December 8 - 14, 2019: Issue 432

Articles This Week 

Front Page Issue 432Santa 'Drops In' To Carols At The Beach 2019: Hosted By Avalon Beach SLSC

PM Presents National Rescue Award To NSW Lifesavers by Surf Life Saving New South Wales

Pictures Christmas Cheer: Carols at the Beach 2019 + Christmas Drought Run for Farmers and Their Families: photos from the road + Men Of League Northern Sydney Branch's Xmas Function At North Narrabeen SLSC - we're all beginning to get into the Spirit of things!

NSW Volunteer Of The Year Awards 2019 Awarded: Local Finalists

Surf Dive 'N Ski Australian Junior Surfing Titles In Margaret River 2019: Narrabeen's Jamie Thomson Wins! by Surfing Australia

Aquatics Shark Nets Are Destructive and Don’t Keep You Safe – Let’s Invest In Lifeguards

Mona Vale Road East Upgrade Update - To December 2019: Our last day of work for 2019 will be Friday 20 December and we will return to work on Monday 6 January 2020

Reflections by George Repin THE DUOMO OF ORVIETO

Park Bench Philosopher Science Delivers More Aussie-Grown Prawns For Christmas

Collector's Corner Snow Globes - Predated by the popular paperweight, the first snow globes were exhibited at the Paris Universal Expo of 1878, apparently featuring a man with an umbrella, and by 1879 at least five or more companies were producing and selling snow globes throughout Europe. In 1889, a snow globe containing a model of the newly built Eiffel Tower was produced to commemorate the International Exposition in Paris, which marked the centenary of the French Revolution - and the opening of that tower. The 1889 Snow Globe would fetch upwards of $20,000.00 according to snow globe experts, but you can begin collecting these from as little as $10.
Profile Sydney Wildlife Northern Beaches Branch: Our Year in Pictures by Lynleigh Grieg

A few things to remember going into the Festive Season:

• It will be hot and wildlife will be thirsty. Please consider putting out water in shallow, heavy-based ceramic dishes - positioned in the shade and with pebbles for small critters to clamber out if necessary.

• Drive carefully between dusk and dawn as our nocturnal wildlife are active on and beside roads.

• Keep your pets indoors between dusk and dawn to allow nocturnal wildlife to forage and hunt without interaction.

• If you are going away, keep windows shut so that you don’t get furry, feathery or scaly visitors popping in and not being able to get back out.

If you see any wildlife in distress over the Festive Season, please call Sydney Wildlife on 9413 4300 or WIRES 1300 094 737

History Daniel Gordon Soutar's Influence On Local Golf Courses: Some History Notes - The gentleman associated with the design of local golf courses and credited, along with great mate Carnegie Clark, as being one of the fathers of Australian Golf, was Daniel Gordon Soutar. 

In Pittwater two courses were officially opened within months of each other at Bayview (1924) and Mona Vale (1925), and these had been preceded by a courses at Palm Beach (1922 onward - officially granted land in 1926) and were followed by one at Avalon Beach (1926) and then Elanora Heights (1929), both of which were designed by Soutar and have steep pitches. Mr. Soutar is also credited with fixing a few problems at the Manly Golf Club and with the extensions to 18 holes at Long Reef, and his wife and himself appear to have a hand in early Balgowlah Golf Club works. Decades prior to that, one 9-hole course attached to The Oaks-La Corniche grounds was the first local course Daniel Soutar played at in February 1911, months before he would become the professional attached to the Manly course and club. 

Artists of the Month December 2019 To January 2020: Be Brave Artspace's 2019 'A Little Brave' Exhibition- 33 Artists

Featuring 33 talented, local and regional artists presenting smaller, affordable artworks. The exhibition will showcase a diverse variety of original and inspiring pieces that will be suitable for people to purchase as gifts. Only a selection of each artists work will be on display and will be regularly updated as the exhibition progresses. The remainder of each artists works will be stored at the gallery in the stockroom and be available to look at throughout the course of the exhibition if there is an interest in a particular artist. 

We will have paintings, photographs, textile art, works on paper, prints, ceramics, woodwork, jewellery, tea towels, cards, fashion, homewares and Be Brave Artspace tote bags and gift vouchers.

The exhibition opened on November 30th, will close for Christmas and then run through until Sunday 19th January.

Be Brave Artspace
5-7 Careel Head Road
North Avalon

A community based art gallery, studio and workshop venue.

Be Brave Artspace was an idea that grew out of a love of all things creative. On street level: a light, spacious Gallery delivering dynamic exhibitions of local and Sydney based artists. Downstairs a workshop and studio for creators to be bold and fearless.

A space where artists can exhibit, create, connect and be inspired.

Opening hours: Mon-Wed Closed | Thurs/Fri 11.00-3.00 | Sat/Sun 10.00-4.00

Pittwater Offshore Newsletter Update December 1st, 2019 

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Christmas Drought Drive for farmers families done!

December 5th, 2019
Words cannot express the wonderful generosity of the Pittwater Community. A small group of people yesterday, came through the towns of Cumnock and Yeoval. With them they bought the Christmas Spirit and shared their Love with our local farming families. Even Santa managed to fight through the drought to find over 50 farm kids through this region. They also bought family hampers, women's and men's gift packs, precious water and a tonne of organic Fresh Fruit and Vegetables for our farmers, pre-paid visa cards for all families who attended, the massive donations of dog food for our working dogs, the crisp wine and cold beer, clothes, tonnes and tonnes of groceries, the 15,000 baby wipes and nappies, aeroguard and sunscreens and even some plum puddings and special treats for Christmas.

They came to say thank you to us for being farmers. I say we need to thank the community of Pittwater for believing in us and what we do.

I (Krystal) would like to thank the Amazing Lisa Hewitt and her kids Josh and Ellie, it has taken a month of late night phone calls. I can't thank you guys enough for your determination and dedication to bringing the best drought drive one would ever see to the small town of Yeoval.

