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Past Features   Archives (pre 2014)

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Community News

Community News Pages list articles run each week as well as local news - Inbox and Environment News Pages archives local and broader Australian news under those sections below

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Community News: Weekly Feature Articles (atop regular pages: from May 2016)

Front Page Issue 264:  Standing for Seat of Mackellar - Palm Beach SLSC Pursue Natural Elevations - Newport Breakers at Home - New Car Parks in Pittwater - Mobile Wildife Clinic Fundraiser - Kestrel Feasting

New Car Parks at Warriewood+Mona Vale to Support B-Line Bus Service to Commence Construction in 2016 - details and diagrams - community information session on Mona Vale  on Tuesday 31 May 2016 from 6pm to 8pm

Palm Beach SLSC Out of Season Outward Bound Australia Pursuit of Mount Tennant ElevationsDuring Outward Bound Australia’s 60th Anniversary Year of Inspiring Australians

Local Surfers Qualified to Compete in Ocean and Earth Junior Surfest this July: 4 events including Ocean & Earth NSW Junior State Surfing Titles (15th - 19th) and Ocean & Earth NSW Junior State School Surfing Titles (20th - 21st) - from Surfing NSW

Pictures: Newport Breakers Rugby - at Home Games Action, May 21st, 2016 + Ladies Day Saturday June 4th details

SLSA' s Australian Life Saving Team for World Championships 2016 Announced - Newport SLSC has five members chosen for Youth and Open teams: Information about Worlds 2016 (Youth, Opens, Masters, Pool and Beach, Boats, IRB's) the areas of competition, plus what to see while there

Pittwater Artists Trail Winter Exhibition 2016: at Avalon Beach SLSC - Friday June 3rd to Sunday June 5th 2016

Julie Hegarty Standing as Independent Candidate for Mackellar in 2016 Federal Election 

Mobile Wildlife Clinic Fundraiser for Sydney's Northern Beaches: Please Help Save Our Resident Sick and Injured Animals

Park Bench Philosopher: Ships Biscuits - the At Sea Necessity that Floated William Arnott’s Success + Pittwater connections: in the 1890-1900 Australian Depression with Milk Arrowroots and Sailing - of Course!

Front Page Issue 265: RPAYC Sailors at Medemblik - Pittwater Student - Pittwater Student - Avalon Beach SLSC at IRB Premierships - Pittwater Artists Trail Winter Art Exhibition Raffle for Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary - Pittwater Pathways West Head Army Track Opening film, Pittwater Winter 2016: Barrenjoey Isthmus in 1955 and 2016

Daniel Fitzgibbon - Liesl Tesch Secure Bronze At 2016 Para World Sailing Championships In Challenging Week by Richard Aspland

Guringai Festival 2016 – Pittwater Events: May 29 to July 11

Kiama Downs Takes Control Of IRB Premiership by SLS NSW

Pictures: Pittwater Student and Land Army Lady Attend Service for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Veterans 2016 - 10th annual NSW Commemoration ceremony - Key Address:  His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret'd), Governor of New South Wales, Veteran’s Address: Mr David Williams, President NSW Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Veterans & Services Association.

Project Maratus: Pittwater Connections - these beautiful Australian Peacock spiders are 2-5mm. So far the Project Maratus Group as found at least 4 new species. They've mapped Sydney but are asking all of us to keep an eye out for more and report their location - Australia wide

Front Page Issue 266: World Champions -Vital Fauna Bridge - Pittwater Artists - Mermaids Of Palm Beach -Newport Ladies Day -Taking Action For A Living Ocean and Living Earth Locally this World Environment and World Earth Day

Rod And Kerry Waterhouse Win Masters Hobie® 16 World Championships - Curtis/Outteridge Lead Women's - Pittwater Sailors Lead Grand Masters After Day One by Bob Findlay

World Environment Day And World Ocean Day 2016: Taking Action For ALiving Ocean And Living Earth Locally

‘Wanda' The Wildlife Mobile Clinic by Lynleigh Greig

Pittwater Artists Trail Winter Exhibition 2016 Opened With A Giggle Courtesy Of Jim Pike: closes 3pm Sunday June 5th

Bill To Facilitate Mona Vale Road Upgrades Passes: Vital Fauna Bridge Discussed - Stage 3, Mona vale Road Upgrade- West, one step closer

Mermaids of Palm Beach Currawong Day 2016: Fundraiser for Variety- The Children's Charity Brings Beautiful Early Winter Sun - Dinner Aug. 1st.

Aquatics: Coastal Management Bill 2016 Passes

Pictures: Social Pittwater: June 2016 - Mermaids Of Palm Beach Currawong Day 2016 + Newport Rugby (Breakers) Ladies Day 2016 + Pittwater Artist Trail Winter Exhibition 2016 Opening Night - Artists And Guests

June 2016 Storm: One Community - One Objective - the Community's Record in Pictures 

Rod and Kerry Waterhouse win 2nd 2016 Hobie Worlds title: Grand Masters, Curtis and Duchatel take second overall, Curtis and Outteridge take second in Women's Overall - Five Pittwater Crew win Places in Opens Finals

NSW Government Funding To Commence $90M Upgrade Of Mona Vale Road East

Pygmy Possum Project: Nesting Box Update by Lesley Stevens

Aquatics: Successful Summer For Sydney Lifeguards: Pittwater Statistics by Surf Life Saving New South Wales

Narrabeen Lagoon And Collaroy Beachfront: Storms And Flood Tides Of The Past

St Johns Camden: 176th And 167th Anniversaries In June 2016Places To Visit these School Holidays

Local Heroes Save Rock Fisherman at Bangalley - 'if he hadn't been wearing a lifejacket, he'd be gone'

Animalia Of Australia: Protecting Wildlife From Pets by Kayleigh Greig, Age 13

Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern Beaches Branch Awards Of Excellence: 2015/2016 - full list

Club Marine Pittwater To Southport Race Replaces Coffs Race In 2017 by Lisa Ratcliff- RPAYC

Go Outside and Play: FREE Pittwater Bushwalks for School Holiday Fun 

Community Seeks To Acknowledge Historic Groundbreaking Contributions- November 18, 1956 and November 2nd, 1969 - what do these dates mean to you? - feedback sought

2016 Ocean & Earth NSW Junior State Surfing Titles (15th - 19th): Reports and photos of local surfers from Surfing NSW Update:Samson Coulter, Alysse Cooper and Bodhi Leigh-Jones WIN!

Palm Beach Mermaids - Car 2108 - Set To Sparkle At 2016 Variety Fundraising Dinner: Monday August 1st, 2016

Residents Appalled At Extent Of Tree Lopping Of Pittwater Park's Norfolk Pines + New Pathways for 40km Zone Completed this week

Matthew Hastie Named Pittwater’s Top Lifeguard - ALS NSW applications currently open - from SLS NSW

Clareville Beach Reserve on Pittwater: Mid-Winter Sun Trap + Newport SLSC IRB Mid-Winter training

2016 Ocean & Earth NSW Junior State Surfing Titles (15th - 19th) for reports and photos of local surfers from Surfing NSW on that event and this Issue's Aquatics Feature for the 2016 Ocean & Earth NSW State School Titles reports, pictures and results HERE

Also: 2016 NSW Grommet State Titles (22nd-24th at Maroubra) - reports + photos by Glenn Duffus and Ethan Smith /Surfing NSW

Pittwater Pathways by Adriaan van der Wallen, Christine Hopton, Marita Macrae and John Illingsworth
Governor's Cup 2016: RPAYC Team Awarded Sportsmanship Trophy

Pittwater Yachts And Sailors In The Land Rover Sydney To Gold Coast Race 2016: overview + reports by Di Pearson

Bandicoots: Friends Or Foes? by Lynleigh Greig, Sydney Wildlife

Shopping And Shops In Manly: Sales Times From 1856 To 1950 For A Fishing Village

Front Page Issue 275 Let the Games Begin!, Surf, Duke, Surf, Blue

Australian Surf Festival 2016 (to 15 August): Australian shortboard champions, Australian Surfmasters Titles + Australian Longboard Titles- Local placewinners and great photos by Ethan Smith/Surfng NSW

Pittwater Artists Trail Spring Open Studios Weekend 2016: 10am to 5pm on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th September featuring a 'crab-off' this Spring with a dinner for 2 to be won!

Avalon Beach SLSC AGM 2016 by Roger Sayers

Vale the Valley of Hope: on the imminent destruction of the Upper Bylong Valley and Tarwyn Park by Dick Clarke

Mermaids of Palm Beach 2016 Dinner for Variety, The Children's Charity and B to B Bash

Front Page Issue 276 Holding in First, Historic Winners, Awardee Grinners, A Tribute, An Invitation and A Plan to Keep it Clean.

Bernard Farrelly - A Community Tribute

Bernard Farrelly (Midget) Pictures Tribute: 24 Words/25 Photos

Jason Waterhouse - Lisa Darmanin Hold On To Position 1 In Rio 2016 Olympics: Heats 1-9

Women's Rugby Sevens Gold Medal Historic Step Forward Started At Narrabeen

Aquatics: Surf Life Saving NSW 2015-2016 Awards of Excellence

Reflections by George Repin: A MISCELLANY OF FLOWER IMAGES -a wonderful array of blooms from around the world - pure inspiration for Spring!


Park Bench Philosopher: Put on your sailing shoes: the 2016-2017 sailing and boating season on Pittwater

Front Page Issue 277 

Residents Associations Oppose Proposed RYMC Marina Extension Into Pittwater

Aquatics: Our Olympic Medallist Sailors

Northern Beaches Lifesavers Earn State Recognition by Surf Life Saving New South Wales

Vietnam Veterans (Northern) Day 2016

2016 Pittwater Community Service Award 

Palm Beach Skier In 2016 Suburu Australian National Freestyle Mogul Championships (August 29-31: Toppas Dream) by Edwina Fawcett

Pictures: Peninsula Athletics Carnival 2016 At Narrabeen by Joanne Seve

Front Page Issue 278 

SUGAR GLIDERS IN THEIR SIGHTS by Lesley Stevens - local Year 5 and Year 7 Student Citizen Scientists  

10 Cent Container Deposit Scheme Bill + Regulatory Framework Discussion Paper: Have Your Say

Aquatics: Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club's 150th Sailing Season Opening: A Few Notes Of Old

Bird Songs For Spring 2016 For Children by Joanne Seve

Avalon Bulldogs Win Semi Final at Hitchcock Park - Sunday August 28 

Front Page Issue 279 

Extra School Zone Flashing Lights (for Terrey Hills, Narrabeen, Pittwater high and two Avalon schools) - from Office of Rob Stokes

Aquatics: Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club Opens 150th Sailing Season - The Sesquicentennial Year

Queenscliff Win Event One Of Nudie Australian Boardriders Battle Series by Surfing NSW - photos by Ethan Smith

Spring-Time = Snake-Time by Lynleigh Greig

Park Bench Philosopher: Narrabeen Spring Celebrations 2016: A Few Glimpses Into Narrabeen's Past Beauties

Pictures: Mermaids Of Palm Beach Variety The Children's Bash 2016: Tales From The Road - pictures by Viktorija McDonell, Stuart Telfer and Elyse Cole

Front page Issue 2802 x Premiership Winners 2016, 5 x World Champion Surf Boat Crews, 3 x Paralympic Sailing Teams, 1 x Big Aussie BBQ and Family Fun Day, The 2016 Australian Women's Match Racing Champions, 3 x Australian Native Peas

Pittwater's World Champion Surf Boat Crews

Profile Sarah Tait  

Avalon Bulldogs 2016 Premiership Teams Celebration

2016 Manly Arts Festival - Art, Music, Performance And Chocolate!

Frantically Finding A New Boat For The Pittwater To Southport Race by Lisa Ratcliff 

Reflections by George Repin: BATH

Opening Of Mona Vale Skate Park by Kylie Ferguson

Aquatics: Australian Paralympic Sailing Team: Rio 2016 Paralympic Games - overview, articles from World Sailing on whom they're up against and Opening Ceremony Vid.

Pictures: A Very Special Celebratory EXTRA Profile this week, with heaps of Pictures - The Avalon Bulldogs - Premiers 2016 in A Grade and Under 17's

The 2016 Australian Women's Match Racing Championships: RPAYC Crews Win - Report by 1st placed skipper Clare Costanzo

Front Page Issue 281: Gold + Patrol + Tribute + Bridge + ...

Daniel Fitzgibbon And Liesl Tesch Win Second Gold Medal At Rio 2016 Paralympics: all the reports on all classes in the Australian Sailing Paralympic Team by Richard Aspland - World Sailing

Jason Falinski MP, Federal Member For Mackellar: INAUGURAL SPEECH

Jim Somerville Bridge And Graham Jones Track Opened At Narrabeen Lagoon

Palm Beach Sailing Club 2016-2017 Season Opening Sails by Trevor Gourlay, Dick Clarke and Peter McDougall

NSW Pro Surf Series To Up The Ante In 2017 by Surfing NSW

RPAYC Club Coach Raises Over $11,500 For Club’s Integrated DisAbled Sailing Program by Stephen Collopy

2016 Manly Arts Festival - Art, Music, Performance And Chocolate!‏

Aquatics: Australian Life Saving Team At World Life Saving Championships 2016 - by SLSA and Newport SLSC President

Pictures: Bernard Midget Farrelly Paddle Out Tribute

Park Bench Philosopher: Surf Life Saving Voluntary Patrol Season 2016-2017 And Surf Club Open Day: Patrol Hours for Surf Life Savuing Sydney Northern Beaches Branch + Whale Beach SLSC Bronze Medallion During School Holidays Opportunity + Royal Life Saving National Drowning Report 2016

Profile: Elanora Players - 50 Years of Staging Quality Theatre - by Bill Akhurst, current Vice President, Elanora Players 

Front Page Issue 282: Youngsters Galore!

Josh Kerr Wins Three Medals At National Swimming Championships: 10 year old Avalon student excels in Darwin!

MC38 Fleet Spring Into 2016/17 Season by Lisa Ratcliff

Aquatics: Excitement Builds As Lifesavers Return For New Season: Raising of the Flags Ceremony 2016 by SLSNSW

Pictures: 2016 3 Way Inter-Club Fishing Competition

Reflections by George Repin: ST. DAVID’S in WALES

Park Bench Philosopher: Saving Grevillea Calyi: 2016 Update + Bushcare Opportunities for all areas

DIY Ideas: Spring Gardening - Feeding Your Soil And Plants; What Works For Each Plant and Australian Standards on how to read those Potting Mix labels

Collector's Corner: Joseph Lyddy – Dubbin And O.B.B. Polish: School holidays mean you don’t have to polish your school shoes for a few weeks. Spring means you may need to polish your hiking boots, though.  A small look into a story that began in Adelaide in 1864

Profile: Kurt and Robin Ottowa - Robin Ottowa, Captain of the RMYC Multihulls Division, and his father Kurt will be ‘friendly rivals’ in this year’s Lock Crowther Regatta. Running over the October long weekend, September 30 to October 2nd, this is one of the fastest most exciting and friendliest regattas the Pittwater Estuary hosts each year through the Multihull Division

History: Pittwater Heroes and Heroines I: Dr. Isobel Ida Bennett AO was one of Australia's best-known marine biologists. She assisted Prof. William John Dakin with research for his final book,Australian Seashores, regarded by many as "the definitive guide on the inter-tidal zone, and a recommended source of information to divers".

Front Page Issue 283: Pittwater!

Seal Rests On North Avalon Rockshelf After Shark Attack - please contact ORRCA on 02 9415 3333 if seen again

Lock Crowther Multihull Regatta 2016: hosted by RMYC Multihull Division

Upgraded Sports Centre Officially Opened - at Warriewood

Grey Headed Flying Foxes by Kayleigh Greig

Aquatics: BL's Blast Off 2016 - reports, pictures, links to albums

Pictures: A Pittwater Mix:October 2016 - lots of colour from this week

Baby Kookaburras In our Backyard - Aussie Bird Count 2016

Profile: Dave Whiteman Dave Whiteman is our October Artist of the Month and shares a few tales of Newport during the 1950's as first Profile of the Week for the second month of Spring 2016.

Pittwater From On High #2 by Dave Whiteman

Environment News Issue 283Partial Closure Of Fairfax Lookouts Due To Cliff Cracks At North Head, Narrabeen Lagoon State Park Expansion, Ingleside Chase Reserve Biobank Application

Front Page Issue 284: Pittwater!

Sydney Water Prospects Make A Splash: 2016 Junior Development Academy Sydney Northern Beaches Representatives by SLS NSW

MC38s Light-Up On Heavy Air Pittwater Day: Act 1 of 2016/17 Summer Series Championship by Lisa Ratcliff

Reflections by George Repin: ZION NATIONAL PARK

Aquatics: Lock Crowther Regatta 2016: Results and Interviews

Pictures: Lion Island Challenge 2016: Results and Interviews

Park Bench Philosopher: Taronga Zoo 100th Birthday Parade: 1000 Reasons To Celebrate- how this all began, from 1911 on...

Profile: Avalon Computer Pals (AvPals) Newport Classes for Term 4 commence October 18 with Introductory ipad classes - a small insight this week into one on one tutors and all the great range of ever evolving technology being shared by Seniors and for Seniors - keep on Interneting!

Front Page Issue 285: Pittwater!

Mona Vale Place Plan: Have You Say By November 13, 2016 - community dismayed at draft slating six storey buildings for Mona Vale

State Of The Beaches 2015-16 Report: Northern Beaches, Estuarine and Lagoon by Beachwatch, NSW Dept. of Environment & Heritage

Wahu Surfer Groms Comp. Presented by Woolworths Lands on Sydney's Northern Beaches by Surfing NSW

Scotland Island RFB Members Awarded Long Service Medals: 180 Years Of Doing

Land Army Women's Reunion Group Spring Luncheon 2016 by Doreen Cherry OAM

Auric’s Quest For Pittwater To Southport Honours by Lisa Ratcliff

The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club Sesquicentenary Welcoming Sculpture By John Woulfe Unveiled - by Stephen Collopy

Aquatics: Couta Week Returns To Pittwater by Lisa Ratcliff

Pictures: Sydney Wildlife Mobile Clinic Fundraiser at Bayview

DIY Ideas:  DIY Sandstone Flagging Parking Area - Platform - if you have a muddy parking area and the green grass on either side has gone - this will be something to keep the natural look in your garden and stop the mud

Food: Something Sweet At Pronto's Creative Food - Palm Beach: the best cakes, all that take hours to make, can be bought by the slice or whole at Prontos - with a great Spring Fare savoury menu now available - it's time to revisit this Palm Beach icon.

Park Bench Philosopher: Remembrance Day 2016: War Memorials - Manly, October 14, 1916

Profile: Narrabeen RSL Fishing Club This week we share a small insight into the third fishing club located within the Pittwater area, who, alike their Newport Arms and Avalon Beach RSL Fishing clubs counterparts, are the nicest most laid-back group of family focussed people you will meet. 

History: Pittwater Fields of Dreams II: Avalon Beach Golf Course - 9 sloping greens of bliss still being maintained at its rims by voluntary Bushcarers - the beginnings of a Parks and Playgrounds movement

Front Page Issue 286: Pittwater + Seaforth + The Harbour

Prime Minister’s 2016 Prize For Excellence In Science Teaching In Primary Schools: Gary Tilley: Seaforth Public School

Avalon Beach RSL Club’s Pikachu Triumph

Pictures: Spring Unto Summer 2016: what's flowering and becoming seeds and fruits in our bush reserves at present

Reflections by George Repin: NICHOLAS HIMONA – Artist

Aquatics: Next Phase For The Farr 40s (Pittwater One Design Trophy: 17-18 December 2016) by Lisa Ratcliff

Park Bench Philosopher: Remembrance Day 2016: War Memorials - Mona Vale, November 14, 1926

Mona Vale Place Plan: Have You Say By November 13, 2016 - community dismayed at draft slating six storey buildings for Mona Vale

Profile: Pittwater Pinks Dragon Boat Club October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As one Australian doctor recently stated, among many advocates: 'Regular exercise has been demonstrated to not only hasten recovery from breast cancer treatment, but it may also reduce the risk of recurrence. Dragon boating has positive benefits on muscle strength, body composition, self-esteem, and the participants’ quality of life. Participating women also have the opportunity to form lifelong connections with other breast cancer survivors, and promote awareness of breast cancer through the community.' Across the world there are 183 International Breast Cancer Paddlers’ Commission (IBCPC) Member Teams as of October 2016. In Australia there are 34 teams. We have a resident chapter of this wonderful enterprise - the Pittwater Pinks Dragon Boat Club who this week help us all celebrate the 20th year of ‘Abreast In A Boat’, the team, and idea, that started it all.

Front Page Issue 287: Pittwater + Belrose, SCG and Busan

Katie Spithill And RPAYC Women's Crew Win Busan Cup: 2016 International Match Racing

Australia's Prime Minister Visits Mackellar - Informal Afternoon Tea

Australian Sailing Awards 2016 Winners Announced: October 29, 2016

Walk It Off Provides Positive Messages - Avalon JRFLC and Community Join in Supporting a Great Fundraiser

THiNK!TANKs For Small Business Owners - Pittwater Business’s new THiNK!TANKS are swimming with fresh ideas for your small business. Trial one in November and set yourself up with peer support for 2017

Glossy Black-Cockatoo Returns To Pittwater by Paul Wheeler

Moon Rock Declared An Aboriginal Place - Photos of by Neil Evers + Garden Island dedicating a park to King Bungaree on November 26 + Friends of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment Forum on November 28 on expansion of Narrabeen Lagoon catchment parklands and Narrabeen State Park

Aquatics: Artists, Scientists And Children Celebrate Restoration Of Underwater Forests by UNSW - follow up on Palm Beach Seaweed Contributes to Reef Restoration - Bald Reef Gets New Growth With Seaweed Transplant by UNSW  Ran in Issue 146 - January 2014

Pictures: Out and About: social, on the beach, in the water, at the Orientation Exhibition, beside the Barrenjoey road

Collector's Corner: Vintage Wooden Tennis Racquets: A Collectors Item As Popular As Summer  Tennis Memorabilia has become more and more popular with Wooden Tennis Racquets, especially those associated with champions, attracting lots of attention for historical value as much as the memories associated with them - The first lawn tennis playing began in 1878 and the first club in Australia began in Sydney in 1880

Food: Healthful Cordials And Cleansing Tonics - Did you know that many original cordials were simply versions of tonics and ways to preserve fruits, and what they helped restore in health, for use year round. Lime cordial, for instance, was based on sailors avoiding scurvy when at sea on long voyages.  Try out some of our palate cleansing and refreshing Blackcurrant, Strawberry, Lime/Lemon or Ginger Beer ideas this Spring or Summer - your body will love you for it!

Artist of the Month: November 2016 Mignon Parker Next weekend, Sunday November 5th, Mignon will be among six Artists who will taking part in an Art Exhibition and Sale as part of the 2016 Mona Vale Market Day. The Artists will be showing their works in Mona Vale Memorial Hall from 8.00 a.m. until 4 p.m.  Mignon's work is not limited to one style, rather a unique and diverse ride through many different styles and techniques. Her love of flowers and the figure are reflected in the work she presents.  Mignon works in a diverse range of media such as watercolour, acrylic, oil, rust oxidisation, patinas and encaustic.  Inspired by nature her passion is colour and texture and her work continues to evolve and engage the viewer with new images. An online Exhibition showing some of the range of her works runs here all month - as well as information on the latest Parker/Galloway-Brown tutoring partnership - Sketchbook 101

Front Page Issue 288: Bilgola, Premier's Reading Challenge Champions, Whale Beach Legends, very pretty flowers

Pictures: Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern Beaches 2016 Bilgola Surf Boat Carnival

Aquatics: MC38 Summer Series Championship: Act 2 by Lisa Ratcliff

Mona Vale Place Plan Meeting Discloses Salient Points And Community's Objections - submission period extended

Pioneers In The Equality Gap: Women Of Whale Beach Celebrate 35 Years In Surf Life Saving by Ellie Keft

Reflections by George Repin: KRACÓW

Profile: Mignon Parker Renowned for her adaptability and prowess in numerous mediums;  watercolour, acrylic, oil, rust oxidisation, patinas and encaustic, Mignon Parker is famous for her wonderful paintings of bush flowers. An Elanora Heights resident for decades, her work is infused with a connection to the bush surrounding her home. Mignon also shares her experience, offering classes in what she has learned and even expanding and encouraging the imagination of those who attend in one latest offering, as just one example, Notebook 101. Our Artist of the Month for November!

History: Pittwater Fields of Dreams II: Annie Wyatt Reserve: Palm Beach - less than a hectare of preserved bush here tells a greater story of a movement that had to happen so soon after the broad clearing of the landscape by early settlers

Front Page Issue 289: 

Landmark Coastal Safety Study Presented To Government: Project Blueprint by Surf Life Saving NSW

Remembrance Day 2016 Commemorative Service At Avalon Beach RSL Cenotaph - 2016 Commemorative Address by The Hon. Natasha Maclaren-Jones, MP, MLC, Government Whip

Pictures: The Pacific Club's Blanc de Blanc Fundraiser for Palm Beach SLSC

Mac Attack by Lynleigh Greig

Aquatics: 2016 Harken International Youth Match Racing Championships: hosted by RPAYC by Stephen Collopy

Park Bench Philosopher: Ode To Our Natural World by Kayleigh Greig 

Mona Vale Public School WWI Honour Roll Rededication by Sandra May, Pittwater RSL Sub-Branch 

Avalon Beach Confirmed As A Creative Hub + Student Art Show by Sue Boaden

DIY Ideas:  DIY Pre-Summer Checklist For A Safe Home - time to clean gutters, seal gaps in walls, renew hoses and prune overhanging branches and a few other Summer Safe jobs+ great Specials to make this easy and family-budget friendly

Profile: J L Lennard Pty Ltd. A company with a lot of local connections in David Boekemann, who we met at the recent Sydney Wildlife Mobile Clinic fundraiser, and again on the beach at the opening Surf Boat Carnival for the 2016-2017 Season at Bilgola, brings in our passion for food, great Australian food, and how to access this. Founded in 1879, J.L. Lennard is a family owned, Australian company which imports and distributes a range of products from world renowned manufacturers in Europe, America and Japan. J.L. Lennard operates throughout Australia as well as New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.

Front Page Issue 290: Palm Beach - Newport - Pittwater - Warriewood

Administrators Message: draft Mona Vale Place Plan - Community News Issue 290

Newport SLSC Hosts Round 2 Of SLS SNB 2016-2017 Surf Boat Premiership

Northern Beaches Interchange (NBI) End Of Year Celebration And 2015-2016 Annual Report

Citizen Science Grants Launched at Warriewood Wetlands by Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, The Hon. Greg Hunt, and Federal Member for Mackellar, Jason Falinski - an element of Inspiring Australia - Science Engagement Programme

Pittwater Artists Trail Open Studios Weekend Summer 2016: December 3rd and 4th by Cindy Goode Milman

Palm Beach Longboarders Old Mal Log Rally 2016 by Jacqueline Andronicus

Reflections by George Repin: LILIANFELS

Pictures: Palm Beach Sailing Club's 'Beware Of The Bullets' Regatta 2016: Day 1

Avalon Market Day 2016

Aquatics: 2016 Harken International Youth Match Racing Championships At RPAYC by Stephen Collopy - Last  Day Racing today, Sunday 20th

THiNK!TANKs For Small Business Owners - Pittwater Business’s new THiNK!TANKS are swimming with fresh ideas for your small business. Trial one in November and set yourself up with peer support for 2017

Profile: Pumped For Life  Everyone knows that the team that plays together stays together and this, when family, is doubly so. Sharon Martin, a mum of two, has come up with a great idea for parents and children, or grandparents and grandchildren for that matter, to exercise together. Called 'Pumped for Life', Sharon's exercise classes will ensure you have good fun together, promote co-ordination skills in youngsters, introduce a lifestyle where exercise is included and get to spend some time outdoors in the early morning - what a great way to start the day. This week we share a small insight into a great idea that includes all the family.

Front Page Issue 291: Bayview

Park Bench Philosopher Mark Twain, J.F. Archibald & Henry Lawson - Did They Go Fishing At Narrabeen In The Spring Of 1895?: Probably! - something historically poetical for the last Issue of Spring 2016 and first Issue of Summer 2016

Havaianas NSW Junior Team Gears Up For Aussie Titles In Phillip Island - Local Surfers representing NSW by Surfing NSW

Etchells NSW State Championship: 25-27 November by Lisa Ratcliff

What Do We Want? The Story Of Protest In Australia by Clive Hamilton - new NLA book the first to look at the history of protest in Australia

Young Lifesavers Learn To Lead by Surf Life Saving NSW

Avalon Market Day Dog Show 2016 - Four Legged Furry Fun!

Pictures: Bayview Baths Centenary Celebration hosted by Bayview-Church Point Residents Association 

The Wombat Warrior by Joan Reid

Australians Take On North American Series by Lisa Ratcliff

Mistletoebird At Bayview

Pittwater Artists Trail Open Studios Weekend Summer 2016: December 3rd and 4th by Cindy Goode Milman

Aquatics: PBSC Bullets Regatta 50th Anniversary - results and wrap by Michael Henman

DIY Ideas Summer Spruce Up: Interior Paint Tips and Three easy steps to rejuvenate your timber deck - get it done in time for Christmas visitors and Summer get togethers + great specials to keep if budget-friendly

Profile: Russell Lamb; Warriewood SLSC member, Surf Boat Sweep and founder of ecodownunder, Russell Lamb is a gentleman who has combined his love of hard work into everything he does to the point where everything he does isn't work at all. He's passionate about his family, passionate about producing a product worth having, stating 'if I wouldn't sell it to my mother we shouldn't be selling it in our stores', knows you must 'do something' when it comes to looking after the sea and all in it, and that goes for all on the land and in the air too and he's passionate about surf boats and ensuring this exciting surf sport is kept accessible to all and how great this is, as fun, as being part of a team, as building up physical and mental fitness, is extended to the next generation of surf boat rowers,'boaties'.

History:  Pittwater Fields of Dreams II: Waratah Farm and Narrabeen Plums - from 10 acres in Ingleside, and a man who learnt his trade in Ryde orchards, sprang a fruit that will be in season again in a few more weeks

Front Page Issue 292

Draft Plan For Ingleside Land Development Released To Meet 2021 Completion Dates - Community Information session during Feb 2017 - have a say until 28th of same month

Neverfail Creek Polluted: Community Finds Council Response Completely Inadequate

Mona Vale Rally on Mona Vale Place Plan Reopens Recent Wounds - Pittwater Council's MVPP List echoes Greater Sydney Commissions List for Mona Vale

Avalon Beach SLSC Youth Programs New Zealand Tour 2017 by Roger Sayers - sponsors sought

Celebrating 60 Years Of Club Palm Beach - call out for memories and photos + President's Report For 2016 and a few insights from the past to inspire 

Reflections by George Repin: COLLONGES-LA-ROUGE

Margaret Olley’s Legacy by Robyn McWilliam

Pictures: Warriewood SLSC Surf Boat Carnival 2016 - Round 3 of the Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern Beaches 2016-17 Premiership

Aquatics: Club Marine Pittwater To Southport Race Length Draws Keen Skippers: Entry extended to December 15,  RPAYC’s comp ‘The Prep’ closes Dec. 19 with winner getting $700 prize pack, including a GoPro Hero 5- by Lisa Ratcliff

Collector's Corner: Australian Trade Tokens Record Enriching Colonial Histories: the Cascade Shilling First Art Form To Record 'Tasmania' And Kangaroos Australia's oldest 'coins' aren't coins at all but some, once worth a penny or even a whole ten cents, are now fetching many thousands of dollars - even a 1966 20 cent  piece will fetch a pretty penny - if it's a rare fish!

