July 8 - 21, 2018: Issue 367

Features this Issue:

Front Page Issue 367 

Newport's 'From The Crown To The Sea' Paths Complete the Loop Update: Petition now running to gauge community support, video to show area, proposal has been forwarded to all councillors

GKSS Match Cup Sweden Women's Trophy: Great First Hitout In M32’S For Pittwater's Fusion Racing

24 Hour Row For One Eighty and Gotcha4Life: happening at Av. Surf Club on 18/08/2018 - Local businesses who want to support or sponsor this great initiative can contact Melissa Wellings on mel_wellings@hotmail.com 

Mona Vale Hospital Fight Continues At July Forum - from Protect Pittwater Association

NAIDOC Week 2018 - Local Celebrations And Some From Further Afield: ASGMWP Monday July 9th at Mona Vale hosts 'Aboriginal Rock Engravings', Guest speaker Ian Jacobs

Aquatics: 2018 NSW Sharkskin IRB State Championship: Avalon Beach and Newport SLSC's among Medal winners

Park Bench Philosophers: The Quiet Revolution – Or Making Waves? by Roger Sayers, Life Member at Avalon Beach SLSC - in celebration of the gold medals won at 2018 IRB NSW States by club members, a reprise of Mr. Sayers insight into the father of the IRB

Club Marine 2019 Pittwater To Paradise Regatta Checklist: The quieter winter months are a great time to run a checklist over boat and crew preparation for another season of bluewater racing out of the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, on the shores of Pittwater and get your boat up to speed for the 2019 P2P by Lisa Ratcliff

Pictures: A Body of Work - Photographs by Adrian Boddy - A major new exhibition will open July 18th featuring one of Pittwater's best photographers. This collection of photographs charting a life's journey as seen through a lens. 10 screens scrolling over 300 images of landscapes, fauna and portraits fill the space with haunting beauty; Wednesday 18 July 2018 - Sunday 2 December 2018 This Issue Adrian shares a collection of short essays, written to compliment the final curatorial selection

Gallivanting Around The Galapagos Islands by Robyn McWilliam

DIY Ideas Woodworking Projects for Beginners: School Holidays Fun for Winter 2018 - Simple Storage Box + Wood Tool Box one for big boys and girls and one for littlies!

Profile: Adrian Boddy. Photographer and  architectural academic Adrian Boddy has a major exhibition opening at the Justin Art House Museum in Victoria on July 18th. It will run until December 2nd. This Issue Adrian shares a collection of short essays and photos, written to compliment the final curatorial selection for 'A Body of Work - Photographs by Adrian Boddy' as Issue 367's Pictorial.

Mr. Boddy is more than a photographer of wonderful environments and all in them though. Prior to 'retirement' he was a director at the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building UTS, and an architectural photographer. His Master’s thesis was Max Dupain and the photography of Australian Architecture (QUT, 1996). This week, for those who missed it and need further inspiration to pop into the Justin Art House Museum if in Victoria prior to the end of the year, a few insights into the man himself.

More School Playgrounds Open To The Community These Winter Holidays

July 5th, 2018: NSW Government
Playgrounds, ovals, and sports courts at 166 NSW Government schools will be available for communities to use during the winter school holidays under an expansion of the successful Share Our Space Program, which will now become permanent.

An additional 85 schools have signed on to take part in the $30 million program since it was last held over the autumn school holidays. This is four times the number of schools taking part since it was first launched last summer.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Education Minister Rob Stokes were joined by local member John Sidoti today at Five Dock Public School to announce the winter Share Our Space Program.

“We know local communities have loved having access to school facilities after hours and that is why this successful program is here to stay,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“Schools across our State offer such valuable open and green spaces and it is great that instead of being locked away from the community over the holiday period, they will open for the community to enjoy.”

Mr Stokes said allowing access to school grounds and sports facilities during the holidays was a great way to encourage children to keep active.

“We are delighted that the Share Our Space Program has been so popular,” Mr Stokes said. “We want to expand it so more people can be involved.”

The Share Our Space Program is part of the NSW Government’s recently announced $290 million Open Spaces and Green Sydney package.

Participating schools will receive a $5000 grant they can use to help upgrade their facilities for community and school use. Participating schools will be open during the upcoming school holidays from July 9 to 20, between 8am to 5pm.

Local school Playgrounds in Share Our Space Winter 2018
Elanora Heights Public School
Mona Vale Public School
Narrabeen North Public School
Narrabeen Sports High
Newport Public School

Young Historians Tour Battlefields of Europe 

Thursday, 28 June 2018 
Six students from across NSW will tour historic battlefields in Greece, France and Belgium as part of the 2018 ClubsNSW Anzac Ambassadors Program.
Member for Manly James Griffin welcomed the launch of the program today, encouraging local high school students to take part in the essay competition.
“I encourage students from across Manly and the Northern Beaches to apply for the Anzac Ambassadors Program, a chance of a lifetime to retrace the steps of our Anzacs who gave so much for our country,” Mr Griffin said.
“With two scholars from Mackellar Girls and Stella Maris travelling this week to the battlefields of Europe, this is another opportunity for local students to experience the Anzac legacy.”
Minister for Veterans Affairs David Elliott said it is important for young people and students to understand and commemorate the great sacrifices the Anzacs made over 100 years ago in foreign wars and on foreign battlefields.
“This journey to key First World War battlegrounds is an opportunity for students to deepen their understanding of the events and contributions made by young men and women that shaped our nation a century ago.”
The six successful applicants will to Athens and Lemnos in Greece, Villers-Brettonneux in France, Passchendaele in Belgium and London as part of a two-week tour sponsored by ClubsNSW.
Interested students have been asked to submit a 1000-word essay on “Why is the Centenary of Anzac important for modern Australia?
ClubsNSW chief executive Anthony Ball said the Anzac Ambassadors Program aimed to enrich the lives of participating students by giving them a better understanding of the hardships faced by Australians during World War I.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for school students to learn about the contributions and sacrifices made by Anzac soldiers, and to pass this knowledge onto their peers after they return home,” Mr Ball said.
Former Anzac Ambassador Eloise Cooper said the she felt privileged to undertake such a life-changing experience shared with people who have become friends for life.
“The program provided me with an opportunity to realise the vastness of the challenges the Anzacs undertook, and has made me even prouder to be Australian.”
The tour will leave Sydney on 28 October and return home 7 November. Applications close Tuesday 31 July 2018. 

For more information about how to enter please visit www.clubsnsw.com.au/anzacambassadors

Zonta Birthing Kit Packing Day 2018

Saturday 18 August 2018
Would you like to assist?
The Zonta Club of Northern Beaches Inc and Barrenjoey High School are organising a day to pack Birthing Kits for women in developing countries. Members of the local community are invited to help.  We plan to pack 2000 kits.

With an estimated 385,000 women dying annually in childbirth, many from infections acquired during childbirth, there is a great need for these birthing kits.  Most women need assistance due to isolation, cultural choice or poor transport and have little or no assistance during childbirth. Many mothers and babies die from preventable infections. By providing a clean birthing kit, and training in how to use it, these mothers will have the resources to reduce infection.

Birthing Kits are assembled under the auspices of the Birthing Kit Foundation (Australia)  - a not-for-profit non-government organisation (NGO) that provides birthing kits and education in clean birthing practices. BKFA originated from the Zonta Clubs of Adelaide Hills and has grown to be supported by Zonta Clubs across Australia. 

Well over 100,000 kits are assembled and distributed each year.  Each birthing kit is made up of six simple items assembled into a small plastic bag.

A donation of just $3 buys the materials for one kit and the training program for its delivery.  You can help us by making a donation on the day.  For full details of the Birthing Kit Program see the BKFA website at https://www.bkfa.org.au/.  

The Packing Day at Barrenjoey High School will run from 1pm to approximately 4pm.  
Please contact Margaret White on 0416 182 393 or email marg.white@me.com  if you are able to assist or you would like more information.

2018 NSW Grandparents Day Photography Comp. Now Open!

June 15, 2018: NSW Government
We’re calling on grandparents and grandchildren of all ages to get involved in the NSW Grandparents Day Photography Competition. Now in its third year, the competition celebrates older people and their contributions, while encouraging connections between generations. It’s open to all residents of NSW, young and old. We have two categories:

Open: open to all community members (NSW residents)
School: specifically for school-aged entrants in NSW, from Kindergarten to Year 12
Our judging panel will review all the entries and select one winner from each category who will be awarded a Microsoft Surface Pro tablet – the perfect tool to help you get creative and stay connected.

What’s your creative take on ‘Intergenerational’?
The theme for this year’s competition is ‘intergenerational’. All entries need to bring this theme to life in some way. This could be through the focus of your image, it could be the way you play with ‘older’ and ‘younger’ in the colour scheme, it could be the subject matter or part of your caption – feel free to get creative! We’d love to see what the older people in your life and community mean to you, whether it’s a portrait of your superstar grandparent or an abstract image depicting your stereotype-defying neighbour.

Enter today
To enter, simply submit your hi-res image along with a caption (up to 50 words) to our competition inbox: GPDphotocomp@oprAgency.com.au.

Entries close 5.00pm AEST on Friday 14 September 2018. For full entry details, check out the terms and conditions here.

Get social with us
Keep up to date with competition news and tips by following us on Instagram!

Do I have to be a great photographer to enter?
All residents of NSW are encouraged to enter the competition, no matter whether you’re a beginner, an enthusiast or a professional. While artistic merit, composition and technical excellence form part of our judging criteria, entries will also be judged on their originality, their overall impact and their subject matter relevance – how they bring the ‘Intergenerational’ theme to life and celebrate the contribution of older people.

Do I need to be a grandparent to enter? Or does my photo need to be of my grandparent?
The competition is open to NSW residents of all ages, provided the entries bring the ‘Intergenerational’ theme to life. Entrants under the age of 18 need permission from their parent or guardian to enter. Check out the full terms and conditions here.

Mission Australia Annual Youth Survey 2018

The 2018 Mission Australia Youth Survey is now open.

The Mission Australia Youth Survey is Australia’s largest online youth survey, providing a platform for young people aged 15 to 19 to ‘speak up’ about the issues that really concern them.

Each year, the Youth Survey gives valuable insights into the lives of young Australians and an understanding of their aspirations, values, concerns and ambitions. The survey provides a snapshot of how young people feel about their own lives and broader national issues.

Mission Australia CEO James Toomey urges young people across Australia to speak up and get involved in the charity’s 17th annual Youth Survey.

The survey closes on 31 July 2018, with results to be analysed and released before the end of the year.

Individual reports are available where a minimum of 100 respondents complete the survey. If you would like to request an individual report, please contact us before commencing the survey to receive a unique code.

For more information please contact: youthsurvey@missionaustralia.com.au

 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 - 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

 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

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 skilling@education.gov.au.

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.
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 Bayview Yacht Racing Association (BYRA)
1842 Pittwater Rd, Bayview
Website: www.byra.org.au

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

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

 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. 

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: pittwateronlinenews@live.com.au

All Are Welcome, All Belong!

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

The Caterpillar Lab: A Great Reminder That Its Summer In The Northern Hemisphere

In Marlborough, a town in Cheshire County, New Hampshire, United States, there's a great organisation called The Caterpillar Lab.
The Caterpillar Lab is passionate about showcasing the amazing diversity of northeastern caterpillars through educational programs, the arts, and sciences.

Mission Statement: The Caterpillar Lab fosters greater appreciation and care for the complexity and beauty of our local natural history through live caterpillar educational programs, research initiatives, and photography and film projects. We believe that an increased awareness of one’s local environment is the foundation on which healthy and responsible attitudes towards the broader natural systems of this world is built.

You can visit their website to find out heaps of stuff and download resources too - even from here in Australia: www.thecaterpillarlab.org

They also regularly post fantastic information on their Facebook page, like the video below: www.facebook.com/TheCaterpillarLab

Who knew this before this organisation found it out for us?
A great reminder about why the Internet was created for free and how you can choose to find some brilliant insights into the Whole Wide World around us - around us here and around us outside of Oz.
This is why it ( the World Wide Web*)was shared in the first place - to share and grow Knowledge.

*The World Wide Web (abbreviated WWW or the Web) is an information space where documents and other web resources are identified by Uniform Resource Locators (URLs), interlinked by hypertext links, and accessible via the Internet. English scientist Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web in 1989.

The Caterpillar Lab is a great reminder, during these cold weeks, that Spring will soon be here again with our own caterpillars and then - butterflies!

Ants interacting with a silvery blue butterfly caterpillar at The Caterpillar Lab!
One of the highlights of every summertime caterpillar lab show is watching these ant-caterpillar interactions play out under our digital microscopes. Last year we joined our audiences in awe as we observed inflating tentacular organs for the first time. Even our old-time caterpillar lab experts can still be surprised and delighted by these strange and complex little creatures.

Red-Capped Plovers: Pitt Town Lagoon (Windsor)

Published on 4 July 2018 by Birds in Back Yards TV
In late June 2018 we spotted a pair of Red-capped Plovers (Charadrius ruficapillus) at Pitt Town Lagoon, NSW. Although these diminutive birds are generally abundant across Australia, they are not a common sight at this freshwater lagoon. They are more likely to be seen at saline to brackish inland waters, tidal flats and ocean beaches. In certain locations they are resident, while some members of the species move between the coast and inland in response to rain. Red-capped Plovers have been categorised as beach-nesting shorebirds, but they are more flexible in their nest location than the Critically Endangered (NSW) Hooded Plover. Nests and chicks on ocean beaches face several threats. 
Go to www.abc.net.au/news/2016-01-18  to read more about the particular challenges facing Red-capped Plovers on urban coastlines. To see what Birdlife Australia is doing to help various beach-nesting shorebirds visit http://birdlife.org.au/projects/beach... 

The Red-capped Plovers we observed at Pitt Town Lagoon (near Windsor) were quite wary and hard to film due to their size. The male plover was more active in the area where we were based and a portable bird blind/hide enabled close-ups. The second photo (after the lagoon scene) and all the video footage show this rufous-headed male. The female (in the third photo) is comparatively muted in her colouring, although the sexes aren’t always distinguishable on this basis. The more reliable indicator is the loral stripe (narrower and darker for the male). We also noticed that the plovers weren’t as vocal as most birds around them (e.g. White-headed Stilts, Red-kneed Dotterels, Black-fronted Dotterels, Australasian Swamphens, Willie Wagtails and Magpie-larks). The only call we detected is included near the beginning of the third photo. Typically, their call is quite abrupt and not easily heard amongst other sounds.

Try Baseball at Pittwater Baseball Club

When Sunday, July 29 at 10 AM - 1 PM and Sunday, August 5 at 10 AM - 1 PM
At: Front field at Rat Park, North Narrabeen Reserve, Warriewood

Come along try T-Ball or Live Pitch Baseball on this day 
Meet current coaches players and club officials 
Have a go 
Have a sausage and a chat about how it works and age groups 
All current and new players welcome

Pittwater Baseball Club
Aussie T-ball 5-8 years - drills, skills and game play
Aussie T-ball U7s to U10s competition
Baseball U10s to U16s
Home Ground: North Narrabeen Reserve, Rat Park, Warriewood. Mobile - 0415 445 532

Young Writers Comp

To all those budding young authors with a story just waiting to be written, a ‘tiny door’ of opportunity is now open for the 10th Northern Beaches Young Writers’ Competition. 

General Manager Customer and Corporate Helen Lever said students up to and including those in Year 12 are invited to enter an original story containing the words ‘tiny door’.

“Last year, there were more than 400 entries with a high standard set. For many, all it takes to unleash the imagination and allow a story to grow is an idea and a deadline,” said Ms Lever. 

The best entries will be published in an eBook to be included in the collections of Northern Beaches Council Library and the National Library of Australia.

There will also be an opportunity for the winner to shine in the spotlight at a special awards ceremony to be held at Dee Why Council Chambers in September. 

In each age category there are awards for the winner and runner up as well as encouragement and highly commended awards.

Winning stories were submitted by students from schools including Harbord Public, Our Lady of Good Counsel, Kambora Public, Oxford Falls Grammar, NBSC Mackellar Girls and Pittwater High.

Submissions will be accepted from Wednesday 20 June to Wednesday 8 August.

Be sure to download an entry form with the competition details from the Northern Beaches Council Library website or grab a form from any one of the six Northern Beaches libraries.

Opportunity to join our coastal research team!

25 June 2018: UNSW Water Research Laboratory
We are seeking a dynamic individual with field data collection experience to join our coastal research team.

The position objective is to contribute towards the research effort in the field of Coastal Engineering with a specific focus on coastal data collection in the surf zone (via jet ski), remote sensing of the surf zone, and data assimilation with models to improve our understanding of nearshore processes and bathymetric variability in the surf zone.

The successful candidate will work within a dynamic research team of academic staff, research staff and graduate students. The position is primarily based at the Water Research Laboratory located at the UNSW Manly Vale Campus. This full-time research position is initially for a 1-year period commencing as soon as possible.

Applications close 21 July 2018 - visit: 

$1.5 Million To Help Youth Thrive

June 7, 2018
The NSW Government is urging organisations across NSW to apply for a share of $1.5 million to support projects that improve youth participation in the community.

Minister responsible for Youth, Ray Williams today announced applications for the NSW Government’s Youth Opportunities program are now open.

“The program provides one-off grants between $10,000 and $50,000 to not-for-profit organisations and local councils for youth-led and youth-driven community projects,” Mr Williams said.

“In this year’s funding round there will be an additional $400,000 available, meaning more young people will benefit.”

“Projects previously selected aim to upskill young people to provide them with greater opportunities for employment in a number of sectors, including hospitality, events planning or media.”

Musicians Making a Difference (MMAD) is one organisation benefiting from the last round of Youth Opportunities funding. The group have used the grant to run a spoken word poetry initiative for youth.

“Youth Opportunities has meant we have been able to create an avenue for young people to pursue their passion of poetry and discuss issues that affect them in a public forum,” Dominic Brook, MMAD CEO said.

“Our program has given young people a voice and an opportunity to develop valuable leadership, event management and marketing skills.”

Since the program was launched in 2012, Youth Opportunities has provided $9 million in funding to 177 projects across NSW.

Applications for grants under this year’s program close on Monday 16 July 2018.

To apply or to find further information about the program, visit: youth.nsw.gov.au/youth-opportunities

Youth Opportunities Grant Applications
Organisations seeking project funding from the Youth Opportunities program are to involve young people in all aspects of the project (initiating, leading, managing and participating).

Projects which are genuinely youth-led and youth-driven are those initiated by young people in response to what they have said they need. We are seeking applications which address young people’s identified needs in an innovative way and increase young people’s connections to the community.

Organisations must speak with young people and involve them in developing the project proposal prior to submitting an application.

Applicants are advised to read the Program Guidelines carefully before completing an application for funding. 

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.

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.

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: 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

Visit: esafety.gov.au/complaints-and-reporting/cyberbullying

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.

Visit: esafety.gov.au/about-the-office 

Seal Of Approval

Remember this video? - it's still wonderful a few years on.
We have a few resident seals in and around Pittwater - one is seen regularly on the rocks at Barrenjoey headland just as you come back into the estuary - others, smaller and fishing for food, have been filmed in the estuary itself, while we have seals as visitors too. These wonderful creatures are a great reminder that we share our home with all kinds of other creatures, furred, feathered, scaled - of the sea, the air and land - this is their home too. 

The Barrenjoey Seal - A J Guesdon Picture

If we want to keep encountering them in the creeks or on the playing fields, or on the beaches or atop the hills of Pittwater, we must be respectful of their place in our environment and be respectful of their places (where they live).

Hope you all have a truly spectacular Winter Break and allow yourselves a few moments or hours to get out there and enjoy where we live - that's when you open a door to something memorable happening, whether shared with friends or given just to you to keep forever during some just for you moment. 

We live in one of the best places in the world - let's revel in it!

Skate Rising Mona Vale Event

Come join us on July 14th at the Mona Vale Skate Park in Sydney, Australia, for Skate Rising's International Day of Service, where we will be holding 6 events on the same day around the world! 

Girls between ages 4-18 will help assemble homeless support kits, complete commit to kindness with anti-bullying contracts, and participate in a FREE learn-to-skateboard workshop with professional instructors!

We will have loaner skateboards, pads, and helmets available for those interested, and there will also be a free raffle with incredible prizes! 

Winter In Pittwater

Spotted: Keep Our Oceans Plastic Free (Chalk art outside Avalon Rec. Centre)

There's a great Plastic Free Event hosted by Living Ocean coming up this Plastic Free July - visit -

Living Ocean’s Community Celebrate Living A Plastic Free Life!For the first time, ocean conservation charity LIVING OCEAN will host a HUGE day of beach cleans, great food, live music, workshops, face painting, films and so much more to showcase all the great work our community is doing in order to live a Plastic Free Life. Come along to Barrenjoey High School, off Tasman Road in Avalon from 10am – 4pm on Saturday 28 July.
Winter Golds - She oaks in Pittwater