August 25 - 31, 2019: Issue 418

Getting Ready to Spring into Spring & Summer?: An Inspiration for you

by Ella McFadyen.

Summer breathed over the hills to-day,
A waft of the bush and a wind from the bay,
And my truant thoughts went straying: Pittwater flickered with nor'east flaws,
The surf ran high 'tween the Lion's paws,
And the spring-fed runnels' were playing. 
I saw the hills that drop to the sea,
And a honey-bird's call was a call for me
And the great grey sandstone boulders
Were elephant's browsing, heath to the knees. 
And the rosy waxflowers, clotted with bees,
Fondled their lichened shoulders.

To-morrow I'll rise and be ready to roam
In the starlit hour when the cats come home,
Ere ever the birds are waking,
When each needlewood thorn is a dewdrop's place, 
And her thread-like blossoms arc fairy lace,
And the whole world's mine for taking! I must seek the lairs where I used to lie, 
Curtained by trees and under the sky;
I must find and touch and recover 
The sights and sensations laid away,
Where the Lion lies couchant at Broken Bay,
To welcome me back like a lover.

The strong white feet of the winter rains
Have trodden the campfire's cold remains,
The lizards my hearth are keeping;
I must find the cave where the fairy-mouse
And her wee pouched kindred kept their house,
And-the nest where her babes are sleeping. 
Grape-blue the hills in the dawn shall be,
And the sun shall rise from a white-gold sea,
With light for the day's adorning,
Where the rain-washed track is a virgin sheet 
For the printed tale of a pilgrim's feet;
My feet on the sands of morning.
SANDS OF MORNING. (1935, March 14). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 2 Supplement: Women's Supplement. Retrieved from

Ella McFadyen (1887-1976) was a journalist, writer of books for children, poet and amateur photographer. She conducted the Children’s Page of the Sydney Mail (as “Cinderella”) until 1938 and also wrote for the Sydney Morning Herald Women’s Thursday section, Australian Town and Country Journal and many other newspapers and magazines. 

When she was 15 her family moved from a farm at Five Dock (when there were still farms at Five Dock) to Brisbane Water on the Central Coast. A lot of the articles and poems written by this lady, and the images Ella took, feature Pittwater, only a Pittwater from a few generations ago - Pittwater Online News is currently completing some research into this local writer to run for you sometime during Spring 2019.

This week a great new children's book for younger readers has arrived from the National Library of Australia which features an insight into Life Saving from a child's point of view. The book, which will be released in October, has some great illustrations and a storyline that reminded us of the history of younger people getting involved in Life Saving Clubs. It will be reviewed here next month prior to its release and has inspired us to take a deeper look into the beginnings of Nippers and Cadets locally too.

We're just going to give it a test run via our some knee high to grasshopper darlings first - see what they think! 

The point of mentioning this is many of you are brilliant Writers and brilliant Artists already, and although the world of Children's Literature may seem filled to the brim already, every rising generation has great ideas that are new and bring up ways of presenting these thoughts that their generation (or their younger brothers and sisters) enjoy immensely.

So, perhaps if you get a little bored in the Spring school holidays that begin in a few weeks, and are not doing your relax-and-study bit for the upcoming HSC, it may be worth jotting down and sketching out a few ideas and characters and ways to draw them - maybe even test these stories out on some youngsters you know.

This may lead to a lifetime of seeking out inspirations to present to others in wonderful ways - and not just through children's stories!

There's lots more in this Issue too - the list is in the Contents page.

In the meantime, a photo of Ella and one of her dragon friends  from the 1940's-1950's. This photo is courtesy of the State Library of NSW, which is a place, or friend, you may want to get to know better - and not just for the brilliant books stored therein.

Here we go now - this coming Sunday is the first, official, day of Spring 2019 and that long sweet sigh of blooming delight that precedes Summer! 

Surf Boats Open Day

Sunday, August 25, 2019 at 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
At: Bayview

Newport Surf Club is on the lookout for new faces to join our surf boat team!

WHO: Under 23 Men & Women | Under 19 Men & Women 
WHERE: Bayview Boat Ramp (Near tennis courts)

Avalon Youth Hub: More Meditation Spots

Due to popular demand our meditation evenings have EXPANDED. Two sessions will now be run every Wednesday evening this term at the Hub. Both sessions will be facilitated by Merryn at Soul Safaris.

6-7pm - 12 - 15 year olds welcome
7-8pm - 16 - 25 year olds welcome

No experience needed. Learn and develop your mindfulness and practice meditation in a group setting.

For all enquires, message us via facebook or email

BIG THANKS The Burdekin Association for funding these sessions!

