Community News: September 2019

September 15 -  21, 2019: Issue 421

Articles This Week 

Front Page Issue 421 

Demolition Of Mona Vale Hospital Currently Taking Place

Sustainable House Day 2019: today, Sunday the 15th of September 2019. Two brilliant examples available - an Avalon Beach Granny Flat that has just won a prestigious National Design Award and Permanora at Elanora Heights

New SCC Application Lodged For Same Bayview Golf Course Development by Bayview Residents community group

2019 Pittwater Community Service Award Recipient is Ian Hutchinson, of CPR Friendly

Dane Dujic Wins Event Two Of The Woolworths Surfer Groms Comps Series 2019/20 Held At Curl Curl by Surfing NSW

Pictures Avalon Beach Women's Bowling Club Koala Day Carnival 2019: The 45th All Womens Event

Aquatics: Bilgola SLSC Celebrates 70 Years next weekend: Some Anecdotes From Early Members

Reflections by George Repin: THE THIRD MAN 

Building Bridges to Boorowa - The 20 Year Anniversary  new MOU signed between North Sydney, Hilltops and Boorowa councils - Every year, North Sydney Council’s bushcare team and volunteers from the local community travel to Boorowa to plant trees and shrubs around farms to improve the landscape and create natural habitat for native species. To date, more than 65,000 trees and shrubs have been planted and the farmers and volunteers have seen huge improvements in the landscape and an increase in native animals.

DIY Ideas Installing Posts For Decks and Verandahs With Heavier Loads + Installing Membranes For Tiled Decks - our Spring 2019 project continues with great products and tools to help you Spring into Action!

Collector's Corner Samuel Wood Postcards of Pittwater and Manly: Collecting Postcards:  Readers are often thrilled to see views of Pittwater not formerly seen in history articles. The places we look to find these photos and postcards include the State Libraries of New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia, South Australia, Queensland, the National Library of Australia, the Australian National Maritime Museum, the Powerhouse Museum, National Museum of Australia etc. Among these places are those focused on postcards. For example, the NSW Postcard Collectors Society Inc..They hold regular ‘Fairs’ where collectors may find that special item or items in their area of interest. The Date for Remaining Fairs during 2019 is: Sunday 24th of November

Food  Barrenjoey House: Spring 2019 For that special lunch with friends late during the week when it's nice and quiet, the food and location that are part of Barrenjoey House remain hard to beat. A brilliant view of the estuary across Pittwater Park, the smell of the ocean wafting over the hill, icy cold and just right cocktails, an extensive wine list and a menu that offers modern Australian dishes with a focus on fresh seafood - as well as some great vegetarian dishes.

Profile Anne Spencer For years now our 'go to' lady for all things Bilgola Beach has been Anne Spencer. With MWP Historical Society then Editor Tony Dawson overseeing the work, Anne penned, BILGOLA - THE STORY OF A POLITICIAN, A PILOT AND AN EPICURE.

This former secretary of the Bilgola Preservation Society, with husband Colin, were among those fought tirelessly over the years to protect the beauty of Bilgola Beach. 

Anne Spencer is much more than an advocate for retaining the integrity of Bilgola Beach though. Anne Spencer is a beautiful now Narrabeen based Artist whose artwork has continued to sell solidly since her first exhibition. Concurrently exhibiting and studying art making, Anne has completed traditional techniques of oil painting with Celia Gullet and earlier, year courses on tonalism with Graeme Inson and watercolours with the Julian Ashton Art School.

Australian art history with the NSW Art Gallery have been another focus while various short courses and workshops with the National Art School and leading artists like Jo Bertini and Stephen Harvey, have helped to expand her art education. Anne’s artworks have sold to a multitude of local Australian clients as well as internationally in London, Switzerland, Singapore and New York City (MOMA). She currently paints full-time.

Recently we sent through a series of questions to Anne to delve a little deeper and find out more about this brilliant Wordsmith and Artist. Anne will run as Artist of the Month for October 2019 - for now, a few words from, by and about one of our great creatives. 

For those who can't wait, please visit: www.annespencer.com.au

History Pittwater Roads II - Where the Streets Have Your Name - Coaster's Retreat and The BasinThere are no actual streets or roads in Coaster's Retreat or The Basin - but that does not mean these offshore idylls should miss out on a few insights into the areas that once were and still are a place where people enjoy living.

Pittwater Offshore Newsletter Update September 10th, 2019 

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To contact Julian:  editor@scotlandisland.org.au

In This Issue Of The PON: 

Scotland Island Fire Brigade - Open Day Sunday 15th September 2019

The Bush Fire Season has started early this year. Come and visit us at the Scotland Island Fire Station on Sunday 15th September from 10am as part of the Rural Fire Service Get Ready Weekend.

There will be something interesting for everyone - grab a Bushfire Survival Plan Kit, talk to local Brigade members, climb through the trucks, participate in a community discussion about preparing your property, watch a demonstration or grab something from the BBQ.

11:00am    First Aid Demonstration (CPR, Defibrillation, Bites & Stings)
12:00pm   Preparing Your Property                  
12:30pm   Fire Extinguisher Demonstration
1:00pm     Pile Burn Demonstration
2:00pm     Structure Fire Demonstration

Food and Fun for all the Family
Hope you can join us at some stage during the day.

Congratulations

Congratulations to Ingleside NSWRFS volunteer Deputy Captain, Ron Hughes on being awarded his Life Membership certificate of the Northern Beaches RFS branch of the Rural Fire Service Association this week. Ron is the Secretary and Treasurer of the local branch and has held this position for many years.

Ron is already a veteran Fire fighter at Ingleside Brigade with over 40 years service. Ron had previously been Brigade Captain and is also a Life Member at Ingleside. Congratulations Ron, you set a great example to many other volunteers.

Ron was presented his certificate by RFSA Director Ken Middleton. Photo courtesy Ingleside RFS

DoggieRescue.com

Pets of the Week

Beau

AGE/SEX: 15 weeks / F
BREED: Cattle X Staffy
Beau is a sweet active girl. She was very thin when she came from the pound at 8.6kg and we are building her condition. Beau is friendly with other dogs and is very sweet and affectionate with people. She is lively and jumpy so best suited to a family with older children and with someone home most of the time. She comes with puppy vaccinations, wormed, heartworm free, with desexing and microchipped. Her adoption cost is $600. 

Ringo

Ringo is a sweet black and white 4 month old boy who was saved from the pound. He is cheeky and playful and loves his toys. Ringo is a little shy at first of new places and people but does warm up pretty quickly. Ringo got his name from the white ring around the top of his black tail. He is social with other cats and currently lives in a communal environment.

He comes desexed, wormed, F3 vaccinated and microchipped. His adoption fee is $220. To meet him please call DoggieRescue on 9486 3133 or email cats@doggierescue.com

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

Applications Open For Community Building Partnership Program

Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes is encouraging local community and sporting groups to apply for funds under the NSW Government’s 2019 Community Building Partnership Program.

The NSW Government has allocated $300,000 to the Pittwater community to be distributed to infrastructure projects that will deliver lasting and wide-reaching benefits.

Local projects that were supported by this program in 2018 included kitchen upgrades at Elanora Heights Community Preschool, roof insulation at Sunnyfield Terrey Hills, equipment for the Sydney Northern Beaches Woodturners, and playground improvements at Careel Bay Tennis Club.

“This program has been the catalyst for many wonderful projects in Pittwater,” Rob Stokes said today.

“Local groups provide a range of benefits to our community and a financial boost can get the ball rolling on a long-awaited project.

Applications are now open and will be accepted until 5pm on 27 September 2019.

“Eligible projects must enhance facilities, meet community needs, increase community participation, and be achievable by the group that is applying,” Rob Stokes said.

Further details and information on how to apply is available by visiting www.communitybuildingpartnership.nsw.gov.au

Sydney To Auckland Ocean Race 2021: Centrepiece Of Major Summer International Events


To start on Sydney Harbour at 1pm on 30 January 2021, the inaugural Sydney to Auckland Ocean Race 2021, organised by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (RPAYC) in NSW in association with the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (RNZYS), is already gaining momentum with over 100 Expressions of Interest received.

The race will be the centrepiece of a summer of major yachting events in Australia and New Zealand, starting with the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race on 26 December, and finishing in Auckland Harbour in time for RNZYS’s 150th Anniversary celebrations (for full details and visit: www.rnzys.org.nz)  and the 36th America’s Cup. 

Sporting rivalry between Australia and our friends across the paddock is well-documented, making this an enticing opportunity for sailors in both countries, and from outside, to take part. Foreign entities have already shown interest, lured by the whole package. And for international parties wishing to take part, RPAYC is talking to Sevenstar Yacht Transport to provide shipping at the best possible rates.

“It is an exciting time in yachting. The Sydney to Auckland Ocean Race 2021 will be a special race in itself, but careful consideration also went into the timing of our race. It’s placement on the sailing calendar offers the keen yachtie plenty of options before and after the race,” RPAYC spokesperson, Rob McClelland said.

“Down the track, we will also have further exciting news to share with prospective entrants in relation to the race,” ended McClelland, not wanting to give too much away at this early stage. 

A Category 1 race of 1250 nautical miles, the Sydney to Auckland Ocean Race 2021 is open to offshore racing yachts, inclusive of a double-handed division (IRC, ORCi and PHS categories) superyachts, ocean racing multihulls (OMR rated) and incorporates a rally for cruisers. The race also provides cruising opportunities in New Zealand, the Pacific and to home ports before and after. 

“The Club has been a pioneer in NSW in including and encouraging multihulls and double-handed entries into our offshore races, in particular our major events such as the Pittwater to Coffs Harbour Yacht Race and the Pittwater to Paradise Regatta,” McClelland commented. 

Among the early entries for the race, which finishes off RNZYS at Westhaven Marina where crowds will be gathered to welcome boats in, are RPAYC members Richard Hudson and Ian Edwards. 

Hudson owns the modified IC45, Pretty Woman, and Edwards the Dehler 46, of Wings. The pair is well-travelled, regularly competing in races and regattas around the country and overseas. They have thrown down the gauntlet to others, as both already have entered in the 75th Sydney Hobart and plan to take full advantage of all that is on offer.   

Ken Gourlay, the first Tasmanian and fastest and oldest Australian to sail around the world single-handed, has entered with his son Tristan, who last year competed in the Melbourne Osaka Double-Handed Yacht Race. They should make a formidable team with their Pogo 40, Green.  

In the lead-up to the Sydney to Auckland Ocean Race 2021, the RPAYC will run courses and seminars on rating for Category 1 races, Australian Sailing Safety and Sea Survival, Marine Radio Operator, Senior First Aid and others, to be announced in due course.

The inaugural race has already attracted supporting sponsors, but the naming rights sponsorship is currently open and offers a prospective sponsor unusually diverse international opportunities. To discuss sponsorship opportunities, please phone Rob McClelland on 0416 294 942 or email: gomer@ozemail.com.au 

For all details, including entry and Notice of Race for the inaugural Sydney to Auckland Ocean Race 2021, go to the official race website: www.sydneytoauckland.com

By Di Pearson

Manly To Barangaroo Fast Ferry

I am pleased to announce that My Fast Ferry will operate a service from Manly to Barangaroo, commencing this Monday 16th September.

I have been working with other ferry operators and Transport for NSW to commence a new service from Manly to Barangaroo.
Bear with us whilst we finalise the service over the next few weeks - as it won’t be perfect but we are committed to sorting it out!



The service will depart from Hotel Wharf no. 3 (same as before) and leave on Monday (subject to change) at:
◾️ 6:55am
◾️ 7:25am
◾️ 7:55am
◾️ 8:15am
◾️ 8.45am
Return times will be put up on the MFF website.

It will be accessible by Opal, MFF card, cash and credit card.
I would like to thank My Fast Ferry for their willingness to step in and provide this service with a view to growing the patronage and routes from Manly.

This service will operate until the finalisation of wharf access at Barangaroo at which point a long-term Manly to Barangaroo fast ferry service, ideally with increased frequency, will be confirmed.


