December 17, 2017 - January 13, 2018: Issue 342
Natasha Bryant And Annie Wilmot Win 2017 Australian Youth Championships
Winners Decided On Final Day Of 2017 Australian Youth Championships
ENTER THE DREAMY VISUAL WORLD OF JACQUELINE ANDRONICUS
Local Lifestyle Photographer And Creative Director At Velvette Studio
Summer in Pittwater - Newport Beach
MP For Mackellar Champions Call For Upgrade Of Narrabeen Track & Field Facility
Hundreds of local athletes have protested against the state of the running track at Narrabeen.
Local Member for Mackellar, Jason Falinski, addressed a public rally of several hundred athletes and parents at the Narrabeen Athletics track on December 17th, 2016 calling for its urgent upgrade.
Mr. Falinski met with key community and athletics leaders Vicki Busse (President of Manly Little Athletics Centre), Robert McEntyre (President of the Sydney Pacific Athletics Club), Duncan Tweed (CEO of Athletics NSW), Peter Crombie (a Masters world champion athlete), and others, at the Narrabeen athletics track to discuss the necessity of an urgent upgrade to the dilapidated facility.
North Narrabeen Hosts Rip Curl GromSearch National Final
Draft Plan For Ingleside Land Development Released To Meet 2021 Completion Dates
Ingleside Draft Plan Released
On Friday afternoon, December 2nd, NSW State Government Planning Minister and Pittwater MP, the Hon. Rob Stokes announced the release of the draft Ingleside plan which is available for comment until February 28th, 2017.
Community information sessions have been announced to take place from January 31, 2017 until February 28th. The State Planning Department will provide more details about these activities in their next update and at planning.nsw.gov.au/ingleside.
Of 704.8 hectares slated to comprise this plan, Table 1 from the Ingleside draft land use and infrastructure strategy document shows the land use outcomes identified in the Structure Plan, and states that:
St Cloud Jersey Stud: Elanora Heights
Australia Day Awards 2017: Recognising Outstanding And Long-Term Service
Reverse Council Amalgamations Call Renewed After Retirement Announcements By Manly And North Shore MPs
World Wetlands Day 2017: the 20th Year
World Wetlands Day 2017
Australia Wins 2017 Trans-Tasman Surf Boat Test Series In New Zealand
Rescue, Rehabilitate And Release
Rescue, Rehabilitate And ReleaseSydney Wildlife's charter is to rescue, rehabilitate and release any injured, sick or orphaned native wildlife. The rescue part forms only 10% of the process; the rehabilitation part can be long and arduous depending on the injury sustained or the age of the orphan; the release part should be the best part of the process but it can actually present the most challenges:
1. In hand-raised orphans, we can't release them until they are 'dehumanised'.
Raising orphaned joeys (such as wallabies, kangaroos, wombats and possums) means that we provide them with nourishment, protection, warmth and love - everything their mothers would offer. This is Phase 1 of their rehab. Unfortunately in Phase 1, they become humanised and reliant on us. This is why Phase 2 is important: the 'dehumanisation' process. The hand-raised joeys are taken up to our Sydney Wildlife Pre-Release Facility to become ready for the wild. They are only in contact with humans once a day and here they learn to deal with all types of weather, parasites and finding food - all in a controlled environment, without predators. Our wonderful facility manager, Joan Reid, has hand-raised countless joeys and she knows the importance of Phase 2 for the joeys to have a seamless assimilation into the wild.
2. Releasing baby birds that have 'fallen from the nest'
Humans often 'kidnap' fledgling birds that are learning to fly. They mistake the process of learning to fly for falling and snatch up the babies with the parent birds watching on in horror as their fledging bubs get whisked off to the nearest vet. Sydney Wildlife is then called to care for the chicks but we often bring them back to the 'scene of the crime' to reunite the babies with their parents so that their flight lessons can continue.
3. Capture and release of snakes in unwanted locations
We regularly get called to relocate snakes that pop up in backyards, on construction sites, in offices or inside homes. We have no problem removing them from dangerous situations but it's often tricky to know how far to take them or where a safer place would be. Each species of snake has a different-sized home range and it's important not to take them out of it. Releasing snakes at the correct time of day is also essential. If the snake is nocturnal, it must be released at night.
4. Finding suitable habitat for release
Sometimes our rescuers hand-raise orphaned bats or invest countless hours rehabilitating venomous snakes - but these species and many others are deemed a 'nuisance' or 'undesirable'.
Bats often have their habitats chopped down to discourage them from roosting. Finding suitable habitat to release hand-raised pups is becoming impossible. One also needs to consider adequate food sources when releasing wildlife.
Sydney Wildlife do not discriminate. We love all our wildlife. We treat them all as priceless treasures and we adhere to our charter for all species: rescue, rehabilitate and release.
Sydney Wildlife: www.sydneywildlife.org.au Phone: 9413 4300
By Lynleigh Greig
Roderic Quinns Poems And Prose For Manly, Beacon Hill, Dee Why And Narrabeen
B-Line Proposal For Mona Vale Approved
- conversion of 74 existing parking spaces in the Beeby Reserve car park adjacent to Barrenjoey Road to unrestricted commuter car parking spaces, including replacing / removing signage
- new northbound and southbound bus stops on Barrenjoey Road, north of Pittwater Road, including weather protection, seating and real-time information
- a northbound bus indent at Village Park on Barrenjoey Road
- a new signalised pedestrian crossing across Golf Avenue at the intersection with Barrenjoey Road
- road works on Pittwater Road, Golf Avenue, Park Street and Barrenjoey Road including kerb and pedestrian island adjustments, a new signalised pedestrian crossing across the slip lane from Pittwater Rd heading north onto Barrenjoey Rd, extension of turning lanes, pedestrian fencing, pavement works and line marking
- relocation of the northbound bus stop from the corner of Pittwater Road / Waratah Street to Pittwater Road south of Bungan Lane
- removal of two local bus stops (northbound and southbound) located on Barrenjoey Road, north of Park Street / Golf Avenue and co-location with the new B-Line stops
- removal of approximately 33 trees / shrubs
- new bicycle parking and improvements to bicycle and pedestrian links.
Youth Development & Intermediate Youth Development Programs at RPAYC
Youth Development Program
- Understand and developing advanced keelboat boat handling skills including the dynamics of both asymmetrical and symmetrical spinnakers
- Developing a deeper understanding and knowledge base of the Racing Rules of Sailing
- Implementing changes from dinghy fleet racing tactics to keelboat racing
- Execution of better teamwork dynamics
- Brief introduction into match racing
- Gain regatta experience at the One-Design & Interclub events
A Historic Catalogue And Record Of Pittwater Art I – Of Places, Peoples And The Development Of Australian Art And Artists
Pittwater Church of England and Bolton's Farm from the Road; illustration from the Pittwater and Hawkesbury Lakes Album. 1880, Courtesy the Mitchell Library - Mills, Pile & Gilchrist, 1880 xxiv, 8 pages,  leaves of plates (3 folded) : illustrations ; 19 x 25 cm.
'View in Broken Bay New South Wales. March 1788' by William Bradley - Drawings from his journal `A Voyage to New South Wales',1802+ Image No.: a3461013, courtesy State Library of New South Wales.
'SW. Arm of Broken Bay New South Wales from an Island at the Entrance. Sepr 1789' by William Bradley - Drawings from his journal `A Voyage to New South Wales', 1802+ , Image No.:a3461014, courtesy State Library of New South Wales.
William Bradley (1758–13 March 1833) was a British naval officer and cartographer who was one of the officers who participated in the First Fleet to Australia. During this expedition, Bradley undertook extensive surveys and became one of the first of the settlers to establish relations with the aborigines, with whom he struck up a dialogue and whose customs and nature he studied extensively. He later however fell out with his aboriginal contacts and instead undertook a mission to gather food which ended with an eleven-month stay on Norfolk Island after a shipwreck.
Bradley was attached on the Sirius to the First Fleet destined to colonise Australia. During 1788, Bradley did not involve himself directly in colonial affairs, but instead joined John Hunter in extensive operations along the Sydney Harbour coastline. The two men were often away from the colony for extended periods, conducting surveys of the coastline and the lands around.
Narrabeen Sports High School Surfers Excel In Their Surfest 2017 Quest: Donation Of Boards To Vanutau Students A Highlight
Around The Bends Newport To Avalon Ocean Swim Challenge - March 19, 2017
So far it has only been a regular Club swim, accessible only to a few, but on Sunday 19th March 2017 the Avalon Beach SLSC will coordinate one of Sydney’s most beautiful ocean swims for the very first time. Starting from the northern end of Newport Beach, the current will take you around the headland. Surrounded by your fellow swimmers and plenty of water safety you will continue across the sandy bottom of Bilgola Beach until you reach Bilgola Headland. Usually a great vantage point for whale watching, you will see these amazing headlands from a unique perspective. Above the water the views are great but below you the rock shelves extend to large boulders and caves. This pristine world is home to giant schools of fish and it’s not unusual to spot a turtle or a very friendly cuttlefish. 2.5 kilometres of wonder and excitement; conquer 3 beaches before breakfast in the safety of a group of ocean swimmers.
Volker Klemm, member of the ABSLSC, has swum the course a number of times and said: “I loved the changes in the underwater environment as we swam along. Last time I saw a lovely ray and lots of little fish amongst the bright green beds of seagrasses just before getting into Avalon Beach. The underwater views are absolutely wonderful. I don’t tend to swim it at full pace as I get caught up enjoying the view.”
Kalinda, who is new to ocean swimming said: “even on an average day you can see the bottom of the ocean most of the way, which is very reassuring. If you really want to enjoy the swim without the competitiveness of a swim race, grab your flippers, wear a wetsuit and join us in the Back of Pack starting group for a more relaxed sort of a swim.”
March 19th has been chosen as the water is expected to be a balmy 23C and the tides on the day will not be very extreme. We are looking forward to a lovely swim in the best possible weather and conditions. Bring your Go Pro for a truly magical experience.
Cost is $40 – register online at http://www.oceanswims.com
In true community spirit Avalon Beach SLSC will be supporting the Can Too Foundation for this swim. Just like the Surf Club, Can Too is promoting an active lifestyle and at the same time raises funds for Cancer research. This is important to all of us with Cancer touching most of us in some way, shape or form.
Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern Beaches Branch Championships 2017: Surf Boats Carnival at Long Reef
The Bilgola Connection With The Beginnings Of Radio In Australia
Celebrating World Radio Day: The Bilgola Connection With The Beginnings Of Radio In Australia
- Celebrating Radio - showcasing the power of radio as a medium.
