June 25 - July 1, 2017: Issue 318
Community Expresses Dissatisfaction With B-Line Newport Proposal - Reduction Of L90
The Local Government Amendment (Amalgamation Referendums) Bill 2017 Passes Upper House
Bill To Fix Forced Amalgamations Passes Upper House
'Service To Humanity' Award For Southern Cross Wildlife Care's Dr. Howard Ralph
We are pleased to share with you the news that Southern Cross Wildlife Care's Dr Howard Ralph received the Sydney University School of Veterinary Science's 2017 'Service to Humanity' Alumni Award on May 23rd, 2017.
Southern Cross Wildlife Care relies on donations to save our animals. No one in SCWC is paid a wage.
The SCWC Care Centre is in the Southern Tablelands but Howard also treats sick and injured wildlife in Sydney. Howard has to travel every fortnight to the Southern Tablelands to attend to the growing number of animals that are injured or too sick to travel. Such service requires great commitment and devotion which highlights just how rare an individual Howard is. He remains committed to assisting each and every creature that comes through the door.
As Dr. Ralph repeatedly dodges others lauding and applauding him; he prefers to devote his time to saving native animals, we’re sneaking this one out while (we think) he may be out of Pittwater for a few days.
A perusal of this overview of his decades of work, listed HERE, clearly a shortened version of a lifelong commitment to serving our animals and others, hopefully will inspire those who cannot help through becoming volunteers to assist by becoming financial supporters.
Let’s give our native animals, and Dr. Ralph a break – let’s save the furred, finned, feathered and scaled by putting something towards ensuring our grandchildren get to see the animals we’ve grown up with – in their natural state. Visit: southerncrosswildlifecare.org.au
First Champions Crowned At 2017 Australian Skin Cancer Clinic NSW Longboard Titles
The results of the Australian Skin Cancer Clinics NSW Longboard Titles will decide the NSW Team for the upcoming Australian Surf Festival in Tweed Heads in August.
Pittwater Lifeguards Reflect On Successful Summer: 2016/17 And Looking Ahead
Summer may be fast fading into the rear-view mirror but planning is well advanced to ensure that for the Pittwater based Lifeguards from the Australian Lifeguard Service the 2017/18 season is just as successful.
The final numbers indicate another busy summer for the Lifeguards from Pittwater who were charged with patrolling 9 locations throughout Sydney’s iconic Northern Beaches.
Rescues performed by the team doubled this season with 360 carried out in 2016/17 in comparison to the previous season.
A continued emphasis on preventative actions to control situations before they escalate the point a rescue is required resulted in an increased number of these actions (78,000 up from 57,000), while total first aids remained relatively stable.
A hot summer and a warm start to autumn meant crowds flocked to the beach with an additional 200,000 beach visitations recorded this summer, which ultimately pushed the attendance figures to over a million.
Although the season has finished the work never stops with the ALS team busy conducting reviews of the season, planning training programs, and inspecting equipment.
Perhaps most importantly of all is the recruitment phase. The ALS prides itself on its people with many Lifeguards returning year on year. But they’re always on the hunt for new talent with many Lifeguards having a strong background in the surf club environment.
“As we look back on a successful summer it’s important to note that none of this would be possible without our professional team of lifeguards and lifeguard supervisors,” ALS NSW Lifeguards Operation Manager Oliver Munson.
“Lifeguarding is a challenging but rewarding career that can take you around the state and even overseas. “Were always on the hunt for new talent”
Applicants for Lifeguard positions will participate in a vigorous fitness and skills session ahead of the season to ensure that they are in peak physical and mental condition ahead of the demands of the season.
2016/17 ALS Statistics For Pittwater:
• Rescues – 360
• Preventative actions – 78,192
• First Aid – 3,081
• Beach Attendance – 1,276,511
For additional information about becoming a Lifeguard with the ALS for the 2017/18 season please visit https://lifeguards.com.au/NSW/become-a-lifeguard/ By Surf Life Saving NSW - Surf Life Saving NSW will be announcing the Lifeguard of the Year shortly with winners going into contention for NSW honours at the Awards of Excellence in August.