community News: September 2021

September 12 - 18, 2021: Issue 510

This Issue: 

Front Page Issue 510 

Coastal Stability Series: Cabbage Tree Bay To Barrenjoey To Observation Point by John Illingsworth, Pittwater Pathways, and Dr. Peter Mitchell OAM

Pictures Deep Creek To Warriewood Walk photos by Joe Mills

Aquatics 2021 NSW Coastal Safety Report By Surf Life Saving NSW

ASRL Open Returns To Elouera

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.

First Wildlife Photographer Of The Year 2021 Images Revealed

Covid Update Issue 510: Roadmap to Freedom for fully vaccinated announced 

Park Bench Philosopher What Does The Future Of Medicine Look Like?

Food Perfect Spring Picnics


Environment 2021 Centre For Volunteering Senior Volunteer Of The Year: Bilgola Plateau's Lyn Millett Wildlife Carer, Bilgola Bends Clean-Up, Migratory Bird Season, Baby Wildlife Season, World Shorebirds Day 2021: New Documentary 'On The Right Track' Highlights Impact Of 4WD On Nesting Shorebirds, September Is Koala Month & Biodiversity Month, Coastal Collection – Starring 12 Charismatic Bird Species, Platypus To Make A Comeback In Australia's Oldest National Park, UNSW Team Of Ecologists To Develop 'Ecological Balance Sheet' For Royal National Park, Keeping Cats And Wildlife Safe: Poll, Seven Personality and Behaviour Traits Identified In Cats, Bird Malaria Spreading Via Global ‘Hotspots’, Ancient Marsupial 'Junk DNA' Might Be Useful After All Scientists Say, Certainty For NSW Community and Industry On Energy From Waste, Central Coast Factory Fined For Discharging Wastewater, Fisheries Officers Crackdown On Non-Compliance, Brisbane To Pilot New Recycle Mate App.,Yes; it is entirely possible for Australia to phase out thermal coal within a decade, A promising new dawn is ours for the taking – so let’s stop counting the coal Australia must leave in the ground, How urban soundscapes affect humans and wildlife — and what may have changed in the hush of lockdown, Want to act on climate change but not sure how? Tweaking these 3 parts of your life will make the biggest difference, New research reveals animals are changing their body shapes to cope with climate change, Photos from the field: why losing these tiny loyal fish to climate change spells disaster for coral, Climate change means Australia may have to abandon much of its farming, What Chinese roofs can tell us about climate change, African tropical rainforests store far more carbon than previously thought, Australia’s first offshore wind farm bill was a long time coming but here are 4 reasons it’s not up to scratch yet, Bushcare In Pittwater, Community Gardens, Groups, + Reserves History pages

Inbox News 2021 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes Finalists, Over 200 Health Journals Call On World Leaders To Address 'Catastrophic Harm To Health' From Climate Change, Social Housing Going Backwards In NSW, The Warming Climate Is Causing Animals To 'Shapeshift', Blue-Tongue Vs Red-Bellied Black: An Australian Evolutionary Arms Race, Funding Awarded To Collaborative UNSW Research Projects, Grim Warning For Aussie Species In Conservation Checklist, Explainer: do the states have to obey the COVID national plan? Facebook or Twitter posts can now be quietly modified by the government under new surveillance laws

Pittwater Offshore Newsletter: September 1st

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Feathertail Find

This cute little Feathertail glider came into care 3 weeks ago after Travis, one of our members son, found some leaves in a dead tree that had fallen and needed cutting up. Lucky for "Lucy" our little girl glider Travis saw the leaves and gently pulled them out of the hollow finding a little pink thing which he put in his hand and took a photo to ask him mum if it was a native animal.



Once saved it was brought to me to hand raise, I had never done one this small before only 1 gm and at the time I was not sure if it was a Feathertail Glider or a Pygmy Possum but she has now grown her patagium for gliding.


She still has a long way to go but hopefully she will grow up to be a big (10gm) Feathertail Glider that can be released.



Please make sure if you do have trees you have to cut up check for any living creatures first as lots of Australian animals big and small use trees for nesting.

If you find any native wildlife please call Sydney Wildlife Rescue 9413 4300

Joan Reid
Sydney Wildlife

NSW RFS: Get Ready Weekend

This year, Get Ready Weekend is on September 11 and 12.

Your local NSW RFS Brigade is here to help you get ready. NSW RFS brigades will be reaching out to their local communities via social media and other online means.

There are three ways you can get involved this Get Ready Weekend:
Check for activities in your area. Many of our brigades are holding events online or follow the NSW RFS on Facebook.

Find out the bush fire risk in your area, and do the top five actions to make your home safer
Make your bush fire survival plan for the coming fire season, and discuss it with your family
Your local RFS brigade will help you be prepared for fire season via:
  • Online Meetings
  • Social Media campaigns
  • Other contactless activities
KNOW YOUR RISK
Understanding the risk of bush fire in your area is the first step. There is a heightened danger of grass fires this season.

Contact your local NSW RFS Brigade to find out more about the bush fire risk in your area.

FOUR SIMPLE STEPS
There are four simple steps to get ready for a bush fire:

STEP 1
DISCUSS WHAT TO DO IF A BUSH FIRE THREATENS YOUR HOME
Many households find that having a discussion over dinner works best as everybody is together and focussed.

STEP 2
PREPARE YOUR HOME AND GET IT READY FOR BUSH FIRE SEASON
There are simple things you can do around your home to prepare it for a bush fire, like keeping the grass low and having a cleared area around your home.

STEP 3
KNOW THE BUSH FIRE ALERT LEVELS
If there is a fire in your area you will find its alert level on the NSW RFS website and in the ‘Fires Near Me’ app. You need to keep track of the alert level so you know what you should do.

STEP 4
KEEP ALL THE BUSH FIRE INFORMATION NUMBERS, WEBSITES AND THE SMARTPHONE APP
In a bush fire, it’s important that you stay up to date on conditions in your area.

Get Ready now
It takes 5 minutes to improve or make a plan that will give your property, your family and yourself the best chance of survival should you be threatened by a bush fire.

The bush fire season is fast approaching so it's important that you take the time now to prepare your property for the risk.  Be prepared this fire season. Make a plan and take action now. 

For more information on Get Ready Weekend, visit www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/getready

RFS And SES Members Supporting Their Communities In The Battle Against Covid-19

Volunteers and staff from the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) and the State Emergency Service (SES) have been stepping up over the past weeks to assist health officials with the infrastructure and logistics needed to fight the current Delta strain of COVID-19 in multiple locations across the State, including Dubbo and Wilcannia.

Following a request from NSW Health, Minister for Emergency Services David Elliott said more than 2000 RFS and SES members have been deployed, with many more on standby.

“We have a long tradition of our RFS and SES members coming forward to help our communities, and once again they have again shown their professionalism and flexibility during a time of crisis,” Mr Elliott said.

“RFS volunteers and staff are currently assisting with the distribution of personal protective equipment, packing and delivering hampers to people experiencing difficulties in isolation, and establishing and maintaining vaccination centres and testing facilities. There is also a major logistical operation underway to deploy and establish the RFS base camp at Wilcannia to house medical staff working in the area.

“So far, more than 1000 SES members have assisted in the establishment and facilitation of pop-up COVID testing sites including one at Orange in the state’s Central West,” Mr Elliott said.

The SES Region Emergency Operations Centre in Bass Hill has been stood up, where both RFS and SES personnel are working alongside their counterparts from NSW Health, NSW Police, NSW Ambulance, the Australian Defence Force and Resilience NSW.

NSW RFS Commissioner Rob Rogers AFSM said RFS personnel are on hand 24/7 to assist the NSW community in times of emergency, from fires to flood and indeed this current health situation.

“I would like to take this time to praise our people for their tireless efforts each and every day. Their dedication and commitment to the community does not go unnoticed.”

NSW SES Commissioner Carlene York echoed this sentiment: “Our volunteers give up their valuable time to help their local communities, no matter what challenge they may be facing. I can’t thank them enough for their contribution.”

Image courtesy TG - Team Duffys Forest NSW RFS, many of our local NSWRFS volunteers have done around 30 days work in this iniative so far.

Avalon Rockpool Path Repairs



photos by Joanne Seve and Bernadette Kelly (Sunrising at Avalon Artists)
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Spring School Holidays Break

Please note that Issue 511 will be published Sunday September 19, 2021 and Issue 512 published October 3rd 2021. 

The Inbox will still be open for emails and between Issues updates posted on the PON Facebook page.

Have a great break with your youngsters Pittwater! 

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2021 Centre For Volunteering Senior Volunteer Of The Year: Bilgola Plateau's Lyn Millett, Wildlife Carer

On Monday September 6th the Centre for Volunteering announced Lyn Millett as their Senior Volunteer of the Year.


Lyn has volunteered for WIRES for 27 years.  She readily shares expertise on possums and gliders by teaching new WIRES members throughout NSW; advises veterinarians; and gives talks to community groups such as scouts, schools, pre-schools, tree loppers, vet nurses and fire brigades. Lyn helps with research into possum diseases by collecting data for Sydney University’s Veterinary Science Department.

This interesting article from 2018, penned by Lyn, shares some insights on a grant supplied by the NWC. The NSW Wildlife Council (NWC) is the State’s peak body representing over 4,000 wildlife rescuers throughout NSW. Their goal is to improve the outcomes for Australian wildlife, especially those that are sick, injured or orphaned.

LYN MILLETT: WIRES NORTHERN BEACHES —NWC 2017 Grant—MATERIALS for 62 RINGTAIL POSSUM DREYS

As Possum Coordinator for the Northern Beaches Branch of WIRES I applied for the grant to be able to purchase hanging baskets for our carers to make homes for ringtails that had been hand raised or were released after rehabilitation had taken place. We always release our possums with a new home to get them started, even if they have only been in care for a short time for rehabilitation. 

To this end the grant money ($500) purchased 125 hanging baskets with liners at a cost of $4.00 each. Using two we make a round basket with holes front and back for entrance and exit points. We cover them with a piece of shadecloth which makes them more durable in the long term when providing a home for hand raised groups (usually 4). Possum carers make their own drey or my husband, Dave Millett makes them up for carers to use.





From October 2017 to March 2018 we have used 80 baskets (to make 40 drays). As we got into care 905 ringtails of various ages last year the branch carers have to pay out a lot of money for hanging baskets to house all these possums for release and therefore were very appreciative of the grant from the NWC to save them the out of pocket expense for this item.

Thanking NWC for this grant. 
Lyn Millet.
March 2018.

Also acknowledged this year were:

Adult Volunteer of the Year – Glenn Moore from North Curl Curl
Glenn has supported the welfare, safety and future of hundreds of young people on the Northern Beaches via his work with the StreetWorks organisation. Through his role at Manly Sea Eagles, he has developed a network of local employers who are willing to take on young people as apprentices, routinely organising training and even transporting them to work.



Young Volunteer of the Year – Mark Perry from Frenchs Forest
Mark is a qualified volunteer coach with the all-ability Blowfly Cricket Club. He gives back as a coach via the “Uncoachables Coaching the Uncoachables” program, which helps to develop increased levels of self-esteem, self-confidence, self-belief and assertiveness skills.




Volunteer Team of the Year – The Equipment Services Team at Cerebral Palsy Alliance

The four volunteers from the Equipment Services team works closely with the Occupational Therapists to turn clinical designs into practical individual solutions: whether that’s custom wheelchair mouldings or new leg straps so people with disability receive equipment they depend on to live their lives.



Bilgola Bends Clean-Up

Lisa Hewitt, the Avalon swim teacher behind such community initiatives such as sending food to drought stricken farmers a few years back and making and selling Service Personnel poppies during previous stay-at-home safety terms and then using that money to fund getting Christmas Hampers to beaches families, has, during the past few weeks, taken to the Bilgola Bends to collect rubbish and this week had a hand with another clean-up.

Apparently a car could have been built with the car parts, it is a graveyard for push bikes, guttering, plastic bottles with bits of hose protruding from them along with about 60 large garbage bags of general rubbish.  All rubbish has been removed and disposed of correctly. 

Cleaning up of this area falls under the jurisdiction of Transport for NSW but has clearly been let go at present. Better yet; don't dump your rubbish here and they won't need to clean up after you.




Photos by LH

Waratah Thief?

Two Terrey Hills residents reported they witnessed a person with secateurs in hand cutting waratahs this week. If you’re planning an activity or project for research, education or conservation purposes which is within a national park, or may harm or damage protected plants, animals or their habitat, you’ll need to apply for a native flora and fauna research licence from the NSW Government.

Illegal activities in NSW national parks are not tolerated. If you see anyone doing anything suspicious when you’re visiting a park or reserve, it's important to let the right people know. Do not confront the offenders or put your safety at risk in any way.

Illegal and unauthorised activities include:
  • Lighting bushfires
  • Hunting and shooting native animals or poaching wildlife
  • Vandalising or stealing park infrastructure, cars or other items
  • Driving vehicles or riding horses or bikes on unauthorised tracks
  • Trapping or collecting birds, birds' eggs, reptiles or other animals
  • Removing or destroying plants, including picking flowers or collecting plants
  • Removing bushrock
  • Dumping rubbish

NSW National Parks and Wildlife asks that people witnessing people cutting flowers contact Police Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000 or online, or contact NSW National Parks on 131 555 if you see anyone:
  • Driving vehicles or riding horses or bikes on unauthorised tracks
  • Trapping or collecting birds, birds' eggs, reptiles or other animals
  • Removing or destroying plants, including picking flowers or collecting plants
Most NSW Native plants can now be bought from nurseries and grown in your own home garden. This is a positive that will provide food and habitat for wildlife and, in season, flowers for your vase and seeds to grow more.

Proposed Shop Top Housing: 51 Kalang Road Elanora Heights

DA2021/1426Comments close 27/09/2021
The proposal includes the development of shop top housing development which comprises 3 storeys above ground and contains 5 dwellings and capacity for 2 commercial tenancies at ground floor level. The basement level contains 13 carparking spaces including 2 accessible spaces; 3 of the car spaces will be stacked. 

The proposed residential flat building has a height of 12.08m at the highest part of the building and as part of the proposals seeks exemption for the development standard contained in Clause 4.3 of PLEP 2014, specifically, the 11m and 8.5m height limit under Clause 4.3(2) of the LEP which applies to the subject land. 

The proposal provides the following setbacks from the southern side boundary.
• 6m to habitable rooms and 3m to balconies at top floor level
• 3m to habitable rooms second floor level

The proposed setbacks do not strictly comply with the requirements of this design criteria however the proponents state the site adjoins the car parking area for the community centre, that there is a 12m separation to community centre building and that therefore, the setbacks area considered reasonable.

Back To Business: Supporting Local Businesses In Recovery

The Council is calling on local business to submit ideas on how Council can work with them to support their recovery once restrictions ease.

Mayor Michael Regan said Council welcomed all ideas, big or small, which will help business come out of this incredibly challenging time.

“We know the terrible impact this lock down is having on so many local businesses and we want to do all we can to support them in recovery.

“Over the last 18 months we created some flexibility in planning rules, introduced 10 minute parking outside cafes for pick up, waived fees, reduced rents and hosted a range of professional webinars to build resilience and online capacity.

“In fact we have invested more than $8 million to support our local business community since the start of the pandemic but we know there is more we can do.

“For example, can we repurpose streets and public spaces when business have capacity restraints to support hairdressers, gyms, restaurants or other businesses? Or introduce weekend road closures to attract more foot traffic? Or cut red tape anywhere?

“We’d love to hear from a range of different businesses the things that we can do that will make a difference.   

“The Premier is flagging that with current vaccination rates, restrictions will slowly ease around October so it’s important we plan now and don’t miss any opportunity.”

Contractor Announced For Warringah Freeway Upgrade

September 11, 2021
The $1.18 billion design and construction contract has been awarded to CPB Contractors and Downer EDI Works in a joint venture for the Warringah Freeway upgrade.  

Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance said the upgrade will reduce congestion and simplify the complex road corridor, which is used by up to 250,000 vehicles each day.

“This crucial upgrade will make the Warringah Freeway more efficient and reliable for the drivers who use it every day, and will pave the way for the future Western Harbour Tunnel and Beaches Link,” Mr Constance said.

“More than 15,000 jobs will be created during construction of the entire Western Harbour Tunnel and Beaches Link program, with about 600 direct jobs created for the Warringah Freeway upgrade.”

Early works are already underway with the main work to start early next year. Construction is expected to take approximately five years to complete, subject to the detailed design and construction program.

Member for North Shore Felicity Wilson said: “The Warringah Freeway upgrade is part of the NSW Government’s commitment to reduce traffic on our local roads, and it will help create better connections for our community to the future Western Harbour Tunnel and Beaches Link.”

