March 11 - 17, 2018: Issue 351

For you this week:

Front Page Issue 351

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

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!

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

Voyage To Antarctica by Robyn McWilliam

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

DIY Ideas Autumn Plantings for Winter Harvests + Johnson 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

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. Parliament quickly legislated a response to O’Farrell who had pulled the trigger. 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; 

This week Parliamentary Education’s evening program ‘A Little Night Sitting’: to be held at the Parliament of NSW on Tuesday 13 March between 5 – 7 pm, will also focus on this event - details below.

ABC's New Cadetship For Women

7th March 2018: ABC
The ABC has announced a new cadetship scheme encouraging women to enter the film and television industry as part of its support for International Women’s Day and the #PressforProgress campaign.

The 12-month Your Time cadetships are supported by Screen Australia and are aimed at women who want to develop screen skills, especially in the fields of camera, sound, directing and other craft skills roles where women are historically under-represented.

The Your Time cadetship scheme is one way the ABC is supporting International Women’s Day on Thursday 8 March. The ABC will also promote IWD 2018 across its platforms with specialist programming and guest presenters, highlighting the contribution of broadcasters, program makers and women behind-the-scenes throughout the organisation.

And following on from last year’s IWD programming schedule which was well-received by audiences, ABC programs across television and radio will be presented by all women line-ups.

ABC Managing Director Michelle Guthrie said International Women’s Day 2018 was an important opportunity not only to celebrate the contribution women make in the workplace but also to highlight where work still needs to be done.

“While women are equally represented across the ABC Board and in our leadership positions, International Women’s Day affords us the opportunity to focus attention on the work still to be done,” Ms Guthrie said.

“We lead the industry in our representation of women in presenter roles on many of our programs and we work hard to ensure our audiences hear these voices every day”.

“But there is still more work to be done so that our content reflects the Australian population, so women are equally represented in the stories we tell, the experts we interview and the comedians who make us laugh. We also play an important role in ensuring Australian children grow up watching programs where girls are equally represented in all types of roles.”

“The Your Time cadetships demonstrate the commitment of the ABC and Screen Australia to ensuring women get more opportunities.”

The Your Time cadetship scheme was inspired by Screen Australia’s Gender Matters initiative. For more information about the cadetships visit the ABC Careers page on 8 March –

Applications Close: 21 March 2018

About the Program
Be part of the ABC’s content making future.

The Media Cadetship is a new 12 month cadet program which includes:
  • Work placements in areas such as Television Production, Local Radio, Triple J, Radio National, Asia Pacific News, Regional News and Radio, Audience Technology and Digital Design, and our Content Ideas Lab.
  • On the job training, two training ‘boot-camps’ and specific skill training personalised to your career interests
  • An opportunity to work in a small group to produce a piece of ABC content
  • A mentor
  • A salary circa $50k p.a. + choice of 15.4% super
We will do all we can to support you in successfully obtaining a role at the end of the program.

Cadetships /opportunities are available in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth or at one of our Regional locations.

About you
We’re not looking for specific qualifications but you will need to impress us with your passion, creativity and determination. You will be a self-starter, a team player agile, flexible and willing to travel – with proven experience of content creation for a media environment. You will be enthusiastic about all things digital and be keen to connect with communities that are currently under represented at the ABC.

How to Apply
Click on the Apply Now button (at link above), to submit your application you will need:
  • CV or resume including two referee contacts  (no more than two pages)
  • An example of your work (e.g. links to blogs, video, audio, digital or social projects you have produced) clearly stating the part you played in the work submitted, what worked well and what you would do differently next time.
  • You can submit your statement in either written (max 250 words) or Audio-visual format (max 3 minutes)
  • A statement on why you would like to join the ABC Cadet program, how it fits in with your future career plans, and what personal qualities you would bring to the role. (This can be in video, audio, digital or written format. Maximum file size 10mb)
If you can convince us we should meet you we will invite you to an assessment day where you can learn more about the program – and we can learn more about you. You may then be invited to a formal interview. Interviews will take place throughout March 2018 and successful applicants will join the ABC in early May 2018.

For further information please contact  

2018 National Day Of Action Against Bullying And Violence
Friday 16 March, 2018

From - Office of the eSafety Commissioner
57% of young people have seen real violence online that disturbed them.
Primary school teachers register your class for our FREE Virtual Classroom as part of the 2018 National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence - Friday 16 March. Students will by the end of the session feel empowered and learn practical strategies on preventing, managing and report cyberbullying / harassment online. 