James Griffin MP, MP for Manly

New Pedestrian Bridge Ready For Installation 

Work to provide a safer crossing between the Brookvale Community Health Centre, Warringah Mall and local bus stops will reach an important milestone at the end of this month with the new pedestrian bridge to be lifted into position across Pittwater Road. 

The bridge will be installed across Pittwater Road near William St in Brookvale, providing a safer crossing between the Brookvale Community Health Centre and the bus stops while also improving traffic flow. 

The bridge is one of the road improvements being delivered as part of the NSW Government’s B-Line program which are designed to improve traffic flow for all road users and improve the reliability of all local bus services.

“Brookvale is a busy public transport interchange, retail and health precinct regularly used by bus customers, pedestrians and cyclists, as well as general traffic,” Member for Manly James Griffin said.

“This new bridge, which is expected to open at the end of this year, will improve safety and traffic flow through this area.”

Member for Wakehurst Brad Hazzard said using the bridge will be safer for pedestrians and cyclists.

“This new bridge will also mean a shorter wait time for motorists at these traffic lights, which will in turn improve the reliability of all bus services travelling through the area,” Mr Hazzard said.

“The bridge will be fully accessible with lifts on both sides of Pittwater Road and an extra shelter will be installed to provide weather protection for customers using the transport interchange.” 

Work to install the bridge will be carried out between Winbourne Road, Brookvale, and Kentwell Road, North Manly, from Wednesday 25 September to Saturday 28 September.

The work will involve some road impacts and local road closures and drivers are encouraged to plan ahead and allow extra travel time.

From 9pm, Friday 27 September to 7am, Saturday 28 September, Pittwater Road, Brookvale will be closed between Cross Street and William Street. Motorists will be diverted via Old Pittwater Road while motorists going to and from the city can use Wakehurst Parkway and Warringah Road.

From 10pm Thursday 26 September, until 5am Friday 27 September a localised closure of Pittwater Road between William Street and Kentwell Road, North Manly, will be in place to prepare for the installation.

2019 Pittwater Community Service Award

Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes has announced passionate CPR awareness advocate Ian Hutchinson as the recipient of the Premier’s 2019 Pittwater Community Service Award

Ian suffered a sudden cardiac arrest in 2018 when cycling around Narrabeen Lagoon and the combined effort of passers-by and paramedics was required to help revive him.

Following his frightening ordeal, during which he was technically dead for several minutes, Ian has embarked on a growing campaign to raise awareness about CPR and encourage local residents and community groups to learn the life-saving skill.

“Ian has turned his frightening experience into a positive and powerful message for others,” Rob Stokes said on Friday.

“Not content with simply telling his story, Ian has set about actively encouraging local community groups to promote CPR awareness and learn the life-saving skill.

“Ian’s key message is very clear – even a small amount of CPR knowledge can help save a life.

“The methods Ian deploys, including short humorous videos, are a little outside the square – but they’re incredibly effective because his messages cut through.

“It’s effectively a reverse domino effect – the more people who learn CPR the more people who can assist in sudden cardiac arrest situations.

“Ian’s determination and outlook is inspiring and this award is an important way to acknowledge the positive impacts he’s having throughout our community,” Rob Stokes said. 

Further information on Ian’s campaign, and access to his instructional videos, is available at www.cprfriendly.org 


Ian Hutchinson and Member for Pittwater, the Hon. Rob Stokes - photo by Michael Mannington, Community Photography

Bilgola Surf Lifesavers First Responders 

Bilgola SLSC member and year 11 St Luke’s student Oliver Festa (16)  saved a man’s life on Thursday on the B-Line bus network. Oliver boarded the bus for school at Mona Vale and found a man unconscious at the back of the top deck of the bus.

Oliver quickly alerted the driver and arranged other travellers to help, getting the man into the recovery position and closely monitoring his very faint breathing. Oliver tried to find a pulse but was finding it very difficult to detect one.

While waiting for ambulances to arrive the man stopped breathing a number of times, and along with another club member (and city commuter) Claire Reading, Oliver commenced CPR, with a number of chest compressions. A faint breath was then detected so the man was put back into the recovery position.

Thankfully ambulances arrived and took over - finding a very faint pulse of 49 and stabilising the patient with oxygen.

Through Oliver’s quick response after finding the man, alerting the driver, stabilising him then giving him compressions, the man’s life was saved.

Bayview GC Development: New SCC Applied For

Community group Bayview Residents advise that a new Site Compatibility Certificate (SCC) has been applied for. Lodge on September 2nd, 2019, the SCC application states this is:

''Application for a Site Compatibility Certificate for a seniors housing development comprising:

- 85 'serviced self-care housing' dwellings and ancillary facilities
- seven separate buildings of a maximum of three storeys
- a maximum height of 8.5m
- a total gross floor area of 18,449sqm
- basement parking for 161 cars, loading and servicing
- landscaping including creation of communal open space
- construction of a road linking the proposed development to Cabbage Tree Road and construction of a roundabout on Cabbage Tree Road, along with an associated pedestrian crossing
- construction of a separate pedestrian pathway from the site to the existing footpath on Cabbage Tree Road and along Annam Road to Kiah Close with kerb ramps to provide access to the bus stop opposite Bayview Gardens
- extension / augmentation of services and utilities to service the development
- establishment and management of bushfire asset protection zones, and
- signage adjacent to the roadway entrance.

The development would be operated as a retirement village within the meaning of the Retirement Villages Act 1999.''

Documents relating to the application are available at the link above.

Barge And Truck Submerged At Mackerel Now Above Water

Brenda the barge and the truck carrying 10,000 litres of sewage have been successfully resurfaced near Great Mackerel Beach with very little impact to the environment.
Video by NSW Maritime 

Spring School Holidays Issues

Please note that Issue 423 will be published Sunday September 29th and that Issue 424 will be published Sunday October 13th.
There will be no Issue on Sunday October 6th.

Please have all News Items, Notices and Events for Issue 423 in by 12 pm Saturday September 28th.

Thank you very much.

Local RFS Volunteers Helping Fight Fires Far From Home

On Thursday of this week, an Ingleside RFS volunteer returned from the Queensland bushfires after assisting there. 

Two Ingleside NSWRFS volunteers flew to Northern NSW on Friday as part of a group of 8 volunteers from our area to assist in the fire fighting effort. 

Photo: Ingleside NSW RFS

On Saturday (Sept. 14) the Ingleside NSWRFS volunteers were deployed on the  Long Gully Rd, Drake bushfire in Tenterfield. This fire was still at Emergency Warning as of 4pm.

The fire jumped the Bruxner Highway north east of Sandy Hill. The fire was moving in a north-easterly direction towards homes in Red Rock and Rover Park. Residents were advised to seek shelter as the fire approached. The Large Air Tanker was sent in to assist.


Ingleside NSW RFS photo

This fire is 53,000 hectares in size and is now at Watch and Act status. This is the first day in the field for our local volunteers with another shift Sunday and Monday before returning home Tuesday.


Sept. 14, 2019 - 6.25pm: Watch and Act: Long Gully Rd, Drake (Tenterfield LGA) The threat to homes has eased. Winds are easing ahead of a predicted easterly change.  

Ingleside volunteers are helping with Get Ready Day at Terrey Hills station today (sunday Sept. 15th) from 10am-2pm. Come along and get you bushfire survival plan ready.

Are you Bushfire Ready?
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Please Register Wildlife Road Strikes

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

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

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

This news service has again sought clarification this week on when fauna mitigation fences will be installed along the length of the current Mona Vale Road East Upgrade. 

Several wallabies have now been lost along the length of these works, particularly along the stretch from Ingleside Hill to Kimbriki. The fauna fences are still not in.

BYRA First Day Of The Season Report

The weather forecast in the two days before the first race obviously shook up the Phasianidae / Gallus Gallus, among you (you can Google it), who stayed away.

In fact, as is often the case on Pittwater, the breeze was less than forecast, certainly less than Sydney’s. There were a few big puffs some frustrating lulls and directions from around the compass. The Race management team managed to get in some racing with all the problems that accompany the first of the season and the fickle wind conditions. Just look at the video below to see good sailing breeze, hardly using the abdominal muscles at all.

This Sunday the forecast is good, as of Wednesday, NNE/NE at 11 knots maximum, 24c temperature and not a cloud in the sky.
Come and join us out on the water.

Cruisers Outings
There has been a good response to the Cruising Outing  which will be held on the third Sunday of the month.

The dates until Christmas break are scheduled as follows.
 
            Sunday September 22nd
            Sunday October 20th
            Sunday November 17th
            Sunday December 15th 

Try Sailing Day at BYRA
The club holds 2 ’Try Sailing Days’ every year when  persons interested in sailing can come and have a try at sailing with one of the club members who will take them out in their boat. 

Our first Try Sailing Day is on Sunday September 22nd from 9.30am to 12 noonThe club is open every Sunday to sail dinghies.

The Bayview Yacht Racing Association (BYRA) is sailing club, dinghy racing and yacht club based on Pittwater, in Sydney's northern beaches. We offer some of the best water access and sailing conditions in Sydney. The club boasts a proud history of producing state, national and world champions and is a friendly family club with a strong sense of community.

We offer dinghy racing on Sunday afternoons and twilight yacht racing on Tuesday nights from September to May. New members and visitors are always welcome to join our existing fleets or introduce a new class to the club.

BYRA has a strong focus on skills development, and offers learn to sail programs, junior sailing on Sunday mornings, introduction to racing, race training and other support as requested. BYRA has an ongoing commitment to supporting junior sailors and fostering their sailing skills, from learn to sail programs through to elite competition.

BYRA is run entirely by volunteers, and we welcome you to get involved at the club, whether in race organisation, on our response boats, in the canteen or in the many other jobs associated with keeping our club operating smoothly.

You'll always recognise a BYRA sailor by their smile and friendly welcome, and that's just as important to us as doing well on the race course

To find out more, please visit: www.byra.org.au

Modus Operandi Brewing Wins Champion IPA

FORMER TENANT RED IPA 
AWARDED CHAMPION IPA IN AUS!
Last Thursday we brushed our hair, put non approved safety shoes on and scrubbed up for the night where Independent Brewers come together to celebrate the BEST of beer for 2019.



We were humbled to pick up medals for all of our beers entered (21 in total), a Gold for Wippa Snippa Session Pale and Former Tenant Red IPA and then the big gong of the night - CHAMPION IPA for Former Tenant Red IPA. This is the fourth time we have won the IPA trophy (last years Gainz and Zoo Feeder twice before that) but this year is extra special with entries up 40% and a trifecta for this beer in 2019 - Gold Sydney Royals 2019, Gold Aus. International Beer Awards 2019. 

You may have noticed the "Certified Independent" seal on our cans, which was released in May last year for the 200 and counting independent Aussie breweries. When you see the seal you know you are buying from a brewery that is run and operated by Aussie mums, dads, mates, chicks, blokes, kids and dogs with jobs and profits kept in Australia. It's becoming more and more apparent that Aussies want to know who is making their beer and are actively looking for this seal on the back of their beer.

CERTIFIED INDEPENDENT
WHAT DOES THAT ACTUALLY MEAN
You may have noticed the above "Certified Independent" seal on our cans, which was released in May last year for the 200 and counting independent Aussie breweries. When you see the seal you know you are buying from a brewery that is run and operated by Aussie mums, dads, mates, chicks, blokes, kids and dogs with jobs and profits kept in Australia. It's becoming more and more apparent that Aussies want to know who is making their beer and are actively looking for this seal on the back of their beer.
If you want more info on who own who in the beer world, take look at this awesome infographic by Crafty Pint.

This is the perfect time to let you know about Indie Beer Day on October the 26th. To support your local brewery and indie breweries around the country, head to your local brewery, pub that pours Indie beer or a fresh can at home with your mates and give Indie Beer a cheers at 2.00pm AEST. There will be events all over Australia capturing this moment. Keep your eyes peeled on our socials for our shindig at the brewery - going to be a mighty CHEERS! 

