October 14 - 20, 2018: Issue 379

Articles This Week 

Front Page Issue 379

Shane Withington: Get Your Boots On For Mona Vale Hospital Rally & March Today! - 11am to 2pm, Sunday October 14- Muster at MV Village Park then March to MVH

Camden-Campbelltown Hospitals & Carrington Convalescent Hospital: A Mona Vale-Frenchs' Forest Hospitals Comparison With Pittwater History Links - Documents reveal MVH 'will have a rehabilitation, aged care and palliative care focus' - 'The Urgent Care Centre service will be: 24/7 in the first 12 months with a plan to conduct an utilisation review to determine usage/ demand' - 'Patients who access the service will: Not require admission to a hospital'

Aquatics: Ocean Turns On a Cracker Wave for Rick Millar Memorial

Pictures: A Visit to Bungan Castle in 2018 by ABHS Members

Infrastructure Improvements To Continue At Mona Vale Hospital from Office of Rob Stokes, MP for Pittwater

Self-Guided Tour Of Historic Mona Vale Cemetery Will Fascinate: to be launched Oct. 17th - Morning Tea and Tour - Book in 

Community Invited To Comment On Creative Art Space North Concepts: Avalon Annexe or Avalon Golf Club House? Consult Now OPEN (until Nov. 11) and Pop Up Info. Sessions available

Applications Now Open For Artists In Residence At Kimbriki Or Eramboo - closes November 12

MAG&M Exhibition Celebrates Australian Figurative Artist Robert Dickerson: opens this week, includes Sydney Chamber Music Festival 2018: Figuratively Speaking + Poets Paint People as part of Special Events Program

Spring School Holidays Surfing Comps - Locals have done well:

Woolworths Surfer Groms Comp At Coffs Local Surfers Among 2018 Winners by Surfing NSW

Champions Crowned At The Rip Curl GromSearch At Merewether by Surfing NSW

2018 Woolworths Surfer Groms Series Wraps Up NSW Leg In Kiama by Surfing NSW

Reflections by George Repin: LINDOS

Food: Mona Vale Flannerys Organic & Wholefood Market Has A Local Business Support Focus And Community Feel:  World Food Day occurs this week on Tuesday October 16th and World Vegan Day on November 1, having access to the best in-season organic produce and wholefoods available without having to go to the farm gate is proving to be a boon for residents. Flannerys prides itself on delicious natural products that are in season, it also backs local Pittwater business products

Park Bench PhilosopherScientists Uncover Volcanic Lost World Off The Tasmanian Coast - amazing amount of life surrounds; 'Whales may use these seafloor features as navigational aids during their migration'

Profile: Carolyn Tucker (nee Gee):  A few weeks back Pittwater Online News was fortunate to run a small insight into Adam Crowley, a former Barrenjoey High school student with a great work and fun ethic who has continued to pursue more knowledge in his chosen field. 

The year 2018 Barrenjoey High School 50th celebrations, including the Gold Ball held at the school on September 30th, brought his mum, Carolyn Tucker back to Avalon as hers was the first class at the then new school and Carolyn was a member of the first graduating class. This presented an opportunity to gain a few further insights into the school and the Avalon Beach of Carolyns' earlier years, having moved here when she was just two years of age.

History: The Newport School: 1888 to 2018 This year, 2018, Newport's school is celebrating its 130th Anniversary with great events on Thursday October 25th.

In 2016 Pittwater Online News ran a page on the school, which included a sketch of the tent the pupils had their first lessons in. Since then things have improved somewhat for students and teachers. 

A few other Newport research items found since have been added in for a celebratory lead into the anniversary for current and past students - Happy Birthday Newport PS! 

Artists of the Month: October 2018: The Sydney Wildlife Totally Wild Fundraiser Garden Gallery -  beautiful artworks for sale by Lorraine Woodward, Laurie Sword, Alene Keiser and other talented local artists as well as award winning photographer Peter Sharp's amazing images - samples - and only a few tickets left! 

 Pittwater Offshore Newsletter Update 14/10/2018 

click on Logo: 

To contact Julian:  editor@scotlandisland.org.au

The Great Anti-Fracking Bus Trip 2018

The NT Govt has released half of the Territory for CSG - it's a toxic disaster! 

We are helping to get pastoralists and indigenous owners on a bus trip to SE Qld. and the Pilliga to see first hand what fracking does to farmland, water and country, and to hear from land owners and farmers there what a disaster it is. 

This Chuffed fundraiser is to help cover the cost of fuel and cabin accommodation for the 10 days they will be on the road. You can donate directly, and you can bid on stuff in some Facebook Auctions coming up. Any amount helps.

AND can you please invite your friends to the Facebook page HERE too. It's as much about raising awareness as it is about raising money. Tell everyone - NO FRACKING OUR LAND OR WATER!

Dick & Bron Clarke

Donate at this Chuffed secure link:

Emily Doyle Wins Coolangatta Gold

Emily Doyle is the toast of the northern beaches after taking out the open women's short course race at Coolangatta Gold.

The Davidson High School student showed great courage to come from behind with a terrific swim leg and wasn't headed on the board or run.

She covered the 21km in 2:36:55, finishing ahead of Southport's Jazmin Lewsam (2:37:58).

Unlike her former Newport clubmate Georgia Miller who is now competing for Northcliffe in Queensland and picked up $18,000 prizemoney for winning the long course for open women, Emily didn't earn a cent.

The victory was sweet for Emily because she fought an injury scare to even get to the starting line on Saturday.

''I twisted my ankle on a tree root, training at the beach, running 500s seven weeks ago,'' she said.

''It was a real bad sprain. I couldn't run or swim for three weeks and I had to withdraw from my State Championships for swimming.

