May 19 - 25, 2013: Issue 111
Articles This Week
Easy Transport Manly Warringah Pittwater Launch - this vital community service has a new premises, new website which provides ONLINE bookings and a new name
Songs For Soibada III - wonderful evening for a wonderful place
Reflections by George Repin: AZZALIN ORLANDO ROMANO AND ROMANO’S RESTAURANT
Spotted Gums of Pittwater Inspirations - for Children
DIY Hints: Growing Your Own Winter Vegetables by Paul Johnson
Profile of the Week: May 2013 - Northern Beaches Club: WINGALA LAPIDARY CLUB by Ian Lee - finding ancient stones and wood and creating beautiful Australian jewellry
History: May 2013 - The NAVY in Pittwater: this year's Avalon Tattoo, is on June 15th, 2013. Each year it is the turn of one of our Services to present the Challenge and this year it's our RAN Cadets; To Prelude this we will look at some of the long and varying links with the Navy Pittwater - Pittwater'sTorpedo Wharf and Range
Artist of the Month for May 2013: Chuck Bradley- Scotland Island photographer with an exhibition at Manly Art Gallery
Vital Community Meetings You Can Attend – Proposed Amalgamation of Councils and the White Paper
In recent months we have run information regarding proposed changes that directly affect you and links to these documents and where you may contribute your views. The proposal to amalgamate Pittwater with other councils is one of these and could see us become not only one of the most recent new Councils but also one of the shortest lived ones. The second is the NSW Department of Planning & Infrastructure - White Paper which may be finding an inappropriate structure being constructed in an inappropriate place and you having no say on this.
There are two meetings Pittwater Council is inviting all to attend the first of these being May 28th, Tuesday week, at Mona Vale Memorial Hall. Full details from Pittwater Council’s website are below. Please attend!!
Council Reform - the proposal to amalgamate Pittwater
Reform 1 - NSW Department of Planning & Infrastructure - White Paper
Planning laws in NSW will be replaced by a new system aimed at fast-tracking development. The White Paper ‘A New Planning System for NSW’ (released April 2013) is on exhibition for public comment until 28 June 2013. The state government intends to bring in these changes by the end of this year.
The main changes are:
Progress so far on the White Paper
Tuesday 28 May - Mona Vale Memorial Hall, Park Street Mona Vale between 6.30pm and 8pm.
Pittwater Council is hosting a forum on the issue with local Councillors. You do not need to register to attend.
Other important dates for your diary
Pittwater Council is preparing a detailed submission to the NSW Department of Planning & Infrastructure outlining its objections to the proposed changes. The Council meeting on 24 June will consider Pittwater’s submission on the White Paper. Residents are welcome to attend.
Friday 28 June 2013
Reform 2 - Future Directions for NSW Local Government report (released April 2013)
The NSW government has commissioned an independent panel to look into the future of local councils in the state. The three-member Independent Local Government Review Panel has been examining NSW councils since July 2012. Its latest report - Future Directions for NSW Local Government - was released in April 2013. A final report will be delivered to the government by September 2013, after which the NSW government will consider its position on local government reform. We believe that the September report will not be made public.
The Panel’s Future Directions report released last month proposes the following changes:
The number of Sydney councils be reduced to 15 mega-councils
At its meeting on 6 May 2013 the Council resolved unanimously:-
Progress so far on the Local Government Review
The Independent Local Government Review Panel is seeking public feedback on the recommendations of the Future Directions report until 28 June 2013.
Tuesday 28 May 2013
Tuesday 4 June 2013
The Independent Local Government Review Panel is holding a Public Hearing between 5pm and 7pm at Warringah Council Chambers, 725 Pittwater Road Dee Why.
You must pre-register to speak at this meeting. If you wish to address the Panel for 5 minutes complete this form through the following link www.localgovernmentreview.nsw.gov.au and email to firstname.lastname@example.org You can attend the meeting but not speak without pre-registering.
Pittwater Council is arranging buses to assist members of the public to attend the public hearing. Buses will depart at 4pm on Tuesday 4 June from Warriewood Valley Sportsground, Jacksons Road opposite Warriewood Square Shopping Centre.
Other important dates for your diary
Pittwater Council is preparing a detailed submission to the Independent Local Government Review Panel outlining its objections to the proposed reforms. The Council meeting on 24 June will consider Pittwater’s submission to the Panel. Residents are welcome to attend.
Friday 28 June 2013
Swamp Mahongany at Warriewood - Saturday morning (18.5.2013) Picture by AJG.
Pittwater Environmental Foundation -Irrawong Planting Day- Sunday May 19th, 1pm - 3pm.
Did you miss planting at Mullet Creek last month? It's on again: May 19th, 1pm. Go to Irrawong Waterfall from west end of Irrawong Rd, Warriewood. Wear enclosed shoes and long trousers, bring gloves and a drink. Tools and afternoon tea and good company provided. More info:email@example.com
Park near the corner of Irrawong Rd and Epworth Place, Warriewood and follow signs to the planting site. Wear long trousers, long -sleeved shirt and sturdy shoes, bring gardening gloves. Tools and afternoon tea provided.
Next PNHA Activity: Sunday 23 June - Birdwatching & monitoring, Warriewood Wetlands: Winter Birds.
Swamp Mahoganies will be in flower attracting many honeyeaters and different species of lorikeets. Meet: 8am at Katoa Close off Garden St Narrabeen ends 11am. Bring: Binoculars, water, morning tea. To Book: P: Kerry Smith 9944 6271 0402 605 721 E:firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elvis to open St Ives Show + fireworks and police presence
David Cazalet as Elvis
The St Ives Show will be held at the St Ives Showground on the weekend of May 18 and 19, 2013. The event, presented by the Northern Suburbs Agricultural and Horticultural Society, Inc, showcases the best in arts, crafts, horses, cattle, dog agility, horticulture, apiculture, cooking and baking, photography and more. This family friendly show will feature lots of displays and entertainment over the two days and Elvis will be ‘in the building’ to officially open the event on Saturday, May 18 at 2pm; there also will be a fireworks display by All Occasions Pyrotechnics at 7pm on the Saturday evening.
Stop scaremongering on referendum - Media Release, May 16, 2013
Local Government NSW completely rejects the Minister for Local Government's misleading and ill-informed claims that financially recognising Local Government in the Australian Constitution will lead to pork-barrelling.
Joint President of Local Government NSW, Cr Ray Donald, said the Howard Coalition Government initiated direct federal funding to local councils more than a decade ago.
"This financially-specific relationship between Canberra and councils has helped thousands of community projects get off the ground right across NSW, regardless of the politics of individual councils.
"This referendum seeks a modest change to our Constitution to guarantee the continued flow of direct Commonwealth funding to local communities without fear of a High Court challenge jeopardising these much needed funds," said Cr Donald. "Given the recent TCorp Report into NSW council finances, it's astounding the NSW Coalition Government won't support a practical change to the Constitution securing tens of millions of dollars each year for NSW communities and their infrastructure."
"Our governments should be working together to provide a solid base for improving and maintaining the lifestyles and economic futures of our communities, and I call on the NSW Government to change its position on this crucial referendum for communities."
Joint President of Local Government NSW, Cr Keith Rhoades AFSM, said there are at least 96 million reasons why the O'Farrell Government and Minister Page should support this referendum - and that's the total Roads to Recovery funding provided to NSW councils for 2012/13.
"The comments made by Don Page, who continually claims to be the Minister 'for' Local Government, are baseless and equate to nothing more than a scaremongering campaign!"
"It seems a tad contradictory for the NSW Coalition Government to trumpet criticism of councils' financial sustainability, then fail to support a referendum which would protect federal grants for the most basic community needs, like local roads."
"The upcoming federal referendum will not erode the power of the NSW Government or change its relationship with NSW councils."
"The proposed amendment has been carefully crafted with expert advice from constitutional lawyers to ensure it does not reduce or remove the State's constitutional oversight of Local Government."
"Minister Page should stop misleading the people of NSW and get on with the job of being the Minister for Local Government."
For more information go to: http://www.lgnsw.org.au/key-initiatives/constitutional-recognition-local-government
Sydney Writers Festival 2013 – May 20-26
Theme this year – Have We Got A Story For You
POETRY IS FOR EVERYONE
This year Sydney Writers’ Festival is presenting poetry somewhere rather unusual – on street cleaning trucks. People going about their everyday business might suddenly come across poetry where they least expect it, bringing a bit of lyricism to the everyday.
There are 11 trucks in total with 19 poems ranging from Rilke, Yeats, Judith Wright and Sydney’s Martin Harrison and joanne burns.
The poetry has been curated by Luke Davies, the 2012 Prime Minister’s Literary Award-winning poet who’ll be at this year’s festival. There is a stunning selection, capturing moments in time, observations, and whimsy. Luke chose poems, ‘that stop you in your tracks, and are utterly unlike the advertising copy that litters the verbal landscape’.
More widely this year at Sydney Writers’ Festival, there’s a lot of great poetry. We have two of the world’s greatest performance poets Kate Tempest and Anis Modjani, a range of extraordinary Australian poets.
Bard boys clean up Sydney streets
Avalon Golf Course
Special: Social clubs who book and play before June 30 2013 will only play $20 for 18 holes
Avalon Golf course (established in 1926) is a true blue, 9 hole public golf course, and the only course on the peninsula that offers casual golfers the opportunity to play 7 days a week.
Fully licensed, with catering and BBQ facilities, Avalon is the perfect casual golf course - or the perfect venue for social groups, corporate golf days or a casual round of golf any day of the week. Come for a visit soon, and rediscover Avalon Golf Course (entrance off The Crescent Avalon).
Sly Dogs Unplugged at Church Point Cafe
The Sly Dogs will be doing some "winter healing" unplugged every second Sunday at Church Point Cafe on the deck. First session is this coming Sunday May 12th, Mother's Day, bring mum along and relax. Other dates are: June 9th, July 14th, August 11th.
Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association May 2013 Newsletter
Wayne Hawkins, who is the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network(ACCAN) Disability Policy Officer, has invited those people who have an interest in supporting a proposal for an ongoing service trial, similar to last year’s technical trial for providing Audio Description (AD) on Australian TV. This service would allow greater access to television for Australians who are blind and vision impaired, while giving the ABC the opportunity to resolve any issues in delivering Audio Description (AD) before regulation is put in place.
Mr. Hawkins reports that at this crucial point, when the future of AD on Australian TV is being decided, ACCAN have formally written to the Minister for Communications, Senator Stephen Conroy, and the ABC’s Managing Director, Mark Scott, calling for an ongoing service trial to begin on ABC1 this year, so there is an urgent need for consumers to show that the necessity for this service has not gone away. If you wish to take action you can email Senator Conroy
Awards For Public Sector Excellence - Friday, 05 April 2013
Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes today encouraged the community to nominate deserving local public sector employees for state-wide recognition. The Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Public Service are now open for nominations for employees, such as teachers, nurses, police officers and fire-fighters who display exceptional levels of dedication and customer service.
“Far too often the contributions made by our local public sector workers go unnoticed despite the vital roles they perform. Our nurses, police officers, teachers, fire-fighters, bus drivers and paramedics all do a fantastic job and it’s important we acknowledge their efforts.
“More information on the Premier’s Awards and details on how to nominate are available by visiting www.publicserviceawards.nsw.gov.au .
“I encourage everyone to consider putting forward one of our outstanding public sector employees for these prestigious awards,” Rob Stokes said
Nominations close on 12 July 2013.
EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST TO
Pittwater Council is seeking expressions of interest from residents to help develop their new program ‘Enliven Pittwater’. The new program aims to ‘enliven’ Pittwater’s village centres through public art, cultural events and a mobile phone app and will be delivered in partnership with the business community, the arts and cultural community, Council and other interested parties.
The expressions of interest are sought from two community members to participate in a ‘Leadership Group’ which will be set up to lead and champion the project. Council’s Acting Manager for Community, Library & Economic Development Melinda Hewitt said we are seeking an arts and cultural representative with established skills and experience in the arts along with a community representative.
“We are particularly keen to hear from community representatives who are under 30 years old,” said Ms Hewitt.
The positions are voluntary with a commitment of two years required, with the leadership group anticipated to meet from early July on a bi-monthly basis.
Ms Hewitt said we are seeking people who can demonstrate the following:
A shared vision of an ‘enlivened Pittwater’ and an ability to engage, motivate and inspire others towards that vision
A commitment to working collaboratively across the Pittwater community
A connection with relevant networks and interest groups that can be aligned with the project
Knowledge of community development principles.
Ms Hewitt said the program ‘Enliven Pittwater’ is a wonderful opportunity to enhance our village centres so they are vibrant community spaces to be enjoyed, whilst we engage with our local businesses in commerce.”
“This project will aim to energise our street life, promote our local business and deliver exciting cultural sites,” she added.
For more information about ‘Enliven Pittwater’ or to submit an expression of interest visit www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au. EOI applications close 5pm, Tuesday 28 May 2013.
CUPPA FOR CANCER AT MONA VALE LIBRARY
Mona Vale Library will support cancer research this month by hosting an Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea event on Thursday 23 May from 10am to 12 noon. Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea is now in its 20th year and is one of the Cancer Council’s foremost fundraising events, raising $12.3 million alone last year.
Library Services Manager Cathy Howie said the library had supported the Cancer Council by hosting morning teas at the library for the past seven years.
“It’s an ideal opportunity for people to have a relaxing morning, catching up with others and at the same time support a very worthy cause,” she said. “We’re asking those coming to our morning tea for a $5 donation to go towards cancer research, prevention, education and support services. There’ll also be tea or coffee and some delicious home-made goodies on offer, in return for your $5 donation.
Ms Howie said the Library would be running a raffle and some other fundraising initiatives on the day.
“The local Knitters Guild who meet weekly at the library have kindly donated the entry fee from their tea cosy knitting competition to the cause and we’d like to thank them for their contribution,” added Ms Howie.
For those who’d like to support Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea, but can’t make it, why not donate online at www.biggestmorningtea.com.au/GetInvolved/Donate
HOW TO BECOME A CRAFTY MINX
Mona Vale Library will host author and passionate craft creator Kelly Doust on Wednesday 5 June at 3pm. Kelly has produced a practical guide to creating original, handmade and vintage items for the home with her book The Crafty Minx at Home.
The book shows how to make gorgeous things from pre-loved, remnant and vintage items. It is written especially for non-crafters who are desperate to be more creative but don't know how.
Kelly shows readers how to make and collect for a lifetime and longer, creating the treasured family heirlooms of tomorrow.
Crafty Minx features over 50 immediately do-able craft projects and a wealth of advice on how to source beautiful vintage items and materials in flea markets, charity shops and auction houses, plus tips on how to display and use them in your home.
Kelly shares the delicious rewards of living with and giving away beautiful handmade objects - from brightly patterned summer beach bags and cotton apron tops to cosy lambs' wool throws and cashmere-covered hot water bottles, or a soft toy for a friend's new baby. The book is broken down into different areas of the home for easy inspiration. Kelly suggests that ‘No matter where you live or what your circumstances, discover just how easy it is to be a crafty minx’!
Kelly Doust has been making and reinventing things in her own trial-and-error way since she was a girl, scouring flea markets and charity stores for vintage fashion and homewares to upcycle.
Other books by Kelly include The Crafty Kid, which shows just how easy it is to make irresistible items for and with children, A Life in Frocks, a bestselling memoir about the ‘divine obsession’ women have for clothes and Minxy Vintage: how to customise & wear vintage clothing.
In addition to her published works, Kelly has also appeared on Sunrise, The Morning Show and 9am with David & Kim, in segments presenting her work with craft and reinvented vintage fashion. She is a freelance contributor to the Australian Women’s Weekly and Vogue.
The talk will begin at 3pm at Mona Vale Library, 1 Park Street, Mona Vale. Bookings are essential; to book phone 9970 1600. Following the talk there will be book signings and light refreshments. Admission is $5.
CAREEL CREEK FLOOD STUDY ON EXHIBITION
Pittwater Council will publicly exhibit its draft flood study for the Careel Creek catchment located in Avalon. The Council voted at its meeting last night to adopt the draft flood study for public feedback from Saturday 11 May to Friday 14 June 2013.
The draft study is a technical investigation of flood behaviour in the Careel Creek catchment and updates a previous study carried out in 1999. The new study looks at the changes in catchment conditions such as overland flows, plus the potential impacts of climate change using historical data on flooding, floodplain modelling techniques and projections of future flood behaviour.
Residents in the area have been advised of the study’s findings, including whether their properties are considered to be flood-prone. Around 660 properties were classified as being flood-prone in a 1 in 100 year flood event by previous studies, with a further 42 properties now identified in the 2013 draft study.
General Manager Mark Ferguson said that the study had been completed at the direction of the NSW government’s statewide policy on flooding.
“When finalised, the study will assist the Council in making flood-related planning decisions for existing and future developments as well as informing residents of the potential risks of flooding in the area,” he said. “We’re also inviting affected property-owners to face-to-face or over-the-phone sessions with staff who can explain exactly what the findings mean for them,” he said.
To view the study, visit www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/exhibition. Comments close on Friday 14 June 2013.
NEW RULES FOR BACKYARD POOLS
Owners of backyard pools are now required by law to register their pools with the NSW Division of Local Government. The requirement follows the state government’s review of the Swimming Pools Act that identified measures to improve children’s safety under the age of five years around private swimming pools.
Council’s Environmental Compliance Manager Jeff Lofts said statistics show that that the leading cause of preventable childhood deaths in NSW are drownings in backyard swimming pools.
“Owners will have up to six months to register their pool and/or spa with the Division of Local Government at www.dlg.nsw.gov.au with the cut-off date for registrations on 29 October 2013.”
Mr Lofts said that Council staff will be available at the Food & Wine Fair next Sunday 5 May to answer questions that residents may have regarding the new regulations.
“Council staff will be at the Fair at Winnerreremy Bay, Mona Vale from 10am to 4pm as well as the Northern Beaches Expo on Saturday 25 May (10am to 5pm) and Sunday 26 May (10am to 4pm) at the Northern Beaches Indoor Sports Centre Warriewood.
“We will also be running free information sessions for residents about the new regulations later this year. “
Mr Lofts said the other key point of the new laws include a requirement from 29 April 2014 for those selling or leasing a property with a pool to obtain a swimming pool compliance certificate from Council before selling or leasing their property.
“However pool owners can apply for a compliance certificate any time to ensure their pool meets the requirements, regardless of whether they are selling or leasing their property,” said Mr Lofts.
Mr Lofts said that the Council will also be implementing a swimming pool fence inspection program later in the year.
SPEEDING? YOU’RE IN OUR SIGHTS!
Pittwater, Warringah and Manly Councils and NSW Roads and Maritime Services have joined forces to reduce speed on northern beaches’ roads through the Local Government Road Safety Program. The campaign - called Speeding? You’re In Our Sights - will target drivers on the beaches with flashing VMS signs urging drivers to slow down, ‘slow down in my street’ bin stickers and additional police enforcement. The campaign starts on Monday 6 May and will run for three weeks until Sunday 26 May.
Drivers will be warned in advance about the campaign, with banners in key locations across the peninsula as well as bus shelter and press advertising.
Senior Sergeant Rick Janssen from the Northern Beaches Highway Patrol said the key message of the campaign was that police are out to stop drivers who don’t stick to the speed limit.
“If you’re caught you’ll face a heavy fine and could even lose your licence,” he said. “Driving at high speeds gives you less time to detect and respond to hazards - that’s why it’s essential to slow down and drive to the conditions of the road.”
Sgt Janssen said that young drivers are of particular concern.
“Data across the Pittwater, Warringah and Manly local government areas shows that speed-related-crashes are significant among drivers 25 years and under. Close to 50% of drivers involved in speed-related-crashes are aged between 17 and 25 years. These statistics are extremely worrying and show that speed plays a major part in injuries and loss of life on our roads, particularly among our young people,” said Sgt Janssen.
“P1 drivers or provisional riders need to be aware that they will have their licence suspended for at least three months for any speeding offence, as well as receiving four demerit points and a fine,” added Sgt Janssen.
Residents can also remind drivers to slow down by obtaining Slow Down in my Street stickers available from Pittwater, Warringah and Manly customer service centres.
PITTWATER SHORT STORY COMPETITION
Pittwater residents with a flair for writing are invited to enter the 2013 Pittwater Short Story competition. The competition which is run by Mona Vale Library and Berkelouw Books is open to children as well as adults and asks participants to write a short story that is identifiably located in the Pittwater area. Mona Vale Library Manager Cathy Howie said to give entries a distinctive Pittwater feel, they must incorporate a reference to ‘sandy feet’.
“The competition is open to three age groups, including 9 to 12 years, 13 to 16 years and an open age group,” said Ms Howie. “The word limit of the short story varies depending on the age category, with 9-12 year olds needing to submit no more than 500 words; 13-16 years a maximum of 1000 words and no more than 2000 words for the open age category.”
Prizes will be awarded in the three age categories, with book vouchers on offer of up to $300 in the open category. The competition is now open with entries closing on 7 June.
Entries should be submitted in hard copy only. Entry forms are available at Mona Vale Library and Berkelouw Books or can be downloaded online. All entries must be accompanied by an entry form.
For more information about the competition and to download an entry form visit www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/library
2013 Northern Beaches Local Business Sustainability Award
Warringah and Pittwater Councils are urging local business people that practise and promote sustainability to nominate their business in the Sustainability category of the 2013 Northern Beaches Local Business Awards.
“This is the second time the Sustainability Award has been included in the annual Local Business Awards, and Warringah Council is very excited to be a joint major supporter of this important award,” said Warringah Mayor, Michael Regan. “The aim of the Sustainability Award is to recognise the achievements of local businesses that have put in place practices that contribute to a more liveable and healthy Warringah.”
Pittwater Council Mayor Jacqueline Townsend said there were a range of ways that businesses could demonstrate their commitment to sustainable practices, from turning off unused appliances to providing more flexible working conditions for their staff.
“Pittwater has a well established program of assisting local businesses to be more sustainable and save water and energy costs and we encourage them to enter the awards.”
Local businesses nominating for the Sustainability Award need to demonstrate the integration of sustainability practices to business planning, operations and marketing, such as:
Businesses have until Wednesday 12 June to nominate for the Sustainability Award. For more information please call 9942 2678 or email@example.com
For more information or to vote, visit warringah.nsw.gov.au
The 2013 Northern Beaches Local Business Awards
LONG RANGE PLANS FOR PITTWATER ON EXHIBITION
Two over-arching plans for Pittwater’s future are on public exhibition for comment.
Pittwater 2025 – Our Community Strategic Plan goes on public exhibition after six months consultation with the local community. According to Mayor Jacqui Townsend, Pittwater 2025 maps out the goals and aspirations of local residents over the next ten years under five key directions. The key directions are Supporting & Connecting Our Community; Valuing & Caring for our Natural Environment; Enhancing our Working & Learning; Integrating our Built Environment and Leading an Effective & Collaborative Council.
“Mayor Townsend thanked the community for their contribution so far to Pittwater 2025 and encouraged residents to provide further feedback to ensure their aspirations for Pittwater in the next decade were captured in the plan.
Over 700 interactions have taken place so far with community members on Pittwater 2025, with comments closing on 31 May. The Council’s Delivery Plan for 2013-2017 and the budget for the2013-2014 financial year are also on public exhibition. General Manager Mark Ferguson said several major capital works projects would be the focus for the coming year.
“We will be starting work on the new car park in Bungan Lane Mona Vale and the redevelopment of Avalon Beach surf club, as well as significant upgrades to Boondah Road and Macpherson Street in Warriewood,” he said.
Mr Ferguson said the Council would also be starting a program of rolling works on coastal and bushland walkways and more footpaths and cycleways, as well as stepping up its maintenance of local roads. He said the Council would deliver a balanced budget for the coming financial year with a small surplus.
MORE FOOTPATHS FOR PITTWATER
An expanded program of footpath construction, including areas near schools, has been adopted by Pittwater Council at its meeting this week. The revised footpath strategy builds on a bigger ‘Walks & Rides Strategy’ aimed at increasing connectivity through footpaths, cycleways and shared paths between village centres and public transport hubs across Pittwater.
Mayor Jacqui Townsend said the Council had reviewed its overall footpath strategy following concerns by some residents.
“Our goal for all footpath and shared path construction is to try and minimise people’s reliance on motor vehicles,” she said. “We’ve now prioritised the list based on an integrated network to address safety concerns and areas where there is a high level of pedestrian use.”
One of the first new footpaths to be funded out of the new strategy will be an extended footpath to Elanora Heights primary school, with $74,000 set aside in the Council’s draft budget for the 2013-2014 financial year. Other priority projects pencilled in for the new financial year include footpaths at Bishop Street and Grandview Road Newport; Waratah and Waterview Streets Mona Vale and Barrenjoey Road at Avalon and North Avalon.
Mayor Townsend said that priority pathways would be built based on links to other village centres, retail areas and public transport, or where pedestrian safety was severely compromised. She said $800,000 had been included in the Council’s draft budget for 2013-2014 for extra footpaths.
“We will also look at boosting funding for more footpaths by disposing of small remnants of road reserve where there is an interest by property-owners in purchasing them,” she said.
To view the Council’s draft budget and delivery plan for 2013-2014 visit www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/consultation. Comments close on 31 May 2013.
LOCAL ARTISTS INVITED TO APPLY FOR ARTZPACE 2014
Pittwater Council is inviting emerging local artists to apply for ArtZpace 2014. Held in January, ArtZpace is a biennial project in which up and coming artists get to plan and present a professional exhibition. The show is staged at the Avalon Recreation Centre.
Council’s social and community development coordinator Melinda Hewitt said ArtZpace offered young and emerging artists the chance to display and sell their work in a professional setting, while also building their networks and skills as artists.
“They can draw upon the expertise of an art show coordinator to guide the planning, hanging and marketing of their work,” said Ms Hewitt. “In 2012, 13 artists were chosen to exhibit their work over the ten day exhibition,” said Ms Hewitt.
“The group was highly successful in making sales and promoting their works to a wider audience, with some artists being approached by private galleries and for commissions,” she said. “ArtZpace is a popular fixture in Pittwater’s cultural calendar. It provides excellent exposure for emerging artists, as well as a great opportunity for audiences to access art,” Ms Hewitt added.
Applications for ArtZpace 2014 are now open and will close at 5pm on Friday 31 May 2013. Exhibition space will be available from Friday 3 January to Sunday 12 January 2014.
Application packs and further information on the ArtZpace 2014 project can be obtained from Council’s customer service centres and libraries or at www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/artzpace
For more information call Zoe Johnson, Community Development Officer at Pittwater Council on 9970 1171.
New Season for Sailability Pittwater
Sailability Pittwater is a volunteer organisation which provides sailing for people with a disability. Our main recreational sailing activities are at Rowland Reserve, Bayview, and we run competitive sailing for people with a disability out of RPAYC Newport.
We are currently looking for new volunteers for our Saturday morning program at Rowland Reserve and Tuesdays at RPA. Visit our website for more information at www.sailability.org/au/pittwater or call John on 99825656 / 0409391065
ANZAC Centenary 2015
Planning is already underway this historic event. The ANZAC Centenary will be commemorated in Pittwater on Sunday 19 April 2015 with a march from Boondah Reserve, Warriewood at 11am, finishing at Pittwater Rugby Park at 12.30pm for a commemorative service. All schools, community services and sporting groups are invited. Any organisation wishing to participate in the March or Ceremony should call Graham Sloper on 9918 2201.
Pittwater Artists Trail
The time has come! All studios open in two weeks, time to put it in your calendar. Plan your visit through the brochure or download your Arts Trail map here. You can find the brochure at Libraries, Community Centres,30 shops & cafes or www.pittwaterartiststrail.com.au.
Look for the Pittwater Artists Trail logo when visiting studios.
Artists above: (clockwise, left to right); Karen Hick - abstract artist; Jill Ferrall - mixed media; Cindy Goode Milman - impressionist oils; Elfriede Bartnitzky - textured landscapes; Marian Purvis - expressionist painter; Eric Martel - seascape
Car Park Sale in support of SLSC Nippers
Huge Car Park Sale of surf, skate and beach gear in support of local Surf Life Saving Nipper Clubs. Land & Sea Sports are supporting local Surf Life Saving Nipper Clubs with a huge car park sale of surf, skate and beach gear, including distressed stock, factory samples, minor imperfections, demo models and repaired returns. Huge bargains with profits going to support local Northern Beaches Nipper Clubs.
Venue: 1/1 Jubilee Ave, Warriewood NSW 2102
New $12 million Rehabilitation Unit For Mona Vale Hospital -13 May 2013
Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes today announced ADCO Constructions has been awarded the tender to construct Mona Vale Hospital’s new $12 million rehabilitation unit.
This state of the art facility will be co-located and fully integrated with the hospital’s existing rehabilitation and assessment unit and will expand the range and quality of services available to the community.
Once completed the new unit will assist patients recovering function or abilities following the onset of disease or injury and will include:
• A mix of single and two-bed rooms, • Multi-function spaces for activities and daily living exercise, • Gymnasium, • Group therapy spaces, • Lounge and dining areas, • Outdoor therapy areas
“This is the largest capital works project seen at Mona Vale Hospital in decades,” Rob Stokes said today.“This project forms part of the ongoing redevelopment of Mona Vale Hospital and will provide a huge boost to our community’s health services.
“This state of the art facility will incorporate the latest in building design and promote best practice techniques in rehabilitation medicine.
“The completed project will also include additional car parking spaces - which are vital as Mona Vale Hospital continues to expand.
“Early works for the project are well underway, including excavation for a new car park and the laying of new stormwater drains.
“Construction will begin this month and the new unit is expected to be open in mid-2014,” Rob Stokes said.
2013 Australian Surf LIfe Saving Championships Teaser - Published on 13 May 2013 by slsaofficial·
Different walks of life, same goal: Stay Smart Online
What happens when you get a butcher, a tech-head, a ‘Cyber Safety Lady’ and a seriously Web-enabled grandmother into the same room? You get the team that’s leading the charge in helping Australian internet users to protect themselves online for National Cyber Security Awareness Week, 20 to 24 May 2013.
National Cyber Security Awareness Week this year brings together online butcher Jordo McHugh, web entrepreneur Bartek Marnane, cyber safety expert Leonie Smith, and technology advocate for seniors Nan Bosler OAM to spread the word about cyber security.
The four will reach out across the country to remind Australians that the internet is a great resource for socialising, business and shopping – but you need to ensure you’re doing everything you can to protect personal and financial information online.
The team will encourage people to get the best from tools including the Federal Government’s Stay Smart Online Alert Service; a service that informs users about recent online threats and provides solutions that help to manage risks.
Deputy Secretary of the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Abul Rizvi, said the ambassadors represented specific groups of Australians with an interest or concern about cyber security: small business owners and operators; families with older children; senior Australians; and younger people who are almost constantly online but exposed to considerable risk through their online behaviour.
“The simple message we want to reinforce is the importance of being secure online, and we believe peers are the most influential when it comes to online behaviour,” said Mr Rizvi. “Our Stay Smart Online ambassadors come from all walks of life, and have great knowledge about technology and cyber security that they can pass on to others.”
National Cyber Security Awareness Week is supported by nearly 1000 corporate, community and government sector partners who help to share the Federal Government’s top 10 tips to Stay Smart Online:
Install and update your security software set it to scan regularly.
Turn on automatic updates on all your software, particularly your operating system and applications.
Use strong passwords and different passwords for different uses.
Stop and think before you click on links and attachments.
Take care when transacting online – research the supplier and use a safe payment method.
Only download “apps” from reputable publishers and read all permission requests.
Regularly check your privacy settings on social networking sites.
Stop and think before you post any photos or financial information online.
Talk with your child about staying safe online, including on their smart phone or mobile device.
Report or talk to someone if you feel uncomfortable or threatened online – download the Government’s Cybersafety Help Button.
Budd:e for secondary schools explores advanced cyber security topics, including: creating content, file sharing, pop-ups, privacy, sharing, scams, spam, spyware, malware, phishing, online transactions and computer viruses. Students can earn points answering questions to 'buy' parts and accessories to build a unique cyborg that can be used as an avatar on social networking sites.
To subscribe to Stay Smart Online Alert Service and for more tips to protect your home, business or school online, visit www.staysmartonline.gov.au
The Zonta Club of Northern Beaches needs your help to pack 3000 birthing kits to be sent to developing countries. More than 60 million women world-wide give birth each year with only the assistance of a birth attendant or no assistance at all.
Zonta Birthing Kits permit a clean birth that can reduce the risk of death from infection and bleeding. These kits are distributed through health professionals in hospitals or health clinics.
Bring your friends and pitch in!
Saturday 1 June at 9.30am: Barrenjoey High School, Coonanga Rd, Avalon (Access at beach end of Tasman Rd)
Address by Dr Susan Bliss. Fundraising sausage sizzle after packing.
For details, enquiries and to volunteer, contact: Margaret White 9918 2393 firstname.lastname@example.org
Zonta International is a global organization of executives and professionals working together to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy
BowelCare is on again for 2013
The annual BowelCare program is about to begin, and once again Pittwater Rotary is participating locally. This multi-district Rotary program makes test kits available for sale at pharmacies, enabling people to conduct a simple at-home test for the early stages of bowel cancer. Kits will be on sale in local pharmacies from Saturday 4 May to Saturday 1 June. Lists of participating pharmacies may be found at http://www.bowelcare.org.au/kit-locations.html
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Future of boating on Sydney Harbour open for public comment
Minister for Roads and Ports Duncan Gay has urged Sydney’s boating community to submit its views on two key aspects of the management of boating on Australia’s busiest waterway. The Draft Sydney Harbour Boating Safety Plan and the Draft Sydney Harbour Boat Storage Strategy are now open for public feedback Mr Gay said.
“Sydney Harbour is a busy waterway with significant recreational and commercial water traffic, as well as being an important part of the city’s identity and culture,” Mr Gay said. “We want to set the agenda for safety and management of this waterway to ensure it’s used in the best possible way.”
“In the five years leading up to 2012 there were 514 reported incidents on this waterway, including six fatal incidents resulting in 11 fatalities. The most frequent causes of fatal and serious incidents were lack of judgement, not wearing lifejackets, and failing to keep a proper look out. The Draft Boating Safety Plan also identifies excessive speed and wash as significant concerns among recreational boaters and the wider community on the Parramatta and Lane Cove rivers and Sydney Harbour, along with potential conflicts between rowers, paddlers and other recreational users with larger vessels.
“It is informed by the Sydney Harbour Speed Review, which provides an overview of vessel operating speeds and speed related risks on the Harbour. The number of boats stored in and around Sydney Harbour is expected to increase from 17,000 to more than 22,000 by 2021 and the draft Boat Storage Strategy seeks to identify the best way to accommodate that growth.
“We need to plan for a mix of facilities that can accommodate the variety of vessels,” Mr Gay said. “The draft plans provided an excellent opportunity for stakeholders to get involved in shaping the future of boating on this waterway. We want to work closely with local councils and stakeholders to improve boating on Sydney Harbour,” Mr Gay said.
Submissions to the Draft Sydney Harbour Boating Safety Plan and the Draft Sydney Harbour Boat Storage Strategy close at the end of May 2013. To have you say on the draft plans, please send your comments to:
Office of Boating Safety and Maritime Affairs
Southern Cross Wildlife Care - May 2013 Critters of the Month - Theodore and Blossom - Orphaned babies- By Lynleigh Grieg
Ringtail possums are - in my opinion - one of the cutest Australian animals! They are smaller than brushtail possums and have a long prehensile tail with a distinctive white section near the tip. They eat native foliage, native flowers and fruit. They are marsupials because they carry their young in pouches.
Meet Theodore (top) and Blossom (bottom) - “Outta my way, I want the camera to capture my good side...!”
These two adorable ringtail babies came into care with Sydney Wildlife in February of this year. Theodore came riding into someone’s house, clinging to the neck of their dog! His mum was never found. Blossom’s mum was killed by a cat.
They were both about 65 grams when they came into care. At this weight, the babies require around-the-clock care! 4-hourly feeds day and night and artificial heat. They are put into little woollen pouches, lined with cotton fabric inserts. These mimic their mum’s pouch. The babies are always ‘buddied’ together with others of similar weights.
Theodore has always been very ‘clingy’. He never wanted to let go of me after his feeds and refused to go back into his basket...! You can see his little claws wrapped tightly around my fingers.
Blossom, on the other hand, was happy to be popped back into her knitted pouch and cuddle up in her favourite fluffy blanket. I think the ‘fur’ reminded her of her mum...
As the babies get bigger and bigger, they graduate from pouches to something called a ‘drey’. Ringtails build these dreys or nests in the wild using all sorts of twigs, foliage and grasses. These babies will eventually be released into the wild in their drey. As they grow, they are also moved from a tiny basket to a big cage and eventually into an outdoor aviary.
Blossom and Theodore have been growing week by week and are now big enough to be in a big outdoor aviary. As soon as they are able to lap their milk independently, we carers become completely ‘hands-off’. Their milk, foliage and fruit is placed into the aviary whilst they are asleep during the day. This de-humanises them and teaches them not to rely on us for their survival.
Theodore and Blossom are likely to be released in a few weeks’ time.
If you would like to keep our wonderful ringtails safe, please remember:
1. keep your cats indoors at night
Funding Opportunity For Local Fishing Groups -
Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes today encouraged local fishing clubs, councils and community groups to apply for funds under the NSW Recreational Fishing Trust Grants. The Recreational Fishing Trust Grants are an initiative of the NSW Government to enable the funds generated from the sale of Recreational Fishing Licences to be reinvested back into improved recreational fishing opportunities. Last year the NSW Government allocated approximately $14 million to a range of recreational fishing projects across the state and a similar amount is expected to be made available this year.
"This is a great opportunity to see the funds generated by the sale of recreational fishing licences reinvested into our local waterways,” Rob Stokes said today. "Recreational fishing is a huge part of our community’s lifestyle and provides great opportunities for all ages. Everyone who goes fishing contributes to the recreational fishing fund – so this is our opportunity to see this money put to good use. Fishing clubs, councils, community groups and individuals are all eligible to apply for funding. Projects may include fish stocking, artificial reefs, research and education, fishing facilities, workshops or fish aggregating devices. Applications are now open and are being accepted until Friday 31 May 2013.
"Further information and details on how to apply is available by visiting the NSW Fisheries website www.fisheries.nsw.gov.au or by calling 02 6691 9681. Our community certainly knows the importance of ensuring our local recreational fishing opportunities are improved – so I encourage all local groups with an interest in our waterways to consider applying for funds,” Rob Stokes said.
Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary - Volunteers Needed
The Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary Kiosk, due to demand, will be amending its trading hours and will be open from 9.00am to 6.30pm. daily. The Kiosk is conveniently located on the ground floor, near the main entrance and provides a handy location for staff, visitors and patients to purchase food, drinks, gifts and magazines. The funds generated provide much needed equipment for the hospital.
The Auxiliary manages the Kiosk which is staffed by a Manager and volunteers who work one shift once a month, fortnight or week as suits them. With the introduction of the new shift of 4.00pm to 6.30pm ... MORE VOLUNTEERS ... are urgently required.
All volunteers receive training in all aspects, from coffee making to milk shakes .... NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED. If you can help support your Community Hospital please contact, the Manager, Claudio on 9998-0272 or at the Kiosk from 9.00am to 1.30pm. For further information on Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary please go to the website: monavalehospitalauxiliary.org email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming Events by the Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary.
Third Friday of every month: stall at Mona Vale Hospital foyer. 9am – 3pm.
June: 1st stall at Pittwater Place, Mona Vale, knitting, craft and books; 9am – 3pm
July: Friday, July 5, stall at Centro, Warriewood. Knitting and craft. 9 – 3pm
Bushcare Notices - May 2013
Bushcare at Warriewood
The Warriewood bushcare group managed by Pittwater Council needs more volunteers on 4th Wednesday morning of the month – Can you help? Please contact Mary Johnsen at 9999 2020.
Sun May 19
Tue May 21
Wed May 22
Sat May 25
Sun May 26
For further information on bushcare and/or to check if your group is working this month, please contact our bushcare officer below. Bushcare is a great way to help your local bushland and make new friends! Helena Dewis 9970 1367
Pittwater Council's COOEE Newsletter May 2013
The Newport Breakers Rugby Club is calling out to former players, supporters and community members to come forward with photos of Porters Reserve as they prepare to celebrate the clubs 50th birthday. The club has come a long way from its humble beginnings in 1963, when a former cow paddock turned rubbish tip was bulldozed to make way for a rugby field. Few of those early pioneers would have envisaged the legacy that they were creating for the northern beaches community. The Newport Junior Rugby club today is one of the largest in the Southern Hemisphere and comprises over 600 players with teams from U6’s to U17’s. The Newport Senior club, ‘The Breakers” compete in Suburban Rugby’s 2nd Division and field 5 senior sides including colts U21’s team and have over 120 registered players.
To celebrate this important milestone, Newport plans to celebrate its 50th year in style with a full calendar of events locked in throughout the season. Activities such as Back to Newport Day, the ever popular Ladies Day and Family days including children’s rides are all pencilled in to the celebrations.
Newport Breakers President Steve Hansen says “this year is obviously an important year for the club as we celebrate the big 50; we have focussed strongly on off season player recruitment which has resulted in swag of exciting new talent to the club”. Hansen said the club goals were “to better the 2 premierships achieved last year by our Colts and 4th grade sides, with a particular focus on achieving higher grade silverware”.
As for Porters Reserve, it starts the 50th year celebrations in tremendous condition. Newport have just completed upgrades to the ground with a complete resurface of Porters Reserve, new lights for training and continuing upgrading of the clubhouse and the change sheds will ensure the local players have the best facilities . Mr Hansen concludes “we’d particularly like to acknowledge the financial efforts of both Pittwater Council and the Newport Junior Rugby Club who have joined with us to achieve what is arguably the best rugby oval in Sydney”.
Anyone with photos from the 60’s and 70’s of Porters Reserve or old Newport rugby photos is kindly asked to email them to email@example.com
The NSW Government Gazette
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New South Wales Legislation, Notices (public and official announcements), and Official Government Notices from the New South Wales Government and Local Government Agencies, Cities and Shires. The NSW Government Gazette is available online on the N.S.W. Government website from 2pm each Friday.
Workshop for parents and supervisors of learner drivers
Designed for parents and supervisors of learner drivers. The Helping Learner Drivers Become Safer Drivers workshops are designed for parents and supervisors of learner drivers.
The amount of time that young drivers spend on the road is very important. Lack of experience in dealing with a variety of situations is the main reason new drivers have more accidents. Supervision from a safe and skilled driver can help make learning to drive a positive, safe and fun experience for young learners.
Selling and Buying Online for Home and Business
TAFE 5 week computer course for local women. Hands-on computer course in Mona Vale Library for 5 mondays starting May 20th at 10am. Suits women who wish to improve their computing skills to include selling and buying using internet services eg ebay, uploading photos to a site, financial safety management.
Tea Cosy Competition
The Woolley Wednesday Knitting Group are holding a tea cosy competition to raise funds for the Biggest Morning Tea Cancer Appeal.
Cost: Entry fee $5 per tea cosy. Entry forms available and the entries close Monday 20 May at 5pm. Prizes will be awarded. Venue: Mona Vale Library. Contact: Elaine Dewey 9913 3254
Waratah Park Working Bee
Waratah Park, "Home of Skippy the Bush Kanagaroo" TV series represents an important part of history of our local area. It is 12 hectares of bushland, environment culture and rare flora and fauna species. Currently the park is closed to the public and all animals have been removed from the park.
Waratah Park has no help whatsoever other than the small group from a small group from Duffy's Forest Residence Association, who go into the park one Sunday a month to clean-up, remove weeds, bush regenerate and remove green waste.
The park is still a great place but we need to take care of it. If we don't, this historical Australian icon could be lost to the people of Pittwater and Sydney.
Venue: Waratah Park, 13 Namba Road, Duffy's Forest
LEGO AT THE LIBRARY
Local children will have the chance to join a club specialising in one of the most enduring playthings of childhood from May. Mona Vale Library is starting up a Lego club on the first Sunday of each month from 2pm to 4pm. Next is June 2nd, 2013.
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.
Federal Government Media Releases this week:
Nominations Open for National Disability Awards | The Hon Amanda Rishworth
Beast Amphetalean powder
Yixiu L-Carnitine Slimming capsules
Have Your Say on Car Park Mix
Release of Medicare Levy and DisabilityCare Australia Fund Draft Legislation | The Hon Jenny Macklin MP
Live the dream become an Antarctic station leader - Australian Antarctic Division
Defence Trade Cooperation Treaty comes into force
Keeping Kids Active After School | Prime Minister of Australia
Indonesian, Korean and French curriculum consultation opens | Ministers' Media Centre
Chair of Past Forced Adoptions Working Group | The Hon Julie Collins MP
New Indigenous Languages Support funding open for applications - Office for the Arts
Anketell Point Port Project approved - media release 16 May 2013
Second reading speech: The Superannuation (Excess Concessional Contributions Tax) Amendment (DisabilityCare Australia) Bill 2013 | Ministers' Media Centre
Good Old Eagle Rock's Here to Stay Restoring an iconic Oz rock film // National Film and Sound Archive, Australia
Tourism Australia Australia's "Best Jobs" finalists get ready for show time
Reef HQ Aquarium volunteers add million-dollar touch - GBRMPA
AFMA's strong measures result in zero sea lion deaths Australian Fisheries Management Authority
Increasing access to justice because everyone deserves a fair go'
Extra $149.9 million to tackle crime
Government extends the Satellite Phone Subsidy Scheme | Senator Stephen Conroy | Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy
$12.9 million extra for NBN initiatives across Australia | Senator Stephen Conroy | Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy
$19.2 million to help more Australians find work and regional businesses find apprentices | Ministers' Media Centre
Budget 2013-14: $47.2 million to support vulnerable workers | Ministers' Media Centre
Defence Budget Overview
Extra $114 million for students with disability | Ministers' Media Centre
$659 million to help ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kids get to school | Ministers' Media Centre
Budget delivers for young Australians | Ministers' Media Centre
Foreign Aid, media release, 13 May 2013, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs
Budget 2013-14: A fairer funding plan for all Australian schools | Ministers' Media Centre
Record investment in child care continues | Ministers' Media Centre
Leading the way for positive body image | Ministers' Media Centre
New body to boost efforts to prevent violence against women | The Hon Julie Collins MP
Bulk Billing Rates for GP Services Reach New Record High
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