- By youth, for youth - highlighting the contribution of young people as creators of radio content and improving their participation.
- Safety & Security - building awareness of the risks faced by young international freelancers and fixers, especially in humanitarian and disaster zones.
Community Concerns Over Future Of Mona Vale Hospital Grow Apace With Frenchs Forest Developments: Parkway Emergency
WHERE TO NOW MONA VALE HOSPITAL?
Published on 22 Feb 2017
What The People think about Mona Vale Hospital, as opposed to what The Politicians say they must have. The main film is in production now.
The Minister, The Petition, And The 11,864 Pittwater Petitioners
Published on 26 Feb 2017
I believe my community needs and wants to keep Mona Vale Hospital as a basic Level 3 public hospital as it is presently functioning and has served the public well for many years. It just needs refurbishing floor by floor as Maternity was successfully done. Other public hospitals have been successfully refurbished while still in operation - Bankstown, Blacktown, Camden - the list goes on. W e have been told 60% of the local population has private Health Insurance but that means 40 % doesn't. Don't those people count? Don't they have needs? There are waiting lists for up to 2 years already with 2 public hospitals operating. What will happen when there are no public hospitals? I am not aware of waiting lists for private services.
The birthing unit is well patronized and safe with the current backup .of an operating theatre, obstetrician and anaesthetist. It can't continue at MVDH when that goes. In the rare but potentially life threatening event of obstructed labour the baby has to be got out in 20 minutes. You could not get a woman to Frenchs Forest in that time.
A proper A and E has to have onsite an operating theatre with basic specialist surgical and medical services with pathology, radiology and inpatient monitoring ecg etc. Patients perceive symptoms after hours as potentially life threatening and want full assessment.
A G.P style after hours clinic was tried in the grounds in parallel with A and E but was bypassed by the public and closed for lack of use. Also W.H.O states that a proper A and E needs to be no more than 30 mins by road for all the people in the area it serves. People north of Newport are beyond that from the F.F. emergency.
It needs to be affordable to the disadvantaged. The San is the only private hospital I know of that provides A and E and charges something like $250 a visit plus all other investigations. The community needs the continuation of inpatient paediatric services.Our local member told me we have one of the highest primary enrollments in the state. The children's hospitals are several hours drive away and this places a huge burden on families.
The community needs access to public day surgery services such as endoscopy and cataract extraction. There is already a 2 year waiting list for cataracts there being no public day surgery centres other than MVDH and Manly. When these go what will happen? We need basic inpatient services for the elderly currently being managed at home when a crisis occurs. I know of no new public nursing homes being built what will happen to those who haven't got 300 to 500 thousand dollars for a bond? The hospitals are already overburdened by aged care. How will the one hospital cope in the future?
We need inpatient palliative care services as the hospices are all out of the area, thus placing a huge burden on families particularly aged spouses. We need basic Inpatient hospital services to care for the chronically ill to take the pressure off our rocket science hospitals. They need T.L.C nursing care not technology. Ask anyone whether they got better TLC in RNSH or their local small hospital!
Grommets Shine As The 2017 Australian Open Of Surfing Kicks Off At Manly
FIRST CHAMPIONS CROWNED AT THE 2017 AUSTRALIAN OPEN OF SURFING
Demise Of Democracy
Demise Of Democracy
Who is listening to us? Is the age of democracy, activism and advocacy over?
I’ve been reflecting lately on change and on the role of community leadership and what well managed change can look like. Change can be sudden and disruptive or slow and incremental. You can fight it or just go with the flow. Its outcomes can range from transformative to disastrous depending on timing and impact on the individual, community, environment. It is complex and when a change process is underway three things are VERY important. Consultation, Communication, Consistency.
Good consultation requires open, constructive two-way conversations between stakeholders supported by a complete set of facts. Consultation should involve listening and talking, reflecting and synthesising and informed negotiation through exchange.
Communication needs to be inclusive, honest, complete, genuine, timely and accessible.
Consistency is achieved by a well articulated approach, a strategy, treatment of stakeholders and sticking to the plan.
Effective leaders listen to their communities and are able to then act on their behalf to influence outcomes for them.
Each day as I commute to work on the other side of the city, I travel past the new hospital site on Warringah Road and past the light rail on ANZAC parade, both ugly, both destructive, both pushed through without listening to the public concerns and both changing by the minute and manifesting larger and more disruptive than ever communicated. I listen to the radio on the journey, in and back, hearing complaints about lock out laws and local council amalgamations, WestConnex, changes to laws around Local Govt. Act, Crown Lands Act, Environmental Protection, …. I don't think I have ever heard so much dismay, disbelief, and frustrated helplessness ever. I consider ‘why?’
After some thought I view it is because the people and communities of NSW feel they no longer have a voice that is listened to and they are change fatigued. This seems to be because the avenues they usually take their voice to have been taken away or are no longer listening – consultation is shallow, curated, or only paid lip service and ignored in any case, particularly if outcomes do not align with a preconceived plan. All the traditional advocacy methods appear ineffective, protesting, petitions and marches. Social Media is difficult to target and leverage for anything serious. On the peninsular we have been particularly let down by our State Government representatives who have consistently ignored community sentiment over increased density of development, Mona Vale Hospital downgrading and Local Government Amalgamations to name a few.
The last removed the community voice, which was represented by dedicated and locally connected councillors, replacing it with a single administrator. If you ever attend or watch the council meetings online for which he sets the agenda, chairs the meeting and is the only voter, you will see members of our communities trying to get local concerns heard and being glibly, and oft tersely, cut short by someone who neither lives in nor understands our local communities. This gentleman recently sacked me from a role on the LRC of the newly formed council. One I had not chosen to apply for, but he personally asked me to fill. I took on the role in a positive spirit hoping to represent the community who elected me in some way in the new beast. When I called to ask why I was sacked; I thought it may have been because I had questioned the unclear process through which the Strategic Reference Groups were selected – something a number of community members had raised concerns me about, I was very rudely spoken to then hung up on. Upon further correspondence he claims that I have attended less than half the meetings. This is untrue, I don't always sign in. He also chided me for choosing to attend, and present a speech and award at, a school speech night and for opening a local art exhibition (ironically sponsored by the council) - both important community events and activities which as a community leader, educator and advocate / supporter of creative industries I see much greater value in than attending a meeting where we are talked at, rather than consulted.
Our community deserves so much better representation than it is getting right now. It also deserves to be heard. I’m interested to hear any fresh ideas on how we as a community can do this.
by Selena Griffith
You can contact Selena via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
A Walk In The Bush
A Walk In The Bush
Emile Theodore Argles
2017 NSW Surf Life Saving State Masters Championships At Blacksmiths Beach
2017 NSW Surf Life Saving State Opens Championships At Blacksmiths Beach
2017 Pittwater Woman Of The Year
Autumn In Pittwater 2017
Barrenjoey High Students and Community Break Longest Line of Surfboards World Record: Raise Big Funds for DSA
Sydney Harbour Bridge Celebrates 85th Birthday: A Few Pittwater Connections
Sydney Harbour Bridge Celebrates 85th Birthday
BAYVIEW-CHURCH POINT RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION INC
BAYVIEW-CHURCH POINT RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION INC
Bayview Church Point Residents Association AGM
Residents Trying To Save Mona Vale Village Park - The Village Green - B-Line Protest
Strokes That Matter - Bass Strait Paddle April 2017 - Newport SLSC
Strokes That Matter - Bass Strait Paddle April 2017Immediately following the 2017 Australian Surf Life Saving Championships “Aussies” at Kirra Beach – a group of 12 Newport Surf Club members, friends and supporters will paddle on surf skis across Bass Strait with the objective of raising money and awareness for the prevention of drowning.
Inspired by fellow club member - Brad Gaul’s world first paddleboard crossing in 2014 – the team planned the trip as a unique opportunity to end a successful season, and to raise community awareness to prevent the annual tragic and unnecessary loss of life through drownings in Australia every year.
As members of Newport Surf Club, and with a hugely successful competitive background the group is passionate about water safety and drowning prevention – and have a unique experience and involvement as surf lifesaving volunteers in preventing drownings, and educating the public on life saving techniques and skills.
The team of KNG Ironman Max Brooks and multiple Australian Title Gold Medallist fellow club members Tom Atkinson, Mitch Trim, Chad Alston, Luke Jones, Jayke Rees, Cody Marr and Jonah Beard – with North Cronulla Surf Life Saving Club Members Luke Moses and Jake Moses and supporters Paul Moses, Sandy Beard and John Farrell will leave from Port Albert Victoria on Wednesday April 5th and travel via the east coast island route of Hogan Island, Deal Island and Flinders Island arriving at Little Musselroe Bay on Tasmania’s isolated North East Coast on April 11– a total distance in excess of 300 kms.
The team will likely encounter huge seas, gale force winds, strong tides and currents and unpredictable and rapidly changing weather conditions – whilst witnessing a spectacular part of Australia’s coastline and some magnificent isolated islands. They have spent considerable time planning the crossing and ensuring it is conducted safely – which will further their knowledge as to the dangers presented by waterways. Knowledge gained from the experience and their education and training as lifesavers, and media profile of a number of the group – is an opportunity which the team believe deserves to be shared with a wider audience and has the potential to help prevent fatalities.
Through a fund specifically established with the Newport Surf Club called “Strokes That Matter” – they are looking to raise $30 K to establish and implement a number of programs to specifically target drowning prevention and surf awareness – which they hope will become an enduring program.
100% of all funds raised will go directly to executing programs established within the existing and proven framework of Surf Life Saving Australia;
The fund has the following key goals for 2017 /2018:
- Implement an educational syllabus / program for delivery in schools throughout NSW
- Deliver programs via Nutri Grain athletes at NSW schools
- Utilise media coverage of Bass Strait Crossing and other media opportunities to enable wider access to NSW School Students
- Conduct surf and water safety awareness clinics at beaches across NSW in conjunction with other surf clubs
- Conduct surf and water safety awareness clinics at waterways and public meeting places
- Participate with other specialist organisations in initiatives that directly target drowning prevention
The fund website is give.everydayhero.com/au/StrokesThatMatter
Securing Mona Vale Hospital’s Long-Term Future
Securing Mona Vale Hospital’s Long-Term Future
23 March 2017
Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes today announced the next stage in the transformation of Mona Vale Hospital to ensure it continues to provide high-quality health services into the future.
