day stage was the first portion of the Hobie 16 World Championships, eligible skippers in this segment were 45 years and older. 12 races were held over the four days in a varying wind conditions from 20 knots to 4 knots. The first two days of the competition were the windiest with lighter winds on the final two days. The winds have been strongest in the early morning and often fade as the day progresses. To accommodate for this the race committee has adjusted the sailing schedule to begin racing daily at 9am.

The Hobie 16 World Championships is a provided boat event with 60 brand new boats provided by the Hobie Cat Company. Sailors rotate sailing different boats in multiple sessions per day. Following each session, they return to shore and switch to a different boat.

Palm Beach Sailing Club Members Rod and Kerry Waterhouse (AUS) won the 12-race masters series, finishing six points ahead of Mark and Grace Modderman (USA) with Darren Smith/ Claire Bisgood (AUS) four point further back in third.

Next are the Hobie 16 Great Grand Masters (65 and older), Hobie 16 Grand Masters (55 and older), Hobie 16 Womens, and Hobie 16 Youth World Championship (under 21). 

The Regatta runs November 1st to 16th. Full report next Issue.
You can keep up to date by visiting: https://hobieworlds.com/
Rod and Kerry with their winners trophy - photo by and courtesy Hobie Worlds

Grants For Commemorative Projects In Mackellar 

November 6th, 2019
COMMEMORATIVE projects in Mackellar may benefit from a funding boost and expanded eligibility of the Saluting Their Service (STS) Commemorative Grants Program.

Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel, Darren Chester and Jason Falinski MP said the expansion to the STS Grants Program is part of the Government’s election commitments, and will see an extra $10 million allocated over the next four years to continue to honour the service and sacrifice of those who have served their country.

“The STS Grants Program is aimed at acknowledging and commemorating those who served Australia and its allies in wars, conflicts and peace operations,” Mr Chester said.

“With this is mind, we are expanding the program to increase the funds available and will also be opening up the eligibility so more projects are able to be funded than ever before. 

Northern Beaches MP, Jason Falinski said the funding increase means extra opportunities for local projects in Mackellar to commemorate their local military heroes. 

“Our community has a proud military history, with many veterans now calling Mackellar home, and many more before them having served our nation,” Mr Falinski said. 

“I encourage the community here in Mackellar to review the new guidelines and apply for a grant to carry on the legacy of commemoration and ensure our veterans are never forgotten. 

The revised guidelines will see a shift in focus to conflicts post the First World War, and also mean projects such as documentaries, and digital projects such as digital honour rolls and podcasts, can have funds allocated.

The new guidelines will come into effect in November 2019. For more information about the new guidelines, or to apply for a Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grant, visit the Community Grants Hub (https://www.communitygrants.gov.au/) or GrantConnect (https://www.grants.gov.au/) web sites.

Thank You For Your Service Brian Friend OAM

Life Member of Avalon Beach SLSC Brian Friend was awarded his 50 Year Certificate and pin at last weekends dual celebrations of two club and community milestones. 

Presented by the ABSLSC President Ashley Cardiff, the dedication to others whether on the beach or marking out lines at Hitchcock Park for Junior Rugby League matches, then refereeing, or doing some work for retired policemen and women, Mr. Friend remains one of those community assest who quietly goes about just getting on with it.

Thank you sir, and congratulations!

Photo: Brian Friend OAM and Ashley Cardiff, ABSLSC President. Image by Michael Mannnington, Community Photography.

Locals Schools To Benefit From Sustainability Grants 

November 5th, 2019
Member for Manly James Griffin today welcomed a four-year grants scheme to support students to develop innovative sustainability projects at their schools.

The Sustainable Schools Grants program is open to all NSW public schools and provides up to $15,000 for student-lead initiatives that improve the environment at schools. 

“I’m proud that the NSW Government has launched these new Sustainable Schools Grants, which will provide $10 million over four years to support hands-on sustainability projects for our young people,” Mr Griffin said.

“It’s an exciting opportunity for schools on the Northern Beaches to get behind and I look forward to seeing the projects that come from the grants at schools in our local area.   

Grant applications, which opened Friday 1 November, must be for projects that include hands-on activities for students to learn about sustainability, be linked to the curriculum, and improve the sustainability of the school environment. 

Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell said the grants are about the students, their education and allowing them to take charge and responsibility for the sustainability of their school and local area.

“I expect we’ll see a wide variety of sustainability projects, or strategies for more sustainable transport, or plans to establish kitchen gardens. This funding will enable schools to bring those ideas to life.”

The first round of grants applications can be submitted between 1-29 November, and successful applicants will be notified in February 2020. Schools will implement their projects by November, when the following year’s applications open again. 

Bilgola Bends Coastal Pathway

Dear Editor: We need to protect Bilgola Bends from overdevelopment 
Did you know the coastal path from Manly to Palm Beach is planned to be up to 3.5 metres and in concrete? 

More of a road than a path. Much vegetation will be removed as a result.

Please advise our community urgently (that they need to speak up)
I have been resident of Pittwater for nearly 30 years. Like all Pittwater Residents, I love and deeply appreciate the natural beauty of this area. The purpose of my letter is to let you know of two of my concerns regarding Council plans for the coastal walk from Newport to Avalon, and around the Bilgola bends. 

Last Tuesday, I attended the council meeting and heard with disbelief for the first time that the proposed shared coastal pathway in that sensitive section was going to be 3.5 meters wide and in concrete! 

This is huge, and more the size of a road that a path. It will require significant removal of vegetation which will be replaced by a substantial concrete scar, disfiguring the natural landscape. 

Removing greenery and replacing it with concrete is not progress. 
I receive regularly the NB community information emails, so I knew about the pathway plans from Manly to Palm Beach. I thought this was a good idea but expected it would be a sensitive integrated coastal path, certainly not in concrete and certainly not as wide. 

When we arrive in Bilgola Bends, most of us breathe a sigh of relief ... we have left the big road arteries and find ourselves surrounded by nature. Man’s natural biological source of well-being. 

Please do not destroy that beautiful and unique environment. Residents fought years ago to protect the bends from over development. We need to protect that gem of our beaches. 
I urge you to review these plans urgently from Newport to Avalon. 3.5 meters wide is a definite overkill in this sensitive and unique environment. A path one and a half to two meters wide would be ample, and it is especially important that it is not made in concrete. It needs to be in organic surfaces to integrate in this beautiful environment; timber, packed sand/gravel alternatives need to be chosen. 

Replacing our vegetation with concrete is not progress. 

We need to keep the balance. At anytime, I choose greenery over concrete. Council has declared a climate emergency. Concrete creates heat and vegetation reduces it. So let’s avoid concrete. Let’s protect our existing trees, keep our streets and paths shaded with trees and vegetation. Let’s keep our footpaths natural with grass or compacted sand mix. 

Chantal DRAY 
October 31st, 2019

Local Flowers Christmas Cards 2019

The Pittwater Natural Heritage Association (PNHA) will be at Avalon Market Day on Sunday November 17, in Dunbar Park Avalon. 

Find out what we've been up to. Our display of weeds and weed information is unique to PNHA - we're there to help you! 

Our range of $2.00 cards with flora, fauna and local scenery is bigger than ever, great for Christmas. Photos from last year below - weed chat, and cards.



Game On For Local Sport Grants

October 16, 2019 
Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes is encouraging sporting clubs in Pittwater to apply for funds under the NSW Government’s Local Sport Grant Program.

$4.65 million in grants will be allocated across NSW for grassroots sports development and upgrades to local sporting facilities.