Modus Operandi Brewing, Mona Vale 

Government Services In Mackellar To Be Improved Through Public Data Sharing Reform

September 3rd, 2019: from the Office of Mr. Jason Falinski, MP for Mackellar
Minister for Government Services, Stuart Robert, today announced a major milestone in the Federal Government’s commitment to improve government service delivery. A discussion paper outlining proposed landmark public data sharing reforms has been released with the aim of building the foundations for a secure, connected and seamless experience of government services.

Minister Robert said the reforms will enshrine stronger safeguards in legislation to enable the modernisation of the government’s public data capability and set a clear, consistent and transparent approach to public data sharing.

‘Australians expect government services to be simple, seamless, and fast —just like their everyday experience of shopping and banking. These proposed reforms will establish stronger safeguards and enable Government to use data more effectively and securely to deliver services in a way that meets the expectations of the Australian public.’ Minister Robert said.

‘The sharing of public sector data has incredible potential at the individual level – reducing the friction and duplication of tasks that many Australians experience when accessing government services. It is equally beneficial at the national level, by delivering new insights that inform research and government policies on complex challenges in health, education and the economy. 

‘Currently, there is a labyrinth of over 500 separate privacy and secrecy provisions enacted over a century hindering our ability to share data to deliver the service Australians deserve. These reforms will ensure we keep pace with international standards and best practice when it comes to government service delivery. However, the use of data must be done safely, for the right purpose and by the right people, with privacy and security at the very core’.

Mackellar MP, Jason Falinski encouraged individuals and organisations across The Northern Beaches to consider providing their input on the Discussion Paper.   

‘We are committed to getting this right so we’ve sought the views of users and stakeholders, including peak bodies, privacy experts, businesses and research institutions to help shape the policies outlined in this Discussion Paper. I encourage everyone to have their say to help refine the new legislative framework so we can make the most of this important national asset to benefit all Australians.’ Mr Falinski said.

The Discussion Paper is open for public submissions from 3 September to 15 October 2019. For more information, visit www.datacommissioner.gov.au.

Northern Beaches Dementia Friendly Community

Get involved! If you are living with dementia or caring for someone living with dementia, we have an opportunity for you to get involved and have your say about your local dementia friendly community project. If you are interested please click the link below:

Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary Stalls 2019

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

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

September 8 - 14, 2019: Issue 420

Articles This Week 

Front Page Issue 420 

Profile MWP CARE (previously known as MWP Community Aid) is a local not for profit organisation that was founded by Daphne Elsworthy, a Collaroy resident, 52 years ago and we are still going strong! 

In 2019 our programs focus on assisting older people aged 65 years and older, we also assist younger people with a disability and their carers.  We are funded by the Australian Government Dept. of Health through the Commonwealth Home Support Program (known as CHSP).

MWP Care Limited (Formerly MWP Community Aid) offers a range of services to support and assist eligible residents of Sydney’s Northern Beaches and North Shore, who cannot manage alone, to remain in their own home and be as independent as possible.

These services may be eligible for government subsidies. Call us on (02) 9913 3244 for a confidential discussion. Alternatively you may call My Aged Care on 1800 200 422 to discuss your needs. To access our services (and all other CHSP provider services) you must be registered with My Aged Care – the portal for all things related to Aged Care Services 

We provide services aimed at helping people to stay independently living in their own homes.

Our programs cover:

  • Transport – to medical and social appointments
  • Shopping – Escorted Shopping, Shop By List, Group Social Shopping
  • Visiting – a volunteer visits a client in their own home for social support
  • Individual Activities – visit a friend, the library, the beach, local garden, and nursery, go for a coffee & chat, attend community activities etc.
  • Social Group Bus Outings – our mini bus and experienced staff coordinate a calendar of bus outings to interesting venues
  • CALD (Culturally and Linguistically Diverse) social groups/outings  – Chinese, Italian, Korean , Filipino, Serbian
  • Home Maintenance Modification Service – provided to individual home owners at reasonable cost. Services provided by trusted tradespeople can include Plumbing, Carpentry, Handyman, Electrical, Modifications (ramps, rails etc.)

Visit our website for more at:  www.mwpcommunityaid.com.au  and on Facebook: www.facebook.com/mwpcarelimited

History Pittwater Roads II - Where the Streets Have Your Name - Coaster's Retreat and The BasinThere are no actual streets or roads in Coaster's Retreat or The Basin - but that does not mean these offshore idylls should miss out on a few insights into the areas that once were and still are a place where people enjoy living.

Frederick Jackson, who did have land at The Basin, sold that to the Ku-Ring-Gai Chase Trust in 1916 (gazetted-dedicated in 1917), although the last resident allowed officially there, 'Sally' Morris of The Basin, resided in her home on the beach until she passed away.

Prior to that though, 7 1/2 acres and 15 acres were dedicated to the national park at Coaster's Retreat in 1911.

The area was first inhabited by Indigenous Australians, the Kuringgai (also spelt Ku-ring-gai, Kuring-gai, Guringai). The Kuringai were hunters and gatherers. The Basin, adjoining Coasters Retreat is particularly rich in Aboriginal Heritage sites including The Basin Track Engraving Site, featuring petroglyphs of hunters, kangaroos, fishing and Wallabies. On the headland north of Coasters Retreat, is the Red Hands Cave, featuring a hand print in red ochre. 

Pittwater Offshore Newsletter Update September 1st, 2019 

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To contact Julian:  editor@scotlandisland.org.au

Zonta Centennial Celebrations

Zonta Club of Northern Beaches Inc. members have attended the Zonta Australia New Zealand Centennial Convention this week. 

Zonta NB member Ann Asker was recognised amongst these ladies for 25 years service to Zonta. Wonderful to be in a photo with Zonta International President Sandy Venn Brown (on the left):




Ten members of ZCNB at the ANZCC

Coming up is the Zonta Club of Northern Beaches 2019 Centniniel dinner.

Book your seat for the Zonta Centennial Dinner on Monday 21 October celebrating 100 years of Zonta Advocacy around the world. With Jane Caro as guest speaker this will be a memorable evening while raising funds to assist women in need. Book for yourself or book a table of 6 to 10. Early bird price until 21 September. Booking details on poster below.

Narrabeen Youth Club Presentation Day 2019 Farewells Two Club Stalwarts

Narrabeen Youth Club (Netball) gave an official farewell to two wonderful and inspirational club volunteers - Ronda Alterator and Gail McDonough - as part of their end of season celebrations yesterday, Saturday September 7th.

"We thank you for everything ! NYC Life Members , committee members for all your time, commitment, dedication, coaching, mentoring etc etc ………. you will be sadly missed by us all.
Good luck in your retirement."

"Thanks to NYC Life Members Rikki De Waal, Christine Harris and Maureen Stephenson as well as special guest Maureen Boyle OAM and Ted Blackwood, Founder and Patron Of NYC.


Ted Blackwood, Founder and Patron at 2019 Presentation Day - NYC photo

2019 Recognitions
Congratulations to Lucy Kelly, worthy winner of the Ted Blackwood Most Outstanding Club Volunteer for 2019; thank you for all your contributions to Narrabeen Youth Club Netball we appreciate your time and effort.

Congratulations to Angela Kidd, our wonderful Umpires convenor winner of the Ronda Alterator Senior Umpire award for 2019 - thank you for all your time and effort this season.

The Narrabeen Youth Club Netball junior club girl award goes to Hannah Grice from our 15A who has been an amazing superstar. Thanks for your contributions to NYC with coaching, mentoring, training and playing as well as your wonderful MWNA representative for the past 5 years, training commitments and dedication to Narrabeen Youth Club Netball - well deserved!

The Narrabeen Youth Club Netball senior club person for 2019 is the amazing Megan Allan, congratulations and well deserved for your service to NYC over the past few years- we appreciate all your assistance and commitment.

The Narrabeen Youth Club Netball most improved team award for 2019 goes to the wonderful Sharryn Maree Brinkley and her 13E team on a remarkable 2019 season - so proud of the girls and great coaching.

L to r: Gail McDonough and Ronda Alterator with Maureen Boyle OAM - NYC photo

Congratulations!

Congratulations to ex Barrenjoey High School student Kirsten Milenko, young composer, who will receive the prestigious commission of the Roche Young Commissions program for 2021.

Kirsten was selected by Wolfgang Rihm, the Artistic Director of the Lucerne Festival Academy on Monday this week, 2nd of September.

Kirsten will write a work for orchestra, to be completed by 2021, which she will then revise and rehearse with Rihm and the Orchestra of the Lucerne Festival Academy in the summer of 2020. The world premieres of each of their works will take place as part of the 2021 Summer Festival.

Roche Commissions is a unique collaboration between Roche, the Lucerne Festival and the Lucerne Festival Academy. Since 2003, Roche biannually commission a new musical work from a renowned contemporary composer, on the recommendation of the artistic directors of the Lucerne Festival.

Rather than commissioning works that will cater to mainstream fashions or focusing on current popular appeal, Roche Commissions aims to enable musical works which venture beyond the conventional and which provide a source of intellectual stimulation and challenge. The composer interacts with several leading Roche scientists and after two years the commissioned work is premiered at the Lucerne Festival in summer.

The roots of this ground-breaking initiative stem from a partnership between Roche, the Cleveland Orchestra and Carnegie Hall which is now continued by the unique collaboration between Roche, Lucerne Festival and Lucerne Festival Academy.


Kirsten Milenko with Mr. Wolfgang Rihm

Narrabeen Rock Pool Now Re-Opened

Narrabeen Rockpool is now Officially Re-Opened - Time to start training for Swimming to start back in October!!

Narrabeen Amateur Swimming Club
Narrabeen Amateur Swim Club has been part of the community for over 50 years. Events are held each year in Summer from October until March every Saturday morning starting at 9am. There are both senior and junior events ranging from 50m to 200m and also specialised 25m races for juniors. After the events on Saturdays a BBQ is available at our Club House overlooking North Narrabeen rock pool. Commencing after Christmas we also have a 400m race to be held on Thursday nights at 6pm.

New members are welcome and can contact us through our Facebook page or our email narrabeenswimclub@hotmail.com
New Membership - $60 per adult, $40 per child
Family Membership (4 people) - $120


Avalon Bilgola Swimming Club Summer Season

Also starting their Summer Season in October will be the Avalon Bilgola Swimming Club. All swimmers are required to register, registration covers your insurance.

Registration fees are $40 for the swimming season October – March.
Existing members will be supplied with a prefilled form on which they can correct any details that may have changed from last season.
New members can collect a form from the pool deck on race days of download one using the link below.
Members who are over the 18yrs without close child members (child or grandchild) in the club are required to obtain a NSW Working with Children Check.


Mackellar MP Commemorates The Battle Of Australia

September 4, 2019
Every year on the first Wednesday of September we commemorate the Battle of Australia. Acknowledging the bravery of all those who served on the home front protecting our shores during the Second World War. 

Mackellar MP, Jason Falinski attended the Dee Why, Battle of Australia commemoration today and paid tribute to all Australians who served during that crucial period. 

“The Battle for Australia commemorates when Australia came under attack, and recognises those who served in the defence of the Australian mainland during World War Two.” Mr Falinski said. 

“Thousands of Australia were engaged in actions against Japanese forces during the Battle for Australia, including those who fought off attacks against the Australian mainland. Today I thanked them for their service on behalf of the people of Mackellar. Without their efforts, we could be living in a very different world today.”

Today also commemorates 80 years since then Prime Minister Robert Gordon Menzies announced the beginning of Australia’s involvement in the Second World War. Around a million Australians served in the war in Europe, the Mediterranean and North Africa, south-east Asia and the Pacific. 

Earlier in the year, Mr Falinski also commemorated the 77th anniversary of when two Japanese midget submarines entered Sydney Harbour and sunk the HMAS Kuttabul. 

“Nineteen Australians also lost their lives when Japanese Midget submarines entered Sydney Harbour and launched a surprise attack in May of 1942 and sunk the HMAS Kuttabul” Mr Falinski said. 

DoggieRescue.com

Pets of the Week

Oscar

AGE/SEX: 4 year / M
BREED: Lab X Wolfhound
Oscar is a gorgeous gentle boy, who is very friendly with other dogs and affectionate with people. He is strong on lead and currently overweight at 48.8kg! Our vets say he needs to lose 5kg. He is very piggy with food -- typical lab! 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. 

Pancake


Pancake is a gentle 2yo male Dwarf Lop X rabbit who weighs about 2kg. He is social with other rabbits and is used to being handled by adult. He is desexed, vaccinated and microchipped. His adoption fee is $150.

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

RSL NSW Appoints Jon Black New Chief Executive Officer

September 2nd, 2019
The Board of RSL NSW has today announced the appointment of Jon Black as Chief Executive Officer.

Mr. Black, a highly experienced executive with strong leadership experience across the Corporate and Government sectors as well as service in the Australian Army, will commence his role immediately. He will join and lead a revered community and veteran-focused organisation that is continuing to grow and evolve after several years of change and reforms.

“I welcome Jon to the RSL NSW family and look forward to working closely with him with support from an experienced RSL NSW Executive Team. Jon’s experience in leading a range of complex organisations with strong knowledge of governance practices is exactly what RSL NSW needs in our new CEO, with his service in the Australian Army ensuring there is strong knowledge of the challenges facing our members and the broader veteran community,” said Ray James, Acting President of RSL NSW.


L to R: Jon Black Chief Executive Officer and Ray James, Acting President of RSL NSW. RSL NSW Photo.

“The role that RSL NSW can and must play in the lives of veterans and their families is just as relevant today as it was 100 years ago. But as with all things, the way this should be done has evolved, and we need to evolve with it. We are confident that Jon is the right person to finalise these reforms and lead us into the future.”

Mr. Black was most recently Managing Director of TAFE NSW where he drove an extensive change management program throughout the state. Previous roles also include Director-General of Queensland Government Departments of Environment and Heritage Protection and Energy and Water Supply. He was also CEO of Queensland-based water utility Unitywater and Executive Director of the SEQ Council of Mayors.

Such corporate and government experience comes off the back of a 20-plus year career in the Australian Army that included deployment to the Middle East where he was Deputy Chief of Staff to the Multinational Force and Observers. Throughout his military career to the rank of colonel, Mr. Black demonstrated strong leadership in many roles, including as the Commanding Officer/Chief Instructor at the Royal Military College, Duntroon and Military Assistant to the Chief of Army.

“It is truly an honour to be charged with leading RSL NSW, a revered and iconic 103-year old organisation that rightfully means so much to so many people. The sub-Branches and extraordinary volunteers are pillars of the community. We must enable and guide them so that they can continue the great work taking care of veterans and their families on a daily basis in communities across the state,” said Mr. Black.

“It has clearly been a challenging time over the last two years and I commit to working tirelessly with the team at State Headquarters, the District Councils, sub-Branches and members across the state to ensure RSL NSW continues its leading role in member and veteran services, including strong advocacy and collaboration with a wide range of partners both within the veteran community and more broadly across governments and our corporate sector.”

With a commitment to serving veterans and their families, RSL members will be voting on a new constitution and revised standard operating procedures at the end of October that will provide further opportunity to grow and expand on the services delivered to its members and the broader veteran community and their families.

The proposed new constitution is part of a broader major reform program that has included lifting the ban on sub-Branch fundraising after two years of internal repair amid concerns around compliance failures that were brought to light during the Bergin Inquiry. RSL NSW has also recently undertaken state-wide Corporate Governance Training where Trustees and Executives from all 348 sub-Branches were invited to sessions held all across the State.

Today’s appointment comes as previous CEO Robyn Collins has announced her retirement. She will remain in the organisation for a short period to ensure a smooth handover to Mr. Black.

“The Board acknowledges and thanks Ms Collins for her dedication in leading the organisation through a tremendous amount of change in the last few years, building a solid base on which Jon Black and his team can further build. Much of what we have achieved in repairing the State Branch in the past two years has been due to her efforts,” said Mr. James.

The CEO search process was driven by an independent external search firm People for Purpose, who reported into a Nominations Committee of select RSL NSW Board Members and an Independent Third-Party advisor. All short-listed candidates were extensively vetted by several parties based on the advertised job description.

Notice Of Race Now Available For 2020 Australian Yachting Championships

September 4, 2019: Australian Sailing
The Notice of Race for the 2020 Australian Yachting Championships has been released, with online entries now open for what is sure to be one of the most competitive instalments of the pinnacle title for regatta format IRC racing in Australia.

This year’s championships will be hosted by the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania from 3-5 January, immediately following the conclusion of the 75th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race in Hobart.

Racing will again be on offer for IRC rated boats across Divisions 1, 2 and 3, with racing to be conducted on the waters of the River Derwent, Storm Bay and the d’Entrecasteaux Channel.

The Australian Yachting Championships have a storied history. Some of the biggest and best offshore yachts are among its past winners, including Hooligan, Shogun V, Beau Geste and reigning back-to-back champion Ichi Ban.



In an effort to recognise the importance of passage racing in the Yachting Championships, for the first time the regatta will use the score of the Rolex Sydney Hobart as the first race of the series for AYC Division 1 boats only. Those boats will then be able to then change their configuration consistent with the IRC certificate under which they enter the Australian Yachting Championships.

As a result, the regatta will now include a balance of windward-leeward and truly challenging passage racing. It will also recognise the world-class fleet of blue-water racing yachts expected in Hobart through the inclusion of Australia’s premier offshore race.

Australian Sailing is encouraging all yachts who have completed the Rolex Sydney Hobart to stay around and compete in the Championships, with events and entertainment planned for the rest days between the two events.

This is the first time the Australian Yachting Championships have been hosted in Tasmania since it was established as a single-series event. Hobart has an extremely strong and vibrant sailing community, and with the Sydney Hobart celebrating its 75th anniversary it was the perfect opportunity to recognise both by bringing Australian Sailing’s premier offshore event to the River Derwent.

The Notice of Race is available now on the Australian Yachting Championships website.

Entries are also open, please click here to enter today.

Australian Sailing would like to thank our regatta partners at Events Tasmania and North Sail (Official Sail Maker of the 2020 Australian Yachting Championships).

About the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania
The Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania is the premier yacht club in Tasmania conducting local events on River Derwent, national and international titles as well as finishing the blue water classic, the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.We are located in Sandy Bay, with close access to restaurants, bars, banking, gyms, supermarkets, Australia Post and only a 15 minute walk from Hobart’s city centre and waterfront.

Climate Change And Our Community Public Meeting

Hosted by One Eighty, Stop Adani Avalon, and Stop Adani Mackellar
Monday, September 16, 2019 at 7 PM – 9 PM
Avalon Beach Bowling & Recreation Club
Bowling Green Ln, Avalon
Earlier this year, the City of Sydney declared a climate emergency, followed by North Sydney Council declaring the same. 
Australia's current undertaking to reduce the impacts of global warming are predicted to increase global temperatures by 2–3°C, well above the 1.5°C Paris Agreement commitment to which Australia is party. The Bureau of Meteorology has noted  significantly higher temperatures than usual this winter, with rainfall well below average. Climate change has never felt more real. An intangible concept is becoming increasingly palpable. 

We are inviting all people—young and old, climate friends and foes—to join us for a conversation on September 16 about climate action.

We will have speakers from the Global Climate Strike and climate change advocacy groups, information about the School Strike and #StopAdani and will screen segments of Sir David Attenborough's 'Climate Change: The Facts' documentary.
A finalised agenda will be announced closer to the date.

Come and be informed. We all need to participate in the preservation of our one and only habitable planet!
Please invite as many friends and family as you wish.

Register your free attendance with the Eventbrite link.

‘My Community Project’ Winners Announced 

Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes is congratulating successful local projects announced under the My Community Project program.  
The NSW Government initiative is an opportunity for the community to propose, develop and vote on projects that will benefit the local area.  

Successful projects in the Pittwater electorate include a new community pantry initiative (submitted by Narrabeen Sharks Junior Rugby League Club), golf course flood mitigation improvements (submitted by Mona Vale Golf Club) and a new marine rescue vessel (submitted by Marine Rescue Broken Bay).  
 
“This is a great funding boost for our community,” Rob Stokes said today.  

“I recognise the efforts involved in developing these projects and encouraging others to vote – so I congratulate everyone that’s participated.  

“These projects will provide a range of benefits to our community – from healthy meals for vulnerable local families to improved marine rescue capabilities and reduced stormwater impacts at Mona Vale Beach,” Rob Stokes said.  

Further information on these projects is available by visiting https://mycommunityproject.service.nsw.gov.au/  

For those worthy projects that weren’t successful, the Community Building Partnership program is now open. The Community Building partnership is for infrastructure projects that deliver positive social, environmental and recreational outcomes, while promoting community participation, inclusion and cohesion.

Applications open on September 2nd and close on September 27th, 2019.

Further information is available at:

Marine Rescue August 2019 Data

Marine Rescue Broken Bay is thankful to everyone that voted and supported our bid in the 'My Community' Project. 

This new rescue vessel will enable our emergency rescue volunteers to continue saving lives on the water in the Pittwater and Broken Bay area. 
Thank you for voting! 

Come and join our great organisation, you get world class training, state of the art rescue equipment and make new friends. Broken Bay is currently looking for new recruits. Give us a call, 9999 3544 or visit our website: www.mrbrokenbay.com.au

If you would like to join Marine Rescue Broken Bay head to; www.marinerescuensw.com.au/volunteers 

Marine Rescue Hawkesbury: September 1 2019
Spring has definitely sprung! A beautiful day on the river today. 1st Port completed a tow this afternoon from Lion Island to Deerubbin boat ramp.

Marine Rescue Cottage Point: September 1 2019
Busy afternoon, smouldering fire on board a boat, a very lucky day for these guys . D2 crew towed them home

Overturned Barge Off Mackerel Beach Update

September 4 , 2019: 
NSW Maritime states heavy lifting of the overturned barge off Great Mackerel Beach is on track to start today.

Two large crane barges have arrived on-site in Pittwater as plans are being finalised to remove the Brenda barge and sewage truck from the water in the coming days.

The barge is expected to be moved, turned and floated with the help of two crane barges, weather and sea conditions permitting.

Work to recover the sewage truck beneath the barge on the seabed floor will start once the barge has been removed and is not scheduled to take place today.

Authorities are on site to ensure careful management of the marine environment is maintained to minimise any long term impact. Additional resources are on scene to respond to any further contamination during the complex salvage.

Photo: NSW Maritime

Warriewood This Week

On Wednesday September 4th, 2019 SLS SNB callout teams responded to reports of a missing snorkeler off Warriewood this afternoon. Warriewood and Branch RCO teams launched an IRB with only 20 mins of sunlight available. Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter LS21 also assisted with the searching. The 29 year old man was found and returned to the beach safe and sound and checked over by NSW Ambulance.

Please Register Wildlife Road Strikes

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

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

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

This news service has again sought clarification this week on when fauna mitigation fences will be installed along the length of the current Mona Vale Road East Upgrade. 

Several wallabies have now been lost along the length of these works, particularly along the stretch from Ingleside Hill to Kimbriki. The fauna fences are still not in.

Operation Jaywick And Operation Rimau

In September 1942, a secret camp was established at Refuge Bay on the Hawkesbury River to train volunteers from the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) prior to a sea-borne raid on enemy shipping in Singapore Harbour.

As part of that training, the naval recruits undertook intensive folboat exercises on the Hawkesbury and Brisbane Water, where they mounted dummy raids on bridges and land targets.

The actual mission, carried out in September 1943, was code-named Operation Jaywick. A joint SOE/RAN mission, Jaywick has unique status among covert wartime operations in Australia and was the only wholly successful mission of its type to be carried out in the Second World War.

Kofuku Maru, a captured Japanese fishing vessel renamed Krait and commissioned into the RAN, took the Jaywick team deep into enemy-held waters. From 1964, when the ship was recovered from Borneo, until 1984, when custodianship passed from the Volunteer Coastal Patrol to the Australian War Memorial, Krait was a familiar sight in and around Broken Bay and Brisbane Waters, carrying out patrol duties and serving as a training vessel.

In 1944, many of the Jaywick team volunteered for a follow-up raid, Operation Rimau, which took the lives of all 23 men involved.

The Memorial at the RAN establishment at Point Clare highlights the link between the Royal Australian Navy, the Jaywick team, Krait and the local area.

Its location, on a well used cycling and walking trail, is ideally positioned to help educate the public on the contribution made by RAN personnel to the success of the Jaywick mission, and serves as a memorial to those who lost their lives on the ill-fated Rimau raid.

Lynette Silver, OAM, 2017, A statement of support regarding the historical significance of the Jaywick-Rimau Memorial at Pt Clare, NSW

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Operation Jaywick & Rimau Memorial Garden was dedicated on Sunday 21 September 2003

Plaque unveiled by Mr Jim Lloyd MP & Mr Horrie Yound MID on the occasion of the 60th Anniversary of Operation Jaywick 26 September 1943.

Memorial Garden
A memorial garden was established at Point Clare in 2003 as a quiet area for cadets. In 2018 the Erina Rotary club undertook a project to refurbish the garden and secured government funding to carry out the work.  

Stage 1 of the project was unveiled on the 29 September 2018 (75th Anniversary of Operation Jaywick) with stage 2 unveiled on the 12 October 2019 (75th Anniversary of Operation Rimau.

Mona Vale Road East - Out Of Hours Work Update: September 2019

September 1st, 2019: NSW RMS
We will continue out of hours work along Mona Vale Road to remove loose rock from the cuttings along the road and to remove concrete medians. We will also carry out surveying work and deliver materials to the site at night.

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

Night work is planned for Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights between Monday 2 September and Friday 13 September from 8pm to 5am.

If we are unable to complete night work earlier in the week, we will reschedule this work for an available night later in the week. To minimise the impact of night work on residents, we will not work for more than two consecutive nights in the same area.

We will minimise noise where possible. We will be using cranes, excavators with hammers, lighting, hand tools and trucks for the work.

Enquiries and registering for work updates
Please contact the community team for enquiries, feedback or any concerns you may have about the work.
Call: 1800 413 640 (24 hour number).

For more information about the project, visit rms.work/mvreast
If you have not registered for updates please forward your name/s, address, preferred email and mobile number to the contact details above. 

If you need help understanding this information, please contact the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450 and ask them to call us on 1800 413 640.

Government Services In Mackellar To Be Improved Through Public Data Sharing Reform

September 3rd, 2019: from the Office of Mr. Jason Falinski, MP for Mackellar
Minister for Government Services, Stuart Robert, today announced a major milestone in the Federal Government’s commitment to improve government service delivery. A discussion paper outlining proposed landmark public data sharing reforms has been released with the aim of building the foundations for a secure, connected and seamless experience of government services.

Minister Robert said the reforms will enshrine stronger safeguards in legislation to enable the modernisation of the government’s public data capability and set a clear, consistent and transparent approach to public data sharing.

‘Australians expect government services to be simple, seamless, and fast —just like their everyday experience of shopping and banking. These proposed reforms will establish stronger safeguards and enable Government to use data more effectively and securely to deliver services in a way that meets the expectations of the Australian public.’ Minister Robert said.

‘The sharing of public sector data has incredible potential at the individual level – reducing the friction and duplication of tasks that many Australians experience when accessing government services. It is equally beneficial at the national level, by delivering new insights that inform research and government policies on complex challenges in health, education and the economy. 

‘Currently, there is a labyrinth of over 500 separate privacy and secrecy provisions enacted over a century hindering our ability to share data to deliver the service Australians deserve. These reforms will ensure we keep pace with international standards and best practice when it comes to government service delivery. However, the use of data must be done safely, for the right purpose and by the right people, with privacy and security at the very core’.

Mackellar MP, Jason Falinski encouraged individuals and organisations across The Northern Beaches to consider providing their input on the Discussion Paper.   

‘We are committed to getting this right so we’ve sought the views of users and stakeholders, including peak bodies, privacy experts, businesses and research institutions to help shape the policies outlined in this Discussion Paper. I encourage everyone to have their say to help refine the new legislative framework so we can make the most of this important national asset to benefit all Australians.’ Mr Falinski said.

The Discussion Paper is open for public submissions from 3 September to 15 October 2019. For more information, visit www.datacommissioner.gov.au.

Full Moon Market Set To Rock, Roll And Fix Those Tummy Rumbles

A few things about the Full Moon Markets on at Barrenjoey High School on Friday 13th September from 5pm

There are two rides
- The Cliff Hanger – like a big slide – cost will be $1 a ride
- Bucking Bronco - $2 a ride – longest ride will win $50. No riding backwards this year !

There will be food stalls and market stalls. Incredible Music on the main stage.
It is all outside on the basket ball courts and surrounds.

Spooky Forest to scare you.
Fireworks at 8.45pm.

Entry via Tasman Road Gates
A Family Event!
So much fun!


Liquid Time at 2018 BHS Full Moon Market - Sally Mayman photograph

Possum Bridge Installed

Friday September 6th, 2019
Very happy to see a Possum overpass is now in place on Wakehurst. Well done to the NSW Roads and Maritime Services and the Sydney Wildlife volunteers working on this for so long.
And thank you to Margaret G Woods for photos:



Ultimate Frisbee Champions Descend On Nolan Reserve

Friday, 6 September 2019
Member for Manly James Griffin has welcomed the start of the Ultimate Frisbee NSW Mixed Championships which will descend on Nolan Reserve, North Manly across Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th of September.

The best players from NSW and Australia will fight it out for the NSW Mixed Championship title, with a special showcase juniors game between Manly and South-west Sydney taking place on Saturday at 12:20pm.

Earlier this week Mr Griffin met with the Manly Ultimate Frisbee team at Keirle Park to show his support and learn some new skills.

“Combining elements of netball, touch football and gridiron, Ultimate Frisbee is a great non-contact sport that is growing on the Northern Beaches,” Mr Griffin said.

“It’s been great learning some techniques from some of Manly’s finest, and who will be leading by example this weekend down as Nolan Reserve.”

“I encourage everyone to get down to Nolan Reserve this weekend to support Manly Ultimate as they look to secure the NSW Mixed Championship title.”

Ultimate Frisbee is a non-contact, self-refereed sport, can be played single gender or mixed, low cost and teaches sportsmanship and fair play. It is played in over 30 countries worldwide.

On October 16 the Manly Mixed Juniors Summer League will begin at Millers Reserve in Manly Vale. Both high schools boys and girls are welcome and registration is now open, costing only $60 for the summer season (October to March 2020).

Players can use the NSW Government’s Active Kids voucher, which provides $100 vouchers for parents, guardians and carers of school-enrolled children towards sport and active recreation costs each year.

From 1 July 2019, parents, guardians and carers have been able to apply for a second $100 Active Kids voucher. More information on the Active Kids voucher can be found at: https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/campaign/active-kids

Find out more about the Manly Ultimate Frisbee team at www.manlyfrisbee.com 

Northern Beaches Dementia Friendly Community

Get involved! If you are living with dementia or caring for someone living with dementia, we have an opportunity for you to get involved and have your say about your local dementia friendly community project. If you are interested please click the link below:

A Walk Through The Warriewood Wetlands

by Pittwater EcoWarriors: August 2019

Local Volunteers Heading To 2019 NSW Volunteer Of The Year Awards Final

Volunteers from across our area were recognised for their outstanding contribution to volunteering at a special ceremony on August 24th, 2019. 

The NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards is an annual program run by The Centre for Volunteering which has grown to become one of the largest celebrations of volunteering across the country.

Regional finalists for the Awards are announced at 21 ceremonies throughout NSW and are invited to the Gala State Ceremony in Sydney for the announcement of the NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards.

The 2019 NSW Volunteer of the Year Award recipients for the Northern Beaches are:

Category                                 Award Winner
Young Volunteer of the Year Hannah Chadwick, Cerebral Palsy Alliance, Avalon
Adult Volunteer of the Year Martin Hayward, South Narrabeen Surf Life Saving Club, from North Narrabeen.
Senior Volunteer of the Year Ian Lovelace, Cerebral Palsy Alliance, Mona Vale
Volunteer Team of the Year Bear Cottage Volunteers, Manly
Northern Beaches 2019 NSW Volunteer of the Year Hannah Chadwick, Cerebral Palsy Alliance, Avalon

The Centre for Volunteering CEO Gemma Rygate said volunteers from across the Peninsula had given so much to the local community.

“Your volunteers build connections for people in communities across the region,” Ms Rygate said.

“They help to build such positive experiences and links to services across health, education and community sectors. Our ceremony recognises their work and allows us to say thank you.”


Robyn Wynen, 2018 Northern Beaches Senior Volunteer of the Year (L) and Rebecca Fitzpatrick, 2018 Northern Beaches Volunteer of the Year (R) presenting Hannah Chadwick with her Northern Beaches Volunteer of the Year Award.

Twenty-two year-old Hannah Chadwick has been volunteering for more than a decade. She began helping in the hydrotherapy pool at the Cerebral Palsy Alliance and has continued her work there helping at fundraising events, supporting children at the respite house and on day trips.

She now volunteers for numerous other organisations, like the Manly Surf Life Saving Club, Wild Women on Top and many others.

Hannah is not only a very deserving recipient of the 2019 NSW Young Volunteer of the Year for the region but also the Northern Beaches 2019 NSW Volunteer of the Year.

The Northern Beaches 2019 Adult Volunteer of the Year, Martin Hayward has dedicated 600 patrol hours at the South Narrabeen Surf Life Saving Club over the past decade. Additionally, Martin has supported the Club’s Bush Indigenous Program, assisted with fundraising to redevelop the Clubhouse and facilities, amongst numerous other programs.

The 2019 NSW Senior Volunteer of the Year for the region is Ian Lovelace, who has provided hundreds of hours of volunteer support for children at the Cerebral Palsy Alliance. Ian is also a volunteer driver at Kaddy Transport, helping to transport young children living with a disability.

The 134 team members of the Bear Cottage volunteer team provide support for so many young children with serious illnesses. They provide more than 10,000 hours of volunteer support each year helping with cooking meals, reading and entertaining children, cleaning and housekeeping, and many more activities.

Their amazing dedication and support over 18 years has earned them the 2019 NSW Volunteer Team of the Year for the Northern Beaches region.

The Awards are presented at 21 regional events held across every corner of the state, culminating in the State Finals at a Gala Ceremony in Sydney at the end of the year.

They are an annual program run by The Centre for Volunteering to recognise the outstanding work of volunteers in every region across NSW. 

Local School Community Fund Closing In A Month

Member for Mackellar said time was running out for schools to access funding for new computers, sporting equipment or refurbishments through a Coalition Government program. 

Jason Falinski MP said there was less than one month to go for schools to apply for funding through the Coalition Government’s $30.2 million Local Schools Community Fund.

“Mackellar has been allocated $200,000 in grant funding for projects at local schools,” Mr Falinski said. 

“Local schools have one month left to apply for funding through the program, which offers grants between $1,000 and $20,000 towards school projects.

“These projects can be anything that benefits the school community, with schools applying for funding for solar panels, kits for robotics and coding, hydration stations, clinical offices for medical services, outdoor play equipment, student wellbeing programs, composting and colour coded waste bins. 

“I urge all schools in Mackellar to think about the best way this funding can help their students and the local school community and to submit an application.” 

Applications to the Local Schools Community Fund are open to eligible government, Catholic and independent schools until 5:00 pm AEST 30 September 2019.

Each proposed project will be independently evaluated by a committee appointed by the Member for Mackellar. 

Schools can apply through SchoolsHUB - https://schools.education.gov.au/

Bush Fire Season Commences

The Bush Fire Danger Period will commence 1 September 2019 for the Northern Beaches.

The Northern Beaches is one of many areas in NSW where the Bushfire Danger period has been brought forward. For our area it will commence on the 1st September and extend until at least 31 March 2020.

Residents who wish to do a pile burn or hazard reduction burn during this period will need both a Hazard Reduction Certificate and a Fire Permit. Hazard Reduction Certificates are issued by the RFS District Office (ph 9450 3000).

Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary Stalls 2019

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

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


Bayview Golf Club Secures Government Funding For Solar Panels

The Bayview Golf Club has secured $140,372 from the Australian Government for the installation of solar panels. Construction of these panels has since been completed. Mackellar MP, Jason Falinski has said he is proud to support such initiatives that are helping to reduce our global emissions.  

“The Club will now become a Northern Beaches leader for renewable energy. The solar panels will not only reduce the clubs power bills but will contribute to the government’s commitment to ensuring a more sustainable future.” Mr Falinski said.

The grant was awarded earlier in the year under the Sports Australia – community sports infrastructure grant programme. 

“It is great to see organisations like the Bayview golf club, taking the initiative to contribute to a more sustainable future.” 

“While the environmental effects of this project are positive, the grant will also allow the club to spend less on its power bills and more towards increasing participation in the sport of golf.” 

“The Bayview Golf Club has a number of courses that encourage people of all ages and walks of life to get involved in golf. Not only is it an enjoyable game, but it is a great way to socialise and meet new people. The savings the club will make in power bills will be directly invested back into the game of golf and to provide more courses for their membership.” 

The total cost of the project is $154,051.30. The Australian Government will provide $140,372 and the golf club will fund the remaining amount.

Mackellar To Have Its Say On The NDIS Participant Service Guarantee

Monday 26 August 2019
Public consultation opens today on the Federal Government’s review of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) legislation. 

Minister for the NDIS, Stuart Robert, said it is critical that NDIS participants are at the centre of the review and that we capture what matters most to them and their families. 

“I encourage people with disability and their families and carers to have their say on how NDIS processes could be improved and what is important for us to include in the Participant Service Guarantee.” 

Minister Robert said the Participant Service Guarantee will take effect from 1 July 2020 and will set new standards and timelines for NDIS processes, including access decisions, having an NDIS plan approved or having a plan reviewed.

“The review will consider what changes may need to be made to NDIS legislation to support the Participant Service Guarantee  and set new standards into law but, importantly, this will not change the intent of the NDIS.” 

“The NDIS is already proving to be a life-changing social reform for hundreds of thousands of Australians, and the Government are committed to making it an exceptional Scheme.” 

Mackellar MP, Jason Falinski encouraged individuals and organisations across the Northern Beaches to consider providing their input on the Participant Service Guarantee.  

“This review has been welcomed right across the disability sector so I would encourage contributions from our community. People from Mackellar can make a written submission, register for one of the face-to-face workshops that will be held around Australia, or complete the online survey, available from 9 September 2019. If you need any assistance providing your views to this process get in contact with my office and we will help ensure your voice is heard,” Mr Falinski said. 

This comes following two grants provided to NDIS services in Mackellar earlier in the month. House with No Steps and Ability SDA pty ltd, both received $20 000 in funding from the federal government. (See previous release: www.jasonfalinski.com.au/mackellar_ndis) 

A discussion paper, overview and accessible resources to help people participate in the consultation are available now on the Engage website: www.engage.dss.gov.au.

The Terms of Reference that set out the scope of the review are now available on the Department of Social Services website: https://www.dss.gov.au/node/60381

Nat Young Returns To Pittwater

This former Warriewood and Palm Beach Legend is going to be at Mona Vale on September 17th to talk about his new book 'Church of the Open Sky'
Tickets at HERE ($10 + booking fee)

Join Berkelouw Books Mona Vale for an evening with Nat Young as he discussed his latest book Church of the Open Sky. Nat is one of the world’s surfing legends, winner of four world surfing titles and an inductee of the Australian Surfing Hall of Fame (1986).

Nat's seventieth birthday inspired some reflection on what exactly makes a surfing life, and on the waves and characters that have marked his remarkable time as a surfer–Miki Dora, Midget Farrelly and Kathy Kohner–the real Gidget, to name a few.

But surfing for Nat Young–and so many like-minded surfers–has never been about winning, never been about the sport. It’s a calling, an endless quest, a philosophy, a religion. Most of all, surfing is a way of life that has underpinned his other identities as board shaper, film producer, writer, raconteur, conservationist, activist, pilot, husband and father. Candid and wryly observed, Church of the Open Sky explores what it means to be a surfer, with a collection of true stories of Nat’s surfing life, and the friends, foes and heroes he’s met along the way.

September 1 - 7, 2019: Issue 419

Articles This Week 

Front Page Issue 419 

Council Votes For Destruction Of Pittwater Environment and Wildlife On Historic Station Beach - A Family Beach

Littoral Rainforest At Newport-Bilgola Secured As Public Open Space - completing the Crown to the Sea Loop!

Pittwater Residents’ Fears About Hospital Services Confirmed At Parliamentary Inquiry's First Public Hearing Date - report by Save Mona Vale Hospital Committee

Soibada Update: Nicolau Lobato Senior High School CPR Training and Knitting by Tamara Sloper-Harding OAM - NB:  August 30th was the 20th Anniversary Of The East Timor Independence Referendum, this week we add in a link to the a new PFOS Skills for Soibada's Sustainable Future - Arts, Craft & Culture fundraiser + a podcast that shares insights into Tamara's 1999 INTERFET deployment to Timor Leste

Sydney Wildlife Mobile Clinic Update by Lynleigh Greig

Pictures Birds - Bees - Blooms 

AquaticsOn The Verge Of The 2019-2020 Sailing Season - Historic Insights From The Australian National Maritime Museums 1890 Pitt Water 'Era' Yacht Collection

Park Bench Philosopher A Face For Lucy's Ancestor by Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

Reflections by George Repin: APHRODISIAS

Artists of the Month September 2019 - Alicia Watt and Yvette Ten-Bohmer

Yvette is a Sydney born artist who has dedicated her life to professional arts studies, arts practice development and her own teaching practices. Continually making art, exhibiting art and sharing her passion through teaching; Yvette will do anything to evoke creativity for people.

Alicia is a filmographer, photographer and musician from Sydney who undertook professional studies in film and then went on to start her own Production Company, Ali Jam Productions. Alicia has dedicated her life to the creative industries juggling both her film/ photography and music.

Tamara Sloper-Harding OAM, Chairperson of the Pittwater Friends of Soibada contacted Yvette, asking her to come to East Timor to run some art workshops. During the ladies discussions Tamara learnt of Alicia’s musical skills and asked her to also travel to Soibada to share her gift. The ladies then made it their mission to save for flights from Darwin to Dili and quickly did so.

The girls are now fundraising to bring paint brushes, paint, ukuleles and strings to the people of Soibada while sharing their skills and insights.

Collector's Corner Tram Memorabilia - Historic Daylight Run For Sydney Light Rail Begins 80 Years After Last Tram To Narrabeen Closed

Food Classic Spring Trifles - Mum's homemade trifle has always been a favourite around here - especially with dad and always soaked generously with lashings of Sherry or Madeira. The practice of eating sponge cake dipped in sweet wine dates back to around 1600 A.D. when sponge cakes were brought from Spain and Italy into English kitchens. Some history on the ingredients that needed to be discovered and invented o make this classic dessert + some variation ideas

Pittwater's Sailing Season 2019-2020 About To Begin: North To South Clubs Information and sign up, come and try days/dates

Barrenjoey Commercialised: To Be Or Not To Be Back On The Table Again - Feedback for the proposal closes September 15th. 

Profile Peninsula Bridge Club   
In recent weeks the great community spirit and contributions of members of the Peninsula Bridge Club has received thanks from other local organisations, including the Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary, local NSW Rural Bush Fire brigades and the Mona Vale Hospital Palliative Care volunteers.

Looking after others is not restricted to local organisations, visit:

Shooting Films - Not Guns: Peninsula Bridge Club Raises Funds To Provide A New Opportunity For Jalalabad Youths

These titbits point out that this is a great club and group of people focused on sharing social and competitive bridge playing opportunities and all that comes with that, as well as doing all they can for other local organisations and people far from here.

This week an insight into one of our community assets - our thanks to Cath Whiddon and Sarah Young for their input on placing this information together.

If you already know how to play, take a look at their website to see what’s on offer this month: peninsulabridgeclub.org.au

History Pittwater Roads II - Where the Streets Have Your Name - Bilgola

Pittwater Offshore Newsletter Update September 1st, 2019 

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To contact Julian:  editor@scotlandisland.org.au

From This Issue Of The PON:

NOTIFICATION OF POWER OUTAGE
There will be an interruption to supply on Tuesday, 3rd September from 7.30am to 5.30pm to allow Ausgrid to rectify cables that are touching trees.

The locations are:
  • Hilda Avenue – road will be blocked at the intersection of Hilda Avenue and Thompson Street to attend to tree half way up the road
  • 99 Thompson Street – road will be blocked from Cecil Street to the pole at that property
The light at the top of Bell steps has again been reported as out and it is anticipated that this will be rectified at the same time.

Notes on the Recent Elizabeth Park Hazard Reduction (25th August 2019)
As a recent CFU member (Community Fire Unit) – the blue gear, I volunteered to be involved in the recent hazard reduction at the top of the Island – Elizabeth Park.

I was amazed, and impressed, with the organisation required to conduct a safe and effective exercise – the big fire truck with its own tank, 2 support vehicles carrying gear and people, some 1000 metres of 38 and 25 mm hose (to completely surround the fireground, off-take lines with special nozzles at many points, 2 of the major tanks at the top of the island, all to do with safety and managing the ‘burn’ so as to reduce all the ground cover to ash and prevent flare-ups and ensure that the trees did not ignite.
There were about 15 of us – yellow and blue.



If you go for a walk up there you will see the result.
It was hard, concentrated work, especially for the 3 leaders, but very satisfying, and we learnt a lot about safety and fire management.

Then back for some excellent food and a couple of beers.

As we were told, we now have a big safety area which will be valuable in managing a bush fire attack if one occurs during this predicted hot summer fire season.

I thoroughly recommend getting involved in the RFS – either the blue CFU (we stay on the Island and defend it and our homes) or the yellow fire fighters (who will do that and also go off the Island to fight bushfires in other areas).

The RFS has 5 Fire Cabinets dotted around the Island, all containing the gear needed to put out spot fires and defend local areas. 

Further courses for the CFU will be organised as required and you can simply contact Peter Lalor (Brigade Captain) by email at sirfb@sirfb.org.au 

If you do join up, you will be learning to defend your home and the homes in your area.

Greg Roberts
Community Fire Unit Sector Leader – Tennis Sector

Legacy Week 2019

Buy a badge and help us support the families of our veterans this Legacy Week 1 – 7 September.

The Legacy Week appeal has been running since the 1940’s and is a time for all Australians to show their support for the widows and children whose loved ones have served our country.

The Legacy badge is a special emblem of support for our veterans’ families, symbolising our nation’s greatest values of mateship, compassion and fairness.

Legacy badges may be little but the funds they raise make a big impact in the lives of our veterans’ families.

Legacy Week is a time to give back to the families of those who have given so much.

Today, Legacy supports 52,000 widows, widowers and families and we need your help to continue making an impact.

Before reading about ways to support Legacy, please read Angela’s story to find out more about how Legacy help to look after our veterans’ families.


One More Weekend To The New Season: BYRA

One day it’s raining and 12C, the next great spring weather, blue skies and 28C . Difficult to know what season your in.To add to the confusion II was patrolling Coles the other day when I came across a shelf of Fruit Mince Pies. I know they start selling them in October but this is still August!

I walked a little further in Coles and there on the shelf were packets of Hot Cross Buns with chocolate chip and butterscotch! That’s Easter Fare!

One thing however that does give stability in this funny old world is that the weekend after this weekend on Sunday September 8th BYRA Sailing Season is starting the weekend after Father's Day every year.

