May 21 - 27, 2017: Issue 313

Articles This Week 

Front Page Issue 313

Mums For Mums Ask Us All To Go Grey This Winter: Get A Beanie And Support A Cure

The Bayview Tea Gardens 1920 to 1923 When Run By Thomas Edward And Annie Newey (Nee Costello) by Vicki Smith

Pittwater Community Forum Supports Legal Action To Restore Council - Protect Pittwater launched

RPAYC Appoints Nick Elliott As Race Director

Reflections by George Repin TURKISH CARPETS

Aquatics: Singapore Nippers Initiative Supported By Avalon Beach SLSC 

Pictures: The Surfer

Profile:  Pearl Turton  was the best, ahead of her time. She made female surfing an art form and led the charge on women being represented  by women in this sport. Later on she supported younger surfers coming up - Pearl is still keeping an eye on what's going, and loves surfing, still.

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

Artists of the Month: May 2017 Pittwater Artists Trail Artists for 2017- some brilliant old favourites and great new Artists this year across many mediums - Group Launch Exhibition to be held in Newport, June 9 -12th

Johnson Brothers New Store Officially Opened

Johnson Bros Mitre 10 appreciate family! So what better way to celebrate the grand opening of their new Mona Vale warehouse than to host a family orientated fun day. Saturday May 20th saw Scott Cam taking part to welcome all to this FREE event. 

The traditional Aussie sausage sizzle, minions jumping castle, face painting, petting zoo and more. Plenty of prizes and giveaways, including a garden cart with $500 of garden product, $1000 to a junior sporting club with congratulations going to the Pittwater Tigers.

Biggest Congratulations goes to the Johnson Family and all their great staff- what a great local family business.

Make sure you pop in soon - this place has everything!:
73 Bassett street, Mona Vale.

Photo courtesy Bernadette Johnson McAlinden

Review of the Bush Fire Environmental Assessment Code

Have your say on the Draft Revised Bush Fire Environmental Assessment Code
Public consultation is now underway on the Draft Revised Bush Fire Environmental Assessment Code. The NSW RFS is seeking public comment on the proposed Draft Revised Bush Fire Environmental Assessment Code.

You are invited to provide feedback on the Draft Revised Bush Fire Environmental Assessment Code during the public consultation period from 15 May 2017 until 5pm on 25 June 2017.

Submissions can be made by:
accessing the online form
By mail to:
Bush Fire Code Review
C/O Manager Community Planning,
NSW RFS Headquarters,
Locked Mail Bag 17,
Granville, NSW 2142.
Submissions must be received by 5pm on 25 June 2017.

The Draft Revised Bush Fire Environmental Assessment Code can be viewed at:
NSW Rural Fire Service website
NSW Rural Fire Service Headquarters, 15 Carter Street, Lidcombe NSW - 2141
NSW Rural Fire Service Fire Control Centres.

A public consultation package has been developed and it includes:
Draft Revised Bush Fire Environmental Assessment Code,
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs),
Existing supporting documents (ie. unchanged supporting documents):
Standards for Pile Burning
Standards for Low Intensity Bush Fire Hazard Reduction Burning
Standards for Windrow Burning
Fact Sheet - Telecommunication Towers in Bush Fire Prone Areas
Threatened Species Hazard Reduction List: Part 1 – Plants 
Threatened Species Hazard Reduction List: Part 2 – Animals
Threatened Species Hazard Reduction List: Part 3 – Ecological Communities
Neighbourhood Safer Places, Places of Last Resort Guidelines
New or amended draft supporting documents:
Application Form - Bush Fire Hazard Reduction Certificate
Application Instructions - Bush Fire Hazard Reduction Certificate
Table of Certifying Authorities and Applicable Land
Bush Fire Protection for Existing Development Guidelines (Draft)
Rules and Notes for the Application of Soil Erosion Risk for the Bush Fire Environmental Assessment Code
Rules and Notes for Implementation of the Threatened Species Hazard Reduction List for the Bush Fire Environmental Assessment Code
Threatened Species Hazard Reduction List: Part 4 – Aquatic Biodiversity
Conditions for Hazard Reduction and Aboriginal Heritage
Fire Intervals for SFAZs and LMZs
Fire Trail Standards (under development)
Powerlines and Prescribed Burn Guidelines (subject to development)
Fire and Weed Management Guidelines (subject to development)
NB: The Bush Fire Environmental Assessment Code also refers to a series of  existing Standards. These Standards can be accessed here.

If you have problems accessing the online form, contact NSW RFS:
By phone: 02 8741 5555

The public consultation period is an important opportunity for the community to have a say on the changes to the Code and we encourage you to make a timely submission.

