March 17 - 23, 2019: Issue 397

For you this week:

Front Page Issue 397

World's Greatest Shave 2019: Mo, Fro and Lanky Locks GO! Over 20k Raised!!

Mona Vale Road Upgrade - Changed Traffic Conditions Reminder - from Office of Rob Stokes, MP for Pittwater

Mona Vale Hospital Construction Works Continuing: March 2019 Update + More Than 370 Mona Vale Hospital Staff Providing Exceptional Service - from Office of Rob Stokes, MP for Pittwater

School Strike 4 Climate Action Grows 10x In A Few Months; The Next Strike Could Close Australia For The Day

2019 State Election: Upper House Candidates and Pittwater Candidates and where you can vote on Saturday March 23rd

Save Mona Vale Hospital Committee Calls For Voters To Send Message At State Poll 

NSW Government Working To Deliver More Green Space For Newport - from Office of Rob Stokes, MP for Pittwater

News From The Nesting Box - March 2019 by Lesley Stevens & Jude James, Western Shores Pygmy Possum Project - A Rocky Point Bush Care Initiative

MC38 2019 Australian Championship Hosted By The The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club: On Pittwater

Aquatics: Pro Surfing to Descends on Manly - 2019 Key Sun Zinke Sydney Pro Junior on opening weekend of Vissla Sydney Surf Pro.  by Surfing NSW

Pictures: 2019 NSW Surf Life Saving Championships: Opens - Newport Wins!! + Gold medals for PBSLSC in Boats ++

Park Bench Philosopher They Will Definitely Be Missed: Australia’s Faunal Extinction Crisis Inquiry

Pittwater Butterfly Notes: For Those Seeing Wings Flitting + Inspirations To Find Your Own Species - Some Do! - for youngsters


Archie's Pittwater Clean Up Fundraiser - To Install 20 Seabins On Our Estuary: Inspirational 13 year old, every $1 counts, every marina could have one (or two!)

Valerie Taylor Brings The Deep Sea To MAG&M:  the words and paintings of her children’s book Melody the Mermaid: Adventures in the Kingdoms of the Sea will line the gallery walls and take the viewer on a literary and visual journey through the story. 22 March – 28 April 2019 - includes Opening, Artist in Conversation and Family Book reading events 

Profile: Peter Macinnis:  

Last month the National Library of Australia released a brand new work by Fairlight Science writer extraordinaire Peter Macinnis - although 'inspire-er' may be more accurate. The book is 'Australian Backyard Earth Scientist' - the third in a series he has penned for the NLA, including one that won an Eve Pownall award in the 2010 Children's Book Council of Australia Awards for sister publication, Australian Backyard Explorer and a Whitley Award in 2012 for Australian Backyard Naturalist.

This highly illustrated latest 'Australian Backyard' book provides fascinating information that helps explain different aspects of earth science and provides answers to questions like: how old the earth is, what fossils tell us, how mountains were created, what causes earthquakes, what the difference between weather and climate is, why glaciers are melting and many more. The book also includes fun activities that children can try at home for example making fossils and using tree rings to find out about past weather. 

The previous books in the series Australian Backyard Astronomy  (by Ragbir Bhathal)Australian Backyard Naturalist and Australian Backyard Explorer have all been a popular addition to both school and home libraries for budding explorers and adventurers interested in their natural environment. 

Peter is prolific, having penned over 50 books, and he's funny, really funny - an example from his pen;

Peter Macinnis turned to writing after his promising career as a chiaroscuro player was tragically cut short by a caravaggio crash during the Trompe L'Oeil endurance race. He recently did remarkably well in the early rounds of the celebrity underwater cooking program, Moister Chef, but he was disqualified for using dried fruits and desiccated coconut. He has a pet leech named Gladys, which has lived in a container on his desk for the last six months, as part of another book, and he is an expert echidna handler and ant lion wrangler. He wrote both the score and the libretto for the acclaimed opera Manon Troppo. 

Sorry, that’s not quite right. I write and sometimes broadcast about science, for young and old. ... I write mainly about science, or consumer history for both adults and children, depending on how the fit takes me on a given morning. 