Member for Manly James Griffin said: “Community feedback has helped shape the Warringah Freeway upgrade, and the community will continue to be updated and involved as the entire Western Harbour Tunnel and Beaches Link program progresses.”

The Warringah Freeway upgrade includes:
  • Upgrade four-kilometres of the Warringah Freeway, between High Street at North Sydney and Willoughby Road at Naremburn, to reduce the amount of merging required, and improve safety and traffic flow.
  • Improve interchanges with Falcon Street at Cammeray and High Street at North Sydney, including a new northbound on ramp at High Street which will ease pressure on the existing ramp at Berry Street.
  • Connections to the future Western Harbour Tunnel and Beaches Link.
  • Improved public transport links, with a continuous southbound bus lane from Miller Street to the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
  • Around 2.5 kilometres of new and upgraded cycleways and pedestrian paths, integrated with public transport networks, including the future Victoria Cross metro station at North Sydney
The community will continue to be updated throughout all phases of this project, with more information available at https://caportal.com.au/rms/wht


A Night At Tam's With Nobel Laureate His Excellency Dr Jose Ramos Horta

Online event: Friday September 24th at 7pm
Let's get together for a virtual gathering to raise funds for Soibada. We won't let this virus stop us! 
Tickets are $20 and will be available through trybooking. 

You have an incredible opportunity to meet the true hero of Timor Leste, former President and Prime Minister Jose Ramos Horta. In exile for 24 years, he was the lone voice of his people as they suffered one of the most brutal occupations of all time.



DoggieRescue.com

Pets Of The Week

Bandit


AGE/SEX: 12 months / M
BREED: Cattle X Border Collie

Bandit is a very active dog who loves kids and suits 5+yo. He is completely relaxed and happy in their company. Bandit pulls on lead but ignores other dogs and cars. He loves to run and jump up and lick your face. He sits on command. Walkers say "beautiful dog, very well behaved. Endless energy but happy to sit and relax with walkers." He has a short coat and weighs 19.2kg. 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. 

Eloise


Simon, Daphne and Eloise are siblings 16 weeks old who have recovered from cat flu. Eloise is very sweet, shy at first but does not take long to come out of her shell. She comes desexed, wormed, F3 vaccinated and microchipped. Her adoption fee is $220. For further details call DoggieRescue on 9486 3133 or email  cats@doggierescue.com  She is located at Ingleside.

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.

Meet our top ten doggies desperate for a foster home. These are most frequently doggies who have spent a long time in the shelter and are in urgent need of some quiet time in a loving home.

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. 

Nominations Open For 2022 NSW Women Of The Year Awards

The search is on for the most outstanding and influential women in NSW, with nominations now open for the 2022 NSW Women of the Year Awards.

Minister for Women Bronnie Taylor said the annual awards play an important role in recognising inspirational women from diverse backgrounds across NSW.

“These awards are all about celebrating women who are standing up and standing out in their communities and setting a wonderful example for everyone,” Mrs Taylor said.

“There are so many women from all walks of life who are spearheading positive change and inspiring others to do the same right across the state.

“The 2021 Women of the Year Awards attracted a record 373 nominations and yet we know we are really only scratching the surface.”

Categories include the Woman of Excellence, Aboriginal Woman of the Year, Aware Super NSW Community Hero of the Year, Young Woman of the Year and Regional Woman of the Year.

The One to Watch, which recognises girls aged seven to 17 who supported others through acts of courage, strength, determination or kindness is in its second year.

“The One to Watch is our way of giving a huge shout out to rising young stars who are showing strength and resilience, shining the way for others,” Mrs Taylor said.

NSW Chief Health Officer, Dr Kerry Chant, was named 2021 NSW Woman of Excellence and 2021 NSW Woman of the Year. She highlighted the continuing dedication of her peers during the pandemic.

“I am inspired by the female colleagues I work alongside every day as part of our COVID-19 response. I am surrounded by incredible intelligence, commitment, skill, compassion and determination,” Dr Chant said.

“I encourage all women to believe in themselves and their capacity to contribute.”

Nominations close on Friday 17 September and can be submitted here: https://facs.smartygrants.com.au/WOTYA2022

People’s Choice Awards In The NSW Training Awards

Your chance to pick a winner in this celebration of vocational education.
The 2021 NSW Training Awards are just around the corner in October with the awards selection process again offering the people of NSW the chance to cast their vote in the People’s Choice categories.

Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education Geoff Lee said this year marked the 66th year of the NSW Training Awards that celebrate the achievements of our apprentices, trainees, students, teachers and institutions in our Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector right across the State.

“The NSW Training Awards have long celebrated not only the high-achieving, young learners building careers through work-based training, but also the adult learners who’ve wisely decided to use VET to launch a new career,” Mr Lee said.

“It is also important to acknowledge the role that vocational careers have played in our economic recovery during a global pandemic and the pipeline of highly skilled workers that will continue to support our economy into the future.

“I’m calling on the people of NSW to vote for their ‘top’ People’s Choice in the Apprentice, Trainee, School-Based Apprentice/Trainee, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander categories.”

Have your say and take part in selecting the best and brightest upcoming ambassadors for the VET sector.

This is your opportunity to salute outstanding students in these categories that have shown such a high level of commitment, discipline, and resilience to shine in their training and overcome the challenges.

Voting can be done online and closes Monday 27 September.

The 2021 NSW Training Awards will go live (virtually) at 4.30pm on Saturday 9 October via Facebook Live on https://www.facebook.com/TrainingAwards

Increased Support For Learning From Home

New guided learning packs aim to help teachers and parents keep children engaged with their schoolwork.
Learning from home has become easier for parents and teachers of primary school students, with the introduction of guided learning packs in NSW public schools and additional training for teachers.

The guided learning packages are specifically designed for K–6 students and have been developed by a team of curriculum experts and designers to ensure they are easy to navigate for students, parents and carers.

Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell said the packs were helping teachers to keep their students engaged and connected.

“The packs are easy to use and cover all the essentials for teachers and students,” Ms Mitchell said.

“They include a full week of learning activities with stage-specific video content which includes teacher guidance, open-ended activities and wellbeing checks.

“All subjects within the K-6 curriculum are addressed on a weekly basis and each day begins with a student wellbeing activity, as well as a brain break during the day and additional activities for students who finish the work early.”

The packs are not mandatory but provide a great way for teachers to supplement what is already working for them.

Ms Mitchell said the department was also running new learning from home professional development courses designed using insights from last year and the current learning from home period.

“Teachers are committed to providing the best possible learning from home experience for their students, and thousands of teachers have engaged with the available professional development resources and webinars,” Ms Mitchell said.

“Teachers have told us that the support has been incredibly useful, helping to guide their students while learning from home and providing additional support for parents and carers navigating online systems.

“I know that learning from home can be challenging, and I’m incredibly proud of the work our principals, teachers, school staff and the department are doing to make this period as instructive, engaging, and supportive as possible.”

The Learning from Home Hub is also constantly being updated with great materials for students, teachers and parents with over 2 million visits last month.

Please Dispose Of Single Use Masks At Home

On a short walk yesterday three masks were picked up of the ground within 10 metres. Same thing the day before. These probably dropped out of a pocket or something alike that after use  - but, these can impact on wildlife and cause death.

Let's look after our wildlife as well as each other during this latest challenge. 
Please be careful and ensure you take yours home so we don't see this:


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.

Help Shape The Future Of Maritime Safety In NSW

Transport for NSW is developing the Maritime Safety Plan 2026 as part of the NSW Government’s commitment to reduce fatalities and serious injuries on our waterways.

The new five-year plan builds upon the achievements of the Maritime Safety Plan 2021. It incorporates the Safe System Approach which focuses on safe people, safe vessels and safe waterways.

The plan focuses on four key areas:
  • safer lifejacket wear and equipment
  • safer boating through technology
  • safer waterway access and infrastructure
  • growing our safety culture.
TfNSW are seeking your feedback on these proposals to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone spending time on NSW waterways.

Proposed changes to simplify and expand lifejacket wear requirements
TfNSW also invite you to have your say on the proposed changes to simplify and expand lifejacket wear requirements in NSW. The aim is to ensure that the law regarding lifejacket wear compliance is safer and easier to understand, so that more lives can be saved on NSW waterways. You can read more about the proposed changes in the fact sheet. The two proposed options are:

‘Option A’ would require mandatory wearing of lifejackets by adults:
  • on vessels less than 6m when underway; and
  • at all times for vessels less than 6m when boating alone, on alpine waters or between sunset and sunrise (heightened risk circumstances).
‘Option B’ will require mandatory wearing of lifejackets by adults:
  • on vessels less than 6m in enclosed waters when underway; and
  • on all vessels in open waters in the open area of the vessel when underway; and
  • at all times when boating alone, on alpine waters or between sunset and sunrise (heightened risk circumstances).
Under both options, children under 12 years of age will be required to wear a lifejacket:
  • at all times in a vessel less than 6m in enclosed and open waters; and
  • in the open area of a vessel greater than 6m that is underway in enclosed and open waters.
Feedback closes on 24 September 2021

 

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Updated Noise Guide For Local Government Open For Comment

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has drafted an updated Noise Guide for Local Government for public consultation until 27 September 2021.

The Noise Guide for Local Government provides practical guidance to council officers on the day-to-day management of common neighbourhood noise problems and in the interpretation of existing policy and legislation.   

EPA Director Environmental Solutions Sonya Errington said the Guide assists councils to assess and apply the regulations to noise issues in the way that best suits their local government area.

“This new Guide gives clear advice on the regulatory and non-regulatory approaches to managing noise and community expectations,” Ms Errington said.

“The Guide assists council officers in managing neighbour-to-neighbour problems and those noise issues resulting from commercial or industrial premises.

“It also assists planners by including planning considerations that can prevent future noise problems, such as land-use planning to avoid or minimise noise from land-use conflict. Noise-generating activities and noise-sensitive areas should be separated where practicable. For example, situating commercial buildings, recreation space or similar between incompatible land uses provides a physical barrier and/or spatial separation,” Ms Errington added.

The key changes in the draft Noise Guide for Local Government include:
  • improved and easier to navigate three-part structure;
  • updated fact sheets for various common noise sources and summaries of which is the right regulatory authority;
  • up-to-date worked examples for common neighbourhood noise issues; and
  • consolidated and simplified technical and supporting information for council officers.
Once finalised, the Noise Guide for Local Government will replace the current Guide that was first published in 2013.

Have your say
Council staff and members of the community can:

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.


2021 Surfing NSW Event Update

September 10, 2021

Due to the rapidly shifting COVID-19 pandemic and the current public health order in NSW, Surfing NSW has made the hard decision to cancel or postpone all of October's events until a later in 2021.

After consultation with all event stakeholders, local councils, Office or Sport and NSW Sport, the following events will be impacted: 

October Events 

Woolworths Surfer Grom Comp // Northern Beaches 9-10 October (postponed)

The event will be moved to 11th -12th December 2021. 

Havaianas NSW Grommet State Titles  // 22-25 October (cancelled)

The Under-14’s division from the Havaianas NSW Grommet State Titles, will move to the Woolworths NSW Junior State Titles at Illawarra and form a part of the event schedule. Unfortunately, the Havaianas NSW Grommets State Titles event has had to be cancelled as there are no further available dates at Maroubra to run the competition in line with our entire NSW calendar of events. We look forward to bringing back this event in 2022. The Under-12’s divisions are encouraged to enter the Woolworths Surfer Grom Comp Series at either Coffs Harbour, Kiama, Cronulla and Northern Beaches. 

Woolworths NSW Junior State Titles presented by Ocean and Earth (postponed) 

This event will be postponed to a later date in 2021 in Illawarra. This date is to be confirmed upon our next events update on October 6th. The following divisions U14’s, U16’s, U18’s will all compete in this event in a revised straight knock-out format.  If the Australian Junior Surfing Titles is cancelled, Surfing NSW will still aim to hold the NSW junior state titles for U18, U16 and U14 divisions in 2021 regardless (pending COVID-19 restrictions and timeframes at the time). 

NSW High School State Titles at Illawarra (cancelled) 

Due to the limited time available and return to school sport uncertainty, unfortunately, the NSW High School State Surfing Titles won’t run for 2021. If the Australian High School Surfing Titles runs for 2021 Surfing NSW will determine a selection process in the near future. This selection process will be confirmed (if required) on October 6th aligned to the next events update. 

Volkswagen Tradies Surfmasters (cancelled)

The Volkswagen Tradies Surfmasters event has been unfortunately cancelled as there are no further dates available in 2021 in line with our entire NSW calendar of events. We look forward to bringing back this event in 2022. 

Aloha Manly Junior Teams Event pres. by Hurley // Manly, 28 - 29 September (postponed)

The event will be moved to 4-5 December 2021. 

The highest priority is the health and safety of all competitors and their families, staff, and event partners, as well as the local community with all event decisions being made.

We will be offering full refunds for those who are affected by the current COVID-19 situation or cannot attend the rescheduled date, however, it is important to note that competitors will lose their spot once a refund has been processed. If they decide to enter the event again at a later date, they will be at the end of the waitlist if it is full. 

Surfing NSW is monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation and will provide all competitors with changes as they come to hand. 

The next events update and confirmation of new dates for the Woolworths NSW Junior State Titles will be on Wednesday the 6th of October 2021. We will email, post on socials and our website. 

If you would like to process a refund or have a query please email events@surfingnsw.com.au


Photo: Ethan Smith / Surfing NSW

Domestic Summer Of Cricket Gets Underway: NSW Delayed Start

September 8, 2021
Cricket Australia has today confirmed a delayed start to the 2021-22 domestic cricket schedule, with dates of opening fixtures for South Australia, Western Australia, Queensland and Tasmania announced.

Work is ongoing to finalise the dates and locations of the opening matches for New South Wales and Victoria, given current lockdowns and border restrictions. Further fixtures will be confirmed as soon as possible.

These changes have been made in response to public health conditions, border restrictions and their related impacts. Cricket Australia will continue to prioritise the health and safety of players, staff and officials, cricket fans and the wider community, in navigating the upcoming summer.

The men’s domestic season will begin on September 22 with a Marsh One-Day Cup match between South Australia and Western Australia at Karen Rolton Oval. The Marsh Sheffield Shield season will begin on September 24, with the same two sides going head-to-head at the same venue.

Queensland then plays Tasmania in the Marsh Sheffield Shield on September 28 followed by a Marsh Cup match on October 3, both at Ian Healy Oval in Brisbane.

The Women’s National Cricket League will now be played entirely after the WBBL|07 season is completed, with the first game scheduled for December 16 with the final set down for March 6.

The full revised domestic schedules for the Marsh Sheffield Shield, Marsh Cup and WNCL will be released in due course.

Cricket Australia’s Head of Cricket Operations and Scheduling, Peter Roach, said: “Like all sports, we cannot rule out facing challenges created by the global pandemic at some stage in the season.

"However, the lessons of the 2020-21 summer have prepared us well to be agile and adapt as required to deliver the best possible season for the players and fans.

“We thank the States and Territories for their support and understanding through this process and are delighted to be making a start to the season. We will build out further fixtures in the coming weeks and announce them once finalised.

“We also thank our fantastic partners Marsh, Foxtel and Kayo for their ongoing support of domestic cricket.”

Slow Down In School Zones

Drivers are reminded to slow down and take extra care in school zones across NSW, with schools remaining open for families who need it.

Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance said school zone speed limits are being enforced, even though most children are learning from home due to COVID-19.

“Even though most children are learning from home, we need to make sure we protect those children who are at school by being extra vigilant,” Mr Constance said.

“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. While there has been some improvement, there are still far too many drivers doing the wrong thing now.

“From 2016 to 2020, two children were killed, 36 were seriously injured and another 76 were injured while walking in active school zones – we need everyone to work together to reduce these shocking numbers.”

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said while regional NSW is still in lockdown, drivers are reminded to slow down and take extra care when travelling near schools with 40km/h school zones still in place.

“Drivers need to be aware that some students are still going to school, so it’s crucial they remain aware when travelling through school zones to help protect some of our most vulnerable road users,” Mr Toole said.

“To help keep children safe, 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.

“We’re also investing an extra $18.5 million to provide 300 new School Crossing Supervisors – with 275 already on the ground, including 65 in regional NSW – offering more protection for children and improved visibility of crossings for motorists.”

Higher fines and demerit points also apply to certain driving and parking offences committed within school zones. 

Expressions Of Interest Invited To Deliver Manly Health Sanctuary

September 8, 2021
The NSW Government today launched an Expressions of Interest (EOI) campaign to secure a delivery partner to help transform the former Manly Hospital site into a vibrant health and wellbeing sanctuary.

Member for Manly, James Griffin, said this was a rare opportunity to work with the Government to deliver a unique precinct in the heart of Sydney’s northern beaches that will serve the community for generations to come.

“This is an exciting opportunity to partner with government to plan and deliver a world-class and innovative health and wellbeing precinct,” Mr Griffin said.