The program aims to increase regular and on-going participation in sport and structured physical activity, address barriers to participation, help sporting clubs provide quality service to their members, and increase the amount of well-managed facilities in local communities.

“We have many great sporting clubs in Pittwater who do a fantastic job in bringing our community together,” Rob Stokes said today.

“This program is a wonderful opportunity for local sporting groups to secure funds and deliver improved facilities and equipment.

“Last year in Pittwater, funds allocated by this program supported local dragon boaters, boardriders, BMXers, paragliders, basketballers, lifesavers, golfers and canoeists.

“I’m looking forward to seeing this year’s projects,” Rob Stokes said.

Applications close 25 November 2019 and further information about the program, including application guidelines, can be found at https://sport.nsw.gov.au/clubs/grants/localsport

Grants Available To Help Bring Communities Together Through Sport

November 8, 2019:  Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck, Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians, Minister for Youth and Sport and Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs, the Hon. David Coleman MP.

Almost $20 million is now available to help communities promote social inclusion and improve health outcomes through sport.

The Government’s Driving Social Inclusion through Sport and Physical Activity grants program is open for applications from not-for-profit organisations including local community groups, sporting clubs and local government entities.

The program is part of the Government’s $71 million investment in social cohesion initiatives to build stronger communities.

Minister for Youth and Sport, Richard Colbeck said the grants will also contribute to the Government’s plan to make Australia the world’s most active sporting nation.

“Playing sport and engaging in physical activity is great for our physical and mental health, so we want to make sure more Aussies get more active, more often,” Minister Colbeck said.

“Our Government’s national Sport 2030 plan is to make Australia the world’s most active sporting nation, and to do that we need everyone joining in.

“We have also invested $190 million to grassroots sporting infrastructure to encourage female participation, because everyone should feel welcome at their local sporting club.”

Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affair David Coleman said getting involved in sport was a great way for migrants to build connections, improve English language skills and feel more at home. 

“Sport plays an important role in the lives of so many Australians and is a great way to bring communities together and strengthen Australia’s multicultural successes,” Minister Coleman said.

“So many of our greatest athletes have migrated to Australia, and the achievements in sport of people of all backgrounds is a key part of the Australian story.

“We want everyone to feel welcome to join in at our local sporting clubs and it is important we provide a helping hand for people to get involved.

The grants are open to applications from not-for-profit organisations including local community organisations, sporting organisations and local government entities and are available to  assist the following community groups get involved in sport and recreational activities:
  • newly arrived migrants and refugees;
  • people with a physical or mental disability;
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; and
  • Women.
Eligible activities include, but are not limited to:
  • engaging with community organisations to deliver sport and physical activity projects;
  • coaching clinics to teach sports skills and techniques;
  • participation in local sports competitions;
  • instruction in exercise and physical activity classes delivered by qualified instructors;
  • research and data collection; and
  • recruitment and engagement of translators required to deliver the activities.
Further information about the Driving Social Inclusion through Sport and Physical Activity Grant Opportunity (GO2645) is available from the GrantConnect website. Applications close December 12th, 2019 at 2pm.

Envision Hands

Plastic bottle caps are entirely recyclable; unfortunately they are not being recycled for the most part and are ending up in landfill.
Envision is an organisation taking bottle caps and turning them into filament for 3D printers. This filament is then used to print all the components of the prosthetic hand to make bespoke aids for children in need across developing world.

My office at 1238 Pittwater Road, Narrabeen will be used as a collection point for plastic bottle caps. Please check that a 2 or 4 is printed on the bottle cap. Caps need to be rinsed and ensure there is no extra plastic attached. Larger lids cannot be collected.

Jason Falinski
MP for Mackellar

Basics The Ingredients For Student Success

The Hon. Gladys Berejiklian, Premier of NSW
The curriculum for students across NSW is set for its first major shakeup in over a generation with a renewed focus on Maths, English and Science following the release of the interim curriculum review today.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian welcomed the interim curriculum review and said the report’s emphasis on fundamentals aligns with the government’s commitment to equip our young people with the tools they need thrive in life after school.

“In addition to English, students need to have strong foundations in maths, science, technology and engineering to ensure they are prepared for jobs of the future,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“Focusing the curriculum onto our STEM subjects while decluttering the wider curriculum will allow students and teachers to learn in depth not breadth.

“We are building a curriculum in consultation with stakeholders that is smart, flexible and able to prepare NSW school students for whatever career they choose in the future.

Education Minister Sarah Mitchell said the draft curriculum review has indicated ‘significant change’ is required to the NSW curriculum.

“This is the first review of the curriculum to be done in 30 years. It’s a great opportunity for us to reflect on the future of education in NSW and make changes to meet the needs of today’s society,” Ms Mitchell said.

“Students need to be equipped with strong literacy and numeracy foundations to succeed in the 21st Century.”

“We want a curriculum that leaves no student behind while stimulating students who are advancing faster than others.”

In 2018, the NSW Government commissioned Professor Geoff Masters to review the entire school curriculum from Kindergarten to Year 12.

Parents, teachers, students and the public can have a say on the Interim Curriculum Review via the NSW Curriculum Review website. Consultation closes on 13 December 2019.

The interim report’s key recommendations are:
  • A stronger emphasis on STEM subjects;
  • Reducing the amount of content in the curriculum so students have time to build in depth subject knowledge and develop the skills needed to apply knowledge in the real world;
  • Flexible progression that uses levels of attainment to organise syllabuses so students are recognised and challenged according to where they are on the continuum of learning.

Grants Available To Rescue Good Quality Food From Landfill

Reducing the amount of food wasted and being sent to landfill is being helped along by grants of up to $100,000 to help food rescue organisations collect more donated food, with applications open from today the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) announced.

Reducing the amount of food wasted and being sent to landfill is being helped along by grants of up to $100,000 to help food rescue organisations collect more donated food, with applications open from today the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) announced.

DPIE Acting Director Waste and Resource Recovery Amanda Kane said the Food Donation Grants were open to not-for-profit organisations and local councils to provide food relief agencies with extra resources to sign up more donors, work collaboratively and collect more surplus food for redistribution.

“Donating food is a great way to avoid food waste. Every year in NSW, almost a million tonnes of food waste ends up in landfill - 200,000 tonnes of this comes from businesses.

“Because of the way food waste breaks down in landfill, it can create methane. This is a greenhouse gas we can work to reduce by rescuing food waste.

“This funding will support projects that redirect surplus foods to places where it can be put to use, preventing it ever becoming waste at all.”

Grants of between $5,000 to $100,000 are available. The grants are funded through the NSW Government’s $802 million Waste Less, Recycle More initiative. Waste Less, Recycle More aims to keep waste out of landfill, increase food and garden waste collections, boost business recycling and invest in new infrastructure.

These grants complement grant funding for infrastructure provided by the NSW Government to food relief agencies for equipment like fridges, freezers and refrigerated vans.

Two rounds of the Food Donation Grants have already been successfully completed, with $1.7 million directed to support 21 food rescue projects.

Applications close on 21 November 2018. A webinar detailing how to apply for funding will be held on 31 October 2019.

