August 2 - 8, 2020: Issue 460

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Front Page Issue 460 

New Marine Rescue Broken Bay Vessel Arrives

Proposal For Dogs To Be Allowed Into Wildlife and Family Areas On Pittwater's Beaches

Vote For Success Of NBC A Betrayal Of Pittwater - from Protect Pittwater Association

Boating Now Program To Deliver Upgraded Boat Ramps and Jetties From Manly To Pittwater

Soibada Project Update - Read about progress on the training centre! by Tamara Sloper Harding OAM

Avalon Beach SLSC's 95th AGM by Roger Sayers

2020 NSW Surfmasters State Titles by Surfing NSW

Aquatics First MC38 Regatta Win For Swish (On Pittwater) by Lisa Ratcliff

Pictures Newport Rugby's First Home Game for the Season - The Broken Breakers Rise to creating Community with other Teams; a chat with current President Jake Osborne and some great photos by Matt Wellings 

Park Bench Philosopher Unwelcome Sea Change: New Research Finds Coastal Flooding May Cost Up To 20% Of Global Economy By 2100

Reflections by George Repin: DELPHI

2020 Edition Of 24 Hour Row For Mental Health Goes Australia Wide: Funds Raised Support One Eighty - Gotcha4Life will run August 22-23

Artists of the Month August 2020: Cantiamo - Singing Together While Apart

There have been quite a few videos that have been published in recent months within Australia and around the world of people joining together to provide songs and concerts to cheer the spirits of those in isolation or in lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. In fact, one of the first instances of rallying community spirit was the images and voices of Italian people beamed around the world as they would gather on their balconies to fill suddenly silent and empty streets with their voices. Even in Australia professional entertainers have joined to create music together.

Locally we have an excellent a capella group Cantiamo who have also decided to keep on keeping on. 

The current leader of the Cantiamo group is Richard Griffiths who explained the current group started in 2005 after a similar choir finished with some of the founding members forming this one – Cantiamo. 

They perform concerts at retirement villages and nursing homes and have, in the past, been able to use St. David’s church at Dee Why and return that favour by providing a concert for the church. However, under current circumstances, and while New South Wales was in lockdown, those meetings were suspended.

''Thus the ‘’Singing Together While Apart" video process was commenced as we wanted to keep singing together but to stay safe while doing so.’’

‘'Our membership has an average age of 75, some are younger, some are older – and we currently have 11 members.’' Richard said this week.

Profile Colin Victor James Mason
October 28, 1926 - July 18, 2020
Pittwater, the northern beaches, and indeed Australia as a whole, recently lost one of our larger than life figures from bygone years. Colin Mason, known to his close friends as Jim, was amongst many other things, deputy leader of the Australian Democrats in the eighties and acting leader at various times.

Colin died aged 93 in Neringah hospital on Saturday, July 18, after a long illness. His wife Nancy passed in 2001 and he leaves three children, Mark, Rosemary, Matthew, and five grandchildren.
Born in Auckland in 1926, Jim began his career as a reporter in New Zealand.
Tribute by Matthew Mason, the ABC and more. 

History Walter ('Wal') Williams - VP Day 75th Anniversary series 2020
Wal Williams is a legend in Pittwater, a World War II Veteran, Mr. Williams has worked tirelessly for decades when Pittwater RSL Sub-Branch President to look after members and was present, along with fellow WWI Veteran Brian Sargeson at the May 16, 1999 dedication and Official opening of the original Cenotaph at Pittwater RSL.

Taken prisoner at the fall of Singapore, Wal worked on the Burma Railway prior to being sent to Japan to work, and experienced being sunk en-route. He survived Changi, he survived Burma, he survived being in the open ocean prior to being picked up again and sent to Japan for a year of hard work and being the focus of anger when the bombing of Japan began. He survived the firebombing of Tokyo and Yokohama by Allied bombers and finally returned home on October 10th, 1945 - his 23rd birthday.

When asked him how he kept his spirits up he referred us back to the jokes by a 'voice that would sing out' with something at times when he and those he fought or survived beside were in direst straits - small witticisms he still laughs at in recalling. 

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Honouring Our World War Two Veterans

July 29, 2020
A special commemorative medallion marking the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War on 15 August is now available to every living Second World War veteran in Mackellar to say, ‘thank you for your service’. 

Member for Mackellar, Jason Falinski MP today encouraged all local Second World War veterans to apply.

“The Northern Beaches has a rich Second World War history and is proud to be the home to veterans from this remarkable generation of Australians who served our nation during the Second World War,” Mr Falinski said.

While more than one million Australian men and women fought during the Second World War campaigns, incredibly, around 12,000 veterans who served during the Second World War are still with us today.  This will be one of the last opportunities we have as a nation to publicly acknowledge this special group of Australians. 

“These brave Australians served our nation in the far corners of the world, fighting in theatres of war from Europe to North Africa, the Mediterranean and the Middle East, to Asia and the Pacific, with the conflict also reaching Australian shores,”

“Australia can never fully repay the debt we owe these amazing men and women but, to mark their service, the Federal Government is producing this Commemorative Medallion and Certificate of Commemoration for the remaining living Second World War veterans.”

“I encourage all veterans, or their family members on their behalf, to apply to receive a medallion and certificate as a special thank you from a grateful nation for all they have done.”

The obverse design will feature the Commonwealth Coat of Arms, wording of appreciation and identify by name theatres of war that saw the significant involvement of Australian Armed Forces. The medallion reverse design utilises the poppy as the central symbol surrounded by the wording of ‘Australia Remembers’ and the beginning and end years of the Second World War.

The medallion will be presented in a display case and will include a card that explains the design and contains a brief expression of thanks. The theatres of war detailed on the medallion are based on locations identified within the Commemorative Courtyard of the Australian War Memorial (AWM).

The design of the commemorative certificate will complement the medallion. The design includes the Commonwealth Coat of Arms, ‘Australia Remembers’ wording and the beginning and end year of 75 years of the anniversary: 1945-2020.

The certificate will be contained within its own folder that will allow for independent display, framing and mounting.

Applications can be made online or for those without access to the internet, by phone on 1800 VETERAN (1800 838 372).

Mr Falinski says that Second World War veterans, or their families on their behalf, can apply online at or, for those without internet access, by phone on 02 6191 8217 during business hours. The Commemorative Medallions and Certificates will be distributed during August.

Please note: the final medallion to be struck may vary in size, scale and design from this image.

Palm Beach Sailing Club 2020/21 Committee

A big thank you to the outgoing PBSC committee for all their hard work last season and congratulations to the elected committee for season 2020/2021:

Commodore - Anthony Duchatel
Vice Commodore - Jon Hoile
Secretary - Regina Renfree
Treasurer - Evelyn Harves
Race Secretary - David Fisher
Publicity - Immy Hoile
Infrastructure Coordinator - Dick Clarke 
Windsurfer Reps - Richard Lacey & Dan Wilson

Scotland Island and Western Shores NBN Update

NBN Co have provided an update to the works being carried out to provide Fibre to the Premises NBN to the island and Western Foreshore. In essence, works are progressing with an October estimated completion time. Further undersea cables will be installed to supply the Western Foreshore communities and signage, as per RMS requirements, will be installed.

