July 23 - 29, 2017: Issue 322

Articles This Week 

Front Page Issue 322

Protect Pittwater Community Backed Group Engages Lawyers For Action On Council Restoration

Aquatics: Shifting Storms To Bring Extreme Waves, Damage To Once Placid Areas - new UNSW Water Research Laboratory study: “If you have waterfront property or infrastructure that has previously been sheltered from the impacts of extreme waves, this is worrying news” said Mitchell Harley, lead author and a senior research associate at UNSW’s Water Research Laboratory (WRL). “What this study confirms, is that simply by changing direction, storms can be many times more devastating. And that’s what we’re facing in many locations as the climate continues to change.”

2017 Havaianas NSW Grommet State Titles + All-Stars Schools divisions results by Surfing NSW

Lifesavers Shine At National IRB Championships by Surf Life Saving NSW

Winter Bird Party by Joanne Seve

Reflections by George Repin: MONACO – SNAPSHOTS

Pictures: Bush Reserves In Winter: West Head and Narrabeen Lagoon by Selena Griffith

Collector's Corner: Cyclops Vintage Toys - 'For Health and Happiness''- these icons of many a childhood are still in good condition and still being collected. Some company History will help you find your choice!

DIY Ideas: DIY Child's Waggon - simple, sturdy - for years of fun, or use as a large planter mover

Palm Beach Sailing Club (PBSC) Open Day: Saturday the 12th of August from 12 p.m.

Profile:  Early Bayview - insights courtesy Don Taylor and Margaret Tink  two wonderful people share a few anecdotes and images from their childhood into the childhood of Bayview

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

Artist of the Month:  July 2017: Pam Bayfield's For the Love of Grace - The Next Generation  Narrabeen writer completes third in the For the Love of Grace series - local history shared as well as high drama! Pam shares the Prologue and Chapter 1 of this new work to whet your appetite

Winter Fire safety Message

C/- Ingleside Rural Fire Brigade
With the cold weather setting in across the state and even colder this weekend, it’s a timely reminder about the danger brought by house fires. The incidence of house fires increases by around 10 percent during winter, mainly due to the use of heaters, electric blankets  and other appliances.

Advice for residents to prevent house fires includes:
  • Turn off heaters and electric blankets before leaving home or getting into bed
  • Clean lint filters in the clothes dryer before or after each use
  • Don’t overload power boards
  • Keep candles away from curtains and put them out before leaving the room
  • Don’t use LPG cylinders for cooking or heating indoors as they can leak and the gas is both toxic and highly explosive.
  • Ensure you have a working smoke alarm

Support The Avalon Bowlo During Our Renovations

The transformation has begun and we're looking forward to welcoming you to the new Bowlo bar in a couple of weeks time. In the meantime you can still grab a tap Coldie, Chardy, Shiraz or Spirit from our groovy pop up bar!! 

We're open from Wednesday 19th and throughout renos so pop on down to our pop up bar and keep the good times rolling. With a 10% discount on drinks during reno, every drink will be a happy hour!! See you there.

Avalon Beach Bowling Club
Photo courtesy Andrew Hall

Infrastructure Grants for community projects

July 20, 2017
Local communities can apply for a share of $12.5 million in funding for projects across arts and culture, emergency preparedness and sport and recreation.

Applicants have four opportunities to apply for grants throughout the year: August and November 2017, February and May 2018.

Grants available are between:
  • $50,000 to $200,000 for arts and culture projects
  • $10,000 to $200,000 for emergency preparedness projects
  • $100,000 to $300,000 for sport and recreation projects. 
Priority will given to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, regional and remote communities, disadvantaged communities, and culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

Infrastructure Grants are funded through Clubgrants Category 3, which reinvests 0.4 per cent of clubs’ gaming machine profits over $1 million back into community projects.

Minister for Racing Paul Toole said the government is making it easier to apply for Infrastructure Grants. 

“The government is giving more communities the opportunity to access the funding more often,” Mr Toole said.

“The new funding guidelines will mean the government can fund a wider range of projects. A simpler application process will cut red tape and allow for faster assessment.”

Read the Infrastructure Grants guidelines and apply from 1 August 2017

NSW Maritime safety survey

July 10, 2017: NSW Maritime
Do you enjoy boating and being out on the water? 
We'd like your feedback to help us improve boating safety on our waterways.

Follow the link and complete this short survey by Friday 28 July 2017.

New service to improve safety for rock fishers, boaters and swimmers

Friday, 21 July 2017 : Australian Bureau of Meteorology 
A new weather warning issued for the first time this week is aimed at enhancing the safety of rock fishers, boaters and swimmers in and around coastal waters. 

The Hazardous Surf Warning service has been launched by the Bureau of Meteorology to alert the public when conditions are dangerous for rock fishing, boating or swimming due to wave height and swells created by weather systems far off the coast. 

Manager Weather Services for New South Wales, Jane Golding, said a driver for developing the Hazardous Surf Warning was to reduce rock fishing injuries and deaths. 

"A key finding from our research is that awareness of large and powerful wave conditions would influence over 90 percent of rock fishers to change their plans," Ms Golding said. 

"Boaters and swimmers also need to keep up with the latest warnings and forecasts because conditions on the water can be more dangerous than they appear, even when it seems calm and the sun is shining. 

"These new warnings will help people make informed decisions about how and when they enjoy the coastal environment.” 

The warnings will identify which coastal waters areas are affected and include safety advice that has been developed with maritime agencies. 
NSW Police Marine Area Commander, Superintendent Mark Hutchings, said the key to water safety is assessing the environment and taking simple precautions. 

