community news: October 2021

October 24 - 30, 2021: Issue 515

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Local Tick Research Shows Rats and Rabbits Are Hosts-Carriers - To hear more about Casey Taylor’s research tune in to The Coast at 11am on Friday 29 October on Radio Northern Beaches (88.7/90.3FM), streaming live on www.rnb.org.au and on TuneIn Radio, and free and on demand at www.mixcloud.com/TheCoastRNB

Australian Sailing Awards Finalists Announced: RPAYC 'Club Of The Year' - Lisa Darmanin 'Female Sailor Of The Year' Finalists



Cronulla's Connor O’Leary - Costa Rica's Brisa Hennessy Win 2021 Quiksilver and ROXY Pro France; Narrabeen Sports High Alumni advance to gnarly end of week heats



2021 AMSA National Search and Rescue Awards: NSW Police Dive Unit and Water Police Recognised For Efforts In Dangerous Recovery and Record-Long Yacht Tow

DIY Ideas OctoberNovember Garden Jobs: Let's Get Busy Planting Out Now + Mow For Your Bros. This Movember - By now the seeds you planted a few weeks back will be seedlings and its time to plant them out into the garden beds so they can grow and grow. What should you be planting in late October and November? Everything you want to eat over Summer!

Aquatics Life’s A Beach: Finding Trends In Marine Debris Across Australia

Park Bench Philosopher Marine Heatwaves Don't Just Endanger Ecosystems - They Have Significant Socioeconomic Impacts: A significant proportion of the heatwaves analysed in this paper - like the bleaching and mass mortalities in the Great Barrier Reef - happened in Australia. 

Nathan and Mel Wellings: the 2021 24HourRow for Mental FitnessOctober 30 to 31 2021, find out how you can get involved

Call Out For Blue Plaque Nominations To Celebrate Our State's Heritage - Communities across the state can now nominate heritage places linked to notable personalities and events for recognition as part of the NSW Blue Plaques program. MPs and MLCs will have until October 31st 2021 to submit their nominations to Heritage NSW for consideration.

Profile of the Week John 'Allships' Alldritt - The Barefoot Legend Of Pittwater
John Reginald Alldritt, February 2nd, 1946 - October 9, 2021, was the great-great grandson of Captain John Alldritt, 1796-1875. Captain John Alldritt married Anna Mabella Jemima (born Northey) in 1827.

In 2012 John said:
''I started out as an electrician – x-ray equipment, then became a commercial fisherman. This was 1963. I was born on the water – my parents had a holiday house at Coaster’s Retreat – it was the family place we’d had since 1926. I lived over there for 42 years.''

On October 15th 2021 the Pittwater community said farewell to our mate John Alldritt who passed away on his boat 'Aspro' on the 9th of October, 2021.

Many stories were told about the 'Barefoot Legend of Pittwater'.

Thanks to the generosity of John's children Beck (Rebecca) and Christopher (Stuffer) these Tributes, Tall Tales and True Reckonings add more to the legend of John 'Allships' Alldritt and have been collected here, along with his own words, as a Tribute to a True Pittwater man.

This History of the Modern Surfboat has been compiled and written by Bert Hunt, Life Member Moruya Surf Club & Australian Surf Rowers League; our thanks to Bert and the ASRL for permission to re-run this October 2021 Feature.

The first weekend of racing will begin with SLS SNB's Super Saturday, on the 13th of November!  Round 1 of the Surf Boats Premiership will be held at Freshwater Beach. Round 2 will be held at Newport Beach on November 20th.

This document has been extensively researched to the point of reasonable accuracy with a lot of input from Surfboat people from each State and many hours spent on web and other searches. Apologies in advance to any boat builder missed, or for any detail not completely correct, as this paper is a best attempt to create a running history of surfboat evolution.

The motivation for creating this document was to give due recognition to each and every surfboat builder across many decades. Our sport has always been totally indebted to these builders for their knowledge, passion and craftmanship in the continuing evolution of the iconic Australian Surfboat. To each of the builders, we the rowers and sweeps, say thank you.

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VALE Dmitry George Repin AM

1928- 2021
Husband of Beloved wife Pam (dec.) for 64 years. Son of Ivan Dmitrievitch Repin (1888-1949) and Maria. Devoted father of Ivan, Jane, Nicholas and Catherine. Father-in-law of Roger Carthey, Kerry Repin [Goldstone] and Jeremy Raven. Adored grandfather ["YaYa"] of Alexandra Ralph, Georgia and William Carthey, Libby and Max Repin, and great grandfather of Finn Ralph. Brother in law of Ted [dec.], Bill [dec.], Beth Boden [dec.], Bruce [dec.] and Helen Ferguson.

Australian Medical Association Gold Medal – George Repin
The former Secretary General, Dr. George Dimitri Repin, was awarded the Associations Gold Medal, its highest honour, in recognition of 17 years of devoted and exceptional service to the Association. The Medal was presented at a dinner in his honour in Sydney following his retirement in February 1987.

The citation for the award said that Dr. Repin graduated in medicine from the University of Sydney in 1952 after a brilliant school and undergraduate career. Due to family circumstances he left medicine while a resident at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital to engage in commerce, a field in which he was active for more than twelve years.

It was an unusual but productive prelude to a career of exceptional distinction in the service of his profession.

While in business Dr. Repin gained valuable management, political and industrial relations experience, being active on the councils of three industrial and trade organisations. Of one, the Catering Trades Organisation of New South Wales, he was the foundation President. He was also a member of the Apprenticeship Council and a number of conciliation committees for his industry.

His welcome return to medicine came in 1967 when he gained the Diploma in public Health at the University of Sydney. Two years later he was awarded the Diploma in Industrial Health of the Royal Colleges of Physicians and Surgeons of England after studying at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Subsequently he returned to teach at the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in Sydney.

However, this was a brief interlude, and in 1970 he joined the Secretariat of the New South Wales Branch of the Australian Medical Association.

In 1972 he became Deputy Secretary General of the Australian Medical Association and was Secretary General from June 15 1973, until his retirement on February 21,1987.

Along the way he became a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Medical Administrators and a Fellow of the Australian Medical Association.
George Repin brought to the role of Secretary General an exceptional analytical intelligence, and a ferocious appetite for work. Tough and unyielding when necessary, yet always controlled and polite, he became a highly respected and formidable advocate for the medical profession. George Repin’s expertise as an advocate, negotiator and tactician was the envy of his adversaries.

He was confronted with his first major challenge within a few weeks of taking office – the Ludeke Medical Fees Tribunal. Throughout the 45 hearing days from July to December 1973 he displayed extraordinary tenacity, stamina and devotion in ensuring that the best possible case was presented at all times to an enquiry that represented a watershed in medical politics.

The same outstanding qualities were brought to bear on behalf of the profession throughout the next thirteen turbulent years of Medibank and Medicare interspersed with five different health schemes of the Coalition Government.

He also effected a successful long-term strategy of building from very modest beginnings an efficient, highly professional and technically sophisticated organisation equipped to deal effectively and responsibly on behalf of the profession with the increasingly complex world of health care delivery. Thanks to his leadership and management skills the Association is now widely respected as a leader among national representative bodies. His absolute loyalty to his presidents, his Federal Council and his staff engendered a trust that helped him to achieve this goal.

He also made a major contribution through fostering and developing the participation of the Australian Medical Association in international medical affairs. Starting by re-establishing close communication with the New Zealand Ueaicat Association, which has led to annual exchange visits between senior officers of the two Associations, he extended his efforts to establishing and maintaining close ties with the American Medical Association, as well as adding to the long existing relationship with the British Medical Association.

As Secretary General he arranged visits to Australia of delegations of senior officers and officials of the American Medical Association and his close association with senior officers of that Association and his attendance at their meetings have been of inestimable value to the Australian Medical Association.
by the AMA, 1987.



Dr George Dimitri REPIN
Award: Member of the Order of Australia
Post-Nominal AM
Date Granted: The Queen's Birthday 2006 Honours List, 12th of June, 2006 -; 
For service to medicine, particularly through the Australian Medical Association, to the development of post graduate education, and to medico-legal and professional organisations.

We lose a good friend and the community, and Australia, has lost a good man. He was so kind, supportive and generous to all.

George's 'Reflections' ran until 2019 here - and may be accessed via this link.

Our Sincere Condolences to George's family.

Veteran Commercial Fishers 

Meet father and son, Santo and Robert. They are commercial fishers of the Hawkesbury River. They have both been professionally fishing all of their lives. Nowadays they only fish two nights a week, mainly in Broken Bay, which is by far the roughest waters in the Hawkesbury and they’re on the smallest, oldest boat in the fleet. This is even more amazing when you consider Robert is 71 and Santo turns 101 in November. Both fishers are always compliant with the rules and polite and courteous towards Fisheries Officers.

Text/photos courtesy NSW DPI Fisheries
NB: this boat is slipped at Careel Bay Boatshed annually and many locals are great friends with Robert and Santo.



Candidates Encouraged To Get A Head Start

Prospective candidates for the 2021 NSW Local Government elections can start their nomination applications now. 

Nominations are the process by which candidates can have their name included on ballot papers. They can be lodged online from Monday, 25 October 2021 and close at 12 noon on Wednesday, 3 November 2021.

NSW Electoral Commissioner John Schmidt said nominations can now be made entirely online for the first time at local council elections via the Commission’s Nominations Online Management System (NOMS). At previous Local Government elections, submitting nominations was a purely paper-based process.

“I encourage anyone planning to nominate to get started on their nomination today. The system is open and we have information on our website to help prospective candidates through every step of the process,” he said.

“Candidates can get their applications ready online now so when nominations officially open Monday, 25 October, all they’ll need to do is press submit.”

Candidates may be nominated by either a registered political party or two electors.

Candidates and groups can only accept political donations or make payments for electoral expenditure before 4 November 2021 if they have already registered (not just lodged their nomination) with the Electoral Commission

Access to the Nominations Online Management System and hard copy forms are available from elections.nsw.gov.au or by calling the candidate helpdesk on 1300 022 011.

Information about nominations is available in the NSW Electoral Commission’s Candidate Handbook. Late nominations cannot be accepted. Lodgement of paper nominations forms may be made at returning offices. Opening hours for these offices are available on our website.
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NB: Pittwater Online News' 2021 Local Government Election Candidates report will run Sunday November 21st. Candidates who wish to be included in this are asked to email their interest, if they have not already done so, by no later than November 8th to: pittwateronlinenews@live.com.au

Mackellar MP Reads Student's Address For Youth Voice In Parliament Week: Australia

Jason Falinski, federal MP for Mackellar, took the opportunity f making a Members Statement in the House of Representatives on Thursday October 21, 2021 as part of Youth Voice in Parliament Week: Australia.
Mr. Falinski said;

I would like to present a speech by Edward Sethaphanich, a 15-year-old at Narrabeen Sports High School who lives in Dee Why, in my electorate. This is his speech for Raise Our Voice in Parliament.

'Mr Speaker, the honourable Prime Minister and honourable members of this House, 20 years into the future I envision Australia to be a much more influential and greater nation than what it is today, one which guarantees a sustainable future, provides our children with an advanced education system and creates vast opportunities through innovation. 

Twenty years into the future of Australia, I have a clear vision of a growing digital economy where businesses are able to perform freely, without the risk of government intervention, while workers are able to work in a safe and diverse environment, filled with different experiences and visions for this nation. Twenty years into the future, I have a clear vision of Australia being a nation which doesn't join wars but rather helps others in times of need and becomes the pure representation of unity and peace, to save tears for another day. 

But, more importantly, 20 years into the future, I envision Australia to be a nation which ventures into the vast stretches of the unknown, the unfinished and the unanswered, in order to be the guiding light as to what can be achieved if we all work together.'

‘Neighbourhood Watch In Pittwater’ To Launch Updated Model On Monday November 1st 2021

In response to concerns from the community, ‘Neighbourhood Watch in Pittwater’ is launching on Monday November 1st. 

Neighbourhood Watch is a community-based crime prevention program which aims to improve the quality of life within a neighbourhood, by minimising preventable crime and promoting closer community ties. 

Michael Gencher, Coordinator for Neighbourhood Watch in Pittwater said, “We have come to rely on CCTV and technology to deter and detect crime, and in doing that we have let real-life observation, awareness, and ‘looking after each’ other decline.” 

The program relies on the community, community groups and the police working together in a partnership to achieve these aims. 

Traditionally, the focus of Neighbourhood Watch has been on reducing crime by directly involving the community in activities that promote safety, or assist with the detection of crime - observation and awareness. 

‘Neighbourhood Watch in Pittwater’ is launching a modernised model to include not only community-based crime prevention, but additional programs to address a greater scope of issues and concerns affecting our community – for example: 

  • Looking after Seniors, and fostering a greater understanding of compassion between generations 
  • Bullying 
  • Depression 
  • Drug and alcohol use, and early intervention 
  • Peer pressure, and promotion of friendship skills 
  • Social media 
  • Social isolation and depression. 

Michael Gencher, Coordinator for Neighbourhood Watch in Pittwater, said “It’s becoming obvious to many of us in the Community that there are growing problems, issues and concerns. 

"When I approached Neighbourhood Watch, my thinking was to create the social connections that I see grow at Surf Life Saving Clubs, within the fabric of the wider community. 

''Connecting Pittwater Residents through the Neighbourhood Watch programs, in collaboration with other community groups, helps us build a vibrant, safe and secure life for the whole Pittwater community." Mr. Gencher said

Neighbourhood Watch in Pittwater will be working with the vision that a connected community is a safer and healthier community - delivering better wellbeing for residents by providing an added sense of connection, safety and security.

Michael is a Mona Vale local, a father, husband, business owner, vice president of Mona Vale SLSC and a candidate for Pittwater in the upcoming local council elections with Your Northern Beaches Independent Team. 

To establish a connected, informed and empowered community this updated model invites all residents to get involved. 

Contact Neighbourhood Watch in Pittwater for more information via email at  nwpittwater@gmail.com 

Or follow the Neighbourhood Watch in Pittwater Facebook page at:
www.facebook.com/Neighbourhood-Watch-in-Pittwater


Michael Gencher

Singing Together While Apart - Ipharadisi

Video by Kevin Murray, published October 17, 2021
Song number 51 in Cantiamo's Singing Together While Apart series... Ipharadisi. This is a Traditional South African song with the following translation:
Ipharadisi where all the dead are living,
May we one day join them all there.

Visit: Cantiamo 

Avalon Sailing Club: Open Day For Our  Community And New Members

FRIDAY, 29 OCTOBER 2021 AT 16:00

Avalon Sailing club has been teaching children to sail on the glorious waters of Pittwater for more than 80 years.

Members of the public are welcome to visit the club, view our facilities, talk to existing members and explore sailing options offered by the club to all comers from 8 to 88 years of Age!

Avalon Sailing Club is a certified Discover Sailing Australia centre and offers courses for absolute beginners, through to those developing & improving their skills to club racing and beyond.

Please join us on Friday afternoon, enjoy the sunset and amazing view, have a bite to eat, wash it down with a cool drink and meet some of our local members and enthusiasts.

Visit our website at www.avalonsailingclub.com.au for more details, and register online to book your kids into our learn to sail and racing programs.


Pittwater Outriggers Club Back On The Water

It's great to be back.
Strong winds didn't deter our first group of OC paddlers getting back onto the waterways this morning.
Join up now and come and enjoy scenic surrounds like these.



Outrigger canoe paddling is an exciting, exhilarating and challenging experience which promotes fitness, teamwork and general well-being through a healthy outdoor lifestyle. Come and join us paddling on the pristine waters of Pittwater.

Sydney's Tech Central Set To Boom

October 20, 2021
Sydney’s Tech Central precinct is on track to become a global technology hub with the approval of anchor-tenant Atlassian’s new headquarters and more land rezoned ready for the arrival of new technology players.

Minister for Jobs and Investment Stuart Ayres said Atlassian had received planning approval to build its 40-storey headquarters on the YHA site and the Government had rezoned the Parcel Post building.

“With Atlassian HQ set for construction and the Western Gateway sub-precinct rezoned, the planning controls are now in place to transform this tired transport hub into something to rival Silicon Valley,” Mr Ayres said.

“Tech Central will be home to 25,000 jobs over 24 hectares once fully developed. Atlassian’s headquarters alone will accommodate 5,000 operational jobs in the world's tallest hybrid timber tower.”

Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes said the approvals were a significant milestone in what would be the largest government-led urban renewal in the State.

“The revamp of Central Station and delivery of Tech Central will create a commercial core in the City’s south that would include a public domain with new open space, shops and cafes all on top of the rail corridor.

“This project is a vote of confidence in the Sydney CBD and brings new employment space close to Central Station, providing easy access to jobs, homes and services.”

The $546 million Atlassian tower is scheduled to begin in the first half of 2022, with completion expected by 2026.

A competitive design competition is underway for the Parcel Post building and Henry Deane Plaza, which is scheduled to be finalised later this year. Detailed development applications are expected to follow. For more information, visit: 

Waratahs: Look But Don't Steal

The NSW Government announced on Friday rangers and volunteers have applied a non-toxic blue paint to waratah petals and stems to deter flower pickers. Thieves caught blue-handed may face a $300 fine.
If you see one when out walking please look but don't touch. Native plants are an important part of these ecosystems. 

Waratahs were once were everywhere in Pittwater. 


Getting Ready To Go Back To School: Top Ten Tips For Parents  

For many of us, learning from home has been the norm since June. There’s no doubt that new routines have been tried and tested, and you’ve probably learnt things about yourself as a parent. 

However, it’s time to get back into familiar routines as your child heads back to school. 
 
To help take some of the stress out of returning to school, here’s the NSW Department of Education’s Top Ten (plus one) help list:  
  1. Find school equipment and check uniforms and shoes still fit – your child may have grown. Give yourself enough time to organise replacements or a uniform alternative if needed. 
  2. Encourage your child to check their school timetable if needed, pack their school bag, and get their lunch box, drink bottle and uniform ready.  
  3. Plan ahead for making lunch boxes again. You can find some nutritious ideas at www.education.nsw.gov.au/parents-and-carers/wellbeing/health-and-safety/nutrition-at-school and www.healthy-kids.com.au/parents
  4. Promote positive conversations.  Let them know that school staff are looking forward to seeing them. If they feel nervous or worried, help them understand this is a normal reaction, and that you and their teachers are there to support them. 
  5. Remind your child that everyone at school is working hard to make sure that everyone is safe and that anyone who is unwell will stay home. 
  6. Look at the school website, Facebook page and newsletters to learn about new procedures that may have been introduced such as changes to parents’ access to the school grounds, drop off and pick up points as well as new rules such as wearing face masks or hygiene rules.  
  7. Allow more time than usual on the first morning back to calmly get ready. Take your child to school if that will help build a greater sense of security. Alternatively, encourage your child to meet up with a friend before school and travel in together.  
  8. Routines help provide certainty and increase feelings of security, so it will help to re-establish routines and plan for the return. After-school routines to review the day’s learning and complete homework tasks will also be important. 
  9. Provide opportunities for your child to play and relax at the end of the day. Returning to school can be a big deal especially after lockdown.  
  10. Remember your school is there to help – contact them with any concerns or issues you might have. 
And finally: visit www.education.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/advice-for-families for more hints, help and tips to make the transition back to school smooth sailing.

New $96 Million RNA Pilot Manufacturing Facility For NSW

October 21, 2021
NSW is set to lead Australia with a first-of-its-kind pilot facility to develop mRNA and RNA drugs and vaccines to combat disease and save lives.

The $96 million facility, to be established in partnership with all NSW universities, will include laboratories and pre-clinical trial spaces that will enable early-stage RNA-based drug development.

Premier Dominic Perrottet said the State Government’s funding for the facility, aims to attract commercial investment in mRNA and RNA production here in Australia.

“We are the first state in Australia to deliver a pilot manufacturing facility to spearhead the establishment of a local RNA industry,” Mr Perrottet said.

“The COVID pandemic has demonstrated to the world that it is critically important that we have the capability to develop vaccines quickly and for our country to have sovereign capability.

“The advent of mRNA vaccines and the crucial role they’ve played in getting NSW back on the road to a pandemic recovery is just the beginning of what this incredible emerging medical technology can do.”

“There is no better state than NSW to grow Australia’s emerging RNA industry into a global player.”

Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney and Minister for Trade and Industry Stuart Ayres said the facility will bridge the gap between NSW’s world-class RNA research and a viable commercial RNA industry.

“Our RNA research strengths are unparalleled – we have the research talent, a thriving innovation ecosystem and we as a government are ready to take research translation and commercialisation to the next level,” Mr Ayres said.

“There is also the potential for this facility to be scaled up to significantly increase our sovereign capacity in vaccine production, strengthening the state’s resilience against future pandemics.

“Our world-leading research talent and expertise in RNA R&D will also attract international investment in NSW R&D, bringing companies from all over the world to use our pilot facility.”

Treasurer Matt Kean said the facility was an investment in NSW’s position as a global force in medical research and therapeutics.

“NSW’s medical technology sector contributes $2 billion to the state’s economy,” Mr Kean said.

“Supporting the development of high-growth emerging industries such as RNA therapeutics allows us to not only lead the way in the fight against disease, but to boost productivity through innovation and create high-skilled jobs for the future.”

Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier, Gabrielle Upton, said the NSW Government’s Accelerating R&D in NSW Action Plan will lead future industries and jobs by building strong partnerships between our universities & industry.

“The NSW Government has already announced the formation of the NSW RNA Bioscience Alliance which brings together the best and brightest at our leading universities and research institutes to advance RNA research, development and manufacturing,” Ms Upton said.

“This is a significant milestone in the creation of the RNA ecosystem and future R&D commercialisation, with our academics playing a major role in driving developments here in NSW for decades to come.”

Convener of the NSW Vice-Chancellors’ Committee Professor Barney Glover AO congratulated the NSW Government on the significant investment.

“The investment in the pilot facility is a significant signal that the NSW Government is considering deeper investment in R&D capabilities that will in turn empower the pilot facility to become more commercially viable and attractive to industry investment. Together, we are creating a strong, research-focused RNA ecosystem and research workforce for NSW,” Professor Glover said.

“Universities look forward to working closely with government and industry, to utilise and translate our collective research strengths to achieve real impact for the communities we serve.”

The pilot facility will commence subject to the approval of a final business case.

Leader of the NSW Bioscience Alliance, UNSW Sydney Professor Pall Thordarson said vaccines are only the tip of the iceberg in the range of RNA therapeutics that are revolutionising medicine.

“A manufacturing capability would position Australia as a leader in the development of novel RNA technologies and the NSW universities are proud to collaborate with NSW Government and industry partners to drive the development of the RNA ecosystem in NSW,” Professor Thordarson said.

Development Assessment Processes In Local Councils: Assessment Stage

By Audit Office of NSW
The Audit Office of New South Wales is planning to commence an audit in 2021-22 into the development assessment (DA) process in local councils. 

The audit will assess the extent to which the assessment of DAs by selected councils aligns with relevant legislation and relevant guidance from the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment and the Independent Commission Against Corruption. 

This audit is open for submissions and we welcome information regarding insights and experiences with the DA process including the assessment of DAs by local councils. 

Contributions will be accepted until 10 am 23 November 2021.

Any person or entity, including local councils, can make a submission. Submissions could include what local councils do well, or what they could improve in the DA process to ensure the process is efficient, effective and done in compliance with relevant laws and policy.  Those making submissions should consider that the Auditor-General cannot question the merits of government policy objectives. The Auditor-General focuses on assessing whether activities undertaken by government authorities are efficient, effective, economical and in compliance with the law.

Councils to be audited have not yet been identified. Councils to be audited will be selected during audit scoping and planning. Local councils subject to performance audits are selected based on targeted, objective criteria relevant to the audit topic.

We will consider your contribution in the context of the role of the Audit Office, other audit evidence and its relevance to the topic, and may not reference it in the tabled report. 

We will not publish your name or other identifying details, or your contribution, in our reports or on our website.



Pets Of The Week

Charlie

AGE/SEX: 7 months / F
BREED: Staffy X

Charlie is a well-mannered affectionate and friendly girl. She can be a bit shy at times but looks to the handler for reassurance. She walks well on loose lead, loves pats and cuddles and also enjoys a jog. She is looking for an adult home. She has a short coat and weighs 17.8kg. She comes desexed, C5 vaccinated, heartworm free and microchipped. Also included for the love and health of our dogs is a free Health and Wellness Voucher with our DR Vet. Her adoption cost is $450.

Soup


Soup is a 7 month old Russian Blue boy who came from the pound sick with cat flu and spent 3 weeks at our vets recovering. He is a shy boy who is tentative about being picked up and is looking for an experienced cat rescue family with calm surrounds. He still needs to gain some 500g weight. He would be best as an only cat or one who has had similar flu issues in the past. He weighs 3.4kg

He comes desexed, wormed, F3 vaccinated, FIV tested and microchipped. His adoption fee is $220. For further details call DoggieRescue on 9486 3133 or email  cats@doggierescue.com  

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

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

Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary Stalls At Pittwater Place

Our Avalon Mothers’ Day stall was most successful raising $2,400 which we will spend on outdoor furniture for the new Palliative Care Centre.

“Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary members will be holding stalls at Pittwater Place, Mona Vale on the first Saturday of the month for the rest of the year, selling knitting, sewing, craft, jams and books, from 8am to 3pm.”


Scotland Island Newcomers' Welcome

Scotland Island Community Hall, Sunday 24 October, 11 - 12 noon
Residents who have just moved to the island are invited to a special information session, to be held in the Community Hall during the next island café. We’d love to meet you and give you the opportunity to get to know more residents.

If you are new to the island, we’re shouting you coffee! Please register and get a coffee voucher at the hall and put your coffee order in early as there is always a queue.

There will be ‘need to know’ information available with key speakers on SIRA, fire, water, wharves and roads.

Some island businesses and service providers will be on hand to tell you what they have on offer. And we’ll give you a heads up about various social and cultural groups.

Due to Covid restrictions we need you to sign in with the QR code and practice social distancing. Masks must be worn by persons over 12 years of age and everyone over 16 must be fully vaccinated (unless exempt). 


Remembrance Day Service 2021: Pittwater RSL Cenotaph

Pittwater RSL Sub-Branch Club can proceed with our annual Remembrance Day Service 2021, at the Club.

The Service will be held at the Lower Cenotaph on Thursday 11 November 2021.  The Service will commence at 10:20am.  Last Post at 11am.

The community is welcome to attend, but they have to provide proof of double vaccination, and check in with QR Code, masks and social distancing.


Avalon Woolworths Store Slated For Refurbishments In 2022

Residents contacted Pittwater Online this week due to the change in how Woolworths is now displaying its hours of trade on the Woolworths's website store locator function, stating it is a Metro version of Woolworths.

Metro does cater for the top-up shop, with everyday essentials, but the emphasis is on fresh produce and a protein range that's heavily weighted to meal occasions. 

The Woolworths webpage on Metro stores states:

We believe that everyone, in every community, should have good food within their reach. Whether around the corner from your workplace or next door to your home, Woolworths Metro makes sure that you’ve always got the option to walk by and pick up something fresh to eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner and those cheeky snacks in between.

Each one of our stores is tailored to the community it serves. When you’re at work, you’ll find quick lunch options to get you through the workday. And when it comes time for dinner, your neighbourhood store has easy, fresh and delicious options to help you out.


Screenshot of how the Avalon trading hours are listed

Pittwater Online News contacted Woolworths to clarify whether there are any planned changes for the supermarket servicing the population of Avalon, Bilgola, Clareville, Careel Bay, Whale Beach, Palm Beach, Coasters, Currawong and Mackerel.

''Our Avalon store continues to operate in the same way it has for many years.'' a spokesperson said

''We're looking into plans for a refurbishment at some stage next year.''

''We'll communicate with our customers in advance of any works taking place.''

Non-Urgent Elective Surgery To Resume Across Greater Sydney

October 20 2021
Non-urgent elective surgery will recommence at public and private facilities within Greater Sydney, including the Nepean Blue Mountains region, from Monday 25 October. 

NSW Health Deputy Secretary Wayne Jones said the safe recommencement of non-urgent elective surgery is now possible after it was temporarily postponed to support the NSW health system's response to the recent Delta outbreak.

"Thanks to the extraordinarily high vaccination rates across the state and declining community transmission of COVID-19, patients can now have their non-urgent surgery," Mr Jones said.

"NSW Health will at the same time continue to ensure our integrated hospital system has the capacity to manage the ongoing COVID-19 response."

All emergency surgery and urgent elective surgery continued to be performed across the state since non-urgent surgery was postponed in public hospitals in Greater Sydney from 2 August and many private hospitals from 23 August.

Non-urgent elective day surgery, including IVF services, resumed on 5 October in NSW private hospitals for both public and private patients.

Overnight elective surgery will be capped at 75 per cent in both public and private facilities in the Greater Sydney area, including Nepean Blue Mountains.

Private facilities within this region can exceed this cap if they are providing surgery for public patients. There will be no restrictions on facilities in regional NSW providing overnight non-urgent elective surgery. 

Generally, non-urgent elective surgery continued in regional and rural NSW, however temporary restrictions were put in place in response to local outbreaks, such as in Western NSW and Far West NSW.

Where necessary, local health districts may impose temporary restrictions in the event of an outbreak to ensure the community is kept safe and can access hospital care if required.

All local health districts' workforce surge plans remain in place to respond to the pandemic in the event that cases of community transmission are identified locally.

Mr Jones thanked the staff from many private hospitals across NSW who have assisted the NSW Government's response to the current COVID-19 outbreak.

"Staff from private hospitals have been providing care to public patients during the ongoing pandemic, including in the large-scale vaccination effort and supporting workforce demands in the NSW public health system," he said.

"We also acknowledge the critical importance of private hospitals in delivering timely and high-quality care for our communities and we thank them for their ongoing partnership in responding to the pandemic.

"These private hospitals have been conducting additional elective surgery on behalf of the public health system for patients who had their non-urgent elective surgery postponed in 2020, following a National Cabinet decision."

In 2020-21 the NSW Government provided an extra $458.5 million to fast-track elective surgeries which were delayed as a result of the Federal Government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic last year, and a further $80 million has been provided as part of the 2021-22 NSW Budget.

The NSW Government has committed more than $4 billion to the NSW health system to manage the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic since March 2020.


Reminder To Register Your Short-Term Rental

Holiday home providers have been reminded to register if they want to rent out their properties once regional travel is permitted on November 1st.

Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes said new rules for short-term rental accommodation (STRA) providers also come into effect on November 1st, requiring holiday homeowners to register their property before it is rented.

“With restrictions easing and summer on the horizon, our regions are set to boom with holidaymakers, and many of them will be staying in short-term rental accommodation,” Mr Stokes said.

“We already have more than 12,000 properties registered on the NSW Planning Portal, and we’re encouraging everyone to sign up, so they don’t miss out on the expected swell of visitors.”

“The new rules provide minimum standards for a previously unregulated industry, ensuring safety for renters, certainty and amenity for neighbours, and additional revenue for homeowners.

“It’s been a long time coming and we gave everyone an additional three months to get their properties up to scratch, to ensure they’re safe and ready to welcome guests.

“Registration is straightforward and enables a sector worth $30 billion annually to operate and thrive under a clear set of standards.”

All registered STRA homes have until March 1st next year to meet fire and safety requirements, such as clear evacuation diagrams, fire alarms, extinguishers, and emergency contacts. Everyone must also have a COVID-safe plan in place and adhere to NSW Fair Trading’s Code of Conduct.

For more information and to register, visit the short term rental accommodation web page.

Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP) 2022-2026

Council would like feedback on how they can make life easier for people living with disability on the Northern Beaches.

Council want to know how they can:
  • help you feel more included in the community
  • make it easier for you to get around on the Northern Beaches
  • make it easier for you to work or volunteer
  • improve the way we deliver services and communicate with you.
Whether you are a person living with disability, a person with caring responsibilities, a service provider or an interested community member, Council want to hear from you.

Everyone is welcome to do the community survey, however, some of the questions are more relevant to people with a lived experience of disability. Feel free to skip the questions that don’t apply to you and share ideas for a more inclusive and accessible Northern Beaches.

Fun Fair To Be Hosted By SLS SNB

Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern Beaches will be hosting a Fun Fair on Sunday the 12th of December at Pittwater Rugby Park. This will be a great day out for with something for every age – rides and games, Ninja obstacle course, a petting zoo, plenty of food and drink to enjoy, live music at the end of the day and numerous stalls full of goodies for your Christmas shopping.

If you are interested in setting up a store and joining this fun day out please contact jen@surflifesaving.net.au

Katandra Bushland Sanctuary Reopens

Katandra Bushland Sanctuary is now open each Sunday in October, 10-4pm. It's at Ingleside, off Lane Cove Rd. Entry by donation. Magnificent trees, bush tracks, peace and quiet on the escarpment above Mona Vale. 

Covid health rules apply. 
This is also a sanctuary for our wildlife - and thus a no dogs area - so leave roving Rover and frisky Fido at home.

There's also a fresh new look website where you find out more at: katandrabushlandsanctuary.com


Newport Rugby AGM 2021

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of Newport Rugby Club Inc. will be held at the Porter Reserve Club House, Burke Street, Newport on Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 12:00pm.
 
Nominations for Office Bearers and Other Directors can be lodged with the 2021 Committee by email at newportrugbyclub@gmail.com 

No Members, other than those who have paid their annual subscriptions and other monies due to the Club, shall be entitled to vote at the Annual General Meeting.

It would be great to have you all there. We will also be having drinks at 1pm with the playing, coaching and wider group so we can celebrate the "almost" year. 

The AGM will be followed by End of Season Beers.

Jake Osborne.
President.

Tritag At Newport This Summer

This summer we are hosting Tuesday night and Thursday night competitions of Tritag. This is a minimal contact low risk attack based rugby union game that incorporates the skill set and fabric of tradition running rugby. Watch the video here

Mens comp to be held on Thursday nights from November onwards at Porters

Send an email to info@tritagrugby.com with your name and age group to register interest. 

Avalon Preservation Association AGM 2021

Speaker: Angus Gordon OAM
“Global warming, is it real?”
The 2021 Annual General Meeting for Avalon Preservation Association (APA) will be held from 7.00pm on Thursday 11 November 2021 at the Avalon Beach surf life saving club.

Our special guest speaker is Angus Gordon OAM. Angus will talk on the controversial and very timely topic “Global Warming, Is it Real?”

Angus was General Manager of Pittwater Council from 1996 to 2005. He has a Master’s degree in Water and Coastal Engineering. In 2018 Angus received the Medal of the Order of Australia for “service to environmental management and planning, and to the community”.

Over the past 40 years he has undertaken projects in all states of Australia and in a number of overseas countries in coastal engineering, coastal zone management and flood management and engineering.
Angus has served as a UN expert and was tasked with the development of the NSW Coastal Protection Act.


Angus Gordon OAM. AJG pic.

Due to the current health situation, APA will hold the AGM strictly in line with the NSW Public Health Orders in force at the time. This may restrict the number of members and guests able to attend and guests may need to check in with a QR code, wear facemasks and show that they have been fully vaccinated.

SIRA AGM 2021 And Barbecue

Sunday, 14 November
AGM: Scotland Island Fire Station, 10 - 12 noon
Barbecue: Catherine Park, 12 - 2 pm
Due to COVID restrictions, SIRAC (the SIRA Committee) decided to delay the Annual General Meeting by one month so that more people can attend. It will now be held on Sunday, November 14, 10 am to 12 pm. It is likely that attendance by Zoom will be available as an alternative to attendance in person.

After the AGM, you are invited to attend a gathering in the park (with appropriate social distancing) from 12 noon to 2 pm. Sausages (including vegetarian options), salads and rolls will be provided. BYO drinks, but the Two Catherines Café is also open that day, and will stay open until 1 pm.

Information about nominations for the 2022 committee will be sent out shortly via SIRA News and on social media. Start thinking about who you’d like to nominate! SIRA encourages all islanders  – including newcomers – to become involved.


Warringah Rugby Club 2021 AGM

Notice is hereby given that the fifty seventh (57th) Annual General Meeting of the Warringah Rugby Club Limited will be held at Pittwater Rugby Club, 1472 Pittwater Road, Warriewood on Sunday, 21 November 2021 at 9.00am.

Nominations of Office Bearers and other Directors must be in writing and be lodged with the Club General Manager at the club at least eight (8) days prior to the Annual General Meeting. Each nomination must bear the signatures of the nominee and two (2) financial members.

Agenda. 
Please click here for the agenda

Proxies.
Proxy forms will be available on request from the office on 0402 192 311 or by email to info@warringahrugby.com.au.

The following points should be noted with respect to proxies.
  • If you are entitled, in accordance with the Constitution of the Company, to attend and vote at a meeting of the Company, you are entitled to appoint a proxy to attend and vote in your place at the meeting.
  • A proxy does not have to be a member of the Company.
  • A proxy appointed by you will have the right to speak at the meeting but is not entitled to vote except on a poll unless the Constitution of the Company otherwise provides.
  • Your proxy will be able to demand or join in demanding a poll. You may specify the manner in which your proxy is to vote and where you do so, your proxy is entitled to vote on the resolution except as you specify.
  • The proxy form must be signed by you personally or by your attorney.
By Order of the Board

Phillip Parsons.
President.

School Zones Back In Force: Slow Down

Transport for NSW is reminding everyone school zones will be back in force as the fourth school term starts across NSW.

“School zones are active on every NSW school day, no matter how many students are attending, so while most children won’t start returning to schools until 18 October as the state begins to reopen, schools remain open for families that need it,” said Tara McCarthy, Deputy Secretary for Safety, Environment and Regulation.

“Children are vulnerable and we need to ensure we do everything possible to keep them safe on the road network.

“Which is why I’m reminding all motorists to slow down to the reduced speed limit, typically 40km/h, when entering a school zone or when you see bus lights flashing.

“At the end of July, we saw the number of people caught speeding in school zones reach more than 150 per cent above the pre-lockdown average.

“However in August we have seen people begin to get the message and slow down with offences dropping by 25%.”

“Between 2016 and 2020, two children were killed, 36 were seriously injured and another 75 were injured while walking in active school zones – we need everyone to work together to help keep our kids safe when they’re on the way to or from school,” Ms Mcarthy said

The NSW Government has made sure every school has at least one set of flashing lights, with additional sets also installed outside many schools with multiple busy entrances.

As well an extra $18.5 million has been invested to provide 300 new School Crossing Supervisors offering more protection for children and improved visibility of crossings for motorists.

Motorists who don’t obey the rules are putting lives at risk and face heavy fines and demerit points. Higher fines and demerit points also apply to certain driving and parking offences committed within school zones.


ORRCA's 'Seas The Day' 2022 Calendar Now Available

A huge thank you to all who entered ORRCA's first ever ‘Seas the Day’ Calendar Photographic Competition. 

Every entry has helped raise awareness and funds for ORRCAs vital marine mammal rescues and research. 

A special congratulations to our twelve winners who will feature in our ORRCA Calendar for 2022. A special mention to Ann Scarrett whose photo will feature on the front cover. 

It is with much appreciation and thanks from the ORRCA team to our wonderful judge, Darren Dew for his generous support and tough decision making.

To everyone involved, you inspire others to care for our precious marine mammals. Thank you so much!

And the winners are: 
Ales Zib-Poole – January Fur seal
Selina Guckenbiehl – February Orca x3
Elissa Chan – March Seal swimming
Sharyn Coffee – April diving Seal
Michelle Barry – May - Minke
Ann Skarratt – June Humpback breach
Maree Jackson – July Southern right whale mother and calf
Robert Smith – August Humpback mother and calf
Peter Wandmaker – September Dugong mother and calf
Jamen Percy – October Humpback 
Bonita Holmes-Nuu – November Common Dolphin
Jodie Lowe – December Humpback breach
CONGRATULATIONS EVERYONE! 



To order your copy of our 1st ORRCA ‘Seas the Day’ Calendar, please visit the ORRCA Events page of our website and follow the link:  www.orrca.org.au/orrca-event

Monika’s DoggieRescue’s 2022 Calendar Is Out Now!

Monika’s DoggieRescue’s 2022 calendar has arrived! This is our biggest annual fundraiser and helps us continue to save the lives of dogs and cats on death row in NSW pounds. To date we have saved over 13,000 dogs and are home to around 100 dogs looking for their families. We rely on fundraising like our calendar to keep the doors open so please help us continue to save lives!

This year’s calendar was photographed by our volunteer photographer Dave Pigeon from The Dog’s Pyjamas. Dave has perfectly captured the different faces and emotions of our resident dogs, from Bowie looking hopefully to the future with a family of his own to sad Champ who isn’t sure what to do with himself facing another year without a home of his own.

Winston stars on the cover he found his way to Monika’s DoggieRescue from a Sydney pound and was discovered to be blind, his bandana reminds us all to be kind to those who have extract burdens to bear. Winston was lucky enough to be adopted just before the calendar arrived! 



This year’s calendar features 16 DoggieRescue dogs many of whom are still waiting at the shelter for their families to come.

At $20 the calendar is the perfect gift for dog loving friends and together we save more lives! Do something good for Christmas and give the gift of life.

About Monika’s DoggieRescue 
DoggieRescue is a Northern Beaches based no kill animal shelter, we’ve been in operation since 1998 with the primary objective of saving dogs and cats from death row in council pounds. We do not place a time limit on the lives of the animals we save and are often contacted about the more difficult animals in need.

You can grab your copy from the shelter or from our website by clicking here:

New Seniors Housing Development Proposals Lodged With Council

Mona Vale - 7 and 8 Coronation Street, Seniors Development -  DA2021/1841 - $ 4,632,564, lodged 8/10/2021

Frenchs Forest - 58 Forest Way - Demolition works and construction of a senior housing development, DA2021/1814 - $ 1,694,793, lodged 8/10/2021

Collaroy - 4 Alexander Street  - Demolition works and construction of a seniors housing development, DA2021/1805 - $ 5,246,223, lodged 7/10/2021; The proposal has been referred to Heritage as the subject property adjoins a heritage item, ie:  Collaroy Cinema

Collaroy - 18 Alexander Street - Demolition works and construction of a housing development comprising five (5) self-contained apartments including basement car parking pursuant to SEPP (Housing for Seniors or People with a Disability) 2004, DA2021/1766 - $ 2,069,059, lodged 5/10/2021

Proposed Keoride Lease For Building In Front Of Warriewood B-Line Car Park

In November 2017, Keolis Downer started operating the Keoride On Demand Transport service in our area as part a two year pilot program led by the NSW Government. Since then, Keoride has successfully connected over 500,000 customers from a pick up point close to their homes to three B-Line stops at Mona Vale, Warriewood, and Narrabeen.

The NSW Government has decided to make Keoride a permanent transport service to complement bus services from October 31st 2021.

To support this transport service for the area, Council are proposing to grant Keolis Downer a new five (5) year lease of the small building in front of the Warriewood B-Line Car Park on Pittwater Road and 12 car spaces within the Council portion of the car park.

The lease will enable Keolis Downer to run their on demand transport services and information centre from Warriewood, and securely store their vehicles on site. The lease will be subject to the payment of a market lease fee.

In accordance with Section 47 of the Local Government Act 1993, Council are giving notice of their intention to lease the land formally known as Part Lot 1 DP 1250192 and Part Lot 2 in DP 1250192.

View the lease plan and provide feedback here by October 28:

Sydney Wildlife Recycled Bottles For Wildlife 2021

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

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

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

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

October 17 - 23: Issue 514

This Issue:  

Front Page Issue 514 

Aquatics Juvenile Humpback Whale Caught in Shark Net off Whale Beach Renews Community Calls for Shark Nets to Not be installed until the Southern Migration ends

Pictures Bird Week 2021 Bird Count Vital For Pittwater Data - Where Have All Our Birds Gone?

Third Time Lucky For The Re-Invigorated Short Ocean Classic: Pittwater To Coffs Yacht Race 2022

Founders Of Indigenous Design Studio Balarinji Honoured With 2021 Australian Design Prize

Park Bench Philosopher  Ellis Rowan's Adventures In Painting Birds, Flowers and Insects: 'This Meant That I Was Tapu - Sacred - Because I Painted The Birds'

Nathan and Mel Wellings: the 2021 24HourRow for Mental FitnessOctober 30 to 31 2021, find out how you can get involved

Call Out For Blue Plaque Nominations To Celebrate Our State's Heritage - Communities across the state can now nominate heritage places linked to notable personalities and events for recognition as part of the NSW Blue Plaques program. MPs and MLCs will have until October 31st 2021 to submit their nominations to Heritage NSW for consideration.

Environment Aussie Backyard Bird Count 2021: October 18 to 24, Tuckeroo Becoming Troublesome In Pittwater, Waratahs: Look But Don't Steal, Broken Bay - Australian Long Nosed Fur Seals, Birds In Your Garden: Wish You Had More?, Avalon Preservation Association 2021 AGM, November 2021 Forum For Friends Of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment: Fishing Bats And Water Rats (Rakali), Migratory Bird Season, Baby Wildlife Season, NSW Government Oversight Of Kangaroo Industry Lacks Transparency, Monitoring And Compliance Parliamentary Inquiry Finds, Crown Land Award Finalists Announced, Reputex Report: NT Fracking Plans Will Cost Billions And Triple Australia's Greenhouse Emissions, Bylong Coal Mining Saga Set To Continue, Mr. Morrison set for Glasgow but has to finish packing his bag, Greater Sydney Water Strategy Open For Feedback, Warragamba Dam Raising Project EIS On Public Exhibition, NSW Government Plan To Revitalise Peat Island And Mooney Mooney Released, Threatened Tasmanian Forests Gain Legal Protection, Widespread collapse of West Antarctica’s ice sheet is avoidable if we keep global warming below 2℃, What is COP26 and why does the fate of Earth and Australia’s prosperity depend on it?, Climate wars, carbon taxes and toppled leaders: the 30-year history of Australia’s climate response, in brief, Australia can beat its 2030 emissions target, Noisy miners; After decades of research these aggressive honeyeaters are still outsmarting us, Asia’s energy pivot is a warning to Australia: clinging to coal is bad for the economy, We can’t stabilise the climate without carbon offsets – so how do we make them work?, View from The Hill: Barnaby Joyce keeps his political hands clean on the road to net zero target, The net-zero bandwagon is gathering steam and resistant MPs are about to be run over, Bushcare In Pittwater, Community Gardens, Groups, + Reserves History pages

Inbox News Many e-cigarette vaping liquids contain toxic chemicals: new Australian research, Sam Frost knows nothing about segregation: white settlers co-opting terms used to oppress, Children Who Eat More Fruit And Veggies Have Better Mental Health, Screen Time Linked To Risk Of Myopia In Young People, Unprecedented Rise Of Heat And Rainfall Extremes In Observational Data, Strange Radio Waves Emerge From The Direction Of The Galactic Centre, Optimal Blood Pressure Helps Our Brains Age Slower, ‘Pet Prep’ Could Be Key To Disaster Survival

Profile of the Week Save Robertson Road Community Group

Save Robertson Road on Facebook:  www.facebook.com/groups/409043120382225
Website: www.saverobertsonroad.org
Newport Residents Association: newport.org.au
Contact email: saverobertson@gmail.com

There can be no doubt that living in a place which allows you access to open spaces, fresh air and views has been of benefit to residents during the recent months of stay-at-home safety measures to protect the physical health of people. 

Being able to go for a run, surf, swim, a walk to Barrenjoey Lighthouse and back or nod to each other across the street has kept us in contact with where we live and each other in a way that has helped ground us or granted a time out and the relief maintaining perspective brings through such connections to nature and each other – even if only calling ‘good morning’ from across the street.

Our outdoor spaces are vital to our physical, emotional and cerebral health. Although numerous studies have now pointed out the health benefits of maintaining green spaces in our urban environment, having spaces where we meet each other, as instanced in the Open Streets programs; focused on the 'heart' of every suburb, have been a success as the people have reclaimed the street as a place to meet by removing them from being a transport thoroughfare where you must stand aside in deference to a vehicle.

This is a harkening back and bringing forward of that shared Australian space the urban street once was - the place children inhabit in a game of skipping rope, hopscotch, footy and cricket, their parents gathered too, happily watching on, birds carolling in the trees above extending the ring of laughter and voices skyward. These are the market day mornings, where those who toil all week pause for minutes of asking a new mum about the new bub or enquiring how old Fred's rheumatism has been in this changeable weather. A musician is busking amongst the crowd, testing out a new song, the tinkle of teaspoons on teacups adds a crystal bell ringing quality over the thoroughfare lit up with colourful wares, the smell of good food, and more laughter.

The importance of public spaces in urban settings is obvious without all the scholarly studies, what we term in our vernacular a 'no-brainer'. 

Public areas shape community ties in neighbourhoods. They are places of encounter and can facilitate political mobilization, stimulate actions and help prevent crime. They are environments for interaction and exchange of ideas that impact the quality of the urban environment. While not considered “public spaces,” cafes, bookstores and bars have similar impacts. 

Public spaces also present health benefits, both physical and mental: people feel better and tend to be more active in attractive, public spaces. - 'Public Spaces: 10 Principles for Connecting People and the Streets', Priscila Pacheco, June 9, 2017   [1.]

The Newport Village Masterplan years ago identified the street 'heart' of Newport as Robertson road - that quieter off the main road space where people can gather, as they had already been doing so. Always a central part of the annual Newport Sculpture Trail, where Christmas Carols occur and great food and coffee may be enjoyed at leisure in the open air, the future potential for these events has been placed in jeopardy.

Two recent developments proposals, whose proponents may not have had access to or been aware of the Newport Village Commercial Centre Masterplan, seeks to have entrances to underground car-parking for units on Robertson road itself. 