 Pittwater Offshore Newsletter Update 15/5/2017 

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To contact Julian:

Mona Vale Village Park Playground Works

Work will start this coming week on a new playground at Mona Vale Village Park, which will include an exciting range of play equipment catering for children of all abilities.

The new playground will feature a rope tunnel, suspension bridge and musical chimes designed to encourage outdoors play and develop coordination.

Nearby playgrounds are available at Apex Park and Winnererremy Bay Parkland while the works are undertaken.

Kylie Ferguson, 
May 17, 2017

Rubber Ducks Race At Mollymook This Weekend

Monday 15 May 2017: By SLS NSW
Mollymook SLSC will be hosting its third NSW Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) event in as many years as round two of the NSW IRB Premiership kicks off on Saturday 20 May.

With the IRB season getting underway at Caves Beach last month, reigning champions Kiama Downs SLSC showed they still have the speed, claiming the overall pointscore ahead of Caves Beach SLSC and Catherine Hill Bay SLSC.

Over 291 surf lifesavers from 26 clubs (including the Central Coast Composite Team which has five clubs) will be out to test their lifesaving skills across the two days of competition.

One of Shoalhaven’s most active surf clubs, Mollymook has years of experience in hosting national and state surf lifesaving events, most recently being the 2016 Interstate, Australian and NSW IRB Championships last winter.

Mollymook SLSC President, Rodney Austin says the club always looks forward to putting on a great spectacle.

“We’re starting to get a few carnivals under our belt and we always love hosting fellow surf lifesavers from across NSW,” Mr Austin said.

“It’s a great location for spectators as we have amphitheatre type viewing looking onto the beach so we encourage everyone to come down to watch IRB racing at its best.”

New additions to the format of IRB racing this season has strengthened the sport in particular with the inclusion of Composite Teams which saw five clubs combine from Central Coast Branch to race in the opening round at Caves Beach.

Shoalhaven City Council Mayor Amanda Findley says the region has a lot to offer.

“This is an exciting weekend of racing at Mollymook that Council is happily supporting. We are excited to have surf lifesavers from across the state come to our region and not only compete, but also enjoy the Shoalhaven’s beautiful beaches, great regional produce and hospitality. Good luck to you all,” Amanda Findley said.

Surf Life Saving NSW Sports Manager, Rob Pidgeon says no matter what carnival Mollymook SLSC host they always do a great job.

“It promises to be another outstanding weekend of IRB racing at Mollymook, and we would like to wish all competitors the best of luck,” Rob Pidgeon said.

“Despite Mollymook SLSC not having a crew entered, we’re very thankful that the club has put up its hand up once again to host such a big event. It shows how much surf lifesaving means to the Shoalhaven community.”
Racing is set to kick off at 8am on Saturday 20 May 2017 at Mollymook Beach.

Clubs racing in Round 2 of the NSW IRB Premiership:
Avalon Beach SLSC, Bungan Beach SLSC, Catherine Hill Bay SLSC, Caves Beach SLSC, Coogee SLSC, Cooks Hill SLSC, Kiama Downs SLSC, MacMasters SLSC, Manly LSC, Maroubra SLSC, Newcastle SLSC, Newport SLSC, Nobbys SLSC, North Avoca SLSC, North Cronulla SLSC, North Narrabeen SLSC, Ocean Beach SLSC, Queenscliff SLSC, Soldiers Beach SLSC, South Maroubra SLSC, Terrigal SLSC, The Lakes SLSC, Thirroul SLSC, Umina SLSC, Wamberal SLSC and Woonona SLSC.

Report on results next Issue.

Frenchs Forest & Ingleside Developments Survey

Please complete the survey linked to below to inform the member for Mackellar Jason Falinski our opinion of the planned land release at Frenchs Forest and Ingleside.

Call Out For Poets - ‘Spirit Of The Land’

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

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

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

Submissions to be emailed to  by 5pm Fri 29 Sept 2017.

The selected poets will perform their works on Sunday 5 November, 2 - 4pm

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

Lifeline May Book Fair

Our new location at St Augustine's Federal Parade, Brookvale!
Friday 19 - Sunday 21 May 2017
Friday 4pm–9pm
Saturday 9am–5pm
Sunday 9am–2pm
Plenty of street parking * (some conditions may apply)

Currawong Beach Cottages

May 15, 2017
Come and unwind and reconnect with family and friends. Currawong is a great place to spend the July school holidays. 
Call now on 9974 4141 to make a booking.

NSW Green Global Awards nominations open

May 11, 2017: NSW Government
Do you have a history of working towards and achieving change that is good for the environment, the community and business?