“I urge anyone planning to head out onto or near the water to heed our advice – we aren’t trying to spoil anyone’s fun, we are trying to save your life,” Supt Hutchings said. 

“For those out boating or rock fishing, please remember the most important piece of safety equipment is a life jacket.”  

Surf Life Saving NSW Chief Operating Officer Adam Weir said the new system of surf warnings will be a big asset to lifesavers in alerting the public to hazardous conditions. 

"To be able to better target our safety messaging to the public will help us to focus our lifesaving efforts where they are needed most," he said. 

The new Bureau of Meteorology service complements the current suite of coastal warnings, including hazardous surf caution messages in coastal waters forecasts (and certain town and district forecasts) and Damaging/Dangerous Surf Warnings which alert communities to significant waves that can damage coastal infrastructure. 

This service will be provided in the coastal waters areas of New South Wales and southern Queensland. The warning will be available from the Bureau's website homepage, via the National Warnings Summary: www.bom.gov.au/australia/warnings, as well as the New South Wales and Queensland state warning pages, marine radio, the Bureau App, and mobile website.

Record Funding Available For Surf Club Upgrades

July 4, 2017
Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes is encouraging local surf clubs to apply for funds under the NSW Government’s Surf Club Facility Program.
This year the NSW Government has doubled the amount of infrastructure funding available to surf clubs to $4 million in order to help support their invaluable contribution to communities throughout the State.

Applications are now open for infrastructure grants between $30,000 and $350,000 and will be accepted until 31 August 2017.

Pittwater’s surf clubs have had great success with this program over recent years – including funds to assist with the major redevelopment of Avalon Beach Surf Club.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for our local surf clubs to receive a financial boost,” Rob Stokes said today.

“Surf clubs are much more than just a base for the amazing volunteers who patrol our beaches – they’re also essential community facilities used by countless local groups and associations.

“This initiative aims to support their efforts to upgrade their facilities and deliver even greater opportunities and services.

“Many local surf clubs have plans and projects in the pipeline but require financial assistance to help them progress.

“Further information on the record funding available this year, and details on how to apply, is available by visiting www.sport.nsw.gov.au/clubs/grants/SCFP

“I encourage all our local surf clubs to explore this important opportunity,” Rob Stokes said.

Sing it loud, sing it clear! The Avalon Public School P&C Association is celebrating our biennial Avalon Public School Fete! 

Our primary school is a huge part of the region and services most of the local families. Parents and staff work tirelessly to support classroom learning in a friendly and caring environment with the P&C fundraising activities providing vital funds for the school.

Our major fundraising event for the next two years, the Avalon Public School Fete, is scheduled for the Sunday, 10 September 2017, 9 am – 3 pm! 

We have a bumper fete planned with visitor numbers expected in the thousands!

There will be over a dozen amusement rides for all ages, pony rides, face painting, games alley, tie dying, gourmet food, cakes, showbags, cosmic dance party and silent disco, DJ, pre-loved books and clothes, raffles, silent auction and artisan markets.

Come along, bring all your friends (unfortunately not your four-legged friends - no dogs allowed on school grounds) and invite everyone to follow this page for the latest news!

Planning Alerts

Find out what's happening in your area. Get alerts of new applications near here straight in your email. It's free!

Application Details Renovation of three (3) cabins, games room and the construction of a path and retaining wall 
Lodged: 07/07/2017 
Estimated Cost of Work: $ 837,281 
Contact Contact us about this application.
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$65 million to champion community cohesion

13 July 2017
Community organisations will benefit from more than $65 million in funding to help build inclusive and resilient communities.

The Minister for Social Services Christian Porter opened the Strong and Resilient Communities (SARC) grants round today to help local organisations overcome disadvantage and build strong and safe communities and increase national security.

“These grants will provide organisations working in disadvantaged areas with $45million to help increase social cohesion in areas of high cultural diversity where there is risk of racial, religious or cultural intolerance developing,” Minister Porter said.

“Through this grants round, community organisations can benefit from up to $500,000 in funding for each project they deliver over the life of the program to 2021.

Minister Porter said funded projects may include:
  • the development of online platforms for marginalised youth to challenge ideas and concepts online and create forums to counter negativity and feelings of isolation;
  • training or volunteering opportunities for humanitarian entrants or newly arrived migrants; and
  • cultural or sporting activities that bring people of different cultures or faiths together.
“This is an important grassroots approach to bring people in from the margins, establish social harmony and help strengthen resilience across communities,” Minister Porter said.

A further $19.95 million will fund Volunteer Management Activity until 2021 to encourage and increase volunteering in communities across Australia.

“Evidence shows that well integrated and cohesive communities are underpinned by high-levels of volunteering and community participation, a strong sense of community belonging, local leadership and engagement,” Minister Porter said.

Applications for SARC’s Inclusive Communities Grants and Community Resilience Grants are open until 23 August 2017.

For more information or to apply for a grant, go to the GrantConnect website at www.grants.gov.au.

Zonta Birthing Kit Packing Day 2017

On: Saturday 5th August 2017 – Would you like to assist?
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.

Each 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 www.bkfa.org.au  

The Packing Day at Barrenjoey High School will run from 1pm to approximately 3.30pm.  

Please contact Margaret White on 0416 182 393 or email marg.white@me.com  if you are able to assist or you would like more information.

Palm Beach (South) Landscape Masterplan

Palm Beach (South) Landscape Masterplan now open for submissions
The administrative council are hosting two drop in sessions where you can view the plans and provide feedback to the project team.