The Newport Village Commercial Centre Masterplan was developed and adopted by Pittwater Council on November 5th 2007 after consultation with Newport residents and community input. The masterplan focuses on the commercial core along Barrenjoey Road and includes the side streets. As part of the masterplan study, Pittwater Council investigated the linkages between the commercial centre and the oceanfront areas to identify strategies to strengthen the relationship between the village, beach and community centre and included a preliminary proposal for a small urban plaza in Robertson Road. 

This week a few insights from Save Robertson Road founder Simon Barlow on why it is vital to ensure this much used as a pedestrian street is maintained as a public space.

VALE Norman Albert Field 

(Captain Norm)
15.02.1933 - 29.09.2021
Late of Avalon Beach.
Passed away peacefully on 29th September 2021, aged 88.
Loving husband of Wendy (dec). Loved father and father-in-law of Ross (dec), David & Robyn, Richard & Jules. Much loved grandad of Ben & Tom.

A Memorial Service was held on Tuesday 12th October, 2021.

Past Commodore (1998-1999) of the family focused Avalon Sailing Club, Vietnam Veteran, pilot. Part of the renowned ‘Skippy Squadron. Historian. Avalon Bulldogs supporter. Avalon Beach RSL Sub Branch Member.

Loved sharing his passion for sailing and his yacht Young Generation.
A True Gentleman who is already much missed by all.

Visit:


Inventor Of Boogie Board Passes Away

Tom Morey, the man who invented the modern bodyboard, has died at Laguna Woods California on Thursday October 14, 2021.

Known as a surfer, engineer, inventor and musician, in July 1971, he came up with an idea that would change the lives of millions of ocean enthusiasts around the world — the beloved boogie board.
The name “boogie board” was inspired by Mr. Morey’s love for jazz music, which he played as much as listened to - the drums being his forte.

Mr. Morey first thought of the Boogie Board while living in Hawaii in the early seventies. There was a big wave near he wanted to ride but didn’t think he could get into it standing up due to wind, which was common. The mathematics major, who worked for Douglas Aircrafts before coming back to the surf industry, cut a piece of foam in half, put swim fins on and paddled out. 

“The first thing that happens, I feel the ocean,” Morey said in an old interview. “You don’t get to feel the contour of the ocean until you get on a Boogie Board.”

Tom sold his first one in Hawaii for ten dollars before moving back to Southern California to start production on the newest wave-riding tool, one that would eventually get millions of people out in the surf.
The boogie board celebrates its 50th year in 2021.

Tom Hugh Morey (15 August 1935 – 14 October 2021), also known by the moniker "Y",  is also recorded as inventing other technologies for surf boards: 1954 - created the first "concave nose pocket", 1955 - invented something he called the "Wing Tip," a Coaund Lift nose, 1964 - created the first polypropylene fin and first commercial interchangeable fin system, 1965 - used resin impregnated cardboard to make a "paper" surfboard which became a Television Commercial and an August 1966, full color, two page advertisement in Reader's Digest and 1965 - created the Tom Morey Invitational Nose Riding Championships, first professional surfing contest held at Ventura Point.

Mr. Morey was 86 years old.



Tom Morey, in front of the first Boogie Board, 2017. Photo: Screenshot//eBodyboarding.com - from filmed interview with Tom to celebrate the first International Bodyboard Day (November 4th, 2017).

Three Narrabeen Sports High Alumni In Quiksilver Pro France 

The Quiksilver Pro France, scheduled to run October 16 - 24, 2021, will see three student-athlete Narrabeen High alumni competing: Cooper Chapman, Jordan Lawler and Dylan Moffat. The event is part of the The World Surf League Challenger Series and is the launchpad to the elite Championship Tour, pitting established surfers fighting to stay on tour against the next generation of premium talent. Across the international events, the fields of 96 men and 64 women battle for one of the 12 men's and 6 women's coveted spots at the top level of the sport.

The Challenger Series Stop No.3, the Quiksilver and ROXY Pro France held in Les Landes will for the first time welcome over 150 athletes amongst some of the best in the world.

The second-to-last stop on the Challenger Series in this transitional year, pressure is reaching new heights for CT surfers and QS stars all vying for a spot on next year’s elite tours.

The first two events in California and Portugal have shed new light onto potential qualifiers and the competition is tough as each and every one in the field truly has a shot at the men’s Top 12 and Women’s Top 6 by the time the tour wraps in Hawaii.

To watch the boys live and keep up to date, go to:  https://www.worldsurfleague.com/ 

Marine Rescue Broken Bay Members Service Recognitions

October 16, 2021
Congratulations to Venijamin (Veni) Hadzic for attaining his 10 year service, and a further congratulations to Gavin Jarvis and Brad Atkin for reaching their 5 years of service with Marine Rescue Broken Bay. 

Your commitment and time you give volunteering to the Pittwater and Broken Bay communities is commendable and greatly appreciated. 

Thank you.

Andrew Majewski, Deputy Unit Commander of the Broken Bay unit (left) presents Veni, Gavin and Brad with their recognitions of service. MRBB photos.




Jake Voted Local Hero

We have some exciting news to share.  Thank you to everyone who voted for Jake.

This week the exciting announcement was made that Jake has been voted as a Westfield Local Hero!!

Our family is affiliated with The Kids’ Cancer Project, a national charity that supports childhood cancer research. The Kids’ Cancer Project will now be awarded a $10,000 grant to support their work to thrive.

We are so excited about Jake’s success. Just recently, The Kids’ Cancer Project announced that they will be funding some exciting research into future treatments for sarcomas, including Ewings Sarcoma, which impacted our beautiful Alana. We are thrilled to be contributing to this funding with the Westfield grant.

Thank you to all our friends, family and the Northern Beaches community, for voting for Jake. You all made this happen. You are helping make a difference.

Michelle DeKort Shimakage


SIRFB: Election Of Additional Officers

At a general meeting on October 11 Scotland Island Fire Brigade filled two vacancies left over from its AGM. Steve Yorke was unanimously elected as station officer and Tim Ives was similarly appointed training officer. Congratulations go to both.

Steve Yorke AFSM
Steve first joined the NSW Bush Fire Service in 1972 and was a founding member of the Evans Shire Headquarters Brigade in Bathurst, where he rose to the rank of captain.

In 1991 Steve and family moved to Scotland Island and he joined the SIRFB, where he was appointed Deputy Captain and Senior Deputy Captain.

Steve joined the NSW RFS as a salaried officer in 1999 and has served as Fire Control Officer, Region East Manager. He has also held numerous director’s roles as an Assistant Commissioner.

In 2007 Steve was awarded life membership of the Rural Fire Service Association in acknowledgement of his significant contribution. Steve was also awarded the NSW RFS Commissioner’s Commendation for Service in 2001 and was honoured with the Australian Fire Services Medal in 2008.

Tim Ives
At 18, Tim is probably the youngest person to have been appointed training officer for the brigade. Despite his age, Tim has qualified as a bush and a village firefighter, meaning that he has the skills necessary to tackle structural fires, as well as those involving vehicles and flammable gas. Tim regularly attends incidents around the island and aspires to a career in the emergency services.

Tim lives on the south side of the island with his family. 'After 18 years on the island I’ve certainly seen its worst and best sides', he says. 'Its worst side may be turning up to school soaked for the day, but for me its best is the unique community and the "islander spirit" within.'

Tim describes the brigade as 'a central element of the community and a gratifying team to be part of.'

The Irukandjis Team Announced For Pismo Beach ISA World Para Surfing Championship

October 12, 2021
The Irukandjis have selected a strong team of nine to represent Australia at the 2021 Pismo Beach ISA World Para Surfing Championship.

With a seventh-place as their last team finish, The Irukandjis will be looking to better that result with a highly decorated squad including past World Champions Sam Bloom, Mark 'Mono' Stewart and Matt Formston. 

Given the current challenges regarding international travel, the team is seeking both support and naming rights partners for the 2021 Championship and future campaigns. 

National High Performance Director Kate Wilcomes said: “ We are thrilled to be sending such a large and experienced team that is not only decorated but really passionate about representing The Irukandjis on the world stage. The High Performance Team can’t wait to see the team compete and do Australia proud!”

The Irukandjis 2021 Para Surfing Team 
Gavin Bellis Para Surfing Prone 1
Sam Bloom Para Surfing Prone 2
Jocelyn Neumueller Para Surfing Prone 2
Jack Curphey Para Surfing Prone 2
Wayne Figliomeni Para Surfing Stand 2
Mark Mono Stewart Para Surfing Kneel
Jack Jackson Para Surfing Vision Impairment 2
Matt Formston Para Surfing Vision Impairment 2
Sarah Jane Gibson Para Surfing Vision Impairment 2

The ISA World Para Surfing Championship gathers the world’s best para surfers to compete and display their talents in a Paralympic-style, World Championship competition.

The Pismo Beach ISA World Para Surfing Championship will run Monday, December 6 2021 to Saturday,  December 11 2021.


Photo: Sam Bloom taking the Gold Medal at the ISA World Para Surfing Championship back in 2019.

Avalon Sailing Club: Open Day For Our  Community And New Members

FRIDAY, 29 OCTOBER 2021 AT 16:00

Avalon Sailing club has been teaching children to sail on the glorious waters of Pittwater for more than 80 years.

Members of the public are welcome to visit the club, view our facilities, talk to existing members and explore sailing options offered by the club to all comers from 8 to 88 years of Age!

Avalon Sailing Club is a certified Discover Sailing Australia centre and offers courses for absolute beginners, through to those developing & improving their skills to club racing and beyond.

Please join us on Friday afternoon, enjoy the sunset and amazing view, have a bite to eat, wash it down with a cool drink and meet some of our local members and enthusiasts.

Visit our website at www.avalonsailingclub.com.au for more details, and register online to book your kids into our learn to sail and racing programs.


Pittwater Outriggers Club Back On The Water

October 16, 2021
It's great to be back.
Strong winds didn't deter our first group of OC paddlers getting back onto the waterways this morning.
Join up now and come and enjoy scenic surrounds like these.



Outrigger canoe paddling is an exciting, exhilarating and challenging experience which promotes fitness, teamwork and general well-being through a healthy outdoor lifestyle. Come and join us paddling on the pristine waters of Pittwater.

Waratahs: Look But Don't Steal

The NSW Government announced on Friday rangers and volunteers have applied a non-toxic blue paint to waratah petals and stems to deter flower pickers. Thieves caught blue-handed may face a $300 fine.
If you see one when out walking please look but don't touch. Native plants are an important part of these ecosystems. 

Waratahs were once were everywhere in Pittwater. 


Acts Of Kindness Community Outreach - AOK: Newport Update

October 15, 2021
NEWPORT COMMUNITY PANTRY
We will be doing an official online launch for our first Community Pantry at Newport in the coming days.  
In the meantime, here are the modified opening hours. 

Monday: 12pm - 2pm
Tuesday: 12pm - 2pm 
Friday: 12pm - 2pm
Saturday:  12pm - 2pm

Times and days outside of these hours can be arranged by appt.  Please just message us using the link below. 

Here we can receive and store donated, non-perishable, non-refrigerated and in date pantry items.  
PLEASE DROP IN if you need some food assistance. We are here for you! 

The AOK Community Pantry is located at Shop 2/355-357 Barrenjoey Rd, Newport.

Scheduled Roadwork: North Narrabeen

Wakehurst Parkway Between Elanora Road And Oxford Falls Road
Mon 18 Oct 2021 to Thu 21 Oct 2021; (9:00pm to 5:00am)
Road affected both directions
Advice; Reduced speed limit (40km/h), Check signage, Allow extra travel time
Alternating (stop/slow) traffic conditions will be in place.


Scheduled Roadwork: Bilgola Beach

Barrenjoey Road At The Serpentine
Wed 13 Oct 2021 to Wed 20 Oct 2021
Scheduled roadwork: Tree Pruning
Weekdays (10:00am to 3:00pm)
Weekend (5:00am to 10:00am)
Road affected both directions
Advice; Check signage, Exercise caution. Alternating (stop/slow) traffic conditions will be in place.


Getting Ready To Go Back To School: Top Ten Tips For Parents  

For many of us, learning from home has been the norm since June. There’s no doubt that new routines have been tried and tested, and you’ve probably learnt things about yourself as a parent. 

However, it’s time to get back into familiar routines as your child heads back to school. 
 
To help take some of the stress out of returning to school, here’s the NSW Department of Education’s Top Ten (plus one) help list:  
  1. Find school equipment and check uniforms and shoes still fit – your child may have grown. Give yourself enough time to organise replacements or a uniform alternative if needed. 
  2. Encourage your child to check their school timetable if needed, pack their school bag, and get their lunch box, drink bottle and uniform ready.  
  3. Plan ahead for making lunch boxes again. You can find some nutritious ideas at www.education.nsw.gov.au/parents-and-carers/wellbeing/health-and-safety/nutrition-at-school and www.healthy-kids.com.au/parents
  4. Promote positive conversations.  Let them know that school staff are looking forward to seeing them. If they feel nervous or worried, help them understand this is a normal reaction, and that you and their teachers are there to support them. 
  5. Remind your child that everyone at school is working hard to make sure that everyone is safe and that anyone who is unwell will stay home. 
  6. Look at the school website, Facebook page and newsletters to learn about new procedures that may have been introduced such as changes to parents’ access to the school grounds, drop off and pick up points as well as new rules such as wearing face masks or hygiene rules.  
  7. Allow more time than usual on the first morning back to calmly get ready. Take your child to school if that will help build a greater sense of security. Alternatively, encourage your child to meet up with a friend before school and travel in together.  
  8. Routines help provide certainty and increase feelings of security, so it will help to re-establish routines and plan for the return. After-school routines to review the day’s learning and complete homework tasks will also be important. 
  9. Provide opportunities for your child to play and relax at the end of the day. Returning to school can be a big deal especially after lockdown.  
  10. Remember your school is there to help – contact them with any concerns or issues you might have. 
And finally: visit www.education.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/advice-for-families for more hints, help and tips to make the transition back to school smooth sailing.

Avalon Community Library Reopening

The safety of our patrons, Volunteers and staff is very important to us. We will be implementing the following safety measures, in line with the NSW Public Health Orders:
  • All adults must check in on entry.
  • All visitors over the age of 16 must **present proof of full vaccination **on entry, this can be in digital or printed form.
  • While inside the library, all visitors over the age of 12 must wear a face mask, (please bring your own) and maintain a safe distance (1.5 metres) from other patrons.
  • Until further notice there is a **30 minute limit on computers **and no eating and drinking.
We regret that any visitors who are unable to comply with these conditions will be requested to visit at a later date when the Public Health Orders permit.


Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP) 2022-2026

Council would like feedback on how they can make life easier for people living with disability on the Northern Beaches.

Council want to know how they can:
  • help you feel more included in the community
  • make it easier for you to get around on the Northern Beaches
  • make it easier for you to work or volunteer
  • improve the way we deliver services and communicate with you.
Whether you are a person living with disability, a person with caring responsibilities, a service provider or an interested community member, Council want to hear from you.

Everyone is welcome to do the community survey, however, some of the questions are more relevant to people with a lived experience of disability. Feel free to skip the questions that don’t apply to you and share ideas for a more inclusive and accessible Northern Beaches.

Development Assessment Processes In Local Councils: Assessment Stage

By Audit Office of NSW
The Audit Office of New South Wales is planning to commence an audit in 2021-22 into the development assessment (DA) process in local councils. 

The audit will assess the extent to which the assessment of DAs by selected councils aligns with relevant legislation and relevant guidance from the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment and the Independent Commission Against Corruption. 

This audit is open for submissions and we welcome information regarding insights and experiences with the DA process including the assessment of DAs by local councils. 

Contributions will be accepted until 10 am 23 November 2021.

Any person or entity, including local councils, can make a submission. Submissions could include what local councils do well, or what they could improve in the DA process to ensure the process is efficient, effective and done in compliance with relevant laws and policy.  Those making submissions should consider that the Auditor-General cannot question the merits of government policy objectives. The Auditor-General focuses on assessing whether activities undertaken by government authorities are efficient, effective, economical and in compliance with the law.

Councils to be audited have not yet been identified. Councils to be audited will be selected during audit scoping and planning. Local councils subject to performance audits are selected based on targeted, objective criteria relevant to the audit topic.

We will consider your contribution in the context of the role of the Audit Office, other audit evidence and its relevance to the topic, and may not reference it in the tabled report. 

We will not publish your name or other identifying details, or your contribution, in our reports or on our website.



New Year’s Eve Fireworks Return

Council will proceed with fireworks for New Year’s Eve this year in line with the easing of restrictions outlined in the State Government’s NSW Roadmap.

The fireworks are being planned in the traditional venues of Bayview, with the time to be confirmed, as well as Manly and Dee Why at 9pm. For the first time, a new 9pm event has been added for Lionel Watts Reserve in Belrose to support the crowd density restrictions and social distancing.

While the NSW Roadmap indicated that these events will be able to proceed, they will be subject to the NSW Health Orders in place at 31 December. 

Mayor Michael Regan said he was thrilled fireworks would return to the Northern Beaches after COVID forced their cancellation last year and only Manly was able to go ahead the year before due to large swells and bushfires.

“2021 has been a tough year and what better way to mark its end than with firework events which bring our community back together.

“With the new addition of Lionel Watts to the program, no one on the Beaches is too far from being able to enjoy the NYE spectacle.

“Thanks to the community getting behind vaccination targets and with the government forecasting major restrictions easing from December 1st we can throw ourselves into planning our NYE events with more certainty.

“I know how many people look forward to these family friendly events on the Beaches and I am pleased we are in a position to deliver them.”

Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary Stalls At Pittwater Place

Our Avalon Mothers’ Day stall was most successful raising $2,400 which we will spend on outdoor furniture for the new Palliative Care Centre.

“Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary members will be holding stalls at Pittwater Place, Mona Vale on the first Saturday of the month for the rest of the year, selling knitting, sewing, craft, jams and books, from 8am to 3pm.”


DoggieRescue.com

Pets Of The Week

 Amber


AGE/SEX: 3 years / F
BREED: Ridgeback X

Amber is a very gentle sweet natured slightly timid Ridgeback X. She is about 3yo and was surrendered by an elderly person who was not able to walk her, so she is a bit on the plump side. She has a short coat and came in weighing 38kg. She comes desexed, C5 vaccinated, heartworm free and microchipped. Also included for the love and health of our dogs is a free Health and Wellness Voucher with our DR Vet. Her adoption cost is $450. 

Timmy


Timmy is a sweet natured gentle 12months old boy who does not seem to mind being around other cats. He has a short coat and weighs 4.8kg. He comes desexed, wormed, F3 vaccinated, FIV tested and microchipped. His adoption fee is $220. For further details call DoggieRescue on 9486 3133 or email  cats@doggierescue.com  

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

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

Call For Entries: North Sydney Art Prize 2022

Entries are now open for the North Sydney Art Prize 2022, a major biennial arts event showcasing some of the best in contemporary art by emerging, mid-career and established artists.

Artists from across Australia are invited to submit entries for the 16-day exhibition to be held from 14 to 29 May 2022 at the iconic Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability in Waverton. This unique site enables broad participation and accommodates the inclusion of all mediums.

Indoor and outdoor works will be selected for exhibition in the Caretakers Cottage, Artist Studio, Platform, tunnels, 25 chambers and surrounding parklands. All proposals for the tunnels and chambers must first be discussed with the Curator prior to the submission of entries.

Due to the nature of this unique post-industrial site installation, site specific and sculptural works are encouraged.

Awards to the value of $41,000 with six award categories including:
  • Major Open Award $20,000
  • Award for Sculpture $12,000
  • Site Specific Award $5,000
  • Emerging Artist Award $2,000
  • Work/on with Paper Award $1,000
  • Award for Drawing $1,000
North Sydney Council acknowledges and sincerely thanks Australian Catholic University, Primrose Park Art & Crafts Centre Inc and the Royal Art Society of NSW for their generous sponsorship of the North Sydney Art Prize.

Entries close November 30th 2021. 


Proposed Keoride Lease For Building In Front Of Warriewood B-Line Car Park

In November 2017, Keolis Downer started operating the Keoride On Demand Transport service in our area as part a two year pilot program led by the NSW Government. Since then, Keoride has successfully connected over 500,000 customers from a pick up point close to their homes to three B-Line stops at Mona Vale, Warriewood, and Narrabeen.

The NSW Government has decided to make Keoride a permanent transport service to complement bus services from October 31st 2021.

To support this transport service for the area, Council are proposing to grant Keolis Downer a new five (5) year lease of the small building in front of the Warriewood B-Line Car Park on Pittwater Road and 12 car spaces within the Council portion of the car park.

The lease will enable Keolis Downer to run their on demand transport services and information centre from Warriewood, and securely store their vehicles on site. The lease will be subject to the payment of a market lease fee.

In accordance with Section 47 of the Local Government Act 1993, Council are giving notice of their intention to lease the land formally known as Part Lot 1 DP 1250192 and Part Lot 2 in DP 1250192.

View the lease plan and provide feedback here:

Pittwater Offshore Newsletter: October 13

Click on Logo to access the latest PON:  

To contact Roy:  editor@scotlandisland.org.au

Congratulations Rob Mundle OAM

Former Narrabeen Boys High School Alumni Rob Mundle was announced as the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement on Friday October 15th as part of the Australian Sailing - Queensland states awards. 

Rob Mundle OAM is an Australian yachtsman, maritime commentator and author of 19 books, six of which have become best sellers.

Rob began sailing as a boy. After finishing school he became a cadet journalist at The Australian newspaper (the second one, not that commenced by W C Wentworth), which led to a career as a noted nautical commentator in print, radio and television and to him becoming known as 'the voice of sailing'.

Since the 1980s he has covered the America's Cup, sailing in the Olympics and the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, on which he is regarded as an authority.

Mr. Mundle is credited with introducing the Laser and J24 class boats into Australia. The still popular Laser was due to celebrate its 50th anniversary in June 2021. Rob made these available through his factory at Brookvale.

From 2011 to 2013 he was Commodore of Southport Yacht Club.

In 2000 he was award the Australian Sports Medal for services to sailing in the media; and in 2013 was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for services to sailing and to journalism.

Congratulations Rob!
A well deserved recognition for a lifetime of service to sailing.

Scotland Island Newcomers' Welcome

Scotland Island Community Hall, Sunday 24 October, 11 - 12 noon
Residents who have just moved to the island are invited to a special information session, to be held in the Community Hall during the next island café. We’d love to meet you and give you the opportunity to get to know more residents.

If you are new to the island, we’re shouting you coffee! Please register and get a coffee voucher at the hall and put your coffee order in early as there is always a queue.

There will be ‘need to know’ information available with key speakers on SIRA, fire, water, wharves and roads.

Some island businesses and service providers will be on hand to tell you what they have on offer. And we’ll give you a heads up about various social and cultural groups.

Due to Covid restrictions we need you to sign in with the QR code and practice social distancing. Masks must be worn by persons over 12 years of age and everyone over 16 must be fully vaccinated (unless exempt). 


Queenscliff Ferry Final Run

Published by Transport For NSW, October 13, 2021
All aboard our much-loved Queenscliff Ferry for a virtual ride along from Manly to Circular Quay. Today will be her last service but hopefully this won't be the last you see of the iconic vessel - we’re planning something special after retirement so she can live on in the community.

Fun Fair To Be Hosted By SLS SNB

Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern Beaches will be hosting a Fun Fair on Sunday the 12th of December at Pittwater Rugby Park. This will be a great day out for with something for every age – rides and games, Ninja obstacle course, a petting zoo, plenty of food and drink to enjoy, live music at the end of the day and numerous stalls full of goodies for your Christmas shopping.

If you are interested in setting up a store and joining this fun day out please contact jen@surflifesaving.net.au

Katandra Bushland Sanctuary Reopens

Katandra Bushland Sanctuary is now open each Sunday in October, 10-4pm. It's at Ingleside, off Lane Cove Rd. Entry by donation. Magnificent trees, bush tracks, peace and quiet on the escarpment above Mona Vale. 

Covid health rules apply. 
This is also a sanctuary for our wildlife - and thus a no dogs area - so leave roving Rover and frisky Fido at home.

There's also a fresh new look website where you find out more at: katandrabushlandsanctuary.com


Newport Rugby AGM 2021

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of Newport Rugby Club Inc. will be held at the Porter Reserve Club House, Burke Street, Newport on Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 12:00pm.
 
Nominations for Office Bearers and Other Directors can be lodged with the 2021 Committee by email at newportrugbyclub@gmail.com 

No Members, other than those who have paid their annual subscriptions and other monies due to the Club, shall be entitled to vote at the Annual General Meeting.

It would be great to have you all there. We will also be having drinks at 1pm with the playing, coaching and wider group so we can celebrate the "almost" year. 

The AGM will be followed by End of Season Beers.

Jake Osborne.
President.

Tritag At Newport This Summer

This summer we are hosting Tuesday night and Thursday night competitions of Tritag. This is a minimal contact low risk attack based rugby union game that incorporates the skill set and fabric of tradition running rugby. Watch the video here

Mens comp to be held on Thursday nights from November onwards at Porters

Send an email to info@tritagrugby.com with your name and age group to register interest. 

