September 22 - 28, 2019: Issue 422
Articles This Week
Front Page Issue 422 Happy 70th Year Bilgola Surf Life Saving Club - Here's To 70 More!!
Pictures A Week In Pittwater: September 2019 - Rain week = wet birds and misty mornings, KIALOA II Returns To Pittwater: Transpac done - bring on the 75th Sydney to Hobart, Wakehurst Parkway Closed: residents renew calls for a fix, Avalon Bilgola Amateur Swimming Club Medallists At WASA Meet, Ingleside and Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade Volunteers At Work Far From Pittwater, Thousands Of Residents Join Climate Strike, UAV Course For The SLS Sydney Northern Beaches Branch: Volunteer Patrol Season for all Pittwater Ocean beaches commence next Saturday September 28th, Palm Beach Sailing Club Members Catching Early Spring Winds - photos by a few of us
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Doctors To Take Centre Stage At Next Hearing Of Hospital Inquiry
Doctors will have their turn to tell the parliamentary inquiry into Northern Beaches Hospital (NBH) about their concerns at its next hearing on Monday.
Save Mona Vale Hospital chairman Parry Thomas said many local doctors were very concerned about the situation at NBH and the loss of Mona Vale Hospital (MVH).
“It’s great the clinicians are very engaged with the community on this issue and we’re speaking with them more and more,” Mr Thomas said.
“Despite the ongoing campaign by locals over many years, the NSW government is continuing to ignore our wishes by pulling down Mona Vale Hospital while the inquiry is underway.
“If you can get along and support the people while they give evidence at Monday’s hearing, it would be fantastic.”
The Nurses Quarters and main building at the Mona Vale Hospital Campus have been fenced off and interiors stripped in recent weeks. Late last week demolition of these structures commenced.
Amongst Monday’s witnesses will be local resident Professor Richard West AM, a highly-regarded surgeon who alerted the community to problems that would arise with the closure of MVH’s emergency department and the inadequacy of services at Northern Beaches Hospital.
Local GPs appearing at the hearing include Dr Suzanne Daly, who has campaigned tirelessly to retain MVH. Dr Daly was responsible for circulating a petition that gained more than 11,000 signatures and was delivered to the NSW Parliament.
The Australian Medical Association’s NSW branch will also be represented by both its CEO Fiona Davies and a board member, Dr Fred Betros. The AMA (NSW)’s submission outlined contractual problems for doctors at the NBH and reported staff working up to 110 hours per week.
The first hearing of the NSW Upper House into NBH and its impact on Mona Vale and Manly Hospitals was held on August 26.
Mr Thomas addressed the inquiry’s first hearing outlining problems the Pittwater community now faces accessing hospital treatment and the dysfunction at the new hospital.
Phil Walker, from the informal group Friends of Mona Vale Hospital, presented evidence from his freedom of information requests into the construction of the new hospital – in particular raising questions about the safety of its cladding and the external fire stairs.
And Friends of Northern Beaches Maternity Services spokeswoman Helena Mooney outlined problems with the private model of obstetric care adopted by the hospital – especially the high rate of interventions at other Healthscope run hospitals.
Before Monday’s hearing, another witness local historian Dr Jonathon King will be interviewed on ABC radio 702 at 8.30am.
Monday’s hearing will run from 10am to 12.45pm in the Macquarie Room at Parliament House, on Macquarie St, Sydney. It will be webcast live at: https://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/Pages/webcasts.aspx
Full details of Monday’s program can be seen at: https://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/lcdocs/transcripts/2183/Hearing%20Schedule%20-%2023%20Sep%202019.pdf
SNB Golf Day Rescheduled to 11th October
Government's Nod to top NSW Teachers
Pets of the Week
Applications Open for Community Building Partnership Program
Sydney to Auckland Ocean Race 2021: Centrepiece of major summer international events
Pittwater Community Groups:
Vale: The Hon. James (Jim) Macken
Profile of the Week: Issue 423
Mona Vale Road Fauna Fencing Being Installed
Big Dig Fun
Funding Flows to Barrenjoey Headland
ABHS AGM 2019
Mrs. Hawkins Local Horse History Spoken By Peggy Brown
Coastal Drowning Spike in NSW
Please Register Wildlife Road Strikes
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Government Services in Mackellar to be improved through Public Data Sharing Reform
Northern Beaches Dementia Friendly Community
Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary Stalls 2019
New pedestrian bridge ready for installation
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
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 www.sailability.org/au/pittwater or call John on 9982 5656