2019 Hilarie Lindsay Young Writers Short Story Competition

For Australian School Children
Closing date: 31 August 2019

Section 1: Years 10, 11 & 12. Up to 2500 words. Prize $150
Section 2: Years 7, 8 & 9. Up to 2500 words. Prize $150
Section 3: Years 5 & 6. Up to 1500 words. Prize $100
Section 4: Year 4 and under. Up to 1500 words. Prize $50

Terms and Conditions
  1. The entry fee is $3.00 (please note that entries that do not include the fee will be disqualified)
  2. Entries should be typed on A4 paper, double spaced in 12pt font.
  3. The student’s name should NOT appear on the entry.
  4. Entries should be made via this online entry form where possible
  5. Should an online submission not be available students may request an entry form from In that case, send entry by email to, which must contain the entry as a MS Word attachment, a scanned copy of the entry form, and the Direct Deposit receipt number. Alternatively, posted entries will be accepted and should be mailed to the address on the entry form, and be accompanied by a cheque or postal order made out to The Fellowship of Australian Writers NSW.
  6. The details for direct Deposit are as follows:
  7. BSB: 082-936 Account No. 172389833 Account Name Fellowship of Australian Writers.
  8. Please use the competitor’s name and the competition as the payment details (ie J Doe Hilarie Lindsay), and attach a copy of the payment receipt to the entry form.
  9. Entries must be student’s own work, unpublished and not having won any competition at time of entry.
Closing date for the competition is 31st August 2019
Winners will be announced at the FAW NSW Annual Presentation Luncheon in November.
Results will be published in Writers Voice and on the FAW NSW website.

Hilarie Lindsay MBE OAM (born 1922) is an Australian toy manufacturer and writer of short stories, poetry, instructional texts, biography and other genres. She is a former president of the Toys and Games Manufacturers' Association of Australia and of the Society of Women Writers (Australia), who has been inducted into the Australian Toy Association Hall of Fame and the National Pioneer Women's Hall of Fame, Alice Springs. Her best-known work, The Washerwoman's Dream, described by one reviewer as "enthrallingly readable", has become an Australian classic.

 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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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.

 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. 

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.


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.


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. 

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

Sync Your Breathing with this - to help you Relax

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. 
Profile: Pittwater Baseball Club

Their Mission: Share a community spirit through the joy of our children engaging in baseball.

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.

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.

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

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. 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.

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:

Avalon Youth Hub Extension of hours and Services

At Newport on Wednesdays
The crew from Av. Youth Hub are at Newport in Bert Payne park on Wednesday afternoons now so pop down and have a chat from 3-5pm, grab a sossie sanger and find out about support for you in this area.

Av. Youth Hub is still be open at the Avalon Hub every Wednesday afternoon 2.30-5pm too - they're simply expanding!

Taldumande Youth Services  at Avalon on Wednesdays

Taldumande specialise in responding to crisis, providing 24 hours refuge in the Northern Beaches, semi-independent and independent accommodation for young people, restores wholeness from family breakdown and prepares individuals for success in life. The Taldumande crew have a wealth of knowledge in all things youth and restoring families, through their counselling, casework and youth work programs. For more info on their service pop into the Hub Wednesday 3-5pm or contact them directly via their website. 

More headspace support - Wednesdays and Thursdays
Opening hours are extending to every Thursday afternoon 3 - 5pm. A huge thank you to headspace Brookvale for offering their amazing outreach assessment worker Sarah. Sarah will now be at the hub every Wednesday and Thursday 3-5pm. She will be able to see walk-ins as well as take bookings.

Everyone loves Sarah because she is warm, open and friendly. Our feedback from young people who has seen Sarah is that "she never judges me about anything I tell her and she always takes me seriously." As you may know headspace can see people 12-25 years with any issues around mental health, physical health, drugs and alcohol and school or job seeking help.

We are thrilled to have her two afternoons a week at the Avalon Youth Hub 

To book in with Sarah from headspace Brookvale you can either book online via our website or call/text the hub phone: 0487 936 875.

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!

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

Som Sabadell Flashmob

We've had a lot of requests to rerun that 'delightful music from that plaza' - so here you go: from 2012 Beethoven's Ode to Joy - originally sent in by W A Guesdon.

On the 130th anniversary of the founding of Banco Sabadell we wanted to pay homage to our city by means of the campaign "Som Sabadell" (We are Sabadell). This is the flashmob that we arranged as a final culmination with the participation of 100 people from the Vallès Symphony Orchestra, the Lieder, Amics de l'Òpera  and Coral Belles Arts choirs.

About the Ode to Joy

"Ode to Joy" (German: "An die Freude") is an ode written in the summer of 1785 by German poet, playwright, and historian Friedrich Schiller and published the following year in Thalia. A slightly revised version appeared in 1808, changing two lines of the first and omitting the last stanza.

"Ode to Joy" is best known for its use by Ludwig van Beethoven in the final (fourth) movement of his Ninth Symphony, completed in 1824. Beethoven's text is not based entirely on Schiller's poem, and introduces a few new sections. 

Academic speculation remains as to whether Schiller originally wrote an Ode to Freedom (Ode an die Freiheit) and changed it to an Ode to Joy. "[T]he thought lies near that it was the early form of the poem, when it was still an 'Ode to Freedom' (not 'to Joy'), which first aroused enthusiastic admiration for it in Beethoven's mind".

Over the years, Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" has remained a protest anthem and a celebration of music. From demonstrators in Chile singing during demonstration against the Pinochet dictatorship, Chinese student broadcast at Tiananmen Square, the concert conducted by Leonard Bernstein after the fall of the Berlin Wall and Daiku (Number Nine) concerts in Japan every December and one after the 2011 tsunami.