For more information on Food Donation Grants visit: http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au//food-donation-education

Mackellar Food Drive

The Member for Mackellar, Mr. Jason Falinski is hosting a food drive in his electorate office on behalf of Foodbank. 
Donations are now being accepted and Foodbank will collect the items on the 16th of December. 
Foodbank accepts the following items:
  • Tinned food
  • Package goods
  • Personal hygiene and laundry products
No perishables including fresh produce can be accepted.
Hunger is a hidden crisis in Australia with over 3.6 million Australians seeking food relief at some point each year. Half of those are children. Charities like Foodbank do excellent work helping those in need, especially around Christmas time. 
Please drop off items to: Shop 1, 1238 Pittwater Road, Narrabeen

November 3 - 9, 2019: Issue 427

Articles This Week 

Front Page Issue 427


Pictures Bilgola SLSC's Surf Boat Carnival 2019

Aquatics North Narrabeen Win nudie Australian Boardriders Battle On Home Turf by Surfing NSW

DoggieRescue Freedom Park Opening

He Came. He Spoke. He Conquered. Costa & CABPRA A Night To Remember by David White

Park Bench Philosopher Humanity’s Birthplace: Why Everyone Alive Today Can Call Northern Botswana Home 

DIY Ideas Tiling Your Verandah: and Choosing Your Simple Or Complex Tile Pattern - This Issue the next step is completion of the Tiling Installation and Grouting, which brings in the choice of Tile Pattern selected.

Profile Mona Vale Garden Club 
A local gem, affiliated with the Garden Clubs of Australia and The Royal Horticultural Society, many a resident has visited one of their Annual Flower Show each Spring. 

The Objectives of the Mona Vale Garden Club are: 

  • To establish friendship and social relationships through gardens
  • To aid in the protection and conservation of our natural resources.
  • To encourage civic beauty and roadside development
  • To study the fine art of gardening in all its aspects
  • To co-operate with and assist other agencies furthering the interest of horticulture and conservation
  • To promote and coordinate areas of floral art
  • To disseminate knowledge, conduct meetings, tours, shows, seminars and workshop[s and carry on other activities for the furtherance of the objectives of the Club
  • To affiliate with other bodies having similar objectives
  • To be non-political, non-sectarian and non-discriminatory
History Plaque Unveiled To Mark Phenomenal Surfing Revolution Commencement: Early Pittwater Surfers: Avalon Beach I -  1956 The Carnival That Introduced The Malibu Surfboard And Being Able To Surf Across A Wave Face 
In Autumn 2014 Pittwater Online News ran a report on the Arrival Of The Mal - 1956 Surf Boards, the Avalon Beach Historical Society Meeting where Speakers David Lyall and Bob Head, Mr. Lyall a member of Bilgola SLSC in 1956 while Bob was a member at Avalon Beach SLSC, shared their accounts of witnessing American surfers being able to ride a surfboard across a wave, something not done here before. David then began making such boards, while Bob organised running the first Malibu contest in Australia on a 'short board' - 'short' in comparison to the 16 foot long toothpicks that could only go in a straight line and became history, overnight.

Many an early local surfer has spoken of this carnival during interviews for Profiles - Norm Godden, of Warriewood SLSC, WWII Police Boys Club inductee into Avalon Beach SLSC Reg Woods, now on the south coast of NSW, the late legend Max Watts, and many others - in fact thousands were there and the phenomenon of being able to surf this way quickly spread.

In 2017 the indefatigable Roger Sayers, who fortunately retired in time to take up full time historical research, sent in the following:

The first significant public demonstration in Australia of modern malibu surfing took place here at Avalon Beach on Sunday 18 November 1956. Its far reaching effects revolutionised the sport of surfing and Australian beach culture. 

After competing in a surf carnival organised by Avalon Beach Surf Life Saving Club, American lifeguards here to take part in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics surf carnival, went surfing on their surfboards and carved their way across the waves off South Avalon. 

They paddled their boards out in front of the rocks at South Avalon and we all laughed thinking they’d get smashed on the rocks.  Everyone was amazed when they turned their boards and rode across the face of the wave in front of the rocks.  Surfboard riding from then on was totally different.(the late Max Watt Life Member Avalon Beach SLSC)

Yesterday the culmination of a fair amount of effort by Mr. Sayers and others has resulted in a plaque being installed at Avalon Beach to mark the commencement of what many would know as modern surfing. This Issue, a few insights for those of us who were just a twinkle in our parents or grandparents young eyes in 1956!

Artist of the Month November 2019: Jan Murray - Novelist

Jan left school at fourteen, married young, producing five spectacular offspring before hearing the siren call of the feminist revolution, at which time she abandoned the kitchen (but not the children!) and headed for the lecture theatre, graduating with Honours in Political Science and English Literature. Jan worked as a speech writer and press officer for federal politicians before establishing her own PR consultancy, Jan Murray & Associates Pty. Ltd, which, in the Eighties handled a raft of high-profile briefs such as the NSW State Government’s Disability Awareness Campaign, Sanctuary Cove gala opening and the 1988 Australian Bicentennial First Fleet Reenactment Voyage.

Amid the horror of the 1994 Sydney bushfires, Jan set up the Lord Mayor’s Bushfire Appeal and, pro bono, raised a record $11.4 million from corporate Australia. She is listed in “The Australian Women’s Register”; “The Media: A New Analysis, Windschuttle (1988)” and others.

Recently Jan launched 3 new books including the first in her Glencairn Island Mystery Series, “NO Bridge, No Way!”, set on a fictitious version of Scotland Island and on fictitious characters populating the off-shore community. She believes the locals will have fun with this quirky adventure story.

The three books are available at bookstores and on Amazon, etc. and the first children's book at a reduced price for local kids at the Pasadena Pantry. Jan is also donating copies to our public and school libraries.

"I’m not in this to make money...I want kids to get their heads out of screens and READ BOOKS!" - Jan Murray, October 2019

Visit: www.janmurray.com

Pittwater Offshore Newsletter Update November 1st, 2019 

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To contact Julian:  editor@scotlandisland.org.au

Trudie’s Whale

Trudie’s Whale Sculpture was placed at South Avalon Beach this week, next to the path on the way to the pool.

As per council stipulation there is no plaque. There is a subtle -77-inscribed on the tail end of the sculpture signifying Barrenjoey High School Class of 77, as well as the artist mark -rs19- Richard Stutchbury 'Red Dust Designs'.

This sculpture is the VERY FIRST donation to the coastal sculpture walk project from Palm Beach to Manly. 





Ingleside Rural Fire Brigade Volunteers Up North

October 31, 2019: Ingleside Rural Fire Brigade
Ingleside NSWRFS continues to support the bushfire effort up north with our RFS volunteer, Josh in the field that at the 2359ha Kangawalla fire at Eimers Rd, Shannon Vale in the Glenn Innes - Severn District. This is Josh's 2nd five day deployment to the bushfire effort. The crews today conducted mopping up and backburning operations. This is the first of 3 twelve hour shifts. Keep up to date with the Fires Near Me App.



31/10/19 0930hrs: A bush fire is burning in the Eimers Rd, Shannon Vale. The fire is currently 2,347 hectares in size and is being controlled.

Current Situation
Conditions across the fireground have eased. The immediate threat to properties has eased. The fire is still burning in a westerly direction south of Gwydir Hwy in the Shannon Vale Road area. Firefighters and aircraft will continue to work over coming days to slow the spread of the fire.

October 31 - 20+ Ingleside NSWRFS volunteers conducted two different types of training tonight for our monthly training. 11 RFS volunteers trained in dry fire fighting techniques, particularly important for regional areas that are low on water.



We had another 10 RFS volunteers involved in Breathing Apparatus, Structural Fire Training. Our BA operators refreshed on; phases of fire, fire behaviour indicators, over/under pressure regions, pyrolysis and branch work. 

Photos: Ingleside RFS

Bilgola Bends Coastal Pathway

Dear Editor: We need to protect Bilgola Bends from overdevelopment 
Did you know the coastal path from Manly to Palm Beach is planned to be up to 3.5 metres and in concrete? 

