November 19 - 25, 2017: Issue 338

Articles This Week 

Front Page Issue 338: Lots!

Mona Vale Road East Upgrade: Proposed Lease Of Land To Roads And Maritime Services (RMS) - Council Invites You to Have Your Say

Palm Beach Sailing Club's Beware The Bullets Regatta 2017: 51st Annual Off The Beach Sailfest Spills And Thrills On Day 1

Avalon Art Show 2017 - the Mixed Palette Art Show and Sale

Newport SLSC Hosts Round 2 Of The SLS SNB Surf Boat Premiership 2017-18

MC38 2017-18 On Pittwater: Hooley Dooley: Hooligan’s MC38 Summer Series First Day by Lisa Ratcliff

WWI Historian Presents New Film On The Beersheba Charge At Avalon Beach Historical Society Meeting: Dr. Jonathon King's new documentary focuses on those glorious horses and experiences of Light Horsemen from interviews with those men - final edit will include 2017 re-enactment

Going Wild For The Wild Ones! by Lynleigh Greig - fundraising for the Sydney Wildlife Mobile Clinic has gone over halfway - see the social and fundraising event pictures of the season and find out how you can help make the Sydney Wildlife Mobile Clinic a Reality

Pictures: Avalon Beach SLSC Fun Gala Day, Launching 'DIGGER' IRB, Life Members' Ken Davo And Don Imo 90th Birthdays by Roger Sayers 

Aquatics: 2018 Pittwater To Paradise Regatta: Entries Closing December 1st, 2017 - Blink And You Might Miss The Entry Cut-Off by Lisa Ratcliff

Pygmy Possums In Their Sights (2017) by Lesley Stevens

Goodstart Cromer, 2017 Winners of State and National award for Sustainability Practice, are Joining Pittwater’s Pygmy Possum Project

Profile: Michael 'Mick' Dooley:  We're Super Stoked this week to be bringing you a small insight into an Australian legend and Pittwater resident - the 1964 Bell's winner, when it was still the Bell's Beach Easter Rally, and the gentleman who won the 1962 Metropolitan Championship at Bondi and was in the water, and finals, not on the beach, in the 1964 World Championships at Manly.

COWABUNGA! Over the falls, and over to the Profile of the Week page you go!

Pittwater Ocean Swim Series 2017-2018: Bilgola December 10th, Newport January 7th, Avalon January 14th, Mona Vale January 21st, The Big Swim January 28th

History:  The Pittwater YHA Celebrating 50 Years on November 19, 2017: All Welcome - a glance back at the beginnings of the YHA that rates 100% year in-year out

Park Bench Philosopher Pittwater Summer Houses 2017-2018: a 1916 Cottage and Palm Beach House - precursor for this Summer's focus on great homes and visitors of the past

Artist of the Month: November 2017: Mick Glasheen The Art Of Mick Glasheen: Drawing On The Land, Garigal Country - You are invited to the exhibition opening of Northern Beaches Artist, Mick Glasheen, whose work is known and loved by many of us on the Peninsula. Mick is holding his first public exhibition of his extraordinary panoramic drawings and paintings of the sandstone plateaus, caves and beaches of Pittwater. Mick brings the landscape to life in a way that few other artists have done. 

To prelude this wonderful exhibition Mick will be adding more of his works into his November Artist of the Month page in the lead up to opening night - please revisit his page in the coming weeks to see these breath taking works which may be viewed in full size from opening night.

Opening Saturday 2 December, 2pm - 5pm; running over three weekends in December; 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 & 17 December, 2017, 8am - 5pm

 Pittwater Offshore Newsletter Update 13/11/2017 

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Residents Want 'Welcome to Pittwater' Sign Returned

Pittwater Online has been contacted by a number of residents this week expressing their dismay that the 'Welcome to Pittwater' sign as you come along Wakehurst Parkway has disappeared.

Although many of the former Pittwater Council logos are disappearing or being scrubbed out from the names of wharves, obviously to be replaced by the new 'design', readers have expressed this cheery sign made them many feel welcomed and gave those returning home a boost after a long day.

As Pittwater is now a Ward, with different boundaries, the wish expressed is that such a sign may be returned and placed where the new lines mark Pittwater's circumference so that good cheer may continue.
The Old
 The New?

Mona Vale Road East Upgrade: Proposed Lease of lands Prep. Works

Earlier this week council has invited feedback on the proposed lease of lands connected with the Mona Vale road upgrades. Queries have confirmed this is part of preparation works. Construction tenders will be advertised shortly and contractors will be selected early next year (2018).

Council’s invitation to provide feedback:

Proposed Lease Of Land To Roads And Maritime Services (RMS) - Mona Vale Road

In accordance with Section 47A of the Local Government Act 1993, Northern Beaches Council hereby gives public notice of its intention to consider a lease for a term of three (3) years for the parcels of land known as: 

• Lot 2, 3 & 4 DP 350940 Walana Crescent, Mona Vale
• Lot 101 DP 749415, Lot 6 DP 239061 and Part of Lot 12 DP 241313 Mona Vale Road, Mona Vale
The purpose of the lease is for the construction of noise walls, drainage and associated infrastructure and for temporary construction and road purposes.

A separate process is being undertaken for RMS to acquire some of the leased land in the future. The parcels affected are marked on the attached plans.

• Site Plan SR4779
• Site Plan SR4790
• Site Plan SR4794

Have your say
• Online 
• In writing to the CEO, Northern Beaches Council, Civic Centre, 725 Pittwater Rd, Dee Why, 2099 marked 'Proposed RMS leases Mona Vale'
For enquiries contact Council’s Property Officer on 1300 434 434.

Submissions close Monday 18 December 2017

Avner Foundation's Pancreatic cancer 'network of excellence' meets for first time at UNSW

November 15, 2017: UNSW
UNSW Sydney Professor Minoti Apte OAM has been awarded her second grant from the Avner Pancreatic Cancer Foundation, this time for her work on a novel drug combination for pancreatic cancer that will target not only cancer cells but also specific cells in the tissue surrounding cancer cells which help cancer growth.

The grant was announced as researchers gathered in Sydney to attend the Avner Foundation’s first National Pancreatic Cancer Symposium at the Lowy Cancer Research Centre at UNSW, on World Pancreatic Cancer Day.

The Symposium was established to create a “network of excellence” that will accelerate the organisation’s vision of doubling the number of people who survive pancreatic cancer by 2020.

In total, the Avner Foundation awarded six grants totaling $2 million for work that aims to break through more than 40 years of no progress in solving the very poor survival rates of pancreatic cancer.

The five-year survival rate is 8% compared with prostate and breast cancer, which have a five-year survival rate of more than 90%, foundation chairman Alan McArthur said.

“These grants to globally leading researchers provide pancreatic cancer patients, their families and the community with hope that we are unlocking the answers to this hideous problem,” he said.

The Symposium convenor, UNSW Associate Professor Phoebe Phillips, said funding from the Foundation had increased the number of researchers doing pancreatic cancer research in Australia.

“The next 10 years is looking really bright for pancreatic cancer research, compared to the last 10,” she said.

The Avner Foundation is exclusively dedicated to Pancreatic Cancer and is named in honour of Avner Nahmani, a former senior executive of Woolworths Limited, and Pittwater resident, who succumbed to the disease 13 months after diagnosis.

The Director and Founder of Avner Pancreatic Cancer Foundation, Caroline Kelly, said: “For the first time since we started awarding the Innovation and Accelerator Grants, past and present recipients representing different institutions and universities across Australia will share updates on their progress. The Symposium will offer an unparalleled opportunity for pancreatic cancer researchers to discuss and collaborate for the betterment of the disease.”

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The Avalon Preservation Association, also known as Avalon Preservation Trust, is a not for profit volunteer community group incorporated under the NSW Associations Act, established 50 years ago. We are committed to protecting your interests – to keeping guard over our natural and built environment throughout the Avalon area.

Membership of the association is open to all those residents and/or ratepayers of Avalon Beach and adjacent areas who support the aims and objectives of our Association.

In APA, we care for Avalon because we live here.

All APA asks from you is the opportunity and means to look after the attractions of the area in which we live. Which amounts to your support and a nominal $10.00 per annum membership fee. We need both.

Join APA now.

Avalon Preservation Association
50th AGM – 27th November 2017
Celebrating 50 years of caring for Avalon
Come along and celebrate our 50th anniversary protecting Avalon!
Venue: Avalon Bowling Club, 4 Bowling Green Lane, Avalon Beach.
Date/time: Monday 27 November from 6.30pm.

Bus changes and Timetables

Transport for NSW
New timetables will be introduced from 26 November, including almost 7,000 extra weekly trips across the bus network.

New services will be added to routes across Western Sydney, the Eastern Suburbs, Inner West, Lower North Shore and Northern Suburbs, Illawarra and Central Coast. In addition, there will be changes to bus services in Pittwater and the Northern Beaches, in conjunction with the new B-Line.

Key benefits we’re delivering across Sydney’s bus network:
  • Better connections, more capacity and improved connectivity, with extra weekly trips
  • Brand new high frequency and reliable bus services on the B-line connecting the Northern Beaches to the City
Find a timetable
Search for your bus route to see your new timetable - here.

Ingleside Precinct Planning Update

Monday November 13, 2017: Dept. of Planning and Environment
The next steps in the planning process for Ingleside are as follows:
  • All of the submissions and feedback have been reviewed. Feedback from landowners, Northern Beaches Council, the Ingleside Community Reference Group, state agencies and the community will inform the development of the final Land Use and Infrastructure Implementation Plan.
  • A decision will be made regarding the proposed amendment to the State Environmental Planning Policy (Sydney Region Growth Centres) 2006 to make Ingleside a Priority Growth Area. An amendment to the policy will help to assist Northern Beaches Council when assessing development applications prior to rezoning. This will ensure that the intended planning outcomes for Ingleside are considered during the assessment of new buildings or projects.
  • The final Land Use and Infrastructure Implementation Plan will be released early in 2018, which forms the basis of the formal planning controls and contributions schemes. The Plan will include new material on energy and water conservation measures as well as affordable housing.
  • The formal planning controls and contributions schemes will also be placed on exhibition for comment at that time, including:
  1. Proposed changes to land use zones and associated controls for Ingleside;
  2. An application for Biodiversity Certification (this is required to be exhibited at the same time as the rezoning proposal). Biodiversity Certification enables areas of high conservation value to be identified upfront and means that landowners, Council and developers don't need to undertake a threatened species assessment during the Development Application stage;
  3. A Development Control Plan, addressing urban design controls for streetscapes, active travel, other public spaces and controls regarding the built form;
  4. A Special Infrastructure Contributions determination (section 94EE), funding biodiversity offsets, major infrastructure and potentially affordable housing;
  5. A Local Infrastructure Contributions Plan (Section 94), funding local infrastructure which will be maintained by Northern Beaches Council.

Wayne's award!

Loosely Woven's free Christmas concert in Avalon on the 10th December.   As regular readers know these musicians are local and very talented  and  generously perform for the love of music and  for good causes. Entry is free and the Church supplies a wonderful free supper.
Donations to Amnesty International are voluntary.  

Wayne Richmond has been making music and raising money for Amnesty for more than 20 years.  At Amnesty Internationals (Avalon  Group )August concert Wayne received an award from Amnesty International Australia for his  wonderful work to help others!!! 

Wayne with his award

Avalon Group of Amnesty International are working to help those who suffer human rights abuse. We have been working in the Amnesty campaign to reduce the incarceration and suicide rates of indigenous youth and also the Write for Rights campaign.  At this concert we will have petitions about the victims of injustice around the world.

Free Concert:   “RIVER”  (Loosely Woven)
Free:   afternoon tea
Date:   Sunday   10th December,   4p.m.       
Place:    Avalon Baptist Church -   2 George St.
Voluntary Donations:  Avalon Amnesty International Group

Rotary Carols in the Park - Mona Vale

The Rotary Club of Upper Northern Beaches is once again presenting its annual "Christmas Carols in the Park". This year it will be held again in Mona Vale Village Park on Saturday 16 December.

This is the 14th year of this Pittwater tradition, with an even better show for the crowds of local families who come out to share the Christmas spirit and sing the familiar Christmas songs.

The fun begins at 6.30pm with a line-up of great local singers and musicians backed by the talented Pittwater Uniting Church band. Joining them again this year is special guest vocalist, Samantha Shaw*.

There'll be food and refreshments available, and free lollies for the kids. And Santa will make his usual appearance. Admission is free. 

Enquiries:  0417 228 294 or visit Don't miss this terrific family evening and local seasonal tradition.

* Samantha Shaw has worked professionally for 30 years in radio, TV, theatre, concert and recording studios. Recently she spent 20 years in the UK as a renowned singer in London's session scene and in well-known UK vocal groups, singing on movie soundtracks, recordings, jingles, TV commercials and concerts. She has worked in theatre for producers such as Cameron Macintosh and Andrew Lloyd Webber, and sung as a soloist with many orchestras including the BBC Concert Orchestra, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and The London Symphony Orchestra. She has sung backing vocals for artists such as Robbie Williams, Donny Osmond, Michael Ball and Sarah Brightman, and her voice can be heard on film soundtracks including Nine, A Christmas Carol (2009), Mamma Mia!, Bee Movie, 300, and Troy.

Terrey Hills Public Meeting on SCC Senior Housing Developments

NBC Pittwater Councillor Kylie Ferguson attended the Public Meeting at Terrey Hills this week to address residents concerns over the amount of large scale developments for Seniors Housing suddenly appearing all over the landscape.

Around 250 residents attended the meeting on Site Compatibility Certificates (SCC) Developments in Terrey Hillsalong with a panel made up of representatives from the NSW Department of Planning & Environment, Northern Beaches Council and Pittwater MP, The Hon. Rob Stokes.

Great questions were posed to the Department of Planning and they were made very aware of the concerns of the community.

Please make comment on application DA 2017/0899 (85 and 85 Booralie Road TERREY HILLS NSW 2084). The more information provided, the better. Have your say is open until November 29th, 2017. 

Just prior to the meeting the Department of Planning announced consultation on New Rules for Site Compatibility Certificates - Seniors Housing. Please read and make comment. Link and details below

New rules for Site Compatibility Certificates: Seniors Housing SEPP
Exhibition Commences     10/11/2017
Exhibition Concludes   24/11/2017
A change has been proposed to the state policy governing housing for seniors and people with a disability about the use of Site Compatibility Certificates (SCC). The proposed amendment of the Seniors SEPP addresses the issue of incremental expansion of land for housing through SCCs. 

We welcome your feedback on the Explanation of Intended Effect that outlines the proposed amendment. Submissions can be made until: 24 November 2017. 

You can make a submission by: 
• writing to the Director, Housing Policy, Department of Planning and Environment, GPO Box 39, Sydney NSW 2001 

Ingleside RFS Puts a Damper on Kimbriki Fire

Ingleside NSWRFS along with other volunteer RFS Brigades extinguished a mattress pile fire at Kimbriki Tip on Monday October 30th. Here are some photos of the volunteer firefighters from the RFS involved in the operation.

Interested in volunteering too? 
Head to or for the many other RFS Brigades around NSW, head to 

There's a wide range of roles available and the NSWRFS will provide you with skills you can apply to other places.

Photos courtesy Ingleside Rural Fire Brigade

Full Stockings for Soldiers 

Wednesday November 15, 2017: Avalon Beach RSL Club  
Avalon Beach RSL Club & Avalon Beach RSL Sub Branch are overwhelmed with the amount of goods that have been donated for the Stockings For Soldiers campaign. All goods are being packed today ready to send to our serving soldiers in the Middle East. 

Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for your amazing generosity. We would also like to say a massive thanks to the Avalon Beach RSL Sub Branch for volunteering your time to help pack, promote and donate to the cause. 

What a fantastic community we live in.

Pet of the Week


AGE/SEX: 3-4 years / M
BREED: Kelpie X Border Collie

Johnny is a sweet easy dog with an affectionate nature. He walks nicely on loose lead but can lunge at some dogs. He loves a jog and loves pats from volunteers. He has a short coat and weighs 17kg. 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 DoggieRescue call  9486 3133 or email Visit to see all our dogs. 

North Head Sanctuary Foundation November Talk 

25 November 2017
The NHSF are having Brigadier Vincent Williams as their guest speaker on Saturday 25 November at 2pm.

He will be talking about his time on North Head with the army.
Place Bandicoot Heaven (Building 20) on North Fort Road
North Head Sanctuary
North Head Scenic Dr, Manly NSW 2095

Visitors welcome.

2018 NSW Women of the Year Awards

November 9th, 2017: NSW Government
Nominations are now open for the 2018 NSW Women of the Year Awards.
Now in its seventh year, the awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding contribution made by women to industry, communities and society.

2018 Awards categories
NSW Premier’s Woman of the Year
NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year
Community Hero
Harvey Norman Young Woman of the Year
Rex Airlines Regional Woman of the Year
NSW Business Woman of the Year
First State Super Lifetime Achievement.

There are seven state-wide Award categories:
NSW Premier's Woman of the Year recognises NSW women who have excelled in their chosen career, field or passion. These women are exceptional achievers who have made a significant contribution to NSW and whose accomplishments make them a strong role model for other women.

NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year recognises Aboriginal women in NSW who have excelled in their chosen career, field or passion. These Aboriginal women are exceptional achievers who have promoted economic, cultural or social opportunities for Aboriginal people in NSW.

Community Hero celebrates heroes and/or volunteers who have made outstanding contributions to the community. These women are positive role models who inspire others to contribute to the community too.

Harvey Norman Young Woman of the Year celebrates women aged 18 to 30 years who have excelled in their career or made a significant contribution to their community.

Rex Airlines Regional Woman of the Year celebrates women from regional NSW who have made significant achievements in areas that are important to regional or rural communities.

NSW Business Woman of the Year recognises excellence in business in NSW. These women provide outstanding leadership and inspiration for other women to succeed.

First State Super Lifetime Achievement recognises an outstanding individual who has dedicated their life towards the advancement of women in NSW.

Minister for Women Tanya Davies called on the community to recognise women’s achievements in the state.

“It is important to give the outstanding and inspirational women leading the way across NSW, the recognition and acknowledgement they deserve,” Mrs Davies said.

Nominations close 18 December 2017. Winners will be announced at a ceremony in Sydney on 8 March 2018, International Women’s Day.

Sydney Harbour Federation Trust Board Meeting In Public

06 November 2017 by Sydney Harbour Federation Trust
The Sydney Harbour Federation Trust invites the public to observe the next Board Meeting.
When: Wednesday 20 December 2017 at 3.30pm
Venue: Boardroom, SHFT offices, Building 28, Best Avenue, Headland Park, Mosman
Members of the public may submit a question/s (maximum of two) in writing prior to the meeting. Questions must be received by 15 December 2017. Questions may be emailed to (link sends e-mail)
The Chair has the discretion to allow a question to be asked and/or answered at the meeting.
If you would like to attend, please RSVP by 15 December on (02) 8969 2100 or

Nominations Open for 2018 Australian Surfing Awards incorporating the Hall of Fame

November 9th, 2017
By Surfing Australia  
Nominations are now open for the 2018 Australian Surfing Awards incorporating the Hall of Fame.

For the first time since 2011, Surfing Australia’s night of nights will be held on the Gold Coast on Tuesday March 6th at QT Surfers Paradise.

Tourism and Events Queensland Chief Executive Officer Leanne Coddington said the Australian Surfing Awards’ return to the Gold Coast was fantastic news for the tourism region.

“We look forward to hosting more than 350 guests as part of the awards ceremony, many of whom are prominent Australian surfing identities, including past, present and future world champions,” Ms Coddington said.

“Not only will these elite athletes be recognised for their commitment to the sport of surfing, they will also have an opportunity to experience the Gold Coast’s famous beaches and other tourism offerings first-hand.

“Alongside the World Surf League Awards, Quiksilver Pro and Roxy Pro, taking place on the Gold Coast next March, the Australian Surfing Awards will reinforce the Gold Coast’s place as a world-class surfing destination.”

World Surf League (WSL) competitor Matt Wilkinson and 2016 WSL Women’s World Champion Tyler Wright took the honours last year for the Male and Female Surfer of the Year awards, while Peter Crawford became the 39th inductee into the Hall of Fame.

“We’re pleased to be bringing the Australian Surfing Awards incorporating the Hall of Fame to the Gold Coast for the next two years,” said Surfing Australia CEO Andrew Stark.

“In celebrating the past and present surfing champions of Australia, it’s important that we move the prestigious awards night to iconic surfing regions across the nation following successful years in Newcastle and in Sydney.”

‘We also thank Tourism and Events Queensland and our valued partners for their support of the annual Australian Surfing Awards.”

Other awards to be presented on the night will be:

The Milwaukee Heavy Water Award winner will receive $2,000 and a Milwaukee tool pack valued at $1,849.

The winners of the Nikon Surf Photo of the Year and Nikon Surf Video of the Year will each receive a brand-new, top-of-the-line Nikon D850 and NIKKOR AF-S 24-120mm f/4G ED VR lens – valued at $6,800.

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

Nick Carroll - AJG Pic.

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

NOTE: Nominations close Monday January 8th, 2018.

The Australian Surfing Awards incorporating the Hall of Fame is proudly supported by Tourism and Events Queensland, QT Gold Coast, the Australian Sports Commission, Nikon, Milwaukee, nudie, Australasian Surf Business Magazine, XXXX Summer Bright Lager and DrinkWise.

Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary Stalls 2017

December 8th: 8am to 4pm Stall, outside ANZ Bank, Avalon Parade, Avalon Sewing, knitting, craft, jam. 
December 9th, 8am to 3pm Bunnings Narrabeen, sausage sizzle    

B-Line Mona Vale Update October 2017

The team at Mona Vale are reinstating the grass mound at Village Park behind the new B-Line bus stop location on Barrenjoey Road. Brand new light poles are also being installed around the mound and bus indent.

In Mona Vale, road work will continue on Barrenjoey Road and Golf Avenue.

In October, road work will include:
•traffic island adjustments at the intersection of Pittwater andBarrenjoey Road, including drainage and traffic signal work
•service investigation, relocation and installation
bus stop construction along Barrenjoey Road including possible vegetation removal 

In October, the following work will commence (see map -NB: none there!):
•set up of traffic management for construction of bus indentnear Village Park
• installation of new bus shelters along Barrenjoey Road,including excavation of existing footings, concreting,installation of services for the shelter and paving.

In October, car park work will include:
Beeby Reserve car park modifications including minorpavement works, service installation, installation of signs,CCTV and light poles as well as vegetation transplanting and vegetation trimming.

Work will occur at the sites located on the map during the following hours:
•7am to 6pm on Monday to Friday
•8am to 1pm on Saturday

Up to 8 car spaces will be occupied while work in the Beeby Reserve car park is taking place. Signs will be in place to direct pedestrian traffic safely.
Traffic conditions will change along Barrenjoey and Pittwater Road while construction of the indented bus stop takes place.

Temporary fencing, traffic control, and signs will be in place for public safety. Please be careful around sites and follow the direction of traffic controls and temporary signs.

B-Line Mona Vale Update: dated; October 17, 2017

GSC: Draft North District Plan

The vision for Greater Sydney as a metropolis of three cities – the Western Parkland City, the Central River City and the Eastern Harbour City – means residents in the North District will have quicker and easier access to a wider range of jobs, housing types and activities.

The North District is part of the Eastern Harbour City. Its expansive national parks, waterways and beaches provide a natural setting for its vibrant, productive centres and strong community connections.

The District comprises geographically diverse, economically strong and environmentally aware communities who value and embrace progress, the local landscape and a great quality of life.

The draft North District Plan guides the growth of the District within the context of the metropolis of three cities to improve the District’s social, economic and environmental assets.

The draft Plan guides this growth by protecting the District’s many lifestyle assets – from the bush, to its world-class beaches and Sydney Harbour, its vibrant local centres and heritage.

The District will attract even more local, domestic and international visitors as this thriving modern economy grows and coexists within beautiful, natural landscapes.

Housing and jobs will be targeted in the right places, aligned to new and enhanced infrastructure. Sydney Metro will create fast and efficient rail connections to both the Harbour CBD in the south and the growing communities in the northwest, while re-energising centres along its corridor.

Economic growth and a greater diversity of jobs will be targeted in the strategic centres of St Leonards, Chatswood, Macquarie Park, Brookvale-Dee Why, Hornsby and in Manly and Mona Vale as required. The Northern Beaches Hospital at Frenchs Forest will significantly boost the District’s businesses and jobs in the health sector.

North Sydney’s commercial core will be enhanced to strengthen the District’s economic links to the Harbour CBD and its role in the Eastern Economic Corridor. North Sydney’s neighbourhoods and lifestyle assets will continue to provide housing close to jobs, services and infrastructure, and give the area a unique character.

The North District will have new networks for walking and cycling both within and between strategic centres, along main roads, and along the coast from Manly through to Palm Beach. It will also have networks of open space and urban tree canopy as the Greater Sydney Green Grid is developed.

Revised draft North District Plan

The revised draft North District Plan provides a 20-year plan to manage growth and achieve the 40-year vision, while enhancing Greater Sydney’s liveability, productivity and sustainability into the future. It is a guide for implementing the draft Greater Sydney Region Plan at a District level and is a bridge between regional and local planning. Download and read the full draft North District Plan (PDF 11MB). 

How to be involved 
This revised draft North District Plan replaces the draft North District Plan, released in November 2016. You can read the entire draft District Plan at 

This draft District Plan is on formal public exhibition until 15 December 2017. 
You can make a submission: by visiting: by emailing: by post to: Greater Sydney Commission Draft North District Plan PO Box 257 Parramatta NSW 2124 

Before making a submission, please read the Privacy Statement at

If you provide a submission in relation to this document using any of the above addresses, you will be taken to have accepted the Privacy Statement. 
Please note that all submissions and comments will be treated as public and will be published in a variety of mediums. 

If you would like to make a submission without it being made public or if you have any questions about the application of the Commission’s privacy policy, please contact the Commission directly on 1800 617 681 or

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New communities in land release areas 
The Priority Growth Area programs of the NSW Department of Planning and Environment guide the development of new communities in land release areas. The current program includes the Priority Growth Area of Ingleside with the potential for a new community of 3,400 dwellings.

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Mona Vale
Mona Vale strategic centre is a mixed use area including retail, commercial, community, light industrial and residential uses. It is a thriving centre during business hours,  providing amenity, convenience and a sense of community for residents.

Mona Vale’s connectivity to Brookvale-Dee Why and the Harbour CBD will be improved with the commencement of the B-Line bus service.
42. Strengthen Mona Vale through approaches that:
a. protect and enhance the commercial and retail function of the centre to provide
employment growth and maintain high job containment
b. ensure sufficient retail and commercial floor space is provided to meet future demand
c. leverage Mona Vale’s role as a north-south and east-west bus interchange to facilitate a greater diversity of employment and mixed uses in the centre
d. improve access and linkages to local destinations, such as Mona Vale Hospital, through priority pedestrian networks
e. promote walking and cycling to and within the centre
f. retain and protect the industrial precinct to the north of the centre to serve the growing population
g. prioritise place making and urban activation, including enlivening the centre.

Urban activation: ‘Urban activation precincts aim to deliver more homes in places with access to infrastructure, transport, services and jobs.’

Petition: Save Ingleside from Over-Development

We the undersigned, write in connection with the above proposal and wish to object strongly and respectfully to the development of the area in the proposed manner.

Ingleside is a dispersed settlement where development proposals should be considered very carefully: infilling could ruin the character of the area but estate development will not only overwhelm it but also overwhelm the vast majority of residents living from Narrabeen to Palm Beach who will travel through or near Ingleside every day.

Naturally, we understand that the State Government has a determined growth strategy. However, the overwhelming increase in immediate population and thoroughfare traffic will have a devastating effect upon the existing population who live here and contribute to Sydney as a city and as a defined demographic already. 

Pressure for the development in the region is considerable, mainly for housing city commuters, but has been successfully resisted for more than 30 years for the same reasons as now. The infrastructure was not in place and as can be seen by the impact of development in Warriewood, remains at an unsupportive level. The reasons for rejecting those schemes also included the inadequacy of the minor roads apart from Mona Vale Road to accommodate even small increases in traffic. 

Reference is made to the over one thousand comments on the supporting website, mostly by residents of Pittwater external to the immediate area of Ingleside who have failed to have a voice but as your constituents have equal right to be represented as bearing the impact of the development.
With the above in mind, we request that the development be reviewed to take into account the residents of Pittwater, whom you represent. Rather than telling them why it will be good for them, consider the voice of the residents and understand why it will be bad for them. 

Red Cross shop Newport

The Newport Red Cross shop desperately needs your quality, discarded clothing items. Now that spring is almost springing, perhaps you are all set to 'declutter' your offshore abode. But what to do with all those gems that are no longer you. Well donate them of course. The Red Cross shop at Newport is very excited to receive your cast offs. We also take small household items but alas, no electrical or furniture. 

Did you know that all profits from Red Cross shops stay in Australia? Profits from Red Cross shops support worthy programmes like providing breakfast for school kids, Telecross - a daily call to elderly people in need of contact, youth services, disaster relief, mental health services and much, much more.

Should you need assistance please feel free to call me or just leave your items in our boat. We live on the northern side of Lovett Bay between Now and Zen and Therese and John. The house is called 'Foreshore' and our boat is a Stabicraft for purposes of identification! 

Don't hesitate to call in to the Newport Red Cross shop with your donations - close to Woolworths petrol station at 334 Barrenjoey Rd Newport or call Lesley Scott to help with donations - 0410 687864

Course for a Cause at Avalon

Just beyond the Bilgola Bends as you are about to enter the Avalon Village, nestled in behind a strip of nature that separates it from the often busy Barrenjoey Road – you have the Royal Avalon Golf Course.

Not only 9 holes of golf open to the public every day of the year, with no membership required but also one of the best located venues available for hire on the Northern Beaches, or even Sydney!

Recently we have begun a program called “Course for a Cause”. The initiative is designed to help local charities by offering free use of our facilities to raise money and/or awareness for a worthy cause.

Do you have a cause close to your heart?
Nominate your charity to become part of this program by calling 9918 2606 or emailing

If you don’t want to play golf, but are still after a venue for your function, the clubhouse is available for extended hours. So with plenty of parking on sight, the time of day shouldn’t be a problem when promoting your personal cause.

If you don’t have a charity, but are still looking for somewhere to party, the clubhouse can be hired to celebrate all kinds of occasions.

The bar is available and serving some of your favourite beer and wine, or take advantage of our BYO option.

Day time events can always incorporate games to raise some extra money with the practice putting green beside the clubhouse being utilised for competitions or a bit of fun for the kids.

If you are interested in our Course for a Cause initiative OR would just like to hire Avalon Golf Course and clubhouse for a function, please email or call 9918 2606

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Help the Island Kindy Get a Playground

Start voting TODAY for Scotland Island & Offshore Children’s Services to win a recycled playground worth $45,000 – thanks to Garnier!

Everyone can cast one vote for every 24 hours by jumping onto Vote every day until December 8th.

Once you click on the link, go to the bottom right hand corner of the page and there will be a "Cast your vote" section. If you fill out your details and then type "Scotland" into the school section our kindy will come up. 

Below is a picture of our current playground – as you can see we need some help!

You can also help by saving all your empty cosmetic containers and packaging. Examples include; shampoo, conditioner, body wash, hand cream, hand wash, face cleanser, face wash, moisturiser, makeup, lipstick, lipgloss etc etc 

Larger Signs or Ranger Patrols Needed at Church Point

Residents of our offshore areas are finding the frustrations with the building of new car park works at church point compounded by visitors not being aware, or disregarding how to use the new areas already finished.

On weekends Restaurant diners have taken every spot in the 10min unloading zone, not good for residents who may have items they wish to drop off to their boats.

One resident spent 40 minutes trying to find a parking spot yesterday (Saturday November 18th) resulting in the ruination of ice-cream - not something those with easier access to a car-park and their freezer will have to explain to youngsters.

A little consideration, paying attention to what you can do when and where, or a few fines may remedy the problem of onshore people not looking out for or after offshore people.

Church Point 10 minute drop-off zone yesterday


Monday November 27th at &;30 p.m.
Avalon Sailing Club
Hudson Parade, 

Special Guest: Dr. Suzanne Daly
Our local doctor fighting to retain medical services at Mona vale Hospital

Infrastructure Grants Now Open

Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes is encouraging local community organisations to apply for funds under the latest round of the NSW Government’s Infrastructure Grants Program.
The Infrastructure Grants Program supports new or upgraded community facilities across three key areas – sport and recreation, arts and culture, and emergency preparedness.
The funding comes from the ClubGrants Category 3 Program, which enables registered clubs to reinvest profits from gaming machine revenue back into local communities.
“These grants provide an opportunity for our local community organisations to dream big and help equip them to make a real difference in our community,” Rob Stokes said today.
“Recent improvements to the program include the introduction of four funding rounds per year, instead of just one – and the application process is now more streamlined.
“Funding ranges are $50,000 to $200,000 for arts and culture, $10,000 to $200,000 for emergency preparedness, and $100,000 to $300,000 for sport and recreation.
“There are many local organisations that have great plans and ideas – but just need a financial boost to help make them happen.
“Applications for this round of funding close 20 November, 2017,” Rob Stokes said.
Further information is available at:

Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment Bill 2017 Passes

The Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment Bill 2017 was passed in the NSW Parliament this week.

Proclamations commencing Acts
Local Land Services Amendment Act 2017 No 48 (2017-626) — published LW 17 November 2017
Parole Legislation Amendment Act 2017 No 57 (2017-627) — published LW 17 November 2017

Visit: Visit: New South Wales Government
Notification of the making of statutory instruments, NSW Government Gazette and Bill information

Major overhaul for NSW planning system

5.11.2017: Ministerial Media Release - The Hon. Anthony Roberts, Minister for Planning and Housing
The Bill to change the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act) that will see the biggest overhaul of the NSW planning system since the legislation’s inception almost 40 years ago, has passed through Parliament.

“The changes reflect the Government’s commitment to thriving, safe and well-designed communities with local character and heritage,” Minister for Planning and Housing, Anthony Roberts, said.

Mr Roberts said the changes have a key focus on enhancing community participation by requiring planning authorities to prepare and implement community participation plans that detail how they engage with their community.

“These plans include mandatory minimum periods such as a 14-day exhibition period for Development Applications, unless the Community Participation Plan says otherwise. For Local Environmental Plans (LEP’s) the minimum exhibition period is 28 days. Authorities will be encouraged to go beyond the minimum requirements, in order to ensure the consultation suits the community’s needs”.

Mr Robert said the changes ensured a simpler, faster planning system, and will build community confidence in planning decisions and outcomes. “There is no denying that NSW is a great place to live and work, however, the best places do not just happen, they are planned, and planning for the future of our state is critical.

“By focusing on community participation, strategic planning, clarity in decision making and simpler and faster processes, the Bill will help strengthen community confidence in the planning system.

“Greater confidence and participation is essential to accommodating an extra 2.2 million people in NSW over the next 20 years, while at the same time maintaining livability and the richness of our natural and built environment.”

The changes strengthen councils’ focus on strategic planning, which builds on the recent introduction of Independent Hearing and Assessment Panels (IHAPs) in Greater Sydney and Wollongong.

For the first time, the Act will recognise the role of councils in strategic planning for the local area through their preparation of new local strategic planning statements.

“These statements will see councils and communities formulate the vision for land use in the local area, capturing local character and what the community wants for the future. At the same time, the statements will translate the directions in regional and district plans into actions at the local level.
“Through the changes, councils will also be given the ability to impose a levy on complying development certificates, as well as being able to stop work for up to seven days on a complying development site to investigate whether construction aligns with the certificate.”

Other changes to the EP&A Act include:
  • Modernising and expanding the objects of the Act, which sets out the goals of the legislation. The new goals include promoting good design of the built environment, management of heritage, and proper construction and maintenance of buildings.
  • Strengthening and streamlining local development processes by ensuring NSW government agencies give advice and approvals in a timely way and giving the Secretary of Department of Planning and Environment the authority to step in where there is delay or conflict in advice.
  • Strengthening compliance by introducing enforceable undertakings, which are a powerful tool that enables breaches of the Act to be fixed, compensated or prosecuted.
  • Requiring councils to do an LEP check at least every 5 years to consider whether the LEP is still fit for purpose given any changes in demographics, infrastructure, strategic plans and other key indicators.
  • Strengthening the rules for regional planning panels in line with the local IHAPs – this includes ensuring property developers and real estate agents cannot sit on the panels, and that meetings are held in public.
  • Closing off the transitional arrangements for former Part 3A projects with all future modifications to these projects to be assessed under the State significant development or State significant infrastructure pathways.
The draft Bill was exhibited from 9 January to 31 March 2017, with 478 submissions received and the Department of Planning and Environment. This valuable feedback helped to refine the Bill that has been passed through Parliament.

2018 George Bass Marathon

Warriewood and Perth SLSC Members are joining up for the George Bass!

These clubs competed against each other in the Junior Surf Boat Final - 1983 Australian Surf Life Saving Championships, Clifton Beach Tasmania – pretty amazing.

Warriewood women are joining with Avalon women to form a crew to row this year as well

The 2018 George Bass Surfboat Marathon will run from Sunday 31 December 2017 until Saturday 6 January 2018 - 7 days, 7 legs and 190km's of the best coastline in Australia!

Find out more HERE
Below runs that to be remembered 1983 Championship

Avalon Craft Cottage

With Christmas coming all too quickly, the Craft Cottage members are in the middle of their busiest season, with two more big shows before we shut down for the year.

For the information of our Lower North Shore customers, we will opening at ST.IVES VILLAGE, on Monday the 13th November.
This time we will be upstairs, outside the coffee shop, and near the Concierge. Just come in from the top entrance.
Once again you will be able to buy beautiful Christmas gifts for family and friends, wonderful hand-made greeting cards and Christmas decorations, bunting, kid’s t-shirts etc.

And then, just a couple of weeks later, we head back to Avalon for our big CHRISTMAS SHOW This show is for THREE DAYS ONLY ….Thursday 30th November, Friday 1st December and Saturday 2nd December. 
We will be open from 10am to 4pm daily, and with so much extra room the members are really able to put up a good display of their beautiful art & craft.   

The room will be very festive with a Christmas table, and many items made especially for the Christmas Season….colourful bunting, little Christmas dresses & bibs, Christmas jewellery for the ladies, lovely decorations for the tree, and plenty of Christmas gift ideas.

We are having a Christmas giveaway at this show. Every customer coming in the door will be given a FREE ticket and go in the draw to win a big basketful of Christmas goodies… wine, biscuits, cake, pudding, crackers etc.   

You don’t even have to buy anything…just come, have a look at our display, hopefully be tempted to spend a few dollars, and maybe go home with a lovely prize put together by the Craft Cottage members.

Once again, from all the Avalon Craft Cottage members, a huge THANK YOU for you support this year. And please be a Facebook friend, and share our page with your family & friends.

Maureen Darcy-Smith 

Youth Hub in Pittwater

Friday November 17, 2017: The Burdekin Association
We are planning to open a Youth Hub in Pittwater and need your help to make sure it meets community needs.... please take a minute and take this short but important survey! We will love you for it.
The Youth Hub is a response to the lack of permanently based youth services in the Pittwater region and the need to support our community from the North to the South. Many Youth Services are coming together to deliver this service in the area to support 12-24 year old’s and their family/support people.

You will be able to make an appointment to see a trained support worker or drop in as required. The worker will chat to you about the reason for coming in and then connect you with the most appropriate professional service.

We hope many services will be able to deliver support out of the Youth Hub to ensure young people and their family/carers have access to appropriate and professional intervention for such things as (but not limited to);

* Overwhelming or stressful feelings
* Drug and alcohol use
* Sexual Health issues
* Mental Health concerns
* Homelessness
* School disengagement

Member for Mackellar, Jason Falinski MP, Updates

Foodbank for Christmas
This Christmas we are supporting Foodbank Australia, so please drop off any non-perishable food items to my Electorate Office at 1238 Pittwater Rd in Narrabeen before 18 December and we will make sure it goes to the most needy Aussie.

Mr Falinski's office is at 1238-1246 Pittwater Rd, Narrabeen.

NBI Pittwater Paddle 2017
Well done to the winners and participants of this year's NBI Pittwater Paddle. A great and fun event to raise money for additional needs children and their families on the Beaches.— at Winnererremy Reserve bay Mona Vale.

The results are in...
 If you participated in Sunday’s Pittwater Paddle, click on the following link to find out your time and place.: HERE

B-Line Newport Consult Closes December 1st

Residents are reminded that Transport for NSW want your feedback on the proposal to construct a roundabout on the corner of Neptune and Barrenjoey Roads to turn the buses around. 

Your feedback will help TfNSW understand what is important to the community, and help them prepare a Review of Environmental Factors that will be released for consultation early next year.

You can also provide your feedback by emailing
Or by mail to: B-Line Newport Extension Locked Bag 6501, St Leonards NSW 2065

Feedback should be sent by 5pm Friday 1 December 2017.

Pittwater Online readers report investigative surveys have been carried out this week, one surveyor apparently entering private property. The B-Line Newport webpage advises that this is:

Night work at Newport 
Services investigation work on Barrenjoey Road and Neptune Road, Newport between Monday 13 November and Monday 27 November 2017. 

Details of work activities 
Surveying and services investigation work will continue in November to help identify where existing water, sewer and electricity services are located. 
The majority of the service investigation work will be completed on Barrenjoey Road and Neptune Road over five nights between Monday 13 November and Monday 27 November, weather permitting. Most of the work will be completed at night to minimise impacts to traffic and for the safety of motorists and our team. 
• night work hours are 7pm to 5am 
• day work hours, should it be required, are 7am to 6pm 

This work will help us understand where services are and help us prepare a concept plan which will be included in a Review of Environmental Factors (REF). The REF will be out for community consultation early next year. 

How will the work affect you? 
There may be some noise associated with this work, but we will make every effort to minimise it by completing the noisier work before 11pm. 
Equipment being used includes: 
• concrete saws 
• vacuum trucks 
• power and hand tools 
• light vehicles for site and traffic control 

There will be no interruptions to your utility services while this work takes place. The work will take place on the road verge and public areas. Access to private property is not required. 

Traffic and pedestrian changes 
There may be some temporary traffic and pedestrian changes to ensure the work zone is safe. Please keep to speed limits and follow the direction of traffic controllers and signs. 
For the latest traffic updates call 132 701, visit or download the Live Traffic NSW App. 

