April 18 - 24, 2021: Issue 490



This Issue: full list in Contents page 

Front Page Issue 490 

North Narrabeen Welcomes Back Championship Tour At Rip Curl Narrabeen Classic Pres. By Corona

Stop PEP-11 Paddle-Out At Mona Vale Shares Community's Vision For End Of This Licence

2021 Junior Lifesavers Of The Year Announced: Warriewood's Vivek Sirkari

Pittwater Action To Save Koalas: What You Can Do To Help Prevent Their Extinction

Australia SailGP Team For Season Two From (Mostly) Around Here

Enchanted Forest Immersive Dinner Show At Currawong: April 24 Or 25th - Don't Miss This!

Pictures NSW Seniors Festival 2021 Celebration By Local Senior Kevin Murray on a Walk along the Cowan Track: It's In Our Nature To Connect To Beaches, Bays, Birds, Bush, Beauty 

Aquatics Branch - State Surf Boat Carnivals Go Ahead Give A Good Splash For Local Crews At Season's End

Newport's Marlon Riley Wins 2021 NSW Bodyboard State Titles + locals win place in NSW Team 

Park Bench Philosopher Bayview Koala Sanctuary - a reprise of our 2012 history page

DIY Ideas It's starting to get Cold: 10 Ways to keep your home warm and save money

Food Café Relish at North Avalon - As the days cool we all start looking for a nice sunny corner to enjoy a catch-up with friends and some great food. Café Relish in North Avalon road, which was opened in January 2012 by Phil and Nick Parr, has built a substantial following in our community solely due to delicious food incorporating the best ingredients each season has to offer and scrumptious coffees.

Avalon Place Plan Open For Feedback - Feedback Closes May 16

Seaweed Forests Festival, Manly: April 9th - May 9th, 2021 

Seniors Festival 2021Local Events + Mona Vale and Dee Why Mini Expos Will Showcase Local Seniors Groups - April 13 - 30, 2021

Youth Week 2021Local Events Set To Inspire Creatives, Musicians, Good Sports and Lovers Of Recycled Fashion - April 16 - 24, 2021

Profile Liberty Foundation - service rehoming animals from research

From 19-24 April 2021, a special rehoming service will open its doors to Australians wanting to support animals coming out of research facilities. 

Liberty Foundation is Australia’s first service dedicated solely to rehoming a wide range of animals from science and research, as pets and companions.

The launch week is significant for another reason, according to founder and director of Liberty Foundation, Paula Wallace: “We think World Laboratory Animal Week is a good time to let everyone know that we are here and to take a moment to remember that there are many animals in laboratories around the world, including here in Australia.

“The good news is that an increasing number of them are finding a new life outside of research as pets and valued members of families and communities around Australia.”

Liberty Foundation started rehoming in late 2017 and since that time has found loving forever homes for more than 350 animals from research facilities. They include rats, mice, guinea pigs, rabbits, fish, dogs and cats. It has rehoming agreements in place with a number of large research establishments in New South Wales and plans to expand nationally.

“We have built up the charity to a point where we can officially launch as a professional, effective and sustainable service that puts the needs of animals at the forefront of everything we do,” said Ms Wallace.

There are literally millions of animals used for research and scientific purposes in Australia each year, across a wide range of species from livestock to natives and companion animals. They are used in a range of settings such as universities, hospitals, agriculture, medical and veterinary research and government facilities.

Liberty Foundation was recognised last October at the Jetpets Companion Animal Rescue Awards, taking out the category of Outstanding New Rescue Group.

The organisation works on a foster/adopt model and places animals within the community. It hopes to establish a sanctuary in the future with the support of donors and people joining the organisation for an annual membership fee.

You can find out more about Liberty Foundation at: www.libertyfoundation.org.au and in this Issue's Profile of the Week

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LibertyFoundationAustralia

You Tube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCISjfihJnJ6BCs8KVYaW_3g

History BROKEN SECTION: The Story Of Pittwater's Anti-Submarine Boom Net 
By John Illingsworth, Pittwater Pathways

Artists of the Month March/April 2021: Artists Exhibiting at the Be Brave Art Space - two exhibitions; The Nature of Things and Artful Reflections

Be Brave Artspace is a community based art gallery that showcases original art by emerging and established artists. Established in 2017 and located in Avalon, its conception came from an idea that grew out of a love of all things creative.

The space hosts one or two new exhibitions each month of the year. 

On street level is a light, spacious gallery delivering dynamic exhibitions of local and other Sydney based artists. Downstairs is an extension of the gallery plus a workshop and studio for creators to teach and to come and be bold and fearless.

This is a space where artists can exhibit, create, connect and be inspired.

After a Summer hiatus, impacted by Covid lockdowns, Tina  Berkeley, founder of the Be Brave Art Space reopened the doors on Saturday February 27th.

The gallery and studio will host two Exhibitions through March, The Nature of Things, February 27th to March 14th 2021, and Artful Reflections, March 20th to April 5th 2021.

The Nature of Things features works by Peter Porteous, Tony Hooke, Robyn Biviano and Russell Carey.

Artful Reflections  is a group exhibition by three artists – Dianne Bradley, Anna McClure and Anne Kearne.

Pittwater Offshore Newsletter: April 13, 2021

Click on Logo to access latest PON:  

To contact Roy:  editor@scotlandisland.org.au

From April 1st, 2021 PON (above)

Time to Go!
Nearly 13 years ago I hesitantly took over the editorship of the PON from Paul Purvis. I had little idea what it really involved, nor did I realise I would get so involved that I would still be doing it 13 years later! Having looked after the PON on one or two occasions when Paul was away, I knew enough to want to continue the fine tradition of the newsletter which had been an important part of this community for such a long time.

Looking back, I can now say that the experience of managing the PON over the years has been an extraordinary one. It has been educational, great fun, inspiring, very satisfying, frustrating, tiring, time consuming and, far too many times, incredibly sad. I am pleased to say that over the years our readership has grown, and the introduction of the PON's Facebook page has proven successful and has become a relevant source of information in the community in its own right.

But none of it would have happened without you the contributors, the artists, the people in the stories and articles, the contentious issues, the meetings, the floods, the fires, the storms, the celebrations, the races, the festivals, the exhibitions, the dinners and the unbearable losses that many have endured. To all of you, I thank you, and to those who have stopped and praised me for the work done, I am humbled by your generosity.

I need to acknowledge two people who have been so incredibly supportive throughout my tenure. Nathalie, my darling partner who has never complained when I disappear into the study to do yet another PON most Sundays, and to Cass Gye for her incredible source of knowledge and information, her endless reminders and messages that helped fill the newsletters. But most of all her beautiful encouragement and consistent praise over the years. To both of you I am truly grateful.

I leave feeling proud of having being able to continue the tradition of the PON, and I leave in the knowledge that someone with equal interest in preserving our tradition is taking over. Roy Baker, as many would know, has been on the island, well, forever! He knows the lay of the land, so-to-speak, with diverse interests and involvement in this community, and with a keen interest in our history he is more than capable of taking the PON to the next level. He will be an excellent editor!

So, with a twinge of sadness I say farewell as editor and hand it over to you, Roy.

Julian

RSL NSW 2021 ANZAC Day Commemorations

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way Australians can commemorate this ANZAC Day. RSL NSW has been working with the NSW Government since September 2020 to ensure that the following commemorations can take place across the state this year, in accordance with current NSW Health advice and Controlled Outdoor Event guidelines: 
  • Marches
  • Dawn Services
  • All other commemoration services
An exemption to the Public Health Order issued to RSL NSW on March 9 2021 stipulates that a maximum of 5000 people can participate in the Sydney CBD March. 
To register for a ticket to participate in the March, please click here

An exemption was granted to communities across Greater Sydney and outside of Greater Sydney for a maximum of 3,000 people to attend an ANZAC Day March or service and must not exceed one person per 2 square metres of space. 

The nominated organiser of an outdoor ANZAC Day march or service must develop and comply with a COVID-19 Safety Plan required for outdoor protests. 

Each person participating in an outdoor ANZAC Day March or service must provide their name, telephone number of email address to the nominated organiser and take reasonably practicable steps to comply with the COVID-19 Safety Plan developed by the nominated organiser. 

The health and safety of veterans, current serving members of the Australian Defence Force, and NSW communities is a priority for RSL NSW. 

As the COVID-19 landscape evolves in NSW, updates and changes may be made to ANZAC Day commemorations at any time. To register for the Sydney CBD March, please enter your details in the form located on this page of our website

Information and FAQs regarding the Sydney CBD March can be found on our website here

For information about services in all other NSW communities, please follow this link

If you have any questions about 2021 ANZAC Day commemorations in NSW please contact support@rslnsw.org.au or contact your local sub-Branch volunteers.

Narrabeen RSL: ANZAC March & Wreath Laying Ceremony
The Narrabeen RSL sub-Branch annual ANZAC Service is to be held this year (2021) at the Narrabeen RSL Club. Due to COVID there will be no march this year.
The ANZAC Service will be held on Sunday 18th April (the Sunday prior to the actual ANZAC Day) starting at 11:30 (near the SUNK Bar and car park area).
Sub-Branch members and their partners are invited to attend.

ANZAC Day 2021 - Pittwater RSL
The Pittwater RSL Club and Sub-Branch are very pleased to be hosting this year’s ANZAC Commemorative Services.  Both Services will be COVID safe!  Service NSW QR code check-in will be available at both venues as well as pre-registration for the Dawn Service via the Club’s website.

Sunday 18 April 2021
12:40pm - March commences at the corner of Vineyard Street and Pittwater Road, Mona Vale.
1:00pm    - Service at Mona Vale Park.

Sunday 25 April 2021
05:30am  - Commemorative Service at the Pittwater RSL Club Cenotaph in the lower carpark.
All visitors are requested to be onsite by 05:20am. Book your spot to attend the Dawn Service here:  https://www.trybooking.com/events/landing?eid=737342
1:00pm - 2 Up

ANZAC DAY 2021 - Church Point
Thomas Stephens Reserve (ferry wharf) - 11am.
As in previous years a community Anzac Day ceremony will be held at Church Point at 11.00 am
Gather around the flagpole at Thomas Stephens Reserve, Church Point before 11am. 

ANZAC Day 2021 – Avalon Beach RSL sub-Branch
Dawn Service: 5.30 am
Address: Dunbar Park, Old Barrenjoey Road, Avalon Beach
NO MARCH this year.
11am Service: Dunbar Park, Old Barrenjoey Road, Avalon Beach

ANZAC Day 2021 – Forestville RSL sub-Branch
Dawn Service: 5.25 am
Address: Forestville RSL Club Cenotaph
NO MARCH this year
Main Service: 2.30 pm - Conducted on Sunday 18 April. This is a ticketed event, in a controlled area within the grounds of the Forestville RSL Club.

Palm Beach RSL sub-Branch
Address: 1087 Barrenjoey Road
11am Service at Cenotaph outside the RSL

Newport: as below

New-look website for WPCA

West Pittwater Community Association’s website has been given a makeover and, along with its refreshed look, provides more information than ever about living offshore. If you haven’t delved into the site recently now is an excellent time to check out its many features, including updates on important matters such as Ausgrid’s West Pittwater Reliability Project and NBN installation. There is detailed information about West Pittwater Rural Fire Brigade and a broad range of matters associated with bush fire risks, management and safety; you can learn about local history, fauna and flora and the groups dedicated to bush regeneration; and keep up to date on forthcoming community events.



A wonderful addition is a comprehensive list of weeds (found in the Pittwater section). It helps you identify invasive species that harm the local ecology and gives advice on what action you can take.

There is much more to enjoy, so please take some time to explore. And if you are not already a member of West Pittwater Community Association, please go to Member Benefits in the site’s About section. You will discover why it’s good to join and how to do it.

The WPCA committee is profoundly grateful to Wayne and Sandra Lazarides for their development of the new site, with special thanks to Sandra for her heroic work on weed identification. Wayne and Sandra’s generosity is inspiring and the entire community benefits from their expertise.

Draft Avalon Beach Place Plan now Open for Feedback

The Draft Avalon Beach Place Plan opened for feedback on Friday February 19th. The consult runs until Sunday May 16th, 2021.

Pittwater Online has received feedback and input from the three local community residents associations, as well as residents who are not members of these.  

Jump in and have a look HERE - - also available:

Avalon Place Plan Open For Feedback - Feedback Closes May 16

There is also information available within the village itself with a display. APA has installed a display of major documents in the window of the empty shop across the arcade from Avalon Floral Art at 55 Old Barrenjoey Road (opposite Barefoot Boulevarde).

PUBLIC MEETING TO PROVIDE INFORMATION ON THE DRAFT AVALON PLACE PLAN

SUNDAY 2nd MAY  2021    3.00PM to 430 PM
AVALON BOWLING CLUB Green 1 Bowling Green Lane Avalon Beach
FORMAT- PANEL OF SPEAKERS followed by Q & A

Welcome to Country Neil Evers - Garigal Man, Chairperson- Aboriginal Support Group- Manly,
Warringah, Pittwater.
The Essence of Avalon………………………………………………………… Councillor Alex McTaggart
A Vision for Avalon…… (to be confirmed) …………………. Professor Richard Leplastrier AO Architect
A Vision for our Future- A Local’s Perspective……….……………… Nic Laidlaw
__________________________________________________________________________

Draft Avalon Place Plan- Have Your Say Submission Questions Explained

Question 1 Do you support the draft Avalon Beach Place Plan? What are you being asked to support?
Refer to Avalon Beach Place Action Plan  Priority Items 1-58 Pages 83-89 Draft APP.

The Action Plan …Where to access. What are your priorities? What else?....................Ros Marsh

Question 2 Do you support the proposed shared zone on Old Barrenjoey Road? In moving forward, a temporary one way south bound shared zone of Old Barrenjoey Road north (between Avalon Parade and the entrance to the Woolworths car park) will be established for a trial period (minimum of six months). Refer pages 38-41 Draft APP

The NBC One Way Trial Concept Explained…………………David Poppleton-Property, Planning and Market Expert

Impact on the Village/Business Owners……………………Chris Kavanagh - President, Peninsula Business-Mona Vale to Palm Beach

Question 3 Do you support the proposed bike path/cycleway designs? Refer Pages 47-49 Draft APP

Question 4. Do you have any comments on the Avalon Beach Pedestrian Bike Path - Alternative Connections design Page 43 The alternative design was prepared by Avalon Preservation Association and endorsed by Clareville and Bilgola Plateau Resident Association and Palm Beach Whale Beach Association.

The Bike Plan NBC Concept and The Alternative APA Concept explained ………………. Ros Marsh
__________________________________________________________________________

DCP’s, LEP’s Character Statement and impact on Place Plan ............ David Poppleton  - Property, Planning and Market Expert

Innovation, Character & Priorities………………………… Peter Stutchbury - Architect

Community Priorities Local Resident Association Priorities and Panel Members

Avalon Preservation Association ………………………........................…..Conrad Grayson
Clareville Bilgola Plateau Residents Association……………………………..Catherine Kerr
Palm Beach Whale Beach Association……………………………  ……………. Frank Bush

Q & A Panel Speakers and Resident Associations 30 mins

Summary……………………………………………………………Councillor Alex McTaggart


Newport Residents Association: Newport Village Future and Improvements Survey

 
NEWPORT NEEDS YOUR HELP:
 
This is your chance to help shape the future of Newport Village.  We would like your ideas and thoughts.
We’d like to know what is important to you, as our community tries to attract new businesses and revitalise village life.
 
Click on the link below and take our short survey - it will take no more than 5 minutes to complete – we promise! however  if you have filled out the hard copy version before there is no need to do this one.
 

Update yourself on Newport matters visit our website: http://newport.org.au/

Review of the rate peg to include population growth

The Minister for Local Government has asked IPART to recommend a rate peg methodology that allows the general income of councils to be varied annually on a total basis to take into account population growth.

This is to support the NSW Government’s commitment to allow councils to align their rates revenue with population growth.

The review is focused on ensuring local councils can continue to provide quality services to their communities, including in those areas experiencing population growth.

IPART has been asked to recommend a rate peg methodology that allows the general income councils receive through rates to be varied annually in a way that accounts for population growth. The review will make recommendations on the adequate levels of revenue required by councils to service growth, with a focus on changes to total rates revenue not individual rates. IPART invites submissions to its Issues Paper on the impact of population growth on council costs.

The rate peg is based on the annual change in the Local Government Cost Index (LGCI), which measures the average costs faced by NSW councils.

Under the current system, an increase in the population of a council area does not necessarily result in an increase in revenue from rates. The costs incurred by councils to service growth are recovered from special variations, developer contributions and supplementary valuations.

IPART’s review of the rate peg will look at population growth in rural and regional NSW, as well as across Sydney. In our Issues Paper, IPART will explore a number of key issues, including:
  • the different types of income councils can source to cover the costs of population growth and the role of the rate peg.
  • varying population growth between councils in NSW, including how to define population growth.
  • the impact of population growth on council costs.
IPART is seeking feedback on the issues to be explored through the review until 3 May 2021. The Issues Paper can be found here.

We will present a Final Report to the Minister for Local Government in September 2021.

Taste of the Beaches supports local businesses to delight your senses this May

A raft of new dining experiences have been announced in the Taste of the Beaches event program, with over 30 local businesses getting involved to make the month of May the tastiest the Beaches have ever seen.

Running from 1-30 May, hospitality businesses throughout the peninsular will be hosting unique culinary experiences, along with a number of signature events including the Council-run Manly Beach Front Restaurant presented by The Steyne Hotel and the Palm Beach Wine Garden.

Mayor Michael Regan said he was delighted that Council could support so many local businesses that will be participating in this flagship event through the grants program, that will showcase all the best food and drinks made and created locally.

“Taste of the Beaches will bring together some of the best restaurants, cafes, craft brewers and wineries in a family-friendly environment for a month-long celebration of gastronomic delights.

“Northern Beaches residents have had a tough year, and now we can enjoy a vigilant return to normal daily life with a celebration of everything that makes this a great community.”

International travel may be off the menu for now, but Taste of the Beaches will have you around the world, and back again this May.

Take in the beautiful Sardinia with Giovanni Pilu's degustation, visit a Tokyo style street market with Daniel San, take a spice journey at Coya, dress up and enjoy a Eurovision themed dinner at Fika, walk through the rich history of Israel at Fuel by Night, feel the vibe at an Austrian pork knuckle party or take the family to Italy with a hands-on pizza making at Sale Pepe.

Blend that together with local brew events at 4 Pines and 7th Day, charcuterie at the Park House, roasting and tasting coffee at Nine Yards and a five-course degustation dinner by renowned chefs at the Dunes in Palm Beach and you have your month covered.

In accordance with current COVID Health Orders, the traditional Taste of Manly event could not run this year, however, this tasty initiative will celebrate our region’s diverse culinary experiences and support our local businesses through the Taste of the Beaches grants program. 

While more events are still being added, for a full list of Taste of the Beaches special events and dining experiences so far, go to 

DoggieRescue.com

Pets of the Week

Brie

AGE/SEX: 18 months / F
BREED: Cattle X Bull Arab?
Brie is an active and boisterous but sweet dog who has had some basic training and can walk on a halti. She is good with children and would suit 10+yo just because of her strength. She is strong and can lunge at other dogs when on lead. She is social with most dogs and loves to play fetch and retrieve but can play rough. She is a friendly happy girl who can get easily over excited and mouthy. She is interested in guinea pigs but takes a wide berth from cats who swipe at her. She has a short coat and weighs 28.6kg. She 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. Her adoption cost is $450

Glacier

Glacier and her brother Arctic are sweet very gentle long haired kittens, part albino. Both are deaf but that does not stop them enjoying life. They are looking for an indoor life with someone who loves brushing cats. They were born Nov 20.
She comes desexed, vaccinated wormed and chipped. Her adoption fee is $250. She is located at Ingleside. If you are interested in meeting her, call DoggieRescue on 9486 3133 or email cats@DoggieRescue.com

Foster Carers Needed
Not everyone is in a position to adopt a dog, which is why DoggieRescue runs a foster program making it easy for caring dog lovers to make an immediate difference.

Meet our top ten doggies desperate for a foster home. These are most frequently doggies who have spent a long time in the shelter and are in urgent need of some quiet time in a loving home.

For further details or to meet all cats, rabbits and dogs at Doggie Rescue call  9486 3133 or email monika@DoggieRescue.com. Visit www.DoggieRescue.com to see all our dogs. www.facebook.com/doggierescue 
Rehoming Organisation No R251000024. 

Google misled consumers about the collection and use of location data

April 16, 2021
The Federal Court has found that Google LLC and Google Australia Pty Ltd (together, Google) misled consumers about personal location data collected through Android mobile devices between January 2017 and December 2018, in a world-first enforcement action brought by the ACCC.

“This is an important victory for consumers, especially anyone concerned about their privacy online, as the Court’s decision sends a strong message to Google and others that big businesses must not mislead their customers,” ACCC Chair Rod Sims said.

“Today’s decision is an important step to make sure digital platforms are up front with consumers about what is happening with their data and what they can do to protect it.”

The Court ruled that when consumers created a new Google Account during the initial set-up process of their Android device, Google misrepresented that the ‘Location History’ setting was the only Google Account setting that affected whether Google collected, kept or used personally identifiable data about their location. In fact, another Google Account setting titled ‘Web & App Activity’ also enabled Google to collect, store and use personally identifiable location data when it was turned on, and that setting was turned on by default.

The Court also found that when consumers later accessed the ‘Location History’ setting on their Android device during the same time period to turn that setting off, they were also misled because Google did not inform them that by leaving the ‘Web & App Activity’ setting switched on, Google would continue to collect, store and use their personally identifiable location data.

Similarly, between 9 March 2017 and 29 November 2018, when consumers later accessed the ‘Web & App Activity’ setting on their Android device, they were misled because Google did not inform them that the setting was relevant to the collection of personal location data.

The Court also found that Google’s conduct was liable to mislead the public.

“We are extremely pleased with the outcome in this world-first case. Between January 2017 and December 2018, consumers were led to believe that ‘Location History’ was the only account setting that affected the collection of their personal location data, when that was simply not true,” Mr Sims said.

“Companies that collect information must explain their settings clearly and transparently so consumers are not misled. Consumers should not be kept in the dark when it comes to the collection of their personal location data.”

The Court dismissed the ACCC’s allegations about certain statements Google made about the methods by which consumers could prevent Google from collecting and using their location data, and the purposes for which personal location data was being used by Google.

The ACCC is seeking declarations, pecuniary penalties, publications orders, and compliance orders. This will be determined at a later date.

“In addition to penalties, we are seeking an order for Google to publish a notice to Australian consumers to better explain Google’s location data settings in the future. This will ensure that consumers can make informed choices about whether certain Google settings that personal collect location data should be enabled,” Mr Sims said.

Google LLC is a multinational company incorporated in the United States with its headquarters in Mountain View, California. It is a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc. Google Australia Pty Ltd is a subsidiary of Google LLC and conducts certain aspects of Google LLC’s business in Australia, including the distribution of Pixel phones.

The ACCC instituted proceedings against Google LLC and Google Australia Pty Ltd in October 2019.

If Android phone users want to stop Google collecting personally identifiable location information, they may do so by switching off the ‘Location’ setting in their Google Account as well as the ‘Web & App Activity’ setting. Consumers can delete personal data that Google has already collected about them through their Google Account.

The Federal Court found that a number of representations published by Google LLC to Australian consumers between January 2017 and December 2018 were false or misleading and that Google LLC engaged in misleading or deception conduct, in contravention of the Australian Consumer Law.

Uber taps on for discounted public transport

World-leading technology will see Opal digital customers gain credit to their account when they transfer to public transport from Ubers and other rideshare services.

Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance announced participants in the Opal digital card trial will be the first people in the world to use the new technology.

“From the middle of this year up to 10,000 Opal digital card users will be able to pay for an Uber, a fixed fare Ingogo taxi trip or a Lime bike journey using their Opal card. If they then catch public transport within 60 minutes they will receive a credit to their Opal account of up to $3,” Mr Constance said.

“We know how convenient using one card is and this is just the beginning. If the trial is successful we will look into rolling it out across the network and we’ll be inviting other providers to get on board too.”

Uber Australia’s General Manager Dom Taylor said the trial was an exciting next step.

“This is a fantastic example of how government and industry can work together to deliver better ways to move people from A to B. Sydneysiders can already access public transport information via the Uber app. Now they can use Uber to take the stress out of getting to and from a public transport hub and be rewarded for it as well,” Mr Taylor said.

As part of the trial My Fast Ferry customers will save 10 per cent on their ferry fare during peak times and 25 per cent when travelling off peak with NRMA’s Managing Director of Transport Samantha Abeydeera welcoming the inclusion.

“My Fast Ferry is an essential connection for people moving between Manly and Circular Quay, receiving a reward for pairing this up with another public transport trip will make a massive difference for commuters,” Ms Abeydeera said.

Transport for New South Wales has partnered with Mastercard, Commonwealth Bank of Australia and EML Payments Limited to deliver the 12-month Opal digital card trial. The trial was launched as part of the Future Transport Technology Summit and supports the release of Transport for NSW’s Future Transport Technology Roadmap 2021-2024

Pittwater Community Groups: 


Sports (plus Social Members)

Gardens and Environment

Rural Fire Brigades
Services - Community Organisations

Arts and Social

Speed humps on McCarrs Creek Rd: please share Wildlife Data 

Local wildlife rescuers are asking all members of the public to report any roadkill on McCarrs Ck Rd or any other road in the NB (Wakehurst Parkway or Mona Vale Road for instance) on www.wildlifemapping.org

It records the GPS position, date, sex, species. Photos can be added as they help in identification
The data is then forwarded to OEH and Transport NSW as it can help establish the best places to place  mitigation. Thanking you all in advance for your help with this.

We need your help. Thank you for reporting wildlife road fatalities. There is so much wildlife on the move in our area at present due to various pressures. Although we have had pictures sent to us, many of these have no date or location.

There is a database that volunteers maintain but this needs three pieces of information:
  1. The position via GPS or road and suburb
  2. The date
  3. The animal
The details can be entered into the database directly by you at:

Vale Ron Turton

1945 - March 29, 2021

It is our melancholy duty to inform you of the passing of former Palm Beach resident Ron Turton.

Born in Woking in the U.K., his family emigrated to Australia in 1949.

''We landed in the Port of Melbourne finally in October, got a train up to Sydney and at first were in Lane Cove for a few months, in the caravan park there on Fuller’s Bridge, then onto a little farm at Castle Hill, which was bush. We then ended up at Newport, in Bardo road, were there for about five minutes with me going to Newport Public school for a few months before he moved to 810 Barrenjoey Road, Careel Bay, Palm Beach, in 1950.'' Ron said in his 2017 Profile.

In 1957 Ron's father commenced working at the Palm Beach Golf Club. 
''That is when our real interest in surfing started. We’d just walk around the corner to the beach. Pearly and I just took to the water, with our surf’o’planes.

Eventually someone lent me a board, someone from the surf club it was. It was a Malibu but there were a lot of the 16 footers around then too. Everyone at Palm Beach then would say Hi, Hello, How are you – it was that kind of place. I knew John Prosser, and Richard Parkinson came along later.
At Palm Beach then surfing was everything, it was IT.''

Ron was a founding member of the now legendary Beachcombers Surfboard Riding Club of Palm Beach. On subsequent visits to his old home in Pittwater he shared many an anecdote over very long lunches with the editor of Pittwater Online News. Ron also helped put together some of the surfing history features that have run here, notably on this early surfing fraternity and his sister, Pearl.

Ron attended Avalon Public School and Narrabeen Boys High before taking on a few different jobs prior to moving into the media industry.

With a background in accounts, Ron started at the Berrima Post in 1971, but with the advertising manager having to take leave without a replacement the 'new kid on the block' was thrown into the deep end and told to go and sell ads.

Getting that opportunity would be one of the best things that ever happened in Ron's life, he later said.

Ronnie's sales skills were so good in fact, the paper later went from being a bi-weekly to a tri-weekly.

After this stint in the bush, the city beckoned, and in 1979 Ron went to Sydney for an interview with the Daily MirrorRon started phone blowing for features for a few months and quickly became features manager. After 18 months he became assistant advertising manager.

At the time Ron was mates with Rupert Murdoch's nephew, Matt Handbury, who had worked in New York and on the Northern Territory News, and was managing The Northern Daily Leader in Tamworth. It was Matt who would send Ron to northern NSW, offering him a role at the Tamworth paper.

Later describing it as the hardest decision he had made, Ron made the move to Tamworth and started as the advertising and marketing manager at the NDL in 1981, taking his top training from the big smoke to the country reps.

Despite having a successful time at Tamworth, Ron's goal of becoming an advertising manager at a major metro paper seemed far away. After two-and-a-half years Ron got a phone call to work at the new Daily Sun in Brisbane. Within weeks he was appointed advertising manager and after two-and-a-half years he was appointed marketing co-ordinator of the Daily and Sunday SunDuring that time the paper was the first in Australia to have full colour in their pages.

In 1987 Ronnie got the urge to travel, so he set off overseas and when he returned he decided he wanted to get back to the country. A mate told him about a job at Moree, and Ron knew the opportunities in the district after having travelled there while working on the NDL. He hopped on the bus and went for an interview with the manager, the late Jim Lemmon who told him he needed to meet one of the owners, Geoff Farrar.

Ron was given the job and attended the local races that afternoon where both Jim and Geoff had horses running so he backed them, and they won.

"So I got off to a good start in Moree," Ron would later say.

Ron had his very first day at the Moree Champion on September 19, 1988. He was always early to work, getting in before 8.30am in Brisbane. He got off to a flying start in Moree. Trying to impress the boss he thought he'd get in 20 minutes early. He got in and Jim was standing there, hands on hips... 'You're 10 minutes late', he exclaimed!

Ron was appointed site manager in 2007, a position he held until his retirement in February 2014. Under his leadership the newspaper won multiple awards in sales, journalism, and print and design.

After his retirement Ron pursued his passions for fishing, bike and car racing, horse racing and surfing, finding and sharing historical information, anecdotes and images on several social media forums. 

Ronnie passed just weeks after his sister, popular local girl Pearl, another with a lifelong passion for surfing, passed away. Vale Pearl Turton

A celebration of his life was held in Moree on Friday April 9th.

We will all miss his cheeky grin, infectious laugh and generous sharing of how the world was here when he was growing up, along with the hours long conversations over the phone or emails of 'Great Issue this week! ...but there's a typo in....'

Love you Ronnie - see you in the next place.


Ron at Palm Beach, July 2018 - A J Guesdon photo

Star Jump This Youth Week 

Northern Beaches Council Mayor Michael Regan is supporting the PCYC NSW Star Jump Challenge. Unfortunately Mr. Regan has a foot injury so he put his jumping on hold and instead is taking a star jump stance. Everyone in the PCYC Northern Beaches school holiday program had a lot of fun jumping around him with Star Jump Challenge mascot, Twinkle.

Star Jump every day of Youth Week this April 16 - 24 and raise much needed funds to support PCYC's brand new mental health program!

Join the challenge and sign up to jump or donate at www.starjumpchallenge.org.au

NSW RFS - Terrey Hills Brigade: New Pumper

As we all headed off into the Autumn School holidays one of our outstanding local volunteers NSW RFS brigades were taking delivery of a brand new fire fighting machine.

On March 27th NSW RFS - Terrey Hills Brigade receive their brand new truck, an Isuzu Pumper. 
The Brigade posted on their social forum page; ''Members are busy changing over the equipment from the old girl and giving her a spa treatment before it heads out to its new brigade shortly. 

Our old pumper will be sadly missed, we grew to love it more over the 2019/20 fire season, when we spent a lot more time doing a lot more kms with it... even when it really didn’t like moving in the 40+ degree days. 

Massive thanks to all those who made this happen. Too many people to name but specifically Colin Brooker, (Technical Officer) and Angelo Baldo (previous acting District Manager).''


Avalon Dancer Winner of Telstra Ballet Dancer Awards

The Telstra Ballet Dancer Awards are an important component of Telstra's partnership with The Australian Ballet. Each year they allow Telstra to spotlight and support Australia’s bright young talent and support them as they grow.

The Telstra Ballet Dancer Awards was created in 2003 to support the rising stars of The Australian Ballet.
The awards continue to be an incredible barometer for talent, with seven former winners progressing to eventually become Principal Artists of The Australian Ballet.

This year’s cohort of nominees included Soloist Nathan Brook; Soloist Imogen Chapman; Coryphée Jasmin Durham; Corps de Ballet Dancer Serena Graham; Coryphée Corey Herbert and Corps de Ballet Dancer Cameron Holmes. A nomination is a huge honour for these dancers as it recognises their hard work and huge potential as determined by their peers.

As part of an increase in Telstra's sponsorship, the winner of the Telstra Rising Star Award will receive a prize of $25,000. The Telstra People’s Choice Award was also be back this year, with an increased prize of $15,000. 

Winners of the Telstra Rising Star Award were selected by a panel of judges from both The Australian Ballet, the media and Telstra. The winner of both Awards was announced at the Sydney Opera House on the opening night of New York Dialects on Friday 6th of April. 

Telstra was proud to announce the winner for 2020, who took out both the People's Choice Award and the Rising Star Award, as soloist Nathan Brook. Congratulations Nathan!

Nathan was born and raised in Avalon Beach. He started dance classes at the age of seven after his parents recognised that, no matter what the music, Nathan was always dancing. He trained at Lamont Dance School in Avalon Beach, with Aryana Lamont, until the age of 14, when he moved to Melbourne to attend The Australian Ballet School. 

After graduating, Nathan joined Queensland Ballet’s Young Artist Program, where he had the opportunity to perform in George Balanchine’s Serenade© and Sir Kenneth McMillan’s Romeo and Juliet. He joined Queensland Ballet proper in 2015, touring with the company to Lausanne, London and Shanghai. Nathan joined the corps de ballet of The Australian Ballet in 2016; he was promoted to coryphée in 2018 and soloist in 2019.

Nathan is the youngest of three boys. Growing up on the beach, both his older brothers became competitive surf boat rowers; Nathan prefers to scuba dive.

Below is his response to being named the winner.

Readers Queries:  Will there be a toll to use the Beaches Link? - Yes

Answer: ''There will be a toll to travel on the Beaches Link and Gore Hill Freeway Connection, as announced by the NSW Government in 2017.

No decision has been made on the future tolling strategy. No decision on final toll costs has been made.''


The EIS for the Beaches Link (recently on exhibition) also states that:

…no decision on final toll costs has been made…”. 

See below link to Chapter 21 – ‘Socio-Economics’- 


Newport Breakers Ladies Day 2021

Join us for the 2021 Newport Rugby Ladies Day where we will be back with a bang!
Date - Saturday 8th May 2021
Time - 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Cost - $80 per person
Tickets include a delicious lunch by Rukus Catering, all inclusive beverages and entertainment by Redbull! 


Proposed planning changes

April 1, 2021
The NSW Government will accelerate the delivery of up to $4.8 billion annually in economic benefits under a suite of proposed reforms to planning rules and complying development.

Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes today announced proposed changes would be made to the State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 (Codes SEPP) to drive new investment and make it easier for businesses to establish, change and grow.

“The pandemic has been the catalyst for major reform across the planning system and these proposed changes will give businesses greater flexibility and drive economic growth,” Mr Stokes said.

“Complying development saves businesses time by removing the need for lengthy planning approvals for development where the impacts can be managed by meeting the rules set out in the policy.

“These proposed changes will make it easier for businesses in industrial and business zones to set up new premises, change or add additional uses, build and renovate and operate longer hours without the need for a development application.”

These reforms aim to unlock as much as $4.8 billion in economic benefit annually, in the form of capital investment value plus time and opportunity cost savings for industry.

The Productivity Acceleration Package is currently on exhibition for community feedback which seeks to include more allowable land uses, larger buildings and to remove outdated or restrictive provisions.

Key proposed changes include:
  • allowing businesses to operate from 7am-10pm in business zones or 24-hours in industrial zones regardless of their consent conditions;
  • making it easier for businesses to reconfigure their parking lots, set up drive through ‘click and collect’ bays and areas for no-contact pick up;
  • reducing duplication and simplifying planning documents needed to set up or change business uses;
  • allowing new uses to be set up such as function centres, medical facilities, food and drink venues without the need for a development application;
  • increasing height and floor space limits to account for larger buildings needed in today’s warehousing and manufacturing sectors;
  • allowing data centres to be set up as complying development subject to strict conditions;
  • introducing a design guide for specific developments like data centres, car showrooms, shops and offices; and
  • introducing an opt-in for councils to master plan complying development in business and industrial zones in their areas.
These proposed reforms are part of our Government’s commitment to build a more timely, transparent and certain planning system through the Planning Reform Action Plan. Community feedback has a vital role in planning decisions and the proposed changes are on exhibition for feedback until 9 May.

For more information on the proposed changes and to provide your feedback visit planning.nsw.gov.au/complying-development-reforms

Proposed road reserve closure and sale of land

Public notice: proposed road reserve closure adjacent to 58 Herbert Avenue, Newport

Under Section 38B of the Roads Act 1993, Council gives notice of its proposal to close a portion of council’s road reserve adjacent to 58 Herbert Avenue, Newport.

The road reserve under consideration is an area of approximately 67.25 square metres, known as part of Herbert Avenue, adjoining 58 Herbert Avenue, Newport (Lot 149 DP 13457).

Upon closure of the road reserve, Council intends to sell the land to the adjoining landowner.

View the plan and have your say by:
  • completing the submission form here
  • emailing to council@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au
  • writing to marked ‘Road Reserve Closure 58 Herbert Avenue, Newport', Northern Beaches Council, PO BOX 82 Manly 1655.
Submissions close on Thursday 13 May 2021.

For enquiries, please contact Council’s Property Officer on 1300 434 434.

School zones pedestrian safety upgrades: St Luke's Grammar School - Pittwater Road, Bayview 1

The proposal is to raise the existing pedestrian crossing on Pittwater Road. The crossing will have a low rise, to reduce impact on buses or bicycles. The work will also address water pooling issues by levelling the footpath and reconstructing the kerb ramps to improve drainage.

If you would like to provide feedback prior to the start of this important work, please complete the comment form here or email council@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au.
Closes Wednesday April 28th


Concept plan - image courtesy NBC

School zones pedestrian safety upgrades: St Luke's Grammar School - Pittwater Road, Bayview 2

The proposal to improve pedestrian safety near St Luke's Grammar School on Loquat Valley Road, Bayview by raising the crossing and shifting it slightly north of its current location.

If you would like to provide feedback prior to the start of this important work, please complete the comment form here or email council@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au.
Closes Wednesday April 28th



Concept plan - image courtesy NBC

North Avalon Surfriders Association storage shed

Have your Say: Comments close Sunday May 2nd

Storage solution on the horizon
Council have been working with the North Avalon Surfriders Association to find a storage solution for their equipment.

The proposal to extend the existing amenities building at the north end of Avalon Beach was considered and a concept plan is now available for comment.

The storage space use will be limited to the organisation's general storage needs, including equipment for its monthly competitions and regional events. Stored items will include: surf boards, marquee, tents, flags, tables, BBQ and First Aid equipment and a trailer.

Design inclusions:
  • roofline and height aligned with existing amenities building
  • exterior colour aligned with existing amenities and blend with surrounds
  • size - approximately 27 sq. metres (comparative to < double garage)
  • walls and roof insulated to control sound and heat
  • ventilation panels on the north end of the building
  • roofing finished in Colorbond®
  • roller door
  • existing mural on the northern wall will be reinstated following storage extension.
Share your feedback today by:

completing the comment form at the bottom of this page
writing to marked 'North Avalon Surfriders Association storage shed' Northern Beaches Council, PO Box 82 Manly NSW 1655.




Concept drawings courtesy NBC

Paul Miller PSM Appointed NSW Ombudsman

April 16, 2021
Paul Miller PSM has been appointed NSW Ombudsman, after acting in the role since August 2020, the Special Minister of State Don Harwin has announced.

Mr Miller replaced Michael Barnes, who is now the State’s Crime Commissioner.

“I am delighted with the appointment of Mr Miller as the new Ombudsman. He has brought a wealth of experience since acting in the role - and exemplifies the highest standards of independence and integrity in public service,” Mr Harwin said.

Mr Miller was previously the Deputy Ombudsman and Commissioner for Community and Disability Services. He has also held roles as General Counsel and Deputy Secretary of the Department of Premier and Cabinet, and Deputy Secretary of the Department of Justice. In 2016, Mr Miller was awarded the Public Service Medal for outstanding public service through the provision of legal advice and freedom of information reforms. 

More recently Mr Miller submitted the December 15th, 2020 released NSW Ombudsman special report 'An inherent conflict of interest: councils as developer and regulator'.

The Office of the NSW Ombudsman was established in 1975. Its role is to protect people against violation of rights, abuse of powers, unfair decisions and maladministration, as well as to improve public administration and enhance government accountability. 

“I am honoured to lead an organisation with core principles of independence, objectivity, transparency, fairness and impartiality,” Mr Miller said. “Our aim is to bridge the imbalance of power between individuals and government, helping to ensure that everyone receives the right services and is treated fairly.”   

NSW Heritage Act review

The NSW Government is inviting community discussion on how heritage can be better managed and protected in NSW.

In April this year the state government asked the NSW Legislative Council’s Social Issues Standing Committee to conduct a review of the Act. The review will look at the effectiveness of the NSW Heritage Act and the NSW heritage regulatory system, along with heritage aspects of the Environmental Protection and Assessment Act 1979.

The purpose of the review is to see how we can deliver more effective, relevant, and best-practice ways of recognising, conserving, re-using and celebrating the important heritage of NSW. The findings of the review will contribute to the evidence base for a Government White Paper and a subsequent Heritage Bill.

As a starting point for public consultation and community input, Heritage NSW has published a discussion paper . The discussion paper reflects on the current heritage system, considers some alternatives and poses some questions to assist with public consultation.

To assist with their public consultation, the discussion paper has been referred to the Social Issues Standing Committee. The Standing Committee review will provide an opportunity for key stakeholders and the broader community to have their say on government heritage policy.

In the near future the Social Issues Standing Committee will make announcements about their process for the Heritage Act review. The Committee will call for submissions from the public on the review and we encourage all stakeholders and interested members of the community to take the opportunity to have your say.

More information: 

NSW Public To Help Shape New Road Safety Plan

The community is being asked to provide feedback on the new five-year Road Safety Action Plan, which is part of the NSW Government’s commitment to driving the road toll down towards zero.

Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance said the current plan’s reforms and programs have contributed to fewer people being killed or seriously injured on our roads.

“Crash deaths and serious injuries are avoidable, and the NSW Government is committed to working towards zero road trauma on our state’s roads by 2056,” Mr Constance said.

“We are asking the community to build on the great work already undertaken under the current Road Safety Action Plan, which includes the $822 million investment in the Safer Roads Program and the Mobile Speed Camera Program.

“We are continuing to increase our investment in life saving infrastructure like wide centre lines, flexible barriers and rumble strips, but we want to hear from you about how we can make your local roads safer.”

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said it was important the community played a role in any change to policy because road safety was everyone’s responsibility. 

“In 2020 we had our lowest road toll since 1923, and we are on track to hit our target of 30 per cent reduction in 2021, and that’s only happened with the community’s support – which is why we want their input on the next steps to make our roads even safer,” Mr Toole said.

“We know our record investment in road safety, including rolling out thousands of kilometres of audio-tactile line markings, wide centre lines and more crash barriers across regional NSW, is working, but challenges still lie ahead.

“Last year, not only did we see fewer deaths on our roads than the year before, we also saw 11 per cent fewer hospital admissions in the 12-month period ending in September 2020 compared to 12 months prior.

“We want to ensure everyone on our roads gets home safely at the end of the day, which is why we’re asking for community feedback to help get this new plan right and ensure even more lives are saved on our roads.”

The new plan will be based on the proven Safe Systems approach to road safety, recognising that infrastructure, vehicles, speed, and drivers cannot be viewed in isolation, but rather their interactions need to be considered.

Next objectives to improve safety as part of the Road Safety Action Plan 2026:
  • Reducing drink and drug driving
  • Increasing speed compliance and safer speed choice
  • Creating safer urban roads
  • Creating safer country roads
  • Increasing the safety of vehicles and protective equipment
  • Reducing other unsafe road behaviours (e.g. driver fatigue) 
Road Safety Action Plan Community Consultation Details:
  • Transport for NSW is hosting eight community consultations across the state, starting in Wagga Wagga and finishing in Sydney.
  • Four additional consultations that focus on the views of our Aboriginal communities will also take place throughout the month. 
  • Participants can register to attend by visiting towardszero.nsw.gov.au/2026plan
Consultation on the 2026 Road Safety Action Plan is open now and will close on 29 April 2021. To get involved, head to www.towardszero.com.au

 

Click on logo above to visit their website.

New car seat guidelines to help keep kids safe

Newly updated child seat guidelines have been released by Transport for NSW to help parents and carers choose the right restraints and use them correctly.

The Best Practice Guidelines for the Safe Restraint of Children Travelling in Motor Vehicles, which has been developed by Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) and Kidsafe Australia with input from Transport for NSW, aims to keep children aged up to 16 as safe as possible while travelling.

Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance said the updated guidelines will help parents make the best car seat choice for their child, while also advising them on how to install them correctly.

“Some of the recommendations include how to choose a car seat for a low birth weight baby, and how to travel safely with children when using rideshare vehicles,” Mr Constance said.

“The guidelines also include a simple five-step process that help determine when it’s safe to move your child from a booster seat to an adult seat belt.”

From 2011 to 2020, 13 children and teenagers (under the age of 16) died, and another 148 were injured in crashes while not properly restrained. Two others died and 222 were injured in crashes in vehicles where there were no seat belts available.

“I have had first-hand experience of the importance of using the right car seat when my family and I were involved in a serious head on crash near Batemans Bay in 2011,” Mr Constance said.

“My daughter, who was four at the time, wasn’t injured as a result of being in a car seat that was correctly fitted, and appropriate for her age and size, while the rest of us were seriously injured.

“We know around half of all child restraints aren’t fitted or used correctly, so I am urging all parents and carers to take advantage of the more than 300 authorised restraint fitting stations across NSW.”

To access the National Child Restraint Guidelines, visit kidsafe.com.au/crguidelines

Australia's welfare photo competition

Closes April 31, 2021
AIHW are looking for a cover image for the AIHW's flagship publication, Australia's welfare 2021, to be released in September 2021. 

Entries to the competition should be guided by the topics covered in Australia's welfare, and will be judged based on their adherence to the contest challenge to illustrate, represent, support and celebrate the current wellbeing of Australians through its message clarity, composition, overall presentation and visual impact.

Prizes
There are three awards that can be won in this competition:
  • A Grand Prize $2000*  – awarded for the photo judged to be the BEST in contest
  • A Runner up prize $1000* – awarded for the photo judged to be the next best in contest
  • People’s Choice Award $500* – awarded for the photo judged to be the most popular by the public through an online vote on this website from 10 photographs selected by the Jury.
* The winner of the award will be offered a cash prize. Currency is Australian Dollars.

The jury will judge the received entries and determine the winner of the Grand Prize and the Runner Up Prize.

For the People’s Choice Award, the jury described above will select the top 10 photographs (excl. Grand prize and Runner up prize winners), and they will go out to an online public vote managed through a voting system on this website.

Each entry of the AIHW photography competition will be judged by a jury nominated by the AIHW.
The jury will choose the winner and Runner up using the following criteria:
  • Visual impact
  • Represents the wellbeing of Australians
Submission Details
Entrants must submit an entry form for each image.
For entries including subjects under the age of 18 please ensure a Talent consent release form (PDF 339KB) is attached, please note this not necessary for other entries.

Each entry will be judged on the basis of its adherence to the contest challenge to illustrate, represent, support and celebrate the wellbeing of Australians through its message clarity, composition, overall presentation and visual impact. 

Topics covered in Australia's welfare, include:
  • Welfare in Australia 
  • Housing
  • Education and skills
  • Employment and work
  • Income and finance (Government payments)
  • Social support
  • Justice and safety
  • Indigenous Australians. 
Read all conditions and details at: https://www.aihw.gov.au/news-media/photocomp


JP Public Register

You can find a Justice of the Peace (JP) using the online Public Register. You can search by postcode, name of a JP, day of availability, language spoken and JP registration number.

The register lists a JP’s location, availability and telephone number. Please note that JPs are volunteers and may not be available at all times.

Domestic Violence support 

NB: Where to get help Fact Sheet is below. Simply click on PDF and 'save as' on your own device

People experiencing domestic violence can be assured police and frontline services are ready to support them and their families.

Member for Manly James Griffin said the Northern Beaches community should not hesitate to seek help and support at this time. 

“If you are in danger or in an emergency call Triple Zero (000),” Mr Griffin said. “If you are in need of support services, such as housing or counselling, our hard working frontline staff are also available to help those suffering domestic violence.”  

“No person, whether they live on the Northern Beaches or anywhere in Australia, should in live in fear of violence and I urge people to seek the help they need when it is safe to do so.”

Mr Griffin added that perpetrators are on notice and that police have increased efforts to combat violence in the home including more proactive operations to enforce protection orders. 

“Police will continue to conduct Apprehended Domestic Violence Order (ADVO) compliance checks to keep victims safe.”

NSW Police Force Domestic Violence Corporate Spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner Mark Jones, said police are monitoring rates of domestic violence. 

“High-risk and repeat offenders are being targeted by specially trained police to ensure that all orders are strictly followed and complied with and offenders are arrested if violence is detected,” Assistant Commissioner Jones said. 

“Police are also able to vary existing interim or final ADVOs if we know that violence is escalating, without needing to first go to court, so victims are immediately protected.
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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