Front Page Issue 293: Christmas + Sailing + Key + Creative + Summer 

True Champion Of All Honoured: CDRE Graham Vaughan Sloper AM RANR

Pictures: It's Beginning to Sound A Lot Like Christmas - Carols At The Beach 2016

Further Improvements For Mona Vale Hospital

Sydney Wildlife - Our Year in Pictures by Lynleigh Grieg

Collaboration Key To Saving Critically Endangered Northern Sydney Native to Continue under Saving Our Species Program

8,000 Northern Beaches Premises Are Finally Connected To The NBN - From Office of Jason Falinski MP, Federal Member for Mackellar

Creative Creatures Film Festival 2018: Get Ready To Get Those Red Shoes Tapping! - New Prizes Best Original Music and Poster

Aquatics: Sailing World Cup 2016 Final In Melbourne - Pittwater Sailors Bring Home More Medals

Park Bench Philosopher A Few Memories Of Early Years At Narrabeen: The Plane Sailing Day Of 1944 by Ken Lloyd (Sava)

DIY Ideas The Perfect BBQ Garden Setting - some ideas on BBQ's and Outdoor settings plus some great Christmas - New Years and Summer special gift ideas for everyone in the family beginning from $5.00

Front Page Issue 294

Pittwater Camera Club's Images Of The Year For 2016

Connecting Community Through Linked Coastal Walkways and Cycleways + Inclusive Play - the Connecting Northern Beaches programs

Farr 40 Pittwater One Design Trophy 2016 by Lisa Ratcliff

2016 Aon Youth Sailing World Championships by Richard Aspland - World Sailing

Marine Rescue Broken Bay Marine: Promotions, Citations and 10 Tips for Boating Summer Safety by Lt. Alan Turner-Morris


Reflections by George RepinGINGERBREAD HOUSES

Pictures: Bilgola's Billy Swim: An Open Inspiration To Get Into The Summer Swim Of Things

Aquatics: Jubliees Come To Pittwater: the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club in 1938 and Huntingfield Cup of 1946

NSW Interbranch Championships 2016 by Surf Life Saving New South Wales

Draft Plan For Ingleside Land Development Released - Community Information session during Feb 2017 - have a say until 28th of same month

Celebrating 60 Years Of Club Palm Beach - call out for memories and photos + President's Report For 2016 and a few insights from the past to inspire 

Profile: Kamikaze Corner Roundabout Pop Up Art Since 2012 a local gentleman has been brightening the lives of many who make it through the Bilgola Bends heading north, or have to depart the green valley of Avalon for the land beyond the bends, with soft sculptural moments of joy. A small record and tribute!

Front Page Issue 295

Park Bench Philosopher Palm Beach Link With 1817 and 1917 Set to Disappear in 2017: Beach Road Rendezvous 

Reflections by George Repin: CAPE SOUNION

DIY Ideas: A Water Wise Garden; how to gear your garden to beat the heat and stay lush and green all year round while reducing your water costs

Collector's Corner: Australian Vinyl Singles: 1950-1960's - everything old is new again!

Pictures: Summer in Pittwater

Aquatics: Pittwater To Southport Yacht Race 2017 by Stephen Collopy and Lisa Ratcliff

Profile: Jacqueline Andronicus wonderful local photographer

Front Page Issue 296

Natasha Bryant And Annie Wilmot Win 2017 Australian Youth Championships

Pictures: Summer in Pittwater - Newport SLSC's Sandcastle Creations And The Barefoot Ball

Polo By The Sea 2017 Brings Perfect Pony Delight To Palm Beach Youngsters

Aquatics: International Etchells 2017 Australian Championship - Hosted by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club by Lisa Ratcliff

MP For Mackellar Champions Community Call For Upgrade Of Narrabeen Track & Field Facility

The Switch From 2G To 3G And 4G Networks How To Avoid Being Upgraded To Big Costs -  the Telstra 2G Network has Closed (Optus and Vodafone's go in 2017) Customers who must shift onto New Devices for 3G and 4G  may find 'built-in' surprises and 'Plans' being changed without Permission - a few tips for these changes 

Profile: Bob Langbein A gentleman many will have seen on Pittwater beaches during annual carnivals and swims, a SLS SNB Coach, Bayview Golf Day Organiser for the Interbranch Team and a man who once ran with Australian sprint king John Treloar, is one of our own local living legends and in 2017 clocks up 70 years as a member of Collaroy SLSC

Front Page Issue 297: 

Peninsular Rock Pools by Selena Griffith - NEW Columnist!

Pictures: Summer in Pittwater: Avalon Beach SLSC's 2017 Ocean Swim- the 25th Anniversary - by Tim Hixson, Warren Young OAM and Roger Sayers

Aquatics: North Narrabeen Hosts Rip Curl GromSearch National Final: The Triumphant! by Surfing NSW

Reflections by George Repin: DELOS

Farr 40 Newcastle One Design Trophy 2017 by Lisa Ratcliff

Draft Plan For Ingleside Land Development Released  - Community Information session during Feb 2017 - have a say until 28th of same month

Profile: Paul Hughes The gentleman who won the first Big Swim, back in 1974, has been a member of Surf Life Saving since the 1950's, first at Ocean Beach SLSC, then at Whale Beach. A Life Member of Whale Beach SLSC, Paul has spent his life serving others and saving lives. It is swimming and getting in the water that has been his lifelong passion though, that and being on the beach.

History:  Pittwater Fields of Dreams II: St Cloud's Jersey Stud at Elanora Heights and The Stewart Legacy  + a few notes on local dairies and the people who gave Stewart House, Curl Curl, during the 1930's Australian Depression years

Front Page Issue 298: 

Australia Day by Selena Griffith

Australia Day Awards 2017: Recognising Outstanding And Long-Term Service - our chat with John McInerney OAM and the full list of Northern Beaches Honours

Renewed Calls To Return Pittwater Council To Pittwater By Pittwater People in Wake of Recent Retirement Announcements

Bodhi Leigh-Jones Scores Win In Subway® Pro Junior's Event 2 at Cronulla this week - reports from Surfing NSW

Pictures: Summer in Pittwater: on Pittwater! - by Stephen Collopy - RPAYC Media - the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club hosts great regattas for all classes of yachts over every Summer - this week some of those that have happened and are happening

Aquatics: World Wetlands Day 2017: the 20th Year - February 2nd is World Wetlands Day each year, commenced in 1997 as a way to raise awareness of these vital ecosystems - this Thursday, get in a Pittwater wetland!

DIY Ideas DIY: Side Gates - living in the suburbs means living on a road and requires installing side gates to create a safe backyard so children and dogs cannot wander  

Draft Plan For Ingleside Land Development Released  - Community Information session during Feb 2017 - have a say until 28th of same month

Profile: Christine Hopton OAM Congratulations to former Avalon Beach SLSC President Christine Hopton who was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the General Division in the Australia Day Honours List for service to surf lifesaving this week. Christine currently serves as a Director of Surf Life Saving Australia. She is a past Vice-President of Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern Beaches and was President of Avalon Beach Surf Life Saving Club for 8 years as well as the first female president. In 2014 she was the Pittwater Woman of the Year. A small celebration and reprise of a wonderful lady this week

Front Page Issue 299: 

Trans-Tasman Surfboat Test Series 2017 - Australia Wins!! - Newport Crew, 'The Pistol Shrimps'!!

Back to school by Selena Griffith

NSW 2017 Surfboat Interstate Team Announced - Best of the Best on Today (Sunday Feb. 5th, at North Narrabeen) by SLS NSW

Rescue, Rehabilitate and Release by Lynleigh Greig

Pictures: Summer in Pittwater: The Big Swim 2017

Aquatics: Up the River by Robyn McWilliam

Reflections by George Repin: WROCLAW

Park Bench Philosopher The Manly, Beacon Hill and Narrabeen Prose and Poems of Roderic Quinn

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

Front Page Issue 300: Issue 300!

B-Line Proposal For Mona Vale Approved - 26 trees to be lost to be Offset with 118 trees planted 'on or near the impacted site' 

Calls To Restore Pittwater Council Persist

Changing Attitudes Changes Lives: find out more about the Attitude Foundation - by Stepehen Collopy, RPAYC

Pictures: Pittwater Online News: Issue 300 - a Few of our Favourites by Others and a few great Memories

Aquatics: Youth Development & Intermediate Youth Development Programs at RPAYC - 2017 Training Program is now OPEN and EOI Forms available

Farr 40 2016/17 NSW State Title - Hosted By Middle Harbour Yacht Club by Lisa Ratcliff

Profile: Issue 300 Everyone and Every Group, Club or Organisation who has let us run a tiny insight or shared what they do and how to get involved - so far 

A Historic Catalogue And Record Of Pittwater Art I – Of Places, Peoples And The Development Of Australian Art And Artists: The Estuary

Front Page Issue 301: 

Narrabeen Sports High School Surfers Excel In Their Surfest 2017 Quest: Donation Of Boards To Vanutu Students A Highlight

Pursuit Of Forced Council Amalgamations Confirms To Some A Developer’s Dream May Become A Community's Nightmare

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

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

Reflections by George Repin: COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG

Pictures: Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern Beaches Branch Championships 2017: some results + Surf Boats Carnival at Long Reef by Bernadette Johnson McAlinden

Aquatics: MC38 Australian Championship, February 17-19 hosted by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club with racing on Pittwater - by Lisa Ratcliff

DIY Ideas DIY: Storm Preparation And Home Protection - what you can do to look after and protect your home during high winds and severe downpours

Draft Plan For Ingleside Land Development Released  - Community Information session during Feb 2017 - have a say until 28th of same month

Profile: Stephan Jacek: a Life Member celebrating 35 years at Avalon Beach SLSC shares some insights into the first Avalon Surf Swim and a passion for serving the community as much as a passion for life 


Celebrating World Radio Day: The Bilgola Connection With The Beginnings Of Radio In Australia  

Front Page Issue 302

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

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

Demise Of Democracy by  Selena Griffith

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

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

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

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

Front Page Issue 303: Happy Nippers, Storming Sailors on the Harbour, Sublime and Divine pictures over Mona Vale

A Walk In The Bush - Written and Illustrated by Gwyn PerkinsScotland Island resident Gwyn Perkins has dedicated this great book for young readers 'For Sabene - from Grandad' - written and illustrated by the author, adult readers may well recognise the places, plants and creatures that feature in this work and would enjoy some of the artists other illustrations created to depict humorous captures of island life in his 28 Days on an Island.  

Aquatics: Sydney Harbour Regatta 2017 by Di Pearson, photos by Andrea Francolini

Pictures: 2017 NSW Surf Life Saving Age Championships at Blacksmiths Beach - reports and photos by SLS NSW

Subway Surf Series 2017 At Avoca (March 4-6) by Surfing NSW

Heron Island Escapade by Robyn McWilliam

Reflections by George Repin: GRUYÈRES

Park Bench Philosopher Emile Theodore Argles - champion of all Australians without a Voice - a very very funny satirist, Manly Poet and Pittwater Prose Litterateur 

Artist of the Month: March 2017 Jude Rose - Linocut Printmaker, Painter, works that can be added to the home as cushions, lampshades and currently exhibiting at Rust, Avalon Beach, this Teacher of Art began decades of works inspired by nature and a passion for Argentine Tango when born at Darwin.

Profile: Jude Rose - Linocut Printmaker, Painter, works that can be added to the home as cushions, lampshades and currently exhibiting at Rust, Avalon Beach, this Teacher of Art began decades of works inspired by nature and a passion for Argentine Tango when born at Darwin.

Front Page Issue 304Turimetta Beach, 2017 NSW Surf Life Saving Championships, Swell Sailing Sydney Harbour's Manly Circle +

Pittwater Woman of the Year 2017: Deborah Carter-Hendy

Flames And Fear: A Hands-On Account Of The Carwoola Fires by Lynleigh Greig - assisting ACT Wildlife Care volunteers to care for native animals

Aquatics: 2017 NSW Surf Life Saving Opens Championships at Blacksmiths Beach - reports and photos by SLS NSW

Pictures: 2017 NSW Surf Life Saving Masters Championships at Blacksmiths Beach - reports and photos by SLS NSW

Farr 40 2016/17 John Calvert-Jones National Championship - Reports by Lisa Ratcliff and photos by Crosbie Lorimer

Airlie Beach Race Week Entries Open: Top Gun First In by Di Pearson

DIY Ideas One To Two Day DIY Weekend Spruce Ups - front door, decks, letterboxes, garden edgings, even installing solar powered lights or some potted colour will brighten up your Autumn and set your home well for Winter

Profile: Volker Klemm has a lot of passion for sharing what is great about a surf club by dreaming up, and putting into action, plans that make for great events to open up that club to the community. When not in the great blue outdoors he is trying to extend the great green outdoors for people through Landscape Design. A great love of ocean swimming, given to him through joining Avalon Beach SLSC, has inspired him to give and continue giving back to is community this same experience of the saltwater world and raise funds to support saving lives on Avalon Beach. The latest event to be added to the Ocean Swims calendar is the Inaugural Around The Bends Newport To Avalon Ocean Swim Challenge, to be run on Sunday March 19th, and is a swim Volker has done many times. This week he shares a small insight into where this love of all things aquatic and community focused began

Front Page Issue 305

Pictures: Barrenjoey High Students And Community Break Longest Line Of Surfboards World  Record: Raise Big Funds For DSA

Help Tamara Honour Aussie Debt To The Timorese With Education by Pittwater Friends of Soibada

Around The Bends Newport To Avalon Ocean Swim Challenge:  POSTPONED until Sunday April 9, 2017 don't miss out on being part of History, join the Inaugural First Swim

Aquatics: Sydney Harbour Bridge Celebrates 85th Birthday: A Few Pittwater Connections - That bridge across the harbour turns 85 today, Sunday March 19th. The National Film and Sound Archive has launched an Online Exhibition and we've compiled a few insights too.

Reflections by George Repin: STRASBOURG

Sealink Magnetic Island Race Week - 40th and 80th birthdays for first entrants by Di Pearson

Profile: Bayview - Church Point Residents Association The BCPRA AGM is on Tuesday March 21st, 7.00 p.m. for 7.30, At BYRA - 1842 Pittwater Rd,  Bayview - find out a little more about this local voice for residents, established in 1907, and still going strong

Front Page Issue 306

Save Mona Vale Park Protest against B-Line Destruction of The Village Green space reignites calls for Protection of Pittwater

Strokes That Matter - Bass Strait Paddle April 2017 by Newport SLSC and North Cronulla SLSC members  to raise $30 K to establish and implement a number of programs to specifically target drowning prevention and surf awareness

Securing Mona Vale Hospital’s Long-Term Future from Office of The Hon. Rob Stokes, Member for Pittwater

Pittwater Friends Of Soibada 2017 Focus Is On Building A Senior High School: A Catch Up With Tamara Sloper Harding OAM

New Free Street Library in Avalon - a tiny vestibule of literary happiness!

Pictures: Palmy Longboarders Host Annual DSA Surfing Day Event by Jacqueline Andronicus

High Profile Locals Give Back By Volunteering For Easylink Board 

Help Tamara Honour Aussie Debt To The Timorese With Education by Pittwater Friends of Soibada

Aquatics: New Life Members Honoured At 2017 Surf Life Saving NSW State Championships: Garry Andrew (Dee Why SLSC and Copacabana SLSC) Terry Aldridge (North Curl Curl SLSC and Black Head SLSC) Rhonda Lycett (Mona Vale SLSC) Rod McDonagh (South West Rocks SLSC) Craig Susans (Queenscliff SLSC) and ...

Lifesavers Return From Kiwi Exchange by Surf Life Saving NSW - catch up with those who went on the annual Lifesaving Exchange Program

DIY Ideas Vegepods For Autumn Planting + Easy To Make Lego Table Or Student Desk That Can Be Dismantled + Johnson Brothers Mitre 10 Online Store 

Food: Modus Operandi Brewing Co., Brilliant Beers, Beautiful Burgers in Mona Vale - award winning beers accompanied by food that could win awards too - family friendly, dog friendly, music friendly - so many pluses!

Park Bench Philosopher Victor James Daley: A Manly Bard And Poet This 'Bard of Manly' was also a story teller, reporter and father

Help Tamara Honour Aussie Debt To The Timorese With Education by Pittwater Friends of Soibada

Around The Bends Newport To Avalon Ocean Swim Challenge: POSTPONED until Sunday April 9, 2017 don't miss out on being part of History, join the Inaugural First Swim

Profile: Bungan Boardriders Inc - Much of Australia's competitive success on the world stage of surfing can easily be attributed to the boardrider club phenomenon. The Boardriding club is not just about learning how to compete though - these are places where everyone in the community can meet, from the young to mature, and share the wave, share the stoke, and look out for each other in the water. 

Front Page Issue 307

Aquatics: Warriewood Rustys Prove They Are Really A GOLD Aussie Surf Boat Team + A Whole Lot of other Masters Aussies Bling and some Opens news

Pictures: Pittwater RSL Dedication Of New Cenotaph

Sir Adrian Curlewis CBE CVO Awarded Gold Distinguished Service Medal - The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award

Resident Birds Baffled By B-Line Sleight Of Hand: Where Did All Our Trees Go?

Forced Amalgamations Hit "Procedural Fairness" Snag That May Bring Every Imposed Merger Completely Undone

12 Thousand Best Friends Saved By Monika's Doggie Rescue: Ingleside

Let's Go Fly A Kite !: Palm Beach Whistling Kites Inspire sharing How to Make Standard, Box and Whistling Boy Kites - school holidays fun with a bit of Australian and Narrabeen history 

Reflections by George Repin: COVENTRY CATHEDRAL

Help Tamara Honour Aussie Debt To The Timorese With Education by Pittwater Friends of Soibada

Strokes That Matter - Bass Strait Paddle April 2017 by Newport SLSC and North Cronulla SLSC members  to raise $30 K to establish and implement a number of programs to specifically target drowning prevention and surf awareness

Profile: Christopher John Raggatt  - For decades some of the best music played around here has been made by a gentleman who passion and dedication to his art form has brought pleasure to thousands. For almost five decades Chris Raggatt has been perfecting his music and, although he’d state he’s still learning, he is also a sought after teacher and guitar repairer.

Artist of the Month: April 2017 Chris John Raggatt - Blues Musician: A mini online concert - right here, right now!

Front Page Issue 308

The Sydney Northern Beaches Veterans Centre Inaugural Resilience Luncheon

Approval Of Site Compatibility Certificate For Bayview Development Meets Strong Community Disapproval

Lifeline Classic Living Ocean Team Raises The Bar To Support Those Who Will Always Answer The Call For Anyone In Crisis - local students and surfers quickly raised 5k and need your support to reach 10!

Av. Green Team Creating Waves Of A Sustainable Green And Clean Future

Kookaburra Kids Program For Defence Force Families Launched - from the Office of Jason Falinski, MP for Mackellar

A Week In The Life Of A Sydney Wildlife Volunteer by Lynleigh Greig

Aquatics: Sail Port Stephens 10th Anniversary Regatta: Classic Yachts and Classic Sailing by Lisa Ratcliff

Pictures: Elsie Track, Scotland Island Reclaimed: Community Engages Next Generation On A Great Way Forward For Little Feet! By SIOCS - The Island Kindy and SIRA - report and pictures by Adriana Labate

Warringah Touch Football Association Support Of Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary and The Children's Ward Continues

Badge, Boot, Button: The Story Of Australian Uniforms by Craig Wilcox - (former Narrabeen resident) follows the evolving to an Australian climate our uniforms have had to undergo - those thick woollen uniforms needed by British soldiers in 1788 may be well suited to Northern Winters but those wearing them here may be in dire straits during a mid-Summer heatwaveSports uniforms have changed too. Another change in uniform is that of surf lifesavers...

DIY Ideas: Johnson Brothers Mitre 10 Great New Mona Vale Store: Still In Bassett Street - number 73!

Help Tamara Honour Aussie Debt To The Timorese With Education by Pittwater Friends of Soibada

Strokes That Matter - Bass Strait Paddle April 2017 by Newport SLSC and North Cronulla SLSC members  to raise $30 K to establish and implement a number of programs to specifically target drowning prevention and surf awareness

Profile: Ron Turton has been halfway around the world and back, twice! A gentleman who has a deep and abiding love of the sea and countryside, he was among those young Australians who took to surfing in the 1950's and saw surfing evolve into the worldwide phenomenon it remains today. He is among those who surfed Palm Beach as part of the 'Beachcombers' crew and surfboard riding club. Ron has also seen the changes that have occurred in newspapers with almost five decades of experience in rural and metropolitan print media on the advertising side of these. He was in the first year of Avalon Beach Public school when that opened, and in the first intake of Narrabeen Boys High School when that opened.  A motto he has lived his life by is from his short time at Manly Boys High School when there that educational font in our community was still 'just for boys'. In keeping with that, Mr. Turton shares some of what he has received and learned along the way

Front Page Issue 309

Surf Lifesavers Prepare To Lower Flags: Volunteer surf lifesavers will lower the flags on NSW beaches this Tuesday 25 April - 21,000 active patrolling members have collectively given over 560,000 hours of their time to ensure that beachgoers around NSW were protected throughout the season

'Don't Be Developed Out Of Pittwater' Rally At Mona Vale's Memorial Hall: Motion to Fight to Restore Pittwater Council Passed Unanimously

Junior Lifesavers Crowned NSW Best - Matilda Shirley (Byron Bay SLSC) and Elliott Prasad (Narrabeen Beach SLSC) win Junior Lifesaver of the Year award - from Surf Life Saving NSW

Around The Bends Ocean Swim Challenge - The Inaugural Swim Report by Rogers Sayers with great photos by Warren Young OAM, Christine Hopton OAM and Tim Hixson

Clifton Gardens Mosman: An Eternal Green and Saltwater Space, and Of Many Captains - for those who requested this, and in particularly for Mrs. Audrey Jackson

Reflections by George Repin: ANZAC COVE (ARI BURNU) - 25 April, 1997

Aquatics: The Caley Wetlands - Going, Going...GONE

Pictures: 20th International 2.4 Metre Yacht Australian Championship 2016/17 - Hosted By Sailability Crystal Bay by Allan Jones

Profile: Walter (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.

Front Page Issue 310

Pittwater Athletes Excel At 2017 World Masters Games In New Zealand - on the sand, in the water and on the water!

Aquatics: Six New SUP Surfing Champions Crowned At Ocean & Earth Southern Cross SUP Festival - Marty Cole (Newport), Tammy Montgomery (Elanora Heights) and Steven Piper (Narrabeen) among place-winners by Surfing NSW

Ludlites Love Utopia: Tim Hixson and Sally Mayman two Avalon photographers and members of the Ludlites group are currently exhibiting work at Bondi pavilion as part of the Head On Photography Festival. This year the Ludlites are proudly supporting the work of the Arrow Foundation, in keeping with the theme of Utopia - creating a better world. All profits from the opening event on May 7th will be donated to the foundation.

Anzac Day 2017:

Palm Beach RSL Sub-Branch Opens New Memorabilia And Military Heritage Library - Addresses by NSW President of the RSL, Mr. John Haines AM, State Minister of Education, Mr. Rob Stokes, MP for Pittwater and Mark Ferguson, President of Palm Beach RSL Sub-Branch - also the presentation of a 6th Light Horse shield

Pictures: Anzac Day In Pittwater 2017: Pittwater RSL And Avalon Beach RSL Commemorative Dawn and 11 A.M. Services - Photos by Sandra May, Julie Hegarty, Sally Mayman, Rebecca Fitzgerald and Alison Guesdon

Walter (Wal) Williams Warriewood Resident and past Pittwater RSL Sub-Branch President - 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.

Collector's Corner: Pear's Soap: Artworks For The Masses 

DIY Ideas Johnson Brothers Mitre 10 New Mona Vale Store: The Greenlife Garden Centre - Autumn is a great time to enjoy your garden and the optimum time to plant some Australian Natives as well as refresh your Vegetable Garden with those Winter crops the coming season brings and do some lawn care.

Food: The 2107 Restaurant: The 2107 is a 100 seated modern Australian restaurant/café and function venue located just a few minutes walk from picturesque Avalon Beach. Owned and operated by local husband and wife team, Andrew and Amy Towner, this is a spot where you can enjoy Autumn sunshine, great Modern Australian cuisine, and the freshest fish we've ever tasted - superb cuisine!

Profile: John Seaton MBE, Avalon Beach RSL Sub-Branch member, served in Korea in the Royal Australian Air Force. He set up air strips and routes in the Solomon Islands, establishing an airline, and had the honour of finding the biggest glacier in the world in Antarctica, prior to that, in 1955, subsequently named the Lambert Glacier after the director of national mapping in Canberra. There is also a Seaton Glacier named for the gentleman himself. Born in Launceston, Tasmania on April 21st 1927, John's wife Barbara, when we asked her why he had done so many amazing things, reasoned he was one of those amazing adventurers born at a time and on the cusp of when finding unknown things, like glaciers, or doing things that needed to be done, like starting airlines for isolated places, could still be achieved by those with the right spirit.

Front Page Issue 311: 

Narrabeen Lagoon State Park Expansion - from Office of Hon. Rob Stokes MP for Pittwater

A Week In The Life Of A Wildlife Rescuer - Part 2 by Lynleigh Grieg

Protect Pittwater Community Forum: 7 P.M. Tuesday May 16 At Pittwater RSL - What impact will the new government body - the Greater Sydney Planning Commission – have on Pittwater? How will development approvals be carried out? How can we recover our local Pittwater Council?

New mental health services a boost for Northern Beaches residents: Local Member Jason Falinski announced six new Australian Government-funded mental health and suicide prevention services at the Community Care Northern Beaches in Mona Vale this week

Surf Lifesaver Treats Rock Fall Victim at Palm Beach: Nick Sampson, one of our resident volunteers reminds us skills learnt in surf clubs save lives elsewhere and that SLS NSW offers First Aid Courses to the public

News From The Nesting Box May 2017: THEY’RE BACK! by Lesley Stevens, Pygmy Possum Liaison Officer, Rocky Point Bush Care Group

Club Marine Pittwater To Paradise Regatta Confirmed For 2018 by Stephen Collopy, RPAYC

Avalon Beach SLSC And Avalon Surfing Mums Biggest Morning Tea with a “bring a teacup with a story” theme: Donations still welcomed - find out more - Photos courtesy Christine Hopton OAM - Report and Photos by Leanne Austin, 2017

MC38's Winter Pointscore Series Commences on Pittwater, hosted by RPAYC - reports by Lisa Ratcliff

Lifesavers Launch Into IRB Season 2017: by Surf Life saving NSW Bungan, Newport and Avalon Beach SLSC's among finalist placers in Round 1 - report includes great action pictures by Richard Black and Richard Cole, President Avalon Beach SLSC

NSW Lifesavers Announced in Australian Squad -  Newport SLSC Representatives for 2018 Lifesaving World Championships in Adelaide

Reflections by George Repin: THE ROMAN THEATRE AT ASPENDOS

Aquatics: Inaugural Lifeline Classic An Investment In Waves Of Hope For Everyone's Loved Ones

Pictures: Pittwater Visions by Dave Whiteman - Past Profile, Artist of the Month as one of our great photographers, and regular Contributor with insights about events that happened around here, Dave Whiteman paid a visit to the area last week, something the gentleman does regularly, and sent through some absolute Visions captured through his camera and great eye.

Artists of the Month: May 2017 Pittwater Artists Trail Artists for 2017- some brilliant old favourites and great new Artists this year across many mediums - Group Launch Exhibition to be held in Newport, June 9 -12

Profile: United and Undaunted The RAN Clearance Divers- William (Bill) Fitzgerald OAM, formerly of the Royal Australian Navy Clearance  Divers shares insights on the evolution of the Australian Defence Force's specialist divers and his time at the Pittwater Annex, Clareville when this changed from a torpedo testing unit to a diver's training facility

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One Year On: Amalgamation STILL Rejected

Palm Beach Whale Beach Association AGM President’s report 2017

Aquatics: Whale Migration Season Commences: tips on how to enjoy a whale watching experience - ORRCA Humpback Whale Migration Census Day 2017: Sunday June 25th

Pictures: Mother's Day Flowers 2017: The Chiltern Track Ingleside by Pittwater Natural Heritage Association - every season is a great season to get outdoors and enjoy our reserves and bushtracks - PNHA will be running another of their popular Birdwatching mornings on Sunday May 28th at Warriewood Wetlands - always a great opportunity to enjoy the Birds and Blooms!

Australian Youth Life Saving Team Squad: 2018 Lifesaving World Championships - NSW Youth Dominate National Selections

DIY Ideas Go Outside And Play: Creating Garden Spaces To Connect Children With Nature 

Profile:  2017-2018 Pittwater Artists Trail  - The Pittwater Artists Trail is an alliance of artists who collectively open their studios to the public on two weekends each year creating a Trail for art lovers. Visitors can engage with the artists, see how they work and what inspires them, buy beautiful, original artworks or perhaps enrol in one of the courses offered by a number of artists on the Trail.

The inaugural Open Studio weekend was held in 2011 and the Pittwater Artists Trail has been going from strength to strength ever since. In 2017 - 18 the Pittwater Artists Trail will open with the Winter Exhibition on the June long weekend at the Newport Community Centre. There will be two open studio events - the second weekend in October 2017 and the second weekend in March 2018. If you are an artist who lives on the Northern Beaches, have visited the Trail and would like to apply to join please read the charter (pdf here) which provides all the details of the Trail and membership.

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

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Mums For Mums Ask Us All To Go Grey This Winter: Get A Beanie And Support A Cure

The Bayview Tea Gardens 1920 to 1923 When Run By Thomas Edward And Annie Newey (Nee Costello) by Vicki Smith

Pittwater Community Forum Supports Legal Action To Restore Council - Protect Pittwater launched

RPAYC Appoints Nick Elliott As Race Director

Reflections by George Repin TURKISH CARPETS

Aquatics: Singapore Nippers Initiative Supported By Avalon Beach SLSC 

Pictures: The Surfer

Profile:  Pearl Turton  was the best, ahead of her time. She made female surfing an art form and led the charge on women being represented  by women in this sport. Later on she supported younger surfers coming up - Pearl is still keeping an eye on what's going, and loves surfing, still.

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Avalon Soccer Club Ready To Send 7th Under 16' Womens Team To Vanuatu

America’s Cup 2017: Australian Sailors And Technicians Are Part Of Every Team - 50% of Skippers Australian, Pittwater Elite Sportsmen 

Crowd-funding Appeal for Legal Action to Protect Pittwater Launching on Tuesday - contact points fixed

Guringai Festival 2017: Pittwater and Surrounds Events

Proposed New Ferry Service To Connect East and West Southern Pittwater Wharves Seeks Community Feedback

Aquatics: Palm Beach Sailing Club 2016/2017 Season - a great season of results and social events on Pittwater and far from here

Pictures: Juvenile Sea Eagle at Church Point - for children

Food: Marina Café: Church Point - Located within The Quays Marina at Church Point, recent Clean Marina awards recipients, the Marina Café continues our search for somewhere, in each Pittwater suburb, we may take along our growing bigger puppy while we enjoy excellent food and a spot of bubbly in the sun.

Artists of the Month:  June 2017: Broadfoot  As we go to press Broadfoot are releasing their sixth album “Timeless Groove Too”, a double album of twenty nine songs available on  iTunes and Google PlayBroadfoot are one of the Far North Coast’s busiest bands, a three-piece whose gigs leave listeners charged with pleasure and with an urge to dance. Broadfoot's music is all about superb musicianship - the interplay between band members as well as improvising, a rare feature in music of today, is just one of the band’s great strengths. 

The Pittwater connection, although we’re sure band members John Moodie and Russell Kereama would feel right at home here too, is through Trent Morgan. You can read more about this former local creative in his Profile page, running this Issue, and all about Broadfoot here, this June. 

Profile:  Trent Morgan  This week we share an insight into a gentleman with a passion for music, something our younger readers have in droves, who also has been amongst Pittwater's 1980's and 1990's band culture when so many local venues packed to the rafters and jumping!

Trent Morgan grew up in Pittwater and has been into music since a student at Avalon Public School. He's playing still as part of 'Broadfoot' - who feature as our June 2017 Artists of the Month and are releasing their brand new double album. 