To help realise the community’s vision for the site, a planning proposal was granted by Northern Beaches Council to expand the range of uses permitted under the former precinct’s previous health services facility zoning.

The delivery partner will work with the NSW Government and the community to develop the next iteration of the master plan for the 4.6ha site to meet needs of the people of the Northern Beaches and greater Sydney metropolitan area.

“The successful proponent will partner with us to develop the master plan and a site-specific development control plan (DCP) in line with the vision statement and guiding principles that have been developed in partnership with the community.”

Minister for Water, Property and Housing, Melinda Pavey, said the aim of the EOI process was to ensure the best possible outcomes for the precinct’s heritage elements and the community.

“We are looking for a delivery partner that can demonstrate innovation in design, sustainability and delivery of a world-class adaptive re-use project for this important site and iconic location,” Mrs Pavey said.

The project will be delivered via a long-term leasehold agreement with the successful proponent, ensuring the site remains in government ownership and custodial control.

The EOI will run for approximately five weeks and shortlisted respondents will be invited to submit a detailed proposal. For further details, refer to www.tenders.nsw.gov.au.

More information about the project, please visit Manly Health & Wellbeing Precinct.


Kiersten Fishburn Appointed DPIE Secretary

September 7, 2021
Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes have today announced the appointment of Kiersten Fishburn as the new Secretary of the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE).

Ms Fishburn moves into the role having spearheaded DPIE’s Planning Delivery Unit, which moves complex projects through the planning system faster, while also recently leading the Office of Local Government.

“Ms Fishburn has an outstanding track record working across state and local government and will bring a wealth of experience to this new role,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“She has proven to be a very efficient operator during her time leading the Planning Delivery Unit, accelerating more than 600 complex planning matters resulting in more than $57 billion in economic benefit.”

Mr Stokes said Ms Fishburn would be taking the reins at one of the most crucial periods in the state’s history. 

“The NSW Government’s pandemic response and planning reform agenda are in full flight, and I look forward to working with Ms Fishburn as we accelerate that work over the coming months,” Mr Stokes said.

“She will be carrying on the work of outgoing Secretary Jim Betts, who made an outstanding contribution bringing together various Department and government agencies to form the DPIE cluster.”

Ms Fishburn brings more than 20 years of experience to the role, having previously worked as the CEO of Liverpool City Council and served as a board member across a range of sectors. 

She will commence the role of Secretary at the end of October.

Statewide Createability Internship Program To Level The Playing Field

The NSW Government is calling for applications for the Createability Internship Program, an initiative designed to develop strong career pathways into the arts, screen, and culture sectors for NSW artists and practitioners with disability. 

The Createability Internship Program is a three-year commitment which will be delivered through Create NSW, in partnership with Accessible Arts and a range of NSW-based arts, screen and cultural organisations. 

Minister for the Arts Don Harwin said the program will benefit both interns and participating host organisations, helping to deliver employment pathways in the sector for people with disability across the State.

“After a very successful pilot in 2018, the Createability Internship Program is back bigger and better, and I am pleased to be able to encourage applications from NSW artists and practitioners with disability to the program,” Mr Harwin said. 

“The internships will open new opportunities across the cultural sector, removing barriers to employment and providing training, mentoring and support, ultimately leading to workplaces that better reflect the society we live in.” 

Createability internships are open to any NSW-based person with disability or who is d/Deaf, who has been actively engaged in or seeking a career opportunity in the arts, screen and culture industries. 

The program includes customised training for up to 10 participants, followed by paid internships for up to 120 hours in major arts, screen and cultural organisations.

Practitioners with disability at all stages of their career in the arts, screen and cultural sectors are encouraged to apply. 

Applications open on Monday 20 September and close at 5pm AEST on Monday 18 October 2021.

Sports Grants To Help Build Stronger Healthier Communities

Applications are open now until Friday 8 October and successful recipients will be notified in November.


The Sport Australia Participation Grant Program (the Program) will invest in innovative new programs that bring communities together and help more Australians enjoy the social, personal and health benefits participating in community sport and physical activity can deliver.

Grants range from $50,000 to $450,000 to support eligible organisations.
Objectives
The Program aims to support new or modify or extend existing projects which:
  • address barriers to sport and physical activity, noting that COVID-19 has impacted many Australians
  • increase participation in sport and physical activity through the provision of inclusive and high-quality sport and physical activity experiences
  • build awareness of the benefits of being active through sport and physical activity.
Sports organisations across the country can now apply for the second round of Sport Australia’s Participation Grant program.

Grants of up to $450,000 are available to eligible national sport and physical activity organisations which are helping keep local communities active.

Minister for Sport Richard Colbeck said the $10.3 million initiative will support up to 40 new inclusive, high-quality sport and physical activity experiences across the country.

“COVID-19 has impacted so many Australians and sport continues to face ongoing challenges because of the pandemic,” Minister Colbeck said. 

“This program will deliver community-based participation programs to help tens of thousands of Australians get active and return to sport when it is safe to do so.

“Through this program, the Morrison Government is investing in innovative new participation programs that bring communities together and make them stronger, more resilient and active.”

The new round of funding follows the programs successful first round held in 2018-19 and 2019-2020, which delivered 62 sport and physical activity programs.

Projects previously funded include Touch Football Australia’s All Abilities program which provided more than 1300 people with a disability the opportunity to participate in the sport, with 709 participants staying involved in touch football after completing a six-week program.

Gymnastics Australia’s KinderGym project reached over 23,000 children aged five years and over through state and territory associations and clubs, with more than 10,000 children continuing with gymnastics programs.

While the Indigenous Marathon Foundation’s Deadly Running project provided 212 participants in four remote communities across Australia the opportunity to become qualified run coaches and deliver Deadly Fun Runs and Walks in their community.

Sport Australia Acting CEO Rob Dalton said participation in sport and being physically active is essential for building and maintaining a happy, healthy and connected nation.

“The Sport Australia Participation Grant Program will help more Australians enjoy the social, personal and health benefits participating in community sport and physical activity brings,” Mr Dalton said.

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

After Dark Photo Competition: Northern Beaches - Entries Date Extended

The organisers of this great local photo competition have extended entries to Sunday September 19th and entrance fee reduced to $10 (what it costs to run it).

The Australasian Dark Sky Alliance is running an 'After Dark Photo Competition: Northern Beaches'. All you need do is enter your image of the Land, Sea or Sky on the Northern Beaches taken between sunset and sunrise to be in the running for prizes, and share the beauty of the Northern Beaches LGA in a way not done before.

The details of the three categories are:
  • Land – capturing man-made and/or natural formations, wildlife, flora or fauna associated with the night
  • Sea – capturing waterways, beaches, or marine areas, sea life associated with the night.
  • Sky – capturing aspects of the night sky, moon, stars capes, clouds or wildlife associated with the night sky.
There is a limit of six (6) entries per category per photographer and all entries must be taken within the Northern Beaches LGA. There is also a Junior Section is for photographers 18 years old or younger and they can take an image that features any one of the categories. 
Enter your snaps at: afterdark.myphotoclub.com.au



Image - Barrenjoey Lighthouse Purple - Photo Credit: Babak Tafreshi

Avalon Beach 100th Celebrations

Roger Treagus called an open meeting of interested community members on 10/6/21 hosted by Av Bowlo and assisted by Councillor McTaggart, to canvass ideas for the community to celebrate this event.

Some Ideas so far include asking the community to provide historical film/photos of living here to process into a movie for local screening, Tree Planting, Bands, Celebrating indigenous culture, A Guinness book event and more.
They will post updates to Avalon What’s On Facebook page.

Meanwhile Roger is keen to hear from anyone with film/pics to lend, celebration ideas or to volunteer help or resources.

A Facebook webpage has been set up to share information at www.facebook.com/Avalon-Beach-100

Contact:- Roger Treagus Convenor- Avalon Beach 100 Committee via email:-  rtreagus@optusnet.com.au

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.

September 5 - 11, 2021: Issue 509

This Issue:

Front Page Issue 509 

Covid Updates: 69 Active Local Cases - Store Alerts + NSW Government Extends Economic Support Measures + ATAGI Update

Pictures Whale Beach Ocean Reserve: 'The Strand' - Some History On Another Great Protected Pittwater Reserve

Aquatics Drone Gives A New View On Coastal Stability; Bungan: Bungan Headland To Newport Beach + Bilgola: North Newport Beach To Avalon + Bangalley: Avalon Headland To Palm Beach  The next in a series of five videos taken by a drone flying just offshore from Long Reef to Barrenjoey was released this week. All of the imagery was taken in 2021 and we believe that repeated flights every year or so will reveal a great deal about the rapidity of coastal change. 

DIY Ideas Early Spring Chores For Great A Summer Outdoors: Soil Preparation For Vegetables + Salads + A Few Other Tips To Make Your Garden Ready To Plant Out

Food Salad Season: Whole Meals In A Bowl Ideas 

Park Bench Philosopher Vaccine Passports: More Freedom; But At What Cost? (Webinar In Full) An expert panel of health, human rights and legal scholars convened by the Australian Human Rights Institute explore how to balance rights and responsibilities amidst COVID-19, including issues such as vaccine inequity, mandatory vaccination, vaccine passports, lockdowns, quarantine, and the role of local and international institutions in shaping these responses.


Inbox News Human progress is no excuse to destroy nature; A push to make ‘ecocide’ a global crime must recognise this fundamental truth, We asked 9,000 Australians about their mental health needs post-COVID; this is what they want, Opening up when 80% of eligible adults are vaccinated won’t be ‘safe’ for all Australians, Archaic Laws Prevent Conservationists From Bidding On Public Resources; Experts Think This Should Change, Low-Sodium Salt Prevents Stroke, Bright Idea: New LEDs Can Detect Off-Food and Lethal Gases, Can A Piece Of Sticky Tape Stop Computer Hackers In Their Tracks?; New Steps Towards Quantum Communications Say ‘Yes', Increased Survival With Eye Melanoma In Clinical Trial

Environment Migratory Bird Season, Baby Wildlife Season, Avalon Public School Sunflower Project, Birds and Blooms spotted this week, Federal Environment Minister Approves Coal Mine Expansion Beneath Sydney Water Catchment Until December 31st 2067, IPC Rejects Hume Coal Proposal Due To Threat Posed To Water and Communities, A Majority In Every Seat Want More Climate Action: Poll Of Mackellar Voters, Human progress is no excuse to destroy nature; A push to make ‘ecocide’ a global crime must recognise this fundamental truth, The Great Australian Dream?; New homes in planned estates may not be built to withstand heatwaves, This shy little wallaby has a white moustache and shares its name with a pub meal; Yet it’s been overlooked for decades, This bird’s stamina is remarkable: it flies non-stop for 5 days from Japan to Australia, but now its habitat is under threat, Robber barons and high-speed traders dominate Australia’s water market, Flies like yellow, bees like blue: how flower colours cater to the taste of pollinating insects, Australia’s coastal waters are rich in Indigenous cultural heritage but it remains hidden and under threat, Decaying forest wood releases a whopping 10.9 billion tonnes of carbon each year; This will increase under climate change, 1,600 years ago, climate change hit the Australian Alps; We studied ancient lake mud to learn what happened, Time Of Ngoonungi, Bushcare In Pittwater: when and where, Community Gardens, Groups, + Reserves History pages

Migratory Bird Season + Nesting Season

A reminder that many of the birds that migrate to our area are arriving exhausted from having flown thousands of miles to be here. Please keep yourselves and your pets away from these shore areas during these months. They need their rest.

This is also the time of year when many of our year round resident birds are nesting or looking after eggs or newly hatched chicks. They too need their safety to be the priority of our community during Spring.

Baby Wildlife Season

Sydney Wildlife volunteer carers are reminding residents that it's baby season in the wildlife world. 
If you find a Joey on its own, it needs help. A sub-adult may be ok, but a Joey is not. If you find one, please try to contain it and keep it safe from predators and exposure and call either Sydney Wildlife (Sydney Metropolitan Wildlife Services) or WIRES. If you find a dead possum (ringtail or brushtail), check the pouch for a Joey. Brushtails generally have one but ringtails will have 2, sometimes three. If you are unable to, that’s ok, but please call it in to a wildlife organisation so someone can attend to it. 
Sydney Wildlife Rescue - 02 9413 4300
WIRES - 1300 094 737


Harry the ringtail possum.  Sydney Willife photo

Opera House Sails To Light Up In Virtual Tribute To Olympians And Paralympians

In recognition of the amazing efforts of our Olympians and Paralympians in Tokyo, the Sydney Opera House sails will light up with the faces of each Australian athlete today, Sunday September 5th, with the projection livestreamed so everyone can pay tribute from home.

“To honour their wonderful achievements, the faces of each of our 486 Olympians and 179 Paralympians will be projected one by one onto the sails of the iconic Sydney Opera House over five and a half hours,” Mrs Ward said.                                                                         

“This year’s Olympics and Paralympics gave us all a much-needed lift and so much joy during these difficult times. Every athlete, coach and official should be incredibly proud of their efforts.

“Just as we were all able to watch their fantastic efforts from our living rooms, we can now pay tribute to our Aussie athletes from the safety of our homes.

Minister for the Arts Don Harwin encouraged every Australian to watch the livestream from home, and pay tribute to the 665 Australian athletes who showed incredible skills at the global competition in difficult COVID circumstances.

“Not only do we thank each athlete, but we thank Japan for putting on an incredible Olympic and Paralympic Games. Thank you Tokyo, for showing the true Olympic spirit. Australia’s landmark building will shine for all of you,” Mr Harwin said.

Minister for Disability Services Alister Henskens said the illumination of the Opera House, in conjunction with the Paralympics closing ceremony, was a fitting tribute.

“Our brilliant Paralympians have shown us the best of the human spirit, and sent a powerful message of resilience,” Mr Henskens said.

“This is a moment for every Australian to show gratitude and support to all our Olympians and Paralympians.”   

The NSW Government thanks the Australian Olympic Committee and Paralympics Australia for their ongoing work as the focus now moves to Paris 2024.

NSW residents are reminded not to visit the Opera House, but to pay tribute from home.

To watch the illumination, head to nsw.gov.au/Olympics at 6.30pm this Sunday

Avalon Public School Sunflower Project

The Sunflower Project at Avalon had plenty of packets of sunflower seeds available on the school fence on September 1st. The idea was to spread a little more sunshine on this beautiful first day of Spring.
The organisers state to watch out for extra packets hidden in our community in Avalon, Whale Beach and Palm Beach.

A huge thank you to Fiona Tobin and the Garden Club team who organised this highly unique initiative - wonderful way to commence Spring 2021!



R U Ok Day 2021: September 9

R U OK? has launched ‘Are they really OK? Ask them today’, to encourage all Australians to think about how the people in their world are really going.

‘Are they really OK? Ask them today’, comes in response to new research which found 22% of Australians aren’t reaching out to ask ‘are you OK?’ because there hasn’t been an occasion where they felt someone needed their help.
“R U OK? is encouraging all Australians to pause and consider how the people in their world are really going, and to make asking ‘are you OK?’, a part of their everyday,” says Katherine Newton, R U OK? CEO.

The call comes in the lead up to R U OK?Day, Thursday 9 September, a national day of action that reinforces the importance of staying connected with your friends, family and colleagues through all life’s ups and downs, big or small.

“We want to emphasise that an R U OK? conversation is not only for when someone is visibly distressed or in crisis and remind everyone that their support can make a difference for anyone who is struggling.”

The research also found that seven percent of those surveyed felt it’s a conversation you don’t need to have unless someone seems to be in a really bad way, or in crisis.

“None of us are immune to life’s challenges whether that’s a relationship breakdown, financial worries, work pressure or, sadly for some, the loss of a loved one,” said Ms Newton. “Sometimes it won’t be obvious that someone is having a hard time but we know that when we ask early and in a genuine way, we can help someone who might be struggling feel connected and supported, long before they are in crisis.”

R U OK? will be releasing a range of free resources in the build-up to R U OK?Day including tips and tools to help Australians know when and how to have an R U OK? conversation.

Mona Vale Surf Club Build

Some photos showing construction is well under way:



The 10th Great Historic Photographic Exhibition Postponed

Unfortunately the much-anticipated 10th Great Historic Photographic Exhibition to celebrate 100 years of Avalon Beach has been put on hold. The Executive Committee ‘zoomed’ and decided to postpone it to the future when there is some certainty about the freedom required to set it up, supervise it and enjoy it.
 
When vaccination numbers increase sufficiently, the frequency of the delta strain contacts reduces and the recreation centre becomes available, we’ll be ready to roll!

In the meantime, if you care to visit our website at abhs.org.au you will find some great photos and supporting captions to keep your appetite whetted until the exhibition becomes a reality. 

The accompanying photo shows the reality in June 2018 with 1100 photos illustrating the many eras and areas of interest in our fabulous Avalon Beach and the other far northern beaches areas. We will have 15 new subjects to add to our existing exhibition collection. 



Our office at 15 Bowling Green has had to be closed since we are not considered an essential service but if you have any queries or requests - please call Geoff on 0439.292.566.

Geoff Searl OAM
President of the Avalon Beach Historical Society

A Night At Tam's With Nobel Laureate His Excellency Dr Jose Ramos Horta

Online event: Friday September 24th at 7pm
Let's get together for a virtual gathering to raise funds for Soibada. We won't let this virus stop us! 
Tickets are $20 and will be available through trybooking. 

You have an incredible opportunity to meet the true hero of Timor Leste, former President and Prime Minister Jose Ramos Horta. In exile for 24 years, he was the lone voice of his people as they suffered one of the most brutal occupations of all time.



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Pets Of The Week

Chief

AGE/SEX: 6 years / M
BREED: Gt Dane X Pointer

Chief is a very gentle affectionate dog. He is calm and easy to handle and walks on loose lead. He came from the pound with an injured tail from wagging it too much and hitting the kennel wall. His tail is very long but is slowly healing. He has a smooth coat and weighs 49kg. 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.
 

Pie


Pie is a very gentle calm cat about 10yo. He is social with other cats. He enjoys lots of pats and cuddles. Pie has a heart arrhythmia so would be best in a family who have experience with heart disease. We do not know if he was born with this or is a recent development. He is currently not showing clinical signs of issues.
He comes desexed, wormed, F3 vaccinated, FIV/FeLV tested and microchipped. His adoption fee is $220. 
He is located at Ingleside.  Please call DoggieRescue on 9486 3133 if you are interested in meeting him or email  cats@doggierescue.com   - she is located at Ingleside.

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.

Meet our top ten doggies desperate for a foster home. These are most frequently doggies who have spent a long time in the shelter and are in urgent need of some quiet time in a loving home.

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. 

Long Reef Boardwalk Repairs Underway

Friday September 3, 2021
Council has announced this week urgent and fast-tracked repairs to the timber boardwalk connecting Long Reef beach and headland 

Walkers are advised to avoid the area and fences have been erected to ensure public safety.

We know how much the community value this walk, especially at this time, which is why we prioritised the temporary fix to the boardwalk.

The ageing boardwalk will be completely replaced in 2022 with planning brought forward to this year, so we can deliver a permanent and brand new solution in the first half of next year.

We ask that the public be patient while the work is undertaken and to protect the fragile and important dune system, please avoid walking through the area. Walking through the golf course is dangerous as you may be hit by a flying ball.

The work is expected to take two weeks, weather permitting.



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Nominations Open For 2022 NSW Women Of The Year Awards

The search is on for the most outstanding and influential women in NSW, with nominations now open for the 2022 NSW Women of the Year Awards.

Minister for Women Bronnie Taylor said the annual awards play an important role in recognising inspirational women from diverse backgrounds across NSW.

“These awards are all about celebrating women who are standing up and standing out in their communities and setting a wonderful example for everyone,” Mrs Taylor said.

“There are so many women from all walks of life who are spearheading positive change and inspiring others to do the same right across the state.

“The 2021 Women of the Year Awards attracted a record 373 nominations and yet we know we are really only scratching the surface.”

Categories include the Woman of Excellence, Aboriginal Woman of the Year, Aware Super NSW Community Hero of the Year, Young Woman of the Year and Regional Woman of the Year.

The One to Watch, which recognises girls aged seven to 17 who supported others through acts of courage, strength, determination or kindness is in its second year.

“The One to Watch is our way of giving a huge shout out to rising young stars who are showing strength and resilience, shining the way for others,” Mrs Taylor said.

NSW Chief Health Officer, Dr Kerry Chant, was named 2021 NSW Woman of Excellence and 2021 NSW Woman of the Year. She highlighted the continuing dedication of her peers during the pandemic.

“I am inspired by the female colleagues I work alongside every day as part of our COVID-19 response. I am surrounded by incredible intelligence, commitment, skill, compassion and determination,” Dr Chant said.

“I encourage all women to believe in themselves and their capacity to contribute.”

Nominations close on Friday 17 September and can be submitted here: https://facs.smartygrants.com.au/WOTYA2022

People’s Choice Awards In The NSW Training Awards

Your chance to pick a winner in this celebration of vocational education.
The 2021 NSW Training Awards are just around the corner in October with the awards selection process again offering the people of NSW the chance to cast their vote in the People’s Choice categories.

Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education Geoff Lee said this year marked the 66th year of the NSW Training Awards that celebrate the achievements of our apprentices, trainees, students, teachers and institutions in our Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector right across the State.

“The NSW Training Awards have long celebrated not only the high-achieving, young learners building careers through work-based training, but also the adult learners who’ve wisely decided to use VET to launch a new career,” Mr Lee said.

“It is also important to acknowledge the role that vocational careers have played in our economic recovery during a global pandemic and the pipeline of highly skilled workers that will continue to support our economy into the future.

“I’m calling on the people of NSW to vote for their ‘top’ People’s Choice in the Apprentice, Trainee, School-Based Apprentice/Trainee, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander categories.”

Have your say and take part in selecting the best and brightest upcoming ambassadors for the VET sector.

This is your opportunity to salute outstanding students in these categories that have shown such a high level of commitment, discipline, and resilience to shine in their training and overcome the challenges.

Voting can be done online and closes Monday 27 September.

The 2021 NSW Training Awards will go live (virtually) at 4.30pm on Saturday 9 October via Facebook Live on https://www.facebook.com/TrainingAwards

Increased Support For Learning From Home

New guided learning packs aim to help teachers and parents keep children engaged with their schoolwork.
Learning from home has become easier for parents and teachers of primary school students, with the introduction of guided learning packs in NSW public schools and additional training for teachers.

The guided learning packages are specifically designed for K–6 students and have been developed by a team of curriculum experts and designers to ensure they are easy to navigate for students, parents and carers.

Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell said the packs were helping teachers to keep their students engaged and connected.

“The packs are easy to use and cover all the essentials for teachers and students,” Ms Mitchell said.

“They include a full week of learning activities with stage-specific video content which includes teacher guidance, open-ended activities and wellbeing checks.

“All subjects within the K-6 curriculum are addressed on a weekly basis and each day begins with a student wellbeing activity, as well as a brain break during the day and additional activities for students who finish the work early.”

The packs are not mandatory but provide a great way for teachers to supplement what is already working for them.

Ms Mitchell said the department was also running new learning from home professional development courses designed using insights from last year and the current learning from home period.

“Teachers are committed to providing the best possible learning from home experience for their students, and thousands of teachers have engaged with the available professional development resources and webinars,” Ms Mitchell said.

“Teachers have told us that the support has been incredibly useful, helping to guide their students while learning from home and providing additional support for parents and carers navigating online systems.

“I know that learning from home can be challenging, and I’m incredibly proud of the work our principals, teachers, school staff and the department are doing to make this period as instructive, engaging, and supportive as possible.”

The Learning from Home Hub is also constantly being updated with great materials for students, teachers and parents with over 2 million visits last month.

$200 Million Support Package For Not-For-Profits

The NSW Government has announced a $200 million support package for the Not-for-Profit (NFP) sector to help organisations faced with the financial impacts of the current restrictions.

Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said the NSW Government recognised many NFPs, which provide such vital support for the most vulnerable members of our community, were in need of more support themselves in this lockdown.

“NFPs in the social support and animal welfare sectors are in more demand than ever as we battle this Delta outbreak and this package will support those doing so much of the heavy lifting to help vulnerable communities in this pandemic,” Mr Perrottet said.

The funding initiative comes on top of the more than $5.1 billion, including $1 billion in Commonwealth support, announced by the NSW Government since the end of June.

“We’re continuously monitoring the impacts of this outbreak to see what adjustments or additional measures are needed,” Mr Perrottet said.

“Some NFPs did not meet the 30 per cent turnover threshold required for JobSaver so we’ve reduced that to 15 per cent for social support and animal welfare sectors, to ensure they can continue delivering the same level of service to those most in need.

“We’ve also set up a $50 million Social Sector Support Fund to support vulnerable people and provide these NFPs with another avenue for financial assistance where they are experiencing increased demand for their services.”

The support package targets those NFPs providing social support and animal welfare with Service NSW and the Department of Communities and Justice to process applications from next month.

The Social Sector Support Fund will provide grants and direct payments to eligible NFPs and provide a Workforce Surge Payment to support social sector organisations to respond to COVID-19 outbreaks where staff have been furloughed.

Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services Alister Henskens said the targeted support package includes measures designed to provide direct relief to organisations financially impacted by the pandemic.

“This support package is multilayered in recognition of the diversity of our social services organisations which are working tirelessly to support the most vulnerable people in our community during this challenging time,” Mr Henskens said.

“This investment will deliver targeted financial support to organisations to help ensure the continuity of the important services they provide to those most in need.”

For more information on the 2021 COVID-19 Support Package visit the 2021 COVID-19 Support Package page.

Children's Court President To Head NSW Local Court

September 1, 2021
The new Chief Magistrate of NSW will bring an extraordinary mix of leadership skills gained both in judicial office and private practice when he takes charge of the Local Court next week.

Attorney General Mark Speakman has named the current President of the Children’s Court of NSW Judge Peter Johnstone to replace the longest serving Chief Magistrate of the Local Court of NSW, Judge Graeme Henson AM.

“Judge Johnstone will bring a significant breadth of experience to his Honour’s new role. Our state is fortunate to have the services of judicial talent of his Honour’s calibre to lead the Local Court,” Mr Speakman said.

Earning his law degree at the University of Sydney, Judge Johnstone commenced articles in 1971. He was admitted to practice in 1973. Just four years later he was made partner of one of Australia’s largest law firms (then known as Dawson Waldron), rising to become National Chief Operating Partner in 2001.

Judge Johnstone gained his first judicial experience in 1997, being appointed as an Acting District Court Judge. His Honour became a full-time judge of the District Court in 2006 and since 2012 has led the Children’s Court of NSW as its President.

“This wealth of leadership experience, including as head of a jurisdiction crucial to steering young people away from a life of crime, will be invaluable as Judge Johnstone becomes responsible for the busiest jurisdiction in Australia. So too, his previous roles as a part-time NSW Law Reform Commissioner and Deputy Chair of the Medical Tribunal of NSW,” Mr Speakman said.

“The compassion his Honour has shown to vulnerable children and families in the Children’s Court, is indicative of his approach to the administration of justice in this state. Judge Johnstone helped establish and expand the Youth Koori Court, which has been instrumental in helping to change the lives of young Indigenous offenders.”

The Attorney General paid tribute to outgoing Chief Magistrate Graeme Henson after 33 years on the bench and 15 years as head of the Local Court.

“I’m particularly grateful for Judge Henson’s strong leadership, his work navigating the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and his support of working towards gender parity in the Local Court,” Mr Speakman said.

An Acting President of the Children’s Court will be announced shortly. Judge Johnstone will commence in his new role from Monday, 6 September.

Retirement Of Chief Magistrate Judge Graeme Henson AM

August 27, 2021
The retirement today of NSW Chief Magistrate Judge Graeme Henson AM marks the end of an era for the Local Court of NSW.

Judge Henson served on the bench of the Local Court for 33 years, the last 15 as head of Australia’s busiest jurisdiction. I thank him for his dedicated service to the people of NSW through his valued work in the justice system and for being a tireless advocate for his court.

His Honour’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic has kept court users safe and kept the wheels of justice moving. During his period as Chief Magistrate, Judge Henson played a crucial role in the implementation of complex criminal justice reforms.

Deputy Chief Magistrate Michael Allen will be Acting Chief Magistrate while the NSW Government considers a permanent replacement for Judge Henson.

Magistrate Allen has more than 35 years’ experience in the law, serving on the bench of the Local Court in regional and metropolitan NSW since 2009. I thank his Honour for making himself available to lead the Local Court during this period.

Enjoy Manly Jazz 2021 Online

Manly Jazz will be online for you to enjoy in the comfort of your loungeroom this October long weekend. 

Mayor Michael Regan said this is one of the Northern Beaches’ longest running annual events and it will still be going ahead online. 

“Covid has unfortunately put a stop to many events, but this is one that we don’t want you to miss and will deliver you content virtually for the second year in a row. 

“We received feedback that last year’s digital delivery of Manly Jazz was successful, so we are pleased we can again connect everyone during this challenging time. 

“Manly Jazz is one of the highlights of our events calendar and we won’t disappoint because we’ll still bring heaps of incredible artists to the community via the dedicated Manly Jazz social media and website. 

“Jazz lovers will not have to leave home to be part of this iconic event!”  



Garigal National Park: Notice Of 1080 Pest Management Of Foxes

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service will be conducting a baiting program using manufactured baits, fresh baits and Canid Pest Ejectors (CPEs) containing 1080 poison (sodium fluroacetate) for the control of foxes. The program is continuous and ongoing between Sunday 1 August 2021 and Monday 31 January 2022 in Garigal National Park.

Don’t touch baits or ejector devices. All baiting locations are identifiable by signs.

Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW national parks and reserves. Pets and working dogs may be affected (1080 is lethal to cats and dogs). Pets and working dogs must be restrained or muzzled in the vicinity and must not enter the baiting location. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

Fox baiting in these reserves is aimed at reducing their impact on threatened species.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Forestville office 02 9451 3479 or Lane Cove office on 8448 0400.

Free Community Pantry: Frenchs Forest Anglican Church

July 23, 2021
Today we set up a small Community Pantry with essentials, to help out during lockdown. Especially for the many of you who have had to go into 14 days isolation. 

We've got the basics: milk, bread, fruit, butter, soup, baked beans...etc.   And some toilet paper too. 

If you need something delivered, there are others from church willing to help.  Of course, if you know of neighbours in need, please let us know that so we can help there too.

Everything is undercover, milk and butter are in the fridge. You could even drive though if you wanted.  Just make sure you wait till the person in front of you is finished, so we keep safe by keeping our distance. 

Let's do our best to keep caring for one another and those around us at this time.

Blessings from the crew at Frenchs Forest Anglican

PH: 9975 5410

Small Business Rebates For Hygiene Items

We hope the Northern Beaches community is staying safe and healthy during this time.

We understand that it has been a difficult time especially for our trade customers. However, there is some good news to share. Safe Work NSW is now providing safety rebates of up to $500 for eligible small businesses and sole traders for the purchases of hand sanitiser stations as it now a requirement for all construction sites to have an appropriate check-in facility and sanitiser station.

Before you apply for the rebate please ensure you complete the following: 
  1. check the terms and conditions to make sure you are eligible
  2. attend a free eligible event (online) advisory from a SafeWork NSW officer
  3. buy and install eligible safety items to address a safety problem in your workplace

To assist our customers with the new regulations we’re offering StandiTiser hand sanitiser stations for $169. These stands are easy to install, comply with the new rebate and are ideal for visitors and staff to check in and sanitise their hands. 



Watch this short video on how to claim the $500 small business rebate.

Virtual Zoo Lessons Available

The great people of Taronga Zoo are offering Virtual Zoo Lockdown Lessons streamed straight to your living room for FREE to help those teaching at home at present. Connect virtually with some of Taronga’s amazing animals with digital lessons led by a qualified member of our teaching staff that allows your students to be engaged by getting up close (digitally) to our fascinating animals via video link.

Virtual Zoo Lockdown Lessons will be running four times a week across Tuesdays and Fridays, with two virtual lessons per day.

In these engaging sessions, Taronga Educators will delve into a variety of animals, their habitats, needs, the challenges they face for survival and the amazing adaptations they possess.

These virtual sessions will be hosted via the Taronga Website, via Vimeo Livestream. No download is required, the livestream can be watched on a Taronga webpage link that you will be emailed after registering. Vimeo Livestream will allow multiple devices to be active at one time.

To register for these, please visit:

Please Dispose Of Single Use Masks At Home

On a short walk yesterday three masks were picked up of the ground within 10 metres. Same thing the day before. These probably dropped out of a pocket or something alike that after use  - but, these can impact on wildlife and cause death.

Let's look after our wildlife as well as each other during this latest challenge. 
Please be careful and ensure you take yours home so we don't see this:


Avalon Beach 100th Celebrations

Roger Treagus called an open meeting of interested community members on 10/6/21 hosted by Av Bowlo and assisted by Councillor McTaggart, to canvass ideas for the community to celebrate this event.

Some Ideas so far include asking the community to provide historical film/photos of living here to process into a movie for local screening, Tree Planting, Bands, Celebrating indigenous culture, A Guinness book event and more.
They will post updates to Avalon What’s On Facebook page.

Meanwhile Roger is keen to hear from anyone with film/pics to lend, celebration ideas or to volunteer help or resources.

A Facebook webpage has been set up to share information at www.facebook.com/Avalon-Beach-100

Contact:- Roger Treagus Convenor- Avalon Beach 100 Committee via email:-  rtreagus@optusnet.com.au

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.

Updated Noise Guide For Local Government Open For Comment

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has drafted an updated Noise Guide for Local Government for public consultation until 27 September 2021.

The Noise Guide for Local Government provides practical guidance to council officers on the day-to-day management of common neighbourhood noise problems and in the interpretation of existing policy and legislation.   

EPA Director Environmental Solutions Sonya Errington said the Guide assists councils to assess and apply the regulations to noise issues in the way that best suits their local government area.

“This new Guide gives clear advice on the regulatory and non-regulatory approaches to managing noise and community expectations,” Ms Errington said.

“The Guide assists council officers in managing neighbour-to-neighbour problems and those noise issues resulting from commercial or industrial premises.

“It also assists planners by including planning considerations that can prevent future noise problems, such as land-use planning to avoid or minimise noise from land-use conflict. Noise-generating activities and noise-sensitive areas should be separated where practicable. For example, situating commercial buildings, recreation space or similar between incompatible land uses provides a physical barrier and/or spatial separation,” Ms Errington added.

The key changes in the draft Noise Guide for Local Government include:
  • improved and easier to navigate three-part structure;
  • updated fact sheets for various common noise sources and summaries of which is the right regulatory authority;
  • up-to-date worked examples for common neighbourhood noise issues; and
  • consolidated and simplified technical and supporting information for council officers.
Once finalised, the Noise Guide for Local Government will replace the current Guide that was first published in 2013.

Have your say
Council staff and members of the community can:

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.

Domestic Violence Support 

NB: Where to get help Fact Sheet is below. Simply click on PDF and 'save as' on your own device

People experiencing domestic violence can be assured police and frontline services are ready to support them and their families.

Member for Manly James Griffin said the Northern Beaches community should not hesitate to seek help and support at this time. 

“If you are in danger or in an emergency call Triple Zero (000),” Mr Griffin said. “If you are in need of support services, such as housing or counselling, our hard working frontline staff are also available to help those suffering domestic violence.”  

“No person, whether they live on the Northern Beaches or anywhere in Australia, should in live in fear of violence and I urge people to seek the help they need when it is safe to do so.”

Mr Griffin added that perpetrators are on notice and that police have increased efforts to combat violence in the home including more proactive operations to enforce protection orders.  
“Police will continue to conduct Apprehended Domestic Violence Order (ADVO) compliance checks to keep victims safe.”

NSW Police Force Domestic Violence Corporate Spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner Mark Jones, said police are monitoring rates of domestic violence. 

“High-risk and repeat offenders are being targeted by specially trained police to ensure that all orders are strictly followed and complied with and offenders are arrested if violence is detected,” Assistant Commissioner Jones said.  “Police are also able to vary existing interim or final ADVOs if we know that violence is escalating, without needing to first go to court, so victims are immediately protected.
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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:

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.”

Pittwater Offshore Newsletter: September 1st

Click on Logo to access the latest PON:  

To contact Roy:  editor@scotlandisland.org.au

DV: Leave

Domestic Violence NSW
If you are experiencing domestic violence, current COVID-19 restrictions do not apply - you can leave your local area to get somewhere safe. Call the DV Line for help.

NB: Where to get help Fact Sheet is at base of this page. Simply click on PDF and 'save as' on your own device

People experiencing domestic violence can be assured police and frontline services are ready to support them and their families.

Nandi Reserve + Country Road Reserve Upgrade Plans Open For Feedback

August 31, 2021
Draft plans for a multi-million dollar upgrades to Nandi Reserve at Frenchs Forest and County Road Reserve in Belrose are now on display for community feedback, giving locals another chance to make sure their park meets their needs now and in the future.

Member for Wakehurst Brad Hazzard said Nandi Reserve is among eight parks being created or upgraded across Greater Sydney, as part of the $50 million Parks for People program.

“The community has already done a fantastic job in shaping the future for Nandi Reserve, and now we’re inviting locals to have their say on the design before work gets underway early next year,” Mr Hazzard said.

“Nandi Reserve is already home to beautiful bushland and established trees which are an important part of the local identity and highly valued by the community.

“The draft design seeks to protect those assets and ensure native flora and fauna can thrive.”

Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes said the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted how important parks and public spaces are to everyone, every day.

“It is clear that our public open spaces play a vital role in maintaining our health and wellbeing,” Mr Stokes said.

“One of my goals as Minister for Public Spaces is to create a city within a park, and this means we need a green grid to link our parks together and this program facilitates that.”

Parks for People supports the Premier’s Priority of Greening our City, which aims to increase the tree canopy across Greater Sydney by the planting one million trees by 2022.

To provide feedback on the concept design by 9 September 2021, visit: www.dpie.nsw.gov.au/parksforpeople

Slow Down In School Zones

September 2, 2021
Drivers are reminded to slow down and take extra care in school zones across NSW, with schools remaining open for families who need it.

Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance said school zone speed limits are being enforced, even though most children are learning from home due to COVID-19.

“Even though most children are learning from home, we need to make sure we protect those children who are at school by being extra vigilant,” Mr Constance said.

“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. While there has been some improvement, there are still far too many drivers doing the wrong thing now.

“From 2016 to 2020, two children were killed, 36 were seriously injured and another 76 were injured while walking in active school zones – we need everyone to work together to reduce these shocking numbers.”

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said while regional NSW is still in lockdown, drivers are reminded to slow down and take extra care when travelling near schools with 40km/h school zones still in place.

“Drivers need to be aware that some students are still going to school, so it’s crucial they remain aware when travelling through school zones to help protect some of our most vulnerable road users,” Mr Toole said.

“To help keep children safe, 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.

“We’re also investing an extra $18.5 million to provide 300 new School Crossing Supervisors – with 275 already on the ground, including 65 in regional NSW – offering more protection for children and improved visibility of crossings for motorists.”

Higher fines and demerit points also apply to certain driving and parking offences committed within school zones. 

Collaroy SLSC Memories

These Photos go back to the 1920s. My Uncle Bill Forbes was a member of Collaroy SLSC in those days. My Mum said the Forbes Family would go in a Sulky from Crows Nest to Collaroy, most Sundays in the Summer, and they would race other Crows nest residents in their sulkies.

Ken 'Sava' Lloyd
September 4, 2021






Hundreds Of PIN's Arrests: Protest Across NSW

Tuesday August 31, 2021
Police have arrested more than 150 people and issued almost 600 Penalty Infringement Notices (PINs) following unauthorised protest activity across NSW today.

Acting on information and intelligence, the NSW Police Force deployed more than 900 officers this morning (Tuesday 31 August 2021) to conduct high-visibility patrols of various sites expected to be targeted by unauthorised protests, including NSW Parliament House and local council chambers.

General Duties officers from across NSW were supported by the Public Order and Riot Squad, Operations Support Group, Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, Police Transport Command, the Dog and Mounted Unit, and other specialist units.

Police responded to 79 unauthorised protests, during which three officers received minor injuries following interactions with protestors at Lismore, Murwillumbah and Raymond Terrace.

In total, 153 people were arrested, many of whom were released after officers were able to establish their identity to issue a PIN.

Others were charged with a variety of offences including various breaches of the public health order, assault police, resist arrest, refusing to comply with police direction, and failing to move on.

A total of 573 PINS were issued, including not wear fitted masked covering in prescribed outdoor gathering ($500), not comply with noticed direction re s7/8/9 – COVID-19 ($1000), and unlawfully participate in outdoor public gathering – stay at home order ($3000).

Inquiries into the incidents are continuing and further PINs are expected to be issued, including for failing to comply with self-isolation direction ($5000).

Police continue to appeal to the community to report suspected breaches of any public health order or behaviour which may impact on the health and safety of the community by contacting Crime Stoppers: on 1800 333 000 or via https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.

Retired Police Day 2021 

September 2, 2021: NSW Police Force
It's Retired Police Day!

This important day recognises the contribution of past members who have served with honour and distinction.

We caught up with Max Mitchell APM, Retired Commander, Northern Region and Deb Wallace APM, Retired Commander, Strike Force Raptor who took time to reflect on their careers and provide encouragement to fellow retired police.

Thank you to all retired, and serving police for your hard work and dedication.

*Please note that footage included in this video was captured before the current COVID-19 restrictions were in place.

Surf Life Saving Australia Urges Public To Volunteer For Individual And Community Benefit

September 2, 2021

“Our club, is your club”

Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) exists to save lives, create great Australians and build better communities and as the 2021/22 patrolling and summer season approaches, SLSA is encouraging members of the public across the country to join their local surf club.

SLSA, Australia’s largest volunteer movement with over 181,000 members across 315 clubs nationwide, is launching a recruitment drive ahead of the start of the new season highlighting the value and benefit of surf lifesaving clubs to the community, and also the individuals involved.

“It has never been more important or easier to join your local surf club,” said SLSA President John Baker ESM. “Surf clubs around the country are more than just a building or a service, they’re a home, a family, and we are asking all Australians to join us and make it ‘your club’ too. There is a place for everyone at the surf club and everyone is welcome.”

Whether it’s at the beach, through bushfires, floods or the COVID-19 pandemic, surf lifesavers and Surf Life Saving Clubs continue to be at the heart of communities offering emergency services, respite and support, all with a friendly sense of belonging and community spirit.

The Deloitte Access Economics 2020 report on ‘The Social and Economic Value of Surf Life Saving Australia’ highlighted that 90% of Surf Life Saving Club members said that being a part of their club assists them to positively contribute to their community while over 80% of members said that Surf Life Saving gave them a sense of purpose and belonging in their life.

Research conducted by Volunteering Australia from the first 12 months of the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia (April 2020 to April 2021) found that those who were able to volunteer through the pandemic reported a significantly and substantially smaller decline in life satisfaction for those volunteers who did not stop volunteering, compared to those who stopped, or who never volunteered in the first place.

For those who continued volunteering, levels of psychological distress were also substantially lower than those who stopped volunteering, and those who had never volunteered.

“We know that volunteering gives people a purpose and it has been proven to increase physical and mental wellness in everyday life, especially through the challenges of the past 18 months due to COVID-19,” said Baker ESM.

“In light of this we are actively encouraging new and returning members to join our clubs, to find that sense of purpose and belonging whilst at the same time helping the wider community … our club is your club.”

Surf Clubs around the country are at the heart of local communities and offer a variety of roles both on and away from the beach or they can simply be a place to gather, create new friendships and support individual and community wellbeing.

For more information on how to join your local Surf Life Saving Club click here – www.sls.com.au/join

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

Readers Query: 1890-95 Paintings Location

I have two circa 1890-95 paintings of what is probably a house and boat hire shed on the waters edge in the Pittwater region.

They have a distinct French flag and the red ensign flown at the time. I've also been told that the boat illustrated near the Boat Hire shed was a type used up until about 1900 to ferry people around.

I'm just trying to work out location and was wondering if you would have any suggestion in regards people I could contact?
Thanks for your help.

Peter Walker
August 25, 2021

Any help appreciated - email pittwateronlinenews@live.com.au and we'll forward to Peter; the paintings are below

NSW Rural Fire Service Goat Protocol

September 2, 2021
You ‘herd’ it correctly – the NSW RFS have recruited goats to undertake a hazard reduction grazing trial in the state’s west to further prepare this fire season.

The honorary four-legged firefighters have been sourced from local farmers and in a controlled environment are grazing on grass to reduce the fuel loads in fire-prone areas.

No kidding – these goats provide an alternative to burning, which is heavily reliant on favourable weather. Rain hail or shine, these goats are here to help

After Dark Photo Competition: Northern Beaches - Entries Date Extended

The organisers of this great local photo competition have extended entries to Sunday September 19th and entrance fee reduced to $10 (what it costs to run it).

The Australasian Dark Sky Alliance is running an 'After Dark Photo Competition: Northern Beaches'. All you need do is enter your image of the Land, Sea or Sky on the Northern Beaches taken between sunset and sunrise to be in the running for prizes, and share the beauty of the Northern Beaches LGA in a way not done before.

The details of the three categories are:
  • Land – capturing man-made and/or natural formations, wildlife, flora or fauna associated with the night
  • Sea – capturing waterways, beaches, or marine areas, sea life associated with the night.
  • Sky – capturing aspects of the night sky, moon, stars capes, clouds or wildlife associated with the night sky.
There is a limit of six (6) entries per category per photographer and all entries must be taken within the Northern Beaches LGA. There is also a Junior Section is for photographers 18 years old or younger and they can take an image that features any one of the categories. 
Enter your snaps at: afterdark.myphotoclub.com.au



Image - Barrenjoey Lighthouse Purple - Photo Credit: Babak Tafreshi

Help Shape The Future Of Maritime Safety In NSW

Transport for NSW is developing the Maritime Safety Plan 2026 as part of the NSW Government’s commitment to reduce fatalities and serious injuries on our waterways.

The new five-year plan builds upon the achievements of the Maritime Safety Plan 2021. It incorporates the Safe System Approach which focuses on safe people, safe vessels and safe waterways.

The plan focuses on four key areas:
  • safer lifejacket wear and equipment
  • safer boating through technology
  • safer waterway access and infrastructure
  • growing our safety culture.
TfNSW are seeking your feedback on these proposals to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone spending time on NSW waterways.

Proposed changes to simplify and expand lifejacket wear requirements
TfNSW also invite you to have your say on the proposed changes to simplify and expand lifejacket wear requirements in NSW. The aim is to ensure that the law regarding lifejacket wear compliance is safer and easier to understand, so that more lives can be saved on NSW waterways. You can read more about the proposed changes in the fact sheet. The two proposed options are:

‘Option A’ would require mandatory wearing of lifejackets by adults:
  • on vessels less than 6m when underway; and
  • at all times for vessels less than 6m when boating alone, on alpine waters or between sunset and sunrise (heightened risk circumstances).
‘Option B’ will require mandatory wearing of lifejackets by adults:
  • on vessels less than 6m in enclosed waters when underway; and
  • on all vessels in open waters in the open area of the vessel when underway; and
  • at all times when boating alone, on alpine waters or between sunset and sunrise (heightened risk circumstances).
Under both options, children under 12 years of age will be required to wear a lifejacket:
  • at all times in a vessel less than 6m in enclosed and open waters; and
  • in the open area of a vessel greater than 6m that is underway in enclosed and open waters.
Feedback closes on 24 September 2021

Scammers Using Fake AFP Credentials To Target Vulnerable People

Wednesday, 25 August 2021
The Australian Federal Police wants to warn the community about a scam involving fake police representatives attempting to con money from the public.

AFP switchboard operators have received hundreds of calls in the past couple of months from people across Australia who have reported receiving calls from individuals claiming to be employed by the AFP.
The AFP will never call, email or contact you via social media and threaten to arrest you, demand money or ask for personal details.

Scammers are falsely identifying themselves as a Federal Agent and are telling victims they have identified suspicious activity linked to their bank accounts.

They then request personal details including a Medicare number, address and bank details.

Scammers are also targeting people via email and social media with fake arrest warrants. The offenders then call their victims and demand payments – ordering them to deposit money into a nominated bank account or purchase online vouchers.

Sadly, some people have been manipulated by these offenders, including an elderly woman who reported that she deposited more than $16,000 into a scam bank account.

In other cases, people have withdrawn money from their account but fortunately, have spoken to family or friends and realised they are being scammed before handing over any funds.

The calls appear to come from a legitimate AFP number – but we want to stress that the AFP and the Australian Government more generally will never seek payment for fines or other matters over the phone.
AFP employees will never ask for money transfers, Bitcoins or online vouchers such as iTunes and GooglePlay.

The scammers have managed to mimic an AFP number to disguise their identity and police suspect the calls originate from overseas.

Detective Superintendent Jayne Crossling said these scammers were often stealing from the most vulnerable members of our community.

"Scammers take advantage of people's trust in authorities and fear of doing the wrong thing," Detective Superintendent Crossling said.

"Victims can feel an array of emotions – from helplessness and humiliation to anger and guilt – but it is important to know you are not to blame and help is available."

"The sooner people report fraud where the victim has suffered any financial loss, the better the chances that banks or authorities can help have funds returned."

Do not follow their instructions or keep them on the line. Do not call them back on the number they called you.

If you are contacted by someone you suspect is a scammer, please end the call immediately.

If you are in any doubt, you should look up the number of the AFP switch in your capital city, and then call and speak with a genuine AFP employee to be sure that the call was not real.

They will then confirm that it is a scam and you can then report the matter via the Scamwatch website: http://www.scamwatch.gov.au/report-a-scam

North Palm Beach SLSC New FB Page

North Palm Beach SLSC have launched their Facebook page this week where interested residents can keep up to date on all things NPBSLSC. 

Posted this week:
'We are so happy you’ve joined us and look forward to sharing our updates with you as we work to prevent drownings and educate the community from adults to children to be competent and safe in the beach/surf environment. 

Be sure to follow us on Instagram too and stay up to date with everything that’s happening in and out of the water - not only are we the real-life location of Home & Away’s Summer Bay, we are also home to the Kiosk that makes some of the best fish n chips on the Northern beaches. 

If you would like to get more involved, there’s something for everyone at our club, from becoming a  First Aider to training for your Bronze Medallion and so much more. Join the club and learn new skills, make new friends, stay fit and save lives.   

If you’d like to become a member click the link and find out more. 

We love our Clubhouse and it could be your clubhouse too. 

Imagine being able to sit on the balcony, Barrenjoey Headland to one side, overlooking our spectacular Palmy, the waves rolling in on a perfect Summer's day, surfers, kite surfers, families and friends swimming between the flags. Oh how wonderful it will be to get back there this Summer. Our home away from home !!!! 

Check out our new Facebook Page or click on the website link in our bio to register your interest in joining our club.

Funding To Support Women In Sport Leadership

Sporting organisations across NSW wanting to promote women in leadership roles can access a share of $600,000 in funding support.

The funding is in addition to a $640,000 grant recently announced through Sport NSW’s ‘Her Sport Her Way’ grant program, which recognises the importance of female leaders and mentors in sport, such as coaches, officials and administrators.

Sport NSW Chief Executive Officer Ross Bidencope said the funding would support the sector in increasing the number of women in leadership roles and on boards.

“This funding will allow us to expand on programs that promote women in leadership and equip aspiring females with the tools and confidence they need to take on these roles,” Mr Bidencope said.

Other initiatives to be delivered include the development of mentoring programs, female coaching and leadership programs, mental health networks and youth leadership programs for girls from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Minister for Sport Natalie Ward said the funding package will increase the number of new leadership opportunities for women in sports-based roles both on and off the field.

“This investment will enable education programs and support organisations in embedding equitable leadership at all levels of sport, from grassroots through to boardrooms,” Mrs Ward said.

ADF Training In New South Wales From July To December 2021

NB: for those hearing aircraft/helicopters late a night and 2-3am- many thanks to Cr. De Luca for finding out what's going on

Australian Defence Force personnel will conduct maritime counter-terrorism training in Sydney Harbour and New South Wales coastal waters from the Central Coast to Jervis Bay from July to December 2021. 

The training will be conducted during the day and night. 

The public should not be alarmed if they see or hear military watercraft, vehicles, unmanned aerial surveillance systems and military personnel carrying weapons. 

Blank and paint ammunition will be used during some aspects of the training.

People who see the training should not be concerned that any of the locations are under any form of actual threat.

This essential training is vital to maintain Australia’s world-class military capability. It is not a part of the Australian Government’s COVID-19 response. The training is being conducted in a manner that accounts for COVID-19 restrictions and good health management processes.

Defence is unable to provide media access or further information, including specific timings, regarding this training in order to protect operational tactics, techniques and procedures.

Calling All Artists!

We are inviting artists to submit artworks for our 2021 inaugural Rotary Art Exhibition and Auction to help raise funds for some very worthy charities, making a difference in our local and global community. 
For more information, please contact artshow@rotaryuppernorthernbeaches.org or Liz 0412 007 068 or Gill 0409 783 295.

This is a great example of how Rotary supports the community.  Even during lockdown, we continue to have productive meetings via zoom. We continue to make a difference and we enjoy each other’s company. We also have some great speakers lined up over the coming weeks. 

To find out more about Rotary and/or attend one of our meetings, please call Tony Butera on 0418 280 849.

 

Click on logo above to visit their website.

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.

August 29 - September 4, 2021: Issue 508

This Issue: 

Front Page Issue 508 

Australia's First Urban Night Sky Park May Be HERE! - Great news out of Council this week for those who love looking up as a recommendation to proceed with a proposal to have Australia’s first ever Urban Night Sky Park hosted in our area was passed in this week's monthly Meeting

New Freedoms For Vaccinated First Step On State Roadmap Out Of COVID + Pittwater Vaccinations Surge + Back To School Update + Children Aged 12-15 Year Olds Now Eligible For Vaccine + Assistance For Childcare Providers 

Pictures Trafalgar Square, Newport: A 'Commons' Park Dedicated By Private Landholders - The Green Heart Of This Community; some history + more

Aquatics Scotland Island Wharf Upgrades For Bells and Carols Wharves + Have Your Say On Lifejacket Reform

Park Bench Philosopher National Cabinet Must Revise Its Plan To Transition Australia’s National COVID-19 Response; High Morbidity and Mortality Predicted Under Current Targets, Health System Overwhelmed; 'the much-touted 80% threshold is really only 64% of the whole population' - new studies and insights by Australian Scientists, Professors 

Artists of the Month September 2021: Feathers & Dreams Art Exhibition At Cromer - Now Online and Raising Funds For Dreams2live4

Environment Time Of Ngoonungi, Local Environmental Plan and Development Control Plan: Feedback Closes September 4, Sick Turtles Coming Ashore, Friends Of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment August Newsletter, Forum & 2021 AGM, Australia has failed greater gliders: since they were listed as ‘vulnerable’ we’ve destroyed more of their habitat, As the world battles to slash carbon emissions Australia considers paying dirty coal stations to stay open longer, Drone Surveillance Leads To $270,000 In Penalties For Pollution Offences, Disbelief As Coal Mine Companies Issued Mere Cautions For Illegally Burying Hundreds Of Giant Tyres, Liberal and Labor Join Forces To Funnel Public Funds To Fracking Company, Whitehaven Wants More Coal But Isn’t Willing To Wait For Locals To Weigh In, Bushfire survivors just won a crucial case against the NSW environmental watchdog, Job Seekers Jump On The Header For A Record Harvest, Ordinary people extraordinary change: addressing the climate emergency through ‘quiet activism’, Cockatoos and rainbow lorikeets battle for nest space as the best old trees disappear, Coral: how selective breeding may help the world’s reefs survive ocean heating, Microbes can help us recycle carbon dioxide into everyday products, Today’s decisions lock in industry emissions for decades; here’s how to get them right, Pacific Island bats are utterly fascinating; meet 4 species, Bushcare In Pittwater: when and where, Community Gardens, Groups, + Reserves 

Inbox News Modelling Highlights Risk In Australia's National COVID Plan, New Method Improves Detection Of Harmful Microscopic Parasites In Water, Mental Health Of Young Adults 'Most Affected' By COVID-19 Restrictions, The Royal Society Awards Michelle Simmons The Prestigious Bakerian Medal, New Discovery Pinpoints The ‘Golden Window’ For IVF Success, Volcanoes Acted As A Safety Valve For Earth’s Long-Term Climate, Exercise Maintains Normal Heart Rhythm In Patients With Atrial Fibrillation, Patients Helping Researchers To Advance Treatments For Prostate Cancer

Dendrobium speciosum, The Rock Lily; out this week in Warriewood - photos by Joe Mills were kindly sent in and feature as Spring In Pittwater cover shots. 
Did you know that the Mona Vale area was once called 'Rock Lily due to the profusion of these flowers here leading to Leon Houreaux naming his establishment 'The Rock Lily'? Even into the 1920's those born at home in Mona Vale had on their Birth Certificate 'Born at Rock Lily'.  This week an old page with some new items.

Pittwater Offshore Newsletter: August 1st, 2021

Click on Logo to access the latest PON:  

To contact Roy:  editor@scotlandisland.org.au

DV: Leave

Domestic Violence NSW
If you are experiencing domestic violence, current COVID-19 restrictions do not apply - you can leave your local area to get somewhere safe. Call the DV Line for help.

NB: Where to get help Fact Sheet is at base of this page. Simply click on PDF and 'save as' on your own device

People experiencing domestic violence can be assured police and frontline services are ready to support them and their families.

Vale Warren Miles 

1927-2021
It is with sadness we announce that Warren Miles has passed away this week at the age of 94.
Warren was a Newport Juniors President in 1970, Life Member and a great supporter of the senior club.
He was a frequent spectator and always good for a chat as he was passionate about all things rugby, and enjoyed watching Cameron go around for the Breakers.

He was also a keen sailor, often seen at the RPAYC.

We wish to pass on our condolences to Cameron and the Miles Family.

Peter North 
Newport BB Juniors President 


Vale Charles Robert Watts 

2 June 1941 – 24 August 2021
Charlie Watts was an English drummer, best known as a member of the Rolling Stones from 1963.
Originally trained as a graphic artist, he started playing drums in London's rhythm and blues clubs, where he met Brian Jones, Mick Jagger, and Keith Richards. In January 1963, he joined their fledgling group, the Rolling Stones, as drummer, while doubling as designer of their record sleeves and tour stages.

Mr. Watts, along with Jagger and Richards, are the only band members to have been featured on all of their studio albums. He cited jazz as a major influence on his drumming style. He toured with his own group, the Charlie Watts Quintet, and appeared in London at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club with the Charlie Watts Tentet.

In 2006, Watts was elected into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame; in the same year, Vanity Fair elected him into the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame. In the estimation of music critic Robert Christgau, Watts was "rock's greatest drummer." In 2016, he was ranked 12th on Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Drummers of All Time" list.

Mr. Watts's personal life appeared to be substantially quieter than those of his bandmates and many of his rock-and-roll colleagues; onstage, he seemed to furnish a calm and amused counterpoint to his flamboyant bandmates. Ever faithful to his wife Shirley, it is noted that when the group was invited to the Playboy Mansion during that tour, Watts took advantage of Hugh Hefner's game room instead of frolicking with the women. 

"I've never filled the stereotype of the rock star," he remarked. "Back in the '70s, Bill Wyman and I decided to grow beards, and the effort left us exhausted."

Mr. Watts, husband, father and grandfather died in a London hospital on 24 August 2021, at the age of 80, surrounded by loved ones.


R U Ok Day 2021

R U OK? has launched ‘Are they really OK? Ask them today’, to encourage all Australians to think about how the people in their world are really going.

‘Are they really OK? Ask them today’, comes in response to new research which found 22% of Australians aren’t reaching out to ask ‘are you OK?’ because there hasn’t been an occasion where they felt someone needed their help.
“R U OK? is encouraging all Australians to pause and consider how the people in their world are really going, and to make asking ‘are you OK?’, a part of their everyday,” says Katherine Newton, R U OK? CEO.

The call comes in the lead up to R U OK?Day, Thursday 9 September, a national day of action that reinforces the importance of staying connected with your friends, family and colleagues through all life’s ups and downs, big or small.

“We want to emphasise that an R U OK? conversation is not only for when someone is visibly distressed or in crisis and remind everyone that their support can make a difference for anyone who is struggling.”

The research also found that seven percent of those surveyed felt it’s a conversation you don’t need to have unless someone seems to be in a really bad way, or in crisis.

“None of us are immune to life’s challenges whether that’s a relationship breakdown, financial worries, work pressure or, sadly for some, the loss of a loved one,” said Ms Newton. “Sometimes it won’t be obvious that someone is having a hard time but we know that when we ask early and in a genuine way, we can help someone who might be struggling feel connected and supported, long before they are in crisis.”

R U OK? will be releasing a range of free resources in the build-up to R U OK?Day including tips and tools to help Australians know when and how to have an R U OK? conversation.

North Avalon Seniors Development Appeal Upheld In L&E Court

Judgement date: August 26, 2021 - The Appeal is upheld
Development consent for Development Application No. DA2019/1260 for demolition works and construction of a seniors housing development comprising ten (10) self-contained dwellings for seniors or people with a disability and basement parking for twenty resident vehicles and two visitor spaces, site consolidation, and the removal of 45 trees at Nos 27 and 29 North Avalon Road, Avalon is granted.

Under the Pittwater LEP 2014 this section of North Avalon, Pittwater, is still zoned R2. 

R2 is a zone for land comprised mainly of low density housing where the planning objective is to protect the locality's single dwelling character and landscape setting.

Full judgement available here

Local Environmental Plan And Development Control Plan: Feedback Closes September 4 

Northern Beaches Council is required by the NSW Government to consolidate four planning control documents into one and has released a discussion paper.

Mayor Michael Regan said the preparation of a whole of Northern Beaches Local Environment Plan (LEP) and Development Control Plan (DCP) would be based largely on existing controls and was not seeking to increase heights in residential areas or increase densities in areas that have not already been identified.

“To be crystal clear, there are no plans for increasing densities beyond what has already been identified – our housing strategy made clear we only need to find an additional 275 dwellings,” Mayor Regan said.

“No one wants to see our area overdeveloped or the local character destroyed.

“Our aim is to ensure we maintain our great lifestyle, protect the local character and environment we so value, provide green space, infrastructure to support growth, and local employment for the future.”

One of the key topics explained in the recently released LEP/DCP Discussion Paper is how Council will implement their local housing strategy. A Council email forwarded this week by a resident subscriber to Council updates reads:

''While our housing targets are small, we still need to address housing affordability, provide a better mix of housing types and protect our local character and environment. The discussion paper outlines our proposed approach to planning controls, that will contribute to this, including:
  • permitting seniors housing, boarding houses and dual occupancies within 400m of (the) identified local centres of Avalon Beach, Newport, Warriewood, Belrose and Freshwater
  • prohibiting dual occupancies in the R2 Low Density Residential zone (currently permitted under Pittwater and Manly LEPs)
  • prohibiting attached, semi-detached and multi-dwelling housing in the R2 zone (currently permitted in the Manly LEP)
  • standardising the size and placement rules for granny flats
  • removing the floor space ratio controls for houses (currently required under the Manly LEP). 
To support local business and to provide an improved retail shopping experience and greater flexibility in the use of the space, Council’s Urban Design expert panel have suggested small height increases in business centres – no more than 1.5 metres. For example, the document proposes an 11-18-metre building height limit for the Frenchs Forest Business Park B7 zone.

To meet the demand for floor space in industrial zones the community is asked to comment on a an increase of building heights in industrial areas.

Among other things, the discussion paper also asks for community response to:
  • improved controls for development near waterways, foreshores, wetlands and riparian lands;
  • more water sensitive urban design and greater tree canopy;
  • performance standards for net-zero carbon emission buildings;
  • which water-related structures residents think are suitable adjoining waterways (NB: as well as noting that Action 1.8 of 'Towards 2040' proposes to expand the W2 zone to permit marina expansion)
  • provisions to restrict large scale retail in small retail centres.
The 190 page LEP and DCP is now available to read and provide feedback on. Feedback closes September 5th, 2021

Barrenjoey Seal Colony Being Harassed

Residents have reported this week witnessing appalling behaviour at the seal colony at Barrenjoey, including throwing fish and hitting them, roaring JetSkis up to them with music blaring whilst trying to spray them and driving boats up to within one inch of their chosen rock.

For those that don’t know, there is a 40 metre exclusion zone, more if there are pups present - and yes; there are bubs around - it's the season for them. 

Someone has contacted police and took videos of offenders and this is now an NPWS matter.

 Southern Fur Seal Arctocephalus forsteri, or New Zealand Fur Seal at Barrenjoey - napping in the afternoon sun.  A J G photo

Juvenile Wallaby Killed At Lovett Bay

Residents of the West Pittwater Community report that the carcass of young female wallaby (perhaps 12-18 months old) was found at the base of Tarrangaua’s driveway near Lovett Bay Wharf on the morning of Friday 30 July. It appeared to have been attacked by a predator, as its wounds were horrific. 

The wallaby’s death has been reported to the Northern Beaches Council Animal Management team and National Parks and Wildlife.

''While we don’t have hard evidence that the wallaby was killed by a dog (or dogs), at this point a dog attack seems the most likely explanation.

Please ensure that your dog remains under your control at all times, as per the Council regulations. As in, when the dog is off-leash, it remains within the boundaries of your property. And when the dog is not within the boundaries of your property, it remains on-leash.'' the resident states

West Pittwater Community Association Editor’s note: a National Parks and Wildlife Ranger says that while the wallaby carcass would need expert examination to determine how the animal was killed, it is probable given the location that a dog rather than a fox was responsible.  

The NPWS Officer makes the point that with fox baits now in place in Ku-ring-gai National Park dog-owners have even more incentive to keep dogs on-leash. 

Increased Support For Learning From Home

New guided learning packs aim to help teachers and parents keep children engaged with their schoolwork.
Learning from home has become easier for parents and teachers of primary school students, with the introduction of guided learning packs in NSW public schools and additional training for teachers.

The guided learning packages are specifically designed for K–6 students and have been developed by a team of curriculum experts and designers to ensure they are easy to navigate for students, parents and carers.

Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell said the packs were helping teachers to keep their students engaged and connected.

“The packs are easy to use and cover all the essentials for teachers and students,” Ms Mitchell said.

“They include a full week of learning activities with stage-specific video content which includes teacher guidance, open-ended activities and wellbeing checks.

“All subjects within the K-6 curriculum are addressed on a weekly basis and each day begins with a student wellbeing activity, as well as a brain break during the day and additional activities for students who finish the work early.”

The packs are not mandatory but provide a great way for teachers to supplement what is already working for them.

Ms Mitchell said the department was also running new learning from home professional development courses designed using insights from last year and the current learning from home period.

“Teachers are committed to providing the best possible learning from home experience for their students, and thousands of teachers have engaged with the available professional development resources and webinars,” Ms Mitchell said.

“Teachers have told us that the support has been incredibly useful, helping to guide their students while learning from home and providing additional support for parents and carers navigating online systems.

“I know that learning from home can be challenging, and I’m incredibly proud of the work our principals, teachers, school staff and the department are doing to make this period as instructive, engaging, and supportive as possible.”

The Learning from Home Hub is also constantly being updated with great materials for students, teachers and parents with over 2 million visits last month.

Residents Concerned About Bilgola Bends Development Proposal

Residents have written to PON this week expressing concern about a DA at 521 Barrenjoey Road, just south of the bends entrance. Objections to the scale and size of the compound, along with impacts on traffic, as well as a precedent it may set, are among their concerns. The application requires the removal of established trees on public land as well as and including the endangered Asterolasia elegans.

As the proposal would require significant excavations, stated to be undertaken over a 10 week period, the impact on traffic flow would also be affected during construction.

The Notification period for DA 2021/1164 runs 03/08/2021 to 31/08/2021



Image: 521 Barrenjoey road at present - Google maps image.

Council To Investigate Land Ownership On Bilgola Bends

Regarding the above item, Council's meeting held last week on Tuesday August 24 shows an item wherein it was proposed to investigate which blocks of undeveloped land on the Bilgola Bends are still owned by Transport for New South Wales.

Discussions among residents has inferred that Council sold the land to the developer which is not correct. There are three other parcels of land along this Barrenjoey Road frontage. No’s 519 ,515 and 513 all owned by Transport New South Wales.

Councillor Alex McTaggart put forward a Motion that ; 
'To prevent the sale of these parcels by Transport New South Wales, Council should write to the local member for Pittwater the Hon. Rob Stokes and ask that these parcels be added to the Crown of the Hill Reserve and placed under care and control of Council.'

Council resolved that Council: 
1. Undertake a desk top assessment of zoning and ownership of all land in the Bilgola Bends precinct.
2. Provide a report to Council within two months on the outcome of the assessment with a view to requesting that the State Government transfer suitable parcels into Council ownership.

Storm Damages Long Reef Boardwalk

Council advises that the timber boardwalk connecting Long Reef Beach and headland has been severely damaged by the intense weather and large swells this week and the area is now closed to the public.
Walkers are advised to avoid the area and fences have been erected to ensure public safety.

Council ask that the public be patient while they assess the damage. Please do not walk through the golf course or trample the vegetation by walking through the dunes.

Council will attempt to undertake temporary repairs to restore the boardwalk however, initial assessments indicate that it will need to be rebuilt in the next six to twelve months.



NBC photo

Council To Install More Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Council resolved this week to proceed with implementing designated charging infrastructure across the peninsula for electric vehicles following the adoption of a new plan at this week's Meeting.

In April, Council asked the community to provide feedback on the Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Plan with 144 people responding.

Now the Plan is endorsed, key locations around the peninsula will be finalised with consideration to both private-operated and Council-owned electric vehicle charging stations in strategic locations like carparks, on-street sites and at key hubs.

Consideration will also be given to the type of charging units to be used as well as installation, operational costs and ongoing maintenance.

Currently, there are eight public charging stations in the LGA, seven of those in private property commercial carparks, with the eighth at the Council-owned PCYC carpark in Dee Why.

Council also has eight fully electric vehicles and 10 hybrid electric vehicles as part of its 379-vehicle fleet.

Enjoy Manly Jazz 2021 Online

Manly Jazz will be online for you to enjoy in the comfort of your loungeroom this October long weekend. 

Mayor Michael Regan said this is one of the Northern Beaches’ longest running annual events and it will still be going ahead online. 

“Covid has unfortunately put a stop to many events, but this is one that we don’t want you to miss and will deliver you content virtually for the second year in a row. 

“We received feedback that last year’s digital delivery of Manly Jazz was successful, so we are pleased we can again connect everyone during this challenging time. 

“Manly Jazz is one of the highlights of our events calendar and we won’t disappoint because we’ll still bring heaps of incredible artists to the community via the dedicated Manly Jazz social media and website. 

“Jazz lovers will not have to leave home to be part of this iconic event!”  



Pets Of The Week

Buddy

AGE/SEX: 7 years / M
BREED: Ridgeback X

Buddy is a gentle boy who was found guarding his deceased owner. He is very confused about all the changes in his life but is very accommodating. We are giving him as much TLC as we can. Buddy is strong on lead and pulls but listens well to commands. He has a gentle calm nature. We have removed a few lumps and bumps on him. He has a smooth coat and weighs 40.1kg 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. For further details call DoggieRescue on 9486 3133 or email monika@doggierescue.com. Visit  www.DoggieRescue.com  to see all our animals. RON R251000024

Frank


Frank is a handsome grey tabby with chubby cheeks. He is a super shy guy and is looking for his very own super human to give him the love, patience and security needed to let go of his fear and show his true personality. He is approximately 2-3 years old. He would suit a calm adult household with lots of rescue experience. 
He comes desexed, wormed, F3 vaccinated, FIV/FeLV tested and microchipped. He is a healthy FIV positive boy. His adoption fee is $220. He is located at Ingleside. 

Please call DoggieRescue on 9486 3133 if you are interested in meeting him or email  cats@doggierescue.com   - she is located at Ingleside.

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.

Meet our top ten doggies desperate for a foster home. These are most frequently doggies who have spent a long time in the shelter and are in urgent need of some quiet time in a loving home.

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. 

Garigal National Park: Notice Of 1080 Pest Management Of Foxes

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service will be conducting a baiting program using manufactured baits, fresh baits and Canid Pest Ejectors (CPEs) containing 1080 poison (sodium fluroacetate) for the control of foxes. The program is continuous and ongoing between Sunday 1 August 2021 and Monday 31 January 2022 in Garigal National Park.

Don’t touch baits or ejector devices. All baiting locations are identifiable by signs.

Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW national parks and reserves. Pets and working dogs may be affected (1080 is lethal to cats and dogs). Pets and working dogs must be restrained or muzzled in the vicinity and must not enter the baiting location. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

Fox baiting in these reserves is aimed at reducing their impact on threatened species.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Forestville office 02 9451 3479 or Lane Cove office on 8448 0400.

Free Community Pantry: Frenchs Forest Anglican Church

July 23, 2021
Today we set up a small Community Pantry with essentials, to help out during lockdown. Especially for the many of you who have had to go into 14 days isolation. 

We've got the basics: milk, bread, fruit, butter, soup, baked beans...etc.   And some toilet paper too. 

If you need something delivered, there are others from church willing to help.  Of course, if you know of neighbours in need, please let us know that so we can help there too.

Everything is undercover, milk and butter are in the fridge. You could even drive though if you wanted.  Just make sure you wait till the person in front of you is finished, so we keep safe by keeping our distance. 

Let's do our best to keep caring for one another and those around us at this time.

Blessings from the crew at Frenchs Forest Anglican

PH: 9975 5410

Small Business Rebates For Hygiene Items

We hope the Northern Beaches community is staying safe and healthy during this time.

We understand that it has been a difficult time especially for our trade customers. However, there is some good news to share. Safe Work NSW is now providing safety rebates of up to $500 for eligible small businesses and sole traders for the purchases of hand sanitiser stations as it now a requirement for all construction sites to have an appropriate check-in facility and sanitiser station.

Before you apply for the rebate please ensure you complete the following: 
  1. check the terms and conditions to make sure you are eligible
  2. attend a free eligible event (online) advisory from a SafeWork NSW officer
  3. buy and install eligible safety items to address a safety problem in your workplace

To assist our customers with the new regulations we’re offering StandiTiser hand sanitiser stations for $169. These stands are easy to install, comply with the new rebate and are ideal for visitors and staff to check in and sanitise their hands. 



Watch this short video on how to claim the $500 small business rebate.

Virtual Zoo Lessons Available

The great people of Taronga Zoo are offering Virtual Zoo Lockdown Lessons streamed straight to your living room for FREE to help those teaching at home at present. Connect virtually with some of Taronga’s amazing animals with digital lessons led by a qualified member of our teaching staff that allows your students to be engaged by getting up close (digitally) to our fascinating animals via video link.

Virtual Zoo Lockdown Lessons will be running four times a week across Tuesdays and Fridays, with two virtual lessons per day.

In these engaging sessions, Taronga Educators will delve into a variety of animals, their habitats, needs, the challenges they face for survival and the amazing adaptations they possess.

These virtual sessions will be hosted via the Taronga Website, via Vimeo Livestream. No download is required, the livestream can be watched on a Taronga webpage link that you will be emailed after registering. Vimeo Livestream will allow multiple devices to be active at one time.

To register for these, please visit:

Help Shape The Future Of Animal Welfare Laws In NSW

Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall has released the NSW Animal Welfare Reform – Discussion Paper as the next step in the NSW Government’s commitment to modernise animal welfare legislation.

Mr Marshall said while the care of animals was a universal value, it was critical the state’s laws provide the right legal framework to protect all animals.

“I am calling on all members of the community to help shape the future of animal welfare in NSW,” Mr Marshall said.

“Expectations and animal welfare science have changed drastically in the 40 years since our existing laws were written. With the community’s help, three pieces of legislation will be replaced with one modern Act.

“The NSW Animal Welfare Reform – Discussion Paper outlines a series of proposals about the future of animal welfare legislation and it’s important all stakeholders, from farmers to mum and dad pet owners, have the opportunity to provide us their feedback.

“We now have Australia’s toughest set of animal cruelty penalties, but it is vital our legislation is in line with the best available science and community expectations.”

The feedback on the discussion paper will support legislation development to create an animal management framework that is easier to understand, closes loopholes and reflects new best-practice since the original legislation was developed 40 years ago.

This will be the second round of consultation on animal welfare reform and Mr Marshall said significant feedback had already been gathered.

“More than 1,100 stakeholders including key representative bodies and experts had their say in the first round of consultation and this has been used to develop a series of proposals outlined in the NSW Animal Welfare Reform – Discussion Paper,” Mr Marshall said.

Proposals in the Discussion Paper include:
  • Setting a minimum care requirement for those responsible for animals;
  • Clarifying what constitutes cruelty and who is responsible for the care of an animal;
  • Introducing a modern penalties framework with increased penalty amounts and new and enhanced offences; and
  • Providing updated powers and tools to protect animals.
If you would like to have your say, email your submission to animalwelfare.submissions@dpi.nsw.gov.au or visit the NSW Department of Primary Industries website.

Consultation is open until Friday, 3 September 2021.

Please Dispose Of Single Use Masks At Home

On a short walk yesterday three masks were picked up of the ground within 10 metres. Same thing the day before. These probably dropped out of a pocket or something alike that after use  - but, these can impact on wildlife and cause death.

Let's look after our wildlife as well as each other during this latest challenge. 
Please be careful and ensure you take yours home so we don't see this:


Avalon Beach 100th Celebrations

Roger Treagus called an open meeting of interested community members on 10/6/21 hosted by Av Bowlo and assisted by Councillor McTaggart, to canvass ideas for the community to celebrate this event.

Some Ideas so far include asking the community to provide historical film/photos of living here to process into a movie for local screening, Tree Planting, Bands, Celebrating indigenous culture, A Guinness book event and more.
They will post updates to Avalon What’s On Facebook page.

Meanwhile Roger is keen to hear from anyone with film/pics to lend, celebration ideas or to volunteer help or resources.

A Facebook webpage has been set up to share information at www.facebook.com/Avalon-Beach-100

Contact:- Roger Treagus Convenor- Avalon Beach 100 Committee via email:-  rtreagus@optusnet.com.au

 

Click on logo above to visit their website.

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.

Domestic Violence Support 

NB: Where to get help Fact Sheet is below. Simply click on PDF and 'save as' on your own device

People experiencing domestic violence can be assured police and frontline services are ready to support them and their families.

Member for Manly James Griffin said the Northern Beaches community should not hesitate to seek help and support at this time. 

“If you are in danger or in an emergency call Triple Zero (000),” Mr Griffin said. “If you are in need of support services, such as housing or counselling, our hard working frontline staff are also available to help those suffering domestic violence.”  

“No person, whether they live on the Northern Beaches or anywhere in Australia, should in live in fear of violence and I urge people to seek the help they need when it is safe to do so.”

Mr Griffin added that perpetrators are on notice and that police have increased efforts to combat violence in the home including more proactive operations to enforce protection orders.  
“Police will continue to conduct Apprehended Domestic Violence Order (ADVO) compliance checks to keep victims safe.”

NSW Police Force Domestic Violence Corporate Spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner Mark Jones, said police are monitoring rates of domestic violence. 

“High-risk and repeat offenders are being targeted by specially trained police to ensure that all orders are strictly followed and complied with and offenders are arrested if violence is detected,” Assistant Commissioner Jones said.  “Police are also able to vary existing interim or final ADVOs if we know that violence is escalating, without needing to first go to court, so victims are immediately protected.
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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:

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.”


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

Westfield Local Hero: Jake De Kort

Do something amazing today and vote for your Westfield Local Hero. Voting closes Monday 30 August. Westfield Local Heroes are nominated by their communities, and the outcome of the public vote will determine the three successful 2021 Local Heroes for every Westfield centre, with each of their affiliated organisations awarded a $10,000 grant to support their work to thrive. In total, Westfield will be awarding 126 grants across Australia and New Zealand – totalling $1.2 million.

Determined fundraiser Jake de Kort is on a mission to change the lives of people and families affected by cancer. After losing his sister to cancer, Jake became a volunteer for the Kids' Cancer Project, where he does everything in his power to support the cause through his Blue Bottle project. Jake has even completed a double degree and hopes to one day develop a tool for early cancer diagnosis and intervention.



Westfield Local Heroes are nominated and voted for by their communities, with the three top finalists per Westfield centre each awarded a $10,000 grant for their affiliated organisation. If Jake is successful, The Kids’ Cancer Project will use its funds for childhood cancer research and fundraising events.
Voting closes 30 August

Readers Query: 1890-95 Paintings Location

I have two circa 1890-95 paintings of what is probably a house and boat hire shed on the waters edge in the Pittwater region.

They have a distinct French flag and the red ensign flown at the time. I've also been told that the boat illustrated near the Boat Hire shed was a type used up until about 1900 to ferry people around.

I'm just trying to work out location and was wondering if you would have any suggestion in regards people I could contact?
Thanks for your help.

Peter Walker
August 25, 2021

Any help appreciated - email pittwateronlinenews@live.com.au and we'll forward to Peter; the paintings are below



After Dark Photo Competition: Northern Beaches - Entries Date Extended

The organisers of this great local photo competition have extended entries to Sunday September 19th and entrance fee reduced to $10 (what it costs to run it).

The Australasian Dark Sky Alliance is running an 'After Dark Photo Competition: Northern Beaches'. All you need do is enter your image of the Land, Sea or Sky on the Northern Beaches taken between sunset and sunrise to be in the running for prizes, and share the beauty of the Northern Beaches LGA in a way not done before.

The details of the three categories are:
  • Land – capturing man-made and/or natural formations, wildlife, flora or fauna associated with the night
  • Sea – capturing waterways, beaches, or marine areas, sea life associated with the night.
  • Sky – capturing aspects of the night sky, moon, stars capes, clouds or wildlife associated with the night sky.
There is a limit of six (6) entries per category per photographer and all entries must be taken within the Northern Beaches LGA. There is also a Junior Section is for photographers 18 years old or younger and they can take an image that features any one of the categories. 
Enter your snaps at: afterdark.myphotoclub.com.au



Image - Barrenjoey Lighthouse Purple - Photo Credit: Babak Tafreshi

Help Shape The Future Of Maritime Safety In NSW

Transport for NSW is developing the Maritime Safety Plan 2026 as part of the NSW Government’s commitment to reduce fatalities and serious injuries on our waterways.

The new five-year plan builds upon the achievements of the Maritime Safety Plan 2021. It incorporates the Safe System Approach which focuses on safe people, safe vessels and safe waterways.

The plan focuses on four key areas:
  • safer lifejacket wear and equipment
  • safer boating through technology
  • safer waterway access and infrastructure
  • growing our safety culture.
TfNSW are seeking your feedback on these proposals to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone spending time on NSW waterways.

Proposed changes to simplify and expand lifejacket wear requirements
TfNSW also invite you to have your say on the proposed changes to simplify and expand lifejacket wear requirements in NSW. The aim is to ensure that the law regarding lifejacket wear compliance is safer and easier to understand, so that more lives can be saved on NSW waterways. You can read more about the proposed changes in the fact sheet. The two proposed options are:

‘Option A’ would require mandatory wearing of lifejackets by adults:
  • on vessels less than 6m when underway; and
  • at all times for vessels less than 6m when boating alone, on alpine waters or between sunset and sunrise (heightened risk circumstances).
‘Option B’ will require mandatory wearing of lifejackets by adults:
  • on vessels less than 6m in enclosed waters when underway; and
  • on all vessels in open waters in the open area of the vessel when underway; and
  • at all times when boating alone, on alpine waters or between sunset and sunrise (heightened risk circumstances).
Under both options, children under 12 years of age will be required to wear a lifejacket:
  • at all times in a vessel less than 6m in enclosed and open waters; and
  • in the open area of a vessel greater than 6m that is underway in enclosed and open waters.
Feedback closes on 24 September 2021

Scammers Using Fake AFP Credentials To Target Vulnerable People

Wednesday, 25 August 2021
The Australian Federal Police wants to warn the community about a scam involving fake police representatives attempting to con money from the public.

AFP switchboard operators have received hundreds of calls in the past couple of months from people across Australia who have reported receiving calls from individuals claiming to be employed by the AFP.
The AFP will never call, email or contact you via social media and threaten to arrest you, demand money or ask for personal details.

Scammers are falsely identifying themselves as a Federal Agent and are telling victims they have identified suspicious activity linked to their bank accounts.

They then request personal details including a Medicare number, address and bank details.

Scammers are also targeting people via email and social media with fake arrest warrants. The offenders then call their victims and demand payments – ordering them to deposit money into a nominated bank account or purchase online vouchers.

Sadly, some people have been manipulated by these offenders, including an elderly woman who reported that she deposited more than $16,000 into a scam bank account.

In other cases, people have withdrawn money from their account but fortunately, have spoken to family or friends and realised they are being scammed before handing over any funds.

The calls appear to come from a legitimate AFP number – but we want to stress that the AFP and the Australian Government more generally will never seek payment for fines or other matters over the phone.
AFP employees will never ask for money transfers, Bitcoins or online vouchers such as iTunes and GooglePlay.

The scammers have managed to mimic an AFP number to disguise their identity and police suspect the calls originate from overseas.

Detective Superintendent Jayne Crossling said these scammers were often stealing from the most vulnerable members of our community.

"Scammers take advantage of people's trust in authorities and fear of doing the wrong thing," Detective Superintendent Crossling said.

"Victims can feel an array of emotions – from helplessness and humiliation to anger and guilt – but it is important to know you are not to blame and help is available."

"The sooner people report fraud where the victim has suffered any financial loss, the better the chances that banks or authorities can help have funds returned."

Do not follow their instructions or keep them on the line. Do not call them back on the number they called you.

If you are contacted by someone you suspect is a scammer, please end the call immediately.

If you are in any doubt, you should look up the number of the AFP switch in your capital city, and then call and speak with a genuine AFP employee to be sure that the call was not real.

They will then confirm that it is a scam and you can then report the matter via the Scamwatch website: http://www.scamwatch.gov.au/report-a-scam

North Palm Beach SLSC New FB Page

North Palm Beach SLSC have launched their Facebook page this week where interested residents can keep up to date on all things NPBSLSC. 

Posted this week:
'We are so happy you’ve joined us and look forward to sharing our updates with you as we work to prevent drownings and educate the community from adults to children to be competent and safe in the beach/surf environment. 

Be sure to follow us on Instagram too and stay up to date with everything that’s happening in and out of the water - not only are we the real-life location of Home & Away’s Summer Bay, we are also home to the Kiosk that makes some of the best fish n chips on the Northern beaches. 

If you would like to get more involved, there’s something for everyone at our club, from becoming a  First Aider to training for your Bronze Medallion and so much more. Join the club and learn new skills, make new friends, stay fit and save lives.   

If you’d like to become a member click the link and find out more. 

We love our Clubhouse and it could be your clubhouse too. 

Imagine being able to sit on the balcony, Barrenjoey Headland to one side, overlooking our spectacular Palmy, the waves rolling in on a perfect Summer's day, surfers, kite surfers, families and friends swimming between the flags. Oh how wonderful it will be to get back there this Summer. Our home away from home !!!! 

Check out our new Facebook Page or click on the website link in our bio to register your interest in joining our club.

Free Mental Health Workshops For Parents And Carers

Parents, carers and community members supporting young people experiencing mental health challenges can register to attend a free mental health workshop hosted by headspace, thanks to a significant investment by the NSW Government in response to the ongoing COVID restrictions.

NSW Health Minister Mr. Hazzard said the workshops will help parents and carers better understand the unique challenges facing young people and how to access appropriate support.

“We want everyone in the community to have the opportunity to learn more about the experiences of young people so they can be supportive as well as becoming strong advocates for positive mental health through what is a difficult time for us all,” said Mr Hazzard.

“This is about improving mental health literacy for parents and carers so they can help them with their work or study and support them in areas such as learning shareable coping skills, accessing local support services and recognizing warning signs.”

Minister for Mental Health Bronnie Taylor said the sessions will benefit the whole community.
“These sessions are for any parent or carer who is worried about their child and doesn’t know how to start a conversation about what’s going on in their lives,” said Mrs Taylor.

“We’re building a safer, stronger NSW, and these workshops will address local challenges, point the way to local support services and allow the community to ask questions about what they can do to help young people who are struggling.”

“We want parents and carers to be able to talk about mental wellbeing in a way that doesn’t inadvertently shame young people or encourage them to stay silent, but access the tools and supports that are available to them.”

Register for:

Pittwater NSW Parent and Carer mental health education session to be held on August 31 at:

New Statues To Honour Three Great Australians

August 24, 2021
The Hon. Scott Morrison
Prime Minister of Australia
Three Australian Parliamentary trailblazers are set to be honoured by the Federal Government in two new sculptures.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the first two women elected to federal Parliament and the first Indigenous Australian to take his place in Parliament will be honoured within Canberra’s National Triangle near Old Parliament House.

“Enid Lyons, Dorothy Tangney and Neville Bonner laid the path for those who have followed and they rightly deserve our recognition,” the Prime Minister said.

“It’s important we never forget those who shaped our history so that ours and future generations are always reminded of the sacrifices they made and the courage they showed.”

Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories Nola Marino said the Morrison Government had set aside $1.25 million for the two new sculptures.

“These statues will join those of other prominent Australians in the National Triangle as we honour their important legacy,” Assistant Minister Marino said.

“The National Capital Authority will work closely with their descendants and family members in developing each sculpture and I hope we can see them completed in 2022.

“The contributions of these three remarkable individuals will be immortalised for everyone to see.”

Enid Lyons, born in 1897 in Smithton, Tasmania, was the first woman elected to the House of Representatives and the first woman to serve in Federal Cabinet. Prior to her own political career, she was best known as the wife of Joseph Lyons, who was Prime Minister of Australia (1932–1939) and Premier of Tasmania (1923–1928). Enid Lyons and Senator Dorothy Tangney became the first two women elected to Federal Parliament.

Dorothy Tangney was born in Perth, Western Australia in 1907 and served as the first woman elected to the Senate for Western Australia from 1943 to 1968. She was the first woman elected to the Senate and one of the first two women elected to Federal Parliament, along with Enid Lyons.

Neville Bonner was an elder of the Jagera people born in 1922 in northern NSW. He was appointed by the Queensland Parliament to fill a casual vacancy in the representation of Queensland in the Senate, and later became the first Indigenous Australian to be elected to the parliament by popular vote.

Funding To Support Women In Sport Leadership

August 24, 2021
Sporting organisations across NSW wanting to promote women in leadership roles can access a share of $600,000 in funding support.

The funding is in addition to a $640,000 grant recently announced through Sport NSW’s ‘Her Sport Her Way’ grant program, which recognises the importance of female leaders and mentors in sport, such as coaches, officials and administrators.

Sport NSW Chief Executive Officer Ross Bidencope said the funding would support the sector in increasing the number of women in leadership roles and on boards.

“This funding will allow us to expand on programs that promote women in leadership and equip aspiring females with the tools and confidence they need to take on these roles,” Mr Bidencope said.

Other initiatives to be delivered include the development of mentoring programs, female coaching and leadership programs, mental health networks and youth leadership programs for girls from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Minister for Sport Natalie Ward said the funding package will increase the number of new leadership opportunities for women in sports-based roles both on and off the field.

“This investment will enable education programs and support organisations in embedding equitable leadership at all levels of sport, from grassroots through to boardrooms,” Mrs Ward said.

Laws Banning Pets In Strata Properties Reversed

August 23, 2021
From Wednesday 25 August 2021, the NSW Government will enact new laws that will put an end to blanket bans on animals in strata.

The changes follow a detailed review of the Strata Schemes Management Act 2015 and extensive public consultation, focusing on the keeping of animals in strata schemes. 

The new laws will also allow specific grounds where an owners’ corporation can refuse an owner from keeping an animal in a strata scheme or take steps to remove an existing animal from the scheme. 

The circumstances can include:
  • repeated damage of the common property
  • menacing behaviour, and
  • persistent noise and odour.
Owners’ corporations will also be able to set reasonable conditions through their own by-laws on how pets are kept in their scheme.

Minister for Better Regulation Kevin Anderson said the new laws reflect broad community sentiment and demonstrate a balanced approach for both residents and owners’ corporations in keeping pets in strata.

“Research tells us that Australia has one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world, with 61 per cent of households including a pet in their family, and 91 per cent of households owning a pet at some point in their lives,” Mr Anderson said.

“As a dog owner myself I understand how important pets are for families in this state, and their companionship cannot be understated, particularly during the current pandemic.”  

For more information about the new laws, visit the NSW Fair Trading website

ABC Statement: “Fox And The Big Lie”

August 26, 2021: ABC
News Corp’s reaction to the Four Corners investigation “Fox and the Big Lie” is as expected. The Australian’s first column attacking the story was published before the first episode had even gone to air. Since then, the striking uniformity of the attacks from News Corp journalists, commentators and outlets across the nation has only further served to highlight the importance of having a range of independent voices in the Australian media.

News Corp not enjoying scrutiny does not mean the scrutiny is unwarranted.

The events around the critical 2020 US Presidential Election and the coverage of it are clearly in the public interest to investigate and the role played by Fox News is legitimate to examine.

News Corp not liking a story does not mean the story is biased or inaccurate.

The Four Corners report is based on multiple on-the-record, on-camera interviews with people who were employed by Fox News who give first-hand, verifiable accounts of their own experiences.

Fox News was given a detailed outline of the proposed program early on as part of the request for Fox staff to appear and Four Corners tried every avenue to get Fox to provide its point of view. It tried for two months to secure an interview with Fox Corp CEO Lachlan Murdoch and made a series of requests for various other senior Fox representatives, as well as for Rupert Murdoch. It also submitted written questions. The responses and information that were provided are incorporated in the program.

Despite the decision not to participate in interviews, communication between Four Corners and Fox was extensive throughout the preparation of the story. Fox was very helpful in providing footage and background briefings on material, including up to the night the program was being finished.

The story was rigorously tested against the ABC’s Editorial Policies and the ABC stands by it.

“Fox and the Big Lie'' Part One runs here

Fox and the Big Lie - Part Two reported by Sarah Ferguson, goes to air on Monday 30th August at 8.30pm. It is replayed on Tuesday 31st August at 1.00pm and Wednesday 1st September at 11.20pm. It can also be seen on ABC NEWS channel on Saturday at 8.10pm AEST, ABC iview and at abc.net.au/4corners.

Teachers Coastal Education Week

by Surf Life Saving NSW 
Registrations are now open for the Teachers Coastal Education Week: 18-22 October 2021, proudly presented by Surf Life Saving NSW. 

We have designed a unique week of FREE, exciting and interactive coastal safety sessions aligned to core curriculum areas for Primary and Secondary school teachers in NSW. 

Learn from experts, expand your skills and have the opportunity to ask vital questions during a mix of online or on-beach sessions.

Visit our website to find out more about the sessions and to register your interest: https://bit.ly/2021TeachersCoastalEduWeek


Fee-Free TAFE NSW Courses Available

Member for Wakehurst, Brad Hazzard is encouraging locals to take advantage of new fee-free TAFE NSW courses to build their skills during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Mental health, digital security, business administration and construction industry skill sets are just some of the 10 COVID rapid response courses on offer to people through the lockdown.

“Training will be delivered through either online, self-paced learning or teacher-led virtual classrooms, which means people can upskill from their own home, with the confidence they are completing high quality, accredited TAFE training,” Mr Hazzard said.

“This is a great opportunity for locals to pursue further training pathways to get a head-start towards a full qualification should they wish to continue studying down the track.”

Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education Geoff Lee said the fee-free training in employment growth areas was just one of the ways the NSW Government was supporting the community through the lockdown.

“Whether you are in lockdown in Greater Sydney, or in a regional community, I urge NSW residents to take advantage of the free training options available that will help build the skills needed to get a head start in a post-COVID economy,” Mr Lee said.

“TAFE NSW is committed to helping the people of NSW to grow their skills in a COVID-safe way.

The short courses are in addition to the hundreds of NSW Government fee-free training already available for those who meet eligibility criteria, such as Mature Aged Workers Scholarships, Women in Business, and the JobTrainer program.

If you are an Australian citizen, permanent resident, aged 15 years or older, no longer at school and living or working in NSW you may be eligible for the COVID rapid response courses.

The fee-free short courses include:
  • Reading plans for builders
  • Construction materials and work, health and safety
  • Digital security basics
  • Medical terminology
  • Business administration skills
  • Business skills for supervisors
  • Producing documents and spreadsheets
  • Food handling
  • Mental health
  • Alcohol and other drug work
For more information and to see if you are eligible, visit www.tafensw.edu.au/fee-free-short-courses or call 131 601.

ADF Training In New South Wales From July To December 2021

NB: for those hearing aircraft/helicopters late a night and 2-3am- many thanks to Cr. De Luca for finding out what's going on

Australian Defence Force personnel will conduct maritime counter-terrorism training in Sydney Harbour and New South Wales coastal waters from the Central Coast to Jervis Bay from July to December 2021. 

The training will be conducted during the day and night. 

The public should not be alarmed if they see or hear military watercraft, vehicles, unmanned aerial surveillance systems and military personnel carrying weapons. 

Blank and paint ammunition will be used during some aspects of the training.

People who see the training should not be concerned that any of the locations are under any form of actual threat.

This essential training is vital to maintain Australia’s world-class military capability. It is not a part of the Australian Government’s COVID-19 response. The training is being conducted in a manner that accounts for COVID-19 restrictions and good health management processes.

Defence is unable to provide media access or further information, including specific timings, regarding this training in order to protect operational tactics, techniques and procedures.

Calling All Artists!

We are inviting artists to submit artworks for our 2021 inaugural Rotary Art Exhibition and Auction to help raise funds for some very worthy charities, making a difference in our local and global community. 
For more information, please contact artshow@rotaryuppernorthernbeaches.org or Liz 0412 007 068 or Gill 0409 783 295.

This is a great example of how Rotary supports the community.  Even during lockdown, we continue to have productive meetings via zoom. We continue to make a difference and we enjoy each other’s company. We also have some great speakers lined up over the coming weeks. 

To find out more about Rotary and/or attend one of our meetings, please call Tony Butera on 0418 280 849.

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.

Updated Noise Guide For Local Government Open For Comment

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has drafted an updated Noise Guide for Local Government for public consultation until 27 September 2021.

The Noise Guide for Local Government provides practical guidance to council officers on the day-to-day management of common neighbourhood noise problems and in the interpretation of existing policy and legislation.   

EPA Director Environmental Solutions Sonya Errington said the Guide assists councils to assess and apply the regulations to noise issues in the way that best suits their local government area.

“This new Guide gives clear advice on the regulatory and non-regulatory approaches to managing noise and community expectations,” Ms Errington said.

“The Guide assists council officers in managing neighbour-to-neighbour problems and those noise issues resulting from commercial or industrial premises.

“It also assists planners by including planning considerations that can prevent future noise problems, such as land-use planning to avoid or minimise noise from land-use conflict. Noise-generating activities and noise-sensitive areas should be separated where practicable. For example, situating commercial buildings, recreation space or similar between incompatible land uses provides a physical barrier and/or spatial separation,” Ms Errington added.

The key changes in the draft Noise Guide for Local Government include:
  • improved and easier to navigate three-part structure;
  • updated fact sheets for various common noise sources and summaries of which is the right regulatory authority;
  • up-to-date worked examples for common neighbourhood noise issues; and
  • consolidated and simplified technical and supporting information for council officers.
Once finalised, the Noise Guide for Local Government will replace the current Guide that was first published in 2013.

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