Community News: September 2016

September 25 - October 1, 2016: Issue 282

Articles This Week 

Front Page Issue 282: Youngsters Galore!

Josh Kerr Wins Three Medals At National Swimming Championships: 10 year old Avalon student excels in Darwin!

MC38 Fleet Spring Into 2016/17 Season by Lisa Ratcliff

Aquatics: Excitement Builds As Lifesavers Return For New Season: Raising of the Flags Ceremony

Pictures: 2016 3 Way Inter-Club Fishing Competition

Reflections by George Repin: ST. DAVID’S in WALES

Park Bench Philosopher: Saving Grevillea Calyi: 2016 Update + Bushcare Opportunities for all areas

DIY Ideas: Spring Gardening - Feeding Your Soil And Plants; What Works For Each Plant and Australian Standards on how to read those Potting Mix labels

Collector's Corner: Joseph Lyddy – Dubbin And O.B.B. Polish: School holidays mean you don’t have to polish your school shoes for a few weeks. Spring means you may need to polish your hiking boots, though.  A small look into a story that began in Adelaide in 1864

Surf Life Saving Voluntary Patrol Season 2016-2017 And Surf Club Open Day: Patrol Hours for Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern Beaches Branch + Open day is Sunday October 16

2016 Manly Arts Festival - Art, Music, Performance And Chocolate!‏

Profile: Kurt and Robin Ottowa - Robin Ottowa, Captain of the RMYC Multihulls Division, and his father Kurt will be ‘friendly rivals’ in this year’s Lock Crowther Regatta. Running over the October long weekend, September 30 to October 2nd, this is one of the fastest most exciting and friendliest regattas the Pittwater Estuary hosts each year through the Multihull Division

History: Pittwater Heroes and Heroines I: Dr. Isobel Ida Bennett AO was one of Australia's best-known marine biologists. She assisted Prof. William John Dakin with research for his final book, Australian Seashores, regarded by many as "the definitive guide on the inter-tidal zone, and a recommended source of information to divers".

Artist of the Month:  September 2016 Blaze Roberts - Photographer with 'a great eye' 

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Beyondblue Bash - BBQ Fundraiser

Wednesday, October 5 at 7 AM - 5 PM
Johnson Bros
49 Avalon Pde, Avalon, New South Wales, Australia 2107
On the 5th of October we will be hosting a free BBQ all day to raise funds and awareness for beyondblue. 
In the last couple of years the Northern Beaches community has seen some of the tragic effects caused by depression. We are hosting this event to raise awareness and to show support for our customers and staff who may be directly or indirectly affected by mental health issues

Please Donate at:

Pittwater High School Alumni

September 22, 2016: Pittwater High School 
Pittwater High School is searching for former students, graduates, and staff to join its alumni. Once you leave Pittwater High School, you become part of our alumni of over 15,000 members in several countries, who share a common heritage. We would like to welcome all past Pittwater High cohorts to join our Alumni. 

Please email kerry.batcock@det.nsw.edu.au with all your details.

Our mission is to assist and advance the alumni in the pursuit of excellence, continue the friendships formed at the school, build strong and mutually beneficial ties between the school and its diverse alumni. We aim to promote goodwill in the community and create a dynamic alumni program that will stimulate interest, build loyalty, increase involvement and generate support for the school.

Our Alumni is in its early days, but once we have our list up and running, it will be posted on our website. http://www.pittwater-h.schools.nsw.edu.au.

Help Create A Vision For The Northern Beaches

23 September 2016: Northern Beaches Council
A Community Strategic Plan is being developed to help guide local decision making and community participation over the next decade.

At this early stage in the project we would like to capture what you love about Northern Beaches and what you see as the major challenges?

To find out how to have your say visit the Community Strategic Plan Page.Submission close Sunday 6 November 2016.

The purpose of the issues paper is to invite discussions with the community about the environment, social and economical challenges that we are faced with.

View Issues Paper (PDF: 3.02MB)

The issues paper outlines some of the broad issues that affect our long term sustainability and community wellbeing. There may be other issues that need to be considered, and we welcome any suggestions or comments that can help us form a complete big picture view of where we currently are and where we would like to go.

Have your say
You can provide comment on the Community Strategic Plan Issues Paper,

Drop In to one of our Listening Posts
In writing marked "CSP Issues Paper" Northern Beaches Council, 725 Pittwater Road, Dee Why, NSW 2099

For more information, contact the Strategic Planning Team on 9942 2675.

Monday 10 October, 2016 - 6-8pm 
Glen Street Theatre, Glen Street, Belrose
Thursday 13 October, 2016 - 6-8pm 
Curl Curl Sports Centre, Abbott Road, Curl Curl 
Monday 17 October, 2016 - 6-8pm 
Seaforth Community and Sports Pavilion, Wakehurst Parkway, Seaforth
Monday 24 October, 2016 - 6-8pm 
North Narrabeen Surf Life Saving Club, Ocean Street, North Narrabeen
Thursday, 27 October, 2016 - 6-8pm 
Mona Vale Golf Club, Golf Avenue, Mona Vale

Listening Posts
Pop in to one of our listening posts to learn more about the Community Strategic Plan and have your say on the future of the Northern Beaches.

Sunday 25 September 2016 - 9am-1.30pm
Bilarong Reserve, North Narrabeen

Saturday 1 October 2016 - 10am-5pm
Manly Jazz Festival, Manly

Saturday 15 October 2016 - 12pm-6pm
Brookie Show, Brookvale Oval, Brookvale

Saturday 22 October 2016 - 8am-2pm
Avalon Car Boot Sale, Dunbar Park, Avalon

Sunday 6 November 2016 - 10am-5pm
Mona Vale Market Day, Village Park, Mona Vale

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$10.2M Major Road Upgrade To Begin In Warriewood

23 September 2016: Northern Beaches Council

Northern Beaches Council will start the $10.2 million major upgrades at Macpherson Street in Warriewood on Tuesday 4 October.

This essential project will provide a variety of upgrades including a 12 metre span bridge over Narrabeen Creek, underground services, shared pathways and road upgrades. It will also ensure Macpherson Street, which has a long history of flooding, will become a safe evacuation route even in the event of a 100 year flood and predicted climate change impacts.

"This massive undertaking is funded from Warriewood Valley developer's levies and will deliver vital improvements to infrastructure and services that will benefit the community now and into the future," said Ben Taylor, Northern Beaches Council Acting General Manager.

Council has been working closely with the contractors, as well as State Transit Authority to ensure there is minimal disruption to the local community while Macpherson Street is closed for up to 12 months between Boondah and Warriewood Roads.

"Along with the recently completed Garden Street upgrades, this project will provide improved access and linkages to the built and natural environment, and will transform the area.

"Once the project is complete, residents will also start to see improvements in the natural environment, as the plan will restore creek flows and improve a vital wildlife corridor," Mr Taylor said.

Garden Street, which has also recently had major upgrades, will be open prior to works on Macpherson Street starting.

During the closure period Council has ensured adjacent land owners will have access.

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Community Engaged And Ready For Participation

23 September 2016: Northern Beaches Council
Northern Beaches Council received a significant number responses to its call for Expressions of Interest from 500 community representatives in the region of the Northern Beaches, to participate in the new Strategic Reference Groups (SRG).

"The extremely high number of applications shows the level of interest this community has in being involved and having a say in how the Northern Beaches of the future should look," said Dick Persson, Northern Beaches Council Administrator.

There will be 170 people appointed to the Strategic Reference Groups, replacing the roles of the previous formal special interest committees across the former council areas.

“The SRGs will consist of key stakeholders that provide an important two way connection with the community. Their collective input will assist in the development of the vision, priorities and objectives for our area and will help shape the draft Community Strategic Plan.

“The SRGs are aligned to the Local Representation Committee priorities Social, Environment and Economic and include a diversity of people from across the five wards of the Northern Beaches.

The Strategic Reference Groups will cover 11 subject areas:
  • Affordable Housing
  • Economic Development and Tourism
  • Place Making
  • Natural Environment
  • Waste and Recovery Management
  • Sustainable Transport
  • Art, Culture and Heritage
  • Community Safety
  • Inclusive Communities
  • Open Space and Recreation
  • Youth
"Community members who applied, that are not appointed to a position on an SRG will be invited to take part in workshops, focus groups and other community engagement opportunities, and they will be regularly sent information about key initiatives being undertaken by Council," Mr Persson said.

Strategic Reference Group members will be formally notified by Council of their appointments by email. The first meeting will be held on 28 September 2016, to commence the engagement and consultation with all appointed representatives. A meeting schedule will be provided with each participant's letter of appointment.
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Fridge Buyback Scheme Cooling Power Bills  

20 September 2016: Northern Beaches Council
Residents are encouraged to reduce emissions and cut household electricity bills by ditching their second fridge or upright freezer in Northern Beaches Council’s  Fridge Buyback Scheme.  

With the cost of electricity soaring, there’s never been a better time to reassess electricity use and wastage, and an easy way to reduce bills is to reduce the amount of unnecessary appliances used each day. Some of the biggest culprits are older style refrigerators, often used as a second fridge.    

While residents may keep old fridges to reduce landfill and to provide a second cold storage option, they are inefficient, resulting in more carbon emissions and higher costs to consumers. An old fridge can add around $300 each year to the household spend.  

The Fridge Buyback Scheme makes it easy for residents dispose of their old spare fridges with collections every few weeks. 

The Fridge Buyback Scheme operates a collection, degassing and recycling service with $25 rebate available for most refrigerators or upright freezers. Conditions apply. For more information go towww.fridgebuyback.com.au or call 1800 708 401 to book your collection. 

There are collection runs every few weeks.  

The next collection on the Northern Beaches is 7 October, 2016 
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Dog Day By The Bay 2016 

20 September 2016: Northern Beaches Council
Prized pooches and cunning canines will line up for fabulous competitions, agility demonstrations and behaviour training workshops at this year’s only Northern Beaches' Dog Day by the Bay. 

Each year this Northern Beaches Council event attracts over 3000 participants and their pups to Rowland Reserve in Bayview. 

The line-up features  demonstrations from the NSW Siberian Express Sled Dog Club, behaviour tips from animal behaviourist Dr Jo Righetti, a pooch kissing booth, and the ever-popular Canine Fancy Dress Parade.  

Specialist Dog Trainer Ryan Tate will conduct  exciting educational demonstrations of detector dogs, dangerous dogs, trick training and TV dogs to highlight the amazing things our canine companions can do.  

"Responsible pet ownership and understanding your dog’s behavior is the most important thing to remember,” said Mr Tate 

“To set our dogs up for a safe and happy life is what I love to do, and as a passionate conservationist, I want people to understand the responsibility of owning a dog and its potential impact on the surrounding natural environment.”

Free microchip checks will be carried out by a host of friendly Council rangers and there is free parking and entry. 

For the kids, there is free face painting and a range of fabulous activities in the Kids’ Corner. 

Dog Day by the Bay 
Sunday 13 November, 10am-3pm 
Rowland Reserve, Bayview. 
For further information: 9970 1194 or pittwater.nsw.gov.au
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Northern Beaches Businesses Eager To Reduce Single-Use Plastic

22 September 2016: Northern Beaches Council
Northern Beaches Council's Plastic Free July survey found more than half of local businesses would like to stop using "single-use" plastic items with some calling on an outright plastic bag ban.

The survey revealed that of the 87% of businesses currently using "single-use" plastic items, 55% are willing to switch to sustainable alternatives such as paper bags, paper straws or wooden cutlery.

Plastic items in particular plastic bags do not readily break down in the environment, with estimates for the time it takes them to decompose ranging from 20 to 1000 years*.

While Council cannot unilaterally 'ban' single-use plastic items it will be working with businesses and the new Waste Minimisation Strategic Reference Group to look at the management of plastic litter and other forms of waste on the Northern Beaches.

Following the survey results and support from local businesses, Council is encouraging everyone to adopt environmentally-friendly alternatives to plastic items and help reduce the detrimental impacts of plastic litter.

As an individual, the easiest thing to do is remember to bring your own bag or bottle, and to refuse unnecessary straws and coffee lids. Local community groups such as Boomerang Bags and Plastic Free Manly are ongoing initiatives that shoppers can support, too.

Hundreds of Northern Beaches households, businesses and schools rose to the 'Plastic Free July Challenge' this year, taking part in a range of special events to highlight the impact of plastic litter on marine eco-systems.

Amongst the numerous events was an eye-catching "floating on a sea of plastic" 3D chalk artwork on The Corso, Manly, Popular with hundreds of residents and tourists raising awareness of the impacts of plastic litter on local marine life through Instagram, Twitter and other social media platform 'selfies'.

Council also distributed re-useable coffee cups, bottles and "Food Huggers" to promote a plastic-free lifestyle.

'Plastic Free Manly' is a community-driven movement supporting individuals and businesses to go plastic free with a strong focus on eliminating plastic bags from the local environment. 

'Boomerang Bags' are re-useable bags produced by communities of volunteers using recycled materials. There are currently two 'Boomerang Bag' communities operating in the Northern Beaches, in Avalon and Manly.
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Become A Native Bee Keeper! 

23 September 2016: Northern Beaches Council

Northern Beaches Council is helping to address the shrinking population of native bees by hosting two workshops with entomologists Dr Tim Heard and Dr Tobias Smith on Sunday 16 October.  

"The native bee workshop is an important initiative for Council as it teaches local residents how to safely keep native bees at home."  

“It is a hugely popular event with the Northern Beaches community as many people are looking for ways to improve the environment on a local level ,” said Dave Lowery, Education Coordinator at Coastal Environment Centre.  

During the sessions  Dr Heard and Dr Smith from Sugar Bag Bees will share their expert knowledge of native bees.  

"Our workshop introduces people to the broad diversity of Australian native bees and how to work with then," said Dr Heard.

"They are very seldom seen, but essential for the health of our environment."  

The workshop includes: 
  • how to encourage native bees into the garden 
  • how to keep native stingless social bees in hives 
  • hive management including design and protection from natural enemies 
  • how to use them for pollination and honey production.  
The workshop will be held at the Coastal Environment Centre at Lake Park Road, North Narrabeen 9am-12pm.  

second workshop will be held from 1-4pm for people who already have hives and are seeking further advice and practical help in splitting their existing hives.  

Cost for each session is $20 and includes a copy of Tim Heard's latest publication, The Australian Native Bee Book.  

Native Bee Keeping Workshop  
Sunday 16 Oct, 9am-12noon and 1-4pm CEC Lake Park Rd, North Narrabeen 
Bookings: 1300 000 232 or  pittwater.nsw.gov.au/cec  

For further information on the Australian Native Bee Book:nativebeebook.com.au 

Work Continuing On Mona Vale Road East And West Upgrade

Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes is advising motorists that investigation works are continuing for the Mona Vale Road East and West upgrade between Terrey Hills and Mona Vale.
 
The NSW Government has committed to upgrading Mona Vale Road to two lanes in each direction to ease congestion and cater for future traffic demand.
 
In the 2016/17 NSW Budget around $13.5 million was allocated to progress the 6.4km project.
 
Surveying, geotechnical and utility investigation work has been under way since April.
 
Motorists are advised necessary investigation works will continue to be carried out until the end of December on weekdays, from 7am to 6pm, along the length of Mona Vale Road - from McCarrs Creek Road Terrey Hills to Foley Street Mona Vale.
 
Night work will also be carried out between Monday 19 September and Monday 31 October, from 6pm to 7am on weeknights, weather permitting. There will be 12 night shifts between Terrey Hills and Ingleside, and 10 night shifts between Ingleside and Mona Vale.
 
There will be some noise associated with work and every effort will be made to reduce the impact on the community by using noise shields and staging work in different locations.
 
Changed traffic conditions will be in place for the safety of workers and motorists.
 
Lane closures may be in place as well as on road cycling detours. Road users should follow the direction of traffic controllers and allow extra travel time.
 
For the latest traffic updates call 132 701, visit livetraffic.com or download the Live Traffic NSW App. 

Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary Needs Kiosk Volunteers

Please Contact the Kiosk Manager if you can spare a few hours a week, fortnight or month. We'd love you to join us, we're always in need of more volunteers. There are three shifts per day to choose from, weekends as well. Training provided and you are always on a shift with other volunteers, a great way to meet new friends and help towards fundraising for the hospital. 

There is a ward trolley service daily and a special 'High Tea' social on a Thursday afternoon ... so lots of 'slots' to fill ... give it a try !

Barrenjoey High School Year 12 Walk To Barrenjoey Lighthouse

Each year before they graduate, the Year 12's walk with their Principal, teachers and parents to the lighthouse at 5.00am to see the sunrise and greet the new day and the beginnings of a new life post school, followed by a bbq for breakfast on the beach below. 

It is a time of reflection and wonder. Actually it's a clump of bedraggled teenagers still shattered from their all-nighter formal night, which led directly into a touch football match against the teachers and muck up day, who've managed to make it up the hill only slightly ahead of the oldies. It's been a big week. 

This is another instance of a great school community creating great memories for all. Parents are grateful and impressed that Barrenjoey's Principal is so loved and respected by the students. The support from all teachers and the parents of these students throughout their years at this high school by the sea has contributed to maintaining a wonderful place to learn set amongst a great place to live.

Congratulations Barrenjoey High and Pittwater High Years of 2016 - may the road, and its hills, continue to rise up to meet you!

Photo courtesy Leonie Barton

Boat Trailer Storage Grants Program

Applications for the Boat Trailer Storage Grants Program are now open. The Boat Trailer Storage Grants Program offers grant funding of up to $5 million to support the delivery of alternative viable storage facilities and solutions for boat trailers.

The Grants Program aims to reduce the number of boat trailers parked on residential streets, particularly in high density areas and complements the recent Impounding Act 1993 amendments. Further information about these legislative changes, which enable councils to ‘opt in’ to take impounding action against boat trailers parked for more than 28 days, can be found on the Office of Local Government website.

All interested parties, including councils, businesses, community groups and the boating industry, are encouraged to apply. 
Grant applications close midnight on Friday, 2 December 2016.

How to Apply
Before beginning your application, please ensure that you are familiar with the Boat Trailer Storage Grants Program Guidelines and the Boat Trailer Storage Grants Program Questions & Answers.

Please complete the Boat Trailer Storage Grants Program Application Form and submit it, along with supporting documentation, toboattrailergrants@transport.nsw.gov.au by midnight on Friday, 2 December 2016.


If you require further information, please contactboattrailergrants@transport.nsw.gov.au or 02 4962 6438.

Background
NSW Boating Now
An infrastructure delivery program to provide state-wide improvements for boating.

NSW Boating Now is a five year boating infrastructure announced by the Minister for Roads and Freight in August 2014. Under the program $14 million per year is being made available to support the delivery of new and improved boating facilities through partnerships with local councils and other organisations.

The objectives of NSW Boating Now are to:
  • enhance the boating experience in NSW by improving the overall capacity and amenity of boating infrastructure on NSW waterways, informed by direct engagement with local boaters.
  • ensure local boaters see a greater return from their registration and licence fees through improvements to local boating facilities.
  • deliver projects through effective partnership arrangements with Councils and other organisations.
  • deliver important projects identified through the Regional Boating Plans, not just wait for Councils to apply for funding grants.
$37.5 million from NSW Boating Now has been allocated to support to delivery of the 192 Priority Regional Projects identified in the 11 Regional Boating Plans. - Hawkesbury / Pittwater / Brisbane Water (PDF 5.7MB)

An additional $10 million has also been set aside for major projects, $5 million for boat trailer parking initiatives and another $10 million for the delivery of second round projects in the last two years of this program.

Further information about the key elements of NSW Boating Now is provided in the NSW Boating Statement.

The next meeting of the Avalon Beach Historical Society will be held on TUESDAY 11 OCTOBER.  As usual it will be held in the Avalon Beach Bowling Club, Bowling Green Lane and will start at 8pm.

Although it will also be the Annual General Meeting, many of you will know from previous AGMs that ours is anything but a dour and intense focus on the election of office bearers.
It’s going to be a real “hodge-podge” with some fascinating short movie clips followed by some of the recent ‘stills’ added to our archives which you won’t have seen before.

 Some of you will have no idea how close we came to having our mighty ‘bends’ widened or ‘straightened out’. Arthur and Ria Murch’s daughter, Michelle and several friends, shot a short but excellent piece of Super 8 footage in 1967 which shows them dancing, jumping and prancing around the excavations, the imported tons of soil and the concrete forms for drainage and structural works.

The instigators and creators of the Northern Beach’s 2nd short film festival called ‘Creative Creatures’ initially approached us requesting the use of some early photos from our archives. Even after a lengthy explanation John and I still weren’t sure how they were going to be used and adapted but the result is quite fascinating. To quote their website “You will see ‘Romance and Intrigue’ presenting a conflux of apparent miracles unparalleled in the history of animated art.” – a cow meandering along the middle of Avalon Parade in 2015!!

A third film clip is another short segment from a video (remember them?) called ‘Coastal Dune Management’ which features Avalon Beach and the mighty bitou bush eradication program. It focuses on the endeavours of some locals – the ‘Friends of the Dunes’ with the inimitable Marita Macrae and long-time bush-carer Gary Harris.

Still another short clip features the ‘return’ of Michelle Murch and a couple of girlfriends accessing and reaching the ‘bowels’ of St Michael’s Cave in 1968.

To wind up we have some recent ‘stills’ to show you. Slide nights (?) were always popular but it’s been a long time since the last one and we’re sure you’ll enjoy this fleeting return to the ‘good old nights’.

Membership subs. for the coming year will be due at the meeting so if you could arrive that little bit earlier with your $10 per head, it would be a big help in getting the meeting underway on time. Your dues can also be paid at the Society’s office at 15 Bowling Green Lane or cheques posted to ABHS PO Box 1 Avalon Beach.

As usual friends and guests of members are always welcome and to stay for supper afterwards.

Geoff Searl
President Avalon Beach Historical Society

Local Council Amalgamations

The NSW Land and Environment Court has issued decisions on a number of cases relating to proposed amalgamation of local councils. In each case, local councils were challenging proposals for them to merge. Read the judgments:


Local Government Reform - What's Happening?
Wednesday 21 September 2016: By Mosman Council
On 20 September 2016 Justice Tim Moore handed down his judgment on Mosman Council’s case in the NSW Land and Environment Court. Justice Moore found that the functions of the Delegate responsible for the merger proposal process involving Mosman, North Sydney and Willoughby miscarried as the Delegate failed to address one of the mandatory requirements of s263(3) of the Local Government Act. This was the requirement to have regard “to the need to ensure the opinions of each of the diverse communities of the resulting area or areas are effectively represented”.

The effect of the above is that the Delegate has not yet completed the task delegated to him by the Acting Chief Executive of the Office of Local Government. The court found that the report furnished by the Delegate to the Boundaries Commission is not a valid report in satisfaction of the requirements of s218F(6)(a) of the Local Government Act.

Council considered Justice Moore’s judgment at an Extraordinary Meeting held on 21 September 2016. At that meeting it was agreed that Council maintain its long standing opposition to forced amalgamation and continue to work with its legal team to maintain Mosman’s independence.
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NB: Strathfield, Burwood and Canada Bay, and North Sydney and Willoughby councils had similar judgements. 

Hunters Hill, Lane Cove and Ryde, were not successful.

Court judgement on forced merger announced

20 September 2016: by Ku-ring-gai Council
Ku-ring-gai Council has been partially successful in its case against a forced merger with Hornsby Council.

Justice Moore of the Land & Environment Court delivered his judgement on Tuesday 20 September.

Following the ruling the court received an undertaking from the NSW Minister for Local Government that Ku-ring-gai will remain a stand alone council until Tuesday 27 September, meaning that an appeal must be lodged before that date. A decision as to an appeal will be considered by the Council.

Speaking after Justice Moore’s findings were made public, Mayor Cheryl Szatow said that while the Council’s case had been partially successful and costs were reserved, ‘the overall judgement is nonetheless disappointing for the Ku-ring-gai community.’

“The judge has declined to make orders preventing the forcible merger and that is a concern. However the Council will review the judgement carefully in light of other decisions made today on councils fighting forced mergers and consider our next steps.”

“Our concern has always been how Ku-ring-gai will be treated as the junior partner in a merger with Hornsby Council. Our residents will have very little say in how or where their rates will be spent.”

Mayor Szatow added she would stand as an independent candidate for the mayoralty, following her resignation last week from the Killara branch of the NSW Liberal Party.

“I cannot in all conscience stand by and watch 111 years of Ku-ring-gai Council be demolished by the stroke of a pen. Resigning from the Liberal Party means I am now free to stand again as an independent Mayor and if I am elected, I will continue the fight against this merger on behalf of the people of Ku-ring-gai.”

Daylight Saving

Daylight saving begins in NSW next Sunday, 2nd October 2016. 

Wind your clock forward an hour prior to going to sleep Saturday October 1st or you shall be late, 
late, 
for a very important date!

Interested in how daylight saving came about in Australia? 


Daylight saving will end in NSW on Sunday, 2 April 2017 when clocks go back one hour at 3:00am.

 Pittwater Offshore Newsletter Update 21/9/2016 

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To contact Julian:  editor@scotlandisland.org.au

Warning To Offshore Residents Parking Up McCarrs Creek Road:Vandal Is Damaging Cars

A huge Rock deliberately thrown into the windscreen and settled on the bonnet of a car parked on McCarrs Creek road last weekend.  The owner states the damage was undoubtedly deliberate as there was clearly no risk of rock falls anywhere nearby.


On previous occasions  a convertible had the soft top roof damaged with a screw driver piercing the entire roof, and chocolate milk poured into the hole the vandal made. This was in August.

Another incident was when a window was left down about 1 inch and pasta sauce was poured inside.

None of the vehicles were blocking driveways or parked badly in any way.