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Huge Response To Pittwater Crowd-Funding Campaign To Reinstate Pittwater and Demerge

Jo Brigden- Jones Wins Silver at Canoe sprint Cup in Belgrade

World Environment Day - June 5th and World Oceans Day - June 8th: including activities for youngsters, a free online book and resources from The Octonauts as well as how you can Connect with Nature or Turn the Tide On Plastics in our aquatic environment or get involved in local bushcare, community gardens and environment groups

Northern Beaches Bus Service Plan: B-Line Extension To Newport Announced, Changes To Palm Beach Route, Mona Vale Nightworks

Gonski 2.0 Passes House Of Representatives: What It Means For Our Local Schools

Surfers Rescue 24/7 Prepares to Hit NSW Beaches Again in 2017

Reflections by George Repin: THE COAL MINE AT BALMAIN

Bushwalking In The Shoalhaven Region by Robyn McWilliam - the Narrabeen bushwalkers head south!

Aquatics: An Australian and RPAYC Commodore Aboard an America's Cup Challenger of 1908 and 1914 by The Father of the Pittwater Regatta, John Roche - 1930

Pictures: Social Pittwater - The Opening of Chuck Bradley's Instrumental at Manly Art Gallery & Musuem, Ladies Day at Newport Breakers Rugby Club to support Mums for Mums, Land Army Ladies Attend 2017 Aboriginal Commemorative Service at Hyde Park Cenotaph

DIY Ideas DIY Plasterboard Repair: holes in the wall big or small, Plus repairing external and internal corners

Profile:  Chuck Bradley - Inspirational and consummate Still Life Photographer shares a few insights on past works and the wonderful Instrumental, showing until July 9 at Manly Art Gallery & Museum - Art Talk + Walk, Sunday 4 Jun, 2pm ; A special treat with photographer Chuck Bradley in conversation with Ross Heathcote.

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RPAYC Showcase Sailing To Prince Harry For The 2018 Invictus Games by Stephen Collopy

Pictures: Pittwater Artists Trail – Winter Group Exhibition 2017 At Newport by Kylie Ferguson - includes Opening Address by Katherine Roberts (MAG&M) Open until end of Monday, June 12th at Newport Community Centre - food, music and market stalls too!

First Champion Of Mackellar Revealed - from Office of Federal Member for Mackellar Jason Falinski

Protect Pittwater Campaign Grows and Prepares to Join Careel Bay Marina Winter Festival Next Weekend by Miranda Korzy

Celebrating World Ocean Day With Valerie Taylor AM at Palm Beach - hosted by Federal Member for Mackellar, Jason Falinski

ASCCA’s President Nan Bosler OAM: Winner At 2017 Australian NFP Technology Awards by Joan Craymer

Henry Lawson - A Manly Bard and Poet - on his 150th Birthday, June 17, 2017

Reflections by George Repin: THE DUOMO OF ORVIETO

Aquatics: IRB Season Heats Up

27th Australian Women’s Keelboat Regatta(June 10-12): hosted by the Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron, Victoria - by Lisa Ratcliff

Profile:  Living Ocean - Living Ocean- Each Whale Migration Season the team from Living Ocean’s Centre for Marine Studies, comprising researchers and volunteers study, from sea and land, the humpback whales that migrate along Australia’s East Coast. The study – licensed by State and Commonwealth agencies including an Ethics Committee –  continues an innovative research program that the team began in 2004. Every Winter trip the Living Ocean Team make costs around $450.00 in fuel alone. Living Ocean are currently seeking a Sponsor for this research for the 2017 season, or would like to hear from those who have great fundraising ideas to keep this vital program going. Over the last few years Living Ocean’s data has starkly revealed that areas off Sydney proposed for commercial sand mining are high-use areas for whales and could be stated to be ‘whale highways’ where the mammals are using familiar sea channels and the floor of the sea, as landmarks, to find the way they swim, and have swum, north or south. This data has become particularly more relevant due to the fact that one company is currently seeking to run 2D Seismic tests within the zones the Living Ocean Team patrol each Whale Migration Season during the third quarter of this year - July to September 2017.

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35th America’s Cup Final Stage Begins - Pittwater's James Spithill focussed despite Day 1 dramas

6th Peninsula Community Of Schools Art Exhibition At Warriewood Square - Silent Auction now open

Pictures: Careel Bay Marina Winter Festival 2017: Owners Gordon “Bluey” and Anne-Marie Woolcott have shared their love of classic timber boats with the community again this year - great stalls, great food!

Aquatics: Club Marine Pittwater To Paradise 2018 Regatta Entry Now Open

DIY Ideas DIY Dolls House Or Garage Or Boatshed - In a few weeks the July school holidays commence (July 1 to 17) and little hands will want to do something creative. 

Profile:  Surf Collective

Tired of looking like everyone else in the same branded gear everyone wears? Want to support a local business and local creators and businesses? Want to find something unique and further the development, or redevelopment of independent makers of Australian products? - then the Surf Collective is where you need to look. Read about their BHS project! This week co-founder Mark Rannuci helps us share a small insight into a local business in the business of promoting others' business and giving us back access to so many great producers - all in one place!

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The Local Government Amendment (Amalgamation Referendums) Bill 2017 Passes Upper House: gives residents in councils that have been forcibly amalgamated the right to a binding vote on de-amalgamation - goes to Lower House first week of August

Community Expresses Dissatisfaction With B-Line To Newport Proposal and Reduction of L90 Service - Newport SLSC carpark to meet Mona Vale shortfall and be used as bus terminus, 100 buses a day turning through Newport + changing from L90 to B-Line services will make a longer commute for current longest bus run in Sydney

Funding Secured To Commence Mona Vale Road Upgrade - from Office of Hon. Rob Stokes, MP for Pittwater

'Service to Humanity' Award for Southern Cross Wildlife Care's Dr. Howard Ralph - this gentleman has been saving our wildlife since 1972

Newport Lifesavers Set For Foreign Adventure by Surf Life Saving NSW - travelling to Timor Leste through Newport's initiative to give back to the community and support the Pittwater Friends of Soibada - Canapes for a Cause on July 6th at the surf club, please RSVP by June 30

Project Penguin 2017 Expo Day at Taronga Zoo by Kylie Ferguson

Champions Crowned at the 2017 Australian Skin Cancer Clinic NSW Longboard Titles by Ethan Smith/Surfing NSW

Pittwater Lifeguards Reflect On Successful Summer: and Looking Ahead for 2017/18 season by Surf Life Saving NSW


New Chapter For The New Caledonia Groupama Race by Lisa Ratcliff

Aquatics: NSW IRB (Inflatable Rescue Boat) Premiership Series 2017: Round 4 by Surf Life Saving NSW

Profile:  Ingleside Rider's Group Website:

Pittwater's love of horses stems from our historic past and is going forward through this great local group who share and celebrate the passion and love we all have for the equine creature. This week a small insight into a local group who are keeping available the love of horses and all you may learn from them and learn to do with them - apart from simply enjoying being with these wonderful animals.

Front Page Issue 319: Winter School Holidays: A Chance To Revel In The Place We're Living In + Careel Bay Tennis Club spruce up

Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern Beaches Branch Awards Of Excellence: 2016-2017 Season

2017 Pantaenius Newport to Coffs Coast Race: The RMYC Broken Bay in association with the Coffs Harbour Yacht Club is excited to announce a new partnership, and can confirm that the Pantaenius Newport to Coffs Coast Yacht Race will start in Pittwater on 27th December 2017

Who Have Your Donations Helped This Month?: Tawny Frogmouth Chicks By Joan Reid, Volunteer Macropod co-ordinator Sydney Wildlife’s rehabilitation facility at Waratah Park 

175th Festival Of Sails Racing Schedule Announced by Lisa Ratcliff

Pictures: The Winter Garden - Warringah Rugby Club fundraiser for three local groups + details of Warringah Ladies Day 2017, for Bear Cottage by Kylie Ferguson

Aquatics: The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club Marine Bluewater Series Prepares Sailors For Competitive Ocean Racing by Stephen Collopy

Food: Barrenjoey House: Winter 2017 - Great Food, great service - Great Winter Specials for Locals

Collector's Corner: Collecting Vintage Photographs: Early Tasmanian Photographer - J W Beattie - this well known photographer's works are still fetching high prices - for those not enamoured of his landscapes, a few pointers on how and what to collect

Profile:  Pam Bayfield - Pam has just released a new book - For the Love of Grace - The Next Generation - for those who missed our Profile on this Narrabeen lady during the first few years of publication - time to catch up with this former schoolteacher and now prolific writer.

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

Artist of the Month:  July 2017: Pam Bayfield's For the Love of Grace - The Next Generation  Narrabeen writer completes third in the For the Love of Grace series - local history shared as well as high drama! Pam shares the Prologue and Chapter 1 of this new work to whet your appetite

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Seismic Testing Proposal Slated For During Whale Migration Season Off Our Coast

Community Rises To Save Mona Vale Hospital Again: Overwhelming Objection To Perceived Privitisation Of A Public Hospital - does 6 and 7th July announcements of 'Government-led approach' for Wyong hospital upgrade and Bowral hospital mean there's hope for MVH yet?

Pittwater YHA Murals By World Renowned Muralist, Kim Polomka, Part Of Pittwater YHA 50 years 1967-2017 Celebrations - Join in the BushRegeneration and Enviro Fun weekend August 25th-27th

Newport SLSC IRB Under 23 Team Win Bronze In 2017 State Championships - a Bronze for Bungan SLSC too


Pictures: A Winter Week in Pittwater by Paul Wheeler, Bea Pierce, Mia Dalby-Ball and Ed.

Aquatics: RPAYC's Nexba For Melbourne To Osaka Double-Handed Crusade by Lisa Ratcliff

BUI MAREUREU BAAP As Worlds Divide To Screen At Avalon Bowling Club: Watch a film, save a culture - next Saturday, July 15th

Reflections by George Repin: THE CITY WALLS OF DUBROVNIK

Profile:  Herminie Swainston Herminie's life has been immersed in the outdoors of Pittwater and it has been that way for over 70 years. A witness to the changes at Palm Beach, since her parents lived there during the 1930's, this lady has seen what has changed and what remains the same. Herminie's Profile was the 4th one ever run - a small reprise now since the sites shift to permanently accessible pages, and for those who missed it.

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

Front Page Issue 321

MC38 Winter Regatta Act 3 2017 on Pittwater hosted by RPAYC by Lisa Ratcliff

From Africa to YATZ by Kayleigh Greig

2017 NSW State Junior Surfing Titles: Friday 14th – Thursday 20th July; last two days of the event will comprise the NSW School Surfing Titles  by Ethan Smith

Pictures: Palm Beach Sailing Club is having an Open day - Family Friendly

Aquatics: Club Marine Pittwater To Paradise Regatta: Oldies And YD Combine On Le Billet by Lisa Ratcliff

Opportunity To Visit Submarine War Grave Renews Memories Of 75 Years Ago: the Submarine Encounters of June, July and August 1942

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Protect Pittwater Community Backed Group Engages Lawyers For Action On Council Restoration

Aquatics: Shifting Storms To Bring Extreme Waves, Damage To Once Placid Areas - new UNSW Water Research Laboratory study: “If you have waterfront property or infrastructure that has previously been sheltered from the impacts of extreme waves, this is worrying news” said Mitchell Harley, lead author and a senior research associate at UNSW’s Water Research Laboratory (WRL). “What this study confirms, is that simply by changing direction, storms can be many times more devastating. And that’s what we’re facing in many locations as the climate continues to change.”

2017 Havaianas NSW Grommet State Titles + All-Stars Schools divisions results by Surfing NSW

Lifesavers Shine At National IRB Championships by Surf Life Saving NSW

Winter Bird Party by Joanne Seve

Reflections by George Repin: MONACO – SNAPSHOTS

Pictures: Bush Reserves In Winter: West Head and Narrabeen Lagoon by Selena Griffith

Collector's Corner: Cyclops Vintage Toys - 'For Health and Happiness''- these icons of many a childhood are still in good condition and still being collected. Some company History will help you find your choice!

DIY Ideas: DIY Child's Waggon - simple, sturdy - for years of fun, or use as a large planter mover

Palm Beach Sailing Club (PBSC) Open Day: Saturday the 12th of August from 12 p.m.

Profile:  Early Bayview - insights courtesy Don Taylor and Margaret Tink  two wonderful people share a few anecdotes and images from their childhood into the childhood of Bayview

Front Page Issue 323: heaps!

2017 Pittwater Community Service Award: Jenny Harris

Pittwater Calls For Pittwater To Be Restored: We're Not Backing Down - Not Going Away, after NSW Premier's Announcement amalgamations of councils fighting in court against forced mergers will not proceed

B-Line Terminating At Newport Won’t Work: Community Residents Groups Alternative - Residents Groups Meeting with Project Team notes there will be no community feedback sought prior to new timetable being published, no through city services covering the ‘Newport Loop’ during peak hours, Newport Surf Club carpark to be used as commuter carpark, proposed L90 cuts during peak hour 

Mermaids Of Palm Beach Ready To Rock And Roll In 2017 Belmore To Buffalo Creek  Variety - The Children's Charity Bash

Retracing Governor Phillip's Footsteps Around Pittwater: The Mystery Of The Cove On The East Side by Roger Sayers and Geoff Searl - Do Not Miss this Readers!

Twelve racers ready for the Youth Match Racing World Championship 2017 by Daniel Smith, World Sailing + 2017 Governor's Cup by Tom Spithill, RPAYC Coach

NSW Governor Launches New Name For Easy Transport As ‘Easylink’ - Transport With Care

Lunch in the Garden: Come Along to Coomalong for Cambodian charity, ‘Build Your Future Today’ - food by Leang and Touch Khun, Mona Vale Bakery, known for their traditional Cambodian fare, Bikes 4 Life Brookvale collect second-hand bikes and ship them to Cambodia - attending event, also renowned children’s author, Louise Park, will be discussing her Cambodian Literacy Project at the lunch - Sunday September 24th

Aquatics: 2017 Pantaenius Newport To Coffs Coast Yacht Race Entries Now Open by RMYC BB

Pictures: Out And About: local heroes just being themselves at littlies rugby games, the annual RMYC Vintage Car Show raising funds for Bear Cottage, a good swell for confident surfers, Palm Beach Mermaids raising funds for Variety the Children's Charity, Rob Stokes, our local MP recognising another outstanding Pittwater Volunteer and a local transport provider that clearly cares refreshing and relaunching courtesy of a gentleman held in high esteem on the peninsula - the NSW Governor

Park Bench Philosopher Patrick Edward Quinn: A Manly Prose writer who gave us A Run To Pittwater (1889) and Songs for the Federation of Australia - as well as standing for a seat after being a NSW Poet/Politician

Palm Beach Sailing Club (PBSC) Open Day: Saturday the 12th of August from 12 p.m.

Artist of the Month:  August  2017: Adriaan van der Wallen  Most people know Adriaan as a great surfer on short or long boards or logs, or even one of his numerous collectors boards inherited from legends such as Midget Farrelly or Jack McCoy, or as the gentleman who teaches their Nippers as a Member of Avalon Beach SLSC or a part of the Masters Team at Palm Beach SLSC, or as the teacher who educates their children. Others will have seen his great photographic skills featured here as one of our regular contributors. A brilliant photographer who likes the shots that capture 'energy, fire and life' or those beautiful 'quiet reflections' of this place, we've finally convinced him to share some of his favourites and own up to being an Artist too when exercising his capacity to capture the essence of here - or anything he turns his eye to for that matter.

Profile:  Newport Residents Association becoming a member of your local residents' association is a way to turn one voice into many and help protect and shape the place you live in, the places you love - this one has been doing so since 1902.

History:  Early Pittwater Surfers – Palm Beach I: John (Jack) Ralston and Nora McAuliffe - the man who went out to try and save people in 1920, the incident that led to the formation of PBSLSC, and the man who is said to be the first to bring a surfboard to Palmy, was a good wave rider too. He married a Manly born girl who had a passion for the waves and surfing on a board in Nora...

Front Page Issue 324: Quite a bit...

2017 Surf Life Saving NSW Awards of Excellence: Surf Lifesaver of the Year - Lara Boyle Whale Beach SLSC, Initiative of the Year - Mona Vale SLSC, Athlete of the Year - Jake Lynch, Newport SLSC, Junior Lifesaver of the Year - Elliott Prasad Narrabeen Beach SLSC, and Sport Team of the Year - Open First Aid Team, Freshwater SLSC

Pittwater Locals Disappointed by Delay in Plebiscite Bill

Newport SLSC 108th Annual General Meeting - Three new Life Members

Bilgola SLSC 68th Annual General Meeting from Romilly Madew, President

Avalon Beach SLSC 2017 Annual General Meeting - Two new Life Members by Rogers Sayers, ABSLSC Publicity Officer

RPAYC Named Club of the Year! - Marina Industry Association Award

What Makes Echidnas So Unique? by Lynleigh Greig

Aboriginal Engravings Vandalised At The Basin: NPWS Undertakes Program Of ‘Highlighting’ Engravings To Protect Them

Pittwater Yachting Legend Jack Gale Passes - Obituary written by Peter Kennett.

Aquatics: Kialoa II’s Revival At 47th Rolex Fastnet Race by Lisa Ratcliff - Elvina Bay resident Paddy Broughton and a superlative crew are racing in this prestigious old race, starts Sunday August 6th

Reflections by George Repin: BONIFACIO, CORSICA

2017 Youth Match Racing World Championship: RPAYC's All Women Crew: ran August 1-5 at Balboa Yacht Club, Newport Beach, California

Pictures: 2017 Masters And 1967 A Grade Reunion; Belrose Eagles invited Narrabeen Sharks from Brian Friend

DIY Ideas: DIY Bathroom Refresh: Zing For Spring - a few simple things you can do to make your bathroom all brand new and on a budget!

Park Bench Philosopher Patrick Edward Quinn: A Manly Prose writer who gave us A Run To Pittwater (1889) and Songs for the Federation of Australia - as well as standing for a seat after being a NSW Poet/Politician

Profile: Clareville & Bilgola Plateau Residents' Association (CABPRA) At:  This week an insight into anther of our local residents associations that ensure 'community' stays in our communities. Our winter meeting will be this Monday 7 August 7:30 pm at the Avalon Sailing Club. All residents welcome. Membership by donation - find out more about CABRA this week.

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Park Bench Philosophers: Avalon Beach North Headland Indian Face 'Falls': An Everchanging Coastline

Warriewood SLSC's 2017 AGM - Warriewood's First Female President- extracts from Annual Report

Leopard Seal On Bungan Beach: Please Maintain At Least 40 Metres From Seals That Come Ashore At This Time Of Year

Funding To Return Pasadena Site To Public Ownership: Once was Crown Land (1941) - 76 years later...

Mona Vale Performance Space: Northern Beaches Performing Arts Venue First Steps Under Shared Use Deal

Narani, Captain Cook Celebrations At MVPS And Elvina Bay Memories - 1970s from and by Kathyrn Ryan

Nautical Treasure In Suburbia by Roger Wickins - is there a better place for the housing of this artwork celebrating Claude Chouls?, last of the last of our WWI Veterans


Pictures: Avalon Bulldogs A Grade Match - Bulldogs get Semi-Finals Fever

Helmets: No 1 in Really Bad Poetry for Children

Profile: John McInerney OAMVietnam Veterans Day (Northern) takes place today, Sunday August 13th, with a March from Palm Beach Ferry Wharf to the Cenotaph at Palm Beach RSL (Club Palm Beach) at 11.00 a.m. Vietnam Veterans Day is commemorated on 18 August every year. The day was originally known as Long Tan Day, chosen to commemorate the men of D Company, 6RAR who fought in the battle of Long Tan in 1966. On that day, 108 Australian and New Zealand soldiers fought a pitched battle against over 2,000 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops in a rubber plantation not far from the small village of Long Tan. Each year a small insight into one of our community members who served in this conflict reminds us of the rich life many around us have led in their determination to 'get on with it' after they have served in our defence forces. Vietnam was the last conflict Australians could be conscripted into prior to the age when they were able to vote - the age for voting being lowered from 21 to 18 in 1974. Prior to this men aged 20 had to perform National Service and could be sent overseas. This year a small insight into a gentleman who began his adult life serving, and serves the community still - at Newport SLSC, where he has worked in a variety of roles, and as the gentleman who helped launch the Veterans Centre – Sydney Northern Beaches.

Front Page Issue 326

On-Demand Public Transport Trial In Pittwater

Funds For Pittwater Foreshore And Pedestrian Improvements: Palm Beach (South) Landscape Masterplan, Careel Bay Foreshore Masterplan (Stage 2) and extension of the Hudson Parade Footpath Project between Clareville Beach and Taylors Point

Pictures: Mermaids Of Palm Beach Pictures From The 2017 Variety The Children's Charity B To B - Report and Photos by Viktorija McDonell

Vietnam Veterans Day (Northern) 2017 Commemorative Service

NSW To Stage The First-Ever Couta Boat Nationals Outside Victoria by Lisa Ratcliff

Waratah And Flint & Steel Track Problems Quickly Addressed by NPWS

Melinda Schneider Joins Northern Beaches Orchestra For Rotary 2017 Spring Concert: Wednesday, September 20th

Step Two For Kialoa II by Lisa Ratcliff & Marina Johnson

Reflections by George Repin: AUTUMN IN NEW ENGLAND USA

Whale Beach SLSC AGM 2017 - held August 13th, 2017

Aquatics: Freemantle To Pittwater And On To Paradise With Stealth by Lisa Ratcliff

Pittwater Greens Candidate Urges Rethink On Ingleside Plans, Calls for Council to Sign Climate Action Pledge - from Northern Beaches Greens

Local Government Election 2017 Candidates pages: Issue 326

Friends Of Pittwater- Local Government Election 2017: Peter Bosley, Jenny Stone and John Lettoof

Group B Independent Team Narrabeen Ward -Local Government Election 2017: Vincent De Luca OAM, Tammy Cook and Tony Biasi

Independents For Pittwater- Local Government Election 2017: Selena Griffith, Dr Suzanne Daly, Peter Middleton, Marcia Rackham and Lorrie Morgan

Your Northern Beaches Independent Team - Local Government Election 2017: Ian White, Katinga Schroeder and Bill Gye OAM 

Profile: Roland Luke Roland Luke, winner of the NSW Premier's award in 2011 for Community Service, is really really great at looking out for and doing for others, and is known for getting on with it. There is so much this gentleman has done for our community and continues to do, and he keeps it so quiet, that many don't realise this humble man is that bloke behind a lot of great things that have happened here - not that he's scared to tell you off if he thinks you're acting up!

He's a straight talker who clearly believes actions speak louder than words, generous with his time and knowledge but still, is just getting on with it.
For all those who think they know this gentle giant, and have requested this small insight, a slightly deeper look 

Front Page Issue 327: RATS WIN SHUTE SHIELD - Avalon Bulldogs Win Premiership

Aquatics: Put On Your Sailing Shoes: Pittwater's 2017-2018 Sailing Season + some of these clubs events - Avalon Sailing Club, Bayview Yacht Racing Association, Couta Boat Club – Pittwater Chapter, Palm Beach Sailing Club, Palm Beach Yacht Club On Pittwater, Royal Motor Yacht Club Of Broken Bay (At Newport), Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, Sailability Pittwater, Woody Point Yacht Club

Residents Should Not Fear Demerger Costs - visiting Greens MLC states - de-amalgamation bill to be debated again in September, petition calling on the state government to reconstitute Pittwater Council within its former boundaries, President of Protect Pittwater Bob Grace states this community group is seeking further legal advice and 'the fact that we seceded 20-odd years ago has some significance'

Funds For Wakehurst Parkway Flood Mitigation

Bushcare Volunteers Supported By State Government Grants Produce Positive Results at Dundundra Falls and Freshwater Beach

First Ministerial Statement On Veterans And Their Families - The Hon Dan Tehan MP, Minister for Veterans' Affairs, courtesy the Office of Member for Mackellar, Jason Falinski

Spoilt For Choice: Top 10 Spring Things To Do In The Pittwater Ward by Selena Griffith

Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2017 by Lisa Ratcliff 

Pictures: Signs of Spring 2017 - birds, flowers, fishers

Boats: No. 2  In Really Bad Poetry For Children

DIY Ideas Tips for Growing a Native Garden With Father's Day and the first day of Spring 2017 happening this week, a list of gardening tips, including cultivation, soil types, fertilising and mulching, and water-wise gardening, to make sure that your native garden is a success and you, and dad, enjoy your outdoors this coming season.

Local Government Election 2017 Candidates pages: Issue 327

Liberal Party Candidates For Pittwater - Local Government Election 2017 - Kylie Ferguson, Dale Cohen and Allan Porter

Your Northern Beaches Independent Team For The Narrabeen Ward - Local Government Election 2017 - Sue Heins, Rohan Fisher and Matt Nicholson 

Park Bench Philosopher: Australia: Place Of The Culling Fields: see a report on the burying alive of Australia's Hairy-nosed wombat in SA this week? with 'permits' still being issued to kill native fauna, mass destruction of habitat and laws changed to enable this further, continued roadkills, more killing by cats and dogs - ours will be the last generation to see/save what is left

Profile: Pittwater Baseball Club Website:

The Season Start for 2017/2018 Pittwater Baseball Club commences Saturday, September 9th.  Their Mission: Share a community spirit through the joy of our children engaging in baseball.

History:  Early Pittwater Surfers – Palm Beach I: Alrema Becke Queen of Palm Beach - daughter of George Lewis Becke, famous South Seas trader and writer 'Louis Becke', who possibly surfed in Samoa, in 1908, before surfing here. Known as the best woman surfer in the state, then the Champion of Woman surfers in Australia, this lady organised numerous events to fund Palm Beach SLSC - so much so that they honoured her works

Front Page Issue 328

Fight for Pittwater Continues as Voters Go to the Polls from Protect Pittwater Community Group

Warriewood Proposal A Taste Of Things To Come: Greens State

Misleading B-Line Rumours Are Unhelpful - from Office of Hon. Rob Stokes, MP For Pittwater

Further Infrastructure Improvements For Mona Vale Hospital - from Office of Hon. Rob Stokes, MP for Pittwater

Avalon Soccer Club: Another Brilliant Season

The Hurley Surfing Australia High Performance Centre (HPC) Set For Major Expansion - from Surfing Australia

Aquatics: Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club 151st Opening Day For The 2017-18 Sailing Season 

Pictures: Avalon Bulldogs A Grade Win Again - some great action photos by Bernadette Johnson McAlinden

Reflections by George Repin: THE GREAT OCEAN ROAD

Park Bench Philosophers: The Beachcombers Surfboard Riding Club: Palm Beach, NSW - 1959 to 1961 from Ron Turton

Journeys Into The Wild: The Photography Of Peter Dombrovskis - a wonderful new book from NLA

Local Government Election 2017 Candidates pages: Issue 328

Greens Candidates For Pittwater Ward - Local Government Election 2017: Miranda Korzy, Pru Wawn and Andrew McIntosh

Independent Allies For Narrabeen Ward - Local Government Election 2017 : Steve Baldwin, Conny Harris and Jayden Walsh

Liberal Party candidates for Narrabeen Ward - Local Government Election 2017: Rory Amon, Neil Stronach and Vicky McGahey 

Profile: Sally Mayman and Dale Kentwell - Two local creatives have recently completed an odyssey of exploration and empowering others while being gifted with meeting wonderful people in a beautiful place. Out of this work this two ladies, both already mothers, have given birth to another child - the book released on September 1st, 2017 - Seeing Saltwater CountryThe Seeing Saltwater Country project began in 2009 when artists Sally Mayman and Dale Kentwell collaborated with the local indigenous peoples of the Dampier Peninsula, Western Australia. The resultant exhibition of both photographs and painting explores connection to country highlighting a unique Saltwater lifestyle. The initial collaborations were at the time of the proposed gas hub at James Price point. The exhibition was first shown at Manly Regional Gallery and Museum in 2010 as part of the Local Guringai Festival and has recently been acquired by the State Library of Western Australia for their permanent collection with a publishing contract through Fremantle Press. You can meet Dale and Sally at Berkelouw Books on September 21st - details in their page. As are where you can get your hands on this book. This week an insight into where these ladies came from and where they're going to through this great work.

History:  Early Pittwater Surfers – Palm Beach I: Alrema Becke Queen of Palm Beach - daughter of George Lewis Becke, famous South Seas trader and writer 'Louis Becke', who possibly surfed in Samoa, in 1908, before surfing here. Known as the best woman surfer in the state, then the Champion of Woman surfers in Australia, this lady organised numerous events to fund Palm Beach SLSC - so much so that they honoured her works

Artist of the Month:  September 2017: Seeing Saltwater Country - by Sally Mayman and Dale Kentwell

Sally Mayman has been a photographer since the 1980s, working professionally in London and Australia. Sally has specialised in photographing people and landscapes, with many clients from corporate, editorial and government organisations. Dale Kentwell has been a practising artist since the 1980s and works across different media. She completed an art certificate at TAFE NSW and a BA and MA in visual arts at UNSW Art and Design. She has studied bush regeneration and bush land management and continues to work in this field. This book will appeal to people interested in art and photography and to those wanting to learn more about Aboriginal cultures and communities. It will also appeal to tourists visiting Australia’s popular Kimberley region. 

Front Page Issue 329

Local Government Election Results Show Very High Informal Vote Rate

MC38 Winter Regatta; Act 4 on Sydney Harbour 2017 by Lisa Ratcliff

Funds For Barrenjoey Community Performance Space

Community Groups Input Seemingly Ignored In B-Line Consultations

Aquatics: Woolworths Surfer Groms Comp presented by Wahu on Northern Beaches This Weekend by Surfing NSW

Come To The Star-Studded Event Of The Year: The Go Wild Gala!

Warriewood Proposal A Taste Of Things To Come: Greens State

Pictures: Pittwater: Where the Wild Flowers Are - A few thoughts from a hundred years ago this month (September 1917) which resonate through to today

Park Bench Philosophers: Threatened Species Day 2017: Wildlife Protectors by Kayleigh Greig

DIY Ideas FireCrunch, Australian Developed Fire-proof, Sustainable, Durable and Reliable Building Board Now Available at Johnson Bros. at Mona Vale and Narrabeen - find out more about this environmentally friendly, cost effective way to make all buildings a lot safer

Collector's Corner: Year Dated Beer Bottles Found In The Estuary Adjacent To Taylors Point - Roger Wickins recently made a donation to the Avalon Beach Historical Society which lends an insight into times past

Food: Graze n Cakes 3/38 Burrawong Road, Avalon A fresh new taste has been brought to Avalon with the Vietnamese influenced fare of Graze n Cakes. And oh boy, do they make cakes!

Profile: Paul Cunningham - we catch up with an old Narrabeen Boys High School gentleman - a fine football player and lover of music

History:  Early Pittwater Surfers: Avalon Beach I  - 1956: The Carnival That Introduced The Malibu Surfboard And Being Able To Surf Across A Wave Face - In autumn 2014 a report on the Arrival Of The Mal - 1956 Surf Boards, the Avalon Beach Historical Society Meeting with speakers David Lyall and Bob Head, who witnessed a revolution in riding waves here, recorded the introduction of the Mal. Through Roger Sayers and courtesy of Reg Wood, an insight into that 1956 Avalon Beach SLSC carnival adds more to that record of how seeking to highlight the great work of surf lifesaving in conjunction with the Melbourne Olympics brought with it a giant wave of a surfing change

Front Page Issue 330Jumping For Joy: Fauna Crossing For Mona Vale Road Confirmed

Aquatics: Mona Vale SLSC To Be Completely Renewed - from Office of MP for Pittwater, Rob Stokes + A Few Insights from the Pages of the Past

Fight To Recover Pittwater Council Continues Past Election Day

Pictures: Avalon Beach Women's Bowling Club Koala Carnival 2017: The 43rd All Women's Event

$1 Million For Currawong Beach Cottages - from Office of MP for Pittwater, Rob Stokes

Monika's Cat Rescue: That's right, the lady behind Monika's Doggie Rescue also finds homes for those furry purrers!