More than 20 health care providers have responded to a Registration of Interest (ROI) process for additional health services to be co-located at Mona Vale Hospital.
These additional services would be provided alongside a range of existing and new health services including 24/7 Urgent Care, medical imaging, pathology, pharmacy, inpatient rehabilitation and assessment, inpatient geriatric evaluation and management, inpatient palliative care and a diversity of community health services.
“The interest received from experienced health operators has exceeded our expectations,” Rob Stokes said today.
“I’m particularly excited by the diversity of health services being proposed – especially from local operators.
“We’re now looking at the potential for a broader range of sub-acute and complementary health services to be provided at Mona Vale Hospital than ever before. This includes everything from General Practice through to medical specialists.
“This process is a really important part of the ongoing work to modernise Mona Vale Hospital and continue introducing new infrastructure and services,” Rob Stokes said.
Acute services will transfer to the new state-of-the-art Northern Beaches Hospital at Frenchs Forest when it opens in late 2018. In December 2016 the NSW Government announced the launch of the Registration of Interest process for additional health services at Mona Vale Hospital to complement the recent additions to the campus.
All land will remain in public ownership and the Northern Sydney Local Health District will continue to manage the Mona Vale Hospital campus.
The ROI responses will now be carefully assessed by a panel of representatives from the Northern Sydney Local Health District and NSW Health Infrastructure. Recommendations to the Minister for Health regarding which operators will be asked for more detailed proposals will be made in coming months.
Minister for Health Brad Hazzard said: “All of us on the beaches will soon benefit from a wider range of health services. It’s great that the government’s vision is fast becoming a reality.
“Delivering a new world-class hospital at Frenchs Forest and investing in new buildings and services at Mona Vale Hospital will see both hospitals working together to provide the best possible healthcare choices for our growing community.
“The strong response to the Registration of Interest process is very encouraging and will help secure Mona Vale Hospital’s role into the future,” Mr Hazzard said.
Pittwater Friends Of Soibada 2017 Focus Is On Building A Senior High School
Pittwater Friends Of Soibada 2017 Focus Is On Building A Senior High School: A Catch Up With Tamara Sloper Harding OAM
New Free Street Library In Avalon
New Free Street Library In AvalonJoseph and William streets) - a street library is a free community resource installed by volunteers to foster both literacy and neighbourhood.
Gail Broady built this one from an old cabinet reclaimed from Kimbriki, the base of an old chair, perspex from an uncle's shed, and timber from her Dad's garage.
“We call this one the Tardis because every book is a time machine and there's a world of worlds inside every library. We have stocked it with books for little kids and big people.” Gail said this week.
Street Library officially began in Sydney, New South Wales in November 2015 and has been rapidly growing and expanding ever since. Street Library is a registered incorporated non for profit charity regulated by the Australian Charities and Not for Profits Commission and NSW Fair Trading.
As of March 2017, there are over 200 Street Libraries in Australia. The goal is to increase that number to 500 in the next few years. Residents, schools and other community groups interested in obtaining a Street Library can build their own at one of the workshops, download DIY instructions or purchase a ready-made box built by a local men’s shed from Street Library Australia’s website.
You can find out how to build or install your own street library, find other libraries, join or contribute to the growing community of volunteer street librarians at http://streetlibrary.org.au
Palmy Longboarders Club Host Annual DSA Surfing Day Event
New Life Members Honoured At 2017 Surf Life Saving NSW State Championships
Victor James Daley: A Manly Bard And Poet
Bungan Boardriders Inc.
Sir Adrian Curlewis CBE CVO Awarded Gold Distinguished Service Medal
Founding Coordinator of the Award in Australia
In 1958, Sir Adrian was appointed by HRH Prince Philip as the first National Coordinator of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award in Australia with the first award participants commencing in 1959. He was subsequently appointed National Chairman from 1962 to 1973. During this time, Australia was amongst the first countries to introduce the Award outside of the United Kingdom where it was established in 1956.
During this time, he made a most substantial contribution to ensure that the Award had the strong foundations and the resources to sustain strong growth. He was also very supportive and encouraging of our neighbouring countries in the South Pacific to also introduce the Award.
The photo is of HRH Prince Philip The Duke of Edinburgh with Sir Adrian Curlewis on board the HMY Britannia in 1962 where the first Gold Award was presented to Michael Dillon of Sydney Grammar School.
The remarkable life of Sir Adrian Curlewis
Sir Adrian Curlewis was born in 1901 in Mosman Sydney, born to Herbert Raine Curlewis and Ethel Turner – author of “Seven Little Australians”. His family were always very community minded, including supporting charities and organizing ambulance and first aid courses during World War 1. Adrian had a great love for water sports spending his summers at Palm Beach learning to surf. After the drowning of two people at Palm Beach in 1923, Adrian founded the Palm Beach Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC) with some other local residents. Adrian was Club Captain from 1923-28 and Club President from 1929-33, going on to become President of the International Council of Lifesaving from 1956-73. In 1928, he married Betty Car who shared his love for the ocean and community; she often helped organise fundraisers for the Palm Beach SLSC.
After attending SHORE he studied law at Sydney University Sir Adrian and became a barrister. Sir Adrian become a highly regarded District Court Judge from 1948 -71.
Committed to serving the Community
In addition to his great service to the Award, Sir Adrian was also Chairman (1949-71) of the New South Wales National Fitness Council, founder (1956) of the Outward Bound movement in New South Wales, President (1934-41, 1945-75) of the Surf Life Saving Association of Australia, and President (1968-84) of the Royal Humane Society of New South Wales. He was also appointed CBE in 1962, CVO in 1974, and was knighted in 1967.
The Sir Adrian Curlewis Scholarship
His name continues to be recognised for his contribution in highlighting the potential in young Australians with the “Sir Adrian Curlewis Scholarship” being dedicated to the late Sir Adrian. The scholarship was designed to build skills in leadership and knowledge in selected young people in roles across Surf Life Saving clubs – at regional, state and national levels.
The scholarship aims to continue Sir Adrian’s good work with the youth of Australia, investing in their personal growth and achievement much like work of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award.
You can find out more information Sir Adrian Curlewis Scholarship at: https://sls.com.au/meet-2010-sir-adrian-curlewis-scholars/
Warriewood Rustys Prove They Are Really A GOLD Aussie Surf Boat Team
Pittwater RSL Dedication of New Cenotaph
Birds Baffled By B-Line Sleight Of Hand: Where Did All Our Trees Go?
Government Thugs Arrive In Pittwater: B-Line Lie Exposed
Forced Amalgamations Hit A "Procedural Fairness" Snag That May Bring Every Imposed Merger Completely Undone
12 Thousand Best Friends Saved By Monika's Doggie Rescue: Ingleside
Christopher John Raggatt
The Sydney Northern Beaches Veterans Centre Inaugural Resilience Luncheon
The Sydney Northern Beaches Veterans Centre, Dee Why RSL, Inaugural Resilience Luncheon
Approval Of Site Compatibility Certificate For Bayview Development Meets Strong Community Disapproval
Approval Of Site Compatibility Certificate For Bayview Development Meets Strong Community Disapproval
Lifeline Classic Living Ocean Team Raises The Bar To Support Those Who Will Always Answer The Call For Anyone In Crisis
Av. Green Team Creating Waves Of A Sustainable Green And Clean Future
Av. Green Team Creating Waves Of A Sustainable Future
Elsie Track, Scotland Island Reclaimed: Community Engages Next Generation On A Great Way Forward For Little Feet!
By SIOCS - The Island Kindy
Preparation WorksThese pictures are of the work done to build the track. They show what was there before the bush regeneration and track building features were done, and the results of such efforts.
Children's SignsTwo signs were made to be posted at both ends of the track using the children's footprints. Adriana went to the kindy, outlined the children's feet on paper to make a stencil then they painted their own footprint on the wooden signs. The signs were posted during the planting day.
Warringah Touch Football Association Support Of Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary And The Children's Ward Continues
Warringah Touch Football Association Support Of Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary And The Children's Ward
Surf Lifesavers Prepare To Lower Flags
Surf Lifesavers Prepare To Lower Flags
'Don't Be Developed Out Of Pittwater' Rally At Mona Vale's Memorial Hall: Motion to Fight To Restore Pittwater Council Passes
Mosman Readers Request - ' Could You Do A History Page On Clifton Gardens Please - People Would Find This Interesting';
Clifton Gardens Mosman: An Eternal Green And Saltwater Space And Of Many Captains
Walter (Wal) Williams
Pittwater Athletes Excel At 2017 World Masters Games In New Zealand
Warriewood SLSC's Rustys and Avalon Beach SLSC's Antinques- Silver and Gold at 2017WMG.
Palm Beach SLSC's Golden Girls: Annabelle Chapmane, Di van Ooi, Fi Rae and Karen Begg.
The World Masters Games 2017 have and are taking place in Auckland New Zealand from 21-30 April 2017. This is an international sporting competition for athletes of masters age, comprising up to 30 sports played over 10 days. The multisport festival is for anyone who loves to combine sport with pleasure.
The World Masters Games is the world’s largest multi-sport event. Held every four years, it is the pinnacle sporting event for masters competitors worldwide. In supporting the Olympic Games ethos of ‘sport for all’, the goal of the World Masters Games is to encourage participation in sport throughout life. Competition and camaraderie are equally celebrated.
Every four years, the International Masters Games Association, the representative body of masters sport worldwide, grants to one special city the rights to host the next Games. The first ever Games were held in Toronto, Canada in 1985. Since then seven other cities have embraced the global event including Sydney in 2009 and Torino in 2013.
Two of the philosophies of the Masters Games are to promote friendship and understanding, along with competition, between mature sports people regardless of age, gender, race, religion, or sport status. This unique spirit will be very much alive in 2017 when Auckland, New Zealand becomes the latest home to this hugely exciting global sporting event.
The 2017 World Masters Games have had Surf Life Saving Sports among the list of Sports that begins with Archery and goes to Weight Lifting.
Last weekend Avalon Beach SLSC's Antiques and Warriewoods Rustys - sweeps Rick Millar and Russell Lamb, won gold and silver in the Womens 200+
The Antiques crew for these games was Beverly Tilbury (bow). Ameila Butler (2nd bow). Tracey McSullea (2nd stroke) Kate Munro (stroke) Rick Millar Sweep.
We spoke to the team late this week as, anyone who follows this great surf boat team from Avalon Beach SLSC, woudl notice there are a few variations in this gold medal winning team.
