September 23 - 29, 2018: Issue 377

For you this week:

Front Page Issue 377

Upgrade, Not Demolition Needed At Mona Vale Hospital: Phelps

Scotland Island Demographics How Are We Different? A Comparison Between Scotland Island And The Rest Of Australia by Roy Baker

Aquatics: North Narrabeen Hosts Event Three On The Nudie Australian Boardriders Battle Series 2018/19 by Surfing NSW  North Steyne Boardriders have taken out the nudie Australian Boardriders Battle central qualifying event, Avoca, North Avalon and North Narrabeen claimed second, third and fourth. As a result, the top three clubs have qualified for the upcoming National Final in Newcastle. 

Council Shows Weedos Leading Weed Control Technology On The Northern Beaches by Northern Beaches Council 

Bungan's Holly Wawn Surfs Solid Week At UR ISA World Surfing Games In Japan: Sally Fitzgibbons Wins Gold And Team Australia Secures Silver Medal

Junior Water Stars Named for Development Program by Surf Life Saving NSW

Pictures: Avalon Bulldogs Presentation Day 2018 - two new Life Members + Players of the year + some great preso day fun! by Brian Friend OAM

Council First - Staff Undertake Essential Drone Training by Northern Beaches Council

Surf Lifesavers Launch Shark Drones This Weekend by Surf Life Saving NSW and the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI)

Manly Warringah Netball Association Hosts All Ability Netball Championship by Kim Buckingham

Award Winning SMH Journalist Bringing The Dramatic Story Of The Sydney Opera House To Avalon This October In Time For 45th Anniversary: Author Event Oct. 4th, tickets just $20 

Reflections by George Repin: RHODES

Park Bench PhilosopherCSIRO Launches ASEAN Presence

Profile: Ashley Cardiff Volunteer surf lifesavers will resume patrols for the 2018/19 season next Saturday 29 September so it's a good time to share a small insight into Ashley Cardiff, the gentleman who has taken on the presidency of the Surf Life Saving NSW Club of the Year, Avalon Beach SLSC.

Ashley has decades in the surf life saving movement, starting out as a Nipper at Dee Why. He has a passion for surf boats and is a crew member of the very successful 'Towballs' crew. His dad is a legend and Life Member at Dee Why SLSC, his children have been in Nippers at Avalon Beach SLSC - three generations of Cardiffs will be on or near the beach this Season and all of them would ask visitors to please, swim between the flags

History: A Bunch Of Wildflowers: Historical Spring September Songs- At this time of year many are taking the opportunity to visit the bush reserves we live among just to see the flowering with every shade and colour of local and ancient flora. Although we celebrate what remains there is also a lament that has echoed for a few generations about what has been lost by the encroachment of suburban developments or the careless profit-first policies of governments until this era when forests and their trees has now become a state of so few 'that a child may write (count) them'.

Throughout the gathering of threads for history subjects insights of how much the whole peninsula bloomed with every variety of native flower, and even recent and current adjustments to ensure the survival of those now threatened, as in the case of Grevillea cayli or the Angus's Onion Orchid, have allowed insights into what those who came before us saw and how we lost so much so soon. 

Ocean Alley Back in Sydney this October

October 12th and 17th at The Roundhouse in Randwick offer an opportunity to catch up with local success story Ocean Alley prior to them heading back overseas.

Currently on tour across Europe, Ocean Alley continue to captivate audiences around the world with their infectious melody lines and memorable blend of psychedelic-surf-rock, amassing over 30 million streams online and more than 590,000 monthly Spotify listeners. 

Listen to the new album ‘Chiaroscuro’ HERE

For all tour dates and tickets, including nabbing some for their support for Tash Sultana on their Oz 2019 tour, head to

Five Star Safety In A Second Hand Car

September 19th, 2018: NSW Government
The latest Used Car Safety Ratings Buyer’s Guide makes it easier to choose the safest used vehicle.
The guide rates 296 vehicles manufactured between 1996 and 2016. It identifies many of the safest vehicles under $10,000.

Vehicles are awarded a star rating of one to five, with five being the safest.

Vehicles with a five star rating for safety include:

Prices reflect vehicles listed on Redbook online and the age, condition and model.

A driver of the worst-rated vehicle is 10 times more likely to be killed or seriously injured than a driver in the safest. Recent data shows 40 per cent of those killed were in cars 15 years or older while 15 per cent were in cars less than five years old.

Vehicles with a one star rating for safety include:

Hyundai Accent (years 2000 – 2006)
Holden Cruze (years 2002 – 2006)
Ford Fiesta WD (years 2004 – 2008).
These ratings were produced by Monash University Accident

Research Centre in partnership with the NSW Centre for Road Safety, the NRMA and other members of the Vehicle Safety Research Group. They analysed records from more than 8 million vehicles involved in road crashes and 2 million injured road users in Australia and New Zealand between 1987 and 2016.

Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said driving a car with a poor rating is not worth the safety risk.

“In one of our tests, the driver of the 5 star rated Mazda Ute would have walked away unhurt. The driver of the 2 star rated Toyota would probably have received severe head and brain injuries or even been killed,” Ms Pavey said.

NSW Students to tour european battlefields 

Wednesday, September 19th, 2018
Member for Manly James Griffin has called on secondary schools on the Northern Beaches to apply to participate in the 2019 Premier’s Anzac Memorial Scholarship, which will give 20 high school students the chance to see firsthand the battlefields that fill the pages of Australia’s military story.

The lucky Year 10 and 11 history students will visit historic sites and battlegrounds in Germany, France and Belgium to deepen their understanding of the causes of war and to commemorate the service of Australians in World War I and II.

Mr Griffin encouraged schools from Balgowlah Boys to Barrenjoey High to submit an expression of interest to give local students the opportunity of a lifetime.

“Last year we were fortunate to have two local schools selected to send scholars to Europe, from Mackellar Girls in Manly Vale and Stella Maris College in Manly,” Mr Griffin said.

“Walking in the footsteps of Australian soldiers is an educational experience like no other. It is an opportunity for our students to be moved by the sacrifice of defence personnel, an experience they can take home and share with their peers.”

Minister for Veterans Affairs David Elliott said the scholarship tour would enable students to develop a more comprehensive understanding of the sacrifice and courage of service men and women.

“As the Centenary of Anzac draws to a close, it is vital we continue to teach the Anzac story to new generations so the contribution of Australia’s military can be honoured for centuries to come,” Mr Elliott said.

NSW secondary schools are now eligible to submit an online application to enter a ballot for the scholarship. The 20 successful schools will then select three potential scholars based on a piece of work on key themes from the NSW History Curriculum. One lucky scholar will then be selected from each school to travel on the tour.

Schools can submit an expression of interest until 10am, 15 October 2018. Visit for more information.

Member for Manly James Griffin has called on secondary schools on the Northern Beaches to apply to participate in the 2019 Premier’s Anzac Memorial Scholarship, which will give 20 high school students the chance to see firsthand the battlefields that fill the pages of Australia’s military story.

The lucky Year 10 and 11 history students will visit historic sites and battlegrounds in Germany, France and Belgium to deepen their understanding of the causes of war and to commemorate the service of Australians in World War I and II.

Mr Griffin encouraged schools from Balgowlah Boys to Barrenjoey High to submit an expression of interest to give local students the opportunity of a lifetime.

“Last year we were fortunate to have two local schools selected to send scholars to Europe, from Mackellar Girls in Manly Vale and Stella Maris College in Manly,” Mr Griffin said.

“Walking in the footsteps of Australian soldiers is an educational experience like no other. It is an opportunity for our students to be moved by the sacrifice of defence personnel, an experience they can take home and share with their peers.”

Minister for Veterans Affairs David Elliott said the scholarship tour would enable students to develop a more comprehensive understanding of the sacrifice and courage of service men and women.

“As the Centenary of Anzac draws to a close, it is vital we continue to teach the Anzac story to new generations so the contribution of Australia’s military can be honoured for centuries to come,” Mr Elliott said.

NSW secondary schools are now eligible to submit an online application to enter a ballot for the scholarship. The 20 successful schools will then select three potential scholars based on a piece of work on key themes from the NSW History Curriculum. One lucky scholar will then be selected from each school to travel on the tour.

Schools can submit an expression of interest until 10am, 15 October 2018. Visit for more information.

Northern Composure Unplugged

Entries now open!
Be part of this premier acoustic competition across the Northern Beaches. Compete with local musicians to win cash, prizes and busking licences.

Performers are required to play one song and one song only, original or cover with extra points given for originality.

Open to young people aged 12-19 years of age.
Cost - $15 per entry
Entries close - Sunday 30 September

Key dates
Entries close - Sunday 30 September
Performers workshop - Monday 29 October

Heat 1 - Friday 16 November, 7-9.30pm
Heat 2 - Friday 23 November, 7-9.30pm
Finals - Friday 7 December, 7-9.30pm

More information
For more information contact Youth Services at or call 9942 2195 
Stay in the loop and follow Northern Composure Unplugged on KALOF Facebook

Young Northern NSW Egg Producer Wins RAS Foundation-Backed Nuffield Australia Farming Scholarship

Wednesday 19 September 2018 
The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Foundation (RASF) has given its support to the highly-respected Nuffield Australia by backing one of the 2019 Nuffield Farming Scholarships.
Nuffield Australia’s farming scholarships aim to support and develop the next generation of Agricultural leaders by investing in research and innovation.
Announced overnight at the Nuffield National Conference Annual Awards Dinner in Melbourne, seventeen leading primary producers were awarded Nuffield Farming Scholarships. 
Tenterfield’s Thomas Moore was one of the successful recipients.
Supported by the RASF, Thomas will now receive a $30,000 bursary to travel the globe conducting vital research into the free-range egg industry.

Thomas Moore
During his travels Thomas, an egg producer from the New England region, will investigate innovative hen housing methods to promote the growth of the Australian free-range egg industry and sustainable farming methods. 
RAS Foundation Manager, Cecilia Logan highlights the importance of supporting our leading primary producers and the significant role they play in the future of the agricultural industry;
“By supporting Thomas in his investigation we are placing our trust in Australia’s brightest minds, the minds we believe can lead the way in sustainable Agriculture,” Ms Logan said.
“The RAS Foundation is proud to support such important research and The Nuffield Scholarship lends itself perfectly to our own mission of building a bright future for regional and rural communities,” she said.

About the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) Foundation:
The RAS Foundation is a charitable foundation that encourages educational opportunities and helps build strong and sustainable rural and regional communities through a range of targeted grants and scholarships. Visit for more information on the RAS Foundation.

New Rent Program Assists Those In Need Avoid Homelessness

NSW Minister for Social Housing, The Hon. Pru Goward
Tenants in the private rental market struggling to pay their rent due to financial shock will be offered relief under a new rental subsidy to be rolled out by the NSW Government.

Rent Choice Assist provides rental assistance for up to three years while tenants are supported to find job and study opportunities to help restore their financial independence.

Minister for Social Housing Pru Goward said Rent Choice Assist was the latest private rental assistance support to help people keep a roof over their heads.

“Unforeseen events such as illness or retrenchment can put people at risk of homelessness but Rent Choice Assist can support them while they get back on their feet,” Ms Goward said.

“This Government is committed to preventing homelessness, which is why we are investing in initiatives like this to help vulnerable people at risk of homelessness maintain their leases in the private rental market,” Ms Goward said.

Rent Choice Assist will be trialled in four locations: Blacktown, Campbelltown, Hurstville and Newcastle/Lake Macquarie.
Up to 200 participants are expected to take part in the pilot, to begin next month.

Rent Choice Assist complements existing programs such as Rent Choice Youth, Rent Choice Veterans, and Rent Choice Start Safely for victims of domestic violence.

The NSW Government has committed $1 billion for homelessness services over the next four years.

Rent Choice is a form of Private Rental Assistance (PRA) that supports households to access safe and affordable housing in the private rental market. It provides a time limited private rental subsidy for up to 3 years and facilitates access to support services, including training and employment opportunities, to build capacity for independent living.

The following Rent Choice products may be offered to eligible clients:
  • Rent Choice Start Safely
  • Rent Choice Youth
  • Rent Choice Veterans
  • Deeper Subsidy
  • Moderate Income
Rent Choice supports access to safe and affordable housing in the private rental market to eligible clients who are able to demonstrate a capacity to sustain their tenancy in private rental accommodation.

In addition to Rent Choice assistance, the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) can also offer or facilitate access to Rentstart assistance products to assist with costs to establish and maintain a tenancy in the private rental market through the provision of a Bond Loan, Advance Rent, assistance to pay rental arrears, or Temporary Accommodation for homeless people. For more information, go to the Rentstart Assistance Policy.

For more information on Rent Choice, visit:

 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:

 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. 

Driver Knowledge Test (DKT) Practice run Online

Did you know you can do a practice run of the DKT online on the RMS site? - check out the base of this page, and the rest on the webpage, it's loaded with information for you!

The DKT Practice test is designed to help you become familiar with the test, and decide if you’re ready to attempt the test for real.

Experienced drivers can also take the practice test to check their knowledge of the road rules.

The practice test looks and operates like the real test. It consists of 45 questions drawn from the DKT Question Bank, and is available in the same languages as the real test.

Unlike the real test, the practice DKT allows you to finish all 45 questions, regardless of how many you get wrong. At the end of the practice test, you’ll be advised whether you passed or failed.

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

Macy Gray - Beauty In The World

Nature Writing Prize 2019

Calling all nature writers!
The Nature Conservancy Australia is delighted to open the fifth biennial Nature Writing Prize.

The winner of the best essay (3,000 – 5,000 words) in the genre of ‘Writing of Place’ will receive a $5,000 award and will be published as an online multimedia essay by Griffith Review – Australia’s leading literary quarterly publication.

The prize will go to an Australian writer whose entry is judged to be of the highest literary merit and which best explores their relationship and interaction with some aspect of the Australian landscape.

Entry costs $30.00. The deadline for submissions is 1 February 2019 and the winner will be announced in May 2019. The prize is open to Australian citizens and permanent residents. 

Aussie Backyard Bird Count: 22-28 October 2018 

Save the date — the Aussie Backyard Bird Count is back from 22-28 October 2018.

The #AussieBirdCount is a great way to connect with the birds in your backyard, no matter where your backyard might be — a suburban backyard, a local park, a patch of forest, a farm, down by the beach, or the main street of town.

To take part all you need is 20 minutes and your favourite outdoor space. Not only will you be contributing to BirdLife Australia's knowledge of Aussie birds, but there are also some great prizes on offer. Head to the website and register as a Counter today!
If you’ve taken part before and are registered for this year why not introduce someone else to the wonderful world of birding through this easy, fun, all-ages event? And if you're a teacher, check out our Bird Count curriculum-based lesson plans to get your students (or the whole school!) involved.

If you have questions about the Aussie Backyard Bird Count, please head to our FAQ page, where you’ll find more information about registering, participating, and troubleshooting.

28 days to go — and counting!

Transparent Loudspeakers And MICs That Let Your Skin Play Music

September 18, 2018: Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology(UNIST)
An international team of researchers, affiliated with UNIST has presented an innovative wearable technology that will turn your skin into a loudspeaker.

This breakthrough has been led by Professor Hyunhyub Ko in the School of Energy and Chemical Engineering at UNIST. Created in part to help the hearing and speech impaired, the new technology can be further explored for various potential applications, such as wearable IoT sensors and conformal health care devices.

In the study, the research team has developed ultrathin, transparent, and conductive hybrid nanomembranes with nanoscale thickness, consisting of an orthogonal silver nanowire array embedded in a polymer matrix. They, then, demonstrated their nanomembrane by making it into a loudspeaker that can be attached to almost anything to produce sounds. The researchers also introduced a similar device, acting as a microphone, which can be connected to smartphones and computers to unlock voice-activated security systems.

Nanomembranes (NMs) are molcularly thin seperation layers with nanoscale thickness. Polymer NMs have attracted considerable attention owing to their outstanding advantages, such as extreme flexibility, ultralight weight, and excellent adhesibility in that they can be attached directly to almost any surface. However, they tear easily and exhibit no electrical conductivity.

The research team has solved such issues by embedding a silver nanowire network within a polymer-based nanomembrane. This has enabled the demonstration of skin-attachable and imperceptible loudspeaker and microphone.

"Our ultrathin, transparent, and conductive hybrid NMs facilitate conformal contact with curvilinear and dynamic surfaces without any cracking or rupture," says Saewon Kang in the doctroral program of Energy and Chemical Engineering at UNIST, the first author of the study.

He adds, "These layers are capable of detecting sounds and vocal vibrations produced by the triboelectric voltage signals corresponding to sounds, which could be further explored for various potential applications, such as sound input/output devices."

Using the hybrid NMs, the research team fabricated skin-attachable NM loudspeakers and microphones, which would be unobtrusive in appearance because of their excellent transparency and conformal contact capability. These wearable speakers and microphones are paper-thin, yet still capable of conducting sound signals.

"The biggest breakthrough of our research is the development of ultrathin, transparent, and conductive hybrid nanomembranes with nanoscale thickness, less than 100 nanometers," says Professor Ko. "These outstanding optical, electrical, and mechanical properties of nanomembranes enable the demonstration of skin-attachable and imperceptible loudspeaker and microphone."

The skin-attachable NM loudspeakers work by emitting thermoacoustic sound by the temperature-induced oscillation of the surrounding air. The periodic Joule heating that occurs when an electric current passes through a conductor and produces heat leads to these temperature oscillations. It has attracted considerable attention for being a stretchable, transparent, and skin-attachable loudspeaker.

Wearable microphones are sensors, attached to a speaker's neck to even sense the vibration of the vocal folds. This sensor operates by converting the frictional force generated by the oscillation of the transparent conductive nanofiber into electric energy. For the operation of the microphone, the hybrid nanomembrane is inserted between elastic films with tiny patterns to precisely detect the sound and the vibration of the vocal cords based on a triboelectric voltage that results from the contact with the elastic films.

"For the commercial applications, the mechanical durability of nanomebranes and the performance of loudspeaker and microphone should be improved further," says Professor Ko.

Saewon Kang, Seungse Cho, Ravi Shanker, Hochan Lee, Jonghwa Park, Doo-Seung Um, Youngoh Lee, Hyunhyub Ko. Transparent and conductive nanomembranes with orthogonal silver nanowire arrays for skin-attachable loudspeakers and microphones. Science Advances, 2018; 4 (8): eaas8772 DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aas8772

Their ultrathin, conductive, and transparent hybrid NMs can be applied to the fabrication of skin-attachable NM loudspeakers and voice-recognition microphones, which would be unobtrusive in appearance due to their excellent transparency and conformal contact capability.
Credit: UNIST

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:

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.

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.

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.

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:

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
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 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 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!
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: 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. 


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.


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

 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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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:

All Are Welcome, All Belong!

Commemorative Stamps Explore Unique Brand Of Aussie Humour

September 18th, 2018 - from Australia Post
This month Australia Post continues its humorous commemorative stamp series, Fair Dinkum Aussie Alphabet, which takes a light-hearted look at Australia through cultural icons, places, characters, flora, fauna and more. In part four of the series, Gavin Ryan illustrates five stamps for the letters E, O, X, Y and Z.

Australia Post Philatelic Manager, Michael Zsolt, said the entertaining stamp series explores the unique brand of Australiana with the previous three releases proving popular with parents, children and stamp collectors alike.

"These stamps take a look at some of Australia's interesting and recognisable features. You'll see in this edition that we include nature, recreation and even fashion to take a snapshot of things that are iconic to our country," Mr Zsolt said.

The stamps feature illustrations from Queensland and Bali-based artist Gavin Ryan. Collectors might recognise Gavin's artistry from parts one, two and three of the Fair Dinkum Aussie Alphabet stamp issues released in 2016 and 2017.

Each stamp design is filled with elements starting with that letter, with the idea is to see how many objects you can name.

The letters featured on the stamps are:

$1 - E is for Emo emu, ear-bashing, echidna and …

$1- O is for Oilskin, opal opera house, oar and …

$1- X is for X-ray, Xanthorrhea grass tree, xylophone and …

$1 - Y is for Yowie, yabbie, Yarra River and …

$1 - Z is for Zebra Finch, zoologist, zebra crossing and …

The products available with this stamp issue include a first day cover, stamp pack, maxicards, booklets of 10, and booklet collection. The Fair Dinkum Aussie Alphabet (Part 4) commemorative stamp issue is available from 18 September at participating Post Offices, via mail order on 1800 331 794 and online at, while stocks last.

Expeditioners prepare for life on the ice

September 18th, 2018 - from Australian Antarctic Division
A new batch of Antarctic expeditioners are descending on the Australian Antarctic Division headquarters in Tasmania to prepare for their new life on the ice.

Each year the Division trains about 160 expeditioners before they head to Australia’s Casey, Davis and Mawson research stations in Antarctica or to sub-Antarctic Macquarie Island.

The expeditioners spend between 6 and 18 months down south, undertaking a range of roles from chefs to trades people, weather observers and doctors.

The training in Kingston before they leave, prepares expeditioners for both the technical work they will undertake and the various community activities they’ll need to complete.

It takes up to three months for wintering expeditioners to finish their training and includes search and rescue, wilderness first aid and lay surgical training to assist the station doctor in the event of an emergency.

Expeditioners going to the continent also learn how to use a tracked over snow vehicle, called a Hägglunds.

Last week the mechanics heading into Casey and Davis stations were put through their paces driving the Hägglunds on a nearby farm… strap yourselves in! 

Buenos Aires 2018

The Argentinean capital of Buenos Aires will host the third edition of the Summer Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in October, 2018. Athletes between 15-18 years old from 206 countries are set to compete in 32 sports as the stars of tomorrow get their chance to shine on the Olympic stage.

Australia are set to take a team of 88 athletes who will compete across 26 sports. Following on from successful Youth Olympic Games campaigns in Singapore in 2010 (32 medals) and Nanjing in 2014 (26 medals) the Aussie team will be again challenging for the podium. Australia’s previous YOG teams have produced such Olympic heroes as dual Games medallist Jessica Fox, Rio 2016 Olympic Champion Kyle Chalmers and four-time Rio medallist Emma McKeon. Buenos Aires 2018 will no doubt unearth plenty of young guns pushing for Tokyo 2020 and beyond.

The Games will feature four new sports in Sport Climbing and Karate, which are set for their Olympic debut in Tokyo, as well as Break Dancing and Roller Sports. The Games will not only provide a platform for athletes to compete against one another but also provide educational opportunities for the athletes to learn about Olympism and its values. 

"Feel the future" is the slogan for Buenos Aires 2018. The slogan highlights the hope that the strict gender equality of this year's edition will inspire a better world through sport and be an example of passion, coexistence and unity in diversity.

The Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games vision is “to celebrate the best games BY the youth FOR the youth, FOR the neighborhoods, FOR Buenos Aires, FOR Argentina and FOR the world”.

Among the 76 Young Change-Makers from around the world will be Australian Rio 2016 Modern Pentathlon gold medalist Chloe Esposito. As a Young Change-Maker, Chloe will have the opportunity to mentor the next generation of elite athletes and encourage them to take part in a unique programme of activites and workshops, featuring sessions on injury prevention, anti-doping, careers in sport and media training.

Dual fencing Olympian Evelyn Halls will be the Chef de Mission leading the young Australian team into the Youth Olympic Games.

Selected Athletes
Australia are set to take a team of 88 athletes aged 15-18 to Buenos Aires 2018 to compete across 26 sports:

Jason Hurnall (17), Canberra, ACT
Laura Paeglis (16), Camberwell, VIC

Keegan Bell (17), The Ponds, NSW – 400m 
Joshua Cowley (17), Brisbane, QLD – Long Jump 
Jaylah Hancock-Cameron (16), Broulee, NSW – 1500m 
Jamie Hiscock (17), Chandler, QLD – 2000m Steeplechase 
Oscar Miers (16), Brisbane, QLD – High Jump 
Elizabeth Moss (16), Brisbane, QLD – High Jump 
Keely Small (17), Canberra ACT – 800m 
Sally Shokry (16), Castle Hill, NSW - Discus 
Thomas Throssell (17), Perth, WA – 400m Hurdles 
Rochelle Vidler (17), Collingwood Park, QLD – Hammer Throw 
Anthony Vlatko (17), Sydney, NSW – 800m  
Sophie White (16), Perth, WA – 100m Hurdles 
Luke Young (16), Awaba, NSW – 1500m  

Zecily Fung (16), Sydney, NSW

Basketball 3x3
Suzi-Rose Deegan (17), Perth, WA
Alexandra Fowler (16), Townsville, QLD
Ruby Porter (16), Adelaide, SA
Sara-Rose Smith (16), Melbourne, VIC

Beach Volleyball
Mark Nicolaidis (18), Bardon, QLD
James Takken (18), Bardon, QLD
Lauren Taylor (16), Moonee Ponds, VIC
Tiaan Smith (17), Algester, QLD

Jai Dennis (16), Brisbane, QLD
Emma Lawson (18), Ayr, QLD

Jenaya Massie (16), Sunshine Coast, QLD

Alysha Koloi (17), Carindale, QLD
Matthew Carter (17), Rose Park, SA

Madeline Sinderberry (17), Condoblin, NSW

Robert Ciccarelli (16), Mt Vernon, NSW
Giorgia Salmas (16), Melbourne, VIC

Grace Kim (17), Greenacre, NSW
Karl Vilips (17), Florida, USA

Kate Sayer (15), Sunnybank, QLD
Lidiia Iakovleva (15), Brisbane, QLD
Trampoline Gymnastics
Liam Christie (16), Kellyville Ridge, NSW
Jessica Pickering (17), Belmont North, NSW

Hockey 5's
Lain Carr (18), Matcham, NSW
James Collins (18), Perth, WA
Miles Davis (17), Sydney NSW
Brad Marais (18), Melbourne VIC
Craig Marais (16), Melbourne, VIC
Alistair Murray (18), Tincurrin, WA
Jed Snowden (16), Melbourne, VIC
Christian Starkie (17), Perth, WA
Ben White (18), Blackburn, VIC

Caitlin Cooper (17), Perth, WA
Naomi Duncan (16), Sydney, NSW
Amy Lawton (16), Emerald, VIC
Morgan Mathison (18), Gold Coast, QLD
Indianna Robertson (18), Bentleigh, VIC
Courtney Schonell (17), Narellan Vale, NSW
Jolie Sertorio (16), Peppermint Grove, WA
Maddison Smith (18), Albion Park, NSW
Grace Young (15), Yowie Bay, NSW

Rhys Allan (17), Perth, WA
Saskia Brothers (15), Castle Hill, NSW

Modern Pentathlon
Nikita Mawhirt (17), Henley Brook, WA
Keaan Van Venrooij (18), Parkwood, QLD

Roller Speed Skating
Alexander Myint (16), Bassendean, WA
Giselle Stogdale (17), Malvern East, VIC

Cormac Kennedy-Leverett (18), Gold Coast, QLD
Taylor McCarthy-Smith (18), Brisbane, QLD

Mani Bisschops (18), Perth, WA
Will Cooley (16), Kensington, NSW
Evie Haseldine (15), Ashfield, NSW
Alex Halank (16), St Georges Basin, NSW
Hailey Lea (17), Sunshine Coast, QLD

Olivia Erickson (15), Greta, NSW
Alex Hoberg (16), Adelaide, SA
Victoria Rossiter (16), Onkaparinga Hills, SA

Sport Climbing
Ned Middlehurst (17), Bittern, VIC

Lewis Blackburn (18) Sydney, NSW - 50m backstroke, 100m backstroke, 200m backstroke
Ashton Brinkworth (18), Perth, WA - 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 200m freestyle
Chelsea Hodges (16), Gold Coast, QLD - 50m breaststroke, 100m breaststroke
Joseph Jackson (18), Brisbane, QLD - 50m freestyle, 50m butterfly, 100m freestyle, 100m butterfly
Kaylee McKeown (17), Sunshine Coast, QLD - 50m backstroke, 100m backstroke, 200m backstroke, 200m individual medley
Michaela Ryan (16), Cleveland, QLD - 50m butterfly, 100m butterfly, 200m butterfly, 200m freestyle
Stuart Swinburn (16), Sydney, NSW - 100m backstroke, 200m backstroke
Abbey Webb (17), Queanbeyan, NSW - 50m butterfly, 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 200m freestyle

Table Tennis
Benjamin Gould (18), Sandgate, QLD

Rinky Hijikata (17), Epping, NSW

Charlotte Derbyshire (17), Somerton Park, SA
Josh Ferris (17), Ebenezer, NSW

Jett Gaffney (15), Rochedale, QLD 
Maddison Power (15), Robina, QLD

Wrestling - freestyle
Thomas Barns (17), Perth, WA