More of a road than a path. Much vegetation will be removed as a result.

Please advise our community urgently (that they need to speak up)
I have been resident of Pittwater for nearly 30 years. Like all Pittwater Residents, I love and deeply appreciate the natural beauty of this area. The purpose of my letter is to let you know of two of my concerns regarding Council plans for the coastal walk from Newport to Avalon, and around the Bilgola bends. 

Last Tuesday, I attended the council meeting and heard with disbelief for the first time that the proposed shared coastal pathway in that sensitive section was going to be 3.5 meters wide and in concrete! 

This is huge, and more the size of a road that a path. It will require significant removal of vegetation which will be replaced by a substantial concrete scar, disfiguring the natural landscape. 

Removing greenery and replacing it with concrete is not progress. 
I receive regularly the NB community information emails, so I knew about the pathway plans from Manly to Palm Beach. I thought this was a good idea but expected it would be a sensitive integrated coastal path, certainly not in concrete and certainly not as wide. 

When we arrive in Bilgola Bends, most of us breathe a sigh of relief ... we have left the big road arteries and find ourselves surrounded by nature. Man’s natural biological source of well-being. 

Please do not destroy that beautiful and unique environment. Residents fought years ago to protect the bends from over development. We need to protect that gem of our beaches. 
I urge you to review these plans urgently from Newport to Avalon. 3.5 meters wide is a definite overkill in this sensitive and unique environment. A path one and a half to two meters wide would be ample, and it is especially important that it is not made in concrete. It needs to be in organic surfaces to integrate in this beautiful environment; timber, packed sand/gravel alternatives need to be chosen. 

Replacing our vegetation with concrete is not progress. 

We need to keep the balance. At anytime, I choose greenery over concrete. Council has declared a climate emergency. Concrete creates heat and vegetation reduces it. So let’s avoid concrete. Let’s protect our existing trees, keep our streets and paths shaded with trees and vegetation. Let’s keep our footpaths natural with grass or compacted sand mix. 

Chantal DRAY 
October 31st, 2019

Christmas Hampers For Farmers And Their Families

I’d like to thank everyone that has already donated for this amazing cause. Thanks so much.

Di Cutrie and myself (Lisa Hewitt) are collecting for these poor farmers, can everybody dig deep. Imagine what these poor peoples lives are like. If everyone here just gave a little, we as a community could make just a small difference to some very struggling farmers and their families lives.

The 'Hampers' is only ONE part of our THREE part Christmas Drought Run!! 
We still require literally TONNES and TONNES of non-perishable food, 10ltr water cartridges, dry pet food, IGA Gift Cards, Pre-paid Visas/Pre-paid EFTPOS cards, BRAND NEW unwrapped toys and gifts for the farming kids for our 270+ Prime Producing Farmers and their families of the Baradine NSW & Bingara NSW areas!!

We are ALWAYS low on the following donations:
OLIVE OIL, which is absolute LIQUID GOLD to our Farmers!!
Sunscreen 50SPF+
Aerogard Tropical Strength
Moisturiser
Baby Wipes!! Used instead of showers! AKA "truckie shower"
UHT Milk
HAND SANITISER
Non perishable food

Keep the Donations coming in! 
We have 3 semi trailers on stand by, we just need to fill them to the brim.

Drop off to: 594 Barrenjoey Rd, Avalon Cnr Eastbourne ave, thank you

NB: We have just added in another town with another 60 families - please help out.
Photo is of what we have sent so far thanks to the awesome families of Avalon-Bilgola Plateau.

Thanks so much, 
Lisa and Di xx

Bales From The Beach 2019 Is Here!

Last year you were all amazing in your support of our 'Bales from the Beach' Fundraiser and we were able assist in getting close to $18,000 to farming communities through Aussie Helpers. We thank you so much for this however in the lead up to Christmas we again are asking you to dig deep.

Sadly the drought has not improved and farming communities are doing tougher than ever with some towns on the verge of running out of water. Many farmers are sending their livestock for slaughter, and for many there are no crops to harvest leaving no income for these farmers. This then has a ripple effect throughout these towns and their businesses, some of which are completely reliant on the farming community. Many in these communities are at breaking point, and the mental health of many in these communities is of great concern.

This time we are taking an 'adopt a town' strategy whereby we have decided to concentrate on raising funds for the small farming community of Tottenham in central NSW. Tottenham is in an area severely affect by the drought with a population of around 450. 100% of funds raised will be injected directly into the community in way of gift vouchers for local businesses and supermarkets and eftpos cards. Along with the raising of funds through bales we will also be collecting any goods to take to the community however would like to request Kids Xmas Gifts as the priority. We will be engaging with the local schools and kindergartens in from Newport to Palm Beach who were so amazing in their contributions last year and would love to have Christmas Cards from the local schools to deliver to the families in Tottenham.

In December representatives from the Avalon RSL Club Community Crew will travel to Tottenham to deliver any good and all funds raised to be delivered just in time for Christmas.

We know the Avalon Community can't make it rain, but what we do know is that we can bring a little joy, hope, and support to our friends in the bush through a very difficult time.

Bales will be for sale in the club and online. We will also have packs available for the local schools and businesses at request. We have set a target for this year is $20,000.

Thank you in advance for your support.

Angus Rimmer 
General Manager
Avalon Beach RSL

𝗕𝗔𝗟𝗘𝗦 𝗡𝗢𝗪 𝗔𝗩𝗔𝗜𝗟𝗔𝗕𝗟𝗘 𝗔𝗧 𝗖𝗟𝗨𝗕 𝗥𝗘𝗖𝗘𝗣𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡 𝗢𝗥 𝗢𝗡𝗟𝗜𝗡𝗘 𝗛𝗘𝗥𝗘: www.avalonrsl.com.au/balesfromthebeach2019.html

Official Opening Of The Barrenjoey Community Performance Space On November 15th 2019

Barrenjoey High school is delighted to host the Official Opening of the Barrenjoey Community Performance Space at 4pm on Friday 15 November 2019.

The Barrenjoey Community Performance Space will be officially opened by the Hon Rob Stokes MP Member for Pittwater and invited officials are Mr Jason Falinski MP, Barrenjoey School Principal Ian Bowsher, and members of the P&C Steering Committee Cilla Cole, Richard Cole, Kalinda Hawson, Kim Hoggard and Christy Bishop.  Honoured guest Mr Wayne Brown of Brown Bros. Skip Bins will also attend in his capacity as Gold Sponsor of the building.  

Barrenjoey has always recognised the unique artistic and creative talent of its local community and has created multiple platforms where students can showcase those talents. The wider community can experience high quality art exhibits, drama and musical performances.  

The Barrenjoey Community Performance Space is a purpose built, architecturally designed theatre boasting state of the art audio visual equipment with tiered seating for 200 people and an art gallery space.  The building supports the vision of the school to better showcase the talents of our students and the wider community.  

This project has been led by the school’s P&C Association who have spent the past five years fundraising and successfully securing local and federal government grants to deliver the Performance Space at a cost approximately $1.9M.

School Infrastructure NSW, have managed the build and delivered the original Richard Cole Architecture concept drawings through SARM Architects and Clifford Constructions to completion. 

Principal Ian Bowsher said today, “The exciting part of this build has been the genuine support from all areas of the community, from local member Rob Stokes to local businesses who are now able to utilise the venue.”

“The benefits it will provide to the school and the wider community are enormous as it will further support the development of our exceptionally talented performing artists, musicians and community groups.” 

Mr Rob Stokes states, “This project is a great example of the school community and the government working together and I’m really looking forward to attending events here.” 