Saturday 15 July 1pm to 4pm - Pavilion on the beach
Tuesday 18 July 10am to 1pm - Pavilion on the beach

Make a submission
In Writing to "Palm Beach (South) Draft Landscape Masterplan", 725 Pittwater Road, Dee Why NSW 2099.
Submissions Close – Sunday 30 July 2017

New Priority Precincts

June 1, 2017: NSW Dept. of Planning & Environment
Fifteen new Priority Precincts announced
Fifteen new Priority Precincts have been announced to provide more homes and jobs close to public transport, shops and services.
These include:
Belmore and Lakemba;
Burwood, Strathfield and Homebush;
Campsie and Canterbury;
Frenchs Forest;
Leppington Town Centre;
Schofields Town Centre;
Seven Hills and Wentworthville;
St Leonards and Crows Nest;
Turrella and Bardwell Park; and
For more information please refer to the FAQs below.
Priority Precincts are areas generally located around transport corridors or strategic centres and have broad social, economic and environmental significance for the community.
Planning for these areas is coordinated by state and local government which helps ensure infrastructure such as schools, parks, community facilities, public transport and road upgrades are delivered to support community needs.
How can I be involved?
We’ll be working closely with the community, councils and other stakeholders to provide a range of opportunities to participate in planning for each precinct. This includes surveys, project updates, social media, public events, face to face meetings and formal submissions.
Before we start preparing plans for the area we’d like to hear from you about what you value about your area, what works well and what could be improved. 
Come along to a drop-in session to find out more about the planning process and tell us what’s important to you.

Frenchs Forest  Monday 31 July from 5pm to 8pm
Galstaun Function Centre, 5 Grattan Crescent Frenchs Forest

Frequently Asked Questions
Belmore and Lakemba FAQ
Burwood, Strathfield and Homebush FAQ
Campsie and Canterbury FAQ
Cherrybrook FAQ
Glenfield FAQ
Leppington Town Centre FAQ
Randwick FAQ
Riverwood FAQ
Schofields Town Centre FAQ
Seven Hills and Wentworthville FAQ
St Leonards and Crows Nest FAQ
Telopea FAQ
Turrella and Bardwell Park FAQ
Westmead FAQ

Funding available to improve water safety

NSW Government
The NSW Government is offering Water Safety Fund Community Grants to help prevent drowning deaths across NSW.

Water safety organisations, community groups, and research bodies are encouraged to apply for the funding that will help educate and better equip people heading into the water at beaches, pools and inland waterways.

Priority will be given to initiatives that target high-risk groups and locations that have been identified in research by Royal Life Saving NSW, including:
  • changing risk taking behaviour around the water
  • encouraging parents to actively supervise young children (0-5 years) in, on and around the water
  • reducing drowning risk at unpatrolled locations (including both coastal and inland waterways)
  • CALD communities and international visitors (including international students)
  • Aboriginal communities.
Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant said the 2017-18 grant program has a stronger emphasis on collaborative initiatives between water safety organisations and community groups.

“After listening to feedback at the inaugural Water Safety Forum on 9 May, it was clear that many water safety and community-based organisations were working towards a common goal,” Mr Grant said.

“We want to bring water safety experts and community groups together to build water safety skills and resilience in our local communities.”

Who can apply
  • Legally constituted not for profit organisations with experience delivering water safety projects.
  • Not-for-profit organisations who lead a program in partnership with government agencies, where the project is outside of usual budget parameters.
  • Non-government research bodies.
  • Local community groups that can demonstrate a track record of managing projects and finances, or which can partner with a larger organisation.
Water Safety Fund Community Grants Program applications close on 4 August 2017.

For more information or to apply, please visit: www.watersafety.nsw.gov.au/Water-Safety-Fund.aspx

Read - Access-Download:
Mahony, A, Scarr, J, Peden, AE (2017) NSW summer drowning
report 2016/17: An investigation into drowning deaths in NSW between 1 December 2016 and 28 February 2017Royal Life Saving Society – Australia. Sydney. HERE


Pet of the Week


AGE/SEX: 8 years / F
BREED: Mini Poodle X
Missy is a sweet affectionate girl who is very social with other dogs. She has a lovely gentle nature and is easy to groom and handle. She loves to play ball! Missy's former owner went to a nursing home. Missy has had an autoimmune disease Haemolytic anaemia so cannot be vaccinated. 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.
For further details or to meet all dogs at call DoggieRescue on 9486 3133 or email monika@DoggieRescue.com. Visit www.DoggieRescue.com to see all our dogs. www.facebook.com/doggierescue 

Heritage Near Me incentives program

NSW Office of Environment & Heritage
The Heritage Near Me incentives program has been developed to complement current State Heritage funding programs. It provides funding opportunities and support directly to owners and managers of local heritage items.

Three new funding opportunities
The Heritage Near Me incentives program runs from 2016 to 2019. There is $16 million available in funding over the life of the program. The three grant stream opportunities are: Heritage Activation Grants, Heritage Green Energy Grants and Local Heritage Strategic Projects Grants.

The program is supported by a dedicated Heritage Near Me Roadshow team. 

For information about NSW Heritage Council grant opportunities for items listed on the State Heritage Register, please visit the Heritage grants page.

MWNA Charity Gala Day

Date of event: Sunday July 23, 2017
MWNA is proud to be supporting the Motor Neurone Disease Foundation again with their annual Charity Gala Day to be held on Sunday, 23rd July.
MWNA have chosen to support this charity again as we have members who have been personally affected by MND.

Nominations for 2017 National Disability Awards Open

The Hon Jane Prentice MP, Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services has announced that nominations are now open for the 2017 National Disability Awards.

Individuals, workplaces, and service providers, who have improved the lives of Australians with disability, are encouraged to submit a nomination for the Awards before 6 August 2017.

Mrs Prentice said the Awards seek to highlight the achievements in reducing social discrimination and to bring positive changes for people with disability.

“People with disability and those who work to support them are producing amazing programs and projects every day to enrich lives across the nation, and it is extremely important that we recognise their remarkable achievements,” she said.

The 2017 Awards, to be announced at a ceremony in Canberra on 3 December 2017, will showcase best practice in five award categories:
  • Lesley Hall Leadership Award – recognises excellence in development of reform opportunities that improve the lives of people with disability.
  • Employer of the Year Award – recognises excellence in workforce diversity by providing sustainable employment opportunities for people with disability.
  • Community Excellence Award – recognises excellence in improving access and participation in Australian life for people with disability.
  • Excellence in Innovation Award – recognises excellence in innovation in services, places, communities or accessible technologies to improve the lives of people with disability.
  • Excellence in Education and Training Award - recognises excellence in inclusive education or vocational training that delivers improved economic and social outcomes for people with disability.
The Awards are part of the Australian Government’s International Day of People with Disability, a United Nations (UN) sanctioned day celebrated each year on 3 December.

To submit a nomination visit www.idpwd.com.au .

Go Wild Gala for Sydney Wildlife 2017

When: Sat. 11 November 2017, 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm 
Where: The Cardinal's Palace (ICMS), 151 Darley Road, Manly
Tickets: $200 plus booking fee
It’s time to GO WILD for WILDLIFE at Sydney Wildlife's Inaugural Gala Event at the iconic Cardinal's Palace in Manly! Enjoy canapés and our custom-created cocktails on the balcony, followed by a delicious 3-course meal and drinks in the Great Hall. There will be live music, dancing, and lots of opportunities to make a difference - including both a live and silent auction with amazing prizes. Bring your credit cards and get that Christmas shopping done early!

At the gala, we will be raising funds for a Sydney Wildlife Mobile Clinic which will be dedicated to treating injured and sick wildlife and ensuring that they remain protected for generations. The clinic may also be able to be deployed to areas affected by natural disasters to assist with treatment and pain alleviation.

There has never been a more crucial time to invest in our natural world and the protection of our glorious wildlife!

What should I wear?
Attire is black tie.
How do I get there?
Take the ferry (the Manly Ferry Wharf is a 3-minute cab ride from ICMS) or catch a cab. Additonally, there is free car parking onsite at ICMS (International College of Management).
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No, we will have a guest list at the door.
How do I become a sponsor?
We have VIP sponsor tables available for purchase. Please email us at gowildgala@gmail.com for more information.
How can I contact the organiser with any questions?
Please feel free to email us at gowildgala@gmail.com
Where can I learn more about Sydney Wildlife?
Please go to our website: www.sydneywildlife.org.au

Call Out For Poets - ‘Spirit Of The Land’

Submissions are invited on the subject of the ‘Spirit of the Land’, the 3rd in a series of the popular Manly Art Gallery & Museum poetry readings. Twenty poems will be chosen by event curator Les Wicks for live-reading by the authors who will each receive $50.

The Gallery will be hosting an exhibition on the theme LAND (3 November – 3 December)  with selected works by artists who have drawn inspiration from the theme ‘LAND’… as a noun, a verb, a place, an idea, a possibility, a presence, a contested space. Landscape, headland, wasteland, landfill, landmine, landform, landed, etc. The exhibition supports and connects this region’s contemporary artists with the gallery, providing a valuable opportunity to showcase their work and to challenge their art practice through their diverse responses.

Selected poems will have explored this theme. Please advise in which suburb you live.

Submissions to be emailed to meusepress@hotmail.com  by 5pm Fri 29 Sept 2017. The selected poets will perform their works on Sunday 5 November, 2 - 4pm

Manly Art Gallery & Museum & Museum, West Esplanade Reserve, Manly
At the reading, there will also be an open mic section.
Cost: gold coin donation (refreshments served)

 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


Click on logo above to visit their website.

How to Request to Address Council

Residents have communicated being unable to negotiate their way around current websites to how/where they must register to address council meetings. The links for forms required to be filled out are on this page  

For requests to address Council at Public Forum on items NOT on the Agenda complete the Application to Address Public Forum.  

For requests to address Council on items on the Agenda, complete the Application to Address Council.

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

New Season for Sailability Pittwater 

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

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


July 18, 2017 - Northern Beaches LAC - NSW Police Force
A fiercely independent elderly couple have been found dead in their home at Palm Beach earlier this today. Both in their eighties, the husband was the carer for his life long partner who was blind and had other disabilities. The couple consistently refused aged care assistance and medical support but were coping with their challenges. Closest next of kin lived overseas.

Although yet to be confirmed by autopsies, we believe the husband has passed away naturally, unfortunately leaving the wife with no means of support. She has subsequently died due to a lack of care.

Whilst we believe there are no suspicious circumstances this is an opportunity to reflect on this tragedy and think about our elderly parents and neighbours and what we can do as a community and as individuals to prevent a recurrence of this terrible event.

If you are concerned about a neighbour who you haven't seen, knock on their door or give us a ring. We are more than happy to check on the welfare of the elderly.

You can also contact the Elder Abuse Hotline Ph: 1800-628221 if you feel someone isn't getting the appropriate level of care.

So just for twenty minutes, time to put down those iphones and ipads, and hold back the selfies and making friends with people you don't know, and have a real conversation with your elderly neighbour who is living a simple life devoid of all electronic gadgets that contribute little to real community cohesion.

Life is a Team Game.

 Pittwater Offshore Newsletter Update 5/7/2017 

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To contact Julian:  editor@scotlandisland.org.au

Free workshop in Mona Vale on NDIS disability funding 

My Choice Matters works with people with disability and their families to live life their way and get the most out of the changing disability system. Our goal is to help you learn and practice new ways of doing things and develop and grow your skills in Choice, Voice and Control.

We have a free, fully accessible workshop coming up for people with a disability, their families/carers, and people working in the sector so make sure you register now!

• Hear about changes to the disability support system and what it will mean for you
• Talk about planning and things to consider for your life
• See what some people are already doing

Where: Pittwater RSL
82 Mona Vale Road, Mona Vale

When:  Wednesday 23 August
Time: 10.00am – 2.30pm

Narrabeen Old Boys Catchup

July 21, 2017 
Great to see my old Manly and Narrabeen Boys' High School mate Paul Cunningham when he and his wife Trina called into see me at Moree today. We both played Rugby League in the Manly Warringah area on Sydney's Northern Beaches and had not seen each other for over 50 years. Thanks for calling in "Streak".

Ron Turton 

Finalists Announced For SLS NSW Awards

July 19, 2017: SLS NSW
It’s almost time to celebrate the commitment and heroic actions of the season’s most outstanding volunteer surf lifesavers at the 2017 Surf Life Saving NSW Awards of Excellence, proudly presented by Stramit Building Products.

Every year our members are officially recognised for their hard work and dedication to Surf Life Saving in NSW. This year’s night of nights will be held at The Hilton Hotel Sydney on Saturday 5 August in what promises to be a spectacular evening.

More than 150 surf lifesavers achieved success at their Branch awards and will be in the running to be crowned the top surf lifesaver in their respective award category. See list of finalists below.

A total of 22 awards will be presented on the night in portfolios including Education, Member Services, Lifesaving, and Surf Sports. Concluding the evening will be overall honours including Surf Lifesaver of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Branch and Club of the Year gongs.

The voice of the Awards as Master of Ceremonies will be Channel Nine presenter, Erin Molan.

Surf Life Saving NSW President David Murray says the finalists should be extremely proud of what they achieved throughout the 2016/17 season.

“These surf lifesavers deserve all the recognition and it’s a credit to them and their club that they are on the verge of being a recipient of these prestigious state level awards,” Mr Murray said.

“I encourage all NSW surf lifesavers to come along and celebrate the outstanding achievements of their fellow members at what promises to be another fantastic night.”

2017 SLSNSW Awards of Excellence will take place on Saturday August 5th
The Hilton Sydney
488 George St, Sydney 2000

The Awards of Excellence proudly presented by Stramit recognise the outstanding achievements and contributions in all aspects of Surf Life Saving. The awards will celebrate the accomplishments of members, clubs and branches in the 2016/17 season.

Tickets Adults $130
Children $100
Tables (10) $1100
Purchase tickets via Moshtix.

17 July: NSW Local Council elections - Elector information campaign begins today

by Electoral Commission NSW
The elector information campaign begins today to support the NSW Local Government (Council) Elections to be held Saturday, 9 September 2017. 46 of the 128 local councils in NSW are holding elections. All other councils (except Central Darling which is currently under administration) had their elections in September last year.

Messages will appear in press, radio and digital across NSW from Monday, 17 July and will run until election day, Saturday, 9 September.

"The first phase of the campaign urges voters to check and update their enrolment details, or enrol for the first time," said NSW Electoral Commissioner, John Schmidt.

"We will also be running a series of messages targeting areas that are not having elections to let people know they should check to see if they need to vote. This will seek to reduce elector confusion caused by the partial elections.

"In addition, a series of statutory advertisements will be placed at a council level in newspapers where elections are being held. The first message, calling for nominations, will begin appearing this week".

Nominations for councillor and mayor open Monday, 31 July. Candidates will then have until noon on Wednesday, 9 August to nominate.

To see if your council is having an election, and to check or update your enrolment details visit: 
www.votensw.info or call 1300 135 736

Mermaids of Palm Beach Annual Fundraiser Dinner

When: Monday July 24th, 2017
Where: Club Palm Beach (Palm Beach RSL Club)
Contact: Beryl Driver - beryldriver@bigpond.com 
Ph: 0410 478 897
Cost: $40.00 per ticket includes food and entertainment

It's that time of the year again when we all put our glad rags on and try and shine as much as the wonderful ladies who are the Mermaids of Palm Beach as they commence their fundraising activities for Variety The Children's Charity and 'gear themselves up' both costume wise and car-wise to be a part of this year's annual B to B Car Bash.

This year's dinner will have that great local band the Endless Strummers, perennial favourites, as well as a few numbers from David Hinton. Beryl informs us she has a few surprises lined up for the evening as well, bound to have all laughing in the aisles, so to speak.

We may even get a glimpse of the brand new costumes Elyse Cole has sewn for this year's bash, modelled by her good self, Beryl and Viktorija McDonell. Or perhaps they'll be in their Evening attire! Last Year's effort may be seen below.

In 2017 the Bash will be starting from Belmore, heading north into the Sunshine State of Queensland before taking a twist and navigating to the Northern Territory aiming for Buffalo Creek

Highlights, apart from some sensational Bash dirt tracks, include having a day off in Mount Isa to take in the mining history of this Outback town. Another is visiting Kakadu for the first time where the B to B particpants will stay at Jabiru and join fellow Bashers on an exciting crocodile tour and see them face-to-face!!! 

Together with visiting some iconic rural towns and 11 schools along the way, the Mermaids of PB will travel on some old – and new – Bash tracks all in celebration of a years’ worth of fundraising for Variety – the Children’s Charity and Australia’s children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs.

Palm Beach Sailing Club (PBSC) Open Day

Prelude to the Start of the Sailing Season

PBSC is predominantly a family orientated sailing club offering great opportunities for young and older sailors to get the feel of fast “off the beach” multihulls. 

PBSC is gearing up for the start of the next sailing season with its own “boat show” on Saturday the 12th August, the weekend after the Sydney International Boats Show.

While not anywhere near the same dimensions as the Sydney’s International Boat show PBSC will be showcasing the “off the beach” multihulls that frequent the waters of Pittwater including the Weta Trimaran, A Class, F18 and F16 and Hobie 18,16 and 14’s.

PBSC sailors have competed and podium at State, National, World and Olympic events over its long history. With a few of its sailors looking at turning over their multihulls in time for the new season this is a great opportunity to see some of the boats that some Olympic and Americas Cup sailors cut their teeth on and experience the thrill of “off the beach” multihull sailing.

The multi’s will be on the beach and available for a sail from noon on the 12th August from Sandy Beach at the corner of Iluka and Woorak Roads, Palm Beach.

Come down, have a look and bring your sailing gear.

2017 Mosman Art Prize

Saturday 23 September - Sunday 29 October
Mosman Art Gallery
Registrations are open online now - click here to enter

Mosman Art Gallery is thrilled to announce that in 2017 the Mosman Art Prize will celebrate its 70th year!

Established in 1947, the Mosman Art Prize is Australia's oldest and most prestigious local government art award.  It was founded by the artist, architect and arts advocate, Alderman Allan Gamble, at a time when only a small handful of art prizes were in existence in Australia and the community had very little support and few opportunities to exhibit their work. 

Over the past seventy years the Mosman Art Prize has developed in stature to become Australia’s most prestigious municipally funded art prize with a national profile. It regularly attracts over 900 entries annually and currently offers over $40,000 in prizes.

As an acquisitive art award for painting, the winning artworks collected since 1947 form a splendid collection of modern and contemporary Australian art, reflecting all the developments in Australian art practice since 1947.
The inaugural winner in 1947 was a young Margaret Olley. Since the prize has been won by scores of artists including Guy Warren, Grace Cossington Smith, Weaver Hawkins, Nancy Borlase, Lloyd Rees, Anthony Galbraith, Elisabeth Cummings, Tim Johnson, Guan Wei and Michael Zavros among many others. Past adjudicators also include notable Australian art figures such as Margaret Preston, John Olsen, Tim Storrier, Jenny Sages and Edmund Capon.
Now in its 70th year the Mosman Art Prize is more relevant than ever before and continues to sit at the centre of contemporary painting practice and is a not to be missed event on the nation's cultural agenda.
  • Mosman Art Prize (major acquisitive prize) sponsored by Mosman Council - $50,000
  • Allan Gamble Memorial Art Prize sponsored by Mosman Council - $3,000
  • Commendation Prize sponsored by Mosman Council - $2,000
  • Fourth Village Providore Emerging Artists’ Prize (under 35) - $2,000
  • Mosman Art Society Viewers' Choice Prize - $1,000

Northern beaches Veterans and community day 

When: Sunday 12th November 2017
Where: Dunbar Park Avalon Beach 10am – 4pm

The Inaugural Northern Beaches Veterans and Community Day will be held on 12 November 2017 in Dunbar Park Avalon Beach. This new event evolved due to the success of the Avalon Military Tattoo over the last 10 years, the enhanced relationship between local RSL sub-Branches and the community, and to carry on the legacy of past Avalon RSL Sub Branch President CDRE Graham Sloper AM RAN (Rtd).

Awareness of veteran’s issues is increasing within the community, and the ANZAC Spirit is flourishing on the Northern Beaches. Crowds at ceremonies have been increasing steadily in recent years. This will be an opportunity for the younger generations to learn more about past and current conflicts and to meet veterans and serving members of the Australian Defence Force.

Our mission is to instil a greater awareness and enduring compassion for veterans and the community in general.

Our objectives are: 
• Highlight concerns for veterans and the community;
• Create an opportunity for interaction;
• Acknowledge service and sacrifice;
• Create harmony;
• Reflect on history;
• Enhance awareness of Defence career opportunities;
• Address veterans issues of reintegration into civilian society, homelessness and suicide; 
• Profile veterans success stories

This will be a free of charge, non-profit event with participation on a voluntary basis. Any funds raised will be donated to Veterans Organisations and primarily the Veterans Centre Sydney Northern Beaches. There will be an emphasis on youth activities and careers. The primary market is the geographical area from Narrabeen to Palm Beach.

It is intended that local schools and community groups will have an arena to showcase their talents through music, drama and artwork with an Australian veterans theme. Over the coming months these groups will have the opportunity for input to shape the programme for the day. There will be a children’s art exhibition, a quilting display, ANZAC biscuit baking competition and many interactive displays and activities. Veterans Support Agencies are welcome to have a display and marquee in the park. There will be a stage with live music and performances throughout the day.

For further information, to book a stall or offer sponsorship, or VOLUNTEER to help, please contact the coordinators Lynn Murphy on 9883 9815 and Tamara Sloper Harding on 9883 9814 or email subbranch@avalonrsl.com.au.

Mark Ferguson 
President Palm Beach RSL Sub-Branch
Chairman Northern Beaches Veterans and Community Day Committee
A collaboration between Avalon, Palm Beach & Pittwater RSL Sub-branches.

Digital Literacy School Grants - Round Two

Digital Literacy School Grants is an initiative under the Inspiring all Australians in Digital Literacy and STEM measure of the National Innovation and Science Agenda.

Grants of between $10,000 and $50,000 are available for schools and other organisations to encourage and facilitate implementation of the new Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies. Grants will be awarded for project proposals that demonstrate innovative methods for driving enhanced digital literacy in schools. Grants of amounts greater than $50,000 may also be made where a project has demonstrated capacity to reach regional, national or sectoral scalabilities such as projects involving clusters of schools and/or peak bodies/professional associations.

For education entities that meet the program guidelines and parameters

Grant Activity Timeframe:
Outcomes for this grant application process are expected to be announced by 9 February 2018.

Total Amount Available (AUD): $2,000,000.00
Estimated Grant Value (AUD):From $10,000.00 to $50,000.00

Instructions for Lodgement:
Applications must be submitted to the Australian Government Department of Education and Training by 12 noon Canberra local time, 11 August 2017.

Other Instructions:
To apply for a grant, applicants must complete the online ‘Grant Application Form’ via the Department of Education and Training’s website.

Loosely Woven with Amnesty International   

SUNDAY 6th AUG.  4 p.m.     
The local music group “LOOSELY WOVEN”, led by Wayne Richmond, will be giving a free community concert in  Avalon Baptist Church (2 George St.) on  Sunday  6th Aug at  4 p.m.

Wayne Richmond, the leader of the group, is one of the Peninsula’s inspirational leaders in giving live music to the community. Wayne and his musicians have been contributing to Amnesty's great work for more than 20 years and helping those who suffer injustice, unfair imprisonment, torture, execution and other human rights abuse.

GOING HOME is named from the opening song from Dvorak’s New World Symphony. 

Most of us are human rights supporters and will love to hear Australian singer Sissy Higgins’ heart-rending song ‘Oh Canada’ written in response to the  tragedy of Syrian refugee Alan Kurdi whose 3 year old body was washed up on a Turkish beach after he and his family attempted to reach a Greek island on their way to Canada.  Graham Moore’s song ‘New Frontier’ celebrates all those who struggle to build a better world.  'Anchor Me' is a New Zealand song adapted by Greenpeace to commemorate the sinking of the Rainbow Warrior in 1985. Great songs for a human rights concert!

Amongst the performers this time is a young man from Tanzania who has taught the group two of his own songs.
  • It was nice meeting you
  • The Wind
Additional Australian songs include:
  • Small Things (The Audreys)
  • Down City Streets (Archie Roach & Ruby Hunter)
  • Rayya’s Lament (Ian Ross Williams - brother of Loosely Woven performer Meredith Williams)
Well known items will include:
  • All I ever need is you (Sonny & Cher)
  • Bei Mir Bist Shein (Israel)
  • Bright Side of the Road (Van Morrison)
  • Killing Me Softly (Roberta Flack)
  • Sway
  • The Rose (Bette Midler)
  • Black Velvet Band (fabulous arrangement of a well known folk song)
  • Leaving on a jet plane
Instruments this time will include flutes, saxophones, clarinets, trumpet, recorders, harp, concertina, melodicas, glockenspiel, xylophone, guitars, keyboard and percussion.

Some comments on previous concerts from reviewer Paul Cruise:
"Loosely Woven again demonstrated their uncanny ability to encompass the gamut of human experience in a single performance.  

Leader Wayne Richmond and his talented crew took their audience to many places - some enchanting, some disturbing, some hilarious, some mournful; I felt I'd been given a grand tour of my own heart. What more could you ask of a night out? "*

Wayne and Gail

Loosely Woven encourage audience participation in their concerts which are always lots of fun,and  you can enjoy a musical treat and  also support human rights by coming  because voluntary donations will go to Amnesty International.
Avalon Amnesty International group works for the rights of:-
refugees and asylum seekers; indigenous people,  many victims of unjust treatment;  those at risk of torture and execution;and  to gain human rights for  disadvantaged people all over the world. 
We will have a table with information and petitions 

Free Concert:   “GOING HOME” (Loosely Woven)
Free:   afternoon tea
Date:   Sunday   6th Aug.   4p.m.    
Place:    Avalon Baptist Church -   2 George St.
Voluntary Donations:  Avalon Amnesty International Group
Information: Kath Moody kath_moody@hotmail.com  0417 069 472 / 99971815   (looselywoven.org)

Kath Moody
Avalon Amnesty International

Applications Open For Community Building Partnership Program

Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes is encouraging local community and sporting groups to apply for funds under the NSW Government’s 2017 Community Building Partnership Program.
This year the NSW Government has allocated $300,000 to the Pittwater community to be distributed to infrastructure projects that will deliver lasting and wide-reaching benefits.
Local projects that have been supported by this program over recent years include Narrabeen Sports High’s synthetic sports field, Marine Rescue’s wharf at Cottage Point, Avalon Beach Surf Club’s major renovations, Pittwater High School’s security fencing upgrade, renovations within Mona Vale Hospital Assessment and Rehabilitation Unit and the expansion of the Northern Beaches Indoor Sports Centre at Warriewood.
“This program has supported a range of fantastic projects throughout our community”, Rob Stokes said today.
“In many cases groups have simply needed an extra injection of funds to get a long-awaited project underway.
“Applications will be received from all local groups and associations that can demonstrate how their project will deliver wide-reaching benefits to our community.
Applications are now open and will be accepted until Wednesday 9 August 2017.
“Further details and information on how to apply is available by visiting www.communitybuildingpartnership.nsw.gov.au
“I encourage all eligible community groups in Pittwater to explore this funding opportunity and submit their applications,” Rob Stokes said.

Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary Stalls 2017

August  5th:  9am to 3pm  Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale Sewing, knitting, craft
August  12th: 8am to 3pm Bunnings, Narrabeen Sausage sizzle
August 18th:   9am to 3pm  Stall, foyer Mona Vale Hospital Baking, knitting, craft, books, sewing

September 1st: 9am to 4pm   Stall, outside ANZ Bank, Avalon Parade Knitting, sewing, craft, jam
September 2nd: 9am to 3pm Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale Sewing, knitting, craft, books
September 9th: 8am to 3pm Bunnings, Narrabeen  Sausage sizzle
September 9th: 8am to 4pm Stall, outside Mona Vale Community Hall, Park Street, Mona Vale; Baking, knitting, sewing, craft, jam                 
September 15th: 9am to 3pm Stall, foyer Mona Vale Hospital Baking, knitting, craft, books, sewing     

October 7th: 9am to 3pm Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale Sewing, knitting, craft, books
October 14th: 8am to 3pm Bunnings, Narrabeen Sausage sizzle
October 20th: 9am to 3pm Stall, foyer Mona Vale Hospital Baking, knitting, craft, books, sewing
October 24th: 10.30 am Fashion Parade, Newport Bowling Club,                   Palm Road, Newport

November 4th:  9am to 3pm  Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale Knitting, sewing, craft
November 11th: 9am to 3pm Bunnings, Narrabeen Sausage sizzle 

December 8th: 8am to 4pm Stall, outside ANZ Bank, Avalon Parade, Avalon Sewing, knitting, craft, jam.                               

Candidates to speak to electors 

Media Release – Pittwater Forever
Community umbrella group Pittwater Forever, representing 18 community groups and their members, today confirmed details of two public information sessions for the local government elections being held in the northern beaches on 9 September. 

Chairman Craig Boaden confirmed that:
“Pittwater Forever will host an evening session at which candidates in the Pittwater Ward can address electors directly. This session will take place from 6.30pm on Tuesday 29 August in the Mona Vale Memorial Hall.” 

“This will be followed by a session for candidates in the Narrabeen Ward on Tuesday 5 September, again from 6.30pm in the Mona Vale Memorial Hall.” 

Pittwater Forever will invite all candidates seeking election to council from these two Wards to make brief presentations of their policies, and to answer questions from the floor. 

“These two public information sessions will give candidates an opportunity to inform electors about their policies, and electors a chance to hear from candidates before polling day on 9 September”, said Mr Boaden. 

“It’s one of Pittwater Forever’s contributions to local democracy. “ 

“Through our member community groups, we will also facilitate recruiting volunteers to help independent candidates with things like leafletting, and handing out How to Vote cards at pre-poll and polling stations”.

Narrabeen Boys High 1967 50 Year Reunion - 2017

We are about to reach the 50 Year Anniversary of the very first Year 12 from Narrabeen Boys High.
This Page is to attract alumni for a Reunion in 2017. www.facebook.com/nbhs67/

I guess we produced more World Surfing Champions than any one school and in 1967 we won every Year 12 Sports Premiership there was, every one. Rugby, Cricket, Soccer, Water Polo, Basketball, Tennis... etc

50 Years HSC Reunion Lunch
Hosted by Narrabeen Boys High 1967 50 Year Reunion - 2017
Friday October 6th, 2017: 1pm to 6pm
At The Newport
Cnr. Beaconsfield and Kalinya Streets, Newport

Sydney Wildlife: Critters of the Month - July 2017

Tawny Frogmouth Chicks

Thanks to you, our rehabilitation facility is growing and demand has been very high as Sydney Wildlife members want to use the facility to get their animals ready for release.

Most of the animals that come to our rehabilitation facility have been in care for some time and therefore need to build up their muscle strength and stamina before they go back to their natural habitat where they will have to find or catch their own food.

Our Twin Tawny Story.
One cold day, some lumberjacks were cutting down a tree for one of their clients when they noticed a nest in the tree that contained two fluffy little Tawny Frogmouth chicks.   They started to look around to see if they could locate the parents but were unable to locate them. As it was a cold day and they had taken down the branch the nest was in, they didn’t want to leave the chicks there so they took them to a local vet. After a quick check over, the vets contacted Sydney Wildlife to come and collect the chicks for hand raising.

Tawny Frogmouth Chicks

Unfortunately, when we collected the little balls of fluff from the vets, they were not able to provide us with any more detail than the suburb they were found in so we were unable to go back and try to look for the parents ourselves as we didn’t have a specific address.

When they first got home to the careers house, the two chicks were put in a nice heated box with a substitute nest in it to make them feel as much like home as possible. They were feed at very regular intervals throughout the day. Luckily for their carer, as they are birds, they didn’t need feeding during the night.

With regular feeds and constant care, they continued to grow and learn how to eat different types of foods. You will see in the photo’s the big transformation they went through going from being little white balls of fluff to beautiful feathered birds.

Once they were old enough and only requiring one hand feed per day they were taken to the rehabilitation facility were they had a larger enclosure to fly around in and learn to catch the insects and bugs that frequent the area. This enabled them to get better at catching their food in an environment that mimicked as closely as possible what they would do in the wild.

Tawny's Growing up and stretching their wings

In the Rehabilitation facility

After about one month it was time to take them back to the suburb where they were found and release them. Not only did they both fly very well and silently but we observed them flying down to the grass and bushes to catch insects, feeding them selves.

One of the Tawny's after release

Three months after release one of the Tawnys is still seen around the release site and is thriving in its natural habitat.

Without donations from our magnificent Global Giving supporters, none of this would be possible!

If you know any one else you can share this story with please do, as they may also want to help Sydney Wildlife help our native animals.

Thank you so much.

Joan and the rehabilitation critters.

By Joan Reid 
Volunteer Macropod co-ordinator
Sydney Wildlife’s rehabilitation facility at Waratah Park 
Sydney Wildlife: www.sydneywildlife.org.au
Sydney Wildlife celebrates 20 years - Cloudy and Cassius, Joan Reid, Lynleigh and Kayleigh Greig, Sonja Elwood.