The Office of Environment and Heritage is calling for nominations of individuals and organisations that show exceptional environmental and sustainability leadership.

The Green Globe Awards are NSW's biggest sustainability awards, with 10 award categories covering a range of resource, business, community and individual sustainability initiatives.

An independent judging panel reviews nominations against three key criteria:
  • leadership and innovation
  • engagement and partnership
  • outcomes and benefits.
The 2016 Green Globe Awards had a cumulative audience of nearly 1.2 million people. Among the winners were a world-first portable solar system, Australia's first and largest community solar project and a family-owned northern rivers macadamia producer. 

Scotland Island Wharves Survey

April 29, 2017: Scotland Island Residents Association

SIRA is conducting a survey to better understand the needs of residents and issues currently exiting with the aim to prepare proposals for council to improve our ability to tie up our boats.

Your information on this survey is completely anonymous (unless you choose to identify yourself at the end of the survey). SIRA greatly appreciates your support and we hope to be able to continue a good dialogue with council to complete the outstanding island wharf upgrades.

Please complete the Survey available here

Friends of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment May 2017 Forum

Aboriginal Heritage Information
Caring for Country
7pm Monday May 29, 2017
Coastal Environment Centre
Pelican Path, Lake Park Road, Narrabeen

Come and hear about the work young Aboriginal people are doing to improve the environment. Larissa and her team will show slides and tell us about bush regeneration and site conservation works they are doing.
An Aboriginal elder will tell us about the significance of some of the Aboriginal carvings in the catchment.

We hope caring people will help to spread the word about the importance of respect for the work being done by the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council and show interest in the training and work experience being
undertaken by young Aboriginal people.
You could show your interest and respect by bringing a friend to the forum on May 29.

The Coastal Environment Centre is adjacent to the Narrabeen Caravan Park near where Narrabeen Lagoon joins the sea. Entry is free but we ask for a donation to cover expenses.
Make sure you get a ticket preferably by emailing Judith Bennett or by phoning Judith on 9905 2135 or text 0402 974 105

The Aboriginal team erected two signs recently. One sign is near the Moon Rock area along the Slippery Dip Trail in Belrose and the other one is on Red Hill.

There is information about flora and fauna as well as about Aboriginal heritage. It is difficult to read the wording from the photograph but it is all on our website … landcare.htm

The wording includes the following …
Land is fundamental to the wellbeing of Aboriginal people. Aboriginal cultural heritage is viewed as the total ways of living built up by Aboriginal people for thousands of generations. Cultural heritage has been passed from one generation to the next, given by reason of birth and connection.

This land also contains unique and ecologically significant habitats including rare, low growing, hanging swamps and heaths with emergent mallee eucalypts and endangered ridge-top forests on clay rich soils.

We welcome you. In welcoming you we ask that you walk, sit, watch, listen and hear respectfully this unbroken story, the story that values and sustains the ancient heart of the Land. 

Larissa Cooper with one of the signs erected recently

Pet of the Week


AGE/SEX: 8 weeks / F
BREED: Cattle X

Marilyn and Munroe were abandoned pups. We have not seen Mum or Dad but they look mostly like cattle dogs. They are social happy dogs who have lots of energy and enjoy playing with similar aged pups. They suit an active family committed to the demands of a working breed dog and would suit families with older children. She comes with puppy vaccinations, wormed, heartworm free, with desexing and microchipped. Her adoption cost is $600.

For further details or to meet all dogs at call DoggieRescue on 9486 3133 or email Visit to see all our dogs. 

Transforming Everyday Australian's Into Lifesavers

By Surf Life Saving NSW
We offer public first aid certification and CPR courses all over NSW that will empower you with vital lifesaving skills. You could help save the life of someone close to you one day. Whether you’re looking for individual training, for a family member, a community group or your entire office, we can provide the right training solution for you. You can book online a course near you or if you would rather speak directly with someone, give us a call through our public training hotline on 1300 766 257.

All training provided is Nationally recognised (RTO ID: 90394) and WorkCover Approved.

For onsite bookings please fill in our online enquiry form here. or follow the links for each course below and select your date and click on that.

*Discounted rates available for active Surf Club members - please contact the Academy Business Officer - Public Courses directly on 02 9471 8099.

USI (Unique Student Identifier) Requirements
Please be aware that from 1 January 2016, any person undertaking nationally recognised training with Surf Life Saving NSW must provide a valid USI (Unique Student Identifier) upon enrolment.

