Community News: June 2022

June 26 - July 2, 2022: Issue 544

This Issue: full list in Contents page 

Front Page Issue 544  

NSW Government's Budget 2022-2023: Funds Allocated Towards Local Roads, Schools, Mental Health Support Services - Record 400 Million Dollar Budget Boost For Pittwater 

Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern Beaches Branch's Awards Of Excellence 2022

Pictures Newport Rugby Club's Ladies Day 2022

MC38 Act 4 home club victory by Lisa Ratcliff

SailGP Season 3: Team Australia Win In Chicago 

Starry Skies Are Natural Assets We Need To Preserve, Says Night Sky Advocate: Marnie Ogg - The Avalon Story

Anneke Jamieson Wins Prestigious Napier Waller Art Prize: Online Exhibition Features 28 Works For People's Choice Votes

If You Are Looking For Aussie Surfing History, Look No Further Than North Avalon: John Haymes - On The Avalon Story. Airs 9am on Radio Northern Beaches, Saturday 2 July.

AquaticsLiving Ocean's Traditional Welcome To Country For The Southern Humpback Whale Migration + First Plastics Count For The Careel Multi-Layered Coastal Assessment

NSW Residents Urged To Get Free Flu Shot + COVID-19 Transmission In The Community Remains Very High: Get A Booster If You Are Due To

Environment Wanted: Photos Of Flies Feeding On Frogs (For Frog Conservation), Complex Cliff Failure At Long Reef, My Wonder World Of Rocks, Sydney Metropolitan Wildlife Services: Possums In Your Roof?, Pelicans Heading To The Coast Now: Winter Migrations, The Story Of Narrabeen Lagoon - Part 2 (2011), Barrenjoey Lighthouse Tours, Ongoing Heavy Rains Are Tough For Us But Can Be Tougher For Our Wildlife, Aviaries + Possum Release Sites Needed, Sydney Wildlife Rescue: Helpers Needed, Bushcare In Pittwater: join your local group and help restore our area, Midwinter Swim At Mawson, Environmental Assessment Of Illawarra's Mountain Bike Network in a National Park Released: Have Your Say, Woodside; We'll See You In Court, Forestry Corporation NSW In Court For Alleged Breaches Of 2019/20 Bushfire Harvest Rules at Yambulla State Forest, Forestry Corporation NSW fined: critical habitat in a forest near Batemans Bay, Budget Boost To Biodiversity, Magnificent New Multiday Walk Puts NSW On Global Ecotourism Map, Farmers Supported To Build Natural Capital, NSW Takes The Lead With EV Charger Boost, Budget Fails To Tackle Key Threat To Biodiversity — Habitat Destruction, Precious Callala Bay Wildlife Habitat Must Be Protected, Santos’ Raised Zombie To Begin Inflicting Destruction On Liverpool Plains, Support For Santos From New Resources Minister Ill-Informed, The national electricity market is a failed 1990s experiment; It’s time the grid returned to public hands, Grape growers are adapting to climate shifts early – and their knowledge can help other farmers, After decades of loss the world’s largest mangrove forests are set for a comeback, Is Migaloo … dead?; As climate change transforms the ocean the iconic white humpback has been missing for two years, Why including coal in a new ‘capacity mechanism’ will make Australia’s energy crisis worse, Pittwater Reserves: Histories + Notes + Pictorial Walks, Local Environment Groups, Reserves, Environment History pages

Inbox News Fifth Of Global Food-Related Emissions Due To Transport, Children Who Had Bronchitis Linked To Adult Lung Problem, ADHD and ASD: What The Eyes Could Reveal, Adverse Childhood Experiences and Trauma Among Young People In The Youth Justice System, Females Far Likelier To Suffer With Long COVID New Review Of Studies Shows; Underscoring A Critical Need For Gender-Disaggregated Research, Olive Trees Were First Domesticated 7,000 Years Ago new study finds, Pacific Whiting Skin Has Anti-Aging Properties That Prevent Wrinkles

Park Bench Philosophers Australian National Herbarium's  Quest To Digitise 1 Million Plant Specimens

Food Winter Warmers 2022: Leek and Potato Soup, Coq Au Vin + Apple, Date and Walnut Cake With Caramel Sauce

Profile of the Week StreetWork - Turning Young Lives Around: The Change Your Course Program

Website: www.streetwork.org.au

Facebook: www.facebook.com/streetworkpage
Instagram: instagram.com/streetworkaus
Twitter: twitter.com/StreetWorkEO
YouTube: youtube.com/channel/UCqO9DwP8cnET8rO-nG2JOog

Each year the Rotary Club of Balgowlah recognises people and organisations for their outstanding service to the local community. In May this year StreetWork Northern Beaches' Youth Services Manager (Thomas Dent) and Northern Beaches' Chairperson (Jane Vincent) were the proud recipients of an award.

StreetWork is a Sydney based, for purpose charity, supporting at-risk young people aged between 11 and 18, to turn their lives around. There are three local Boards focused on the North Shore, Northern Beaches and Hornsby-Ku-ring-gai.

StreetWork provides one-on-one mentoring to at-risk 11-18-year-olds, so that they are supported to break their cycle of destructive influences and behaviours, and turn their lives around.

During the past 12 months alone, the StreetWork team has provided mentoring support to 860 medium to high-risk youth. 

Our unique, early intervention and prevention program, mentors participants to regain self-esteem, build vital skills, and turn their lives around. 

StreetWork has been confirmed as the lead agency in a new Federal Government Fund, Safer Communities benefiting vulnerable young people affected by crime. 

The Government's objective for the funding is to preserve the safety of Australians by supporting early intervention and prevention strategies that address criminal behaviours of high-risk youth aged 12-24. 

The programs funded by the Safer Communities Grant support marginalised young people to develop life, educational and vocational skills to prevent them from becoming entrenched in the youth criminal justice system.

At approximately $1,344 per young person per day or $490,560 per year, youth detention centres are costly.  And there is no guarantee youth incarceration prevents ongoing criminal behaviour. 

Increasingly the youth services sector is favouring less damaging responses to youth crime by assessing the drivers - drug and alcohol misuses, school disengagement and problems with home or school life and mental health.   

2021 report on Youth Justice in Australia by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare found that all governments across Australia agree that effective evidence-based intervention and/or rehabilitation programs are preferable to detention as a solution to reducing youth crime rates.

A June 16 2022 released report by the Australian Government's Australian Institute of Criminology, 'Adverse childhood experiences and trauma among young people in the youth justice system', examines the prevalence of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) in a representative sample of young people under youth justice supervision in South Australia. The analysis showed that not only was the prevalence of ACEs particularly high in this population (89% experienced a combination of maltreatment and household dysfunction), but so too were trauma symptomatology, substance use, and internalising and externalising behaviours (with more than two-thirds of young people scoring in the clinical ranges on each of these measures). When viewed collectively, the data provides a foundation for understanding and responding to the vulnerabilities of young people in the youth justice system. They suggest that developmentally focused and trauma‑informed approaches may offer the greatest promise in assisting young people and keeping the community safe from crime.

This week a look into the great work being done by StreetWork, the Change Your Course Program, and how YOU can help support this great organisation.

The Snow Season for 2022 opened over the June long weekend, with heavy falls signalling a great Snow Season ahead for those who like to head south to the New South Wales snowfields.

With the school holidays for Winter commencing those heading to the snowfields may be interested in some local connections to these actually coming about as a sport and as resorts for people to be ‘on the fields’. One is a gentleman who had a weekender at Careel Bay, another is connected with the beginnings of Surf Life Saving and lived at Manly, while a third frequented Palm Beach during the opposite weather side of each year - glorious Summer - and another is associated with some of our early photographers of Pittwater scenes as well as the beginnings of skiing in Australia, while yet another has connection to Bilgola and the beginnings of radio in Australia.

We focus on three of these people - Charles Kerry, Percy Hunter and Herbert Schlink, and share some of their insights from the beginning of skiing as a recreation and sport in Australia, along with a few insights into these gentlemen themselves. Their work and passion for the snow and what was then known as 'snow-shoeing' opened up the possibility of what is today enjoyed by so many, and they were known as the 'fathers of skiing in Australia' by their peers.

Pittwater Offshore Newsletter: June 1, 2022

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VALE Braddon Hamilton Hughes SC

Braddon Hamilton SC Aged 66 years
Brad Hughes sadly passed away on Wednesday 15 June, 2022.

Respected member of the law fraternity. Equally missed by the pub fraternity.

He will be forever loved by his wife Lynne and his kids Chris, Laura, Jack, Bryan and Sophie and everyone who enjoyed his unrivalled wit and generosity.

All are warmly invited to Brad’s funeral service on Friday 1st July, 2022. Magnolia Chapel, Macquarie Park. Plassey Rd. 11am. For live streaming details please contact info@liferitesfunerals.com

NAIDOC Week 2022

National NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia in the first week of July each year (Sunday to Sunday), to celebrate and recognise the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 

NAIDOC Week is an opportunity for all Australians to learn about First Nations cultures and histories and participate in celebrations of the oldest, continuous living cultures on earth. You can support and get to know your local Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities through activities and events held across the country. 

Find out more at: www.naidoc.org.au


Pittwater Forum: A Discussion On How To Save Our Area

A forum calling for conserving the Heritage and values of Pittwater.

We will hear from distinguished local landscape architect Craig Burton and other architects/design professionals (to be confirmed)  in July.

Northern Beaches Council is currently developing a new Local Environment Plan for the entire LGA - as the NSW government requires for all amalgamated councils.

Pittwater Environmental Heritage group organiser Anna Maria Monticelli said speakers at the forum will include landscape architect Craig Burton and young architect Sacha Lesiuk. 

“We’re losing Pittwater on our watch. The current avalanche of development is destroying the character and environment in our area forever,” Ms Monticelli said.

“Pittwater needs urgent protection from developers and their political allies - so we encourage residents to come to this forum to hear how we can do this. There needs to be a ruled based LEP/DCP approved by the community that is not up for interpretation or compromise - this includes incorporating heritage elements throughout the area, to preserve our natural habitat and lifestyle.”

Craig Burton a long-time resident believes Pittwater could be an “environmental and cultural national park” and will discuss the area’s historic views, natural forms, environmental value and why these should be protected. Craig established the school of landscape architecture at the University of Western Australia, where he is now an adjunct professor. 

Ms Sacha Lesiuk, born and bred in Pittwater won a prestigious internship in Genoa, Italy, as a final year Masters student at the University of NSW in 2019. She’s representing her family architectural legacy in the area.

The forum, which is supported by Pittwater Councillor Miranda Korzy, will be held on Sunday, July 24, from 3pm to 5.30pm at Mona Vale Memorial Hall. 1 Park Street
Entrance is free.

For more information email: pittwaterenvironmentalheritage@gmail.com 


Wanted: Photos Of Flies Feeding On Frogs (For Frog Conservation)

June 21, 2022
Do you have any photos of frogs being bitten by flies? Submit them to our study to help in frog conservation.



By sampling the blood of flies that bite frogs, researchers can determine the (sometimes difficult to spot) frogs in an environment. Common mist frog being fed on by a Sycorax fly. Photo: Jakub Hodáň

UNSW Science and the Australian Museum want your photos of frogs, specifically those being bitten by flies, for a new (and inventive) technique to detect and protect our threatened frog species.

You might not guess it, but biting flies – such as midges and mosquitoes – are excellent tools for science. The blood ‘sampled’ by these parasites contains precious genetic data about the animals they feed on (such as frogs), but first, researchers need to know which parasitic flies are biting which frogs. And this is why they need you to submit your photos.

“Rare frogs can be very hard to find during traditional scientific expeditions,” says PhD student Timothy Cutajar, leading the project. “Species that are rare or cryptic [inconspicuous] can be easily missed, so it turns out the best way to detect some species might be through their parasites.”

The technique is called ‘iDNA’, short for invertebrate-derived DNA, and researchers Mr Cutajar and Dr Jodi Rowley from UNSW Science and the Australian Museum were the first to harness its potential for detecting cryptic or threatened species of frogs.

The team first deployed this technique in 2018 by capturing frog-biting flies in habitats shared with frogs. Not unlike the premise of Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park, where the DNA of blood-meals past is contained in the bellies of the flies, Mr Cutajar was able to extract the drawn blood (and therefore DNA) and identify the species of amphibian the flies had recently fed on.

These initial trials uncovered the presence of rare frogs that traditional searching methods had missed.

“iDNA has the potential to become a standard frog survey technique,” says Mr Cutajar. “[It could help] in the discovery of new species or even the rediscovery of species thought to be extinct, so I want to continue developing techniques for frog iDNA surveys. However, there is still so much we don’t yet know about how frogs and flies interact.”

In a bid to understand the varieties of parasites that feed on frogs – so Mr Cutajar and colleagues might lure and catch those most informative and prolific species – the team are looking to the public for their frog photos.

“If you’ve photographed frogs in Australia, I’d love for you to closely examine your pictures, looking for any frogs that have flies, midges or mosquitoes sitting on them. If you find flies, midges or mosquitoes in direct contact with frogs in any of your photos, please share them.”


The submitted photos will be analysed for the frog and parasite species they contain, helping inform future iDNA research. Mountain Stream Tree Frog (Litoria barringtonensis) being bitten by Sycorax. Photo: Tim Cutajar/Australian Museum

“We’ll be combing through photographs of frogs submitted through our survey,” says Mr Cutajar, “homing in on the characteristics that make a frog species a likely target for frog-biting flies.

“It’s unlikely that all frogs are equally parasitised. Some frogs have natural insect repellents, while others can swat flies away. The flies themselves can be choosy about the types of sounds they’re attracted to, and probably aren’t evenly abundant everywhere.”

Already the new iDNA technique, championed in herpetology by Mr Cutajar, has shown great promise, and by refining its methodology with data submitted by the public – citizen scientists – our understanding of frog ecology and biodiversity can be broadened yet further.

“The power of collective action can be amazing for science,” says Mr Cutajar, “and with your help, we can kickstart a new era of improved detection, and therefore conservation, of our amazing amphibian diversity.”

Ingleside Rural Fire Brigade 70th

Ingleside RFS turns 70 on Saturday July 2nd, and will be hosting an evening celebration. Ingleside are lucky to be having 10 of our past Captains confirmed as attending:
Phil G (Capt 78-81)
Greg B (Capt. 83-85)
Al L (Capt 90-93) 
Geoff P (Capt 93-95)
Scott  M  (Capt. 95-99)
Ian K (Capt 99-01)
Ron  H (Capt. 01-05)
Sean M (Capt. 05-17)
Brad K (Capt. 17-19)
Gary S (Capt. 19-22)

Congratulations Ingleside RFB - we hope you have a grand catch-up next Saturday - and THANK YOU all for your 70 years of Service.

 

Pics: Ingleside RFS Station 1972 and 2022

Congratulations Sam!

Newport/Bungan's Sam Bloom has taken out her Division at the recent Adaptive Surfing Professionals World Championship Tour event in Hawaii.

Held over June 7-11 in Waikiki, Sam was among a powerhouse of Australian surfers who scooped the pool in winning their events.

Sam took out the prone non-assist division, Jocelyn Neumueller won the prone assist women's division, Mark "Mono" Stewart from Byron Bay triumphed in the men's Any Kneeling Kneel division, Matt Formston won the men's Partial Vision division, while Chloe Murnane came third in the prone assist division.

Congratulations Sam and Congratulations to all members of the Australian Para Surfing Team!

Sam has posted on her FB page:
''Representing your country doing what you love is an incredible feeling. 
In just 6 years, the Australian Para Surf team has created so many beautiful memories and opportunities for me and many others. 
I’m lucky to have met so many surfers from around the world who’ve all overcome huge challenges and found happiness through surfing and competing for their country. 

If you want to compete at the Australian Para Surfing Titles on the 20th August in Port Macquarie then check out the information here:  https://australiansurfchampionships.com/ ''


Winners in Waikiki: Sam and Mark "Mono" Stewart. Photo Sam Bloom, FB

NSW Rural Fire Service Northern Beaches District Communications Brigade: National Emergency Medal

In recognition for their efforts towards the enormous 2019/2020 bushfire seasons, a number of our members were recognised at our recent Annual General Meeting (AGM) with the National Emergency Medal. 




This is a medal which is administered by Government House and is awarded to persons who rendered sustained or significant service during nationally-significant emergencies in Australia. 

This is a very special honour to receive this award and the brigade is extremely proud of ours and other brigade members throughout NSW who have received this award. 

The brigade executive is always extremely proud of all its members efforts towards the community especially when they are presented with the National Emergency Medal. 

For anyone interested in this medal further information can be located here:

Photo courtesy: NSW Rural Fire Service Northern Beaches District Communications Brigade

Marine Rescue Broken Bay AGM 2022

With a big thank you to the Royal Motor Yacht Club Broken Bay our Marine Rescue Broken Bay unit was able to hold its AGM at the Horseshoe Cove function room on Saturday, June 18th. Our Unit Commander Jimmy Arteaga and Deputy Unit Commander Andrew Majewski were re-elected unopposed for another two years.


L to R: Marine Rescue Broken Bay Unit Commander Jimmy Arteaga, Marine Rescue NSW CEO Stacey Tannos ESM, and then NSW Minister for Police and Emergency Services The Honourable David Elliott MP at the Official Launching of the  MRBB30 - The Michael Seale- A J G pic.


Andrew Majewski, Deputy Unit Commander of the Broken Bay unit (left) presents Venijamin (Veni) Hadzic for attaining his 10 year service award. MRBB pic

Woolworths Avalon Being Restocked

Opens July 6 2022 according to the people working on the site.



Photo taken Friday June 24, 2022 - A J G pic

Avalon Preservation Trust (APA) Update: June 2022

Avalon Beach Place Plan
APA have made further recent submissions to Council regarding the draft Avalon Beach Place Plan which is expected to be reported to Council for approval at one of the next two meetings.
In summary APA sought the removal of the following items from the Plan:
  • - Cycle paths through the central village area.
  • - Massive concrete works proposed near the rockpool.
  • - Terracing of the South Avalon Headland
APA are concerned that Council staff continue to support this proposal despite what APA believe to be negligible community support. APA describe it as terracing which would spoil a pleasant grassy headland and serve no purpose except seating with ‘great’ views of Barrenjoey Rd traffic and the Shell Service Station.

APA believe staff confuse this proposal with a desire to widen the footpath at the bus stop for safety reasons, which can be achieved without any of the proposed terracing.

The following items were however supported by APA:
  • - Repaving of all village footpaths, to be the first item to be undertaken. It is the most sought after project and brings substance to the whole process.
  • - Introduction of appropriate soft village lighting throughout for the same reasons as above
  • - Undertaking the trial of the pedestrian-friendly area and one way 10 kph vehicle traffic in Old Barrenjoey Rd, including moving the car park entry to alongside the existing exit. For those with reservations we emphasise that is the reason for being a trial and note the State Government is contributing $500,000 to its conduct.
  • - Urgent attention to the budgeting for these works including the priority of new paving and lighting.
  • - Creation of a Place Plan Newsletter to keep the community informed and to give the various works, spread over many years, a cohesive identity which will otherwise be lost.
NBC have advised the APA that the paving and lighting works have been placed as a ‘short-term’ project with a timeframe of 1-3 years. NBC anticipate the draft Avalon Beach Place Plan will be considered at the July 2022 Council Meeting.




Bilgola Bends Developments
In 2021 former Councillor Alex McTaggart moved successfully for NBC to write to Transport for NSW (TfNSW) about properties on Bilgola Bends thought to belong to it, and the possibility of transferring ownership to Council. TfNSW replied to NBC last December. 

An APA committee member put in a GIPA request for the TfNSW letter and just received the reply. TfNSW has confirmed that it owns 513, 515 and 519 Barrenjoey Road. It also advised NBC that "The land has been acquired for the future widening of Barrenjoey Road" and it is therefore "unable to consider classifying the land as surplus for disposal or transfer". The letter further notes that there is no date for this work to commence. Assuming TfNSW never get the go-ahead to widen the Bends, that leaves the 3 blocks unavailable for development. 

So this is a mixed result: while we may have preferred that NBC obtain control of the blocks to take them out of play, as long as the NSW government is never foolish enough to propose widening of the Bends it effectively stalls possible development of these blocks.

Further Careel Creek Works
APA recently provided NBC with a letter of support for a grant application to the Crown Reserves Improvement Fund to control weeds near the tennis courts. The project aims to control the many weeds along the creek that are damaging native vegetation. The creek is an important link for wildlife and provides habitat for small birds and other fauna.

Avalon Village Rubbish Bins
NBC has recently replaced the Avalon village public bins with stainless steel units. They have become a target for graffiti and often look dirty as rubbish accumulates on the lip and have proved difficult to keep clean. Residents were under the impression that any replacement would be part of the Avalon Place Plan and there would be some input by the community into new designs. The old bins (stainless steel and wood slats) were a design that very much suited our beachside suburb, and were also practical. 

APA have requested NBC consider a new design for the next round of replacements, that replicates the original wood/stainless steel type, but uses Mod-wood, Ekodeck or similar (from recycled plastic) which would be in keeping with community expectations to use renewables and environmentally sustainable products – and look good too.


original wood/stainless bins still in place at Clareville

Norfolk Island Pines on public reserve at South Avalon Beach
NBC legal team is currently investigating unauthorised pruning in this public reserve. Permanent signs have been installed by NBC at the site advising of vandalization of the trees.

APA Membership Renewals
APA Membership Renewals for 2022 are due in the next few weeks. We will be sending out an email reminder very soon. We appreciate the support of our members and also ask that you consider contributing to our APA Fighting Fund which helps us advocate for the community and may be needed for specific projects to pay for expert advice on the community’s behalf.

AVALON PRESERVATION ASSOCIATION AIMS TO:
  • - preserve the natural beauty of the area through promoting proper planning of all future
  • development;
  • - express positively and in appropriate quarters the point of view of the residents with regards to any proposed development and to protect the residential amenity of the area; and
  • - work with and assist local government in any efforts to improve and beautify the locality and where appropriate instigate such improvements.
Find out more by visiting: avalonpreservationassociation.org.au

Newsletter compiled by APA Assistant Secretary Chelsey Baker

Col's Pig Party - Oink For Soibada!

Retired Avalon Butcher Col Dalgliesh has donated his massive pig collection to raise funds for projects in the village of Soibada, Timor Leste. Join us as we launch the campaign and farewell our team of volunteers before they head over to Timor.

DATE: Friday 8 July 2022 6:30 PM - 11:00 PM (UTC+10)
LOCATION: The Stella Room Avalon Beach RSL Club, 1 Bowling Green Lane, Avalon Beach

Help Eli Make A Difference For Mothers And Babies In Soibada

Elijah Thomson will form part of the team finally getting to head back to Soibada as the Pittwater Friends of Soibada (now Friends of Soibada) as Covid restrictions ease.

When Avalon Beach's Eli Thomson was school captain of Barrenjoey High he gave a Remembrance Day Address at our Cenotaph. Now a Registered Nurse, he is heading to Timor-Leste as a volunteer with a couple of veterans who served there, and others, to make a difference in a community that was ravaged by war.

Eli’s focus will be on gathering information on what medical equipment is needed. He is currently fundraising to supply ‘Baby Bags’ – an initiative commenced by Timor-Leste doctors to support mothers and babies during birth and afterwards.

You can be part of that by contributing at: 

https://chuffed.org/project/healthy-mothers-healthy-babies-invest-in-soibadas-future

Pittwater Online News spoke to Eli last week about his pending trip. Read more in his Profile.


Walking Across Australia For Trees

Local Newport/Avalon Beach gentleman Richard Van Pijlen is walking from Sydney to Perth to raise funds to plant trees - LOTS of trees!! 



Be Fire-Safe, Not Sorry This Winter

To mark the start of Fire Awareness Month, Fire and Rescue NSW and the NSW Rural Fire Service are reminding households to ‘be safe, not sorry’ this winter by taking precautions to guard against house fires.

Minister for Emergency Services and Resilience and Minister for Flood Recovery Steph Cooke said it can take as little as three minutes for a fire to take hold in a home.

“Every winter we see a spike in house fires which could have tragic and even fatal consequences,” Ms Cooke said.

“Around 20 people lose their lives in house fires every year that could have been prevented, with many more sustaining life-changing injuries.

“I am encouraging households across NSW to take simple precautions like making sure smoke alarms are working, keeping objects a metre from the heater, not leaving cooking unattended and not using outdoor heating equipment inside.”

Last year, Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) attended 953 residential house fires between 1 June and 31 August, which is roughly one third of reported home fires annually.

FRNSW Commissioner Paul Baxter said firefighters are committed to reducing the risk of home fires and to protecting the irreplaceable.

“The best way to stay out of harm this winter is to take measures to prevent a fire from occurring in the first instance. It is vitally important for people to have a working smoke alarm in their home and to test it regularly,” Commissioner Baxter said.

FRNSW’s suggested safety measures include:
  • Check and maintain smoke alarms;
  • Keep any drying clothes or anything flammable at least a metre from the heater;
  • Clean and maintain any fireplaces;
  • Do not use outdoor heating or cooking equipment inside your home;
  • Check electric blankets are safe for use and never go to bed with your electric blanket on;
  • Do not overheat wheat bags in the microwave;
  • Do not overload power boards;
  • Clean the lint filter from your clothes dryer after each use;
  • Never leave cooking unattended;
  • Always use candles under adult supervision and do not leave them unattended; and
  • Ensure you have a ‘home fire escape plan” and practice it regularly with your family.

New Rules In Line For Recreational Fishers

On Friday June 17th, 2022 the NSW Government announced it is introducing new recreational fishing rules for Rock Lobster and Dusky Flathead in NSW, which will see the bag limit for lobsters increase.

The new rules were developed with the Recreational Fishing NSW Advisory Council and follow a comprehensive community consultation process, which showed strong support for changes related to both species, NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Deputy Director General Sean Sloan, said today.

“This is an exciting development in the recreational fishing space for Rock Lobster in NSW, with the combined bag limit set to increase from two to three per person,” Mr Sloan said.

“The changes in the bag limit for Rock Lobster are a result of effective research and management controls in NSW over the past few decades, with recreational fishers as well as commercial fishers helping to enable the population of Eastern Rock Lobster to recover to a healthy level.”

Ongoing stock assessment modelling by DPI scientists demonstrates an increase in abundance of Eastern Rock Lobster within the legal-size range (104mm to 180mm) since the mid-1990s, when the stock was in a depleted state.

For commercial fishers, the Total Allowable Commercial Catch (TACC) for Eastern Rock Lobster has been increased to the current level of 180 tonnes per year, using comprehensive data monitoring programs and careful management through the Total Allowable Catch setting process to improve the health of the fishery.

“These changes in the Lobster fishery are a good demonstration of the benefits of the partnership and investments made by Government and commercial fishers in the science that have led to effective management,” Mr Sloan said.

“A new harvest strategy has been adopted for the Lobster fishery to guide decision-making in the future and support equitable catch sharing between the fishing sectors, and DPI will continue to monitor and assess the fishery’s ongoing health.”

Mr Sloan also said DPI has answered the ongoing calls from the fishing community for rule changes to Dusky Flathead, to help boost the stock of bigger fish and ultimately provide better fishing opportunities.

“We have changed the bag limit of Dusky Flathead per person from 10 to 5 and introduced a ‘slot limit’ of 36 to 70cm for recreational fishers,” Mr Sloan said.

“These proactive changes are designed to increase the number of spawning fish and boost egg production, which will in turn improve fishing opportunities.”

Professor Johann Bell, Chair of the Recreational Fishing Ministerial Advisory Council, said the changes will provide for greater protection of large and reproductively important female fish.

“A new maximum size limit and a lower bag limit will promote a more natural age structure (comprising more ‘older’ fish), which is expected to increase stock resilience over time,” Professor Bell said.

“There have been no changes to recreational fishing rules for Dusky Flathead since 2001. Maximum size limits for Dusky Flathead have been widely accepted in Queensland and Victoria where their current limits have been in place since 2009 and 2012, respectively, and it’s fantastic to see NSW adopt these new fishing rules which will benefit Dusky Flathead and ultimately all recreational fishers in NSW.”

Mr Sloan said the changes to the flathead rules will improve fishing and tourism opportunities even further in recreational fishing havens, such as Lake Macquarie and St Georges Basin, which are well known trophy flathead fisheries, as well as increasing recreational fishing opportunities all along our coastline.

“Rock Lobster and Dusky Flathead are important species for all of our fishing sectors and consumers, and are highly sought after,” Mr Sloan said.

“These changes will be implemented on 1 August and enable fishers to hit the water and fish knowing these species are in good hands.”

For more information on these new rules, visit  
www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fishing/recreational/fishing-rules-and-regs


A Dusky Flathead (Platycephalus fuscus). Fairy Bower, Manly. Photo: Richard Lang.

Dusky Flathead (Platycephalus fuscus) are found in estuaries and coastal bays, from Cairns in Queensland to the Gippsland Lakes in Victoria. They occur over sand, mud, gravel and seagrass and can inhabit estuarine waters up to the tidal limit. They are more commonly caught during the summer months.

Colour varies from sandy with brown spots and blotches to dark brown/black with white spots. They have a distinctive black spot on their caudal fins. Dark bars are often visible across the rear of the body. The preopercular spines on each side of the head are very sharp and should be avoided when handling the fish.

RPAYC Archive Volunteer Needed

The RPAYC Heritage Committee would be grateful to hear from volunteers who may be able to assist with tasks such as:
  • recording the club’s historical information; and
  • writing articles about the club’s history for the E-News.
Any amount of time you’re able to donate would be gratefully accepted.
If you are able to offer any help, please contact the club (ph: 9998 3700).

NSW Education Proposes Change To Vaccine Mandate

June 24, 2022
The NSW Department of Education will begin consultations with key stakeholders over plans to change vaccination requirements.
The majority of NSW Department of Education staff will no longer have to be vaccinated for work under a proposal to be taken to key stakeholders today.

Staff who work in Schools for Specific Purposes (SSPs) or support units and classes will be required to maintain up-to-date doses of COVID-19 vaccine, as will Assisted Travel Support Officers (ATSOs) and drivers.

This means staff working in these settings will require a third booster dose to attend work.

NSW Department of Education Secretary, Georgina Harrisson, said the new policy followed a comprehensive independent workplace risk assessment.

The assessment factored in the latest health advice and role of various COVID-19 mitigation strategies in the current phase of the pandemic.

“With more than 120,000 staff, 850,000 students and 2,300 work sites it was important that as the Public Health Orders were lifted, we undertook an independent review of our COVID work, health and safety settings.” Ms Harrison said.

“We have taken the time that was needed in coming to this position to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our staff and students would not be compromised.

“As we move into Term 3, parents can be reassured that schools will remain safe places for their children and that face-to-face learning will be maintained.

“It is also important to recognise the vital role our teachers and school staff played last year, getting jabs in arms, so we could get our students back into classrooms in the middle of the Delta wave.”

Ms Harrisson said the new position would mean an additional 965 ‘active’ casual staff could return to working at school sites and teaching staff who resigned or were terminated for not complying with the vaccine mandate could apply for advertised roles if they chose to do so next term.

However, with a 30% increase in the rate of sick leave among teaching staff in the first six months of the year compared with last year, Ms Harrisson said the mandate removal would have little impact on the current staffing stress the sector was experiencing.

“Like all employers right now we face unprecedented numbers of staff calling in sick due to COVID-19 and the flu,” she said.

“In the first six months of this year (to June 20) there were 430,351 teacher sick days recorded, up 145,491 compared to the same period in 2019 (pre-pandemic) and up 100,324 compared to the same period last year.

“This shows the impact that COVID and major winter illnesses are having on teacher sick leave.

“We will continue to support our staff to stay healthy through vaccine leave, free, office-based flu vaccinations and allow staff to claim back the cost of vaccinations where they cannot access it through work.”

The department will today begin stakeholder consultation on this proposed policy position, with the finalisation of the formal policy expected in a fortnight.

Under the proposed policy, from Monday, July 18, unvaccinated corporate staff will be able to return to corporate offices; schools can reengage unvaccinated or unattested active casual staff on a temporary or casual basis and unvaccinated staff who resigned or were dismissed will be able to reapply for advertised positions with the department.

Ms Harrisson said vaccination remained a key pillar of the department’s response to COVID-19 and the proposed vaccine policy forms part of the department’s COVID-smart measures for winter and Term 3.

These measures include the supply of rapid antigen tests, enhanced cleaning and ventilation, alongside the expectation that unwell staff do not attend work.

“Throughout the pandemic, we have continued to review and update risk assessments to ensure they remain fit for purpose, and we will continue to do so as health and community settings change,” Ms Harrisson said.

Pittwater Connection - Memorial Project

St Pius X College garden occupies land that was previously used as Coopers Flat Cemetery. The College is compiling a memorial publication and monument to the 170 or so people interred there between 1865 and 1911. A number of them came from the Pittwater District. 

Further details and a list of those interred are at  

People are warmly invited to view the names and details and contact the College via the form provided (on page linked to) if they are able to supply further information or are related to those listed.
Thank You

Tony Cunneen
Head of Publications
St Pius X College


Scheduled Roadwork: Surveying-Wakehurst Parkway

Frenchs Forest; Wakehurst Parkway between Dreadnought Road and Oxford Falls Road
Mon 11 Jul 2022 to Thu 14 Jul 2022: 9:00pm to 5:00am
Traffic affected both directions
Advice: Reduced speed limit (40km/h), Check signage, Exercise caution
Other Advice: Alternating (stop/slow) traffic conditions will be in place.


Narrabeen Tragic Tigers: Over 35’S Rugby Team

Have you been coaching or watching your little tacker running around? Getting pumped watching Subbies or the big boys play?
Come and have a run with Narrabeen Tragic Tigers Over 35’s rugby team!

Next game is after Subbies at Porters Reserve Newport Saturday 14/5 from 5 pm.

It’s competitive rugby, played with modified rules to make sure you turn up to work on Monday.
Challenging, great team spirit, and maybe a beer or three after it.

Contact us to find out more at: vpnarrabeentigers@gmail.com


Midget Farrelly Tribute Statue For Palm Beach

A while ago, Bruce Raymond and Gordon Lang set up a community group to recognise Midget Farrelly as our own male first world surfing champion (and local hero) by commencing a fundraising campaign to design and install a life-sized statue of Midget at his spiritual home, Palm Beach.

They have obtained approval from Northern Beaches Council, who are actively supporting the project, along with Beverlie Farrelly, who is our patron. Details below and more soon!


 

Click on logo above to visit their website.

Fairy Penguins Coming Ashore

The Australian Seabird & Turtle Rescue Central Coast advises that during the last few weeks they have seen an increase in little penguins being found along our coastline. 

Little penguins on the Central Coast, off Barrenjoey and in the Hunter region live and breed on offshore islands.

If one is found along our coastline, the penguin may be suffering from exhaustion, is unwell, injured or is currently moulting. Please report any penguins that are found onshore and please don’t place them back into the ocean.


Seals Coming Ashore: Please Keep 40 Metres Distance

ORRCA would like to remind residents it is that time of year when we get the odd special visitor to our beaches and bays looking for a spot to rest and relax in the summer sun. 

If you are out and about and come across a seal that is resting, please don't approach it! Keep well back (40 meters is required under NSW Laws) and enjoy the special visitor from a distance. 

It is also important to report your sighting into the ORRCA Rescue Hotline on 02 9415 3333 so they can track and, if needed, assess the seal. 

ORRCA often track seals moving up and down our coastline over days, weeks and months so your report could add to the seal travel journey.


Leopard Seal at Bungan Beach. Photo: Jools Farrell

Please 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 after your summer holiday (or just out and about on Australia Day), 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.

We need your help. Thank you for reporting wildlife road fatalities. 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

Winter School Holidays Issues 2022

Please note that Issue 545 will be published Sunday July 3rd, 2022.
Issue 546 will be published Sunday July 17th.
There will be no Issue on Sunday July 10th as we take a few days to spend with out families.

We hope you all enjoy your own Winter School Holidays 2022 break


Avalon Boomerang Bags: School Holidays Break  

We will be closed for the two weeks of school holidays, so next week will be our last meeting for two weeks.

School Holidays start on the 4th of July and finish on the 15th of July. We will meet again at the Rec Centre on the 19th of July. Avalon Boomerang Bags workshop is at the Avalon Recreational Centre on Tuesdays from 11.30am - 3pm. 
Have a great break!


Mike Conway: Emotional And Mind Coach Of The Socceroos - Avalon Player

There's a great chat with Mike Conway, O-45s player with the Avalon Soccer Club on their website at present.

The Socceroos won a must-win, nail-biting World Cup Qualifier against Chile.
Fresh off the plane from Dohar, he shared some of his insight, experience, and advice. 

A great read available at:




Congratulations Ben!

Congratulations to the Warringah Rats Ben Woollett who has signed with the Jersey Reds in the UK.

Ben heads over to the UK after this weekends game against Eastwood. We will miss having you in the Green and White, but know you will do great things with the Jersey Reds!


Lease Of Restaurant Space: Mona Vale Surf Life Saving Club

Public Notice
Submissions close Monday July 18, 2022
Council are proposing to grant a 10-year lease to fit out and operate the restaurant within Mona Vale Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC) on Surfview Road, Mona Vale.

Through a public tender process (RFT 2021/232), at the meeting held on 22 March 2022 Council resolved to award the Tender for Fit-out and Operation of the Restaurant within the new Mona Vale SLSC redevelopment to Douglas and Kylie Fraser.

The purpose of the proposed lease is to use part of the Mona Vale SLSC building as a restaurant.

Details of the lease plan and restaurant space as well as an artist's impression of the restaurant location within the club are provided in the images below.

View the plan and have your say on the proposed lease by:
  • completing the submission form linked to below
  • emailing council@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au
  • writing to marked ‘Lease of restaurant space at Mona Vale Surf Club’, Northern Beaches Council, PO Box 82 Manly NSW 1655.
Council is the owner of the land formally known as part of Lot 104 in DP 1066371 and this public notice is in accordance with Section 47 of the Local Government Act 1993.

All submissions in their entirety will be treated as public documents and made available on request.

The granting of the lease is subject to Council’s final approval.
Have your say at: 


Chemical Clean Out: June 2022 At Mona Vale

Where: Mona Vale Beach Car Park; Surfview Road, Mona Vale
When: Sat 25, Sun 26 June 2022, 9am - 3:30pm

The safe way to dispose of potentially hazardous household chemicals is at a Household Chemical CleanOut event. These events are free services held across NSW on specified dates.

Before you attend a Chemical CleanOut event, please place all materials in the rear of your vehicle. On arrival, remain in your vehicle and our contractor will collect your items. Contractors onsite will be wearing personal protective equipment and following social distancing measures.

Use CleanOut to safely dispose of household chemicals that could cause harm to human health and the environment if not disposed of correctly. Check dates and locations for Household Chemical CleanOut events.

What can I take to a Household Chemical CleanOut event?
You can take household quantities of the following household chemicals and items – up to a maximum of 20 litres or 20 kilograms of a single item.

Solvents and household cleaners
Floor care products
Ammonia-based cleaners
Pesticides and herbicides
Poisons
Pool chemicals
Hobby chemicals
Motor fuels
Fluorescent globes and tubes
Acids and alkalis
Smoke detectors
Paint and paint-related products
Gas bottles
Fire extinguishers
Car and household batteries
Motor oils and cooking oils

CleanOut events held in the Sydney, Illawarra and Hunter regions are open to all NSW residents, unless expressly stated, and are organised through the NSW EPA.

Manly Warringah Softball Association: Over 45 Team

MWSA is holding trials for its first ever Over 45 Representative team!
To be eligible, players must turn 45 by 31 December 2022.

Trials will be held on Wednesday 29 June, 6.30pm - 9.00pm and an additional trial may be advised.
Register for the trials by Sunday 26 June - 45 and Over Representative Team
Expression of interest - https://forms.gle/aRqJtRCPaANhWjEbA
O45s State Championships are scheduled for 30 September - 2 October at BISP.

Congratulations!

A massive congratulations goes to our U18 team who competed in the State Championships on the weekend and came out with a silver medal!


Warriewood Bus Indicator Working Again: Thank You!

Residents who use the Warriewood Park and Ride facility state the bus indicator is working again and have forwarded their thanks to the Office of Rob Stokes, MP for Pittwater and his great staff for ensuring this facility for residents has been fixed and is as it should be.

See last Issue's: 


Uplifting At Careel Bay

Nada Herman's latest exhibition, 'Uplifting', will be launched at a special event at The Studio at Careel Bay Marina, at 5pm, Thursday 7 July, and will run for the whole month. 

In lieu of any gallery commission, 30% of sales will be donated to local youth mental health charity, OneEighty.

Nada Herman lives and paints from her home studio set high in the bush at Avalon Beach, the same home the family have shared since 1953. With over 90 exhibitions, group shows and galleries across the world, Nada's paintings create a sense of joy and energy through her use of bright colour and thick texture, and she depicts waterways, flora and fauna, cityscapes, nudes, still life and abstracts.

I N V I T A T I O N   -   O P E N I N G   N I G H T 
'Uplifting’, by Nada Herman
5pm, Thursday 7th July
Drinks and live music
The Studio by Laing+Simmons
Careel Bay Marina
94 George Street, Avalon Beach


Avalon Craft Cottage At Warriewood

We are back again at Warriewood. Avalon Craft Cottage will be at Warriewood Shopping Centre for one week, commencing Monday, 27th June and packing up at 4pm on Sunday,3rd July, opening normal business hours.

Our stall will be outside KMart and will showcase our skills in handmade goods; Australiana, Screen printed items, Cards, Homewares, Children's clothes, Patchwork quilts, Local Art,  Jewellery, Hand-painted Silks, Bedsocks, and Handknits for babies and children, baby shawls, rugs, scarves and beanies.

We look forward to seeing you there,

Avalon Craft Cottage Members.


Monika's Doggie Rescue: Pets Of The Week

Marley 


8 weeks Staffy X
Marley a tiny staffy x pup was about 5 weeks old when he came from the pound under Duty of Care. He came with crusty lesions on his face and the pup was ataxic, falling to one side. He can be a quiet pup at times but he loves running in the garden. He tucks into his 3 meals a day with gusto and loves his puppy milk. So far we have run bloods which showed a huge white cell count so he is on anti-biotics. He is negative for ringworm, parvo and giardia.


Update 21/6: Marley has just come back after MRI and CSF (spinal fluid) tap. The report reveals he has Cerebellar Hypoplasia, a condition where his cerebellum has not developed properly and is smaller. There is no medication to give and he should have a normal life, but he will always be a bit wobbly and can fall at times. He is about 7kg and has a smooth coat. He is looking for a family with house and garden where someone is home a lot of the time.

Fantale 


8mths Domestic Short Hair
Fantale is a very friendly curious kitten who came from the pound. He enjoys playing with his sister Sherbie. He is very affectionate and loves people and is social with other cats.
All our cats come desexed, wormed, F3 vaccinated, FIV/FeLV tested if over 6 months old and microchipped. His adoption fee is $220. For further details call DoggieRescue on 9486 3133 or email Monika@DoggieRescue.com. RON R251000024

2022 Australian Surf Championships At Port Macquarie This August

The 2022 Australian Surf Championships are back and set to be bigger and better than ever as the Port Macquarie Great Region’s plethora of epic wave options gets set to host the event from August 5th, 2022.

With renowned surf hot spots ranging from Town Beach to North Haven, the region is expected to provide weeks of pumping conditions over the course of the 17-day competition.

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council Mayor Peta Pinson is excited to welcome the event and its supporters for the first time.

“It’s a point of pride to know that our beautiful region is nationally recognised as a prime location for events like these. After a difficult period with no activity and buzz, I’m both grateful and excited to welcome over 500 competitors, who will no doubt explore and energise our towns right across the coastline.

 “We have a strong community of surfers locally, and I know there is great excitement in seeing both up-and-coming and established surfers trying for Australian titles, especially for our younger surfers who aspire to do the same.”

Surfing Australia CEO Chris Mater said: “Surfing Australia is stoked to be able to run the  Australian Surf Championships in conjunction with Surfing New South Wales, in such an epic wave-rich location as Port Macquarie. We can’t wait to watch Australia’s best surfers perform at the many great locations the region will provide.”

NOTE: Entry to all Australian Titles is by state qualification or invitation. If you have qualified through your respective state titles, please enter via your state branch. 
  • Australian Surf Championships – Port Macquarie, NSW – August 5 – 22, 2022
  • August 5 – Opening Ceremony for the Australian Shortboard Titles
  • August 6 – 10 – Period for the Australian Shortboard Titles (Further division scheduling to follow)
  • August 10 – Opening Ceremony for the Australian Longboard Titles
  • August 11 – 19 – Period for the Australian Longboard Titles (Further division scheduling to follow)
  • August 20 – Australian Para Surfing Titles (All divisions on standby)
  • August 21 – 22 – Period for the Reflections Holiday Parks Australian Bodyboard Titles (Further division scheduling to follow)

The Australian Surf Championships is proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.

The event is also proudly supported by Port Macquarie-Hastings Council, the Australian Institute of Sport, Reflections Holiday Park, mySURF.tv, Surfing Australia and Surfing NSW. 

Nurses And Midwives To Stop Work Over NSW Budget

Hundreds of nurses and midwives will stop work this week to take part in a mass meeting of NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) members, furious at the NSW government’s failure to address the urgent need for shift by shift staffing ratios.

NSWNMA members believe health policies confirmed in the 2022-23 NSW budget were more smoke and mirrors by the NSW government, and would not fix the healthcare crisis.

NSWNMA Acting General Secretary, Shaye Candish, said many questions remained unanswered regarding the actual number of full-time equivalent nurses and midwives to be added to the workforce, given Local Health Districts would be given funds to spend at their discretion.

“The sheer lack of transparency is palpable. There are widespread staffing deficits right across the state now and there is no guarantee that the government’s ‘health workforce boost’ will be utilised to plug gaps in the staffing rosters now,” said Ms Candish.

“We need fundamental reform of our healthcare system. We need ratios, alongside transparent spending of taxpayer dollars to ensure NSW receives the right patient care, not more unaccountable cash being thrown about, without any guarantee of meaningful staffing solutions.

“We will continue to review the budget and push for answers, but on early review we are not confident it will address the current workforce fatigue, or the ongoing issue of attracting and retaining nurses and midwives in NSW.

“Despite acknowledging widespread ‘aftershocks’ across the health system from the pandemic and current flu season, the government has ignored the need to address the extra extreme workloads nurses and midwives are juggling.

“The rural and remote incentive packages are welcome however we still need details of how this will apply to nursing and midwifery.

“We hope these packages will assist recruitment, but our members tell us the best way to keep them working in rural and remote NSW is to ensure they can practice safely. They can only do this if their workload is reasonable, and there’s nothing in the package that tells us this will happen.

“We asked for one extra nurse every evening and night shift in remote sites, and the government has said no to this request.”

NSWNMA Acting Assistant General Secretary, Michael Whaites, said while more money into bank accounts was welcome, the one-off ‘thank you’ payment would not help with ongoing cost of living pressures, and coupled with a real pay cut under the new 3 per cent wages policy, members were not impressed.

“The ‘thank you’ payment does very little to recognise the sacrifices and moral injury our members endured throughout the pandemic, which we all know extends across the entire health system, not just public hospitals,” said Mr Whaites.

“There are many who helped this state in its time of need that will not get this payment, those who burnt out and left, those in the private and aged care sectors. Those members are rightly feeling undervalued.

“But instead of listening to nurses and midwives, the clinicians on the ground who are best placed to outline the issues and solutions, the NSW government has ignored them and their calls for safe staffing ratios on every shift.

“Given the workforce constraints being felt here and in other jurisdictions, it’s a woeful oversight by the Premier and his government to not consider phasing nurse-to-patient ratios into specialty areas on a shift by shift basis, where its own hospital data shows ratios are desperately needed.

“Emergency departments, intensive care units, maternity, paediatrics, inpatient mental health, all of these areas and more have been significantly disrupted during the pandemic and chronic staffing shortages exposed, yet they’ve failed to attract a mention in this budget.

“This is why our members will gather for a mass meeting this week and discuss their next steps in our campaign to improve patient safety in our hospitals with shift by shift staffing ratios.”

Over 70 NSWNMA public sector branches have voted to stop work for various hours (from 2hrs to 24hrs) and participate in a mass meeting of members on Tuesday, 28 June. Branches that have voted for extended stop work periods demonstrate the widespread dissatisfaction with the NSW government’s budget, and a lack of confidence the announcements will improve patient safety.

A further 16 branches voted in support of the stop work action but due to severe staffing shortages and a commitment to life-preserving care are unable to participate.

A mass meeting will be held at Sydney Town Hall from 2pm and broadcast to a number of regional locations.

The NSWNMA has not ruled out further action in the lead up to the state election in March 2023.

Applications Open For NSW Interpreting Scholarship Program

June 23, 2022
If you have the skill to speak another language, then you may have the unique opportunity to pursue a career as an interpreter, thanks to the NSW Government’s world-class scholarship program.

Minister for Multiculturalism Mark Coure said more than 265 people have already become qualified interpreters through the NSW Interpreter Scholarship Program since it was introduced in 2019.

“NSW is home to people that speak more than 215 different languages and dialects and I believe it is important to tap into that to create job opportunities for them and help them benefit their community,” Mr Coure said.

“Successful scholarship recipients for new and emerging community languages will have their course fees paid, and upon graduation they will be provided with ongoing mentoring and casual employment by Multicultural NSW.”

People that can speak Afrikaans, Amharic, Bislama, Cook Islands Māori, Creole, Dari, Dinka, Ewe, Fijian, Hazaragi, Kannada, Karen, Karenni, Khmer, Kinyamulenge, Kirundi, Konyanka Maninka, Krio, Kurdish-Kurmanji, Lingala, Mongolian, Ndebele, Shona, Somali, Swahili, Tamil, Telugu, Tetum, and Tigrinya are all encouraged to apply for the program.

Mr Coure said these languages represent the communities that are growing as more newcomers settle in NSW.

“As people make the choice to come to live in NSW, we understand they may not be able to fully understand or be able to access services,” Mr Coure said.

“That is why interpreters are so important—they help make our society more accessible to people with low or no proficiency in English and ensure they don’t get left behind.”

Students who successfully complete the course will also be eligible for certification as an interpreter through National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters.

New Chief Commissioner And Commissioners Recommended For Appointment To ICAC

June 22, 2022
Premier Dominic Perrottet has notified the Joint Parliamentary Committee on the Independent Commission Against Corruption of the proposed appointment of a new Chief Commissioner and Commissioners of the Independent Commission Against Corruption.

Former District Court Judge and NSW Attorney General the Honourable John Hatzistergos AM is proposed to be appointed as the new ICAC Chief Commissioner, subject to the concurrence of the Parliamentary Committee.

The Honourable Helen Murrell SC, recently retired Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the ACT, and the Honourable Paul Lakatos SC, District Court Judge and President of the Mental Health Review Tribunal, are proposed to be appointed as ICAC Commissioners.

Mr Perrottet said the appointments would bring experience and leadership to the integrity agency.

“ICAC plays a central role in ensuring good governance and ensuring public faith in government, and these appointments will bring a huge depth of experience, perspective and awareness to these positions,” Mr Perrottet said.

“Judge Hatzistergos has experience as a barrister, a judge and in government as Attorney General, and will come into the role as Chief Commissioner at a time when our government has boosted integrity agency funding and independence.

“The Honourable Helen Murrell and the Honourable Paul Lakatos also have incredible expertise in a range of roles and responsibilities, and I am confident they will bring great understanding, foresight and integrity to their new positions.”

The appointments are proposed following a merit-based selection process. In May 2022, a nominations panel was convened to identify a shortlist of candidates suitable for the three appointments.

The Nominations Panel members were the Hon Thomas Bathurst AC QC (former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of NSW) as chairperson, the Hon Dr Annabelle Bennett AC SC (former Judge of the Federal Court of Australia), Ms Juliana Warner (Partner at Herbert Smith Freehills), Mr Michael Coutts-Trotter (Secretary of the Department of Premier and Cabinet), Mr Michael Tidball (Secretary of the Department of Communities and Justice).

The proposed appointments fill the roles to be vacated by current Chief Commissioner Honourable Peter Hall QC, and Commissioners Patricia McDonald SC and Stephen Rushton SC who are nearing the end of their terms.

The Joint Committee has 14 days after the proposed appointment is referred to it to veto the proposal, and has a further 30 days (after the initial 14 days) to veto the proposal if it notifies the Minister within those 14 days that it requires more time to consider the matter.

The ICAC is an independent body established to expose corruption and enhance public confidence in the integrity of the NSW public sector. The ICAC’s principal objectives are to investigate, expose and seek to prevent corrupt conduct in the NSW public sector, and to educate public authorities, public officials, and members of the public about corruption and its detrimental effects.

Grants Open For Music And Overnight School Camp Providers

The NSW Government is investing $14 million to support music and camp providers that were impacted by COVID-safety measures in NSW schools.

Eligible businesses and non-profit organisations can now apply for a one-off payment of up to $30,000 depending on their revenue lost during November to December 2021.

Minister for Education and Early Learning Sarah Mitchell said the Music and Overnight Camp provider support payments would assist more than 2,500 providers to get their business back up and thriving.

“Music education and school camps are an integral part of our children’s education and help them to build creativity, resilience and teamwork,” Ms Mitchell said.

“This investment will see our students back on school camps and at music lessons developing important skills, support this important industry and grow the NSW economy.”

Minister for Customer Service and Digital Government Victor Dominello said businesses could apply through their service NSW Business Profile as they do for existing business grant programs.

“We want to make the process as simple and seamless as possible to help ensure eligible businesses receive support quickly,” Mr Dominello said.

“Around 500,000 businesses have Service NSW for Business profiles, and we can reuse existing proof of identity and business information to help make the application process quick and easy for business customers.”

Application are open until 8 September 2022.

For more information and to apply visit this Web link;

Australia Post Pays It Forward With Community Grants Focusing On Mental Health And Wellbeing

Applications are open for Australia Post’s 2022 Community Grants program, helping build community connections to support the mental health and wellbeing of Australians across the country.

From today, not-for-profit groups across Australia can apply for grants of up to $10,000 to support projects with the primary purpose of improving mental health and wellbeing in local communities. Last year’s program saw half of all grants made to organisations in regional and remote locations.

Australia Post Head of Community, Nicky Tracey said past recipients included projects such as friendship and buddy programs, peer support groups for young people, mental wellbeing workshops and community morning teas.

“We are delighted to once again offer these grants to help support the mental health of Australians all around the country. We’ve seen how these grants make a real difference in local communities, building connection and encouraging open and positive conversations around mental health,” Ms Tracey said.

“As an organisation that delivers to customers everywhere - in cities, rural areas and the most remote corners of the country - we want to support local communities deliver a diverse range of projects, and we’re delighted to once again do that through the 2022 Community Grants program.” 

The program illustrates Australia Post’s longstanding commitment to mental health, which includes supporting mental health and wellbeing in the transport and logistics industries as a founding member of Healthy Heads in Trucks & Sheds, and a partnership with Beyond Blue that to date has delivered mental health resources to more than 6 million letterboxes across Australia. 

Applicants are encouraged to review the guidelines carefully to check eligibility requirements, with eligible community organisations able to apply until 11.59pm on 3 July 2022 at auspost.com.au/grants.
Applicants will be notified of the outcome in September 2022.

About Australia Post’s Community Grants Program: 
Each year Australia Post’s Community Grants program awards grants of up to $10,000 to fund community-led, local projects that connect individuals and communities. Since 2020, our focus has been on supporting projects that connect individuals for improved mental health and mental wellbeing outcomes in local communities. Since 2013, Australia Post’s Community Grants program has awarded $4,285,761 to 675 community groups. Visit: auspost.com.au/grants


Roadworks: Beacon Hill

Warringah Road at Willandra Road: Tue 21 Jun 2022 to Tue 28 Jun 2022 - 10:00pm to 5:00am - Road affected all directions
Advice; Reduced speed limit (40km/h), Check signage, Allow extra travel time
Other Advice: Traffic signals at the intersection of Warringah Rd and Willandra Rd will be blacked out with alternating (stop/slow) traffic conditions will be in place.


Mona Vale Residents Association

Mona Vale Residents Association is a community group encouraging involvement on important matters within the Mona Vale area.



Palm Beach RSL Veterans Ocean Therapy

Palm Beach RSL Sub-Branch has approved the formation of Veterans Ocean Therapy in order to improve Physical and Mental Health of Veterans.

Storage will soon arrive at 29 Iluka Rd that will house kayaks and paddle boards with direct access to Pittwater.

A regular paddle club will shortly afterwards commence for veterans including BBQ breakfast at the club.
Veterans Ocean Therapy will be looking for assistance or donations of watercraft and gear.

Any veterans interested in joining please stay tuned for more updates. Or contact Dave Good at dave@good.id.au



Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary Stalls 

The Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary members are having 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.

June 19 - 25, 2022: Issue 543

This Issue:

Front Page Issue 543  

Council To Revitalise Bayview Church Point Foreshore

2022 NSW Architecture Awards Shortlist - some great local projects this year, some shortlisted in both the Residential Architecture – Houses (New) and Sustainable Architecture categories - winners will be announced Friday July 1st

Inflatable Rescue Boat Premiership 2022: Round 3 Results and Photos

Personal Stories Of Asylum-Seekers, Migrants and Refugees Shared At MAG&M ; free exhibition 'Settled/Unsettled' runs from 24 June to 31 July 2022 - Talks and Events

Pictures An Aquatic June - photos by Joe Mills 

Park & Ride Indicator At Warriewood Not Working + Bus Driver Shortage Impacting On Commuters

AquaticsRecord Investment To Future-Proof NSW Marine Estate + New Rules In Line For Recreational Fishers

Park Bench Philosophers Bunnings, Kmart and The Good Guys say they use facial recognition for ‘loss prevention’. An expert explains what it might mean for you

Environment Northern Beaches Clean Up Crew: Council Policy Disconnect On Balloons, Multi layered Coastal Assessment  Careel Bay: First Study Session June 21, Sydney Metropolitan Wildlife Services: Possums In Your Roof, Pelicans Heading To The Coast Now: Winter Migrations, Pittwater Natural Heritage Association (PNHA) Walks, Chemical Clean Out: June 2022 At Mona Vale, Living Ocean Traditional Welcome To Country For The Southern Humpback Whale Migration: June 24, ORRCA Whale Census 2022: June 26, Northern Beaches Clean Up Crew: Narrabeen - June 26, Barrenjoey Lighthouse Tours, Aviaries + Possum Release Sites Needed, Sydney Wildlife Rescue: Helpers Needed, Bushcare In Pittwater: join your local group, Truckloads Of Flood Debris Removed From The Hawkesbury Area, Budget Boost To Keep Lord Howe Island Pest Free, Massive Investment In Bushfire Management and Climate Change Adaptation, Environmental Conservation Through Biodiversity Credits, Dendrobium Mine Expansion Plan Still Poses Unacceptable Risks To Drinking Water and Climate, Developing Santos’s Narrabri Gas Field Will Accelerate Climate Change, Poison Aquifers, And Destroy Wildlife Habitat, Forestry Corporation NSW Fined For Forestry Activities In Exclusion Zones Near Coffs Harbour - Destroying Koala Habitat, Australian frogs are dying en masse again and we need your help to find out why, This critically endangered marsupial survived a bushfire – then along came the feral cats, Keen to retrofit your home to lower its carbon footprint and save energy?; Consider these 3 things, If you’re renting, chances are your home is cold; With power prices soaring, here’s what you can do to keep warm, Australia’s National Electricity Market was just suspended; Here’s why and what happens next, 5 policy decisions from recent history that led to today’s energy crisis, Fennel looking a bit feeble?; Growing enough veggies to feed yourself depends on these 3 things, We know heatwaves kill animals; But new research shows the survivors don’t get off scot-free, ‘We want to be part of that movement’: residents embrace renewable energy but worry how their towns will change, It’s time to come clean on Lismore’s future; People and businesses have to relocate away from the floodplains, Climate change the issue on which Australians do not want both sides of the argument: new research, Australia already has a UK-style windfall profits tax on gas – but we’ll give away tens of billions of dollars unless we fix it soon, Pittwater Reserves: Histories + Notes + Pictorial Walks, Local Environment Groups, Reserves, Environment History pages

Inbox News $132 Million Record Investment To Future-Proof The NSW SES, Energy Harvesting To Power The Internet Of Things, New Evidence About When, Where, and How Chickens Were Domesticated, Scientists Discover New Molecule That Kills Hard-To-Treat Cancers, Paving The Way For Faster Computers and Longer-Lasting Batteries, Pre-Historic Wallacea: A Melting Pot Of Human Genetic Ancestries, Stem Cell Research Reveals Detailed Genetic Roadmap Of Glaucoma, Good News On Blocking Hendra Virus, Could Used Beer Yeast Be The Solution To Heavy Metal Contamination In Water?

Profile of the Week Elijah Thomson

Elijah Thomson will form part of the team finally getting to head back to Soibada as the Pittwater Friends of Soibada (now Friends of Soibada) as Covid restrictions ease.

On June 16, 2022, Minister for Trade and Tourism, Senator the Hon Don Farrell was pleased to announce the conclusion of Australia’s market access negotiations with Timor-Leste as part of its accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO).

His statement reads:

I am pleased to announce the conclusion of Australia’s market access negotiations with Timor-Leste as part of its accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO).

I am particularly pleased to make this announcement following a meeting with my Timor-Leste counterpart H.E. Mr Joaquim Amaral, Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, in the sidelines of the 12th WTO Ministerial Conference in Geneva.

The conclusion of bilateral market access negotiations will be formalised with an exchange of letters between Australia’s and Timor-Leste’s Permanent Representatives to the WTO.

Australia looks forward to working with Timor-Leste to enhance its access to, and benefits from, the multilateral rules-based trading system.  Its accession to the WTO will support Timor-Leste’s further integration into the regional and global economy, and promote its sustainable growth and economic resilience.

Australia will continue to support Timor-Leste’s accession to the WTO through targeted technical assistance and capacity building to help Timor-Leste accede and implement its WTO obligations.

Timor-Leste applied for WTO Membership in 2016 and is aiming for WTO accession by early 2023.

Although this is great news for Timor-Leste there is still much to be done immediately and long-term.

When Avalon Beach's Eli Thomson was school captain of Barrenjoey High he gave a Remembrance Day Address at our Cenotaph. (See transcript below.) Now a Registered Nurse, he is heading to Timor Leste as a volunteer with a couple of veterans who served there, and others, to make a difference in a community that was ravaged by war.

Eli’s focus will be on gathering information on what medical equipment is needed. He is currently fundraising to supply ‘Baby Bags’ – an initiative commenced by Timor-Leste doctors to support mothers and babies during birth and afterwards.

You can be part of that by contributing at: https://chuffed.org/project/healthy-mothers-healthy-babies-invest-in-soibadas-future

Pittwater Online News spoke to Eli this week about his pending trip.

In 2017 Pittwater Online's history buff had the privilege of being able to listen to early summertime visitors to Bayview, Don Taylor, youngest son of W. D. M. Taylor, who was eldest son of P. T. Taylor and brother to P. G. 'Bill' Taylor, and Margaret Tink (nee Andrews, whose mother was a Snow) provided an opportunity to see into a world many of us would not have visited or heard a lot about.

Both families kindly shared some family album photographs to illustrate these places. Our thanks to Barbara Tink for tirelessly working on and contributing to this work.

Our thanks to the wonderful recall of Don Taylor and Margaret Tink for their generosity in taking the time to place these records where the community may access them. 

Their recollections open a whole new field of records that must be sought in fuller measure and this first small insight should be considered an opening and a few verses from Summers past to warm the depths of the current Winter.

With some great news out of Council and the State Government this week regarding some improvements to the Bayview foreshore where that has deteriorated over time, a look back provides Readers with a double shot of Bayview celebrations this Issue.
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Artist of the Month June 2022: Gemma Rasdall - Water Access Only Exhibition - at Bather's Pavilion and ONLINE Website: www.gemmarasdall.com - Scotland Island Artist Gemma Rasdall was announced as a Finalist in the 2022 Wynne prize in May 2022, a credit to her work but also for developing her practice. Known for her very popular marine paintings on sailcloth – some of which can be quite large in scale – her Wynne Prize finalist work is something quite different, and signals a shift in her work. Gemma's ''Framed by life offshore'', watercolour and gouache on paper; 75 x 85.5 cm (overall) Artists' Statement reads: Welcome to Scotland Island: a short boat ride, casual paddle or vigorous swim from Church Point Wharf on Garigal Country, NSW. We offshore dwellers blow in and out with the tides, basking like seals when the sun shines and washing up like drowning rats when the squalls hit. This place and its people – a quirky and multifarious community – warm my soul and flood my creative practice with colour and movement. This artwork is a collection of moments captured around the island and its surrounding bays from friends’ and neighbours’ houses. It is an ode to the place I call home. 

Pittwater Offshore Newsletter: June 1, 2022

Click on Logo to access the latest PON:  

To contact Roy:  editor@scotlandisland.org.au

Marine Rescue Broken Bay: BB21 Here

And she is home! BB21 completed her long journey by road from Yamba to Bayview arriving late this afternoon, Tuesday June 14. 

BB21 was quickly splashed and moored alongside her bigger sister BB30. Over the next couple of weeks, our members will be inducted into the vessel with the aim to have her responding to rescues late July 2022.

The current 6.5m Gemini RHIB had reached its end of life, and it’s possibly had a hard life. This was the ‘go-to’ boat that MRBB volunteer members have used for fast response; it’s also been used in flood rescues up at Taree and again this year at Wiseman’s Ferry, and it’s completed many trips to Sydney Harbour as well on top of the frequent use around the waters of Pittwater and Broken Bay. Consequently, it has reached its end of life and the MRBB Unit needed a replacement. 

The new boat is a split console Naiad RHIB, a little bit smaller than our current vessel at 7.5metres, and the first 7.5 vessel in the Marine Rescue fleet in this configuration. 

At this stage it will have twin 175 horsepower engines. It has been designed to have a drop-down bow as one of the learnings we found in helping people off beaches or off rocks with the Gemini, it was difficult to get ‘not so nimble’ people into the Gemini because of the high sides, therefore the drop-down bow on the new boat will make it a lot easier for people to get in and out of the new boat removing any potential injury.




Photos: MRBB

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Multi Layered Coastal Assessment  Careel Bay: First Study Session  

FIRST STUDY BOOKED FOR TUESDAY JUNE 21st
First study session will be the ocean bound waste centred on micro & macro plastics using the AUSMAP and Tangaroa Blue programs. That will be at the Etival St beach area on Tuesday 21 June, starting 8.00 am. This is the dog park street and there is parking at the entrance

Please register your intent to attend to

Also call Robbie on 0410 374 333 if you have queries.
Once you register they will contact you directly with further information.
It may be subject to weather check but we will advise.

For more information please visit: Careel Multi Layered Coastal Assessment CMCA - Profile


Pittwater Ward Community Meeting 

Thursday, 23 June 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Location - Ocean Pool Function Room, Mona Vale Surf Life Saving Club - Surfview Road, Mona Vale NSW 2103

Within the entire Pittwater ward there are ideas, issues, concerns, and opinions – and your Pittwater Ward Councillors want to hear directly from you.

Come and meet face to face 7pm, where everyone, from anywhere in Pittwater has the opportunity to:
  • - Obtain, share and discuss local issues to Pittwater.
  • - Promote a close association between the Pittwater Ward Councillors and the community.
  • - Actively participate in planning and decision making relevant to their area.
  • - Inform the Councillors, and provide input into areas of concern.
  • - Assist the Councillors canvas residents’ and other local views on issues and to maintain open and accountable local government.
  • - Encourage positive and respectful interaction between all community members & groups.
For more information and registration to attend, please visit:

From July, the Pittwater Ward community meetings will be held on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 7pm. Each month the meetings will move to a different venue in Pittwater – giving everyone an opportunity to attend closer-to-home meetings.
Coming up:
  • Wednesday 27 July - Avalon
  • Wednesday 24 August - Newport

Be Fire-Safe, Not Sorry This Winter

June 1, 2022
To mark the start of Fire Awareness Month, Fire and Rescue NSW and the NSW Rural Fire Service are reminding households to ‘be safe, not sorry’ this winter by taking precautions to guard against house fires.

Minister for Emergency Services and Resilience and Minister for Flood Recovery Steph Cooke said it can take as little as three minutes for a fire to take hold in a home.

“Every winter we see a spike in house fires which could have tragic and even fatal consequences,” Ms Cooke said.

“Around 20 people lose their lives in house fires every year that could have been prevented, with many more sustaining life-changing injuries.

“I am encouraging households across NSW to take simple precautions like making sure smoke alarms are working, keeping objects a metre from the heater, not leaving cooking unattended and not using outdoor heating equipment inside.”

Last year, Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) attended 953 residential house fires between 1 June and 31 August, which is roughly one third of reported home fires annually.

FRNSW Commissioner Paul Baxter said firefighters are committed to reducing the risk of home fires and to protecting the irreplaceable.

“The best way to stay out of harm this winter is to take measures to prevent a fire from occurring in the first instance. It is vitally important for people to have a working smoke alarm in their home and to test it regularly,” Commissioner Baxter said.

FRNSW’s suggested safety measures include:
  • Check and maintain smoke alarms;
  • Keep any drying clothes or anything flammable at least a metre from the heater;
  • Clean and maintain any fireplaces;
  • Do not use outdoor heating or cooking equipment inside your home;
  • Check electric blankets are safe for use and never go to bed with your electric blanket on;
  • Do not overheat wheat bags in the microwave;
  • Do not overload power boards;
  • Clean the lint filter from your clothes dryer after each use;
  • Never leave cooking unattended;
  • Always use candles under adult supervision and do not leave them unattended; and
  • Ensure you have a ‘home fire escape plan” and practice it regularly with your family.

New Rules In Line For Recreational Fishers

On Friday June 17th, 2022 the NSW Government announced it is introducing new recreational fishing rules for Rock Lobster and Dusky Flathead in NSW, which will see the bag limit for lobsters increase.

The new rules were developed with the Recreational Fishing NSW Advisory Council and follow a comprehensive community consultation process, which showed strong support for changes related to both species, NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Deputy Director General Sean Sloan, said today.

“This is an exciting development in the recreational fishing space for Rock Lobster in NSW, with the combined bag limit set to increase from two to three per person,” Mr Sloan said.

“The changes in the bag limit for Rock Lobster are a result of effective research and management controls in NSW over the past few decades, with recreational fishers as well as commercial fishers helping to enable the population of Eastern Rock Lobster to recover to a healthy level.”

Ongoing stock assessment modelling by DPI scientists demonstrates an increase in abundance of Eastern Rock Lobster within the legal-size range (104mm to 180mm) since the mid-1990s, when the stock was in a depleted state.

For commercial fishers, the Total Allowable Commercial Catch (TACC) for Eastern Rock Lobster has been increased to the current level of 180 tonnes per year, using comprehensive data monitoring programs and careful management through the Total Allowable Catch setting process to improve the health of the fishery.

“These changes in the Lobster fishery are a good demonstration of the benefits of the partnership and investments made by Government and commercial fishers in the science that have led to effective management,” Mr Sloan said.

“A new harvest strategy has been adopted for the Lobster fishery to guide decision-making in the future and support equitable catch sharing between the fishing sectors, and DPI will continue to monitor and assess the fishery’s ongoing health.”

Mr Sloan also said DPI has answered the ongoing calls from the fishing community for rule changes to Dusky Flathead, to help boost the stock of bigger fish and ultimately provide better fishing opportunities.

“We have changed the bag limit of Dusky Flathead per person from 10 to 5 and introduced a ‘slot limit’ of 36 to 70cm for recreational fishers,” Mr Sloan said.

“These proactive changes are designed to increase the number of spawning fish and boost egg production, which will in turn improve fishing opportunities.”

Professor Johann Bell, Chair of the Recreational Fishing Ministerial Advisory Council, said the changes will provide for greater protection of large and reproductively important female fish.

“A new maximum size limit and a lower bag limit will promote a more natural age structure (comprising more ‘older’ fish), which is expected to increase stock resilience over time,” Professor Bell said.

“There have been no changes to recreational fishing rules for Dusky Flathead since 2001. Maximum size limits for Dusky Flathead have been widely accepted in Queensland and Victoria where their current limits have been in place since 2009 and 2012, respectively, and it’s fantastic to see NSW adopt these new fishing rules which will benefit Dusky Flathead and ultimately all recreational fishers in NSW.”

Mr Sloan said the changes to the flathead rules will improve fishing and tourism opportunities even further in recreational fishing havens, such as Lake Macquarie and St Georges Basin, which are well known trophy flathead fisheries, as well as increasing recreational fishing opportunities all along our coastline.

“Rock Lobster and Dusky Flathead are important species for all of our fishing sectors and consumers, and are highly sought after,” Mr Sloan said.

“These changes will be implemented on 1 August and enable fishers to hit the water and fish knowing these species are in good hands.”

For more information on these new rules, visit  
www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fishing/recreational/fishing-rules-and-regs


A Dusky Flathead (Platycephalus fuscus). Fairy Bower, Manly. Photo: Richard Lang.

Dusky Flathead (Platycephalus fuscus) are found in estuaries and coastal bays, from Cairns in Queensland to the Gippsland Lakes in Victoria. They occur over sand, mud, gravel and seagrass and can inhabit estuarine waters up to the tidal limit. They are more commonly caught during the summer months.

Colour varies from sandy with brown spots and blotches to dark brown/black with white spots. They have a distinctive black spot on their caudal fins. Dark bars are often visible across the rear of the body. The preopercular spines on each side of the head are very sharp and should be avoided when handling the fish.

RPAYC Archive Volunteer Needed

The RPAYC Heritage Committee would be grateful to hear from volunteers who may be able to assist with tasks such as:
  • recording the club’s historical information; and
  • writing articles about the club’s history for the E-News.
Any amount of time you’re able to donate would be gratefully accepted.
If you are able to offer any help, please contact the club (ph: 9998 3700).

Manly Warringah Softball Association: Over 45 Team

MWSA is holding trials for its first ever Over 45 Representative team!
To be eligible, players must turn 45 by 31 December 2022.

Trials will be held on Wednesday 29 June, 6.30pm - 9.00pm and an additional trial may be advised.
Register for the trials by Sunday 26 June - 45 and Over Representative Team
Expression of interest - https://forms.gle/aRqJtRCPaANhWjEbA
O45s State Championships are scheduled for 30 September - 2 October at BISP.

Congratulations!

A massive congratulations goes to our U18 team who competed in the State Championships on the weekend and came out with a silver medal!


Pittwater Connection - Memorial Project

St Pius X College garden occupies land that was previously used as Coopers Flat Cemetery. The College is compiling a memorial publication and monument to the 170 or so people interred there between 1865 and 1911. A number of them came from the Pittwater District. 

Further details and a list of those interred are at  

People are warmly invited to view the names and details and contact the College via the form provided (on page linked to) if they are able to supply further information or are related to those listed.
Thank You

Tony Cunneen
Head of Publications
St Pius X College


Avalon Public School: Winter Solstice

Winter solstice is coming up. It’s the shortest day of the year, and an opportunity to get together for an early morning hot chocolate / coffee, watch the sunrise and walk to school together. 
A crew of classes are heading out and meeting at Avalon Beach. 

It was a tradition for years before Covid struck so let’s welcome it back and reconnect as the incredible school community we are. Everyone brings a small plate to share, we watch the sunrise, maybe do a beach clean if time permits, then walk to school together. If parents are unavailable they can drop their kids and I can walk them up to school. 

Sunrise is at 7am on the 21st, so aim to arrive before sunrise. Rug up because it will be cold.
Please join @thehivebyavalonps to keep up to date with all of the events by our fantastic P&C community.


Monika's Doggie Rescue: Pets Of The Week

Ollie and Candy 


16 weeks Chihuahua X

Ollie and Candy, affectionately nick named  Dancer and Prancer are very sweet, well socialised lively pups. They are brother and sister. They play very well together and love engagement with people.  Candy is a little more outgoing. They are looking for an adult family or with older children who have the time to train them and are ready to have their lives turned upside down. Ollie is 3.5kg and Candy 3.3kg.
All our dogs come desexed, C5 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 $1600. For further details call DoggieRescue on 9486 3133 or email Monika@DoggieRescue.com. RON R251000024


Dash 


6 months Domestic Short haired ginger kitten

Dash  and Dart are brothers who were dumped outside out vets one night. They are both sweet cuddly kittens who are very hard to tell apart! All our cats come desexed, wormed, F3 vaccinated, FIV/FeLV tested if over 6 months old and microchipped. All our cats come desexed, wormed, F3 vaccinated, FIV/FeLV tested if over 6 months old and microchipped. His adoption fee is $220. For further details call DoggieRescue on 9486 3133 or email Monika@DoggieRescue.com. RON R251000024

Scheduled Roadwork: Surveying-Wakehurst Parkway

Frenchs Forest; Wakehurst Parkway between Dreadnought Road and Oxford Falls Road
Mon 11 Jul 2022 to Thu 14 Jul 2022: 9:00pm to 5:00am
Traffic affected both directions
Advice: Reduced speed limit (40km/h), Check signage, Exercise caution
Other Advice: Alternating (stop/slow) traffic conditions will be in place.


Narrabeen Tragic Tigers: Over 35’S Rugby Team

Have you been coaching or watching your little tacker running around? Getting pumped watching Subbies or the big boys play?
Come and have a run with Narrabeen Tragic Tigers Over 35’s rugby team!

Next game is after Subbies at Porters Reserve Newport Saturday 14/5 from 5 pm.

It’s competitive rugby, played with modified rules to make sure you turn up to work on Monday.
Challenging, great team spirit, and maybe a beer or three after it.

Contact us to find out more at: vpnarrabeentigers@gmail.com


Midget Farrelly Tribute Statue For Palm Beach

A while ago, Bruce Raymond and Gordon Lang set up a community group to recognise Midget Farrelly as our own male first world surfing champion (and local hero) by commencing a fundraising campaign to design and install a life-sized statue of Midget at his spiritual home, Palm Beach.

They have obtained approval from Northern Beaches Council, who are actively supporting the project, along with Beverlie Farrelly, who is our patron. Details below and more soon!


 

Click on logo above to visit their website.

Fairy Penguins Coming Ashore

The Australian Seabird & Turtle Rescue Central Coast advises that during the last few weeks they have seen an increase in little penguins being found along our coastline. 

Little penguins on the Central Coast, off Barrenjoey and in the Hunter region live and breed on offshore islands.

If one is found along our coastline, the penguin may be suffering from exhaustion, is unwell, injured or is currently moulting. Please report any penguins that are found onshore and please don’t place them back into the ocean.


Seals Coming Ashore: Please Keep 40 Metres Distance

ORRCA would like to remind residents it is that time of year when we get the odd special visitor to our beaches and bays looking for a spot to rest and relax in the summer sun. 

If you are out and about and come across a seal that is resting, please don't approach it! Keep well back (40 meters is required under NSW Laws) and enjoy the special visitor from a distance. 

It is also important to report your sighting into the ORRCA Rescue Hotline on 02 9415 3333 so they can track and, if needed, assess the seal. 

ORRCA often track seals moving up and down our coastline over days, weeks and months so your report could add to the seal travel journey.


Leopard Seal at Bungan Beach. Photo: Jools Farrell

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 Register

NB: 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

The purpose of  www.westpittwater.com.au  - is best defined by the vision of the West Pittwater Community Association.

To be a supportive community, encouraging and promoting civic pride, interest in community affairs and goodwill amongst residents.

To protect local fauna and flora and generally preserve West Pittwater and its environs.

To secure essential facilities including public wharves and reserves and to protect private and public property.

To speak with one voice and represent the interests of the Western Foreshore community when in discussion with Council and other relevant government bodies. The WPCA website provides a forum for the better realisation of these objectives. Visit: www.westpittwater.com.au

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.

We need your help. Thank you for reporting wildlife road fatalities. 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

Lease Of Restaurant Space: Mona Vale Surf Life Saving Club

Public Notice
Submissions close Monday July 18, 2022
Council are proposing to grant a 10-year lease to fit out and operate the restaurant within Mona Vale Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC) on Surfview Road, Mona Vale.

Through a public tender process (RFT 2021/232), at the meeting held on 22 March 2022 Council resolved to award the Tender for Fit-out and Operation of the Restaurant within the new Mona Vale SLSC redevelopment to Douglas and Kylie Fraser.

The purpose of the proposed lease is to use part of the Mona Vale SLSC building as a restaurant.

Details of the lease plan and restaurant space as well as an artist's impression of the restaurant location within the club are provided in the images below.

View the plan and have your say on the proposed lease by:
  • completing the submission form linked to below
  • emailing council@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au
  • writing to marked ‘Lease of restaurant space at Mona Vale Surf Club’, Northern Beaches Council, PO Box 82 Manly NSW 1655.
Council is the owner of the land formally known as part of Lot 104 in DP 1066371 and this public notice is in accordance with Section 47 of the Local Government Act 1993.

All submissions in their entirety will be treated as public documents and made available on request.

The granting of the lease is subject to Council’s final approval.
Have your say at: 


Newport Residents Association: June 2022 Meeting

Our next meeting will be Tuesday evening 21st June 2022 commencing at 7 pm at the Newport Community Centre Activity Room, The Boulevard, Newport.  

The aims and objectives of the Newport Residents Association Incorporated include:
  • To provide a forum for all interested residents, ratepayers and resident groups in the Pittwater Ward area and particularly in the Newport area.
  • To represent the interests of ratepayers and residents on local issues at all levels of government but particularly at the local government level.
  • To work for responsible planning, environmental protection and the enhancement of the environment of the Northern Beaches Council and in particular the Pittwater Ward area.
  • To achieve community awareness and involvement in Council’s decision-making processes and planning.
  • To take any other action not elsewhere included to further the interests of the Newport Residents Association Incorporated and its members.
MEETINGS
3rd Tuesday of each month at 7.00 pm at the Newport Community Centre (The Boulevarde Newport).
To find out more, please visit: https://newport.org.au/

Chemical Clean Out: June 2022 At Mona Vale

Where: Mona Vale Beach Car Park; Surfview Road, Mona Vale
When: Sat 25, Sun 26 June 2022, 9am - 3:30pm

The safe way to dispose of potentially hazardous household chemicals is at a Household Chemical CleanOut event. These events are free services held across NSW on specified dates.

Before you attend a Chemical CleanOut event, please place all materials in the rear of your vehicle. On arrival, remain in your vehicle and our contractor will collect your items. Contractors onsite will be wearing personal protective equipment and following social distancing measures.

Use CleanOut to safely dispose of household chemicals that could cause harm to human health and the environment if not disposed of correctly. Check dates and locations for Household Chemical CleanOut events.

What can I take to a Household Chemical CleanOut event?
You can take household quantities of the following household chemicals and items – up to a maximum of 20 litres or 20 kilograms of a single item.

Solvents and household cleaners
Floor care products
Ammonia-based cleaners
Pesticides and herbicides
Poisons
Pool chemicals
Hobby chemicals
Motor fuels
Fluorescent globes and tubes
Acids and alkalis
Smoke detectors
Paint and paint-related products
Gas bottles
Fire extinguishers
Car and household batteries
Motor oils and cooking oils

CleanOut events held in the Sydney, Illawarra and Hunter regions are open to all NSW residents, unless expressly stated, and are organised through the NSW EPA.

Narrabeen Bridge Night Works And Footpath Closures

Night works on Narrabeen’s Pittwater Road Bridge have been scheduled for Tuesday 14 June from 7pm to 5am and access to the pedestrian footpath will be closed from 14 to 24 June, excluding weekends.

The night works will allow Council contractors to extend the roadside fence on the western side of bridge to better protect pedestrians from vehicles. During construction, the left turn from Pittwater Road to Wakehurst Parkway will be closed and traffic will be diverted to turn left at the lights to get to Wakehurst Parkway.

The pedestrian footpath will be closed from 14 to 24 June, excluding weekends, while the Council upgrade the footpaths at either end of the bridge.

Ramps and signage will be in place during this time to direct pedestrians to cross at the traffic lights and walk along the eastern side of the bridge.

The new footpaths will link to the Pittwater Road Bridge and the new pedestrian and cycle bridge to provide walkers and cyclists on the Narrabeen Lagoon Trail with a connection across the lagoon, away from vehicles.

All other works on Narrabeen’s new pedestrian and cycle bridge will be completed from water barges to minimise disruption to the community. These works are expected to be complete in August.



Photo: NBC

Nation-Leading Reform As NSW Introduces Universal Pre-Kindergarten

June 16, 2022
NSW will launch one of the biggest education reforms in a generation, starting with the introduction of a universal pre-Kindergarten year of education. 

The 2022/23 NSW Budget will set aside more than $5.8 billion over 10 years to introduce universal pre-Kindergarten for all children in NSW by 2030.  

Premier Dominic Perrottet said the huge investment in families was on a scale never seen before in Australia.  

“This is incredible reform that will change lives and deliver enormous educational benefits for children across the state, securing a brighter future for NSW families,” Mr Perrottet said. 

“We’re ensuring our youngest learners thrive by introducing a full year of preschool education before Kindergarten, as we know how important it is to have a strong educational foundation.” 

NSW Treasurer Matt Kean said that children who receive quality early childhood education are more likely to get better results at school and earn more across their lifetime.  
 
“This Budget is all about investing in a better future, and setting our kids up for success is priceless,” Mr Kean said. 

“This reform will deliver intergenerational results for our kids and our economy.”  

The NSW Government will consult with families, peak bodies and service providers to create the best model for the new, universal pre-Kindergarten year for all children in NSW.  

Minister for Education and Early Learning Sarah Mitchell said the evidence is clear that providing the best education starts in the early years.

“Universal pre-Kindergarten will give every child in NSW access to a specialised year of play-based learning, smoothing their transition to school and solidifying their path to a brighter future,” Ms Mitchell said. 

“Universal pre-Kindergarten is something I have been working hard to bring to NSW for a number of years, having seen the benefits of it for children and families in countries like Canada. It is so exciting to know that in NSW we will soon be unleashing the power of universal pre-Kindergarten.” 

This transformational new year of preschool education will not just build on the other commitments of this budget but will also change and improve, with the help of parents, educators, services and stakeholders, how children enter and prepare for school. 

Affordable Preschool For All NSW Families

June 15, 2022
Families across NSW are set to save thousands of dollars on their preschool costs thanks to more than $1.4 billion over four years in the 2022-23 NSW Budget.   

Premier Dominic Perrottet said the program will ease cost of living pressures for families and ensure more children receive high quality early education, which is critical for a smooth transition to school and better educational outcomes for their future. 

“Preschool is where the building blocks for lifelong success are established so it is vital that quality early childhood education is more accessible for families in NSW, no matter what their circumstances or where they live,” Mr Perrottet said. 

“We’re committed to ensuring families across the state have a brighter future and less pressure on the hip pocket.”

From 1 January 2023, all NSW families will be eligible for:
  • up to $4,000 per year in fee relief for 3, 4 and 5-year-olds attending a community or mobile preschool
  • up to $2,000 per year in fee relief for 4 and 5-year-olds attending preschool in a long day care setting and
  • the equivalent of 5 days a fortnight of affordable preschool fee relief for all children in Department of Education preschools.
The NSW Government will also invest $64.1 million for a two-year pilot to support more 3-year-olds attending preschool in long day care services.

NSW Treasurer Matt Kean said the evidence shows clearly the positive impact quality preschool can have on a child’s life outcomes and on the economy. 

"Every $1 invested in early childhood education delivers a $2 boost to the NSW economy – it is a great investment for any Treasurer,” Mr Kean said. 

Minister for Education and Early Learning Sarah Mitchell said that one of the biggest impacts we can have on educational outcomes at school is to improve early childhood education. 

“A significant body of research shows that children who participate in quality preschool programs have improved lifelong educational, social and economic outcomes,” Ms Mitchell said. 

“That’s why I’m so delighted to be continuing our support for community and mobile preschools. Families using these services are not eligible for the Child Care Subsidy, so NSW’s commitment to long-term funding relief is significant and genuinely needed.

“We are also extending support to NSW families whose children attend preschool in a long day care setting, because at the end of the day what’s important is our littlest learners having access to great quality preschool programs.”

The current Start Strong Free Pre-school Program is already providing $150 million in fee relief for children enrolled in community and mobile preschools across NSW in 2022. 

Childcare Boost For Families

June 14, 2022
Families in NSW will save thousands of dollars a year on childcare costs through the NSW Government’s landmark investment of up to $5 billion over the next decade to expand access to high quality, affordable care.

Under the reforms, a middle-income Sydney family with one child in full-time childcare that benefits from the investment is expected to save up to $3,900 a year, while the equivalent family living in regional NSW with two children in childcare is expected to save up to $7,800.

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet said it can be hard for families to access affordable childcare, especially in Sydney, and this funding would transform the lives of families across the state.

“We know that childcare places are scarce in some postcodes, making it difficult for parents to return to paid work when they want. Improving accessibility to childcare by investing in supply will provide practical assistance to families with young ones,” Mr Perrottet said.

"My Government is focused on building a brighter future for our state by helping people pursue their hopes and aspirations. That is what this transformational policy will do."

NSW Treasurer Matt Kean said investment in childcare is the best way to improve women’s economic opportunity, increase female workforce participation and close the gender pay gap.  

"Childcare costs impede the dreams of women across NSW because many women are only able to keep about 30 cents in each dollar they earn when they return to work,” Mr Kean said.

“Childcare shouldn’t be a postcode lottery. Improving the affordability and accessibility of childcare is once in a generation economic policy. This investment, delivered alongside the Commonwealth’s childcare reforms, is expected to see up to 95,000 women enter the workforce or take on more hours, driving down the gender workforce participation gap by up to 14 per cent within a decade.”

Minister for Women Bronnie Taylor said this investment is expected to boost childcare supply, with a focus on increasing the supply of affordable childcare right across NSW. 

“This once in a generation scheme will mean women no longer need to choose between work or caring for their children,” Mrs Taylor said.

“This package will help break the childcare drought by targeting areas with the least access to affordable childcare, which poses the highest disincentive to parents returning to work.”

Minister for Education and Early Learning Sarah Mitchell said early childhood education and care providers will be able to apply for funding to help deliver more accessible and affordable care.

“This is one of the most important things we can do to give children the best start in life, helping young children develop their social skills and open up lifelong opportunities from their earliest years,” Ms Mitchell said.

"We will work with the sector on the detailed design of the fund to ensure it delivers the best outcomes for children, families and providers.”

The NSW Government’s investment will be made through the Affordable and Accessible Childcare and Economic Participation Fund, which will be established in this year's budget. The Fund will:
  • Provide grants to childcare providers to expand infrastructure and establish new centres,
  • Target areas with limited access to childcare centres or where a shortage of childcare places poses the highest disincentive to parents returning to work,
  • Complement the Commonwealth’s demand-side childcare policy framework through flexible supply side funding, 
  • Invest $775 million over the next four years, and
  • Trial new service models to meet the needs of modern families.

Grants Open For Music And Overnight School Camp Providers

The NSW Government is investing $14 million to support music and camp providers that were impacted by COVID-safety measures in NSW schools.

Eligible businesses and non-profit organisations can now apply for a one-off payment of up to $30,000 depending on their revenue lost during November to December 2021.

Minister for Education and Early Learning Sarah Mitchell said the Music and Overnight Camp provider support payments would assist more than 2,500 providers to get their business back up and thriving.

“Music education and school camps are an integral part of our children’s education and help them to build creativity, resilience and teamwork,” Ms Mitchell said.

“This investment will see our students back on school camps and at music lessons developing important skills, support this important industry and grow the NSW economy.”

Minister for Customer Service and Digital Government Victor Dominello said businesses could apply through their service NSW Business Profile as they do for existing business grant programs.

“We want to make the process as simple and seamless as possible to help ensure eligible businesses receive support quickly,” Mr Dominello said.

“Around 500,000 businesses have Service NSW for Business profiles, and we can reuse existing proof of identity and business information to help make the application process quick and easy for business customers.”

Application are open until 8 September 2022.

For more information and to apply visit this Web link;

Australia Post Pays It Forward With Community Grants Focusing On Mental Health And Wellbeing

Applications are open for Australia Post’s 2022 Community Grants program, helping build community connections to support the mental health and wellbeing of Australians across the country.

From today, not-for-profit groups across Australia can apply for grants of up to $10,000 to support projects with the primary purpose of improving mental health and wellbeing in local communities. Last year’s program saw half of all grants made to organisations in regional and remote locations.

Australia Post Head of Community, Nicky Tracey said past recipients included projects such as friendship and buddy programs, peer support groups for young people, mental wellbeing workshops and community morning teas.

“We are delighted to once again offer these grants to help support the mental health of Australians all around the country. We’ve seen how these grants make a real difference in local communities, building connection and encouraging open and positive conversations around mental health,” Ms Tracey said.

“As an organisation that delivers to customers everywhere - in cities, rural areas and the most remote corners of the country - we want to support local communities deliver a diverse range of projects, and we’re delighted to once again do that through the 2022 Community Grants program.” 

The program illustrates Australia Post’s longstanding commitment to mental health, which includes supporting mental health and wellbeing in the transport and logistics industries as a founding member of Healthy Heads in Trucks & Sheds, and a partnership with Beyond Blue that to date has delivered mental health resources to more than 6 million letterboxes across Australia. 

Applicants are encouraged to review the guidelines carefully to check eligibility requirements, with eligible community organisations able to apply until 11.59pm on 3 July 2022 at auspost.com.au/grants.
Applicants will be notified of the outcome in September 2022.

About Australia Post’s Community Grants Program: 
Each year Australia Post’s Community Grants program awards grants of up to $10,000 to fund community-led, local projects that connect individuals and communities. Since 2020, our focus has been on supporting projects that connect individuals for improved mental health and mental wellbeing outcomes in local communities. Since 2013, Australia Post’s Community Grants program has awarded $4,285,761 to 675 community groups. Visit: auspost.com.au/grants


Roadworks: Beacon Hill

Warringah Road at Willandra Road: Tue 21 Jun 2022 to Tue 28 Jun 2022 - 10:00pm to 5:00am - Road affected all directions
Advice; Reduced speed limit (40km/h), Check signage, Allow extra travel time
Other Advice: Traffic signals at the intersection of Warringah Rd and Willandra Rd will be blacked out with alternating (stop/slow) traffic conditions will be in place.


Helping Households With Energy Bills

Households experiencing difficulty paying their energy bills will be able to access up to $1,600 a year in help after Treasurer and Energy Minister Matt Kean increased support payments on May 26, 2022.

The Energy Accounts Payment Assistance (EAPA) program has helped 49,000 NSW households experiencing short-term financial hardship with their energy bills. From Monday May 29, 2022, each application will have its limit increased from $300 to $400, up to a maximum of $1,600 a year.

“Eligible customers can receive payment assistance of up to $400 per application for electricity and up to $400 per application for gas bills twice a year,” Mr Kean said.

“This means the annual maximum limit of vouchers has increased from $1,200 to $1,600 per household.”

The boost to assistance for electricity and gas bills comes as the Australian Energy Regulator released its final determination today showing NSW energy customers on standing offers will face price increases from July 1.

The price increases are driven primarily by external factors including the Russian invasion of Ukraine which has affected supply and led to global price pressures on coal and gas. Extreme weather events in NSW and Queensland have also had an impact on prices.

The extra assistance is part of a $330 million per year package the NSW government is providing which also includes energy rebates to around 1 million households.

“With cost-of-living pressures increasing, colder weather arriving and days shortening, we want to make sure households in NSW not only keep the lights on but keep their families safe, warm and comfortable,” Mr Kean said.

Eligible households can also apply for different rebates including the Low Income Household Rebate, Gas Rebate, Family Energy Rebate, and Seniors Energy Rebate.

Around 800,000 households received the Low Income Household Rebate last year and 286,000 received the Gas Rebate.

“I encourage all households to shop around to find the best deal for their energy,” Mr Kean said.

Customers can see what they are eligible for by using the Service NSW Savings Finderphoning 13 77 88 or visiting a Service NSW centre.

Households and small businesses can also use the free and independent Australian Government service – Energy Made Easy – to compare energy plans. 

Mona Vale Residents Association

Mona Vale Residents Association is a community group encouraging involvement on important matters within the Mona Vale area.



Palm Beach RSL Veterans Ocean Therapy

Palm Beach RSL Sub-Branch has approved the formation of Veterans Ocean Therapy in order to improve Physical and Mental Health of Veterans.

Storage will soon arrive at 29 Iluka Rd that will house kayaks and paddle boards with direct access to Pittwater.

A regular paddle club will shortly afterwards commence for veterans including BBQ breakfast at the club.
Veterans Ocean Therapy will be looking for assistance or donations of watercraft and gear.

Any veterans interested in joining please stay tuned for more updates. Or contact Dave Good at dave@good.id.au



Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary Stalls 

The Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary members are having 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.

June 12 -18, 2022: Issue 542

This Issue: full list in Contents page 

Front Page Issue 542  

The Queen’s Birthday 2022 Honours List - Academics, Environmentalists, a Sydney Wildlife Carer, a Yacht Designer have been recognised this year for their contributions to community

Ingleside Place Strategy Will NOT Proceed

Profiteers Seek To Destroy Palm Beach With Yet Another Over The Top Development Proposal

Marine Rescue Broken Bay and Marine Rescue Cottage Point Part Of Whale Disentanglement Training + Old Base At Bayview Removed As Build Commences + ORRCA's Whale Census Day 2022 + Living Ocean Traditional Welcome To Country For The Southern Humpback Whale Migration - June In Pittwater!

Pictures Avalon Beach Historical Society's 10th Great Historic Photograph Exhibition Opening

A Volunteering Spirit – Christine Hopton: Next On The Avalon Story - airs June 18 on Radio Northern Beaches

AquaticsLocal Efforts Have Cut Plastic Waste On Australia’s Beaches By Almost 30% In 6 Years

100 Years Of Girl Guides In Manly + Some Current Local Units: Girl Guides NSW officially turned 100 in 2020. Manly Girl Guides was officially presented with its colours on June 17th, 1922 and even though a Manly GG troop had been taking part in exercises and events prior to that, this means this coming Friday June 17th 2022 is the 100th anniversary of this local organisation. On November 15th 1924 the first clubhouse in the state of NSW was opened at Manly too - so a few great celebrations coming up

Park Bench Philosophers One Of Australia’s Tiniest Mammals - The Critically Endangered Southern Bent-Wing Bat- Is Heading For Extinction – But You Can Help

DIY Ideas Johnson Brothers Trade Day 2022: June 16 At Mona Vale + Winter Garden Jobs For A Flowering Fruitful Spring Thursday June 16 2022 is the annual Johnson Brothers Trade Day at the Mona Vale from Noon until 5.30 pm this year, and will feature a range of great products and services and information stalls for local Tradies and those keen on their DIY projects. Johnson Bros Trade Day is an annual Expo which showcases both best practice and innovation. With stands manned by reps from over 60 brands, it provides a great resource for information and advice to anyone interested in learning about tools and materials within the hardware industry. CPD points will be available for builders. Also this Issue: With snow winds blowing around our ears now is a great time to get the toes warm through doing some outdoors work and setting your garden up for a fruitful flowering Spring. At present many of our local trees are shedding leaves, so it's also a great seasons to re-gear your mulch and compost heaps to feed your garden's earth health. This Issue a look into some jobs you can do around the garden this month.

Community Asked For Comment On Draft Strategy For Narrabeen Lagoon Management  feedback closes June 19th

Profile of the Week Walter 'Wal' Williams

10th October 1922 - 4th June 2022

It is our sad duty to inform this community that WW2 Veteran Wal Williams OAM has passed away.
Wal died on Saturday 4th June at Kokoda Hostel, War Veterans, Narrabeen- Collaory, where he was a resident. Wal was a past President of Pittwater RSL Sub-Branch and a past Director of Pittwater RSL club Ltd.

Wal was awarded his OAM on 14th June 2021 for his services to the Veteran Community.

Wal’s funeral will be held at the War Vets Chapel Tuesday 14th June at 10am with a Wake to follow at the Gallipoli Centre starting at 1130-1330.

His profile from 2017 runs this Issue as a Tribute to one of our wonderful Pittwater Gentlemen.

A History Celebration for the Avalon Beach Centenary's 10th Great Historic Photographic Exhibition from the Avalon Beach Historical Society: open June Long Weekend in the Avalon Beach
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Artist of the Month June 2022: Gemma Rasdall - Water Access Only Exhibition - at Bather's Pavilion and ONLINE Website: www.gemmarasdall.com - Scotland Island Artist Gemma Rasdall was announced as a Finalist in the 2022 Wynne prize in May 2022, a credit to her work but also for developing her practice. Known for her very popular marine paintings on sailcloth – some of which can be quite large in scale – her Wynne Prize finalist work is something quite different, and signals a shift in her work. Gemma's ''Framed by life offshore'', watercolour and gouache on paper; 75 x 85.5 cm (overall) Artists' Statement reads: Welcome to Scotland Island: a short boat ride, casual paddle or vigorous swim from Church Point Wharf on Garigal Country, NSW. We offshore dwellers blow in and out with the tides, basking like seals when the sun shines and washing up like drowning rats when the squalls hit. This place and its people – a quirky and multifarious community – warm my soul and flood my creative practice with colour and movement. This artwork is a collection of moments captured around the island and its surrounding bays from friends’ and neighbours’ houses. It is an ode to the place I call home. 

Pittwater Offshore Newsletter: June 1, 2022

Click on Logo to access the latest PON:  

To contact Roy:  editor@scotlandisland.org.au

Public Health Alert: High-Dose MDMA (Ecstasy) Circulating In NSW

June 10, 2022
NSW Health is warning of high-dose MDMA, commonly known as ecstasy tablets, circulating in the community after tablets seized by NSW Police contained more than two times the average dose of MDMA per tablet.

The tablets are pink in colour, irregular shaped and are marked with an Audi logo.


High dose MDMA tablets have recently been found in NSW (average dose of 196 mg). This is more than twice the amount usually contained in MDMA tablets circulating in NSW.

Medical Director of the NSW Poisons Information Centre, Dr Darren Roberts, said consuming high doses of MDMA has been linked to cases of serious illness and death in NSW.

"It can cause severe agitation and paranoia, raised body temperature, seizures or fits, irregular heart rhythm and death," Dr Roberts said.

"While one MDMA tablet alone can cause life-threatening toxicity, the risk is greatly increased if high doses or multiple MDMA tablets are consumed over a short period, or if MDMA is consumed in combination with other stimulants, such as cocaine."

Dr Roberts urged anyone who was unwell from MDMA to immediately call Triple Zero.

"Importantly, look after your mates. If you feel unwell, or if your friend feels unwell, do something about it. Don't ignore it. You won't get into trouble for seeking medical care," he said.

For images and more information on the high dose MDMA (ecstasy) visit the NSW Health website 

Effects to look out for
Feeling really hot and sweaty, light headedness, rigid muscles (e.g. difficulty walking), confusion or agitation, racing pulse/heart, feeling aggressive, uncontrolled repetitive movements, vomiting, seizures, difficult to rouse / unconscious.

Getting help
Seek help immediately from your nearest emergency department or call Triple Zero (000). Start CPR if someone is not breathing.

For information about the potential adverse effects of MDMA, please contact the NSW Poisons Information Centre on 13 11 26.

For support and information on drug, alcohol and other substance, 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.

Congratulations Tegan Murdock

Narrabeen resident and Artist Tegan Murdock is celebrating this week after her design now makes a tram down south look much much better.

Posting on FB on June 8, 2022 Tegan said:
''What an amazing opportunity to have my weaving on a Tram for 12 months weaving around Melbourne. 
I cried when I seen It for the first time yesterday.

Tears of happiness, pride and tears of is this really happening.  
My little hands created this beauty and I’m so proud how it turned out. 

I thank my beautiful Mum for teaching me and our Beautiful Aunt that shared with her. 
I believe we were passed this for a bigger reason than ourselves.''

''So happy I got to have my family there by my side. I love you so much Ben Murdock (husband)
Huge thank you to Jarra Steel for curating it all, you’re truly amazing, the hard work you’ve put into all this is just so deadly! Thanks to Rising for this opportunity. 

Thank you all so much for your beautiful words, your support towards my little journey helps me more than you know.''

Weaving Culture Through Community 
Tram route: 6, 19
Tram 5002



Tegan Murdock founder of ‘Love Yourself Sister’, is married with two daughters and a proud Aboriginal woman from the Barkindji nation in far west NSW.

''I am a proud member of the Barkindtji tribe originating from Coomealla, Lake Victoria and the Mungo regions from my mothers ancestors. While also belonging to the Yorta Yorta and Dhudaroah tribes originating from the Shepparton area from my father’s ancestors.''

Tegan Murdock was raised in the small country town of Coomealla (25kms north west of Mildura on the NSW and Victorian border of Australia) on the Namatjira Mission.

''My beautiful Mum Margaret taught me to weave several years ago. I started weaving earrings and then kept creating new pieces as the inspiration came to me. I now create jewellery and wall pieces as well as teach others to weave in face to face and online workshops, school visits and corporate staff development days.''


Photos courtesy James Morgan


Sydney Metropolitan Wildlife Services: Possums In Your Roof

Possums in your roof? Please do the right thing 
On the weekend, one of our volunteers noticed a driver pull up, get out of their vehicle, open the boot, remove a trap and attempt to dump a possum on a bush track. Fortunately, our member intervened and saved the beautiful female brushtail and the baby in her pouch from certain death. 

It is illegal to relocate a trapped possum more than 150 metres from the point of capture and substantial penalties apply.  Urbanised possums are highly territorial and do not fare well in unfamiliar bushland. In fact, they may starve to death or be taken by predators.

While Sydney Wildlife Rescue does not provide a service to remove possums from your roof, we do offer this advice:

✅ Call us on (02) 9413 4300 and we will refer you to a reliable and trusted licenced contractor in the Sydney metropolitan area. For a small fee they will remove the possum, seal the entry to your roof and provide a suitable home for the possum - a box for a brushtail or drey for a ringtail.
✅ Do-it-yourself by following this advice from the Department of Planning and Environment: 

❌ Do not under any circumstances relocate a possum more than 150 metres from the capture site.
Thank you for caring and doing the right thing.



Sydney Wildlife photos

Narrabeen Bridge Night Works And Footpath Closures

Night works on Narrabeen’s Pittwater Road Bridge have been scheduled for Tuesday 14 June from 7pm to 5am and access to the pedestrian footpath will be closed from 14 to 24 June, excluding weekends.

The night works will allow Council contractors to extend the roadside fence on the western side of bridge to better protect pedestrians from vehicles. During construction, the left turn from Pittwater Road to Wakehurst Parkway will be closed and traffic will be diverted to turn left at the lights to get to Wakehurst Parkway.

The pedestrian footpath will be closed from 14 to 24 June, excluding weekends, while the Council upgrade the footpaths at either end of the bridge.

Ramps and signage will be in place during this time to direct pedestrians to cross at the traffic lights and walk along the eastern side of the bridge.

The new footpaths will link to the Pittwater Road Bridge and the new pedestrian and cycle bridge to provide walkers and cyclists on the Narrabeen Lagoon Trail with a connection across the lagoon, away from vehicles.

All other works on Narrabeen’s new pedestrian and cycle bridge will be completed from water barges to minimise disruption to the community. These works are expected to be complete in August.



Photo: NBC

Avalon Surf Life Saving Club Beach House Kiosk And Restaurant 

Trippas White Group have been operating the Beach House Restaurant and Kiosk in the Avalon Beach Surf Life Saving Club premises since 2015. 

The venue has been closed to the public since Winter 2021, and Northern Beaches Council and Avalon Beach Surf Life Saving Club have reached agreement with the operator to end the restaurant and café arrangements in place.

In July, Council plans to release a tender for a new operator to take over the operation of these fabulous assets, however in the interim the function space is available to the community now, with bookings made through Avalon Beach Surf Life Saving Club.

Council looks forward to seeing a new operator refresh this fabulous beach-front location for the community to enjoy.

 

Photos: AJG

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VALE Wal Williams
10th October 1922 - 4th June 2022

It is our sad duty to inform this community that WW2 Veteran Wal Williams OAM has passed away.

Wal died on Saturday 4th June at Kokoda Hostel, War Veterans, Narrabeen- Collaroy, where he was a resident. Wal was a past President of Pittwater RSL Sub-Branch and a past Director of Pittwater RSL club Ltd.

Wal was awarded his OAM on 14th June 2021 for his services to the Veteran Community.

Wal is survived by his son Neil, grandsons Robert and Nicholas, and great‑granddaughter, Sophia.
The community expresses sincere condolences to Wal's family at this time.

Wal’s funeral will be held at the War Vets Chapel Tuesday 14th June at 10am with a Wake to follow at the Gallipoli Centre starting at 1130-1330.



Photo: Wal during his profile interview - Wal's Profile from 2017 runs this Issue as a Tribute to this wonderful gentleman. 

Tribute To Wal Williams OAM

In NSW Parliament, June 7, 2022 - by The Hon Rob Stokes, MP for Pittwater—Minister for Infrastructure, Minister for Cities, and Minister for Active Transport

It is with a heavy heart that I acknowledge the life and legacy of Wal Williams, OAM. He was a World War II veteran who passed away on Saturday at the RSL ANZAC Village in Narrabeen at the age of 99. A local legend in Pittwater, Wal made a valuable contribution to raising awareness of the sacrifice and suffering of prisoners of war during the Second World War in the Pacific between 1941 and 1945. Born in Northbridge in 1922, Wal grew to be an excellent swimmer and represented the Northbridge Swimming Club at the NSW State Championships. This skill would later help save his life. 

Not long after war broke out, Wal enlisted in the permanent army and then joined the Second Australian Imperial Force in November 1941. Wal was underage and needed permission to join up. His father, a Gallipoli veteran of the Light Horse, did not want Wal to be a soldier but eventually gave his permission.

In December 1941, following the Japanese attacks on Pearl Harbor and Malaya, Wal's unit sailed to Singapore to reinforce the 2/19th Battalion, which had suffered casualties just north of Singapore. In one of the strange quirks of history, the 2/19th was commanded by one of my ancestors, Lieutenant Colonel Charles Anderson. Together with his unit, Wal fought a fierce defensive battle for several days. Coinciding with heavy attacks elsewhere on the island's perimeter and on its water supply, and with supplies and ammunition dwindling, the difficult decision was made to surrender Singapore on 15 February 1942. Wal, along with tens of thousands of Allied soldiers, nurses and civilians, was taken prisoner. He would go on to spend three and a half years as a prisoner of the Japanese. At first interned at the infamous Changi prison camp, Wal was then put to work on the Burma‑Thailand Railway—with my uncle, Hugh Johnson—for two years, and would later be transported to Japan.

In September 1944, as a prisoner on his way to Japan aboard the Rakuyo Maru, an American submarine—unaware that 1,300 Allied prisoners were onboard—fired a torpedo, sinking the Japanese prison ship. Treading water for 24 hours, Wal and a handful of mates survived being strafed by Japanese aircraft, only to be picked up by another Japanese ship which took them to Japan. Only 159 Allied prisoners were pulled from the water alive. Wal survived barbaric hard labour in Japan and the Allied firebombing of Tokyo and Yokohama, and finally returned to Australia at the end of October 1945. Following the war, Wal travelled to Papua New Guinea to work on boats, and upon his return to Sydney he met his late wife, Helen. Wal became an auctioneer. He and Helen raised their son on the northern beaches of Sydney, after Wal opened a second‑hand furniture shop at Narrabeen.

Wal was heavily involved in the RSL, being recognised for his work with a Medal of the Order of Australia in 2021. He was passionate about raising awareness of the little‑known history of the thousands of Australian and Allied prisoners of war, nurses and civilians who were lost at sea aboard Japanese ships as the result of Allied action. This included the Montevideo Maru, which was sunk 80 years ago next month with the loss of all 1,054 Allied prisoners and civilians aboard. 

Wal worked tirelessly to have the memory of those Allied service personnel and civilians who died on Japanese prisoner of war [POW] ships recognised with a memorial on Robert Dunn Reserve at the south end of Mona Vale Headland. But, in an act of bureaucratic bastardry, the New South Wales Government at the time and the local council denied permission for the erection of the memorial. Therefore, it was incredibly hurtful and, quite simply, outrageous when a memorial to the Japanese submariners entombed in their vessel off Bungan Beach was erected on North Mona Vale Headland. We now have an opportunity to right this wrong.

One of the last things Wal learned about was the decision of the council. I am so pleased that veterans Minister David Elliott has given significant funding, together with council, to ensure that Wal's memorial can finally be built, in the location originally intended, on the south end of Mona Vale Headland. One of the very last things that Wal did was to approve the wording for the memorial. It is interesting that it is positioned on the southern headland at Mona Vale, because it is an unwitting but poignant reconciliation of the tragedy of war—Japanese invaders remembered at one headland, allied POWs remembered at the other, all linked by the new coastal walkway along a beachfront which was covered in barbed wire during the war and in front of a golf course built by survivors of the Great War, including my grandfather, Keith Stokes. 

Wal is survived by his son Neil, grandsons Robert and Nicholas, and a great‑granddaughter, Sophia. I feel connected to Wal because his story is shared by families like mine and so many others across Australia. 

Thank you, Wal, for your service and your incredible life. 
Lest we forget.

Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade AGM

At our Brigade AGM on Sunday June 5th we said thankyou to the team that led us through the last 12 months. Despite the challenges posed by COVID (and sometimes because of the challenges posed by COVID!) we achieved a lot.

We also elected the leadership team for the next 12 months. 

Congratulations to the following Field Officers: 
Tom Lvslett (Deputy Captain)
Craig Laslett (Deputy Captain)
Ian White (Senior Deputy Captain & CFR Team Lead)
Peter Lalor (Captain)

Congratulations also to the following Administration Officers: 
Roy Baker (President)
Vanessa Barry (Secretary)
Lara Hasell (Treasurer)
Tim Ives (Training Officer)
John Marshall (Equipment Officer)
Kylie Bennetts (First Aid Officer)
Steve Yorke (Station Officer)
Lizzie Hazelwood (Social Secretary)

Congratulations to the following award winners:
Member of the Year - Tim Ives
CFR Member of the Year - Emma Ives
CFU Member of the Year - Penny Wise



Photo: SIRFB

Be Fire-Safe, Not Sorry This Winter

June 1, 2022
To mark the start of Fire Awareness Month, Fire and Rescue NSW and the NSW Rural Fire Service are reminding households to ‘be safe, not sorry’ this winter by taking precautions to guard against house fires.

Minister for Emergency Services and Resilience and Minister for Flood Recovery Steph Cooke said it can take as little as three minutes for a fire to take hold in a home.

“Every winter we see a spike in house fires which could have tragic and even fatal consequences,” Ms Cooke said.

“Around 20 people lose their lives in house fires every year that could have been prevented, with many more sustaining life-changing injuries.

“I am encouraging households across NSW to take simple precautions like making sure smoke alarms are working, keeping objects a metre from the heater, not leaving cooking unattended and not using outdoor heating equipment inside.”

Last year, Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) attended 953 residential house fires between 1 June and 31 August, which is roughly one third of reported home fires annually.

FRNSW Commissioner Paul Baxter said firefighters are committed to reducing the risk of home fires and to protecting the irreplaceable.

“The best way to stay out of harm this winter is to take measures to prevent a fire from occurring in the first instance. It is vitally important for people to have a working smoke alarm in their home and to test it regularly,” Commissioner Baxter said.

FRNSW’s suggested safety measures include:
  • Check and maintain smoke alarms;
  • Keep any drying clothes or anything flammable at least a metre from the heater;
  • Clean and maintain any fireplaces;
  • Do not use outdoor heating or cooking equipment inside your home;
  • Check electric blankets are safe for use and never go to bed with your electric blanket on;
  • Do not overheat wheat bags in the microwave;
  • Do not overload power boards;
  • Clean the lint filter from your clothes dryer after each use;
  • Never leave cooking unattended;
  • Always use candles under adult supervision and do not leave them unattended; and
  • Ensure you have a ‘home fire escape plan” and practice it regularly with your family.

Coal & Candle Rural Fire Brigade News

Congratulations to our Captain-elect Bill Dunlop and to all those voted into positions at our AGM on Sunday. 
A special shout out to our outgoing Captain Chelsea Varga on becoming the brigades newest Life Member. 
Finally, a big thank you to everyone who held positions in the last 12 months.


RPAYC Archive Volunteer Needed

The RPAYC Heritage Committee would be grateful to hear from volunteers who may be able to assist with tasks such as:
  • recording the club’s historical information; and
  • writing articles about the club’s history for the E-News.
Any amount of time you’re able to donate would be gratefully accepted.
If you are able to offer any help, please contact the club (ph: 9998 3700).




Marine Rescue Cottage Point + Marine Rescue Broken Bay Winter Training: Whale Disentanglement + Night Navigation 

June 9, 2022: Just when you thought it was an ordinary Thursday, MRCP and MRBB were part of the whale disentanglement training with NPWS (NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service) in Pittwater today.

Marine Rescue NSW and the NPWS have a memorandum of understanding that sees the two organisations collaborate when a whale requires assistance, with our members training together and our rescue vessels providing a large work platform or 'mother ship' during actual responses.

June 6, 2022 MRCP: Night Navigation Training; MR Cottage Point was out completing essential night navigation training and will continue to over the next few weeks. This was was led by our very own Unit Commander Tony Gordon and Dave Robofish. A great night which was also joined by members of Surf 30.







Photos: MR Cottage Point and MR Broken Bay


Pittwater Connection - Memorial Project

St Pius X College garden occupies land that was previously used as Coopers Flat Cemetery. The College is compiling a memorial publication and monument to the 170 or so people interred there between 1865 and 1911. A number of them came from the Pittwater District. 

Further details and a list of those interred are at  

People are warmly invited to view the names and details and contact the College via the form provided (on page linked to) if they are able to supply further information or are related to those listed.
Thank You

Tony Cunneen
Head of Publications
St Pius X College


Avalon Public School: Winter Solstice

Winter solstice is coming up. It’s the shortest day of the year, and an opportunity to get together for an early morning hot chocolate / coffee, watch the sunrise and walk to school together. 
A crew of classes are heading out and meeting at Avalon Beach. 

It was a tradition for years before Covid struck so let’s welcome it back and reconnect as the incredible school community we are. Everyone brings a small plate to share, we watch the sunrise, maybe do a beach clean if time permits, then walk to school together. If parents are unavailable they can drop their kids and I can walk them up to school. 

Sunrise is at 7am on the 21st, so aim to arrive before sunrise. Rug up because it will be cold.
Please join @thehivebyavalonps to keep up to date with all of the events by our fantastic P&C community.


Living Ocean Traditional Welcome To Country For The Southern Humpback Whale Migration: June 24 

Environmental organisation Living Ocean is proud to host a traditional indigenous Whale Welcome to Ocean Country to be held at 7:30AM on Friday 24 June at the Avalon Surf Club, 558 Barrenjoey Road, Avalon Beach.  Details of the great whale census, to be held by collaborative partner ORRCA on 26 June, will also be announced at this event. 

Tens of thousands of Humpback Whales are expected to migrate north along the East Coast of Australia from June to September. Traditionally the local indigenous people, the Garigal of the Guringai whose totem is the whale, have always welcomed the migration to their Ocean Coast.   

Local elder Uncle Neil will perform a smoke ceremony, followed by whale songs on the didgeridoo, and finally the local community will call the whales in the traditional way by squeaking their feet in the sands of Avalon Beach. 

The annual Southern Hemisphere whale migration is one of nature’s most spectacular events, with these magnificent animals travelling up to 10,000 kilometres. However, it’s not just about their journey, as the importance of whales in terms of climate change is staggering when you consider each great whale captures 33 tons of CO2 on average, taking that carbon out of the atmosphere for centuries. At the same time, whales supply the ocean with the nutrients required to grow phytoplankton, which capture ~40% of all CO2 produced. Just a 1% increase in phytoplankton thanks to whales would capture hundreds of millions of tonnes of CO2, equivalent to 2 billion trees. 

David Cousins, Living Ocean Vice President, says ‘the preservation of the marine ecosystem to boost whale populations is paramount, as the lungs of our planet actually reside in the ocean.’  

Living Ocean is a not-for-profit organisation which operates as a centre for marine studies with a focus on marine animal behaviour, macro and micro plastics, and marine environment processes.  They promote awareness of human impact on the ocean through research, education, creative activation and support of others who sustain ocean health and integrity.  

The role of the ocean is fundamental as it regulates rainfall and droughts, holds 97% of our planets water, and is the greatest carbon sink on earth, far surpassing all vegetation. Therefore, the impact of ocean health is profound.   

Living Ocean strives to promote and educate on the importance of ocean health as necessary to the survival of all life (human, animal and botanical) on earth.   

The Welcome to Ocean Country for the Southern Hemisphere’s great whales will be held at 7:30AM on Friday 24 June at the Avalon Surf Club, 558 Barrenjoey Road, Avalon Beach.

CABPRA Winter Newsletter

The Clareville and Bilgola Plateau Residents Association (CABPRA) Newsletter for Winter 2022 now available for download.

CABPRA’s vision is:
  • To encourage residents to take an active interest in their community
  • To preserve and enhance the natural beauty of the area including native flora and fauna
  • To promote sound environmental planning and management sympathetic with Pittwater’s natural beauty
  • To protect and enhance the residential amenity of the area including public reserves, access lanes, footpaths, cycle ways, beaches, wharves and foreshores
  • To speak with one voice and represent the interests and quality of life of the CABPRA community when in discussion with Council and other relevant government bodies

Photo: Geoff Clark

Update On SIRA Activities

Want to find out what the Scotland Island Residents Association (SIRA) and its subcommittees have been doing in the first part of this year?

You can now view a short report on activities in areas such as communications, road improvements, the environment, wharves and the emergency water system, as well as recreation. To download the report, please click here.


Some of the members of the SIRA Committee, 2021-22

Monika's Doggie Rescue: Pets Of The Week

Jack 2yo And Jill 4yo Jack Russell X


Jack and Jill are a bonded pair came from the pound after their owner died. They might be mother and son. They are active playful dogs who have good dog social manners. They are both affectionate dogs once you get to know them but initially shy. Jill is slower at making friends than Jack. She watches what he does. Once they relax with you they are very affectionate dogs. Jack is a bit overweight at 7.8kg and Jill is 7.5kg. They both have short coats.

Jack

Jill

All our dogs come desexed, C5 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 is $850. For further details call DoggieRescue on 9486 3133 or email Monika@DoggieRescue.com. RON R251000024

Fantale 

5 month old Domestic Short Hair

Fantale

Fantale is a very friendly curious kitten about 5 months old. He enjoys playing with his sister Sherbie. He is very affectionate and loves company. All our cats come desexed, wormed, F3 vaccinated, FIV/FeLV tested if over 6 months old and microchipped. Her adoption fee is $220. For further details call DoggieRescue on 9486 3133 or email Monika@DoggieRescue.com. RON R251000024

Mona Vale Residents Association

Mona Vale Residents Association is a community group encouraging involvement on important matters within the Mona Vale area.



Narrabeen Tragic Tigers: Over 35’S Rugby Team

Have you been coaching or watching your little tacker running around? Getting pumped watching Subbies or the big boys play?
Come and have a run with Narrabeen Tragic Tigers Over 35’s rugby team!

Next game is after Subbies at Porters Reserve Newport Saturday 14/5 from 5 pm.

It’s competitive rugby, played with modified rules to make sure you turn up to work on Monday.
Challenging, great team spirit, and maybe a beer or three after it.

Contact us to find out more at: vpnarrabeentigers@gmail.com


Midget Farrelly Tribute Statue For Palm Beach

A while ago, Bruce Raymond and Gordon Lang set up a community group to recognise Midget Farrelly as our own male first world surfing champion (and local hero) by commencing a fundraising campaign to design and install a life-sized statue of Midget at his spiritual home, Palm Beach.

They have obtained approval from Northern Beaches Council, who are actively supporting the project, along with Beverlie Farrelly, who is our patron. Details below and more soon!


Celebrating NSW's Top Scientists And Engineers

May 26, 2022
Nominations are now open for the 2022 Premier’s Prizes for Science and Engineering, which recognise and reward the state’s best and brightest researchers for their contribution to science.

Premier Dominic Perrottet said the awards celebrate the state’s leading scientists and shine a light on their life-changing work.

“NSW is home to world-leading scientific researchers who are undertaking cutting-edge work that has generated economic, environmental, health, social and technological benefits to our State,” Mr Perrottet said.

“These awards celebrate their achievements and provide an opportunity for the NSW Government to recognise their dedication to their field of expertise.”

The top award is the NSW Scientist of the Year, presented to an outstanding individual who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of science or engineering. The winner of the top gong receives $60,000.

Other categories, of which winners receive $5,000, include:
  • Excellence in Mathematics, Earth Sciences, Chemistry or Physics
  • Excellence in Biological Sciences
  • Excellence in Medical Biological Sciences
  • Excellence in Engineering or Information and Communications Technology
  • NSW Early Career Researcher of the Year (Biological Sciences)
  • NSW Early Career Researcher of the Year (Physical Sciences)
  • Leadership in Innovation in NSW
  • Innovation in NSW Public Sector Science and Engineering, and
  • Innovation in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics Teaching.
Minister for Science, Innovation and Technology Alister Henskens said the awards raise community awareness and appreciation of the important contribution scientists, engineers and teachers make to our daily lives.

“Since 2008, these awards have celebrated NSW-based scientists and engineers who have changed the world we live in through their groundbreaking research,” Mr Henskens.

“These awards demonstrate the NSW Government’s strong commitment to supporting science, innovation and technology and recognise the enormous contribution by those who make up NSW’s globally competitive innovation ecosystem.”

Professor Jim Patrick AO was awarded the 2021 NSW Scientist of the Year for his pioneering work on the cochlear implant.

“It was a great honour to be named NSW Scientist of the Year at last year’s Premier’s Prizes for Science & Engineering. It was also wonderful recognition of the progress made by Cochlear since its establishment in 1981,” Professor Patrick said.

“We shared a common objective: to give or restore hearing. I trust that this year’s prizes will celebrate further groundbreaking work which delivers important outcomes to NSW,” said Professor Patrick.


Nominations close Wednesday June 22nd, 2022

Fairy Penguins Coming Ashore

The Australian Seabird & Turtle Rescue Central Coast advises that during the last few weeks they have seen an increase in little penguins being found along our coastline. 

Little penguins on the Central Coast, off Barrenjoey and in the Hunter region live and breed on offshore islands.

If one is found along our coastline, the penguin may be suffering from exhaustion, is unwell, injured or is currently moulting. Please report any penguins that are found onshore and please don’t place them back into the ocean.


Seals Coming Ashore: Please Keep 40 Metres Distance

ORRCA would like to remind residents it is that time of year when we get the odd special visitor to our beaches and bays looking for a spot to rest and relax in the summer sun. 

If you are out and about and come across a seal that is resting, please don't approach it! Keep well back (40 meters is required under NSW Laws) and enjoy the special visitor from a distance. 

It is also important to report your sighting into the ORRCA Rescue Hotline on 02 9415 3333 so they can track and, if needed, assess the seal. 

ORRCA often track seals moving up and down our coastline over days, weeks and months so your report could add to the seal travel journey.


Leopard Seal at Bungan Beach. Photo: Jools Farrell

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 Register

NB: 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

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.

We need your help. Thank you for reporting wildlife road fatalities. 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

Johnson Brothers Trade Day 2022: June 16 At Mona Vale 

Thursday June 16 2022 is the annual Johnson Brothers Trade Day at the Mona Vale from Noon until 5.30 pm this year, and will feature a range of great products and services and information stalls for local Tradies and those keen on their DIY projects. 

Johnson Bros Trade Day is an annual Expo which showcases both best practice and innovation. With stands manned by reps from over 60 brands, it provides a great resource for information and advice to anyone interested in learning about tools and materials within the hardware industry. CPD points will be available for builders.




PLUS: Winter Garden Jobs For A Flowering Fruitful Spring
Also this Issue: With snow winds blowing around our ears now is a great time to get the toes warm through doing some outdoors work and setting your garden up for a fruitful flowering Spring. At present many of our local trees are shedding leaves, so it's also a great seasons to re-gear your mulch and compost heaps to feed your garden's earth health.

This Issue a look into some jobs you can do around the garden this month.

Keolis Downer Northern Beaches: Recruitment Open Day 

Want to put yourself in the Driver’s seat?
Keolis Downer Northern Beaches is now hiring!

Enjoy autonomy, work-life balance, supportive team culture and social connection. 
No experience is needed. You just have to love to drive! 
Part-time, full-time, casual, and job share options are available.
Potential earnings of $70-90k (full-time average). 

Other benefits include FREE license upgrade, health and wellbeing programs including Fitness Passport for you and your family, staff rewards and discounts, and more

Recruitment Open Day Details:
Come and meet our HR and Operations team to discuss starting your career within Australia’s largest private multi-model Transport operator. 

There will be info sessions, depot tours and a BBQ. You can apply on the spot or just have an obligation free talk to one of our experienced drivers. 

When: Saturday 18 June 2022 between 8:00am and 4:00pm
Where: Brookvale Bus Depot, 630-636 Pittwater Rd, Brookvale NSW 2100
For more information or to book in a time, contact us at kdnb.recruitment@keolisdowner.com.au or call 029941 5888.


Free Bright Blooms And Bush Tucker On Offer

June 9, 2022
The NSW Government has launched the latest round of its Free Tree Giveaway, with up to 9,000 trees – from beautiful red waratahs to the hardy Wynyarbbie Gem – up for grabs by Greater Sydney residents.

Minister for Planning and Minister for Homes said it was exciting to keep the momentum of the popular program going, as the Government fast approaches its goal of 1 million trees planted by the end of 2022.

“We started the giveaway almost two years ago and, thanks to the passion of residents across Greater Sydney, we’ve seen more than 45,000 trees planted. The last giveaway alone saw 6,000 trees claimed in just a matter of days,” Mr Roberts said.

“More trees mean more shade, cleaner air, and healthier, happier and more resilient communities, so bolstering our tree numbers is something we can all get behind.

“This latest round focuses on providing native tree options, including fingerlimes, native thyme and lemon myrtle, giving residents the added bonus of growing something they might one day be able to eat.”

To deliver the giveaway, the NSW Government has partnered with Sydney-based IndigiGrow, a 100 per cent Aboriginal owned and operated social enterprise.

IndigiGrow CEO Peter Cooley said the purpose of IndigiGrow is to help sustain people, land and culture, through the propagation of native plants, including bush foods.

“This partnership helps us to provide apprenticeships for our young people, where they learn traditional plant knowledge and gain nationally-recognised training at the same time,” Mr Cooley said.

Every tree planted from this giveaway will be registered towards the Greening our City Premier’s Priority, which aims to plant 1 million trees in Greater Sydney by the end of the year.

The Tree Giveaway is open to residents from all 33 LGAs across Greater Sydney, who have not already received a free tree in 2022.



Australia Post Pays It Forward With Community Grants Focusing On Mental Health And Wellbeing

Applications are open for Australia Post’s 2022 Community Grants program, helping build community connections to support the mental health and wellbeing of Australians across the country.

From today, not-for-profit groups across Australia can apply for grants of up to $10,000 to support projects with the primary purpose of improving mental health and wellbeing in local communities. Last year’s program saw half of all grants made to organisations in regional and remote locations.

Australia Post Head of Community, Nicky Tracey said past recipients included projects such as friendship and buddy programs, peer support groups for young people, mental wellbeing workshops and community morning teas.

“We are delighted to once again offer these grants to help support the mental health of Australians all around the country. We’ve seen how these grants make a real difference in local communities, building connection and encouraging open and positive conversations around mental health,” Ms Tracey said.

“As an organisation that delivers to customers everywhere - in cities, rural areas and the most remote corners of the country - we want to support local communities deliver a diverse range of projects, and we’re delighted to once again do that through the 2022 Community Grants program.” 

The program illustrates Australia Post’s longstanding commitment to mental health, which includes supporting mental health and wellbeing in the transport and logistics industries as a founding member of Healthy Heads in Trucks & Sheds, and a partnership with Beyond Blue that to date has delivered mental health resources to more than 6 million letterboxes across Australia. 

Applicants are encouraged to review the guidelines carefully to check eligibility requirements, with eligible community organisations able to apply until 11.59pm on 3 July 2022 at auspost.com.au/grants.
Applicants will be notified of the outcome in September 2022.

About Australia Post’s Community Grants Program: 
Each year Australia Post’s Community Grants program awards grants of up to $10,000 to fund community-led, local projects that connect individuals and communities. Since 2020, our focus has been on supporting projects that connect individuals for improved mental health and mental wellbeing outcomes in local communities. Since 2013, Australia Post’s Community Grants program has awarded $4,285,761 to 675 community groups. Visit: auspost.com.au/grants


Scheduled Roadwork: Surveying-Wakehurst Parkway

Frenchs Forest; Wakehurst Parkway between Dreadnought Road and Oxford Falls Road
Mon 11 Jul 2022 to Thu 14 Jul 2022: 9:00pm to 5:00am
Traffic affected both directions
Advice: Reduced speed limit (40km/h), Check signage, Exercise caution
Other Advice: Alternating (stop/slow) traffic conditions will be in place.


Helping Households With Energy Bills

Households experiencing difficulty paying their energy bills will be able to access up to $1,600 a year in help after Treasurer and Energy Minister Matt Kean increased support payments on May 26, 2022.

The Energy Accounts Payment Assistance (EAPA) program has helped 49,000 NSW households experiencing short-term financial hardship with their energy bills. From Monday May 29, 2022, each application will have its limit increased from $300 to $400, up to a maximum of $1,600 a year.

“Eligible customers can receive payment assistance of up to $400 per application for electricity and up to $400 per application for gas bills twice a year,” Mr Kean said.

“This means the annual maximum limit of vouchers has increased from $1,200 to $1,600 per household.”

The boost to assistance for electricity and gas bills comes as the Australian Energy Regulator released its final determination today showing NSW energy customers on standing offers will face price increases from July 1.

The price increases are driven primarily by external factors including the Russian invasion of Ukraine which has affected supply and led to global price pressures on coal and gas. Extreme weather events in NSW and Queensland have also had an impact on prices.

The extra assistance is part of a $330 million per year package the NSW government is providing which also includes energy rebates to around 1 million households.

“With cost-of-living pressures increasing, colder weather arriving and days shortening, we want to make sure households in NSW not only keep the lights on but keep their families safe, warm and comfortable,” Mr Kean said.

Eligible households can also apply for different rebates including the Low Income Household Rebate, Gas Rebate, Family Energy Rebate, and Seniors Energy Rebate.

Around 800,000 households received the Low Income Household Rebate last year and 286,000 received the Gas Rebate.

“I encourage all households to shop around to find the best deal for their energy,” Mr Kean said.

Customers can see what they are eligible for by using the Service NSW Savings Finderphoning 13 77 88 or visiting a Service NSW centre.

Households and small businesses can also use the free and independent Australian Government service – Energy Made Easy – to compare energy plans. 

Chemical Clean Out: June 2022 At Mona Vale

Where: Mona Vale Beach Car Park; Surfview Road, Mona Vale
When: Sat 25, Sun 26 June 2022, 9am - 3:30pm

The safe way to dispose of potentially hazardous household chemicals is at a Household Chemical CleanOut event. These events are free services held across NSW on specified dates.

Before you attend a Chemical CleanOut event, please place all materials in the rear of your vehicle. On arrival, remain in your vehicle and our contractor will collect your items. Contractors onsite will be wearing personal protective equipment and following social distancing measures.

Use CleanOut to safely dispose of household chemicals that could cause harm to human health and the environment if not disposed of correctly. Check dates and locations for Household Chemical CleanOut events.

What can I take to a Household Chemical CleanOut event?
You can take household quantities of the following household chemicals and items – up to a maximum of 20 litres or 20 kilograms of a single item.

Solvents and household cleaners
Floor care products
Ammonia-based cleaners
Pesticides and herbicides
Poisons
Pool chemicals
Hobby chemicals
Motor fuels
Fluorescent globes and tubes
Acids and alkalis
Smoke detectors
Paint and paint-related products
Gas bottles
Fire extinguishers
Car and household batteries
Motor oils and cooking oils

CleanOut events held in the Sydney, Illawarra and Hunter regions are open to all NSW residents, unless expressly stated, and are organised through the NSW EPA.

Newport Residents Association: June 2022 Meeting

Our next meeting will be Tuesday evening 21st June 2022 commencing at 7 pm at the Newport Community Centre Activity Room, The Boulevard, Newport.  

The aims and objectives of the Newport Residents Association Incorporated include:
  • To provide a forum for all interested residents, ratepayers and resident groups in the Pittwater Ward area and particularly in the Newport area.
  • To represent the interests of ratepayers and residents on local issues at all levels of government but particularly at the local government level.
  • To work for responsible planning, environmental protection and the enhancement of the environment of the Northern Beaches Council and in particular the Pittwater Ward area.
  • To achieve community awareness and involvement in Council’s decision-making processes and planning.
  • To take any other action not elsewhere included to further the interests of the Newport Residents Association Incorporated and its members.
MEETINGS
3rd Tuesday of each month at 7.00 pm at the Newport Community Centre (The Boulevarde Newport).
To find out more, please visit: https://newport.org.au/


In 2022 Newport Rugby Club has teamed up with The Newport to present Ladies Day 2022!
Given that we have had two years without acknowledging the amazing women who contributed to our community rugby club, we have decided to go all out!

Here is what is included in your ticket;
  • 12:00pm Meet at The Newport for Canapés and Drinks
  • 1:55pm The Newport courtesy bus to transport from the venue to Porters Reserve
  • 2:00pm COCKTAIL HOUR where Newport Rugby Clubhouse will exclusively be available to the Ladies with Live Music and Cocktails
  • 3:00pm Continued normal bar access with bar service (1hour)
  • 5:00pm Post Match Ceremony Barker & Newport
  • 7:00pm Transport available to transfer to The Newport

The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever

Mona Vale Village Park
Saturday July 16, 2022 at 11.30 am
The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever is coming to Mona Vale. This is a free community event where people come together, dressed in red flowing clothes and recreate the Kate Bush iconic video for her song Wuthering Heights. This event is performed all over the world on the middle weekend of July.
After the performance, we float across to The Park House where all the Cathie’s can gather and Wuther some more.

In addition at the Park House, we will have some raffles and silent auctions to raise funds and awareness of local charity The Womens Resilience Centre.


Palm Beach RSL Veterans Ocean Therapy

Palm Beach RSL Sub-Branch has approved the formation of Veterans Ocean Therapy in order to improve Physical and Mental Health of Veterans.

Storage will soon arrive at 29 Iluka Rd that will house kayaks and paddle boards with direct access to Pittwater.

A regular paddle club will shortly afterwards commence for veterans including BBQ breakfast at the club.
Veterans Ocean Therapy will be looking for assistance or donations of watercraft and gear.

Any veterans interested in joining please stay tuned for more updates. Or contact Dave Good at dave@good.id.au



Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary Stalls 

The Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary members are having 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.

June 5 -11, 2022: Issue 541

This Issue: 

Front Page Issue 541  

Pictures Mona Vale SLSC's New Clubhouse Grand Opening

Keeping Our Local Wildlife Safe Means Keeping Cats Safe At Home: Council Part Of New NSW Government/RSPCA Project - World Environment Day 2022

Aquatics Kiama Downs Ducks Into Top Spot At IRB Series Round 2 - Avalon Beach SLSC Honours Peter 'Digger' Akehurst - Newport SLSC Rises To 4th Spot 

From Italy To Avalon Beach, With Love - Roy Mustaca features next Saturday on The Avalon Story, tune into Radio Northern Beaches  (88.7/90.3 FM) at 9am on Saturday 11 June 

Narrabeen Bushwalkers On The Central Coast by Robyn McWilliam

Avalon Beach Historical Society’s 10th Great Historic Photographic Exhibition (June long weekend) by Geoff Searl OAM

Avalon Beach Village Shops: Some History - A History Celebration Prelude for the Avalon Beach Centenary's 10th Great Historic Photographic Exhibition from the Avalon Beach Historical Society: open June Long Weekend in the Avalon Beach Recreation Centre

Prime Minister Of Australia, The Hon. Anthony Albanese, Announces First Full Ministry

Community Asked For Comment On Draft Strategy For Narrabeen Lagoon Management  feedback closes June 19th

Food Sa-Biang- Thai Restaurant at Avalon Beach

Profile of the Week Robyn Edelle Friend (B.A. & Dip Ed.)
July 7th 1946 To May 14th, 2022
A Celebration Of Her Life
On Friday May 27th at 12.01pm a Celebration of the Life of Robyn Friend was held on the front lawn of the Avalon Bowling Club.

This Celebration had been fully planned and written out by Robyn and the following adheres to her instructions and wishes, and those of her family. 

Robyn's Notice, as hand penned to Pittwater Online to be run, stated, in part; ''All are invited to Celebrate BUT must bring smiles and dancing shoes.'' All were asked to wear colourful clothing as well - no dark colours.

Dick Harris, of Avalon Bulldogs and First Grade Manager of the Warringah Rats was asked to be MC and read the Eulogy Robyn had written to be read, as her speaking. Similarly Robyn had a full itinerary of the Order of Celebration which included her children, her wider family and her best friends from her sport - Netball.

This Issue a Tribute to one of Avalon Beach's Treasures.

Mona Vale SLSC celebrated the opening of a brand new clubhouse on Saturday, May 4th, 2022. Throughout the years since 1908, when locals first formed themselves into being available to go to the aid of those who found themselves in difficulties in the waters off this beach, there have been several changes of places and structures used as a clubhouse - the first seemingly a mere shed to house a boat in to be used as a rescue item. In 1908 Warringah Shire Council Minutes of Meetings records for the 14th August 1908, 51st Meeting, Minutes:   Mona Vale Park Trust ; Re handing over the park to Council. Mona Vale Progress Association – complaining of roads in that district. Motions – Purchase of life boat – CR. Powell and Cr. Quirk, seconded the following motion: That the Works Committee report on the advisability of purchasing a life-boat for Mona Vale and establishing a life-boat Brigade – carried unanimously Later that same year: The Warringah Shire Council has decided to financially help the Mona Vale Surf Club in the erection of a dressing shed on the beach. The councillors recognise that, this spot is becoming popular among surf bathers. MINING. (1908, December 17). Evening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 - 1931), p. 4. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article113764718 - This Issue a few insights into this great local surf club.

Artist of the Month June 2022: Gemma Rasdall - Water Access Only Exhibition - at Bather's Pavilion and ONLINE Website: www.gemmarasdall.com - Scotland Island Artist Gemma Rasdall was announced as a Finalist in the 2022 Wynne prize in May 2022, a credit to her work but also for developing her practice. Known for her very popular marine paintings on sailcloth – some of which can be quite large in scale – her Wynne Prize finalist work is something quite different, and signals a shift in her work. Gemma's ''Framed by life offshore'', watercolour and gouache on paper; 75 x 85.5 cm (overall) Artists' Statement reads: Welcome to Scotland Island: a short boat ride, casual paddle or vigorous swim from Church Point Wharf on Garigal Country, NSW. We offshore dwellers blow in and out with the tides, basking like seals when the sun shines and washing up like drowning rats when the squalls hit. This place and its people – a quirky and multifarious community – warm my soul and flood my creative practice with colour and movement. This artwork is a collection of moments captured around the island and its surrounding bays from friends’ and neighbours’ houses. It is an ode to the place I call home. 

Pittwater Offshore Newsletter: June 1, 2022

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Be Fire-Safe, Not Sorry This Winter

June 1, 2022
To mark the start of Fire Awareness Month, Fire and Rescue NSW and the NSW Rural Fire Service are reminding households to ‘be safe, not sorry’ this winter by taking precautions to guard against house fires.

Minister for Emergency Services and Resilience and Minister for Flood Recovery Steph Cooke said it can take as little as three minutes for a fire to take hold in a home.

“Every winter we see a spike in house fires which could have tragic and even fatal consequences,” Ms Cooke said.

“Around 20 people lose their lives in house fires every year that could have been prevented, with many more sustaining life-changing injuries.

“I am encouraging households across NSW to take simple precautions like making sure smoke alarms are working, keeping objects a metre from the heater, not leaving cooking unattended and not using outdoor heating equipment inside.”

Last year, Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) attended 953 residential house fires between 1 June and 31 August, which is roughly one third of reported home fires annually.

FRNSW Commissioner Paul Baxter said firefighters are committed to reducing the risk of home fires and to protecting the irreplaceable.

“The best way to stay out of harm this winter is to take measures to prevent a fire from occurring in the first instance. It is vitally important for people to have a working smoke alarm in their home and to test it regularly,” Commissioner Baxter said.

FRNSW’s suggested safety measures include:
  • Check and maintain smoke alarms;
  • Keep any drying clothes or anything flammable at least a metre from the heater;
  • Clean and maintain any fireplaces;
  • Do not use outdoor heating or cooking equipment inside your home;
  • Check electric blankets are safe for use and never go to bed with your electric blanket on;
  • Do not overheat wheat bags in the microwave;
  • Do not overload power boards;
  • Clean the lint filter from your clothes dryer after each use;
  • Never leave cooking unattended;
  • Always use candles under adult supervision and do not leave them unattended; and
  • Ensure you have a ‘home fire escape plan” and practice it regularly with your family.

Acknowledgement To All Candidates Following Historic Mackellar Election Outcome

The May 21 election resulted in a historic outcome in the seat of Mackellar. The Voices of Mackellar Committee would like to express our gratitude to all candidates, and extend our sincere congratulations to Dr. Sophie Scamps on her election win. 

We are heartened that, in her own words, Dr Scamps intends to be a ‘community-backed’ independent MP.  Voices of Mackellar is proud that her six months tenure as a founding committee member gave Dr. Scamps direct experience consulting with the community via those early Kitchen Table Conversations and appreciates her early role to establish Voices of Mackellar as an important contributor to our community. We look forward to the role we endeavour to play ensuring community voices continue to be heard and counted.

Our  aim is to foster a constructive dialogue with Dr Scamps over the course of her parliamentary term including to discuss the detailed findings of the Mackellar Matters 2022 report which were previewed in our recent candidate forum.

To the outgoing Member for Mackellar, Jason Falinski we extend our sincere thanks for his service to the people of Mackellar and beyond for the last 2 parliamentary terms and wish him well in his future endeavours.

Our Committee also acknowledges the heavy workload undertaken and the personal sacrifices that Mr. Falinski and all parliamentarians make on a daily basis and particularly during the first global pandemic in one hundred years.

We also extend our thanks to Paula Goodman, Ethan Hrnjak, Barry Steele, Christopher Ball and Darren Dickson for standing as Mackellar candidates in the recent Federal election. We appreciate the time and effort involved in doing so and commend their passion and commitment.

The election of  an independent parliamentary representative is unprecedented in the Mackellar electorate’s 73 year history. For many this will be exciting and for others it is likely to be daunting. 

For its part, Voices of Mackellar will continue its non partisan and non aligned approach to pursue its 2 main objectives, namely;
  1. To foster active community participation in the democratic process 
  2. To encourage the highest standard of community consultation and political representation for all the residents of the Mackellar electorate.
We invite the incoming and outgoing representatives, all 2022 election candidates and the wider community to stay engaged with future activities of Voices of Mackellar.


To register for the AGM, please click here.
To pay your membership fee, please click here.

CABPRA Winter Newsletter

The Clareville and Bilgola Plateau Residents Association (CABPRA) Newsletter for Winter 2022 now available for download.

CABPRA’s vision is:
  • To encourage residents to take an active interest in their community
  • To preserve and enhance the natural beauty of the area including native flora and fauna
  • To promote sound environmental planning and management sympathetic with Pittwater’s natural beauty
  • To protect and enhance the residential amenity of the area including public reserves, access lanes, footpaths, cycle ways, beaches, wharves and foreshores
  • To speak with one voice and represent the interests and quality of life of the CABPRA community when in discussion with Council and other relevant government bodies

Update On SIRA Activities

Want to find out what the Scotland Island Residents Association (SIRA) and its subcommittees have been doing in the first part of this year?

You can now view a short report on activities in areas such as communications, road improvements, the environment, wharves and the emergency water system, as well as recreation. To download the report, please click here.


Some of the members of the SIRA Committee, 2021-22

ICAC Forum On Pork Barrelling

The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) held a forum on Friday 3 June 2022 to examine the practice of pork barrelling, including whether it is lawful and ethical, and whether it could constitute corrupt conduct under the Independent Commission Against Corruption Act 1988.

The forum, hosted by Chief Commissioner the Hon Peter Hall QC, discussed whether:
  • the practice of pork barrelling is lawful or unlawful, and whether it is ethical
  • the conduct associated with the practice of pork barrelling could constitute corrupt conduct under the provisions of the ICAC Act
  • ministerial discretionary power in relation to grant funding is at large, or whether it is subject to constraints and conditions by operation of the Rule of Law and, if so, the circumstances in which constraints or conditions exist or operate.
In relation to the third point above, the panel also canvassed whether regulation of grant funding programs by statutory instrument is necessary to ensure, in the public interest, that public monies are only expended for public purposes, and the safeguards that are necessary in the public interest to prevent breaches of public trust arising in the course of such programs.

The panel was moderated by prominent journalist and author Kerry O’Brien and, in addition to Chief Commissioner Hall, comprised subject matter experts including:
  • Professor Anne Twomey, Professor of Constitutional Law and Director, Constitutional Reform Unit, University of Sydney
  • the Hon Joseph Campbell, Adjunct Professor at the University of Sydney and former judge of the NSW Court of Appeal
  • Dr Simon Longstaff AO, Director of the Ethics Centre and Adjunct Professor of the Australian Graduate School of Management at the University of NSW
  • NSW Deputy Auditor General Ian Goodwin
  • Professor AJ Brown, leader of the Centre for Governance & Public Policy’s public integrity and anti-corruption research program, and professor of public policy and law in the School of Government & International Relations, Griffith University.
As the Commission is ultimately accountable to the NSW Parliament, the forum was held at a room in Parliament House.

Following the forum, the ICAC will prepare and issue a report setting out its views on pork barrelling, including whether and how it relates to corrupt conduct, in due course. Transcript and video of the forum discussion are also available and included Forum on Pork Barrelling Panellists' Papers:
  • Some legal implications of pork barrelling - Joseph Campbell (pdf)
  • Some legal implications of pork barrelling - Joseph Campbell – Index (pdf)
  • On The Ethics of Pork-Barrelling - Simon Longstaff (pdf)
  • When is pork barrelling corruption and what can be done to avert it - Anne Twomey (pdf)
All Panellists Papers are available to download here: 

How to provide your comments
If you would like to provide comment to the Commission on pork barrelling following the 3 June forum, please send via email to icac@icac.nsw.gov.au with the subject "Forum on Pork Barrelling comments" by close of business on Friday 10 June 2022.

Narrabeen Tragic Tigers: Over 35’S Rugby Team

Have you been coaching or watching your little tacker running around? Getting pumped watching Subbies or the big boys play?
Come and have a run with Narrabeen Tragic Tigers Over 35’s rugby team!

Next game is after Subbies at Porters Reserve Newport Saturday 14/5 from 5 pm.

It’s competitive rugby, played with modified rules to make sure you turn up to work on Monday.
Challenging, great team spirit, and maybe a beer or three after it.

Contact us to find out more at: vpnarrabeentigers@gmail.com


Lakeside Park 'Proposed' Carpark Changes

See below - no details or plans of boat trailer parking bay numbers or where these will be provided - just this sign on the site itself.


overhead shot of current site - per Google maps.

Email feedback to council@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au use Reference: 2022/281231 by June 10.

Midget Farrelly Tribute Statue For Palm Beach

A while ago, Bruce Raymond and Gordon Lang set up a community group to recognise Midget Farrelly as our own male first world surfing champion (and local hero) by commencing a fundraising campaign to design and install a life-sized statue of Midget at his spiritual home, Palm Beach.

They have obtained approval from Northern Beaches Council, who are actively supporting the project, along with Beverlie Farrelly, who is our patron. Details below and more soon!


Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary Stalls Return

The Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary members are having 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.

Celebrating NSW's Top Scientists And Engineers

May 26, 2022
Nominations are now open for the 2022 Premier’s Prizes for Science and Engineering, which recognise and reward the state’s best and brightest researchers for their contribution to science.

Premier Dominic Perrottet said the awards celebrate the state’s leading scientists and shine a light on their life-changing work.

“NSW is home to world-leading scientific researchers who are undertaking cutting-edge work that has generated economic, environmental, health, social and technological benefits to our State,” Mr Perrottet said.

“These awards celebrate their achievements and provide an opportunity for the NSW Government to recognise their dedication to their field of expertise.”

The top award is the NSW Scientist of the Year, presented to an outstanding individual who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of science or engineering. The winner of the top gong receives $60,000.

Other categories, of which winners receive $5,000, include:
  • Excellence in Mathematics, Earth Sciences, Chemistry or Physics
  • Excellence in Biological Sciences
  • Excellence in Medical Biological Sciences
  • Excellence in Engineering or Information and Communications Technology
  • NSW Early Career Researcher of the Year (Biological Sciences)
  • NSW Early Career Researcher of the Year (Physical Sciences)
  • Leadership in Innovation in NSW
  • Innovation in NSW Public Sector Science and Engineering, and
  • Innovation in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics Teaching.
Minister for Science, Innovation and Technology Alister Henskens said the awards raise community awareness and appreciation of the important contribution scientists, engineers and teachers make to our daily lives.

“Since 2008, these awards have celebrated NSW-based scientists and engineers who have changed the world we live in through their groundbreaking research,” Mr Henskens.

“These awards demonstrate the NSW Government’s strong commitment to supporting science, innovation and technology and recognise the enormous contribution by those who make up NSW’s globally competitive innovation ecosystem.”

Professor Jim Patrick AO was awarded the 2021 NSW Scientist of the Year for his pioneering work on the cochlear implant.

“It was a great honour to be named NSW Scientist of the Year at last year’s Premier’s Prizes for Science & Engineering. It was also wonderful recognition of the progress made by Cochlear since its establishment in 1981,” Professor Patrick said.

“We shared a common objective: to give or restore hearing. I trust that this year’s prizes will celebrate further groundbreaking work which delivers important outcomes to NSW,” said Professor Patrick.


Nominations close Wednesday June 22nd, 2022

Fairy Penguins Coming Ashore

The Australian Seabird & Turtle Rescue Central Coast advises that during the last few weeks they have seen an increase in little penguins being found along our coastline. 

Little penguins on the Central Coast, off Barrenjoey and in the Hunter region live and breed on offshore islands.

If one is found along our coastline, the penguin may be suffering from exhaustion, is unwell, injured or is currently moulting. Please report any penguins that are found onshore and please don’t place them back into the ocean.


Seals Coming Ashore: Please Keep 40 Metres Distance

ORRCA would like to remind residents it is that time of year when we get the odd special visitor to our beaches and bays looking for a spot to rest and relax in the summer sun. 

If you are out and about and come across a seal that is resting, please don't approach it! Keep well back (40 meters is required under NSW Laws) and enjoy the special visitor from a distance. 

It is also important to report your sighting into the ORRCA Rescue Hotline on 02 9415 3333 so they can track and, if needed, assess the seal. 

ORRCA often track seals moving up and down our coastline over days, weeks and months so your report could add to the seal travel journey.


Leopard Seal at Bungan Beach. Photo: Jools Farrell

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.

We need your help. Thank you for reporting wildlife road fatalities. 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

Please 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 after your summer holiday (or just out and about on Australia Day), 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

Helping Households With Energy Bills

Households experiencing difficulty paying their energy bills will be able to access up to $1,600 a year in help after Treasurer and Energy Minister Matt Kean increased support payments on May 26, 2022.

The Energy Accounts Payment Assistance (EAPA) program has helped 49,000 NSW households experiencing short-term financial hardship with their energy bills. From Monday May 29, 2022, each application will have its limit increased from $300 to $400, up to a maximum of $1,600 a year.

“Eligible customers can receive payment assistance of up to $400 per application for electricity and up to $400 per application for gas bills twice a year,” Mr Kean said.

“This means the annual maximum limit of vouchers has increased from $1,200 to $1,600 per household.”

The boost to assistance for electricity and gas bills comes as the Australian Energy Regulator released its final determination today showing NSW energy customers on standing offers will face price increases from July 1.

The price increases are driven primarily by external factors including the Russian invasion of Ukraine which has affected supply and led to global price pressures on coal and gas. Extreme weather events in NSW and Queensland have also had an impact on prices.

The extra assistance is part of a $330 million per year package the NSW government is providing which also includes energy rebates to around 1 million households.

“With cost-of-living pressures increasing, colder weather arriving and days shortening, we want to make sure households in NSW not only keep the lights on but keep their families safe, warm and comfortable,” Mr Kean said.

Eligible households can also apply for different rebates including the Low Income Household Rebate, Gas Rebate, Family Energy Rebate, and Seniors Energy Rebate.

Around 800,000 households received the Low Income Household Rebate last year and 286,000 received the Gas Rebate.

“I encourage all households to shop around to find the best deal for their energy,” Mr Kean said.

Customers can see what they are eligible for by using the Service NSW Savings Finderphoning 13 77 88 or visiting a Service NSW centre.

Households and small businesses can also use the free and independent Australian Government service – Energy Made Easy – to compare energy plans. 

Investing In Youth Key To Strengthening Harmony In NSW

June 1, 2022
A stronger and more harmonious future rests with young people, and that is why the NSW Government is investing in communities and offering funding to groups running youth-focused initiatives that promote social cohesion.

Minister for Multiculturalism Mark Coure said through the Community Partnership Action (COMPACT) Program, non-for-profit and community groups will be able to apply for a share of $1.5 million to run programs and projects that empower young people to build social harmony and put an end racism. 

“It is one thing to denounce racism and hate, but we will never be truly rid of it in NSW without meaningful action,” Mr Coure said. 

“The NSW Government recognises one of those actions must be to empower young people to promote social harmony in their communities.

“This funding will go towards programs that not only help achieve that but will also secure a more peaceful and cohesive future for NSW.”

Mr Coure said the COMPACT Program is a first of its kind in Australia, which focuses on building social cohesion and community resilience. 

“To date, the NSW Government has invested in programs such as the creation of the Islamophobia Register Australia, providing support to victims of these hateful attacks and working with other victim groups to present a united front against all hate crimes,” Mr Coure said. 

“Programs, such as this one, have engaged tens of thousands of young people and empowered them to build inter-cultural and inter-faith harmony in their communities, securing a brighter future for NSW families. 

“This is only possible through the NSW Government’s strong economy, which means more money for key programs.”

Applications close 5pm on Friday, 10 June 2022.

Affirmative Consent Becomes Law In NSW

June 1, 2022
New affirmative consent reforms that simplify, strengthen and modernise the laws around sexual consent come into effect in New South Wales today.

Attorney General Mark Speakman said the new laws make it clear that if you want to engage in sexual activity with someone, then they need to do or say something to show consent, or you need to do or say something to seek consent.

"These laws set clearer boundaries for consensual sex, reinforce the basic principle of common decency that consent is a free choice involving mutual and ongoing communication, and reinforce that consent should not be presumed,” Mr Speakman said.

Under the new affirmative consent laws:
  • - You can’t assume someone is consenting because they don’t say no. Silence is not consent.
  • - Consent is an ongoing process. A person can change their mind and withdraw their consent at any time.
  • - A person can’t consent if they’re so intoxicated that they can’t choose or refuse to participate.
  • - Consent can only be given freely and voluntarily. If you force or coerce your partner into sex, it’s not consensual.
  • - Consent must be present for every sexual act. If someone consents to one sexual act, it doesn’t mean they’ve consented to others.
  • - A person can’t consent if they’re asleep or unconscious.
Mr Speakman said the reforms are only one part of tackling sexual violence in the community.

“The consent reforms are not just about holding perpetrators to account, but changing social behaviour with clearer rules of engagement to drive down the rate of sexual assaults,” he said.

“The NSW Government is committed not just to ensuring our laws are fit for purpose, but also to ensuring all members of community have the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to develop and maintain respectful relationships.

“The law reforms are accompanied by education campaigns to assist this, including phase 3 of the NSW Government’s “Make No Doubt- site” campaign which was launched on 25 May 2022.”

Mr Speakman said the NSW Government has worked with agencies over the last six months to ensure judicial officers, prosecutors, defence lawyers and police are well-informed about the changes to consent law.

Resources for lawyers and judges include the NSW Judicial Commission’s Criminal Trial Courts Bench Book, which is being updated to include the reforms.

Five new jury directions will be available for judges to give at trial to address common misconceptions about consent, to ensure a complainant’s evidence is assessed fairly.

The directions will clarify that:
  • - sexual assault can occur in many different situations, including between acquaintances or people who are married or in a relationship
  • - sexual offences aren’t always accompanied by violence, threats or physical injuries
  • - there is no normal or typical response to being sexually assaulted, and juries must not rely on preconceived ideas about how people respond to a sexual assault
  • - trauma may affect people differently, which means some people may show signs of emotional distress when giving evidence and some may not, and
  • - it should not be assumed that a person consented because of their behaviour, such as the way a person is dressed or the fact that they have consumed alcohol or drugs.
The NSW Government will produce targeted education programs for judges, lawyers and police about changes to consent law.

The reforms follow a comprehensive review by the NSW Law Reform Commission, involving extensive community consultation and more than 190 submissions.

The NSW Government undertook further consultation on the drafting with more than 20 stakeholders, including service providers, prosecutors, defence lawyers, experts and academics to avoid any unintended consequences for the legal system.

“The NSW Government will take an active and engaged approach to implementation and monitoring of the reforms,” Mr Speakman said.

“The Act includes specific provisions requiring a statutory review to be conducted three years after the commencement of the reforms.

“The three-year review will be supported by a Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research analysis of key criminal justice markers, which may include policing outcomes, court outcomes, appeals, sentences, time to justice, and the characteristics of victims and defendants.”

The reforms will apply to an offence committed, or alleged to have been committed, on or after 1 June 2022. Amendments to criminal procedure will apply to proceedings that commence on or after 1 June 2022.

Newport Residents Association: June 2022 Meeting

Our next meeting will be Tuesday evening 21st June 2022 commencing at 7 pm at the Newport Community Centre Activity Room, The Boulevard, Newport.  

The aims and objectives of the Newport Residents Association Incorporated include:
  • To provide a forum for all interested residents, ratepayers and resident groups in the Pittwater Ward area and particularly in the Newport area.
  • To represent the interests of ratepayers and residents on local issues at all levels of government but particularly at the local government level.
  • To work for responsible planning, environmental protection and the enhancement of the environment of the Northern Beaches Council and in particular the Pittwater Ward area.
  • To achieve community awareness and involvement in Council’s decision-making processes and planning.
  • To take any other action not elsewhere included to further the interests of the Newport Residents Association Incorporated and its members.
MEETINGS
3rd Tuesday of each month at 7.00 pm at the Newport Community Centre (The Boulevarde Newport).
To find out more, please visit: https://newport.org.au/

Mona Vale Residents Association

Mona Vale Residents Association is a community group encouraging involvement on important matters within the Mona Vale area.





In 2022 Newport Rugby Club has teamed up with The Newport to present Ladies Day 2022!
Given that we have had two years without acknowledging the amazing women who contributed to our community rugby club, we have decided to go all out!

Here is what is included in your ticket;
  • 12:00pm Meet at The Newport for Canapés and Drinks
  • 1:55pm The Newport courtesy bus to transport from the venue to Porters Reserve
  • 2:00pm COCKTAIL HOUR where Newport Rugby Clubhouse will exclusively be available to the Ladies with Live Music and Cocktails
  • 3:00pm Continued normal bar access with bar service (1hour)
  • 5:00pm Post Match Ceremony Barker & Newport
  • 7:00pm Transport available to transfer to The Newport

The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever

Mona Vale Village Park
Saturday July 16, 2022 at 11.30 am
The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever is coming to Mona Vale. This is a free community event where people come together, dressed in red flowing clothes and recreate the Kate Bush iconic video for her song Wuthering Heights. This event is performed all over the world on the middle weekend of July.
After the performance, we float across to The Park House where all the Cathie’s can gather and Wuther some more.

In addition at the Park House, we will have some raffles and silent auctions to raise funds and awareness of local charity The Womens Resilience Centre.


Community Building Partnership Grants Are Open

The NSW Government is investing in infrastructure projects that deliver positive social, environmental, and recreational outcomes, while also promoting community participation, inclusion and cohesion.  
Since 2009, the Community Building Partnership (CBP) program has awarded more than $399 million to over 18,000 projects.  

In 2022, there is a maximum of $400,000 to allocate in each electorate. Incorporated not-for-profit community organisations and local councils are eligible to apply for grants of between $5,000 and $150,000. The average grant awarded is around $20,000.  

Projects with contributions from their own, or other sources, will be considered favourably. Local councils, including their section 355 committees, are required to provide matched funding to the CBP grants.  

As total funding will be divided equally among the state electorates of NSW, applications will be assessed against other proposed projects within the same electorate.

Applications open on Monday 16 May 2022  
Applications close Friday 10 June 2022 at 5pm AEST sharp 
All projects must be completed by 31 March 2024

Residents Warned Of Barmah Forest Virus Risk

Council is advising residents to take extra precautions against mosquitos after Barmah Forest Virus was detected in mosquitos trapped at Narrabeen Lagoon.

Council partners with NSW Health to trap mosquitoes at key locations on the Beaches, to monitor the numbers and types of mosquitoes present and determine if they are carrying viral infections. Traps are set at Warriewood Wetlands and Deep Creek near the Narrabeen Lagoon trail.

Higher than average rainfall due to La Niña has created the perfect conditions for mosquitos to multiply and have meant numbers are up on previous years.

Barmah Forest Virus is spread by the bite of infected female mosquitoes. Many people who are infected will not develop symptoms; however, some people may have flu-like symptoms that include fever, chills, headache, muscle pain, joint swelling, stiffness and pain, especially in the mornings. A rash may also develop or a feeling of tiredness or weakness.

Symptoms usually develop about 7-10 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito.

There is currently no vaccine against Barmah Forest Virus. However, you can protect yourself and your family from getting bitten by taking the following steps:
  • Always wear long, loose-fitting clothing to minimise skin exposure
  • Choose and apply a repellent that contains either Diethyl Toluamide (DEET), Picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE)
  • Be aware of peak mosquito times at dawn and dusk
  • Keep your yard free of standing water like containers, birdbaths, kids toys and pot plant trays where the mosquitos can breed.
The symptoms are:
  • Fever, chills, headache and muscle pain.
  • Joint swelling, stiffness and pain, especially in the mornings.
  • A rash, usually on the trunk or limbs. The rash usually lasts for 7 - 10 days.
  • A feeling of tiredness or weakness.
Symptoms usually develop about 7-10 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. Many people with the infection do not develop any symptoms of the disease.

The majority of people with Barmah Forest virus infection recover completely in a few weeks. Others may experience symptoms such as joint pain and tiredness for many months.

As mosquitoes spread the infection to people, anyone bitten is at risk of infection if they are not immune. The virus is found in mosquitoes at different times of the year and the level of virus in mosquitoes varies from year to year. Warm, wet weather encourages mosquito breeding and increases the risk of infection. Most human cases occur during March and April when a higher proportion of mosquitoes carry the virus. Although coastal areas of northern NSW have the highest rates of infection, cases can also occur inland.

Information: NSW Health.

May 29 - June 4, 2022: Issue 540

This Issue:  

Front Page Issue 540  

Aquatics 2022 Worrell 1000 Won By Team Australia: Rod Waterhouse - Chris Way 

Peter "Digger" Akehurst Tribute At IRB Competition On South Coasts' Sandon Beach

Last Day Of Marine Rescue Broken Bay In Old Base Signals Exciting Construction About To Commence For New Base At Bayview + MRNSW Says 'Stay Safe Around Whales During This Migration Season'

Construction Underway On Mona Vale Public School's New Performing Arts Centre 

From The Council Chamber: May 24, 2022 Meeting by Councillor Miranda Korzy

The Avalon Story: Geoff Searl OAM

Expanded ATAGI Recommendations On Winter COVID-19 Booster Doses For People At Increased Risk Of Severe COVID-19 + NSW Health Minister Urges Everyone To Get A Flu Shot: Hospitals Facing 'Triple Threat'

Plastic Bag Ban Commences From June 1st In NSW: Plastic Straws + More Banned From November 1st 2022

Pictures America Bay Track Walk - photos by Joe Mills

Park Bench Philosopher The Krill Seekers: How Nuyina Is Revolutionising Antarctic Research

Artist of the Month June 2022: Gemma Rasdall - Water Access Only Exhibition - at Bather's Pavilion and ONLINE Website: www.gemmarasdall.com - Scotland Island Artist Gemma Rasdall was announced as a Finalist in the 2022 Wynne prize in May 2022, a credit to her work but also for developing her practice. Known for her very popular marine paintings on sailcloth – some of which can be quite large in scale – her Wynne Prize finalist work is something quite different, and signals a shift in her work. Gemma's ''Framed by life offshore'', watercolour and gouache on paper; 75 x 85.5 cm (overall) Artists' Statement reads: Welcome to Scotland Island: a short boat ride, casual paddle or vigorous swim from Church Point Wharf on Garigal Country, NSW. We offshore dwellers blow in and out with the tides, basking like seals when the sun shines and washing up like drowning rats when the squalls hit. This place and its people – a quirky and multifarious community – warm my soul and flood my creative practice with colour and movement. This artwork is a collection of moments captured around the island and its surrounding bays from friends’ and neighbours’ houses. It is an ode to the place I call home. 

DIY Ideas Winter Draught Stops To Lessen Your Power Bill The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) has released its final determination for the 2022–23 Default Market Offer (DMO) this week - statement in full below - which means for many of us our power bill during the cold time of year will go up. To minimise the impact on your hating bill you can do simple things like choosing to heat only one or two of the most-used rooms in your home and use draught stoppers, put door seals along the base of these or install heavier curtains and blinds on all windows - through which a lot of heat can escape. This Issue a few other tips and tricks to keep it toasty when the snow winds start to blow.

Environment Bush Regeneration Field Day On North Narrabeen Headland: May 29 - 8am to 12 pm, Plastic Bag Ban Commences From June 1st In NSW, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo and Long Billed Corella mates, Annual Whale Migration Makes A Splash, Friends Of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment Forum: May 2022 - Speaker - Prof. Dennis Foley, Residents Warned Of Barmah Forest Virus Risk, Sydney Wildlife Rescue and Care Course: June 2022, State's First Hydrogen Bus To Hit Central Coast Streets, Australian Energy Regulator (AER) Sets Energy Price Cap To Protect Consumers: NSW prices set to rise, Renewal Of Final “Zombie” Coal Seam Gas Licence On Eve Of Federal Election Another Cruel Blow To NSW Farmers, Koala Endangered Listing In NSW Must Push NSW Government To Protect Habitat, KOALAS - The hard truths doco by Simon Reeve, Koalas exposed to double whammy health threat, Dendrobium Mine Extension Project: Have Your Say by June 16, BOM Special Climate Statement 76 - Extreme Rainfall And Flooding In South-East Queensland and Eastern New South Wales, The Road To Success When It Comes To Mitigating Flood Disasters In Australia: Permeable Pavements and Roads, Fin Whale Songs Shed Light On Migration Patterns, NSW’s World Class Climate Science Research Expands To WA, $10 Million To Boost Hardwood Timber Supplies, I am a climate scientist – and this is my plea to our newly elected politicians, The election showed Australia’s huge appetite for stronger climate action; What levers can the new government pull?, We identified the 63 animals most likely to go extinct by 2041; We can’t give up on them yet, How did ancient moa survive the ice age – and what can they teach us about modern climate change?, The teals and Greens will turn up the heat on Labor’s climate policy; Here’s what to expect, After many false dawns Australians finally voted for stronger climate action; Here’s why this election was different, Good timing and hard work: behind the election’s ‘Greenslide’, Climate change is killing trees in Queensland’s tropical rainforests, Planetary waves, cut-off lows and blocking highs: what’s behind record floods across the Southern Hemisphere?, The election shows the conservative culture war on climate change could be nearing its end,  Aviaries + Possum Release Sites Needed, Sydney Wildlife Rescue: Helpers Needed, Bushcare In Pittwater, Local Environment Groups, Reserves, Environment History pages

Inbox News NSW Records Its Second Death Of Person With Japanese Encephalitis, First Australians Ate Giant Eggs Of Huge Flightless Birds Ancient Proteins Confirm, Planets Of Binary Stars As Possible Homes For Alien Life, Commercialisation Success As Curtin Mining Innovation Goes Global, UWA Report Finds Pet Custody Laws Need Overhaul To Better Reflect Society, Genetic Test Can Diagnose Certain Immune System Disorders, Researchers Have Developed A Potential Super Wheat For Salty Soils, Scientists Find Sea Corals Are Source Of Sought-After 'Anti-Cancer' Compound, Research Boosts 'Game-Changing' Technology To Strengthen Drug Development

Community Asked For Comment On Draft Strategy For Narrabeen Lagoon Management  feedback closes June 19th

Profile of the Week Gemma Rasdall Scotland Island Artist Gemma Rasdall was announced as a Finalist in the 2022 Wynne prize in May 2022, a credit to her work but also for developing her practice.

Known for her very popular marine paintings on sailcloth – some of which can be quite large in scale – her Wynne Prize finalist work is something quite different, and signals a shift in her work.

In 2013 Gemma featured as a Profile of the Week when she had just left high school and commenced studying at the College of Fine Arts (COFA). Since then Gemma has completed her studies and embarked on taking part in local exhibitions, such as ArtSpot and Artzpace, and Solo and Group exhibitions outside of Pittwater, including; 

Selected Solo Exhibitions - 2019 - The Calm, Art Gallery on Darling; 2018 - Illusions, Frances Keevil Gallery; 2018 - Waterfront, Art Gallery on Darling; 2017 - Paintings on Recycled Sailcloth, Frances Keevil Gallery, and Selected Group Exhibitions; 2021 - Winter Salon, Michael Reid Northern Beaches; 2020, 2019 - Summer Annual, Sydney Road Gallery, Seaforth; 2019 -  Collection 10, Rochfort Gallery, North Sydney; 2018 - Land and Sea, Rochfort Gallery, North Sydney.

The daughter of Richard and Meredith Rasdall, who founded and coordinated the Pittwater Artfest, a highly successful bi-annual children's art festival and who were also very active in the Avalon Sailing Club and other aquatic passions, Gemma has grown up on and in the water and surrounded by her mum's passion for Art.

Gemma's work is currently featured in a 'Water Access Only' Exhibition at The Bather's Pavilion in Balmoral, which runs until June 20th, 2022, as well as making this Exhibition available online via her website, visit: www.gemmarasdall.com/water-access-only-exhibition

With a new Artists Residency coming up, this time in France (Gemma had one in 2018 on Finders Island, Tasmania) a catch-up with one of our great local Artists is due, and includes some of that current Wynne work. Gemma Photographic Portrait by Natalie Page, Scotland Island photographer

The Narrabeen Hotel has been part of our community for well over 130 years and has changed from being a simple structure to a larger one with tea gardens and then a huge edifice. Its name has changed over the years too, from being an Inn to a Hotel to a Royal Hotel to the Royal Antler Hotel (replete with a stag's head added to the sign) and today is known as the Narrabeen Sands Hotel.

Charles William Prowse, a coach proprietor who provided local transport from the ferry wharf in Manly Cove was the first licensee of what was then called the ‘Narrabeen Inn’ in 1886: 

A publican's license was granted to C. W. Prowse, for premises situated at Pittwater-road, Narrabeen. LICENSING COURTS. (1886, January 22). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 4. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13609631

Mr. Prowse and his wife Margaret were also running The Pier Hotel at Manly Wharf from 1883 to 1886 and later had 'Prowse's Refreshment Rooms' on the west side of Manly Corso. A keen cyclist, he was part of the Manly Cycling Club and later the Ferndale cycling club of Manly, as well as being active in the community. His son, 'Ossy' Prowse was a well known champion cyclist of that time as well - a few notes from the pages of the past are under Extras. 

Mr Prowse transferred the licence to Robert Norris in 1887, a Narrabeen local, although there were clearly others who also had been given a publican's licence in the vicinity:

Narrabeen Hotel, Pittwater-road, from Charles W. Prouse to Robert Morris ... LICENSING COURT. (1887, March 11). The Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW : 1883 - 1930), p. 3. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article236754960

Publicans' licenses were also granted to Henry Whiting, Freshwater Hotel Narrabeen, and Thomas Henry Purvis, Narrabeen Lake, Narrabeen... LICENSING COURTS. (1888, October 19). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 4. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13700225

This week a look into the changing licensees and building that is the Narrabeen Hotel.

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National Reconciliation Week 2022

The 2022 theme, Be Brave. Make Change. asks all Australians to be brave and tackle the unfinished business of reconciliation so we can make change for the benefit of all Australians.

“Our research shows that the majority  of Australians support reconciliation and value the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians,” Reconciliation Australia CEO, Karen Mundine said.

“But – together – we still have a few big things to achieve.

“For reconciliation to be effective we need constitutional reform, treaties, and truth-telling.

“National Reconciliation Week 2022 follows a weekend marked by a change of government and a new Parliament presenting an opportunity for brave action with a commitment to implementing the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

“Its five years since the Uluru Statement was presented to the Australian people and the time for change starts now.

“We are also buoyed by the rise in the number of First Nations people in the new parliament, representing a range of views, and wish them strength in their work.

“But we can’t leave everything to our leaders and this is where Be Brave. Make Change comes in.
“The real work of reconciliation happens in our everyday actions and interactions; where live, work, learn and socialise.”

Brave Actions
Once again this year Reconciliation Australia suggests brave actions people can take with them every day of the year, not just during National Reconciliation Week.

We start by Acknowledging Country
National Reconciliation Week launched this year – as we have done for the previous two years – by bringing Australians together for a National Acknowledgement of Country at 12:00 PM AEST on Friday 27 May.

What began as a lockdown strategy has become a tradition; people – wherever they are at work, home, or school, virtually or in person – pausing to acknowledge that wherever we are in Australia we are on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lands.

That we understand the truth of the history of these lands and people, and that we take action to move forward together to a reconciled future.

It’s a simple yet profound act and one we should not just perform but also make substantial through action.

Events everywhere
All over Australia people are marking National Reconciliation Week 2022 by holding events based around the theme, Be Brave. Make Change. Join in with those near you.


Mona Vale Surf Life Saving Club Grand Opening Day: June 4

MVSLSC Grand Opening is on the 4th of June. Doors will be open to the community to walk through the building from 1pm and the bar opens at 3pm with Miffi Music playing live! Hope to see you there!


NB Youth For Peace Open Mic Night

Bilgola Beach: Sunday May 29
Join this group of altruistic young people hosted by Bilgola SLSC wanting to do their bit for Ukraine with an Open Mic Night fundraiser.
All funds raised on the night will go to charities doing humanitarian work in the Ukraine.
Bring cash and/talent!
To perform sign up here: https://bit.ly/3vg484Y
Sunday, May 29th 2-5pm at Bilgola Surf Club




In 2022 Newport Rugby Club has teamed up with The Newport to present Ladies Day 2022!
Given that we have had two years without acknowledging the amazing women who contributed to our community rugby club, we have decided to go all out!

Here is what is included in your ticket;
  • 12:00pm Meet at The Newport for Canapés and Drinks
  • 1:55pm The Newport courtesy bus to transport from the venue to Porters Reserve
  • 2:00pm COCKTAIL HOUR where Newport Rugby Clubhouse will exclusively be available to the Ladies with Live Music and Cocktails
  • 3:00pm Continued normal bar access with bar service (1hour)
  • 5:00pm Post Match Ceremony Barker & Newport
  • 7:00pm Transport available to transfer to The Newport

The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever

Mona Vale Village Park
Saturday July 16, 2022 at 11.30 am
The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever is coming to Mona Vale. This is a free community event where people come together, dressed in red flowing clothes and recreate the Kate Bush iconic video for her song Wuthering Heights. This event is performed all over the world on the middle weekend of July.
After the performance, we float across to The Park House where all the Cathie’s can gather and Wuther some more.

In addition at the Park House, we will have some raffles and silent auctions to raise funds and awareness of local charity The Womens Resilience Centre.


Community Building Partnership Grants Are Open

The NSW Government is investing in infrastructure projects that deliver positive social, environmental, and recreational outcomes, while also promoting community participation, inclusion and cohesion.  
Since 2009, the Community Building Partnership (CBP) program has awarded more than $399 million to over 18,000 projects.  

In 2022, there is a maximum of $400,000 to allocate in each electorate. Incorporated not-for-profit community organisations and local councils are eligible to apply for grants of between $5,000 and $150,000. The average grant awarded is around $20,000.  

Projects with contributions from their own, or other sources, will be considered favourably. Local councils, including their section 355 committees, are required to provide matched funding to the CBP grants.  

As total funding will be divided equally among the state electorates of NSW, applications will be assessed against other proposed projects within the same electorate.

Applications open on Monday 16 May 2022  
Applications close Friday 10 June 2022 at 5pm AEST sharp 
All projects must be completed by 31 March 2024

Residents Warned Of Barmah Forest Virus Risk

Council is advising residents to take extra precautions against mosquitos after Barmah Forest Virus was detected in mosquitos trapped at Narrabeen Lagoon.

Council partners with NSW Health to trap mosquitoes at key locations on the Beaches, to monitor the numbers and types of mosquitoes present and determine if they are carrying viral infections. Traps are set at Warriewood Wetlands and Deep Creek near the Narrabeen Lagoon trail.

Higher than average rainfall due to La Niña has created the perfect conditions for mosquitos to multiply and have meant numbers are up on previous years.

Barmah Forest Virus is spread by the bite of infected female mosquitoes. Many people who are infected will not develop symptoms; however, some people may have flu-like symptoms that include fever, chills, headache, muscle pain, joint swelling, stiffness and pain, especially in the mornings. A rash may also develop or a feeling of tiredness or weakness.

Symptoms usually develop about 7-10 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito.

There is currently no vaccine against Barmah Forest Virus. However, you can protect yourself and your family from getting bitten by taking the following steps:
  • Always wear long, loose-fitting clothing to minimise skin exposure
  • Choose and apply a repellent that contains either Diethyl Toluamide (DEET), Picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE)
  • Be aware of peak mosquito times at dawn and dusk
  • Keep your yard free of standing water like containers, birdbaths, kids toys and pot plant trays where the mosquitos can breed.
The symptoms are:
  • Fever, chills, headache and muscle pain.
  • Joint swelling, stiffness and pain, especially in the mornings.
  • A rash, usually on the trunk or limbs. The rash usually lasts for 7 - 10 days.
  • A feeling of tiredness or weakness.
Symptoms usually develop about 7-10 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. Many people with the infection do not develop any symptoms of the disease.

The majority of people with Barmah Forest virus infection recover completely in a few weeks. Others may experience symptoms such as joint pain and tiredness for many months.

As mosquitoes spread the infection to people, anyone bitten is at risk of infection if they are not immune. The virus is found in mosquitoes at different times of the year and the level of virus in mosquitoes varies from year to year. Warm, wet weather encourages mosquito breeding and increases the risk of infection. Most human cases occur during March and April when a higher proportion of mosquitoes carry the virus. Although coastal areas of northern NSW have the highest rates of infection, cases can also occur inland.

Information: NSW Health.

Monika's Doggie Rescue: Pets Of The Week

Zac 


13yo Maltese X Shihtzu

Zac came from the pound after his owner died. He is a gentle sweet dog who is easy to handle and is very social with other dogs. He is a bit possessive of his dinner so needs to be fed away from other dogs. He has just had a dental with 7 extractions. He has a heart murmur but does not currently need any medication. He has a non-shedding coat and weighs 7.7kg. He would prefer a family where someone is home most of the time. He suits apartment living. All our dogs come desexed, C5 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 $400. For further details call DoggieRescue on 9486 3133 or email Monika@DoggieRescue.com. RON R251000024


Pinot 


6mth Mini Lop Ear

Pinot is one of Champagne's kits. Champagne was one of 5 bunnies dumped at a park, all but one were pregnant.  Champagne gave birth to 5 kittens - our wine litter on 24 Nov 21. Pinot is a sweet boy who loves gentle pats.  He has beautiful black and white markings and looks to be a Dwarf Lop eared bunny.
Pinot comes with 2 vaccinations, chipping and desexing and his adoption fee is $195.
For further details call DoggieRescue on 9486 3133 or email Monika@DoggieRescue.com. RON R251000024

Celebrating NSW's Top Scientists And Engineers

May 26, 2022
Nominations are now open for the 2022 Premier’s Prizes for Science and Engineering, which recognise and reward the state’s best and brightest researchers for their contribution to science.

Premier Dominic Perrottet said the awards celebrate the state’s leading scientists and shine a light on their life-changing work.

“NSW is home to world-leading scientific researchers who are undertaking cutting-edge work that has generated economic, environmental, health, social and technological benefits to our State,” Mr Perrottet said.

“These awards celebrate their achievements and provide an opportunity for the NSW Government to recognise their dedication to their field of expertise.”

The top award is the NSW Scientist of the Year, presented to an outstanding individual who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of science or engineering. The winner of the top gong receives $60,000.

Other categories, of which winners receive $5,000, include:
  • Excellence in Mathematics, Earth Sciences, Chemistry or Physics
  • Excellence in Biological Sciences
  • Excellence in Medical Biological Sciences
  • Excellence in Engineering or Information and Communications Technology
  • NSW Early Career Researcher of the Year (Biological Sciences)
  • NSW Early Career Researcher of the Year (Physical Sciences)
  • Leadership in Innovation in NSW
  • Innovation in NSW Public Sector Science and Engineering, and
  • Innovation in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics Teaching.
Minister for Science, Innovation and Technology Alister Henskens said the awards raise community awareness and appreciation of the important contribution scientists, engineers and teachers make to our daily lives.

“Since 2008, these awards have celebrated NSW-based scientists and engineers who have changed the world we live in through their groundbreaking research,” Mr Henskens.

“These awards demonstrate the NSW Government’s strong commitment to supporting science, innovation and technology and recognise the enormous contribution by those who make up NSW’s globally competitive innovation ecosystem.”

Professor Jim Patrick AO was awarded the 2021 NSW Scientist of the Year for his pioneering work on the cochlear implant.

“It was a great honour to be named NSW Scientist of the Year at last year’s Premier’s Prizes for Science & Engineering. It was also wonderful recognition of the progress made by Cochlear since its establishment in 1981,” Professor Patrick said.

“We shared a common objective: to give or restore hearing. I trust that this year’s prizes will celebrate further groundbreaking work which delivers important outcomes to NSW,” said Professor Patrick.


Nominations close Wednesday June 22nd, 2022

Would You Like To Help Our Wildlife?

The next Sydney Wildlife Rescue and Care Course starts on 4 June 2022, so you can learn how to rescue, rehabilitate and release our sick, injured and orphaned native birds and animals – just like these Pacific Black Ducklings which were saved by our volunteer Tracey.   

The course involves two parts: 
  • Part 1 is a self-paced online course over 3 weeks which should take about 12 hours to complete.
  • Part 2 is a practical hands-on, in person, instructional training session conducted over a half-day on a weekend.
We urgently need volunteers across the Sydney metropolitan area, so if you’re wildlife-loving and would like to meet like-minded people to help our native birds and animals, please consider enrolling. More information is available on this link:



Palm Beach RSL Veterans Ocean Therapy

Palm Beach RSL Sub-Branch has approved the formation of Veterans Ocean Therapy in order to improve Physical and Mental Health of Veterans.

Storage will soon arrive at 29 Iluka Rd that will house kayaks and paddle boards with direct access to Pittwater.

A regular paddle club will shortly afterwards commence for veterans including BBQ breakfast at the club.
Veterans Ocean Therapy will be looking for assistance or donations of watercraft and gear.

Any veterans interested in joining please stay tuned for more updates. Or contact Dave Good at dave@good.id.au


Public Health Alert: Legionnaires' Disease

May 26, 2022
NSW Health is advising people who have been in the Sydney CBD area in the past ten days to be on the lookout for symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease as five people who have developed the disease spent time in the area in the last three weeks.

All five people have been identified with the bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ disease, which is often associated with contaminated cooling towers of large buildings. People can be exposed to the bacteria if contaminated water particles from the cooling system are emitted into the air and breathed in.

The five people, two women and three men, ranging in age from their 40s to 70s, independently visited locations between Museum Station, York Street, Park Street and Martin Place in the 10 days prior to their onset of symptoms. All five people have been admitted to hospital for treatment for pneumonia.

Symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease can develop up to 10 days from the time of exposure to contaminated water particles in the air and include fever, chills, a cough and shortness of breath and may lead to severe chest infections such as pneumonia.

People who develop Legionnaires’ disease are diagnosed by chest x-ray and a urine test and usually require antibiotic treatment in hospital.

NSW Health environmental health officers are working with the City of Sydney to review testing and maintenance records of all cooling towers in the CBD area to prioritise inspection and sampling of potential source towers.

These five cases follow a number of recently identified cases of Legionnaires’ disease throughout Sydney. Public Health Units across NSW follow up every case of Legionnaires’ disease and work closely with local councils in the management of cooling towers.

Routine testing of cooling towers helps identify contamination early and allows for prompt cleaning and corrective actions. Legionnaires’ disease cannot be spread from person to person.

Building owners should ensure that their cooling towers are well maintained and that they are compliant with the requirements of the Public Health Regulation 2012.

For more information about water cooling systems management contact your local Public Health Unit on 1300 066 055 or visit Legionella control.

For more information on Legionnaires’ disease please visit Legionnaires' disease fact sheet.

Vale David Forbes OAM

The Australian sailing community is mourning the passing of one of its greatest contributors, David Forbes OAM (January 26, 1934-May, 2022).

Mr Forbes was an honorary member of Palm Beach Sailing Club and was a member at the time he won a gold medal in the Star Class at the 1972 Olympics. He was present at the club's 50th anniversary celebrations. 


Champions and Olympians at PBSC's 50th Anniversary celebrations. David with moustache at front, mid photo; AJG Pic

Born in Sydney, Forbes went on to become one of Australia’s most successful yachtsmen through a lengthy domestic and international career.

“We have lost one of the most passionate and creative yachtsmen ever born in Australia,” said Australian Sailing President Daniel Belcher. “David was a friend to many, and his loss will be felt right across the country. He achieved so much on the water in his competitive career, off the water as a designer and later in the business world.

“On behalf of Australian Sailing I would like to send our condolences to David’s family and many friends at this sad time.”

Forbes will be remembered by many for his Olympic gold medal win the Star Class at Munich 1972 alongside crew John Anderson OAM.



It came after Australia's first Olympic sailing gold medal with the Barranjoey’s victory at Tokyo eight years earlier, and on the same day John Cuneo OAM, Tom Anderson and John Shaw also won Gold for Australia in the Dragon class.

But there was so much more to his career, one which spanned over 20 years and included a 5.5m world championship in 1970, a Sydney to Hobart race in 1974, and ten Australian championships, in the Star (seven times), 5.5m, Soling, and Etchells classes. He represented Australia at three Olympic Games, 1968 Mexico City, 1972 Munich, and 1976 Montreal, and was a member of two America’s Cup challenges. He was a part of the ‘Gretel II’ crew in the 1970 America’s Cup and was relief helmsman in the 1977 America’s Cup.

John Bertrand AO was a life-long friend of Forbes, having met in 1969 as a part of Sir Frank Packer’s Gretel II America's Cup challenge.

“He was the most naturally gifted sailor I ever met,” said Bertrand at the passing of his great mate. “David’s career both in sport and business is one of celebration. He was an Olympic gold medallist in 1972 when there was no coaching and very limited support, he took on the world’s best and got the job done.

“His business career was outstanding, building the soft drink company Shelley Ecks, which developed many modern in-house technologies and was eventually sold to Coca Cola. Right up until the end his mind was as sharp as a whip, he was completely tuned into environmental technologies, including solar energy and even nanotechnologies.

“He was a friend and mentor to so many, including myself and the rest of the Bertrand family. He truly was a wonderful human being.”

Forbes was recognised as Australian Sailing’s Yachtsman of the Year in 1972-73, he was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1988, in 2000 he received the Australian Sports Medal, he was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) on Australia Day 2015 for his service to Yachting and in 2018 he was inducted into the Australian Sailing Hall of Fame.

Tribute by Australian Sailing

Australian Energy Regulator (AER) Sets Energy Price Cap To Protect Consumers

May 26, 2022
The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) has released its final determination for the 2022–23 Default Market Offer (DMO). The DMO is the safety-net price cap that ensures consumers are protected from unjustifiably high prices.

From 1 July 2022, the DMO prices in New South Wales, south-east Queensland and South Australia will increase for households (between 1.7% and 8.2% above inflation) and small businesses (0.2% and 13.5% above inflation), largely due to significant rises in wholesale electricity costs over the past year.

Since DMO 2021, wholesale costs for retailers have risen by 41.4% in New South Wales, by 49.5% in Queensland, and by 11.8% in South Australia, due to reductions in thermal generation resulting from unplanned outages and higher coal and gas prices, slowing of investment in new capacity, and increasingly ‘peaky’ demand (sharp highs and lows) driving up the cost of wholesale electricity contracts for retailers.

These wholesale market conditions have persisted since the AER’s draft determination in February and have been compounded by the ongoing war in Ukraine, which has led to significant pressure on coal and gas prices globally; extreme weather in NSW and Queensland which has affected coal supplies and electricity demand; and further unplanned outages at multiple generators.

In New South Wales, increases in network costs for Essential Energy and Endeavour Energy have also pushed up retail prices in these distribution areas.

AER Chair Ms Clare Savage said this year’s DMO determination was a particularly difficult decision as the regulator sought to balance the additional cost pressures on consumers with ensuring retailers could recover their rising wholesale and network costs.

“In setting these new DMO prices, we understand the significant impact they will have on some consumers who may already be struggling with cost of living pressures,” Ms Savage said.

“We have given scrutiny to all factors affecting the DMO calculation and have set safety-net prices that reflect the current conditions and underlying costs to retailers.

“Setting the DMO is not about setting the lowest price. We are required to set a price that will allow retailers to recover their costs, earn a reasonable margin and support retailers to compete and offer better deals and products in a competitive retail environment. If a large number of retailers are unable to recover their costs and are forced to exit the market – as we have seen recently in the United Kingdom – that will add more cost to consumers,” she said.

“Our safety net DMO price will continue to protect consumers from unjustifiably high prices and will continue to provide the reference point from which consumers can shop around for a better deal.”

Reach out for support from your retailer
A default energy contract is usually referred to as a ‘standing offer’ contract. It has basic terms and conditions and is generally more expensive than the competitive deals retailers offer, known as a ‘market offer’.
Ms Savage said with cost-of-living pressures increasing, it is especially important that customers engage with their retailers to ensure they are on the best energy plan for their individual circumstances.

The AER’s dedicated price comparison website Energy Made Easy is designed to make it easier for consumers to take control of their power bills. By entering in a few basic details or uploading their bill, the site allows customers to see what other retailers are offering and find the best plan for them.

“Residential customers can currently save around $443 or 24% off their bill, and small businesses can save around $1,308 or 29% by switching,” Ms Savage said.

And she urged any consumers in financial difficulty to reach out for support through payment plans and hardship programs that retailers must provide, and the AER enforces, under national energy retail rules.
“Any Australians struggling with their power bills should contact their energy provider as soon as possible to get help. Don’t ignore the problem and hope it will go away. Contact your retailer to ensure you are getting any concessions or rebates you may be entitled to and agree a payment plan you can afford.”

Residential customers on DMO by region


About the DMO
The DMO price cap is set each year by the AER to protect customers from unjustifiably high prices, while allowing retailers a sufficient margin to enable them to recover costs and offer new products and customer innovations to the market.

Households on the DMO make up around 10% of the total market, about 550,000 customers, as set out below in absolute and percentage terms by region:
New South Wales – 331,070 (9.8%)
South-east Queensland – 158,113 (10.7%)
South Australia – 62,198 (7.8%)

Small businesses on the DMO make up around 18%, about 90,000 customers:
New South Wales – 57,411 (17.8%)
South-east Queensland – 21,686 (19.8%)
South Australia – 13,631 (15.7%)

The DMO acts as a reference price on bills so all customers can easily compare plans with other retailers. It is designed to protect those customers who haven’t negotiated a better deal from unjustifiably high prices.

Proposal To Rename Undercliff Reserve To Honour Irene Crump

Friday, 27 May 2022
Council is seeking feedback from the community on the proposed renaming of Undercliff Reserve to Irene Crump Reserve to honour the late local.

Located at the southern end of Freshwater Beach, the reserve includes part of the popular walkway and stairs that form an important pedestrian connection between Freshwater and Queenscliff Beaches.

The premise of the proposal, made on behalf of the Friends of Freshwater Inc, is to recognise Ms Crump’s contribution to securing public ownership of the reserve and saving it from private development.

Northern Beaches Mayor Michael Regan said the proposal is fitting for a much-loved local.

“As folklore would have it, Irene stopped at nothing to save this precious bit of land from developers by climbing a large Moreton Bay fig tree and refusing to come down even when contractors were trying to cut the branches of that tree she was clinging to,” Mayor Regan said.

“She wanted this space retained for local children and spent two months fighting the proposed development in court until eventually the development was scaled back, and part of the land was given for community use.”

Ms Crump also contributed to the community as a prominent environmental advocate and was the Director of Harbord Community Pre-school for over four decades.

Requests to name or rename reserves fall under the jurisdiction of the Geographical Names

Board of NSW (GNB) and for a change to occur Council must show evidence to the GNB that community input was sought and a resolution was made by Council.  

Public feedback is now sought on the proposed name change with comments closing on 26 June 2022. Have your say here.

If endorsed by Council a request will be forwarded to the GNB who also undertakes its own public notification period prior to considering the official assigning of the name.

The proposal is consistent with the Geographical Names Board of NSW Policy – Place Naming as well as Council’s Naming our Reserves, Facilities and Roads Policy.

Avalon Craft Cottage: May 2022

After a long time away, we are delighted to be coming back to St Ives Shopping Village for one week, commencing Monday, 23rd May through to Sunday, 29th May.

The stall will be downstairs opposite the Newsagency and will be open during normal business hours, closing at 4pm on Sunday.

We will have a wonderful variety of handcrafted gifts and homewares: Australian woodwork, potted succulent gardens, Australiana, screen printed items, baby and children's wear, silk scarves, flame worked glass figurines, patchwork  quilts, jewellery and handknits for children, baby shawls, rugs scarves and beanies.

We look forward to seeing you there.

All the best, 
Avalon Craft Cottage Members.

CABPRA Half Yearly

With Guest Speaker Elizabeth Farrelly. 
May 31st at Avalon Sailing Club
Please come and join us at our mid year General Meeting for an update on happenings around our area . Including Avalon Place Plan and the new LEPs and DCPs that are coming through and hear the author of Killing Sydney, Elizabeth Farrelly present her “love-song / warning” as she lays down the gauntlet for the enrichment and protection of a greener, more affordable and sustainable city.

Bookoccino will be there with copies of Killing Sydney to purchase and we are sure Elizabeth will be delighted to sign one for you. 6.00pm at 31st of May, Avalon Sailing Club.
Also a friendly reminder to renew your membership. 

Send a cheque to with the form below 
CABPRA C/- 70 Hudson Parade Clareville.  2107
OR
Make a bank transfer to CABPRA 
BSB  032 095
Account No 128192
Reference your surname and street name 

MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL FORM 

Name/s_____________________________________________________
Address ___________________________________________________
Email ______________________________________

Membership $20 per person 
Total ________________________________________
Donation _____________________________________

Manly Gets Into The Swing Of Things With Return Of Jazz Fest

Australia’s longest running jazz festival is returning to Manly this Spring, with two great days of music on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 September.

Now in its 45th year, Manly Jazz is renowned for its beautiful location, its stellar line up of local and international musicians and its laidback beach vibes.

Due to the pandemic, the festival was held online over the past two years. But this year, the Corso and surrounding streets and laneways will come alive with jazz and draw in thousands.

Northern Beaches Mayor Michael Regan said the return of Manly Jazz would be a lively celebration for locals and visitors alike. 

“After two years of disruption, we are so excited to bring back our major events to support our local musicians and performers and enliven our streets once again,” Mayor Regan said.

“Manly Jazz continues to draw in visitors from across Sydney and further afield, boosting our local economy, especially as businesses recover from the economic impacts of the pandemic.

“That’s why, working with the Manly Business Chamber, we have moved the festival from the October long weekend to a less busy weekend in September, delivering a great weekend of music while supporting local business during a traditionally quieter trading period.”

There’s something for everyone, with a wide range of jazz planned, from traditional New Orleans jazz to funk, Latin, fusion, blues, gospel, swing and roots.

Artistic director Caroline Speight said the return of Manly Jazz was welcome news for local artists to be able to play at events again.

“We are looking forward to returning to the joy of sharing the excitement of great live jazz at the 45th Manly Jazz, building hope and healing to the community through arts and performance,” Ms Speight said.

“We are committed to honouring Manly Jazz heritage, presenting iconic jazz musicians and supporting young rising stars through a diverse artistic program.”

The program will be announced at the end of July, so stay tuned by visiting Council's Manly Jazz webpage on Facebook and Instagram

Narrabeen Tragic Tigers: Over 35’S Rugby Team

Have you been coaching or watching your little tacker running around? Getting pumped watching Subbies or the big boys play?
Come and have a run with Narrabeen Tragic Tigers Over 35’s rugby team!

Next game is after Subbies at Porters Reserve Newport Saturday 14/5 from 5 pm.

It’s competitive rugby, played with modified rules to make sure you turn up to work on Monday.
Challenging, great team spirit, and maybe a beer or three after it.

Contact us to find out more at: vpnarrabeentigers@gmail.com


Lakeside Park 'Proposed' Carpark Changes

See below - no details or plans of boat trailer parking bay numbers or where these will be provided - just this sign on the site itself.


overhead shot of current site - per Google maps.

Email feedback to council@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au use Reference: 2022/281231 by June 10.

Midget Farrelly Tribute Statue For Palm Beach

A while ago, Bruce Raymond and Gordon Lang set up a community group to recognise Midget Farrelly as our own male first world surfing champion (and local hero) by commencing a fundraising campaign to design and install a life-sized statue of Midget at his spiritual home, Palm Beach.

They have obtained approval from Northern Beaches Council, who are actively supporting the project, along with Beverlie Farrelly, who is our patron. Details below and more soon!


Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary Stalls Return

The Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary members are having 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.

Funding Open Now For Crown Reserves

Crown land across NSW is set to be improved, after the NSW Government reserved $17 million to upgrade and maintain facilities across the state.

Minister for Lands and Water Kevin Anderson said Crown land plays a significant role within NSW communities and the Government is committed to providing the best facilities possible.

The Crown Reserves Improvement Fund will support upgrades to facilities used by organisations that are at the heart of our communities, like surf lifesaving clubs, showgrounds, scouts and girl guide groups, pony clubs and PCYC,” Mr Anderson said.

“These grants will help communities as they get back on their feet, by funding improvements to community, recreational and tourism facilities on Crown reserves, while also supporting local businesses and economies within our great regions.

“Grant applications are open to Crown land reserve managers including local councils, community groups who use Crown land and all showgrounds, so I strongly encourage eligible local organisations to apply.”
Last year’s Crown Reserves Improvement Fund provided $15.233 million in grants for 257 projects across NSW that benefited local communities.

Eligible applicants include community groups who use Crown land, and all showgrounds including those on freehold land, for projects that can deliver social, cultural, environmental or economic benefits.

Applications for this year’s NSW Government’s Crown Reserves Improvement Fund are open from now until 3 June 2022.

Fairy Penguins Coming Ashore

The Australian Seabird & Turtle Rescue Central Coast advises that during the last few weeks they have seen an increase in little penguins being found along our coastline. 

Little penguins on the Central Coast, off Barrenjoey and in the Hunter region live and breed on offshore islands.

If one is found along our coastline, the penguin may be suffering from exhaustion, is unwell, injured or is currently moulting. Please report any penguins that are found onshore and please don’t place them back into the ocean.


Seals Coming Ashore: Please Keep 40 Metres Distance

ORRCA would like to remind residents it is that time of year when we get the odd special visitor to our beaches and bays looking for a spot to rest and relax in the summer sun. 

If you are out and about and come across a seal that is resting, please don't approach it! Keep well back (40 meters is required under NSW Laws) and enjoy the special visitor from a distance. 

It is also important to report your sighting into the ORRCA Rescue Hotline on 02 9415 3333 so they can track and, if needed, assess the seal. 

ORRCA often track seals moving up and down our coastline over days, weeks and months so your report could add to the seal travel journey.


Leopard Seal at Bungan Beach. Photo: Jools Farrell

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.

We need your help. Thank you for reporting wildlife road fatalities. 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

Please 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 after your summer holiday (or just out and about on Australia Day), 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