“Barrenjoey High School has a proud reputation as a leader in performing arts education and this type of dedicated space will support this into the future” Mr Stokes reiterated.

DoggieRescue Freedom Park Opening

In 2018 DoggieRescue founder Monika Biernacki and her team had a goal, to create a large space for rescue dogs to stretch their legs, play, make new friends and recover from past experiences. 

In June of 2018 a fundraising campaign was started with the goal of raising $15,000 to fence in a large unused area at the back of DoggieRescue. This campaign raised over $25,000 which was incredible and much appreciated by everyone at the shelter. Over a period of months, the park began to take shape, fencing went up around the exterior and a shelter was built to protect the dogs from the sun on hot days. A smaller yard was attached to the park for slowly introducing dogs to each other.  

The DoggieRescue Freedom Park has been in operation for several months now, dogs are given the opportunity to run and play without interaction with humans if they are not yet ready. Those who are social with other dogs get to play and interact with each other in a safe space.

On Sunday October 20th 2019, Monika and one of the key donors Joss Stewart officially opened the Freedom Park in an event which was live streamed on social media for all DoggieRescue supporters and followers to see. 


Two of the current residents of the shelter Olympia (a 5 year old female Dogue de Bordeaux) and Oscar (a 4 year old male Labrador x Wolfhound), were the first to enter the park after the official opening with Monika and kennel hands and they demonstrated why this park is so special. Olympia took the time to sniff and explore bushes whilst Oscar delighted in running around and chasing any ball, toy or Frisbee thrown for him by the volunteers.  


Monika best described the park during her official opening:

“The dogs happily enjoy their freedom, released from leads and harnesses and being absolutely free to run and play and just enjoy life”  

DoggieRescue is currently home to 109 dogs looking for their forever homes, these dogs and those we save after them will all benefit from this park so thank you to all our supporters, donors and volunteers. We look forward to seeing you at DoggieRescue soon!

For further details or to meet all cats, rabbits and dogs at Doggie Rescue call  9486 3133 or email monika@DoggieRescue.com. Visit www.DoggieRescue.com to see all our dogs. www.facebook.com/doggierescue 
Rehoming Organisation No R251000024. 

550 Years Of IRBs In Australian Surf Life Saving

Published by Surf Life Saving NSW

Local Supporters At The Relay For Life Event

Northern Beaches Prostate Cancer Support Group members attended the Relay for Life at Galston on Saturday November 2nd.

Relay For Life is a community fundraising challenge raising vital funds for cancer patients.

Each Relay event is organised by passionate, local volunteers, and is an experience that will stay with you forever. The event brings communities together to celebrate Survivors and recognise the unsung heroes - their Carers. 

'We honour those we’ve lost during our candlelight ceremony, and we continue to raise funds to support people affected by cancer, fund research and prevention programs. Teams commit to walking, rolling or running around a track to signify that cancer never rests, so neither do we.'



Northern Beaches Prostate Cancer Support Group
Mary Jones, Roman Jones, Denise Taylor, Alan Taylor
Photo and report by Michael Mannington, Community Photography

2019 North Narrabeen Reunion Just Brilliant

A great get together was held at North Narrabeen Surf Club on the 26th of October, 2019 with nearly 300 people attending. Organised through that wonderful Facebook page curated by the ever bubbly Fiona Murphy, Narrabeen Reunions and the Northern Beaches, attendees state it was great fun and a real blast from the past.

Fiona says:
Thanks to Allan Russell for organising a great weekend of fun. A big thanks to all who took (and shared) their photos from the night and the 'recovery day'. An extra special thanks to Mick Marlin who went around all night and took hundreds of pics. It was a lovely send off for Lance Callen (Lu Lu) on Sunday with the guys from the surf club scattering his ashes at sea.

There's a heap of photos here for those who couldn't get there.

Avalon On The Green A Huge Success

After a selling all tickets, organisers and attendees report a great fun afternoon and brilliant music.

There is still some of the great merchandise left and this will be available at a stall at Avalon Market Day for those who missed out.



Photo courtesy: Adriaan van der Wallen

Narrabeen Photographer Launches Book For Furry Lovelies

Past Profile of the Week and Artist of the Month Peter Sharp has this week launched 'Lost but Found', a celebration of 40 lovelies with all royalties from the sale of this book being donated to Sydney Dogs & Cats Home.


ABOUT LOST BUT FOUND
Lost but Found is a project that was born from my work as the volunteer photographer and Ambassador for Sydney Dogs & Cats Home.

Every week I would see and hear amazing stories of animals in the Home. Some stories had sad beginnings with happy endings, while others simply had sad endings. Over time, I felt the need to document and share these stories with the purpose of educating people as to how and why the animals ended up at the shelter and highlight the love and care they received while in the Home’s care. Through this project I also wanted inform people about the steps that can be taken to ensure their pet doesn’t end up in a shelter or pound, as well as share the benefits of adopting a rescue animal.
In the process of collecting these stories, I have been fortunate to meet many amazing animals and their new owners. These stories are not just about how the animals have been saved; in many cases they also reflect how the animals have saved their new owners.

In Lost but Found, you will meet forty special dogs who have spent time at the Home. Some of the tales are confronting, some are devastatingly sad. Other stories are uplifting and joyful, showing the best of dog- and human-kind. The collection featured in this book is just a tiny sampling of the dogs who have come through the shelter and positively changed people’s lives forever. 

Fully illustrated and with both before and after adoption photography, this touching collection will warm the hearts of animal lovers near and far. 


The 5 Ways Longboard Comp. 2019 Won By Long Reef

The yearly surfest between local longboarders clubs took place last weekend, October 26th, with Freshwater Longboard Club hosting.

Congratulations to Long Reef riders for taking out this year's 5 Ways competition. Well surfed!

Results are as follows:
5th : Curl Curl
4th: Freshwater
3rd : Palm Beach
2nd : Manly
1st: Reef Riders

Thank you to all Freshwater members for the hosting a great day, and everyone who came down to support the clubs. 

Next Year's 5 Ways Comp will be at Manly for next years comp.
 
That Winners Grin:- and below - one for you all!

Surfing Championships  At Avalon Beach 1964

Tumbledown Dick RFB Firies Fundraiser

On Saturday November 9th 2019, 600 firefighters will be climbing the iconic Sydney Tower Eye, including Team Tumble, as quickly as possible in full structural fire fighting ensemble to raise money and awareness for Motor Neurone Disease (MND). Please help Team Tumble raise as much money as possible to help stop this devastating disease.
 
Teams of firefighters will race to climb all 1504 stairs (98 floors) of the Sydney Tower Eye, each carrying an additional 20kg of gear. It will be a gruelling challenge, however it is nothing in comparison to the challenge patients with MND face every day.
 
MND is Motor Neurone Disease, or ALS, or Lou Gehrigs Disease. It doesn’t matter what you call it you don’t want it. Normal healthy fit people exactly like you get MND. It strikes indiscriminately, at anytime with no proven explanation.
 
MND is a progressive, terminal neurological disease. MND affects the nerve cells (neurones) controlling the muscles that enable us to move, speak, breathe and swallow, causing them the degenerate and die. A person’s senses and intellect are not affected.
 
Every dollar raised will directly support vital MND research at the Macquarie University MND Research Centre.
Every cent helps. Please dig deep.


BYRA Is 70 Years Old This Year

Yes in 1949 after an informal race around Lion Island two yotties Mr. Dalton and Mr. Williams decided they should form a club, for full details Visit: https://byra.com.au/our-history/.

That was 70 years ago and to celebrate those years it has been decided that as well as our annual around Lion Island Race for keelboats we should also have a dinghy race and a Social gathering after the racing on the Sunday evening.

