Community News October 2018

September 30 - October 13, 2018: Issue 378

Articles This Week 

Front Page Issue 378: BHS Golden Ball, Bungan Castle, Ferry Rides for Youngsters this school holidays, our Premier raises the Flags to commence 2018/19 Patrol Season, A Pittwater Spring+

Community Invited To Comment On Creative Art Space North Concepts: Avalon Annexe or Avalon Golf Club House?

Former Pittwater Mayor Urges Community to Join Hospital Protest: Rally in Mona Vale Village Park October 14th followed by March

Urban Tree Canopy Plan Now On Public Exhibition: 100 Thousand Trees to be planted here over 20 years - Significant Trees Register

Narrabeen Lagoon Entrance Sand Removal Works Have Commenced

MRI Machine for Northern Beaches Hospital: Access to Lifesaving Medicare Scans from Jason Falinski, Member for Mackellar, and The Hon Tony Abbott, Member for Warringah

Aquatics: Flags Are Up As Surf Lifesavers Hit The Beach For The 2018/19 Patrol SeasonNSW Coastal Safety Report released by Surf Life Saving NSW

Pictures Lock Crowther Multihull Regatta 2018 - The Lock Crowther Regatta has been hosted by the RMYC since 1996 and offers multihull owners both exciting racing and cruising programs. This Labour Day long weekend is the 23rd edition of the popular regatta

Artists of the Month: October 2018: The Sydney Wildlife Totally Wild Fundraiser Garden Gallery -  beautiful artworks for sale by Lorraine Woodward, Laurie Sword, Alene Keiser and other talented local artists as well as award winning photographer Peter Sharp's amazing images - samples - and only a few tickets left! 

Vissla Sydney Surf Pro Returns to Manly in 2019 from Surfing NSW and James Griffin, MP for Manly

New Fence At Royal Far West Manly Set To Connect Beach and Bush

Australian Farr 40 Class Celebrates Two Decades At Gala Ball by Lisa Ratcliff

Park Bench Philosopher Beach Sand Ripples Can Be Fingerprints For Ancient Weather Conditions

Profile Avalon Bilgola Amateur Swimming Club - The Avalon Bilgola Amateur Swimming Club is a recreational swimming club on the Northern Beaches in Sydney. The Club was Founded in the early 1960s.  

We swim down at Bilgola Rock Pool, on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, during the summer months on Saturday mornings. 

We cater for all standards of swimmers, from the social swimmer to those who enjoy some fun Competition. Our season runs between October and March. Our first swim of the 2018/19 season is Saturday October 20 at 9am.

The ABASC Swim Program includes weekly race meets plus the provision of swim lessons by Austswim qualified coaches on Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the season (October to April). Our main purpose is to teach kids and adults to swim and be water safe. Wednesday swim squads are for Adults and Saturdays for kids.
History: A Bunch Of Wildflowers: Historical Spring September Songs- At this time of year many are taking the opportunity to visit the bush reserves we live among just to see the flowering with every shade and colour of local and ancient flora. Although we celebrate what remains there is also a lament that has echoed for a few generations about what has been lost by the encroachment of suburban developments or the careless profit-first policies of governments until this era when forests and their trees has now become a state of so few 'that a child may write (count) them'.

Throughout the gathering of threads for history subjects insights of how much the whole peninsula bloomed with every variety of native flower, and even recent and current adjustments to ensure the survival of those now threatened, as in the case of Grevillea cayli or the Angus's Onion Orchid, have allowed insights into what those who came before us saw and how we lost so much so soon. 

 Pittwater Offshore Newsletter Update 1/10/2018 

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Congratulations Jaz And Grant Wearin

Another new member of the Modus Operandi team at Mona Vale has arrived. Founders Jaz and Grant gave birth to a son Archer Jaz Wearin, born 28th August. Congratulations Jaz and Grant and welcome to the world Archer - wonderful news!

Delighted dad and mum!

Congratulations Bronwen Adams

The International Netball Federation (INF) announced Bronwen Adams as a new International Umpire Award (IUA) holder on Wednesday September 26th.

Congratulations to Bronwen, everyone at Manly, and at the Manly Warringah Netball Association and throughout the community are immensely proud of you.
Well done!

Council Briefs

Worth Noting - from Ordinary Council Meeting held September 25th, 2018 - Full Unconfirmed Minutes available here

NOTE 1: The Returning Officer advised that nominations were received for Councillor Amon and Councillor Heins.
NOTE 2: The Returning Officer conducted an election by open voting.
NOTE 3: Councillor Heins received the highest number of votes and was declared Deputy Mayor for a term of one year.
Cr Regan / Cr Harrison
A. Council elect a Deputy Mayor.
B. The term of the Deputy Mayor be a one year term and the election of the Deputy Mayor be conducted by open voting.
FOR: Crs Amon, Bingham, De Luca, Ferguson, Grattan, Harrison, Heins, McTaggart,
Philpott, Regan, Sprott, Walton, Warren and White
ABSENT: Cr Daley

Cr Daley / Cr Amon
That staff prepares a brief report to the November Council meeting examining opportunities how Northern Beaches Council or the local community can provide assistance in kind to an appropriate
regional NSW Council which currently has its Local Government Area / community impacted by the devastating drought which is gripping the nation.
FOR: Crs Amon, Bingham, Daley, De Luca, Ferguson, Grattan, Heins, McTaggart, Philpott, Regan, Sprott, Walton, Warren and White

Cr Amon / Cr Ferguson
That Council acknowledges and thanks the Pedestrian Council of Australia, Palm Beach Whale Beach Association and all other parties for their contribution to the establishment and improvement
of pedestrian friendly infrastructure in the Northern Beaches, particularly the Palm Beach to Avalon and Newport corridor.
FOR: Unanimous

Cr Warren / Cr White
A. Council notes the aim of the NSW Marine Estate Reforms is to protect the significant environmental value of sites within the Hawkesbury Shelf marine bioregion by reducing risks at a local scale from some site-based threats, helping to conserve marine biodiversity, whilst allowing for a wide range of recreational and commercial activities to still occur.
B. Council supports the proposed NSW Marine Estate Reforms for the five sites included in the proposed Marine Park for the Hawkesbury Shelf marine bioregion for the Northern Beaches,
and will prepare a submission to the State Government in support of the reforms as recommended by the Marine Estate Management Authority.
FOR: Crs Bingham, Ferguson, Grattan, Harrison, Heins, McTaggart, Philpott, Regan, Sprott, Warren and White
AGAINST: Crs Amon, Daley, De Luca, and Walton

Cr Heins / Cr Philpott
A. Council note that the materials and quantities available to the public at the Kimbriki Buy Back Centre has declined.
B. A report be brought back to Council within four months researching options to reinvigorate and increase the usage and available materials at the Kimbriki Buy Back Centre and
opportunities for community groups or individuals to repair and restore items
FOR: Unanimous

Community Invited To Comment On Creative Art Space North Concepts

Thursday 27th of September 2018
Northern Beaches Council is inviting the community to provide feedback on two proposed locations for the Creative Art Space North - the Annexe Building at Dunbar Park in Avalon and Avalon Golf Club House. 