"The crew decided earlier that we would like to compete in the masters games in NZ in April 2017, "
Ludlites Love Utopia
Ludlites Love Utopia
THE WORLD THROUGH A PLASTIC LENS V.14
Featured Exhibition in the Head On Photo Festival
LO-FI PHOTOGRAPHY INSPIRED BY UTOPIA
Tim Hixson and Sally Mayman two Avalon photographers and members of the Ludlites group are currently exhibiting work at Bondi pavilion. The theme of this years show is Utopia……..
`LUDLITES LOVE UTOPIA' is a special exhibition experience with 11 award winning photographic artists sharing their interpretation of the theme Utopia using plastic lens or pin hole film cameras.
With over 55 artworks showing in the Bondi Pavilion Gallery, this exhibition demonstrates the special place this collective of lo-fi plastic lens and pinhole camera users hold in the contemporary Australian art world. No other collective in the world maintains such an engaging and highly original approach to creating unusual photographic works using such low-tech cameras.
Why do we use film and plastic cameras?
"High end glass lenses that give an evenness in focus, contrast and colour are now the norm, even in our phones," says Tim Hixson, one of the founding Ludlites, "but we strive for the imperfection that is possible from shooting with a low grade lens and film. You learn to `feel' the effect of the light and trust your instincts then wait for the lab before you know you have a worthy image. The dreamy quality is something that many phone apps and the filters on fnstagram actually attempt to replicate."
Many Ludlites use film and plastic cameras as an antidote to constant digital perfection. "Sometimes the worse my negatives turn out the more excited I am", offers Ludlite Patrick Boland. "It's nice to have a little unpredictability in your life. I encourage this by using expired film, hoping its ageing emulsion will take me somewhere new.
Ludlite Katrina Crook says, "I love creating a situation where I can create images on a completely instinctual level. Whilst needing technical experience and photographic knowledge to make creative decisions I can then throw out the rulebook. The fun when using film and plastic cameras is realising it takes on a life of its own and I adore fully embracing the unpredictability and subsequent emotive results."
Charity Opening - Arrow Foundation
This year the Ludlites are proudly supporting the work of the Arrow Foundation, in keeping with the theme of Utopia - creating a better world. All profits from the opening event on May 7th will be donated to the foundation. The show is also a memorial to Ludlite member Mal Stewart, who we lost last year to Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma.
Please find more information on the Arrow Foundation here: www.arrow.org.au
This year marks the 501st anniversary of Thomas More's classic book `Utopia' considered one of the most important works of European humanism in which More describes the ideal city and state. Around the world celebrations and cultural events have been happening. The Ludlites have joined in to show their creative responses to the theme of Utopia.
Being a fictional work `Utopia' is based on imagination and tends itself to, 'The Ludlite Treatment', where the imperfect and unusual aspects of photography are used to create dreamy and suggestive visions of past, future or interpretive worlds.
The Plastic Camera can also show an intimate view and 'Utopia' can be seen as something very simple and attainable. It could also be viewed as existing right in front of us all along; we just didn't see it quite that way. Or as an abstract notion it can be represented as a contradiction to reality.
Our aim is to create a wonderful community event to share each artist's Utopian vision and raise money and awareness for the Arrow Foundation.
`Ludlites Love Utopia' marks the Ludlites 14th show and is a Featured Exhibition of the 2017 Head On Festival of Photography, one of the biggest photographic festivals in the world that takes place every year in May.
The Ludlites exhibiting in Utopia are:
Bradley Shaw, Katrina Crook, Lucas Brown, Natalie Blom, Patrick Boland, Riaan Cilliers, Sally Mayman, Tim Gibbs, Tim Hixson, Trevor Ydreos, Vanessa Power.
At Bondi Pavilion Gallery : Tuesday 25 April - Sunday 14 May
Open Hours: Everyday 1Oam-Spm
Official Opening Event Sunday 7th May 2pm-4pm. Supporting the Arrow Foundation
SIX NEW SUP SURFING CHAMPIONS CROWNED AT OCEAN AND EARTH SOUTHERN CROSS SUP FESTIVAL
SIX NEW SUP SURFING CHAMPIONS CROWNED AT OCEAN AND EARTH SOUTHERN CROSS SUP FESTIVAL
Palm Beach RSL Sub-Branch Opens New Memorabilia And Military Heritage Library
Anzac Day In Pittwater 2017: Pittwater RSL And Avalon Beach RSL Commemorative Dawn And 11 A.M. Services - April 25th
Avalon Beach RSL
Avalon Beach RSL
John Seaton MBE
Narrabeen Lagoon State Park Expansion
Map of new areas
Narrabeen Lagoon State Park Expansion
May 3, 2017
Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes today announced Narrabeen Lagoon State Park will be expanded by over 140 hectares.
The State Park was established by the NSW Government in 2014 to help ensure greater environmental protection for the lagoon and its surrounding catchment.
Negotiations between the newly formed Northern Beaches Council and the NSW Department of Industry – Lands have seen seven Crown reserves added to the State Park.
“Narrabeen Lagoon is one of the largest coastal lagoons in Sydney and sits within an important ecosystem - supporting a variety of native animals through a network of wildlife protection areas,” Rob Stokes said.
“This expansion to the State Park preserves the area’s status for public recreation and tourism along with protecting its environmental characteristics.
“Seven additional Crown reserves now come under the management of the Narrabeen Lagoon State Park Trust meaning facilities for public recreation can continue to be supported and the area’s natural habitats protected.
“The State Park originally covered 247.2 hectares. This expansion adds a further 140.5 hectares, bringing the total to 387.7 hectares”.
Northern Beaches Council Administrator Dick Persson AM welcomed the expansion of the Park, acknowledging its many public and environmental benefits.
“Narrabeen Lagoon is one of the jewels in the crown of the Northern Beaches and a popular recreational location, with abundant opportunities for bushwalking, cycling and water sports.
“Including these Crown reserves in the State Park means we will have a single Trust managing one of Sydney’s most popular parks and will ensure this wonderful natural resource is preserved for future generations,” Mr Persson said
October 2016: Moon Rock Declared An Aboriginal Place
There are numerous Historical pages focussing on Narrabeen's Lagoon in which you can see what has changed and what remains the same - these are listed in Contents and Past Features pages and are a great way to sight what has been retained for future generations through the expansion of the Narrabeen Lagoon State Park - a few examples run below.
New Mental Health Services A Boost For Northern Beaches Residents
New Mental Health Services A Boost For Northern Beaches Residents4 May 2017
Local Member Jason Falinski today announced six new Australian Government-funded mental health and suicide prevention services at the Community Care Northern Beaches in Mona Vale.
Mr Falinski said: “these services will significantly boost support available to those in need across Northern Sydney, an area that includes the Northern Beaches.”
“Mental health is one of the four pillars of our Government’s Long Term National Health Plan and we are committed to developing a better approach to mental health care.”
These new services, commissioned by Northern Sydney Primary Health Network (PHN), are innovative, culturally sensitive and already on the ground to ensure that people get the right help, at the right time.
It is estimated that more than four million Australian adults experience mental ill-health each year, and in Northern Sydney this figure is 12 in every 100 people.
The Australian Government has allocated $14.2 million to the Northern Sydney PHN through to the end of June 2018 to commission mental health services that best support the needs of their local community.
As part of the commissioning process, the PHN has undertaken extensive research and community consultation to understand the specific mental health needs of this region.
The services can be tailored to individual requirements and will fill the gaps in mental health services in the North Sydney area.
Mr Falinski explained that “every service that this Government is supporting has been identified through a competitive tendering process as the best suited to meet our local needs.”
“It’s not about throwing more money at a mental health problem; it’s about making sure that we get the best possible outcome for our residents. The decisions are being made here, on the ground, because that’s how we will get the best results.”
Additional information on the services being rolled out:
The service providers include:
- Community Care Northern Beaches – offering outreach care coordination and psychosocial support to people who have been hospitalised following a suicide attempt.
- Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury and Lifeline Northern Beaches – offering telephone based assessment and referral services for people experiencing mild to moderate mental health issues such as low mood, anxiety and stress.
- New Vision Psychology – offering one-on-one and group-based psychological support and care coordination to Cantonese and Mandarin-speaking residents.
- Relationships Australia, in partnership with the Gaimaragal Group – offering culturally appropriate mental health services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
- Primary and Community Care Services (PCCS) – offering one-to-one psychological support and care coordination to underserviced and at risk groups, including people who identify as LGBTI, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, children and young people, and women experiencing perinatal anxiety and depression.
- Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury – in addition to their phone-based services, Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury will also provide group-based support for underserviced groups, helping these people to manage their anxiety, stress and depression.
It also includes support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex – who research has shown to be at increased risk of suicide and self-harm – as well as non-English speaking communities.
Surf Lifesaver Treats Rock Fall Victim: First Aid Learnt In Surf Clubs Or Through Open To The Public Courses Saves Lives Elsewhere
Surf Lifesaver Treats Rock Fall Victim At Palm BeachTuesday 2 May 2017 - from Surf Life Saving NSW
A man in his 70s who was injured on rocks at Palm Beach pool this morning was lucky to have a highly trained surf lifesaver on the scene to administer first aid.
Nick Sampson, a 23-year old patrol captain at Avalon Beach SLSC is an electrician and was working on a construction site nearby when members of the public alerted him that a man had fallen off the path and onto rocks and was bleeding profusely from the head.
Nick and others from the construction site grabbed a first aid kit and along with bystanders, did what they could to stem the blood flow from the man’s head.
When paramedics arrived, Nick assisted them to administer oxygen, apply a neck brace and a defibrillator before the patient was loaded into the Ambulance. He was moved to North Palm Beach to a waiting helicopter for transport to hospital.
“He had a deep cut to the head, there was a lot of blood. Apparently he felt faint and stumbled across the path and fell off the edge onto the rocks,” said Nick.
This morning’s drama at Palm Beach shows just how valuable it is to have surf lifesavers, trained in first aid and CPR, out in the community and ready to use their skills and experience to help others.
Nick is humble by nature and dislikes talking about himself but reiterated that anyone can help others through learning First Aid, reminding everyone that Surf Life Saving does offer courses the public may do even if they're not a member of a Surf Life saving Club.
When people grumble about Gen Y being self centred, unwilling to take on responsibility and being the "I" generation, I like to point out some of the younger members of our surf club such as Nick Sampson.
President Avalon Beach SLSC
NB: since Richard wrote the above the Pinkies have won the Under 23 Surf Boat World Championships.