Courtesy the PON and SIRA

Scheduled roadwork: Palm Beach

Barrenjoey Road between Illuka Rd and Thyra Road
Mon 3 Aug 2020 to Mon 31 Aug 2020
Scheduled roadwork this week: Weekdays (10:00am to 2:30pm)
Both directions affected

Advice: Reduced speed limit (40km/h), Check signage, Exercise caution
Other Advice: Alternating (stop/slow) traffic conditions will be in place.

Mona Vale Road East Upgrade: Out of hours work to August 7, 2020

Out of hours work is planned from 8pm to 6am on the following dates, weather permitting:
  • Monday 27, Tuesday 28, Thursday 30 and Friday 31 July
  • Monday 3, Tuesday 4, Thursday 6 and Friday 7 August
If work is delayed due to wet weather, we will try and work a different night within seven days. We will notify highly impacted residents if there is a change of date.

Please note that our planned extended working hours and closure of Mona Vale Road this coming weekend has been postponed due to forecast wet weather. We will advise new dates soon.

Work along the eastern end of the project will occur over three nights a week and includes:
  • using a vacuum truck, road saw and an excavator to trench and install utilities under the Mona Vale Road, Samuel Street and Ponderosa Parade roundabout and about 40 metres up Samuel Street
  • ongoing road maintenance.
Work along the western end of the project will occur over four nights a week and includes:
  • removing rock from the top of the existing rock cuttings on Mona Vale Road near the eastern end of Lane Cove Road and near the end of Laurel Road
  • installing screens and concrete barriers on Mona Vale Road near the eastern end of Lane Cove Road
  • removing soil from our work area near Walana Crescent and Wallaby Circuit
  • installing four new power poles, three near the eastern end of Lane Cove Road and one near our main site compound (30 Walana Crescent)
  • ongoing road maintenance.
We will use excavators with rock hammers, backhoes, tipper trucks, a truck-mounted drill, elevated work platforms, a roller, saws, a crane, hammer drills, street sweepers, vacuum trucks, concrete trucks, light vehicles and lighting towers.

A stop/slow arrangement will be in place traffic controllers and signage directing traffic.
If you are eligible for Alternative Accommodation you will be advised within 24 hours of the work.

For more information call us on 1800 413 640, email or visit

If you need help understanding this information, please contact the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450.

Map showing location of out of hours work on the Mona Vale Road East upgrade:

Northern Beaches Art Prize 2020 winners announced

On Friday July 31st Council announced the winners of the Northern Beaches Art Prize 2020, with ten winners each from the Open and Youth categories awarded.

The competition was hosted online due to COVID-19 restrictions and invited artists and designers to submit artwork in the format of a digital postcard that responded to the theme Postcards from the Home.

Open Prize winners were awarded $1,000 each and Youth $500 each. Winners were chosen from 90 finalists from a total of over 1,000 brilliant entries.

Winning works include images of paintings, drawings, photography, ceramics, digital and mixed media.

The People’s Choice Award is now open online and people are encouraged to vote for their favourite works (one per category). Each People’s Choice winner will be awarded $500.

Northern Beaches Mayor Michael Regan said each year the calibre of the entries is incredible.

“We are so fortunate to have so much talent here on the Northern Beaches,” Mayor Regan said.

“As always the judges had a very difficult decision.

“COVID has been a unique and emotional time for so many and you really see that reflected through the submitted works.

“A huge congratulations to all the winners but also to all the entrants in this year’s competition.

“It’s really worth having a look at all the finalists' work which is on our website and voting now for the People’s Choice Award.”

Eminent local artists and experts conducted the judging of the shortlisted entries:
  • Elli Walsh: Deputy Editor of Artist Profile magazine and Curator at 3.33 Art Projects
  • Sarah Robson: Cross-Disciplinary Artist
  • Ken Done: Artist
The 90 finalist entries can be found online as well as simple instructions on how to vote in the People’s Choice Awards.

The 20 winning entries can be viewed here.

Zonta Club of Northern Beaches News

Zonta fundraising events are on hold for now. However we are planning some events for later in the year. Save the date for our Annual Trivia Night - Looking forward we have a tentative date for our annual Trivia Night on Saturday 26 September.  We will keep you informed as the time progresses and COVID restrictions adjust.

Zonta Birthing Kits Project

Many local community members have enjoyed our packing days for Birthing Kits. 
From 2004 to 2019 our Club packed 57,800 kits with community assistance.
Due to COVID we are unable to hold a packing day this year.

Here is a short history of the project 
A History of BKFA 
The project started in 1999 by ZC Adelaide Hills member - dentist Julie Monis- Ivett after she had been an international volunteer. She received an OAM for this work in 2018
In 2004 it became a Zonta District project to address 5 of the UN Millennium Goals being
2.   to achieve universal primary education;
3.   to promote gender equality and empower women
4.   to reduce child mortality;
5.   to improve maternal health;
8.   to develop a global partnership for development.
From 2004 to 2019  a grand total of 2.2 million kits were made and distributed.  
Early days involved cutting the plastic off a huge roll, and taking packed boxes to the post office!!!
In 2004 we packed 1000 kits at 75 cents each at a retirement village in Turramurra 
2006       9000 kits, at $2 each  costs include education of trainers in the area.
2007       8000 kits
2013       3600 kits (cost increase $2-$3)
2010 we brought the project down to the Peninsula and set it up as a community packing day with the help of Barrenjoey High school, who have continued to supported us.
After charter of Mackellar Girls Campus Zclub in 2014 we took it to Mackellar and since then have packed at Mackellar, Freshwater, Pittwater and Narrabeen as well as Barrenjoey High schools and 200 kits were packed at MVH palliative care  because one of the patients was a midwife.

A school presentation to both boys and girls is given prior to the packing day covering service, advocacy, social justice, geography and statistics.
In 2018 we also packed 600 kits at Queenwood School - with all costs donated by Ana Deleon - the reward she could have had for herself after being a guest speaker at the school

Zonta Club of Northern Beaches hopes to return to packing of birthing kits in the future.  

A Message from our President     
July 2020 is a significant milestone in the history of our Club as we celebrate our 45th year of working to support disadvantaged women and children. 
Our Club's forty fifth anniversary was celebrated with a Zoom meeting until we can safely meet in person to share a dinner and cake. 

Ana Deleon - a member of our Club for 43 of the Club’s 45 years - was recognised for her commitment to the goals of Zonta. Thank you Ana.    

Zonta Club of Northern Beaches congratulates Club Past President Bernardine Guy on being inducted as District 24 Area 1 Director.  It is an honour for the Club to have a member on the District Board and we are sure Bernardine will enjoy the role and attending meetings of other district clubs.

Our Club is proud to continue its support of disadvantaged women and children through these difficult times.  Club meetings are by Zoom, and members also meet regularly for coffee and a chat at a park. Each committee is able to provide information and items as required to meet the needs of local womens' refuges and the Northern Beaches Women's Shelter.  Domestic violence is increasing so the demand for support is even more critical especially as many are also experiencing financial hardship.  

With some regular ZCNB fundraising events cancelled for this year the club will be investigating a variety of approaches to enable the continuation of support to the agencies.  

