Community News: March 2022

March 27 - April 2, 2022: Issue 532

This Issue: full list in Contents page 

Front Page Issue 532  

Community Disquiet Over Whale Beach Restaurant Proposal + Manner In Which They Have Been Not Informed Of Same

Flood Mitigation To Proceed At Wakehurst Parkway: Oxford Falls Site First - Bends Site Requires Further Investigation Due To Environmental Impacts

Council Catch-Up: March 2022 by Cr. Miranda Korzy

Numerous and Significant Environmental and Bushfire Issues In Aboriginal Lands Development Delivery Plan Proposal - Council has finalised and forwarded its submission to the Department of Planning and Environment 

Northern Beaches Environmental Art & Design Prize 2022 Open For Entries: Prize Pool Over $40,000 - Entries From Across Australia Invited - Entries close May 11

NSW State Government Announces Tougher Penalties For Climate Protestors Who Block Roads/Bridges while Federal Government Keeps Announcing More Billions For Fossil Fuels

AquaticsLearn How You Can Help Marine Life: ORRCA Workshop At Newport April 30th 

Pictures Early Autumn Mix 2022: People - Sports - Environment; Scamps Camp - Experience Manly Launched - Maureen Boyle OAM Elevated To ‘Legend Status’ In Netball NSW Hall Of Fame - RPAYC Final Autumn Twilight Sail 2021/2022 - St Patricks Day Theme - OK Dinghy Australian Champion - Newport Breakers Rugby Club At Rat Park - Ocean Thunder Surf Boat Series - Turtle Saved At Newport - Narrabeen - Turimetta - Warriewood - Jellyfish In Narrabeen Rockpool - Avalon Moon - Jewel Bugs at Avalon Dunes - Irrawong Reserve Flooded Track. Photos by Joe Mills, Adriaan van der Wallen, Selena Griffith, Marita Macrae and others

Park Bench Philosopher A Whale’s Tale: The Story Hidden In Their Mouths; New UNSW Research

Food Easter Feast 2022: Our Tried + Tested Triple Chocolate Pudding 

Environment  Friends Of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment: Update On Wakehurst Parkway Wildlife, Vulnerable Species Habitat Being Destroyed For Profit: Wildlife Leaping From Trees Being Cleared Under Them - Video, Join The Fight Against Foxes On The Northern Beaches, Synthetic Fields: Independent Review Report Due Mid Year, Hawk Moth Caterpillars, Australian Government Delists The Majestic Humpback Whale, The Sydney Edible Garden Trail 2022: March 26-27 - Local Sites, Wildlife Rescuers And Carers State That Ongoing Heavy Rains Are Tough For Us But Can Be Tougher For Our Wildlife, Aviaries + Possum Release Sites Needed, Asparagus Fern Flowering Now: Dispose Of This Weed To Stop The Spread, Sydney Wildlife Rescue: Helpers Needed, Bushcare In Pittwater: join your local site, Tracking Paddles Of Platypuses In The Blue Mountains, Summer Soaking Brings Superb Results For Endangered Orchid, NPWS Investigating Ongoing Vandalism At Greenfield Beach, Scientists Find Climate Main Factor Behind Dropping Water Levels At Thirlmere Lakes, Hunter Diversification Panel No Place For A Coal Mining Lobbyist state environmentalists, Director's Cut: What Happens On Nuyina, Little Penguins To Benefit From CSIRO’s New Invasive Weed Solution, Roadmap Pinpoints Research Required For Smooth Transition To Renewables, In 20 years of studying how ecosystems absorb carbon; here’s why we’re worried about a tipping point of collapse, Saving the Great Barrier Reef: these recent research breakthroughs give us renewed hope for its survival, Tasmania’s forests are burning more as climate change dries them out; Our old tools can’t fight these new fires, If the UN wants to slash plastic waste it must tackle soaring plastic production - and why we use so much of it, The legacy of Lake Pedder: how the world’s first Green Party was born in Tasmania 50 years ago, Record-smashing heatwaves are hitting Antarctica and the Arctic simultaneously; Here’s what’s driving them, and how they’ll impact wildlife, Adapt, move, or die: repeated coral bleaching leaves wildlife on the Great Barrier Reef with few options, ‘I simply haven’t got it in me to do it again’: imagining a new heart for flood-stricken Lismore, Energy bills are spiking after the Russian invasion; We should have doubled-down on renewables years ago, Is News Corp following through on its climate change backflip?; analysis of its flood coverage suggests not, Local Reserves and Environment History pages

Inbox News Booster For Immune Protection After Coronavirus Infection, COVID-19 Pandemic Fuelled Massive Growth In Green Industry, Bacteria-Shredding Cicada-Dragonfly Wings Inspire New Antibacterial Packaging, Vegetable Oil Emissions Study Reveals Urgent Need For Greener Growing Solutions, Endometriosis and Ovarian Cancer Genetically Tied, Classifying Weather To Tease Out How Aerosols Influence Storms, Wind and Solar Could Replace Coal Power In Texas, With Land Grabs Comes Competition For Water: Local Farmers Are Likely To Lose, Researchers Discover That Anti-Malaria Drugs Can Fight Pulmonary Disease, New Enzyme Discovery Is Another Leap Towards Beating Plastic Waste

Profile of the Week  Amnesty International Avalon Group
Next Event: Saturday 9 April at 4:00 pm, Loosely Woven Concert + many others

Since the commencement of Pittwater Online 12 years ago we have been running Notices, Reports and Events for the Avalon Beach Group of Amnesty International. The range of Films, Speakers and Concerts have been very popular and underline how human rights remain a grass roots community focus as much as joining in with others as an international voice.

Did you know that there is an Amnesty International Group in Avalon though? This small collective of residents would like to get bigger! 

Normally they meet at 5:30 pm on the second Tuesday of every month at the back of the Avalon Baptist Church on George St. 

Please get in touch with Gerd Hollander, gerdhollander@gmail.com, if you want details, or visit their web page www.amnesty.org.au

This week a few insights into a local group that has been going longer than most people realise.

Daughter of Joseph James Homer and Gladys May (Nee Arnold), wife of Ronald John Hawkins (Married 1947). Sister of Gladys, Edna, Jack, Grace, Daphne, Albert (Arthur), Reginald, Joseph, and June Homer. Beloved Mother of Coralie, Lynette (dec), John, Rhonda and Kevin. Mother-in-law of Lynne, treasured Nan to her 8 Grand-children, Great-Nan to 8 and Great-Great Nan to 2.

Late of Mona Vale and Narrabeen.

Our community lost one of much loved elders on Friday March 18th. Dorothy passed away peacefully at Mona Vale Palliative Care, aged 100.

A Celebration of her life took place on Friday March 25th in Mona Vale.

Dorothy's connection to our area reaches back to 1936 when her family ran a dairy near Winnererremy Bay at Mona Vale. 

Fortunately John Illingsworth interviewed Mrs. Hawkins in 2019 and captured her insights and stories - Dorothy was a veritable history book of our area and still sharp as a tack at 97 years young!

As a Tribute of Love from our own community to her loved ones, and for all those just 9 or 7 years old who have not seen this sights, or heard these stories, Dorothy's film by John runs this week.

Our sincere condolences to her lovely family at this time. Dorothy is cherished by many, still. 

Artists of the Month March 2022: The Pittwater Artists Trail Returns - Exhibition March 26-27 At Newport Community Centre After limited exhibition opportunities Pittwater Artists are delighted to announce the first major group Exhibition for 2022 on 26-27 March at the Newport Community Centre. The Alliance of Artists on the trail has grown to 18 and offers a diverse range including Painters, Ceramicists, Sculptors and Jewellers. This is a great opportunity to view and purchase an artwork directly from the Artists as well as meet them onsite to ask about their practice or discuss commission possibilities. Later in the year the trail opens up with an opportunity to explore our beautiful surroundings as you visit the Artists in their open studio spaces to the public. to see behind the scenes, learn about individual processes and what inspires them. In between the open studio weekends there are a number of events and exhibitions and workshops on offer. Keep an eye on the website and social media or sign up to the newsletter to receive important event info and date reminders. We hope to see you there! For more details refer to the website or sign up to our newsletter at: www.pittwaterartiststrail.com.au or follow our Instagram.com/pittwaterartiststrail

Pittwater Offshore Newsletter: March 17, 2022

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To contact Roy:  editor@scotlandisland.org.au

Anzac Day 2022

Pittwater RSL Sub-Branch
All local schools have been invited to participate in our wreath layout service.

ANZAC Sunday Parade and Service – Sunday 10 April 2022
  • The March will commence in Vineyard Street, Mona Vale at the corner of Pittwater Road. 
  • We assemble at 12:20pm and commence in Parade order at 12:45pm. 
  • The Commemoration Service and Book/Wreath Laying Ceremony will take place at the Mona Vale War Memorial in Village Park at 1:00pm. 
  • In the event of wet weather, the service will be held in Mona Vale Memorial Hall.  

ANZAC Day Dawn Service – Monday 25 April 2022
  • Our Dawn Service will commence at 5.30am at the Lower Cenotaph located at the rear of Pittwater RSL Club. 
  • In the event of wet weather, the Service will be held inside the Pittwater RSL Club.
Church Point
Anzac Day Service at Memorial Marker at 11am, Thomas Stephens Reserve, Church Point.

Newport
Dawn Service 5.30 at Cenotaph in Trafalgar Park, Newport

Avalon Beach RSL Sub-Branch
ANZAC Day – Memorial Services Monday April 26th, 2022
Dawn 5.30 am 
Commemorative March and Service 11am - muster outside Avalon Public School at 10.30am

Palm Beach RSL Sub-Branch
Schedule
10:30am - Meet at Pittwater Park (next to Palm Beach ferry wharf)
10:45am - March begins from Pittwater Park to Club Palm Beach
11:00am - Commemorative Service outside the Club
12 Noon - Members luncheon with special guest - Club opens to the public after commemorative service
2.00pm - Two-Up; 18+ only. Sorry, no children permitted in the Club at any time on this day/night.



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Man pulled from water dies - Palm Beach

Sunday, 27 March 2022: NSW Police
A man has died after being pulled from the water on North Palm Beach today.

About 12:10pm (Sunday 27 March 2022), emergency services were called to Palm Beach, after reports a man had been pulled from the water unconscious.

Officers attached to Northern Beaches Police Area Command were told members of the public had found a surf ski floating in the water and reported it to volunteer Surf Life Savers.
Life Savers conducted a search of the water and located the man, before he was brought to shore.

They commenced CPR; however, despite their efforts the 60-year-old man died at the scene.

A report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.

Flood Rental Support Payments Now Open

Applications are now open for Flood Recovery Rental Support payments of up to $18,000 to help flood-affected residents in highly-impacted areas with the costs of short-term rental accommodation.

Acting Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole said the one-off lump payments were part of the NSW Government’s $285 million Temporary Housing Support package.

“This is an incredibly distressing time for many people, and we are committed to ensuring flood victims have access to safe, secure and affordable short-term rental arrangements while their homes are rebuilt,” Mr Toole said.

 “Up to 16 weeks’ rental support will be made available, with the payment dependent on the number of people in the household including children. This will help ease some of the burden as they transition from emergency or short-term accommodation.

“Only one family member or housemate needs to submit an application on behalf of the household, with payments ranging from $6000 to $18,000 depending on the number of residents in the home.”

Minister for Customer Service and Digital Government Victor Dominello said support can be accessed via Service NSW.

“I have seen first-hand the devastation these storms and floods have wrought on communities across our State, with more than 4,000 homes assessed as uninhabitable,” Mr Dominello said.

Customers can apply on the Service NSW website or via the app, with support also available on 13 77 88.”

Minister for Emergency Services and Resilience and Minister for Flood Recovery Steph Cooke said more than 9,526 people had already registered interest in receiving Rental Support payments.

“Providing rental relief is a critical step in moving people from emergency to short-term rental arrangements, so that individuals and families across flood-affected communities have certainty about where they will be staying in the weeks and months ahead,” Ms Cooke said.

“I urge everyone in our flood-affected communities to visit a nearby Recovery Centre to access all of the support, services and advice you need.”

The Flood Recovery Rental Support Payment is only available to individuals and families who live in or own a property that is considered uninhabitable due to being directly impacted by the flood in the high impacted suburbs.

For more information and to apply for the payment, please visit the Service NSW website:

NB: February and March 2022 floods highly impacted suburbs includes:
Manly; 2095 - Manly Vale; 2093 - Narrabeen; 2101 - Warriewood; 2102 see all at

Licensing And Registration Support For Flood Victims

Vehicle registration and licence renewal extensions, along with free replacement products, are among help available to support those impacted by the recent floods.

Minister for Customer Service and Digital Government Victor Dominello said it is vital those who are rebuilding their lives after the severe weather had access to these important documents.

“We know this is an incredibly difficult time for those who have lost homes, vehicles and businesses due to flooding and we want to remind people of these options available,” Mr Dominello said.         

“Replacing your lost or damaged licence documents is one of the best places to start in re-establishing your identity and get other documentation replaced, and it’s simple and easy to do."  

We have simplified the proof of identity requirements for anyone who needs to replace ID documents, including a driver’s licence, birth certificate, NSW photo card or boat licence."

“Requesting the free replacement of identity documents is available at Resilience NSW disaster recovery centres, Mobile Service Centres and Service NSW centres.”

Replacement qualification documentations like licences, permits and certificates issued by Liquor & Gaming NSW, NSW Fair Trading and SafeWork NSW can also be provided.

Minister for Metropolitan Roads Natalie Ward said extensions for vehicle registration and licence renewals are also available for anyone affected by the floods.

“Customers can easily renew their licences by phone to make sure that driver’s licences remain current, while some fees for vehicle or vessel registration can also be waived or refunded,” Mrs Ward said.

“We know there is a long road ahead and we’re committed to keeping these support initiatives in place for anyone affected by natural disaster or emergency in NSW.” 

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Sam Farraway said affected motorists could also defer their pink slip requirements.

“This means flood victims won’t have to physically have their safety inspection done at a time when they are focused on rebuilding what has been lost,” Mr Farraway said.

“These relief programs mean people can start to rebuild without being bogged down by processes, or that require documentation that may have been destroyed in the floods.”

More details can be found on the Service NSW website:

More information on eligibility and support initiatives can be found on the Storm and flood customer care service web page: www.service.nsw.gov.au/floods

Mona Vale Place Plan: Community Survey + Drop In Session

Council are preparing a new place plan for Mona Vale and your involvement will help them understand the community's aspirations and values for this important town centre. A place plan aims to create enjoyable, vibrant, safe, inclusive, and sustainable places for people.

If you live, work or visit Mona Vale town centre and are interested in the future of this area, the council want your input to help shape the priorities for this place.

Attend council's Community Drop-In Session 
When: Saturday 2 April, drop-in anytime between 10am and 1pm. 
Where: Mona Vale Memorial Hall, 1 Park Street, Mona Vale

The Survey is open until 9am Friday 22 April 2022.at: https://survey.zohopublic.com.au/zs/jfBtEb



NSW IRB Premiership 2022

Surf Life Saving NSW is excited to confirm the dates and venues for Rounds 2-5 for 2022 Sharkskin NSW IRB Premiership. 

SLSNSW is still seeking Expressions of Interest from Clubs who are eager to host Round 1 scheduled for Saturday 30 April and Sunday 1 May, 2022.

The schedule is currently as follows:
- Round 1 - TBC, 30 April – 1 May 2022
- Round 2 - Terrigal SLSC, 14-15 May 2022
- Round 3 - Collaroy SLSC, 28-29 May 2022
- Round 4 - Broulee Surfers SLSC, 11-12 June 2022
- Round 5 - Ocean Beach SLSC, 25-26 June 2022
- State Championships - South West Rocks SLSC, 8-10 July 2022



Narrabeen Coach’s Family Need A Community Boost

A family of long standing residents of Elanora Heights and now Warriewood need a little help. You may recognise Scottie Tes from Narrabeen FC. He has been a volunteer soccer coach there in various age groups for over 10 years.  

Their family need a bit of assistance to help buy a van that is out of their budget with a conversion needed to help transport their son Kai who suffers from multiple disabilities. Scott is a high school teacher on the beaches and has constantly given so much of his time to others kids over the years. Yuki is always the first person to help others in need. 

Please watch the video from Scott. 
If you can spare a few dollars to help get to the target it would be greatly appreciated. 
We thank you very much in advance for helping this wonderful local family.

Ingleside Rural Fire Brigade: 70 Years

Since 1952, Ingleside RFS has been serving the community. On Saturday 2nd of July, 2022, our Brigade will be celebrating this occasion from 5pm. Current and past members are invited. More details to follow.


Covid Reforms Promise $2.4 Billion In Economic Benefits

March 23, 2022
A raft of temporary regulatory measures introduced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic have now been made permanent, in a move that will provide $2.4 billion of net economic benefits over the next decade, the NSW State Government announced on Wednesday March 23rd.

These reforms, designed to support businesses and communities to operate flexibly throughout the pandemic, were originally set to expire from March 2022.

Acting Premier Paul Toole said it was critical to make permanent these changes as we emerge from a tough couple of years so that the economy comes back stronger than ever.

“NSW continues to lead the way through the COVID-19 recovery, and we’ll continue our record support so that more businesses re-open, jobs are filled and communities are buzzing again,” Mr Toole said.

Treasurer Matt Kean said when the pandemic struck it was clear that a business-as-usual approach from Government would not be enough to help people continue to run businesses, do their jobs, and access critical goods and services efficiently.

“These practical measures allowed the community to adapt through this period of disruption. Now as we emerge from a challenging two years, we are securing the benefits of these changes permanently to help rebuild the economy,” Mr Kean said.

“Retaining these changes permanently will provide net economic benefits of $2.4 billion over the next decade through greater flexibility and time savings.”

The temporary changes made permanent include:
  • More flexibility for strata owners’ corporations, community land associations and incorporated associations to meet and vote electronically;
  • Allowing planning panels and the Independent Planning Commission to hold public hearings and meetings online or in person;
  • Greater flexibility for employees and businesses to access long service leave under the Long Service Leave Act 1955; and
  • Allowing audio link or audio-visual link to conduct interviews and questioning remotely.
Minister for Planning Anthony Roberts said the NSW Productivity Commission’s White Paper recommended retaining COVID-19 changes if they deliver net benefits.

“These changes, combined with the resilience, creativity and determination of our people and businesses, mean that our State will be in a better and stronger position to recover and flourish,” Mr Roberts said.

Small Business Fees And Charges Rebate Increased To $3000

The NSW Government announced on Friday March 25th the Small Business Fees and Charges Rebate will increase from $2000 to $3000, with eligible employing businesses and not-for-profit organisations also able to claim a rebate of 50 per cent on the cost of Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs).

Minister for Customer Service and Digital Government Victor Dominello said the changes will further support businesses to grow by reducing costs.

“Once approved, businesses will be provided with a $3,000 digital voucher in their Business Profile which applicants can claim against,” Mr Dominello said.

“Businesses who have reached the cap of the rebate will now see their MyServiceNSW Business Profile account topped up with an additional $1000 to access the rebate for RATs, or to put towards their other claimable business expenses."

“Eligible businesses can simply lodge their proof of payment and 50 per cent of their expenditure on RATs will be reimbursed back into bank accounts.”  

Minister for Small Business Eleni Petinos said the rebate had tripled in value since it was first introduced in 2021 with more than 88,000 businesses collectively saving approximately $119 million.  

“We understand how tough it has been for so many businesses and this will provide further support where needed,” Ms Petinos said.

“Throughout this pandemic we have backed small businesses and these changes reflect our continued commitment to helping them keep costs down and doors open."

The funds can be put towards the cost of NSW Government fees and charges such as food authority licences, liquor licences, tradesperson licences, event fees, outdoor seating fees, council rates and road user tolls for business use.”

For more information and to apply visit the Service NSW website: 

Updated COVID Response For Schools

More rapid antigen tests will be supplied to teachers and students and flexible school based measures are being rolled out to help schools continue to operate through increased COVID-19 impacts.
 
The adjustments are outlined in COVID-smart school guidelines released on Wednesday March 23rd by the NSW Government in response to increasing COVID-19 cases in the community.
 
Minister for Education and Early Learning, Sarah Mitchell said the temporary measures have been put in place until at least the end of Term 1.
 
“A multipack of at least five RATs will be available for students and teachers at every school as needed to use when symptomatic because we know rapid antigen testing is an effective measure in mitigating the spread of COVID-19. Additional tests will also be provided for early childhood educators and staff,” Ms Mitchell said.
 
Where a community is experiencing an increase in COVID cases, the Department may direct the local school to adopt additional proportionate measures for a short period of time, such as requiring staff, adult visitors or high school students to wear masks indoors, or moving assemblies or large gatherings outdoors.
 
“These tailored measures will support the continuity of face-to-face learning and help to protect students and staff by reducing in-school transmission of COVID-19,” Ms Mitchell said.
 
“With a significant proportion of new cases being school aged children, it is important that we all do our part to help schools remain operational by staying home if you’re sick and test if you’re experiencing any symptoms or are a close contact.
 
“It is prudent that we continue to review and adjust our settings to deal with the challenges we will face throughout the school year to ensure students continue to receive face-to-face learning.”
 
Details of the COVID-Smart school settings are available on the NSW Department of Education website: https://education.nsw.gov.au/covid-19

English And Mathematics 3–10 Syllabuses; Feedback Wanted

NSW Education Standards Authority seeks your feedback on the English and Mathematics 3–6 and 7–10 draft syllabuses as part of the NSW Curriculum Reform.
Consultation period, From: 21 March 2022 To: 2 May 2022
The first major reform of our curriculum in 30 years is publishing the next draft syllabuses for public consultation.

The draft syllabuses for English and Mathematics 3–6 and 7–10 have been released for stakeholders to review and provide feedback.

The consultation is open to the public and information is on the NESA website.

The draft syllabuses clearly link to the NSW Curriculum Reform priorities.

The new evidence-based syllabuses set out a strong continuum of learning from the English and Mathematics K–2 syllabuses and into 3–6 and 7–10.

The draft syllabuses clearly link to the NSW Curriculum Reform priorities and will:

Identify essential facts, concepts, and principles.
Specify what students are expected to know, understand and be able to do.
Have your say
Have your say by Monday 2 May 2022.

You can submit your feedback through the survey here: www.nsw.gov.au/have-your-say/english-and-mathematics--syllabuses

Languages K–10 Syllabuses; Feedback

NSW Education Standards Authority seeks your feedback on the Auslan, Classical and Modern Languages K–10 draft syllabuses as part of the NSW Curriculum Reform.
Consultation period From: 21 March 2022 To: 2 May 2022
The first major reform of our curriculum in 30 years is publishing draft Languages K–10 syllabuses for public consultation

The draft syllabuses for Auslan, Classical and Modern Languages K–10 have been released for stakeholders to review and provide feedback.
Consultation is open to the public and information is on the NESA launch.
The draft syllabuses clearly link to the NSW Curriculum Reform priorities.

Key features of the syllabuses include: 
  • NSW offers one of the most comprehensive school languages curriculum in the world. Across Kindergarten to Year 12, schools currently teach 34 different languages.
  • Auslan will be available in the NSW Curriculum for the first time with Auslan syllabus content for students studying Auslan at school as their first language or an additional language.
  • The Classical Languages and Modern Languages K–10 syllabuses have been revised as frameworks that can cover all languages taught in NSW.
  • The new languages syllabuses aim to provide stronger foundations in learning, equip students for future learning and increase uptake in the senior years. The new syllabuses have been strengthened to support the application of knowledge, mastery of skills, and deepening understanding.
  • Learning a language supports students to become better communicators and develop transferable skills for school and post-school life. It is also an opportunity for students to reflect on their knowledge and experiences to better understand themselves and others.
  • The writing and development process has been in-depth and research-focused involving expert advice and a broad range of stakeholder consultation. The syllabus has been designed and produced by experienced teachers.
You can submit your feedback through the survey here: www.nsw.gov.au/have-your-say/languages-syllabuses

ABHS April 2022 Meeting

The next meeting of the Avalon Beach Historical Society will be held on TUESDAY 5 APRIL starting at 8pm in the Annexe in Dunbar Park.

As the result of the wanton destruction of Bilgola House number 2 in 1989, ANNE SPENCER and her husband Colin formed the Friends of Bilgola. 

This eventually gave birth to the Bilgola Preservation Society. Together they fought tirelessly over the years to protect the beauty and the environment of Bilgola Beach, particularly the remnant and ancient cabbage tree palms and the heritage-listed stonework lining Bilgola Creek.

As part of her research for a paper on Bilgola Beach, she developed an admiration for OSWALD WATT, Australia’s first military pilot.

Like Anne, Oswald also loved Bilgola Beach and owned the weatherboard cottage, Bilgola House number 1 from 1911 until he tragically drowned off the northern headland in 1921.

With Anne’s assistance we have assembled a great pictorial presentation of the life of Oswald Watt including Bilgola House no. 1. 18 of them will make up the panel for the exhibition in June.

John and Pauline Webeck, the owners of Bungan Castle, made 10 of us really welcome on Saturday afternoon 19 February. After a talk on the history of the castle and a visit up onto the turreted roof section, he showed us some of his remarkably varied memorabilia. A delightful afternoon tea was served in the ‘great hall’. Photographs taken on the day will be added to the above list.
  
Although there won’t be the need for a QR reader, we will sign in as a precautionary measure with your mobile/landline numbers. No need to socially isolate any longer (many of us are couples anyway) and masks are no longer mandatory even in an indoor area such as the Annexe and if you care to break into song or dance you are very welcome! 

Guests of members are always welcome to attend, and we will also have our usual ‘high quality’ supper after the meeting.

Geoff Searl OAM
President Avalon Beach Historical Society


DoggieRescue.com

Pets Of The Week

Harry 


7 months Cattle X Bull Arab

Harry is a delightful fun loving pup. He plays well with the other pups at the shelter. He is walking well on lead and loves being with people and receiving lots of play time and cuddles. He will only be a medium sized dog and is looking for a family who are around most of the time to give him companionship guidance and training. He has a short coat and weighs 13.5kg. He would suit a home based worker with a garden for him to romp in.