Peter is a frequent visitor to our end of the peninsula - in fact he's been romping through the regions offshore for over 50 years now. This week a small insight into one of our local treasures who is disclosing a lot of other hidden treasures right here and right now - do yourself and your youngsters a favour - get these books!

History: Pittwater Roads II: Where the Streets Have Your name - Newport
What stories are behind the names of some of our Pittwater streets, who were these people when they're not a 'Foamcrest' or 'Surf View' - NB: this page will be finalised (extra bits) by Issue 398

Liz Muir – Artist: Open Studio During March 2019

On March 9th,16th & 23rd Liz Muir’s Studio will be open at North Avalon allowing visitors to view and purchase her paintings inspired by the local environment.  Both large and small paintings of the beaches, creeks and walkways in both impressionist and contemporary form will be available for sale from the studio at 19 Catalina Crescent, Avalon Beach from 10-4pm.  You can book an appointment on 9918 7438 or  0414 50 55 50 or email

Headland (92x153cm) by Liz Muir

MuirArt - Muir Aust Pty Ltd
p: +61 (0)2 9918 7438  m: +61 (0)414 50 54 50
a: 19 Catalina Crescent AVALON BEACH NSW 2107

Peninsula Bridge Club Beginners Course and More

Boost your brain power!
Learn the game of bridge. 
On March 4th a Beginners’ course starts at the Peninsula Bridge Club, Nelson Heather Community Centre, Jackson Road, Warriewood
6 sessions, Mondays 7pm - 9pm

Come on your own or with a partner. 
Players of all ages are welcome.
Cost: $100.00 for the course 
Contact: Susan Jensen on phone 0405 061 252 or email

For more information on other courses please visit:


Date: Thursday 28th March 2019 @ 6.00pm
At Avalon community Library
Avalon Recreation Centre
Please call the library on 9918 3013 to book in for upcoming events.  
Cost $5.00

Sue will talk about the events and adventures that featured in her memoir, Accidental Aid Worker. You’ll journey back in time with Sue to the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami and its effects on communities in war torn Sri Lanka and how she continued, as a volunteer, helping people in need in Sri Lanka, Cambodia and Australia.  It’s a heart-warming talk exploring our humanity, the power of connection and community.

This is the tale of a woman who bravely opens doors and thus has astounding adventures and enlightenments. All in the context of what can only be called an adventure story and an extraordinary life. – Thomas Keneally

You’ll be able to purchase books on the evening and have them signed.

Easylink’s Mystery Drives are BACK for 2019! 

Last year we were busy looking over, refining and ensuring that our mystery drives cover every area of the northern beaches.

What are mystery drives? Well, our customers are picked up from their home and taken to surprise destinations across Sydney. We’ve had groups visit Katoomba, The Entrance, Windsor and Bobbin Head, just to name a few. Where you’ll end up, is a mystery!

Social interaction amongst the older population offers many benefits and has been linked to better physical and emotional health. Our mystery drives connect our customers and together they develop friendships and explore Sydney at the same time.

Our mystery drives run every fortnight, join us next time for a half or full day outing!

Find a mystery drive near you by calling us on 9919 0700 or by visiting our website at 

2019 NSW State Election

Saturday, 23 March 2019: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Election of the 57th Parliament of New South Wales, including all 93 seats in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly and 21 of the 42 seats in the New South Wales Legislative Council.

You can check your current electoral enrolment by entering your details on or by phoning the AEC on 13 23 26.  You must be enrolled by 4 March 2019 to be eligible to vote.

To enrol for the first time or get back on the roll, you can enrol onlineVisit:

If you have moved, you need to update your address details on the electoral roll. However, if you are overseas or going overseas, please see the information on the going overseas page of the AEC website.

If you have special needs or there are specific circumstances that may affect your enrolment there are special enrolment forms available on the AEC website for you to complete to update your address details.

For senior citizens
If you find it difficult to get to a polling place on election day, you can apply to become a General Postal Voter to receive your ballot papers in the mail. The AEC also provides mobile polling to some nursing homes and hospitals, and uses accessible polling places wherever possible. In cases where an accessible polling place is not available, alternative arrangements are in place to assist those people who may be unable to access a polling place without assistance.

