April 15 - 28, 2018: Issue 356
Articles This Week
Front Page Issue 356: Lots!
Budawa Sign Unveiled: The First In A Series To Be Installed Here - A striking new piece of signage at Mona Vale Library that honours thousands of years of Aboriginal history and cultural diversity was unveiled at a ceremony on Monday 9th of April, 2018, with more than two hundred members of the local community and visitors in attendance. Addresses and pictures.
Aussies 2018: A Mass Exodus West! - Newport SLSC already winning gold, local surf boat crews moving across the Nullabor
Future Lifesaving Leaders Are Sydney Bound: A group of highly dedicated young surf lifesavers will trade school books for surf caps when they make their way to an exciting leadership network opportunity on Sydney’s Northern Beaches from next week. The annual Junior Lifesaver of the Year program (JLOTY) and Youth Opportunity Makers Workshop (YOM) will again run concurrently in 2018 with over 50 teenagers aged 13-17 from the 11 branches preparing to make their way to the 4-day program.
Aquatics: Bilgola SLSC Salutes Bruce Robertson's 76 Years Of Service: Lifesaving Legend and Australia's Oldest Active Member Hangs Up His Patrol Cap
Warringah Rugby Club News: Season Openers 2018 - three of the Rats finest reached Club milestones this weekend + 2019 Rugby Work Cup with the Friends of Warringah + Rats Autumn School Holiday Holiday Clinics + More!
In Advance Of ANZAC Day... My Two Cents Worth by Jan-Maree Ball OAM
Alyse Saxby Set To Sail At 2018 Special Olympics National Games In Adelaide (April 16-20) - final hitout at Combined Australian Hansa Class Championships over easter weekend + Pittwater's own Allan Jones is now the current Hansa 2.3 State Champion!
Lifesavers Welcome Rock Fishing Announcement: Surf Life Saving NSW has welcomed the NSW Government’s announcement of the second stage of the Rock Fishing Safety Act made in Sydney on Friday morning. Following the completion of a 12-month trial of mandatory lifejackets in the Randwick Local Government Area, coastal councils can now opt-in to make the legislation active in their area.
Pictures: Avalon Beach Ocean Swims 2018: Includes the Around the Bends Challenge
Some Bayview Memories: The Lloyd Family - by Ken 'Sava' Lloyd
Painted Button-Quail Rescued By Locals - Elanora-Ingleside escarpment-Warriewood wetlands birds
Park Bench Philosopher Scientists Discover Underwater Volcanic Craters, Reefs And Ancient River Beds Off Wollongong Coast
Profile: Tamara Sloper Harding OAM Tamara runs as our Profile of the Week with a focus on her own Service record with the RAN rather than the focus on her passion, The Pittwater Friends of Soibada, Pittwater Online ran during the early days of this news service.
Pittwater Offshore Newsletter Update 15/4/2018
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Avalon Beach ANZAC Day March 2018
Hosted by By the Left: Wednesday, April 25 at 10:45 AM - 12 PM
Muster at: Avalon Public School, Old Barrenjoey Rd, Avalon
AS A ONE TIME INITIATIVE, all current and ex-serving women are invited to march as one in 2018. All ex-service organisations including WRANS, WRAAC, WRAAF, AWAS, Ex Service Womens, WVNA, APPVA, RAANC etc. are invited to participate and proudly parade their banners in one rank at the front of the combined female veteran group. Let's proudly march to highlight the number of women who have and continue to serve.
Never marched before? Don't worry, many veterans haven't. But 2018 is our opportunity to march together and promote the service of ADF female veterans to the community. 'By the Left' needs you to be part of this positive change. So, why not ask a mate or a group of mates to march with you. #bytheleft2018 #yessheserves
Please contact Tamara Sloper Harding, Avalon Beach RSL Sub-Branch for details or to discuss:
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Some veterans are challenged about their medals because they look too young to be a veteran. Just remember, we were all young once. Veterans are young, old, male, female, current and ex-serving members of the ADF.
If wearing your own medals, they should be placed on the left-hand side of your chest over your heart.
If wearing someone else’s medals they should be positioned on the right-hand side.