If this happens to your car please go the Water Police so they can start to investigate, 3 times in the same 50 metre strip is no coincidence.

We have a Vandal causing malicious damage.
C/- Pittwater Offshore Newsletter.

Pittwater RSL ClubGRANTS 2016

Late last month Pittwater RSL Club donated just over $95,000 at their ClubGRANTS Category 1 presentation to local charities and community groups to assist them in continuing the excellent work they do. 

Pittwater RSL Club is dedicated to ensuring that these vital community resources continue to receive the assistance they need.

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATIONS OPEN UNTIL OCTOBER 16th
Come and join us in 2016 for NBI's annual Pittwater Paddle!

This year there will be plenty of good food, activities and fun for everyone.
Sunday 13th November 2016 - 8am start 
Get On Board!

Whether you're a weekend paddler who likes to get out and just enjoy the scenery, or a seasoned eventer who likes to race, Pittwater Paddle is the event for you! We guarantee you will enjoy paddling around beautiful Scotland Island in the stunning Pittwater.

The event is a whole lot of fun for land-lovers too with onshore music, food and entertainment for all ages so bring your family and friends to cheer you on. We are delighted that Foundation Sponsors Northern Beaches Credit Union are back on board for Pittwater Paddle 2016.

Register as an individual Paddler or create a team and paddle a double, triple, surf boat, dragon boat or anything else that can be paddled

Northern Beaches Environment Alliance October Meeting

Thank you to our special guests from Stand with Bulga to protect heritage from coal mining for speaking at our recent meeting. Thank you to our special guest speakers Rob and Anne Maree McLaughlin from Bulga NSW for attending this month's Northern Beaches Environment Alliance meeting on Tuesday September 6 at the Northern Beaches Coastal Environment Centre in Narrabeen.

It was a fantastic evening with almost 40 people in attendance.

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday October 4 at 6 pm at the Northern Beaches Coastal Environment Centre.

Solar powered stall and stage
Northern Beaches Environment Alliance were recently offered an opportunity to run our own solar powered stall and stage at the 3 day Northern Beaches Music Festival happening on October 21-23!!
Come along for a day of clean energy, great music and unlimited sunshine!

The online campaign to crowd fund our very own solar powered stage for this year's Northern Beaches Music Festival has now been launched! See the campaign here:

Keep up to date with all news and upcoming activities and events through liking our Facebook page

Macpherson Street Temporary Road Closure:   Commences 4 October

Macpherson Street will be temporarily closed between Boondah Road and Warriewood Road to all traffic and pedestrians to allow for the major road upgrade for approximately 12 months. Access will be retained for adjoining land owners only.

A major $10.2M Section 94 funded road project in Warriewood, which will include a road bridge over Narrabeen Creek, a roundabout and shared paths to improve access will commence shortly.

This upgrade will deliver:
• Flood management of Macpherson St with a road bridge over Narrabeen Creek and box culverts between Boondah Road and Warriewood Road
• A roundabout at Warriewood Road and Macpherson Street intersection to cater for the predicted increase traffic flow road upgrades – kerbs, gutters, footpaths, street lighting and drainage works in Warriewood Road and Macpherson Street
• Shared paths between Boondah Road and Warriewood Road
• Underground power lines in Macpherson Street and other service authority works
• Access driveways to adjoining properties

Warriewood Road from Macpherson Street to Vuko Place has also been earmarked for improvements, including the intersection of Warriewood Road and Lakeview Parade.

Macpherson Street between Boondah Road and Warriewood Road will be closed to all traffic and pedestrians with the exception of construction traffic and land owners adjoining the works.

Changes to School Bus Routes 
School services that normally operate via the closed section of Macpherson Street will still operate as normal and will divert via Warriewood Road, right into Pittwater Road, right into Jacksons Road, right into Boondah Road and left onto Macpherson Street, then as normal. The same diversion in the opposite direction will operate for the return trip. 

Changes to Sydney Buses 185 and L85
Sydney Buses plan to divert the 185 and L85 bus service to operate via Warriewood Road onto Pittwater Road during the Macpherson Street road closure.

Sydney Buses plan to operate a 30 minute frequency shuttle service that would commence from Narrabeen and run via Waterloo Street, right into Pittwater Road, left into Garden Street, right into Jacksons Road, left into Boondah Road, left into Macpherson Street, left into Garden Street, left into Jacksons Road, right into Pittwater Road, left into Albert Street, left into Lagoon Street and left into Waterloo Street.  This would service the area that the 185, L85 and E85 will miss.  Commuters then can transfer from the shuttle bus onto the City services at Narrabeen shops and vice versa on the return trip.

This plan will commence from 4 October. A Sydney Buses diversion map can be found here.
New South Wales Government
Notification of the making of statutory instruments, NSW Government Gazette and Bill information

Week beginning 19 September 2016
(Last updated 22 September 2016 at 12:07)

Bills introduced
Government
Building Professionals Amendment (Information) Bill 2016
Crimes (Administration of Sentences) Amendment Bill 2016
Education and Teaching Legislation Amendment Bill 2016
Industrial Relations Amendment (Industrial Court) Bill 2016
Social and Affordable Housing NSW Fund Bill 2016

Bills revised following amendment in Committee
Land and Property Information NSW (Authorised Transaction) Bill 2016

Bills passed by both Houses of Parliament
Criminal Procedure Amendment (Summary Proceedings for Indictable Offences) Bill 2016
Health Legislation Amendment Bill 2016
Land and Property Information NSW (Authorised Transaction) Bill 2016

Bills assented to
Fines Amendment (Electronic Penalty Notices) Act 2016 No 39 — Assented to 21 September 2016
Security Industry Amendment (Private Investigators) Act 2016 No 40 — Assented to 21 September 2016
Rural Fires Amendment (Fire Trails) Act 2016 No 41 — Assented to 21 September 2016
Scrap Metal Industry Act 2016 No 42 — Assented to 21 September 2016
Adoption Amendment (Institute of Open Adoption Studies) Act 2016 No 43 — Assented to 21 September 2016

To read all Bills click on links at HERE

Review Of Local Government Rating System

IPART
IPART has been requested by the Premier to undertake a review of the local government rating system in NSW. Our aim is to recommend reforms to improve its efficiency and equity so as to ensure councils can implement sustainable fiscal policies over the longer term.

Issues Paper (Draft Report, August 2016 - PDF: 1.54MB - 160 Pages)
DEADLINE to have your say: 10 October 2016

Local Government Amendment (Governance And Planning) Act 2016

The Local Government Amendment (Governance and Planning) Act 2016 (which encompasses what are known as the Phase 1 reforms to the Local Government Act 1993) commences on a day or days to be appointed by proclamation.

The following sections of the new Act, came into force as and from 30
August 2016:
  • 230 For what period is a mayor elected
  • 233A Oath and affirmation for councillors.
  • 242A Tribunal to give effect to declared government policy on remuneration for public sector staff.
  • 252 Payment of expenses and provision of facilities.
  • 253(5) Requirement before policy concerning expenses and facilities can be adopted or amended.
  • 291A Countback to be held instead of by-election in certain circumstances.
  • 332 and 332(2)(b) Determination of structure.
  • 333 Re-determination and review of structure (note that there are two amendments to this section).
  • Schedule 8 Savings, Transitional and other provisions consequent on the enactment of other Acts.
  • Dictionary definition of “integrated planning and reporting framework” inserted.
All other sections will take effect from their respective dates of proclamation. 

GIPA Act: Fees & Charges

The NSW Information Commissioner is seeking feedback on three draft resources developed to provide guidance on fees and charges under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPA Act).

Flowing on from the two recent decisions of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal, summarised in IPC case notes the Information Commissioner identified that it would be useful for agencies and the public to have updated guidance on issues relating to discounting and processing charges.

The IPC is currently undertaking a consultation from 20 September to 4 October 2016 to seek feedback on the following resources:

Have your say
Submit your feedback by 4 October 2016 via the IPC's consultation web page or call IPC on 1800 472 679 (free call number).

Online Consultation
Date: Sep. 20 - Oct. 4, 2016

More Information
 1800 472 679 

Flare Demonstration

Marine Rescue Broken Bay Unit will be conducting a Flare Demonstration at Marine Rescue Broken Bay.  Saturday 22nd October at 9am at Marine Rescue, Rowland Reserve, Bayview.
A short video will be shown followed by the flare demonstration. 

The cost will be a “donation” to Marine Rescue of $25 each. They will have tea, coffee and cakes available. 

Participants to bring along their own flares, either in or out of test date. 
Bookings via Joe - jellams@tpg.com.au or Phone 0412 494162

Road Construction Contractor Fined $15,000 For Water Pollution At Frenchs Forest

Media release: 21 September 2016 - EPA
The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has issued a $15,000 fine to Ferrovial Agroman (Australia) Pty Ltd for water pollution, after sediment laden waters flowed into the Trefoil Creek from the road construction site of the Northern Beaches Hospital Connectivity and Network Enhancement Project in Frenchs Forest.

Ferrovial Agroman are the major partner of a joint venture with York Civil Pty Ltd for the Northern Beaches Hospital Connectivity and Network Enhancement Project - the Ferrovial York Joint Venture. As the minor project partner York Civil received an official caution for the water pollution incident.

EPA Director Metropolitan Giselle Howard said companies have a responsibility to ensure all works by subcontractors are undertaken in accordance with the company’s environment protection licence and measures are taken to prevent pollution. 

"A subcontractor was drilling at the construction site to relocate telecommunications cables on 22 April 2016 when the drilling struck a redundant stormwater drain. 

"An estimated 12,000 litres of drilling mud then left the construction site through the stormwater drain and flowed onto bushland and Trefoil Creek, impacting the local environment. 

"The EPA required the company to clean up sediment from the local bushland and the creek and take required actions to prevent any further pollution. 

"The subcontractor and Ferrovial York undertook works to seal the redundant stormwater pipe so that drilling works could recommence without causing further pollution.

"However, on the 5 May the EPA was informed that the sealing of the stormwater pipe partially failed and approximately 2,000 litres of additional drilling mud flowed into Trefoil Creek. 

"The EPA again required the companies to clean up the sediment from the local bushland and the creek and this was promptly undertaken.

"The EPA does not believe that adequate measures were taken, following the initial incident, to prevent a reoccurrence of drilling mud discharge to Trefoil Creek and issued a penalty notice."

The Ferrovial York Joint Venture holds an environment protection licence issued by the EPA for this project. This licence does not permit pollution of waters. The $15,000 penalty notice was issued on 2 September 2016 for the breach of this licence.

Penalty Notices are one of a number of tools the EPA can use to achieve environmental compliance including formal warnings, official cautions, licence conditions, notices and directions and prosecutions.

The EPA takes a range of factors into account before delivering a proportionate regulatory response including the degree of environmental harm, whether or not there are any real or potential health impacts, if the action of the offender was deliberate, compliance history, public interest and best environmental outcomes.

For more information about the EPA's regulatory tools, see the EPA Compliance Policy http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/legislation/prosguid.htm.

Opening Night At Hamptons House For Sailors Delights


Hamptons House
182 Sydney Road, Fairlight
Red Sky at night a Sailors Delight by Rachel Carroll
An exhibition of recent paintings by local artist Rachel Carroll exploring natural weather conditions past and present.
Now on until October 16 Daily 10-4pm

A Silent Auction for Refugees is ongoing through out the exhibition. Bid to win.
Find out more at: hrachelcarroll.com.au

Women of Whale (WoW) warmly invites you to celebrate our 35th Anniversary of female surf life savers at Whale Beach. As pioneers in the field, in the 1980/81 season Whale Beach SLSC trained the very first squad of women as surf lifesavers in NSW. 

Join us for a cocktail evening with live music, Moby's nibbles and drinks as we celebrate this pioneering spirit, and myriad female personalities from over the years. With speeches from current and past female members, including two of the original four women who completed their bronze medallions in the 80/81 season, our current female Club Captain and young bronze candidates, this will be an opportunity to connect with club members past and present, Whale Beach locals, distinguished guests, and key sponsors.

Entry will be by donation, with all profit going towards future leadership programmes for young women in the club. Please book tickets online as there will be limited tickets at the door. If you are unable to join us and would like to make a tax deductible donation to further the development of women in the club please visit the website below.

WHEN: 29th October, 5-7pm
WHERE: Whale Beach Clubhouse
DRESS: Smart, it’s a celebration!
TICKETS: A tax free donation
RSVP: by October 14th

For tickets and further info visit whalebeachsurfclub.org/women  

Twilight Bazaar At Bayview

Friday, October 14 at 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Bayview Golf Club
1825 Pittwater Rd, Mona Vale

Beginning of Spring event for the community to enjoy their local club.
5.30 to 8.30pm
Live Music & Stalls
Cars, Food, Wine, Drinks, Jewellery & more ..
Something for everyone!
Kid's Jumping Castle & Face Painting
Golf Membership Information
Promotion of New Trackman Facility

$100 Fee for Interested External Stall Holders
Please call reception for more information - 9999 3786

Improving Digital Literacy In Schools

Monday 19 September 2016: Media Release- Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training
Schools across the country can now apply for grants from the Turnbull Government to deliver digital literacy programs to students in engaging and innovative ways.

Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the 2016 Digital Literacy School Grants program supports projects that demonstrate new methods for enhancing digital literacy in schools.

“Schools need to think creatively about how they teach digital literacy to ensure that students don’t fall behind or find it difficult to engage,” Minister Birmingham said. “We need all children to be digitally literate to ensure they are ready for a future full of technology.”

Minister Birmingham said around $4 million has been allocated to the program as part of the Turnbull Government’s $50.6 million commitment to assist Australian teachers and students to embrace the digital age. This program is a key part of the $1.1 billion National Innovation and Science Agenda.

“The grants are also designed to support teachers to implement the digital technologies parts of the national curriculum by providing guidance and support on digital literacy learning and skills in both primary and secondary schools,” Minister Birmingham said.

“The Turnbull Government is committed to improving the teaching and learning of digital literacy in our schools.

“Sparking an interest in these subjects at an early age is the best way to ensure we increase the number of students taking up science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects to set them up for success after they leave school.”

Applications close at 5.00pm (AEDT) on Friday, 28 October 2016. Further information on the grants is available at: http://education.gov.au/digital-literacy-school-grants-dlsg

MarineRescue App


The MarineRescue App makes it easier than ever for boaters to stay safe on NSW waters. It’s the only App that connects you directly to Marine Rescue NSW. 

In just a few minutes, you can Log On with Marine Rescue NSW and be on your way, knowing someone’s watching out for you.  When you Log On with us, we know where you’re heading and when you’re due to return, so we can quickly start a search if you’re not safely back when expected. 

You can choose for us to track your journey so we know where to start looking in an emergency. The App is a great addition to your marine radio and EPIRB in your safety toolkit.  Download the free MarineRescue App from the App Store for Apple phones and tablets and Google play for Android devices.

NSW Government Invests $340 Million In Quality Teaching

September 21, 2016: NSW Government
The new Literacy and Numeracy Strategy 2017-2020 covers student education from kindergarten until they complete their HSC. 
NSW Premier Mike Baird said the new strategy was about helping students succeed with extra support where they need it.

 “The skills of reading, writing and numeracy are crucial – particularly in the first few years of school. Everything a student achieves in school depends on a solid foundation in these skills,” Mr Baird said.

 The NSW Literacy and Numeracy Strategy includes:  
  • expert early intervention support for the literacy and numeracy skills of at-risk kindergarten to Year 2 students in nearly 700 schools
  • evidence-based literacy and numeracy progressions that map student learning from kindergarten to Year 10
  • ‘Best Start’ Year 7 literacy and numeracy assessments on entry to high school to identify students needing additional assistance and plan the support they need to succeed
  • ensuring graduating primary and secondary teachers are better prepared to teach literacy and numeracy due to strengthened teacher education programs.
All literacy and numeracy skills in NSW schools will be taught explicitly and reported regularly so parents can understand their child’s progress and teachers can better identify areas needing improvement. Explicit teaching means teachers clearly show students what to do and how to do it, rather than having students discover or construct information for themselves.

Read more about the Literacy and Numeracy Strategy

Submissions Invited For Inaugural Greater Sydney Planning Awards 

September 21, 2016
Bold city making will be celebrated and recognised with the first Greater Sydney Planning Awards launched across six categories, Greater Sydney Commission Chief Executive Sarah Hill announced today.

“The Greater Sydney Planning Awards were initiated by the Greater Sydney Commission to celebrate best practice and showcase leading examples of city making,” Ms Hill said.

“In addition, the awards will assist in promoting good practice leading to better quality design and more liveable communities, while improving the profile and recognising the value of planning.

The six award categories are:
• Project team of the year
• Great community led project
• Great new place to live and/ or work
• Great integrated planning project
• Great plan
• The Chief Commissioner’s Award for Research and Innovation.

“The Commission encourages entries from large and small projects from communities, professionals and industry. Entries should demonstrate innovative thinking and address the Commission’s key values based on productivity, liveability and sustainability.”

Ms Hill said since opening the doors in January, the Commissioners had made it a priority to get to know the rich and diverse communities and places across Greater Sydney.

“The Greater Sydney Commission has also engaged with a wide range of stakeholders and communities in moving towards developing the strategic basis on which to guide Sydney’s growth and future,” she said.

“Since June, the Commission has engaged with more than 7,500 people as part of research to help inform the draft District Plans, which will be available for public comment at the end of the year. This includes in face-to-face meetings with senior council and other government representatives, members of peak interest groups, business groups, school students and out in the community.

“We look forward to receiving some great examples of the terrific work that is being done across Greater Sydney.”

Nominations are invited from local authorities, developers, consultants, community groups, public agencies, partnerships and other teams and must be from across Greater Sydney and substantially completed in the previous 12 months. The nominated project can be from the proponent or be nominated by another individual, group or body. The team award can be self-nominated or nominated by another party.

Entries should address the objectives of the Greater Sydney Commission and demonstrate how they meet the specific criteria for each award category.

Entries will be expected to address the objectives of the Greater Sydney Commission, demonstrating how they support any or all of the following:
• Integration of social, economic and environmental considerations with regard to the principles of ecologically sustainable development
• The alignment of government infrastructure decision-making with land use planning
• The supply of housing, including affordable housing
• Encouraging development that is resilient and takes into account natural hazards
• The ongoing improvement in productivity, liveability and environmental quality and
• Increased opportunity for public involvement and participation in environmental planning and assessment in the Greater Sydney Region.

Nominations will close at COB on 4 November 2016.
The Awards ceremony will take place in February 2017.
Submissions should be addressed to Jonathan Saavedra, Greater Sydney Planning Awards, GPO Box 257, Parramatta NSW 2150.

Sydney WildlifeCritter of the Month September 2016
By Lynleigh Greig
Sydney Wildlife 

Spring-Time = Snake-Time

Spring is upon us  And this means that our beautiful reptiles will be emerging for all the good things that the warm weather has to offer - sunshine, food and… love!

Of all the glorious reptiles we have here on the Northern Beaches, snakes would have to be the most feared and the most misunderstood of all.  We often get called out to remove a “6-foot brown snake” but when we get to the site, it’s invariably a swamp snake or a whip snake or a snake that isn’t even brown at all!

We’ve decided to dedicate this article to two little species of snakes that are local to our area and that are often confused with the infamous eastern brown snake (Pseudonaja textilis).  They are, in fact, relatively harmless to humans and can be very useful in eradicating pests from our gardens.  

The species we will be focussing on this month are: 

Yellow-faced whip snakes (Demansia psammophis) and 

Black-bellied swamp snakes/marsh snakes (Hemiaspis signata)

Let’s start with the gorgeous little swamp snake.  They are referred to as a black-bellied swamp snake or a marsh snake.  We often refer to them, fondly, as ‘marshies’:


Photograph by Lisa Wynn

The black-bellied swamp snake (Hemiaspis signata) can vary greatly in colour and size, depending on the area in which they are found. Their most distinguishable features are their white facial 'racing stripes' - one behind each eye and one above the lip on either side of their heads. As their name suggests, they live in moist areas adjacent to swamps and lagoons and creek-side vegetation. They also like well-watered gardens. Their diet consists mainly of skinks and frogs.

Whilst they are mildly venomous, they are not considered dangerous. Their venom is used primarily to subdue their prey.


This photo of a marsh snake shows the beautiful white stripes on its face. The member of the public that called us to rescue this snake was convinced she was an eastern brown snake (Pseudonaja textilis) until we pointed out the facial markings and black belly - visible in the next photo:


Our second focus species is the very beautiful Yellow-faced whip snake (Demansia psammophis):


Photo by Lisa Wynn 

This photo of the amazingly beautiful yellow-faced whip snake (Demansia psammophis) clearly shows the 'comma-shape' around its eye. In the sunshine, their body can often appear to have a rainbow sheen (leading to their nickname of rainbow ribbons/rainbow worms).  

These little snakes can appear to be very brown in colour but they can also look olive green.  

The most noticeable difference between these little guys and eastern brown snakes is the pretty comma-shape around the eye area.  They have a mild venom which they use to subdue their prey.



Can you see the difference between the whip snake’s face and the eastern brown snake’s face?  

The eastern brown snake (Pseudonaja textilis) can also vary greatly in colour and size.  The one pictured above is fairly dark.  The one pictured below is quite light in colour:


As you can see, it’s fairly easy to see the facial markings on the marsh snakes and whip snakes.  The eastern brown snakes won’t have these markings.  

Many snakes are needlessly killed each year - just because they happen to be brown in colour.  Trying to kill a snake puts you in much greater danger than leaving it in peace, as you are entering their strike zone to kill them.

What to do if a snake enters your house:

  1.  Don't panic
  2.  Remove pets and children from the room
  3. Close the door to the room or keep a close eye on it until help arrives
  4. Call for advice:

  • Sydney Wildlife 9413 4300
  • Wires 1300 094 737
  • Sydney Snake Catchers (fees apply) 1300 599 938

New Season for Sailability Pittwater 

Sailability Pittwater is a volunteer organisation which provides sailing for people with a disability. Our main recreational sailing activities are at Rowland Reserve, Bayview, and we run competitive sailing for people with a disability out of RPAYC Newport.

We are currently looking for new volunteers for our Saturday morning program at Rowland Reserve and Tuesdays at RPA. Visit our website for more information at  www.sailability.org/au/pittwater or call John on 9982 5656


Community Grants In Excess Of $1M To Build A Stronger Northern Beaches

2 September 2016: Northern Beaches Council 

Northern Beaches Council invites community groups to apply for two grants programs with available funding in excess of $1 million. Applications open Monday 5 September. 

Northern Beaches Council is holding free workshops and info sessions this month to assist not for profit community groups.

The Stronger Communities Fund offers grant funding up to $50,000 from a total of $1 million for projects to develop a more vibrant, sustainable and inclusive community. Round one closes Friday 28 October. Round two will open 3 April 2017.

The Northern Beaches Small Grants Program will enrich Northern Beaches' cultural or community life, and will offer individual projects grant funding of up to $2,000 from a total $50K. The closing date for this grant is 26 September 2016.

Community groups can apply for both grants.

For further information and help please book into the following sessions:

Stronger Communities Fund Info Session:
This session will walk you through the guidelines and frequently asked questions (FAQs). There will also be time to ask questions about the program and your project proposals. Please give an overview of your project when you book into an info session.
Mon 12 Sep  6-8pm  – Dee Why Council Chambers
Tues 13 Sep  6-8pm – Coastal Environment Centre
Wed 14 Sep 6-8pm  – Manly Council Chambers

Introductory Grant Workshop:
Learn about funding options, including grants, how to seek crowd funding and even sponsorship. This is a general session, not focused on Stronger Communities Fund, but will be valuable if you are new to the grant seeking process.
Wed 14 Sep 6-8pm – Coastal Environment Centre, Narrabeen

Advice On Grant Writing & Community Projects:
Drop in session for specialist advice on your project and grant applications from former Grant Assessor. Bring your project information and questions for tips on how to frame your proposal to increase your chances of securing funding.
Thurs 15 Sep 5-8pm – Coastal Environment Centre,
Bookings are essential. Email Anna Poweranna.power@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au or phone 9970 1104.

Sydney Wildlife Mobile Clinic Fundraiser

Sunday October 9th, 2016: 12-4pm
'Coomalong' - 8 Lentara Road, Bayview
Tickets $50.51 Available here
Only a Limited number of tickets available for this event
Sydney Wildlife’s goal is to establish a Wildlife Mobile Clinic which will provide treatment to injured or sick wildlife, whilst taking the pressure off our local veterinarians.  But we need your help to fund it!  

With your help, we are aiming to raise $50,000 towards buying the van. With a sponsored clinic, we would be able to provide all medical equipment and medical supplies to our volunteer veterinarians, thereby reducing costs to their own veterinary clinics.  We would also be providing free training to veterinary students who are always desperate to learn how to treat our wild critters.  

Kayleigh Greig will be presenting; Joan Reid and Dr David Ward will be speaking. Sensational Auction items!

Sydney Wildlife Mobile Clinic Fundraiser Online Auction Items

We haven’t forgotten about those of you who are unable to attend our fundraiser… We have some sensational items up for Auction right here online! 

These are completely separate from the ones that will be available at the event so start bidding and score some great items.



Coomalong View

Northern Beaches Council Draft Implementation Plan

Item 5.2 in Ordinary Meeting of Council to be held at Manly Chambers on Tuesday 13 September 2016

Agenda of this Meeting may be accessed atwww.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/meetings

NORTHERN BEACHES COUNCIL DRAFT IMPLEMENTATION PLAN
Item 5.2
PURPOSE
To consider the Northern Beaches Council Draft Implementation Plan (the Plan).
REPORT
The Programme Management Office has prepared the Northern Beaches Council Draft Implementation Plan in order to:
  • provide a clear framework for implementation of the Northern Beaches Council
  • ensure that the process of building a new organisation is well organised and carefully considered, and
  • effectively communicated to staff and the community.
The Plan is intended to provide guidance for staff and the community on how the implementation of Northern Beaches Council will be undertaken between now and September 2017. The Plan has recently been reviewed by the newly appointed Strategic Executive Managers, whose role is to
work together with the Operational Managers and the Executive, to facilitate and drive integration and transformation within specific work streams of council.