For people with a disability
If you find it difficult to get to a polling place on election day, you can apply to become a General Postal Voter to receive your ballot papers in the mail. The AEC also provides mobile polling to some hospitals, and uses accessible polling places wherever possible. In cases where an accessible polling place is not available, alternative arrangements are in place to assist those people who may be unable to access a polling place without assistance.

If you have a physical disability that prevents you from writing, you can get someone else to complete and sign an enrolment form for persons unable to sign their name on your behalf.

Some people may require additional support to enrol and vote, such as people with an intellectual, cognitive or psychosocial disability. The AEC provides a range of information written in Easy English. Easy English is more accessible for people who have difficulty reading and understanding written information.

Appliance replacement scheme slashes power bills

by NSW Government
The NSW Government’s “new for old” appliance replacement scheme is saving households an average of $325 a year in power bills.
Eligible households, including low-income, concession card holders and energy hardship customers, can receive a 40-50% discount when replacing their old fridge or TV with a newer, energy efficient model.

Minister for Environment Gabrielle Upton said the Home Energy Action appliance replacement program is on track to cut around $40 million from power bills over the next 10 years.

“Households that need savings the most are helping the environment,” Ms Upton said.

“This is cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 16,600 tonnes a year, which is the same as taking 4160 cars off the road.”

Since August 2016, the Home Energy Action appliance replacement scheme has replaced more than 32,600 old, inefficient appliances in 28,100 homes across NSW.

What's on offer?
For eligible residents of NSW, we are offering discounts on new energy efficient fridges and televisions.

When you replace your old, inefficient model, you can receive:
  • 40% off the cost of a fridge
  • 50% off the cost of a television
The offer applies to selected fridge and television models.

How will this help your household?
Fridges and televisions have been chosen for this offer because significant energy savings can be made by replacing old, inefficient models.

The amount you can save on your energy bill varies. On average:
  • Replacing an old, inefficient fridge can save between $100 and $200 per year on your energy bills.
  • Replacing a plasma or cathode ray tube (CRT) television with an LCD television can save between $50 and $125 per year on your energy bills.
Who's eligible?
To replace your fridge, your current fridge must be at least 6 years old.

To replace your television, you must own a plasma or cathode ray tube (CRT) television.

To receive this offer you must be a NSW resident and hold one of the following:
  • Pensioner Concession Card
  • Health Care Card or Low Income Health Care Card from Centrelink
  • Veterans' Affairs Gold Card
A Commonwealth Senior Health Card is not sufficient eligibility for this offer. You will need to hold one of the above cards.

If you do not meet the criteria above, you may be able to access the offer through a participating community service organisation. Please contact a community service organisation directly to discuss your application.

Apply now
You can apply online for the appliance replacement offer. If your application is successful, you'll receive instructions on how to buy your appliance through The Good Guys.

Make sure you have your valid concession card with you when you apply.

Profile Bayview Yacht Racing Association (BYRA)
1842 Pittwater Rd, Bayview

BYRA has a passion for sharing the great waters of Pittwater and a love of sailing with everyone aged 8 to 80 or over!

Seniors Toy Repair Group needs your help

Volunteers are sought to help out on Wednesday mornings (7.30am to midday) at the group's workshed in Ingleside. Volunteers need their own transport and be willing to sort and clean toys that are picked up at different collection points on the Northern Beaches. 

Prospective volunteers can email Mary Kitchen to arrange a visit to the workshed. To arrange a donation pickup please call Terry Cook on 0410 597 327 or email himFind out more about this great community group HERE

Community Connect

Need help on where to go to find the community information and assistance you need?

At Community Connect Northern Beaches, our professional staff and trained volunteers are knowledgeable, friendly and approachable and we will be only too pleased to help you find the service you want. We provide information and support, as well as advocacy and referral to other non profit community services and government agencies.

