September 24 - October 7, 2017: Issue 331

Articles This Week 

Front Page Issue 331

Funding Secured For Narrabeen Athletics Track Upgrade from Office of Member for Mackellar, Jason Falinski

Narrabeen Hosts Event 3 Of The Nudie Australian Boardriders Battle 2017/18 by Surfing NSW 

NSW Surf Patrol Season Starts by Surf Life Saving NSW (includes link to 2017 NSW Coastal Safety Report)

Reducing Roadkill On Mona Vale Road by David Palmer, Pittwater Natural Heritage Association

Aquatics: Club Marine Pittwater To Paradise Regatta - Rikki's New Aussie Adventure by Lisa Ratcliff

The Catch: The Story Of Fishing In Australia a new NLA book by Anna Clark: Berkelouw's at Mona Vale are hosting Anna on Thursday October 12th for a focus on this new work, details and how to book here

Pictures: School Holidays 2017: Take a Bush Walk in Our Pittwater Reserves, Catch a Ferry Offshore or Picnic With a View

Pets - No. 3 In: Really Bad Poetry For Children

DIY Ideas School Holidays DIY Ideas for Children: Little Vegetables Garden, Swing, Windchimes + For those looking for a bigger Spring project Johnson Brothers Mitre 10 catalogue - Renovate, Make it Great, is available now  with items on sale to 1 October 2017

Profile: Lara Boyle - Whale Beach SLSC Captain for her second year in a row, the 2017 Surf Life Saver of the year at both Branch and State level, currently undertaking two degrees, Lara wants to promote a healthy lifestyle as her career, she loves the outdoors – being fit, and sharing ways to do this. Lara is also a dynamo – intelligent, intent on continuing self development with a lifelong learning ethos, and yes, also a really lovely young woman who is grateful for any opportunity to help others.

History:  Early Pittwater Surfers: Avalon Beach I  - 1956: The Carnival That Introduced The Malibu Surfboard And Being Able To Surf Across A Wave Face - In autumn 2014 a report on the Arrival Of The Mal - 1956 Surf Boards, the Avalon Beach Historical Society Meeting with speakers David Lyall and Bob Head, who witnessed a revolution in riding waves here, recorded the introduction of the Mal. Through Roger Sayers and courtesy of Reg Wood, an insight into that 1956 Avalon Beach SLSC carnival adds more to that record of how seeking to highlight the great work of surf lifesaving in conjunction with the Melbourne Olympics brought with it a giant wave of a surfing change

Artist of the Month:  September 2017: Seeing Saltwater Country - by Sally Mayman and Dale Kentwell

Sally Mayman has been a photographer since the 1980s, working professionally in London and Australia. Sally has specialised in photographing people and landscapes, with many clients from corporate, editorial and government organisations. Dale Kentwell has been a practising artist since the 1980s and works across different media. She completed an art certificate at TAFE NSW and a BA and MA in visual arts at UNSW Art and Design. She has studied bush regeneration and bush land management and continues to work in this field. 

This book will appeal to people interested in art and photography and to those wanting to learn more about Aboriginal cultures and communities. It will also appeal to tourists visiting Australia’s popular Kimberley region. 

 Pittwater Offshore Newsletter Update 23/9/2017 

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Alcohol Free Church Point Discussion

Sunday 24 September 11 - 12 am
Scotland Island Community Hall

As you may have read or heard, the Northern Beaches Council is proposing to implement 24 hour alcohol free zones, including one at Church Point. 

The SIRA Committee is planning to make a submission to Council and we would like to gauge the opinion of the Community.

The discussion on Sunday is an opportunity for us to discuss what the most appropriate response should be.

Scotland Island Residents Association

RPAYC awarded Yachting NSW Club of the Year and Coach of the Year Awards

September 20, 2017: by Australian Sailing
On Saturday 16 September the NSW ACT Sailing Award winners were announced at a glittering twilight function at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia.  With over 50 nominations received across 10 categories, it made the job of the selection panel very difficult to select winners in each of the categories.

Richard Hudson President of Yachting NSW commented; “The range of nominations received was immense.  It was marvellous to review the nominations and reflect on the success and contribution in which athletes, participants, volunteers from across NSW and ACT have made in sailing locally and worldwide."

"Nominations included winners of National Championships (both in Australia and abroad), World championships, Olympic & Paralympic medal success, and participation in the Americas Cup.  The high calibre of nominations received highlighted the strength of sailing in NSW and the ACT.”

Declan Brennan Regional Manager NSW & ACT was also impressed by the activities of the nominated clubs, Discover Sailing Centres and volunteers;

“It was great to see The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club take out the prize for Club of the year in their sesquicentennial year.  With their diverse range of sailing activities in dinghies, yachts, in both performance and participation and their work with the Wounded Warrior project and the Invictus Games, the Alfreds set a very high benchmark as an extremely active and diverse club.

"The Canberra Yacht Club is one of the busiest Discover Sailing Centres in the country despite the cold Canberra winter is a testimony on just how well regarded their sailing programmes are within the local community.  Awarding the Volunteer of the Year award to Jack Winning from the Lane Cove 12’s is a long overdue acknowledgement to Jack and his efforts at the club.  Its estimated that since the early 1980’s Jack has taught close to 3,000 people at Lane Cove 12’s.