A huge shout out the 6 beautiful people from Avalon who spent yesterday helping, above and beyond 150 people from the local district.

A massive thank you to those who donated:
The Avalon, Bilgola and Newport communities.
Kennards, Johnson Brothers Mitre10, Palm Beach Kindy, Newport Public School, Peninsula Bridge Club, Palm Beach RSL, Avalon Beach RSL, to my amazing past and present swimming parents and kids, Anne Wilson funerals, Avalon Bulldogs, Newport Red Cross, Avalon - Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce, Cabana Avalon, Pest Rid, Kobi Avalon school canteen, Lara Rowell, Tammy Carter and Kelly Schott for the most awesome wrapping, Trina Leslie, Simone Sinclair, Stone Real Estate, The Fruitful Boxes, Bilgola Organic Deli, Harris farm, Dianne Cutrie and her husband Darren, Matt and Eliza Cutrie, Lisa Swinton, Scotty Wilcox, Oliver's Pies, Amber Waves, Julie and Richard of PB Kindy who came on board at the last minute to help with transport, and Virginia Upton who decorated the vans, trailers and trucks heading west. If I’ve missed anybody I’m sorry.

I (Lisa) have been incredibly humbled by this whole experience, the generosity and kindheartedness of everyone involved, we as one huge community are going to have some sort of a positive effect on over 150 drought stricken farmers. 
So THANK YOU so much.

You have made an entire towns' Christmas one to remember.

Krystal Haycock
Yeoval, NSW.

Lisa Hewitt
Avalon Beach, NSW.

Men Of League Northern Sydney Branch's Xmas Function At North Narrabeen SLSC 

December 6th 2019 

Photos and report from Brian Friend OAM: We had the best time with great blokes and ladies. There was laughter all around as this is what's needed during Christmas time. Thick skin was the order of the day and tall tales and unbelievable stories from the past were resurrected and exaggerated. 

Big thanks to Trevor Bailey, Ken Vessey, Norm Pounder, Fred Jackson, Ian Dodds and many others who made it a great function. And of course our Manly Sea Eagles players led by Wayne Cousins. And we can't forget John Gibbs as interviewer and Steve 'The Race caller' Windbank for his call on the Melbourne Cup replay.

More photos in this Issue's Pictorial; Christmas Cheer!

Talk story 

Avalon Bowling Club, 6pm Thursday 19 December 2019.
Don't miss this community event as a wide range of surf publishers and documenters discuss their work and the future of surfing.
Guest speakers include: John Ogden, photographer, author of Saltwater People, publisher of Cactus - Surfing Journals from Solitude; Rob Bain, director and part owner of White Horses; Tim Boreham, director and founder of North Journal; Sean Doherty, author, and editor of Surfing World; Luke Kennedy, editor of Tracks magazine; Mandy Zieren, photographer and blogger; and Tom Carroll, surf legend and photographer.

Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 11 AM – 6 PM
Curl Curl Youth & Community Centre - Sydney, Australia
Curl Curl

ENTRY FEE $15 for all ages with all proceeds donated to Lifeline Northern Beaches

Tarp-O-Rama for Lifeline is a community event to engage, educate and empower our community about mental health and wellbeing. The festival will include live bands and DJ’s, food trucks of all kinds, merchandise and market stalls, local art, chillout zones, photobooth, live artist, demos, mini ramps, kids’ zone, plus loads of prizes and giveaways.

With Cooper Chapman and Alex Hayes confirmed on the judging panel, WIN yourself cool prizes for best tarp surfing! Bring your skateboard, skates, scooter, roller blades, paddle skateboards, surfboards with wheels, anything! 

Get yourself and your kids riding the plastic blue wave! 
Heats: Mini Groms 5-10 years, Groms 11-16 years, Open 16+ plus free ride sessions. Get epic shots and video taken by our unstoppable media team!

Tarp surf for a purpose with funds raised supporting Lifeline Northern Beaches so that they can continue to create connection with people in crisis and empower individuals and communities to be safe from suicide.  

Not only will it be fun, but we are opening up more talk about mental health, support and education. Come down for some Northern Beaches all ages fun! Get involved, get connected and get the conversation started. Tarp-O-Rama for Lifeline welcomes our local community and beyond, and aims to ensure the day is as welcoming, safe and accessible as possible for all.

All ages welcome.  

Netball Courts 1-7, Abbott Road, North Curl Curl (outside Curl Curl Youth and Community Centre)
CAR: Located 500m from North Curl Curl Beach and under 40 minutes from Sydney’s CBD on the B-Line, with loads on and off-street parking, plus access for people with disability.
BUS: 159 from Manly, Stop Abbott Rd opposite Hudson Oval, North Curl Curl, 7-minute walk to event
BUS: 136 from Manly & North, Stop Griffin Rd at Abbott Rd, North Curl Curl, 12-minute walk to event
Google Map:

Are you a brand or local business that wants to be involved? 
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Doggie Rescue's 2020 Calendar Is Out Now!

We are proud to launch our 2020 Doggie Rescue Calendar
- our major fundraising activity for the whole year.

Its finally here, our 2020 calendar is a tribute to the beautiful lives we have saved. This year's edition is extra special, thanks to the stunning professional photos by Lyndall of Floppy Ears Photography.

The 2020 DoggieRescue calendar makes a lovely Christmas gift and with limited print numbers this year, you need to act quickly to secure your copy. I do not want you to miss out!

People like you who purchase our calendar not only give the gift of life but also share the successes of our work and help to rescue more animals like Grayson and Meg (featured in the calendar), offering them a bright future.

Three easy ways to get your calendar
  • Online via the DoggieRescue website
  • Over the phone by calling 02 9486 3133
  • Visiting the shelter at Ingleside
At just $20 the DoggieRescue calendar makes the perfect Christmas gift, knowing that 100% of the proceeds go directly to the animals in our care.