If we can’t help you we will get you someone who can. If you are newly arrived or do not have an English speaking background we can offer individual advice and support. Or Why not come to Specialist Community Support Workshops: Family Law, Power of Attorney plus Wills and Executors; Domestic Violence Support and Prevention; Positive Community Integration ; Crime Prevention; Or  Our Free English Classes. 

We also provide information on: Family Services: Child Care, Personal Support & Counselling; Health (Including Mental Health) ;  Material and Practical Assistance ; Advocacy to access state and federal MP assistance; Accommodation and Tenancy (help with form filling); Legal and Financial Matters ; Consumer Affairs ; Multicultural Issues; Conservation and the Environment ; Employment and Education; Accessing Community Facilities  -You are welcome to call in for: Brochures, booklets and fact sheets on a range of topics; Service Directories e.g. Council Guides and Migrant Directories; Publications e.g. The Senior newspaper and Nova.

Access to our community information data base, internet, email, fax and photocopying.(Please note there is a small charge for photocopying and use of the fax to cover the cost of paper, toner and fax call).  We also offer: A Legal Referral Program - Monday 1pm to 2pm at our 30 Fisher Road, Dee Why office.  Taxation Assistance for low income earners and pensioners from July to October. 

What does it cost?: Our services are free, however we are always grateful for a small donation where possible. The program is supported by NSW Department of Family & Community Services (FACS). CONTACT US: Phone: 02 99317777.


Northern Beaches Concert Band is looking for flute, clarinet, saxophone, tuba and trombone adult players.  We cater for players from beginner to advanced and have a varied and exciting repertoire.  Come and join us during school term time at 7.30pm, Pittwater High School, Mona Street, Mona Vale. 
Details 9970 7131 or 0414 560 263.

RSPCA's Community Aged Care Program

RSPCA NSW understands that to an elderly owner, a pet can mean everything. Our Aged Care program aims to keep pets and their elderly owners happy, healthy and together in their own homes for as long as possible. To do this, we assist elderly pet owners over the age of 65, Indigenous pet owners over the age of 50 and palliative care patients of any age.
  • services our Aged Care program offers include: temporary foster accommodation and/or emergency pet boarding if the owner requires medical treatment, respite or other assistance
  • assistance with veterinary treatment
  • home visits to assist the elderly with basic pet care
  • assistance with pet grooming
  • assistance with transport to and from the local veterinarian
  • a volunteer network to assist with dog walking and short periods of in-home care if the owner requires medical treatment, respite or other assistance
Please note that due to high demand for this program, we ask that pet owners first ask family and friends whether they are able to assist with their pet’s care.

This community program was previously known as Pets of Older Persons (POOPs).

For more information please contact the RSPCA Community Programs helpline (02) 9782 4408.

The helpline operates Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. During weekends and public holidays contact the RSPCA Contact Centre on (02) 9770 7555
Aged Care Program FAQs

Manly Warringah Pittwater Community Aid

Do you know someone we could help?
We're a local not-for-profit that help over 2,000 elderly members of the Northern Beaches community live happy, healthy and independent lives in their own homes.

If you know someone that could use our help, please let us know!
Call us on 02 9913 3244 or visit our website at



The Council on the Ageing NSW (COTA NSW) is the peak organisation for people over 50 in our state. We’re an independent, non-partisan, consumer-based non-government organisation. We work with politicians, policy makers, and service providers as well as media representatives to make sure your views are heard and your needs are met. COTA NSW works to empower and engage people over 50. For decades, we’ve shaped the policies and programs that change lives.

Since our beginning in 1956, COTA NSW has introduced policies and programs that make a real difference to peoples’ lives. We have proud record, having created: ■Meals on Wheels, ■Retirement Village Residents Association, ■Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association, ■Seniors Clubs, ■Seniors Information Service, ■OM:NI – Older Men: New Ideas, ■Grandfriends, ■Grandparents, Relatives and Kinship Care Alliance, ■Medication Management for Older People, and the ■Mature Employment Line

Heartmoves is a low-moderate intensity exercise program. Regular participation in Heartmoves will help to: Better manage weight, blood sugars, blood pressure and cholesterol; Improve fitness, balance, co-ordination and flexibility; Enhance your quality of life and meet other people. Ingrid Davey is a qualified Older Adult Instructor and accredited Heartmoves Leader who will guide you through an exercise program that is fun, safe and modified to suit you. Tuesday 9.30am and Thursday 10.30am at Nelson Heather Centre, 4 Jackson Road Warriewood.  The cost per class is $10.00 casual now and $17.00 for two classes. Phone Ingrid to secure your spot on 0405 457 063.