Avalon Preservation Association AGM 2021

Speaker: Angus Gordon OAM
“Global warming, is it real?”
The 2021 Annual General Meeting for Avalon Preservation Association (APA) will be held from 7.00pm on Thursday 11 November 2021 at the Avalon Beach surf life saving club.

Our special guest speaker is Angus Gordon OAM. Angus will talk on the controversial and very timely topic “Global Warming, Is it Real?”

Angus was General Manager of Pittwater Council from 1996 to 2005. He has a Master’s degree in Water and Coastal Engineering. In 2018 Angus received the Medal of the Order of Australia for “service to environmental management and planning, and to the community”.

Over the past 40 years he has undertaken projects in all states of Australia and in a number of overseas countries in coastal engineering, coastal zone management and flood management and engineering.
Angus has served as a UN expert and was tasked with the development of the NSW Coastal Protection Act.


Angus Gordon OAM. AJG pic.

Due to the current health situation, APA will hold the AGM strictly in line with the NSW Public Health Orders in force at the time. This may restrict the number of members and guests able to attend and guests may need to check in with a QR code, wear facemasks and show that they have been fully vaccinated.

SIRA AGM 2021 And Barbecue

Sunday, 14 November
AGM: Scotland Island Fire Station, 10 - 12 noon
Barbecue: Catherine Park, 12 - 2 pm
Due to COVID restrictions, SIRAC (the SIRA Committee) decided to delay the Annual General Meeting by one month so that more people can attend. It will now be held on Sunday, November 14, 10 am to 12 pm. It is likely that attendance by Zoom will be available as an alternative to attendance in person.

After the AGM, you are invited to attend a gathering in the park (with appropriate social distancing) from 12 noon to 2 pm. Sausages (including vegetarian options), salads and rolls will be provided. BYO drinks, but the Two Catherines Café is also open that day, and will stay open until 1 pm.

Information about nominations for the 2022 committee will be sent out shortly via SIRA News and on social media. Start thinking about who you’d like to nominate! SIRA encourages all islanders  – including newcomers – to become involved.


Warringah Rugby Club 2021 AGM

Notice is hereby given that the fifty seventh (57th) Annual General Meeting of the Warringah Rugby Club Limited will be held at Pittwater Rugby Club, 1472 Pittwater Road, Warriewood on Sunday, 21 November 2021 at 9.00am.

Nominations of Office Bearers and other Directors must be in writing and be lodged with the Club General Manager at the club at least eight (8) days prior to the Annual General Meeting. Each nomination must bear the signatures of the nominee and two (2) financial members.

Agenda. 
Please click here for the agenda

Proxies.
Proxy forms will be available on request from the office on 0402 192 311 or by email to info@warringahrugby.com.au.

The following points should be noted with respect to proxies.
  • If you are entitled, in accordance with the Constitution of the Company, to attend and vote at a meeting of the Company, you are entitled to appoint a proxy to attend and vote in your place at the meeting.
  • A proxy does not have to be a member of the Company.
  • A proxy appointed by you will have the right to speak at the meeting but is not entitled to vote except on a poll unless the Constitution of the Company otherwise provides.
  • Your proxy will be able to demand or join in demanding a poll. You may specify the manner in which your proxy is to vote and where you do so, your proxy is entitled to vote on the resolution except as you specify.
  • The proxy form must be signed by you personally or by your attorney.
By Order of the Board

Phillip Parsons.
President.

School Zones Back In Force: Slow Down

Transport for NSW is reminding everyone school zones will be back in force as the fourth school term starts across NSW.

“School zones are active on every NSW school day, no matter how many students are attending, so while most children won’t start returning to schools until 18 October as the state begins to reopen, schools remain open for families that need it,” said Tara McCarthy, Deputy Secretary for Safety, Environment and Regulation.

“Children are vulnerable and we need to ensure we do everything possible to keep them safe on the road network.

“Which is why I’m reminding all motorists to slow down to the reduced speed limit, typically 40km/h, when entering a school zone or when you see bus lights flashing.

“At the end of July, we saw the number of people caught speeding in school zones reach more than 150 per cent above the pre-lockdown average.

“However in August we have seen people begin to get the message and slow down with offences dropping by 25%.”

“Between 2016 and 2020, two children were killed, 36 were seriously injured and another 75 were injured while walking in active school zones – we need everyone to work together to help keep our kids safe when they’re on the way to or from school,” Ms Mcarthy said

The NSW Government has made sure every school has at least one set of flashing lights, with additional sets also installed outside many schools with multiple busy entrances.

As well an extra $18.5 million has been invested to provide 300 new School Crossing Supervisors offering more protection for children and improved visibility of crossings for motorists.

Motorists who don’t obey the rules are putting lives at risk and face heavy fines and demerit points. Higher fines and demerit points also apply to certain driving and parking offences committed within school zones.


One Eighty: New Board

One Eighty held its Annual General Meeting last week. The AGM was an opportunity to hear about and reflect on One Eighty's operations over the preceding 12 months. Financial statements were presented, and nominees for Board member positions were appointed by election.

With this change in the organisation's leadership, we wanted to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to the outgoing Board, and to introduce our new Board members to our community.

Thank you from the outgoing Chair
When we founded One Eighty in 2017, we never could have imagined the journey we were about to embark on. It has truly been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life to date. I am acutely aware of the fact that One Eighty would not be where it is today without the support we have received from the community. I would like to extend my deepest thanks to you all for the contributions that you have made to the ongoing development and growth of the organisation. 
 
As I wrap up my master’s degree, and embark on a new challenge, I feel like it is the right time to take a step back from my role as Chair at One Eighty. As such, I welcome the new Board members who have been recently elected, each of whom brings with them a wealth of valuable experience that will serve the organisation incredibly.
 
I am so proud of the organisation that we have built, and the lives that we have impacted with your help. I know that I leave One Eighty in very capable hands, and I look forward to watching the organisation continue to grow and move towards the vision of a future free of youth suicide.
 
Thank you again for your ongoing support.
Samantha Callender

Thank you from our One Eighty team
The One Eighty team would like to take this opportunity to thank the members who have served on the Board over the past 2 years: Billy Bain, Elisabeth Goh, Chris Styler, Natasha Gilllezeau, Sam Callender, Karla Dunbar, and Maria Bilal. We're incredibly grateful to them for putting their trust in the organisation's vision and mission, and for the contributions that they have made during this crucial early growth phase of the organisation. We look forward to keeping our outgoing Board members in our extended One Eighty family - they will always be a key part in our story! 

During the outgoing Board's time in office, the organisation has grown from 3 to part-time staff, to now having 5 part-time staff, 38 casual staff, and over 18 advisory group members now making up our extended One Eighty family. Our membership has also doubled over the past year alone. As we can see from our FY21 activities, this growth has had a direct impact on our reach, allowing us to engage more people, online and through our programs, than ever before.

Finally, we are really excited about what new ideas and support our incoming Board can contribute, to see where they take the organisation in our next growth phase and to welcome new faces into our One Eighty family!

Incoming Board
We're so excited to bring on board a new group of individuals with diverse experiences and skills to help support our growth as an organisation. 

Incoming Chair
Justin O'Donnell is the CEO and Managing Director of Doshii, a subsidiary of the Commonwealth Bank (CBA). Justin is also the co-owner of The Park Darlinghurst. With over 15 years in financial services, Justin has developed a reputation for leading large-scale cross-border teams to turn ideas into reality. His career started in Australia in sales, before taking on a number of strategy and product roles. In 2013, he began working in various emerging markets across Asia to simplify products and processes to enhance financial inclusion. Justin was heavily involved in the design and delivery of TymeBank in South Africa before relocating back to Sydney to lead business development within CBA's Group Strategy division. Following CBA's investment in Klarna, Justin led the build and delivery of Klarna Australia. Justin graduated with a Bachelor of Communications from Charles Sturt University.

Incoming Treasurer
Belinda Judd works as the Director, Group Financial Control for Koala. Belinda is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and holds a B. Comm (Accounting) and a Masters Business Administration (HR Management). Belinda has over 17 years experience in financial and risk management across a variety of organisations in entertainment, media and retail industries in both Australia and abroad. She is passionate about being involved in community through the support of charities and local organisations.

Incoming Secretary
Annemarie Christie MBBS BSc(Med) DCH MAICD established the first general practice just for kids in NSW in 2005. The Children’s Doctor focuses on health and wellbeing for children and young adults. Annemarie is a volunteer Community Coach in the Max Potential program, assisting young adults to develop leadership skills. She also presents free seminars on parenting and children’s health to local carers, parents and school groups and community forums. Serving as the first female Board Director of the Castle Hill RSL Group since 2016, she represents that the Club continues to serve its members well. In 2017, she was awarded the NSW Local Woman of the Year for the Hills District for her ongoing community contribution and advocacy for women and children. In 2020, Annemarie was appointed as Director of the Sydney Child Health Program - providing paediatric education and professional development to doctors and health professionals worldwide. 

Dan Trevanion is an award winning lawyer with extensive experience in youth-led organisations, diversity and company governance. Dan graduated from the Australian National University and maintains that connection as co-chair of the ANU Alumni committee in Sydney. He is a director of the Australia-Indonesia Youth Association, and company secretary of the ASEAN-Australia Strategic Youth Partnership. Dan volunteers with the Institute of Migrant Rights. In his free time, Dan enjoys co-hosting Fresh Capital, a popular podcast for young investors.

Peter Allwood is an experienced board director and senior executive having gained more than 25 years’ experience within a variety of organisations across the commercial and not for profit sectors. Peter has worked across a number of sectors including banking and investment, manufacturing, property, and health, both within Australia and internationally. Peter is currently the Chief Operating Officer and Company Secretary of National Breast Cancer Foundation. He is also a non-executive Director of The Sydney University Settlement, NSW’s oldest not for profit organisation. Before joining NBCF, Peter spent eight years as Chief Operating Officer of CanTeen, the Australian not-for-profit organsiation supporting young adults and adolescents living with cancer. Prior to CanTeen, Peter was with Lendlease, the Australian property company, for 19 years, the last 10 years based in London leading the organisation’s European retail property development and investment business.

Board observer
Angelica Ojinnaka is a researcher and youth advocate, with extensive experience in the public health, youth mental health, advocacy, and policy sector on both national and international forums. She is a HDR Candidate at Western Sydney University, exploring how children and young people with complex and interrelated needs perceive the Australian service system, and the extent to which they are engaged in service decision-making. Her work upholds human and cultural rights, and centres on addressing social and health inequities. Angelica is a founding member of the African Australian Youth Suicide Prevention Group and an active youth leader with organisations including Plan International Australia, MYAN NSW, Orygen, Murdoch Children's Research Institute (MCRI) and Federation for Ethnic Communities Council of Australia. Angelica was the recipient of the 2021 NSW Premier’s Youth Medal, and has featured on SBS News, SBS Learn, ABC News, 9Honey, FBi Radio and United Nations platforms for her work.

Board observer
Alex Herlihy works at Social Ventures Australia, a not for profit organisation, which aims to influence systems to alleviate disadvantage – towards an Australia where all people and communities thrive. Alex is a member of the Fundraising and Partnerships teams and specialises in fundraising, engagement, and team management. In addition, Alex operates as an organisational coach with young people and NFP professionals. Previously, she worked in London at a LUCHFORD, a luxury creative agency and has further experience in strategy, marketing, and facilitation. Alex has been a peer support worker for One Eighty’s Open Up program for over two years and is passionate about providing a safe space for young people to share and feel heard. In 2021 she was appointed as Chair of One Eighty’s Growth Advisory Group. Alex is a certified Organisational Coach, holds a Cert IV in Training and Assessment and a Bachelor of Performance (Acting) from University of Wollongong.

Find out more at: www.oneeighty.org.au

ORRCA's 'Seas The Day' 2022 Calendar Now Available

October 15, 2021
A huge thank you to all who entered ORRCA's first ever ‘Seas the Day’ Calendar Photographic Competition. 

Every entry has helped raise awareness and funds for ORRCAs vital marine mammal rescues and research. 

A special congratulations to our twelve winners who will feature in our ORRCA Calendar for 2022. A special mention to Ann Scarrett whose photo will feature on the front cover. 

It is with much appreciation and thanks from the ORRCA team to our wonderful judge, Darren Dew for his generous support and tough decision making.

To everyone involved, you inspire others to care for our precious marine mammals. Thank you so much!

And the winners are: 
Ales Zib-Poole – January Fur seal
Selina Guckenbiehl – February Orca x3
Elissa Chan – March Seal swimming
Sharyn Coffee – April diving Seal
Michelle Barry – May - Minke
Ann Skarratt – June Humpback breach
Maree Jackson – July Southern right whale mother and calf
Robert Smith – August Humpback mother and calf
Peter Wandmaker – September Dugong mother and calf
Jamen Percy – October Humpback 
Bonita Holmes-Nuu – November Common Dolphin
Jodie Lowe – December Humpback breach
CONGRATULATIONS EVERYONE! 



To order your copy of our 1st ORRCA ‘Seas the Day’ Calendar, please visit the ORRCA Events page of our website and follow the link:  www.orrca.org.au/orrca-event

Monika’s DoggieRescue’s 2022 Calendar Is Out Now!

Monika’s DoggieRescue’s 2022 calendar has arrived! This is our biggest annual fundraiser and helps us continue to save the lives of dogs and cats on death row in NSW pounds. To date we have saved over 13,000 dogs and are home to around 100 dogs looking for their families. We rely on fundraising like our calendar to keep the doors open so please help us continue to save lives!

This year’s calendar was photographed by our volunteer photographer Dave Pigeon from The Dog’s Pyjamas. Dave has perfectly captured the different faces and emotions of our resident dogs, from Bowie looking hopefully to the future with a family of his own to sad Champ who isn’t sure what to do with himself facing another year without a home of his own.

Winston stars on the cover he found his way to Monika’s DoggieRescue from a Sydney pound and was discovered to be blind, his bandana reminds us all to be kind to those who have extract burdens to bear. Winston was lucky enough to be adopted just before the calendar arrived! 



This year’s calendar features 16 DoggieRescue dogs many of whom are still waiting at the shelter for their families to come.

At $20 the calendar is the perfect gift for dog loving friends and together we save more lives! Do something good for Christmas and give the gift of life.

About Monika’s DoggieRescue 
DoggieRescue is a Northern Beaches based no kill animal shelter, we’ve been in operation since 1998 with the primary objective of saving dogs and cats from death row in council pounds. We do not place a time limit on the lives of the animals we save and are often contacted about the more difficult animals in need.

You can grab your copy from the shelter or from our website by clicking here:

Cyclones Flooding Risk Highlighted In Bureau's Severe Weather Outlook

October 11, 2021
Australians can expect an average, or slightly above average, cyclone season with an increased risk of widespread flooding over the east and north, according to the Bureau of Meteorology’s Severe Weather Outlook released today.

The outlook, which also outlines the risk of severe thunderstorms, heatwaves and bushfires, is released in early October every year and looks ahead to the end of April, when the high risk weather season in Australia officially ends.

Bureau Senior Climatologist Greg Browning said while severe weather could occur at any time of the year, we are now entering Australia’s peak high risk weather season.

“Many climate drivers are indicating that it could be an active season across parts of Australia,” Mr Browning said.

“Warm waters to the north of the continent, and the sea surface temperature patterns across the tropical Pacific and Indian oceans, are driving our outlook towards more rainfall for eastern and northern Australia.

“It is also likely that the first rains of the northern wet season will arrive earlier than normal for much of northern Australia.

“On average, Australia gets around 11 tropical cyclones in a season, of which four generally cross our coastline. With warmer than average seas around northern Australia this year, the number of tropical cyclones is likely to be close, or slightly above average.

"And with an already wet landscape and above average rainfall likely, there is an increased risk of widespread flooding for eastern and northern Australia.

This summer, with above average rain, more cloud and higher humidity, the number of individual extreme heat days are likely to be lower than we've seen in recent years.

"But the potential for bushfires and severe storms remains near average.”

Mr Browning said Australians could not afford to be complacent this severe weather season.

"Severe weather can disrupt and endanger lives in many ways, that is why the Bureau is asking the community to ‘know your weather, know your risk’,” he said.

“That means understanding the kinds of severe weather that can impact the area you live in and what you should do when it occurs.

“Today’s release of the Severe Weather Outlook is also a timely reminder for all of us to follow the advice of local emergency services before, during and after severe weather.

“Another way Australians can keep themselves safe is by staying up-to-date with the latest forecast and warnings on the Bureau’s website or by downloading the BOM Weather app.”

New Seniors Housing Development Proposals Lodged With Council

Mona Vale - 7 and 8 Coronation Street, Seniors Development -  DA2021/1841 - $ 4,632,564, lodged 8/10/2021

Frenchs Forest - 58 Forest Way - Demolition works and construction of a senior housing development, DA2021/1814 - $ 1,694,793, lodged 8/10/2021

Collaroy - 4 Alexander Street  - Demolition works and construction of a seniors housing development, DA2021/1805 - $ 5,246,223, lodged 7/10/2021; The proposal has been referred to Heritage as the subject property adjoins a heritage item, ie:  Collaroy Cinema

Collaroy - 18 Alexander Street - Demolition works and construction of a housing development comprising five (5) self-contained apartments including basement car parking pursuant to SEPP (Housing for Seniors or People with a Disability) 2004, DA2021/1766 - $ 2,069,059, lodged 5/10/2021

Name Change Proposal Of Eight Sites To Mark Early Settlement Discoveries

Council will seek community input on the proposal to change the name of three geographical features on council managed land and Council will assist the Geographical Names Board (GNB) investigate a further five located on land not managed by Council to acknowledge the discoveries of naturalist and explorer George Caley.

Mr. Caley was a naturalist and self-trained botanist who came to NSW in 1800 and collected specimens for Joseph Banks. One of the most loved specimens found by him is still looked after by local bush care volunteers and was named for this gentleman, Grevillea caleyi


Grevillea caleyi flowers and foliage. Photo: Marita Macrae

The proposal has been raised by a local resident through the Geographical Names Board. The locations chart those taken by Mr Caley and recorded in his 1805 journal Journey to the Sea

Mayor Michael Regan has commended the resident who has put forward this proposal to capture and celebrate our local history.

“Discovering our past is so important to understand our beginnings and to celebrate the achievements of those before us.

“The proposed naming of the geographical features preserves the heritage of our area and commemorates George Caley’s journal.”

Council policy, when adopting a new name of a reserve, facility or road, requires community consultation prior to being endorsed.

If the location is not under Council’s care, control and management, the GNB will gauge support from the property owners of the five locations as well as the community as to whether the proposal be endorsed prior to Council providing any comments.

From 1805 Mr Caley documents a journey from Pennant Hills to Narrabeen and unofficially refers to eight geographic features within the Northern Beaches Local Government Area. These include:

Council managed sites:
  • Rename Belrose Reservoir as Sea Sight Reserve
  • Officially name Oxford Falls Cascades as Caley Falls
  • Name the reserve along Wakehurst Parkway, Narrabeen, unofficially known as Middle Creek 2 as Thick Brush Reserve
Additional sites are:
  • Southern Sister – Hill with the summit, located approximately 300m south-west of the Northcott Road and Macquarie Street intersection in Cromer.
  • Northern Sister – Hill with the summit located approximately 330m west of the Northcott Road and Macquarie Street intersection in Cromer.
  • Thick Brush Hill - Hill with the summit located approximately 1km north west of the Wakehurst Parkway overpass of Deep Creek, Ingleside.
  • Sea Sight Hill - Hill with the summit located approximately 300m south east of the Forest Way and Crozier Road intersection in Belrose.
  • Saw the Sea Hill with the summit located south of the Garigal Road and Forest Way junction, on the western side of Forest Way, in Belrose.
The proposal is on public exhibition from October 1st to November 14th and residents are encouraged to have their say online.  

For more information and to provide feedback, please visit:  yoursay.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/naming-proposal-george-caley-geographical-features

Council Seeks Feedback On New Names For Lookout And Clubhouse

Council is seeking community feedback on renaming two important community assets - the clubhouse at Lionel Watts Reserve and the lookout at South Curl Curl - after community leaders.

Recently, Council received a request to name the clubhouse at the eastern end of Lionel Watts Oval on Blackbutts Road Frenchs Forest The Eric Galloway Clubhouse after life member and a stalwart of Belrose Junior Rugby League Club.

Mr Galloway OAM’s contribution to both rugby league and cricket has seen him awarded a Centenary Medal and the Ray Stellar Award for the Club Person of the Year by NSW Rugby League.

The clubhouse is not currently formally named but is often referred to as the Belrose Junior Rugby League Clubhouse and used by Wakehurst Cricket Club, Frenchs Forest Horticultural and Agricultural Society and the Wakehurst Little Athletics. All support the naming proposal.

Mayor Regan said this was a fitting acknowledgement to a man who has contributed so much to the local sporting community.

“Everyone knows Eric and this is a lovely way to recognise everything he has done and achieved for rugby league and cricket over the years,” he said.

Council has also received a request to name the lookout above the South Curl Curl Rockpool on Carrington Parade, Curl Curl after Mr. Brian Green who was the first Mayor of the former Warringah Council.

Mayor Regan said this was a testament to Mr Green’s service, commitment to the community and local government throughout his tenure within Warringah Council.

“Throughout his years with Warringah Council, Mr Green’s leadership and involvement was integral in the completion of many important community projects, and it’s fitting that his efforts are recognised.

“Among his other achievements, Mr Green was also awarded the Paul Harris Rotary International Fellow in 1995 and a 50-year long service award for service to the Australian Surf Lifesaving Association by Freshwater SLSC.

“The location which is proposed to be called the Brian Green Lookout, is fitting as Mr Green and his family lived in the immediate vicinity of Carrington Parade area for many years,” Mayor Regan said.

In accordance with the Geographical Names Board and Council’s Naming our Reserves, Facilities and Policy, both name changes are required to be exhibited for public comment. The comments will be collated and reported back to Council prior to approval given and the names being implemented.

To provide feedback for the Eric Galloway Clubhouse, please visit:

To provide feedback for the Brian Green Lookout, please visit:

Sydney Wildlife Recycled Bottles For Wildlife 2021

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

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

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

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

October 10 - 16, 2021: Issue 513

This Issue: full list in Contents page 

Front Page Issue 513 

Opening Narrabeen Lagoon: Keeping The Community Safer For Over 100 Years

Nina Curtis Sails In Grand Prix For First Time In Cadiz  - SailGP Returns To Sydney Harbour This December

Pictures Mona Vale Road Upgrade: October 2021 Pictorial Update

A Beacon Of Safety For Manly's Shelly Beach: New ERB Unveiled

Aquatics The Rise Of The Surfboard As Life Saving Rescue Equipment: Some History

Manly Ferry Queenscliffs' Last Run: 2.10pm On Wednesday 13th Of October

National Carers Week, October 10-16 2021 Events Calendar: Supporting Our Carers – “You Can’t Pour From An Empty Cup!” 

NSW Ministry October 2021: Premier Dominic Perrottet. Also Included; John Barilaro Statement, Andrew Constance Statement, Dominic Perrottet Media Statement On The Election Of NSW Nationals Leadership Team

Covid Safety Update: NSW On The Road To Reopening, New Hardship Panel To Provide More Businesses With COVID-19 Financial Support, Booster Shot For Severely Immunocompromised Australians

Traditional Owners Assert Their Human Rights On Country: The Sacred Doongmabulla Springs At Risk 

DIY Ideas The Beer Ledge: Done In An Afternoon Projects For The Garden

Park Bench Philosopher CSIRO: Landmark Trial Eliminates Pest Mosquito + World’s first mass malaria vaccine rollout could prevent thousands of children dying

Call Out For Blue Plaque Nominations To Celebrate Our State's Heritage - Communities across the state can now nominate heritage places linked to notable personalities and events for recognition as part of the NSW Blue Plaques program. MPs and MLCs will have until October 31st 2021 to submit their nominations to Heritage NSW for consideration.

Profile of the Week Nathan Wellings

Nathan Wellings was voted Life Member at this year's Avalon Beach SLSC AGM. 

Nathan Wellings initial involvement with the Avalon Beach Surf Life Saving Club was as a Rower through the Barrenjoey High Schools' sports rowing program run by the legendary Rick Millar. Nathan has been a distinguished, conspicuous and sustained volunteer member for more than 26 years. He gained his Bronze Medallion in January 1995 and has gained 44 awards including the Silver Medallion, IRB driver and 25-year Long Service Award.

In 2007 he received the President’s Award and in 2014 was the “Max Watt” club competitor of the year and also the Chris “Detho” Dethick boatie of the year. He has represented the club in beach and rescue events at State and National levels, IRB racing and most predominately in surf boat competition. Nathan has won numerous medals at World, Australian, State, Branch and ARSL levels. 

In both the 2015/2016 Season and in the 2017/2018 Season he represented Australia in the Trans-Tasman test. 