Please stay safe and, even though the members are not as visible at this time, please be assured the ZCNB work will continue. 
Susan Benson    

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Have Your Say on New pedestrian safety fencing at Avalon Beach

In response to community concerns for pedestrian safety, council propose to install a pedestrian safety fence along Barrenjoey Road Avalon, in the section between Avalon Parade and Central Road.

Barrenjoey Road is a six-lane, divided road with high traffic volumes. Concerns have been raised in regard to pedestrians not using designated safe crossing points between Avalon shops and the beach.

Several pedestrian injuries have also been reported along this busy stretch of Barrenjoey Road.

The work, to be undertaken in two stages, will be funded under the 2020/21 Australian Government Black Spot Program. Information and a diagram showing the works proposed can be found in the FAQs on council's webpage.

Have your say by:
Comments close Sunday 30 August 2020.

Hamilton Island Race Week 2020 Cancelled

July 30, 2020
The Queensland Government has recently declared numerous COVID-19 hotspots and yesterday announced the inclusion of Greater Sydney. In light of this announcement and despite our best intentions to host the event, our Race Management team who are so vital to the smooth and fair conduct of the sailing, are now unable to travel. As such, we have made the tough decision to cancel Hamilton Island Race Week 2020.

The entire Hamilton Island community looks forward to hosting Race Week and this is the first time the regatta has been cancelled in its robust 37-year history. We would like to extend our deepest thanks to all of the sailors for their continued support, especially in what has been a remarkably trying year for all.
Full refunds for entry fees will be offered and processed within the coming weeks.

We look forward to being able to welcome back the fleet next year to enjoy a week of sailing and camaraderie at Hamilton Island Race Week 2021.


House fire: Frenchs Forest

Saturday, August 1st 2020 
A man and woman have been hospitalised following a house fire on the Northern Beaches overnight.

About 9.40pm (Friday 31 July 2020), emergency services were called to a home on Aranda Drive, Frenchs Forest, after reports of a fire.

The home was found well alight, and Fire and Rescue NSW officers extinguished the blaze. The home was destroyed, and a number of neighbouring properties had to be evacuated.

The occupants, a 57-year-old man, suffered burns to his hands and a 51-year-old woman suffered minor lacerations escaping the home. A teenage boy was uninjured.

Both were treated by paramedics before being taken to Royal North Shore Hospital in stable conditions.

Officers from Northern Beaches Police Area Command have established a crime scene.

The cause of the fire is not known at this stage. Inquiries continue.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.

Pets of the Week


AGE/SEX: 12 months / F
BREED: American Staffy X

Amber is an active affectionate girl who loves people and is great with kids. Out walking she does pull on lead a little as puppies do. She ignores cars but lunges at passing dogs. She likes to jog and really enjoys pats and cuddles. Walkers say "Amber was delightful. Had some moments of walking on loose lead", "Does pull towards passing dogs as she is still young and puppy like in nature." She has a smooth coat and weighs 21.9kg. 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 email


Athena is a sweet girl who loves to play but also happy to relax at home alone. She came from the pound with allergy issues which are being managed with medication and special diet. She has been used to living in a busy vet clinic around other cats and dogs but is best suited to a calm household where she can unwind and relax. She has a short coat and weighs a tiny 2.9kg. She comes desexed, wormed, F3 vaccinated, FIV/FeLV tested and microchipped. Her adoption fee is $220. If you are interested in meeting her, call DoggieRescue on 9486 3133 or email She is located on the Northern Beaches. 

DOG WALKING is recommencing
DoggieRescue is delighted to announce restrictions have been lifted on walking at our shelter, we are looking forward to welcoming you back onsite. 

We have had some changes occur during COVID-19 that we want you to be aware of. We no longer require you to sign up in advance for dog walking. However, due to the large number of successful adoptions we have very few child friendly dogs available to walk so we may not be able to accommodate walking for your family at this point, also due to the sheer number of adoptions we have fewer dogs onsite who are ready to walk with the public. This means there may be a delay in getting a dog for you to walk. We ask for your patience with our team at this time. 

We continue to practise social distancing onsite and have plenty of hand sanitiser ready for your return.
We look forward to seeing familiar faces and welcoming new ones to our shelter and appreciate your ongoing support during these difficult times.

We are in urgent need of Topical Heartworm Treatment(Advocate or Revolution), Breeder’s Choice Cat Litter, cat food, cable ties and latex gloves.

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

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

For further details or to meet all cats, rabbits and dogs at Doggie Rescue call  9486 3133 or email Visit to see all our dogs. 
Rehoming Organisation No R251000024. 

Sydney Water: Planned work around Palomar Pde, Freshwater

Planned water off: Sat 15 Aug 10:00pm Planned water on: Sun 16 Aug 6:00am
Last updated:Fri 31 Jul 6:43am Reference:79997785

We've planned maintenance work in this area and will need to turn the water off. If we've identified your property as affected, we'll send you a letter with more details about what you need to know. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Additional COVID-19 restrictions in place for NSW

Businesses must comply with new public health orders targeting higher risk activities to stop the spread of COVID-19.

From 24 July 2020, new rules will be in place for businesses across the state: 
  • compliance measures introduced to pubs will be extended to restaurants, bars, cafés and clubs. This includes:
1. limiting group bookings to a maximum of 10 people
3. provide digital records of customer visits within 24 hours.
  • weddings and corporate events will be limited to 150 people and subject to the four square metre rule. Registration of all venues must be a COVID-Safe business. Higher risk activities including choirs and dancing will not be allowed
  • funerals and places of worship will be limited to 100 people and subject to the four square metre rule. All venues must have a COVID-Safe business registration.
Businesses who do not comply with the public health orders will risk a fine or venue closure.

Current restrictions on gatherings will remain the same:
  • 20 guests are allowed inside a home
  • 20 guests are allowed to gather in a public place.
Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello said inspectors will be regularly on the beat to enforce compliance.  

“Businesses that aren’t serious about safety should not be in business. Those who disregard the restrictions should expect a visit from an inspector,” Mr Dominello said.

Register your COVID-Safe business

Find the latest COVID-19 news and updates.

Fox Baiting Notice

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a baiting program using manufactured baits, fresh baits and Canid Pest Ejectors (CPE’s/ejectors) containing 1080 poison (sodium fluoroacetate) for the control of foxes. The program is continuous and ongoing for the protection of threatened species.

This notification is for the period 1 August 2020 to 31 January 2021 at the following locations
  • Garigal National Park
  • Lane Cove National Park (baits only, no ejectors are used in Lane Cove National Park)
  • Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
  • Sydney Harbour National Park – North Head (including the Quarantine Station), Dobroyd Head, Chowder Head & Bradleys Head managed by the NPWS
  • The North Head Sanctuary and former School of Artillery managed by the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust
  • The Australian Institute of Police Management, North Head
All baiting locations will be identifiable by signs.

