Community News: May 2024

May 12 - 18, 2024: Issue 625

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Is Excising Public Land For Private Profit Now Ok?: The Joey + Whale Beach Restaurant Case Coupled With Spread Of Misinformation Met With Community Resistance - Minns Government Move To Override Whole NSW Community Prompts 'Something Smells Off' Response 

Labours' De-Amalgamation Bill Passes With Help From The Coalition: Pittwater Residents Still Signing Up To Restore Pittwater Council

Sydney Northern Beaches Water Polo Club (Breakers) Have Had A Phenomenal Season: 7 Local Athletes Selected For The Australian Teams + AOC Names Womens' Water Polo Team For Paris 2024: Three Local Athletes Selected

Tyler, Molly, Jack, Ethan Officially Qualify For Surfing At Paris 2024

Council Announces Intention To Progress One LEP For Whole LGA, Transport Oriented Development Begins

Beachwatch Consultation Reinstated

Aquatics: Marine Rescue NSW Completes Second Busiest Boating Season Ever

Financial Win For Local Sporting Groups: 2023/24 Local Sports Grant Program Sees 16 Projects Awarded Funding

Pictures: Pittwater's Mother Nature: for Mother's Day 2024

Governor Phillip Park Plan Of Management Changes To Facilitate Trial Of Dogs Offleash On North Palm BeachHave Your Say until June 5

Park Bench Philosophers Senate Report On Lobbying Passes The Buck On Improving Transparency Or Legislation: Plan To Hold Another 'Review'

Environment Leaf Curling Spider, Avalon Dunes Restoration, Council Announces Intention To Progress One LEP For Whole LGA, Transport Oriented Development Begins, Beachwatch Consultation Reinstated, NSW Biodiversity Worse Than Ever, Habitat Clearing The Key Driver, Says Government Report, Botanic Gardens Day At Stony Range: May 26, Gardens Of Stone Multi-Day Walk And Campsites 20 Year Commercial Lease: Have Your Say, A ‘conservation conundrum’ – when rat control to conserve one species threatens another, Gas is good until 2050 and beyond under Albanese gas strategy, Australia can have a future for the gas industry or meet its climate commitments – but not both, Future Gas Strategy Underpins Emissions Not Renewables, New Federal Approval For Giant WA Gas Project Will Release 3 Billion Tonnes Of Emissions, Saving the Mary River turtle: how the people of Tiaro rallied behind an iconic species, How a filmmaker, a pile of old shells and a bunch of amateurs are bringing our oyster reefs back, Making merry: how we brought Melbourne’s Merri Creek back from pollution, neglect and weeds, This group rid one Australian river of its privet problem – and strengthened community along the way, Heat is coming for our crops. We have to make them ready, Supercharged thunderstorms: have we underestimated how climate change drives extreme rain and floods?, Should we fight climate change by re-engineering life itself?, Bread Ties For Wheelchairs, Volunteers For Barrenjoey Lighthouse Tours Needed, Stay Safe From Mosquitoes, Mountain Bike Incidents On Public Land: Survey, Report Fox Sightings, Marine Wildlife Rescue Group On The Central Coast, Watch Out - Shorebirds About, Possums In Your Roof?: Do The Right Thing, Aviaries + Possum Release Sites Needed, Bushcare In Pittwater: Where + When, Coastal Floodplain Drainage Project: Have Your Say, Friends Of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment Activities, Gardens and Environment Groups and Organisations In Pittwater, Pittwater Reserves, Histories, Pictorial Walks, +

Inbox News ‘Groundhog Day’: 40 years of Australian government responses to domestic violence reveal a bumpy road to change, $230 Million To Improve NSW Domestic Violence Prevention And Support: NSW Government, Qantas Agrees To $20m Payments To Customers And, Subject To Court Approval, A $100m Penalty For Misleading Consumers + Scam Warning On Repayments, New Laws To Increase Awareness Of The Dangers Of Toppling Furniture, AMA Calls Out Sick System On Chronic Conditions, Many people are feeling ecological grief. How can we help those whose work puts them at risk?, Yes adults can develop food allergies; Here are 4 types you need to know about, Terminal lucidity: why do loved ones with dementia sometimes ‘come back’ before death?, For Lynne’s Friends, AstraZeneca’s COVID vaccine withdrawn – right to the end it was the victim of misinformation, Private Health Insurance Major Concern For Seniors: National Seniors, Our new vaccine could protect against coronaviruses that haven’t even emerged yet – new study, Unveiling The New Darling Harbour: A Sound Shell, Upsized Playground and Expanded Chinese Garden, Australia’s big supermarkets have been price gouging; But fixing the problem won’t be easy, OpenAI’s content deal with the FT is an attempt to avoid more legal challenges – and an AI ‘data apocalypse’, AvPals Term 2 2024, Issacs's Gardening Services: Seniors Looked After, Mah Jong Returns To RPAYC, Sydney Northern Beaches Water Polo Club (Breakers) Have Had A Phenomenal Season: 7 Local Athletes Selected For The Australian Teams + AOC Names Womens' Water Polo Team For Paris 2024: Three Local Athletes Selected, Womens Water Polo Team For Paris 2024 Announced: Two Sydney Northern Beaches Breakers Included, Tyler, Molly, Jack and Ethan Officially Qualify For Surfing At Paris 2024, Historic Woody Point Yacht Club Members 'Fitzroy' Returns To Cockatoo Island, Bert Evans Apprentice Scholarships 2024 Are Now Open!, Striking A Chord – Local Live Music Revival, Music To The Ears: New Recording and Touring Grants, 2024 Young Writers' Competition, Nominate For 2024 Public Education Awards, Word Of The Week: Peace, Photos are everywhere; What makes a good one?, Silent disco: why dancing in sync brings us closer together, Students on social work, nursing and teaching placements to get weekly $319.50 means tested Prac Payment from July next year, What does the new Commonwealth Prac Payment mean for students? Will it do enough to end ‘placement poverty’?, Australian artists only earn $23,200 a year from their art – and are key financial investors in keeping the industry afloat, Australian artists only earn $23,200 a year from their art – and are key financial investors in keeping the industry afloat, How 2-Tone brought new ideas about race and culture to young people beyond the inner cities, Grand designs? Why many Australian architects say their career makes them unhappy, AI can now generate entire songs on demand; What does this mean for music as we know it?, Why are algorithms called algorithms?; A brief history of the Persian polymath you’ve likely never heard of, Can I take your order – and your data? The hidden reason retailers are replacing staff with AI bots, The ancient Egyptian goddess of the sky and how I used modern astronomy to explore her link with the Milky Way

Profile of the Week Alan Moran: IRB Captain At Avalon Beach SLSC - A Few Insights As The 2024 IRB Premiership Commences

Alan Moran has grown up in the valley of Avalon and served the community for decades as a volunteer Patrol member, stating this is what people did and do and it was the usual, attributing his attitude to his mum, who had always done 'a fair amount for the community'.

In 2023 he received a National Medal (15 Years) for Service to surf lifesaving although he has served for longer than that. 

National Medals are a prestigious award, part of the Australian honours system, recognising long and diligent service by members who risk their lives or safety to protect or assist the community in times of emergency. 

However, Alan wanted his page to be crowded out with all the others he has worked beside as part of the Avalon Beach SLSC team and focused on what is done outside of the Season, when thousands give up their Summers to keep others safe on our beaches.

Many may not realise that although the volunteer Patrol Season has closed for 2023/2024, the training, work and response to emergencies as volunteers goes on year round. For example, last weekend, May 4-5, the first weekend after the Season had closed, Avalon Beach SLSC's newest IRB drivers and crew passed their assessment.

This weekend the 2024 Sharkskin NSW IRB Premiership Series has commenced, with teams bringing the unique blend of competitive speed and technical, lifesaving precision to Collaroy for Round 1.

The annual IRB (Inflatable Rescue Boat) competition aims to improve the skills and technique of IRB drivers and crew as well as allow crews to demonstrate their techniques and abilities to perform rescues. Along with Age Divisions, there are five events in IRB competition to hone the skills of IRB Lifesaver Members.

This Issue a few insights into the Alan's volunteer service and the Premiership, which he has competed in since 2003.


Una Winifred Atwell was a Trinidadian pianist who enjoyed great popularity in Britain and Australia from the 1950s with a series of boogie-woogie and ragtime hits, selling over 20 million records. Winnie was the first black artist to have a number-one hit in the UK Singles Chart and as of 2023, remains the only female instrumentalist to do so.

She was also one of our own - living at Bilgola, Whale, Palm and Narrabeen Beaches from when she first landed here in 1955 - Winnie actually recorded one of her songs at Bilgola House and  was a loved favourite of many here.

This week a few insights into the Amazing Miss A  and her connections to this place.

Pittwater Offshore Newsletter: May 1, 2024

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Contents: Church Point Landscaping, Cancer Council Fundraiser, Charity Boat Race, Fire Shed Dinner, The Tuesday Discussion Group, International Folk Dancing, Island Café, Winter Café and Market Day

To contact Roy:  editor@scotlandisland.org.au

Marine Rescue Cottage Point's New LCOA

Sunday May 5 2024
A HUGE congratulations to Bronte Wilkinson who passed her Leading Crew Operational Assessment (LCOA) today. Photo shows Bronte with her Leading Crew epaulettes and the crew outside (4th from right). 

The assessor Ian Morrow was very complimentary of her skills and knowledge. This is a great achievement for Bronte which reflects the significant effort she put into her training and preparation for the assessment.



Photo: MRCP

VALE: Richie Lytham OAM


Surf Life Saving NSW is saddened to advise of the passing of Collaroy SLSC, Sydney Northern Beaches Branch, SLSNSW, and SLSA Life Member, Richie Lytham OAM, on Tuesday 7 May 2024.

Richie’s journey began when he signed on as member of Collaroy SLSC in the 1983/84 season before obtaining Bronze Medallion 44231 shortly afterwards.

After a career spent on the wharves, Richie had learned a lesson or two on leadership and people management, and he quickly threw himself into all aspects of the movement.

Within two seasons he was on the Club Premises Committee, a position he would hold for nine seasons.

It was the start of many achievements at his beloved club that included stints on several committees, Touring Manager, a term as President (1993-96), and most notably of all, six years as organiser for the Collaroy Masters Event; later to become East Coast Masters.

For his efforts he was awarded Life Membership at Collaroy in 2008.

At a Branch Level he became heavily involved, serving four years as Sydney Northern Beaches President among many other positions including two decades on the Board of Examiners, eight seasons on the Rules and Regulation Committee, and a four-year term as Director of Competition.

In the 1999/2000 season he was elevated to Branch Life Membership.

Richie also made an incredible and sustained contribution at both State and National level.

For Surf Life Saving NSW he served as a Deputy President, spent a decade as a Surf Sports Adviser, was a member of multiple committees, including a stint chairing the Life Members Review Committee, and was an accredited official for 25 years.

He was also the ever-popular co-founder of Dad’s Army, a wonderful group of retirees who do so much for surf sport in NSW maintaining gear and equipment among many other thankless tasks.

While he stepped away in 2018, his contribution and legacy lives on through the current Dad’s Army members who are seen every week working away at the SLSNSW Belrose Head Office

Some of his achievements at an Australian level included five years as a boat referee at The Aussies, and a member of the Life Membership and Honours Committee.

Richie was made a Life Member of SLSNSW in 2004 and SLSA in 2010.

For his dedication to the movement, he was also recognised in the wider community as a recipient of the Australian Sports Medal (2000), was the Warringah Council Citizen of the Year in 2002, and in 2012 was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia.

He may have been a latecomer to the surf lifesaving family, but for over three decades Richie Lytham OAM gave his all to the movement he loves. He will be sorely missed.

Manly MP Supports Opportunity Class Petition  

Manly MP, James Griffin has thrown his support behind an ePetition opposing a reduction in Opportunity Class (OC) places in seven NSW Public Schools, including Balgowlah Heights. 
 
Mr Griffin said the decision to halve the number of quality OC places in these schools fails to uphold the Minns Labor Government’s own commitment to support our public schools. 
 
“While creating new OC classes in schools which currently don’t offer them is welcome, it shouldn’t be at the cost of schools which have been successfully conducting the classes for their intellectually gifted students.” 
 
Mr Griffin said, “Instead of creating new OC places to accommodate population growth, the proposal rearranges existing places, which could harm the quality of the NSW OC program.” 
 
The petition highlights the potential adverse impacts of the proposal.
 
It halves access to well-established OC places, which predominantly serve students who could not otherwise attend these schools and are willing to travel to do so.  
It compromises learning outcomes by moving children to schools with no experience in delivering OC programs or into composite year 5/6 classes, where only half the time is spent delivering their curriculum. 
It affects the emotional well-being of intellectually gifted students with special needs who require extra support. 
It places greater strain on teaching staff, who will struggle to deliver a quality program to students at significantly different learning stages and maturity levels in the same class. 
It reduces learning resources and highly qualified staff in OC schools, negatively impacting other teachers, students, and the broader community. 

Mr Griffin said, “The petition asks the NSW Legislative Assembly to call on the Government to refrain from implementing cuts to existing OC schools and engage with the community on any proposed changes. 
 
“If you agree to the ePetition please click on the link below and add your name.''


Woody Point Yacht Club Members Historic 'Fitzroy' Returns To Cockatoo Island

The return of an early 20th Century ferry to Cockatoo Island / Wareamah not only brings its story full circle but also provides the Harbour Trust with a timely opportunity to preserve Australia's maritime heritage.

On Wednesday 24 April, the Harbour Trust took ownership of the Fitzroy ferry and relocated it Cockatoo Island from Pittwater, where it had been in private use for decades. Measuring 30 feet by 9 feet 8 inches (9.14 metres by 3 metres), the wooden vessel once played a vital role in the island's maritime operations.

Designed by prominent naval architect David Carment and constructed by Cockatoo Island Dockyard apprentices using spotted gum, it was used to ferry dockyard workers to and from the island during the period from 1928 to 1963.

Upon the ferry’s retirement, it passed into private ownership and was renamed Burgundy Belle and, later, Fitzroy. From this time, it resided in McCarrs creek Pittwater and underwent modifications.

Fitzroy was originally built with a large 2 stroke engine set further forward in the hull of the vessel. This engine was likely a Crossley diesel, with an exhaust point that exited through the roof. The engine was connected to two large gas canisters which were charged with compressed air and used to turn over and start the engine. This was called direct air start. To reverse the vessel, the engine was stopped and run in reverse. The engine further included a keel cooling system, with coolant circulated through a system of tubing outside the vessels hull.

David Carment worked as a naval architect at Cockatoo Island from 1916 until his retirement in 1954. During World War Two he was responsible for design and drawing work for the Queen Mary and a number of US cruisers that were undergoing conversion and repair. 

Later in his career Mr. Carment became head teacher for the naval architecture diploma course at Sydney Technical College, and played a part in the establishment of the naval architecture degree at the University of New South Wales. He was also a yachting enthusiast, issuing the measurement certificate for the Australian America’s Cup Challenger GRETEL in 1962.

Fitzroy was replaced by a 40ft workboat built in Williamstown, also named Fitzroy that stayed in operation at the shipyard until 1992. 

Fitzroy (1928 build) was fitted with a Volvo Penta 40HP engine  in 2008, and painted a heritage green at Rowell Marine in Newport. Since renamed Fitzroy, the vessel moved from Gymea Bay, Taren Point, to McCarrs Creek, Pittwater. Fitzroy, now painted in white, was used weekly, and has taken part in the Woody Point Yacht Club's annual putt putt race - below is one of Marg Fraser-Martin, of Marg's Yacht Photos, pictures of her taking part in the Woody Point Yacht Club’s 2023 Putt Putt and Gentlemen’s Launch Regatta.

Ahead of the Fitzroy’s centenary in 2028, the Harbour Trust plans to undertake restoration work on the vessel in the hope of providing visitors with insights into a bygone era of shipbuilding craftmanship.


Photo: Marg Fraser-Martin, of Marg's Yacht Photos

Planning For Pittwater Forum

Planning is a contentious issue in Pittwater, with the NSW government’s proposals to increase density in residential areas the latest threat to the precious environment in which we live. With Northern Beaches Council's draft Local Environment Plan due out next month, the temperature is only likely to rise.    

With all this in mind, a Greens' Planning in Pittwater forum will investigate the Labor proposals, with our MLC Sue Higginson, chair of the NSW Parliamentary inquiry into the planning proposals, providing a ringside view of the issues. Environment and Planning lawyer, James Ryan, will explain the way the proposals would work if they go ahead.

Date: May 22, 2024
Time 7.30 - 9.30pm  
Newport Community Centre, Main Hall.

Bring your questions - there'll be plenty of time for discussion.

Miranda Korzy on behalf of Northern Beaches Greens


Governor Phillip Park Plan Of Management: Have Your Say

Closes: Sunday 2 June 2024
Council states it is currently reviewing and updating the Plan of Management for Governor Phillip Park, Palm Beach and considering the recreational, environmental, social and cultural values and characteristics of the area.

The plan will guide the use and management of the park to meet community needs now and into the future.

Council want to know how you use the park, what you value and any ideas and aspirations you have for this well-loved area.

Why is the Council preparing a new Plan of Management (PoM) for Governor Phillip Park?
Council states a new Governor Phillip Park PoM is required to:
  • incorporate a proposal for an off-leash dog trial
  • meet council's obligations under the Crown Land Management Act 2016
  • determine current and future needs of the community in relation to the use and management of the park to ensure that the site and facilities continues to meet the expectations of users and the community
North Palm Beach was the scene, just a few weeks back, where a local wildlife volunteer was fending offleash dogs away from a distressed rare turtle, and where dogs may be seen offleash on the beach, despite this being a no dogs zone, all day every day, unchallenged.

See Pittwater Online April report: Dog Attacks On Wildlife On North Palm Beach

In response to an earlier 'consultation' residents and families who used the beach objected to the area being turned over to becoming a 'dog beach', pointing out this will be used to access the Barrenjoey headland and dunes areas, where wildlife lives.

Council states it resolved on 22 August 2023 to prepare draft Plans of Management for areas proposed for a potential dog off-leash trial at Governor Phillip Park in Palm Beach and Mona Vale Beach (south). Plans of Management are legally required before Council can make a decision to progress any potential trials.

The scope of the Plan of Management relates to the entire reserve, so they want to hear the community’s views on all use and management of Governor Phillip Park.

Barrenjoey Head is managed by the National Park and Wildlife Service and is part of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.

A plan of management was adopted by the new NSW Government on February 21 2024 and can be viewed at Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Lion Island, Long Island and Spectacle Island nature reserves plan of management | NSW Environment and Heritage More information on those changes can be read about in the Pittwater Online January 2024 report:

Governor Phillip Park is Crown land and owned and managed by the NSW Government.

The Minister responsible for Crown land can appoint Council as the Crown land manager for a Crown land reserve. Council is then responsible for it’s care, control and management. The land must be managed in accordance with the Crown Land Management Act 2016 and the Local Government Act 1993.

Key dates listed for changing the Governor Phillip Plan of Management are:
  • Timeline item 1 - active; Apr - Jun 2024: Idea gathering, Gathering residents ideas and aspirations for this area
  • Timeline item 2 - incomplete; Jun - Jul 2024: Review and report - Review community ideas and report what they heard
  • Timeline item 3 - incomplete; Aug - Oct 2024: Prepare the draft PoM
  • Timeline item 4 - incomplete; Nov 2024: Refer draft PoM to NSW Government
  • Timeline item 5 - incomplete; Feb 2025: Report draft PoM to Council, Requesting public exhibition
  • Timeline item 6 - incomplete; Mar - Apr 2025: Public exhibition, Gathering residents feedback on their draft PoM
  • Timeline item 7 - incomplete; May 2025: Review community feedback, update draft PoM
  • Timeline item 8 - incomplete; Jun 2025: Report updated draft PoM to NSW Government
  • Timeline item 9 - incomplete; Aug 2025: Report updated draft PoM to Council, Requesting adoption

Striking A Chord – Local Live Music Revival

Council states the local live music scene is set to be energised with the launch of a new Live and Local program on the peninsula.

Council is partnering with the Live Music Office and the Australasian Performing Right Association and Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (APRA AMCOS) to help local musicians and venues to program more live music.

As part of the 12-month Live and Local program, Council will host a live music forum to discuss ways to boost the local industry and also organise live music events later in the year.

Mayor Sue Heins said it was vital support for an industry that has been struggling.

“The Northern Beaches is home to so many talented local musicians and some fabulous live music venues,” Mayor Heins said.

“We know that the industry is still recovering from venue closures and other impacts of the pandemic. The local music scene needs a revival, and we are committed to playing our part.

“We are working on a strategy to support the night-time economy in Manly and the wider Northern Beaches, while also partnering with the music industry to support live music programming.

“I encourage all local musicians, DJs, venues and live music businesses to register their interest for the Live and Local program.”

In its 2023 Year in Review, APRA AMCOS reported the loss of 1,300 live music venues and stages across Australia. They found that the venue-based live music scene had been ‘decimated’ over recent years. In NSW, there was a 32% loss in live music venues since the 2018 financial year.  

APRA AMCOS and the Live Music Office offer matched-funded partnership opportunities for local councils to help them build the capacity of the local live music industry.

Through the Live and Local program, Council will connect a network of local musicians, venues and industry and facilitate professional development opportunities for local musicians.

The program is open to musicians, bands, DJs, venues, and other music businesses.

Details of the Live Music Forum and live music performances will be announced at a later date.

Live and Local is presented by Council in partnership with the Live Music Office and APRA AMCOS.

To find out more about the program and how you can join visit visit Council's website HERE

Winter Café And Market Day: Catherine Park Scotland Island

Sunday 23 June, 10 - 1 pm


Rotary Art Show 2024: Calling All Artists! 

We're thrilled to invite you to exhibit your works at the Rotary Art Show 2024, which will take place on July 20th and 21st at the Mona Vale Memorial Hall. 

The exhibition will be conducted by the Rotary Club of Upper Northern Beaches with the proceeds supporting Lifeline and Rotary Youth Programs. 

We are delighted to confirm that Sarah Montgomery from Sydney Road Gallery & ArtSmart will be the official judge, awarding $1,500 for the show's Top Prize. We will also be running a People's Choice Award, which has a prize of $500 for the winner. 

SUBMIT YOUR ART NOW via the link below:

Whether you're a seasoned exhibitor or a first-time participant, we welcome you to submit your work. The link includes all the delivery details, key dates, and conditions of entry.


Time To Get Your Flu Vaccine

A statement by the Head of the interim Australian Centre for Disease Control Professor Paul Kelly.

World Immunisation Week (24 – 30 April) is a timely reminder for everyone in Australia to book their annual flu vaccination.

Free vaccines are now available for people most at risk of complications through the Australian Government’s National Immunisation Program. For those not eligible, you can purchase a vaccine through your immunisation provider.

People can get their vaccine at general practices, pharmacies, and immunisation clinics – and in many cases, at their workplace.

Although we can’t predict the 2024 flu season, we can look at, and learn from, key outcomes from the 2023 season.

Last year, the highest notification rates for flu were in children under 14 years. But concerningly, the vaccine uptake was very low in this population group.

In good news, the 2023 vaccine was very effective at protecting people from needing to go to hospital or visit their GP.'

'Children under 5 years of age are at increased risk of getting severely ill or dying from the flu.

In Australia, 39 people died from the flu last year – and of these, 9 were children younger than 16 years. This was higher than the number of flu-associated deaths in children in 2022 and in many pre-COVID-19 pandemic years.

This is a tragic reminder that the flu is not the common cold, which people often mistake it for. It is a serious virus that can cause severe illness, hospitalisation and death among otherwise healthy children and adults.

I encourage everyone 6 months of age or over to get vaccinated against the flu. It could save your life!

People eligible for free flu vaccine doses include children aged 6 months to under 5 years, pregnant people, First Nations Australians, people aged 65 years or older and people with certain medical conditions that put them at greater risk.

For convenience and if recommended, COVID-19 vaccines can be given at the same time.

Monika's Doggie Rescue Pets Of The Week

Checkers 

12 weeks Staffy X Pup


Our games litter Chess, Cluedo, Puzzle, Checkers and Rummy came from the pound with no Mum. They are healthy chunky little staffy pups who are expected to grow to 20+kg. Checkers has been to 2 puppy classes and has been socialised with other medium dogs and has been used to walking on lead in a suburban environment. They are looking for homes where they are part of the family and trained to become well behaved family members. They would suit a strong fit owner who enjoys lots of walking or jogging and have the time to teach boundaries and take them to puppy classes and later to dog obedience so they are well socialised in the community. They have smooth staffy coats. Checkers weighed 4.9kg at 6 weeks. All our dogs come with desexing, fully vaccinated, heartworm free and microchipped. Also included for the love and health of our dogs is a free Health and Wellness Voucher with our DoggieRescue Vet. His adoption fee is $800. 

Poppy 

15yo Maltese X

 

Poppy is a very sweet granny who was saved from the pound. She has a lot of guts and determination and is ever so sweet and cuddly. She is social with other small dogs. She may have a bit of arthritis, but she loves getting out and about and sniffing in the garden. She has had many dental extractions, and she loves her soft chicken rice with veggies. She has an enlarged heart and we have started her on heart medication which she easts like a lollie in cheese and antinol for her joints. She loves a bath and is good to clip. She has a non-shedding coat and weighs 3.9kg.

All our dogs come with desexing, fully vaccinated, heartworm free and microchipped. Also included for the love and health of our dogs is a free Health and Wellness Voucher with our DoggieRescue Vet. Her adoption fee is $500. 


  on 98907220 or DoggieRescue on 9486 3133  or email  Monika@DoggieRescue.com.  RON R251000024

Improving Road Safety: Cabbage Tree Road, Bayview

Comments Close: Sun 19 May 2024

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

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

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



Jamieson Park Sports Amenities Building: Concept Design Now Available 

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

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

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

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

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


Concept Drawing: NBC

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

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

Financial Win For Local Sporting Groups: 2023/24 Local Sports Grant Program

Member for Pittwater, Rory Amon has announced the distribution of funding under the 2023/24 Local Sports Grant Program.

''The Pittwater community loves its sport. Whether playing, watching early Saturday morning winter sports or cheering on the Sea Eagles, sport is for everyone. It would not be possible for so many in our community to enjoy such activities without the countless local clubs and associations and their many volunteers. 

''I am excited to announce $50,000 of funding for brilliant sporting groups across Pittwater, which will see the groups continue to thrive.''

The grant funds have been allocated to:
  • Terrey Hills Tennis Club - $20,000  - to upgrade outdated women and mens' bathrooms; 
  • Manly Warringah District Baseball Association - $3,635.50 - to upgrade batting nets at Rat Park in Warriewood; 
  • Avalon Sailing Club - $8,997.50 - to upgrade male bathroom and change-room facilities; and 
  • Manly Warringah Basketball Association - $17,367 - for wheelchair equipment for the MWBA wheelchair basketball program
Member for Manly, James Griffin said the distribution of funding under the 2023/24 Local Sports Grant Program will be a real shot in the arm for local sporting organisations.

“It is terrific to see so many sporting groups bolstered by the Program to the benefit of local sports men and women,” Mr Griffin said.

“A wide and diverse range of sports are covered with Rugby, Bowling, Sailing, Boardriding, Cricket and Triathlon events all receiving funding,” Mr Griffin said.

The largest grant of $15,949 is going to the Manly Rugby Football Club for the purchase of equipment to support the expansion of the Manly Mermaids Rugby Union Program.

The Seaforth Cricket Club also scores well, receiving $7,383 for the purchase of a club bowling machine.

Further grants go to:
  • The Seaforth Bowling Club – $9,396 to replace like for like synthetic grass bowls rests on greens one and three.
  • The Warringah Triathlon Club – $4,719 to promote the club and encourage Triathlon participation and a further $3,579 towards the cost of a box trailer to transport club equipment.
  • The Manly 16ft Skiff Sailing Club – $3,224 for Training Buoys
  • The Girls Boardrider Fraternity – $3,000 to support members
  • The Harbord Harlequins – $2,750 towards a grading program and to encourage participation. 
Mr Griffin said, “I congratulate each of the sporting clubs on their successful applications.

“In all, $50,000 has been allocated to seven local clubs to improve facilities and increase participation.”

“I wish each of them every success as they promote their passion and contribute to a healthy community,” Mr Griffin said

NSW SES Warringah / Pittwater Unit's Get Ready Workshops 2024

The women of Warringah Pittwater SES are delighted to be presenting their award winning workshops again this winter.

The free 2 hour workshops are for any woman that would like to learn more about how to prepare and protect their home and loved ones during severe weather events.


In March 2024 a group of nine women from the NSW SES Warringah-Pittwater Unit were recognised with an Initiative Award for their “Women Helping Women” workshops, aimed to empower local women with vital home maintenance skills. Through structured sessions, participants gained insights into roof structure, tradie engagement, and emergency preparedness, which helped foster confidence and empowerment.  

See Pittwater Online report:


Invictus Games 2025: EOI Sought

Invictus Games: Team Australia are seeking Expressions of Interest to be part of Team Australia at Invictus Games Vancouver Whistler 2025! 

If you are a current for former serving member of the ADF who has been wounded, injured or become during or as a result of your military service, you are eligible to apply. 

The Games give competitors the opportunity to represent our nation on the global stage as part of a celebration of courage and camaraderie alongside their family and friends. 

Applications can be found at https://bit.ly/3Wm8d5m and close 29 May 2024.


Celebrating Women In Local Government

Nominations are now open for the 2024 Ministers’ Awards for Women in Local Government, which recognise the outstanding achievements and contribution of women in councils across NSW.

The 17th annual awards will be presented on Tuesday 20 August 2024 during a ceremony at NSW Parliament, co-hosted by Minister for Local Government Ron Hoenig and Minister for Women Jodie Harrison.

The Awards highlight and celebrate women’s excellence with awards recognising individuals and council programs across metropolitan and regional councils. The categories include:
  • Alternative Pathways Award – a female staff member who is breaking down gender stereotypes.
  • Champion of Change Award – a general manager or senior manager who has excelled in supporting and encouraging women’s participation at their council.
  • Elected Representative Award – a councillor who has advanced the position of female elected representatives.
  • Employment Diversity Award – a successful council program to increase female participation in senior leadership roles or at the elected representative level.
  • Woman of Distinction Award – a woman who has demonstrated exceptional innovation, integrity and initiative or who has a positive influence on others.
  • Young Achiever’s Award – an outstanding trainee/apprentice (aged 25 and under).
  • Councillor Lilliane Brady OAM Award – the winner will be determined by the Minister for Local Government to recognise and honour the dedication and tireless work of a female council staff member or elected representative (nominations not required).
Nominations close Friday 14 June 2024. For more information about the Awards or to make a nomination, go to the Office of Local Government website.

Minister for Local Government Ron Hoenig said:

“As I have travelled around the state to visit councils, I have met some incredible women who work exceptionally hard every day to make their community a better place.

“These awards are a chance to showcase their efforts, and the example they provide to any woman interested in working or serving in local government.

“Last year we received a record number of nominations so I encourage everyone to keep up that enthusiasm and submit a nomination for this year’s awards.”

Minister for Women Jodie Harrison said:

“Having been a councillor and mayor myself, I’m very much aware of the many hardworking women in councils across the state, supporting and contributing to their communities every day.

“By recognising their achievements and commitment, we can inspire and empower the next generation of local government leaders as we continue to work towards gender equality in NSW.”

Council Information Sessions: NSW Government Housing Reforms

Council is hosting information sessions for residents on the NSW government’s proposals to increase housing heights and density on the Northern Beaches. 

Council has called on the government to scrap the proposals due to the anticipated scale of proposed development having long lasting environmental and social impacts for the local area. 

Mayor Sue Heins encouraged local residents to attend an information session to understand what the proposals would mean for them. 

“We want to be part of the solution to Sydney’s housing crisis, but we cannot support this one-size-fits-all approach to housing density which will put inappropriate housing in inappropriate locations and take away Council’s ability to properly and strategically plan for growth in our area,” Mayor Heins said.  

“We’ll see increased pressure on our already struggling roads, public transport and community infrastructure, and in some areas see a reduction in trees and heritage protection. 

“I encourage residents to register to attend one of the sessions to learn more about what is proposed, how it will affect you and what you can do about it.”

The sessions will be hosted by Council Planning staff who will host one event in each of the 5 Council wards. The events are free but registration is essential. Those interested in attending a session may register here. 

Monday 20 May, 6 - 7pm
Curl Curl Sports Club, Abbott Road, Curl Curl

Thursday 23 May, 6 - 7pm
Tramshed – Berry Hall, 1395 Pittwater Road, Narrabeen

Thursday 30 May, 6 - 7pm            
Belrose Hall, Corner Forest Way & Bambara Roads, Belrose

Monday 3 June, 6 - 7pm 
Manly Seniors - Main Hall, Corner Pittwater & Balgowlah Roads, Manly

Thursday 6 June, 6 - 7pm
Newport Community Centre – Main Hall, 11-13 The Boulevarde, Newport 

Powerhouse Museum Ultimo Revitalisation: Have Your Say

The community is being encouraged to share their feedback on the proposed design to revitalise the much-loved and iconic Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo.

On exhibition until Thursday 30 May 2024, the new design honours the heritage of the buildings by retaining the Wran building, and transforms the heritage listed Boiler House, Turbine Hall, Switch House and Ultimo Post Office buildings to create four flexible, dynamic exhibition spaces.

The NSW’s Government’s $250 million investment in a heritage renewal will reorient the museum’s main entrance and create a new public square and entry via The Goods Line to enable better connection with surrounding precincts and public transport.

Audiences and community will benefit from improved exhibition and programming spaces and allow the Powerhouse Museum to accommodate international exhibitions and increase the community’s access to the renowned Powerhouse Collection of more than 500,000 objects.

The visitor experience will be improved through easier visitor circulation, expanded programming, and increase its use for the community.

Key features of the Powerhouse Museum Ultimo design include:          
  • Four flexible, dynamic exhibition spaces that allow the museum to create and present high quality, internationally leading museum exhibitions across the applied arts and applied sciences and featuring the Powerhouse Collection.
  • New public domain spaces including a 2000sqm square at the northern end of The Goods Line, the Post Office Courtyard on Harris Street and an internal courtyard accessible from Macarthur Street.
  • Establishing one central, intuitive, and accessible visitor circulation system to access exhibition, program, and education spaces to support a high-quality visitor experience.
  • Reorienting the museum’s entrance to the Goods Line, improving access from the light rail and Darling Square. A newly activated façade housing creative industries along Harris Street, which will improve the museum’s contribution to the Ultimo streetscape.
  • Separating front-of-house and back-of-house operations from exhibition and circulation spaces.
  • Dedicated spaces designed for the Powerhouse learning programs, enabling the museum to create immersive educational experiences, workshops and programs catered to students and learners of all ages.
  • Conservation of the heritage-listed original Power Station buildings for their ongoing adaptive reuse by the Powerhouse.
Get more information on the State Significant Development Application (SSDA) and supporting Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and make a submission by Thursday 30 May 2024.

Infrastructure NSW is available to support the community to understand the detailed and technical information through community information sessions held throughout the Public Exhibition period. 


The NSW Government will carefully consider all submissions on the revitalised designs to ensure the community’s voice is actively incorporated into the future of the Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo.

Five formal consultation periods for the project have been held between 2020 and 2024, with the 6thnow underway. Each has included engagement with the local community, neighbours, stakeholders, government authorities and agencies. The feedback received has been considered during the evolution of the project. Engagement with the community will continue during upcoming phases of the project, including detailed design, construction and operation. All feedback has been used to help inform the current EIS, as part of the SSDA.

Minister for the Arts John Graham said:
“The Powerhouse is one of Australia’s oldest and most important cultural institutions. This heritage revitalisation will transform the museum and ensure future generations can continue to enjoy an exceptional experience when they visit the museum.

“The new and improved plans bring the museum into the 21st Century and make good on our commitment to retain and improve the focus of the museum on applied arts and sciences.

“Importantly, in this modest revitalisation we are honouring the history of the museum by revealing the heritage elements of the original Ultimo Power Station buildings and refurbishing the Wran building to achieve greater museum functionality.”

Minister for Lands and Property Steve Kamper said:
“Releasing the design for revitalisation of the Powerhouse Museum Ultimo is a major milestone for the project and for the future of the museum.

“The design demonstrates how the museum will be revitalised, whilst maintaining the heritage and character of the buildings.

“We are confident we are providing what the community wants for the future of the museum and we are encouraging anyone interested to have their say.”

Powerhouse Museum Ultimo Chief Executive Lisa Havilah said:
“The design addresses specific community and stakeholder feedback through extending the lifespan of the built form, acknowledging and celebrating the social significance of the Wran Building, addressing circulation and legibility and improving sustainability.

“The revitalised Powerhouse Museum Ultimo will reopen with more and increased quality exhibition spaces. This will be achieved by decluttering the spaces, removing mezzanines allows full use of the spaces. This will restore and reveal the original heritage in the buildings and create high-quality flexible exhibition spaces.

“This revitalisation will celebrate the best of the museum’s past while adding new and enhanced exhibition and programming spaces, along with educational spaces for future generations to engage with the applied arts and sciences.”


Picture: Artists' Impression of new Powerhouse Museum Ultimo community spaces

Wanted: A Granny Flat

I am a mature aged lady, n s, car owner. I have been in 2 Granny flats in the Upper Northern Beaches area for a total of 11 years keeping an eye on the elderly owners for their families. 

I was a member of the RMYC Newport and a Volunteer with MRNSW as well before I went away last year for a year. Now back I would like a similar situation. My contact is Sandie on 0427 581 017 with references.
Sandie Henry

Avalon Beach Red Cross Needs Volunteers

Red Cross Shops sell new and preloved clothes, accessories and homewares to raise funds to help people experiencing crisis and hardship. Thanks to community donations and the help of volunteers, each year, millions of items are diverted from landfill. Funds raised by our shops ensure other Red Cross teams provide care and support where it is needed the most.

Join our team and make a difference. 

48 Old Barrenjoey Road, Avalon Beach
Ph: (02) 8414 1801


Nominate A Volunteer Today

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Plan image: NBC

Entries Open For Annual Environmental Art And Design Prize

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

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

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

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

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

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

Letters To The Editor

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

May 5 - 11, 2024: Issue 624

This Issue: 

Front Page Issue 624 

Failure Of Demerger Poll Vote Shows Problem With Labor Proposal

Sydney Surf Pro Set To Start At North Narrabeen This Week With A Decent Swell Forecast -  Erin Brooks + Mikey McDonagh Win Bonsoy Gold Coast Pro Presented By GWM

From The Council Chamber: April 30 2024 by Cr. Miranda Korzy

Avalon Beach This Week: A Place Of A Bursting Main, Flooding Drains + Falling Boulders - Council Announces Intention To Progress One LEP For Whole LGA + Transport Oriented Development Begins

Paul Watson Returns To Hobart En Route To Antarctica To Protect Whales As Japan Launches New 'Mother Ship Sized Whaler' - Pittwater's Jools Farrell On Board

Governor Phillip Park Plan Of Management Changes To Facilitate Trial Of Dogs Offleash On North Palm BeachHave Your Say until June 5

Midget Farrelly Recognition: Art Project At Black Rock Update - Works Have Commenced, Council Will Oversee To Protect Local Landmark

New Principal For Barrenjoey High School: Brett Blaker - Mark Robinson Still Working On The Peninsula In New Role

Aquatics: New Marine Rescue NSW Base Opens At Middle Harbour

Pictures: Turimetta Moods: April 2024 - words and photos by Joe Mills

Bayview Sea Scouts Hall: Some History

Park Bench Philosophers Albanese Government To Wipe $3 Billion In Student Debt: Benefitting Three Million People  + The good news is the government plans to cancel $3 billion in student debt. The bad news is indexation will still be high

Environment Avalon Beach This Week: A Place Of Bursting Main, Flooding Drains + Falling Boulders - Council Announces Intention To Progress One LEP For Whole LGA + Transport Oriented Development Begins, NSW State Government Announces $5 Million For Koala Hospital In Sydney's South West, Autumn In Pittwater, Botanic Gardens Day At Stony Range: May 26, Murrumbidgee Floodplain Management Plan: Have Your Say, Wondering what Australia might look like in a hotter world? Take a glimpse into the distant past, We think we control our health – but corporations selling forever chemicals, fossil fuels and ultra-processed foods have a much greater role, We found pesticides in a third of Australian frogs we tested. Did these cause mass deaths?, No threat to farm land: just 1,200 square kilometres can fulfil Australia’s solar and wind energy needs, Great white sharks off South Africa’s coast are protected by law, but not in practice. Why this needs to change,  Bread Ties For Wheelchairs, Volunteers For Barrenjoey Lighthouse Tours Needed, Stay Safe From Mosquitoes, Mountain Bike Incidents On Public Land: Survey, Report Fox Sightings, Marine Wildlife Rescue Group On The Central Coast, Watch Out - Shorebirds About, Possums In Your Roof?: Do The Right Thing, Aviaries + Possum Release Sites Needed, Bushcare In Pittwater: Where + When, Coastal Floodplain Drainage Project: Have Your Say, Friends Of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment Activities, Gardens and Environment Groups and Organisations In Pittwater, Pittwater Reserves, Histories, Pictorial Walks, +

Inbox News SciStarter Australia Is A New Home For Citizen Science, Tropical Fish Are Invading Australian Ocean Water, Climate Change Will See Australia's Soil Emit CO2 and Add To Global Warming, Taiwan is experiencing millions of cyberattacks every day; The world should be paying attention, Genetic Hope In Fight Against Devastating Wheat Disease, What is pathological demand avoidance – and how is it different to ‘acting out’?, We spent 2 years in deep underground caves to bring this extraordinary fossil to light, Mind-bending maths could stop quantum hackers but few understand it, Think all chemicals are bad? From our food to your phone, modern life relies on them, Old time classic movie dances + newer songs =, The Eta Aquariid meteor shower is about to peak and could be the best this century – here’s how to catch it, Time To Get Your Flu Vaccine, Wanted: A Grannie Flat, Underwater cultural heritage: why we’re studying ‘orphaned objects’ to work out which shipwrecks they came from, What junior doctors’ unpaid overtime tells us about the toxic side of medicine, Can this thumb test tell if you are at increased risk of a hidden aortic aneurysm?, AvPals Term 2 2024, Issacs's Gardening Services: Seniors Looked After, Mah Jong Returns To RPAYC, Manly-Warringah Choir is pleased to announce its Autumn concert: Mostly Mozart on Sunday 19th of May, Join In The Biggest Morning Tea At RPAYC, The Eta Aquariid meteor shower is about to peak and could be the best this century – here’s how to catch it, SciStarter Australia Is A New Home For Citizen Science, Bayview Sea Scouts Hall: Some History, Bert Evans Apprentice Scholarships 2024 Are Now Open!, Striking A Chord – Local Live Music Revival, Music To The Ears: New Recording and Touring Grants, 2024 Young Writers' Competition, Nominate For 2024 Public Education Awards, School Leavers Support, Word Of The Week: Scam, Australians lose $5,200 a minute to scammers. There’s a simple thing the government could do to reduce this. Why won’t they?, Job scams are on the rise; What are they and how can you protect yourself?, Radical Optimism is Dua Lipa’s philosophy for dealing with life’s chaos – but radical openness is a better approach, What being a teenage girl in 1960s Britain was really like, Beautifully crafted Roman dodecahedron discovered in Lincoln – but what were they for?, Unravelling life’s origin: five key breakthroughs from the past five years, Long before politicians called to ‘stop the boats’, First Nations people welcomed arrivals from Indonesia, Why are some people faster than others? 2 exercise scientists explain the secrets of running speed, ‘Witches’ are still killed all over the world; Pardoning past victims could end the practice, Book Of The Month - May 2024: I Can Jump Puddles By Alan Marshall

Profile of the Week Suzy Morrison's Duke & Hustle

Duke & Hustle: dukeandhustle.com - follow @dukeandhustle

"Made for Heartfill, not Landfill." 

Suzy Morrison, Founder and Creative Director of Duke & Hustle, is a former Newport girl who grew up immersed in the salt water and salt air until that slow stroll that comes afterwards, with crystals of salt still shining on your eyelashes, rainbowing up everything you look at, became part of her self.

That world view from being beside the ocean hasn't changed and has inspired her current venture to celebrate ALL beaches around the whole of Australia in the form of the softest most well made tees, tanks, and hoodies inspired by the coastline. The business uses 100% Australian cotton, practices ethical production methods, and donates a portion of its profits to support marine conservation efforts.

''While rejoicing in it, we know our extraordinary coast hasn’t always been well looked after. We’re getting better at it, our growing awareness is evident, and there are so many positive stories when you look for them.

Duke and Hustle has an opportunity to contribute to that good story. It’s early days yet, but for now we’ll send 5% of our profits to the Australian Marine Conservation Society. By promoting both the beauty and fragility of our country’s coast and its wildlife, the passion of caring for it also spreads. To pick up the plastics and rubbish. To think twice about our stress on the marine and coastal environments. To make decisions that put sustainability first.

So love your local, and love that every Duke and Hustle purchase contributes to a donation to the AMCS.'' Suzy explains

Duke & Hustle will be at the Palm Beach markets for 26 May. This week a small insight into the Duke & Hustle brand and Suzy.


The instances of 'parks for the people' formed part of Pittwater from the earliest days of the shift of the area from being a rural food bowl to a holiday resort and, during the 1920's, a potential suburban area. 

The preservation of the Barrenjoey peninsula has been enriched through the work of those who came before us who had connections and homes here.

Along with the focus that stemmed from such bodies as the Kindergarten Movement to ensure children in inner city areas had access to play areas, with Maybanke Anderson at the helm, whose son Harry was one of the Barrenjoey Land Company Directors, the Wildlife Preservation Society and Sydney Bushwalkers and Marie Byles of Sunrise road Palm Beach, and Annie Wyatt of the Tree Lovers League and National Trust, and the Boomerang Walking Club of children's champion Ella McFadyen, developers such as Arthur Jabez Small were founders of the NSW Parks and Playground Movement, which was then embedded in his membership of the Town Planning Association.

This Issue a glance into the green spaces of Bilgola Plateau.

Pittwater Offshore Newsletter: May 1, 2024

Click on Logo to access the latest PON:  

Contents: Church Point Landscaping, Cancer Council Fundraiser, Charity Boat Race, Fire Shed Dinner, The Tuesday Discussion Group, International Folk Dancing, Island Café, Winter Café and Market Day

To contact Roy:  editor@scotlandisland.org.au

Angus & Julia Stone At Warringah Mall This Sunday May 5

In celebration of the release of their upcoming sixth studio album ‘Cape Forestier’, the chart topping, critically acclaimed duo will perform a free acoustic set and fan meet and greet, returning to where they grew up. 



Chart topping, critically acclaimed siblings, Angus & Julia Stone will take to the stage at Westfield Warringah Mall on Sunday, 5th May.  In celebration of the release of their upcoming sixth studio album ‘Cape Forestier’, the duo will perform a free acoustic set and fan meet and greet,. 

Together as musicians, producers and songwriters, Angus and Julia Stone form two halves of a musical act whose words and sounds reveal a pure and genuine love for music and a talent for telling beautiful stories.  Their latest album ‘Cape Forestier’ is like a storybook from their hearts and minds – reminiscent of their earlier records, with each song revealing itself as a different page.   

Event Details 
​What:    Angus & Julia Stone live at Westfield Warringah Mall  
Where: Warringah Mall, on the ground level outside Myer  
​When:   Sunday 5th May  
Time:    From 12:00pm  
​Cost:     Free  

Westfield members can also enter the draw on the Westfield app to win tickets to the sold-out Angus & Julia Stone Living Room Sessions live at the State Theatre on Friday, 9th August 2024. Terms and conditions apply.

Land And Environment Court Cases: May 2024 

Barrenjoey Boatshed Pty Ltd v NORTHERN BEACHES COUNCIL
Date: 07 May
Time: 9:00 am 
Case number: 2024/00116996
Listing type: Registrar Directions Hearing
Mod2023/0684 

The applicant is seeking to extend the operating hours from 7:00am to 11:00pm Monday to Sunday (7 days a week).

The premises is approved to cater for up to 152 patrons from 7 am to 4 pm, 7 days a week as a café and from 4 pm to 10 pm, Fridays and Saturdays (daylight savings months only).

Council rejected the application, stating in its report: 
Pursuant to Section 4.15(1)(a)(iv) of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, the proposed development has not provided sufficient information. Particulars: No acoustic testing has been undertaken during functions since the recent re-opening of the venue. The testing in the Acoustic report submitted with the application occurred, in part, during Covid lockdowns.

The increase in operating hours and the inevitable increase in functions, noise, traffic and other amenity issues resulting from these extended hours does not meet the requirement to be of minimal environmental impact.

Pursuant to Section 4.15(1)(e) of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, the proposed development is not in the public interest. Particulars: The proposed increase in operating hours is likely to result in unreasonable amenity impacts to nearby residential properties.

Residents who objected pointed out that Council had not imposed a limit on the number of events (Functions - weddings) that could be hosted annually by the venue and that although restaurants and cafes are permitted in RE1 Public Recreation areas, ‘The Joey’ is offering 'exclusive use for stand up cocktail events for up to 250 persons for 5 hours'. This not only contravenes the capacity for the venue, 152 patrons, it changes the use of the venue to a function centre, which is prohibited under the LEP for this Conservation Zone and Public Recreation area.

The previous owners of the venue had applied through a previous DA to formalise land taken and used without permission from this Public Recreation Area (Governor Phillip Park) in 2017.





ROYAL MOTOR YACHT CLUB BROKEN BAY NEW SOUTH WALES v NORTHERN BEACHES COUNCIL
Date: 21 May
Time: 9:00 am
Case number: 2024/00147118
Listing type: Registrar Directions Hearing
DA2023/0951

The Royal Motor Yacht Club on Pittwater has submitted a proposed 10+ million dollars upgrade of its downstairs pool and forecourt area which is largely supported by residents.

However, there have been calls to take this as an opportunity to remove the old lift shaft, which exceeds the height limit, and help the council invest in a footpath outside the perimeter of the club as the upgrade is clearly aimed at increasing the capacity of the club to host visitors and problems already exist during the peak Summer periods, or for other events, with cars being parked on the council reserve, forcing pedestrians onto a dangerous section of road.

At the Meeting of the Northern Beaches Planning Panel held on April 17th the decision was deferred with information regarding parking and patrons numbers requested.

Council noted in February 2024 that the applicant had provided responses to the council's initial comments. ‘However, no additional work has been done in order to address those concerns, other than disputing the validity of the requests for additional information.’
‘It is noted that the response letter states a decline in membership, however the expansions works are obviously not being undertaken to cater for a reduced number of members but to attract new members. It is also obviously not the case that the only users of the club are members. 

As with any club non-member visitors make up a significant proportion of those who utilise the club facilities particularly for large events such as weddings when parking pressures would tend to be most pronounced. ‘ Council’s report stated

'The reporting to date has provided insufficient information for Council to determine if the existing 282 parking spaces are adequate and in particular if there will be adequate parking to cater for non-member visitors or indeed for members who are not boat owners. 

A site inspection carried out by Council's traffic engineer at 2:00pm on Thursday 22 February 2024 (not anticipated to be a busy time at the club) found almost 100% occupancy of parking in the upper levels of carparking (referred to as zones A & B in the developers parking occupancy surveys). 

It was also observed that several vehicles were parking in areas not designated for parking which impeded circulation and suggests that drivers of those vehicles had been unable to find parking elsewhere. By contrast parking in the lower levels of the carpark was less well utilised however the presence of boom gates and signage advising "Boat Owner members please wait here for green signal to access lower carpark" suggests that the lower levels of the carpark are not available for access by non boat owner members or by visitors to the club. '

The NBPP voted to give the applicant the opportunity to submit to Council by 16 May 2024 the following: 

a) A breakdown of the expected patron numbers and staff of each of the areas of the club of the proposed development over time (i.e. at specific times of the day and night). 
b) A breakdown of the expected patron numbers and staff of all areas of the site that are proposed to be retained. 
c) The maximum possible patron numbers and staff for each of the areas pursuant to the requirements of the BCA.
d) A plan of the areas intended to be embraced by the liquor licence (including an annotation showing their floorspace in square metres). 
e) A description of how the increased floor space is going to be utilised and its contribution to patron numbers and staff. 
f) An updated parking survey over a wider span of hours (over the operational hours). 
g) An updated parking demand assessment based on the proposed development and informed by the updated parking survey. 

Parking issues and noise from the venue have been reported by those who live adjacent, including loud music coming from ‘The Pearl’ floating pontoon run by the club until late throughout the first quarter of 2024.

The proponent has not submitted any of the requested information on the DA webpage as yet and has lodged and L&E application, as listed above.




Boathouse photos; 2014 to 2024 - by PON. Artist's impression of changes to RMYC dining area, currently forecourt.

NSW SES Warringah / Pittwater Unit's Get Ready Workshops 2024

The women of Warringah Pittwater SES are delighted to be presenting their award winning workshops again this winter.

The free 2 hour workshops are for any woman that would like to learn more about how to prepare and protect their home and loved ones during severe weather events.


In March 2024 a group of nine women from the NSW SES Warringah-Pittwater Unit were recognised with an Initiative Award for their “Women Helping Women” workshops, aimed to empower local women with vital home maintenance skills. Through structured sessions, participants gained insights into roof structure, tradie engagement, and emergency preparedness, which helped foster confidence and empowerment.  

See Pittwater Online report:


Invictus Games 2025: EOI Sought

Invictus Games: Team Australia are seeking Expressions of Interest to be part of Team Australia at Invictus Games Vancouver Whistler 2025! 

If you are a current for former serving member of the ADF who has been wounded, injured or become during or as a result of your military service, you are eligible to apply. 

The Games give competitors the opportunity to represent our nation on the global stage as part of a celebration of courage and camaraderie alongside their family and friends. 

Applications can be found at https://bit.ly/3Wm8d5m and close 29 May 2024.


Celebrating Women In Local Government

Nominations are now open for the 2024 Ministers’ Awards for Women in Local Government, which recognise the outstanding achievements and contribution of women in councils across NSW.

The 17th annual awards will be presented on Tuesday 20 August 2024 during a ceremony at NSW Parliament, co-hosted by Minister for Local Government Ron Hoenig and Minister for Women Jodie Harrison.

The Awards highlight and celebrate women’s excellence with awards recognising individuals and council programs across metropolitan and regional councils. The categories include:
  • Alternative Pathways Award – a female staff member who is breaking down gender stereotypes.
  • Champion of Change Award – a general manager or senior manager who has excelled in supporting and encouraging women’s participation at their council.
  • Elected Representative Award – a councillor who has advanced the position of female elected representatives.
  • Employment Diversity Award – a successful council program to increase female participation in senior leadership roles or at the elected representative level.
  • Woman of Distinction Award – a woman who has demonstrated exceptional innovation, integrity and initiative or who has a positive influence on others.
  • Young Achiever’s Award – an outstanding trainee/apprentice (aged 25 and under).
  • Councillor Lilliane Brady OAM Award – the winner will be determined by the Minister for Local Government to recognise and honour the dedication and tireless work of a female council staff member or elected representative (nominations not required).
Nominations close Friday 14 June 2024. For more information about the Awards or to make a nomination, go to the Office of Local Government website.

Minister for Local Government Ron Hoenig said:

“As I have travelled around the state to visit councils, I have met some incredible women who work exceptionally hard every day to make their community a better place.

“These awards are a chance to showcase their efforts, and the example they provide to any woman interested in working or serving in local government.

“Last year we received a record number of nominations so I encourage everyone to keep up that enthusiasm and submit a nomination for this year’s awards.”

Minister for Women Jodie Harrison said:

“Having been a councillor and mayor myself, I’m very much aware of the many hardworking women in councils across the state, supporting and contributing to their communities every day.

“By recognising their achievements and commitment, we can inspire and empower the next generation of local government leaders as we continue to work towards gender equality in NSW.”

Council Information Sessions: NSW Government Housing Reforms

Council is hosting information sessions for residents on the NSW government’s proposals to increase housing heights and density on the Northern Beaches. 

Council has called on the government to scrap the proposals due to the anticipated scale of proposed development having long lasting environmental and social impacts for the local area. 

Mayor Sue Heins encouraged local residents to attend an information session to understand what the proposals would mean for them. 

“We want to be part of the solution to Sydney’s housing crisis, but we cannot support this one-size-fits-all approach to housing density which will put inappropriate housing in inappropriate locations and take away Council’s ability to properly and strategically plan for growth in our area,” Mayor Heins said.  

“We’ll see increased pressure on our already struggling roads, public transport and community infrastructure, and in some areas see a reduction in trees and heritage protection. 

“I encourage residents to register to attend one of the sessions to learn more about what is proposed, how it will affect you and what you can do about it.”

The sessions will be hosted by Council Planning staff who will host one event in each of the 5 Council wards. The events are free but registration is essential. Those interested in attending a session may register here. 

Monday 20 May, 6 - 7pm
Curl Curl Sports Club, Abbott Road, Curl Curl

Thursday 23 May, 6 - 7pm
Tramshed – Berry Hall, 1395 Pittwater Road, Narrabeen

Thursday 30 May, 6 - 7pm            
Belrose Hall, Corner Forest Way & Bambara Roads, Belrose

Monday 3 June, 6 - 7pm 
Manly Seniors - Main Hall, Corner Pittwater & Balgowlah Roads, Manly

Thursday 6 June, 6 - 7pm
Newport Community Centre – Main Hall, 11-13 The Boulevarde, Newport 

4G And 5G Infrastructure Community Information Session

Council will host an online community information session on 4G and 5G infrastructure and technologies on Tuesday 7 May.  

The information session will feature a scientific panel of Associate Professor Sarah Loughran from the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) and Professor Rodney Croft, Director of the National Health & Medical Research Council of Australia (NHMRC) Centre of Research Excellence into RF EMF health, and Chair of the International Commission on Non-onizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP), from the University of Wollongong.

The free online session is aimed at providing comprehensive information about how 4G and 5G works, including the latest research and findings. 

This follows a Council resolution to facilitate a community forum with a panel of scientific experts to address community concerns in relation to 4G and 5G infrastructure at a meeting in May 2023.

Mayor Sue Heins encouraged interested people to register to attend. 

“This is a great opportunity for the community to hear from the experts about 4G and 5G technologies,” Mayor Heins said. 

“If you have any questions about how the technologies work or would like to hear the latest research, register to attend and be sure to submit any questions you’d like the experts to address during the session.” 

Topic:              Community information session on 4G and 5G Infrastructure
Date:               Tuesday 7 May 2024
Time:               6pm
Duration:         Approximately 1 hour
Location:         Online

Registration is essential - register here 

Wanted: A Granny Flat

I am a mature aged lady, n s, car owner. I have been in 2 Granny flats in the Upper Northern Beaches area for a total of 11 years keeping an eye on the elderly owners for their families. 

I was a member of the RMYC Newport and a Volunteer with MRNSW as well before I went away last year for a year. Now back I would like a similar situation. My contact is Sandie on 0427 581 017 with references.
Sandie Henry

Avalon Beach Red Cross Needs Volunteers

Red Cross Shops sell new and preloved clothes, accessories and homewares to raise funds to help people experiencing crisis and hardship. Thanks to community donations and the help of volunteers, each year, millions of items are diverted from landfill. Funds raised by our shops ensure other Red Cross teams provide care and support where it is needed the most.

Join our team and make a difference. 

48 Old Barrenjoey Road, Avalon Beach
Ph: (02) 8414 1801


Nominate A Volunteer Today

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Plan image: NBC

Entries Open For Annual Environmental Art And Design Prize

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vale: Professor Michael John Cousins AM 


On Saturday 27th April 2024, Michael Cousins passed away peacefully in his sleep. Michael was a Cabbage Tree (Palm Beach) member for nearly 49 years, initially enjoying many summer holidays with a young family. 

Years later, Michael was encouraged to paddle out on a Larry Pullen surf ski and what followed (after a bruising initiation) was many years of absolute joy riding monster waves, paddling to Barrenjoey with the occasional dolphin joining, and competing in the Cabbage Tree Cup races. Michael missed the camaraderie of active patrolling service at the SLSC and doubts he would have completed medical school if he was enjoying patrolling and socialising on the back lawn, however he keenly helped whenever he could including ensuring Surf Club members received the best care when struck by serious injury and illness. 

He will be sadly missed by his wife Michele, brother Geoffery, and children James, Richard (dec), Jonothan, Christopher, Jane and their families. He was an extraordinary gentleman fondly remembered by all for his passion and humble dedication to medicine, patients, family and friends.

A Service was held at St. Martin’s Church Killara on Friday May 3rd.

For those interested in Michael's medical career, a detailed Vale notice has been published on the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists & Faculty of Pain Medicine website. https://www.anzca.edu.au/news/professor-michael-cousins


Pic; Michael at home in Palm Beach.

Zonta Club Of Northern Beaches News: Breast Care Cushions Day

May 4, 2024
Today was a very special day!  Together with members of the club, friends and the residents where Anne J lives we stuffed, stitched and packaged 200 Breast Care Cushions.  

They will be delivered to the Northern Beaches Hospital and The San.  

These cushions aid the recovery after surgery, allowing owners to sit, sleep and rest comfortably.




Pics: Zonta NB

New Principal For Barrenjoey High School: Brett Blaker

Mr. Brett Blaker is the new Principal for Barrenjoey high school.

Although Mr Blaker will officially start full-time at Barrenjoey in Term 3, students, parents and teachers will see him around this term as he attends various events.


Photo: Barrenjoey High School, Anzac Day 2024

Mr. Blaker grew up on the Central Coast, and has a passion for sport having played cricket in the summer and rugby league in the winter. He also was surfing through local clubs. 

When 21 he finished an Exercise Science degree, and then completed a Teaching degree and taught in the UK for a few years.

After arriving back in Australia, Brett continued working as a teacher in PDHPE throughout Sydney while playing rugby simultaneously.  He signed a contract with Souths and played premier league for in the NSW Cup level. He was training four nights a week and playing on the weekends while teaching.

He stopped playing league when 29 due to injury. This allowed him to focus on his other passion - teaching and education. 

Brett completed a Master’s degree in Management and Leadership in Education.

Spending ten years at Sefton High School in Sydney’s south west, Brett was living in the Pittwater area and commuting three hours in total each day for work. 

He was a PE teacher for two years, head teacher of admin for three years and did another five years as the deputy while at Sefton. 

An opportunity presented itself for Brett to be closer to home at Pittwater High School as the deputy principal for two years. His next opportunity would lead him to Oranges' Canobolas Rural Technology HS as Principal for almost 3 years.

Now he has returned home to fulfil a role as Principal at Barrenjoey HS.
Welcome home sir!

Mark Robinson still working on the peninsula

Previous Barrenjoey HS Principal Mark Robinson resigned soon after Term 1 2024 commenced. 

Sarah James and Jeff Brown undertook the role of Acting Principal for Barrenjoey High School in his stead.

'The news that after nearly 3.5 years, Mr Robinson had decided to move onto other exciting career opportunities has brought mixed emotions for all of us. Like all his Barrenjoey High School predecessors, Mr Robinson has left his educational mark (no pun intended) on this wonderful community school. 

I'm sure you'll all join me in wishing him the very best for the next chapter in his career journey and thank him for his tenure at Barrenjoey and to public education.' - Andrew Stevenson, Director Educational Leadership, Pittwater Network, stated to the BHS school community in February 2024

At the same time the Catholic Schools Broken Bay (CSBB) announced it had recently appointed Mark Robinson as the Senior Executive overseeing the transformation of the delivery of Catholic education in the Northern Beaches Precinct.

''Most recently a State school Principal, Mark is recognised as a deeply experienced educational leader and innovator.'' CSBB stated

''Mark will play a pivotal role in advancing the establishment of the Precinct including transforming St Paul’s Catholic College into a co-educational institution.''

Bishop Anthony Randazzo said he was delighted that Mark is joining the CSBB team, “Mark is a remarkable educator and brings to CSBB deep experience and a proven track record of delivery within several leading State schools. He shares our passion for ensuring all children entrusted to our care come to know Christ, love learning and be the very best they can be”.

“This is only possible through the hard work of the CSBB team and Mark will add new expertise to help ensure the transformation of the Northern Beaches precinct proceeds rapidly over the coming months and years”.

Danny Casey, Director of Schools CSBB joined Bishop Anthony in welcoming Mark to the Senior Leadership team.

Danny Casey said, “We have been making terrific progress on our Towards 2025 journey and the appointment of Mark will help us further progress the exciting new initiatives we have planned for the Northern beaches. Mark’s background as both an educational leader and a financial management professional will help ensure the transformation becomes a reality, enhancing the options for Catholic education across the Precinct”.

Mark Robinson said he was very excited to be joining such an innovative and committed team of educational professionals. Mark said “As well as setting the standard for innovation and improving learning outcomes, CSBB clearly places students educational needs at the center of everything they do. That seeks a genuine partnership with parents and carers to develop the best outcomes for their children”.

Mark will be based at St Paul’s Catholic College, Manly, and will work closely with all CSBB schools in the Northern Beaches Precinct.

The Precinct of schools comprises St Paul’s Manly, St Mary’s Manly, St John the Baptist Freshwater, St Cecilia’s Balgowlah and St Kieran’s Manly Vale.

Council Facility To Be Used To Support Community 

Council has endorsed a plan to repurpose the former Avalon Customer Contact Centre for community use, with a focus on supporting young people. 

Council intends to offer the space to the Burdekin Association to expand on the existing services the Avalon Youth Hub provides at Avalon Recreation Centre.

Mayor Sue Heins said the move opens-up new opportunities for the community at a time when young people are facing increasing challenges.

“Offering this space to not-for-profit community organisations will have an incredible impact on the health and wellbeing of our community and will really be put to better use in serving our residents,” Mayor Heins said.

“Avalon Youth Hub provides a wonderful service to young people and their families. Access to this facility will help them expand their services at a time when we are seeing an unprecedented rise in mental health conditions, isolation and online bullying.” 

The closure of the Avalon Customer Contact Centre late last year followed an extensive review of the viability of customer service centres. 

Following an extensive Expressions of Interest process, Council has endorsed a proposal to enter into a community licence agreement with the Burdekin Association as the auspice of the Avalon Youth Hub.

Avalon Youth Hub offers free counselling, case management, mentoring, advice, referrals and general support to young people in Pittwater. They also provide workshops and information sessions for the broader community.

The Burdekin Association was selected from one of four applications received. As part of the process, applicants had to demonstrate that their use of the facility will increase health and wellbeing of the Northern Beaches community. 

Governor Phillip Park Plan Of Management: Have Your Say

Closes: Sunday 2 June 2024
Council states it is currently reviewing and updating the Plan of Management for Governor Phillip Park, Palm Beach and considering the recreational, environmental, social and cultural values and characteristics of the area.

The plan will guide the use and management of the park to meet community needs now and into the future.

Council want to know how you use the park, what you value and any ideas and aspirations you have for this well-loved area.

Why is the Council preparing a new Plan of Management (PoM) for Governor Phillip Park?
Council states a new Governor Phillip Park PoM is required to:
  • incorporate a proposal for an off-leash dog trial
  • meet council's obligations under the Crown Land Management Act 2016
  • determine current and future needs of the community in relation to the use and management of the park to ensure that the site and facilities continues to meet the expectations of users and the community
North Palm Beach was the scene, just a few weeks back, where a local wildlife volunteer was fending offleash dogs away from a distressed rare turtle, and where dogs may be seen offleash on the beach, despite this being a no dogs zone, all day every day, unchallenged.

See Pittwater Online April report: Dog Attacks On Wildlife On North Palm Beach

In response to an earlier 'consultation' residents and families who used the beach objected to the area being turned over to becoming a 'dog beach', pointing out this will be used to access the Barrenjoey headland and dunes areas, where wildlife lives.

Council states it resolved on 22 August 2023 to prepare draft Plans of Management for areas proposed for a potential dog off-leash trial at Governor Phillip Park in Palm Beach and Mona Vale Beach (south). Plans of Management are legally required before Council can make a decision to progress any potential trials.

The scope of the Plan of Management relates to the entire reserve, so they want to hear the community’s views on all use and management of Governor Phillip Park.

Barrenjoey Head is managed by the National Park and Wildlife Service and is part of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.

A plan of management was adopted by the new NSW Government on February 21 2024 and can be viewed at Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Lion Island, Long Island and Spectacle Island nature reserves plan of management | NSW Environment and Heritage More information on those changes can be read about in the Pittwater Online January 2024 report:

Governor Phillip Park is Crown land and owned and managed by the NSW Government.

The Minister responsible for Crown land can appoint Council as the Crown land manager for a Crown land reserve. Council is then responsible for it’s care, control and management. The land must be managed in accordance with the Crown Land Management Act 2016 and the Local Government Act 1993.

Key dates listed for changing the Governor Phillip Plan of Management are:
  • Timeline item 1 - active; Apr - Jun 2024: Idea gathering, Gathering residents ideas and aspirations for this area
  • Timeline item 2 - incomplete; Jun - Jul 2024: Review and report - Review community ideas and report what they heard
  • Timeline item 3 - incomplete; Aug - Oct 2024: Prepare the draft PoM
  • Timeline item 4 - incomplete; Nov 2024: Refer draft PoM to NSW Government
  • Timeline item 5 - incomplete; Feb 2025: Report draft PoM to Council, Requesting public exhibition
  • Timeline item 6 - incomplete; Mar - Apr 2025: Public exhibition, Gathering residents feedback on their draft PoM
  • Timeline item 7 - incomplete; May 2025: Review community feedback, update draft PoM
  • Timeline item 8 - incomplete; Jun 2025: Report updated draft PoM to NSW Government
  • Timeline item 9 - incomplete; Aug 2025: Report updated draft PoM to Council, Requesting adoption

Striking A Chord – Local Live Music Revival

Council states the local live music scene is set to be energised with the launch of a new Live and Local program on the peninsula.

Council is partnering with the Live Music Office and the Australasian Performing Right Association and Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (APRA AMCOS) to help local musicians and venues to program more live music.

As part of the 12-month Live and Local program, Council will host a live music forum to discuss ways to boost the local industry and also organise live music events later in the year.

Mayor Sue Heins said it was vital support for an industry that has been struggling.

“The Northern Beaches is home to so many talented local musicians and some fabulous live music venues,” Mayor Heins said.

“We know that the industry is still recovering from venue closures and other impacts of the pandemic. The local music scene needs a revival, and we are committed to playing our part.

“We are working on a strategy to support the night-time economy in Manly and the wider Northern Beaches, while also partnering with the music industry to support live music programming.

“I encourage all local musicians, DJs, venues and live music businesses to register their interest for the Live and Local program.”

In its 2023 Year in Review, APRA AMCOS reported the loss of 1,300 live music venues and stages across Australia. They found that the venue-based live music scene had been ‘decimated’ over recent years. In NSW, there was a 32% loss in live music venues since the 2018 financial year.  

APRA AMCOS and the Live Music Office offer matched-funded partnership opportunities for local councils to help them build the capacity of the local live music industry.

Through the Live and Local program, Council will connect a network of local musicians, venues and industry and facilitate professional development opportunities for local musicians.

The program is open to musicians, bands, DJs, venues, and other music businesses.

Details of the Live Music Forum and live music performances will be announced at a later date.

Live and Local is presented by Council in partnership with the Live Music Office and APRA AMCOS.

To find out more about the program and how you can join visit visit Council's website HERE

Winter Café And Market Day: Catherine Park Scotland Island

Sunday 23 June, 10 - 1 pm


Rotary Art Show 2024: Calling All Artists! 

We're thrilled to invite you to exhibit your works at the Rotary Art Show 2024, which will take place on July 20th and 21st at the Mona Vale Memorial Hall. 

The exhibition will be conducted by the Rotary Club of Upper Northern Beaches with the proceeds supporting Lifeline and Rotary Youth Programs. 

We are delighted to confirm that Sarah Montgomery from Sydney Road Gallery & ArtSmart will be the official judge, awarding $1,500 for the show's Top Prize. We will also be running a People's Choice Award, which has a prize of $500 for the winner. 

SUBMIT YOUR ART NOW via the link below:

Whether you're a seasoned exhibitor or a first-time participant, we welcome you to submit your work. The link includes all the delivery details, key dates, and conditions of entry.


Time To Get Your Flu Vaccine

A statement by the Head of the interim Australian Centre for Disease Control Professor Paul Kelly.

World Immunisation Week (24 – 30 April) is a timely reminder for everyone in Australia to book their annual flu vaccination.

Free vaccines are now available for people most at risk of complications through the Australian Government’s National Immunisation Program. For those not eligible, you can purchase a vaccine through your immunisation provider.

People can get their vaccine at general practices, pharmacies, and immunisation clinics – and in many cases, at their workplace.

Although we can’t predict the 2024 flu season, we can look at, and learn from, key outcomes from the 2023 season.

Last year, the highest notification rates for flu were in children under 14 years. But concerningly, the vaccine uptake was very low in this population group.

In good news, the 2023 vaccine was very effective at protecting people from needing to go to hospital or visit their GP.'

'Children under 5 years of age are at increased risk of getting severely ill or dying from the flu.

In Australia, 39 people died from the flu last year – and of these, 9 were children younger than 16 years. This was higher than the number of flu-associated deaths in children in 2022 and in many pre-COVID-19 pandemic years.

This is a tragic reminder that the flu is not the common cold, which people often mistake it for. It is a serious virus that can cause severe illness, hospitalisation and death among otherwise healthy children and adults.

I encourage everyone 6 months of age or over to get vaccinated against the flu. It could save your life!

People eligible for free flu vaccine doses include children aged 6 months to under 5 years, pregnant people, First Nations Australians, people aged 65 years or older and people with certain medical conditions that put them at greater risk.

For convenience and if recommended, COVID-19 vaccines can be given at the same time.

Monika's Doggie Rescue Pets Of The Week

Checkers 

12 weeks Staffy X Pup


Our games litter Chess, Cluedo, Puzzle, Checkers and Rummy came from the pound with no Mum. They are healthy chunky little staffy pups who are expected to grow to 20+kg. Checkers has been to 2 puppy classes and has been socialised with other medium dogs and has been used to walking on lead in a suburban environment. They are looking for homes where they are part of the family and trained to become well behaved family members. They would suit a strong fit owner who enjoys lots of walking or jogging and have the time to teach boundaries and take them to puppy classes and later to dog obedience so they are well socialised in the community. They have smooth staffy coats. Checkers weighed 4.9kg at 6 weeks. All our dogs come with desexing, fully vaccinated, heartworm free and microchipped. Also included for the love and health of our dogs is a free Health and Wellness Voucher with our DoggieRescue Vet. His adoption fee is $800. 

Poppy 

15yo Maltese X

 

Poppy is a very sweet granny who was saved from the pound. She has a lot of guts and determination and is ever so sweet and cuddly. She is social with other small dogs. She may have a bit of arthritis, but she loves getting out and about and sniffing in the garden. She has had many dental extractions, and she loves her soft chicken rice with veggies. She has an enlarged heart and we have started her on heart medication which she easts like a lollie in cheese and antinol for her joints. She loves a bath and is good to clip. She has a non-shedding coat and weighs 3.9kg.

All our dogs come with desexing, fully vaccinated, heartworm free and microchipped. Also included for the love and health of our dogs is a free Health and Wellness Voucher with our DoggieRescue Vet. Her adoption fee is $500. 


  on 98907220 or DoggieRescue on 9486 3133  or email  Monika@DoggieRescue.com.  RON R251000024

Improving Road Safety: Cabbage Tree Road, Bayview

Comments Close: Sun 19 May 2024

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

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

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



Jamieson Park Sports Amenities Building: Concept Design Now Available 

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

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

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

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

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


Concept Drawing: NBC

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

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


E-Bikes On Footpaths

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 

Click on logo above to visit their website.

Report Hate Crimes

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

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

April 28 - May 4, 2024: Issue 623

This Issue:

Front Page Issue 623 

Aquatics: The Inaugural Pittwater RSL Boardriders Inclusive Classic: To Run Saturday May 4th 2024 - Great Raffle Prizes Available!! An initiative by Northern Beaches Para Surfer Boardriders and supported by Mona Vale Boardriders and Surfing NSW

Recovery Support For April 2024 Flood-Affected NSW Communities Extended To Northern Beaches LGA

Minister For Resources Recuses Herself From PEP11 Decision

ESA’s Astronaut Class Of 2022 Graduate Katherine Bennell-Pegg: Australia's First Female Astronaut - A Former South Curl Curl Girl

Pictures: Anzac Day In Pittwater 2024 - From Dawn To DuskNorth Narrabeen, Anzac Village Narrabeen, Warriewood To Mona Vale At Pittwater RSL Cenotaph, Newport, Bilgola Beach, Avalon Beach, Whale Beach, Palm Beach, Collaroy Beach - Includes the Anzac Day Addresses given by Pittwater RSL Sub-Branch President Deborah Carter and Avalon Beach RSL Sub-Branch President Commodore Richard Menhinick AM, CSC, RAN

Astrovan Win 2024 Northern Composure Band Comp.

Keolis Downer Northern Beaches Having Payroll Problems: Is A 'Living Wage' Leaving People Struggling Or Homeless?

Food Taste Of The Beaches 2024 Runs All This May: A Few Examples Of What's Available & Where

DIY Ideas Mother's Day 2024: A Few Handmade Options + Gift Ideas

Inbox News GLAD Bags Manufacturer In Court For '50% Ocean Plastic' Claims, Call For Input Into Noise Camera Trial In Bayside Council Area, We’re all feeling the collective grief and trauma of violence against women – but this is the progress we have made so far: Anastasia Powell, RMIT University and Asher Flynn, Monash University, NSW State Government Provides $250k For Female Leadership And Fair Play Project, New Campaign Raises Awareness Of Sepsis, What’s the difference between ADD and ADHD?, What is childhood dementia? And how could new research help?,

Environment Cockatoo Feed Time, Flowering Now, Recycled Plastic Rulers Delight Lower North Shore School Students, Petition: Abolish Seismic Blasting Special Prospecting Authority Permits (SPA), Increase Tree Vandalism Penalties: NSW Parliamentary Petition, 2024 BirdLife Australia Community Conservation Grants, Gone in a puff of smoke: 52,000 sq km of ‘long unburnt’ Australian habitat has vanished in 40 years, Vastly bigger than the Black Summer: 84 million hectares of northern Australia burned in 2023, Our tall, wet forests were not open and park-like when colonists arrived – and we shouldn’t be burning them, Species living closely together in symbiosis is far older and way more common than you might think, Nature conservation works, and we’re getting better at it – new study, Longer-lasting ozone holes over Antarctica expose seal pups and penguin chicks to much more UV, We reconstructed landscapes that greeted the first humans in Australia around 65,000 years ago, Have Your Say: Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley Disaster Adaptation Plan, Eastern Blue Groper Changes: Have Your Say, Murrumbidgee Floodplain Management Plan: Have Your Say, Plastic Bread Ties For Wheelchairs, Volunteers For Barrenjoey Lighthouse Tours Needed, Stay Safe From Mosquitoes, Mountain Bike Incidents On Public Land: Survey, Report Fox Sightings, Marine Wildlife Rescue Group On The Central Coast, Watch Out - Shorebirds About, Possums In Your Roof?: Do The Right Thing, Aviaries + Possum Release Sites Needed, Bushcare In Pittwater: Where + When, Coastal Floodplain Drainage Project: Have Your Say, Friends Of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment Activities, Gardens and Environment Groups and Organisations In Pittwater, Pittwater Reserves: Histories + Notes + Pictorial Walks, + more

Profile of the Week David Henry Lyall PSM, ESM,  FAIB

March 3, 1933 - April 24, 2024

It is our melancholy duty to inform the Pittwater community that Bilgola SLSC founder, Avalon Sailing Club, Marine Rescue NSW and the NSW Rural Fire Service member and local legend David Lyall has passed away.

The community extends its sincere condolences to wife Phyllis (Phil) and sons Scott, Ian and Tim and their partners, and children.

David's Profile from 2018 run this Issue at the request of friends and the Pittwater community, along with some articles he contributed to the news service over the years.

Courtesy Roger Johnston

A Bungan Beach SLSC Celebration for the final day of the 2023-2024 Volunteer Patrol Surf Lifesaving Season

Pittwater Offshore Newsletter: March 2, 2024

Click on Logo to access the latest PON:  

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

To contact Roy:  editor@scotlandisland.org.au

VALE: David Henry Lyall PSM, ESM, FAIB

March 3, 1933 - April 24, 2024

It is our melancholy duty to inform the Pittwater community that Bilgola SLSC founder, Avalon Sailing Club, Marine Rescue NSW and the NSW Rural Fire Service member and local legend David Lyall has passed away.

The community extends its sincere condolences to wife Phyllis (Phil) and sons Scott, Ian and Tim and their partners, children and grandson.

David's Profile from 2018 run this Issue at the request of friends and the Pittwater community, along with the articles he contributed to the news service.

Thank you sir - you will be much missed by many here.

Rest in peace.


VALE: Terry Hill

Manly Sea Eagles legend, New South Wales State of Origin great, and rugby league revolutionary  Terry Hill has passed away, aged 52.

The Sea Eagles will wear black armbands in honour of Terry Hill in the match against Parramatta Eels at Brookvale on Friday evening April 26.

Terry made his club debut for Manly under Coach Bob Fulton, going on to score 64 tries in 142 first grade games for the Sea Eagles between 1994-99 and 2005.

He was a member of Manly's 1996 premiership winning team that defeated St George 20-8 in the Grand Final.

All up Mr. Hill played 246 first grade matches with South Sydney, Eastern Suburbs, Western Suburbs, Manly and Wests Tigers between 1990 and 2005, and went on to represent Australia in nine Test matches as well as playing 14 State of Origin matches for New South Wales.

Australian Rugby League Commission (ARLC) Chairman Peter V’landys AM has paid tribute to Rugby League international Terry Hill.

“As well as being one of the game’s great centres he was also one of its most popular characters, a giant personality who was universally loved by the players he played alongside over his long career in the top grade. Who can forget the hilarious skits on the Channel 9 Footy Show?

“On behalf of the Commission, I extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to Terry’s family, and all those who knew him.”

Mr. Hill’s enduring influence continues to shape the NRL. At just 19 years old, Terry challenged the NSW Rugby League in court for refusing to join Eastern Suburbs after being drafted by the Roosters in 1992. With 126 other plaintiffs, Terry Hill led the case to victory in the High Court, arguing against the league-wide draft as a restraint of trade. 

This landmark ruling led to the abolition of the draft in the NRL and marked a pivotal moment in the formation of the Rugby League Players’ Association. Following his retirement from the NRL in 2005, Hill briefly pursued rugby union before transitioning to coaching league in Umina.


Pic: Manly's Des Hasler and Terry Hill celebrate the 1996 grand final win. Image: ©NRL Photos

Pittwater Councillor Miranda Korzy Takes Demerger Poll To April Council Meeting

Pittwater Greens Councillor Miranda Korzy is calling on Northern Beaches Council to support a demerger poll at the September Local Government Elections.

Ms Korzy has submitted a motion to the April council meeting asking her colleagues to vote to enable residents to have their say at the election on the question: “Do you support the de-amalgamation of Northern Beaches Council (NBC) to reinstate Pittwater, Warringah and Manly Councils?"

“I feel compelled to bring this motion forward now because I cannot ignore the wishes of the thousands of Pittwater residents who have signed petitions calling for a council demerger,” Ms Korzy said in background to her motion.

“We have only 10 years for the council to initiate a merger in this way, and the cheapest route is via a poll at the Local Government Election.

“After eight years as part of the Northern Beaches Council, I believe it's now time to give all residents a say.”

Ms Korzy said the crux of the demerger issue is the loss of democracy that the council amalgamations entailed.

“Before the amalgamations, Pittwater Council carried out a statistically reliable survey that showed 89 per cent of residents wanted to remain in our stand-alone council,” she said.

“But the then Coalition government merged 45 councils into 20 in 2016 without giving residents a vote on the issue.

“There has been a loss of democratic representation in Pittwater under NBC because, even if the three councillors from Pittwater Ward and three from Narrabeen Ward (part of which belonged to Pittwater Council) all vote together, they can be outvoted on any issue by the nine other councillors from Frenchs Forest, Curl Curl and Manly Wards.

“For example, if the council decided to put highrise in Pittwater and councillors from the three other wards supported it, our councillors’ votes would count for nothing. 

“Eight years after the merger, I’m calling on council to now give residents a vote on whether they want to remain in the mega council or return to controlling own destiny.”

Ms Korzy said another issue impacting local democracy is that the larger wards on NBC make it much harder to be elected. Candidates need more resources, both financial and in terms of campaigners, so that it's very difficult for independents not supported by a party or even candidates from small parties to be elected

Residents have also raised many other issues with me over the years in opposition to the merger, she said, including: a surge in the amount of inappropriate development in Pittwater with an accompanying loss of tree canopy, a shortage of compliance officers and rangers; as well as the financial impact of a mega council requiring a large layer of middle management with fewer staff on the ground.

Ms Korzy noted there are currently two Bills before the NSW Parliament seeking to create pathways to deamalgamations. 

Late last year, Greens Upper House MP Dr Amanda Cohn introduced one which would allow binding plebiscites to be held in regards to council deamalgamations.

Then in February, NSW Local Government Minister Ron Hoenig introduced a Bill to amend the law, removing provision of initial costs from the Local Government Act and requiring support of the merged council to proceed.

However, if the Labor Bill succeeded, it would make a demerger more difficult and there is no guarantee that the Upper House Bill, written by the state-wide Demerger NSW Alliance, would succeed, she said.

“I have decided to bring this motion forward now so that we can beat the 10 year limit on a council-initiated poll,” Ms Korzy said.

Improved Notice Of DAs On Council Agenda

Pittwater Greens Councillor Miranda Korzy is calling for improved notice of Development Applications (DAs) in a motion at the April council meeting.

Ms Korzy said residents frequently complain to her about problems with the DA notification system so she wants a review of how it works and improvements made. 

“The process is governed by the council’s Community Participation Plan, which is due for a five year review anyway after coming into place in 2019, and I would like to see that carried out and improvements bedded down before the end of this council term,” Ms Korzy said.

“Residents want to know when a development is proposed for their community - and not just next door - yet there are myriad reasons why this no longer happens.

“Unfortunately, I’ve received complaints from neighbours either right next door or across the road, who should have been notified but haven’t.

“But I also hear from residents who live, not immediately next door or across the street, but close enough to the property for which a DA has been submitted to be impacted by its construction and the final outcome.

“A frequent gripe is that by the time residents hear about a DA or see the sign outside a property, the 14 day notice period has expired - and they often don’t realise NBC will accept comments up until the DA is assessed," she said.

“And an end to the NSW government requirement for publication of DAs in local media and loss of local weekly newspapers means residents no longer see regular notifications.

“Another change has been that Pittwater Council directly notified resident groups of newly submitted DAs which helped them alert members to any concerns.

“Many in the community struggle to use the DA system on council’s website and I’d also like to see improvements to make it more user friendly.

“And finally, we could give more prominence to notifications of newly submitted DAs in the weekly online ‘Northern Beaches News’ (which council emails to residents who are registered).

“Currently we provide only a link to DA notices at the end of the bulletin which dumps you at the DA page on the website - rather than providing a listing of new DAs.”

Time To Get Your Flu Vaccine

A statement by the Head of the interim Australian Centre for Disease Control Professor Paul Kelly.

World Immunisation Week (24 – 30 April) is a timely reminder for everyone in Australia to book their annual flu vaccination.

Free vaccines are now available for people most at risk of complications through the Australian Government’s National Immunisation Program. For those not eligible, you can purchase a vaccine through your immunisation provider.

People can get their vaccine at general practices, pharmacies, and immunisation clinics – and in many cases, at their workplace.

Although we can’t predict the 2024 flu season, we can look at, and learn from, key outcomes from the 2023 season.

Last year, the highest notification rates for flu were in children under 14 years. But concerningly, the vaccine uptake was very low in this population group.

In good news, the 2023 vaccine was very effective at protecting people from needing to go to hospital or visit their GP.'

'Children under 5 years of age are at increased risk of getting severely ill or dying from the flu.

In Australia, 39 people died from the flu last year – and of these, 9 were children younger than 16 years. This was higher than the number of flu-associated deaths in children in 2022 and in many pre-COVID-19 pandemic years.

This is a tragic reminder that the flu is not the common cold, which people often mistake it for. It is a serious virus that can cause severe illness, hospitalisation and death among otherwise healthy children and adults.

I encourage everyone 6 months of age or over to get vaccinated against the flu. It could save your life!

People eligible for free flu vaccine doses include children aged 6 months to under 5 years, pregnant people, First Nations Australians, people aged 65 years or older and people with certain medical conditions that put them at greater risk.

For convenience and if recommended, COVID-19 vaccines can be given at the same time.

Council Appoints Two New Directors

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

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

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

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

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

Improving Road Safety: Cabbage Tree Road, Bayview

Comments Close: Sun 19 May 2024

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

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

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



Plastic Bread Ties For Wheelchairs

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

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

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



Jamieson Park Sports Amenities Building: Concept Design Now Available 

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

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

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

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

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


Concept Drawing: NBC

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

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


E-Bikes On Footpaths

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Click on logo above to visit their website.

Report Hate Crimes

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

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

Slow Down: Wildlife Crossing

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


 
Photo: Phoebe the Swamp Wallaby by Jane Notice by Sydney Wildlife Rescue
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Council Information Sessions: NSW Government Housing Reforms

Council is hosting information sessions for residents on the NSW government’s proposals to increase housing heights and density on the Northern Beaches. 

Council has called on the government to scrap the proposals due to the anticipated scale of proposed development having long lasting environmental and social impacts for the local area. 

Mayor Sue Heins encouraged local residents to attend an information session to understand what the proposals would mean for them. 

“We want to be part of the solution to Sydney’s housing crisis, but we cannot support this one-size-fits-all approach to housing density which will put inappropriate housing in inappropriate locations and take away Council’s ability to properly and strategically plan for growth in our area,” Mayor Heins said.  

“We’ll see increased pressure on our already struggling roads, public transport and community infrastructure, and in some areas see a reduction in trees and heritage protection. 

“I encourage residents to register to attend one of the sessions to learn more about what is proposed, how it will affect you and what you can do about it.”

The sessions will be hosted by Council Planning staff who will host one event in each of the 5 Council wards. The events are free but registration is essential. Those interested in attending a session may register here. 

Monday 20 May, 6 - 7pm
Curl Curl Sports Club, Abbott Road, Curl Curl

Thursday 23 May, 6 - 7pm
Tramshed – Berry Hall, 1395 Pittwater Road, Narrabeen

Thursday 30 May, 6 - 7pm            
Belrose Hall, Corner Forest Way & Bambara Roads, Belrose

Monday 3 June, 6 - 7pm 
Manly Seniors - Main Hall, Corner Pittwater & Balgowlah Roads, Manly

Thursday 6 June, 6 - 7pm
Newport Community Centre – Main Hall, 11-13 The Boulevarde, Newport 

4G And 5G Infrastructure Community Information 

Council will host an online community information session on 4G and 5G infrastructure and technologies on Tuesday 7 May.  

The information session will feature a scientific panel of Associate Professor Sarah Loughran from the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) and Professor Rodney Croft, Director of the National Health & Medical Research Council of Australia (NHMRC) Centre of Research Excellence into RF EMF health, and Chair of the International Commission on Non-onizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP), from the University of Wollongong.

The free online session is aimed at providing comprehensive information about how 4G and 5G works, including the latest research and findings. 

This follows a Council resolution to facilitate a community forum with a panel of scientific experts to address community concerns in relation to 4G and 5G infrastructure at a meeting in May 2023.

Mayor Sue Heins encouraged interested people to register to attend. 

“This is a great opportunity for the community to hear from the experts about 4G and 5G technologies,” Mayor Heins said. 

“If you have any questions about how the technologies work or would like to hear the latest research, register to attend and be sure to submit any questions you’d like the experts to address during the session.” 

Topic:              Community information session on 4G and 5G Infrastructure
Date:               Tuesday 7 May 2024
Time:               6pm
Duration:         Approximately 1 hour
Location:         Online

Registration is essential - register here 

Minister For Resources Recuses Herself From PEP11 Decision

The Hon Madeleine King MP has released a statement on April 23 that she has recused herself from future decisions on Petroleum Exploration Permit 11 (PEP-11).
The Minister for Industry and Science, the Honourable Ed Husic MP, will take future decisions relating to PEP-11. 

''Minister Husic was appointed to administer the Department of Industry, Science and Resources upon being sworn-in as a Minister on 1 June 2022 and has the legal authority to take future decisions on PEP-11.

The Australian Government has been consistent in its position that it will not provide a running commentary on PEP-11 and this remains the case.'' the statement reads

Ms King, along with Prime Minister Albanese, have made statements to the effect that they oppose PEP11, which could lead to a conflict of interest alike that seen when former Prime Minister Morrison made statements along similar lines, prior to acting in that portfolio to cancel the permit.

Subsequent legal action by the proponents, settled by the now incumbent federal government, questioned the legality of Mr. Morrison's decision, based on what could have been seen as a 'bias'.

Warringah MP Zali Steggall issued a statement in response to the announcement, saying, 
''This project is like a cockroach that just won’t die. Yet my Stop PEP-11 Forever Bill could put an end to this application and future applications for good.''

''The decision around the PEP-11 permit should have been killed off years ago, yet it is still live – keeping concerned communities from Manly to Newcastle in limbo.

To make PEP-11 dead in the water, the most permanent solution is to support my Stop PEP11 Forever Bill. This would not only put an end to the project now, it would avoid the risk of further litigation and future applications being made within the PEP-11 Zone. 

I will be writing to Minister Husic to let him know of our community’s strong opposition to this project, and to consider supporting my Bill to put a stop to it.''

PEP-11 permit holders Bounty Oil & Gas, BPH Energy and operator Advent Energy have continued issuing statements that they will pursue the project in Commonwealth waters after the NSW government passed legislation banning all offshore oil and gas exploration.

BPH said permit operator Advent and its joint venture (JV) partner Bounty Oil & Gas (ASX: BUY) would consider challenging the validity of the bill under section 109 of the Commonwealth Constitution.

Advent and Bounty stated they are waiting on a ruling on extension and variation applications for the PEP-11 permit to allow them to drill the Seablue-1 gas well on the large Baleen prospect.

BPH executive director David Breeze said that while the various applications involving PEP-11 are being considered, Asset Energy is continuing to investigate the availability of a mobile offshore drilling unit and is in communication with drilling contractors and other operators who have recently contracted similar rigs.

The PEP11 application is still listed as 'pending' in NEATS.

Nominate A Volunteer Today

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monika's Doggie Rescue Pets Of The Week

Cola 

5yo Kelpie X


Cola is a gentle sweet dog when you take the time to get to know him. He loves human attention but does not appear needy and walks well on loose lead. He is easy to walk past other dogs and takes direction well. He is easy to harness and bath. He loves his ball and attention from humans! He is relaxed travelling in the car and he does not mind being left unattended. He has a short coat and weighs 17.4kg.

All our dogs come with desexed, fully vaccinated, heartworm free and microchipped. Also included for the love and health of our dogs is a free Health and Wellness Voucher with our DoggieRescue Vet. His adoption fee is $400. 

Casper And Elwood 

10yo & 11yo BONDED PAIR Ragdoll and Domestic Short Hair


Casper and Elwood where very timid when they left the home they know when their owner needed to go into care. They stayed at our vets for a while as Elwood had to have his left eye removed. He coped well and once he recovered, they both came to our shelter. Being amongst other cats took a bit of getting used to but now they happily leave their condo and climb around the room on all the enrichment walkways and ledges and go exploring. These sweet boys are looking for a quiet home together for their retirement years. All our cats come desexed, wormed, F3 vaccinated, FIV/FeLV tested and microchipped. Their adoption fee is $440 together. 

  on 98907220 or DoggieRescue on 9486 3133  or email  Monika@DoggieRescue.com.  RON R251000024

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

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

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

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


Plan image: NBC

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

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

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

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

Mid 2025: Thomas Stephens Reserve works commence

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

Entries Open For Annual Environmental Art And Design Prize

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

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

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

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

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

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

Letters To The Editor

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

Pittwater Community Groups: 


Sports (plus Social Members)

Gardens and Environment

Rural Fire Brigades
Services - Community Organisations

Arts and Social

JP Public Register

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

Mona Vale Residents Association

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


Speed Humps On McCarrs Creek Rd: Please Share Wildlife Data 

Local wildlife rescuers are asking all members of the public to report any roadkill on McCarrs Ck Rd or any other road in the NB (Wakehurst Parkway or Mona Vale Road for instance) on www.wildlifemapping.org

It records the GPS position, date, sex, species. Photos can be added as they help in identification. The data is then forwarded to OEH and Transport NSW as it can help establish the best places to place  mitigation. Thanking you all in advance for your help with this. There is so much wildlife on the move in our area at present due to various pressures. Although we have had pictures sent to us, many of these have no date or location. There is a database that volunteers maintain but this needs three pieces of information:
  1. The position via GPS or road and suburb
  2. The date
  3. The animal
The details can be entered into the database directly by you at: www.wildlifemapping.org

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