''It was a real test for me to get fit for this event. I was eighth out of the ski and went straight to the lead in the swim. I have come from an endurance background and I have run the City to Surf since I was seven years old. As soon as the swim was over I knew I had to put my head down.''

Emily said she may tackle the long course in two years. "You have to have a solid ski background for that,'' she said.

By Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern Beaches
Picture: Emily Doyle crosses the line.

Notice to all Pittwater Estuary Sailors & Users

Please be aware that the Australian Defence Force Diving School at HMAS Penguin often utilises Pittwater to conduct their training. Their training involves diving operations throughout the area where their divers are either marked or unmarked (with floats). The trainees arrive on the surface at irregular intervals. Their Support Craft (Grey or White Vessels) will accompany these trainees and will display:

Day: Flag Alpha (A blue and white flag - divers below)
Night: Lights (Restricted In her Ability To Manoeuvre - Diving Operations)

We all share this waterspace in our daily operations so please remain well clear of the divers and support craft.

Scammers About

There have been a number of scammers taking advantage of residents recently, an Elanora Heights gentleman has handed over thousands to a phone caller claiming from the Australian Taxation Office demanding he deposit cash into their account or be arrested, a Newport lady has been the victim of identity theft and found out when debt collectors came to demand payment for a phone bill clocked up in her name, while a Mona Vale lady had her missing credit card found by thieves claiming to be from her bank who required Pin details to return it to her and then cleaned out her account.



Keep a close watch on credit cards, especially in this 'tap and go' age, and anything else containing personal details and certainly don't put them on social media.

Scammers are getting better and better at what they do. Don't make their work any easier.

For more information, head to the NSW Police fraud and scams page. https://www.police.nsw.gov.au/crime/frauds_and_scams

Community invited to comment on Creative Art Space North concepts

Feedback Now Open
Northern Beaches Council is inviting the community to provide feedback on two proposed locations for the Creative Art Space North - the Annexe Building at Dunbar Park in Avalon and Avalon Golf Club House. 

Concept Designs on Exhibition
At the Council meeting on Tuesday 25 September, a resolution was passed to seek community feedback on the two presented options for the Creative Arts Space North;
  • Avalon Annexe - Dunbar Park and
  • Avalon Golf Clubhouse.
These designs seek to balance the needs of the community and artists, creating an open and inviting place to create, view and experience the Arts.

Avalon Annexe Concept
The concept design for the Avalon Annexe incorporate the following works;
  • Refurbishment of the existing community ‘hall’ space to become an exhibition space
  • Creation of an communal outdoor decking space for exhibition and teach space
  • Indoor multipurpose rooms designed as teaching space
  • Three studio spaces for local artists
  • A kiosk style café that would utilise the outdoor decking space for seating. NOTE: this is not a commercial kitchen but a food preparation space
  • New public male, female and accessible toilet facilities

Avalon Golf Clubhouse Concept
The concept design for the Clubhouse incorporate the following works;
  • Refurbishment and relocation of the existing golf Pro-shop (Golf will continue to be catered for)
  • Extension of the building footprint to include an exhibition and teaching space
  • Improvement of accessibility through the installation of a lift to both floors
  • Three studio spaces for local artists
  • Modification of the existing café
  • Relocation of the existing male and female toilet facilities. The Accessible toilet will remain in it’s current location.
  • Creation of an indoor and outdoor communal space for exhibition and teaching purposes

How to get involved
Provide your feedack on the Concept Designs for the two site options -
  • Online
  • In writing - marked 'Creative Art Space' to Northern Beaches Council PO Box 82 Manly, NSW 1655
If you would like to meet the team, visit us at one of our pop-ups;
  • Avalon Recreation Centre Room 1 - 59 Old Barrenjoey Road, Avalon Beach Thursday 25 October, 5-7pm
  • Avalon Golf Clubhouse, 32 Old Barrenjoey Road, Avalon Saturday 3 November, 10am -12pm
Comments close Sunday 11 November 2018

Avalon Golf Club House Proposal

Avalon Annexe Proposal

Discover Sailing Day at BYRA 2018

Discover Sailing Days are offered at many participating sailing clubs around Australia. They are a fantastic way to have a great day out with your partner, friends, work colleagues or family. Clubs look forward to showing you just how fun, safe, accessible, and affordable sailing is.

This year the Discover Sailing Day will be held on Sunday 28 October. However, many clubs play host to many sailing events at this time of year and may host the day at a time that suits. Please head to our Club Finder to see when your nearest club is hosting their Discover Sailing Day. 

Sunday October 28th at Bayview Yacht Racing Association, 10 am to 2 pm. Register HERE

black cockatoo by Stephanie Warzecha

The lucky people attending the Sydney Wildlife Fundraiser on 28th October will have the opportunity to buy this glorious work of art!


Pets of the Week


AGE/SEX: 13 weeks / F
BREED: Bull Arab X

Dumpling is a friendly happy easy going pup. She is good with kids and is very social with other dogs. She approaches kids in a friendly relaxed manner and happy to play and gives up toys easily. She is social with pups and adult dogs. She will grow to a large size. 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. 


AGE/SEX: 10 months / M
BREED: Bull Arab X Dalmation

Junior is a friendly boy who is good with kids and suits 7+yo. He loves the ball and shows good self-control. Junior is social with other dogs and is sweet and affectionate with people. He has a short coat and weighs 26kg. He 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. His adoption cost is $400. 

For further details or to meet all dogs at DoggieRescue call  9486 3133 or email monika@DoggieRescue.com. Visit www.DoggieRescue.com to see all our dogs. www.facebook.com/doggierescue 

Applications now open for Artists in Residence

Northern Beaches Council is inviting talented local artists to apply for Council’s 2019 Artists in Residence Program at the Kimbriki Resource Recovery Centre and the Eramboo Artist Environment, both in Terrey Hills. 

