June 18 - 24, 2017: Issue 317

For you this week:

Front Page Issue 317

35th America’s Cup Final Stage Begins - Pittwater's James Spithill focussed despite Day 1 dramas

6th Peninsula Community Of Schools Art Exhibition At Warriewood Square - Silent Auction now open

Pictures: Careel Bay Marina Winter Festival 2017: Owners Gordon “Bluey” and Anne-Marie Woolcott have shared their love of classic timber boats with the community again this year - great stalls, great food!

2017 HIF NSW SURFMASTERS TITLES by Ethan Smith/Surfing NSW

DIY Ideas DIY Dolls House Or Garage Or Boatshed - In a few weeks the July school holidays commence (July 1 to 17) and little hands will want to do something creative. 

Profile:  Surf Collective www.surfcollective.com.au

Tired of looking like everyone else in the same branded gear everyone wears? Want to support a local business and local creators and businesses? Want to find something unique and further the development, or redevelopment of independent makers of Australian products? - then the Surf Collective is where you need to look. Read about their BHS project!

This week co-founder Mark Rannuci helps us share a small insight into a local business in the business of promoting others' business and giving us back access to so many great producers - all in one place!

People of the zoo: meet chad

Published on 14 Jun 2017 by Zoos South Australia
Every day, passionate Zoos SA staff care for animals and fight to safeguard the planet's amazing wildlife for future generations. Come behind the scenes with us in our new people of the zoo series as we introduce you to some of the amazing individuals who make our vital work as a conservation charity possible. First up, we introduce you to one of our incredible Nature Theatre Presenters, Chad. Here at Zoos SA, we believe when a person has the opportunity to see or engage with an animal, they develop a greater understanding of and appreciation for our wonderful wildlife and in turn are more likely to take action to help save species. That's where Chad comes in...

Peppa Pig - Father's 

July School Holidays MWBA Camp

There is a Manly basketball Camp on in the holidays July 12th,13th,14th 9.30-12.30pm at NBISC you can book through: https://www.trybooking.com/279581 information also below. 

It will be great fun so come along & bring your friends.  

Also, our Saturday afternoon skills training is on every Saturday for $10 a visit with Biddy Ball (7’s & under) with Jerome from 2.30-3.30pm 

Our mixed boys and girls, Lightning League (7’s & over) is the usual time of 3.30-4.30pm each Saturday at NBISC. For girls we have our pink-ball trainings on Saturday afternoons 2.30-3.30pm at NBISC in term 3 starting July 29th   you can book through: https://www.trybooking.com/279642  

Those players wanting to join teams next term in either potter league or regular competition should join Saturday the training sessions.


Local children will have the chance to join a club specialising in one of the most enduring playthings of childhood. Mona Vale Library has started a Lego club on the first Sunday of each month from 2pm to 4pm. Next is July 2nd,  2017.  

The club is open to children aged between seven and twelve years of age, with younger children welcome with parental supervision. 

If you are interested in attending a Lego at the Library session contact the library on 9970 1622 or book in person at the library, 1 Park Street, Mona Vale.

Children's Storytime at Mona Vale LibraryMona Vale Library offers storytime for pre-school children every week during school terms. Children and their carers come and participate in a fun sing-a-long with our story teller as well as listen to several stories in each session, followed by some craft. 

Storytime is held in the Pelican Room of the library in front of the service desk. Storytime is free and no bookings are required. 

Storytime Sessions: Tuesdays  10.00am - 11.00am - Wednesdays  10.00am - 11.00am  - Thursdays  10.00am - 11.00am

Tractor Tom – Compilation 

 Mona Vale Mountain Cub 

Scouts Profile

Find out more about all the fun you can have at Mona Vale Mountain Cub Scouts Profile – 

our Profile pages aren’t just about those who can tell you about Pittwater before you were born, they’re also about great clubs and activities that you too can get involved in!

July School Holiday Camps

Manly United FC School Holiday Camps are back on for the July School Holidays. With half day options at Cromer Park, Seaforth Oval and Kitchener Park (Pittwater) as well as full day options at Cromer Park and Seaforth Oval there is something for everyone!
Prices – Register before 18th June for an early bird discount!
Half Day: $175 $150 per week
Full Day: $350 $325 per week
Sibling discounts also apply!

Week 1 – Cromer Park & Seaforth Oval
Monday 3rd July – Thursday 6th July
Full Day 9am – 3pm
Half Day 9am – 12pm

Week 2 – Cromer Park & Kitchener Park – Pittwater (Please note: only half day option is available at Kitchener)
Monday 10th July – Thursday 13th July
Full Day 9am – 3pm
Half Day 9am – 12pm

Full details and register here: 

NSW Budget: $217 million for preschool fee relief

9 June 2017: Media Release - Minister for Early Childhood Education, The Hon. Sarah Mitchell

The NSW Budget is backing our youngest learners and making early childhood education more affordable for families with an additional $217 million for the successful Start Strong program.

To ensure affordability is not a barrier for families, NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said the investment in the 2017-18 Budget extends Start Strong to 2021.

"This is an unprecedented investment in early childhood education by the NSW Government and delivers on our commitment to reinvest our economic success into supporting families," Mr Perrottet said. 

"My eye is firmly on the future in this Budget and with this additional funding, community preschools and long day care services will continue to be funded through Start Strong to 2021.

"Every single preschool across NSW will benefit from this ongoing funding – which means this Government continues to back our kids and their families." 

Minister for Early Childhood Education Sarah Mitchell said we know the success of a child's education on their last day of school is determined by their very first day of school.

"This investment builds on the NSW Government's commitment of $115 million to make it easier for families to access affordable, quality preschool programs no matter where they live," Mrs Mitchell said. 

"Start Strong links needs-based funding to 600 hours of enrolment in quality education in the year before school to ensure more kids participate because we know how important it is.

"To ensure this increase in funding has a real impact upon service affordability; community preschool services must pass on at least 75 per cent of the increased funding to parents.

"NSW has a diverse early childhood education sector, and this Government is ensuring there is choice when it comes to quality services that meets individual needs."

Since the launch of Start Strong in January this year, more than half of all community preschools in NSW have changed their business model in response to the new funding program.

No Mirrors in My Nana's House read by Tia & Tamera Mowry

By Ysaye M. Barnwell. Read by Tia and Tamera Mowry.
There are no mirrors in my Nana's house.... No mirrors to reflect 
the cracks in the wall, the clothes that don't fit, the trash in the hallway. No mirrors. But there is love. The beauty in this child's world is in her Nana's eyes. It's like the rising of the sun...

Watch all of our videos at http://storylineonline.net

2017 Premier's Reading Challenge

The Challenge aims to encourage a love of reading for leisure and pleasure in students, and to enable them to experience quality literature. It is not a competition but a challenge to each student to read, to read more and to read more widely. The Premier's Reading Challenge (PRC) is available for all NSW students in Kindergarten to Year 9, in government, independent, Catholic and home schools. 

If help is required on how to do the Challenge or how to navigate the website and the answer cannot be found on the PRC Support site, please contact us at prc@det.nsw.edu.au

The 2017 Challenge kicks off Monday 6 March and closes Friday 25 August (midnight) for students. This year coordinators will have an extra week to finalise their students' Student Reading Records. The coordinator closing date is Friday 8 September (midnight).

New books added to the PRC booklists
Welcome to Term 2 of the Premier's Reading Challenge. This term we are adding 164 new books to the PRC Booklists. Students reading new books recently acquired in your library may now be able to add these to their Student Reading Records as Booklist reads rather than Personal Choice reads. 

The same process will take place in Term 2, with more books added to the Booklists in early Term 3. We are aiming to make our Booklists as current as possible to reflect current reading patterns and new acquisitions in your library. We hope you enjoy this change to the PRC. You can download the list of the new books here.

Book Bonus is the only online read-a-thon directly associated with the NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge. Book Bonus is a way for students to be the heroes of their schools and communities by seeking sponsorship for the books they’ve read from their friends and family.

Our goal is to place thousands of new books in the libraries and classrooms of the NSW’s schools and further support students from schools that serve the highest concentrations of low socio-economic status communities in NSW, through DCC literacy support programs.

Dymocks Children’s Charities will provide 50% of the value of the funds you raise for new books for selected schools in need across NSW.

In summary, Book Bonus:
  • Raises funds for new books for YOUR school,
  • Helps DCC give books to kids who really need them
  • Rewards students for their fundraising! 
For additional information contact us or view the FAQ's.

Museums Victoria leads world-first research voyage to uncover life in Australia’s eastern abyss

An international team of 40 scientists embarked on a pioneering deep-sea research voyage to uncover the mysterious life that inhabits the abyss off eastern Australia a month ago – an almost unexplored habitat 4000 metres below the surface.  

Called Sampling the Abyss, the voyage on the Marine National Facility research vessel Investigator brings together scientists from Museums Victoria, CSIRO and other Australian and international museums and research agencies. The voyage departed Bell Bay (Launceston, Tasmania) on 15 May and visited seven Commonwealth marine reserves (CMRs) – from the Freycinet CMR off eastern Tasmania to the Coral Sea CMR off central Queensland – before finishing in Brisbane on the 16th of June.

This is the first time the biodiversity of these abyssal areas has been explored and the scientists are expecting to discover many new deep-sea species.

Dr Tim O’Hara, Museums Victoria’s Senior Curator, Marine Invertebrates and Chief Scientist of Sampling the Abyss said: 
“The abyss is the largest and deepest habitat on the planet, covering half the world’s oceans and one third of Australia’s territory, but it remains the most unexplored environment on Earth.”

“We know that abyssal animals have been around for at least 40 million years, but until recently only a handful of samples had been collected from Australia’s abyss.”

Dr Tim O’Hara stands on Investigator’s rear deck amongst nets and sleds used by the scientsists. Image Matthew Newton/Marine Biodiversity Hub

The abyss is a world of crushing pressures, no light, little food and freezing temperatures. Research in other parts of the world has found that the animals that live there have evolved highly unique ways to survive.

At these huge depths it is so dark that creatures often have no eyes or produce their own light through bioluminescence. As food is scarce, animals are often small and move slowly. Many are jelly-like and spend their lives floating about, while others have ferocious spines and fangs and lie in wait until food comes to them.

What lies in wait in the deepest parts of Australia’s ocean for us to discover? And why is it so important to understand? 

Dr Tim O’Hara explains:
“The data gathered on this trip will be crucial to understanding Australia’s deep-sea habitats, their biodiversity and the ecological processes that sustain them. This will assist in its conservation and management and help to protect it from the impacts of climate change, pollution and other human activity.”

The research team used a high-tech multi-beam sonar to map the structure of the seafloor, and cameras, nets and sleds to sample habitats 2500 and 4000 metre depths. In the deepest parts of the ocean it takes seven hours to lower and raise this equipment from the seafloor.  

Scientists caught a blobfish at a depth of 2.5 kilometres off the coast of New South Wales. Supplied: Robert Zelugaro

Scientists expected to find a range of animals, including new species, of fish, starfish, molluscs, crabs, sponges, marine worms and sea spiders. 
Back in the lab, scientists will map patterns of biodiversity and evolution across the seafloor, and analyse the chemistry and DNA of tissue samples to reconstruct deep-sea food webs and discover links between deep-sea populations.

The team have brought the Australian deep-sea alive though photography and video on ‘Blogging the Abyss’ and Museums Victoria, CSIRO and the Marine Biodiversity Hub social media.

The Sampling the Abyss voyage is being led by Museums Victoria, with support from the CSIRO Marine National Facility and National Environmental Science Programme’s Marine Biodiversity Hub.

Visit Blogging the Abyss and have a look at what they’ve been up to in the last month at https://www.nespmarine.edu.au/abyss-landing-page 

Phoebe Lewis of RMIT University prepares the manta net to sample microplastics in surface waters beside the CSIRO RV Investigator. Image: Asher Flatt

"We've done about 50 different small net tows on the bottom and every one of them has brought up a piece of rubbish," Dr O'Hara said.

The array of litter includes old bottles, wire, ropes and plastic and burnt coal residue — known as clinker, dumped from old steam ships (the ships that were on the seas a century and more ago).


Wednesday, 14th June 2017 by Surfing NSW
From September 23 Australian beaches will host the cream of the crop in junior surfing, as the 2017/18 Rip Curl GromSearch Series presented by Flight Centre gets underway. 

The prestigious National series will feature five stops in the key surfing regions of Jan Juc (VIC), Maroubra (NSW), Trigg /Scarborough (WA), Yorke Peninsula (SA) and the Sunshine Coast (QLD). Participants can look forward to activities, giveaways and the chance to meet surfers from all over the country at each event, as well as hone their skills in the water. 2017 sees the introduction of a “priority system” in several divisions across the series, allowing athletes to gain valuable experience with the same system used across all elite surfing events. 

Professional surfer and current WSL world number five Matt Wilkinson commented… “I loved the GromSearch series as a kid. Travelling to different places, meeting new crew and having a good time on your holidays is what every grom wants to do. Then throw in the chance to surf the National final to try and represent Australia… it’s unreal!"

The Australian series allows surfers from around the country to compete against their contemporaries in a fun and engaging environment. Each result in the five-event series is awarded points that count towards a surfer’s GromSearch National rating, giving participants across the country the opportunity to compare their performances against their peers. After the last event in Queensland, the top ranked surfers qualify for the Rip Curl GromSearch National Final (in their respective divisions), where they then compete for the chance to become the Australian GromSearch Champion. The National Champion then represents Australia at the Rip Curl GromSearch International Final, held at a new location around the globe each year, against the best junior surfers in each participating country.

With parallel Rip Curl GromSearch Series in over 10 countries, it has become a crucial stepping-stone in the development of junior surfers. The list of previous GromSearch winners illustrates the prestigious history of the series, with World Surf League (WSL) competitors Gabriel Medina (Brazil), Tyler Wright (Australia), Owen Wright (Australia), Matt Wilkinson (Australia), Jordy Smith (South Africa), Kolohe Andino (USA) and Sally Fitzgibbons (Australia) among the list of former competitors and GromSearch International Final Champions.

Working in conjunction with Surfing Australia, the Rip Curl GromSearch includes divisions in 16-and-under, 14-and-under and 12-and-under, for both boys and girls.
Entry details, event format and further information on entry procedures will be available in the coming weeks.
2017-18 Rip Curl GromSearch Series Dates:
RCGS - EVENT 1 - Jan Juc, VIC - Sept 23 - 25, 2017  
RCGS - EVENT 2 - Maroubra, NSW - Sept 30 - Oct 3, 2017  
RCGS - EVENT 3 - Trigg / Scarborough WA - Oct 6 - 8, 2017 
RCGS - EVENT 4 - Yorke Peninsula, SA - Nov 4 - 5, 2017 
RCGS - EVENT 5 - Sunshine Coast, QLD - Dec 11 - 15, 2017
RCGS - National Final - NSW coastline - Jan 15 - 17, 2018
The 2017 Rip Curl GromSearch Series is presented by Flight Centre.

Image: Ed Sloane / Rip Curl

Australia Post Gives Green Thumb To Aussie Succulents With New Stamps

14th June 2017
Australia Post celebrates Australian succulent plants with a new stamp issue out in post offices across the country from Tuesday 20 June.

Australia Post Philatelic Manager, Michael Zsolt said, "Many Australians have a passion for the great outdoors and for gardening. We believe these stamps will pique the interest of nature-lovers and gardeners alike, providing a window onto some of our amazing native succulent species".

Succulents occur through most regions in Australia and the term "succulence" or "succulent" refers to a plant's capacity for holding water. Besides water-storing capacity, two criteria for determining this group are a plant's ability to withstand long periods of dry without severe leaf loss and the ability to not only survive but continue to grow with minimal food, water and care, making them a popular choice of plant for gardens and courtyards.

The four domestic base-rate ($1) stamps were designed by Melbourne-based Janet Boschen Design and feature the following species:

  • Portulaca cyclophylla is found throughout central Western Australia. This species of the Portulaca genus is unusual in having large, showy blooms of up to 3.5 centimetres in diameter, with an extended central stigma.

  • Tecticornia verrucosa is found in north, central and south-western central Western Australia; western Northern Territory; and north-western South Australia. This unusually formed plant is blue-green and fleshy; the stems turn a purplish-pink as the plant matures and develop a thin interior woody core.

  • Calandrinia creethae is found in central Western Australia and is commonly known as Jelly Beans, named for the clusters of smooth, globular succulent leaves that comprise this plant. Traditionally, species in the Calandrinia genus have been important to Aboriginal people, who gathered its seeds to ground into meal.

  • Gunniopsis quadrifida is distributed in south-western Western Australia; southern Northern Territory; northern South Australia; south-western Queensland; and north-western New South Wales. This perennial low-growing shrub has rounded linear, greenish leaves and its fleshy flowers open up, with four leaf-like outer "petals" and white to cream centres.

The products associated with this stamp issue are a first day cover, stamp pack, set of four maxicards, four gutter strips of 10 x $1 stamps with design, roll of 100 x $1 self-adhesive stamps and a booklet of 10 x $1 self-adhesive stamps.

The Australian Succulents stamp issue is available from participating Post Offices, via mail order on 1800 331 794 and online at auspost.com.au/stamps from 20 June 2017 while stocks last.

Visit the Australia Post Collectables website auspostcollectables.com.au and stay up-to-date with new Australian stamp issues. The Australia Post Collectables website is a central resource for stamp collectors and philatelic enthusiasts across the globe.  


Friday, 2 June 2017): by Surfing NSW
NSW surfers will once again get the chance to hit the jackpot as part of the 2017 HIF Clip of the Season online competition.
The Clip of the Season will be open to surfers in Western Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland across surfing, longboarding, bodyboarding and stand-up paddle boarding. Entrants are required to submit a short clip of one wave being ridden at some point during the 2017 winter season.
At the end of the winter period, the top two entries – as selected by state judging panels – will progress to a national final, with the overall winner and runner-up to be decided by a public vote.
At the end of the winter period, the top two entries as selected by state judging panels will progress to a national final, with the overall winner and runner-up to be decided by a public vote. The national competition prize pool totals $8,000, an attractive driver for both aspiring and established surfers and filmers funding their passion for surfing.
Surfing NSW CEO, Luke Madden believes the constant swells that hits the coastline over winter will result in some impressive submissions from NSW boardriders.
“In 2016, NSW saw some of the best waves we’ve seen in decades and the entrants capitalised on it by gathering some incredible footage. We believe that surfers will be looking to lift the standard from June 1st when the event window opens.”
Last year's National Winner filmer Belinda Le Grice (Western Australia) encourages all surfers to get involved this year.
“I spent my winnings on a surf coaching trip to Lombok with a friend for a week in April. We had a blast, great waves, met some great people and learnt heaps, and the best part, someone else was behind the lens.”
“There’s nothing to lose except maybe some time out of the water videoing someone else, but I find it pretty fun watching friends and family surf, especially with some of the great waves we have here in WA”
To enter all you have to do is send in a clip of a surfer riding a wave in NSW during the winter season (June 1st to August 31st) to ethan@surfingnsw.com.au
You can be a pro, an amateur, a grommet or a veteran, all we need to see is you riding the best wave this winter on your preferred craft.
The HIF Clip of the Season is presented by HIF Australia and supported by Surfing VIC, Surfing WA, Surfing NSW and Surfing QLD.
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2016 HIF Clip Of The Season NSW Champion Ryan Slattery. Image by Ethan Smith / Surfing NSW

Australian Students Chance To Fly To Antarctica: Name Our Icebreaker!: Antarctic icebreaker competition extended

6th June 2017
The Australian Antarctic Division has extended its competition to name the nation’s new icebreaker until 7 July.

Australian school children have the chance to suggest a name for the new ship and win a flight to the icy continent.

Australian Antarctic Division Director, Dr Nick Gales, said the competition deadline has been extended by four weeks to allow more students the opportunity to enter.

“We’ve received some great suggestions for the name so far, and they show a strong understanding of Australia’s connection with Antarctica and the role of the Australian Antarctic Program,” Dr Gales said.

“We decided to extend the competition to make sure we engage school children from all around Australia and give teachers the time to work through the curriculum-aligned modules about the icebreaker.”

The ‘Name our Icebreaker’ competition has two categories: primary (years 5 and 6) and secondary (years 7 and 8), with classes able to enter their suggested name in a written or video format.

Young Australians are being given the opportunity to name the sophisticated new Antarctic resupply and research vessel. (Photo: Australian Antarctic Division)

An Antarctic experience of a lifetime is on offer for Australian students who win a national competition to name the nation's new icebreaker vessel, with a flight to Antarctica on offer to the winning entry.

Up to 12 students will fly to Antarctica for a day, becoming the first children to set foot on the icy continent as part of the Australian Antarctic Program.

The winning students will fly from Hobart to Australia's Wilkins Aerodrome where they will meet Antarctic scientists, as well as expeditioners living and working at nearby Casey research station.

The 'Name our Icebreaker' competition has two categories: primary (years 5 and 6) and secondary (years 7 and 8) with classes able to enter their suggested name in a written or video format.

The competition will give young Australians the opportunity to name the sophisticated new Antarctic resupply and research vessel which will shape the future of Australia's Antarctic Program.

The icebreaker will be more than 156 metres long and accommodate 116 expeditioners. It will be equipped with an array of cutting-edge scientific equipment including a moon pool, multi-beam bathymetric echo sounders, hydrophones and underwater cameras.

Seven new curriculum-aligned modules about the icebreaker have also been developed on the Australian Antarctic Division's website, 'Classroom Antarctica'.

It is my hope this competition will inspire the Antarctic scientists and policy makers of the future, engaging them to learn about the Antarctic environment, climate, history and Australia's role there.

Entries in the 'Name our Icebreaker' competition will be judged by a panel of eminent Australians on criteria including originality, creativity, sincerity, appropriateness and alignment with the values, objectives and activities of the Australian Antarctic Program.

The icebreaker name and winners of the competition will be publicly announced in September 2017, with the prize flight taking place in November - December 2017.

The new icebreaker will replace the current ship Aurora Australis, also named by Australian school children, which has been an integral part of the Australian Antarctic Program since 1989.

More information for the name the icebreaker competition via https://classroom.antarctica.gov.au/icebreaker

 Josh Frydenberg MP, Minister for the Environment and Energy with Hawthorn West (Vic.) students at launch of Name our Icebreaker competition