In a motion adopted at Tuesday’s Council meeting, Council will also investigate funding options to enable the Space to be constructed according to its full proposed scope.

Plans for the Art Space’s draft concept design will go on public exhibition in October and November. Construction is due to commence in late 2019.

Mayor Michael Regan said given the volume of community feedback there was a clear need for a creative art space at the northern end of the peninsula.

“During the public engagement phase, the community enthusiastically embraced the initiative and contributed through more than 650 submissions, workshops and an Advisory Group of more than 30 participants.”

“On Tuesday night Council recommended both the Avalon Annexe building and the Avalon Golf Club House be explored for further community engagement as both have the ability to meet all user requirements and also meet the location criteria,” Mayor Regan said.

The renovation and additions to the building a Creative Art Space North in full are estimated to cost $2.1 million to develop the proposed Avalon Annex and $2 million for the Avalon Golf Club House.

With $1 million already allocated to the project from the Merger Savings Fund, additional funds will be required.

As the Avalon Annexe building is currently used as a community centre for hire, Council is committed to minimising the impact on existing hirers and will investigate options for relocating existing users. 

The many users of the Avalon Golf Club House will also be consulted during the exhibition period. Council is committed to ensuring the golfers can continue to use the Club House in conjunction with any future proposal for the site. 

Avalon Golf Club House entrance

The Avalon Annexe (behind crowd at an Avalon Tattoo)

Pasadena Pantry & Fresh Is Now Open!

My name is Colin and I’m the big bloke behind the counter who loves to talk food and wine with people who are passionate about quality ingredients and supporting Australian producers. 

At PP&F, we go directly to the source for freshness and variety (which means we can give offshorers a 10% discount on their purchases). 

Our bread comes from La Banette in Mona Vale, our fruit and vegetables come from Alex’s farm in Orange (next time you come in, ask to try one of his apples, they’re wonderfully sweet and crisp), our milk comes directly from farmer-owned Norco, and our fabulous chorizo comes from the justifiably renowned Eumundi Smokehouse.  Our meat is free range and our eggs are organic.

We stock a wide range of Australian and international cheeses with crackers to suit every style (try the charcoal crackers with a heaven slice of blue cheese – it’s Pepe’s pick and it’s magic)  and we’re working to source delicious new cheeses from country areas in NSW. 

As the days get longer and summer tickles our taste buds, we’re planning to host grazing table evenings with cheese, olives, salamis and matching wines. So stay tuned…and if you need to replace your gas bottle or soda stream, we can help you there, too. 

We are offering a knife sharpening service on the 12.9.18 - $6.00 a knife. Please bring them in the day before wrapped in a tea towel and please put your name on them 

Colin & Pepe
Pasadena Pantry & Fresh

Nominate Your Local Hero For Australia Day Honours

Nominations are now open for the annual Northern Beaches Australia Day awards to be announced in January 2019.

Residents are encouraged to nominate outstanding citizens who have contributed to the local community in one of six categories: Citizen of the Year (16yrs or older), Senior Citizen of the Year (65yrs or older), Young Citizen of the Year (16 to 25yrs old), Sportsperson of the Year and Community Event of the Year. Up to 15 locals will also be acknowledged with Outstanding Community Services awards. 

Mayor Michael Regan said the awards were a wonderful opportunity to acknowledge local residents and volunteers who have made an exceptional contribution to community life on the Northern Beaches.

“No contribution is too small – we aim to acknowledge our local heroes who give so much of their time to make the Northern Beaches an even better place to live.”

Nominations for the Awards close 5pm Monday 19th November 2018. Nominate HERE

Last year’s Citizen of the Year was Maria Chidzey of Balgowlah. She was awarded the honour for her lifelong dedication to serving others and promoting multiculturalism and diversity by advocating for migrants, refugees and other disadvantaged groups.

Maria Chidzey

Update - Bilgola Beach Upgrades

Tuesday September 18th, 2018: NBC

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback to Council on the proposed upgrades for Bilgola Beach.

View the community engagement report

Council has used your feedback to finalise plans for the area

View the final plan

Construction work is planned to commence in July 2019. 

Repairs, maintenance and minor works will be undertaken in the interim.

Rick Millar Tribute

The family of Avalon Beach SLSC club legend and life member Rick Millar has advised that a Memorial Day and ashes scattering will be held on the 7th of October from 10 am at Avalon Beach club house. All welcome.

Pets of the Week

Indigo            Snowflake
AGE/SEX: 2 years / F AGE/SEX: 10 weeks / F
BREED: Blue Cattle X BREED: Cattle X

Snowflake is Indigo's remaining pup. Mum came to us just days before giving birth. Snowflake and Indigo are very bonded want to stay together. We expect Snowflake will grow into active working breed dog, similar in size to Mum. These girls enjoy a lot of exercise and stimulation. They would suit a family with older children and an active sporty lifestyle. They are lovely and affectionate with people. They have a short coats.
They come desexed, C5 vaccinated, heartworm free and microchipped. Their adoption cost is $1000 together. 



For further details or to meet all dogs at DoggieRescue call  9486 3133 or email Visit to see all our dogs. 

Men's And Women's  Prime Minister's XIII Announced

September 26th, 2018
Prime Minister of Australia
The Hon. Scott Morrison
In-conjunction with the National Rugby League (NRL), I am pleased to announce the Prime Minister’s XIII squads which will take part in annual games against Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby on October 6.

