March 29 - April 4, 2020: Issue 444
This Issue: full list in Contents page
Aquatics NSW Inclusive Championships Second Year Success by Surf Life Saving NSW
Pictures Warm Fuzzy Cuddles: Mitch And M.J. - Wombats At Sydney Wildlife Waratah Park Talk To You- For Littlies (& Biggies Too) - Photos by Margaret Woods, Joan Reid and Lynleigh Grieg - '2 kangaroos' photo by Victoria Reid.
Park Bench Philosopher ‘Where No Counsel Is, The People Fall’: Why Parliaments Should Keep Functioning During The Coronavirus Crisis
DIY Ideas Autumn Vegepod Garden: Plant Now to Stay Healthy - The science is in! Horticultural therapy is proven to reduce stress and pain, alleviate the blues and increase focus. Gardening helps people connect to living things, nurture their own nature and relax. Johnson Brothers Mitre 10 stock these great do it yourself gardens at their Narrabeen, Mona Vale and Avalon stores and they have the potting mix and seedlings to plant out in them.
Pittwater COVID- 19 Restriction Responses: Take Away from Restaurants and Cafes and Grocers and Food Available From Local Outlets Local food suppliers and cafes and restaurants are currently adapting to social-distancing requirements and the closure of public spaces to large gatherings. Listed this week are those that have food you can order for take away or delivery and also those who supplied these outlets who also have food available to purchase. As a community service, there is no charge to list your eatery here - you do need to email details: name, operating hours along with a menu if available, to email@example.com - we will keep adding them in as/when received.
The World at Your Fingertips Online: How to host conferences and Events, The Great Outdoors from Indoors, Arts and Culture sites allow a Tour Online, Zoos Live Streaming Animals, Books and Movies and Music for Children, Youth, and Seniors - these lists will be added into so worth revisiting by those self-isolating or in lockdown due to age or vulnerability
Giving Our Dog A Bath - a story made from Indoors this week for youngsters
Artists of the Month April 2020: Australia's Great Online Collections In State Art Galleries, Museums And Libraries With local and national galleries, museums and libraries, along with the great exhibitions they curate and then host closed at present an online tour of the great Art within these institutions is one way we can keep supporting and celebrating all they seek to share with Australians. As many of these have invested in sharing their works online, all digitised, many are available for people to take a virtual tour of. This month a little about these with links to where you can spend happy hours dwelling in their wonderful collections.
Bear in mind it's not just the city centres that host these wonderful online galleries - many a local history society in regional areas, as well as regional art galleries, have and are currently adding to their online digitised resources so those far from these places can feast their eyes.
You can even take virtual tours of overseas galleries - however, those that are run here are brimful of wonderful Australian works of the places we love. They are a great reminder of the many aspects and offerings these places seek to share with all and how much we have to be thankful for.
This Issue we run from NSW to the Tasmania and over to South Australia - revisit next Issue and the great offerings in Western Australia and Queensland, The National Library of Australia, National Museum of Australia and National Portrait Gallery will have been added in, along with some of those regional gems and a few secret places we find wonderful Pittwater and Australian Art and Imagery to share with you.
MyStreetSupport a strategic ‘street by street’ social safety net initiative which has been rolling out throughout the Northern Beaches in Sydney, is available as a free national resource for people all over Australia to help them set up their own street support network during the coronavirus pandemic.
With many people being isolated, services are going to be stretched and #MyStreetSupport is a response that helps families and the elderly broaden out their support base by connecting and helping each other as neighbours in the same street. It has been designed to alleviate pressure on services as much as possible so that everyone is cared for and nobody is missed.
#MyStreetSupport provides the resource kit with instructions, support, posters and flyers to help set-up local groups. Street group members are also encouraged to exchange phone numbers just in case there is interruption to internet services and to provide support for those who do not use Facebook or the internet.
Each suburb is also encouraged to set up or join their #ViralKindness suburb or city group so that everyone in each suburb is connected to their community for updates and support. In this way a social ‘grid’ is built to provide a strong social safety network.
ViralKindness Northern Beaches is the local group for support to those living on the Northern Beaches who are in self isolation or are at high risk and unable to leave their home. The group provide updated information to help keep people informed, share uplifting messages or incidences of kindness but their main focus is being there to assist those in our community who are unable to access general necessities.
