Community News: February 2024

February 18 - 24, 2024: Issue 614

This Issue: full list in Contents page 

Front Page Issue 614 

State Government Planning Changes For Medium To High Density Triggers Call To Provide Feedback: Closes Friday February 23

Avalon-Bungan-Newport-North Narrabeen-Long Reef Beach Surfers Named Among Finalists Announced 2023 Australian Surfing Awards + Chelsea Hedges To Be Inducted Into The Australian Surfing Hall Of Fame

NSW Government Launches Asbestos Taskforce To Support Investigation Into Tainted Mulch: Bonded Asbestos Found At Allambie Heights Public School

Bayview Walkway and Seawall Set Works To Commence 

Narrabeen Lagoon Entrance Closed Again: Council's Update - February 2024

Surfing's First World Championship At Manly In 1964: Midget Farrelly Tribute At Palm Beach Given Go-Ahead

Pictures: Turimetta Moods by Joe Mills

Aquatics: Marine Rescue NSW volunteers have completed more than 700 missions + 1,788 returned to shore so far this year: boating season continues until Anzac Day 

Park Bench Philosophers:  FrogID Reaches One Million Frog Records

DIY Ideas: Humid Summer + Above Median Rainfall Predicted For Autumn 2024 Means Mould In The Home: Some Tips To Keep The Family Safer & Healthier

Flora Of Coastal New South Wales: 1920 To 1944

Pictures From The Past: Views Of Early Narrabeen Bridges - 1860 To 1966

Hazards Near Me Updates To Include Severe Weather Warnings

Central Coast Drug Ring Dismantled; 12 Men Charged

Food: Whole Pumpkin Stuffed With Chorizo, Rice & Goats' Cheese The pumpkin crops are coming in, with prices at around $4 for a whole pumpkin this week.

Inbox News Spotlight Shone On NSW Homelessness Crisis, Australia’s Oldest Hospital Recognised With Nightingale Award, Safely Embracing AI In Healthcare: NSW Health, New Sustainable Water Technology To Be On ‘Tap’ At NSW Hospitals, Contract Awarded To Transform The Cutaway At Barangaroo, One of NZ’s most contentious climate cases is moving forward; And the world is watching, Cute grandpa or authoritarian in waiting: who is Prabowo Subianto, the favourite to win Indonesia’s presidential election?, If we want more Australian students to learn to read, we need regular testing in the early primary years, Australia is in desperate need of a Whistleblower Protection Authority; Here’s what it should look like, Vaccination, testing, clean air: COVID hasn’t gone away – here’s where Australia needs to do better, HILDA survey at a glance: 7 charts reveal we’re smoking less, taking more drugs and still binge drinking, Casino Teen's Brave Bus Rescue Recognised With Premier's Award, Surfing's First World Championship At Manly In 1964: Midget's Tribute At Black Rock Palm Beach, Given Go-Ahead, Pictures From The Past: Views Of Early Narrabeen Bridges, Why Are There So Many Spiders Around In Summer?, Newport Rugby: Come & Try Event For Women + Girls, Basketball Court - Winnererremy Bay, Mona Vale: Have Your Say, Expressions Of Interest For The RPAYC 2024 Youth Development Program Are Now Available, North Avalon Surfriders Association: NASA 2024 Registration Is Now Open, ‘Paddle For Change’ – A Youth Led Climate Action Event: Mona Vale, Calling All High School Student Video Makers, School Leavers Support, Word Of The Week: Munificient, Can more ethical histories be written about early colonial expeditions?; A new project seeks to do just that, What is doxing and how can you protect yourself?, ‘Analog uncanny’: how this weird and experimental side of TikTok is forging the future of horror, ‘Digitising’ your wardrobe can help you save money and make sustainable fashion choices, Why it’s a bad idea to mix alcohol with some medications, Why are so many Australian music festivals being cancelled?, What are ‘collarium’ sunbeds?; Here’s why you should stay away, A patch a day?; Why the vitamin skin patches spruiked on social media might not be for you, Running or yoga can help beat depression, Forget about a job for life; Today’s workers need to prepare for many jobs across multiple industries, New Aussie rom-com Five Blind Dates could become your next comfort watch, 50 years on Dungeons & Dragons is still a gaming staple; What’s behind its monumental success?, Reality Bites at 30: why the Gen X classic still stands up today, 6 tips to maximise your concert experience from a live music expert, Digital technologies have made the wonders of ancient manuscripts more accessible than ever but there are risks and losses too, Some of the Renaissance’s most romantic love poems weren’t for lovers, Local Seniors Festival Events 2024, Surfing's First World Championship At Manly In 1964, New Aged Care Act Consultation Period Extended, Computer Pals For Seniors At Narrabeen: What Is AI?, Why it’s a bad idea to mix alcohol with some medications, Dr. Scamps Offering Free Anti-Scam Seminars, Your Experiences Matter – Please Share Them With Us: National Seniors, Stronger Primary Healthcare System To Support Australians With Long COVID

Environment Narrabeen Lagoon Entrance (Closed Again): Council's Update, Sidney The Seal: Middle Harbour Yacht Club, Flora Of Coastal New South Wales: 1920 To 1944, New logging rules in NSW put the greater glider closer to extinction; When will we start protecting these amazing animals?, Further Fish Deaths At Menindee, Duffys Forest Residents Assoc.: Waratah Park Bushcare, Harvest Seeds & Native Plants: Education Sessions 2024 -  "The Harvest Huddle", Notice Of 1080 Baiting: February 1 - July 31 2024, Pittwater Natural Heritage Association: Second PNHA Nature Event 2024, Northern Beaches Clean Up Crew: Bilgola Beach Clean - February 25, Clean Up Australia Day 2024 Registrations Are Now Open, At Eco House & Garden(At Kimbriki): 'Supporting School & Community Composts Workshop'  + Early Childhood Educators Professional Development Day, Upcoming Events At Permaculture Northern Beaches, Stony Range Nursery open Saturday afternoons, Stay Safe From Mosquitoes, Mountain Bike Incidents On Public Land: Survey, 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, Ringtail Posses 2023, More Green Space To Enhance Liveability In NSW Communities: Metropolitan Greenspace Program + Community Gardens Program Grants Now Open, NSW Welcomes New National Varroa Mite Management Plan and Funding To Kick Start Industry Implementation, Community Board For Central Coast Wetlands Appointed, Vandals Destroy Endangered Trees In Jaaningga Nature Reserve, 2023 Annual Air Quality Statement: NSW Government, Dubbo Landholders Protecting Our Environment, State-Of-The-Art Platypus Rescue HQ Opens In Dubbo, Record Funding To Support Landcare and Deliver On-Ground Landcare Projects, QLD Government Quietly Signs Off On Vulcan South; A 770 Hectares Of Koala Habitat Clearing/Killing Coal Mine, Queensland Government Approval Of Winchester South Mega Mine Approval A Loss For Queenslanders-Koalas-Climate: To Clear/Kill 2000+ Hectares Of Wildlife Habitat, Government Must Get Tougher On Unfit Mining Companies After Russell Vale Debacle, Hundreds Of Dead Fish and A Four Day Delay: Beetaloo Fish Kill Exposes Inability Of NT Government To Respond To Environmental Incidents, The world’s spectacular animal migrations are dwindling; Fishing, fences and development are fast-tracking extinctions, The good news: 25 Australian birds are now at less risk of extinction- The bad news: 29 are gone and 4 more might be, ‘Fascinating and troubling’: Australians would rather save a single human life than prevent an entire species from becoming extinct, Can we be inoculated against climate misinformation?; Yes – if we prebunk rather than debunk, Soft plastic recycling is back after the REDcycle collapse – but only in 12 supermarkets. Will it work this time?, Australia’s shot-hole borer beetle invasion has begun but we don’t need to chop down every tree under attack, The world’s coral reefs are bigger than we thought – but it took satellites, snorkels and machine learning to see them, Permaculture showed us how to farm the land more gently; Can we do the same as we farm the sea?, First Peoples’ land overlaps with 130 imperilled bird species – and this knowledge may be vital to saving them, A major blackout left 500,000 Victorian homes without power – but it shows our energy system is resilient, A secret war between cane toads and parasitic lungworms is raging across Australia, NZ votes the red admiral butterfly ‘bug of the year’ – how to make your garden its home, Forever chemicals in ski wax are being spread on snowy slopes, Ice Bed: Stunning Image Of A Young Polar Bear Drifting To Sleep Wins Wildlife Photographer Of The Year People’s Choice Award, Nature award for polar bear photo shows that images of these magnificent creatures still have the power to move people, Atlantic Ocean is headed for a tipping point − once melting glaciers shut down the Gulf Stream we would see extreme climate change within decades, Population can’t be ignored; It has to be part of the policy solution to our world’s problems, Reserves: Histories + Notes + Pictorial Walks, + more

Profile of the Week 2024 International Women's Day Events: Four Local Organisations Working To Raise Funds To Help Women - Count Her In: Invest In Women - Accelerate Progress!: Northern Beaches Womens' Shelter - Zonta Club NB - The Women's Resilience Centre - Women Of Whale

Women’s economic empowerment is central to a gender equal world. When women are given equal opportunities to earn, learn and lead, entire communities thrive. 

The theme for International Women’s Day 2024 is Count Her In: Invest in Women. Accelerate Progress.

Based on the priority theme for the United Nations 68th Commission on the Status of Women, Count Her In will examine the pathways to greater economic inclusion for women and girls everywhere. The aim is to Inspire Inclusion.

While important progress has been made, women face significant obstacles to achieving equal participation in the economy. Without equal access to education, employment pathways, financial services and literacy, how can we ever hope to reach gender equality?

We must ensure women and girls are given equal opportunity to build their capabilities and strengthen their capacity to learn, earn and lead.

One of the ways you can so is by getting involved with International Women’s Day. 

International Women’s Day is Friday 8 March 2024. Four events will run at Palm Beach, Newport, Long Reef and Manly from February 28 to March 10 with all aiming to Inspire Inclusion to Count Her In.


Palm Beach Golf Club is celebrating its 100th year throughout 2024, with celebrations starting off earlier this month with the unveiling of a centenary plaque by the courses' designer, Craig Parry.

This Issue a few insights from way back when Palm Beach Golf Course was a paddock for local cows.

Pittwater Offshore Newsletter: February 1, 2024

Click on Logo to access the latest PON:  

Includes: A celebration of Offshore Theatre; Secret Island: the new island play; Island Bushcare Group Wins $5,000 Grant; Community Buildings Manager and Cleaner Wanted; Community Vehicle Out of Service; Fire shed fundraising dinner; SIRA Committee Meeting; As You Like It; Island Swim; Moon Dance; The Tuesday Discussion Group; Dumpling cooking class; International Folk Dancing; Island Café; Pirates' Treasure Hunt; Secret Island: what you didn't know about your neighbour; Feast for Freedom

To contact Roy:  editor@scotlandisland.org.au

Cryptosporidiosis Alert For NSW

February 13, 2024
After a steep recent increase in cryptosporidiosis cases across the state, NSW Health is advising the community not to swim for at least two weeks after they've had diarrhoea.

Executive Director, Health Protection NSW, Dr Jeremy McAnulty said there had been 498 cases of cryptosporidiosis reported in NSW so far in 2024, compared to the 5-year average of 95 cases for the same time period.

Cryptosporidiosis is a diarrhoeal disease caused by the parasite, Cryptosporidium, which infects the intestine and is a common cause of acute diarrhoea in young children. Other symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, fever, headache, and loss of appetite.

Dr McAnulty said with almost half of the cases in children under ten years old, parents especially needed to be aware of the risks and precautions.

“Cryptosporidiosis is commonly acquired by swimming in and swallowing water contaminated with cryptosporidium parasites," Dr McAnulty said.

“The parasite survives for many days, even in chlorinated pools, and in the past very large outbreaks have been caused by people who had recently been infected going swimming.

“Almost half of the cases reported this year had been swimming during their exposure period, and with such a high proportion of young children affected and with many schools about to hold swimming carnivals, we're urging parents to stay alert for symptoms," he said.

People who have had diarrhoea should:
  • avoid swimming for at least two weeks after your symptoms resolve
  • avoid sharing towels for at least two weeks after your symptoms resolve
  • avoid handling food for at least 48 hours after your symptoms resolve
  • children who have diarrhoea should be kept home from preschool, childcare or playgroup until 24 hours after the diarrhoea has completely stopped.
To avoid catching cryptosporidiosis:
  • avoid swimming in estuaries and inland waterways (e.g. rivers, creeks, dams) during and for at least three days after heavy rain
  • avoid swimming at ocean beaches during and for at least one day after heavy rain 
  • avoid swallowing water when swimming
  • wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds after using the toilet, handling animals or their manure, changing nappies, working in the garden and before preparing food or drinks
  • do not drink untreated water (for example, from lakes or streams). Boiling water by bringing to a rolling boil is sufficient to kill Cryptosporidium.
The increase in cases has also been experienced in Queensland, with further information available at Queensland Health. More information on cryptosporidiosis is available on the NSW Health website.


New Warriewood Community Centre: March 2024 Information Sessions

The construction of the new Warriewood Community Centre on the site of the existing Nelson Heather Centre building at Jacksons Road and Boondah Road is expected to commence in early April 2024. 

Works are anticipated to be completed by October 2025.

Notification letters will be sent to local residents, businesses and key stakeholders next week. The letter to residents in the immediate vicinity of the Community Centre and key stakeholders will include an invitation to attend an information session on the
construction phase of the project. 

Two Information sessions have been scheduled on Thursday 7 March 2024 as follows:
Venue: Ted Blackwood Centre – Main Hall
Address: Corner of Jackson and Boondah Roads, Warriewood
Time: 12.30pm – 1.30pm

Venue: The Tramshed – Berry Hall
Address: 1395A Pittwater Road, Narrabeen
Time: 6.30pm – 7.30pm

Please email council@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au if you would like to attend before 28 February 2024.

The Council's project team and a representative from the contractor, Belmadar Pty Ltd, will be present to answer any questions. 

Further information about the project can be viewed at HERE

Features on the new center will include:
  • five multi-purpose halls suited to a wide range of recreational activities
  • two multi-purpose meeting rooms
  • a community lounge room, providing a safe and accessible space
  • large covered outdoor spaces which overlook landscaped gardens
  • modern and accessible amenities, including showers
  • multiple and adaptable kitchen facilities.


  • Concept Design - WVCC View from Boondah Reserve - Artist Impression

Narrabeen Sports High School 2024 Open Night

Students and Families are invited to attend the Narrabeen Sports High School Open Night on Tuesday 5 March 2024.

Our Open Night will consist of a tour of the school so prospective families can have a 'taste' of what school will look like here at Narrabeen with our new and updated facilities.
Tours will last approximately 45 minutes, they will begin from 4:00pm with the last tour beginning at 5:15pm.

We invite you to come along and hear about the amazing opportunities Narrabeen Sports High School can offer.



Surfing Mums & Dads

Want to join the best Mums (& Dads) group on earth? Surfing Mums Australia is a not for profit organisation with groups across Australia. We take turns surfing and looking after each other’s children. 

The Avalon group meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9.30am and the Palm Beach group meets on Thursdays. The Mona Vale group meets Wednesday 9am, Narrabeen on Wednesday at 9:30 am, Dee Why / Long Reef on Friday 9am, Freshwater on Monday at 9am and Manly on Wednesday at 9am. 

Our surf swap meet ups welcome parents of all levels, whether you’re a total novice or have been riding waves for a lifetime. Meet ups are run by member volunteer coordinators, and take place at a specific beach location at designated weekly times and days – although some groups switch locations depending on the best beach conditions on that given day. Coordinators post updates on each group’s private Facebook page prior to each meetup, so be sure to check for updates before you go. When you arrive, you’ll be paired up with a parent who will be your surf swap partner. Meet ups generally run for two hours, so there’s potential for each parent to have roughly an hour of ocean time, and an hour of child minding – although new parents may like to work up to this time goal slowly. Parents decide between themselves who’ll surf first, and who’s surfing second. The term surfing is open to interpretation here; you can surf, body board, SUP, go for a beach run or do some laps. However you’d like to spend your ocean time is up to you.

We welcome all levels of surfers, from shredders to absolute newbies, any anyone who cares for a little person is welcome to join. 

To join go to surfingmums.com 

2024 Surf Life Saving NSW Championships

The dates are set for the 2024 NSW Surf Life Saving Championships:

Championships                Date               Location
Champion Lifesaver 1-2 March Freshwater SLSC
Champion Patrol          3 March         Freshwater SLSC
First Aid Competition 9-10 March Freshwater SLSC
Age Champs                 7-10 March Queenscliff SLSC
Inclusive Champs         10 March         Queenscliff SLSC
Masters Champs        13-14 March Queenscliff SLSC
Open Champs                15-17 March Queenscliff SLSC
Surf Boats Champs        15-17 March North Steyne SLSC


Basketball Court - Winnererremy Bay, Mona Vale: Have Your Say

Comments close: Fri 1 Mar 2024
Council states that a new basketball facility is coming soon to Winnererremy Bay, Mona Vale and is seeking feedback on their plan.

The proposed basketball facility will include:
  • new hard court with regulation size key and 3-point lines
  • new seating overlooking the courts and park area
  • open grassed areas will remain and will include new shade trees to provide passive recreational opportunities
  • an additional bike path around the perimeter of the hard court.
No lights will be installed. The hard courts are not intended to be used after dark as there is no existing lighting or future lighting planned. The build is estimated 12-week construction phase, weather permitting.

Share your thoughts on the proposed design by:
Please include 'Lets Play! Hard Court Mona Vale' in the subject line of all email or written feedback.

All comments in their entirety are made publicly available in the Community Engagement Report. Personal identifying information, and content which is discriminatory, hateful or which may defame, offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate will be redacted.

Council's concept design:

Mackellar MP Offering Free Anti-Scam Seminars

In 2023, losses to scams exceeded $4.5 billion, causing misery and financial hardship to thousands of people including hundreds on the Northern Beaches. The perpetrators of these crimes masquerade as your bank, the Tax Office, phone companies, or postal delivery services – to name a few.

Scammers deliberately target older people, the vulnerable and people who are not as savvy with digital communications.

“These scammers are without scruples,” said Dr Sophie Scamps, Federal MP for Mackellar.

“That’s why I want to help the people of Mackellar fight back against them, by knowing what to do when they are contacted by these people.”

Nearly 20% of reports in NSW were by people 65 and over, followed by the 55-64 age group (12.2%) and 45-54 age group (10.7%). There are steps you can take to protect yourself.

Mackellar MP Dr Scamps will host a free seminar on scams presented by staff from the Australian Competition and Consumer commission’s Scam.

In person event on March 14th: 10.30am-12pm
Ted Blackwood Community Centre, Jacksons Rd & Boondah Rd, Warriewood.

Online presentation on April 10th: 3.30pm to 5pm
To find out more please visit: www.sophiescamps.com.au/events

The scams awareness presentations will provide practical guidance to assist people to identify and avoid scams and stay safe online. The presenter will share valuable information on where to seek help and support when recovering from a scam.

It’s also an opportunity for attendees to share their scam stories with their peers. 
We all need to be vigilant and help each other to avoid scams. If you have an unusual phone call, text or email, stop! Hang up. Do not click on the link or provide information. Seek advice from a friend or relative

Streets As Shared Spaces Avalon Beach Feedback Closes February

Closes 28 Feb 2024
Council states this is a temporary trial funded through the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment's Streets as Shared Spaces program. The program trials projects which test ideas for permanent improvements to local streets, paths and public spaces. It’s also a key action in the My Place - Avalon Beach Plan following extensive community feedback.

Some of the key changes include:
  • widening footpaths and enhancing outdoor dining areas
  • moving pedestrian crossings
  • installing planter boxes and seating
  • installing shade structure - charge your phone while enjoying a treat from your local cafes.
Council want to hear what you think about these changes and if you'd like to keep them when the trial ends - please share your feedback in their survey. The survey is open throughout the trial period and closes on Wednesday 28 February 2024.

You can also send feedback throughout the duration of the trial to council@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au.


Monika's Doggie Rescue Pets Of The Week

Ben & Jerry 

9yo Jack Russell boys (brothers)


Ben and Jerry came from the pound very scared and bewildered. They have settled down and learning new things. Their former owner went into care so their life experiences have been limited. They are gentle affectionate dogs who love playing ball and are very social with other dogs. They are not used to being picked up so this needs to be done slowly in a calm relaxed manner. They are very affectionate and willing to please and make good eye contact with you. They look like brothers and want to stay together.  Jerry is a bit stockier at 8.4kg and Ben is 6.4kg. Both have short coats. They suit apartment living, FT hours but need rescue experience.

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. Their adoption fee together is $1000.


Ariel & Sebastian 

5mths Domestic Short Haired cats


Ariel and Sebastian are a very sweet, bonded pair. They are litter mates. They were dumped at our clinic doorstep. They love purring and like a good head scratch. They are shy to run up to you, but it will come with time once they know you. They are very sweet natured, affectionate kittens who love to play and snuggle together. You often see Sebastian with his arms around Ariel and he is licking and kissing her! She loves it.

All our cats come desexed, wormed, F3 vaccinated, FIV/FeLV tested and microchipped. Their adoption fee is $440 together. 

For further details call DoggieRescue on 9486 3133  or email  Monika@DoggieRescue.com.  RON R251000024

2024 SLSSNB Branch Championships

The 2024 Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern Beaches Branch Championships will be held in February and March 2024. All event circulars and additional important event information are posted and updated on this page – www.2024-slssnb-branch-championships

Time Table & Locations Summary
Champion Lifesaver Championships
(Resus and Theory Only) Branch Office, Warriewood (Evening) Wed, Feb 7th 2024

Patrol Competition Championships
(Resus and Theory Only) Branch Office | Warriewood (Evening) | Thurs, Feb 8th 2024

Following events will be held at Newport Beach on Sat, Feb 10th 2024 –

Champion Lifesaver Championships  
Patrol Competition Championships
Open Championships (Beach Events Only)  

Following events will be held at Newport Beach on Sun, Feb 11th 2024 

Junior Championships (Beach Events Only)  
Masters Championships (Beach & Water)  
March Past Championships  

Following events will be held at Newport Beach on Sat, Feb 17th 2024 –

Open Championships (Water Events Only)  
First Aid Championships (U17’s & U19’s) 

Following events will be held at Newport Beach on Sun, Feb 18th 2024 

Junior Championships (Water Events Only)  
First Aid Championships (U14/15’s & Opens) 

Rescue & Resuscitation Championships will be held at Maroubra Beach
on Sun, Feb 24th 2024, in conjunction with the SLS Sydney Branch Championships

Surf Boats Championships will be held at Newport Beach on Sat, Mar 2nd 2024


Hudson Parade Clareville Plan Of Management: Have Your Say

Closes: Sun 3 March 2024
At the Council meeting held 19 December 2023 Council resolved that the draft Plan of Management for Lot 2 DP 827733, 316 Hudson Parade, Clareville (the Site) be placed on public exhibition for a minimum of 42 days, with the outcome reported back to Council.

The draft Plan of Management (PoM) enables Council to grant a licence to the owner of the adjoining property at Lot 1, 316 Hudson Parade (Lot 1) to construct and use a boatshed and to use the access stairs to the boatshed on the Site.

For several decades, this Site has been a location for a boatshed and for stairs to access the boatshed by the owner of Lot 1. In 1993, the land was dedicated to Council by the then owner of Lot 1 and there has been a historical agreement to continue to allow access to the boatshed and stairs. Once adopted this PoM will enable Council to grant a new licence to the owner of Lot 1. The draft PoM also includes ensuring public access through the foreshore area within the Site.

Share your thoughts on the draft PoM in the submission form further down this page.
invite you to provide your feedback by:
Please include 'Hudson Parade Clareville - Plan of Management' in the subject line of all email or written feedback.

All submissions in their entirety are made publicly available in the Community Engagement Report. Personal identifying information, and content which is discriminatory, hateful or which may defame, offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate will be redacted.

Boundary map:


Have Your Say: A Heritage Strategy For NSW

Closes 31 March 2024
The NSW Government is developing a Heritage Strategy to set a new direction and vision for protecting heritage in our State.

Heritage includes the places, objects and stories we have inherited from the past and want to protect for generations to come.

Our heritage includes tens of thousands of years of Aboriginal culture and landscapes, natural heritage, historic buildings and structures, gardens, precincts and cultural landscapes, archaeological sites, shipwrecks and intangible heritage.

The NSW Heritage Strategy will address key challenges that heritage, in all its forms, is facing now and into the future.

Tell Heritage NSW what you think
Heritage NSW is seeking your feedback to inform and shape the direction of the NSW Heritage Strategy, ensuring it responds to community aspirations in delivering a better future for our heritage.

Your input will help to build our understanding of what is important to the community, key challenges facing heritage and opportunities to address them.

Please share your insights and ideas by completing the survey here until 31 March 2024.

Have Your Say: Travel To And From School In NSW

Closes 29 February 2024
The NSW Government wants to make it easier for parents, carers and their children to walk or ride their bikes to school.

Data shows that less than one in four children in NSW currently walk or ride to school. This is a substantial decline compared to previous generations. Making it easier to walk or ride would provide enormous benefits to children, including:
  • improved health and self-confidence
  • learning how to navigate our streets and public spaces safely
  • setting lifelong sustainable travel habits.
Tell us what you think
You can have your say on walking and bike riding to school by completing a survey, taking a quick poll or sharing your ideas. Your feedback will help the NSW Government understand what things would need to change to encourage more parents and carers to walk or ride with their children to school more often.

Community Encouraged To Have Their Say On Clubgrants Scheme

The NSW Government has released a discussion paper and begun community consultation into the effectiveness of the Clubgrants scheme, as part of a wider review to ensure the grants program is providing a social benefit to the people of NSW.

The consultation period will be open until 18 March 2024.

Clubgrants enables eligible registered clubs to contribute a portion of gaming machine profits to local community services, projects and infrastructure through grants, and receive a tax concession in return.

The discussion paper provides background on Clubgrants, the terms of reference and targeted questions to help guide submissions. There is also a survey for those who do not want to write a submission.

The public consultation will enable key stakeholders, participants, and members of the public to provide feedback and have their say as part of the review.


The Review into the ClubGrants Scheme was announced in tandem with the Independent Panel on Gaming Reform, which brings together representatives from industry, harm minimisation advocacy groups, law enforcement, unions and a person with lived experience to build consensus on a roadmap for reform.

It adds to a number of reforms already undertaken by the Minns Government to reduce gambling harm and prevent money laundering:
  • reduced the cash input limit from $5,000 to $500 for all new poker machines from 1 July 
  • reduced the statewide cap on gaming machine entitlements by more than 3,000 
  • banned political donations from clubs involved in gaming 
  • removed VIP gaming signage across NSW 
  • invested $100m into gambling harm minimisation over the next four years.
Minister for Gaming and Racing David Harris said:

“The NSW Government is committed to ensuring integrity and public trust in government grants.

“The Clubgrants scheme has not been formally reviewed by government since 2013, so this review will give the community and key stakeholders a chance to have their say on its effectiveness.

"Registered clubs are part of the social fabric in local communities across NSW, and the Clubgrants scheme helps to provide vital local services, projects and infrastructure.

“Feedback from a broad range of stakeholders and members of the public is critical to ensure their views are considered. 

“I encourage everyone to read the discussion paper and provide a submission or complete the survey before 18 March. Your feedback about the scheme will form an important part of our review.”

Written submissions
• You can provide your submission via email to gaming.policy@liquorandgaming.nsw.gov.au
• You can visit the NSW Government’s Have Your Say website www.haveyoursay.nsw.gov.au for links to the survey and discussion paper.

Feedback must be provided by 18 March 2024

Road Works

SCHEDULED ROADWORK Utilities: Mona Vale Road between Emma Street and Oliver Way - Thu 1 Feb 2024 to Tue 20 Feb 2024, 8am to 5pm. 

Advice; Check signage, Reduced speed limit (40km/h). Other Advice; Alternating (stop/slow) traffic conditions will be in place to allow motorists to pass in one direction at a time.



SCHEDULED ROADWORK: Oxford Falls - Wakehurst Parkway between Oxford Falls Road and Caleyi Trail; Mon 12 Feb 2024 to Sat 2 Mar 2024: 9:00pm to 5:00am. 

Traffic affected both directions. Advice: Reduced speed limit (40km/h), Check signage, Allow extra travel time. Alternating (stop/slow) traffic conditions will be in place to allow motorists to pass in one direction at a time.



SCHEDULED ROADWORK Resurfacing: Collaroy to Narrabeen - Pittwater Road between Homestead Avenue and Mactier Street; Sun 11 Feb 2024 to Fri 1 Mar 2024 - 9:30pm to 5:00am.
Traffic affected both directions. Advice; Reduced speed limit (40km/h), Check signage. Portable traffic control devices will allow motorists to pass in one direction at a time. 

SCHEDULED ROADWORK: Oxford Falls - Wakehurst Parkway between Oxford Falls Road and Caleyi Trail: Mon 12 Feb 2024 to Sat 2 Mar 2024 - 9:00pm to 5:00am.
Traffic affected both directions. Advice; Reduced speed limit (40km/h), Check signage, Allow extra travel time. Other Advice; Alternating (stop/slow) traffic conditions will be in place to allow motorists to pass in one direction at a time.



SCHEDULED ROADWORK Resurfacing: Dee Why to Brookvale - Pittwater Road between Delmar Parade and Cross Street; Sun 11 Feb 2024 to Fri 1 Mar 2024: 9:30pm to 5:00am. 

Traffic affected both directions. Advice; Reduced speed limit (40km/h), Check signage, Exercise caution. Other Advice; Contraflow traffic conditions will be in place to allow motorists to pass in both directions.


Pittwater Classic Yacht & Dinghy Regatta: 2nd & 3rd March, 2024

Following hot on the heels of last year’s successful Couta Nationals, Avalon Sailing Club (ASC) and Bayview Yacht Racing Association (BYRA)are very excited to announce they will be hosting the inaugural Pittwater Classic Regatta. This fabulous concept is a passion of Larry Eastwood whose aim is to create an event that will become a staple on the season’s calendar for classic boats.

ASC are in the early phases of planning, but can confirm that Avalon will be hosting the yachts with BYRA hosting the dinghies on their lawn. Saturday will be a series of races around courses on Pittwater, with a pursuit race around Islands on Sunday. 

A concourse display of the dinghies will be held at BYRA on Sunday morning. BYRA will host the main event on Saturday evening with Avalon providing the entertainment on Friday and/or Sunday. ASC will be running tender services with the big RIBs between clubs.

Further details to follow and will be posted on the ASC website shortly.


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


Volunteers Needed: Meals On Wheels

Meals on Wheels have lost a lot of volunteers in the last few months due to COVID regulations etc. so they are desperate for some new people on the roster. The local service covers all the way from Manly Vale up to Palm Beach, so a run takes around 60-90mins. 

You leave from and return to the warehouse in Bassett Street, Mona Vale.
You don’t need to sign on to permanent shifts, even once a month would help them out greatly.

All drivers need an unrestricted license, must be fully vaccinated and will require a volunteer police check. If you are able to assist please call Milly on 9457 3900 or email 
NBeachesVolunteer@kmow.org.au and she can give you more info and send you through training paperwork.


Entries Open For Aussies 2024 On The Sunshine Coast 

Entries for the 2024 Australian Surf Life Saving Championships (The Aussies), the pinnacle event on the surf lifesaving sports calendar, are now open with entries numbers expected to exceed 6,500. 

Queensland’s Sunshine Coast will host the largest surf sports carnival in the world next April (13-21) with local Surf Life Saving Club’s Alexandra Headland, Maroochydore, Mooloolaba and Coolum all hosting the more than 500 beach and water events across Youth, Open and Masters age categories. 

Surf Life Saving Australia’s Sport Manager Wayne Druery says the event promises to be bigger than 2023, particularly with the inclusion of some new events. 

“The Australian Surf Life Saving Championships is the pinnacle for surf sports athletes and something that competitors, club members and families look forward to every year,” said Druery. 

“It is a time when the surf lifesaving community comes together to test their surf and rescue ready skills, as well as catch-up with friends from all around the country. 

“We are excited to announce that for the first time, we will be offering dedicated Adaptive Surf Sports events for competitors with a disability. These events have been designed following an extensive consultation process over the past two years, and as part of Surf Life Saving Australia’s ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion.”  

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. 

Early Bird entries close February 11. Standard entries close 31 March.  

Entries are open via the SLSA Sports Event Management System (SEMS).  


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 Hospital Auxiliary Needs Volunteers

The Auxiliary is looking for new members to help with our fund raising efforts.  New ideas and assistance with our stalls are very welcome.  Contact 0407 216 253 for more information. The Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary members host a stall at Pittwater Place on the first Saturday of every month from 9am to 3pm selling knitting for babies and children, beanies, bedsocks and scarves for oldies, sewing items, craft and jams, raising funds for the rehabilitation and palliative care units.

Seniors Housing Proposal For 25-27 Kevin Avenue, Avalon Beach

DA2024/0044: Exhibition Notice
Exhibition Period: 13/02/2024 to 27/02/2024
Cost of Work: $ 8,590,453
Description: Demolition works and construction of Seniors Housing with basement parking with 2 Buildings and 10 Units of 3 bedrooms per unit, and 21 car spaces- 4 Units in Building 1 and 6 Units in Building 2.

The building proposal comprises of one (1) storeys of basement carparking and associated waste and services rooms, beneath two (2) storeys of residential units. The building has an effective height of 10.815m (RL 31.00 – RL 20.185). 

The majority of trees on the site are associated with the Pittwater and Wagstaffe Spotted Gum Forest. 12 trees would need to be removed to accommodate the proposed buildings.

Submissions can be made to Council during the exhibition period. Any submission must specify the grounds for objection.

The application and the documents accompanying the application, including any environmental impact statement, are available on Council’s Application Tracking for the minimum period required under the Act.



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Fire And Rescue NSW Joined By Paw Patrol

Fire and Rescue NSW are very excited to announce our partnership with PAW Patrol™! 

FRNSW and PAW Patrol share a passion for rescue, community service, teamwork, and friendship, making it the perfect partnership -  Or should we say PAWfect!

We can't wait to see ‘Marshall’ and his mates at our upcoming events and are excited to get their help in spreading important fire safety messages to kids across NSW.

It's never too early to learn about fire safety, visit www.brigadekids.com, you'll be sure to impress Marshall and our crews when we see you next!


Hazards Near Me Updates To Include Severe Weather Warnings

The New South Wales State Emergency Service (NSW SES) has launched the inclusion of severe weather warnings as part of the Hazards Near Me NSW App and Hazard Watch. 
 
Developed in partnership with the Department of Customer Service, the update to include another hazard will ensure more communities across NSW will be prepared during weather events.  

Minister for Emergency Services, Jihad Dib said the expansion of the app's hazards was timely given we’re in the middle of Storm Season, which runs from September to March and typically sees an increase in storm activity.  

“Severe weather warnings and alerts are now available immediately on your phone or device. This is in addition to the warnings and alerts for fires, floods and tsunami that are already available on the platform,” Minister Dib said.   

“We know February is typically the busiest month for the NSW SES, and in February 2023, the NSW SES responded to 9,288 calls to the State Operations Centre. More than 4,200 of those calls were for storm damage in communities across the state.   

“This is why it's so important to have severe weather warnings included as part of the suite of warnings available on the Hazards Near Me NSW app, Hazard Watch and the NSW SES website.”  
NSW SES Commissioner Carlene York APM said it had been an incredibly busy summer for volunteers, and urged the public to download the Hazards Near Me NSW app. 

“NSW SES volunteers have already responded to more than 4,600 incidents across the state since Christmas Day. The majority of those were for severe weather,” Commissioner York said.  

“Just last week North Western parts of NSW were experiencing severe weather, which resulted in storm warnings and minor flooding.  

“I would encourage anyone who hasn’t yet downloaded the app to do so and be prepared for whatever hazard may impact your community.”  

Department of Customer Service Executive Director of Government Technology Platforms, Reece Clementi said the app was a trusted source of information for the community to access warnings and advice during hazards.

“If you are one of the more than four million people who already have the Hazards Near Me NSW App, update your watch zone notifications to ensure you are receiving relevant warnings in real time for fires, floods, tsunami and now severe weather,” Mr Clementi said.  

The Hazards Near Me NSW App uses the nationally recognised Australian Warning System. 

There are three levels of warnings within this system including: Advice, Watch and Act and Emergency Warning. 

These same categories will now be used to keep communities safe and informed when severe weather is occurring nearby. 

For emergency help in floods and storms, call the NSW SES on 132 500. In life threatening situations, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.


GoodSAM App

GoodSAM is integrated with the NSW Ambulance Triple Zero (000) dispatch system and connects volunteers to patients in the critical first minutes of a cardiac arrest until paramedics arrive. 

All you need is a willingness to perform CPR until the ambulance gets there. 

You will be sent a notification if someone nearby needs your help. 

See the NSW Ambulance website for more information on how to sign up:

More than 9000 people experience an out of hospital cardiac arrest in NSW every year. Cardiac arrest is often unexpected, and for every minute a patient doesn’t get chest compressions, also called Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), their chances of survival fall by 7-10%.

The NSW community is being encouraged to help save lives by signing up to the free GoodSAM app, with NSW Ambulance launching a volunteer recruitment campaign.

Minister for Health Ryan Park said the GoodSAM program will give people who are in cardiac arrest a better chance of survival by alerting nearby registered community members who are prepared to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Three lives have already been saved through an initial six-week pilot involving 1,600 NSW Ambulance clinical and corporate staff, who volunteered as GoodSAM responders.

If you are willing and able to perform CPR, and are aged 18 or older, you can sign up to receive alerts when someone needs help.

GoodSAM will also show you any publicly accessible defibrillators that have been registered with GoodSAM, and you can use these if you feel able. Last year, a global network of 1.5 million GoodSAM volunteers helped save the life of a cardiac arrest patient on average every three minutes.

By registering as a GoodSAM volunteer, you can help keep them alive, while paramedics arrive.


Kaddy Transport: Volunteers Needed

On Tuesday February 6 2024 Michael Regan, MP for Wakehurst, still in the NSW Parliament chamber at 6:40 pm, read out a Community Recognition statement about Kaddy Transport, based at Dee Why - a local volunteer run organisation which is need of new volunteers.

Mr. Regan stated:

''Today I acknowledge the vital service provided by Kaddy Transport in Dee Why. It was started in 1980 by Val Rayward, a matron at Royal North Shore Hospital, after polio confined her to a wheelchair. 

For over 40 years Kaddy has assisted thousands of clients who are frail or use wheelchairs to travel safely to medical appointments and social activities. Unlike similar services in the area, Kaddy is free. It relies entirely on friendly volunteer drivers and generous sponsors, including Dee Why RSL. 

I especially acknowledge Allan Hale, a long-time board member of Kaddy, who sadly passed away in 2022 after volunteering since 1983. Awarded the Order of Australia in 2014, he was still driving clients until a week before he passed. 

Finally, I give a big shout-out to Barbara Smith, Kaddy's office co-ordinator, who is retiring this week after decades of service. 

With the loss of those incredible volunteers, Kaddy is now in urgent need of new ones—and especially drivers—to avoid closing. Today I put the call out for more volunteer drivers. Let us keep that incredible service on the road.''

KADDY Transport is a not for profit organisation which takes people on Sydney's northern beaches with disabilities to medical and other essential appointments. 

KADDY stands for Keen, Able and Disabled of Dee Why. Started in 1980 by Val Rayward, a matron at Royal North Shore Hospital after Val contracted polio and became confined to a wheelchair, and found that there were no community transport facilities available.

Val saw a real need for a means of transport for people with disabilities to meet medical appointments, so she started fundraising activities with the support of the Uniting Church at Dee Why, in order to purchase a bus.

If you would like to help as a volunteer or know someone who could use their service, please telephone the KADDY Transport office on (02) 9972 0242 or email kaddy4@optusnet.com.au 


Discussion Paper On Short And Long-Term Rental Accommodation: Have Your Say

From: 15/02/2024
To: 14/03/2024

The NSW Government has released a discussion paper and seeking community input which will inform a comprehensive review of Short-Term Rental Accommodation (STRA) in NSW.

This Government states this is an important next step as the NSW Government continues to look at ways to address the housing crisis in NSW.

Led by the Minister for Housing, Minister for Homelessness Rose Jackson, the four-week public consultation opened February 15 with the release of a discussion paper and an online questionnaire.

Through this review the NSW Government will work with all stakeholders to ensure outcomes contribute meaningfully to increasing housing affordability, and stability in NSW. 

Specific feedback which will be sought and considered throughout this process includes:
  • > The adequacy of the STRA planning and regulatory framework, and options for improvement.
  • > Potential policy options, including measures to incentivise property investors to make properties available for long-term rental accommodation.
In NSW, housing affordability and availability are at their lowest levels in decades.
Even though NSW has the largest population, it is last on the east coast when it comes to housing completion.

Building approvals and construction activity have slowed while build costs have skyrocketed.

Rental vacancies are low and there are more than 55,000 people on the waitlist for social housing.

This week alone, two independent reports highlighted the magnitude of the housing crisis facing Australia’s most populous state.

The Productivity Commission reported that Sydney was at risk of becoming a city with no grandchildren if we do not meaningfully address the housing crisis.

Whilst an analysis by Homelessness NSW showed that homelessness has risen across 58 of the state’s 128 local government areas in the past year alone.

The NSW Government states it is taking action to strike the right balance between supporting our local communities, supporting the visitor economy and jobs, whilst addressing the homelessness, housing and rental crisis.

''Whilst the review and potential reform of STRA alone is not a silver bullet, it is an important step towards fixing existing structural issues in the housing market.

All options are on the table in this review and the NSW Government looks forward to seeing extensive feedback from industry as well as the community.'' the release states


Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Paul Scully said:
“We’re hoping to better balance housing availability for the people of NSW with the benefits that tourism brings to local communities.

“We’re in a housing crisis, so it’s important we look at every available option to boost housing supply, including a shift from non-hosted short-term rentals to long term rentals.

“We’ve already endorsed the Independent Planning Commission (IPC) recommendation to tighten the cap on some non-hosted short-term rentals in Byron Shire, and other recommendations made by the IPC will be considered as part of this broader STRA review.”

Minister for Housing and Minister for Homelessness Rose Jackson said:
“We’re determined to do everything we can to tackle the housing crisis and put every part of the housing market under the microscope for options to encourage a greater supply of long-term rental accommodation.

“All options are on the table and we are keen to hear from the community on how various aspects of regulatory and revenue measures can be designed to get the best outcome.”
“This review will inform our approach to make better use of all forms of housing, including short term rentals, vacant property and holiday homes.

“This includes looking at ways to move some of this housing to the long-term rental market and to minimise its negative impacts on the housing market as well as what we can do to support homelessness services across NSW.”

Stronger Primary Healthcare System To Support Australians With Long COVID

February 15,2024
The Australian Government has responded to the recommendations made by a parliamentary committee into Long COVID, recognising the chronic nature of Long COVID and the need for multidisciplinary team-based healthcare.

The recommendations from the House Standing Committee on Health, Aged Care and Sport’s Inquiry into Long COVID and Repeated COVID Infections focused on strengthening primary healthcare services, improving COVID-19 vaccination communications, educational support for healthcare providers, and a national research program.

The Government’s initial response to the committee’s report, which was tabled in Parliament on 19 April 2023, included a $50 million investment from the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) for research into Long COVID. A further $50 million was committed from the MRFF to drive innovation in primary care, including in multidisciplinary team-based healthcare.

Of the committee’s nine recommendations, the Government has noted two and accepted seven in full or in principle.

These recommendations were informed by almost 600 submissions from individuals, community groups, health experts, public health organisations and state and territory health departments.

The Government has also developed a national plan to provide a framework for the health response to Long COVID, known in the medical literature as post-acute sequelae of COVID‑19.

The national plan has been informed by the recommendations of the Inquiry. It highlights three strategic priorities to ensure people with Long COVID, and their families and carers, can access treatment and support to receive the best possible health outcomes:
  1. improve primary care support for people with Long COVID,
  2. increase awareness within the community and health sector, and
  3. provide support for Long COVID research.
The Department of Health and Aged Care has also commenced a review and update of the National Strategic Framework for Chronic Conditions, which enables all levels of government, as well as health professionals, to deliver a more effective and coordinated national response to chronic conditions.

The update will consider common issues in the management and treatment of chronic conditions to guide sustainable, evidence-based and person-centred multidisciplinary support for Australians living with such conditions. An open public consultation will begin this month.

The plan builds on existing Albanese Government investments to strengthen Medicare, including $6.1 billion committed in the 2023–2024 Budget, a new Medicare rebate for GP consultations longer than 60 minutes, and the largest investment in bulk billing in Medicare history.

The Government is committed to supporting initiatives that reduce the incidence, severity and longer-term impacts of COVID-19. The best way to prevent Long COVID is to protect yourself from infection, including by staying up to date with your vaccinations to help protect against severe illness.

Federal Health Minister, The Hon. Mark Butler said:

“The Australian Government recognises the long-term impacts of COVID-19, including for those who experience prolonged symptoms following an acute COVID‑19 infection.

“Long COVID is an emerging health issue, both in Australia and internationally. The Albanese Government is investing $50 million for research into Long COVID.

“The Albanese Government is strengthening Medicare for all Australians, but particularly to provide the kind of multidisciplinary team-based healthcare for people with chronic and complex conditions like Long COVID.”

NSW Planning Wants AI Product Solutions To Make Faster Development Applications

February 14, 2024
The NSW Government is investing $5.6 million in artificial intelligence (AI) to help reduce development application (DA) timeframes and deliver more housing.

The Department of Planning, Housing and Infrastructure (DPHI) is calling on industry to submit innovative existing and mature AI technology solutions to help reduce manual workloads for councils and to streamline the pre-lodgement phase.

Industry is invited to submit proposals until 11 March 2024.

Applications will be evaluated on how they address one or more priority focus areas, demonstrate low impact implementation, and align with the NSW AI Assurance Framework and AI Ethics Policy.

Successful suppliers will be asked to showcase products and share ideas with councils following the evaluation of applications.

DPHI will then confirm a list of suitable AI products and provide guidance for councils on how to engage with suppliers and select the best AI tools for the task.

Applicants have four weeks to prepare their responses, focusing on four priority areas to assist councils during the pre-lodgement DA phase.

These include:
  • A pathways and requirements finder: To help prospective applicants identify site-specific development requirements to speed up their development process.
  • Document self-assessment health check: To help applicants self-assess before lodging their DA. This aims to address any potential barriers or gaps in their documentation before they lodge.
  • Risk-based triage: To help council staff quickly identify non-compliant elements within a submission so that the triage process is efficient and improves council’s productivity.
  • Document assurance: To help council staff verify an applicant's documentation to provide increased confidence in the quality of the material submitted.
The project is guided by six overarching principles including trust, transparency, customer benefit, fairness, privacy, and accountability.

DPHI has already worked with NSW councils to define the key challenges experienced during the pre-DA lodgement process.

More than 30 metro and regional councils have participated in workshops to date, with a focus on identifying existing AI products that can be easily implemented and used in the NSW planning system to reduce DA timeframes and deliver on the government’s priority of more housing faster.

Councils noted applicants need a simple and streamlined application process to access important information and what documentation is required for their site-specific DA.

Port Stephens Council and Wagga Wagga City Council are among the first group of enthusiastic councils to investigate how AI technologies could help enhance council DA processes.

Wagga Wagga Council Manager for Development Assessment & Building Certification Paul O'Brien said the introduction of AI will help get applications in the correct format so council isn’t going back and forth trying to clarify critical project information.

“For most of the regular clients they understand what needs to happen, however for occasional developers who might do it once or twice in their lifetime it's very confusing and having an AI presence can help step them through it,” Mr O’Brien said.

Port Stephens Council Manager for Development and Compliance Evert Grobbelaar echoed the AI optimism, saying Council sees potential benefits to using AI in the pre-DA lodgement process, for improved application quality, reduced DA processing timeframes, and education opportunities for the community and landowners on the lodgement process.


Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Paul Scully said:

“Councils are responsible for determining approximately 85 percent of all new dwellings in NSW.

“Introducing more AI features into our planning system is about working smarter so that councils can assess DAs faster, which helps to build more homes where they are needed most.

“Using AI tools will help us cut down DA assessment times, saving proponents, councils, developers and taxpayers valuable time and money.

“AI won’t replace our highly skilled planners at the core of the planning system, but it will free them up from repetitive daily tasks so that they can focus on more complex DAs.

“The Department is also trialling AI tools such as chatbots and automated document processing to support triage queries and enhance response times for the Planning Portal.”

NSW Government Announces Review Into Funding Model Of Councils

The NSW Labor Government states it is delivering on its election commitment announcing it will implement a review of the financial model for local government to address rising cost pressures facing councils across the state.

The Government has asked the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) to examine the financial model for councils and key factors impacting councils’ financial sustainability.

The review will assess the resources currently available to councils, their capacity to cover ongoing expenses and ability to fund core council services and infrastructure for their communities.

It will also identify ways to improve budgetary performance and accountability within the sector so democratically elected councillors are empowered to make decisions for the effective running of their councils. 

This announcement follows changes made to the IPART rate peg methodology last year, which give councils greater certainty about the income they can generate through the payment of council rates, while protecting residents from significant rate increases. 

This financial modelling review will provide a holistic view of the challenges impeding the financial sustainability of the sector and ensure councils are delivering value to their communities through responsible fiscal decisions.

IPART will consider and recommend improvements on matters including: 
  • The visibility of councillors and the community over the financial and operational performance of their councils;
  • Whether the current budget and financial processes of councils are delivering value for money for ratepayers and residents;
  • Whether the current funding model will sustainably support the needs of communities;
  • Whether councillors and council staff have the financial capacity and capability to meet current and future needs of communities; and
  • How better planning and reporting systems can improve long-term budget performance, transparency and accountability to the community.
Read the draft Terms of Reference and provide feedback at: www.ipart.nsw.gov.au/Local-Government/Review-of-council-financial-model-in-NSW

Have your say on the draft Terms of Reference until 15 March 2024.

IPART will consult with councils and the public to develop a report due to the Government 12 months’ after the Terms of Reference have been finalised. 

Minister for Local Government Ron Hoenig said:
"The financial sustainability of councils is one of the most significant issues facing local government in this state.

"With the cost of delivering core services to communities rising, it’s critically important councils are financially sustainable, but that needs to be balanced with the impact on tightening household budgets.

"That’s why we’ve asked IPART to make recommendations about whether the current financial model of councils enables long-term financial sustainability and whether councils have the financial capacity and mechanisms needed to deliver budget improvements.

"There needs to be a closer examination so that the solution to financial challenges is not increasing revenue through raising council rates or seeking financial support from the State Government.

"This review is a key election commitment and will help ensure this vital tier of government can continue to deliver essential services to NSW communities."

Two New Magistrates Appointed To Local Court

February 15, 2024
Attorney General Michael Daley today announced the appointment of two prosecutors as magistrates to the NSW Local Court, Megan Heywood and Sean Hughes.

Ms Heywood is a barrister with more than 25 years experience and has dedicated her career to the public administration of justice, spanning New South Wales and interstate.

For most of the past two decades she has worked with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) in Queensland, the Australian Capital Territory and New South Wales, where her focus since 2007 has been appearing in jury trials. 

Ms Heywood was first appointed a Crown Prosecutor in Queensland in 2008 and also co-founded a law firm there before relocating to New South Wales and commencing with the NSW ODPP in 2018 as a Solicitor Advocate.

Ms Heywood is currently a Crown Prosecutor in the NSW ODPP based in Sydney, a role she was appointed to in early 2022.

Mr Hughes is a barrister with almost 20 years at the Bar, mainly in criminal law both defending and prosecuting in NSW Supreme and District Court jury trials.

Across almost 30 years, he has worked with NSW Police, Legal Aid NSW, private practice and the NSW ODPP.

In 2010, Mr Hughes started prosecuting as counsel for the ODPP and two years later was appointed Crown Prosecutor. He then rose to Deputy Senior Crown Prosecutor in 2021, a position he currently holds.

Sean Hughes will be sworn in on 27 February 2024 and Megan Heywood will be sworn in the following day.

Quotes attributable to Attorney General Michael Daley:

“I congratulate Ms Heywood and Mr Hughes on their appointments as magistrates.

“The Local Court is the backbone of the NSW justice system, with almost all criminal and civil matters starting there. Both individuals will bring a rich range of skills and experience to the bench and will help the State continue delivering justice for the community.”

Wakehurst Parkway – Site Investigations: To March 2024

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

Initial site investigations have taken place on Wakehurst Parkway between January and
October this year.

Transport for NSW will continue these investigations to better understand and inform
the options being considered as part of these improvements.

What work are we doing?
Investigations will take place along Wakehurst Parkway between Pittwater Road and Frenchs Forest Road. The key work areas will include:
  • Trefoil Creek
  • Dreadnought Road
  • Oxford Falls Road
  • Middle Creek Reserve
  • Elanora Road
  • Mirrool Street
The survey work will involve ecological and geotechnical surveys and may involve some
ongoing utility surveys which will include boring and minor excavation. 

We’ll be working at various locations on Wakehurst Parkway through to Thursday 29
February 2024. Work will not be constant throughout this period.

Investigations will be carried out in stages across the 9.5km corridor and will cover day and night shifts.

Day shift hours are Monday to Friday 7am to 6pm and Saturdays 8am to 1pm. Night hours are Monday to Saturdays from 8pm to 5am.

We will not work on Sundays or public holidays at this stage. Work schedules are subject to change due to permits, weather and site conditions.

Further notification will be provided should there be significant changes to our construction
schedule.

While most of the work will be carried out alongside Wakehurst Parkway with minimal impacts to traffic, temporary traffic changes will be required at various times to ensure work zones are safe.

This may include partial lane closures and reduced 40km/h speed limits near our work areas. Please keep to speed limits and follow the direction of traffic controllers and signs.
For the latest traffic updates, you can call 132 701 or visit live traffic.com

Location of investigations:

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


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. 

February 11 - 17, 2024: Issue 613

This Issue:  

Front Page Issue 613 

De-Amalgamation Bill Delivers Certain Uncertainty For Residents Still Campaigning To Get Their Councils Back

NSW Government Introduces Bill To Prohibit Offshore Mining: PEP11 To Be Restricted To Commonwealth Waters If Licence Is Extended, Again

Narrabeen Lagoon Entrance Blocked Again

Section Of A Squire Mural From Dungarvon, Mona Vale, Held In Private Collection + A Few Notes About His Focus On In Situ Aboriginal Sculptures & Local Burial Grounds Of First Nations Peoples - Dungarvon in Park Street Mona Vale has been placed on the market

Historic 100-Year-Old Mona Vale WWI 'Victory' Tree To Be Replaced

Pictures: Pittwater Regatta 2024 + ORC NSW Championship

Aquatics: RPAYC head to the worlds with fast growing fleet of DF65 racers: workshop on Thursday February 15th - all welcome

Young People At The Centre Of New NSW Vaping Campaign - Raids Across Sydney Net Thousands Of Illegal Products: Further Reforms To Come In 2024 Via Federal Government's Reforms

South Curl Curl Surf Club's Boaties Big Rescue Earns SLSNSW Award

Emerald Ferries To Have Engines Replaced

Park Bench PhilosophersPublic Health Leaders Unite To Call For Health Levy On Sugary DrinksRethink Sugary Drink Alliance Launched - Unhealthy Food Marketing To Children Report Due June 2024

Food The Food Of Love: Valentines Day Meal Ideas For The Home Cook

Station Beach, Barrenjoey- Circa 1879

Environment Narrabeen Lagoon Entrance Blocked Again, The Wonderful Songs Of The Butcher Bird - Summer In Pittwater: 15, Stinky Mushroom Worth Keeping Around, Australia's Climate In 2023: Warmer With Contrasting Rainfall - BOM, Harvest Seeds & Native Plants: Education Sessions 2024 -  "The Harvest Huddle" at Terrey Hills, Notice Of 1080 Baiting: February 1 - July 31 2024, Pittwater Natural Heritage Association: First PNHA Nature Event 2024, Northern Beaches Clean Up Crew: Bilgola Beach Clean - February 25, Clean Up Australia Day 2024 Registrations Are Now Open, New At Eco House & Garden(At Kimbriki): 'Supporting School & Community Composts Workshop', Kimbriki Resource Recovery Centre: Early Childhood Educators Professional Development Day, Coastal IFOA Forest Monitoring Review, Stay Safe From Mosquitoes, Mountain Bike Incidents On Public Land: Survey, Please Look Out For Wildlife During Heatwave Events, Harry Potter and the Disenchanted Wildlife: how light and sound shows can harm nocturnal animals, Wholesale power prices are falling fast – but consumers will have to wait for relief. Here’s why, First Nations people must be at the forefront of Australia’s renewable energy revolution, El Niño is starting to lose strength after fueling a hot, stormy year, but it’s still powerful − an atmospheric scientist explains what’s ahead for 2024, In Chile, huge wildfires have killed at least 131 people – but one village was almost untouched, Heart attacks, cancer, dementia, premature deaths: 4 essential reads on the health effects driving the US EPA’s new fine particle air pollution standard, Dangerous climate tipping points will affect Australia; The risks are real and cannot be ignored, ‘A deeply troubling discovery’: Earth may have already passed the crucial 1.5°c warming limit, Is it time for a Category 6 for super cyclones? No – warnings of floods or storm surges are more useful, Labor’s fuel-efficiency standards may settle the ute dispute – but there are still hazards on the road, Climate change will strike Australia’s precious World Heritage sites – and Indigenous knowledge is a key defence, If plants can pick fungi to help fight pests and diseases, it opens a door to greener farming and ecosystem recovery, We’re in a food price crisis; What is the government doing to ease the pressure?, Animals keep eating precious plants – we used ‘smell misinformation’ to keep them away, A 380-million-year old predatory fish from Central Australia is finally named after decades of digging, 

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Profile of the Week Save The Northern Beaches Bushlands: Community Group Issues Call Out For New Members

Community Group 'Save the Northern Beaches Bushland' was formed to stand up for the long-term preservation and protection of northern beaches bushland areas, places that are habitat for wildlife, flora, and endangered ecological communities.

Save the Northern Beaches Bushlands Facebook page.

The Save the Northern Beaches Bushland group brings together people who have concerns about the planning proposal from the Metropolitan LALC for a site on Morgan Road, Belrose, along with other sites across the area. 

The 'Save the Northern Beaches Bushland' group states:

''We are not opposed to needed development in the northern beaches, and are very much in support of Aboriginal self-determination, but not at the cost of our last precious natural bushland areas.'' 

The Save the Northern Beaches Bushland includes northern beaches and adjacent areas First Nations members who state they are opposed to the development. Some of their concerns relate to as yet unmapped sacred sites on the land holdings while others have wanted a return to 'singing up of country', which in essence precludes destruction of bushland areas.

''As an Aboriginal woman birthed on the North Shore l say thank you for trying so hard to protect our creation. Power to the People.''

Group members are also calling for a change in the culture in Department of Planning and the Decisions made in the NSW Land and Environment Court, where an ever-evolving state government housing and planning policy overrules council LEPs and DCPs. 


The seaside home built by Alfred James and Caroline Hordern, tucked into the southern corner of Palm Beach on Ocean Road, and named 'Kalua', was a place they generously shared with friends and one of the first weekenders along the Palm Beach beachfrontCaroline may have heard about Palm Beach and decided to buy there from one of the people associated with the early days of the Palm Beach SLSC and a promoter of the place - Percy Hunter:

The Director of the Conservatorium and Mme. Verbrugghen, with their family, are staying at Palm Beach. .. There were several New Year's Eve dinner parties at the Wentworth Hotel on Tuesday... Among those who entertained were : Colonel Sanders. Dr. Stewart' McKay, Mrs. Jack Campbell (Goorianiwa), Mr. Owen,- Mrs. C. Scott Wayne, and Captain Price.  At Thursday evening's special dance-dinner a few of those who entertained guests were: Mr. and Mrs. Percy Hunter, Mr. and Mrs. Lebbeus Hordern, Mr. Jacques and Lieut. Jacques, Mr. E. Price, Mrs. C. Hordern, and Captain Cairnes ... HOME and SOCIETY (1919, January 5). Sunday Times (Sydney, NSW : 1895 - 1930), p. 14. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article123220953 

The first element of this property and home is the amount of land bought by the Horderns to surround them – clearly they liked peace and privacy, lots of it. They don't appear in the social pages so popular during the 1920's and 1930's, despite their cousins doing so on a regular basis. Australians are fascinated with success stories and the Hordern family of retailers were certainly a success story - however, the Horderns who owned this home are mentioned only in passing in association with their Palm Beach weekender mostly through other people having use of the premises, and even though their two sons, and only children, both went through a divorce in the years after serving in WWI, their eldest at Gallipoli, the younger in France, their pictures don't appear in the papers and those journals that do seek to attract readership through running the sensational fall flat with this Hordern family - they simply remained out of sight and quiet.

The second element that stands out are the gardens associated with the home.

Pittwater Offshore Newsletter: February 1, 2024

Click on Logo to access the latest PON:  

Includes: A celebration of Offshore Theatre; Secret Island: the new island play; Island Bushcare Group Wins $5,000 Grant; Community Buildings Manager and Cleaner Wanted; Community Vehicle Out of Service; Fire shed fundraising dinner; SIRA Committee Meeting; As You Like It; Island Swim; Moon Dance; The Tuesday Discussion Group; Dumpling cooking class; International Folk Dancing; Island Café; Pirates' Treasure Hunt; Secret Island: what you didn't know about your neighbour; Feast for Freedom

To contact Roy:  editor@scotlandisland.org.au

Warringah Rats Dominate Mick "Whale" Curry Memorial Sevens

Saturday February 10 2024
Huge congrats to our awesome Sevens Team for dominating the Men's Division at The Mick "Whale" Curry Memorial Sevens! 

Crushing Manly in an epic Grand Final performance! 
 
Big shout out to our Colts making it through to the semi's, sadly going down to Eastwood!
Let the celebrations begin!

2024 Mick Whale Curry Memorial 7s! 🏆
Huge congrats to our champions:
  • Colts - UTS Gordon 19 def Eastwood 14 (golden point extra time) Presented by Hamilton Hawks President Lesa Mason
  • Country Men - Hornsby 14 def Newport 5 Presented by Mick Curry's sister Jo
  • Premier Women - UTS Gordan 38 def Sydney Uni 7 Presented by Mick Curry's daughter Maddi
  • Premier Men - Warringah 24 def Manly 10 Presented by Mick Curry's wife Kate
A massive THANK YOU to all the incredible teams who played today! Your passion and sportsmanship made #Whale7s a fantastic day.

And to our amazing volunteers who made this event possible, whether at the gate, canteen, BBQ, field control, scoring or timing, your dedication didn't go unnoticed. 
Lastly, none of this would've been possible without our generous sponsors: Loan Market Direct, The Young Street Hotel, Elders Insurance Newcastle, Slattery Auctions, Newcastle Earthworks, and Maxwell Recruitment & Training. Your support means everything!

The Mick ‘Whale’ Curry Cup is an event where the best Rugby Union teams from Sydney and regional NSW come to Newcastle for a weekend of 7s Rugby.

The event is named in memory of Hamilton stalwart Mick "Whale" Curry who was taken too early after a short battle with cancer in 2015. Hamilton Rugby Club has a significant and lasting contribution to sport.


Palm Beach Golf Club Centenary Plaque Unveiled: Tribute From Pittwater MP

February 10, 2024
Let the celebrations begin. Thanks to Craig Parry for unveiling our Centenary Plaque this morning and to Lex Mitchell and the team who put a lot of hard work into building the garden and stonework.




Photos: PBGC

Tribute from Pittwater MP, Rory Amon: Palm Beach Golf Club – 100th Anniversary

Written Community Recognition Statements: placed in Hansard on Tuesday February 6 2024.

I acknowledge and congratulate the Palm Beach Golf Club as they celebrate their 100th anniversary. 

Founded in 1924, Palm Beach Golf Club now has 500 members and is a beloved gem within our local community. With views of Pittwater, Station Beach, Governor Philip Park and Barrenjoey Headland's historic lighthouse, Palm Beach Golf Club is undoubtedly the most scenic course in the world. Beyond its course, the Club offers a wonderful dining experience, enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. 

Over the years, the Club has also hosted countless special events and celebrations. But it's not just the course or restaurant that have brought Palm Beach Golf Club so much success, it's the countless members and volunteers who have devoted their time to ensure the Club is always improving. 

Thank you to the current board, President – Daniel Hill, Vice President – Rhonda Mortimer, Captain – Justin ZIeren, Treasurer – Stephen Farr and Directors – Bob Quin, Justine Paul, Lex Mitchell and Charlie Mayson for your dedication and service. 

Congratulations on your first hundred years, and may these words, enshrined in the records of the oldest Parliament today, be just as true in another hundred years' time.


Work in Progress on February 1, 2024. Pic: AJG/PON

NB: The Pittwater Online History page on Palm Beach Golf Club will be refreshed and run next Issue - new records have been found in the pages of the past and old periodicals.

Historic 100-Year-Old Tree In Mona Vale To Be Replaced

For over 100 years the Mona Vale Victory Tree has stood sentry at the site of the original local Methodist Church on Pittwater Road.

Planted in 1920 to commemorate the end of World War I and honour of the many fallen soldiers, the tree has succumbed to the insidious Armillaria Root Rot disease. ( See Environment News - Issue 611)

Situated on private property, Council has worked with the property owner trying several treatments to save the tree. Over an eight-month period these treatments, recommended by Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens PlantClinic, were tested on the tree without success.
  
Council announced on Thursday February 8 it is now planning to plant another symbolic tree nearby as they are unable to plant in the same location due to soil contamination.

The century-old Holly Oak (Quercus ilex), an evergreen oak, was one of the remaining few of the original 200 trees planted across NSW under a Methodist Youth program, supplied with the assistance of Mr J H Maiden, Chief Botanist at Sydney Botanical Gardens.

The aim of the planting was for the relatives and friends of those who died to have a place to leave flowers and acknowledge their loved ones in the absence of a grave site.


Council’s Heritage Officer is assisting with guidance on preserving the tree’s heritage value.



Photo supplied by David James OAM, January 2024

Marine Rescue Broken Bay Unit: News

February 10, 2024:
Congratulations to our newest crew member Tristan Langton who successfully completed his operational assessment this morning under windy conditions. Tristans' achievement should be celebrated for all his efforts  to achieve this milestone, well done Tristan!


Julie Derry, MRBB Training Systems Officer and Tristan

February 3, 2024:
Congratulations to our new Broken Bay Leading Crew, Matt Colahan. After an extensive amount of time invested in studying, being mentored and self learning, Matt completed successfully his Leading Crew assessment today. We are all proud of Matt's achievement.

Thank you to our Coxswain Vic Lawrence for doing the honours of presenting Matt with his new epaulettes. 


Coxswain Vic Lawrence and Matt

The Broken Bay Unit of Marine Rescue NSW is a 100% volunteer organisation. Unlike most emergency services, we are not a Government agency but an independent not-for-profit organisation and rely on donations from the public to keep us operating.

While we are committed to our mission of saving lives on the water in Pittwater, Broken Bay and out at sea, Marine Rescue Broken Bay also provides education to the boating public which include Boat & PWC licence courses, Marine Radio (Both SROCP and LROCP) courses and Flare usage and demonstration.

Remember, whenever you’re heading out on the water, make sure you Log On with MRNSW using your marine radio on VHF 16, 27Mhz Channel 88, telephone or via the Marine Rescue smartphone App so you have the peace of mind of knowing someone is watching out for you.

To find out more about joining the MRBB Unit please visit: brokenbay.marinerescuensw.com.au/about/join-us/

Photos: MRBB

NSW SES Warringah / Pittwater Unit Scotland Island Work

February 10, 2024
A busy Saturday morning for volunteers of Warringah Pittwater SES at beautiful Scotland Island. Working alongside RFS, crews stabilised two water tanks that had come loose and were threatening to roll down hill onto a lower property.

Nice work team!




The NSW SES is a volunteer-based organisation that works with communities to prepare and respond to severe weather events.

NSW SES are the lead agency for flood, storm and tsunami in NSW. They manage responses to these emergencies and help communities prepare through planning and education.

NSW SES volunteers come from all walks of life, bringing with them many different skills, interests and backgrounds. They are united by the purpose of supporting their communities in times of need.

There are four ways to volunteer with NSW SES:

  1. Unit Volunteer: See yourself in orange as a volunteer with one of our 260 NSW SES Units.
  2. Community Action Team Volunteer: Take action to help prepare your community for floods and storms.
  3. Corporate Volunteer: Get your workplace or organisation involved as a volunteering partner with the NSW SES.
  4. Spontaneous Volunteers: Support your community during times of need.

Volunteers can join the NSW SES at ages 16 and 17 but must complete a Parent and Guardian Consent form at the time of joining.

Volunteers aged under 18 can still participate in most NSW SES activities but cannot attend incidents which may involve trauma, such as Road Crash Rescue.

Learn more about NSW SES Unit Volunteer roles and become a volunteer with NSW SES here: www.ses.nsw.gov.au/volunteer

Photos: NSW SES Warringah / Pittwater Unit 

Mona Vale Road Fauna Crossing Being Used By Mountain Bikers

Reports have come in this week that the planting out of the fauna crossing on Mona Vale East upgrade have been delayed due to the same being used by mountain bikers.

An illegal track has already been cut into the landscape on the eastern side of the fauna bridge.

The December 2017 Response in the Mona Vale Road West Upgrade McCarrs Creek Road, Terrey Hills to Powder Works Road, Ingleside (Submissions Report; Roads and Maritime Services - December 2017) explained in response to the questions about the fauna crossings:
  1. Can access for bushwalkers, mountain bike riders and horse riders be provided on the fauna land bridge? 
  2. Could similar access be provided at the Tumburra Street fauna underpass? 
''The primary objective of the fauna crossings is to enable connectivity of fauna species in the region, and as such will not be accessible to humans or horses. 

For the fauna crossings to be successful, it is important to minimise disturbances that would discourage wildlife from using them. Further, the fauna bridge design will require the planting of vegetation to encourage target species such as pygmy possums to use the crossing. Including access to pedestrians or horses would discourage use by these target species.

Pedestrians would be able to cross Mona Vale Road at the signalised pedestrian crossing at the intersections with Kimbriki Road and Powder Works Road, and use the shared path on the northern side of Mona Vale Road through to Terrey Hills.''

The MVR East upgrade fauna pass locations (per 2018 project documents):



A local academic is currently running a 12 month survey to document mountain bike related incidents on public land, available at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/K88PSNP

Mackellar MP Offering Free Anti-Scam Seminars

In 2023, losses to scams exceeded $4.5 billion, causing misery and financial hardship to thousands of people including hundreds on the Northern Beaches. The perpetrators of these crimes masquerade as your bank, the Tax Office, phone companies, or postal delivery services – to name a few.

Scammers deliberately target older people, the vulnerable and people who are not as savvy with digital communications.

“These scammers are without scruples,” said Dr Sophie Scamps, Federal MP for Mackellar.

“That’s why I want to help the people of Mackellar fight back against them, by knowing what to do when they are contacted by these people.”

Nearly 20% of reports in NSW were by people 65 and over, followed by the 55-64 age group (12.2%) and 45-54 age group (10.7%). There are steps you can take to protect yourself.

Mackellar MP Dr Scamps will host a free seminar on scams presented by staff from the Australian Competition and Consumer commission’s Scam.

In person event on March 14th: 10.30am-12pm
Ted Blackwood Community Centre, Jacksons Rd & Boondah Rd, Warriewood.

Online presentation on April 10th: 3.30pm to 5pm
To find out more please visit: www.sophiescamps.com.au/events

The scams awareness presentations will provide practical guidance to assist people to identify and avoid scams and stay safe online. The presenter will share valuable information on where to seek help and support when recovering from a scam.

It’s also an opportunity for attendees to share their scam stories with their peers. 
We all need to be vigilant and help each other to avoid scams. If you have an unusual phone call, text or email, stop! Hang up. Do not click on the link or provide information. Seek advice from a friend or relative

Tumbledown Dick RFB Douses Fire In Mona Vale Dunes

Sunday February 4, 2024
It was a busy duty day for the Tumble crew today on a hot and humid Sunday. First they responded after reports of an overheating car on Forestway in Belrose.

Run #2 was a grass fire next to Mona Vale golf course where we assisted Mona Vale FRNSW to extinguish the blaze. About 6 lengths of hose was needed to reach the area in the dunes affected. The crew definitely deserve a cold drink and ice cream!




Photo: Tumble's

Anzac Commemorations Funded Across The State

Friday February 9, 2024
The State Government has announced 92 community groups, schools and ex-service organisations will share in over $100,000, from the Anzac Community Grants Program (ACGP) to commemorate veterans across the state.

The ACGP provides small grants, of up to $3000, for a range of projects that help commemorate and educate communities about the service and sacrifices of our current and former military servicemen and servicewomen.

This year has seen a record 110 applications from a range of organisations including schools, RSL sub-Branches and LifeCare highlighting the importance of honouring veterans in local communities.

Local projects funded include:

Saltwater Veterans Sailing Project (SWV Ltd) - Forestville: Saltwater Veterans Remembrance Sailing & Boating Activities
We are partnered with Young Veterans and number of the Northern Beaches sub-Branches. During key dates including Anzac Day and Remembrance Day, veterans often isolate themselves from their community and families.‍
Through this project, we seek to create psychosocial reconnection opportunities and support to our contemporary veterans, and to provide commemorative service progressing into historical talks about former military sites and training areas on both Sydney Harbour, Pittwater and Hawkesbury River; whilst conducting a highly inclusive boating activity, we will transit to historically significant maritime venues.

RSL LifeCare - RSL ANZAC Village - Narrabeen: RSL ANZAC Village (The War Vets) Dawn Service - Staging

The Anzac Day commemorative Dawn Service is for the residents and their families, staff and‍ their families and the Narrabeen/Collaroy Plateau community. The commemorative service includes traditional elements such as the reading of hymns, readings, Anzac Address, ‍Catafalque Guard, wreath laying. Anthems and the act of remembrance - The Ode, Last Post, one-minutes silence, and Reveille.‍

The event (and the site RSL ANZAC Village) require a portable stage for it's commemorative activities, especially the Dawn Service as it draws in excess of 2000 people.

Other Projects funded include:
  • Purchase of a bagpipe at the Hastings Secondary College, Westport Campus so students can perform at significant Anzac events.
  • Purchase of jerseys for the Schofields Junior Rugby League Club players to participate in the Penrith Juniors Rugby League commemorative Anzac Day round.
  • Preservation of memorabilia, handmade during the First World War, for display by the Prince Henry Hospital Trained Nurses Association in Randwick.
  • Purchase of banners to display across the Wollondilly region by the Council to honour veterans and promote Anzac Day.
  • Purchase of pull-up banners to support the on-going digital honour board, by the City of Canada Bay Heritage Society, recognising the contribution of soldiers, sailors, nurses and airmen from Canada Bay area.
  • School holiday art workshops at Kiama Library for children to reflect on the spirit of remembrance for Anzac Day.
  • Creation of a memorial wall to commemorate the actions and service of the 1st/15th Royal NSW Lancers and precursor units at the New South Wales Lancers’ Memorial Museum in Parramatta.
  • Creation of an Anzac Day Mural at Goulburn High School which will serve as a reminder of the service and sacrifice of the Anzacs
  • Creation and installation of a decorative mural to promote learning about Australia's involvement in peacekeeping operations and war service at Mount Warrigal Public School.
Minister for Veterans, David Harris said:
“The NSW Government is committed to honouring our veterans and their families.

“It is great to see so many organisations, especially our schools, keen to honour our veterans and their contributions in their communities.

“And that what this program is for – to fund great projects that not only recognise Australia’s war service history, but importantly also educate a new generation and support the wellbeing of the NSW veteran community.”

Ms Leisa Mooney, Mount Warrigal Public School said:
“The contribution will help our school to honour the strength, courage, and sacrifice of our service men and women.

“The mural will encourage rich discussion about Australia's involvement in peacekeeping operations and war service throughout history within our classrooms and school community.”

NASA - North Avalon Surfriders Association Surf Classic 2024

To kick off 2024 and celebrate the official opening of our new clubhouse (shed), we’re putting on a retro comp for the ages - The NASA Surf Classic! Open to all ages and all members past and present. 

  • 7:30am - Comp sign up, $20 for non-members, free for 2024 members. Open & U/16 Junior Divisions
  • 8:30am - NASA Shed  Official Opening Ceremony 
  • 9:00am - Heat 1 NASA Surf Classic
Same rules apply as always - 70’s & 80’s single and twin fins only + a new Iron Gut champion will be lorded!

It’s been a long journey rallying for our own clubhouse, with so many people involved along the way, and finally it’s a reality. 

We invite you all down for the opening ceremony, and a day to celebrate a momentous day in the club’s history.




NASA 2024 registration is now open
Itinerary - next level! Jump onto Liveheats/NASA to enter. Link - https://liveheats.com/nasa

*If you’re using the Active Kids voucher, fill out all the athlete info, select the Active Kids division and enter your Voucher. More info in the ‘your details’ section if needed, along with all the age division information.


Warriewood Community Centre Update: Construction Begins April 2024

A new multi-use community centre will be built on the existing site of the Nelson Heather Centre in Warriewood.

The project has been incorporated into the Warriewood Valley Development Contribution Plan Amendment 16, Revision 3 to cater for the increase in demand for new public facilities within the Warriewood Valley Release Area as existing facilities are already at capacity.
To best understand community needs for this facility council engaged with local residents, facility users and key stakeholders.

Feedback gained through stakeholder engagement was used to develop a concept plan that incorporated best-practice sustainability principles to create a modern, resilient building with multi-use spaces. The concept addressed the need for additional space and parking to accommodate the growing Warriewood Valley Community.

Concept plans for the facility were exhibited for comment in August/September 2020. A report noting community feedback and recommending the project proceeded to Development Application State was endorsed by Council in October.

The Development Application DA2021/0199 was lodged on 29 March 2021 and approved by the Sydney North Planning Panel on 18 August 2021.

At the Council Meeting on 24 October 2023 it was resolved to finalise contract negotiations. 

Council has formally entered into a contract with Belmadat Pty. Ltd for construction of the new Warriewood Community Centre. The Contractor has commenced pre-construction activities.

The Cost of Works is listed as $ 9,519,250 on Council's DA page.

Construction is planned to commence in April 2024 with the project expected to be completed around August 2025.

Features on the new center will include:
  • five multi-purpose halls suited to a wide range of recreational activities
  • two multi-purpose meeting rooms
  • a community lounge room, providing a safe and accessible space
  • large covered outdoor spaces which overlook landscaped gardens
  • modern and accessible amenities, including showers
  • multiple and adaptable kitchen facilities.


Image: View from B-Line stop, Artists Impression. Image: NBC

2024 SLSSNB Branch Championships

The 2024 Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern Beaches Branch Championships will be held in February and March 2024. All event circulars and additional important event information are posted and updated on this page – www.2024-slssnb-branch-championships

Time Table & Locations Summary
Champion Lifesaver Championships
(Resus and Theory Only) Branch Office, Warriewood (Evening) Wed, Feb 7th 2024

Patrol Competition Championships
(Resus and Theory Only) Branch Office | Warriewood (Evening) | Thurs, Feb 8th 2024

Following events will be held at Newport Beach on Sat, Feb 10th 2024 –

Champion Lifesaver Championships  
Patrol Competition Championships
Open Championships (Beach Events Only)  

Following events will be held at Newport Beach on Sun, Feb 11th 2024 

Junior Championships (Beach Events Only)  
Masters Championships (Beach & Water)  
March Past Championships  

Following events will be held at Newport Beach on Sat, Feb 17th 2024 –

Open Championships (Water Events Only)  
First Aid Championships (U17’s & U19’s) 

Following events will be held at Newport Beach on Sun, Feb 18th 2024 

Junior Championships (Water Events Only)  
First Aid Championships (U14/15’s & Opens) 

Rescue & Resuscitation Championships will be held at Maroubra Beach
on Sun, Feb 24th 2024, in conjunction with the SLS Sydney Branch Championships

Surf Boats Championships will be held at Newport Beach on Sat, Mar 2nd 2024


Hudson Parade Clareville Plan Of Management: Have Your Say

Closes: Sun 3 March 2024
At the Council meeting held 19 December 2023 Council resolved that the draft Plan of Management for Lot 2 DP 827733, 316 Hudson Parade, Clareville (the Site) be placed on public exhibition for a minimum of 42 days, with the outcome reported back to Council.

The draft Plan of Management (PoM) enables Council to grant a licence to the owner of the adjoining property at Lot 1, 316 Hudson Parade (Lot 1) to construct and use a boatshed and to use the access stairs to the boatshed on the Site.

For several decades, this Site has been a location for a boatshed and for stairs to access the boatshed by the owner of Lot 1. In 1993, the land was dedicated to Council by the then owner of Lot 1 and there has been a historical agreement to continue to allow access to the boatshed and stairs. Once adopted this PoM will enable Council to grant a new licence to the owner of Lot 1. The draft PoM also includes ensuring public access through the foreshore area within the Site.

Share your thoughts on the draft PoM in the submission form further down this page.
invite you to provide your feedback by:
Please include 'Hudson Parade Clareville - Plan of Management' in the subject line of all email or written feedback.

All submissions in their entirety are made publicly available in the Community Engagement Report. Personal identifying information, and content which is discriminatory, hateful or which may defame, offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate will be redacted.

Boundary map:


Monika's Doggie Rescue Pets Of The Week

Petal

11 weeks Staffy X Cattle


Petal is a sweet fun-loving pup who is eager to learn. She has a lovely affectionate nature and is so playful with other smaller dogs. It seems Petal had an injury in which she lost the sight of her eye. Nevertheless, it does not stop her playing and enjoying life. She has a very inquisitive nature. Our vets think she is a couple of weeks older that what is on her microchip. She has a short coat and weighs 6.1kg. Petal is looking for a home-based worker with time and energy to play with her and train her.

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. Her adoption fee is $800. 

Ariel & Sebastian 

5mths Domestic Short Haired cats


Ariel and Sebastian are a very sweet, bonded pair. They are litter mates. They were dumped at our clinic doorstep. They love purring and like a good head scratch. They are shy to run up to you, but it will come with time once they know you. They are very sweet natured, affectionate kittens who love to play and snuggle together. You often see Sebastian with his arms around Ariel and he is licking and kissing her! She loves it.

All our cats come desexed, wormed, F3 vaccinated, FIV/FeLV tested and microchipped. Their adoption fee is $440 together. 

For further details call DoggieRescue on 9486 3133  or email  Monika@DoggieRescue.com.  RON R251000024

Have Your Say: A Heritage Strategy For NSW

Closes 31 March 2024
The NSW Government is developing a Heritage Strategy to set a new direction and vision for protecting heritage in our State.

Heritage includes the places, objects and stories we have inherited from the past and want to protect for generations to come.

Our heritage includes tens of thousands of years of Aboriginal culture and landscapes, natural heritage, historic buildings and structures, gardens, precincts and cultural landscapes, archaeological sites, shipwrecks and intangible heritage.

The NSW Heritage Strategy will address key challenges that heritage, in all its forms, is facing now and into the future.

Tell Heritage NSW what you think
Heritage NSW is seeking your feedback to inform and shape the direction of the NSW Heritage Strategy, ensuring it responds to community aspirations in delivering a better future for our heritage.

Your input will help to build our understanding of what is important to the community, key challenges facing heritage and opportunities to address them.

Please share your insights and ideas by completing the survey here until 31 March 2024.

Have Your Say: Travel To And From School In NSW

Closes 29 February 2024
The NSW Government wants to make it easier for parents, carers and their children to walk or ride their bikes to school.

Data shows that less than one in four children in NSW currently walk or ride to school. This is a substantial decline compared to previous generations. Making it easier to walk or ride would provide enormous benefits to children, including:
  • improved health and self-confidence
  • learning how to navigate our streets and public spaces safely
  • setting lifelong sustainable travel habits.
Tell us what you think
You can have your say on walking and bike riding to school by completing a survey, taking a quick poll or sharing your ideas. Your feedback will help the NSW Government understand what things would need to change to encourage more parents and carers to walk or ride with their children to school more often.

Community Encouraged To Have Their Say On Clubgrants Scheme

The NSW Government has released a discussion paper and begun community consultation into the effectiveness of the Clubgrants scheme, as part of a wider review to ensure the grants program is providing a social benefit to the people of NSW.

The consultation period will be open until 18 March 2024.

Clubgrants enables eligible registered clubs to contribute a portion of gaming machine profits to local community services, projects and infrastructure through grants, and receive a tax concession in return.

The discussion paper provides background on Clubgrants, the terms of reference and targeted questions to help guide submissions. There is also a survey for those who do not want to write a submission.

The public consultation will enable key stakeholders, participants, and members of the public to provide feedback and have their say as part of the review.


The Review into the ClubGrants Scheme was announced in tandem with the Independent Panel on Gaming Reform, which brings together representatives from industry, harm minimisation advocacy groups, law enforcement, unions and a person with lived experience to build consensus on a roadmap for reform.

It adds to a number of reforms already undertaken by the Minns Government to reduce gambling harm and prevent money laundering:
  • reduced the cash input limit from $5,000 to $500 for all new poker machines from 1 July 
  • reduced the statewide cap on gaming machine entitlements by more than 3,000 
  • banned political donations from clubs involved in gaming 
  • removed VIP gaming signage across NSW 
  • invested $100m into gambling harm minimisation over the next four years.
Minister for Gaming and Racing David Harris said:

“The NSW Government is committed to ensuring integrity and public trust in government grants.

“The Clubgrants scheme has not been formally reviewed by government since 2013, so this review will give the community and key stakeholders a chance to have their say on its effectiveness.

"Registered clubs are part of the social fabric in local communities across NSW, and the Clubgrants scheme helps to provide vital local services, projects and infrastructure.

“Feedback from a broad range of stakeholders and members of the public is critical to ensure their views are considered. 

“I encourage everyone to read the discussion paper and provide a submission or complete the survey before 18 March. Your feedback about the scheme will form an important part of our review.”

Written submissions
• You can provide your submission via email to gaming.policy@liquorandgaming.nsw.gov.au
• You can visit the NSW Government’s Have Your Say website www.haveyoursay.nsw.gov.au for links to the survey and discussion paper.

Feedback must be provided by 18 March 2024

Road Works

SCHEDULED ROADWORK Utilities: Mona Vale Road between Emma Street and Oliver Way - Thu 1 Feb 2024 to Tue 20 Feb 2024, 8am to 5pm. 

Advice; Check signage, Reduced speed limit (40km/h). Other Advice; Alternating (stop/slow) traffic conditions will be in place to allow motorists to pass in one direction at a time.



SCHEDULED ROADWORK: Oxford Falls - Wakehurst Parkway between Oxford Falls Road and Caleyi Trail; Mon 12 Feb 2024 to Sat 2 Mar 2024: 9:00pm to 5:00am. 

Traffic affected both directions. Advice: Reduced speed limit (40km/h), Check signage, Allow extra travel time. Alternating (stop/slow) traffic conditions will be in place to allow motorists to pass in one direction at a time.



SCHEDULED ROADWORK Resurfacing: Collaroy to Narrabeen - Pittwater Road between Homestead Avenue and Mactier Street; Sun 11 Feb 2024 to Fri 1 Mar 2024 - 9:30pm to 5:00am.
Traffic affected both directions. Advice; Reduced speed limit (40km/h), Check signage. Portable traffic control devices will allow motorists to pass in one direction at a time. 

SCHEDULED ROADWORK: Oxford Falls - Wakehurst Parkway between Oxford Falls Road and Caleyi Trail: Mon 12 Feb 2024 to Sat 2 Mar 2024 - 9:00pm to 5:00am.
Traffic affected both directions. Advice; Reduced speed limit (40km/h), Check signage, Allow extra travel time. Other Advice; Alternating (stop/slow) traffic conditions will be in place to allow motorists to pass in one direction at a time.



SCHEDULED ROADWORK Resurfacing: Dee Why to Brookvale - Pittwater Road between Delmar Parade and Cross Street; Sun 11 Feb 2024 to Fri 1 Mar 2024: 9:30pm to 5:00am. 

Traffic affected both directions. Advice; Reduced speed limit (40km/h), Check signage, Exercise caution. Other Advice; Contraflow traffic conditions will be in place to allow motorists to pass in both directions.


Pittwater Classic Yacht & Dinghy Regatta: 2nd & 3rd March, 2024

Following hot on the heels of last year’s successful Couta Nationals, Avalon Sailing Club (ASC) and Bayview Yacht Racing Association (BYRA)are very excited to announce they will be hosting the inaugural Pittwater Classic Regatta. This fabulous concept is a passion of Larry Eastwood whose aim is to create an event that will become a staple on the season’s calendar for classic boats.

ASC are in the early phases of planning, but can confirm that Avalon will be hosting the yachts with BYRA hosting the dinghies on their lawn. Saturday will be a series of races around courses on Pittwater, with a pursuit race around Islands on Sunday. 

A concourse display of the dinghies will be held at BYRA on Sunday morning. BYRA will host the main event on Saturday evening with Avalon providing the entertainment on Friday and/or Sunday. ASC will be running tender services with the big RIBs between clubs.

Further details to follow and will be posted on the ASC website shortly.


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


Volunteers Needed: Meals On Wheels

Meals on Wheels have lost a lot of volunteers in the last few months due to COVID regulations etc. so they are desperate for some new people on the roster. The local service covers all the way from Manly Vale up to Palm Beach, so a run takes around 60-90mins. 

You leave from and return to the warehouse in Bassett Street, Mona Vale.
You don’t need to sign on to permanent shifts, even once a month would help them out greatly.

All drivers need an unrestricted license, must be fully vaccinated and will require a volunteer police check. If you are able to assist please call Milly on 9457 3900 or email 
NBeachesVolunteer@kmow.org.au and she can give you more info and send you through training paperwork.


Entries Open For Aussies 2024 On The Sunshine Coast 

Entries for the 2024 Australian Surf Life Saving Championships (The Aussies), the pinnacle event on the surf lifesaving sports calendar, are now open with entries numbers expected to exceed 6,500. 

Queensland’s Sunshine Coast will host the largest surf sports carnival in the world next April (13-21) with local Surf Life Saving Club’s Alexandra Headland, Maroochydore, Mooloolaba and Coolum all hosting the more than 500 beach and water events across Youth, Open and Masters age categories. 

Surf Life Saving Australia’s Sport Manager Wayne Druery says the event promises to be bigger than 2023, particularly with the inclusion of some new events. 

“The Australian Surf Life Saving Championships is the pinnacle for surf sports athletes and something that competitors, club members and families look forward to every year,” said Druery. 

“It is a time when the surf lifesaving community comes together to test their surf and rescue ready skills, as well as catch-up with friends from all around the country. 

“We are excited to announce that for the first time, we will be offering dedicated Adaptive Surf Sports events for competitors with a disability. These events have been designed following an extensive consultation process over the past two years, and as part of Surf Life Saving Australia’s ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion.”  

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. 

Early Bird entries close February 11. Standard entries close 31 March.  

Entries are open via the SLSA Sports Event Management System (SEMS).  


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

Cottage Point Kiosk & Boat Hire

Summer is here and we’re thrilled to announce that we’re now open every day of the week!
That’s more days to explore Cottage Point and Cowan River and more days to treat your family and friends to a special day out.

Now’s the time to book! www.cottagepointkiosk.com.au


Become A Volunteer Radio Operator: MRNSW

Are you looking for a new challenge? With the busy summer boating season coming up Marine Rescue NSW units up and down the coast want to hear from you! And if you live in Sydney, our State Communications Centre in Belrose is especially keen to hear from you, just drop a line to: base.sydney@marinerescuensw.com.au 

Prior radio and boating experience is not required, and as a Radio Operator you'll play a vital role in helping to keep our waterways safer. If you want to take the plunge and join a dedicated volunteer team helping to save lives on our waterways, then go here for more information: www.marinerescuensw.com.au/become-a-volunteer  or contact your local Marine Rescue NSW unit directly.


Slow Down: Wildlife Crossing

Phoebe the Swamp Wallaby weighed less than a kilogram when she was orphaned on the roadside after her mother was hit and killed by a vehicle. Fortunately, Phoebe was uninjured, taken to a local vet and raised and then released by Sydney Wildlife volunteer Jane. While Phoebe was fortunate, other native birds and animals are not so lucky. So, if you’re returning home, please slow down - particularly at dawn and dusk and in areas identified with wildlife crossing signs, for your safety and the welfare of our wildlife.

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. 

Seniors Housing Proposal For 25-27 Kevin Avenue, Avalon Beach

DA2024/0044: Exhibition Notice
Exhibition Period: 13/02/2024 to 27/02/2024
Cost of Work: $ 8,590,453
Description: Demolition works and construction of Seniors Housing with basement parking with 2 Buildings and 10 Units of 3 bedrooms per unit, and 21 car spaces- 4 Units in Building 1 and 6 Units in Building 2.

The building proposal comprises of one (1) storeys of basement carparking and associated waste and services rooms, beneath two (2) storeys of residential units. The building has an effective height of 10.815m (RL 31.00 – RL 20.185). 

The majority of trees on the site are associated with the Pittwater and Wagstaffe Spotted Gum Forest. 12 trees would need to be removed to accommodate the proposed buildings.

Submissions can be made to Council during the exhibition period. Any submission must specify the grounds for objection.

The application and the documents accompanying the application, including any environmental impact statement, are available on Council’s Application Tracking for the minimum period required under the Act.



Image: Google Maps

54, 56 & 58 Beaconsfield Street Newport Proposal

DA2023/1869Exhibition Notice
Description: Demolition works and construction of a Residential Flat Building 3 storeys above ground, including the consolidation of 3 lots into 1.
Exhibition Start Date: 16 January 2024
Exhibition End Date: 13 February 2024
Residential flat buildings: no. of dwellings: 13 of 3 bedrooms each.
Residential car spaces: 26

An arboricultural impact assessment (EZI Grow, November 2023) has been submitted with the application and concluded that a total of 39 trees would need to be removed if the application is approved in its current form.

The proposal is ‘Nominated Integrated Development’ and approval is required from WaterNSW under s90(2) (Water management works approval to construct and use a specified water supply/drainage/flood work at a specified location) of the Water Management Act 2000.

Submissions can be made to Council during the exhibition period. Any submission must specify the grounds for objection.

The application and the documents accompanying the application, including any environmental impact statement, are available on Council’s Application Tracking for the minimum period required under the Act.

Newport Rugby: Come & Try Event For Women + Girls

Gearing up for another successful season of women’s & girls rugby we are hosting a Come and try introduction to rugby day. We are inviting all junior girls through to open ages to come and learn some rugby skills!

ABSOLUTELY NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED, in fact our premiership winning team was made up of mostly women that had never played before last season!

We will have a BBQ, prizes and give aways starting from 2pm on Sunday February 18 and partnering with Newport Junior Rugby Club.


Kaddy Transport: Volunteers Needed

On Tuesday February 6 2024 Michael Regan, MP for Wakehurst, still in the NSW Parliament chamber at 6:40 pm, read out a Community Recognition statement about Kaddy Transport, based at Dee Why - a local volunteer run organisation which is need of new volunteers.

Mr. Regan stated:

''Today I acknowledge the vital service provided by Kaddy Transport in Dee Why. It was started in 1980 by Val Rayward, a matron at Royal North Shore Hospital, after polio confined her to a wheelchair. 

For over 40 years Kaddy has assisted thousands of clients who are frail or use wheelchairs to travel safely to medical appointments and social activities. Unlike similar services in the area, Kaddy is free. It relies entirely on friendly volunteer drivers and generous sponsors, including Dee Why RSL. 

I especially acknowledge Allan Hale, a long-time board member of Kaddy, who sadly passed away in 2022 after volunteering since 1983. Awarded the Order of Australia in 2014, he was still driving clients until a week before he passed. 

Finally, I give a big shout-out to Barbara Smith, Kaddy's office co-ordinator, who is retiring this week after decades of service. 

With the loss of those incredible volunteers, Kaddy is now in urgent need of new ones—and especially drivers—to avoid closing. Today I put the call out for more volunteer drivers. Let us keep that incredible service on the road.''

KADDY Transport is a not for profit organisation which takes people on Sydney's northern beaches with disabilities to medical and other essential appointments. 

KADDY stands for Keen, Able and Disabled of Dee Why. Started in 1980 by Val Rayward, a matron at Royal North Shore Hospital after Val contracted polio and became confined to a wheelchair, and found that there were no community transport facilities available.

Val saw a real need for a means of transport for people with disabilities to meet medical appointments, so she started fundraising activities with the support of the Uniting Church at Dee Why, in order to purchase a bus.

If you would like to help as a volunteer or know someone who could use their service, please telephone the KADDY Transport office on (02) 9972 0242 or email kaddy4@optusnet.com.au 


Section Of Mural From Dungarvon Turns Up In Private Collection

A post this week on the Facebook community forum page 'Lost Manly and the Northern Beaches', curated by Lisa Sutton Lipman, informed residents of 'Dungarvon' the Pittwater Council Heritage listed home, being placed on the market on Thursday February 8th.

The property, listed with Raine and Horne Mona Vale, describes an:

'enduring heritage residence rests on an incredibly private 2033sqm of estate like grounds in the heart of Mona Vale. Sympathetically renovated in keeping with its architectural pedigree to deliver an exceptional family home, complete with a tennis court and swimming pool. A rare prospect for developers, with scope to explore the flexible zoning for home plus business opportunity or future subdivision potential (STCA).'
.....
• Character features with high ornate ceilings, stained glass windows, timber floors
• Dining room with fireplace, separate family and lounge room
• Functional kitchen with modern stainless steel appliances
• Two bedrooms upstairs with walk-ins, two on the lower level
• Tower lookout, timeless bathroom, laundry, ample storage
• Sandstone framed in-ground pool, level lawns and tennis court'

Dungarvon, at 28 Park Street Mona Vale, was built by Samuel Stringer in or around 1904.



Later residents of the house included Harold and Mabel Squire. 

Queries regarding the History of the sandstone residence led to a discussion about the sculptures in the gardens and mural within the building, still present during the 1950's.

These were created by Harold 'Tristram' Squire (October 28, 1868 - May 16,1938) when he and his wife Mabel were living at Mona Vale's Dungarvon from the mid 1920's on.

One follower of the page provided the following and an image of a long sought example of their painting work from that mural others had spoken about.




Larry Loose explained:

''I am Fred Thompsons' grandson and spent much of my youth living at 28 Park St. Fred bought the house in the 50s I believe at auction it was in need of a lot of work. Being a carpenter/cabinet maker and many other skills it suited him well. I remember him renovating room by room, adding a laundry and generally bringing it back to its former glory.

As I look at the current picture I recall bamboo along the driveway which wasn’t paved back then, with loquat trees and Chinese gooseberry also. At the end of the driveway was a very large mulberry tree and beside that a large shed which Fred used for storage and woodwork.

There were many statues throughout the property, aboriginals standing by trees, kangaroos, birds etc, I believe but can’t be sure that the cart and bullock from Shaws was originally from there as well. I remember the statues were concrete like chicken wire and then concrete over.

The picture I have was given to me by mother Gloria it was part of a mural of a beach scene of Mona Vale. Unfortunately I don’t know who it is or when it was painted but remember it was on the wall in the largest room in the house and the mural took up the whole wall, I believe the rest was in poor condition and needed to be removed or covered over during the renovation.

The house was used occasionally for TV, I remember a commercial being filmed there and of course it was photographed by many.

On the Bayview side was Dr Spence, and 26 Park St another beautiful old house who I remember to older ladies lived in and I think there names were Ivy and Violet, I used to go visiting for cordial and cake as a kid.''

Glenys Hargreave (Larry's sister):

''Larry gives a good description of the place. The painting was on canvas and fitted to the loungeroom wall which had a beach mural so that it appeared as though it was all one mural. Grandad (Fred) took the canvas down and rolled it into a tube as when we moved to Queensland he had plans to sell the house. The murals were peeling. 

In my bedroom was a semi relief plaster figure of a woman, absolutely beautiful. The statues of aboriginal children and adults were, as Larry said, chicken wire stuffed with newspaper and concreted over, very life like and life size. 

I have a few photos in mums stuff (sadly passed in 2019) that I could share with you. [We have requested these; will be coming in next week, thank you Glenys - Ed./PON]

Grandad said the Squires used to travel to Queensland a lot and evidence of this could be the travellers palm that used to be in the front yard. In addition to that photos were in the house when grandad bought it of indigenous peoples. 

I have looked at photos of the house when it was on the market before and must admit I much prefer how it was when we lived there. 

I have many memories of us kids climbing the massive mulberry tree that was in the back yard close to the kitchen and mum (Gloria) making baking tray sized mulberry pies. There were also mature plum and fig trees in the back yard.''

Larry refers to the 'Peter and the Bullock' sculpture that had been in place at the front of Shaws' building supplies on Pittwater road but has been placed in a safer spot due to vandalism of the sculpture and its now fragile state.

Future History Insight Into Aboriginal Art In Pittwater

Pittwater Online News is finalising a History page on Art featuring Aboriginal motifs and lifestyles and peoples in our area - as created by those who are not First Nations peoples. 

Harold's aboriginal sculptures, as at Dungarvon and throughout the Mona Vale and Bayview area feature as, with his background and the long and winding road he travelled to get to MV, you can see his contact with our First Nations people and this combined with recollections of indigenous families in the area, and of a group still being on Darley street into the 1950's, infers Harold 'Tristram' Squire was actually modelling his pieces on what he saw and witnessed in our landscapes. 

There are other western artists who did this locally of course, to celebrate, honour and make a statement about the presence of peoples they clearly loved, but Harold will lead out that page due to his 'witness' status and what can be read into his character; someone who embraced all and just wanted to record 'what is really here'.

Why The Spear Was Stayed —
STORY OF GRIT AND SILENCE

"EVERY muscle tense, an aboriginal chieftain stood poised over a pond in a Mona Vale garden yesterday, his hunting spear drawn back for the deadly thrust. Although the carp beneath him was an easy target, the spear was not launched, for realistic though the figure is, it is made of cement, not flesh and. blood. He is one of the many works modeled by Mr. H. Tristram Squire, whose garden is filled with life-like representations. Kangaroo and wallaby, lizard and snake are mingled with a dozen flamingoes, whilst a group of children stand quietly looking on. The interior of the house is no less remarkable than the garden. "Blank walls are hard and damaging to the sight," said Mr. Tristram Squire yesterday, whose walls are painted to represent land and seascapes. "The effect of a distant scene keeps the eye at a more or less natural range." Mr. Squire told of a large, black snake that he recently made for a friend, who placed it in a natural position among some bushes in his garden. The next morning the snake was smashed by an alarmed milkman.


MR. SQUIRE'S immobile aboriginal. 

Why The Spear Was Stayed (1935, May 14). The Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW : 1931 - 1954), p. 7. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article246472427 

Warringah Shire Council Minutes of Meetings records one not seen since:  

39. H. Tristram Squire, 9/6/37, requesting permission to place his statuary group - "blackfellow spearing water buffalo", at the intersection of Park Street, Bassett Street and Bayview Road. Resolved, - That he be granted permission. (Crs. Hewitt, McPaul) 

BLACKFELLOW STATUE REFUSED

Permission for the erection of a statue of a blackfellow spearing a water-buffalo, at the intersection of Park, Bassetts, and Bayview Roads, Mona Vale, has been refused by Main Roads Board.

One reason given was that the policy of the board was against the placing of objects on the road which might distract a driver's attention. The statue is a life-size one by a Mona Vale sculptor, Mr. H. Tristram Squire. BLACKFELLOW STATUE REFUSED (1937, June 17). The Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW : 1931 - 1954), p. 3. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article247138983 

17.  Tristram Squire, 19/1/38, declining to erect his statuary in the position suggested by the Main Roads Department, but offering to remodel the water-trough at Bayview Road-Newport Road junction "combining the water-trough's utility with a handsome and-original setting'', designs of which work may be seen at his address. Resolved, - That the Main Roads Department be asked to approve of the proposal. (Crs. Latham', Batho).

More soon and HUGE thanks to Larry for the only example found so far of the work of Harold and Mabel Squire, while living at Mona Vale and of Mona Vale.

More in: Section Of A Squire Mural From Dungarvon, Mona Vale, Held In Private Collection + A Few Notes About His Focus On In Situ Aboriginal Sculptures & Local Burial Grounds Of First Nations Peoples this Issue

New Protections For Telco Customers Experiencing Hardship

February 7, 2024
Telcos will be required to do more to support customers who are struggling to pay their bills under new industry rules made by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) that come into force on 29 March. 

These rules have been developed by the ACMA in response to a direction from the Minister for Communications, the Hon Michelle Rowland MP, to make an enforceable industry standard that will improve safeguards for telco customers experiencing financial difficulties.

The new Telecommunications (Financial Hardship) Industry Standard 2024 requires telcos to establish and promote clearly accessible written financial hardship policies. Telcos must do more to proactively identify customers experiencing financial hardship and prioritise keeping them connected to services.

ACMA Chair Nerida O’Loughlin said the new rules would better support telco customers facing vulnerable circumstances.

“These new rules address a range of identified gaps in financial support for telco consumers,” Ms O’Loughlin said.

“Telcos must do a better job of identifying those in need of payment assistance and provide a stronger range of support options.”

Before disconnecting a customer’s service, telcos will be required to determine whether they are experiencing financial hardship and if so, help keep the customer connected. 

The new rules replace and significantly enhance previous financial hardship measures set out in the industry-developed Telecommunications Consumer Protection Code. The new protections include:
  • Broadening the definition of financial hardship to capture a wider set of circumstances which will assist both consumers and telcos in understanding when assistance should be made available 
  • Better promotion of financial hardship assistance, including provision of direct information to customers and potential customers who are or may be experiencing difficulties
  • Requirements to offer financial hardship customers a minimum of 6 different options for assistance, including payment plans and the option to extend or defer payment 
  • Stronger protections for customers facing credit management action including more stringent requirements before a customer can be disconnected, and an extended disconnection notice period up from 5 to 10 working days.
An ACMA Financial Hardship report released in May 2023 showed that 2.4 million Australian adults experienced financial difficulty or had concerns relating to their telco bill in the previous 12 months. However, industry data showed that as at 30 June 2022 only 4,388 residential customers had financial hardship arrangements in place with their telco.

“Telecommunications services are essential to everyday living and at a time when a lot of Australians are doing it tough, it’s important customers are provided with real support to keep their services connected,” Ms O’Loughlin said.

The ACMA will be actively monitoring compliance with the new rules under its 2023–24 compliance priorities, which include protecting telco customers experiencing financial hardship.

The Standard provides the ACMA with strong immediate enforcement options for telcos found to have breached the rules, such as enforceable undertakings, remedial directions and financial penalties.

Prime Minister Launches Pop-Up Display Celebrating 40 Years Of Medicare


Australian Health Minister, The Hon. Mark Butler and Prime Minister of Australia, The Hon. Anthony Albanese. Photo supplied

On 6 February, a special '40 Years of Medicare' pop-up display was launched at Australian Parliament House in Canberra. The display encourages viewers to explore the history of public health insurance in Australia. It describes debate to set up Medicare in the 1980s and how it has evolved in the decades since. 

It also looks to the future, highlighting improvements under way to strengthen Medicare and information about MyMedicare and Urgent Care Clinics.  

For 4 decades, Medicare has guaranteed everyone in Australia a wide range of health and hospital services at low or no cost.

This has helped people to get the health care they need when they need it, no matter their income or where they live.   

It is intended that the display be available around the country.

Further details will be available in coming weeks on the Medicare turns 40 webpage.

The website features the history of Medicare, an image gallery and stories from people about using Medicare.



It also looks to the future, highlighting the improvements being made to strengthen Medicare and ensure it delivers a more personalised and joined up healthcare system.

QR codes on the display will encourage the public to explore new services like MyMedicare and Medicare Urgent Care Clinics.

Throughout 2024 – Medicare’s 40th anniversary year – the display will be made available to communities across the country through civic venues like public libraries.

Further details of the timing and location of the exhibition will be provided in the coming weeks on the Medicare turns 40 page.

Australian Health Minister, The Hon. Mark Butlersaid; 
“Many Australians may not know the story of Medicare and may not appreciate how fundamentally it has improved healthcare in this country.

“Before Medicare, 2 million Australians had no health cover at all. That’s 1 in 7 people who lived with the daily risk and worry that healthcare might see them lose the house or bankrupt them altogether.”

“This pop-up display at Parliament House today will help visiting school groups learn about the history – and future – of one of Australia’s most important social institutions.”

“I look forward to making this display available to communities around Australia as part of a civics education program and through partnerships with public libraries.”

Minister For Health And Aged Care Speech – 6 February 2024

Read the transcript of Minister Butler's speech about the '40 years of Medicare' pop-up display at Parliament House.

Here we have the story of Medicare in card form. But over here we have a living story of Medicare with Dr Mike Freelander. Because Dr Freelander opened his clinic on the 1st of February 1984 – the first day of Medicare.

Today’s exhibition, and exhibitions like it that we’re distributing through public libraries, is an opportunity to tell one of the most important stories of post-war politics in Australia and, indeed, right across the world.

Labor and Social Democratic parties came out of the ashes of the Great Depression and then World War Two, determined to build a fairer society.

There was no more important element to that platform than universal healthcare.

Truman tried to do it unsuccessfully in America, and Americans had to wait 6 more decades until President Obama. Attlee succeeded with the National Health Service.

But we know in our own country, Chifley was unable to achieve what the British had achieved in the 40s here in Australia, and it had to wait decades until Whitlam was able to establish Medibank for a short period of time.

And then Bob Hawke and the greatest health minister in Australia's history, Neal Blewett, were able to achieve Medicare in Australia.

And it changed the country. It was not just an abstract concept; it genuinely changed our country.

Before the 1st of February 1984, 1 in 7 Australians did not have health coverage. They just didn't have any coverage.

The leading cause of personal bankruptcies in this country was unpaid health and hospital bills.

After the 1st of February 1984, they stopped measuring unpaid health and hospital bills as a cause of bankruptcy, because it disappeared overnight. It simply disappeared.

That story of Australians just living through that cough or that pain in their chest, because they were worried about the financial impact of going to hospital or going to the doctor, disappeared overnight.

And in addition to that financial security it gave Australians, it delivered better healthcare.

Now, four decades on, when you measure healthcare systems across the world, overall, we are the number 3 performing healthcare system.

But importantly, in healthcare outcomes, there is no better healthcare system than Australia's.

In terms of equity, there is no better healthcare system than Australia.

And that is because the Labor Party fought the fight to establish Medicare.

It is an important part of the political history of this building and the building down the hill.

Because for 25 years, from the late 1960s until the mid-1990s, universal healthcare was perhaps the defining faultline between the 2 major parties, with a determination taken election after election by the conservative parties to – not just tamper with it – but to abolish universal healthcare, in its entirety.

And the determination of the Labor Party, the broader labour movement that has insisted on Medicare being a core element of the Accord in 1983, meant that we were able to establish the deep roots that the Prime Minister talks about, so often, as being important to social reform.

A long-term Labor government that was able to defend and really ensure that this system established the deep roots that are producing such enormous social and economic dividends to Australia today.

We think civics education is important. We think it's important that Australian students and adults understand our political history and how important some of the things that happen in this building are to the way of life that we enjoy in this country.

That's why this exhibition, and exhibitions like it at around the libraries of Australia, an interactive website that we hope schools will tap into to learn the history of the debate around universal healthcare coverage in Australia and what it has delivered for us, is a really important opportunity to just think about the sort of society that we've built since those post-war years.

Thank you all for coming along. Thank you, Mike, for living the history of this extraordinary social program, perhaps the most important social program that this country has.

Thank you very much.

Draft Multicultural Inclusion Plan

Council is seeking input from the community on how we can ensure the Northern Beaches is a place where everyone feels included and that they belong.  

The Championing Diversity – Multicultural Inclusion Plan embodies a commitment towards becoming an increasingly safe, diverse, inclusive, and connected Northern Beaches – a place everyone belongs.  

The draft plan is now on Council's Your Say webpages for community feedback until February 29 2024.

Mayor Sue Heins said our community is more diverse than most people realise. 

"We're proud to introduce a plan that encapsulates the aspirations of our diverse community, ensuring that every individual feels welcomed and valued.

“We have a long and proud history of being a multicultural community with residents from 123 different ancestries and over 110 countries of birth calling the Beaches home. Almost 1 in 3 people here were born overseas, and 1 in 2 have at least one parent born abroad.

“One of the most exciting aspects of this draft plan is its strong emphasis on broad community involvement; so far, over 500 community members have contributed to its development. 

"This plan isn't just about ticking a box; it's about people. It’s about ensuring that every voice is heard, every culture celebrated, and every individual feels empowered to actively participate in shaping the future of our community,” Mayor Heins said.  

The five-year plan identifies seven key outcomes aligned with community aspirations, from cultural expression to equitable access to services and programs, reflecting what a multicultural Northern Beaches means for the community. 

To have your say, visit Council's Championing Diversity – Multicultural Inclusion Plan  webpage before the plan is finalised. 

Community members are encouraged to help finalise the draft Plan by taking part in a survey or adding photos to Council’s virtual scrapbook that will capture culture on the Peninsula; the activities you do every day, such as sharing a meal or connecting with others. By taking the survey or sharing your photos, you will also go into the draw to win one of 3 x $100 vouchers. 

Streets As Shared Spaces Avalon Beach Feedback Closes February

Closes 28 Feb 2024
Council states this is a temporary trial funded through the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment's Streets as Shared Spaces program. The program trials projects which test ideas for permanent improvements to local streets, paths and public spaces. It’s also a key action in the My Place - Avalon Beach Plan following extensive community feedback.

Some of the key changes include:
  • widening footpaths and enhancing outdoor dining areas
  • moving pedestrian crossings
  • installing planter boxes and seating
  • installing shade structure - charge your phone while enjoying a treat from your local cafes.
Council want to hear what you think about these changes and if you'd like to keep them when the trial ends - please share your feedback in their survey. The survey is open throughout the trial period and closes on Wednesday 28 February 2024.

You can also send feedback throughout the duration of the trial to council@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au.


NSW Government Announces Review Into Funding Model Of Councils

The NSW Labor Government states it is delivering on its election commitment announcing it will implement a review of the financial model for local government to address rising cost pressures facing councils across the state.

The Government has asked the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) to examine the financial model for councils and key factors impacting councils’ financial sustainability.

The review will assess the resources currently available to councils, their capacity to cover ongoing expenses and ability to fund core council services and infrastructure for their communities.

It will also identify ways to improve budgetary performance and accountability within the sector so democratically elected councillors are empowered to make decisions for the effective running of their councils. 

This announcement follows changes made to the IPART rate peg methodology last year, which give councils greater certainty about the income they can generate through the payment of council rates, while protecting residents from significant rate increases. 

This financial modelling review will provide a holistic view of the challenges impeding the financial sustainability of the sector and ensure councils are delivering value to their communities through responsible fiscal decisions.

IPART will consider and recommend improvements on matters including: 
  • The visibility of councillors and the community over the financial and operational performance of their councils;
  • Whether the current budget and financial processes of councils are delivering value for money for ratepayers and residents;
  • Whether the current funding model will sustainably support the needs of communities;
  • Whether councillors and council staff have the financial capacity and capability to meet current and future needs of communities; and
  • How better planning and reporting systems can improve long-term budget performance, transparency and accountability to the community.
Read the draft Terms of Reference and provide feedback at: www.ipart.nsw.gov.au/Local-Government/Review-of-council-financial-model-in-NSW

Have your say on the draft Terms of Reference until 15 March 2024.

IPART will consult with councils and the public to develop a report due to the Government 12 months’ after the Terms of Reference have been finalised. 

Minister for Local Government Ron Hoenig said:
"The financial sustainability of councils is one of the most significant issues facing local government in this state.

"With the cost of delivering core services to communities rising, it’s critically important councils are financially sustainable, but that needs to be balanced with the impact on tightening household budgets.

"That’s why we’ve asked IPART to make recommendations about whether the current financial model of councils enables long-term financial sustainability and whether councils have the financial capacity and mechanisms needed to deliver budget improvements.

"There needs to be a closer examination so that the solution to financial challenges is not increasing revenue through raising council rates or seeking financial support from the State Government.

"This review is a key election commitment and will help ensure this vital tier of government can continue to deliver essential services to NSW communities."

Flying Eye: Drones Getting NSW Motorists Out Of A Jam

February 5, 2024
They are the eyes in the sky helping to get traffic moving faster after road incidents and inspecting hard-to-get-at parts of bridge and road infrastructure.

Over 70 drones are being deployed to give traffic responders unprecedented visibility from above, supporting the work of the Transport Management Centre (TMC).  

They are being deployed around road crashes and peak hour choke points, with the visibility they provide allowing detours to be put in place sooner to ease delays and clear traffic jams. Clearing traffic sooner lowers the risk of bump-on crashes that can occur at the end of traffic snarls.

The drone fleet is also helping to improve real-time information relayed on apps like Live Traffic.

Led by a new chief pilot, Transport for NSW will deploy drones during morning and afternoon peaks and during holiday traffic periods when the network is under pressure and incidents can have negative knock-on effects.

Providing a dependable line of sight outside of TMC’s existing traffic-monitoring camera network, drones were used in the most recent school holidays, with 160 traffic monitoring and incident response missions totalling nearly 100 hours in the air.

They have provided invaluable assistance in understanding holiday traffic in bottleneck areas like Blackheath in the Blue Mountains and will be used when race fans head to Bathurst for the start of the Supercars season opener this month.

In an Australian first, Transport for NSW pilots are now able to remotely launch and operate drones mounted to TMC response vehicles, getting an eye in the sky sooner.

Transport uses drones for asset inspections, including bridges and roads, and is investigating how they can be used to assist with other high risk work activities carried out by staff.

Projected cost-saving to the people of NSW is more than $71 million in travel time, $24 million in secondary incidents and $23 million in vehicle operating costs.

Minister for Roads John Graham said:
“With an eye in the sky, detours can be put in place faster and information provided on apps like Live Traffic. No one wants to be stuck at the back of a queue of traffic and drones will help reduce the severity of traffic jams around road incidents.”

“We’ve also utilised this technology during major events, including Sydney World Pride, providing vital information to deploy extra public transport services and monitoring for emergencies.

“There are more than 1700 CCTV cameras across the Greater Sydney Road network, and our drone capabilities supplement these, by providing an extended line of sight in areas not covered by CCTV.”

Transport for NSW Executive Director Customer Journey Management Craig Moran said:
“Drones are incredibly effective at closing gaps in what we can see across the network. Not every location is suitable for CCTV installation, whereas one drone can be deployed from almost anywhere across the network to survey a wide range of areas.

“As part of the project Transport for NSW has appointed a Chief Pilot to manage the fleet of 70 drones across Transport, set up live streaming capabilities, establish a drone maintenance and innovation hub, and become accredited to remotely fly drones in the field from the Transport Management Centre.

“The drone team carry all maintenance and develop our innovative field operations solutions from the new Leichhardt drone hub.”

Zonta Club Of NB Womens' Day Breakfast 2024

The Zonta Club of Northern Beaches  welcome you to join them for their International Women’s Day Breakfast on 6th March 2024. Come and enjoy great company and food, hear from our very special guest speaker, Dr Grace Sharkey, and Rory Amon, MP for Pittwater, who will present the Pittwater Woman of the Year. 

Tickets are $60 and can be bought here:


Wakehurst Parkway – Site Investigations: To March 2024

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

Initial site investigations have taken place on Wakehurst Parkway between January and
October this year.

Transport for NSW will continue these investigations to better understand and inform
the options being considered as part of these improvements.

What work are we doing?
Investigations will take place along Wakehurst Parkway between Pittwater Road and Frenchs Forest Road. The key work areas will include:
  • Trefoil Creek
  • Dreadnought Road
  • Oxford Falls Road
  • Middle Creek Reserve
  • Elanora Road
  • Mirrool Street
The survey work will involve ecological and geotechnical surveys and may involve some
ongoing utility surveys which will include boring and minor excavation. 

We’ll be working at various locations on Wakehurst Parkway through to Thursday 29
February 2024. Work will not be constant throughout this period.

Investigations will be carried out in stages across the 9.5km corridor and will cover day and night shifts.

Day shift hours are Monday to Friday 7am to 6pm and Saturdays 8am to 1pm. Night hours are Monday to Saturdays from 8pm to 5am.

We will not work on Sundays or public holidays at this stage. Work schedules are subject to change due to permits, weather and site conditions.

Further notification will be provided should there be significant changes to our construction
schedule.

While most of the work will be carried out alongside Wakehurst Parkway with minimal impacts to traffic, temporary traffic changes will be required at various times to ensure work zones are safe.

This may include partial lane closures and reduced 40km/h speed limits near our work areas. Please keep to speed limits and follow the direction of traffic controllers and signs.
For the latest traffic updates, you can call 132 701 or visit live traffic.com

Location of investigations:

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


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. 

February 4 - 10, 2024: Issue 612

This Issue: full list in Contents page 

Front Page Issue 612 

Barrenjoey Boatshed Set To Open: A Few Insights Into The Return Of A Local Favourite

Pictures: Woody Point Yacht Club’s 2024 Putt Putt & Gentleman’s Launch Regatta

Aquatics: 2024 edition of Who Let The Boats Out? NSW SES Training Exercise makes a big splash across our state - Warringah/Pittwater + Manly Units take part - new volunteers welcome

Dog Attack Kills Another Wallaby In Our Area: NBC Council LGA Tops Dog Attack Statistics In First 2023/24 Statistics Reported

Councillor Michael Gencher Announces Move To Liberal Party

Ferry + Light Rail Service Boost: Freshwater Ferries To Run Every Hour Permanently

Park Bench PhilosophersBlack Summer Bushfires In Australia Wiped $2.8 Billion From Tourism Supply Chain - Coupled With Billions In Agricultural Losses, Billions Of Wildlife Lost, Growing Death Toll From Extreme Air Pollution Events, Australia Needs A Whole Picture Approach To Future Fire Events

Environment Dog Attack Kills Another Wallaby In Our Area: NBC Council LGA Tops Dog Attack Statistics In First 2023/24 Statistics Reported, Notice Of 1080 Baiting: February 1 - July 31 2024, Pittwater Natural Heritage Association: First PNHA Nature Event 2024, Securing Koala Survival: Appin Road Wildlife Crossings Fall Short, Urgent Need For Overpasses - WIRES, EPA Decision Fails Endangered Gliders: Keeps Them On Track For Extinction From FCNSW Logging, We once killed 600,000 koalas in a year; Now they’re Australia’s ‘teddy bears’ What changed?, Clean Up Australia Day 2024 Registrations Are Now Open, Coastal IFOA Forest Monitoring Review, Stay Safe From Mosquitoes This Season, Kimbriki Resource Recovery Centre: Early Childhood Educators Professional Development Day, Mountain Bike Incidents On Public Land: Survey, 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, Friends Of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment Activities, Community Gardens Environment Groups and Organisations In Pittwater, 50+ Birds Of The Blue Mountains, Snowy 2.0 Contractor Fined For Water Pollution Incident, Progress Report On The Great Barrier Reef Delivered To UNESCO, New Strategy To Protect Reef Wetlands, Victorian Government To Continue Allowing Native Duck Slaughter, Allowing duck hunting to continue in Victoria is shameful and part of a disturbing trend, Native forest logging makes bushfires worse – and to say otherwise ignores the facts, Governments spend US$22 billion a year helping the fishing industry empty our oceans; This injustice must end, Consulting firms provided low-quality research on crucial water policies; It shows we have a deeper problem, Why don’t people care about Australia’s native rodents?, How the weird and wonderful microbes in wastewater can make our cities more sustainable, Do we want a wind farm outside our window? What Australians think about the net zero transition, Yes it’s getting more humid in summer; Here’s why, Australia’s soils are notoriously poor; Here’s how scientists are working to improve them, Stop killing brown snakes – they could be a farmer’s best friend,  Pittwater Reserves: Histories + Notes + Pictorial Walks, + more

Inbox News Homes NSW To Rebuild The Social and Affordable Housing System In NSW, 5 questions your child’s school should be able to answer about bullying, E-scooters are linked with injuries and hospital visits – but we can’t say they are riskier than bikes yet, Measles is on the rise around the world – we can’t let vaccination rates falter, New Highly Infectious E. Coli Strain Resistant To Powerful Antibiotics, First-Ever Sighting Of A Live New-Born Great White: Footage May Help Solve Longstanding Mystery In Shark Science, Australia is welcoming more migrants but they lack the skills to build more houses, This salt alternative could help reduce blood pressure; So why are so few people using it?, A new government inquiry will examine women’s pain and treatment. How and why is it different?, Former Labor minister Greg Combet to succeed Peter Costello as chair of the Future Fund, Congratulations!, Eight Bells – Lang Walker AO, Advocacy Organisations For Older People Release Aged Care Act Key Issues Paper, No Fresh Fruit, Stockpiled Petrol, Insurance Not Hugs: Experiences Of The Cost-Of-Living Crisis, Supplies Of The Shingrix Vaccine, AvPals Group Sessions At Newport: Term 1 2024, Superannuation In Retirement Consultation: Federal Government, Palm Beach Golf Club: Swing Into Golf In 2024, Medicare turns 40: since 1984 our health needs have changed but the system hasn’t. 3 reforms to update it, We are living in a ‘digital dark age’ – here’s how to protect your photos, videos and other data, Alzheimer’s may have once spread from person to person, but the risk of that happening today is incredibly low, Early humans reached northwest Europe 45,000 years ago, Playing a musical instrument or singing in a choir may boost your brain – new study, Opportunities: Council Apprenticeships Currently Listed, Young People At The Centre Of Powerful New Vaping Campaign, Public Health Warning: Tablets Sold As MDMA (Ecstasy) Found To Contain A Potent Opioid, Help TAFE NSW Make A Difference In Your Community, New Service For Students Joins MyGov, Bert Evans Scholarship Winners Announced, Neanderthals and Humans Lived Side By Side In Northern Europe 45,000 Years Ago, 2024 Sports Registrations Open: Rugby League, Rugby Union, Soccer, Netball, Surfing, Applications Open For Study Subsidies To Boost NSW Healthcare Workforce, 2024 Youth Parliament NSW Applications Now Open, Word Of The Week: Positive, Concussion in sport: why making players sit out for 21 days afterwards is a good idea, Banksias are iconic Australian plants but their ancestors actually came from North Africa, The first flowers evolved before bees – so how did they become so dazzling?, Playing a musical instrument or singing in a choir may boost your brain – new study, According to Ireland’s constitution a woman’s duties are in the home – but a referendum could be about to change its sexist wording, Neuralink has put its first chip in a human brain. What could possibly go wrong?, Hidden women of history: Olympias, who took on an emperor, dodged a second marriage and fought for her faith, Australia’s young people are moving to the left – though young women are more progressive than men, reflecting a global trend, Taylor Swift deepfakes: new technologies have long been weaponised against women. The solution involves us all, Nine was slammed for ‘AI editing’ a Victorian MP’s dress. How can news media use AI responsibly?,  What Is A Southerly Buster?, What Is A Leap Year?

Profile of the Week  Palm Beach SLSC: The Summer Traditions Of A Local Surf Club In The 2023/24 Season

Palm Beach SLSC’s clubhouse home has changed a lot since 1921 when a shed was placed, courtesy of the Barrenjoey Land Company, in the land beside the to come Peters residence - current Members clubhouse - and before the 1936 purchase of William Choley’s ‘The Rest’ as their first clubhouse. The second ‘shed’ was placed in then ‘Palm Gully Park, later Glenburnie Park and current Hordern’s Park. The third clubhouse was on the beachfront beside the then dressing rooms, built in 1924. At a Meeting held on August 7th 1929 the Council voted to remove the clubhouse from the reserve and for the construction of another further along the beach. By December 1929 this building opened, south of the council dressing sheds. This structure comprised a club room, shower room, casualty room, lavatory, verandah and boatshed. Water came via a well and windmill, with any additions funded by members.

However, it's not the clubhouses that save people on our beaches each Summer - they're just part of the structure of equipment used so that the people who fill them as Members, and what's in those people, coalesces as something extraordinary being achieved on our beaches from September through April, and persists through the off-season to be even stronger, better and more dedicated the following Season.

SLSA states it exists to save lives, create great Australians and build better communities. Through its coastal safety, lifesaving, education, sport and recreation programs and services, SLSA generates significant social and economic benefits for the Australian community each year.

Today Palm Beach SLSC is a vibrant inclusive cross-generational club that features a number of within the club carnivals each Summer that honour Club Members with one named for a foundation member, Adrian Curlewis, known as the ‘father of surf lifesaving’ in Australia. During the first week of January each year the Adrian Curlewis Masters Carnival attracts athletes from across the Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern Beaches Branch Clubs and the Surf Life Saving Sydney Branch.

It's not just visiting Members from others Clubs though. People from all over Sydney come to Palm Beach each Summer in their thousands. They visit during Spring, Autumn and Winter too, at dawn, at midnight, at 4a.m. for the dawn fishing, but Summer and hot humid weather attracts visitors in their thousands, every day, and has done so since a decent road/track was built and a bus service laid on. 

Thousands of visitors  needs hundreds of Volunteer Patrol Members to look out for them in the waters off the coast. Since 1921, the Palm Beach Surf Life Saving Club has protected the lives of the community in the spirit of the First Infantry Battalion from which it takes it colours. With over 1,100 members, it has become one of the largest Clubs in Sydney’s northern beaches.

This week a few glances into one of Pittwater's finest Surf Clubs from just three Members who have 117 years of serving our local community between them.


With the Barrenjoey Boatshed set to open this month after a massive rebuild project, a few insights into the beginning and changes of this well-loved local 'shed'.

Please note that Warringah Council records of Minutes from Council Meetings name this beach as ‘Barrenjoey Beach’. This record names it as ‘Station Beach’ as per original Broken Bay Customs Station records and Pittwater Council records. The name Barrenjoey Beach was applied to the section on the ocean side and stretching northwards in pre- North Palm Beach SLSC era of 1929 onwards.

On November 2nd 1930 Palm Beach S.L.S. Club, which had also been named the Barrenjoey SLSC,  wrote to the then council suggesting that some means be taken to prevent the public surfing on Barrenjoey Beach, or that the Council afford some means of protection to those surfing there. The council responded that the club 'were to be informed of the Notice Board they had installed, warning against surfing already there'.

What is unique about this boatshed is that it was, on occasion, also a hangar or pontoon of sorts for Aquatic Airways. Opposite the original Barrenjoey Boathouse was a fibro, some state, structure known as ‘the Beacon store’. These buildings, among and on the fringe of the camping represent in a way our crossover from the times when you could pitch your tent and perhaps even build a shelter on the edge of the estuary if you decided you like the place and would stay. The Beacon Store was older than the original Barrenjoey Boat House but both were constructed from simple materials, the boathouse raised in post-WWII scarcity.

In 1923 10 acres of Lighthouse Reserve (southern portion) was set aside as a recreational reserve named Governor Phillip Park. The middle portion of the reserve was set aside for public recreation purposes on May 17 1929, and the northern portion set aside in March 1934 as a reserve for public recreation purposes to be managed by the Warringah Shire Council.

The boatshed jetty and the structure built as the Barrenjoey Boathouse were erected between late 1946 and early 1947 by Aub Allen, which means its place on our landscape, until the recent demolition for a rebuild, has reached 77 years. Aubrey Allen's family appear to have been storekeepers at Camden originally, and were well respected in that community going back a few generations.

Brian Friend OAM recalls his nickname here was 'Strawbury'. 

Barrenjoey Boating Service Pty. Ltd. commenced on June 19th, 1947 during a period when Australians were determined to make a return to normality as quickly as possible after the Second World War:

FERRY FOR BROKEN BAY The Port Jackson and Manly Steamship Company announced yesterday that the Rover is expected to sail tomorrow from Circular Quay to begin a ferry-boat service at Broken Bay. The vessel will join the three other ferries operating in the Palm Beach, Hawkesbury River, and Pittwater-area. During the war the Rover was used as a patrol boat by the R.A.N. FERRY FOR BROKEN BAY. (1946, May 3). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 10. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17992931

Congratulations!

The Festival of Sails 2024 concluded its 181st edition on Sunday January 28 with a day of shifty, lighter winds that saw some big jumps in standings across all nine divisions. Corio Bay was awash with colour as the courses spread the fleet across the inner and outer Harbours. 

Out on the water it was a tight tussle between the three high-profile TP52 class boats, ‘Hooligan’ (RPAYC), ‘Secret Men’s Business’ and ‘Smuggler’ which won its division in the 2023 Sydney to Hobart.

Ultimately, it was Marcus Blackmore’s new ‘Hooligan’ which won the grand prix TP52 Division at this weekend’s regatta, the oldest keelboat sailing regatta in the Southern Hemisphere. 






“I built the Blackmore’s vitamins business on culture and this boat and team are also built on culture. With this new boat, I thought we had built the world’s lightest and fastest TP52, but you don’t know that until you get to race it, now I know that we have!” said Marcus.

“A fast boat is nothing without a fast crew, so my thanks to them and I dedicate this win to my good friend Lang Walker who passed away last night and gave so much to our sport.”

Run 26-28 January 2024, the Festival of Sails (FOS) combines history with tradition; heritage with technology; tactics with teamwork. First held in 1844, FOS has consistently attracted the highest calibre of sailing craft and crew, family and friends, attracting over 100,000 visitors every January, held at the Royal Geelong Yacht Club (RGYC) and along Geelong waterfront. FOS is particularly famous for its Melbourne to Geelong Passage Race – the oldest sporting event in the Southern Hemisphere.

Report: FOS media
Photos: 2024 Festival of Sails - photos ©Salty Dingo
Full results for all divisions available at www.topyacht.net.au/results/2024/fos/index.htm

NASA - North Avalon Surfriders Association Surf Classic 2024

To kick off 2024 and celebrate the official opening of our new clubhouse (shed), we’re putting on a retro comp for the ages - The NASA Surf Classic! Open to all ages and all members past and present. 

  • 7:30am - Comp sign up, $20 for non-members, free for 2024 members. Open & U/16 Junior Divisions
  • 8:30am - NASA Shed  Official Opening Ceremony 
  • 9:00am - Heat 1 NASA Surf Classic
Same rules apply as always - 70’s & 80’s single and twin fins only + a new Iron Gut champion will be lorded!

It’s been a long journey rallying for our own clubhouse, with so many people involved along the way, and finally it’s a reality. 

We invite you all down for the opening ceremony, and a day to celebrate a momentous day in the club’s history.




NASA 2024 registration is now open
Itinerary - next level! Jump onto Liveheats/NASA to enter. Link - https://liveheats.com/nasa

*If you’re using the Active Kids voucher, fill out all the athlete info, select the Active Kids division and enter your Voucher. More info in the ‘your details’ section if needed, along with all the age division information.


Warriewood Community Centre Update: Construction Begins April 2024

A new multi-use community centre will be built on the existing site of the Nelson Heather Centre in Warriewood.

The project has been incorporated into the Warriewood Valley Development Contribution Plan Amendment 16, Revision 3 to cater for the increase in demand for new public facilities within the Warriewood Valley Release Area as existing facilities are already at capacity.
To best understand community needs for this facility council engaged with local residents, facility users and key stakeholders.

Feedback gained through stakeholder engagement was used to develop a concept plan that incorporated best-practice sustainability principles to create a modern, resilient building with multi-use spaces. The concept addressed the need for additional space and parking to accommodate the growing Warriewood Valley Community.

Concept plans for the facility were exhibited for comment in August/September 2020. A report noting community feedback and recommending the project proceeded to Development Application State was endorsed by Council in October.

The Development Application DA2021/0199 was lodged on 29 March 2021 and approved by the Sydney North Planning Panel on 18 August 2021.

At the Council Meeting on 24 October 2023 it was resolved to finalise contract negotiations. 

Council has formally entered into a contract with Belmadat Pty. Ltd for construction of the new Warriewood Community Centre. The Contractor has commenced pre-construction activities.

The Cost of Works is listed as $ 9,519,250 on Council's DA page.

Construction is planned to commence in April 2024 with the project expected to be completed around August 2025.

Features on the new center will include:
  • five multi-purpose halls suited to a wide range of recreational activities
  • two multi-purpose meeting rooms
  • a community lounge room, providing a safe and accessible space
  • large covered outdoor spaces which overlook landscaped gardens
  • modern and accessible amenities, including showers
  • multiple and adaptable kitchen facilities.


Image: View from B-Line stop, Artists Impression. Image: NBC

Careel Bay Shops: No 1 & No 3 Careel Head Road Sold

Careel Bay shopping Centre (1 Careel Head Road) and no 3 Careel Head Road have recently sold. A DA is expected for shop-top housing to be lodged with council soon, although nothing has been made available on council's website as yet. 

The shopping centre was purchased for approximately $11 million and the house behind it for approx. $3 million. 

The Lots are zoned 'B1 Neighbourhood Centre'.

The property adjoins on to an existing mixed use development  (residential & commercial complex no. 5 - 7 Careel Head Road).


2024 SLSSNB Branch Championships

The 2024 Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern Beaches Branch Championships will be held in February and March 2024. All event circulars and additional important event information are posted and updated on this page – www.2024-slssnb-branch-championships

Time Table & Locations Summary
Champion Lifesaver Championships
(Resus and Theory Only) Branch Office, Warriewood (Evening) Wed, Feb 7th 2024

Patrol Competition Championships
(Resus and Theory Only) Branch Office | Warriewood (Evening) | Thurs, Feb 8th 2024

Following events will be held at Newport Beach on Sat, Feb 10th 2024 –

Champion Lifesaver Championships  
Patrol Competition Championships
Open Championships (Beach Events Only)  

Following events will be held at Newport Beach on Sun, Feb 11th 2024 

Junior Championships (Beach Events Only)  
Masters Championships (Beach & Water)  
March Past Championships  

Following events will be held at Newport Beach on Sat, Feb 17th 2024 –

Open Championships (Water Events Only)  
First Aid Championships (U17’s & U19’s) 

Following events will be held at Newport Beach on Sun, Feb 18th 2024 

Junior Championships (Water Events Only)  
First Aid Championships (U14/15’s & Opens) 

Rescue & Resuscitation Championships will be held at Maroubra Beach
on Sun, Feb 24th 2024, in conjunction with the SLS Sydney Branch Championships

Surf Boats Championships will be held at Newport Beach on Sat, Mar 2nd 2024


Draft Multicultural Inclusion Plan

Council is seeking input from the community on how we can ensure the Northern Beaches is a place where everyone feels included and that they belong.  

The Championing Diversity – Multicultural Inclusion Plan embodies a commitment towards becoming an increasingly safe, diverse, inclusive, and connected Northern Beaches – a place everyone belongs.  

The draft plan is now on Council's Your Say webpages for community feedback until February 29 2024.

Mayor Sue Heins said our community is more diverse than most people realise. 

"We're proud to introduce a plan that encapsulates the aspirations of our diverse community, ensuring that every individual feels welcomed and valued.

“We have a long and proud history of being a multicultural community with residents from 123 different ancestries and over 110 countries of birth calling the Beaches home. Almost 1 in 3 people here were born overseas, and 1 in 2 have at least one parent born abroad.

“One of the most exciting aspects of this draft plan is its strong emphasis on broad community involvement; so far, over 500 community members have contributed to its development. 

"This plan isn't just about ticking a box; it's about people. It’s about ensuring that every voice is heard, every culture celebrated, and every individual feels empowered to actively participate in shaping the future of our community,” Mayor Heins said.  

The five-year plan identifies seven key outcomes aligned with community aspirations, from cultural expression to equitable access to services and programs, reflecting what a multicultural Northern Beaches means for the community. 

To have your say, visit Council's Championing Diversity – Multicultural Inclusion Plan  webpage before the plan is finalised. 

Community members are encouraged to help finalise the draft Plan by taking part in a survey or adding photos to Council’s virtual scrapbook that will capture culture on the Peninsula; the activities you do every day, such as sharing a meal or connecting with others. By taking the survey or sharing your photos, you will also go into the draw to win one of 3 x $100 vouchers. 

Hudson Parade Clareville Plan Of Management: Have Your Say

Closes: Sun 3 March 2024
At the Council meeting held 19 December 2023 Council resolved that the draft Plan of Management for Lot 2 DP 827733, 316 Hudson Parade, Clareville (the Site) be placed on public exhibition for a minimum of 42 days, with the outcome reported back to Council.

The draft Plan of Management (PoM) enables Council to grant a licence to the owner of the adjoining property at Lot 1, 316 Hudson Parade (Lot 1) to construct and use a boatshed and to use the access stairs to the boatshed on the Site.

For several decades, this Site has been a location for a boatshed and for stairs to access the boatshed by the owner of Lot 1. In 1993, the land was dedicated to Council by the then owner of Lot 1 and there has been a historical agreement to continue to allow access to the boatshed and stairs. Once adopted this PoM will enable Council to grant a new licence to the owner of Lot 1. The draft PoM also includes ensuring public access through the foreshore area within the Site.

Share your thoughts on the draft PoM in the submission form further down this page.
invite you to provide your feedback by:
Please include 'Hudson Parade Clareville - Plan of Management' in the subject line of all email or written feedback.

All submissions in their entirety are made publicly available in the Community Engagement Report. Personal identifying information, and content which is discriminatory, hateful or which may defame, offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate will be redacted.

Boundary map:


Streets As Shared Spaces Avalon Beach Feedback Closes February

Closes 28 Feb 2024
Council states this is a temporary trial funded through the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment's Streets as Shared Spaces program. The program trials projects which test ideas for permanent improvements to local streets, paths and public spaces. It’s also a key action in the My Place - Avalon Beach Plan following extensive community feedback.

Some of the key changes include:
  • widening footpaths and enhancing outdoor dining areas
  • moving pedestrian crossings
  • installing planter boxes and seating
  • installing shade structure - charge your phone while enjoying a treat from your local cafes.
Council want to hear what you think about these changes and if you'd like to keep them when the trial ends - please share your feedback in their survey. The survey is open throughout the trial period and closes on Wednesday 28 February 2024.

You can also send feedback throughout the duration of the trial to council@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au.


Pittwater Offshore Newsletter: February 1, 2024

Click on Logo to access the latest PON:  

Includes: A celebration of Offshore Theatre; Secret Island: the new island play; Island Bushcare Group Wins $5,000 Grant; Community Buildings Manager and Cleaner Wanted; Community Vehicle Out of Service; Fire shed fundraising dinner; SIRA Committee Meeting; As You Like It; Island Swim; Moon Dance; The Tuesday Discussion Group; Dumpling cooking class; International Folk Dancing; Island Café; Pirates' Treasure Hunt; Secret Island: what you didn't know about your neighbour; Feast for Freedom

To contact Roy:  editor@scotlandisland.org.au

Sing For Soibada - BBQ

We have some amazingly talented performers in our area and they are coming together to raise funds for education projects in our sister village, Soibada in Timor Leste. Friends of Soibada and the community are making a big impact on the lives of the children in Soibada but need your support to pay teachers wages and fund the Preschool and brand new Primary School. 

Join us for live entertainment in a relaxed atmosphere and grab a sausage or two knowing you are making a difference. Sausages and soft drink will be available for purchase. This is also a great opportunity for our musicians to perform in front of an audience. If you want to see more about our many projects, follow us on social media at: www.facebook.com/friendsofsoibada

DATE: Friday 23 February 2024 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM (UTC+11)
AT: The Hall, Maria Regina Church (down the driveway at the back near Dunbar Park)
7 Central Road, Avalon Beach 


Pirates' Treasure Hunt: Elvina Bay Park 

Sunday 25 February, 10 am - 2 pm

AHOY, ME HEARTIES!
Set yer sights on a grand adventure – where ye find no trash, only the finest treasures in all the seven seas!

It be a day full of fun with:
  • Loot Galore, Pearls-a-Plenty & Bountiful Bootie!
  • Roaming musikers serenadin’ ye with sea shanties that’ll make yer timbers shiver!
  • Sizzlin’ sausage feast to satisfy yer hearty cravings!
  • Best dressed Pirate Parade for young and old — prize bottle o rum for adult winner and something more appropriate for kiddies!
  • Artists’ work on offer
  • Activities for our little maties.... colouring in fun, pirate hat making workshop, pirate parade with a prize on offer…between 11:30am - 1:00pm!.
Everyone welcome! Get dressed up in your best pirate gear and join in the fun!

GETTING TO ELVINA BAY
For out of area visitors:
  • Catch the 156 Bus from Mona Vale to Church Point.
  • Catch the Ferry from Church Point to South Elvina — you can’t miss it – it will be flying the Jolly Roger!
For the locals:
Boat tie ups will be an issue. Please use the ferry (you can’t miss it – it will be flying the Jolly Roger), or have someone drop you off to minimise congestion.

SELLERS
Don’t dilly-dally — registration closes Friday, 16 February.
Proceeds from table bookings go to support the West Pittwater Rural Fire Brigade (RFS). Proceeds from your sales are entirely yours unless you’re feeling generous and want to donate to the RFS (or any other deserving entity).

To find out more, and to register as a seller, visit here.



Places available in primary classes 
Mon, Tues, Wed, Thursdays 4pm-5.30pm 
Term starts week of 12th Feb. Text or email to book

Public Health Warning: Tablets Sold As MDMA (Ecstasy) Found To Contain A Potent Opioid

January 29, 2024
NSW Health is warning of the dangers of tablets which are being sold as MDMA (ecstasy) and found to contain a potent opioid (nitazene).

Three people presented to Sydney hospitals over the past weekend, after taking as little as half a tablet. One patient was admitted to the ICU and has since been discharged home.

NSW Health warns the tablets are an orange/red colour and rectangular shape, with a red bull logo and wording, and were sold as MDMA (ecstasy).



Testing of a tablet linked to one case confirmed it contained a nitazene, a highly potent opioid, and no MDMA.

NSW Poisons Information Centre Medical Director Dr Darren Roberts said drugs containing potent opioids such as nitazenes can cause unexpected and severe overdose or death.

“Nitazenes can be as strong, or stronger than fentanyl and may be more likely to impair breathing than other opioids," Dr Roberts said.

"It's important people recognise the signs of an opioid overdose early and know how to respond. Taking the appropriate action early can save a life," Dr Roberts said.

Opioid overdose symptoms can include pin-point pupils, drowsiness, loss of consciousness, slow breathing/snoring or skin turning blue or grey.

If you witness someone experiencing any of these symptoms after using drugs, you should call Triple Zero (000) immediately or seek urgent medical attention. Naloxone should be given immediately if available.

Naloxone is an important life-saving medication that reverses the effects of opioids. It does not require a prescription and is free for anyone at risk of opioid overdose in NSW. It is available as a nasal spray or injection from some pharmacies and other health services. For more information on the take-home naloxone program visit: Yourroom - Take Home Naloxone

You won't get into trouble for seeking medical care. If you feel unwell, or if your friend feels unwell, do something about it.

For more information and a picture of the tablet, see public drug warnings published on the NSW Health website, and also images provided by NSW Health above.

Anyone who has concerns about adverse effects from drugs should contact the NSW Poisons Information Centre on 13 11 26 at any time 24/7.

For support and information on drugs, alcohol and other substances, please contact: The Alcohol and Drug Information Service: 1800 250 015. This is a 24/7 service offering confidential and anonymous telephone counselling and information

Maritime Advisory Council Welcomes New Members

February 1, 2024
The Minister for Transport and Transport for NSW welcome the appointment of new members to the Maritime Advisory Council.

Emma Humphries and Steve Hatch have been appointed to the council and will provide independent, expert advice to the minister on a broad range of maritime-related matters, such as maritime safety, maritime infrastructure and maritime property.

Humphries, the National Event, Class and Youth Manager for Australian Sailing, said she is excited about her new role. 

"I look forward to assisting the minister and helping improve safety and infrastructure for sailors in NSW," Humphries said.

"Steve Hatch has also been appointed. Steve is a long serving international race official and recipient of the NSW Lifetime Achievement Award in 2023.

"This is an important appointment as it improves the representation of sailing to the state government."

Transport Minister Jo Haylen said the Maritime Advisory Council play an important role in keeping everybody safe on the NSW waterways.

“NSW has the most beautiful waterways in the world, and as transport minister, I take great pride in being responsible for our maritime operations," Minister Haylen said.

“The Maritime Advisory Council is a vital body, analysing boating data, providing me with expert and independent advice, and greatly supporting our target of zero fatalities and serious injuries on our state’s waterways."

Transport for NSW Acting Deputy Secretary Safety, Environment and Regulation Sally Webb added: “Every member of the Maritime Advisory Council is a passionate boater, kayaker, water skier and water lover. Their input ensures we hear from all people using our waterways."

John Douglas will represent Australian Sailing on the Maritime Recreational Vessel Advisory Group (RVAG) - a group that helps to enable strategic two-way engagement between NSW Maritime and key state-wide recreational vessel member associations.

NSW Government Announces Review Into Funding Model Of Councils

January 30, 2024
The NSW Labor Government states it is delivering on its election commitment announcing it will implement a review of the financial model for local government to address rising cost pressures facing councils across the state.

The Government has asked the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) to examine the financial model for councils and key factors impacting councils’ financial sustainability.

The review will assess the resources currently available to councils, their capacity to cover ongoing expenses and ability to fund core council services and infrastructure for their communities.

It will also identify ways to improve budgetary performance and accountability within the sector so democratically elected councillors are empowered to make decisions for the effective running of their councils. 

This announcement follows changes made to the IPART rate peg methodology last year, which give councils greater certainty about the income they can generate through the payment of council rates, while protecting residents from significant rate increases. 

This financial modelling review will provide a holistic view of the challenges impeding the financial sustainability of the sector and ensure councils are delivering value to their communities through responsible fiscal decisions.

IPART will consider and recommend improvements on matters including: 
  • The visibility of councillors and the community over the financial and operational performance of their councils;
  • Whether the current budget and financial processes of councils are delivering value for money for ratepayers and residents;
  • Whether the current funding model will sustainably support the needs of communities;
  • Whether councillors and council staff have the financial capacity and capability to meet current and future needs of communities; and
  • How better planning and reporting systems can improve long-term budget performance, transparency and accountability to the community.
Read the draft Terms of Reference and provide feedback at: www.ipart.nsw.gov.au/Local-Government/Review-of-council-financial-model-in-NSW

Have your say on the draft Terms of Reference until 15 March 2024.

IPART will consult with councils and the public to develop a report due to the Government 12 months’ after the Terms of Reference have been finalised. 

Minister for Local Government Ron Hoenig said:
"The financial sustainability of councils is one of the most significant issues facing local government in this state.

"With the cost of delivering core services to communities rising, it’s critically important councils are financially sustainable, but that needs to be balanced with the impact on tightening household budgets.

"That’s why we’ve asked IPART to make recommendations about whether the current financial model of councils enables long-term financial sustainability and whether councils have the financial capacity and mechanisms needed to deliver budget improvements.

"There needs to be a closer examination so that the solution to financial challenges is not increasing revenue through raising council rates or seeking financial support from the State Government.

"This review is a key election commitment and will help ensure this vital tier of government can continue to deliver essential services to NSW communities."

Responsible Gambling Officers Introduced Into Pubs And Clubs Across NSW

Friday February 2 2024
The NSW Government has announced that from 1 July 2024, venues with more than 20 gaming machine entitlements will be required to have a Responsible Gambling Officer on duty while poker machines are in operation, in the latest initiative by the NSW Labor Government to reduce gambling harm.

Responsible Gambling Officers will help identify patrons at risk of harm or displaying concerning gambling behaviour, refer them to gambling support information and services and facilitate requests for self-exclusion.

All hotels and clubs with gaming machines will also be required to keep a Gambling Incident Register and a Gaming Plan of Management as part of a suite of reforms being implemented to reduce risk of gambling harm and support people who may need help.

The new requirements are being implemented through amendments to the Gaming Machines Regulation 2019.

position paper on the incoming requirements for pubs and clubs will be published online today. Industry stakeholders and harm minimisation organisations have been extensively consulted during the development of the paper and the Government’s approach.

 This will provide industry with certainty about the new harm minimisation measures, timeframes for implementation and enable staff to undertake the necessary training. 

Clubs with more than 100 gaming machine entitlements will be required to have additional Responsible Gambling Officers, to ensure enough sufficiently trained staff are available to support patrons and to ensure they have a reasonable workload across larger gaming floors.

 Responsible Gambling Officers and other people with specified roles will also need to complete Advanced Responsible Conduct of Gambling (ARCG) training under the proposed changes. 

 The proposed new requirements would be implemented in stages to allow NSW venues, staff, management, and training providers time to adjust. 

Read the position paper on Responsible Gambling Officers  

The GambleAware phoneline 1800 858 858 is open 24 hours a day for anyone needing support. It is free and confidential.

Visit gambleaware.nsw.gov.au for more information.

The NSW Labor Government has already implemented a number of reforms to reduce gambling harm and prevent money laundering in NSW pubs and clubs including:
  • reducing the cash input limit from $5000 to $500 for all new gaming machines
  • reducing the state-wide cap on gaming machine entitlements by approximately 3000
  • banning political donations from clubs involved in gaming
  • establishing the Independent Panel on Gaming Reform to oversee a comprehensive trial of cashless gaming in NSW across 4430 electronic gaming machines - far exceeding the government’s election commitment of 500 machines
  • banning external gaming-related signage, and internal gaming-related signage that can be seen from outside the venue.
Minister for Gaming and Racing David Harris said:   

“The NSW Government is committed to gambling reform, reducing gambling harm and stopping money laundering and criminal activity associated with poker machines.

“Harmful gambling not only impacts individuals, but also their loved ones and the broader community.

“We know there is no single solution to address harm from gambling, which is why we are implementing a range of gambling reforms.

“In NSW, gaming machines represent the highest risk of gambling harm.

“One in three people who gamble regularly are considered to be moderate or high-risk gamblers according to the Problem Gambling Severity Index.

“The introduction of Responsible Gambling Officers is the next important step in supporting people who may be experiencing gambling harm.

“They will be across pubs and clubs where gambling is happening, and be alert to patrons at risk of harm or displaying concerning gambling behaviour and link them in to the support they need, such as the GambleAware hotline.

“It is great to have industry on board with our gambling reform agenda as well as harm minimisation organisations. Together we are making a real difference in tackling gambling related harm.

“The NSW Labor Government is committed to evidence-based gambling reform and has delivered more in 10 months than the previous government managed in 12 years.”

Icare Governance Reforms At Heart Of Director Appointments

February 1, 2024
Improvements to governance in the State’s workers compensation system have driven the appointment of three directors to the workplace insurer, icare, the NSW State Government has announced.

The board appointments follow an amendment to the State Insurance and Care Governance Act 2015 in July.

Mr John Walsh AO, a respected actuary, accomplished social policy leader and disability advocate, has been reappointed.

Ms Leah Fricke, a legal professional with extensive executive and board experience, including in the finance industry and on government boards, has been appointed a non-Executive Director.

Significantly, the change passed last year requires the icare board to include two directors nominated by worker and business bodies.

The Secretary of Unions NSW, Mr Mark Morey, has been appointed as the new employee representative.

Mr Morey has extensive board experience and a deep understanding of the needs of workers accessing the scheme, bringing a user focus for injured workers requiring icare’s services.

The appointment of an employer representative nominee director will occur upon expiry of an existing director term in mid to late 2024.

The size and cost of the icare board remains unchanged with eight non-executive directors.

Minister for Work Health and Safety Sophie Cotsis thanked outgoing director Michael Cameron for his service as Deputy Chair on the icare board, Chair of the Board Audit committee and for his contribution to the Board Risk committee and Technology and Data Strategy committee.

icare manages workers compensation for about 330,000 business and 3.4 million workers in NSW, with about 60,000 new claims each year.

Minister for Work Health and Safety, Sophie Cotsis said:

“These key appointments ensure we have the appropriate skills and experience on the icare board.

“Ms Fricke brings deep audit and risk experience which will be instrumental in steering icare through the strategic challenges it faces to achieve financial sustainability. Her regional background will support robust discussion.

“Mr Morey has a deep understanding of the needs of injured workers and will focus on ensuring those who experience injuries, accidents or ill-health are at the centre of the system.

“I am also pleased to announce the reappointment of Mr Walsh, an experienced social policy leader who continues to inspire with his dedication to ensuring those with a disability are supported in achieving the best possible quality of life outcomes.

“After 12 years of neglect at the hands of the former government, reforming icare won’t be quick or easy. But I am confident we are on the right trajectory”.

Help TAFE NSW Make A Difference In Your Community

Share your views and ideas to help TAFE understand your local needs
Help TAFE better understand your local needs and your ideas for community improvements.

Your input will help TAFE NSW deliver services and spaces to help your community thrive.

TAFE are seeking feedback from everyone across NSW, whether you've been to TAFE NSW or not.

Take the survey HERE, or share your ideas for local improvements.

This anonymous survey is open to everyone aged 16 years and older, living in NSW. It will take about 5 to 10 minutes to complete.

Zonta Club Of NB Womens' Day Breakfast 2024

The Zonta Club of Northern Beaches  welcome you to join them for their International Women’s Day Breakfast on 6th March 2024. Come and enjoy great company and food, hear from our very special guest speaker, Dr Grace Sharkey, and Rory Amon, MP for Pittwater, who will present the Pittwater Woman of the Year. 

Tickets are $60 and can be bought here:

Anne Spencer's 'Reimagined': At The Studio Careel Bay 

On Thursday December 7 on a stunning evening on Careel Bay Wharf, another exhibition Reimagined, at The Studio of Matthew and Amy Young Laing & Simmons, was opened.

ANNE SPENCER is the experienced abstract artist who is exhibiting in their spectacular Studio space and her abstract paintings, full of vibrancy and brilliant colours would lift any atmosphere anywhere! Anne’s work has previously been shown in various Paddington galleries over the last 10 years.  Pittwater has been one of her major sources of inspiration both early in her career and recently.

Anne’s paintings have sold locally but also overseas, to clients and also selling in Affordable Art Fairs in New York City and Seattle. One of her biggest thrills was being selected to paint in Monet’s Garden in Giverny (France), when it was closed to the public!

Anne, who is also a member of the Avalon Beach Historical Society is kindly donating a percentage from sales from her works to the Society to assist in its valuable work.

Anne and husband Colin brought knowledge to and respect for Bilgola when they formed the Friends of Bilgola which morphed into the Bilgola Preservation Society in the early 1990s.

Along with a fellow historian, Tony Dawson, Anne compiled an excellent document on the history of Bilgola, its houses and their occupants.

Local Marnie Ogg from the Australasian Dark Sky Alliance also spoke about the importance  of dark spaces and light pollution. It was a great Opening, supported by Amy and Matt. 

Anne's vibrant artwork will be enchanting The Studio at Careel Bay until the end of February 2024. Come and immerse yourself in the captivating world she has created on Saturdays from 9am-12:00. 

The Studio
Careel Bay Marina 
George Street, Avalon Beach



L to r: Amy Young, Anne Spencer, Marnie Ogg, Matthew Young



One of Anne's works on display at The Studio in the Careel Bay Marina

Road Works

SCHEDULED ROADWORK Utilities: Mona Vale Road between Emma Street and Oliver Way - Thu 1 Feb 2024 to Tue 20 Feb 2024, 8am to 5pm. 

Advice; Check signage, Reduced speed limit (40km/h). Other Advice; Alternating (stop/slow) traffic conditions will be in place to allow motorists to pass in one direction at a time.


Pittwater Classic Yacht & Dinghy Regatta: 2nd & 3rd March, 2024

Following hot on the heels of last year’s successful Couta Nationals, Avalon Sailing Club (ASC) and Bayview Yacht Racing Association (BYRA)are very excited to announce they will be hosting the inaugural Pittwater Classic Regatta. This fabulous concept is a passion of Larry Eastwood whose aim is to create an event that will become a staple on the season’s calendar for classic boats.

ASC are in the early phases of planning, but can confirm that Avalon will be hosting the yachts with BYRA hosting the dinghies on their lawn. Saturday will be a series of races around courses on Pittwater, with a pursuit race around Islands on Sunday. 

A concourse display of the dinghies will be held at BYRA on Sunday morning. BYRA will host the main event on Saturday evening with Avalon providing the entertainment on Friday and/or Sunday. ASC will be running tender services with the big RIBs between clubs.

Further details to follow and will be posted on the ASC website shortly.


Barrenjoey Boating Services: The Basin Run This Summer

Heading to the Basin camping? 
Let us transport you and all your camping gear directly across Pittwater on one of our barges. From $130 for up to 7 passengers and gear it’s the easiest and most cost effective way to travel. Bookings now open 02 9974 4229.

Monika's Doggie Rescue Pets Of The Week

Billy 

3yo Jack Russell X Chihuahua


Billy is an affectionate little guy who is social with many small dogs. Billy loves people but has anxiety and is looking for a family where someone is around most of the time. He has a short coat and weighs 6kg. He suits apartment living but is looking for a home based worker.

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 $700. 

Picket

6mths Domestic Short Haired Male Kitten


Patch and Picket are siblings who were hand raised by one of our vet nurses since they were 5 days old. They are so easy to handle and so affectionate and playful. All our cats come desexed, wormed, F3 vaccinated, FIV/FeLV tested and microchipped. His adoption fee is $220. 

For further details call DoggieRescue on 9486 3133  or email  Monika@DoggieRescue.com.  RON R251000024

Have Your Say: A Heritage Strategy For NSW

Closes 31 March 2024
The NSW Government is developing a Heritage Strategy to set a new direction and vision for protecting heritage in our State.

Heritage includes the places, objects and stories we have inherited from the past and want to protect for generations to come.

Our heritage includes tens of thousands of years of Aboriginal culture and landscapes, natural heritage, historic buildings and structures, gardens, precincts and cultural landscapes, archaeological sites, shipwrecks and intangible heritage.

The NSW Heritage Strategy will address key challenges that heritage, in all its forms, is facing now and into the future.

Tell Heritage NSW what you think
Heritage NSW is seeking your feedback to inform and shape the direction of the NSW Heritage Strategy, ensuring it responds to community aspirations in delivering a better future for our heritage.

Your input will help to build our understanding of what is important to the community, key challenges facing heritage and opportunities to address them.

Please share your insights and ideas by completing the survey here until 31 March 2024.

Have Your Say: Travel To And From School In NSW

Closes 29 February 2024.
The NSW Government wants to make it easier for parents, carers and their children to walk or ride their bikes to school.

Data shows that less than one in four children in NSW currently walk or ride to school. This is a substantial decline compared to previous generations. Making it easier to walk or ride would provide enormous benefits to children, including:
  • improved health and self-confidence
  • learning how to navigate our streets and public spaces safely
  • setting lifelong sustainable travel habits.
Tell us what you think
You can have your say on walking and bike riding to school by completing a survey, taking a quick poll or sharing your ideas. Your feedback will help the NSW Government understand what things would need to change to encourage more parents and carers to walk or ride with their children to school more often.

Community Encouraged To Have Their Say On Clubgrants Scheme

The NSW Government has released a discussion paper and begun community consultation into the effectiveness of the Clubgrants scheme, as part of a wider review to ensure the grants program is providing a social benefit to the people of NSW.

The consultation period will be open until 18 March 2024.

Clubgrants enables eligible registered clubs to contribute a portion of gaming machine profits to local community services, projects and infrastructure through grants, and receive a tax concession in return.

The discussion paper provides background on Clubgrants, the terms of reference and targeted questions to help guide submissions. There is also a survey for those who do not want to write a submission.

The public consultation will enable key stakeholders, participants, and members of the public to provide feedback and have their say as part of the review.


The Review into the ClubGrants Scheme was announced in tandem with the Independent Panel on Gaming Reform, which brings together representatives from industry, harm minimisation advocacy groups, law enforcement, unions and a person with lived experience to build consensus on a roadmap for reform.

It adds to a number of reforms already undertaken by the Minns Government to reduce gambling harm and prevent money laundering:
  • reduced the cash input limit from $5,000 to $500 for all new poker machines from 1 July 
  • reduced the statewide cap on gaming machine entitlements by more than 3,000 
  • banned political donations from clubs involved in gaming 
  • removed VIP gaming signage across NSW 
  • invested $100m into gambling harm minimisation over the next four years.
Minister for Gaming and Racing David Harris said:

“The NSW Government is committed to ensuring integrity and public trust in government grants.

“The Clubgrants scheme has not been formally reviewed by government since 2013, so this review will give the community and key stakeholders a chance to have their say on its effectiveness.

"Registered clubs are part of the social fabric in local communities across NSW, and the Clubgrants scheme helps to provide vital local services, projects and infrastructure.

“Feedback from a broad range of stakeholders and members of the public is critical to ensure their views are considered. 

“I encourage everyone to read the discussion paper and provide a submission or complete the survey before 18 March. Your feedback about the scheme will form an important part of our review.”

Written submissions
• You can provide your submission via email to gaming.policy@liquorandgaming.nsw.gov.au
• You can visit the NSW Government’s Have Your Say website www.haveyoursay.nsw.gov.au for links to the survey and discussion paper.

Feedback must be provided by 18 March 2024

Palm Beach Water Taxi

“Under New Ownership”
BOOKINGS - 0415 408 831 palmbeachwatertaxis@gmail.com
Don’t forget BOOKINGS are ESSENTIAL for before 7am and after 7pm

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


Volunteers Needed: Meals On Wheels

Meals on Wheels have lost a lot of volunteers in the last few months due to COVID regulations etc. so they are desperate for some new people on the roster. The local service covers all the way from Manly Vale up to Palm Beach, so a run takes around 60-90mins. 

You leave from and return to the warehouse in Bassett Street, Mona Vale.
You don’t need to sign on to permanent shifts, even once a month would help them out greatly.

All drivers need an unrestricted license, must be fully vaccinated and will require a volunteer police check. If you are able to assist please call Milly on 9457 3900 or email 
NBeachesVolunteer@kmow.org.au and she can give you more info and send you through training paperwork.


Wakehurst Parkway – Site Investigations: To March 2024

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

Initial site investigations have taken place on Wakehurst Parkway between January and
October this year.

Transport for NSW will continue these investigations to better understand and inform
the options being considered as part of these improvements.

What work are we doing?
Investigations will take place along Wakehurst Parkway between Pittwater Road and Frenchs Forest Road. The key work areas will include:
  • Trefoil Creek
  • Dreadnought Road
  • Oxford Falls Road
  • Middle Creek Reserve
  • Elanora Road
  • Mirrool Street
The survey work will involve ecological and geotechnical surveys and may involve some
ongoing utility surveys which will include boring and minor excavation. 

We’ll be working at various locations on Wakehurst Parkway through to Thursday 29
February 2024. Work will not be constant throughout this period.

Investigations will be carried out in stages across the 9.5km corridor and will cover day and night shifts.

Day shift hours are Monday to Friday 7am to 6pm and Saturdays 8am to 1pm. Night hours are Monday to Saturdays from 8pm to 5am.

We will not work on Sundays or public holidays at this stage. Work schedules are subject to change due to permits, weather and site conditions.

Further notification will be provided should there be significant changes to our construction
schedule.

While most of the work will be carried out alongside Wakehurst Parkway with minimal impacts to traffic, temporary traffic changes will be required at various times to ensure work zones are safe.

This may include partial lane closures and reduced 40km/h speed limits near our work areas. Please keep to speed limits and follow the direction of traffic controllers and signs.
For the latest traffic updates, you can call 132 701 or visit live traffic.com

Location of investigations:

Entries Open For Aussies 2024 On The Sunshine Coast 

Entries for the 2024 Australian Surf Life Saving Championships (The Aussies), the pinnacle event on the surf lifesaving sports calendar, are now open with entries numbers expected to exceed 6,500. 

Queensland’s Sunshine Coast will host the largest surf sports carnival in the world next April (13-21) with local Surf Life Saving Club’s Alexandra Headland, Maroochydore, Mooloolaba and Coolum all hosting the more than 500 beach and water events across Youth, Open and Masters age categories. 

Surf Life Saving Australia’s Sport Manager Wayne Druery says the event promises to be bigger than 2023, particularly with the inclusion of some new events. 

“The Australian Surf Life Saving Championships is the pinnacle for surf sports athletes and something that competitors, club members and families look forward to every year,” said Druery. 

“It is a time when the surf lifesaving community comes together to test their surf and rescue ready skills, as well as catch-up with friends from all around the country. 

“We are excited to announce that for the first time, we will be offering dedicated Adaptive Surf Sports events for competitors with a disability. These events have been designed following an extensive consultation process over the past two years, and as part of Surf Life Saving Australia’s ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion.”  

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. 

Early Bird entries close February 11. Standard entries close 31 March.  

Entries are open via the SLSA Sports Event Management System (SEMS).  


Cottage Point Kiosk & Boat Hire

Summer is here and we’re thrilled to announce that we’re now open every day of the week!
That’s more days to explore Cottage Point and Cowan River and more days to treat your family and friends to a special day out.

Now’s the time to book! www.cottagepointkiosk.com.au


Mona Vale Creative Space: 2024 Bookings Now Open

For nearly three years, Mona Vale Creative Space has helped emerging and start-up creative businesses to showcase and sell their work. Council is now seeking artists and designers interested in renting the space in 2024.

Located in the heart of Mona Vale village, the space is ideal for creatives looking for an affordable studio and pop-up retail space.

Northern Beaches Mayor Sue Heins said the creative space connected artists and creatives with the community and was perfect for growing a business.

“Since we opened the space, the display of diverse art pieces and fashion have been positively received by the local community,” Mayor Heins said.

“We are very excited to see what other creatives can bring to the space and what amazing works they will showcase and sell.”

Creative brands who could benefit from the lockable studio space include fashion designers,  jewellery makers, designers, and ceramic artists.

Council offers affordable rent to help artists establish their creative practices.

The 4m x 8m area has the space for an estimated 16 people and includes a range of equipment and furniture including a storage unit, display cabinet, chairs, gallery lines, hooks, and hanging rail. Also included are basic facilities such as a shared toilet/bathroom and a shared kitchen.

“Not many opportunities present themselves for creatives to showcase their works for a reasonable price, so now is your chance to unlock your creativity,” Mayor Heins said.

“This is a wonderful chance to grow your business and connect to locals in the area.”

Applications for 2024 are now open. Apply here


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


Become A Volunteer Radio Operator: MRNSW

Are you looking for a new challenge? With the busy summer boating season coming up Marine Rescue NSW units up and down the coast want to hear from you! And if you live in Sydney, our State Communications Centre in Belrose is especially keen to hear from you, just drop a line to: base.sydney@marinerescuensw.com.au 

Prior radio and boating experience is not required, and as a Radio Operator you'll play a vital role in helping to keep our waterways safer. If you want to take the plunge and join a dedicated volunteer team helping to save lives on our waterways, then go here for more information: www.marinerescuensw.com.au/become-a-volunteer  or contact your local Marine Rescue NSW unit directly.


Slow Down: Wildlife Crossing

Phoebe the Swamp Wallaby weighed less than a kilogram when she was orphaned on the roadside after her mother was hit and killed by a vehicle. Fortunately, Phoebe was uninjured, taken to a local vet and raised and then released by Sydney Wildlife volunteer Jane. While Phoebe was fortunate, other native birds and animals are not so lucky. So, if you’re returning home, please slow down - particularly at dawn and dusk and in areas identified with wildlife crossing signs, for your safety and the welfare of our wildlife.

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

Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary Needs Volunteers

The Auxiliary is looking for new members to help with our fund raising efforts.  New ideas and assistance with our stalls are very welcome.  Contact 0407 216 253 for more information. The Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary members host a stall at Pittwater Place on the first Saturday of every month from 9am to 3pm selling knitting for babies and children, beanies, bedsocks and scarves for oldies, sewing items, craft and jams, raising funds for the rehabilitation and palliative care units.

January 28 - February 3, 2024: Issue 611

This Issue: 

Front Page Issue 611 

All In The Family: Avalon Beach SLSC Father and Daughter UAV Pilots Are Keeping People Safer On Our Beaches This Summer

Short-Term Accommodation In Barrenjoey Headland Buildings Ruled Out: Formalisation Of Plan Of Management To Occur Soon

Council's Wakehurst Parkway Flood Improvement Project: January 2024 Update

Bike Ride With Aboriginal Peoples: 2024

Bush To Beach 2024

Pictures: Australia Day Long Weekend In Pittwater: 2024

Aquatics: Bush-stone curlew at Palm Beach January 2024: Watch out, shorebirds are about - a few notes on our ground-dwelling bird residents and visitor birds

2023/24 WASZP Australian Slalom Championship On Pittwater

Early Entries Start Ball Rolling For 2024 Pittwater To Coffs Harbour Yacht Race

Park Bench PhilosophersCSIRO's Research Vessel (RV) Investigator: The FOCUS  + MISO Voyages 

Environment Bush-stone curlew at Palm Beach January 2024: Watch out, shorebirds are about - a few notes on our ground-dwelling bird residents and visitor birds, Rose The Orphaned Brushtail: Update, Mona Vale's Century Old Anzac Memorial Tree Passes Away, Angophora Costata Flowering, Stay Safe From Mosquitoes This Holiday Season, Kimbriki Resource Recovery Centre: Early Childhood Educators Professional Development Day, Mountain Bike Incidents On Public Land: Survey, 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, Friends Of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment Activities, Community Gardens and Environment Groups and Organisations In Pittwater, Ringtail Posses 2023, Federal Court Ruling Fails NSW’s Threatened and Endangered Species, Forest Campaigners Vow To Fight On As Court Dismisses Historic Logging Case,  MP For Mackellar Calls For A Halt To Native Forest Logging: The Forest Pledge, Record Number Of Species Added To Threatened List In 2023 As New Government Clears Old Government's Backlog Of 'Filed' Nominations, Supporting The Bushfire Recovery Of The South-Eastern Glossy Black-Cockatoo, NOT Supporting Habitat For Critically Endangered Fauna-Flora Species: Approved For Development ''Wallum'', Brunswick Heads Is Another 'Zombie' DA's Still Facilitating Extinctions For Developers Profit, Including The South-Eastern Glossy Black-Cockatoo, Success For Regent Honeyeater Breeding Program, Failing To Check Boundaries Costs Koonyum Range Local Approx. $22,000 For Clearing Vegetation In National Park, Temporary Fishing Closure To Protect Endangered Fish: Central Tablelands Region, Wind Farm Approved For Jerilderie, Update On Platypuses Reintroduced To Royal National Park, ‘It’s not game over – it’s game on’: why 2024 is an inflection point for the climate crisis, When floodwater reaches the sea it can leave a 50 metre thick layer of brown water – and cause real problems, It is time to draw down carbon dioxide but shut down moves to play God with the climate, How Australia’s huge superannuation funds can do much more to fight climate change, 1 billion people left dangerously exposed to heat stress by gaps in climate monitoring, Did the BOM get it wrong on the hot, dry summer? No – predicting chaotic systems is probability, not certainty, Prince Albert had nothing to do with the lyrebird bearing his name. Should our birds be named after people?, As another cyclone heads for Queensland we must be ready for the new threat: torrential rain and floods, Using photos to create 3D models is helping us understand – and protect – complex marine environments, The palm tree that lives beneath the rainforest floor, Why billionaires should take the lead and declare their own emissions cutting targets, Military interests are pushing new nuclear power – and the UK government has finally admitted it, Meat and dairy industry giants hold the plant power behind many vegan brands, Veganuary’s impact has been huge – here are the stats to prove it, Urban agriculture isn’t as climate-friendly as it seems – but these best practices can transform gardens and city farms, Old forests are critically important for slowing climate change and merit immediate protection from logging, Pittwater Reserves: Histories + Notes + Pictorial Walks, + more

Inbox News Good lunchboxes are based on 4 things: here’s how parents can prepare healthy food and keep costs down, 3 ways to help your child transition off screens and avoid the dreaded ‘tech tantrums’, Wondering how to talk to your teen about drugs? Start the conversation early, be honest and avoid judgement, Symptoms of menopause can make it harder to work. Here’s what employers should be doing, New Medicine Can Create A New Life For Diabetes Patients -- Without Needles!, 19-million-year-old fossil jaw bone hints the biggest whales first evolved somewhere unexpected, Trash TV: streaming giants are failing to educate the young about waste recycling, here’s why it matters, Albanese tax plan will give average earner $1500 tax cut – more than double Morrison’s Stage 3, China’s population shrinks again and could more than halve – here’s what that means, Laughter Is The Best Medicine: Free Seniors Festival Comedy Shows In Sydney + Batemans Bay - Free tickets will be available from Thursday 1 February 2024 at 10am, AvPals Group Sessions At Newport: Term 1 2024, Palm Beach Golf Club: Swing Into Golf In 2024, Recognising The Nominees Of The 2024 Senior Australian Of The Year Award, As Morrison quits parliament his ‘legacy’ has little to recommend it says Frank Bongiorno of the Australian National University, Superannuation In Retirement Consultation: Federal Government, It’s 4 years since the first COVID case in Australia; Here’s how our pandemic experiences have changed over time, Why Australian workers’ true cost of living has climbed far faster than we’ve been told, Travellers with disability often face discrimination; What should change and how to complain, As new ABC chair, one of Kim Williams’ challenges will be to stiffen the organisation’s spine, People in the world’s ‘blue zones’ live longer – their diet could hold the key to why, Back To School: Have A Great First Day Back and Term 1 For 2024, First Woman To Fly Around The World Solo, Help TAFE NSW Make A Difference In Your Community, New Service For Students Joins MyGov, TAFE NSW Ultimo Delivers Next Generation Of Creative Talent, SUSTAINABILITY MATTERS: How TAFE NSW Helped Leah On Her Mission For Change, 2024 Winter Sports Registrations Open: Rugby League, Rugby Union, Soccer, Netball - Details + Links, Applications Open For Study Subsidies To Boost NSW Healthcare Workforce, 2024 Youth Parliament NSW Applications Now Open, School Leavers Support, Word Of The Week: Peck, The Solar System used to have nine planets. Maybe it still does? Here’s your catch-up on space today, Japan is now the 5th country to land on the Moon – the technology used will lend itself to future lunar missions, How Dostoevsky overcame his gambling addiction, A Queensland woman allegedly stole 70 wedding dresses; Here’s why the white gown is worth much more than its price tag, How to watch dance, I felt nothing at Madame Tussauds – until I found my brother’s statue, and felt love, Transhumanism: billionaires want to use tech to enhance our abilities – the outcomes could change what it means to be human, DNA from stone age chewing gum sheds light on diet and disease in Scandinavia’s ancient hunter-gatherers, Albanese tax plan will give average earner $1500 tax cut – more than double Morrison’s Stage 3, Three trailblazing women in media who’ve been forgotten – until now, A newly identified ‘Hell chicken’ species suggests dinosaurs weren’t sliding toward extinction before the fateful asteroid hit, Pictures have been teaching doctors medicine for centuries − a medical illustrator explains how, In an ancient church in Germany, a 639-year organ performance of a John Cage composition is about to have its next note change

Profile of the Week  Australia Day 2024 Honours List

His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd) Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia announced Honours and Awards for 1,042 Australians, including awards in the Order of Australia (General and Military Divisions), meritorious awards and recognition for distinguished and conspicuous service.

“I would like to congratulate the outstanding Australians recognised in today’s Honours List.

“The calibre of the recipients reflects the strength of our communities. Read or watch their stories and you can’t help but be optimistic about Australia.

“To all recipients – I hear statements like ‘I don’t do this for recognition or to get a medal’ all the time. I know that you too may wish to deflect attention or brush of praise.

“Well, today, your country has decided that you deserve recognition and to be celebrated.

“Please enjoy the moment and know that you have the thanks and respect of your nation. Congratulations.” His Excellency said

Local recognitions announced in the Australia Day 2024 Honours List include four new AMs, ten OAMs, two PSMs and one Australian Police Medal (APM) in the General Division for a gentleman who commenced his career in the New South Wales Police Force at Dee Why.  Two former Pittwater Woman of the Year awardees feature in this years' honours.

An impressive array of local heroes were recognised on Thursday, 25 January 2024 at Councils' Australia Day Awards ceremony held at Glen Street Theatre.

The Awards celebrate the contributions of individuals and organisations who have dedicated their time to serving the community.  Many recipients have devoted over 10-20 years to their cause; several have campaigned on safety and inclusivity issues, while others have saved lives.

Council's Citizen of the Year is Jimmy Arteaga. Jimmy is the Unit Commander for Broken Bay Marine Rescue. In the past year, he has overseen the rescue of many vessels and people in the Pittwater/Broken Bay area, bringing them to safety. He is responsible for more than 90 volunteers. His drive and dedication have enabled Marine Rescue Broken Bay to have a wonderful new state-of-the-art building now in keeping with the rest of Marine Rescue facilities in NSW.

Full details run as this Issues' Profile/s of the Week.


Term 1 for NSW Public Schools commences this week with the first day for students on Thursday 1 February 2024. With many youngsters already expressing how happy they are to be heading back to class and catching up with their friends, a look this Issue into when Pittwater had to fight to have schools for local children.

Happy 100th Aileen Wheeler

There was a great turnout of 35 members for the first Northern Beaches Northern Beaches Retired & Former Police Association meeting of 2024 at Manly Leagues Club on Thursday January 25th.

Chairman Dave Whiteman presented Brian Friend with an OBE (Over Bloody Eighty) Certificate, while 3 other members will receive their OBEs at a future meeting. 


Chairman Dave Whiteman presents Vice Chairman Brian Friend O.A.M. with his OBE

An important birthday the same day (January 25th) of the oldest Northern Beaches RFPA branch member, was Aileen Wheeler's who turned 100 and was a NSW Policewoman from 1950 to 1964. 

The branch sent a card and Dave and wife Liz called by Aileen’s home at Marsfield to congratulate her on behalf of the branch and the RFPA. 

Dave said Aileen was surrounded by her family and she still lives at home. There were flowers and cards from her many friends. A special memento was a personal card from King Charles and Camilla, the NSW Governor, the Governor General and Prime Minister, as well as many cards from her former workmates.

''Aileen showed a photo of her with two of her fellow policewomen Julie Grotch and Wilma Loosby, who was also one of our NB branch members and passed away in 2022. Aileen and Wilma maintained their friendship all those years until Wilma’s passing.

''Aileen thanked us and all branch members for our kind thoughts and for the Blue Family which she much appreciates.'' 

Happy 100th Aileen!
And thank YOU for your Service.


100 years, Aileen Wheeler with a photo of her and her classmates Julie Grotch and Wilma Loosby.

Photos: Dave Whiteman.

Avalon Beach SLSC EOI For Bronze: Feb. 2024

The Bronze Medallion is an 8 week course, typically held with mid-week theory and weekend practical application. You will receive the skills and knowledge to be able to participate in Life Saving operations and join a patrol team at Avalon Beach. 

On completion, you will have gained a nationally recognised qualification (Certificate II in Public Safety – Aquatic Rescue). The prerequisite pool swim requires participants to swim 400m (16 laps of Avalon Beach pool) in 9 mins or less.

Commences: Sunday 4 February 2024 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM 

LOCATION
Avalon Beach Surf Life Saving Club
Avalon Beach NSW 2107

Register your interest for the Bronze Medallion Expression next course at:

2024 SLSSNB Branch Championships

The 2024 Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern Beaches Branch Championships will be held in February and March 2024. All event circulars and additional important event information are posted and updated on this page – www.2024-slssnb-branch-championships

Time Table & Locations Summary
Champion Lifesaver Championships
(Resus and Theory Only) Branch Office, Warriewood (Evening) Wed, Feb 7th 2024

Patrol Competition Championships
(Resus and Theory Only) Branch Office | Warriewood (Evening) | Thurs, Feb 8th 2024

Following events will be held at Newport Beach on Sat, Feb 10th 2024 –

Champion Lifesaver Championships  
Patrol Competition Championships
Open Championships (Beach Events Only)  

Following events will be held at Newport Beach on Sun, Feb 11th 2024 

Junior Championships (Beach Events Only)  
Masters Championships (Beach & Water)  
March Past Championships  

Following events will be held at Newport Beach on Sat, Feb 17th 2024 –

Open Championships (Water Events Only)  
First Aid Championships (U17’s & U19’s) 

Following events will be held at Newport Beach on Sun, Feb 18th 2024 

Junior Championships (Water Events Only)  
First Aid Championships (U14/15’s & Opens) 

Rescue & Resuscitation Championships will be held at Maroubra Beach
on Sun, Feb 24th 2024, in conjunction with the SLS Sydney Branch Championships

Surf Boats Championships will be held at Newport Beach on Sat, Mar 2nd 2024


Draft Multicultural Inclusion Plan

Thursday, 18 January 2024
Council is seeking input from the community on how we can ensure the Northern Beaches is a place where everyone feels included and that they belong.  

The Championing Diversity – Multicultural Inclusion Plan embodies a commitment towards becoming an increasingly safe, diverse, inclusive, and connected Northern Beaches – a place everyone belongs.  

The draft plan is now on Council's Your Say webpages for community feedback until February 29 2024.

Mayor Sue Heins said our community is more diverse than most people realise. 

"We're proud to introduce a plan that encapsulates the aspirations of our diverse community, ensuring that every individual feels welcomed and valued.

“We have a long and proud history of being a multicultural community with residents from 123 different ancestries and over 110 countries of birth calling the Beaches home. Almost 1 in 3 people here were born overseas, and 1 in 2 have at least one parent born abroad.

“One of the most exciting aspects of this draft plan is its strong emphasis on broad community involvement; so far, over 500 community members have contributed to its development. 

"This plan isn't just about ticking a box; it's about people. It’s about ensuring that every voice is heard, every culture celebrated, and every individual feels empowered to actively participate in shaping the future of our community,” Mayor Heins said.  

The five-year plan identifies seven key outcomes aligned with community aspirations, from cultural expression to equitable access to services and programs, reflecting what a multicultural Northern Beaches means for the community. 

To have your say, visit Council's Championing Diversity – Multicultural Inclusion Plan  webpage before the plan is finalised. 

Community members are encouraged to help finalise the draft Plan by taking part in a survey or adding photos to Council’s virtual scrapbook that will capture culture on the Peninsula; the activities you do every day, such as sharing a meal or connecting with others. By taking the survey or sharing your photos, you will also go into the draw to win one of 3 x $100 vouchers. 

Hudson Parade Clareville Plan Of Management: Have Your Say

Closes: Sun 3 March 2024
At the Council meeting held 19 December 2023 Council resolved that the draft Plan of Management for Lot 2 DP 827733, 316 Hudson Parade, Clareville (the Site) be placed on public exhibition for a minimum of 42 days, with the outcome reported back to Council.

The draft Plan of Management (PoM) enables Council to grant a licence to the owner of the adjoining property at Lot 1, 316 Hudson Parade (Lot 1) to construct and use a boatshed and to use the access stairs to the boatshed on the Site.

For several decades, this Site has been a location for a boatshed and for stairs to access the boatshed by the owner of Lot 1. In 1993, the land was dedicated to Council by the then owner of Lot 1 and there has been a historical agreement to continue to allow access to the boatshed and stairs. Once adopted this PoM will enable Council to grant a new licence to the owner of Lot 1. The draft PoM also includes ensuring public access through the foreshore area within the Site.

Share your thoughts on the draft PoM in the submission form further down this page.
invite you to provide your feedback by:
Please include 'Hudson Parade Clareville - Plan of Management' in the subject line of all email or written feedback.

All submissions in their entirety are made publicly available in the Community Engagement Report. Personal identifying information, and content which is discriminatory, hateful or which may defame, offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate will be redacted.

Boundary map:


Streets As Shared Spaces Avalon Beach Feedback Closes February

Closes 28 Feb 2024
Council states this is a temporary trial funded through the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment's Streets as Shared Spaces program. The program trials projects which test ideas for permanent improvements to local streets, paths and public spaces. It’s also a key action in the My Place - Avalon Beach Plan following extensive community feedback.

Some of the key changes include:
  • widening footpaths and enhancing outdoor dining areas
  • moving pedestrian crossings
  • installing planter boxes and seating
  • installing shade structure - charge your phone while enjoying a treat from your local cafes.
Council want to hear what you think about these changes and if you'd like to keep them when the trial ends - please share your feedback in their survey. The survey is open throughout the trial period and closes on Wednesday 28 February 2024.

You can also send feedback throughout the duration of the trial to council@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au.


Foreshore Improvements On Pittwater Road Bayview: Update

A contract has since been awarded for the construction works which are expected to commence in February 2024, weather permitting. The footpath will be closed throughout the construction works with a pedestrian diversion in place.

Background
The footpath between the Bayview Sea Scouts Hall and Bayview Baths is a highly utilised foreshore connection that currently provides a poor level of service for the community. The path has been impacted by coastal erosion which has caused it to become uneven in places and difficult to traverse.

Council are planning to widen the concrete path and better protect the embankment it sits on from coastal erosion. Council states the existing seawall will be upgraded to modern engineering standards which will protect the widened footpath and Pittwater Road from erosion. The proposed seawall will comprise of stepped sandstone blocks and sandstone rock toe protection, which will protect the bank and provide tidal habitat for fauna.



Artist impression 1 of works. Image: NBC

Lynne Czinner Park Warriewood: Update

The new pedestrian bridge connecting the northern and southern side of Lynne Czinner Park is now in place, but will remain closed while the works to upgrade Lynne Czinner Park are undertaken. The build is being fully funded by developer contributions and Council states it anticipates opening this new recreation space for the community to enjoy in mid-2024, weather permitting.

On Wednesday November 22nd 2023 a Contract was awarded to Regal Innovations Pty Ltd (Estimated amount payable to the contractor under the contract exc gst: $1 696 888.41) for ''Construction of new park incorporating BBQ facilities, shared paths, fitness area, carparking and passive recreational facilities''.

On Wednesday December 6 2023 Council announced  construction of Lynne Czinner Park commenced that week. 

The park, formerly known as Fern Creek Reserve, has become bigger by additional property acquisitions along the creek, creating a much anticipated area of open space for the community of Warriewood to enjoy.  

The new park along with the park land to the north of the creek, affectionally know as ‘Rocket Ship Park’, was renamed in consultation with the community to Lynne Czinner Park after the former Mayor of Pittwater and environmental trail blazer.

The new space will include:
  • A shared path and pedestrian bridge connection across Fern Creek
  • Picnic areas with BBQ facilities, shade and water bottle filling stations
  • A fitness station
  • Network of shared paths
  • Open grassed areas 
  • Native plantings and landscaping
  • Additional car parking on Dove Lane
Council advises that the proposed pump track has been removed from the current detailed designs, stating on the webpage for this project; ''Following working group consultation for this portion of the project, it was identified that the allocated funds were unsuitable to deliver on the needs of the community. The pump track will be revisited in future years, once additional funding is sourced.''

A Plan of Management (PoM) for Lynne Czinner Park was also adopted by Council in March 2022 and sets out how the land is intended to be used, managed, maintained and enhanced in the future.

Lynne Czinner was elected to the first Pittwater Council in 1992, serving consecutive terms until 2008. Within that period, Lynne spent four consecutive terms as Deputy Mayor from 1998 to 2002, and in 2004 Lynne was elected as Mayor.


Artist impression of Lynne Czinner Park. Image: NBC

Outcome Of Expression Of Interest For Use Of Former Customer Centre In Avalon Beach: Update 

At its meeting on 19 December 2023, Council resolved to: 

1. That Council call for expressions of interest (EOI) to facilitate a community purpose / use in the space vacated by the Customer Contact Centre. 
2. The EOI will call for a community purpose for use of the space. 
3. Following extensive and comprehensive promotion - the EOI will be open for a period of no less than 60 days – the commencement date being Monday 15 January 2024.

All open public tenders, quotations and expressions of interest can be accessed and downloaded through Council's  external e-tendering portal Tenderlink:

Background
At the August 2023 Council Meeting it was voted that the Avalon Council Customer Service Centre, operating since 2003, close by the end of November, despite community opposition. 

More in Cr. Korzy's 'From the Chamber' of same month


Monika's Doggie Rescue Pets Of The Week

Billy 

3yo Jack Russell X Chihuahua


Billy is an affectionate little guy who is social with many small dogs. Billy loves people but has anxiety and is looking for a family where someone is around most of the time. He has a short coat and weighs 6kg. He suits apartment living but is looking for a home based worker.

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 $700. 

Picket

6mths Domestic Short Haired Male Kitten


Patch and Picket are siblings who were hand raised by one of our vet nurses since they were 5 days old. They are so easy to handle and so affectionate and playful. All our cats come desexed, wormed, F3 vaccinated, FIV/FeLV tested and microchipped. His adoption fee is $220. 

For further details call DoggieRescue on 9486 3133  or email  Monika@DoggieRescue.com.  RON R251000024

Community Sailing At Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club 

What a turn out!!  Another great morning of Alfred's Community Sailing at RPAYC. We welcomed over 50 members of our community for a sail on Pittwater supported by our amazing club volunteers!! 

The Alfred's Community Sailing program is an initiative that our members are very proud of here at RPAYC. The program provides sailing experiences, sail training and support to not-for-profit community groups, frontline workers and veterans. The program is a great way to generate excitement and reap the social benefits, well-being and health benefits that sailing can provide. 

If you are interested in participating or volunteering in our Alfred's Community Sailing program, reach out today! Email: sailing@rpayc.com.au or Ph: 9888 3700


Photo: RPAYC

Community Encouraged To Have Their Say On Clubgrants Scheme

The NSW Government has released a discussion paper and begun community consultation into the effectiveness of the Clubgrants scheme, as part of a wider review to ensure the grants program is providing a social benefit to the people of NSW.

The consultation period will be open until 18 March 2024.

Clubgrants enables eligible registered clubs to contribute a portion of gaming machine profits to local community services, projects and infrastructure through grants, and receive a tax concession in return.

The discussion paper provides background on Clubgrants, the terms of reference and targeted questions to help guide submissions. There is also a survey for those who do not want to write a submission.

The public consultation will enable key stakeholders, participants, and members of the public to provide feedback and have their say as part of the review.


The Review into the ClubGrants Scheme was announced in tandem with the Independent Panel on Gaming Reform, which brings together representatives from industry, harm minimisation advocacy groups, law enforcement, unions and a person with lived experience to build consensus on a roadmap for reform.

It adds to a number of reforms already undertaken by the Minns Government to reduce gambling harm and prevent money laundering:
  • reduced the cash input limit from $5,000 to $500 for all new poker machines from 1 July 
  • reduced the statewide cap on gaming machine entitlements by more than 3,000 
  • banned political donations from clubs involved in gaming 
  • removed VIP gaming signage across NSW 
  • invested $100m into gambling harm minimisation over the next four years.
Minister for Gaming and Racing David Harris said:

“The NSW Government is committed to ensuring integrity and public trust in government grants.

“The Clubgrants scheme has not been formally reviewed by government since 2013, so this review will give the community and key stakeholders a chance to have their say on its effectiveness.

"Registered clubs are part of the social fabric in local communities across NSW, and the Clubgrants scheme helps to provide vital local services, projects and infrastructure.

“Feedback from a broad range of stakeholders and members of the public is critical to ensure their views are considered. 

“I encourage everyone to read the discussion paper and provide a submission or complete the survey before 18 March. Your feedback about the scheme will form an important part of our review.”

Written submissions
• You can provide your submission via email to gaming.policy@liquorandgaming.nsw.gov.au
• You can visit the NSW Government’s Have Your Say website www.haveyoursay.nsw.gov.au for links to the survey and discussion paper.

Feedback must be provided by 18 March 2024

Online Working With Children Check Renewals For Teachers 

January 18, 2024
The NSW Government is helping teachers and educators get ready for term 1 2024, with the new option to renew their mandatory Working with Children Check online in as little as 10 minutes.

The new renewal option saves busy workers up to 1 hour and allows people to complete the administrative task from the comfort of their own home or office.

Teachers, childcare workers, and volunteers are among the roughly 1.9 million people in NSW who hold a Working with Children Check, and those in regional areas will particularly benefit from the new online renewal option.

More than 3000 people have renewed their WWCC online since the option launched late last year, with 98% providing a ‘thumbs up’ in their feedback on the transaction.

The online verification for WWCC is a significant step in the NSW Government’s digital identity journey, removing the need to share copies of physical documents and cards to prove an identity.

The identity checks use advanced facial verification technology that can securely verify a person’s identity and detect their presence through a liveness check, to confirm authenticity.

Service NSW will confirm the identity of a person by matching their live facial scan with the reference image associated with them, such as the photo that was taken when a driver licence was issued.

To preserve privacy and safeguard against fraud, photographs used for verification are immediately and permanently destroyed after the real-time check is completed.

Renewing a WWCC using digital proof of identity is optional and people can still apply in-person at Service NSW.

Minister for Customer Service and Digital Government Jihad Dib said:
“The new online option for renewing your Working with Children Check is a great example of how we are using technology to improve access to government services and helping people save valuable time.

“The state’s teachers, volunteers and childcare workers no longer need to travel to a Service NSW Service Centre to renew their Working with Children Check.

“The new process is streamlined, efficient and secure, cutting the transaction time from 70 minutes to 10 minutes on average and helping to pave the way for more uses of photo verification technology in the future.”

Executive Director Identity NSW Lenka Bradovkova said:
“Digital Working with Children Check renewals allow those who need to renew this important credential to do so without needing to present documents in person at a Service Centre to prove who they are.

“We hope this new option will become the go-to renewal method for essential workers looking to easily meet their compliance obligations and reclaim valuable time.”

Palm Beach Water Taxi

“Under New Ownership”
BOOKINGS - 0415 408 831 palmbeachwatertaxis@gmail.com
Don’t forget BOOKINGS are ESSENTIAL for before 7am and after 7pm

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


Volunteers Needed: Meals On Wheels

Meals on Wheels have lost a lot of volunteers in the last few months due to COVID regulations etc. so they are desperate for some new people on the roster. The local service covers all the way from Manly Vale up to Palm Beach, so a run takes around 60-90mins. 

You leave from and return to the warehouse in Bassett Street, Mona Vale.
You don’t need to sign on to permanent shifts, even once a month would help them out greatly.

All drivers need an unrestricted license, must be fully vaccinated and will require a volunteer police check. If you are able to assist please call Milly on 9457 3900 or email 
NBeachesVolunteer@kmow.org.au and she can give you more info and send you through training paperwork.


Mona Vale Creative Space: 2024 Bookings Now Open

For nearly three years, Mona Vale Creative Space has helped emerging and start-up creative businesses to showcase and sell their work. Council is now seeking artists and designers interested in renting the space in 2024.

Located in the heart of Mona Vale village, the space is ideal for creatives looking for an affordable studio and pop-up retail space.

Northern Beaches Mayor Sue Heins said the creative space connected artists and creatives with the community and was perfect for growing a business.

“Since we opened the space, the display of diverse art pieces and fashion have been positively received by the local community,” Mayor Heins said.

“We are very excited to see what other creatives can bring to the space and what amazing works they will showcase and sell.”

Creative brands who could benefit from the lockable studio space include fashion designers,  jewellery makers, designers, and ceramic artists.

Council offers affordable rent to help artists establish their creative practices.

The 4m x 8m area has the space for an estimated 16 people and includes a range of equipment and furniture including a storage unit, display cabinet, chairs, gallery lines, hooks, and hanging rail. Also included are basic facilities such as a shared toilet/bathroom and a shared kitchen.

“Not many opportunities present themselves for creatives to showcase their works for a reasonable price, so now is your chance to unlock your creativity,” Mayor Heins said.

“This is a wonderful chance to grow your business and connect to locals in the area.”

Applications for 2024 are now open. Apply here



Anglers Reminded To Follow The Rules This Summer

January 24, 2024
Recreational fishers are encouraged to avoid the heat from a fine or prosecution by following the rules fishing this summer.

A recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in NSW waters, both freshwater and saltwater, even if you only fish occasionally.

If you are fishing in NSW and aged 18 years and over, you need to be able to show your licence card or licence fee receipt to a Fisheries Officer upon request.

Exemptions do apply for Aboriginal persons, pensioners and when fishing on a charter boat.

The current rules and regulations can be found through the FishSmart app or by downloading the freshwater and saltwater fishing guides from the DPI website

Responsible fishers can also assist DPI in reporting anyone not following the rules, by making a report to the Fishers Watch phoneline.

The public is encouraged to report illegal or suspect illegal fishing activity to the Fishers Watch Phoneline on 1800 043 536 or alternatively report it online via the submission form at dpi.nsw.gov.au

Minister for Agriculture, Tara Moriarty said:

“By following the recreational fishing rules, anglers are doing their part to ensure the sustainability of NSW’s world-class fisheries resources.

“As we enjoy fishing over summer, all recreational fishers must make themselves aware of the rules, including bag and size limits, fishing closures and the location of sanctuary zones in Marine Parks.

“Fisheries Officers will be continuing to conduct covert patrols and covert operations over the coming months to ensure fishers are following the rules, and anglers who break the rules may face a range of sanctions including fines and court action.”

Help TAFE NSW Make A Difference In Your Community

Share your views and ideas to help TAFE understand your local needs
Help TAFE better understand your local needs and your ideas for community improvements.

Your input will help TAFE NSW deliver services and spaces to help your community thrive.

TAFE are seeking feedback from everyone across NSW, whether you've been to TAFE NSW or not.

Take the survey HERE, or share your ideas for local improvements.

This anonymous survey is open to everyone aged 16 years and older, living in NSW. It will take about 5 to 10 minutes to complete.

Zonta Club Of NB Womens' Day Breakfast 2024

The Zonta Club of Northern Beaches  welcome you to join them for their International Women’s Day Breakfast on 6th March 2024. Come and enjoy great company and food, hear from our very special guest speaker, Dr Grace Sharkey, and Rory Amon, MP for Pittwater, who will present the Pittwater Woman of the Year. 

Tickets are $60 and can be bought here:


Nominations Now Open For The Australian Surfing Awards Incorporating The Hall Of Fame: Will Be To Be Held At Iconic Bondi Pavilion On 28th February, 2024

Surfing Australia has opened nominations for the Australian Surfing Awards incorporating the Hall of Fame. Nominations close on the 31st of January 2024.

This year, Surfing Australia are ushering in a wave of exciting changes to this prestigious event, including the addition of new awards. A total of 19 awards will be presented to both individuals and groups who have made significant and enduring contributions to the development of surfing in Australia.

One of the most notable changes is to the Rising Star Award, which will pay tribute to the legacies of two of Australia’s greatest World Champion surfers. These awards are aimed at fostering the development of Australia’s junior surfing rising stars. The Stephanie Gilmore Female Rising Star Award presented by Griffith University will acknowledge the Australian junior female surfer (under 18) whose surfing performance in the past year, along with her upstanding character, shows the most rising star qualities. Similarly, the Mick Fanning Male Rising Star Award presented by Griffith University will recognise the Australian junior male surfer (under 18) whose surfing performance in the past year, along with his upstanding character, shows the most rising star qualities.

Mick Fanning said: “Surfing Australia has always provided a strong pathway for young surfers aspiring to achieve greatness in surfing. It will be a real honour to present this award to an individual elevating themselves and lifting the level and potential of Aussie surfing each year.”

Furthermore, Surfing Australia are excited to introduce the Breakthrough Surf Brand of the Year Award, which will recognise a breakthrough surf brand that encapsulates Australian surfing culture today and is giving back to develop, innovate and enhance Australian surfing. 

Surf Film of the Year – Filmer Award will be presented to the creator of the best feature-length surf video or film made by an Australian in 2023. While the Surf Clip of the Year Award – Surfer Athlete will recognise the most dynamic Australian surf clip edit of the year for 2023 (under 15 minutes).

Your voice matters in determining the deserving recipients of these coveted titles, so Surfing Australia encourage you to submit your nominations now. You also have the opportunity to enter your photos or videos through the online form.

The event will also include the induction of an outstanding athlete into Surfing Australia’s Hall of Fame. Last year, Taj Burrow was added to the prestigious list, alongside other world-class athletes such as Joel Parkinson, Stephanie Gilmore, Julian Wilson, Owen Wright, Mick Fanning, Mark Occhilupo and Sally Fitzgibbons. 

For the 60th year anniversary of Surfing Australia and first time in the event’s history, the prestigious awards will be hosted at the iconic Bondi Pavilion at Bondi Beach on February 28.

Surfing Australia CEO, Chris Mater said: “We’re thrilled to announce that the Australian Surfing Awards will take place, for the first time, at the recently redeveloped iconic Bondi Pavilion. Bondi Beach is one of the most famous surf beaches in the country and the revamped pavilion sits at its heart. It is the perfect venue to host this long-standing event, now in its 60th year, which honours not only our top surfers but also those who contributed behind the scenes in events, business, media, photography and more. ”

Surfing Australia Chief of Sport, Luke Madden said: “We’re excited to add new awards to this event and have Mick Fanning. and Stephanie Gilmore on board again supporting surfing’s junior talent. We can’t wait to see Australia’s best surfers, surf schools and clubs as well as community groups, businesses and creators showcase their outstanding work over the past year and being rewarded for their efforts.”

The 19 award categories are:
Male Surfer of the Year
Female Surfer of the Year
Mick Fanning Male Rising Star Award (Under 18) presented by Griffith University
Stephanie Gilmore Female Rising Star Award (Under 18) presented by Griffith University
Male Para Surfer of the Year
Female Para Surfer of the Year
Heavy Water Award
Greater Good Award
Peter Troy Lifetime Achievement Award
Coach of the Year Award
Surf School of the Year Award
Innovation Award presented by ACCIONA
Surf Culture Award presented by Jim Beam
Simon Anderson Club Award
Indigenous Surfing – Community Celebration Award
Surf Film of the Year – Filmer Award
Surf Clip of the Year – Surfer Award (under 15 minutes)
Australian Surf Photo of the Year*
Breakthrough Surf Brand of the Year Award
PLUS
Australian Surfing Hall of Fame Inductee

*new criteria, must be taken by an Australian photographer in Australian waters in 2023 (Maximum three photo submissions per photographer)

Event website, categories and nominations HERE

The Australian Surfing Awards are proudly sponsored by Griffith University, Jim Beam, Le Tan and Small Things Wine.

About the Australian Surfing Awards nominations:
The 2024 Australian Surfing Awards are open to Australian citizens, and cover the period between 1st January 2023 and 31st December 2023. Click on the link HERE to see all categories and for your chance to nominate Australian surfers across each award category. Please enter names against each award you would like to nominate.

Nominations close on the 31st of January 2024.

Photo: Taj Burrow was named the 45th inductee to the Australian Surfing Hall of Fame at the 2023 awards ceremony. Image: Andrew Shield

Anne Spencer's 'Reimagined': At The Studio Careel Bay 

On Thursday December 7 on a stunning evening on Careel Bay Wharf, another exhibition Reimagined, at The Studio of Matthew and Amy Young Laing & Simmons, was opened.

ANNE SPENCER is the experienced abstract artist who is exhibiting in their spectacular Studio space and her abstract paintings, full of vibrancy and brilliant colours would lift any atmosphere anywhere! Anne’s work has previously been shown in various Paddington galleries over the last 10 years.  Pittwater has been one of her major sources of inspiration both early in her career and recently.

Anne’s paintings have sold locally but also overseas, to clients and also selling in Affordable Art Fairs in New York City and Seattle. One of her biggest thrills was being selected to paint in Monet’s Garden in Giverny (France), when it was closed to the public!

Anne, who is also a member of the Avalon Beach Historical Society is kindly donating a percentage from sales from her works to the Society to assist in its valuable work.

Anne and husband Colin brought knowledge to and respect for Bilgola when they formed the Friends of Bilgola which morphed into the Bilgola Preservation Society in the early 1990s.

Along with a fellow historian, Tony Dawson, Anne compiled an excellent document on the history of Bilgola, its houses and their occupants.

Local Marnie Ogg from the Australasian Dark Sky Alliance also spoke about the importance  of dark spaces and light pollution. It was a great Opening, supported by Amy and Matt. 

Anne's vibrant artwork will be enchanting The Studio at Careel Bay until the end of February 2024. Come and immerse yourself in the captivating world she has created on Saturdays from 9am-12:00. 

The Studio
Careel Bay Marina 
George Street, Avalon Beach



L to r: Amy Young, Anne Spencer, Marnie Ogg, Matthew Young



One of Anne's works on display at The Studio in the Careel Bay Marina

Pittwater Classic Yacht & Dinghy Regatta: 2nd & 3rd March, 2024

Following hot on the heels of last year’s successful Couta Nationals, Avalon Sailing Club (ASC) and Bayview Yacht Racing Association (BYRA)are very excited to announce they will be hosting the inaugural Pittwater Classic Regatta. This fabulous concept is a passion of Larry Eastwood whose aim is to create an event that will become a staple on the season’s calendar for classic boats.

ASC are in the early phases of planning, but can confirm that Avalon will be hosting the yachts with BYRA hosting the dinghies on their lawn. Saturday will be a series of races around courses on Pittwater, with a pursuit race around Islands on Sunday. 

A concourse display of the dinghies will be held at BYRA on Sunday morning. BYRA will host the main event on Saturday evening with Avalon providing the entertainment on Friday and/or Sunday. ASC will be running tender services with the big RIBs between clubs.

Further details to follow and will be posted on the ASC website shortly.


Barrenjoey Boating Services: The Basin Run This Summer

Heading to the Basin camping over the Christmas New Year Holidays? 
Let us transport you and all your camping gear directly across Pittwater on one of our barges. From $130 for up to 7 passengers and gear it’s the easiest and most cost effective way to travel. Bookings now open 02 9974 4229.

Entries Open For Aussies 2024 On The Sunshine Coast 

Entries for the 2024 Australian Surf Life Saving Championships (The Aussies), the pinnacle event on the surf lifesaving sports calendar, are now open with entries numbers expected to exceed 6,500. 

Queensland’s Sunshine Coast will host the largest surf sports carnival in the world next April (13-21) with local Surf Life Saving Club’s Alexandra Headland, Maroochydore, Mooloolaba and Coolum all hosting the more than 500 beach and water events across Youth, Open and Masters age categories. 

Surf Life Saving Australia’s Sport Manager Wayne Druery says the event promises to be bigger than 2023, particularly with the inclusion of some new events. 

“The Australian Surf Life Saving Championships is the pinnacle for surf sports athletes and something that competitors, club members and families look forward to every year,” said Druery. 

“It is a time when the surf lifesaving community comes together to test their surf and rescue ready skills, as well as catch-up with friends from all around the country. 

“We are excited to announce that for the first time, we will be offering dedicated Adaptive Surf Sports events for competitors with a disability. These events have been designed following an extensive consultation process over the past two years, and as part of Surf Life Saving Australia’s ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion.”  

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. 

Early Bird entries close February 11. Standard entries close 31 March.  

Entries are open via the SLSA Sports Event Management System (SEMS).  


Cottage Point Kiosk & Boat Hire

Summer is here and we’re thrilled to announce that we’re now open every day of the week!
That’s more days to explore Cottage Point and Cowan River and more days to treat your family and friends to a special day out.

We’ll be open every day over the holidays except Christmas Day - now’s the time to book! www.cottagepointkiosk.com.au


Wakehurst Parkway – Site Investigations: To March 2024

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

Initial site investigations have taken place on Wakehurst Parkway between January and
October this year.

Transport for NSW will continue these investigations to better understand and inform
the options being considered as part of these improvements.

What work are we doing?
Investigations will take place along Wakehurst Parkway between Pittwater Road and Frenchs Forest Road. The key work areas will include:
  • Trefoil Creek
  • Dreadnought Road
  • Oxford Falls Road
  • Middle Creek Reserve
  • Elanora Road
  • Mirrool Street
The survey work will involve ecological and geotechnical surveys and may involve some
ongoing utility surveys which will include boring and minor excavation. 

We’ll be working at various locations on Wakehurst Parkway through to Thursday 29
February 2024. Work will not be constant throughout this period.

Investigations will be carried out in stages across the 9.5km corridor and will cover day and night shifts.

Day shift hours are Monday to Friday 7am to 6pm and Saturdays 8am to 1pm. Night hours are Monday to Saturdays from 8pm to 5am.

We will not work on Sundays or public holidays at this stage. Work schedules are subject to change due to permits, weather and site conditions.

Further notification will be provided should there be significant changes to our construction
schedule.

While most of the work will be carried out alongside Wakehurst Parkway with minimal impacts to traffic, temporary traffic changes will be required at various times to ensure work zones are safe.

This may include partial lane closures and reduced 40km/h speed limits near our work areas. Please keep to speed limits and follow the direction of traffic controllers and signs.
For the latest traffic updates, you can call 132 701 or visit live traffic.com

Location of investigations:

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.

Pittwater Community Groups: 


Sports (plus Social Members)

Gardens and Environment

Rural Fire Brigades
Services - Community Organisations

Arts and Social

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 Hospital Auxiliary Needs Volunteers

The Auxiliary is looking for new members to help with our fund raising efforts.  New ideas and assistance with our stalls are very welcome.  Contact 0407 216 253 for more information. The Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary members host a stall at Pittwater Place on the first Saturday of every month from 9am to 3pm selling knitting for babies and children, beanies, bedsocks and scarves for oldies, sewing items, craft and jams, raising funds for the rehabilitation and palliative care units.

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

Slow Down: Wildlife Crossing

Phoebe the Swamp Wallaby weighed less than a kilogram when she was orphaned on the roadside after her mother was hit and killed by a vehicle. Fortunately, Phoebe was uninjured, taken to a local vet and raised and then released by Sydney Wildlife volunteer Jane. While Phoebe was fortunate, other native birds and animals are not so lucky. So, if you’re returning home, please slow down - particularly at dawn and dusk and in areas identified with wildlife crossing signs, for your safety and the welfare of our wildlife.

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

Speed Humps On McCarrs Creek Rd: Please Share Wildlife Data 

Local wildlife rescuers are asking all members of the public to report any roadkill on McCarrs Ck Rd or any other road in the NB (Wakehurst Parkway or Mona Vale Road for instance) on www.wildlifemapping.org

It records the GPS position, date, sex, species. Photos can be added as they help in identification. The data is then forwarded to OEH and Transport NSW as it can help establish the best places to place  mitigation. Thanking you all in advance for your help with this. There is so much wildlife on the move in our area at present due to various pressures. Although we have had pictures sent to us, many of these have no date or location. There is a database that volunteers maintain but this needs three pieces of information:
  1. The position via GPS or road and suburb
  2. The date
  3. The animal
The details can be entered into the database directly by you at: www.wildlifemapping.org