community news: April 2024

April 21 - 27, 2024: Issue 622

This Issue: 

Front Page Issue 622 

Commendation For Newport Surf Club's President: Fit For Change Surf Program + Region Commanders Certificate Of Appreciation For Young Life Saver - The NSW Police Force Youth Command great Programs through PCYC clubs

Warriewood Cliff-Rescue Wins State Award: SLS NSW Rescue Of The Month

Standalone Child and Youth Homelessness Housing Plan Called For: Youth Homelessness Matters Day  2024 - Over 8 Thousand Young People Turned Away From Crisis Accommodation 

The 'Newport Loop': Some History

Pictures: Autumn 2024 School Holidays Fun That Won't Break The Bank: Explore All Those Pittwater Pathways To Public Lands & Reserves, Catch A Ferry, Take A Stroll, Have A Hike, Go Watching Whales, Dolphins, Birds

Aquatics: Surfing Australia's Irukandjis Updates: 2024 ISA World Junior Surfing Championship Team Announced - Milla Brown Team Captain +  Irukandjis Team Now In El Salvador For The 2024 ISA World Longboard Championship

Australia's Sailing Squad For America's Cup In Barcelona Announced

Park Bench Philosophers Another Wildlife Trafficker Sentenced To Imprisonment In Sydney: World-First Technology Developed To Detect Wildlife Trafficking

Environment Jelly Blubber Bloom In Pittwater: 4th Year In A Row, Brookvale's Colormaker Industries Have Saved 670 Tonnes Of Greenhouse Emissions, Mullet Creek: April 2024, Narrabeen Lagoon Entrance: Sunday Afternoon, April 7 2024, Cockatoo Family Grooming: April 2024, Greater Ambition & Accurate Reporting Required Ahead Of Setting Australia's Next NDC: Zali Steggall, MP For Warringah, Fragmented Nature Laws A ‘Major Disappointment’: Conservation Councils, Petition: Abolish Seismic Blasting Special Prospecting Authority Permits (SPA), New Research Shows Koalas In The Sydney Basin Are In Decline: NSW State Government Seeking Feedback On Reviewing The NSW Koala Strategy, Wollondilly Mayor Welcomes Strategic Planning Panel Decision On Brooks Point Road Proposal; Supporting Council’s Position Of Infrastructure Before Development, Why the kookaburra’s iconic laugh is at risk of being silenced, Monumental folly and needless greed: how nature is suffering the consequences of climate change, First Reef Mass Coral Bleaching Event Under Albanese Ministry: World Is Watching, Impact Of Climate Change On Marine Life Much Bigger Than Previously Known: Up To 100% Of Biological Processes Impacted, The Great Barrier Reef’s latest bout of bleaching is the fifth in eight summers – the corals now have almost no reprieve, Global coral bleaching caused by global warming demands a global response, The heat is on: what we know about why ocean temperatures keep smashing records, Restoring coastal habitat boosts wildlife numbers by 61% – but puzzling failures mean we can still do better, Climate change is causing marine ‘coldwaves’ too; killing wildlife, The limits of ice: what a 19th century expedition trapped in sea ice for a year tells us about Antarctica’s future, Antarctica’s sea ice hit another low this year – understanding how ocean warming is driving the loss is key, Heat from El Niño can warm oceans off West Antarctica – and melt floating ice shelves from below, It never rains but it pours: intense rain and flash floods have increased inland in eastern Australia, New Approach Needed To Save Australia's Non-Perennial Rivers, Water theft laws and penalties in the Murray-Darling Basin are a dog’s breakfast. Here’s how we can fix them, The big dry: forests and shrublands are dying in parched Western Australia, Adelaide is losing 75,000 trees a year; Tree-removal laws must be tightened if we want our cities to be liveable and green, Roads of destruction: we found vast numbers of illegal ‘ghost roads’ used to crack open pristine rainforest, Why an intention to conserve an area for only 25 years should not count for Australia’s target of protecting 30% of land, Climate engineering carries serious national security risks − countries facing extreme heat may try it anyway, and the world needs to be prepared, Flash droughts are becoming more common in Australia. What’s causing them?, What if whales took us to court? A move to grant them legal personhood would include the right to sue, Where Have All The Right Whales Gone?Light pollution affects coastal ecosystems too – this underwater ‘canary’ is warning of the impacts, What is a sinkhole? A geotechnical engineer explains, Things that go buzz in the night – our global study found there really are more insects out after dark, The Long Lunch: Sunday April 21 NBCAN fundraiser, Northern Beaches Clean Up Crew: Whale Beach Clean, Increase Tree Vandalism Penalties: NSW Parliamentary Petition, 2024 BirdLife Australia Community Conservation Grants, Have Your Say: Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley Disaster Adaptation Plan, Eastern Blue Groper Changes: Have Your Say, Murrumbidgee Floodplain Management Plan: Have Your Say, Plastic Bread Ties For Wheelchairs, Volunteers For Barrenjoey Lighthouse Tours Needed, Stay Safe From Mosquitoes, Mountain Bike Incidents On Public Land: Survey, Report Fox Sightings, Marine Wildlife Rescue Group On The Central Coast, Watch Out - Shorebirds About, Possums In Your Roof?: Do The Right Thing, Aviaries + Possum Release Sites Needed, Bushcare In Pittwater: Where + When, Coastal Floodplain Drainage Project: Have Your Say, Friends Of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment Activities, Gardens and Environment Groups and Organisations In Pittwater, Pittwater Reserves: Histories + Notes + Pictorial Walks, + more

Inbox News Blood Protein Could Help Detect Delayed Concussion Recovery In Children, New NSW Health Campaign Raises Awareness Of Sepsis, Some families push back against journalists who mine social media for photos – they have every right to, From forced kisses to power imbalances - violence against women in sport is endemic, Does The Time Of Day You Move Your Body Make A Difference To Your Health?, More Paramedics and Call Takers Join NSW Ambulance, Our research suggests eating an unhealthy breakfast could have a similar effect on your child’s school day as having nothing at all, Judge finds Bruce Lehrmann raped Brittany Higgins and dismisses Network 10 defamation case, How the Lehrmann v Channel 10 defamation case shone an unflattering light on commercial news gathering, Crisis communication saves lives – but people with disability often aren’t given the message, With democracy under threat in Narendra Modi’s India how free and fair will this year’s election be?, ANU Chancellor Julie Bishop Appointed UN Special Envoy, Pacific Cities Much Older Than Previously Thought, Star Trek's Holodeck Recreated Using ChatGPT And Video Game Assets, Dominique Grubisa and DG Institute Made Misleading Representations To Students In Wealth Seminars: ACCC, Autumn School Holidays Issue, Surfing Australia's Irukandjis Updates: 2024 ISA World Junior Surfing Championship Team Announced - Milla Brown Team Captain +  Irukandjis Team Now In El Salvador For The 2024 ISA World Longboard Championship, Astrovan Win 2024 Northern Composure Band Comp., Commendation For Newport Surf Club's President: Fit For Change Surf Program + Region Commanders Certificate Of Appreciation For Young Life Saver - The NSW Police Force Youth Command great Programs through PCYC clubs, Bert Evans Apprentice Scholarships 2024 are now open, The 'Newport Loop': Some History, New Recording and Touring Grants, 2024 Young Writers' Competition, Nominate For 2024 Public Education Awards, School Leavers Support, Word Of The Week: Terrior, AI to Z: all the terms you need to know to keep up in the AI hype age, Visualising the 1800s or designing wedding invitations: 6 ways you can use AI beyond generating text, No, getting your boyfriend to peel an orange won’t prove his loyalty; Why TikTok relationship ‘tests’ are useless, The ‘comet’ 12P/Pons-Brooks has finally become visible from Australia. What can we expect?, First evidence of ancient human occupation found in giant lava tube cave in Saudi Arabia, An education in music makes you a better employee. Are recruiters in tune?, Biden is cancelling millions of student debts – here’s what to expect from Albanese, We found three new species of extinct giant kangaroo – and we don’t know why they died out when their cousins survived, We saw one of the most powerful magnets in the Universe come to life – and our theories can’t quite explain it, Issacs's Gardening Services: Seniors Looked After, AvPals Term 2 2024, Aged Care Reforms Deliver More Care Time Government States, Mah Jong Returns To RPAYC, Cost Of Living Solutions For Seniors Pre-Budget Submission, Join In The Biggest Morning Tea At RPAYC, Manly-Warringah Choir is pleased to announce its Autumn concert: Mostly Mozart - May 19, Why the pathology bulk-billing campaign is more about driving industry profits than saving you money

Profile of the Week The 2024 Australian Surf Life Saving Championships: The Long List Of The Hundreds From The Peninsula Who Took Part In Youth, Masters, and Open Surf Sport Disciplines 

Surf sports allows surf lifesavers to practice and hone the skills used to save people on the beach and in the water. With disciplines such as Board Rescue, First Aid, Single Ski, Beach Sprint or 1- to 2k runs, Rescue Tube Relays, Surf Boat rowing, the First Aid Competition, Champion Patrol and the most prestigious of surf events – the Ironman and Ironwoman, all aspects of what surf lifesavers learn and undertake are included.

An IRB surf sports calendar of events takes place over Winter as these vital part of the lifesaver equipment are used throughout the Season and, more and more, as part of rescues and support during weather emergency events for evacuations. 

Traditional events such as the March Past and R&R are making a comeback with an increased number of competitors taking part over the last couple of seasons and once again Collaroy SLSC has proved to be among the best at the March Past competitions this Season, as have the next generation of Mona Vale SLSC's members.

Although many of these surf sport disciplines are practised during Youth, Open and Masters carnivals within the the SLS Sydney Northern Beaches Branch Season over Spring and Summer, and thousands take part in the Surf Life Saving NSW State championships, the annual Australian Surf Life Saving Championships, the ‘Aussies’, is the one most members want to take part in at least once, or as much as they can, year after year.

This Issue, that long long list of those who went north and had a go.


Damien Peter Parer (August 1st 1912 – September 17th 1944) was an Australian war photographer. He became famous for his war photography of the Second World War, and was killed by Japanese machine-gun fire at Peleliu, Palau. He was cinematographer for Australia's first Oscar-winning film, Kokoda Front Line!, an edition of the weekly newsreel, Cinesound Review, which was produced by Ken G. Hall. 

He was also a great friend of Max Dupain, visiting our area and photographing friends of Olive Cotton on Bungan Beach during the Spring and Summer of 1938. 

Pittwater Offshore Newsletter: March 2, 2024

Click on Logo to access the latest PON:  

Contents: Secret Island Opening Night: 'a Triumph',  Secret Island: what you didn't know about your neighbour, Feast for Freedom, Cooking Class, The Tuesday Discussion Group, Island Café, International Folk Dancing, Moon Dance

To contact Roy:  editor@scotlandisland.org.au

Anzac Day In Pittwater 2024

Sunday 21 April
  • Narrabeen RSL Sub-Branch - 11.30am March from Narrabeen Surf Club to Narrabeen Cenotaph, followed by service.
  • Forestville RSL Sub-Branch - 2.40pm March followed by service.
Thursday 25 April
  • Pittwater RSL Sub-Branch - 5.20am Dawn Service.
  • Newport Dawn Service, 5.30 a.m. at Trafalgar Park Cenotaph, Gladstone Street, Newport.
  • Avalon Beach RSL Sub-Branch - 5.30am Dawn Service, 11am March and 11.40am commemorative service.
  • Whale Beach, 6am Dawn Service at Whale Beach, in front of Surf Club
  • Church Point: Our traditional ANZAC Day service will be held at Thomas Stephens Reserve, Church Point on Tuesday, 25 April, commencing 10.45 am. 
  • RSL LifeCare ANZAC Village (The War Vets) – 6am Service followed by community breakfast and taxi cavalcade.
  • Forestville RSL Sub-Branch - 5.30am Dawn Service.
  • Palm Beach RSL Sub-Branch - 10.45am March from Iluka road to Palm Beach RSL, followed by Service.
  • Collaroy RSL Sub-Branch - 5pm Sunset Service.


Marine Rescue Cottage Point News

A huge congratulations to Mark Burslem who passed his Crew Operational Assessment (OA) last weekend. From multiple reports he passed with flying colours and was back out on the water soon after supporting an assist.

Well done Mark and thank you to everyone involved in the assessment!



Photo: MRCP

Canopy Keepers Community Catch-Up: April 28- Av. Bowlo

As Canopy Keepers we love meeting and talking to people who share our passion for trees, wildlife and our beautiful environment. 

You might have met us at a Tree Give-away where we get to talk about plants, your garden and often our concerns about what is happening in Pittwater and beyond. 

Meeting you motivates us enormously to continue what we are doing, which is working to change policy and to educate our community on the immense value of preserving our canopy; created over decades, and so hard to replace once gone.

So please join us on Sunday 28th of April at the Avalon Bowlo from 3pm, and let's continue the conversation; and did we mention the prizes and the games?!

Be early because whilst things are serious and we love to 'talk trees', we also need to connect to community and have some fun! 🌳


Council Appoints Two New Directors

Friday, 19 April 2024
Council has announced the appointments of Kelly Loveridge to the newly formed role of Chief Operating Officer and Campbell Pfeiffer, as the Director Transport & Assets.

Kelly, who is currently Director Corporate Services at Inner West Council, has extensive executive experience gained over almost 25 years across the public and private sectors in corporate services and infrastructure. This new role consolidates two existing directorates of Corporate and Legal, and Workforce and Technology.

Campbell Pfeiffer’s appointment follows his successful tenure with the Council at the executive level managing diverse portfolios including property, assets, capital works, procurement, risk and compliance. His career spans over 20 years in both the government and private sectors. Campbell has been acting in the Director Transport & Assets role for several months.

“We are very fortunate to have two outstanding appointments who are joining the chief executive team and through their industry expertise, I am confident will continue to see our organisation deliver the highest quality and value of services to our community,” said Scott Phillips, Chief Executive Officer, Northern Beaches Council.

Kelly Loveridge will join Council in late June 2024 and Campbell Pfeiffer’s appointment will be effective immediately.

Improving Road Safety: Cabbage Tree Road, Bayview

Comments Close: Sun 19 May 2024
Comments opened: Fri 12 Apr 2024

Federal Government Black Spot Program
This project is funded through the Federal Government's Black Spot Program. The Australian Government's Black Spot program targets specific road locations where crashes have occurred by funding measures to reduce the risk and severity of further crashes occurring. The installation of the proposed measures would improve overall road safety for both motorists and pedestrians and would potentially reduce the likelihood and severity of accidents at this location.

What are council proposing?
Following a review of the historical crash data over a five-year period and investigating concerns from the community about motorist and pedestrian safety along Cabbage Tree Road and on Pittwater Road near the intersection with Cabbage Tree Road, Bayview, council have proposed safety improvements which include the installation of:
  • A raised threshold with marked cycle ways, warning, and speed advisory signs on Pittwater Road near the intersection with Cabbage Tree Road.
  • A combination of raised thresholds, warning signs, speed advisory signs, reflective pavement markers, barriers on the roadside and a raised median around the bend along Cabbage tree road.
Council states the proposal would improve the speed at which motorists travel, keep motorists within their own lane and improve overall road safety for both motorists and pedestrians.

The installation of a cycle way on either side of the proposed raised threshold on Pittwater Road near Cabbage Tree Road will facilitate safe passage for cyclists on the popular road cycling route.



Lease Of Bilgola Beach Cafe

Submissions close Wednesday 24 April 2024
Council are proposing to enter into a lease to fit out and operate the café located at 400 Barrenjoey Road, Bilgola Beach NSW 2107.

A tender will be released to source an experienced operator in the coming months. The lease is intended to be granted to the successful tenderer for five years, with an additional five-year option.

The premises forms part of Bilgola Beach Reserve Trust (R58243), Lot 7327 DP 1164236, of which Council is the Crown Land Manager. Council is required to give notice in accordance with Section 3.22 of the CLM Act 2016 and Section 47 of the LGA 1993.

Submissions in relation to the proposal may be made:
 -  Writing to:
 Proposed Lease – Bilgola Beach Café
 Northern Beaches Council
 PO Box 82
 Manly NSW 1655

Submissions close Wednesday 24 April 2024
All submissions in their entirety may be made publicly available in the Public Notification Report. Personal identifying information and content which is discriminatory, hateful or which may defame, offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate will be redacted.

Lease Plan:


Plastic Bread Ties For Wheelchairs

The Berry Collective at 1691 Pittwater Rd, Mona Vale collects them for Oz Bread Tags for Wheelchairs, who recycle the plastic.

Berry Collective is the practice on the left side of the road as you head north, a few blocks before Mona Vale shops . They have parking. Enter the foyer and there's a small bin on a table where you drop your bread ties - very easy.

A full list of Aussie bread tags for wheelchairs is available at: HERE 



Science Week 2024: School Grants

The school theme for National Science Week in 2024 is Species Survival - More than just sustainability. The theme aims to highlight the importance of science and innovation in ensuring the survival and thriving of different species in an ever-changing world.

Students will have an amazing variety of topics to investigate, and be able to dive into issues of particular interest to them: disease-causing organisms, life-saving chemicals, clean water, photosynthesis, genetic screening, physics of building structures, artificial intelligence, and microplastics.

School grants

Grants of up to $500 are provided to support National Science Week activities in schools and preschools.

The four criteria that the applications are ranked against are the:

  1. likely impact of proposed activity on student learning outcomes in STEM;
  2. contribution to the ongoing and increased student participation and engagement in school STEM programs;
  3. practicality and scope of proposed activity; and
  4. potential for parent and/or community and/or neighbouring school/s involvement.

Be sure to read all of the terms and conditions before applying online via the Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA) website. Applications close on 12 April 2024.

The grants are administered by ASTA and the grant pool of $110,000 is provided by the Australian Government.

Teaching Resource Book

Download the free Species Survival teacher resource book (17.5 MB, pdf) and the companion student journal (4.8MB, pdf). There is also a flipbook version of the resource book. A listing of the web links in the book is also available if you are using a printed copy of the book.

School Poster

The Species Survival - More than just sustainability A3 poster for 2024 is available to download and print (6 MB, pdf).


Nominate For 2024 Public Education Awards

Nominations for the 2024 Public Education Awards are now open.

The awards showcase the exceptional work occurring every day across NSW public education - by schools, students, teachers, employees and parents - and were previously known as the Minister’s and Secretary’s Awards for Excellence.

Among the seven award categories in 2024 is the Secretary’s Award for Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging.

This award recognises and celebrates those in NSW public education who proactively advocate for and celebrate diversity, inclusion and belonging.

It is open to all current employees of the NSW Department of Education, including casual staff, temporary staff and contractors.

The seven award categories for 2024 are:

Award nominations close on 14 May and the winners will be announced at a gala event at Sydney Town Hall on Monday 5 August.

More information is available on the Public Education Foundation website

Jamieson Park Sports Amenities Building: Concept Design Now Available 

Feedback Closes May 12
In 2022 Council asked for your input on what the building design should include so that it meets the needs of our community and the clubs who use the site. 

Around 5.30 pm on Saturday November 27th 2021 a fire broke out at the rear of the Narrabeen Lakes Sailing Club's facilities in Jamieson Park, on the lagoon, destroying the premises. 

Since that time, Council states it has been working closely with the Narrabeen Lakes Sailing Club and the appointed architects to produce concept plans that capture all of the main elements of what council heard from the initial community engagement.

Council wants to know if it has the proposed design right. Take a look at the new concept design images here and provide feedback.

Have your say by:
  • completing the online comment form here or
  • emailing council@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au, or
  • writing to, marked 'Jamieson Park Sports Amenities Building', Northern Beaches Council, PO Box 82 Manly NSW 1655.
Please include 'Jamieson Park Sports Amenities Building' in the subject line of all email or written feedback.


Concept Drawing: NBC

Monika's Doggie Rescue Pets Of The Week

Molly 

12yo Cavalier X


Molly is one of the saddest dogs I have seen. She was skeletal when she came from the pound. She is such a sweet natured gentle dog and very social with other dogs. Molly is not needy but loves a pat and looks at you with those sorrowful eyes. Life has been hard for her. Despite her age she is very agile and can jump up on chairs with ease and has good health for her age. She is on 2/3 meals per day as we try to improve her body condition. She has also had a dental so she can chew chicken necks better. She is chipped as a Cavalier X Pom however she has long lanky legs and a shortish coat. When she came in she weighed only 10.3kg.

All our dogs come with desexing, fully vaccinated, heartworm free and microchipped. Also included for the love and health of our dogs is a free Health and Wellness Voucher with our DoggieRescue Vet. Her adoption fee is $700. 

Pip 

12mths Griffin X


Pip is a very bouncy happy girl. She loves to give to kisses and will lap up all the attention you give her. She is very social and playful with other small dogs but prefers the higher energy ones that can keep up with her. She has a scruffy coat and weighs 7.0kg. All our dogs come with desexing, fully vaccinated, heartworm free and microchipped. Also included for the love and health of our dogs is a free Health and Wellness Voucher with our DoggieRescue Vet. Her adoption fee is $700.  on 98907220 or DoggieRescue on 9486 3133  or email  Monika@DoggieRescue.com.  RON R251000024

Issacs's Gardening Services: Seniors Looked After 

Dear Editor,
Our neighbour's son (Isaac Loveday) recently started his own gardening business here.  He lives at Warriewood.

Isaac has 10 years horticultural experience with Flower Power.   His listed expertise is:
  • Horticultural advice
  • Mowing & hedging
  • Landscaping & fertilising
  • Planting & turf laying
  • Weed & pest control
No job is too big or too small, and seniors will be looked after.
I have attached his Brochure & Business Cards.
Do you have anywhere in PON that we can advertise his business.  He is a young man & enthusiastic about his work.
J.M.


E-Bikes On Footpaths

Residents continue to experience being almost struck or mowed down on footpaths in shopping areas and other places by youngsters and teenagers speeding on e-bikes. The same is occurring with e-scooters and e-skateboards, which are illegal when used in public places -  NSW Police can issue a fine of $723 for the use of these in public places.

In NSW children under 16 can ride on the footpath unless there are signs prohibiting cycling.

Bicycle riders aged 16 years and over must not ride on a footpath unless they are:
  • an adult supervising a child under the age of 16
  • a postal worker riding a bicycle in the course of their work duties
  • a rider carrying a child under 10 as a passenger
  • a rider with a medical condition who is carrying a medical certificate that states a medical practitioner believes the rider should be allowed to ride on the footpath
  • a rider accompanying a rider with a medical condition.
All riders must keep to the left and give way to pedestrians, not expect them to get out of their way when using either a footpath or shard path.

It is legal to ride on some small roads however Transport for NSW recommends children do not ride scooters, skateboards or rollerblades on roads. 

It's the law to wear a helmet in public spaces when on a bicycle.
  • All petrol-powered bicycles are illegal on NSW roads and road-related areas such as footpaths, shared paths, cycle ways and cycle paths
  • All privately owned e-scooters are illegal in public spaces.
There are two types of permitted e-bikes: 
  • Power-assisted pedal cycles 
  • Electrically power-assisted cycles. 
The rider must primarily propel these bikes – a motor can't be the only source propelling it. The motor should only help the rider, like when going uphill or facing strong winds

If you see an e-bike speeding over 25kms this is illegal and a Fine of $723 can be imposed by Police.  

If an e-device is endangering the public call 000 or if not an emergency the NSW Police Assistance line on 131 444.  

Those NSW Police information sheets from a few years back show the speed limits and in where they are permitted;


Entries Open For Annual Environmental Art And Design Prize

The council invites submissions for its annual Environmental Art and Design Prize. Artists and designers are invited to submit their entries from 20 March to 19 May 2024. 

Open to artists and designers of all levels and backgrounds from across Australia, the prize seeks to showcase innovative and thought-provoking works that explore the theme of the environment, with an aim to inspire action toward a sustainable future.

This year’s judges are renowned experts in their field, industrial designer Trent Jansen, visual artist Khaled Sabsabi, and fashion designer Genevieve Smart. Finalists will be announced on 28 May, with the winners announced on 1 August 2024.

This year’s prize money across the four prizes has increased with the visual arts and design winners each receiving an impressive $20,000. The people’s choice winner and the young artist/designer winner will receive $3,000 each. 

Finalists will be featured in an exhibition across three galleries, Manly Art Gallery and Museum (MAGM), Curl Curl Creative Space, and Mona Vale Creative Space Gallery from 2 to 25 August 2024.

To enter or for more information about the prize and the judges, visit:  HERE

Pedestrian Refuges For Ponderosa Pde And Jubilee Ave Warriewood: Have Your Say

Opens: Fri 22 Mar 2024
Closes: Sun 28 Apr 2024
Council is proposing to construct pedestrian refuges at the roundabout on the Ponderosa Parade and Jubilee Avenue intersection, as identified in the Warriewood Valley Roads Masterplan.
Council have previously consulted the community via the Warriewood Contribution Plan (Appendix B) on this project and have now refined the design.
Council invite you to provide your feedback by:
  • completing the online comment form via the link below
  • emailing council@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au
  • writing to Northern Beaches Council, PO Box 82 Manly NSW 1655.
Please include 'Improving Road Safety - Ponderosa Parade and Jubilee Avenue, Warriewood' in the subject line of all email or written feedback. Please note that we are unable to give individual responses to all submissions.

Council states this proposal will improve safety for all road users and pedestrians. 

View the concept plan then tell Council what you think, here


 

Click on logo above to visit their website.

Slow Down: Wildlife Crossing

Please contact Sydney Wildlife Rescue on (02) 9413 4300 for advice if you hit a native animal or come across an injured one while driving. It is helpful if you can provide an accurate location or landmark to assist our rescuers who will pouch check marsupials for joeys, so little lives like Phoebe can be saved. 


 
Photo: Phoebe the Swamp Wallaby by Jane Notice by Sydney Wildlife Rescue

2024 Infectious Disease Alerts - Whooping Cough

Australia is facing a whooping cough outbreak. Some 2,799 cases were recorded in the first three months of 2024. Cases are highest in Queensland and New South Wales, with more than 1,000 recorded in each state.

Although NSW Health has not issued an alert, one is listed, dated March 27 2024, on the '2024 - Infectious disease alerts' - NSW Health webpage.

Whooping cough is a serious and highly contagious respiratory disease. Also called pertussis, it’s caused by the bacteria Bordetella pertussis.

The initial symptoms of whooping cough resemble other cold and flu-like symptoms. These include runny nose, sneezing, mild cough and fever. However, as the disease progresses into the second week, the coughing fits become worse and more frequent. After or between bouts of coughing, patients may gasp for air and produce the characteristic “whoop” noise.
The disease is also sometimes called the “100-day cough” as it can last for 6–12 weeks. It’s especially serious and can be life-threatening in new-borns who are yet to receive their vaccinations. In older children who are fully vaccinated, as well as adolescents and adults, the disease is normally less severe. However, even in adults, the coughing can lead to fractured ribs.

Antibiotics are used to treat whooping cough but are most effective when given during the initial stages of the illness. You can check this with your GP if you’re not sure if any coughing in children or adults is the disease presenting. Anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms should stay away from infants.

The NSW advice states:
1. Whooping cough continues to increase in NSW, particularly amongst school-aged children.
2. Prompt diagnosis, isolation and antibiotics can reduce transmission and protect infants.

Bright Future For Manly

Member for Manly, James Griffin said today’s (April 17) business forum has provided a unique launching pad for ‘Making Manly Great Again’.

Mr Griffin said “Recent data indicates the local economy hasn’t fully recovered from the impact of COVID.

“In response I called today’s meeting of hospitality and visitor economy operators to consider ways of revitalising the economy for Manly and the surrounding suburbs.”

Key speakers included General Manager, Tourism Development NRMA, Michael Betteridge who said Manly is a unique beachside destination.

He said, “The domestic economy is the powerhouse in terms of visitor spend. Day tripping is the unsung hero of what we do in the visitor economy. If we can build a vibrant destination for day trippers in Sydney, that vibrancy attracts people from all over the State and then overseas,” Mr Betteridge said.

Co-Founder and Director of ‘Night at the Barracks’, Cameron Coghlan expressed excitement over the forum’s success.

“Such an incredible opportunity to chat with local businesses in the area and build the camaraderie between us all.

“It would be great if ‘Night at the Barracks’ can be one of the vehicles to show off Manly and all the amazing businesses in the area," he said.

Mr Griffin said the turn-out was fantastic and the comments and positive proposals were excellent.

“I’m excited for the future of Manly and the surrounding suburbs as we work together on implementing ideas from the forum, including a ‘Calendar of Compelling Events’.

“I thank all those who participated, including Manly Business Chamber representatives, local business operators, associates, and key speakers. 

“We are on track to ‘Making Manly Great Again’,” Mr Griffin said.



Photo: James Griffin MP addresses the ‘Making Manly Great Again’ Forum. Image supplied

Northern Beaches Para Surfer Boardriders Club (Mona Vale): 2024 Pittwater RSL Boardriders Inclusive Classic, May 4th 2024 - FREE

The NBPSB & MVB club’s both rely on membership fees, donations, sponsorships, grants & fundraisers to fund their operations. This is the annual fundraiser round of the year and while we are at it let's have some fun! 
Sign up at: HERE

JOIN US & CELEBRATE INCLUSIVITY  EVENTS & SCHEDULE Including But not limited to...
  • Regular Round of NBPSB + MVB Competition from 8am
  • We have food trucks incoming!  G Toasties, Ice Cream Truck and Spit Roast for purchase during the day. You wont go hungry!
  • Northern Beaches Rehabilitation will be there to provide their superb services and massages throughout the day - https://nbrehab.com.au/
The afternoon will be action packed...
Kicking it off is the Para Surfers Exhibition Session. Surfers of all different classes will be inspirational and make you wonder why your standing on the beach.

Then the Expression Session by PRO Surfers should be explosive and impressive!
We start to wind up the day time activities with some tunes and grazing table upstairs in the MV SLSC Cooks Terrace while watching down on the club finals.

Club Presentation & Awards will be following the finals on the sand.

There will be more awesome Live Music & pizza for dinner. Drinks are avail to purchase.
Buy tickets HERE: https://www.trybooking.com/events/landing/1203895 for the lucky door prize ticket & entry to MVSLSC Cooks Terrace ($10 per person - $40 per family). Every ticket sold helps both clubs in different ways, but in both cases its reinvested into our members and building the best clubs and community going round.

Don't miss out on the chance to win some fantastic prizes!! We have been kindly donated by QB Interior a DiRodi E-bike as 1st prize in our Raffle! So many other fantastic prizes!!
After you sign up be sure to buy your tickets for the Lucky Door Prize  and Raffle today and catch the wave of support! Prize will be drawn 8pm on May 4, 2024.

Catch you on the sand 🏄🏻🤙🏼
NOTE: If you are not a current active member of the club (ie not financial) you do not need to sign up for the May round unless you would like to and we would of course be very grateful


Nominate A Volunteer Today

Nominations have now opened for the 2024 NSW Volunteer of the Year awards which celebrate the hard work and dedication of volunteers in the community. 

Member for Manly, James Griffin said volunteers are the backbone of so many community groups, organisations and initiatives. 

“Volunteers contribute $178 billion to the NSW economy, and I know here locally, our community just wouldn’t run as it does, without the hard work and dedication of volunteers,” Mr Griffin said. 

“I’ve said many times that volunteers are the backbone of our community, and that is particularly true in the Manly electorate. 

“From church groups, surf clubs and emergency services personnel to hospital auxiliaries, St John’s Ambulance volunteers and service club members, there are those in our community who work day and night to make our part of the world a better place to live. 

“There are countless projects and initiatives in our electorate that simply would never have happened without the work of volunteers, and I sincerely thank everyone who sacrifices their time and effort for our community’s betterment.” 

Mr Griffin said, “If you know someone who deserves to be recognised as part of the 2024 NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards, I encourage you to get your nomination in now!” 

The NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards are an annual program aimed at recognising the incredible dedication, effort and community service of our state’s volunteers, volunteer leaders and volunteer teams. 

There are eight categories of awards including Adult Volunteer of the Year, Young Volunteer of the Year, Senior Volunteer of the Year, and more. 

Nominations for this year’s awards close on 14 June 2024.
For more information, visit the The Centre of Volunteering website at:  www.volunteering.com.au/awards/about-the-awards

Part of the 100 strong volunteer members of Marine Rescue Broken Bay. Photo: Michael Mannington, Community Photography

Transfer Of Investment NSW And Office Of The Chief Scientist And Engineer To The Premier’s Department

On Friday April 12 2024 NSW Premier Chris Minns announced that industry, innovation, trade and investment functions will return to the centre of government through the transfer of Investment NSW to the Premier’s Department.

In addition, changes will be made to Department of Enterprise, Investment and Trade, to provide a renewed focus on government priorities in the arts, hospitality, tourism and the night-time economy portfolios, as well as driving the implementation of key reforms, including the vibrancy reforms, the government stated.

These changes will include a new name, the Department of Creative Industries, Tourism, Hospitality and Sport.

The changes will come into effect on July 1, 2024, subject to the approval of the Governor-in-Council:
  • Venues NSW, NSW Institute of Sport and the Office of Sport will be related agencies of the new Department of Creative Industries, Tourism, Hospitality and Sport 
  • Investment NSW and the Office of the Chief Scientist and Engineer to join the Premier’s Department
  • All remaining functions and entities that are currently part of or related to DEIT will become part of or related to the Department of Creative Industries, Tourism, Hospitality and Sport.
NSW Premier Chris Minns said:  
“The changes announced today bring structure and better co-ordination to important portfolios which together ensure our trade and investment is at the centre of government.
“This is a government that is focused on opening up Sydney and NSW for business, boosting the economy and creating jobs in these important sectors.”



Long Reef Boardwalk & Bridge Replacement: In FRP (Fibre-Reinforced Plastic)- Have Your Say

Closes May 12
Council are planning to replace the boardwalk and bridge, relocating it slightly further away from the coast to minimise the impacts of storm surges. 

Relocation of the boardwalk results in minor changes to two greens and a pathway on Long Reef Golf Course. Council states the Golf Club are supportive of the current option.
The new boardwalk is proposed to be constructed from Fibre-reinforced plastic (FRP; also called fibre-reinforced polymer, or in American English fiber) is a composite material made of a polymer matrix reinforced with fibres. The fibres are usually glass (in fibreglass), carbon (in carbon-fibre-reinforced polymer), aramid, or basalt.

Council invite you to provide feedback by:
Please include 'Long Reef boardwalk & bridge replacement' in the subject line of all email or written feedback.


Plan image: NBC

Heading To The Basin Camping Over The School Holidays? 

Let Barrenjoey Boating Services transport you and all your camping gear directly across Pittwater on one of their barges. From $130 for up to 7 passengers and gear it’s the easiest and most cost effective way to travel. 
Bookings on 02 9974 4229.


Church Point Landscape And Road Upgrades: Project Update - March 2024

Council have completed the report on the outcomes of engagement and revised the original plans for landscape improvements and road realignment works.

Council will be exhibiting the revised road realignment plans and design soon. 
Follow this page on their website to stay up to date.

Council states works on the road realignment and landscaping will be sequenced to commence from mid to late 2024.

Mid 2025: Thomas Stephens Reserve works commence

The works at the reserve are scheduled to commence when the road realignment is complete.

April 7 - 20, 2024: Issue 621

This Issue:

Front Page Issue 621 

Pictures: Autumn 2024 School Holidays Fun That Won't Break The Bank: Explore All Those Pittwater Pathways To Public Lands & Reserves, Catch A Ferry, Take A Stroll, Have A Hike, Go Watching Whales, Dolphins, Birds

From The Council Chamber - Meeting Held Tuesday March 26, 2024 by Miranda Korzy

Aquatics: NSW SES, NSW RFS Volunteers Conduct Hundreds Of Flood Rescues During Rain Event: April 5-6 2024

Park Bench Philosophers Pittwater Restaurants You Could Stay At: Jonah's Road House, Whale Beach

DIY Ideas Fun Project Ideas for Autumn School Holidays: ideas for those who like making things out of wood, growing things, painting things, storing things and one project for really big kids!

Environment Koala Extinction 'Ticked Off', Government Approves Santos Barossa Pipeline and Sea Dumping, New Research Shows Koalas In The Sydney Basin Are In Decline: NSW State Government Seeking Feedback On Reviewing The NSW Koala Strategy, The Long Lunch: Sunday April 21 NBCAN fundraiser, Northern Beaches Clean Up Crew: Whale Beach Clean, Increase Tree Vandalism Penalties: NSW Parliamentary Petition, 2024 BirdLife Australia Community Conservation Grants, Have Your Say: Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley Disaster Adaptation Plan, Eastern Blue Groper Changes: Have Your Say, Murrumbidgee Floodplain Management Plan: Have Your Say, Plastic Bread Ties For Wheelchairs, Volunteers For Barrenjoey Lighthouse Tours Needed, Stay Safe From Mosquitoes, Mountain Bike Incidents On Public Land: Survey, Report Fox Sightings, Marine Wildlife Rescue Group On The Central Coast, Watch Out - Shorebirds About, Possums In Your Roof?: Do The Right Thing, Aviaries + Possum Release Sites Needed, Bushcare In Pittwater: Where + When, Coastal Floodplain Drainage Project: Have Your Say, Hundreds of animals were rescued after the Black Summer bushfires – but how many actually survived?, Landmark study reveals new ‘tree of life’ for all birds living today, Australian ‘bush glass’ bears the fingerprints of a cosmic collision with an iron meteorite, A 20-year ‘mega-drought’ in Australia? Research suggests it’s happened before – and we should expect it again, Myrtle rust is lethal to Australian plants. Could citizen scientists help track its spread?, Without community support the green energy transition will fail; Here’s how to get communities on board, Only 57 producers are responsible for 80% of all fossil fuel and cement CO2 emissions since 2016 – new report, Out of alignment: how clashing policies make for terrible environmental outcomes, The Southern Ocean has the cleanest air on Earth; We have just discovered why, Friends Of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment Activities, Gardens and Environment Groups and Organisations In Pittwater, Pittwater Reserves: Histories + Notes + Pictorial Walks, + more

Inbox News There are new flu vaccines on offer for 2024; Should I get one?; What do I need to know?, Days are getting shorter and colder; 6 tips for sticking to your fitness goals, AMA Calls For Digital Black-Out On Junk Food Ads, Who invented the flat white?; Italian sugar farmers from regional Queensland likely played a big role, From where we work to what we spend, the ABS knows more about us than ever before: here’s what’s changing, It’s time to give Australian courts the power to break up big firms that behave badly: Allan Fels, Rock-Wallaby Bite Size ‘Packs A Punch’, Universal Brain-Computer Interface Lets People Play Games With Just Their Thoughts, ‘A blind and deaf mind’: what it’s like to have no visual imagination or inner voice, Businesswoman and women’s advocate Samantha Mostyn to be Australia’s next governor-general, Dr. Scamps Offering Free Anti-Scam Seminar; Online presentation on April 10th: 3.30pm to 5pm, Meryon + Ruth Sumpter At North Avalon Beach Circa 1954-55, Minister For Aged Care - Statement - 3 April 2024, Peak Aged Care Advocacy Bodies Demand Swift Action On New Aged Care Act, Why is Australia’s east coast copping all this rain right now? An atmospheric scientist explains, Cost Of Living Solutions For Seniors Pre-Budget Submission, Money transporter Armaguard is in peril. Could cash be dead sooner than we think?, Mah Jong Returns To RPAYC, Beware businesses claiming to use trailblazing technology. They might just be ‘AI washing’ to snare investors, Join In The Biggest Morning Tea At RPAYC, Manly-Warringah Choir is pleased to announce its Autumn concert: Mostly Mozart, The Missa Solemnis at 200: Beethoven was close to deaf when he wrote his self-proclaimed best work, Pittwater-Narrabeen Parkinson’s Support Group, 40+ Water Birds Of The Sydney Region: School Holidays Bird-Watching Fun, Avalon Youth Hub: Who’s Keen For Youth Week?, Word Of The Week: Autumn, Whooping cough is surging in Australia; how can we protect ourselves, Before Dawn: young Aussie director’s new film is a sombre recount of the ANZACs’ sacrifice, Growing quickly helped the earliest dinosaurs and other ancient reptiles flourish in the aftermath of mass extinction, Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire – this Chinese-US blockbuster maximises the global appeal of the MonsterVerse, How food preferences are linked to cognition and brain health – and why a balanced diet is superior, The Missa Solemnis at 200: Beethoven was close to deaf when he wrote his self-proclaimed best work, Was famous bushranger Captain Moonlite definitely gay? An historian explains why it’s much more complicated, Beyoncé’s ‘Blackbiird’ breathes new life into a symbol that has inspired centuries of Black artists, musicians and storytellers

Profile of the Week SNB Surf Boats 2023-2024 Season - A Few Insights Before Local Crews Head North As One Team To The 2024 Aussies 

Members of the SLS Sydney Northern Beaches Branch will be heading north over the next few weeks to participate in the 2024 Australian Surf Life Saving Championships, the Aussies. This year they will be held on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland at Alexandra Headland SLSC, Maroochydore SLSC and Mooloolaba SLSC from 13 to 21 April 2024.

Over 6000 competitors across Youth, Open and Masters age categories from 314 surf clubs will take part in 480+ events over the 9 days of the 2024 Aussies.

Ocean Events including ski, swim, board and ironperson will be held at Maroochydore, surf boat and lifesaving events will be at Alexandra Headland, board riding at Coolum with Mooloolaba hosting the ocean swim and beach events. 

Some local surf clubs have been holding fundraisers over the past few weeks to send their surf boat teams north after what has been a GREAT Season for Boat Divisions of surf clubs in the Sydney Northern Beaches Branch.

Local clubs have represented the State at the 2024 SLSA Interstate with 6 out of the 8 coming from here: 3 from Palm Beach SLSC, 1 from Avalon Beach SLSC, 1 from Collaroy SLSC and 1 from South Curl Curl. Crews from Port Kembla and Wanda comprised the rest of Team NSW.


2024 SLS NSW Interstate team

At local Branch carnivals for the 2024 SNB Premiership, at the 2024 Team Navy ASRL Open, at the NSW State Championships, local clubs have accounted for medals across almost every age division. 

During this season new crews have been formed in the younger divisions and Bilgola, which had not taken part for a while, has formed a new crew which aims to be ready for the 2024-2025 Season.

The passion for the sport, the sense of camaraderie across ages and genders, the teamwork built through literally pulling together, along with year round fitness, as crews train even in the coldest part of winter, is not all there is to local lore for surf boats. 

The first purpose-built surf boat was launched at Manly in March 1907. This had been preceded by locals saving others in older versions of whaler open boats off our shores from Barrenjoey's Broken Bay Customs Station, or rowing to Newcastle to compete in the 1920s. In recent decades local teams from Avalon Beach SLSC, Warriewood and Long Reef surf clubs have taken part in the George Bass Marathon to continue those long rows in a surf boat traditions, a 7 day 190k row embedded in history once again, and named for George Bass who took a similar route, rowing, in 1797. His excursion rowing a boat took 11 weeks and covered 1,900k's of coastline, about the length local surf club rowers go for in the annual 24 hour row during the 'off-season', which again, was initiated right here, and again, is about caring for and supporting others - even those you may never know and never get to speak to.

So how many k's have local surf boat crews rowed before they head north for one final whirl in the 2024 edition of the Aussies?

This Issue, a few glimpses into their Season so far as that draws to a close.


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Readers are advised that this page contains images of deceased persons. Users are warned that there may be words and descriptions that may be culturally sensitive and which might not normally be used in certain public or community contexts.

An April 2020 page on Artist H. Tristram Squire, who settled in Mona Vale at the Dungarvon home in the 1920's, may finally be updated with some of the many works older residents, who were then children, recall being in situ at the premises when they visited 'an old couple - very nice' at Dungarvon. Many recall the interior walls were covered in murals painted by Harold Tristram Squire and his wife Mabel, and the garden filled with statues.

The photos of these works provided on this page are courtesy of the family who bought the property as a deceased estate after Mabel had passed away in 1957.

The property has recently been placed on the market again, leading to a discussion which brought up the long sought for insights into the Squires works at Mona Vale, courtesy of the family that lived there after the Artists. 

Meryon + Ruth Sumpter At North Avalon Beach Circa 1954-55



The Sumpter family were early Harley Road, North Avalon, residents and known for 'building community'. Sons David, 'The Mex' and Rodney 'The Gopher' were renowned and champions surfers. 

Rod commenced surfing at Avalon Beach at the age of six, first body surfing then surfoplaning, progressing to a redwood plank and, as surfing developed, on a 10 feet balsa board and then foam made boards. He has won over seventy-five trophies during an active surfing career. He has surfed in over twenty-five countries. Rod is the only surfer in the world to hold three National Surfing Titles consecutively number one at Bondi Beach winning the Australian National Junior Title in 1963, at Huntington Beach, California, the 1964 U.S. Junior Title, and at Jersey, Channel Islands, and the Great Britain National Title in 1965. He was the first to paddle and surf the Cribber in 1965. He has been the British Champion six times and the European Champion twice, and regained the British and European titles after an extraordinary twenty-year gap. A Surf moviemaker and former staff photographer for Surfer magazine, he has shaped surfboards, and won a gold television award for his water- photography. 
Photo: ABHS/Sumpter family - PON Facebook Post April 2 2024.


To the Editor,
Nice article on Meryon and Ruth Sumpter Circa 1954-55. Great photo of them with the rocks in the background. 
Rodney has lived in the UK for many years.
Dad did the Surf Meet in 1963. This is a poster by Dave Letts of Newport.

Kind Regards,
David ‘The Mex’ Sumpter.
Friday April 5 2024 (via email)

Ed's note: and of course, we have asked to have a longer chat - keep your fingers crossed!

Thank You John

Marine Rescue Broken Bay: 
Congratulations to our esteemed vessel coxswain, John Duniam, on achieving a remarkable milestone! 

Twenty years of dedicated service is an incredible achievement, and we commend John for his unwavering commitment, leadership, and expertise. His contributions have undoubtedly left a lasting impact on our team and community.

Here's to many more years of smooth sailing under John's capable guidance. Keep up the outstanding work, John! 


Lease Of Bilgola Beach Cafe

Submissions close Wednesday 24 April 2024
Council are proposing to enter into a lease to fit out and operate the café located at 400 Barrenjoey Road, Bilgola Beach NSW 2107.

A tender will be released to source an experienced operator in the coming months. The lease is intended to be granted to the successful tenderer for five years, with an additional five-year option.

The premises forms part of Bilgola Beach Reserve Trust (R58243), Lot 7327 DP 1164236, of which Council is the Crown Land Manager. Council is required to give notice in accordance with Section 3.22 of the CLM Act 2016 and Section 47 of the LGA 1993.

Submissions in relation to the proposal may be made:
 -  Writing to:
 Proposed Lease – Bilgola Beach Café
 Northern Beaches Council
 PO Box 82
 Manly NSW 1655

Submissions close Wednesday 24 April 2024
All submissions in their entirety may be made publicly available in the Public Notification Report. Personal identifying information and content which is discriminatory, hateful or which may defame, offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate will be redacted.

Lease Plan:


Plastic Bread Ties For Wheelchairs

The Berry Collective at 1691 Pittwater Rd, Mona Vale collects them for Oz Bread Tags for Wheelchairs, who recycle the plastic.

Berry Collective is the practice on the left side of the road as you head north, a few blocks before Mona Vale shops . They have parking. Enter the foyer and there's a small bin on a table where you drop your bread ties - very easy.

A full list of Aussie bread tags for wheelchairs is available at: HERE 



Autumn School Holidays Issues Of Pittwater Online News

Issue 621 will be published Sunday April 7 2024
Issue 622 will be published Sunday April 21 2024

There will be no Issue on Sunday April 14 as staff take the opportunity to spend time with their families. 


Anzac Day In Pittwater 2024

Wednesday 17 April 
  • RSL LifeCare ANZAC Village (The War Vets) - 10am March followed by service.
Sunday 21 April
  • Narrabeen RSL Sub-Branch - 11.30am March from Narrabeen Surf Club to Narrabeen Cenotaph, followed by service.
  • Forestville RSL Sub-Branch - 2.40pm March followed by service.

Thursday 25 April
  • Pittwater RSL Sub-Branch - 5.20am Dawn Service.
  • Newport Dawn Service, 5.30 a.m. at Trafalgar Park Cenotaph, Gladstone Street, Newport.
  • Avalon Beach RSL Sub-Branch - 5.30am Dawn Service, 11am March and 11.40am commemorative service.
  • RSL LifeCare ANZAC Village (The War Vets) – 6am Service followed by community breakfast and taxi cavalcade.
  • Forestville RSL Sub-Branch - 5.30am Dawn Service.
  • Palm Beach RSL Sub-Branch - 10.30am March, followed by Service.
  • Collaroy RSL Sub-Branch - 5pm Sunset Service.


2024 Infectious Disease Alerts - Whooping Cough

Australia is facing a whooping cough outbreak. Some 2,799 cases were recorded in the first three months of 2024. Cases are highest in Queensland and New South Wales, with more than 1,000 recorded in each state.

Although NSW Health has not issued an alert, one is listed, dated March 27 2024, on the '2024 - Infectious disease alerts' - NSW Health webpage.

Whooping cough is a serious and highly contagious respiratory disease. Also called pertussis, it’s caused by the bacteria Bordetella pertussis.

The initial symptoms of whooping cough resemble other cold and flu-like symptoms. These include runny nose, sneezing, mild cough and fever. However, as the disease progresses into the second week, the coughing fits become worse and more frequent. After or between bouts of coughing, patients may gasp for air and produce the characteristic “whoop” noise.
The disease is also sometimes called the “100-day cough” as it can last for 6–12 weeks. It’s especially serious and can be life-threatening in new-borns who are yet to receive their vaccinations. In older children who are fully vaccinated, as well as adolescents and adults, the disease is normally less severe. However, even in adults, the coughing can lead to fractured ribs.

Antibiotics are used to treat whooping cough but are most effective when given during the initial stages of the illness. You can check this with your GP if you’re not sure if any coughing in children or adults is the disease presenting. Anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms should stay away from infants.

The NSW advice states:
1. Whooping cough continues to increase in NSW, particularly amongst school-aged children.
2. Prompt diagnosis, isolation and antibiotics can reduce transmission and protect infants.

''Signal Fire'' Installed At McKillop Park, Freshwater

Council has stated it is proud to unveil a landmark artwork by First Nations art and design studio mili mili, as part of the Coast Walk Public Art project.

Led by artist and creative director Nicole Monks, of mili mili studio, Council states this is a powerful tribute to the enduring tradition and historical significance of signal fires.

“Signal fires have been lit on headlands up and down the east coast by Aboriginal people for tens of thousands of years,” Ms Monks said.

“They are part of a sophisticated system of communication passed down through the generations, serving as a message, serving as a warning, serving as a reminder.”
Mayor Sue Heins said the artwork takes pride of place on Freshwater Headland, signalling for all people to gather and pay tribute.

“When Cook sailed the Endeavour up the east coast of Australia in 1770, First Nations people strategically lit signal fires along the headlands, to convey a message and a warning,” Mayor Heins said.

“While the ship’s crew noted the smoke and fire, little did they know they were witnessing an emergency response in action.

“Just as smoke served as a signal then, may this artwork serve as a signal for us to all come together and pay tribute to the traditional custodians of this land and the enduring, continuing culture of First Nations people.”

Council states it and mili mili engaged with local Aboriginal elders, cultural knowledge holders, the Aboriginal Heritage Office and community as part of their creative process. 
Council states mili mili also worked with local Aboriginal enterprise Bush to Bowl and Council’s bush regeneration teams to include endemic native plants into the surrounding landscape.

The artwork is stated to be a key landmark on the 36km Coast Walk. 

The cost of the artwork was not disclosed in Council's release statement, however a 2020 estimate approved $400 to $500 thousand for the work. 

Council received 28 submissions on the proposal, 15 of which expressed whole-hearted support for the design.


Northern Beaches Para Surfer Boardriders Club (Mona Vale): 2024 Pittwater RSL Boardriders Inclusive Classic, SATURDAY May 4th 2024 - FREE

The NBPSB & MVB club’s both rely on membership fees, donations, sponsorships, grants & fundraisers to fund their operations. This is the annual fundraiser round of the year and while we are at it let's have some fun! 
Sign up at: HERE

JOIN US & CELEBRATE INCLUSIVITY  EVENTS & SCHEDULE Including But not limited to...
  • Regular Round of NBPSB + MVB Competition from 8am
  • We have food trucks incoming!  G Toasties, Ice Cream Truck and Spit Roast for purchase during the day. You wont go hungry!
  • Northern Beaches Rehabilitation will be there to provide their superb services and massages throughout the day - https://nbrehab.com.au/
The afternoon will be action packed...
Kicking it off is the Para Surfers Exhibition Session. Surfers of all different classes will be inspirational and make you wonder why your standing on the beach.

Then the Expression Session by PRO Surfers should be explosive and impressive!
We start to wind up the day time activities with some tunes and grazing table upstairs in the MV SLSC Cooks Terrace while watching down on the club finals.

Club Presentation & Awards will be following the finals on the sand.

There will be more awesome Live Music & pizza for dinner. Drinks are avail to purchase.
Buy tickets HERE: https://www.trybooking.com/events/landing/1203895 for the lucky door prize ticket & entry to MVSLSC Cooks Terrace ($10 per person - $40 per family). Every ticket sold helps both clubs in different ways, but in both cases its reinvested into our members and building the best clubs and community going round.

Don't miss out on the chance to win some fantastic prizes!! We have been kindly donated by QB Interior a DiRodi E-bike as 1st prize in our Raffle! So many other fantastic prizes!!
After you sign up be sure to buy your tickets for the Lucky Door Prize  and Raffle today and catch the wave of support! Prize will be drawn 8pm on May 4, 2024.

Catch you on the sand 🏄🏻🤙🏼
NOTE: If you are not a current active member of the club (ie not financial) you do not need to sign up for the May round unless you would like to and we would of course be very grateful


Koala Extinction 'Ticked Off''

Dear Editor

Hopefully newly appointed CEO of the 'Reconstruction Authority', Deputy Commissioner Lanyon, does not suffer the same treatment Pittwater's Shane Fitzsimmons was subjected to when the then Coalition State Government were looking for someone to heap blame on in 2022 and disbanded their only recently formed 'Resilience NSW'.

The Reconstruction Authority was established on December 16 2022 by the former Coalition government. Michael Cassel was appointed as the acting CEO of the NSW Reconstruction Authority. Mr Cassel was then the secretary of the Department of Planning and Environment.

Mr. Cassel has since been the subject of documents which detail the involvement in 2022 of the former department secretary in both developing a fast-track process and then shepherding the plans to rezone land at Appin through the new process. As soon as he left the Department of Planning he went to work for one of these developers. Although he has been cleared of any wrongdoing, what was put in place then under Mr. Roberts as Planning Minister has now been pushed through by the Labor Government in their first term in office.

The 13,000-block housing estate was proposed by the Walker Corporation, which owned farmland worth tens of millions – but its rezoning will make it worth billions. Two nearby sites – Gilead 2, owned by Lendlease, and North Appin, owned by Ingham Properties – were also put on the fast track.

The habitat of threatened or critically endangered species, alike what the then state government was pushing through in western Sydney koala habitat lands along with the destruction of what is left of Cumberland wood plain, was approved by Labor Federal Environment Minister Plibersek at 5.15 pm on March 26 2024, as people 'clocked off' for the Easter long weekend. 

This had been preceded by statements by the new NSW Environment Minister of 'plans to make plans' to save the same said koala colony and another this week which states funding will be allocated to ''put up signs to ask drivers to slow down'' in these zones (30 have been killed by cars in just the past year).

We are devastated to learn within the same day the koala featured in this video died from a vehicle strike Tanya Plibersek signed off on bulldozing 1000ha of occupied Koala habitat that we were pleading in this video to be kept. We still can't quite believe The Hon. Penny Sharpe MLC would waive through the CPCP without the obvious amendments needed to the urban capable map, nor take seriously the missing koala records not included in the environmental assessment.

This koala lost its life through trying to cross one of the roads here, part of its historical range, for which here are still no fauna passes - however, their trees are already being cleared for development. 

On March 27 Campbelltown council's local Planning Panel approved Lendlease removing Condition 2(b) that had been a provision in their DA approval to set aside a corridor to provide for a fauna overpass on Appin road.



Last year local groups drew attention to missing records from the New South Wales species tracking database BioNet.

In Wollondilly 40 per cent of koala records were missing from that time, and in Campbelltown it was 44 per cent when the proposals for Gilead were assessed, or 'rushed through'.

Sydney Basin Koala Network manager Stephanie Carrick said the government had since uploaded 480,000 records from 2019-2022, including about 25,000 threatened species records.

The rezoning was pushed through, despite the volume of these then not lodged or 'missing' records.

With successive governments demonstrating the only entities they are listening to, clearly not those who voted them in, are dictating policy and its immediate execution, it's obvious that while the coin has flipped over, it's still the same coin.

Pittwater residents will well recall that they too had koalas living in their area. The failure of the then council to ensure wildlife corridors were maintained, food trees on development sites kept, allowed an increase in speed limits on local roads, putting up obstacles such as fences on their historical range, and a poor record in ensuring dogs did not attack the same, which we understand is still occurring in your area, meant the extinction of the same, in horrible circumstances.

We hope you can find room in Pittwater Online News to make residents aware of what has been decided for the last healthy population of Sydney koalas and that people will call for a Royal Commission, alongside us 'westies', into the NSW Planning Department.

The koala has been listed as endangered in NSW; it's time wildlife was prioritised in the same way developers are.

Thank you to Pittwater Online for giving these animals a voice and continuing to shine a light on what is happening to koalas and other wildlife in this and your area of Sydney.

from the members of: 
Sydney Basin Koala Network, Save Sydney's Koalas, Help save Appin and its surrounds, Appin Development Page - Battle for Appin

Governor Of NSW Extended For Two Years Until May 2026

NSW Premier Chris Minns has confirmed Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC KC has agreed to a two-year extension as the Governor of NSW following the approval of his recommendation by His Majesty the King.

Her Excellency was appointed as the 39th Governor of New South Wales on 2 May 2019.

The announcement will extend Governor Beazley’s term to 1 May 2026.
Premier Chris Minns said:

“Her Excellency has agreed to continue in her role as Governor of New South Wales for an additional two-year period.”

“She has a deep commitment and dedication to the office she holds and the people of NSW who she serves.”


New Chair Appointed To IPC

Mr Andrew Mills has been appointed as the new Chair of the Independent Planning Commission replacing outgoing Chair Professor Mary O’Kane who has completed her maximum term on the Commission.

Mr Mills has 40 years of experience in a wide range of senior government, accounting, legal and academic roles.

He is currently the Chair of the Financial Reporting Council, Chair of Cemeteries & Crematoria NSW and a Principal Fellow/Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne Law School. He is a current member of the Board of Taxation and was previously the Second Commissioner of Taxation and a member of the Executive of the Australian Taxation Office.

Mr Mills was appointed as a Commissioner with the Independent Planning Commission in February 2023 and has been a member of its Risk and Compliance Committee since 2020.

Mr Mills was selected following an independent recruitment and selection process and his appointment was endorsed by Cabinet.

The Independent Planning Commission plays an integral role in the state’s planning system, bolstering its integrity and ensuring complex planning decisions are put through independent and rigorous review processes.

Minister Scully said Mr Mills was an outstanding appointment for the critical role, and applauded Professor O’Kane for her contribution and achievements during her period as Commission Chair.

Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Paul Scully said:
“The Independent Planning Commission plays an important role in the NSW planning system and I welcome the appointment of Mr Andrew Mills as its new Chair.

“He has an enormous depth of experience in governance, regulation and compliance in both the public and private sectors, and he has the leadership and management skills required for leading our independent consent authority for state significant development.

“On behalf of the Government I would also like to thank outgoing Chair, Professor Mary O’Kane for her distinguished service while leading the Commission. I would also like to congratulate her on her recent appointment as Chair of the Board of the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO).

“She has built a high degree of trust in the planning system by continually championing integrity and public engagement.”

Mal Lanyon APM To Lead NSW Reconstruction Authority

NSW Police Force Deputy Commissioner Mal Lanyon APM has been appointed to act as the Chief Executive Officer of the NSW Reconstruction Authority.

Simon Draper PSM will cease his responsibilities at the Reconstruction Authority to solely focus on leading the public service as Secretary of Premier’s Department.

Deputy Commissioner Lanyon led flood recovery efforts in the Northern Rivers as the Northern NSW Recovery Coordinator in 2022 and has had an extensive career in the NSW Police Force.

Deputy Commissioner Lanyon will commence his role as Acting CEO from 8 April 2024. Simon Draper commenced as Secretary of Premier’s Department on 1 September 2023 and had been undertaking both roles over the past 7 months.

This delivered continuity and certainty for the Reconstruction Authority across the Summer bushfire season, the now Labor state government said in a statement.

Heading To The Basin Camping Over The School Holidays? 

Let Barrenjoey Boating Services transport you and all your camping gear directly across Pittwater on one of their barges. From $130 for up to 7 passengers and gear it’s the easiest and most cost effective way to travel. 
Bookings on 02 9974 4229.


Church Point Landscape And Road Upgrades: Project Update - March 2024

Council have completed the report on the outcomes of engagement and revised the original plans for landscape improvements and road realignment works.

Council will be exhibiting the revised road realignment plans and design soon. 
Follow this page on their website to stay up to date.

Council states works on the road realignment and landscaping will be sequenced to commence from mid to late 2024.

Mid 2025: Thomas Stephens Reserve works commence

The works at the reserve are scheduled to commence when the road realignment is complete.

Please Join Us In Celebrating 100 Years  Of  Creative Leisure: 1924 – 2024

What are your memories of Creative Leisure?
Calling past participants in any Creative Leisure Movement activities, to send us your stories or experiences.
By Post: Northern Beaches Creative Leisure & Learning Inc
PO Box 1718  WARRIEWOOD 2102
Phone: 9944 6027


Letters To The Editor

Letters should preferably be 150 to 175 words, but considering the magazines inability to word limit itself - that remains optional. Letters must include the writer's address and phone number and 'permission to publish'. Letters should not contain attachments - these will be requested if required to illustrate content/subject.  Letters should be exclusive to Pittwater Online News. The editor's prerogative includes editing letters for length, grammar or legal reasons, among other considerations. Email: pittwateronlinenews@bigpond.com

Pittwater Community Groups: 


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Rural Fire Brigades
Services - Community Organisations

Arts and Social

 

Click on logo above to visit their website.

JP Public Register

You can find a Justice of the Peace (JP) using the online Public Register. You can search by postcode, name of a JP, day of availability, language spoken and JP registration number. The register lists a JP’s location, availability and telephone number. Please note that JPs are volunteers and may not be available at all times. Click here to access the JP Public RegisterNB: There are  3 J.P’s working in Pittwater RSL Sub-Branch office, we work every Monday (10:30am to 15:30)except on public holidays:
  1. Terry Jones J.P.
  2. Robert (Bob) Wood J.P.
  3. Deborah Hendy(Carter) J.P

Science Week 2024: School Grants

The school theme for National Science Week in 2024 is Species Survival - More than just sustainability. The theme aims to highlight the importance of science and innovation in ensuring the survival and thriving of different species in an ever-changing world.

Students will have an amazing variety of topics to investigate, and be able to dive into issues of particular interest to them: disease-causing organisms, life-saving chemicals, clean water, photosynthesis, genetic screening, physics of building structures, artificial intelligence, and microplastics.

School grants

Grants of up to $500 are provided to support National Science Week activities in schools and preschools.

The four criteria that the applications are ranked against are the:

  1. likely impact of proposed activity on student learning outcomes in STEM;
  2. contribution to the ongoing and increased student participation and engagement in school STEM programs;
  3. practicality and scope of proposed activity; and
  4. potential for parent and/or community and/or neighbouring school/s involvement.

Be sure to read all of the terms and conditions before applying online via the Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA) website. Applications close on 12 April 2024.

The grants are administered by ASTA and the grant pool of $110,000 is provided by the Australian Government.

Teaching Resource Book

Download the free Species Survival teacher resource book (17.5 MB, pdf) and the companion student journal (4.8MB, pdf). There is also a flipbook version of the resource book. A listing of the web links in the book is also available if you are using a printed copy of the book.

School Poster

The Species Survival - More than just sustainability A3 poster for 2024 is available to download and print (6 MB, pdf).


Nominate For 2024 Public Education Awards

Nominations for the 2024 Public Education Awards are now open.

The awards showcase the exceptional work occurring every day across NSW public education - by schools, students, teachers, employees and parents - and were previously known as the Minister’s and Secretary’s Awards for Excellence.

Among the seven award categories in 2024 is the Secretary’s Award for Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging.

This award recognises and celebrates those in NSW public education who proactively advocate for and celebrate diversity, inclusion and belonging.

It is open to all current employees of the NSW Department of Education, including casual staff, temporary staff and contractors.

The seven award categories for 2024 are:

Award nominations close on 14 May and the winners will be announced at a gala event at Sydney Town Hall on Monday 5 August.

More information is available on the Public Education Foundation website

Jamieson Park Sports Amenities Building: Concept Design Now Available 

Feedback Closes May 12
In 2022 Council asked for your input on what the building design should include so that it meets the needs of our community and the clubs who use the site. 

Around 5.30 pm on Saturday November 27th 2021 a fire broke out at the rear of the Narrabeen Lakes Sailing Club's facilities in Jamieson Park, on the lagoon, destroying the premises. 

Since that time, Council states it has been working closely with the Narrabeen Lakes Sailing Club and the appointed architects to produce concept plans that capture all of the main elements of what council heard from the initial community engagement.

Council wants to know if it has the proposed design right. Take a look at the new concept design images here and provide feedback.

Have your say by:
  • completing the online comment form here or
  • emailing council@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au, or
  • writing to, marked 'Jamieson Park Sports Amenities Building', Northern Beaches Council, PO Box 82 Manly NSW 1655.
Please include 'Jamieson Park Sports Amenities Building' in the subject line of all email or written feedback.


Concept Drawing: NBC

Long Reef Boardwalk & Bridge Replacement: In FRP (Fibre-Reinforced Plastic)

Closes May 12
Council are planning to replace the boardwalk and bridge, relocating it slightly further away from the coast to minimise the impacts of storm surges. 

Relocation of the boardwalk results in minor changes to two greens and a pathway on Long Reef Golf Course. Council states the Golf Club are supportive of the current option.
The new boardwalk is proposed to be constructed from Fibre-reinforced plastic (FRP; also called fibre-reinforced polymer, or in American English fiber) is a composite material made of a polymer matrix reinforced with fibres. The fibres are usually glass (in fibreglass), carbon (in carbon-fibre-reinforced polymer), aramid, or basalt.

Council invite you to provide feedback by:
Please include 'Long Reef boardwalk & bridge replacement' in the subject line of all email or written feedback.


Plan image: NBC

Monika's Doggie Rescue Pets Of The Week

Chess 

7 weeks Staffy X PUP


Our games litter Chess, Cluedo, Puzzle, Checkers and Rummy came from the pound with no Mum. They are healthy chunky little staffy pups who are expected to grow to 20+kg. They are looking for homes where they are part of the family and trained to become well behaved family members. They would suit a strong fit owner who enjoys lots of walking or jogging and have the time to teach boundaries and take them to puppy classes and later to dog obedience, so they are well socialized in the community. They have smooth staffy coats. At 6 weeks Chess weighed 4.4kg. Chess is looking for a home with a garden and someone at home to train and care for him and bring him up a well-mannered community citizen.

All our dogs come with desexing, fully vaccinated, heartworm free and microchipped. Also included for the love and health of our dogs is a free Health and Wellness Voucher with our DoggieRescue Vet. His adoption fee is $800. 


Maggie Beer 

6 weeks Domestic medium hair


Maggie and her 6 master chef siblings were born 7 Feb. Nigella has been a fabulous Mum. She came from the pound heavily pregnant, so life has not been easy. The kittens were born at our vets, The Cottage Animal Hospital and are now ready for homes. They are all stunning.

All our kittens include desexing, wormed, F3 vaccinated, FIV/FeLV tested and microchipped. Her adoption fee is $250. 

To find out more call The Cottage Animal Hospital on 98907220 or DoggieRescue on 9486 3133  or email  Monika@DoggieRescue.com.  RON R251000024

NSW SES Commissioner Carlene York APM To Retire

NSW State Emergency Service (SES) Commissioner Carlene York APM is retiring from the role in May, after almost five years leading the emergency service agency.

Commissioner York will step down next month and hand over to Deputy Commissioners Damien Johnston and Deborah Platz.

Commissioner York joined the NSW SES in October 2019, becoming the first woman to lead the agency in its almost 70-year history, and the first woman leader of any emergency service in the state.

Her time at the SES saw her leading the agency through some of the state’s worst natural disasters, including record-breaking floods and the COVID-19 pandemic, and providing support during the Black Summer bushfires.

Commissioner York joined the SES after almost 40 years in the NSW Police Force, where she served as director of the Forensic Service Group, Commander of Northern Region, Human Resources Commander and led the strike force that captured convicted murderer Malcolm Naden in 2012.

Her professionalism and work ethic have seen her receive numerous awards, including the Australian Police Medal and the Commissioner’s Commendation for Service.

Deputy Commissioners Damien Johnston and Deborah Platz will alternate as Acting Commissioner while a recruitment process is undertaken.

SES Commissioner Carlene York said:
“It has been an honour to lead an organisation made up of such committed and professional individuals. Over the years I’ve drawn inspiration from their strength, resilience and selflessness.

“I am so proud to have had the experience of being the first female Commissioner. While it is bittersweet to be leaving a job I love, I look forward to seeing the future achievements of the incredible SES team.

“It has been such a privilege to lead an organisation which at the very heart is run by its volunteers. I have been so honoured and humbled to be a part of this and to witness the incredible goodwill of our volunteers and the resilience of our state’s communities.

“There have definitely been days that are heart-breaking and tough. But even in the very worst of times I have witnessed the very best of humanity.”


Issacs's Gardening Services: Seniors Looked After 

Dear Editor,
Our neighbour's son (Isaac Loveday) recently started his own gardening business here.  He lives at Warriewood.

Isaac has 10 years horticultural experience with Flower Power.   His listed expertise is:
  • Horticultural advice
  • Mowing & hedging
  • Landscaping & fertilising
  • Planting & turf laying
  • Weed & pest control
No job is too big or too small, and seniors will be looked after.
I have attached his Brochure & Business Cards.
Do you have anywhere in PON that we can advertise his business.  He is a young man & enthusiastic about his work.
J.M.


E-Bikes On Footpaths

Residents continue to experience being almost struck or mowed down on footpaths in shopping areas and other places by youngsters and teenagers speeding on e-bikes. The same is occurring with e-scooters and e-skateboards, which are illegal when used in public places -  NSW Police can issue a fine of $723 for the use of these in public places.

In NSW children under 16 can ride on the footpath unless there are signs prohibiting cycling.

Bicycle riders aged 16 years and over must not ride on a footpath unless they are:
  • an adult supervising a child under the age of 16
  • a postal worker riding a bicycle in the course of their work duties
  • a rider carrying a child under 10 as a passenger
  • a rider with a medical condition who is carrying a medical certificate that states a medical practitioner believes the rider should be allowed to ride on the footpath
  • a rider accompanying a rider with a medical condition.
All riders must keep to the left and give way to pedestrians, not expect them to get out of their way when using either a footpath or shard path.

It is legal to ride on some small roads however Transport for NSW recommends children do not ride scooters, skateboards or rollerblades on roads. 

It's the law to wear a helmet in public spaces when on a bicycle.
  • All petrol-powered bicycles are illegal on NSW roads and road-related areas such as footpaths, shared paths, cycle ways and cycle paths
  • All privately owned e-scooters are illegal in public spaces.
There are two types of permitted e-bikes: 
  • Power-assisted pedal cycles 
  • Electrically power-assisted cycles. 
The rider must primarily propel these bikes – a motor can't be the only source propelling it. The motor should only help the rider, like when going uphill or facing strong winds

If you see an e-bike speeding over 25kms this is illegal and a Fine of $723 can be imposed by Police.  

If an e-device is endangering the public call 000 or if not an emergency the NSW Police Assistance line on 131 444.  

Those NSW Police information sheets from a few years back show the speed limits and in where they are permitted;


Entries Open For Annual Environmental Art And Design Prize

The council invites submissions for its annual Environmental Art and Design Prize. Artists and designers are invited to submit their entries from 20 March to 19 May 2024. 

Open to artists and designers of all levels and backgrounds from across Australia, the prize seeks to showcase innovative and thought-provoking works that explore the theme of the environment, with an aim to inspire action toward a sustainable future.

This year’s judges are renowned experts in their field, industrial designer Trent Jansen, visual artist Khaled Sabsabi, and fashion designer Genevieve Smart. Finalists will be announced on 28 May, with the winners announced on 1 August 2024.

This year’s prize money across the four prizes has increased with the visual arts and design winners each receiving an impressive $20,000. The people’s choice winner and the young artist/designer winner will receive $3,000 each. 

Finalists will be featured in an exhibition across three galleries, Manly Art Gallery and Museum (MAGM), Curl Curl Creative Space, and Mona Vale Creative Space Gallery from 2 to 25 August 2024.

To enter or for more information about the prize and the judges, visit:  HERE

NSW Government Awards $1 Million To Fund Research Into Young Driver Behaviour

The deaths of eight people on NSW roads across the Easter long weekend has again highlighted the importance of road safety research in helping to reduce this tragic toll.

The NSW Government has awarded $1 million to two research partners with their work to focus on young driver behaviour.  The University of Melbourne and Suncorp (AAMI) will carry out different innovative research projects that will seek to improve young driver behaviour and safety on the road.

The primary approach of the research funding is to influence and improve young driver behaviour using technology, making NSW roads safer and CTP Green Slip premiums more affordable for road users, the government stated.

AAMI will use their smartphone app, financial incentives and nudge theory as part of their research.

The University of Melbourne will conduct an experimental test using Urban Analytica’s (UA) in-vehicle telematics and smart phone apps. The UA smartphone app will provide personalised safety feedback to drivers in real-time after each journey. Participants will also receive financial incentives via the app to encourage safe driving and emission reduction.

The results of the research projects which will be delivered within 24 months will aim to reduce the number of motor vehicle crashes involving young drivers and minimise NSW's compulsory third party scheme costs.

Minister Chanthivong stated:
“The $1 million awarded by the State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA) is part of the NSW Government’s ongoing commitment to fund road safety research and programs that prevent or reduce injuries from motor crashes.

“The tragic deaths of eight people across the Easter weekend demonstrates the value of this sort of research in helping to reduce future road deaths and trauma.”

Acting SIRA Chief Executive, Dr Petrina Casey said:

“Drivers under the age of 25 are still up to four-and-a-half times more likely to be involved in a motor crash and up to five times more likely to be involved in a motor crash resulting in death or serious injury.

“The outcomes of this research will give us a better understanding of what incentives are most effective for modifying young driver behaviour,“ Dr Casey said.

Pedestrian Refuges For Ponderosa Pde And Jubilee Ave Warriewood: Have Your Say

Opens: Fri 22 Mar 2024
Closes: Sun 28 Apr 2024
Council is proposing to construct pedestrian refuges at the roundabout on the Ponderosa Parade and Jubilee Avenue intersection, as identified in the Warriewood Valley Roads Masterplan.
Council have previously consulted the community via the Warriewood Contribution Plan (Appendix B) on this project and have now refined the design.
Council invite you to provide your feedback by:
  • completing the online comment form via the link below
  • emailing council@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au
  • writing to Northern Beaches Council, PO Box 82 Manly NSW 1655.
Please include 'Improving Road Safety - Ponderosa Parade and Jubilee Avenue, Warriewood' in the subject line of all email or written feedback. Please note that we are unable to give individual responses to all submissions.

Council states this proposal will improve safety for all road users and pedestrians. 

View the concept plan then tell Council what you think, here


Slow Down: Wildlife Crossing

Please contact Sydney Wildlife Rescue on (02) 9413 4300 for advice if you hit a native animal or come across an injured one while driving. It is helpful if you can provide an accurate location or landmark to assist our rescuers who will pouch check marsupials for joeys, so little lives like Phoebe can be saved. 


 
Photo: Phoebe the Swamp Wallaby by Jane Notice by Sydney Wildlife Rescue

March 31 - April 6, 2024: Issue 620

This Issue: 

Front Page Issue 620 

Jim Colley - Shaun Connor Selected For Paris 2024 Olympics

Dog Attacks On Wildlife On North Palm Beach

'Occy' Taken By Fisher: North Narrabeen Aquatic Reserve Favourite Octopus Now Gone

NSW Police's Strike Force Sweetenham Targets Car Theft - Break & Enter Crimes: New Bail Laws Passed To Prevent Youth Crime - Number of people on remand awaiting trial in NSW hits record high - NSW Parliamentary Inquiry Into Drivers Of Youth Crime Since Covid Opened + How To Protect Your Home

Council Announces Its Proposal To Install Synthetic Field At North Narrabeen Reserve - Draft Will Be Open For Feedback After Autumn School Holidays: State Government Seeking Feedback On Draft 'Guidelines' For Synthetic Turf In Public Spaces Seen As 'Cop Out'

Pictures: Turimetta Moods: March 2024 by Joe Mills

Aquatics: Manly Warringah Kayak Club Excel At 2024 National Canoe Sprint Championships: Multiple Australian Representations By Members Secured

Park Bench Philosophers Experts Recommend Closing At Least 30 Victorian Wetlands This Duck Hunting Season

Environment Dog Attacks On Wildlife On North Palm Beach, 'Occy' Taken By Fisher: North Narrabeen Aquatic Reserve Favourite Now Gone, Council Announces Its Proposal To Install Synthetic Field At North Narrabeen Reserve - Draft Will Be Open For Feedback After Autumn School Holidays: State Government Seeking Feedback On Draft 'Guidelines' For Synthetic Turf In Public Spaces Seen As 'Cop Out', Operation Posidonia Update: March 20 2024, Pittwater Natural Heritage Association Autumn 2024 Newsletter, Council’s Plan To Help Everyone Reuse, Repair and Recycle More, Why Are There So Many Moths Around At The Moment?, Wirra Birra Park Opening, Increase Tree Vandalism Penalties: NSW Parliamentary Petition, Have Your Say: Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley Disaster Adaptation Plan, New Research Shows Koalas In The Sydney Basin Are In Decline: NSW State Government Seeking Feedback On Reviewing The NSW Koala Strategy, Eastern Blue Groper Changes: Have Your Say, Murrumbidgee Floodplain Management Plan: Have Your Say, Historic Macquarie Perch Stocking Of The Mongarlowe River, Could spending a billion dollars actually bring solar manufacturing back to Australia? It’s worth a shot - NB: some of these ideas, to build it all ourselves, were discussed at the August 2023  Life Electric Net Zero Expo + Forum: Dr. Sophie Scamps MP In Conversation With Dr. Saul Griffith and John Grimes, Marine protected areas safeguard more than ecology – they bring economic benefits to fisheries and tourism, Volunteers For Barrenjoey Lighthouse Tours Needed, Living Ocean 'No Plastics Please' Beach Clean Up; South Avalon Beach, Harvest Seeds & Native Plants: Education Sessions 2024 -  "The Harvest Huddle", Stony Range Nursery, Mountain Bike Incidents On Public Land: Survey, Coastal Floodplain Drainage Project: Have Your Say, These extraordinary Australian islands are teeming with life – and we must protect them before it’s too late, Coastal dunes are retreating as sea levels rise - our research reveals the accelerating rate of change, Australia must wean itself from monster utes – and the federal government’s weakening of vehicle emissions rules won’t help one bit, Bigger And Better Solar Panel Recycling Centres Needed To Deal With PV Waste; Report, How climate change could affect the microbes that ferment grapes and give wine its specific flavours, Attaching seaweed spores to used scallop shells could restore UK’s coastal kelp forests, Industry shutdowns are messy and painful: 4 lessons Australia’s coal sector can learn from car-makers about bowing out, If you’ve got a dark roof you’re spending almost $700 extra a year to keep your house cool, ‘The ghost has taken the spirit of the Moon’: how Torres Strait Islanders predict eclipses, We have revealed a unique time capsule of Australia’s first coastal people from 50,000 years ago, Please Look Out For Wildlife During Heatwave Events, Palmgrove Park Avalon: New Bushcare Group, Report Fox Sightings, Marine Wildlife Rescue Group On The Central Coast, Watch Out - Shorebirds About, Possums In Your Roof?: Do The Right Thing, Aviaries + Possum Release Sites Needed, Bushcare In Pittwater; where and when, Friends Of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment Activities, Gardens and Environment Groups and Organisations In Pittwater, Pittwater Reserves: Histories + Notes + Pictorial Walks, + more

Inbox News New Method Aims For More Plastic Recycling: UNSW - Arnott's, New Precision Care Clinic At Prince Of Wales Hospital To Transform Cancer Healthcare, NSW Government Bans LGBTQ+ Conversion Practices, NSW Health Consults With Staff On Updating COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements, Want to quit vaping?; There’s an app for that, Summer’s over, so how much sun can (and should) I get?, Retail Petrol Prices Remain Relatively High Despite Falling In The December Quarter 2023: ACCC, Regulation Of Wholesale Telecommunications To Change Following ACCC Inquiry, Is your child ‘overscheduled?’; How to get the balance right on extracurricular activities, ‘Everyone was groomed’: Anne Manne’s story of Newcastle’s paedophile priest network centres on a ‘kidnapped’ childhood, Uber has settled a class action lawsuit for $270 million – what was it accused of?, Australia’s biggest chemist is merging with a giant wholesaler. Could we soon be paying more?,  National Seniors: Keep Cash!, RPAYC Etchells Worlds Victory, Broken Bay Island Series, Avalon Beach Ladies Probus Club: April 2nd 2024 Speaker, Aged Care Nurses Raise Their Voices In Canberra, Mah Jong Returns To RPAYC, Are you one of the millions about to have cataract surgery? Here’s what ophthalmologists say you need to know, Dr. Scamps Offering Free Anti-Scam Seminar, Join In The Biggest Morning Tea At RPAYC, Manly-Warringah Choir is pleased to announce its Autumn concert:  Mostly Mozart, PBAC Chair, MSAC Chair and Deputy Chairs EOI Outcome,  Cardiovascular risks and COVID-19: New research confirms the benefits of vaccination, Finding Endangered Frogs On Tall Plateaus - Saving Our Species: Field Notes, A eucharist of sourdough or wafer? What a thousand-year-old religious quarrel tells us about fermentation, The rocking story of how religion crept into popular music – where it remains even today, Music To The Ears: New Recording And Touring Grants, NSW Youth Week 2024: Express. Empower. Get Loud!, 2024 Young Writers' Competition, Nominate For 2024 Public Education Awards, Living Ocean 'No Plastics Please' Beach Clean Up; South Avalon Beach, School Leavers Support, Word Of The Week: Dance, How Spanish conquistadors and a tiny cactus-dwelling insect gave the world the colour red, A cosmic ‘speed camera’ just revealed the staggering speed of neutron star jets in a world first, Australia just committed $207 million to a major satellite program. What is it, and why do we need it?, Think $5.50 is too much for a flat white? Actually it’s too cheap, and our world-famous cafes are paying the price, Celebrities, influencers, loopholes: online gambling advertising faces an uncertain future in Australia, Algorithms that predict crime are watching – and judging us by the cards we’ve been dealt, We went looking for glowing interstellar gas – and stumbled on 49 unknown galaxies, Books Of The Month - April 2024: Sense and Sensibility + Robinson Crusoe

Profile of the Week Northern Beaches Climate Action Network (NBCAN) 

The Northern Beaches Climate Action Network (NBCAN) is an informal group for people who live on the Northern Beaches of Sydney and are disgusted by the lack of progress responding to the existential threat of Climate Change. 

On Sunday April 21 NBCAN is holding  fundraiser, 'The Long Lunch'. 

This event hopes to raise enough funds to buy a PA system for the Northern Beaches Climate Action and its 47 volunteer Groups to share to use at the NBCAN Soapbox and other events.

This will be held on beautiful acreage in Ingleside. 

Attendees will enjoy drinks and canapes on arrival, followed by a delicious buffet and home-made desserts, while listening to an eclectic mix of music from great local talent.

There will be a Silent auction with great prizes, art, pottery and plants for sale.

If you can't attend but still wish to donate, please use our "Scan to pay" QR code and thank you for your generosity.

Tickets are available at: www.eventbrite.com.au/e/the-long-lunch-tickets

Find out more about NBCAN in their own words this week.


With Easter and the Autumn School holidays imminent soon afterwards, many will be heading over to the western side of Pittwater to enjoy a few nights under canvas and the stars at The Basin or in one of the huts available, something that has been going on for well over a century, although not a place for all until added into the Kuring-Gai Chase National Park in 1916.

Rock carvings at The Basin of fish tell it was a place visited by the Indigenous peoples for thousands of years prior to this during the fish run seasons, usually Autumn or Winter for Pittwater according to literature recording Aboriginal Women's Fishing Practices since 1788.

Camping at the inlet called ‘The Basin’ was how the first European settlers lived in this beautiful little paradise, along with a rough hut or two. 

The European settlers side of the story began in 1834 when Martine Burke applied for land here. 

This Issue a few Easter and School Holidays celebratory insights

Pittwater Offshore Newsletter: March 2, 2024

Click on Logo to access the latest PON:  

Contents: Secret Island Opening Night: 'a Triumph',  Secret Island: what you didn't know about your neighbour, Feast for Freedom, Cooking Class, The Tuesday Discussion Group, Island Café, International Folk Dancing, Moon Dance

To contact Roy:  editor@scotlandisland.org.au

Autumn School Holidays Issues Of Pittwater Online News

Issue 621 will be published Sunday April 7 2024
Issue 622 will be published Sunday April 21 2024

There will be no Issue on Sunday April 14 as staff take the opportunity to spend time with their families. 

If you have Notices, Event posters or News you want in Issue 621 please have them in no later than 12pm Saturday April 6. Email: pittwateronlinenews@live.com.au
Thank you very much.


Anzac Day In Pittwater 2024

Wednesday 17 April 
  • RSL LifeCare ANZAC Village (The War Vets) - 10am March followed by service.
Sunday 21 April
  • Narrabeen RSL Sub-Branch - 11.30am March from Narrabeen Surf Club to Narrabeen Cenotaph, followed by service.
  • Forestville RSL Sub-Branch - 2.40pm March followed by service.

Thursday 25 April
  • Pittwater RSL Sub-Branch - 5.20am Dawn Service.
  • Newport Dawn Service, 5.30 a.m. at Trafalgar Park Cenotaph, Gladstone Street, Newport.
  • Avalon Beach RSL Sub-Branch - 5.30am Dawn Service, 11am March and 11.40am commemorative service.
  • RSL LifeCare ANZAC Village (The War Vets) – 6am Service followed by community breakfast and taxi cavalcade.
  • Forestville RSL Sub-Branch - 5.30am Dawn Service.
  • Palm Beach RSL Sub-Branch - 10.30am March, followed by Service.
  • Collaroy RSL Sub-Branch - 5pm Sunset Service.


Woody Point Yacht Club's (WPYC) 2024 AGM 

Website: www.wpyc.com.au


RPAYC Etchells Worlds Victory

The Swan River Etchells Fleet in conjunction with Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club and Royal Perth Yacht Club hosted the International Etchells Class 2024 World Championship in Fremantle, Western Australia from 15 - 22  March 2024.

Congratulations to RPAYC sailors Graeme Taylor (Skipper), James Mayo and Richard Allanson for taking out first place in the Etchells 2024 World Championship in Magpie. 

Graeme and his crew sailed into 1st place in 3 out of the 9 races sailed in the Championship to take first place overall. RPAYC also had club member Ian McKillop onboard First Tracks which finished in 6th place. Congratulations Ian!




Broken Bay Island Series

The final race in RMYC's popular Broken Bay Island Series (BBIS), was sailed 16 March, 2024. Among the fleet were boats representing Royal Motor Yacht Club (RMYC), Avalon Sailing Club (ASC), Gosford Sailing Club (GSC) and RPAYC.

Following racing, competitors headed back to RMYC where the teams trophy was presented to RPAYC by Steve Lucas and James Hill of RMYC. 

Newport Breakers Rugby Club Inaugural BlackDog Cup 

Newport Rugby Club's huge season launch at Porters against Forest Rugby Club is a must see event on the Newport Calendar. On April 6th, old rivals the Newport Breakers and Forest Rugby Club will clash for the inaugural BlackDog Cup at Porter's Reserve Newport. 

The BlackDog Shield will be awarded to the club that raises the most amount of funds for the institute before kick off of 1st Grade. 

Join the Breakers in supporting the Black Dog Institute. Every donation counts: https://www.teamblackdog.org.au/fundraisers/BDC24

Newport and Forest haven't played competition rugby against each other since 2015. The clubs have both come out of a strong era, with Forest being promoted to Division 1 a few years ago, competing week in week out against some of the strongest in community rugby. Newport has won two Club Championships since the clubs last met, as well as two consecutive grand final appearances in the Barraclough Cup (1st Grade Division 2), taking home the trophy in 2022.

Both organisations have expressed a commitment to the improvement of Mental Health in our area and combined efforts in 2021 with the Bro Chats morning walks to raise awareness and encourage participation amongst their communities. 

The BlackDog Institute acts as one of Australia's only scientific research non-for-profits, taking a research approach to one of Australia's medical challenges. BDI is dedicated to research, early detection, prevention and treatment of common mental health disorders.

Updated games schedule below.
NB: Donations to the BDI are tax deductible.


Science Week 2024: School Grants

The school theme for National Science Week in 2024 is Species Survival - More than just sustainability. The theme aims to highlight the importance of science and innovation in ensuring the survival and thriving of different species in an ever-changing world.

Students will have an amazing variety of topics to investigate, and be able to dive into issues of particular interest to them: disease-causing organisms, life-saving chemicals, clean water, photosynthesis, genetic screening, physics of building structures, artificial intelligence, and microplastics.

School grants

Grants of up to $500 are provided to support National Science Week activities in schools and preschools.

The four criteria that the applications are ranked against are the:

  1. likely impact of proposed activity on student learning outcomes in STEM;
  2. contribution to the ongoing and increased student participation and engagement in school STEM programs;
  3. practicality and scope of proposed activity; and
  4. potential for parent and/or community and/or neighbouring school/s involvement.

Be sure to read all of the terms and conditions before applying online via the Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA) website. Applications close on 12 April 2024.

The grants are administered by ASTA and the grant pool of $110,000 is provided by the Australian Government.

Teaching Resource Book

Download the free Species Survival teacher resource book (17.5 MB, pdf) and the companion student journal (4.8MB, pdf). There is also a flipbook version of the resource book. A listing of the web links in the book is also available if you are using a printed copy of the book.

School Poster

The Species Survival - More than just sustainability A3 poster for 2024 is available to download and print (6 MB, pdf).


Nominate For 2024 Public Education Awards

Nominations for the 2024 Public Education Awards are now open.

The awards showcase the exceptional work occurring every day across NSW public education - by schools, students, teachers, employees and parents - and were previously known as the Minister’s and Secretary’s Awards for Excellence.

Among the seven award categories in 2024 is the Secretary’s Award for Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging.

This award recognises and celebrates those in NSW public education who proactively advocate for and celebrate diversity, inclusion and belonging.

It is open to all current employees of the NSW Department of Education, including casual staff, temporary staff and contractors.

The seven award categories for 2024 are:

Award nominations close on 14 May and the winners will be announced at a gala event at Sydney Town Hall on Monday 5 August.

More information is available on the Public Education Foundation website

Avalon Public School Road Safety: Proposed Changes

Feedback closes April 2, 2024
Council have received a number of safety concerns from local residents and Avalon Public School about street safety and its impact on children, parents, carers and local residents.
Council are proposing to amend parking restrictions and other improvements to assist parking turnover and traffic flow around the school.

Council states they have consulted with Avalon Public School leadership and P&C executive who support the proposed changes and now are asking you to help them refine their proposal.

List of proposed changes:
  • Replace the P2 Parking During School Hours signs with No Parking During School Hours signs on the northern part of the frontages of Avalon Public School. A No Parking restriction allows parents to park for up to 2-minutes to pick-up and drop-off provided the driver remains in or within 3m of the vehicle. 
  • Replace the P2 Parking During School Hours signs with 5-minute P5 Parking During School Hours signs on the southern part of the frontages of Avalon Public School. This will encompass 7 spaces on Old Barrenjoey Road and 5 spaces on Bellevue Avenue and will allow for parents who need to park and leave their vehicles during school pick-up/drop-off times to walk younger children to or from the school gate.
  • Install No Parking Motor Vehicles Excepted on the eastern side of Old Barrenjoey Road opposite the school to prevent boat and trailer parking and increase parking opportunities for longer term parking of motor vehicles.
  • Remove pedestrian holding rails on traffic islands on Old Barrenjoey Road and replace them with reflective chevron hazard warning signs to prevent collision with the traffic islands.
  • Move the obstructed No Stopping and Bus Zone signs on Bellevue Road slightly to the south for better visibility.
  • Install painted “LOOK” stencils on the footpath ramps at the entrance of Sanders Lane to assist pedestrians to cross safely.


Feedback closes April 2, 2024
Provide your feedback HERE

E-Bikes On Footpaths

Residents continue to experience being almost struck or mowed down on footpaths in shopping areas and other places by youngsters and teenagers speeding on e-bikes. The same is occurring with e-scooters and e-skateboards, which are illegal when used in public places -  NSW Police can issue a fine of $723 for the use of these in public places.

In NSW children under 16 can ride on the footpath unless there are signs prohibiting cycling.

Bicycle riders aged 16 years and over must not ride on a footpath unless they are:
  • an adult supervising a child under the age of 16
  • a postal worker riding a bicycle in the course of their work duties
  • a rider carrying a child under 10 as a passenger
  • a rider with a medical condition who is carrying a medical certificate that states a medical practitioner believes the rider should be allowed to ride on the footpath
  • a rider accompanying a rider with a medical condition.
All riders must keep to the left and give way to pedestrians, not expect them to get out of their way when using either a footpath or shard path.

It is legal to ride on some small roads however Transport for NSW recommends children do not ride scooters, skateboards or rollerblades on roads. 

It's the law to wear a helmet in public spaces when on a bicycle.
  • All petrol-powered bicycles are illegal on NSW roads and road-related areas such as footpaths, shared paths, cycle ways and cycle paths
  • All privately owned e-scooters are illegal in public spaces.
There are two types of permitted e-bikes: 
  • Power-assisted pedal cycles 
  • Electrically power-assisted cycles. 
The rider must primarily propel these bikes – a motor can't be the only source propelling it. The motor should only help the rider, like when going uphill or facing strong winds

If you see an e-bike speeding over 25kms this is illegal and a Fine of $723 can be imposed by Police.  

If an e-device is endangering the public call 000 or if not an emergency the NSW Police Assistance line on 131 444.  

Those NSW Police information sheets from a few years back show the speed limits and in where they are permitted;

 

Proposal To Name Fairlight Lookout After Former Manly Mayor

Council has announced the community has the opportunity to comment on the proposal to name a lookout in Fairlight in honour of former Mayor Jean Hay AM.


Jean Hay AM. Photo: AJG/PON

The location is in the park adjacent to the Manly Scenic Walkway, just east of Fairlight Beach.  



Mrs Hay was first elected to Manly Council in 1987. She served three Mayoral terms from 1999 to 2004, then 2008 to 12 May 2016, making her the longest ever serving Mayor of Manly Council.

Northern Beaches Mayor Sue Heins said the tribute is fitting given Mrs Hays 50 years of service to the people of Manly.

“A life-long resident of Manly, Jean Hay AM has made an enormous contribution to Manly and our community and so in recognition of her efforts this beautiful location has been chosen to commemorate her. 

“She has been awarded several accolades over her lifetime including the Member of the Order of Australia and the Centenary Medal for services to the community through local government, community action and sporting groups, and fundraising for welfare and health education programmes.” Mayor Heins said. 

In addition, Mrs Hays other contributions to the Northern Beaches community include:
  • Re-establishing the Manly District Support Committee to help less fortunate people. 
  • Redeveloping the Seaforth TAFE site with new community facilities and accelerating the construction of bus shelters at no cost to ratepayers. 
  • Beautification of the Manly oceanfront walkways. 
  • Manly Pathway of Olympians and Paralympians. 
  • Manly Andrew Boy Charlton Aquatic Centre upgrade. 
  • The successful fight to establish Bear Cottage* and laying the foundation stone (opened 17 March 2002). 
  • Raising funds for the mobile Life Education classrooms* for the Northern Beaches, now known as Healthy Harold. 
  • Helping the Sunnyfield Association fund-raise $2m for a business and training centre*.  (*Not a Council facility)
Should the proposal go ahead, Council will upgrade the existing picnic setting at the location and install an interpretative sign to further acknowledge Mrs Jean Hay AM’s contributions to our community.

To have your say on the proposal visit Council webpage for this consultation at: yoursay.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/jean-hay-lookout-fairlight

Feedback is required by Sunday 7 April 2024. 

Council states this naming proposal is consistent with Council’s Naming Our Reserves, Facilities and Roads Policy and does not require the approval of the Geographical Names Board of NSW.

Wirra Birra Park Opening

Following on from the recent rejuvenation of the Torpedo Factory, the Harbour Trust is proud to unveil Wirra Birra Park – a brand new public space at Sub Base Platypus, North Sydney, which is open to the public from Good Friday (29 March, 2024). 

The Trust states ''This marks another significant milestone since the Sub Base Platypus site was handed to the Harbour Trust to rehabilitate and revitalise as a harbourside precinct for all to enjoy.''

'Wirra Birra' is a First Nations name for Neutral Bay and means ''a forest of gum trees near running water''. This name was chosen for the new park.

On Monday 25 March, the Harbour Trust hosted an intimate native tree-planting event to celebrate the completion of Wirra Birra Park and to thank the members of the Sub Base Platypus Community Advisory Committee for their support throughout the Torpedo Factory Renewal Project. 






''The opening of Wirra Birra Park reflects the Harbour Trust’s commitment to protect and provide access to extraordinary places on Sydney Harbour for generations to come.'' the Sydney Harbour Trust said

Report Hate Crimes

If you are subjected to hate on social media or online you should keep evidence by taking screen shots of the abuse including usernames, URLs and any other relevant information. 
You can report the abuse directly to the platform and report in person at any Police Station. If you witness a hate incident or hate crime but are not the victim, you can still make a report to the NSW Police.

In an Emergency call Triple Zero (000). If not urgent, you can report online at crimestoppers.com.au or call 1800 333 000 or report in person at any Police Station. 

 

Click on logo above to visit their website.

Slow Down: Wildlife Crossing

Please contact Sydney Wildlife Rescue on (02) 9413 4300 for advice if you hit a native animal or come across an injured one while driving. It is helpful if you can provide an accurate location or landmark to assist our rescuers who will pouch check marsupials for joeys, so little lives like Phoebe can be saved. 


 
Photo: Phoebe the Swamp Wallaby by Jane Notice by Sydney Wildlife Rescue

JP Public Register

You can find a Justice of the Peace (JP) using the online Public Register. You can search by postcode, name of a JP, day of availability, language spoken and JP registration number. The register lists a JP’s location, availability and telephone number. Please note that JPs are volunteers and may not be available at all times. Click here to access the JP Public RegisterNB: There are  3 J.P’s working in Pittwater RSL Sub-Branch office, we work every Monday (10:30am to 15:30)except on public holidays:
  1. Terry Jones J.P.
  2. Robert (Bob) Wood J.P.
  3. Deborah Hendy(Carter) J.P

Mona Vale Residents Association

Mona Vale Residents Association is a community group encouraging involvement on important matters within the Mona Vale area. Email: mvrasydney@gmail.com


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Church Point Landscape And Road Upgrades: Project Update - March 2024

Council have completed the report on the outcomes of engagement and revised the original plans for landscape improvements and road realignment works.

Council will be exhibiting the revised road realignment plans and design soon. 
Follow this page on their website to stay up to date.

Council states works on the road realignment and landscaping will be sequenced to commence from mid to late 2024.

Mid 2025: Thomas Stephens Reserve works commence

The works at the reserve are scheduled to commence when the road realignment is complete.

Entries Open For Annual Environmental Art And Design Prize

The council invites submissions for its annual Environmental Art and Design Prize. Artists and designers are invited to submit their entries from 20 March to 19 May 2024. 

Open to artists and designers of all levels and backgrounds from across Australia, the prize seeks to showcase innovative and thought-provoking works that explore the theme of the environment, with an aim to inspire action toward a sustainable future.

This year’s judges are renowned experts in their field, industrial designer Trent Jansen, visual artist Khaled Sabsabi, and fashion designer Genevieve Smart. Finalists will be announced on 28 May, with the winners announced on 1 August 2024.

This year’s prize money across the four prizes has increased with the visual arts and design winners each receiving an impressive $20,000. The people’s choice winner and the young artist/designer winner will receive $3,000 each. 

Finalists will be featured in an exhibition across three galleries, Manly Art Gallery and Museum (MAGM), Curl Curl Creative Space, and Mona Vale Creative Space Gallery from 2 to 25 August 2024.

To enter or for more information about the prize and the judges, visit:  HERE

Heading To The Basin Camping Over The School Holidays? 

Let Barrenjoey Boating Services transport you and all your camping gear directly across Pittwater on one of their barges. From $130 for up to 7 passengers and gear it’s the easiest and most cost effective way to travel. 
Bookings on 02 9974 4229.


Pedestrian Refuges For Ponderosa Pde And Jubilee Ave Warriewood: Have Your Say

Opens: Fri 22 Mar 2024
Closes: Sun 28 Apr 2024
Council is proposing to construct pedestrian refuges at the roundabout on the Ponderosa Parade and Jubilee Avenue intersection, as identified in the Warriewood Valley Roads Masterplan.
Council have previously consulted the community via the Warriewood Contribution Plan (Appendix B) on this project and have now refined the design.
Council invite you to provide your feedback by:
  • completing the online comment form via the link below
  • emailing council@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au
  • writing to Northern Beaches Council, PO Box 82 Manly NSW 1655.
Please include 'Improving Road Safety - Ponderosa Parade and Jubilee Avenue, Warriewood' in the subject line of all email or written feedback. Please note that we are unable to give individual responses to all submissions.

Council states this proposal will improve safety for all road users and pedestrians. 

View the concept plan then tell Council what you think, here


Monika's Doggie Rescue Pets Of The Week

Pierre

4yo French Bulldog


Pierre is such a beautiful gentle boy. He came from the pound unwanted. He is a very quiet unassuming guy who seems not to have had much human engagement. He is looking for the gentle touch and some understanding. Pierre is social with small dogs but prefers quieter dogs who are not in his face. Pierre has some congenital issues which have resulted in some spondylosis developing in his spine. He walks a little slower than others his age and has a bit of a limp. Our vets say nothing can be done in terms of surgical correction and he is looking for a quiet home preferably with someone who is used to this breed and willing to give him his "retirement years".

All our dogs come with desexed, fully vaccinated, heartworm free and microchipped. Also included for the love and health of our dogs is a free Health and Wellness Voucher with our DoggieRescue Vet. His adoption fee is $600. 

Maggie Beer 

6 weeks Domestic medium hair


Maggie and her 6 master chef siblings were born 7 Feb. Nigella has been a fabulous Mum. She came from the pound heavily pregnant, so life has not been easy. The kittens were born at our vets, The Cottage Animal Hospital and are now ready for homes. They are all stunning.

All our kittens include desexing, wormed, F3 vaccinated, FIV/FeLV tested and microchipped. Her adoption fee is $250. 

To find out more call The Cottage Animal Hospital on 98907220 or DoggieRescue on 9486 3133  or email  Monika@DoggieRescue.com.  RON R251000024

Wakehurst Parkway Improvements: Update On Site Investigations- March 2024

From: Transport for NSW
The NSW Government is investigating improvements to Wakehurst Parkway between Frenchs Forest Road, Frenchs Forest and Pittwater Road, North Narrabeen focusing on safety and capacity for this key link in Sydney’s northern beaches.

As outlined in our November 2023 notification, we have been carrying out site investigations to better understand and inform the options being considered as part of these improvements.

Investigations will continue until Friday 28 June 2024 to assist with design development. Work will be carried out in stages across the 9.5km corridor and include ecological, utility, survey and geotechnical investigations which may involve boring and minor excavation at times.

We will be on site periodically over the next four months and will include both day and night shifts, weather permitting. Day shift hours are Monday to Friday 7am to 6pm and Saturdays 8am to 1pm. 

Night work hours are Monday to Saturdays from 8pm to 5am.  This work will take place up to 15 night shifts over the next four months. No work will be carried out on Sundays or during public holidays. 

Traffic changes
To ensure public safety, temporary traffic lane closures and reduced speed limits may be in place. For the latest traffic updates, please call 132 701, visit livetraffic.com or download the Live Traffic NSW App.

Access to some properties may be impacted during our work. We will notify any impacted properties prior to work commencing and discuss alternative access arrangements with property owners directly as required.

Contact us
For more information, please contact us on 1800 684 490 or email projects@transport.nsw.gov.au


Please Join Us In Celebrating 100 Years  Of  Creative Leisure: 1924 – 2024

What are your memories of Creative Leisure?
Calling past participants in any Creative Leisure Movement activities, to send us your stories or experiences.
By Post: Northern Beaches Creative Leisure & Learning Inc
PO Box 1718  WARRIEWOOD 2102
Phone: 9944 6027


Letters To The Editor

Letters should preferably be 150 to 175 words, but considering the magazines inability to word limit itself - that remains optional. Letters must include the writer's address and phone number and 'permission to publish'. Letters should not contain attachments - these will be requested if required to illustrate content/subject.  Letters should be exclusive to Pittwater Online News. The editor's prerogative includes editing letters for length, grammar or legal reasons, among other considerations. Email: pittwateronlinenews@bigpond.com

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