August 12 - 18, 2018: Issue 371

Articles This Week 

Front Page Issue 371

Avalon Boaties Set For 24 Hour Row; Next Saturday, August 18/08/2018 - webcam live feed - every $10 donated gets you into the draw for some great raffle prizes!

Phil Walker's GIPA Application For KPMG ‘Business Case’ On Forcibly Amalgamated Councils: 'Refused'

Church Point's Jacquie Maynard Wins Northern Beaches Art Prize 

Pictures: Avalon Bulldogs Gala Day 2018: End of Season Games and Fun at Hitchcock Park, Careel Bay

Aquatics: Hempel Sailing World Championships Aarhus 2018 – Denmark: Australian Sailors Secure Qualification Places For Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Airlie Beach Race Week Starts At A Cracking Pace by Di Pearson: Hooligan And Heat Win!

It’s Time To GO WILD Again!: The 2018 Sydney Wildlife Garden Party and Garden Gallery - October 28th by Lynleigh Greig

Newport SLSC 109th Annual Report - 2017/2018 

Avalon Beach SLSC Annual Report And AGM 2017- 2018

$5.1 Million for Royal Far West - from Office of James Griffin, MP for Manly

New Publication Tackles The Impact Of Climate Change On Community Assets by Northern Beaches Council

Masterplan Funding For West Esplanade Precinct: Manly  - Funding to support the Northern Beaches Council’s development of a masterplan for the West Esplanade Precinct in Manly, including a feasibility study for reinstating the boardwalk and harbour pool, has been provided by the NSW Government, Member for Manly James Griffin announced this week. The first harbourside shark-proof pool appeared in the 1890's, although plans for one, or several, were discussed in 1878. That which may be replaced was destroyed in the May 26th, 1974 storm; Extras!

Park Bench Philosopher Scientists And MP's Get Set To Take Over Classrooms For Science Week 2018: August 11 - 19 by CSIRO

Catch Reg And Pete At The Manly Art Gallery And Museum: Manly Arts Festival + Music!

DIY Ideas Spring Garden Prep: Soil Care -  is your soil mostly clay, loam or sand? How do you improve it now to have a greener garden during the coming months, especially if we have a long hot Summer...

Profile:Newport Community Garden  Newport Community Gardens Inc. is a not for profit incorporated association. The garden is in Woolcott Reserve.

Local Northern Beaches residents creating sustainable gardens in public spaces
Strengthening the local community, improving health and reconnecting with nature
To establish ecologically sustainable gardens for the production of vegetables, herbs, fruit and companion plants within Pittwater area 
To enjoy and forge friendships through shared gardening.
Membership is open to all Community members willing to participate in establishing gardens and growing sustainable food.
Subscription based paid membership.
We meet at the garden between 9am – 12 noon every second Sunday for bigger working bee and members are also there every other weekend
New members welcome

For enquiries contact

History: Pasadena Road House – Church Point: Pittwater Restaurants You Could Stay At (rerun by request) 
 Given several names throughout its operating days; the 'Pasadena Roadhouse', 'Pasadena Motel', 'Pasadena Lodge Motel', 'Pasadena Club', 'Pasadena Cabaret', as well as 'Pasadena on Pittwater' and being a community hub under the auspices of the Gone Fishing Gallery just prior to being placed on the market, this structure, unlike The Rock Lily and Barrenjoey House, has changed a few times during its decades as part of our community. Those structural changes, some to meet an expanding clientele for a popular resort, have not changed the peace, quiet and sense of grandeur any visitor to this tucked away idyll of Pittwater senses when standing on the foreshores of Church Point and gazing towards the Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park.

Prior to the opening of the first version of the Pasadena camping and cottages, some advertising themselves as boarding houses, provided visitors to the area with a wide range of places to stay and even, in the La Corniche of Bayview, proprietor Mr H Rainaud, a restaurant that was travelled to for luncheon that also had people who stayed there.

Artist of the Month: August 2018: Mia Galo Avalon Beach resident Mia studied design, Photography, Life Drawing, Graphics and Sculpture at Sydney College of the Arts. She has worked as an Art Director and Illustrator for 15 years as well as a Designer and Consultant. Her professional Painting career commenced in 1995. Her works are eclectic, sublime, divine and demonstrate finesse across a range of mediums.  

Mia also has a strong commitment to community and people, donating time and creating works and being involved in numerous charities. 

 Pittwater Offshore Newsletter Update 1/8/2018 

click on Logo: 

To contact Julian:

Read all about it in:

Local businesses who want to support or sponsor this great initiative can contact Melissa Wellings on 

Proposal to name a reserve - Surfrider Gardens

Following community engagement in 2017, Council submitted to name a reserve on Ocean Street in Narrabeen 'The Kirsop Surfrider Gardens' to the Geographical Names Board (GNB) in NSW.

That name was rejected.

As reported to Council on 26 June, the GNB supports the name 'Surfrider Gardens' if it is advertised for public comment and endorsed by Council.

Council resolved to publicly exhibit the proposed new name for the reserve for a period of 28 days and to bring any submissions back to Council for consideration.

Have your Say
In writing to the CEO, Northern Beaches Council, PO Box 82, Manly NSW 1655, marked 'Ocean Street Narrabeen, proposal to name a reserve'
Submissions close 19 August 2018

The 2018 SLSNSW Midford Board Riding Championships are fast approaching with entries closing on 26 August! Get your entries in now to secure your spot 


With three teams in the Semis, Newport continues to be a GREAT Subbies Club.

So, why not start thinking now - about getting involved next year.
If you think you can help, as a coach or committee member, let us know now.

Want to enquire?

Newport Breakers Rugby Club is currently seeking applications for the Head Coach and other coaching roles for the 2019 season. Newport Rugby Club is a leading 3rd Division NSW sub-districts club. The club fields 3x grade sides and 1x colts and has enjoyed recent on field success with 2 grand finals (2nd and 3rd grade) and a premiership in 2017 (3rd grade). The club has a strong playing roster and boasts rich traditions, a strong financial position and an organised, experienced and passionate committee and supporter base. The club is based out of arguably Australia’s best suburban rugby ground, Porter Reserve, which overlooks Newport Beach. We also boast one of Australia’s largest junior clubs with over 400 junior players. The head coach will be supported by an assistant coach and player manager to assist with administration of the team and various support staff.

This will be a paid position depending on experience.
If you are interested, could you please contact me.

Heath (Club President)

Community feedback welcome on new shared-use bridge: Narrabeen

Friday, 27 July 2018: from NBC
Northern Beaches Council is seeking community feedback on a proposed pedestrian and cycle path along Pittwater Road over the Narrabeen Lagoon.

The proposed multi-use path will be two and a half metres wide and will be located to the west of the existing road bridge.

Mayor Regan said the existing pedestrian and cycle path requires much needed attention, as it is narrow and difficult to access as a shared path.

“The section of path across the Pittwater Road Bridge has been identified as a bottleneck and safety hazard for cyclist and pedestrians,” Mayor Regan said.

“Council is pleased, with the support of Transport for NSW’s B-Line project, to be addressing this pinch point as part of our Connecting Communities program linking Northern Beaches cycleways and shared paths.

“The Pittwater Road path over Narrabeen Lagoon is a key section, popular with kids and families along the Narrabeen Lagoon Trail and a significant north-south link for pedestrians and cyclists.

Council is seeking feedback on the aesthetic elements of the design.

As the proposal continues to develop, detailed environmental assessments will need to be undertaken.

This will include assessment of impacts to flora and fauna (both marine and terrestrial), waterway impact assessments, and species impact statements.

The new pedestrian and cycle path is likely to be open for use in 2020.

There are no plans to upgrade Roads and Maritime NSW’s existing road bridge as part of this project.

For more information and to have your say visit Pittwater Road Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge, Narrabeen Lagoon

Slow down to 40km/h around stopped emergency vehicles

A new rule is coming into force to protect emergency service personnel. From 1 September, if you see a stationary emergency vehicle with red and blue flashing lights slow down to 40 km/h.

Pets of the Week


AGE/SEX: 3-4 years / M
BREED: Siberian X

Kiba is a gentle sweet boy who is social with other dogs. He is easy to handle, enjoys treats and enjoys his walks. He is great with kids and suits FT workers but would  need a house with garden. He came from the pound with entropian on left eyelid which has been surgically repaired. He has a thick soft coat and weighs 22.7kg. He comes desexed, C5 vaccinated, heartworm free and microchipped. Also included for the love and health of our dogs is a free Health and Wellness Voucher with our DR Vet. His adoption cost is $400. 


AGE/SEX: 12 months / M
BREED: Sharpei X Jack Russell?

Diesel looks like a mini Sharpei. He is still very playful and puppy-like. He is easy to pick up and handle and is social with other dogs. He walks well on lead and is very affectionate. He has a short coat and weighs 12.6kg. He would suit a family working PT hours and he would prefer a house with garden to run around in. He comes desexed, C5 vaccinated, heartworm free and microchipped. Also included for the love and health of our dogs is a free Health and Wellness Voucher with our DR Vet. His adoption cost is $400. 

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

Pittwater RSL Club Grants

Thank you to those who attend the recent ClubGRANTS Category 2 Presentation evening. We love supporting our community and finding out the difference these groups make.

This year we have donated over $175,000 to community groups ranging from sporting groups to general interest groups.
Including: Bungan Beach Surf Life Saving Club, Manly-Warringah Basketball Association, Mona Vale Commodores Netball, Mona Vale Cricket Club, Mona Vale Junior Rugby League Club, Narrabeen Lakes Sailing Club, Newport Rugby Club, Northern Beaches ADHD Support Group, Northern Beaches Outrigger Canoe Club, Peninsula Junior Cricket Club, Peninsula Softball Club, Pittwater Camera Club, Pittwater Mens Bowling Club, Pittwater Womens Bowling Club, 
Pittwater RSL Darts Team, Pittwater RSL Day Club, Pittwater RSL Fishing Club, Pittwater RSL Football Club, Pittwater RSL Social Golf Club, Pittwater Softball Club, Pittwater Tigers AFL Club, Rotary Club Of Upper Northern Beaches Inc., Sailability Pittwater, Warriewood Surf Life Saving Club and Warringah Concert Brass Band.

As part of the community, our aim is to provide assistance to organisations that will most benefit the community.

While Category 1 will be finalised by 31st August 2018, Category 2 funding was decided in February 2018.

Funding is available under three separate categories, please click here for more information.

Nominate the next NSW Woman of the year

Northern Beaches residents are being encouraged to highlight the brilliant women in their community, with nominations now open for the 2019 NSW Women of the Year Awards.
Member for Manly James Griffin said the Awards recognise women who have demonstrated excellence in business and society or made outstanding contributions, both personally and professionally.
“So many local women pour their heart and soul into their careers, families and volunteer work, which strengthens and enriches our local community,” Mr Griffin said.
“I urge locals to submit a nomination and let the women in their lives know how much they are valued and appreciated.”
Minister for Women Tanya Davies officially opened statewide nominations ahead of the 2019 Women of the Year Awards program, which will be celebrating its eighth year. 
“These Awards are our chance to recognise exceptional women across the State, particularly those who have excelled despite adversity or made contributions that improve the lives of others,” Mrs Davies said.
“Women from all walks of life make outstanding contributions to our communities while overcoming gender inequity to pursue their personal and professional goals.”
The 2019 NSW Women of the Year Award categories include:
  • NSW Premier’s Woman of the Year Award
  • NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year
  • Community Hero
  • Harvey Norman Young Woman of the Year
  • Rex Airlines Regional Woman of the Year
  • NSW Business Woman of the Year
  • First State Super Lifetime Achievement
Nominations for 2019 close on Sunday, 11 November 2018. For more information or to nominate visit The winners will be announced at an Awards ceremony on Thursday March 7, the day before International Women’s Day.

Update on the Ingleside Planned Precinct

May 11, 2018: From NSW Dept. of Planning
We have reviewed the submissions and feedback received on the draft Land Use and Infrastructure Implementation Strategy, which was exhibited from December 2016 to February 2017, and are working through the next phase of the planning process. A summary of the submissions received and our responses is available here.

In response to issues raised by the community and to comply with the draft Planning for Bushfire Protection Policy 2017, a Bushfire Risk Assessment is being prepared. We have also undertaken other additional technical work including:
  • traffic and transport modelling, especially around Mona Vale Road
  • planning for infrastructure provision
  • water cycle management and flooding assessment
  • assessment of environmental impacts including additional surveys, for example around biodiversity across the precinct and along the proposed ecological corridors.
We are working with Northern Beaches Council and other Government agencies throughout this process. 

Next steps
We aim to release the revised Land Use and Infrastructure Implementation Plan (known as the Precinct Plan) in late 2018. 

A draft Local Character Statement (LCS) is also being prepared to define the existing character of the area and capture the community’s values and aspirations. The draft LCS will be based on the extensive community consultation undertaken to date and will be an essential reference guide for the Department to use in finalising the draft plan for Ingleside.  

More opportunities to have your say
There will be more opportunities for the community to provide feedback. 

The revised Precinct Plan, draft Local Character Statement and supporting documents will open for public comment when they are released later in 2018, and the Department will have a range of ways available for you to have your say. 

More information
Call us on 1300 305 695


Click on logo above to visit their website.

BHS: Call out to all ex students!

We are going to hold an exhibition in the lead up to the Golden Ball in September.

Do you have anything we could use for an exhibition in the lead up to the Golden Ball? Things like old school uniforms, school magazines, images, medals or trophies. Fun things that will take people back. 

Do you have, or know others who might have items like this? We would return them after the exhibition.

Images could be sent to

29 September – The Golden Ball  All ex students and staff are invited to the Golden Ball.  Plans are being finalised and tickets will go on sale in Term 2.  Keep your eye here for more information as it comes to hand.

If you wish to keep informed about the festivities please go to the Alumni page and register your interest.

Update: Remembrance Day Poppy Wall For Avalon Beach RSL 

If you liked the display in Avalon Beach RSL foyer this week of ANZAC comprised from crocheted and knitted poppies you may wish to get involved with the group that is knitting more of these for a larger display for Remembrance Day 2018. It is hoped enough are made to fill the garden and cover the garden fence of the RSL.

An donor has committed to providing the wool and another 150 balls have arrived on Thursday - all you need to do is join in!

Already 12 ladies are busy knitting and crocheting away. You can help by dropping made flowers into the Avalon Beach RSL Club or join the group in the club on Mondays at midday. Just look for Dannie Sloper.

Find out more at HERE

 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

Pittwater Community Groups: 

Sports (plus Social Members)

Gardens and Environment

Rural Fire Brigades

Arts and Social


The judgement in the Phil Walker GIPA case seeking KPMG documents relating to forced council mergers was released 8 August 2018 – read the judgement here.

In spite of Walker’s contention that the Government had waived its ‘Cabinet-in-confidence’ privilege over KPMG reference documents including the Business Case, the Tribunal held that the privilege remained, and followed earlier ‘KPMG’ decisions.

So, how difficult is it for the public to get important information that it needs from the Department of Premier and Cabinet?

The answer is extremely difficult if the Government wants to hide controversial and embarrassing information.

First it makes it really hard for the public to find out what information and documentation it has in its records.

It will have already stamped everything that might cause it grief with ‘Cabinet-in-confidence’.

If it receives a GIPA request for information, it designates staff that know little of the subject matter to make the decision and to do the searches. It then claims privilege or that the documents can’t reasonably be found.

One might be tempted to say it is a sham process.

The important point is that the Government is still hiding the KPMG documents detailing the analysis and impacts of the forced merger proposals. No one was able to evaluate the Government’s global claim of $2billion or any part of the alleged benefits, as they were based on these KPMG documents. These benefits in fact have not now materialised.

Good councils, including Pittwater and Tumbarumba to name just two of many, had their councils destroyed on a lie still being perpetrated by this Government.

All communities whose councils were forcibly merged are entitled to a referendum to get their councils back.

The Walker case was the last chance for the Government to release this information. Not to do so means that they will be forever condemned as a dishonest, deceptive, arrogant and incompetent government that fails to listen to communities and will never learn.

Clearly such a government does not deserve to govern.

Perhaps one can conclude with a learned Court of Appeal judge, Justice Basten in the Ku-ring-gai case on this very issue. To quote his words:

“The subject matter of the controversy is the amalgamation of local government areas. The proposals had to be the subject of examination and report, including a public inquiry. It would be incoherent for the Minister to assert that any material presented to Cabinet to support an amalgamation of local government areas should not be disclosed. Particularly is that so where the proposal expressly relied on financial information which was derived from an external report submitted to Cabinet.”

Phil Jenkyn OAM 
11 August, 2018

Bayview Golf Course Seniors Development Proposal Update

A Decision has been delayed for 7 days by documents being presented 24 hours prior to the Hearing by the proponents despite the 'at least seven days prior to' required. These mean the panel will require longer to go through them.

A large attendance of residents both for and against attended the Hearing. 

Full Report once a Decision has been released.

Bales from the beach

August 9 2018 update
The truck has just had it's biggest boost yet! Maria Regina Catholic Primary School Avalon have collectively made the biggest donation to date! We were speechless when we were told that the parents, teachers & student have all put in their own cash to raise a total of $2,160... yep $2,160!!!!

With a total (only 9 days in, and no end date yet) currently at $5,480 we think the 10k goal can easily be reached and hopefully smashed!

Thanks again to the Avalon Community and surrounds for digging deep for such a great cause. 

'BALES FROM THE BEACH' is a club donation initiative to raise much needed funds for Australian Drought Relief programs. All members & guests are encouraged to buy either a $10, $20, $50 or $100 sticker (at the club or online) write a message on it & stick it to the 'BALES FROM THE BEACH' truck. Hopefully over the coming weeks and month's we see this truck full of bales from our patrons & community.


PS - 'Bales from the Beach' FARM AID will be on Saturday 25th August, save the date, exciting details to come!

Avalon Beach RSL Club

Buy A Bale fundraiser

August 11, 2018: Surf Life Saving NSW 
While many of us are blessed to be able to live near the coast, the drought affects and touches us all. So many Surf Lifesavers come from regional areas, or have family or friends struggling on the land.

We’d like to offer our members the opportunity to lend a hand by donating to the Buy A Bale drought relief effort. We are aiming to raise enough money to buy a whole truck load of hay to be delivered to farmers in need.*

To donate please follow this link:

Close to 20 thousand dollars has now been raised through this appeal. SLNSW Members and supporters will fill two trucks!

Council Wins An Award And A Special Commendation

Northern Beaches Council has been recognised for excellence in communications for its community engagement initiatives in the early planning for the area around the soon-to-be opened Northern Beaches Hospital.

Council won the communications award, one of five councils to do so, for the Northern Beaches Hospital Precinct Structure Plan at the RH Doherty Awards during NSW Local Government Week.

It was a good night for Council. It was also highly commended for its Northern Beaches Brand Roll Out campaign.

Commenting on the award for the Hospital Precinct Structure Plan, the judges said: “The whole of community was the audience, a complex project which covered so many bases, developed messages for all its audiences, and truly displayed excellence.”

It was the second time the Hospital Structure Plan has been singled out for praise. In July, it received a special commendation in the 2018 Greater Sydney Planning Awards, hosted by the Greater Sydney Commission.

Northern Beaches Acting CEO, Helen Lever said it was an honour to win the award as well as the special commendation for the Brand Roll Out campaign.

“Raising awareness of the new Council following amalgamation was a lengthy but very important process which involved months of consultation with the community.

“We really wanted our community to be involved in creating a new brand and identity so they knew who we were, what we stood for and how we would represent them.

“I’m delighted that our efforts were recognised in this commendation,” Ms Lever said.

On winning the award for the Structure Plan, Ms Lever said: “Northern Beaches Council places a high priority on community engagement and consultation in development planning.

“Council undertook a four-year engagement process to encourage maximum community input and to foster community ownership of the overall land use planning process.”

Hazard Reduction Advisory for 9th August 2018 to 17th August 2018

The following hazard reduction burns are planned by NSW land managers (such as National Parks and Wildlife Service, Forestry Corporation NSW, Crown Lands and Local Government Authorities) and fire agencies (NSW Rural Fire Service and Fire and Rescue NSW) over coming days, weather permitting.

12/08/2018 to 12/08/2018 Northern Beaches Bushland nestled between Endeavour Drive, Lady Penrhyn Drive and Golden Grove, Beacon Hill

12/08/2018 to 12/08/2018 Northern Beaches Bushland south of Killarney Drive, Killarney Heights

12/08/2018 to 12/08/2018 Northern Beaches Bushland east of Lyndhurst Way, Belrose


Zonta Birthing Kit Packing Day 2018

Saturday 18 August 2018
Would you like to assist?
The Zonta Club of Northern Beaches Inc and Barrenjoey High School are organising a day to pack Birthing Kits for women in developing countries. Members of the local community are invited to help.  We plan to pack 2000 kits.

With an estimated 385,000 women dying annually in childbirth, many from infections acquired during childbirth, there is a great need for these birthing kits.  Most women need assistance due to isolation, cultural choice or poor transport and have little or no assistance during childbirth. Many mothers and babies die from preventable infections. By providing a clean birthing kit, and training in how to use it, these mothers will have the resources to reduce infection.

Birthing Kits are assembled under the auspices of the Birthing Kit Foundation (Australia)  - a not-for-profit non-government organisation (NGO) that provides birthing kits and education in clean birthing practices. BKFA originated from the Zonta Clubs of Adelaide Hills and has grown to be supported by Zonta Clubs across Australia. 

Well over 100,000 kits are assembled and distributed each year.  Each birthing kit is made up of six simple items assembled into a small plastic bag.

A donation of just $3 buys the materials for one kit and the training program for its delivery.  You can help us by making a donation on the day.  For full details of the Birthing Kit Program see the BKFA website at  

The Packing Day at Barrenjoey High School will run from 1pm to approximately 4pm.  
Please contact Margaret White on 0416 182 393 or email  if you are able to assist or you would like more information.

Mona Vale Garden Club's 47th Spring Flower Show

Saturday, 22 September 2018 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
Everyone is invited to come to an exhibition of flowers, pot plants, vegetables, herbs and floral art.

There will also be sales of:
  • plants
  • white elephant goods
  • cakes
  • refreshments
Entry: Adults $2, children free 
All profits will be donated to local charities.

Contact Information
Mona Vale Garden Club Inc
Name: Pauline
Phone: 0418 221 907

Ted Blackwood Hall
Cnr Jacksons & Boondah Roads
Warriewood NSW 2102


Monday August 6th, 2018
Member for Manly James Griffin joined Bear Cottage staff and volunteers to announce a huge $150,000 funding boost from the NSW Government to support Bear Cottage’s work in providing care and comfort for children with life-limiting conditions and their families.

The funding was provided through NSW Health and the Minister for Health Brad Hazzard, who commended the team at Bear Cottage for their efforts in supporting children and providing excellent paediatric palliative care in Manly for the benefit of everyone in New South Wales.

Member for Manly James Griffin echoed the Minister’s sentiments and congratulated Bear Cottage on the funding announcement.

“Bear Cottage – its families, staff and volunteers – hold a special place in the hearts of many people both here in Manly and around New South Wales,” Mr Griffin said.

“The quality of the paediatric care here in Manly is second to none, and I am proud to see this Government continue to invest in palliative care both here and around the State, across all demographics and for the benefit of all.”

Last year the NSW Government invested an additional $100 million in palliative care services across NSW over the next four years, which included training for 300 nurses and allies health staff, 300 scholarships for rural and regional staff to enhance palliative care skills and 30 additional nurses in hospitals and nursing homes.

“Whilst the NSW Government undertakes the largest health infrastructure investment ever on the Northern Beaches, including the new Northern Beaches Hospital and the Brookvale Community Health Centre, we will always continue to support and invest in the important services at Bear Cottage and we will continue to foster health and wellness services nearby at the Manly Hospital site.”

The additional funding provided to Bear Cottage mirrors work being undertaken by NSW Health Infrastructure, who have conducted an evidence-based needs analysis for services on the Manly Hospital site, including provision for an adolescent and young adult hospice, another Australian first.

The NSW Government has already committed $2 million in recurrent funding to support a young adult hospice at the Manly Hospital site, which will be independent of Bear Cottage but also provide world class palliative care services for young people.

Newport Junior Rugby Clubhouse Extension

We are all very privileged to be part of this great rugby club.
The current committee has approved plans with the support of the senior club to extend our club house to build a girls change room and if funds allow other modifications!

The introduction of girls rugby has been amazing and is growing. We want to do all we can to encourage more girls to play rugby and stay in the game.

We also want to leave a bit of legacy behind as we pass through for future generations.

We also have invited the Newport Netball club to be part of this build as they too will enjoy the facilities in the future.

Your contribution will be matched dollar for dollar!
I have exciting news that made me fall of my chair! One of our life members has generously offered to match dollar for dollar each tax deductible donation up to $75,000!!

Yes that is right – if we can all raise $75,000 then we will have $150,000 by the end of September.

So, if you put in a dollar, you will receive a tax deduction, plus your dollar is matched by our donor – which at the top tax bracket is turning appx 50c into $2! 

My thanks can’t be heard loud enough as I type this to this to our very generous supporter of the  club

Time limit – the offer to match contributions only lasts until presentation day which is September 16 2018...

Action Required:
1. Spread the word!
2. If you can make a tax deductible donation by 16 September use this link:

Nigel Baker
Newport Junior Rugby

Ten LGAs to commence Bush Fire Danger Period on 1 August

July 24, 2018: NSW RFS
The NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) today announced 10 Local Government Areas (LGAs) will commence the Bush Fire Danger Period (BFDP) on Wednesday 1 August 2018, due to prevailing dry conditions.

NSW RFS Deputy Commissioner Rob Rogers said the 10 LGAs that will enter the BFDP on 1 August 2018 are Armidale Regional, Clarence Valley, Glen Innes Severn, Inverell, Kyogle, Lismore, Richmond Valley, Tenterfield, Uralla and Walcha.

Deputy Commissioner Rogers said a number of factors, including local fuel conditions, are considered before declaring a variation to the statutory BFDP that commences on 1 October 2018.

“Areas in the north of the state are experiencing extremely dry conditions and it is a worrying sign, especially given we have only received half of average rainfall during winter and no meaningful rain is forecast in the next few months,” Deputy Commissioner Rogers said.

“Conditions along the coast and especially west of the ranges are drier than average, which is of great concern leading into the bush fire season, especially given firefighters have attended 525 bush or grass fires in the past week alone, compared to 276 for the same period last year.”

During the BFDP, land owners and managers are required to obtain a Fire Permit from their local Fire Control Centre before lighting any fires, including hazard reduction burns.

Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant said that despite current cold temperatures across the state, now is the time for residents and land managers to start preparing for the threat of bush fire.

“We saw with the Holsworthy fire in April, as well as a Watch and Act fire west of Port Macquarie just last week, bush fires can strike out of season and it is vitally important to be prepared,” Mr Grant said.

“This means doing really simple things like cleaning your gutters, removing combustibles from your yard, ensuring hoses can reach all corners of your property and completing or updating your bush fire survival plan, so you and your family know what you will do in the event of a bush fire.”

“I encourage households to update or create a bush fire survival plan and make sure the whole family knows what to do when faced with a fire. It could save your lives.”

Information about hazard reduction burning and required notifications is available on the NSW RFS website at 

Noah’s Dog Walking Service

Having trouble finding time to walk your dog?
Wish that someone else would just do it for you?

Well from now on there is that option. I am a 14 year old boy living in Avalon with experience in handling all types of dogs. As a dog owner myself I can assure you that your dog will be walked to the best of standards. $10 per hour.

Contact me with:
Phone: 0405 130 785
Can work in: Avalon, Palm Beach, Newport

So give your dog a walk without hassle.

Arts and Creativity Strategy: NBC

Creative Mixer Event and Survey
The Creative Mixer is your opportunity to help shape the future of arts and creativity on the Northern Beaches. Join us for refreshments and an action packed evening of performance, ideas and debate as we explore how creativity can better connect the Northern Beaches!

During the session, you will be challenged to use your imagination and work with a diverse group of creatively minded people to set a long term vision and direction for the arts on the Northern Beaches. The workshop will help inform the development of an Arts and Creativity Strategy, which will define how the arts can nurture more liveable places and enhance community wellbeing.

Tuesday 31 July, 6.00 to 9.00pm at Park House, Mona Vale (light refreshments provided)
Be quick to register your interest by 26 July; there are only limited places. Know someone who should come along, share this invite and bring a friend!

Can’t make it to the Creative Mixer?
Share your ideas and provide your input by completing an online survey and go into the draw to win one of three $100 Westfield gift vouchers.
Survey closes Sunday 12 August 2018

Kick a Goal with Sport Grants

Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes is encouraging sporting clubs in Pittwater to apply for funds under the NSW Government’s Local Sport Grant Program.

The program will provide up to $50,000 for local sporting club projects throughout the community.

The four project types (sport development, community sport events, sport access, and facility development) aim to increase regular and on-going sport participation.

Clubs must contribute to their chosen project either financially or through the use of voluntary labour, donated materials, equipment, or other resources directly related to the project.

“These grants provide a fantastic opportunity for local sporting groups to help address barriers to participation and get even more people active,” Rob Stokes said today.

“We’re fortunate to live in such a beautiful part of the world with such a variety of sporting clubs and facilities.

“I look forward to seeing the next group of projects delivered under this program and the many benefits they’ll provide,” Rob Stokes said.

Applications close 24 August 2018 and further information about the program, including application guidelines, can be found at

Friends of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment August 2018 forum

Next forum: Creeks in the Catchment
7pm Monday August 27, 2018
Coastal Environment Centre, Pelican Path,
Lake Park Road, Narrabeen

Presenters: Staff members from Northern Beaches Council will outline the works needed to control erosion and protect against flooding. Plus information about the bush regeneration projects in near creeks in the catchment.

Are you concerned about any of these issues?
* Water quality in creeks leading to Narrabeen Lagoon
* Health of aquatic wildlife
* Creek flooding
* Blockages in creeks
* Erosion of creek banks
* Rubbish in creeks
* Weeds in riparian zones?
Bring your concerns and questions to the forum on August 27 and find out more about creek care from Council staff.

Entry is free but we ask for a donation to cover expenses.
Make sure you get a ticket preferably by emailing Judith Bennett 

Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary 2018 Stalls


17th: Stall, Foyer Mona Vale Hospital                          9am to 3pm
Baking, knitting, sewing, books
31st: Stall, Outside ANZ Bank, Avalon Parade           9am to 3pm
Sewing, knitting, craft
1st: Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale                          9am to 3pm
Sewing, knitting, craft, books
8th: Bunnings, Narrabeen                                              8am to 3pm
Sausage sizzle
21st: Stall, Foyer Mona Vale Hospital                          9am to 3pm
Baking, knitting, sewing, books
6th: Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale                          9am to 3pm
Sewing, knitting, craft, books
13th: Bunnings, Narrabeen                                             8am to 3pm
Sausage sizzle
3rd: Stall. Pittwater Place, Mona Vale                          9am to 3pm
Sewing, knitting, craft, books
4th: Bunnings, Narrabeen                                               8am to 3pm
Sausage sizzle                                                    
1st: Stall, Pittwater Place Mona Vale                           9am to 3pm
Sewing, knitting, craft, books

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:

Grants for volunteer training projects 

Surf Life Saving NSW’s volunteers put their lives on the line to patrol our beaches, saving the lives of locals, visitors and tourists. In addition to their hours spent patrolling our beaches, volunteer trainers and assessors spend an estimated 50,000 hours each year training new and current volunteers to ensure their clubs’ sustainability into the future.

As part of a Federal Government funded program for Vocational Education and Training (VET), Surf Life Saving NSW has committed almost $1 million over the next two years to local projects delivered by Surf Life Saving Clubs and Branches to improve outcomes in Member Training & Education.

“We rely on the skill and passion of our volunteer trainers and assessors to motivate and engage new and existing members and this vital injection of funding will help to ensure they have the support and recognition they need to do their important work,” said Steven Pearce, CEO of Surf Life Saving NSW.

“This funding will complement national and state-led projects and will enable a localised approach to tackling the challenges associated with recruiting and retaining volunteers to assist with the delivery of training and education.”

Louise Cooke, Surf Life Saving NSW Learning & Development Manager added, “Any programs or projects which aim to attract new volunteers into club Education teams, to increase the diversity of these teams or to retain and recognise existing trainers and assessors will be considered. This is a great opportunity for clubs and Branches to work collaboratively and to innovate to solve local recruitment and retention issues.”

Applications open on 2 July 2018 and close 2 September 2018. For more information, visit or contact

Red Cross shop Newport

The Newport Red Cross shop desperately needs your quality, discarded clothing items. Now that spring is almost springing, perhaps you are all set to 'declutter' your offshore abode. But what to do with all those gems that are no longer you. Well donate them of course. The Red Cross shop at Newport is very excited to receive your cast offs. We also take small household items but alas, no electrical or furniture. 

Did you know that all profits from Red Cross shops stay in Australia? Profits from Red Cross shops support worthy programmes like providing breakfast for school kids, Telecross - a daily call to elderly people in need of contact, youth services, disaster relief, mental health services and much, much more.

Should you need assistance please feel free to call me or just leave your items in our boat. We live on the northern side of Lovett Bay between Now and Zen and Therese and John. The house is called 'Foreshore' and our boat is a Stabicraft for purposes of identification! 

Don't hesitate to call in to the Newport Red Cross shop with your donations - close to Woolworths petrol station at 334 Barrenjoey Rd Newport or call Lesley Scott to help with donations - 0410 687864

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. For more information at or call John on 9982 5656

Planning Alerts

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Petition: Save Ingleside from Over-Development

We the undersigned, write in connection with the above proposal and wish to object strongly and respectfully to the development of the area in the proposed manner.

Ingleside is a dispersed settlement where development proposals should be considered very carefully: infilling could ruin the character of the area but estate development will not only overwhelm it but also overwhelm the vast majority of residents living from Narrabeen to Palm Beach who will travel through or near Ingleside every day.

Naturally, we understand that the State Government has a determined growth strategy. However, the overwhelming increase in immediate population and thoroughfare traffic will have a devastating effect upon the existing population who live here and contribute to Sydney as a city and as a defined demographic already. 

Pressure for the development in the region is considerable, mainly for housing city commuters, but has been successfully resisted for more than 30 years for the same reasons as now. The infrastructure was not in place and as can be seen by the impact of development in Warriewood, remains at an unsupportive level. The reasons for rejecting those schemes also included the inadequacy of the minor roads apart from Mona Vale Road to accommodate even small increases in traffic. 

Reference is made to the over one thousand comments on the supporting website, mostly by residents of Pittwater external to the immediate area of Ingleside who have failed to have a voice but as your constituents have equal right to be represented as bearing the impact of the development. With the above in mind, we request that the development be reviewed to take into account the residents of Pittwater, whom you represent. Rather than telling them why it will be good for them, consider the voice of the residents and understand why it will be bad for them.