It has recently inspired impromptu performances at public spaces by musicians in many countries worldwide, including Choir Without Borders's 2009 performance at a railway station in Leipzig, to mark the 20th and 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall, Hong Kong Festival Orchestra's 2013 performance at a Hong Kong mall, and performance in Sabadell, Spain. A 2013 documentary, Following the Ninth, directed by Kerry Candaele, follows its continuing popularity.

Beethoven's tune (but not Schiller's words) was adopted as the Anthem of Europe by the Council of Europe in 1972 and subsequently by the European Union.

TAFE Open Day 2019: Sept. 14

Join us at TAFE NSW Open Day for interactive workshops, live demonstrations, explore our world-class facilities and meet your expert teachers!

If you're looking to kickstart your career with a diploma or degree, become an aspiring apprentice, launch your small business, or gain exciting new skills, TAFE NSW can help you be in a career you love.

Saturday 14 September, 9AM - 1PM
TAFE NSW Design Centre Enmore
TAFE NSW Granville
TAFE NSW Kingscliff
TAFE NSW Maitland
TAFE NSW Mount Druitt
TAFE NSW Northern Beaches
TAFE NSW St George
TAFE NSW Tamworth
TAFE NSW Wagga Wagga
TAFE NSW Wollongong

BL's Blast Off 2019

As we head into Spring, what are your youngsters wanting to do during the Spring Holidays 2019? How about getting outdoors in the fresh air and sunshine?

Entry is now open for Barton's Blast Off: Runs Monday October 1st to Friday 4th 

For more info and to enter visit: HERE

Radio Northern Beaches will be Broadcasting Live Sunday, September 1 from Johnson Bros. Mitre 10 located at 73 Bassett Street Mona Vale. 
Between 12pm - 3pm

We wanted to share this exciting opportunity for young people.
We are calling for expressions of interest for CCNB’s - The Leaders Room. 

This is a no cost Leadership Development Program for young people.
  • Are you a young person (Aged 18 – 23) that lives, works or regularly visits the Northern Sydney Region?
  • Do you believe in the power of community?
  • Have you got what it takes to be a community leader?

CCNB is launching a unique leadership development program specifically for young people. We have a range of problems in the community and believe that young people are best placed to disrupt and deliver new community solutions. The Leaders Room will bring young aspiring leaders together over 4 months from August to December 2019.

The Leaders Room© has been structured to inspire young people to be bold, follow their dreams and maximise their future opportunities. Young Leaders will embark on a reflective journey, be exposed to new ideas, meet local community leaders, participate in leadership activities, and learn how they can develop and continually improve their leadership capability.

For more information contact: Marika on 9998 2900 or email

Pittwater Baseball Club Registration Now Open: Spring Training Days

Well as we get closer and closer (only 5 weeks left to go) to the best time of the year... BASEBALL SEASON!!! There are a few great things happening at the club so over the next short while, there will be a few things to add to your calendars. The first is SPRING TRAINING, starting 18 August. Be sure to let us know you are coming. Oh, and if you haven't registered yet get onto it now so you can start your SPRING TRAINING!!!

Register here

Spring Training Days

North Narrabeen Reserve ( Rat Park) 

Sunday, August 18, 2019 at 10 AM – 12 PM
Sunday, August 25, 2019 at 10 AM – 12 PM
Sunday, September 1, 2019 at 10 AM – 12 PM
Sunday, September 8, 2019 at 10 AM – 12 PM

Mona Vale Beach Clean

Sunday, August 25, 2019 at 10 AM – 12 PM
Mona Vale Beach,  Mona Vale
Hosted by Northern Beaches Clean Up Crew
Come and join us for our second clean up in Mona Vale. We'll meet at the area between toilet block and cafe as it’s in the middle of area to target. Some can head north through the basin and others south around cafe/ clubhouse and lawn area or down onto main beach. We have gloves, bags and buckets. We'll clean up this area to try and catch all the litter before it enters the ocean. We're trying to remove as much plastic, cigarette butts and rubbish as possible. We're a friendly group of people and everyone is welcome to this family friendly event. It's a nice community - make some new friends and do a good deed for the planet at the same time. 

2019 Lifeline High Schools Surf Challenge
Hosted by Lifeline Northern Beaches
Friday, September 6, 2019 at 8 AM – 5 PM
South Curly Beach
Carrington Pde, Curl Curl, New South Wales, Australia 2096
Tickets · $200 - Request tickets in Messenger

Your High School is invited to compete in the 2019 Lifeline High Schools Surf Challenge being held at South Curl Curl Beach on Friday 6th September. With last year’s Inaugural event being a huge success, Lifeline Northern Beaches is committed to supporting High Schools, Teachers and Students from all over the Northern Beaches and North Shore with up to twenty-four teams in both Boys and Girls Divisions contesting this year’s Lifeline High Schools Surf Challenge.

On top of crowning the Boys and Girls Champions on the day, the top four teams in both Divisions will qualify to the 2020 Sydney Surf Pro at Manly to surf-off for a spot in the 2020 Lifeline Classic.
All High Schools that enter will also receive a Lifeline ‘Accidental Counsellor' training session provided by qualified Lifeline counsellors. Please return your entry form (attached) ASAP to confirm your High Schools participation. 