Contact information 
If you would like more information on the work or the Northern Beaches B-Line Program, please contact the B-Line project Ph: 1800 048 751 (24 hour construction response line) or visit the website: 

2017 SNB Interbranch Team 

We thank everyone who nominated and congratulate the athletes below for gaining selection to this years SNB Interbranch Team 
Conner Maggs: Manly              Georgina Prowse: Nrth Curl Curl 
Braden Crichton-Browne: Nrth Curl Curl Ashleigh Windsham: Manly 

Artie Leiper – Freshwater Nina van der Ryden - Manly 

Jake Morris - Newport         Kimberley Doyle - Manly 
Mitchell Morris - Newport Katelynn Doyle - Manly 

Joshua Gedz - Manly Stefanie Fejes - Freshwater 

Isaac Crews – Nrth Curl Curl Charlotte Ward - Manly 
Joel Piper - Newport Jodie Louw - Newport 

Dylan Calderon - Manly Zoe Couzens - Bilgola 

Oscar Smith - Newport Piper Harrison - Manly 
Mitchell Stuart - Nrth Curl Curl Alex Lefevre - Newport 

Aiden Helu - Manly Madeleine Wallace - Collaroy 

U/17 WATER Zach Morris - Newport Madison Louw - Newport 
Taylor Gabb - Newport Jami Prowse- Newport 
James Finn - Newport         Emily Doyle - Manly 

Reuben Sharma - Newport Bailee Radford - Newport 

U/19 & OPEN 
Isaac Smith(U/19) - Newport Naomi Scott(U/19)- Manly 

Max Brooks(CAPT) - Newport Taylar Puskaric - Manly 
Jay Furniss – Manly Lara Moses - Newport 
U/19 & OPEN 
Blake Drysdale - Newport Laura Shorter(CAPT) – Newport 

ASSISTANT COACH(water) Tim Hayes 
ASSISTANT COACH(beach) Michael Gedz

Green light for draft consolidated Central Coast Local Environmental Plan

14.11.2017: Departmental Media Release - The Department of Planning and Environment
The Department of Planning and Environment has issued a Gateway determination to allow the draft consolidated Central Coast Local Environmental Plan (LEP) to proceed. 

The decision allows the Central Coast Council to consolidate the existing Gosford and Wyong LEPs into a single Central Coast LEP

Coordinator General Central Coast Lee Shearer said the preparation of a LEP is the logical next step following the creation of the Central Coast Council. 

"Following the creation of Central Coast Council it is important that we approve creation of the draft LEP, to ensure our environmental planning instruments are simplified and consistent,“ Ms Shearer said. 

A key feature of the application process is a pilot study to implement an online mapping tool on the draft LEP. 

The web tool will provide online access to zone and development standards mapping resources during the LEP approval process. 

The tool gives the Central Coast community better access to LEP mapping resources and presents an ideal opportunity to explore the feasibility of an online mapping tool for LEP map production. 

Many of the elements needed to produce the web mapping tool are already in place and this pilot study will explore how to best apply the technology. 

"This online mapping tool will reduce time and costs to the council and position the Department and council as leaders in online land use mapping resources," Ms Shearer said. 

"The Central Coast is the ideal region for a pilot study into the tool because it involves a single local government area.“ 

Council will provide access to the online tool for people without computer access, as well as hard copies, which will be available on request. 

A 12-month time frame is anticipated to make the consolidated plan, including periods for agency consultation and public exhibition. 

New app puts city planning in young people’s hands

November 15,2017: Greater Sydney Commission
Greater Sydney’s next generation is being given the chance to use their creativity to help shape the city’s future, through a new app launched by the Commission, in partnership with the NSW Office of the Advocate for Children and Young People (ACYP).

The free app, My Metropolis, is an interactive tool that encourages our younger members of the community to think about what makes an ideal city, allowing them to plan and build elements such as schools, public transport, cafes, places to work and sporting facilities.

Chief Commissioner Lucy Turnbull AO and NSW Advocate for Children and Young People, Andrew Johnson, were joined by Commission CEO Sarah Hill to unveil the app to an audience of young people at the ACYP ’s Strawberry Hills offices, encouraging them to have their say on the future of Greater Sydney.

Lucy highlighted the importance of providing opportunities for children and young people to share their views.

“We want to get feedback and submissions from as many Sydneysiders as possible on the future of our city and My Metropolis is a great way for us to engage with children and young people in a way they’re comfortable and familiar with.

“It’s their city too and they should have a say in it – it’s just one of the many ways we’re involving young people,” Ms Turnbull said.

The app is part of the Commission’s commitment to ongoing and innovative engagement. It will be supported by a survey conducted by the Advocate for Children and Young People.

The Commission will be considering survey results along with feedback and formal submissions from a range of other organisations that represent young people in Greater Sydney.

My Metropolis is available for download free of charge on iOS or Android.

Kialoa II Crew Growing Mo’s For The Bro’s

November 1, 2017
November 1 is the start of Movember, the annual men’s health awareness campaign and fundraiser, and both the delivery and Rolex Sydney Hobart race crew of Kialoa II are getting into the 70s vibe in anticipation of the 73-footer’s arrival into Sydney at the end of the month.

The Sparkman Stephens design that took line honours in the 1971 Sydney Hobart yacht race (video) is making for Albany in Western Australia having left the UK in August following a tough Rolex Fastnet Race.

The boat’s Movember campaign is called KiaMOa II and the donation page is 

“As a throwback to the 1970s, to get us into the spirit of emulating the prowess of the Kialoa II crew who won the Sydney to Hobart race in ’71, the male contingent of the Kialoa II crew of 2017 are going to grow mo’s to help the bro’s as part of Movember,” says shore manager Melinda Broughton adding, “and the two women crew will be suitably accessorised to complete the look.

“Support the KiaMOa II campaign sprouting mo’s and mutton chops to raise research funds all the way to Hobart. And bring back the terry-towelling hat!” she added.

Paddy Broughton during the delivery of Kialoa II to Cape Town - photo courtesy Kialoa II

In keeping with the 1970s theme, a terry-towelling hat each is the latest addition to Kialoa II’s Rolex Sydney Hobart crew uniform of boat branded Zhik Isotak foul weather gear.

Kialoa II’s small delivery crew is en route to Sydney for the start of one of the great bluewater classics which will set off from Sydney Harbour on Boxing Day. Theirs is a 13,000 nautical mile voyage to recreate Jim Kilroy’s ‘71 line honours victory and transport the boat to co-owner Patrick Broughton’s hometown.
Patrick, better known as Paddy, and brother Keith who is based in the UK bought Kialoa in 2016 to compete in the same ocean classics as Kilroy did with the boat back in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s.
The final stages of Kialoa II’s delivery to Sydney can be tracked via the boat’s website

For the Hobart Race Dallas Kilponen, the son of Kilroy’s longstanding navigator, the late David ‘Fang’ Kilponen, will be on board along with a UK crew component plus a number of ex-Brindabella legends including Lindsay May (44 Hobarts, three time overall winner) and Tony Hearder.

David Fang Kilponen on board Kialoa III - photo courtesy Kilponen family

Kialoa II’s ETA in Sydney is the weekend of November 25-26, leaving the crew just one month to switch from cruising to race mode before lining up against this year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart fleet.