The PMs XIII concept is an annual fixture which was first established in 2005 to help PNG celebrate 30 years of independence.

This year, in recognition of the surge in female participation in rugby league, a PMs XIII squad for women has been named for the first time.

The squads will be led by experienced and exceptional rugby league coaches and captains.

World Cup winning Jillaroo and Indigenous All Stars captain Rebecca Young will captain the women’s squad which is coached by Brad Donald.

Manly Warringah Sea Eagles skipper and Queensland Origin representative Daly Cherry-Evans will captain the men’s squad which is coached by Mal Meninga. 

The squads will arrive in Port Moresby next Thursday and are being supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

While I would love to be there to cheer on both squads, I will be following the games very closely from home.

I’d also like to congratulate the players who have been selected to play for the PNG Kumuls and Orchids and wish all teams the very best. 

Australian PM’s XIII Men’s Squad:

Corey Allan (Brisbane Broncos)
Reagan Campbell-Gillard (Penrith Panthers)
Daly Cherry-Evans (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles)
Jake Clifford (North Queensland Cowboys)
Nick Cotric (Canberra Raiders)
Tyson Frizell (St. George Illawarra Dragons)
Ben Hunt (St. George Illawarra Dragons)
Brian Kelly (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles)
David Klemmer (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs)
Zac Lomax (St. George Illawarra Dragons)
Jordan McLean (North Queensland Cowboys)
Tyrone Peachey (Penrith Panthers)
Matt Prior (Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks)
Jesse Ramien (Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks)
Reece Robson (St. George Illawarra Dragons)
Gehamat Shibasaki (Brisbane Broncos)
Chad Townsend (Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks)
Jake Trbojevic (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles)
Enari Tuala (North Queensland Cowboys)
Aaron Woods (Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks) 

Australian PM’s XIII Women’s Squad:

Keeley Davis (St. George Illawarra Dragons)
Quincy Dodd (Sydney Roosters)
Sally Dwyer (Parkes Spacemen)
Aaliyah Fasavalu-Fa'amausili (Cabramatta)
Najvada George (Werribee Bears – VIC)
Rikeya Horne (St. George Illawarra Dragons)
Melanie Howard (St. George Illawarra Dragons)
Asipau Mafi (St. George Illawarra Dragons)
Talesha Quinn (St. George Illawarra Dragons)
Michaela Peck (ADF)
Patricia Raikadroka (Mounties)
Rhiannon Revell-Blair (Brothers Ipswich)
Hannah Southwell (St. George Illawarra Dragons)
Sarah Togatuki (Sydney Roosters)
Shakiah Tungai (St. George Illawarra Dragons)
Juraea Turner (Ellenbrook Rabbitohs – WA)
Holli Wheeler (St. George Illawarra Dragons)
Eliza Wilson (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs)
Rebecca Young (CRL Newcastle)

Volunteers Needed For MWP Community Aid

You can help MWP Community Aid by becoming one of our valued volunteers who assist frail aged northern beaches residents living in their own homes

Volunteers are needed in transport in local area, assisted shopping and social outings.

All volunteers are reimbursed for their travel costs and training is provided.

Volunteering helps you make a difference, feel connected, gain skills and so much more!!!

Call Bronwyn on 9913 3244

We are a not for profit organisation that was originally founded by Collaroy resident, Daphne Elsworthy 50 years ago.  We provide social support with the generous efforts from our volunteers. 

MWP Community Aid
3 Gondola Road
North Narrabeen NSW 2101

Elanora Players: Fury Production

Fury is a compelling contemporary Australian drama by eminent playwright Joanna Murray-Smith. It centres on the experience of married couple, Alice and Patrick, struggling to understand the actions of their once ‘beautiful’ boy Joe, as he becomes his own person, with his own ideas, value and beliefs, which are radically different from theirs.  

On the eve of receiving a global humanitarian award for her work in neuroscience, Alice and her husband Patrick (an accomplished but not as yet recognised novelist), are drawn into their own drama when Joe’s teacher (Warren) arrives to tell them that there is video footage of their son and his mate, Trevor, involved in criminal behaviour

A meeting between the two boys’ parents reveals the gulf between the pairs’ views on many issues besides child raising practices. More subtly it reveals divergences between the views of husband and wife on each side of the divide. While the outspoken attitude of Trevor’s father Bob seems reflected his son’s actions (and his wife Annie’s timidity), Joe’s father Patrick is at a loss to understand his own son’s attitude. When Alice slips up and calls the boys “idiots” for getting caught, we are forced to question what she really finds important.

Against this background appears Rebecca, a student journalist whose apparently innocuous interviews of a celebrity’s family seem to hint at something deeper.

Actors from left to right: Nola Bartola, Gillian Cooper and  Kane Davies. 

The characters represent an insightful cross section of Australian views and opinions being spouted across the country. The play explores the impact on families of powerful emotions like fury, forgiveness, hate and love.

Elanora Players introduce some new members to their stage including Nola Bartolo (Alice), Tony Beck (Patrick), Kane Davies (Joe) and Luke Denny (Bob) and draw on some much-loved favourites, Chris Richardson (Annie), Matt Burke (Warren) and Gillian Cooper (Rebecca). 

The play is directed by Jen Davidson whose Elanora Players’ production of Hannie Rayson’s “Hotel Sorrento” delighted audiences in 2017.

Performance dates are Fri Oct 5 8pm, Sat Oct 6 3pm 8pm, Sun Oct 7 11am & 3pm, Thurs 11 Oct 8pm, Fri 12 Oct 8pm, Sat 13 Oct 3pm & 8pm. 

Bookings 99799694 or email There is a language Warning.

Next Round Of Surf Club Funding Opens

Member for Manly James Griffin has announced that surf life saving clubs across the Northern Beaches can now apply for funding for infrastructure improvements as part of the $4 million statewide boost to surf club facilities funding. 

Mr Griffin said surf life saving clubs from Manly to Palm Beach are set to benefit from funding which will improve facilities which help save the lives of locals, visitors and tourists.

“Our local surf life saving clubs are the home base for our thousands of volunteer lifesavers patrolling our beaches, allowing all age groups to learn about and contribute to beach safety," Mr Griffin said.

