November 18 - 24, 2018: Issue 384

For you this week:


Front Page Issue 384: Doggie Rescue's 2019 Calendar Is Out!

Warriewood Development Approved By NSW Planning Dept.; Confirms Community Perception Of False Claims Of ‘Consultation’ Or ‘Affordable Housing’ 

Artists of the Month:  November 2018 - The Avalon Mixed Palette Art Show: Lorrie Morgan and Debby Waters, founders of the Pittwater Community Arts, have brought together an eclectic mix of works from 35 Artists for the 14th consecutive year. A few samples of this year's works

Barrenjoey High Performance Space Funding Tops $1.2 Million - from Member for Pittwater, The Hon. Rob Stokes  

Improvements to Bus Services North of Mona Vale - from Member for Pittwater, The Hon. Rob Stokes  

Michael Glasheen Art Exhibition To Go On The Road - To Support Newport Acquisition Of Crown To The Sea Land Add-In To 'Complete The Loop': Governor Phillip Park, Palm Beach weekend of December 1/ 2, Porter Reserve, Newport December 8/9 and outside Pasadena for December 15/16

Farr 40 RPAYC One Design Trophy 2018: Day 1 Races off Palm Beach by Jennie Hughes

Lifesavers Support Environmental Message: mobile collections are taking place during Summer - see where and when for here

Pictures: Palm Beach Longboarders Old Mal/Old Log Rally 2018 by Palmy Longboarders, Fiona Roberts, Adriaan van der Wallen

Aquatics: Be Water Safe, Not Sorry This Summer

Reflections by George Repin: MONUMENT TO THE HEROIC DEFENDERS OF LENINGRAD

Food: Sky Thai:  Lunch Combo Authentic is the word that springs to mind here – seasonal vegetables, great spices tastes and sprigs of fresh herbs and generous portions, so much so that no dinner was required.

Profile: John Forbes John has represented Australia in 3 Olympic Games in sailing catamarans (Barcelona 1992, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004). He was a Bronze Medallist in Barcelona, Silver Medallist in Sydney and placed 6th in Athens. During his 18 years of intense international sailing regatta at an elite level he was 7 x World Champion, 4 x European Champion and 10 x Australian Champion.

He has been a member of Palm Beach Sailing Club for 30 years. Now 48 years old and sailing with 17 year old daughter Bronte, he has re-entered the sailing scene to enjoy teaching his daughter the beautiful skill of sailing high speed catamarans and passing on his wealth of knowledge to all the teams whom he competes with.

In fact, family, and running the family business, are now his focus, with joy undiminished for getting out among those salty breezes - which is where it all began - with family, among salty breezes.

Stay safe during schoolies

Published November 6, 2018 by NSW Police

Review into university freedom of speech

Wednesday 14 November 2018: Media Release -The Hon Dan Tehan MP, Federal Minister for Education

The rules and regulations protecting freedom of speech on university campuses will be reviewed.

Former Chief Justice of the High Court Robert French will review existing material regarding free speech, including codes of conduct, enterprise agreements, policy statements and strategic plans.

The review will:

  •  Assess the effectiveness of the Higher Education Standards Framework (the Standards) to promote and protect freedom of expression and freedom of intellectual inquiry in higher education.
  • Assess the effectiveness of the policies and practices to address the requirements of the Standards, to promote and protect freedom of expression and intellectual inquiry.
  •  Assess international approaches to the promotion and protection of free expression and free intellectual inquiry in higher education settings, and consider whether any of these approaches would add to protections already in place in the Australian context.
  •  Outline realistic and practical options that could be considered to better promote and protect freedom of expression and freedom of intellectual inquiry, including:

revision/clarification of the Standards

development of a sector-led code of conduct.

Minister for Education Dan Tehan said Australian universities were autonomous bodies that have their own policies, procedures and practices regarding freedom of speech on campus.

"Universities are important institutions where ideas are debated and challenged. We must ensure our universities are places that protect all free speech, even where what is being said may be unpopular or challenging," Mr Tehan said.

"The best university education is one where students are taught to think for themselves, and protecting freedom of speech is how to guarantee that.

"If necessary, the French Review could lead to the development of an Australian version of the Chicago Statement, which is a voluntary framework that clearly sets out a university’s commitment to promoting freedom of speech."

Mr French said: "I have agreed to undertake the Review requested by the Government on a cooperative and consultative basis with the university sector and respecting the legitimate institutional autonomy of Australian universities. An important object of the review will be the production of a resource including a Model Code which can be used as a point of reference in any consideration by universities of their existing rules and guidelines relating to the protection of freedom of speech on campus."

Universities Australia have been consulted on the review.

The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW offers support as 2019 sees agriculture compulsory in classrooms

Commencing in 2019, the iconic Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) is offering a range of courses to help both teachers and their students in understanding the inclusion of agriculture which will become mandatory for Years 7 to 8 in Technology and a new focus in the Kindergarten to Year 6 Science & Technology Syllabi in NSW.   
 
The core objectives of the RAS have not changed since incorporation and our mission has always been to forge the future of agriculture which is fundamental to everything we do. 
 
“The RAS develops youth and education programs to support agricultural development, encourage agricultural careers, foster new leaders, and educate people about food, fibre and farming,” said Tracey Blane, RAS Manager of Agricultural Development.
 
Teacher Professional Development courses are available through the RAS including ‘Agriculture and Food in the Classroom’, ‘Transforming Milk into Camembert’ and the soon to be released, Knowing and Growing teacher professional development workshops.  
 
Knowing and Growing is a combined initiative with the Royal Agricultural Society (RAS), Primary Industries Education Foundation Australia (PIEFA) & Department of Primary Industries NSW (DPI).  
 
Knowing & Growing has been designed by teachers and educational professionals to ensure maximum learning with an extensive range of creative and engaging syllabus based resources. Topics include where food comes from, sustainable agriculture, investigation of managed environments and creating design solutions to authentic problems or opportunities. 
 
The RAS also offers a number of school incursions and excursions.  Excursions include the ever popular Schools Program at the Sydney Royal Easter Show that see up to 15,000 students experiencing a slice of country life through targeted hands-on sessions, themed pavilions, farm animals and new agricultural technology in action.   For Primary students, the RAS opens the education precinct for Primary School Preview Day the day before the Show officially opens. 
 
AgVision is the NSW leading Agricultural and Agribusiness hands-on careers expo.  In 2019 it will again return to Sydney Showground attracting up to 700 Secondary students who participate in hands-on experiences, attend workshops and network with industry professionals. 
 
Throughout the year the RAS offers Farm Days at Sydney Showground allowing all students to gain a greater knowledge of where their food and fibre comes from and develop a deeper understanding of agricultural industries. 
 
Contact RAS if you would like assistance, or to find out more about our vast education programs including our Teacher Development.
 

 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

 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. 

Cyberbullying

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.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION 

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 

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: 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.

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

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Improvements to Bus Services North of Mona Vale

Wednesday November 14, 2018

Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes today announced improvements to bus services north of Mona Vale.

The additional services, commencing 2 December, follow Transport for NSW’s decision not to pursue the extension of B-Line services to Newport, in response to community feedback and construction complexities.

  • An additional 15 weekday E88 express services will operate across the week between North Avalon and Wynyard.
  • Weekday morning E88 services departing North Avalon will be extended beyond 7:56am, with additional services at 8:16am and 8:36am.
  • In the evening, weekday E88 services from Wynyard to North Avalon will be extended beyond 7:37pm, with an additional service at 8:07pm.
  • 31 additional L90 services will operate across the week between Palm Beach and Wynyard.
  • Weekday L90 services from Wynyard to Palm Beach will restart again after the evening peak, with new services at 9:15pm, 10:15pm, 11:15pm and 12:15am.
  • Weekday L90 services from Palm Beach to Wynyard will be extended beyond 3:10pm, with additional services at 4:10pm and 5:10pm.
  • On Saturday evenings, L90 services departing Wynyard will be extended from 11:33pm to 12:33am.
  • Late night 188 services will continue to operate after midnight from the city to Avalon Beach until the early hours of the morning.

“These improvements will address identified gaps and extend the operating hours of services north of Mona Vale,” Rob Stokes said today.

“Evening L90 services are being reinstated to assist late evening passengers, such as workers and uni students, to catch a direct bus home from the city to Palm Beach.

“These improvements will be a welcome addition to the range of transport options available for Pittwater residents north of Mona Vale,” Rob Stokes said.

When travelling to the city, commuters have the choice of catching the high frequency 199 service to connect with rapid turn-up-and-go B-Line services at Mona Vale, or using the timetable to catch direct E88, E89 and L90 services from North Avalon, Avalon Beach, Newport and Palm Beach. These options can also be complemented by the highly popular Keoride on-demand transport service.

Customers can plan their trips at www.transportnsw.info


Busking By The Beach Competition 2018 

1st prize is $2000 Cash, 2nd prize is a $500 voucher from Mall Music, 3rd prize a $200 Sands Venue Voucher. 

Call 9977 5700 or email narrabeensandshotel@alhgroup.com.au

One Call Away: your NSW Police


One Eighty - Art Therapy Exhibition 2018
Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 3 PM – 9 PM
Avalon Beach Surf Life Saving Club
Barrenjoey Road, Avalon, New South Wales, Australia 2107
Free
One Eighty invites you to our second annual ART THERAPY EXHIBITION!!

One Eighty was established to help foster conversations around youth mental health and suicide within our community. Our initiative was born from a frustration at the lacking visibility and accessibility of mental health care in our area. And from the anger at loosing too many friends to mental illness.

Join us for an afternoon of art, live music, food & drink!

We are excited to have so many awesome young local artists in the exhibition. Come and check out works by:

Louis Wayling, Tasmin Witkamp, Lucinda Jones, Guy Williment, Madi Luschwitz, Gemma Rasdall, Hunter Key, Billy Bain, Imogen Murray, Jess Zinga, Zak Grant, Elle Brown, Hailey Robertson, Jessica Middleton, Natasha Burbury, Max Marvel, Sam Kerr, Nick Bentley, and Genevieve McConnell.

Live music from 5:30pm - featuring Lady King & MARVEL

There will be a raffle & all proceeds raised will fund early intervention and suicide prevention programs on the Northern Beaches.
Artwork: Louis Wayling

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. 

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: https://kidshelpline.com.au/kids/

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!

 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

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

Profile
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. 

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.

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.

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!

 

Spring In Pittwater

Late Spring in Pittwater: November 17, 2018

Angophoras are now in flower as well as shedding bark, a cheeky Sulphur-crested cockatoo atop a sign, two Butcher Bird fledglings pretend to feed each other while waiting for mum and dad to bring back MORE FOOD and White Faced heron fishing - Birds spotted in Careel Creek environs and restored by bushcare thoroughfare.

School Strike 4 Climate Change: Big School Walk Out On November 30th, 2018

Milou Albrecht 14 yo (right), Harriet O'Shea Carre 14 yo (centre),Nimowei Johnson 13 yo (right), Castlemaine School Strikers

Students Launch School Strike Nationally On Parliament Steps

Melbourne, Victoria, 7th November. 

School students from central Victoria have begun striking from school to protest political inaction on climate change and the Adani coal mine, kicking off a month of action across the nation during November.

School students aged 5-18 are now organising school walk out events in cities and towns across Australia, including Cairns, Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast, Sydney, Albury, Lismore, Bowral, the Southern Highlands, Canberra, Melbourne, Hobart, Adelaide, Perth and more. 

Today students have been gathering with other kids on the steps of Victorian Parliament to announce that strike actions will culminate in a Big Walk Out day of action in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney on 30 November 2018.  

Harriet O'Shea Carre, Milou Albrecht, Callum Bridgefoot and classmates in central Victoria kicked off the month of action, inspired by 15 year old Swedish student Greta who started striking this year and strikes with other kids every Friday. The idea for the Australian strikes came from the Castlemaine students, who contacted the Australian Youth Climate Coalition for help.

14 year old High School student Harriet O'Shea Carre said “As young people, we will inherit the decisions that our politicians are making about climate change. When they approve giant new coal mines like Adani’s, are they thinking about how this will affect us? 

“We learn in school that scientists think we have just a decade to avoid the worst impacts of climate change and yet our politicians are busy helping rich companies mine and burn more coal that will only make this worse.

“Education is immensely important, and a key way for us to learn how to make a difference in the world. But we already know we need to do more to stop climate change and still our politicians aren’t doing anything. That’s why we are striking. We are temporarily sacrificing our education to tell our politicians to save our futures from projects like the Adani coal mine that will make climate change, bushfires, droughts and cyclones worse.” 

Callum Bridgefoot, 11 years old, said “Some of us are striking for a day, others a week, others one day each week. While we’re on strike, we’ll be visiting our Federal politicians to let them know what we are doing and why. We can’t vote yet, but we will one day and our views are important. We will be speaking with other young people in our areas too.

“On November 30, many of us will strike together in capital cities as part of Big School Walk Out events. We are inspired by how many students are keen to join us. We are going to keep taking action until our politicians start acting and stop digging up more fossil fuels. 

“We will make politicians care about our futures. They they need to start taking urgent action to move Australia beyond fossil fuels to 100% renewable energy.” 

Jean Hinchliffe, 14 years old, said “As young people, we have spent our whole lives hearing about climate change and its disastrous impacts. We know that it is a real problem that needs urgent action taken against it, and we can clearly see that almost nothing is being done about it by our politicians.” 

“As a generation, we are sick of this mass inaction. This is our future that is on the line, and sitting around waiting until we can vote and lead the country just isn’t enough.” 

“We are striking to demand that the government will stop approving any new sources of fossil fuels (such as the Adani coal mine), and will take immediate action to move Australia past unsustainably sourced power to fully renewable energy.” 

The Sydney School Strike 4 Climate Change Big School Walk Out takes place on Friday November 30th with students meeting outside Parliament House, Macquarie Street. Details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/352019415545363/ 

For more information: www.schoolstrike4climate.com 
Twitter https://twitter.com/StrikeClimate
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/1933369976972843/ (for the strikers and their parents)
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/climatestrike/


Day 1 of the campaign - at Bendigo

At the Melbourne Launch of the Big School Walk Out 4 Climate Change 

NB: Pittwater Online News is not encouraging any student to not attend school on November 30th. We are a News Service and our job is to bring you your news.

The NSW Department of Educations' School Attendance Policy is available online HERE and states that 'Parents are required to explain the absences of their children from school promptly and within seven days to the school. An explanation for absence must be provided to the school within 7 days of the first day of any period of absence.'

Although there are circumstances where exemptions from school attendance is granted, this isn't listed among them.

THE SENTIMENTAL BLOKE With The Volantinsky Quartet

Avalon Bowling Club
4 Bowling Green Lane
Avalon Beach
Sat. 17 November 2018
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Hosted by Bill Leimbach

THE SENTIMENTAL BLOKE was first screened 100 years ago this coming November. It is regarded as the supreme achievement of Australia’s Silent Film era. The heartfelt, sympathetic storytelling, its mixture of comedy with realistic Woolloomooloo backgrounds, and its Australian box office success played a major role in defining Australian national character on screen. The film is an adaptation of C.J. Dennis’ much-loved poem about an ex-convict who experiences the love of a good woman for the first time.

This newly restored copy will be presented with a live 100 minute musical accompaniment, composed and performed by The Volatinsky Quartet. The Quartet composed the music for this silent film, whose original score has long been lost. They play an exotic combination of instruments, with Russian-trained Lucy Voronov (cimbalom & hammer-dulcimer), impro-cellist Anatoli Torjinski (from Odessa), Kiev-trained mandolin/guitarist Stephen Lalor and master percussionist Jess Ciampa - all laced with the flavours of Russia, the Balkans and Australian quirky classics. They have been a headline act at WomAdelaide, Woodford and Fairbridge Festivals & their music is often heard on ABC FM.

The 100 minute film was directed by the famous Raymond Longford and the cast features the love of his life Lottie Lyell. It was lost for decades until found in a vault at New York’s Eastman Kodak, filed mistakenly as THE SENTIMENTAL BLONDE.

One of the prints made from the new negative was screened to renewed enthusiasm at the 1955 Sydney Film Festival, and its director Raymond Longford was discovered to be still alive, working as a nightwatchmen on the Sydney waterfront. The National Film and Sound Archive have allowed us this copy to celebrate its 100th anniversary.

Avalon resident, Film Producer Bill Leimbach, will introduce the film and tell some of the story behind the making of this landmark collaboration of Raymond Longford & Lottie Lyell. The film transformed Lottie into Australia's first international film star. But she also contributed to the screenplay, art direction, editing and production. The British press called their film, "The best that has been made in Australia".

Lyell and Longford went on to form a very influential and pioneering partnership, making two or three films a year - half hour pieces, totally silent. They started a relationship but Longford could not marry her as his wife Melena would not give him a divorce until 1926 – the year after Lottie Lyell died – at the age of 35.

Today the couple are remembered with a most prestigious award named in their honour, the LONGFORD LYELL AWARD - the Australian film industry's highest accolade for an individual for their "unwavering commitment over many years to excellence in the film and television industries and has, through their body of work, contributed substantially to the enrichment of Australian screen culture". Since the introduction of the award by the AFI in 1968, winners have included Peter Weir, Tim Burstall, Bud Tingwall, David Stratton, George Miller, Phillip Adams, Phillip Noyce, Jack Thompson, Geoffrey Rush and Cate Blanchett.

Avalon Bowling Club will come alive with The Volantinski Quartet on stage accompanying the 100th anniversary of the film, playing to 150 lovers of film, history and exotic music.

Leimbach said, “I saw this SENTIMENTAL BLOKE accompanied by the QUARTET at a film festival in Queensland earlier this year. Everyone had such a wonderful festive night. I approached the Quartet to ask if they could come down to NSW and do the same. They answered excitedly, they would love to - they live in Elanora Heights!"

Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity. There will be food, bar drinks and plenty of fun as we laugh and cry and dance in the memory of this great Australian achievement.