Plan monitoring and achievements of milestones will be ongoing throughout Phase One and beyond. Additionally, the Northern Beaches Council will continue to report to the Department of Premier and Cabinet against the road map and delivery of the Implementation Plan on a regular
basis. To date, Council has met all objectives set down by the Department of Premier and Cabinet either on time or ahead of schedule.

The Northern Beaches Council Draft Implementation Plan may be accessed at: http://www.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/pdf/Attachment-Booklet-20160913.pdf (PDF: 18.21 MB - 195 pages)

Grants Available For Emergency Relief Projects

Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes is encouraging community organisations and groups to apply for funds to improve local emergency relief infrastructure.

Grants of between $10,000 and $300,000 are available under the NSW Government’s ClubGRANTS Program for projects which help protect communities during local emergencies such as bushfires, storms and floods.  The ClubGRANTS Program is funded through a rebate of gaming machine profits from Registered Clubs throughout NSW.

Examples of previously funded projects include kitchen and building upgrades, power generators and emergency sleeping equipment.

“This is a great opportunity to improve local facilities that play a crucial role during emergencies,” Rob Stokes said today.

“Our local emergency service personnel do an incredible job at times when our community is in real need.

“Improved facilities and equipment help support their activities and ultimately benefit our whole community. 

“Further information on the program and details on how to apply are available by visiting www.liquorandgaming.justice.nsw.gov.au

Applications close on Friday 7 October and successful projects will be announced in early 2017.

“I’m encouraging all eligible groups to explore this important opportunity,” Rob Stokes said.

Fashion Parade For Mona Vale Hospital

The Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary will be having a fund raising fashion parade on Tuesday, October 18th at Newport Bowling Club, cnr Palm and Barrenjoey Roads. Morning tea is at 10.30am followed by the Donna Lou affordable fashions parade. There are raffles and lucky door prizes and funds raised will help to purchase equipment for the hospital and rehabilitation units.

$10 entry. Bookings not necessary and all are welcome.

Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary

"Dare The Boss" is a fundraiser for the Children's Cancer Institute. Bosses around the country are dared to be put out of their comfort zone and raise much needed funds!

The team at Avalon Beach RSL Club are daring our General Manager, Angus Rimmer, to do a walk/run from Mona Vale to Avalon Beach RSL Club (approx 7kms) in a full Pinkachu costume! [ PS. Our GM is not a fan of Pokemon :) hehe ]

He will be doing the run, possibly with a few dressed up helpers, on Saturday 22nd October. He will be collecting donations on the way, so come say hi & get a photo! 

Also on Saturday the 22nd the club will have a dunking tank in the courtyard so other staff, members, directors & guests can be dared to dunk! ​

* 7KM PIKACHU RUN
Our GM, Angus Rimmer, has been dared to run from Mona Vale to Avalon in a full size Pikachu costume collecting donations on the way.

* CHARITY DUNK TANK
Dare a mate to be dunked! A dunking machine will be in the courtyard from 2-5pm!

Friends Of Bungan Beach Restoration

Bungan Beach's superb backdrop of bushland is being cared for by donations from the Pittwater Environmental Foundation (PEF) and the determination and hard work of local people who love this wonderful place. Volunteers and contractors remove weeds and plant native plants where natural regeneration is unlikely because of dense weeds for many years.

Can you lend a hand to Friends of Bungan? go tohttp://www.friendsofbungan.org.au/about-us/


Mona Vale Library Seeking Pictures

Do you have any photos of Church Point? 
They can be from any era, 60's, 70's, 80's or even earlier. 
Our Local Studies unit would love to add them to our collection.
We would scan the photo and return them to you straightaway.
We are also looking for any older photos of Bayview wharf and baths.
If you are happy to share your photos please contact Local Studies staff on 9970 1600.

Photo of Church Point below reproduced courtesy of Heather Lewis c1914.

Bonnie Boezeman AO To Be Guest Speaker At Zonta “Empowering Women” Dinner

The Zonta Club of Northern Beaches Inc, with the Mackellar Girls ZClub, will host the annual “Empowering Women” Dinner on Thursday 20 October at the Dee Why RSL Club.  The guest speaker will be Bonnie Boezeman AO.

Bonnie has an impressive CV highlighting her career in the corporate world and, more recently, on many boards as a non-executive director. She has extensive experience in philanthropic boards and committees and has been responsible for raising funds for many varied organizations. Bonnie was awarded the Order of Australia in 2003 for her contributions to business and philanthropy. She received a knighthood from Pope Benedict XVI in 2009.

The dinner is a fundraiser to support Zonta projects for local women in need. The Zonta Club of Northern Beaches currently supports the local ‘Women’s Refuge’ by supply of kitchen kits for women when they restablish themselves.  Zonta has also equipped the six new kitchens at the recently renovated Refuge.  Study grants at tertiary level, are made to local women in financial difficulty and several high school girls are supported to enable them to be included in extended school programs.  There are also other local Zonta programs including assembly of birthing kits for women in developing countries, and making and distributing breast care cushions for women after breast surgery.  A very successful Birthing Kit Packing Day was recently hosted at Barrenjoey High School.

The “Empowering Women” dinner will be held in the Oaks Room at Dee Why RSL Club, Pittwater Rd, Dee Why at 6.45pm for 7pm on Thursday 20 October 2016.  

Come by yourself, bring a friend or make up a table of 10.  Seating will be arranged.  

Please book by 11 October at www.trybooking.com/224921
Cost is $70 with an early bird special of $65 to 4 October.  
School students $50.  All enquiries to Margaret at 9918 2393.

‘ARTISTS’ BOOKS AWARD’ Competition Now Open

Art lovers, bibliophiles and anyone who relishes beauty and human creativity will be excited to hear the 2017 Manly Library Artists' Book Award is now open.  

Artists' books are works of art often published in small editions, though sometimes produced as one-of-a-kind objects referred to as ‘uniques’.
‘Artists' books’ are made in a wide range of forms, including scrolls, fold-outs, concertinas or loose items contained in a box as well as bound printed sheet.

Manly Library Artists' Book Award entries must be available for acquisition by Manly Library at the artist’s nominated price (up to the value of $3,000), and is open to entrants worldwide.

Each book acquired will be available for viewing in the Library and in digital form on the Manly Library website online catalogue.

A number of superb examples of artists' books, including previous award-winning works included in the Manly Library collection, can be viewed onlinehere

Since first being launched in 2011, Manly Library Artists' Book Award has attracted entries from around the world, marking this as a globally recognized event.

The Manly Library Artists' Book Award allows Manly Library to continue developing its extensive artists' book collection and contribute the development and awareness of artists' book as an art form.

Submitted works will be selected and judged by:
• Ben Rak, leading printmaker, photographer, educator and curator, co-founder and director of Throwdown Press and
• Dr Michael Hedger, Director of Manly Art Gallery & Museum

Enter online at eventbrite.com.au 
Entries close 5pm, Friday 10 February 2017.
Announcement of successful acquisitions is from 6pm, Thursday 30 March 2017 at the Creative Space, 105 Abbott Road, North Curl Curl NSW.
Exhibition dates: Friday 31 March to Sunday 2 April, followed by a travelling exhibition of acquired works to Northern Beaches Council Libraries.
For additional information, contact Wendy Ford atwendy.ford@manly.nsw.gov.au or 02 9976 1729.

DoggieRescue.com

Pet of the Week

Linus

AGE/SEX: 2 years / M
BREED: Cairn Terrier X

Linus is a happy very friendly boy. He socialises well with the other dogs. He has that terrier energy and is very affectionate with people. He came from the pound with dreadlocks to his skin and infected ears. He has a coat the at needs clipping and he weighs 7.3kg. He comes desexed, C5 vaccinated, heartworm free and microchipped. Also included for the love and health of our dogs is a free Health and Wellness Voucher with our DR Vet. His adoption cost is $400.
For further details or to meet all dogs at call DoggieRescue on 9486 3133 or email monika@DoggieRescue.com. Visit www.DoggieRescue.com to see all our dogs. www.facebook.com/doggierescue 

Pittwater Regatta Returns To RPAYC

The Pittwater Regatta incorporating the IRC interclub challenge. The event is scheduled for the October Long weekend 1 & 2, 2016 and all boats are invited to participate that meet the eligibility requirements, including Australian Sailing Special Regulations Cat 4 and Valid 2016 IRC certificate for those representing clubs as a team or individual competitor.

During the 2 days, it is intended that competition with IRC rated boats will include 3 or 4 short windward/leeward courses (about 1 hour each) and a 2 hour triangle course. PHS boats courses will include windward/leeward with passage course formats.

The Pittwater Regatta IRC interclub challenge is open to all IRC rated yachts with a valid 2016 TCF rating within the band 1.05 to 1.25 and Club representative boat teams will be formed from that rating band.

A separate PHS division(s) will be provided for non IRC rated yachts. Yachts with an IRC rating but are not part of a club team are also welcome to compete. Three boats per team, all boats will compete under the same division (if divisions are formed).

RPAYC will provide free berthing for all visiting competitors, from Friday to Monday and there will be a social program Friday Welcome, Saturday evening Cocktail Party and Sunday Presentation.

The Notice of Race is here and can also be downloaded from the eventwebsite together with the online entry system.

We would be very pleased to have your expression of interest to enter a team(s) for your club, or to answer any questions you may have, please contact the RPAYC Sailing Office at sailing@rpayc.com.au

Join The Pittwater Artists Trail

Applications are now open for Trail membership in 2017.
The Pittwater Artists Trail is an alliance of artists who collectively open their studios to the public on the first full weekend of each season creating a Trail for art lovers. Visitors can engage with the artists, see how they work and what inspires them, buy beautiful, original artworks or perhaps enrol in one of the courses offered by a number of artists on the Trail.

The inaugural Open Studio weekend was held in 2011 and the Pittwater Artists Trail has been going from strength to strength ever since.
The Pittwater Artists Trail currently holds three open studio events each year on the first full weekend of March, September and December. 
A group exhibition is held on the first weekend of June.

If you are an artist who lives in Pittwater, have visited the Trail and would like to apply to join please read the charter which provides all the details of the Trail and membership.

Applications close first week of October.



Above: Pittwater Artists Trail Winter Exhibition – photo by A J Guesdon

Manly Artist Seeking Plastic Bottle Caps For Children’s Mural

Eco Artist and Designer Angela Van Boxtel is asking for your bottle tops and caps:

“I'm working on a large 15 metre mural for the Children's Festival in North Sydney. I’m collecting bottle caps for this project, so please save them for me if you use them or find them on the streets or our beaches. 

You also can put a bucket at your local coffeeshop or at your school. Any plastic lid is welcome as long as it has a flat back. All sizes lids are welcome, not only those from drink bottles and milk but also, for example, those used in peanut butter jars."


Needed by 15 October, 2016


Can everybody please collect any bottle tops found while cleaning up our beaches. Drop them off at our weekly workshop: 
11.30-5 every Tuesday at Avalon recreation center. 
Might be also a good chance to grab a cup of tea and see what we do!

Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary Fundraising Dates 2016

Meetings: First Tuesday  of every month at  Pittwater RSL Club from 10.30am  to  12 noon   

Membership is $5.00 per year

2016: 6th September, 4th October, 1st November, 6th December. New Members and visitors  always welcome. Ring us on 9979 5115 ... or just turn up

October 1st: Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale  Craft, knitting, books

October 1st: Sausage sizzle, Narrabeen Bunnings car park

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016.  Fundraising fashion parade at Newport Bowling Club, cnr Palm and Barrenjoey Roads.  Morning tea is at 10.30am followed by a Donna Lou affordable fashions parade. Raffles and lucky door prizes.  $10 entry and all are welcome.  Funds raised will purchase equipment for the Mona Vale Hospital and Rehabilitation centres.

October 21st: Mona Vale Hospital foyer  Baking, craft, knitting, books

October 28th: Stall, Warriewood Square, Warriewood Knitting, craft, sewing

November 5th: Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale  Craft, knitting, books

November 13th: Sausage sizzle, Narrabeen Bunnings car park   

November 18th: Stall, Mona Vale Hospital foyer  Baking, craft, knitting, books

December 3rd: Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale Craft, knitting, books

December 3rd: Sausage sizzle, Narrabeen Bunnings car park    

December 9th: Stall, Warriewood SquareWarriewood Knitting, craft, sewing

December 9th: Stall, Mona Vale Hospital foyer  Baking, craft, knitting, books

Bushcare in Pittwater 


For further information or to confirm the meeting details for below groups, please contact Council's Bushcare Officer on 9970 1367






BUSHCARE SCHEDULES 
Where we work                      Which day                              What time 

Avalon     
Angophora Reserve             3rd Sunday                         8:30 - 11:30am 
Avalon Dunes                        1st Sunday                         8:30 - 11:30am 
Avalon Golf Course              2nd Wednesday                 3 - 5:30pm 
Careel Creek                         4th Saturday                      8:30 - 11:30am 
Toongari Reserve                 3rd Saturday                      9 - 12noon (8 - 11am in summer) 
Bangalley Headland            2nd Sunday                         9 to 12noon 

Bayview     
Winnererremy Bay                 4th Sunday                        9 to 12noon 

Bilgola     
North Bilgola Beach              3rd Monday                        9 - 12noon 
Algona Reserve                     1st Saturday                      9 - 12noon 
Plateau Park                          1st Friday                           8:30 - 11:30am 

Church Point     
Browns Bay Reserve             1st Tuesday                      9 - 12noon 
McCarrs Creek Reserve       Contact Bushcare Officer     To be confirmed 

Clareville     
Old Wharf Reserve                 3rd Saturday                     8 - 11am 

Elanora     
Kundibah Reserve                   4th Sunday                      8:30 - 11:30am 

Mona Vale     
Mona Vale Beach Basin          1st Saturday                   8 - 11am 
Mona Vale Dunes                     2nd Saturday+3rd Thursday     8:30 - 11:30am 

Newport     
Bungan Beach                          4th Sunday                      9 - 12noon 
Crescent Reserve                    3rd Sunday                      9 - 12noon 
North Newport Beach              4th Saturday                    8:30 - 11:30am 
Porter Reserve                         2nd Saturday                   8 - 11am 

North Narrabeen     
Irrawong Reserve                     3rd Saturday                   2 - 5pm 

Palm Beach     
North Palm Beach Dunes       3rd Saturday                   9 - 12noon 

Scotland Island     
Catherine Park                          2nd Sunday                    10 - 12:30pm 
Elizabeth Park                           1st Saturday                     9 - 12 noon 
Pathilda Reserve                      3rd Saturday                     9 - 12 noon 

Warriewood     
Warriewood Wetlands             1st Sunday                         8:30 - 11:30am 

Whale Beach     
Norma Park                               1st Friday                            9 - 12noon 

Western Foreshores     
Coopers Point, Elvina Bay      2nd Sunday                        10 - 1pm 
Rocky Point, Elvina Bay           1st Monday                          9 - 12noon

 

Click on logo above to visit their website.

 Gone Fishing Gallery at Waterfront Store Church Point

Open again TODAY in the top room Waterfront Store. Open mainly weekends as an addition to the waterfront cafe. Keep up to date on theirFacebook page

The purpose of  www.westpittwater.com.au  - is best defined by the vision of the West Pittwater Community Association.

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

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

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

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


September 18 - 25, 2016: Issue 281

Articles This Week 

Front Page Issue 281: Gold + Patrol + Tribute + Bridge + ...

Daniel Fitzgibbon And Liesl Tesch Win Second Gold Medal At Rio 2016 Paralympics: all the reports on all classes in the Australian Sailing Paralympic Team by Richard Aspland - World Sailing

Jason Falinski MP, Federal Member For Mackellar: INAUGURAL SPEECH

Jim Somerville Bridge And Graham Jones Track Opened At Narrabeen Lagoon

Palm Beach Sailing Club 2016-2017 Season Opening Sails by Trevor Gourlay, Dick Clarke and Peter McDougall

NSW Pro Surf Series To Up The Ante In 2017 by Surfing NSW

RPAYC Club Coach Raises Over $11,500 For Club’s Integrated DisAbled Sailing Program by Stephen Collopy

2016 Manly Arts Festival - Art, Music, Performance And Chocolate!‏

Aquatics: Australian Life Saving Team At World Life Saving Championships 2016 - by SLSA and Newport SLSC President

Pictures: Bernard Midget Farrelly Paddle Out Tribute

Park Bench Philosopher: Surf Life Saving Voluntary Patrol Season 2016-2017 And Surf Club Open Day: Patrol Hours for Surf Life Savuing Sydney Northern Beaches Branch + Whale Beach SLSC Bronze Medallion During School Holidays Opportunity + Royal Life Saving National Drowning Report 2016

Profile: Elanora Players - 50 Years of Staging Quality Theatre - by Bill Akhurst, current Vice President, Elanora Players 

History: Pittwater Heroes and Heroines I: Sir Edward Lees John Hallstrom inventor, philanthropist, the man who tried to save Pittwater's koalas

Artist of the Month:  September 2016 Blaze Roberts - Photographer with 'a great eye' 

Search Pittwater Online News: 

Work Continuing On Mona Vale Road East And West Upgrade

13 September 2016
Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes is advising motorists that investigation works are continuing for the Mona Vale Road East and West upgrade between Terrey Hills and Mona Vale.
 
The NSW Government has committed to upgrading Mona Vale Road to two lanes in each direction to ease congestion and cater for future traffic demand.
 
In the 2016/17 NSW Budget around $13.5 million was allocated to progress the 6.4km project.
 
Surveying, geotechnical and utility investigation work has been under way since April.
 
Motorists are advised necessary investigation works will continue to be carried out until the end of December on weekdays, from 7am to 6pm, along the length of Mona Vale Road - from McCarrs Creek Road Terrey Hills to Foley Street Mona Vale.
 
Night work will also be carried out between Monday 19 September and Monday 31 October, from 6pm to 7am on weeknights, weather permitting. There will be 12 night shifts between Terrey Hills and Ingleside, and 10 night shifts between Ingleside and Mona Vale.
 
There will be some noise associated with work and every effort will be made to reduce the impact on the community by using noise shields and staging work in different locations.
 
Changed traffic conditions will be in place for the safety of workers and motorists.
 
Lane closures may be in place as well as on road cycling detours. Road users should follow the direction of traffic controllers and allow extra travel time.
 
For the latest traffic updates call 132 701, visit livetraffic.com or download the Live Traffic NSW App. 

Northern Beaches Farm
Ingleside

Locally grown fruit and vegetables harvested from our small farm in Ingleside and, if we are not growing it, from our network of similar farms in NSW.  

We grow to provide our Chefs in Manly with fresh, in season produce to create delicious Ready-to-Heat meals for you to enjoy at home.  

Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade Open Day Images

Including Bob Blackwood 60 Year RFS Service Medal
Many more photos available to be seen an the Offshore Photo GalleryHERE

Thanks to Julian Muir for photos
C/- Pittwater Offshore Newsletter

Palm Beach Whale Beach Association Updates

New 40 k Zone
There have been requests to make the 40k zone the same from Palm Beach RSL all the way to the Beach.

Ferry Wharf - Pittwater Park Carpark
Council are about to resurface the Ferry Wharf car park and timed Parking will be installed to prevent non residents using the place as an over the weekend long-term park for their vehicles at the expense of visitors and residents (those that pay for the car park through their rates).

Safety Walkway
Walkway from Ferry Wharf to Beach is still not funded.

Storm Repair Works
Still some June Storm damage but many works have been completed.

A Cautionary Tale

At 9.45pm on Sunday night I was travelling from Newport to Elvina Bay in my well lit tinny. Abeam Church Point I met an unlit vessel travelling from Church Point in a northerly direction. By some miracle I missed the other boat which was low in the water and virtually invisible. 

I do understand that there are times that batteries fail and there is an urgent need to get home. But no torch? No emergency light? No smart phone with a torch? No lookout to starboard to check for another boat?

Life is precious and Sunday night may have been the end of days for one of us. PLEASE: At least put a $2 LED torch in your boat just in case.
Paul Purvis
C/ - Pittwater Offshore Newsletter

Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary Needs Kiosk Volunteers

 
Please Contact the Kiosk Manager if you can spare a few hours a week, fortnight or month. We'd love you to join us, we're always in need of more volunteers. There are three shifts per day to choose from, weekends as well. Training provided and you are always on a shift with other volunteers, a great way to meet new friends and help towards fundraising for the hospital. 

There is a ward trolley service daily and a special 'High Tea' social on a Thursday afternoon ... so lots of 'slots' to fill ... give it a try !

Northern Beaches Council Draft Implementation Plan

Item 5.2 in Ordinary Meeting of Council to be held at Manly Chambers on Tuesday 13 September 2016

Agenda of this Meeting may be accessed atwww.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/meetings

NORTHERN BEACHES COUNCIL DRAFT IMPLEMENTATION PLAN
Item 5.2
PURPOSE
To consider the Northern Beaches Council Draft Implementation Plan (the Plan).
REPORT
The Programme Management Office has prepared the Northern Beaches Council Draft Implementation Plan in order to:
  • provide a clear framework for implementation of the Northern Beaches Council
  • ensure that the process of building a new organisation is well organised and carefully considered, and
  • effectively communicated to staff and the community.
The Plan is intended to provide guidance for staff and the community on how the implementation of Northern Beaches Council will be undertaken between now and September 2017. The Plan has recently been reviewed by the newly appointed Strategic Executive Managers, whose role is to
work together with the Operational Managers and the Executive, to facilitate and drive integration and transformation within specific work streams of council.

Plan monitoring and achievements of milestones will be ongoing throughout Phase One and beyond. Additionally, the Northern Beaches Council will continue to report to the Department of Premier and Cabinet against the road map and delivery of the Implementation Plan on a regular
basis. To date, Council has met all objectives set down by the Department of Premier and Cabinet either on time or ahead of schedule.

The Northern Beaches Council Draft Implementation Plan may be accessed at: http://www.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/pdf/Attachment-Booklet-20160913.pdf (PDF: 18.21 MB - 195 pages)

Grants Available For Emergency Relief Projects

9 September 2016

Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes is encouraging community organisations and groups to apply for funds to improve local emergency relief infrastructure.

Grants of between $10,000 and $300,000 are available under the NSW Government’s ClubGRANTS Program for projects which help protect communities during local emergencies such as bushfires, storms and floods.  The ClubGRANTS Program is funded through a rebate of gaming machine profits from Registered Clubs throughout NSW.

Examples of previously funded projects include kitchen and building upgrades, power generators and emergency sleeping equipment.

“This is a great opportunity to improve local facilities that play a crucial role during emergencies,” Rob Stokes said today.

“Our local emergency service personnel do an incredible job at times when our community is in real need.

“Improved facilities and equipment help support their activities and ultimately benefit our whole community. 

“Further information on the program and details on how to apply are available by visiting www.liquorandgaming.justice.nsw.gov.au

Applications close on Friday 7 October and successful projects will be announced in early 2017.

“I’m encouraging all eligible groups to explore this important opportunity,” Rob Stokes said.

Flare Demonstration

Marine Rescue Broken Bay Unit will be conducting a Flare Demonstration at Marine Rescue Broken Bay.  Saturday 22nd October at 9am at Marine Rescue, Rowland Reserve, Bayview.
A short video will be shown followed by the flare demonstration. 

The cost will be a “donation” to Marine Rescue of $25 each. They will have tea, coffee and cakes available. 

Participants to bring along their own flares, either in or out of test date. 
Bookings via Joe - jellams@tpg.com.au or Phone 0412 494162

Fashion Parade For Mona Vale Hospital

The Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary will be having a fund raising fashion parade on Tuesday, October 18th at Newport Bowling Club, cnr Palm and Barrenjoey Roads. Morning tea is at 10.30am followed by the Donna Lou affordable fashions parade. There are raffles and lucky door prizes and funds raised will help to purchase equipment for the hospital and rehabilitation units.

$10 entry. Bookings not necessary and all are welcome.

Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary

"Dare The Boss" is a fundraiser for the Children's Cancer Institute. Bosses around the country are dared to be put out of their comfort zone and raise much needed funds!

The team at Avalon Beach RSL Club are daring our General Manager, Angus Rimmer, to do a walk/run from Mona Vale to Avalon Beach RSL Club (approx 7kms) in a full Pinkachu costume! [ PS. Our GM is not a fan of Pokemon :) hehe ]

He will be doing the run, possibly with a few dressed up helpers, on Saturday 22nd October. He will be collecting donations on the way, so come say hi & get a photo! 

Also on Saturday the 22nd the club will have a dunking tank in the courtyard so other staff, members, directors & guests can be dared to dunk! ​

* 7KM PIKACHU RUN
Our GM, Angus Rimmer, has been dared to run from Mona Vale to Avalon in a full size Pikachu costume collecting donations on the way.

* CHARITY DUNK TANK
Dare a mate to be dunked! A dunking machine will be in the courtyard from 2-5pm!

Friends Of Bungan Beach Restoration

Bungan Beach's superb backdrop of bushland is being cared for by donations from the Pittwater Environmental Foundation (PEF) and the determination and hard work of local people who love this wonderful place. Volunteers and contractors remove weeds and plant native plants where natural regeneration is unlikely because of dense weeds for many years.