If students do not yet have a USI, they can apply for one directly at This is a quick and straightforward process that only takes a few minutes and should be done prior to attending training. Forgotten USI’s can also be retrieved from this webpage. Further information about the USI scheme can be found at

The Asthma and Anaphylaxis Management combined course delivers the essential principles, skills and knowledge in the first aid management of asthma and anaphylaxis including the use of the adrenaline auto-injector (e.g. Epi-pen). This course is approved by the Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) to meet the asthma management training requirements of child care workers.
At: Belrose on:

The Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) course delivers the essential principles, skills and knowledge to maintain or restore breathing and circulation in an adult, child or infant. The course content is based on the policies and standards of the Australian Resuscitation Council.
At: Ballina, Belrose, Blacktown, Broadmeadow, Cabramatta, Campbelltown, Canberra, Caringbah, Castle Hill, Coogee, Gosford, Hawkesbury, Hornsby, North Sydney, Pambula, Parramatta, Penrith, Port Macquarie, Sutherland, Sydney CBD, Tuggerah, West Ryde, Wollongong
At Belrose on:
Fri 26 May 2017 - Surf Life Saving NSW HQ
Sat 3 Jun 2017 - Surf Life Saving NSW HQ
Wed 14 Jun 2017 - Surf Life Saving NSW HQ
Sat 17 Jun 2017 - Surf Life Saving NSW HQ
Sat 24 Jun 2017 - Surf Life Saving NSW HQ
Thu 29 Jun 2017 - Surf Life Saving NSW HQ
Sat 22 Jul 2017 - Surf Life Saving NSW HQ

EOFY Special Price*
*Offer ends 30 June 2017

This course provides participants with the knowledge and skills needed to manage emergency first aid situations and deliver competent emergency care until the arrival of professional medical support. Once completed, participants will obtain a first aid certificate that is valid for three years. The Provide First Aid course is nationally recognised WorkCover approved training.
At: Ballina, Belrose, Blacktown, Broadmeadow, Cabramatta, Campbelltown, Canberra, Caringbah, Castle Hill, Coogee, Gosford, Hawkesbury, Hornsby, North Sydney, Pambula, Parramatta, Penrith, Port Macquarie, Sutherland, Sydney CBD, Tuggerah, West Ryde, Wollongong
At Belrose on:
Fri 26 May 2017 - Surf Life Saving NSW HQ
Sat 3 Jun 2017 - Surf Life Saving NSW HQ
Wed 14 Jun 2017 - Surf Life Saving NSW HQ
Sat 17 Jun 2017 - Surf Life Saving NSW HQ
Sat 24 Jun 2017 - Surf Life Saving NSW HQ
Thu 29 Jun 2017 - Surf Life Saving NSW HQ
Sat 22 Jul 2017 - Surf Life Saving NSW HQ

EOFY Special Price*
*Offer ends 30 June 2017

This course provides participants with the knowledge and skills needed to manage emergency first aid situations and deliver competent emergency care until the arrival of professional medical support. Once completed, participants will obtain a first aid certificate that is valid for three years. The Provide First Aid course is nationally recognised WorkCover approved training. 

Participants must hold a current first aid certificate on the training day to qualify for the update course. If the certificate has expired the participant must attend a Provide First Aid Full course.
Ballina, Belrose, Blacktown, Broadmeadow, Cabramatta, Campbelltown, Canberra, Caringbah, Castle Hill, Coogee, Gosford, Hawkesbury, Hornsby, North Sydney, Pambula, Parramatta, Penrith, Port Macquarie, Sutherland, Sydney CBD, Tuggerah, West Ryde, Wollongong
At Belrose on:
Fri 26 May 2017 - Surf Life Saving NSW HQ
Sat 3 Jun 2017 - Surf Life Saving NSW HQ
Wed 14 Jun 2017 - Surf Life Saving NSW HQ
Sat 17 Jun 2017 - Surf Life Saving NSW HQ
Sat 24 Jun 2017 - Surf Life Saving NSW HQ
Thu 29 Jun 2017 - Surf Life Saving NSW HQ
Sat 22 Jul 2017 - Surf Life Saving NSW HQ

This course is ideal for those who work in the education and child care industry, as well as parents and carers of young children. The Education and Care First Aid course is nationally recognised WorkCover approved training, and has been endorsed by ACECQA as satisfying all education requirements for first aid, anaphylaxis management and emergency asthma training.

At: Belrose, Blacktown, Cabramatta, Campbelltown, Canberra, Caringbah, Coogee, Pambula, Port Macquarie, Sutherland, Sydney CBD, Tuggerah, West Ryde
At Belrose:
Fri 26 May 2017 - Surf Life Saving NSW HQ
Sat 17 Jun 2017 - Surf Life Saving NSW HQ

The aim of this course is to provide participants with the skills and knowledge to provide an advanced first aid response, including management of the incident and other first aiders until the arrival of medical or other assistance.
At Belrose: Mon 5 Jun 2017 - Surf Life Saving NSW HQ

The aim of this course is to provide participants with the skills, knowledge and application of oxygen, airway management de-vices, and automated external defibrillators during resuscitation, and to administer oxygen to conscious and unconscious breathing causalities.
At Belrose:
Tue 6 Jun 2017 - Surf Life Saving NSW HQ

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to establish, maintain and facilitate the provision of appropriate first aid in the workplace. The unit applies to workers in nominated occupational first aid or management roles. 
At Belrose: Wed 7 Jun 2017 - Surf Life Saving NSW HQ

3 Day Course starting on the booking date

This skill set provides a set of skills to establish, maintain and facilitate the provision of appropriate first aid in a workplace environment, including the skills to provide an emergency first aid response in the event of an emergency.
This skill set meets industry requirements to perform the role and responsibilities required of an Occupational First Aider.
At Belrose: Mon 5 Jun 2017 - Surf Life Saving NSW HQ

How to Request to Address Council

Residents have communicated being unable to negotiate their way around current websites to how/where they must register to address council meetings. 

The links for forms required to be filled out are on this page  

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

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

Link Housing- Call out to Artists

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

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

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

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


Click on logo above to visit their website.

Boating Anthology Seeks Contributors

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

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

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

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

Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary Stalls 2017

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

Friends of Bungan Beach Restoration

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

Can you lend a hand to Friends of Bungan? go to

Bushcare in Pittwater

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

Where we work                      Which day                              What time

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

Winnererremy Bay                 4th Sunday                        9 to 12noon

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

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

Old Wharf Reserve                 3rd Saturday                     8 - 11am

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

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

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

North Narrabeen    
Irrawong Reserve                     3rd Saturday                   2 - 5pm

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

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

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

Whale Beach    
Norma Park                               1st Friday                            9 - 12noon

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

New Season for Sailability Pittwater 

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

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

 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

Abel Tasman Visits Pittwater YHA

May 17, 2017
Just another day at Pittwater YHA!
Catch the Church Point Ferry from Church Point to Halls Wharf, then enjoy a 15min walk uphill to hostel
Ph: (02) 9999 5748

Avalon Boomerang Bags

11am-5pm @ sewcraft cook 
Unit 20/14 Polo Ave Mona Vale

Boomerang Bags is a bag-share initiative involving the installation of a number of ‘Boomerang Bag’ boxes throughout any given business district, shopping centre, street or market. Each box is stocked with re-useable bags for customers to borrow if they have forgotten to bring their own.

Unlike the traditional purchase-and-keep approach, Boomerang Bags are free, and local community members are responsible for returning the bags once they’re no longer required. The availability of free re-useable bags reduces the reliance of local businesses to supply bags to all customers, and encourages a mentality of re-use among local communities, thereby reducing the amount of plastic bag material entering our landfills and waterways.

So who makes the Boomerang Bags? Well, you do! Boomerang Bags are made by local communities for local communities, and are sewn from recycled and donated materials.

Get in touch if you'd like to donate materials, join us making bags, or implement Boomerang Bags in your own local area!

Successful Lake Jindabyne Initiative 

Lake Jindabyne Junior SLSC is in better shape with much need resources thanks to the combined efforts of five Sydney Northern Beaches surf clubs.

North Steyne, Queenscliff, South Curl Curl, North Palm Beach and Newport SLSCs came to the party with various donations, including nipper boards, new safety rash vests, fibreglass and soft top rescue boards, older style Ambu Manikins, face masks, a Bennett racing technology Malibu board, beach relay batons and an IRB hull and floor in good working order.

Newport stalwart Gary Cook took it upon himself to organise, coordinate and collect the donations and, with the terrific support of Newport club member Greg Randall, all items were transported to the Yabbies gear storage area. Greg made three trips to Lake Jindabyne.

Lake Jindabyne President Duane Burke and club captain Marty Firle were very appreciate of Gary's efforts and particularly those generous SNB clubs.

''We are a small club and don't have much sponsorship so to receive all these donations was just fantastic,'' Marty said.

''To receive nine rescue boards has made life so much easier for us.

''The IRB will be good, too. I still need to work out how we can get a motor and trailer. At the moment it is out of the weather and in my shed.''

In text: Gary Cook organised SNB clubs to support Lake Jindabyne Junior SLSC - SLS SNB Report AJG pic.

Warriewood Beach Clean

I love this bloke; he's at Warriewood pretty much every day doing his own private beach clean!!!

Photo and insight courtesy 
Brendan Donohoe 

World Ocean Day Palm Beach Event
Monday, June 05, 2017 at 06:00 PM
The Pacific Club
30 Ocean Rd
Palm Beach

Rob Stokes MP, Palm Beach SLSC, the Save Our Marine Life partnership, and Jason Falinksi MP, invite you to celebrate World Oceans Day (it's technically on Thursday, but who's counting). 

Special guest speaker, Valerie Taylor AM, will share her stories as ocean explorer and filmmaker before a special screening of The Last Sea Treasure, an exploration of the Coral Sea – the cradle to the Great Barrier Reef and one of the last places on Earth where ocean giants still thrive.
Volunteers from the Palm Beach Surf Life Saving Club will be manning the cash bar, so stick around, mingle, and have a drink at the end.  
Let me know below if you can make it. Tickets are FREE but please book today as seats are limited.

Please note: you will receive a confirmation email. If you do not receive a confirmation email then there was a glitch in the system and we will sort it out ASAP - just call my office (8484 0300), or shoot me an email (
I will see you there! 
Jason  Falinski
MP for Mackellar

Spring Concert 2017

by Rotary Club of Upper Northern Beaches
We have an exciting announcement about our seventh annual Northern Beaches Spring Concert. Save the date -- we'll have more details and ticketing information soon!

Sponsors wanted! 
Contact us if you want to be part of this fabulous community event!


Searching for Frank Hurley along our northern beaches

Did you know that Frank Hurley was a very keen gardener and photographer of wild flowers?

In the lead up to a special exhibition entitled Frank Hurley – Sydney Harbour photographer: From Circular Quay to Collaroy,  MAG&M is seeking long-term residents who may have information about this famous Australian and his search for plants along the Northern Beaches, his life in Collaroy Plateau and other stories. 

The gallery is now reaching out to ask if any long-term residents know of other stories or have information about this famous Australian and his search for plants along the Northern Beaches.

Up till now Frank Hurley has been famous for his exploits in both world wars, for his journeys to the Antarctica, and through his films and photographs. This exhibition presents a wonderful opportunity for the Northern Beaches to claim him back as a local celebrity and as part of the garden history of the area.

If you have any information on Frank Hurley and his life in Collaroy Plateau – or know of anyone else who may be able to assist, please contact Katherine Roberts, Manly Art Gallery & Museum on (02) 9976 1418 or

Photo: Wildflowers by the sea, flannel flowers at Palm Beach [Sydney] by Frank Hurley. Created/Published: between 1910 and 1962 - courtesy National Library of Australia, nla.obj-15752

Mr Hurley was once a resident of Whale Beach - visit: Frank Hurley

Australia council delivers more than $7 Million for 270 Arts projects

16 May 2017
The Australia Council for the Arts has today announced more than $7 million to support 270 projects delivered by individuals, groups and small-to-medium organisations through the first of three grant rounds for 2017.

The $7.2 million announced today includes $2.7 million to support projects by 158 individual artists; $0.9 million to support 36 groups of artists; and $3.6 million to support 76 arts organisations.

Last week the Australia Council also announced $3.2 million in funding which has been invested through Playing Australia ($2.0 million); Contemporary Touring Initiative ($577,000); Visual Arts and Craft Strategy-individuals ($445,000); and Contemporary Music Touring Program ($190,000).

Australia Council CEO Tony Grybowski said this grant round was highly competitive and that he was pleased to see the new model continuing to support such a diverse range of activity and attracting a large number of new applicants.

 “The Council’s grants program supports all facets of the creative process, enabling Australian artists to undertake professional development, create new work through individual and collaborative processes, and present their work to audiences in all parts of Australia and across the globe. The findings of the Council’s third National Arts Participation Survey will be released in late June and they tell a compelling story about the role of the arts in the lives of Australians, one that reinforces the importance of this type of investment,” Mr Grybowski said.

Australia Council analysis of the February grant round reveals that:
  • 21% of funding was awarded to applicants in regional and remote areas;
  • 39% of the successful applicants had an international component to their project;
  • 33% of successful applicants to the Arts Projects programs nominated audience engagement and access and participation in the arts as the primary outcomes of their project;
  • 115 peers assessed this round, including 22% from regional and remote areas; and
  • 15% of the peer assessors identified as being culturally and linguistically diverse and 19% identified as being Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.
Two years after its launch the new grants model continues to deliver increased accessibility and flexibility, with new applicants making up 32% of the February grant round, and one in five successful applications coming from first time applicants.

Applications are assessed against one of four criteria which align with the Australia Council’s strategic goals. The applicant chooses which criteria best reflects the primary outcome of their project: creation of new work; audience engagement; access to and participation in the arts; and international profile of Australian arts.

Successful grant recipients will be published on the Australia Council website from Tuesday 16 May. 

More information can be found here about the next grant round which closes on 6 June for projects starting after 1 September 2017.

Successful Grants
Sharing Stories Foundation - Community Arts and Cultural Development Arts Projects Organisations: $99,500.00 01-MAY-2017  to 08-FEB-2017  MACKELLAR

Nominations open for top nurses and midwives

12 May 2017: NSW Minister for Health. The Hon. Brad Hazzard
Outstanding nurses and midwives will be recognised for their tireless work with nominations now open for the fifth annual Excellence in Nursing and Midwifery Awards.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard today marked International Nurses Day by encouraging anyone who knows of a top nurse or midwife to nominate them.

“I encourage community members, patients and colleagues to put forward any nurse or midwife working in the public health system who has made a real difference to the lives and experiences of their patients,” said Mr Hazzard.

“The NSW Government is right behind our nurses and midwives, expanding the workforce by an extra 6280 since March 2011 – representing a 14 per cent increase.

“We now employ a record 49,900 nurses and midwives and I want to personally thank each and every one of them for their tireless dedication and compassion.

“We have also recruited a record 2200 nursing and midwifery graduates this year, a quarter of them in rural and regional NSW.”

The NSW Government has committed $120 million in 2016-2017 for 900 additional nurses, doctors, allied health and other hospital staff to support the increasing patient demand for health services.

Another $9.8 million has been committed to recruiting 65 more specialist nurses and midwives and 30 clinical support officers for nurses and midwifery services.

NSW Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer Jacqui Cross also paid tribute to the state’s nurses and midwives.

“I wholeheartedly thank our nurses and midwives for providing quality, patient- centred care and making a difference for people in our communities,” Ms Cross said.

Nominations close on Friday 9 June 2017 and can be made at Excellence in Nursing and Midwifery Awards for 2017

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:

Sydney Wildlife: May 2017

A Week In The Life Of A Wildlife Rescuer - Part 2

To celebrate Sydney Wildlife's 20-Year Anniversary, I was asked to recount a typical week in the life of wildlife rescuing.  It took so long that we had to break it into 2 parts!

For those of you who missed Part 1 of "A Week in the Life of a Wildlife Rescuer" in our April edition:  the first 3 days of the week comprised of darting a wallaby to remove plastic from around its neck; rescuing a tawny frogmouth with a broken leg and then a concussed lorikeet; a visit to Waratah Park to drop off some ringtail possums; an attempt to manipulate a faecal impaction from a very uncomfortable diamond python and grappling with a grumpy tiger snake...  

Come Thursday and our sweet diamond python still hasn’t been able to expel whatever is clogging her cloaca… Many soaking baths haven’t shifted the mass so it’s off to one of our wonderful veterinarians who give of their time for free.  Dr Andrew at Dee Why Vet takes a close look and decides to take x-rays.  A large white sphere shows up.  Oh, no - we hope she hasn’t swallowed a golf ball…

Whilst we are poring over the radiographs, Dr Andrew has lubricated the cloaca and begun physically manipulating the area as gently as possible.  He has oodles of patience and doesn’t rush her at all.  And sure enough, out pops a large white oval shape.  And then another large white oval shape.  And another.  Not golf balls.  But eggs!  The poor girl has dystocia (she’s been egg-bound)!  She must’ve dropped a clutch of eggs but the last 3 were abnormally large and she was unable to expel them.  Well, I can guarantee she feels 100% better.  She even looks thankful!  Dr Andrew gives her some anti-inflammatories and some pain relief and we are on our way again.  

Poor diamond python looking very sorry for herself :(

Turned out to be dystocia (egg-binding) not faecal impaction!

Later that week she is released back to her glorious home in the bush:

From there it’s off to a Fundraising Meeting with Joan - our Pre-Release Facility Manager.  We have been madly raising funds to buy a Mobile Wildlife Clinic.  The idea behind the Sydney Wildlife Mobile Clinic is to provide first-class treatment to our injured and sick wildlife.  The clinic is to be staffed by veterinarians who are experienced at treating wildlife and who can provide hands-on training for veterinary students.  The van is to provide first aid and emergency medical treatment for injured animals and is to be deployed to areas where natural disasters have occurred. 

So today we’re on a reconnaissance mission to check out a few venues for our next big fundraiser.  First port of call is to grab two coffees (NOT in takeaway cups, but in our environmentally-friendly ‘keep cups’) and then scout around for a great but inexpensive location.  We visit a few venues in Terrey Hills and Newport but we feel they may not be central enough to any non-Northern Beaches attendees.  So it’s back to the drawing board.  Dr David Ward (our head veterinarian for the Mobile Clinic) has suggested we contact the International College of Management in Manly.  We pop it onto our 'To Do' list for the next meeting.

We then contact our wonderful graphic designer - Laurie Sword - who is doing all the marketing work for us Pro Bono.  She has designed this amazing concept photo of the van for us:

We then pop back to Joan’s place to finish applying for some Community Grants and to feed her critters, one of whom is this adorable wombat joey, Mulan:

Joan Reid with her little wombat joey, Mulan.

When Friday rolls around, it’s time for Nash the tiger snake to have another injection and to have his mouth cleaned out.  So, it’s time to chase each other around the room again ha ha :D  He surprises me by being a complete angel and not giving me a hard time.  Straight in the tube for his injection and subcutaneous fluids and then onto the mouth treatment.  He’s so good for his treatment that I reward him with some unrestricted ‘sun-time’ outside under my watchful gaze:

Nash the tiger snake enjoying his time in the sun on the warm tiles.  

When Nash has had his fill of sunshine, it’s time to pack up all our educational brochures and habitat decor for a talk at a local school.  As part of our Sydney Wildlife charter, we are committed to educating the public about the needs of our wildlife and the importance of habitat protection.  Our Community Education coordinator, Eira Battaglia, does talks all over the Northern Beaches - to schools, to age-care facilities, to TAFEs and even to Scout gatherings.  She’s amazing and very enthusiastic!  As part of our education plan, we often collaborate with the wonderful folks at the Coastal Environment Centre (CEC) in Narrabeen.   Today’s talk has been organised by the dedicated team at the CEC and they have invited us to join them to talk about how the general public can do more to protect habitat for our wildlife. 

Eira Battaglia educational talk

The CEC team have organised the kids into groups.  The first group are invited to build a “Bee Hotel” with Tim the Bee-Man.  It’s so much fun and the kids learn about the invaluable job that our bees perform through pollination.  The second group are being coached by Dave about how to do small things in their own backyard to provide habitat for little birds, blue-tongue lizards and other visiting critters.  The third group are gathered in the hall and we (Sydney Wildlife) are giving a talk on the right and wrong things to do when bush-walking.  Ably assisted by the passionate Kate Murray - one of our newest members - we re-enact a bush-walk that was done incorrectly.  The ‘naughty’ bushwalker rumbles through the bush talking loudly on their mobile-phone, throws their litter on the ground, moves pieces of bark and logs around without thinking and throws rocks into the adjacent lake.  The children are asked to identify aspects of the person’s behaviour that could be problematic.  As always, they are always spot-on!  At the end of the presentation, the kids are able to identify many of our local wildlife species and the type of habitat that they require.  They are also well-versed on the correct behaviour to undertake whilst bush-walking.  It’s very important to get kids to connect with nature and fall in love with wildlife because they will only grow up wanting to protect something that they love.  

During the talk, a call comes through about a snake in a toilet.  This ought to be easy, so I pop up to Avalon expecting to scoop a little slithery critter out of a toilet bowl, give it a wash and pop it back in the bush.  Riiiiiiiiiiight….

Instead of being in the toilet-bowl, the sweet little green tree snake has sought refuge from the family’s cat in the pedestal of the toilet.  The only access to the snake is through a tiny 20c piece-sized hole in the bottom part of the toilet which is - obviously - fused to the toilet floor…  Sigh.

This photo was taken through the tiny hole...

The lady's dad makes an excellent suggestion - build a tunnel from the hole into a box which will make capture much easier.

While we are running about gathering vacuum-cleaner hose, bedding for the box and tape, the little critter sneaks out, climbs the towel-rail and plops herself into a reusable shopping-bag hanging off the end of the towel-rail...  Well that's what I call gift-wrapping yourself for the snake-catcher :)

With Friday almost over, there's just enough time to pick up the kids from school, collect foliage for the animals in care, feed them all and get some sleep before the weekend.

Who knows what the weekend will bring...!?! 

Joan's and I at our most recent fundraiser.

The glamour of wildlife rescue...  Post-clambering-under-a-house to look for the source of a random scratching sound...

Previously: A Week In The Life Of A Sydney Wildlife Volunteer by Lynleigh Greig

By Lynleigh Grieg
Sydney Wildlife