For more information call Doggie Rescue on 9486 3133

Proposal to upgrade a mobile phone base station at warriewood and bilgola plateau 

Telstra is proposing to upgrade the existing mobile phone infrastructure at the below locations to allow for the introduction of 5G to Telstra’s network and reconfiguration of existing technologies if required. Any works considered ancillary to the proposal may include works for reasons of safety, junction boxes, cables, feeders, removal of redundant equipment, antenna mounts, and general works within the existing compound may be included.

Telstra proposes undertaking the works at the locations below:

92A Mona Vale Road, WARRIEWOOD NSW 2102, RFNSA: 2102002

Works to consists of the addition of NR3500 (5G) and LTE2100 and LTE2600 (4G). Works include six (6) new panel antenna and six (6) new remote radio units. The proposal will remove six panel antenna and six redundant RRU’s.

146 Plateau Road, BILGOLA PLATEAU NSW 2107 RFNSA: 2107001

Works to consists of the addition of NR3500 (5G) and LTE2100 and LTE2600 (4G). Works include three (3) new panel antenna and three (3) new remote radio units. The proposal will remove three panel antenna and twelve redundant RRU’s

Telstra regards the proposed installation as a Low-impact Facility
 under the Telecommunications (Low-impact Facilities) Determination 2018 ("The Determination") based on the description above. 

In accordance with Section 7 of the C564:2018 Mobile Phone Base Station Deployment Code we invite you to provide feedback about the proposal. Requests for further information should be directed to Petra Patrocinor, town planner on behalf of Telstra, at  or by calling 0421 699 789.

Written submissions can be sent to ATT: Thierry/Petra Telstra C/Cyient, 8 Freight Road, Ravenhall VIC 3023.

Further information can be obtained at by entering the RFNSA no. provided above.

The closing date for all submissions is the COB 5pm, 12 December 2019

Surfing NSW Unveils 2020 Event Calendar

Friday, 6 December 2019 
With less than a month until the end of the year, Surfing NSW has unveiled its 2020 event calendar.
Over 40 events are already confirmed to be taking place over the calendar year, with proceedings getting underway from the 14th – 16th January when the Rip Curl GromSearch National Final kicks off in the Illawarra.
The full list of events can be found here - also available to download as a PDF below.
Benchmark events on the calendar include The Sydney Surf Pro, The Vissla NSW Pro Surf Series (Carve Pro, Mothernest Great Lakes Pro and Vissla Central Coast Pro), The Port Stephens Pro and the Australian Surf Championships.
Surfing NSW will be conducting daily media services at over 35 of the events.
Dates for the 2020/2021 Woolworths Surfer Groms Comp Series, the Rip Curl GromSearch series and the nudie Australian Boardriders Battle series will be confirmed in the coming months.
More information on specific events can be found by checking out the Surfing NSW events page.

photo by Ethan Smith/Surfing NSW
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Major crime categories remain stable across the state 

December 4, 2019
Almost all major crime categories have continued to remain stable or trend downwards, according to the latest Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) data released today, Member for Manly James Griffin said.

Mr Griffin said of the 17 major crime categories across NSW – only one had increased in the 24 months to September 2019, while most have remained stable and four had fallen. 

The five categories that recorded major trends across the State included:
  • Steal from retail store has increased by 8.8 per cent; 
  • Break and enter dwelling has decreased by 6.1 per cent;
  • Steal from dwelling has decreased by 2.8 per cent;
  • Steal from person has decreased 5.8 per cent; and
  • Malicious damage to property has decreased by 3.7 per cent.
Mr Griffin said Northern Beaches Police Area Command has continued to do an outstanding job driving down crime in the local community and bringing offenders to justice. 

“The dedicated men and women of our local Police here on the Northern Beaches work incredibly hard to keep us safe,” Mr Griffin said.

“This includes our General Duties police, high-visibility officers and Region Enforcement Squad that maintain the thin blue line and crack down on petty crimes like theft and shoplifting. 

“They also work with retailers on ways to prevent crime and safeguard their stores from shoplifters in the future.” 

Mr Griffin said while it’s not pleasing to see an increase in theft from retail stores on the Northern Beaches, stealing from dwellings has dropped significantly.

“Increased awareness and reporting as well as more police on the beat proactively targeting criminals and putting them before the courts are reflected in BOCSAR’s results,” Mr Griffin said.

Mr Griffin said at the same time NSW Government was delivering 1,500 new police – the biggest increase to the Force in more than 30 years – as part of a record $583 million investment over four years. 

“Community safety will always be our number one priority and this major boost in police means we’ll continue to have to have more police doing the right jobs in the right places to help keep people safe,” Mr Griffin said. 

More information about police’s shoplifting prevention strategies can be found here  

To read BOCSAR’s full report published today, visit  

Roads and Maritime Services has joined with TfNSW

On 1 December 2019, Roads and Maritime Services and Transport for NSW (TfNSW) joined together to create one integrated TfNSW so we can deliver better outcomes for customers and communities across NSW.

All functions and responsibilities will now be performed by TfNSW and any references to Roads and Maritime Services will be legally taken to mean TfNSW automatically.

Other than a name change from Roads and Maritime Services to TfNSW, our customers don’t need to do anything but continue to enjoy our services.

Historic Reforms for Better Transport
Published November 19, 2019 - TfNSW
Customers and the community are set to benefit from historic reforms to the NSW Government’s transport agency, which will result in better thinking, planning and delivery of services now and into the future.

Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) will cease to exist following the passage of the Transport Administration Amendment (RMS Dissolution) Bill 2019 through the NSW Parliament tonight. 

The RMS functions will now be transferred into a new, fully integrated Transport for NSW.

Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance and Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the passage of the Bill marked a historic shift for all transport. 

“The passing of this Bill enables a more integrated and strategic approach to transport for everybody in the State, leading to better roads and services,” Mr Constance said.

“With a single transport agency we will no longer have roads being built in one corner and transport delivered in another, without anybody talking to each other. These changes will better serve our community with a new fit-for-purpose, ready-to-respond transport agency.”

“With $55.6 billion being invested in transport and roads infrastructure over the next four years, an integrated transport agency that meets the needs of the community is vital.”

Mr Toole said changes enabled by the Bill’s passage will strengthen the NSW Government’s focus on delivering integrated transport solutions across the entire state.

“We know how important transport is to our regional and rural communities,” Mr Toole said.

“Transport for NSW is now better placed to plan and deliver roads, transport, and freight movements across the regions to support communities, create jobs and drive economic growth. This re-organisation is not about cuts, we have given a solid commitment that there will be no job losses in regional NSW.”

Mr Constance and Mr Toole said there has been significant progress in bringing the two agencies together since the changes were first announced in April.

The passing of the Bill formalises these changes and provides clarity and certainty for staff and businesses that previously interacted with RMS. 

New Structure of federal Government Departments

December 5, 2019
The Hon. Scott Morrison, Prime Minister of Australia
Today, I am announcing changes to the structure of the Australian Public Service (APS) as part of our reform agenda to put Australians at the centre of Government.

This morning, the Governor-General approved my recommendation to reduce the number of Government departments from 18 to 14, to ensure the services that Australians rely on are delivered more efficiently and effectively.

Australians should be able to access simple and reliable services, designed around their needs.  Having fewer departments will allow us to bust bureaucratic congestion, improve decision-making and ultimately deliver better services for the Australian people.

The new structure will drive greater collaboration on important policy challenges. For example, better integrating the Government’s education and skills agenda and ensuring Australians living in regional areas can access the infrastructure and services they need.

The following changes will take effect on 1 February 2020:

The creation of the Department of Education, Skills and Employment, which will consolidate:
  • the current Department of Education; and
  • the current Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business.
The creation of the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, which will consolidate:
  • the current Department of Agriculture; and
  • environment functions from the current Department of the Environment and Energy.
The creation of the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources, which will consolidate:
  • the current Department of Industry, Innovation and Science;
  • energy functions from the current Department of the Environment and Energy; and
  • small business functions from the current Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business.
The creation of the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications, which will consolidate:
  • the current Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development; and
  • the current Department of Communications and the Arts.
The Department known as Services Australia (formerly known as the Department of Human Services) will be established as a new Executive Agency, within the Social Services Department.
Ten departments remain unchanged.

I am also announcing today that the remit of the North Queensland Livestock Industry Recovery Agency will be expanded to include drought.  The Hon Shane Stone AC QC will lead the new National Drought and North Queensland Flood Response and Recovery Agency, providing national leadership and a whole-of-government response to support our farmers and regional communities as they respond to, and recover from, the drought and the north Queensland flood from earlier this year.

The Agency will sit within the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and report to the Minister for Water Resources, Drought, Rural Finance, Natural Disaster and Emergency Management, the Hon David Littleproud MP.

As a consequence of these machinery changes, there will be movement and change amongst the Secretaries of departments.  The following Secretaries will not continue to hold office in the new structure when it takes effect on 1 February 2020:
  • Ms Kerri Hartland;
  • Ms Renée Leon PSM;
  • Mr Mike Mrdak AO;
  • Mr Daryl Quinlivan; and
  • Dr Heather Smith PSM.
Each of these senior officials has served their country with dedication, commitment and a deep sense of public service over many years, and their advice, achievements and leadership have been valued by governments past and present.

On behalf of the Government and all Australians, I thank Ms Hartland, Ms Leon, Mr Mrdak, Mr Quinlivan and Dr Smith for everything they have done to advance Australia’s interests, and for their service, and I wish them all the best in their future endeavours.

Mr David Fredericks, currently the Secretary of the Department of the Environment and Energy, will move to be Secretary of the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources.

Mr Andrew Metcalfe AO will take up the position of Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment. Mr Metcalfe was Secretary of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship from 2005 to 2012 and Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry in 2013. Since then he has been a partner at EY (Ernst and Young). He will bring considerable public policy leadership experience to the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment and to the Secretaries Board.

The new structure will be implemented before Parliament returns next year. A full list of the new departments and Secretaries is provided below.

I have a deep respect for public servants and their work in delivering the Government’s agenda. I look forward to continuing to work with the public service to achieve the best outcomes for the Australian people.

The new structure of departments and Secretaries, on 1 February 2020, will be:

Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment Mr Andrew Metcalfe AO
Attorney-General’s Department Mr Chris Moraitis PSM
Department of Defence Mr Greg Moriarty
Department of Education, Skills and Employment Dr Michelle Bruniges AM
Department of Finance Ms Rosemary Huxtable PSM
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Ms Frances Adamson
Department of Health Ms Glenys Beauchamp PSM
Department of Home Affairs Mr Michael Pezzullo
Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources Mr David Fredericks
Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications Mr Simon Atkinson
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Mr Philip Gaetjens
Department of Social Services Ms Kathryn Campbell AO CSC
Department of the Treasury Dr Steven Kennedy PSM
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Ms Liz Cosson AM CSC

Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary Stalls 2019

Christmas Craft Stall at Avalon Beach
December 6th from 8am to 3pm 
Outside ANZ Bank
selling sewing, knitting, craft and jam,

Sausage Sizzles at Bunnings, Narrabeen:  8am to 3pm
December 14th

Mona Vale Road East Upgrade Update - November To December 2019

Our last day of work for 2019 will be Friday 20 December and we will return to work on Monday 6 January 2020. We wish you all a safe and restful Christmas and New Year and thank you for your patience during 2019.

The NSW Government is investing $140 million to upgrade Mona Vale Road between Manor Road, Ingleside, and Foley Street, Mona Vale, from two to four lanes to improve safety and traffic efficiency.