Anti-Coal Mining Documentary Completed As Memorial To Local Filmmaker Shown In Avalon Beach School 

Marinassess Women's Match Racing Regatta 2017 A Double Win For RPAYC Youth Development Crews: Hosted By CYCA by Olivia Price

Board Riders All Class At State Champs: Palm Beach SLSC Wins Point Score by Surf Life Saving NSW

Park Bench Philosophers: The Firecracker That Closed Narrabeen Hotel By Ken Lloyd (Savalloyd) + Narrabeen Hotel Licence Transfer Trail and a few Extras

Reflections by George Repin: POMPEII

2017-18 Farr 40 One Design Season: The Farrs And The Quicks Are Back! By Lisa Ratcliff

Profile: Alistair Shields  This week a few insights into Palm Beach SLSC's new Captain, Alistair Shields, underlines that this is a dynamic movement comprised of people who really care about others and ensuring their enjoyment of the beach will not be compromised by danger when they swim between the flags. The Surf Life Saving Patrol Season commences Saturday September 23rd this year in time for the Spring School Holidays. The season runs until Tuesday 29th April, 2018. Surf Life Saving is the largest volunteer-based, grassroots community movement in the country. Last year there were more than 6.4 million visits to NSW beaches. Lifeguards and volunteer lifesavers performed over 5,000 rescues, 26,000 first aid treatments and 440,000 preventative actions. 

Front Page Issue 331: Patrol Season Opens, Boardriders Comp. at Narrabeen, Spring Birds return

Funding Secured For Narrabeen Athletics Track Upgrade from Office of Member for Mackellar, Jason Falinski

Narrabeen Hosts Event 3 Of The Nudie Australian Boardriders Battle 2017/18 by Surfing NSW 

NSW Surf Patrol Season Starts by Surf Life Saving NSW (includes link to 2017 NSW Coastal Safety Report)

Reducing Roadkill On Mona Vale Road by David Palmer, Pittwater Natural Heritage Association

Aquatics: Club Marine Pittwater To Paradise Regatta - Rikki's New Aussie Adventure by Lisa Ratcliff

The Catch: The Story Of Fishing In Australia a new NLA book by Anna Clark: Berkelouw's at Mona Vale are hosting Anna on Thursday October 12th for a focus on this new work, details and how to book here

Pictures: School Holidays 2017: Take a Bush Walk in Our Pittwater Reserves, Catch a Ferry Offshore or Picnic With a View

Pets - No. 3 In: Really Bad Poetry For Children

DIY Ideas School Holidays DIY Ideas for Children: Little Vegetables Garden, Swing, Windchimes + For those looking for a bigger Spring project Johnson Brothers Mitre 10 catalogue - Renovate, Make it Great, is available now  with items on sale to 1 October 2017

Jean-François De Galaup, Comte De Lapérouse - 18th Century Relic To Be Anchored In New Home (September 2017)

Profile: Lara Boyle - Whale Beach SLSC Captain for her second year in a row, the 2017 Surf Life Saver of the year at both Branch and State level, currently undertaking two degrees, Lara wants to promote a healthy lifestyle as her career, she loves the outdoors – being fit, and sharing ways to do this. Lara is also a dynamo – intelligent, intent on continuing self development with a lifelong learning ethos, and yes, also a really lovely young woman who is grateful for any opportunity to help others.

Front Page Issue 332

Surf Club Open Day 2017 Set To Make A Big Splash: Sunday October 15th

Aquatics: State Of The Beaches 2016-2017: Northern Sydney (Pittwater To Manly) 

Pictures: The Lion Island Challenge 2017 hosted by Avalon Beach SLSC

Eclipsed Rudder Replaced In Time For Couta Boat Nationals by Lisa Ratcliff

Reflections by George Repin: DIDYMA

Rising Young Pianists 2017 To Perform At Forestville This October: Wyvern Music 2017

Lock Crowther 2017 Multihull Regatta by Alan Brand

DIY Ideas Bushfire Season Preparation 2017: Home and Outdoor Areas - The NSW Rural Fire Service recommends the following checklist to prepare your home and property, including sealing, installing metal gutter guards + 

Park Bench Philosopher Did Teddy Evans Fatally Undermine Scott Of The Antarctic? - The 1912 death of Scott of the Antarctic and four companions has long been blamed on poor planning by Scott, but documents discovered by a UNSW researcher reveal a different story – and a possible cover up.

Big Names Head To The Festival Of Sails 2018: New Ichi Ban now here, RGYC, Victoria’s 2017 Yacht Club of the Year, has reduced entry fees across all divisions and owners who enter before November 30 will receive an anniversary plaque engraved with their boat name - by Lisa Ratcliff

Contender Australian And World Championships 2018 Coming To McCrae Yacht Club by Di Pearson

Profile: Adriana Labate - our October 2017 Artist of the Month is a Scotland Islander with a passion for photography. Adriane is currently working on the "Aether" series which brings together my passion for photography and my passion for the natural world. Using an in-camera technique I aim to capture the "spirit" of the 4 elements (Air, Earth, Fire and Water). Two images of this series have recently been selected to be part of an art exhibition organised by the Northern Beaches Council this coming November.

History:  Traces Of WWII Coast Watchers Found On Bangalley Headland In 1942 After Recent Fire  a reader and regular walker along the tracks of the 'little hill' overlooking Avalon Beach has sent in some photographs of carvings dated with Service numbers and dated in 1942 - we investigated what was going on then, not only in WWII service by the enlisted and the Plane Spotting volunteers, but also who and what else was going on here

Artist of the Month: October 2017: Adriana Labate Brazilian photographic artist and biologist living in Sydney since 2009 and on Scotland Island since 2015. For the last 16 years I have studied photography in all its aspects - technological, historical and philosophical. I have participated in various contests and exhibitions, such as "Gardens in Focus" at the Royal Botanical Garden in Sydney, when I was selected as a finalist. Adriane is currently working on the "Aether" series which brings together my passion for photography and my passion for the natural world. Using an in-camera technique I aim to capture the "spirit" of the 4 elements (Air, Earth, Fire and Water). Two images of this series have recently been selected to be part of an art exhibition organised by the Northern Beaches Council this coming November. Available for photography tuition and workshops for all ages such as: "Thinking Photography", "The Magic of Light: Pinhole Camera", "Lightpainting", "My place", "Cabinet of Curiosities", "Seeing Light".

Front Page Issue 333

Newport B-Line Update October 2017: Roundabout proposed for Neptune/ Barrenjoey roads - Newport Residents Association is holding a Community Rally around these issues on Sunday October 22nd at 12.30 p.m. at Newport Surf Club - all welcome. Transport for NSW is holding drop in sessions so you may ask questions and provide feedback - dates, times and places in page

Pilot Project Puts Microplastics in the Spotlight What’s in our Lagoons? launched at the Narrabeen Lagoon

Surf Club Open Day 2017 Set To Make A Big Splash: Sunday October 15th

Local Surfers Shine in Round Two of Woolworths Grom Comp at Cronulla from Surfing NSW

The Long Hop to Freedom by Lynleigh Grieg, Sydney Wildlife

Soldier On Launches Side By Side: Soldier On NSW will be hosted by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club on October 22nd for a Family Sailing Day and BBQ - this week Soldier On HQ announced the launch of support for current and former staff from Departments of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Immigration, Attorney-Generals and Defence and agencies such as the Australian Federal Police and Australian Border Force

Next Generation Of Sydney and Northern Beaches Surf Athletes Put Through Paces from Surf Life Saving NSW

Aussie Backyard Bird Count 2017: Take part from 23 - 29 October - how many birds live here?

The Newport Sculpture Trailblazers 2017: runs from October 27th to November 13th

Aquatics: MC38s Draw Record Fleet And A Bevy Of Superstars by Lisa Ratcliff

Pictures: Couta Boat Australian Championship And Wattle Cup 2017: On Pittwater - Hosted by Avalon Sailing Club by Lisa Ratcliff

Park Bench Philosopher Pacific Highway Koala Holocaust by Sue Arnold

Food: Mekong: Merchants of Taste - great new place to enjoy fresh authentic Vietnamese street food in Avalon Parade, Avalon Beach: salads, Pho (soup) Baguettes and more

Profile: Norman Godden: joined Warriewood SLSC in 1953, witnessed visiting American surfers at Avalon Beach in 1956, was born in Manly a little before that! A few insights into an earlier Warriewood and Manly - and surfing's turning point!! + a few extra Historical Warriewood insights

Front Page Issue 334: 

$1 Million For Barrenjoey Community Performance Space from Office of Hon. Rob Stokes MP for Pittwater

Northern Beaches State MPs Vote Against Democracy: Local Government Amendment (Amalgamation Referendums) Bill 2017

Stacey Jackson Among Australian Sailors In Volvo Ocean Race 2017-2018: Focus On Ocean Health And Plastic Pollution Being Taken Global By 13th Edition Of Classic Race - coming to Melbourne this December

Australian Sailing Awards 2017 Finalists Announced: The Australian Sailing Award finalists have been announced. A fantastic result and coverage for the RPAYC, from Youth Sailing, Coaching, Sports Promotion and of course Club of the Year.  Also nominated is Lisa Ratcliff – a wonderful sailing Journo whose reports run just about every week. Lisa, a Pittwater resident, will run as our Profile of the Week for Issue 342, published December 17, for several very good reasons! 

Pictures: Manly Warringah District Junior Rugby League Football Club Presentation Evening 2017 by Brian Friend OAM

Aquatics: Operation Crayweed Update: Success As North Bondi Restoration Works Produce Next Generation Of Crayweed - Also This Week: Green Globe Award For UNSW SIMs Operation Crayweed Project by Wendy Frew UNSW - Visit: Palm Beach Seaweed Contributes To Reef Restoration - Bald Reef Gets New Growth With Seaweed Transplant - Issue 146, 2014 and Artists, Scientists And Children Celebrate Restoration Of Underwater Forests - Issue 287, 2016

Farr 40 class’ Middle Harbour Yacht Club One Design Trophy 2017 by Lisa Ratcliff

Park Bench Philosopher Gravitational Waves World-First Discovery Down Under by CSIRO and University of Sydney

Profile: Newport Bowling Club: is Celebrating 80 Years in 2018! Nestled behind the trees at the bottom of Newport hill is Newport Bowling Club.  A proud tradition started in April 1938 when 13 local men formed Newport and District Bowling Club, later changed to Newport Bowling and Recreation Club. With a Men's and Women's and Barefoot Bowling on Friday afternoons and Sunday mornings, this green oasis offers a peaceful place to enjoy a great sport amid sea breezes.

History:  The Macpherson Family of Wharriewood  The State Library of NSW has recently finished digitising the photos of William Joseph Macpherson and allows us insights into Warriewood, Narrabeen and Manly as well as glimpses of a family who put family and community first.

Front Page Issue 335

Bad News Story Turns Into GREAT News Story: Sacred Ochre At South Avalon Beach To Be Retained Through Immediate Positive Actions

B-Line Rally Calls For A Common Sense Approach To A Potential Problem

Heritage Grant For Church Point Cemetery from Office of Hon. Rob Stokes, MP for Pittwater

Pictures: Pittwater RSL and Avalon Beach RSL Community Grants 2017

Vestas 11th Hour Racing Wins Leg 1 Of The Volvo Ocean Race!

Highly Esteemed Bush Care Officer Leaving Northern Beaches For Northern Rivers: Helena Dewis

Aquatics: The Admiral’s Cup Anniversary Regatta on Sydney Harbour Will Celebrate First Australian Win of 1967

Park Bench Philosopher Greater Sydney Commission releases the Revised draft North District Plan for feedback: Mona Vale prioritised forUrban activation 

Reflections by George Repin: LAWRENCE HARGRAVE 1850-1915

Byron Bay Writers’ Festival 2017 by Robyn McWilliam

DIY Ideas: Johnson Brothers Mitre 10 Trade Centre at Mona Vale + Issue No 1 of Mitre 10’s inSITE Magazine for Tradies and Handymen

Woolworths Surfer Groms Comps Presented by Wahu; Coffs Harbour, Oct 28 - 29: Event 4 from Surfing NSW

Woolworths Surfer Groms Comps Presented by Wahu; Kiama, Oct 21 - 22: Event 3 from Surfing NSW: CONGRATULATIONS Cedar Leigh-Jones (Avalon), Rubie Trew (Seaforth), Fletcher Kelleher (Freshwater), Dane Dujic (Avalon) and Ben Zanatta Creagh (Dee Why) !

Smuggler First Entry For Sydney Short Ocean Racing Championship (25 and 26 November: MHYC - Standard entries close Friday 10 November)  by Di Pearson

A Date With The 2018 Festival Of Sails (January 26-28: RGYC) by Lisa Ratcliff

Profile: Bilgola Beach SLSC Surfboat Division: Bilgola Blackmores Surfboat Carnival Saturday 4th November 2107 Next weekend the spectacular and exciting sport of surf boat racing re-commences with the first carnival of the season at Bilgola Beach. Billy, as it is affectionately known throughout the Northern Beaches, has been hosting the season opener for decades. The summer’s first competition event is much anticipated, where the Northern Beaches crews come out of the winter hiatus and match skills and fitness off the beach. Surf Lifesaving Sydney Northern Beaches branch is the largest and most competitive surfboat racing community across Australia, in fact SNB has more competition crews than all of Queensland combined and always at the top end of that competition is Bilgola. This week we run a special insight as Profile of the Week courtesy of Mark Fitzgerald, Boat Captain at Bilgola

Front Page Issue 336:  Newport SLSC's Jake Lynch Awarded Surf Sports Athlete Of The Year At The National Surf Life Saving Awards Of Excellence +...

Pictures: Bilgola SLSC's 'Billy Boat Carnival' 2017

Local Surfers in the 2017 Port Stephens Toyota NSW Pro - Reports and brilliant photos from Surfing NSW

Kialoa II Crew Growing Mo’s For The Bro’s: November 1 is the start of Movember - by Lisa Ratcliff

Aquatics: Australian Sailing Awards 2017: The Winners - Also: Australian Sailing Hall Of Fame Inducts Olympians, Paralympians, America’s Cup Champions and Ocean Racers; local sailing legends!

Legendary Status Confirmed At 2017 Beneteau Cup (Pittwater Cup will be held on May 12th, 2018) by John Curnow

A Stroll Through Kings Park and Botanic Garden: Perth, Western Australia by Selena Griffith

Collector's Corner: Collecting Matchboxes: A Great Way To Explore History And Art: Phillumeny (also known as Phillumenism) is the hobby of collecting different match-related items: matchboxes, matchbox labels, matchbooks, matchcovers, matchsafes. The word, derived from Greek phil- [loving] + Latin lumen- [light], was introduced by the British collector Marjorie S. Evans in 1943

Profile: Jervis Sparks:  Born in Papua-New Guinea (Milne Bay) and educated at the Southport School, Queensland, Jervis once resided with his Canadian born wife Bridget, at cottage 2, Barranjoey Lightstation, Palm Beach, NSW. Jervis and Bridget are well known for their commitment to the heritage, historical and environmental concerns of the community, especially the Barrenjoey headland. They completely self-financed and restored their cottage from a gutted ruin to a comfortable last century residence, still without electricity, and as volunteers with the NPWS Chase Alive program they guided tours on the headland and shared their cottage with visitors.

Front Page Issue 337: Sydney Wildlife Go Wild Gala Goes Off,  Mick Glasheen's Emu in Milky Way Finale +++

Remembrance Day In Pittwater 2017: Addresses by Barrenjoy High School Captains Elijah Thomson and Ella Couston

Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern Beaches And Palm Beach SLSC Host Fast Fives On Palm Beach: November 11, 2017

Pictures: Pittwater: A Very Aquatic Life! -  Palm Beach Longboarders Old Mal - Old Log Rally 2017, North Avalon Surfriders Association  Vs. Newport Plus Boardriders in the 'Battle of Bends 2017, SLS SNB and Palm Beach SLSC Hosts Fast Fives, RPAYC Hosts Opti Chicks Weekend; Speakers Tash Bryant and Annie Wilmot

Aquatics: 2017 Harken International Youth Match Racing Regatta: Hosted By The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, Wednesday 22 November to Sunday 26 November 2017 - Eligible Skippers Finalised! 

Pittwater Ocean Swim Series 2017-2018: Bilgola December 10th, Newport January 7th, Avalon January 14th, Mona Vale January 21st, The Big Swim January 28th

Reflections by George Repin: THE CORINTH CANAL

Artist of the Month: November 2017: Mick Glasheen The Art Of Mick Glasheen: Drawing On The Land, Garigal Country - You are invited to the exhibition opening of Northern Beaches Artist, Mick Glasheen, whose work is known and loved by many of us on the Peninsula. Mick is holding his first public exhibition of his extraordinary panoramic drawings and paintings of the sandstone plateaus, caves and beaches of Pittwater. Mick brings the landscape to life in a way that few other artists have done. 

To prelude this wonderful exhibition Mick will be adding more of his works into his November Artist of the Month page in the lead up to opening night - please revisit his page in the coming weeks to see these breath taking works which may be viewed in full size from opening night.

Opening Saturday 2 December, 2pm - 5pm; running over three weekends in December; 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 & 17 December, 2017, 8am - 5pm

Profile: Avalon Preservation Association The Avalon Preservation Association, also known as Avalon Preservation Trust, is a not for profit volunteer community group incorporated under the NSW Associations Act, established 50 years ago. We are committed to protecting your interests – to keeping guard over our natural and built environment throughout the Avalon area. Membership of the association is open to all those residents and/or ratepayers of Avalon Beach and adjacent areas who support the aims and objectives of our Association.

In APA, we care for Avalon because we live here.

All APA asks from you is the opportunity and means to look after the attractions of the area in which we live. Which amounts to your support and a nominal $10.00 per annum membership fee. We need both. Join APA now.

History:  The Pittwater YHA Celebrating 50 Years on November 19, 2017: All Welcome - a glance back at the beginnings of the YHA that rates 100% year in-year out

Park Bench Philosopher Pittwater Summer Houses 2017-2018: a 1916 Cottage and Palm Beach House - precursor for this Summer's focus on great homes and visitors of the past

Front Page Issue 338: Lots!

Mona Vale Road East Upgrade: Proposed Lease Of Land To Roads And Maritime Services (RMS) - Council Invites You to Have Your Say

Palm Beach Sailing Club's Beware The Bullets Regatta 2017: 51st Annual Off The Beach Sailfest Spills And Thrills On Day 1

Avalon Art Show 2017 - the Mixed Palette Art Show and Sale

Newport SLSC Hosts Round 2 Of The SLS SNB Surf Boat Premiership 2017-18

MC38 2017-18 On Pittwater: Hooley Dooley: Hooligan’s MC38 Summer Series First Day by Lisa Ratcliff

WWI Historian Presents New Film On The Beersheba Charge At Avalon Beach Historical Society Meeting: Dr. Jonathon King's new documentary focuses on those glorious horses and experiences of Light Horsemen from interviews with those men - final edit will include 2017 re-enactment

Going Wild For The Wild Ones! by Lynleigh Greig - fundraising for the Sydney Wildlife Mobile Clinic has gone over halfway - see the social and fundraising event pictures of the season and find out how you can help make the Sydney Wildlife Mobile Clinic a Reality

Pictures: Avalon Beach SLSC Fun Gala Day, Launching 'DIGGER' IRB, Life Members' Ken Davo And Don Imo 90th Birthdays by Roger Sayers 

Aquatics: 2018 Pittwater To Paradise Regatta: Entries Closing December 1st, 2017 - Blink And You Might Miss The Entry Cut-Off by Lisa Ratcliff

Pygmy Possums In Their Sights (2017) by Lesley Stevens

Goodstart Cromer, 2017 Winners of State and National award for Sustanability Practice, are Joining Pittwater’s Pygmy Possum Project

Profile: Michael 'Mick' Dooley:  We're Super Stoked this week to be bringing you a small insight into an Australian legend and Pittwater resident - the 1964 Bell's winner, when it was still the Bell's Beach Easter Rally, and the gentleman who won the 1962 Metropolitan Championship at Bondi and was in the water, and finals, not on the beach, in the 1964 World Championships at Manly. COWABUNGA! Over the falls, and over to the Profile of the Week page you go!

Front Page Issue 339: 

B-Line Services Reaches Its Day One: Wait And See If Modifications May Be Needed

Pictures: Newport's Bushlink 'From The Crown To The Sea' Paths: Celebrating Over 20 Years Of Community Volunteer Bushcare Results: The pathways wend through the Crown of Newport Reserve, Porter’s Reserve, Attunga Reserve and the Kanimbla Reserve.

Aquatics: 25th Anniversary Harken International Youth Match Racing Championship hosted by The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club on Pittwater

Next Gen Lifesavers Network For Future by Surf Life Saving NSW

A Late Spring Stroll Through Kosciuszko National Park: The Main Range Walk  Geoff Searl has shared a few photos of his ‘walks’ during past years, one memorable one being the 84 kilometres South Coast Track trek through Tasmania that was followed by an even more challenging in Western Australia. This week he has completed a 30 k hike in 2 days. We pleaded with Geoff to share some photos on his return and not only has he done justice to the beauty of this place, he also, ever the mindful and passionate Historian, captured some images of what was seen along the way that has a local connection in one particular instance.

Reflections by George Repin: MALTA

Park Bench Philosopher: Women In The Surf Life Saving Movement As Life Savers: From At Least 1910 - Awarded Medals For Saving Lives From 1880 In NSW 

ProfileJennifer 'Jen' Spencer Warriewood SLSC Host Round 3 of the 2017-2018 SLS SNB Surfboat Premiership next Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 - a great chance and opportunity to see some of the best in the business in action and also spend a few great hours on that wonderful little beach tucked away beneath the green head of Turimetta and meet the people who are part of that surf life saving club. One of them is Jen Spencer, Club Captain for four years, now Warriewood SLSC’s first ever female President, who was also the first Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern Beaches branch female member to get her jetski ticket. A Gold Medallion holder and, as result after result has come in through the various surf life saving carnivals at state and local level for years where Jen Spencer’s name pops up again and again in the 1st place, a gold medal holder too. A sports dynamo with a more than healthy approach to life, Jen is one who invests large in others and in community with her time, her energy through communicating the best to bring out the best.

History:  Pittwater Fishermen: The Sly Family Narrabeen Exploits and Manly Community Contributors - The First Surfboat on Manly Beach - men and women of this family made massive contributions to our area, even if they had a fracas or two

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Pittwater High’s Inaugural Surfing Cup by Daniel Burton, Surfing Coordinator    

7 Little Ducklings: Just Keep Paddling - Australian Wood Duck family take over local pool by Peta Wise 

It’s A Wrap Bush Bound Lifesavers Head Home: Australia's most popular primary aged surf education program has closed the books on another successful season with almost 9000 NSW country students taking part in a lesson on surf safety from our volunteer lifesavers last week. Find out more about FLAGS; F for find the flags, L for look for the signs and read them, A for ask a lifesaver if you’ve got any questions or need help, G for get a friend, always swim with a friend and then S is also being to signal for help so explaining to them what they need to do if they get into trouble. From Surf Life Saving New South Wales

Tyler Wright Wins WSL World Title No 2 In Epic Conditions At Maui Pro by Surfing Australia

Pictures: The Art Of Mick Glasheen: Drawing On The Land, Garigal Country Now Open - The Opening Event - some Social Snaps

Aquatics: 2017 Surf Dive n Ski Australian Junior Surfing Titles at Culburra Beach by Surfing NSW

DIY Ideas: Preparing Al Fresco Areas for Christmas Get-Togethers and Summer Visitors

Take A Wander Down Australian Yachting Memory Lane (Admiral’s Cup 50th anniversary regatta in Sydney this weekend) by Di Pearson

Profile: Don and Beryl ImisonAvalon Beach SLSC’s first 60 Year Service Awards went to Life Members Max Watt, Doug Crane, Ken Davidson, Don Imison and Reg Wood in 2006, 11 years ago. 

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Christmas Cheers From The Critters by Lynleigh Greig

NSW Interbranch Championships 2017: SNB Leads after Day 1 

B-Line Two Weeks On: Feedback Being Monitored - Newport Residents Update

LGNSW Conference 2017: Overview - Labor Councillors win President, Treasurer and Vice Presidencies, Motions carried: against the State Government takeover of planning powers through IHAP legislation + the requirement that where an amalgamation with one or more councils is proposed there be a binding referendum in each council area asking voters if they want their council to be amalgamated or not. Not discussed: Transfer plan making provisions in SEPP 19 to a Ministerial Direction: Urban Bushland

Pictures: Carols At The Beach 2017

Woolworths Australian Junior Surfing Team Announced

Aquatics: The 2017 Sydney to Hobart: Classics, Supermaxis, an All Women Crew and an Invictus Games 2018 Prelude, the Ashes on Water Test + Some Pittwater Sailors

Reflections by George Repin: SNAPSHOTS OF AMSTERDAM

Farr 40 Newcastle One Design Trophy 2017 by Lisa Ratcliff

Park Bench Philosopher 2017 Reprises (Readers Requests); Avalon Beach North Headland Indian Face 'Falls': An Everchanging Coastline

Pittwater Ocean Swim Series 2017-2018: Bilgola December 10th, Newport January 7th, Avalon January 14th, Mona Vale January 21st, The Big Swim January 28th

Profile: Avalon Beach SLSC’s Surfboat Division - the U23's Women's Avocados have been chosen as Australian representatives in the Trans Tasman 2018, a role the ABSLSC U23's Mens Pinkies won in 2016. Their Antiques Masters Ladies are World Champions, their Reserves Mens can rung rings around those a quarter their age. Last Issue we shared an insight into one of this surf club's Life Members, Don Imison - this week the dynamic present and future that strives to create one club atmosphere - these boaties should be poster people for how good surf life saving is!

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Palm Beach Walkway and Landscape Plans Misses A Few Consult, Coastal Study and Historic Storm Marks - Boardwalk Wipeout

Pictures: Pittwater’s 2017: a few of the articles run along with the images from these.

The Rise Of The Cruising Season: A Look At Some Early Australian sailers and Local Visitor Beauties

Aquatics: Frantic Double Back For Club Marine Pittwater To Paradise Regatta by Lisa Ratcliff

Dolls - No 4 In: Really Bad Poetry For Children

Park Bench Philosopher Invitation To Come Play Summer Will Leave Mona Vale Public School Accessible To All

Surf Life Saving Australia’s 2017 National Coastal Safety Report

Windsor Bridge: Planned Destruction Of Historic Link With A Pittwater Connection -  Upper House Parliamentary Inquiry into Windsor Bridge replacement program accepting submissions until January 28th

Christmas Cheers From The Critters by Lynleigh Greig

The 2017 Sydney to Hobart: Classics, Supermaxis, an All Women Crew and an Invictus Games 2018 Prelude, the Ashes on Water Test + Some Pittwater Sailors

2017 Reprises (Readers Requests); Avalon Beach North Headland Indian Face 'Falls': An Everchanging Coastline

Pittwater Ocean Swim Series 2017-2018: Newport January 7th, Avalon January 14th, Mona Vale January 21st, The Big Swim January 28th

Profile: Lisa Ratcliff On Course Communications The lady whose sailing articles features every week in specialist sailing magazines, as well as here, in her own hometown news service, has been nominated for sailing awards for her work multiple times and won the 2007 Yachting Australia media award. The proprietor of On Course Communications (OCC)Lisa is a Freelance event manager and event journalist/PR professional specialised in covering sailing events and classes in Australia and internationally. Lisa Ratcliff is industry recognised and has been awarded for her work covering most of the major Australian regattas and races including the Rolex Sydney Hobart yacht race, Hamilton Island Race Week and World Sailing Series, as well as covering three world championships in different classes. With over 20 years experience in sailing journalism you could say that saltwater is in her blood - so much so that this year she's sailing the Sydney to Hobart, the legendary race her pen has brought you details of through years past  - which is a whole other side of a mainsheet! This week, that lady who brings you your sailing news every week takes the final turn for 2017 as a Pittwater Online News Profile of the Week.

History:  Pittwater Fishermen: The Sly Family Narrabeen Exploits and Manly Community Contributors - men and women of this family made massive contributions to our area, even if they had a fracas or two

Artist of the Month: December 2017 - January 2018  Robyn McWilliam's Malevolent Desire - Published by Rob McWilliam on Amazon also available as an e-bookReviewed by:  Pippa Kay; If you are looking for a fast-paced read this book is for you. The reader is drawn into the suspense because the author makes us care about the characters, despite their flaws. Sanderson, the hard-drinking detective, loses his best friend and colleague and blames himself. Initially he doesn’t get on with his new side-kick, Fyurk. Jill, the academic, with her insecurities, is sympathetically drawn, and the victim’s friends and fellow students are an interesting but credible group of university students. Chapter.1 Sample and More available here

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Polo By The Sea 2018: Over A Hundred Years Of Loving This Game In Pittwater

Newport's Pool To Peak Swims Commence One For Younger Swimmers: Three More In Pittwater Ocean Swim Series To Come: Mona Vale January 21st, The Big Swim January 28th, Avalon postponed to April 8th

News From The Nesting Box: January 2018 by Lesley Stevens

Frantic Digs Deep To Take Line Honours In The Club Marine Pittwater To Paradise Regatta 2018

Pictures: Summer in Pittwater 2018: A mix of what's been happening during the first few weeks of 2018, including some stunners from regular Contributors!

Aquatics: NOPSEMA Acceptance Decision for Seismic Testing off Newcastle and Central Coast Paves Way for Gas Exploration in our Waters

A Broken Boom Could Not Stop An Emotional Return For Kialoa II by Bruce Montgomery, RSHYR

Reflections by George Repin: CAFÉ CENTRAL – VIENNA

DIY Ideas Summer De-bug; Mosquitoes, flies, cockroaches and ants - how to keep the outdoors insects where they belong.

Food: Summer Vegetable: Beetroot - currently in season, the humble and ancient beetroot. If you can't get enough of them and are looking for some new ways to enjoy them, a few ideas follow; Carrot and beetroot fritters, Beetroot, Goats Cheese & Walnut Salad, Beetroot Hummus, Chocolate Beetroot Cake. Plus: New Research Finds Sweet Cherries Can Help Reduce Weight Gain

Profile: Be Brave Artspace Be Brave Artspace is a new Gallery and Studio in Avalon showcasing talented artists and inspiring those in the community who share a passion for colour, form and creativity. Be Brave Artspace was an idea that grew out of a love of all things creative. The gallery opened it's doors on December 1st 2017. On street level a light, spacious gallery is set to deliver dynamic exhibitions of local and Sydney based artists.  Downstairs there is a workshop and studio for creators to be bold and fearless, a space where artists can exhibit, create, connect and be inspired. Tina Berkeley is the lady who has opened the Be Brave Artspace. We caught up with her this week to find out more.

History:  Pittwater Fishermen: Barrenjuie Days from six weeks after Europeans landed here until a few years ago, fishing off this landmark has been the site historic moments in our fishing development

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North Narrabeen Surfers Carving It Up At 2018 Carve Pro At Maroubra Beach. Finals day - today, Sunday January 21st; broadcast live on the 20th and 21st at and on the WSL App. 

Angophora Costata: Trees In Your Streets - Pittwater

Wyong Coal Mine Granted Approval: Water Not Coal Becomes Coal NOT Water

2018 Surf Life Saving Interstates Championships: New South Wales Wins!

Little Ripper UAV In World First Rescue by Surf Life Saving NSW

'Wright Of Passage' Opportunity For Youth: Wright of Passage is a new and innovative fully funded (FREE) program from Sailors with disABILITIES (SWD) and TAFE Meadowbank for teenagers over the age of 16 who are disengaged with learning. Students will fully refurbish a 53ft Herreshoff ketch and complete the course with a Level II Certificate in Boating Services. They will then get to sail her to Tassie. Apply to join the program!

Pictures: Sydney Art Space (Mona Vale) 2018 Exhibition Of Sculpture, Drawing And Painting

Aquatics: Rip Curl GromSearch Pres. by Flight Centre National Final from Surfing NSW + great Action photos  by Ethan Smith / Surfing NSW

Park Bench Philosopher 2017 – The 182nd Australia Day Regatta Began As Anniversary Day Regatta: Pittwater will be represented this year at the annual Australia Day Regatta with a Regatta being conducted by Avalon Sailing Club, with BYRA members helping out as volunteers, the delightful Boating Parade by members of the RMYC – Broken Bay at Newport, with prizes for Best Dressed Boat, Captain and Crew - assembling at Careel Bay at 11.30 a.m. and everyone who has a boat just getting out on the water. On Saturday January 27th the wonderful Woody Point Yacht Club will hold their annual Putt Putt  Regatta, with a focus on fun. In 2014 we ran a small insight into the rise of boat races and regattas in Sydney which new readers may not have had an opportunity to enjoy. With the long weekend coming up, a reprise may inspire finding an estuary side seat to enjoy the action and fun happening next weekend.

Profile: Bayview Yacht Racing Association (BYRA) - Rob Warnes, Commodore of BYRA, has a passion for sharing the great waters of Pittwater and a love of sailing with everyone aged 8 to 80 or over! "This year rather than having a particular day or morning for TRY A SAIL it has been decided that every Sunday is a TRY A SAIL Day and we welcome newcomers." Rob told us this week. "At this time of year, new members can join for the second half of the season at a 50% discount. So, if you have friends interested let them know." BYRA, Pittwater’s Family orientated Sailing Club, is holding a Learn to Sail course in the sheltered waters off the Clubhouse in Bayview this week. Youngsters from 8 and 14 years are welcome. Over the three days the course their Australia Sailing qualified coaches will introduce the sport of Sailing, regulations and safety, with lots of educational activities for the kids to learn in a safe environment.

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Australia Day Awards 2018 Recognise Outstanding Community Service Of Ken Hughes AFSM, OAM + List of Awardees includes Angus Gordon

Protect Pittwater January 2018 Update

Woody Point Yacht Club's 2018 Putt-Putt Regatta

Avalon Sailing Club Hosts Pittwater Leg Of Australia Day Regatta 2018

Pictures: A Long Weekend ON Pittwater by Peta Wise, Neil Johnston, Jools Farrell, Penny Gleen, Royal Motor Yacht Club Broken Bay, Avalon Sailing Club, Woody Point Yacht Club, Zonta Club of the Northern Beaches

Hy-Brasil, Avalon Beach - Pittwater Summer Houses; History - Round III

The Initial “Ride For Aboriginal Peoples” - join in 2019's run!

Pasadena On Pittwater Update: January 2018 - "PASADENA Waterside Boutique Hotel & Restaurant" set to open in March

Aquatics: Surfing Australia Completes Historic Olympic Readiness Camp - North Narrabeen surfer Cooper Chapman along with Matt Wilkinson (Copacabana), Adrian Buchan (Avoca Beach) and Wade Carmichael (Avoca Beach) have attended Surfing Australia's highly successful three-day Olympic Readiness Camp as the journey toward the Tokyo 2020 games ramped up this week in Northern New South Wales at the Hurley Surfing Australia High-Performance Centre (HPC)

Reflections by George Repin: THE FORBIDDEN CITY – BEIJING, CHINA

RS Aero Worlds Head Down Under In 2019 by Lisa Ratcliff

DIY Ideas DIY Summer Projects: Install A Fountain Or Water Feature -Installing a fountain can involve as much or as little work as you want. You can work from a kit that assembles all the components for you or choose something you just have to have and adapt it. With so many beautiful fountains and water features available you can choose something that suits your taste and your garden or verandah area.

Food: RIVA Bar and Kitchen Summer visitors mean Summer entertaining and at least one opportunity for the home cook to have a night off to enjoy their company. Our guest is a bit of a foodie and has eaten in the best places available Australia wide, so we were keen for his appraisal and to treat him to a night out in the old town. This is modern Australian cuisine featuring fresh ingredients on a superb Lunch, Dinner and Street food menu.

Collector's Corner: Black Bakelite Telephone: Early Pittwater Phone Numbers  This early phone, which had to be plugged in, came with its old Palm Beach number prefix of 919 still visible - only this wasn't the first telephone number prefix for our area - we began with single numbers and double letters in some cases, until the building of the Mona Vale Exchange and more callers/users.

Park Bench Philosopher A Giggle From Post-WWII Avalon Beach For Those Frayed At The Edges At The End Of The Summer School Holidays: WIFE FORCE WINS THROUGH  by NIGEL PALETHORPE, 1946 

Profile: Northern Beaches Art Society  Website: The Northern Beaches Art Society is a non-profit community organisation run by a volunteer group of people interested in visual arts. The Society aims to promote and encourage artists to exhibit their paintings through several art exhibitions held during the year. There is also a program of demonstrations and workshops held at the end of each month and En Plein mornings twice a month during seasons that suit this. We welcome traditional and contemporary artists and non-exhibiting art lovers.

The Northern Beaches Art Society was formerly known as North Shore Art Society, and was formed in 1946, in Mosman by Dr. Elliot Smith. Meetings and exhibitions were held at Mosman Town Hall till the mid 1980’s when the Society moved to the Narrabeen Tramshed. We have held demonstrations and workshops at the Avalon Recreation Centre, and at the Scout Hall, Bilarong Reserve, Narrabeen. For 2018 we have moved to the Terrey Hills Community Centre, 15 Yulong Avenue, Terrey Hills. Usually three exhibitions are held each year at various venues when members can exhibit and sell their works. One of these opens at Warriewood Shopping Centre this week and runs February 2nd to 6th.

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Bayview Golf Club Development Proposal  Reignites 'How To' Keep The Wildlife Corridor And Community Safe Questions

SLS SNB Rescue Of The Month For December 2017: Whale Beach SLSC

Avalon Quilters 2018 Exhibition Of Members Work and AMDF Raffle Quilt Touches Stars: Friday 9th and Saturday 10th of March 2018: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Avalon Uniting Church

Teenagers Swap Bush For Beach On Northern Beaches Exchange; Northern Beaches teenagers will soon have the opportunity to apply be part of the exchange to Brewarrina in April as part of 2018 National Youth Week celebrations

NSW Lifesavers Win Inaugural Youth Cup by Surf Life Saving New South Wales

Pictures: Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern Beaches Branch Begins Branch Championships Weekends: Masters, Boats, Belles and Outstanding Junior Lifesavers 

Hy-Brasil, Avalon Beach - Pittwater Summer Houses; History - Round III

Lots of Local Sailor Triumphs in Recent Days:

Local Sailors Excell At 2018 World Cup Series Miami: More Medals For Olympians Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin, first hitout for Natasha Bryant and Annie Wilmot in 49er in World Cup events

Marcus Blackmore's Ammonite Wins The 2018 New Zealand Millennium Cup - on Australia Day 2018!

Aquatics: RPAYC Women Skippers In 2018 Hardy Cup Sydney International Match Racing Regatta: begins today, Feb. 4

Park Bench Philosopher  2018 Ferry Name Reach For Longevity In An Environment Crusader and An Environment Author To Engage The Young Needs The Gibbs-Turner Original Magic Button

Artist of the Month: February 2018  - Willi Michalski – Studio Potter  For the past 30 years master ceramicist, Willi Michalski, has been creating one-off pieces in his Church Point studio. Willi has spent decades researching and refining his technique for glaze-on-glaze decoration and, gas reduction firing, with resounding success. Over the years he has developed his own unique style, often creating generously sized pieces, with immediately identifiable sculptural forms.

Profile: Avalon Soccer Club - If you are new to Football or the Avalon Soccer club and have any questions, please come down to our registration/information day being held at the Avalon Soccer Club house at Careel Bay playing fields on Saturday the 10th February 2018. Club representatives will be there to answer all your questions and to assist you on how to register on-line. Boots, Balls, Shin pads, bags, shorts and club clothing will also be available to be purchased. It’s a chance to get all the info for the coming season, meet the Age Co-Ordinators, other kids and parents and get to know a bit more about our great club. The Club Shop will also be open all day for all your kit needs.  There are some merchandise examples and a price list on our dedicated pageWe’ll be around from 9am-5pm so come down to clubhouse, say hi and get ready for a terrific season 2018. Avalon Soccer Club is an amateur club situated at the northern end of Sydney’s Northern Beaches. As a club we pride ourselves on our friendly, family club environment. The club is comprised of over a thousand players aged from 5 to 70, who enjoy playing the beautiful game at a variety of levels and is entirely run by a group of highly dedicated volunteers. In 2012 we celebrated the 30th anniversary of the amalgamation of the Avalon Junior and Senior Clubs. Online Registration is also open.

Front Page Issue 347: Summer in Pittwater means 'Show Us Your Dooleys' to Palm Beach Longboarders  + A Few Other Pictures from this week!

Pictures: 2017/18 Hobie 14, Hobie 16, Women and Youth State Titles hosted by Palm Beach Sailing Club - Day 1

Vissla Great Lakes Pro 2018: spectacular surfing this week from local and O.S. surfers - Finals day today (Feb 11) - report by Surfing NSW

Clare Costanzo WINS Hardy Cup 2018: First Female Skipper - First All Female Team To Take Out Prestigious Match Racing Event

Avalon Beach SLSC Launches A New Surf Boat - The Roland Luke

Wildlife Wins! by Lynleigh Greig

Whale Beach Patrol Honoured For Top Rescue: SLS NSW Rescue Of The Month - In January were announced SLSSNB Rescue of the Month

Aquatics: Tiny Turtle Hatching Time At Warriewood Wetlands: Also - Get Involved With Frog ID! or Apply for a Restoration Grant

Warringah Pittwater District RFS Brigades Volunteers: A Busy Spring And Summer Serving The Community Over 2017/2018

Council tackling significant pollution incident at Beacon Hill: anyone with information is asked to contact Council on 1300 434 434

Sailors With DisAbilities To Help Disengaged and Disabled Youth: project ‘Wright of Passage’ will restore old Herreshoff 53'; learn skills for employment in the marine and allied industries; first TAFE intake is 19 February; focus is on teenagers, but anyone up to 30 can apply. Any young person interested should contact us regardless of the timeline. Donations, including boat products sought

Problem Boat And Trailer Parking Areas Targeted Under Six Month Trial

Days For Girls In Avalon For PFOS from Peta Wise

Reflections by George Repin: A RIDE ON THE JUNGFRAU RAILWAY - 1954

Vissla Sydney Surf Pro Set To Launch (At Manly 24 February - 4 March, 2018): Info About Community Partnership Program and The Key Sun Zinke Sydney Pro Junior Event Was Added This Week

Park Bench Philosopher Bondi's Black Sunday Remembered 80 Years On: Australia's Largest Mass Rescue

Profile: Scotland Island Residents Association  Website:  Scotland Island is a thriving, vibrant and welcoming community situated in the Pittwater estuary, Sydney, Australia. Around 1000 people live here, some as weekenders, others as permanent residents. Accessed by water only, the island is a refuge for natural forests, bushland reserves and native animals. Visitors love the shimmering water and gentle pace. Residents love the sense of community and adventure. SIRA is an association of Scotland Island residents, and is collectively the voice of the Scotland Island community and a key provider of services to families living on the island. The SIRA committee advocates for residents in addressing issues relating to off-shore sustainability and community well-being. SIRA was established in 1955 at a meeting at Bangalla and since then has become a vital part of island life. All islanders are encouraged to join SIRA via the SIRA self service portal at: Information about other ways to join can be found there too. Membership is $15 per year per individual. 

Front Page Issue 348: Avalon Beach Avocados Win Their Trans Tasman Test Debut + NSW Wins the Surf Boat Interstates + More

Tumbarumba Delivers Valentine’s Day Divorce Proposal To State Government: Pittwater locals joined a rally this week supporting Tumbarumba residents who came to the big smoke to deliver a proposal to the NSW Government demanding a council demerger

Spotted On Pittwater: Michelle Lee's Different World's Canoe: This Lady is Getting Ready To Row Solo Across The Atlantic - Fundraiser at The Quays Marina, Bayview on March 24th

By The Left Veterans Initiative: Younger And Female Veterans Have Served Too - Avalon Beach ANZAC Day March 2018; Sub-Branch encouraging all female Veterans to March With Us

Church Point Carpark Reserved Parking Space Scheme: EOI's Now Open + we've included some Stage of Works News and Photos for younger Readers who may have an interest in Civil Engineering

Pictures: 2018 Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern Beaches Branch Championships Results for Surf Boats and Masters

Aquatics: Tiny Membrane Makes Sydney Harbour "Drinkable": New Graphair Technology Has Potential To Save Lives Worldwide - from CSIRO

DIY Ideas: Late Summer and Early Autumn Projects: A Shed For All Storage Solutions + Garden Tasks + Keeping Our Waterways Clean

Coastal Connection Key To Conservation: Connecting the Chinese community with the coast was the theme behind an interactive rock pool walk at Long Reef Aquatic Reserve recently

Change As Good As A Holiday For Young Lifesavers: City to Country and Country to City Exchange Program - Hamish Christie (Long Reef SLSC), selected to represent NSW at the Annual Lifeguard Exchange in New Zealand next month - from Surf Life Saving NSW

Park Bench Philosopher City Of Sydney Chinese New Year's Celebrations: Lunar Lanterns At Circular Quay And Community Performances CNY Festival Runs Until March 4th, 2018 - photos courtesy Selena Griffith and City of Sydney Council

Avalon Quilters 2018 Exhibition Of Members Work and AMDF Raffle Quilt Touches Stars: Friday 9th and Saturday 10th of March: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in Avalon Uniting Church Hall

Profile: Willi Michalski – Master Potter  For the past 30 years master ceramicist, Willi Michalski, has been creating one-off pieces in his Church Point studio. He began in Wollongong decades ago being taught by renowned Australian Artists Ivan and Patricia Englund in 1961 and has recently been honoured by Wollongong Council for his contribution to that city.

History:  Pittwater Summer Houses: A Tent At Palm Beach's Governor Phillip Park 'Neath Barrenjoey Having commenced this series with A Tent at Tent Basin, a glimpse into life at the Avalon Camping Grounds, and the once popular Bilgola Camping Grounds and even those who like the seclusion of Whale Beach or the community atmosphere that marked Narrabeen Camping grounds, this one is for all those who have written 'when is it Palm Beach's turn?!';

Front Page Issue 349: Manly Delivers For Opening Day Of Key Sun Zinke Sydney Pro Junior, Narrabeen Lakes Sailing Club Hosting 2018 Heron NSW Youth Championships, Summer Becomes Autumn in Pittwater

2018 Poppy Wall For Avalon Beach RSL To Be Hand-Knitted And Hand Made With Love: knitting/crochet group meets on Mondays at 12, Craft group meets Wednesdays at 2pm; donations of handmade poppies can be dropped in; red wool also needed

2018 Interstate Surfboat Championships, Trans-Tasman Test And Navy ASRL Open: Results, Winners Snaps and Wraps - Reports by Surf Life Saving NSW and Navy ASRL. Photos by Avalon Beach SLSC, Surf Life Saving NSW, Navy ASRL, Julie Hegarty and Bill Sheridan, 2018

Pictures: Last Weekend of Summer 2017-2018; a Glance Back at Another Glorious Season

Aquatics: Vissla Sydney Surf Pro. At Manly: 24th of February to 4th of March - bringing top level, international surfing back to the historic and iconic Manly Beach in 2018; over 20 countries will be represented in local, junior and World Surf League Qualifying Series 6000 events. The Vissla Sydney Surf Pro will also host a number of off-beach activations and festivities that will be centralised around the Corso area for the whole family

Marcus Blackmore Enters Latest Buy In Sydney Harbour Regatta: entry deadline is midnight on Monday 26 February - By Di Pearson

Naming Faceless Fish From The Australian Eastern Abyss from CSIRO

Reflections by George Repin: SNAPSHOTS IN THE HIGHLANDS OF SCOTLAND – 1954

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Retracing Governor Phillip's Footsteps Around Pittwater: The Mystery Of The Cove On The East Side by Geoff Searl and Roger Sayers - This coming week marks the 230th anniversary of Governor Phillip sailing past Avalon and Palm Beach on 2 March 1788 and entering Pittwater for the first time on 5 March 1788.   This Issue a revised version of the earlier story in Pittwater Online News ...includes a map showing Geoff Searl and Roger Sayers assessment of his most likely routes in out and around Pittwater on 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 March 1788.

When you're out and about on Pittwater this week - have a look around and think about what occurred here 230 years ago this week!

Plans Accelerate For Mona Vale Road East Upgrade - from Office of The Hon. Rob Stokes, MP for Pittwater

Youngsters Gearing Up For State Champs Glory: Surf Life Saving NSW 

Pictures: Champion Lifesavers Headline Opening State Champs Act by Surf Life saving NSW

Aquatics: Vissla Sydney Surf Pro. At Manly: 24th of February to 4th of March - bringing top level, international surfing back to the historic and iconic Manly Beach in 2018; over 20 countries will be represented in local, junior and World Surf League Qualifying Series 6000 events. The Vissla Sydney Surf Pro will also host a number of off-beach activations and festivities that will be centralised around the Corso area for the whole family

Black-Necked Stork, Mycteria Australis, Now Endangered In NSW, Once Visited Pittwater:  DONATIONS TO THE AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM DURING APRIL, 1855. A fine specimen of the male gigantic crane, Mycteria Australis, shot at a lagoon, near Pittwater. Mr. George Lamont, Pittwater. DONATIONS TO THE AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM DURING APRIL, 1855. (1855, May 7). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 5. Retrieved from  +  DONATIONS TO THE AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM. JULY, 1855. mysteria Australis, or gigantic crane (female), shot at Pittwater-by Mr. George Mills, Bathurst-street. DONATIONS TO THE AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM. (1855, August 6). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 4. Retrieved from 

Park Bench Philosopher Manly's Early Sand Sculptors: How Pennies Can Become Pounds and Found A New Art;  It's finals day at the Vissla Sydney Pro in Manly today, Sunday March 4th - to celebrate all things surfing and getting on the sand, a look into what else has happened with the sands of Manly - and Palm Beach!; A few years ago Pittwater Online News ran a page on the annual Palm Beach Castles in the Sand event  which would raise funds for Cure Cancer Australia Foundation.

Australia, by dint of being an island with lots and lots of sand, and trucking it to places where it's needed if absent, hosts one of the healthiest sand sculptor calendars in the world - we love our sand sculptures and sculptors and we love our Art - we love making Castles in the sand, and have for a while now...

Food: Autumn Classics: Kale, Ricotta And Chicken Cannelloni - If you’re like us, empty-nesters who have to run 7 days a week, you may find a roast chicken on Sunday means leftovers. Here is a simple recipe to turn leftovers into a feast a few days later that’s loaded with a few ancient ingredients that are still proving their worth in beneficial health today. 

Profile: Coco Elder One of our premier Pittwater artists, who finishes her last Pittwater Artists Trail Open weekend for the time being with the March 10-11 event for the trail is Coco Elder, a creator of luminous works that capture the colour, essence and shape of our landscape. To have just one of these works should be the aim of everyone who lives here - there is something inherently sacred in this ladies' works that communicates the fundamental beauty of the area we're living in and allows you to have something at once filled with blazing light and also a sense of peace. These are celebrations that focus on the miniature as well as the larger scope of big open skies meeting glorious bush. How did she get to be so good at making these works? This week a small insight into one of our premier local Artists who also features as the March 2018 Artist of the Month

History:  Pittwater Summer Houses: The Cabin, Palm Beach - The Pink House Of The Craig Family - Set atop Palm Beach on Pacific road is a home that only served as a place to enjoy summer but became a year round residence for a Sydney family and a place in which they entertained many prominent Australian Artists and visiting Artistes. Called by many 'The Pink House' this premises name via its owners was  'The Cabin', indicating its original size and use as a Summer refuge. The original owners were Dr. Robert Gordon and Maria Graeme Craig. 

Artist of the Month: March 2018  - Coco Elder - Carvings Drawings Ceramics  -  Coco is a practicing artist specialising in Painting and Ceramics. Alongside her teaching position in Visual Arts at a high school on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, Coco has also been a Lecturer at the College of Fine Arts (COFA) at UNSW. Her greatest inspiration and love of life is the Australian natural landscape. As a child, Coco learnt to shape pots from clay found on the side of the road with weekends spent in the Blue Mountains. Her Father, also a painter, instilled the love of oil paints and dabbling with the elements of texture, colour and movement, along with inspiring aspects of Expressionism, Abstraction and painting with light.

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The Big Wave Project By Tim Bonython The Big Winner at 2018 Surfing Australia Awards

Draft Code Of Meeting Practice Now On Exhibition For Feedback - Amendment To Retain Public Forum By Councillor De Luca, Seconded By Councillor Ferguson, Means Vox Populi To Persist At Present 

2018 Pittwater Woman Of The Year: Gailene Keen, Fundraising and Development Manager at the Be Centre, Warriewood

Express Yourself 2018 Award Winners Announced: On Show At MAG&M Until April 1

Pictures: Avalon Quilters 2018 Exhibition Of Members Work A Bright Star Of Handmade Love: The Avalon Quilters Exhibition of their work and show was open on Friday and Saturday 9th and 10th March 2018. See some of the quilts that were on display!

Aquatics: 2018 NSW Surf Life Saving Championships Masters and Opens Competitions: Newport Cleans Up Competition in Opens The 2018 NSW Surf Life Saving Championships has continued at Blacksmiths Beach, Swansea Belmont from 7 - 11 March with the Masters and Open Competitions. Over 1,000 of the state's finest Masters and over 2,000 Opens athletes have been having a great time being great athletes. A few of the highlights, reports and photographs, courtesy of Surf Life Saving NSW 

Soil From Mona Vale, Narrabeen, Frenchs Forest, Dee Why and Manly To Form part of the 2018 Anzac Memorial Centenary Project in Hyde Park

The First Royal Visitor To Australia 150 Years Later: 150 years ago, on the 12th March 1868, an Irishman named Henry James O’Farrell attempted to assassinate Queen Victoria’s son, Prince Alfred Duke of Edinburgh, the first member of the royal family to visit Australia.  Twenty thousand people made the long journey to Hyde Park, mostly by foot, to protest the assassination attempt. Community relief after Prince Alfred survived saw large sums donated to establish a hospital in his name – the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital opened in 1882. In 2015 Pittwater Online ran a history page; The First Royal Visitor To Australia: The Incident At Clontarf March 12th, 1868  - with so many Pittwater connections in the RPAYC and subsequent Royal Visitors visiting the estuary, a timely glance at this Monday, 150 years ago, is available at the above link

Reflections by George Repin: MUST SEE SIGHTS IN PARIS – 1954

Voyage To Antarctica by Robyn McWilliam

DIY Ideas Autumn Plantings for Winter Harvests + John Brothers Mitre 10 are hosting a Mighty Helpful Information Night in a few weeks, for Tradies, on Wednesday April 4th at Newport Community centre, RSVP by Friday 16th of March 2018 - details in their page this week.

Collector's Corner: Butter Churns and Milk Separators: Where Taste Comes From + Early Pittwater Dairies  With the Sydney Royal Easter Show (23 March - 3 April 2018) offering you a chance to experience the Dairy Farmers Working Day, we aim to arm you with some knowledge to tempt you to look into where all your food comes from

Profile: Natasha Bryant And Annie Wilmot: On International Women’s Day 2018 we finally got to catch up with two young ladies we’ve been bringing you news about for a few years now.  Not shy about taking on a challenge, and with a momentum that is definitely building, Natasha Bryant and Annie Wilmot have excelled in their sport for years. They have the passion, the determination and resilience to go the distance in whichever direction they choose, and what's more they love what they do. This week a small insight into two of Australia's great young women sailors

Front Page Issue 352: Legends!

Sonja Elwood Nominated To Be A Women In STEM Calendar Girl: What Does A Lady Scientist Look Like?

Plans Unveiled For Mona Vale Hospital’s New Palliative Care Unit: Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes has announced plans for Mona Vale Hospital’s dedicated inpatient palliative care unit.

Snake Babies by Lynleigh Grieg

Jayden Walsh’s Northern Beaches Big Year - courtesy Pittwater Natural Heritage Association

Pictures: PITTWATER VISIONS - Visual Video Celebration Compilation In  Compass Points Destinations: Autumn 2018 In January Pittwater Online ran a small celebration of people enjoying the Australia Day long weekend on the Pittwater estuary. Since then a few other on estuary places have been forwarded with requests to showcase that blue and green heart of Pittwater and highlight all the compass points. Some of these are new celebrations while others stem from a few years ago.

Aquatics: Pittwater's Jimmy Spithill Joins Luna Rossa Challenge For 2021 America's Cup In NZ - Read James’ first interview since the news broke

Mega Month Of Artist Exhibitions Opening In April 2017 At Manly Art Gallery & Museum Set To Celebrate Earth And Water Delights: Frank Hurley: Photographer & Gardener + Shoufay Derz' s In Memory of Water + Gerry Wedd: Kitschen Man - Opening Night dates + Curators and Artists in Conversation (NB: A Day with Gerry Wedd: Free but Bookings essential)

Berejiklian Government Allows Open Slather On Wildlife by Sue Arnold 

Expressions Of Interest Sought For Para Sailing Athletes By David Sygall, Australian Sailing Team; Australian Sailing is taking a leading role in the push for sailing to be reinstated in the Paralympic program with David Staley, vice-chair of the Para World Sailing Committee, appointed to oversee a $150,000 fund allocated to maintain momentum until the International Paralympic Committee announces the slate for the 2024 Games next year

DIY Ideas Autumn Plantings for Winter Harvests + 2018 Paintback Collection Event: Johnson Bros Mitre 10 Mona Vale Saturday, April 7 at 8 AM - 4 PM 

Park Bench Philosopher INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE OF MAJOR NEW EXHIBITION: James Cameron – Challenging the Deep opens 29 May 2017

Profile: Total Wellness Market: In recent decades people have been embracing ancient knowledge and practices to restore whole health. Everything from immersion in oil baths to meditation for the exterior and a focus on what we put into our bodies reinstating and creating a rush for organic fruits, vegetables and meats or rediscovering and using ancient grains and seeds has produced results for people that have meant what is old is new again and back to stay. Imagine if you could find and access all these in one place. Sarah O’Reilly thought it was about time we could and has worked towards gathering people to offer the Total Wellness Market at Terrey Hills Scout Hall which commences today, Sunday August 18th (8.30 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and will run every third Sunday thereafter

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Sydney Royal Easter Show 2018 Show Stopper Beer Brewed By Modus Operandi Mona Vale Extends Locals Input Into RAS Annual Celebration Of Local Products

Sydney's First Fauna Overpass To Be Installed On Mona Vale Road + RMS March 2018 Mona Vale Road update

Pictures: 2018 Pacific Boating NSW & ACT Optimist Championship heads to RPAYC: Day 1 report (Day 2 added in Sunday March 25th)

Sydney's Royal Easter Show Showbag Began As An Australian Sample Bag - Iggle Oggle Chocolate Froggle, Feast Your eyes on this!

Pittwater Residents among the Thousands Calling For Clean Water, Land and Energy At Time2Choose Rally on Saturday March 24th

Spinning Tops & Gumdrops: A Portrait Of Colonial Childhood by Edwin Barnard - our chat with this local author about this wonderful new book for young and not so young

Aquatics: Community Rally Against Seismic Testing Off Newcastle States: 'No Gasfield Off Newcastle and The Central Coast!'

Melbourne Osaka Double Handed Yacht Race – Main Start Sunday March 25th Includes Nexba Racing by Di Pearson

The Drainage System In Thompson Square, Windsor by Professor Ian Jack 

Reflections by George Repin: CORFU

Park Bench Philosopher Restoring Coastal Headland Ecosystems: Grants Continue to Eradicate the Toll of the Past and Encourage the Return of Habitat Sunday, 25 March 2018 - 8:30am to 12:30pm at Mona Vale Basin. Free native plants are on offer to local residents. Participants are welcome to help out with planting and weeding on the day, supporting the restoration works by the Mona Vale Basin Bushcare volunteers.

DIY Ideas Reducing Ticks in Your Garden: Garden care, Plants that Repel, What to Wear Outdoors Autumn is Tick Larvae active season 2018 Paintback Collection Event: Johnson Bros Mitre 10 Mona Vale Saturday, April 7 at 8 AM - 4 PM  

Food: Easter Feast In 2015 Pittwater Online ran a food page focused on sharing some great old ideas for celebrating the Holy Week and the Weekend of Easter, including recipes used by earlier Australian women. A recent request for 'where is that page? where are those old recipes?' is met with 'here it is, for you, once again'

Profile: Avalon Community Garden Community Gardens give community members of all ages the opportunity to learn about the benefits of home grown vegetables and healthy eating, in both urban and suburban areas. There’s few things more satisfying then getting your hands in good earth or gardening beside those who have knowledge and insights on how to do this to the optimum.

This week we share an insight into one of our own locally grown community gardens who are holding their Zest for Life Festival on Sunday, April 10th; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.Autumn is Harvest season - enjoy your local harvesters knowledge and passion for all things grown here

History:  Pittwater Fishermen: Great Mackerel, Little Mackerel (Wilson's Beach - Currawong) and The Basin these areas were Netted, had Oyster Leases and massive Fish Runs; particularly those that were under Barrenjoey, out of the mouth of the Hawkesbury and into the tidal bays and creeks in and with these tidal flows and seasons, and includes a little about the men who would climb and fall from trees to watch these fish runs!

Front Page Issue 354: lots of lovely smiling young faces

Emotional Health Forum At Barrenjoey High School Launches Wellbeing Spaces: Three organisations have come together with one thing in mind: the emotional health of youth on the northern beaches. Thanks goes to the Hon Rob Stokes, Councillor Kylie Ferguson, members of OneEighty Avalon, The Youth Hub Avalon and Barrenjoey High School for their hard work and dedication to meet the needs and shift the tide for our younger citizens. 

Pictures: Newport Public School's Easter Hat Parade 2018

Council Briefs by Miranda Korzy (March 27, 2018 Meeting)

Aquatics: Easter Cruises To Pittwater: History

Avalon Community Garden's Zest For Life Festival Inspired By Young Gardener: Sunday, April 8 at 10 AM - 2 PM

Park Bench Philosopher Ena I, II And III – Steam Yachts:  The Australian Maritime Museum will present the Classic and Wooden Boat Festival from 13-15 April 2018 in Sydney’s iconic Darling Harbour.  A huge range of boats will be on display over the course of the festival including Halvorsen crusiers, yachts, skiffs, classic speedboats, steam launches, tug boats, whalers and Navy workboats from all around Australia, as well as tall ship James Craig and Edwardian superstars in the 1924 luxury ketch Hurrica V and SY Ena, a magnificent steam yacht now in the museum’s collection, both originally built in Sydney. This week runs an insight into Ena III, a great old vessel that visited Pittwater and which Pittwater Online News ran a page on in 2013 - the Classic and Wooden boat festival includes lots of activities for youngsters, and for all the family during the upcoming Autumn School Holidays. 

Inaugural Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Awards: The Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Awards honour the achievements of individuals and organisations for their work in raising awareness of the unique and valuable skills veterans bring to the civilian workplace and creating employment opportunities for veterans and spouses of current serving Australian Defence Force members. Further information can be found at:

Mega Month Of Artist Exhibitions Opening In April 2017 At Manly Art Gallery & Museum Set To Celebrate Earth And Water Delights:  Frank Hurley: Photographer & Gardener + Shoufay Derz' s In Memory of Water + Gerry Wedd: Kitschen Man - Opening Night dates + Curators and Artists in Conversation (NB: A Day with Gerry Wedd: Free but Bookings essential)

Artist of the Month: April 2018  - Lara Duncan - Avalon Beach songstress Lara Duncan is a singer and performer who regularly gigs around Sydney. Lara Duncan has grown up performing on stage dancing, singing and acting. After receiving a Band Six for Music 1 in her HSC in 2016, this Barrenjoey High School student was offered a scholarship to study her Diploma of Musical Theatre at Brent Street for 2017.  This 18 year old has completed her Diploma of Musical Theatre at Brent Street and is a CMAA Academy of Country Music Graduate

Profile: Lara Duncan  Avalon Beach songstress Lara Duncan is a singer and performer who regularly gigs around Sydney. Lara Duncan has grown up performing on stage dancing, singing and acting. After receiving a Band Six for Music 1 in her HSC in 2016, this Barrenjoey High School student was offered a scholarship to study her Diploma of Musical Theatre at Brent Street for 2017.  This year, she is planning to pursue her passion for country music as she realised how much she loves the story telling aspect to music and the way you can transport, not only people, but yourself to another world when you sing. This 18 year old has completed her Diploma of Musical Theatre at Brent Street and is a CMAA Academy of Country Music Graduate.