"And finally The heroic actions of Simon Hoffman in saving the life of a fellow competitor during the 2017 29er World Championships at Long Beach California made Simon a worthy winner of the Presidents’ award for an exceptional contribution to sailing," Declan concluded.

The full list of winners of the 2017 NSW ACT Sailing Awards can be found below.

NSW ACT Coach of the Year: Tom SpithillThe Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club

NSW ACT Disabled Sailor of the Year: Liesl Tesch The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club

NSW ACT Female Sailor of the Year: Liesl Tesch The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club

NSW ACT Instructor of the Year: Karyn Gojnich - Greenwich Flying Squadron, Lane Cove 12 Foot Skiff Club, -Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron
NSW ACT Junior / Youth Sailor of the Year: Finn Alexander - Double Bay Sailing Club
NSW ACT Male Sailor of the Year: Tom Burton - Gosford Sailing Club

NSW ACT Official of the Year: Richard Slater - Pete’s Yacht Club
NSW ACT Volunteer of the Year: Jack Winning - Lane Cove 12 Foot Skiff Club
NSW ACT Club of the Year: The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club  
NSW ACT Discover Sailing Centre of the Year: Canberra Yacht Club  
President’s Award: Simon Hoffman- Belmont 16 Foot Sailing Club

RPAYC Commodore Lockley with Thomas Spithill

Spring Concert 2017 is now history! 

September 22, 2017: Rotary Club of Upper Northern Beaches

What a fabulous night!
So many thanks are due: To the wonderful Northern Beaches Orchestra and the sparkling Melinda Schneider. To our generous sponsors and supporters. To our neighbouring Rotary clubs who turned up in numbers. To the amazing United Cinemas who generously donated the cinema and gave us unfailing help all night. And to the people who bought tickets and filled the cinema.

We hope is was a terrific night for everyone!

Some happy snaps - Photos courtesy Rotary Club of Upper Northern Beaches

The Lion Island Challenge 2017 Entries open

The team from Avalon Beach SLSC will host the 12th running of the Lion Island Challenge from Station Beach (Pittwater side of Palm Beach) on Saturday 7th October 2017.

Categories: Ocean Racing Skis, SLSA Spec Skis, SUP’s, Outrigger canoes
Race Distances: 14km & 8km

Online entries are now open and available here

Red Cross shop Newport

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

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

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

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

New Funding For Anzac Community Projects

15 September 2017
Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes today announced new funding is available to help communities protect and repair local war memorials and support projects which commemorate the service of current and former NSW service men and women.

$175,000 is available through the Community War Memorials Fund (CWMF) and the Anzac Community Grants Program (ACGP).

The CWMF provides grants of up to $10,000 for local war memorial projects, including conservation works and protection.

The ACGP provides grants of up to $2,000 to schools, community and veterans groups to educate the community on the service and sacrifice of military personnel, support activities benefiting veterans, and engage with the community.

“Our war memorials are lasting tributes to those in our community who have served and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice,” Rob Stokes said today.

“These stories echo down generations, through families and through communities.

“The Centenary of Anzac is an important reminder of the freedom with which we have been bequeathed.

“CWMF and ACGP funds assist community members and organisations in caring for local memorials and provide an opportunity to honour and support our veterans – young and old,” Rob Stokes said.

Applications for both grant programs are open until Remembrance Day, Saturday 11 November 2017. For more information, please visit: or

Fielding Applications For Sporting Grants

7 September 2017
Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes is encouraging sporting clubs to apply for funds under this year’s Local Sport Grant Program.

Grants up to $20,000 will be awarded as part of a $10 million sports grants package announced by the NSW Government.

The NSW Government’s focus this year will be to encourage more girls and young women into local sporting programs.

Around half of all Australian boys are active through a sports club during their childhood compared with just 33 per cent of girls, and the participation rate for girls drops sharply after they turn 12.

“Pittwater has a wide range of opportunities to be involved in sports and it’s fantastic to see the fields, courts and waves full on weekends,” Rob Stokes said today.

“There are many girls and young women actively involved in Pittwater’s sporting clubs and these grants are a great opportunity to further boost programs and participation rates.

“Pittwater is home to many sportswomen who have represented our state and country and we would love to see this increase,” Rob Stokes said.

While this year’s program is particularly focused on encouraging more girls and young women into sport, the Local Sport Grant Program welcomes applications from all incorporated, not-for-profit sporting groups looking to introduce new programs, upgrade facilities or improve participation levels.

Applications are now open and will be received until 6 October 2017.
Further information is available by visiting

Community Invited to Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Evening 

Monday September 18, 2017
Frenchs Forest Bushland Cemetery invites the community to its third annual Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Evening on Sunday, 15 October.
This poignant and important event, which commences at 6.15pm, aims to build awareness of the sudden or unexpected death of babies and young children and will also support those who have lost a baby.

The program for the service also includes commemorations for the International Wave of Light, where participants are encouraged to light a candle, forming a continuous chain of light spanning the globe for a 24-hour period to honour and remember lost babies.

“We hold this service to help unite families and the community whose lives have been affected by the death of a baby or young child,” Northern Cemeteries Chief Executive Officer Pauline Tritton said. “We hope it will help comfort those present and help them remember their beautiful children.

“We are honoured to be hosting the service and we welcome families and the wider community to attend.”

A light supper will be served after the service, which will last approximately one hour.

The service is taking place at Frenchs Forest Bushland Cemetery, 1 Hakea Avenue, Davidson.

RSVPs should be emailed to Elissa Rogers at or by calling 0413 135 403.