Disclaimer: These articles are not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of Pittwater Online News or its staff.

Please Keep Eye Out For This Leatherback Turtle

A Leatherback turtle was fighting for his life caught in a shark net off Newport Beach last Sunday, March 10th.

Luckily Newport Lifeguards Nigel, Lauren and Frank were on the scene! We received a call from Tracey and Jess from Newport Lifeguard Station asking for help and that the guys were trying to cut him free. 

He still has net around his head and lacerations from the shark net! So keep an eye out and call: 
  • ASRCC if you spot him 0438 862 676 or
  • Taronga Zoo 02 9978 4785
  • Sydney Wildlife Rescue 02 9413 4300
  • ORRCA 02 9415 3333
  • WIRES 1300 094 737
  • Sydney Sealife Aquarium: 0404109198

Chances are with these injuries he will come to shore. If you do spot him, please do not approach him as that will cause distress. Telephone the numbers above and stay at a safe distance to watch him until someone arrives.

Sea turtles are air breathing reptiles that have lungs, so they regularly surface to breathe. Sea turtles spend a majority of their time underwater, so they must be able to hold their breath for long periods. Dive duration largely depends on activity. 

A foraging turtle may typically spend 5–40 minutes under water while a sleeping sea turtle can remain under water for 4–7 hours. Remarkably, sea turtle respiration remains aerobic for the vast majority of voluntary dive time. When a sea turtle is forcibly submerged (e.g. entangled in a trawl net) its diving endurance is substantially reduced, so it is more susceptible to drowning.

When surfacing to breathe, a sea turtle can quickly refill its lungs with a single explosive exhalation and rapid inhalation. Their large lungs permit rapid exchange of oxygen and avoid trapping gases during deep dives.

Cheyne took this photo of a Leatherback at the end of Jan (top photo) and the bottom pic is the photo Nigel took of the Leatherback caught in the shark net at Newport Beach last Sunday.

Looks like the same injuries which Cheyne thought were probably from boat strike when he saw the turtle initially. He is certainly getting worse and in needing of rescuing. He’s a huge turtle and needs proper gear to catch and transport. 

Please keep an eye out for him and let's get him healed and back into his salty home.

Information from Australian Seabird Rescue Central Coast

Video from Nigel taken  on Sunday freeing the Leatherback from the shark net:

Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern Beaches Branch Officials Training

Proposed New Residential Care Funding Model

15 March 2019: The Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP
Minister for Indigenous Health
Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care
A landmark University of Wollongong study about a proposed new and improved residential aged care funding model—the Australian National Aged Care Classification—has been released today.

This study addresses the need for a more stable, contemporary, efficient and effective funding tool and system to provide greater financial stability to both the residential aged care sector and the Government.

The Morrison Government’s investment in residential aged care was around $12.2 billion in 2017–18 with around $11.3 billion being payments made under the Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI). 

This is supported by the 18-19 MYEFO announcement of a $4.6 million trial of a new residential care funding tool to replace the Aged Care Funding Instrument. This new tool will ensure better levels of accountability and transparency in the aged care sector, ensuring people have certainty and confidence about providers.

The Morrison Government commissioned the University to undertake a detailed Resource Utilisation and Classification Study of the aged care sector to inform the development of a new funding model and system.

The university’s comprehensive research could be a ‘game changer’ for aged care because the proposed new system is a completely different way of allocating funding for residential aged care. 

The proposal includes the removal of identified flaws in the ACFI including complex and time consuming assessment process as well as eliminating incentives found not always to be in the best interests of consumers.

The Morrison Government is now seeking sector and community feedback.

This feedback will help inform decisions around residential care funding reform and the design elements of the proposed new funding model, the Australian National Aged Care Classification.