“This is something that comes around maybe once in a lifetime, so they’re soaking it up and having a real good time,”  Nathan explained after the first successful debut of this initiative - he was just as stoked the second time.

In 2018, Nathan and his wife Mel founded and organised the first 24 Hour Row to raise money for local mental health organisations Gotcha4Life and OneEighty. This has grown each year since to now be a nation-wide event that raises hundreds of thousands of dollars, and this year already has teams in each state with gyms and other organisations joining in. In keeping with the nation-wide support all funds raised for mental fitness this year will be allocated to Gotcha4Life who intend to reinvest directly back into the communities it was raised by.

This year the 24 Hour Row aims to better the 2020 total of 130 thousand dollars raised. The 2021 edition will take place over the October 30th to 31st weekend with everyone encouraged to get involved at:  24hourrow.com.au

One of the original rowers from 2018 who has kept up participating each year is Pittwater MP Rob Stokes. 

Rob said this week “This is a great initiative which I’m really proud to support.

“Nathan and Mel Wellings have amazing passion and determination, and they’ve continued to grow this local concept into a nation-wide event.

“I’ve been really privileged to participate over recent years – even though I’m increasingly sore the following day!''

This week a few insights from Nathan about his passion for surf boats, community and reminding people that you're never alone - there's always someone, 24 hours a day, you can reach out to if you need help.

The first person to hold the Federal seat of Mackellar and the family he married into shows a legacy of people who served the community and a feisty independent soul who spoke up even when doing so resulted in his being left out, a trait he may have inherited via his genes from his great- grandfather.

Named in honour of Isobel Marion Dorothea Mackellar OBE, 1885–1968, the first time the name 'Mackellar' was used for an Electorate was the 1949 federal election when 'Bill' Wentworth, a descendant of William Charles Wentworth and D'arcy Wentworth, who once owned so much land in Pittwater and Manly, won the seat. He was living at Lauderdale street Manly at the time.

Bill Wentworth was an outspoken champion for his beliefs and others who had a deep compassion for those similarly ignored -  Australia's indigenous peoples.

Bill Wentworth was also backed up in choosing a lifetime partner whose family held similar views and practices that showed an exercising of compassion. The works done by their choice of lifetime partner also reinforce this compassion for people, for places and for a nation, was a lifetime practice.


Environment Life In The Treetops: Latest Episode Of The Coast, Palm Beach Shop Top Development Proposal Withdrawn, Australasian Figbirds: Spring 2021 Visitors, Birds In Your Garden: Wish You Had More?, Aussie Backyard Bird Count 2021, Avalon Preservation Association 2021 AGM, November 2021 Forum For Friends Of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment: Fishing Bats And Water Rats (Rakali), As far as the moon and back, twice: here’s a look at the most extraordinary journeys migrating birds make, Ley Approves Another Two New Coal Mines, Koala Spotters Wanted, Greater Sydney Water Strategy Open For Feedback, Warragamba Dam Raising Project EIS On Public Exhibition, $2 Million In Litter Prevention Grants Available To Help Keep NSW Litter Free, New Rules Put Carp In The Crosshairs Of Bowfishers, Climate-Based Legal Challenge To NSW Water-Sharing Plan, Reef 2050 Plan Must Be Strengthened Before It Is Released, Christmas And Cocos (Keeling) Islands Marine Park Plans A Major Step Forward For Global Conservation, NSW Government Plan To Revitalise Peat Island And Mooney Mooney Released, Community Voices Vital In Aerotropolis Exhibition, Crown Land For Northern Rivers Wildlife Hospital, Feral horses will rule one third of the fragile Kosciuszko National Park under a proposed NSW government plan, Australia could ‘green’ its degraded landscapes for just 6% of what we spend on defence, How fussy eating and changing environments led to the diversity of sharks today (and spelled the end for megalodon), Loved to death: Australian sandalwood is facing extinction in the wild, ‘Singing up Country’: reawakening the Black Duck Songline, across 300km in Australia’s southeast, Better building standards are good for the climate, your health, and your wallet. Here’s what the National Construction Code could do better, Rosemary in roundabouts, lemons over the fence: how to go urban foraging safely, respectfully and cleverly, Why sweet-toothed possums graze on stressed, sickly-looking trees, Migratory Bird Season, Baby Wildlife Season, Bushcare In Pittwater, Community Gardens, Groups, + Reserves History pages

Inbox News ICAC is not a curse and probity in government matters; The Australian media would do well to remember that, Australian Native Bees On The Brink After 2019/2020 Fires, Earliest Evidence Yet Of Huge Hippos In Britain, Hidden Mangrove Forest In The Yucatan Peninsula Reveals Ancient Sea Levels, Exposure To Deadly Urban Heat Worldwide Has Tripled In Recent Decades, Sandwich-Style Construction: Toward Ultra-Low-Energy Exciton Electronics, Ultra-Short Flashes Of Light Illuminate A Possible Path To Future Beyond-CMOS Electronics, Undiagnosed Endometriosis Compromises Fertility Treatment

Pittwater Offshore Newsletter: October 1st

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VALE John Reginald Alldritt

4/2/46- to 9/10/21



Much loved gentleman of Pittwater - will be missed by all.
Went out of his way to help many.
Had a smile and a tale for all.
Another Coasters - Palm Beach - Pittwater legend.

Sincere Condolences to John's family and many friends.

RIP Barefoot.

VALE Russell 'Rusty' Mackie 

9/10/2021
This man encapsulated the ultimate clubman. From running waters, to post game rub-downs, and even running on in times of need.. he has been there for us all. Well prepared for the game they play in heaven. 

The Heart of Manly Marlins Rugby Club
RIP sir - thank you for your service.


Warringah Rugby Club's New GM


Warringah Rugby Club would like to advise Robyn Watson has resigned as General Manager.  It has been another interrupted season and the club is grateful to Robyn for all she has done in difficult circumstances including an incredibly successful Derby Day.  The club wishes Robyn all the best for the future.

We have carried out an extensive recruitment process and are very pleased to announce Greg Marr as our new General Manager.  Greg has had many roles at the Rats including head coach and running our very successful sevens program. Greg and his extended family are imbedded into the foundations of the Rats and in his new role he will bring passion and his external commercial experience to the club at a very important time.

The club continues to work through a difficult commercial position driven by a 2nd Covid impacted season but with the continued support from our wonderful sponsors and members we will be ready for the 2022 season and with Greg’s experience and passion we will recover from Covid and continue to build a strong premier rugby club.

We  are also continuing to build our coaching and playing rosters for 2022 and will be making further positive  announcements once we finalise this.

Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP) 2022-2026

Council would like feedback on how they can make life easier for people living with disability on the Northern Beaches.

Council want to know how they can:
  • help you feel more included in the community
  • make it easier for you to get around on the Northern Beaches
  • make it easier for you to work or volunteer
  • improve the way we deliver services and communicate with you.
Whether you are a person living with disability, a person with caring responsibilities, a service provider or an interested community member, Council want to hear from you.

Everyone is welcome to do the community survey, however, some of the questions are more relevant to people with a lived experience of disability. Feel free to skip the questions that don’t apply to you and share ideas for a more inclusive and accessible Northern Beaches.

Long Term Security For Warringah Golf Club

Warringah Golf Club has been granted consent from the State government for Northern Beaches Council to enter into a 20 year lease to operate an 18-hole golf course, providing long term security for the club and its members.

Mayor Michael Regan said he was delighted to have the lease finally resolved for this public golf course.

“Club members and the community have faced a great deal of uncertainty over a number of years so I am thrilled that Council has been able to work with the club to achieve this outcome.

“The lease will not just provide certainty but will allow the club to progress the planned new Club building and other upgrades.”

Warringah Golf Club President Scott Campbell welcomed the resolution of the issue.

“It has been a challenging time for our members since the Administrator floated the idea of restricting our use.

“The golf club and course continues to be one of the most popular courses for social golfers in metropolitan Sydney with approximately 55,000 rounds played along with 30,000 rounds of members competitions played each year.

“It is so reassuring to know that our 85-year history will be able to continue into the future and we look forward to providing a new community and family friendly club house in the coming years.

”Thanks to the Council, Councillors and the Mayor for working with us to ensure the future of this great community asset is secure.”

400in4 Charity Ride 

Many Firefighters are committed to effecting change through pay deductions to support the Kids Burns Unit at The Children's Hospital at Westmead.

A further extension of this is the Fire and Rescue NSW 400in4 Charity Ride where firefighters cycle 400km's over 4 days and visit schools and communities along the way to deliver key fire safety learnings designed to keep children safe.

Now in its 16th year, the 400in4 Charity Ride is hoping to surpass the $1,000,000 mark for total funds donated to the Burns Unit.

COVID has put a dampener on this years event and has moved to a virtual event.

We ask for your support by donating to our riders and their efforts to provide funds to the Burns Unit which in turn delivers better patient outcomes through research into Burns Treatment, Minimisation of Scarring and Mental Health to aid and assist in the recovery process.

Please visit the link for more information and get behind our Firies.

Fire and Rescue NSW Station 068 Narrabeen


Northern Beaches Police Save Ducklings

October 5, 2021
It all happened under cover somewhere near the Mona Vale police station; the building of the nest then the hatching and raising of five ducklings.

The first we knew, the family was waddling across the front lawn towards one of the Beaches' busiest roads, headed to the other side.

Mission accomplished with the help of our station officer.


October Is Mental Health Month

World Mental Health Day 2021: October 10th
The overall objective of World Mental Health Day is to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and to mobilize efforts in support of mental health.

The Day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.

The 2021 theme from WHO is Mental health care for all: let's make it a reality
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on people’s mental health. Some groups, including health and other frontline workers, students, people living alone, and those with pre-existing mental health conditions, have been particularly affected. And services for mental, neurological and substance use disorders have been significantly disrupted.

Yet there is cause for optimism. During the World Health Assembly in May 2021, governments from around the world recognised the need to scale up quality mental health services at all levels. And some countries have found new ways of providing mental health care to their populations.

In NSW October is dedicated to fostering understanding of wellbeing and removing the stigmatisation of seeking help for sufferers of this disease. This month encourages all of us to think about our mental health and wellbeing, regardless of whether we may have a lived experience of mental illness or not. It also gives us the opportunity to understand the importance of good mental health in our everyday lives and encourages help seeking behaviours when needed. 

Ahead of this Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has announced the Australian Government is launching a new, free phone application with information, ideas and guidance for parents to help them provide additional support their child’s mental health and wellbeing.

The Raising Healthy Mind App was developed by the Raising Children Network as part of its program to support parents’ mental health literacy by building knowledge and confidence concerning the social and emotional wellbeing of children. The Australian Government is providing $1.5 million over three years to help fund the program.

Minister for Health and Aged Care, Greg Hunt, said supporting the mental health and wellbeing of children and young Australians is a high priority for the Government. 

“Each year, more than 300,000 Australian children experience a mental health disorder, and diagnosis and treatment at an early stage is important because it can reduce the length and severity of the problem,” Minister Hunt said.

“Parents can play a crucial role in early diagnosis and this new app will give parents and carers the confidence to recognise early signs of social or emotional problems and help them to seek support if it’s needed.”

Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, David Coleman, said the app was targeted towards parents with children aged 12 years and under and includes information on health, development and wellbeing based on the child’s age.

“The app also includes information and support for parents and carers to ensure they are looking after their own mental health and wellbeing,” Assistant Minister Coleman said.

“We know that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant effect on the mental health and wellbeing of young children and their parents, and this app is a resource families can use to recognise warning signs and seek support.”

The app complements existing dedicated online mental health and wellbeing resources available for all parents and carers on the Raising Children Network’s website and can be downloaded from the usual app stores on mobile phones.

In August 2019, the Federal Government asked the National Mental Health Commission to develop a new National Children’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy as part of the Government’s Long Term National Health Plan.

The strategy has been informed by a steering committee and expert advisory group and is due to be finalised this month.

The 2021-22 Budget invests a record $2.3 billion in reformed mental health care, through the National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan. This includes a number of initiatives for children and young people including:
  • $54.2 million to create new Head to Health Kids mental health and wellbeing centres for children up to 12 years, in partnership with the state and territory governments;
  • $42.3 million to support access to parenting education and support, to build parenting strategies and help parents to identify problem behaviours early; and
  • $26.8 million to support Kids Helpline and meet the increased demand as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Australians looking for support throughout the COVID-19 pandemic can access the Beyond Blue Coronavirus Wellbeing Support Service anytime via telephone at 1800 512 348 or online at coronavirus.beyondblue.org.au.

Anyone experiencing distress can seek immediate advice and support through Lifeline (13 11 14), Kids Helpline (1800 55 1800), or the Government’s digital mental health gateway, Head to Health.

If you are concerned about suicide, living with someone who is considering suicide, or bereaved by suicide, the Suicide Call Back Service is available at 1300 659 467 or www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au.

To download the app and find our more, please visit: 


Monika’s DoggieRescue’s 2022 Calendar Is Out Now!

Monika’s DoggieRescue’s 2022 calendar has arrived! This is our biggest annual fundraiser and helps us continue to save the lives of dogs and cats on death row in NSW pounds. To date we have saved over 13,000 dogs and are home to around 100 dogs looking for their families. We rely on fundraising like our calendar to keep the doors open so please help us continue to save lives!

This year’s calendar was photographed by our volunteer photographer Dave Pigeon from The Dog’s Pyjamas. Dave has perfectly captured the different faces and emotions of our resident dogs, from Bowie looking hopefully to the future with a family of his own to sad Champ who isn’t sure what to do with himself facing another year without a home of his own.

Winston stars on the cover he found his way to Monika’s DoggieRescue from a Sydney pound and was discovered to be blind, his bandana reminds us all to be kind to those who have extract burdens to bear. Winston was lucky enough to be adopted just before the calendar arrived! 



This year’s calendar features 16 DoggieRescue dogs many of whom are still waiting at the shelter for their families to come.

At $20 the calendar is the perfect gift for dog loving friends and together we save more lives! Do something good for Christmas and give the gift of life.

About Monika’s DoggieRescue 
DoggieRescue is a Northern Beaches based no kill animal shelter, we’ve been in operation since 1998 with the primary objective of saving dogs and cats from death row in council pounds. We do not place a time limit on the lives of the animals we save and are often contacted about the more difficult animals in need.

You can grab your copy from the shelter or from our website by clicking here:

October 2021 Update: Pittwater’s Sister Village Soibada, Timor Leste

The past 18 months has been a challenge for communities all over the world. Covid 19 has impacted people in long term ways not just confined to health issues.

Pittwater has been linked in friendship to the village of Soibada in the Mountains of East Timor for over a decade now. Before Covid, volunteers from our community would visit twice a year to assist with sustainable development programs. Not only have we not been able to travel but our fundraising events have been limited due to the necessary precautions.

As our ability to help was limited the needs in the village grew. It certainly put our restrictions into perspective for me. As we were searching for toilet paper families in Timor Leste were dying of starvation because they could not get access to food. At times I felt despair and hopelessness. How could we help these people from lockdown? 

All that changed last week when my children were permitted to see their friends again. The energy and enthusiasm of three teenage boys, Xavier, Milo and Connor was infectious. They helped me set up a Crowdfunding campaign to solve one of the latest issues in the village and do it quickly! 

These guys really understand the challenges the children of Soibada face. They have been involved in helping the village since they were in primary school. They understand the concept that you can make more of a difference by enabling children to get an education than just handing over donated goods. It is so encouraging to have this type of discussion with Australian young people. 

Pre-schoolers in Soibada need our help.

In Soibada, as in most of Timor Leste, there are high rates of illiteracy. Very few pre-school-age children are growing up in an environment that adequately nurtures them mentally and physically. Most families have at least seven or eight children. There are high under-5 mortality rates, malnourishment, as well as diseases such as diarrhoea from inadequate safe water, sanitation and hygiene.  

The lack of educational facilities in Soibada disadvantages more than just the 2-5-year-olds. Older siblings, particularly girls, miss out on their schooling because they are required to stay at home to care for the younger ones. Some school-age children take their younger siblings to school where they wait outside the classrooms.


photo by Peta Wise

Friends of Soibada have plans in place for a purpose-built Preschool facility to be built in partnership with other organisations. This takes time. The problem is more immediate than that! 

The community in Soibada has identified a building that can be suitably repaired for the 80 children that have already registered to start kindergarten in the new year. The local workmen are on-site and need funds to buy the materials needed to make the building safe.

Within days of the campaign launch we had reached the halfway mark with the fundraising. We still need a little more. 

If you can give up a cup of coffee this week and donate the cost it would really help.

The fundraiser page is at: chuffed.org/project/teach-the-children-change-the-future

Thank you so much, 

Tamara.

Tamara Sloper Harding OAM
Chairperson
Friends of Soibada

Call For Entries: North Sydney Art Prize 2022

Entries are now open for the North Sydney Art Prize 2022, a major biennial arts event showcasing some of the best in contemporary art by emerging, mid-career and established artists.

Artists from across Australia are invited to submit entries for the 16-day exhibition to be held from 14 to 29 May 2022 at the iconic Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability in Waverton. This unique site enables broad participation and accommodates the inclusion of all mediums.

Indoor and outdoor works will be selected for exhibition in the Caretakers Cottage, Artist Studio, Platform, tunnels, 25 chambers and surrounding parklands. All proposals for the tunnels and chambers must first be discussed with the Curator prior to the submission of entries.

Due to the nature of this unique post-industrial site installation, site specific and sculptural works are encouraged.

Awards to the value of $41,000 with six award categories including:
  • Major Open Award $20,000
  • Award for Sculpture $12,000
  • Site Specific Award $5,000
  • Emerging Artist Award $2,000
  • Work/on with Paper Award $1,000
  • Award for Drawing $1,000
North Sydney Council acknowledges and sincerely thanks Australian Catholic University, Primrose Park Art & Crafts Centre Inc and the Royal Art Society of NSW for their generous sponsorship of the North Sydney Art Prize.

Entries close November 30th 2021. 


Pets Of The Week

Rio

AGE/SEX: 8 months / M
BREED: Kelpie X

Rio is an active kid friendly Kelpie boy. He can be a little shy at first but relaxes and loves cuddles. He has a curious disposition. He suits a family with kids 5+yo. He walks well on loose lead and ignores cars and other dogs. Walkers say: "Rio is a lovely friendly dog to walk. Seemed mostly relaxed, occasionally a bit scared/jumpy/nervous. He was very energetic" He has a scruffy coat and weighs 21.0kg. He comes desexed, C5 vaccinated, heartworm free and microchipped. Also included for the love and health of our dogs is a free Health and Wellness Voucher with our DR Vet. His adoption cost is $400. 

Daphne


Daphne and Eloise are siblings 16 weeks old who have recovered from cat flu (herpes virus). Daphne is a bit shy but very sweet. She comes desexed, wormed, F3 vaccinated, and microchipped. Her adoption fee is $250. She is located at Ingleside. For further details call DoggieRescue on 9486 3133 or email  cats@doggierescue.com  

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

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

World-First Research Project To Get Kids Running To Better Health

October 6, 2021
A landmark research project led by The University of Queensland is aiming to improve the cardiovascular health of young children with cerebral palsy (CP) by trialling a new running program.

Dr Sarah Reedman, a Research Fellow at UQ’s Cerebral Palsy and Rehabilitation Research Centre, said the study was the first of its kind internationally to host a trial of frame running training and would monitor the improvements in cardiovascular fitness for young children living with CP as they train and grow.

“Participants of our project, which is called Running for Health, will use a frame that gives children with CP the capability to run,” Dr Reedman said.

“Frame running or race running is a new sport and will only be introduced for the first time at the Paris Paralympics in 2024.

“We are currently identifying children who want to get into the sport and you never know, they might end up representing Australia in their hometown come 2032.”

CP is the most common physical disability in childhood with around 600 children diagnosed in Australia every year.

Children with CP often have difficulty walking or cannot walk, meaning they have low physical activity levels which can lead to a 300 per cent increased risk of dying from cardiovascular disease.

“Kids with cerebral palsy grow up to be adults with cerebral palsy, and adults with the disease have a  high risk of dying prematurely,” Dr Reedman said.

“The risk of this cohort dying from heart disease hasn’t dropped in 30 years due to the lack of research into the area, and I am hoping to change that.

“The project could have the added benefit of improving sports equity, as frame running is one of the only accessible opportunities for high intensity activity for people with a severe disability.”

Dr Reedman’s research project received almost $50,000 of funding from the Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Trials will be run in Brisbane, Sydney and Cairns and are open to participants between the ages of 8-20 years. Those interested should email run4healthcp@uq.edu.au.

Collaborating institutions include The Children’s Hospital Foundation, Queensland Children’s Hospital (Queensland Paediatric Rehabilitation Service), Sydney Children’s Hospital Network and University of Sydney.


Dr Sarah Reedman and a Running for Health participant

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

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

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

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

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

Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary Stalls At Pittwater Place

Our Avalon Mothers’ Day stall was most successful raising $2,400 which we will spend on outdoor furniture for the new Palliative Care Centre.

“Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary members will be holding stalls at Pittwater Place, Mona Vale on the first Saturday of the month for the rest of the year, selling knitting, sewing, craft, jams and books, from 8am to 3pm.”

New Seniors Housing Development Proposals Lodged With Council

Mona Vale - 7 and 8 Coronation Street, Seniors Development -  DA2021/1841 - $ 4,632,564, lodged 8/10/2021

Frenchs Forest - 58 Forest Way - Demolition works and construction of a senior housing development, DA2021/1814 - $ 1,694,793, lodged 8/10/2021

Collaroy - 4 Alexander Street  - Demolition works and construction of a seniors housing development, DA2021/1805 - $ 5,246,223, lodged 7/10/2021; The proposal has been referred to Heritage as the subject property adjoins a heritage item, ie:  Collaroy Cinema

Collaroy - 18 Alexander Street - Demolition works and construction of a housing development comprising five (5) self-contained apartments including basement car parking pursuant to SEPP (Housing for Seniors or People with a Disability) 2004, DA2021/1766 - $ 2,069,059, lodged 5/10/2021

226 Police Recruits Sworn In During Private Attestation Ceremony

Friday, 8th of October 2021 
NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller will welcome 226 new probationary constables to the ranks of the Force in a private attestation ceremony in compliance with COVID-19 restrictions.

The students of Class 349 will be sworn in by Commissioner Fuller during the COVID-safe ceremony today (Friday 8 October 2021).

Social distancing and mass gathering directions have been applied to the attestation ceremony, with no members of the public or the media able to attend.

The number of visiting police has also been restricted and their movements restricted in line with the relevant Public Health Orders.

Class 349 will commence duties from next Monday (October 11th 2021), which will see them undertake a year of on-the-job training and complete the Associate Degree in Policing Practice by distance education with Charles Sturt University before being confirmed to the rank of constable.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott congratulated the new recruits, who bring a fresh boost to the Force.

“Congratulations to the men and women of Class 349, who graduate today and will join the NSW Police Force at its strongest and most efficient,” Mr Elliott said.

“After eight months of world-class training, the attesting officers will join their stations next Monday and invigorate the policing capabilities of this state.

“As they start at commands next week, they can be certain that the NSW Government is committed to supporting its frontline officers,” he said.

NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller welcomed the recruits of Class 349 as they took their oath of office to become the Force’s newest probationary constables.

“Over the past two years, police have played a vital role in leading the community through the pandemic and I have been extraordinarily proud of the dedication and service of all of my men and women in blue,” Commissioner Fuller said.

“I commend our newest probationary constables for embarking on a career in policing.

“The challenges they will face may not yet be known, but I can assure them that they will part of a large policing family. They have just reached an important milestone in what will no doubt be a very rewarding career,” he said.

Education and Training Commander, Assistant Commissioner Dean Smith, said that the recruits have already demonstrated the resilience needed for a rewarding career in law enforcement.

“I congratulate all of today’s newest probationary constables on this significant achievement,” Assistant Commissioner Smith said.

“I am incredibly proud of the dedication and commitment every one of the attesting probationary constables have displayed over the past eight months. The last 16 weeks has been particularly challenging given the COVID-19 restrictions and the fact that many of the recruits have not been able to return home to see their loved ones.”

“While it is disappointing that we could not invite family and friends to attend the attestation ceremony today, it is still a very special and proud moment for the attesting class, their families and friends. We are pleased that they will still be sharing in this special event as it is livestreamed on the NSW Police Force Facebook page,” he said.

FACTS AND FIGURES ABOUT CLASS 349

A total of 226 recruits are being sworn in today, with the class comprised of 153 men and 73 women.

The students will attest with the rank of probationary constable. Recruits will report to their stations for work from Monday 11 October 2021.

They will then complete 12 months' on-the-job training and study by distance education with Charles Sturt University. They officially graduate with an Associate Degree in Policing Practice once they have passed all academic and operation standards. The officers will then be confirmed to the rank of constable.

Of the probationary constables attesting today, three recruits are indigenous.