Work has now started in all areas along Mona Vale Road between Manor Road, Ingleside, and Foley Street, Mona Vale.

Map of activities in Mona Vale Road East upgrade

Note: Shaded areas are not to scale and for general information and illustrative purposes only

Work between Manor Road and Mona Vale Cemetery

We have moved into the earthwork stage along Mona Vale Road between Manor Road and Mona Vale Cemetery. We expect to complete earthwork in late 2020, weather permitting.

Earthworks include removing top soil, scaling and breaking rock between Manor Road and Mona Vale Cemetery.

The cutting of the rock faces and filling of the gullies along the road corridor will widen and bring the adjacent ground levels to meet the level of the existing roadway. We are also relocating utilities and installing new drainage. 

During the earthwork stage we will:

  • remove about 210,000 cubic metres of sandstone and soil
  • install over 140 rock anchors and shotcrete (spray concrete) to stabilise the excavated rock faces.

Activities to the end of 2019 include:

  • continuing rock breaking along Mona Vale Road between the descending section and the site compound
  • erecting electrical poles and connecting the new electricity service along the southern side of Mona Vale Road
  • constructing permanent retaining structures and commencement of the fauna bridge overpass abutment
  • installing new stormwater and the start of major filling at the Western Early Works area, between Kimbriki Road and Tumburra Street, using the excess material from the Mona Vale Road East project
  • continuing installation of permanent fauna fencing along Mona Vale Road to protect fauna crossing the road. 

Work between Mona Vale Cemetery and Foley Street

The following activities started at the eastern end of the project in mid-October and will continue to the end of the year:

  • survey and confirming locations of existing utility assets
  • clearing vegetation on the southern side of Mona Vale Road. Some clearing is still required near the Cemetery and near Emma Street on both sides of Mona Vale Road
  • removing asbestos contaminated soils and buried construction debris in areas between Mona Vale Cemetery and Foley Street
  • relocating signs and adjusting private property assets for some commercial properties in the area
  • retaining work near Ponderosa Parade.

Pedestrians and cyclists

For safety reasons, pedestrians and off-road cyclists are advised to avoid Mona Vale Road between Daydream Street, Mona Vale, and Manor Road, Ingleside. There is no footpath or cycle way and the road shoulders are not available during construction.

We apologise for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience and understanding.

Construction Speed Zone

We have implemented a 40km/hr construction speed limit along our work corridor to maintain safety. The increased truck movements at the multiple construction access gates also require safe entry and exit speeds along the road corridor.

For the safety of motorists and construction workers please follow the speed limits during our day and night work.

How will the work affect you?

There is noise, vibration and dust associated with our work. We make every effort to minimise the impact by notifying residents before work starts near their property.

During night work we direct light away from residential properties, use noise shields where possible, and turn off equipment and vehicles when not in use. Eligible residences will be offered alternative accommodation.

Our work schedule

Our standard working hours are between 7am and 6pm Monday to Friday and between 8am and 1pm on Saturdays. Due to daytime traffic restrictions and safety considerations, out of hours work will need to continue for some activities. Out of hours work may happen on a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday night from 8pm to 5am with up to three shifts per week, weather permitting. The out of hours work will not be carried out for more than two consecutive nights in the same area. We will advise you before we start night work near your property.

For more information

If you have any enquiries, feedback or concerns, or would like to sign up for our emailing list, please:
Call: 1800 413 640 (24 hour number)

If you need help understanding this information, please contact the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450 and ask them to call us on 1800 413 640

Pittwater Community Groups: 

Sports (plus Social Members)

Gardens and Environment

Rural Fire Brigades

Arts and Social

Pittwater Online News Christmas-New Years Break

The last Issue for 2019 will be published Sunday December 15th. The first Issue for 2020 will be published Sunday January 19th.

If you have Events, Notices or News you want in that last Issue for 2019, or that will run prior to the first Issue for 2020, please have that to the office by Saturday the 14th December.

Items for the first Issue of 2020 (No.: 434) can be sent in anytime after Jan. 2nd, 2020.

NB: Pittwater Online Photographers and Writers will be on the beach, bush tracks and estuary from January 5th to cover events, do interviews etc. Please let us know in advance if you want us to attend your something as the office will not be attended full-time until January 13th. Email:

All news from January 5th on will run in the first Issue for 2020.
Thank you very much!

A J Guesdon, 
Ed., Pittwater Online News.

Swim For Lifeline Northern Beaches

My thoughts on anxiety, depression and addiction
Having experienced severe depression and anxiety in my early twenties and forties, plus 10 days in a detox unit for Xanax and alcohol addiction, I have found that human beings are capable of incredible resilience.

My passion is to educate people suffering from adverse mental health to understand that time will be a great healer.

My experience has been that if you can ride through the storms, the dark skies become far bluer than you’ve ever seen them when those dark skies begin to clear. It will be a rocky ride, but you WILL come out the other side a happier and more resilient human being. At the heart of my core beliefs is… “what doesn’t kill you will make you stronger”. Please hang in there because I want you to experience what adversity has given me.

The 10 days in a detox unit changed my life and each year to celebrate I complete a 10 km (or further) butterfly swim to raise funds for mental health.

This #GivingTuesday, I am giving back to Lifeline Northern Beaches by swimming a 12km butterfly swim at Warringah Aquatic Centre on Thursday 12 December – my birthday!

All donations raised will go directly towards Lifeline’s crisis support services, including the 24/7 Crisis Support Line 13 11 14. This service receives around one million calls each year nationally and, for some, this conversation is life-saving. It costs Lifeline Northern Beaches $27.96 for every call to which they respond. Lifeline Northern Beaches answers over 68,000 of these crisis calls each year.

Help me raise much needed funds for suicide prevention, support and community initiatives to assist those who may be affected by mental illness so that Lifeline Northern Beaches can continue to operate and deliver our core services to the public as they create connection with people in crisis and empower individuals and communities to be safe from suicide.

JOIN ME when I dive in at 9am on 12/12 to promote positive mental health for the members of our local community.
Thank you for your support, every little bit counts!

Paul Bailey
Warringah Masters Swimming Club
Patrol Captain Manly Life Saving Club

Toys ‘n’ Tucker Christmas Appeal

December 4, 2019
Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes is encouraging local residents, businesses and community groups to make a contribution to the annual Toys ‘n’ Tucker Christmas Appeal.

The Pittwater electorate office in Mona Vale will be accepting Christmas gifts for the appeal until Monday 16 December.

Toys ‘n’ Tucker is part of Anglicare’s annual Christmas campaign where donations of non-perishable foods and new toys are collected and packed into hampers for families who would otherwise go without.

In 2018, 6025 food hampers and 3992 toy hampers were distributed.

“Toys ‘n’ Tucker is a practical way to directly support families in need this Christmas,” Rob Stokes said today.

“Thank you to all in our community who so generously contribute parcels and gifts to share the joy of Christmas.”

Items can include new games, educational toys, picture books, sporting equipment, toiletry packs, or gift vouchers. Food can include packaged Christmas cake or pudding, tinned ham, dried pasta, pasta sauce, packets of biscuits, tinned fruit and vegetables, and jam.

A Good News Story

From Roger Sayers
Life Member ABSLSC
The other day I'd just parked at the club in my surf patrol uniform and was busily  getting stuff out of my car for patrol when 4 young kids on bikes 3 boys 1 girl, teenagers, said 'excuse me we just found this mobile phone on the ground and it's got credit cards and a drivers license in it.  We weren't sure what to do...Can we give it to you?'

The owner of the phone was happily reunited with it later.

It happened so quickly I didn't get their details but its very nice to think we have young kids like them in Av. and I hope they have a great Chrissy.

Brewarinna Bound caring

Food donations and children' s are still needed for Brewarinna.

Christmas Appeal Launched For Aboriginal Kids In Sister City Brewarrina: Presents should be wrapped with the age and gender of appropriate child attached. Gifts and/or food donations can be dropped to 47 Riverview Road, Avalon, or a pick up can be organised by ringing 0415 401 513.  Please get all gifts to the organisers by December 10th 

Thank you very much!

Save Mona Vale Hospital Update and AGM 2019

You are invited to the Annual General Meeting of the Save Mona Vale Hospital Community Action Group
Monday 16 December 2019
6.30 - 8.00 pm
Avalon Bowling Club

The Program
Chairman's report
Parry Thomas will provide an update on: 
* What is happening at the Mona Vale Hospital site
* the Parliamentary Inquiry
* SMVH plans for the campaign in 2020

This will be followed by the SMVH Annual General Meeting. 
  • Apologies
  • Confirmation of the minutes
  • Business Arising
  • Treasurer's report
  • Election of Management Committee
  • Election of Public Officer
  • General Business

Friends of Currawong AGM 2019

At 8.00 pm, the AGM for Friends of Currawong will be held.
Stay for a drink!

Shane Withington is the President of Friends of Currawong. Shane will present an update on Currawong, including the plans for renovation and restoration.

Currawong is managed by Northern Beaches Council for the people of NSW and, of course, us on the Northern Beaches.

Stay to hear what is happening at Currawong, a heritage-listed holiday retreat. This jewel on Pittwater is now owned by the people of NSW.

Enjoy an evening at Avalon Bowling Club and learn about what is happening to two icons, Mona Vale Hospital and Currawong Holiday Retreat.

Scotland Island Dog Race

It's on again!
Same time same place
Christmas Eve 6pm at Church Point

Register your Dog from 2:30 to 5:30pm
Entry fee is 1 Longneck (Cold !) and 1 x Large Tin Dog Food
Official starting time around 6pm at Bell Wharf

Seeking Stella Ilimo Info

On April 19, 2010, the Pittwater Offshore Newsletter carried an advertisement for the sale of the Stella Folkboat, Stella Ilimo, that was built in 1978 for Ann Gash after the loss of the original Ilimo.

Ann Gash was a female Joshua Slocum: the first woman known to have sailed a small boat around the world, westbound with stops, between 1975 and 1977. It was not an official record attempt nor an official circumnavigation. She was simply proving to herself that she could do it, as a 52 year-old grandmother from Pittwater with no blue-water experience.

She was sailing a Folkboat named Ilimo, which ironically hit an uncharted rock and sank at the entrance to Broken Bay a few months after she returned. The Australian Folkboat Association raised money for a second boat for her, named Stella Ilimo, which she sailed to America and back.

I have heard that this boat is still in Pittwater, and am wondering if anyone there knows if this is the case. I'm writing a piece about Ann and I'm trying to establish what happened to the Stella. If possible, I'd also like to find a photo of her.
I would certainly appreciate any information or memories about either boat or about Ann. I can be contacted at:

Chrystopher Spicer

Pets of the Week

AGE/SEX: 12 years / F
BREED: Beagle

Twiggy is a sweet attentive 12yo granny Beagle who has been left in a painful neglected state. She could not walk as her front dew claws were embedded in her flesh. She had a tumour the size of her ear flap which was putrid. Our vets have surgically removed her dew claws and removed the aural tumour. Despite all this she is a beautiful friendly girl who has been around children in the past. She is social with other dogs. She is true to her breed being very food focussed. Twiggy is needing a committed family to keep on top of ear infections. Our vets say they are likely to need lifelong management as the canals are calcified and damaged due to lifelong infections. She has a short coat and weighs 14.3kg.
She 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. Her adoption cost is $450. 


Lulu is a sweet senior lady saved from the pound at approximately 11+ years of age. She greets all our visitors at the shelter. She is affectionate and is looking for a home that enjoys spending time with her to live out her twilight years in comfort.
Lulu is located on the Northern Beaches and comes desexed, wormed, F3 vaccinated, FIV tested and microchipped.
Her adoption fee is $220.