Applications are now open and will close 5pm Monday 12 November.

The Artists in Residence Programs provide opportunities for local artists across practices including, but not limited to visual arts, sculptural, jewellery, installation, print making, screen, digital, mixed media or photography to develop new work in their own dedicated studio space at either Kimbriki or Eramboo.

Northern Beaches Mayor Michael Regan said the artist residencies are keenly sought and give artists living in the local area a rare opportunity to further develop their practice, experiment and build knowledge, networks and partnerships within the local community.

“The Kimbriki residency is at the heart of sustainability and innovation, supporting professional artists to develop a body of work entirely using resources that have been recovered from the Kimbriki Resource Recovery Centre. 

“Eramboo has been a haven for creativity for decades. This residency provides a peaceful sanctuary for artists in the middle of the bush, using the unique and diverse natural surroundings as inspiration.”

At the end of their residency, artists are provided opportunities to present their work in a public space, prominent location, or an exhibition space. 

At Kimbriki, two artists will have free access to a nine month, non-residential studio space to create a site-specific body of work. They will also receive a $3,000 allowance for materials.

At Eramboo, a six month residency that provides free non-residential studio space is up for grabs with a $2,000 allowance for materials. An added bonus is being able to tap into professional development support and networks that Eramboo provides.

For more information, please go to Council’s website

The current artists in residence at Kimbriki, Angela van Boxtel and Colin Razor (Fraser the Razor) will present their artwork produced at the Resource Recovery Centre in a special exhibition
at Creative Space in North Curl Curl from 17 October to 28 October 2018.

There will also be a free Waste Factory Workshop with Angela van Boxtel on Saturday, 20 October from 1.00 – 2.30pm, however bookings are essential.

MWNA Sapphires Premier League Nomination and Selections 2019

The selection dates and trial information has been set for the 2019 Sapphires Opens and U23s teams and training partners. 

Trial Information
When: Sunday 21st October & Sunday 28th October 3:00pm-5:00pm 

Please Note: Players must be available to attend both selection dates.

Where: Dee Why PCYC, 40 Kingsway, Dee Why NSW 2099
Click the link HERE to access the nomination form. 
Nominations close Friday 19th October 5pm

Nominate your local hero for Australia Day honours

Nominations are now open for the annual Northern Beaches Australia Day awards to be announced in January 2019.

Residents are encouraged to nominate outstanding citizens who have contributed to the local community in one of six categories: Citizen of the Year (16yrs or older), Senior Citizen of the Year (65yrs or older), Young Citizen of the Year (16 to 25yrs old), Sportsperson of the Year and Community Event of the Year. Up to 15 locals will also be acknowledged with Outstanding Community Services awards. 

Mayor Michael Regan said the awards were a wonderful opportunity to acknowledge local residents and volunteers who have made an exceptional contribution to community life on the Northern Beaches.

“No contribution is too small – we aim to acknowledge our local heroes who give so much of their time to make the Northern Beaches an even better place to live.”

Nominations for the Awards close 5pm Monday 19th November 2018. Nominate HERE

Last year’s Citizen of the Year was Maria Chidzey of Balgowlah. She was awarded the honour for her lifelong dedication to serving others and promoting multiculturalism and diversity by advocating for migrants, refugees and other disadvantaged groups.

Maria Chidzey

Volunteers Needed for MWP Community Aid

You can help MWP Community Aid by becoming one of our valued volunteers who assist frail aged northern beaches residents living in their own homes

Volunteers are needed in transport in local area, assisted shopping and social outings.

All volunteers are reimbursed for their travel costs and training is provided.

Volunteering helps you make a difference, feel connected, gain skills and so much more!!!

Call Bronwyn on 9913 3244

We are a not for profit organisation that was originally founded by Collaroy resident, Daphne Elsworthy 50 years ago.  We provide social support with the generous efforts from our volunteers. 

MWP Community Aid
3 Gondola Road
North Narrabeen NSW 2101
E: bbrent@mwpcommunityaid.com.au
W: www.mwpcommunityaid.com.au.com  

Next Round of Surf Club Funding Opens

Member for Manly James Griffin has announced that surf life saving clubs across the Northern Beaches can now apply for funding for infrastructure improvements as part of the $4 million statewide boost to surf club facilities funding. 

Mr Griffin said surf life saving clubs from Manly to Palm Beach are set to benefit from funding which will improve facilities which help save the lives of locals, visitors and tourists.

“Our local surf life saving clubs are the home base for our thousands of volunteer lifesavers patrolling our beaches, allowing all age groups to learn about and contribute to beach safety," Mr Griffin said.

“We rely on the skill and passion of volunteer surf lifesavers to provide this service and this further injection of funding for our local club facilities will ensure lifesavers have the support they need to do their vital work.”

Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres said more than $28 million in funding had been allocated in the past decade to make club facilities across NSW safer, accessible and secure.

“Not just an important home base for volunteers patrolling our beaches, surf clubs are a hive of community activity, used for training courses, community gatherings and sporting events,” Mr Ayres said.

“From nippers to senior patrollers, members of surf life saving clubs provide an amazing service to the people of NSW. 

Applications close 5 October 2018. Details about applications and eligibility can be found at www.sport.nsw.gov.au/grants.

Update: Remembrance Day Poppy Wall For Avalon Beach RSL 

If you liked the display in Avalon Beach RSL foyer this week of ANZAC comprised from crocheted and knitted poppies you may wish to get involved with the group that is knitting more of these for a larger display for Remembrance Day 2018. It is hoped enough are made to fill the garden and cover the garden fence of the RSL.

An donor has committed to providing the wool and another 150 balls have arrived on Thursday - all you need to do is join in!

Already 12 ladies are busy knitting and crocheting away. You can help by dropping made flowers into the Avalon Beach RSL Club or join the group in the club on Mondays at midday. Just look for Dannie Sloper.

Find out more at HERE

Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary 2018 Stalls

6th: Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale                          9am to 3pm
Sewing, knitting, craft, books
13th: Bunnings, Narrabeen                                         8am to 3pm  Sausage sizzle
3rd: Stall. Pittwater Place, Mona Vale                          9am to 3pm
Sewing, knitting, craft, books
4th: Bunnings, Narrabeen                                              8am to 3pm
Sausage sizzle                                                    
1st: Stall, Pittwater Place Mona Vale                           9am to 3pm
Sewing, knitting, craft, books

December 7th, Stall Outside ANZ Bank, Avalon Parade, Avalon
Sewing, knitting, craft, jam                                           9am to 3pm

New Long Reef Surf Club concept plans released

Northern Beaches Council is seeking community feedback on concept plans for a new surf club and beach facilities at Long Reef. 

Mayor Michael Regan said it was exciting to be able to release the concepts for community input. 

“This is one of those projects that has been a long time in the making and I am thrilled it is now in concept stage. 

“The design is informed by extensive consultation with a stakeholder working group who have landed on a spectacular concept which balances the needs of all concerned. 

“It’s modern and functional whilst being sympathetic to the spectacular location in which it sits, right by Long Reef beach. 

“The design is low key and hugs the dunes and utilises natural materials where possible to blend in with the surrounding area.

“I’d like to thank all the stakeholders, individuals and community groups who have put in many, many hours alongside us and the architect to help us get to this stage. 
“I encourage the rest of the community to take a look now and let us know what you think.”

The designs include three buildings on a similar footprint to the existing blocks. The surf club will have a two storey structure which includes a gym, training rooms, function room, kitchen and storage for surf craft. There will be a separate public amenities block, a café and community storage lockers. 

Peter Kinsey, President of Long Reef Long Reef Surf Life Saving Club threw his support behind the draft concepts.
“Our Long Reef SLSC members are very excited about this opportunity to build a brand new club house and associated community facilities. The club strongly endorses the overall concept design, which integrates beautifully into the landscape and will help maintain the unspoiled and unique character of Long Reef beach,” Mr Kinsey said.

“Once completed, the facility will provide a welcoming centre of activity for the broader beach-loving community, as well as a long-term base for future generations of volunteer surf life savers to share their skills, conduct patrols and provide a safe beach environment for everyone to enjoy.

“Our club now looks forward to the next phase of the project to engage with the wider community and ensure that their insights and suggestions help the architects and Council project team to further refine the current concept design and planned rebuild."

The concepts can be viewed here. Council is also hosting the following drop in sessions:

On-site at Long Reef Surf Life Saving Club, Pittwater Road, Collaroy
• Saturday  6 October, 9-11am
• Saturday  27 October, 12-2pm

Civic Centre Dee Why, 725 Pittwater Road Dee Why
• Thursday 18 October, 6-8pm

How to be involved
Comments close Sunday 11 November 2018

Pittwater Community Groups: 

Sports (plus Social Members)

Gardens and Environment

Rural Fire Brigades

Arts and Social

Shane Withington: Get Your Boots On For Mona Vale Hospital Rally & March Today!

October 14, 2018

A rally to save the heart of Mona Vale Hospital will go ahead rain or shine today, with MC  Shane Withington calling on locals to “put their boots on the ground” and join in.

Withington - a Home and Away star as well as leading activist in the successful campaign to secure the Currawong holiday retreat in public hands - said the community was losing a major piece of infrastructure in Pittwater. 

Mona Vale Hospital’s emergency, surgery, maternity and other acute services will close on October 31 after the Northern Beaches Hospital opens at Frenchs Forest the previous day. The main building will be demolished next year. 

The actor and activist said the fight for the hospital was not over. 

“The protest against the gambling industry at the Opera House this week shows what a community can do when it’s galvanised,” he told Pittwater Online News

“I was told millions of times when fighting for Currawong, it’s a done deal, it’s over. 

“Signing an online petition isn’t activism but getting your boots on the ground is. And that’s what we’re wanting people to do.” 

The rally will start at 11am at Mona Vale Village Green, followed by a march to Mona Vale Hospital. 

Meanwhile, the Save Mona Vale Hospital group secured the public support of 20 local doctors this week. 

The GPs, with practices from Mona Vale to Avalon, all signed a statement that read: 

“As a practising doctor in the northern beaches, I consider it is essential that Mona Vale be a level 3 hospital with an emergency department, surgery, maternity ward and other acute services. If the new Northern Beaches Hospital becomes our nearest facility, patients requiring resuscitation, anaphylaxis and other critical support will be at risk.”

Amongst the 20 is long-term Mona Vale Hospital campaigner Dr Suzanne Daly, who collected 11, 866 signatures on a petition and presented this to Pittwater's MP to submit to parliament in 2012. 

Save Mona Vale Hospital chairman Parry Thomas said the current petition with doctors’ names had been collected over a period of just two days and he expected many more would be prepared to sign up.

“The NSW government must listen to our local doctors who know better than anyone about the need for emergency help close to home,” Mr Thomas said. 

“What will be left are a collection of ancillary services that meet the technical definition of a hospital but the heart, acute care, will be ripped out. 

“We need a good turn out today – rain or shine - to convince our local (NSW) MP Rob Stokes and (NSW) Health Minister Brad Hazzard to change their minds about the closure – rather than waiting for people to die in transit on the Wakehurst Parkway.” 

Withington said hospitals along with schools, parks, and other public infrastructure were central to the community, which would be diminished by the loss of the local hospital.  

His family, like most others in Pittwater, had benefitted from its proximity and caring staff.  

“Our children have been born there and our loved ones have died there and every one of us has had things chopped off, stuck into and pulled out of us there,” he said. 

“It’s reassuring to see it on the way home - and one of the few places where you can look out the window and see whales breaching. It’s a treasure.”

Despite torrential rain overnight, Mr Thomas said the rally would go ahead. 

"We woke up this morning preparing to have a rally to save our acute services at Mona Vale Hospital to hear that as we’ve feared and often occurs in these conditions Wakehurst Parkway is flooded," he said. 

"This just proves what we have been saying for nearly 20 years about the risks to our community that will arise when emergency moves to Frenchs Forest."

The Mona Vale Hospital Rally runs 11am to 2pm - Muster in MV Village Park then March to MVH.

Report by Miranda Korzy

Warringah Rugby Club GM Announcement

Friday October 12th, 2018
It’s with great pleasure the Warringah Rugby Club board announce Guy Fraser-Hills as the Club’s new General Manager.

Guy has an incredible diverse commercial background that will bring great value to Warringah Rugby Club and its community.

Guy and his family also have a wonderful history with Newport Rugby Club, stretching three generations and has been a previous coach with our Colts and Juniors Program.

Recent employment history.
  • General Manager Palm Beach Surf Club – Current.
  • General manager/Owner of various 5-star resorts and hospitality venues.
  • General Manager AAP Events.
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Military Studies
  • Advanced Certificate of Hospitality
  • Graduate of the Royal Military College
  • Food & Beverage Management Studies
Our focus will be to continue to grow and support our community and ensure our community engagement remains relevant and meets our partners expectations.

The Board looks forward to working with Guy and continuing to grow the club with the fabulous support of our wider community.

WRC Board
Photo: Guy Fraser-Hills

Bayview Golf Course Development Appeal Lodged with Land & Environment Court: Submissions on Amended application taken to Oct. 14

52 Cabbage Tree Rd. and 1825 Pittwater Rd., Bayview - Amended Plans

DA2017/1274 (Lot 150 DP 1003518 and Lot 191 DP 1039481 and Lot 300 DP1139238 and Lot 1 DP 19161 and Lot A DP 339874 and Lot 1 DP 662920 and Lot 1, Lot 2 and Lot 3 DP 339874) - amened plans for Construction of Seniors Housing consisting of 85 units including gold course upgrades and infrastrtucture works.

The NSW Land and Environment Court is now the consent authority as the applicant lodged a Class 1 Appeal against the refusal of the application by the Sydney North Planning Panel.

The proposal is 'Integrated Development' pursuant to section 91 of the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act 1979. In this regard, a Bush Fire safety Authority is required from the NSW Rural Fire Service under Section 100B of the Rural Fires Act 1997; a licence to carry out Temporary construction dewatering is required from Water NSW under the Water Management Act 2000; a Controlled Activity Approval is required from the Department of Primary Industries under the Water Management Act 2000; and a permit is required under the Fisheries Management Act, 1994 from NSW Department of Primary Industries.

Applicant: Waterbrook Bayview Pty. Ltd.
Enquiries: Lashta Haiari, Principal Planner.
Submissions Close: Sunday, October 14th, 2018

To view documents Visit HERE 

NSW Curriculum Review Discussion at Mona vale

The NSW Curriculum is under review and you can have your say.

On 13 May 2018, the NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Education Rob Stokes announced that NESA will undertake a  review of the NSW curriculum to ensure it equips students to continue to contribute to Australian society into the 21st century.

NESA has engaged Professor Geoff Masters, CEO of the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) to lead the review.

Read the review's Terms of Reference.

Consultation runs from 3 September to 30 November 2018.
Here are some questions that might be helpful to get you started. We want to keep the conversation as broad as possible so don’t be limited by these suggestions.

What should the purpose of schooling be in the 21st century?
What knowledge, skills and attributes should every student develop at school?
How could the curriculum better support every student’s learning?
What else needs to change?
View the Terms of Reference (PDF 30KB) for more information.

Tell us what you think
Share your thoughts: Quick feedback
More to say: Online submission
Join a conversation: Attend a roadshow
Wednesday 17 October - Mona Vale Golf Club, Golf Avenue, Mona Vale: 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Avalon preservation Association AGM

The new NBC CEO Ray Brownlee has agreed to be guest speaker at the Avalon Preservation Association (51st ) AGM at 7pm Monday 5/11/2018 at Avalon Bowling Club

Members, new members and guests welcome.

Only $10 pa to join APA.

Palm Beach Sailing Club - Beware The Bullets regatta 2018

Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th November 2018
At: Palm Beach Sailing Club (formerly known as Pittwater Catamaran Club)
On Water Venue: Pittwater estuary between Governor Phillip Park, West Head, The Basin and Careel Bay.

This will be the 53rd consecutive running of the annual regatta
Classes/brands of boats attending: Hobie Cat 16, Hobie Cat 18, Taipan, Formula 18, A Class, Wetta
This year the regatta also incorporates the NSW State Titles for the Taipan Catamaran Class.
What Does Beware The Bullets mean?
The sailing course area near Barrenjoey Headland and the sand spit connecting it to the mainland allows the traditional nor-east seabreeze to blow over the sand spit, but also bend around the headland. At times there are freak gusts that bounce down onto the water in short bursts that can catch the sailors by surprise. These unexpected gusts are called Bullets. When sailing close to Barrenjoey Headland you therefore need to be careful or beware of the bullets. Every year we see catamarans flying a hull very high as a result of the bullets and, if you are not careful and react swiftly, the bullets can make the boat capsize and you will lose your position in the race. You’ve been warned! Beware the Bullets.