Those born in Australia total 192, while 34 were born overseas. Their countries of origin include Brazil, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, Lebanon, Congo, South Korea, China, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Serbia, and the Philippines.

Languages in addition to English spoken by students in Class 349 include Arabic, Portuguese, Urdu, Shona, Tamil, Swahili, Chinese, Hindi, Korean and Nepali


The youngest recruits are aged 19, while the oldest recruits is aged 44. Other age statistics for Class 349:

18-20 – 30
21-25 – 112
26-30 – 55
31-35 – 20
36-40 – 6
Over 40 – 3

Name Change Proposal Of Eight Sites To Mark Early Settlement Discoveries

Council will seek community input on the proposal to change the name of three geographical features on council managed land and Council will assist the Geographical Names Board (GNB) investigate a further five located on land not managed by Council to acknowledge the discoveries of naturalist and explorer George Caley.

Mr. Caley was a naturalist and self-trained botanist who came to NSW in 1800 and collected specimens for Joseph Banks. One of the most loved specimens found by him is still looked after by local bush care volunteers and was named for this gentleman, Grevillea caleyi


Grevillea caleyi flowers and foliage. Photo: Marita Macrae

The proposal has been raised by a local resident through the Geographical Names Board. The locations chart those taken by Mr Caley and recorded in his 1805 journal Journey to the Sea

Mayor Michael Regan has commended the resident who has put forward this proposal to capture and celebrate our local history.

“Discovering our past is so important to understand our beginnings and to celebrate the achievements of those before us.

“The proposed naming of the geographical features preserves the heritage of our area and commemorates George Caley’s journal.”

Council policy, when adopting a new name of a reserve, facility or road, requires community consultation prior to being endorsed.

If the location is not under Council’s care, control and management, the GNB will gauge support from the property owners of the five locations as well as the community as to whether the proposal be endorsed prior to Council providing any comments.

From 1805 Mr Caley documents a journey from Pennant Hills to Narrabeen and unofficially refers to eight geographic features within the Northern Beaches Local Government Area. These include:

Council managed sites:
  • Rename Belrose Reservoir as Sea Sight Reserve
  • Officially name Oxford Falls Cascades as Caley Falls
  • Name the reserve along Wakehurst Parkway, Narrabeen, unofficially known as Middle Creek 2 as Thick Brush Reserve
Additional sites are:
  • Southern Sister – Hill with the summit, located approximately 300m south-west of the Northcott Road and Macquarie Street intersection in Cromer.
  • Northern Sister – Hill with the summit located approximately 330m west of the Northcott Road and Macquarie Street intersection in Cromer.
  • Thick Brush Hill - Hill with the summit located approximately 1km north west of the Wakehurst Parkway overpass of Deep Creek, Ingleside.
  • Sea Sight Hill - Hill with the summit located approximately 300m south east of the Forest Way and Crozier Road intersection in Belrose.
  • Saw the Sea Hill with the summit located south of the Garigal Road and Forest Way junction, on the western side of Forest Way, in Belrose.
The proposal is on public exhibition from October 1st to November 14th and residents are encouraged to have their say online.  

For more information and to provide feedback, please visit:  yoursay.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/naming-proposal-george-caley-geographical-features

Council Seeks Feedback On New Names For Lookout And Clubhouse

Council is seeking community feedback on renaming two important community assets - the clubhouse at Lionel Watts Reserve and the lookout at South Curl Curl - after community leaders.

Recently, Council received a request to name the clubhouse at the eastern end of Lionel Watts Oval on Blackbutts Road Frenchs Forest The Eric Galloway Clubhouse after life member and a stalwart of Belrose Junior Rugby League Club.

Mr Galloway OAM’s contribution to both rugby league and cricket has seen him awarded a Centenary Medal and the Ray Stellar Award for the Club Person of the Year by NSW Rugby League.

The clubhouse is not currently formally named but is often referred to as the Belrose Junior Rugby League Clubhouse and used by Wakehurst Cricket Club, Frenchs Forest Horticultural and Agricultural Society and the Wakehurst Little Athletics. All support the naming proposal.

Mayor Regan said this was a fitting acknowledgement to a man who has contributed so much to the local sporting community.

“Everyone knows Eric and this is a lovely way to recognise everything he has done and achieved for rugby league and cricket over the years,” he said.

Council has also received a request to name the lookout above the South Curl Curl Rockpool on Carrington Parade, Curl Curl after Mr. Brian Green who was the first Mayor of the former Warringah Council.

Mayor Regan said this was a testament to Mr Green’s service, commitment to the community and local government throughout his tenure within Warringah Council.

“Throughout his years with Warringah Council, Mr Green’s leadership and involvement was integral in the completion of many important community projects, and it’s fitting that his efforts are recognised.

“Among his other achievements, Mr Green was also awarded the Paul Harris Rotary International Fellow in 1995 and a 50-year long service award for service to the Australian Surf Lifesaving Association by Freshwater SLSC.

“The location which is proposed to be called the Brian Green Lookout, is fitting as Mr Green and his family lived in the immediate vicinity of Carrington Parade area for many years,” Mayor Regan said.

In accordance with the Geographical Names Board and Council’s Naming our Reserves, Facilities and Policy, both name changes are required to be exhibited for public comment. The comments will be collated and reported back to Council prior to approval given and the names being implemented.

To provide feedback for the Eric Galloway Clubhouse, please visit:

To provide feedback for the Brian Green Lookout, please visit:

Proposed Keoride Lease For Building In Front Of Warriewood B-Line Car Park

In November 2017, Keolis Downer started operating the Keoride On Demand Transport service in our area as part a two year pilot program led by the NSW Government. Since then, Keoride has successfully connected over 500,000 customers from a pick up point close to their homes to three B-Line stops at Mona Vale, Warriewood, and Narrabeen.

The NSW Government has decided to make Keoride a permanent transport service to complement bus services from October 31st 2021.

To support this transport service for the area, Council are proposing to grant Keolis Downer a new five (5) year lease of the small building in front of the Warriewood B-Line Car Park on Pittwater Road and 12 car spaces within the Council portion of the car park.

The lease will enable Keolis Downer to run their on demand transport services and information centre from Warriewood, and securely store their vehicles on site. The lease will be subject to the payment of a market lease fee.

In accordance with Section 47 of the Local Government Act 1993, Council are giving notice of their intention to lease the land formally known as Part Lot 1 DP 1250192 and Part Lot 2 in DP 1250192.

View the lease plan and provide feedback here:

Surfing NSW 2021 Event Update

Friday 8th October 2021 
Surfing NSW is excited to present a range of events that will take place in the final months of 2021. 

With the NSW Government's recent announcement regarding the return of community sport at 80% full vaccination, ten events will take place until the end of 2021.

These include the Woolworths Surfer Grom Comp Series, Australian Boardriders Battle qualifying events, Woolworths NSW Junior State Titles pres. by Ocean and Earth, Surfaid Cup and the Aloha Manly Junior Teams Challenge. 

Dates and locations for the events can be seen below:  
  • Woolworths Surfer Grom Comp - Coffs Harbour 6th - 7th November 2021
  • Woolworths Surfer Grom Comp - Kiama 13th - 14th November 2021
  • Woolworths NSW Junior State Titles presented by Ocean and Earth - Illawarra 17th - 22nd November 2021
  • Surf Aid Cup - Manly 26th November 2021
  • Australian Boardriders Battle - Regional Qualifier (Central Clubs) - North Narrabeen 27th November 2021 
  • Aloha Manly Junior Teams Event - Manly 4th - 5th December 2021
  • Woolworths Surfer Grom Comp - Cronulla 4th - 5th December 2021
  • Australian Boardriders Battle Regional Qualifier (South Clubs) - Kiama 11th December 2021
  • Woolworths Surfer Grom Comp - Northern Beaches 11th - 12th December 2021
  • Australian Boardriders Battle Regional Qualifier (North Clubs) - Coffs Harbour 18th December 2021
Please click here for further information about any of the above competitions or entries. 

To see all events in the 2021 Events Calendar follow the link below:


New Learning Course Helps Drive Return Of Industry 

October 5, 2021
TAFE NSW has launched a new Lockdown Learning course as a pathway into the events industry, giving jobseekers the chance to upskill or kick-start a new career. 
 
More than 20,000 people have already enrolled in 25 fee-free Lockdown Learning courses, with almost 10,000 people studying with TAFE NSW for the first time. 
 
TAFE NSW Managing Director Steffen Faurby said the new Statement of Attainment in Getting Started in the Events Industry is open to 800 people and will provide essential skills to support event operators as NSW begins to reopen. 
 
“We are proud to offer customised training to help our businesses, our communities, and our economy bounce back from this pandemic,” Mr Faurby said. 
 
“Many workers were stood down from jobs in the events industry due to COVID-19 and have since found work elsewhere. As restrictions ease and the industry begins to reopen, this short course will provide a pathway to opportunities in the sector, where there is likely to be a shortage of skilled staff.” 
 
Mr Faurby said across NSW, more than 120,000 people have enrolled in TAFE NSW short courses since they were first introduced in April 2020 as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
 
“Our suite of free online and virtual courses has assisted thousands of people to use their time in lockdown wisely and upskill themselves or their staff, enhance their job prospects, or begin retraining for a new career,” Mr Faurby said. 
 
“We have a long and proud history of training the state’s workforce and now more than ever, it is vital to provide the skills people need to get back to work and drive the return of business and industry.” 
 
For more information about studying at TAFE NSW, visit www.tafensw.edu.au or phone 131 601. 


Australian Sydney Seabird Rescue 2022 Calendar Photo Comp.

Our Sydney team is currently organising the 2022 fundraising calendar and is calling all photographers to have the chance of having their image featured in our calendar. You will be supporting a good cause with all proceeds going to ASR Central Coast. Pre-orders for our calendars will be available soon. 

Rules:
  • All photographers are eligible, including amateur, semi-pro and professional.
  • Photos must be taken of a marine animal in their environment: by or on the waterside, underwater in oceans, freshwater or pools. Split-shots (over-unders) are accepted.
  • Photos taken as a result of harassment to marine life that could be harmful to the subject may be disqualified at the judges' discretion.
  • All subjects must be alive and in their natural environment. No captive animals will be considered and no entrapment of any kind is permissible.
  • All photos must be taken in a natural water environment like an ocean or lake (no pools, aquariums, or controlled environments)

File size and format: JPEG/JPG images only
At least 300 dpi recommended (300 dpi = 3387x2636 pixels) - which should be over 1MB in size. sRGB colour space is best.

Watermarks NOT allowed (winning images will be watermarked upon publication).

Australian Seabird Rescue Central Coast branch

2022 Women Leaders In Sport Grants To Support Emerging Leaders

Applications for the WLIS individual and organisation grants close on 15 October, 2021.
Hundreds of emerging female leaders in Australian sport will receive quality professional development and training under Sport Australia’s 2022 Women Leaders in Sport (WLIS) grants.

Applications are now open for the program which has helped strengthen the role of female leaders in sport for more than two decades.

Sporting organisations can also apply for WLIS grants to create more diverse and inclusive workplaces and attract, retain, and develop even more talented female leaders across the sector.

Now in its 21st year, the highly regarded WLIS program is delivered by Sport Australia and will distribute $370,000 in grants with the support of the Office for Women.

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women Marise Payne said the Government is committed to increasing the number of women leaders in sport.

“We are proud to fund a program which sets new benchmarks for supporting women in sport and assists organisations in taking meaningful steps to achieve gender equity in the workplace,” Minister Payne said.

“Increasing women’s economic security and leadership is a key focus for the Australian Government.

“As we overcome COVID-19, it is more crucial than ever that we build strong foundations for women working in the sport sector.”



Minister for Sport Richard Colbeck said the program provides women with valuable development opportunities and experiences to progress on their leadership pathway.

“We know that sport can bring communities together and inspire positive change,” he said.  “By providing these targeted development opportunities we are supporting the next generation of female sports leaders.”

Sport Australia Acting CEO Rob Dalton said the program has a proven track record of success.

‘’Earlier this year we awarded individual grants to a record 84 women who attended courses from Board Room training to High Performance coach education.”

During the last grants round, 13 organisations shared in $170,000 in funding including Football SA which is using its grant to deliver gender inclusive workshops to club board members and run women’s leadership workshops, while the AFL is offering tailored training and education to 36 community coaches and officials.

“To date the WLIS program has supported more than 26,000 women and 100 local, state and national sporting organisations,” Mr Dalton said. 

“This is a fantastic achievement, and we are excited to see the program expand thanks to funding from the Australian Government.

“This will enable us to deliver even more opportunities for women and strive for a greater balance of men and women in senior positions both on and off the field.”

Applications for the WLIS individual and organisation grants close on 15 October, 2021.

More information including the eligibility criteria is available on Sport Australia’s website: www.sportaus.gov.au/grants_and_funding/wlis 


Sydney Wildlife Recycled Bottles For Wildlife 2021

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

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

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

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

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 on logo above to visit their website.

Speed Humps On McCarrs Creek Rd: Please Share Wildlife Data 

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

It records the GPS position, date, sex, species. Photos can be added as they help in identification
The data is then forwarded to OEH and Transport NSW as it can help establish the best places to place  mitigation. Thanking you all in advance for your help with this.

We need your help. Thank you for reporting wildlife road fatalities. There is so much wildlife on the move in our area at present due to various pressures. Although we have had pictures sent to us, many of these have no date or location.

There is a database that volunteers maintain but this needs three pieces of information:
  1. The position via GPS or road and suburb
  2. The date
  3. The animal
The details can be entered into the database directly by you at:

October 3 - 9, 2021: Issue 512

This Issue:

Front Page Issue 512 

Premier Berejiklian Resigns – Pittwater MP Rob Stokes Confirms Intention to Nominate To Run For Liberal Party Leadership Role

Tom Trbojevic Wins 2021 Dally M Medal

Newport Residents Association Update On Saving Robertson Road So It May Remain The Centre Of This Village

Crescent Reserve Vandalism By Trail Bikers Destroys 24 Years Of Work By Volunteers; Is An Authorised MTB Track For Youngsters IN Pittwater Discussion Overdue?

Dog Attack Statistics For 2021 Released: 174 Reported Attacks For The 2020-2021 NBC LGA Records

October 2021 Update: Pittwater’s Sister Village Soibada, Timor Leste

Are You Ready To #walkwithus For Those That Can’t?

Pittwater Parks Much The Poorer After Concrete Paths Have Been Cut Through Their Green Hearts

New Group Formed To Demerge Amalgamated Councils: The Demerge NSW Alliance

Covid Update: Doubling Of Local Active Cases Since Last Report + Roadmap To Recovery Reveals Path Forward For All NSW; JobSaver Extension By NSW Government, School Return Brought Forward, Aged 60+ Now Able To Access Pfizer and Moderna Vaccines, Concerns People Living With A Disability Will Not Be Fully Vaccinated Prior To Opening Up

Pictures A Stroll Along Mona Vale Beach Pictorial by Kevin Murray

Aquatics Pittwater Ocean Swims Series Offer Ocean Swimmers A New Year Breath Of Fresh Air

Artist of the Month October 2021: Ángel R. López-SánchezDr Ángel R. López-Sánchez is a resident of Frenchs Forest, from where these images were taken and which were entered in the After Dark Photo Competition: Northern Beaches. He is an astrophysicist and science communicator working at the Australian Astronomical Optics (AAO) and the Department of Physics and Astronomy of the Macquarie University (MQ) in Sydney. His research is focused in the analysis of star formation phenomena in galaxies of the Local Universe, especially in dwarf starbursts and spiral galaxies, using multi-wavelength (UV, optical, IR, radio) data. He presented his PhD Thesis at University of La Laguna and the Instituto Astrofisica de Canarias (Spain) in 2006. Dr. López-Sánchez is passionate science communicator who continuously gives talks and public lectures, writes popular science articles, podcasts the Skyentists and organises science communication events and stargazing activities. He is very active in social media, his Twitter feed is @El_Lobo_Rayado.

Park Bench Philosopher Friday Essay: On Birds — Feathered Messengers From Deep Time

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Call Out For Blue Plaque Nominations To Celebrate Our State's Heritage - Communities across the state can now nominate heritage places linked to notable personalities and events for recognition as part of the NSW Blue Plaques program. MPs and MLCs will have until October 31st 2021 to submit their nominations to Heritage NSW for consideration.

Profile of the Week Mandy Loveday: Move To Heal Nia Teacher
This week, to open Pittwater Online News' month long focus on what we can all do to expand Mental Fitness and Wellbeing in our community, we speak to Church Point resident, Mandy Loveday, Blue Belt Moving to Heal Nia Teacher, Trauma Sensitive Movement Practitioner, and Arts for Wellness facilitator.

Most of us know that exercise is good for your body. But did you know it can also boost your mood, improve your sleep, and help you deal with depression, anxiety, stress, and trauma? 

During Mental Health Month October 2021, you’re invited to “tune in, get moving and feel better” by experiencing the joy of movement in a Nia class, free of charge.  

Local Nia teacher Mandy Loveday says “Nia is like no other exercise class. Its unique combination of martial arts, dance arts and the healing arts, creates an experience that leaves you feeling uplifted and alive. When you step into a class you are invited to tune in to the present moment and move to the music in your body’s way, focusing on sensation, self-expression, and feelings of comfort.” 

Mandy has consulted to the Vocational Education and Training sector for more than 20 years, specialising in training organisation start up and working in all aspects of management including compliance, marketing, and course development.

Mandy project managed the Arts for Wellness community event, held during Mental Health month in October 2019 which won the Northern Beaches Community Event of the year.

“I believe the arts are a powerful tool which can be used to create an inclusive sense of community.
From yoga to dance, breathwork and martial arts, mindful movement to music, these art forms have the potential to lift your heart, bring you joy, create emotional balance, improve physical and mental health and cultivate community connection. Combine these with trauma sensitive practices and you have a uniquely safe space for self-healing and growth.”

Although we won't be able to go away camping this Spring holidays, the State Library of New South Wales is continuing its great work in digitising old photographs and has recently made available online some of the images found in an earlier history page about Camping at Governor Phillip Park, only these are far clearer and give the photographer as Ted Hood, the son of Samuel Hood.

Having commenced this 'camping' series with A Tent at The Basin, a glimpse into life at the Avalon Camping Grounds, and the popular Bilgola Camping Grounds and even those who liked the seclusion of Whale Beach or the community atmosphere that marked Narrabeen Camping grounds, this Spring holidays a refresh of that Palm Beach Camping page with those new images added in. 

Here too, as at Whale Beach, the campers formed themselves into a life saving volunteer brigade - in fact North Palm Beach SLSC was formed from those who lived at this camp.

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

Camping on the isthmus-tombola region beneath Barrenjoey's headland became popular during the 1920's and even before, if those found camping by Mr. De Boos in his 1861 journal/story My Holiday is anything to go by. If he could glance 70 years behind him he would have seen the kin of Bowen - Boin Bungaree and Bongin himself camping in this area.

Pittwater Offshore Newsletter: October 1st

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Name Change Proposal Of Eight Sites To Mark Early Settlement Discoveries

Council will seek community input on the proposal to change the name of three geographical features on council managed land and Council will assist the Geographical Names Board (GNB) investigate a further five located on land not managed by Council to acknowledge the discoveries of naturalist and explorer George Caley.

Mr. Caley was a naturalist and self-trained botanist who came to NSW in 1800 and collected specimens for Joseph Banks. One of the most loved specimens found by him is still looked after by local bush care volunteers and was named for this gentleman, Grevillea caleyi


Grevillea caleyi flowers and foliage. Photo: Marita Macrae

The proposal has been raised by a local resident through the Geographical Names Board. The locations chart those taken by Mr Caley and recorded in his 1805 journal Journey to the Sea

Mayor Michael Regan has commended the resident who has put forward this proposal to capture and celebrate our local history.

“Discovering our past is so important to understand our beginnings and to celebrate the achievements of those before us.

“The proposed naming of the geographical features preserves the heritage of our area and commemorates George Caley’s journal.”

Council policy, when adopting a new name of a reserve, facility or road, requires community consultation prior to being endorsed.

If the location is not under Council’s care, control and management, the GNB will gauge support from the property owners of the five locations as well as the community as to whether the proposal be endorsed prior to Council providing any comments.

From 1805 Mr Caley documents a journey from Pennant Hills to Narrabeen and unofficially refers to eight geographic features within the Northern Beaches Local Government Area. These include:

Council managed sites:
  • Rename Belrose Reservoir as Sea Sight Reserve
  • Officially name Oxford Falls Cascades as Caley Falls
  • Name the reserve along Wakehurst Parkway, Narrabeen, unofficially known as Middle Creek 2 as Thick Brush Reserve
Additional sites are:
  • Southern Sister – Hill with the summit, located approximately 300m south-west of the Northcott Road and Macquarie Street intersection in Cromer.
  • Northern Sister – Hill with the summit located approximately 330m west of the Northcott Road and Macquarie Street intersection in Cromer.
  • Thick Brush Hill - Hill with the summit located approximately 1km north west of the Wakehurst Parkway overpass of Deep Creek, Ingleside.
  • Sea Sight Hill - Hill with the summit located approximately 300m south east of the Forest Way and Crozier Road intersection in Belrose.
  • Saw the Sea Hill with the summit located south of the Garigal Road and Forest Way junction, on the western side of Forest Way, in Belrose.
The proposal is on public exhibition from October 1st to November 14th and residents are encouraged to have their say online.  

For more information and to provide feedback, please visit:  yoursay.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/naming-proposal-george-caley-geographical-features
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West Pittwater Energy Reliability Project: Construction Work In Lovett Bay

Ausgrid is planning to improve the reliability of the local power supply to West Pittwater (McCarrs Creek, Elvina Bay, Lovett Bay and Morning Bay), following extended power outages to the area in previous years.

Work on a submarine electricity connection between Lovett Bay and Scotland Island is due to commence Friday 1 October. There will be no construction work over the Labour Day weekend.

Ultegra (with specialist contractors) is doing this work on behalf of Ausgrid. The work involves drilling two boreholes, one from Lovett Bay and one from Catherine Park into Pittwater, installing a High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) pipe inside these boreholes, and then pulling a cable through the boreholes and between Lovett Bay and Catherine Park.

A drilling rig is expected to be delivered to Lovett Bay Friday 8 October. Actual drilling is expected to start Monday 11 October.

Pedestrian access on Bona Crescent (Lovett Bay) will be maintained throughout the work. 
Further information can be accessed here.


October Is Mental Health Month

World Mental Health Day 2021: October 10th
The overall objective of World Mental Health Day is to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and to mobilize efforts in support of mental health.

The Day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.

The 2021 theme from WHO is Mental health care for all: let's make it a reality
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on people’s mental health. Some groups, including health and other frontline workers, students, people living alone, and those with pre-existing mental health conditions, have been particularly affected. And services for mental, neurological and substance use disorders have been significantly disrupted.

Yet there is cause for optimism. During the World Health Assembly in May 2021, governments from around the world recognised the need to scale up quality mental health services at all levels. And some countries have found new ways of providing mental health care to their populations.

In NSW October is dedicated to fostering understanding of wellbeing and removing the stigmatisation of seeking help for sufferers of this disease. This month encourages all of us to think about our mental health and wellbeing, regardless of whether we may have a lived experience of mental illness or not. It also gives us the opportunity to understand the importance of good mental health in our everyday lives and encourages help seeking behaviours when needed. 

Ahead of this Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has announced the Australian Government is launching a new, free phone application with information, ideas and guidance for parents to help them provide additional support their child’s mental health and wellbeing.

The Raising Healthy Mind App was developed by the Raising Children Network as part of its program to support parents’ mental health literacy by building knowledge and confidence concerning the social and emotional wellbeing of children. The Australian Government is providing $1.5 million over three years to help fund the program.

Minister for Health and Aged Care, Greg Hunt, said supporting the mental health and wellbeing of children and young Australians is a high priority for the Government. 

“Each year, more than 300,000 Australian children experience a mental health disorder, and diagnosis and treatment at an early stage is important because it can reduce the length and severity of the problem,” Minister Hunt said.

“Parents can play a crucial role in early diagnosis and this new app will give parents and carers the confidence to recognise early signs of social or emotional problems and help them to seek support if it’s needed.”

Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, David Coleman, said the app was targeted towards parents with children aged 12 years and under and includes information on health, development and wellbeing based on the child’s age.

“The app also includes information and support for parents and carers to ensure they are looking after their own mental health and wellbeing,” Assistant Minister Coleman said.

“We know that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant effect on the mental health and wellbeing of young children and their parents, and this app is a resource families can use to recognise warning signs and seek support.”

The app complements existing dedicated online mental health and wellbeing resources available for all parents and carers on the Raising Children Network’s website and can be downloaded from the usual app stores on mobile phones.

In August 2019, the Federal Government asked the National Mental Health Commission to develop a new National Children’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy as part of the Government’s Long Term National Health Plan.

The strategy has been informed by a steering committee and expert advisory group and is due to be finalised this month.

The 2021-22 Budget invests a record $2.3 billion in reformed mental health care, through the National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan. This includes a number of initiatives for children and young people including:
  • $54.2 million to create new Head to Health Kids mental health and wellbeing centres for children up to 12 years, in partnership with the state and territory governments;
  • $42.3 million to support access to parenting education and support, to build parenting strategies and help parents to identify problem behaviours early; and
  • $26.8 million to support Kids Helpline and meet the increased demand as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Australians looking for support throughout the COVID-19 pandemic can access the Beyond Blue Coronavirus Wellbeing Support Service anytime via telephone at 1800 512 348 or online at coronavirus.beyondblue.org.au.

Anyone experiencing distress can seek immediate advice and support through Lifeline (13 11 14), Kids Helpline (1800 55 1800), or the Government’s digital mental health gateway, Head to Health.

If you are concerned about suicide, living with someone who is considering suicide, or bereaved by suicide, the Suicide Call Back Service is available at 1300 659 467 or www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au.

To download the app and find our more, please visit: 


National Safe Boating Week: 2 - 8 October 2021

National Safe Boating Week (NSBW) is a safety initiative of Australia New Zealand Safe Boating Education Group (ANZSBEG). The aim of NSBW is to increase safer boating practices and promote responsible boat ownership for commercial and recreational use.

Whenever you are on the water everybody has a responsibility to ensure the safe operation of their boats and come home unharmed to their loved ones.

NSBW for 2021 has three themes:
  • Maintenance—Service it—'be a responsible boat owner’ ‘maintain your boat and your equipment
  • Vessels need regular maintenance, servicing and safety checks
  • Equipment failures or vessel breakdowns can endanger your crew and yourself. You should inspect, service and maintain the vessel’s structure, engine and electrical systems and safety equipment.
  • Be systematic about your maintenance and have a written maintenance schedule. Keep proper records of what maintenance has been done. Keeping proper records ensures you can track your maintenance program and prove that your vessel and equipment are appropriately maintained.
  • Follow manufacturer guidelines and instructions concerning maintenance requirements. When performing maintenance or repairs, ask yourself—would I be happy for my child, parent, or spouse to sail with this repair in place?
  • Safety equipment—Pack it—'be prepared before heading out onto the water’
  • Having the correct safety equipment can help you survive when the unexpected happens.
  • To be effective, safety equipment needs to be properly maintained and stored so that when needed, it works.  
  • Your safety equipment must be in good condition. Check that your flares and lifejackets are in date and your distress beacon is registered with AMSA.
  • You also should be able to access it easily. In an emergency you may have as little as 30 seconds to grab your safety equipment and activate your emergency beacon. Take the 30 second challenge to find out if you’re ready for such an emergency. 
  • Some items of safety equipment—such as life rafts and beacons—must be placed in a specific location for effective deployment in an emergency, and of course you should always be wearing your lifejacket when on deck or in an open vessel. Make sure you know how to use each piece of safety equipment in your kit without instructions and in the dark.  
  • Lifejackets—Wear it—'Wear your Lifejacket to Work Day’
  • If you end up in the water you are much more likely to survive if you are wearing a lifejacket.
  • When accidents happen, there’s rarely time to put a lifejacket on.
  • A lifejacket only works if you’re wearing it.
  • There are many types of lifejackets available today that meet the appropriate Australian standards, find the style that works for you and wear it.
Wear your Lifejacket to Work Day’

Wear your lifejacket to work on Friday 8 October 2021.

Post a picture of yourself wearing one to social media with the hashtags #safeboating and #wearittowork.


2021 NSW & ACT Sailing Award Winners

Congratulations to all our award winners and thank you to the members who took the time to nominate them.

Performance Awards
Female Sailor of the Year Lisa Darmanin, Australian Sailing Team
Male Sailor of the Year         Will Ryan, RSYS, CYCA, NCYC
Offshore Sailor of the Year Matthew Donald & Chris Townsend, Cruising Yacht Club of Australia
Para Sailor of the Year         Lachlan Clear, Middle Harbour Yacht Club
Youth Sailor of the Year         Joel Beashel & Marshall Day, SLMASC, B16ftSC, WASC
Coach of the Year                 Michael Blackburn, Australian Sailing Team

Club Awards 
Club of the Year                Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club
Instructor of the Year        Andrew Omotosho, Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club
Official of the Year                Andrew Buchan, Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club
Volunteer of the Year        Max Gundy, Lane Cove 12ft Skiff Sailing Club

Sport Awards
Lifetime Achievement Award Sandra Donovan, Concord & Ryde Sailing Club
SheSails Award                 Karyn Gojnich, Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron
Sport Professional Award Justine Kirkjian, Cruising Yacht Club of Australia
Sport Promotion Award         Mark Rothfield & Paul O'Rourke, Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club
Sustainability Award         Mitch Burns, Cruising Yacht Club of Australia


October 2021 Update: Pittwater’s Sister Village Soibada, Timor Leste

The past 18 months has been a challenge for communities all over the world. Covid 19 has impacted people in long term ways not just confined to health issues.

Pittwater has been linked in friendship to the village of Soibada in the Mountains of East Timor for over a decade now. Before Covid, volunteers from our community would visit twice a year to assist with sustainable development programs. Not only have we not been able to travel but our fundraising events have been limited due to the necessary precautions.

As our ability to help was limited the needs in the village grew. It certainly put our restrictions into perspective for me. As we were searching for toilet paper families in Timor Leste were dying of starvation because they could not get access to food. At times I felt despair and hopelessness. How could we help these people from lockdown? 

All that changed last week when my children were permitted to see their friends again. The energy and enthusiasm of three teenage boys, Xavier, Milo and Connor was infectious. They helped me set up a Crowdfunding campaign to solve one of the latest issues in the village and do it quickly! 

These guys really understand the challenges the children of Soibada face. They have been involved in helping the village since they were in primary school. They understand the concept that you can make more of a difference by enabling children to get an education than just handing over donated goods. It is so encouraging to have this type of discussion with Australian young people. 

Pre-schoolers in Soibada need our help.

In Soibada, as in most of Timor Leste, there are high rates of illiteracy. Very few pre-school-age children are growing up in an environment that adequately nurtures them mentally and physically. Most families have at least seven or eight children. There are high under-5 mortality rates, malnourishment, as well as diseases such as diarrhoea from inadequate safe water, sanitation and hygiene.  

The lack of educational facilities in Soibada disadvantages more than just the 2-5-year-olds. Older siblings, particularly girls, miss out on their schooling because they are required to stay at home to care for the younger ones. Some school-age children take their younger siblings to school where they wait outside the classrooms.


photo by Peta Wise

Friends of Soibada have plans in place for a purpose-built Preschool facility to be built in partnership with other organisations. This takes time. The problem is more immediate than that! 

The community in Soibada has identified a building that can be suitably repaired for the 80 children that have already registered to start kindergarten in the new year. The local workmen are on-site and need funds to buy the materials needed to make the building safe.

Within days of the campaign launch we had reached the halfway mark with the fundraising. We still need a little more. 

If you can give up a cup of coffee this week and donate the cost it would really help.

The fundraiser page is at: chuffed.org/project/teach-the-children-change-the-future

Thank you so much, 

Tamara.

Tamara Sloper Harding OAM
Chairperson
Friends of Soibada

Update: Fern Creek Road Warriewood 

New community facilities:
  • Learn to ride track
  • Picnic and BBQ facilities 
  • Bridge connection to the Rocket Ship playground
  • Bike pump track
  • Pathways and lighting
Residents will be able to give Feedback and raise any issues when the Draft Plan is put on public exhibition this month.

From the Manager of Parks and Recreation, Steve Lawler:
Council has completed the concept plan and Plan of Management for the area in question to be named Lynne Czinner Park. 

The draft concept Landscape Plan and Plan of Management is anticipated to go to Council for approval for public exhibition in October 2021. 

Features include a learn to ride track, picnic and BBQ facilities, bridge connection to the Rocket Ship playground, bike pump track, path connections and lighting.

A half court basketball court is currently not proposed, but if this feedback is generally made through community engagement such a facility can be considered for inclusion.



From Council's Director of Planning, Louise Kerr:
I have asked staff to prepare a comprehensive response on the history of development and subdivision approvals for this part of the Warriewood Valley Release Area. 

However in the meantime,  I have attached a copy of the assessment report for DA2018/1044 in which consent was granted for the subdivision of 9,11, 12 and 13 Fern Creek Road into 3 allotments, construction of road works and associated infrastructure.
(Please email vincent.deluca@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au if you want this forwarded to you).

The applicant for the DA was Frasers. The executive summary of the report identifies that the subdivision of the consent will allow for the land swap between council and the developer. 

The assessment report also provides a good overview of the site history which will provide a summary of the history of provision of open space and land swap in this vicinity.

Update courtesy of Cr. Vincent De Luca OAM

Palm Beach Duo Release New Film

Wild Strawberries films award-winning director Steve Jacobs newest film is ‘I’ve Always Wanted to Direct’.

Steve Jacobs is an Australian actor and film director who is married to actress and producer Anna Maria Monticelli. The two co-starred in Sky Trackers

In the 1990’s they formed production company Wild Strawberries so they could create the films they wanted to make.



Jacobs directed the movie La Spagnola (2001), which was written and produced by Monticelli. In 2008 he directed John Malkovich in a film adaptation of J. M. Coetzee's novel Disgrace, again produced and adapted by Monticelli. It premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it won the Prize of the International Critics.

The new Wild Strawberries film has already attracted high praise:

"I'VE ALWAYS WANTED TO DIRECT" is an absolutely flawless gem. 
A comic masterpiece of life, love, revenge, film-making and flatulence. Gloriously shot and performed there is not one false note throughout. 
Hugely recommended!" 
STEPHEN FRY (UK comedian, actor, broadcaster, writer)

The plot?: A bunch of idiots make a movie. Set in Barcelona Spain, this is the complete guide to wannabe filmmakers of what - 'NOT TO DO'! 

Pricking the pretensions of directors, actors, indeed the whole chaotic process will give you the giggle you need.

Rising Catalan star Peter Vives plays the lead role of ‘Oscar’. Oscar dreams of making a film about a recent breakup. What follows is a farcical attempt of re-enacting the past, that has nothing to do with reality, in which we learn the true nature of the affair through the madness of making a film.



Starring Peter Vives, Lola Marceli, Diana Gómez, Pau Vinyals
80 minutes - watch the trailer at: wildstrawfilms.com
Available now at: vimeo.com/ondemand/direct for a mere $6.74 for 24 hour access.

Call For Entries: North Sydney Art Prize 2022

Entries are now open for the North Sydney Art Prize 2022, a major biennial arts event showcasing some of the best in contemporary art by emerging, mid-career and established artists.

Artists from across Australia are invited to submit entries for the 16-day exhibition to be held from 14 to 29 May 2022 at the iconic Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability in Waverton. This unique site enables broad participation and accommodates the inclusion of all mediums.

Indoor and outdoor works will be selected for exhibition in the Caretakers Cottage, Artist Studio, Platform, tunnels, 25 chambers and surrounding parklands. All proposals for the tunnels and chambers must first be discussed with the Curator prior to the submission of entries.

Due to the nature of this unique post-industrial site installation, site specific and sculptural works are encouraged.

Awards to the value of $41,000 with six award categories including:
  • Major Open Award $20,000
  • Award for Sculpture $12,000
  • Site Specific Award $5,000
  • Emerging Artist Award $2,000
  • Work/on with Paper Award $1,000
  • Award for Drawing $1,000
North Sydney Council acknowledges and sincerely thanks Australian Catholic University, Primrose Park Art & Crafts Centre Inc and the Royal Art Society of NSW for their generous sponsorship of the North Sydney Art Prize.

Entries close November 30th 2021. 


DoggieRescue.com

Pets Of The Week

Rio

AGE/SEX: 8 months / M
BREED: Kelpie X

Rio is an active kid friendly Kelpie boy. He can be a little shy at first but relaxes and loves cuddles. He has a curious disposition. He suits a family with kids 5+yo. He walks well on loose lead and ignores cars and other dogs. Walkers say: "Rio is a lovely friendly dog to walk. Seemed mostly relaxed, occasionally a bit scared/jumpy/nervous. He was very energetic" He has a scruffy coat and weighs 21.0kg. He comes desexed, C5 vaccinated, heartworm free and microchipped. Also included for the love and health of our dogs is a free Health and Wellness Voucher with our DR Vet. His adoption cost is $400. 

Daphne


Daphne and Eloise are siblings 16 weeks old who have recovered from cat flu (herpes virus). Daphne is a bit shy but very sweet. She comes desexed, wormed, F3 vaccinated, and microchipped. Her adoption fee is $250. She is located at Ingleside. For further details call DoggieRescue on 9486 3133 or email  cats@doggierescue.com  

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

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

Mona Vale Golf Course 20 Year Lease Renewal

In accordance with Section 3.22 of the Crown Land Management Act 2016 and Section 47 of the Local Government Act 1993, as the land owner and Crown Land Manager of Beeby Park Reserve, Mona Vale the council are notifying the community of their intent to grant Mona Vale Golf Club Limited a 20 year lease to operate the golf course on Golf Avenue, Mona Vale.

The purpose of the proposed lease is for the Mona Vale Golf Club to continue its occupation of the land as a golf course.

Mona Vale Golf Club Limited is a not-for-profit organisation and there are no changes to land use proposed as part of this renewal.

The lease is subject to the payment of a fee, as well as approval from Council and the Crown Minister.
Comments close October 14th - HERE

467 Million Reasons To Check The Unclaimed Money Register

September 27, 2021
More than $467 million of unclaimed money is sitting with Revenue NSW ready to make its way into the hands of NSW citizens. 

NSW Minister for Finance and Small Business Damien Tudehope acknowledged many families across the state were struggling financially due to the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 stay-at-home orders. 

“We know many people are doing it tough, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, with most households having to keep a close eye on their budget. This is why I am encouraging people to check their eligibility on the Revenue NSW website to see if you are owed any money, you could have hundreds or thousands of dollars that you didn’t know about,” Mr Tudehope said.

The forgotten money held by Revenue NSW includes share dividends, trust accounts, refunds, commissions, deceased estates and money from a range of other sources.

“The largest single amount held on the unclaimed money register is more than $1 million from a deceased estate in Cabramatta, while there are 10 amounts of more than $500,000 each, waiting to be collected by the rightful owners.”

“There are also more than 255,000 unpresented cheques worth $108 million waiting to make their way to the proper accounts.” 

“Anyone can search for unclaimed money on the Revenue NSW website. It is a free service offered by the NSW Government to get money back into the hands of its owners.”

The unclaimed money register holds money that has not made it to the correct owner for any number of reasons, including a change of address or name, misplaced paperwork or has simply been forgotten. 

Revenue NSW periodically undertakes data matching activities and attempts to contact potential owners of new items received from enterprises.

More Rough Sleepers Into Secure Homes

September 21, 2021
More than 500 people who were previously sleeping rough now have a safe place to call home, one year on from the establishment of the NSW Government’s landmark Together Home program.

Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services Alister Henskens said the program was supporting some of the most vulnerable people in the community to access housing and specialist support to rebuild their lives.

“The past 12 months have been incredibly challenging, but the success of this program demonstrates that we can support people to break the cycle of homelessness,” Mr Henskens said.

“Together Home is not just about putting a roof over their head, but instead addressing the complex needs of individuals, to ensure they get the support they need to improve their health and wellbeing.”

Together Home is being delivered in partnership with community housing providers, specialist homelessness services and healthcare agencies.

It involves securing housing for rough sleepers from the private rental market and connecting them to tailored support services to address their individual needs.

The NSW Government has invested a total of $122.1 million in the program, which is expected to help 1,050 people off the street and into housing.

“Together Home has already had a profound impact for the hundreds of people housed and I would like to thank all of the organisations that are working collaboratively with us to change lives for the better,” Mr Henskens said.

Together Home is a key contributor towards achieving the Premier’s Priority of halving street sleeping across NSW by 2025.

Anyone who is homeless or is at risk of homelessness can call Link2home on 1800 152 152 for information and referrals to services, including temporary accommodation.

Record $95 Million Boost To Legal Help Sector

September 30, 2021
More people facing hardship across NSW will have access to free legal support thanks to $95 million in additional Commonwealth legal assistance funding over four years.

Attorney General and Minister for Prevention of Domestic and Sexual Violence Mark Speakman said the record investment will support our hardworking legal assistance sector meet the unprecedented service demand from the COVID-19 health and economic crisis.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has put significant pressure on vulnerable people throughout NSW and highlighted the critical need for access to free legal services,” Mr Speakman said.

“I’m very thankful for the contribution of our dedicated legal assistance providers in delivering much-needed support for disadvantaged people, when so many are doing it tough.

“I encourage providers to apply for funding to support victim-survivors of domestic and sexual violence, people in need of mental health services, and other disadvantaged groups grappling with financial stress that’s often intensified by COVID-19.”

Free legal assistance services are available for socially and economically disadvantaged people facing a range of issues, including job losses, debt problems, housing insecurity, family law matters and people in need of support when they are the victim of violence.

The new funding includes:
  • $39.3 million for Legal Aid NSW, community legal centres and other service providers to assist vulnerable women, with a focus on victims of domestic and family violence;
  • $16 million to support people with mental health conditions access the justice system;
  • $12.2 million to assist workers experiencing sexual harassment or discrimination;
  • $23.5 million for Legal Aid NSW to extend Family Advocacy and Support Services opens in new window(FASS), including new court locations, and increased mental health supports; and
  • $2.4 million for providers to expand Domestic Violence Units (DVU) with dedicated mental health support and increased outreach to women in regional or remote areas.
This record investment in the legal assistance sector is part of the National Legal Assistance Partnership Agreement 2020-25opens in new window (NLAP).

Commonwealth Attorney-General Michaelia Cash said the funding would assist vulnerable Australians facing disadvantage to access vital legal services.

“The Federal Government is committed to supporting legal assistance services to ensure vulnerable Australians continue to have access to justice,” she said.

“Across Australia, we are working with states and territories through the NLAP to continually invest in these important services. We will provide more than $2.3 billion over 5 years for legal assistance services across Australia under the NLAP.”

Legal Aid NSW CEO Brendan Thomas said demand for DVU advice had more than doubled during the first wave of the pandemic in 2020, and that while the unit usually fields around 1,000 calls annually, there’d been more than 6,000 calls in the 12 months to March 2021.

“Lockdowns are about staying home to be protected from COVID-19. But for the women we work with, home is not always a safe place, a fact that may have been exacerbated due to mandatory lockdowns and other necessary health restrictions,” Mr Thomas said.

“Our DVU is critical in helping victim-survivors seek protection orders, navigate the family law system, access support and safe housing, and seek financial counselling.”

For confidential advice, support and referrals, contact: 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732), The NSW Domestic Violence Line (1800 65 64 63) or Men's Referral Service (1300 766 491).

NSW Recorded Crime Statistics Quarterly Update June 2021

September 15, 2021
New statistics released today by the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) show that crime across most of NSW has remained stable or fallen in the two years to June 2021. 

As previously reported, all high-volume property and many violent crimes fell sharply in April 2020 in line with measures to reduce the spread of the pandemic. Since then most violent offending, including domestic assault, non-domestic assault and robbery, has returned to pre-pandemic levels. By contrast, many property offences, including theft and break and enter, remain below pre-pandemic levels.

In the 24 months to June 2021 one of the 17 major crime categories was trending upwards, six were trending downwards and the remaining ten were stable.  The offences trending downwards were: 
  • Break and enter dwelling – Down 16.6%
  • Motor vehicle theft – Down 8.6%
  • Steal from retail store – Down 13.9%
  • Steal from dwelling – Down 9.8%
  • Steal from person – Down 28.4%
  • Fraud – Down 11.5%
Sexual assault  
The only major offence to show a significant upward trend in the 24 months to June 2021 was sexual assault. Recorded incidents of sexual assault rose 21.0 % year-on-year to June 2021 (up 1,367 incidents). 


As reported last quarter, in March 2021 sexual assault reports spiked by 61% in-line with an unprecedented community focus on the prevalence and response to sexual violence.  The sharp increase in March 2021 was temporary. 

However, irrespective of the March 2021 spike, sexual assault reports have increased in the last 24 months (up 16.2% year-on-year excluding the March 2021 increase). 

The increase in sexual assault is due to rises these three categories of sexual assault:

Adult victims (16+ years old) (up 27.2% or 683 incidents; 50% of the overall increase).
Historic child sexual assault reports (up 27.7% or 342 incidents; 25% of the overall increase)
Child victims reporting current sexual assaults (up 12.4% or 342 incidents; 25% of the overall increase)
The increase in adult victims appears to be almost entirely among female victims.  While victimisation increased for women of all ages, the rise was larger for women aged 18 to 24 years. The majority of the increase was also driven by assaults between intimate partners, mainly boy/girlfriend and spouse/ex-spouse.

Commenting on the findings, BOCSAR Executive Director, Jackie Fitzgerald, expects that in the time since this data was collected, crime trends will have been significantly impacted by the current COVID lockdown.  

“We know from 2020 that stay at home orders interrupt criminal activity and lead to sharp falls in many crimes. The impact of the most recent restrictions will be closely monitored in the coming months as NSW residents gradually resume regular activities.”

Kimbriki: Essential Services Only

In line with current NSW Health Orders, and lockdown restrictions, Kimbriki is open for Essential Services ONLY.

The government advice is that residential customers wanting to drop household waste and recyclables to Kimbriki are NOT classified as “Essential” and we ask that any non-essential customers please delay visiting Kimbriki until the lockdown restrictions are lifted.

Please be aware that you risk incurring significant fines if your visit to Kimbriki is not essential in accordance with this list.

To view the current stay-at-home rules in place for greater Sydney please go to http://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/greater-sydney

If you do need to make a trip to Kimbriki, and you meet one of the identified essential criteria, please be aware the following site changes and requirements in place:
  • Kimbriki is open seven days a week from 7am – 5pm for essential services only.
  • You MUST wear a mask at all times while onsite.
  • You MUST practice social distancing at all times.
  • You MUST not approach staff.
  • YOU MUST check in using the QR codes provided, or manual sign-in forms if you do not have a phone.
To view the full list of COVID related changes on-site at Kimbriki please go to www.kimbriki.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.

We need your help. Thank you for reporting wildlife road fatalities. There is so much wildlife on the move in our area at present due to various pressures. Although we have had pictures sent to us, many of these have no date or location.

There is a database that volunteers maintain but this needs three pieces of information:
  1. The position via GPS or road and suburb
  2. The date
  3. The animal
The details can be entered into the database directly by you at:

NSW Maritime - COVID-19 Boating Update

NSW Government Public Health Orders are being updated regularly. The latest Public Health Order currently lists all of NSW as a Stay At Home Area and requires everyone in NSW to follow the stay at home rules.

Recreational boating and fishing is allowed, however the same restrictions apply as with exercise and recreation on land. You must remain within your LGA or be no further than 5km from your residence.

You are restricted to two people on a vessel or more if all are from the same household.

To access a boat ramp or marina it must be in your LGA or within 5km from your home. You must observe physical distancing and mask – wearing rules.

Coastal waters (up to 3 nm off land) are included as part of the adjacent LGA, but you cannot travel on a waterway outside of your LGA or more than 5 kilometres from your home if you are entering another LGA.

You can boat offshore if:
  • The location is within your LGA or
  • You stay within 5 kilometres from your home.
Where a body of water (a harbour for instance) is bounded by several LGAs you may be in that body of water, but may not travel through or past other LGAs to reach other locations.

Skippers must also remember their safety responsibilities regarding safety equipment, alcohol consumption, keeping a proper lookout and travelling at a safe speed

View the latest rules on the NSW Government Website.

Areas of Concern
Tighter restrictions apply to Areas of Concern. For people in an area of concern, you must also stay at home unless you have a reasonable excuse. If you are leaving home for exercise or shopping for essential goods and services you must stay within 5km of your residence. A curfew now exists from 9pm to 5am.

For more information visit Areas of Concern on the NSW Government Website.

Boating in an Area of Concern
Stay at home unless you have an essential reason to leave.

Some boating is allowed as exercise (such as kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding, PWC riding, and water skiing), and fishing from a boat or PWC is allowed.

General boating and cruising is considered an outdoor recreation and is NOT allowed.

For the latest COVID-19 information current restrictions, regularly check the NSW Government website for updates.

Maintaining and servicing your vessel
The following activities are considered reasonable excuses to leave your home to ensure the safety of a vessel or undertaking a legal obligation and are not limited to your LGA:
  • Access a vessel at a marina or on a mooring to maintain, service or check on systems and make sure it is safe and compliant (as a legal obligation)
  • Take a vessel to a marina or boat shed for repairs or servicing
  • Pick up vessel from a marina or boat shed after servicing
  • Move a vessel between marinas or moorings for relocation purposes.
Non-urgent repairs and maintenance to your boat is not a reasonable excuse.

You must follow physical distancing and gathering rules at all times during any of the above activities. Visit social distancing information on the NSW Government website.