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Pictures: Winter Sports Season 2018 Opens - Some action at Hitchcock Park with the Avalon Junior Rugby League Football  Club: The Bulldogs

United Hospital Auxiliaries Zone Day by Jo-Ann Steeves, President of Friends of Northern Beaches Palliative Care branch United Hospital Auxiliaries NSW Inc

Pittwater YHA Offers Free Beds For Green Hearts: volunteer alongside professional Regenerators for a weekend of Pittwater Restoration from May 11 – 13, 2018. Spend two mornings of tending to the gorgeous surrounds and you’ll be rewarded with two nights’ accommodation, two days of meals (morning teas, BBQ lunches and evening dinners) and kayak use throughout your stay. Plus, you’ll be chuffed with yourself for doing your bit for the planet and our futures. 

Aquatics: Seismic Testing Off Our Coasts Set To Blast Early Migrating Whales and Newcastle Fishermen's 'Farm'


Avalon Community Garden's Zest For Life Festival Inspired By Young Gardener: Sunday, April 8 at 10 AM - 2 PM

DIY Ideas Attracting Insectivore Birds to Your Garden: DIY Natural Tick Control - In Reducing Ticks in Your Garden a few insights into maintaining your garden to reduce tick incidence lists the small bird insectivores, species like the Silvereye, Spotted Pardalote, Gerygone, Fairywren and Thornbill, which feed on the ticks. Attracting these birds back into your garden will provide not only a residence for tick eaters but also the delightful moments watching these tiny birds provides.

Ichi Ban No. 1 Entry For 30th Airlie Beach Race Week by Di Pearson

Park Bench Philosopher Saving Our Species Program Aims To Keep Species In The Wild: While the Park Bench Philosophising page has been allocated in the past to ranting against wanton destruction of flora and fauna where wisdom could and should prevail, this week we get to share a great rave about the NSW Government's Saving Our Species program, which has local relevance in Saving Grevilliea Caleyi. The announcement this week that the Greater Bilby shall be the forerunner of four other endangered species to be reintroduced into the Pilliga is great news - catch up on where and when the SoS Program began and what other wonderful animals may be living back on the Pilliga again soon.

Food: Alma Avalon -  Opened by Chef Tim Christensen and close friend Jack Leary, ALMA strives to combine a passion for fresh, quality produce with a relaxed dining experience. With a focus towards fresh, locally-sourced seafood and organic wines from our local community, ALMA is inspired by the dishes of coastal Mexico, and the rich heritage of our local community. If you love really fresh, zesty and authentic Mexican style beach food then Alma restaurant is for you.  'Alma' has several meanings in a variety of languages, and is generally translated 

Profile: Budawa Aboriginal Signage Group

Celebrating the rich Aboriginal heritage of Sydney’s north side

On Monday 9th April 2 pm at Mona Vale Library the launch of the first sign celebrating Aboriginal presence and heritage in our local area will take place. The event will include a Welcome to Country, Smoking Ceremony and afternoon tea. The Budawa Aboriginal Signage Group has been working with Northern Beaches Council and the Aboriginal Heritage Office to develop appropriate signage throughout the whole Northern Beaches area. Currently most existing signage refers to people and events since 1788. Budawa formed in 2014 to work consultatively with Northern Beaches First Peoples local communities, organisations and Northern Beaches Council to develop a plan for Aboriginal cultural and heritage signage in our Local Government Area. The Budawa Group includes direct descendants and representatives of the Aboriginal people of this area. The group is supported by the Aboriginal Support Group Manly Warringah Pittwater and Friends of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment.

History: Earlier  Motor Car Tours To and In Pittwater Show Us The Way This Place Once Was in  The Wild Coachmen Of Pittwater - A Long And Sometimes Bumpy Ride On Tracks Instead Of Roads  the change from horse drawn vehicles to motor cars overlapped these forms of transportation to Pittwater, although riding in a horse drawn coach to our area remained in place long after the first motor vehicles appeared.  Pittwater was one of the places some of these earliest owners of these vehicles would 'take a tour' to. Some became residents and were noted for being among the first, if not the first owners of motor cars in Australia. There is quite a few of these images and reports that show us, alike great old black and white films, what is in the background and what is happening there; the weather, the lands, the fashions - only in collecting all these together in an all compass points direction and arranging them by years going forward, we can see an older, or younger, Pittwater!

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Budawa Sign Unveiled: The First In A Series To Be Installed Here - A striking new piece of signage at Mona Vale Library that honours thousands of years of Aboriginal history and cultural diversity was unveiled at a ceremony on Monday 9th of April, 2018, with more than two hundred members of the local community and visitors in attendance. Addresses and pictures.

Aussies 2018: A Mass Exodus West! - Newport SLSC already winning gold, local surf boat crews moving across the Nullabor

Creative Creatures Film Festival 2018 Wows Big Audience With Big Ideas

Future Lifesaving Leaders Are Sydney Bound: A group of highly dedicated young surf lifesavers will trade school books for surf caps when they make their way to an exciting leadership network opportunity on Sydney’s Northern Beaches from next week. The annual Junior Lifesaver of the Year program (JLOTY) and Youth Opportunity Makers Workshop (YOM) will again run concurrently in 2018 with over  50 teenagers aged 13-17 from the 11 branches preparing to make their way to the 4-day program.

2019 Club Marine Pittwater To Paradise Regatta First Entry: Nexba Racing! by Lisa Ratcliff

Aquatics: Bilgola SLSC Salutes Bruce Robertson's 76 Years Of Service: Lifesaving Legend and Australia's Oldest Active Member Hangs Up His Patrol Cap

Warringah Rugby Club News: Season Openers 2018 -  three of the Rats finest reached Club milestones this weekend + 2019 Rugby Work Cup with the Friends of Warringah  + Rats Autumn School Holiday Holiday Clinics + More!

In Advance Of ANZAC Day... My Two Cents Worth by Jan-Maree Ball OAM

Alyse Saxby Set To Sail At 2018 Special Olympics National Games In Adelaide (April 16-20) - final hitout at Combined Australian Hansa Class Championships over easter weekend + Pittwater's own Allan Jones is now the current Hansa 2.3 State Champion!

Lifesavers Welcome Rock Fishing Announcement: Surf Life Saving NSW has welcomed the NSW Government’s announcement of the second stage of the Rock Fishing Safety Act made in Sydney on Friday morning. Following the completion of a 12-month trial of mandatory lifejackets in the Randwick Local Government Area, coastal councils can now opt-in to make the legislation active in their area.

Pictures: Avalon Beach Ocean Swims 2018: Includes the Around the Bends Challenge

Some Bayview Memories: The Lloyd Family - by Ken 'Sava' Lloyd

Painted Button-Quail Rescued By Locals - Elanora-Ingleside escarpment-Warriewood wetlands birds

Park Bench Philosopher Scientists Discover Underwater Volcanic Craters, Reefs And Ancient River Beds Off Wollongong Coast

Profile: Tamara Sloper Harding OAM Tamara runs as our Profile of the Week with a focus on her own Service record with the RAN rather than the focus on her passion, The Pittwater Friends of Soibada, Pittwater Online ran  during the early days of this news service. 

In the lead up to Anzac Day 2018 an awareness that many who have served in our Defence Forces of Navy, Army and Air Force are challenged about where they wear their medals, or looked at by puzzled others because they do not 'fit' the traditional idea of what a Veteran looks like, needs to be addressed. Veterans are young, old, male, female, current and ex-serving members of the ADF - we need to thank them all - thank them for their Service.

Front Page Issue 357: End of the SLS Patrol Season 2017/18

Lack Of Transparency For Nurses Sparks Industrial Action On Northern Beaches: Mona Vale and Manly Nurses set to Strike

Mermaids Of Palm Beach Commence B To B Bash 2018 Fundraising for Variety The Children's Charity - Brees Cottage Garden Party was great - Currawong Day 2018 is May 21!

Ingleside RFS: Last Two Weeks Of April 2018 - The Heathcote-Holsworthy fire response by local RFS crews, Hazard Reductions and Breathing Apparatus Operator Skills Training

Park Bench Philosopher Floating Landcare: Enjoy Our Estuary And Help Maintain The Green Alongside All That Blue Pittwater! - The Floating Landcare Program provides community volunteers with a unique wilderness land management experience. The program involves taking volunteers by boat to water access only bushland sites on the Pittwater estuary, Hawkesbury River estuary and Brisbane Waters.

NSW Junior Lifesavers Of The Year 2018 by Surf Life Saving NSW

Creative Creatures Film Festival 2018 Wows Big Audience With Big Ideas

Aquatics: Aussies 2018 Wrap

2018 Oz Billabong Grom Cup by Surfing NSW

Pictures: ANZAC Day in Pittwater 2018

Mudgee Rambling: Narrabeen bushwalkers by Robyn McWilliam

Restored Vintage Tram ‘Number 1753’ and Café Set To Open This Month At Narrabeen by NBC

Terrey Hills Skatepark Set to Launch

Reflections by George Repin: THE GOLD SOUK IN DUBAI

Collector's Corner: F-100 Ford Truck: 1977 - Susanne Mitchell owns a classic truck that has been around the Mona Vale - Warriewood area for years now, while research shows one of the early 1900's interests in selling Ford vehicles in Australia was a gentleman who also came here - sailing!

Sydney University's Carillon - 2018 Anniversary 

Curious Kids Series: Where Do Trees come from?

Profile: Avalon Beach SLSC's U14 Girls Beach Relay Team: Nina McGuffog, Tyella Toll, Sammy Casey and Tegan Scott have had a great Season, again, have gained their SRC and are becoming part of the club's brilliant Cadet's Program - find out more about these wonderful young ladies! 

History: The Kalori - Pittwater High School's Yacht: Walter 'Wal' Wardle, History teacher at Pittwater Highs School since it opened in 1963, attributes the idea of building a school yacht to Harold Vaughan, one of the founders of the Avalon Sailing Club: 

What was the first conversation that eventuated in a yacht being built in the canteen at Pittwater High School?

It’d have to be the 1968 Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race. At the time, Harold Vaughan, whom I used to sail with on his Diamond which was called ‘Saltash’. We were halfway across Bass Strait in the yacht “Shimaal”,  in quite a storm, and Harold said,  “Well, how would you like to build a Diamond at the school?”.

I said “Oh, that’d be great Harold.” Then forgot about it.

I thought maybe, with the storm and all, it’d got to him. But Harold at the time was President of the Australian Diamond Association. 

Artist of the Month: May 2018  WOKE – The Shibboleth Trilogy (Volume One) By John Ogden

Woke is the fictional account of one man's existential journey through an extraordinary time in history. Woke is John's debut novel.

After fleeing Australia to avoid the draft, Will Oakley somehow finds himself working as a photojournalist on Vietnam's battlefields, before being wounded and repatriated to America for treatment. He arrives in San Francisco during the Summer of Love, and soon begins work on a music magazine, during a seminal period in popular music. Abandoning America as dark forces converge, he begins an incredible journey back to his homeland and redemption. An extract and where to purchase available this month.

Front Page Issue 358: Portuguese Beach, Pittwater - Bliss!

Community Forum Calls For Immediate Pittwater Demerger: Pittwater Rally Will Be Held At Parliament House - May 15th

Pittwater's Phil Walker's GIPA Application For The KPMG ‘Business Case’ On Forcibly Amalgamated Councils

Residents Say Newport B-Line Extension Not Needed: Will Facilitate Dee Why Style Over-Development + Road Congestion

Australian Life Saving Squad For Worlds 2018 Named

New Carpark At Church Point Gives Priority To Local Residents from Northern Beaches Council - open from May 1st, photos showing interior provided by Cr. Kylie Ferguson

Strike Postponed But Nurses Still Aggrieved On Northern Beaches

Aquatics: Ducks Away As Lifesavers Gear Up For IRB Season: Bilgola and Mona Vale Entering For First Time by SLS NSW

2018 HIF NSW BODYBOARD STATE TITLES by Surfing NSW - local bodyboarders Sam Giddy (Newport) and Mauricio Abrunhosa (Dee Why) do well!

Pictures: Newport Rugby Club's Mo Day 2018 + Other Updates - Ladies Day June 2, Newport 'Wallaby' Up For European Player Of The Year, Warringah Rats Players Milestones & Short Club History from Cameron Greaves, Newport Rugby Club - The Breakers

DIY Ideas: A Rose Garden+ Mother's Day Treats for the Best Mums in the World!

Food: Mother's Day at Home Breakfast Menu for those who 'can't cook' + some local alternatives with views or street buzz

RSV Nuyina Update May 2018: Anchors, Ice Knives And Thrusters - Some Construction Pictures For You! (for those following the "Name our Icebreaker" competition [2017] news run for younger Readers)

Profile: Bruce Robertson OAM A few weeks back Bruce Robertson reluctantly ceased being an active Patrol Member for Bilgola SLSC after almost eight decades of service. A Celebration at the clubhouse for the Bilgola Life Member was the occasion of unveiling a new IRB presented by the Blackmore Foundation and named for Bruce which is probably getting a double christening this weekend as the Surf Life Saving NSW IRB Premiership commences. This will be the first time Bilgola competes in the prestigious Autumn-Winter rounds and also the first time Mona Vale, where Bruce commenced his service as a volunteer lifesaver during WWII, competes too. Something Bruce would be happy about seeing as he is a year-round happier being active person, and 87 years young!

Front Page Issue 359: Swell's building!

Pittwater Residents Mark Second Amalgamation Anniversary With Delivery Of Demerger Proposal 

Songs for Soibada 2018: Great Musicians = Great Music + Food + Auction Items means a Great Night Friday May 19th at BHS!

Reflections by George Repin: A MISCELLANY OF FLOWER IMAGES - for Mother's Day 2018George Repin has requested we run his A MISCELLANY OF FLOWER IMAGES, first published in Issue 277 as a tribute to all Mother's for Mother's Day 2018 - Happy Mother's Day mum!

Mother Nature by Lynleigh Greig

Palm Beach & Whale Beach Association 100th AGM 2018: A Celebration + President's Report

Jervis Sparks: A Tribute: On April the 27th, 2018 a Memorial and Tribute was held for Jervis Sparks at Barrenjoey Lighthouse. Jervis was the lighthouse keeper for the Barrenjoey Head Lighthouse for decades, restoring the then derelict keepers cottages to how thye had once been. Jennifer Kinsella, along with Jervis’ widow Bridget, organised the memorial in his honour. Some of the tribute read that day run this week. NB: Jervis sent the editor of Pittwater Online News through his Archaeological and Nature Walk studies a few years back - with a request to make these available - so the work will now continue converting those hundreds of pages into a digital format and will shortly be available here, online.

Aquatics: IRB Season Throttles Up At Stockton Beach: Round 1 Results + Bungan Beach SLSC Christens New IRB - The Col Rae 

Pictures: Significant Trees register: The next step in the Avalon Preservation Association's Avalon Cultural Audit is to identify and list significant trees in the area. Please help us by contributing your pick of significant trees in the area so we can map them and enter into our database.  You can either post a picture/s here and identify location of tree/s and species type if known or email us with same at - Examples from Pittwater Online News records run this Issue - hopefully inspiring other resident's associations to make their own lists...

Park Bench Philosopher: Let There Be Whales! + Five facts about mother whales and their calves + National Parks deals for whale watching season

Manly Dam Had The Highest Concentration Of Neurotoxin BMAA In Testing For Study: BMAA Links With Neurodegenerative Diseases by Brendan Main, PhD Candidate, University of Technology Sydney

World Sailing Launches Into The Digital World With The Inaugural ESailing World Championship

Profile: Peter Sharp Pet and wildlife photographer, Peter Sharp is used to cleaning up after his clients, but a few weeks ago, he was sweeping up accolades, rather than fur, at the 2018 AIPP New South Wales EPSON Professional Photography Awards. The event saw the Sydney photographer win a total of 10 awards, including 3 Gold and the title of AIPP NSW Pet/Animal Photographer of the Year.

History: Taramatta Park, Mona ValeTaramatta was the 4 hectare and 1 rood reserve we now call 'Village Park' in Mona Vale, only it's not 4 hectares in size any longer and doesn't have a horse trough, a tennis court or cricket pitch and isn't the scene of many a community gala event prior to a dance at Booth's Hall. Formally opened in 1904, amid gay celebrations, the building of fencing etc. was overseen by the patriarch of the Stringer family, who lived in what is now Park street, Mona Vale. The missing telling insights have now been made available through the NLA's TROVE digitisation of the Mosman Mail (1898-1906) which included many a Pittwater report of then soon after its launch from one named 'Turrimetta'. 

Front Page Issue 360: Pittwater Residents Present Demerger Petition To Office Of Local Government: Tumbarumba Experience Likely To Repeated and Met Again and Again

Avalon Youth Hub: The Door Is OPEN

Pittwater Demerger Proposal Handed to NSW Govt on Amalgamation Anniversary - from Protect Pittwater Association

Inaugural World Bee Day - May 20th 2018: Local Knowledge Available on Native Bees and the Northern Beaches Beekeepers Club - World Bee Day was declared by the UN General Assembly in December last year to raise awareness of the importance of bees and apicultural products; which is pretty much everything we eat. The First World Bee Day will be celebrated around the world on May 20th and in Australia with Canberra hosting some great events which are sure to spread nation wide in coming years.  Slovenia proposed the celebration of World Bee Day in the month of May, when bees in the northern hemisphere are most active  – here such activity takes place during September although you can do things right now to ensure a future for our bees. 

Have Wings? Can Do The Club Marine Pittwater To Paradise Regatta by Lisa Ratcliff

Aquatics: New Zealand Has Its Own Population Of Blue Whales: new study finds

Pictures: Sydney Wildlife's Waratah Park Rehabilitation Centre: 5 Years in the Making (A Celebration) by Joan Reid, Volunteer Macropod co-ordinator

Reinstated Sydney Noumea Race draws fleet of 24 by Lisa Ratcliff

Reflections by George Repin: STROMBOLI

Park Bench Philosopher: Stargazing Live - A Guinness World Record Attempt On Wednesday May 23rd + CSIRO's Parkes Telescope’s New  ‘Bionic Ear’ Hears More Of The Universe

DIY Ideas Winter Mould & Mildew Inside Your home: How to Keep Air and Surfaces Healthier

Food: Honey, Honey: Inaugural World Bee Day - Honey Cake Recipes Around the World

Profile: David Henry Lyall PSM ESMM FAIB -  David Lyall has been investing in the Pittwater community for decades. He’s an extraordinary individual whose works would fill volumes. Not that he’d ever let you know. His input into Bilgola SLSC, Avalon Sailing Club, Marine Rescue NSW and the NSW Rural Fire Service spans the changes and challenges these organisations went through.

He loves local History, he loves building beautiful things with wood, he loves sailing, his wife and three sons - but not in that order.
He was seconded to Pittwater Council when that was formed and is rightly proud of the achievements, such as the MLAK key, that came out of a two year old local government organisation.

This is a clear case of still waters running deep: thank you sir for allowing us to share a small part of a rather large record.

History: Sarah A. Biddy Lewis and Martha Catherine Benns -  The 2018 National NAIDOC Theme is: Because of her, we can!
NAIDOC Week 2018 will celebrate the invaluable contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made – and continue to make - to our communities, our families, our rich history and to our nation. As Sorry Day 2018 by the ASG MWP runs next Sunday, a tribute to two wonderful local Matriarch runs again this Issue for those why may have missed it previously - and illustrates the generations of children of these mothers are still here and turning the tide towards more and more healing

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Potential For Newport Paradise of Reserves To Be Expanded: A Greener Sydney Spark! - community leaders and Newport residents seek to expand the positive impact of community held green spaces

Palm Beach Boardwalk Plan for Kiddies Corner To Be Halted Pending Further Community Consultation

National Reconciliation Week 2018 + NAIDOC Week 2018: Local Events, Commemorations And Celebrations

Newport Teenager A Finalist In Young Archie Competition 2018

Pittwater Artists Trail June Long Weekend Winter Exhibition 2018: New Artists and Silent Auction of Great Works to Support OneEighty - preview of auction items here

Manly Art Gallery & Museum Makes Appearance In New Midnight Oil Doco - from Northern Beaches Council

Sydney Metro’s Commercialised Future by Alex Gooding  (Transport Administration Amendment (Sydney Metro) Bill 2018)

Aquatics: Rubber Ducky Racers Soar At Round 2: 2018 NSW IRB Premiership Season by Surf Life Saving NSW

Needed: School For Plastic Bottle Cap Mural Project from Eco Artist & Designer Angela van Boxtel

New Australian Crew Wins Stunning Silver ICF World Cup in Szeged, Hungary (Jo Brigden-Jones!) by Australian Canoeing

Pictures: Cowan Bay In Autumn by John Vaughan

Park Bench Philosopher: The Collaroy Paddle Steamer: New Ephemera Added To Public Accessible Records - Her Connections To Pittwater

Local Surfers Making Waves In Hydralyte Sports Shoalhaven Pro Junior 2018 by Surfing NSW

2018 Top 10 New Species: The large and small, beautiful and bizarre are among the newly discovered animals, plants and microbes announced by the College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) as the Top 10 New Species for 2018.

Hot Contenders Entered For 28th Australian Women’s Keelboat Regatta (June Long Weekend) by Di Pearson

Profile: Pittwater Environmental Foundation: 2018 Update At it’s meeting of May 22nd Council appointed the following five (5) community members as Directors of Pittwater Environmental Foundation for a period of 3 years; Marita Macrae, David Poppleton, Angus Gordon, Roberta Conroy, Jo Tulau. Council thanked the interim Directors Cathy Griffin and Conny Harris. The Pittwater Environmental Foundation was established in 2006 to conserve and enhance the natural environment of the Pittwater local government area.

Front Page Issue 362: History, Art, Sport and Nature!

Artist of the Month: June 2018: Barry Leef - New CD Rhythmized - available now, local gig in June, hear the story behind this great new set of tracks from the man whose story this is and hear one track + a few other samples

Australian Sailing Hall Of Fame Nominations Now Open

Aquatics: World Environment Day And World Oceans Day 2018 June 5th & 8th - For An Aquatic Community Beating Plastic Pollution Is Essential: If You Can't Reuse It - Refuse It! + Become and Ocean Friendly business

Pictures: Avalon Soccer Club's Super Sunday - A Celebration of Female Football: at Careel Bay Soccer Playing Fields

Reflections by George Repin: HA LONG BAY – VIETNAM

Vamp to join IRC fleet at SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week by Di Pearson

DIY Ideas: DIY Traditional Rocking Horse: want to make a family heirloom as well as save thousands of dollars? - this project may keep you busy this Winter but it will be worth it!

Collector's Corner: Collecting Buttons: this thousands years old fastener has been a collectors item for decades with some selling for thousands of dollars. You don't have to go that up-market though, you can begin with a few dollars and keen eyes in your local thrift store.

Food: Baby it’s cold outside: Hot Soups from in Season Vegetables will Warm You Up

Profile: Avalon Beach Historical Society Website:

Over the June long weekend the ABHS will be holding their 9th Great Historic Photographic Exhibition - but what is the ABHS - and when and why did it begin? Local history is the study of history in a local context, often concentrating on events that affected a local community, the people or places of a particular village or town. These events could be anything from movements, wars, births, or deaths. They can be events that affected our local environment, anything from a particular hot Summer that resulted in bushfires to the loss of a species, like that of the koala that once inhabited Avalon Beach bush surrounds.

History: Geoff Searl's Stewart Towers Investigation Uncovers New Information About Barrenjoey and Locates Original Light Keeper's  Tower Foundations - in 2015 Geoff Searl, President of Avalon Beach Historical Society, published information garnered from research which further added to the font of local knowledge about our history. Over the June long weekend the ABHS will be holding their 9th Great Historic Photographic Exhibition - this week a revisit with some of the further afield investigations engaged in by members of the ABHS

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Pittwater Friends Of Soibada July 2018 Visit: Fundraising To Get The People and Medical Supplies We Need To Take Over - by Tamara Sloper Harding OAM

Bushcare In Winter: A Great Time To Plant To Make Cooler Greener Summers - catch up with what's been happening, how to get involved and what's coming up - Careel Creek Planting Day on Sunday June 24th: a great way to see your effort grow!

Avalon Beach Historical Society’s 9th Great Historic Photographic Exhibition: Thousands Of Stories Made Accessible

New Facility Will Help Abandoned and Neglected Dogs Learn How To Trust And Play Again: The DoggieRescue Freedom Park Fundraiser!!

Aquatics: Australian Sailing's Barranjoey Pin Program Brings A “Change In The Wind” + some insights into this Pittwater Yacht and owner, Sir W Northam, who won Australia’s first Olympic sailing gold medal at the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Pictures: Ladies Day 2018 at Newport Breakers Rugby Club: Warm Smiles on a Cold Day

Park Bench Philosopher Over 30% Decline In Fish Catches In Australian Waters: New Study Finds 

Community Calls On Government To Put Koalas Before Developers For Once: Appin Road Carnage of last disease free Koala population in NSW

Profile: Northern Beaches Creative Leisure & Learning Inc -Reflecting the changing interests of the community has always been the focus of this local community group, which has been operating for over 90 years.  Northern Beaches Creative Leisure and Learning Inc  provides a range of leisure and learning activities which includes History Walks, Social Cards and Games Days and a Sunday Activity Programme for adults with special needs. Recent queries about the NBCLL prompts Pittwater Online to run this information again for all those interested.

History: The Roads and Tracks Of Yesterday: How The Avalon Beach Subdivisions Changed The Green Valley Tracks 
Over the June long weekend the ABHS is holding their 9th Great Historic Photographic Exhibition - this week a look at how the landscape was changed by turning cow paddocks and bush into backyards.

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Golf Avenue Mona Vale Now A Car Park Due To B-Line Commuter Growing Pains + Newport B-Line webpage advises 'proposed solution to extend B-Line services to Newport will be presented in the Review of Environmental Factors planned for public display mid-2018' 

Pictures: The Barrenjoey High School Winter Night Market: A 50th Anniversary Celebration by Sally Mayman and Sean Mulcahy

First Pittwater Determination by Sydney North Planning Panel: to amend the Pittwater Local Environmental Plan 2014 to facilitate Seniors Housing Development on Crystal Bay Newport and E4 be re-zoned R2 to 'allow the proposed use as well as other suitable uses' for all adjacent blocks

Aquatics: Pittwater Winter Regatta Incorporating The NSW 2.4mR Class Championships Hosted By Sailability Crystal Bay  + Invictus Games Training Sessions To Be Held On Pittwater This Week

DIY Ideas: Johnson Bros. Trade Day 2018 - this Thursday June 21st  in our Mona Vale store, starts from noon, open to the public, CPD points for Tradies + Pallet alley +lots more! 

Reflections by George Repin: LAKE ARGYLE

From The Oceans To The Skies (Almost): A team of lifeguards from the Australian Lifeguard Service (ALS) recently got a first-hand look at the intense training professional helicopter crews put themselves through in order to save lives on the state’s beaches - by Surf Life Saving NSW

The Hawkesbury River Railway Bridge: Timely Winter Anniversaries and Commemorations For A Septuagenarian and her Predecessor

Park Bench Philosopher Antarctica In 2070: What Future Will We Choose? - Nature this week publishes a series of articles and recent studies discussing this and other issues that are emerging an overview of three of these studies, one of which stems from Australia

Profile: Barry Leef - Barry Leef has been entertaining local audiences since moving to Sydney from New Zealand in 1969. 'Baz' has made a name for himself as Sydney’s number one session singer for deacdes, his repertoire including jingles for major corporations such as McDonalds, KFC and Coca-Cola. He has fronted legendary Aussie bands Bakery and Supermarket, led the in-house band at the Sydney Musicians Club, performed with Frank Zappa, Elvin Bishop, Tom Jones and Jeff 'Skunk' Baxter to name a few. But it's playing rhythm guitar he is most well known for - that and superb vocals. After decades of being one of the voices in Sydney Mr. Leef has released an album of ten tracks in ‘Rhythmized’ - with a local gig launch coming up Friday June 29th in Brookvale. This week a small insight into the long and colourful career of one Barry 'Baz' Leef.

Front Page Issue 365: Living Ocean Crew First Research Trip Of The Whale Migration Season +++

Offshore RFB Volunteers Benefit From RFSA Grant: New Thermal Imaging Cameras For Mackeral, Coasters, Scotland Island and West Pittwater

Future Hospital Treatment and Access In Pittwater Unacceptable, Says Local Surgery Professor by Miranda Korzy

Older Australians In Mackellar Benefit From Aged Care Boost - from Office of Jason Falinski, Member for Mackellar

RPAYC Seeks A New General Manager 

Cliff-Hanger by Lynleigh Greig

Pictures: A Run From McCarr's Creek To Bayview June 2018 - Park Bench Reflections

Living Ocean’s Community Celebrate Living A Plastic Free Life!: For the first time, ocean conservation charity LIVING OCEAN will host a HUGE day of beach cleans, great food, live music, workshops, face painting, films and so much more to showcase all the great work our community is doing in order to live a Plastic Free Life. Come along to Barrenjoey High School, off Tasman Road in Avalon from 10am – 4pm on Saturday 28 July.

Surfing Australia's National Squad Olympic Readiness Training Camp At WSL KS Surf Ranch In U.S.A.

Aquatics: Caves Beach Claim 2018 IRB Premiership Series: Skills Practiced in Winter Keep Our Beaches Safer in Summer

DIY Ideas: DIY Mushrooms and Vege Kits: School Holidays Fun for Curious Kids: get the youngsters involved in harvesting their own food this School Holidays!

Port Stephens Surf Festival 2018: ECS Boards SUP State Titles and the 2018 Australian Skin Cancer Clinics NSW Longboard Titles pres. by HIF by Surfing NSW - Local surfers who won 1st and placed among the winners are Jason Livingston (Curl Curl), John Fraser (Dee Why), David Pimm (Wheeler Heights), Mike Griggs (Forestville) and Vivienne Cresswell (Narrabeen)

Collector's Corner: Photographers Of Pittwater Capture Historic Insights: A. J. (Arthur James) Vogan, 1859-1948 - In 2018 we extend our love of photography and photographers to sharing a series on those who came before those who add to the current records and commence with a Newport land owner and explorer!

Park Bench Philosopher Martian Dust Storm Grows Global: Curiosity Captures Thickening Haze + NASA Finds Ancient Organic Material and Mysterious Methane On Mars + plans to send humans back to the moon and on to Mars

Profile: Maritime Model Museum at Mona Vale and Captain David McFall (4 February 1942 - 4 May 2018); David McFall, who was well known in maritime circles, passed over the bar on 4 May 2018 after a gallant fight against cancer. He had been working in his beloved model museum just a few weeks beforehand. David served with the Dublin based Bell Line involved in coastal trade across the North Seas and then deep sea with the Danish Maersk Lines. David joined the Maritime Services Board and for a short while skippered a Sydney ferry. However, David’s model making was all consuming and after a while he set up business forming a relationship with the famous retailing firm of “Gowings” who gave him space in their new Wynyard store on George Street to display models and sell maritime artefacts. David’s continuing relationship with the sea with his love of wooden yachts saw him first become a member of the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club and then the Royal Motor Yacht Club. His first boat was the sloop Jamboree, followed by a 36-foot ketch Blue Peter and lastly, his favourite, was the 28-foot sloop Daydream. He was still sailing to near the very end of his life.

History: Roads To Pittwater: The Wakehurst Parkway Along Old Oxford Falls Track - with the opening of The Spit Bridge the volume of people streaming to sunny skies and salt air increased dramatically. An old clay Oxford Falls road built in 1911 and finishing at Middle Creek, was finally extended to connect. Just over two decades prior to that the first Roseville Bridge build, driven by WWI soldiers farming at Frenchs Forest, saw a road that connected Beacon Hill, Dee Why and town finally arrive.

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

Hooligan Repeats MC38 Winning Form: 2018 Season Act 3, June 30 - July 1 on Pittwater hosted by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club by Lisa Ratcliff

Northern Beaches Council Budget Report June 2018: Council Passes Budget Amidst Acrimony Over Rates And Amalgamation by Miranda Korzy

Aquatics: Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern Beaches Awards of Excellence 2018: all the recognitions + a lot else!

Open Letter To The Seaside Villages From Mona Vale To Palm Beach: B-Line to Newport Protest March on July 21st + residents needed to distribute flyer

Pictures: On The Pittwater Estuary: Currawong and Palm Beach Views in Winter 2018 by Jools Farrell and Adriaan van der Wallen

New Sporting Facilities Planned For Warriewood: new netball and multi-use courts - community feedback sought

Japanese Victory For NSW Young Guns: Australia Wins Sanyo Bussan Cup 2018 - The Australian Life Saving Team has maintained its perfect record taking out an 11th consecutive victory

Pittwater Natural Heritage Association Careel Creek Planting Day June 2018  link to Latest Newsletter + Membership link 

9 Million More Ways To Save Threatened Species: 2018 Grants Launched At Manly - Grants of up to $350,000 for the community, non-government organisations and industry to protect and conserve our most vulnerable plants and animals, Webinars  to provide further information on July 10 and 12; apply by 3pm, Monday 13 August 2018.

Fair Go For Retirees Under Sweeping Retirement Village Reforms: Retirement village residents on the Northern Beaches will benefit directly under a series of proposed NSW Government reforms to the sector, Member for Manly James Griffin said this week

Reflections by George Repin: THE BUNGLE BUNGLE RANGE

Artist of the Month: July 2018:  Jessica Birk- Artist: Mixed Media Artist, Printmaker, Sculptor, PainterJessica  was born on the Northern Beaches of Sydney where she is still living and working. Birk is a proud descendant of the Yaegl people, from the Northern Rivers of NSW, The Clarence Valley. A former Cromer High School student, Jessica graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the College of Fine Arts at the University of New South Wales in 2007. Since the beginning of her studies in 2003, Jessica has participated in a number of exhibitions including a Solo Exhibition at Manly Regional Art Gallery in 2006 and has continued to work on commissioned artworks. Jessica has won wide recognition for her work, including being named the joint winner of the 2009 QANTAS Young and Emerging Indigenous Art Award and as a finalist in the 2006 Parliament of NSW Indigenous Art Prize. More recently, Jessica completed an Artist Residency at the Bilpin International Ground for Creative Initiative and a Solo Exhibition at Willoughby Council's Incinerator Art Gallery in 2012. 

Park Bench Philosopher Education System Prepared For Future Of Work: Major NSW Education Report Released This Week

Profile: Fusion Racing Team: are Clare Costanzo, Hannah Lanz, Jess Angus and Ruby Scholten. Today they fly out to Sweden to compete in the first ever women’s competition in the high-performance M32 catamarans for the GKSS Women’s Trophy. Straight after that they fly to the US to compete in the prestigious Governor’s Cup hosted by the Balboa Yacht Club in Newport Beach(International Youth Match Racing Championship). After that it's the Chicago Grand Slam, followed by the Detroit Cup hosted by the Bayview Yacht Club. This all women Match racing team is hoping to see a World Match Racing Tour be developed for women, along with other sailing pathways for female sailors.

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Newport's 'From The Crown To The Sea' Paths Complete the Loop Update: Petition now running to gauge community support, video to show area, proposal has been forwarded to all councillors

GKSS Match Cup Sweden Women's Trophy: Great First Hitout In M32’S For Pittwater's Fusion Racing

Breakthrough PE Program Giving Kids Fitness And Focus: IPLAY!

24 Hour Row For One Eighty and Gotcha4Life: happening at Av. Surf Club on 18/08/2018 - Local businesses who want to support or sponsor this great initiative can contact Melissa Wellings on 

Mona Vale Hospital Fight Continues At July Forum - from Protect Pittwater Association

NAIDOC Week 2018 - Local Celebrations And Some From Further Afield: ASGMWP Monday July 9th at Mona Vale hosts 'Aboriginal Rock Engravings', Guest speaker Ian Jacobs

Aquatics: 2018 NSW Sharkskin IRB State Championship: Avalon Beach and Newport SLSC's among Medal winners

Park Bench Philosophers: The Quiet Revolution – Or Making Waves? by Roger Sayers, Life Member at Avalon Beach SLSC - in celebration of the gold medals won at 2018 IRB NSW States by club members, a reprise of Mr. Sayers insight into the father of the IRB

Club Marine 2019 Pittwater To Paradise Regatta Checklist: The quieter winter months are a great time to run a checklist over boat and crew preparation for another season of bluewater racing out of the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, on the shores of Pittwater and get your boat up to speed for the 2019 P2P by Lisa Ratcliff

Pictures: A Body of Work - Photographs by Adrian Boddy - A major new exhibition will open July 18th featuring one of Pittwater's best photographers. This collection of photographs charting a life's journey as seen through a lens. 10 screens scrolling over 300 images of landscapes, fauna and portraits fill the space with haunting beauty; Wednesday 18 July 2018 - Sunday 2 December 2018 This Issue Adrian shares a collection of short essays, written to compliment the final curatorial selection

Gallivanting Around The Galapagos Islands by Robyn McWilliam

DIY Ideas Woodworking Projects for Beginners: School Holidays Fun for Winter 2018 - Simple Storage Box + Wood Tool Box one for big boys and girls and one for littlies!

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The 2018 CWAS "David Malin Awards" as part of AstroFest: Wide-Field winner: Barrenjoey Milky Way Arch by Tom Elliott  

Bayview Seniors Development: Sydney North Planning Panel Notice Of Public Meeting Now Listed On DPR Webpage - Wednesday 8 August 2018 at 5.30pm at Dee Why, those who wish to address the Panel must register to speak

Q&A With Greg Bruce: Health Services Union Ambulance Councillor And Serving Paramedic by Protect Pittwater Association

Palm Beach As Far From New Northern Beaches Hospital As Bondi by Protect Pittwater Association

Warriewood Development Rejected By Council Now Approved By Sydney North Planning Panel For Flood Zone: '0' Becomes '22'!

New Ambulance Station For Mona Vale Hospital - from Office of The Hon. Rob Stokes, MP for Pittwater

B-Line to Newport NOT Going Ahead - from Transport for NSW: Rob Stokes determined to see improvements to public transport services north of Mona Vale, community groups call for the the restoration of the discontinued E87 (Express bus from Newport to Wynyard) and the L90 during peak hour (Palm Beach to Central Station)

Transport A Priority For Northern Beaches Residents by NBC

Aquatics: Living Ocean’s Community Celebrate Living A Plastic Free Life!: Next Saturday, July 28th - on Avalon Beach and at Barranjoey High School

Park Bench Philosophers: Bush Regeneration Near Creeks In The Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment - From Friends of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment July 2018 Newsletter, with thanks to Information supplied by Northern Beaches Council staff + FoNLC August Forum: 'Creeks in the Catchment' + links to PEF 6 year $250k Wetlands Grant for the Irrawong Reserve which finishes this year + Pygmy Possum Projects and Saving Grevillea caleyi

Surf Lifesavers Tame Pool: Newport SLSC Podium Finishes in Youth and Open Divisions + NSW Pool Rescue Representative Team Named - by SLS NSW

Reflections by George Repin: LANGGI INLET, W.A.

Lab Tests Show Dogs Will Bring Smiles To Manly Courthouse  from Office of James Griffin, MP for Manly and The Hon. Mark Speaman, Attorney General of NSW

From Conversations To Community by Huang Zhi-Wei aka Reg Wong - find out about the Conversation in Life Style Englishhappening in Dee Why - volunteer to help out or get un-isolated!

Council Appoints New Chief Executive Officer: Mr. Ray Brownlee, PSM, MBA, B.E (Hons) by NBC

Local Sport Defibrillator Grant Program Round Two Opens At Manly from Office of James Griffin, MP for Manly: get 50% towards costs!

Pictures: 2018 Winter School Holidays Beauty by Adriaan van der Wallen

Weaving Bridges Showcased At Queenscliff: Celebrates NAIDOC Week 2018 and Gai-mariagal Festival

Newport's 'From The Crown To The Sea' Paths Complete the Loop Update: Petition now running to gauge community support, video to show area, proposal has been forwarded to all councillors

24 Hour Row For One Eighty and Gotcha4Life: happening at Av. Surf Club on 18/08/2018 - Local businesses who want to support or sponsor this great initiative can contact Melissa Wellings on 

Profile: Warriewood Residents Association - Website:  The Warriewood Residents Association (WRA) was established by a number of residents who became seriously concerned about the potential over development of the Warriewood Valley as a result of the State Government’s then Part 3A legislation. This legislation had the potential to allow the approval of development well beyond the original planned residential density. While this legislation has since been repealed, a Strategic Review initiated by the PAC and the Dept. of Planning & Infrastructure, still had the potential to threaten significant over development of the remaining land in the Valley, and were are determined to see this revert to the original Planning Framework for the Valley. We believe residents who have recently settled in the sectors already developed are entitled to expect around them; what was promised when they made a decision to purchase their property. That not only applies to their expectation on surrounding densities, (consistent with the plans in place), but also the amenity and facilities that were promised in the Section 94 plan, from contributions already collected, and yet to be made. We welcome input from anyone interested and involved in the ongoing development of the Warriewood Valley, and the wider Warriewood community. We encourage you to use our blog at the bottom of each page of our website to help guide our activity.

History: Roads To Pittwater: The Pittwater Road - Naturally! 
The ancient aboriginal track has changed since first walked along by European  explorers back in the 1780's - a few of the 'signposts' along that way...

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Pictures: Community Celebration Of Living A Plastic Free Life Sounds All The Right Notes And All The Right Directions

Beaches Link Detailed Design Now Open For Further Community Consultation

Aquatics: 2018 NSW State Junior Titles And 2018 School Surfing Titles by Surfing NSW - lots of brilliant local surfers!

2018 Havaianas NSW Grommet State Titles (Maroubra July 27-29) by Surfing NSW

Surfing Australia’s High Performance Centre (HPC)Expansion Project A Massive Success: Opening Day Celebrations!

Park Bench Philosophers: My Holiday by Charles de Boos – 1861 (originally run in 2014 - rerun this Issue for all it's 'road to and through Pittwater' insights)

Profile:  Katandra Bushland Sanctuary - Katandra, an aboriginal word meaning “the song of birds”, is open to the public every Sunday from July to October, 10am to 4pm. Katandra is a sanctuary for flora and fauna where the wildflowers are their most colourful during spring but all year round there are opportunities for bird watching and many of our local species of other fauna inhabit Katandra. 

The sanctuary covers 12 hectares and is situated on the Ingleside- Warriewood escarpment. Choose to follow a short walk of about 1km or the longer 2km track through rainforest remnants with creeks and fern-fringed pools.

Although Open Days at Katandra Bushland Sanctuary are suspended for a few weeks as there was a hazard reduction burn around the yurt on Saturday July 28th - pop up mid August and enjoy one of Pittwater's hidden treasures.

History: Roads To Pittwater: The Sandspit Punt and Spit Bridge - although people could access Pittwater the long way round without having to go on water, and following aboriginal tracks that had been expanded and widened, a punt service and then a bridge several decades later, ensured salt breezes all the way along a purely coastal route!

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Pasadena Acquisition Motion Rescinded - Owner Rejects Offer To Buy Iconic Venue; "Council made an offer to acquire the Pasadena voluntarily which was rejected. This means the Pasadena will be left alone." Cr. Rory Amon, Aug. 4, 2018

Community Hope To Add To Newport Bushlinked Reserves Receives Council Support: Funding Will Be Sought - State and Federal Members express willingness to assist - Metropolitan Greenspace Program (co-fund programme at state level) and 20 Million Trees Programme (federal programme)

Mermaids Of Palm Beach Ready To Roll Again In 2018 B To B Bash For Variety, The Children's Charity

Pictures: A Week In Pittwater - August 2018

Final Event In 2018 World Surf League Junior Qualifying Series At Cronulla: local surfers vying for a spot this weekend

Australian Pool Rescue National Championships & Interstate Competition - NSW Swimmers Chasing Glory, Day 1 results by Surf Life Saving NSW

Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern Beaches New Partnership With The International College Of Management (ICMS) 

Reflections by George Repin: WHITE CLIFFS, NSW – 1990

Aquatics: Top Aussie Athletes Dominate Prestigious Hawaiian Event (Molokai 2018: Newport, Newport, Newport!) by Surf Life Saving NSW

Yachting NSW Awards 2018 - RPAYC Female Sailor Of The Year: Nina Curtis, joint winner with Lisa Lisa Darmanin 

Meet Our 'Saltwater Veterans' by RPAYC - the Invictus Games Sydney commence October 20th, meet a couple of the sailors who have been messing about on boats on Pittwater, getting some practice in, and doing quite alright - thank you!

Community Services to Remain at North Head Sanctuary - from James Griffin, MP for Manly

2018 Surf Life Saving New South Wales State Conference + SLS NSW's Buy A Bale initiative

Blackmores Announces Partnership With Special Olympics Australia Ahead Of Sydney Running Festival

Special Olympics Celebrates 50th Anniversary As Team Australia 2019 Gears Up For Summer Special Olympics

Sydney Skipper Wendy Tuck Becomes The First Woman To Win The Clipper Round The World Yacht Race

Profile: Rick Millar: When on the beach during the Summer of 2013, marvelling at the surfboat races for the Sydney Northern Beaches Branch Premiership, many on the sand pointed to Mr. Millar and said Pittwater Online should speak to him, that he has trained over a thousand people and is the best in the business, some even nicknaming him ‘god’ in reference to surfboats, training crews and sweeping. Although Rick stated there’s no way he has trained one thousand, he has been doing it for decades in fact, and was recognised by Pittwater Council with a  Certificate of Appreciation for Services to Surf Life Saving on the Northern Beaches in 2012 and Premiers Award for Volunteer services in 2017.

On the morning of Saturday August 4th we received the very sad news that our community has lost Rick. Rick was a legend and giant to many in our community and will be badly missed. Everyone who has had some opportunity to spend time with him, to be supported or encouraged by him, given some insights into life knows it was a privilege to be around him. As requested by scores of people, Rick's page runs again for all of us who already miss him - this week a small insight into over 40 years of a passion for surf boats and people.

History: Pasadena Road House – Church Point: Pittwater Restaurants You Could Stay At (rerun by request) 
 Given several names throughout its operating days; the 'Pasadena Roadhouse', 'Pasadena Motel', 'Pasadena Lodge Motel', 'Pasadena Club', 'Pasadena Cabaret', as well as 'Pasadena on Pittwater' and being a community hub under the auspices of the Gone Fishing Gallery just prior to being placed on the market, this structure, unlike The Rock Lily and Barrenjoey House, has changed a few times during its decades as part of our community. Those structural changes, some to meet an expanding clientele for a popular resort, have not changed the peace, quiet and sense of grandeur any visitor to this tucked away idyll of Pittwater senses when standing on the foreshores of Church Point and gazing towards the Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park.

Prior to the opening of the first version of the Pasadena camping and cottages, some advertising themselves as boarding houses, provided visitors to the area with a wide range of places to stay and even, in the La Corniche of Bayview, proprietor Mr H Rainaud, a restaurant that was travelled to for luncheon that also had people who stayed there.

Artist of the Month: August 2018: Mia Galo Avalon Beach resident Mia studied design, Photography, Life Drawing, Graphics and Sculpture at Sydney College of the Arts. She has worked as an Art Director and Illustrator for 15 years as well as a Designer and Consultant. Her professional Painting career commenced in 1995. Her works are eclectic, sublime, divine and demonstrate finesse across a range of mediums. Mia also has a strong commitment to community and people, donating time and creating works and being involved in numerous charities. 

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Avalon Boaties Set For 24 Hour Row; Next Saturday, August 18/08/2018 - webcam live feed - every $10 donated gets you into the draw for some great raffle prizes!

Phil Walker's GIPA Application For KPMG ‘Business Case’ On Forcibly Amalgamated Councils: 'Refused'

Church Point's Jacquie Maynard Wins Northern Beaches Art Prize 

Pictures: Avalon Bulldogs Gala Day 2018: End of Season Games and Fun at Hitchcock Park, Careel Bay

Aquatics: Hempel Sailing World Championships Aarhus 2018 – Denmark: Australian Sailors Secure Qualification Places For Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Airlie Beach Race Week Starts At A Cracking Pace by Di Pearson: Hooligan And Heat Win!

It’s Time To GO WILD Again!: The 2018 Sydney Wildlife Garden Party and Garden Gallery - October 28th by Lynleigh Greig

Newport SLSC 109th Annual Report - 2017/2018 

Avalon Beach SLSC Annual Report And AGM 2017- 2018

$5.1 Million for Royal Far West - from Office of James Griffin, MP for Manly

New Publication Tackles The Impact Of Climate Change On Community Assets by Northern Beaches Council

Masterplan Funding For West Esplanade Precinct: Manly  - Funding to support the Northern Beaches Council’s development of a masterplan for the West Esplanade Precinct in Manly, including a feasibility study for reinstating the boardwalk and harbour pool, has been provided by the NSW Government, Member for Manly James Griffin announced this week. The first harbourside shark-proof pool appeared in the 1890's, although plans for one, or several, were discussed in 1878. That which may be replaced was destroyed in the May 26th, 1974 storm; Extras!

Science Week 2018: Articles for Children and Young Adult Readership

Park Bench Philosopher Scientists And MP's Get Set To Take Over Classrooms For Science Week 2018: August 11 - 19 by CSIRO

Catch Reg And Pete At The Manly Art Gallery And Museum: Manly Arts Festival + Music!

DIY Ideas Spring Garden Prep: Soil Care -  is your soil mostly clay, loam or sand? How do you improve it now to have a greener garden during the coming months, especially if we have a long hot Summer...

Profile: Newport Community Garden  Newport Community Gardens Inc. is a not for profit incorporated association. The garden is in Woolcott Reserve.

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Avalon Beach SLSC Boat Rowers Complete Their 24 Hour Marathon Row For One Eighty And Gotcha4Life

Northern Beaches RFS Strike Team At Salt Ash Fire: Bush Fire Season Has Arrived-Please Prepare Your Home and Survival Plan 

FARM AID 2018 (Bales from the Beach) - happening next Saturday, August 25th at Avalon Beach RSL - lots on for all ages!

Planning Panel Refuses Seniors Development On Bayview Golf Course

Pictures: VP Day 2018 - Commemorative Service at Avalon Beach RSL By Sub Branch: While Victory in Europe was declared in May 1945, fighting in the Pacific region continued until August 1945. This week members of Avalon Beach Sub Branch held a Commemorative Service to mark the 73rd year since the end of the Second World War II, known as Victory in the Pacific Day, and observed each year on August 15th

Aquatics: Marine Parks Phase 3 Consultation Commences: Local Changes Details - from Lion Island to Barrenjoey, Narrabeen, Long Reef, Manly and Chowder Bay at Mosman

Ecodownunder Makes A Successful Transition To Plastic Free Packaging! - another first led by this local company who are celebrating their 21st year in 2018

Funding For Dundundra Falls Reserve - from Rob Stokes MP for Pittwater + Bushcare group details; meets on the first Sunday of the month

Community Engagement Commences For Clearways Between Mona Vale And The Spit - from James Griffin, MP for Manly - Residents and businesses along the corridor are invited to register their details by emailing to be part of the community engagement for this project

Reflections by George Repin: STURT NATIONAL PARK – May, 1990

Food: Pasadena Pantry & Fresh The exciting new Pasadena Pantry & Fresh is set to open at the Pasadena. 

Park Bench Philosopher Seagull Songs by Agnes Littlejohn (of Manly), Ivy Moore (of Mosman) and Dorothea MacKellar (of Pittwater)

Profile: Jordan Upton 'jordyy_flipps'  Last week a young man doing some flips on the sand at south Avalon Beach was spotted by those enjoying the early morning sunshine. He was being watched by another young man half his age who thought he was pretty good, a ‘Ninja warrior’. As it turns out, talking to Jordy Upton was a real eye opener into the world of local dance, young photographers and all the great things someone with a passion for dance, gymnastics and capturing the beauty of our area gets up to when out of school - and even when there too!

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Aquatics: The 2018 Surf Life Saving NSW Awards of Excellence - Avalon Beach SLSC named Club of the Year - Nigel Penn (Bilgola SLSC) awaredd President's Medal

Hamilton Island Race Week 2018 by Lisa Ratcliff - Marcus Blackmore’s Hooligan (RPAYC) has won the IRC Division 1 prize

NSW Volunteer Of The Year Awards 2018: Northern Beaches Award Ceremony - Volunteer Team of the Year Northern Beaches Palliative Care Volunteers from Mona Vale, Young Volunteer of the Year is Sophie Rothery, Whale Beach Surf Life Saving Club, over 500 local nominations and many local Finalists

Next Phase Of Infrastructure Improvements To Commence At Mona Vale Hospital - from Office of Rob Stokes, MP for Pittwater

Wildlife Champion Setting A Cracking Pre-Spring Pace: with a bad bushfire season forecast and new babies set to hatch soon, a glimpse into just a few days of what's been happening here this week

Pictures: Mermaids of Palm Beach Pictures From the Road in Car 2108: the 2018 Variety the Children's Charity Bonnyrigg to Braitling B to B Bash by Viktorija McDonell

Dad's Fishing Shack At Long Reef by Ken 'Sava' Lloyd - the ReefCare free guided walks of Long Reef Aquatic Reserve commence September 9th; we share a few insights from Sava and 'Extras' including an circa 1861 painting of Long Reef + insights into local Dee Why Artist G K Townshend + Wrecks + Fishing +...

Collector's Corner: Historic Photographers Of Pittwater: Harold 'Caz' Cazneaux 1878 - 1953 - For anyone who loves photography the visions captured by Harold Cazneaux will feature among their favourites. A gentleman who worked ceaselessly in his chosen vocation for decades, Mr. Cazneaux, or 'Caz' as he preferred to be known, shifted the ground in terms of what was captured and how and when it was captured creating not only imagery of iconic places and events but also photographs that in themselves have become iconic for their style, essence and the presence we sense in them - still. His images of our area allow us to see here as it was prior to the sprouting of suburbs and also celebrate the person placed in this environment, more so when you understand that many of his early and later images of here contain family members. In fact, family was his wellspring, his heart and his home.

Profile: Michelle Perrett Michelle was one of the Artists who took part in the 2015 On Islands Festival at Eramboo where artists were asked to respond to the notion of 'On Islands'. Her work for On Islands - Currents of Memory: an installation of one hundred ceramic miniature canoes displayed on crushed glass. The canoes had inlays of archetypal figures within the vessel offering a medium to enter a collective memory. Michelle was also at Eramboo in 2011 for Unfurl, (Renaissance portraits). Her third sojourn at Eramboo Artist Environment is the result of securing another residency. In January 2018 Michelle Perrett was awarded the Northern Beaches Council and Eramboo Artist Environment six month residency. The residency included free non-residential studio space, a stipend of $2000, and artistic support at Eramboo Artist Environment to research, experiment and develop new work.  Michelle researched threatened plant species and created a series of sculptural works in porcelain.

History: Women In The Surf Life Saving Movement As Life Savers: From At Least 1910 - Awarded Medals For Saving Lives From 1880 In NSW
As an extra Celebratory Congratulations to the 'Honouring Our First Female Lifesavers' from Terrigal Surf Life Saving Club, winning the Surf Life Saving NSW 2018 Initiative of the Year, we rerun Pittwater Online's celebration of women saving people from the sea and serving on our beaches during WWII - as collated when that great club just over the Broken Bay pond first announced their 'Honouring Our First Female Lifesavers' initiative.

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Bob’s Swell: Bob Bitchin' Bevern, LA Bob – A Tribute From Those Who Loved Him

Aquatics: Woolworths Surfer Groms Comps Series 2018-19 Kicks Off by Surfing NSW

Pictures: Warringah Touch Football Association (Inc.) Winter Comp. Grand Finals 2018: Warringah Touch Football is run by the players for the players. Warringah Touch Football conducts 2 competition yearly. Summer competition commences in September and runs till the end of March while Winter runs from April through to August. Want to see what's great about this sport for young and old together? Have a look at these beaut photos from Brian Friend OAM 

THE BIG DIG: Treasures At The Beach - A Rotary Family Fun Day, next Sunday September 9 at Newport Beach

Community Push To Save Mona Vale Hospital: Big Picnic to be held on Sunday 16 September from 11.30 am to 2.30 at Robert Dunn Reserve, rally to follow in October - from Protect Pittwater Organisation and Save Mona Vale Hospital Committee

Reflections by George Repin: A FEW STATUES AND WATER SPOUTS

DIY Ideas Spring into Spring: time to plant out edible flowers, herbs and salad vegetables + the August 2018 JBH Trifecta news + the Mighty Helpful Kids Challenge

Park Bench Philosopher University Of Sydney & Surrounds To Be Heritage Listed + a few extras; "Material advancement, without a corresponding progression in the moral and intellectual condition of a community is of small avail in promoting its real happiness or ultimate greatness."

Artist of the Month: Artist Of The Month September 2018: Jordan Upton - Photographer. This 10 year old loves being up at dawn and capturing views and plants lit by early light.

Profile: Palm Beach Longboarders Club: This year the Palm Beach Longboarders club are celebrating their Silver Anniversary with a Silver Ball to be held at Avalon Bowling Club next weekend, Saturday September 8th. They want to hear from and see old club members, get together and share some memories and make a few new ones!

This week a small insight into a club that's been riding that long wave of laid-back enjoyment for a while now, and are happy to welcome a new generation to the origin of surfing for pleasure

History: Roads To Pittwater: The Mona Vale Road - what started as a bullock track for timber-getters became a way for orchardists to get to and from markets, via the water - then came the railway and then came automobile. The long and winding road to here along the old Lane Cove road (now Pacific Highway) + some extras!

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Sea Eagles Footy Legend Max Brown Joins Fight To Save Mona Vale Hospital - Big Picnic to be held on Sunday 16 September 11.30 am to 2.30 at Robert Dunn Reserve, rally to follow in October - from Protect Pittwater Organisation and Save Mona Vale Hospital Committee

Grommets Shine In Tricky Conditions at the Woolworths Surfer Groms Comp on the Northern Beaches by Surfing NSW

2018 Newport Sculpture Trail: Artists Sought - Theme 'Spirit': entries open to students and artists until September 23rd

Aquatics: Surfers and Lifesavers Reach Historic Agreement: MOU Signed At NSW 2018 Board Riding Championships

Food: Help Newport Become The Destination For Australia's Best Fish And Chips!  by Michelle Myers - Newport's Ocean Master has been nominated for a national Australian Fish and Chips award - help lifetime resident and fish & chipper Emma win!

My Singing Story by Ken (Sava) Lloyd

Pictures: A Few Enjoy Pittwater Spring 2018 Notes: Australian Society of Marine Artists 2018 Exhibition on at Lane Cove - paintings of local places by great artists, Pittwater Kayak Tours - Spring 2018 At 50% Off, Pittwater YHA: Your Home Away From Home On The Western Shores; 15% off until end of October, Breeding Season For Pittwater's Wildlife; walk quietly by the foreshores, creeks and beneath the trees, Flowering In Pittwater: wildflowers are now coming out; bolt to your nearest reserve to observe

The World Surf League (WSL) Announces Prize Money Equality

Clearways On The Way Between Brookvale and The Spit by NSW RMS - feedback invited until Sept. 24

Park Bench Philosopher Making Sense Of The “News”: The ABC Launches Media Literacy Week - a comprehensive program to equip people of all ages with the skills to sort truth from fiction in news and information. Media Literacy Week, to run from 10-16 September, utilises the knowledge, reach and cross-platform skills of Australia’s most trusted media organisation to help the community navigate the modern media landscape + Media Watchdog’s Finding On Sunrise’s Indigenous Adoption Segment Is Justified + MEDIA Net Trust Survey finds  a minus NTS for the Australian media industry

Profile: Adam Bressington Pittwater is known for its good sports and individuals who are involved in everything from sailing to snowboarding. Did you know we have a motor sports aficionado too though? The Sandown 500, running next weekend September 14th to 16th, has been promoted since 2016 as a 'Retro Round' with a back to the 60s, 70s and 80s theme as Supercars celebrates its touring car heritage with historic liveries, team uniforms, fashions and merchandise at Sandown Raceway. Will there be flares, thick rimmed sunglasses, moustaches and Elvis sideburns? Yes. Will the cars look fantastic? Definitely!

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Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin Take Gold In Japan At Tokyo 2020 Olympics Venue by World sailing and australian sailing Team + some Tash and Annie news too!

Hospital Campaigners Call For Government Transparency - Save Mona Vale Hospital campaigners are calling on the NSW Government to come clean about what services will be available after the hospital’s emergency department closes next month: Community Picnic beside MVH today (Sunday Sept. 16 - 11:30 to 3pm) Rally and March on Oct. 14

2018 Pittwater Community Service Award: Justene Gordon of the Avalon Youth Hub

New Auxiliary Kiosk At Mona Vale Hospital - from Office of Rob Stokes, MP for Pittwater

Aquatics: Surf Life Saving Australia National Coastal Safety Report 2018 Released + SLS NSW Safety Message for upcoming Season

Fire by Lynleigh Grieg - How members of the public help burnt or affected wildlife this bushfire season

Pictures: Turning Purple In The Fight Against Pancreatic Cancer : “Put Your Foot Down” – 2018 Sydney WalkPhotos by Michael Mannington of Volunteer Photography

Strong Queensland Support For The Club Marine Pittwater To Paradise Regatta by Lisa Ratcliff

Byron Bay Writers Festival 2018 by Robyn McWilliam

Reflections by George Repin: THE DODECANESE ARCHIPELAGO

Food: The Chick'n Shack Café - For Lovers Of Old School Burgers and New School Ways: Happy Hour Fish and Chips on Fridays nights, best Breakfast and coffee on the way to the beach, and this Summer will be bringing your food to the beach so you don't have to get off the sand - read all about the best kept secret at Careel Bay

Park Bench Philosopher How Much Plastic Does It Take To Kill A Turtle? by CSIRO + Turtle species in serious decline: Broad ecological impacts by University of California - Davis

Collector's Corner: Historic Photographers Of Pittwater: The 'Wharriewood' Macpherson Family - Memories On Glass Exhibition As Part Of The State Library Of N.S.W. Open Day On October 6th, 2018 -  Margot Riley, Curator at the State Library of N.S.W., relates the very exciting news that 70 of the Macpherson family photos  attributed to William Joseph will form part of the October 6th Open Day at the Library in an Exhibition called 'Memories on Glass'. Local History buffs will be interested to hear about Margot's findings about the Macpherson photographic collection which confirm that these images were taken over a much longer time frame than first thought - from 1875 through to the 1930s - and that there were actually several photographers in the Macpherson Family - not just William Joseph. 

DIY Ideas: A Dog's Paradise in Your Own SAFE Garden - grass to roll in, a shallow pond to sit in when it's hot, paths to explore!

Profile: Adam Crowley This year BHS has been celebrating its 50th year with a range of good fun stuff including a Colour Run/Obstacle Course, a Winter Night Market and on September 29th, a Golden Ball.  All ex-students, staff, parents and members of the Barrenjoey community are invited to celebrate. Ticket sales close on September 20th. Get yours here.