Last weekend saw 20 Juniors in the sleepover at the clubhouse and a well-attended  Round 4 of the BYRA Winter Series sailed in lightish ENE  winds, but there was plenty for good racing. Just look at the Junior Section below to see the attendance for the Winter Series.

The results off this year's Winter Series are now published, see link below. During the 4 outings 21 boats took part . That is more than the Senior Racing fleet. Well done all who took part.

Results of the Winter Series click here
 
As indicated above a beautiful Sunday morning with light-ish winds saw the final round of the BYRA Winter Series with the majority of competitors from the Junior Section but also some new Senior Members and Parents participating. Thanks to Micheal Gillmaster and Cathy Aitken for manning the PCV (Principal Committee Vessel) and allowing  the Vice- Commodore a day on the racecourse.



Your Junior Section chief Neal Aitken is arranging a visit from Rob Atkins of Truflo Sails, a very well know sailmaker and coach to the Flying 11 and Manly Junior fleets  as well as the GURU of 13 and 16 ft skiffs on the harbour.   

He will be at BYRA  in the last couple of weeks before the Manly Junior States being held at BYRA in November and will talk about tuning your boat, mast  and sail setting. Make a note  of those two weeks and keep them free. You are guaranteed to go faster after a visit from Rob. More information nearer the date.

The Learn to Sail is open for places on Start Sailing 1 & 2, so you can make your bookings for all the learn to sail modules.

Dates to Remember
Sunday September 8th BYRA Sailing Season Commences-  Race Briefing 12.15hrs

Welcome to Bayview Yacht Racing Association
The home of dinghy and yacht racing on the pristine Pittwater estuary.

Become part of our family and enjoy a rewarding social club community whilst developing life long skills and friends.
With some of the best water access and sailing conditions in Sydney, our safe and welcoming harbour caters for just about everyone. From the junior novice, to the seasoned pro, you too can experience the exhilaration of racing and play a role in our proud history of producing state, national and world champions.
If you’re looking to explore the great outdoors and life on the water join our family today.

Aussie Bread Tags Collection Points

Collecting bread tags enables us to provide wheelchairs that change the life of disabled people in need, as well as keeping the tags out of landfill to help to preserve the environment. Bread Tags for Wheelchairs was started in South Africa in 2006 by Mary Honeybun. It is a community program where individuals and organisations collect bread tags, which are sold to recyclers. The money raised pays for wheelchairs for the less fortunate which are purchased through a local pharmacy. Currently about 500kg of bread tags are collected a month in South Africa, funding 2-3 wheelchairs.

We have been collecting bread tags nationally in Australia since September 2018 and now have more than 100 collection points across the country. In February 2019 we started local recycling through Transmutation - Reduce, Reuse and Recycle in Robe, SA, where our tags are recycled into products such as door knobs and bowls. Tags from some states are still sent to South Africa where a plastics company called Zibo recycles them into seedling trays.

These humble bits of polystyrene can make a real difference so get your friends, family, school, workplace and church involved. Ask school tuck shops and boarding school kitchens, child care centres, aged care facilities, hospitals, cafes and fast food outlets to collect for you - they get through a lot of bread!

All the information and signage for collecting or setting up a public collection point is on our website.


Local Collectors
Lesley Flood
Warriewood
Please email for address - lespatflood@gmail.com
Jodie Streckeisen
Balgowlah
Please email for the address - streckeisenjodie@gmail.com

DoggieRescue.com

Pets of the Week

Oscar

AGE/SEX: 4 year / M
BREED: Lab X Wolfhound
Oscar is a gorgeous gentle boy, who is very friendly with other dogs and affectionate with people. He is strong on lead and currently overweight at 48.8kg! Our vets say he needs to lose 5kg. He is very piggy with food -- typical lab! 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. 

Pancake


Pancake is a gentle 2yo male Dwarf Lop X rabbit who weighs about 2kg. He is social with other rabbits and is used to being handled by adult. He is desexed, vaccinated and microchipped. His adoption fee is $150.

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

Local Governments Call For Halt To State's Erosion Of Local Planning Powers          

Monday 26 August 2019
The extension of mandatory local planning panels to the Central Coast showed the further erosion of community and local government planning powers despite growing public concern, Local Government NSW (LGNSW) said today.

LGNSW President Cr Linda Scott said the announcement of a new mandatory planning panel for the Central Coast local government area appeared to herald a new push to remove the rights of communities and local governments to have a say in the future of their neighbourhood or their region. 

“It is incredibly disappointing to see the State Government pushing ahead with the extension of mandatory planning panels to areas outside Sydney and Wollongong,” Cr Scott said. “Local governments are elected to represent the views of their communities.

“A key role of local governments is to undertake place-based planning for the future of their area, and yet this role is being further eroded by the NSW Government.

“The Government says mandatory planning panels ensure major developments are planned and delivered in a strategic way – yet in Pyrmont a new review has been announced when the original strategic approach doesn’t deliver the desired result for certain sectors.

“The planning process impacts every part of our lives, and now, more than ever, we need to ensure that communities and neighbourhoods have a say in their own future, and confidence and trust in the NSW Planning system.” 

Cr Scott said claims that the panel was designed to “free up councillors to focus on long-term strategic planning” just didn’t wash, given the widespread use of State Environmental Planning Policies (SEPPs) and Greater Sydney Commission Assurance Reviews that potentially have the effect of overriding council planning controls and powers. 

“At a local government forum held on the Central Coast just over five months ago, mayors and councillors from right across the political spectrum expressed their concerns about the reduction in local government planning powers,” she said.

Cr Scott said the Central Coast mandatory Planning Panel posed a serious risk of undermining the community’s faith and confidence in the planning system.

“On behalf of NSW Councils, I have personally met with the Premier to express our strong concerns about the NSW State Government potentially undermining local government planning powers,” she said.

“The Government is introducing a new planning process on the Central Coast while simultaneously undermining the planning process on Sydney’s Western Harbour foreshore precinct – these moves risk undermining public trust and confidence in the NSW planning system.” 

The Central Coast mandatory Planning Panel, like those already compulsory in metropolitan Sydney and Wollongong, will decide on all Development Applications (DAs) worth more than $5 million. 


Newport Rugby Grand Final Winners

The Newport Breakers Nicholson Cup (Colts) and Campbell Cup Side (3rd Grade) won their respective Grand Finals on Saturday, August 31st, topping out a great season for this club.

Congratulations to the Newport Opens (16-18yrs) who beat Forest 44 - 7 in their Grand Final at Concord last Sunday. Also the Juniors u15 Breakers won their Grand Final against Burraneer  33  - 24 at Wahroonga.

The Junior Girls also played off for the Emily Robinson Cup at Terry Hills.

Well done, also, to the Newport Seniors' 1st and 2nd Grades for reaching the semis. certainly a winter for the record books!

Third Grade team that played on Saturday:
Campbell Cup (3rd Grade)
Jersey First Name Surname
#1 Moses KERESI
#3 Geoff PRIOR
#2 Laiatea FOTOFILI
#4 Mark HODGSON
#5 Luke Perrin
#6 Thomas PRIDDIS
#7 Eliki SAGOA
#8 Daniel MOHENOA
#9 Kenny VUATA
#18 Sam TAUKITOKU
#11 Matthew DUNN
#12 Alexander TUCKETT
#13 Sean NEEDS
#14 Ben BOND
#15 Tom ALLEN
Res Michael MARTIN
Res Sateki MAFILE’O
Res Adrian LANGFORD
Res Luke DUESBURY
Res Matt WELLINGS
Res Richard PENNY
Res Fred GARCIA
Res Harry CONDON
Res Leif ERIKKSON
Res Adam SMYTHE



Colts team that played on Saturday.
Nicholson Cup (Colts):
Jersey First Name Surname
#1 Mason BINGE
#2 Oliver POUND
#3 Samuel MACARTHUR
#4 Toby CARSON
#5 Callum BOWDEN
#8 Tennyson JAMES
#7 Finn AMBLER
#6 Tom BOWDEN
#9 Luke POYNTING
#10 Harry HEWITSON
#11 Louie KEYSELL
#12 Callum HARGREAVES
#13 Remy KOVACEVICH
#14 Tyrone TAUKITOKU
#15 Jedd WHEELER
Res Charlie MORGAN
Res Dylan FARRELL
Res Will EVANS
Res BRYTON CALDWELL
Res Harry CONDON
Res Maxwell NEWEY
Res Ryley HAYES
Res Brad JOHNSON
Res Sebastian JAMES
Res Matthew ALEXANDER


Improving The B-Line Bus In Pittwater

Address by Dave Murray in Public forum this week - august General Meeting:

I have previously spoken to Council about B-line issues affecting Mona Vale including the on-going impact on Scouts and Guides.

Tonight however, I would like to put up a simple suggestion for the B-line service that an individual Councillor or the Council as a whole might like to pursue further with Transport for NSW.

I should also point out that this suggestion was put to me by my wife and teenaged daughter.

The B-line service has proven to be quite popular, including with those who like to leave their car at home and head out at night. Certainly, it's very popular also with our young residents who don't own a car.

Many of us would have caught a B-line home from the city or from Mosman late at night. It usually starts off fairly packed, but you often end up being the last passenger or one of only a few to travel past Narrabeen or Warriewood to Mona Vale. Followed by a lonely walk home.

On occasions, my daughter and her friends have been quite anxious having to walk home in the dark from the B-line stop at Rat Park or the terminus at Mona Vale.

So our suggestion is, following a certain time in the evening, and by passenger request only, that the outbound buses make additional stops at selected bus stops between Narrabeen and Mona Vale.

For example, we could have two optional stops after 9pm at Nareen Parade, at North Narrabeen, (outside the 7 Eleven) and opposite Mona Vale Hospital.

Basically, it would be an occasional quick drop-off which would be unlikely to have a significant impact on travel times when the traffic is sparse and passengers few.

I certainly think that this is an idea worth pursuing, at the very least as a trial. A small measure to reduce the late night risk to vulnerable members of our community.

Of course, I accept that a review of this arrangement may be required if the B-line  was ever extended north of Mona Vale.  

Thank you for your time tonight and the opportunity to canvass this suggestion. It would be interesting to see what Transport for NSW think of it.

David Murray
Mona Vale

Local School Community Fund Closing In A Month

Member for Mackellar said time was running out for schools to access funding for new computers, sporting equipment or refurbishments through a Coalition Government program. 

Jason Falinski MP said there was less than one month to go for schools to apply for funding through the Coalition Government’s $30.2 million Local Schools Community Fund.

“Mackellar has been allocated $200,000 in grant funding for projects at local schools,” Mr Falinski said. 

“Local schools have one month left to apply for funding through the program, which offers grants between $1,000 and $20,000 towards school projects.

“These projects can be anything that benefits the school community, with schools applying for funding for solar panels, kits for robotics and coding, hydration stations, clinical offices for medical services, outdoor play equipment, student wellbeing programs, composting and colour coded waste bins. 

“I urge all schools in Mackellar to think about the best way this funding can help their students and the local school community and to submit an application.” 

Applications to the Local Schools Community Fund are open to eligible government, Catholic and independent schools until 5:00 pm AEST 30 September 2019.

Each proposed project will be independently evaluated by a committee appointed by the Member for Mackellar. 

Schools can apply through SchoolsHUB - https://schools.education.gov.au/

Bush Fire Season Commences

The Bush Fire Danger Period will commence 1 September 2019 for the Northern Beaches.

The Northern Beaches is one of many areas in NSW where the Bushfire Danger period has been brought forward. For our area it will commence on the 1st September and extend until at least 31 March 2020.

Residents who wish to do a pile burn or hazard reduction burn during this period will need both a Hazard Reduction Certificate and a Fire Permit. Hazard Reduction Certificates are issued by the RFS District Office (ph 9450 3000).

Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary Stalls 2019

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

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


Ensoshima World Cup Medal Race

August 31st, 2019
9th today - finishing 6th Overall
Not the way we wanted to end the regatta. With only 5 fleet races sailed, points were very close and we are very disappointed to fall back in the medal race after a good top mark rounding. Congratulations to France's Quentin and Manon on their victory today.

