February 18 - 24, 2018: Issue 348
Articles This Week
Front Page Issue 348: Avalon Beach Avocados Win Their Trans Tasman Test Debut + NSW Wins the Surf Boat Interstates + More
Tumbarumba Delivers Valentine’s Day Divorce Proposal To State Government: Pittwater locals joined a rally this week supporting Tumbarumba residents who came to the big smoke to deliver a proposal to the NSW Government demanding a council demerger
Spotted On Pittwater: Michelle Lee's Different World's Canoe: This Lady is Getting Ready To Row Solo Across The Atlantic - Fundraiser at The Quays Marina, Bayview on March 24th
By The Left Veterans Initiative: Younger And Female Veterans Have Served Too - Avalon Beach ANZAC Day March 2018; Sub-Branch encouraging all female Veterans to March With Us
Church Point Carpark Reserved Parking Space Scheme: EOI's Now Open + we've included some Stage of Works News and Photos for younger Readers who may have an interest in Civil Engineering
Pictures: 2018 Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern Beaches Branch Championships Results for Surf Boats and Masters
Aquatics: Tiny Membrane Makes Sydney Harbour "Drinkable": New Graphair Technology Has Potential To Save Lives Worldwide - from CSIRO
DIY Ideas: Late Summer and Early Autumn Projects: A Shed For All Storage Solutions + Garden Tasks + Keeping Our Waterways Clean
Coastal Connection Key To Conservation: Connecting the Chinese community with the coast was the theme behind an interactive rock pool walk at Long Reef Aquatic Reserve recently
Change As Good As A Holiday For Young Lifesavers: City to Country and Country to City Exchange Program - Hamish Christie (Long Reef SLSC), selected to represent NSW at the Annual Lifeguard Exchange in New Zealand next month - from Surf Life Saving NSW
Park Bench Philosopher City Of Sydney Chinese New Year's Celebrations: Lunar Lanterns At Circular Quay And Community Performances CNY Festival Runs Until March 4th, 2018 - photos courtesy Selena Griffith and City of Sydney Council
Avalon Quilters 2018 Exhibition Of Members Work and AMDF Raffle Quilt Touches Stars: Friday 9th and Saturday 10th of March: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in Avalon Uniting Church Hall
Profile: Willi Michalski – Master Potter For the past 30 years master ceramicist, Willi Michalski, has been creating one-off pieces in his Church Point studio. He began in Wollongong decades ago being taught by renowned Australian Artists Ivan and Patricia Englund in 1961 and has recently been honoured by Wollongong Council for his contribution to that city.
Artist of the Month: February 2018 - Willi Michalski – Master Potter
For the past 30 years master ceramicist, Willi Michalski, has been creating one-off pieces in his Church Point studio. Willi has spent decades researching and refining his technique for glaze-on-glaze decoration and, gas reduction firing, with resounding success. Over the years he has developed his own unique style, often creating generously sized pieces, with immediately identifiable sculptural forms.
Pittwater Offshore Newsletter Update 7/2/2018
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Newport Residents Association February Meeting
RFS Updates: Summer 2017-18
Friends of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment February 2018 Forum
Avalon Quilters 2018 Exhibition of Members Work
Pet of the Week
B-Line Updates February: Mona Vale and Warriewood
- construction of the car park facade, concrete columns, lift, stairwell and the new amenities block. Temporary toilets will remain in place as work continues on the amenities block
- installation of overhead and underground utilities, including water main relocation
- landscaping which may include vegetation trimming and removal
- finishing work to northbound and southbound bus stops on Pittwater Road
- asphalting, line marking and continued work on new traffic signals
- footpath work
- 7am to 6pm, Monday to Friday
- 8am to 1pm on Saturday
- traffic island adjustments at the intersections of Pittwater Road and Barrenjoey Road, and Park Street, Golf Avenue and Barrenjoey Road, including drainage and traffic signal work
- asphalting works on Pittwater and Barrenjoey Roads
- installation of new kerb
- Beeby Reserve car park modifications including service installation, pavement work and sign installation
- bus stop completion work
- car park access control work
Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Legislation
Northern Beaches Walking Plan: Input sought
Navigation Restriction - Hawkesbury River Railway Bridge
- Vessels are required to maintain a safe distance and speed from the works and operators are reminded that the production of wash which impacts unreasonably on the works is an offence (Marine Safety Regulation 2016 – clause 11(2) - Maximum Penalty $5,500.00)
- Persons within the vicinity of the works must comply with any directions given by a Boating Safety Officer or Police Officer in relation to the works or to marine safety. Failure to comply with any such direction is an offence (Marine Safety Act 1998, s.15A - Maximum Penalty $3,300.00).
Residents Want 'Welcome to Pittwater' Sign Returned
Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary 2018 Stalls
Amon Community Grants Fund - Round 1
Pittwater Artists Trail 2018
Boating facilities upgrade: Two New Pontoons Proposed for Rowland Reserve Bayview
Council are proposing to install additional boat access facilities for the northern and southern boat ramps at Rowland Reserve, Bayview.
The proposal for two new access pontoons is being facilitated to provide recreational boat users with a safe and more efficient means of embarking and disembarking water craft about the existing boat ramps.
View the plans
Have your say
In writing marked ‘Boating Facilities Upgrade - Rowland Reserve’ addressed to: Northern Beaches Council, Civic Centre, 725 Pittwater Rd, Dee Why.
Comments close Sunday 18 February
Frequently Asked Questions - From Council's webpage
Will I be able to launch a boat from land during the works?
Yes, one ramp will be available during construction.
Will access along the foreshore change or be restricted?
A small area at each ramp will be fenced off for safety reasons during construction, but otherwise access along the foreshore will be maintained as existing.
Will parking be affected during or after the works?
A small area for site materials and waste storage will be established adjacent to the boat ramps within the carpark area during construction. This area will be fenced off and unavailable to the public during construction.
The site materials and waste storage area will have minimal impact on the available carparking or associated vehicle lanes.
Will the works affect the navigation of the surrounding waterways?
The proposed new pontoons will extend approximately 23 metres from the lowest astronomical tide mark into the waterway and will incorporate new lighting which will improve navigation about the existing boat ramps.
The impact of the proposal will be minimal with regard to navigation.
Will the proposal affect Marine Rescue operations?
Access to the Pittwater from Rowland Reserve will be maintained for Marine Rescue operations.
How will the proposal affect commercial uses such as barge and salvage operations?
Access to the Northern Boat Ramp will be maintained for commercial operators with minor interruptions during piling works.
Will any marine vegetation be disturbed as a result of the works?
No seagrass species such as Zostera or Posidonia* were found within the Aquatic Survey area. Marine pest Caulerpa Taxifolia was found to be located within the survey area. Management procedures have been prepared to minimise the risk of spreading the pest algae Caulerpa Taxifolia to other parts of Pittwater. A small area of marine algae Sargassum will likely be disturbed near the Southern boat ramp. Additional vertical surface area will be created as a result of the works, which would support fringing algae species. *Refer the Aquatic Ecology Survey Report for details of local sea grasses.
Petition: Save Ingleside from Over-Development
Course for a Cause at Avalon
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
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Spotted on Pittwater: Michelle Lee's Different World's Canoe
Opportunity For Offshore Residents To Secure Long Term Parking At Church Point: EOI’s Now Open
February 16, 2018: NBC Media Release
Northern Beaches Council will open a new carpark at Church Point in late March and applications are now open for offshore residents to secure a long-term reserved parking space.
The two level carpark located on McCarrs Creek Road will allocate 68 reserved parking spaces on the top level of the carpark to eligible residents through a ballot system for a two year term.
The lower level will be a Pay and Display carpark for the community and visitors to the area and will also be available for Church Point Permit holders overnight.
General Manager Environment and Infrastructure Ben Taylor said the reserved spaces will be issued via an Expression of Interest consisting of up to four rounds.
“Demand for parking is a challenge at many locations across the Northern Beaches and Church Point has been particularly difficult for both local residents and those who live offshore,” Mr Taylor said.
“Too often we hear stories of offshore residents coming home and spending hours trying to park, having to walk kilometres to their car, or even giving up and staying with friends nearby.
“Onshore residents are also impacted by the huge demand for limited spaces.
“Access to this new carpark, along with the car parking spaces at Church Point Reserve and Bothams Beach, will provide additional parking options for offshore residents and help to alleviate parking issues in the area, in particular for those wishing to park overnight.
“After several years of consultation with the local community it is exciting to be offering some certainty to local residents.”
First round applications open on Saturday 17 February with priority given to permanent offshore property owners who reside at Scotland Island, Elvina Bay, Lovett Bay, Morning Bay and Douglas Estate who are existing holders of a Church Point parking permit.
The ballot will be selected from the eligible applications at random by a system under the supervision of the Northern Beaches Office of Integrity and Complaints Resolution.
If not exhausted in the first round ballot, three additional rounds will be conducted until all are allocated. A waiting list will be created if demand exceeds the allocation.
Cost to secure a reserved spot for a two-year term is $4,939 per year and paid quarterly.
Applications will close on Sunday 4 March with the first round of notifications being communicated to residents in the week commencing 12 March 2018.
The costs for the reserved spaces together with Pay and Display on the lower level are contributing to the cost of the carpark. Eligible residents can submit an EOI now at northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au
How to Apply
Or download and complete the PDF form and submit via:
- Post: Northern Beaches Council, 725 Pittwater Road, Dee Why, NSW, 2099
- Deliver in person: to one of our customer service locations
Funds Available To Support Active Kids
NS14 State Championships at BYRA Easter 2018
Peter Loft Marathon Race 2018: May 6th Fundraiser
Environmental Restoration And Rehabilitation Grants
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Consultation On Online Copyright Infringement
Sydney Wildlife were thrilled and honoured to be the recipients of the Community Event of the Year Award at the Australia Day Awards for our inaugural ‘Go Wild Gala’!!!
It’s wonderful to know that the community is behind our pioneering project, as well as our Councillors and our esteemed Mayor, Michael Regan.
Mayor Michael Regan with Kirstie (one of the lovely award nominators), Sydney Wildlife Treasurer - Diane Jenner, Joan Reid and Lynleigh Greig - 2 of the ‘Go Wild Gala’ committee members.
Not all the committee members could attend the Awards Ceremony but here they all are at a lunch meeting prior to the Gala. Joan, Lynleigh, Lisa, Nicole, Laurie and Ali.
We would like to say a gigantic thank you to all the wonderful people who nominated our event and to the adjudication panel for selecting our event as the winner. We were extremely honoured to listen to Mayor Regan speak highly of our volunteers and to have him present the award to us, along with the Hon. Brad Hazzard and Australia Day Ambassador Peter Wynn.
The Award Ceremony took place on Australia Day 2018 at the Glen St Theatre. There were 6 award categories:
Citizen of the Year
Senior Citizen of the Year
Young Citizen of the Year
Sportsperson of the Year
Community Event of the Year
Outstanding Community Service Award.
Sydney Wildlife’s “Go Wild Gala” won in the category of Community Event of the Year. The gala was held to raise funds to purchase and equip a much-needed Mobile Wildlife Clinic.
The Gala came together as a result of hard work and dedication from many of our volunteers. Our committee consisted of 5 members initially, but when Ali moved back to Bermuda a month before the event, we were down to 4 members - Lisa, Joan, Laurie and myself. Nicole was an honorary member of the committee who spent hours sending out emails and letters to companies asking for donations for our Auction. She also spent 6 months filming and producing an emotive video that was aired on the night, showcasing what we do for wildlife and why we need the mobile clinic. The video can be viewed here:
t took about 6 months to organise the Gala and the amount of community involvement was astounding! Two of our committee members - Lisa and Laurie - weren't actually members of Sydney Wildlife yet but they gave freely of their time and talents. Lisa was a demon in her quest to obtain as many prizes for the Auction as humanly possible! She even managed to get her friends from Levendi Jewellers to donate an exquisite white gold and diamond necklace - the Levendi Kiss - as our raffle prize. And Laurie did all our graphic design work and printing free of charge.
On the night of the Gala we had assistance from the wonderful Jeannie at the venue (the Cardinal’s Palace in Manly) as well as a large group of students at the ICMS who were in charge of decor, general event coordination and the food for the evening. Our MC for the evening, Jason Morrison - Head of 7 News - got the night off to a fun and interesting start and he introduced our first entertainer for the evening.
The beautiful soprano, Phoebe-Celeste Humphreys, of Opera Australia gave freely of her talent and that of her accompanying musicians to open proceedings with her captivating voice. Later we were treated to a wonderful performance by Arthur Murray dancers - Jace and Melissa - who also donated their time for the event.
We had celebrities, councillors, volunteers, executives, media representatives and people from all walks of the community in attendance. We even had Animal Planet’s Snake Boss (Julia Baker) and Johny Bagpipes who flew down from Queensland to do our Auction for us!
The entire event was captured on camera by the sensational Michael Mannington of Volunteer Photography whose images were a wonderful collage of memories of our first-ever Go Wild Gala!
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park: 1080 fox baiting program
Problem Boat And Trailer Parking Areas Targeted Under Six Month Trial
Northern Beaches Council is introducing a trial designed to crack down on trailers and boats parked on public roads. It is hoped the trial will help residents park closer to a number of popular local parks and reserves.
Introducing a six month trial in five problem locations across the Beaches, Mayor Michael Regan said other measures had failed and it was time to try something different.
“We are getting an increasing number of complaints from residents fed up with trailers and boats taking up most of the parking next to playgrounds, parks and fields and rarely being moved,” Mayor Regan said.
“Under State Government legislation Council could give trailer owners 28 days notice to move on. However we were finding they would wait until the 28th day and then move a few spots down the street, or even just return to the same spot, and Council would have no recourse but to start the process again with another 28 days notice. It simply was ineffective.
“Our new approach prevents boats and trailers from parking at all in some known problem areas.
“These measures will also prevent the dumping of un-roadworthy trailers which is a persistent issue.
“The trial will be reviewed after six months and expanded to other areas if successful.”
The trial has been developed in consultation with the RMS. Council will erect ‘No Parking, Motor Vehicles Excepted’ signs over the next month at:
- Kenneth Rd, Manly Vale
- Balgowlah Rd, Fairlight
- Aitken Reserve, Queenscliff
- Jacka Park, Freshwater
- Barrenjoey Road, Avalon Beach
Council has notified hundreds of residents in the immediate vicinity of the affected areas and the response has been overwhelming in favour of the trial.
Consultation draft of the new Model Code of Meeting Practice for Local Councils in NSW
- It contains mandatory provisions (indicated in black font) that reflect the existing meetings provisions of the Act and adapt those currently contained in the Regulation. The existing meetings provisions of the Regulation have been updated and supplemented to reflect contemporary meetings practice by councils and to address ambiguities and areas of confusion in the existing provisions based on feedback from councils.
- It contains non-mandatory provisions (indicated in red font) that cover areas of meetings practice that are common to most councils but where there may be a need for some variation in practice between councils based on local circumstances. The non-mandatory provisions will also operate to set a benchmark based on what OLG sees as being best practice for the relevant area of practice.
- promoting, as the principal object of meetings, the making of decisions by the governing bodies of councils that are in the best interests of the council and the community as a whole
- promoting more accessible, orderly, effective and efficient meetings and to provide councils with the tools to achieve these outcomes
- prescribing principles to inform the way in which meetings are conducted and to prescribe meeting rules that are consistent with these principles
- codifying areas of common practice across councils in a way that is clear, efficient, leads to better informed and more effective decision making and that is consistent with the requirements of the Act
- promoting greater consistency between councils across the state in key areas of meetings practice without losing the ability to allow some variation in practice to meet local needs or expectations
- allowing greater flexibility in the conduct of meetings to accommodate a range of potential scenarios that are not addressed by the current meeting rules
- simplifying the language currently used to make the prescribed meeting rules more accessible and easier to understand
- modernising the rules to accommodate current and emerging technologies (e.g. electronic notice, electronic voting systems and webcasting).
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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 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