For Areas of Concern, a permit is required to enter or leave any area of concern. Authorised workers should refer to the information on the NSW Government Website to check the rules, particularly if traveling 50km outside of Greater Sydney.

Commercial vessels and charters
For crew: Commercial vessels and charter boats are considered places of work for crew and must follow the rules for workplaces. In general, commercial vessels in Greater Sydney can operate if they are providing an essential service, which does not include recreational charters. See details about workplaces.

For passengers: Recreational charters (such as harbour cruises, whale watching, diving, fishing etc.) are considered under the Public Health Order to be in the same category as restaurants, clubs, hotels and similar premises, and are not operating in NSW. See details NSW Government website.

Obtaining your boat licence
While the trainers and educators are allowed to operate, applicants and trainees can only gather in groups of two, unless from the same household, and must stay within their LGA or no more than 5 kilometres from their home,

Virtual training via an online platform is allowed, but practical training of more than two people outside their LGA is likely to be very difficult and not recommended.

Information about boat ramps
All boat ramps in NSW are managed by local councils, the National Parks and Wildlife Service or WaterNSW – with the exception of four ramps managed by Transport for NSW at Carrington, North Stockton, South Stockton and Port Kembla
  • Contact your local council for more information about boat ramps in their LGAs.
  • There are no current plans to close the ramps managed by Transport for NSW.
Reporting a breach of restrictions
NSW Police is the relevant enforcement authority for the Public Health Order and will use discretion to assess whether community members have a ‘reasonable excuse’ to be out on the water, and whether there have been any breaches. To report a breach contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a report via the Crime Stoppers website

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

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

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

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

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

Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary Stalls At Pittwater Place

Our Avalon Mothers’ Day stall was most successful raising $2,400 which we will spend on outdoor furniture for the new Palliative Care Centre.

“Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary members will be holding stalls at Pittwater Place, Mona Vale on the first Saturday of the month for the rest of the year, selling knitting, sewing, craft, jams and books, from 8am to 3pm.”

Council Seeks Feedback On New Names For Lookout And Clubhouse

Council is seeking community feedback on renaming two important community assets - the clubhouse at Lionel Watts Reserve and the lookout at South Curl Curl - after community leaders.

Recently, Council received a request to name the clubhouse at the eastern end of Lionel Watts Oval on Blackbutts Road Frenchs Forest The Eric Galloway Clubhouse after life member and a stalwart of Belrose Junior Rugby League Club.

Mr Galloway OAM’s contribution to both rugby league and cricket has seen him awarded a Centenary Medal and the Ray Stellar Award for the Club Person of the Year by NSW Rugby League.

The clubhouse is not currently formally named but is often referred to as the Belrose Junior Rugby League Clubhouse and used by Wakehurst Cricket Club, Frenchs Forest Horticultural and Agricultural Society and the Wakehurst Little Athletics. All support the naming proposal.

Mayor Regan said this was a fitting acknowledgement to a man who has contributed so much to the local sporting community.

“Everyone knows Eric and this is a lovely way to recognise everything he has done and achieved for rugby league and cricket over the years,” he said.

Council has also received a request to name the lookout above the South Curl Curl Rockpool on Carrington Parade, Curl Curl after Mr. Brian Green who was the first Mayor of the former Warringah Council.

Mayor Regan said this was a testament to Mr Green’s service, commitment to the community and local government throughout his tenure within Warringah Council.

“Throughout his years with Warringah Council, Mr Green’s leadership and involvement was integral in the completion of many important community projects, and it’s fitting that his efforts are recognised.

“Among his other achievements, Mr Green was also awarded the Paul Harris Rotary International Fellow in 1995 and a 50-year long service award for service to the Australian Surf Lifesaving Association by Freshwater SLSC.

“The location which is proposed to be called the Brian Green Lookout, is fitting as Mr Green and his family lived in the immediate vicinity of Carrington Parade area for many years,” Mayor Regan said.

In accordance with the Geographical Names Board and Council’s Naming our Reserves, Facilities and Policy, both name changes are required to be exhibited for public comment. The comments will be collated and reported back to Council prior to approval given and the names being implemented.

To provide feedback for the Eric Galloway Clubhouse, please visit:

To provide feedback for the Brian Green Lookout, please visit:

Proposed Keoride Lease For Building In Front Of Warriewood B-Line Car Park

In November 2017, Keolis Downer started operating the Keoride On Demand Transport service in our area as part a two year pilot program led by the NSW Government. Since then, Keoride has successfully connected over 500,000 customers from a pick up point close to their homes to three B-Line stops at Mona Vale, Warriewood, and Narrabeen.

The NSW Government has decided to make Keoride a permanent transport service to complement bus services from October 31st 2021.

To support this transport service for the area, Council are proposing to grant Keolis Downer a new five (5) year lease of the small building in front of the Warriewood B-Line Car Park on Pittwater Road and 12 car spaces within the Council portion of the car park.

The lease will enable Keolis Downer to run their on demand transport services and information centre from Warriewood, and securely store their vehicles on site. The lease will be subject to the payment of a market lease fee.

In accordance with Section 47 of the Local Government Act 1993, Council are giving notice of their intention to lease the land formally known as Part Lot 1 DP 1250192 and Part Lot 2 in DP 1250192.

View the lease plan and provide feedback here:

Dog Attack Statistics For 2021 Released: 174 Attacks Overall For 2020-2021 

The Office of Local Government has released the dog attacks statistics for the quarter to June 2021 during the Spring school holidays break, which, combined with those for the March quarter of 2021, show an overall total of 106 reported attacks to mid year, 48 for the March quarter and 58 to the June period.

The Central Coast LGA had 71 reported dog attacks for the March quarter and 83 to the June 30th quarter.

In comparison Lake Macquarie City Council recorded 68 reported attacks, to June 30th Qtr,. Wollongong City Council 56.

Number of Microchipped dogs in NBC LGA: 63,6508*
Number of Microchipped dogs in CC LGA: 140,337
Lake Macquarie City Council Microchipped dogs: 92,699
Wollongong City Council Microchipped dogs: 67,709
*The number of dogs microchipped in an LGA may not reflect the total number of dogs residing in that LGA.

NBC LGA March Qtr. 2021
No of people involved in serious attacks: 6
No of people involved in less serious attacks: 14
Total number of people attacked: 20
Total animals attacked: 34

NBC LGA June Qtr. 2021
No of people involved in serious attacks: 10
No of people involved in less serious attacks: 18
Total number of people attacked: 28
Total animals attacked: 41

Combined with the reported attacks for 1st quarter of the 2020-21 period, 28, and 2nd quarter, 40, some of which occurred during lockdowns, the Northern Beaches LGA has had 174 dog reported attacks in the 2020-2021 statistics.

The figures continue to show this LGA has a very serious problem with dog attacks and responsible pet ownership. Having more attacks with less dogs, compared to other LGA's across the state, and running in the 'top 3' of this list again this year is not a credit to either the council or dog owners.

One resident reported more mixed messaging coming out of council during August, where rangers were stating to people pointing out offleash dogs in no-dogs reserves or on the beach, and again in Long Reef Aquatic Reserve in one instance, that they had been instructed not to stop them and not to fine people. That 'messaging' took over a week to be corrected, however, anywhere you look on any day since early August 2021 you may witness dogs offleash where they shouldn't be, chasing nesting birds. As shown by this Issues' report on vandalism at Crescent Reserve, rangers, when called, have not shown up. The council here may wish to take into account what is occurring on the Central Coast, where residents, fed up with a perceived failure to act on attacks that are reported, are considering taking legal action against the council itself.

Unfortunately the OLG is still not counting the statistics for dog attacks on local wildlife, which could be easily accrued should the OLG take into account those numbers and data from the wildlife care organisations and volunteer carers who are called on to rescue and then look after the birds, possums, bandicoots and other wildlife attacked by dogs, many fatally. In not taking into account this data a true picture of the impact of dog attacks on the whole population of local residents is still not accurate, still not a reflection of what is occurring and cannot commence addressing the problem or seeking solutions. 

During this same Spring Holidays 2021 period the National Parks and Wildlife Service has released a statement about the number of people taking their dogs into national parks in and around the Illawarra, which also is being witnessed, still, by local residents in the national parks that adjoin this LGA, and despite the community condemnation following a dog attack on a resting seal at Long Reef  Aquatic Reserve, a no dogs, and certainly no dogs offleash area, last year.


offleash dog attacking a resting moments ago seal at Long Reef Aquatic Reserve in 2020: image supplied

National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) Area Manager Graham Bush said that while it is great to see so many people using parks to exercise, walking with dogs is having a major impact on native wildlife and other park users.

'NPWS recently received reports of dogs attacking bushwalkers on the Illawarra Escarpment,' Mr Bush said.

'We are looking into this very serious matter and want to remind people that it is illegal to take dogs into national parks.

'While those caught with a dog can face fines, we are ultimately appealing to people to be responsible pet owners and respectful park users.

'Dogs can also have a significant impact on local wildlife.

'Unlike some other local parks, national parks are designated protected areas that are specifically managed for their biodiversity values.

'Even the most well-behaved dog can inadvertently scare or harm native wildlife.

'Dogs will also leave their scent in the bush and this may keep wildlife away or disrupt their natural behaviour.

'NPWS also regularly conducts pest management programs across our parks and reserves making these areas unsafe for pets.

'Pest management programs such as fox control use 1080 baits to protect native animals from introduced species.

'These baits are lethal to domestic dogs which is again why people should please keep their pets out of parks,' Mr Bush said.

NPWS is increasing patrols and pet owners face fines if domestic dogs are detected within a national park area. The fine increases if wildlife is harmed.

Perhaps when deciding whether you will take your dog into these areas when you know you should not do that, and where it is clearly signposted as a Wildlife Preservation Area in the bush or a beach where our shorebirds fish and are raising their young, it's worth remembering that you are just visiting these places - our local wildlife live there. They too are entitled to a safe, free from attack, home.

Palm Beach Golf Club Update

At this stage, it is looking likely that we will be welcoming fully vaccinated members and guests back into the Clubhouse from Monday, 11 October. Our restaurant will be opening for lunch from Tuesday, 12 October and will be offered between Tuesday and Sunday, with Dinners offered on  Friday and Saturday Evenings. Bookings for lunch and dinner will become available Friday 1st October.

Last month saw the highest number of members and guests using our golf course we’ve seen in a very long time.  As a result, we have noticed an increase in the number of divots.  When you’re next out on the course, can you all please make an effort to fill in your divots and any others you may see.  Your bucket should be emptied before you finish your round. 

Just a reminder that our Club Championships start on Saturday, 9 October.  This is our Club's biggest trophy event. If you want to take part, please make sure you nominate next time you're in the Pro Shop.

A big congratulations to Bob Quin who got a hole-in-one last Saturday on the 17th.  Very well deserved.

We have a number of events coming up and you should all Save the Date for: 
  • Melbourne Cup – Tuesday, 2 November 
  • Fine Wine and Food Club – Wednesday, 10 November 
  • Members Presentation Night – Saturday, 11 December 
  • New Year’s Eve – Friday, 31 December 
All these events will be subject to the COVID restrictions in place at the time. Further details will become available shortly.  

Surf Life Saving Australia Cancels The 2021 National Pool Rescue Championships 

October 1, 2021
After a lengthy consultation process with all state bodies, Surf Life Saving Australia has today made the decision to unfortunately cancel the 2021 National Pool Rescue Championships, as COVID-19 outbreaks and restrictions continue across several states and territories. 

The National Pool Rescue Championships were scheduled to take place from the 3-5 December on the Gold Coast, Queensland at the Southport Aquatic Centre after being rescheduled twice from the original date of 6-8 August earlier this year. 

Due to the continuing uncertainty surrounding border closures as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, SLSA has come to the unfortunate decision primarily due to the inability of many competitors from various states to travel to the championships. 

SLSA National Sport Manager Wayne Druery said that while it was disappointing to cancel the event for a second year in a row, there is too much uncertainty for a national championship to proceed given the current circumstances where many competitors are not able to contest the National Pool Rescue Championships. 

“Unfortunately, we are currently in a position where there is little certainty around border restrictions between States, and there is an inability for many athletes to be able travel for the Australian Pool Rescue Champs that were set to be held on the Gold Coast, Queensland,” Druery said. 

“It is difficult to conduct a national championship that doesn’t offer many of our competitors the same opportunity to compete, and it simply is not a national championship if only competitors from one or two states can contest the titles. 

“We recognise that with the second consecutive cancellation of the National Pool Championships there are impacts on athletes and we will be working hard next year to re-engage our pool athletes after another unfortunate cancellation.” 

For those athletes hoping to post times and gain selection for Australian Life Saving Team Squads in both the open and youth categories, further information will be released shortly around a nomination process to finalise these squads.  

At this stage there are no changes to any other SLSA events, but SLSA continue to monitor the evolving COVID-19 situation and should circumstances require any change or adjustment, it will be communicated accordingly. 

For more information and national event updates please click here.    


Surf Life Saving Australia Goes Virtual For The 2021 Awards Of Excellence 

The annual award night pays tribute and celebrates the extraordinary efforts of members in Surf Life Saving who have demonstrated outstanding acts in the surf, on the beach, in their clubs and in the community in 2020-21.

In 2021, the annual event will take place virtually on Saturday, November 6 due to COVID-19 restrictions and will consist of both live in studio presentations as well as virtual interviews and appearances from members across Australia.

Throughout the night there will be 13 award categories across lifesaving, education, and sport, as well the prestigious Meritorious Awards for outstanding and brave rescues. The new SLSA Life Members announced in 2021 will also be acknowledged during the event

Surf Life Saving Australia’s President John Baker ESM said that the annual Awards of Excellence recognise the significant contributions individuals and clubs make in keeping the Australian coastline safe and protecting the community.

“We are excited to once again hold our Awards ceremony virtually after the success of the event in 2020 and we look forward to beaming into surf clubs around the country this year,” Baker ESM said.

“We hope that surf clubs around Australia will gather where they can or join from home to celebrate the amazing contributions of our members and the commitment to our incredible organisation.”

The SLSA Awards of Excellence will be live from 5:30PM (AEDT) on Saturday November 6 and will be streamed via the SLSA Facebook page.


Australian Sydney Seabird Rescue 2022 Calendar Photo Comp.

Our Sydney team is currently organising the 2022 fundraising calendar and is calling all photographers to have the chance of having their image featured in our calendar. You will be supporting a good cause with all proceeds going to ASR Central Coast. Pre-orders for our calendars will be available soon. 

Rules:
  • All photographers are eligible, including amateur, semi-pro and professional.
  • Photos must be taken of a marine animal in their environment: by or on the waterside, underwater in oceans, freshwater or pools. Split-shots (over-unders) are accepted.
  • Photos taken as a result of harassment to marine life that could be harmful to the subject may be disqualified at the judges' discretion.
  • All subjects must be alive and in their natural environment. No captive animals will be considered and no entrapment of any kind is permissible.
  • All photos must be taken in a natural water environment like an ocean or lake (no pools, aquariums, or controlled environments)

File size and format: JPEG/JPG images only
At least 300 dpi recommended (300 dpi = 3387x2636 pixels) - which should be over 1MB in size. sRGB colour space is best.

Watermarks NOT allowed (winning images will be watermarked upon publication).

Australian Seabird Rescue Central Coast branch

Central Coast Council’s Proposed Water Prices

September 28, 2021
IPART is reviewing the maximum prices that Central Coast Council can charge for its water, wastewater, stormwater and other water-related services.

The council submitted its pricing proposal on 10 September 2021, and today IPART has released its Issues Paper seeking community feedback.

“IPART will assess whether the price changes proposed by the council represent good value for money for customers and are affordable.”

“The council has proposed prices that would increase typical household bills by about 34% in the first year, and then by inflation after that,” said Chair Carmel Donnelly.

The council’s submission says the proposed price increases will ensure it can provide water services that meet its customers’ expectations now and into the future. This includes good quality drinking water, and reliable water supply, wastewater, stormwater and other water services.

Ms Donnelly encouraged customers and the community to make submissions to the review, complete our Have Your Say survey, and participate in IPART’s online public hearing on 26 October 2021.

IPART will consider all comments made through submissions, survey responses, and at the public hearing before releasing a Draft Report seeking further community feedback in early March 2022.

Submissions to the Issues Paper and responses to the Have Your Say survey can be made via IPART’s website, and are due by 1 November 2021. The Issues Paper, the council’s pricing proposal, and information on how to register for the upcoming public hearing are also available on IPART’s website.

IPART will set new prices to apply from 1 July 2022.

Point And Focus On Hawkesbury River For World Rivers Day

Competition closes October 17, 2021
The Hawkesbury River comes into focus on World Rivers Day, September 26, 2021, with the launch of a photography competition by the NSW Government and 6 local councils to raise awareness of the Hawkesbury-Nepean Coastal Management Program.

Minister for Local Government Shelley Hancock said the Our Hawkesbury River photography competition is a collaborative project with Hornsby, Hawkesbury, Central Coast, Ku-ring-gai, Northern Beaches and Hills Shire councils.

"The NSW Government is passionate about providing support for local councils to manage and protect their valuable coastlines and waterways, and what better way to acknowledge that commitment than on World Rivers Day," Mrs Hancock said.

"People across the catchment can acknowledge the global day by entering the photography competition and capturing what the Hawkesbury River means to them."

Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment Felicity Wilson said the coastal management program for the Hawkesbury-Nepean River is being developed with funding from partnering councils and the NSW Government's Coastal and Estuary Grants Program.

"To date, this includes over $371,000 in NSW Government funding for the Hawkesbury-Nepean River, designed to assist councils to improve the local coastline and estuaries," Ms Wilson said.

"World Rivers Day is a celebration of waterways around the globe, encouraging increased public awareness and active involvement to improve the health of our rivers in the years ahead.

"This photography competition is an exciting way to celebrate one of our great waterways which stretches 470 kilometres from its source in Goulburn before wrapping around Sydney, all the way through Windsor, Wiseman's Ferry, then to Brooklyn, and Barrenjoey where it meets the ocean."

Hornsby Shire Mayor Philip Ruddock said council collaboration and the community are key to protecting the river system's health.

"We want to know what our community values most about the beautiful Hawkesbury River, what they love to see, and what needs protection now and into the future," said Mr Ruddock.

"We're proud to be part of an ambitious collaboration of 6 councils to help protect the River's health by developing a coastal management program.

"As the river moves towards the coast, it gathers water runoff from 24 local government areas before finally flowing past Pittwater, Brisbane Water and then out past Palm Beach.

"By the time this much-loved river reaches the Pacific Ocean, it's absorbed water runoff from a massive area of more than 21,400 square kilometres."

From Broken Bay up to Yarramundi near Windsor, the Hawkesbury River is tidal for approximately 145 kilometres, which makes it an estuary.

The rest of the river, the remaining 325 kilometres stretching all the way to Goulburn, is freshwater and includes Warragamba Dam.

Competition prizes include one of 3 NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service annual All Parks Passes, and closes on Sunday 17 October.

Enter the online competition by snapping your favourite picnic place, wildlife, landscape or activity at Hawkesbury Nepean River System, at: https://hawkesburynepeancmp.org/engagement


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New Action Plan Following ICAC Report

September 20, 2021
The NSW Government will act on recommendations made by the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) to fortify local government and the planning system against corruption following its investigation into the former Canterbury City Council.

Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes today released a joint action plan that will strengthen councils against corruption and safeguard against any misuse of the planning system.

“The ICAC’s findings and recommendations act as a reminder that we need to remain ever-vigilant about corruption,” Mr Stokes said.

“We’ve already introduced a raft of reforms to guard against corruption and strengthen the integrity and transparency of our systems, including the creation of independent planning panels to determine controversial proposals.”

Minister for Local Government Shelley Hancock said the NSW Government is committed to protecting councils and their communities from those seeking to misuse their positions.

“We already require council election candidates to publicly declare if they are a property developer or a close associate of a property developer,” Mrs Hancock said.

“Our new action plan will bolster the defenses of councils against corruption with increased monitoring of data and decisions, as well as stronger requirements around the ethical responsibilities of councillors and general managers.”

The NSW Government will work with the ICAC on implementing the action plan which includes:
  • Developing a new risk-based monitoring framework, using data from the NSW Planning Portal, to ensure misuse is more easily detected;
  • Updating guidelines enabling performance agreements of council general managers to include indicators related to ethical culture;
  • Council business and briefing papers to include a reminder to councillors of their oath or affirmation, and their conflict of interest disclosure obligations;
  • Audits checking compliance with Gateway Determination conditions for rezoning proposals; and
  • Examining the appropriateness of capital investment value as a metric for planning pathways, and possible clear, robust and verifiable alternatives.
Action on a number of reforms is already underway, with many scheduled to be completed by the end of the year and all to be undertaken by 30 June, 2022.

For more information and to view the action plan, visit Local Planning and Zoning.

Information Access Commissioners And Ombudsmen Make Recommendations To Support Open By Design Principles

September 24, 2021
Australian Information Access Commissioners and Ombudsmen today published an authoritative statement to promote the proactive release of information.
 
The Open by Design Principles have been released ahead of International Access to Information Day on September 28th, and should be used by government agencies to encourage and authorise the proactive release of information and promote open government.
 
Citizens throughout Australia experience inconsistent levels of access to valuable and important information from government. This is particularly evident in the differences in proactive release of information between jurisdictions.
 
The proactive disclosure of government-held information promotes open government and advances our system of representative democracy. The principles are intended to advance integrity in government and provide ready access to information that is important to citizens and the digital economy.
 
The Open by Design Principles have been informed by citizen surveys that identified information that is important to citizens. The principles recognise that:
  • information held by government and public institutions is a public resource
  • a culture of transparency within government is everyone’s responsibility
  • appropriate, prompt and proactive disclosure of government-held information: 
  • informs community
  • increases participation and enhances decision-making
  • builds trust and confidence
  • improves service delivery
  • is required or permitted by law
  • improves efficiency.
All Australian governments – Commonwealth, state and territory, and local – and public institutions are strongly encouraged to commit to being Open by Design by building a culture of transparency and by prioritising, promoting and resourcing proactive disclosure. In their joint statement, Information Commissioners and Ombudsmen recommend ways that public sector agencies can:
  1. Embed a proactive disclosure culture in all public sector agencies and public institutions
  2. Implement a best practice Open by Design approach to proactive disclosure
  3. Engage with the Australian community in relation to the information that is of most value and interest to them
  4. Adopt a customer service approach to the proactive disclosure of information.
View the full recommendations in the joint statement.

In the lead up to International Access to Information Day, the Australian Commissioners and Ombudsmen have also released a new consumer video resource to raise awareness of information access rights.
 
This global event highlights the importance of timely access to information in promoting public scrutiny and participation and allowing individuals and governments to make informed decisions.
 

2022 Women Leaders In Sport Grants To Support Emerging Leaders

Applications for the WLIS individual and organisation grants close on 15 October, 2021.
Hundreds of emerging female leaders in Australian sport will receive quality professional development and training under Sport Australia’s 2022 Women Leaders in Sport (WLIS) grants.

Applications are now open for the program which has helped strengthen the role of female leaders in sport for more than two decades.

Sporting organisations can also apply for WLIS grants to create more diverse and inclusive workplaces and attract, retain, and develop even more talented female leaders across the sector.

Now in its 21st year, the highly regarded WLIS program is delivered by Sport Australia and will distribute $370,000 in grants with the support of the Office for Women.

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women Marise Payne said the Government is committed to increasing the number of women leaders in sport.

“We are proud to fund a program which sets new benchmarks for supporting women in sport and assists organisations in taking meaningful steps to achieve gender equity in the workplace,” Minister Payne said.

“Increasing women’s economic security and leadership is a key focus for the Australian Government.

“As we overcome COVID-19, it is more crucial than ever that we build strong foundations for women working in the sport sector.”



Minister for Sport Richard Colbeck said the program provides women with valuable development opportunities and experiences to progress on their leadership pathway.

“We know that sport can bring communities together and inspire positive change,” he said.  “By providing these targeted development opportunities we are supporting the next generation of female sports leaders.”

Sport Australia Acting CEO Rob Dalton said the program has a proven track record of success.

‘’Earlier this year we awarded individual grants to a record 84 women who attended courses from Board Room training to High Performance coach education.”

During the last grants round, 13 organisations shared in $170,000 in funding including Football SA which is using its grant to deliver gender inclusive workshops to club board members and run women’s leadership workshops, while the AFL is offering tailored training and education to 36 community coaches and officials.

“To date the WLIS program has supported more than 26,000 women and 100 local, state and national sporting organisations,” Mr Dalton said. 

“This is a fantastic achievement, and we are excited to see the program expand thanks to funding from the Australian Government.

“This will enable us to deliver even more opportunities for women and strive for a greater balance of men and women in senior positions both on and off the field.”

Applications for the WLIS individual and organisation grants close on 15 October, 2021.

More information including the eligibility criteria is available on Sport Australia’s website: www.sportaus.gov.au/grants_and_funding/wlis 


Sydney Wildlife Recycled Bottles For Wildlife 2021

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

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

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

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

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.