October 25 - 31, 2020: Issue 471
This Issue: full list in Contents page
PEP 11 Proponents Announce New Board Members Same Week as Marine Environment Motion Debated - The Parliamentary Sitting Notice Paper for Monday October 26th 2020 Lists Resumption of debate (from 19 October 2020) on the motion of Mr Falinski - Advent state a drill target site has been identified and that it is ‘committed to continuing to explore for and ultimately exploit any petroleum accumulations which may be identified in this title area…’
Pictures The Towlers Bay Loop + A Hike To Mount Murray Anderson - Photos By Kevin Murray and Joe Mills
Food Kindred Peanut Butter: Great Food For A Good Cause From A Local Producer
Local girl Katherine Halliday, 'Kat', has launched a great new business for those who like an Australian product from an Australian producer. This isn't all about the love of the peanut though as Kat and her team are also donating 100% of their profits to food security projects around the world. The uptake from the Narrabeen-Warriewood-Elanora Heights community has been brilliant and kept Kindred pretty busy the past few weeks.
''I’ve been experimenting and dreaming this up for about a year but Kindred is only 2 months old. While we may be new it has been encouraging to see the passion that our community has for this! We’ve actually already been able to make our first donation which we’re thrilled to have done so early on.'' Kat explains
DIY Ideas Perfect Tomatoes, Capsicums and Spring Onions - Summer Salad Staples + what to plant now: With a wetter than average Spring forecast late October is the perfect time to plant out those Summer Salad basics that you know will go through the roof, price wise, by Christmas. There's nothing nicer then picking the components of a great Summer salad from your own garden; it doesn't get any fresher, with enough rain forecast, it's not going to cost you too much, and, if you follow a few tips from the experts, gathered here for your enjoyment, you will be growing vegetables/fruits with the kind of taste and quality you only find on deep rich soil farms far from the big smoke.
Park Bench Philosopher Protect Antarctica Now: Over 280 Women In STEMM Call For Marine Protected Area - The Thirty-ninth Meetings of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources and the Scientific Committee is taking place, online, until Friday, 30 October 2020. A team of female scientists, led by Australians, are urgently calling for a Marine Protected Area around the Antarctic Peninsula.
Reflections by George Repin: MALTA
Aquatics: Three Ferries Named Narrabeen (1883 To 1984) + One Named Barranjoey (1913-1985)
The year long 100th anniversary celebration of the formation of Zonta is drawing to a close. Zonta was first formed on November 8th 1919 in Buffalo, New York, by journalist and playwright Marian de Forest who envisioned a network of women working to support each other in establishing themselves in their chosen professional careers in what was a male dominated workforce. In the States women were only just getting to vote and graduate from Colleges, their status and rights were still being determined by men.
Then and now ‘Zonta Clubs still select, fund and participate in community projects fundamental to promoting women's economic self-sufficiency, political equality, access to education and health care and the elimination of violence against women.’
Unfortunately some of the activities usually undertaken by our local chapter, Zonta Northern Beaches, have been curtailed in 2020 due to Covid-safety measures and at a time when the need for assistance has risen sharply.
One of their members, and the lady who is front and centre during each annual Birth Kit Packing Day at Barrenjoey High School is Margaret White, shares a few insights into her decades long Nursing career and catches us up on what Zonta Northern Beaches has been doing and plans to do for the remainder of 2020 and into 2021.
It is important to remember this as residents contribute to the 2020 Australian Back Yard Bird Count - that it is those who live here and regularly photograph or note the return of annual birds along international flyways, as well as observing those that are permanent year-round residents on our shores, in our bush reserves, and in their own back yards, that help those seeking to protect these species. The ongoing work of the Powerful Owl Project, which had its origin in our area, serves as one example, while ANTSO and UNSW scientist Dr Kate Brandis calling for bird feathers to be sent in to collate data on estuarine and wetlands birds, provides another.
The presence or sudden absence of birds in habitats where they once were, and reporting this, is one sure method of ensuring where there is a problem, what is causing the problem, and how that may be addressed. In this we are all custodians and can help look after this years chicks and fledglings to ensure the survival of the gene pools of these birds that live here, in Pittwater.
Under NSW State Law all species of wildlife are protected. In notifying local and state authorities where and when a bird has been put at risk, attacked, or even driven from its home, you provide an opportunity for that birds' others to not experience the same. In looking after all the wildlife that makes an environment healthy, we are not only ensuring the survival of species, including our own, we are staking a claim for yet to be born generations getting to experience first-hand the wonders we are now enriched by.
For the 2020 Aussie Back Yard Bird Count (October 19-25) and National Bird Week 2020 insight into local birds and those who worked to protect them, simply through celebrating them, another local connection in Palm Beach resident, and one of the original Directors of the Barranjoey Land Company, the first-born son of Maybanke Selfe-Wolstenholme-Anderson features this year.
Artist of the Month October 2020: Pamela Ann Griffith
Pamela Griffith - Wollongong Then And Now
An exhibition of Illawarra landscapes painted by Pamela Griffith in 2019, and photographs from the collection by Charles Kerry depicting the same locations some 130 years apart.
In continuing the Pittwater Online focus on encouraging residents to get out of Pittwater and visit and support our regional areas and peoples during a very challenging year, an insight into a wonderful Australian Artist with local connections could not be passed up - we wanted to run this earlier in 2020 and are thrilled that the time has now come!
Pamela Griffith visits our area regularly to spend time with her daughter, also a mum, and Academic, Design Thinker, Entrepreneur, Public Speaker, Board Director and ex-Pittwater Councillor Selena Griffith. Pamela is also visiting our area to develop a project along similar lines to the current Pamela Griffith - Wollongong Then and Now exhibition and was thrilled to hear from the Editor of Pittwater Online that Mr. Kerry visited and photographed everywhere along our peninsula, including the newly gazetted Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park - and was one of several early Australian photographers to do so, including Robert Hunt, Henry King, Charles Bayliss, Samuel Woods, E A Macpherson, Rex Hazlewood and even a resident of here in Arthur Vogan, and many others. Mr. Kerry was a frequent visitor to our area and one of the gentlemen behind a scheme to run motor omnibuses to Pittwater, as announced at the official opening of George Brock's 'The Oaks' at Mona Vale in 1906. His images illuminate many a History page run here and show the changes between the landscapes of early Pittwater and what is present now.
More on that project, and Pamela, as it comes to fruition.
In the meantime - if you fancy a train trip or journey by road to Wollongong now is the time to do it. By train the scenery is marvellous and if you go by road you can take in the magical engineered Sea Cliff Bridge. This feature segment of the Grand Pacific Drive has quickly become an international icon. Port Kembla Harbour is going though a transformation and there are the marvellous rock pools and sandy beaches along the way, and of course, Spring is a great time for a landscape artist to capture the stunning beauty of the Illawarra should you wish to head south to develop your practice.
For over 50 years Pamela Griffith has made aspects of the Australian landscape the prime subject of her art. Her closeness to her grandparents who grew up in Wollongong and came from pioneering families in the area encouraged Pamela to paint a series of works on this beautiful city as a process of getting to know the family history. By showing Griffith’s paintings and etchings in conjunction with the colonial photographer Charles Kerry, that are part of the Galleries permanent collection, this exhibition enables the viewer to simultaneously look at both times past and time present. It is possible therefore to imagine a future time when a viewer will see Griffith’s work as a unique record of the Illawarra in the years leading up to 2020 and marvel at how times have changed.
Covid19 prevented the exhibition opening in March and the Gallery was closed until July 1st. Already many people have visited the exhibition and have allowed time to enjoy both the 19th century photography and Griffith’s delightful works on canvas, etchings and watercolours. Her work ranges from the landscape of the Illawarra and its natural life to the edges of the Royal National Park in the north. In the south it stops near Windang beach, taking in Lake Illawarra along the way. Ever-present is the backdrop of the escarpment with the wonderful blue-greens of the slopes. Her large study of Governor Game Lookout near Garie Beach shows off the vivid colour of the Gymea Lilies against the clear blues of sky and sea.
It is not surprising that this outstanding show has been kept on display by the gallery for more people to be able to see it, but Pamela Griffith - Wollongong Then and Now will close on the 25th of October - so if you want to see the works in their place and then wander through their physical landscapes - head south this October and enjoy a taste of Wollongong and an Illawarra Spring.
Pittwater Offshore Newsletter: October 11, 2020
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Vale Thomas Knox
Tommy Knox - Receiving the Legion of Honour from the French Consulate in September 2015. Photo by Michael Mannington.
A run to Palm Beach in an old Bus History Page held Over
Covet Problems at warriewood
Marine Rescue Broken Bay News
Surf Life saving Squad at the Basin
North Head Sanctuary – Hazard reduction burn breach
Gap Year 2021: Go Bush!
- providing visa extensions to allow temporary visa holders already here to continue to work in agriculture and for agriculture workers to stay with one employer for a longer period,
- initiating a targeted recruitment trial under the Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP) to meet labour needs of Northern Territory mango growers which saw 162 experienced workers arrive from Vanuatu to help with the harvest;
- announcing on 21 August the recommencement of targeted recruitment under the Pacific Labour Scheme and SWP to help meet the workforce needs of critical sectors, including agriculture.
Remembrance Day 2020
Each year, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, we pause to pay our respects to all those who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
Pleasingly, Remembrance Day Services will still be able to go ahead this year.
The NSW Government have approved an exemption to allow up to 100 people to gather at community war memorials (with social distancing) to pay their respects.
Grants to support local domestic violence projects
Consultation extended on draft gaming machine harm minimisation laws
- Venues to have a person on duty that has completed advanced Responsible Conduct of Gambling training and will identify and respond to problematic gambling behaviours (Gambling Contact Officer).
- A new exclusion scheme in clubs and hotels, so family members can ask venues to ban someone whose problematic gambling behaviours are causing harm to themselves or others.
- Making it easier for venues to issue and enforce their own exclusion orders.
- Allowing a person to self-exclude via an online portal.
- A state-wide exclusion register, so that different exclusion schemes and individual venues can record exclusions in one place.
- Requiring that venues suspend an excluded person’s player account and membership of any player reward scheme.
- New and increased penalties.
- Whistle-blower protections for club and hotel staff who inform Liquor & Gaming NSW or the Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority when a hotel or club breaks harm minimisation rules.
- Any winnings by people who’ve been excluded or are under 18 will be forfeited to the Responsible Gambling Fund, which funds programs and initiatives to help reduce gambling harm.
Join the conversation on North Head Sanctuary: Survey Closes November 30
Halloween in 2020: NSW Health
- It should be a front-yard event, not a front-door event (keep it outdoors)
- Instead of communal lolly bowls, consider other ways of distributing treats (eg strewn along the front fence, have hand sanitiser at the front gate)
- Trick or treat on a household basis (eg a supervising adult and children from the same household), rather than groups of young people together
- Maintain physical distancing between trick or treating households – don’t all crowd together in a pack
- Keep it local – put effort into decorating the front yard rather than focusing on well-known “treat streets”
- Don’t share costume face masks.
Creating places for people: public space vision and design guidelines open for comment
- Enhance and protect the bush, beach & water character;
- Encourage social activation through street design;
- Inspire healthy and active lifestyles through safe & inclusive footpath & cycleway networks;
- Implement traffic calming interventions to create safe environments;
- Integrate water sensitive urban design into streets and open spaces; and
- Increase canopy cover on streets.
Local Scientists Wanted
Avalon Boomerang Bags workshop news
2021 Doggie Rescue Calendar
Pittwater Community Groups:
The purpose of www.westpittwater.com.au - is best defined by the vision of the West Pittwater Community Association.
To be a supportive community, encouraging and promoting civic pride, interest in community affairs and goodwill amongst residents.
To protect local fauna and flora and generally preserve West Pittwater and its environs.
To secure essential facilities including public wharves and reserves and to protect private and public property.
To speak with one voice and represent the interests of the Western Foreshore community when in discussion with Pittwater Council and other relevant government bodies. The WPCA website provides a forum for the better realisation of these objectives. Visit: www.westpittwater.com.au
Gone Fishing Gallery at Waterfront Store Church Point
Open again TODAY in the top room Waterfront Store. Open mainly weekends as an addition to the waterfront cafe. Keep up to date on their Facebook page
Avalon Bulldogs 2020 Presentation Day
Grandparents Day 2020
Celebrate NSW Grandparents Day on Sunday October 25 and say thanks to the wonderful grandparents and seniors in your life!!
NSW Grandparents Day celebrates the contributions grandparents make to their families and communities. The campaign recognises the diversity of grandparent relationships across age groups, cultural backgrounds, and geographical locations. Grandparents, grand-friends, kin, and those who take on the role of a grandparent in their family or community are celebrated for their contributions. It aims to foster intergenerational learning and offers older people ongoing opportunities to participate in their local communities.
It's a day to spend time with an older loved one and connect across the generations.
NSW Grandparents Day is held every year on the last Sunday in October. In 2020 it will be celebrated today, Sunday 25 October.
Wakehurst Senior Robert Stark Awarded Grandparent Of The Year 2020
$133,000 fine for environmental pollution of Pittwater
Avalon PS Art 2020
The Avalon Public School 2020 Art Gallery will be spread along the front fence on Old Barrenjoey Rd. Each child will have one piece of magnificent artwork displayed within their class which will be clearly labelled. These special artworks have been laminated and will be on display brightening up our front fence from the 26th to the 30th of October.
Please stop by and browse through all of the brilliant artworks and marvel at our aspiring artists!
During these special times, please be mindful of other adults and stay 1.5 metres apart when viewing the APS gallery.
Infrastructure Funding for Forest High School
Mona Vale Road East upgrade – Temporary closure of Foley Street at Mona Vale Road from Monday 19 October
The NSW Government is investing $140 million to upgrade Mona Vale Road between Manor Road, Ingleside, and Foley Street, Mona Vale, from two to four lanes to improve safety and traffic efficiency.
Work is progressing on the eastern end of the Mona Vale Road East upgrade between the Mona Vale Cemetery and Foley Street. To continue this work, Foley Street will be closed at Mona Vale Road from Monday 19 October to Thursday 29 October from 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday, weather permitting.
We will close Foley Street at Mona Vale Road each day during this period while we dig across Foley Street to install underground electrical cables and install new overhead power cables.
Traffic detours via Ponderosa Parade will be in place as per the map below. Access for Foley Street residents will be via Jubilee Avenue, Warriewood Road or Vineyard Street. Traffic controllers will be on site to direct motorists and pedestrians safely past our work zone and assist residents in and out of their driveways. Access to Pittwater RSL will be from Jubilee Avenue.
Please allow extra travel time, follow displayed speed limits and the direction of traffic controllers and signs.
How will the work affect you?
There may be some increased noise each day however we will minimise noise where possible and ensure we turn off equipment and vehicles when not in use.
The upgrade of the Foley Street and Mona Vale Road intersection will occur in stages. The first stage includes widening the intersection and building a new footpath. We will write to you again before starting the next stage of work.
Pedestrians and bus passengers
The affected bus stops on Foley Street (shown below) will be closed during the work from 9am to 4pm.
Alternative bus stops are located further to the south on Warriewood Road or on Mona Vale Road. Signs will be in place to direct bus passengers and other pedestrians.
We are committed to minimising the impact of construction on the community and will continue to keep you informed. If you have any questions, please contact our delivery contractor Georgiou Group.
- Call: 1800 413 640 (during business hours)
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: rms.work/mvreast
Thank you for your patience during this important work.
Mona Vale Road East upgrade Out of hours work: to October 30
Out of hours work is planned from 8pm to 6am on the below dates, weather permitting. If work is delayed due to wet weather, we will try and work a different night that same week. We will notify highly impacted residents if there is a change of date.
Work along the eastern end of the project (from Mona Vale Cemetery to Foley Street, will occur on:
- Tuesday 20, Thursday 22 and Friday 23 October
- Tuesday 27, Thursday 28 and Friday 29 October
Our work includes:
- digging trenches along Samuel Street from the Mona Vale Road/Ponderosa Parade roundabout to Fazzolari Avenue
- removing of asphalt at the Mona Vale Road/Ponderosa Parade roundabout
- installing/moving of barriers along the section of road from the roundabout to Foley Street
- ongoing road maintenance.
(Refer to Mona Vale Road East Upgrade map below)
Work along the western end of the project (from Manor Road to Mona Vale Cemetery) will occur on:
- Monday 19, Tuesday 20, Thursday 22 and Friday 23 October
- Monday 26, Tuesday 27, Thursday 28 and Friday 29 October
Our work includes:
- removing rock from the existing rock cuttings near the end of Laurel Road ( cut 3), Lane Cove Road (cut 4) and Walana Crescent (cut 5)
- excavating and constructing stormwater drainage in the area east of the site compound
- hauling material away from our work zones at cut 3, 4, and 5 to the Western Early Works site
- ongoing road maintenance.
(Refer to Mona Vale Road East Upgrade map below)
Work at our Western Early Work site off Tumburra Street, Ingleside includes:
- tipping spoil collected from the western end work sites and then spreading and compacting it in this area
- removing rock from the cutting next to Mona Vale Road.
(Refer to Western Early Work map below)
During our night work we will use excavators with rock hammers, large bulldozers, backhoes, tipper trucks, elevated work platforms, a roller, a paver, a profiler, street sweepers, vacuum trucks, light vehicles and lighting towers.
The Environment Protection Agency has approved a trial of increased night work, to four nights a week, over a six week period for the western end of the project. This is necessary to remove the remaining rock along Mona Vale Road. The trial began on Monday 12 October.
We will contact highly and moderately impacted residents during the trial to seek your feedback and agreement for the four nights per week to continue beyond the six week trial.
If you need help understanding this information, please contact the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450.
mums for mums xmas 2020 fundraiser
These ‘Gingerbread Folk’ gingerbread house kits are a wonderfully festive family activity, and come in three varieties – Original, Gluten Free, and Chocolate, complete with lollies to decorate!
Assembled house approx 16cm (h) x 15cm (w) x 12cm (d)
packaging dimensions 20cm (h) x 27.5cm (w) x 4.7cm (d)
- Made in Australia
- Nut free
- Palm oil free
- No added colours or flavours
- No added preservatives
- Compostable wrapper
Order your kits with us between now and FRIDAY NOVEMBER 20th. Pick up locally from the Newport Rugby Club House on SUNDAY DECEMBER 6th between 10 am and 2 pm.
2021 Road Safety Calendar ‘best of’ collection
Council 2019-2020 Annual Financial Statements: Have Your Say
In accordance with Section 418 (3) of the Local Government Act 1993, Northern Beaches Council advises that the Ordinary Council Meeting to be held on Tuesday 27 October 2020 will include the presentation of the audited Financial Statements and the Auditor’s Reports for the financial year ended 30 June 2020.
In accordance with Section 420 of the Local Government Act 1993, any person may make a submission in writing to Council with respect to Council’s Audited Financial Statements or the Auditor’s Reports.
Share your feedback today by:
- completing the submission form at the bottom of this page.
- emailing - firstname.lastname@example.org.
- writing to - marked 'Annual Financial Statements' Northern Beaches Council,
- PO Box 82 Manly NSW 1655.
For more information please contact Renae Wilde, Team Leader Financial Accounting, on 1300 434 434.
Comments Opened Friday October 16, 2020
Comments close Tuesday November 3rd, 2020
Proposed minor amendments to flood prone land planning requirements
Council is currently seeking feedback regarding the Flood Prone Land Clause within the Development Control Plan (DCP), which describes the planning requirements for flood prone land.
The 'Have Your Say' page states;
A recent review of the clause has identified an opportunity to simplify the text and incorporate associated standards and policies into the single DCP clause.
The proposed amendments will clarify how we manage development and risk on flood prone land in the Northern Beaches and create a 'one-stop-shop' for applicants.
They do not affect the number of flood prone properties or change the severity of the controls, and they do not change the type of information required to be submitted with Development Applications.
At its meeting on 29 September 2020, Council resolved to publicly exhibit minor amendments to the flood prone land planning requirements.
View the proposed amended clause, along with the existing clause and the summary of the changes. You can also download these below. For further info, you can read the Council Report and FAQs - also on the page linked to below.
Submissions close November 9, 2020
Belrose: proposed junior bike skills area
Council have developed a concept plan for a Wyatt Avenue, Belrose reserve, directly adjacent to the school. They want to ensure the reserve is used and enjoyed by the local community.
With the growth of cycling on the Northern Beaches, we're seeking to provide opportunities for young local riders to develop their skills and confidence.
The plan includes a junior bike trail loop, an informal grassed open space for practicing bike skills (e.g. bunny hop), a seating/picnic area, an accessible entry path loop and other landscape elements.
Feedback received will help finalise the plan before construction begins later this year. If you have any questions, please contact the Senior Asset Management Officer by email or on 1300 434 434.
Comments close Monday 9 November 2020.
Pets of the Week
AGE/SEX: 4 years / M
BREED: Cattle X Staffy
Blaze is an active friendly boy. In his previous life he was living with a homeless person. Our trainer says: "He loves toys and balls but can get over excited and bit rough and there suit teenage children. He is quite athletic and we be a great agility dog. Nice temperament. Will sit politely for treats." Blaze is keen for his walks and pulls on lead a bit and can lunge playfully at other dogs. Walkers say "very well behaved overall. Just a little pulling on lead". He has a smooth coat and weighs 26kg. 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.
Silver appears to be a Burmilla and is approximately 5 years old. He is a very sweet though a bit shy with people. He is social with other cats. His coat is medium and silver/tabby in colour. He comes desexed, wormed, F3 vaccinated, FIV/FeLV tested and microchipped. His adoption fee is $220. He is located at Ingleside.
If you are interested in meeting him call DoggieRescue on 9486 3133 or email cats@DoggieRescue.com
Public space tools for all
October 20, 2020
The NSW Government today launched the draft NSW Public Spaces Charter and the draft Evaluation Tool for Public Space and Public Life - two initiatives that will enable more quality public spaces for every community across NSW.
The draft NSW Public Spaces Charter is a resource to support the planning, design, management and activation of public spaces in NSW. The draft Evaluation Tool will help government, councils, industry and communities identify how to deliver more and better quality green, open and public space.
Alex O’Mara, Group Deputy Secretary at the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, said community input is now sought for the draft Charter and Evaluation Tool. Both support the Premier’s Priority for Greener Public Spaces, which aims to increase walkable access to quality public space.
“COVID-19 is changing the way we use public space and has shone a light on how vital these places are to support healthy, happy, resilient communities. We want to use everything in our toolbox to consolidate and improve what we have and create more. We’re asking the community to help us design a tool that will allow people to tell us what they like about public spaces and where we can improve”, Ms O’Mara said.
The draft Charter identifies ten principles, developed with evidence-based research and consultation with public space experts, that will guide planning, delivery and management of quality public space. The principles are: open and welcoming; community-focused; culture and creativity; local character and identity; green and resilient; healthy and active; local business and economies; safe and secure; designed for people; and well-managed.
A series of videos will promote the ten principles of the NSW Public Spaces Charter, including one featuring NSW Resilience Commissioner, Shane Fitzsimmons, supporting the ‘green and resilient’ principle.
The draft Evaluation Tool is a simple site survey, developed with an international peer review panel, that anyone can use to evaluate a public space and identify its strengths and areas for improvement. The free download from the Department’s Festival of Place website is the first step to identify how to improve and optimise our public space.
The draft NSW Public Spaces Charter and draft Evaluation Tool will be on public exhibition 20 October – 17 November 2020. All NSW Government agencies will be asked to endorse the final Charter. Local government, industry and groups caring for and using public space across NSW will be encouraged to adopt the principles in their strategies and planning.
The draft NSW Public Spaces Charter and draft Evaluation Tool are components of the year-long Festival of Place.
The draft NSW Public Spaces Charter and draft Evaluation Tool are available at: www.dpie.nsw.gov.au/festival-of-place
Please also join our webinar exploring the draft Evaluation Tool with international placemaking experts on Tuesday 27 October 10.00-11.00 am. REGISTER HERE
Domestic Violence support during Covid-19
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