Transforming Everyday Australian's Into Lifesavers
News From The Nesting Box May 2017: THEY’RE BACK!
Right on cue the Feathertail Gliders have been sighted on Rocky Point. For the third year in a row the Gliders have appeared in Autumn to check out suitable nesting boxes for the winter.
This time they’ve come slightly earlier - April instead of the May. In past years they have hung around until September or October so it will be interesting to see if the same rough seasonal pattern holds true this year.
That means it’s definitely time to clean out the boxes, get rid of the ants, dislodge those spiders and put some inviting fresh bark scrapings, or scrunched up leaf material, or the soft inner bristles of the banksia flower, to provide a suitable bed for our smaller marsupials for these cold winter months.
Hazel Sullivan’s Box 26 gets our first recorded Autumn visitor
In fact local polymath, Alan Yuille, tells us that it is likely to be the lower over-night temperature that drives them down from the escarpment at this time despite the plentiful nectar up there throughout winter.
And it’s not just the Feathertail Gliders in search of a warm bed by the coast. Mel Broughton reports her first sighting this year of a Pygmy Possum nest. This nesting box has been a favourite wintering hole over the last 2 years. Part of the attraction may be that the box is attached to a NSW Christmas Bush, which is also the nest material. Obviously the Pygmy Possums are time and motion students.
Mel Broughton’s Nesting Box - Photographer Mel Broughton
Jude James reports that the schedule seems to be purring along and that the new box numbers have already proved their worth. However be warned. Now that boxes are becoming active we may need to reschedule your camera time so that we can keep a camera on an active box.
SUGAR GLIDER SQUAD
As Project members will recall, we do have 3 nesting boxes up on the escarpment under the eagle eyes of our Sugar Glider Squad. One of the reasons for putting the boxes up there was to try to confirm that our small marsupials were choosing to live up there over summer and not just in another Bay.
In December Sugar Glider Squad member Ruby Cummings spotted something in one of the boxes and managed to take the photo below. A positive I.D. has proved illusive, but our best guess is a Pygmy Possum. (When I say ‘our best guess’ I mean of course Ecologist and Project Mentor Alf Britton)
December visitor in the Sugar Glider Squad Nesting Box - Photographer Ruby Cummings
The Squad subsequently trained a camera on the box in use. Sadly, this camera was stolen 2 weeks ago. It’s a short sharp lesson to us all that despite our best efforts at camouflage, nowhere is free from small opportunistic crimes, not even on these isolated shores.
NOCTURNAL HOUSE VISIT
On a brighter note the Sugar Glider Squad visited Taronga Zoo’s Nocturnal House last week. Despite the low light Photographer Monique Stidwill recorded the visit.
Top L to R: Ruby Hamish Ethan. Bottom L to R: Mali & Luke
Pandy, the Black Footed Tree Rat from Queensland was up to his old tricks
Ruby, Ethan, Pandy & Luke
His peanut obsession, if anything, has got worse.
Hamish, Pandy & Ethan Pandy & Ruby
Luke and Hamish got up close and personal with a Feathertailed Glider
The visit was under the auspices of Taronga Zoo Senior Keeper the wonderful Wendy Gleen. Her knowledge and affection for all the mammals in the Nocturnal House felt like world’s best practice as did her rapport with the Squad. Our Sugar Glider Squad activities regularly feature in Wendy’s talks to school groups as she spells out some of the possibilities for those kids who wish to learn more about their natural surroundings.
It made us all feel very proud of our team.
Avalon Beach SLSC And Avalon Surfing Mums Biggest Morning Tea
Avalon Beach SLSC And Avalon Surfing Mums Biggest Morning TeaAvalon Surfing Mums & Avalon Beach SLSC combined Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea fundraiser for the Cancer Council was held last Sunday at the ABSLSC’s Club Lounge raising over $1600 for the cancer council.
The theme “bring a teacup with a story” designed to minimise waste and washing up was a big hit with many attendees bringing treasured teacups from their childhood and sharing their stories with the organisers and each other. Carmen Meehan, a volunteer at ABSLSC was delighted to see the Surf Club using her mother’s tea cups donated many years ago as a backup for those who forgot to bring their own.
Local residents, Jen Beck and daughter Ally as well as the Ma Family bought treasured teacups from their own childhood for their daughters to enjoy. Gabrielle Griffiths teacup was part of a set won in a 1970’s Irish dancing competition which had been posted by its owner to her four friends located all over Australia.
The weather was superb and visitors were treated to a beautifully styled event space courtesy of Copper Beech and the Faux Flower Company and enjoyed treats generously provided by Woolworths Avalon, The Boathouse Group, The Avalon on the Beach and DiLicious Cupcakes as well as an array of home baked goodies from the Avalon Surfing Mums.
The raffle was a big hit and contributed greatly to the fundraising with wonderful prizes being donated by local Avalon businesses such as Annie Kurtz - The Body Shop at Home, Beach General, Blatchfords Kitchen, Classic Coffee, ecodownunder Avalon Beach, Health Space, Mark Collis Art, Maweda Jewellery, Rust and Surfing World Magazine.
ABSLSC and Avalon Surfing Mums would like to thank the local community for all of your support and hope to see you again next year.
Donations still welcomed. If you would like to make a donation to the Cancer Council’s Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea please follow the link: https://secure.cancercouncilfundraising.org.au/registrant/FundraisingPage.aspx?EventID=48847&RegistrationID=1079342
MC38 Winter Series Act 1 On Pittwater
Hosts: The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club
First Day Of Warm Winter Series Act One To Dark Star
Lifesavers Launch Into IRB Season 2017
NSW Lifesavers Announced In Australian Squad For 2018 Worlds In Adelaide
NSW Lifesavers Announced In Australian SquadWednesday 3 May 2017 – by Surf Life Saving NSW
A total of 16 NSW athletes including an Olympian and five Nutri-Grain Final Series stars have been selected in the Australian Life Saving Team Squad and will have the chance to compete at the 2018 Lifesaving World Championships in Adelaide.
With 562 days till the 2018 Lifesaving World Championships commence, the selected 47 athletes from around the country will be taking no time off over the winter months to make sure they have the best possible chance to be chosen to race in the green and gold.
Coming off outstanding performances at last year’s Lifesaving World Championships in The Netherlands, nine of the 12 NSW athletes have been chosen in the squad including veteran Tim Schofield (Terrigal), Nutri-Grain Ironwoman Georgia Miller (Newport), Bradley Woodward (Shelly Beach) and Jake Lynch (Newport).
The 2016 Youth Captain Jemma Smith (Umina) as well as Lizzie Welborn (North Bondi), Rachel Wood (Umina) and Ethan Garland (North Cronulla) will be fighting for a spot in the Opens this time around.
NSW Open Champions Newport SLSC have the strongest contingent with five athletes named, including NSW Interstate Captain and ski specialist Hannah Minogue and Australian and NSW Open Flags titleholder Blake Drysdale.
Manly’s Kendrick Louis will be hopeful of representing his country after a stellar season for his new club, thanks to wins in the NSW Open Iron and impressive performances in the Summer of Surf Series.
Rio Olympian Riley Fitzsimmons (Avoca Beach) will be out to cement his position as the best male ski paddler in the country against close rival Mitchell Trim (Newport).
While Ngaire Hadfield (Cronulla) who has form behind her after claiming gold in the Australian U19 Flags will be racing against Queensland’s finest sprinters for the chance to represent her country.
The team will be led by Head Coach Kurt Wilson (Currumbin) with KNG Ironman Champion Shannon Eckstein (BMD Northcliffe), Andrew Bowden (Bronte) and Martin Lynch (Newport) as Assistant Coaches, while Umina’s Garry Mensforth will be Team Manager.
Glenelg Beach will be hosting the surf and beach events while the pool rescue competition will be held at the South Australian Aquatic and Leisure Centre.
Australian Youth Life Saving Team squad (ocean & beach) will be announced next week with youth pool athletes announced after the Australian Pool Rescue Championships in August.
The 2018 Lifesaving World Championships are being held in Adelaide, South Australia from 17 November to 2 December with the final team of 12 to be announced in early 2018.
Australian Life Saving Team Squad (NSW Athletes):
• Riley Fitzsimmons - Avoca Beach
• Keelan Bridge - Bronte
• Ngaire Hadfield - Cronulla
• Kendrick Louis - Manly
• Blake Drysdale - Newport
• Jake Lynch - Newport
• Georgia Miller - Newport
• Hannah Minogue - Newport
• Mitchell Trim - Newport
• Lizzie Welborn - North Bondi
• Ethan Garland - North Cronulla
• Daniel Collins - Redhead
• Brad Woodward - Shelly Beach
• Tim Schofield - Terrigal
• Jemma Smith - Umina
• Rachel Wood - Umina
Coach – Kurt Wilson (Currumbin)
Assistant Coach – Shannon Eckstein (BMD Northcliffe)
Assistant Coach – Martin Lynch (Newport)
Assistant Coach – Andrew Bowden (Bronte)
Team Manager – Garry Mensforth (Umina)
Inaugural Lifeline Classic An Investment In Waves Of Hope For Everyone's Loved Ones
By Dave Whiteman
Artist Of The Month - May 2017
The Pittwater Artists on the Pittwater Artists Trail for 2017-2018
2017 Pittwater Artists Trail
William (Bill) Fitzgerald OAM
Commonwealth Navy Order 287 (1947)
R.A.N. TORPEDO RANGE, PITTWATER, N.S.W.
The R.A.N. Torpedo Range is situated in Broken Bay, N.S.W., the firing point being on Taylor's Point, Pittwater, and the range extending from there in a northerly direction.
2. Transport of torpedoes is normally carried out by road from the R.A.N. Torpedo Factory, a distance of 22 miles, as no vessel with a draught greater than 12 ft. 6 in. can enter Pittwater. 3. The following firing guns are fitted:—
1—No. 21-in. above water firing tube.
2—No. 18-in. tubes.
1—No. 21-in. submerged firing tube.
There is also a launching cradle for use in running torpedoes not otherwise catered for.
Left: Recovered Torpedo at RAN Torpedo Range, Pittwater, 1949, courtesy Robert Curran.
4. The Torpedo Range workshop is capable of carrying out complete overhauls on all torpedoes.
5. Applications for torpedoes to be ranged should be made by signal to Admiral Superintendent, Sydney, repeated for information to Superintendent, R.A.N. Torpedo Factory.
6. Transport of torpedoes from the ship's side to the range and return will be arranged by the Superintendent, R.A.N. Torpedo Factory.
The Torpedo wharf soon became part of the local landscape, a landmark:
Pittwater: Good catches of mulloway have been made at the torpedo wharf and bream on the flats at Careel Bay. FISHING AND WHERE. (1949, December 4). The Sunday Herald (Sydney, NSW : 1949 - 1953), p. 14 Section: Sporting Section. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article28667213
Taylor's Point and Torpedo Testing- Divers Training Annex in 1960's - photo courtesy Gary Cook.
One Year On: Amalgamation STILL Rejected
Pittwater residents attend the Cancel Council Amalgamations SOCC Event on Friday, May 12th, 2017 - photo courtesy Sue Young.
A perusal of the currently up for 'having your say' Operational Plan and Budget 2017-18 (Draft) (submissions close: 4 June 2017) allocates $7,500,000 for the Collaroy-Narrabeen Coastal Protection Works (a seawall) and $1,346,472 for Warriewood Valley creekline works, while a new access road for Kimbriki has had $4,000,000 allocated. The multi-millions costed for Dee Why Town Centre improvements and further almost 6 millions worths, per annum, of upgrades is being funded through Section 94 - a rate rise of 9.4% already approved for Warringah residents by IPART prior to the forced amalgamation. This budget also has listed the long awaited Warriewood Valley Community Centre - $930,000 allocated there - the 500k allocated in the last ever Pittwater Council budget for this project....?
For the Church Point Boardwalk to be extended, $900,000 is budgeted. Parking Permits for the Church Point Reserve & Precinct (Subject to 2.9% Increase as Per Plan of Management for Church Point Reserve) will be, per space per annum, $4,939.00.
Page 68 of the Draft notes:
'While Council received $10 million in funding through the New Council Implementation Fund (NCIF) for merger and transition costs it is recognised that Council will incur further restructuring costs such as the cost of integration, aligning positions within the new organisational structure and new salary system which will exceed the funding provided.
Accordingly the Long Term Financial Plan has been prepared on the basis that once the NCIF has been fully utilised existing budgets will firstly be used to pay for those merger and transition costs not funded through this mechanism prior to the identification of net savings.'
Readers have complained of bad service and being kept on hold too long when needing to inquire about something of the interim administration council. We have not experienced the same - one call, to have a bin smashed by garbage collectors replaced, was answered within three rings and the replacement was where they said it would be when they said it would be - the next day.
Others have expressed distaste in appointed administrators making inappropriate comments about members of the community or overseeing, as voted for Councillors once had, the openings of skate parks and bridges or attending official functions. Stepping into these roles is not without hazards and may not always spread the warm bonhomie and sense of community those we'd happily cheer on once did when MCing. Stepping up anyway and being prepared to engage with the community, at community association meetings for example, demonstrates an intention of getting on with the job and completing works that had been discussed prior to the changes. More than one of these community organisations have expressed their appreciation of what has been done and done prior to the forthcoming elections and the politics many fear will rule thereafter.
The looming developers boom, and community reaction to anything, in Pittwater at least, being rushed through without voted for representatives in place, resulted in a 'cooling off period' for a Mona Vale Place Plan that is a far cry from that originally presented and the more recent realisation that Ingleside as a boomtown may have to wait until Mona Vale Road improvements are funded. Millions have already been spent snapping up land in Ingleside though - some who a few months back couldn't sell their property for 1 million have taken offers of 5 million in recent weeks.
The B-Line flattening of sections of Mona Vale Village Park is an ongoing bad taste in the community's mouth, as well as a scratching of heads as to how that many trees as replacements in or around that space will be achieved - as is saving Bayview's great green space for golfing by the NSW Government's Planning Department overruling previous decisions on a Developer's proposal for the erection of units in that same space so that a DA may now be lodged.
On Friday, May 12th, those who refused to believe that they didn't have a leg, or a law to stand on, won another small point in cases with the announcement that Woollhara Council have been granted a High Court appeal in their pursuit of autonomy for the people they were voted in to represent. The news spread quickly and was appreciated by those who gathered around yet more politicians calling for an immediate withdrawal of all plans to forcibly amalgamate those still fighting and to de-merge those who still wanted what they had before May 12th, 2016.
“The Greens remain shoulder to shoulder with local communities in their struggle to protect local democracy from the Coalition and their developer mates who are desperate for bigger, less democratic councils,” David Shoebridge, NSW Greens MP said on Friday.
The Greens are hosting a community forum in Pittwater - 7 p.m. Tuesday May 16 At Pittwater RSL. Although feedback here has been some won't attend due to being 'politician weary/wary' two of the speakers, former Pittwater Councillor Bob Grace, and Better Planning Network founding convenor Corinne Fisher, are not not affiliated with any political party.
Mr Grace will invite residents at the forum to support his plans for a crowd-funding page to finance legal action aiming to restore the council.
“The crowd funding page is progressing. Clareville local Pip Rey is putting it together and we hope to have it ready and circulating by mid-May,” Mr Grace said.
“This will be very exciting because it will enable the community to understand what we’re trying to do and how they can help so we can get our Pittwater back.” Bob stated in Protect Pittwater Community Forum - run last Issue
When the Friends of Currawong commenced what would turn out to be a 10 year battle to save that green space for all they had at least one not then incumbent politician fighting at their side, one Harvey Rose reciting 'We will not go quietly into that gentle into that good night' in a tone that galvanised the populace, Shane Withington heading up a team that was never going to take 'no' for an answer...
Palm Beach Whale Beach Association AGM President’s Report 2017
Palm Beach Whale Beach Association AGM President’s Report 2017
Whale Migration Season Commences
- Publish your sightings in real-time
- Plan and book your coastal adventure
- See where the whales are right now, in map and list views
- Receive notifications when whale sightings are logged along the coast
- Filter sightings by timeframe and region so you can focus on the sightings you are interested in
- See how the season progresses with the whale sightings counter
- Share your own whale shots on the gallery
- Learn about different whale species
- See tips for spotting them and the best vantage points.
ORRCA Humpback Whale Migration Census Day 2017
Mother's Day Flowers 2017:
The Chiltern Track Ingleside by Pittwater Natural Heritage Association
Mums For Mums Ask Us All To Go Grey This Winter: Get A Beanie And Support A Cure
A Historic Catalogue And Record Of Pittwater Art I – Of Places, Peoples And The Development Of Australian Art And Artists
Narrabeen Art From 1876/1877 Engraving Used To Illustrate An Article - Note Spelling: 'Narrabean'
SCENE ON NARRABEAN LAGOON.
Narrabean And Mona Vale.
The Bayview Tea Gardens
When Run By Thomas Edward And Annie Newey (Nee Costello)
RPAYC Appoints Nick Elliott As Race Director
RPAYC Appoints Nick Elliott As Race Director
Singapore Nippers Initiative Supported By Avalon Beach SLSC
Avalon Soccer Club Ready To Send 7th Under 16' Womens Team To Vanuatu
Avalon Soccer Club's 16 Women’s Vanuatu 2017 VisitAvalon Soccer Club's under 16 womens team will travel to Vanuatu on Thursday 29th June to:
• Promote women's soccer in Vanuatu and Avalon Soccer Club
• Give young women an international sporting opportunity
• Provide an opportunity for young women to help local communities by running coaching clinics and donating equipment
The 18 Avalon girls will have a challenging game against the Vanuatu National Under 16 Womens team. While they haven't competed on an international level before, they are expecting to be competitive. The Avalon girls are currently leading their MWFA Division 1 competition and last weekend they beat Mount Colah 4:0 to progress to Round 3 of the Football NSW State Cup. In previous years they have been crowned MWFA age champions and competed in the Football NSW Champion of Champions tournament.
As well as playing the national team, the girls will play friendly games against Epule Village School, Manua College and select girls from the Luganville team on Santo Island. Most of the girls in these teams will play without boots or shin pads.
The girls will also visit Millennium Primary School to deliver donations and have a casual kick around with the schoolchildren. At each stage they will be delivering donations of jerseys, shorts and bags, as well as gifts specifically targeted at the girls such as nail polish and hair accessories.
Many of the girls have been playing soccer since they were 5 years old. Over the years soccer has allowed them to build and maintain friendships across suburbs and schools. The trip to Vanuatu will help cement lifelong friendships and broaden their horizons, of the opportunities that playing sport can bring.
This will be the 7th team that Avalon Soccer Club has sent over, continuing a community relationship that has grown strong between these two places through their love of sport and in particular, football.
The annual tour is endorsed by the MWFA, Football NSW, FFA and the Vanuatu Football Association. The aim of the tour is to introduce our girls to a different culture while building relationships with island neighbours and growing women's football in the region.
Whatever the results may be during their matches it’s clear this initiative makes everyone a winner and fosters great life experiences for our young local players.
Avalon came home with some great results from the State Cup last week, including a massive win by the WPL over the Camden Tigers. Results included:
• W16/1 def. Mount Colah 4-0
• W18/1 def. Maroubra 6-0
• U18/1 lost to Wollongong 6-3
• WPL def. Camden Tigers 12-2
• AL1 lost to Ryde 4-2
The DEPLOY State, Robertson and Bill Cullinan Cups knockout tournaments are conducted by Football NSW for Association based male and female club teams and Country Association representative or club teams. This tournament attracts over 500 entries each season and is an opportunity for club teams from all areas of Football NSW to compete against teams from outside their own Association.
Boys/Men: 12,13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 21, 0/35, AA Men
Girls/Women: 12, 14, 16, 18, AA Women
You can keep an eye on the Avaon Soccer teams progress at: www.footballnsw.com.au/the-state-cups
Avalon Soccer Club is an amateur club situated at the northern end of Sydney's Northern Beaches. As a club we pride ourselves on our friendly, family club environment. The club is comprised of around a thousand players aged from 5 to 70, who enjoy playing the beautiful game at a variety of levels and is entirely run by a group of highly dedicated volunteers. In 2012 we celebrated the 30th anniversary of the amalgamation of the Avalon Junior and Senior Clubs.
We strive to provide the best possible playing and coaching environment that we can with the resources to our disposal. We put a great emphasis on player development and coach education at all skill levels in our club and employ two professional coaches as our Directors of Coaching.
Our home ground is situated at Careel Bay in North Avalon. The site of a former rubbish tip was converted to provide us with two full size fields and a large dedicated mini-field area to cater for the variety of small sided versions of the game played by our younger players. We are also lucky to have our own clubhouse with a great canteen that serves the "best coffee to be found at a football ground anywhere"!!!