Entry Fee: $200 (covers cost of event including qualified judges, insurance and lifeguard)
Entries close Monday 2 September 2019

Rotary's Big Dig Treasure Hunt & Family Fun Day
Hosted by Rotary Club of Upper Northern Beaches
Sunday, September 15, 2019 at 9:30 AM – 3 PM
Newport Beach

Rotary's Big Dig at Newport Beach is a fun-filled event for all the family!  Find "treasure" in the sand, walk the plank, craft stalls, sand sculpture competition, giant jumping castle and best-dressed pirate prizes are just some of the great activities. Tasty BBQ lunch available.  Book your place or come on the day.  

SLSSNB Annual Interbranch Fundraising Golf Day

Friday 20 September 2019 at 7:00am
At:  Bayview Golf Club
1825 Pittwater Road, Mona Vale
This year the SNB Golf Day helps to send our SNB team to compete at the Interbranch titles. The Golf Day will again be held at Bayview Golf Club on Friday 20th September 2019

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!

Discover The Enjoyment Of Sailing On Pittwater With Avalon Sailing Club

Looking to give sailing a go, or get your kids involved at a young age at a fun, relaxed club? Then consider Avalon Sailing Club which is holding an information and registration day for kids learn to sail on Sunday August 25th from 12 a.m. – 2 p.m at 28B Hudson Parade, Clareville

With a modest timber clubhouse on the shore between Clareville & Paradise beaches, Avalon SC is a unique part of Pittwater’s world class sailing heritage. The Club which is over 80 years old is a volunteer run Club with 400 active members, ranging in age from 8 to 88.  It has a comprehensive and professional sailing program which caters to all ages and skills. 

Avalon is one of those iconic “wooden shed” sailing clubs which has a wonderfully inclusive culture that welcomes newcomers. No flash restaurants, bars or pokies. Just the best place for families to enjoy a BBQ and a drink post sailing whilst taking in the best views on Pittwater. Friday evenings on the deck or on the water in Summer are a popular family friendly way to end the working week. 

The Youth program which runs on Sunday mornings from September through to Easter, starts with Blue Group which is aimed at beginners aged 7 – 12. The Club Nippas & Pacers are used for this program. Once the basics have been learnt, the children progress to the Red and Gold groups for further instruction and an introduction to racing. Race preparation for State & National Titles is also provided. 

This season there will be club dinghies available for season hire so there’s no pressure to commit to buying a boat straight away. For teenagers and adults, there is a very active group sailing Spirals and Waszps with dedicated coaching days. The Club also runs Spring/Summer school holiday camps, open to children of all ages. Classes sailed at Avalon include, Nippas, Pacers, Bics, MJs, Flying 11s, Waszps & Spirals.

Avalon Sailing Club also offers Adult learn to sail classes with an emphasis on a fun activity which teaches many skills and provides opportunities for a lifetime. There are many sailors in their 80s who regularly enjoy cruising & racing! Not many other sports can claim that!!   

The Club also has a healthy Yacht division and a revamped racing program for the coming season will provide a diversity of events and casual entries are encouraged. 

The addition of the Pittwater Couta boat fleet to Avalon Sailing Club last year was a great bonus. The Couta fleet is always looking for crew on a Wednesday afternoon or Sunday! 

For those that like a more relaxed approach, the Cruising Division organises great weekends away. Members with yachts can take advantage of club moorings dotted around Pittwater. 

Blue Group Learn to Sail is limited to 25 children, and along with sailing camps, positions are provided on a first come, first in basis. 

For more info regarding Registration Day or any club activities, please email

 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:

White’s Seahorse (Hippocampus Whitei) Swimming On Sponge Habitat: A Pittwater Estuary Delight!

Published by the NSW DPI - August 2019

The White’s Seahorse (Hippocampus whitei) is an endangered species. It is named after John White, Surgeon General to the First Fleet, and is one of four species of seahorses known to occur in NSW waters. Favouring shallow-water estuarine habitats, it is currently known to occur in nine estuaries on the NSW Coast, including Pittwater, but is most abundant in Port Stephens, Sydney Harbour and Port Hacking. Its northern limit is Hervey Bay in Queensland and it has been historically recorded as far south as St Georges Basin in NSW. White’s Seahorse has experienced large population declines over the past two decades as a result of the loss of natural habitats across its range. This White’s Seahorse was filmed in Port Stephens, NSW, by Dave Harasti.

Dave's thesis, published in September 2014, recorded finding 7 of these delightful creatures in the Pittwater estuary.

Nipper Registration Days 2019

Warriewood Surf Life Saving Club

September 8 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm and September 22 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Nippers Season start October 13 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

The primary aim of nippers is to educate and provide skills to children aged from 6 – 14 years of age by teaching them surf safety and awareness when visiting the beach.

We do this through a structured program of lessons provided by Surf Life Saving Australia. Nippers also provides an environment for children to learn teamwork and to acquire strong club and community values.

We provide various opportunities to develop water and beach skills, and to improve overall fitness.

