April 23 - 29, 2017: Issue 309


Articles This Week 

Front Page Issue 309

Surf Lifesavers Prepare To Lower Flags: Volunteer surf lifesavers will lower the flags on NSW beaches this Tuesday 25 April - 21,000 active patrolling members have collectively given over 560,000 hours of their time to ensure that beachgoers around NSW were protected throughout the season

'Don't Be Developed Out Of Pittwater' Rally At Mona Vale's Memorial Hall: Motion to Fight to Restore Pittwater Council Passed Unanimously

Junior Lifesavers Crowned NSW Best - Matilda Shirley (Byron Bay SLSC) and Elliott Prasad (Narrabeen Beach SLSC) win Junior Lifesaver of the Year award - from Surf Life Saving NSW

Around The Bends Ocean Swim Challenge - The Inaugural Swim Report by Rogers Sayers with great photos by Warren Young OAM, Christine Hopton OAM and Tim Hixson

Clifton Gardens Mosman: An Eternal Green and Saltwater Space, and Of Many Captains - for those who requested this, and in particularly for Mrs. Audrey Jackson

Reflections by George Repin: ANZAC COVE (ARI BURNU) - 25 April, 1997

Aquatics: The Caley Wetlands - Going, Going...GONE

Pictures: 20th International 2.4 Metre Yacht Australian Championship 2016/17 - Hosted By Sailability Crystal Bay by Allan Jones

Lifeline Classic Living Ocean Team Raises The Bar To Support Those Who Will Always Answer The Call For Anyone In Crisis - local students and surfers quickly raised 5k and need your support to reach 10!

Help Tamara Honour Aussie Debt To The Timorese With Education by Pittwater Friends of Soibada

Profile: Walter (Wal) Williams is a legend in Pittwater, a World War II Veteran, Mr. Williams has worked tirelessly for decades when Pittwater RSL Sub-Branch President to look after members and was present, along with fellow WWI Veteran Brian Sargeson at the May 16, 1999 dedication and Official opening of the original Cenotaph at Pittwater RSL.

Taken prisoner at the fall of Singapore, Wal worked on the Burma Railway prior to being sent to Japan to work, and experienced being sunk en-route. He survived Changi, he survived Burma, he survived being in the open ocean prior to being picked up again and sent to Japan for a year of hard work and being the focus of anger when the bombing of Japan began. He survived the firebombing of Tokyo and Yokohama by Allied bombers and finally returned home on October 10th, 1945 - his 23rd birthday.

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

Artist of the Month: April 2017 Chris John Raggatt - Blues Musician: A mini online concert - right here, right now!

Anzac Day 2017 Profiles

Pittwater Online News is privileged to share two Veterans Profiles this year as our pre Commemoration Services focus and post Commemorations tributes. The first, Wal Williams, Warriewood resident and WWII AIF gentleman, was taken prisoner at the fall of Singapore and spent a year on the Burma Railway prior to being transported to Japan, after surviving being sunk en-route.

Born in Northbridge on October 10th 1922, working at Neutral Bay and then Narrabeen on his return, Wal also worked as the President of Pittwater RSL Sub-Branch at one time and is still sharp as a tack at 94 years young.

Issue 310 features John Seaton MBE, Avalon Beach RSL Sub-Branch member, who served in Korea in the Royal Australian Air Force, set up air strips and routes in the Solomon Islands, establishing an airline, and had the honour of finding the biggest glacier in the world in Antarctica in 1955, subsequently named the Lambert Glacier after the director of national mapping in Canberra. There is also a Seaton Glacier named for the gentleman himself.

Born in Launceston, Tasmania on April 21st 1927, John's wife Barbara, when we asked her why he had done so many amazing things, reasoned he was one of those amazing adventurers born at a time and on the cusp of when finding unknown things, like glaciers, or doing things that needed to be done, like starting airlines for isolated places, could still be achieved by those with the right spirit.

By the way - Happy 90th Sir! 
We hope Friday was a wonderful day for you and your family.

Both gentlemen's fathers served in WWI, and both were in the Australian Light Horse - Mr. Seaton Snr. in the 1st Light Horse, Mr. Williams Snr. in the 12th Light Horse before being transferred to the 6th Light Horse. Their father's experiences shaped their son's lives, Mr. Williams being injured at Gallipoli while Mr. Seaton Snr, lost a brother in that conflict. The formation of these Light Horse Divisions bears more than passing thought too. 

Wal Williams' page is available now, including some wonderful images courtesy of Wal and articles our follow-up research found.

A snippet of one item found for John's page runs below:

World's Greatest Glacier
DISCOVERED BY R.A.A.F. PILOTS
The RAAF's Antarctic Flight returned recently from a winter on the Continent with a list of discoveries that included the world's largest glacier and entire mountain ranges. Flying their single-engined De Haviland Beaver right through the long Antarctic winter, the RAAF men filled in great empty spaces on the world's maps. 

Each year the ship which takes the relief party of the Australian National Antarctic Research Expedition also carries a fresh Beaver aircraft and a new RAAF party of pilots and groundstaff. This party relieves the group which has been wintering on the Antarctic Continent. 

On December 28, 1955, the 1956 group sailed from Melbourne in the "Kista Dan" with a Beaver and a little Auster. The RAAF officer in charge of the RAAF Antarctic Flight was Squadron Leader Douglas Leckie, who had won the Air Force Cross for his work with the ANARE, 1954. The second pilot was Pilot Officer John Seaton, who had been instructing at Uranquinty, New South Wales; when he volunteered. (The RAAF does not assign men to the Antarctic, but calls for volunteers.) 

The little Auster had been useful in 1954; but it had taught the RAAF that there was considerable danger in having only a light "aero club" type of air-craft for a task which required a rugged and specialised type. The Canadians have designed and produced an aircraft speci-ally for work in the Arctic, which has proved to be just right for the Antarctic. The tough and rugged Beaver has a range of 1000 miles and can carry 850 lb. of payload...
World's Greatest Glacier (1957, May 29).The Biz (Fairfield, NSW : 1928 - 1972), p. 19. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article189939953 


ANZAC Day 2017

Narrabeen RSL
The President and Members of the Narrabeen RSL Sub-Branch will hold their annual ANZAC Sunday March and Wreath Laying Ceremony on Sunday, 23rd April 2017.

Participants are to assemble in the car park at Narrabeen Terminus (Berry Reserve) from 11:00am, and the march will commence at 11:30am sharp.
The parade will be led by the Warringah Pipe Band and proceed south along Pittwater Road to the Narrabeen Memorial Cenotaph, at the intersection of Pittwater Road and Ocean Street. A Wreath Laying ceremony and ANZAC Service will be held at the Cenotaph.

The general community is invited to come along and watch the ANZAC march along Pittwater Road from 11:30 and attend the Wreath Laying ceremony and ANZAC Service at the Cenotaph.

John West - Secretary
Narrabeen RSL sub-Branch.

Pittwater RSL
Sunday April 23rd: Muster at Vineyard Street 12.30 p.m.
1.00 p.m. March to Mona Vale Cenotaph for Commemoration Service.
ANZAC Sunday March & Luncheon. This ceremony traditionally takes place on the Sunday prior to ANZAC Day, with a service being held at Village Park in Mona Vale, followed by Luncheon in the Club's Auditorium.
April 25th:Spend your ANZAC Day at Pittwater RSL - the 5.45am memorial service will be followed by hot bacon and egg rolls for only $5. Breakfast tickets are on sale now from the club reception desk. 
Don't forget two-up at 12pm!

Church Point
Community ANZAC Day Service
Church Point Reserve 11 a.m.

Avalon Beach RSL
5:30am
Dawn Service at Dunbar Park
11:00am
ANZAC March starts from Avalon Public School 
11:20am
Commemoration Service at Club Cenotaph.
12:00pm
Two-Up begins in the Surf Lounge on Level One - NEW EARLIER START TIME.

Club Palm Beach 
10:30 a.m. Muster at Palm Beach Ferry Wharf 
11.00 a.m. ANZAC Day Commemoration Service at Palm Beach Cenotaph (outside Club Palm Beach)

Anzac Day Tickets NOW AVAILABLE!!
Available from reception - all members purchasing tickets must be financial & show membership card to staff member.
Sub-Branch Members - FOC
Members - $75 Visitors - $85
12 Noon - Luncheon will commence with a performance from special guest Grant Galea.
1:00pm - Club opens to the public
3:00pm - TWO-UP (3pm - 7pm only)
Tickets will NOT be sold on the day, so get in early to avoid missing out on this event.

Palm Beach Sailing Club Welcomes New Sailors

At PALM BEACH SAILING CLUB we have a number of opportunities to sail on some great boats with good skippers at a club which is more interested in having fun than piling up the silver ware. (Which is probably why we have such a big pile of silverware)!

Because of the nature of the sport (OK because we are fat) we are usually looking for crews under 60KGs and will provide the training. If you do not fit the criteria please feel free to talk to us about other options. We have a couple of club 14s plus we can point you in the direction of a number of good second hand boats to help you get the family on the water.

Feel free to share this!


Palm Beach & Whale Beach Association Inc. 2017 AGM

Notice of the 99th Annual General Meeting
on Tuesday 9th May, 2017 at 7.00 pm at Club Palm Beach

Preliminary AGENDA

Welcome by the President: Dr. Richard West
Apologies
Confirmation of the minutes of the 2016 AGM
These minutes have been previously approved by the Committee

Business arising from the minutes
Treasurer’s report: Doug Maher, and the tabling for signature of the Annual Statement to Department of Community Affairs by the Public Officer.
President’s Report
Election of Office Bearers 
An updated Agenda will be issued closer to the date.

Pittwater Waterway Review

Following the council meeting of Tuesday 28th March comments on the Pittwater Waterway Review Discussion Paper are being invited.

View the:

The Discussion Paper seeks to inform and engage the community on the wide range of issues and challenges the waterway faces now and into the future.

Hard copies of the relevant documents can also be viewed at council customer service centres during business hours.

In writing addressed to the General Manager, ‘Pittwater Waterway Review’ Northern Beaches Council, PO Box 882, Mona Vale NSW 1660.

Enquiries: Strategic Planning Team (Mona Vale) on 9970 1111
Comments close: 14 May 2017.

You have the opportunity to talk about the Discussion Paper. Staff will be available at the following times and locations to hear your thoughts and answer questions.

There are two drop in sessions at Mona Vale Memorial Hall scheduled
  • Saturday 29th April - 12noon -3pm
  • Tuesday 2nd May - 5pm -8pm
Bookings preferred for these sessions but not essential. Bookings can be made by calling 9970 1319

Come along to a drop in session or information stall:
Saturday 29 April 2017, 12noon-3pm Mona Vale Memorial Hall
Sunday 30 April 2017, 9am-1pm Frenches Forest Organic Markets
Tuesday 2 May 2017, 5pm-8pm Mona Vale Memorial Hall
Friday 5 May 2017, 8am-12noon Beaches Market, (Pittwater Rugby Park)
Saturday 6 May 2017, 12:30pm-3pm Avalon (outside Woolworths)

Lifeline Northern Beaches Classic 

The “Lifeline Northern Beaches Classic” is a tag team surfing competition, a charity fundraising event supporting Lifeline Northern Beaches. Sunday 30 April 2017.

Teams consist of 4 surfers per team. Each team commits to running their own fundraising campaign and reaching a fundraising goal of $5,000 per team.

This is a fundraising competition just as much a surfing competition!
Every team will be rewarded with a legend surfer to join their team on the day. The team who raises the most funds at the end of the campaign gets first pick from the pool of pro/ legend surfers on the day. Second place fundraisers get second pick, and so on in order of the fundraising results.
Trophies are presented to the winning fundraising team, and the winning surfing team on the day.

The 2017 Lifeline Classic - a fundraising surf tag competition event, will be held at Dee Why Beach on 30th April.

Get involved or support a team at:

Local Teams on Board:

Living Ocean
Living Ocean is proud to sponsor a group of amazing young surfers who have put together a team to raise awareness of youth mental health issues for Lifeline Northern Beaches.
Suicide and depression is a major concern for all our ocean loving tribe, especially when we are blessed to be living on an amazing planet.
The Lifeline Northern beaches Classic is a tag team surf event held on 30 April 2017. Support the team and donate today. All funds go directly to Lifeline on the page link below.

Avalon Beach Surf Life Saving Club

Avalon Beach Surf Life Saving Club and our team of junior life savers have created this page because we want to make a difference. Having been touched by youth suicide in our local community, we have been inspired to raise funds for the support services available through Lifeline. We hope we are also able to raise awareness of the work Lifeline do and encourage others to reach out and talk to someone as a way to promoting positive mental health. All funds go directly to Lifeline on the page link below.

Link Housing- Call out to Artists

Andrew McAnulty, CEO at Link Housing said; “We are delighted to be hosting ‘What a home means to you’ again. We had a wonderful response last year and we look forward to seeing artists of all levels take part this year.”

For more information on how to enter your artwork, call Suzanne Sheerin at Link Housing on (02) 9412 5104. 
Deadline for entries is Thursday 15th June 2017.

Exhibition venue: Warringah Creative Space, 105 Abbott Road, North Curl Curl. 

Exhibition Dates:
- Thursday 22nd June 10am - 4pm
- Friday 23rd June 10am - 4pm
- Saturday 24th June 10am - 4pm
- Sunday 25th June 10am - 2pm

Development Application Service Integration

At its meeting of 28 March 2017, Council resolved to publicly exhibit the following documents for 6 weeks:
  • Draft Northern Beaches DA Management Policy
  • Draft DCP Amendment
  • Draft Northern Beaches Independent Assessment Panel Charter 2017
The Draft Development Control Plan (DCP), amending:
Pittwater 21 DCP 2015
Warringah DCP 2015
Warringah DCP 2000
Manly DCP 2013
Draft Northern Beaches Independent Assessment Panel Charter

The proposed amendments are fundamental to integrating and streamlining the DA assessment service. 

The community can be involved through

Drop-in session for the public to discuss the proposed changes:
  • 2-4pm on Wednesday 12 April 2017 at Dee Why Council Chambers
  • 1-3pm on Saturday 29 April 2017 at the Mona Vale Memorial Hall
  • 5.30-7.30pm Tuesday 2 May 2017 at Manly Council Chambers
Submissions may be made a number of ways:
Via Email
Or In writing marked: ‘DA Service Integration’ to Northern Beaches Council, Civic Centre, 725 Pittwater Road, Dee Why NSW 2099 

Submissions will be received up until 14 May 2017.

Alcohol Free Zones

Maps of the proposed zones are available in the document library on the right hand side of this page and also within the Booklet (Pages 166 to 182) attached to the council report (Item 9.3).

We are currently accepting submissions on the following areas until 30 April 2017:
  • Dee Why CBD
  • Dee Why - Pittwater Road
  • Narrabeen - Pittwater Road
  • Belrose - Frenchs Forest
  • Forestville Shopping Centre
  • Collaroy - Pittwater Road
  • Cromer Community Centre
  • Warringah Mall Bus Stops
  • Dee Why - Walter Gors Park\
  • Narrabeen Lagoon
You can make a submission by:
Writing to council Marked: “Re-establishment of Alcohol Free Zones" 725 Pittwater Road, Dee Why, 2099
For more information contact Neil Williamson, Executive Manager Environmental Compliance, on 9942 2111.

Public Exhibition of draft Affordable Housing Policy

At its meeting on 28 March 2017, Council resolved to place a draft Affordable Housing Policy on public exhibition.

The draft Policy has been developed in consultation with an internal working party, State government departments and other stakeholders, and Council’s Affordable Housing Strategic Reference Group. 

It is supported by evidence of the need for affordable housing (Housing Needs Analysis and Affordable Housing Discussion Paper), and a recommended Action Plan to respond to that need.

The draft Policy is supported by evidence of the need for affordable housing (Housing Needs Analysis and Affordable Housing Discussion Paper), and a recommended Action Plan to respond to that need.


For details, view the Frequently Asked Questions and following documents:
Draft Affordable Housing Policy - April 2017 (97.7 KB) (pdf)
Draft Action Plan - Affordable Housing - April 2017 (81.9 KB) (pdf)
Council Report - draft Affordable Housing Policy - 28 March 2017 (172 KB) (pdf)
Council Resolution - draft Affordable Housing Policy - 28 March 2017 (22.8 KB) (pdf)
Draft Discussion Paper - Affordable Housing - March 2017 (1.33 MB) (pdf)
Needs Analysis of Northern Beaches Affordable Housing - Dec 2016 (382 KB) (pdf)

Further background documentation
The draft Policy and associated documents may also be viewed at Council Customer Service Centres in Manly, Dee Why, Mona Vale and Avalon.

Have your say
You can make a submission:

Writing to Council Marked: “Affordable Housing Policy" 725 Pittwater Road, Dee Why, 2099

For enquiries, contact Suzy Lawrence, Senior Strategic Planner, 9942 2111

Submissions close Sunday 30 April 2017.

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.

Boating Anthology Seeks Contributors

Calling all ladies who have ever been on any boat. Do you have a story to tell about a boating experience - funny? Serious? Motivational? Whatever? If you have would you like to have it published in book form as part of an anthology. There is no cost involved.
 
If you answered yes then Frances Black and Margi Law’s project is for you. They are both published authors.

Each year or so they choose a theme that they would like to write about themselves. They then assemble a group of like-minded contributors. Each person writes their own story. Frances and Margi edit and produce a published book available on Amazon. The price will be set as low as Amazon will permit.

If you want to buy a copy then you purchase one on Amazon. 

The motivation is the pleasure of writing and providing a legacy for family and community of the contributors. If you are interested in learning more please email fran@blacks.id.au

Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary Stalls 2017

May:
6th - Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale: Sewing, knitting, craft                                  9am to 3pm
12th - Mother’s Day stall outside ANZ Bank, Avalon Parade, Avalon. Knitting, crafts, sewing.  8am to 4pm
13th - Bunnings Narrabeen: Sausage sizzle                                                                  8am to 3pm
19th - Stall foyer Mona Vale Hospital: Baking, knitting, craft, books, sewing            9am to 3pm
 
June:
3rd - Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale: Sewing, knitting, craft                                   9am to 3pm
10th  - Bunnings Narrabeen: Sausage sizzle                                                                 8am to 3pm
16th - Stall foyer Mona Vale Hospital: Baking, knitting, craft, books, sewing            9am to 3pm         

Come and Try Golf - Long Reef NSW 

9 May 2017
Empower Golf and Return2Sport are hosting a Come and Try Golf Clinic, to introduce new people living with a disability to Golf for the first time, or to reintroduce former players to the game they love after accident or illness.
Players of all abilities will have the opportunity to try golf, the amazing ParaGolfer (which is available for future hire at Long Reef) and other adaptive equipment.

Please ensure you register below and send any enquiries to James Gribble – james.gribble@empowergolf.com.au
Places Limited!! Book Now!!

Long Reef Golf Club
Anzac Avenue
Collaroy, NSW 2097

DoggieRescue.com

Pet of the Week

Malaki


AGE/SEX: 2 years / M
BREED: Wolfhound X

Malaki came from the pound somewhat timid and with a gentle affectionate nature. He is social with other dogs. Out walking he is happy with men and women and walks on loose lead. He ignores cars and walks at a good pace and at the end of the walk enjoys lots of pats from volunteers. He has reportedly lived with kids and cats in the past. He does have a tendency to jump up so suited to a home with older children. He loves swimming and a game of tug. He has a scruffy coat and weighs 25.2kg. He comes desexed, C5 vaccinated, heartworm free and microchipped. Also included for the love and health of our dogs is a free Health and Wellness Voucher with our DR Vet. His adoption cost is $400. 

For further details or to meet all dogs at call DoggieRescue on 9486 3133 or email monika@DoggieRescue.com. Visit www.DoggieRescue.com to see all our dogs. www.facebook.com/doggierescue 

 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

Friends of Bungan Beach Restoration

Bungan Beach's superb backdrop of bushland is being cared for by donations from the Pittwater Environmental Foundation (PEF) and the determination and hard work of local people who love this wonderful place. Volunteers and contractors remove weeds and plant native plants where natural regeneration is unlikely because of dense weeds for many years.

Can you lend a hand to Friends of Bungan? go to http://www.friendsofbungan.org.au/about-us/


Bushcare in Pittwater


For further information or to confirm the meeting details for below groups, please contact Council's Bushcare Officer on 9970 1367







BUSHCARE SCHEDULES
Where we work                      Which day                              What time

Avalon    
Angophora Reserve             3rd Sunday                         8:30 - 11:30am
Avalon Dunes                        1st Sunday                         8:30 - 11:30am
Avalon Golf Course               2nd Wednesday                3 - 5:30pm
Careel Creek                         4th Saturday                      8:30 - 11:30am
Toongari Reserve                 3rd Saturday                      9 - 12noon (8 - 11am in summer)
Bangalley Headland            2nd Sunday                         9 to 12noon

Bayview    
Winnererremy Bay                 4th Sunday                        9 to 12noon

Bilgola    
North Bilgola Beach              3rd Monday                        9 - 12noon
Algona Reserve                     1st Saturday                      9 - 12noon
Plateau Park                          1st Friday                           8:30 - 11:30am

Church Point    
Browns Bay Reserve             1st Tuesday                      9 - 12noon
McCarrs Creek Reserve       Contact Bushcare Officer     To be confirmed

Clareville    
Old Wharf Reserve                 3rd Saturday                     8 - 11am

Elanora    
Kundibah Reserve                   4th Sunday                      8:30 - 11:30am

Mona Vale    
Mona Vale Beach Basin          1st Saturday                   8 - 11am
Mona Vale Dunes                     2nd Saturday+3rd Thursday     8:30 - 11:30am

Newport    
Bungan Beach                          4th Sunday                      9 - 12noon
Crescent Reserve                    3rd Sunday                      9 - 12noon
North Newport Beach              4th Saturday                    8:30 - 11:30am
Porter Reserve                         2nd Saturday                   8 - 11am

North Narrabeen    
Irrawong Reserve                     3rd Saturday                   2 - 5pm

Palm Beach    
North Palm Beach Dunes       3rd Saturday                   9 - 12noon

Scotland Island    
Catherine Park                          2nd Sunday                    10 - 12:30pm
Elizabeth Park                           1st Saturday                     9 - 12 noon
Pathilda Reserve                      3rd Saturday                     9 - 12 noon

Warriewood    
Warriewood Wetlands             1st Sunday                         8:30 - 11:30am

Whale Beach    
Norma Park                               1st Friday                            9 - 12noon

Western Foreshores    
Coopers Point, Elvina Bay      2nd Sunday                        10 - 1pm
Rocky Point, Elvina Bay           1st Monday                          9 - 12noon

60th Anniversary Of Club Palm Beach

Club Palm Beach is going to celebrate the 1957 opening, its 60th anniversary and we would like to get as many people from the past and present as possible to join us in a reunion here at the Club. This includes old friends, relatives, neighbours, local sports clubs, sailing mates, students from local schools, campers from the old camping ground near the Golf course, EVERYONE! 

Leading up to the reunion we want to hear your old stories & share your photos from the good old days. Stories from the camping grounds, for example some families lived at the camping grounds while their family homes were built. John Oliver was one, he says the camping ground was a community in itself. Other campers such as the Trainor family loved the camping community so much they moved permanently to Palm Beach.


Camping at Palm Beach - photo courtesy National Library of Australia

Palm Beach RSL started off as a shed, it was originally built in Lucinda Park, Nabilla Rd Palm Beach. The shed, built from weather board by Dick Martin, Jack Martin and Fred Verrills, was then moved to Barrenjoey Rd, the current Club site, sitting approximately where the bistro dinner room is now. The land purchased in Barrenjoey Rd was instigated by Carl Gow. The little Club traded there from the very early 50's until the current Club opened in December 1957. The original shed was removed by Peter Verrills and Bill Martin then transported by Bill's semi-trailer to Wisemans Ferry and there it was used as a cabin for the Verrills family & friends for their water skiing holidays. In the early days the Cub (shed)l opened daily at 4pm and operated on an honour system, any purchases were fixed up on pay day.

The Club as it is today was built by R. Martin & Sons. It was opened on the 14th December 1957. The president at the time of the opening was Alf Curtis and the secretary was Ron Vance. Some of the early committee members were Harold Richardson, Ken Wardrop, Fred Verrills, Jack Martin, Bill McTaggart, Ron Vance, Jack Henman, Brian Oxenham and Chic Whitchard. Some old local family names were the Gonsalves, Martins, and Goddards. There was a big variety of local businesses including the chemist, butcher, bakers, doctors and the fruit and veg shop.

Apparently there were two garages as well. To Peter Verrills' recollection, the Palm Beach bottle shop is the only shop still operating as it was when opened. The original owners were the Goddard's.

Lola was their daughter who married Jack Martin.

We would love to hear all the history on the ferry service, fishing charter boats, builder's ship wrights etc... before it is all lost. 

Please start posting any stories, pictures or memories to our Facebook page - Club Palm Beach. Save the date and come down and join us and tell us a bit about it. We can't wait to see what you have in store for us!

This is a great time to catch up with that old Palm Beach friend of yours - you always say you will but never seem to get the chance.

John Sinclair
Club Palm Beach Secretary - Manager

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

Ingleside Draft Plan

April 19, 2017: MEDIA RELEASE - SIAG
Sustainable Ingleside Advocacy Group (SIAG) is calling on the Ingleside Planners to have another go.

The community group formed 2 years ago to advocate for Ingleside to be a ‘lighthouse’ development and exemplar of a modern sustainable community living in harmony with the natural environment. But their aim to work with the planners and community to achieve this goal has been shattered by the Draft Plan that was released by the Department of Planning and Environment late last December.

The Draft Plan looks to deliver 3,400 dwellings to house over 9,000 people across the Ingleside precinct. However 73% of the 429 submissions received by the Department from organisations, and over 80% of the personal submissions, had serious concerns about the quality of the planned development. The major criticisms are that the Plan will lead to a car dependent community, will be a bland urban sprawl, and will have insufficient green space to sustain the projected population or provide connectivity to the iconic National Parks and reserves that surround the precinct.

Despite a commitment from the Department of Planning and Environment that they shared the goal of a’ lighthouse’ development, SIAG says the Draft Plan does not work with the landscape, does not provide the infrastructure, does not plan for carbon neutrality, and does not lay the foundations for a liveable, walkable urban precinct.

SIAG spokesperson Graeme Jessup said ‘they might have agreed with the lighthouse concept but someone forgot to turn on the light’.

Other Government Departments also found fault with the Plan. The submission from the Office of Environment and Heritage stated that the Plan had ‘missed key opportunities to achieve exemplar status in sustainable precinct planning’; while Transport for NSW simply stated ‘In the absence of a funding commitment for both Mona Vale Road upgrades and increased bus service levels, Transport for NSW cannot support the potential rezoning…’.

In a preliminary submission SIAG also flagged issues about the planning process. Many of the documents and maps were of poor quality, or missing information, and there was a lack of analysis of the overall plan.

Given the paucity of information and the largely negative public and organisational responses SIAG is calling on the Department of Planning and Environment to release an amended Draft Land Use and Infrastructure Strategy and Precinct Structure Plan and to hold a further non-statutory exhibition and consultation period before precinct planning progresses to the statutory exhibition stage.

‘We are not against the development of Ingleside’, said Graeme Jessup, ‘but given changing climatic conditions, the range of sustainable urban design measures currently available, and the projected 20 year development phase we need to raise the bar for Ingleside. Otherwise it will be white elephant territory’.

New Leadership Team at Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade

At its recent Annual General Meeting the Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade the following people were elected to leadership positions:

• Community Fire Unit Leader – Annette Ritchie
• Deputy Captains - Stewart Hasell, Craig Laslett
• Senior Deputy Captain – Ian White
• Captain – Peter Lalor
• President – Graeme Crayford
•  Secretary – Geoff Bullock
A full list of office holders is available in the Brigade website http://www.sirfb.org.au/org

Tim Byrne was also appointed a Life Member of the Brigade in recognition of his many years of service to the Brigade.

The team may have changed a bit but we will still be doing the same thing – providing the residents of Scotland Island and surrounds with the best support we can in emergency situations.

For storm damage please call SES on 132 500
For all life threatening emergencies and fires please call 000

 
From Left to Right – Craig Laslett, Peter Lalor, Graeme Crayford, Ian White, Stewart Hasell

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Thinking of doing a pile burn?

With summer behind us and the end of the official Bushfire Danger Period some people may be thinking of burning off excess vegetation to tidy up their properties and reduce bushfire fuel load.

There are some basic rules that need to be followed to ensure that burns are conducted safely and comply with government and fire regulations.
The first step is to determine the reason for the burn.  If the burn is to reduce bush fire hazards you can get a Bush Fire Hazard Reduction Certificate free of charge from the Rural Fire Service.  You should contact the Northern Beaches Fire Control Centre on 02 9450 3000. 

If your planned burn is for some other purpose you should contact Pittwater council for advice about what approval you require.  You can access the application form for an RFS Hazard Reduction Certificate and other useful information here 

At least 24 hours before you commence your burn you must notify the Northern Beaches Fire Control Centre on 02 9450 3000 of your intention to burn.  You must also notify your neighbours at least 24 hours before you start your burn.

For further information please refer to the Rural Fire Service web site www.rfs.nsw.gov.au or contact Scotland Island RFS on 02 9999 4404.

George Repin's Reflections

The staff and supporters of Pittwater Online News would like to send our love and best wishes to George Repin who is kicking back at what age can do to us all. We wish you a speedy recovery Sir, and if we could sneak Matilda into your room without a nurse becoming aware we had done so, to administer lots of puppy kisses, we would!

In lieu of one of your wonderful insights into somewhere beautiful here on earth this week we reprise one that is timely and brought a tear to many a Reader's eye when first run in your page: - 

Reflections by George Repin: ANZAC COVE (ARI BURNU) - 25 April, 1997

And something just for you dear George - one of this week's snaps of our growing bigger furry darling: - sorry she looks filthy, has been rolling around in mud!


 Pittwater Offshore Newsletter Update 23/4/2017 

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To contact Julian:  editor@scotlandisland.org.au

Vale Bill Goodman OAM

Tuesday April 18, 2017
Surf Life Saving NSW is saddened to hear of the recent passing of Life Member, Order of Australia Medal recipient, and Collaroy identity Mr William ‘Bill’ Goodman.

The 91-year-old became a member of Collaroy SLSC in 1941 and since then has lived and breathed Surf Life Saving. Bills enthusiasm, commitment, devotion and loyalty to his beloved surf club for over 76 years and equally the organisation of Surf Life Saving at all levels, has never been in question.

Bill obtained his Bronze Medallion in 1943 and held many positions in the club throughout his time including Club Treasurer for 60 years.

As well as his Treasurer duties he was on numerous club committees such as; Constitution, Life Membership, Premises and the Building Committee. For many years he was delegate to the SLSA and on several organising committees for major surf lifesaving events held at Collaroy.

In 1950 he was awarded Life Membership of Collaroy SLSC and only eight years later achieved Honour Blazer Membership which is the highest honour in the clubs 106 year history.

Life Membership was also achieved with Sydney Northern Beaches Branch in 1989 and Surf life Saving NSW in 2001.

In 1995 he was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for services to Surf Life Saving and Basketball.

Bill’s other love was basketball where he was the first Australian to qualify to referee at an Olympic games and was awarded Life Membership of all Basketball Associations. Having commenced basketball refereeing in 1953, by 2016 he had refereed in over 30,000 games.

“Bill lived and breathed Collaroy and in one way or another for over 7 decades, he left his own personal impression on hundreds of members,” Collaroy SLSC Vice-President Geoff Small said.

“Simply because of his unassuming manner, every member who joined Collaroy in his mind was to become part of a family, either in looking after the beach going public or in administration, each with something to contribute no matter how large or small.” Surf Life Saving NSW extends its sympathies to his family and friends.

The funeral service for Bill is being held at;
St Faiths Anglican Church, 5-9 Clarke St Narrabeen on Monday 24 April at 1:30pm. The service will be followed by a wake in the Goodman lounge at the Collaroy Surf Club.

Report on the ABHS General Meeting on Tuesday 11 April


Fifty-one locals ventured out in rather inclement weather to attend the meeting of the Avalon Beach Historical Society held in the Avalon Beach Bowling Club’s mighty “Bowlo” last Tuesday night.

It was another excellent attendance and the main item on the agenda was a presentation on recent research concerning Governor Phillip and West Head Beach. Relevant photographs were shown and commentary provided by the researchers, Roger Sayers and President Geoff Searl. 


Apart from the historical event having taken place in our own backyard of Pittwater, it was made even more pertinent for the audience by the observation that weather conditions on the night and during the past March …cold, wet and windy… were similar to those experienced by Governor Phillip and his men exploring Pittwater for the first time, camped out at West Head Beach on the night of 5 March 1788 …cold, wet and windy….
At least we didn’t have the thunder and lightning as in the past March and as Phillip did on that night – also we were cosy and warm inside the “Bowlo”.

An attempt was made to play part of one of the many audio cassettes recorded by Geoff in 1983 in which he talked at length with the late Tim and Hilda Gonsalves and Fred Verrills. More refinement is required for playing in a hall to a large audience. 

However photos of the “Rendezvous” and early Palm Beach were shown with a commentary provided by Fred’s son Peter Verrills and Geoff.
Please note that new members and guests of members are always welcome to attend.

Notice was also given of the deferment of the proposed historic photographic exhibition on the October long weekend this year to the June long weekend next year. We will hopefully be able to occupy the main hall of the Recreation Centre then and exhibit over 1000 of our photos illustrating the local history of the area from Barrenjoey Headland south.

Visit the historical society’s website at abhs.org.au 
Or type in Avalon Beach Historical Society and enter.

Geoff Searl
President Avalon Beach Historical Society


Charity Golf Day 2017

N E W  D A T E!
Friday 19th May 2017 
Bayview Golf Club
After a postponement due to recent heavy rains, our Golf Day is back on track on a new date.
If you've already registered, we'll be in touch with you directly. If you'd like to sign up, we'd love to have you join us. For all the details, see below.

Join us at beautiful Bayview Golf Club for a morning of golf and fun with lunch to follow. 
Golf experience optional! A great day out for men and women of all skill levels!

Format: 4- ball Ambrose / Shotgun start
Teams of four: Register your own team or join one of ours

Golf + Lunch package: $150 per person includes:
18 holes golf (Ambrose format)
Morning tea - Snack/drinks cart - Gift bag- Two course lunch

Golf only: $100
Lunch only: $60

To register:
Hand your completed form and payment details to an UNB Rotary club member 
OR drop it at Bayview Golf Club reception during business hours
OR post it to: The Rotary Club of Upper Northern Beaches, P.O. Box 321, Mona Vale N.S.W. 1660
OR scan it and send it as an email attachment to: golfday@rotaryuppernorthernbeaches.org

For more details, email Simon at golfday@rotaryuppernorthernbeaches.org


Manly Arts Festival 2017

SEE exhibitions + events     
HEAR music + talks + tours  
PLAY workshops                  
OPEN studios
Artist market 

This year we’re coming together to celebrate 24 years of the Festival and the magic of creativity in Manly and beyond. A broad range of exciting events featuring prominent musicians, visual artists and dance performers in a host of different venues from creative studios to Manly Art Gallery & Museum and the Warringah Creative Space will ignite the region.

Since 1994 the Manly Arts Festival has grown into one of the State’s leading community-based arts festivals. Each year, arts and cultural organisations in the region and Council, supported by local businesses, join forces to develop a creative and entertaining program of events for residents and visitors.

CALL-OUT for ARTISTS
Invitation to be part of the Manly Arts Festival
8 - 24 September 2017

Artists, musicians, performers, arts organisations and the community are invited to participate in the festival by running their own events to celebrate the creative activity on the Northern Beaches area.  Venues such as galleries, cafes, restaurants, surf clubs, community centres and other spaces are also invited to host and/or organise arts-related events during the Festival.  This year’s Festival will be held across the Northern Beaches from 8 – 24 September 2017 and will include: 

Visual Arts exhibitions and events
Music events
Literary and theatre events
Film events
Dance and Performance events
Youth events
Creative Workshops
Children’s events

The Manly Arts Festival is a celebration of the achievements, dedication and innovation of the Northern Beaches creative community.  Local artists are able to participate by organising arts-related events across the Northern Beaches. 

The Manly Arts Festival is created by the community for the community - a two week extravaganza of arts events. Artists and members of the community come together by supporting each other through entrepreneuring and administering arts events, attending arts events, providing venues for artists and organisations and providing sponsorship and in-kind support for the Manly Arts Festival.

The Manly Arts Festival is managed by Rachel Carroll. Rachel wants to hear from all artists and arts/cultural organisations and potential venues interested in running their own events for a highly focussed program throughout the Northern Beaches. If you have any questions about how to be involved or you would like to propose an event or activity, phone Rachel Carroll on - 0466 486 352 and fill out the form on the Apply Here link below.

DEADLINE: MONDAY 22 MAY 2017 - APPLY HERE

Grants to highlight the benefits of philanthropic partnerships

5 April 2017: Media Release - The Hon. Christian Porter MP, Minister for Social Services
Community organisations can now apply for a share of $160,000 in Commonwealth Government funding for projects that showcase their philanthropic partnerships.

In opening the grants round today, Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter, said that community organisations working with philanthropic or business partners could apply for up to $10,000 to demonstrate the success of their partnerships in strengthening communities during Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week.

This year’s Week, to be held from 20-26 November, will focus on ‘building stronger communities together’.

“The Week celebrates philanthropic partnerships with community groups around Australia, to advance our culture of philanthropy and volunteering,” Minister Porter said.

“It is a great opportunity for community organisations and their philanthropic or business partners to highlight their collaborative work.”

The grants round is managed by Philanthropy Australia, in partnership with the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal, and closes on 12 May 2017.

Highlighting the impact of philanthropy in Australia, today the Minister also released new research commissioned for the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership. Minister Porter said that more Australian philanthropists are involved in collective giving and young philanthropists are giving while building wealth rather than waiting until later in life.

“These new trends are identified in the Philanthropy and Philanthropists report, part of the Giving Australia 2016 project,” he said.

“Giving Australia 2016 is Australia’s largest ever review and analysis of giving and volunteering, with Commonwealth Government funding of $1.7 million.

“This research will establish benchmark data to measure progress on philanthropic giving, and a strong basis for policy decisions to encourage charity in Australia.”

Minister Porter, who is Deputy Chair of the Community Business Partnership, said it was important to recognise the enormous contribution made to strengthen Australian communities at the grassroots.

“Local champions of philanthropy, volunteering and investment will also be acknowledged through the Australian Government Community Business Partnership Awards in the lead up to Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week celebrations,” he said.

“These initiatives reflect the Government’s strong commitment to recognising the impact of community, business and philanthropic collaboration to building a culture of corporate social responsibility, strategic philanthropy and volunteering to help us build a strong civil society.”

For information on the grants and the Week, go to www.communitypartnerships.com.au/ 

For information on the Giving Australia 2016 project and the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership, go to www.communitybusinesspartnership.gov.au/

For information on the Australian Government Community Business Partnership Awards, go to www.dss.gov.au/community-business-partnership-award

Call for expressions of interest in the lease of officers mess and annexe at north head sanctuary 

21 March 2017: Sydney Harbour Trust
The Harbour Trust is now seeking expressions of interest to lease two landmark former defence buildings inside Manly’s North Head Sanctuary at 33 North Head Scenic Drive.

Expressions of interest close on 24 May 2017 at 4pm.
Visit here for more information: http://www.harbourtrust.gov.au/lease/eoi1701

Call To Local Councils As Floodplain Management Grants Open For Applications

Media release: 16 March 2017
Grant funding to assist councils in carrying out floodplain management projects to help manage flood risk open for applications today, announced the NSW Government. The Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) Executive Director Ian Hunter said grant funding is available to assist local government with flood studies, flood risk management studies and plans and major projects such as flood levees, gates, warning systems and house raising and purchase in high risk areas, under the 2017-18 Floodplain Management Program.

“This grant program funds important projects that assess risk and help reduce flood impacts across NSW,” Mr Hunter said. “I encourage local councils to apply for this funding round. Applications close on 27 April 2017.

“The last funding round supported forty-four projects which shared $6.72 million. This grant program supports the implementation of the NSW Flood Prone Land Policy which aims to reduce the impacts of flooding and flood liability on communities,” Mr Hunter said.

Local councils, county councils and other government bodies with floodplain risk management responsibilities (refer to program guidelines) equivalent to those of local councils are eligible to apply.

Further information and application forms are available here: 

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

 

Click on logo above to visit their website.

Sydney Wildlife: April 2017

A Week In The Life Of A Sydney Wildlife Volunteer

Sydney Wildlife is turning 20 in May!  I would’ve loved to be one of the original members but, alas, I only joined 5 and a half years ago.  

In celebration of our 20 Year Anniversary, I have been asked to share a typical “Week in the Life of a Wildlife Rescuer”…

One always begins the week with all kinds of plans for scrubbing out the aviaries, tidying out the overflowing cupboard of animal-feeding accoutrements and attacking the ever-burgeoning pile of paperwork.  But wild critters have no idea about these plans, apparently…

The first call comes through.  A wallaby has managed to get its head stuck in a plastic lid.  Without opposing digits, it has no hope of releasing itself from its rather ridiculous-looking bib.  



So it’s off to the safe to pack up the tranquilliser rifle and the myriad darts, needles, meds, cartridges and other things that are required to sedate the poor critter for the removal of the plastic noose.  Then the long trip up the mountain to find a wallaby that is not in an enclosed space but has been sighted in 1 of 4 different places.  Sigh.  A long day ahead…

Well, after about 3 hours of searching, we eventually find him at exactly the location where we started our search - typical.  Load the dart into the rifle, aim and fire.  In around 5 minutes this rather large boy is in sleepy mode, dreaming of pink unicorns.  The plastic was not difficult to remove.  And there’s time for a quick health-check before he wakes.




Back to the ‘Big Smoke’ where a tawny frogmouth has been found on a school oval near the soccer nets.  The grounds staff are keeping a watchful eye on it as I’m not sure they believe me when I mention that it is not an owl but a nightjar.   I drive onto the oval to find the tawny struggling to stand and flopping onto his face.  I scoop him up and pop him into a carry-cage and head straight to a veterinarian.  I suspect that he may have been clipped by a car and ended up on the field.  A clinical examination and x-rays reveal that he has a fractured tibiotarsis (leg bone).  Poor critter.  The veteriarian reduces the fracture and starts to splint it.  Immobilising the fracture reduces the pain significantly.  The tawny gets pain relief and a pretty blue vet-wrap bandage.  On the trip home, I stop off to buy tawny food from Pat’s Rats.  Fuzzy mice - yum!

Once the tawny is set up in an enclosure, it’s time to feed all the other critters in care.  The blue-tongue lizards get pinkie mice, the snakes get rats and the dragons get a smorgasbord of crickets, mealworms and woody cockroaches.  Bleugh.  Glad my dinner is a little less revolting…

First job of the next day is a simple python relocation.  Yeah, right.  

I arrive at the home of a fairly anxious member of the public.  The diamond python is curled up on her deck beside a pot-plant.  Apparently she’s been there for a couple of days.  I’ve seen pythons in lots of places - draped over balcony railings, up in stable rafters, beneath shrubs, in kitchen cupboards…  So this isn’t particularly strange.  But as I pick her up, I feel a really large and firm lump right near her cloaca (bottom).  I manipulate the bulge a bit to try to ascertain what it is.  Well, whatever it is, she can’t be relocated without further investigation.  So into the bag she goes and off home for a soak in a bucket of warm water.  With a heat-mat under the the bucket, the water will stay warm enough for a nice hour-long soak.  I am still under the impression that she is suffering a faecal impaction and that the warm water might move things along a bit.  After an hour and a half in the water… Nothing.  So another hour’s bath.  Nothing.  My son gets the dubious honour of holding the ‘bitey’ end while I do some manipulation of the colon to see if that helps.  Nothing.  

Hmmmmm.  Maybe we’ll try again tomorrow.



Meanwhile it’s time to weigh the ringtail babies to see if they are ready to be transferred to our Pre-Release Facility in Duffy’s Forest.  Joan Reid, our Facility manager, is busily preparing the large aviary for the arrival of my batch of 5 ringtails.  She has also just received 2 adorable wallaby joeys who are ready for ‘big school’ and is simultaneously attempting to capture one of the bigger wallaby boys who is ready for release back to the wild.  

I weigh the biggest ringtail of the batch - a beautiful and gentle boy called Diggle.  The other male is a nut-case.  He wants nothing to do with being weighed and almost takes a chunk of flesh out of the back of my hand.  Two of the little females are just as unwilling to be handled which is a good thing as we need them to be wary of humans before their release.  The third little female is like a pocket-rocket.  In her quest to be surgically attached to me, she is as quick as lightning.  The second she hears the aviary door opening, she prepares to catapult herself onto my face.  Sheesh - another scratch to add to the growing collection.  She loves me.  Which is a problem.  Little Felicity is small and rather hyperactive but for some reason (despite being raised exactly the same way as all the other 4) she has decided she would rather be a human than a possum.  The reason the Pre-Release Facility was started by Joan, was for exactly this situation.  Hand-raised orphans can sometimes become too ‘humanised’.  Releasing a humanised animal into the wild doesn’t give them very good odds for survival.  So Joan is in charge of ‘tough love’.  At the Pre-Release Facility, the orphans learn to be wild and become ‘dehumanised’.  They learn to cope with the weather, parasites, finding their own food and mingling with other wild animals.  They learn not to depend on humans - all in a predator-free environment.  This will stand them in good stead for assimilation into the wild.  

With the weigh-in complete, I decide with a heavy heart that my babies are ready to graduate.  After a quick call to Joan, I hop in the car and drive the nest of babies up to Duffy’s Forest.  Along the way I pick delicious foliage for the babies to add to their new aviary.   I also stop off at Petstock to buy some more turtle food for the rehabilitating turtles up at the Facility.  As I arrive, the heavens open.  Yay…  Not.  Soggy wallabies bound around inside the paddock.  Soooooo cute.  Joan is attempting to catch a kookaburra inside one of the enclosures for a visit to the local veterinarian.  His flight training isn’t going as well as expected so he needs a health-check.

Joan and Jenny have been prepping the aviary and the babies are ensconced into their new palatial digs.  



On the way home, I see a rainbow lorikeet standing on a driveway with its head bowed.  This is not normal lorikeet behaviour.  I pull over and grab a towel from the boot.  In silent gesture, I put my hand up to halt a lady walking her three dogs as they are approaching the lorikeet unawares.   They stop and watch as I try to gently cover the lorikeet with a towel.  Does it go to plan?  Ha!  He perks up and starts screeching like a banshee and running about like a headless chook.  One thing’s for sure, though - he can’t fly.  My guess is that he has collided with a vehicle.  So back to the local veterinarian.  As I arrive, I’m called out to assist one of my snake-handlers who is grappling with a tonne of firewood on a property where the owner has filed  a report of a tiger-snake!   The lorikeet is whisked off to the holding area and I’m ushered out.  I jump in my car in excitement.  A tiger snake!!!  Haven’t seen one of those in that particular area in over 10 years!!!  

Before I can get there, my trustee snake-wrangler - Georgie - has taken on the big fellow single-handedly and won!  What a gal :)  She’s dripping sweat and adrenaline and is talking faster than a teenager on their 6th Red Bull.  I am completely in awe of this amazing woman :)  

She definitely thinks the big boy requires a health check as she noticed a rather raw injury to his dorsal scutes and she also noted that he felt a little underweight.  I am very happy to oblige with the health-check and pop the precious cargo into an escape-proof lockable box for transportation back to my ‘examination table’.  The examination table is a little less amazing than it sounds.  In reality, it’s just a pool table with a cover, but it works a treat.  



The tiger snake has been named Nash by the member of the public from whose woodpile he was expertly extracted by our Georgie.  



Georgie grappling with the 1.4m tiger snake.  What a woman!

I tip Nash out of his bag and he comes out swinging!  What a firecracker!  Woooooohooooo!   




We chase each other around for a while and I eventually get him into the tube for a closer inspection of that wound.  Georgie was right - he’s very underweight and I need to find out why.  I slowly extract him from the tube until I can restrain his head.  And I have a good look into his mouth.  Hmmmm - very red, inflamed and sore.  Possible stomatitis.  This would certainly be a symptom of a systemic infection.  After consulting with a Reptile Veterinarian, I start him on intramuscular antibiotics and wash out his mouth with an antiseptic.  I give subcutaneous fluids to address his dehydration.  He’s soon dozing on a lovely warm heat-mat in his temporary home.  



“To Be Continued” in our Anniversary month of May…

By Lynleigh Grieg
Sydney Wildlife