Can you lend a hand to Friends of Bungan? go tohttp://www.friendsofbungan.org.au/about-us/


Sydney Wildlife Mobile Clinic Fundraiser

Sunday October 9th, 2016: 12-4pm
'Coomalong' - 8 Lentara Road, Bayview
Tickets $50.51 Available here
Only a Limited number of tickets available for this event
Sydney Wildlife’s goal is to establish a Wildlife Mobile Clinic which will provide treatment to injured or sick wildlife, whilst taking the pressure off our local veterinarians.  But we need your help to fund it!  

With your help, we are aiming to raise $50,000 towards buying the van. With a sponsored clinic, we would be able to provide all medical equipment and medical supplies to our volunteer veterinarians, thereby reducing costs to their own veterinary clinics.  We would also be providing free training to veterinary students who are always desperate to learn how to treat our wild critters.  

Kayleigh Greig will be presenting; Joan Reid and Dr David Ward will be speaking. Sensational Auction items!


Coomalong View

Mona Vale Library Seeking Pictures

Do you have any photos of Church Point? 
They can be from any era, 60's, 70's, 80's or even earlier. 
Our Local Studies unit would love to add them to our collection.
We would scan the photo and return them to you straightaway.
We are also looking for any older photos of Bayview wharf and baths.
If you are happy to share your photos please contact Local Studies staff on 9970 1600.

Photo of Church Point below reproduced courtesy of Heather Lewis c1914.

Bonnie Boezeman AO To Be Guest Speaker At Zonta “Empowering Women” Dinner

The Zonta Club of Northern Beaches Inc, with the Mackellar Girls ZClub, will host the annual “Empowering Women” Dinner on Thursday 20 October at the Dee Why RSL Club.  The guest speaker will be Bonnie Boezeman AO.

Bonnie has an impressive CV highlighting her career in the corporate world and, more recently, on many boards as a non-executive director. She has extensive experience in philanthropic boards and committees and has been responsible for raising funds for many varied organizations. Bonnie was awarded the Order of Australia in 2003 for her contributions to business and philanthropy. She received a knighthood from Pope Benedict XVI in 2009.

The dinner is a fundraiser to support Zonta projects for local women in need. The Zonta Club of Northern Beaches currently supports the local ‘Women’s Refuge’ by supply of kitchen kits for women when they restablish themselves.  Zonta has also equipped the six new kitchens at the recently renovated Refuge.  Study grants at tertiary level, are made to local women in financial difficulty and several high school girls are supported to enable them to be included in extended school programs.  There are also other local Zonta programs including assembly of birthing kits for women in developing countries, and making and distributing breast care cushions for women after breast surgery.  A very successful Birthing Kit Packing Day was recently hosted at Barrenjoey High School.

The “Empowering Women” dinner will be held in the Oaks Room at Dee Why RSL Club, Pittwater Rd, Dee Why at 6.45pm for 7pm on Thursday 20 October 2016.  

Come by yourself, bring a friend or make up a table of 10.  Seating will be arranged.  

Please book by 11 October at www.trybooking.com/224921
Cost is $70 with an early bird special of $65 to 4 October.  
School students $50.  All enquiries to Margaret at 9918 2393.

‘ARTISTS’ BOOKS AWARD’ Competition Now Open

Art lovers, bibliophiles and anyone who relishes beauty and human creativity will be excited to hear the 2017 Manly Library Artists' Book Award is now open.  

Artists' books are works of art often published in small editions, though sometimes produced as one-of-a-kind objects referred to as ‘uniques’.
‘Artists' books’ are made in a wide range of forms, including scrolls, fold-outs, concertinas or loose items contained in a box as well as bound printed sheet.

Manly Library Artists' Book Award entries must be available for acquisition by Manly Library at the artist’s nominated price (up to the value of $3,000), and is open to entrants worldwide.

Each book acquired will be available for viewing in the Library and in digital form on the Manly Library website online catalogue.

A number of superb examples of artists' books, including previous award-winning works included in the Manly Library collection, can be viewed onlinehere

Since first being launched in 2011, Manly Library Artists' Book Award has attracted entries from around the world, marking this as a globally recognized event.

The Manly Library Artists' Book Award allows Manly Library to continue developing its extensive artists' book collection and contribute the development and awareness of artists' book as an art form.

Submitted works will be selected and judged by:
• Ben Rak, leading printmaker, photographer, educator and curator, co-founder and director of Throwdown Press and
• Dr Michael Hedger, Director of Manly Art Gallery & Museum

Enter online at eventbrite.com.au 
Entries close 5pm, Friday 10 February 2017.
Announcement of successful acquisitions is from 6pm, Thursday 30 March 2017 at the Creative Space, 105 Abbott Road, North Curl Curl NSW.
Exhibition dates: Friday 31 March to Sunday 2 April, followed by a travelling exhibition of acquired works to Northern Beaches Council Libraries.
For additional information, contact Wendy Ford atwendy.ford@manly.nsw.gov.au or 02 9976 1729.

DoggieRescue.com

Pet of the Week

Rossi

AGE/SEX: 6 years / M
BREED: Terrier x
Rossi is a gentle affectionate boy but he can get spooked at times. He is very social with other dogs. He walks on a loose lead but can bark at larger dogs. He knows sit and is very responsive to training with treats. He would prefer to live in a household with no cats. He has a scruffy coat and weighs 8kg. He comes desexed, C5 vaccinated, heartworm free and microchipped. Also included for the love and health of our dogs is a free Health and Wellness Voucher with our DR Vet. His adoption cost is $400. 
For further details or to meet all dogs at call DoggieRescue on 9486 3133 or email monika@DoggieRescue.com. Visit www.DoggieRescue.com to see all our dogs. www.facebook.com/doggierescue 

Big Aussie BBQ And Family Fun Day  

Sunday 18 September, Rat Park 
In support of the 54 men who are diagnosed with Prostate Cancer each day in Australia, that’s 20,000 a year, the Northern Beaches Prostate Cancer Support Group has organised a Big Aussie BBQ and Family Fun Day to be held on Sunday 18 September at Rat Park, Warriewood.

The aim is to promote awareness of prostate cancer in the community and to raise funds for much needed research to find a cure.

The Hon. Rob Stokes will officially open the event at 10am and the whole family can enjoy the day with a classic car display, market stalls, jumping castle, performances by local artist Sam Shaw and The Big Sing Community Choir, Aya, Maria Regina’s children’s choir and band, ukulele players and dancers. There will be a sausage sizzle and coffee van for refreshments.

Local businesses have supported the Mega Raffle with prizes including the chance to drive a BMW for the weekend, accommodation at the Novotel Manly Pacific, Harbour Cruise, voucher for The Newport and Golf Days, to name a few of the prizes. Tickets are just $2 each and there are 17 prizes to be won.

Bring the family along and support this men’s cancer that is so rarely spoken about.

For more information contact Mary on 0409 909 356

Vale Norman “Nugget” May 
1928 – 2016
C/- Surf Life Saving NSW
In 1954 a young insurance clerk from North Curl Curl on Sydney’s Northern Beaches was recruited by a friend to be the expert commentator at a Surf Life Saving carnival in Dee Why. It was a ground breaking event in many ways as it was the ABC’s first foray in broadcasting Surf Life Saving on the airways, and also brought attention to the commentator; a man by the name of Norman May. 

On that day, one of the great Australian sports broadcasting careers was born and his many calls over the years will live long in the memory of all who heard them.

People On A Mission Visit Church Point

Church Point Ferry Service hosted a large group of visitors on Friday September 16. This group were raising money for homeless young people through the Property Industry Foundation.

To make a tangible difference to the serious and persistent problem of youth homelessness by partnering with respected charities to build safe environments and support charity managed initiatives focused on education, employment and wellbeing.

Warriewood SLSC  IRB Proficiency


We had a cracking day for IRB proficiency last Saturday, it was perfect Warriewood conditions to brush out the cob webs. Thanks to everyone for making the effort to come along.

Next session is Saturday 24 September 7-9am.

Clover Moore Wins Record Fourth Term As Lord Mayor Of Sydney

Monday 12 September 2016 
Despite a gerrymander that gave businesses two votes each Sydney's popular Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, has been reelected with a whopping 54.93% of votes.

The progressive, independent politician won a record fourth four-year term last weekend to become Australia's longest serving Lord Mayor.

Clover Moore describes her landslide victory as win for 'independent and ethical' local government, with lessons, she says, for both the major parties.

“What we were able to achieve together yesterday was truly historic.
The count won't be finalised for some days, but we know we have been re-elected with an increased majority – a real triumph for grassroots democracy.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore, September 11, 2016


LGNSW President Keith Rhoades AFSM, a Councillor on Coffs Harbour Council, has also retained his seat. During his Weekly Message in the LGNSW Newsletter, Issue 36, 9 September 2016, he stated, in part on the decision by the Cumberland Council administrator to withdraw that body from LGNSW, and in part to speak to those whom may not elect representatives yet:

“Many of you will, like me, be facing the voters tomorrow. I hope that those successful in gaining a mandate from their local communities will work with dedicated local government professionals to achieve a strong, ethical and effective local government sector in this state. For those of you in areas where elections have been delayed, my hope is for a return to local democracy as soon as possible. 

While there is no doubt that administrators have every prerogative to make decisions about things like participation in our Association, and you may have heard this week about one member’s plans in this context, ‘savings’ of this kind that will be reported back to the Government come at the cost of sector unity and membership benefits of very significant value, for which ratepayers will foot an increased bill. 

Quite simply, there is no substitute for democratically elected councillors giving their communities a seat at the table and a genuine voice in decisions that affect their lives.”
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Local Council Elections for Pittwater will not be held until September 2017. 

The excising of parts of the former Pittwater of some of Ingleside, all of Warriewood, Elanora Heights and North Narrabeen to form a ward named 'Narrabeen', that includes Collaroy, Wheeler Heights and Oxford Falls, will form part of any elections.

Duffys Forest, Cottage Point and Terry Hills have been added to the ward called 'Pittwater'.

NSW LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTION RESULTS 2016

from NSWEC website
The New South Wales Electoral Commission Virtual Tally Room (VTR) contains election results for the Local Government elections held on 10 September 2016.

Overview
Welcome to the NSW Electoral Commission's (NSWEC) Virtual Tally Room for the NSW Local Government Elections 2016 (LGE2016).
Elections being conducted by NSWEC

Section 296 of the Local Government Elections Act was changed on 27 June 2011 giving Councils the opportunity to conduct their own elections if they wished. The vast majority of Councils decided to continue to use the expertise and experience of the NSWEC.

Results
For detailed results for a Local Government Area (Council) go to Results by Local Government Area (only those conducted by the NSWEC).

Counting of Votes
Each contest type is counted differently. Counts for Mayoral, Referendum and Poll are conducted manually at the Returning Officer's office and reported on the VTR.

The more complex Councillor counts are conducted using a combination of manual counting and data entry into the NSWEC counting software. Counting and data entry is conducted at either the NSWEC Local Government Count Centre in Sydney for metropolitan councils or at the Returning Officer's office for non-metropolitan councils.

Councillor
The NSWEC is responsible for 76 Councillor elections. Markings from each ballot paper will be either bulk entered or data entered paper by paper into the NSWEC proportional representation count system. Files with full preference markings for each Council election will be available from this site after candidates are declared elected for each contest.

Mayoral, Referendum and Poll
The NSWEC is responsible for conducting 17 elections for directly elected Mayor. Final distribution of preference counts for Mayor commences on Tuesday 13 September 2016.
The NSWEC is also responsible for conducting 6 Referendums.

Councils Administering their Own Elections
5 Councils have elected to administer their own elections at this general election and results are only reported on these Councils' websites.

Councils in Administration
1 Council has been placed in administration and as such is unable to participate in this general election.

Council Elections Deferred
Some Councils have had their elections deferred and as such are unable to participate in the 2016 Local Government Elections. For more information, please visit the NSW Government's Council merger website. 

Macpherson Street Temporary Road Closure:   4 October 2016

Macpherson Street will be temporarily closed between Boondah Road and Warriewood Road to all traffic and pedestrians to allow for the major road upgrade for approximately 12 months. Access will be retained for adjoining land owners only.

A major $10.2M Section 94 funded road project in Warriewood, which will include a road bridge over Narrabeen Creek, a roundabout and shared paths to improve access will commence shortly.

This upgrade will deliver:
• Flood management of Macpherson St with a road bridge over Narrabeen Creek and box culverts between Boondah Road and Warriewood Road
• A roundabout at Warriewood Road and Macpherson Street intersection to cater for the predicted increase traffic flow road upgrades – kerbs, gutters, footpaths, street lighting and drainage works in Warriewood Road and Macpherson Street
• Shared paths between Boondah Road and Warriewood Road
• Underground power lines in Macpherson Street and other service authority works
• Access driveways to adjoining properties

Warriewood Road from Macpherson Street to Vuko Place has also been earmarked for improvements, including the intersection of Warriewood Road and Lakeview Parade.

Macpherson Street between Boondah Road and Warriewood Road will be closed to all traffic and pedestrians with the exception of construction traffic and land owners adjoining the works.

Changes to School Bus Routes 
School services that normally operate via the closed section of Macpherson Street will still operate as normal and will divert via Warriewood Road, right into Pittwater Road, right into Jacksons Road, right into Boondah Road and left onto Macpherson Street, then as normal. The same diversion in the opposite direction will operate for the return trip. 

Changes to Sydney Buses 185 and L85
Sydney Buses plan to divert the 185 and L85 bus service to operate via Warriewood Road onto Pittwater Road during the Macpherson Street road closure.

Sydney Buses plan to operate a 30 minute frequency shuttle service that would commence from Narrabeen and run via Waterloo Street, right into Pittwater Road, left into Garden Street, right into Jacksons Road, left into Boondah Road, left into Macpherson Street, left into Garden Street, left into Jacksons Road, right into Pittwater Road, left into Albert Street, left into Lagoon Street and left into Waterloo Street.  This would service the area that the 185, L85 and E85 will miss.  Commuters then can transfer from the shuttle bus onto the City services at Narrabeen shops and vice versa on the return trip.

This plan will commence from 4 October. A Sydney Buses diversion map can be found here.

Mona Vale SLSC Springs Into Spring

MONA VALE ALES - FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 23
The Mona Vale Surf Club bar is re-opening in grand style. Save, the date, tell your mates and bring your family and friends.

We are giving the old girl a bit of a spruce up and the bar will be open from 4.30pm every Friday for evermore...

The BBQ will be on upstairs with a new menu available for kids and adults alike.

The footy or cricket will be on and $5 will get you an ice cold schooner as yes - TAP BEER IS COMING!
Call in and check it out...

MEMBER OR NOT - ABSOLUTELY EVERYONE IS WELCOME

Women of Whale (WoW) warmly invites you to celebrate our 35th Anniversary of female surf life savers at Whale Beach. As pioneers in the field, in the 1980/81 season Whale Beach SLSC trained the very first squad of women as surf lifesavers in NSW. 

Join us for a cocktail evening with live music, Moby's nibbles and drinks as we celebrate this pioneering spirit, and myriad female personalities from over the years. With speeches from current and past female members, including two of the original four women who completed their bronze medallions in the 80/81 season, our current female Club Captain and young bronze candidates, this will be an opportunity to connect with club members past and present, Whale Beach locals, distinguished guests, and key sponsors.

Entry will be by donation, with all profit going towards future leadership programmes for young women in the club. Please book tickets online as there will be limited tickets at the door. If you are unable to join us and would like to make a tax deductible donation to further the development of women in the club please visit the website below.

WHEN: 29th October, 5-7pm
WHERE: Whale Beach Clubhouse
DRESS: Smart, it’s a celebration!
TICKETS: A tax free donation
RSVP: by October 14th

For tickets and further info visit whalebeachsurfclub.org/women  

Twilight Bazaar At Bayview

Friday, October 14 at 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Bayview Golf Club
1825 Pittwater Rd, Mona Vale

Beginning of Spring event for the community to enjoy their local club.
5.30 to 8.30pm
Live Music & Stalls
Cars, Food, Wine, Drinks, Jewellery & more ..
Something for everyone!
Kid's Jumping Castle & Face Painting
Golf Membership Information
Promotion of New Trackman Facility

$100 Fee for Interested External Stall Holders
Please call reception for more information - 9999 3786

Early Childhood Education To Become More Affordable

14th September 2016: NSW Government
Significant cuts to preschool fees allow more parents to enrol their children in early childhood education.

Preschool fees will be cut by an average of 30 per cent, due to a $115 million funding boost for community preschools and long day care centres.
The fee reduction - down to an average of $22 a day - encourages parents to enrol their children in preschool for a minimum 15 hours a week. It also removes nearly all preschool fees for children from Aboriginal and low-income families.

NSW Premier Mike Baird said the increased subsidies enabled more children to participate in 600 hours of early childhood education a year, roughly 15 hours per week.

“Research shows that children who receive a quality early childhood education in the year before starting school are better prepared to transition to school and benefits carry through to adulthood,” Mr Baird said.

Starting from 1 January 2017, community preschools across the state who enrol four and five year old children for at least 600 hours in the year before school will receive increased subsidies from the NSW Government.

Elanora Players 50th Anniversary Play

Elanora Players ANNOUNCE OUR 50th Anniversary Production:
"OLD ACTORS NEVER DIE...they Simply Lose the Plot"
30 Sep – 8 Oct
Written by Lyn Brittney
Directed by Robert Longley

Performances:
Fri 30 SEP 8pm (Opening Night - Complimentary Wine & Cheese)
Sat 1 OCT 3pm & 8pm
Sun 2 OCT 11am & 3pm
Thur 6 OCT 8pm
Fri 7 OCT 8pm
Sat 8 OCT 3pm & 8pm
Bookings: T: 9982 7364 or Email: 1966elanora.bookings@gmail.com

The Mount Home for Retired Theatricals is an unusual place - more like a country house hotel than a home for the elderly. As Juliet Sullivan says "Waited on hand and foot - no meals to prepare - beds made. Heaven!" And the manageress positively encourages residents to carry on working as long as they can.

So when Walter Neville (small part veteran of 212 films) arrives, he is overjoyed to find some of his best friends in residence. All is well until the serial womaniser husband of three of the residents (Mrs Sullivan 1, 2 and 3) goes missing - apparently on the run from Russian gangsters. The ladies decide that "He who pays the bills" must be rescued - but how to go about it?

What follows is a truly daft journey into the world of eccentric luvvies that provides some of the best comic roles for senior actors you are ever likely to come across!

Introducing the talented cast of our upcoming 50th Anniversary production:
"OLD ACTORS NEVER DIE...they Simply Lose the Plot" - opening Friday 30th September.
Get ready for a show with laughs aplenty; our actors will be sure to entertain you with their fine comedic skills!

Cast members from left to right:
Patricia Lovesy (as Marcia), Sue Whittaker (as Ann Thompson), Sandra Muscat-Bowers (as Rebecca Sullivan), Paul Millett (as Danny Miller), Frank Stead (as Edmund Sullivan), Michelle King (as Jules Sullivan), Leo Lovesy (as Dimitri), Samantha Dickinson (as Irina), Bill Akhurst (as Walter Neville), Jan Adamson (as Phyllida Sullivan) and Ronnie Scott (as Mike Molinsky).

MarineRescue App


The MarineRescue App makes it easier than ever for boaters to stay safe on NSW waters. It’s the only App that connects you directly to Marine Rescue NSW. 

In just a few minutes, you can Log On with Marine Rescue NSW and be on your way, knowing someone’s watching out for you. 

When you Log On with us, we know where you’re heading and when you’re due to return, so we can quickly start a search if you’re not safely back when expected. 

You can choose for us to track your journey so we know where to start looking in an emergency. The App is a great addition to your marine radio and EPIRB in your safety toolkit. 

Download the free MarineRescue App from the App Store for Apple phones and tablets and Google play for Android devices.

Community Grants In Excess Of $1M To Build A Stronger Northern Beaches

2 September 2016: Northern Beaches Council 

Northern Beaches Council invites community groups to apply for two grants programs with available funding in excess of $1 million. Applications open Monday 5 September. 

Northern Beaches Council is holding free workshops and info sessions this month to assist not for profit community groups.

The Stronger Communities Fund offers grant funding up to $50,000 from a total of $1 million for projects to develop a more vibrant, sustainable and inclusive community. Round one closes Friday 28 October. Round two will open 3 April 2017.

The Northern Beaches Small Grants Program will enrich Northern Beaches' cultural or community life, and will offer individual projects grant funding of up to $2,000 from a total $50K. The closing date for this grant is 26 September 2016.

Community groups can apply for both grants.

For further information and help please book into the following sessions:

Stronger Communities Fund Info Session:
This session will walk you through the guidelines and frequently asked questions (FAQs). There will also be time to ask questions about the program and your project proposals. Please give an overview of your project when you book into an info session.
Mon 12 Sep  6-8pm  – Dee Why Council Chambers
Tues 13 Sep  6-8pm – Coastal Environment Centre
Wed 14 Sep 6-8pm  – Manly Council Chambers

Introductory Grant Workshop:
Learn about funding options, including grants, how to seek crowd funding and even sponsorship. This is a general session, not focused on Stronger Communities Fund, but will be valuable if you are new to the grant seeking process.
Wed 14 Sep 6-8pm – Coastal Environment Centre, Narrabeen

Advice On Grant Writing & Community Projects:
Drop in session for specialist advice on your project and grant applications from former Grant Assessor. Bring your project information and questions for tips on how to frame your proposal to increase your chances of securing funding.
Thurs 15 Sep 5-8pm – Coastal Environment Centre,
Bookings are essential. Email Anna Poweranna.power@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au or phone 9970 1104.

 Pittwater Offshore Newsletter Update 19/9/2016 

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To contact Julian:  editor@scotlandisland.org.au

Self-insurance licensing framework

Review of the implementation of the proposed self-insurance licensing framework

The State Insurance Regulatory Authority are conducting a review of our self-insurance licensing framework. On the basis of feedback arising from the 2015 round of consultation, PwC has developed a report. The report’s recommendations form the basis of our proposed licensing framework.

We would again like to hear the views of self-insurers and other stakeholders on the implementation of the proposed licensing framework and supervisory model.

Security requirements are not included in this consultation as prudential requirements across all insurers will be reviewed as part of a separate premiums and prudential consultation to open soon.


Date: Sep. 9 - Nov. 11, 2016
Time: 9:00am — 5:00pm

More Information

A Welcome Increase For Recipients Of Australian Government Payments

12 September 2016
Almost five million recipients of Australian Government payments will be better off following an increase to payment rates. Over 2.5 million recipients of the Age Pension and 2.2 million recipients of other payments, including Disability Support Pension, Carer Payment, Newstart Allowance, Parenting Payment Partnered, Widow Allowance, Partner Allowance, and Sickness Allowance will receive an increase.

“Single Age Pension payments will increase to $877.10 a fortnight, while couple combined payments will increase to $1,322.40 a fortnight,” Minister for Social Services Christian Porter said.

“Total payments for single people without children on Newstart Allowance – including Energy Supplement - will increase to $537.50 a fortnight, while total payments for partnered recipients will rise to $485.30 a fortnight.
“Parenting Payment single recipients will also receive an increase, bringing their payment to $750.50 a fortnight.

“This is the seventh increase of rates under this Government, and we know that each increase makes a big difference to helping recipients cover cost of living.”

Adult rates of pensions and allowances are adjusted twice a year, in March and September. Pension increases are linked to prices and wages, while allowance increases are linked to the Consumer Price Index.
Pensions are adjusted using whichever of the two measures, the Pensioner and Beneficiary Living Cost Index (PBLCI) or the Consumer Price Index (CPI), produces the higher result. That result is then compared with a Male Total Average Weekly Earnings benchmark. If this benchmark gives a higher pension increase, then the benchmark is used to adjust pensions.

Rent Assistance and other supplementary payments have also been increased due to these indexation adjustments.

The latest CPI and PBLCI figures also allow us to determine the new assets limits that will apply from 1 January 2017 under the ‘Rebalancing the assets test measure’. The introduction of this measure will make the pension system fairer, better targeted and sustainable into the future. This means that more than 90 per cent of pensioners will either be better off or have no change to their pension under the measure.

Full details of all rates and thresholds indexed today and the new assets limits that will apply from 1 January 2017, can be found at www.dss.gov.au/about-the-department/benefits-payments

Have Your Say On New Container Deposit Scheme


Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes has welcomed the opportunity for local residents to comment on the introduction of the NSW Government’s new 10 cent container deposit scheme.

The NSW Government has announced the new initiative will commence from July next year and will provide a 10 cent refund for all eligible drink containers between 150ml and 3 litres.

The scheme will be similar to those operating in South Australia and the Northern Territory and is expected to involve a variety of collection points ranging from large depots through to reverse vending machines and pop-up sites.

The draft legislation and discussion paper have now been placed on public exhibition and feedback is being sought on the best ways for the scheme to operate to help maximise results.

“This is the largest initiative ever undertaken across NSW to help reduce litter,” Rob Stokes said today.

“Millions of drink containers are inappropriately disposed of every year and make their way into our natural environment.

"A container deposit scheme will help clean up litter from along our creeks, waterways and beaches and provide a financial incentive for people to look at litter in a completely different way.

“Most people do the right thing – but with more and more drink containers entering circulation it’s clear we must do more to help change people’s attitudes.

“One of the key considerations before the scheme commences is how it can work alongside existing kerbside recycling programs conducted by local councils.

Feedback on the operation of the new scheme is being welcomed until 21 September, 2016.

“Copies of the documents on exhibition and details on how to provide feedback is available by visiting www.epa.nsw.gov.au/waste/cds-draft-bill-consultation.htm

“This is a fantastic initiative which I encourage everyone to get involved in,” Rob Stokes said.