“We rely on the skill and passion of volunteer surf lifesavers to provide this service and this further injection of funding for our local club facilities will ensure lifesavers have the support they need to do their vital work.”

Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres said more than $28 million in funding had been allocated in the past decade to make club facilities across NSW safer, accessible and secure.

“Not just an important home base for volunteers patrolling our beaches, surf clubs are a hive of community activity, used for training courses, community gatherings and sporting events,” Mr Ayres said.

“From nippers to senior patrollers, members of surf life saving clubs provide an amazing service to the people of NSW. 

Applications close 5 October 2018. Details about applications and eligibility can be found at

Zonta Club Of Northern Beaches Advocacy Fundraising Dinner 

Advocacy in Action on the Northern Beaches  

Monday 15 October DeeWhy RSL 7pm
Guest speaker - Tracey Spicer, AM – ‘The Good Girl Stripped Bare’

The Zonta Club of Northern Beaches will host a fundraising advocacy dinner on Monday 15 October at DeeWhy RSL.  We are fortunate that Tracey Spicer AM has agreed to speak. Renowned for the courage of her convictions, passion for social justice, and commitment to equality, she also has a wicked sense of humour.

Tracey is an author, journalist and broadcaster who has anchored programs for ABC TV, Network Ten, Channel 9, Sky News and Radio 2UE.  She currently works as a columnist for Fairfax, presentation trainer for Outspoken Women and the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, and media trainer at Spicer Communications. She appears regularly as a commentator on ABC TV and Channel 9.

Tracey has written, produced and presented documentaries for many NGOs. She is an Ambassador for ActionAid, World Vision, NSW Cancer Council, QUT’s Learning Potential Fund and SISTER2sister, and Patron of the Pancreatic Cancer Alliance. 

She is the co-founder and national convenor of Women in Media, a nationwide mentoring and networking group. Tracey was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia in 2018 "For significant service to the broadcast media as a journalist and television presenter, and as an ambassador for social welfare and charitable groups”.

In May 2018 Tracey joined more than 30 high-profile women from the Australian media and entertainment industries spearheading NOW, a national organisation, to tackle sexual harassment, abuse and assault in workplaces across Australia.

Her first book, The Good Girl Stripped Bare, became a bestseller within weeks of publication in April 2017. Throughout the book, she calls out her ‘good girl’ moments, when she fails to speak up in fear of talking out of turn and tarnishing her reputation.

Enquiries to  or 

Marg 0416 182 393  Chris 0449 703 318

Dee Why RSL  Club   Monday 15 October 6.45pm for 7pm 

Cost $70   Early Bird by 4 October  After 4 October $78 Bookings close 8 October

To book

Bank direct   BSB 062108 Acc 00902072   Reference your name  

Please confirm/advise your direct credit payment, attendee names and any dietary requirements to

Update: Remembrance Day Poppy Wall For Avalon Beach RSL 

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

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

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

Find out more at HERE

Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary 2018 Stalls

6th: Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale                          9am to 3pm
Sewing, knitting, craft, books
13th: Bunnings, Narrabeen                                         8am to 3pm  Sausage sizzle
3rd: Stall. Pittwater Place, Mona Vale                          9am to 3pm
Sewing, knitting, craft, books
4th: Bunnings, Narrabeen                                              8am to 3pm
Sausage sizzle                                                    
1st: Stall, Pittwater Place Mona Vale                           9am to 3pm
Sewing, knitting, craft, books

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

Spring School Holidays Issues

Please note Issue 378, published Sunday September 30th, will be up for two weeks. Issue 379, will be published Sunday October 14th.

News and events listings for Issue 379 will be needed by Friday October 12th. Email to

We hope you all have a wonderful Spring break!

Daylight Saving Commences Sunday, 7 October

Daylight saving time 2018 in New South Wales will begin at 2:00 am on Sunday, 7 October when clocks are moved forward one hour.

Northern Beaches Schools Open For Play Over Holidays

Member for Manly James Griffin said local schools on the Northern Beaches will make their playgrounds, ovals and sports courts available to the public these school holidays as part of the NSW Government’s Share Our Space Program.

Schools on the Northern Beaches which will open their doors include:
  • Balgowlah North Public School
  • Seaforth Public School
  • Brookvale Public School
  • Fisher Road School
  • Wheeler Heights Public School
  • Elanora Heights Public School
  • Mona Vale Public School
  • Narrabeen Sports High
  • Narrabeen North Public School
  • Newport Public School
Mr Griffin encouraged members of the local community to use their local schools and their facilities over the coming holiday period. 

“The Share Our Space Program provides valuable opportunities for local children and families to get out and play over the holiday period,” Mr Griffin said.

“The NSW Government continues to thinking outside the box to provide open play areas for our local community, and putting great school assets to good use.”

Education Minister Rob Stokes said he was delighted to see the number of participating schools continue to grow each school holidays since the program first began in December 2017.

“Schools are at the heart of our local communities, which is why I am thrilled to see more and more schools opening their gates every school holidays,” Mr Stokes said. 

The Share Our Space Program is part of the NSW Government’s $290 million Open Spaces and Green Sydney package.
Participating schools receive a $5000 grant they can use to help upgrade their facilities for community and school use. Participating schools will be open during the upcoming school holidays from October 1 to 12, between 8am to 5pm.

Congratulations Narrabeen Sports High: Manly School Girl Cup Winners 2018

Congratulations to Narrabeen Sports High School on taking out the 2018 Manly School Girl Cup at Brookvale Oval On September 18th.

Results from the Manly School Girl Cup finals 2018:
3rd VS 4th Playoff
NBSC Cromer defeated Pittwater High School

Grand Final
Narrabeen Sports High School defeated Mater Maria.

Congratulations to all girls for participating in this years competition.

Photos courtesy PlayNRL Sydney Metro

Congratulations Layne, Rob And Dave

Australians Rob Bain, Layne Beachley and Dave Macaulay have won the Azores Airlines World Masters Championship in historic fashion last weekend, claiming victory in the Final bouts against Cheyne Horan (AUS), Rochelle Ballard (HAW) and Shane Beschen (HAW) respectively in the Grand Masters, Women’s Masters and Men’s Masters divisions held in good three foot surf at praia de Santa Barbara.  

A World Surf League (WSL) Specialty Event, the Azores Airlines World Masters Championship was treated to an abundance of swell and great performances by some of the legends of surfing from past generations, culminating with the crowning of the Champions.

1 - Dave Macaulay (AUS) 14.43
2 - Shane Beschen (HAW) 11.33
3rd Fabio Gouveia (BRA)
4th Luke Egan (AUS)

1 - Rob Bain (AUS) 17.10
2 - Cheyne Horan (AUS) 9.53
3rd Simon Anderson (AUS)
4th Michale Ho (HAW)
5th Glen Winton (AUS) 
6th Hans Hedemann (HAW)

1 - Layne Beachley (AUS) 12.93
2 - Rochelle Ballard (HAW) 10.43
3rd Frieda Zamba (USA)
4th Pauline Menczer (AUS)
5th Pam Burridge and Jodie Cooper (both AUS)

Read Surfing Australia's report HERE

Congratulations Clare, James & Joen Johnson

'Jocelle Lena Anne Johnson arrived into this world at 7.02pm on the 23rd of September in the front seat of our car. We shared a beautiful 15 mins alone together on Coles Parade in Newport before the ambulance arrived. 

Both mother and baby are doing well.' - James

Delighted dad and mum!

Congratulations to Clare, James, and brother Joen, grandparents Robert and Janelle and Great-Grandmother Anne and all those aunts, uncles and cousins  - wonderful news! 

Congratulations Brian Friend OAM

The Masters of Rugby League have held their annual International Tournament and Conference 2018 from September 21st through to September 28th on the Gold Coast this year. 

Masters of Rugby League Australia Inc was introduced as a spinoff from the International Masters Tournament that was held at the Western Weekender Stadium the home of St Marys Rugby League Club, Sydney in October 2004. There are now 46 clubs, some of whom have 2 teams, including the Narrabeen Sharks Masters, of which Brian Friend OAM is a member and keen participant anytime there's a game on. Narrabeen Masters started in 2005. At this Masters Tournament he played with the Central Coast Bulldogs though as Narrabeen hadn't sent a team north.

On Thursday, Friendly posted:
"Played 5 games, Refereed 5 games and now a day off. Tomorrow 3 Internationals to be played. Selections for players and Referees made tonight at the RSL club. Might just jag a Ref gig tomorrow which will put icing on the cake for me in Masters. Then I have done everything in 14 years of this great game."

On Friday Friendly was named Referee of the Tournament:
"Refereeing an International and then getting Referee of the Tournament."

Congratulations Friendly - a well earned recognition of your efforts!

Bayview Golf Course Development Appeal Lodged With Land & Environment Court: Submissions On Ammended Application Taken To Oct. 14

52 Cabbage Tree Rd. and 1825 Pittwater Rd., Bayview - Amended Plans

DA2017/1274 (Lot 150 DP 1003518 and Lot 191 DP 1039481 and Lot 300 DP1139238 and Lot 1 DP 19161 and Lot A DP 339874 and Lot 1 DP 662920 and Lot 1, Lot 2 and Lot 3 DP 339874) - amened plans for Construction of Seniors Housing consisting of 85 units including gold course upgrades and infrastrtucture works.

The NSW Land and Environment Court is now the consent authority as the applicant lodged a Class 1 Appeal against the refusal of the application by the Sydney North Planning Panel.

The proposal is 'Integrated Development' pursuant to section 91 of the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act 1979. In this regard, a Bush Fire safety Authority is required from the NSW Rural Fire Service under Section 100B of the Rural Fires Act 1997; a licence to carry out Temporary construction dewatering is required from Water NSW under the Water Management Act 2000; a Controlled Activity Approval is required from the Department of Primary Industries under the Water Management Act 2000; and a permit is required under the Fisheries Management Act, 1994 from NSW Department of Primary Industries.

Applicant: Waterbrook Bayview Pty. Ltd.
Enquiries: Lashta Haiari, Principal Planner.
Submissions Close: Sunday, October 14th, 2018

To view documents Visit HERE 

Flags Up And Sun Out: Beach Season Is Underway

Friday, 28 September 2018: from NBC
It’s time to dig out your beach towel and thongs as the red and yellow flags fly all the way up and down the Northern Beaches coastline this weekend.

From picturesque Palm Beach to busy and beautiful Manly, Council lifeguards and surf lifesaving volunteers will once again begin patrols for the 2018/19 season.

Council’s professional lifeguards share the immense responsibility of keeping our beaches safe with volunteers from 21 Surf Life Saving Clubs on the peninsula.

Throughout the week, on weekends and public holidays, a combination of volunteers and Council lifeguards manage beach safety. They work together to ensure visitors and residents are safe and comfortable whether on the sand or in the water.

Last year over 10.5 million people visited our beaches and Council Lifeguards carried out 451,400 preventative actions, 1447 rescues and provided first aid to 6384 people.

Along with keeping visitors safe and comfortable, all lifeguards and lifesavers seek to increase the knowledge, skills and awareness of beach users.

We remind beach-goers to know their capability, swim between the flags, read the water conditions, follow the direction of lifeguards and beach signage and if you’re not sure, ask a lifeguard for advice.

And don’t forget to cover up from the sun’s harmful rays and slip, slop, slap.

MWNA Sapphires Premier League Nomination And Selections 2019

The selection dates and trial information has been set for the 2019 Sapphires Opens and U23s teams and training partners. 

Trial Information
When: Sunday 21st October & Sunday 28th October 3:00pm-5:00pm 

Please Note: Players must be available to attend both selection dates.

Where: Dee Why PCYC, 40 Kingsway, Dee Why NSW 2099
Click the link HERE to access the nomination form. 
Nominations close Friday 19th October 5pm

Courageous Communication Workshop

Tuesday, 9 October 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
What do you say when your friend or family member is going through a tough time? Words can make all the difference. Come along and learn how to manage a difficult conversation.

Facilitator Lucille has spent her career in the mental health and charity sector in Australia, United Kingdom, India and South Africa, and is an Australian author, speaker and founder of Mem Valora. Lucille teaches young people how to grow into emotionally healthy and functioning adults so they have the required skills to thrive after high school.

Free for ages 14 - 24, parents or guardians are welcome. A light supper will be provided.
Through Northern Beaches Council

Newport Community Centre
11-13 The Boulevard

Contact Information
Northern Beaches Council Youth Services
Name: Jess Groves
Phone: 9970 1629

Learn To Swim Narrabeen 2018 Rego. Day

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

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

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

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

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

More information
Contact: Liz Kelly
Phone: 0418 696 525

Thank You Lindsay Godfrey

Mr. Godfrey, to whom many attribute wonderful things in our area, including the launch of the Pittwater Community Arts group, had his farewell on Friday September 14th and will soon take up a new position with Ryde Council.

Mr. Godfrey has over 30 years in Local Government and extensive experience in managing social planning, community development, libraries, community facilities, childcare services, arts and cultural development and local economic development. He has contributed to reviews in a range of other areas including customer service, planning and compliance, as well as having facilitated major research and development projects including Social and Economic Development Plans and construction of two major new community centres and one new central library. 

"Empowering communities and facilitating positive change both for the communities I serve, and the staff I lead, are what motivates me."-_ Lindsay Godfrey

He was one of our most popular senior executives and will be missed. Thank you for all you have done for our community sir, everyone whom you have helped  - as one resident remarked this week "Lucky Ryde Council!"

Palmy Old Mal-Log Rally 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

Entry form is below, simply click on, 'save as' on your own PC or device, fill out and get it in - see you on the beach!
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Pittwater Joins The National Doorknock To Stop Adani

Sunday, October 7, 2018 at 1 PM – 4 PM
Meet at Mona Vale Village Park, Mona Vale
Hosted by Stop Adani Pittwater and Stop Adani
Adani has started illegal work, cut the cost of their rail line in half and say they have locked in finance to start digging. Meanwhile, our new Prime Minister is a big supporter of coal billionaires. 

Australians are outraged. We don’t support Adani, yet our politicians do. They could #StopAdani tomorrow, but they won’t unless they can see, feel and hear our movement everywhere. 

That’s why we are going to hit the streets of Mona Vale, to let our community know what is at stake with Adani, invite them to join our movement and put up signs on every street! 

It's all part of the National Doorknock to #StopAdani, with over 60 groups participating!

Don’t worry if this is your first time doorknocking. There will be a full briefing before we head and we will all go in pairs.

Infrastructure Grants For 2018: October Round

Community organisations on the Northern Beaches looking to build new or upgrade current facilities are encouraged to apply for funding from the final round of the NSW Government’s Infrastructure Grants program for 2018.

Member for Manly James Griffin said applications could be submitted for sport and recreation, arts and culture, and emergency preparedness from Tuesday, 2 October.

“We know what this funding can do for our local community, make a real difference by providing new or improved sporting or cultural facilities, or by protecting local residents in emergency situations,” Mr Griffin said.

“This year will see the NSW Government complete its commitment to invest $50 million into community infrastructure projects across NSW in four years.”      

Funding ranges are $50,000 to $200,000 for arts and culture, $10,000 to $200,000 for emergency preparedness and $100,000 to $300,000 for sport and recreation.   

Applications for the final round of Infrastructure Grants for 2018 will be open from 2 to 22 October, 2018.

For more information including details on how to apply for grants, visit

New Netball Courts In Warriewood In 2019

The construction of new netball and multi-use courts in the Warriewood Valley will begin in early 2019, following the adoption of a Plan of Management for the sports facilities by Council last night.

The plan includes four hard-court netball courts, a multi-use court, a 50 space carpark and a public amenities building. One of the netball courts can be used as a full basketball court with the installation of switchable posts.

Significant trees on the site will be retained, a wildlife corridor link at the rear of the park will be established and additional landscaping and water-sustainable urban design features will be provided.

Northern Beaches Mayor Michael Regan said the plan was developed in response to increased demand for more sporting facilities flagged in Council’s Sportsground Strategy in 2017.
“More lit hard-surface netball courts were identified to provide suitable playing surfaces for all grades. 

“These facilities will cater to the needs of the growing community in the Warriewood Valley now and in the future.” 

The proposed works will be funded through development contributions raised from Warriewood Valley developments.

The property at 3 Boondah Road Warriewood was purchased by Council in 2017 with the intention of using the land for sports activities and general recreation.

Narrabeen Lagoon Entrance Sand Removal Works Have Commenced

Northern Beaches Council will undertake major sand removal works at Narrabeen Lagoon Entrance to minimise the risk of flooding to surrounding areas.

The work which commenced this week and finishes mid-December involves Council contractors removing approximately 45,000 square meters of sand from the lagoon entrance using large-scale excavators, a bull dozer, Moxy and tip trucks. 

Works will take place on the eastern and western sides of the Ocean Street Bridge at Narrabeen Lagoon entrance and the sand will be returned by trucks to Collaroy-Narrabeen Beach at Mactier Street.

General Manager Environment and Infrastructure Ben Taylor said the Lagoon closes every few years from sand naturally moving into the entrance from Collaroy-Narrabeen Beach. 

“The last clearance works were completed in late 2016. Since then, the lagoon entrance has filled with sand faster than expected, mainly due to low rainfall reducing the natural outflow of sand. 

“Following the rapid closure of the lagoon entrance in March this year, Council has fast-tracked the design and approvals for this important project.  

“Council carefully monitors and manages the entrances of the lagoons to reduce the risk of flooding to surrounding properties.

“By the time the works have finished over 6,000 truckloads of sand will have been moved from the entrance of Narrabeen Lagoon to Collaroy-Narrabeen Beach.

“These works will return the lagoon to open entrance conditions in time for the summer holidays and peak recreational usage,” Ben Taylor said. 
Narrabeen Lagoon Entrance - Video by and courtesy Neale Ashby, made Friday September 28th, 2018

Plan To Protect And Enhance Northern Beaches’ Precious Urban Tree Canopy

Friday September 28, 2018: From Northern Beaches Council

Over 100,000 new trees planted on Council land, an iconic tree register and tools to encourage more trees on private property are key actions in Council’s first draft Urban Tree Canopy Plan now on public exhibition.

The draft Plan outlines the strategic directions and guiding principles for the management of trees across the Northern Beaches over the next five years.

Northern Beaches Mayor, Michael Regan said the four strategic directions of the draft Plan provide a comprehensive and cohesive approach to sustaining the future of our urban trees over the next five years by:

  • protecting existing urban trees;
  • maintaining the Northern Beaches’ existing urban tree canopy cover;
  • improving tree diversity and health; and 
  • by motivating, inspiring and supporting the community to protect and enhance our urban trees.

“It’s very exciting to have this plan fast tracked and ready for community comment. Similar strategies had been in development under the former Councils but what a great outcome of amalgamation that our tree canopy can now be managed in a coordinated way across the whole of the Northern Beaches area,” said Mayor Regan.

“We are in an enviable position of being one of the few areas within the Sydney Metropolitan area with canopy coverage greater than 50 percent, at 64.2 percent. Many council areas in Sydney have less than 20 percent urban canopy.

“There are, however, increased demands upon the Northern Beaches environment as more residents and businesses seek to call the Northern Beaches home.

“The plan details how we will implement an aggressive tree planting program on council owned land of at least 5,000 new trees annually, which would mean 100,000 over the next twenty years. 

“We’ll introduce an iconic tree register and ensure that any mature tree that has to be removed due to poor health or for unavoidable operation reasons will be offset by planting at least two more.

“The immediate focus will be on collating accurate baseline data to allow us to monitor the actions of the plan and ultimately measure how successful we are in protecting and maintaining a healthy and diverse canopy cover.

“Engaging our community in protecting and enhancing our urban trees will also be a critical factor in achieving the objectives of the Urban Tree Canopy Plan. 

“I encourage community feedback on the draft Plan and look forward to more ideas from the community,” Mayor Regan said. 

The success and progress of the all the actions listed in the plan will be reviewed annually.

The draft Northern Beaches Urban Tree Canopy Plan is available at

How Can You Be Involved?

We have developed an Urban Tree Canopy Plan (draft) as part of our commitment to greening the Northern Beaches.

Have Your Say

Make an online submission

Attend a drop in session

  • Manly Town Hall forecourt - Wed 24 Oct - 12pm - 1pm
  • Glen Street Theatre - Thu 1 Nov - 12pm - 1pm
  • Mona Vale Library lane - Thu 8 Nov - 12pm - 1pm
  • Dee Why Beach, The Strand - Wed 14 Nov - 12pm - 1pm

Make a written submission: CEO, Northern Beaches Council, PO Box 1655, Manly, NSW 2099, marked “Urban Tree Canopy Plan 2018”

Submissions close Thursday 15 November 2018

Tell Them You Can’t Judge A Human Book By Its Cover

Northern Beaches Council is calling for community volunteers to become ‘Human Books’ for a day.

To celebrate both Social Inclusion Week and International Day of People With a Disability, Council is hosting a special event featuring real people, going ‘on loan’ to the public for 20 minutes at a time to share stories as ‘Human Books’ about overcoming challenges, stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination.

The Stories of the Northern Beaches - Human Library event will be held on Saturday 1 December at Council’s newly-refurbished Tramshed Arts & Community Centre in Narrabeen.

Northern Beaches Mayor Michael Regan said visitors or readers to the ‘Human Library’ will have an opportunity to borrow ‘Human Books’ for a conversation.

“The ‘Human Library’ will be a great place to connect people in our community and to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue.

“We are encouraging volunteers to come forward and be ‘Human Books’ to share their life stories, including their life experiences including their ethnic or cultural background, religion, sexual orientation, appearance, disability or lifestyle,” Mayor Regan said.

Eighty-four-year-old Bob Hinds, former chair of the Manly Access Committee and well known locally for his advocacy work, thoroughly enjoyed his experience as a ‘Human Book’ last time the event took place.

“I shared my story with a number of people, including children and parents, business people, professional people and others,” said Bob. “Children were especially interested in my story.”

Bob, whose sight was taken from him at 14 years-of-age by the rare, genetic condition retinitis pigmentosa, said his main message to people is: “You’ve really got to be yourself and be up-front with people that you’ve got a disability - and not let it get you down.”

He found that people were interested in how he and other people with a disability cope with the pressures of daily life, especially in the work-place.

“I told them that it was important to have confidence in yourself. In my case, I never wanted sympathy from employers, I just wanted to do the job.”

Bob said people were also keen to hear his life story. 

“Especially, they liked hearing how when I was a youngster, I met the acclaimed disability advocate and author Helen Keller while she was visiting Australia in 1948.”

It was about that time Bob’s condition was first diagnosed, devastating news for a 14-year-old boy.

“Helen Keller was the big mentor in my life,” said Bob. 
“She turned my life around at a time when things had been really getting me down. 

“Since then, my motto has always been ‘Don’t lie down with a disability’. It’s very important to be active in life.

“Fortunately, I’m a ‘person’ person, so I like to encourage people,” Bob said. 

To express your interest in becoming a ‘Human Book’ and sharing your story, fill in the online form at or telephone 9976 1562 to apply.

New Long Reef Surf Club Concept Plans Released

Northern Beaches Council is seeking community feedback on concept plans for a new surf club and beach facilities at Long Reef. 

Mayor Michael Regan said it was exciting to be able to release the concepts for community input. 

“This is one of those projects that has been a long time in the making and I am thrilled it is now in concept stage. 

“The design is informed by extensive consultation with a stakeholder working group who have landed on a spectacular concept which balances the needs of all concerned. 

“It’s modern and functional whilst being sympathetic to the spectacular location in which it sits, right by Long Reef beach. 

“The design is low key and hugs the dunes and utilises natural materials where possible to blend in with the surrounding area.

“I’d like to thank all the stakeholders, individuals and community groups who have put in many, many hours alongside us and the architect to help us get to this stage. 
“I encourage the rest of the community to take a look now and let us know what you think.”

The designs include three buildings on a similar footprint to the existing blocks. The surf club will have a two storey structure which includes a gym, training rooms, function room, kitchen and storage for surf craft. There will be a separate public amenities block, a café and community storage lockers. 

Peter Kinsey, President of Long Reef Long Reef Surf Life Saving Club threw his support behind the draft concepts.
“Our Long Reef SLSC members are very excited about this opportunity to build a brand new club house and associated community facilities. The club strongly endorses the overall concept design, which integrates beautifully into the landscape and will help maintain the unspoiled and unique character of Long Reef beach,” Mr Kinsey said.