The celebrations will be on the last Sunday of November, that is the 24th.

The keelboat race will start as usual at mid-day.  The dinghies at their usual start time. Watch for more information on the Social Activity and the Notice of Race in coming Issues. Also remember that visitor non-member boats are welcome to participate in this our Historic birthday race.  

Whether you’re looking for a social outlet, wanting to learn to sail, a seasoned racer, or an opportunity to get the whole family out on the water, at BYRA we have something for everyone. As a valued member of our Club, you can enjoy the unique benefits as well as access to our beautiful Club grounds and facilities.


DoggieRescue.com

Pets of the Week

Missy

AGE/SEX: 18 months / F
BREED: Shepherd X
Missy is a sweet 18 month old Shepherd X with an affectionate attentive nature. She is social with other dogs and loves to spend time playing with them. She walks on lead, at times needing encouragement and is friendly walking past other dogs. She also likes to jog. She can be scared of cars and trucks, especially where there is no footpath. She likes cuddles and belly rubs with volunteers and sits on command. Missy is assertive with treats and can be snatchy. Comments “Love her”, "Cowered whenever traffic passed. Shook when it was a truck. Otherwise all was fine" 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. 

Linda

This poor girl, about 3yo came to us with a prolapsed uterus. She was named after the angel who rescued her. She is a ginger and white DSH. She was in very poor condition as shown in some of the images. After a 2.5 hour surgery she has recovered and is slowly gaining weight. She is such a sweet affectionate cat. She is social with other cats. 

She comes desexed, wormed, F3 vaccinated and microchipped. Her adoption fee is $220. To meet her please call DoggieRescue on 9486 3133. She is living at Ingleside. 

For further details or to meet all cats, rabbits and dogs at Doggie Rescue call  9486 3133 or email monika@DoggieRescue.com. Visit www.DoggieRescue.com to see all our dogs. www.facebook.com/doggierescue 
Rehoming Organisation No R251000024. 

Grants Available To Reduce Climate Change Impacts

NSW Government
NSW communities are invited to apply for grants that will assist them reduce climate change impacts such as heatwaves, bush fires or floods.

The Increasing Resilience to Climate Change (IRCC) community grants program is providing $600,000 in the first round of grants. Grants between $10,000 and $30,000 are available for individual projects.

Community groups can partner with local councils in their applications for funding under the IRCC. The grants are funded through the Climate Change Fund, which allows the NSW Government to better support the community in its response to the effects of climate change.

Environment Minister Matt Kean said these grants will help local communities plan, coordinate and take action to increase their resilience and adapt.

“IRCC grant funding has already benefited Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils for a cool suburbs rating tool and Bega Valley Shire Council to upgrade community halls to be more climate-resilient during extreme heat events,” Mr Kean said.

Apply for round one funding by 31 January 2020 HERE

Record Number Of Women Magistrates In NSW

October 28, 2019: NSW Government Dept. of Communities & Justice
The number of female magistrates in NSW has hit a record 47 per cent – up seven per cent from a decade ago.

Attorney General Mark Speakman and Minister for Women Bronnie Taylor welcomed today’s swearing in of new magistrates Allison Hawkins and Jillian Kiely. Their appointments bring the number of women on the bench of the Local, Children’s and Coroner’s Courts to 65 out of 139 magistrates across the state.

“While judicial officers are appointed solely on merit, I’m delighted to see a record number of talented senior female barristers and solicitors being elevated to the bench,” Mr Speakman said.

“Not only are we seeing an increase in women vying for top jobs, more than half of the state’s law graduates are female, which is helping to drive a huge shift in cultural change across the broader legal profession.”

Mr Speakman said the Government would also continue to eliminate barriers to talented women joining the senior ranks of the legal profession.

“The NSW Government has implemented equitable briefing practices of barristers and promotes flexible working arrangements and other measures to help advance careers of women and reduce their attrition rates,” Mr Speakman said.

Mrs Taylor said that when Chief Magistrate Judge Graeme Henson was appointed to his role in 2006 only 32 per cent of magistrates were female.

“I applaud Judge Henson for being a champion of equality in law and encouraging more women to apply for judicial roles to reflect the growing numbers entering the legal ranks,” Mrs Taylor said.

Women also hold senior roles within the Local Court and Coroners Court including Deputy Chief Magistrate Jane Mottley and State Coroner Magistrate Teresa O’Sullivan.

The appointment of magistrates involves an extensive and competitive merit-based recruitment process that considers a wide range of factors including legal experience.

Avalon Preservation Association 2019 AGM

Avalon Preservation Association will hold its 2019 AGM at the Avalon Bowling Club on Monday 25 November 2019 from 7.00pm.

The guest speaker will be Prof. Peter Davies, Associate Professor of Environmental Planning and Interim Head of Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Macquarie University. 


Professor Davies

Prior to working in academia, Peter worked in state and local government for 20 years as an environmental scientist and manager.  

Professor Davies will talk on the topic of "The Urban Forest, Loss and Opportunities", a subject dear to the hearts of Avalon residents, who are all welcome whether APA members or not.  

To find out more about APA please visit:

Game On For Local Sport Grants

October 16, 2019 
Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes is encouraging sporting clubs in Pittwater to apply for funds under the NSW Government’s Local Sport Grant Program.

$4.65 million in grants will be allocated across NSW for grassroots sports development and upgrades to local sporting facilities.

The program aims to increase regular and on-going participation in sport and structured physical activity, address barriers to participation, help sporting clubs provide quality service to their members, and increase the amount of well-managed facilities in local communities.

“We have many great sporting clubs in Pittwater who do a fantastic job in bringing our community together,” Rob Stokes said today.

“This program is a wonderful opportunity for local sporting groups to secure funds and deliver improved facilities and equipment.

“Last year in Pittwater, funds allocated by this program supported local dragon boaters, boardriders, BMXers, paragliders, basketballers, lifesavers, golfers and canoeists.

“I’m looking forward to seeing this year’s projects,” Rob Stokes said.

Applications close 25 November 2019 and further information about the program, including application guidelines, can be found at https://sport.nsw.gov.au/clubs/grants/localsport

Mackellar Food Drive

October 15, 2019
The Member for Mackellar, Mr. Jason Falinski is hosting a food drive in his electorate office on behalf of Foodbank. 
Donations are now being accepted and Foodbank will collect the items on the 16th of December. 
Foodbank accepts the following items:
  • Tinned food
  • Package goods
  • Personal hygiene and laundry products
No perishables including fresh produce can be accepted.
Hunger is a hidden crisis in Australia with over 3.6 million Australians seeking food relief at some point each year. Half of those are children. Charities like Foodbank do excellent work helping those in need, especially around Christmas time. 
Please drop off items to: Shop 1, 1238 Pittwater Road, Narrabeen

Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary Stalls 2019

Pittwater Place, Mona Vale stalls:
July 6th, August 3rd, September 7th, October 5th, November 2nd, December 7th
Selling sewing, knitting, craft, books, 9am to 3pm

Sausage Sizzles at Bunnings, Narrabeen:  8am to 3pm
Saturdays, July 13th, August 10th, September 14th, October 12th, November 9th, December 14th


Shop Country For Christmas

When purchasing gifts for Christmas this year, please consider shopping locally, supporting businesses across Mackellar.  I also urge residents of the Northern Beaches to buy at least one Christmas gift from a small business in a drought affected area. Below are links to a selection of small businesses in towns heavily impacted by drought. However there are many more towns and businesses affected - this list is just a start:

Armidale: 
Brewarrina:
Coonamble
Dubbo:
Dubbo Home and Gifts: https://www.dubbohomeandgifts.com
Moree: 
Robin’s Nest for Children: https://www.robinsnest.com.au
Walgett: 
Stone’s Throw: email.stonesthrow@gmail.com OR @stonesthrowwalgett on Instagram
Gilgandra: 
Gunnedah:
Enchanted on Conadilly: https://enchantedonconadilly.com.au
Molong: 
Narrabri: 
Little House on Rose: https://littlehouseonrose.com.au

I am delighting in supporting small country retailers this year, literally doubling the joy of giving!  I hope you join us and many other Australians to support our country friends. 