Wendy Harper was inspired to set up #MyStreetSupport by the way communities prepared for and dealt with the bushfires.
"“I really felt the need to start a dedicated group for my local community in Terrey Hills just over a week ago, by getting a ‘street to street’ COVID-19 caring and support network going - in the spirit of what happens in my community in a bushfire emergency,” said Ms Harper.
“I started this on March 13th, and was contacted by Maire O’Brien, who had just set up Covid19 Northern Beaches Sydney Facebook, so the #MyStreetSupport Start Up Pack were shared with this group…and it just keeps spreading!”
There are still a few gaps locally so find out how to start your own suburb's group this week and let's ensure that, if we need to, everyone is cared for and nobody is missed.
Pittwater Offshore Newsletter Update: March 23rd, 2020
To contact Julian: firstname.lastname@example.org
Daylight Savings Ends
Pittwater Online Autumn school holidays Break
Johnson Brothers Mitre 10 Update: We're Adapting!
Friday March 27, 2020
Intending to keep our customers and staff safe, we present some additional ways for both our retail and trade customers to do business with us.
Trade and Retail Pick Up
Express Pick up Mona Vale
- Call Johnson Bros Mitre 10 Mona Vale, and we will pick & pack your order and have it ready for you to pick up in 2 hours. (Stocked Lines Only)
- Drive into our undercover Trade Drive-Thru area at 73 Bassett St Mona Vale, and your order will be ready for pick-up.
- Our team members will help you with your load and finalise payment/paperwork
Express Pick up Avalon
- Call Johnson Bros Mitre 10 Avalon, and we will pick & pack your order and have it ready for you to pick up in 2 hours. (Stocked Lines Only)
- Drive into our back lane off Bellevue Avenue, and your order will be ready for pick-up.
- Our team members will help you with your load and finalise payment/paperwork
Online Retail Stores Go Live
We’ve launched two eCommerce sites offering 2hr pick up in-store and flat rate delivery options on the northern beaches*.
Jbhmv.com.au (Mona Vale)
Jbhav.com.au (Avalon – Site goes live tomorrow Sat 28th March)
With the ability to leave the product on your doorstep, this provides an option of an entirely contactless transaction.
*Flat rate delivery is not available to trade sales, building supplies and trade quantities
** The stock availability is updated nightly, which may mean the stock is unavailable when the order is placed
Trade Delivery to Site
Maybe not new, but certainly worth a mention again!
We can get almost anything delivered quickly onto site!
As always ring the trade desk direct on 9999 0333 and let them know what you need!
Like everyone, we have found ourselves in a new and uncertain environment, but we’re setting up (and digging in) for the long haul!
We want to acknowledge that the decision to retain over 120 staff and meet any future challenges head-on, could not have happened without the continued support you provide us as customers.
Thank you and stay safe,
The Johnson Family
NSW lowers age limit for pharmacy flu jabs
Staged opening of the Warringah Road underpass
- the Warringah Road underpass on ramp at Wakehurst Parkway will be closed
- Warringah Road westbound surface lanes on approach to Wakehurst Parkway will be reduced to two lanes
- Warringah Road eastbound surface lanes on approach to Forest Way will be reduced to two lanes
- motorists using the Forest Way slip lane to Warringah Road eastbound will enter Warringah Road in an added lane - no merge will be required at that point.
- two right turn lanes from Wakehurst Parkway southbound into the underpass westbound and one right turn lane for road users who wish to continue on the surface lanes
- two left turn lanes from Wakehurst Parkway northbound into the underpass westbound and one left turn lane for road users who wish to continue on the surface lanes
- one right turn lane from Wakehurst Parkway northbound to Warringah Road eastbound.
- three right turn lanes from Warringah Road westbound to Forest Way northbound
- one through lane for Warringah Road westbound
Local Public Areas now closed
COVID 19 Update
- - Clean your hands with soap and water or hand sanitiser.
- - Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze.
- - Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
- - Stay home if you are sick.
Pets of the Week
Lucy Turnbull steps down from the Greater Sydney Commission
ANZAC Day 2020 Services Cancelled
Pittwater Community Groups:
The purpose of www.westpittwater.com.au - is best defined by the vision of the West Pittwater Community Association.
To be a supportive community, encouraging and promoting civic pride, interest in community affairs and goodwill amongst residents.
To protect local fauna and flora and generally preserve West Pittwater and its environs.
To secure essential facilities including public wharves and reserves and to protect private and public property.
To speak with one voice and represent the interests of the Western Foreshore community when in discussion with Pittwater Council and other relevant government bodies. The WPCA website provides a forum for the better realisation of these objectives. Visit: www.westpittwater.com.au
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 www.sailability.org/au/pittwater or call John on 9982 5656
Bear Hunt in postcode 2101
Public Health (COVID-19 Self-Isolation) Order 2020
Mona Vale Hospital: COVID-19
New Nurses for MVH
Local Government Elections Postponed
NSW NPWS Close Campgrounds And High Visitation Areas
- Campgrounds closed in line with the Government Public Health Order from 26 March 2020
- Visitor centres, cafes and high visitation areas will be closed from 26 March 2020
- Historic sites will be closed from 26 March 2020 (except for permanent residents)
- All visitors with bookings impacted by the closures will be contacted to arrange full refunds.
Closed Areas: Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park - Visitor Precincts Closed
- All large picnic shelters
- All barbeque facilities
- All playgrounds
- Brooklyn Dam Campsites
Forestville Office Is Closed Until Further Notice
Closed Areas: Collins Flat Beach Closed On Weekends
- Fairfax lookout, North Head
- North Head
Middle Head Office Closed Until Further Notice
- Middle Head
- Middle Head
- Fairfax lookout, North Head
- North Head
Volunteer Beach Patrol Season Ends Early
Remote access scams
- You receive a phone call out of the blue and the caller claims to be from a large telecommunications or computer company, or a technical support service provider.
- They tell you that your computer is experiencing technical problems and they need remote access to sort out the problem.
- They ask you to buy software or sign up to a service to fix the computer.
- They ask for your personal details and your bank or credit card details.
- The caller is very persistent and may become abusive.
- Never give an unsolicited caller remote access to your computer.
- Never give your personal, credit card or online account details over the phone unless you made the call and the phone number came from a trusted source.
- If you receive a phone call out of the blue about your computer and remote access is requested – hang up – even if they mention a well-known company such as Telstra. Telstra does not request credit card details over the phone to fix computer or telephone problems, and is not affiliated with any companies that do. See: Is it really Telstra contacting you?
Rotary NSW Emergency Services Community Awards - RESCA
- Fire and Rescue NSW
- Marine Rescue NSW
- Surf Life Saving NSW
- NSW Ambulance Service
- NSW Rural Fire Service
- NSW State Emergency Service
- NSW Volunteer Rescue Association
- Australian Rotary Health – PhD Research Scholarship investigating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Emergency Services Personnel
- Emergency and Disaster Preparedness training by a competitively selected Vocational Training Team connected with a developing country in the Asia/Pacific Region
- Community service over and above the call of normal duties which best exemplifies Rotary’s motto of Service Above Self (i.e. community involvement when they are not working in their normal roles).
- Personal attributes
- Contribution to their organisation
Pittwater Place in accordance with the Australian Government
Community input on the future of plastics and waste in NSW
- phase-out the use of plastics
- triple the proportion of plastic recycling by 2030
- reduce plastic litter items by 25% by 2025
- make NSW a leader in plastics research and development.
Make a submission to the NSW Bushfire Inquiry
- Email: email@example.com
- Post: NSW Independent Bushfire Inquiry, GPO Box 5341, Sydney NSW 2001
- Phone: If you have limited computer or internet access you can make a submission over the phone by calling the Bushfire Customer Care program on 13 77 88
- In-person: at any Service NSW service centre or at a Mobile Service Centre
2020 Community Heritage Grants now open
Surf Life Saving New South Wales Seeking inspirational Womens' Stories
- Email SLS NSW your stories about the women who inspired change in the Surf Life Saving movement
- Send them your photos and videos here or via WeTransfer to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Post photos on Facebook, lnstagram and Twitter using the hastag #WomenInSLS
- Send photographs, film and newspaper articles to SLSNSW - PO Box 307, Belrose 2085 (they will digitise and return)
Please Register Wildlife Road Strikes
- The position via GPS or road and suburb
- The date
- The animal
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