March 17 - 23, 2019: Issue 397
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
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
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
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!
ARTDECKO is back and bigger than ever for 2019 !
Youth Week 2019 Design Competition
Call Out For Artists And Writers - Art & Words Project
Visual artists and writers are being invited to take part in an exciting new community arts project that could see their work taking pride of place in a special event at the 2019 Manly Arts Festival (6 - 29 September).
In a celebration of community creativity, Northern Beaches Council’s Art & Words Project 2019 is calling on participants to write and create works inspired by the theme ‘Saltwater’.
Entrants will have the chance to have their works published in an anthology with the participating artists creating works directly in response to the text.
Northern Beaches Mayor Michael Regan said a selection from the anthology and the accompanying art will be displayed on a 24-hour digital screen at Manly Art Gallery & Museum and at all Northern Beaches Libraries during the Arts Festival.
“The artworks will illustrate the book alongside the words and the original artworks will be displayed in libraries across the Northern Beaches.
“The Manly Arts Festival attracts over 15,000 visitors annually and our six Northern Beaches Libraries have 177,746 members, together representing a huge audience for any aspiring artist or writer,” said Mayor Regan.
The Art & Words Project is a collaborative project mentored by multiple-award-winning writer Zena Shapter and supported by the Northern Beaches Library Service and the Manly Art Gallery & Museum.
Ms Shapter, who will be providing creative support for the project, is the founder of the Northern Beaches Writers' Group and a Northern Beaches local.
“Community creativity on this scale is truly magical!” she said.
“Entry is open to anyone, regardless of genre or style, so I’m hoping to hear from a diverse range of creatives, a balance of perspectives that will reflect the thrilling yet unspoken truth of our community.”
Applications for the Art & Words Project 2019 will be open from 15 January 2019. To apply and for further information visit northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au
Closing date for entries is Friday 15 March, 5pm, with selected entrants notified by Friday 29 March.
Image: ‘Flying Fish’ by Nettie Lodge
Driver Knowledge Test (DKT) Practice run Online
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: http://kalof.com.au/ - for and by young people! Like our Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/keepalookoutfor
Follow us on Instagram - http://www.instagram.com/keepalookoutfor
Follow us on Twitter - https://twitter.com/Keepalookoutfor
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.
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 - www.kidshelpline.com.au
lifeline australia - 13 11 14 - www.lifeline.org.au
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: www.headspace.org.au/headspace-centres/headspace-brookvale
Youth Source: Northern Sydney Region
Green Team Beach Cleans 2018!
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.
Can't Take My Eyes off You: Frankie Valli and The 4 Seasons - 1967
My Girl: The Temptations - 1965
Northern Composure 2019 Heats
DZ Deathrays Tour with The Lot
Shore shocked 2019
NSW Premier’s History Awards 2019 Now Open
- 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)
2019 NSW State Election
Sync Your Breathing with this - to help you Relax
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.
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: https://kidshelpline.com.au/kids/
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
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.