Consultation is open until 31 May 2019.

The consultation paper can be accessed at the Department of Health's Consulation Hub and the University’s reports at the Department of Health's website.

2019 Senior Card Directory

NSW Seniors Card is pleased to provide members with the 2019 Seniors Card Directory, your guide to the best discounts and special offers from thousands of participating businesses around the state.

Each year five directories are released, one for each region in NSW. The regions are: Sydney & Surrounds, Central Coast & Hunter, Northern NSW, Southern NSW and Western NSW.

To download your copy please click the links below:

If you are unsure about what directory region you are in you can view our regional map here.

Copies of the directory are also available for pickup from Australia Post Outlets, MP Offices as well as participating Local Councils and Libraries.

NSW Premier’s History Awards 2019 Now Open

The State Library of NSW has opened nominations for the NSW Premier’s History Awards 2018. A total of $75,000 in prize money will be presented to the winners at an awards ceremony in August 2019. Entries close 5pm Monday 8th April, 2019.

Administered by the State Library of NSW, in association with Create NSW, the NSW Premier’s History Award will offer prizes in five categories this year:
  • Australian History Prize ($15,000)
  • General History Prize ($15,000)
  • New South Wales Community and Regional History Prize ($15,000)
  • Young People’s History Prize ($15,000)
  • Multimedia History Prize ($15,000)
Visit their website and download the nomination forms and guidelines.

For more information please Senior Project Officer, Awards at the State Library of NSW on (02) 9273 1605 or

Noah’s Dog Walking Service

Having trouble finding time to walk your dog?
Wish that someone else would just do it for you?

Well from now on there is that option. I am a 14 year old boy living in Avalon with experience in handling all types of dogs. As a dog owner myself I can assure you that your dog will be walked to the best of standards. $10 per hour.

Contact me with:
Phone: 0405 130 785
Can work in: Avalon, Palm Beach, Newport

So give your dog a walk without hassle.

AvPals: Term 1 2019  

The AvPals Term 1 2019 Timetable for Newport Classes is now available.
Download here - and see below.

Avalon Computer Pals (AVPALS) helps Seniors learn and improve their computer skills. It is a not for profit organisation run by volunteers. 

Started in 2000 it now has 20+ trainers and many hundreds of students. At a really low cost (about $30 a school term) they can provide one-to-one training on most matters connected with computing and related technologies like mobile phones and digital cameras. From the smallest problem (how to hold the mouse!) to much more serious matters, there is a trainer who can help.

We offer “one to one” personal tuition or special short courses in the training rooms under the Catholic Church in Avalon. Training is conducted Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm. For more information visit AVPALS web site or phone 02 8064 3574

Keep up to date on our Facebook page

Find out more at:

Australian Government Dept. of Health: Hearing Devices for Seniors

After reading a Media Release by National Seniors this week (runs below) we felt it is timely to remind our more mature Readers that under the Australian Government's Hearing Services Program (the program), you will be offered the option of being fitted with a hearing device if a hearing assessment identifies you have a hearing loss and a hearing device may assist you. 

You will be given a recommendation for a fully subsidised hearing device, and may also be offered the option of purchasing a partially subsidised hearing device. These devices have been approved by the Office of Hearing Services.

You can find out more about this program on the Australian Government's Department of Health webpage on the program here

Media Releases concerning Seniors this week from National Seniors Australia

With around a quarter of a million members, National Seniors is Australia’s largest consumer organisation for the over 50s and fourth largest group of its kind in the world.

NLA Ebooks - Free To Download

The National Library of Australia provides access to thousands of ebooks through its website, catalogue and eResources service. These include our own publications and digitised historical books from our collections as well as subscriptions to collections such as Chinese eResources, Early English Books Online and Ebsco ebooks.

What are ebooks?
Ebooks are books published in an electronic format. They can be read by using a personal computer or an ebook reader.

This guide will help you find and view different types of ebooks in the National Library collections.
Peruse the NLA's online ebooks, ready to download - HERE

 Australian Ageing Agenda

Australian Ageing Agenda (AAA) is an independent and authoritative bi-monthly publication for people who work in or around the aged care and retirement sectors in Australia. It provides a broad range of news, education and opinion with an emphasis on knowledge sharing and research translation.