Disturbingly, since commencing this research some weeks ago, businesses we earmarked have closed their doors due to the drought. 

Let’s all give not only to our loved ones, but to those who need our support.

Jason Falinski
Member for Mackellar

Cash Support For NSW Women's Week Events

October 16, 2019
Women across NSW will benefit from a share of $100,000 on offer towards community, education and mentoring events set to take place during NSW Women's Week 2020.

Minister for Women, Bronnie Taylor today urged all local government and not-for-profit organisations to host events during the week in March and apply for a share of the NSW Government grant funding from today.

"NSW Women's Week is a unique opportunity to celebrate the diverse contributions of women across our state," Mrs Taylor said.
"We are looking for events that not only bring women and girls together but also offer practical support to help women to lead their best lives possible."

Events should support at least one of the key priorities of the NSW Women's Strategy 2018-2022 by: improving women's financial wellbeing and security; encouraging a holistic approach to health and wellbeing; or helping women to build confidence and celebrate their achievements.

Successful events held last year included a women in business workshops, a networking event for women working in innovation and technology and a Women's Rugby 7's tournament.

NSW Women's Week will run from 2 - 8 March 2020. International Women's Day will be celebrated on 8 March 2020.

Apply for NSW Women's Week Grants Program before 6 November 2019 at 5pm via https://womennsw.smartygrants.com.au/WomensWeek2020

Local Flowers Christmas Cards 2019

The Pittwater Natural Heritage Association (PNHA) will be at Avalon Market Day on Sunday November 17, in Dunbar Park Avalon. 

Find out what we've been up to. Our display of weeds and weed information is unique to PNHA - we're there to help you! 

Our range of $2.00 cards with flora, fauna and local scenery is bigger than ever, great for Christmas. Photos from last year below - weed chat, and cards.



Mona Vale Road East - Out Of Hours Work Update: October 28 To November 7, 2019

We will continue out of hours work along Mona Vale Road.

We will work from 8pm to 5am on the following dates, weather permitting:

  • Monday 28 and Tuesday 29 October
  • Monday 4, Tuesday 5 and Thursday 7 November.

During out of hours work on Monday 28 October, we will complete rock excavation along Mona Vale Road using a stop/slow arrangement. Please allow additional travel time, keep to speed limits and follow the direction of traffic controllers and signs.

If work is delayed due to wet weather, we will try and work a different night within the same week. We will notify residents closest to the works if the dates change from the above.

Our work will include:

  • excavating rock
  • delivering large machinery
  • vegetation removal
  • shifting concrete road barriers and
  • carrying out road maintenance work, where required

We will use large excavators with buckets and hammers, bobcats, rollers, grinders, cranes, lighting, chainsaws, light vehicles, hand tools and trucks.

To minimise the impact of night work on residents, we do not work for more than two consecutive nights in the same area and will work only 10 days within the same month. If you are eligible for Alternative Accommodation you will be advised within 24 hours of the work.

We will close one lane of Mona Vale Road in the night and reduce the speed limit to 40km/h to ensure the safety of motorists and workers. A stop/slow arrangement will be in place with traffic controllers and signage directing traffic.

Enquiries and registering for work updates

Call: 1800 413 640 (24 hour number). Email: monavaleroad@georgiou.com.au

For more information: rms.work/mvreast

If you need help understanding this information, please contact the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131450 and ask them to call us on 1800 413 640.

Avalon Boomerang Bags November Update

Tuesday 5th November -  Melbourne Cup 
So, the whole nation stops to watch the race BUT we'll keep making the bags...........

Please come and join us for as long as you can, we'll be there from 11.30am-3.30pm - Avalon Community Centre.

Why not wear a hat or fascinator or fancy frock. Prize for the most popular. 


Beryl, one of the original volunteers and pictured here with Laurel,  popped in on Tuesday with about 20 bags she'd made at home.

If you're keen to make bags at home, we have plenty of fabric available. If coming to collect it on a Tuesday is difficult please contact us and we'd be DELIGHTED to make alternative arrangements so you can help with our bag production. 

AVALON MARKET DAY
SUNDAY 17 NOVEMBER 2019     9am to 4pm

It's on again and we're delighted to have a stall in Dunbar Park. As the largest local market in Sydney, the streets of Avalon come alive with music, stalls, food and more. We'd love to see you and if you can spare some time, come and join us on the stall.

All enquiries to Laurel please or reply to this email: boomerangbagsavalon@hotmail.com

Thanks to the Market Day committee for supporting our initiative and giving us a community space.

Envision Hands

Plastic bottle caps are entirely recyclable; unfortunately they are not being recycled for the most part and are ending up in landfill.
Envision is an organisation taking bottle caps and turning them into filament for 3D printers. This filament is then used to print all the components of the prosthetic hand to make bespoke aids for children in need across developing world.

My office at 1238 Pittwater Road, Narrabeen will be used as a collection point for plastic bottle caps. Please check that a 2 or 4 is printed on the bottle cap. Caps need to be rinsed and ensure there is no extra plastic attached. Larger lids cannot be collected.

Jason Falinski
MP for Mackellar

RSL NSW Members Deliver Historic Vote With New Constitution To Take League Forward

October 29, 2019
RSL NSW members from across the state have today passed a historic vote that will see the implementation of a new constitution to modernise the League and meet new legislative requirements. Delegates representing members from 262 sub-Branches from across the state are currently in Albury as part of the League’s Annual State Congress and Annual General Meeting, and passed the decision after a year of ongoing consultation and collaboration.

The new document will provide a foundation upon which the League can look to the future, ensuring full compliance with the requirements of the RSL NSW Act 2018, while providing a remit to modernise, grow and broaden the services for veterans and their families.

The new constitution also ensures that RSL NSW will remain a veterans-first, member-driven charity with new checks and balances designed to ensure transparency and accountability at all levels of the League.

Today’s vote to implement a new constitution, with effect from December 1 2019, is a major step forward and a crucial next step in the League’s ongoing modernisation. This program has included lifting the suspension on sub-Branch fundraising after two years of internal repair amid concerns around compliance failures that were brought to light during the Bergin Inquiry. RSL NSW has also recently undertaken state-wide corporate governance training with trustees and executives from all 345 sub-Branches invited to sessions held all across the state.

“RSL NSW has gone through a tremendous amount of change in the last few years as we focused on modernising the League, setting a clear path for the future and ensuring our ways of working reflect the expectations of a charity in modern society,” said Ray James, Acting President of RSL NSW.

