March 19 - 25, 2017: Issue 305

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Front Page Issue 305

Pictures: Barrenjoey High Students And Community Break Longest Line Of Surfboards World  Record: Raise Big Funds For DSA

Help Tamara Honour Aussie Debt To The Timorese With Education by Pittwater Friends of Soibada

Around The Bends Newport To Avalon Ocean Swim Challenge:  POSTPONED until Sunday April 9, 2017 don't miss out on being part of History, join the Inaugural First Swim

Aquatics: Sydney Harbour Bridge Celebrates 85th Birthday: A Few Pittwater Connections - That bridge across the harbour turns 85 today, Sunday March 19th. The National Film and Sound Archive has launched an Online Exhibition and we've compiled a few insights too.

Reflections by George Repin: STRASBOURG

Sealink Magnetic Island Race Week - 40th and 80th birthdays for first entrants by Di Pearson

Profile: Bayview - Church Point Residents Association The BCPRA AGM is on Tuesday March 21st, 7.00 p.m. for 7.30, At BYRA - 1842 Pittwater Rd,  Bayview - find out a little more about this local voice for residents, established in 1907, and still going strong

History:  A Historic Catalogue and Record of Pittwater Art Pt. I – of Places, Peoples and the development of Australian Art and Artists; first the Pittwater Estuary

ROD MILGATE: Tribute Exhibition at Manly Art Gallery & Museum - with studios at Bilgola, Newport and Avalon, this award winning Artist's works reflect being inspired by his locale - Plus what's coming up at MAG&M: Express Yourself 2017; the Child Artist Response Project; Bernd Heinrich; Gabriella Hirst; SharingStories Foundation - Liz Thompson’s photographs from her A Song for Country series as part of the 2017 Head On Photo and Guringai Festival; and Instrumental: Chuck Bradley

Artist of the Month: March 2017 Jude Rose - Linocut Printmaker, Painter, works that can be added to the home as cushions, lampshades and currently exhibiting at Rust, Avalon Beach, this Teacher of Art began decades of works inspired by nature and a passion for Argentine Tango when born at Darwin.

Around the Bends Swim Challenge Postponed

The Around The Bends Newport To Avalon Ocean Swim Challenge POSTPONED until Sunday April 9th

The surf forecast is not getting any better, and with 6 to 12ft+swell forecast on Sunday the organisers have made the decision to postpone to Sunday 9th April. 

Our first meeting of the year will be held on Tuesday, 11 April and as usual will be held in the Avalon Beach Bowling Club in Bowling Green Lane.

This year for the first time we have decided to schedule our meeting dates for the year – simply, they will be held on the second Tuesday of the months of April, June, September and December.

The prevailing view among historians and writers has long been that Governor Phillip most likely spent his first night in Pittwater at Resolute Beach. In fact there is strong evidence to suggest that West Head Beach is where Phillip, in March 1788, first set foot on land in Pittwater, made first contact with local aborigines on land and camped for two nights.
Geoff and member Roger Sayers have spent a good deal of time at the latter site and, as Phillip would have, approached it by water on several occasions. Recent photographic evidence, along with pertinent documents eg. Lieu. Bradley’s journal and Phillip’s diary, provide for compelling discussion. 

The completed document including photographs, have been submitted for publication in the June issue of ‘History’, the magazine of our parent body, the Royal Australian Historical Society.

We would like to present to the meeting our finished work including  an accompanying photographic essay on the big screen in the Avalon “Bowlo”.

Geoff Searl
President, Avalon Beach Historical Society

Family Outdoor Movie Night Rained Off

Firstly, thank you so much to all of you who bought movie tickets and held on to them for Saturday 18th. We are absolutely devastated that we have to cancel the movie night due to this terrible weather.

Thank you so much to all our vendors, sponsors, supporters and volunteers who reshuffled their schedules to accommodate us for a second time.

The cancellation of this movie is a financial blow for Mums for Mums. We rely on the revenue from these events to continue to support families. 
So we ask a favour....

We are still running the fabulous raffle and if you were going to come along on Saturday night, maybe buy a few raffle tickets to support us. First prize is worth $1100, with over $2000 worth of prizes in total. You can buy the tickets on line at

If you choose to hold on to your movie tickets and have them converted into raffle tickets, you will still go into the lucky door prize draw.
Once again thank you all for your understanding and support.

The Mums for Mums Team

Community Strategic Plan - Shape 2028

The Community Strategic Plan will 'help guide local decision making and community participation over the next 10 years'. This phase of engagement will focus on testing the Interim Council under Administration's draft vision, goals and strategies for the region. Residents are invited to Register to attend one of NBC's Shaping the Future Workshops:

Monday 27 March, 6-8pm Manly Golf Club, Balgowlah Road
Thursday 30 March, 6-8pm Forestville RSL, Melwood Avenue
Saturday 1 April, 2-4pm Dee Why Civic Centre, Pittwater Road
Tuesday 4 April, 6-8pm Mona Vale Golf Club, Golf Avenue

NB: spaces are limited.
You can also view the Discussion Paper and provide comments online.

Also Current:

Freshwater Coastal Open Space Master Plan - Comments close 13 April -  to develop a vision for the future revitalisation of the Freshwater Coastal Open Space area. 
Drop in sessions at the playground near Kooloora Avenue:
Wednesday 22 March from 9am - 12pm,
Saturday 25 March from 3pm - 5pm.
You can also Register for a Walking Tour on these dates
You are also invited to nominate to be on a Community Working Group or you can provide ideas on the online discussion forum.
Newport West Parking Demand Management Strategy - Submissions close 29 March 2017 

Ocean Street Narrabeen - Proposal to name a reserve. - Submissions close 17 April 201: to name a reserve on Ocean Street, Narrabeen, as ‘The Kirsop Surfrider Gardens'.  

The next Interim Council meeting for 2017 will take place on Tuesday 28 March 2017 at Manly. For further information on any of the above projects please call Dee Why on 9942 2111.

By-Elections Saturday 8 April: Manly, North Shore, Gosford

Since we're surrounded by it anyway!
NB: Labor will not contest either Manly or North Shore - links on candidates names will take you to their websites/webpages on social media, where available, for upcoming by-election.

Manly Candidates
DELEZIO Ron Independent
GRIFFIN James Liberal Party
RIDGE Kathryn Independent
WRIGHT, Annie Christian Democratic Party (Fred Nile Group)

Gosford Candidates 
BOYD, Abigail     The Greens 
CHURCH, Andrew    Christian Democratic Party (Fred Nile Group)
PILON, Jilly              Liberal Party
TESCH, Liesl             Australian Labor Party

North Shore Candidates
ALICK, Justin                 The Greens 
CORRIGAN, Carolyn Independent
GIBSON, Jilly         Independent
MUTTON, Ian                 Independent
NILE, Sylvana         Christian Democratic Party (Fred Nile Group)
RUFF, Stephen         Independent
WILSON, Felicity         Liberal Party

Beaches Link plans revealed

16th March, 2017: NSW Government
The NSW Government has revealed a preferred route for the Beaches Link and Western Harbour tunnels.

The Beaches Link tunnel will connect to the Warringah Freeway, cross underneath Middle Harbour and connect with the Burnt Bridge Creek Deviation at Balgowlah. The Wakehurst Parkway will be upgraded to two lanes each way between Seaforth and Frenchs Forest.

The Western Harbour Tunnel will connect to WestConnex at the Rozelle Interchange, cross underneath Sydney Harbour and connect with the Warringah Freeway at North Sydney.

Motorists using the tunnels will bypass up to 19 sets of traffic lights and cut up to 40 minutes in travel time between Brookvale and the CBD. The tunnels will also slash up to 45 minutes between Manly and Parramatta.

Northern Beaches bus commuters could see travel times reduced by up to 40 per cent and there will be less “rat-running” on local streets.

At this stage of the project, the government has also:
  • started to contact 71 property owners who may be directly impacted by the route
  • committed $77 million to undertake geotechnical work along the route
  • started a market-sounding process involving the private sector to look into funding and delivery options
  • started community information sessions.
Roads and Maritime Services will ensure that people who may be impacted are kept updated around development of the project.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said it had taken two years to make this project a reality.

“The NSW Government is committed to delivering this important project which will reduce congestion along the gridlocked Spit and Military Roads and provide a Sydney Harbour and Anzac Bridge bypass for Western and Southern Sydney motorists,” Ms Berejiklian said.

Barefoot Bowling Social Event

By Avalon Palm Beach Business Chamber Inc.
Date: Friday 31 March 2016
Time: 4.30pm - the game starts at 5pm
Members and their family are invited to enjoy a fun game of barefoot bowl at the Avalon Beach Bowling Club.

Cost: Members: $10 for adults / $5 for children Non members: $20 for adults / $5 for kids
Includes: BBQ dinner & salads, bowls and first drink on arrival

Please email us if you have any dietary requirements.
Book your tickets here

Lifeline Northern Beaches Classic 

The “Lifeline Northern Beaches Classic” is a tag team surfing competition, a charity fundraising event supporting Lifeline Northern Beaches. Sunday 30 April 2017.

Teams consist of 4 surfers per team. Each team commits to running their own fundraising campaign and reaching a fundraising goal of $5,000 per team.

This is a fundraising competition just as much a surfing competition!
Every team will be rewarded with a legend surfer to join their team on the day. The team who raises the most funds at the end of the campaign gets first pick from the pool of pro/ legend surfers on the day. Second place fundraisers get second pick, and so on in order of the fundraising results.
Trophies are presented to the winning fundraising team, and the winning surfing team on the day.

The 2017 Lifeline Classic - a fundraising surf tag competition event, will be held at Dee Why Beach on 30th April.

Get involved or support a team at:

Volunteer drivers needed to help our elders get out and about 

01 March 2017
Easylink, a local not-for-profit organisation, is calling for new volunteer bus drivers to help meet growing demand from community elders and people with a disability for their community transport service.

Serving the northern beaches for 32 years, Easylink relies on over 60 passionate volunteer drivers to help people who have difficulty using public or private transport get out on social outings with their affordable, door-to-door service.

Rod Smith, a volunteer driver at Easylink said, “Some of our customers are so challenged mobility-wise they’d be isolated if it weren’t for us.

“When I retired two years ago, I knew I had a small window of opportunity to do something for the community, and volunteering at Easylink is rewarding and gives me the social interaction I miss from work.

“I really get a buzz when, after a few of my jokes, I see customers interacting and enjoying themselves!

“I take people on our social outings, so I’ve been to great places such as historic houses, the Blue Mountains, Mount Tomah Botanic Gardens and the Sydney Mounted Police stables.

Volunteer drivers need a C-class licence for Easylink’s cars or a Light Rigid licence to drive their minibuses.

Easylink also welcomes other volunteers, from bus assistants to office staff.

Formerly Manly Warringah Pittwater Community Transport, Easylink has evolved into an organisation with a 20 vehicle fleet, serving over 2000 northern beaches residents with door-to-door transport and care, and public transport travel training.

People interested in volunteering should call Pat Lang, Administration Manager on 9919 0700 or visit

Easylink volunteers at  2016 Christmas party - Peter Wilson, Yvonne Vodanov, Diane Hunter, Gaye McLindin, Laurelei Moore, Carolyn Rolfe and Rod Smith

Charity Golf Day 2017

Friday, March 31 at 7:30 AM - 3 PM
Bayview Golf Club
1825 Pittwater Rd, Mona Vale
Join us at beautiful Bayview Golf Club for a morning of golf and fun with lunch to follow. All proceeds go to the projects of Rotary Club of Upper Northern Beaches. We support the Palliative Care Centre at Mona Vale Hospital and other local and international causes.

Support us with a hole sponsorship at $1,500. You’ll get:
  • Sign at the hole and on our sponsor board during lunch acknowledging your support
  • Four registrations for golf and lunch
  • Gift bags and post-match drinks for your players
Other sponsorship levels are also available - each with its benefit to you!

To sign up as a sponsor, call Simon on 0402 037 032.or Patrick 0405 457 950

Golf experience optional! A great day out for men and women of all skill levels!
Format: 4- ball Ambrose / Shotgun start
Teams of four: Register your own team or join one of ours

Golf + Lunch package: $150 per person includes:
  • 18 holes golf (Ambrose format)
  • Morning tea
  • Snack/drinks cart
  • Gift bag
  • Two course lunch
Golf only: $100
Lunch only: $60

To register: Download our PDF registration form here and send it to us with your payment before March 23rd.
Hand your completed form and payment details to an UNB Rotary club member OR drop it at Bayview Golf Club reception during business hours
OR post it to: The Rotary Club of Upper Northern Beaches, P.O. Box 321, Mona Vale N.S.W. 1660
OR scan it and send it as an email attachment to:

For more details, email Simon at

Coastal Wings

An amazing video by UNSW Water Research Laboratory drone pilot Chris Drummond highlighting some of the amazing footage he captured in 2016 around Sydney and NSW.

Coalition tackles local GP shortage head on

Joint Media Release
The Hon Dr David Gillespie MP
Assistant Minister for Health
Member for Lyne

Mrs Lucy Wicks MP 
Member for Robertson

17 March 2017
Steps towards solving the shortage of GPs in the Woy Woy area will be announced today after a public forum was called in response to concerns raised by residents and local GPs with the Federal Assistant Minister for Health, Dr David Gillespie and Federal Member for Robertson, Lucy Wicks. 

“Woy Woy has a large proportion of older people, and a high proportion of GPs who are approaching retirement age,” Dr Gillespie said.

“There is also a worrying lack of younger GPs and GP registrars joining local practices. Lucy has insisted we address the issue and I am pleased to say that she has brought me here today and I am keen to hear from local doctors and patients about the problems they are having now and what we may be able to do to attract more young doctors for the future.”

Dr Gillespie, the Minister responsible for health workforce, today announced that the Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network (PHN) will:
  • Collaborate with GP Synergy, the regional training organisation responsible for the placement of AGPT registrars in the area, to develop strategies to increase GP registrar numbers and assess the number of GPs able to provide supervision and mentorship to medical students with consideration to the retirement age of GPs in the area.
  • Evaluate and support GP succession planning, and
  • Circulate information to the broader Central Coast and PHN regions to raise awareness and potential relocation of doctors from more densely populated GP regions.
The forum was called together by Ms Wicks in response to concerns raised by residents and local GPs in the Peninsula area. Dr Gillespie, who spent over 30 years as a medical practitioner in regional Australia, said that the Government is committed to ensuring that people in Woy Woy and all parts of Australia had access to the workforce they need.

Ms Wicks said she was keen to hear firsthand from local people about their experiences in accessing GP services.

“If patient books are closed and GPs are reducing their workloads, this can cause issues especially for people who are new to the area.”

“Obviously if patients are finding it hard to get a doctor’s appointment, I want to know why,” she said. 

The chief executive of the PHN, Richard Nankervis, will also attend the forum. Dr Gillespie and Mrs Wicks said they were hopeful that the PHN would be able to use feedback from today’s forum to fine tune its activities and strategies to ensure adequate access to GP care in future. The group will also raise the issue and seek advice from the Association of Medical Recruiters Australia & New Zealand.

Almost 20 per cent of people in the Robertson electorate are 65 years or older, compared to the national average of almost 15 per cent. In 2014-15, the Government provided $1.1 million in incentive payments to general practices in the electorate of Robertson to encourage better access or patients, better health outcomes and other improvements.

“The Government takes this issue very seriously and provides generous incentives to doctors to move and stay in areas where they are needed most,” Dr Gillespie said.

Dr Gillespie also said the new Central Coast Medical School would operate as a branch facility of the University of Newcastle and would provide additional medical students and young doctors, when it became operational. The Federal Government has committed $32.5 million to the medical school, which will be co-located with Gosford Hospital.

Donations of Surfboards Needed

Do you have a surfboard hiding in your garage that you never use? 
Grass Skirt Project is collecting donated surfboards to send to Papua New Guinea to encourage and enable local people to participate in surfing. If you have a board or any other gear (legropes, fins, deck pads, rashies, boardies, swimsuits etc) that you’re willing to part with and send to a new home in Papua New Guinea, please drop them off at 
Line Up Surf 26 Clyde Rd, Dee Why NSW 2099, Monday to Sunday 9.00am - 6.00pm. 

Go to for more info or email or if you are unable to drop surfboards off at the donation point.

Petition: Keep Maternity Services in Mona Vale! 

As many of you may know both Manly and Mona Vale hospitals are due to be closed towards the end of 2018 and replaced by the large hospital currently under construction in Frenchs Forest. This means losing both the maternity units from our local hospitals as all services are transferred to the new site, creating a gap in maternity services and further limiting local women’s choices regarding where they choose to give birth.

This petition seeks to provide a platform for our voices to finally be heard. It has long been proven by countless research studies that midwifery-led continuity of care models for low-risk women SHOULD be the gold standard of maternity care. Why should women accept any less? As a community, we want to see a midwifery-led freestanding birth centre that provides continuity of midwifery care and CHOICE for families on the Northern Beaches.

We are concerned that the commute to the new hospital in Frenchs Forest will put women at risk due to travel time during peak traffic and the flooding that occurs during heavy rain on the main access route to the new hospital. Studies have already proven that the closure of maternity units across Australia has been significantly associated with increased 'birth before arrival' (BBA) rates. The distribution of studies undertaken has not been limited to rural and remote areas, but includes large urban populations. Given the high risk of adverse maternal and neonatal outcomes associated with BBA, it is time to stand up against the closure of units.

A birth centre that is based at Mona Vale Hospital, centrally located on the beaches would allow women with low risk pregnancies the option of Midwifery Continuity of Care which research also shows to be cost-saving. In 2012 a multimillion-dollar investment was made to upgrade and modernise the Mona Vale maternity unit. The investment has been made in the right location already. We therefore propose that the Northern Beaches Health Service Redevelopment (Mona Vale Hospital site) be the ideal location for such a service.

This is such an important issue! It is a fundamental human right to have CHOICE when it comes to childbirth.

Both local and regional support is welcome, you may not use this service or live on the beaches but if we rally together for the future we can see this dream become a reality for our daughters, granddaughters and the wider community as a whole.

We need to be heard, but to be heard we need your voices! We need as many voices as possible so that NSW Government take notice. Please, sign and share this petition today and be the change.

The 2017 Community War Memorials Fund (CWMF) is offering grants of up to $10,000

by NSW Government
The CWMF will assist local communities to protect, repair and improve the accessibility of war memorials, statues, honour rolls, and memorial halls which commemorate the Anzac legacy.

Funding applications can be made up until Anzac Day and will be assessed by the State War Memorials Committee.

Minister for Veterans Affairs David Elliott said it was important that young people understood the sacrifices made during World War I to ensure their legacy lives on.

“I sincerely encourage all communities who believe their local memorial needs a bit of love or protection to apply for a grant,” Mr Elliott said.

Last year, the CWMF allocated $250,000 to projects across NSW, which included the re-painting of the Bellata War Memorial Hall near Narrabri and repairs to the Maclean Cenotaph near Grafton.

Other projects included a conservation assessment for the Broken Hill War Memorial and the installation of protection barriers around the Boer War Memorial and WWII RAAF Memorial in Lismore.

Find out more about the Community War Memorials Fund and how to apply

More Than $2.6 Million For Local Heritage 

Monday, 13 February 2017: Media Release - Gabrielle Upton, Minister for Heritage
Communities can apply for more than $2.6 million in funding to help protect and preserve heritage items listed on their council’s Local Environmental Plan, Heritage Minister Gabrielle Upton announced today. 

Ms Upton said the funding was available under the NSW Government’s second round of Heritage Activation Grants, designed for local government, businesses and community organisations to reactivate and preserve local heritage spaces and precincts.

“This program aims to build on the knowledge and connection communities have with their heritage – communities know their heritage better than anyone,” Ms Upton said.

 “The program acknowledges the important role owners and managers of locally listed heritage items play in communities across NSW.” 

Heritage Activation Grants, part of an $8 million three year NSW Government investment in local heritage protection, are open to owners and managers of local heritage items listed on their council’s Local Environmental Plan. 

“Some of the proposals funded in the first round included a project to improve public access at Wingham Library and a plan to revitalise the Lachlan Railway Heritage Centre’s entrance,” Ms Upton said. 

Applications open today and close on Friday 21 April. 

Draft Education and Child Care SEPP

February 3rd, 2017: Department of Planning and Environment
Child care and education infrastructure lays the foundations for our children’s learning from their earliest years through to their adult careers. The NSW Government is committed to providing high quality educational environments that support the learning needs of every student.
NSW needs to invest in high quality and cost-effective early childhood education and care facilities, schools, TAFEs and universities to nurture young minds, educate and train our future leaders and innovators and deliver a skilled workforce.
The NSW Government is proposing changes to the planning system to make it easier for education and child care providers to build high-quality facilities.
The NSW Government is proposing to introduce a new education-based State Environmental Planning Policy.
The proposed Education and Child Care SEPP proposes changes that will make it easier for child-care providers, schools, TAFEs and universities to build new facilities and improve existing ones by streamlining the planning process to save time and money and deliver greater consistency across NSW. The proposed SEPP balances the need for delivery of additional educational infrastructure with a focus on good design.

Key aims of this SEPP

The proposed SEPP aims to:
•  streamline the planning system for education and child care facilities including changes to exempt and complying development;
• NSW will be the first State to bring Commonwealth Laws regulating early childhood education and care into a state planning system;
• brings the Department of Education into the planning process early, and gives child care providers and developers information, from the beginning regarding all national and state requirements for new child care services;
• streamline the delivery of new schools and upgrading existing facilities, with a focus on good design; and
• assist TAFEs and universities to expand and adapt their specialist facilities in response to the growing need, and to maintain our reputation for providing world class tertiary education, while allowing for more flexibility in the use of their facilities.

• Explanation of Intended Effects (297 KB PDF)
• Draft State Environmental Planning Policy (Educational Establishments and Child Care Facilities) 2017 (484 KB PDF)
• Draft Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (Schools) Regulation 2017 (184 KB PDF)
• Draft Amendment to the Standard LEP for child care (154 KB PDF)
• Draft Environmental Assessment Code of Practice (256 KB PDF)
• Draft Planning circular on student caps (98 KB PDF)
• Draft Child Care Planning Guideline (6.3 MB PDF)
• Draft Better Schools Design Guide (3.7 MB PDF)
• Education and Child Care SEPP FAQ (General) (783 KB PDF)
• Education and Child Care SEPP FAQ (Child Care) (825 KB PDF)
• Education and Child Care SEPP FAQ (Schools) (429 KB PDF)
• Education and Child Care SEPP (Tertiary) (267 KB PDF)

You can view the proposed SEPP online and make a submission until 24 March 2017
If you cannot lodge your submission online, you can write to:
Director, Industry and Infrastructure Policy
Department of Planning and Environment
PO Box 39 
Sydney NSW 2001
We will publish your submission online. That’s why it’s important to read our privacy statement at
More information 
Call our Information Centre on 1300 305 695. If English isn’t your first language, please call 131 450. Ask for an interpreter in your language and then request to be connected to our Information Centre on 1300 305 695.

Planning for schools
The proposed SEPP will streamline and simplify the planning requirements for educational facilities across the State.
These reforms will make it much easier for public and non-government schools to implement a wide range of improvements and expansions to schools, such as upgrading sports fields, building a new library, and offering before and after school care services.
High quality design will be a key focus of the proposed planning improvements to ensure that new educational infrastructure enhances communities, delivers greater energy efficiency and contributes to healthy lifestyles for children.

How the changes will work
Having access to quality early childhood education is vital for the development of our children and for the growth of the NSW economy.
These reforms will make it much easier for public and non-government schools to implement a wide range of improvements and expansions to schools such as, upgrading sports fields, building a new library, and offering before and after school care services.

What school development is Exempt Development?
The exempt development provisions for schools are intended to enable minor works to be undertaken within school grounds without planning approval provided that certain development standards are met.
Examples of works that may be permitted as exempt development include:
• one storey portable classrooms and amenities buildings
• out of school hours care in existing buildings for primary school children
• removal of trees that pose a risk
• landscaping and routine maintenance works
• play equipment, sporting fields and courts, walking paths, seats, shelters and shade structures
• demolition of certain buildings that are not a heritage buildings or in a heritage conservation area.

What school development is Complying Development?
In order to install additional classrooms and educational facilities quickly, in response to increased student numbers, straightforward developments will be permitted as complying development.
They will have fast track assessment process by an accredited certifier to determine if they meet pre-determined development standards.
The types of complying development proposed to be permitted within the boundaries of an existing school include:
• construction of buildings for educational uses such as classrooms, a library, administration, school hall, gymnasium, canteen or a child care facility
• a covered outdoor learning area
• a car park
• demolition of a buildings that have an area no greater than 250 square metres
• minor alterations or additions to existing buildings
• restoration, replacement or repair of damaged facilities.
Schedule 2 of the proposed SEPP lists the required development standards that must be complied with, including a maximum height limit of four storeys and 22m, minimum side and rear setbacks and requirements for landscaping.
There are also requirements for the design of schools and assessment of traffic impacts to be done before an application for a complying development certificate is lodged.

What school developments can be done without development consent?
Certain small scale developments can be done without a development consent from a consent authority, but will require the person carrying out the development to undertake environmental assessment of the likely impacts of the proposed activity.
The types of development that will be permitted to be carried out without consent in connection with existing schools include:
• one storey buildings for school purposes such as a library, administration, a classroom, a tuckshop, cafeteria or bookshop
• a car park that is not more than one storey high
• an outdoor learning or play area and associated awnings or canopies
• minor alterations or additions, such as internal fitouts, or to address occupational health and safety requirements or to provide access for people with a disability
• restoration, replacement or repair of damaged facilities
• demolition of buildings or structures.
A Code of Practice has been developed to ensure that private school operators undertake the required environmental assessment properly. The Code also sets out requirements for consulting with councils, neighbours and other interested parties on proposed private school developments.
Development undertaken without consent cannot significantly increase student numbers at schools, and any existing conditions of development consent that may apply to a tertiary institution must be complied with.

What school developments need a development application?
The proposed SEPP will permit development for the purpose of a school to be carried out with consent in prescribed zones.
All new schools and major expansions of existing schools with a project value of $20 million or more will require a State significant development (SSD) application, which is assessed and determined by the Minister for Planning. Other school developments with a value less than $20 million and that require consent will need a development application to be lodged with the relevant council.

Pets of the Week

Louise                          Thelma
AGE/SEX: 8 years / F                            AGE/SEX: 10 years / F
BREED: Chihuahua X                            BREED: Chihuahua X

Thelma and Louise are a bonded pair who like to cuddle up in the same bed. They may be mother and daughter. They are amazingly active but importantly want to have their humans around. Thelma is particularly clingy. They are sweet natured, easy to handle and both very social with other dogs. They have just had a dental and are feeling so much better for it! Thelma weighs a tiny 1.8kg and Louise weighs 3.3kg.

They come desexed, C5 vaccinated, heartworm free and microchipped. Their adoption cost is $850. 

For further details or to meet all dogs at call DoggieRescue on 9486 3133 or email Visit to see all our dogs. 

Avalon Boomerang Bags 2017

From Tuesday February 7th workshops will be run at:
Unit 20/14 Polo Ave , Mona Vale. 

We would like to say a big welcome from Avalon Boomerang Bags to Kate at Sewcraft and a HUGE Thank You for offering us the use of this fabulous space. For those that cannot attend our regular workshops but still want to be involved, get together 2-6 friends and we can run a workshop for you at a mutually convenient time. Or perhaps you would like to donate some nice bright fabric or some thread or help out in other ways behind the scenes. 
If you can help call Laurel on 0410 608 315 or reply to this email.

2017 is going to be great, can't wait to see all our baggers again.
Just quick reminder that we are running a bag SHARING program. The bags are called Boomerang Bags because we would like the ones you're not using to Boomerang back into our boxes , so that there are always plenty available for shoppers who may have forgotten their own. 

Join us, and let's rid our beautiful coastal suburb of polluting, wild life entangling plastic bags.


Click on logo above to visit their website.

Indian Myna action group

Indian or Common Mynas are one of the world's most invasive species, not a cute bird. Many communities in NSW, QLD,  ACT  and overseas are taking action against these pests, sometimes called flying rats. 

Pittwater Natural Heritage Association set up the Northern Beaches Indian Myna Action Group, as these birds are a common pest in local shopping centres, on private land and in schools and parks. Now a grant from Greater Sydney Local Lands Services has enabled our campaign to take a leap forward, with more publicity and more  traps available for people wishing to trap on private land. 

These aggressive birds are pests because they breed in great numbers, nesting in hollows in houses and in trees, displacing native birds and animals. They can spread diseases and lice and scavenge in rubbish bins. 
Our Myna information is welcomed by cafes that are pestered by birds fouling tables. This term we will deliver a pamphlet to alert schools about Mynas. 

See our  Facebook page for what we are doing and  how people can get involved. For more information contact us on or phone Nick Halkyard on 0416 288 874

 Gone Fishing Gallery at Waterfront Store Church Point

Open again TODAY in the top room Waterfront Store. Open mainly weekends as an addition to the waterfront cafe. Keep up to date on their Facebook page


Northern Beaches Concert Band is looking for flute, clarinet, saxophone, tuba and trombone adult players.  We cater for players from beginner to advanced and have a varied and exciting repertoire.  

Come and join us during school term time at 7.30pm, Pittwater High School, Mona Street, Mona Vale. 
Details 9970 7131 or 0414 560 263.

The purpose of  - is best defined by the vision of the West Pittwater Community Association.

To be a supportive community, encouraging and promoting civic pride, interest in community affairs and goodwill amongst residents.

To protect local fauna and flora and generally preserve West Pittwater and its environs.

To secure essential facilities including public wharves and reserves and to protect private and public property.

To speak with one voice and represent the interests of the Western Foreshore community when in discussion with Pittwater Council and other relevant government bodies. The WPCA website provides a forum for the better realisation of these objectives. Visit:

Friends of Bungan Beach Restoration

Bungan Beach's superb backdrop of bushland is being cared for by donations from the Pittwater Environmental Foundation (PEF) and the determination and hard work of local people who love this wonderful place. Volunteers and contractors remove weeds and plant native plants where natural regeneration is unlikely because of dense weeds for many years.

Can you lend a hand to Friends of Bungan? go to

Bushcare in Pittwater

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

Where we work                      Which day                              What time

Angophora Reserve             3rd Sunday                         8:30 - 11:30am
Avalon Dunes                        1st Sunday                         8:30 - 11:30am
Avalon Golf Course               2nd Wednesday                3 - 5:30pm
Careel Creek                         4th Saturday                      8:30 - 11:30am
Toongari Reserve                 3rd Saturday                      9 - 12noon (8 - 11am in summer)
Bangalley Headland            2nd Sunday                         9 to 12noon

Winnererremy Bay                 4th Sunday                        9 to 12noon

North Bilgola Beach              3rd Monday                        9 - 12noon
Algona Reserve                     1st Saturday                      9 - 12noon
Plateau Park                          1st Friday                           8:30 - 11:30am

Church Point    
Browns Bay Reserve             1st Tuesday                      9 - 12noon
McCarrs Creek Reserve       Contact Bushcare Officer     To be confirmed

Old Wharf Reserve                 3rd Saturday                     8 - 11am

Kundibah Reserve                   4th Sunday                      8:30 - 11:30am

Mona Vale    
Mona Vale Beach Basin          1st Saturday                   8 - 11am
Mona Vale Dunes                     2nd Saturday+3rd Thursday     8:30 - 11:30am

Bungan Beach                          4th Sunday                      9 - 12noon
Crescent Reserve                    3rd Sunday                      9 - 12noon
North Newport Beach              4th Saturday                    8:30 - 11:30am
Porter Reserve                         2nd Saturday                   8 - 11am

North Narrabeen    
Irrawong Reserve                     3rd Saturday                   2 - 5pm

Palm Beach    
North Palm Beach Dunes       3rd Saturday                   9 - 12noon

Scotland Island    
Catherine Park                          2nd Sunday                    10 - 12:30pm
Elizabeth Park                           1st Saturday                     9 - 12 noon
Pathilda Reserve                      3rd Saturday                     9 - 12 noon

Warriewood Wetlands             1st Sunday                         8:30 - 11:30am

Whale Beach    
Norma Park                               1st Friday                            9 - 12noon

Western Foreshores    
Coopers Point, Elvina Bay      2nd Sunday                        10 - 1pm
Rocky Point, Elvina Bay           1st Monday                          9 - 12noon

New Season for Sailability Pittwater 

Sailability Pittwater is a volunteer organisation which provides sailing for people with a disability. Our main recreational sailing activities are at Rowland Reserve, Bayview, and we run competitive sailing for people with a disability out of RPAYC Newport.

We are currently looking for new volunteers for our Saturday morning program at Rowland Reserve and Tuesdays at RPA. Visit our website for more information at or call John on 9982 5656

Easter Break

Pittwater Online's Issue 308, published Sunday April 9, 2017, will contain all Events Notices for Easter 2017, and include ANZAC Day 2017 Commemoration Services listings.

Issue 309 will be published Sunday April 23rd. 

Please ensure you have any Notices and Events for that fortnight to us by 6 a.m., April 9th, for the 308th Issue Notice to Subscribers. 
The office will be attended only part-time until April 20th.

The Editor.
Pittwater Online News.

 Pittwater Offshore Newsletter Update 15/3/2017 

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Includes West Pittwater Community Association AGM

Sunday March 19 - 11.00am
West Pittwater Fire Shed - Elvina Bay

Bayview-Church Point Residents Association AGM

Tuesday March 21st
7.00 p.m. for 7.30
1842 Pittwater Rd, 

Speakers – Hon. Rob Stokes
Dick Persson AM

We invite all adult residents of Bayview and Church Point to become members of the Residents Association.

Whether you are a new member or looking to renew your membership with us, please download the Subscription Form below, complete the details and return to us at either or the postal address on the form.

Newport Residents Association March 2017 Meeting

The next meeting of the Newport Residents Association will be held on Tuesday 21st March 2017 at the Newport Community Centre, The Boulevard Newport at 7 pm.

We normally meet each month however we have a break from formal meetings during January. Should you have any business or issues that need dealing with at this time of the year please just contact us using the ‘Contact Us’ facility and our committee will follow up.

Should you wish to send an apology for the next meeting please complete and use the ‘Contact Us’ facility.

All community members are encouraged and are most welcome to attend.

Next Meeting Tuesday 21st March 2017

Community Safety Matters Barrenjoey Road between Beaconsfield St & Bardo Rd

March 18, 2017
At the July 2016 NRA meeting there were a number of concerns raised regarding this stretch of Barrenjoey road regarding the safety of children crossing to the school, cars trying to cross or turn onto Barrenjoey Rd not at lights, cars doing U turns and similar.   Some of the  suggestions so far were;
  • Should there be timed lights at the corner of Queens Parade for school children during school hours?
  • Adequacy of footpath for parents with prams and children at the Beaconsfield St lights intersection
  • Should there be a ‘U’ turn prohibition at the Queens Parade intersection?
  • Should there be a turning bay at the Gladston Street intersection for cars turning South (up the hill) onto Barrenjoey Rd?
  • Should there be clever planting of low shrubs on the Barrenjoey Rd median strip?
The purpose of this web site post is to get comments from members or any resident as to their suggestion/recommendations by making a COMMENT HERE (where provided) so that at the next NRA meeting the matter can be discussed and a proposal agreed upon to then take up with the council and relevant authorities.


Avalon Boomerang Bags

Avalon Boomerang Bags Boxes have been launched onto our streets for over 8 months now and I thought it might be a good time to review a few things.

Firstly, Avalon Boomerang Bags works like a bag library, just like our lovely Avalon (book) Library, only for reusable bags.
It would be great if we ALL remembered our reusable shopping bags ALL the time, but we don't. 
So if you forget yours :
find a Boomerang Bags Box (locations listed below) and
grab your "Borrow and Bring Back" Boomerang Bags.
Do your shopping without needing plastic bags.
Don't forget to pop some bags back in the box  when you get a chance so the library doesn't run out.

That's why they're called Boomerang bags....they Boomerang Back.
If you love the bags so much , you would like to keep some, you are welcome to purchase some of our "Bought to Support" Boomerang Bags, contact us for details.

Boomerang Bag Boxes are currently located at:
Avalon Organics
Hertfords Chemist
Beach General
Avalon Fresh
Johnson Bros Mitre 10
Avalon Village Meats
and Organic Avenues at Bilgola Plateau.

For those of you that would like to get more involved with this great community initiative making it free and easy to rid Avalon of single use plastic bags and protect our environment there are lots of ways to help.
Perhaps you can join us at a workshop:
Tuesdays 11am-5pm 
Sew craft cook
20/14 Polo Ave
Mona Vale

follow us on facebook 
instagram: @avalonboomerangbags

Palm Beach & Whale Beach Association Inc. 2017 AGM

Notice of the 99th Annual General Meeting
on Tuesday 9th May, 2017 at 7.00 pm at Club Palm Beach

Preliminary AGENDA

Welcome by the President: Dr. Richard West
Confirmation of the minutes of the 2016 AGM
These minutes have been previously approved by the Committee

Business arising from the minutes
Treasurer’s report: Doug Maher, and the tabling for signature of the Annual Statement to Department of Community Affairs by the Public Officer.
President’s Report
Election of Office Bearers 
An updated Agenda will be issued closer to the date.

NBI are delighted to partner with Dr Michael Zilibowitz (Developmental & Behavioural Paediatrician and Sector Director Northern Beaches Child & Family Health Services) to share the ‘WWW’ program, a child led intervention, as a tool for supporting siblings.

When: Friday, 31st March 2017
Time: 10.30am -12.30pm Place: Dalwood Children’s Services 21 Dalwood Ave, Seaforth 2092 
Cost: Free
RSVP: Louise on 9970 0500 or
Refreshments Provided.

Basketball at St Luke's is back again this year, making it the fourth year we have partnered with St Luke's Grammar School in Dee Why.

This fantastic social basketball program runs on a Monday afternoon, for individuals with a disability aged 10-18. No previous basketball experience is necessary – all that you need is enthusiasm and a can do attitude.
Places are limited, so if you are keen, contact David on 9970 0500 or  - Let's shoot some hoops

Government Foul Play over Election Writs Stopping Independents Raising Campiagn Funds 

March 15, 2017: Media Release -  SOCC
The Premier is accused of serious deception for denying Government action in delaying the issue of by election writs that would allow Independent candidates to raise and spend money on their campaigns as they contest vital by elections in the electorates of North Shore, Manly and Gosford.

Writs must be issued before any Independent candidates for North Shore, Manly and Gosford by elections can spend campaign funds. The Liberal Speaker for the NSW Legislative Assembly, Shelley Hancock has delayed issuing them until March 17. That means the Independents have not been able to spend or raise funds on electoral materials and arrangements for a third of the campaign when normally writs are issued within one week.

Quoted in today’s media the Premier has said she would have preferred the writs to be issued earlier but that was a matter for the Electoral Commission. ”I would love to be able to get stuck into it in a more formal sense.That would have been my preference as well but it’s not a matter that I can decide.”

Save our Council’s Coalition (SOCC) says this statement is seriously flawed.

”If the Premier really would have liked to have had the writs issued earlier then why did her Speaker, Shelley Hancock, say in a March 3 press release that she had written to the Electoral Commissioner ‘advising him of my intention to issue writs on Friday March 17,2017 for a by election to be held on Saturday 8th April in the seats of Manly, Gosford and North Shore.’
“Clearly the words ‘my intention to issue writs’ means the Speaker set the dates which has greatly disadvantaged the Independents campaigns,” SOCC spokesman Phil Jenkyn said.

“This is a scandal. The Premier must have known about it, the Speaker set the date as far back as she could and the Independents were left like shags on a rock with no funding to do what the Government has been doing for three weeks, sending out election material. 

“It’s a disgrace and the voting communities on April 8 should show how wrong this is. The Independents are strongly against Government policy on a number of fronts including council mergers and this act of nobbling is an attempt to sabotage that and candidates funding is disgraceful,” Jenkyn added.

Cliff Side Fun Run

On April 9, 2017

About The Fun Run
This event is run by the AVAAL 4 Life Foundation in collaboration with the Mona Vale Surf Life Saving Club.

To raise much needed funds to directly support of our foundations activities in Mental Health and to support Breast Cancer with our corporate support of the National Breast Cancer Foundation's and their goal of Zero deaths to breast cancer by 2030.

We would like to invite you to come join our annual community based charity Cliff Side Fun Run (or walk), held on Sydney’s Stunning Northern Beaches.

Starting beside the beach at Long Reef, the course takes you up and around the picturesque ocean front taking in Sydney’s most iconic Cliff Side track with the 10k course featuring not 1 but 2 Headlands.

There are two Fun Runs on the same day. A 10km run for a great challenge, and a 3km family friendly course - PLUS an amazing Family Festival.

Our events attract all walks of life: young and old, fit or not, from near and far.

Become a Cliffside Sponsor
We would like to invite you to join us as a sponsor of the annual community based charity Cliff Side Fun Run – Contact Us. 

Find out more and sign up at:

B-Line Community notification: Mona Vale Service investigations

March 2017 

Available to download (334 KB) (pdf)
Service investigation work at Mona Vale
To deliver a new B-Line bus service, a program of works is proposed along the corridor from the Northern Beaches to the CBD including roadworks, new bus stops, new commuter car parking facilities and improvements to commuter, pedestrian and cycling links.

What’s happening at Mona Vale?
At Mona Vale, the B-Line program includes new northbound and southbound B-Line bus stops and the conversion of the existing Beeby Reserve car park to an unrestricted commuter car park.

Service investigation work
From mid-March 2017, we will be doing service investigation work at Barrenjoey Road, Mona Vale. This work should take around 21 days to complete, weather permitting. The work will involve potholing and saw cutting to locate services. The map below highlights the work locations.

Out of hours work
Most of the work will be carried out during the day from 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 1pm Saturday. Some night time work will be required to minimise traffic impacts ensure the safety of road users. Night work will be carried out from 8pm to 5am.

How will the work affect you?
There will be some noise associated with this work but every effort will be made to minimise noise impacts, including noise barriers, the use of vehicles fitted with reversing squawkers (not beepers) and the selective use of noisy machinery. Concrete saw cutters will be used intermittently to provide respite periods.

Temporary fencing, traffic control, and signs will ensure public safety is maintained. Please exercise caution nearby to the site and follow the direction of traffic control and temporary signs.

Traffic changes
There will be traffic restrictions at the intersection and traffic control will be in place to manage traffic flows. Please keep to speed limits and follow the direction of traffic controllers and signs. For the latest traffic updates, you can call 132 701, visit or download the Live Traffic NSW App.

Contact us
If you have any questions, please call our information line on 1800 048 751 or email or visit
Thank you for your patience during this important work.

NBN – Older Apple Macs

As the NBN is rolled out in Avalon various problems and frustrations emerge.

It appears older Apple Macs are not compatible with the new routers and need to have protocols switched off. Residents are annoyed that the NBN purveyors do not tell you this and you have to get expert advice, at a cost.

Mac and Me, Newport have helped other residents encountering this problem.

Our thanks to Alex McTaggart for bringing this to our attention.

Call To Local Councils As Floodplain Management Grants Open For Applications

Media release: 16 March 2017
Grant funding to assist councils in carrying out floodplain management projects to help manage flood risk open for applications today, announced the NSW Government.

The Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) Executive Director Ian Hunter said grant funding is available to assist local government with flood studies, flood risk management studies and plans and major projects such as flood levees, gates, warning systems and house raising and purchase in high risk areas, under the 2017-18 Floodplain Management Program.

“This grant program funds important projects that assess risk and help reduce flood impacts across NSW,” Mr Hunter said.

“I encourage local councils to apply for this funding round. Applications close on 27 April 2017.

“The last funding round supported forty-four projects which shared $6.72 million.

“This grant program supports the implementation of the NSW Flood Prone Land Policy which aims to reduce the impacts of flooding and flood liability on communities,” Mr Hunter said.

Local councils, county councils and other government bodies with floodplain risk management responsibilities (refer to program guidelines) equivalent to those of local councils are eligible to apply.

Further information and application forms are available here: 

Building the readiness of the non-government sector for the NDIS – NSW Audit Office report released

15 March, 2017: NSW Government Dept. of Family & Community Services
On 23 February 2017 the NSW Audit Office report- ‘Building the readiness of the non-government sector for the NDIS’ was tabled in Parliament.

The report found that FACS has effectively expanded the overall capacity of the non-government disability sector in preparation for the NDIS. The report’s findings are a testament to the sustained, collaborative effort and investment in the disability sector over the past 10 years in NSW.

FACS is committed to implementing all four recommendations of the report. The report outlined the following recommendations:
  • Work with the Australian Government, NDIA and other NSW Government agencies to identify gaps and develop the capacity of specialist clinical services, focusing on regional and rural areas.
  • Continue to implement projects to increase the number of organisations that can support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and culturally and linguistically diverse communities.
  • Target remaining capability building assistance to less prepared providers, including via one-to-one support and mentoring in identified areas of weakness.
  • Continue working with the Australian Government and the NDIA to ensure lessons from sector capability programs are shared.
FACS’ formal response to the report, and more information on how the recommendations will be addressed, is available on the NSW Audit Office website.

FACS will continue to work in partnership with the Commonwealth and the NDIA throughout the remainder of the NDIS transition period.

2017 NSW Training Awards Nominations

March 13, 2017: NSW Government
Nominate an outstanding individual, employer or training organisation before 24 March 2017. 
he NSW Training Awards are conducted by Training Services NSW and recognise the achievements of individuals, employers and training organisations involved in Vocational Education and Training (VET).

Award categories for individuals include:
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year Award
  • Apprentice of the Year Award
  • School-based Apprentice of the Year Award
  • Trainee of the Year Award
  • VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year Award
  • VET in Schools Student of the Year Award
  • Vocational Student of the Year Award
Deputy Premier and Minister for Skills, John Barilaro, said the NSW Training Awards are the premier recognition for Vocational Education and Training (VET) in NSW.

“These awards provide a platform for us to celebrate the achievements of all those involved in the success of Smart and Skilled – the government’s training framework which provides eligible students in NSW with access to high-quality, affordable training that meets the needs of industry and which leads to jobs,” he said.

Winners from the NSW Training Awards will be announced in September. The winners have the opportunity to compete with other states and territories to be named the best in Australia at the Australian Training Awards.

Nominations via the Training Services NSW website close on Friday 24 March 2017.

Boating Anthology Seeks Contributors

Calling all ladies who have ever been on any boat. Do you have a story to tell about a boating experience - funny? Serious? Motivational? Whatever? If you have would you like to have it published in book form as part of an anthology. There is no cost involved.
If you answered yes then Frances Black and Margi Law’s project is for you. They are both published authors.

Each year or so they choose a theme that they would like to write about themselves. They then assemble a group of like-minded contributors. Each person writes their own story. Frances and Margi edit and produce a published book available on Amazon. The price will be set as low as Amazon will permit.

If you want to buy a copy then you purchase one on Amazon. 

The motivation is the pleasure of writing and providing a legacy for family and community of the contributors. If you are interested in learning more please email

Coasts & Ports 2017 is an event that will be of interest to any person with a professional interest in the coastal environments and all aspects of ports both major and minor. The Conference will bring together engineers, planners, scientists and researchers to focus on the technological, scientific, policy, planning and design issues related to our diverse and developing coasts. It will integrate ideas and knowledge among engineers, port and maritime operators, researchers and scientists, local/central government, maritime manufacturers, planners and policy makers and media.

The Conference theme "Working with Nature" reflects the increasing recognition of the need to design and operate projects from a perspective that places the natural environment at the forefront of the project, to benefit the community and nature.

Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary Stalls 2017

4th -  Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale: Sewing, knitting, craft                                 9am to 3pm
11th - Bunnings Narrabeen: Sausage sizzle                                                                  8am to 3pm
17th - Stall foyer Mona Vale Hospital: Baking, knitting, craft, books, sewing            9am to 3pm
1st -  Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale: Sewing, knitting craft                                   9am to 3pm
8th  -  Bunnings Narrabeen: Sausage sizzle                                                                 8am to 3pm
21st   - Stall foyer Mona Vale Hospital:  Baking, knitting, craft, books, sewing 9am to 3pm
6th - Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale: Sewing, knitting, craft                                  9am to 3pm
12th - Mother’s Day stall outside ANZ Bank, Avalon Parade, Avalon. Knitting, crafts, sewing.  8am to 4pm
13th - Bunnings Narrabeen: Sausage sizzle                                                                  8am to 3pm
19th - Stall foyer Mona Vale Hospital: Baking, knitting, craft, books, sewing            9am to 3pm
3rd - Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale: Sewing, knitting, craft                                   9am to 3pm
10th  - Bunnings Narrabeen: Sausage sizzle                                                                 8am to 3pm
16th - Stall foyer Mona Vale Hospital: Baking, knitting, craft, books, sewing            9am to 3pm         

Development Application (DA) Service Integration

The interim Northern Beaches Council are integrating and reviewing how Development Application (DA) services are delivered to our community. From pre-lodgement to decision stage, they will be looking at how these services can be delivered better.

The community will have an opportunity to have a say when the proposed changes are exhibited in April. During the exhibition period, we will be holding workshops with the community to discuss the proposed changes.
It’s not often that the community has the chance to contribute right from the outset to the way services are delivered by its council.

For those with an interest in this area, you are encouraged to register your email address with so you can be updated at key stages in the project.
February 2017
Development Application (DA) Service Integration is currently at this stage
Workshops with Strategic Reference Group members

March 2017
this is an upcoming stage for Development Application (DA) Service Integration
Council meeting - outlining proposed changes

April 2017
this is an upcoming stage for Development Application (DA) Service Integration
Exhibition of proposed changes – 28 days
Community workshops – dates TBC

June 2017
this is an upcoming stage for Development Application (DA) Service Integration
Council meeting 27 June reporting on exhibition

August 2017
this is an upcoming stage for Development Application (DA) Service Integration
Implementation of new systems and processes

$4m To Put Students’ STEM Learning Into Action

16 March 2017: Media Release - Senator the Hon Arthur Sinodinos AO, Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science
The Australian Government will invest $4 million over the next four years to help Australian school students put their science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning into action.

The Maker Projects initiative opened today for grant applications from eligible Australian schools and community organisations to help set up dedicated maker spaces that offer students hands-on experience in practical aspects of design, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship as well as STEM engagement activities.

Around 75 per cent of the jobs of the future will require qualifications in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. So it’s never been more important to properly equip Australia’s schools to encourage our young people to engage with a range of technologies as creators as well as consumers.

The initiative will offer grants of between $2,000 and $5,000 to cover the costs of tools, equipment, software and consumables needed to establish maker spaces that encourage experimentation and tinkering in a supervised and accessible environment.

It will also support community organisations with grants of between $5,000 and $20,000 to expand existing STEM engagement activities and link young people with local experts, inventors, entrepreneurs and industries.

The Maker Projects initiative is part of the four-year, $29.8 million Inspiring Australia science engagement programme encouraging community participation in science and technology as outlined in the $1.1 billion National Innovation and Science Agenda.

It builds on existing successful school and community-based ‘maker’ activities, like local Maker Faires, Coderdojo coding clubs, and the Questacon Smart Skills Initiative. These activities allow young people to design and build in the real and digital world, make movies and stop-motion animation and learn the art of creating.

These activities will expand Australian students’ horizons beyond the school curriculum towards the everyday experiences of engineers, scientists and innovators, giving them the skills they need for critical 21st Century jobs.

Maker Projects grants will be allocated to eligible applicants on a ‘first in’ basis until the annual allocation is exhausted. To apply or for more information, visit


by Avalon Soccer Club
April 8, 2017
At Avalon Bowling Club

We are super happy with the enthusiasm in our community for this event. Our team are excited to go to Vanuatu to meet the girls there, play soccer and train with them and donate soccer gear. There are still tickets available if you would like to come on April 8, $20. Silent Auction and BBQ. 

About Our Club
Avalon Soccer Club is an amateur club situated at the northern end of Sydney's Northern Beaches. As a club we pride ourselves on our friendly, family club environment. The club is comprised of around a thousand players aged from 5 to 70, who enjoy playing the beautiful game at a variety of levels and is entirely run by a group of highly dedicated volunteers. In 2012 we celebrated the 30th anniversary of the amalgamation of the Avalon Junior and Senior Clubs.

We strive to provide the best possible playing and coaching environment that we can with the resources to our disposal. We put a great emphasis on player development and coach education at all skill levels in our club and employ two professional coaches as our Directors of Coaching.

Our home ground is situated at Careel Bay in North Avalon. The site of a former rubbish tip was converted to provide us with two full size fields and a large dedicated mini-field area to cater for the variety of small sided versions of the game played by our younger players. We are also lucky to have our own clubhouse with a great canteen that serves the "best coffee to be found at a football ground anywhere"!!!

We are one of 17 clubs playing in games and competitions organised by the Manly Warringah Football Association.

Sydney Wildlife: March 2017  Flames And Fear - A Hands-On Account Of The Carwoola Fires

Being part of the First Response Team was tough.  We were the ones combing the blackened wasteland for signs of life.  We were seeing first-hand the devastation that fire wreaks on the slow, the weak and the panicked creatures.   Burnt-out turtle shells, melted reptiles and charred mammals.  Creeks devoid of water and river-banks burnt as black as tar.  A sooty face appeared from a hole in the river-bank.  A water-dragon.  A water-dragon with no water.   We heard a thundering noise.  A wallaby bounced away in distress, trying to scramble up the ashen river-banks.  We noticed that he was favouring one foot and was struggling to get purchase on the rocks.  Definitely a candidate for being darted and brought into care.

Our aim was to go out and look for kangaroos and wallabies that were struggling with burns, dart them and bring them in for treatment.  We were in small teams of 3 - one darter, and two helpers for shepherding the injured ones from the mob, for carrying sedated kangaroos and for administering first aid.   It was instantly apparent that there was no shortage of critters needing treatment.  

During the fires, the kangaroo mobs had fled to escape the conflagration but once the fires had died down, they headed back to their usual feeding areas - not realising that the earth was still red-hot.  Once they hopped onto the scorching coals, they kept hopping forward in terror and burnt the pads of their feet and the bottom of their tails.   These were the victims we were tracking.  The joeys fared the worst.  With sore feet, they were unable to keep up with their mobs and were straggling - becoming vulnerable to predators.  

We darted so many mums with at-heel or at-foot joeys, making sure the mums and their joeys were kept together when transporting them to carers.  Once we’d darted them, they were given first aid for the burns and transported to Wildcare's macropod coordinator, Helen, to be triaged and have treatment plans implemented.  Helen then assisted in deciding which carers were best suited to care for each animal and she had to decipher which of the animals would be taken for veterinary intervention.  Some of the local veterinarians helped to treat the victims.

Dr Howard Ralph of Southern Cross Wildlife Care bore the brunt of the work.  He and his team worked every morning until 3am trying to relieve the suffering of the injured and burnt wildlife.  There were so many patients!  Kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas, possums, reptiles, wombats.  They were all given pain relief, plenty of fluids, antibiotics and specific dressings for their burns.  Many had to be anaesthetised so that their burns could be properly debrided and dressed.  As a charity organisation run purely by volunteers, their costs have escalated enormously as a result of the influx of burn victims. If you admire their work and have a dollar or two to spare, it will be put to exceptionally good use

As a member of Sydney Wildlife here on the Northern Beaches, I was honoured to go down to the fire-zone and work alongside members of Wildcare that are nothing short of heroes.  These are people whose homes are already overflowing with rescued wildlife and orphaned joeys;  people who have jobs and kids and still manage to fit in countless joey feeds and dressing changes;  people who willingly put themselves in personal peril by entering the fire-zone and engaging with frightened animals - for one purpose only:  to mitigate their suffering.  These rescuers don’t have television crews following them.  They don’t have publicists crowing about their amazing feats.  They don’t earn money for putting their lives on the line.  But I would like to bear witness to their dedication, passion and selflessness.  These are the people I want my kids to become.  

I was only able to assist for 3 days down in Carwoola and then I had to come back to Sydney.  I thought that experiencing the fire-zone was the worst feeling.  
I was wrong.
Driving away, knowing that there were so many more animals needing my help was by far the worst feeling…

Long after the fires have abated and the camera crews have left, the wildlife will continue to suffer.  

By Lynleigh Greig
Sydney Wildlife 

Cindi - one of Wildcare’s brilliant dart-gun operators and wildlife rescuers.

Dr Howard Ralph of Southern Cross Wildlife Care - a living legend and a man of exceptional moral fortitude.

Me assessing the burnt feet of a wallaby that I’d just darted.

Helen - Wildcare’s amazing macropod coordinator and wildlife carer.

Liesl - one of Wildcare’s busiest carers and a beautiful lady.

Wildcare’s lovely Sherri with 2 of her charges.  Photo supplied.

Southern Cross Wildlife Care and Wildcare rely on the generosity of its volunteers and donations from members of the public. Donations can be made via the Southern Cross Wildlife Care and Wildcare websites: there a number of ways to donate and its tax deductible!

Wildcare Queanbeyan
Donations can be made by direct credit to:
Commonwealth Bank
Account name: Wildcare Queanbeyan Inc
BSB: 062-593
Account number: 10216803
Reference Surname and “Fire”
Or via PayPal to

Southern Cross Wildlife Care
Bank Transfer
Commonwealth Bank
BSB 062205
Account No. 10237440 (Mona Vale)
donate by cheque to:
Southern Cross Wildlife Care
14 Crescent Rd
Mona Vale, NSW, 2103

For Queanbeyan readers - Please Contact Wildcare on 6299 1966 if you see a native animal in distress or need advice as to how you can support wildlife in your area. Wildcare Queanbeyan Facebook Page
Di carrying an injured kangaroo across a blackened landscape to the carers farm - photo courtesy Lynleigh Greig.

60th Anniversary Of Club Palm Beach

Club Palm Beach is going to celebrate the 1957 opening, its 60th anniversary and we would like to get as many people from the past and present as possible to join us in a reunion here at the Club. This includes old friends, relatives, neighbours, local sports clubs, sailing mates, students from local schools, campers from the old camping ground near the Golf course, EVERYONE! 

Leading up to the reunion we want to hear your old stories & share your photos from the good old days. Stories from the camping grounds, for example some families lived at the camping grounds while their family homes were built. John Oliver was one, he says the camping ground was a community in itself. Other campers such as the Trainor family loved the camping community so much they moved permanently to Palm Beach.

Camping at Palm Beach - photo courtesy National Library of Australia

Palm Beach RSL started off as a shed, it was originally built in Lucinda Park, Nabilla Rd Palm Beach. The shed, built from weather board by Dick Martin, Jack Martin and Fred Verrills, was then moved to Barrenjoey Rd, the current Club site, sitting approximately where the bistro dinner room is now. The land purchased in Barrenjoey Rd was instigated by Carl Gow. The little Club traded there from the very early 50's until the current Club opened in December 1957. The original shed was removed by Peter Verrills and Bill Martin then transported by Bill's semi-trailer to Wisemans Ferry and there it was used as a cabin for the Verrills family & friends for their water skiing holidays. In the early days the Cub (shed)l opened daily at 4pm and operated on an honour system, any purchases were fixed up on pay day.

The Club as it is today was built by R. Martin & Sons. It was opened on the 14th December 1957. The president at the time of the opening was Alf Curtis and the secretary was Ron Vance. Some of the early committee members were Harold Richardson, Ken Wardrop, Fred Verrills, Jack Martin, Bill McTaggart, Ron Vance, Jack Henman, Brian Oxenham and Chic Whitchard. Some old local family names were the Gonsalves, Martins, and Goddards. There was a big variety of local businesses including the chemist, butcher, bakers, doctors and the fruit and veg shop.

Apparently there were two garages as well. To Peter Verrills' recollection, the Palm Beach bottle shop is the only shop still operating as it was when opened. The original owners were the Goddard's.

Lola was their daughter who married Jack Martin.

We would love to hear all the history on the ferry service, fishing charter boats, builder's ship wrights etc... before it is all lost. 

Please start posting any stories, pictures or memories to our Facebook page - Club Palm Beach. Save the date and come down and join us and tell us a bit about it. We can't wait to see what you have in store for us!

This is a great time to catch up with that old Palm Beach friend of yours - you always say you will but never seem to get the chance.

John Sinclair
Club Palm Beach Secretary - Manager

NB: Contributors may also email High Res photos to Pittwater Online News and we'll forward them to the club. Historical insights into aspects of the formation of Club Palm Beach/Palm Beach RSL will run in August 2017, in the lead up to the 60th Anniversary Celebrations.
A few examples run here

A J Guesdon
Editor - Pittwater Online News.