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Top: Member for Pittwater, Rob Stokes, Member for Vaucluse Gabrielle Upton, Member for Manly, NSW Premier Mike Baird MP for Manly and Bruce Notley-Smith - Member for Coogee - picture supplied

NSW Call to community and government groups to apply for local environmental grants

Media release: NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH)
A total of $4 million in grant funds is available to community groups and government entities for a range of local environment restoration and improvement projects under the NSW Environmental Trust’s 2016/17 Restoration and Rehabilitation Grant Program.

Terry Bailey, Chief Executive, NSW Office of Environment and Heritage and Trust Secretary said the grants will deliver grassroots funding to local environmental projects that restore, protect and enhance a variety of NSW environments.

“This valuable grant program has been running for over 20 years, making it one of the longest running environmental grant programs in Australia,” Mr Bailey said.

“Grants are awarded to help protect important ecosystems, to restore degraded environments and care for habitats of rare and endangered flora and fauna.

“I encourage community groups, not-for-profit and government entities from across the state to apply for a grant and help their local communities protect and conserve our vital natural environment.

“Fifty-six grants were awarded under this program last year and their projects are now tackling a number of local environmental issues.

“Thanks to this grant program landholders, local councils, state government agencies and community groups are now working to restore habitats for native and endangered species, improve water quality and rehabilitate wetland areas.

“As an example, Greening Australia’s $96,730 project is helping improve habitat for the vulnerable Glossy Black Cockatoo. Working alongside landholders, 5,000 trees are being planted and community seed collection and bird identification workshops are taking place.”

Applications open for the 2016/17 round of the Restoration and Rehabilitation Grant Program on 15 August 2016. Grants between $5,000 and $100,000 are available. Applications close on 26 September 2016.

Visit the Environmental Trust website for applications and further information: www.environment.nsw.gov.au/grants/restoration.htm

Partnerships To Deliver Hospital Upgrades Sooner 

Thursday, 15 September 2016: Media release – Hon. Jillian Skinner, NSW Minister for Health
Five major regional hospital redevelopments will be delivered faster and provide even more state-of-the-art health services under a new plan to partner with established non-government hospital operators.

Health Minister Jillian Skinner today invited Expressions of Interest (EOIs) from nongovernment hospital operators to deliver redevelopments of Maitland, Wyong, Goulburn and Shellharbour hospitals and to support the delivery of services at the redeveloped Bowral Hospital.

The NSW Government committed more than $1 billion at the 2015 State election to redevelop or upgrade the five hospitals, with works to get underway this term. Under the partnership plan, successful operators would construct the hospitals then run them on behalf of the NSW Government, with all public patients continuing to have access to publicly-funded, world-class healthcare.

Mrs Skinner said the redevelopments would be delivered faster by combining the strength and experience of the public sector with the innovation and efficiency of non-government hospital operators.

“These communities have been waiting for decades. These innovative partnerships will deliver upgraded hospitals with more services and choices for care, which will be provided at the highest standards,” Mrs Skinner said.

“The NSW Government will continue to cover the cost of public patients, who will receive free hospital treatment, just as they do now.

“If we are to manage a growing and ageing population with increasingly complex health needs, we must have a sustainable health system. Partnering with non-government hospital operators will allow us to maintain quality healthcare while delivering the best value for NSW taxpayers.”

Only hospital operators with a proven track record of successfully delivering health services will be considered for partnerships. Current permanent staff who want to work for the new hospitals will be offered a position, provided an equivalent position exists. Any staff member who migrates will have a two-year employment guarantee.

With the new hospitals expected to employ more than 1,000 additional staff, this will provide a great opportunity for staff to work in modern public hospital facilities.

The NSW Government has announced more than $5 billion for new health infrastructure projects during this term and is on track to deliver its election commitments.

More information on the EOI process can be found at the NSW eTendering website: https://tenders.nsw.gov.au 

NSW HEALTH FACT SHEET
The NSW Government is seeking to extend our partnership approach with nongovernment hospital operators to build and operate new or expanded hospitals.

Non-government operators will construct proposed redevelopments at Maitland, Wyong, Goulburn and Shellharbour hospitals. Interest is also sought for a partner to support the redevelopment of Bowral Hospital.

Public patients
• The partnerships that result will ensure that patients receive the same high quality of service regardless of their status as public or private patients.
• Under any contract entered into, hospital operators will be required to treat every public patient that presents to the hospital.
• There will be no change to the way public patients receive their free
healthcare.

Value for money
• A rigorous evaluation process of the proposals received for the designated projects will be undertaken in accordance with existing guidelines.
• If a proposal does not demonstrate value for money as well as providing additional value and benefits, then the NSW Government will not proceed with the partnership approach and the hospital redevelopment will be delivered using traditional means.
• By partnering with a non-government operator on the Northern Beaches Hospital, the NSW Government has been able to identify a benefit of more than $1.5 billion or 39% over the 20 year contract compared to a standard public sector delivery.
• Savings generated through partnerships with non-government operators will be reinvested in health services.

Ensuring quality health care
• Non-government operators will have the same obligations to deliver high
quality health care as public hospitals.
• Potential operators will be required to demonstrate a track record and ongoing capability to deliver high quality outcomes for patients. Any contract entered into to deliver health services to the NSW public will include performance criteria benchmarked to existing national and state standards.
• Operators will be accountable to the Local Health District, who will manage the contract to ensure appropriate performance.
Delivery
• There is no change to NSW Government’s election commitment to deliver health facilities. The NSW Government has committed to spending more than $5 billion on health capital builds during this term of government.
• Projects already announced will commence, as previously indicated, during this term of government.
• Accelerating capital investment to provide enhanced services is a key objective of the program. As part of the evaluation process, the hospital operator’s capacity and ability to deliver within a specified timeframe will be considered.

Process
• The NSW Government is seeking expressions of interest (EOI) from nongovernment hospital operators that have proven capability in the delivery of health services to participate in a potential program of projects. Following assessment of the response to the EOI, a subsequent Request for Proposal (RFP) will be conducted.
• The EOI will seek interest from non-government hospital operators to design, construct, operate and maintain identified health facilities.
• The EOI will open on 15 September 2016. Hospital operators will be notified of the outcome at the completion of the EOI assessment.
• The RFP will be an interactive tender process that will result in the State negotiating with and awarding a contract to the preferred provider if it is shown to provide value for money. The release of individual RFP processes may be staged across several months

Public Hospital Privatisation A Sad Day For NSW

Thursday 15th September 2016: Media Release - NSWNMA
The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) is appalled at today’s announcement by the NSW Coalition Government to privatise five major regional public hospitals: Maitland, Wyong, Goulburn, Shellharbour and Bowral.

The public-private partnerships will directly affect staff, who may not be offered positions at the new hospitals and would have little choice of alternatives in the areas. Patients are also at risk of a reduction in safe patient care.

General Secretary of the NSWNMA, Brett Holmes, said the NSW public had a right to know that the government is effectively selling off public hospitals by entering into partnerships with private operators.

“This is a sad day for the public hospital system of NSW and confirms that the Baird Government has an agenda to privatise more public hospitals throughout the state. There is a loss of government ministerial accountability when private operators are involved in managing government money. Private operators owe a duty to shareholders, so there is financial responsibility to deliver profit on investment. We’re extremely concerned about patient care in the long run, as no large private hospital operator has been prepared to agree to nurse to patient ratios anywhere in NSW. Without these, patient safety is dependent upon budget, and now profit, to determine staffing levels,” said Mr Holmes.

“Today, the Premier has chosen to turn his back on the people of NSW, blatantly ignoring the rights of workers and the community. In June, he introduced a regulation that terminated the redundancy entitlements of public servants who are transferred to the non-government sector. Minister for Health, Jillian Skinner has stipulated in her media release that only permanent staff will be offered a position, provided an equivalent job exists. Those who are not eligible will forfeit any kind of redundancy they were entitled to under the public system. Casual staff have limited rights in this situation.”

“Local nurses and midwives remain in the dark about their future working conditions and entitlements, with only a two-year employment guarantee offered and no opportunity to negotiate. There was absolutely no warning or consultation with the NSWNMA or our members prior to today’s announcement.

“Not only has this government shut the community out of the decision making process, they’ve forced hundreds of professional nursing and midwifery staff to wait on the sidelines as their future prospects are discussed without consulting them.

“We’ve been campaigning hard against the privatisation of the state’s public hospitals on behalf of our members but also on behalf of the community.  Privatised public hospital models have a history of failure in Australia – we all know how badly Port Macquarie Base Hospital failed under a similar arrangement. Private operators promise to deliver cheaper services but then have to come back to Government to ask for more money because they underestimated demand. Governments pay up or have to take back control and pay large compensation to Private Companies.

“We have warned the NSW Health Minister repeatedly of the dire consequences if safe patient care is compromised as a result of nurse-to-patient ratios not being introduced and mandated – by making these deals with the private sector, that do not enforce nurse-to-patient ratios, the Minister is abrogating her duty of care to the people of this state.”

The NSWNMA will continue to campaign on behalf of its members and oppose the privatisation of all NSW public hospitals as well as educate the community about threats to the future of public health services.
Sydney WildlifeCritter of the Month September 2016
By Lynleigh Greig
Sydney Wildlife 

Spring-Time = Snake-Time

Spring is upon us  And this means that our beautiful reptiles will be emerging for all the good things that the warm weather has to offer - sunshine, food and… love!

Of all the glorious reptiles we have here on the Northern Beaches, snakes would have to be the most feared and the most misunderstood of all.  We often get called out to remove a “6-foot brown snake” but when we get to the site, it’s invariably a swamp snake or a whip snake or a snake that isn’t even brown at all!

We’ve decided to dedicate this article to two little species of snakes that are local to our area and that are often confused with the infamous eastern brown snake (Pseudonaja textilis).  They are, in fact, relatively harmless to humans and can be very useful in eradicating pests from our gardens.  

The species we will be focussing on this month are: 

Yellow-faced whip snakes (Demansia psammophis) and 

Black-bellied swamp snakes/marsh snakes (Hemiaspis signata)

Let’s start with the gorgeous little swamp snake.  They are referred to as a black-bellied swamp snake or a marsh snake.  We often refer to them, fondly, as ‘marshies’:


Photograph by Lisa Wynn

The black-bellied swamp snake (Hemiaspis signata) can vary greatly in colour and size, depending on the area in which they are found. Their most distinguishable features are their white facial 'racing stripes' - one behind each eye and one above the lip on either side of their heads. As their name suggests, they live in moist areas adjacent to swamps and lagoons and creek-side vegetation. They also like well-watered gardens. Their diet consists mainly of skinks and frogs.

Whilst they are mildly venomous, they are not considered dangerous. Their venom is used primarily to subdue their prey.


This photo of a marsh snake shows the beautiful white stripes on its face. The member of the public that called us to rescue this snake was convinced she was an eastern brown snake (Pseudonaja textilis) until we pointed out the facial markings and black belly - visible in the next photo:


Our second focus species is the very beautiful Yellow-faced whip snake (Demansia psammophis):


Photo by Lisa Wynn 

This photo of the amazingly beautiful yellow-faced whip snake (Demansia psammophis) clearly shows the 'comma-shape' around its eye. In the sunshine, their body can often appear to have a rainbow sheen (leading to their nickname of rainbow ribbons/rainbow worms).  

These little snakes can appear to be very brown in colour but they can also look olive green.  

The most noticeable difference between these little guys and eastern brown snakes is the pretty comma-shape around the eye area.  They have a mild venom which they use to subdue their prey.



Can you see the difference between the whip snake’s face and the eastern brown snake’s face?  

The eastern brown snake (Pseudonaja textilis) can also vary greatly in colour and size.  The one pictured above is fairly dark.  The one pictured below is quite light in colour:


As you can see, it’s fairly easy to see the facial markings on the marsh snakes and whip snakes.  The eastern brown snakes won’t have these markings.  

Many snakes are needlessly killed each year - just because they happen to be brown in colour.  Trying to kill a snake puts you in much greater danger than leaving it in peace, as you are entering their strike zone to kill them.

What to do if a snake enters your house:

  1.  Don't panic
  2.  Remove pets and children from the room
  3. Close the door to the room or keep a close eye on it until help arrives
  4. Call for advice:

  • Sydney Wildlife 9413 4300
  • Wires 1300 094 737
  • Sydney Snake Catchers (fees apply) 1300 599 938

Pittwater Regatta Returns To RPAYC

The Pittwater Regatta incorporating the IRC interclub challenge. The event is scheduled for the October Long weekend 1 & 2, 2016 and all boats are invited to participate that meet the eligibility requirements, including Australian Sailing Special Regulations Cat 4 and Valid 2016 IRC certificate for those representing clubs as a team or individual competitor.

During the 2 days, it is intended that competition with IRC rated boats will include 3 or 4 short windward/leeward courses (about 1 hour each) and a 2 hour triangle course. PHS boats courses will include windward/leeward with passage course formats.

The Pittwater Regatta IRC interclub challenge is open to all IRC rated yachts with a valid 2016 TCF rating within the band 1.05 to 1.25 and Club representative boat teams will be formed from that rating band.

A separate PHS division(s) will be provided for non IRC rated yachts. Yachts with an IRC rating but are not part of a club team are also welcome to compete. Three boats per team, all boats will compete under the same division (if divisions are formed).

RPAYC will provide free berthing for all visiting competitors, from Friday to Monday and there will be a social program Friday Welcome, Saturday evening Cocktail Party and Sunday Presentation.

The Notice of Race is here and can also be downloaded from the eventwebsite together with the online entry system.

We would be very pleased to have your expression of interest to enter a team(s) for your club, or to answer any questions you may have, please contact the RPAYC Sailing Office at sailing@rpayc.com.au

Join The Pittwater Artists Trail

Applications are now open for Trail membership in 2017.
The Pittwater Artists Trail is an alliance of artists who collectively open their studios to the public on the first full weekend of each season creating a Trail for art lovers. Visitors can engage with the artists, see how they work and what inspires them, buy beautiful, original artworks or perhaps enrol in one of the courses offered by a number of artists on the Trail.

The inaugural Open Studio weekend was held in 2011 and the Pittwater Artists Trail has been going from strength to strength ever since.
The Pittwater Artists Trail currently holds three open studio events each year on the first full weekend of March, September and December. 
A group exhibition is held on the first weekend of June.

If you are an artist who lives in Pittwater, have visited the Trail and would like to apply to join please read the charter which provides all the details of the Trail and membership.

Applications close first week of October.



Above: Pittwater Artists Trail Winter Exhibition – photo by A J Guesdon

Manly Artist Seeking Plastic Bottle Caps For Children’s Mural

Eco Artist and Designer Angela Van Boxtel is asking for your bottle tops and caps:

“I'm working on a large 15 metre mural for the Children's Festival in North Sydney. I’m collecting bottle caps for this project, so please save them for me if you use them or find them on the streets or our beaches. 

You also can put a bucket at your local coffeeshop or at your school. Any plastic lid is welcome as long as it has a flat back. All sizes lids are welcome, not only those from drink bottles and milk but also, for example, those used in peanut butter jars."


Needed by 15 October, 2016


Can everybody please collect any bottle tops found while cleaning up our beaches. Drop them off at our weekly workshop: 
11.30-5 every Tuesday at Avalon recreation center. 
Might be also a good chance to grab a cup of tea and see what we do!

Get Involved With Preventing Homelessness

7 Sep 2016: NSW Dept. of Family and Community Services

The NSW Government is calling on everyone with an interest in preventing homelessness to have their say on a new discussion paper Foundations for Change – Homelessness in NSW.

Minister for Family and Community Services and Social Housing Brad Hazzard said the discussion paper would be the foundation for the Government’s blueprint for tackling homelessness over the next decade.

It explores how government, the private and community sectors can work together to intervene earlier, and ensure fewer people experience homelessness. It also looks at ways to help people tackle the underlying causes that put them at risk of homelessness.

“Homelessness isn’t just the men you see sleeping rough,” Mr Hazzard said.

“It’s women and children sleeping in their cars. It’s young people having to beg a couch from friends and never knowing where they will be the next night.

“Common sense says if we intervene earlier we can prevent people from falling into this crisis.

“We want the best ideas from the community to help us get a strategy that makes a serious difference to vulnerable people who would otherwise have asphalt and not a mattress to lay their head.”

This year the NSW Government is spending $188 million on specialist homelessness services that will respond to around 58,000 people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

The Homelessness Strategy will assist in delivering other new initiatives including the NSW Domestic and Family Violence Blueprint for Reform 2016-2021 and Future Directions for Social Housing in NSW.

Consultation will take place across NSW throughout September and October 2016.

For the discussion paper and further details go to: https://www.facs.nsw.gov.au/homelessnessstrategy

Make a formal submission:
by post:
Homelessness Strategy Team 
Strategic Reform & Policy 
Department of Family and Community Services 
Locked Bag 10 
STRAWBERRY HILLS NSW 2012

Please note that feedback must be received by 5pm Friday 14 October 2016.

Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary Fundraising Dates 2016

Meetings: First Tuesday  of every month at  Pittwater RSL Club from 10.30am  to  12 noon   

Membership is $5.00 per year

2016: 6th September, 4th October, 1st November, 6th December

New Members and visitors  always welcome. Ring us on 9979 5115 ... or just turn up

October 1st: Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale  Craft, knitting, books

October 1st: Sausage sizzle, Narrabeen Bunnings car park

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016.  Fundraising fashion parade at Newport Bowling Club, cnr Palm and Barrenjoey Roads.  Morning tea is at 10.30am followed by a Donna Lou affordable fashions parade. Raffles and lucky door prizes.  $10 entry and all are welcome.  Funds raised will purchase equipment for the Mona Vale Hospital and Rehabilitation centres.

October 21st: Mona Vale Hospital foyer  Baking, craft, knitting, books

October 28th: Stall, Warriewood Square, Warriewood Knitting, craft, sewing

November 5th: Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale  Craft, knitting, books

November 13th: Sausage sizzle, Narrabeen Bunnings car park   

November 18th: Stall, Mona Vale Hospital foyer  Baking, craft, knitting, books

December 3rd: Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale Craft, knitting, books

December 3rd: Sausage sizzle, Narrabeen Bunnings car park    

December 9th: Stall, Warriewood SquareWarriewood Knitting, craft, sewing

December 9th: Stall, Mona Vale Hospital foyer  Baking, craft, knitting, books

Spring Concert 2016

Rotary Club of Upper Northern Beaches
Wednesday 21 September
Local favourite Tom Burlinson joins Northern Beaches Orchestra for Rotary concert

The Rotary Club of Upper Northern Beaches is proud to present the internationally-acclaimed Australian vocalist Tom Burlinson, performing with the Northern Beaches Orchestra (NBO) in the Northern Beaches Spring Concert.

This year's event, on Wednesday 21 September, is the seventh annual concert presented by Upper Northern Beaches Rotary in partnership with United Cinemas and will again be held in the Grand Theatre at United Cinemas, 4 Vuko Place, Warriewood.

Tom Burlinson and the NBO have created an exciting musical program called Swing with Strings, an eclectic selection of enduring songs from the swing era and beyond, with popular melodies like "Unforgettable", "I Get a Kick Out of You", "Anything Goes" and "Mr Bojangles", plus a special tribute to Frank Sinatra, featuring "Come Fly With Me", "That’s Life", "New York, New York" and many more.

It's a unique combination -- popular music interpreted by an Australian musical legend accompanied by the power and richness of a symphonic orchestra.

Formed in 2008, the NBO is a not-for-profit organisation created to provide opportunities for musicians on the Northern Beaches to excel musically as well as to enhance the cultural life of the local community.
Tom Burlinson has enjoyed a stellar career as an actor and singer in Australian show business for almost 40 years. His shows celebrating Frank Sinatra and other greats of vocal swing are loved throughout the country. A Northern Beaches resident, Mr Burlinson is a regular cinema-goer at United Cinemas Warriewood. "I’m really looking forward to performing in the main theatre there," he said. "I’m hoping the concert will be a very special and memorable one."

"It's great that we can showcase the amazing local talents of the Northern Beaches Orchestra again this year," said Upper Northern Beaches Rotary President Kailas Chidambaram. "And we are especially pleased to present Tom Burlinson as our vocal headliner for the first time."
Concert proceeds will go to the projects of Upper Northern Beaches Rotary.

The event has attracted an impressive group of sponsors, including Wiseberry Mona Vale, Ann Wilson Funerals and Blackmores.
For more information call Upper Northern Beaches Rotary on 0427 517 732

It’s a great opportunity to enjoy a memorable evening of fine music featuring talented local musicians and an Australian superstar, while helping to support the work of Rotary in the Northern Beaches.

Deluxe seats $50, regular seats $40. Tickets are now on sale at www.rotaryuppernorthernbeaches.org and at the Warriewood Cinema box office (9913 2800 or in person).

In support of Lifeline Northern Beaches & Queenscliff Surf Lifesaving Club

On Saturday 8 October 2016, we are holding an event to support two much-loved community groups: Lifeline Northern Beaches and Queenscliff Surf Lifesaving Club. United by their commitment to supporting the people of the Northern Beaches, these two organisations provide safety, strength and protection – just like the breakwater provides a safe harbour from the waves.

Please join us for a night to remember and to help these organisations do what they do best: change lives for the better.

Proudly Supporting
Lifeline Northern Beaches
As part of the national Lifeline network, LLNB plays a crucial role providing phone counseling and suicide prevention services to those in crisis. LLNB has served the Northern Beaches for over 40 years, and operate with the support of around 600 dedicated volunteers. www.lifelinenb.org.au

Queenscliff Surf Lifesaving Club
Affectionately known as ‘Queensie’, the QSLSC has been providing surf lifesaving services to the local community since 1924. As well as providing valuable volunteer patrols, the club encourages people of all ages to live active, healthy lives through its social and team-based activities. www.queensie.com

Proud Sponsors
• Northern Beaches Credit Union
• Audrey Wilkinson Winery
• Saltwater Collective
• Nuance Communications

Speaker
We are delighted to announce that the amazing Layne Beachley AO has volunteered as Master of Ceremonies for the Breakwater Ball. Hailing from Manly, Layne is a Northern Beaches local we all respect and admire – for her incredible surfing achievements, but also her resilience, dedication, spirit and strength. 

Auction
On the night, we will be hosting both a silent and a live auction, with a host of fantastic items to bid on. From signed surfboards to decadent wine deliveries, you’ll have plenty of chances to treat yourself or your loved ones – and the best bit? It’s all for a great cause.

Location
The Breakwater Ball will be held at International College of Management, Sydney – one of the city’s most breathtaking venues. Perched on Manly's North Head with sweeping views of the Northern Beaches, the venue will provide a stunning setting for an unforgettable night.

Ticket Information
Purchase your tickets online now! $185 per person or $1,750 for a table of 10, which includes a three-course dinner, all wines, beer, soft drink and entertainment.

Dress Code: Black Tie.
WHEN: Saturday, 8 October 2016 from 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM 
WHERE: International College of Management, Sydney - 151 Darley Road, Manly
Tickets $185 – $1,750 (TABLE OF 10) Buy Tickets HERE

Northern Beaches Recycle More Competition 2016

Watch our Recycle More video to find out how to responsibly get rid of those dead batteries, exhausted mattresses, ancient mobile phones, kaput computers and more!

For a chance to win a Hoyts double movie pass, all you have to do is complete the quick quiz below.

You can view the video below or open it in a new window 

Anyone is welcome to complete the quiz but only Northern Beaches residents (excluding Northern Beaches Council staff and their immediate family) can go into the monthly prize draw.
Bushcare in Pittwater 


For further information or to confirm the meeting details for below groups, please contact Council's Bushcare Officer on 9970 1367






BUSHCARE SCHEDULES 
Where we work                      Which day                              What time 

Avalon     
Angophora Reserve             3rd Sunday                         8:30 - 11:30am 
Avalon Dunes                        1st Sunday                         8:30 - 11:30am 
Avalon Golf Course              2nd Wednesday                 3 - 5:30pm 
Careel Creek                         4th Saturday                      8:30 - 11:30am 
Toongari Reserve                 3rd Saturday                      9 - 12noon (8 - 11am in summer) 
Bangalley Headland            2nd Sunday                         9 to 12noon 

Bayview     
Winnererremy Bay                 4th Sunday                        9 to 12noon 

Bilgola     
North Bilgola Beach              3rd Monday                        9 - 12noon 
Algona Reserve                     1st Saturday                      9 - 12noon 
Plateau Park                          1st Friday                           8:30 - 11:30am 

Church Point     
Browns Bay Reserve             1st Tuesday                      9 - 12noon 
McCarrs Creek Reserve       Contact Bushcare Officer     To be confirmed 

Clareville     
Old Wharf Reserve                 3rd Saturday                     8 - 11am 

Elanora     
Kundibah Reserve                   4th Sunday                      8:30 - 11:30am 

Mona Vale     
Mona Vale Beach Basin          1st Saturday                   8 - 11am 
Mona Vale Dunes                     2nd Saturday+3rd Thursday     8:30 - 11:30am 

Newport     
Bungan Beach                          4th Sunday                      9 - 12noon 
Crescent Reserve                    3rd Sunday                      9 - 12noon 
North Newport Beach              4th Saturday                    8:30 - 11:30am 
Porter Reserve                         2nd Saturday                   8 - 11am 

North Narrabeen     
Irrawong Reserve                     3rd Saturday                   2 - 5pm 

Palm Beach     
North Palm Beach Dunes       3rd Saturday                   9 - 12noon 

Scotland Island     
Catherine Park                          2nd Sunday                    10 - 12:30pm 
Elizabeth Park                           1st Saturday                     9 - 12 noon 
Pathilda Reserve                      3rd Saturday                     9 - 12 noon 

Warriewood     
Warriewood Wetlands             1st Sunday                         8:30 - 11:30am 

Whale Beach     
Norma Park                               1st Friday                            9 - 12noon 

Western Foreshores     
Coopers Point, Elvina Bay      2nd Sunday                        10 - 1pm 
Rocky Point, Elvina Bay           1st Monday                          9 - 12noon

 

Click on logo above to visit their website.

 Gone Fishing Gallery at Waterfront Store Church Point

Open again TODAY in the top room Waterfront Store. Open mainly weekends as an addition to the waterfront cafe. Keep up to date on theirFacebook page

September 11 - 17, 2016: Issue 280

Articles This Week 

Front Page Issue 2802 x Premiership Winners 2016, 5 x World Champion Surf Boat Crews, 3 x Paralympic Sailing Teams, 1 x Big Aussie BBQ and Family Fun Day, The 2016 Australian Women's Match Racing Champions, 3 x Australian Native Peas

2016 Manly Arts Festival - Art, Music, Performance And Chocolate!‏

Frantically Finding A New Boat For The Pittwater To Southport Race by Lisa Ratcliff 

Reflections by George Repin: BATH

Opening Of Mona Vale Skate Park by Kylie Ferguson

Aquatics: Australian Paralympic Sailing Team: Rio 2016 Paralympic Games - overview, articles from World Sailing on whom they're up against and Opening Ceremony Vid.

Pictures: A Very Special Celebratory EXTRA Profile this week, with heaps of Pictures - The Avalon Bulldogs - Premiers 2016 in A Grade and Under 17's

The 2016 Australian Women's Match Racing Championships: RPAYC Crews Win - Report by 1st placed skipper Clare Costanzo

DIY Ideas: Coffee Table With Inbuilt Chessboard

Profile: Sarah Tait, is Wander Lightly: www.wanderlightly.com This week we share a small insight on one resident who has taken on the challenge to lessen her own impact on our environment and, in doing so, has inspired others to share in being better custodians of the place they live in.

History: Pittwater Heroes and Heroines I: Sir Edward Lees John Hallstrom inventor, philanthropist, the man who tried to save Pittwater's koalas

Artist of the Month:  September 2016 Blaze Roberts - Photographer with 'a great eye' 

Search Pittwater Online News: 

Northern Beaches Council Draft Implementation Plan

Item 5.2 in Ordinary Meeting of Council to be held at Manly Chambers on Tuesday 13 September 2016

Agenda of this Meeting may be accessed atwww.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/meetings

NORTHERN BEACHES COUNCIL DRAFT IMPLEMENTATION PLAN
Item 5.2
PURPOSE
To consider the Northern Beaches Council Draft Implementation Plan (the Plan).
REPORT
The Programme Management Office has prepared the Northern Beaches Council Draft Implementation Plan in order to:
  • provide a clear framework for implementation of the Northern Beaches Council
  • ensure that the process of building a new organisation is well organised and carefully considered, and
  • effectively communicated to staff and the community.
The Plan is intended to provide guidance for staff and the community on how the implementation of Northern Beaches Council will be undertaken between now and September 2017. The Plan has recently been reviewed by the newly appointed Strategic Executive Managers, whose role is to
work together with the Operational Managers and the Executive, to facilitate and drive integration and transformation within specific work streams of council.

Plan monitoring and achievements of milestones will be ongoing throughout Phase One and beyond. Additionally, the Northern Beaches Council will continue to report to the Department of Premier and Cabinet against the road map and delivery of the Implementation Plan on a regular
basis. To date, Council has met all objectives set down by the Department of Premier and Cabinet either on time or ahead of schedule.

The Northern Beaches Council Draft Implementation Plan may be accessed at: http://www.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/pdf/Attachment-Booklet-20160913.pdf (PDF: 18.21 MB - 195 pages)

Grants Available For Emergency Relief Projects

9 September 2016

Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes is encouraging community organisations and groups to apply for funds to improve local emergency relief infrastructure.

Grants of between $10,000 and $300,000 are available under the NSW Government’s ClubGRANTS Program for projects which help protect communities during local emergencies such as bushfires, storms and floods.  The ClubGRANTS Program is funded through a rebate of gaming machine profits from Registered Clubs throughout NSW.

Examples of previously funded projects include kitchen and building upgrades, power generators and emergency sleeping equipment.

“This is a great opportunity to improve local facilities that play a crucial role during emergencies,” Rob Stokes said today.

“Our local emergency service personnel do an incredible job at times when our community is in real need.

“Improved facilities and equipment help support their activities and ultimately benefit our whole community. 

“Further information on the program and details on how to apply are available by visiting www.liquorandgaming.justice.nsw.gov.au

Applications close on Friday 7 October and successful projects will be announced in early 2017.

“I’m encouraging all eligible groups to explore this important opportunity,” Rob Stokes said.

4WD On Loose Runs Over Man

September 10, 2016
CareFlight has airlifted a 44-year-old man to hospital with serious injuries after a four-wheel-drive broke loose in Sydney's Northern Beaches this afternoon.

CareFlight’s rapid response rescue helicopter was tasked to Bilgola Plateau at 12:20pm, landing in a park near the scene.

It’s understood the man had been working with his son on the boat while it was on a trailer, attached to a four-wheel-drive. The vehicle unhooked from the trailer, rolling down the steep driveway and over the man.

CareFlight’s specialist doctor and intensive care paramedic treated the man for severe lacerations to the leg and pelvic injuries.
NSW Ambulance was also on scene assisting the man.
He was airlifted in a serious but stable condition to Royal North Shore Hospital.

Photo: CareFlight at Avalon near public school green - photo courtesy Joanne Seve

Land And Environment Court This Week 

10 self-contained dwellings at 1754 & 1754A Pittwater Rd Bayview
Demolition of existing dwelling and construction and strata subdivision of 10 apartments with basement parking (SEPP (Housing for Seniors or People with a Disability)) . 
The final orders to give effect to the parties’ agreement are that the appeal is upheld.

Decision of September 8, 2016 may be read in full here

"Dare The Boss" is a fundraiser for the Children's Cancer Institute. Bosses around the country are dared to be put out of their comfort zone and raise much needed funds!

The team at Avalon Beach RSL Club are daring our General Manager, Angus Rimmer, to do a walk/run from Mona Vale to Avalon Beach RSL Club (approx 7kms) in a full Pinkachu costume! [ PS. Our GM is not a fan of Pokemon :) hehe ]

He will be doing the run, possibly with a few dressed up helpers, on Saturday 22nd October. He will be collecting donations on the way, so come say hi & get a photo! 

Also on Saturday the 22nd the club will have a dunking tank in the courtyard so other staff, members, directors & guests can be dared to dunk! ​

* 7KM PIKACHU RUN
Our GM, Angus Rimmer, has been dared to run from Mona Vale to Avalon in a full size Pikachu costume collecting donations on the way.

* CHARITY DUNK TANK
Dare a mate to be dunked! A dunking machine will be in the courtyard from 2-5pm!

Friends Of Bungan Beach Restoration

Bungan Beach's superb backdrop of bushland is being cared for by donations from the Pittwater Environmental Foundation (PEF) and the determination and hard work of local people who love this wonderful place. Volunteers and contractors remove weeds and plant native plants where natural regeneration is unlikely because of dense weeds for many years.

Can you lend a hand to Friends of Bungan? go tohttp://www.friendsofbungan.org.au/about-us/


Fashion Parade For Mona Vale Hospital

The Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary will be having a fund raising fashion parade on Tuesday, October 18th at Newport Bowling Club, cnr Palm and Barrenjoey Roads. Morning tea is at 10.30am followed by the Donna Lou affordable fashions parade. There are raffles and lucky door prizes and funds raised will help to purchase equipment for the hospital and rehabilitation units.

$10 entry. Bookings not necessary and all are welcome.

Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary

Thank You 

We have now collected 33 Boards for the Lake Jindabyne Yabbies Nipper Group plus other equipment donated by clubs in the Sydney Northern Beaches Branch area. The first shipment has been sent down and plan to get the rest down in the next few weeks. I hope to get some photographs of the group in action on the Boards  when I am down there later in the year when the weather warms up a bit.

I would like to say thank you to all who have helped out in providing these boards for the Yabbies - they will be put to very good use and provide a lot of enjoyment for these youngsters.

Gary Cook, SLS SNB

Bonnie Boezeman AO To Be Guest Speaker At Zonta “Empowering Women” Dinner

The Zonta Club of Northern Beaches Inc, with the Mackellar Girls ZClub, will host the annual “Empowering Women” Dinner on Thursday 20 October at the Dee Why RSL Club.  The guest speaker will be Bonnie Boezeman AO.

Bonnie has an impressive CV highlighting her career in the corporate world and, more recently, on many boards as a non-executive director. She has extensive experience in philanthropic boards and committees and has been responsible for raising funds for many varied organizations. Bonnie was awarded the Order of Australia in 2003 for her contributions to business and philanthropy. She received a knighthood from Pope Benedict XVI in 2009.

The dinner is a fundraiser to support Zonta projects for local women in need. The Zonta Club of Northern Beaches currently supports the local ‘Women’s Refuge’ by supply of kitchen kits for women when they restablish themselves.  Zonta has also equipped the six new kitchens at the recently renovated Refuge.  Study grants at tertiary level, are made to local women in financial difficulty and several high school girls are supported to enable them to be included in extended school programs.  There are also other local Zonta programs including assembly of birthing kits for women in developing countries, and making and distributing breast care cushions for women after breast surgery.  A very successful Birthing Kit Packing Day was recently hosted at Barrenjoey High School.

The “Empowering Women” dinner will be held in the Oaks Room at Dee Why RSL Club, Pittwater Rd, Dee Why at 6.45pm for 7pm on Thursday 20 October 2016.  

Come by yourself, bring a friend or make up a table of 10.  Seating will be arranged.  

Please book by 11 October at www.trybooking.com/224921
Cost is $70 with an early bird special of $65 to 4 October.  
School students $50.  All enquiries to Margaret at 9918 2393.

 Pittwater Offshore Newsletter Update 11/9/2016 

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To contact Julian:  editor@scotlandisland.org.au

World Sailing And Rolex Open World Sailor Of The Year Nominations For 2016

Monday 5 September 2016
World Sailing and Rolex are inviting nominations for the Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards 2016.

The Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards is the most prestigious award of recognition in the dynamic sport of sailing. Since the awards inception in 1994, the trophy has proudly accumulated the names of those who have demonstrated unparalleled endurance, performance and accomplishment in sailing.

Beginning with Sir Peter Blake and Sir Robin Knox Johnston, the inaugural winners, the trophy reads like the definitive who's who in sailing.

Rio 2016 Olympic gold medallists from New Zealand, Peter Burling and Blair Tuke won the 2015 male Rolex World Sailor of the Year title for their dominance in the 49er and the golden girl of British sailing, Sarah Ayton, was awarded the female title.

Sailor nominations can be made by any one with the only criterion being an "outstanding achievement in the sport of sailing between 1 September 2015 and 18 September 2016.”

World Sailing must receive nominations no later than 19:00 UTC on 18 September 2016. Click here for the Official Nomination Form –www.sailing.org/40642.php

World Sailing will draw up a shortlist of nominations with the highest and most inspirational achievers going on to become the Rolex World Sailor of the Year 2016 Nominees.

The announcement of the 2016 female and male Rolex World Sailors of the Year will be made on Tuesday 8 November in Barcelona, Spain, the host city of the World Sailing's 2016 Annual Conference. Winners will be presented with a unique marble and silver trophy depicting the globe, crowned with five silver spinnakers representing the continents, together with a Rolex timepiece.

Previous recipients of the Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award include:
 
2015 Peter Burling & Blair Tuke (NZL), Sarah Ayton (GBR)
2014 James Spithill (AUS), Martine Grael & Kahena Kunze (BRA)
2013 Mat Belcher (AUS), Jo Aleh & Polly Powrie (NZL)
2012 Ben Ainslie (GBR), Lijia Xu (CHN)
2011 Iker Martinez & Xabier Fernandez (ESP), Anna Tunnicliffe (USA)
2010 Tom Slingsby (AUS), Blanca Manchon (ESP)
2009 Torben Grael (BRA), Anna Tunnicliffe (USA)
2008 Ben Ainslie (GBR), Alessandra Sensini (ITA)
2007 Ed Baird (USA), Claire Leroy (FRA)
2006 Mike Sanderson (NZL), Paige Railey (USA)
2005 Fernando Echavarri & Anton Paz (ESP), Ellen MacArthur (GBR)
2004 Robert Scheidt (BRA), Sofia Bekatorou & Emilia Tsoulfa (GRE)
2003 Russell Coutts (SUI), Siren Sundby (NOR)
2002 Ben Ainslie (GBR), Sofia Bekatorou & Emilia Tsoulfa (GRE)
2001 Robert Scheidt (BRA), Ellen MacArthur (GBR)
2000 Mark Reynolds & Magnus Liljedahl (USA), Shirley Robertson (GBR)
1999 Mateusz Kusznierewicz (POL), Margriet Matthijse (NED)
1998 Ben Ainslie (GBR), Carolijn Brouwer (NED)
1997 Pete Goss (GBR), Ruslana Taran & Elena Pakholchik (UKR)
1996 Jochen Schümann (GER), Lai Shan Lee (HKG)
1995 Russell Coutts (NZL), Isabelle Autissier (FRA)
1994 Peter Blake (NZL) & Robin Knox-Johnston (GBR), Theresa Zabell (ESP

By Daniel Smith - World Sailing

Mona Vale Chamber Of Commerce 2016 AGM

The Mona Vale Chamber of Commerce invites you to our Monthly Networking drinks and Chamber Annual General Meeting!

On 13 September, 6:00-8:00pm, at Cinque Cafe.
RSVP now by clicking on this link: http://bit.ly/2bh7xJn
You can also click here to read more: http://bit.ly/2bh83ai

Our monthly events are a fantastic opportunity to network with local business owners, gain valuable business knowledge, advertise your business and hear recent issues for chamber Members. This month’s Network Function will also be hosting the chamber’s Annual General Meeting.

This month’s event is sponsored by Cinque Cucina e Caffé
With amazing food and great service, this month’s chamber function host, Cinque Cucina e Caffé has become a household name in the community. Delicious authentic Italian food and coffee complemented with the beautiful location by the beaches makes Cinque Caffé a very unique experience.
 
DATE: Tuesday, 13th of September, 2016
VENUE: 5 Darley Street East, Mona Vale, NSW 2103
TIME: 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm Canapés and 1 Drink to be provided
Cost: Free to Members, $20 for Non Members

Sydney Wildlife Mobile Clinic Fundraiser

Sunday October 9th, 2016: 12-4pm
'Coomalong' - 8 Lentara Road, Bayview
Tickets $50.51 Available here
Only a Limited number of tickets available for this event
Sydney Wildlife’s goal is to establish a Wildlife Mobile Clinic which will provide treatment to injured or sick wildlife, whilst taking the pressure off our local veterinarians.  But we need your help to fund it!  

With your help, we are aiming to raise $50,000 towards buying the van. With a sponsored clinic, we would be able to provide all medical equipment and medical supplies to our volunteer veterinarians, thereby reducing costs to their own veterinary clinics.  We would also be providing free training to veterinary students who are always desperate to learn how to treat our wild critters.  

Kayleigh Greig will be presenting; Joan Reid and Dr David Ward will be speaking. Sensational Auction items!


Coomalong View

DoggieRescue.com

Pet of the Week

Dwayne

AGE/SEX: 12 years / M
BREED: Staffy X Lab
Dwayne is a very affectionate dog with people despite being in such poor condition. He has had years of untreated ear infections so his ears are thickened and crinkly from old hematomas. He has a lot of hair loss around his eyes, legs chest and abdomen. He is on medicated baths and antibiotics. Dwayne walks well on lead and does not mind being left alone for long periods. He is easy to bath and always looking for cuddles. He is not that keen on bigger dogs. Dwayne loves his toys but will not give a tug toy back. He loves treats and cheese. He would be best suited in a home as the only dog and no other pets. He has a smooth coat and weighs about 33kg. He comes desexed, C5 vaccinated, heartworm free and microchipped. Also included for the love and health of our dogs is a free Health and Wellness Voucher with our DR Vet. His adoption cost is $400. 

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

Pittwater Regatta Returns To RPAYC

The Pittwater Regatta incorporating the IRC interclub challenge. The event is scheduled for the October Long weekend 1 & 2, 2016 and all boats are invited to participate that meet the eligibility requirements, including Australian Sailing Special Regulations Cat 4 and Valid 2016 IRC certificate for those representing clubs as a team or individual competitor.

During the 2 days, it is intended that competition with IRC rated boats will include 3 or 4 short windward/leeward courses (about 1 hour each) and a 2 hour triangle course. PHS boats courses will include windward/leeward with passage course formats.

The Pittwater Regatta IRC interclub challenge is open to all IRC rated yachts with a valid 2016 TCF rating within the band 1.05 to 1.25 and Club representative boat teams will be formed from that rating band.

A separate PHS division(s) will be provided for non IRC rated yachts. Yachts with an IRC rating but are not part of a club team are also welcome to compete. Three boats per team, all boats will compete under the same division (if divisions are formed).

RPAYC will provide free berthing for all visiting competitors, from Friday to Monday and there will be a social program Friday Welcome, Saturday evening Cocktail Party and Sunday Presentation.

The Notice of Race is here and can also be downloaded from the eventwebsite together with the online entry system.

We would be very pleased to have your expression of interest to enter a team(s) for your club, or to answer any questions you may have, please contact the RPAYC Sailing Office at sailing@rpayc.com.au

Community Landcare Grants 

Greater Sydney Local Land Services 2016 Community Landcare Grants are now open!

Grants of $5,000 - $30,000 over 18 months are available for community groups, including Landcare and other 'care' groups and landholders in the Greater Sydney region.

Applications open today Monday 8th August 2016 and close Monday 12th September 2016.

Projects must align with at least 1 of the Strategic Objectives developed for the Australian Government's National Landcare Programme:

• Projects that aim to maintain and improve ecosystem services through sustainable management of local and regional landscapes. Activities funded may include weed and pest control, bush regeneration, erosion management, fencing, plant propagation and revegetation, actions that protect for threatened species, development of management plans, community participation and engagement activities and training that contribute to the protection and restoration of ecosystem function, resilience and biodiversity.

• Projects that aim to build community awareness, participation, skills and knowledge in caring for their environment, including Aboriginal knowledge and participation. Activities funded may include the delivery of workshops, training courses, awareness raising events, booklets, signage, media and other activities designed to build awareness, improve skills and knowledge and/or promote the conservation and enhancement of biodiversity.

For full details including the grant guidelines please visit the Greater Sydney Local Land Services Website

To discuss project ideas or to find out more please feel free to contact Council's Bushcare Officer on 9970 1367.

Manly Artist Seeking Plastic Bottle Caps For Children’s Mural

Eco Artist and Designer Angela Van Boxtel is asking for your bottle tops and caps:

“I'm working on a large 15 metre mural for the Children's Festival in North Sydney. I’m collecting bottle caps for this project, so please save them for me if you use them or find them on the streets or our beaches. 

You also can put a bucket at your local coffeeshop or at your school. Any plastic lid is welcome as long as it has a flat back. All sizes lids are welcome, not only those from drink bottles and milk but also, for example, those used in peanut butter jars."


Needed by 15 October, 2016


Can everybody please collect any bottle tops found while cleaning up our beaches. Drop them off at our weekly workshop: 
11.30-5 every Tuesday at Avalon recreation center. 
Might be also a good chance to grab a cup of tea and see what we do!

NSW Call to community and government groups to apply for local environmental grants

Media release: NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH)
A total of $4 million in grant funds is available to community groups and government entities for a range of local environment restoration and improvement projects under the NSW Environmental Trust’s 2016/17 Restoration and Rehabilitation Grant Program.

Terry Bailey, Chief Executive, NSW Office of Environment and Heritage and Trust Secretary said the grants will deliver grassroots funding to local environmental projects that restore, protect and enhance a variety of NSW environments.

“This valuable grant program has been running for over 20 years, making it one of the longest running environmental grant programs in Australia,” Mr Bailey said.

“Grants are awarded to help protect important ecosystems, to restore degraded environments and care for habitats of rare and endangered flora and fauna.

“I encourage community groups, not-for-profit and government entities from across the state to apply for a grant and help their local communities protect and conserve our vital natural environment.

“Fifty-six grants were awarded under this program last year and their projects are now tackling a number of local environmental issues.

“Thanks to this grant program landholders, local councils, state government agencies and community groups are now working to restore habitats for native and endangered species, improve water quality and rehabilitate wetland areas.

“As an example, Greening Australia’s $96,730 project is helping improve habitat for the vulnerable Glossy Black Cockatoo. Working alongside landholders, 5,000 trees are being planted and community seed collection and bird identification workshops are taking place.”

Applications open for the 2016/17 round of the Restoration and Rehabilitation Grant Program on 15 August 2016. Grants between $5,000 and $100,000 are available. Applications close on 26 September 2016.

Visit the Environmental Trust website for applications and further information: www.environment.nsw.gov.au/grants/restoration.htm

Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary Fundraising Dates 2016

Meetings: First Tuesday  of every month at  Pittwater RSL Club from 10.30am  to  12 noon   

Membership is $5.00 per year

2016: 6th September, 4th October, 1st November, 6th December

New Members and visitors  always welcome. Ring us on 9979 5115 ... or just turn up

September 2nd: Father’s Day stall, outside ANZ, Avalon Parade,Avalon  Sewing, craft, knitting

September 3rd: Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale Craft, knitting, books

September 16th: Stall, Mona Vale Hospital foyer  Baking, craft, knitting, books

September 18th: Sausage sizzleNarrabeen Bunnings car park                                                 

October 1st: Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale  Craft, knitting, books

October 1st: Sausage sizzle, Narrabeen Bunnings car park

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016.  Fundraising fashion parade at Newport Bowling Club, cnr Palm and Barrenjoey Roads.  Morning tea is at 10.30am followed by a Donna Lou affordable fashions parade. Raffles and lucky door prizes.  $10 entry and all are welcome.  Funds raised will purchase equipment for the Mona Vale Hospital and Rehabilitation centres.

October 21st: Mona Vale Hospital foyer  Baking, craft, knitting, books

October 28th: Stall, Warriewood Square, Warriewood Knitting, craft, sewing

November 5th: Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale  Craft, knitting, books

November 13th: Sausage sizzle, Narrabeen Bunnings car park   

November 18th: Stall, Mona Vale Hospital foyer  Baking, craft, knitting, books

December 3rd: Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale Craft, knitting, books

December 3rd: Sausage sizzle, Narrabeen Bunnings car park    

December 9th: Stall, Warriewood SquareWarriewood Knitting, craft, sewing

December 9th: Stall, Mona Vale Hospital foyer  Baking, craft, knitting, books

Wet Weather Sailors Gear Needed For Kiribati

Selena Griffith reported this week that many people responded to her call out for books and pencils and gear for Kiribati students. Many thanks especially to Lane Cove West and Greenwich Primary Schools whose students contributed around half a pallet of great books for their fellow youngsters in this beautiful island. 


Books from Lane Cove West and Greenwich schools

There is still a small gap though – a callout to all local sailors who may have some old sailing gear they are replacing for the upcoming season, could you please donate your old stuff to those who could make good use of it in Kiribati. At least 10 are needed for the fishing people in Kiribati. If anyone has some they are replacing, or don’t need anymore, could they please get in contact with Selena – what has been contributed will be sent over late September and we don’t miss that boat!
Please contact Selena on

Email:  selena.griffith@unsw.edu.au or phone: 0481  000 369

Read some of Selena's students report on an earlier 2016 visit to this paradise in Issue 259

Veterans’ Grants Build Community Connection

6 September 2016: Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan
Ex-service organisations will share more than $600,000 to enhance the lives of those in the veteran community.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said the latest round of 35 grants under the Veteran and Community Grants program would directly benefit veterans and their families.

“These grants will assist members of the veteran community to remain independent, healthy and active as well as helping reduce social isolation, especially for those who live alone,” Mr Tehan said.

“This round of grants will fund a diverse range of projects and equipment, including facilities upgrades to improve venue accessibility, computer equipment and social outings.

“As a nation we must never forget the service and sacrifice of the men and women who serve in defence of our nation. We honour that service in many ways and these grants will make a meaningful difference at a community level to improve the lives of our veterans.”

Ex-service and community organisations, veteran representative groups, private organisations and projects that promote improved independence and quality of life for veterans are eligible for funding through the Veteran and Community Grants program.

For more information or to apply visit the DVA website.

Grants - NSW
Narrabeen RSL Sub­branch Narrabeen Mackellar To purchase a public address system to enhance activities provided for the veteran community.

Brisbane Water (NSW) Legacy Club Point Frederick Robertson To purchase a new bus for transporting veterans to commemorative and social functions.

Spring Concert 2016

Rotary Club of Upper Northern Beaches
Wednesday 21 September
Local favourite Tom Burlinson joins Northern Beaches Orchestra for Rotary concert

The Rotary Club of Upper Northern Beaches is proud to present the internationally-acclaimed Australian vocalist Tom Burlinson, performing with the Northern Beaches Orchestra (NBO) in the Northern Beaches Spring Concert.

This year's event, on Wednesday 21 September, is the seventh annual concert presented by Upper Northern Beaches Rotary in partnership with United Cinemas and will again be held in the Grand Theatre at United Cinemas, 4 Vuko Place, Warriewood.

Tom Burlinson and the NBO have created an exciting musical program called Swing with Strings, an eclectic selection of enduring songs from the swing era and beyond, with popular melodies like "Unforgettable", "I Get a Kick Out of You", "Anything Goes" and "Mr Bojangles", plus a special tribute to Frank Sinatra, featuring "Come Fly With Me", "That’s Life", "New York, New York" and many more.