“Today’s historic vote shows us that our fellow members from across the state have understood the need to evolve and modernise, and is the result of a truly collaborative, state-wide effort between State Branch, the District Councils, sub-Branches and members. It also ensures we can all continue to focus on our mission of helping veterans and their families, including in new and different ways,”

“After several years of internal reflection and transformation, it is time to re-double our efforts as the state’s leading ex-service organisation, evolving our services and providing strong advocacy on key issues impacting our large and ever-growing veteran community. We are just as relevant today as we were 100 years ago but we must continue to look forward, and today’s vote allows us to do just that,”

“While I am proud of the work we do across the state and its impact, the need is never-ending. We cannot shy away from the fact that as a community we are not doing enough for veterans, including the 5,500-6,000 people transitioning out of the Australian Defence Force each and every year, many of whom will settle in New South Wales. Reaching these new veterans quickly upon discharge, improving the handling of veterans’ compensation claims and providing employment services and support networks all impact their lives’ journeys and significantly, research has found, their overall mental wellbeing,”

“We also want to make sure we are supporting veteran-owned businesses and being open-minded and faster to respond in offering new ways of delivering support, camaraderie and community as it becomes clear. No ex-service organisation can do it all themselves, and we must continue to do more as a League, a veteran community, and a national family to help.” said Mr. James.

Today’s vote comes in the same week that RSL DefenceCare will launch its annual Poppy Appeal, one of two major annual fundraising periods, in the lead-up to Remembrance Day. Funds raised from this appeal will be used to support Australian veterans and their families in need.

Basics The Ingredients For Student Success

October 22, 2019: The Hon. Gladys Berejiklian, Premier of NSW
The curriculum for students across NSW is set for its first major shakeup in over a generation with a renewed focus on Maths, English and Science following the release of the interim curriculum review today.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian welcomed the interim curriculum review and said the report’s emphasis on fundamentals aligns with the government’s commitment to equip our young people with the tools they need thrive in life after school.

“In addition to English, students need to have strong foundations in maths, science, technology and engineering to ensure they are prepared for jobs of the future,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“Focusing the curriculum onto our STEM subjects while decluttering the wider curriculum will allow students and teachers to learn in depth not breadth.

“We are building a curriculum in consultation with stakeholders that is smart, flexible and able to prepare NSW school students for whatever career they choose in the future.

Education Minister Sarah Mitchell said the draft curriculum review has indicated ‘significant change’ is required to the NSW curriculum.

“This is the first review of the curriculum to be done in 30 years. It’s a great opportunity for us to reflect on the future of education in NSW and make changes to meet the needs of today’s society,” Ms Mitchell said.

“Students need to be equipped with strong literacy and numeracy foundations to succeed in the 21st Century.”

“We want a curriculum that leaves no student behind while stimulating students who are advancing faster than others.”

In 2018, the NSW Government commissioned Professor Geoff Masters to review the entire school curriculum from Kindergarten to Year 12.

Parents, teachers, students and the public can have a say on the Interim Curriculum Review via the NSW Curriculum Review website. Consultation closes on 13 December 2019.

The interim report’s key recommendations are:
  • A stronger emphasis on STEM subjects;
  • Reducing the amount of content in the curriculum so students have time to build in depth subject knowledge and develop the skills needed to apply knowledge in the real world;
  • Flexible progression that uses levels of attainment to organise syllabuses so students are recognised and challenged according to where they are on the continuum of learning.

Newport Creative Trail 2019 Applications Open

Now in it’s 7th year, the The Newport Creative Trail (previously Newport Sculpture Trail), is now open to sculptors, painters and installation artists.

Emerging and established artists are invited to showcase their work in businesses and venues, in and around Newport Village. And as always, artworks may be offered for sale (with no commission).
  • The 2019 Newport Creative Trail runs from Friday 29th Nov till Sunday 15th Dec.
  •  Artists selected, will be required to install their artworks at their designated sites between 9am and 3pm on Friday the 29th of November in order to allow time for judging prior to the launch of the trail.
  • This year, there will be a (non acquisition) prize pool of over $2000, which will be announced at the Creative Trail launch event on Friday 29th Nov, at the Kave Bar, Newport.
Artist entry fee is $50. Reduced entry fee for multiple entries.

Interested artists are required to complete the online application by 10th of November 2019 at the link below:

Grants Available To Rescue Good Quality Food From Landfill

21 October 2019
Reducing the amount of food wasted and being sent to landfill is being helped along by grants of up to $100,000 to help food rescue organisations collect more donated food, with applications open from today the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) announced.

Reducing the amount of food wasted and being sent to landfill is being helped along by grants of up to $100,000 to help food rescue organisations collect more donated food, with applications open from today the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) announced.

DPIE Acting Director Waste and Resource Recovery Amanda Kane said the Food Donation Grants were open to not-for-profit organisations and local councils to provide food relief agencies with extra resources to sign up more donors, work collaboratively and collect more surplus food for redistribution.

“Donating food is a great way to avoid food waste. Every year in NSW, almost a million tonnes of food waste ends up in landfill - 200,000 tonnes of this comes from businesses.

“Because of the way food waste breaks down in landfill, it can create methane. This is a greenhouse gas we can work to reduce by rescuing food waste.

“This funding will support projects that redirect surplus foods to places where it can be put to use, preventing it ever becoming waste at all.”

Grants of between $5,000 to $100,000 are available. The grants are funded through the NSW Government’s $802 million Waste Less, Recycle More initiative. Waste Less, Recycle More aims to keep waste out of landfill, increase food and garden waste collections, boost business recycling and invest in new infrastructure.

These grants complement grant funding for infrastructure provided by the NSW Government to food relief agencies for equipment like fridges, freezers and refrigerated vans.

Two rounds of the Food Donation Grants have already been successfully completed, with $1.7 million directed to support 21 food rescue projects.

Applications close on 21 November 2018. A webinar detailing how to apply for funding will be held on 31 October 2019.

For more information on Food Donation Grants visit: http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au//food-donation-education

Australian Pollinator Week 10-17 November

By: Fiona Chambers, CEO, Wheen Bee Foundation

Calling all Citizen Scientists. We need your help!

The anecdotal ‘Windscreen Test’, how often you need to clear bugs from your car’s windscreen when travelling, suggests we are experiencing declines in insect numbers in Australia.  But we simply don’t have data to quantify changing insect numbers, and that is why we need your help!

Two recently published long term studies over 3-4 decades from Germany and Puerto Rico recorded drastic reductions in insect biomass within protected areas over 75%. These results featured in a January 2019 Foresight Brief by UN Environment- 011 Early Warning, Emerging Issues and Futures. The German study was also featured an Australian edition of ABC Foreign Correspondent – Insectaggedon, on 15 October 2019.

Insects are one of the pillars of our ecosystems, providing essential ecosystem services through pollination, nutrient cycling and in the food chains of birds and other insectivores.

Australia has around 2,000 native bee species that are important pollinators. There are also a couple of thousand species of butterfly, wasp, fly moth, beetle, thrip and ant species, some of which are documented pollinators. With so little information available about many insects in Australia, citizen science project ‘Wild Pollinator Count’ was established by researchers. The project helps gather information on the ecology of insects by recording what flowers are visited by potential pollinators and where they are found.  

‘Pollinator insects are great for inquiry-based learning’ says Karen Retra, native bee naturalist and co-founder of the Wild Pollinator Count. ‘It encourages participants to become familiar with the diversity of insects and their roles. By comparing results on different plants and in different locations, we’re seeking to better understand which flowers are visited by which insects, which flowers host particular types of insects and which plants have the broadest range of insect types’.  

The information collected helps inform how we can improve our environment by planting to support a greater abundance and diversity of wild pollinators.

The next Wild Pollinator Count coincides with Australian Pollinator Week 10-17 November. Click here for more information about the Wild Pollinator Count. For additional activities and event ideas to celebrate Australian Pollinator Week click here.


Credit: Wild Pollinator Count

Please Register Wildlife Road Strikes

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

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

The RMS are using this information to plan mitigation. So please, if you can, add the information in directly.