Community News June 2015 

 June 28 - July 4, 2015: Issue 220

 Articles This Week

Front Page Issue 220: Avalon Beach SLSC Women's Antiques Boat Crew Rescue Rock Fisherman; RPAYC's Pretty Woman Breaks Brisbane to Noumea Race Record; Bushcare Volunteers are Saving Pittwater's Environment Year Round; RMYC Broken Bay Golf Day for Alyse Saxby A Huge Success; Katandra Sanctuary Open Days 2015

Winter Solstice Festival Warms Avalon’s Heart by Jayne Denshire

The Wakehurst Parkway - The Forgotten Road by Mark Horton 

Reflections by George Repin: KOTOR, MONTENEGRO

INAUGURAL SYDNEY HARBOUR & COAST WALK - DAY 27 - KURNELL TO CRONULLA by John Illingsworth

AquaticsRMYC MULTIHULL DIVISION ANNUAL PRESENTATION EVENING by Alan Brand

Pictures: Katandra Sanctuary Open Days Commence Sunday July 5th - by Marita Macrae

Held over - School Holidays Fun and Reading:

DIY Ideas:  Toy Box and Snow Globes: School Holidays Fun - Winter 2015 - something to do indoors, something to do outdoors... together

The Marquise of Scotland Island

Profile: Dr. Reese Halter A very special gentleman is coming to Pittwater in a few weeks as part of his SAVE NATURE NOW TOUR 2015. Dr Reese Halter will be speaking at Avalon Beach SLSC on Wednesday July 15th.

Dr. Halter has studied nature for 4 decades. He holds a Ph.D. in eco-stress subalpine eucalypt physiology from Australia’s distinguished The University of Melbourne, is the recipient of the Presidents Distinguished Service Award from Humboldt State University for his inimitable leadership in conservation biology....

History: The First Boat Builders of Pittwater I: the Short Life and Long Voyages of Scotland Island Schooner the Geordy  

Artist of the Month: Artist of the Month June 2015 - Tim Hixson: Tim Hixson first began photography whilst a student at Southern Illinois University. After returning home to Australia he lived in Byron Bay then worked out of his studio in North Sydney shooting commercially and developing his personal photography. In 1998 he returned to plastic camera photography, producing the exhibition and book ‘BEACH’.

Notice of Rescission - Extraordinary Council Meeting on Pittwater's Submission to IPART on FFTF

Monday 29 June 2015, 6.30 PM at Mona Vale Memorial Hall

At the June 15th Pittwater Council Meeting, after vigorous debate and a vote of 4 to 5 the following was published in the Minutes from the meeting on Monday 15 June 2015.

Council’s resolution

1. That Council notes the following results from the recent community engagement process:

Rejection of a single Council combining Manly, Warringah and Pittwater (Option 3).

Strong support for No Mergers (Option 1).

2. That based on comprehensive research, including independent evidence and extensive engagement with the community, Council confirms its position as follows:

Council remains committed to a strong, independent Pittwater Council providing local representation and delivery of local services to the people of Pittwater on the existing boundaries.

Council is opposed to any proposed merger of Manly, Warringah and Pittwater into one Council.

3. That in keeping with the NSW Government’s requirements, Council submit the following to IPART by 30 June 2015:

Template 2 - Council Improvement Proposal and Supporting Business Case and documentation for Pittwater Council to maintain the status quo and remain as we are without any boundary changes.

That no Supplementary Business Case be submitted.

That on 29 June 2015 an Extraordinary Council Meeting is called to consider Council’s submission to IPART.

Also at the June 15th Council Meeting an unsuccessful Motion was put by Mayor Townsend, seconded by Cr. Millar, that Pittwater Council's submission to IPART include Option 2 (Greater Pittwater plus Greater Manly council), or splitting Warringah Council between Pittwater and Manly.

Pittwater Council Meeting Agenda papers appear on the Pittwater Council website by 12noon on the Thursday prior to Council meetings. 

Currently listed for Monday, June 29th Agenda is a Rescission Notice to rescind the June 15th Resolution of paragraph 3 as listed above and replace, if the Motion is passed, the subsequent two underlined sentences with: 

3.2 In relation to IPART’s invitation for alternative options, provide it with a test business case for two Councils on the Northern Beaches and ask the government to demonstrate and provide proof to thecommunity of Pittwater how such an option will result in an overallreduction in rates in the long term, improve local infrastructure andcouncil services, enhance the environmental management and most important of all, how it will advance the democratic and community interest of Pittwater residents.”

Template 2, as in BOLD above, will still be included.

Since the agenda for the Monday 29th Extraordinary Meeting has been listed concerns have been expressed about the Rescission Notice and what it infers. Community Groups and Councillors have expressed their disappointment and in some cases, outrage, at what is viewed as not honouring the resolution passed at the Public Meeting of May 19th, 2015 and subsequent Resolution of June 15th.

Although Mayor Townsend declined to comment when contacted on Saturday June 27th, the Processes required as stated by the IPART Review, are that each Council demonstrate what Options were looked at or offered. 

Option 2 , as 'options' per the IGLR Review, has been, since the outset, to carve up Warringah - how many selected this as a response to noise coming from south of Narrabeen bridge remains a private joke in many a Pittwater household. 

The problem is, the joke may be on Pittwater as forwarding such an inclusion could be ticked as 'yes! - amalgamate them!' - since 'no' meant 'yes'  at the first IGLR Review meeting.

As shown in a recent LGNSW review of the review process; "With the Council submissions due on 30 June, IPART have, on average, less than one day per Council to make assessments." LGNSW President Keith Rhoades AFSM..(Issue 218) - and with the time frame to ready submissions equally negligible, the concerns expressed by those opposed to forwarding anything other than a firm 'No' or Option 1 only, may be well founded despite the IPART requirements.

Pittwater Councillors will be those who vote on the Rescission Notice.

The Public may attend this Extraordinary Council Meeting. Anyone who wishes to address Council about agenda items must call customer service (9970 1111) by 3pm on the day of the meeting and register to speak.

 Save Our Councils (SOC) Launch 11 June 2015 

by Pittwater Pathways: Published on 26 Jun 2015

A coalition of NSW community groups, residents, councillors and mayors opposed to forced council amalgamations and determined to keep local government local.

Grass root democracy starts here with you and me.

 Manly residents overwhelmingly reject Council merger – AGAIN!

Tuesday 23rd June, 2015 - Media Release/News:  Manly Council

A survey conducted by Taverner Research commissioned Manly Council has again found that the majority of the community support a standalone and independent Manly.

The Taverner Research Random survey of Manly residents on council merger options shows 59% support for an independent Manly Council – and only 24% support for a Northern Beaches ‘mega council’. Support for an independent Manly was the strongest among the 18 to 35 year old age group – who are the future of Manly

The results confirm previous polls of the Manly community, including:

• a November 2014 phone survey by Taverner Research that showed that 57% of respondents rejected the proposition of one council on the Northern Beaches; and  

• the 2004 poll of 18,500 Manly electors [conducted in conjunction with the 2004 Council elections] which overwhelmingly rejected any boundary changes (74.3%)

at the close of its ‘Your Manly Your Say’ consultation on 5 June 2015, Manly Council received a total of 2,098 responses, including:

• 1,079 responses by post, 

• 520 responses online, and 

• an independent, random telephone survey of a representative sample of 499 Manly residents, conducted by Taverner Research.

The results are unambiguous:

• The Manly community strongly supports Manly standing alone

• The community does not support a Northern Beaches ‘mega council’, but if an amalgamation was forced;

1. The Manly community strongly supports Manly standing alone

The telephone random survey by Taverner Research and past polls found that the majority of residents support standing alone and an independent Manly

 2. The community does not support a Northern Beaches ‘mega council’

Taverner Research found that, if amalgamation was forced, the community would not support one ‘mega council’ on the Northern Beaches. Similar opposition was found in the results of the ‘Your Manly Your Say’ feedback forms.

“The Taverner Research findings are generally consistent with the 2004 Poll of Electors and the separate November 2014 survey of residents,” said Manly Council General Manager, Henry Wong.

“In March this year, Manly Councillors resolved unanimously that merging with our neighbouring councils was not in the best interests of the Manly community – or indeed, the other Councils.

“This is because the independent expert analysis revealed that the creation of a ‘mega’ council, combining Manly, Warringah and Pittwater, could save just two percent of revenue in 10 years.”

“This, in Council’s view, is not worth the risk of merging.”

“As a result, we have advised the State Government that no merger is best for Manly.”

Manly is one of the most financially sustainable councils in the entire State, according to the Mayor of Manly, Jean Hay.

“We achieve economies of scale by sharing resources with our neighbours, while keeping the flexibility to cater for our community’s needs.  We work with our neighbours to advocate on regional issues through joint bodies such as SHOROC (Shore Regional Organisation of Councils), but remain independent so we don’t have to compromise on the outcomes for Manly residents,” said Mayor Hay.

“Any financial benefit that could arise from merging with our neighbours is not significant enough to justify opposing the Manly community's long-held stance against council amalgamations.”

“This assessment has been confirmed by independent expert analysis which shows that the creation of a 'mega' council, combining Manly, Warringah and Pittwater, could save $33 million over 10 years - just two percent of revenue. This, in Council's judgement, is too small a benefit to justify the risks of merging.”

“The views of Manly ratepayers and residents were also crucial in reaching this decision.  Over the years, there has been a long-standing and well documented opposition to merging council areas.”

“This opposition is one of the main reasons why Manly Council will be advising the State Government that no merger is best for Manly.” 

Council report here: (PDF - 21.1 MB) 

 Local government in New South Wales (Inquiry)

This inquiry is a current Legislative Council inquiry conducted by the General Purpose Standing Committee No. 6.   The committee is inquiring into local government in New South Wales.

The committee is keen to hear from members of the community regarding the terms of reference for the inquiry. Individuals wishing to participate in the inquiry can do so by completing this online questionnaire.  

Alternatively, individuals and organisations who wish to provide longer and more detailed responses may do so via the usual submission process.

See all documents at www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/localgovernment 

Written submission close 5th July 2015 - online questionnaire closes July 19. These submissions can be made online. Following on from this will be public hearings which everyone can attend

Monday 27 July 2015, 09:00 to 17:00

Macquarie Room: New South Wales Parliament, Macquarie Street, Sydney

10th August 2015, 09:00 to 17:00

Macquarie Room: New South Wales Parliament, Macquarie Street, Sydney

17th August 2015

Time and location TBC

Cobar - Morning - Wagga Wagga - Afternoon

18th August 2015

time and location TCB

Armidale

24th August 2015, 09:00 to 17:00

Macquarie Room: New South Wales Parliament, Macquarie Street, Sydney

Mums for Mums 

Published on 21 Jun 2015 by Jodi Newton

Mums for Mums purpose is to support families of Newport Public School through times of illness, so they can spend quality time as a family, through providing assistance with cleaning, laundry, meals, rosters for car pooling or taking people to treatment and physical and mental rehabilitation. As each family’s situation is different, and the support they require differs we consult with the families directly to determine how we can support them through Mums for Mums.

More at: www.mumsformums.org.au

 TURNING THE TIDE ON MARINE MANAGEMENT

Thursday, 25 June 2015: Media Release

The NSW Government is improving the management of our precious marine estate with the launch of a new Threat and Risk Assessment Framework.

Minister for Primary Industries, Niall Blair, and Minister for the Environment, Mark Speakman, today released new guidelines on how the NSW Government will assess the threats and risks to our marine estate.

“Last year, an historic bill passed the NSW Parliament to make sure the state’s marine estate is managed based on science and not politics,” Mr Blair said.

“This is the first step in implementing this Marine Estate Management Act 2014, which sets out a robust legal requirement to assess economic, social and environmental threats, such as pollution, loss of biodiversity, restricted access, anti-social behaviour, and impacts of pests and diseases.

“This framework, developed by the Marine Estate Management Authority with expert guidance from the Marine Estate Expert Knowledge Panel, is at the heart of the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government’s new era in marine estate management.”

Mr Speakman said the framework will consider not only the imminent threats to our coasts and marine waters, but also the cumulative impacts and potential threats over the coming decades.

“This will allow the NSW Government to focus its efforts around the key threats to the marine environment, and deliver on its vision for a healthy coast and sea,” Mr Speakman said.

“We are committed to managing our marine environment for the greatest well-being of the community, now and into the future.”

Initially the framework will be applied to two key projects:

- a state-wide Marine Estate Threat and Risk Assessment; and

- the Hawkesbury Shelf Marine Bioregion Assessment, covering the area from Newcastle to Shellharbour.

The community is encouraged to have their say about both of these projects and the framework in the coming months, and the Authority may refine the framework over time after it has been applied to the first two projects.

The Ministers also today launched an interactive web portal to allow the community to have input into the Hawkesbury Shelf Marine Bioregion Assessment by providing local information on benefits and threats associated with their favourite sites within the bioregion. 

The NSW Government is now seeking crucial information from the public regarding sites within the bioregion, the benefits they gain from their use of these sites, and what they see as key threats and ideas on how to manage those threats.

Along with expert input, the information people provide will help identify management options to enhance marine biodiversity conservation whilst maximising community benefits.”

Eleven sites in the Hawkesbury marine bioregion have already been identified for priority assessment and the community is invited to nominate additional sites via the web portal that they would like to see considered:

• Barrenjoey Head (an existing Aquatic Reserve)

• Bouddi National Park Marine Extension

• Bronte-Coogee (an existing Aquatic Reserve)

• Cape Banks (an existing Aquatic Reserve)

• Chowder Bay

• Long Reef (an existing Aquatic Reserve)

• Narrabeen Head (an existing Aquatic Reserve)

• North Harbour (an existing Aquatic Reserve)

• North Harbour extension – Manly Wharf and Manly Cove

• Magic Point, Malabar

• Wybung Head

The web portal, framework and more information can be accessed at www.marine.nsw.gov.au

Direct Link to page: www.marine.nsw.gov.au/key-initiatives/hawkesbury-shelf-marine-assessment/hawkesbury-shelf-marine-bioregion-assessment-webportal

The web portal will be open until 28 August 2015.

 Aurora Australis over Sydney Northern Beaches: 23.06.2015

by Jarrod Castaing

An impromptu timelapse of the Aurora Australis (Southern Lights) over Sydney's Northern Beaches 23 June 2015 at 5am. As seen from Bilgola Beach NSW. See: www.jarrodcastaing.com

 2015 Pittwater Short Story Award  

c/- Berkelouw Books Mona Vale 

June 24, 2015

Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Pittwater Short Story Award and thanks to Pittwater Council Mayor Jacqui Townsend for attending to present the prizes. 

Category 1 - Writers Aged 9-12 years

WINNER: The Fire by Charlie Tompson

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Put the Kettle On by Charlotte Nell and

What Goes Around Comes Around by Courtney Yeandle

Category 2 - Writers Aged 13-16 years

WINNER: Edges by Jaime Bell

HIGHLY COMMENDED: The Save From Above by Conor Carroll and The Truth About Charlotte by Wonita Gallagher-Kruger

Category 3 - Open

WINNER: Alternate Endings by Belinda Grieve

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Keet by Matt Elkan

Thank you to our wonderful judges and to the writers, friends and family who came along to the award night.

Top: Winners and Highly Commended!

 SIRFB Fireman's Ball

In 3 weeks time we will holding our 60th Anniversary Fireman's Ball.

The Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade was formed in 1955 and will be celebrating its 60th anniversary with a formal ball at the fire station on Saturday 11th July 2015 commencing at 7:00pm 

Everybody is invited but you need to book and pay online in advance. We request that you make payment in advance as we need the funds to cover pre-committed ball expenses.

If you are unable to pay online please contact our treasurer by email to treasurer@sirfb.org.au to make alternative arrangements.

We look forward to your support to make this an enjoyable celebration (apologies to any recipients who may have already booked or sent apologies).

Date and time: 11 Jul 2015, doors open at 7:00 PM.

The team at the SIRFB.

 Our New AED – Avalon Soccer Club

Thanks to the fantastic fund raising effort by some of members we have now purchased an Automated External Defibrillator for the Club.

The total funds raised has now reached over $6000 and we expect to purchase at least on more AED with the money raised.

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.

Find out more at: www.avalonsoccerclub.com.au

 Variety the Children’s Charity and Car 2108 in the NSW Variety Bash

On Monday the 13th July, 2015, The Mermaids & Car 2018 will be holding their Fundraising night at Club Palm Beach 1083-1087 Barrenjoey Road, Palm Beach NSW 2108

This night is to raise funds for Variety the Children’s Charity. There will be Entertainment, Dinner, Raffles, a short Auction, Lucky door prize and  Dancing till late with our favorite band :  THE ENDLESS STRUMMERS.

For tickets,  $40.00 per person, Please Contact

Beryl Driver on 0410 478 897 or Elyse Cole on 0404 000 123

We would love you to join us for this great night of fun,

With thanks, 

Beryl, Elyse, Victorija

& Variety The Children’s Charity

            

 Trivia Night for Pittwater Community Gardens

Pittwater Community Gardens is holding a Trivia Night at Avalon Bowling Club on Thursday 23rd July.  The  event is raising funds for the installation of a watering system.  

You may organise your own table of 8 or book individually.  Kicking off with live music at 7:00, trivia begins at 7:30.   

The evening is themed "Country" and prizes will be awarded to the best dressed people/table, so get your Akubras out of the cupboard and be creative. Tables will be available for dressing from 6:00. Mezza plates (using as much Garden produce as possible) will be provided for each table and drinks may be purchased from the bar (no BYO).   

Great music, food, quizzes and lots of prizes all for only $15!  Tables are limited, so book now by phoning or texting Billy 0405 508 270 or Brita 0418 482 481.

Find out more at: pcga.org.au

George Bass surf boat marathon 2016

Entries are now open for the 2016 George Bass Surf Marathon. Head to georgebassmarathon.com.au to download the entry form!

Special early bird prices are on offer until 30 September 2015

 Australia names star studded team for International Surf Rescue Challenge at Maroochydore

June 23, 2015 - SLSA

Nutri-Grain Series winners Ali Day and Liz Pluimers feature in a star-studded Australian Life Saving Team to compete at the International Surf Rescue Challenge (ISRC) in Maroochydore.

Some of the biggest names in Surf Lifesaving have been included in the squad of 16 by the national selection panel, on behalf of Surf Life Saving Australia and Royal Life Saving Society Australia.

Female athlete of the recent Australian Championships Georgia Miller will be joined by fellow Nutri-Grain series athletes Jordan Mercer, Kendrick Louis and Matt Poole at the September event.

“It’s an honour to coach such a great team leading up to the three test series. The ISRC provides Australia with our first major international competition since the 2014 World Championships and an opportunity to go head to head with New Zealand” Australian Life Saving Team Head Coach Danny Short said.

New Zealand are the reigning world champions having won the point score at the 2014 World Championship, Rescue 2014 in France last year.

“There are a bunch of new faces in our ISRC team, with over half the team competing in Open for their first time. I expect they will use this opportunity to demonstrate why they should be part of our team for Rescue 2016,” Short said.

With team captain, Shannon Eckstein unavailable for the ISRC test series, Tim Schofield and Melissa Cracroft-Wilson (nee Howard) will step up as co-captains for the team.

“Tim and Mel are part of our athlete leadership group and are both experienced international athletes. Both are deserving of the honour and I am sure will lead our team from the front,” Short said.

The team will assemble in Maroochydore in mid-August for a final team training camp before ISRC. 

An Australian squad will also be competing at the Sanyo Cup in Japan next month. Both Sanyo and ISRC are part of the squad’s journey towards Rescue 2016 in the Netherlands next year. 

Athletes selected for ISRC Open Team

Men: Ali Day, Kendrick Louis, Matt Poole, Matt Bevilaqua, Tim Schofield, Hayden White, Dean Scarff, Jackson Symonds

Women: Liz Pluimers, Jordan Mercer, Harriet Brown, Amy Nurthen, Georgia Miller, Miranda Bell, Mel Howard, Elly Graf

Athletes selected for ISRC Youth Team

Men: Charlie Brooks, Jy Timperley, Jackson Collins, Callum Lowe-Griffiths, Jackson Borg, Lewis Abdul, Matthew Day, Isaac Smith

Women: Lizzie Welborn, Jemma Smith, Lily Costello, Megan Kreuter, Hannah Sculley, Nicole Kay, Olivia Fien, Caitlin Callahan

 Avalon Craft Cottage at Avalon 

BACK TO AVALON …. our annual event at the AVALON RECREATION CENTRE…. for three days only,   Thursday 9th, Friday 10th and Saturday 11th July.
All of the above, only bigger and better!
With a good sized room to spread out in, and all that wonderful wall space to display wall hangings, buntings etc it means that all the members can put up a really good display of their brilliant handcrafts.
AS I said, all of the wonderful knitted, baby wear, knee rugs, jewellery, but with all the extra space you get now to see Rita’s beautiful patchwork quilts spread out and displayed;  Jane will have her wonderful brilliantly-coloured silk wall hangings up on the wall  (looking wonderful!);  see Lyn’s colourful bunting for all occasions, for new babies, for Birthday parties, whatever the occasion. Our clever woodworker, June McKimmie will have a display of hand turned Australian timber;  and if you are looking for a quirky ‘fun’ little gift for a friends?    check out Barbara's unique screen printed tea towels.  (sure to get you giggling!)
And if you are looking for baby wear? Look no further. We have beautifully embroidered baby singlets, onesies, bunny rugs (wraps), bibs & bootees plus pretty crocheted pram covers and beautiful knitted shawls; a wonderful gift for that special new baby.
So…. something for everyone!

And … as a special treat this year,  our members will be putting on craft demonstrations during the show. So if you have ever wanted to see how to do beautiful Grub Roses,  or do you want to learn the basics of crocheting….are you one of those people who can crochet a straight line, but cant turn corners ? 
  or if you have a knitting problem that you want a little help with ?  
 come along and speak to the clever crafter on duty.
Maybe  you are more into card making?   would like to see how to do stamping / embossing on cards?     

So…. hope to see you at the Recreation Centre…. look for our lady at the door!    And Please….. tell your friends.

Maureen Darcy-Smith. Publicity Officer

 Research Shows Public Wants Involvement in Local Government Decisions 

According to Why Local Government Matters research, 93 per cent of Australians want to be involved in local government decisions about services delivered in their areas. 

The research, released June 17th, 2015, was carried out by the Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government (ACELG), part of the Centre for Local Government at the University of Technology, Sydney. It is the first national study of its kind in Australia and addresses a significant gap in research about how Australians value local government. 

Associate Professor Roberta Ryan, Director of ACELG said the aim of the research was to better understand how and why the activities of local governments and their roles in society are valued by communities. 

She said: “The landmark research is important for Australian local government and other tiers of government, organisations and agencies that work closely with councils. There is enormous support for government to deliver services for a healthier and fairer society, and for the proposition that decisions about services should not be made just on value for money. According to our research, Australians overwhelmingly (93 per cent) want to be involved with government in making decisions about what services are delivered in their local area." 

Professor Ryan added: “The results will also be invaluable for broader debates about reform of the sector, the role of local government in the federation, and immediate local-level issues such as service delivery, community participation in council decision-making, financial sustainability, and the wellbeing of local government areas.” Other main report findings are: 

• Australians think local government is the best level of government to make decisions about their local areas, and that it is important that local government delivers a diverse range of activities, with planning for the future being amongst the most important 

• Australians feel a strong emotional connection to the local areas in which they live, providing improved emotional wellbeing and a stronger sense of personal identity 

• There is strong support for the role of government in service delivery, particularly in health and education, and Australians do not agree that the private sector or the market necessarily deliver the best or most efficient services 

• Most respondents agree that taxes should pay for more than basic services and that they are prepared to pay more taxes to receive more services. There also is strong agreement for governments to work with each other and with service providers to provide local services.

Download report at: www.acelg.org.au/news/localgovernment-does-matter

 

Harriet Birks Art Exhibition; Avalon Recreation Centre

19 Jun 2015

Enliven Pittwater/ Eramboo artist-in-residence Harriet Napier Birks is set to exhibit her new work at Avalon Recreation Centre in July.

The exhibition known as Asleep in the Colour Factory will be a combination of 2D watercolours and video installations and will run daily from 1-5 July from 10.30am to 4pm; with opening night on 30 June from 6pm.

Pittwater Mayor Jaqueline Townsend said she was delighted that after completing her residency at Eramboo, Harriet was now ready to share her work with the local community.

“This residency is about supporting an artist at the same time as we enhance cultural vitality in Pittwater’s town and village centres.

“We are particularly excited by the public programs that accompany Harriet’s exhibition.  Visitors will be invited to colour-in ‘jellybloomz’ illustrations, with the resulting artworks included in a community exhibition” said Cr Townsend.

Eramboo’s artistic director Susan Milne said the residency program was a career accelerator for the talented local artist.

“During the three month residency Harriet was able to totally engulf herself in the creative process as well as tap into the professional support and networks provided.

“She has a dynamic arts practise, which combines film, animation and highly detailed drawing. It will be exciting seeing her work in an exhibition setting,” said Ms Milne.

The exhibition program is as follows:

30 June – Opening night (6pm)

2 July – Artist talk about time lapse animation Q&A (11am)

4 July – Meet the artist (2-4pm)

5 July - #Jellybloomz community project: construct a big jellybloom, all ages (11am)

For more information about Harriet Birks visitwww.harrietnapierbirks.wordpress.com

 Query to the Community – Metters Products and Scottish Bricks – Please Help

Hello from Scotland. I wonder if you or any of your followers can assist me with a small query.

Back in 2013 you posted this article:www.pittwateronlinenews.com/metters-australia--stoves…

I have a fascination for the Scottish brick industry and associated products (sadly no longer an industry for us!)....I have just posted this on my site and I wondered if you or any of your readers had any evidence to confirm or deny the idea that some Metters products were, at some point manufactured in Scotland.

Also: If any of your readers find a Scottish brick I would love to hear from them.  My email is markcranston1962@gmail.com

See Metters/Scotland on my website HERE

And Scottish bricks HERE

Thanking you all in advance,

Best regards,

Mark Cranston‎ - Scotland

 Club Marine Pittwater to Coffs Harbour Yacht Race 2016 - Entries Open

The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club and Coffs Harbour Yacht Club welcome all eligible boats to enter the 35th Club Marine Pittwater to Coffs Yacht Yacht Race. The 226nm Category 2 Bluewater race from Pittwater to Coffs Harbour will start on Saturday January 2, 2016, 1300hrs.

Once in Coffs Harbour a single non-pointscore fun pursuit race from Coffs Harbour around the Solitary Islands off the Coffs Coast will be held on January 5.

The Notice of Race has been published and applications for entry are open at the Event Website: www.pittwatertocoffs.com.au . 

There will be five entry categories available; IRC, PHS, ORCi, Multihull (OMR), and a Shorthanded (PHS) division.

The 2016 Club Marine Pittwater to Coffs Harbour Yacht Race again welcomes entries from eligible multihulls. Back in January 2014 Sean Langman’s Orma 60 trimaran Team Australia took line honours in the multihull division and created a new race record of 17hrs 7mins 5secs.

Corey Yeung, NSW State Manager of naming rights sponsor Club Marine, added, “Club Marine is proud to be associated with the longstanding event and the competing yachtsmen and women. We once again look forward to meeting competitors, seeing them out on the water at the start off Palm Beach and welcoming them at the Coffs Harbour Yacht Club in early January.”

To assist owners and crew in their preparation for the race The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club has developed the "Come to Coffs Pathway", a series of training opportunities (including Safety at Sea, First Aid, Person Overboard, Radio Operator courses) Seminars (Navigating to Coffs, Internet@Sea, Essential Equipment), and qualify races to meet the eligibility requirements of a Category 2 race.

Two safety items the Coffs Race Committee have adopted for the race is the inclusion for all boats to carry an AIS Transponder and a satellite phone. In previous races Satellite phone were an option if a boat was using an HF radio. The Race Committee believes these technologies will benefit the safety of all competitors sailing north through some of the coasts busiest shipping lanes. Virtual skeds will continue to be used for the 2016 race as boats will have Yellow Brick trackers installed throughout the race and also for the Coffs Harbour Solitary Islands Race. 

Applications for entry close December 1, 2015.

For race enquiries please contact:

RPAYC sailing office ph: (02) 9998 3771 Email:sailing@rpayc.com.au

 MAG&M exhibitions calendar  

July - December 2015

Manly Art Gallery & Museum’s July – December 2015 exhibitions calendar is out now! Download the Calendar, print it, or pop in to the Art Gallery and pick up your copy for the fridge. 

Full of fascinating and stimulating exhibitions from War-Time Quilts, to ceramics, photographs by Anne Zahalka to an exhibition of works by local artists responding to the theme of ‘saltwater’, from ‘Out of Quarantine’ to ‘Destination Sydney’ including paintings by Brett Whiteley, Lloyd Rees and Elisabeth Cummings.

Something for everyone in a dynamic program over the next 6 months! 

 Inspiring Pearls of Wisdom on Radio Northern Beaches

We are very excited to be broadcasting our hour radio program every Wednesday (commencing 17th June) afternoon at 2pm on Radio Northern Beaches 88.7 and 90.3. Your northern beaches community radio station. Check out the website www.rnb.org.au - Now with live streaming.

Our show “Inspiring Pearls of Wisdom", is an hour where friends, share many inspirational gems, allowing you to realise and value that you’re unique.

Our weekly program is the home of inspiring guest interviews, quotes, affirmations, thought-provoking songs and discussions.

We share how to re-awaken your consciousness, your true innate abilities, and how to create and maintain high self-esteem and self-worth.

Each week we will have an unique "Theme" to the show.

This is where we will be sharing links and information about everything we have discussed on the program.

We look forward to your sharing your thoughts, feedback and feelings.

Also feel free to contact us if you would like to be a guest.

Karen Chaston and Kaz (Karen) Pearce

Inspiring Pearls of Wisdom Facebook page.

 PITTWATER WEATHER

Project Update - June, 2015

On 5th May we brought www.pittwaterweather.com online to replace the individual links that were previously necessary during our development stage.

Initially on entering the site we have Snapshots of the Temperature, Humidity and Wind at each of our present operational stations via the clickable list. Then on clicking on the individual stations at the top of the page access is made to the full comprehensive data for each station.

We now have 4 stations operational and 3 more in the pipeline.

The TABS on our individual stations give access to the following data –

HOME        

All present weather parameters updated every 2 minutes.

Data freezes at last reading if power lost to unit - Always check time of data.

Top banner photos cycle automatically or mouse over & click.

RECENT - Today,Yesterday

HISTORY - This Month, This Year, Monthly, Time

GAUGES - Standard, Steel Series, Flying – analog & digital

TRENDS - These graphs present temperature, pressure, rainfall, and wind speed trends for the last 24 hours. The thumbnail graphs are sampled every 10 minutes.

Click on a thumbnail to display the corresponding larger graph. The large graphs are sampled every 1 minute.  

FORECASTS - Tides & Moon (supplied by WillyWeather) + 7 day Forecast (generated by WeatherUnderground)

IMAGES - Slideshow of surrounding area. Webcam – not available yet. Coming to some stations

ABOUT - Station, System – maintenance overview and Information – description & location of equipment + Contact us – comments or questions

The crucial need for these stations was demonstrated during the horrendous weather of 20th and 21st April when Western Foreshore & Scotland Island residents were totally dependent on the information to know when it was safe to leave their homes.

The wonderful volunteers of the SES, Rural Fire Service and Marine Rescue could also have an overview of the weather at various locations around the peninsula.

On 21st April over 350 hits were recorded on the Palm Beach station, over 250 at The Quays and 170 for Scotland Island. This was from a service that was little known at that stage.

Now, as of 9th May, Total Hits on all the stations are approaching 14,000.

The aim of this Project is to establish weather Observation stations around Pittwater that transmit the present ACTUAL conditions to the internet. The Bureau of Meteorology and many other providers produce Forecasts and the BoM produces Observations for many locations but NOT Pittwater. 

When the Barrenjoey Lighthouse installation receives approval from National Parks and Wildlife Service then that weather information will not only benefit Pittwater users but coastal traffic as well.

Barrenjoey will be equipped with a webcam as well as other suitable locations giving a bird’s eye view of the surroundings.

The National Manager, Marine Weather, for the BoM is fully supportive of our endeavour as is Seabreeze.com.au and the NSW Minister for Planning. 

Hopefully this project could be a blueprint for other locations around Australia that are lacking BoM Actual weather information to create their own network to not only be available directly but through the BoM WOW (Weather Observation Website) facility - 

PittwaterWeather is a not-for-profit association helping the community with vital information.

It is hoped that Governments, both State and Federal, will see fit to help fund the ongoing running of this service.

Rohan Walter

President – PittwaterWeather Incorporated

 SAVE THE CLASSIC TIMBER YACHT, "CURRAWONG"

The photo tells the story of a sad, slow death of a classically built, vintage yacht beached at Dangar Island on the Hawkesbury River.

CURRAWONG is so well constructed that she could with much tender loving care and a deep pocket, be restored.

Time is rapidly running out for this beautiful, veteran yacht at a notice of imminent destruction has been glued to her hull.

Ahoy!, calling all wooden boat lovers to rally around a great cause and save the CURRAWONG for future generations to enjoy and appreciate!

John Vaughan, TONDELAO, MIDDLE HARBOUR

Email: john@australianaflags.com.au

Update June 5th: we have word from the owner of this vessel that he will be happy to give her away to a person or group interested in getting her sailing again. He would leave all fittings on her, including one set of sails in reasonable condition. Contact Pittwater Online News if interested - we will run a story on her History and Heritage in Issue 221

Further below

Above: Close-up of "Currawong" - Pittwater Regatta, 1938 - Sam Hood pic, courtesy State Library of NSW, Image No.:hood_06523

 Boomerang Bags Avalon Workshops

Surfrider Foundation and  Living Ocean

We will continue with our Tuesday workshops 11am-5pm at Avalon Recreation Centre

We are still looking for more volunteers to get involved. The more help we can find the sooner we will be able to launch Boomerang Bags onto the streets of Avalon.

This week shout out goes to Jo, who has become our expert in all involving stamps and paint. Jo has done an excellent job over the last few weeks creating our Boomerang Bag patches to sew on the bags. Great job Jo.

So make sure you pop into Avalon Recreation Centre on Tuesdays, anytime from 11am-5pm and come join the team. All welcome, no sewing skills needed, we need people to cut material, stamp and of course to come along and have a cuppa.

For anyone who is on Facebook we now have a group. Search forBoomerang Bags Avalon.

Jessica Hensman, Operations Manager

PO Box 968, Mona Vale NSW 1660, Surfrider Foundation

E: operations@surfrider.org.au W: www.surfrider.org.au 

 Pittwater Offshore Newsletter Update 27/6/2015 

Extraordinary Council Meeting and Other Updates

click on Logo: 

To contact Julian:  editor@scotlandisland.org.au

Southern Cross Wildlife Care 

       Critter of the Month - June 2015           

                  Wee little Wombat                 
Sadly, Sarah’s story is not unusual. It’s a story that is becoming more and more common on our busy roads. It is happening right now somewhere in Australia...

An animal is hit by a car. The driver continues on their way, oblivious to the fact that inside the pouch of the mum they’ve just killed is a tiny baby, still fighting for life.

If nobody had stopped, little Sarah would’ve died a slow death from starvation and cold. Or she could’ve been dragged from her mum’s pouch and eaten alive by foxes. 

Luckily for Sarah, though, her story didn’t end in tragedy. In fact, little Sarah became somewhat famous...!         
                       
A wildlife carer was on her way to Southern Cross Wildlife Care with a car full of patients for Dr Howard Ralph. On the side of the road, she saw the wombat that had been hit and stopped to check for pouch young. There was Sarah. Bruised and terrified.

She became the fifth patient in the car.

Dr Howard Ralph gave Sarah a thorough health-check. Aside from the abrasions and superficial wounds, however, Sarah was miraculously well. Howard’s wonderful wife, Glenda, fell instantly in love with Sarah and became her new mum. 

Baby wombats can make a LOT of washing...! Apart from feeding Sarah around the clock - night and day - Glenda found she was washing pouches, towels and face-washers after almost every feed...! At one stage, she considered just popping Sarah in the washing machine :)

Female wombats give birth to a single baby in spring, after a gestation period of around 20–21 days. The ‘jelly-bean’ offspring crawls into the mum’s pouch and stays there, suckling, for about six to seven months. They are weaned after 15 months, and are sexually mature at 18 months. 

The mums have a backwards-facing pouch so that the baby doesn’t get covered in dirt and mud when she is digging in the sand. 
Wombats live in underground burrows and are herbivores, feeding mainly on grasses, sedges, roots, bark and some herbs.

Wombats have an extraordinarily slow metabolism, taking around 8 to 14 days to complete digestion! They generally move slowly, but when threatened, can reach speeds of up to 40 km/h and maintain that speed for up to 90 seconds!

Sarah’s brush with fame occurred when miniature “wildlife warrior”, Kayleigh Greig, took her to meet NSW Premier Mike Baird, in an attempt to spotlight the plight of our wildlife being killed on our growing number of roads and highways. 

She was an ambassador for orphaned wildlife and her cuteness was hard to resist...! 
Kayleigh is campaigning for a “mobile animal hospital/ambulance” to be will be available to rush to the aid of animals that are injured on our roads. She was requesting support from our Government. Sarah was the cute back-up :)                                       

Cuddling our Premier wasn’t nearly as fun as cuddling Dr Howard Ralph, however, and she was happy to be home with her adoptive parents after the day’s adventures into the big city. 

Little Sarah is becoming more and more playful as the days pass - much like a naughty puppy! She trots around the surgery, biting people’s ankles, chewing shoes and making a general nuisance of herself. But she is loved by all who meet her and we look forward to watching her grow into a big wombat and hopefully having babies of her own some day...
Please Remember: If you hit an animal on the road, stop and check for pouch-young. The babies can often survive, even if the mum is killed.

By Lynleigh Greig
Southern Cross Wildlife Care

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 atwww.sailability.org/au/pittwater or call John on 9982 5656 / 0409 391 065


 More than $1 billion to support emergency services and build community resilience

23 Jun 2015: NSW Government Media Release

Fire & Rescue NSW, NSW Rural Fire Service and the NSW State Emergency Service will receive $1.14 billion in 2015-16, including funding to equip emergency services workers with the tools they need to better protect communities.

Minister for Emergency Services David Elliott said FRNSW would receive almost $700 million, plus capital funding including $18.4 million to build and refurbish fire stations in places such as Marsden Park, Mount Druitt and Oran Park in Sydney.

There are also plans for new fire stations at Abermain and Murrurundi in the Hunter, and Batlow, Gulgog, Henty, and Nyngan in western NSW, as well as funding to extend Wingham fire station in the Hunter and refurbish Wollongong fire station.

The Budget includes $17 million to replace FRNSW vehicles and $9.8 million for the RFS to pilot Large Air Tankers to help fight bushfires in remote areas this summer.

"This Budget builds on the Government's commitment to ensure emergency services workers have the resources they need to protect communities and help increase our resilience against the impact of fires, floods and other emergencies," Mr Elliott said.

There is more than $5.2 million for the RFS to develop a web portal for landowners to access important information about bushfire risk and mitigation, $2 million to develop a fire trail network across the state and $1 million to build four regionally based remote area volunteer training centres.

Other highlights include:

* $12.6 million as part of a four-year $46.3 million commitment for local government grants to support RFS infrastructure;

* $7.9 million as part of a four-year $31.8 million commitment to improve RFS public information systems, expand the Rapid Aerial Response capability and enhance bush fire behaviour analysis;

* $24.3 million as part of a Strategic Disaster Readiness Package to ensure the SES has the resources to help prevent and respond to storms; and

* $1.9 million over four years for the Flood Data Access Program to inform on floodplain risk management, emergency management and land use planning.

 2015 IRB Championships

Thursday 25 June 2015 - SLSNSW

The best inflatable rescue boat (IRB) racers from around NSW will be gunning for state glory when the 2015 IRB Championships are run at Mollymook this weekend.

Competitors will converge on the idyllic South Coast town for scrutineering from Friday with race action set to get underway at around 8am AEST on Saturday conditions permitting.

Almost 300 competitors from 22 clubs have entered the championships, a slight increase on 2014 numbers. It is expected that the event will inject around $150,000 into the local economy.

Following their successful IRB Premiership campaign, all eyes will be on Kiama Downs to see if they can convert their recent run of form into state medals. The champions won’t have it all their own way as Caves Beach, Catherine Hill Bay and North Cronulla will be looking to reverse the result from the just completed series.

Two clubs will be making their first IRB appearance this year after being unable to compete during the premiership series with both Coledale and North Narrabeen keen to capitalise on their fresh form.

“We are looking forward to what promises to be an outstanding weekend of IRB racing at Mollymook, and would like to wish all competitors the best of luck,” NSW Surf Sports Manager Shane Knight said.

“IRB racing is an important part of our winter calendar, and is a great chance for the competitors to keep their skills sharp during the cooler months. It should be a fantastic climax to the NSW season.”

The IRB State Champs is the premier event for competitors and is designed to simulate real life rescue situations involving individual ‘patients’ and mass rescues. All events are based on honing the skills of both IRB driver and crewperson and the fast-paced nature of the competition makes it a great day out for spectators.

NSW competitors will feature at the season-ending Interstate titles and Australian IRB Championships, which in 2015 will be held at Queensland’s Mooloolaba Beach from July 17-19.

Live results from the 2015 IRB State Championships can be foundhere.

Top: Mollymook on Saturday 27th of June, 2015 - SLSNSW picture

DoggieRescue.com

Pets of the Week

Coriander

AGE/SEX: 11 weeks / F

BREED: Chihuahua x Mini Foxy

Mustard (adopted), Nutmeg (adopted), Fennel & Coriander are Spice's 9 week old puppies. Spice and her very young pups came to us from the pound! We don't know their daddy. You can find Spice's pictures in our 1 - 3 years female category of the website. Please fill in the adoption questionnaire and email it tomonika@doggierescue.com if you are interested in Coriander or Fennel. We are looking for a home where at least one person is a home based worker as these pups need 3 feeds a day, toilet training, obedience training etc. like every other puppy:)

Our pups will come with 3 puppy vaccinations, microchipping and a desexing voucher that is inclusive in the adoption fee of $500.

For further details or to meet all dogs at call DoggieRescue on 9486 3133 or email monika@DoggieRescue.com. Visitwww.DoggieRescue.com to see all our dogs.www.facebook.com/doggierescue 

 VOLUNTARY HEATER RECALL

June 25, 2015 

Faulty electric heaters sold in Woolworths Supermarkets and BIG W stores across Australia from 15/3/15 to 17/6/2015 are being recalled, due to risk of electric shock and fire.

For more details and to find out what to do, visit the ACCC Consumer Rights product safety website at: http://bit.ly/1IxJNoK

 RECREATIONAL FISHING THROWN A $13 MILLION LINE 

Monday, 22 June 2015: Media Release

Minister for Primary Industries, Lands and Water, Niall Blair, today announced $13 million will be invested in 63 recreational fishing projects in NSW in the next year. “Fishing is one of the state’s most popular recreational activities – and it is so important we invest in infrastructure and programs to support this crucial sector,” Mr Blair said. “Projects will be funded from Albury to Grafton and in Sydney’s waterways – including nearly $1 million to fund a fifth artificial reef off the coast of NSW.” 

Artificial reefs already constructed off Sydney and Shoalhaven Heads are proving to be very popular with recreational fishers. The Sydney reef has now matured into complex fish habitat for a wide range of bottom-dwelling and oceanic fish species such as Kingfish, Snapper and Mulloway. The funding has been provided through the Recreational Fishing Trust to wide range of projects including:  

• recreational fishing enhancement –artificial reefs and fish stocking;•  recreational fishing education – fishing workshops, school education and• fishing advisory;  fishing access and facilities – fishing platforms, fish cleaning tables, safety• infrastructure and other facilities including the enhancement of fishing access;  aquatic habitat rehabilitation and protection – community grants to remove• barriers to fish migration, replanting and protecting river bank vegetation and restoring water flows; and  research on fish and recreational fishing – surveys, biology of popular• recreational species and angler catch projects. 

Funding will also continue for deployment of fish aggregating devices in offshore waters. More devices in new locations will be deployed in the summer season. NSW Recreational Fishing Fees are reinvested into freshwater and saltwater projects that improve recreational fishing. Recreational fishing is a $1.6 billion industry, which employs about 14,000 people.

 NSW parents offered free face-to-face parenting support

Parents of children with a disability in New South Wales are being offered two years of free evidence-based parenting support, under a world-first research project led by the University of Sydney.

Free seminars and one-on-one parenting sessions are available through the Stepping Stones Triple P project which aims to reduce childhood behavioural problems, and improve the wellbeing of parents of children with special needs across the state.

Chair of Mental Health at the University of Sydney, Professor Stewart Einfeld said parents of children with a disability face daily challenges as their children have three to four times the behavioural problems of typically developing kids.

"It's essentially important that we offer families targeted support as children with developmental disabilities, such as autism spectrum disorders, Fragile X and Down syndrome are much more prone to emotional and behavioural problems," Professor Einfeld said.

"Research has also shown that as a result, parents of children with a disability experience higher levels of stress and mental health problems."

"The Stepping Stones program can have a huge impact on families' lives, with seventy one percent of children with a disability showing substantial improvements in their behaviour after their parents complete the program."

Funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council, the program is also offered in Victoria and Queensland under a research partnership with Monash University and the University of Queensland.

Information for parents:

Parents of children with a disability can visit www.triplep-steppingstones.net to register their interest in receiving free support under the Stepping Stones Triple P Project. The program will be progressively rolled out across the state over the next few months. Parents in northern New South Wales will be the first to benefit.

 R Marine Riley Tasmania Experience

Pittwater, NSW, Australia: There’s certainly plenty of interest in the R Marine Riley Tasmania Experience, scheduled to depart Sydney just after Christmas 2015 for the southern seas, discovering all the treasures of Tasmania.

Riviera dealer Mark Riley says many Riviera owners are talking about what, for many, is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to set their bows towards the pristine blue waters of the Tasmania.

“We are very much in the planning stages for the three-week passage and we are receiving some great feedback, which is all being incorporated into the growing itinerary,” says Mark. “We are talking with travel agencies and fellow boaties too as we put together this amazing Experience.”

Mark says Riviera owners along the east coast of Australia are expected to take part and some clients are even upgrading their Rivieras ahead of the voyage.

“Our team has been studying all the charts, contacting harbour masters and marinas from Sydney to Hobart to ensure we offer a Riviera Experience like none before,” he says.

The plan is to leave Sydney (NSW) on December 27 and proceed to the first anchorage at Jervis Bay, then to Eden, Port Welshpool in Victoria.

“We won’t be operating to a strict timetable as good weather, great cruising and, of course, safety always come first on R Marine Riley Experiences,” says Mark.

“The owners coming have a wide variety of boats – everything from older Riviera 36 Flybridges to the very latest Riviera 52 Enclosed Flybridges, 6000 Sport Yachts and even a beautiful Belize 54.

“We have also found that not everyone wants to do the whole trip, so some partners will be flying to different destinations to meet up with the fleet so they can still experience all the fun and enjoyment of our vast array of activities.”

Some of the activity highlights include anchoring in the crystal clear waters of the Flinders Group Islands, visiting uninhabited islands as well as meeting the local fisherman, and of course dining on fresh-caught seafood and savouring world-renowned Tassie wines on visits to the best sparkling and Pinot wineries and famous cheese-makers on The Apple Isle. 

This year R Marine Riley is also planning an Experience to Fraser Island and Lady Musgrave Island during the September school holidays, as well as regular ladies driving courses and “Riv Kids” events. 

R Marine Riley welcomes anyone from the Riviera family to join them on these fabulous adventures. Please call Mark Riley direct on +61 418 250 727 or email him at mark@rmarineriley.com.au for further details.

 UNIQUE VEHICLE SHOW 2015

The Royal Motor Yacht Club Broken Bay at Newport is pleased to announce the staging of the 8th Annual “UNIQUE VEHICLE SHOW" on Sunday 26th July.

An "unusual" event for a Yacht Club to host you might think, but "boaties" do have many other interests, and an enthusiasm for all things mechanical is certainly one of them!

Rob Brown (RMYC Event Organiser) said today in announcing the event, 

“We are very excited to host the show once again this year. We are working closely with the Pittwater Motor Enthusiasts Association and their members, who will be show casing some of the rarest motor vehicles, bikes and engines dating as far back as the early 1900’s.  And while you are here you can try out our “food and wine tasting” that will run throughout the day.  

This year the show will incorporate a new category, a selected number of moderns… from the year 2000 through to the present day. This will obviously add even more colour and flare to what has been a fantastic array of motoring history over the last seven years here at RMYC.  

There will be over 60 vehicles on display including beautifully restored Vintage cars, Classics, Sports Cars, Hot Rods, Motorcycles, working engines and Models.

The vehicles will be located in the waterfront car park at the Royal Motor Yacht Club, 46 Prince Alfred Parade, Newport.  10am till 3.00pm. 

Entry is free - members of the Public are welcome but will need to sign in, if they wish to use the club’s facilities. Parking is limited at the club, so why not make it an even more special day by catching the historic MV Reliance ferry from Rowland Reserve Bayview or from the Newport Arms Public Wharf. Cost $5.00 per person each way!  

We look forward to seeing you here at the RMYC!

For more information, please contact RMYC office during business hours – 9997 5511.

Bushcare in Pittwater - June 2015:Pittwater Council's Cooee Newsletter - May to June 2015: HERE

For further information or to confirm the meeting details for below groups, please contact Council's Bushcare Officer on 9970 1367

 Sun June 28 
Bungan Beach 8-11am 
Winn Bay 9-12pm 
Kundibah Res 8-11am 

 Brisbane to Keppel yacht race - ideal launch pad for the northern circuit

Event: Club Marine Brisbane to Keppel Tropical Yacht Race starts 1100hrs Thursday July 30, 2015 from Moreton Bay finishes Keppel Bay, hosted by the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron at Manly, Brisbane, Queensland

Winter has barely arrived in the south eastern states and already a savvy bunch of yachties are planning to cast off the woolies and get out of town. Entry for the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron’s 9th annual Club Marine Brisbane to Keppel Tropical Yacht Race is open and a diverse fleet is building for the 1100hrs start on Thursday July 30, 2015 from Brisbane’s Moreton Bay.

Of the RQYS organised 343 miler, Rear Commodore Mark Gallagher says, “already there’s a great fleet heading north to enjoy the fantastic hospitality shown by the finish crew at Keppel Bay Marina. The course is scenic and like most coastal passages it’s a thinking person’s race to play the wind and tide to maximum advantage. And we throw whale watching in for free!”

“With regular flights to Rockhampton airport it’s the perfect pit stop for swapping crew and gear, and the ideal launch pad for the northern circuit,” reminds RQ’s sailing manager Richard Matterson. 

His team is making it even easier for Sydney Gold Coast yacht race crews wanting to take the option of back-to-back coastal races as the best way to leap-frog north to the Whitsunday regatta loop of Airlie Beach, Hamilton Island and Magnetic Island race weeks. 

There’s an existing agreement in place with the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia that paperwork submitted for their Category 2 Sydney Gold Coast yacht race also satisfies the entry criteria for the Brisbane to Keppel. RQYS’ latest initiative to assist owners with logistics is the offer to send their gear truck to Southport Yacht Club to meet the CYCA’s fleet and collect equipment owners need transported north to Manly for the next stage Club Marine Brisbane to Keppel Tropical Yacht Race.

For the past four years supermaxis Wild Oats XI and Grant Wharington’s Wild Thing have been the gun line honours boats. With the Oatleys’ race record holder Wild Oats XI on a ship to Los Angeles to tackle the Transpac Race there’s going to be some elbow room at the head of the table. 

So far Peter Harburg’s 70-footer Black Jack is Wild Oats’ likely successor.

Sam Haynes from Sydney has a new Celestial, a JV designed TP52, and though he’s won division one for the past two years he’s coming back to try for a hat trick, and hoping this year is the running race advertised in the brochures. “We are due for a downhill ride, but regardless I need to take the TP north and it’s a good step in that direction, towards Hamilton Island and the IRC Australian Championship. It’s pretty scenic along the Island and getting into the bay at the end; the race itself is good to do.”

The people’s boat, Russel McCart’s Volvo 60 Spirit of Mateship, is returning with its mix of regular and ADF crew.

Now in its ninth year, the 343 nautical mile challenge from Moreton Bay to the finish in Keppel Bay starts at 1100hrs on Thursday July 30, 2015. Further course details will be included in the sailing instructions.

The Notice of Race has been published and online entry is now open. 

Entries close Friday July 17, 2015.

by Lisa Ratcliff

Top: Black Jack -credit Andrea Francolini

                   'WITH GOD ON OUR SIDE'            

FILM SCREENING in  AVALON

This  powerful, compassionate, documentary film by Porter Speakman will be shown at Avalon Baptist Church  on Sunday morning June 28 at 10 a.m.

"With God On Our Side" takes a hard look at the theology and politics of Christian Zionism, which teaches that because the Jews are God's chosen people, Israeli government policies should not be questioned, even when these policies are unjust

Christian Zionists have been hugely important in American Foreign Policy  because of their influence on the right wing of the Republican Party. There are also Christian Zionists in Australia. The film traces Porter Speakman's change of heart from Christian Zionist to moderate peacemaker.

Speakman said, "When you think God is on your side everything is justified. Radical Muslims justify suicide bombings, Radical Jews justify ethnic cleansing and radical Christians justify modern-day crusades."

The  film is also valuable because it traces the history of the establishment of Israel as a right of the Jewish people without regard for the rights  of the Palestinians who had been living there for many hundreds of years.   This history is vital in assessing the justice of current politics.  It is particularly important  knowledge for human rights advocates who are often accused of being "änti-semitic"   

The film makers believe "that God does not take sides with certain people, groups, nations or agendas. Rather, He is for all people."  

FILM SCREENING:   "WITH GOD ON OUR SIDE"

DATE:   Sunday   28th June at  10  a.m.

PLACE:  AVALON BAPTIST PEACE MEMORIAL CHURCH: 2  George St.

Free entry / Free Morning Tea-Brunch.

Voluntary Donations to Nepal Earthquake Relief (World Vision)

INFO:  Kath Moody 99971815    avalonbaptistchurch.net

 

New skate park for Mona Vale

Pittwater Council’s plans to build a new skate park at Kitchener Park, Mona Vale are now underway and we are seeking input on the design process.

We need your help to shape the design and input on questions like whether or not to keep and renovate the existing half pipe.

A skate park working group is being formed to provide advice, recommendations and local knowledge to Council on behalf of skateboard, BMX, scooter users and skate related enthusiasts and professionals.

Pittwater Council’s Mayor, Jacqui Townsend said the project was a cornerstone in delivering one of Council’s key strategic objectives – promoting youth involvement in recreational and social activities.

“The skate park at Kitchener Park has been a longstanding concern and something we are committed to delivering to our community.

“The facility will cater for the interests, needs and safety of current and future generations of skate facility users,” added Cr Townsend.

The preparation of concept design and tendering for the project will take place from mid to late 2015, with construction of the upgrade commencing in early 2016.

Project information and expression of interest survey for the working party are located on our website at: Pittwater.nsw.gov.au/yoursay 

To submit your ideas for consideration email:Pittwater_council@pittwater.nsw.gov.au or call David Bremner, Community Engagement Officer on 9970 1262

Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary 2015
 
July
Julv 4 Pittwater Place, Mona Vale. 9am to 3pm - Craft, sewing, knitting, bric-a-brac
July 11 Sausage sizzle, Bunnings Narrabeen, 8am to 4pm
July 17 Mona Vale Hospital foyer,9am to 3pm - Baking, craft, sewing, knitting
August
August 1 Pittwater Place, Mona Vale, 9am to 3pm - Craft, sewing, knitting, bric-a-brac'
August 8 Sausage sizzle, Bunnings, Narrabeen, 8am to 4pm
August 14 Mona Vale Hospital foyer,9am to 3pm - Baking, craft, sewing, knitting
September
September 4 Outside ANZ Bank, Avalon Parade, Avalon,8am to 4pm - Craft, sewing, knitting, bric-a-brac'
September 5 Pittwater Place, Mona Vale, 9am to 3pm - Craft, sewing, knitting, bric-a-brac.
September 12 Sausage sizzle, Bunnings, Narrabeen, 8am to 4pm.
September 18 Mona Vale Hospital foyer,9am to 3pm - Baking, craft, sewing, knitting.
October
October 3 Pittwater Place, Mona Vale, 9am to 3pm - Craft, sewing, knitting, bric-a-brac.
October 8 Fashion Parade, Newport Bowling Club, Barrenjoey/ Palm Roads, Newport - Morning tea l0.30am $10 entry, fashions by Donna-Lou
October 10 Sausage sizzle, Bunnings, Narrabeen, 8am to 4pm.
October 16 Mona Vale Hospital foyer, 9am to 3pm - Baking, craft, sewing, knitting
November
November 7 Pittwater place, Mona Vale, 9am to 3pm - Craft, sewing, knitting, bric-a-brac.
November 14 Sausage sizzle, Bunnings, Narrabeen, 8am to 4pm
November 20 Mona Vale Hospitalfoyer,9am to 3pm - Baking, craft, sewing, knitting
December
December 5 Pittwater Place, Mona Vale, 9am to 3pm - craft, sewing, knitting, bric-a-brac
December 12 Sausage sizzle, Bunnings, Narrabeen 8am to 4pm     

Recreational Fishing NSW Advisory Council

The Recreational Fishing NSW Advisory Council (RFNSW) is being established to provide advice to the Minister for Primary Industries on key recreational fishing issues in NSW, including high level priorities for expenditure from the Recreational Fishing Trust.

The new Advisory Council will be based around a modern representative model, ensuring the views of regional fishers from right across the State are communicated. RFNSW will be represented by eight regional members and two members with expertise in spearfishing and charter boat fishing. A senior officer from NSW DPI and the recreational fishing representative from the Ministerial Advisory Council will also be members of the new Council.

The Council will replace the Advisory Council on Recreational Fishing. Regional recreational fishers and members of recreational fishing organisations are encouraged to nominate for appointment to the Council.

More information

For more information on how to apply and submit an expression of interest: Recreational Fishing NSW information package (PDF, 366.67 KB) and Email: rfnsw.enquiries@dpi.nsw.gov.au; or Call: (02) 9741 4722

Closing date: Expressions of interest close 7 July 2015.

See documents atwww.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fisheries/consultation 

 

Click on logo above to visit their website.

 

 LEGO AT THE LIBRARY

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 5th 2015. 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.

 Sport NSW Announces the Opening of the 2015 Community Sports Volunteer Awards

More than four hundred thousand people across NSW voluntarily dedicate their time every year through their involvement in sporting clubs and organisations. Put simply, sport would not exist without them. Launching the opening of the awards program today, Sport NSW CEO, Cheryl Battaerd said the Community Sports Volunteer Awards recognise the efforts of those around the state who contribute hours of their personal time to ensure that their fellow community members can participate in sport. 

“We recognize the critical and diverse role volunteers play from club administrators and coaches to officials and canteen staff, regardless of the pouring rain, icy temperatures or scorching heat – they are the ones that give life to community sport,” Battaerd said. 

“Unfortunately the reality is volunteer participation in sport is falling in NSW and is outpacing the national decline. All evidence points towards changes to patterns, behaviours and expectations of volunteers, and this has to be a focus for sporting organisations. There is an urgent need to help build the capacity and capability of managers and administrators in sport to effectively recruit and retain volunteers. By recognising the value of volunteering, showcasing successful models of volunteer management and providing information and resources, we are hopeful that we will assist the sporting sector in reversing the trend of volunteer decline in NSW,” she said. 

Get inspired and read the case study of good volunteer management by the 2014 winners of the Community Sporting Club category - Alstonville & District Football Club.

The Community Sport Volunteer Awards program consists of Individual Awards categories and the Minister’s Sport Volunteer Management Awards recognising sporting organisations. 

The Individual Volunteer Community Sport Awards involve five categories:

Official of the Year,   Young Official of the Year,   Coach of the Year,   Young Coach of the Year, and   Community Sport Administrator of the Year. 

The Minister’s Sport Volunteer Management Awards aims to attract nominations from organisations that have shown innovative ideas and management techniques in the recognition, education and training, coordination, and recruitment of volunteers. These awards include three categories:   Club/District or Regional Community Sport Organisation;   State Sporting Organisations and   Event of the Year. 

NSW Minister for Sport and Recreation, the Hon. Stuart Ayres, MP will be presenting the 2015 NSW Community Sports Volunteer Awards at a function on Friday 21st August 2015 at NSW Parliament House. 

Nominations are now open and close on Friday 10th July.

The Awards Guidelines and Nomination Forms can be found at:www.sportnsw.com.au/2015communitysportsvolunteerawards

As the peak body for sport and active recreation, Sport NSW represents the collective interests of NSW’s single largest community sector. With over 100 member groups representing 15,000 sporting clubs and associations and well over 2.5 million participants, workers and volunteers, the community sport and active recreation sector makes a significant contribution to the social, physical, health, mental and economic well-being of our NSW communities.

 Seniors Toy Repair Group needs your help

Volunteers are sought to help out on Wednesday mornings (7.30am to midday) at the group's workshed in Ingleside. Volunteers need their own transport and be willing to sort and clean toys that are picked up at different collection points on the Northern Beaches. 

Prospective volunteers can email Mary Kitchen to arrange a visit to the workshed. To arrange a donation pickup please call Terry Cook on 0410 597 327 or email himFind out more about this great community group HERE

The NSW Government Gazette 

The New South Wales Government Gazette is the official channel for the circulation of Proclamations, Regulations, Government Notices, Private Legal Advertisements andther matters required to be published in the Government Gazette under the Statutes of New South Wales Government. The NSW Government Gazette contains: 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 theN.S.W. Government website from 2pm each Friday.

 June 21 - 27, 2015: Issue 219

 Articles This Week

Front Page Issue 219: 

This is Avalon - Winter Solstice FestivalSunday 21st of June 

Aquatics RPAYC members and Australian Sailors shine at Olympic venue: winning one Gold, two Silver and one Bronze medal at ISAF Sailing World Cup Weymouth & Portland by AST

The Marquise of Scotland Island

New faces in pivotal roles for MC38 Winter Regatta by Lisa Ratcliff

R Marine Riley Tasmania Experience: leaves Sydney (NSW) on December 27

Pictures: Pittwater the Beautiful - evens when it rains!

DIY Ideas:  Toy Box and Snow Globes: School Holidays Fun - Winter 2015 - something to do indoors, something to do outdoors... together

Profile: Adrian Boddy For many years we have been fortunate to see and sometimes share some of the wonderful images taken by Adrian Boddy. Mr. Boddy is more than a photographer of wonderful environments and all in them though. Prior to 'retirement' he was a director at the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building UTS, and an architectural photographer. His Master’s thesis was Max Dupain and the photography of Australian Architecture (QUT, 1996).

History: The First Boat Builders of Pittwater I: the Short Life and Long Voyages of Scotland Island Schooner the Geordy  

Artist of the Month: Artist of the Month June 2015 - Tim Hixson: Tim Hixson first began photography whilst a student at Southern Illinois University. After returning home to Australia he lived in Byron Bay then worked out of his studio in North Sydney shooting commercially and developing his personal photography. In 1998 he returned to plastic camera photography, producing the exhibition and book ‘BEACH’.

Tim is the great grandson of Captain Francis Hixson, and a superlative waterman alike this builder of the Naval Brigade in N.S.W. Tim is our Profile to open the month of June - while his great grandfather opens the Pioneer Watermen of Broken Bay and Pittwater History pages for June.

 SIRFB Fireman's Ball

In 3 weeks time we will holding our 60th Anniversary Fireman's Ball.

The Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade was formed in 1955 and will be celebrating its 60th anniversary with a formal ball at the fire station on Saturday 11th July 2015 commencing at 7:00pm 

Everybody is invited but you need to book and pay online in advance. We request that you make payment in advance as we need the funds to cover pre-committed ball expenses.

If you are unable to pay online please contact our treasurer by email to treasurer@sirfb.org.au to make alternative arrangements.

We look forward to your support to make this an enjoyable celebration (apologies to any recipients who may have already booked or sent apologies).

Date and time: 11 Jul 2015, doors open at 7:00 PM.

The team at the SIRFB.

Winter Solstice 2015

June Solstice in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia is on Monday, 22 June 2015 at 2:39 AM AEST

 Pittwater Lifeguards Wrap Up Season

Monday 15 June 2015: SLS NSW

The Australian Lifeguard Service (ALS) has closed the book on another successful season across Pittwater beaches. Since last September through until April, lifeguards were kept busy on the nine patrolled beaches.

Beach attendance was slightly down after the record high of over a million last year falling to 765,879 visits. Though the numbers dipped, the beaches still proved to be a major drawcard for both locals and tourists alike. Newport, Palm Beach and Mona Vale recorded the most visitors with all three drawing crowds in excess of 100,000 each during the season.

Lifeguards were kept busy performing over 200 rescues across the area with Palm Beach clocking up over half of the total tally. It is the second consecutive season that the popular beach has led the way in total rescues.

With a greater emphasis on preventative actions this season as a means of stopping a situation escalating to the point of having to carry out a rescue, there was an increase of around 8,000 actions taken by lifeguards across Pittwater.

The number of first aid treatments remained fairly static – 2,254 as opposed to 2,281 in 2013/14 with ALS lifeguards administering treatment for everything from marine stings, to cuts, bruises and broken bones.

Lifeguards also assisted in a couple of major rescues at the notorious Warriewood Blowhole, which are quite complex jobs due to the environment of the area. On 29 September 2014, lifeguards attended the scene after hearing reports that two children had fallen off the cliff. Reaching the patient, they discovered a youth with a suspected spinal injury. The team stabilised the patient for an air evacuation to hospital.

ALS NSW Coordinator Brent Manieri praised the council for its ongoing commitment to beach safety throughout the Pittwater area.

“We have a long-standing relationship with Pittwater Council that continues to build year-on-year. The professionalism that our lifeguards continue to exhibit and the enthusiasm they show for the job means the public were vigilantly watched and provided with the highest service,” Mr Manieri said.

“Although the beach visitation numbers dropped slightly from last season, there were certainly times when our lifeguards had to deal with the challenges of very large crowds.”

Many NSW councils have realised the benefit of ensuring a total service provision, as the Australian Lifeguard Service integrates with Surf Life Saving’s volunteer patrol structure, state-wide support operations network, 24-hour emergency callout system and strategically located Westpac Rescue helicopter services.

Pittwater Council 2014/2015 Statistics:

• Rescues - 203

• Preventative Actions – 57,795

• First Aid – 2,254

• Attendance – 765,875

Unveiling of a New Surfing Sculpture 

June 19, 2015

To celebrate International Surfing Day on 19 June, Harbord Diggers hosted Surfrider Foundation's fundraiser for the year with the unveiling of a brand new surfing monument that honours all of Australia’s World Surfing Champions since 1915.

The Mick Purdy sandstone surfboard monument has 17 names on the sandstone board including Nat Young, Pam Burridge, Barton Lynch, Mark Occhilupo, Layne Beachley, Joel Parkinson and Mick Fanning as well as the latest Australian World Champion, Stephanie Gilmore. It will join others on the Freshwater headlands Surfers Walk of Fame.

Above: Surfing World Champions at the unveiling of a surfing sculpture at Freshwater. 

Below: Living Ocean Hoodies just in. Check their website - or visit them in Dunbar PArk at Avalon as part of today's This is Avalon - Winter Solstice FestivalSunday 21st of June 

Both Pictures courtesy Living Ocean - Whale Beach 

You can support Surfrider Australia year round too - join HERE

 

Harriet Birks Art Exhibition; Avalon Recreation Centre

19 Jun 2015

Enliven Pittwater/ Eramboo artist-in-residence Harriet Napier Birks is set to exhibit her new work at Avalon Recreation Centre in July.

The exhibition known as Asleep in the Colour Factory will be a combination of 2D watercolours and video installations and will run daily from 1-5 July from 10.30am to 4pm; with opening night on 30 June from 6pm.

Pittwater Mayor Jaqueline Townsend said she was delighted that after completing her residency at Eramboo, Harriet was now ready to share her work with the local community.

“This residency is about supporting an artist at the same time as we enhance cultural vitality in Pittwater’s town and village centres.

“We are particularly excited by the public programs that accompany Harriet’s exhibition.  Visitors will be invited to colour-in ‘jellybloomz’ illustrations, with the resulting artworks included in a community exhibition” said Cr Townsend.

Eramboo’s artistic director Susan Milne said the residency program was a career accelerator for the talented local artist.

“During the three month residency Harriet was able to totally engulf herself in the creative process as well as tap into the professional support and networks provided.

“She has a dynamic arts practise, which combines film, animation and highly detailed drawing. It will be exciting seeing her work in an exhibition setting,” said Ms Milne.

The exhibition program is as follows:

30 June – Opening night (6pm)

2 July – Artist talk about time lapse animation Q&A (11am)

4 July – Meet the artist (2-4pm)

5 July - #Jellybloomz community project: construct a big jellybloom, all ages (11am)

For more information about Harriet Birks visitwww.harrietnapierbirks.wordpress.com

  Funds To Improve Out Of School Hours Care

18 June, 2015 

Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes today welcomed a new State Government initiative to help improve Out Of School Hours Care opportunities.

The NSW Government’s 2015-16 Budget will include a $20 million fund to help support the launch of new OSHC facilities in schools currently without a service.

Grants of up to $20,000 will be available from August this year to assist schools with establishment costs, building fit-outs and equipment purchases.

“This initiative is aimed at assisting parents and boosting support opportunities in our local schools,” Rob Stokes said today.

“Establishment costs are often the biggest barrier for schools looking to establish additional student services.

“Many of our local schools already provide fantastic before and after school care programs and it would be great to see this expanded.

“Grants of up to $20,000 will be distributed to successful applicants from October this year so new services will be ready for students at the beginning of 2016.

“I encourage all interested schools without an existing service to explore this opportunity,” Rob Stokes said.

Find out more about Out of School Hours Care (OSHC)

 AUSTRALIAN LOCAL GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION PASSES MOTION AGAINST FORCED AMALGAMATIONS

17 June 2015 - Save our Councils NSW, MEDIA RELEASE

The Save Our Councils Coalition has welcomed support from delegates at the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) meeting in Canberra opposing the forced amalgamation of NSW councils.

A majority of delegates passed the following motion:

“That the ALGA confirms its opposition to forced amalgamations of councils and calls on the Federal Government and all State Governments to also confirm their opposition to forced amalgamations. Further that where an amalgamation is proposed, there needs to be a referendum of all electors. In addition ALGA will provide support and advocate for any of its member councils threatened with a forced amalgamation.“

“It was great to see support right across the political spectrum for this motion with Greens, Independents, Labor, Liberals and National party Councillors all supporting the position for no forced amalgamations and a requirement for any proposed amalgamation to go to a valid referendum of the people,” said Leichhardt mayor Rochelle Porteous, who moved the motion.

“Forced amalgamations are an attack on local democracy and not in the interests of local communities,” said  North Sydney councillor Zoe Baker who seconded the motion.

The passage of the motion means Australia’s peak local government body now has a clear policy position opposing forced amalgamations and requiring full referendums where any council amalgamation is proposed.

"It was great to get support from the Conference reinforcing our position of no forced amalgamations in local government,” said Mayor of Ashfield, Lucillle McKenna.

The Save Our Councils Coalition says experience from around Australia demonstrates that forced amalgamations are costly and disruptive and rarely deliver the cost savings and benefits touted by State governments.

"It is time for all State governments and the Federal Government to start treating Local Governments as genuine partners and like all partnerships, that relationship has to start with trust and respect. Forced amalgamations of councils have no place in working to achieve genuine dialogue and recognition between the different levels of government," Mayor Rochelle Porteous said.

North Sydney councillor Zoe Baker said: “Forced amalgamations are anti-democratic and are imposed by State governments without reference to or consultation with the very communities they affect. Forced amalgamations deprive the community of a voice.“

The Save Our Councils Coalition has the support of more than 50 residents’ groups as well as numerous Councillors and Mayors across NSW.

 Mollymook Set For Super State Champs

Monday 15 June 2015: SLS NSW

Shoalhaven City Council and Mollymook SLSC will be playing host to over 300 competitors at the upcoming NSW 2015 Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) State Championships to be held at Mollymook Beach from 26 – 28 June.

The IRB State Championships is the premier competitive event for NSW competitors with the individual races having been designed to simulate real life rescue situations involving individual ‘patients’ and mass rescues.

All events are based on honing the skills of both IRB driver and crewperson with the fast-paced nature of the competition making it a great day out for spectators.

Mayor, Joanna Gash said Mollymook SLSC is no stranger to hosting championship events having successfully staged the Stramit Country Championships over the last two surf seasons.

The Mayor described the upcoming championships as a tremendous boost to the area’s sports tourism program.

“Mollymook SLSC has built a reputation as one of the most professional surf lifesaving clubs in the State through their ability to successfully host major carnivals,” said Clr Gash.

“Around 300 competitors from over 20 clubs will make the journey to Mollymook with the hopes of putting a stop-start IRB Premiership Series behind them.

“It is expected that the influx of visitors will inject an estimated $150,000 into the local economy and provide for a fantastic weekend of entertainment for those on hand to view the action.”

One athlete keen for the championships to start is Steven Guy from Kiama Downs.

After almost three decades on the IRB circuit his passion for the sport hasn’t dimmed and he remains excited about the challenges looming at Mollymook both in his role as a competitor and team manager.

“We are planning on sending a strong team with 25 competitors to Mollymook,” said Mr Guy.

“IRB’s are in my unbiased opinion the best tool to carry out a rescue, and also a whole bunch of fun to train and compete in.”

“IRB racing is a very tight knit fraternity and while there is certainly fierce inter club rivalry there is a strong bond and a great working relationship between competing clubs and officials.

“The State Titles is always a great hit out to hone our skills before Aussies.”

The 2015 IRB State Championships will be held on June 26-28 at Mollymook Beach.

The 2015 State Championships is part of Council’s Sports Tourism Program which is supported by Shoalhaven City Council’s Sports Tourism Partners -

Shoalhaven Water, Archer Resort, Holiday Haven Tourist Parks, Bomaderry Bowling Club, South Coast Register, 2ST, Power FM and George Bass Motor Inn.

Kiama Downs Crowned Rubber Ducky Champions

Tuesday 16 June 2015

Kiama Downs have put an exclamation mark on their 2015 Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) Winter Premiership campaign by claiming the overall title for a second straight year.

The defending champions (30 points) held off the fast-finishing Catherine Hill Bay (27) and Caves Beach (24) to be crowned overall winners on their home beach.

IRB racing is fast, furious, and designed to simulate real life rescue situations involving individual ‘patients’ and mass rescues.

As well as the prestige of being crowned overall winners, Kiama Downs also earned an IRB motor for their efforts. A second IRB motor was also presented for the “Most Deserving Club” as a means of encouraging the smaller teams, and those new to the competition.

This season, the motor was awarded to Wamberal SLSC from the Central Coast. Both motors were courtesy of Tohatsu Australia.

It has been a challenging 2015 for the IRB Premiership Series with races having to be postponed and in some instances moved to accommodate the difficult conditions. The competitors however have handled all the challenges thrown at them with aplomb.

“Thanks to all competitors, officials and the four hosting clubs for a fantastic 2015 IRB Premiership Series. It has been a difficult and at times challenging season for everyone involved although they have conducted themselves with great professionalism,” Surf Life Saving NSW Surf Sports Manager Shane Knight said.

“Congratulations must go to Kiama Downs for their success in being crowned overall winners, and it is exciting to think that the season isn’t winding down with there still being a number of opportunities for the athletes to compete.”

“The NSW Interstate IRB team will be announced shortly, while the State and Australian Championships are looming on the horizon,” he concluded.

2015 IRB Premiership Series Leader Board – Top 10:

Kiama Downs (30)

Catherine Hill Bay (27)

Caves Beach (24)

North Cronulla (21)

Thirroul (15)

Woonona (14)

Queenscliff (11)

South Maroubra (7)

Avalon Beach (7)

Forster (5)

 Warringah Art Prize

The Warringah Art Exhibition has relaunched as Warringah Art Prize with a record $22,000 in prizes.

The exhibition is curated by professional artists and judged by independent critics.

In 2015, with more entries expected, two exhibitions will be held - a Waste to Art and Youth Exhibition and a General Exhibition.

ENTRIES for artists are now open!

Artists are asked to read the Terms and Conditions for entry before completing the online entry form and online payment.

Entry Fees:

Adult $30 per submission

Concession Student/ Senior (ID required) $10 per submission

Deadline for submission (all prizes) Sunday 28 June 2015.

Categories include General, Youth and Waste-to-Art. The larger prize pool sees a greater number of prizes on offer

Find out more about terms and conditions at: HERE 

Entry forms: HERE  

 NSW parents offered free face-to-face parenting support

19 June 2015

Parents of children with a disability in New South Wales are being offered two years of free evidence-based parenting support, under a world-first research project led by the University of Sydney.

Free seminars and one-on-one parenting sessions are available through the Stepping Stones Triple P project which aims to reduce childhood behavioural problems, and improve the wellbeing of parents of children with special needs across the state.

Chair of Mental Health at the University of Sydney, Professor Stewart Einfeld said parents of children with a disability face daily challenges as their children have three to four times the behavioural problems of typically developing kids.

"It's essentially important that we offer families targeted support as children with developmental disabilities, such as autism spectrum disorders, Fragile X and Down syndrome are much more prone to emotional and behavioural problems," Professor Einfeld said.

"Research has also shown that as a result, parents of children with a disability experience higher levels of stress and mental health problems."

"The Stepping Stones program can have a huge impact on families' lives, with seventy one percent of children with a disability showing substantial improvements in their behaviour after their parents complete the program."

Funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council, the program is also offered in Victoria and Queensland under a research partnership with Monash University and the University of Queensland.

Information for parents:

Parents of children with a disability can visit www.triplep-steppingstones.net to register their interest in receiving free support under the Stepping Stones Triple P Project. The program will be progressively rolled out across the state over the next few months. Parents in northern New South Wales will be the first to benefit.

 R Marine Riley Tasmania Experience

June 21, 2015

Pittwater, NSW, Australia: There’s certainly plenty of interest in the R Marine Riley Tasmania Experience, scheduled to depart Sydney just after Christmas 2015 for the southern seas, discovering all the treasures of Tasmania.

Riviera dealer Mark Riley says many Riviera owners are talking about what, for many, is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to set their bows towards the pristine blue waters of the Tasmania.

“We are very much in the planning stages for the three-week passage and we are receiving some great feedback, which is all being incorporated into the growing itinerary,” says Mark. “We are talking with travel agencies and fellow boaties too as we put together this amazing Experience.”

Mark says Riviera owners along the east coast of Australia are expected to take part and some clients are even upgrading their Rivieras ahead of the voyage.

“Our team has been studying all the charts, contacting harbour masters and marinas from Sydney to Hobart to ensure we offer a Riviera Experience like none before,” he says.

The plan is to leave Sydney (NSW) on December 27 and proceed to the first anchorage at Jervis Bay, then to Eden, Port Welshpool in Victoria.

“We won’t be operating to a strict timetable as good weather, great cruising and, of course, safety always come first on R Marine Riley Experiences,” says Mark.

“The owners coming have a wide variety of boats – everything from older Riviera 36 Flybridges to the very latest Riviera 52 Enclosed Flybridges, 6000 Sport Yachts and even a beautiful Belize 54.

“We have also found that not everyone wants to do the whole trip, so some partners will be flying to different destinations to meet up with the fleet so they can still experience all the fun and enjoyment of our vast array of activities.”

Some of the activity highlights include anchoring in the crystal clear waters of the Flinders Group Islands, visiting uninhabited islands as well as meeting the local fisherman, and of course dining on fresh-caught seafood and savouring world-renowned Tassie wines on visits to the best sparkling and Pinot wineries and famous cheese-makers on The Apple Isle. 

This year R Marine Riley is also planning an Experience to Fraser Island and Lady Musgrave Island during the September school holidays, as well as regular ladies driving courses and “Riv Kids” events. 

R Marine Riley welcomes anyone from the Riviera family to join them on these fabulous adventures. Please call Mark Riley direct on +61 418 250 727 or email him at mark@rmarineriley.com.au for further details.

 UNIQUE VEHICLE SHOW 2015

June 11, 2015

The Royal Motor Yacht Club Broken Bay at Newport is pleased to announce the staging of the 8th Annual “UNIQUE VEHICLE SHOW" on Sunday 26th July.

An "unusual" event for a Yacht Club to host you might think, but "boaties" do have many other interests, and an enthusiasm for all things mechanical is certainly one of them!

Rob Brown (RMYC Event Organiser) said today in announcing the event, 

“We are very excited to host the show once again this year. We are working closely with the Pittwater Motor Enthusiasts Association and their members, who will be show casing some of the rarest motor vehicles, bikes and engines dating as far back as the early 1900’s.  And while you are here you can try out our “food and wine tasting” that will run throughout the day.  

This year the show will incorporate a new category, a selected number of moderns… from the year 2000 through to the present day. This will obviously add even more colour and flare to what has been a fantastic array of motoring history over the last seven years here at RMYC.  

There will be over 60 vehicles on display including beautifully restored Vintage cars, Classics, Sports Cars, Hot Rods, Motorcycles, working engines and Models.

The vehicles will be located in the waterfront car park at the Royal Motor Yacht Club, 46 Prince Alfred Parade, Newport.  10am till 3.00pm. 

Entry is free - members of the Public are welcome but will need to sign in, if they wish to use the club’s facilities. Parking is limited at the club, so why not make it an even more special day by catching the historic MV Reliance ferry from Rowland Reserve Bayview or from the Newport Arms Public Wharf. Cost $5.00 per person each way!  

We look forward to seeing you here at the RMYC!

For more information, please contact RMYC office during business hours – 9997 5511.

 Fit for the Future Funding Shortfall

June 19, 2015: LGNSW

The Fit for the Future Innovation Fund provides welcome additional money for regional and rural councils but is not enough to support all the councils that really need it, said Local Government NSW today. 

The Minister for Local Government Paul Toole released guidelines this week for the $4 million fund.

"We welcome any additional funding for councils but are concerned that the NSW Government's Fit for the Future Innovation Fund will not go far enough," said LGNSW President, Councillor Keith Rhoades AFSM. 

"If councils apply for the full grant, only 26 of the 52 eligible councils will be covered."

The Innovation Fund is part of the Fit for the Future local government reform package and will provide one-off grants of up to $150,000 for projects promoting long-term sustainability in councils with populations of less than 10,000. It is for regional and rural councils with small populations that are not slated to merge as part of Fit for the Future. 

Grants of up to $400,000 will also be available for similar projects involving more than one council on the condition that at least one council has a population of less than 10,000.  

Local Government NSW is concerned that if all 52 potentially eligible councils were to apply for the funding, the average amount available to each council will be just $80,000.

"The $4 million on offer will not go far at all towards assisting the small rural and regional councils that are being asked to implement long term improvement plans," said Cr Rhoades.

"The sum was allocated when the government had plans to impose a 'one size fits all' rural council model, but these plans have been abandoned and the allocation of funding needs to catch up with the current expectation that these councils will be on a long-term improvement journey towards sustainability.

"In reality, the Fund provides only a fraction of the support needed.

"Local Government NSW will continue to advocate strongly for the resources needed by these councils and their communities."

Bushcare in Pittwater - June 2015:Pittwater Council's Cooee Newsletter - May to June 2015: HERE

For further information or to confirm the meeting details for below groups, please contact Council's Bushcare Officer on 9970 1367

 Sun June 21 
Angophora Res 8:30-11:30am 
Sat June 27 
Nth Newport Beach 8:30-11:30am 
Careel Creek 8:30-11:30am 
Sun June 28 
Bungan Beach 8-11am 
Winn Bay 9-12pm 
Kundibah Res 8-11am 

 Brisbane to Keppel yacht race - ideal launch pad for the northern circuit

Event: Club Marine Brisbane to Keppel Tropical Yacht Race starts 1100hrs Thursday July 30, 2015 from Moreton Bay finishes Keppel Bay, hosted by the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron at Manly, Brisbane, Queensland

Winter has barely arrived in the south eastern states and already a savvy bunch of yachties are planning to cast off the woolies and get out of town. Entry for the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron’s 9th annual Club Marine Brisbane to Keppel Tropical Yacht Race is open and a diverse fleet is building for the 1100hrs start on Thursday July 30, 2015 from Brisbane’s Moreton Bay.

Of the RQYS organised 343 miler, Rear Commodore Mark Gallagher says, “already there’s a great fleet heading north to enjoy the fantastic hospitality shown by the finish crew at Keppel Bay Marina. The course is scenic and like most coastal passages it’s a thinking person’s race to play the wind and tide to maximum advantage. And we throw whale watching in for free!”

“With regular flights to Rockhampton airport it’s the perfect pit stop for swapping crew and gear, and the ideal launch pad for the northern circuit,” reminds RQ’s sailing manager Richard Matterson. 

His team is making it even easier for Sydney Gold Coast yacht race crews wanting to take the option of back-to-back coastal races as the best way to leap-frog north to the Whitsunday regatta loop of Airlie Beach, Hamilton Island and Magnetic Island race weeks. 

There’s an existing agreement in place with the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia that paperwork submitted for their Category 2 Sydney Gold Coast yacht race also satisfies the entry criteria for the Brisbane to Keppel. RQYS’ latest initiative to assist owners with logistics is the offer to send their gear truck to Southport Yacht Club to meet the CYCA’s fleet and collect equipment owners need transported north to Manly for the next stage Club Marine Brisbane to Keppel Tropical Yacht Race.

For the past four years supermaxis Wild Oats XI and Grant Wharington’s Wild Thing have been the gun line honours boats. With the Oatleys’ race record holder Wild Oats XI on a ship to Los Angeles to tackle the Transpac Race there’s going to be some elbow room at the head of the table. 

So far Peter Harburg’s 70-footer Black Jack is Wild Oats’ likely successor.

Sam Haynes from Sydney has a new Celestial, a JV designed TP52, and though he’s won division one for the past two years he’s coming back to try for a hat trick, and hoping this year is the running race advertised in the brochures. “We are due for a downhill ride, but regardless I need to take the TP north and it’s a good step in that direction, towards Hamilton Island and the IRC Australian Championship. It’s pretty scenic along the Island and getting into the bay at the end; the race itself is good to do.”

The people’s boat, Russel McCart’s Volvo 60 Spirit of Mateship, is returning with its mix of regular and ADF crew.

Now in its ninth year, the 343 nautical mile challenge from Moreton Bay to the finish in Keppel Bay starts at 1100hrs on Thursday July 30, 2015. Further course details will be included in the sailing instructions.

The Notice of Race has been published and online entry is now open. 

Entries close Friday July 17, 2015.

by Lisa Ratcliff

Top: Black Jack -credit Andrea Francolini

 2015 Pub2Pub - for Early Bird Discount,register by 14 June

New name, new finish, new optional 'short course' - register NOW

This year the iconic community event will be held on Sunday August 23. It has a new name: the 'Pub2Pub Fun Run & Festival' and will be bigger and better than ever. We hope you'll join in the fun again.

Why 'Festival'? Because this year we've tweaked our iconic event to enhance the experience for all participants and the wider northern beaches community... and to raise more funds for the wonderful causes the event supports in conjunction with Rotary Club of Brookvale.

NEW FINISH LOCATION

The Newport Arms is undergoing renovations, so this year the event will finish at Newport Surf Club.

REAL FESTIVAL ATMOSPHERE

• Live Music during the race and at the finish line

• International Food Festival

• Share drinks with friends from the Bar

• Sponsor's Stands

• Activities for kids .../and of course

• The Awards Ceremony

OPTIONAL SHORT COURSE

To encourage healthy activity and community involvement by more youngsters, we're now offering a short, 3km course, starting at Mona Vale Surf Club.

LOTS OF PRIZES

For teams, individuals, schools and more...

This year we're aiming for up to 10,000 participants - doubling the event's previously capped entry limit. As a result, we're hoping to raise even more money to support the great work of local community charities like Bear Cottage... the Children's Cancer Institute... Manly and Mona Vale Hospitals... Life Education Australia... Sunnyfield Disability Services... The Kids' Cancer Project... and White Ribbon Australia.

Legendary Ironman Guy Leech returns as event Ambassador and the mighty Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles are also on board. Now we want YOU!

A special 10%+ Early Bird Discount applies to everyone registering by June 14. To register, simply click here

The Pub2Pub Team

                   'WITH GOD ON OUR SIDE'            

FILM SCREENING in  AVALON

This  powerful, compassionate, documentary film by Porter Speakman will be shown at Avalon Baptist Church  on Sunday morning June 28 at 10 a.m.

"With God On Our Side" takes a hard look at the theology and politics of Christian Zionism, which teaches that because the Jews are God's chosen people, Israeli government policies should not be questioned, even when these policies are unjust

Christian Zionists have been hugely important in American Foreign Policy  because of their influence on the right wing of the Republican Party. There are also Christian Zionists in Australia. The film traces Porter Speakman's change of heart from Christian Zionist to moderate peacemaker.

Speakman said, "When you think God is on your side everything is justified. Radical Muslims justify suicide bombings, Radical Jews justify ethnic cleansing and radical Christians justify modern-day crusades."

The  film is also valuable because it traces the history of the establishment of Israel as a right of the Jewish people without regard for the rights  of the Palestinians who had been living there for many hundreds of years.   This history is vital in assessing the justice of current politics.  It is particularly important  knowledge for human rights advocates who are often accused of being "änti-semitic"   

The film makers believe "that God does not take sides with certain people, groups, nations or agendas. Rather, He is for all people."  

FILM SCREENING:   "WITH GOD ON OUR SIDE"

DATE:   Sunday   28th June at  10  a.m.

PLACE:  AVALON BAPTIST PEACE MEMORIAL CHURCH: 2  George St.

Free entry / Free Morning Tea-Brunch.

Voluntary Donations to Nepal Earthquake Relief (World Vision)

INFO:  Kath Moody 99971815    avalonbaptistchurch.net

 

New skate park for Mona Vale

Pittwater Council’s plans to build a new skate park at Kitchener Park, Mona Vale are now underway and we are seeking input on the design process.

We need your help to shape the design and input on questions like whether or not to keep and renovate the existing half pipe.

A skate park working group is being formed to provide advice, recommendations and local knowledge to Council on behalf of skateboard, BMX, scooter users and skate related enthusiasts and professionals.

Pittwater Council’s Mayor, Jacqui Townsend said the project was a cornerstone in delivering one of Council’s key strategic objectives – promoting youth involvement in recreational and social activities.

“The skate park at Kitchener Park has been a longstanding concern and something we are committed to delivering to our community.

“The facility will cater for the interests, needs and safety of current and future generations of skate facility users,” added Cr Townsend.

The preparation of concept design and tendering for the project will take place from mid to late 2015, with construction of the upgrade commencing in early 2016.

Project information and expression of interest survey for the working party are located on our website at: Pittwater.nsw.gov.au/yoursay 

To submit your ideas for consideration email:Pittwater_council@pittwater.nsw.gov.au or call David Bremner, Community Engagement Officer on 9970 1262

Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary 2015
 
June
19: Mona Vale Hospital foyer, 9am to 3pm: Baking, knitting, sewing
July
Julv 4 Pittwater Place, Mona Vale. 9am to 3pm - Craft, sewing, knitting, bric-a-brac
July 11 Sausage sizzle, Bunnings Narrabeen, 8am to 4pm
July 17 Mona Vale Hospital foyer,9am to 3pm - Baking, craft, sewing, knitting
August
August 1 Pittwater Place, Mona Vale, 9am to 3pm - Craft, sewing, knitting, bric-a-brac'
August 8 Sausage sizzle, Bunnings, Narrabeen, 8am to 4pm
August 14 Mona Vale Hospital foyer,9am to 3pm - Baking, craft, sewing, knitting
September
September 4 Outside ANZ Bank, Avalon Parade, Avalon,8am to 4pm - Craft, sewing, knitting, bric-a-brac'
September 5 Pittwater Place, Mona Vale, 9am to 3pm - Craft, sewing, knitting, bric-a-brac.
September 12 Sausage sizzle, Bunnings, Narrabeen, 8am to 4pm.
September 18 Mona Vale Hospital foyer,9am to 3pm - Baking, craft, sewing, knitting.
October
October 3 Pittwater Place, Mona Vale, 9am to 3pm - Craft, sewing, knitting, bric-a-brac.
October 8 Fashion Parade, Newport Bowling Club, Barrenjoey/ Palm Roads, Newport - Morning tea l0.30am $10 entry, fashions by Donna-Lou
October 10 Sausage sizzle, Bunnings, Narrabeen, 8am to 4pm.
October 16 Mona Vale Hospital foyer, 9am to 3pm - Baking, craft, sewing, knitting
November
November 7 Pittwater place, Mona Vale, 9am to 3pm - Craft, sewing, knitting, bric-a-brac.
November 14 Sausage sizzle, Bunnings, Narrabeen, 8am to 4pm
November 20 Mona Vale Hospitalfoyer,9am to 3pm - Baking, craft, sewing, knitting
December
December 5 Pittwater Place, Mona Vale, 9am to 3pm - craft, sewing, knitting, bric-a-brac
December 12 Sausage sizzle, Bunnings, Narrabeen 8am to 4pm     

 Pittwater Offshore Newsletter Update 22/6/2015 

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To contact Julian:  editor@scotlandisland.org.au

Consultation – Fisheries Management Amendment Bill

The Fisheries Management Act 1994 (the Act) deals with the management of fishery resources in NSW. The Fisheries Management Amendment Bill (the Bill) aims to make a range of important changes to the Act that will bring benefits to all fishing sectors. The Bill was introduced into the NSW Parliament in late 2014. The Government however decided to conduct further targeted consultation before progressing the Bill in Parliament. A consultation plan (PDF, 62KB)  has been prepared.

Stakeholders are now invited to provide feedback on the Bill.

The below papers summarise the key changes likely to be of interest to relevant stakeholder groups, and provide information on why the changes are sought.

Summary papers

Commercial fishing (PDF, 174KB), Recreational fishing (PDF, 100KB), Charter fishing (PDF, 110KB), Aboriginal fishing (PDF, 96KB), Environmental and other issues (PDF, 105KB), The Fisheries Management Amendment Bill, Fisheries Management Amendment Bill

If you would like a copy of the paper(s) or Bill, please phone (02) 9741 4784.

Providing feedback

Send your submission to: Mail: Fisheries Legislation, PO Box 7526, SILVERWATER NSW 1811 - Fax: (02) 6391 4728

Email: legislation.consult@dpi.nsw.gov.au

The closing date for submissions is Friday 26 June 2015 All documents can be downloaded: here 

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Recreational Fishing NSW Advisory Council

The Recreational Fishing NSW Advisory Council (RFNSW) is being established to provide advice to the Minister for Primary Industries on key recreational fishing issues in NSW, including high level priorities for expenditure from the Recreational Fishing Trust.

The new Advisory Council will be based around a modern representative model, ensuring the views of regional fishers from right across the State are communicated. RFNSW will be represented by eight regional members and two members with expertise in spearfishing and charter boat fishing. A senior officer from NSW DPI and the recreational fishing representative from the Ministerial Advisory Council will also be members of the new Council.

The Council will replace the Advisory Council on Recreational Fishing. Regional recreational fishers and members of recreational fishing organisations are encouraged to nominate for appointment to the Council.

More information

For more information on how to apply and submit an expression of interest: Recreational Fishing NSW information package (PDF, 366.67 KB) and Email: rfnsw.enquiries@dpi.nsw.gov.au; or Call: (02) 9741 4722

Closing date: Expressions of interest close 7 July 2015.

See documents atwww.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fisheries/consultation 

 

Click on logo above to visit their website.

DoggieRescue.com

Pets of the Week

Skyla

AGE/SEX: 10 months / F

BREED: Pointer x

Skyla is a gentle sweet girl but somewhat shy. She plays with any size and breed of dog very friendly and at times submissive to the older ones. She is a little worried on walks but is slowly getting the hang of it. She needs a family with patience to bring her out of her shell further. She is more comfortable with women than men. She has a smooth coat and weight 22kg. She comes desexed, C5 vaccinated, heartworm free and microchipped. Her adoption cost is $400. 

For further details or to meet all dogs at call DoggieRescue on 9486 3133 or email monika@DoggieRescue.com. Visitwww.DoggieRescue.com to see all our dogs.www.facebook.com/doggierescue 

Pittwater 'Water'

Pittwater Council: Published on 16 Jun 2015

Love Pittwater? Then lose yourself in the beauty and magic of our latest mini film ‘Water’. What you’re about to see is 45 seconds of pure Pittwater shot to perfection by local film makers Quickclips. Thanks to our local friends for allowing us into your daily lives to shoot this.

 Prime Minister & Speaker Host SHOROC Mayors to Discuss Infrastructure for Northern Beaches & North Shore

June 17, 2015: SHOROC

SHOROC Mayors and General Managers met this week with Prime Minister The Hon Tony Abbott MHR and Speaker of the House The Hon Bronwyn Bishop MP in Canberra to discuss major issues for the region.

The Prime Minister welcomed the Manly, Mosman, Pittwater and Warringah Mayors and General Managers into the Prime Minister’s Sitting Room for a positive and productive meeting.

Key issues discussed included priorities for major transport and road upgrades for the region, along with plans and the timetable for delivering faster broadband.

“The meeting was very encouraging and the Prime Minister made it clear that fixing the transport issues of the region was the number one priority,” said SHOROC President and Mosman Mayor, Cr Peter Abelson.

The Prime Minister highlighted that the recent Infrastructure Australia audit identified the significant economic cost of congestion on the region’s major roads, including both Pittwater and Warringah Road”.

“We all know how bad these corridors are and it is clear the Prime Minister and Speaker agree we must fix the congestion for the long term to address the huge economic impact of congestion.”

The NSW Government is implementing a Bus Rapid Transit system and road upgrades under its Northern Beaches Transport Action Plan and conducting feasibility studies for the Beaches Link (tunnel).

The Prime Minister said he will be speaking to Infrastructure Australia and working with NSW Premier The Hon. Mike Baird MP to identify and deliver major transport solutions for the region.

“The Prime Minister and Speaker are big advocates for fixing the region’s roads and I’m confident there is good Commonwealth support for this much needed infrastructure.”

“We advised the Prime Minster that we understand the feasibility studies are progressing and further information on the potential tunnel is expected toward the end of this year.”

The Mayors and General Managers were in Canberra for the National General Assembly of Local Government Conference and Cr Abelson says it makes a difference when you can make the case for the region to Federal members personally.

The Mayors also provided the Prime Minister with a copy of SHOROC’s regional plan for the coming year outlining the major priorities for the region.

The SHOROC Board discuss infrastructure for the Northern Beaches and North Shore with The Hon. Tony Abbott MHR and The Hon. Bronwyn Bishop MP.

Top L-R SHOROC President and Mosman Mayor Cr Peter Abelson, Manly Mayor Jean Hay, The Hon. Tony Abbott MHR, The Hon. Bronwyn Bishop MP, Pittwater Mayor Jacqueline Townsend, Warringah Mayor Michael Regan.

 Variety the Children’s Charity and Car 2108 in the NSW Variety Bash

On Monday the 13th July, 2015, The Mermaids & Car 2018 will be holding their Fundraising night at Club Palm Beach 1083-1087 Barrenjoey Road, Palm Beach NSW 2108

This night is to raise funds for Variety the Children’s Charity. There will be Entertainment, Dinner, Raffles, a short Auction, Lucky door prize and  Dancing till late with our favorite band :  THE ENDLESS STRUMMERS.

For tickets,  $40.00 per person, Please Contact

Beryl Driver on 0410 478 897 or Elyse Cole on 0404 000 123

We would love you to join us for this great night of fun,

With thanks, 

Beryl, Elyse, Victorija

& Variety The Children’s Charity

            

 New apartment design guidelines released

Media Release: The Hon. Rob Stokes MP, Minister for Planning

19 Jun 2015

Planning Minister Rob Stokes today released new guidelines for apartments which will help ensure good design for communities across NSW.

The release of the policy, known as State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) 65, is part of the NSW Government’s goal to make planning rules simpler and it will provide clarity for the public and industry.

Mr Stokes said more people than ever before are living in apartments, with 30 per cent of Sydneysiders now falling into that category.

“For too long residential flats were stigmatized as a lesser style of living. New apartment design is about supporting the benefits this popular style of housing can provide,” Mr Stokes said.

“It’s critical the next wave of apartment living focuses on creating vibrant spaces and communities, close to shops, restaurants and parks.

“Last month we gave clarity to industry on minimum apartment sizes, today’s announcement builds on this by releasing updated standards for liveable apartments.”

“These guidelines are based on advice and consultation from experts and people living in apartments to make sure new apartment developments provide enough light, ventilation, open space and a sensible approach to parking.”

Following public feedback and consultation with councils, the final policy reflects that not requiring car spaces within 400 metres of a train station is not viable in some situations.

“The guide is now consistent with the Roads and Maritime Services standards which allocate car parking based on proximity to public transport and the number of bedrooms in a home,” Mr Stokes said.

“Councils will have the flexibility to reduce parking requirements where alternatives exist, such as car sharing on-site. It is important that policies recognise car use habits are different in the inner city as compared to greater Western Sydney.”

The amended policy and new guideline under SEPP 65 introduces greater flexibility into the design process to encourage more innovation, and provide clarity and consistency in the way design issues are dealt with for apartments.

For more information visit -www.planning.nsw.gov.au/betterapartments

 NSW Lifesavers Receive National Rescue Awards

Thursday 18 June 2015 - SLS NSW

Continuing on from the Blues State of Origin victory last night, three NSW clubs were presented with National Rescue of the Month awards at Parliament House Canberra this morning. NSW clubs and members have now won eight of the nine National awards for the year.

Lifesavers from Towradgi Surf Life Saving Club, North Narrabeen Surf Life Saving Club and North Bondi Surf Life Saving Club received their awards from the Parliamentary Friends of Surf Life Saving Group in Canberra.

Craig and Sonia Zulian, Don Allan and Richard Walsh from Towradgi SLSC were acknowledged for the lifesaving rescue of a 15 year old boy who became caught in a rip in three to four metre surf in January.

The Zulian’s attended the special ceremony on behalf of Towradgi SLSC and were overwhelmed with the award as they say they were just doing their job as volunteer surf lifesavers.

“This morning’s ceremony was great. It’s a big eye opener to see what other surf lifesavers have put themselves through to save a life,” Craig said.

“Everyone comes together to have fun training but when it comes down to dealing with real life situations, we work as a team to provide the best assistance we can.”

Bruce Kelly from North Narrabeen SLSC received the National award for his efforts in February. The surf lifesaver wasn’t even on patrol when he rescued three children and their father after spotting them in big trouble in a strong rip off Narrabeen Beach.

North Bondi members James Fleetwood and Josh Vernon were awarded the National award for March due to their miraculous mass rescue off Bondi Beach.

James and Josh made 15 rescues using the Inflatable Rescue Boat when a very strong rip pulled swimmers out beyond the break at the famous Sydney beach.

The three rescues in total saved 22 people’s lives which is an outstanding effort and deserves national recognition.

“Receiving the National Rescue of the Month was an outstanding experience and it’s great to see what can be achieved as a surf lifesaver. Ultimately our three rescues saved lives and that’s why we are part of Surf Life Saving,” Craig Zulian said after the ceremony.

For the official citations for all Rescues of the Month please visit ourRescue of the Month page.

 Funding Boost For Lifeline Counselling Services

18 June, 2015 

Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes today said a funding boost for Lifeline Australia will help ensure it continues providing its invaluable services.

This month’s State Budget will include an allocation of $10.5 million for Lifeline Australia over the next four years. This is an extension of the $8 million provided by the NSW Liberal Government between 2011-2014.

“There are very few services that have such a direct impact on people’s health and wellbeing,” Rob Stokes said today.

“Lifeline offers crisis support and suicide prevention services to more than 2000 callers every day. 

“Additional funding will help support Lifeline’s initiatives and enable it to respond to even more calls for help. 

“Lifeline provides support services to a huge cross section of our community – particularly those who may be economically or socially isolated.

“Former Pittwater MP John Brogden AM is the Chairman of Lifeline and has played a pivotal role in its ongoing expansion and success.

“Lifeline is a truly invaluable service and I’m delighted the NSW Government is maintaining its very close partnership,” Rob Stokes said.

More information on Lifeline is available by visitingwww.lifeline.org.au. For 24/7 crisis support please call 13 11 14.

 

Dog Day by The Bay 2015

June 18,2015

Today we were delighted to present the Animal Welfare League NSW with a cheque for $2,151.30, from funds raised at Pittwater's 2014 Dog Day by the Bay.

In 2014, the Pittwater Education team put together a great line up.   Here's some details about last years event:

Dog Day by the Bay had activities including agility demonstrations, education talks and children’s activities in kids’ corner.  There were lots of competitions with great prizes to win, including the very popular Canine Fancy Dress Parade kicking off proceedings at 10am.

Highlights of the day included demonstrations and education sessions by dog expert and elite dog trainer Steve Austin. Steve provided owners with tips on dealing with aggressive pets, behavioural problems, excessive barking and the importance of training. Steve also brought his dogs on the day so you could see them in action and hear about his exciting work training detection dogs around the world.

Pet Problems Solved with Dr Jo Righetti - Thunder...Lighting and even just being alone when we go off to work can make dogs suffer a range of serious anxiety problems. It can be VERY frightening for them! Dr Jo Righetti was available to help solve issues of pet’s anxiety problems. Dr Jo is an animal behaviourist with a background in zoology, a PhD in animal behaviour and 15 years business experience helping people and pets.

The popular MCs Brian and Kaye from Essential Pet kept us entertained throughout the day.

In kids’ corner we were excited to have Dr Crunch from Crocodile Encounters. Kids were able to touch and learn about reptiles and Dr Crunch provided advice on what to do if your pet brings wildlife home.

Stall holders showcased their goods and services for all to browse and purchase for pets.  There was food and drink stalls to keep all refreshed throughout the day.  All proceeds from Stall holders fees and donations raised on the day were donated to the local branches of the Animal Welfare League.

This year, Pittwater Council will host their popular Dog Day by the Bay at Rowland Reserve Bayview on Sunday 20 September 2015.

Stall holder applications are now open for Dog Day by the Bay!  If you would like to register your interest to be stall holder please click here

Top: Our Deputy Mayor, Cr Kylie Ferguson pictured with Animal Welfare League NSW, CEO Lindsay Rose.

George Bass surf boat marathon 2016

Entries are now open for the 2016 George Bass Surf Marathon. Head to georgebassmarathon.com.au to download the entry form!

Special early bird prices are on offer until 30 September 2015

 Query to the Community – Metters Products and Scottish Bricks – Please Help

Hello from Scotland. I wonder if you or any of your followers can assist me with a small query.

Back in 2013 you posted this article:www.pittwateronlinenews.com/metters-australia--stoves…

I have a fascination for the Scottish brick industry and associated products (sadly no longer an industry for us!)....I have just posted this on my site and I wondered if you or any of your readers had any evidence to confirm or deny the idea that some Metters products were, at some point manufactured in Scotland.

Also: If any of your readers find a Scottish brick I would love to hear from them.  My email is markcranston1962@gmail.com

See Metters/Scotland on my website HERE

And Scottish bricks HERE

Thanking you all in advance,

Best regards,

Mark Cranston‎ - Scotland

 Club Marine Pittwater to Coffs Harbour Yacht Race 2016 - Entries Open

The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club and Coffs Harbour Yacht Club welcome all eligible boats to enter the 35th Club Marine Pittwater to Coffs Yacht Yacht Race. The 226nm Category 2 Bluewater race from Pittwater to Coffs Harbour will start on Saturday January 2, 2016, 1300hrs.

Once in Coffs Harbour a single non-pointscore fun pursuit race from Coffs Harbour around the Solitary Islands off the Coffs Coast will be held on January 5.

The Notice of Race has been published and applications for entry are open at the Event Website: www.pittwatertocoffs.com.au . 

There will be five entry categories available; IRC, PHS, ORCi, Multihull (OMR), and a Shorthanded (PHS) division.

The 2016 Club Marine Pittwater to Coffs Harbour Yacht Race again welcomes entries from eligible multihulls. Back in January 2014 Sean Langman’s Orma 60 trimaran Team Australia took line honours in the multihull division and created a new race record of 17hrs 7mins 5secs.

Corey Yeung, NSW State Manager of naming rights sponsor Club Marine, added, “Club Marine is proud to be associated with the longstanding event and the competing yachtsmen and women. We once again look forward to meeting competitors, seeing them out on the water at the start off Palm Beach and welcoming them at the Coffs Harbour Yacht Club in early January.”

To assist owners and crew in their preparation for the race The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club has developed the "Come to Coffs Pathway", a series of training opportunities (including Safety at Sea, First Aid, Person Overboard, Radio Operator courses) Seminars (Navigating to Coffs, Internet@Sea, Essential Equipment), and qualify races to meet the eligibility requirements of a Category 2 race.

Two safety items the Coffs Race Committee have adopted for the race is the inclusion for all boats to carry an AIS Transponder and a satellite phone. In previous races Satellite phone were an option if a boat was using an HF radio. The Race Committee believes these technologies will benefit the safety of all competitors sailing north through some of the coasts busiest shipping lanes. Virtual skeds will continue to be used for the 2016 race as boats will have Yellow Brick trackers installed throughout the race and also for the Coffs Harbour Solitary Islands Race. 

Applications for entry close December 1, 2015.

For race enquiries please contact:

RPAYC sailing office ph: (02) 9998 3771 Email:sailing@rpayc.com.au

 MAG&M exhibitions calendar  

July - December 2015

Manly Art Gallery & Museum’s July – December 2015 exhibitions calendar is out now! Download the Calendar, print it, or pop in to the Art Gallery and pick up your copy for the fridge. 

Full of fascinating and stimulating exhibitions from War-Time Quilts, to ceramics, photographs by Anne Zahalka to an exhibition of works by local artists responding to the theme of ‘saltwater’, from ‘Out of Quarantine’ to ‘Destination Sydney’ including paintings by Brett Whiteley, Lloyd Rees and Elisabeth Cummings.

Something for everyone in a dynamic program over the next 6 months! 

 Inspiring Pearls of Wisdom on Radio Northern Beaches

We are very excited to be broadcasting our hour radio program every Wednesday (commencing 17th June) afternoon at 2pm on Radio Northern Beaches 88.7 and 90.3. Your northern beaches community radio station. Check out the website www.rnb.org.au - Now with live streaming.

Our show “Inspiring Pearls of Wisdom", is an hour where friends, share many inspirational gems, allowing you to realise and value that you’re unique.

Our weekly program is the home of inspiring guest interviews, quotes, affirmations, thought-provoking songs and discussions.

We share how to re-awaken your consciousness, your true innate abilities, and how to create and maintain high self-esteem and self-worth.

Each week we will have an unique "Theme" to the show.

This is where we will be sharing links and information about everything we have discussed on the program.

We look forward to your sharing your thoughts, feedback and feelings.

Also feel free to contact us if you would like to be a guest.

Karen Chaston and Kaz (Karen) Pearce

Inspiring Pearls of Wisdom Facebook page.

 PITTWATER WEATHER

Project Update - June, 2015

On 5th May we brought www.pittwaterweather.com online to replace the individual links that were previously necessary during our development stage.

Initially on entering the site we have Snapshots of the Temperature, Humidity and Wind at each of our present operational stations via the clickable list. Then on clicking on the individual stations at the top of the page access is made to the full comprehensive data for each station.

We now have 4 stations operational and 3 more in the pipeline.

The TABS on our individual stations give access to the following data –

HOME        

All present weather parameters updated every 2 minutes.

Data freezes at last reading if power lost to unit - Always check time of data.

Top banner photos cycle automatically or mouse over & click.

RECENT - Today,Yesterday

HISTORY - This Month, This Year, Monthly, Time

GAUGES - Standard, Steel Series, Flying – analog & digital

TRENDS - These graphs present temperature, pressure, rainfall, and wind speed trends for the last 24 hours. The thumbnail graphs are sampled every 10 minutes.

Click on a thumbnail to display the corresponding larger graph. The large graphs are sampled every 1 minute.  

FORECASTS - Tides & Moon (supplied by WillyWeather) + 7 day Forecast (generated by WeatherUnderground)

IMAGES - Slideshow of surrounding area. Webcam – not available yet. Coming to some stations

ABOUT - Station, System – maintenance overview and Information – description & location of equipment + Contact us – comments or questions

The crucial need for these stations was demonstrated during the horrendous weather of 20th and 21st April when Western Foreshore & Scotland Island residents were totally dependent on the information to know when it was safe to leave their homes.

The wonderful volunteers of the SES, Rural Fire Service and Marine Rescue could also have an overview of the weather at various locations around the peninsula.

On 21st April over 350 hits were recorded on the Palm Beach station, over 250 at The Quays and 170 for Scotland Island. This was from a service that was little known at that stage.

Now, as of 9th May, Total Hits on all the stations are approaching 14,000.

The aim of this Project is to establish weather Observation stations around Pittwater that transmit the present ACTUAL conditions to the internet. The Bureau of Meteorology and many other providers produce Forecasts and the BoM produces Observations for many locations but NOT Pittwater. 

When the Barrenjoey Lighthouse installation receives approval from National Parks and Wildlife Service then that weather information will not only benefit Pittwater users but coastal traffic as well.

Barrenjoey will be equipped with a webcam as well as other suitable locations giving a bird’s eye view of the surroundings.

The National Manager, Marine Weather, for the BoM is fully supportive of our endeavour as is Seabreeze.com.au and the NSW Minister for Planning. 

Hopefully this project could be a blueprint for other locations around Australia that are lacking BoM Actual weather information to create their own network to not only be available directly but through the BoM WOW (Weather Observation Website) facility - 

PittwaterWeather is a not-for-profit association helping the community with vital information.

It is hoped that Governments, both State and Federal, will see fit to help fund the ongoing running of this service.

Rohan Walter

President – PittwaterWeather Incorporated

 SAVE THE CLASSIC TIMBER YACHT, "CURRAWONG"

The photo tells the story of a sad, slow death of a classically built, vintage yacht beached at Dangar Island on the Hawkesbury River.

CURRAWONG is so well constructed that she could with much tender loving care and a deep pocket, be restored.

Time is rapidly running out for this beautiful, veteran yacht at a notice of imminent destruction has been glued to her hull.

Ahoy!, calling all wooden boat lovers to rally around a great cause and save the CURRAWONG for future generations to enjoy and appreciate!

John Vaughan, TONDELAO, MIDDLE HARBOUR

Email: john@australianaflags.com.au

Update June 5th: we have word from the owner of this vessel that he will be happy to give her away to a person or group interested in getting her sailing again. He would leave all fittings on her, including one set of sails in reasonable condition. Contact Pittwater Online News if interested - we will run a story on her History and Heritage next Issue

Further below

Above: Close-up of "Currawong" - Pittwater Regatta, 1938 - Sam Hood pic, courtesy State Library of NSW, Image No.:hood_06523

 Boomerang Bags Avalon Workshops

Surfrider Foundation and  Living Ocean

We will continue with our Tuesday workshops 11am-5pm at Avalon Recreation Centre

We are still looking for more volunteers to get involved. The more help we can find the sooner we will be able to launch Boomerang Bags onto the streets of Avalon.

This week shout out goes to Jo, who has become our expert in all involving stamps and paint. Jo has done an excellent job over the last few weeks creating our Boomerang Bag patches to sew on the bags. Great job Jo.

So make sure you pop into Avalon Recreation Centre on Tuesdays, anytime from 11am-5pm and come join the team. All welcome, no sewing skills needed, we need people to cut material, stamp and of course to come along and have a cuppa.

For anyone who is on Facebook we now have a group. Search forBoomerang Bags Avalon.

Jessica Hensman, Operations Manager

PO Box 968, Mona Vale NSW 1660, Surfrider Foundation

E: operations@surfrider.org.au W: www.surfrider.org.au 

 Forty Years On—A Potted History of the Manly Warringah Choir

In this our fortieth anniversary year, Naomi Roseth has been digging in the archives. 

This is some of what she found:

The Manly Warringah Musical Society was established in 1975, with choral works featuring in programs for the first time in December 1976. Two choristers who sang with the Choir at its inaugural concert are still with the Choir in 2015: May Mackenzie and John Killick. We salute them.

Since its establishment, the Choir has performed the works of 46 composers. Of those thirteen, even if born in the 20th century, have composed in the 21st. Five of those are living now. The Choir has never sung the composition of a woman. Is it time to change that? It will come as no surprise that Mozart is the Choir’s favourite composer: We have sung eight different pieces by him.

We have sung Handel’s Messiah fourteen times – more than any other piece. The next most frequently performed piece is Mozart’s Ave Verum (nine times) and excerpts from Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and Fauré’s Requiem (seven times each). We have performed 36 pieces only once. While we sing mostly in English and Latin, over the years we have also sung in German, French, Spanish, Catalonian, Hebrew and Russian.

Carlos Alvarado took over as the Choir’s director in May 2003 and at the time of writing has conducted the Choir in 24 concerts. Before Carlos took over, the Choir performed under the baton of a range of conductors, the names of fourteen appearing in past programs. The stability we enjoy under Carlos’ baton is greatly valued, as is his wonderful ability to share his musicianship with such a diverse group of people.

Angela has been the Choir’s accompanying pianist since June 1991, first as Angela Gates and since September 2001 as Angela Ferguson.

An inspection of past programs reveals a long list of soloists who accompanied the Choir. Two names stand out: Rita Hunter sang excerpts from Messiah in December 1988; Brett Weymark, now Director of Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, sang Messiah twice: in 1998 and 2000, and he sang Mozart’s Requiem in May 1999.

The Choir prides itself in giving young singers performing opportunities which open doors to wider pastures: Emma Moore and Pascal Herrington are now singing in Vienna and Berlin. Alexander Knight and Michael Honeyman sing regularly with Opera Australia.

Since its inception, the Choir had four presidents who are still in the Choir: Joe Micali, Pat Hughes, Marj Binns and Richard Griffiths. Three former secretaries are still members: Jill Selles, Jenny Beck and Margaret Dent, and Gill Gray is a past Treasurer.

Since November 1994 the Choir has been fortunate enough to perform regularly at the Cardinal Cerretti Chapel, St Patrick Estate, Manly. Before that we had performed in a range of locations including churches, schools, community centres and retirement villages. We performed seven times at the Glen Street Theatre in Belrose and three times at the Dee Why RSL. The Choir rarely performs outside the Northern Beaches. We have performed once at the Sydney Conservatorium, also once in Gosford and in Wollongong and five times at St Mary’s Church in North Sydney.

Now we look forward to the next 40 years—who knows what they mighthold?

The Choir celebrates its 40th Anniversary with a Gala Concert on Sunday afternoon August 16th at the Cardinal Cerretti Chapel.

The programme features a double bill: Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 4 with Gregory Kinda as Soloist and  Mozart: Mass in C minor (The Great)

Light refreshments will be served on the Terrace after the concert.

Southern Cross Wildlife Care 

       Critter of the Month - June 2015           

                  Wee little Wombat                 
Sadly, Sarah’s story is not unusual. It’s a story that is becoming more and more common on our busy roads. It is happening right now somewhere in Australia...

An animal is hit by a car. The driver continues on their way, oblivious to the fact that inside the pouch of the mum they’ve just killed is a tiny baby, still fighting for life.

If nobody had stopped, little Sarah would’ve died a slow death from starvation and cold. Or she could’ve been dragged from her mum’s pouch and eaten alive by foxes. 

Luckily for Sarah, though, her story didn’t end in tragedy. In fact, little Sarah became somewhat famous...!         
                       
A wildlife carer was on her way to Southern Cross Wildlife Care with a car full of patients for Dr Howard Ralph. On the side of the road, she saw the wombat that had been hit and stopped to check for pouch young. There was Sarah. Bruised and terrified.

She became the fifth patient in the car.

Dr Howard Ralph gave Sarah a thorough health-check. Aside from the abrasions and superficial wounds, however, Sarah was miraculously well. Howard’s wonderful wife, Glenda, fell instantly in love with Sarah and became her new mum. 

Baby wombats can make a LOT of washing...! Apart from feeding Sarah around the clock - night and day - Glenda found she was washing pouches, towels and face-washers after almost every feed...! At one stage, she considered just popping Sarah in the washing machine :)

Female wombats give birth to a single baby in spring, after a gestation period of around 20–21 days. The ‘jelly-bean’ offspring crawls into the mum’s pouch and stays there, suckling, for about six to seven months. They are weaned after 15 months, and are sexually mature at 18 months. 

The mums have a backwards-facing pouch so that the baby doesn’t get covered in dirt and mud when she is digging in the sand. 
Wombats live in underground burrows and are herbivores, feeding mainly on grasses, sedges, roots, bark and some herbs.

Wombats have an extraordinarily slow metabolism, taking around 8 to 14 days to complete digestion! They generally move slowly, but when threatened, can reach speeds of up to 40 km/h and maintain that speed for up to 90 seconds!

Sarah’s brush with fame occurred when miniature “wildlife warrior”, Kayleigh Greig, took her to meet NSW Premier Mike Baird, in an attempt to spotlight the plight of our wildlife being killed on our growing number of roads and highways. 

She was an ambassador for orphaned wildlife and her cuteness was hard to resist...! 
Kayleigh is campaigning for a “mobile animal hospital/ambulance” to be will be available to rush to the aid of animals that are injured on our roads. She was requesting support from our Government. Sarah was the cute back-up :)                                       

Cuddling our Premier wasn’t nearly as fun as cuddling Dr Howard Ralph, however, and she was happy to be home with her adoptive parents after the day’s adventures into the big city. 

Little Sarah is becoming more and more playful as the days pass - much like a naughty puppy! She trots around the surgery, biting people’s ankles, chewing shoes and making a general nuisance of herself. But she is loved by all who meet her and we look forward to watching her grow into a big wombat and hopefully having babies of her own some day...
Please Remember: If you hit an animal on the road, stop and check for pouch-young. The babies can often survive, even if the mum is killed.

By Lynleigh Greig
Southern Cross Wildlife Care

 Seniors Toy Repair Group needs your help

Volunteers are sought to help out on Wednesday mornings (7.30am to midday) at the group's workshed in Ingleside. Volunteers need their own transport and be willing to sort and clean toys that are picked up at different collection points on the Northern Beaches. 

Prospective volunteers can email Mary Kitchen to arrange a visit to the workshed. To arrange a donation pickup please call Terry Cook on 0410 597 327 or email himFind out more about this great community group HERE

 Avalon Craft Cottage at Avalon 

BACK TO AVALON …. our annual event at the AVALON RECREATION CENTRE…. for three days only,   Thursday 9th, Friday 10th and Saturday 11th July.
All of the above, only bigger and better!
With a good sized room to spread out in, and all that wonderful wall space to display wall hangings, buntings etc it means that all the members can put up a really good display of their brilliant handcrafts.
AS I said, all of the wonderful knitted, baby wear, knee rugs, jewellery, but with all the extra space you get now to see Rita’s beautiful patchwork quilts spread out and displayed;  Jane will have her wonderful brilliantly-coloured silk wall hangings up on the wall  (looking wonderful!);  see Lyn’s colourful bunting for all occasions, for new babies, for Birthday parties, whatever the occasion. Our clever woodworker, June McKimmie will have a display of hand turned Australian timber;  and if you are looking for a quirky ‘fun’ little gift for a friends?    check out Barbara's unique screen printed tea towels.  (sure to get you giggling!)
And if you are looking for baby wear? Look no further. We have beautifully embroidered baby singlets, onesies, bunny rugs (wraps), bibs & bootees plus pretty crocheted pram covers and beautiful knitted shawls; a wonderful gift for that special new baby.
So…. something for everyone!

And … as a special treat this year,  our members will be putting on craft demonstrations during the show. So if you have ever wanted to see how to do beautiful Grub Roses,  or do you want to learn the basics of crocheting….are you one of those people who can crochet a straight line, but cant turn corners ? 
  or if you have a knitting problem that you want a little help with ?  
 come along and speak to the clever crafter on duty.
Maybe  you are more into card making?   would like to see how to do stamping / embossing on cards?     

So…. hope to see you at the Recreation Centre…. look for our lady at the door!    And Please….. tell your friends.

Maureen Darcy-Smith. Publicity Officer

 Sport NSW Announces the Opening of the 2015 Community Sports Volunteer Awards

More than four hundred thousand people across NSW voluntarily dedicate their time every year through their involvement in sporting clubs and organisations. Put simply, sport would not exist without them. Launching the opening of the awards program today, Sport NSW CEO, Cheryl Battaerd said the Community Sports Volunteer Awards recognise the efforts of those around the state who contribute hours of their personal time to ensure that their fellow community members can participate in sport. 

“We recognize the critical and diverse role volunteers play from club administrators and coaches to officials and canteen staff, regardless of the pouring rain, icy temperatures or scorching heat – they are the ones that give life to community sport,” Battaerd said. 

“Unfortunately the reality is volunteer participation in sport is falling in NSW and is outpacing the national decline. All evidence points towards changes to patterns, behaviours and expectations of volunteers, and this has to be a focus for sporting organisations. There is an urgent need to help build the capacity and capability of managers and administrators in sport to effectively recruit and retain volunteers. By recognising the value of volunteering, showcasing successful models of volunteer management and providing information and resources, we are hopeful that we will assist the sporting sector in reversing the trend of volunteer decline in NSW,” she said. 

Get inspired and read the case study of good volunteer management by the 2014 winners of the Community Sporting Club category - Alstonville & District Football Club.

The Community Sport Volunteer Awards program consists of Individual Awards categories and the Minister’s Sport Volunteer Management Awards recognising sporting organisations. 

The Individual Volunteer Community Sport Awards involve five categories:

Official of the Year,   Young Official of the Year,   Coach of the Year,   Young Coach of the Year, and   Community Sport Administrator of the Year. 

The Minister’s Sport Volunteer Management Awards aims to attract nominations from organisations that have shown innovative ideas and management techniques in the recognition, education and training, coordination, and recruitment of volunteers. These awards include three categories:   Club/District or Regional Community Sport Organisation;   State Sporting Organisations and   Event of the Year. 

NSW Minister for Sport and Recreation, the Hon. Stuart Ayres, MP will be presenting the 2015 NSW Community Sports Volunteer Awards at a function on Friday 21st August 2015 at NSW Parliament House. 

Nominations are now open and close on Friday 10th July.

The Awards Guidelines and Nomination Forms can be found at:www.sportnsw.com.au/2015communitysportsvolunteerawards

As the peak body for sport and active recreation, Sport NSW represents the collective interests of NSW’s single largest community sector. With over 100 member groups representing 15,000 sporting clubs and associations and well over 2.5 million participants, workers and volunteers, the community sport and active recreation sector makes a significant contribution to the social, physical, health, mental and economic well-being of our NSW communities.


 

 LEGO AT THE LIBRARY

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 5th 2015. 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.

 June 14 - 20, 2015: Issue 218

 Articles This Week

Front Page Issue 218: 

New Data Proves Overwhelming Support for Pittwater to Stay As We Are + Fit for the Future timeline makes mockery of fair process from Pittwater Council and LGNSW

Save Our Councils Coalition Launched – State MP’s Join their the Ranks Against Forced Amalgamations from SOCC

BL’s Blast Off 2015 – Celebrating 10 Great Years of Surfing Festival Fun + International Day of Surfing Celebration at Harbord Diggers on Friday June 19th

TEDXPITTWATER: THE ART OF BEING PITTWATER - Saturday 20th of June - a chat with Naval Architect Rob Tulk, one of this year's Speakers 

This is Avalon - Winter Solstice FestivalSunday 21st of June 

Reflections By George RepinRABAUL

INAUGURAL SYDNEY HARBOUR & COAST WALK - DAY 26 - BILL AVERY by John Illingsworth

Aquatics RPAYC members excel at Australasian Etchells Championships - report by Jill Connell, photos by Teri Dodds 

Pictures: Avalon Tattoo 2015 - the 10th Annual Celebration

Profile: Fiona Rae, Annabelle Chapman, Diane van Ooi and Karen Begg - Palm Beach SLSC Ladies Masters - this is a celebration of the sisterhood, a small insight into four great women who excel in their own fields and win gold as a team when competing in surf life saving events!

History: May to June 2015 -  Early Pittwater Watermen: Captain Francis Hixson8 January 1833–2 March 1909

If Creswell is the gentleman considered by many to have given birth to the thought of an Australian Navy, a Sydney gentleman, who conducted his first training exercises here in Pittwater and Broken Bay with the Naval Brigade, is the gentleman who gave birth to the physical reality. He is also the gentleman who was responsible for the saving of countess lives in ensuring a program for the building of lighthouses up and down our coastline became the lightships that in many case, still stand today, including Pittwater's Barrenjoey

Artist of the Month: Artist of the Month June 2015 - Tim Hixson: Tim Hixson first began photography whilst a student at Southern Illinois University. After returning home to Australia he lived in Byron Bay then worked out of his studio in North Sydney shooting commercially and developing his personal photography. In 1998 he returned to plastic camera photography, producing the exhibition and book ‘BEACH’.

He has had many solo exhibitions and awards since then and continues to explore the ocean and beach culture using traditional and alternative photography.

Tim is the great grandson of Captain Francis Hixson, and a superlative waterman alike this builder of the Naval Brigade in N.S.W. Tim is our Profile to open the month of June - while his great grandfather opens the Pioneer Watermen of Broken Bay and Pittwater History pages for June.

 Pittwater and Northern Beaches Next Weekend

Three BIG events on next weekend –  on Friday June 19th the International Day of Surfing event at Harbord Diggers, on Saturday the TedxPittwater: The Art of Being Pittwater is on at Newport, and the Avalon Winter Solstice Festival will run from dawn until dusk at Avalon Beach and throughout the village shopping centre streets.

This week we run an insight into one of the speakers for TedxPittwater 2015, Rob Tulk a naval architect, HERE

Also this week we’ve had some add ins to the This Is Avalon - Winter Solstice Festival – there’s still an opportunity for Not for Profits to become part of this as well as a call out for those who want to be volunteers or local community /school fundraising events to assist with activities.

Call Ros Marsh, President of the Avalon Palm Beach Business Chamber Inc. ASAP on  0407 932 066

A full rundown of what’s on where in the village and on the beach and even its headlands is available HERE – sure to be one of the best shortest days of the year celebrations in Sydney next weekend!

SURFRIDER FOUNDATION AUSTRALIA CELEBRATES INTERNATIONAL SURFING DAY!

Come along to the unveiling of the latest addition to Freshwater Headlands Surfers Walk of Fame, by famed sculptor Mick Purdy. Enjoy an entertaining evening of drinks, food, music and film celebrating the sport of surfing and the importance of protecting our oceans, waves and beaches. 

EVENT FROM 4PM FRIDAY 19TH JUNE 2015  AT  HARBORD DIGGERS CLUB.

More event details coming shortly! 

Contact operations@surfrider.org.au for further information.     

Tickets here: www.surfrider.org.au/event/international-surfing-day-2015 

Proudly Sponsored By Barefoot Wines, Four Pines Brewing Co and Harbord Diggers Club

 New Data Proves Overwhelming Support for Pittwater to Stay As We Are

11 Jun 2015

Findings from Pittwater Council’s latest random sample telephone survey conducted by Micromex Research, confirm that 89% of the Pittwater community are in support of Pittwater Council maintaining the status quo, to remain as we are without any boundary changes (Option 1).

When asked of its support for a single mega council (Option 3), Pittwater’s community again voiced its opposition, with a resounding 80% of residents not supportive of this option.

Pittwater Council General Manager, Mark Ferguson said when considering residents’ second preferences, there was increased support for Greater Pittwater/Greater Manly (Option 2) however; the option of becoming a single mega council still did not rate well with our residents, which was supported by:

• 73% of respondents referencing Pittwater maintaining the status quo (Option 1)

• 74% of respondents indicating Greater Pittwater/Greater Manly (Option 2) as their second preference. 

“Further analysis of the data showed that not only were the residents emphatic in their support for Pittwater maintaining status quo, but it was a “communal attitude which evoked similar levels of support across all demographics. 

“When offered a choice of forced amalgamation more than half of our community opposed this. Of those who chose to respond, twice as many favoured the Greater Pittwater/Greater Manly formation over the mega council option. 

“We were very pleased with the level of community engagement and our residents’ depth of knowledge around local government reform and the whole Fit for the Future process, with 79% having an understanding of it.

“The main reasons given for support of Pittwater Council remaining as is without any boundary changes (Option 1) were resident satisfaction of Pittwater Council’s performance and the effectiveness of our services and efficiency,” Mr Ferguson added.

A range of verbatim responses from the community strongly supporting the status quo, include “I have lived in the area under the previous larger council and the area has been run a lot better since the smaller Pittwater Council took over”; and “Pittwater is responsive to its local residents and we may lose this if it changes”.

Pittwater Mayor Jacqueline Townsend reiterated community feedback stating “Residents do not want to revisit the old scenario”. 

“How many times does our community need to speak out? Again and again our residents have told us they don’t want to be part of a mega council. 

“It’s no surprise that these survey results echo the sentiment and subsequent motion passed at our recent Fit for the Future community meeting, ‘that there be no change to Pittwater Council or its boundaries, without community support’,” she added.  

Preliminary results from paper and online surveys also indicate that the majority of respondents preferred Pittwater to remain as we are with no boundary changes (Option1), with the Greater Pittwater/Greater Manly (Option 2) as their second preference. A single council for the northern beaches was the community’s least preferred option.  

Pittwater Council will be reporting in detail on these results at its next Council Meeting, Monday 15 June.

To stay informed, please visit www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/reform

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Fit for the Future timeline makes mockery of fair process

June 9, 2015 - LGNSW Media Release

The release of the final Fit for the Future assessment methodology on Friday 5 June leaves just 15 working days for Councils to complete submissions that will be instrumental in determining their future existence, Local Government NSW has said.

LGNSW President Keith Rhoades AFSM said the limited time allowed for Councils to ensure their submissions responded appropriately to the final methodology made "a mockery of fair process".

Clr Rhoades said 15 days was simply insufficient for Councils to ensure their submissions reflected community wishes and met the methodology requirements.

"That includes a threshold benchmark of 'scale and capacity', which is still deeply problematic - according to the Government, scale and capacity can only be reached if Councils are merged.

"The majority of Councils represent residents and ratepayers who have said overwhelmingly they do not want to be amalgamated, so it's a real Catch 22 and they're on a hiding to nothing."

Cr Rhoades said the inadequate timeline set down by the Government was a joke, and put at risk the likelihood of achieving reform that would genuinely benefit residents and ratepayers.

"IPART is required to receive these critically important and complex submissions, make a judgement on each against complex criteria, and then advise the Government by 16 October whether or not individual Councils are 'Fit for the Future'," he said.

"With the Council submissions due on 30 June, IPART have, on average, less than one day per Council to make assessments.

"These are not insignificant documents we're talking about - they will determine the future grassroots representation of communities in this State.

"Councils and the communities they represent deserve a voice in their own future, and they certainly deserve more than a single day's flick through of a detailed and thorough submission."

Clr Rhoades said it was becoming increasingly clear that Councils found not to meet the criteria set down by Government would be forced to amalgamate with neighbours, irrespective of the wishes of residents and ratepayers.

"The Minister stood in Parliament on May 15 and said the Government would not support a motion against forced Council amalgamations," he said.

"So the Government's agenda is pretty clear, and if the Minister's comments in Parliament don't spell it out sufficiently, the ridiculous timeline does."

Clr Rhoades said even IPART Chair Dr Peter Boxall had publicly described the timeline set down by Government as 'challenging'.

"We agree - and we're finding it increasingly 'challenging' to maintain any confidence that the Government is committed to an evidence-based, considered and fair reform process," he said.

 Query to the Community – Metters Products and Scottish Bricks – Please Help

Hello from Scotland. I wonder if you or any of your followers can assist me with a small query.

Back in 2013 you posted this article:www.pittwateronlinenews.com/metters-australia--stoves…

I have a fascination for the Scottish brick industry and associated products (sadly no longer an industry for us!)....I have just posted this on my site and I wondered if you or any of your readers had any evidence to confirm or deny the idea that some Metters products were, at some point manufactured in Scotland.

Also: If any of your readers find a Scottish brick I would love to hear from them.  My email is markcranston1962@gmail.com

See Metters/Scotland on my website HERE

And Scottish bricks HERE

Thanking you all in advance,

Best regards,

Mark Cranston‎ - Scotland

 Club Marine Pittwater to Coffs Harbour Yacht Race 2016 - Entries Open

The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club and Coffs Harbour Yacht Club welcome all eligible boats to enter the 35th Club Marine Pittwater to Coffs Yacht Yacht Race. The 226nm Category 2 Bluewater race from Pittwater to Coffs Harbour will start on Saturday January 2, 2016, 1300hrs.

Once in Coffs Harbour a single non-pointscore fun pursuit race from Coffs Harbour around the Solitary Islands off the Coffs Coast will be held on January 5.

The Notice of Race has been published and applications for entry are open at the Event Website: www.pittwatertocoffs.com.au . 

There will be five entry categories available; IRC, PHS, ORCi, Multihull (OMR), and a Shorthanded (PHS) division.

The 2016 Club Marine Pittwater to Coffs Harbour Yacht Race again welcomes entries from eligible multihulls. Back in January 2014 Sean Langman’s Orma 60 trimaran Team Australia took line honours in the multihull division and created a new race record of 17hrs 7mins 5secs.

Corey Yeung, NSW State Manager of naming rights sponsor Club Marine, added, “Club Marine is proud to be associated with the longstanding event and the competing yachtsmen and women. We once again look forward to meeting competitors, seeing them out on the water at the start off Palm Beach and welcoming them at the Coffs Harbour Yacht Club in early January.”

To assist owners and crew in their preparation for the race The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club has developed the "Come to Coffs Pathway", a series of training opportunities (including Safety at Sea, First Aid, Person Overboard, Radio Operator courses) Seminars (Navigating to Coffs, Internet@Sea, Essential Equipment), and qualify races to meet the eligibility requirements of a Category 2 race.

Two safety items the Coffs Race Committee have adopted for the race is the inclusion for all boats to carry an AIS Transponder and a satellite phone. In previous races Satellite phone were an option if a boat was using an HF radio. The Race Committee believes these technologies will benefit the safety of all competitors sailing north through some of the coasts busiest shipping lanes. Virtual skeds will continue to be used for the 2016 race as boats will have Yellow Brick trackers installed throughout the race and also for the Coffs Harbour Solitary Islands Race. 

Applications for entry close December 1, 2015.

For race enquiries please contact:

RPAYC sailing office ph: (02) 9998 3771 Email:sailing@rpayc.com.au

 “Thank You” Civic Reception 

‎Ingleside‬ RFS along with other Warringah & Pittwater Council ‪ ‎NSWRFS ‬Brigades, Warringah/Pittwater SES, NSW ‪‎Police‬ & ‪Fire‬ & ‪Rescue‬ NSW attended a 'Thank You' civic reception on Wednesday night, June 19th, to thank those that were involved in the April 2015 storm response for our community.

Pittwater and Warringah Councillors, including Pittwater Mayor Jacqui Townsend, Warringah Mayor Michael Regan, Pittwater State MP Rob Stokes and Federal MP Bronwyn Bishop all attended and spoke, thanking those that participated on the many events the storm caused. 

Our volunteers appreciate the support.

Ingleside Rural Fire Brigade 

 Tight At The Top In Rubber Ducky Premiership Series

Friday 12 June 2015 - By SLS NSW

The 2015 Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) Premiership Series is set for a thrilling conclusion with the overall championship club set to be crowned on Sunday at Kiama Downs on the state’s south coast following two days of intense racing.

A total of 245 competitors from 20 clubs will take to the water in events designed to simulate real life rescue situations involving individual ‘patients’ and mass rescues. All events are based on honing the skills of both IRB driver and crewperson and the fast-paced nature of the competition makes it a great day out for spectators. Just 6 points separate the top four teams in the race to be crowned championship club in what is shaping up to be one of the closest finishes to an IRB Premiership Series in recent seasons.

With plenty of points on offer strong races from defending champions Kiama Downs, perennial threats Catherine Hill Bay, Caves Beach and North Cronulla could see any one of them crowned champions.

It has been a challenging winter for the state’s top IRB competitors with the weather a constant thorn in organisers’ sides across the three competitions thus far. Round 1 at Caves Beach was relocated to Terrigal while rough conditions at Windang in Round 2 means that the remainder of the program will now take place this weekend.

Kiama Downs have become an IRB powerhouse in recent seasons, but team manager and competitor Steven Guy believes there isn’t any extra pressure for his club to clinch the title on their home beach.

“I like to think the local community is proud of what our small club has achieved, and I think it will be great to showcase our sport on our home beach. We’ve had a good start to the season, and with conditions not being favourable in the first two rounds of the season it was good to be able to get on the water at Terrigal,” Mr Guy said.

“We are lucky enough to have a very passionate and dedicated team that performs consistently well across the different event categories and classifications. New members joining the team bring a fresh outlook and assist with re-energizing the team every year.”

As well as vouchers as prizes there will be two IRB engines up for grabs this weekend thanks to the support of Tohatsu Australia – one engine will be presented to the overall premiership winner, with the second going to the “most deserving club.” This award is aimed at encouraging smaller clubs and those new to the sport to enter the state’s premier IRB racing event.

There’s a lot at stake for the competitors individually as well with the race marking the last chance for athletes to impress the selectors ahead of the NSW IRB Interstate team being named next week. It’s also an opportunity for the teams to fine-tune preparations ahead of the NSW IRB State Championships to be held in Mollymook later this month.

The 2015 IRB Premiership Series concludes this Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 June at Kiama Downs with competition slated to get underway at 8am AEST conditions permitting.

For more information please visit the Premiership Series Page. Results from the series can be viewed Here

 10/50 Code Must be Stopped

10 June, 2015 – Wilderness Society

We likely only have about three weeks to go before the review of the NSW 10/50 Vegetation Clearing code is completed. Contact your MP today to ensure they know self-assessment must be removed.   

Since it's introduction, 10/50 has been one devastation after another. For residents of Beecroft the last two weeks have been particularly tragic with the loss of the spectacular patron tree of Beecroft at 83 Beecroft Road to what can only be referred to as cold blooded greed. 

This tragedy is symptomatic of a huge problem in our society, where it now seems that all trees and urban nature are on the chopping block to make way for unchecked development.  

At the heart of this problem is the disgrace that is 10/50 , and it must be stopped! 

In between meetings with MPs on this issue, we received yet another call from a community member in tears today. She was woken by the sound of chainsaws, only to walk outside to see another 4 beautiful trees in her street being destroyed. 

We implore you, please do not let the losses we are seeing dampen your passion for standing up for what we all know to be right. We are making real headway in this campaign, and with the review likely to be released in the next three weeks, now is the time to ensure we get the result we need. 

To this end we are asking you all to please contact your MPs with a very simple message: 

'We are aware that the review of 10/50 is not far from completion and we want to ensure that self-assessment is removed from the current code and assessment is returned to the hands of the trained experts. Please, on behalf of your local community, take this message to Minister David Elliott, and get back to us with his response.' 

By getting enough MPs to pass on this message we can ensure that Minister Elliott (Minister for Emergency Services) understands that he will not be able to make his amendments quickly and quietly, as we expect is his intention. Further, that he understands his colleagues, the opposition, and the wider community are united in their stance against this ridiculous Code.  

The best way you can get your message across to your MP is to arrange a meeting (NB: all MPs are obliged to meet with their constituents upon request). We can help you prepare for the meeting, and provide resources should you need them. 

If you cant schedule a meeting for any reason, or would prefer not to, please at the very least visit your MPs office, call them, or send them an email that voices your concerns.    

So many of you have done so much work on this campaign so far, please let's now work together to ensure we can lock in the result we all want to see, and take this giant leap toward a society that values and appreciates its natural resources.

If you need any assistance at all, or have any questions or concerns, don't hesitate to contact NSW Community Organiser Kaine Johnson

Find out more HERE

 MAG&M exhibitions calendar  

July - December 2015

Manly Art Gallery & Museum’s July – December 2015 exhibitions calendar is out now! Download the Calendar, print it, or pop in to the Art Gallery and pick up your copy for the fridge. 

Full of fascinating and stimulating exhibitions from War-Time Quilts, to ceramics, photographs by Anne Zahalka to an exhibition of works by local artists responding to the theme of ‘saltwater’, from ‘Out of Quarantine’ to ‘Destination Sydney’ including paintings by Brett Whiteley, Lloyd Rees and Elisabeth Cummings.

Something for everyone in a dynamic program over the next 6 months! 

 Pittwater Indian Myna Action Group Launched

June 4, 2015

As part of a public awareness campaign we have created this Facebook page to keep the residents of Pittwater (and anyone else who is interested) up-to-date on the community efforts to control the spread of this pest bird. We need volunteers to take traps from us and help us get rid of this very invasive bird. We will be posting lots of information on the site to help everyone better understand the effect this bird has on the community - not only all the other birds but humans as well. Please let your friends know what we are doing by following us and liking our page. The Pittwater Indian Myna Action Group has been set up as a sub-group to the widely known Pittwater Natural Heritage Association. If you have any questions please post them on our Facebook page and we will get back to you asap. 

Above is the NATIVE Noisy Myna - not to be confused with the Indian Myna which is an introduced pest species. The native Noisy Myna can be a pest too! It's a honey eater and thrives in our open spaces. If you want to get rid of this bird plant lots more native trees and bushes and reduce your lawn area. Do not plant hybrid grevilleas (that flower all year) which will attract this bird. 

The pest Indian Myna or Common Myna thrives in urban areas - they can be seen (and heard!) in our villages, near our garbage bins, in schools and they take nesting sites from our native bird population. 

Common Myna

PIMAG currently has 4 traps out in the area. We have them in people's backyards as well as one at a local marina. As this is a new program we have caught the grand total of 13 birds to date. We have traps available for volunteers and we provide all the information you will need to use them. Please note the instructions are very simple. 

We are hoping that local businesses will get behind the program as the biggest problem with these pest birds is in and around cafes and places where food is freely available such as school playgrounds. So if you are a business and want to get rid of these noisy critters we would love to hear from you

See and ‘like’: www.facebook.com/MynaProblems

Zero$'s For Thousand of Pages

Pittwater Online News has been paid for out of our pockets for over five years now. We don't charge for 99.9% of all content run, that's why you don't see advertisements on pages created.

If you have enjoyed any of these Issues and their pages, and like seeing new stories and records created For, About and By us all, please consider kicking in a few dollars towards our overheads and equipment upgrades to cope with the volume of work we do.

Let's keep the focus on sharing great stories and news, creating decent permanently accessible records, and away from commercialism and all that brings with it.

As there are many many thousands of you reading this each day of each week if everyone put in $10.00 we'd have what we need in less than one day. 

You can invest in this news service HERE

Thank you for your support. 

 PITTWATER WEATHER

Project Update - June, 2015

On 5th May we brought www.pittwaterweather.com online to replace the individual links that were previously necessary during our development stage.

Initially on entering the site we have Snapshots of the Temperature, Humidity and Wind at each of our present operational stations via the clickable list. Then on clicking on the individual stations at the top of the page access is made to the full comprehensive data for each station.

We now have 4 stations operational and 3 more in the pipeline.

The TABS on our individual stations give access to the following data –

HOME        

All present weather parameters updated every 2 minutes.

Data freezes at last reading if power lost to unit - Always check time of data.

Top banner photos cycle automatically or mouse over & click.

RECENT - Today,Yesterday

HISTORY - This Month, This Year, Monthly, Time

GAUGES - Standard, Steel Series, Flying – analog & digital

TRENDS - These graphs present temperature, pressure, rainfall, and wind speed trends for the last 24 hours. The thumbnail graphs are sampled every 10 minutes.

Click on a thumbnail to display the corresponding larger graph. The large graphs are sampled every 1 minute.  

FORECASTS - Tides & Moon (supplied by WillyWeather) + 7 day Forecast (generated by WeatherUnderground)

IMAGES - Slideshow of surrounding area. Webcam – not available yet. Coming to some stations

ABOUT - Station, System – maintenance overview and Information – description & location of equipment + Contact us – comments or questions

The crucial need for these stations was demonstrated during the horrendous weather of 20th and 21st April when Western Foreshore & Scotland Island residents were totally dependent on the information to know when it was safe to leave their homes.

The wonderful volunteers of the SES, Rural Fire Service and Marine Rescue could also have an overview of the weather at various locations around the peninsula.

On 21st April over 350 hits were recorded on the Palm Beach station, over 250 at The Quays and 170 for Scotland Island. This was from a service that was little known at that stage.

Now, as of 9th May, Total Hits on all the stations are approaching 14,000.

The aim of this Project is to establish weather Observation stations around Pittwater that transmit the present ACTUAL conditions to the internet. The Bureau of Meteorology and many other providers produce Forecasts and the BoM produces Observations for many locations but NOT Pittwater. 

When the Barrenjoey Lighthouse installation receives approval from National Parks and Wildlife Service then that weather information will not only benefit Pittwater users but coastal traffic as well.

Barrenjoey will be equipped with a webcam as well as other suitable locations giving a bird’s eye view of the surroundings.

The National Manager, Marine Weather, for the BoM is fully supportive of our endeavour as is Seabreeze.com.au and the NSW Minister for Planning. 

Hopefully this project could be a blueprint for other locations around Australia that are lacking BoM Actual weather information to create their own network to not only be available directly but through the BoM WOW (Weather Observation Website) facility - 

PittwaterWeather is a not-for-profit association helping the community with vital information.

It is hoped that Governments, both State and Federal, will see fit to help fund the ongoing running of this service.

Rohan Walter

President – PittwaterWeather Incorporated

 SAVE THE CLASSIC TIMBER YACHT, "CURRAWONG"

The photo tells the story of a sad, slow death of a classically built, vintage yacht beached at Dangar Island on the Hawkesbury River.

CURRAWONG is so well constructed that she could with much tender loving care and a deep pocket, be restored.

Time is rapidly running out for this beautiful, veteran yacht at a notice of imminent destruction has been glued to her hull.

Ahoy!, calling all wooden boat lovers to rally around a great cause and save the CURRAWONG for future generations to enjoy and appreciate!

John Vaughan, TONDELAO, MIDDLE HARBOUR

Email: john@australianaflags.com.au

Update June 5th: we have word from the owner of this vessel that he will be happy to give her away to a person or group interested in getting her sailing again. He would leave all fittings on her, including one set of sails in reasonable condition. Contact Pittwater Online News if interested - we will run a story on her History and Heritage next Issue

Further below

Above: Close-up of "Currawong" - Pittwater Regatta, 1938 - Sam Hood pic, courtesy State Library of NSW, Image No.:hood_06523

 Boomerang Bags Avalon Workshops

Surfrider Foundation and  Living Ocean

We will continue with our Tuesday workshops 11am-5pm at Avalon Recreation Centre

We are still looking for more volunteers to get involved. The more help we can find the sooner we will be able to launch Boomerang Bags onto the streets of Avalon.

This week shout out goes to Jo, who has become our expert in all involving stamps and paint. Jo has done an excellent job over the last few weeks creating our Boomerang Bag patches to sew on the bags. Great job Jo.

So make sure you pop into Avalon Recreation Centre on Tuesdays, anytime from 11am-5pm and come join the team. All welcome, no sewing skills needed, we need people to cut material, stamp and of course to come along and have a cuppa.

For anyone who is on Facebook we now have a group. Search forBoomerang Bags Avalon.

Jessica Hensman, Operations Manager

PO Box 968, Mona Vale NSW 1660, Surfrider Foundation

E: operations@surfrider.org.au W: www.surfrider.org.au 

Bushcare in Pittwater - June 2015:Pittwater Council's Cooee Newsletter - May to June 2015: HERE

For further information or to confirm the meeting details for below groups, please contact Council's Bushcare Officer on 9970 1367


Sun June 14 
Bangalley Head 9-12pm 
Catherine Park 10-12:30pm     
Mon June 15 
Bilgola Beach 8-11am 
Thu June 18 
Mona Vale Dunes 8:30-11:30am 
Sat June 20 
Toongari Res 8-11am 
Old Wharf Res 8-11am 
Nth Palm Beach 9-12pm 
Pathilda Res 9-12pm 
Irrawong Res 1-4pm     
Sun June 21 
Angophora Res 8:30-11:30am 
Sat June 27 
Nth Newport Beach 8:30-11:30am 
Careel Creek 8:30-11:30am 
Sun June 28 
Bungan Beach 8-11am 
Winn Bay 9-12pm 
Kundibah Res 8-11am 

 Forty Years On—A Potted History of the Manly Warringah Choir

In this our fortieth anniversary year, Naomi Roseth has been digging in the archives. 

This is some of what she found:

The Manly Warringah Musical Society was established in 1975, with choral works featuring in programs for the first time in December 1976. Two choristers who sang with the Choir at its inaugural concert are still with the Choir in 2015: May Mackenzie and John Killick. We salute them.

Since its establishment, the Choir has performed the works of 46 composers. Of those thirteen, even if born in the 20th century, have composed in the 21st. Five of those are living now. The Choir has never sung the composition of a woman. Is it time to change that? It will come as no surprise that Mozart is the Choir’s favourite composer: We have sung eight different pieces by him.

We have sung Handel’s Messiah fourteen times – more than any other piece. The next most frequently performed piece is Mozart’s Ave Verum (nine times) and excerpts from Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and Fauré’s Requiem (seven times each). We have performed 36 pieces only once. While we sing mostly in English and Latin, over the years we have also sung in German, French, Spanish, Catalonian, Hebrew and Russian.

Carlos Alvarado took over as the Choir’s director in May 2003 and at the time of writing has conducted the Choir in 24 concerts. Before Carlos took over, the Choir performed under the baton of a range of conductors, the names of fourteen appearing in past programs. The stability we enjoy under Carlos’ baton is greatly valued, as is his wonderful ability to share his musicianship with such a diverse group of people.

Angela has been the Choir’s accompanying pianist since June 1991, first as Angela Gates and since September 2001 as Angela Ferguson.

An inspection of past programs reveals a long list of soloists who accompanied the Choir. Two names stand out: Rita Hunter sang excerpts from Messiah in December 1988; Brett Weymark, now Director of Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, sang Messiah twice: in 1998 and 2000, and he sang Mozart’s Requiem in May 1999.

The Choir prides itself in giving young singers performing opportunities which open doors to wider pastures: Emma Moore and Pascal Herrington are now singing in Vienna and Berlin. Alexander Knight and Michael Honeyman sing regularly with Opera Australia.

Since its inception, the Choir had four presidents who are still in the Choir: Joe Micali, Pat Hughes, Marj Binns and Richard Griffiths. Three former secretaries are still members: Jill Selles, Jenny Beck and Margaret Dent, and Gill Gray is a past Treasurer.

Since November 1994 the Choir has been fortunate enough to perform regularly at the Cardinal Cerretti Chapel, St Patrick Estate, Manly. Before that we had performed in a range of locations including churches, schools, community centres and retirement villages. We performed seven times at the Glen Street Theatre in Belrose and three times at the Dee Why RSL. The Choir rarely performs outside the Northern Beaches. We have performed once at the Sydney Conservatorium, also once in Gosford and in Wollongong and five times at St Mary’s Church in North Sydney.

Now we look forward to the next 40 years—who knows what they mighthold?

The Choir celebrates its 40th Anniversary with a Gala Concert on Sunday afternoon August 16th at the Cardinal Cerretti Chapel.

The programme features a double bill: Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 4 with Gregory Kinda as Soloist and  Mozart: Mass in C minor (The Great)

Light refreshments will be served on the Terrace after the concert.

 

Festival celebrates Aboriginal culture and heritage

Pittwater Council is proud to be one of 11 Councils and many reconciliation and community groups participating in this year’s Guringai Festival.

Founded in 2001, the Guringai Festival aims to raise awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in the Northern Sydney region. The festival runs between Sorry Day on 26 May to the end of NAIDOC Week in July.

Pittwater Mayor, Jacqui Townsend said the Guringai Festival’s theme ‘Story of Place’ provides a great framework for the line-up of activities this year.

“This celebration of Aboriginal Culture and Heritage, now in its 15th year, boasts a number of events and workshops, art exhibitions, performances, films and talks.

“I commend the Guringai Festival Committee for once again putting together a festival with a  wide array of events that touch our hearts, our minds and our souls – and celebrate US as a whole of community,” added Cr Townsend.

At this year’s festival Pittwater Council will be hosting the following events:

Turimetta Head Aboriginal Heritage Walk

Pittwater Council will host a free guided walk led by the Aboriginal Heritage Office. Come and learn more about our amazing local Aboriginal heritage in an outstanding setting. This is a great free event for the whole family. This walk is medium grade.

When: Saturday 20 June, 9 to 11am

Where: Meeting point to be provided on booking.

 Pre-school storytelling @ Mona Vale Library

Pre-schoolers are invited to attend a themed story-telling, music and craft session at Mona Vale Library to celebrate the festival.  No bookings required.

 When: Wednesday 24 June, 10am

Where: Mona Vale Library, 1 Park Street Mona Vale.

Events will be held across the Sydney region.  For detailed information on the events happening during the Guringai Festival visit:   www.guringaifestival.com.au

 Seniors Toy Repair Group needs your help

Volunteers are sought to help out on Wednesday mornings (7.30am to midday) at the group's workshed in Ingleside. Volunteers need their own transport and be willing to sort and clean toys that are picked up at different collection points on the Northern Beaches. 

Prospective volunteers can email Mary Kitchen to arrange a visit to the workshed. To arrange a donation pickup please call Terry Cook on 0410 597 327 or email himFind out more about this great community group HERE

Southern Cross Wildlife Care 

       Critter of the Month - June 2015           

                  Wee little Wombat                 
Sadly, Sarah’s story is not unusual. It’s a story that is becoming more and more common on our busy roads. It is happening right now somewhere in Australia...

An animal is hit by a car. The driver continues on their way, oblivious to the fact that inside the pouch of the mum they’ve just killed is a tiny baby, still fighting for life.

If nobody had stopped, little Sarah would’ve died a slow death from starvation and cold. Or she could’ve been dragged from her mum’s pouch and eaten alive by foxes. 

Luckily for Sarah, though, her story didn’t end in tragedy. In fact, little Sarah became somewhat famous...!         
                       
A wildlife carer was on her way to Southern Cross Wildlife Care with a car full of patients for Dr Howard Ralph. On the side of the road, she saw the wombat that had been hit and stopped to check for pouch young. There was Sarah. Bruised and terrified.

She became the fifth patient in the car.

Dr Howard Ralph gave Sarah a thorough health-check. Aside from the abrasions and superficial wounds, however, Sarah was miraculously well. Howard’s wonderful wife, Glenda, fell instantly in love with Sarah and became her new mum. 

Baby wombats can make a LOT of washing...! Apart from feeding Sarah around the clock - night and day - Glenda found she was washing pouches, towels and face-washers after almost every feed...! At one stage, she considered just popping Sarah in the washing machine :)

Female wombats give birth to a single baby in spring, after a gestation period of around 20–21 days. The ‘jelly-bean’ offspring crawls into the mum’s pouch and stays there, suckling, for about six to seven months. They are weaned after 15 months, and are sexually mature at 18 months. 

The mums have a backwards-facing pouch so that the baby doesn’t get covered in dirt and mud when she is digging in the sand. 
Wombats live in underground burrows and are herbivores, feeding mainly on grasses, sedges, roots, bark and some herbs.

Wombats have an extraordinarily slow metabolism, taking around 8 to 14 days to complete digestion! They generally move slowly, but when threatened, can reach speeds of up to 40 km/h and maintain that speed for up to 90 seconds!

Sarah’s brush with fame occurred when miniature “wildlife warrior”, Kayleigh Greig, took her to meet NSW Premier Mike Baird, in an attempt to spotlight the plight of our wildlife being killed on our growing number of roads and highways. 

She was an ambassador for orphaned wildlife and her cuteness was hard to resist...! 
Kayleigh is campaigning for a “mobile animal hospital/ambulance” to be will be available to rush to the aid of animals that are injured on our roads. She was requesting support from our Government. Sarah was the cute back-up :)                                       

Cuddling our Premier wasn’t nearly as fun as cuddling Dr Howard Ralph, however, and she was happy to be home with her adoptive parents after the day’s adventures into the big city. 

Little Sarah is becoming more and more playful as the days pass - much like a naughty puppy! She trots around the surgery, biting people’s ankles, chewing shoes and making a general nuisance of herself. But she is loved by all who meet her and we look forward to watching her grow into a big wombat and hopefully having babies of her own some day...
Please Remember: If you hit an animal on the road, stop and check for pouch-young. The babies can often survive, even if the mum is killed.

By Lynleigh Greig
Southern Cross Wildlife Care

 

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 Avalon Craft Cottage at Avalon 

BACK TO AVALON …. our annual event at the AVALON RECREATION CENTRE…. for three days only,   Thursday 9th, Friday 10th and Saturday 11th July.
All of the above, only bigger and better!
With a good sized room to spread out in, and all that wonderful wall space to display wall hangings, buntings etc it means that all the members can put up a really good display of their brilliant handcrafts.
AS I said, all of the wonderful knitted, baby wear, knee rugs, jewellery, but with all the extra space you get now to see Rita’s beautiful patchwork quilts spread out and displayed;  Jane will have her wonderful brilliantly-coloured silk wall hangings up on the wall  (looking wonderful!);  see Lyn’s colourful bunting for all occasions, for new babies, for Birthday parties, whatever the occasion. Our clever woodworker, June McKimmie will have a display of hand turned Australian timber;  and if you are looking for a quirky ‘fun’ little gift for a friends?    check out Barbara's unique screen printed tea towels.  (sure to get you giggling!)
And if you are looking for baby wear? Look no further. We have beautifully embroidered baby singlets, onesies, bunny rugs (wraps), bibs & bootees plus pretty crocheted pram covers and beautiful knitted shawls; a wonderful gift for that special new baby.
So…. something for everyone!

And … as a special treat this year,  our members will be putting on craft demonstrations during the show. So if you have ever wanted to see how to do beautiful Grub Roses,  or do you want to learn the basics of crocheting….are you one of those people who can crochet a straight line, but cant turn corners ? 
  or if you have a knitting problem that you want a little help with ?  
 come along and speak to the clever crafter on duty.
Maybe  you are more into card making?   would like to see how to do stamping / embossing on cards?     
The timetable for the various craft demos is not organised as yet, so either just come along on the first day to check out the times or, better still, check our FACEBOOK page for all details.
And Please….. become a Friend of the AVALON CRAFT COTTAGE to stay up to date.
So…. hope to see you at the Recreation Centre…. look for our lady at the door!    And Please….. tell your friends.

Maureen Darcy-Smith. Publicity Officer

The NSW Government Gazette 

The New South Wales Government Gazette is the official channel for the circulation of Proclamations, Regulations, Government Notices, Private Legal Advertisements andther matters required to be published in the Government Gazette under the Statutes of New South Wales Government. The NSW Government Gazette contains: 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 theN.S.W. Government website from 2pm each Friday.


Apology 

We'd like to apologise to all those who look forward to our History pages each Issue and also those eager to read about the Currawong historic yacht in her early days.

We do have the next in the Pioneer watermen of Broken Bay and Pittwater series ready to run, it will focus on Scotland Island Shipbuilders, and we also found during our research one of Australia's first lady entrepreneurs who at one time owned the whole island  - yes she's of Scottish heritage, yes, she was a Tasmanian, yes she later became a Countess and then a Marquise - yes there is romance and revolution and some of the premier peoples in Australia and on the world stage involved - but as we treat these pages as record keeping devices and like to run as much as possible, and there is, once again, a small book to load/set on each of these pages, we have run out of the extra 70+ hours required this week to get this done. Apparently there really is only 24 hours in every day.

The same goes for the wonderful voyages and racing thrills of the beautiful Currawong (see column opposite) so that too shall run in Issue 219.

We have given precedence to all else you see running as full pages this week as this is, after all, a News Service and this is what's new and news this week.

So History and Archivist lovers - you're in for a treat x 3 next Sunday. We're very excited about what we've found to share with you.

A J Guesdon, Editor - Pittwater Online News.

George Bass surf boat marathon 2016

Entries are now open for the 2016 George Bass Surf Marathon. Head to georgebassmarathon.com.au to download the entry form!

Special early bird prices are on offer until 30 September 2015

Winter Solstice 2015

June Solstice in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia is on Monday, 22 June 2015 at 2:39 AM AEST

 PLANNING for NON-PLANNERS

Monday 15 June - FREE Half Day Course

Highly Recommended: With Professor Peter Phibbs from Urban Planning & Policy Group at University of Sydney.

The Basics: 9:30am to 12:30pm

Advanced: 1.00pm to 4pm

Ideal for members of residents groups and community organisers and workers. To register/learn more: Emailchar.jones@innersydneyrcsd.org.au

 Honorary doctorate for ‘Australian living treasure’

11 JUN 2015:  by MYLES GOUGH - UNSW

Internationally renowned Australian author Thomas Keneally has been awarded a UNSW doctor of letters for his contributions to Australian literature.

The internationally renowned Australian author and historian Thomas Keneally has been awarded an honorary doctorate in recognition of his contributions to Australian literature and society.

Noting his illustrious career as “a supreme teller of stories” that have had a profound impact on our understanding of the past, UNSW conferred on Keneally the degree of Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, the University’s highest honour.

Keneally is the author of more than 40 published works of fiction and history, and has won an array of literary prizes and honours in Australia and around the world.  

He has three times been nominated for the Man Booker Prize for the best work of fiction published in English, winning in 1982 for his novel Schindler’s Ark, which was later adapted into the Academy Award-winning film Schindler's List

Keneally, who grew up in New South Wales, is also an avid public speaker and activist. He has recently edited a pair of anthologies focused on the asylum seeker debate: Another Country, is a collection of writings by asylum seekers, while A Country Too Far, features essays and stories by some of Australia’s leading writers. 

In his speech at the UNSW graduation ceremony, Keneally spoke about the issue, urging both major political parties to stop their “outrageous and willful" misuse of the English language to dehumanise refugees, and instead commit to finding an international solution.

“We have reacted to a genuine world crisis with verbal meanness and subsequent cruelty,” he said. “I wish devoutly that instead of pressing the English language into its more brutal gears and scapegoating victims… we too could address ourselves not to international denial but to an international solution.” 

“Let us lead a world crusade to enable, through the co-operation of all liberal democracies, accredited refugees to be absorbed into our populations,” he said.

“So let's use mandatory detention only for health, identity and security checks that do not take years, but weeks. Let's have accommodation centres – not prisons. And for God's own sweet sake, let's release all children from mandatory detention. Let's have an independent commission to decide on asylum seeker policy to stop politicians using it to improve their vote.”

Keneally has had a long-standing relationship with UNSW. In January 2014, he delivered the university's annual Gandhi Oration, and before that played an important role in the campaign to establish a Chair of Irish Studies.

In 1983 he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia. He is also a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, was the founding chairman of the Australian Republican Movement, and has served on the Australian Constitutional Commission and the Australia-China Council.   

Top: Author Thomas Keneally. Image: Helen White, courtesy SMSA

 UNIQUE VEHICLE SHOW 2015

June 11, 2015

The Royal Motor Yacht Club Broken Bay at Newport is pleased to announce the staging of the 8th Annual “UNIQUE VEHICLE SHOW" on Sunday 26th July.

An "unusual" event for a Yacht Club to host you might think, but "boaties" do have many other interests, and an enthusiasm for all things mechanical is certainly one of them!

Rob Brown (RMYC Event Organiser) said today in announcing the event, 

“We are very excited to host the show once again this year. We are working closely with the Pittwater Motor Enthusiasts Association and their members, who will be show casing some of the rarest motor vehicles, bikes and engines dating as far back as the early 1900’s.  And while you are here you can try out our “food and wine tasting” that will run throughout the day.  

This year the show will incorporate a new category, a selected number of moderns… from the year 2000 through to the present day. This will obviously add even more colour and flare to what has been a fantastic array of motoring history over the last seven years here at RMYC.  

There will be over 60 vehicles on display including beautifully restored Vintage cars, Classics, Sports Cars, Hot Rods, Motorcycles, working engines and Models.

The vehicles will be located in the waterfront car park at the Royal Motor Yacht Club, 46 Prince Alfred Parade, Newport.  10am till 3.00pm. 

Entry is free - members of the Public are welcome but will need to sign in, if they wish to use the club’s facilities. Parking is limited at the club, so why not make it an even more special day by catching the historic MV Reliance ferry from Rowland Reserve Bayview or from the Newport Arms Public Wharf. Cost $5.00 per person each way!  

We look forward to seeing you here at the RMYC!

For more information, please contact RMYC office during business hours – 9997 5511.

 SHOROC Announces Operational Plan for Year Ahead

June 12, 2015

SHOROC has released its Operational Plan for 2015/16, outlining major infrastructure and service priorities for the region and key initiatives to be delivered for the councils and communities of north east Sydney.

SHOROC is a partnership of Manly, Mosman, Pittwater & Warringah Councils led by a Board of the council Mayors and General Managers. We advocate for our region, coordinate regional planning, and build partnerships to improve the strategic capacity of our member councils.

Cr Peter Abelson SHOROC President and Mayor of Mosman says that the SHOROC 2015-16 Operational Plan includes projects that will build on the results in recent years for the region and councils.

SHOROC is focussed on providing value and getting results and major priorities are to:

• Improve transport, health, community and education services

• Grow local employment and containment

• Facilitate appropriate housing growth and choice, deliver waste infrastructure, and improve regional asset planning

• Reduce waste to landfill and improve regional environment and sustainability

• Continue to build our regional capacity to partner with other levels of government

“SHOROC’s joint advocacy and partnership with the NSW Government has led to the government delivering outstanding results for the region, including $644 million for a Bus Rapid Transit system and major road upgrades, as well as the new Northern Beaches Hospital.

“This plan adds a range of projects focussed on regional employment and economic development, while continuing the key focus on transport, health and environmental sustainability.

“Central to success in the coming year is the strong partnerships built with government agencies to work together for improved transport, health, planning, waste and community services.

“We’ve had considerable success in advocating for infrastructure and I would like to extend this to regional collaboration for community and social services in the years ahead.”

“Planning for the future is a central theme. This plan sees SHOROC working with NSROC to coordinate and support councils across northern Sydney in subregional land use and infrastructure planning under the NSW Government’s A Plan for Growing Sydney.

“In addition, we’re now providing a joint procurement service in collaboration with NSROC for councils of northern Sydney,” Cr Abelson said.

“SHOROC also continually seeks to improve its operations and council strategic capacity. We will be aiming to improve the way we operate to foster effective regional collaboration of councils across our region and also more broadly with NSROC and its member councils across northern Sydney.”

Read the SHOROC 2015-16 Operational Plan.

 NSW Public Works reforms

9th June, 2015  - NSW Government Public Works

NSW Public Works will move to a new business model that provides expert industry advice and works with the private sector to deliver infrastructure services across NSW.

Minister for Finance, Services & Property Dominic Perrottet said the decline of NSW Public Works revenue and rise in the growth of competitive private services had significant implications for the sustainability of the NSW Public Works operating model.

“While NSW Public Works has and will continue to provide invaluable expert strategic advice on this program of work, primary responsibility for project delivery lies with the business community”, he said.

Over the next two years Public Works will advise and oversee the State’s infrastructure solutions to re-position itself as a ‘smart buyer’ of infrastructure services from private businesses, particularly for agencies and councils. The reforms aim to secure the future of the organisation.

The NSW Government will continue to provide support in emergency engineering response across NSW, and support the natural disaster grants program. Services in regional, rural and remote NSW will continue as usual.

Some services currently provided by NSW Public Works that can be supplied by the private sector will be transferred, sold or discontinued. Affected employees, clients and other stakeholders will be consulted before plans are finalised. Client contracts will not be impacted by these changes.

Find out more about NSW Public Works 

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Direct link: www.publicworks.nsw.gov.au/public-works-transformation 

 Brisbane to Keppel yacht race - ideal launch pad for the northern circuit

Event: Club Marine Brisbane to Keppel Tropical Yacht Race starts 1100hrs Thursday July 30, 2015 from Moreton Bay finishes Keppel Bay, hosted by the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron at Manly, Brisbane, Queensland

Winter has barely arrived in the south eastern states and already a savvy bunch of yachties are planning to cast off the woolies and get out of town. Entry for the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron’s 9th annual Club Marine Brisbane to Keppel Tropical Yacht Race is open and a diverse fleet is building for the 1100hrs start on Thursday July 30, 2015 from Brisbane’s Moreton Bay.

Of the RQYS organised 343 miler, Rear Commodore Mark Gallagher says, “already there’s a great fleet heading north to enjoy the fantastic hospitality shown by the finish crew at Keppel Bay Marina. The course is scenic and like most coastal passages it’s a thinking person’s race to play the wind and tide to maximum advantage. And we throw whale watching in for free!”

“With regular flights to Rockhampton airport it’s the perfect pit stop for swapping crew and gear, and the ideal launch pad for the northern circuit,” reminds RQ’s sailing manager Richard Matterson. 

His team is making it even easier for Sydney Gold Coast yacht race crews wanting to take the option of back-to-back coastal races as the best way to leap-frog north to the Whitsunday regatta loop of Airlie Beach, Hamilton Island and Magnetic Island race weeks. 

There’s an existing agreement in place with the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia that paperwork submitted for their Category 2 Sydney Gold Coast yacht race also satisfies the entry criteria for the Brisbane to Keppel. RQYS’ latest initiative to assist owners with logistics is the offer to send their gear truck to Southport Yacht Club to meet the CYCA’s fleet and collect equipment owners need transported north to Manly for the next stage Club Marine Brisbane to Keppel Tropical Yacht Race.

For the past four years supermaxis Wild Oats XI and Grant Wharington’s Wild Thing have been the gun line honours boats. With the Oatleys’ race record holder Wild Oats XI on a ship to Los Angeles to tackle the Transpac Race there’s going to be some elbow room at the head of the table. 

So far Peter Harburg’s 70-footer Black Jack is Wild Oats’ likely successor.

Sam Haynes from Sydney has a new Celestial, a JV designed TP52, and though he’s won division one for the past two years he’s coming back to try for a hat trick, and hoping this year is the running race advertised in the brochures. “We are due for a downhill ride, but regardless I need to take the TP north and it’s a good step in that direction, towards Hamilton Island and the IRC Australian Championship. It’s pretty scenic along the Island and getting into the bay at the end; the race itself is good to do.”

The people’s boat, Russel McCart’s Volvo 60 Spirit of Mateship, is returning with its mix of regular and ADF crew.

Now in its ninth year, the 343 nautical mile challenge from Moreton Bay to the finish in Keppel Bay starts at 1100hrs on Thursday July 30, 2015. Further course details will be included in the sailing instructions.

The Notice of Race has been published and online entry is now open. 

Entries close Friday July 17, 2015.

by Lisa Ratcliff

Top: Black Jack -credit Andrea Francolini

 2015 Pub2Pub - for Early Bird Discount,register by 14 June

New name, new finish, new optional 'short course' - register NOW

This year the iconic community event will be held on Sunday August 23. It has a new name: the 'Pub2Pub Fun Run & Festival' and will be bigger and better than ever. We hope you'll join in the fun again.

Why 'Festival'? Because this year we've tweaked our iconic event to enhance the experience for all participants and the wider northern beaches community... and to raise more funds for the wonderful causes the event supports in conjunction with Rotary Club of Brookvale.

NEW FINISH LOCATION

The Newport Arms is undergoing renovations, so this year the event will finish at Newport Surf Club.

REAL FESTIVAL ATMOSPHERE

• Live Music during the race and at the finish line

• International Food Festival

• Share drinks with friends from the Bar

• Sponsor's Stands

• Activities for kids .../and of course

• The Awards Ceremony

OPTIONAL SHORT COURSE

To encourage healthy activity and community involvement by more youngsters, we're now offering a short, 3km course, starting at Mona Vale Surf Club.

LOTS OF PRIZES

For teams, individuals, schools and more...

This year we're aiming for up to 10,000 participants - doubling the event's previously capped entry limit. As a result, we're hoping to raise even more money to support the great work of local community charities like Bear Cottage... the Children's Cancer Institute... Manly and Mona Vale Hospitals... Life Education Australia... Sunnyfield Disability Services... The Kids' Cancer Project... and White Ribbon Australia.

Legendary Ironman Guy Leech returns as event Ambassador and the mighty Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles are also on board. Now we want YOU!

A special 10%+ Early Bird Discount applies to everyone registering by June 14. To register, simply click here

The Pub2Pub Team

                   'WITH GOD ON OUR SIDE'            

FILM SCREENING in  AVALON

This  powerful, compassionate, documentary film by Porter Speakman will be shown at Avalon Baptist Church  on Sunday morning June 28 at 10 a.m.

"With God On Our Side" takes a hard look at the theology and politics of Christian Zionism, which teaches that because the Jews are God's chosen people, Israeli government policies should not be questioned, even when these policies are unjust

Christian Zionists have been hugely important in American Foreign Policy  because of their influence on the right wing of the Republican Party. There are also Christian Zionists in Australia. The film traces Porter Speakman's change of heart from Christian Zionist to moderate peacemaker.

Speakman said, "When you think God is on your side everything is justified. Radical Muslims justify suicide bombings, Radical Jews justify ethnic cleansing and radical Christians justify modern-day crusades."

The  film is also valuable because it traces the history of the establishment of Israel as a right of the Jewish people without regard for the rights  of the Palestinians who had been living there for many hundreds of years.   This history is vital in assessing the justice of current politics.  It is particularly important  knowledge for human rights advocates who are often accused of being "änti-semitic"   

The film makers believe "that God does not take sides with certain people, groups, nations or agendas. Rather, He is for all people."  

FILM SCREENING:   "WITH GOD ON OUR SIDE"

DATE:   Sunday   28th June at  10  a.m.

PLACE:  AVALON BAPTIST PEACE MEMORIAL CHURCH: 2  George St.

Free entry / Free Morning Tea-Brunch.

Voluntary Donations to Nepal Earthquake Relief (World Vision)

INFO:  Kath Moody 99971815    avalonbaptistchurch.net

 

Uni partnership delivers walking app for Pittwater

Residents and visitors to Pittwater can now navigate some of the best walks in Pittwater with thanks to work undertaken by students from Macquarie University.

The development of Walking Pittwater has been made possible through Pittwater Council partnering with Macquarie University’s PACE (Professional And Community Engagement) program.

Lindie Clark, Academic and Programs Director of PACE, said the program gives Macquarie students invaluable practical experience while they are still a student so they can get that all-important head start on their career.

“It’s been an extremely rewarding experience for the students who have participated in the Walking Pittwater application development.

“PACE is of mutual benefit for our students and partner organisations. Not only has Pittwater Council benefited from our third year students’ knowledge and experience, but residents and visitors to the area will benefit a great deal from this mapping resource,” added Mr Steve Smith [Unit Convenor, Macquarie University]

The interactive app boasts numerous points of interest, historical information, and video footage that have been embedded.

The app can also be personalised by the user – allowing them to mark areas of interest and tag them so they can be found again.

Pittwater Council’s Mayor, Jacqui Townsend praised those involved in the project including local residents John and Lyn Illingsworth, who assisted with image placement and local knowledge.

“I extend my thanks also to John Illingsworth who kindly donated a number of videos for the app.

“The appeal of the Walking Pittwater app is the depth of historical content that was gathered with the assistance of the Avalon Historical Society and material from Mona Vale Library’s local studies area.

Pittwater Council’s General Manager, Mark Ferguson thanked Macquarie University and the students involved in the program, saying the partnership with Macquarie University and Pittwater Council proved a great success.

“A group of 15 students were involved in the app’s development – giving students the exposure to working with local government and gaining experience in their chosen field

“The students contributed nearly 800 hours to this project – that would have otherwise cost rate payers approximately $45k.

“It’s a fine example of how partnering with organisations can provide mutually beneficial outcomes,” added Mr Ferguson.

The Walking Pittwater app is now available in both android and Apple ® versions, and can be downloaded free from Google Play or iTunes.

PACE at Macquarie University is happy to hear from other partners who are interested in developing similar tools or resources for their organisation.  Please contact pace.science@mq.edu.au for more information on how to get involved.

New skate park for Mona Vale

Pittwater Council’s plans to build a new skate park at Kitchener Park, Mona Vale are now underway and we are seeking input on the design process.

We need your help to shape the design and input on questions like whether or not to keep and renovate the existing half pipe.

A skate park working group is being formed to provide advice, recommendations and local knowledge to Council on behalf of skateboard, BMX, scooter users and skate related enthusiasts and professionals.

Pittwater Council’s Mayor, Jacqui Townsend said the project was a cornerstone in delivering one of Council’s key strategic objectives – promoting youth involvement in recreational and social activities.

“The skate park at Kitchener Park has been a longstanding concern and something we are committed to delivering to our community.

“The facility will cater for the interests, needs and safety of current and future generations of skate facility users,” added Cr Townsend.

The preparation of concept design and tendering for the project will take place from mid to late 2015, with construction of the upgrade commencing in early 2016.

Project information and expression of interest survey for the working party are located on our website at: Pittwater.nsw.gov.au/yoursay 

To submit your ideas for consideration email:Pittwater_council@pittwater.nsw.gov.au or call David Bremner, Community Engagement Officer on 9970 1262

Business breakfast takes on tourism

Pittwater Business Limited’s (PBL) next business breakfast will take place on Wednesday 17 June at Royal Motor Yacht Club, Newport from 7am.

The breakfast’s keynote speaker will be Matt Stoeckel from Destination NSW who will share his insights on current strategies to grow the visitor economy in NSW.

Destination NSW’s vision is to make Sydney and NSW the world’s most successful tourism and events destination by developing more sporting & cultural events, international conventions, corporate events & exhibitions in Sydney and regionally.

Mayor Jacqui Townsend said it was timely to hear from an expert in the field of tourism, given Pittwater Council was in the process of preparing a tourism issues paper highlighting the contribution and value of businesses to the Pittwater community and economy.

Mayor Townsend said Council had recently sought feedback from businesses, chambers of commerce and the community about tourism in Pittwater through an online survey and a series of focus groups.

“One-on-one interviews were also conducted with a broad spectrum of local owner operators including yacht and kayak hirers and café owners,” she said.

“Tourism to the area is growing; especially the day visitors to the area who want to experience the lifestyle and unique natural environment, eat at our superb cafes and restaurants, and shop in a village atmosphere”, said Cr Townsend.

“Working with local businesses and drawing upon the knowledge of experts such as Matt Stoeckel we can identify opportunities for tourism growth and partnerships that will be central in promoting sustainable tourism, development opportunities and employment for our diverse economy.

Mayor Townsend said the PBL business breakfasts are always a great way for local businesses to gain insight into both business and marketing opportunities along with developing handy network connections.

The Royal Motor Yacht Club is located at 46 Prince Alfred Parade, Newport. To book your ticket visit www.pittwaterbusiness.com.au or call 1300 786 126.

The cost for PBL members is $50 per person (early bird) and $75 for non-members.

Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary 2015
 
June
13: Bunnings, Narrabeen, 8am to 4pm: Sausage sizzle
19: Mona Vale Hospital foyer, 9am to 3pm: Baking, knitting, sewing
July
Julv 4 Pittwater Place, Mona Vale. 9am to 3pm - Craft, sewing, knitting, bric-a-brac
July 11 Sausage sizzle, Bunnings Narrabeen, 8am to 4pm
July 17 Mona Vale Hospital foyer,9am to 3pm - Baking, craft, sewing, knitting
August
August 1 Pittwater Place, Mona Vale, 9am to 3pm - Craft, sewing, knitting, bric-a-brac'
August 8 Sausage sizzle, Bunnings, Narrabeen, 8am to 4pm
August 14 Mona Vale Hospital foyer,9am to 3pm - Baking, craft, sewing, knitting
September
September 4 Outside ANZ Bank, Avalon Parade, Avalon,8am to 4pm - Craft, sewing, knitting, bric-a-brac'
September 5 Pittwater Place, Mona Vale, 9am to 3pm - Craft, sewing, knitting, bric-a-brac.
September 12 Sausage sizzle, Bunnings, Narrabeen, 8am to 4pm.
September 18 Mona Vale Hospital foyer,9am to 3pm - Baking, craft, sewing, knitting.
October
October 3 Pittwater Place, Mona Vale, 9am to 3pm - Craft, sewing, knitting, bric-a-brac.
October 8 Fashion