History: The Barrenjoey School: 1872 To 1894 - Barrenjoey High School is turning 50 this year and is very proud of it! 
The school and school community have been holding a number of events including the Colour Run / Obstacle Course of March, The Barrenjoey Night Market in June, and on the Saturday the 29th of September – The Golden Ball!

All Ex-students, staff, parents and members of the Barrenjoey community are invited to celebrate. There will be a Three-course meal, the event will be fully licensed, with live bands, memorabilia exhibition, and more.  Dress: Women: Elegant Men: Dashing! 
Tickets are available until September 20th Get yours here.

The Barrenjoey High School opened in 1968 - a little under a hundred years prior to that a school of a similar name commenced atop the headland so many BHS students love.  A few notes to get you in a golden mood - no, there will not be an exam on this - enjoy !

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Upgrade, Not Demolition Needed At Mona Vale Hospital: Phelps

Scotland Island Demographics How Are We Different? A Comparison Between Scotland Island And The Rest Of Australia by Roy Baker

Aquatics: North Narrabeen Hosts Event Three On The Nudie Australian Boardriders Battle Series 2018/19 by Surfing NSW  North Steyne Boardriders have taken out the nudie Australian Boardriders Battle central qualifying event, Avoca, North Avalon and North Narrabeen claimed second, third and fourth. As a result, the top three clubs have qualified for the upcoming National Final in Newcastle. 

Council Shows Weedos Leading Weed Control Technology On The Northern Beaches by Northern Beaches Council 

Bungan's Holly Wawn Surfs Solid Week At UR ISA World Surfing Games In Japan: Sally Fitzgibbons Wins Gold And Team Australia Secures Silver Medal

Junior Water Stars Named for Development Program by Surf Life Saving NSW

Pictures: Avalon Bulldogs Presentation Day 2018 - two new Life Members + Players of the year + some great preso day fun! by Brian Friend OAM

Council First - Staff Undertake Essential Drone Training by Northern Beaches Council

Surf Lifesavers Launch Shark Drones This Weekend by Surf Life Saving NSW and the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI)

Manly Warringah Netball Association Hosts All Ability Netball Championship by Kim Buckingham

Award Winning SMH Journalist Bringing The Dramatic Story Of The Sydney Opera House To Avalon This October In Time For 45th Anniversary: Author Event Oct. 4th, tickets just $20 

Reflections by George Repin: RHODES

Park Bench Philosopher: CSIRO Launches ASEAN Presence

Profile: Ashley Cardiff Volunteer surf lifesavers will resume patrols for the 2018/19 season next Saturday 29 September so it's a good time to share a small insight into Ashley Cardiff, the gentleman who has taken on the presidency of the Surf Life Saving NSW Club of the Year, Avalon Beach SLSC. Ashley has decades in the surf life saving movement, starting out as a Nipper at Dee Why. He has a passion for surf boats and is a crew member of the very successful 'Towballs' crew. His dad is a legend and Life Member at Dee Why SLSC, his children have been in Nippers at Avalon Beach SLSC - three generations of Cardiffs will be on or near the beach this Season and all of them would ask visitors to please, swim between the flags

History: A Bunch Of Wildflowers: Historical Spring September Songs- At this time of year many are taking the opportunity to visit the bush reserves we live among just to see the flowering with every shade and colour of local and ancient flora. Although we celebrate what remains there is also a lament that has echoed for a few generations about what has been lost by the encroachment of suburban developments or the careless profit-first policies of governments until this era when forests and their trees has now become a state of so few 'that a child may write (count) them'. Throughout the gathering of threads for history subjects insights of how much the whole peninsula bloomed with every variety of native flower, and even recent and current adjustments to ensure the survival of those now threatened, as in the case of Grevillea cayli or the Angus's Onion Orchid, have allowed insights into what those who came before us saw and how we lost so much so soon. 

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Community Invited To Comment On Creative Art Space North Concepts: Avalon Annexe or Avalon Golf Club House?

Former Pittwater Mayor Urges Community to Join Hospital Protest: Rally in Mona Vale Village Park October 14th followed by March

Urban Tree Canopy Plan Now On Public Exhibition: 100 Thousand Trees to be planted here over 20 years - Significant Trees Register

Narrabeen Lagoon Entrance Sand Removal Works Have Commenced

MRI Machine for Northern Beaches Hospital: Access to Lifesaving Medicare Scans from Jason Falinski, Member for Mackellar, and The Hon Tony Abbott, Member for Warringah

Aquatics: Flags Are Up As Surf Lifesavers Hit The Beach For The 2018/19 Patrol SeasonNSW Coastal Safety Report released by Surf Life Saving NSW

Pictures Lock Crowther Multihull Regatta 2018 - The Lock Crowther Regatta has been hosted by the RMYC since 1996 and offers multihull owners both exciting racing and cruising programs. This Labour Day long weekend is the 23rd edition of the popular regatta

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! 

Vissla Sydney Surf Pro Returns to Manly in 2019 from Surfing NSW and James Griffin, MP for Manly

New Fence At Royal Far West Manly Set To Connect Beach and Bush

Australian Farr 40 Class Celebrates Two Decades At Gala Ball by Lisa Ratcliff

Park Bench Philosopher Beach Sand Ripples Can Be Fingerprints For Ancient Weather Conditions

Profile Avalon Bilgola Amateur Swimming Club - The Avalon Bilgola Amateur Swimming Club is a recreational swimming club on the Northern Beaches in Sydney. The Club was Founded in the early 1960s.  We swim down at Bilgola Rock Pool, on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, during the summer months on Saturday mornings. We cater for all standards of swimmers, from the social swimmer to those who enjoy some fun Competition. Our season runs between October and March. Our first swim of the 2018/19 season is Saturday October 20 at 9amThe ABASC Swim Program includes weekly race meets plus the provision of swim lessons by Austswim qualified coaches on Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the season (October to April). Our main purpose is to teach kids and adults to swim and be water safe. Wednesday swim squads are for Adults and Saturdays for kids.

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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 Philosopher: Scientists 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! 

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Invictus Games Sydney 2018 Honours The Optimistic Generation: Cycling and Sailing on Today (FREE Events) whole Programme broadcast on ABC's iView for those who missed out on tickets - Pittwater and Narrabeen links

Independent Win In Wentworth Sends A Warning Over Mona Vale Hospital As Campaign Continues by Miranda Korzy

Mona Vale Hospital Emergency Services from Rob Stokes, MP for Pittwater

Medical Services on the Northern Beaches from A/Professor Richard West AM MB.BS(Syd) FRACS FRCS(ENG), VMO Surgeon Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, President Palm Beach & Whale Beach Association

Aquatics: State Of The Beaches Report 2017-2018: Barrenjoey/ Station Beach Shows Highest Level Of Animal Droppings of all Estuary Beaches, Elvina Bay Polluted After Rainfall Events - All Pittwater Coastal Beaches Rated 'Very Good' Except Warriewood and Turrimetta

Lime Cordiale Set To Rock Narrabeen RSL (The Nazza) On November 9th - A Catch Up with Oliver Leimbach on new song 'Following Fools' and what the home crowd can expect

Pictures: Aussie Backyard Bird Count 2018 - Our Annual 'What Bird Is That?' Week Is Here! This week the annual Aussie Backyard Bird Count runs from 22-28 October 2018. Pittwater is one of those places fortunate to have birds that thrive because of an Aquatic environment, a tall treed Bush environment and areas set aside for those that dwell closer to the ground, in a sand, scrub or earth environment. To take part all you need is 20 minutes and your favourite outdoor space. Head to the website and register as a Counter today! And if you're a teacher, check out BirdLife Australia's Bird Count curriculum-based lesson plans to get your students (or the whole school!) involved

DIY Ideas Garden Care for Heavy Rain Days + Non-Toxic Snail and Slug Debug Ideas - we're having great weather for installing a rainwater tank, doing shed and undercover work, such as cuttings. There are also other garden tasks needed during prolonged rain periods - weeding, composting, staking up new plants, ensuring you don't lose your soil through runoff +

Pool Medal Glory For NSW Young Guns at New Zealand Pool Rescue Championships by Surf Life Saving NSW

Northern Beaches Council First In Australia To Use Telematics Technology To Make Roads Safer: Northern Beaches Safest Driver Competition - Inter-Schools Safest Driver Competition coming in 2019

Official Opening Of The Tramshed Arts and Community Centre by Northern Beaches Council

North Sydney Council’s Coal Loader Platform Is Park Of The Year + Spring Sounds On The Platform - Saturday 3 November and Artisans Market on November 25

Upper Harbour Championship Goes To Sydney Sailmakers: 12ft Skiff Regatta by Di Pearson - Sailors rally to help Lane Cove 12ft Sailing Club

Park Bench Philosopher: Prime Minister’s Prizes For Science 2018: Emeritus Professor Kurt Lambeck; Prize for Science, Finisar; Prize for Innovation

Profile: Northern Beaches Vision Impaired Group Set up through Vision Australia as a Peer Support Group, the Northern Beaches Vision Impaired Group offers a great way to stay social and active in our local area. Every Tuesday members have some fun on the Avalon Beach Bowling Club greens, and once a month a Speaker addresses the group at Dee Why RSL. This week we run some information on both these aspects of the Northern Beaches Vision Impaired Group.

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Surf Life Saving Australia Awards Of Excellence 2018: Avalon Beach SLSC Named DHL Club Of The Year - Whale Beach Receives A Meritorious Award 

Eileen Gordon Awarded Life Membership To UHA - Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary Continues To Work For The Community

Pittwater Calls For Demerger Answer After Five Month Delay + LGNSW Motion to Support Council Demergers Passed at 2018 Conference

Silent Protest at Mona Vale Hospital “Closing Day”: 8.30 a.m. Oct. 31, at the hospital

Funding Boosts For Mona Vale Surf Club and Currawong Cottages - Rob Stokes, MP for Pittwater: Pasadena funding reallocated

NRMA Acquires Fantasea Cruising Fleet

Aquatics: NSW Sports High Schools Association And Surfing NSW Form Partnership

Pictures: Newport Sculpture Trail 2018 Is Open!

Lifesavers Deliver Hope to NSW Farmers: 2018 SLSNSW Buy A Bale Hay Delivery

Brush Turkeys In Suburbia: There's An App For That - Citizen Scientists Called On To Spot Brush Turkeys In Their Backyards

Park Bench Philosopher: We Have So Many Ways To Pursue A Healthy Climate –  It’s Insane To Wait Any Longer by Peter C. Doherty, Laureate Professor, The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity + Australian health professionals' statement on climate change and health published in The Lancet

Profile: Neale Ashby The Palm Beach Longboarders Old Mal-Log Rally 2018 is coming up on November 10th, a chance for those who like to Hang Five to do so and those who like to watch this classic traditional form of surfing get a good dose of the great stuff. This year, doing his inaugural Palmy Longboarders Rally, is Narrabeen Sports High Teacher Neale Ashby, a gentleman born and bred here who still loves his surfing and represented New South Wales as part of the NSW Team at this year's Nationals. 

History: Roads IN Pittwater: The Barrenjoey Road There is only one road in and one road out of the peninsula that stretches to the Barrenjoey Headland - formed along an ancient aboriginal pathway, the widening of this track by European settlers, the building of bridges across creeks, the filling in of a lagoon and cutting into hillsides have changed the way to wend north in just 100 years

Front Page Issue 382: A Mix of Good, Bad and Great News

Patients Forced To Travel Out Of Area After Mona Vale Hospital Downgraded 

Bilgola SLSC Hosts Round 1 Of The 2018-2019 SLS SNB Surf Boats Premiership + appointment of Romilly Madew to the Surf Life Saving Foundation Board!

Northern Beaches Council’s nice little earner by John Illingsworth

Palm Beach Sailing Club Honours World and Olympic Champion Members At 2018 'Come Have Some Fun' Open Day: Beware the Bullets Regatta 2018 17-18th November

Remembrance Day 2018 - 100 Years From Armistice Day 1918: Some Pittwater Veterans From The First World War

Contract Awarded For Mona Vale Road Upgrade - from Office of the Hon. Rob Stokes, MP for Pittwater

Building works continue at Mona Vale Hospital - from Office of the Hon. Rob Stokes, MP for Pittwater

Pictures: Sydney Wildlife Totally Wild 2018 Fundraiser Achieves Mobile Clinic Liftoff! by Lynleigh Greig

Pittwater Mens Probus - Visit To The 2018 Temora Warbirds Airshow by by Ron Seldon and Michael Mannington

Aquatics: Living Seawall Tiles Installed On Sydney Harbour Are Turning The Habitat Tide 

Reflections by George Repin: THE CHURCH ON SPILLED BLOOD - 2005

Park Bench Philosopher: Remembrance Day 2018: Mona Vale, War Memorial November 14, 1926 - War Memorials were places to honour the thousands who did not come home and were buried where they fell overseas, and to honour those who survived - History insights first run in 2016

Artists of the Month:  November 2018 - The Avalon Mixed Palette Art Show: Opens Friday November 16th (runs 17-18) - Lorrie Morgan and Debby Waters, founders of the Pittwater Community Arts  are again bringing an eclectic mix of works from 35 Artists for the 14th consecutive year. Unique Silent Auction artworks, to be opened by Katherine Roberts MAG&M - a few samples of the organisers works who are Artists themselves. NB: This page will be updated after Opening Night - more Art!

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Treatment To Go Ahead For Avalon Gentleman Refused Angiogram At NBH

Mona Vale Hospital Supporters To Hold Wake At Parliament House on November 16

Major New Hospital Condemned For Lack Of Public Birth Centre by Professor of Midwifery

Destruction Of Swamp Sclerophyll Forest At Warriewood: Developers Dreams Remain A Community Nightmare

Pictures: Warriewood and other Creek Chirrups by Pittwater Pathways +++ - we could all enjoy a good dose of the opposite!

New Funds for Pittwater Foreshore and Pedestrian Upgrades from Office of the Hon. Rob Stokes, MP for Pittwater

Maserati Takes The Chequered Flag In Act 5 and The MC38 2018 Season by Lisa Ratcliff

DIY Ideas: Garden Design and Plant Management to Minimise Tick Attacks and Infestations - insights from an essay by Bill Conroy BSc. (Agr) (Syd) + a Tribute to Wilfred Lawrence Conroy CBE by Keith Jackson, PNG and others

Park Bench Philosopher: Filmed In Pittwater: A Sentimental Reprise + Some Extra Narrabeen Notes - History

Aquatics: Champion Casey Shatters NBI's Pittwater Paddle SUP Record by Lisa Ratcliff

Manly Marlins Make their Mark on Mental Health - from Office of James Griffin, MP for Manly

Insomnia’s Club Marine Pittwater To Paradise Regatta Countdown by Lisa Ratcliff

School Strike 4 Climate Change: Big School Walk Out On November 30th, 2018

Profile: Bill Leimbach Bill Leimbach’s face is sun weathered, he’s a man who has spent his life outdoors, in the light, capturing real stories of real people. With over 40 years of Producing and Directing Documentaries and Films, most of them in places known for weather extremes, his squint not only occurs when he's focusing in on how to present the story through evolving vision, that squint is looking forward too, towards the next production and records that should be made.

Front Page Issue 384: Doggie Rescue's 2019 Calendar Is Out!

Warriewood Development Approved By NSW Planning Dept.; Confirms Community Perception Of False Claims Of ‘Consultation’ Or ‘Affordable Housing’ 

Save Mona Vale Hospital Group Call For Return Of Services To MVH In Wake Of Numerous Northern Beaches Hospital Emergency Department 'Fail' Reports

Artists of the Month:  November 2018 - The Avalon Mixed Palette Art Show: Lorrie Morgan and Debby Waters, founders of the Pittwater Community Arts, have brought together an eclectic mix of works from 35 Artists for the 14th consecutive year. A few samples of this year's works

Barrenjoey High Performance Space Funding Tops $1.2 Million - from Member for Pittwater, The Hon. Rob Stokes  

Improvements to Bus Services North of Mona Vale - from Member for Pittwater, The Hon. Rob Stokes  

Michael Glasheen Art Exhibition To Go On The Road - To Support Newport Acquisition Of Crown To The Sea Land Add-In To 'Complete The Loop': Governor Phillip Park, Palm Beach weekend of December 1/ 2, Porter Reserve, Newport December 8/9 and outside Pasadena for December 15/16

Farr 40 RPAYC One Design Trophy 2018: Day 1 Races off Palm Beach by Jennie Hughes

Lifesavers Support Environmental Message: mobile collections are taking place during Summer - see where and when for here

Pictures: Palm Beach Longboarders Old Mal/Old Log Rally 2018 by Palmy Longboarders, Fiona Roberts, Adriaan van der Wallen

Aquatics: Be Water Safe, Not Sorry This Summer


Food: Sky Thai:  Lunch Combo Authentic is the word that springs to mind here – seasonal vegetables, great spices tastes and sprigs of fresh herbs and generous portions, so much so that no dinner was required.

Profile: John Forbes John has represented Australia in 3 Olympic Games in sailing catamarans (Barcelona 1992, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004). He was a Bronze Medallist in Barcelona, Silver Medallist in Sydney and placed 6th in Athens. During his 18 years of intense international sailing regatta at an elite level he was 7 x World Champion, 4 x European Champion and 10 x Australian Champion. He has been a member of Palm Beach Sailing Club for 30 years. Now 48 years old and sailing with 17 year old daughter Bronte, he has re-entered the sailing scene to enjoy teaching his daughter the beautiful skill of sailing high speed catamarans and passing on his wealth of knowledge to all the teams whom he competes with. In fact, family, and running the family business, are now his focus, with joy undiminished for getting out among those salty breezes - which is where it all began - with family, among salty breezes.

Front Page Issue 385: Spring Becomes Summer in Pittwater

First: A Fresh Salt Spray From Freshwater SLSC's Surf Boat Carnival Event 3 Of 2018-2019 SLS SNB Premiership+ Boaties Big Food Drop 2018. Next Is Autumn 2019

Ingleside 'New Suburb' Development Plans Put On Back-Burner Due To Unacceptable Bushfire Risks

Campaigners Say Networked Solution The Way Forward For Beaches Hospitals 

Proposed Lease of Public Space: North Avalon - Consult extended Until Dec. 2nd

Pictures: Be Brave Art Gallery Launches 'BRAVE' 2018 Exhibition;14 Artists, First Night snaps, Open until December 23rd

Station Beach Off Leash Dog Area Proposal Ignores Current Uses Of Area, Environment, Long-Term Fauna Residents, Lack Of Safe Parking and Clearly Stated Intentions Of Proponents (to gain access to Barrenjoey Headland National Park) have your say until February 28, 2019

Aquatics: Palm Beach Sailing Club's Beware The Bullets Regatta 2018: Report, Results, and Pictures by Dick Clarke, Trevor Gourlay and A J Guesdon

Stop Adani Arrives In Avalon by Miranda Korzy, NSW Greens Candidate for Pittwater

Harken International Youth Match Racing Championship 2018 On Pittwater by Lisa Ratcliff

DIY Ideas Make Your Own BBQ Kitchen Garden: Gifts That Grow Past That Giving Day - make a list, together, and check it twice - work out what each family members thinks is naughty or nice...  + a few History Notes on what the Traditional Kitchen Garden was and still is.

Park Bench Philosopher Why We Should Remember Boorong, Bennelong’s Third Wife, Who Is Buried Beside Him by Meredith Lake, Honorary Associate, Department of History, University of Sydney

Profile: Tony Edwards For those of us growing up in the 1970’s and early 1980’s Tracks was the magazine you read, either covertly in the newsagency because pocket money was scant, or while discussing its photographic content and even literary merit of the articles. Captain Goodvibes, a creation that became an Australian icon, was one of the main reasons many read the surfing fave. Captain Goodvibes spoke the language of many between 1973 and 1981 – a parody of all the excesses of surfing as it morphed into cult status, the flying pork chop gave voice to that Australian ‘laugh at the pretentious’ notion carried forward from our colonial roots to the present day. The connection between prosaic Surfing Thinkers and the creator of Captain Goodvibes is not such a huge gap – Tony Edwards enjoys a good book, a crossword puzzle, thoughtful films and the music of dead European composers. Mr. Edwards had success elsewhere too though. In 1998 he won a Walkley Award for 'Best Artwork' for a cartoon, 'Hanna, I Hardly Knew You', published in The Sydney Morning Herald on 13 September 1998. Tony is now home again on the northern end of this peninsula and opening a show in January 2019 of works that feature our area. He runs an online preview mini-exhibition here as Artist of the Month for the December 2018-January 2019 Summer break. That will launch next Issue. First, a small catch up with a local legend.

Front Page Issue 386: Upu Kila MBE + Summer in Pittwater!

Reflections by George Repin: REPIN’S IN “LADIES IN BLACK”

It takes more than a village to raise a Performance Space! from the Barrenjoey High School P&C and Community Performance Space (BCPS) Steering Committee 

Students Demand Government Stop Adani Coal Mine and Transition To Solar Power: Big School Walk Out For Climate Action To Be Followed By More Actions - local students join Sydney strike

Funding Boost For Pittwater Community Projects + Extra Funds for Avalon Beach Netball Courts - from Member for Pittwater, The Hon. Rob Stokes 

Pictures: From Palm Beach To Pasadena: Mick Glasheen's Drawing On The Land - GARIGAL COUNTRY OpensGovernor Phillip Park, Palm Beach weekend of December 1/ 2, Porter Reserve, Newport December 8/9 and outside Pasadena for December 15/16

Council Briefs: November 27 Meeting by Miranda Korzy, The Greens Candidate for Pittwater

Computer Pals For Seniors Northern Beaches Launch Armistice: Before And After - A Great Community Project Book - embedded in full here for your Summer Reading

Aquatics: 2018 Tradies Surfmasters at Cronulla: Wave of the Day Won By Avalon Beach Surfer + Local Champions Crowned by Surfing NSW

Artist of the Month:  December 2018 - January 2019: Tony Edwards Tony Edwards is bringing an exhibition of selected works from more than 80 new paintings he has completed to Avalon Recreation Centre this January. The paintings range from Still Life to Architectural subjects and include a vast amount of the place that is his spiritual and now, again, physical home - Pittwater. This should come as no surprise - he grew up at Bayview, attended Manly Boys High. Now back home again he shares a small taste of what can be seen up close this coming January.

Profile: Tim Nossiter This Summer Pittwater Online News is very privileged to share a series of pages on the Nossiter family and their endeavours, who have among them, generations of some of Australia's premier sailors. We open with a few insights from Tim Nossiter, youngest son of Richard (Dick) Harwin Nossiter OAM. Richard was the second son of four sons of Harold Nossiter senior, the first Australian to skipper a yacht around the world under an Australian flag from 1935 - 1937 on the schooner Sirius.  Mr. Nossiter left Sydney Harbour with the two eldest of his four sons, Harold Junior and Richard (Dick) in July 1935. The Sirius is still sailing, and current owner Simon Morris, is contributing to this Summer of Nossiter Insights project as well. For Tim a Life at Sea was and remains an abiding passion - he was bringing a yacht from Tassie to Sydney when we caught up with him earlier this year - more in his page.

History: Roads IN Pittwater: The Bay View Road: The run to Church Point alongside Bayview was once a track weaving through settlers farms filled with prize winning fruit. A wharf, opened in 1900 where the Bayview Baths now are, brought communication with 'Sydney Town' and visitors to the area. A series of holiday cottages for rent and land sales meant the track, gradually being widened and surfaced with something other than sand blown in from the estuary, was needed for access. A few years on reclamation works to provide parking for cars indicates the quick shifts that occurred in this favourite place of many Pittwater people.

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Pictures: Santa Stops By Avalon Beach SLSC's Carols At The Beach To Say Ho! Ho! HO!

New Pittwater Bus Services Have Commenced: Keoride Hours Extended - Rob Stokes, MP for Pittwater

Aquatics: Cedar Takes Out A 1st At 2018 Surf Dive ‘N Ski Australian Junior Surfing Titles - Jamie Thomson and Tru Starling secure placings as well

Health Chief Admits Northern Beaches Hospital Has Struggled Since Opening by Miranda Korzy - The Greens State Election Candidate for Pittwater 

Barrenjoey High School Across The Decades Staff Meeting by Sue Martin (Barrenjoey 1970 - 1996)

Surf Sport Season Kicks Off With Interbranch Championships by Surf Life Saving NSW - SNB in 1st place after Day 1

Park Bench Philosopher The NSW Women's Legal Status Bill 1918:  How The 'Petticoat Interference In Government' Came Of Age - A 100 Years Celebration Of Women Alike Our Own Maybanke Selfe-Wolstenholme-Anderson 

DIY Ideas Christmas Lights Display Around The House and Garden: Light Up The Night! - some ideas and some do's and dont's

Outdoor Installation At Manly Art Gallery & Museum Showcases Artist’s Work: Art lovers are invited to attend a talk and afternoon tea with Peta Dzubiel on Sunday 9 December from 3-4pm

B-Line Success - 5.9 Million Passenger Trips In First Year: Manly Vale Breathing Wall Carpark To Open This Month - James Griffin, MP for Manly

Profile: Upu Kila MBE A rare honour has been awarded to one of our favourite Hobie sailors, Upu Navu Kila. Upu, is the recipient of an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire). This award is presented to individuals for outstanding service to the community.

For almost 40 years, Upu has represented Papua New Guinea in sailing. He was the first Indigenous person from PNG to sail Hobie Cats and was the first Indigenous sailor to represent their country in the South Pacific Games. A lifetime of participation is only the beginning of this story. Upu has given back to the sport he loves in many ways, but his passion has been introducing and supporting youth sailing. He has worked for many years to have Papua New Guinean kids accepted into the Royal Papua Yacht Club, often needing to secure grants to cover their membership. Yacht Club membership costs a years wages for many locals. Upu’s legacy is that now the entire team representing PNG are all Indigenous sailors. A longtime resident of Australia, Upu is the regular PNG entry in the Australian Hobie Cat Nationals. Upu has introduced and encouraged dozens of Australian youngsters in Hobie sailing too. He has given his time and served on the committee at his home club, Palm Beach Sailing Club on Pittwater, and on the NSW Hobie Association committee. His story is one of serving, and while the MBE was presented by the Governor-General of Papua New Guinea “For service to sport, particularly Hobie Cat Sailing”, this honour is celebrated in Australia too, especially at Palm Beach where Upu has served as a commodore for the Palm Beach Sailing Club and was recently honoured among the club's World and Olympic champion members.

Front Page Issue 388

Scott Brewster Dillon: A Tribute - He Did It His Way

Hospital Nightmare Continues on the Northern Beaches: Toddler sent home ends up on drip at RNSH

NSW Government On Protect Pittwater Association Christmas Card List: Forced Amalgamation Savings Claimed are 'Illusory'

Congratulations Barrenjoey HSC Students – 2018: The Trend Continues!

Cinema Great Roy Mustaca OAM Supports Up and Coming Aboriginal Actor Brodi Cubillo

Pictures: Pittwater: A Year In Pictures 

Aquatics: Pittwater Ocean Swim Series 2019: A Chance To Get Into The Swim Of Things and Enjoy A Celebration Of Beautiful Beaches and Surf Life Saving

Reflections by George Repin: Gingerbread Houses

Mobile Devices Banned In NSW Primary Schools

Park Bench Philosopher The NSW Women's Legal Status Bill 1918:  How The 'Petticoat Interference In Government' Came Of Age - A 100 Years Celebration Of Women Alike Our Own Maybanke Selfe-Wolstenholme-Anderson 

Profile: Jan Roberts - It’s no secret that History fans spend months, and in some cases, years tracking down all the threads to encapsulate a few of the right ‘notes’ in the right sequence to deliver up an insight into where we came from and who did what and why and when. Dr. Jan Roberts, founder of Ruskin Rowe Press with her husband Ken, a publishing house set up solely to break even in sharing local histories, is the woman responsible for great books like Remembering AvalonAvalon Landscape and Harmony and Arthur Murch: An Artist’s Life. Each work took her around a full year to complete. This year a work that has taken two years to complete is finally being shared. Jan's A Family CHRONICLE in 75 Objects, taking its inspiration from the British Museum's A History of the World in 100 Objects, presents a cohesive timeline of a story this Historian has been working at for longer - her own. Through the use of family objects such as photographs and keepsakes Jan has devolved and opened up the wonderful people who came before her and whom she wanted to introduce to her grandchildren.

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Pictures:  Polo By The Sea 2019 Delights Visitors And Pittwater Residents Again

Aquatics: Palm Beach SLSC Hosts A Summer Of Surf Life Saving Carnivals

Newport's Sam Bloom Wins Gold Medal At 2018 Stance ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship

NSW Greens Senator to Launch Local Activist Pru Wawn’s Campaign for Mackellar - Sunday, January 20th at Dee Why 

SURFERS TO CONTINUE TO SAVE SWIMMERS ACROSS NSW - Surfers Rescue 24/7 Program (FREE) at Queenscliff Feb. 2nd & 3rd - register by Jan 31, 2019 by Surfing NSW

Concrete Pour Sets Scene for Next Buildings at Mona Vale Hospital - December 21, 2018, Hon. Rob Stokes, MP for Pittwater

Park Bench Philosopher 2019 International Year Of Indigenous Languages: United Nations + Cookaroo Flow at Sydney's Royal Botanic Garden until Feb. 28, 2019

State Of The Art Renewal For Hyde Park Barracks Museum + Learn About The History Of The Clock At The Hyde Park Barracks which is currently being allowed to wind down for the first time in 200 years + Pittwater connection to that clock?:  Convict clockmaker James Oatley, who built the clock in 1819, is the grandfather of the two men involved in the Flood-Oatley Estate of the Rocky Point Peninsula

DIY Ideas: How to Keep Your House Cool During a Heatwave without using an Air-Conditioner - open those windows to cool down at night (add flyscreens to keep out mozzies) install some ceiling fans, up your insulation++!

Reflections by George Repin: PHOTOGRAPHS AND MEMORIES

Food: Summer Plums - Greengages

History: Pittwater Summer Houses: Rocky Point and Elvina Bay Peninsula -  A Place Of  Holiday Songs And Operas In Ventnor, Fairhaven, Trincomalee and Maritana;  - During the research found for an insight into the development of what we today call the Elvina Bay and Rocky Point peninsula, with one side fronting Lovett Bay and the other McCarr's creek, one article remarks, when reporting a wedding between two members of old families, that here is 'an old slice of Sydney'.

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2019 Best of the Best Surf Boat Interbranch Championships - on today (Sun. 20th from 8am) at Queenscliff by Surf Life Saving New South Wales

Pictures:  Summer In Pittwater: January 2019 - Tony Edwards Exhibition Of Paintings Launch, One Eighty Fund Raising Gala at Whale Beach, Club Palm Beach Summer Hospitality, Avalon Beach RSL Summer Hospitality, Blackmores Billy (Bilgola) Swim 2019, Pittwater Estuary Sea Mist, Learn to Sail, Elanora-Ingleside Native bee, Flagstaff Hill Lovett Bay, Palm Beach, by Adriaan van der Wallen, Kylie Ferguson, David Madew, Rowan Jacobs, Selena Griffith, Lynleigh Greig and A J G. 

Aquatics: SLSA 2019 Interstate Championships on Newport Beach this Thursday ( Jan. 24) will be live Streamed - NSW Team

Far North West NSW Aboriginal Kids’ Cool Change With First Ever Beach Visit by Michelle Myers and Maryan Heffernan

Rip Curl GromSearch National Final by Surfing NSW

BBQ By The Bridge: Australia Day 2019 + Heaps more from North Sydney Council - for all those going to Sydney Harbour festivities!

Call Out For Artists And Writers - Art & Words Project: Saltwater Theme, Closing date for entries is March 15 from NBC

Sydney Harbour Regatta - MHYC celebrates 80 years: first weekend of March 2019, entries now open - by Di Pearson

Park Bench Philosopher Illuminating Women's Role In The Creation Of Medieval Manuscripts + Get Thee To The Nunnery: Where A Woman Could Get An Education And Degree When All Universities Were Closed To Her + Illuminated manuscripts

Profile: Jack ‘Johnny’ Carter – 70 Years Of Children's Swimming Lessons At Palm Beach Rockpool