If you are interested in meeting Lulu, please call DoggieRescue on 9486 3133 or email

For further details or to meet all cats, rabbits and dogs at Doggie Rescue call  9486 3133 or email Visit to see all our dogs. 
Rehoming Organisation No R251000024. 

Australian Surfing Awards Nominations now Open

Nominations are now open for the 2020 Australian Surfing Awards incorporating the Hall of Fame.

Australian surfing’s night of nights will be hosted in Queensland for the next two years with the 2020 Awards night to be held on Wednesday 25th March 2020 at QT Gold Coast.

Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said Queensland was a natural fit to host the awards and that Tourism and Events Queensland support the event because it attracts visitors to the region which creates jobs in tourism.

“It’s only natural that Queensland also plays host to the annual celebration of Australia’s surfing community. We’re honoured to have secured this prestigious event for a further two years.”

2018 World Surf League (WSL) Women’s World Champion Stephanie Gilmore and 2018 WSL Men’s Runner-up Julian Wilson took the honours last year for the Male and Female Surfer of the Year awards, while Wendy Botha became the 41st inductee into the Hall of Fame.

Located in the heart of Surfers Paradise, The QT Gold Coast couldn’t be a more suitable venue for celebrating and crowing winners across a variety of categories. Adding to the high stakes will be new award categories; Coach of the Year and the Innovation Award. 

Other awards to be presented on the night will be:

To nominate someone in any of the below awards, visit: 
NOTE: Nominations close February 14th, 2020.

The winner of the Nikon Surf Video of the Year Award will receive the award-winning Nikon Z 6 with the NIKKOR Z 24-70 f/4 S and FTZ adapter, while the winner of the Nikon Surf Photo of the Year Award will take home the high-resolution Nikon Z 7 with the NIKKOR Z 24-70 f/4 S and FTZ adapter.

World-renowned Surf Journalist Nick Carroll continues in the role of Curator of the Australian Surfing Awards incorporating the Hall of Fame.

Operated with the support of Tourism and Events Queensland, the Australian Surfing Awards is renowned for recognising the best in surfing talent.

The Australian Surfing Awards incorporating the Hall of Fame is proudly supported by Tourism and Events Queensland, QT Gold Coast, Nikon, nudie, Hyundai, Griffith University, Australasian Surf Business Magazine and 2XP.

The Australian Surfing Awards incorporating the Hall of Fame will again be on the Gold Coast in 2020.  Photo credit: Surfing Australia / Nikon Australia  

Jason Falinski welcomes #YouCanTalk campaign

December 4, 2019
Member for Mackellar, Jason Falinski, welcomes the #YouCanTalk campaign, which encourages Australians struggling with their mental health to reach out and find support. 

The awareness campaign is a collaboration between several organisations, including Beyond Blue, Everymind, headspace, Lifeline, ReachOut, RU OK?, SANE Australia, the Centre of Best Practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention, Roses in the Ocean and the Black Dog Institute.

The campaign will take place over the December-January holiday period, in recognition of how difficult this time of year can be for many Australians. 

Mr Falinski today encouraged young Australians on the Northern Beaches to start a conversation about their mental health. 

“Sadly, more than 3,000 Australians choose to end their lives each year – that’s about eight people a day,” Mr Falinski said. 

“Every life lost to suicide is a tragedy, creating a ripple effect that flows through families, friendship groups, schools, workplaces and communities.

“I commend the collaboration of these organisations to raise awareness about the importance of starting a conversation, particularly over the Christmas-New Year period.”

The Australian Government has committed to Towards Zero – working towards reducing the suicide rate to zero. 

Mr Falinski said Towards Zero was a total commitment to the value of each and every life, and recognised the importance of all lives, in all ages, and all groups.

“This commitment is backed by our investment of $5.2 billion in mental health and suicide prevention services this financial year, including $63.3 million on suicide prevention activities,” Mr Falinski said. 

“It’s so important for Australians who are struggling to reach out and seek support.” 

The #YouCanTalk campaign also aims to connect people with tools that can support them through their website

Remember when preparing for Christmas was a pleasure not a chore? How anticipation grew with every present bought and every ingredient planned? 

This year marks a return to the excitement of Christmas as the retailers of Avalon Village join together to host a late night shopping event from 5-8pm on Thursday 19 December.

In response to community calls for more cheer, more atmosphere and more convenience, the shop owners, cafes and restaurants are working together to give locals and visitors every reason to avoid going around the Bends!

Two-Year-Old Return And Earn Keeps Delivering

December 4, 2019
The NSW Government’s highly successful Return and Earn container deposit scheme has had its second birthday and continues to deliver big wins for the environment and the community.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment James Griffin said the people of NSW should be commended with over 2.7 billion containers returned through its state wide network of more than 640 return points.

“Return and Earn now has over 5 million drink containers returned everyday and growing, and an impressive current redemption rate of 67% of eligible drink containers supplied into NSW," Mr Griffin said.

“This time last year we were celebrating one billion containers returned on the first anniversary of Return and Earn. The growth of the scheme has seen us knocking on the door of three billion a year later.”

“There’s no doubt Return and Earn has been a great success and has fundamentally changed people’s thinking and behavior around litter.”

“Equally significant has been the impact Return and Earn has had on charities, schools and community groups, helping 430 official donation partners and countless other groups to fund a range of programs, resources and assistance for communities in need.”

This summer, people can opt to donate their 10c refund to ‘Bottles for the Bush’ and help support our fire and drought affected communities by donating some of their empty bottles, cans and cartons at any Return and Earn reverse vending machine.

“Return and Earn was launched with the aim of reducing litter and it’s doing that. Other flow on benefits have been revealed as people find new ways to utilise the fundraising benefits of the scheme it’s inspiring.

“Over $617,000 has been raised for donation partners in the last two years. The scheme has brought on so many positives across communities and every bottle returned is a bottle redirected from landfill and a win for the environment.

“Alongside scheme coordinator Exchange for Change an d network operator TOMRA Cleanaway, we look forward to continuing to work closely with industry to find new and innovative ways to make ‘Returning and Earning’ even easier and continue to grow,” Mr Griffin said.

For more information about Return and Earn including your nearest return point or to check container eligibility, visit

Safe Places grant round now open to Mackellar organisations

$60 million worth of grants are now available to assist local organisations expand emergency accommodation. Member for Mackellar, Jason Falinski said the grant could help local women and children on the Northern Beaches experiencing domestic violence to find a safe and secure place to stay.

“I would encourage eligible organisations in Mackellar to apply for the grants. It can be used to construct, renovate or purchase new buildings or land to create additional safe places in our community,” Mr Falinski said. 

“This significant investment in emergency accommodation by the Morrison Government can provide more women and children in Mackellar experiencing domestic and family violence somewhere safe to stay.”

“The scourge of domestic violence is one that I take very seriously. On average, one woman is killed every week by a current or former partner. These numbers are sickening and the government is committed to supporting women and children in need, and that is reflected through our policies.”

The grants form part of the Federal Government’s $340 million investment in the Fourth Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022. 

Applications for funding are now open to eligible organisations and close February 14th, 2020. More information can be found here

Independent review of the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust

The Sydney Harbour Federation Trust (the Harbour Trust) was established in 2001. Its role is to rehabilitate prominent former Defence sites on Sydney Harbour and open them for public access as per the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust Act 2001.

The sites managed by the Harbour Trust are Cockatoo Island, North Head Sanctuary in Manly, Headland Park in Mosman, Sub Base Platypus in Neutral Bay, Woolwich Dock and Parklands, the former Marine Biological Station at Watsons Bay, and Macquarie Lightstation in Vaucluse. These sites are unique places, each possessing extraordinary natural beauty, rich heritage values and stories which need to be protected and preserved for future generations.

The Australian Government is conducting an independent review of the Harbour Trust and its legislative, financial and governance arrangements. With the Harbour Trust now approaching 20 years old, the review is an opportunity to take stock and ensure that arrangements are fit for the future.

Public forums are on this month - Register now
Register your interest to participate in a public forum as part of the review of the Harbour Trust and its legislative, financial and governance arrangements. Elton Consulting is working on behalf of the Federal Department of the Environment and Energy to host three public forums where you can have your say on the future of the Harbour Trust and the iconic sites it manages. The Federal Minister for the Environment, the Hon Sussan Ley MP, announced the terms of reference for the review on 30 October 2019. 

The independent reviewers encourage interested individuals, community organisations and businesses to have their say on the future of the Harbour Trust and the iconic sites it manages.
The independent reviewers are calling for written submissions to the Review. 

Read the consultation paper

A coversheet must accompany your submission. The submission and coversheet should be provided as separate files.

Send your submission
Submissions, including the above coversheet, may be emailed to the Review Secretariat at

Alternatively, submissions may be sent to the following postal address:

Sydney Harbour Federation Trust Review
Department of the Environment and Energy
GPO Box 787

Responses should be submitted to the secretariat no later than 5.00pm AEDT 23 December 2019. 

Church Point Ferry Service Christmas Day Runs

On behalf of everyone at the Church Point Ferry Service, we would like to thank all of our customers for their support during the year. We also wish you all a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.

On Christmas Day we will be operating the following services
  • 8.20 am Depart Bells Wharf
  • 8.30am Depart Church Point
  • 9.30am Depart Church Point
  • 10.30am Depart Church Point
  • 3.30 pm Depart Church Point
  • 4.30pm Depart Church Point
  • 5.30pm Depart Church Point
For the rest of the Festive Season we will be operating our normal timetable, for Public Holidays use the weekend timetable.

Palm Beach Ferries Summer 2019

Join us this summer at Palm Beach Ferries for a ferry ride, a trip over night to the Basin or a day in Ettalong. Our ferries run every day, even Christmas Day! Check out our times via


Click on logo above to visit their website.

Envision Hands

Plastic bottle caps are entirely recyclable; unfortunately they are not being recycled for the most part and are ending up in landfill.
Envision is an organisation taking bottle caps and turning them into filament for 3D printers. This filament is then used to print all the components of the prosthetic hand to make bespoke aids for children in need across developing world.

My office at 1238 Pittwater Road, Narrabeen will be used as a collection point for plastic bottle caps. Please check that a 2 or 4 is printed on the bottle cap. Caps need to be rinsed and ensure there is no extra plastic attached. Larger lids cannot be collected.

Jason Falinski
MP for Mackellar

Mackellar Food Drive

The Member for Mackellar, Mr. Jason Falinski is hosting a food drive in his electorate office on behalf of Foodbank. 
Donations are now being accepted and Foodbank will collect the items on the 16th of December. 
Foodbank accepts the following items:
  • Tinned food
  • Package goods
  • Personal hygiene and laundry products
No perishables including fresh produce can be accepted.
Hunger is a hidden crisis in Australia with over 3.6 million Australians seeking food relief at some point each year. Half of those are children. Charities like Foodbank do excellent work helping those in need, especially around Christmas time. 
Please drop off items to: Shop 1, 1238 Pittwater Road, Narrabeen

Please Register Wildlife Road Strikes

We need your help. Thank you for reporting wildlife road fatalities. There is so much wildlife on the move in our area at present due to various pressures. Although we have had pictures sent to us, many of these have no date or location.

There is a database that volunteers maintain but this needs three pieces of information:
  1. The position via GPS or road and suburb
  2. The date
  3. The animal
The details can be entered into the database directly by you at:

The RMS are using this information to plan mitigation. So please, if you can, add the information in directly.

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:

 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

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