May 21 - 27, 2017: Issue 313
Articles This Week
Pittwater Community Forum Supports Legal Action To Restore Council - Protect Pittwater launched
Reflections by George Repin TURKISH CARPETS
Aquatics: Singapore Nippers Initiative Supported By Avalon Beach SLSC
Pictures: The Surfer
Profile: Pearl Turton was the best, ahead of her time. She made female surfing an art form and led the charge on women being represented by women in this sport. Later on she supported younger surfers coming up - Pearl is still keeping an eye on what's going, and loves surfing, still.
History: A Historic Catalogue and Record of Pittwater Art Pt. I – of Places, Peoples and the development of Australian Art and Artists; Coastal Landscapes and Seascapes
Artists of the Month: May 2017 : Pittwater Artists Trail Artists for 2017- some brilliant old favourites and great new Artists this year across many mediums - Group Launch Exhibition to be held in Newport, June 9 -12th
Johnson Brothers New Store Officially Opened
Review of the Bush Fire Environmental Assessment Code
Pittwater Offshore Newsletter Update 15/5/2017
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To contact Julian: email@example.com
Mona Vale Village Park Playground Works
Rubber Ducks Race At Mollymook This Weekend
Frenchs Forest & Ingleside Developments Survey
Call Out For Poets - ‘Spirit Of The Land’
Lifeline May Book Fair
Currawong Beach Cottages
NSW Green Global Awards nominations open
- leadership and innovation
- engagement and partnership
- outcomes and benefits.
Scotland Island Wharves Survey
Friends of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment May 2017 Forum
Pet of the Week
Transforming Everyday Australian's Into Lifesavers
How to Request to Address Council
Link Housing- Call out to Artists
Boating Anthology Seeks Contributors
Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary Stalls 2017
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 http://www.friendsofbungan.org.au/about-us/
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
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 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
Irrawong Reserve 3rd Saturday 2 - 5pm
North Palm Beach Dunes 3rd Saturday 9 - 12noon
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
Norma Park 1st Friday 9 - 12noon
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 www.sailability.org/au/pittwater or call John on 9982 5656
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
Abel Tasman Visits Pittwater YHA
Avalon Boomerang Bags
Successful Lake Jindabyne Initiative
Warriewood Beach Clean
Spring Concert 2017
Manly Art Gallery and Museum: INFORMATION CALL-OUT: FRANK HURLEY
Australia council delivers more than $7 Million for 270 Arts projects
- 21% of funding was awarded to applicants in regional and remote areas;
- 39% of the successful applicants had an international component to their project;
- 33% of successful applicants to the Arts Projects programs nominated audience engagement and access and participation in the arts as the primary outcomes of their project;
- 115 peers assessed this round, including 22% from regional and remote areas; and
- 15% of the peer assessors identified as being culturally and linguistically diverse and 19% identified as being Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.
Nominations open for top nurses and midwives
The purpose of www.westpittwater.com.au - 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: www.westpittwater.com.au
Sydney Wildlife: May 2017
A Week In The Life Of A Wildlife Rescuer - Part 2
To celebrate Sydney Wildlife's 20-Year Anniversary, I was asked to recount a typical week in the life of wildlife rescuing. It took so long that we had to break it into 2 parts!
For those of you who missed Part 1 of "A Week in the Life of a Wildlife Rescuer" in our April edition: the first 3 days of the week comprised of darting a wallaby to remove plastic from around its neck; rescuing a tawny frogmouth with a broken leg and then a concussed lorikeet; a visit to Waratah Park to drop off some ringtail possums; an attempt to manipulate a faecal impaction from a very uncomfortable diamond python and grappling with a grumpy tiger snake...
Come Thursday and our sweet diamond python still hasn’t been able to expel whatever is clogging her cloaca… Many soaking baths haven’t shifted the mass so it’s off to one of our wonderful veterinarians who give of their time for free. Dr Andrew at Dee Why Vet takes a close look and decides to take x-rays. A large white sphere shows up. Oh, no - we hope she hasn’t swallowed a golf ball…
Whilst we are poring over the radiographs, Dr Andrew has lubricated the cloaca and begun physically manipulating the area as gently as possible. He has oodles of patience and doesn’t rush her at all. And sure enough, out pops a large white oval shape. And then another large white oval shape. And another. Not golf balls. But eggs! The poor girl has dystocia (she’s been egg-bound)! She must’ve dropped a clutch of eggs but the last 3 were abnormally large and she was unable to expel them. Well, I can guarantee she feels 100% better. She even looks thankful! Dr Andrew gives her some anti-inflammatories and some pain relief and we are on our way again.
Poor diamond python looking very sorry for herself :(
Turned out to be dystocia (egg-binding) not faecal impaction!
Later that week she is released back to her glorious home in the bush:
From there it’s off to a Fundraising Meeting with Joan - our Pre-Release Facility Manager. We have been madly raising funds to buy a Mobile Wildlife Clinic. The idea behind the Sydney Wildlife Mobile Clinic is to provide first-class treatment to our injured and sick wildlife. The clinic is to be staffed by veterinarians who are experienced at treating wildlife and who can provide hands-on training for veterinary students. The van is to provide first aid and emergency medical treatment for injured animals and is to be deployed to areas where natural disasters have occurred.
So today we’re on a reconnaissance mission to check out a few venues for our next big fundraiser. First port of call is to grab two coffees (NOT in takeaway cups, but in our environmentally-friendly ‘keep cups’) and then scout around for a great but inexpensive location. We visit a few venues in Terrey Hills and Newport but we feel they may not be central enough to any non-Northern Beaches attendees. So it’s back to the drawing board. Dr David Ward (our head veterinarian for the Mobile Clinic) has suggested we contact the International College of Management in Manly. We pop it onto our 'To Do' list for the next meeting.
We then contact our wonderful graphic designer - Laurie Sword - who is doing all the marketing work for us Pro Bono. She has designed this amazing concept photo of the van for us:
We then pop back to Joan’s place to finish applying for some Community Grants and to feed her critters, one of whom is this adorable wombat joey, Mulan:
Joan Reid with her little wombat joey, Mulan.
When Friday rolls around, it’s time for Nash the tiger snake to have another injection and to have his mouth cleaned out. So, it’s time to chase each other around the room again ha ha :D He surprises me by being a complete angel and not giving me a hard time. Straight in the tube for his injection and subcutaneous fluids and then onto the mouth treatment. He’s so good for his treatment that I reward him with some unrestricted ‘sun-time’ outside under my watchful gaze:
Nash the tiger snake enjoying his time in the sun on the warm tiles.
When Nash has had his fill of sunshine, it’s time to pack up all our educational brochures and habitat decor for a talk at a local school. As part of our Sydney Wildlife charter, we are committed to educating the public about the needs of our wildlife and the importance of habitat protection. Our Community Education coordinator, Eira Battaglia, does talks all over the Northern Beaches - to schools, to age-care facilities, to TAFEs and even to Scout gatherings. She’s amazing and very enthusiastic! As part of our education plan, we often collaborate with the wonderful folks at the Coastal Environment Centre (CEC) in Narrabeen. Today’s talk has been organised by the dedicated team at the CEC and they have invited us to join them to talk about how the general public can do more to protect habitat for our wildlife.
Eira Battaglia educational talk
The CEC team have organised the kids into groups. The first group are invited to build a “Bee Hotel” with Tim the Bee-Man. It’s so much fun and the kids learn about the invaluable job that our bees perform through pollination. The second group are being coached by Dave about how to do small things in their own backyard to provide habitat for little birds, blue-tongue lizards and other visiting critters. The third group are gathered in the hall and we (Sydney Wildlife) are giving a talk on the right and wrong things to do when bush-walking. Ably assisted by the passionate Kate Murray - one of our newest members - we re-enact a bush-walk that was done incorrectly. The ‘naughty’ bushwalker rumbles through the bush talking loudly on their mobile-phone, throws their litter on the ground, moves pieces of bark and logs around without thinking and throws rocks into the adjacent lake. The children are asked to identify aspects of the person’s behaviour that could be problematic. As always, they are always spot-on! At the end of the presentation, the kids are able to identify many of our local wildlife species and the type of habitat that they require. They are also well-versed on the correct behaviour to undertake whilst bush-walking. It’s very important to get kids to connect with nature and fall in love with wildlife because they will only grow up wanting to protect something that they love.
During the talk, a call comes through about a snake in a toilet. This ought to be easy, so I pop up to Avalon expecting to scoop a little slithery critter out of a toilet bowl, give it a wash and pop it back in the bush. Riiiiiiiiiiight….
Instead of being in the toilet-bowl, the sweet little green tree snake has sought refuge from the family’s cat in the pedestal of the toilet. The only access to the snake is through a tiny 20c piece-sized hole in the bottom part of the toilet which is - obviously - fused to the toilet floor… Sigh.
This photo was taken through the tiny hole...
The lady's dad makes an excellent suggestion - build a tunnel from the hole into a box which will make capture much easier.
While we are running about gathering vacuum-cleaner hose, bedding for the box and tape, the little critter sneaks out, climbs the towel-rail and plops herself into a reusable shopping-bag hanging off the end of the towel-rail... Well that's what I call gift-wrapping yourself for the snake-catcher :)
With Friday almost over, there's just enough time to pick up the kids from school, collect foliage for the animals in care, feed them all and get some sleep before the weekend.
Who knows what the weekend will bring...!?!
Joan's and I at our most recent fundraiser.
The glamour of wildlife rescue... Post-clambering-under-a-house to look for the source of a random scratching sound...
Previously: A Week In The Life Of A Sydney Wildlife Volunteer by Lynleigh Greig