“Once completed, the facility will provide a welcoming centre of activity for the broader beach-loving community, as well as a long-term base for future generations of volunteer surf life savers to share their skills, conduct patrols and provide a safe beach environment for everyone to enjoy.

“Our club now looks forward to the next phase of the project to engage with the wider community and ensure that their insights and suggestions help the architects and Council project team to further refine the current concept design and planned rebuild."

The concepts can be viewed here. Council is also hosting the following drop in sessions:

On-site at Long Reef Surf Life Saving Club, Pittwater Road, Collaroy
• Saturday  6 October, 9-11am
• Saturday  27 October, 12-2pm

Civic Centre Dee Why, 725 Pittwater Road Dee Why
• Thursday 18 October, 6-8pm

How to be involved
Comments close Sunday 11 November 2018

Council Adopts Gambling Harm Minimisation Plan

Northern Beaches Council has adopted the Gambling and Poker Machine Harm Management Policy and Plan, which is designed to limit the negative impact of electronic gaming machines (EGMs) on the community.

Acting Chief Executive Officer David Kerr said Council’s focus would be on advocacy and community education. 

“Council believes by working with the State Government and local clubs, we can help minimise the harm caused by poker machines,” Mr Kerr said. 

“We will look at how we can complement other activities and get a strong message to our community about how much harm these machines can do. 

“And also provide guidance on where people can turn should they find themselves heading down a difficult path. 

Council’s plan calls for continued lobbying of State and Federal Ministers to do more to reduce harm. 

The draft Gambling and Poker Machine Harm Management Policy and Plan went to public exhibition for several months beginning in May and was adopted by Council at Tuesday night’s Council meeting. 

The plan will be in force to 2023 with a review scheduled for that year.

Bronze Medallion Course

Would you like to learn how to save a life and help your local community? Our BRONZE MEDALLION Course is starting soon with an Information Session at 11:00am on Sunday 21 October in the Bangalley Bar, Avalon Beach SLSC.

The Bronze Medallion is the core award to be a surf lifesaver in Australia. The (approx) 8 week course provides participants with the skills and knowledge of patrolling, including CPR and first aid, rescue techniques, emergency care and surf awareness in order to be able to participate in lifesaving operations. Course fees apply. Pre-requisites: minimum of 15 years of age on the date of assessment and completion of an unaided swim (goggles/masks permitted) of 400 mtrs in 9 minutes or less.

Attaining your Bronze Medallion is a huge accomplishment and you can then join a great team of volunteers to help keep beach goers safe. You will meet a fantastic bunch of people from all kinds of backgrounds, make some new friends and have a bit of fun along the way.

Our Club has a strong, competitive spirit across all surf sport disciplines, a youth development program and a passionate sense of community. New members welcome anytime.

New Laws For Low-Range Drink Drivers

September 27th, 2018: NSW Government
Drivers who commit a low-range drink driving offence will lose their licence on the spot under new laws that will be introduced by the end of 2018.

Under the new laws, any driver who commits a low-range drink driving offence will be fined $561 and lose their licence immediately for three months.

This penalty will also apply to first time drug presence offences detected on the roadside via NSW’s mobile drug testing (MDT) program.

First time mid-range offenders will need to have an alcohol interlock device installed to prove they can separate their drinking from driving. Repeat offenders will face vehicle sanctions, including licence plate confiscation and vehicle impoundment.

Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight said last year 55 people lost their lives in alcohol related crashes and 81 people died in crashes involving someone with illicit drugs in their system.

“The 0.05 limit has been in place in NSW for almost 38 years. It is about driving home to the community that there are no more excuses,” Mrs Pavey said.

“The message to the community is powerful. Have a Plan B. Because if you drink drive, you will be caught, and you will lose your licence.”

The new laws are a key priority of the Road Safety Plan 2021

ANZAC Projects Hit Million Dollar Mark

Member for Manly James Griffin and Minister for Veterans Affairs David Elliott have called for applications in the latest round of the Community War Memorials Fund (CWMF) and the Anzac Community Grants Program (ACGP).

A total of $1 million has been invested into the revitalisation of local war memorials during the Centenary of Anzac, ensuring regional communities across NSW have a place to remember the service and sacrifice of defence personnel.

Mr Griffin said new funding of $175,000 was available to help protect and repair local war memorials and to support projects which commemorate or support veterans and their families.

“I encourage local community groups such as the Friends of Freshwater, RSL sub-branches, schools and councils to apply before applications close on Remembrance Day,” Mr Griffin said.

Mr Elliott said more than 200 war memorial conservation and repair projects have already been funded across NSW.

“This NSW Government investment in veterans’ projects in part of a suite of measures to commemorate the Centenary of Anzac, including upgrading the Anzac Memorial in Hyde Park, funding the Veterans Employment Program and supporting the 2018 Invictus Games.

“I encourage local community groups, RSL sub-braches, schools and councils to apply for a Community War Memorials Fund or Anzac Community Grant, particularly as we gear up for the Invictus Games Opening Ceremony and Armistice Centenary commemorations.”

The CWMF provides grants of up to $10,000 to protect, conserve and repair war memorials including statues, honour rolls and memorial halls which commemorate the Anzac legacy.

The ACGP provides grants of up to $2,000 to schools, community organisations and veterans groups to recognise Australia’s military service, educate a new generation and support the NSW veteran community.

Applications are open until Remembrance Day, Sunday 11 November 2018. For more information, visit

Easylink Volunteers Needed

Easylink is so fortunate to have the best volunteers! Our volunteers provide vital support to our organisation and we wouldn’t be able to function without them. Their time is invaluable to us and our customer’s love seeing their smiling faces on their outings. We truly value and appreciate our volunteers and offer regular training sessions and organise social events to acknowledge their contribution.

We are looking for more Volunteers to join the Easylink team. It’s a great opportunity to give back to your community and contribute to the lives of others.

We are searching for Drivers, Bus Attendants and Receptionists. Drivers must hold a LR, MR or HR driver’s license. We are looking for a minimum commitment of 1 day a fortnight.

Could this be you, or someone you know? Easylink would love to hear from you! 

For more information, please phone us on 02 9919 0700.

The purpose of  - is best defined by the vision of the West Pittwater Community Association.

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

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

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

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