Please be reminded that domestic pets are not permitted on NPWS Estate. Pets and working dogs may be affected (1080 is lethal to cats and dogs). Pets and working dogs must be restrained or muzzled in the vicinity and must not enter the baiting location. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

For further information please call the local NPWS office on:
NPWS Sydney North (Middle Head) Area office: 8968 6300
NPWS Sydney North (Forestville) Area office: 9451 3479
NPWS North West Sydney (Lane Cove NP) Area office: 8448 0400
NPWS after-hours Duty officer service: 1300 056 294
Sydney Harbour Federation Trust: 8969 2167

PO Box A290 Sydney South NSW 1235
Level 15, 59-61 Goulburn Street Sydney NSW 2000
Tel: (02) 9995 5000 Fax: (02) 9995 5399
ABN 20 770 707 468

50-year vision for Sydney's open space and parklands

A new 50-Year Vision for Greater Sydney’s network of parklands and green open spaces has been launched today by the NSW Government, heralded by an initial $10 million investment to revitalise one of the city’s forgotten harbour-side parks.

Planning and Public Spaces Minister Rob Stokes said the draft Vision – which is now open for public comment – puts NSW on a path to the first-ever metropolitan-wide plan for the city’s open spaces and parklands.

“Our city’s parks are one of our greatest assets and belong to all of us; it’s time for a clear, single vision to protect, manage, enhance and expand them for generations to come,” Mr Stokes said.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted how we need to change the way we look at our public spaces – not as parks in a city but rather as Sydney as a city within a park.”

The Vision will be championed by a new Greater Sydney Parklands (GSP) government agency that brings together the Centennial Park and Moore Park Trust, Parramatta Park Trust, and Western Sydney Parklands Trusts, as well as the parklands of Callan Park and Fernhill Estate. Michael Rose, Chairman of the Committee for Sydney, has been appointed the Chair of GSP board.

“In the past, the individual parkland trusts have had a sole focus on the land within their boundaries. Now we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to look beyond those boundaries to plan for our parklands and open spaces over the next 50 years as a connected and vital network that forms the backbone of our city,” Mr Stokes said.

“This new city-wide agency will work in partnership with communities and local councils across Greater Sydney to champion the new Vision and ensure we’re working holistically to expand and improve our open spaces and parklands.”

Combined, the agency will oversee more than 6,000 hectares of parklands across Sydney, which host more than 40 million visits each year.

Callan Park in Sydney’s inner west is the first park to be identified through the GSP for urgent restorative work, with $10 million in funding allocated to enhance the connection with the waterfront and Bay Run. A new Landscape Structure Plan has been released for public comment, which will inform how the funding is spent.

“This investment in Callan Park is just the start and demonstrates our committment to revitalising and growing our city’s great public open spaces, starting with one of its great forgotten jewels,” Mr Stokes said.

The draft 50-Year Vision for Greater Sydney’s Open Space and Parklands will be open for consultation until September 11th 2020. For more information visit:

tribute for VP Day 75th Anniversary

Veterans and their family members are being encouraged to share their stories of service, as part of a month long campaign launched by the NSW Government in lead up to the 75th anniversary of the Second World War.

Acting Minister for Veterans Geoff Lee said One Month to Remember VP Day will ensure the COVID-19 pandemic does not take away from the significance of this year’s 75th anniversary of Victory in the Pacific (VP Day).

“We are living through a once in a lifetime pandemic right now and our nation also lived through a horrible conflict no generation should ever experience again,” Mr Lee said.

“Second World War veterans are still living with us today and this campaign is about ensuring we capture their stories to tell future generations.”

“We must not let COVID-19 get in the way of honouring their service to our nation, and by encouraging people to share their stories digitally we will create a lasting legacy.”

The NSW Government is compiling a digital stories catalogue from WWII veterans and widows which is available as an online educational resource for schools and universities.

"Everyone is also encouraged to share their stories, pictures and videos on social media for this special 75th anniversary tribute using the hashtag #VeteranStory75years,” Mr Lee said.

“These stories are precious and special and they should never be forgotten.”

“Revealing their war experiences is a special privilege we are so grateful for and our online collection of stories will eternalise their memories for future generations so we don’t forget their sacrifice.”

James ‘Jim’ Ayling joined the Navy at 18 and after training drills in seamanship and gunnery, he was posted to the destroyer HMAS Nepal to patrol the Indian Ocean.

“It was very fast, very heavily armed and very uncomfortable,” Mr Ayling said.

“We slept in hammocks because there wasn’t enough room for bunks. In the tropics it was so hot we would sleep on lockers or on the deck.”

Bobby Squire was a driver and mechanic with the Australian Women’s Army Service (AWAS) and was allocated her own Rolls Royce for transporting admirals and generals.

"I turned up and asked if they were looking for someone who could drive because my family had joined and I wanted to join as well,” Mrs Squire said.

The AWAS was tasked to recruit as many women as possible with a range of skills who could replace men being mobilised for overseas duty.

VP Day, on 15 August, commemorates the end of WWII in which over 27,000 Australians were killed and a further 23,000 were wounded.

The digital catalogue will be available and continually updated over the coming months at:

Have your say on contributions system reform

The NSW Government is undertaking a once in a generation review into the State’s infrastructure contributions system with feedback now being invited on the NSW Productivity Commissioners Issues Paper, which was released today.

Acting NSW Treasurer Damien Tudehope said the review supported the State’s Recovery and Reform agenda following an unprecedent bushfire season and the challenges of the COVID-19 health pandemic.

“We are working hard to set NSW up for a dynamic recovery, and we know when we support infrastructure and development, we support jobs and the economy,” Mr Tudehope said.

"We have a unique opportunity right now to deliver reforms that boost investment and get shovels in the ground.”

Planning and Public Spaces Minister Rob Stokes said the release of the Issues Paper was the first step toward delivering a fairer and more efficient contributions system across the State.

“The paper explores the current infrastructure funding framework in NSW, focusing on the role of infrastructure contributions and how they support councils and local communities,” Mr Stokes said.

“It is critical we strike the right balance between supporting businesses to get their projects from conception to construction, while also supporting councils to deliver necessary infrastructure and local projects to drive economic growth, job creation and better community infrastructure.”

NSW Productivity Commissioner Peter Achterstraat AM said the Issues Paper opens the conversation on how the current system could be improved.

“This review is looking at what opportunities exist to deliver a whole-of-government approach to the system and ensure greater consistency across the State from Ballina to Bega,”

Mr Achterstraat said. “Public feedback is now welcomed on whether the right principles have been identified, which will inform the potential reform options by the Commission.”

Stakeholders and the community can provide feedback on the discussion questions in the Issues Paper until 5 August 2020 at

You can provide your feedback by sending your submission to  

These submissions can be of any length or format and do not need to cover every discussion question raised in the Issues Paper.  Visit:

Domestic Violence support during Covid-19 

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

People experiencing domestic violence can be assured police and frontline services are ready to support them and their families as NSW continues to respond to the coronavirus threat.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“NSW Police are working together with government agencies, including NSW Health, to ensure there is no increased health risk to the community in the current environment.”

The NSW Government is constantly adapting as the COVID-19 emergency evolves, which includes various justice, housing and policing responses to combat domestic violence.

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Draft plan to shape Crown land for communities

July 9, 2020
The NSW Government is calling on the community to have their say on how to manage the State’s vast Crown land assets now and into the future, with the draft State Strategic Plan released for public feedback today.

Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey said there are over 34 million hectares of Crown land in NSW covering 42 per cent of the State, and the Government is committed to ensuring it is used to benefit local communities.

“Crown land is community land, this draft strategic plan aims to make more Crown land available for activities that generate economic, social, cultural and environmental benefits”, Mrs Pavey said.