Each issue also contains regular updates on relevant business and financial issues along with a selection of well researched features on crucial systems and operations, clinical care, technology, built environment and other issues relevant to the ‘ageing sector’. AAA leads the way with the industry’s most comprehensive conference details and remains Australia’s number one source of news and information about ageing issues and aged care.

Have a look at their comprehensive website HERE

Aged Care Complaints Commissioner 

Any person can make a complaint to the Commissioner, including care recipients, family members, friends, staff, volunteers, or professionals.

Complaints may relate to any aspect of services including care, choice of activities, discrimination, catering, communication or the physical environment. The 1800 550 552 helpline is staffed 9am to 5pm (AEDST) Monday to Friday.

Out of hours callers can leave a message, or contact the Commissioner at anytime through the Aged Care Complaints Commissioner website.


In 2014-15, there were 10,924 contacts to the Aged Care Complaints Scheme. 3,725 were assessed as a complaint, 3,812 ‘other’ contacts includes non-compulsory notifications, own motion investigations and compliance referrals. There were also 3,387 out of scope contacts which were not related to an approved provider or an approved provider’s responsibilities under the Aged Care Act.

Northern Beaches Jive is a social dance group. Our Modern Jive classes are held every Wednesday at 7.30pm at Narrabeen RSL.

Modern Jive is an easy partner dance with an emphasis on having fun and is great for all ages. Our experienced teachers always make the lesson interesting and fun. 

You can come along to class any time as we cater for new beginners every week. You don't have to sign up for a course - just come along when it suits you. First timers are only $10 for the first two weeks in total!!  You can even just come and watch for free to see if you think you'll like it.

There’s no need to bring a partner as we rotate you around to different partners during the class.

We start with a beginner class at 7:30pm for 45 minutes, followed by social dancing. At 9pm we have an Intermediate /advanced class for 45 minutes, and a concurrent 'refresher' class for the beginners, then social dancing until 10:30pm.  That’s right beginners get 2 classes every night.

Casual entry is $15 per night.  Students and seniors are only $12 per night.  We also have discounted prices, for all groups, if you buy a 5 class pass.  Great value for learning and dancing up to 3 hours per night.

If you're keen and would like to go to a class more than once a week, or go to a dance party in the weekend then check out where you'll find more classes and weekly dance parties.

Click here ( to sign up for our weekly newsletter which will tell you who is teaching each week and any other venue news such as special events.

If you have any questions - email us at:

The Senior Newspaper Online 


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EasyLink (formerly Easy Transport Manly Warringah Pittwater) - medical appointments,  shopping trips, mystery tours and Saturday Lunch - this great non-profit organisation offers great ideas and solutions 

Country Pensioner Excursion ticket: NSW Public Transport

Parents missing out on REAL face time? If they have a Pension Card, sign them up & they could get unlimited $2.50 Country Pensioner Excursion tickets*.
Call 13 22 32 to sign up.

Country Pensioner Excursion ticket (CPE)
A Country Pensioner Excursion (CPE) ticket is an affordable ticket for eligible pensioners and seniors to travel by train in regional NSW and the ACT.

For $2.50 you can book an economy class seat on a NSW TrainLink 

Regional train service. You will need to book 7 days or less in advance
Profile: Avalon Soccer Club
Avalon Soccer Club is an amateur club situated at the northern end of Sydney’s Northern Beaches. As a club we pride ourselves on our friendly, family club environment. The club is comprised of 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 dedicated volunteers. 

 Keep your Wits About You

A regular contributor suggests we all look at Lumosity to see if will suit keeping active mentally. Their website states: "improve Brain Health and performance. Designed by neuroscientists, Lumosity exercises improve core cognitive functions. Researchers have measured significant improvements in working memory and attention after Lumosity training. Dozens of research collaborations help improve the Lumosity training program and its effectiveness." You can visit their website to decide for yourself  at:


Contact Community Care Northern Beaches HERE: