February 26 - March 4, 2017: Issue 302

Articles This Week 

Front Page Issue 302

Community Concerns Over Future Of Mona Vale Hospital Grow Apace With Frenchs Forest Developments: Parkway Concerns - Two videos put together by John Illingsworth and Phil Walker

Aquatics: Grommets Shine As The 2017 Australian Open Of Surfing Kicks Off At Manly by Surfing NSW

Demise Of Democracy by  Selena Griffith

Pictures: Summer 2017 in Pittwater: Videos and Stories and Pictures of the Season

Collector's Corner: Dicken's The Old Curiosity Shop bought at The Old Curiosity Shop

Food: Autumn's Feast of Fresh Produce Brings What's Best for Your Body's Health 

Around The Bends Newport To Avalon Ocean Swim Challenge - March 19, 2017: don't miss out on being part of History, join the Inaugural First Swim 

ROD MILGATE: Tribute Exhibition at Manly Art Gallery & Museum - with studios at Bilgola, Newport and Avalon, this award winning Artist's works reflect being inspired by his locale - Plus what's coming up at MAG&M: Express Yourself 2017; the Child Artist Response Project; Bernd Heinrich; Gabriella Hirst; SharingStories Foundation - Liz Thompson’s photographs from her A Song for Country series as part of the 2017 Head On Photo and Guringai Festival; and Instrumental: Chuck Bradley

Profile: CONVICTS NYC: Avalon GROMS - Founded by Australians living in the USA, Convicts is a global brand with an Australian spirit. This week they published a great Profile called ‘Avalon GROMS’ put together by former Avalon local Peter Maiden, a founder of Convicts, and one of those ‘Aussies now living in New York’. They’re allowing us to share it with you so you can get a taste of how good something can be when it’s done right – this is dynamic, fresh and unabashed celebrations of this next generation of artists in all walks of life who are clearly right here right now, using the platforms that back up that credo through text, images and high quality video. 

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

Artist of the Month: February 2017 : Meredith Rasdall B (Ed) Art is an artist living on Scotland Island on Sydney's Northern Beaches. She has been exhibiting for over 25 years and her work is included in both local and overseas collections.

Successful Day For Champion Lifesavers

Saturday 25 Feb 2017 by Surf Life Saving NSW
The first medals for the 2017 NSW Surf Life Championships have been awarded after a highly competitive Champion Lifesaver Event at Blacksmiths Beach on Saturday.
The first medals for the 2017 NSW Surf Life Championships have been awarded after a highly competitive Champion Lifesaver Event at Blacksmiths Beach on Saturday.

With only the first two finishers earning a starting position at The Aussies in April there was a lot at stake for the competitors in the decidedly overcast conditions that greeted them on the competition’s opening day.

The Champion Lifesaver event is for individuals (both male and female) in the U15, 17, 19, Open, 30-39 and 40+ Age groups. It consists of three parts; a multiple choice exam, CPR scenarios, and a skills competition in a Beach Sprint, Surf Race, Board Race, and Tube Race.

To be crowned champion, a lifesaver must perform at a highly competent level throughout the entirety of the event.

2017 Champion Lifesaver Event – Medallists

Open Male
William McCance – Bronte SLSC
Leigh Ryan – Bronte SLSC
Peter Euers – Newport SLSC

Open Female
Phoebe Savage – Newport SLSC
Clare Freakley – Freshwater SLSC
Alanna Street – Cronulla SLSC

U19 Male
Jackson Borg – Newport SLSC
Harry Hickey – North Steyne SLSC
Alex Malm – Freshwater SLSC

U19 Female
Mollie Murphy – Umina Beach SLSC
Tahlia Dearden – Freshwatrer SLSC
Sophia Tonoli – Newport SLSC

U17 Male
William Davison – Coogee SLSC
Christopher Curulli – Manly LSC
Max Moon – Manly LSC

U17 Female
Vicki Cuthbert – Manly LSC
Andrea Malm – Freshwater SLSC
Samantha Goldrick – Maroubra SLSC

U15 Male
Joe Jenkins – North Steyne SLSC
Lachlan Braddish – Umina Beach SLSC 
Jethro Mulder – South Curl Curl SLSC

U15 Female
Kirsten Miller – Umina Beach SLSC
Emily Thornton – Queenscliff SLSC
Sarah Murdoch – Manly LSC

30-39 Male
Michail Papadopoulous – Coogee SLSC
Stephen Iannazzo – Bronte SLSC
Maxwell Gonzalez – Bronte SLSC

30-39 Female
Amy Teale – Coogee SLSC
Shelley Smith – Umina Beach SLSC
Emma Larssen – Cronulla SLSC

40+ Male
Anthony Shubitz – Coogee SLSC
Robert Illidge - Coogee SLSC
Guyren Smith – Newport SLSC

40+ Female
Christine Bishop – Umina Beach SLSC
Deborah Foote - North Steyne SLSC
Jan Proudfoot – Newport SLSC

A full list of results is also available here

The 2017 NSW Surf Life Saving Championships proudly supported by your Local Club continue at Blacksmiths Beach, Swansea tomorrow Sunday 26 February with the Patrol Teams Competition

Ausgrid and Local RFS Working in Pittwater after recent storms

Ausgrid: After intense storms hit Sydney and the Central Coast on 17 and 18 February, Ausgrid emergency crews responded to more than 400 hazards across our network. 45,000 customers lost power as trees brought down powerlines in multiple locations. In some areas like the Western Foreshores the damage to the network was unprecedented. 

We'd like to thank customers for their patience during the storm response. If you still don't have power please call us on 13 13 88 Here is a look at some of the jobs our crews handled.

Monday February 20, 2017 - 7pm UPDATE: Crews have restored the supply to Scotland Island. A small final pocket of homes will be connected tomorrow when crews complete repairs to local low voltage powerlines.

6pm UPDATE: Power is back safely to homes around Elvina Bay. Crews working on connecting generator for homes around Towlers Bay and will be back tomorrow to finish the repairs to the final customers.
Crews are also getting close to re-energising the high voltage lines at Scotland Island, which should restore supply to most of the area. Again they will need to come back tomorrow to complete repairs on the low voltage network and get power back to the final few homes.
Thanks for your patience with us, it has been a big few days for us and you.

3pm UPDATE: Power has been restored to all homes in Avalon and Palm Beach.
Repairs are going well at Elvina Bay and Lovett Bay and we expect power to be restored there early this evening. Crews will have to connect a generator to the network to get the power back around Towlers Bay. To help do this safely we are urging residents to turn off their hot water mains switch. This will help reduce the immediate load on the generator and allow it to come on safely. Once connected and the load is steady later tonight you will be able to safely switch it back on. A small number of customers at Towlers Bay will not have supply restored tonight as crews have found another tree branch which has brought down low voltage powerlines.

On Scotland Island crews are restring the high voltage powerlines, after removing a large tree, which will restore the supply to the majority of the Island. They will then continue the work on the low voltage lines, however these repairs will go into tomorrow so a small number of customers won't have supply back tonight.

10am STORM UPDATE: Our crews go to great lengths to get the power back as quickly as possible for our customers. Crews working near Mangrove Creek borrowed a kayak to retrieve a fallen 11,000 volt powerline. The kayaker was able to repair the damaged section of line from the kayak and work with his crew mates who were waist deep in water to lift it back up. This saved the time it would have taken to drive back to Ourimbah to pick up a boat or crane and travel back up the creek to do the repairs.

Crews are continuing work today on Scotland Island, with a barge transporting equipment this morning to remove large trees from both the high and low voltage networks.

Damage to the network on the western foreshores of Pittwater is unprecedented. Crews are attempting to get an EWP (cherry picker) and crane safely down the access tracks this morning so they can begin repairs.

Power is out to about 1,000 homes in total in Scotland Island, the western foreshores, Avalon and Palm Beach. Crews hope to get the majority back today.

Ingleside Rural Fire Brigade: 
February 18 at 7:37pm - Scotland Island · 
Ingleside NSWRFS aren't sure what's going on. Storms on the coast, both our tankers are out currently in the field doing storm damage from the large hail. We have two crew in the field at Oberon Bushfires assisting out there. Another busy weekend for our volunteers.

February 19, 2017: Ingleside NSWRFS volunteers are still in the field today. In the last 48 hours, our volunteers have put in over 150 hours service with 20 members attending to assist with RFS duties, many of these call-outs have our truck responding within 7 mins from the time we are called. We've seen some of the biggest hail most of us have ever seen too with the storm Saturday afternoon.
Check out our video on our page if you missed it. 

Thanks to all our volunteers and the many other volunteers within the RFS & SES who have given up a lot of time during their weekends to help our community. Many thanks too to Ausgrid for their tireless efforts to restore power to those affected by these storms; clearly not an easy task either.

Avalon Beach RSL Sub Branch AGM

Saturday February 25th, 2017
Today the AGM of our Sub Branch saw all the committee members elected unopposed. Welcome to our new President Michael Maley, Treasurer Roger Digby and Vice Presidents Drew Martin and Tamara Sloper-Harding. 

Andrew McGregor now looks after the library and memorabilia, John Denham and Phil Ivey are committee members and Greg Atwood will continue in his very busy role of Pensions and Welfare Officer. 

Thank goodness our fabulous secretary Lynn Murphy who practically runs the place. We musn't forget our trustee Peter Kelly and John Denham who looks after Nelson Bay and is an alternate District Council Delegate.

Have your say on the proposed Mona Vale Road West upgrade

10 FEBRUARY 2017: NSW Roads & Maritime
Community members are asked to provide feedback on the Review of Environmental Factors (REF) and Species Impact Statement (SIS) for the proposed Mona Vale Road West upgrade between Terrey Hills and Ingleside.

A Roads and Maritime Services spokesperson said the NSW Government has proposed to upgrade Mona Vale Road from McCarrs Creek Road in Terrey Hills to Powder Works Road in Ingleside from two to four lanes to reduce congestion, improve safety and meet future traffic demand.

“Mona Vale Road is a key link for motorists accessing the northern beaches with high levels of congestion during peak periods,” the spokesperson said.