NOR and Online Registration at: http://pbsc.org.au/Bullets.aspx

Self-Guided Tour Of Historic Mona Vale Cemetery Will Fascinate

Northern Beaches Council, in association with the NSW Government’s Heritage Near Me program and the Manly Warringah and Pittwater Historical Society, has developed a self-guided history tour of heritage-rich Mona Vale Cemetery.

The tour can be accessed on Council’s website using a smart phone or iPad, taking participants on a two-hour stroll through this historic cemetery, first consecrated as a burial ground in 1905.

The new Mona Vale Cemetery self-guided history tour will be officially launched by Richard Michell, President of the Manly, Warringah and Pittwater Historical Society during a special Devonshire morning tea at the cemetery from 10.30am on Wednesday 17th October 2018  - followed by a guided ‘demo’ of the tour (from 11.30am - bookings essential and weather permitting).

Northern Beaches Mayor Michael Regan said the tour is based on the Journal of Local History (Volume 8) published by the Manly Warringah and Pittwater Historical Society in 2004 to commemorate the centenary of the cemetery.

“While a printed version of the tour will soon be available on site - you can now view the tour via our website from the comfort of your lounge at home,” he said.

The tour profiles around 30 local identities including author and playwright Morris West (known for The Devil's AdvocateThe Shoes of the Fisherman and other works), pioneer James Booth and the early 20th Century photographer Euphemia Baker who was also the first Australian woman to become a Baha’i.

A number of prominent people who passed away since 2005 also feature in the tour, including the much-loved teacher, community activist and Pittwater councillor, the late Mayor Harvey Rose.

Council will develop additional tours in future and welcomes submissions for consideration by our historical panel about interesting people who are interred in the cemetery.  

For more information, or to book your place on the tour, please contact Cemetery Admin on 9970 1341.

Mona Vale Cemetery is at 107 Mona Vale Road, Mona Vale (enter via Fazzolari Avenue)

Telephone 1300 434 434, email cemeteries@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au or see Council’s website at northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au

Well Done the BIG SING

Congratulations to The Big Sing who sang for the recovering patients at the Beachside Rehabilitation Centre at Mona Vale Hospital on October 4th. 

They were very warmly received by patients and staff alike! 

Sam Shaw, Director of the BIG SING said, 'Thank you to everyone who came along to listen and thank you, volunteers, for the tea and cake afterwards!'

The Big Sing is a community singing group that is open for all adults wanting to sing a variety of music styles with others. No experience necessary.

Infrastructure Improvements To Continue At Mona Vale Hospital

October 12, 2018

The tender process is underway for the next phase of major infrastructure works at Mona Vale Hospital.

The main works contract will include the construction of a new inpatient building on the eastern side of the hospital to accommodate a dedicated inpatient palliative care unit and a specialist inpatient geriatric evaluation and management unit.

New Inpatient Palliative Care Unit - Still image.

Early enabling works have also recently commenced at Mona Vale Hospital including the construction of a new service road and site preparation works for a new helipad. Construction works will also commence next week on a new Support Services Building to accommodate new kitchen, laundry, cleaning, engineering and staff facilities.

“This is an important stage in the major investment in new infrastructure and services at Mona Vale Hospital,” Rob Stokes said today.

“The next phase of construction works will see further new hospital buildings introduced and the continued modernisation of the Mona Vale Hospital campus.

“These new hospital buildings will be state-of-the-art and purposely designed to provide services into the future.

Other infrastructure projects completed at Mona Vale Hospital in recent years include the new Community Health Service Building in 2016, the Beachside Rehabilitation Unit in 2014 and the expansion of the Palliative Care Outpatient Unit in 2013.

Over 250 public hospital staff will continue to work at Mona Vale Hospital in the future and all inpatient, urgent care and community health services will be provided by NSW Health. The entire Mona Vale Hospital campus remains in public ownership.

Mona Vale Hospital will continue to provide a range of existing and new health services including: 24/7 Urgent Care, radiology, pathology, pharmacy, 56-bed inpatient rehabilitation and assessment, 10-bed inpatient palliative care, 10-bed inpatient geriatric evaluation and management, outpatient palliative care, dental surgery, hydrotherapy, paediatric occupational therapy, paediatric speech pathology, paediatric physiotherapy, adult, youth and child mental health, adult musculoskeletal physiotherapy, acute post-acute care, podiatry clinic, diabetes clinic, community drug and alcohol services, early childhood services, community nursing service, chronic disease community rehabilitation services, carer support services, community aged care/rehabilitation service, continence service, dietetics, outreach maternity antenatal clinic, ambulance station and cardiac rehabilitation.

Restoration and rehabilitation Grants  now open 

October 11, 2018
Member for Manly James Griffin announced today that applications for grants under the NSW Environment Trust’s Restoration and Rehabilitation Program are open for community and government organisations to create more sustainable management of environmental assets and services. 

“I am passionate about our environment and this is a huge opportunity for local community organisations to secure funding to improve our local environment. This historic program has run for more than 25 years and will deliver long term outcomes for our local environment here on the Northern Beaches,” Mr Griffin said. 

“These grants enable community organisations and Council to further protect, conserve and restore our valuable natural environment by implementing local or regional on-ground projects.

“We want to enhance how this is done by facilitating the development of environmental expertise and partnerships between the community, government and industry. 

“Without these grants, the community would not have the ability to implement the volume of vital sustainability activities such as bush regeneration, weed management, revegetation, vertebrate pest management, fencing, erosion control, formalisation of tracks, and capacity building, to signage and educational resources.” 

Under the Program, $4,000,000 will be made available for grants across two funding streams, which include:
  • Community projects totalling $2,000,000; and
  • Government projects totalling $2,000,000.
Individual grants of up to $100,000 will be offered under the program.

Applications close on 3 December 2018. 

The program is a contestable grants program, therefore applications received will be assessed on merit by an independent technical committee. 

Merit is based on clear assessment criteria set out in the Program Guidelines. Successful applications will be approved by the Trust in May 2019. The Program is funded by the NSW Environment Trust within the Office of Environment and Heritage. 

For information on how to apply for a grant, visit: www.environment.nsw.gov.au/grants/restoration.htm

Learn To Swim Narrabeen 2018 Rego. Day

Narrabeen Learn to Swim provides swimming lessons by qualified AustSwim instructors on Saturday mornings (9am to 11am) during the summer season for a nominal fee of $40/child for the season. 

One-to-one lessons are provided and last approximately 10mins. Registration day will be held on Saturday 4th November 2018, with lessons starting on Saturday 11th November 2016.

Register at North Narrabeen Rock pool from 9 a.m. on 4th of November.

Children (3+ years old) come along at any time in the morning, enrol, receive a number indicating their position in a queue and wait for one of the volunteer instructors to take them. Stroke correction and water awareness lessons also available for older children.

If you have your accredited Austswim or similar. We would love to have you join us. The reward is seeing the development of our little swimmers grow in their abilities.

More information
Contact: Liz Kelly
Phone: 0418 696 525

Palmy Old Mal-Log Rally 2018

On Saturday 10 November 2018, Palm Beach Longboarders is hosting its 22nd annual Palmy Old Mal Rally at Palm Beach on Sydney’s northern beaches. 

Palmy President Pete English says –
“The Old Mal Log Rally goes from strength to strength. It has a roots connection to longboarding and is one of the longest running events of its type in the country. It’s a graceful style of surfing that embraces art, lifestyle and music, in ways that is keeping longboarding fresh and engaging a broader, younger audience. There are a lot of smiles that go around at this event.”

The contest is exclusively for pre-1968 boards and modern single fin logs. 

Palmy welcomes surfers from all over the state - including former event winners Matt Chojnacki, Jye Byrnes, Jack Norton, Jace Pioli, Justin Bevan, Johnny Gill and Kai Ellice-Flint and old hands Bruce Channon from Palm Beach, Lynden Riley from Manly and Wollongong’s Billy Morris. Keyo rider Tom Payne, is a former junior winner, and current Australian Open champion Declan Wyton has been invited. The girls event is filling up quickly. Local junior Minna Blackwell who got a third at the recent Australian Old Mal titles in Crescent Head will be one to watch.

There are a total of 72 spots available over Open Old Mal, Over 40 Old Mal, Open Log, Junior Log and the Ladies divisions. The first heat will start at 6.30 and the last final is scheduled for 4.30. As always, there’s an all-day BBQ, music, vintage cars, vintage boards and a celebration to finish. 

Thank you to sponsors, Naked Wines, HeartSmart, Vanimo Surf Lodge, Young Henrys, The Critical Slide Society, O’Donnell, Keyo and McTavish, Okanui and Pacific Longboarder.

Entry form is below, simply click on, 'save as' on your own PC or device, fill out and get it in - see you on the beach!
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Infrastructure grants for 2018: October Round

Community organisations on the Northern Beaches looking to build new or upgrade current facilities are encouraged to apply for funding from the final round of the NSW Government’s Infrastructure Grants program for 2018.

Member for Manly James Griffin said applications could be submitted for sport and recreation, arts and culture, and emergency preparedness from Tuesday, 2 October.

“We know what this funding can do for our local community, make a real difference by providing new or improved sporting or cultural facilities, or by protecting local residents in emergency situations,” Mr Griffin said.

“This year will see the NSW Government complete its commitment to invest $50 million into community infrastructure projects across NSW in four years.”      

Funding ranges are $50,000 to $200,000 for arts and culture, $10,000 to $200,000 for emergency preparedness and $100,000 to $300,000 for sport and recreation.   

Applications for the final round of Infrastructure Grants for 2018 will be open from 2 to 22 October, 2018.

For more information including details on how to apply for grants, visit www.responsiblegambling.nsw.gov.au/infrastructure-grants

New netball courts in Warriewood in 2019

The construction of new netball and multi-use courts in the Warriewood Valley will begin in early 2019, following the adoption of a Plan of Management for the sports facilities by Council last night.

The plan includes four hard-court netball courts, a multi-use court, a 50 space carpark and a public amenities building. One of the netball courts can be used as a full basketball court with the installation of switchable posts.

Significant trees on the site will be retained, a wildlife corridor link at the rear of the park will be established and additional landscaping and water-sustainable urban design features will be provided.

Northern Beaches Mayor Michael Regan said the plan was developed in response to increased demand for more sporting facilities flagged in Council’s Sportsground Strategy in 2017.
“More lit hard-surface netball courts were identified to provide suitable playing surfaces for all grades. 

“These facilities will cater to the needs of the growing community in the Warriewood Valley now and in the future.” 

The proposed works will be funded through development contributions raised from Warriewood Valley developments.

The property at 3 Boondah Road Warriewood was purchased by Council in 2017 with the intention of using the land for sports activities and general recreation.

Plan To Protect And Enhance Northern Beaches’ Precious Urban Tree Canopy

Friday September 28, 2018: From Northern Beaches Council

Over 100,000 new trees planted on Council land, an iconic tree register and tools to encourage more trees on private property are key actions in Council’s first draft Urban Tree Canopy Plan now on public exhibition.

The draft Plan outlines the strategic directions and guiding principles for the management of trees across the Northern Beaches over the next five years.

Northern Beaches Mayor, Michael Regan said the four strategic directions of the draft Plan provide a comprehensive and cohesive approach to sustaining the future of our urban trees over the next five years by:

  • protecting existing urban trees;
  • maintaining the Northern Beaches’ existing urban tree canopy cover;
  • improving tree diversity and health; and 
  • by motivating, inspiring and supporting the community to protect and enhance our urban trees.

“It’s very exciting to have this plan fast tracked and ready for community comment. Similar strategies had been in development under the former Councils but what a great outcome of amalgamation that our tree canopy can now be managed in a coordinated way across the whole of the Northern Beaches area,” said Mayor Regan.

“We are in an enviable position of being one of the few areas within the Sydney Metropolitan area with canopy coverage greater than 50 percent, at 64.2 percent. Many council areas in Sydney have less than 20 percent urban canopy.

“There are, however, increased demands upon the Northern Beaches environment as more residents and businesses seek to call the Northern Beaches home.

“The plan details how we will implement an aggressive tree planting program on council owned land of at least 5,000 new trees annually, which would mean 100,000 over the next twenty years. 

“We’ll introduce an iconic tree register and ensure that any mature tree that has to be removed due to poor health or for unavoidable operation reasons will be offset by planting at least two more.

“The immediate focus will be on collating accurate baseline data to allow us to monitor the actions of the plan and ultimately measure how successful we are in protecting and maintaining a healthy and diverse canopy cover.

“Engaging our community in protecting and enhancing our urban trees will also be a critical factor in achieving the objectives of the Urban Tree Canopy Plan. 

“I encourage community feedback on the draft Plan and look forward to more ideas from the community,” Mayor Regan said. 

The success and progress of the all the actions listed in the plan will be reviewed annually.

The draft Northern Beaches Urban Tree Canopy Plan is available at northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au

How Can You Be Involved?

We have developed an Urban Tree Canopy Plan (draft) as part of our commitment to greening the Northern Beaches.

Have Your Say

Make an online submission

Attend a drop in session

  • Manly Town Hall forecourt - Wed 24 Oct - 12pm - 1pm
  • Glen Street Theatre - Thu 1 Nov - 12pm - 1pm
  • Mona Vale Library lane - Thu 8 Nov - 12pm - 1pm
  • Dee Why Beach, The Strand - Wed 14 Nov - 12pm - 1pm

Make a written submission: CEO, Northern Beaches Council, PO Box 1655, Manly, NSW 2099, marked “Urban Tree Canopy Plan 2018”

Submissions close Thursday 15 November 2018

Bronze Medallion Course

Would you like to learn how to save a life and help your local community? Our BRONZE MEDALLION Course is starting soon with an Information Session at 11:00am on Sunday 21 October in the Bangalley Bar, Avalon Beach SLSC.

The Bronze Medallion is the core award to be a surf lifesaver in Australia. The (approx) 8 week course provides participants with the skills and knowledge of patrolling, including CPR and first aid, rescue techniques, emergency care and surf awareness in order to be able to participate in lifesaving operations. Course fees apply. Pre-requisites: minimum of 15 years of age on the date of assessment and completion of an unaided swim (goggles/masks permitted) of 400 mtrs in 9 minutes or less.

Attaining your Bronze Medallion is a huge accomplishment and you can then join a great team of volunteers to help keep beach goers safe. You will meet a fantastic bunch of people from all kinds of backgrounds, make some new friends and have a bit of fun along the way.

Our Club has a strong, competitive spirit across all surf sport disciplines, a youth development program and a passionate sense of community. New members welcome anytime.



ANZAC Projects Hit Million Dollar Mark

Member for Manly James Griffin and Minister for Veterans Affairs David Elliott have called for applications in the latest round of the Community War Memorials Fund (CWMF) and the Anzac Community Grants Program (ACGP).

A total of $1 million has been invested into the revitalisation of local war memorials during the Centenary of Anzac, ensuring regional communities across NSW have a place to remember the service and sacrifice of defence personnel.

Mr Griffin said new funding of $175,000 was available to help protect and repair local war memorials and to support projects which commemorate or support veterans and their families.

“I encourage local community groups such as the Friends of Freshwater, RSL sub-branches, schools and councils to apply before applications close on Remembrance Day,” Mr Griffin said.

Mr Elliott said more than 200 war memorial conservation and repair projects have already been funded across NSW.

“This NSW Government investment in veterans’ projects in part of a suite of measures to commemorate the Centenary of Anzac, including upgrading the Anzac Memorial in Hyde Park, funding the Veterans Employment Program and supporting the 2018 Invictus Games.

“I encourage local community groups, RSL sub-braches, schools and councils to apply for a Community War Memorials Fund or Anzac Community Grant, particularly as we gear up for the Invictus Games Opening Ceremony and Armistice Centenary commemorations.”

The CWMF provides grants of up to $10,000 to protect, conserve and repair war memorials including statues, honour rolls and memorial halls which commemorate the Anzac legacy.

The ACGP provides grants of up to $2,000 to schools, community organisations and veterans groups to recognise Australia’s military service, educate a new generation and support the NSW veteran community.

Applications are open until Remembrance Day, Sunday 11 November 2018. For more information, visit https://veteransnsw.smartygrants.com.au/


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Planning Alerts

Planning applications: Pittwater  - Find out what's happening in your area. Get alerts of new applications near here straight in your email. It's free!

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

 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

New Season for Sailability Pittwater 

Sailability Pittwater is a volunteer organisation which provides sailing for people with a disability. 

Our main recreational sailing activities are at Rowland Reserve, Bayview, and we run competitive sailing for people with a disability out of RPAYC Newport. We are currently looking for new volunteers for our Saturday morning program at Rowland Reserve and Tuesdays at RPA. For more information at  www.sailability.org/au/pittwater or call John on 9982 5656

Petition: Save Ingleside from Over-Development

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

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

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

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

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