Frenchs Forest Bushland Cemetery is one of five cemeteries managed Northern Cemeteries, a not-for-profit organisation committed to caring for the community in all its diversity.
For more information, visit

Elanora Players Spring 2017 Production

‘The Actress’ by Peter Quilter
9 Performances from 29 September to 7 October
A funny and poignant comedy, The Actress dramatises the events backstage as a colourful, complicated actress Lydia Martin makes her emotional farewell performance, while dealing with the unexpected arrival of her provocative ex-husband.  Various people from her life invade her dressing room to say their goodbyes, declare their love, roar with laughter, spit insults, grab a final embrace, and renew old battles.

There’s a very interesting play within a play. Lydia is retiring with her last role as Lubov in Anton Chekhov’s ‘The Cherry Orchard.’ Audiences are treated to three excerpts from Chekhov’s play as seen from backstage.

To quote Quilter, “I think it’s a very funny play, so I really want audiences to come and laugh. But it’s also romantic and bittersweet, and I hope that audiences will enjoy it as a character study of Lydia and the men in her life.”

The challenging role of Lydia is played by Vicki Castorina whose most recent appearance with EP was as Marge in the January production of “Hotel Sorrento”.  Audiences will recognise Jan Adamson (Katherine), Sue Whittaker (Harriet) and Robert Longley (Charles) from roles in earlier 2017 Players’ productions. Gillian Cooper, in her first role with EP as Lydia’s daughter Nicole, brings experience and a bright young talent to the stage.

The season opens at the Elanora Heights Community Centre, 49a Kalang Rd, Elanora Heights at 8pm on Friday 29 September. Other performances are at 8pm on 30 September, 5,6 & 7 October, at 3pm on 30 September, 1 & 7 October, and at 11am on 1 October.


Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2017-21

Transport for NSW is inviting feedback on draft Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2017-21.

What's this about?
The Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2017-2021 is part of Transport for NSW’s strategy to ensure that the needs of the customer are placed at the centre of planning and decision-making for the transport system. 

People with disability can face barriers when accessing transport services. The Disability Inclusion Action Plan is our five-year plan for reducing and eliminating those barriers and helping ensure everyone in NSW can participate fully in our community. 

The strategic objectives of the Disability Inclusion Action Plan are as follows:
  • deliver barrier-free end to end journeys for all customers
  • build accessibility into our business processes and systems
  • provide accessible planning and cutting-edge assistive technology
  • ensure people with disability influence the future of transport in NSW
  • become an employer of choice for people with disability.
Have your say
Email your feedback to:
Have your say by 30 September 2017.

More Information
Phone: 131 500

The Palmy Old Mal Old Log Rally 2017

Saturday, November 11 at 6 AM - 5 PM
Palm Beach

Entries close 3rd November 2017
First in best dressed Entry Fee $60 Open & over 50. Juniors & second events $40. 

Entry Options: 
1. Cheques and detached entry form to: Palm Beach Longboarders Inc. PO BOX 525 Avalon NSW 2107
2. Email Entry Form and EFT Payment Details to:
3. Photo/SMS to 0419 466 955 (photo must be clear and capture the whole form!)

Entry form below - simply click on and 'save as'
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Get down to your local surf club on Sunday 15 October to be part of our annual Surf Club Open Day.
Want to be a part of Surf Life Saving? Our members don’t just patrol the beach, your local surf club has a role for everyone and plays a much bigger part in the local community than you might think.

There are dozens of roles that you can take on in your local Surf Life Saving Club which will see you making a difference to the safety of our beaches and make you feel part of the Surf Life Saving family. See examples of roles below:
  • putting on the red and yellow and patrolling the beach;
  • helping train up our Nippers into Lifesavers;
  • officiating at sport events;
  • training up your fellow members;
  • supporting the governance of the Club;
  • fundraising or running the barbeque;
  • jumping onto the radio to aid in communications;
  • running social events for members;
  • undertaking skilled project work within the club; or
  • filling one of the other dozens of roles available within Surf Life Saving.
Participating clubs will host a range of activities, including lifesaving demonstrations, clubhouse tours, barbecues and displays.

Some will also offer people the chance to try out a range of beach activities and rescue scenarios first hand to give them a genuine feel for the challenges and excitement of surf lifesaving.

Information on how to join your local Surf Life Saving Club will also be available on the day.

Find Your Registered Local Club:

Petition: Save Ingleside from Over-Development

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

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

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

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

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

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Breakwater Ball 2017

Hosted by Lifeline Northern Beaches
Saturday, October 14 at 6 PM - 11 PM
International College of Management, Sydney (ICMS)
151 Darley Road, Manly

On Saturday 14 October 2017, we are holding an event to support two much-loved community groups: Lifeline Northern Beaches and Queenscliff Surf Life Saving Club. United by their commitment to supporting the people of the Northern Beaches, these two organisations provide safety, strength and protection – just like the breakwater provides a safe harbour from the waves.

Join us for a night to remember, and help these organisations do what they do best: change lives for the better.

Tickets on sale soon – keep up to date here

Pet of the Week


AGE/SEX: 9 months / F
BREED: Ridgeback X Cattle

June is a gentle somewhat shy natured girl who has been well socialised with other dogs both large and small. She walks well on loose lead but sometimes needs encouragement. She would be best suited to a family with older kids and she warms more to females. June has a lot of calm energy about her but would certainly want a good walk and play each day. She has a smooth coat and weighs about 17kg. 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. 