It's a unique combination -- popular music interpreted by an Australian musical legend accompanied by the power and richness of a symphonic orchestra.

Formed in 2008, the NBO is a not-for-profit organisation created to provide opportunities for musicians on the Northern Beaches to excel musically as well as to enhance the cultural life of the local community.
Tom Burlinson has enjoyed a stellar career as an actor and singer in Australian show business for almost 40 years. His shows celebrating Frank Sinatra and other greats of vocal swing are loved throughout the country. A Northern Beaches resident, Mr Burlinson is a regular cinema-goer at United Cinemas Warriewood. "I’m really looking forward to performing in the main theatre there," he said. "I’m hoping the concert will be a very special and memorable one."

"It's great that we can showcase the amazing local talents of the Northern Beaches Orchestra again this year," said Upper Northern Beaches Rotary President Kailas Chidambaram. "And we are especially pleased to present Tom Burlinson as our vocal headliner for the first time."
Concert proceeds will go to the projects of Upper Northern Beaches Rotary.

The event has attracted an impressive group of sponsors, including Wiseberry Mona Vale, Ann Wilson Funerals and Blackmores.
For more information call Upper Northern Beaches Rotary on 0427 517 732

It’s a great opportunity to enjoy a memorable evening of fine music featuring talented local musicians and an Australian superstar, while helping to support the work of Rotary in the Northern Beaches.

Deluxe seats $50, regular seats $40. Tickets are now on sale at www.rotaryuppernorthernbeaches.org and at the Warriewood Cinema box office (9913 2800 or in person).

In support of Lifeline Northern Beaches & Queenscliff Surf Lifesaving Club

On Saturday 8 October 2016, we are holding an event to support two much-loved community groups: Lifeline Northern Beaches and Queenscliff Surf Lifesaving Club. United by their commitment to supporting the people of the Northern Beaches, these two organisations provide safety, strength and protection – just like the breakwater provides a safe harbour from the waves.

Please join us for a night to remember and to help these organisations do what they do best: change lives for the better.

Proudly Supporting
Lifeline Northern Beaches
As part of the national Lifeline network, LLNB plays a crucial role providing phone counseling and suicide prevention services to those in crisis. LLNB has served the Northern Beaches for over 40 years, and operate with the support of around 600 dedicated volunteers. www.lifelinenb.org.au

Queenscliff Surf Lifesaving Club
Affectionately known as ‘Queensie’, the QSLSC has been providing surf lifesaving services to the local community since 1924. As well as providing valuable volunteer patrols, the club encourages people of all ages to live active, healthy lives through its social and team-based activities. www.queensie.com

Proud Sponsors
• Northern Beaches Credit Union
• Audrey Wilkinson Winery
• Saltwater Collective
• Nuance Communications

Speaker
We are delighted to announce that the amazing Layne Beachley AO has volunteered as Master of Ceremonies for the Breakwater Ball. Hailing from Manly, Layne is a Northern Beaches local we all respect and admire – for her incredible surfing achievements, but also her resilience, dedication, spirit and strength. 

Auction
On the night, we will be hosting both a silent and a live auction, with a host of fantastic items to bid on. From signed surfboards to decadent wine deliveries, you’ll have plenty of chances to treat yourself or your loved ones – and the best bit? It’s all for a great cause.

Location
The Breakwater Ball will be held at International College of Management, Sydney – one of the city’s most breathtaking venues. Perched on Manly's North Head with sweeping views of the Northern Beaches, the venue will provide a stunning setting for an unforgettable night.

Ticket Information
Purchase your tickets online now! $185 per person or $1,750 for a table of 10, which includes a three-course dinner, all wines, beer, soft drink and entertainment.

Dress Code: Black Tie.
WHEN: Saturday, 8 October 2016 from 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM 
WHERE: International College of Management, Sydney - 151 Darley Road, Manly
Tickets $185 – $1,750 (TABLE OF 10) Buy Tickets HERE

Northern Beaches Recycle More Competition 2016

Watch our Recycle More video to find out how to responsibly get rid of those dead batteries, exhausted mattresses, ancient mobile phones, kaput computers and more!

For a chance to win a Hoyts double movie pass, all you have to do is complete the quick quiz below.

You can view the video below or open it in a new window 

Anyone is welcome to complete the quiz but only Northern Beaches residents (excluding Northern Beaches Council staff and their immediate family) can go into the monthly prize draw.

Online Pet Register Launched 

Minister for Local Government Paul Toole launched the NSW Pet Registry at the Dog Lovers Show, delivering an election commitment to simplify registration and ensure lost pets are reunited with their owners as quickly as possible.

Mr Toole said the NSW Pet Registry replaces the old paper-based system and provides a simpler process to register cats and dogs, update contact details, report missing pets, transfer ownership and pay most lifetime-registration fees from a computer or mobile device.

“Pet owners across the state will go online to create a profile and make changes to their own records so they can keep their contact details updated,” Mr Toole said.

“Current contact details will make it easier for lost, injured or stolen pets to be returned home as quickly as possible.”

Pet owners will need their pet's microchip number and a valid form of identification. Microchip numbers are available from local councils or vets.

The online registry will also make it easier for breeders to register their litters. Breeders will create a profile and will receive a breeder ID number to add multiple animals to the register when they are micro-chipped.

It is a requirement in NSW for all cats and dogs to be microchipped and placed on the NSW Pet Registry by the time they reach 12 weeks of age, or prior to sale, whichever comes first.

During 2015/16, the most popular dog name added to the register was Bella, the most popular cat name was Charlie, and the most popular purebreed dog was the Staffordshire bull terrier, followed by the Labrador and the Border collie.

For more information, please visit: www.petregistry.nsw.gov.au

Narrabeen Spring Celebration:Our Catchment Comes Alive


Something really big is coming our way!  
Friends of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment’s inaugural Spring Celebration will feature two weeks of activities showcasing the many community, cultural and sporting groups based in this beautiful part of Sydney. Over 40 events will take place, including bushwalks, kayaking events, a live family show, an art display, fitness training, a replica  aircraft display, Tai Chi demonstrations, a plant identification walk, a display of  rare Aboriginal artefacts, the “Shark Bus” and more. The Narrabeen Spring  Celebration will start on Saturday September 24 with a walk from Manly to Palm Beach along the Bicentennial Trail, organised by NSW National Parks Association, and finish with a Dragon Boat Racing Give-it-a-Go Day on Sunday October 9. 

The dates coincide with the school holidays. The Celebration is being supported by the Northern Beaches Council and a large number of the community and sporting groups based in this beautiful part of  Sydney.

“We want to demonstrate that Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment has more to offer than just the lagoon and a beach” said Friends of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment President Judith Bennett. 

“The Catchment is bounded by Mona Vale Road, Forest Way and Warringah Rd and half is natural bushland. It contains over 430 registered Aboriginal sites which are indicative of important landscapes and areas of ceremonial significance. But only a third of the bushland is protected in Garigal National Park. There is an urgent need to protect this bushland from urban development and we hope our Narrabeen Spring Celebration will draw attention to that”. 
 
Friends now has over 1,400 members and supporters and conducts quarterly public forums, catchment walks and eco-paddles and lobbies for protection of the remaining bushland.


Judith Bennett
President
Friends of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment Inc
(02) 9905-2135

Photo:  Give-it-a-go: Dragon Boat racing on Narrabeen Lagoon, as part of the Narrabeen Spring Celebration - Sunday October
Bushcare in Pittwater 


For further information or to confirm the meeting details for below groups, please contact Council's Bushcare Officer on 9970 1367






BUSHCARE SCHEDULES 
Where we work                      Which day                              What time 

Avalon     
Angophora Reserve             3rd Sunday                         8:30 - 11:30am 
Avalon Dunes                        1st Sunday                         8:30 - 11:30am 
Avalon Golf Course              2nd Wednesday                 3 - 5:30pm 
Careel Creek                         4th Saturday                      8:30 - 11:30am 
Toongari Reserve                 3rd Saturday                      9 - 12noon (8 - 11am in summer) 
Bangalley Headland            2nd Sunday                         9 to 12noon 

Bayview     
Winnererremy Bay                 4th Sunday                        9 to 12noon 

Bilgola     
North Bilgola Beach              3rd Monday                        9 - 12noon 
Algona Reserve                     1st Saturday                      9 - 12noon 
Plateau Park                          1st Friday                           8:30 - 11:30am 

Church Point     
Browns Bay Reserve             1st Tuesday                      9 - 12noon 
McCarrs Creek Reserve       Contact Bushcare Officer     To be confirmed 

Clareville     
Old Wharf Reserve                 3rd Saturday                     8 - 11am 

Elanora     
Kundibah Reserve                   4th Sunday                      8:30 - 11:30am 

Mona Vale     
Mona Vale Beach Basin          1st Saturday                   8 - 11am 
Mona Vale Dunes                     2nd Saturday+3rd Thursday     8:30 - 11:30am 

Newport     
Bungan Beach                          4th Sunday                      9 - 12noon 
Crescent Reserve                    3rd Sunday                      9 - 12noon 
North Newport Beach              4th Saturday                    8:30 - 11:30am 
Porter Reserve                         2nd Saturday                   8 - 11am 

North Narrabeen     
Irrawong Reserve                     3rd Saturday                   2 - 5pm 

Palm Beach     
North Palm Beach Dunes       3rd Saturday                   9 - 12noon 

Scotland Island     
Catherine Park                          2nd Sunday                    10 - 12:30pm 
Elizabeth Park                           1st Saturday                     9 - 12 noon 
Pathilda Reserve                      3rd Saturday                     9 - 12 noon 

Warriewood     
Warriewood Wetlands             1st Sunday                         8:30 - 11:30am 

Whale Beach     
Norma Park                               1st Friday                            9 - 12noon 

Western Foreshores     
Coopers Point, Elvina Bay      2nd Sunday                        10 - 1pm 
Rocky Point, Elvina Bay           1st Monday                          9 - 12noon

 

Click on logo above to visit their website.

 Gone Fishing Gallery at Waterfront Store Church Point

Open again TODAY in the top room Waterfront Store. Open mainly weekends as an addition to the waterfront cafe. Keep up to date on theirFacebook page

September 4 - 10, 2016: Issue 279

Articles This Week 

Front Page Issue 279 

Extra School Zone Flashing Lights (for Terrey Hills, Narrabeen, Pittwater high and two Avalon schools) - from Office of Rob Stokes

Aquatics: Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club Opens 150th Sailing Season - The Sesquicentennial Year

Queenscliff Win Event One Of Nudie Australian Boardriders Battle Series by Surfing NSW - photos by Ethan Smith

Spring-Time = Snake-Time by Lynleigh Greig

Park Bench Philosopher: Narrabeen Spring Celebrations 2016: A Few Glimpses Into Narrabeen's Past Beauties

Pictures: Mermaids Of Palm Beach Variety The Children's Bash 2016: Tales From The Road - pictures by Viktorija McDonell, Stuart Telfer and Elyse Cole

Pittwater Artists Trail Spring Open Studios Weekend 2016: 10am to 5pm on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th September featuring a 'crab-off' this Spring with a dinner for 2 to be won!

Profile: Newport Arms Fishing Club - Newport, Avalon Beach RSL and Narrabeen RSL Fishing Club members will run the 'the 3-Way Comp in two weeks - This week one of these great clubs, shares a small insight into their activities. 

History: Pittwater Heroes and Heroines I: Sir Edward Lees John Hallstrom inventor, philanthropist, the man who tried to save Pittwater's koalas

Artist of the Month:  September 2016 Blaze Roberts - Photographer with 'a great eye' 

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Extra School Zone Flashing Lights

30 August 2016

Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes today announced five local schools will receive an additional set of school zone flashing lights. 

The NSW Government has allocated a further $5 million to help improve pedestrian safety at schools across NSW that have multiple entrances and potentially higher safety risks.

The initiative builds upon an earlier NSW Government commitment to provide at least one set of school zone flashing lights at all eligible schools across NSW and is being funded by revenue generated from speed and red light camera infringements. 

Schools in Pittwater to receive an additional set of school zone flashing lights include;

  • Avalon Public School;
  • Pittwater High School;
  • Maria Regina Primary School;
  • Terrey Hills Primary School / German International School; and
  • Narrabeen Lakes Primary School

 “It’s fantastic to see additional funds being allocated towards pedestrian safety around local schools,” Rob Stokes said today.

“Flashing lights are an effective reminder to motorists to slow down in school zones and remain extra vigilant. 

“We must keep reinforcing the message about school zones and the heightened risks to children.

“The next stage of the initiative is aimed at providing an extra level of protection for schools with multiple busy entrances, higher traffic volumes or specific road safety issues. 

“All school zone flashing lights are being directly funded by speed and red light camera fines. 

“I look forward to these additional sets of flashing lights being installed throughout our community and the benefits they’ll provide,” Rob Stokes said.

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The roads extra Flashing Lights have been funded for are:

Avalon Primary – Bellevue Avenue

Maria Regina Primary  - Central Road

Pittwater High School – Mona Street

Terrey Hills PS / German International – Cooyong Road

Narrabeen Lakes Primary – Ocean Street


Dan And Liesl Fly Out

On September 12th the Sailing Events in the 2016 Rio Paralympics begin. The medal races will be run on Saturday September 17th
On Wednesday local gold parlympians Daniel Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch flew out, messaging on Saturday(Sept. 3) they've arrived, been accredited, settled where they're staying and have taken their favourite boat out on the water.
Happy days!

Good luck Dan and Liesl - you will hear us cheering!
All the training done, and now it's our time.
Rio here we come!

Fitzgibbon/Tesch Rio 2016
August 31, 2016

Pasadena Plans

Those who read the Pittwater Offshore Newsletter will find concerns expressed regarding the DA lodged for a refurbished Pasadena - The Architects Drawings contain 13 Rooms + Managers Accommodation, a Day Spa and plans to seat 138 Patrons in the Restaurant - with 9 Car Spaces on site. 

There are also concerns over access to and privacy on Thomas Stephens Reserve.

People may provide feedback until September 8
See all DA documents and link to contact Council at Application Number:N0313/16

Bert Payne Playground Upgrade

Council has announced this week that Bert Payne Reserve, Newport, is the next playground to be refurbished to include an 'inclusive' design that will engage children of all ages, abilities and disabilities. 

Construction of the refurbished playground commences in September and will be completed in November.

World Suicide Prevention Day: September 10, 2016

‘Connect, communicate, care’ is the theme of the 2016 World Suicide Prevention Day (10 September). These three words are at the heart of suicide prevention and complement the efforts of R U OK? Day (8 September) to raise public awareness about the importance of having a conversation and, most importantly, how.

A big focus this WSPD is a research project with UNE to help us understand  the magnitude of suicide in Australia and its impact on our communities. The survey has now closed with results will be launched on 10 September. 

The World Health Organization estimates that over 800,000 people die by suicide each year – that’s one person every 40 seconds. 

In Australia more than 2500 people die each year with latest figures (2014) telling us that 2,864 Australians took their own life. Research also tells us that some 65,000 people attempt suicide each year. This tragic ripple effect means that there are many, many more people who are impacted by or exposed to suicide and the pain it brings when… it touches our lives.

This World Suicide Prevention Day we’d like you to help us create a positive ripple effect, with as many suicide prevention awareness raising events as possible being held in Australia on or around World Suicide Prevention Day.

Why we need to notice the small things as leaders 
(R U OK? at Law)
"It's actually a role of ours, as leaders, to make the time for people and make sure they feel like they can come and speak to us." 
Anne-Marie Allgrove

More tips to support a colleague: lookdeeper.org.au

Bonnie Boezeman AO To Be Guest Speaker At Zonta “Empowering Women” Dinner

The Zonta Club of Northern Beaches Inc, with the Mackellar Girls ZClub, will host the annual “Empowering Women” Dinner on Thursday 20 October at the Dee Why RSL Club.  The guest speaker will be Bonnie Boezeman AO.

Bonnie has an impressive CV highlighting her career in the corporate world and, more recently, on many boards as a non-executive director. She has extensive experience in philanthropic boards and committees and has been responsible for raising funds for many varied organizations. Bonnie was awarded the Order of Australia in 2003 for her contributions to business and philanthropy. She received a knighthood from Pope Benedict XVI in 2009.

The dinner is a fundraiser to support Zonta projects for local women in need. The Zonta Club of Northern Beaches currently supports the local ‘Women’s Refuge’ by supply of kitchen kits for women when they restablish themselves.  Zonta has also equipped the six new kitchens at the recently renovated Refuge.  Study grants at tertiary level, are made to local women in financial difficulty and several high school girls are supported to enable them to be included in extended school programs.  There are also other local Zonta programs including assembly of birthing kits for women in developing countries, and making and distributing breast care cushions for women after breast surgery.  A very successful Birthing Kit Packing Day was recently hosted at Barrenjoey High School.

The “Empowering Women” dinner will be held in the Oaks Room at Dee Why RSL Club, Pittwater Rd, Dee Why at 6.45pm for 7pm on Thursday 20 October 2016.  

Come by yourself, bring a friend or make up a table of 10.  Seating will be arranged.  

Please book by 11 October at www.trybooking.com/224921
Cost is $70 with an early bird special of $65 to 4 October.  
School students $50.  All enquiries to Margaret at 9918 2393.

Avalon Tattoo 

It is with great regret that I have to announce on behalf of the Avalon Beach RSL Sub Branch Tattoo Committee that the Avalon Beach RSL Sub Branch has decided “all future Tattoos be cancelled”.

A number of factors have led to this decision:
• The founder of the Avalon Tattoo and its capable Director for ten years, Commodore Graham Sloper, AM RAN (Ret’d), can no longer continue.
• Budgetary constraints at the Defence Department have limited the flexibility of service units to respond to our requests, yet the limitations on the Sub Branch’s funding require a substantial military involvement.
• We cannot charge admission, and would not wish to, given our focus to engage with the community.  

Our participants have volunteered their time and borne their own expenses in the past.  With time, costs have increased, and some have wished to have their expenses remunerated, yet donations have not increased sufficiently, so the costs of the Tattoo have become beyond the Sub Branch’s resources.

Perhaps some other function might arise phoenix-like from the ashes.  We do not know at this stage.

Rob Murray
for the Avalon Tattoo Committee
Avalon Beach RSL Sub Branch.
Dear Pittwater Marine Enterprise, 

Marine Rescue Broken Bay has two rescue vessels: a rigid inflatable boat (rib) and a 28ft Steber. The Steber is in good condition at the moment but is expected to need to be replaced in three years time. To this end we need to raise $100,000 in three years. Whilst we will continue to sell raffle tickets to support our ongoing running expenses we need to find sponsors for the replacement funds. 

The purpose of this is not to ask you to be a sponsor, although we would not reject an offer from you. The purpose of this is to make you aware of our situation. Below is a copy of the bulletin entitled "Rescue Review". This bulletin comprises the last month's "assists". 

I hope to publish this bulletin monthly through this News Service. We would be grateful if you showed these to your customers. Also and more important, if you think there is anyone who we should contact about being a sponsor for some of the funds we would be most grateful. 

In the meantime please note the quantity of assists that we have performed during the past month. 

Alan Turner-Morris 
Public Relations Officer 
Broken Bay Unit of Marine Rescue NSW

RESCUE REVUE FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST 2016

Below are the records of rescues ‘assists’ for the month of August.

1. Late in the afternoon of Saturday 6th August Marine Rescue Broken Bay Unit received a call from the owner of a 10m yacht to say that they had run aground at the southern end of Pittwater.  There were two people on board.  The yacht was valued at about $50,000.  Rescue Vessel BB20 offered to pull them off but rather than cause damage to the hull the owner elected to wait for the next high tide. 

2. On the morning of 7th of August 2016 an 11.5 m Mustang, Sports Cruiser valued at about $300,000 with three people on board had trouble starting its engine due to a flat battery.  Rescue Vessel Broken Bay BB20 attended the vessel near Bayview and passed over jumper leads with which the engine was started.
 
3. On 13th August at 4:30pm Marine Rescue Broken Bay were informed that a 12 m yacht with three people on board were two miles east of Terrigal at "Cape three points" and needed assistance.  Apparently, they had experienced problems earlier with their sails and when the wind dropped, they went to start the engine they had suspected fuel problems.  Broken Bay Rescue vessel BB20 went to their assistance and towed them into Royal Prince Alfred Yacht club.  By this time, it was 8:20pm and dark. 

4. On 14th August Broken Bay were phoned to say that there was a yacht in Refuge Bay with two people on board that had engine problems and because the wind had now died it needed a tow to Clareville. Unfortunately, whilst the owner was retrieving the anchor he cut his hand badly and so the crew of Broken Bay 20 now had to administer first aid before commencing the tow.  They finished the assist at 6pm. Once again it was dark when they finished.

Mona Vale SLSC Springs Into Spring

MONA VALE ALES - FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 23
The Mona Vale Surf Club bar is re-opening in grand style. Save, the date, tell your mates and bring your family and friends.

We are giving the old girl a bit of a spruce up and the bar will be open from 4.30pm every Friday for evermore...

The BBQ will be on upstairs with a new menu available for kids and adults alike.

The footy or cricket will be on and $5 will get you an ice cold schooner as yes - TAP BEER IS COMING!
Call in and check it out...

MEMBER OR NOT - ABSOLUTELY EVERYONE IS WELCOME

Ephemeral Art Workshop

Shona Wilson's ephemeral art workshop will take place in Wendy Whiteley's Secret Garden on September 30, 2016.

Bookings are through Cilla Campbell who hosts a number of different art workshops in Sydney. 

Bookings can be made here www.cillacampbell.com/shona-wilson

Midget Farrelly Memorial Paddle Out

Sunday, September 11 at 11 AM
Palm Beach Surf Club
31-32 Ocean Rd, Palm Beach

Following the sad news of Midget's passing, we are organising a paddle out and memorial in his memory on Sunday 11th of September at 11am. All are welcome, and feel free to invite those who might like to pay their respects. 

Midget's family had their own private ceremony a couple of weeks ago, but will also be scattering part of his ashes on this day at one of his spiritual homes - Palmy. 

We expect there to be a lot of people as he was a man who touched so many lives, so parking is likely to be an issue. I would encourage you to consider taking the L90 bus, and/or car pooling. Council has kindly agreed to suspend parking restrictions on the south side of the SLSC for this time too. 

If you are bringing craft, please aim to arrive by 10/10.30am.

I would love to gather some photos of him to display on the day, and give to Bev, so if you have any good ones, please feel free to share on thisevent page

Further information is coming soon, but put the dates in your diaries.

Alex Tyrell
Captain, Palm Beach SLSC

 Pittwater Offshore Newsletter Update 1/9/2016 

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To contact Julian:  editor@scotlandisland.org.au

Community Grants In Excess Of $1M To Build A Stronger Northern Beaches

2 September 2016: Northern Beaches Council 

Northern Beaches Council invites community groups to apply for two grants programs with available funding in excess of $1 million.Applications open Monday 5 September. 

Northern Beaches Council is holding free workshops and info sessions this month to assist not for profit community groups.

The Stronger Communities Fund offers grant funding up to $50,000 from a total of $1 million for projects to develop a more vibrant, sustainable and inclusive community. Round one closes Friday 28 October. Round two will open 3 April 2017.

The Northern Beaches Small Grants Program will enrich Northern Beaches' cultural or community life, and will offer individual projects grant funding of up to $2,000 from a total $50K. The closing date for this grant is 26 September 2016.

Community groups can apply for both grants.

For further information and help please book into the following sessions:

Stronger Communities Fund Info Session:
This session will walk you through the guidelines and frequently asked questions (FAQs). There will also be time to ask questions about the program and your project proposals. Please give an overview of your project when you book into an info session.
Mon 12 Sep  6-8pm  – Dee Why Council Chambers
Tues 13 Sep  6-8pm – Coastal Environment Centre
Wed 14 Sep 6-8pm  – Manly Council Chambers

Introductory Grant Workshop:
Learn about funding options, including grants, how to seek crowd funding and even sponsorship. This is a general session, not focused on Stronger Communities Fund, but will be valuable if you are new to the grant seeking process.
Wed 14 Sep 6-8pm – Coastal Environment Centre, Narrabeen

Advice On Grant Writing & Community Projects:
Drop in session for specialist advice on your project and grant applications from former Grant Assessor. Bring your project information and questions for tips on how to frame your proposal to increase your chances of securing funding.
Thurs 15 Sep 5-8pm – Coastal Environment Centre,
Bookings are essential. Email Anna Poweranna.power@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au or phone 9970 1104.
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Northern Beaches Council Establishes New Team

2 September 2016: Northern Beaches Council 

The Northern Beaches Council's new leadership team has come together for the first time, marking the next phase in the establishment of the newly amalgamated Council.

"It is essential the organisation invests in the leadership skills of our management teams and to achieve this we have undertaken a comprehensive training program," said Mark Ferguson, General Manager, Northern Beaches Council.

Staff took part in team work sessions and programs facilitating the merger integration program, future service design, change management and leadership development to meet the milestones set by Council and the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

Training and staff development is covered by the $10 million transition fund provided by the State Government to amalgamated councils which is to be spent on the delivery of new systems, processes and the development of people within the new organisation.

"Three councils with three different cultures clearly represent some challenges. The Northern Beaches Council has just completed an important milestone in selecting its third level managers. I fully support the General Manager in bringing together the group during this important and formative stage," said, Dick Persson AM, Administrator, Northern Beaches Council.​

New Rezoning Review Process

The NSW Department of Planning and Environment has launched a new approach to the Pre-Gateway Review process for planning proposals.

The new process, called 'Rezoning Review', began on September 1st, 2016. Under the new process, reviews will be undertaken directly by the independent Regional Planning Panels, the Planning Assessment Commission in the case of City of Sydney, and the Sydney Planning Panels under the Greater Sydney Commission Act. 

View a summary under the ‘New Rezoning Review’ section of Department’s Gateway Process page.

Palm Beach Clean Up 

August 31, 2016: Living Ocean
It was another awesome day cleaning up the beautiful area of Palm Beach. Thank you so much to everyone that came, and a massive thank you to The Boathouse Palm Beach for the delicious fruit, bacon and egg rolls and coffee. Everyone did such a fantastic job cleaning up AND doing so with a big smile on their faces whilst carrying a lot of positive energy. 

The community we live in is truly amazing, and we feel so stoked to be apart of it and it's so special when we are able come together to support the health of our oceans and the marine life in them.

The next clean up is on the 18th of September at Warriewood.
Here is a short tally of some of the rubbish we collected from the day;
Cigarette Butts -1840 
Plastic Bottles - 233
Bottle Lids - 244
Food Containers - 1013
Parking Tickets -196
Straws - 96
Plastic Bags -318
Rope - 42 metres
(AND MUCH MUCH MORE!).... :/

As you can see there is a whole lot of rubbish floating around our beaches and a lot of this is causing horrific damage to our ocean marine life... SO get involved in this clean up if you keen to help, and say NO PLASTIC PLEASE

PopulatioNSW Update August

Published September 2nd, 2016: NSW Dept. Planning & Enviornment
This update looks at what the creation of new jobs means for NSW. We also look at ageing across NSW with new population data released by the ABS this month.

Where is NSW’s oldest population?
Comparing Sydney and regional NSW ignores a lot of differences across the State. Our oldest community, which is officially also Australia’s oldest, is Tea Gardens-Haws Nest, near Port Stephens. Half of all its residents were at least 61 years of age. Our two oldest council areas, Great Lakes and Eurobodalla (Table 1) have been popular retirement spots, which has sped up ageing in coastal areas. 
 
Table 1. Oldest LGAs in Metropolitan Sydney and regional NSW, 30 June 2015 

 METROPOLITAN SYDNEY  REGIONAL NSW (OUTSIDE SYDNEY)
 Median age of population (years)1
 Blue Mountains 43.5                             Great Lakes 54.7
 Pittwater 42.9                                        Eurobodalla 52.2
 Ku-ring-gai 41.7                                    Urana 52.1
 Mosman 41.2                                        Tenterfield 51.8
 Hunters Hill 40.4                                    Gloucester 51.4
 Percentage of population aged 65+ years
 Pittwater 18.6                                        Great Lakes 33.5
 Hunters Hill 18.2                                    Eurobodalla 29.1
 Blue Mountains 18.1                             Gloucester 28.4
 Woollahra 17.8                                      Urana 28.1
 Ku-ring-gai 17.7                                    Murray 27.6
(1) Age at which half of the population is younger and half is older. 

Data source: ABS Cat. 3235.0 - Population by Age and Sex, Regions of Australia, 2015. 

By comparison, our younger populations are generally found in Metropolitan Sydney. The youngest parts of the city are suburbs around the University of NSW, and western areas including Auburn and Strathfield (see Table 2). In these places, half of the population is under 32 years of age, compared with the Blue Mountains, where the average age is almost 44 years. 
 
The youngest areas of regional NSW are the larger regional centres, often with regional universities and TAFEs, or places with large indigenous populations, for example, Brewarrina.
 
Table 2. Youngest LGAs in Metropolitan Sydney and Regional NSW, 30 June 2015

METROPOLITAN SYDNEY          REGIONAL NSW (OUTSIDE SYDNEY)
Median age of population (years)1
Auburn 32.3                                                  Brewarrina 32.3
Strathfield 32.9                                             Armidale Dumaresq 34.1
Sydney 32.9                                                 Cobar 34.4
Blacktown 33.2                                            Muswellbrook 34.4
Liverpool 33.4                                              Wagga Wagga 34.6
Percentage of population under 15 years
Camden 23.7                                               Brewarrina 27.6
Blacktown 22.9                                            Bourke 24.7
Liverpool 22.3                                              Narromine 24.1
Wollondilly 21.8                                            Cobar 23.3
Bankstown 21.7                                         Conargo 22.6
(1) Age at which half of the population is younger and half is older. 

Data source: ABS Cat. 3235.0 - Population by Age and Sex, Regions of Australia, 2015. 

The age patterns that we see are the combined result of the drivers of population change – births, deaths and migration. Population movement has the greatest impact on the age profiles of regional communities, with the loss of workers and young families from many locations. They move to regional centres, or Sydney. With larger numbers of young adults in these places, we also see more children.

Have Your Say On New Container Deposit Scheme


Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes has welcomed the opportunity for local residents to comment on the introduction of the NSW Government’s new 10 cent container deposit scheme.

The NSW Government has announced the new initiative will commence from July next year and will provide a 10 cent refund for all eligible drink containers between 150ml and 3 litres.

The scheme will be similar to those operating in South Australia and the Northern Territory and is expected to involve a variety of collection points ranging from large depots through to reverse vending machines and pop-up sites.

The draft legislation and discussion paper have now been placed on public exhibition and feedback is being sought on the best ways for the scheme to operate to help maximise results.

“This is the largest initiative ever undertaken across NSW to help reduce litter,” Rob Stokes said today.

“Millions of drink containers are inappropriately disposed of every year and make their way into our natural environment.

"A container deposit scheme will help clean up litter from along our creeks, waterways and beaches and provide a financial incentive for people to look at litter in a completely different way.

“Most people do the right thing – but with more and more drink containers entering circulation it’s clear we must do more to help change people’s attitudes.

“One of the key considerations before the scheme commences is how it can work alongside existing kerbside recycling programs conducted by local councils.

Feedback on the operation of the new scheme is being welcomed until 21 September, 2016.

“Copies of the documents on exhibition and details on how to provide feedback is available by visiting www.epa.nsw.gov.au/waste/cds-draft-bill-consultation.htm

“This is a fantastic initiative which I encourage everyone to get involved in,” Rob Stokes said.

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Top: Member for Pittwater, Rob Stokes, Member for Vaucluse Gabrielle Upton, Member for Manly, NSW Premier Mike Baird MP for Manly and Bruce Notley-Smith - Member for Coogee - picture supplied

2016 Manly Arts Festival PROGRAMS Now Available

2016 Manly Arts Festival programs are now available to pick up from Northern Beaches Council offices, on-line atwww.manlyartsfestival.com.au and here: Manly Arts Festival 2016Program (6.19 MB) 

The 2016 Manly Arts Festival will be launched on Friday 16 September, 6 - 8pm, at the Manly Art Gallery & Museum by Richard Tognetti AO, the world acclaimed violinist, composer and conductor. 

Mr. Tognetti will also launch Manly Art Gallery & Museum’s two feature exhibitions, ‘Northern Light and Manly’ (focusing on contemporary photo media) and ‘Art from the Vault’ (drawn from Manly Art Gallery & Museum’s extensive collection).

Richard Tognetti is director and leader of the Australian Chamber Orchestra (widely hailed as ‘the finest chamber orchestra on Earth’) and Artistic Director of the Maribor Festival in Maribor, Slovenia.

The 2016 Manly Arts Festival will feature a swathe of exciting, inclusive and energised family-friendly cultural events, including exhibitions, concerts, talks, dance, films and creative workshops.

Northern Lights
A highlight of the 2016 Festival will be Manly Art Gallery & Museum’s exhibition ‘Northern Lights’ examining contemporary photo-media by pre-eminent and emerging artists from Sydney’s Northern Beaches - reflecting on environment, culture and identity through local, national and international ‘lenses’.

‘Northern Lights’ will include photography by Cameron Bloom, James Brickwood, Tim Hixson, Sally Mayman, Trent Mitchell, Cade Turner and Louise Whelan.

Manly: Art from the Vault
Companion exhibition ‘Manly: Art from the Vault’ will draw from Manly Art Gallery & Museum’s extensive collection of paintings, photographs, works on paper and museum objects which reveal Manly in a new light and showcase the gallery’s recent key acquisitions. These range from early works by Ethel Carrick Fox, A.H. Fullwood and Tom Peerless to Anne Zahalka’s photographic reinterpretation of Nancy Kilgour’s painting Figures on Manly Beach (c1930).


Other 2016 Manly Arts Festival highlights include:
• Cameron Bloom will host a special talk about his evocative photographs of ‘Penguin’ the magpie, featured in his captivating new book ‘Penguin Bloom’, a poignant story of hope and healing published by ABC Books and featuring a narrative by New York Times best-selling author Bradley Trevor Greive (Sunday 18 September).
• Author and art critic Ashleigh Wilson will be along to discuss his new book about Brett Whiteley.
• Powerful creative forces will unite for a concert by Australia Chamber Orchestra violinist Satu Vänskä, Midnight Oil and Electric Guitar Orchestra’s Jim Moginie and Brian Ritchie, bass guitarist for rock band Violent Femmes (Saturday 17 September).
• The Sydney Chamber Music Festival Concerts will be underway in Manly on 24-25 September, too.
• There will be a Creative Women’s Circle event featuring artist Fiona Chandler, photographer Louise Whelan and others (Tuesday 20 September).
• Manly’s Big Draw led by artist Lilly Blue where families and artists are invited to participate in the creation of an interactive community installation (Sunday 18 September, 10am – 2pm)
• Great Wall of Manly
• Kids Art Adventures
• Red Room Poetry event
• Art & Soul Collective exhibition at Warringah Creative Space
• Manly Panto performances with Christine Heard, and
• Mango Dance School performances
-       and much, much more!

A free, full-colour festival program will also be available.
For advance event information, call the Festival Info Line at Manly Art Gallery & Museum 9976 1421.

Throughout the 14-day festival, programs will be available from Manly Art Gallery & Museum, Manly Library, Manly Visitor Information Centre and other venues throughout Manly.

Manly Arts Festival began in 1994 and has since grown into one of the State’s leading community-based arts festivals.

The Manly Arts Festival attracts over 15,000 visitors each year.
Follow the Manly Arts Festival on Twitter - http://twitter.com/manlyartsfest

Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary Fundraising Dates 2016

Meetings

First Tuesday  of every month at  Pittwater RSL Club from 10.30am  to  12 noon   

Membership is $5.00 per year

2016: 6th September, 4th October, 1st November, 6th December

New Members and visitors  always welcome

Ring us on 9979 5115 ... or just turn up

September 2nd: Father’s Day stall, outside ANZ, Avalon Parade,Avalon  Sewing, craft, knitting

September 3rd: Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale Craft, knitting, books

September 16th: Stall, Mona Vale Hospital foyer  Baking, craft, knitting, books

September 18th: Sausage sizzleNarrabeen Bunnings car park                                                 

October 1st: Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale  Craft, knitting, books

October 1st: Sausage sizzle, Narrabeen Bunnings car park

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016.  Fundraising fashion parade at Newport Bowling Club, cnr Palm and Barrenjoey Roads.  Morning tea is at 10.30am followed by a Donna Lou affordable fashions parade. Raffles and lucky door prizes.  $10 entry and all are welcome.  Funds raised will purchase equipment for the Mona Vale Hospital and Rehabilitation centres.

October 21st: Mona Vale Hospital foyer  Baking, craft, knitting, books

October 28th: Stall, Warriewood Square, Warriewood Knitting, craft, sewing

November 5th: Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale  Craft, knitting, books

November 13th: Sausage sizzle, Narrabeen Bunnings car park   

November 18th: Stall, Mona Vale Hospital foyer  Baking, craft, knitting, books

December 3rd: Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale Craft, knitting, books

December 3rd: Sausage sizzle, Narrabeen Bunnings car park    

December 9th: Stall, Warriewood SquareWarriewood Knitting, craft, sewing

December 9th: Stall, Mona Vale Hospital foyer  Baking, craft, knitting, books

Avalon Beach Youth Arts Mapping Project
By Eramboo World Studies Centre Pty Ltd

Innovation in community planning
Avalon Beach is a creative community on Sydney's Northern Beaches. In 2016 with the encouragement of the Avalon Preservation Association and support from Eramboo Artistic directors, a small team of skilled locals took the initiative and launched a unique mapping project to document the suburb's cultural assets and also uncover gaps. The Cultural Mapping Project will provide an evidence base for future planning and is unique in Australia.

Include the voice of youth
The Cultural Mapping Project is a grass roots initiative and the voices of Avalon's young people are critical to building the cultural map. Eramboo Artist Environment is lead host of the Youth Mapping Project, encouraging artistic expression of Avalon youth. The Youth Project will work with the faculty and students of the local high school to nurture their creative talent and at the same time encourage their input and ideas. The Mapping Project will be launched at Avalon Market Day in November 2016 and will showcase the students creative art works. 

Here’s what we’re doing about it
We have planned a Youth Cultural Mapping Project with Year 9 and 10 students at Barrenjoey High School. The Youth Mapping Project places 4 professional artists as mentors alongside the students to work with them to create artworks which celebrate Avalon's cultural assets. The student works will be ready for exhibition at the November Mapping Project launch.

But we have no budget for the Youth Mapping Project to pay for the artists, or for art supplies or for the 1 day exhibition. This is a future oriented Project which will be made more credible with the input of youth voices. The opportunity to encourage local emerging talent via education and the arts, working under the leadership of Eramboo Artist Environment will build memorable building blocks for Avalon Beach's future economic and community development.

How to be part of the Project
We think artists deserve to be paid and that the student exhibition should be expertly curated so we need $8500 to deliver the Project. Our modest budget provides for 4 artists at $1500 each to mentor approximately 20 students; $500 for student art supplies and $2000 to workshop, curate and market the Launch Exhibition. Give a voice to young creatives and contribute towards the $8500 target!!

What memorable experiences you will receive for supporting us
- Special Preview Meet the Mentors and Students prior to the Launch
- Pre-exhibition chance to preview and purchase student artworks
- Invitation to the Launch Exhibition and 
- Your copy of the Avalon Beach Cultural Mapping Project Report

Next Generation $5 Banknote Enters Circulation

September 1st   2016 – Media Release – Reserve Bank of Australia
Australia's new $5 banknote enters circulation today. Issuance is being supported by an information campaign to ensure that the Australian public is able to identify the new banknote and its security features.

The Governor, Glenn Stevens, said:
‘The new $5 banknote has a range of security features that have not previously been used on an Australian banknote and that will help to keep our banknotes secure against counterfeiting into the future. New features include a world-first clear top-to-bottom window and a number of dynamic features that change as the banknote is tilted.

The new banknotes are the culmination of many years of research and trial and extensive consultation with subject-matter experts and the cash-handling industry, as well as qualitative research involving focus groups.’
The $5 banknote is the first in a new series and other denominations will be upgraded over coming years. Each banknote in the series will incorporate the same security features. Additionally, they will each feature a different species of Australian wattle and a native bird within a number of distinctive elements. The new $5 banknote features the Prickly Moses wattle and the Eastern Spinebill.

The new series also includes a ‘tactile’ feature to help the vision-impaired community distinguish between different banknote denominations. The tactile feature on the $5 banknote is one raised bump on each of the long edges of the banknote next to the top-to-bottom window.

Key design aspects of the existing series of banknotes, such as the colour, size and people portrayed on each denomination, have been maintained. This will help the public recognise the new banknotes as they come into circulation.

The existing $5 banknote will be progressively withdrawn from circulation but can continue to be used as usual. All previously issued banknotes remain legal tender. It will take some time for the new banknotes to be widely circulated.

Next generation of Australian banknotes: New $5 
Published on 31 Aug 2016
This video provides an introduction to the new $5 banknote and its security features. More information is available at http://banknotes.rba.gov.au

Join The Pittwater Artists Trail

Applications are now open for Trail membership in 2017.
The Pittwater Artists Trail is an alliance of artists who collectively open their studios to the public on the first full weekend of each season creating a Trail for art lovers. 

Visitors can engage with the artists, see how they work and what inspires them, buy beautiful, original artworks or perhaps enrol in one of the courses offered by a number of artists on the Trail.

The inaugural Open Studio weekend was held in 2011 and the Pittwater Artists Trail has been going from strength to strength ever since.
The Pittwater Artists Trail currently holds three open studio events each year on the first full weekend of March, September and December. 
A group exhibition is held on the first weekend of June.

If you are an artist who lives in Pittwater, have visited the Trail and would like to apply to join please read the charter which provides all the details of the Trail and membership.

Applications close mid September.



Above: Pittwater Artists Trail Winter Exhibition – photo by A J Guesdon

Spring Concert 2016

Rotary Club of Upper Northern Beaches
Wednesday 21 September
Local favourite Tom Burlinson joins Northern Beaches Orchestra for Rotary concert

The Rotary Club of Upper Northern Beaches is proud to present the internationally-acclaimed Australian vocalist Tom Burlinson, performing with the Northern Beaches Orchestra (NBO) in the Northern Beaches Spring Concert.

This year's event, on Wednesday 21 September, is the seventh annual concert presented by Upper Northern Beaches Rotary in partnership with United Cinemas and will again be held in the Grand Theatre at United Cinemas, 4 Vuko Place, Warriewood.

Tom Burlinson and the NBO have created an exciting musical program called Swing with Strings, an eclectic selection of enduring songs from the swing era and beyond, with popular melodies like "Unforgettable", "I Get a Kick Out of You", "Anything Goes" and "Mr Bojangles", plus a special tribute to Frank Sinatra, featuring "Come Fly With Me", "That’s Life", "New York, New York" and many more.

It's a unique combination -- popular music interpreted by an Australian musical legend accompanied by the power and richness of a symphonic orchestra.

Formed in 2008, the NBO is a not-for-profit organisation created to provide opportunities for musicians on the Northern Beaches to excel musically as well as to enhance the cultural life of the local community.
Tom Burlinson has enjoyed a stellar career as an actor and singer in Australian show business for almost 40 years. His shows celebrating Frank Sinatra and other greats of vocal swing are loved throughout the country. A Northern Beaches resident, Mr Burlinson is a regular cinema-goer at United Cinemas Warriewood. "I’m really looking forward to performing in the main theatre there," he said. "I’m hoping the concert will be a very special and memorable one."

"It's great that we can showcase the amazing local talents of the Northern Beaches Orchestra again this year," said Upper Northern Beaches Rotary President Kailas Chidambaram. "And we are especially pleased to present Tom Burlinson as our vocal headliner for the first time."
Concert proceeds will go to the projects of Upper Northern Beaches Rotary.

The event has attracted an impressive group of sponsors, including Wiseberry Mona Vale, Ann Wilson Funerals and Blackmores.
For more information call Upper Northern Beaches Rotary on 0427 517 732

It’s a great opportunity to enjoy a memorable evening of fine music featuring talented local musicians and an Australian superstar, while helping to support the work of Rotary in the Northern Beaches.

Deluxe seats $50, regular seats $40. Tickets are now on sale at www.rotaryuppernorthernbeaches.org and at the Warriewood Cinema box office (9913 2800 or in person).
Sydney WildlifeCritter of the Month September 2016
By Lynleigh Greig
Sydney Wildlife 

Spring-Time = Snake-Time

Spring is upon us  And this means that our beautiful reptiles will be emerging for all the good things that the warm weather has to offer - sunshine, food and… love!

Of all the glorious reptiles we have here on the Northern Beaches, snakes would have to be the most feared and the most misunderstood of all.  We often get called out to remove a “6-foot brown snake” but when we get to the site, it’s invariably a swamp snake or a whip snake or a snake that isn’t even brown at all!

We’ve decided to dedicate this article to two little species of snakes that are local to our area and that are often confused with the infamous eastern brown snake (Pseudonaja textilis).  They are, in fact, relatively harmless to humans and can be very useful in eradicating pests from our gardens.  

The species we will be focussing on this month are: 

Yellow-faced whip snakes (Demansia psammophis) and 

Black-bellied swamp snakes/marsh snakes (Hemiaspis signata)

Let’s start with the gorgeous little swamp snake.  They are referred to as a black-bellied swamp snake or a marsh snake.  We often refer to them, fondly, as ‘marshies’:


Photograph by Lisa Wynn

The black-bellied swamp snake (Hemiaspis signata) can vary greatly in colour and size, depending on the area in which they are found. Their most distinguishable features are their white facial 'racing stripes' - one behind each eye and one above the lip on either side of their heads. As their name suggests, they live in moist areas adjacent to swamps and lagoons and creek-side vegetation. They also like well-watered gardens. Their diet consists mainly of skinks and frogs.

Whilst they are mildly venomous, they are not considered dangerous. Their venom is used primarily to subdue their prey.


This photo of a marsh snake shows the beautiful white stripes on its face. The member of the public that called us to rescue this snake was convinced she was an eastern brown snake (Pseudonaja textilis) until we pointed out the facial markings and black belly - visible in the next photo:


Our second focus species is the very beautiful Yellow-faced whip snake (Demansia psammophis):


Photo by Lisa Wynn 

This photo of the amazingly beautiful yellow-faced whip snake (Demansia psammophis) clearly shows the 'comma-shape' around its eye. In the sunshine, their body can often appear to have a rainbow sheen (leading to their nickname of rainbow ribbons/rainbow worms).  

These little snakes can appear to be very brown in colour but they can also look olive green.  

The most noticeable difference between these little guys and eastern brown snakes is the pretty comma-shape around the eye area.  They have a mild venom which they use to subdue their prey.



Can you see the difference between the whip snake’s face and the eastern brown snake’s face?  

The eastern brown snake (Pseudonaja textilis) can also vary greatly in colour and size.  The one pictured above is fairly dark.  The one pictured below is quite light in colour:


As you can see, it’s fairly easy to see the facial markings on the marsh snakes and whip snakes.  The eastern brown snakes won’t have these markings.  

Many snakes are needlessly killed each year - just because they happen to be brown in colour.  Trying to kill a snake puts you in much greater danger than leaving it in peace, as you are entering their strike zone to kill them.

What to do if a snake enters your house:

  1.  Don't panic
  2.  Remove pets and children from the room
  3. Close the door to the room or keep a close eye on it until help arrives
  4. Call for advice:

  • Sydney Wildlife 9413 4300
  • Wires 1300 094 737
  • Sydney Snake Catchers (fees apply) 1300 599 938

2107 To Extend Into 2108!

The Palm Beach Golf Club is pleased to announce that Andrew & Amy Towner and their team from The 2107 Restaurant in Avalon is coming to Palm Beach and to Beach Road Dining from October 2016.

The 2107 Restaurant was recently awarded “Most Outstanding” Restaurant at the 2016 Local Business awards and will be bringing its Modern Australian themed menu to Palm Beach! 

There will be a multitude of menu options available from a Café style menu during the week to a Al a carte dining menu on Friday nights and a Pub style bar menu with all the classics on weekends. 

This will allow you plenty of opportunities to come and to enjoy our iconic beach side suburb, enjoying the views across the Golf Course out to Lion Island. 

Australian Mogul Championships 2016

James 'Jimmy' Matheson came 6th in the Subaru Australian Mogul Championships!

World #1 Mikael Kingsbury (Canada) won the gold. Mosman boy Rohan Chapman-Davies came 3rd! Our World #2 Matt Graham came 5th. 

Edwina Fawcett.

MWNA In Grand Final

On Saturday August 27th the MWNB held their Grand Finals for local netball clubs.

This coming Monday, September 5th, Manly Warringah will play in the 2016 DOOLEYS Metro League Grand Final in Division 4 against Randwick. The match will take place at Netball Central, Olympic Park.

Below: Manly's Jean Hay AM, Pittwater's Kylie Ferguson and Warringah's Vincent De Luca OAM attended the Grand Finals Day Matches and presentations.

Operation Beard Off!!

Has anyone else noticed that RPAYC Club Coach Tom Spithill has started to resemble a Mountain Man?

We have decided that it’s time for the beard to go and so Tom has agreed to shave his beard for a great cause. Tommy will be raising money to go towards the IdS Program (Integrated disAbled Sailing) at the RPAYC who in turn support Soldier On. Tom has been involved with getting the Soldier On Team out sailing each month, it has been a very humbling experience for him and the Club to support such a great community programme.

Sailing has been one of Soldier On’s greatest integration programmes, that has seen many ex service men, women and their families re-unite with fellow service persons, the community and best of all learn and develop new skills in the sport of sailing.

We will have Nathan Vardanega who is the Reintegration Officer from Solider On here to start proceedings. If anyone has a large blade we are going to need it.

For those local, DONATE NOW & join us at the RPAYC on Saturday 10th September @ 4.30pm for Operation Beard Off.

For those unable to attend be sure to DONATE to the cause & we will update you with pictures.

Donate to Operation Beard Off here:au.gofundme.com/operationbeardoff

About Soldier On:
Soldier On’s mission is to achieve the best reintegrated generation of serving and ex-serving men and women in Australia’s history. To achieve this, Soldier On supports those who have served by focusing on their physical and mental health, their family, their community, and their future. 72,000 Australians have served in the Australian Defence Force since 1990, and thousands will be effected by their service, be it physically or psychologically.  Soldier On supports anyone who has served Australia and their families. This includes those who have served as part of the Army, Navy, Air Force, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Australian Federal Police, and the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, which includes Australian Border Force. 
For information on Soldier On: www.soldieron.org.au

About IdS:
In 2013 The RPAYC furthered its commitment to disabled sailing by formalising a program called Integrated disAbled Sailing (IdS). The program provides financial and volunteer support to integrate sailors with disabilities into the Club’s regular sailing program and provides support for Sailability Crystal Bay which is based out of the Club’s Crystal Bay hardstand. In 2015 the Club was proud to win a national award for this program from the Marina Industries Association. 

APBBC September Business Breakfast

Avalon Palm Beach Business Chamber Invites you to join us for our 6 September 2016 Business Networking Breakfast

Our Breakfasts are your opportunity to showcase your business.
Guest Speaker: Our meetings now feature 10 minute presentations from two attendees from our past meetings.