Kilroy’s 1971 line honours winning time for the 628 nautical mile was 3 days 12 hours 46 minutes 21 seconds compared to the current race record of 1 day 13 hours 31 minutes 20 seconds set by Anthony Bell’s 100-footer Perpetual Loyal in the 2016 event.

Kialoa II website 
By Lisa Ratcliff

23-27 Warriewood Rd, Warriewood: DA Number: N0460/17

Council is seeking public comment on this proposal prior to determination. The proposal is for construction of a three storey residential flat building comprising 32 residential apartments with 83 basement parking spaces, and a three storey multi-dwelling housing development comprising 12 dwellings with associated parking spaces, extension to Lorikeet Grove, new internal roadway, associated landscaping and remediation works to the existing creek line corridor.

Applicant: J & G Knowles & Associates Pty Ltd

Consent authority: Northern Beaches Council.
Sydney North Planning Panel has the function of determining the application.

This proposal is an integrated development and requires a Water Activity Approval from the NSW Office of Water under Section 91 of the Water Management Act 2000.

During the exhibition period, any person may make a submission or inspect application plans and related documents via **

Alternatively, documents can be viewed at Council’s Mona Vale Customer Service Centre during business hours. Written submissions marked with the application number may be sent to the CEO, Northern Beaches Council, 725 Pittwater Rd, Dee Why.

If required, submissions must be accompanied by a Political Donations and Gifts Disclosure Statement, which can be downloaded at

Please note that all submissions are public documents and may be made available or reproduced in Council reports.

Exhibition: Sat 28 Oct - Tue 28 Nov
Enquiries: Rebecca Englund, 9970 1111

Documents on Council website HERE
NO documents on the Sydney North Planning Panel webpage  DA Lodgement date: October 16, 2017

Pasadena Progress?

Church Point residents report that the gentleman who owns the Pasadena has workmen working on it - he has said to them council have not offered to buy it, and he's going to refurbish it. 

We'll follow up on this by hopefully talking to the owners ourselves ASAP.

Sydney Wildlife Critter of the Month: The Long Hop To Freedom

It was a chilly day in August last year when we received a call from Scott to attend to a fatally-ill female swamp wallaby who was having trouble hopping and could hardly stand. She had cataracts in both eyes and could barely see. She was also carrying a joey. 

The mother wallaby was sedated for transportation to a veterinarian. Her cute little joey was a very curious critter and kept peering out of the pouch to see what was happening. Dr Ward examined the mum but she was already moribund and he decided to extract the joey before the situation became too stressful for them both. The joey was a tiny furless 300g boy. He was in good health and after a quick examination, Dr Ward popped him into a fleecy pouch to stay warm. Before the mum passed away, we allowed her to ‘say goodbye’ to her joey. It was a very moving moment for all of us. We promised her that we would take good care of her baby. And then she slipped away. 

Cassius with Dr Ward after being extracted from his mum’s pouch.

A touching goodbye :(

The tiny boy tried to box his way out of his new artificial pouch and he put up his dukes whenever we looked in on him. So a friend suggested we call him Cassius (Clay) aka Mohammed Ali. 

Cassius was quite the character from the start. He did what joeys are meant to do - drink milk, grow fur, venture from the pouch - but he tried to do all these things in a mad hurry. He was trying to stand and hop long before his time! He never seemed to sleep. Was always looking out of his pouch and desperate not to miss out on anything. FOMO could’ve been his middle name! FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) was almost the death of him. He tried to follow me up the stairs one day - long before he was hopping ably. And he fell… We rushed him straight to the vet, fearing that he may have fractured something but the x-rays were clear. Phew! Then - instead of staying in his heated pouch like a normal wallaby joey - he kept venturing out to find everyone and ended up getting pneumonia. Sigh. Back to the vet. 

Cassius and his little play-mate, Xena.

Cassius inspecting the Christmas Tree.

Cuddles from his big brother. 

Well, Cassius tried everything, went on exploration adventures, got up to mischief, posed for photos and all the time he grew and grew. 

5 months from the date of his rescue he had grown from 300g to 3kg. It was time for Cassius to graduate to 'Big School' aka The Sydney Wildlife Rehabilitation Facility. 

Our Rehab Facility is also known as Waratah Park. It is where “Skippy the Bush Kangaroo” was filmed many years ago. (Our lovely Facility Manager, Joan Reid, was granted permission from the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council - MLALC - to utilise a section of Waratah Park for wildlife rehabilitation. The first thing she did was build a big fenced area for a macropod yard. The word macropod is derived from Greek and literally means ‘big foot’. Kangaroos, wallabies and wallaroos are all examples of macropods. In addition to the macropod yard, Joan also organised for the volunteers to build a ‘rubber room’. The rubber attached to the walls allows the joeys or injured macropods to jump around without injuring themselves.) 

In contrast to the chilly day when Cassius was rescued, the day of his ‘soft release’ was sizzling! I think it was close to 38 degrees. Joan had the sprinklers on for all the animals and one of our members - Nicole Wedlock - captured a gorgeous photo of Cassius dripping in water from the sprinklers. It was quite weird to leave him there. I felt a bit like we’d abandoned him but we knew it was time for him to become a proper wallaby. In preparation for his release back to the wild, Cassius would need to become dehumanised. This meant reducing his contact with humans and allowing him the chance to experience storms, rain, parasites, fending for himself around other wallabies etc. 

Scott ‘soft releasing’ Cassius at Waratah Park.

Nicole Wedlock’s gorgeous photo of Cassius in the sprinkler.

Well, luckily he integrated quite well with the others and quickly settled down to life as a big boy. 

Cass-cass spent almost 8 months in the Rehab Facility. The wonderful volunteers that keep the facility running like clockwork make sure that all the animals are fed, clean and safe. They are always careful not to interact with the joeys that are being dehumanised and keep their visits limited to once a day. When Cassius reached 7kg and was entirely independent, it was time to go back to his site of rescue and be a wild wallaby. 

14 months from the day he was rescued, he was captured, sedated and transported to his release site. The day was cool and the gentle rain added to the beauty of the very picturesque setting where Scott could keep an eye on him from afar. 

We released him from the transportation bag and waited for the sedative to wear off. He blinked his eyes at the new surrounds and then gently hopped off. 


His day of release. Such a big boy!

By Lynleigh Grieg
Sydney Wildlife

 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

The purpose of  - is best defined by the vision of the West Pittwater Community Association.

To be a supportive community, encouraging and promoting civic pride, interest in community affairs and goodwill amongst residents.

To protect local fauna and flora and generally preserve West Pittwater and its environs.

To secure essential facilities including public wharves and reserves and to protect private and public property.

To speak with one voice and represent the interests of the Western Foreshore community when in discussion with Pittwater Council and other relevant government bodies. The WPCA website provides a forum for the better realisation of these objectives. Visit:

New Season for Sailability Pittwater 

Sailability Pittwater is a volunteer organisation which provides sailing for people with a disability. Our main recreational sailing activities are at Rowland Reserve, Bayview, and we run competitive sailing for people with a disability out of RPAYC Newport. We are currently looking for new volunteers for our Saturday morning program at Rowland Reserve and Tuesdays at RPA. For more information at or call John on 9982 5656