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

Northern beaches Veterans and community day 

When: Sunday 12th November 2017
Where: Dunbar Park Avalon Beach 10am – 4pm

The Inaugural Northern Beaches Veterans and Community Day will be held on 12 November 2017 in Dunbar Park Avalon Beach. This new event evolved due to the success of the Avalon Military Tattoo over the last 10 years, the enhanced relationship between local RSL sub-Branches and the community, and to carry on the legacy of past Avalon RSL Sub Branch President CDRE Graham Sloper AM RAN (Rtd).

Awareness of veteran’s issues is increasing within the community, and the ANZAC Spirit is flourishing on the Northern Beaches. Crowds at ceremonies have been increasing steadily in recent years. This will be an opportunity for the younger generations to learn more about past and current conflicts and to meet veterans and serving members of the Australian Defence Force.

Our mission is to instil a greater awareness and enduring compassion for veterans and the community in general.

Our objectives are: 
• Highlight concerns for veterans and the community;
• Create an opportunity for interaction;
• Acknowledge service and sacrifice;
• Create harmony;
• Reflect on history;
• Enhance awareness of Defence career opportunities;
• Address veterans issues of reintegration into civilian society, homelessness and suicide; 
• Profile veterans success stories

This will be a free of charge, non-profit event with participation on a voluntary basis. Any funds raised will be donated to Veterans Organisations and primarily the Veterans Centre Sydney Northern Beaches. There will be an emphasis on youth activities and careers. The primary market is the geographical area from Narrabeen to Palm Beach.

It is intended that local schools and community groups will have an arena to showcase their talents through music, drama and artwork with an Australian veterans theme. Over the coming months these groups will have the opportunity for input to shape the programme for the day. There will be a children’s art exhibition, a quilting display, ANZAC biscuit baking competition and many interactive displays and activities. Veterans Support Agencies are welcome to have a display and marquee in the park. There will be a stage with live music and performances throughout the day.

For further information, to book a stall or offer sponsorship, or VOLUNTEER to help, please contact the coordinators Lynn Murphy on 9883 9815 and Tamara Sloper Harding on 9883 9814 or email

Mark Ferguson 
President Palm Beach RSL Sub-Branch
Chairman Northern Beaches Veterans and Community Day Committee
A collaboration between Avalon, Palm Beach & Pittwater RSL Sub-branches.

2017 Mosman Art Prize

Saturday 23 September - Sunday 29 October
Mosman Art Gallery
Registrations are open online now - click here to enter

Mosman Art Gallery is thrilled to announce that in 2017 the Mosman Art Prize will celebrate its 70th year!

Established in 1947, the Mosman Art Prize is Australia's oldest and most prestigious local government art award.  It was founded by the artist, architect and arts advocate, Alderman Allan Gamble, at a time when only a small handful of art prizes were in existence in Australia and the community had very little support and few opportunities to exhibit their work. 

Over the past seventy years the Mosman Art Prize has developed in stature to become Australia’s most prestigious municipally funded art prize with a national profile. It regularly attracts over 900 entries annually and currently offers over $40,000 in prizes.

As an acquisitive art award for painting, the winning artworks collected since 1947 form a splendid collection of modern and contemporary Australian art, reflecting all the developments in Australian art practice since 1947.
The inaugural winner in 1947 was a young Margaret Olley. Since the prize has been won by scores of artists including Guy Warren, Grace Cossington Smith, Weaver Hawkins, Nancy Borlase, Lloyd Rees, Anthony Galbraith, Elisabeth Cummings, Tim Johnson, Guan Wei and Michael Zavros among many others. Past adjudicators also include notable Australian art figures such as Margaret Preston, John Olsen, Tim Storrier, Jenny Sages and Edmund Capon.
Now in its 70th year the Mosman Art Prize is more relevant than ever before and continues to sit at the centre of contemporary painting practice and is a not to be missed event on the nation's cultural agenda.
  • Mosman Art Prize (major acquisitive prize) sponsored by Mosman Council - $50,000
  • Allan Gamble Memorial Art Prize sponsored by Mosman Council - $3,000
  • Commendation Prize sponsored by Mosman Council - $2,000
  • Fourth Village Providore Emerging Artists’ Prize (under 35) - $2,000
  • Mosman Art Society Viewers' Choice Prize - $1,000

Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary Stalls 2017

October 7th: 9am to 3pm Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale Sewing, knitting, craft, books
October 14th: 8am to 3pm Bunnings, Narrabeen Sausage sizzle
October 20th: 9am to 3pm Stall, foyer Mona Vale Hospital Baking, knitting, craft, books, sewing
October 24th: 10.30 am Fashion Parade, Newport Bowling Club,                   Palm Road, Newport

November 4th:  9am to 3pm  Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale Knitting, sewing, craft
November 11th: 9am to 3pm Bunnings, Narrabeen Sausage sizzle 

December 8th: 8am to 4pm Stall, outside ANZ Bank, Avalon Parade, Avalon Sewing, knitting, craft, jam.                               


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Gardens and Environment

Rural Fire Brigades

Arts and Social

School Hols Break

Please note this news service will be closed for Spring School Holidays Gallivanting this year. Issue 331 will be published September 24th. Issue 332 will be published October 8th.

The Pittwater Online News office will be empty until Thursday October 5th, although the email services will be monitored and items added in for latecomers.

Hope you all have a wonderful break - get out there and enjoy it!

Avalon Beach Carnival November 18th 1956

I was one of the Warriewood SLSC members attending the carnival. We saw the making of surfing history that day with the Americans. After the competition was over late in the afternoon, the Americans took out their boards and their bodyboards. The waves were quite big and they simply zipped across them, leaving all of us with gaping mouths. A long board guy, Windshuttle, tried to show that the long, hollow board was just as good. It wasn’t.  He caught the wave in the old traditional style and came off.

The show that the Americans put on that afternoon was amazing. One of them was Tommy Zhan from Santa Monica, California who later starred in a couple of films.

Tom Zahn who was the Hawaiian Board Champion - photo taken in 1956 at the carnival, courtesy Don Henderson, Freshwater SLSC via Surf Research

Sydney took to the new boards, with Northern Beaches, Gordon Woods making them from moulded ply (beautiful craftmanship) and a bit later, Roger Keiran making them from foam blanks. My brother and I bought one of the first Wood’s boards.

I now live in NZ but still think of that memorable day at Avalon.
Norman Godden
Sunday, 10 September 2017

Addendum: we immediately contacted Norman of course and he agreed to talk to us regarding that day and early days at Warriewood SLSC - he rang the magazine this week and his Profile runs Sunday October 15th, Issue 333.

Which grants us the opportunity, again, to thank all who allow us to speak to them and make a record of their experiences past and present in Pittwater, to create a great record made from many voices and views.
Thank you!

The Editor.

Planning Proposal - PP0003/17 - 66 Bardo Road and 2-4 Nooal Street Newport

Council is undertaking a Preliminary Notification (non-statutory) of a Planning Proposal Application for:
2 Nooal Street Newport (Lot 1 DP 540092)
4 Nooal Street Newport (Lot 1 DP 315279)
66 Bardo Road, Newport (Lot 2 DP 540092)
Council is seeking public comment on this proposal prior to an assessment of the application being reported to Council.

The application seeks to add an Additional Permitted Use to the sites under the Pittwater Local Environmental Plan 2014 to allow for a seniors living development.
Submissions close Monday 16 October 2017
Documents and have a say at HERE


You can now join the Scotland Island Residents’ Association through the online Self-Service Portal at

Alternatively, there are offline methods of joining, read more here or contact

Join West Pittwater Community Association
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Preliminary Notification of Planning Proposal for 2 Orchard St Warriewood - PP0002/17.

The draft Proposal relates to 2 Orchard Street, 204 and 206 Garden Street, Warriewood (also known as 226-266 Garden Street, Warriewood) and seeks to permit 4 and 5 storey residential flat buildings by amending the Pittwater Local Environmental Plan 2014 to:
  • Increase the residential dwelling density assigned to the affected properties under Clause 6.1 Warriewood Valley Release Area to permit an additional 102 dwellings.
  • Increase the permitted maximum height of buildings on the western portion of the site from 10.5 metres to 14.5 metres and 17.5 metres.
The applicant is City Plan Services

Council invites you to comment before we decide whether to support the draft Planning Proposal. This notification is not a public exhibition for the purposes of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 but represents preliminary non-statutory notification prior to reporting to Council.

A strategic planning assessment of the draft Planning Proposal and all submissions received will be reported to Council. Council at that stage will decide whether or not to support the rezoning concept and begin the formal process.

The draft Planning Proposal and supporting material will be publicly available from 2 September 2017 until 2 October 2017, copies of the material will be available for viewing at Council’s Customer Service Centres at 1 Park Street, Mona Vale; 725 Pittwater Road, Dee Why and 1 Belgrave Street, Manly during business hours, or online on the Your Say project page.

Any person may make a written submission to Council in relation to the draft Planning Proposal. If you intend to do so, you should make yourself aware of any obligation you might have in relation to Political Donations and Gifts Disclosure.

Please note that all submissions are public documents and are made available on request. Comments received may also be reproduced in future Council reports.

Submissions can be made
· Online or
· In writing – marked ‘Planning Proposal – Orchard St Warriewood PP0002/17’, mailed to Northern Beaches Council, 725 Pittwater Road, Dee Why NSW 2099 or
· By email
Submissions close Monday 2 October 2017.
Please direct all telephone enquiries to Gordon Edgar, Principal Planner, on 9970 1294.
Have Your say at HERE

New footpath at Dolphin Bay

For those who love that great stroll to Whale Beach alongside Dolphin Bay, that cracked section has been repaired this week with new segments installed:

Reminder To Prepare For Bushfire Season

September 2017
Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes is encouraging all residents to prepare for the summer bushfire season.
After the driest winter in 15 years, NSW faces very challenging conditions this summer. There are a number of simple steps property owners in potentially vulnerable areas can take. These include:
  •  Trimming overhanging trees and shrubs;
  • Mowing your lawn and removing all the cut grass;
  • Removing flammable materials from around your home (e.g. door mats, wood piles, mulch, leaves, paint, outdoor furniture);
  • Clearing and removing debris and leaves from gutters;
  • Ensuring you have a hose or hoses that can cover the perimeter of your home;
  • Have a conversation with everyone in your home about what exactly they will do in the event of a bushfire.
You can download a Bushfire Survival Plan at

Healthy Life Launches New-Look Store and Wellness Hub

Australia’s largest health and wellness retailer Healthy Life is entering an exciting phase of revitalisation with its latest store, on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, becoming the first to roll out the company’s fresh look and enhanced wellness offering.

Reaffirming the company’s place as a leading health and wellness retailer and continuing its role as a pioneer in the health space as it prepares to enter its 50th year, the newly-opened premises at Glenrose Shopping Village, Belrose, has become the first to offer a Wellness Hub as part of Healthy Life’s new retail store concept. 

The Hub will offer regular, free, interactive presentations hosted by the company’s qualified practitioners, partners and suppliers. As the experts in natural health solutions, two-thirds of Healthy Life staff currently hold or are studying a health-related tertiary qualification.

“As part of our aspiration to become the most loved wellness destination in Australia, we want Healthy Life to be the place where the health conversation starts for people wanting to look and feel better – the natural way,” said Healthy Life Managing Director, Rolf Krecklenberg.

Image from the launch of the Belrose store last night including Healthy Life ambassadors Emily Seebohm and Mitch Larkin, and Healthy Life Managing Director Rolf Krecklenberg. Photo by Lisa Haymes supplied.

Harbour Trust Invites Volunteers to Join the Team at North Head Sanctuary 

Wednesday, 20 September 2017
The Sydney Harbour Federation Trust is inviting local residents to join the team of volunteers who help restore, enrich and share North Head Sanctuary by joining the Harbour Trust’s volunteer team, and is currently recruiting for Visitor centre, tour guide and restoration volunteers.
North Head Sanctuary comprises more than 80 buildings set in 72 hectares of natural bushland, and is uniquely managed by the Harbour Trust in recognition of its precious natural and environmental values.

“The Harbour Trust is supported by an incredible team of 250 volunteers who play an essential role in the work of the Harbour Trust and across our sites,” said Harbour Trust CEO, Mary Darwell. “Last financial year our volunteers contributed more than 29,000 hours of support,” she said.

“Volunteering at the Harbour Trust is a rewarding experience, providing the opportunity to work at extraordinary sites, such as North Head Sanctuary,” said Ms Darwell.

The Harbour Trust invites new volunteers to join at any time across all of its sites, and is currently seeking volunteers for the following roles at North Head Sanctuary:

North Head Sanctuary – Visitor Centre Volunteer: Based at the North Head Sanctuary Visitor Centre at North Fort, volunteers meet and greet visitors and help them to maximise their visit by assisting with historic information, directions, tours and attractions. The role particularly suits a people-person with an interest in the environmental or historic elements of the site. The visitor centre is open daily with a fortnightly or weekly commitment required from each volunteer. Volunteers are currently needed for Saturdays and Sundays.

North Head Sanctuary (North Fort) Tour Guide: Tour guides lead groups of up to 25 people through the military heritage of North Fort at North Head Sanctuary. The site has played an important role in the defence of Sydney and the still includes military infrastructure including gun emplacements and underground tunnels, accessed through tours only. Tours run every Sunday year round, and Saturdays during summer. Volunteer guides need to have some guiding experience, an interest in military history, be comfortable presenting to groups and an interest in sharing the history of this site with visitors.

North Head Restoration Volunteer: Restoration volunteers are currently restoring the military heritage of the North Fort site at North Head Sanctuary including underground WWII tunnels and gun emplacements. Future projects include the underground plotting room and observation posts. Engineering and trade skills including carpentry, fitting and turning are highly regarded but not essential. The team meets each Tuesday and Wednesdays. Volunteers must provide their own steel caped boots. Workshop facilities, tools and equipment are all provided. A Site Induction Certificate (white card) is essential and the training is provided.

Harbour Trust Volunteers all work within their own teams and are trained in their role, and also become part of the 250 strong Harbour Trust volunteer team, are given a uniform and enjoy social opportunities, information sessions and other benefits. The role would particularly suit a local to the area.

To apply visit or for more information contact the Harbour Trust Volunteer Manager on 8969 2112.

Curl Curl North Public School Redevelopment

NSW Dept. of Planning
Redevelopment of the existing school site to accommodate new student enrollment in the area.

Exhibition Start         31/08/2017
Exhibition End        16/10/2017

Draft Brookvale Structure Plan on Public Exhibition

The Draft Brookvale Structure Plan is now on public exhibition.
Submissions close Monday 20 November 2017
Docs. at: HERE 

Harbour Trust Invites Community Feedback On Interpretation Strategy For Headland Park  

Wednesday, 20 September 2017: Harbour Trust
The Harbour Trust is inviting the community and stakeholders to help share the rich history of Headland Park by providing feedback on its draft Interpretation Strategy for Headland Park. The Strategy aims to draw out various aspects of the site’s rich history and guide the addition of interpretative elements across the precinct that share this history.

Headland Park is one of Sydney’s most striking urban parklands with incorporating the former military sites at Chowder Bay, Georges Heights and Middle Head and connecting with Sydney Harbour National Park and Mosman Council reserves. It also has a rich Indigenous history. The urban parkland was first opened to the public in 2003 and has since become a thriving business park with a mix of commercial tenants, boutique cafes and art studios, and incorporates spectacular views of the harbour, bush tracks and recreation facilities.

“The Harbour Trust is developing an Interpretation Strategy to build on the existing heritage interpretation and further share the stories of the site’s Indigenous, military and submariner history as well as its modern history as an urban parkland,” said Harbour Trust CEO, Mary Darwell.

“It is expected the Strategy will result in the addition of interpretative items across the precinct using modern interpretive methods, resulting in a more engaging visitor experience and allowing the important historical threads of the site to be shared and remembered.

“In order to develop the draft Strategy, the Harbour Trust undertook workshops and online surveying with key stakeholders representing the site’s Indigenous and military history as well as community groups who are actively involved in the site.

“The contributions of these stakeholders has been vital in the development of the draft Plan, and I now encourage all members of the community to take this opportunity to join in the conversation and provide feedback on how this site’s intriguing history can be shared with everyone,” said Ms Darwell.

“We look forward to working closely with National Parks and Wildlife Services and Mosman Council in the delivery of the strategy,” she said.

The Interpretation Strategy will build on the existing military heritage interpretation of the site that includes the Hospital on the Hill interpretation trail and the History of Headland Park Interpretation Centre which tells the story of the Submarine Miners at Chowder Bay. Regular guided tours also take place every month taking visitors through the site’s underground tunnel and gun emplacements.

The plan will be on exhibition until 9 October, and available on . Printed copies are available to view at the Harbour Trust Office, Building 28 Best Ave, Mosman; Mosman Council, Civic Centre, Mosman Square; and Mosman Library, 605 Military Rd, Mosman.

Dr Marian Baird to speak at Zonta Annual Dinner – ‘Women, Work and Family’

The Zonta Club of Northern Beaches, with the Mackellar Girls ZClub, is pleased to announce their “Women, Work & Family” Annual Dinner will be held this year on Thursday 26th October in the Oaks Room, Dee Why RSL, 6.45pm for 7.00pm. 

Join us and be inspired by our guest speaker Dr Marian Baird, one of Australia’s leading researchers on women and work, and a committed advocate for improving policies affecting women in the workplace.

Professor Marian Baird (PhD) is Chair of the Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies in the University of Sydney Business School and Professor of Gender and Employment Relations.

Professor Baird is Director of the Women♀Work Research Group. She is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, a Fellow of the University of Sydney Senate and a member of the Women's College Council.

Professor Baird is Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Industrial Relations and is on the editorial board of the Australian Bulletin of Labour. She is also President of the Industrial Relations Society of New South Wales.

Research: Marian is one of Australia's leading researchers in the fields of women, work and family. Her most recent book is a collaborative undertaking with eminent scholars from the University of Sydney and the region on Women, Work and Care in the Asia-Pacific. She has received a number of Australian Research Council and federal and state government grants to study maternity and parental leave, flexibility for working parents, women and the global financial crisis, mature age workers and low paid workers, gender equitable organisational change and work and family in regional Australia. Marian has also been commissioned by business, not-for-profits and unions to undertake workplace and policy research related to women’s workforce engagement. She is widely published in Australia and internationally.

Ticket prices:  Early bird $65, after 10th October $70, School Students $50. Come by yourself, bring a friend or make up a table of 10.  
Seating will be arranged.  Please book by 13 October.

For enquiries and to book please contact Julia on 0419 122 987 or Lyn on 430 437 881 or email   

The dinner will raise funds to support Zonta projects for local women in need on the Northern Beaches. 

Aboriginal Cultural Heritage in New South Wales: Public consultation

The NSW Government is reforming the way Aboriginal cultural heritage is conserved and managed in New South Wales and is seeking your feedback to help refine the proposed new system. The public consultation is open from 11 September to 18 December 2017.

The first step involves changing the law for conserving and managing Aboriginal cultural heritage. This will form the cornerstone of a new legal framework that will, over time, also include new regulations, policies and guidelines.

After several years of consultation, we have developed a proposed new system for managing and conserving Aboriginal cultural heritage. For a 3-month period from September and October 2017, we will hold a series of information sessions and webinars to explain the new system. Following these information sessions, we will hold workshops on the draft legislation to establish the new system.

Where is the process up to?
Public feedback from a reform model released by the NSW Government in 2013 revealed general support for the principles of that model, but there were wide ranging and often contrasting views about detailed design elements. We have carefully considered this feedback and have developed a proposed new system.

What the proposed new system aims to do
The proposed new system aims to fulfil the NSW Government’s commitment to deliver stand-alone legislation that respects and conserves Aboriginal cultural heritage for current and future generations. It also aims to recognise Aboriginal custodianship and ensure Aboriginal people have the authority to makes decisions about Aboriginal cultural heritage, while providing clear and consistent processes for economic and social development in New South Wales.

How you can have your say
Public consultation open from 11 September to 18 December 2017.
You can get involved in the public consultation process by giving feedback on the draft legislation and support materials by:
making a written, verbal or online submission

Business Grants To Prepare For The NDIS

September 19, 2017: NSW Dept. of Family & Community Services, Economy
Businesses in the disability support sector can apply for grants of up to $2 million to expand their operations. 

The Disability Sector Scale-Up (DSSU) program will help businesses that deliver disability support services to prepare for growth as the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) rolls out.

As well as business grants, the program will provide low-cost advisory services for small businesses through Business Connect to help them identify new opportunities that emerge from the NDIS.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Skills and Small Business John Barilaro said the rollout of the NDIS would improve choice and access to high-quality services for people with a disability.

“Critically this program will focus on strong service delivery in rural and remote areas,” Mr Barilaro said.

Minister for Disability Services Ray Williams said the DSSU was a component of the NSW Government’s Smart, Skilled & Hired initiative.

“In NSW the NDIS will provide support for up to 140,000 people and the NSW Government, through the DSSU program, is making sure we take full advantage of the scheme.”

Avalon Beach Market Day 2017

Sunday, November 19 at 9 AM - 4 PM
The main streets of Avalon Beach village and Dunbar Park come alive with amazing music, a fantastic array of market stalls selling fashion, jewellery and crafts as well as gourmet food stalls. For the kids there is face painting and carnival rides


Fundraiser for Marty Campbell

Courtesy Pittwater Offshore Newsletter
Friday 6 October from 5.30-6pm

Marty has been selected again for the 2018 Special Olympics national games in Adelaide.  He needs to raise $3000 towards the cost.

Mary Romeo has very kindly offered to host another fundraising evening at The Waterfront Restaurant on Friday 6 October from 5.30-6pm. 

Purchase own food and drinks and there will be music, dancing, auction and raffle. 

Geoff and Tina are helping with the organisation so if you can something to auction or raffle, please let them know.
All welcome. $10 for adults. Children free. 
Please put it in your diaries.

Pesticide Notification 

1080 FOX POISON (sodium fluoroacetate) FOR FOX CONTROL 1080 poison as buried baits or 1080 poison capsules in ejector devices Will be laid in a continuous and ongoing way from: 

Date: 1st August 2017 to 31st January 2018

  • Garigal National Park. 
  • Lane Cove National Park, 
  • Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park 
  • Sydney Harbour National Park: 
  • North Head including the Quarantine Station, 
  • Dobroyd Head, 
  • Middle Head, 
  • Chowder Head & Bradleys Head managed by the National Parks & Wildlife Service. 
  •  The North Head Sanctuary and Former School of Artillery managed by the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust. 
  • The Australian Institute of Police Management, North Head

Pet owners must ensure that their pets do not enter baited reserves.
Warning signs will be displayed to notify the public.

Dogs and cats are prohibited in National Parks (NPW Act 1974 & Regulations) and the North Head Sanctuary (Local Govt Act (1993) Sect 632 (2) (d). Penalties apply.

For further information please contact:
National Parks and Wildlife Service Pest Management Officer: 9472 8953 NPWS Harbour (north) Area office: 8968 6300 NPWS 
Ku-ring-gai Chase (Forestville) Area office: 9451 3479 
NPWS Ku-ring-gai Chase (Mt Colah) Area office: 9472 9323

Come To The Star-Studded Event Of The Year!

Have you ever wanted to drink cocktails on the balcony of the Cardinal’s Palace whilst chatting with Animal Planet’s Snake Boss, Julia Baker?

Animal Planet’s Snake Boss, Julia Baker

Have you ever wanted to hang out with the devilishly mischievous Real Housewives of Sydney stars - Lisa Oldfield and Athena Levendi?

Lisa Oldfield and Athena Levendi (lady at far left is our own Lynleigh)

Have you ever had a hankering to listen to the spellbinding voice of award-winning soprano, Phoebe Humphreys, of Opera Australia whilst sipping on a Lemon Lime and ‘Critters’?

Phoebe Humphreys - award winning Soprano at Opera Australia

Or wished for the opportunity to bid on a dinner cooked by the one-and-only David Oldfield who has trained under world-renowned chef, Marco Pierre White?

Or dreamt of being the winning bidder of a one-of-a-kind skateboard signed and painted by Johnny Depp?

Well, if any or all of this sounds like a truly spectacular and exciting evening, don’t miss out on your chance to buy a ticket to the Go Wild Gala - hosted by Sydney Wildlife and MC’d by Channel 7’s Sydney director of news, Jason Morrison!

Why are all these amazing celebrities helping Sydney Wildlife?
Well, we are frantically raising funds to buy and custom-fit a van which will become a Mobile Clinic for treating injured, sick and orphaned wildlife.
The van will be stationed in different parts of Sydney every week to assist with wildlife in distress.

It may also be deployed to areas affected by natural disasters such as bushfires, floods and soaring temperatures causing heat-stress events. 

The van will be staffed by veterinarians who offer to volunteer their time to help our wildlife. It may be a wonderful training centre for our veterinary students and a huge asset to our community.

All these wonderful celebrities believe in our pioneering vision and are willing to donate their time and celebrity status to bring our vision to life.

What is Sydney Wildlife?
We are a 100% volunteer-run organisation dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing any sick, injured or orphaned Australian native wildlife.
We receive no Government funding and we need YOU to help us!

Why do our wildlife need help?

The biggest danger our wildlife face is a lack of interest in their welfare.
In addition - habitat loss, vehicle strike, disease, predation and injury from introduced species, dealing with man-made obstacles such as netting, litter and fences and natural disasters are among the many perils they face daily.

How far are we with our goal?

The cost of the van, the custom fit-out, the medical equipment and medications needed to get the Mobile Clinic on the road we estimate to be around the $200K mark.
So far we have raised $72K.

Yes, it’s an ambitious project.
Yes, it’s a pioneering project.
Yes’ it’s a first.

But, in the wise words of veterinarian Dr Karin Lourens:
“There is a first for everything.
Sometimes it’s the only way to make history.”

New Season for Sailability Pittwater 

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

 Gone Fishing Gallery at Waterfront Store Church Point

Open again TODAY in the top room Waterfront Store. Open mainly weekends as an addition to the waterfront cafe. Keep up to date on their Facebook page

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

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

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

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

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