Nippers at Warriewood is held each Sunday morning from 10.00am through to 11.30am.   Our nippers will participate in beach events including flags and sprints and for those aged 9 and over there is strongly supervised surf skills programme encompassing swimming and rescue training boards, conditions permitting.

Warriewood also supports those nippers wishing to compete in carnivals, and strongly encourages everyone to have fun.

At least 1 parent per family must join with their Nippers. Find out out Membership fees.

Parents & Family Involvement

Warriewood is also known as the “family club”. While our nippers are participating in the SLS programme we also cater for younger siblings with supervised beach events and for those older we run a structured Cadet program for 15-18 year olds.

We always welcome and encourage those parents wishing to become more involved in the club to do so.

There are opportunities to assist with or to become an Age Manager, help out with beach and water set ups, assist with our weekly BBQ, social events, junior committee or go the next step and train for your Bronze Medallion. With this you are able to be part of our Water Safety team in the surf at nippers and of course become a patrolling member. A great example of community involvement and achievement.

Nippers Performance Squad

Is your child interested in competing at surf lifesaving carnivals? There are a number of junior carnivals held throughout the season catering for either sand or water events.

We currently run training sessions for both disciplines from 8.30am – 9.30am on Sunday morning before nippers. These sessions are specifically catered for children interested in competing and looking to improve their skills.

Feel free to register your interest at registration or in the earlier part of the season prior to Christmas by seeing any of our coaches at these sessions.

Mona Vale Surf Life Saving Club Inc.
Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 8 AM – 2 PM
Mona Vale Surf Life Saving Club Inc
Surfview Road, Mona Vale

Registration Day is held at the Club. Please bring with you - copies of ID for you and your Nipper

If you have any further questions feel free to send us an email:

or visit our website

Important Information

Nippers is on every Sunday starting on 13th October. All age groups (under 6’s to under 13’s) start at 9.00am, finishing around 10.30 – 10.45am.

Parents are required to attend registration and listen for announcements 10 minutes prior to the session starting. Please meet next to your child’s age group flag, near the BBQ, adjacent to the side of Surf Club.

Please bring your Nippers uniform (compulsory Nipper Cap and High Vis Vest), a towel, water bottle and sunscreen. Wetsuits are welcome if the water is a little cold. And don’t forget a lovely smile, a positive helpful attitude and lots of enthusiasm!

If the weather conditions are not looking favourable a decision to cancel will be made by 8.00am on the day. A text message and email will be sent to your registered contact details. Please confirm your details with your age group admin to ensure you receive these messages. Please note, we have access to the Basin area of Mona Vale beach that provides significant protection for adverse surf conditions.

We have lots of really helpful and engaged parents that already assist with Age Managing, Water Safety, administration, BBQ support and ad-hoc beach duties but we do need more!! If you’d like to assist please ask your Age Manager how you can get involved.

Parking can be difficult, so please arrive early!

Why Join Nippers at Mona Vale?

There are many reasons to get your kids involved in the Mona Vale Nippers program:

  • Instruction in surf safety and surf awareness
  • Lifesaving and first aid skill development
  • Competitive sport activities
  • Platform to senior patrolling duties
  • To increase fitness and be involved in an active lifestyle
  • Enjoyable social activity for children and their parents/guardians.

How to Join Nippers

Please visit the club office on Sunday morning before nippers commences at 8:30am to complete your registration.

Nippers membership covers children 5 – 14 years. Membership for up to two parents/guardians is included in the registration fee. Each adult needs to complete a membership form and at least one adult needs to be registered. 

All new nippers must provide proof of age such as a birth certificate or passport. New adult members must show photo ID such as a license or passport at time of registration.

If you would like further information please contact Nippers Chairman or Nippers Registrar. For information on Nipper Carnivals for competitors please contact Junior Carnival Manager.

Nippers Uniform Shop

All Nippers are required to wear a club Nipper cap and a hi-vis rashie to participate. These items can be purchased from the Nippers Uniform Shop located at the south end of the surf club. The Nippers Uniform Shop is open most Sundays during Nippers season from 8.30am to 9.30am and 10.45am to 11.30am with the exception of Sundays that feature carnivals where we have our team competing.

There is also a large range of Mona Vale SLSC merchandise items available for purchase.

Newport Surf Life Saving Club

Registration for 2019-20 Season

Registration days for new nippers and new members will be held at the Newport Surf Club on Sunday 8th and Sunday 22nd September, between 9 am and 11 am. Our clothing shop will also be open on these mornings (in the Nippers shed on the beach side of the club) to enable the purchase of club gear and Nipper caps.

If you need to enrol outside of these times please download and complete the slsa-membership-form (one for each member joining). In addition to this, all adult members need to fill in a Member Protection Form.

Once completed and signed the forms can be brought along to Nippers on a Sunday morning for payment of fees. Applicable membership fees are set by the Newport Surf Life Saving Club Committee each year and are outlined in the Membership section of the website.

Please note: We require that a parent join from each family. Parents can join as an Associate Member or an Active Senior if they already have an SLSA bronze medallion and are willing to take part in patrols.

All new Nipper registrations must have proof of age provided (this may include Birth Certificate, Passport etc). Please note children must have obtained the age of 5 years by the 30th of September before they can become a Nipper member. However, a child may commence after they have attained the age of 5.

For any queries regarding registration please contact our club Registrar

Each Sunday...

Activities commence at 8:45 am each Sunday - rain, hail, out of control surf (beach or indoor activities only) or shine. We start early to get the kids out of the sun before the hottest part of the day.

Under the control of their Age Managers, the children participate in several events. Depending on their age and competency, activities may be on the beach or in the water.

To give you a brief idea of what happens on the beach, there are:

  • beach races
  • running over a set distance on the sand (50m - 70m depending on age);
  • flags
  • lying flat on the sand, then getting up and running a short distance to grasp lengths of hose standing in the sand;
  • beach relays
  • teams of four run a relay over similar distances to the beach;
  • surf wade
  • running through the shallow water around a heavily supervised course (usually for younger age groups)
  • In the water events

(for U9 and above age groups only where the children have met certain proficiencies) there are:

  • Surf swims - swimming from the beach, around a "U" shaped course 80m long, and back again.
  • Board races - similar to the surf swim, but paddling boards around the course.
  • Run/swim/run - a race combining two sprints along the beach separated by a swim leg.
  • Iron Woman/Iron Man - a race involving running on the sand, swimming and paddling a board around a set course.
  • Board relay - a team paddles their boards in turn around the course.
  • Board rescue - one competitor swims out to a buoy then the next competitor paddles the boards to them, picks them up and paddles back to the beach.

After Nippers there's always the BBQ with food and drinks for sale.

Further Information

Want to know more, see your Age Manager. Remember we're here to have FUN and learn about surf safety!

Avalon Beach Surf Life Saving Club

Welcome to the 2019-20 Nippers season at Avalon Beach.

What is Nippers?

Nippers is for children aged *5 – 13 and is all about kids having fun, gaining confidence in the surf and developing surf awareness and competence. Whilst Nippers follows a formal curriculum, tailored to each age group and working towards a surf award and certificate at season’s end, the primary aim is having fun with your mates at the beach and learning to become familiar with beach conditions.

*children must be aged 5 years old as at 30 September.

When and Where

Nippers runs from Sunday, 20 October 2019 – Sunday, 8 March 2020, with a break for Christmas. 

On a regular Nippers day, the session runs each Sunday from 9:00am – 10.30am subject to conditions and activities.

Meet your age manager and Nipper group at your age group flag on the beach in front of the Clubhouse.

Nippers is on during all weather conditions. Only lightning keeps us off the beach.

What do I need to provide?

Please ensure your kids are ready and outside the Clubhouse 10 minutes before Nippers starts:

  • wearing an Avalon Beach Nippers cap (compulsory). Please write your child’s name in large letters on both sides on the the outside of the cap
  • wearing a fluorescent pink hi-visibility rash vest (compulsory)
  • in their swimwear (sun protection rashies and/or wetsuits recommended); covered in sunblock; fed and hydrated.

Parent Involvement

Avalon Beach Nippers is run entirely by volunteers. Age Managers rely on the help of all registered parents on the beach during Nippers. Registered parents are encouraged and welcome to participate in their child’s age group activities in the following ways:

  • Become an age manager! Your child will love it. Simply speak to an existing age manager or email if you are interested.
  • Assist with the provision of water safety for events, once you have undertaken the required Surf Rescue Certificate or Bronze Medallion training provided by our Club.  Click here for further information about courses.
  • Officiating at carnivals
  • Join our Committee

Put your hand up and get involved!

Ready to Join?

To join Avalon Beach SLSC Nippers for the 2019/20 season, children must be aged 5 years old as at 30 September.

Access our New Member page to find out how to get started. It is compulsory for at least ONE Parent/Carer to register as a General Member but much more fun if both Parents/Carers register!  Why?

  • You can’t assist in Nipper activities unless you are a member
  • Sunday morning Nippers will be much for more fun for you and your kids if you’re helping out
  • If you injure yourself at Nippers, you will be covered by insurance

How to test drive a uni on Open Day

By University of Sydney
There's a lot you can learn about uni on Open Day. You may have done some reading online or picked up a prospectus, but nothing can beat a uni Open Day to gather all you need to know before applying. Here are our top tips to make sure any Open Day is worth the visit. 

Walk the walk: leave the car behind
Depending on what your living arrangements may be, why not come to campus exactly as you would if you were a student? Not all universities are great for parking, especially ones in Sydney, and on Open Day we generally recommend leaving the car at home and catching public transport due to the amount of people coming to campus. So why not take the train, catch the bus or cycle in? Granted the timetables may be different on a weekend, but it will give you a good idea of how long your commute may be. We say we're a 10-minute walk from Redfern station - try it out for yourself. 

Set your own agenda 
Do you want to compare one degree over another? Are internships something that are important to you or are campus accommodation options the reason you're visiting? There is so much you can find out on Open Day but it's important to make sure you prioritise what's important to you so you know you'll finish the day getting what you came for - and this may be different to your friend or a classmate. A mini-lecture or an information session is a really good start in building your day because they are a summary of key points and are run at scheduled times. Creating a schedule on our Open Day website or app is an easy way to organise your day to make sure you don't miss out. 

Ask your burning questions
There are so many people on campus at uni open days who are ready to help you with any questions you have, so make sure you ask. One of the biggest pluses is being able to get personalised advice or speak to someone who knows what it's like to be in your shoes. At the University of Sydney Open Day, you can do that by heading to the course advice booths, having a chat to one of our friendly student ambassadors on campus - who may even be leading your campus tour - or meeting some of our current students from our clubs and societies on the front lawns. What if you don't get the ATAR? What does a day at uni look like? Will you be able to get a job? Don't be scared to ask or just have a chat. 

See the campus for yourself
Does the Quad really look like Hogwarts? What's it like inside a lab or uni library? The only way to find out what it's like on campus is to come and see it for yourself, and there is no better day than an Open Day to see a campus at its best. Go for a tour, see where you could be taking your classes, studying between lectures, meeting friends, getting active, or even living. Don't forget to take a moment in between all the excitement to ask - can you see yourself studying here next year or in the future? Take it all in to decide if you want to come back. This is something universities can't give you in the brochure - the vibe on campus and your gut feeling. You can't leave any Open Day without it!

Think outside the square
Uni isn't just what happens inside the classroom, or even just on campus; a world of opportunities await you so make sure you take the time to explore those too! Ask us about study abroad opportunities, interdisciplinary projects, our high achievers' program, and of course ways to make friends on campus and the student experience. Other things to think about are what scholarships opportunities are open for before and once you're studying, as well as the support services available for you once you're a student. If you've finished up for the day, why not head into neighbouring Newtown or Glebe to explore what's on our doorstep. 

And finally, spot the difference
It might be once you set foot on campus, once you've gone home, or even after having gone to a few Open Days. There will be something about each university that sets them apart in your mind and ultimately helps you decide which one is the right one for you. Gathering all the information you need before the pressure of final exams is a good place to start and think things through. Going to university is a big decision but it's an exciting one. Our advice: don't rush the decision and enjoy the fun that comes with exploring all your options - starting with Open Day!

We look forward to welcoming you to campus on Saturday 31 August at the University of Sydney's Open Day. Sign up to keep up to create a personalised schedule so you don't miss out on all your favourite talks and activities. 

Uni Open Days: Winter - Spring 2019

University of Sydney 
Open Day 2019
Saturday 31 August, 9am-4pm
Join us on Open Day and immerse yourself in campus life for a day.
You'll discover endless opportunities at the University of Sydney and find out why we are ranked 5th in the world and 1st in Australia for graduate employability by QS.
Explore their website:

Open Day 2019
Saturday 7 September, 9am - 4pm
Make your Open Day experiences count and get a taste for the UNSW student life – explore our Kensington and Paddington campuses, attend mini-lectures, and speak to current students and your future teachers. Discover the opportunities that will shape your future!

Explore their website:


Australian Catholic University
Canberra 31 August
North Sydney 24 August
Strathfield 7 September

Australian College of Applied Psychology
Sydney 22 August, 27 November

Australian Maritime College (University of Tasmania)
Launceston 10 August
Hobart 3 August

Australian National University
Canberra 31 August

Charles Sturt University
Orange 6 September
Bathurst 4 August
Port Macquarie 25 August
Albury-Wodonga 18 August
Dubbo 30 August
Wagga Wagga 11 August

Sydney 22 August
Online Chat available 3–6pm
18 September,
10 October, 26 November

Griffith University
Gold Coast, Nathan and South Bank 11 August

International College of Management, Sydney
Manly 11 August

La Trobe University
Shepparton 2 August
Melbourne 4 August
Mildura 14 August
Albury–Wodonga 18 August
Sydney 22 August
Bendigo 25 August

Macleay College
Surry Hills 24 August

Macquarie University
North Ryde 17 August

MIT Sydney
Sydney 24 August

National Art School
Darlinghurst 7 September

SAE Creative Media Institute
Sydney and Byron Bay 11 August

For campus tours/appointments and course
information call (02) 9964 6555
or visit

Southern Cross University
Coffs Harbour 16 August
Lismore 17 August
Gold Coast 18 August

TOP Education Institute
For a campus tour call (02) 9209 4888

Torrens University Australia
Torrens University 17 August
Media Design School  17 August
William Blue College of Hospitality 17 August
Billy Blue College of Design 17 August
Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School 7 September

University of Canberra
Bruce 31 August

University of New England

University of Newcastle
Port Macquarie 15 August
Central Coast (Ourimbah) 3 August
Newcastle (Callaghan) and
Newcastle City 31 August

University of Sydney
All campuses 31 August

University of Technology Sydney
City campus, Ultimo 31 August

University of Wollongong
Wollongong 3 August

UNSW Sydney
UNSW Sydney 7 September
UNSW Canberra 24 August

Western Sydney University
Parramatta South and
Parramatta City campuses 18 August
Liverpool City campus 21 September

Archie's Pittwater Clean Up

My name is Archie Mandin 
I am a Seabin Ambassador, I started this campaign because I want to take a stand against ocean plastics!

My goal is to raise enough money to bring a minimum of 20 Seabins to Pittwater as I want to give The Northern Beaches the opportunity to reduce its plastic pollution impact on the ocean. Its amazing how much accidental rubbish comes down our creeks and into our waterways 

I need your help to raise money to buy the Seabins a revolutionary ocean cleaning technology which is essentially a floating rubbish bin that operates 24/7 catching all floating debris in the water.

The Seabin helps clean the ocean of floating debris which in turn creates cleaner oceans and we all benefit from this in one way or another. I mean, who really wants to swim in pollution? Not me that’s for sure!

Did you know that 300 million tons of plastic are produced in the world every year, half of which is for single use products, from this more than 8 million tons of plastic is dumped into our oceans every year. We need to do something about it and now with the purchase of a Seabin we can all participate and make a difference! 

Join me and my campaign to help ensure cleaner oceans!

What’s a Seabin? 
The Seabin is a floating rubbish bin that is located in the water at marinas, docks, yacht clubs and commercial ports.

The Seabin can catch an average of 3.9kgs of floating debris per day which adds up to 1.4 tons per year. (depending on weather conditions and debris volumes) The Seabins is catching large plastic bags, bottles, plastic straws, coffee cups, food wrappers, surface oils and micro plastics down to 2 mm small. 

How can a Seabin contribute to cleaner oceans?
The Seabin contributes to cleaner oceans by removing 1.4 tons of floating debris per unit per year. The location of the Seabin in marinas is ideal and where it matters most, close to the source of entry for floating debris. Ports and Marinas are perfect locations to stop floating debris from entering the open ocean and ocean plastics are also brought in by wind and currents.

Are the Seabins a danger to marine life?
The fish According to the team at Seabin, stay away from the surface of the water where the Seabin sucks in the water. They are deterred by the force of the water current. If there are swarms of jellyfish or bait fish it is recommended that the Seabins are turned off until the swarms pass. If a fish was to accidentally go into the Seabin, it would be caught in the Seabin and stay submerged in water until the marina staff retrieve the filter and throw the fish still alive back into the water.

How does it work? 
Water is sucked in from the surface and passes through a catch bag inside the Seabin, with a submersible water pump capable of displacing 25.000 LPH (liters per hour). The water is then pumped back into the marina leaving litter and debris trapped in the catch bag to be disposed of properly.

Who is responsible for the Seabin?
This is the best part of it all, the marina will be the one responsible for the upkeep of the Seabins and also they will be paying for the energy consumption of the Seabin which is around $2 - $3 a day.

The marina enjoys a cleaner marina and the rest of us and the marine life enjoy cleaner oceans with less floating debris polluting our oceans!

Seabins part of a whole solution
Seabins whole solution is Technology, Education, Science, Research and Community. The reason for this is that Technology alone is not the solution to stopping ocean plastics, education is the real solution.

Great! Can our local community be involved also?
Yes! The team at Seabin have interactive programs and lessons designed for schools, community and youth to interact with the Seabins and have over 2000 school students engaged around the world, this is something that we can do locally also with support from the team at Seabin Project.

What will we be doing if we participate in these programs?
You would be joining an international community contributing important data and feedback on ocean plastics to the Seabin central data base. Renowned scientists, universities and environmental agencies are all a part of the programs also.

The lessons range from identifying ocean plastics to data collection of what the Seabins are catching weekly. The data collection is a very easy activity and where we can all see the measurable impact of debris the Seabins are taking out of the water in all weather conditions.

It’s as simple as counting how many plastic bags, plastic particles, food wrappers and then noting it down on a spreadsheet or app. Weather conditions and location information is also entered into the data base.

How can you help our campaign and make a difference in the world?
Every contribution to this crowdfunding campaign helps, be it $1 or $50 dollars, it all adds up and bring us closer to our goal.

Even if you cannot afford a donation, please help by sharing this campaign with your friends and family on social media. The more people that know about the campaign the better!

Thanks everyone for taking the time to check out our campaign!



Seabin Project FAQs

Q: Can someone pay out the crowdfunding campaign goal?
A: Yes! We need help! The more money we can raise, the more Seabins we can buy. 

Q: Why crowdfund a Seabin?
A: Until now, the Seabins were not for the everyday person to purchase because marinas ports and yacht clubs are the target market for Seabin Group. This is a way where everyday people can give something back to the oceans.  

Q: How do Seabins work in tidal areas?
A: Seabins at present are designed for floating docks and pontoons. The Seabins move up and down with the tide on the floating dock.

 Q. How are the pumps run? 
A. The pumps are currently electric, and around $2-$3 a day to run.

Q: When are the Seabins available?
A: Depending on your countries location, Seabins will be available Feb 2019.

Q: Do any fish get sucked into the Seabins? What about smaller marine life?
A: There is a possibility of fish to enter the Seabins, however in the last 2 years of development, the Seabins have only caught a handful of small bait fish. Most of which have been thrown back into the water alive. The fish simply stay away from the flow of water entering the Seabin and with the current fine tuning of the Seabin, the risk is now minimal.

Q: I don’t have any money to donate, how can I help?
A: Don’t worry! Your amazing anyways and thanks for even contacting us. We need help to share this project around with any media we can. Social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, websites, bloggers. Also with newspapers, magazines, tv, radio and journalists. Also friends and family!