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

Biscuit 


3yo Domestic Short Hair

Biscuit is a very nervous 3yo girl who likes to hide away from the world. She came from a hoarding environment and was possibly a street cat originally. Biscuit has made a lot of progress and is now happy to come out of her igloo and lie down on her favourite cardboard scratching wave,  and she has started to play with toys. She has been spending time with Mrs Tiggywinkle, our other shy cat, and they enjoy being together in a safe space giving each other company and confidence. Biscuit loves her gentle pats and ear rubs but will still retreat to her bed if she’s unsure. Gentle words often help her to relax and see that it’s safe to stay out.

She needs an experienced cat owner who has patience and time let her gain confidence. She would do best in a quiet calm environment. 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  cats@doggierescue.com  

Foster Carers Needed
Not everyone is in a position to adopt a dog, which is why DoggieRescue runs a foster program making it easy for caring dog lovers to make an immediate difference.

For further details or to meet all cats, rabbits and dogs at Doggie Rescue call 9486 3133 or email monika@DoggieRescue.com. Visit www.DoggieRescue.com to see all our dogs. www.facebook.com/doggierescue 
Rehoming Organisation No R251000024. 

Nurses And Midwives To Strike Again; Seeking Staffing Ratios

​​​​​Nurses and midwives plan to walk of the job for 24-hours this Thursday (31 March) after the NSW government failed to address the ongoing staffing crisis inside public hospitals, or commit to further talks on workplace improvements, since an initial strike almost six weeks ago.

A majority of NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) public sector branches this week voted in favour of a second statewide strike or work bans, and will hold public rallies to highlight the ongoing short staffing, workloads and patient safety concerns.

NSWNMA General Secretary, Brett Holmes, said nurses and midwives were deeply distressed by the government’s refusal to acknowledge the public health system crisis.

“In the past five weeks there have been multiple ‘code yellow’ incidents across the state, which signals an internal staffing emergency inside a health facility. These are becoming more frequent across metropolitan and regional sites because of the staffing issues,” said Mr Holmes.

“We’ve had ongoing reports of nurses and midwives working double shifts and increased amounts of overtime, gaps in staffing rosters going unfilled for weeks, vacant positions being left unfilled for months, as well as daily text messages begging staff to pick up extra shifts.

“Our members are scathing of the government’s unwillingness to continue an open dialogue with us about their claim for shift by shift nurse-to-patient ratios, improved maternity staffing and a modest pay rise.”

The NSWNMA has had no offer from the government since meeting with the NSW Premier on 21 February.

NSWNMA Assistant General Secretary, Shaye Candish, said unless the government agreed to a meaningful dialogue on safe staffing ratios and recognised how much Queensland and Victoria had benefited since introducing ratios, more staff would continue to leave NSW.

“This is a problem of the government’s own making. We’ve now got a situation where more and more experienced nurses and midwives are choosing to retire early, scaling back availability for shift work or leaving the profession all together,” said Ms Candish.

“During their statewide strike last month, members described exactly what it’s like working in our health system, and not because of the pandemic’s upheaval, but how the situation has deteriorated further.
“The government cannot keep its head in the sand and ignore the serious issues raised by its clinical nursing and midwifery workforce – the staff who are obligated to speak up when professional standards aren’t met, and patient safety is compromised.”

This afternoon, Friday March 25, 2022, the NSWNMA reappeared in the NSW Industrial Relations Commission (IRC) for a dispute filed by the Ministry of Health. 

At the Ministry’s request, the IRC has made new orders against the NSWNMA, which effectively order them to NOT strike (take industrial action) and to remove any reference to the strike to occur on March 31 from its website, social media and to, by no later than 12pm March 28 2022, issue a public statement which revokes and retracts its direction and/or recommendation to members to strike on March 31st.
Those orders take immediate effect and are in place until May 2nd, 2022.

During the strike action on Thursday, life-preserving services will be maintained in all public hospitals and health services.

Local Hospitals Impacted:
Hornsby & Ku-Ring-Gai Hospital 24 HRS from 7am
Macquarie Hospital 24 HRS from 7am
Northern Sydney Child & Family Health Nursing Services 24 HRS from 7am
Royal North Shore Hospital 24 HRS from 7am
Ryde Hospital and Community Health Service 24 HRS from 7am


Avalon Beach Centenary Celebrations Parliamentary Mention: New Events List

There was a lovely mention in the NSW Parliament last week by Pittwater MP The Hon. Rob Stokes. In a Private Members Statement Mr. Stokes paid tribute to the great work being done by the Avalon 100 Committee and the Avalon Beach Culture Collective. On Thursday March 24th Mr. Stokes said;

''I acknowledge a significant milestone for the sylvan spot that is Avalon Beach, in my community of Pittwater. Last weekend I was delighted to attend celebrations to mark the Centenary of the naming of Avalon Beach, including a tree planting by local school students and traditional smoking ceremony performed by Uncle Neil Evers. The first published reference to Avalon Beach occurred in December 1921, when areas of the community were subdivided by A.J. Small as part of the Palmgrove Estate. 

The suburb is named for the island paradise of Arthurian legend, and – bounded by what could be called the moat of the Bilgola Bends – locals will agree that Avalon Beach is indeed a paradise. Known to many as 'Avalon' – or simply, 'Av' – the suburb was formally gazetted by the NSW Government as 'Avalon Beach' in 2012, to reflect the area's historical designation. 

With Centenary celebrations impacted last year by the Pandemic, it's fantastic Pittwater residents can now come together again to celebrate this incredible shared community journey. Thank you to the many Avalonians involved in organising events – including Ros Marsh, Jan Roberts and Geoff Searl – and Happy Centenary to the Avalon Beach community.’’

Coming up in the year long Avalon Beach Centenary celebrations are:
  • Jayne Denshire’s Framing Avalon Beach Public art project with trail map launching 8/4/22
  • Much Ado About Nothing – performed by Shakespeare-Live-on-the-Island to the music of Leonard Cohen 30/4/22 and 1/5/22
  • Avalon Beach Historical Society mega Centenary Photo Exhibition -Avalon Recreation Centre-11-13th June Long weekend
  • Our next Centenary Art Exhibition 3 with an Indigenous Theme will launch 17/6/22 at Avalon Art gallery -Cinema Arcade.
  • Our BIG Event Saturday 18/6/22 9-5pm Dunbar Park is a showcase of our Community Groups – Solstice Celebration- sponsored by La Banette, Barrenjoey Insurance Brokers and NBC- and includes Art activities, dance, music and performance. If your community group/school, performance group would like to participate please confirm your attendance via email asap. E: asmallbizminder@bigpond.com
  • 18/6/22 Evening Concert local bands Avalon RSL
  • 24/7/22 Nature Talk John Dengate and Andrew Gregory - Avalon RSL
Ros Marsh
President
Avalon Beach Culture Collective Inc.

Lynne Czinner Park For Warriewood Closer: Works Commence This Year

Local families in Warriewood will soon enjoy more open space and recreational facilities at Lynne Czinner Park. Council has adopted the plan of management for the park, giving the green light to build new picnic areas, shared paths, a bridge across Fern Creek, a bike pump track, fitness equipment and extra parking spaces.

Northern Beaches Mayor Michael Regan said the new park will boost open space in the region and provide a fun recreational space for local residents to enjoy.

“This new major park provides wide open space for families to roam and explore, ride bikes, kick a ball around, exercise, or just kick back and relax,” Mayor Regan said.

“Council has been gradually acquiring land in the Warriewood Valley for over two decades now, creating a wonderful green corridor for the community.

“Lynne Czinner Park is one of the major links in our open space network, proving green space for everyone to enjoy.”

The concept plan was developed in consultation with the Warriewood Valley Residents Association and local families and received strong support when it was exhibited late last year. Of the 67 submissions received, 95% were supportive of the concept plan.

The plan of management will encourage passive recreational use in the park, conserve biodiversity, protect local flora and fauna, restore and regenerate natural bushland, and restore and protect natural watercourses, including Fern Creek.

The bridge over Fern Creek will connect the reserve to the local playground affectionally known as Rocket Park.

The reserve was named Lynne Czinner Park last year, to honour the former Councillor and Pittwater Mayor.

“This new park is a fitting tribute to the late Lynne Czinner who was a strong and passionate environmental advocate,” Mayor Regan said.

Works will commence later this year and is expected to be complete by mid-2023.

Plans Unveiled For Frenchs Forest Town Centre Park Upgrades

On Friday March 25th 2022 council released Concept designs for Brick Pit Reserve, Rabbett Reserve and Akora Reserve and the community is invited to have their say.

A new wetland with viewing decks, new playgrounds and nature play areas are just some of the features of the $6 million park upgrades planned for Frenchs Forest.

Northern Beaches Mayor Michael Regan said the $6 million committed by the state government to fund park upgrades in the precinct will help create inviting and enjoyable recreational spaces for the growing local community now and into the future.

“Brick Pit Reserve, Rabbett Reserve and Akora Reserve form part of the Frenchs Forest town centre and provide important open space in this growing area,” Mayor Regan said.

“Local residents, workers, hospital staff and patients will all benefit from upgraded and regenerated reserves in this major hospital precinct.”

The landmark Brick Pit Reserve will feature a wetland ecosystem with elevated viewing decks and an all-abilities access path around the waterway.

The upgraded park will include a new playground and nature play area, shared paths, new boardwalks, shade and picnic tables.

Indigenous vegetation will be rehabilitated and regenerated and landscape features will celebrate the history of the area. The existing mountain bike track will be maintained and improved.

Rabbett Reserve will be a nature enthusiasts dream, with new boardwalks, lookouts, loop track, picnic facilities and interpretive signage along the creek and bushland. Mature trees will be retained, water quality in the stream will be improved and more native species planted to support natural habitat. 

On the other side of Warringah Road, Akora Reserve will feature generous open space for recreation and relaxation, with terraced green spaces, new picnic shelters and seating. Children of all ages will enjoy an upgraded playground and basketball court. 

Access and safety will also be improved with all-ability paths connecting to surrounding streets and lighting.

The NSW Government has provided funding for the upgrades which were identified in the Hospital Precinct Structure Plan.

Feedback closes May 4th, 2022

For more information about the upgrades please visit:

ATAGI Statement On Recommendations On A Winter Booster Dose Of COVID-19 Vaccine

March 25, 2022
ATAGI recommends an additional booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine to increase vaccine protection before winter for selected population groups (see Table 1) who are at greatest risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and who have received their primary vaccination and first booster dose. 

These groups are:
  • Adults aged 65 years and older
  • Residents of aged care or disability care facilities
  • People aged 16 years and older with severe immunocompromise (as defined in the  ATAGI statement on the use of a 3rd primary dose of COVID-19 vaccine in individuals who are severely immunocompromised)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 50 years and older.
The additional winter booster dose can be given from 4 months or longer after the person has received their first booster dose, or from 4 months after a confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection, if infection occurred since the person’s first COVID-19 booster dose.

ATAGI recommends that the rollout of the additional booster dose for these groups starts from April 2022, coinciding with the rollout of the 2022 influenza vaccination program.

Influenza vaccine can be co-administered with the additional booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine. However, if a person is not yet eligible for their additional booster dose, influenza vaccine could be given ahead of the additional booster dose.

Comirnaty (Pfizer) or Spikevax (Moderna) are the preferred vaccines for COVID-19 booster doses including the additional winter booster dose. Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca) can be used when an mRNA vaccine is contraindicated or a person declines vaccination with an mRNA vaccine. Nuvaxovid (Novavax) can be used if no other COVID-19 vaccine is considered suitable for that person.

For other groups not listed above, there is insufficient evidence of the benefits of an additional booster dose to make recommendations at this time. This includes people younger than 65 years with medical conditions that may increase their risk of COVID-19, individuals with disability and National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) recipients who are not in residential disability care, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 16 to 49, workers at health care or residential care facilities, or younger healthy adults. ATAGI will continue to monitor emerging evidence and may recommend an additional dose for these groups in the future.

Prevention of severe illness from COVID-19 remains the primary goal of the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination program. These recommendations for an additional booster dose focus on protecting the most vulnerable groups against severe disease and reducing the potential burden on the healthcare system over the coming months.

The secondary aims of the COVID-19 vaccination program are preventing infection and preventing transmission of the virus. There is limited evidence at this stage for additional booster doses to prevent transmission. Emerging evidence in relation to prevention of transmission by vaccination will continue to be monitored and additional booster doses may be recommended in additional groups in the future.

All people aged 16 years and older are recommended to receive a first booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine after completing their primary course. For most people, this will be a third dose. The booster dose is important to maintain protection against COVID-19.

For any person aged 16 and older who has not received their first booster yet, ATAGI recommends they receive it as soon as possible.

Protection against infection wanes after the first booster dose. However, protection against severe disease (rather than all infection) is relatively well maintained, especially in young healthy populations.

Daily Covid Cases In NSW Reach Over 20 Thousand This Week + AMA 2022 Public Hospital Report Card

The numbers of people being infected with Covid have been high this week. The NSW Health statistics show:

14,970 positive test results notified in the 24 hours to 4pm March 20, 2022
20,960 positive test results notified in the 24 hours to 4pm March 21, 2022
24,115 positive test results notified in the 24 hours to 4pm March 22, 2022
24,803 positive test results notified in the 24 hours to 4pm March 23, 2022
23,702 positive test results notified in the 24 hours to 4pm March 24, 2022
19,843 positive test results notified in the 24 hours to 4pm March 25, 2022

Tragically, a previously well two-year-old child from Sydney died at The Children's Hospital at Westmead due to COVID-19 infection. This loss was reported by NSW Health on Monday March 21st, 2022.

The loss of that child is one of 35 people who have lost their life due to Covid this week, including one from our own area, reported by NSW Health on March 23rd. All five people of those reported as deaths from Covid on March 23rd had received three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

On March 24th NSW Health reported the death of a young infant due to COVID-19. The two-month-old infant tragically passed away at John Hunter Hospital in December 2021.

The death, first publicly reported in January, was referred to the Coroner, who has this week determined the infant died due to COVID-19 infection. The infant had no underlying health conditions.

NSW Health offered its heartfelt condolences to the family and asks that their privacy be respected during this most difficult time.

The infant was infected with the Omicron variant of COVID-19, as was a two-year-old child from Sydney whose death due to COVID-19 was reported on the Monday.

Apart from the very young child lost this week every other loss of life was over 60 years of age, with those over 70, 80 and 90 predominating Covid deaths.

As of Saturday March 26, 2022 there are currently 1,177 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, including 44 people in intensive care, 15 of whom require ventilation.

This is a rise from the Sunday March 20, 2022 figures - then there were 1,124 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, including 33 people in intensive care, 15 of whom required ventilation.

On March 16th the AMA (NSW) issued a statement urging  the State and Federal Governments to shore up the health system ahead of the next COVID-wave.

The call for funding comes as two new reports, released the same day by the Bureau of Health Information (BHI), revealed the stark impact both Delta and Omicron had on the health system in 2021.

The BHI’s Healthcare Quarterly, which reported on the performance of NSW’s healthcare system in the fourth quarter (October to December) 2021, revealed the effect of lifting restrictions in NSW and the subsequent impact of the highly transmissible Omicron variant.

“As you would expect, we saw a sharp increase in ED attendances from mid-December when COVID case numbers started to climb across the state. And given the elective surgery suspension from August to October, it’s also not a surprise to find that wait times for semi-urgent elective surgery were the longest of any quarter since the BHI began reporting in 2010,” said Dr Danielle McMullen, AMA (NSW) President.

“However, knowing what we know now and seeing the impact that these waves have on the system, the only surprise is the failure to appropriately support the healthcare system to ensure we can handle the next COVID wave.

“NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard has already signalled that within six weeks the State could be experiencing double the case numbers we currently have. We’re still learning about the BA2 sub variant of Omicron, but it appears to be highly transmissible, and that is concerning.

“Both Delta and Omicron revealed how critical our frontline health workers and health services are, as well as how important it is that they are properly resourced and supported.

“We need to take the lessons from the previous COVID-19 waves and look at ways to ensure our health system isn’t overloaded again.

“As the proverb suggests, the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, but the second best time is now. The AMA has been calling for adequate funding solutions to primary care and public hospitals for years – and while greater investment in our health system would have been beneficial in dealing with the pandemic in earlier stages, we should be looking to fortify the system now so that we can more adequately meet the challenges of the future,” Dr McMullen said.

The second report released by the BHI, Healthcare in Focus: New South Wales and the COVID-19 pandemic in 2021, also examined healthcare system performance, capturing both the Delta wave and the Omicron wave, with an additional lens on community-based healthcare, including virtual care.

While the report found an increase in virtual care, for services where virtual care is not an option, there was a reduction in activity. For example, breast screening for women aged 50-74 decreased sharply from the beginning of the Delta wave.

“Early detection saves lives and is crucial in reducing the impact of treatments. Consequently, we expect there to be downstream effects on patients and health outcomes as a result of this deferred care.

“This re-enforces the necessity of adequately funding the healthcare system so that we can also meet the challenges of providing non-COVID care,” Dr McMullen said.

On Saturday March 26th, 2022 AMA Australia released the AMA 2022 Public Hospital Report Card 

“The facts and figures in this year’s report card paint an alarming picture – this is what years of underfunding, combined with mounting pressure from population growth and an ageing population looks like,” Dr McMullen said.

The annual report figures show a decrease in performance across several measurements, including hospital beds relative to Australia’s ageing population and longer emergency department and elective surgery wait times.

“NSW is one of the best performing states in the country, but year on year there is a slight decrease in our ability to meet the healthcare standards patients expect and deserve. The report reveals a long-term trend that if we fail to address will significantly hinder the care provided to patients in NSW. It also underscores the necessity of a more equitable funding scheme between the Commonwealth and state and territories,” Dr McMullen said.

Across the country, public hospitals are in crisis, the AMA states. The AMA 2022 Public Hospital Report Card states that since 2008 Australia has lost six public hospital beds for every 1000 people aged over 65 years. Public hospital beds per 1000 people aged 65 years is a key measure of public hospital capacity.

The most recent data from 2019-20, reveals the ratio of total hospital beds for every 1000 people aged 65 and over dropped to 14.9.

The hospital bed ratio has been on a downward trend for 28 years – three decades ago there were more than 30 beds in our public hospitals per 1000 people over the age of 65.

It is expected that by 2035 more than one million will be older than 85 – almost double of what it is today.

According to AMA President, Dr Omar Khorshid, “if we want to save our public hospital system we must act now.”

“Our public hospital capacity must be expanded to meet the demands of a population that is increasing in size, age and suffering from multiple chronic health issues. This needs to be backed by greater investment in primary care, giving GPs the support they desperately need to keep people out of hospital.”

Small Business Support Program Extended

March 23, 2022
Small businesses hit hardest by the Omicron wave have been handed a further lifeline, with the Small Business Support Program extended to a new closing date of 29 April 2022.
 
The financial support package has assisted businesses, workers and the performing arts across NSW with cash flow and to continue trading.
 
Treasurer Matt Kean said the four-week extension was important to ensure small businesses have the resources they need to survive COVID-19 and bounce back.
 
“This extension will allow more businesses to apply, and takes into account potential application delays for businesses from flood-affected areas,” Mr Kean said.
 
“The pandemic and floods have been tough for so many over the past couple of months. But this targeted support helps place our economy in a resilience and recovery phase.”
 
Small Business Minister Eleni Petinos said that due to the crucial role played by the 800,000 small businesses across NSW in providing essential goods, services and jobs, the Government wanted to ensure sufficient time was provided for as many to apply as possible.
 
“Many of these businesses experienced challenges due to the Omicron wave of the pandemic, and we understand the pressures they face,” Ms Petinos said.
 
“This targeted program will support impacted small businesses and help them bounce back after a challenging start to the year.”
 
The Small Business Support Program provides eligible businesses a lump sum payment of 20 per cent of weekly payroll with a minimum payment of $500 per week and a maximum payment of $5,000 per week. Businesses with an annual turnover of between $75,000 and $50 million that experienced a decline in turnover of at least 40 per cent in January 2022 and the start of February 2022 are eligible.
 

Celibate Rifles + Jello Biafra: New Sounds

The Celibate Rifles have posted on their Facebook page;
Coming on April 8th. Kingdom of the Fool b/w (I'm) Stranded (live) - Jello Biafra and The Celibate Rifles. 

Eric Reed Boucher (born June 17, 1958), better known by his professional name Jello Biafra, is an American singer and spoken word artist. He is the former lead singer and songwriter for the San Francisco punk rock band Dead Kennedys.



Rotary Club Of Upper Northern Beaches Flood Relief

Rotary is raising funds to provide assistance to people suffering loss from flood damage to their homes from the March 2022 floods, centred along the Nepean and Hawkesbury River system of Sydney. 
Assistance will be in the form of vouchers from major retailers to be distributed by Rotary Clubs in the affected areas. The vouchers will be redeemable only at the retailer for essential items, excluding liquor, tobacco products, and cash.

Click the the link below to donate to Flood Relief for Communities in the Sydney Region of NSW (details of tax deductibility are also included in this link).

RABS (Rotary Australia Benevolent Society) Project 53-2021-22



Rotary Golf Day 2022

Rotary Charity Golf Day Thursday 7 April 2022
Monash Country Club, Powderworks Rd, Ingleside

AMBROSE EVENT
Registration & breakfast from 7am

Team of 4 golf + lunch        $660
Single player golf + lunch   $165
Cart hire:                            $  40
Golf or lunch only options also available.
Sponsorship package also available, including brand recognition for your business.
Enjoy your golf while supporting your community!

Contact Details and More Information:

Golf Day enquiries:

To find out more about Rotary and how you can become involved, please contact us on:
Ph:  02 8005 0711


Temporary Fencing At West Head Lookout

Applies to Wed 30 Nov 2022, 11.59pm. 
West Head lookout is open to visitors, and temporary fencing has been installed at the lookout for public safety. Upgrades will take place from July to October 2022. 
Please do not enter the fenced area. Nearby walking tracks remain open.


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.


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.

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

 

Click on logo above to visit their website.

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

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

Sydney Wildlife Recycled Bottles For Wildlife 2021

Sydney Wildlife Rescue is registered for return and earn in NSW. This time it is accessed by an App called My Tomra  - which is the organisation that runs the recycling. 

Once you have downloaded the My Tomra App. Just search “Our Wildlife” you will see Sydney Wildlife Rescue listed. You can set that as the payout. 

So you just scan the bar code from the App  at the recycling machine and the 10c will be donated to Sydney Wildlife Rescue. The machines can be located anywhere in NSW.  

Please have a look it’s a good way to support us to care for wildlife and do your bit to keep Australia Beautiful.

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 Pittwater Council and other relevant government bodies. The WPCA website provides a forum for the better realisation of these objectives. Visit: www.westpittwater.com.au

March 20 - 26, 2022: Issue 531

This Issue: full list in Contents page 

Front Page Issue 531  

Council Asks For Rethink On Aboriginal Lands Proposal: Community Comment Sought - comments to NSW Planning close end of Monday March 21, 2022

Dramatic Rescue Of 3 People By Avalon Beach SLSC After 35 Ft Power Cruiser Capsized and Sank Off Careel Head

Councillor Korzy Calls For Council To Support The Rebuilding Of A New Public Acute Services Hospital On Mona Vale Campus Site: March 2022 Meeting

Junior Lifesaver Of The Year 2022 Finalists Announced - Surf Life Saving New South Wales announced the Junior Lifesaver of the Year 2022 Finalists on Wednesday March 16, which includes Harrison White from Newport SLSC and Emily Lock from Long Reef SLSC.

AquaticsVissla & Sisstrevolution Central Coast Pro 2022 + Pro Junior Central Coast 2022

Pictures Avalon Beach Centenary Nature Of Avalon and Our Indigenous Culture Celebration At Avalon Art Gallery and Dunbar Park

Park Bench Philosopher Avalon Beach 100 - Ray Henman's 100 Years Centenary Film  Of The Family Of Arthur Jabez Small Talk On Their Grandfather + Extra A J Small Notes; Reserves, A Golf Course, A Surf Club

DIY Ideas Maintenance Of Your Home's Outside Areas After Storm Events: Paths, Walls & Windows, Dampness Under The House, Dying Lawns And Plants - The DIY Checklist 

The Sydney Edible Garden Trail 2022 Peek inside some of Sydney’s private backyard fruit and veggie gardens this March and discover their secrets to living sustainably: list of local gardens participating so far as part of this years SEGT; March 26-27, 2020

Environment  Newport SLSC Youngsters Take 3 For The Sea, Save Australia's Wildlife Group Make Whopping Donation Towards Saving Local Wallabies, Fauna Fences Down On Wakehurst Parkway: Please Drive Carefully Until They Are Restored, The Green Green Grass Of Des Creagh Reserve Avalon Beach, Weeds Strangling Trees At Governor Phillip Park Still Not Cleared; Banksias Now Dying, Careel Creek Still Flooded But Moorhens-Ducks Ok, Newport Pool Cliff Face Risk: New Film From John Illingsworth, NSW Landcare and Local Land Services Conference 2022 + 2021 NSW Landcare Awards Finalists and Winners, The Sydney Edible Garden Trail 2022: March 26-27 - Local Sites, Ongoing Heavy Rains Are Tough For Us But Can Be Tougher For Our Wildlife, Aviaries + Possum Release Sites Needed, Asparagus Fern Flowering Now: Dispose Of This Weed To Stop The Spread, Sydney Wildlife Rescue: Helpers Needed, Corroboree Frogs Return Home, After The Fires: Popular Blue Mountains Sites Reopen, Floodplain Development Manual Update: Feedback Until April 4, The Big Switch With Saul Griffith: Electrify Everything!, Bushcare In Pittwater, Gardens and Environment Groups and Organisations In Pittwater, To really address climate change Australia could make 27 times as much electricity and make it renewable, Surfing Towards Coastal Ecosystem Protection, 1.7 million foxes=300 million native animals killed every year: now we know the damage foxes wreak, Thinking of buying an electric vehicle for your next car?; Here’s the market outlook and what to consider, It may not be cute but here’s why the humble yabby deserves your love, Thanks to heavy rain Australia’s environment scores a 7 out of 10 – but the future remains bleak, Trees: why they’re our greatest allies against floods – but also tragic victims, Today’s disappointing federal court decision undoes 20 years of climate litigation progress in Australia, After the floods, the distressing but necessary case for managed retreat, Permafrost Peatlands Approaching Tipping Point, Restoring Tropical Peatlands Supports Bird Diversity And Does Not Affect Livelihoods Of Oil Palm Farmers, Twenty-First Century Hydroclimate: A Continually Changing Baseline With More Frequent Extremes, Research Shows Huge Forest Fires Don't Cause Living Trees To Release Much Carbon, Red dirt, yellow sun, green steel: how Australia could benefit from a global shift to emissions-free steel, Avalon Golf Course Bushcare Needs You, Local  Environment History pages

Inbox News Australia and the Netherlands Initiate MH17 Legal Proceedings, A Third Of New Mums During Early COVID Had Postpartum Depression, Close The Blinds During Sleep To Protect Your Health, Malaria Drug Could Combat Chemotherapy-Resistant Head and Neck Cancers, Scientists Find Brain Network That Makes Mice Mingle, Higher Risk Of Temperature-Related Death If Global Warming Exceeds 2°C, Unleashing The Tiger: Mapping The Aussie Tiger Prawn Genome, Cognitive Decline Key Factor In Predicting Life Expectancy In Alzheimer’s Disease, Rapid Changes To The Arctic Seafloor Noted As Submerged Permafrost Thaws, Hoverfly Brains Mapped To Detect The Sound Of Distant Drones

Profile of the Week  William (Bill) Fitzgerald OAM Tribute 2022
March 23rd, 1929 - March 4, 2022
Bill was the first Australian Clearance Diving Chief. He joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1946. In his  2017 Profile he shared stories of blowing up mines and massive ordnance, nuclear exposure, and fixing dams, submarines and ships. 