We are one of 17 clubs playing in games and competitions organised by the Manly Warringah Football Association.
Find out more at: www.avalonsoccerclub.com.au
America’s Cup 2017: Australian Sailors And Technicians Are Part Of Every Team
America’s Cup 2017: Australians Part Of Every TeamThe America’s Cup 2017 commenced qualifying rounds on Saturday May 27th (Sunday 3 a.m. in Australia). The 35th AC has sailors from Pittwater among the Teams in James Spithill as Skipper-Helmsman for the Oracle USA Team, and Jason Waterhouse as a Wing Trimmer / Grinder on SoftBank Team Japan. Pittwater is also there when you take into account Iain Murray AM is Regatta Director.
If you want to play spot the Australian it won’t be too hard as New South Welshmen, Victorians and West Australians outnumber all other nationalities among sailors and support crews. Lake Macquarie’s Nathan Outteridge is Skipper-Helmsman for Team Artemis (Sweden) while Glenn Ashby is Skipper/Wing Trimmer for the Emirates Team (New Zealand). In Nathan there’s another Pittwater connection as his sister Haylee sails with Pittwater’s Nina Curtis, this pair already in training and working towards a possible place at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
“If they don’t comply with the rules they don’t get a certificate and don’t go racing so they have to comply,” Mr. McAlpine, who started sailing at the age of 11 in Sydney, explained this week. “We’ll help them as much as we can to make sure they are within the guidelines.”
Ken’s role as Chief Measurer for the 35th America’s Cup is a privileged position. A trained Naval Architect, McAlpine is somewhat of a veteran of the America’s Cup, having been involved in no less than eight stagings of the event, starting back in 1970 with a limited role before being asked by the The Australian Yachting Federation to measure Australia II in 1982. Following that experience he was appointed the Technical Director for the International Twelve Metre Association, as well as being involved in the development of the International America’s Cup Class. Subsequently, Ken was appointed Chief Measurer and Technical Director for the 1992, 1995, 2000, 2003 and 2007 America’s Cup Regattas.
Crews representing Britain, France, Japan, New Zealand and Sweden will seek to win the right to challenge Team USA for the title in the America’s Cup match starting Saturday June 17 over the next two-and-a-half weeks.
The opening match-ups, which began 3 a.m. this morning (May 28, AEST) see Team USA against Team France, Artemis Racing against Team Japan, France versus the Glenn Ashby-skippered Team New Zealand, and Artemis against Britain’s Land Rover BAR.
Ever since its inception in 1851, when a schooner named ‘America’ raced around the Isle of Wight in the UK and conquered the best that Britain could offer, the world’s oldest sporting international competition has continued to push back the boundaries of what is possible with revolutionary innovations on and off the water.
Those advancements will be at their spectacular best in this year’s 35th staging of the event in the beautiful waters of Bermuda’s Great Sound. In days past, America’s Cup boats had to sail to the venue where they would compete. Now the sophisticated catamarans will ‘fly’ across the water in Bermuda, courtesy of revolutionary hydrofoil systems that lift the boats out of the water and create exhilarating racing at nearly 50 knots (93kph) with the boats capable of racing at three times the speed of the wind.
As it’s early days a list of Australians currently in Bermuda, who are in fact part of every Team (just had to say that once more), runs below. This clearly illustrates why our sailors are held in such high esteem on the world stage of sailing and why, for Australia, it’s a case of ‘Go Everybody!” for the 35th running of the great America’s Cup, with a touch of "Go Pittwater!" amongst that too.
Which is also very Australian.
You can watch the races live on Fox Sports channel 505 – program listings, with replays for those not enamoured of 3a.m. start times are on the Fox Sports Australia website www.foxsports.com - just look to your left and click on 'America's Cup'.
Guringai Festival 2017
Pittwater And Surrounds
Guringai Festival 2017Welcome to another year of celebrating First Australian culture and heritage in the Northern Sydney region. Welcome to the Guringai Festival 2017, we are still going strong!
“Connections” is this year’s festival theme, inviting people of all ages to connect and participate in events across the region. We are promoting intergenerational conversations, activities and perspectives and when viewed by different people of different age groups, gender and races we have the ability to connect and shape our future, being inclusive of all.
“Connections” invites youth in the region to contribute to our story of place so we can be better informed about what is needed now and for the next generations. As adults we need to listen and grow up our young ones strong!
Once again we have a long list of activities that commemorate, celebrate and create spaces and places for those important conversations to be had.
We invite you to come along; attend a concert; film night, forum, art exhibition or bush walk, which has all been created for you and your families enjoyment.
Welcome to this years Guringai Festival
Susan Moylan-Coombs, Caroline Glass-Pattison and Sue Pinckham
Co-Chairs, Guringai Festival Committee
For the 2017 Guringai Festival, primary students were invited to create an artwork that responded to the theme of ‘Connection’. Hundreds of entries were submitted, exploring connection of people and place, connection of communities, connection of families. The winning entry by Liam James Parker of the Northern Beaches Christian School is featured on the front and back covers of the 2017 program. Other highly commended entries feature throughout the program.
Full Program for all areas available to download at: www.guringaifestival.com.au/GuringaiFestival2017Brochure(5.18MB- PDF)
Pittwater And Surrounds ActivitiesCommemorate National Sorry Day 2017
Scout Hall, 53 Wakehurst Parkway North Narrabeen
A time to reflect on the profound grief and trauma experienced by the Stolen Generation.
An opportunity of shared commitment to healing and reconciliation. Together we can make a difference!
2pm - Free BBQ and afternoon tea.
2.45pm - Smoking Ceremony and Welcome to Country and a One minute’s silence to remember and reflect.
Dancing by Jannawi Dancers, didgeridoo playing by Scott Romain, dancing Gerard McMinn and fun activities for the children.
Enquiries: Neil Evers
Aboriginal Support Group
Sharingstories Foundation Exhibition & Liz Thompson Photography
Manly Art Gallery & Museum
West Esplanade Reserve, Manly
Enquiries: Manly Art Gallery & Museum
Ph: 9976 1421
Northern Beaches Singing Up Country 2017 Presents Johnny Nicol & Friends: Dinner & show celebrating his 60 year musical journey
St Anthony in the Fields Church
46 Myoora Rd, Terrey Hills
Johnny Nicol, great jazz guitarist and singer, is a Birri-gubba man from North Queensland. For many years he hid his Aboriginal background except from his closest friends. This year he celebrates his 60 years in show business at a Dinner and Show, telling stories and performing pieces from his long musical journey. Hosted by the Frenchs Forest Catholic Parish Social Justice Group in partnership with the Northern Beaches Aboriginal Community, as part of the continuing journey of Sharing the Story, Sharing the Land.
Enquiries: Anne Lanyon
Frenchs Forest Catholic Parish Social Justice Group
Ph: 0408 279 871
Narrabeen Lagoon Walk
27 Morgan Rd, Oxford Falls
A great explore especially for children’s eyes. Aboriginal heritage, extraordinary biodiversity set within the surprisingly changing landscape of the Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment. Allow 4 -5 hrs. BYO lunch and water. Start next to 27 Morgan Rd, Oxford Falls, end at Deep Creek and carpool back.
Enquiries: Conny Harris
Ph: 0432 643 295
Bushwalk in the Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment
2-10 Cromer Road, Cromer
We will walk down to Oxford Falls and carpool back. Allow 4 hrs. BYO lunch and water. Start at 2-10 Cromer Rd, 300 meters after entrance to Cromer Golf Club. Enquiries: Conny Harris
Ph: 0432 643 295
Film Screening: Jasper Jones
1097 Pittwater Road, Collaroy
Join us at Collaroy Cinema to see ‘Jasper Jones’ - Growing up in a small country town in 1965, Charlie’s uneventful life is turned on its head when the town outcast, an Indigenous boy named Jasper Jones, appears at his window begging him for help. Directed by Rachel Perkins.
Enquiries: Neil Evers
Aboriginal Support Group
Ph: 9999 3045
Peninsula Community of Schools “Connection - Community and Beyond”
Warriewood Square Jacksons Road, Warriewood
PCS Art Exhibition Opening Night - Artworks created by the students from K to Y12 attending the 13 State Primary and Secondary Schools on the Northern Beaches, from Cromer PS down to Barrenjoey HS and Avalon PS. The collection reflects the 2017 Guringai Festival theme depicting the strength of connection to our community and beyond. The art exhibition will run at Warriewood Square for 8 days finishing on Friday 23rd June.
Enquiries: Michelle Flaskas and Germaine Oris
Ph: 9918 8811 and 9913 4444
Paper Bark Bowl Workshop
One Door Mental Health Art Space Building
40, North Head Sanctuary Scenic Drive,
Join Karleen Green, One Door Mental Health and Manly Environment Centre at North Head for a short bush walk followed by a hands-on paper - bark bowl making workshop. You will need to bring along your own bowl (small – medium size) for this workshop. Refreshments will be provided.
Bookings essential. Numbers are limited. BYO bowl.
Ph: 9977 0099
Walk & Talk Series: Little Manly/Nth Head
Little Manly Beach,
Little Manly Beach
Learn about your local Aboriginal heritage on a guided bush walk with Karen Smith, Aboriginal Heritage Officer. Walk starts at Little Manly Beach, through the bush and up to North Head Sanctuary Foundation Nursery. Following morning tea at Bandicoot Heaven, join the conversation with Aunty Frances Bodkin, Dharawal knowledge-holder and botanical author. Bring water and hat.
Enquiries: Robynne Millward
Northern Beaches Council
Ph: 9976 1426
Walk the Basin Track
West Head Road, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park,
See it through the eyes of the children. At the site you will be told stories of times long gone by. There will be explanations as to how the sites were used as school rooms for Aboriginal Children. Bring your camera for the view from West Head. Amazing!
Enquiries: Laurie Bimson
Ph: 0438 877 509
LAUNCH of Weaving Bridges Project: A NAIDOC Week Event
Queenscliff Surf Living Saving Club
Ocean Beach Road, Queenscliff
Manly Environment Centre, Manly Community Centre, Northern Beaches Aboriginal Community members, Northside Community Forum In, Sanctuary Respite Centre, One Door Mental Health, community groups, individuals as well as school children, join together to weave, knit and crochet artworks around the theme of – ‘Connect’.
These artworks create a large textile landscape for this year’s Weaving Bridges Project, which is to be installed on the Stuart Somerville Bridge, Queenscliff.
A NAIDOC Week event, the Launch Ceremony includes guest speakers, a smoking ceremony, didgeridoo performance, entertainment and the unveiling of the installation. Morning tea will be served.
Enquiries: Robynne Millward
Northern Beaches Council
Ph: 9976 1426
NAIDOC Information Night - Our Languages Matter
Mona Vale Memorial Hall
1606 Pittwater Rd, Mona Vale
Our Languages Matter
The importance, resilience and richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages will be celebrated and the unique and essential role that Indigenous languages play in cultural identity, in history, spirituality and rites, through story and song.
All welcome - This is a free night including light supper.
Enquiries: Neil Evers
Aboriginal Support Group
Ph: 9999 3045
Palm Beach Sailing Club 2016/2017 Season
Palm Beach Sailing Club 2016/2017 Season
- Upu Kila won the National Hobie 16 Grandmasters and podiumed in the Open event at the NSW and Victorian State titles.
- Peter (Doogie) McDougall won the Hobie 14 NSW State titles for both cat rigged at sloop rigged categories. Sophie Renouf and Lucy Copland won the Hobie 16 Womens at the same event.
- At the Hobie 16 World Titles in China, Rod and Kerrie Waterhouse doubled up and won the Hobie 16 World Masters and Grandmasters with club mates Anthony Duchatel and Evelyn Curtis taking silver in the Grandmasters and Nina Curtis and Hayley Outeridge also taking silver in the Women’s.
- Haylee Outteridge and Nina Curtis
- At the World Masters Games held in New Zealand, in the Weta Trimaran class, Martin Cross and Rod Waterhouse took gold and silver respectively in the Grandmasters, Peter Martin took gold in the Apprentis Masters and John McCormick took bronze in the Great Grandmasters.
Martin Cross, Rod Waterhouse, John McCormick and Peter Martin at Waiake Beach.
- Martin Cross who won the Steve Kiely Memorial Trophy for the annual marathon held in demanding conditions this year, a trophy that recognises great seamanship epitomised by Steve who was considered a master sailor.
- Phil Malcom and Anna Hill our most improved team and Caitlyn Bell our most improved crew.
- Jake and Tess Sweeney for the youth team award.
- Peter Duross for the hotly contested Weta Cup.
- Andrew Nelson for the Poinstcore series sailing 1up on a Hobie 16
- Anthony Duchatel and Evelyn Curtis for their 6th Club Championship win.
Juvenile Sea Eagle at Church Point
Jo Brigden- Jones Wins Silver At Canoe Sprint Cup In Belgrade
Jo Brigden- Jones Wins Silver At Canoe Sprint Cup In BelgradeJune 4, 2017
Jo Brigden Jones - SNBKC athlete just finished 2nd in the women's K1 1000 at World Cup in Belgrade Serbia. Congratulations Jo - what an awesome return to the international stage.
Australia has won a silver medal and recorded three fourth placings on day two of the ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup in Belgrade, Serbia.
Jo Brigden-Jones, in one of her rare forays into the K1 1000, finished second and teammate Cat Macarthur fourth in a tough race.
“It’s quite painful, but I still like it,” Brigden-Jones said.
“I can barely stand-up my legs are hurting so much. But it was good, a good challenge for me, good to put myself out there in a new environment.
“So I really enjoyed it, but I’m hurting now. My leg pain blew up pretty early, and I rely on my legs a lot.”
Jo took out the K1 200 at the Australian Canoeing Sprint Nationals held at Penrith in March this year and became National Champion in the K1200m.
“I’ve learned a lot from doing these 1000’s over the last few weeks,” she said.
“I really pushed myself quite hard, but I’m dead now. I’ve always struggled with 1000’s not knowing how hard to push and when.
“I’m really happy with finishing fourth. It’s hard, but I can’t be unhappy with fourth after finishing seventh last weekend.”
Alyce Burnett finished fourth in her first ever senior K1 500 international final, missing the podium by only a fraction of a second. Her K2 500 teammate, Alyssa Bull, won the B final.
Bull and Burnett teamed up later in the day to win their K2 semi-final to progress to Sunday’s final.
Three-time Olympian Ken Wallace and Rio debutant, Jordan Wood, finished fourth in the final of the K2 500.
“It’s not so much fun getting fourth, but it’s a massive improvement on last week,” Wallace said.
“We’re learning how to race a bit better as a crew. Last weekend was the first race we’d done together, we’re just progressively getting there, but fourth is still hard.”
Australia will also have men’s and women’s K4 boats in action on Sunday, Billy Bain will once again contest the final of the K1 500, and Brigden-Jones and Jaime Roberts are in the final of the K2 200.
From Australian Canoeing: http://canoe.org.au/
GOLD AND SILVER FOR AUSTRALIA ON FINAL DAY OF SPRINT WORLD CUP
The Australian Canoe Sprint team arrived in Europe in May ahead of the first ICF World Cup of the year in Szeged, Hungary, as they begin their new Olympic cycle.
For 2008 Olympic gold medallist Ken Wallace it’s the start of a campaign to get to a fourth Olympics, and for 2012 gold medallist Murray Stewart a third, as the team looks to build on it’s impressive Olympic record.
The team also includes two of Wallace’s K4 teammates from Rio, Riley Fitzsimmons and Jordan Wood, who are also the reigning K2 1000 U23 World Champions.
Paralympic gold medallist Curtis McGrath, silver medallist Amanda Reynolds and bronze medallist Susan Seipel will lead a five-strong Para Canoe team.
The women’s team includes 2016 K2 500 finalists, Alyce Burnett and Alyssa Bull, and our own 2012 Olympian Jo Brigden-Jones.
"Nice to be back racing in the green and gold and to be reunited with friends from around the world" Jo posted on her facebook page on May 28th - which is an understatement for all cheering her on from here who think it's GREAT to see her back and doing something she excels at.
World Environment Day - June 5thWorld Oceans Day - June 8th
World Environment Day - June 5th
World Oceans Day - June 8th
Northern Beaches Bus Service Plan: B-Line Extension To Newport Announced
Northern Beaches Bus Service Plan: B-Line Extension To Newport Announced, Changes To Palm Beach Route
The Postponed America's Cup Of 1914: Bermuda Once A Refuge For The British Shamrock IV And An Australian RPAYC Commodore Part Of The Trails Crew
Chuck Bradley: Instrumental Opening This Week
Newport Breakers Rugby Club Ladies Day 2017
Saturday the 3rd of June 2017 saw the Newport Breakers Rugby Club take on the Old Ignatians Old Boys in a top of the Cub Championships Table clash.
RPAYC Showcase Sailing To Prince Harry For The 2018 Invictus Games
RPAYC Showcase Sailing To Prince Harry For The 2018 Invictus GamesJune 9, 2017
Event: Launch of the 2018 Sydney Invictus Games
The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club has featured heavily in the launch of the 2018 Invictus Games as part of a sailing demonstration showcasing the sport in front of an iconic Sydney back drop with Prince Harry, senior Invictus organisers, RPAYC Members and many other distinguished guests watching on.
The RPAYC was asked to conduct the sailing demonstration on the back of their successful sailing program with veterans and the Soldier On Australia charity.
Prince Harry, Founder and Patron of the Invictus Games Foundation officially launched the countdown to the fourth Invictus Games at Admiralty House marking 500 days until the opening ceremony.
Speaking in front of athletes and distinguished guests Prince Harry said "Sydney will soon be the custodian of the Invictus spirit and the focus for hundreds of men and women using the Invictus Games to motivate their recovery from physical and mental injuries.”
“I know that people across the country – from Perth to Sydney, from Darwin to Adelaide – will embrace the Invictus Games and show their support for competitors from their local towns and right across the country. I have no doubt that the Sydney public will make these games their own.”
“The Invictus Games are coming to Australia – game on down under!"
RPAYC Club Coach Tom Spithill, along with Commodore Ian Audsley and Integrated disAbled Sailing Board of Governors representative Norm Weaver co-ordinated an excellent display of sailing which cemented the earlier decision announcing the inclusion of sailing in the 2018 Games for the first time.
Chair of the Sydney 2018 Invictus Games, Lieutenant General Peter Leahy, earlier revealed that the sport of sailing will debut on the 2018 competition schedule. “Sailing will be contested on Sydney Harbour and what a wonderful backdrop it will provide.” The RPAYC will also be the organising authority for the 2018 Games.
Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull added “The Invictus Games are another great opportunity for the whole community to show our veterans, and those who serve today, that their nation and their community is behind them and will support them every step of the way as they recover from the injuries of war and as they go on to lead and succeed in civilian life.”
Under grey skies the sails of the RPAYC’s fleet of Elliott 7 performance keelboats lit up Sydney Harbour just after 12:30pm. Veterans crewed the boats with plenty of passion with some exciting racing in Farm Cove providing an excellent preview of what’s to come for 2018.
Unfazed by the pelting rain Prince Harry took to the water to personally greet the teams and discussed the benefits the participants had received through the club and the Soldier On sailing program.
Looking very cold and wet, Tom Spithill couldn’t remove the smile from his face when asked about the sailing demonstration he had just coordinated, not to mention his chance to personally meet Prince Harry.
“It’s just amazing, the people, the volunteers, the veterans. It’s been an epic day, no amount of rain could dampen the spirits of everyone here and I just can’t wait until October next year! Prince Harry seemed like a really nice bloke, he has a military background and founded the Invictus Games so I have a lot of respect for that,” said Tom Spithill.
Tom was announced as a technical sailing advisor to the 2018 Games, along with his brother James Spithill who will be an ambassador to the 2018 Games. James unfortunately couldn’t attend the launch as he is busy in Bermuda defending his America’s Cup title as the skipper on Team Oracle USA.
The club’s partnership with Soldier On Australia has become a central part of the club’s award winning Integrated disAbled Sailing initiative which has seen many veterans excel in their new pathways through sailing.
Commodore Ian Audsley who has been a big part of this initiative couldn’t be happier with the progression and today was reflecting on the success of the program.
“In my three years as RPAYC Commodore I’ve seen this partnership with Soldier On grow from strength to strength and today was a great example of the resulting success from the hard work of many RPAYC members who help our veterans find so many positives from the sport of sailing,” said Ian Audsley.
More than 500 competitors from 18 nations will compete in 10 different adaptive sports in Sydney from 20-27 October in 2018. The RPAYC, CYCA, and RSYS will play a key part in hosting the sailing component of the games. The events will be staged across Greater Sydney, including Sydney Olympic Park and on and around Sydney Harbour.