“Roads and Maritime Services plans to build additional lanes, widen lanes, shoulders, median separation, and increase the speed limit to 80 km/h.

“Feedback is invited on the REF and the SIS which examine the potential impact of the proposed upgrade to Mona Vale Road West and outline measures to reduce and manage the impact.

Community members can attend a drop in session on Saturday 18 February between 2pm and 4pm at Terrey Hills Community Hall, where members of the project team will be on hand to answer questions.

Feedback can be provided by Monday 13 March to monavaleroad@rms.nsw.gov.au or PO Box 973 Parramatta CBD NSW 2124.

“Following the display of the Review of Environmental Factors (REF) and Species Impact Statement (SIS), Roads and Maritime will collate all feedback received and prepare a Submissions Report to respond to matters raised by the community and stakeholders.

“Planning approval for the project is expected to be granted following this process and upon approval, Roads and Maritime will proceed with the detailed design phase of the project.”

Next steps
Following the display of the REF and SIS, Roads and Maritime will prepare a submissions report to respond to matters raised by the community and stakeholders during the display.

Upon approval of the project, Roads and Maritime will proceed with the detailed design phase of the project.

Key features
The key features of the Mona Vale Road West upgrade include:
  • Widening Mona Vale Road between McCarrs Creek Road and Powder Works Road from two lanes to four lanes with a central concrete safety barrier
  • Providing a new traffic signal intersection at Kimbriki Road and Mona Vale Road, including additional dedicated turning lanes and a truck climbing lane
  • Relocating the intersection of Mona Vale Road and Tumburra Street to the west by about 40 metres and changing access to left turn in and left turn out only
  • Closing the existing intersection at Mona Vale Road and Addison Road to general traffic and restricting access to emergency vehicles only
  • Constructing a new local road connection between Bungendore Street and Powder Works Road, using the existing Harvey Road corridor, and extending the new local road east of Addison Road to meet the intersection of Mona Vale Road and Powder Works Road
  • Removing bus stops near the intersection of Tumburra Street and re-directing bus services along the new local road connection and Tumburra Street to serve existing and future land uses
  • Providing new and improved fauna connections including a 40 metre wide fauna bridge over Mona Vale Road and two fauna underpasses
  • Constructing a shared use path on the northern side of Mona Vale Road
  • Relocating the access road to the National Baha’i Centre by about 120 metres west along the new road
  • Upgrading street lighting for the full length of the project
  • Constructing retaining walls and/or sandstone cuttings at various locations along the alignment
  • Landscaping over the length of the proposal.

Surfboard record attempt

Thursday, March 16 at 9 AM - 3:10 PM
Barrenjoey High School
Coonanga Rd, Avalon, New South Wales, Australia 2107

We are very excited to announce that Barrenjoey will be attempting to set a World Record on March 16th. All students and the local community are encouraged to participate as we attempt to lay more than 685 surfboards end to end around the school and Avalon Beach. 

This type of event gives the students a community minded focus while fostering pride in their school.

We will be raising both funds and awareness for the Disability Surfers Association (DSA) through the sale of raffle tickets and other activities on the day.
Event details at:

Pittwater Ocean Swims winner for 2016-17 swims

Pittwater Ocean Swims organisers had the draw earlier this week for the winner of the Pittwater Ocean Swims 2016-2017 Series and announce Jason Tan from Northbridge as our winner of two return air tickets to Byron Bay thanks to TravelView at Avalon Beach 3 nights accommodation at luxury Bay Royal  Apartments Byron Bay and entry to the Byron Bay Classic the  first weekend in May.

Jason swam at Avalon, Mona Vale and the Big Swim.

Rob Berry Whale Beach SLSC, Kylie Ferguson, NBC and Gail Kardash TravelView Avalon Beach. Photos courtesy Warren Young, OAM

Friends Of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment 

February 2017 Forum: Narrabeen Lagoon State Park – Endangered animals 

7pm Monday Feb 27, 2017 
Coastal Environment Centre 
Pelican Path, Lake Park Road, Narrabeen 

Jacqui Marlow will update us about local threatened species and methods to mitigate against road kill of animals. She will describe the connections between patches of habitat and the threats looming for some of those habitat areas. Lynleigh Grieg will bring some live animals and tell us about caring for injured animals.

Entry is free but we ask for a donation to cover expenses. Make sure you get a ticket preferably by emailing Judith Bennett email@narrabeenlagoon.org.au or by phoning Judith on 9905 2135 or text 0402 974 105

Our first meeting of the year will be held on Tuesday, 14 March and as usual will be held in the Avalon Beach Bowling Club in Bowling Green Lane.

This year for the first time we have decided to schedule our meeting dates for the year – simply, they will be held on the second Tuesday of the months of March, June, September and December.

The prevailing view among historians and writers has long been that Governor Phillip most likely spent his first night in Pittwater at Resolute Beach. In fact there is strong evidence to suggest that West Head Beach is where Phillip, in March 1788, first set foot on land in Pittwater, made first contact with local aborigines on land and camped for two nights.
Geoff and member Roger Sayers have spent a good deal of time at the latter site and, as Phillip would have, approached it by water on several occasions. Recent photographic evidence, along with pertinent documents eg. Lieu. Bradley’s journal and Phillip’s diary, provide for compelling discussion. 

The completed document including photographs, have been submitted for publication in the June issue of ‘History’, the magazine of our parent body, the Royal Australian Historical Society.

We would like to present to the meeting our finished work including  an accompanying photographic essay on the big screen in the Avalon “Bowlo”.

Geoff Searl
President, Avalon Beach Historical Society

 Pittwater Offshore Newsletter Update 20/2/2017 

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To contact Julian:  editor@scotlandisland.org.au

Dee Why Development to go Ahead

The Development Application No. 2015/1306 5 Mooramba Rd, in Dee Why that attracted 29 individual submissions and one petition, and which involves the demolition of the existing buildings on the site, excavation for a three level basement car park and originall the construction of an eight storey mixed use development (shop top housing), now seven storeys, comprising 135 residential apartments; 10 SOHO units, 6 retail/ commercial tenancies and 190 parking spaces, is to go ahead after a Land and Environment Court decision finalised on Wednesday February 22nd, this week.

Submission Issues such as Height of buildings, Damage to surrounding properties during excavation / construction, Traffic and parking, Noise – construction and on-going, Inconsistencies with the application, Insufficient landscaped open space,  Overshadowing and Increased traffic congestion in Dee Why which brought the then proposed development into the JRPP which recommended the application be refused.
The applicants then applied to the Land and Environment Court.

Development Consent is granted subject to the conditions annexed to this Agreement at Annexure “A”; this is available on the Land and Environment Court page on this Development.

The Development comprises:
• Lot 3A in DP 402105, No. 627 Pittwater Road, Dee Why;
• Lot 4 in DP 659075, No. 629-631 Pittwater Road, Dee Why;
• Lot 5 in DP 655009, No. 629-631 Pittwater Road, Dee Why; and
• Lot 100 in DP 595110, No. 635 Pittwater Road, Dee Why.

Aussie Heroes Founder To Speak At Rotary

Wednesday, March 8 at 6 PM 
Bayview Golf Club
1825 Pittwater Rd, Mona Vale

The Rotary Club of the Upper Northern Beaches is opening it's doors on International Women's Day to anyone interested in hearing the wonderful story of Aussie Heroes Quilts. We are so lucky to have Jan Maree Ball OAM with us that night. So if you are interested in military or quilting - or even just to hear how one person can change lives - come along.

Cliff Side Fun Run

On April 9, 2017

About The Fun Run
This event is run by the AVAAL 4 Life Foundation in collaboration with the Mona Vale Surf Life Saving Club.

To raise much needed funds to directly support of our foundations activities in Mental Health and to support Breast Cancer with our corporate support of the National Breast Cancer Foundation's and their goal of Zero deaths to breast cancer by 2030.

We would like to invite you to come join our annual community based charity Cliff Side Fun Run (or walk), held on Sydney’s Stunning Northern Beaches.

Starting beside the beach at Long Reef, the course takes you up and around the picturesque ocean front taking in Sydney’s most iconic Cliff Side track with the 10k course featuring not 1 but 2 Headlands.

There are two Fun Runs on the same day. A 10km run for a great challenge, and a 3km family friendly course - PLUS an amazing Family Festival.

Our events attract all walks of life: young and old, fit or not, from near and far.

Become a Cliffside Sponsor
We would like to invite you to join us as a sponsor of the annual community based charity Cliff Side Fun Run – Contact Us. info@avaalgroup.com 

Find out more and sign up at: cliffsidefunrun.com.au

Win a Harley – Support local Surf Life Saving Clubs

By Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern Beaches
How would you like to win a new Harley-Davidson Dyna Street Bob worth $22,840 for just $5.00?

Thanks to a generous donation by Northern Beaches Harley- Davidson and the tremendous support of Dee Why RSL Club, we are raffling this beautiful bike with tickets just $5 each or 5 for $20.
All of the proceeds from the raffle go to supporting our lifesaving efforts across our 21 Surf Life Saving Clubs.

Tickets are on sale at Dee Why RSL Club or from your local Surf Life Saving Club. We will also be selling tickets at Westfield Warringah Mall on 18 and 19 February.

The raffle will be drawn at Dee Why RSL Club on Friday 10 March. A second-chance draw of a $500 Northern Beaches Harley-Davidson gift voucher will take place on the night.

Donations of Surfboards Needed

Do you have a surfboard hiding in your garage that you never use? 
Grass Skirt Project is collecting donated surfboards to send to Papua New Guinea to encourage and enable local people to participate in surfing. If you have a board or any other gear (legropes, fins, deck pads, rashies, boardies, swimsuits etc) that you’re willing to part with and send to a new home in Papua New Guinea, please drop them off at 
Line Up Surf 26 Clyde Rd, Dee Why NSW 2099, Monday to Sunday 9.00am - 6.00pm. 

Go to www.grassskirproject.org/surfboardsforpng.html for more info or email tahina@grassskirtproject.org or sofia@grassskirtproject.org if you are unable to drop surfboards off at the donation point.

Petition: Keep Maternity Services in Mona Vale! 

As many of you may know both Manly and Mona Vale hospitals are due to be closed towards the end of 2018 and replaced by the large hospital currently under construction in Frenchs Forest. This means losing both the maternity units from our local hospitals as all services are transferred to the new site, creating a gap in maternity services and further limiting local women’s choices regarding where they choose to give birth.

This petition seeks to provide a platform for our voices to finally be heard. It has long been proven by countless research studies that midwifery-led continuity of care models for low-risk women SHOULD be the gold standard of maternity care. Why should women accept any less? As a community, we want to see a midwifery-led freestanding birth centre that provides continuity of midwifery care and CHOICE for families on the Northern Beaches.

We are concerned that the commute to the new hospital in Frenchs Forest will put women at risk due to travel time during peak traffic and the flooding that occurs during heavy rain on the main access route to the new hospital. Studies have already proven that the closure of maternity units across Australia has been significantly associated with increased 'birth before arrival' (BBA) rates. The distribution of studies undertaken has not been limited to rural and remote areas, but includes large urban populations. Given the high risk of adverse maternal and neonatal outcomes associated with BBA, it is time to stand up against the closure of units.

A birth centre that is based at Mona Vale Hospital, centrally located on the beaches would allow women with low risk pregnancies the option of Midwifery Continuity of Care which research also shows to be cost-saving. In 2012 a multimillion-dollar investment was made to upgrade and modernise the Mona Vale maternity unit. The investment has been made in the right location already. We therefore propose that the Northern Beaches Health Service Redevelopment (Mona Vale Hospital site) be the ideal location for such a service.

This is such an important issue! It is a fundamental human right to have CHOICE when it comes to childbirth.

Both local and regional support is welcome, you may not use this service or live on the beaches but if we rally together for the future we can see this dream become a reality for our daughters, granddaughters and the wider community as a whole.

We need to be heard, but to be heard we need your voices! We need as many voices as possible so that NSW Government take notice. Please, sign and share this petition today and be the change.

The 2017 Community War Memorials Fund (CWMF) is offering grants of up to $10,000

February 22nd, 2017: NSW Government
The CWMF will assist local communities to protect, repair and improve the accessibility of war memorials, statues, honour rolls, and memorial halls which commemorate the Anzac legacy.

Funding applications can be made up until Anzac Day and will be assessed by the State War Memorials Committee.

Minister for Veterans Affairs David Elliott said it was important that young people understood the sacrifices made during World War I to ensure their legacy lives on.

“I sincerely encourage all communities who believe their local memorial needs a bit of love or protection to apply for a grant,” Mr Elliott said.

Last year, the CWMF allocated $250,000 to projects across NSW, which included the re-painting of the Bellata War Memorial Hall near Narrabri and repairs to the Maclean Cenotaph near Grafton.

Other projects included a conservation assessment for the Broken Hill War Memorial and the installation of protection barriers around the Boer War Memorial and WWII RAAF Memorial in Lismore.

Find out more about the Community War Memorials Fund and how to apply

EOI for Carers Day

Northside Community Forum are planning a Young Carers Wellbeing Day, dedicated to supporting Young Carers living in the Northern Beaches.
Before they lock in a date, they’d like to get a feel for how many people are interested in attending the event, and what dates might suit everyone the best.

So, if you like the sound of what’s on offer below, and you don't want to miss out, get in touch with Yara today on 1300 134 332 or email her on yarai@yournorthside.org.au

More Than $2.6 Million For Local Heritage 

Monday, 13 February 2017: Media Release - Gabrielle Upton, Minister for Heritage
Communities can apply for more than $2.6 million in funding to help protect and preserve heritage items listed on their council’s Local Environmental Plan, Heritage Minister Gabrielle Upton announced today. 

Ms Upton said the funding was available under the NSW Government’s second round of Heritage Activation Grants, designed for local government, businesses and community organisations to reactivate and preserve local heritage spaces and precincts.

“This program aims to build on the knowledge and connection communities have with their heritage – communities know their heritage better than anyone,” Ms Upton said.

 “The program acknowledges the important role owners and managers of locally listed heritage items play in communities across NSW.” 

Heritage Activation Grants, part of an $8 million three year NSW Government investment in local heritage protection, are open to owners and managers of local heritage items listed on their council’s Local Environmental Plan. 

“Some of the proposals funded in the first round included a project to improve public access at Wingham Library and a plan to revitalise the Lachlan Railway Heritage Centre’s entrance,” Ms Upton said. 

Applications open today and close on Friday 21 April. 

Little Wings - a great story and we need your support

This is a great story and I am so very fortunate to be a small part of that Little Wings story in my new role as a Board Member.  I affectionately call Little Wings "the littlest airline in NSW!"
Getting the funds to get more flights into the air for these seriously ill children is always challenging.  The most recent fund raising effort is a raffle, with amazing sponsorship partners, and with a Lexus as the major prize.   Little Wings benefits from this promotion and I am asking for your help.
Tickets are $20 each, and bookable online via the link below.  Don't wait.  The raffle closes at the end of the month!  Good luck, and enjoy the Little Wings story.  You'll be touched.  

Please support this raffle.

Janette Davie AM
Palm Beach 


HSC Visual Arts from Sydney’s Northern Beaches
Manly Art Gallery & Museum, 3 Mar – 2 Apr 2017

Express Yourself is a vibrant and dynamic annual exhibition, this year showcasing the talent and creativity of the 2016 crop of HSC Visual Arts students from Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

The exhibition kicks off at the Manly Art Gallery & Museum on Friday 3 March at 6pm and will be opened by Tristan Sharp, Director Programs & Engagement, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences.

Express Yourself celebrates the work of over 40 emerging young artists from 18 secondary schools in the region and includes multi-media, digital, sculpture, graphics and drawing. The outstanding technical and artistic calibre of the works in Express Yourself reflect the artistic strength of the students in Sydney’s Northern Beaches region, and the high quality of teaching and learning in Visual Arts at the HSC level.

Displayed alongside the artworks are statements written by the students expanding on the inspirations and influences that informed their works and their journeys through this unique and demanding creative process.  

The winners of the 2017 Manly Art Gallery & Museum Society Youth Art Award and Theo Batten Bequest Youth Art Award will be announced on the opening night. These two awards are granted annually to students featured in the exhibition. Manly Art Gallery & Museum Society presents a $3000 award and the Theo Batten Youth Art Award of $5000 is awarded to a student who is continuing tertiary studies in the arts.

Fri 3 Mar, 5 - 6pm

Fri 3 Mar, 6 - 8pm

Sat 11 Mar 2017, 2 - 3pm

Express Yourself artists walk through the exhibition and discuss their works with the curators.

Manly Art Gallery & Museum is on West Esplanade Reserve (close to Manly Ferry Wharf). The Gallery is open 10am-5pm Tuesday-Sunday. Free Entry

For information, telephone 9976 1421 or email artgallery@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au
This Exhibition is part of Art Month Sydney.

Charity Golf Day 2017

Friday, March 31 at 7:30 AM - 3 PM
Bayview Golf Club
1825 Pittwater Rd, Mona Vale
Join us at beautiful Bayview Golf Club for a morning of golf and fun with lunch to follow. All proceeds go to the projects of Rotary Club of Upper Northern Beaches. We support the Palliative Care Centre at Mona Vale Hospital and other local and international causes.

Support us with a hole sponsorship at $1,500. You’ll get:
  • Sign at the hole and on our sponsor board during lunch acknowledging your support
  • Four registrations for golf and lunch
  • Gift bags and post-match drinks for your players
Other sponsorship levels are also available - each with its benefit to you!

To sign up as a sponsor, call Simon on 0402 037 032.or Patrick 0405 457 950

Golf experience optional! A great day out for men and women of all skill levels!
Format: 4- ball Ambrose / Shotgun start
Teams of four: Register your own team or join one of ours

Golf + Lunch package: $150 per person includes:
  • 18 holes golf (Ambrose format)
  • Morning tea
  • Snack/drinks cart
  • Gift bag
  • Two course lunch
Golf only: $100
Lunch only: $60

To register: Download our PDF registration form here and send it to us with your payment before March 23rd.
Hand your completed form and payment details to an UNB Rotary club member OR drop it at Bayview Golf Club reception during business hours
OR post it to: The Rotary Club of Upper Northern Beaches, P.O. Box 321, Mona Vale N.S.W. 1660
OR scan it and send it as an email attachment to: golfday@rotaryuppernorthernbeaches.org

For more details, email Simon at golfday@rotaryuppernorthernbeaches.org

Board Collector Surf Swap

Avalon Beach
Sunday 9 April 2017
Boards Bands Beers Burgers

  • STAB Magazine Filmlyfe Film festival
  • Films and Q&A with surfing and shaping legends
  • "Show and Shine" 100 Vintage surfboards display
  • Pre-1990 surfboards for sale and swap.
  • Warung of Knowledge
  • Free Vintage appraisals
  • "The best of the cutting edge", new surfboards and contemporary shapers
  • Photography, art, clothing and accessories stalls
  • Micro brewery beers and gourmet food stalls
Calling on collectors the reserve a spot to display and sell their boards and volunteers to be part of the family and help us wrangle surfboards and crowds

If your interested in coming along, having a stall, displaying some boards or volunteering, drop us a line - Email: info@boardcollectorsurfswap.com

Find out more or get involved at: www.boardcollectorsurfswap.com

NSW Recreational Fishing Trust Grants open

3 Feb 2017: NSW Department of Primary Industries
Fishing and community groups are encouraged to apply for a share of $15 million in NSW Recreational Fishing Trust funding for grants to improve recreational fishing across the state.

NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Group Director, Recreational and Indigenous Fisheries, Peter Turnell, said grants are available for both large projects involving more than $10,000 of funding, and smaller projects involving less than $10,000.

“I would encourage individuals and community groups to apply for these grants which improve recreational fishing in NSW for present and future generations,” Mr Turnell said.

“Some of the projects funded already include artificial reefs, fish stocking, fishing workshops, Fishcare Volunteer programs, habitat restoration, and the installation of fish aggregating devices.

“The NSW Recreational Fishing Trusts are funded through the sale of recreational fishing licences.

“The grants program is another way the NSW Government continues to reinvest this resource back into the sector to help it further develop.
“Recreational fishing adds about $3.4 billion to the State’s economy each year, and accounts for more than 14,000 full-time jobs.

“Putting the recreational fishing licence fees to work on ideas generated by the fishers and fishing groups that are so passionate about the sport helps ensure a bright future for NSW fishing.”

Mr Turnell said $15 million has been allocated this financial year from the sale of recreational fishing licences to both freshwater and saltwater projects in 2016-17, such as offshore artificial reefs, fishing stocking and fishing platforms.

Applications are open to anyone, including fishing clubs and organisations, universities, councils, community groups, and individuals. Joint applications are encouraged.

Gone Fishing NSW fishing club grants of up to $2,000 are also available for groups applying to run community fishing events for Gone Fishing NSW Day on 15 October 2017.

Applications for small and large projects close on 13 March 2017.
Applications for Gone Fishing NSW fishing club grants close on 30 April 2017.


Pet of the Week


AGE/SEX: 3 years / F
BREED: Cattle X Lab
Zara is a well mannered girl who has had some training. She fetches, sticks and ball and comes when called. She is very intelligent and loves water. She knows sit, lie down. She walks on loose lead. She prefers women to men. She would be best in a home with no cats or pocket pets. She has a short coat and weighs 25.8kg. 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 call DoggieRescue on 9486 3133 or email monika@DoggieRescue.com. Visit www.DoggieRescue.com to see all our dogs. www.facebook.com/doggierescue 

Avalon Boomerang Bags 2017

From Tuesday February 7th workshops will be run at:
Unit 20/14 Polo Ave , Mona Vale. 

We would like to say a big welcome from Avalon Boomerang Bags to Kate at Sewcraft and a HUGE Thank You for offering us the use of this fabulous space.

For those that cannot attend our regular workshops but still want to be involved, get together 2-6 friends and we can run a workshop for you at a mutually convenient time. Or perhaps you would like to donate some nice bright fabric or some thread or help out in other ways behind the scenes. 
If you can help call Laurel on 0410 608 315 or reply to this email.

2017 is going to be great, can't wait to see all our baggers again.

Just quick reminder that we are running a bag SHARING program. The bags are called Boomerang Bags because we would like the ones you're not using to Boomerang back into our boxes , so that there are always plenty available for shoppers who may have forgotten their own. 

Join us, and let's rid our beautiful coastal suburb of polluting, wild life entangling plastic bags.

Clean Up Australia Day 2017

Register or join a site at: www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au

Coasters Retreat
Meeting Point: The fire brigade shed
Date: March 5th 2017
Start time: 9:00 AM
End time: 11:00 AM
Contact Wilma Taylor - Email: warwiskataylor@yahoo.com

Avalon Beach
Meeting Point: Avalon Beach SLSC.
Date: March 5th 2017
Start time: 9:00 AM
End time: 10:00 AM
Site Coordinator Details
Guy Williment - Email: gwilliment@live.com.au

Avalon Dunes Careel Creek
Meeting Point: near Avalon Skate Park
Date: March 5th 2017
Start time: 8:00 AM
End time: 11:00 AM
Site Coordinator Details
Marita Macrae - Email: marita.macrae@gmail.com

Bayview Shore Front
Come For Half An Hour Or As Long As You Can Manage. Plastic Is The Number One Material Caught In The Mangroves, Buried In Mud And Sand And Mixed In With Shore Debris.
Meeting Point: Bayview Baths - in the park to the right of Gibsons Marina
Date: March 5th 2017
Start time: 08:00 AM
End time: 11:00 AM
Site Coordinator Details
Louise Smith - Email: le_gbsmith@optusnet.com.au

Coastal Environment Centre
Representing: Upper Northern Beaches Rotary Club
Meeting Point: Volunteers will meet at the Coastal Environment Centre and work north towards Warriewood SLSC
This Clean Up is a recurring one which takes place yearly.
Next Clean Up: March 5th 2017
Date: March 5th 2017
Start time: 9:30 AM
End time: 11:00 AM
Site Coordinator Details
Michael Baxter - Email: mdbax@hotmail.com

Mona Vale Beach
Representing: Blackmores Ltd
Meeting Point: Car park next to Bronze Cafe
Date: March 2nd 2017
Start time: 7:00 AM
End time: 2:00 PM
Site Coordinator Details
Jackie Smiles - Email: jsmiles@blackmores.com.au

Narrabeen Lagoon State Park
Representing: Friends Of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment
Meeting Point: Berry Reserve
Date: March 5th 2017
Start time: 8:00 AM
End time: 11:00 AM
Site Coordinator Details
Judith Bennett - Email: email@narrabeenlagoon.org.au

Indian Myna action group

Indian or Common Mynas are one of the world's most invasive species, not a cute bird. Many communities in NSW, QLD,  ACT  and overseas are taking action against these pests, sometimes called flying rats. 

Pittwater Natural Heritage Association set up the Northern Beaches Indian Myna Action Group, as these birds are a common pest in local shopping centres, on private land and in schools and parks.

Now a grant from Greater Sydney Local Lands Services has enabled our campaign to take a leap forward, with more publicity and more  traps available for people wishing to trap on private land. 

These aggressive birds are pests because they breed in great numbers, nesting in hollows in houses and in trees, displacing native birds and animals. They can spread diseases and lice and scavenge in rubbish bins. 

Our Myna information is welcomed by cafes that are pestered by birds fouling tables. This term we will deliver a pamphlet to alert schools about Mynas. 

See our  Facebook page for what we are doing and  how people can get involved.

For more information contact us on pnhainfo@gmail.com or phone Nick Halkyard on 0416 288 874

International Women's Day 2017 Breakfast at RPAYC

Wednesday March 8th, 2017
Hosted by Zonta Club of Northern Beaches
7am - 9am Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, Newport. Tickets $42.Pittwater 

Speaker: Superintendant Doreen Cruickshank APM

Zonta Club of Northern Beaches Inc will host the annual Pittwater International Women’s Day Breakfast on Wednesday 8 March 2017 at Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, 16 Mitala St, Newport.  

Zonta Club of Northern Beaches is a member of Zonta International which is a global organisation of executives and professionals working together to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy. Zonta International is affiliated at the United Nations with other major women’s organisations.  

This breakfast marks International Women's Day. It is a day to acknowledge women's contribution to making Australia, and the world, a better place.  Everyone is invited to celebrate the day. The 2017 Pittwater Woman of the Year will be announced at the breakfast. 

The guest speaker at the breakfast will be Superintendent Doreen Cruickshank APM. With over 45 years of service, Doreen is Australia’s longest serving policewoman. Growing up in country NSW, and being focussed on a career in the police from an early age, Doreen has witnessed revolutionary changes for women in the profession from policewomen being a segregated group to now being fully integrated into the force. Doreen was Pittwater Woman of the Year in 2008. She will speak on her life story and her career.

The IWD Breakfast will be held at Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club at 7am till 9am on Wednesday 8 March 2017. The cost is $42.  The delightful location looks over the waters of Pittwater and across to Bayview and Scotland Island. The breakfast is always well attended by the local community. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

Enquiries to pittwateriwdbreakfast@gmail.com or Sue on 0407 850 860. Proceeds from the breakfast will support service projects of Zonta Club of Northern Beaches Inc assisting local women in need, and Zonta International projects in developing countries. Come by yourself, bring a friend or make up a table of 8 to10.  We will seat you.

 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


Northern Beaches Concert Band is looking for flute, clarinet, saxophone, tuba and trombone adult players.  We cater for players from beginner to advanced and have a varied and exciting repertoire.  

Come and join us during school term time at 7.30pm, Pittwater High School, Mona Street, Mona Vale. 
Details 9970 7131 or 0414 560 263.

Friends of Bungan Beach Restoration

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

Can you lend a hand to Friends of Bungan? go to http://www.friendsofbungan.org.au/about-us/

New Season for Sailability Pittwater 

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

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

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

Shelagh Champion OAM

Shelagh Champion passed away on Wednesday (22 Feb.) aged 84 years. 
One of the old-time gorgeous ladies and one of the most astute historical researchers and writers (along with George) our area has known.
A contributor to Manly, Dee Why and Mona Vale Libraries, as well as this publication.

Among their longer works on the history of the Northern Beaches are the publications: Manly, Warringah and Pittwater 1788-1850; Manly, Warringah and Pittwater 1850-1880; Bathing, Drowning and Life Saving in Manly, Warringah and Pittwater to 1915; and French’s Forest Soldiers’ Settlement.

Some of their shorter articles are available here. Their works are notable for their detail, thoroughness and accuracy.


Apologies to those waiting on History page changes on Pittwater Art, Clifton Gardens and the first two in our Poets of Australia associated with our area - Emile Theodore Argles ('Harold Grey-Pasquin-The Pilgrim-Talbot Marshall') and Victor Daley. Emile's, 'Theo's' research has turned up facts, shifts he helped create and prose that should be restored to Australia and made into a decent record and as such has amounted to so many pages of materials, the loading and setting of which will take a while, we have had to hold this over for a whole 7 more days.
Next Issue - we promise! Ditto on next page of Pittwater Art and Artists.

Clifton Gardens we'd like to do as well as we can too - this will run in Autumn.
In the meantime; a taster already found (again with the hundreds of pages!) on the gentleman who once owned and stood on Clifton Garden grounds before all that gaiety began, Captain Edmund Harrison Cliffe:

In the race last week between Captain Finnis's gig, 'Challenger' and Capt. Cliffe's whale-boat, 'Black Diamond', the former was the winner by between two and three hundred yards; the vanquished is however, it is said, about to take up the cudgels once more with a different crew. Domestic and Miscellaneous Intelligence. (1835, November 27). The Australian (Sydney, NSW : 1824 - 1848), p. 2. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article36854264 

Join the fight against foxes

27 February 2017: Media Release - Greater Sydney Local Land Services
Northern Sydney residents are being urged to join the fight against foxes in the lead up to an autumn baiting program in March.

Run by Greater Sydney Local Land Services in partnership with the Sydney North Vertebrate Pest Committee, National Parks and Wildlife Services and other land management agencies, the annual program coincides with fox cubs leaving the den and adults finding a mate for the winter breeding period.

Greater Sydney Biosecurity Manager Graham Wilson said coordinated, large-scale baiting programs had proven most effective in limiting the impacts of foxes in urban areas.

“Past experience has shown foxes are more likely to take baits in autumn but the support and cooperation of local residents is vital to the program’s success.”

Mr Wilson said there were simple things residents could all do to minimise the impact of foxes.

“Foxes are attracted to food scraps and domestic pets like chickens and rabbits. You can help by ensuring compost bins are properly closed, keeping household rubbish in a secure location, feeding domestic pets inside, ensuring food is not left outside and wherever possible, keeping pets inside overnight.

“Pesticide restrictions mean baiting can’t be undertaken on the average suburban block which is why coordinated programs like this are crucial to limiting the damage foxes can cause to native wildlife, infrastructure, livestock and domestic pets,” he said.

“Keeping yards in check by tidying gardens, weeding to reduce fox harbour and housing backyard chickens in secure, fox-proof enclosures rather than free ranging will also help.”

The Northern Sydney baiting program will be in place until the end of March. It is important for residents to keep their domestic pets away from sign-posted bait sites and walk their dogs on a leash during this time.”

The baiting will take place in The Hills Shire, Northern Beaches, North Sydney, Willoughby, Ku-Ring-Gai, Mosman and Hornsby areas.

For further information contact Greater Sydney Local Land Services on 1300 795 299.

Photo: Fox courtesy James Doumtsis Invasive Animals CRC

Sea Eagles 2017 Season Launch

The Manly Warringah Sea Eagles held their 2017 Season launch this week, paying tribute to life members Steve Matai and Brett Stewart. They were also part of the NRL National Season Launch in Martin Place. Their first game will be played at Brookvale Sunday March 5th against Parramatta Eels.

The club continues its focus on sharing the passion with youngsters through Come and Try days and fostering the talent of local players through the Junior Rep. Teams, and as they grow bigger and better, some, like the Trbojevics, becoming valued team members.
Great night at the Season Launch of the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles National Rugby League team

Pictured: Jake Trbojevic, Kylie Ferguson Vincent De Luca and Tom Trbojevic – photo courtesy Vincent De Luca

Manly Junior Rep. Teams Round 3

Friday 24th February, by Manly Sea Eagles News
The Manly Warringah Sea Eagles will play the Western Sydney Academy of Sport (WSAS) in round 3 of the NSWJRL junior representative competition.

The two matches will be played at Lottoland* on Saturday, February 25
Kick-off time is 10.00am Harold Matthews and 11.30am (SG Ball).
Last Saturday’s round 2 provided an impressive display from the Harold Matthews team, defeating South Sydney 54-8. Whilst there was tight contest between the SG Ball teams, with South Sydney scraping the win 24-22.

*Brookvale to be renamed Lottoland in mega deal for Manly - Sea Eagles
Feb 3, 2017 - Manly Warringah Sea Eagles today announced a commercial partnership with Lottoland Australia (Lottoland).

The team lists for round 3:
Sea Eagles Harold Matthews team
1 Albert Hopoate
2 Tom Latu
3 Keegan Turner
4 Armani Biddle
5 Daniel Ala
6 Kaeo Weekes
7 Riaihe Jacobs
8 Filimaua Filimaua-Tau
9 Jack Birt
10 Viliami Fifita
11 Joshua Schuster (c)
12 Ben Trbojevic
13 Alec Tuitavake
14 Jacob Ratcliff
15 Tyreece Matangi
16 Jai Vakai
17 Oliver Penu
18 Angus O’Donnell
19 Luke Rouland
Coach: Brett Fulton

Sea Eagles SG Ball team
16 Kieran Mundine
2 Alfred Smalley
3 Dane Oolstendorp-Power
4 Ben Lofthouse
5 Max Lehmann
6 Cooper Johns (C)
7 Sam Verrills
8 Keith Tittmuss
9 Cody McNiece
10 Tom Hardcastle
11 Kurt Schultz
12 Josh Fepuleai
13 Finn Heath
14 Tremaine Terzis
15 Lope Goidubu
17 Lachlan Navale
18 Sean Vaivelata
19 Junior Moaga
20 Kane Bradley
21 Ben Gleeson
22 Nicholas Kairouz
Coach: Richard Kairouz

Manly win 32-4 in SG Ball

Photo/article: Wayne Cousins
Sat 25th February, 2017
Read about Manly's 32-4 win over Western Sydney Academy in the SG Ball match at Lottoland today. http://bit.ly/2ljuFb2

Manly crush Western Sydney in Harold Matthews

Photo/Article: Wayne Cousins
Sat 25th February, 2017
Full-back Albert Hopoate scored four tries in the 54-4 win over Western Sydney in Harold Matts. Read report here. http://bit.ly/2lOIMIG


AFMA’s New School Of Fish

22 February 2017: from AFMA
At the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) we just love our graduates. Each year participants of the AFMA Graduate Program partake in three rotations across AFMA and the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.

Today we introduce one of our graduates, Elisa Plati, who is spending her first rotation in the Foreign Compliance Policy Section of AFMA’s Fisheries Operations Branch. During this time she will be working with Parks Australia and the Australian Border Force on ghost net activity.

ELISA PLATI – A 2017 AFMA GRADUATE- originally from Davidson High School !
Elisa shared with us what she looks forward to in her graduate year with AFMA.

Can you tell us a bit about your background?
I’m originally from Sydney and have only recently moved to Canberra to take up this fantastic opportunity with AFMA grad program. I completed an undergraduate degree in Marine Science and a postgraduate Diploma in Biodiversity and Conservation at Macquarie University. After a break for a couple years I went on to complete a Masters in Fishing Policy at Wollongong University. It was during my masters course that I discovered a passion for fisheries management.

Outside of my six years of study, I spent an exciting year in South Africa working for research/conservation groups. My main focus was examining great white shark behaviours off the south coast of South Africa. I also worked on turtle conservation in Guatemala as a research intern.

What made you interested in coming to AFMA for the grad program?
As my background is very hands on and research based, I am looking forward to understanding the other side of things, how policies and procedures work and putting theory into practice. For my grad year I hope to increase my understanding of how Australian fisheries works alongside other countries and Regional Fisheries Management Organisations to combat illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing and reduce bycatch.

What are you looking forward to the most for your Grad year?
I think participating in the grad program will be an interesting and eye-opening experience to learn about the Commonwealth regulator side of fisheries management and how AFMA works with its various stakeholders, but especially industry, recreational fishers and environmental organisations.

I am very interested and passionate about conservation and sustainability, so that will definitely be something that drives me at AFMA. Working on policies and management that strive for best practice and reduces the impact on bycatch and the environment are key areas that interest me and I can’t wait get involved. 

AFMA welcomes Elisa!

Every year AFMA runs a graduate program to help develop the next generation of AFMA leaders. For the past few years, AFMA has partnered with our portfolio agency, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources on this program giving AFMA graduates an opportunity for an external rotation, and departmental graduates a chance to do a rotation at AFMA.

Want to know more about working at AFMA? Visit afma.gov.au or follow us at FacebookDetails on how to apply for next year’s Graduate Program will be released soon.

Jude Rose - Alchemy Exhibition at Rust

45 Avalon Parade

The 'Alchemy' exhibition opened Friday February 4th and is on for 4 weeks. These are beautiful works well worth a look at. Jude will be adding more work during that time. There are 20 linocuts and several cushion covers and lampshades. Jude is also doing a range of homewares in linocut designs, as well as the framed linocuts.

Cactus - Jude Law

Development Application (DA) Service Integration

The interim Northern Beaches Council are integrating and reviewing how Development Application (DA) services are delivered to our community. From pre-lodgement to decision stage, they will be looking at how these services can be delivered better.

The community will have an opportunity to have a say when the proposed changes are exhibited in April. During the exhibition period, we will be holding workshops with the community to discuss the proposed changes.
It’s not often that the community has the chance to contribute right from the outset to the way services are delivered by its council.

For those with an interest in this area, you are encouraged to register your email address with so you can be updated at key stages in the project.
February 2017
Development Application (DA) Service Integration is currently at this stage
Workshops with Strategic Reference Group members

March 2017
this is an upcoming stage for Development Application (DA) Service Integration
Council meeting - outlining proposed changes

April 2017
this is an upcoming stage for Development Application (DA) Service Integration
Exhibition of proposed changes – 28 days
Community workshops – dates TBC

June 2017
this is an upcoming stage for Development Application (DA) Service Integration
Council meeting 27 June reporting on exhibition

August 2017
this is an upcoming stage for Development Application (DA) Service Integration
Implementation of new systems and processes

Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (ePlanning) Regulation 2017

February 2017: NSW Depratment of Planning and Environment
Have your say on online development applications for homes and businesses

We welcome your feedback on changes that will allow people to lodge development applications for homes or businesses online. 

This will help to make it faster and easier to get the approvals you need, and also make it easier to find planning information.

Proposed changes to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 (the Regulation) will support online lodgement of development applications by introducing consistent documents and technical requirements across NSW.

Currently, there are many variations in document requirements for development applications, which can cause delays in preparing and determining applications. The Regulation seeks to address this by introducing standards for online submission and lodgement.

Online lodgement through the Planning Portal will dramatically reduce the time and resources spent on producing and reviewing hard copy documents, making it faster and easier for NSW residents to lodge and track applications. It will also make planning information more accessible.

Proposed changes include:
  • standardising the documents required to lodge applications for development
  • replacing written consent with legally enforced declarations by applicants that they have permission from land owners to submit a development application
  • introducing new requirements for making and exhibiting Development Control Plans and Contribution Plans (financial contributions from developers towards infrastructure costs).
To ensure consistency, the Secretary’s Requirements for the Lodgement of Applications for Development (PDF: 2.85MB - 182 pages) provides a clear list of documents and technical requirements for different application types. This will replace requirements contained in Schedule 1 of the Regulation.

Details of the proposals can be found in the resources section below. 

Your feedback can play a vital role in further developing these updates to the Regulation. To make a submission, find out how to get involved.

How to get involved
You can make a submission until 15 March 2017 using the online form below, or by mail to:
Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (ePlanning) Regulation 2017
NSW Department of Planning and Environment 
GPO Box 39
Sydney NSW 2001

Documents and attachments available HERE:
Attachments and Resources

NSW Wins 2017 Surf Boat Interstates 

c/-  Surf Life Saving NSW & Navy ASRL
The NSW team has reclaimed the trophy at the Interstate surfboat challenge at Shellharbour last weekend! A sensational finale in the double-points relay sealed the deal for the mighty Blues, a second place enough to secure them the overall victory from WA and QLD. Congrats to all 8 crews from North Cronulla Surf Life Saving Club, Palm Beach Surf Life Saving Club, Newport Surf Life Saving Club, Wollongong City Surf Life Saving Cluband Bulli SLSC!

The full breakdown of results are available on the 'ASRL' App.
1st NSW 91
2nd QLD 84
3rd WA 82
4th SA 67
5th VIC 63
6th TAS 63

2017 ASRL Open Results

Results are from the 2017 ASRL Open are listed below. Thank you to all officials, water safety, Shellharbour SLSC volunteers and of course, the competitors.
Thank you to Destination NSW and Team Navy for your support of our event!  

Under 19 Female
1st – Dicky Beach Tooshies
2nd – North Cronulla Funky
3rd – Bilgola Burritos
4th – North Cottesloe Chicky Babes
5th – Newport Sharknado
6th – Bondi Surf Bathers

Under 19 Male
1st – North Cronulla Purds
2nd – South Curl Curl the Lamp
3rd – North Cronulla Funky
4th – South Maroubra Rookies
5th – North Cronulla Yappy Dark
6th – Wanda Blue

Under 23 Female 
1st – North Cronulla Micks Juggernaunts 
2nd – Maroochydore Force
3rd – Newport Pistol Shrimp
4th – Burleigh Heads Mowbray Park Team A
5th – Currumbin Delicates
6th – Avoca Beach JOTOS

Under 23 Male
1st – Palm Beach Paperclip
2nd – North Cronulla Purds
3rd – Mona Vale Rude Dudes
4th – Newport Bottom Feeders
5th – Caves Beach Caves Meat
6th – Torquay Pirates

Reserve Female
1st – Henley Amazons
2nd – Dicky Beach Double Takes
3rd – Wollongong City Wildfire
4th – Newport Nibbles
5th – Bilgola Gold
6th – Mermaid Beach Ring Ins

Reserve Male
1st – Elouera Wilko
2nd – Palm Beach Pork Ribs
3rd – Henley Mackdogs
4th – Maroochydore Force
4th – North Cottesloe Wolpack
6th – MacMasters Beach Debaters

Open Women
1st – Elouera Wilco
2nd – South Curl Curl Staw Pirate
3rd – Lorne Edge
3th – North Cronulla Blueys Boomers
5th – Avoca Beach Zeniths
6th – Palm Beach Patriots

Open Men
1st – Avoca Beach Z Crew
2nd – Currumbin Barbarians
3rd – Northcliffe Thunder 
4th – Bulli Gelcon
5th – Palm Beach Pigeons
6th – Bulli Black Sheep

Newport Breakers 2017 Player Registration

Are you looking for a game of rugby? 
The Newport Breakers are gearing up for a super season of rugby with 4 teams chomping at the bit to play in 2017!

Do you want to play with a passionate club rich with over 54 years of history? 
How about a club that has long been the Suburban Production Line for Wallaby and Super Rugby Representatives? 

Or how about a club that is home to many generations of players who all share pride in the Blue and White jersey and wouldn't dream of playing for another club? 
Then Newport Breakers Rugby is the club for you.

To register your interest email registrar@newportrugby.com.au
All players will need to fill out a Registration form for 2017 which can be downloaded here

Formal Pre-Season Training commences in February down at Porter Reserve and then every Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30pm [TBC].

Spread the word and let’s rip in!

2017 Subbies Fees... 
Early Bird Registration, 
Pay Before 28th Feb 2017   Colts: $150        Seniors: $200
After 28th Feb 2017   Colts: $180        Seniors: $220

We've got 3 options for you to pay your fees this year. Pay either via EFT to the Account Number below with your name in the reference, via Direct Debit or even easier with cash at training:

EFT Details...
Newport Rugby Club
BSB 082-116
Account #63760 2084
Please put your name in for us to reference.

Any questions please contact Newport's Registrar:
Matt  Wellings Email: registrar@newportrugby.com.au 

Donations Of Bodyboards Needed

If you have any body boards that you no longer use please drop them off at my place. A friend of mine who works with a kids charity needs boards that do not need repair. Thanks guys
Adriaan van der Wallen


by Avalon Soccer Club
April 8, 2017
At Avalon Bowling Club

We are super happy with the enthusiasm in our community for this event. Our team are excited to go to Vanuatu to meet the girls there, play soccer and train with them and donate soccer gear. There are still tickets available if you would like to come on April 8, $20. Silent Auction and BBQ. 

About Our Club
Avalon Soccer Club is an amateur club situated at the northern end of Sydney's Northern Beaches. As a club we pride ourselves on our friendly, family club environment. The club is comprised of around a thousand players aged from 5 to 70, who enjoy playing the beautiful game at a variety of levels and is entirely run by a group of highly dedicated volunteers. In 2012 we celebrated the 30th anniversary of the amalgamation of the Avalon Junior and Senior Clubs.

We strive to provide the best possible playing and coaching environment that we can with the resources to our disposal. We put a great emphasis on player development and coach education at all skill levels in our club and employ two professional coaches as our Directors of Coaching.

Our home ground is situated at Careel Bay in North Avalon. The site of a former rubbish tip was converted to provide us with two full size fields and a large dedicated mini-field area to cater for the variety of small sided versions of the game played by our younger players. We are also lucky to have our own clubhouse with a great canteen that serves the "best coffee to be found at a football ground anywhere"!!!

We are one of 17 clubs playing in games and competitions organised by the Manly Warringah Football Association.

Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary Stalls 2017

4th -  Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale: Sewing, knitting, craft                                 9am to 3pm
11th - Bunnings Narrabeen: Sausage sizzle                                                                  8am to 3pm
17th - Stall foyer Mona Vale Hospital: Baking, knitting, craft, books, sewing            9am to 3pm
1st -  Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale: Sewing, knitting craft                                   9am to 3pm
8th  -  Bunnings Narrabeen: Sausage sizzle                                                                 8am to 3pm
21st   - Stall foyer Mona Vale Hospital:  Baking, knitting, craft, books, sewing 9am to 3pm
6th - Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale: Sewing, knitting, craft                                  9am to 3pm
13th - Bunnings Narrabeen: Sausage sizzle                                                                  8am to 3pm
19th - Stall foyer Mona Vale Hospital: Baking, knitting, craft, books, sewing            9am to 3pm
3rd - Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale: Sewing, knitting, craft                                   9am to 3pm
10th  - Bunnings Narrabeen: Sausage sizzle                                                                 8am to 3pm
16th - Stall foyer Mona Vale Hospital: Baking, knitting, craft, books, sewing            9am to 3pm         

Greater Sydney Commission District Dialogues

What is a District Dialogue?
Facilitated workshops will be held in each district to initiate discussions about the priorities and actions in the draft District Plans and give an overview of Towards our Greater Sydney 2056.

The aim of the district dialogues is to create a forum where a broad range of community members can provide feedback on the priorities in their district through small group discussion and deliberation. The workshops will gather the feedback of participants, which will be compiled and sent as a submission to the Greater Sydney Commission.

Registrations for these sessions closed on 10 February. Even if you don’t have a place at the workshop you can still provide your feedback through the online submission process.

Live Online

What is Live Online?
Live Online is a series of weekly interactive chats with senior members of the Commission which are an opportunity to ask questions that may help you lodge a formal submission to the draft District Plans and/or Towards our Greater Sydney 2056.  

Times and places for the chats will vary so that you can get involved at a time that suits you. You can post questions ahead of the chat as well as during the chat. Just like the Greater Sydney Commission on Facebook and add your question to the thread.

Like all social media discussion, the chats themselves cannot be considered as submissions. Find out more or make a formal submission by clicking here.

Who can participate?
Everyone is welcome to join the online chat. The only rules for participation are that offensive, belligerent or trolling remarks or questions will be deleted and those participants will be blocked.

Senior members of the Commission who will answer your questions may include Commissioners, CEO Sarah Hill, or senior policy and engagement staff.

When will they take place?
Live Online chats will be weekly and start on Tuesday 7 February from midday. The days and times will vary so that as many people as possible can get involved.

Each session can last up to an hour.

How can I get updates?
Follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter for regular updates on session times and themes. Updates will also be made to this webpage.

Draft Education and Child Care SEPP

February 3rd, 2017: Department of Planning and Environment
Child care and education infrastructure lays the foundations for our children’s learning from their earliest years through to their adult careers. The NSW Government is committed to providing high quality educational environments that support the learning needs of every student.
NSW needs to invest in high quality and cost-effective early childhood education and care facilities, schools, TAFEs and universities to nurture young minds, educate and train our future leaders and innovators and deliver a skilled workforce.
The NSW Government is proposing changes to the planning system to make it easier for education and child care providers to build high-quality facilities.
The NSW Government is proposing to introduce a new education-based State Environmental Planning Policy.
The proposed Education and Child Care SEPP proposes changes that will make it easier for child-care providers, schools, TAFEs and universities to build new facilities and improve existing ones by streamlining the planning process to save time and money and deliver greater consistency across NSW. The proposed SEPP balances the need for delivery of additional educational infrastructure with a focus on good design.

Key aims of this SEPP

The proposed SEPP aims to:
•  streamline the planning system for education and child care facilities including changes to exempt and complying development;
• NSW will be the first State to bring Commonwealth Laws regulating early childhood education and care into a state planning system;
• brings the Department of Education into the planning process early, and gives child care providers and developers information, from the beginning regarding all national and state requirements for new child care services;
• streamline the delivery of new schools and upgrading existing facilities, with a focus on good design; and
• assist TAFEs and universities to expand and adapt their specialist facilities in response to the growing need, and to maintain our reputation for providing world class tertiary education, while allowing for more flexibility in the use of their facilities.

• Explanation of Intended Effects (297 KB PDF)
• Draft State Environmental Planning Policy (Educational Establishments and Child Care Facilities) 2017 (484 KB PDF)
• Draft Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (Schools) Regulation 2017 (184 KB PDF)
• Draft Amendment to the Standard LEP for child care (154 KB PDF)
• Draft Environmental Assessment Code of Practice (256 KB PDF)
• Draft Planning circular on student caps (98 KB PDF)
• Draft Child Care Planning Guideline (6.3 MB PDF)
• Draft Better Schools Design Guide (3.7 MB PDF)
• Education and Child Care SEPP FAQ (General) (783 KB PDF)
• Education and Child Care SEPP FAQ (Child Care) (825 KB PDF)
• Education and Child Care SEPP FAQ (Schools) (429 KB PDF)
• Education and Child Care SEPP (Tertiary) (267 KB PDF)

You can view the proposed SEPP online and make a submission until 24 March 2017
If you cannot lodge your submission online, you can write to:
Director, Industry and Infrastructure Policy
Department of Planning and Environment
PO Box 39 
Sydney NSW 2001
We will publish your submission online. That’s why it’s important to read our privacy statement at www.planning.nsw.gov.au/privacy
More information 
Call our Information Centre on 1300 305 695. If English isn’t your first language, please call 131 450. Ask for an interpreter in your language and then request to be connected to our Information Centre on 1300 305 695.

Planning for schools
The proposed SEPP will streamline and simplify the planning requirements for educational facilities across the State.
These reforms will make it much easier for public and non-government schools to implement a wide range of improvements and expansions to schools, such as upgrading sports fields, building a new library, and offering before and after school care services.
High quality design will be a key focus of the proposed planning improvements to ensure that new educational infrastructure enhances communities, delivers greater energy efficiency and contributes to healthy lifestyles for children.

How the changes will work
Having access to quality early childhood education is vital for the development of our children and for the growth of the NSW economy.
These reforms will make it much easier for public and non-government schools to implement a wide range of improvements and expansions to schools such as, upgrading sports fields, building a new library, and offering before and after school care services.

What school development is Exempt Development?
The exempt development provisions for schools are intended to enable minor works to be undertaken within school grounds without planning approval provided that certain development standards are met.
Examples of works that may be permitted as exempt development include:
• one storey portable classrooms and amenities buildings
• out of school hours care in existing buildings for primary school children
• removal of trees that pose a risk
• landscaping and routine maintenance works
• play equipment, sporting fields and courts, walking paths, seats, shelters and shade structures
• demolition of certain buildings that are not a heritage buildings or in a heritage conservation area.

What school development is Complying Development?
In order to install additional classrooms and educational facilities quickly, in response to increased student numbers, straightforward developments will be permitted as complying development.
They will have fast track assessment process by an accredited certifier to determine if they meet pre-determined development standards.
The types of complying development proposed to be permitted within the boundaries of an existing school include:
• construction of buildings for educational uses such as classrooms, a library, administration, school hall, gymnasium, canteen or a child care facility
• a covered outdoor learning area
• a car park
• demolition of a buildings that have an area no greater than 250 square metres
• minor alterations or additions to existing buildings
• restoration, replacement or repair of damaged facilities.
Schedule 2 of the proposed SEPP lists the required development standards that must be complied with, including a maximum height limit of four storeys and 22m, minimum side and rear setbacks and requirements for landscaping.
There are also requirements for the design of schools and assessment of traffic impacts to be done before an application for a complying development certificate is lodged.

What school developments can be done without development consent?
Certain small scale developments can be done without a development consent from a consent authority, but will require the person carrying out the development to undertake environmental assessment of the likely impacts of the proposed activity.
The types of development that will be permitted to be carried out without consent in connection with existing schools include:
• one storey buildings for school purposes such as a library, administration, a classroom, a tuckshop, cafeteria or bookshop
• a car park that is not more than one storey high
• an outdoor learning or play area and associated awnings or canopies
• minor alterations or additions, such as internal fitouts, or to address occupational health and safety requirements or to provide access for people with a disability
• restoration, replacement or repair of damaged facilities
• demolition of buildings or structures.
A Code of Practice has been developed to ensure that private school operators undertake the required environmental assessment properly. The Code also sets out requirements for consulting with councils, neighbours and other interested parties on proposed private school developments.
Development undertaken without consent cannot significantly increase student numbers at schools, and any existing conditions of development consent that may apply to a tertiary institution must be complied with.

What school developments need a development application?
The proposed SEPP will permit development for the purpose of a school to be carried out with consent in prescribed zones.
All new schools and major expansions of existing schools with a project value of $20 million or more will require a State significant development (SSD) application, which is assessed and determined by the Minister for Planning. Other school developments with a value less than $20 million and that require consent will need a development application to be lodged with the relevant council.

Sydney Wildlife: February 2017 - Rescue, Rehabilitate And Release

Sydney Wildlife's charter is to rescue, rehabilitate and release any injured, sick or orphaned native wildlife.   The rescue part forms only 10% of the process; the rehabilitation part can be long and arduous depending on the injury sustained or the age of the orphan;  the release part should be the best part of the process but it can actually present the most challenges:

1.  In hand-raised orphans, we can't release them until they are 'dehumanised'.

Raising orphaned joeys (such as wallabies, kangaroos, wombats and possums) means that we provide them with nourishment, protection, warmth and love - everything their mothers would offer.  This is Phase 1 of their rehab.  Unfortunately in Phase 1, they become humanised and reliant on us.  This is why Phase 2 is important:  the 'dehumanisation' process.  The hand-raised joeys are taken up to our Sydney Wildlife Pre-Release Facility to become ready for the wild.  They are only in contact with humans once a day and here they learn to deal with all types of weather, parasites and finding food - all in a controlled environment, without predators.  Our wonderful facility manager, Joan Reid, has hand-raised countless joeys and she knows the importance of Phase 2 for the joeys to have a seamless assimilation into the wild. 

Ringtail possum joey - very vulnerable and in need of feeds around the clock. 

Brushtail possum joey.

Our Pre-Release Facility manager, Joan Reid, with a wombat joey.

2.  Releasing baby birds that have 'fallen from the nest'

Humans often 'kidnap' fledgling birds that are learning to fly.  They mistake the process of learning to fly for falling and snatch up the babies with the parent birds watching on in horror as their fledging bubs get whisked off to the nearest vet.  Sydney Wildlife is then called to care for the chicks but we often bring them back to the 'scene of the crime' to reunite the babies with their parents so that their flight lessons can continue.  

Fledging lorikeets being reunited with their parents.

3.  Capture and release of snakes in unwanted locations

We regularly get called to relocate snakes that pop up in backyards, on construction sites, in offices or inside homes.  We have no problem removing them from dangerous situations but it's often tricky to know how far to take them or where a safer place would be.  Each species of snake has a different-sized home range and it's important not to take them out of it.  Releasing snakes at the correct time of day is also essential.  If the snake is nocturnal, it must be released at night. 

Diamond Python removed from a dangerous construction site and relocated to nearby bushland. 

4.  Finding suitable habitat for release

Sometimes our rescuers hand-raise orphaned bats or invest countless hours rehabilitating venomous snakes - but these species and many others are deemed a 'nuisance' or 'undesirable'.  

Bats often have their habitats chopped down to discourage them from roosting.  Finding suitable habitat to release hand-raised pups is becoming impossible.  One also needs to consider adequate food sources when releasing wildlife.

Flying fox habitat decimated in an attempt to discourage them.  Photo by S. Thorpe.

Some venomous snakes, like this eastern brown snake, are treated cruelly and many people feel they should be killed instead of captured and released.   Photo by N. Wedlock.

Sydney Wildlife do not discriminate.  We love all our wildlife.  We treat them all as priceless treasures and we adhere to our charter for all species:  rescue, rehabilitate and release.

Sydney Wildlife: www.sydneywildlife.org.au  Phone:  9413 4300

By Lynleigh Greig
Sydney Wildlife 

Planning reforms to boost housing supply

09.01.2017: Ministerial Media Release - The Hon. Rob Stokes MP, Minister for Planning
Making it simpler to build a home and enhancing community participation in key decisions will be now easier through a package of red tape-busting reforms released for consultation by the NSW Government today.

Planning Minister Rob Stokes said proposed amendments to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 target delays in Development Application (DA) processing by councils, while also enhancing community confidence in the planning system.

The proposed changes include standardising the format of council’s development control plans to make them easier to understand and navigate, giving developers incentives to resolve objections before lodging DAs, and focusing councillor attention on strategic planning with greater numbers of DA assessments being processed by staff or local planning panels.

Local communities will have greater opportunity to participate in strategic planning for their neighbourhoods as early as practicable, with each planning authority required to prepare community participation plans. 

Other proposed changes include leveling the playing field for the assessment of major projects by ending transitional arrangements under Labor’s controversial Part 3A development assessment which will prevent the misuse of modifications. 

Mr Stokes said the state was experiencing the longest housing construction boom in NSW history with the latest figures for the 12 months to October showing 74,577 approvals, the second highest on record.

“However, there is still more work to do and these planning reforms build on our impressive results over the past five years by making it easier to build new homes,” Mr Stokes said.

“The NSW Government is determined to do everything it can, including making the planning system more efficient, to ensure housing supply gets to homebuyers fast.”

Mr Stokes said NSW Treasury estimated there is pent up demand for up to 100,000 new homes due to the former Labor Government failing to provide adequate supply.  

Proposed updates to the EP&A Act include:
• Investigating incentives for developers to consult with neighbours and the surrounding community to ensure disputes are resolved prior to a Development  Application proceeding to council;
• New powers for the Planning Minister to direct a council to establish a local planning panels of experts and community representatives;
• A standardised format for development control plans, produced in consultation with councils, to promote consistency across the confusing array of up to 400 formats currently used in NSW;
• Authority for the Department of Planning and Environment Secretary to ensure the efficient processing of developments that require separate approvals and advice under different NSW legislation;
• Measures to ensure that local environmental plans are kept up to date;
• Extending and improving the complying development assessment process that currently covers most new one or two storey dwellings, to include greenfield developments and terrace housing.
• Simplifying and consolidating building provisions to remove confusion for developers;
• Widening the availability of internal review options for proponents aggrieved by council decisions as a faster, low cost alternative to court action; and
• Introducing fair and consistent planning agreements between developers and councils to ensure there is more transparency on deals to fund public amenities, affordable housing, transport and other infrastructure.

Mr Stokes said the planning reforms would assist the NSW Government deliver the 725,000 new homes forecast to be required by 2036 to house an extra 1.7 million residents.

The community is encouraged to have its say on the proposed amendments to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. These updates are on public exhibition from 9 January – 10 March 2017, and can be viewed at www.planning.nsw.gov.au/legislative-updates. 

The consultation package comprises four documents:
3. Draft Bill - Environmental Planning and Assessment
Amendment Bill 2017

Have your say on the draft updates to the EP&A Act 
Consultation is now underway on the draft amendments to the EP&A Act, details of which are at the ‘Key documents’ tab above.

The public consultation period for the Bill is from 10 January 2017 to 10 March 2017.

We encourage our stakeholders, interested community groups and individuals to review the reforms and respond:
• by mail to: 
Planning legislation updates 2017
NSW Department of Planning and Environment 
GPO Box 39
Sydney NSW 2001

Greater Sydney Commission: North District 

Have your say on the draft District Plans!

GSC: We invite you to attend one of our upcoming community drop-in sessions across Sydney's six districts to learn more about planning for Sydney’s long-term future, and how to provide feedback.

Follow the link to find out more details on your local session.

North District
The North District is a place of coastline suburbs, harbour communities and bushland neighbourhoods located around vibrant urban centres with lively high streets, busy shopping districts and employment hubs.

From document, Full Draft District Plan, available to read and download in full at 'North district' link above:

Mona Vale Proposed priorities: 
• protect and enhance the commercial and retail function of the centre to provide employment growth and maintain high job containment 
• ensure sufficient retail and commercial floor space is provided to meet future demand 
• leverage the Mona Vale B-Line stop to facilitate intensification of uses in the centre, with an emphasis on the provision of housing affordability to retain 18 to 35 year olds 
• explore opportunities to increase residential diversification around the centre 
• improve access and linkages to local destinations, such as Mona Vale Hospital, through priority pedestrian networks 
• promote walking and cycling to the centre and within it 
• retain and protect the industrial precinct to the north of the centre to serve the growing population 
• investigate feasibility of existing planning provisions and controls as they relate to mixed-use and residential development within the centre 
• prioritise place making initiatives to promote mixed-use activities, urban activation and more diverse housing, and improve connectivity and integration with existing networks.

Brookvale-Dee Why Proposed priorities: 
• maintain the mix of uses so that Brookvale-Dee Why continues to perform strongly as a well-balanced, self-sustaining combined centre 
• encourage and support improvements to Warringah Mall and better integrate it with the fabric and life of Brookvale-Dee Why 
• encourage provision of affordable housing to attract and retain key workers in local industries, particularly in Brookvale 
• recognise and enhance the economic and employment opportunities along Pittwater Road and encourage revitalisation along this commercial strip 
• promote walking, cycling and public transport to Warringah Mall, the Brookvale industrial area and Dee Why to alleviate traffic congestion on Pittwater Road and to reduce car dependency 
• encourage the establishment of new, innovative and creative industries in the Brookvale industrial area 
• encourage new lifestyle or entertainment uses to activate local streets in Brookvale-Dee Why 
• improve connections between Brookvale-Dee Why and Northern Beaches Hospital and beyond.

Manly Proposed priorities: 
• further develop Manly as a cultural, tourist, retail and entertainment precinct 
• improve transport connections to Manly Wharf from other lower Northern Beaches suburbs 
• provide faster public transport to Chatswood, Frenchs Forest, St Leonards, Macquarie Park and Macquarie University 
• encourage diversified commercial activity to improve economic resilience 
• encourage eco-tourism around North Head and the Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve.

3.5 Prioritising Northern Beaches Hospital as the catalyst for a new centre
The Northern Beaches Hospital will anchor a new health and education super precinct for the North District and Greater Sydney.
Associated road upgrades are intended to ease congestion and improve travel times to, from and within the super precinct as it develops.
The Northern Beaches Council is preparing a Northern Beaches Hospital Precinct Structure Plan to consider the wider land use implications of this investment. The Structure Plan will analyse opportunities and constraints to plan for future development around the Hospital.

2016-2021 Housing Target - Northern Beaches 3,400
The NSW Government is also accelerating the capacity for housing supply across the District through the following projects
• Cherrybrook Station Precinct: which is part of the Sydney Metro Northwest Priority Urban Renewal Corridor to maximise access and opportunities for more housing and jobs 
Ingleside Precinct: in the Northern Beaches Local Government Area. 

From page 16:
1.1.3 Status of the draft District Plan
While councils are required to give effect to District Plans as soon as practicable after a District Plan is made, draft District Plans will guide the preparation of planning proposals under Part 3 of the Act. This is established by the Department of Planning and Environment’s Guide to Preparing Planning Proposals (August 2016).

The Guide lists assessment criteria for a planning proposal, which include but are not limited to consideration of the strategic merit of the proposal, the site-specific merit of the proposal and consistency with strategic plans, including draft District Plans, State environmental planning policies and Ministerial directions.
Local environmental plans will continue to determine whether development is permitted or prohibited on land. While a draft District Plan or District Plan is not a mandatory matter for consideration in the determination of a development application, a consent authority may decide to consider a draft District Plan or District Plan to the extent it relates to the objects of the EP&A Act.
The inclusion of Our vision – Towards our Greater Sydney 2056 in Chapter 2 of this draft District Plan foreshadows our research and the evolution of our thinking that will inform the review of A Plan for Growing Sydney during 2017. It does not replace the legal status of A Plan for Growing Sydney as the current Greater Sydney Region Plan.

NB: More details are available by downloading the Full Draft District Plan - (PDF: 8.95 MB)

60th Anniversary Of Club Palm Beach

Club Palm Beach is going to celebrate the 1957 opening, its 60th anniversary and we would like to get as many people from the past and present as possible to join us in a reunion here at the Club. This includes old friends, relatives, neighbours, local sports clubs, sailing mates, students from local schools, campers from the old camping ground near the Golf course, EVERYONE! 

Leading up to the reunion we want to hear your old stories & share your photos from the good old days. Stories from the camping grounds, for example some families lived at the camping grounds while their family homes were built. John Oliver was one, he says the camping ground was a community in itself. Other campers such as the Trainor family loved the camping community so much they moved permanently to Palm Beach.

Camping at Palm Beach - photo courtesy National Library of Australia

Palm Beach RSL started off as a shed, it was originally built in Lucinda Park, Nabilla Rd Palm Beach. The shed, built from weather board by Dick Martin, Jack Martin and Fred Verrills, was then moved to Barrenjoey Rd, the current Club site, sitting approximately where the bistro dinner room is now. The land purchased in Barrenjoey Rd was instigated by Carl Gow. The little Club traded there from the very early 50's until the current Club opened in December 1957. The original shed was removed by Peter Verrills and Bill Martin then transported by Bill's semi-trailer to Wisemans Ferry and there it was used as a cabin for the Verrills family & friends for their water skiing holidays. In the early days the Cub (shed)l opened daily at 4pm and operated on an honour system, any purchases were fixed up on pay day.

The Club as it is today was built by R. Martin & Sons. It was opened on the 14th December 1957. The president at the time of the opening was Alf Curtis and the secretary was Ron Vance. Some of the early committee members were Harold Richardson, Ken Wardrop, Fred Verrills, Jack Martin, Bill McTaggart, Ron Vance, Jack Henman, Brian Oxenham and Chic Whitchard. Some old local family names were the Gonsalves, Martins, and Goddards. There was a big variety of local businesses including the chemist, butcher, bakers, doctors and the fruit and veg shop.

Apparently there were two garages as well. To Peter Verrills' recollection, the Palm Beach bottle shop is the only shop still operating as it was when opened. The original owners were the Goddard's.

Lola was their daughter who married Jack Martin.

We would love to hear all the history on the ferry service, fishing charter boats, builder's ship wrights etc... before it is all lost. 

Please start posting any stories, pictures or memories to our Facebook page - Club Palm Beach. Save the date and come down and join us and tell us a bit about it. We can't wait to see what you have in store for us!

This is a great time to catch up with that old Palm Beach friend of yours - you always say you will but never seem to get the chance.

John Sinclair
Club Palm Beach Secretary - Manager

NB: Contributors may also email High Res photos to Pittwater Online News and we'll forward them to the club. Historical insights into aspects of the formation of Club Palm Beach/Palm Beach RSL will run in August 2017, in the lead up to the 60th Anniversary Celebrations.
A few examples run here

A J Guesdon
Editor - Pittwater Online News.


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Bushcare in Pittwater

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

Where we work                      Which day                              What time

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

Winnererremy Bay                 4th Sunday                        9 to 12noon

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

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

Old Wharf Reserve                 3rd Saturday                     8 - 11am

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

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

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

North Narrabeen    
Irrawong Reserve                     3rd Saturday                   2 - 5pm

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

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

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

Whale Beach    
Norma Park                               1st Friday                            9 - 12noon

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