Over the last two regattas here on Olympic waters - we've been sailing really well with just a few costly mistakes taking us off the podium. Japan has thrown every condition at us and we are more motivated than ever to keep working hard to get the most out our boat and our team in all conditions. .

Thanks to everyone at home cheering us on, our awesome coach Bundy for keeping us in line and all the staff at the Australian Sailing Team. Looking forward now to World Championships in New Zealand at the beginning of December to put it all together. Results: http://sailing.org/worldcup/results/index.php

Waterhouse Darmanin Sailing


Climate Change And Our Community Public Meeting

Hosted by One Eighty, Stop Adani Avalon, and Stop Adani Mackellar
Monday, September 16, 2019 at 7 PM – 9 PM
Avalon Beach Bowling & Recreation Club
Bowling Green Ln, Avalon
Earlier this year, the City of Sydney declared a climate emergency, followed by North Sydney Council declaring the same. 
Australia's current undertaking to reduce the impacts of global warming are predicted to increase global temperatures by 2–3°C, well above the 1.5°C Paris Agreement commitment to which Australia is party. The Bureau of Meteorology has noted  significantly higher temperatures than usual this winter, with rainfall well below average. Climate change has never felt more real. An intangible concept is becoming increasingly palpable. 

We are inviting all people—young and old, climate friends and foes—to join us for a conversation on September 16 about climate action.

We will have speakers from the Global Climate Strike and climate change advocacy groups, information about the School Strike and #StopAdani and will screen segments of Sir David Attenborough's 'Climate Change: The Facts' documentary.
A finalised agenda will be announced closer to the date.

Come and be informed. We all need to participate in the preservation of our one and only habitable planet!
Please invite as many friends and family as you wish.

Register your free attendance with the Eventbrite link.

Mackellar To Have Its Say On The NDIS Participant Service Guarantee

Monday 26 August 2019
Public consultation opens today on the Federal Government’s review of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) legislation. 

Minister for the NDIS, Stuart Robert, said it is critical that NDIS participants are at the centre of the review and that we capture what matters most to them and their families. 

“I encourage people with disability and their families and carers to have their say on how NDIS processes could be improved and what is important for us to include in the Participant Service Guarantee.” 

Minister Robert said the Participant Service Guarantee will take effect from 1 July 2020 and will set new standards and timelines for NDIS processes, including access decisions, having an NDIS plan approved or having a plan reviewed.

“The review will consider what changes may need to be made to NDIS legislation to support the Participant Service Guarantee  and set new standards into law but, importantly, this will not change the intent of the NDIS.” 

“The NDIS is already proving to be a life-changing social reform for hundreds of thousands of Australians, and the Government are committed to making it an exceptional Scheme.” 

Mackellar MP, Jason Falinski encouraged individuals and organisations across the Northern Beaches to consider providing their input on the Participant Service Guarantee.  

“This review has been welcomed right across the disability sector so I would encourage contributions from our community. People from Mackellar can make a written submission, register for one of the face-to-face workshops that will be held around Australia, or complete the online survey, available from 9 September 2019. If you need any assistance providing your views to this process get in contact with my office and we will help ensure your voice is heard,” Mr Falinski said. 

This comes following two grants provided to NDIS services in Mackellar earlier in the month. House with No Steps and Ability SDA pty ltd, both received $20 000 in funding from the federal government. (See previous release: www.jasonfalinski.com.au/mackellar_ndis) 

A discussion paper, overview and accessible resources to help people participate in the consultation are available now on the Engage website: www.engage.dss.gov.au.

The Terms of Reference that set out the scope of the review are now available on the Department of Social Services website: https://www.dss.gov.au/node/60381

Fertility And Research Centre To Make IVF More Accessible Across NSW

August 28, 2019: by Lucy Carroll, UNSW
A new fertility centre will offer people across the state low-cost IVF treatment and on-site fertility preservation services for young people with cancer and rare genetic diseases.


Emily Smethills, one of the first patients to recieve oncofertility treatment at the Fertility and Research Centre, with NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard, UNSW Professsor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology William Ledger and Dr Antoinette Anazodo from UNSW's School of Women's and Children's Health.

A state-of-the-art facility that will offer publicly funded IVF treatment was officially launched on Tuesday by NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard.

The Fertility & Research Centre, the first of its kind in Australia, is a collaboration between UNSW Sydney and The Royal Hospital for Women.

Led by UNSW's Professor William Ledger, the FRC will offer low-cost IVF treatment and on-site fertility preservation services for young people with cancer and rare genetic diseases. The services will be offered to people across NSW.

“This centre will provide first-class fertility preservation services, giving people with a cancer diagnosis or rare genetic conditions the chance to make their future plans for children a reality,” Mr Hazzard said.

“Combining the latest research with fertility preservation and assisted reproduction services in a public hospital is part of the NSW Government’s $42 million investment in improving access to IVF services.”

The facility will hold an assisted reproduction laboratory and procedure room where a full range of clinical services, including complete reproductive investigations and comprehensive IVF services, will be available to patients in a public hospital setting.


NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard with Lisa Forrest, who has received treatment at the Fertility and Research Centre and UNSW's Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology William Ledger.

Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at UNSW and Director of Reproductive Medicine at the Royal Hospital for Women, Professor Ledger, said the service will be linked with the Kids Cancer Centre at Sydney Children’s Hospital.

“Cancer patients diagnosed at Sydney Children’s or Prince of Wales Hospital can now speak with doctors about fertility preservation the very same day they are told they need chemotherapy,” Professor Ledger said.

The FRC will be a teaching centre at the cutting edge of fertility research bringing together top fertility experts to examine the possibilities of hormone-free IVF and new ways of slowing down the possible decline in egg quality as women age.

Researchers at the FRC are working with UNSW’s Dr Lindsay Wu to find new ways of slowing down the ageing of eggs and find ways to translate those findings into practice.

The team will also work with Professor Robert Gilchrist, a specialist in oocyte and reproductive biology from UNSW’s School of Women’s and Children’s Health, to introduce hormone injection-free IVF treatment and with Dr Kirsty Walters, a senior lecturer in Women’s and Children’s Health, on the impact of polycystic ovary syndrome on infertility.

Professor Ledger said oncofertility services will be available to patients diagnosed with cancer to preserve fertility before undergoing chemotherapy.

“Many young people will encounter cancer in their lives. Chemotherapy and radiotherapy will treat their cancer but will destroy their store of eggs. The answer is to take quick and pre-emptive action by freezing eggs and embryos,” Professor Ledger said.

“We will also offer genetic screening of embryos, helping to eliminate devastating genetic disorders from future generations as well as counselling and psychological support.”

UNSW’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Nicholas Fisk, said the FRC was an exemplar of 21st-century collaboration that will bring together clinicians, scientists and interdisciplinary teams in the new Randwick Health Precinct which will better integrate the University with the adjacent Randwick hospitals.


NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard at the launch of the Fertility and Research Centre.

“I can’t think of an area where you have closer bench to bedside and lab to patient activity than you have in IVF and infertility services,” Professor Fisk said. “Australia has been a leader in IVF, with about one in 25 babies born via IVF. At UNSW we are delighted that fertility services are being extended in the public sector where they can be readily and comprehensively available state-wide.”

“Researchers will examine high powered genetic approaches which will be used to improve pregnancy rates and pre-implantation diagnosis for couples at risk of hundreds of genetic diseases, for which there is unlikely o be any curative treatments in our lifetime,” Professor Fisk said.

“New approaches will be examined into preserving eggs, ovarian tissue, gametes and embryos for younger people with cancer, and reducing the risk of implantation failure and miscarriage in women in their 30s and 40s,” Professor Fisk said.

At Tuesday’s launch, 12-year-old Emily Smethills, who was diagnosed and treated with Ewing's sarcoma at Sydney Children’s Hospital, opened the FRC with Minister Hazzard and Professor Ledger. Ms Smethills was one of the first patients to receive fertility treatment, including tissue preservation, at the new facility.

The Kids Are Alright And The Future Looks Bright

Thank you Barrenjoey High Life for inviting our Peninsular Plastic Pest Rowan Hanley to speak at your Eco Week Assembly. Brilliant student powered initiatives...recycled/vintage mufti day, bees wax wrap workshops, BYO mugs & bottles, and fund raising for more water fountains and recycling waste systems. 

Collectively they are spreading awareness and making choices that matter. The students clearly understand the importance of healthy oceans and the devastation plastic pollution causes, and they are doing something constructive about it. Impressive!
Our oceans, waves and beaches are better for your efforts.

Surfrider Foundation Northern Beaches


Barrenjoey Performance Space Update

In related Barrenjoey High School news. Despite the rain this week the internal build of this community space is continuing. Photographs courtesy Barrenjoey High Life:




Shark Drumlines Going In Off Our Beaches 

BY NSW DPI
Another 3 month trial of SMART drumlines will be carried out across northern Sydney beaches from 30 August – 1 December 2019.
This trial will repeat the previous trial carried out at the start of 2019.

SMART drumlines were placed across two areas near existing shark nets to compare how this new technology performs at:
Barrenjoey to Newport beaches at Palm, Whale, Avalon, Bilgola and Newport; and
Dee Why to Manly beaches at Dee Why, Curl Curl, Freshwater, Queenscliff and Manly.

For more information on the trial, read the Barrenjoey to Newport fact sheet (PDF, 13889.89 KB) and the Dee Why to Manly fact sheet(PDF, 13084.33 KB).

The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) is trialling 10 SMART (Shark-Management-Alert-InReal-Time) drumlines across Sydney beaches from 30 August - 1 December 2019.

Each day, 10 SMART drumlines will be set in the morning and collected in the evening (weather dependent) across Each day, 10 SMART drumlines will be set in the morning and collected in the evening (weather dependent) across Palm, Whale, Avalon, Bilgola and
Newport beaches, as well as Dee Why, Curl Curl, Freshwater, Queenscliff and Manly beaches, located near existing shark nets to compare how this new technology performs. They are not left out overnight.

SMART drumlines are new technology that allow target sharks to be intercepted beyond the surf break; once caught, they are tagged and relocated 1km offshore.

‘Target sharks’ are White, Bull and Tiger sharks as they are the species mainly involved in shark bites in NSW.
Currently, DPI is successfully trialling 35 SMART drumlines between Evans Head and Lennox Head and has completed trials at Coffs Harbour, Forster, Kiama, and Ulladulla.

Trials in NSW have shown that SMART drumlines are effective at managing target sharks with minimal impact on the marine environment. Reports from other trials can be found on our website at dpi.nsw.gov.au/drumlines

DPI manages the NSW Government’s five-year Shark Management Strategy. SMART drumlines are one of the new technologies that are being trialled for shark management along with drones and helicopters for aerial surveillance.

This is the first time SMART drumlines will be trialled in Sydney and will complement the NSW Government’s Shark Meshing (nets) Program. Sharks tagged in the trial will allow DPI and the community to monitor shark movements along the NSW coast.

The locations of the SMART drumlines and nets are shown in the maps below:



Northern Beaches Clean Up Crew Mona Vale Beach Clean Nets Buckets Of Rubbish

On Sunday August 25th, 2019 
The biggest haul today were the cigarette butts. The Crew picked up 2134 cigarette butts today on Mona Vale Beach. One cigarette in water for about 96 hours leaches out enough toxins to kill half of the fish exposed to them. And just one butt can poison 40 liters of water. How many fish did The Crew help today? 

The Northern Beaches Clean Up Crew meets the last Sunday of every month at 10am to clean up one area/beach on the Northern Beaches in Sydney. We have buckets and gloves (and a limited amount of kids gloves too). 

An event with exact location for the month will be posted in our Facebook events tab about two weeks before the clean up. 
The next will be a Clontarf Clean Up on Sunday, September 29, 2019 at 10 AM – 12:30 PM
Meet at Clontarf Reserve, Sandy Bay Rd
All welcome - bring your friends. Do a good deed for the planet and make some new friends at the same time!



Photo: Mona Vale Beach Clean, August 2019 - NBCUC Photo