“For example, one proposal is to work with local councils and other land managers in urban areas to publish maps identifying Crown land that can provide more opportunities for shared accessible green and open public space.

“Crown land leases can support farming, grazing and long-term affordable lease accommodation for community organisations like surf lifesaving clubs, showgrounds, the Rural Fire Service, State Emergency Service, Police Citizens Youth Clubs, scout and girl guide halls, and men’s sheds.”

The plan’s four key priorities are:
  • enabling jobs growth and sustainable economic progress in regional and rural NSW;
  • expanding green space, sustainable quality of life and climate change resilience;
  • strengthening and supporting evolving community connections; and
  • working with Aboriginal communities to realise the potential of their land rights.
Planning and Public Spaces Minister Rob Stokes said the draft State Strategic Plan is a first for the State, and will ensure the people of NSW get the greatest benefit from the Crown land reserves we have at our fingertips.

“As our towns and cities continue to grow Crown land will have an increasingly important role in providing quality public open space and active transport connections, better linking our communities together,” Mr Stokes said.

The community will have the opportunity to provide feedback and participate in consultation activities from Thursday, 9 July 2020 to 20 August 2020.

The draft State Strategic Plan for Crown Lands can be viewed at

Pittwater Community Groups: 

Sports (plus Social Members)

Gardens and Environment

Rural Fire Brigades

Arts and Social

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

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

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

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

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

Please Register Wildlife Road Strikes

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

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

The RMS are using this information to plan mitigation. So please, if you can, add the information in directly.

Vale Margaret Kirsop

It is with a heavy heart that we share the news of the passing of Margaret Kirsop, regarded by many as the elder stateswoman of Surfrider Foundation Australia.

Margaret and Tom Kirsop (Tom was crucial to initiating the 3 Sydney Surfrider branches in 1991) were happily married for a stylish 67 years. Margaret is believed to be the only white woman to have kayaked the length of the Snowy River before it was dammed. 

Tom and Margaret kayaked many east coast rivers in boats they built themselves; she was a keen swimmer as well as a rare female face in the lineup bodysurfing along the Cronulla/Wanda stretch through the 1960's.  She volunteered to teach asthmatic kids swimming for over a decade, volunteered once a week at ACF for 6 years, and donated blood/plasma on over 430 occasions!

Tom and Margaret made Narrabeen their home in the early '70s and the North Narrabeen community in particular will sorely miss her generous presence and her "dancing feet".

Margaret is survived by Tom and an extended family including 6 grandchildren.
RIP - and thank you for your Service.

Surfrider Foundation Northern Beaches

Avalon Dunes Bushcare This Sunday

Sunday August 2 will be a great day on the dunes. Plenty of weeds for us all, lovely views, great company. 

Come a give us a hand 8.30  to 11.30. Meet behind Barrenjoey High, off Tasman Rd. We have tools. Bring light gardening gloves and wear long sleeves and long pants. 
BYO morning tea because of COVID.

Palm Beach Longboarders August Meet

Palm Beach Longboarders will be on the North Palm Beach sand and in the water this Sunday August 2nd. If you'd like to see some classic surfing - head on down!

Details: Groms are in the water at 7-9am, Womens 9-11am, followed by the Old Mal and the Opens.

Thieves targeting church point boat engines

Northern Beaches Police Area Command report a Quintrex was stolen from where it was parked and locked on McCarrs Creek Road at Church Point on Tuesday July 28th this week.

It was found, along with several other boats, on the beach at Church Point, all with their engines apparently removed.

Narrabeen sinkhole

Narrabeen: A sinkhole appeared at the corner of Namona and Oak Streets on Wednesday, July 29th - next to Narrabeen Sports High School. A garbage truck fell into the 2.5m hole; a crane was needed to lift it out.  A Seven News Sydney report shows what they filmed last week.

New Pittwater RSL Board First Meeting

The newly elected Pittwater RSL Board held their first meeting on Friday July 31st, 2020, Chaired by the first female Pittwater RSL Board President, Julie Emerson (Hegarty).

Pittwater RSL Board of Directors are elected (on a two-year rotation) annually by the general membership. Their role is to ensure adherence to the Club’s primary objectives and to monitor the Club's financial performance via monthly Board meetings.

They are also responsible for strategic planning and setting of policies and they work closely with the Chief Executive Officer. The Board of Directors receive no remuneration for holding these positions and the club's management and members are thankful for the significant time and energy they put into serving this community.

The Board of Directors now are:

President Julie Emerson
With 22 years experience as a Pittwater Councillor, a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and 2 years serving on the Pittwater RSL Board, Julie brings good governance and strategic thinking to Board decisions and ensures members’ needs come first while acknowledging, growing and respecting the values of the RSL philosophy.

Senior Vice President Jim Colbeck
A respected member of the local community, Jim first joined the club in 1995 and held the position of Director for 13 years.

Vice President Aldo Sirotic
Aldo has been a resident of Mona Vale for 52 years and a member of our club for 43 years. He worked with Sydney Buses from 1966, retiring in 2005 to play a bigger role in his community. Aldo is a member of the sub-branch, a community volunteer and a Director on the club board for the last 9 years.

Director Bill Brockhurst
A retired NSW Police Officer, Bill has lived in Mona Vale and been a member of Pittwater RSL Club for over 9 years. He has served on the Board for our club and others and is a member of the Pittwater Men's Bowling Club Committee.

Director Norm Calthorpe
A local to the Northern Beaches and a member of our club for nearly ten years, Norm is an accomplished businessman in many fields and has been heavily involved in the Manly Rugby Club as well as our own Bowling Club. Norm is also a family man and a proud grandfather to twelve grandchildren.

Director Leigh Arnold
Served for 5 years in the armed forces and a member of the Sub-Branch for approximately 5 years. Held membership in Victoria for many years.  Currently locally employed as a Warehouse Manager. Formally a Principal in a major local engineering firm.  Member of Pittwater Bowling Club.

Director Darren Crabb
Darren served 18 years in  the Royal Canadian and Royal Australian Air Forces as an F-18 Fighter Pilot. Serving as the Vice President of the Sub Branch 2015–2019, supporting the welfare of all Veterans. He possess a very strong work ethic and dedication.

New Commodore for RPAYC

The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club held their AGM on July 21st, 2020  Allen Stormon being elected to the position of Commodore for the club, a position outgoing Commodore Michael Lockley has served in for the past three years.

The following people were announced as elected officials of RPAYC:
Leon Wilson, Vice Commodore
David Williams, Rear Commodore Cruising
Andrew Springer, Rear Commodore Centreboard
Julia Hornsby, was re-elected for a second term as Rear Commodore Activities 

Prior to handing over to the newly elected Commodore Storman, Commodore Michael Lockley presented the Clubmanship Trophy for 2019/20 to Bob Bennett in recognition of his key role in RPAYC’s Integrated disAbled Sailing (IdS) program.   

Bob has been fundamental in driving both the Soldier On and St John of God sailing programs, arranging volunteer members to not only donate their yachts, but also their time to take returned servicemen and women through sail training and family picnic days.  

Craig Evans,  RPAYC General Manager, stated in an update to members that Bob has not only been an integral part of these programs run through the club  but also formed an important part of the RPAYC team to provide on-water support at the 2018 Invictus Games.  

Through Bob’s great work, the Club has seen hundreds of returned servicemen enjoy sailing and time on the water.  

Commodore Allen Storman, RPAYC photo

Bob Bennett - Clubmanship Trophy for 2019/20, RPAYC photo

Avalon sailing Club News

WANTED: Contributions from budding journos, photographers and gossip columnists After being in hibernation for the past few years the Avalon Sailing Club's Jibsheet newsletter is about to be relaunched. The newsletter will be a great way for different facets of the club to share and communicate what is happening and reporting on different events held during the season. It will be published in a pdf format and emailed directly to members.

In order to make it successful we will need articles, photographs and reports from club and committee members. These can include upcoming events, regatta results and reports, yacht race results, cruising stories both past and present, favourite cruising recipes, a swap and sell column and even the odd bit of fun gossip such as used to be reported by our esteemed club member Norm Field in his previous regular Jibsheet column entitled “Guess Who - Don’t Sue”.

So put your thinking caps on and send your ideas and contributions to C Moffatt

Upcoming ASC Events

Alternative Fire and Soup night
Starts: Sat 08 Aug 2020 08:30
Ends: Sun 09 Aug 2020 18:00
Location: The Basin

Annual General Meeting
Date: Sun 09 Aug 2020
Time: 10:30 - 12:15
Location: Avalon Sailing Club

Winter Series 4
Date: Sun 16 Aug 2020
Time: 13:00 - 17:00
Location: Avalon Sailing Club

Find out more about the ASC at: www.avalonsailingclub/home

Warringah Rats vs Easts

Matches played August 1st, 2020
Final score in 1st grade
Rats 31 - Easts 28
In other games:
4th grade ~ Rats 28 - 5
3rd grade ~ Rats 12 - 38
2nd grade ~ Rats 25 - 18
3rd grade Colts ~ Rats 5 - 31
2nd grade Colts ~ Rats 10 - 26
1st grade Colts ~ Rats 5 - 22
Photo by Rising Sun Photography Sydney

Newport Breakers Rugby Club vs Hawkesbury valley

Matches played August 1st 2020
Newport has finished strongly in 1st Grade to claim a 3rd clean sweep with a come from behind 22-10 win away against Hawkesbury Valley. Newport sealed the game with a try in the corner from Sam Wayling on the final whistle.

Great wins for Newport in the earlier matches:        .
2nd Grade: 22-0
Colts: 17-10
3rd Grade: 42-7

Next week's Round 4 match will have Newport back at Porter Reserve playing Blacktown RUFC, August 8th, 2020. This Issue's Pictorial shares some Breakers news and great photos from their first at home game for this Season, played Saturday July 26th.

Sir Leslie Herron Rugby Scholarship Recipients Announced

In related rugby news, now that matches have recommenced, a northern beaches player was announced as a recipient of a Sir Leslie Herron Scholarship in the first week of June, 2020.

Sir Leslie Herron  
The Honourable Sir Leslie James Herron K.B.E., C.M.G., K.St.J. was born on 22 May 1902.  Educated at Sydney Grammar School and at the University of Sydney, he graduated in Law in 1924 and was admitted to the Bar on 28 August 1925. He took Silk in 1939, pursuing a successful career in common law cases and as a leading advocate in jury trials. He was an acting Judge of the District Court of New South Wales for a time before being elevated to the Supreme Court Bench on 19 February 1941.  

Leslie Herron was appointed Chief Justice of New South Wales on 25 October 1962.    

On attaining his 70th birthday in 1972, he was obliged to resign his office as Chief Justice after a judicial tenure spanning 31 years. He continued as Lieutenant Governor and was Administrator of the State of New South Wales at the time of his death on 3 May 1973.  

Leslie Herron was elected as the first President of The Rugby Club and held that office from 1945 to 1952 inclusive.  

At various times, he held office as Chairman or President of the Australian and New South Wales Rugby Unions and he represented Australia on the International Rugby Board.   

Sir Leslie Herron Rugby Scholarships  
In 2004, the Board of Directors of The Rugby Club decided that there could be no more fitting way in which to demonstrate the Club's commitment to "grassroots Rugby" than to establish scholarships for the benefit of Junior Rugby participants.  

The Board also concluded that there could be no more worthy person associated with those Rugby Scholarships than Sir Leslie Herron.  Sir Leslie Herron's family graciously consented to the naming of the scholarships as The Sir Leslie Herron Rugby Scholarships.  

From the outset, two Rugby Scholarships were awarded on an annual basis and the duration of each scholarship was two years.  Each scholarship was named The Sir Leslie Herron Rugby Scholarship with one scholarship being awarded to a nominee of the Sydney Junior Rugby Union, and the other to a nominee of the New South Wales Country Junior Rugby Union.  

The scholarships were awarded during the period 2004 to 2008 inclusive.   

The Rugby Club Foundation  
The Primary Object of the Foundation is to encourage the sport of Rugby in the State of New South Wales and elsewhere at a grassroots level.  

The Board of Directors of the Foundation has resolved that one of the ways we can continue to demonstrate the Foundation’s commitment to grassroots Rugby is to revive the Sir Leslie Herron Rugby Scholarships for the benefit of Junior Rugby participants. 

In consultation with the NSW Rugby Union, the Foundation’s Grants Committee has reviewed a number of strong scholarship applications, and are pleased to announce that the recipients of the Sir Leslie Herron Rugby Scholarship in 2020 are:  

Ms Ally Bullman (nominee of Sydney Junior Rugby Union)  
Mr Jayden Blake (nominee of NSW Country Junior Rugby Union)  

Ally Bullman  
Ally Bullman attends Narrabeen Sports High School. She is 16 years of age and plays for the Seaforth Raiders in both 7s and 15s Rugby formats.   

She plays a variety of positions from hooker to flanker and even outside back, and in just a few short years in the game has been selected for a variety of representative teams including NSW Schools’ 7s and the Aussie Seahawks. 
Ally has very clear Rugby goals and is working towards selection in the Australian Schools 7s team. She plans to utilise the scholarship funds to participate in specialised technique training and strength and conditioning, as well as training and coaching courses.  

Ally’s parents have advised the Foundation that this scholarship will allow their daughter to access Rugby opportunities and education that would otherwise have been beyond her reach. She is extremely grateful and excited to receive this scholarship and thanks everyone involved for providing her with this opportunity and for believing in her.  

Jayden Blake  
Jayden is a 17-year old Year 12 student from Dubbo and is a registered player with the Dubbo Junior Rugby Club. He has been playing some form of Rugby since he was 6 years of age and has played Junior Rugby from Under 13s to Opens over the past 8 years.  

His hard work and dedication to training has seen him selected in a variety of representative teams including Central West Juniors, Country Opens and the Under 18 NSW team. He has also been invited to attend Generation Blue training – a programme which fosters future NSW Waratahs.  

He was fortunate enough to be named Country Junior Player of the Year with his coach saying “Jayden's attitude both on and off the field should be commended. His attitude was incredibly refreshing and demonstrated Jayden's ability to serve the team and not just his own ambitions."  

The scholarship funds will go a long way in contributing to ongoing travel costs and will ensure that Jayden is given equal opportunities to those who are less disadvantaged by distance. Additionally, the funds will assist in supporting Jayden's continued access to high quality coaching and mentoring and foster his sporting and career aspirations for the future.   

The Foundation would like to wish Ally and Jayden every possible success in furthering their Rugby aspirations while embracing the values of past scholarship recipients: citizenship, scholarship, and a contribution to Rugby.  

Community Warned To Beware Of Suspect Tree Operators

Council is warning the community to be wary of unscrupulous tree lopping operators who are again active on the Northern Beaches, flouting the law and making residents liable for thousands of dollars of fines for their illegal work. 

CEO Ray Brownlee said Council is aware of rogue tree tradesmen recently in the Avalon area, offering to cheaply remove or trim large trees without Council permission. This follows a spate of similar incidents early in 2019 and also in 2017.   

“Our community is passionate about trees and at Council we are committed to protecting as much of our tree canopy as possible,” Mr Brownlee said.

“Most trees over 5m high are protected and residents need Council approval to prune more than 10 percent of the tree or remove it. This ensures we maintain the green environment that is so valued by our community. 

“Without consent to prune or remove the trees, residents can attract thousands of dollars in fines. 

“If in doubt, residents should contact Council to ensure they, or those they contract, are working within the law.”

Mr Brownlee said that a good tree operator will be knowledgeable about what is permitted, be appropriately insured and qualified to undertake the work.

“If an operator can’t demonstrate they meet these requirements residents should think twice about employing them to do the job in case they end up being liable for their illegal activities.”

Property owners who are approached by contractors should contact Council first, to check that the work complies with Council’s tree controls or visit their website.

Residents can also contact NSW Department of Fair Trading on 13 32 20.

Please Help Sydney Wildlife Rescue: Donate Your Cans And Bottles And Nominate SW As Recipient

You can Help Sydney Wildlife help Wildlife. Sydney Wildlife Rescue is now listed as a charity partner on the return and earn machines in these locations:
  • Pittwater RSL Mona Vale
  • Northern Beaches Indoor Sports Centre NBISC Warriewood
  • Woolworths Balgowlah
  • Belrose Super centre
  • Coles Manly Vale
  • Westfield Warringah Mall
  • Strathfield Council Carpark
  • Paddy's Markets Flemington Homebush West
  • Woolworths Homebush West
  • Bondi Campbell pde behind Beach Pavilion 
  • Westfield Bondi Junction car park level 2 eastern end Woolworths side under ramp
  • UNSW Kensington
  • Enviro Pak McEvoy street Alexandria.
Every bottle, can, or eligible container that is returned could be 10c donated to Sydney Wildlife.

Every item returned will make a difference by removing these items from landfill and raising funds for our 100% volunteer wildlife carers. All funds raised go to support wildlife.

It is easy to DONATE, just feed the items into the machine select DONATE and choose Sydney Wildlife Rescue. The SW initiative runs until August 23rd.

Mona Vale Hospital COVID Testing Clinic now in Community Health Centre

Mona Vale Hospital COVID Testing Clinic has moved from Urgent Care Centre to Community Health Centre - please ring to register for testing. 
PHONE: 9998 6296

Mona Vale Hospital this week:  
The recent changes to our mask guidelines means patients, carers and visitors are to wear a mask at our hospital if possible. 
Staff will also wear a mask when they are delivering care or when they can’t socially distance 1.5 metres.

Please continue to maintain COVID-safe practices, including hand hygiene and physical distancing of 1.5 metres.

If you feel unwell – even with the mildest of symptoms such as a runny nose or scratchy throat – please stay home and get tested.

Mona Vale photography competition

Local amateur photographers are being invited to enter a photo competition at Mona Vale Hospital, to have their work included on the walls of the new Geriatric Evaluation Management and Palliative Care facility.

Acting General Manager, Jennifer Parkin said it was a fantastic opportunity for staff and the community.

“Art can help deliver welcoming and dynamic spaces for the care and wellness of patients, carers, staff and the community and the competition provides a great opportunity to help brighten the walls of the new facility,” Ms Parkin said.

“We have two great prizes on offer - first prize is a $250 Westfield voucher and second prize is a 2hr private session with professional photographer, Steve Turner,” she said.

Judges are after the best photographic images that capture the local natural environment in Mona Vale and surrounds. The successful entries will be displayed in the main corridors within the new facility when it opens.

The photography competition is open to staff, patients and family, volunteers, consumers, students, residents and community members.

Details on how to enter can be found on this entry form. Entries close 5pm, 14 August 2020.

Construction of the new Geriatric Evaluation Management and Palliative Care Unit is expected to be completed in September 2020, with operational commissioning to follow.

Tick Population Booming In Our Area

Residents from Terrey Hills and Belrose to Narrabeen and Palm Beach report a high number of ticks are still present in the landscape. Local Veterinarians are stating there has not been the usual break from ticks so far and each day they’re still getting cases, especially in treating family dogs. 

To help protect yourself and your family, you should:

  • Use a chemical repellent with DEET, permethrin or picaridin.
  • Wear light-colored protective clothing.
  • Tuck pant legs into socks.
  • Avoid tick-infested areas.
  • Check yourself, your children, and your pets daily for ticks and carefully remove any ticks using a freezing agent.
  • If you have a reaction, contact your GP for advice.

Pittwater High School Sailing Program Fund

At Pittwater High our connection to the environment and the ocean is part of our DNA. Our Sailing program supports personal development as well as the development of life skills. There’s something about sailing that makes it quite unlike other sports. More than just skill and strategy, it teaches certain values that shape young people into unique athletes.

We usually focus on the physical aspects of sport and we forget how much we stand to gain from the sport – both socially and emotionally. Sailing is not just a sport that keeps you fit, but also one that develops you into a well-rounded individual – something far more important than winning raced or gold medals.

As our local America’s cup skipper Jimmy Spithill put it: “If you want to go fast, you go alone, If you want to go far, you go together.”

About the Australian Sports Foundation (ASF)
The unique purpose of the Foundation is to enable donors to claim a tax deduction for donations made to sporting projects that have signed up to fundraise with us. Over the last 30 years, the Foundation has helped increased funding to all levels of sport by more than $345 million!

In simple terms, for every donation of $2 or more, the Foundation provides a receipt to the donor that they can then use to claim their tax deduction for the donation.

More Community Grants for the Northern Beaches

A funding boost for a leading youth engagement program will inspire and empower young people to stand united against hate, extremism, fear and division.

Member for Manly James Griffin is encouraging organisations on the Northern Beaches to apply for the Community Partnership Action (COMPACT) grants program, which will support community partnerships to build social cohesion and community resilience.

“Our community continues to show remarkable resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Mr Griffin said.

“There are so many outstanding community organisations working at the grassroots engaging our young people at this difficult time. I’m encouraging all eligible organisations in Manly and the Northern Beaches to consider applying for this grants program.”

Acting Minister for Multiculturalism Geoff Lee has announced $3 million over 12 months to expand the proven Community Partnership Action (COMPACT) program, a boost on previous years.

Mr Lee said the funding comes at a crucial time following the impacts of the summer bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic on young people.

“Community is central to our ability to overcome these shocks and young people are always at the heart of the solution,” Dr Lee said.

“Since it was established, COMPACT has reached a remarkable 40,000 young people through 24 projects involving an alliance of over 60 partner organisations.

“We are excited to see another round of innovative projects to support young people across our State to thrive and reach their best potential.”

Previous successful COMPACT projects include humanitarian and volunteering initiatives, training and awareness raising programs, art and digital storytelling projects, anti-racism initiatives, interfaith religious collaborations, and sport leadership programs.

The 2020-21 round of the COMPACT grants program will open on Tuesday 7 July 2020. Applications close at 5pm on Wednesday 12 August. For more information and to submit an application, visit:

NSW Small Business Month Grants

Reboot, upskill and connect this October
The fourth annual NSW Small Business Month will be held in October, with events to be a combination of online and offline activities.

This year’s festival activities are designed to help small business owners to get online, adapt their business practices and engage with other organisations.

It is also about recognising the 785,000 small to medium-sized businesses that represent 41 per cent of the state’s private sector workforce that drive our economy.

The $2000 grants are designed to enable local councils and local chambers of commerce run a range of activities that will benefit and support the local small business community. 

For more information on the grant application process, visit the NSW Small Business Month website or contact the team at or (02) 4908 4886.

Applications Open for Youth Advocacy Support Grants

July 31, 2020
The Australian Government is encouraging youth advocacy organisations to apply for grants under a $1 million program designed to help all young Australians reach their full potential.

Minister for Youth and Sport, Richard Colbeck, said the Youth Advocacy Support Grants will help organisations advocating on behalf of young people, especially those who are from disadvantaged or marginalised backgrounds.

“I encourage organisations advocating for young people to apply for a grant so they can continue to give youth a voice,” Minister Colbeck said.

“We want all young people to be active participants and contribute to Australian society.

“This is where youth advocacy organisations have a role to play providing practical help and professional guidance.”

Youth advocacy can empower young people in their everyday lives by providing support and advice about jobs, mental health, education, housing, relationships and more.

“There are a lot of demands on young people and being able to get help where and when they need it is important no matter what their background or circumstance in life,” Minister Colbeck said.

“COVID-19 is having an enormous health and economic effect on young Australians which is why it’s more important than ever that they continue to have the support they need to reach their full potential.”

Organisations applying for a grant should have a track record demonstrating extensive experience delivering youth advocacy services and the ability to engage effectively with young people.

Successful grant recipients are expected to deliver programs over the 2020–21 financial year.

The grant round will open Monday 3 August. For more information and to apply for a Youth Advocacy Support Grant please visit Grant Connect at

Energy Efficient Communities Program (EEC) - Small Business Grants

Close Date & Time:26-Aug-2020 5:00 pm
The objective of this grant opportunity is to support small businesses to save energy through: 
  • replace existing equipment with higher efficiency equipment
  • install or replace a component/s to help an existing system run more efficiently
  • carry out on-farm energy audits
  • carry out monitoring of energy usage and emissions
There is an estimated $9.06 million available for this grant opportunity, with a maximum of three projects funded per electorate. We expect that there will be a high level of interest for this grant opportunity and it will likely be oversubscribed. This means an eligible application will not automatically be approved. We will approve grants according to meeting eligibility criteria, submission time and date and distribution across federal electoral divisions.
  • The maximum grant amount is $20,000
  • The maximum project period is 18 months
You can use your grant for one or more of the following:
  • replacing existing equipment with higher efficiency equipment
  • installing or replacing a component to help an existing system run more efficiently (for example installing a variable speed drive on a pump, or installing automatic controls on energy using equipment, or installing a modulating burner on a boiler)
  • energy audits 
  • investment feasibility studies for energy efficiency upgrades
  • monitoring of energy consumption and emissions
To be eligible you must:
  • have an Australian business number (ABN)
  • have an annual turnover of less than $10 million based on Business Activity Statements from the previous 12 months
and be one of the following entities:
  • a company incorporated in Australia
  • a co-operative
  • a partnership
  • a sole trader
We can only accept applications:
  • where you can confirm that you are authorised undertake your project as described (for example, within your leasing arrangements)
  • where you can demonstrate that you will use appropriately licensed tradespeople to install equipment, where applicable
  • that include a supplier declaration (see template at Appendix C of the grant opportunity guidelines)
  • that provide the mandatory attachments
  • where you certify, if you have ceased operating as a result of bushfires or COVID-19, that you intend to resume operating as a business in the future
We can’t waive the eligibility criteria under any circumstances.


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Speed humps on McCarrs Creek Rd: please share Wildlife Data 

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

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

Please Register Wildlife Road Strikes

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

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

Learning together for Education Week 2020

NSW public schools will celebrate Education Week from 3 to 7 August with the theme of ‘Learning together’ drawing on the education community’s sentiment of 2020. 

Department of Education Secretary Mark Scott said schools had faced unprecedented challenges in 2020 and Education Week would provide an opportunity to reflect on the achievements of the public school community in the face of adversity. 

“We started the year with communities still suffering the impacts of drought and the destructive summer bushfires. Flooding then forced the closure of schools in some fire-affected areas,” Mr Scott said.  

“Then the COVID-19 pandemic struck and totally disrupted our way of life, changing the way we learn and socialise.  

“Despite these significant disruptions our staff, in partnership with parents and carers, have worked tirelessly to ensure that high quality teaching and learning has continued for all students. 

“Learning together reinforces the role of our schools as the cornerstone of the community. We all worked together to move learning online almost overnight to maintain the continuity of education during the COVID-19 restrictions.” 

Education Week is an annual state-wide celebration of public education, which has been held for more than 50 years. This year’s events will run from Monday 3 August to Friday 7 August, with a focus on opportunities to celebrate virtually.  

The week will start with a live stream on Monday 3 August featuring public schools across NSW celebrating the theme. A student film festival will be live streamed on Wednesday 5 August.  

The Education Week 2020 website offers a wealth of ideas, information and resources for schools to plan and promote their #EdWeek20 activities including a comprehensive Teacher toolkit.  

Be Safe at home this winter

Fire and Rescue NSW's Get Ready for Winter Campaign offers the community to discuss home fire safety. Deputy Commissioner Fewtrell said winter is the time when we see an increase in residential house fire related fatalities. So it was important residents remember to be careful when using heaters and fireplaces and electric blankets this winter.

“Don’t put your family at risk this winter, check that all your appliances are switched off and ensure that open fires have been fully extinguished. If we all do our bit to minimise the risks in our home, we can all stay safer together”, he said.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services, David Elliott said, with families spending more time at home than ever before it is crucial, we prepare our homes before winter hits.

“FRNSW do a great job in keeping our community safe, now it is our time as NSW residents to do the right thing by our families, listen to the experts and ensure our homes are safe.”

Some simple steps the community can take include:
  • Never ever leave cooking unattended
  • Only working smoke alarms save lives - test your smoke alarm today
  • Keep everything one metre away from your heater
  • Do not overload your power boards with appliances like heaters and electric blankets
  • Strong fire screens should be set up in front of open fires
  • Turn off your electric blanket at night
  • Do not use outdoor heating and cooking equipment inside your home. The use of this type of equipment indoors could lead to the build-up of carbon monoxide which could be fatal
Keep up with our open day activities by visiting, or the Fire and Rescue NSW Facebook page or by searching for your local station on Facebook.


 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