Read this Issue's In Advance Of ANZAC Day... My Two Cents Worth.... by Jan-Maree Ball OAM
ANZAC Day in Pittwater 2018
Gathering For Jervis
- Welcome – Bridget
- Valasi (Jervis’ sister)
- Nephews & Other Family Members
- Jervis’ Personal Friends
- Chase Alive Volunteers
- Toast by Judy Engall
Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary 2018 Stalls
Pet of the Week
Lifesavers Welcome Rock Fishing Announcement
- Check the weather, surf conditions and tides before going fishing
- Tell someone where you are going and when you will be back
- Always wear a lifejacket
- Wear appropriate non-slip footwear and light clothing
- Always fish with a friend
- Check the warnings signs for information about the area
- Never turn your back to the water
- Do not try and retrieve anything that has fallen into the water
- Do not jump in if someone falls into the water - wait for assistance or throw an ‘Angel Ring’ or Lifebuoy if there is one nearby
- Additionally boaters are urged to always check conditions prior and to log on with their local Marine Rescue Base via radio or using the MarineRescue App. Visit www.mrnsw.com.au or more information
- Call Triple Zero – Police to report an in-water emergency
Avalon Beach Ladies Probus
School playgrounds open during April school holidays
Community Members Sought For NPWS Regional Advisory Committees
Professional Learning Program 2018: Office Of The Children’s ESafety Commissioner
Professional Learning Program: Course Contents
- discuss and identify relationships and behaviours that may lead to harm
- identify teaching strategies and policies to encourage respectful online relationships, including:
- personal and social capacity building and
- techniques to assist in managing emotions and building an understanding of online resilience.
- understand the challenges of cyberbullying in the classroom
- identify a range of evidence-based strategies for preventing and dealing with cyberbullying issues when they occur, including:
- strategies for encouraging helpful bystander behaviour
- the process for reporting issues to the Office of the eSafety Commissioner.
- identify common risks when participating in online environments
- identify teaching strategies to encourage students to develop a personal approach to online safety, including:
- managing device and personal security settings
- managing serious breaches of privacy or security online
Tree-Mendous: Sydney To Get 5 Million New Trees As Part Of $290 Million Package
Amendments to Retail Land Use Definitions
- a new definition for artisan premises
- an amended definition for garden centres
- a new definition for local distribution premises
- a new definition for neighbourhood supermarkets
- an amended definition for bulky goods premises to be known as specialised retail premises.
Nominations open for the Safework NSW awards
Community Heritage Grants round opens
Cute little wrigglers have been turning up in odd places and getting themselves into tricky predicaments in the last few weeks.
January to March is when many little local snakes are born or hatched and they scarper off in different directions trying not to get eaten by kookaburras, magpies and other predators.
Human babies have a mum and dad to teach them about the world and the types of places they should avoid. Snake babies, however, are born independent and there is no parental involvement. But sometimes I think they could benefit from some some advice from mum and dad snake...
They certainly seem to have a knack for finding trouble! Most commonly: they fall into pools, they choose to curl up in stinky shoes, they find sticky traps and get horribly stuck, they forget to stay hidden and get pounced on by domestic pets and they often shimmy under doors and find themselves in offices, shops and homes by mistake!
This baby green tree snake slithered across a box and got stuck to the packaging tape
We used olive oil to gently dissolve the adhesive and she was freed fairly quickly. We bathed her in warm water and gave her fluids before releasing her.
This baby whip snake slithered into the open and was grabbed by a cat. She had to have a warm Betadine bath and a course of antibiotic injections to counteract the toxins present in a cat’s mouth.
Photo by S. Woodley
This little baby tiger snake was chasing a lizard and found himself in someone’s bathroom by mistake. He was relocated to nearby bushland.
This baby red-bellied black snake fell into a tank of contaminated water and ended up with giardiasis. She felt too sick to eat so we had to force-feed her until the flagellate-combating medication kicked in.
As mentioned before, they can either hatch from an egg or be live-born, depending on the species.
Green tree snakes, golden-crowned snakes, eastern brown snakes and pythons are ovoviviparous (egg-layers) whilst marsh snakes, death adders and red-bellied black snakes are viviparous (live bearers).
Egg-layers will deposit their eggs in a suitable site (usually in soil and only shallow as they obviously can’t dig). The eggs are left to incubate and hatch on their own. The exception being pythons. Female pythons will stay with and brood their pile of eggs (which adhere to each other in a mound) and will even use a warming technique called ‘shivering thermogenesis’ to warm her eggs. She uses rapid muscle twitching to raise her own body temperature as she coils protectively around her egg-mound.
This photo shows diamond pythons hatching from their mound of eggs:
Golden-crowned snakes hatching from eggs that were rescued from a construction site. Photo by L. Nettheim
Some commonly-heard snake fears/questions:
“I have seen a snake in my backyard. Will there be a nest of snakes nearby?” Australian snakes are generally loners and only interact during breeding season. You won’t find nests of snakes together in our area.
“I found a baby snake. Will Mum and Dad snake be close-by?” As mentioned above, the babies are born independent and there is no parental involvement.
“I want to go bush-walking but am afraid of snakes. Will they hide under a bush and bite my feet as I walk past?” Snakes are fearful of humans and avoid interactions with us. They will tend to stay hidden or move off as a human approaches. They will only react if they are under threat from a human and will then defend themselves.
“I don’t like snakes because they are slimy”. Snake-skin is very dry. Their scales may look shiny in the sun but they are not slimy at all.
Neonate or young snakes can look quite different to how they will eventually turn out. These photos show young eastern brown snakes (Pseudonaja textilis) - one has quite obvious banding and the other has a black head. This colouration fades with growth.
Photo by N. Wedlock
What to do if you find a young snake:
- Don’t panic
- Remove pets, children and screaming spouses
- Ring Sydney Wildlife 9413 4300 or Wires 1300 094 737 or a snake catching company
- Keep an eye on the snake so that the catcher can easily locate its whereabouts
Snakes are a very important part of our environment and the food chain. They are protected under the Wildlife Act 1972 and it is illegal to harm a snake. An offence carries hefty fines and even jail-time.
Be kind to snakes - they really are amazing animals
By Lynleigh Greig, Sydney Wildlife
The purpose of www.westpittwater.com.au - is best defined by the vision of the West Pittwater Community Association.
To be a supportive community, encouraging and promoting civic pride, interest in community affairs and goodwill amongst residents.
To protect local fauna and flora and generally preserve West Pittwater and its environs.
To secure essential facilities including public wharves and reserves and to protect private and public property.
To speak with one voice and represent the interests of the Western Foreshore community when in discussion with Pittwater Council and other relevant government bodies. The WPCA website provides a forum for the better realisation of these objectives. Visit: www.westpittwater.com.au
Pittwater Community Groups:
Autumn School Holiday Issues of Pittwater Online
Newport residents association April Meeting
- To provide a forum for all interested residents, ratepayers and resident groups in the Pittwater Ward area and particularly in the Newport area.
- To represent the interests of ratepayers and residents on local issues at all levels of government but particularly at the local government level.
- To work for responsible planning, environmental protection and the enhancement of the environment of the Northern Beaches Council and in particular the Pittwater Ward area.
- To achieve community awareness and involvement in Council’s decision-making processes and planning.
- To take any other action not elsewhere included to further the interests of the Newport Residents Association Incorporated and its members.
Protect Pittwater Association Community Forum
Vote for Sonja Elwood!
To raise awareness of the lack of women in senior STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Maths) positions a photo competition is currently underway with the tag #oglethis. Pittwater's Sonja Elwood has been nominated to be part of this by Lynleigh Greig, regular columnist on rescuing and caring for our local fauna.
As the organisers explain;
'Some calendars might suggest that women spend their time lazing around on over-accessorized cars but we hope to capture the alternative side of life.
Please get involved by posting a photograph of a woman, a mum, or a wild fairy god mother capturing the reality of life or showing off impressive tasks that more accurately portray why women truly are amazing."
Sonja with a nesting box for eastern pygmy possums.
2019 Rugby World Cup with the Friends of Warringah
Vegetation Fire at Kimbriki
Bilgola Beach Upgrade 2018
- Use of synthetic turf
- Renewal of the showers and improvement to the accessible shower
- Removal of koppers logs and replacement with sandstone seat logs
- Retention of existing memorial seats
Looking For Nippers for Beach rubbish film
Motor Car Tours to and In Pittwater show Us the way this place Once was
Songs For Soibada 2018
Pittwater Sporting Clubs Awarded Defibrillator Grants
The imminent threat to Newport and Avalon…
- B Line buses are large. Creating a massive roundabout at Newport for these buses means removing trees, widening roads and making an ugly mess of the beach area of Newport. With queues of diesel buses, congestion would be terrible, for the people of Newport and all places further north.
- If the B Line were to go further, negotiating the bends at Bilgola and the Avalon Kamakaze roundabout would be absolute chaos. Particularly congestion at Avalon shops would be unacceptable.
- The government’s stated intention is for increased density. Extending the B Line to Newport invites further development north of Mona Vale. We’ve all noticed the huge increase in congestion between the northern suburbs and Mona Vale.
- If termination is at Newport, the beach parking would be forever filled up. Newport would become a parking station, its beach, its ambiance and its character destroyed.
Narrabeen Lagoon Aquatic Boardwalk: Have Your Say
New clearways on Warringah Road between Roseville Chase and Beacon Hill
Unleashed Dog Exercise Areas Review
Plans to revitalise Gosford
- an iconic "green room" – creating respite for a growing city at Kibble Park by planting a frame and corridor of trees
- activity to the edges – relocating activity to the edges of the park, so people can enjoy the open spaces
- great civic spaces – re-purposing the library as a public building and creating a civic plaza that is connected to Mann Street will enable flexible spaces for day and night events
- active street frontages – integrating a café within the park, as well as protecting and promoting nearby retail businesses
- reduce the dominance of cars – retaining vehicle access but with reduced road widths
- ensure sunlight access to the park – minimising overshadowing of the park from surrounding developments
Navigation Restriction at The Entrance, Tuggerah Lake: Dredging operations
Resilient Australia Awards 2018
Young people need a voice in cabinet - local government
Ingleside - Key actions and documents
- All of the submissions and feedback have been reviewed. Feedback from landowners, Northern Beaches Council, the Ingleside Community Reference Group, state agencies and the community will inform the development of the final Land Use and Infrastructure Implementation Plan.
- A decision will be made regarding the proposed amendment to the State Environmental Planning Policy (Sydney Region Growth Centres) 2006 to make Ingleside a Priority Growth Area. An amendment to the policy will help to assist Northern Beaches Council when assessing development applications prior to rezoning. This will ensure that the intended planning outcomes for Ingleside are considered during the assessment of new buildings or projects.
- The final Land Use and Infrastructure Implementation Plan will be released early in 2018, which forms the basis of the formal planning controls and contributions schemes. The Plan will include new material on energy and water conservation measures as well as affordable housing.
- The formal planning controls and contributions schemes will also be placed on exhibition for comment at that time, including:
- Proposed changes to land use zones and associated controls for Ingleside;
- An application for Biodiversity Certification (this is required to be exhibited at the same time as the rezoning proposal). Biodiversity Certification enables areas of high conservation value to be identified upfront and means that landowners, Council and developers don't need to undertake a threatened species assessment during the Development Application stage;
- A Development Control Plan, addressing urban design controls for streetscapes, active travel, other public spaces and controls regarding the built form;
- A Special Infrastructure Contributions determination (section 94EE), funding biodiversity offsets, major infrastructure and potentially affordable housing;
- A Local Infrastructure Contributions Plan (Section 94), funding local infrastructure which will be maintained by Northern Beaches Council.
Fox Baiting - Notice to Pet Owners
Please Help: Contribute To Significant Trees Register For Our Area
Course for a Cause at Avalon
Petition: Save Ingleside from Over-Development
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 www.sailability.org/au/pittwater or call John on 9982 5656
Red Cross shop Newport
Residents Want 'Welcome to Pittwater' Sign Returned
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