Right now there are many young people being cyberbullied. By reporting it, talking about it and supporting each other we can stop it. 
National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence - Friday 16 March. #TakeaStandTogether

$46 Million in Student Debt Avoided

8 February 2018: Media Release - The Hon Michael Keenan MP
Minister for Human Services
The Australian Government has saved more than $46 million by helping students ensure their study details are up to date.

During the past 18 months, randomly selected students have been sent letters asking them to confirm their study load.

These letters have been sent at key times like HECS-HELP census cut-off dates, enrolment periods, and semester changes.

If students start out being paid for a full-time study load, then drop back to part time study, they may be overpaid if they don’t let the Department of Human Services know about the change.

There have been 200,000 reviews completed and by July 2019 we expect students will be helped to avoid a further $49 million of debt.

The reviews are an extra support, demonstrating the Government’s ongoing commitment to help students avoid a debt and protect the integrity of the welfare system.

These measures mean the department has the right information to make sure students understand their obligations.

Students can confirm or update their details using the department’s online services through myGov or Centrelink Express Plus mobile app.

When it comes to debts, prevention is always better than a cure, and by updating their details, students can avoid unnecessary financial headaches.

The reviews are a three-year initiative and are part of the Strengthening the Integrity of Welfare Payments 2015-16 budget measure.

It’s very important students – and anyone receiving a welfare payment – keep their details updated with the department, whether they receive a letter or not.

Funds Available To Support Active Kids

Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes is reminding parents to take advantage of the NSW Government’s Active Kids rebate when registering their children for sport programs this year.
The NSW Government will contribute $100 for every school-aged child towards the cost of sports registration or fees for physical activities such as swimming, dance and athletics.
Over $200 million has been allocated towards the scheme over the next four years.
“Pittwater is a recreational hub and we’re really fortunate to have excellent sporting clubs and organisations catering to a wide range of interests and abilities,” Rob Stokes said today.
“We want all kids to have the opportunity to experience the thrill and health benefits of organised sport.
“I’m delighted the NSW Government is helping to alleviate the financial pressure on parents who are hoping to get their children involved in some form of active sport.
“The rebate is able to be claimed throughout the year – so parents have the flexibility of using it for either summer or winter sports,” Rob Stokes said.
Parents can register online with Service NSW to receive their $100 voucher to provide to their approved sport or physical activity club.


Northern Composure: Battle of local bands now open

Thursday, 1 February 2018: Northern Beaches Council
If you’re a young person in an unsigned local band, the Northern Composure 2018 band competition may be your ticket to stardom.

Northern Composure is the largest and longest-running youth band competition in the area and offers musicians local exposure as well as invaluable stage experience.

The competition involves three rounds of heats which will be held at locations across the Northern Beaches in March followed by the final being held as part of National Youth Week celebrations .

Since winning Northern Composure 2017, Black Iguana have recorded their first EP and been gigging around Sydney. They’re also booked to play at the upcoming All Ages Band Night at the PCYC in Dee Why.

View the T&Cs and fill out the entry form - applications close Monday 19 February. T&C's and Entry Form

Northern Composure Band Competition - Heat One
Friday, 9 March 2018 - 7:00pm to 11:00pm
The Northern Beaches premier youth band comp returns in 2018!
Compete with local youth bands for a chance to win cash and prizes.
Heats will be held throughout March with the final held as part of National Youth Week celebrations.

Enquiries: Dan Brown 9942 2681 or

Pricing $10.00
Contact Information
Northern Beaches Council
Name: Dan Brown
Phone: 0466 497 828

Manly Youth Centre
Kangaroo Street
Manly NSW 2095

Northern Composure Band Competition - Heat Two
Friday, 16 March 2018 - 7:00pm to 11:00pm
The Northern Beaches premier youth band comp returns in 2018!
Compete with local youth bands for a chance to win cash and prizes. Heats will be held throughout March with the final held as part of National Youth Week celebrations.

Enquiries: Dan Brown 9942 2681 or
Pricing $10.00

Yoyo's Youth Centre
10 Forest Way
Frenchs Forest NSW 2086

Northern Composure Band Competition - Heat Three
Friday, 23 March 2018 - 7:00pm to 11:00pm
The Northern Beaches premier youth band comp returns in 2018!

Compete with local youth bands for a chance to win cash and prizes. Heats will be held throughout March with the final held as part of National Youth Week celebrations.

Enquiries: Dan Brown 9942 2681 or
Pricing $10.00

Mona Vale Memorial Hall
1 Park Street
Mona Vale NSW 2103

Northern Composure Band Competition - Final
Friday, 13 April 2018 - 7:00pm to 11:00pm
The Northern Beaches premier youth band comp returns in 2018!

Compete with local youth bands for a chance to win cash and prizes. Heats will be held throughout March with the final held as part of National Youth Week celebrations.

Enquiries: Dan Brown 9942 2681 or
Pricing $10.00

Manly Youth Centre
Kangaroo Street
Manly NSW 2095

 headspace Brookvale

headspace Brookvale provides services to young people aged 12-25. If you are a young person looking for health advice, support and/or information,headspace Brookvale can help you with:

• Mental health • Physical/sexual health • Alcohol and other drug services

• Education and employment services

If you ever feel that you are:

• Alone and confused • Down, depressed or anxious • Worried about your use of alcohol and/or other drugs • Not coping at home, school or work • Being bullied, hurt or harassed • Wanting to hurt yourself • Concerned about your sexual health • Struggling with housing or accommodation • Having relationship problems • Finding it hard to get a job

Or if you just need someone to talk to… headspace Brookvale can help! The best part is our service is free, confidential and youth friendly.

headspace Brookvale is open from Monday to Friday 9:00am-5:30pm so if you want to talk or make an appointment give us a call on (02) 9937 6500. If you're not feeling up to contacting us yourself, feel free to ask your family, friend, teacher, doctor or someone close to you to make a referral on your behalf.

When you first come to headspace Brookvale you will be greeted by one of our friendly staff. You will then talk with a member of our headspace Brookvale Youth Access Team. The headspace Brookvale Youth Access Team consists of three workers, who will work with you around whatever problems you are facing. Depending on what's happening for you, you may meet with your Youth Access Worker a number of times or you may be referred on to a more appropriate service provider.

A number of service providers are operating out of headspace Brookvale including Psychologists, Drug & Alcohol Workers, Sexual Health Workers, Employment Services and more! If we can't find a service operating withinheadspace Brookvale that best suits you, the Youth Access Team can also refer you to other services in the Sydney area.

eheadspace provides online and telephone support for young people aged 12-25. It is a confidential, free, secure space where you can chat, email or talk on the phone to qualified youth mental health professionals.

Click here to go to eheadspace

For urgent mental health assistance or if you are in a crisis please call the Northern Sydney 24 hour Mental Health Access Line on 1800 011 511

Need Help Right NOW??

kids help line: 1800 55 1800 -

lifeline australia - 13 11 14 -

headspace Brookvale is located at Level 2 Brookvale House, 1A Cross Street Brookvale NSW 2100 (Old Medical Centre at Warringah Mall). We are nearby Brookvale Westfield's bus stop on Pittwater road, and have plenty of parking under the building opposite Bunnings. More at:

 Keep A Look Out For (iOS and Android App)

Keep A Look Out For is a Northern Beaches app, featuring upcoming events, groups, places and job opportunities. Download for free at: - for and by young people! Like our Facebook page -

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NCYLC is a community legal centre dedicated to providing advice to children and young people. NCYLC has developed a Cyber Project called Lawmail, which allows young people to easily access free legal advice from anywhere in Australia, at any time.

NCYLC was set up to ensure children’s rights are not marginalised or ignored. NCYLC helps children across Australia with their problems, including abuse and neglect. The AGD, UNSW, KWM, Telstra and ASIC collaborate by providing financial, in-kind and/or pro bono volunteer resources to NCYLC to operate Lawmail and/or Lawstuff.

National Training Complaints Hotline – 13 38 73

The National Training Complaints Hotline is accessible on 13 38 73 (Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm nationally) or via email at

Our Youth page is for young people aged 13+ - if you are younger than this we have stuff for you on the Children's page

All Previous pages for you listed in Past Features

Royal Easter Show Kids' Day 2018 – 3 April 2018

ShowLink tickets come with a ride to the Show. To plan your ride visit or see information listed below on this page - Forest Coach Lines will be running buses again this year. All prices listed include GST where applicable. 

A child is anyone 4 -15 years of age and school pupils 16 -18 years of age in possession of a ROA School Pupil ID Card (Form 202) or valid School Transport Pass (eg: State Rail School Rail Pass). Entry is free for children under 3 years of age.

Kids day fee: $12.50 (+$2.60 handling fee) - BUY HERE
All Ticket deals available at:

Penguin Selfie Offers Bird’s Eye View

8th March 2018: The Australian Antarctic Division
Curious Emperor penguins have been captured in Antarctica getting up close and personal on film.

The vision was filmed at the Auster Rookery near Australia’s Mawson research station

Australian Antarctic expeditioner, Eddie Gault, left the camera on the ice when visiting the rookery, and it didn’t take long for the naturally curious birds to seize the opportunity for a selfie. 

Express Yourself 2018

To Sunday April 1st, 2018
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Manly Art Gallery
Express Yourself 2018 represents diverse bodies of work including multi-media, digital, sculpture and drawing, and celebrates the creativity of emerging artists in this region. Curated by Ross Heathcote and Katrina Savage. In conjunction with Express Yourself, three awards are granted annually to students featured in the exhibition; the Theo Batten Bequest Youth Art Award, the Manly Art Gallery & Museum Society Youth Art Award and the People’s Choice Award.

This exhibition is part of Art Month, Sydney (March 1st to 25th, 2018).

Contact Information
Manly Art Gallery and Museum
Phone:  9976 1421

Get creative and apply for work experience at SBS!

SBS People and Culture team has an exciting opportunity for motivated Year 10 Students to go behind the scenes of SBS with exclusive access to television and radio programs, filming of live shoots and  generally learning more about Australia’s multicultural public broadcaster.

How do you get involved? SBS needs you to get inspired and create a short video about you and why you’re interested in work experience with SBS.

Format: The videos (30 seconds to maximum 2 minutes long) can be filmed on a hand held device and uploaded to Vimeo or YouTube but remember to provide link and password (if needed) to the video in your resume.

SBS Work Experience Dates Available You’ll also be asked to express a preference for the below dates in your resume.
  • April: from 9/04/2018 to 13/04/2018
  • May: from 7/05/2018 to the 11/05/2018
  • June: from 4/06/2018 to 8/06/2018
  • July: from 2/07/2018 to 6/07/2018
  • August: from 13/08/2018 to 17/08/2018
  • September: from 10/09/2018 to 14/09/2018
  • October: from 22/10/2018 to 26/10/2018
  • November: from 5/11/2018 to 9/11/2018
  • December: from 3/12/2018 to 7/12/2018
Jump onto SBS Career Website and apply – Visit:

The Chieftain Challenge 2018

Hosted by Warriewood SLSC
Saturday, April 28 at 2 PM - 5 PM
Warriewood SLSC
Narrabeen Park Parade, Warriewood

The Chieftain’s Challenge is a highly achievable run-swim-run from Mona Vale to Warriewood on Sydney’s northern beaches.

A rare run-swim-run event, this growing category is becoming popular with the introduction of events like the 3 Points Challenge (North Curl Curl), Bondi Splash n Dash and Swimrun.

The course, which can be completed solo, or as a team, consists of four ocean swims broken up by three runs. The total course distance is approx 3.4km, that includes 1.9km of ocean swimming and 1.5km of running.
All run legs are on the sand, so no shoes are required.

Transport will be provided for gear from Mona Vale to Warriewood.
After the swim the surf club will be hosting a BBQ with the bar open and band playing in the club house for all participants.

Keep up to date with entry fees and when registration opens HERE

Year 13

Year13 is an online resource for post school options that specialises in providing information and services on Apprenticeships, Gap Year Programs, Job Vacancies, Studying, Money Advice, Internships and the fun of life after school. Partnering with leading companies across Australia Year13 helps facilitate positive choices for young Australians when finishing school.

Pittwater Artists Trail 2018

Now’s the time to apply to join the Pittwater Artists Trail for 2018/19. If you’re an artist living on the Northern Beaches and have a studio in the Pittwater area get in touch. Details on our website:

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.

Next open weekend is March 10 and 11, 2018. 
All studios are open from 10am - 5pm.

Green Team Beach Cleans 2018!

Hosted by The Green Team
The Green Team is back for 2018! 
It has been estimated that we will have more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050...These beach cleans are aimed at reducing the vast amounts of plastic from entering our oceans before they harm marine life. 

Anyone and everyone is welcome! If you would like to come along, please bring a bucket, gloves and hat. Kids of all ages are also welcome! 

We will meet in front of the surf club. 
Hope to see you there!

The Green Team is a Youth-run, volunteer-based environment initiative from Avalon, Sydney. Keeping our area green and clean.

Long Reef Walks 2018 Season

If you’d like to join us on a walk please contact me a couple of weeks before the walk date to make a booking. FREE GUIDED WALKS of Long Reef Aquatic Reserve with NSW Department of Industry & Investment Fishcare Volunteers will be held on the following date:

Dates for 2018
Sunday 18 March 2018                   3:00pm – 5:00pm
Sunday 15 April 2018                      1:00pm  – 3:00pm

~ Walks are held subject to weather conditions ~

Bookings are preferred.
Please email Wendy to book:

Phil Colman, who keeps us updated on the Fishcare Volunteer Walks, has said, when sending in these monthly dates for the new season walks;

"I am only too happy to take individuals or small groups of senior school students out when I might be able to help them with their studies, give them possible projects or whatever.  

Keep in mind that I am totally dictated to by tides, but am retired and basically available at any time.  I am not, by the way, looking for payment.  If I can steer someone in the direction of marine study, I’m paid enough!"

You contact Phil via email at: - ph; 9982 6142

Forestville Public School’s fun run on Sunday, 18 March 2018!

Join us on Sunday, 18 March 2018 for Forestville Public School’s local fun run and fair on the sunny Northern Beaches. Now in its fourth year, Run Forest Run promotes exercise and raises valuable funds for our school.
Whether you’re a casual runner, a competitive athlete, someone wanting to give it a go or just supporting your children, then this is the community event for you.

So come along and enjoy a run, walk or the many stalls at our family fair. If you have time to spare, we’d also love your support for our many volunteering spots.

Best Dressed Award
Run Forest Run is about having fun while exercising. So why not add some colour and flair to your running outfit with a wig, tutu, mask or whatever you like!
Inter-school Competition
Win a trophy for the best Primary School (2km and 5km) and High School (5km) with the fastest average times in a team of four. May the best school win! Will it be yours?
Corporate Challenge
Is your organisation the speediest? Find three work mates and register for our challenge to find out. Prizes go to the winning team of four with the fastest average times.
Register Online for Bonuses
Early Bird discounts are available for a limited time, including a FREE gift. Online registrations close midnight Sunday, 11 March. You can register on the day of our event too.

Sync Your Breathing with this - to help you Relax


Research shows that one in five Australian children aged 8 to 17 has been the target of cyberbullying in the past year. The Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner can help you make a complaint, find someone to talk to and provide advice and strategies for dealing with these issues.

Make a Complaint 

The Enhancing Online Safety for Children Act 2015 gives the power to provide assistance in relation to serious cyberbullying material. That is, material that is directed at a particular child with the intention to seriously embarrass, harass, threaten or humiliate.


Before you make a complaint you need to have:

  • copies of the cyberbullying material to upload (eg screenshots or photos)
  • reported the material to the social media service (if possible) at least 48 hours ago
  • at hand as much information as possible about where the material is located
  • 15-20 minutes to complete the form


Our mission

The Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner is Australia's leader in online safety. The Office is committed to helping young people have safe, positive experiences online and encouraging behavioural change, where a generation of Australian children act responsibly online—just as they would offline.

We provide online safety education for Australian children and young people, a complaints service for young Australians who experience serious cyberbullying, and address illegal online content through the Online Content Scheme.

Our goal is to empower all Australians to explore the online world—safely.


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!

New “Coastal Management Guide” teaching resource released

Researchers from UNSW Water Resaerch Laborsatory (WRL) in partnership with the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, have developed a new ‘Coastal Management Guide’ designed for High School teachers involved in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education:

The Guide is designed to assist teachers to engage their students (target ages 11 – 16 years) in the complex issues of Coastal Management, with coastal erosion as the “attractor”. Background information spanning topics such as ‘the dynamic coast’, ’what are the issues’, ‘managing for the future’ and ‘how do we measure coastal change’ is presented. A broad range of fully developed independent and guided student activities are provided for use inside and outside the classroom, including hands-on experiments, analysis of media reporting, and role-playing. 

The Guide targets Australian High School STEM curriculum areas (Years 7–10) of Physical Sciences, Human Society & its Environment (HSIE), Geography, Earth & Environmental Sciences and Maths. More broadly, it is anticipated that the Guide’s educational themes and activities will provide a useful and stimulating resource in any classroom where ‘living at the coast’ can provide a launching point into diverse areas of secondary school STEM education.

The full Guide is freely available in two formats: pdf for download and eBook for online viewing.

Kids Helpline

If you’re aged 5-25 the Kids Helpline provides free and confidential online and phone counselling 24 hours a day, seven days a week on 1800 55 1800. You can chat with us about anything… What’s going on at home, stuff with friends. Something at school or feeling sad, angry or worried. You don’t have to tell us your name if you don’t want to.

You can Webchat, email or phone. Always remember - Everyone deserves to be safe and happy. You’re important and we are here to help you. Visit:

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. 
The Green Team

This Youth-run, volunteer-based environment initiative has been attracting high praise from the founders of Living Ocean as much as other local environment groups recently. 
Creating Beach Cleans events, starting their own, sustainability days - ‘action speaks louder than words’ ethos is at the core of this group. 
Profile: Ingleside Riders Group

Ingleside Riders Group Inc. (IRG) is a not for profit incorporated association and is run solely by volunteers. It was formed in 2003 and provides a facility known as “Ingleside Equestrian Park” which is approximately 9 acres of land between Wattle St and McLean St, Ingleside. IRG has a licence agreement with the Minister of Education to use this land. This facility is very valuable as it is the only designated area solely for equestrian use in the Pittwater District.  IRG promotes equal rights and the respect of one another and our list of rules that all members must sign reflect this.
Profile: Pittwater Baseball Club

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.

 The Project Gutenberg Library of Australiana

Australian writers, works about Australia and works which may be of interest to Australians.This Australiana page boasts many ebooks by Australian writers, or books about Australia. There is a diverse range; from the journals of the land and sea explorers; to the early accounts of white settlement in Australia; to the fiction of 'Banjo' Paterson, Henry Lawson and many other Australian writers.

The list of titles form part of the huge collection of ebooks freely downloadable from Project Gutenberg Australia. Follow the links to read more about the authors and titles and to read and/or download the ebooks. 

Youth Source: Northern Sydney Region

A directory of services and resources relevant to young people and those who work, play and live alongside them.

The YouthSource directory has listings from the following types of service providers:
Aboriginal, Accommodation, Alcohol & Other Drugs, Community Service, 
Counselling, Disability, Education & Training, Emergency Information,
Employment, Financial, Gambling, General Health & Wellbeing
Government Agency, Hospital & GP, Legal & Justice, Library
Mental Health, Multicultural, Nutrition & Eating Disorders, Parenting
Relationships, Sexual Health, University, Youth Centre

Send In Your Stuff

Pittwater Online News is not only For and About you, it is also BY you.  
We will not publish swearing or the gossip about others. BUT: If you have a poem, story or something you want to see addressed, let us know or send to:

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2018 Australian National Surfing Squad Announced

Thursday March 8th, 2018: from Surfing Australia
Thursday, March 8th /2018 
Off the back of Surfing Australia’s Olympic Readiness Camp in January, where Australia’s top surfing athletes deemed most likely to be in contention for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games spent three days together, a consolidated group of 16 athletes have now been named in the 2018 Australian National Squad. The squad was selected by the Surfing Australia National Selection Committee. 

The Surfing Australia National Selection Committee includes 7 x World Champion Layne Beachley, 4 x World Champion Mark Richards, ex WSL surfer and Talent Pathway Coach Kate Wilcomes, 3 x World Champion Mick Fanning and Surfing Australia Elite Program Manager Bede Durbidge.

The Squad was Unveiled at the Australian Surfing Awards on the Gold Coast

2018 Australian National Squad:

Julian Wilson - QLD
Matt Wilkinson - NSW
Owen Wright - NSW
Connor O’Leary - NSW
Adrian Buchan - NSW
Wade Carmichael - NSW
Mikey Wright - NSW
Ethan Ewing - QLD
Stuart Kennedy - NSW
Tyler Wright - NSW
Stephanie Gilmore - QLD
Sally Fitzgibbons - NSW
Nikki van Dijk - VIC
Keely Andrew - QLD
Bronte Macaulay - WA
Macy Callaghan – NSW

Participants in the Olympic Readiness Camp with Cathy Freeman at the Hurley Surfing Australia High Performance Centre (HPC) in January. 
Photo credit: Ted Grambeau /  Surfing Australia

Surfing Australia Elite Program Manager Bede Durbidge said: “It gave me great pleasure to announce this incredibly talented Australian National Squad at the Surfing Australia Awards on Tuesday night on the Gold Coast. With the World Surf League World Championship Tour season about to kick-start this weekend at Snapper Rocks we at Surfing Australia want to support this squad as best we can to achieve their goals.”

Surfing Australia National High Performance Director Kim Crane said: “This group of athletes are already making their mark on the international stage, and the character and courage they display in their quest to become world’s best is an absolute credit to them. As a sport, we are grateful to have such incredible role models, and in identifying this group as our highest priority, we will do whatever we can to support their journey.”

Surfing Australia CEO Andrew Stark said: “The talent pool is a deep one in Australia and it was extremely tough for the selection panel to narrow the squad down, to the 16 athletes we have announced. These athletes are deemed most likely to represent Australia in the Japan 2020 Olympics and we look forward to working with them on their quest for WSL Tour victory and towards Japan 2020 Gold Medals.”

Getting To The Sydney Royal Easter Show From Mona Vale

Sydney Olympic Park Major Event Buses will run each day during the 12-day Sydney Royal Easter Show.
Services start running between 07:00 and 07:30, depending on the route, each day. Services run every 15 to 25 minutes and more frequently during peak times and begin arriving at the precinct from around 08:45 each morning until 17:30 in the evening.

Return services start running from Olympic Park at around 12:45, with the last bus on each route leaving the precinct at 23:00 each night of the Show.
Note: scheduled wheelchair accessible buses will travel on each route. Find the closest stop to you using the Major Event Bus interactive map. 

Route To / from SOP (Forest Coach Lines)
1A Warriewood via Dee Why
1B Warriewood via Mona Vale

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Travel to the Royal Easter Show
All pre-purchased ShowLink tickets include return public transport for your trip to the Royal Easter Show on any one day.
You can pre-purchase your ShowLink ticket on the Sydney Royal Easter Show website. ShowLink tickets are not sold at train stations, ferry wharves or on buses.

Travel public transport with ShowLink tickets
Present your ShowLink ticket for travel on:
  • Train services (bounded by Bomaderry (Nowra), Goulburn, Bathurst and Dungog stations)
  • Sydney Olympic Park major event buses
  • Regular bus services
  • Sydney Ferries services
  • Light rail services.
Keep your ShowLink ticket for your return trip home as you will need to present your ShowLink ticket or have a valid ticket when travelling on public transport.

ShowLink tickets are not available for purchase on-board transport services or at train stations. ShowLink tickets are only available at selected Woolworths outlets or online via Ticketmaster. Alternatively, you can purchase your ShowLink ticket at the Sydney Showground ticket booths located at the entry gates to the Show, however we strongly encourage you to pre-purchase your ticket where possible as there will be queues.
Remember to keep your ShowLink ticket safe for your return trip home as you will need to present your ShowLink ticket or have a valid ticket when travelling on public transport.

Single day, two-day or Twilight (after 4pm entry) ShowLink tickets are available. For more information on all the available ticketing options, seeTicket types. For more information on the terms and conditions that apply to ShowLink tickets on public transport, visit Please note there are no exchanges, refunds or cancellations on purchased ShowLink tickets.

Early Bird ShowLink: Available online until 22 March 2018

Icy runway to get face-lift

6th March 2018: Department of the Environment and Energy, Australian Antarctic Division
The final flight of the Antarctic season is due to take off for Australia’s Wilkins Aerodrome tomorrow, ahead of a face-lift planned for the glacial runway next season.

After a decade of operation, engineering works will be undertaken on the blue ice runway in the summer of 2018–19 to reposition the strip.

The Australian Antarctic Division’s General Manager of Operations Dr Rob Wooding, said the 3.5 kilometre strip, near Australia’s Casey research station, is an incredible feat of engineering.

“The runway is built on a 500 metre thick glacier, which moves downhill towards the coast about 12 metres a year, it also rotates anti-clockwise about 1.5 metres per year,” Dr Wooding said.

“Every summer the runway is surveyed to ensure compliance and every three years it is moved back up the glacier.

“However the runway has now accumulated about 20 metres of rotation that also needs to be corrected.”

The runway will close for a three month period, from mid-November 2018 to mid-February 2019. It normally closes at the height of each summer for about five weeks, due to warmer temperatures causing potential sub-surface melt.

The Australian Antarctic Division will run a maximum of 10 flights, before and after the shutdown.

“The Division aims to minimise the impact of the closure on planned projects by transporting some expeditioners south on the icebreaker Aurora Australis, or postponing programs,” Dr Wooding said.

Australian Antarctic Division’s Acting Aviation Manager Steve Wall, said the team of eight expeditioners stationed at Wilkins will undertake the engineering works.

“They’ll use a range of graders, dozers, loaders and snow groomers to cut into blue ice and remove approximately 300,000 cubic meters of ice from the northern edge of the runway.”

“The works will ensure Wilkins Aerodrome can continue to operate for another 10 years, and that it will be ready to support major projects scheduled for the following season (2019–2020), including establishing an overland traverse capability and the search for a million year ice core.”

The last flight of the year on an Airbus 319 will take off from the Antarctic gateway city of Hobart tomorrow.

About 550 expeditioners travelled south with the Australian Antarctic Program by air and sea this season, undertaking nearly 100 projects including deep field ice core work, glacier research and Southern Ocean cloud studies.

The team will use a range of graders, dozers, loaders and snow groomers to cut into blue ice and remove approximately 300,000 cubic meters of ice from the northern edge of the runway. (Photo: Micky Loedeman)

The Australian Antarctic Division will run a maximum of 10 flights in the 2018/18 season, before and after the shutdown. (Photo: Chris Crerar)
The runway is built on a 500 metre thick glacier, which moves downhill towards the coast about 12 metres a year, it also rotates anti-clockwise about 1.5 metres per year. Every summer the runway is surveyed to ensure compliance and every three years it is moved back up the glacier. However, the runway has now accumulated about 20 metres of rotation that also needs to be corrected.

Wildlife Photographer Of The Year Exhibition 

The world-renowned exhibition, on loan from the Natural History Museum in London, will open at the Australian National Maritime Museum on 13 April 2018 in time for the school holidays. The 100 extraordinary images celebrate the diversity of the natural world, from intimate animal portraits to astonishing wild landscapes.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the most prestigious photography event of its kind, providing a global platform that showcases the natural world’s most astonishing and challenging sights for over 50 years.

Winning images are selected for their creativity, originality and technical excellence.  Launching in 1965 and attracting 361 entries, today the competition receives almost 50,000 entries from 92 countries highlighting its enduring appeal. This year’s 100 award-winning images will embark on an international tour that allows them to be seen by millions of people.

Sir Michael Dixon, Director of the Natural History Museum, says ‘Wildlife Photographer of the Year is one of our most successful touring exhibitions, enjoyed by millions of people all over the world. The awarded images shine a spotlight on nature photography as a work of art, whilst raising questions about our crucial role in shaping a sustainable future.’ 

Kevin Sumption, director of the Australian National Maritime Museum, said the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition held broad appeal due to its rich subject matter showcasing the diversity of life.  “This is one of the most innovative and popular photographic competitions of its kind and we are delighted that Sydney audiences can once again enjoy these unforgettable and inspiring images at the Australian National Maritime Museum.”

And to make the exhibition extra special Sydney visitors can also come face to face with equipment used by celebrated Australian shark photographers Ron and Valerie Taylor and experience the brand new Oceans 3D film which runs in the museum’s theatre (check the museum’s website for schedule).

The 53rd Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition is a featured exhibition of Head On Photo Festival 2018 and opens on 30 March 2017. Exhibition labels are available digitally in six languages. Tickets are $20 adults, $12 concessions/children and $50. For further information about the exhibition visit

The Australian National Maritime Museum, in Darling Harbour, is open from 9.30am to 5pm daily. All enquiries (02) 9298 3777 or visit

Image: © Qing Lin - The Insiders

Australia A Study Of Warm Environments and Their Effect on British Settlement by Taylor, Griffith. Publication date 1940 by Metheun, London.

Moran Contemporary Photographic Prizes

The 2017 Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize has been deferred until early 2018.
The growth in interest in the Photographic Prize is such that the Moran Arts Foundation wants to recognise photography as an art form in its own right and give the artists the profile they deserve.

About the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize
Established in 2007, the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize (MCPP) is a national competition that awards and promotes Australian contemporary photography and excellence in all forms of still based artwork. 

The MCPP invites photographers to interpret ‘Contemporary Life in Australia’ with an emphasis on Australians going about their day-to-day life. We aim to encourage the production of photographs taken in Australia, by Australians, that reflects the diversity, multiculturalism and uniqueness of life, no matter where you live in Australia.

There are many ways to interpret this brief, but we are after your perspective on contemporary Australian society, your life, your dreams, your abilities, your inabilities, your mates, your loves. We want the good, the bad, the ugly, the beautiful and the everyday. Entries are NOT restricted to portraits.

Currently with an annual first prize of fifty thousand dollars ($50,000), the Prize is an important part of Australia's Arts calendar. The Moran Prize is acquisitive and the winning photograph(s) immediately becomes the property of the Moran Arts Foundation, to be held and exhibited permanently as part of the Moran Arts Foundation Collection.
Prize Money
Open Section - $80,000 in prize money with the winner awarded $50,000. All 30 finalists will each receive $1,000. 
Secondary School Students, Year 11 to 12 - The winner is awarded $5,000 and their school is awarded $5,000 for the development of arts at the school;
Secondary School Students, Years 9 to 10 - The winner is awarded $3,000 and their school is awarded $3,000 for the development of arts at the school;
Secondary School Students, Years 7 to 8 - The winner is awarded $2,000 and their school is awarded $2,000 for the development of arts at the school;
Primary School Student Category, Kindergarten to Year 6 - A digital camera will be awarded to 25 selected winners plus a certificate of merit.
2018 Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize
Entries open in January 2018 for the next Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize. Photos taken from 1 Sep 2016 up until the entries close date (yet to be announced) will be valid for entry. 

2018 Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize Judges
Cheryl Newman
Jon Jones