Wife Madge was the commissioning lady of Clearance Diving Team One at the turn of the millennium. Her photograph is prominently displayed outside the OIC of Team One’s headquarters down at HMAS Waterhen. They met as teenagers and were joined at the hip ever afterwards.

His first month in Clareville (The Pittwater Annex) was in October 1948. He was testing and maintaining torpedoes and trialling them in Pittwater to the 3000 yard target. 

Bill finished his full-time service as a chief instructor for all courses at HMAS Rushcutter and moved from the permanent service in 1966. He continued to serve as a reservist until 1984 – totalling 37 years, 138 days of total service.

His love of and interest in diving carried over into civilian life. He became a private diving instructor and helped to develop and establish the hyperbaric unit at Prince Henry Hospital in Sydney, delivering over 1500 therapies over four years. He was then asked to join the CSIRO to train and supervise their marine biologists in diving for a further five years.

In 1976, he took over a position with a prominent safety equipment firm and became their sales manager, discussing the safety equipment and breathing apparatus issues with managers in a wide variety of private and public industries, including the RAN, and supplying equipment to meet their needs.

In the Queen’s Birthday Honours List of 1999, Fitzgerald received an OAM for “service to diving, and to the development and training in the use of life support breathing apparatus” – you won't find that citation anywhere else.

He was held in high esteem by colleagues in the RAN who would attend Anzac Day Commemorations at Avalon Beach RSL in order to march by his side.

The passing of Bill Fitzgerald OAM this month, renowned clearance diver with the Royal Australian Navy, who received an OAM for ‘‘service to diving, and to the development and training in the use of life support breathing apparatus'', inspires a dual tribute this Issue.

Bill started the Diving Training at Clareville, at the RAN's Pittwater Annex. However his first month in Clareville was in October 1948. He was testing and maintaining torpedoes and trialling them in Pittwater to the 3000 yard target. 

As seen in Naval Visits to Pittwater 1788-1952 the testing of torpedoes in Pittwater has numerous instances prior to the establishment of the torpedo wharf at Taylor's Point.


Artists of the Month March 2022: The Pittwater Artists Trail Returns - Exhibition March 26-27 At Newport Community Centre After limited exhibition opportunities Pittwater Artists are delighted to announce the first major group Exhibition for 2022 on 26-27 March at the Newport Community Centre. The Alliance of Artists on the trail has grown to 18 and offers a diverse range including Painters, Ceramicists, Sculptors and Jewellers. This is a great opportunity to view and purchase an artwork directly from the Artists as well as meet them onsite to ask about their practice or discuss commission possibilities. Later in the year the trail opens up with an opportunity to explore our beautiful surroundings as you visit the Artists in their open studio spaces to the public. to see behind the scenes, learn about individual processes and what inspires them. In between the open studio weekends there are a number of events and exhibitions and workshops on offer. Keep an eye on the website and social media or sign up to the newsletter to receive important event info and date reminders. We hope to see you there! For more details refer to the website or sign up to our newsletter at: www.pittwaterartiststrail.com.au or follow our Instagram.com/pittwaterartiststrail

Pittwater Offshore Newsletter: March 17, 2022

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Anzac Day 2022

Pittwater RSL Sub-Branch
All local schools have been invited to participate in our wreath layout service.

ANZAC Sunday Parade and Service – Sunday 10 April 2022
  • The March will commence in Vineyard Street, Mona Vale at the corner of Pittwater Road. 
  • We assemble at 12:20pm and commence in Parade order at 12:45pm. 
  • The Commemoration Service and Book/Wreath Laying Ceremony will take place at the Mona Vale War Memorial in Village Park at 1:00pm. 
  • In the event of wet weather, the service will be held in Mona Vale Memorial Hall.  

ANZAC Day Dawn Service – Monday 25 April 2022
  • Our Dawn Service will commence at 5.30am at the Lower Cenotaph located at the rear of Pittwater RSL Club. 
  • In the event of wet weather, the Service will be held inside the Pittwater RSL Club.
Church Point
Anzac Day Service at Memorial Marker at 11am, Thomas Stephens Reserve, Church Point.

Newport
Dawn Service 5.30 at Cenotaph in Trafalgar Park, Newport

Avalon Beach RSL Sub-Branch
ANZAC Day – Memorial Services Monday April 26th, 2022
Dawn 5.30 am 
Commemorative March and Service 11am - muster outside Avalon Public School at 10.30am

Palm Beach RSL Sub-Branch
Schedule
10:30am - Meet at Pittwater Park (next to Palm Beach ferry wharf)
10:45am - March begins from Pittwater Park to Club Palm Beach
11:00am - Commemorative Service outside the Club
12 Noon - Members luncheon with special guest - Club opens to the public after commemorative service
2.00pm - Two-Up; 18+ only. Sorry, no children permitted in the Club at any time on this day/night.


Narrabeen Coach’s Family Need A Community Boost

A family of long standing residents of Elanora Heights and now Warriewood need a little help. You may recognise Scottie Tes from Narrabeen FC. He has been a volunteer soccer coach there in various age groups for over 10 years.  

Their family need a bit of assistance to help buy a van that is out of their budget with a conversion needed to help transport their son Kai who suffers from multiple disabilities. Scott is a high school teacher on the beaches and has constantly given so much of his time to others kids over the years. Yuki is always the first person to help others in need. 

Please watch the video from Scott. 
If you can spare a few dollars to help get to the target it would be greatly appreciated. 
We thank you very much in advance for helping this wonderful local family.

On The Hustings

Spotted: Ethan Hrnjak, Greens candidate for Mackellar at Avalon on March 19, with Prue Wawn, speaking on the need for more young people in parliament. 

''This is especially important after seeing Sussan Ley’s successful appeal against her duty of care to protect young people from the climate emergency.''

Young people, aged between 15-35, make up 25% of Australia’s population and yet there are only 6 out of 227 sitting MPs younger than 35. 

Ethan spoke to the local community about the Greens 15 big ideas for the future:
  1. A national jobs and income guarantee.
  2. Fix the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
  3. Free and accessible university and TAFE for all.
  4. Truth, Treaty and Voice with First Nations people.
  5. A caring society that properly invests in aged care.
  6. Dental & mental health fully covered under Medicare.
  7. Build one million affordable and accessible homes for all.
  8. Make billionaires and big corporations pay their fair share.
  9. Increased foreign aid, protections for refugees, and diplomacy.
  10. Universal free childhood education and care for 3 and 4-year-olds.
  11. Manufacturing revival in green and renewable industries of the future.
  12. Care for nature with a job- creating Nature Fund and a stronger watchdog.
  13. Equality for all with laws that protect against violence and discrimination.
  14. Sustainable infrastructure investment like renewables and high-speed trains.
  15. Tackle the climate crisis with 100% renewables by 2030 and no new coal & gas.
The 2022 Election date may not have been announced yet but local candidates are certainly very active already.

Readers Query: Newport In 1912 Painting

Winifred Catherine Caddy (1884-1981) 1912 watercolour of Newport. 
Winifred was the daughter of successful draper James and Catherine - and a founding member and later president of the Society of Women Painters, Sydney. Her and her friends would come out to Pittwater and surrounds to paint - they will feature in a future Artist Colony page.

If anyone has any information about 'Natman's Ridge' could you please email us. 

This was also during the period when Warringah Shire Council were applying to commence resuming sections of Newport Beach - see 1910 and then 1912 and Resumption notes from our History file below - that too will run as a Pittwater Reserve history page.
If you have any information, please email: pittwateronlinenews@live.com.au





23 Mar 1910 - NEWPORT BEACH. - Trove


20 Aug 1912 - RECREATION GROUNDS AT NEWPORT. - Trove


NSW Land Registry Services   HLRV Newport Beach Volume Folio


NSW Land Registry Services  Newport Beach 1912 resumption  per HLRV 


NSW Land Registry Services  Newport Beach 1912 resumption  per HLRV 

Cancellation Of Avalon Beach Surf Swims Including Round The Bends

March 16, 2022
In view of ongoing concerns about ocean water quality Avalon Beach SLSC has decided that it would be best for the swims planned for 27 March 2022 to be cancelled now, so that participants and club members have adequate advance notice.

Volker Klemm event manager said
There are ongoing concerns about water quality given that Warragamba Dam is going to be releasing water for the next 3 weeks according to its website. Pittwater is the colour of coffee.  And we are getting a series of Easterly swells bringing all that dirty river water back onto the beaches.

It might clear a bit by the due date, but the club can't plan ahead on that basis and it wouldn't be pleasant for swimmers.

Unfortunately that means that this major fund-raiser for the club has had to be cancelled for the third year in a row, the other two cancellations having been due to Covid.

The Club is hoping for better luck next year!

Water Is Still Filthy - Full Of Debris

The rain event, which is still ongoing for many, has seen the cancellation of not only the Avalon Beach SLSC swim events but also the 2022 edition of the Adrian Curlewis Twilight Carnival, hosted by Palm Beach SLSC.

Residents are still finding lots of debris washing up on our ocean beaches and the estuary. This video by past Artist of the Month, Nat Bromhead of Pittwater Photography, taken on Friday March 11, 2022, shows you the extent of runoff coming out of the Hawkesbury into the estuary and then out to sea.

Narrabeen RSL: Voluntary Administration

From Narrabeen RSL:
We have been overwhelmed with the concern and support from our local community and members in what has been a very challenging time for Narrabeen RSL.

The board wishes to inform you that The Club has entered the process of voluntary administration, we appreciate your patience and understanding whilst this is undertaken.

We encourage all queries and concerns to be directed to

Whatever happens next The Razza will always have a place in our hearts and no matter what, our community will always be in our thoughts. 


New Judges For ACT Supreme Court

On March 11, 2022 Attorney-General Shane Rattenbury announced Mr Geoffrey Kennett and Ms Belinda Baker as two new resident judges to be appointed to the ACT Supreme Court.

“I am pleased to welcome Mr Kennett and Ms Baker, which will bring the ACT Supreme Court to a full complement of six ongoing judicial officers,” Attorney-General Shane Rattenbury said. “Mr Kennett has particular expertise in civil and administrative law and Ms Baker has particular expertise in criminal law. Their skills and experience will complement the existing judiciary and bring the court back to a full bench.”

Mr Kennett has over 30 years legal experience and worked in Canberra from 1985 to 1998, before moving to Sydney to practice at the bar. He is currently the Chair of the Administrative Law Committee of the Law Council of Australia and is a member of its Constitutional Law Committee.

Ms Baker, who has legal experience spanning over 20 years, was admitted as a legal practitioner in NSW in 2000. She is currently the Deputy Senior Crown Prosecutor with the NSW Director of Public Prosecutions and has appeared in more than 200 criminal appeals since 2016, including in the High Court.

Ms Baker, a Newport resident, is also the daughter of Roger Sayers OAM (Avalon Beach SLSC Life Member and Media Reporter for the club as well as Avalon Beach Historical Society events).

Mr. Sayers is thrilled with the announcement.

Belinda currently specialises in criminal appeals, and frequently appears on behalf of the Crown in the Court of Criminal Appeal and on behalf of the Director of Public Prosecutions in judicial review applications in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. She also appears as junior counsel on behalf of the Crown in High Court appeals.

Belinda has previously worked as a Solicitor Advocate in the NSW Crown Solicitor’s Office and as Counsel Assisting the New South Wales Solicitor General and Crown Advocate. She has also practiced as a barrister in private practice.

In 2003, Belinda was awarded the Menzies Scholarship to Harvard University, where she completed her LLM in 2004. At Harvard, Belinda studied constitutional law, federalism, advanced criminal procedure and administrative law.

Ms Baker said she was honoured to be appointed to the court and was grateful to work with Chief Justice McCallum, whom she described as an “inspiring jurist”.

“The ACT Supreme Court is unique in that its jurisdiction encompasses first instance and appellate jurisdiction in both civil and criminal matters,” Ms Baker said.

“This broad jurisdiction enables the Supreme Court to fully understand the needs of the ACT community and to deliver justice that well serves those changing needs.”

Mr Kennett will fill the vacancy left by Justice Burns who retired from the Court in August last year having served over thirty years in the ACT Courts. Ms Baker will replace Justice Michael Elkaim when he retires in December this year. Justice Elkaim has served as a Judge of the ACT Supreme Court since July 2016 and before that served 8 years as a District Court judge of NSW.

Mr Kennett will begin his appointment on 21 March 2022, while Ms Baker starts in December 2022.

Chief Justice Lucy McCallum said:

“The Court welcomes these outstanding appointments. Mr Kennett and Ms Baker are both known for their huge intellects, their astute legal analysis and their prodigious capacity for hard work. With our full complement of six judges the Court is well placed to take on the challenges ahead.”

Bevan John Keith Harris
07.11.1924 - 13.03.2022


Formerly of Mosman, late of RSL War Veterans Village, Narrabeen. Dearly beloved husband of Margaret (deceased). Much loved father of Sue, Libby and Katie and will be sadly missed by their partners David, Kim and Tom. Adored Grandpa of Chris and Mike, Rob and Ally, Sam and Eleanor, Angus and Georgie, Lucy and Charlie. Proud great-grandfather of Immy, Maddie and Teddy.

A proud Ex-Serviceman, an astute businessman and a wonderful family man.

Bevan’s family and friends are warmly invited to attend a Celebration of his Life to be held in the War Veterans Chapel, John Edmondson Drive, RSL LifeCare, Narrabeen on Monday, 21st March, 2022 at 10.00am. Available to watch via youtube RSL Chapel Livestream.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Red Cross Flood Appeal.

Wilson Family Funerals
Ph: 9913 7131

Ingleside Rural Fire Brigade: 70 Years

Since 1952, Ingleside RFS has been serving the community. On Saturday 2nd of July, 2022, our Brigade will be celebrating this occasion from 5pm. Current and past members are invited. More details to follow.


Cr. Sprott Moves To Address Crowded Suburban Streets

Council's upcoming Meeting of March 22nd list a Motion from Councillor Stuart Sprott on the need to address the growing amount of cars on every street in our area, especially where a secondary dwelling has been approved.

Currently, Clause 53 of the Housing SEPP outlines the development standards for parking for secondary
dwellings. The clause is a non-discretionary clause which means that an application cannot be
refused on the basis of carparking if the development control is met.

'Clause 53 - the number of parking spaces provided on site is the same number of parking
spaces provided on the site immediately before the development is carried out.'

This means if there are currently 2 spaces provided on a site for an existing dwelling, a secondary dwelling can be erected on the same lot as the existing dwelling as long as the 2 existing spaces are retained. There are no provisions for additional parking spaces to be provided to meet the parking demands for the occupants of the secondary dwelling.

As a result of the SEPP provisions Cr. Sprott is requesting that the council makes representations to the NSW Planning Minister urging them to amend the Housing SEPP to require additional off-street
carparking being provided on properties where secondary dwellings are provided.

The amount of units as single bedrooms and single car park provided, or the seniors developments being passed by the Land and Environment court under appeal is also choking our streets. The requirements of parking associated with these mean one car per property is then parked on the street making these choke points where those driving must pull over to allow each other to pass due to the amount of vehicles parked on both sides of each road.

As the council's Local Housing Strategy identifies that we will need to accommodate around 12,000 new homes by 2036 to provide for population growth, that could see another minimum of 24,000 vehicles parked on streets or not having to be provided for at all in massive overdevelopments - such as that which has been approved for the corner of Robertson road at Newport just last month.

Rotary Update

Last week's meeting 16 March 22
We had the pleasure of inducting 3 new members to the club. It is always great when new members come on board. We have found that people join Rotary for many different reasons, depending on their own personal circumstances at the time. 

The one thing that we all have in common, is the desire to make a difference to our community's and to make the world a better place. We also try to have a bit of fun with it.

Coming Up: This Week's Meeting
Date; Wednesday, 23 March 2022
Venue; Sands Hotel Narrabeen
Meeting time; 7pm upstairs - function room (Dinner 6pm in the bistro, for anyone who can make it)

Beach2Beach Fun Run Sunday 27 March, 2022
Rotary Upper Northern Beaches volunteers will be Marshalling the 6 km start adjacent to Rat Park.

From 8:30 a.m. we will also be firing up the Rotary BBQ at the finish line at Newport Beach Surf Life Saving Club. They say there is more to Rotary than just great sausages, which is certainly true. That said, we do cook a great sausage. Come on down to Newport Beach from 8:30 to enjoy some of our culinary delights and feel free to ask us about Rotary.

Rotary Charity Golf Day Thursday 7 April 2022
Monash Country Club, Powderworks Rd, Ingleside

AMBROSE EVENT
Registration & breakfast from 7am

Team of 4 golf + lunch        $660
Single player golf + lunch   $165
Cart hire:                            $  40
Golf or lunch only options also available.
Sponsorship package also available, including brand recognition for your business.
Enjoy your golf while supporting your community!

Contact Details and More Information:

Golf Day enquiries:

To find out more about Rotary and how you can become involved, please contact us on:
Ph:  02 8005 0711


Community Meeting With Councillors

Thursday, 24 March 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Your Pittwater Ward Councillors want to hear directly from you.

Come and meet face to face 7pm, Thursday 24 March at the Newport Community Centre where everyone 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 and groups.
These community meetings will be held on the fourth Thursday 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.

If you would like to attend, please register online through the council's website

Location for March 24th Meeting:
Newport Community Centre
11-13 The Boulevard, Newport 

ABHS April 2022 Meeting

The next meeting of the Avalon Beach Historical Society will be held on TUESDAY 5 APRIL starting at 8pm in the Annexe in Dunbar Park.

As the result of the wanton destruction of Bilgola House number 2 in 1989, ANNE SPENCER and her husband Colin formed the Friends of Bilgola. 

This eventually gave birth to the Bilgola Preservation Society. Together they fought tirelessly over the years to protect the beauty and the environment of Bilgola Beach, particularly the remnant and ancient cabbage tree palms and the heritage-listed stonework lining Bilgola Creek.

As part of her research for a paper on Bilgola Beach, she developed an admiration for OSWALD WATT, Australia’s first military pilot.

Like Anne, Oswald also loved Bilgola Beach and owned the weatherboard cottage, Bilgola House number 1 from 1911 until he tragically drowned off the northern headland in 1921.

With Anne’s assistance we have assembled a great pictorial presentation of the life of Oswald Watt including Bilgola House no. 1. 18 of them will make up the panel for the exhibition in June.

John and Pauline Webeck, the owners of Bungan Castle, made 10 of us really welcome on Saturday afternoon 19 February. After a talk on the history of the castle and a visit up onto the turreted roof section, he showed us some of his remarkably varied memorabilia. A delightful afternoon tea was served in the ‘great hall’. Photographs taken on the day will be added to the above list.
  
Although there won’t be the need for a QR reader, we will sign in as a precautionary measure with your mobile/landline numbers. No need to socially isolate any longer (many of us are couples anyway) and masks are no longer mandatory even in an indoor area such as the Annexe and if you care to break into song or dance you are very welcome! 

Guests of members are always welcome to attend, and we will also have our usual ‘high quality’ supper after the meeting.

Geoff Searl OAM
President Avalon Beach Historical Society


Man Charged Following Pursuit - Forestville

Friday, 18 March 2022
A man has been charged following an alleged pursuit in Sydney’s north this morning.

Just after 12am today (Friday 18 March 2022), officers attached to North Shore Police Area Command attempted to stop a blue Mazda travelling along the Pacific Highway, Roseville.

The driver allegedly failed to stop as directed by police and a pursuit was initiated on Boundary Street.

Police will allege the vehicle continued to Warringah and Currie Roads, Forestville, where it collided with the rear of a Holden Jackaroo travelling in the opposite direction.

The driver fled on foot along Cook Street, Forestville; however, was located a short time later in the front yard of a residential property nearby.

The driver – a 23-year-old man – was arrested and taken to Northern Beaches Hospital for mandatory testing.

He was released from hospital and taken to Manly Police Station where he was charged with:
  • - police pursuit - not stop - drive dangerously,
  • - proceed through red traffic light,
  • - not give way at lights to oncoming vehicle,
  • - not give particulars to other driver,
  • - fail to stop and assist after impact cause injury,
  • - goods in personal custody suspected being stolen,
  • - custody of knife in public place - subsequent offence, and
  • - an outstanding warrant.
He was refused bail and appeared at Manly Local Court today, where he was granted conditional bail to reappear before the same court on Wednesday 30 March 2022.

Temporary Fencing At West Head Lookout

Applies to Wed 30 Nov 2022, 11.59pm. 
West Head lookout is open to visitors, and temporary fencing has been installed at the lookout for public safety. Upgrades will take place from July to October 2022. 
Please do not enter the fenced area. Nearby walking tracks remain open.


Beach2Beach Fun: Team Newport

The link for people to join TEAM NEWPORT for the run is: 

Pets Of The Week

Duke 


3 years: Cocker Spaniel
Duke came from the pound with a matted urine soaked coat and terrible dental disease. He was a sad old boy, however he still wags his tail! Duke who is 13yo was not used to being groomed and was given a very short clip under sedation at the vets. He is feeling so much better now. Duke loves his food, true to his breed. He is very social with other dogs but people are more important to him and he wants people around most of the time. He is very agile for his age and has reasonable sight and hearing for his age. He has a fluffy coat and is overweight at 17.8kg. We hope to trim him down slowly.
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

Penny 


Penny who is only 12 months old came from with 7 kittens who have all found homes. Penny is a sweet affectionate very easy going girl. She purrs and loves scratches on her back. She is also not bothered by dogs. 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  cats@doggierescue.com  

Foster Carers Needed
Not everyone is in a position to adopt a dog, which is why DoggieRescue runs a foster program making it easy for caring dog lovers to make an immediate difference.

For further details or to meet all cats, rabbits and dogs at Doggie Rescue call 9486 3133 or email monika@DoggieRescue.com. Visit www.DoggieRescue.com to see all our dogs. www.facebook.com/doggierescue 
Rehoming Organisation No R251000024. 

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.


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.

Scheduled Roadworks

Avalon Beach: Barrenjoey Road between The Serpentine and Avalon Parade
Sun 20 Mar 2022 to Wed 23 Mar 2022: 9pm to 5am

Reduce your speed, Check signage. Alternating (stop/slow) traffic conditions will be in place.


Sea Of Hands Installation And Art Exhibition

The Sea of Hands in the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney is designed by award winning artist Frances Belle Parker, a proud Yaegl woman. The Sea of Hands concept has been designed as a fully immersive audio-visual experience and centres around the theme of healing country.

The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney is partnering with ANTaR, the national organisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander reconciliation and rights, to bring its interactive symbol of reconciliation, the Sea of Hands. 

You can be part of the artwork from 5 April
As part of the exhibition we need thousands of people to come down and plant hands into the lawn of Rathborne Lodge. The design will involve 10,000 hands in the colours of charred and burnt banksia pods.

See the artwork exhibition from 10 April
The work will incorporate some audio-visual elements to create a fully immersive, welcoming, inclusive space that allows all who enter to feel healed and at peace, and  experience that  sense of new life. Upon  dusk, red  and orange lights will swirl through the hands giving a gentle taste of the brilliance of a flame. These lights will gradually transform into green to indicate regrowth and new life, and as a colour of healing.

The Garden will extend visitation hours to 9.00 pm until 16 April so visitors can experience the exhibition at night.
 
About Frances Belle Parker
Frances has been a practising artist for the last 20 years coming to prominence after winning the Blake Prize in 2000 making her the youngest ever winner and the first Indigenous recipient in the prize’s history. Since then she has exhibited nationally and internationally, undertaken art residencies in China and Andorra and worked on several Public Art Projects.

Marine Notices

Simulated fire fighting exercise
Where: Milson Island, Lower Hawkesbury River
When: Tuesday, 22 March 2022 
Vessel operators are advised that a Special Event pursuant to Section 12(2) of the Marine Safety Act 1998 is to be held on the Hawkesbury River at Milson Island.

Due to the potential to affect the safety of navigation, Transport for NSW has granted an Exclusive Use Aquatic Licence to the NSW Rural Fire Service to conduct the event, and an Exclusion Zone will be established on the navigable waters of the Lower Hawkesbury River, within 200 metres of Milson Island’s north west, north and eastern shores between the above times. The Zone will be patrolled by control vessels.

Transport for NSW advise that in relation to the Zone;
a) Persons within the vicinity of the Zone must comply with any directions given by any Boating Safety Officer or Police Officer in relation to the Special Event or to marine safety. Failure to comply with any such direction is an offence (Marine Safety Act 1998, s.15A - Maximum Penalty $3,300.00).
b) No unauthorised vessels or persons are permitted to enter the Zone and to do so may be an offence (Marine Safety Act 1998, s.12(5) — Maximum Penalty $1,100.00)

To see the area affected refer to: 


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

 

Click on logo above to visit their website.

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

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

Sydney Wildlife Recycled Bottles For Wildlife 2021

Sydney Wildlife Rescue is registered for return and earn in NSW. This time it is accessed by an App called My Tomra  - which is the organisation that runs the recycling. 

Once you have downloaded the My Tomra App. Just search “Our Wildlife” you will see Sydney Wildlife Rescue listed. You can set that as the payout. 

So you just scan the bar code from the App  at the recycling machine and the 10c will be donated to Sydney Wildlife Rescue. The machines can be located anywhere in NSW.  

Please have a look it’s a good way to support us to care for wildlife and do your bit to keep Australia Beautiful.

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 Pittwater Council and other relevant government bodies. The WPCA website provides a forum for the better realisation of these objectives. Visit: www.westpittwater.com.au

Award-Winning Journalist Kate McClymont AM Addresses CWA Manly’s IWD Event 

The Country Women’s Association of NSW’s Manly branch held its inaugural annual International Women’s Day event on Saturday, March 12. Guest speaker was eight-time Walkley Award winner, investigative journalist Kate McClymont. 

“The Manly branch of the CWA has nearly tripled in size in the last few years and now has a regular calendar of events supporting our members, local charities and rural communities,” said President of CWA Manly, Robyn Grennan. 

“An annual IWD event was a natural addition to the calendar and Kate McClymont was an ideal inaugural speaker with her country roots and professional success.” 

Event co-ordinator and CWA Manly Member Diana Whitton said the audience was enthralled by Kate’s fascinating tales of betrayal, corruption, and crime. Kate’s phone has been tapped, she’s had police security and she has received death threats because of her exposés.

“It was an honour for the Manly branch of CWA to host the afternoon tea and hear about the achievements of this fearless woman, in the year in which CWA of NSW is celebrating a centenary of fearless women,” said Dr Whitton. “In its 100 years the CWA has been a strong advocate for rural communities being integral in the introduction of compulsory seat belts, white lines on the edge of roads and flashing speed signs in school zones, and they will continue improving the social, educational, recreational, and medical resources for their communities.”

CWA Manly raised around $4,000 at its IWD event with money earmarked for several local charities and CWA programs including the Disaster Relief Fund which is helping flood-stricken communities. 

“The event was so successful due to the incredible work of our members and the support of the community including students from the Fortunate Food Co, Bunnings Warringah Mall an even my grandchildren Rex Taylor and Ellie Grennan,” said Ms Grennan. “We send sincere thanks to these supporters. Without them we could not raise the funds we do for local and rural communities.” 

The next events for CWA Manly include the Willandra Village Seniors Festival on March 26 and a Mother’s Day stall to be held at St Matthews Anglican Church, The Corso, Manly on Saturday, May 7. Both events will feature handicrafts and homemade baked goods and preserves. 

CWA Manly meets at St Matthews on the third Friday of each month from 9:30am. Guests are welcome. For more information please visit CWA Manly’s Facebook page or email manlycwa@yahoo.com.



CWA Manly Members who hosted the recent International Women’s Day event: (From left) Liat Silberman (Joint Secretary), Sharyn Moses, Robyn Grennan (President), Rose O’Hara and Diana Whitton (Event Co-ordinator).



Guests at the CWA Manly IWD high tea enjoyed a selection of sweet and savoury treats prepared by members.

Integrity Of Grant Program Administration Skewed Towards Those Who Kowtow To Government 'Policy'

On the 8th February 2022 the Audit Office of NSW released it's report into the Stronger Communities Fund Round 2 and Regional Cultural Fund.

This report assessed the integrity of the assessment and approval processes for two grant programs:
  • Stronger Communities Fund Round 2 (tied grants round), which was administered by the former Office of Local Government (OLG) and provided $252 million to newly amalgamated councils and other councils that had been subject to a merger proposal during 2017–18 and 2018–19.
  • Regional Cultural Fund, which was administered by Create NSW (now within the Department of Premier and Cabinet) and awarded $100 million for cultural projects in regional NSW.
The Audit Office found that the assessment and approval process for Round 2 of the Stronger Communities Fund lacked integrity. The government decided to prioritise funds for councils that had worked constructively with the government through the 2016 merger process. 

However, this information was not included in the program guidelines. The program guidelines were not published and did not contain details of selection and assessment processes. Councils and projects were instead identified by the former Premier, Deputy Premier and Minister for Local Government and communicated to OLG with little or no information about the basis for the council or project selection.

There was no merit assessment of identified projects. This process resulted in 96 per cent of funds allocated to coalition state seats.

The assessment process that Create NSW used for the Regional Cultural Fund was robust and produced transparent and defensible recommendations to the minister. However, the former Minister for the Arts, in consultation with the former Deputy Premier, did not follow the recommendations of the independent assessment panel in 22 per cent of cases. Reasons for these changes were not documented by Create NSW.

The  Audit Office of NSW recommended that the Department of Premier and Cabinet should develop a model for grant administration that must be used for all grant programs administered in NSW that:
  • is based on ethical principles such as impartiality, equity and transparency 
  • ensures assessments and decisions can be made against clear eligibility criteria
  • ensures accountability for decisions and actions of all those who are involved in the program 
  • includes minimum mandatory administration and documentation standards
  • requires any ministerial override of recommendations to be documented. 
Further, the Department of Planning and Environment should ensure that guidelines prepared for all grant programs are published and include a governance framework that includes accountabilities and key assessment steps.

Fast facts    
Stronger Communities Fund Round 2
  • $252m allocated to 24 councils    
  • 96% allocated to council projects in coalition state seats
  • 36% of the funding ($90m) was allocated to a single council
  • $8m in projects identified before the program guidelines were finalised
Regional Cultural Fund
  • 405 applications received across three funding rounds
  • $99m awarded for 147 cultural projects in regional NSW 
  • 22% panel recommendations not followed by ministers  
  • $9.3m awarded to projects not recommended by panel

Car Buyers Warned Of Surge In Odometer Tampering

March 18, 2022
Consumers are being warned about odometer tampering after a four-fold increase in the number of fines issued for the offence in NSW, with hundreds of thousands of kilometres being knocked off vehicle odometers and sold to unsuspecting buyers.

Minister for Fair Trading Eleni Petinos said as used motor vehicle sales have risen amid the COVID-19 pandemic, so too have incidents of odometer fraud where perpetrators wind back the mileage or replace the odometer with one showing fewer kilometres.

“NSW Fair Trading Investigators dished out $112,200 in fines and 76 penalty notices in 2021 and 2022 – a huge jump from 22 total penalties in 2020 - so anyone considering conning a potential buyer by odometer tampering should know that when you are caught, it’s going to cost you,” Ms Petinos said.

"In one case a seller shaved off more than 400,000km off a 2012 Subaru XV, reducing the odometer from 470,000km down to 52,709km. The vehicle was then sold for $32,000, an $11,000 increase on the original sale price.

"In another example, a 2009 Toyota Hilux was resold for $30,980, more than five times its sale price of $6,000, after the odometer reading was lowered by about 280,000km.

“To intentionally rip off a fellow everyday Australian just trying to buy a second-hand car is abhorrent and our NSW Fair Trading inspectors will continue to go after the crooks who think this type of behaviour is OK.”

Ms Petinos said consumers should always conduct due diligence when buying a used motor vehicle, particularly if it has a low odometer reading for its age.

“If it seems too good to be true, it just might be, so it’s worth taking extra measures to make sure you don’t end up with an expensive mistake,” Ms Petinos said.

"It is important to see the registration paperwork and proof of ownership of the vehicle, as well as meet the owner and sight their identification.

"Have the vehicle inspected by a licensed repairer and conduct a Personal Property Securities Register check (PPSR) or buy a vehicle history check."

Most cases investigated by NSW Fair Trading have been carried out by individuals without motor dealer licences. The vehicles are commonly advertised on online sites such as Facebook Market Place and Gumtree under fictitious profiles.

Those selling the vehicle often change the registration plate and use third-party individuals to sell the vehicles on their behalf in an attempt to distance themselves from the crime.

To report suspected odometer tampering, visit the Report suspected odometer tampering web page.

For advice when buying a vehicle, visit the Before you buy a car web page.

Emerald Class Ferries Approved For Maximum Swell Conditions

March 12, 2022
Sydney Harbour’s newest ferries have passed final testing to operate the F1 Circular Quay to Manly route in maximum swell conditions for which they have been built.

The Generation 2 Emerald Class ferries, all of which entered service by the end of last year,cannowoperateinswellsupto4.5metres, which is the vessels’ full classification for Sydney Harbour.

Minister for Transport and Veterans David Elliott said this welcome news and the testing had ensured the safety of customers and crews was of the utmost priority.

“While this clearance took a bit longer than we would have liked, we wanted to make sure it was done right to ensure the safety of everyone involved,” Mr Elliott said.

“These new ferries are a huge upgrade – they are fully accessible and able to provide a faster, more frequent service, which is a massive win for regular commuters and tourists alike.”

Sydney Ferries operator Transdev Managing Director Loretta Lynch said the outcome was the result of many hours of structured trialling.

“It’s great news that these state-of-the-art ferries have been successfully trialled by our highly experienced crews, and are now operating in both day and night to the limit of the vessel survey,” Ms Lynch said.

“We are proud to be improving the Manly services with the new Generation 2 Emerald class ferries.”

The vessels were designed by world renowned Australian naval architects, Incat Crowther, and have been specifically engineered with reinforced hulls to enable operation in the larger swells experienced when crossing the Sydney Heads.

Two Freshwater Ferries will continue to operate alongside the new Generation 2 Emerald Class ferries on weekends and public holidays.


Photo: a Manly Emerald class ferry being trialled on the route, March 3rd, 2022 - photo by and courtesy Mark Crawley, taken from the Freshwater ferry

New Freight Transport Advisory Council Launched

NSW Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Sam Farraway launched the new NSW Freight Transport Advisory Council (FTAC) today.

Mr Farraway said the new council would replace the Freight and Logistics Advisory Council (FLAC) and the Road Freight Industry Council (RFIC) and represent the entire freight chain across different transport modes as a single council.

“Freight is a priority for the NSW Government and this Council will be a place where members can exchange views and engage in frank and robust discussions directly with the Government,” Mr Farraway said.

“The new body will not only discuss freight and supply chain issues, but provide input into other Government strategies, policies and projects

“Industry insight will be critical to the success of our policy framework so we are looking for engaged leaders across the transport industry to be part of the new Council and invite them to lodge their interest.”

Mr Farraway said it makes sense to bring industry experts together so we look at freight in its entirety, not segregated into different transport modes.

“Our freight network underpins the success of our entire economy. The challenges and opportunities in this space need to be considered holistically,” he said.

“I thank those who were involved with FLAC and RFIC, their contributions have been considerable and I would encourage those council members to consider applying to be part of the new FTAC.”

The new Council will be comprised of 15 members selected through an open EOI process and will meet four times a year.

Expressions of interest will be sought until midday Monday 28 March and applications can be made at https://yoursay.transport.nsw.gov.au/nsw-ftac

World’s First Lung Scanner To Change Millions Of Lives

March 17, 2022
The Hon Greg Hunt MP, Minister for Health and Aged Care
Australians with lung conditions will be able to access the world’s first and only dedicated lung scanner, which was developed and built in Australia, at the Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney.

Funded through the Australian Government’s landmark Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF), the XV Scanner uses an automated scanning process to produce detailed lung function information in real time.

The XV Scanner will change lives, bringing new hope and help for people living with lung conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis and asthma. It will detect disease earlier and more accurately monitor chronic respiratory conditions.

Minister for Health and Aged Care, Greg Hunt, said the Government has provided $28.9 million through the MRFF Frontier Health and Medical Research Initiative to develop and commercialise the scanner.

“Every Australian should be proud of this ground-breaking Australian-made medical technology platform,” Minister Hunt said.

“The development of the XV Scanner is a wonderful example of Australia again punching above its weight in the world of health and medical research.

“Our Government continues to provide unprecedented support to health and medical research, as we back our best and brightest researchers to transform today’s ideas into breakthrough treatments for the patients of tomorrow.”

The XV Scanner will be used by researchers and clinicians from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and the Sydney Children’s Hospital, including eminent lung health expert Professor Adam Jaffe, who is currently the John Beveridge Professor of Paediatrics at UNSW.

Developed by global medical technology company 4DMedical, the XV Scanner was unveiled at the Prince of Wales Hospital today.

Chief Executive Officer of 4DMedical, Dr Andreas Fouras, described its development as a “transformative moment in lung health history”. He said the XV Scanner would not have been possible without the MRFF investment.

The $20 billion MRFF is a long-term, sustainable investment in Australian health and medical research, helping to improve lives, build the economy and contribute to the sustainability of the health system, which ensures a guaranteed funding stream to support Australia’s best and brightest health researchers.

Further information about the MRFF is available at www.health.gov.au/mrff.
The lung scanner was officially unveiled on Thursday afternoon.


An Artist's rendering of 4DMedical's XV scanner, the first in the world of its kind

March 13 - 19, 2022: Issue 530

This Issue: full list in Contents page 

Front Page Issue 530 

Disaster Relief Assistance: Overview Of What Help Is Available - NSW Government and Australian Gov. - everything from help for small businesses, payments for families and stamp duty on cars - our area has been declared a natural disaster area with a wide range of support and assistance available 

Tour De Cure 2022: Pittwater Connections In John & Amanda Fuller + Co-Founder Samantha Hollier-James - Tour de Cure's 2022 Signature Tour commenced on Friday March 11 and will run until the 20th.  Cycling from Geelong to Canberra via Bendigo, Albury and Wagga Wagga, 152 riders and support crew from Tour de Cure are aiming to raise $2million, through their individual fundraising efforts over the last 12 months. This money will go to fund cancer research, support and prevention projects Australia-wide. Find out about how you can support John and Amanda and also win a beautiful painting 

Aquatics RPAYC In Focus: Sydney Harbour Regatta 2022 + Titans Of Sailing Early Entries For Club Marine Pittwater To Coffs Race + She Sails 2022 Regatta & Gwen Slade Regatta + RPAYC To Host 2022 NSW Optimist Championship 

Pictures February 22 To March 9 2022 Weather Event: Some Records

Park Bench Philosopher  Wreck Of Shackleton's Endurance Found: First Images After Frank Hurley's Last Photos Of This Ship Published  - Current and Historic event

Environment  Weeds Strangling Trees At Governor Phillip Park Still Not Cleared; Banksias Now Dying, White-faced heron at North Palm Beach, Avalon Beach 100 Years 100 Trees - Branching Out, Local Wildlife Rescuers and Carers State That Ongoing Heavy Rains Are Tough For Us But Can Be Tougher For Our Wildlife, Aviaries + Possum Release Sites Needed, Australia’s Eucalypt Of The Year Voting Is Open For The 5th Year!, Asparagus Fern Flowering Now: Dispose Of This Weed To Stop The Spread, $95 Million Clean Technology Funding To Drive Next Wave Of Net Zero Innovation, Opportunity To Obtain Water Access Licences, Using War To Call For Acland Coal Mine Expansion A New Low For Project’s Backers, Assets Of Intergenerational Significance Conservation Action Plans Consultation, Endangered Species Live Alongside Hunter Gas Pipeline: Review Of Project Called  For, Federal Listing Of Yellow-Bellied Gliders As Threatened Is Another Reason To End Native Forest Logging In NSW, Secret Natural Resources Commission Review Of Native Forestry Codes Must Be Made Public, Federal Government Must Not Reward Illegal Land Clearers With Carbon Credits, Best Form Of Carbon Capture And Storage Is To Leave It In The Ground Opponents Tell WA Premier: $4 Billion Of Public Money Spent On CCS, Floodplain Development Manual Update: Feedback Until April 4, Connecting To Country With Environmental Outcomes: POP Grants Open, The Big Switch With Saul Griffith: Electrify Everything!, Bushcare In Pittwater, Sydney Wildlife Rescue: Helpers Needed, Under-resourced and undermined: as floods hit Sydney our research shows councils aren’t prepared, ‘The sad reality is many don’t survive’: how floods affect wildlife and how you can help them, The east coast rain seems endless; Where on Earth is all the water coming from?, NSW is being hit by a one-two of east coast lows; But aren’t those a winter thing?, The floods have killed at least 21 Australians; Adapting to a harsher climate is now a life-or-death matter, Extinction crisis: native mammals are disappearing in Northern Australia but few people are watching, Kelp won’t help: why seaweed may not be a silver bullet for carbon storage after all, Stunning New-To-Science Fairy Wrasse Is First-Ever Fish Described By A Maldivian Scientist, Avalon Golf Course Bushcare Needs You, Community Gardens and Environment Groups and Organisations In Pittwater, Local  Environment History

Inbox News Two NSW Residents In Hospital With Japanese Encephalitis, National Science Week 2022 Grants Announced, Landmark Agreement Begins A New Era For Mental Health Care In NSW, Reading Builds Resilience Among At-Risk Kids; New Australian Study, More Alcohol=Less Brain: Association Begins With An Average Of Just One Drink A Day, Physicists Discover Method For Emulating Nonlinear Quantum Electrodynamics In A Laboratory Setting, The ‘Equal-Opportunity Jerk’ Defense: Rudeness Can Obfuscate Gender Bias, Global Warming Projected To Increase Health Burden From Hyponatremia, New Species Of Extinct Vampire-Squid-Like Cephalopod Is The First Of Its Kind With 10 Functional Arms

Avalon Beach Centenary Celebration's March 2022 Program will focus on The Nature Of Avalon Beach and Our Indigenous Culture; Art Exhibition 2, A Day on Garigal Country and Dunbar Park on March 19, Help Plant 100 Trees For 100 Years Branching Out (please email in for one by March 12; extended to residents in all compass point directions surrounding Avalon Beach), Tune into The Avalon Story on Radio Northern Beaches, Stroll along Avalon Parade until you reach Avalon Sailing Club to go on The Sail Of The Century - Avalon100: December 2021 To December 2022

Pittwater Swim Series Has Two Great Events Still To Run: The Bilgola + Avalon 'Round The Bends' & Beach Swims (Bilgola: Sunday March 13, Avalon: Sunday March 27)

Six MLALC Sites On The Northern Beaches Identified For Development: 71 Hectares At Lizard Rock For 450 Houses Proposed To Be Commence In 2022 - comments open with NSW Dept. of Planning until March 21

The Sydney Edible Garden Trail 2022 Peek inside some of Sydney’s private backyard fruit and veggie gardens this March and discover their secrets to living sustainably: list of local gardens participating so far as part of this years SEGT; March 26-27, 2020

Profile of the Week Brad Johns: Brad's Bravest Battle
One of Australia's most well loved, hard working and most heard musicians, Brad 'The Human Jukebox' Johns, has had more than his fair share of challenges in recent months. 

Firstly, like so many Artists, Covid lockdowns meant he lost all of his work and income. He was evicted from his home and headed north to be able to see his sick dad and take on work in Queensland.

On October 11th 2021 his dad, legendary musician Frankie Johns, passed away just a few days short of his 97th birthday.

A few weeks later Brad was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and has commenced rounds of operations. 

To meet the costs of trying to stay alive a show will happen April 10th at North Sydney Leagues, 'Brad's Bravest Battle', featuring a who's who of Australian musicians along with great raffle prizes.

All those who have enjoyed this entertainer's music at his frequent shows at the Manly Fig, Manly Boathouse, at Collaroy, at Dee Why, Mosman, and a thousand other venues in Sydney and all around the country, know he lives to play music for people to enjoy. 
This week a visit with one of our own. 

These reserves are grouped together as they all came from the estate of the Forssberg family. 

Charles John Edward Forssberg purchased 31 acres of the original Napier Grant fronting Pittwater from the then Wentworth Estate on the 23rd of August 1900. By the time the inheritors of his land had met Warringah Shire council's requirements to set aside land for access to the estuary and green spaces for people to play in  the Forssberg family were only selling 27 acres of the original 31 acres, 2 roods and 9 3/4 perches their father had originally bought.

Artists of the Month March 2022: The Pittwater Artists Trail Returns - Exhibition March 26-27 At Newport Community Centre After limited exhibition opportunities Pittwater Artists are delighted to announce the first major group Exhibition for 2022 on 26-27 March at the Newport Community Centre. The Alliance of Artists on the trail has grown to 18 and offers a diverse range including Painters, Ceramicists, Sculptors and Jewellers. This is a great opportunity to view and purchase an artwork directly from the Artists as well as meet them onsite to ask about their practice or discuss commission possibilities. Later in the year the trail opens up with an opportunity to explore our beautiful surroundings as you visit the Artists in their open studio spaces to the public. to see behind the scenes, learn about individual processes and what inspires them. In between the open studio weekends there are a number of events and exhibitions and workshops on offer. Keep an eye on the website and social media or sign up to the newsletter to receive important event info and date reminders. We hope to see you there! For more details refer to the website or sign up to our newsletter at: www.pittwaterartiststrail.com.au or follow our Instagram.com/pittwaterartiststrail

Pittwater Offshore Newsletter: March 1, 2022

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Thank You

Congratulations to Marine Rescue NSW Broken Bay unit members Stuart Sperduti (10 years) and Michael Clinen (5 years) for their service awards. 

The community are thankful for their ongoing volunteering and commitment to MRNSWBB unit and our Pittwater and Broken Bay community.




Photos courtesy MRBB

Beach2Beach Fun: Team Newport

The link for people to join TEAM NEWPORT for the run is: 

One-Off Move Prevents Financial Disaster For Councils

March 9, 2022
NSW councils have welcomed a temporary reprieve from financial disaster after Local Government Minister Wendy Tuckerman cleared the way for a special one-off rate variation for planned infrastructure and community services.


Local Government Minister Wendy Tuckerman

The councils – struggling to recover from bushfires, floods and the pandemic - were left reeling late last year when IPART handed down a historic low 0.7% baseline rate peg despite surging inflation, soaring fuel and other commodity prices and a mandated wage rise for staff.

Local Government NSW (LGNSW) President Cr Darriea Turley AM said the unexpectedly low 0.7% baseline rate peg had forced councils to look at recasting their budgets, scrapping planned infrastructure projects and forced to consider service and job cuts just to stay afloat.

“The announcement came as a massive kick in the guts to councils already working so hard to help their communities recover from the events of the past two years,” Cr Turley said.

“The financial hit was particularly tough news for councils in regional and rural areas, which are often the largest employer in town and inextricably linked to the health of their  local economies.

“Choosing between cuts to jobs or roads maintenance, parks, libraries and other community services would put these local economies at significant risk at the worst possible time.”

Minister Tuckerman told an Estimates Committee of the NSW Parliament that councils would have almost two months to apply to IPART for a special one-off rate variation if they could show the funding was critical to undertake planned work identified in last year’s financial planning process.

The one-off variation could exceed the 0.7% rate peg, but would still be capped at a maximum of 2.5%, the Minister said.

“Our councils recognise that individual families and small businesses are also doing it tough and there is certainly no appetite to exacerbate the pressures they face,” Cr Turley said.

“The opportunity to increase rates by up to 2.5% is still less than inflation, but it is in line with what councils expected when they finalised their budget, work planning and community consultation process last year.

“That process was undertaken very soberly and responsibly, to allow councils to continue to help drive a locally led economic recovery while minimising the impact of rates rises on individuals.

“We are really grateful to Minster Tuckerman for recognising the seriousness of the situation and responding to LGNSW’s urgent advocacy on council’s behalf.

“The road to recovery will be incredibly tough, particularly when you consider the devastation caused by current widespread flooding across the state.

“The last thing we want as we emerge from the pandemic is to send our regional and rural communities into a downward spiral from which they cannot recover.

“So, on behalf of NSW councils, I thank not only the Local Government Minister, but also Treasurer Matt Kean and Premier Dominic Perrottet for responding quickly to what could have been a death blow.”

Minister Tuckerman said IPART had also been tasked with undertaking a broader review of its rate peg methodology, including the Local Government Cost Index, to prevent a reoccurrence of the 2022-23 anomaly.

Council applications for the special one-off variation will close on 29 April, with decisions expected from IPART by 21 June 2022.

Councils Welcome Emergency $1 Million Disaster Payments

March 9, 2022
Disaster recovery funding of $1 million each has gone to councils hardest hit by NSW’s devastating floods – with the number of recipient councils expected to increase as torrential rail continues to bucket down across the state.

Local Government NSW President Cr Darriea Turley AM today welcomed the initial emergency funding, provided jointly to more than 45 councils by the NSW and Federal governments under Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).

She said the initial $1 million payment to impacted councils was expected to be followed by further funding under DRFA.

“This is all positive news at a time when things are looking incredibly bleak for so many local government areas,” Cr Turley said.

“Right now, our mayors, councillors and council staff are out on the frontlines fighting to save homes and businesses in their communities, including their own.

“It’s really, really tough out there, and when the water subsides the hard work of clean-up and recovery begins.

“Local Government Minister Wendy Tuckerman has recognised that councils carry a particularly heavy load during the recovery phase as they try to get community infrastructure, including local roads, back into action.

“These payments of $1 million per council are already being deposited in council accounts, allowing immediate action and avoiding the costly delays that can drag out the process and traumatise the community even further.

“I commend the Minister and the Government for acting as swiftly as possible in this regard, given the vast extent of damage right across the state.”

Cr Turley said she was also pleased to see the Minister had asked the Office of Local Government to reinstate the Local Government Emergency Recovery Support Group.

The Group – first established during the bushfires of NSW’s Black Summer in 2019 – allows councils that are not impacted by the floods to help those that are, by providing staff, heavy plant and equipment, and other resources.

“In 2019, councils came forward to offer everything from trucks and bulldozers to individuals ready to man phones, so that exhausted council workers - many of whom had been personally impacted - could take a break from the frontline,” Cr Turley said.

“Councils that have not been impacted upon by the current floods are standing by to offer that same support following the current disaster.

“We’re the grassroots level of government and we know how to get support out there where it is needed, quickly and efficiently.

“I couldn’t be more proud of the work being done by our councils and their people today and every day and, as LGNSW President, I can assure everyone we will be standing with you ensuring you receive the support you need.”

NSW Residents In Hospital With Japanese Encephalitis

March 7-10, 2022
NSW Health can confirm two people with Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) are currently being treated in hospital and is continuing to urge the public to be vigilant and safeguard themselves against mosquito bites.

Both people are residents of the NSW-Victoria border region – a man from the Corowa area and a child from the Wentworth area in the far south west of NSW. They are both currently being treated in hospitals in Victoria. The man remains in a serious condition in ICU. The child has been discharged from ICU but continues to receive hospital care due to the serious nature of their illness.

On March 9, sadly, NSW Health can confirm a man from the Griffith region who was aged in his 70s died in a Sydney hospital on February 13. Post-mortem testing subsequently found he had contracted the JE virus, which was confirmed today (Wednesday). NSW Health expresses its sincere condolences to his loved ones.

A fourth NSW resident was confirmed to have Japanese encephalitis (JE) on Thursday, March 10.

Several more people in NSW are undergoing further testing for JE, and more cases are expected to be confirmed over the coming days and weeks.

Locally acquired cases of JE have never previously been identified in NSW in animals or humans. Since late February 2022, the JE virus has been confirmed in samples from pig farms in NSW, Queensland, Victoria and South Australia.

JEV is a viral illness spread by mosquitoes. It can infect animals and humans and has been confirmed in samples from a number of pig farms in regional NSW.

The virus cannot be transmitted between humans, and it cannot be caught by eating pork or pig products. Locally acquired cases of JEV have never previously been identified in NSW in animals or humans.

Mosquito control activities are being carried out in the vicinity of farms where pigs are confirmed to have been infected by JEV and NSW Health is arranging vaccination of workers on affected farms.

There is no specific treatment for JEV, which can cause severe neurological illness with headache, convulsions and reduced consciousness in some cases.

Dr Marianne Gale, NSW Health Acting Chief Health Officer, said the best thing people throughout the state can do to protect themselves and their families against JEV is to take steps to avoid mosquito bites.

“We are working closely with the NSW Department of Primary Industries and other states and territories to determine the extent to which the virus is circulating,” Dr Gale said.

‘Unfortunately, our recent wet weather has led to very high mosquito numbers, so we need the community to be particularly vigilant and take steps to avoid mosquito bites.

“We know mosquitoes are most active between dusk and dawn, and we need people planning activities near waterways or where mosquitoes are present to be especially cautious, particularly those in the vicinity of the Murray River and its branches.”

Simple actions you can take to avoid mosquito bites include:
  • Avoid going outdoors during peak mosquito times, especially at dawn and dusk.
  • Wear long sleeves and pants outdoors (reduce skin exposure). Also wear shoes and socks where possible. There are insecticides (e.g. permethrin) available for treating clothing for those spending extended periods outdoors.
  • Apply repellent to all areas of exposed skin, especially those that contain DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus which are the most effective against mosquitoes. The strength of a repellent determines the duration of protection with the higher concentrations providing longer periods of protection. Always check the label for reapplication times.
  • Reapply repellent after swimming. The duration of protection from repellent is also reduced with perspiration, such as during strenuous activity or hot weather so it may need to be reapplied more frequently.
  • Apply the sunscreen first and then apply the repellent. Be aware that DEET-containing repellents may decrease the sun protection factor (SPF) of sunscreens so you may need to re-apply the sunscreen more frequently.
  • For children in particular - most skin repellents are safe for use on children aged three months and older when used according to directions, although some formulations are only recommended for children aged 12 months and older - always check the product. Infants aged less than three months can be protected from mosquitoes by using an infant carrier draped with mosquito netting that is secured along the edges.
  • Be aware of the peak risk times for mosquito bites. Avoid the outdoors or take preventive actions (such as appropriate clothing and skin repellent) between dawn and dusk when most mosquitoes become active, especially close to wetland and bushland areas.
  • If camping, ensure the tent has fly screens to prevent mosquitoes entering.
  • Mosquito coils and other devices that release insecticides can assist reducing mosquito bites but should be used in combination with topical insect repellents.
  • Reduce all water holding containers around the home where mosquitoes could breed. Mosquitoes only need a small amount of liquid to breed.
For further information on mosquito-borne disease and ways to protect yourself go to Vector borne disease resources.

Fact sheets on specific mosquito-borne diseases, including Japanese encephalitis Ross River virus and Barmah Forest virus, are available at Vector borne disease fact sheets.

$69 Million For Japanese Encephalitis Virus (JEV) Response

March 11, 2022: The Hon Greg Hunt MP, Minister for Health and Aged Care
The Australian Government will invest $69 million to control the spread of the Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV).

Program initiatives aim to prevent exposure to the disease through vaccination and mosquito management systems, to protect people and animals most at risk during the current outbreak.

A multiportfolio response will implement control and public health measures. Key elements of the control package include:
  • $28.18 million to purchase additional JEV vaccines – to be available from late March and into April
  • $17.5 million to support jurisdictions with mosquito surveillance and control activities
  • $5 million for public health communication to ensure people are aware of risk and how to prevent infection
  • $3.5 million for essential supplies to ensure sustained laboratory capacity and capability to test for JEV in humans
  • $4 million to support enhance surveillance activities, such as modelling, geospatial analysis and conducting a serosurvey to better understand and map areas with higher risk of a JEV outbreak
  • $10 million for DAWE will enable support to state and territory agriculture departments in their response to this emergency including surveillance.
Minister for Health and Aged Care, Greg Hunt, said there were currently 15 confirmed human cases of JEV in New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Victoria.

“Sadly, it has been confirmed two people, one in Victoria and one in NSW, have died of JEV and I offer my condolences to their families, friends and community,” Minister Hunt said.

“This package will expand and enhance current mosquito control and surveillance strategies and continue our support to states and territories to limit the number of people and animals who are exposed to JEV.

“The Australian Government will also procure vaccines and distribute equitably to states and territories.

“The Communicable Diseases Network Australia (CDNA), in consultation with the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI), has prioritised people for vaccination with direct exposure or close-proximity to pigs and mosquitos, and those with high-level occupational exposures in the risk areas.

“There are other simple steps we can all take to prevent contact with infected mosquitos, such as using repellent containing picaridin or DEET on all exposed skin, wearing loose fitting clothing when outside, and ensuring that accommodation is properly fitted with mosquito nettings or screens.”

There are two human JEV vaccines available on the Australian market, Imojev (Sanofi-Aventis Australia) and JEspect (Seqirus). 

Imojev is a single dose vaccine which supports broad use and rapid vaccination, however it not suitable for pregnant women or people who are immunocompromised. JEspect, is given in two dose course and is suitable for most people who can’t receive the Imojev vaccine.

State and Territory Public Health units are co-ordinating and implementing the priority vaccination program, with initial vaccinations underway.

Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia and Deputy Leader of the Nationals, David Littleproud, said mosquito trapping and control is being conducted at all infected piggeries, with movement restrictions in place for properties in Victoria, Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia.

“JEV is a mosquito-borne viral disease that can cause reproductive losses in pigs and, in some cases, encephalitis in horses,” Minister Littleproud said.

“Commercially produced pork meat or pork products are safe to consume and there are no food safety concerns.

“Our departments are working very closely with their state government counterparts and affected animal industries to ensure a swift and coordinated response.

“We are working with the pig industry to implement appropriate mosquito control measures and trapping and sampling.

“A national surveillance plan is being developed to identify and locate infected mosquitoes, birds, pigs—including feral pigs—horses and humans.

“Anyone who works with pigs or horses should be aware of this disease and protect themselves from being bitten by mosquitos.

“If you suspect an animal is showing signs of the disease, you must report it by contacting your local veterinarian or calling the national Emergency Animal Disease Watch.

“You should also take steps to protect your animals from mosquitoes—for instance, by applying a safe insect repellent and putting a summer rug on horses.”

JEV was declared a Communicable Disease Incident of National Significance on March 4 2022 by the Chief Medical Officer.

For more information about the current human health situation visit: https://www.health.gov.au/health-alerts/japanese-encephalitis-virus-jev/about

For more information about the current animal health situation visit: https://www.outbreak.gov.au/current-responses-to-outbreaks/japanese-encephalitis

Scheduled Roadworks

Slope stabilisation
North Narrabeen Wakehurst Parkway between Pittwater Road and Caleyi Trail: 
Wed 2 Mar 2022 to Wed 9 Mar 2022: 9pm to 5am.

Avalon Beach: Barrenjoey Road between The Serpentine and Avalon Parade
Sun 20 Mar 2022 to Wed 23 Mar 2022: 9pm to 5am

Reduce your speed, Check signage. Alternating (stop/slow) traffic conditions will be in place.


Plan For Aboriginal Development Of Local Lands On Exhibition

NSW Dept. of Planning media release
A proposal to help Aboriginal people fulfil potential economic benefits from their land in Sydney’s Northern Beaches is now on public exhibition for community feedback.

The Northern Beaches Aboriginal Land Development Delivery Plan (DDP) identifies six sites owned by the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council (MLALC) that may be suitable for new homes, job-generating development, other community assets or biodiversity protection.

Minister for Planning and Homes Anthony Roberts said if progressed the plan means new homes and jobs for the area as well as strengthened self-determination of the Indigenous community.

“This proposal is about Aboriginal people taking charge of using their land in ways that best supports their communities and protects their heritage,” Mr Roberts said.

“Helping Aboriginal Land Councils achieve better economic outcomes from their land has long been a priority of mine and this project is a great first step forward for Aboriginal development in the Northern Beaches area.”

If the plan is adopted, specific detailed proposals for each site would then need to be prepared for community feedback, with the first possibly kicking off as early as this year.

The DDP provides a framework for the potential development of six sites owned by the MLALC in the Northern Beaches LGA.  

Of the nine sites (totalling 912 ha) owned by the MLALC in the Northern Beaches LGA, only the 71ha Lizard Rock site is currently endorsed by MLALC members and the NSW ALC to be actively investigated for land dealing.

The site comprises 22 separate allotments with a total area of approximately 71 hectares.

The proposed amendment to the Aboriginal Land SEPP and supporting Development Delivery Plan (DDP) has been prepared in consultation with the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council (MLALC) and Northern Beaches Council.

The proposals fit well within the North District Plan as part of that Greater Sydney Plan.

The draft DDP is on exhibition for public comment until Monday 21 March 2022. 

Find out more by: 
Following the exhibition period, all feedback on the State Environmental Planning Policy amendment and DDP will be carefully considered by the Department of Planning and Environment to inform their finalisation later this year.  

If approved, the six sites will be mapped in an amendment to the State Environmental Planning Policy (Aboriginal Land) 2019, which will then allow the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council to lodge planning proposals for independent review to the North District Planning Panel.  

VALE William (Bill) Fitzgerald OAM

March 23rd, 1929 - March 4, 2022
Bill was the first Australian Clearance Diving Chief. He joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1946. In his  2017 Profile he shared stories of blowing up mines and massive ordnance, nuclear exposure, and fixing dams, submarines and ships. 

Wife Madge was the commissioning lady of Clearance Diving Team One at the turn of the millennium. Her photograph is prominently displayed outside the OIC of Team One’s headquarters down at HMAS Waterhen. They met as teenagers and were joined at the hip ever afterwards.

His first month in Clareville (The Pittwater Annex) was in October 1948. He was testing and maintaining torpedoes and trialling them in Pittwater to the 3000 yard target. 

Bill finished his full-time service as a chief instructor for all courses at HMAS Rushcutter and moved from the permanent service in 1966. He continued to serve as a reservist until 1984 – totalling 37 years, 138 days of total service.

His love of and interest in diving carried over into civilian life. He became a private diving instructor and helped to develop and establish the hyperbaric unit at Prince Henry Hospital in Sydney, delivering over 1500 therapies over four years. He was then asked to join the CSIRO to train and supervise their marine biologists in diving for a further five years.

In 1976, he took over a position with a prominent safety equipment firm and became their sales manager, discussing the safety equipment and breathing apparatus issues with managers in a wide variety of private and public industries, including the RAN, and supplying equipment to meet their needs.

In the Queen’s Birthday Honours List of 1999, Fitzgerald received an OAM for “service to diving, and to the development and training in the use of life support breathing apparatus” – you won't find that citation anywhere else.

He was held in high esteem by colleagues in the RAN who would attend Anzac Day Commemorations at Avalon Beach RSL in order to march by his side.

Bill is survived by Madge, Debra, Rebecca, Terry and Steven, sibling Gloria and six grandchildren, one of whom predeceased his grandfather.

Our sincere condolences and sympathies to his family at this time.

A full Tribute will run in Issue 531.
Thank you for your Service Bill - thank you for sharing your wisdom too.

RAN Clearance Diving Association at Avalon Beach RSL Anzac Day Commemoration Service in 2017 with Bill in mid centre. AJG Pic.

To Celebrate Our Indigenous Culture And The Nature Of Avalon Beach

The Aboriginal Support Group – Manly Warringah Pittwater in conjunction with the Avalon Beach Culture Collective Inc Committee - in Dunbar Park, on Saturday March 19th.

Program
10am Welcome to Country 
Smoking ceremony 

10.20 – 
Singing with Aleta Wassell 
Playing Clapstick 
Didgeridoo playing by Matt James 

10.35 - Yarn with - Uncle Neil Evers

11.00 -12noon
Aboriginal Dancers - not to be missed
Aboriginal Dancing workshop with Aleta for the kids (we are all kids!)

10.30 -2.00pm 
Boomerang painting for the kids 
Grass weaving with Karleen Green
The Uluru statement explained   
Uncle Laurie Bimson with his boomerangs 
Understanding Bush Tucker
Aboriginal Artefacts on display 
There will be lots of free information give-aways 

See you on the 19th.

Community Meeting With Councillors

Thursday, 24 March 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Your Pittwater Ward Councillors want to hear directly from you.

Come and meet face to face 7pm, Thursday 24 March at the Newport Community Centre where everyone 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 and groups.
These community meetings will be held on the fourth Thursday 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.

If you would like to attend, please register online through the council's website

Location for March 24th Meeting:
Newport Community Centre
11-13 The Boulevard, Newport 

Small Business Month Kicks Off Across NSW

March 1, 2022
Today marks the kick off Small Business Month with more than 220 grant recipients and 165 collaboration partners hosting over 360 in-person and online events and activities throughout the month.

Minister for Small Business Eleni Petinos said the theme of this year is Rebuild, Recharge, Renew. The festival will feature events focused on helping small business owners rebuild following the COVID-19 pandemic and will include local councils, business chambers, industry associations and not-for-profits.

“There are more than 800,000 small businesses employing over 1.6 million people and who contribute $400 billion to the state economy each year,” Ms Petinos said.

“The theme for the 2022 Small Business Month is Rebuild, Recharge, Renew and focuses on helping operators bounce back from the economic impacts of the pandemic.

“Small businesses are an integral part of our communities, especially in our smaller towns and regions, forming part of the social fabric and a place where community bonds are strengthened.

“From Bondi to Bega to Broken Hill and everywhere in between, a wide array of in-person and online events will be available to small business owners. The calendar of events will provide them with new skills, ideas and networks to navigate the challenging economic environment.”

Further information is available at: Small Business Month

ABHS April 2022 Meeting

The next meeting of the Avalon Beach Historical Society will be held on TUESDAY 5 APRIL starting at 8pm in the Annexe in Dunbar Park.

As the result of the wanton destruction of Bilgola House number 2 in 1989, ANNE SPENCER and her husband Colin formed the Friends of Bilgola. 

This eventually gave birth to the Bilgola Preservation Society. Together they fought tirelessly over the years to protect the beauty and the environment of Bilgola Beach, particularly the remnant and ancient cabbage tree palms and the heritage-listed stonework lining Bilgola Creek.

As part of her research for a paper on Bilgola Beach, she developed an admiration for OSWALD WATT, Australia’s first military pilot.

Like Anne, Oswald also loved Bilgola Beach and owned the weatherboard cottage, Bilgola House number 1 from 1911 until he tragically drowned off the northern headland in 1921.

With Anne’s assistance we have assembled a great pictorial presentation of the life of Oswald Watt including Bilgola House no. 1. 18 of them will make up the panel for the exhibition in June.

John and Pauline Webeck, the owners of Bungan Castle, made 10 of us really welcome on Saturday afternoon 19 February. After a talk on the history of the castle and a visit up onto the turreted roof section, he showed us some of his remarkably varied memorabilia. A delightful afternoon tea was served in the ‘great hall’. Photographs taken on the day will be added to the above list.
  
Although there won’t be the need for a QR reader, we will sign in as a precautionary measure with your mobile/landline numbers. No need to socially isolate any longer (many of us are couples anyway) and masks are no longer mandatory even in an indoor area such as the Annexe and if you care to break into song or dance you are very welcome! 

Guests of members are always welcome to attend, and we will also have our usual ‘high quality’ supper after the meeting.

Geoff Searl OAM
President Avalon Beach Historical Society


New Program Makes Access To Residential Aged Care Volunteers Easier Than Ever

March 9, 2022
The Australian Government has released a new residential aged care facilities (RACFs) program, to help address the decline in volunteer numbers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The re-engaging volunteers into residential aged care facilities program allows RACFs to nominate themselves for non-clinical support staff.

The program recognises the importance of emotional support, companionship and tackling social isolation in senior Australians. Volunteers can assist in several ways, including:
  • leisure activities (e.g. reading, music)
  • access to and supervision in outdoor spaces or the community
  • physical activity and exercise
  • companionship, conversation and social engagement
  • mobilising support in aid of above activities
  • culturally specific and individually appropriate support
  • administration support (e.g. answering calls, internal message running, restocking of PPE).
To sign up or learn more information about the program, visit our program page.  

To nominate your RACF for the program, fill out the webform.  

Look After Your Mental Health During These Tough Times Says AMA

March 10, 2022
The AMA says with many Australians feeling heightened levels of anxiety and trauma due to the devastating effects of an increasingly unstable climate, war in Ukraine and the continuing pandemic, it was timely, if possible, to check in with friends, reach out to your GP and take a break from media, including social media.

AMA President, Dr Omar Khorshid said the media had given us an incredible insight into the suffering and pain being felt by Australians caught up in the flood catastrophe as well as the grief and horror of war.

“The media, including social media has connected us very personally with the war in Ukraine and with the flooding tragedies in Queensland and NSW. Witnessing these events is certain to have an impact on most of us, and if it’s feeling overwhelming it may be time to have a break from screens and the media.

“Other ways to deal with the uncertainties we’re all facing at the moment is to reach out to your GP who can coordinate with mental health professionals to help you find the right support pathway.

“Many of us are experiencing additional life stressors and it is important to take time out to acknowledge this and check in with yourself and those around you. If you are not feeling well or have some concerns about your mental health, make an appointment with your GP and have a chat sooner rather than later,” Dr Khorshid said.

“Some simple things you can do during times of stress to maintain good mental health include maintaining regular exercise, connecting with family and friends, minimising use of alcohol and getting regular sleep.”

Dr Khorshid said doctors also remained under pressure and were continuing to work on the frontline of the pandemic and the recent disasters.

“The AMA reminds doctors to seek support when they need it, to protect their health and wellbeing and to recognise the signs of burn out and anxiety,” he said.

Doctors and medical students looking for crisis support can call the Drs4Drs 24/7 helpline on 1300 374 377 (1300 Dr4Drs)
Lifeline offers 24/7 crisis support for all Australians on 13 11 44.

Mosquito Monitoring Program Update: Council

Council is reminding the community to remain vigilant following an increase in mosquito trappings as part of the NSW Arbovirus Surveillance and Mosquito Monitoring Program.

Northern Beaches Mayor Michael Regan said this is the third year Council has participated in the program.  

“Mosquitos are a nuisance, but unfortunately, we have to live with them and there are some environments on the Beaches which are more prone to them.

“While nothing sinister has been reported in the trappings in the last few months, the numbers are up on previous years due to increased rain this summer as a result of La Niña.

“Fortunately, while the counts have been high, these numbers have mostly been nuisance biters and not species that usually transmit viral infections.

“Please remain vigilant in areas of concern around our wetlands and bushland habitats by wearing appropriate clothing to minimise skin exposure, use mosquito repellent and be aware that mosquito peak times are dawn and dusk.

“Also be aware of removing optimal breeding areas in your backyard including water-holding items like containers, kids toys and even pot plant trays.” Mayor Regan said.

During both December and January weekly mosquito counts have been between medium (50-100) and high (101-1000 per trap) throughout the trapping season and it is expected to remain this way due to current weather patterns.

The two key species (Culex annulirostris, Aedes vigilax) that are associated transmission of viral infections like Ross River Virus or Barmah Forest virus have only been present on the Northern Beaches in lower numbers than previous seasons with some higher numbers recorded in other parts of the State.
Mosquito monitoring is currently being undertaken at Warriewood Wetlands and near Deep Creek near the Narrabeen Lagoon trail.

The program kicked off in November 2021 and will run through until 30 April 2022.
The Northern Beaches Council Mosquito Management Plan is available here: https://files.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/.../nbcfinalmosq...

Check out this NSW Health page for more tips on how to control mosquitoes around the home and the weekly surveillance results of the program can be viewed on the NSW Health 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.


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.

Sea Of Hands Installation And Art Exhibition

The Sea of Hands in the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney is designed by award winning artist Frances Belle Parker, a proud Yaegl woman. The Sea of Hands concept has been designed as a fully immersive audio-visual experience and centres around the theme of healing country.

The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney is partnering with ANTaR, the national organisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander reconciliation and rights, to bring its interactive symbol of reconciliation, the Sea of Hands. 

You can be part of the artwork from 5 April
As part of the exhibition we need thousands of people to come down and plant hands into the lawn of Rathborne Lodge. The design will involve 10,000 hands in the colours of charred and burnt banksia pods.

See the artwork exhibition from 10 April
The work will incorporate some audio-visual elements to create a fully immersive, welcoming, inclusive space that allows all who enter to feel healed and at peace, and  experience that  sense of new life. Upon  dusk, red  and orange lights will swirl through the hands giving a gentle taste of the brilliance of a flame. These lights will gradually transform into green to indicate regrowth and new life, and as a colour of healing.

The Garden will extend visitation hours to 9.00 pm until 16 April so visitors can experience the exhibition at night.
 
About Frances Belle Parker
Frances has been a practising artist for the last 20 years coming to prominence after winning the Blake Prize in 2000 making her the youngest ever winner and the first Indigenous recipient in the prize’s history. Since then she has exhibited nationally and internationally, undertaken art residencies in China and Andorra and worked on several Public Art Projects.

DoggieRescue.com

Pets Of The Week

Precious 


Border Collie X 
Precious is a sweet gentle Border Collie X about 8yo with a very affectionate nature. She has been friendly to other dogs whilst at our clinic and very easy to handle by volunteers and walkers.
Her teeth are worn down from chewing fleas and her skin. She may be middle aged but she loves playing ball, typical of her breed. She is on antibiotics and medicated washes to get her skin and coat in better condition. Precious walks well on lead, ignores cars but barks at some dogs. She loves belly rubs and she jumps up to lick your face. She sits on command and knows some basic obedience. Walkers say "wonderful dog!" She has a medium coat and weighs 18.1kg.
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. Her adoption fee is $450. For further details call DoggieRescue on 9486 3133 or email monika@DoggieRescue.com. RON R251000024

Leelo 


7yo DSH
Leelo is a smoochy friendly girl. She came from the pound almost blind with retinal detachment which is irreversible. She does have minimal vision. She is looking for an quiet home, indoor only, where she navigate her way around and where furniture stays in the same place. This helps her feel more comfortable. She is on blood pressure pills which are working well. She seems relaxed around other cats. She has a short coat and weighs 3.6kg.
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  cats@doggierescue.com  

Foster Carers Needed
Not everyone is in a position to adopt a dog, which is why DoggieRescue runs a foster program making it easy for caring dog lovers to make an immediate difference.

For further details or to meet all cats, rabbits and dogs at Doggie Rescue call 9486 3133 or email monika@DoggieRescue.com. Visit www.DoggieRescue.com to see all our dogs. www.facebook.com/doggierescue 
Rehoming Organisation No R251000024. 

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

 

Click on logo above to visit their website.

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

Get Your $500 Before And After School Care Voucher Now

The NSW Government’s $155 million program for Before and After School Care (BASC) vouchers is now live for parents and carers of children enrolled in an NSW primary school.

The $500 vouchers are available now to use at participating providers to assist families with access to BASC services by covering a parent gap fee component of their session fees.

Premier Dominic Perrottet said the $500 vouchers are more important than ever in supporting our working families as they get back into the office.

“The vouchers will offer parents greater flexibility as they return to the office,” Mr Perrottet said.

“They’ll also ease pressure on household budgets as we recover from the disruptions of the pandemic.”

Treasurer Matt Kean said the NSW Government is focused on making it easier for women to enter, re-enter and stay in the workforce.

“COVID-19 was the first economic shock where women lost more jobs than men, and providing more affordable Before and After School Care services can give working mothers greater choice when it comes to their careers,” Mr Kean said. 

Minister for Education and Early Learning Sarah Mitchell said this is a great opportunity for families to access a BASC service in their local school community.

“Every family with children at an NSW primary school is eligible for one voucher per child, which will provide each child with approximately 60 sessions of free BASC,” Ms Mitchell said.

“These vouchers are all about providing affordable access to care for families, particularly after a tough two years where we have had disrupted access to school and BASC.”

Minister for Customer Service and Digital Government Victor Dominello said the vouchers are now live on the Service NSW app.

“Similar to Dine & Discover, First Lap, and other voucher programs, eligible parents and carers will be able to store and re-use their Proof of Identity documents, such as Medicare Card and Driver’s Licence, to speed up the application process,” Mr Dominello said.

Families can access the vouchers online via MyServiceNSW account, in the app, or by visiting their nearest Service Centre.

Marine Notices

Simulated fire fighting exercise
Where: Milson Island, Lower Hawkesbury River
When: Tuesday, 22 March 2022 
Vessel operators are advised that a Special Event pursuant to Section 12(2) of the Marine Safety Act 1998 is to be held on the Hawkesbury River at Milson Island.

Due to the potential to affect the safety of navigation, Transport for NSW has granted an Exclusive Use Aquatic Licence to the NSW Rural Fire Service to conduct the event, and an Exclusion Zone will be established on the navigable waters of the Lower Hawkesbury River, within 200 metres of Milson Island’s north west, north and eastern shores between the above times. The Zone will be patrolled by control vessels.

Transport for NSW advise that in relation to the Zone;
a) Persons within the vicinity of the Zone must comply with any directions given by any Boating Safety Officer or Police Officer in relation to the Special Event or to marine safety. Failure to comply with any such direction is an offence (Marine Safety Act 1998, s.15A - Maximum Penalty $3,300.00).
b) No unauthorised vessels or persons are permitted to enter the Zone and to do so may be an offence (Marine Safety Act 1998, s.12(5) — Maximum Penalty $1,100.00)

To see the area affected refer to: 

March 6 - 12, 2022: Issue 529

This Issue: full list in Contents page 

Front Page Issue 529 

Near Drowning At Avalon Beach Saturday Morning 2 Hours Before Surf Patrols Start 

Friends Of Soibada Update: We Need A Driver!

Barrenjoey Swim School Order To Be Revoked If Solutions To Complaint Can Be Found

2022 Pittwater Woman Of The Year: Sarah Morris, Co-Founder Of Acts Of Kindness Community Outreach - AOK

Renewed Calls To 'Fix' Wakehurst Parkway Following Rain Event Provide Short-Term Mitigations Ensure Long-Term Recurrence

Greens Focus On Climate and Inequality Crises For Senate: Federal Election 2022

DIY Ideas Dealing With Dampness Inside The Home - This week a look at how to prevent and treat dampness to keep your home free from ''creeping dank'' and the problems associated with this, including how this may impact on your and your family's health. Many of us, after the last few weeks of heavy rains, may have use of these tips. 

Aquatics 2022 5.5m Australian Champions Crowned: Held On Pittwater

Pictures Pittwater RSL Sub-Branch: Purple Poppy Day - Inaugural Commemorative Service - Thursday 24 February 2022

Park Bench Philosopher  IPCC Sixth Assessment Report - Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability

Federal Government's ‘Positive Energy’ Advertisement Campaign Wins The F-List ‘Public Disservice Award’

Avalon Beach Centenary Celebration's March 2022 Program will focus on The Nature Of Avalon Beach and Our Indigenous Culture; Art Exhibition 2, A Day on Garigal Country and Dunbar Park on March 19, Help Plant 100 Trees For 100 Years Branching Out (please email in for one by March 12; extended to residents in all compass point directions surrounding Avalon Beach), Tune into The Avalon Story on Radio Northern Beaches, Stroll along Avalon Parade until you reach Avalon Sailing Club to go on The Sail Of The Century - Avalon100: December 2021 To December 2022

Pittwater Swim Series Has Two Great Events Still To Run: The Bilgola + Avalon 'Round The Bends' & Beach Swims (Bilgola: Sunday March 13, Avalon: Sunday March 27)

Six MLALC Sites On The Northern Beaches Identified For Development: 71 Hectares At Lizard Rock For 450 Houses Proposed To Be Commence In 2022 - comments open with NSW Dept. of Planning until March 21

The Sydney Edible Garden Trail 2022 Peek inside some of Sydney’s private backyard fruit and veggie gardens this March and discover their secrets to living sustainably: list of local gardens participating so far as part of this years SEGT; March 26-27, 2020

Environment  Avalon Beach 100 Years 100 Trees - Branching Out, Clean Up Australia Day: Sunday March 6; 2022 - Local Sites List, VALE Colin (Col) Dudgeon; 1932-2021, NSW Councils Congratulated On Resolution To Get Off Gas, Local Wildlife Rescuers And Carers State That Ongoing Heavy Rains Are Tough For Us But Can Be Tougher For Our Wildlife: How you can help, Stronger Environmental Laws To Hold Waste Criminals And Polluters To Account, Aviaries + Possum Release Sites Needed, Australia’s Eucalypt Of The Year Voting Is Open For The 5th Year!, Clean Up Australia Day: Sunday March 6 2022 - Local Sites List, Asparagus Fern Flowering Now: Dispose Of This Weed To Stop The Spread, Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo (Cacatua Galerita) Feeding Young, Assets Of Intergenerational Significance Conservation Action Plans Consultation, Floodplain Development Manual Update: Feedback Until April 7, Connecting To Country With Environmental Outcomes: POP Grants Open, Japanese Encephalitis Virus Detected In Samples From Piggeries, Get The Timing Right To Manage Rabbits, The Big Switch With Saul Griffith: Electrify Everything!: March 23, Bushcare In Pittwater, Reintroduced Mammals Thriving In Sturt National Park, Sustainable Solutions For Ghost Net Waste, Effects Of Noise On Marine Life: Study Finds That Turtles Are Among Animals Vulnerable To Hearing Loss, Water Allocations May Leave NT River High and Dry: Study, Pitt’s Millions For Fracking Companies Threaten Land and Water, Emissions Reduction Fund Contracts Changes; The new initiative will allow fixed delivery contract holders to be released from delivery obligations -fixed delivery milestones, Farmers Fear For Future Of Darling Downs With Coal Seam Gas Close To Crossing Condamine River, Australia could get to net zero emissions much quicker than 2050 – if our politics was a force for change; Here’s how, Like rivers in the sky: the weather system bringing floods to Queensland will become more likely under climate change, , Avalon Golf Course Bushcare Needs You, Community Gardens and Environment Groups and Organisations In Pittwater, Local  Environment History

Inbox News Mike Sheahan Receives Lifetime Achievement Award, udden mould outbreak after all this rain? You’re not alone – but you are at risk, Japanese encephalitis virus has been detected in Australian pigs. Can mozzies now spread it to humans?, Harmless Or Deadly? New Study Examines Evolution Of E. Coli Bacteria, State's Multicultural Champions Named For 2022, Sydney Metro West Tunnelling Contract Awarded, New Technique Unlocks Ancient History Of Earth From Grains Of Sand

Profile of the Week 2022 Pittwater Woman Of The Year: Sarah Morris, Co-Founder Of Acts Of Kindness Community Outreach - AOK
On Wednesday March 2nd, Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes announced community support volunteer Sarah Morris as the 2022 Pittwater Woman of the Year. The award was announced at the annual Zonta International Women’s Day Breakfast, at Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, and recognises outstanding achievements of local women and their valuable contribution to the Pittwater community. 

Sarah is the co-founder of Acts of Kindness Community Outreach, launched during the COVID-19 pandemic to provide food items and support to families across Sydney.  Sarah also established a community pantry at Newport, in partnership with local businesses and charities, to provide emergency access to essential items.

Since everyone is 'heading back to work' that pop-up space has been utilised by a new business and AOK needs another pantry space in either Newport or Mona Vale. They also need more home cooks to help prepare food for the hundreds of meals they supply to people in need each week.

Pittwater Online's 2021 Profile on Acts of Kindness Community Outreach, AOK, runs again as this week's Profile feature so new Readers may gain an insight into the work of AOK and find out how they can help out.
These reserves are grouped together as they all came from the estate of the Forssberg family. 

Charles John Edward Forssberg purchased 31 acres of the original Napier Grant fronting Pittwater from the then Wentworth Estate on the 23rd of August 1900. By the time the inheritors of his land had met Warringah Shire council's requirements to set aside land for access to the estuary and green spaces for people to play in  the Forssberg family were only selling 27 acres of the original 31 acres, 2 roods and 9 3/4 perches their father had originally bought.

Artists of the Month March 2022: The Pittwater Artists Trail Returns - Exhibition March 26-27 At Newport Community Centre After limited exhibition opportunities Pittwater Artists are delighted to announce the first major group Exhibition for 2022 on 26-27 March at the Newport Community Centre. The Alliance of Artists on the trail has grown to 18 and offers a diverse range including Painters, Ceramicists, Sculptors and Jewellers. This is a great opportunity to view and purchase an artwork directly from the Artists as well as meet them onsite to ask about their practice or discuss commission possibilities. Later in the year the trail opens up with an opportunity to explore our beautiful surroundings as you visit the Artists in their open studio spaces to the public. to see behind the scenes, learn about individual processes and what inspires them. In between the open studio weekends there are a number of events and exhibitions and workshops on offer. Keep an eye on the website and social media or sign up to the newsletter to receive important event info and date reminders. We hope to see you there! For more details refer to the website or sign up to our newsletter at: www.pittwaterartiststrail.com.au or follow our Instagram.com/pittwaterartiststrail

Pittwater Offshore Newsletter: February 20, 2022

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AMA (NSW) Urges The Public To Continue Wearing Masks In Healthcare Settings

March 1, 2022
As face mask rules relax across the State, AMA (NSW) is reminding residents that wearing a mask is still an effective way to minimise the spread of COVID-19, particularly in healthcare settings.

“Masks are mandatory in hospitals and aged and disability care facilities, and they will remain a condition of entry in many medical practices as well,” said AMA (NSW) President, Dr Danielle McMullen.

“Healthcare professionals have a duty of care to their staff and their patients, and as such, wearing a mask is strongly encouraged in all healthcare settings, including at your GP clinic.

“We expect COVID will continue to circulate in the community, and with increased travel and movement, we anticipate a return of influenza this winter.

“It’s not always easy to remain physically distant in indoor settings and we want to give our patients the best possible protection against COVID, particularly those patients seeking healthcare who may be more vulnerable due to a chronic condition.

“If you are asked to wear a mask, we urge you to respect those rules and be considerate of the health and wellbeing of other patients and healthcare staff.

“If you do not wish to wear a mask and it is a condition of entry at your medical facility, please enquire about alternative means of accessing care, such as via telehealth.

“The aim of all healthcare providers to provide access to high quality care for all patients,” Dr McMullen said.

Avalon Beach 100 Years 100 Trees - Branching Out 

Canopy Keepers is back with another 100 native tubestock to give away later this month as Avalon Beach Centenary celebrations continue - but this time the group is branching out to residents across Pittwater. 

CK spokesperson Deb Collins said the group had been delighted with the response to its first offering of 100 trees at the opening of celebrations for the naming of Avalon Beach on December 4, with residents claiming more than 120 young plants. 

“This time we're branching out, spreading the love wider, and inviting new Canopy Keepers from Narrabeen to Palm Beach, from The Basin to Scotland Island to join us in strengthening our precious canopy,” Ms Collins said.  

“Did you know that for canopy trees and wildlife to thrive they need an understorey and ground cover and that eucalypts grow better with wattles nearby ? 

“So whether you have room for a tall, mid storey or ground cover plant, please sign up, then come and meet us on this auspicious autumn day so you can take home a plant to support our canopy.”  

Ms Collins asked those interested to please register online using the link below. The deadline for signing up for a tree is noon on March 12 - although some stock will be available on the day. 

“Then find us at Dunbar Park to collect your tubestock on Saturday March 19 under our own canopy,” she said. 

“We’ll have knowledgeable people on hand to help you with the best choice of tree for your location.” 

Canopy Keepers thanks the Northern Beaches Council for its support of this initiative. 

To sign up in advance for a tree please go to this link: https://forms.gle/McoPQYybHxXN9fQy6 

To make enquiries please email 100trees@canopykeepers.org.au 

To learn more about Canopy Keepers go to www.canopykeepers.org.au and sign up for our newsletter. 

For general enquires about the March 19 program, please email Ros Marsh at   asmallbizminder@bigpond.com


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Friends Of Soibada Update: We Need A Driver!

 

The donations are packed…………..but they aren’t going anywhere yet! CAN YOU HELP?

The community of the Northern Beaches is well known for its generous spirit.  Donations for our sister village Soibada continued over Covid times but without our twice a year visits to the village we had trouble getting the goods to the community. Storage was tight. We outgrew our the Soibada Office under Maria Regina Catholic Church and spread further into the hall and under the church.

Luckily it was rarely used during lockdown! However, we pleaded for help on Social Media. The incredible Cassandra Mow offered assistance with storage space for a couple of weeks in her office at Warriewood…………that grew into years as Covid continued!

Help has come from a variety of organisations and individuals. Dee Why RSL Club has provided the Soibada Hospitality Training Centre with uniforms for both kitchen staff and front of house. 

Whale Beach and Avalon Surf Clubs have also donated clothing. Medical supplies and offerings have seen stocks on our local chemists shelves dwindle.

The much-loved handmade baby clothes and blankets were the result of many days of lockdowns and isolation. 

CHAOS Computer Repairs donated refurbished lap tops and computers for the high school. 

News that a shipping container was leaving Melbourne bound for Timor reached us. The team rallied this week to sort and pack the goods. It was a mammoth task. 

Avalon Beach RSL assisted with transport and some of their patrons came to help pack. Parishioners from Maria Regina Church taped the boxes provided by Johnson Brothers Mitre 10. 

 

The lists were done, the boxes were sealed and labelled. We were exhausted but happy knowing that in a few months’ time these good would arrive in the medical clinic and schools in Soibada.

Then came the call that changed our plans – our volunteer driver who was scheduled to head to Melbourne loaded with donations had suffered a heart episode and needed urgent surgery. 

All thoughts of the delivery left my mind as I was thankful if this had to happen it was now before he left and not while he was driving.

Our problem remains though…….how do we get the goods to Melbourne in the next couple of weeks to be in that container when the ship sets sail?

We are desperately hoping another truck/ute/van driver will volunteer to make the trip to Melbourne. Do you know someone who could give us a hand?

Tamara.

Tamara Sloper-Harding OAM
Email: tamara.harding@bigpond.com
Ph: 0403 226 699
On Facebook: www.facebook.com/Pittwater-Friends-Of-Soibada
Website: www.pittwaterfriendsofsoibada.org.au

Sydney Opera House Sails Illuminated In Solidarity With Ukraine

February 28, 2022
The Sydney Opera House sails are set to be illuminated yellow and blue for the next week.

The NSW Government has joined support for Ukraine around the world, lighting the iconic Sydney Opera House sails blue and yellow from tonight for the next week.

The Premier will also be joined by Prime Minister Scott Morrison at a Stand with Ukraine gathering at the Opera House from 8pm tomorrow, and is encouraging all members of the community to attend.

Mr Perrottet said the lighting of the sails and the gathering demonstrated the solidarity the people of New South Wales have with the people of Ukraine.

“The Russian military action in Ukraine endangers human life and liberty, it is an attack on sovereignty and we all have a stake in that,” Mr Perrottet said.

“We feel its enormity in NSW, which is home to large Ukrainian and Russian communities who will receive this news with deep concern for their many loved ones.

“Our solidarity with the vulnerable is the test of our strength as a community, as a state and as a people. We stand with the Commonwealth Government in affirming our respect for Ukrainian territorial sovereignty and its right to peace, freedom, and democratic rule.”

“I hope everyone can join the Prime Minister and me tomorrow night at the Opera House.”

Minister for Multiculturalism Mark Coure said the lighting of the sails demonstrated that our collective thoughts are with Ukraine and the Ukrainian community in NSW.

“I know this is an incredibly troubling time for all Ukrainians living in NSW and right across the world, and I appreciate the emotions that you will be feeling right now. Whether it be your family or friends, I truly hope they are safe,” Mr Coure said.

“By lighting up the Opera House, we are showing the world that we stand with the people of Ukraine and denounce the acts of violence taking place.”

Mr Perrottet has also written to Prime Minister Scott Morrison to affirm its commitment to helping resettle Ukrainians forced from their homeland.

The sails of the Sydney Opera House will be lit up with the colours of the Ukrainian flag from 8pm to 11pm from Monday 28 February to Saturday 5 March.

The Premier and Prime Minister will stand with community leaders from 8pm on Tuesday night as a gesture of unity for the Ukraine people at the Sydney Opera House Western Promenade.

Small Business Month Kicks Off Across NSW

March 1, 2022
Today marks the kick off Small Business Month with more than 220 grant recipients and 165 collaboration partners hosting over 360 in-person and online events and activities throughout the month.

Minister for Small Business Eleni Petinos said the theme of this year is Rebuild, Recharge, Renew. The festival will feature events focused on helping small business owners rebuild following the COVID-19 pandemic and will include local councils, business chambers, industry associations and not-for-profits.

“There are more than 800,000 small businesses employing over 1.6 million people and who contribute $400 billion to the state economy each year,” Ms Petinos said.

“The theme for the 2022 Small Business Month is Rebuild, Recharge, Renew and focuses on helping operators bounce back from the economic impacts of the pandemic.

“Small businesses are an integral part of our communities, especially in our smaller towns and regions, forming part of the social fabric and a place where community bonds are strengthened.

“From Bondi to Bega to Broken Hill and everywhere in between, a wide array of in-person and online events will be available to small business owners. The calendar of events will provide them with new skills, ideas and networks to navigate the challenging economic environment.”

Further information is available at: Small Business Month

ABHS April 2022 Meeting

The next meeting of the Avalon Beach Historical Society will be held on TUESDAY 5 APRIL starting at 8pm in the Annexe in Dunbar Park.

As the result of the wanton destruction of Bilgola House number 2 in 1989, ANNE SPENCER and her husband Colin formed the Friends of Bilgola. 

This eventually gave birth to the Bilgola Preservation Society. Together they fought tirelessly over the years to protect the beauty and the environment of Bilgola Beach, particularly the remnant and ancient cabbage tree palms and the heritage-listed stonework lining Bilgola Creek.

As part of her research for a paper on Bilgola Beach, she developed an admiration for OSWALD WATT, Australia’s first military pilot.

Like Anne, Oswald also loved Bilgola Beach and owned the weatherboard cottage, Bilgola House number 1 from 1911 until he tragically drowned off the northern headland in 1921.

With Anne’s assistance we have assembled a great pictorial presentation of the life of Oswald Watt including Bilgola House no. 1. 18 of them will make up the panel for the exhibition in June.

John and Pauline Webeck, the owners of Bungan Castle, made 10 of us really welcome on Saturday afternoon 19 February. After a talk on the history of the castle and a visit up onto the turreted roof section, he showed us some of his remarkably varied memorabilia. A delightful afternoon tea was served in the ‘great hall’. Photographs taken on the day will be added to the above list.
  
Although there won’t be the need for a QR reader, we will sign in as a precautionary measure with your mobile/landline numbers. No need to socially isolate any longer (many of us are couples anyway) and masks are no longer mandatory even in an indoor area such as the Annexe and if you care to break into song or dance you are very welcome! 

Guests of members are always welcome to attend, and we will also have our usual ‘high quality’ supper after the meeting.

Geoff Searl OAM
President Avalon Beach Historical Society


Government Providing Quicker And Easier Access To Assistive Technology For NDIS Participants

March 3, 2022
The Australian Government is improving the participant experience for people on the National Disability Insurance Scheme, with easier access to assistive technology.

Minister for the NDIS Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC has announced an increase in the upper limit for automatic approval of assistive technology (AT) purchases. This limit has now increased from $5,000 to $15,000.

“I have listened closely to participants and their representatives, and what they have told me is they want a Scheme which is more person focused, with less red tape,” Minister Reynolds said.

“This is another example of the Government’s commitment to improving the NDIS and improving the participant’s experience.”

The changes will also assist many participants who currently have quotable AT under $15,000 in their plans. The NDIA will automatically approve the funding for these items so participants can access this AT faster.

This new measure is still subject to the necessary checks and balances to maintain the integrity of the scheme.

The most commonly purchased AT within the $15,000 price range includes manual wheelchairs, specialty beds and bathroom chairs/stools.

The NDIA has summarised these changes in an updated guideline and new participant factsheet (DOCX), setting out what evidence participants need to provide and what to do before buying AT.

The NDIA has also created a new guideline and template (DOCX) on vehicle modifications and driving supports, which includes simpler and clearer information. These will help participants work with assessors to provide evidence for vehicle modification support requests over $15,000.

Mosquito Monitoring Program Update: Council

Council is reminding the community to remain vigilant following an increase in mosquito trappings as part of the NSW Arbovirus Surveillance and Mosquito Monitoring Program.

Northern Beaches Mayor Michael Regan said this is the third year Council has participated in the program.  

“Mosquitos are a nuisance, but unfortunately, we have to live with them and there are some environments on the Beaches which are more prone to them.

“While nothing sinister has been reported in the trappings in the last few months, the numbers are up on previous years due to increased rain this summer as a result of La Niña.

“Fortunately, while the counts have been high, these numbers have mostly been nuisance biters and not species that usually transmit viral infections.

“Please remain vigilant in areas of concern around our wetlands and bushland habitats by wearing appropriate clothing to minimise skin exposure, use mosquito repellent and be aware that mosquito peak times are dawn and dusk.

“Also be aware of removing optimal breeding areas in your backyard including water-holding items like containers, kids toys and even pot plant trays.” Mayor Regan said.

During both December and January weekly mosquito counts have been between medium (50-100) and high (101-1000 per trap) throughout the trapping season and it is expected to remain this way due to current weather patterns.

The two key species (Culex annulirostris, Aedes vigilax) that are associated transmission of viral infections like Ross River Virus or Barmah Forest virus have only been present on the Northern Beaches in lower numbers than previous seasons with some higher numbers recorded in other parts of the State.
Mosquito monitoring is currently being undertaken at Warriewood Wetlands and near Deep Creek near the Narrabeen Lagoon trail.

The program kicked off in November 2021 and will run through until 30 April 2022.
The Northern Beaches Council Mosquito Management Plan is available here: https://files.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/.../nbcfinalmosq...

Check out this NSW Health page for more tips on how to control mosquitoes around the home and the weekly surveillance results of the program can be viewed on the NSW Health 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.


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.

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

 

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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

Scheduled Roadworks

Slope stabilisation
North Narrabeen Wakehurst Parkway between Pittwater Road and Caleyi Trail: 
Wed 2 Mar 2022 to Wed 9 Mar 2022: 9pm to 5am.

Avalon Beach: Barrenjoey Road between The Serpentine and Avalon Parade
Sun 20 Mar 2022 to Wed 23 Mar 2022: 9pm to 5am

Reduce your speed, Check signage. Alternating (stop/slow) traffic conditions will be in place.


Get Your $500 Before And After School Care Voucher Now

The NSW Government’s $155 million program for Before and After School Care (BASC) vouchers is now live for parents and carers of children enrolled in an NSW primary school.

The $500 vouchers are available now to use at participating providers to assist families with access to BASC services by covering a parent gap fee component of their session fees.

Premier Dominic Perrottet said the $500 vouchers are more important than ever in supporting our working families as they get back into the office.

“The vouchers will offer parents greater flexibility as they return to the office,” Mr Perrottet said.

“They’ll also ease pressure on household budgets as we recover from the disruptions of the pandemic.”

Treasurer Matt Kean said the NSW Government is focused on making it easier for women to enter, re-enter and stay in the workforce.

“COVID-19 was the first economic shock where women lost more jobs than men, and providing more affordable Before and After School Care services can give working mothers greater choice when it comes to their careers,” Mr Kean said. 

Minister for Education and Early Learning Sarah Mitchell said this is a great opportunity for families to access a BASC service in their local school community.

“Every family with children at an NSW primary school is eligible for one voucher per child, which will provide each child with approximately 60 sessions of free BASC,” Ms Mitchell said.

“These vouchers are all about providing affordable access to care for families, particularly after a tough two years where we have had disrupted access to school and BASC.”

Minister for Customer Service and Digital Government Victor Dominello said the vouchers are now live on the Service NSW app.

“Similar to Dine & Discover, First Lap, and other voucher programs, eligible parents and carers will be able to store and re-use their Proof of Identity documents, such as Medicare Card and Driver’s Licence, to speed up the application process,” Mr Dominello said.

Families can access the vouchers online via MyServiceNSW account, in the app, or by visiting their nearest Service Centre.

Plan For Aboriginal Development Of Local Lands On Exhibition

NSW Dept. of Planning media release
A proposal to help Aboriginal people fulfil potential economic benefits from their land in Sydney’s Northern Beaches is now on public exhibition for community feedback.

The Northern Beaches Aboriginal Land Development Delivery Plan (DDP) identifies six sites owned by the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council (MLALC) that may be suitable for new homes, job-generating development, other community assets or biodiversity protection.

Minister for Planning and Homes Anthony Roberts said if progressed the plan means new homes and jobs for the area as well as strengthened self-determination of the Indigenous community.

“This proposal is about Aboriginal people taking charge of using their land in ways that best supports their communities and protects their heritage,” Mr Roberts said.

“Helping Aboriginal Land Councils achieve better economic outcomes from their land has long been a priority of mine and this project is a great first step forward for Aboriginal development in the Northern Beaches area.”

If the plan is adopted, specific detailed proposals for each site would then need to be prepared for community feedback, with the first possibly kicking off as early as this year.

The DDP provides a framework for the potential development of six sites owned by the MLALC in the Northern Beaches LGA.  

Of the nine sites (totalling 912 ha) owned by the MLALC in the Northern Beaches LGA, only the 71ha Lizard Rock site is currently endorsed by MLALC members and the NSW ALC to be actively investigated for land dealing.

The site comprises 22 separate allotments with a total area of approximately 71 hectares.

The proposed amendment to the Aboriginal Land SEPP and supporting Development Delivery Plan (DDP) has been prepared in consultation with the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council (MLALC) and Northern Beaches Council.

The proposals fit well within the North District Plan as part of that Greater Sydney Plan.

The draft DDP is on exhibition for public comment until Monday 21 March 2022. 

Find out more by: 
Following the exhibition period, all feedback on the State Environmental Planning Policy amendment and DDP will be carefully considered by the Department of Planning and Environment to inform their finalisation later this year.  

If approved, the six sites will be mapped in an amendment to the State Environmental Planning Policy (Aboriginal Land) 2019, which will then allow the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council to lodge planning proposals for independent review to the North District Planning Panel.  

DoggieRescue.com

Pets Of The Week

Kipper 


16 weeks Staffy X – an adorable pup!

Kipper is a bright friendly girl. She is very bouncy and is so affectionate with people. Our trainer says "adorable boisterous puppy with lovely temperament.  She adores adults and kids but probably not suited to very young kids." Kipper has already learnt how to walk on loose lead. She does not react to passing dogs nor cars. She jumps up to lick your face and she loves belly rubs. She knows "sit". Walkers say "Kipper is an amazing friendly girl, very people and food oriented. Whoever ends up with Kipper will be a lucky family." She has a short coat and weighed 12.6kg when she came in.
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. Her adoption fee is $800. For further details call DoggieRescue on 9486 3133 or email Monika@DoggieRescue.com. RON R251000024

Mrs Tiggywinkle

 

12mths DSH cat
Mrs Tiggywinkle is a very sweet, gentle but rather shy girl approx 2 years old. She’s one of our young mums who came from the pound and is here with her son Squeak and orphan son Benjamin.
Tiggywinkle will need a gentle hand to help her feel more relaxed as she’s still a little unsure of receiving pats and cuddles. A gentle approach, soft voice and playing with her using small toys helps her to relax.
Tiggy loves watching over her sons and currently gets on well with our other shy cat Biscuit.
She would suit a family with rescue experience. She has a short coat and weighs 3.2kg.
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  cats@doggierescue.com  

Foster Carers Needed
Not everyone is in a position to adopt a dog, which is why DoggieRescue runs a foster program making it easy for caring dog lovers to make an immediate difference.

For further details or to meet all cats, rabbits and dogs at Doggie Rescue call 9486 3133 or email monika@DoggieRescue.com. Visit www.DoggieRescue.com to see all our dogs. www.facebook.com/doggierescue 
Rehoming Organisation No R251000024. 

Manly Dam Link Trail Proposal Open For Comments

To help improve safety and accessibility, we are proposing a new boardwalk that connects Picnic Area 2 and Picnic Area 3. 

The link trail is to be approximately 433 m long and will consist of a raised boardwalk traversing through bushland and a short section of coloured concrete path.

An REF and Concept Drawing is available at: 

Comments will close on Sunday 13 March 2022.

Council will also be holding an online information session on Thursday 24 February 2022 from 6 to 7pm to give you an opportunity to meet the project team and ask some questions.

Bookings are essential, register here for the session.


Artists Impression: Proposed viewing deck

Marine Notices

Simulated fire fighting exercise
Where: Milson Island, Lower Hawkesbury River
When: Tuesday, 22 March 2022 
Vessel operators are advised that a Special Event pursuant to Section 12(2) of the Marine Safety Act 1998 is to be held on the Hawkesbury River at Milson Island.

Due to the potential to affect the safety of navigation, Transport for NSW has granted an Exclusive Use Aquatic Licence to the NSW Rural Fire Service to conduct the event, and an Exclusion Zone will be established on the navigable waters of the Lower Hawkesbury River, within 200 metres of Milson Island’s north west, north and eastern shores between the above times. The Zone will be patrolled by control vessels.

Transport for NSW advise that in relation to the Zone;
a) Persons within the vicinity of the Zone must comply with any directions given by any Boating Safety Officer or Police Officer in relation to the Special Event or to marine safety. Failure to comply with any such direction is an offence (Marine Safety Act 1998, s.15A - Maximum Penalty $3,300.00).
b) No unauthorised vessels or persons are permitted to enter the Zone and to do so may be an offence (Marine Safety Act 1998, s.12(5) — Maximum Penalty $1,100.00)

To see the area affected refer to: 


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

February 27 - March 5, 2022: Issue 528

This Issue: full list in Contents page 

Front Page Issue 528 

NSW Government Rules Out Commercial Offshore Exploration and Mining

Big Wet Forecast To Continue This Week: Be Prepared - Please Don't Drive Through Flood Waters + Keep An Eye Out For Distressed Wildlife; East Coast Low developing over Tuesday and Wednesday will combine with rainfall and large high tides

Council Order For Barrenjoey Swim School To Close Down Puts All Swim Schools and Children’s Safety In Jeopardy: Thousands Of Residents + Local MP Want This Essential Service Kept

Proposed Closure Of Crown Land Reserve Sets Community Members Against Each Other: Retaining Pittwater Paths A Community Priority

Council Catch-Up by Miranda Korzy

Residents' Submissions On The LEP/DCP Discussion Paper Revealed

2022 C A R V E Great Lakes Pro QS1000 - Bodhi is Stoked!

The 2022 NSW Age Surf Life Saving Championships + Schedule Changes Due To Weather Forecast For Coming Week

Avalon Beach Centenary Celebration's March 2022 Program will focus on The Nature Of Avalon Beach and Our Indigenous Culture; Art Exhibition 2, A Day on the Village Green, Help Plant 100 Trees For 100 Years Branching Out (please email in for one by March 12; extended to residents in all compass point directions surrounding Avalon Beach), Tune into The Avalon Story on Radio Northern Beaches, Stroll along Avalon Parade until you reach Avalon Sailing Club to go on The Sail Of The Century - Avalon100: December 2021 To December 2022

Aquatics Pittwater Swim Series Has Two Great Events Still To Run: The Bilgola + Avalon 'Round The Bends' & Beach Swims + The Pittwater Swim Series 2022 So Far...

Pictures The Upper Northern Beaches Rotary Club's Inaugural Art Show To Support Local Charities runs until 1pm Sunday February 27Opening Night by Michael Mannington OAM

Food The Two Catherines Café by Robyn Iredale The Two Catherines Café has become a regular part of Scotland Island life. In this article Robyn Iredale, co-ordinator of the Recreation Club, explains how it all began, where the money goes and some changes that are being trialled. The Two Catherines Café was started in July 2020, and since then has operated on the second and fourth Sunday of each month; next this Sunday, February 27th. Ferries from Church Point to Tennis Court wharf, where the café is held, run at 9.30, 10.30 and 11.30. Returning at 10.45, 11.45 and 12.45.

Park Bench Philosopher  Ukrainian Poet Taras Shevchenko: Some Translations

Artists of the Month March 2022: The Pittwater Artists Trail Returns - Exhibition March 26-27 At Newport Community Centre After limited exhibition opportunities Pittwater Artists are delighted to announce the first major group Exhibition for 2022 on 26-27 March at the Newport Community Centre. The Alliance of Artists on the trail has grown to 18 and offers a diverse range including Painters, Ceramicists, Sculptors and Jewellers. This is a great opportunity to view and purchase an artwork directly from the Artists as well as meet them onsite to ask about their practice or discuss commission possibilities. Later in the year the trail opens up with an opportunity to explore our beautiful surroundings as you visit the Artists in their open studio spaces to the public. to see behind the scenes, learn about individual processes and what inspires them. In between the open studio weekends there are a number of events and exhibitions and workshops on offer. Keep an eye on the website and social media or sign up to the newsletter to receive important event info and date reminders. We hope to see you there! For more details refer to the website or sign up to our newsletter at: www.pittwaterartiststrail.com.au or follow our Instagram.com/pittwaterartiststrail

Six MLALC Sites On The Northern Beaches Identified For Development: 71 Hectares At Lizard Rock For 450 Houses Proposed To Be Commence In 2022 - comments open with NSW Dept. of Planning until March 21

The Sydney Edible Garden Trail 2022 Peek inside some of Sydney’s private backyard fruit and veggie gardens this March and discover their secrets to living sustainably: list of local gardens participating so far as part of this years SEGT; March 26-27, 2020

Environment  Clean Up Australia Day: Sunday March 6; 2022 - Local Sites List, Asparagus Fern Flowering Now: Dispose Of This Weed To Stop The Spread, Powerhouse Brookvale - Australia's First Urban Renewable Energy Zone: Launch February 28, The Big Switch With Saul Griffith: Electrify Everything! Online on March 23, Bushcare In Pittwater, Sydney Wildlife Rescue: Helpers Needed, Local Wildlife Rescuers And Carers State That Ongoing Heavy Rains Are Tough For Us But Can Be Tougher For Our Wildlife: here's what you can do to help, Aviaries + Possum Release Sites Needed, Australia’s Eucalypt Of The Year Voting Is Open For The 5th Year!, Clean Up Australia Day: Sunday March 6; 2022 - Local Sites List, Asparagus Fern Flowering Now: Dispose Of This Weed To Stop The Spread, Friends Of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment - Next Forum on Feb 28 (zoom): The Pan Gnammas, Rock-gardens, Rainforests and Conifers of the Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment - Speaker  Jayden Walsh, Altruism in birds? Magpies have outwitted scientists by helping each other remove tracking devices, Why urban greening isn’t a panacea for extreme weather under climate change, Energy poverty in the climate crisis: what Australia and the European Union can learn from each other, The battle for AGL heralds a new dawn for Australian electricity, Scott Morrison commits $804 million over a decade for the Antarctic, A krill aquarium, climate research, and geopolitics: how Australia’s $800 million Antarctic funding will be spent, Each Antarctic tourist effectively melts 83 tonnes of snow – new research, Avalon Golf Course Bushcare Needs You, Community Gardens and Environment Groups and Organisations In Pittwater, Local  Environment History

Inbox News Singing In The Brain, Fish Generate Movable Pairs Of Vortices To Propel Them Forward Like Body Waves, One In Three Young People Say They Felt Happier During Lockdown, Evidence Grows For Vaping's Role In Gum Disease, Are Pandemic-Related Stressors Impacting Uninfected People's Brain Health?, Sonic Advance: How Sound Waves Could Help Regrow Bones, Molecular 'Culprit' Caught Driving Cell Death and Inflammation

Profile of the Week The Community Capital Foundation Is Driving A Campaign To Change The Dial On Local Youth Mental Health

With mental health charities doing it tough and rising rates of youth struggling, Community Capital Foundation want to shift the dial through a campaign to increase awareness, identify organisations making a difference and help raise the capital to contribute to their next grants program.

Late last year, self-harm and suicidal ideation were up 31 per cent for children and teenagers compared with 2020, according to the NSW Government's Health report.

In partnership with Connecting the Dots, by award-winning Canadian film director Noemi Weis, Community Capital Foundation will host five film screenings followed by panel discussions with mental health experts, local organisations and youth representatives to discuss how we can collectively improve youth mental health in 2022.

Running across Sydney's North, Community Capital Foundation have partnered with local organisations, including One Eighty, Burdekin, Headspace, Kyds, Streetwork and the Avalon Youth Hub.

Connecting the Dots is the first feature documentary of its kind to offer a raw and intimate look at youth mental health from a global youth perspective. With heart-felt poignant stories of lived experience, the film exclusively showcases young voices from around the world breaking barriers surrounding youth mental health. Through highly cinematic and character driven storytelling, Connecting the Dots is emotional, reflective and hopeful. Our young leaders are speaking up. It's time to listen.

Following the screening, a panel with young people, clinicians and youth services representatives will discuss some of the key themes from the film, including the local impact on the community. You will also have a chance to join in and ask questions.

Please note that this film includes young people speaking openly about their mental health and the panel discussion may be discussing sensitive topics relating to mental health. This event is also restricted to ages 16+ (only ages 16 years and above are permitted to attend).

You can book here or via the Eventbrite links above. For the cinema screenings Students will be charged $9.95, Adults $19.95. The Online Session is FREE. More in this week's Profile.


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

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

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

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

The boathouse jetty and the structure built as the Barrenjoey Boathouse were erected between late 1946 and early 1947 by Aub Allen, which means its place on our landscape, until the recent demolition for a rebuild, has reached 75 years. Aubrey Allen's family appear to have been storekeepers at Camden originally, and were well respected in that community going back a few generations.

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

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

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Public Health Alert: Gastroenteritis Outbreaks In Childcare Settings

February 24, 2022
Parents are being urged to keep children at home if they are unwell following a substantial increase in the number of gastroenteritis outbreaks in childcare being reported to NSW Health.

NSW Health Executive Director of Health Protection Dr Richard Broome said 156 outbreaks of gastroenteritis in early childhood education centres were reported in NSW in February.

"Almost 1,000 children and more than 210 staff members have been affected to date, a 97 per cent increase above the number normally reported for the month of February," Dr Broome said.

"NSW Health has notified the directors of NSW early childhood education services to an increase in viral gastroenteritis outbreaks and since then there have been further notifications of gastroenteritis outbreaks across the sector."

Viral gastroenteritis is highly infectious. Viruses are spread from the vomit or stool (faeces) of an infected person. This can occur when cleaning up body fluids, during person-to-person contact, sharing of contaminated objects and occasionally inhaling airborne particles when people vomit.

Viral gastroenteritis symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, fever, abdominal pain, headache and muscle aches. They can take up to three days to develop and usually last between one or two days, and sometimes longer.

Advice for parents and caregivers includes:
  • Keep children experiencing gastroenteritis home from childcare services and school. Children should not return until 48 hours have passed since their last symptom.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and regularly with soap and running water, particularly after changing nappies, assisting someone with diarrhoea and/or vomiting and before preparing food. Alcohol hand sanitiser is generally less effective than soap and water but can be used if these are not available.
  • Immediately and thoroughly clean contaminated surfaces with hot, soapy water and then disinfect the area using a household disinfectant. If possible, disinfect with a freshly made sodium hypochlorite (bleach) solution, prepared according to manufacturer's instructions.
  • Immediately remove and wash clothing or linen that may be contaminated with stool or vomit (use hot water and detergent).
  • Wear gloves and a mask when cleaning up bodily fluids, including vomit.
The main treatment for viral gastroenteritis is to rest and drink plenty of fluids. Most people recover without complications but it can be serious for infants, people with suppressed immune systems, and the elderly.

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2022 NSW Surf Life Saving Championships Schedule Changes

Saturday February 2022: SLS NSW

As people would be aware Sydney has experienced on-going and significant rainfall over the past week. This has impacted water quality of all beaches on the Northern Beaches and significantly at Queenscliff due to the opening of the lagoon. 

The Competition Committee has met and reviewed the forecast for the week ahead and there is to be ongoing significant rainfall which will continue to affect water quality. This is coupled with a significant spike in the swell, with sea conditions predicted to be considered dangerous from Wednesday through Sunday next week. Given the expected direction of the swell, all contingency locations will be unsuitable for competition.

The safety and wellbeing of competitors and volunteers is always at the forefront of any Championship Committee decision. With a view to communicate changes to the competition schedule, mitigate disruption to travel and accommodation arrangements and ensure as many Championships events are conducted, The Committee has determined the following:

Masters water competition is postponed with a date to be considered and further advice forthcoming:

  • Masters Beach Events will occur on Sunday 6th March (8:30am start).
  • March past events will continue as scheduled on Sunday 6th March (8:00am start).
  • Open Water events will be moved back one week and conducted as per program Friday 11th -Sunday 13th March.
  • Surfboats (Masters and Opens) will be conducted as per schedule Friday 11th – Sunday 13th March.
  • First Aid Competition will go ahead as scheduled on Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th March.
  • Champion Lifesaver will take place on Friday 11th March (U17s, U19s, Opens) and Saturday 12th March (U14s, U15s, Masters).
  • The remaining Open R&R events will take place on Saturday 12th March.
  • Champion Patrol will take place on Sunday 13th March.

Amended 2022 NSW Surf Life Saving Championships Schedule:


Residents Submissions On The LEP/DCP Discussion Paper Revealed 

It's been council policy not to publish residents' submissions on planning issues, even though individuals' named comments on DA's are published openly on the council website. The LEP/DCP Discussion Paper, which is a precursor to the development of a blanket Local Environment and Development Control plan for the whole of Northern Beaches, requested submissions from residents, but to this date these have not been published. 

A community group, which aims to call for a moratorium on development in Pittwater, sought to have these submissions released through Freedom of Information. The council graciously complied, and the group, Pittwater Environmental Heritage, have analysed the 500 plus submissions involved which revealed the following. 

Even though responses came from all over the Northern Beaches, the largest proportion (29%) referred specifically to Pittwater and the need, in many cases, to make Pittwater “an environmental heritage area” The objection to development rings around Mona Vale(800m) Avalon (400m) and Newport (400M) occurred in this category.  

Then came requests to protect the environment, which included the importance of preserving the character, heritage and tourism potential of the Northern Beaches generally (17%), followed by comments against development specifically (11%). Six (6%) percent of respondents objected to further infill housing provisions. The plea for better local infrastructure was stated in 8% of submissions. 

To summarise, the proportion of Northern Beaches respondents citing concern for the environment and objecting to over development accounted for 71%, making up the great majority of submissions.  

Of the remainder of respondents, 13% approved the discussion paper and requested more affordable housing, which could be argued was one of the main areas of discussion this LEP/DCP discussion paper proposed. The remaining 16% of submissions covered a wide range of miscellaneous issues, complaints about poor consultation etc.  

It seems fair to suggest that these results show that Northern Beaches residents do not want an LEP and DCP that does not recognise local conditions of environment and character.  This is particularly true of the residents of Pittwater. A one plan fits all would appear to be firmly rejected.  

Finally, it should be noted that a draft LEP and DCP will be released for discussion shortly. Residents should be ready, once again, to make their wishes for their environment, and the environment their children and grandchildren will inherit, absolutely clear. 

Pittwater Environmental Heritage

ABHS March 2022 Meeting

The next meeting of the Avalon Beach Historical Society will be held on TUESDAY 8 MARCH starting at 8pm in the Annexe in Dunbar Park.

As the result of the wanton destruction of Bilgola House number 2 in 1989, ANNE SPENCER and her husband Colin formed the Friends of Bilgola. 

This eventually gave birth to the Bilgola Preservation Society. Together they fought tirelessly over the years to protect the beauty and the environment of Bilgola Beach, particularly the remnant and ancient cabbage tree palms and the heritage-listed stonework lining Bilgola Creek.

As part of her research for a paper on Bilgola Beach, she developed an admiration for OSWALD WATT, Australia’s first military pilot.

Like Anne, Oswald also loved Bilgola Beach and owned the weatherboard cottage, Bilgola House number 1 from 1911 until he tragically drowned off the northern headland in 1921.

With Anne’s assistance we have assembled a great pictorial presentation of the life of Oswald Watt including Bilgola House no. 1. 18 of them will make up the panel for the exhibition in June.

John and Pauline Webeck, the owners of Bungan Castle, made 10 of us really welcome on Saturday afternoon 19 February. After a talk on the history of the castle and a visit up onto the turreted roof section, he showed us some of his remarkably varied memorabilia. A delightful afternoon tea was served in the ‘great hall’. Photographs taken on the day will be added to the above list.
  
Although there won’t be the need for a QR reader, we will sign in as a precautionary measure with your mobile/landline numbers. No need to socially isolate any longer (many of us are couples anyway) and masks are no longer mandatory even in an indoor area such as the Annexe and if you care to break into song or dance you are very welcome! 

Guests of members are always welcome to attend, and we will also have our usual ‘high quality’ supper after the meeting.

Geoff Searl OAM
President Avalon Beach Historical Society

Susan Pearce Appointed To Lead NSW Health

February 22, 2022
Premier Dominic Perrottet, Health Minister Brad Hazzard, and Minister for Regional and Mental Health Bronnie Taylor today announced Susan Pearce as the new Secretary of NSW Health.

Ms Pearce succeeds Elizabeth Koff, who is leaving NSW Health in early March to take up an opportunity in the private sector.

“Ms Koff has helped guide the state’s health system through a once in a century pandemic displaying strong leadership when it was needed most,” Mr Perrottet said. 

“During her time as Secretary Ms Koff delivered a number of key reforms, which have further strengthened our world-class health service.

“Having worked closely with Ms Pearce throughout the pandemic there is no doubt she is the right person to take NSW Health forward through the challenges we will face emerging from the pandemic. 

“Ms Pearce is highly talented, has a very successful track record, and is passionate about healthcare. I look forward to continuing to work closely with Ms Pearce as NSW delivers high-quality, patient-centred care to people right across our State.”

Ms Pearce is well placed to take on the role of Secretary, having been Deputy Secretary of NSW Health for the past six years. During the past two years, she has had a key leadership role, leading the operational aspects of NSW Health’s COVID-19 response, including its testing clinics and vaccination program.

Beginning her career in NSW Health as registered nurse in Broken Hill, Ms Pearce was previously the state’s Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer and Deputy Secretary for Patient Experience and System Performance.

Mr Hazzard paid tribute to Ms Koff and congratulated Ms Pearce on her appointment.

“I again thank Elizabeth Koff for her commitment over three decades to delivering the very best health care possible for NSW residents. I wish her a happy and successful move to the private sector,” Mr Hazzard said.

“I now look forward to the next phase of development of the amazing care provided by NSW Health staff as Susan Pearce takes on this enormous responsibility and I congratulate her on her appointment as Secretary.

“Having worked closely with Ms Pearce for more than five years I know she brings vast experience, capacity, and leadership skills developed out of her years first as a nurse and later in senior management roles, all of which makes her well suited to the leadership of Australia’s biggest and best public health system.”

Ms Taylor welcomed the appointment and said Ms Pearce would bring strong leadership to NSW Health.

“Ms Pearce is an excellent choice to lead NSW Health as we move into the recovery phase of this pandemic,” Ms Taylor said. 

“Ms Pearce played a key role in the recovery response to the bushfires, including supporting the mental health response on the ground.

“From one regional nurse to another I can think of no better person to continue the strong legacy that Elizabeth Koff will leave when she moves into her new role outside government.”

2022 Dates Set For The Australian IRB And Pool Rescue Championships 


After two years of cancellations to both the National IRB and Pool Rescue Championships in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19, Surf Life Saving Australia has today announced the dates for the 2022 events. 

The 2022 National and Interstate IRB Championships will take place across 21- 24 July on the New South Wales South Coast at Mollymook, while the 2022 National and Interstate Pool Rescue Championships will be held across 5-7 August at the Southport Aquatic Centre on Queensland’s Gold Coast. 

SLSA National Sport Manager Wayne Druery said that it was exciting to be looking ahead to the 2022 IRB and Pool Rescue Championships after two years of postponements and cancellations due to COVID-19.  

“COVID-19 has thrown us many challenges over the past two years, and we are looking forward to be finally running the 2022 IRB and Pool Rescue Championships this winter,” Druery said. 

“We are determined to give our IRB and Pool competitors the chance to contest these national titles after what we are certain has been a difficult and disappointing two years. 

“We are looking forward to seeing clubs from around the country descend on Mollymook in July and on the Gold Coast in August for a spectacular two events that show case our surf sports purpose – being rescue ready.” 

Entries for the National IRB and Pool Rescue Championships will open shortly following the conclusion of the 2022 Australian Surf Life Saving Championships – stay tuned to the SLSA social media channels and the SLS members portal for important upcoming information. 
 
2022 National & Interstates IRB Championships: 
  • 21-24 July 2022 – Mollymook, NSW 
  • Thursday 21 – U23 & Masters Competition 
  • Friday 22 – U23, Masters, Interstate and Open Competition 
  • Saturday 23 – Open competition 
  • Sunday 24 – Open competition 
 
2022 National & Interstate Pool Rescue Championships: 
  • 5-7 August 2022 – Southport, QLD 
  • Friday 5 – Youth, Opens, Masters and Interstate Teams Competition 
  • Saturday 6 – Youth, Opens and Masters Competition 
  • Sunday 7- Youth, Opens and Masters Competition 


Funding Provided For Veterans Projects In NSW

From Alstoneville in the state’s north and Howlong in the south, to Dareton and Gol Gol in the far west, more than 50 NSW communities have received funding to commemorate veterans across the state.

Minister for Transport and Veterans Affairs David Elliott announced more than $56,000 will be provided to a range of  projects that commemorate and educate NSW communities about the service and sacrifices of current and former military servicemen and servicewomen.

“The Anzac Community Grants Program provides funding to some great projects and initiatives that recognise Australia’s war service history, educate a new generation and support the wellbeing of the NSW veteran community,” Mr Elliott said.

“It is wonderful to be visiting Milperra Public School today, and providing $1,000 in funding to contribute to the creation of a mural remembering the Anzacs in the school’s Centenary Garden.”

Member for East Hills Wendy Lindsay welcomed the investment for her community.

“I would like to acknowledge the students and staff at Milperra Public School for their vision to create a mural that remembers the Anzacs, which will allow future generations and new students to learn of this history,” she said.

“We are thankful for the sacrifices made by current serving members and our service men and women from over a century of service. This art will be a reflection of their dedication and the commitment my community has, to supporting our veterans.”

Projects that support activities benefiting the NSW veteran community have also received funding.

For the full list of 2021 ACGP recipients and more information about the program visit www.veterans.nsw.gov.au/acgp2021

Local funding includes:
Rotary Club of Dee Why Warringah, Dee Why. For: Day Bus Trip for 12 Veterans. Through this project we seek to support veterans with mental health and wellbeing. To give NSW veterans a wonderful experience through having a day of fun and companionship with other veterans in our community and visit to the Blue Mountains. Allocated $1,500.00

Veterans Centre Australia, Dee Why. For: Stories and Sport with Veterans. For this project VCA will jointly host a Veterans Rugby Match with Gordon RFC. This event will focus on encouraging members of the community to attend and meet veterans. The event will mix sport and social activities – focus on being family friendly. Members of the Australian Storytelling Guild will facilitate attendees to relate their stories of their family members/ friends. It will provide a means to speak and share stories of veterans – everyone who comes to the event and who wants to, can add the outline of their family members’ story. These will be recorded for prosperity and shared. Allocated: $600.00

Saltwater Veterans (Partnered with Young Veterans), Manly. For: Veterans Remembrance Sailing Activity. Through this project, we seek to create psychosocial reconnection opportunities and support to our contemporary veterans and to provide historical talks about former military training areas on the Northern Beaches of NSW. Whilst conducting sail training, we will sail to historically significant maritime venues around the Pittwater including the former WWII Torpedo Testing Range, coastal defence bunkers and Camp Z of Operation Jaywick in Refuge Bay. Allocated $1,500.00

Operations Jaywick & Rimau Memorial Committee; Niagara Park, Operations Jaywick & Rimau 1943-45. For: Hosting of the annual event to commemorate Operations Jaywick & Rimau 1943-45. Allocated - $650.00

Fixx Events Pty Ltd, Terrigal; Avoca Beachside Markets Anzac Concert. For: Avoca Beachside Markets Anzac Concert, in conjunction with Soldier On, Rotary Kincumber and Gosford RSL. We will start the day at 9am with the Last Post and traditional message and silence, followed by a concert programme and musical offerings from 9am-2pm. We will look to target more returned service patrons, groups and charities and look to have an interactive war medals and service area for the public to see and hear stories and exchange emotions and fortunes. Allocated: $1,500.00

NSW Police RSL sub-Branch, Centennial Park. For: List of Police called up for National Service 1965-1971. On one of the walls of the public foyer of the Sydney Police Centre at 151 - 241 Goulburn Street, Surry Hills 2010 are two Honour Rolls made of marble. One lists those Police Officers who served in The Great War (1914-1918), the other of those Police Officers who served in WW2 (1939-1945). It is proposed to have another marble plaque made and erected listing those Police Officers who were called up for 2 years of National Service from 1965-1972. Allocated $1,500.00


Camp Z Of Operation Jaywick In Refuge Bay

The MV Krait is a wooden-hulled vessel famous for its use during World War II by the Z Special Unit (Z Force) of Australia during the raid against Japanese ships anchored in Singapore Harbour. The raid was known as Operation Jaywick. The Krait was originally a Japanese fishing vessel based in Singapore named Kofuku Maru. Following the outbreak of war, the ship was taken over by Allied forces and used to evacuate over 1,100 people from ships sunk along the east coast of Sumatra. The ship eventually reached Australia via Ceylon and India in 1942, and was handed over to the Australian military. In Australian service, she was renamed Krait after the small but deadly snake.

Predominantly Australian, Z Special Unit was a specialist reconnaissance and sabotage unit that included British, Dutch, New Zealand, Timorese and Indonesian members, predominantly operating on Borneo and the islands of the former Dutch East Indies.

The Inter-Allied Services Department (IASD), was an Allied military intelligence unit, established in March 1942. The unit was created at the suggestion of the commander of Allied land forces in the South West Pacific area, General Thomas Blamey, and was modelled on the British Special Operations Executive (SOE) in London. It was renamed Special Operations Australia (SOA) and in 1943 became known as the Services Reconnaissance Department (SRD).

It contained several British SOE officers who had escaped from Singapore, and they formed the nucleus of the Inter-Allied Services Department (ISD) which was based in Melbourne. In June 1942, an ISD raiding/commando unit was organised—designated Z Special Unit.

Several training schools were established in various locations across Australia, the most notable being Camp Z in Refuge Bay, an offshoot of Broken Bay.


Jaywick’s Camp X, Refuge Bay


Refuge Bay, Hawkesbury River, NSW. c.1943-01-17. Two members of SOE-Australia, code named Inter Allied Services Department, prepare to enter the water with a two man canoe known as "HMAS Lyon". It was a home made, experimental canoe made by Lt Donald Montague Noel Davidson, RNVR, and B3666 A B Frederick (Fred) Walter Lota Marsh, RAN, to fill in time at the Refuge Bay camp while waiting for MV Krait to arrive. It was hard to manoeuvre and christened it HMAS LYON as a joke. The Governor General, on a visit to the camp, 'launched' it for them - again, as a joke. They were preparing for Operation `Jaywick' in which operatives carried out a successful raid in MV Krait 


Leading Seaman Frederick W. L. 'Boof' Marsh and Ordinary Seaman L. K. `Tiny') Hage, members of Z Special unit, Australian Services Reconnaissance Department, paddling a home-made experimental two man canoe "HMAS LYON" a hard-to-steer craft christened with this name as a joke and "launched" by the Governor General, also as a joke during a visit to Refuge Bay on the Hawkesbury. The canoe was made by Lt Donald Montague Noel Davidson, RNVR, and B3666 AB Frederick (Fred) Walter Lota Marsh, RAN, to fill in time at the Refuge Bay camp while waiting for MV Krait to arrive. The men were at Refuge Bay on the Hawkesbury River before leaving aboard MV Krait on Operation Jaywick. Date of photo: January 17, 1943


The Krait, the vessel which carried the men of Z Special Unit on Operation Jaywick

In mid-1943, Krait travelled from a training camp at Broken Bay, New South Wales to Thursday Island. Aboard was a complement from Z Special Unit of three British and eleven Australian personnel, comprising:

Major Ivan Lyon (Mission Commander)
Lieutenant Hubert Edward Carse (Krait's captain)
Lieutenant Donald Montague Noel Davidson
Lieutenant Robert Charles Page
Corporal Andrew Anthony Crilly
Corporal R.G. Morris
Leading Seaman Kevin Patrick Cain
Leading Stoker James Patrick McDowell
Leading Telegraphist Horace Stewart Young
Able Seaman Walter Gordon Falls
Able Seaman Mostyn Berryman
Able Seaman Frederick Walter Lota Marsh
Able Seaman Arthur Walter Jones
Able Seaman Andrew William George Huston

On 13 August 13th, 1943, Krait left Thursday Island for Exmouth Gulf, Western Australia, where it was refuelled and repairs were undertaken. Not only did the repairs cause delays in departure, but the folboats, manufactured by Harris Lebus and designated as model MKI**, which had been specially ordered for the attack by Lyon from England only arrived at the last minute. They were found to be faulty, lacked some important parts and were not according to the design that Davidson had specified. They had to undergo many on-the-spot changes simply to make each framework fit together and then fit correctly into the outer skins. This left the crew little time to get accustomed to them before being loaded on to Krait.

On September 2nd1943, Krait left Exmouth Gulf and departed for Singapore. The team's safety depended on maintaining the disguise of a local fishing boat. The men stained their skin brown with dye to appear more Asiatic and were meticulous in what sort of rubbish they threw overboard, lest a trail of European garbage arouse suspicion. After a relatively uneventful voyage, Krait arrived off Singapore on September 24th. That night, six men left the boat and paddled 50 kilometres (31 miles) with folboats (collapsible canoes) to establish a forward base in a cave on a small island near the harbour. On the night of September 26th 1943, they paddled into the harbour and placed limpet mines on several Japanese ships before returning to their hiding spot. They returned to Australia, reaching home on October 19th.

She was purchased for use as an Australian Royal Volunteer Coastal Patrol vessel in 1964 and returned to our area, being used as a training vessel on Pittwater. Our own MP for Pittwater, Rob Stokes, was among those who trained on her.

On ANZAC Day 1964 the MV Krait was dedicated a War Memorial; this plaque was affixed to its wheelhouse:


She was then acquired by the Australian War Memorial in 1985 and was lent to the Australian National Maritime Museum, where she has been displayed to the public since 1988.

Mosquito Monitoring Program Update: Council

Council is reminding the community to remain vigilant following an increase in mosquito trappings as part of the NSW Arbovirus Surveillance and Mosquito Monitoring Program.

Northern Beaches Mayor Michael Regan said this is the third year Council has participated in the program.  

“Mosquitos are a nuisance, but unfortunately, we have to live with them and there are some environments on the Beaches which are more prone to them.

“While nothing sinister has been reported in the trappings in the last few months, the numbers are up on previous years due to increased rain this summer as a result of La Niña.

“Fortunately, while the counts have been high, these numbers have mostly been nuisance biters and not species that usually transmit viral infections.

“Please remain vigilant in areas of concern around our wetlands and bushland habitats by wearing appropriate clothing to minimise skin exposure, use mosquito repellent and be aware that mosquito peak times are dawn and dusk.

“Also be aware of removing optimal breeding areas in your backyard including water-holding items like containers, kids toys and even pot plant trays.” Mayor Regan said.

During both December and January weekly mosquito counts have been between medium (50-100) and high (101-1000 per trap) throughout the trapping season and it is expected to remain this way due to current weather patterns.

The two key species (Culex annulirostris, Aedes vigilax) that are associated transmission of viral infections like Ross River Virus or Barmah Forest virus have only been present on the Northern Beaches in lower numbers than previous seasons with some higher numbers recorded in other parts of the State.
Mosquito monitoring is currently being undertaken at Warriewood Wetlands and near Deep Creek near the Narrabeen Lagoon trail.

The program kicked off in November 2021 and will run through until 30 April 2022.
The Northern Beaches Council Mosquito Management Plan is available here: https://files.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/.../nbcfinalmosq...

Check out this NSW Health page for more tips on how to control mosquitoes around the home and the weekly surveillance results of the program can be viewed on the NSW Health 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

Your Vision For The Future – Help Update The Community Strategic Plan

Council’s Community Strategic Plan (CSP) Shape 2028 is under review and the community is being asked to confirm if their priorities for the future remain the same.

Council is required to lead the community in developing a long-term vision and strategy with an outlook of at least 10 years, to identify community priorities and aspirations, and to develop a set of goals and strategies for their achievement. It is known as the CSP.

Northern Beaches Mayor Michael Regan said the community is at the centre of everything Council does.
“Shape 2028 was first published in 2018 and captured our community’s vision and key aspirations for the Northern Beaches over 10 years to 2028.

“Councils are required by the state government to review the CSP following the election of a new Council, so it is a time to check in with the community and ensure that we are headed in the right direction,” Mayor Regan said.

As part of this review, Council analysed community engagement carried out since the development of the CSP and conducted a series of focus groups as an initial test of any significant changes in community sentiment.

A discussion paper has been released to:
  • present the outcomes, goals and strategies as identified in Shape 2028 with a summary of where we are now, some of the challenges we face to achieving these and a few of the opportunities that the council are looking at including in the revised draft CSP
  • Highlights actions and progress towards achieving the outcomes and goals consider the longevity of the outcomes, goals and strategies and whether these can be extended beyond 10 years
  • summarise community engagement that has taken place over the last five years as it relates to the eight CSP outcomes to report any changes in sentiment over time.
“Council encourages you to read this discussion paper and tell them what you think may need to be changed or updated. Does the community still agree that the vision, outcomes, goals, and strategies meet their aspirations?

“As the CSP serves as the overarching guiding document in the development of all Council’s strategies and plans, we would also like to understand if you believe the aspirations are relevant for an outlook to 2040.

“Jump online to learn more and be part of our conversation so we get this right.” Mayor Regan said.

For more information or to have your say visit:

Submissions close Wednesday 2 March 2022.

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

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

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 Pittwater Council and other relevant government bodies. The WPCA website provides a forum for the better realisation of these objectives. Visit: www.westpittwater.com.au

Lifeline’s Crisis Text Service Goes 24/7

February 7, 2022
Lifeline has today launched a 24/7 crisis text service to expand its support for Australians struggling with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. The expanded service is due to a $1.5 million grant from the Federal Government.

Australians are reaching out to Lifeline’s crisis support and suicide prevention services in record numbers, hitting more than 3700 calls in one day last month.

The Lifeline Crisis Support Text Service is now available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via confidential text message to 0477 13 11 14. Following a few questions via text, Australians are connected to a trained Lifeline crisis supporter.

Minister for Health and Aged Care, Greg Hunt, said Lifeline’s 24/7 text service is an important expansion of the vital service the charity provides in crisis support.

“The significant surge in demand for Lifeline’s services during COVID means more people are reaching out for help, and services like Lifeline are there to help,” Minister Hunt said.

“The expansion of the text service is backed by data showing that it is the preferred channel for high risk members of the community including young people, those experiencing family and domestic violence, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.” 

“The introduction of the 24/7 service follows a successful 2-year pilot of a limited text service, made possible with $2.5 million from the Government.”

Lifeline received a record 1,070,860 calls from Australians in crisis in 2021, but managed to increase its average call answer rate to 90.4%.  In the same time period, the service also responded to 51,265 text conversations.

The Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, David Coleman, said the Government’s long partnership with Lifeline was part of its resolute commitment.

“Lifeline’s crisis service and the passion of its volunteers mean that no Australian has to experience their darkest moment alone – they literally save lives,” Mr Coleman said.

“The 24/7 lifeline crisis support text service makes Lifeline’s support available to groups who might otherwise not reach out for help, particularly young people who are often more comfortable using text services.

Lifeline's 13 11 14 crisis support service is available 24/7. Australians can speak to a trained crisis supporter any time of the day or night.

Sydney Wildlife Recycled Bottles For Wildlife 2021

Sydney Wildlife Rescue is registered for return and earn in NSW. This time it is accessed by an App called My Tomra  - which is the organisation that runs the recycling. 

Once you have downloaded the My Tomra App. Just search “Our Wildlife” you will see Sydney Wildlife Rescue listed. You can set that as the payout. 

So you just scan the bar code from the App  at the recycling machine and the 10c will be donated to Sydney Wildlife Rescue. The machines can be located anywhere in NSW.  

Please have a look it’s a good way to support us to care for wildlife and do your bit to keep Australia Beautiful.

Invitation To The Greens' Local Federal Campaign Launch


Join Adam Bandt, leader of the Australian Greens and lead Senate candidate David Shoebridge at this exciting joint campaign launch. Adam and David will be discussing climate action, adaptation, and justice with Mackellar candidate Ethan Hrnjak and Warringah candidate Kristyn Glanville.

11:30am - 12:30pm
Sunday 27 February
Surfrider Gardens, Narrabeen - NB change of venue 


The Collaroy-Narrabeen seawall embodies the monumental policy failure of the federal government in dealing with the impacts of climate change and coastal erosion. Our event is particularly focused on highlighting how a national approach to climate policy is urgently required. The Greens are the only party with comprehensive plans for climate action, adaptation and justice.

All community members are welcome at this event. Coffee and other light refreshments will be provided by a local coffee van.

Scheduled Roadworks

Slope stabilisation
North Narrabeen Wakehurst Parkway between Pittwater Road and Caleyi Trail: 
Wed 2 Mar 2022 to Wed 9 Mar 2022: 9pm to 5am.

Avalon Beach: Barrenjoey Road between The Serpentine and Avalon Parade
Sun 20 Mar 2022 to Wed 23 Mar 2022: 9pm to 5am

Reduce your speed, Check signage. Alternating (stop/slow) traffic conditions will be in place.


Stay NSW Vouchers Go Live

February 21, 2022
A $50 accommodation voucher will be available from today as part of the NSW Government’s $250 million Stay NSW program.

Applications for the vouchers will be made available by Local Government Area in a staggered approach. Every community will have access to them by 3 March.

Minister for Customer Service and Digital Government Victor Dominello said the voucher initiative is a commitment to bolster the accommodation industry while getting people excited to travel in NSW.

“This is a win-win for NSW – the vouchers will give hard hit businesses much needed stimulus, while also encouraging residents to explore our great State,” Mr Dominello said.

“The Stay NSW program has been expanded and fast-tracked, so people can enjoy a staycation sooner. Whether it’s a quiet country inn, the family-run caravan park or a hotel in the Sydney CBD, every budget needs a boost this year.”

Mr Dominello said the state-wide rollout follows a successful pilot in the Sydney CBD. “Applying is fast and simple via the Service NSW mobile app, through the Service NSW website or by calling 13 77 88 for assistance,” Mr Dominello said.

“People can pool the $50 Stay NSW Vouchers with relatives or mates, with no redemption limit. Apply as soon as you can so you can check-in somewhere special and check-out somewhere new.”

There are more than 1,200 Stay NSW businesses registered across the State but it is not too late for accommodation premises to get on board. Stay NSW Vouchers are valid until 9 October, 2022.

Participating businesses will be able to redeem vouchers seven days a week, including public holidays. Customers will be able to search for places to stay on the easy-to-use business finder.

For more information, including details on eligibility plus how and when to apply, visit Service NSW

Plan For Aboriginal Development Of Local Lands On Exhibition

NSW Dept. of Planning media release
A proposal to help Aboriginal people fulfil potential economic benefits from their land in Sydney’s Northern Beaches is now on public exhibition for community feedback.

The Northern Beaches Aboriginal Land Development Delivery Plan (DDP) identifies six sites owned by the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council (MLALC) that may be suitable for new homes, job-generating development, other community assets or biodiversity protection.

Minister for Planning and Homes Anthony Roberts said if progressed the plan means new homes and jobs for the area as well as strengthened self-determination of the Indigenous community.

“This proposal is about Aboriginal people taking charge of using their land in ways that best supports their communities and protects their heritage,” Mr Roberts said.

“Helping Aboriginal Land Councils achieve better economic outcomes from their land has long been a priority of mine and this project is a great first step forward for Aboriginal development in the Northern Beaches area.”

If the plan is adopted, specific detailed proposals for each site would then need to be prepared for community feedback, with the first possibly kicking off as early as this year.

The DDP provides a framework for the potential development of six sites owned by the MLALC in the Northern Beaches LGA.  

Of the nine sites (totalling 912 ha) owned by the MLALC in the Northern Beaches LGA, only the 71ha Lizard Rock site is currently endorsed by MLALC members and the NSW ALC to be actively investigated for land dealing.

The site comprises 22 separate allotments with a total area of approximately 71 hectares.

The proposed amendment to the Aboriginal Land SEPP and supporting Development Delivery Plan (DDP) has been prepared in consultation with the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council (MLALC) and Northern Beaches Council.

The proposals fit well within the North District Plan as part of that Greater Sydney Plan.

The draft DDP is on exhibition for public comment until Monday 21 March 2022. 

Find out more by: 
Following the exhibition period, all feedback on the State Environmental Planning Policy amendment and DDP will be carefully considered by the Department of Planning and Environment to inform their finalisation later this year.  

If approved, the six sites will be mapped in an amendment to the State Environmental Planning Policy (Aboriginal Land) 2019, which will then allow the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council to lodge planning proposals for independent review to the North District Planning Panel.  

Free Family And Staff RAT Packs

February 22, 2022
Following a successful rapid antigen test (RAT) surveillance program for the first four weeks of term one in schools, the NSW Government will continue supporting face-to-face learning by offering eight RAT kits per student and staff member to use when families consider necessary so they have peace of mind.

The RAT packs will be distributed to parents and staff in two drops to be used at their discretion. The first round of packs are already arriving at schools.

Premier Dominic Perrottet thanked parents, teachers, school administrators and Principals across NSW for their commitment to return children to classrooms on day one of term one.

“It was vital we got our students back in the classroom after two years of disruption to their education, social lives and well-being, and RATs have played an important part in enabling their safe return,” Mr Perrottet said.

“We are therefore providing every student and staff member across the state with another eight RATs for them to use at their discretion when they consider necessary, following a four week program of surveillance testing.

“The packs are there for families and staff to use at their discretion for their own peace of mind, for example, when a student is feeling unwell with a sore throat or cough, or if family members are sick.”

Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell said over 90 per cent of parents have been using the RATs provided.

“It is important we help students, staff and families retain their levels of confidence as we get back to a more normal school life,” Ms Mitchell said.

“We know our measures work; transmission in schools is extremely low, and there have been no school closures since students returned this year, despite the levels of community transmission.

“Testing children twice a week was not an easy task and I’d like to thank all of the parents and carers for their efforts in these critical first few weeks of term. Additional RAT packs will allow parents to stay vigilant and help us all continue to reduce the impact of COVID on schools.”

Early childhood staff will also receive the additional RAT kits to be used when necessary.

Research conducted by the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS) showed that in Term 4 2021, three to four per cent of people exposed to a positive case in school and ECE settings contracted COVID-19 compared to around 70 per cent in residential settings.

The Basin On Sydney Weekender

Look out for Sydney Weekender on Sunday February 27th at 5.30 on Channel 7. The producers filmed in our beautiful Basin on Thursday Feb. 10th featuring a few of our local businesses and animal residents - something worth having a look at!

In January, and after 27 fun-filled years of travelling our incredible state, Mike Whitney was allowed to put his feet up and pass the baton onto Matt Shirvington, who now hosts the show. 

Raised in Davidson, Mr. Shirvington attended St Martin de Porres Catholic Primary School in Davidson.
Matt held the Australian 100m national sprint title from 1998 to 2002 and is the third fastest Australian sprinter of all time. He qualified for the 100m semi-finals in Sydney 2000, finishing 5th.


Manly Dam Link Trail Proposal Open For Comments

To help improve safety and accessibility, we are proposing a new boardwalk that connects Picnic Area 2 and Picnic Area 3. 

The link trail is to be approximately 433 m long and will consist of a raised boardwalk traversing through bushland and a short section of coloured concrete path.

An REF and Concept Drawing is available at: 

Comments will close on Sunday 13 March 2022.

Council will also be holding an online information session on Thursday 24 February 2022 from 6 to 7pm to give you an opportunity to meet the project team and ask some questions.

Bookings are essential, register here for the session.


Artists Impression: Proposed viewing deck

Closure Of Public Road Reserve: 32 Watkins Road Avalon - Have Your Say

The Council is considering the formal closure of a public road reserve in Avalon Beach. The road reserve is a 3.66 metre wide unconstructed pathway on Watkins Road between 32 Watkins Road, and 34 & 36 Watkins Road. The dimensions of the proposed road reserve closure are approximately 95.69m long by 3.66m wide. The approximate area of the proposed road reserve closure is 347.8sqm.

The purpose of the proposed closure is to enable the sale of the land to the adjoining owner at 32 Watkins Road (Lot 16 DP 11096) for the potential construction of a second dwelling (behind the existing dwelling at 32 Watkins Road) and subdivision of land. 

The area of the road reserve closure is on the northern boundary of the applicant’s property known as 32 Watkins Road, Avalon Beach (Lot 16 DP 11096). It located between 32 Watkins Road, Avalon Beach and 34 and 36 Watkins Road, Avalon Beach (Lot 32 DP 21756 and Lot 31 DP 21756).

There has been a desire from local residents to have a public accessway from Watkins Road to Careel Headland Reserve. However, due to safety issues that could potentially arise from the steepness of the terrain, as well as alternative accessways to the reserve available nearby, Council states on the webpage for this proposal that it is unlikely that a public accessway would be supported in the future.

The notice relates to the proposed closure of this public road reserve (unconstructed pathway) only in accordance with Section 38A of the Roads Act 1993.

If the closure of the road reserve is approved, any proposed sale of the land will be managed by NSW Department of Planning Industry & Environment – Crown Lands.

The Council has no role in any future sale and will not receive any proceeds. Any proposed sale of the road reserve will be managed by DPIE - Crown Lands. For more information, please refer to Crown Land’s road purchase application process.

You can view the proposed road closure plan via the link below and have your say by:
  • completing the submission form at the link below
  • emailing: council@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au
  • writing to Council marked 'Proposed road reserve closure adj. 32 Watkins Road, Avalon Beach', Northern Beaches Council, PO Box 82, Manly NSW 1655.
If you have any questions before making your submission, please contact Council’s Property Officer on 1300 434 434 (during business hours) or by email. council@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au

 
Submissions close Sunday 6 March 2022.

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.

DoggieRescue.com

Pets Of The Week

Bennet 


5-6 mth Staffy X pup

Bennet is a friendly playful staffy pup. He is social with other young pups and is slowly learning to walk on lead and is doing really well. He has a smooth coat and weighs 12.3kg. He is looking for an active family who will training him and keep him stimulated. He suits a home based worker and needs a garden to run in.

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

Ludo 


15 week DSH cat

Meet Ludo!!!!!  - Ludo has quite a story and now he’s ready to find his forever family.

Ludo arrived with us as a tiny kitten who was found in a terrible state in a local park. Ludo had horrific injuries including to his left front leg which included an infected open fracture.

Unfortunately after several weeks of trying and not being able to save his leg we decided he’d be a happier boy as a pain free infection free tripod.  Doggierescue have taken Ludo under their wing to allow him to get the intricate surgery he needed to live a pain free life.

Ludo has been so brave the whole way through and although he wasn’t very trusting of humans when he arrived we now can’t stop him smooching purring and head butting us!!

He really is an adorable young man and he copes amazingly well on his three legs. We all love him to bits but want him to have a family to call his own.

All our cats come desexed, wormed, F3 vaccinated, FIV/FeLV tested if over 6 months old and microchipped. His adoption fee is $250. For further details call DoggieRescue on 9486 3133 or email  cats@doggierescue.com  

Foster Carers Needed
Not everyone is in a position to adopt a dog, which is why DoggieRescue runs a foster program making it easy for caring dog lovers to make an immediate difference.

For further details or to meet all cats, rabbits and dogs at Doggie Rescue call 9486 3133 or email monika@DoggieRescue.com. Visit www.DoggieRescue.com to see all our dogs. www.facebook.com/doggierescue 
Rehoming Organisation No R251000024. 

Marine Notices

Simulated fire fighting exercise
Where: Milson Island, Lower Hawkesbury River
When: Tuesday, 22 March 2022 
Vessel operators are advised that a Special Event pursuant to Section 12(2) of the Marine Safety Act 1998 is to be held on the Hawkesbury River at Milson Island.

Due to the potential to affect the safety of navigation, Transport for NSW has granted an Exclusive Use Aquatic Licence to the NSW Rural Fire Service to conduct the event, and an Exclusion Zone will be established on the navigable waters of the Lower Hawkesbury River, within 200 metres of Milson Island’s north west, north and eastern shores between the above times. The Zone will be patrolled by control vessels.

Transport for NSW advise that in relation to the Zone;
a) Persons within the vicinity of the Zone must comply with any directions given by any Boating Safety Officer or Police Officer in relation to the Special Event or to marine safety. Failure to comply with any such direction is an offence (Marine Safety Act 1998, s.15A - Maximum Penalty $3,300.00).
b) No unauthorised vessels or persons are permitted to enter the Zone and to do so may be an offence (Marine Safety Act 1998, s.12(5) — Maximum Penalty $1,100.00)

To see the area affected refer to: