Community News: September 2022

September 25 - October 1, 2022: Issue 556

This Issue: 

Front Page Issue 556 100 Trees for 100 Years of Avalon Beach +

Waterhouse Family Adding More Wins To Their Decades Long Totals: 23rd Hobie 16 Worlds In Spain 2022

Flags Fly As Surf Life Saving Volunteer Patrols Commence For 2022-2023 Season

Upper House Inquiry's Final Report Into The Privatisation Of NSW Bus Services Finds This Has Been A Disaster 

Byron Bay Writers Festival 2022 by Robyn McWilliam

Couta Boat Nationals Return To Pittwater This October

Pictures: Vernal Equinox 2022: Now It's Officially Spring! - Celebrate With The PNHA Sunday Nature Walks

AquaticsAustralian Sailing 2022 NSW&ACT Award Winners + Barranjoey Pin Recognitions

Park Bench Philosophers 2022 Australian Good Design Awards Winners Announced

DIY Ideas Spring School Holidays 2022: Handmade Toys - For Youngsters + Oldsters Who Want To Lend A Hand

Environment 100 Trees For 100 Years Of Avalon Beach: wildlife talk is scheduled for Sunday 16th October at 11am in the Avalon RSL, Watch Out - Shorebirds About, West Head Lookout Upgrade, Over A Hectare Of Crown Land At Belrose To Be Sold: Transferred Public Lands, Weed Alert: Corky Passionflower At Mona Vale + Narrabeen Creek, Northern Beaches Clean Up Crew: Clontarf September 25, Want noisy miners to be less despotic?; Think twice before filling your garden with nectar-rich flowers, Sydney Pig and Cattle Feed Check Helps Protect Livestock Industries, Hunter Residents Encouraged To Be On The Lookout For Toxic Cane Toads, New Research Facilities To Put NSW Seafood Industry In Box Seat, Katandra Bushland Sanctuary Open, Ku-Ring-Gai Sculpture Trail For 2022 Eco Festival, Dust Off Your Picnic Blankets For The First Ever Statewide Picnic For Nature, Echidna 'Love Train' Season Commences, EPA Releases Climate Change Policy and Action Plan, Wanted: Photos Of Flies Feeding On Frogs (For Frog Conservation), Possums In Your Roof?: Do The Right Thing, Local Wildlife Rescuers And Carers State That Ongoing Heavy Rains Are Tough For Us But Can Be Tougher For Our Wildlife, Aviaries + Possum Release Sites Needed, Sydney Wildlife Rescue: Helpers Needed, Bushcare In Pittwater: join your local group, Sneezing with hay fever?; Native plants aren’t usually the culprit, UN Committee Finds Australia Violated Torres Strait Islanders’ Rights To Enjoy Culture and Family Life: Impacts Of Climate Change, Climate change threatens up to 100% of trees in Australian cities and most urban species worldwide, Half of Western Sydney foodbowl land may have been lost to development in just 10 years, We helped fill a major climate change knowledge gap thanks to 130,000-year-old sediment in Sydney lakes, In a win for Traditional Owners Origin is walking away from the Beetaloo Basin, Dugongs and turtles are starving to death in Queensland seas, Young cold-blooded animals are suffering the most as Earth heats up, Pando In Pieces: Understanding The New Breach In The World's Largest Living Thing, From crumbling rock art to exposed ancestral remains, climate change is ravaging our precious Indigenous heritage, What if carbon border taxes applied to all carbon fossil fuels too?, How you can help protect sharks, Patagonia’s founder has given his company away to fight climate change and advance conservation: 5 questions answered, Desalinating seawater sounds easy but there are cheaper and more sustainable ways to meet people’s water needs, Thwaites Glacier: the melting Antarctic monster of sea level rise, Pittwater Reserves: Histories + Notes + Pictorial Walks, Pittwater Environment Groups, Shorebirds Guide, Alkoo of Palm Beach: a Koala story

Inbox News This Australian law makes it illegal for companies to collect third-party data to profile you; But they do anyway, Youth Mental Health Improves Despite COVID Pressure, Address The Logjam To End The Cycle Of Horror Stories: AMA, Even mild COVID raises the chance of heart attack and stroke; What to know about the risks ahead, I’ve had COVID and am constantly getting colds; Did COVID harm my immune system? Am I now at risk of other infectious diseases?, Did My Computer Say It Best?, Genetic Variants Linked To Congenital Urinary Tract Obstruction In Males, Zebrafish To Help In Search For MS Drugs, Octopuses Prefer Certain Arms When Hunting and Adjust Tactics To Prey, World First Achievement In Diabetes Research: WSU, Malaria Spike Linked To Amphibian Die-Off, UNSW: T Cells Use Force To Destroy Cancer Cells, Hilary Mantel was one of the great voices of historical fiction – and so much more, U3A: Hippies Concert, Viewfinder: Photography From The 1970s To Now Opens At The National Library, Why wandering albatrosses get divorced – new research, Remembering Kokoda, Vale John Hamblin, Professor Joseph Ibrahim on COVID in aged care – and the end of nursing homes, New Residential Aged Care Quality Indicators, Entry Milestone Reached In First Pan Pacs Since 2018: Masters Games 2022, Deepfake audio has a tell – researchers use fluid dynamics to spot artificial imposter voices, Men's Sheds Grants and Movember Improving Men's Health, Alzheimer’s might not be primarily a brain disease; A new theory suggests it’s an autoimmune condition, Viewfinder: Photography From The 1970s To Now Opens At The National Library, 2023 Year 12 School Scholarship Program Now Open: DYRSL, The Unique Power Of Australian Seaweed, Be The Boss: I Want To Be A Marine Electrician, Word Of The Week: Toll, Why does nature create patterns?, Explainer: Socrates and the life worth living, For the first time robots on Mars found meteorite impact craters by sensing seismic shock waves, 10 months and hundreds of subjects: how I took portrait photography to the streets of Parramatta, Hayao Miyazaki’s ‘Spirited Away’ continues to delight fans and inspire animators 20 years after its US premiere, Why do humans grow two sets of teeth? These marsupials are rewriting the story of dental evolution, In The Australian Wars Rachel Perkins dispenses with the myth Aboriginal people didn’t fight back, Deepfake audio has a tell – researchers use fluid dynamics to spot artificial imposter voices, Book Of The Month: October 2022 - Voss By Patrick White,

Profile of the Week  Damian and Lucie Geyle: The Barrenjoey Swim School

Last week Surf Life Saving New South Wales released its 2022 NSW Coastal Safety Report. The report revealed that 2021/22 recorded the highest number of coastal drownings on record – up almost 30% on the 10-year average.

NSW SLSC Volunteer Lifesavers commence patrol on Saturday September 24th 2022 for this season of 2022/2023. Last patrol is Tuesday April 25th 2023.

In the 2018 Avalon Beach SLSC AGM Pittwater MP, Rob Stokes announced the Premier's Volunteer Recognition Program which recognises the contribution volunteers make towards strengthening our communities and congratulated the following Club members who received this award. Damian Geyle was recognised for 25 years service to the club.

In 1994 he finished studies for a BHMS (Sports Management). In 1996 Damian received a Commendation for Brave Conduct 'for acts of bravery'. He has also received the Royal Humane Silver Medal, 1996, and the Surf Life Saving NSW Bronze Medal, 1996. 

Active in triathlons, snow skiing, he and wife Lucie spent 4-5 years as Perisher Valley volunteer Ski Patrollers as well, along with surfing, trekking, sailing and rowing, Damian has represented ABSLSC in State and National Surf Life Saving Championships in the IRB and Open Surf Boat competitions, with Avalon Beach taking the Gold Medal in States in the IRB in 2001

Lucie has an extensive background in sports as well, having competed in track and field and cross-country skiing in Europe. 

The couple also have three children they are busy looking after.

Earlier this year the Geyles' popular Barrenjoey Swim School, which provides an essential service in teaching young children to swim, was threatened with closure due to a complaint about noise. The order by council was revoked as a working towards solutions was sought. However, the Geyles have no more room for new swimmers and have a waiting list. This is becoming a problem many parents face in our area.

As we head into the warmer months of the year, which will see thousands of visitors and residents taking to the water off our beaches, a few insights into a couple who have dedicated their time to helping the next generation to be safer around water.

The Avalon Beach Historical Society held its 39th Annual General Meeting recently which was attended by 51 enthusiastic locals. We think that the guest speaker had a lot to do with the numbers.

BILL GODDARD has done a wonderful job of collecting and collating his family history.

Of course, that’s the Goddard boat-builders of Palm Beach and previously Berrys Bay, Lavender Bay, and Rose Bay on Sydney Harbour. Bill’s talk kicked off with some great aerial photos showing the residence of William Reuben Goddard overlooking Berrys Bay and the location of the early boat sheds on Sydney Harbour and at Iluka Road, Palm Beach.

Some of the early photos of Palm Beach were fascinating – family members riding horses and their cows roaming around the Waratah Road area and also the area which later became the golf course, their first boat built at Waratah Street, was the ‘W.J.G.’ – the initials of the builder William Joseph Goddard. It had to be hauled down to the water on greased logs using only manpower. Also shown were photos of the house he built after purchasing the land in Waratah Street in 1918 and then transporting building materials from Sydney by launch.

It was such an enthralling talk, but we had to call a halt at 9.40 pm to enjoy a delightful supper. Bill said he would return for our December meeting to finish the job.

Geoff Searl OAM
President, Avalon Beach Historical Society

This week an overview of the Goddard story at Palm Beach - more to come!

Pittwater Offshore Newsletter: September 1, 2022

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To contact Roy:  editor@scotlandisland.org.au

West Head Lookout Upgrade

Residents have raised several concerns regarding the current proposal for  a  West Head Lookout upgrade.

Concerns relate to the update and design, specifically:
  1. The area of outlook unencumbered by fencing has been substantially reduced yet the information email highlights a cross section through this area. In fact most of the site will be affected by a crude metal perimeter fence similar to a pool fence - see red highlight on plan below.
  2. The scheme is represented as a concept design whereas it is in fact part of a tender set presumably advanced to call tenders for construction. This is a barrier to addressing any design concerns raised.
  3. The site is widely recognised as an exceptional example of landscape architecture within a national park. The National Trust is similarly concerned with developments proposed for this location.
  4. It appears the concerns originally raised by so many in the community either have not been heard or appreciated. These relate to the lookout serving as a place where the public have been able to enjoy unimpeded views over Pittwater and North to Bouddhi. The lookout has been a quiet place of contemplation as well as a place for small numbers of people to stop for impromptu picnics. The imposition of a 1200 high crude metal fence will impact the enjoyment currently experienced. The proposal as it stands is a regressive step and detracts from the experience of visiting this exceptional site. 
Residents are asking the project team to revisit the extent and style of fencing and to seriously engage with the original designer to get the best possible outcome for this exceptional location so that the current amenity is not lost.

These resident 'Friends' of the park ask that all in Pittwater stand up for this site and make their views known - at: https://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/topics/parks-reserves-and-protected-areas/park-management/community-engagement/west-head-lookout-upgrade
The new designs are available for feedback until 10 October 2022.


The Great Global Greyhound Walk 2022: Narrabeen

There is an 8.30 am start for the Global Greyhound Walk. We will meet at Jamieson Park, The Esplanade Narrabeen in the car park for about a 40 minute flat walk and back again.
Event by: Northern Beaches Greyhound Walking Group.

There will be a guest speaker, doggie Lolly bags, raffle, sausages sizzle, plus our walk.  Our club bandanna will be on sale too  Please turn up at 8.30 am to register and listen to the talk!   Buy your tickets and have some fun.  This year the theme is red so wear some red!  

Collaroy Plateau Vet has put together a raffle for us. Thank you for your support. Remember to bring your cash/coins; $2 each or 3 for $5.00

The Great Global Greyhound Walk is an annual dog-walking event that aims to raise the profile of rescued and retired (ex-racing) greyhounds, showing the world what beautiful companions these dogs make. This year’s walk is Sunday 25 September 2022.

Formerly known as the Great British Greyhound Walk, the aim is to bring owners together regardless of where their hound is from, to celebrate greyhounds and other sighthounds, to raise awareness of hounds in need and to promote sighthounds as pets in a BIG way.

The event primarily involves hundreds of organised “walks”, not just in the UK but right across the globe, that all take place on the same day. All walks are free to attend and are open to everybody, whether they are a sighthound owner or not.

The Great British Greyhound Walk started in 2010. Beginning as a seed of an idea, it has taken place annually on the 3rd Sunday of June with the attendance growing from 1624 sighthounds attending 23 walks in 2010 to 4605 sighthounds attending 146 walks in 2015!

In 2014 and 2015 we went ‘global’, inviting international sighthounds to walk as well and the response has been amazing – 38 extra walks worldwide, with 863 sighthounds attending. The figures spoke for themselves, we were no longer just a ‘British’ event and so 2016 saw us evolve into the ‘Great Global Greyhound Walk‘.

Congratulations Ingleside Rural Fire Brigade

Congratulations to our Ingleside RFB team, led by their newly elected Senior Deputy Captain Laura, over the weekend of September 10-11 competing in the NSWRFS State Championships. Ingleside placed 2nd in the Car Fire, 2nd in Equipment Failure and 3rd in the Driving exercise. Well done team.

Congratulations to Oakville Rural Fire Brigade on winning the Championships. 

Thanks to Declan from the NSW RFS Terrey Hills Brigade who was called up late to the team.




Photos: Ingleside RFB - NSW RFS

Thank You Sam Shaw's Big Sing

The Big Sing celebrated their 10 year Anniversary on Saturday September 17th at Avalon Bowling Club doing what they do best - singing! - with a big focus on community.

In doing so they raised a whooping $3,783.20 for OneEighty Charity with ticket sales, raffle and donations.

Sam said this week:
'I’d like to thank everyone for their part in the wonderful night! From the members of the Big Sing to the guests who attended, the Bowlo bar staff and Maurie, the President of the club, for allowing us to do this and raise money of what OneEighty is all about. We wish them every success and send thanks to Levi for coming along to tell us about their work to address youth mental health.'

The Big Sing is for adults who can sing, can't sing, want to sing, have never sung but want to have a go, think they can sing, sing in the shower, love a laugh and a sing, young or old or middle aged and thrive on socialising!   We Welcome You!

The Big Sing meet every Tuesday in the Avalon Recreation Centre, but currently in the Annexe which is at the far right corner of Dunbar Park; from 9.45-11am. The cost is $15 per session

Sam Shaw and some of The Big Sing

Thank You Stuart Telfer

Habitué of Palm Beach and Currawong, especially when there were some Mermaids present, Stuart Telfer, Variety the Children's Charity Motoring Events Manager of 18 3/4 years, has retired from this position this past week. 

Since 2004, Stu has produced 17 B to B Bashes, 16 4WD Adventures and 216 Bash Bulletins. He's driven over 250,000km for motoring events and surveys combined and eaten probably about as many snags on the road. 

Variety state they are very thankful for all these years of passion, dedication and laughter he has given everyone. Along with this, Stu has helped Variety raise millions of dollars for kids in need and has impacted the lives of hundreds of families all over Australia. 

Thank you for everything, Sir. We wish you the very best for your retirement and look forward to seeing you as an entrant once again in 2023.


Stuart Telfar helping out with raffle draws at a Mermaids of Palm Beach fundraiser at Currawong

Spring School Holidays Break 2022

Please note that Issue 557 will be published Sunday October 2nd and that Issue 558 will be published Sunday October 16th.

Please have all Notices for Issue 557 in by 9am Saturday October 1st. We will definitely be AWOL, and with family, after sending out the Issue Notice on the Sunday.
Thank you very much.

We hope all those already on a break are enjoying it, that those studying for their HSC Exams, commencing October 12th, are also taking an opportunity to take a walk and relax.

Congratulations to those who have attended Year 12 Graduation Ceremonies and Formals in recent days; you all looked fabulous, and good luck with your exams!

Congratulations Johnson Brothers 

Congratulations to Robert Johnson on receiving the award for "30+ Years of service in the NSW Hardware Industry" from Hardware Australia at their September 2022 Awards (PS... It might be over 40).

Congratulations as well to Johnson Brothers Mitre 10 stores at Mona Vale and Avalon for being named as Finalists in this years' Awards. The best Hardware stores, service and knowledge in our community.


NSW RFS AIDER Program

The AIDER (Assist Infirm, Disabled and Elderly Residents) program is a free, one-off service which supports some of our most at-risk community members.

The program helps people live more safely and confidently in their home in areas where bush fires may start.

The AIDER program is designed for people who have limited domestic support available from family, relatives, friends or other services. This could include older people, people living with a disability, and people who are already receiving community assistance and services. Their property must also be on bush fire prone land (land that can support a bush fire or be subject to bush fire attack).

AIDER services can include:
  • clearing gutters
  • thinning vegetation around the home
  • removing leaf and tree debris
  • trimming branches from close to the home
  • mowing or slashing long grass.
If you would like to know more about the free, one-off AIDER service, call 02 8741 4955 or email aider@rfs.nsw.gov.au or download the fact sheet. You can also fill out the form here: www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/plan-and-prepare/aider

Ethan Hrnjak Announced As Greens’ State Candidate For Wakehurst

Ethan Hrnjak has been nominated as Greens candidate for the District of Wakehurst in the NSW State Election next year. 

He will be familiar to residents of Wakehurst as the recent Greens candidate for Mackellar in the Federal Election earlier this year. 

“We’re very excited to announce Ethan as our candidate. He’s an incredibly sharp young man and someone passionate about many issues that matter to Wakehurst residents” said Northern Beaches Greens’ Convenor, Evan Turner.

Mr Hrnjak, who is studying Environmental Law at Macquarie University, will be fighting for better planning laws, more environmentally sound infrastructure, and to end privatisation of our public services.

“Over the next six months, I’ll be out in Wakehurst with my team, asking residents what they’re concerned about.” Mr Hrnjak said today.

“Stretching from Forestville to Dee Why, the seat of Wakehurst faces many local challenges, such as the contentious Lizard Rock development, massive growth at the Frenchs Forest town centre, flooding of the Wakehurst Parkway and the impact of the planned Beaches Link Tunnel.

“The Greens have a bold and comprehensive policy platform going into the upcoming State Election. We have a long record of fighting tooth and nail to deliver cleaner, greener, and fairer outcomes for the people and environment of New South Wales."

The election will be held on 25 March next year. 


Mask Mandate Ends On NSW Public Transport

September 19, 2022
The NSW Government has announced that masks will no longer be mandatory on public transport from Wednesday 21 September.

The NSW Government will remove the requirement for people to wear masks on public transport, including taxis and rideshare services, in transport waiting areas and the indoor areas of cruise terminals.
“This is a common sense approach that brings the rules into line for people travelling on buses or trains with those for planes and airport terminals,” Premier Perrottet said.

NSW Health continues to recommend that people wear masks where they cannot physically distance from others, and in settings where there are vulnerable people and those who are at high risk of severe illness.

Minister Brad Hazzard said masks still play a significant role in reducing the risk of transmission.

“Continuing to wear a mask in crowded areas will be particularly important for people who have underlying health conditions or who are vulnerable to COVID-19 infection for other reasons. Wearing a mask in these settings will not only protect those around you, but will also reduce your risk of infection,” Mr Hazzard said.

“We can all continue to help protect each other, but particularly those most vulnerable to COVID-19 infection, by staying at home when feeling unwell, taking a COVID-19 test straight away and self-isolating.”

Minister for Transport, Veterans and Western Sydney David Elliott said he welcomed the decision to bring the mask mandate for commuters in line with arrangements in other states, domestic travel, venues and events.
 
“Everyone has demonstrated throughout this pandemic that they will do what is required to protect themselves and each other from COVID-19 and I have no doubt they will continue to do so,” Mr Elliott said.

“Commuters will be pleased to hear this news as they will now able to make a personal decision and have a choice about when they wear a mask – particularly in outdoor public transport areas.”

Mask wearing will remain mandatory at public hospitals, private health facilities and residential aged care facilities.

Taking the following steps will help combat against COVID-19 and other infectious diseases:
  • Staying home if unwell, taking a COVID-19 test straight away and self-isolating;
  • Getting together outdoors or in large, well-ventilated spaces with open doors and windows;
  • Practising good hygiene by washing or sanitising often;
  • Taking a rapid antigen test for COVID-19 before visiting vulnerable loved ones or going to large gatherings and events and
  • Staying up to date with vaccinations – for both flu and COVID-19.
NSW Health will also continue to work with SafeWork NSW and business groups to support workplaces to safely manage COVID-19.

AMA Disappointed With States' Move To Drop Masks On Public Transport

September 20, 2022
The AMA has stated it was disappointed by state governments’ decision to drop mask mandates on public transport without notice, clear guidance or public health advice. 

AMA President Professor Steve Robson said governments were continuing to make serious decisions with no consultation and no discussion about how to prepare for the consequences.

“We’re really disappointed with the decision and how it was communicated,” Professor Robson said.

NSW and South Australia, will now join the ACT, Western Australia, Northern Territory and Tasmania in not requiring public transport passengers to mask-up.

“This is a major decision which will have consequences and it should have been done with national consensus and clear health guidance. Masks kept us safe from infection when we didn’t have a vaccine and they continue to be an effective, low cost, low hassle and proven way to protect ourselves and others,” Professor Robson said.

“While we are now largely vaccinated, COVID is still very serious, particularly for vulnerable populations. It can be deadly for many people, not to mention disruptive to our lives.

“Restrictions are being loosened including time in isolation and we still don’t have any sign this was based on medical evidence. Masks and boosters are now our main line of defence.”

Professor Robson said the decision came at a time when worrying data was still being released, including in aged care.

“Many of our most vulnerable people in the community are the ones that use public transport the most. Masks are the last of the sensible protections and we urge people not to abandon using them.

“This is not a well thought through decision at a time when we are still coming to understand the threat posed by long COVID to our health with evidence emerging you are more likely to develop long COVID with multiple infections.”  

Sophie Scamps MP To Speak At AGM

Mackellar’s recently-elected MP, Dr Sophie Scamps, will be guest speaker at the 2022 Annual General Meeting of the Avalon Preservation Association.

The event will commence at 7.00pm on Monday 31 October 2022 in the Annexe in Dunbar Park, Avalon Beach with Dr Scamp’s address, followed by the AGM.

Dr Scamps, an Avalon Beach resident, will speak about her journey from co-founding the
Our Blue Dot environmental movement, to co-founding Voices of Mackellar, a nonpartisan community group established to engage residents in the democratic process, to standing for the Federal seat of Mackellar as an independent, as well as her work to date in parliament.

Dr Scamps was elected as an Independent (one of the so-called ‘teal independents’) at the 2022 Federal election, defeating long-time Liberal incumbent Jason Falinksi for the seat of Mackellar, which had been held by the Liberal party since its inception in 1949.

Her main policy priorities as Avalon Beach’s representative in Federal parliament include action on climate change, health reform, integrity in politics, and creating a sustainable renewable energy economy in Australia.

Find out more about the Avalon Preservation Association at: avalonpreservationassociation.org.au

In Tune With TonyB

In Tune is a radio programme about our local community, hosted by TonyB.

In Tune with community, culture and home-grown music of a diverse range of genres and timelines. 

Each week, we play great local music and we chat with guests from local community groups, causes and charities, about how they make a difference.

In our next programme on Friday 30th September, we will be having a virtual Pub Crawl playing some great music from local bands who have performed on the Northern Beaches pub scene. We will also be reflecting on some of the recent conversations we have had with various members of local community groups. 

Radio Northern Beaches
Fridays at 6pm
FM 88.7 or 90.3
Or live stream at https://www.rnb.org.au/
All previous programmes, on demand at  https://www.mixcloud.com/InTuneWithTonyB/
Please also feel free to like and share our Facebook page (link below) and if you would like to come and chat with us on air about your community group or your music, please feel free to message us via the Facebook page.
 

Avalon Beach SLSC: Get Involved!

Avalon Beach SLSC is a place for everyone.  Become a Lifesaver, join our Nippers or sign up as a Social (Associate) member.

Adult Bronze Medallion course starts 16 October.  Learn more here: https://avalonbeachslsc.com.au/bronze-medallion/
Nippers starts 16 October. Learn more here: https://avalonbeachslsc.com.au/about-nippers/


Scotland Island Spring Garden Festival

When: Sunday, October 16, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Where: Scotland Island Community Hall
Details:  Come and celebrate Spring with us! There are kids’ activities, open garden visits, workshops, plant sales and talks. And the café is open from 10 am to 2 pm, selling coffee, cakes and yummy food.


Disco In The Dark Fundraiser

Join us on Wednesday 26th October to dance up a storm for a good cause, the Childhood Dementia Initiative, raising money to increase awareness and improve quality of care for the thousands of children in Australia living with this devastating condition.

Bring a towel, water, and wear whatever you feel comfortable dancing in. Our live DJ and good vibes will do the rest. 

Bring your friends, or come alone - everyone is welcome.
When: Wednesday 26th Oct 2022, 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Where: The Annex, Dunbar Park, 59 Old Barrenjoey Rd, Avalon Beach
Tickets $25 from:  HERE


Northern Beaches Chorus: Singers Needed

Wanted! 10 Women Who Love to Sing (or would love to learn).
Join us to Sing in the Season! Learn at least 2 Christmas Carols in joyful 4- part a cappella and experience the thrill of bringing the joy of Christmas to the Northern Beaches throughout December.

You will be supported throughout by 30+ members of Northern Beaches Chorus and expert tuition from experienced voice coaches.

Starting Monday 10th October, Warringah Mall Community Rooms. Use the link to let us know you'll be there: https://www.trybooking.com/events/landing/953809


2023 Year 12 School Scholarship Program Now Open: DYRSL

Dee Why RSL is pleased to announce the 2023 School Scholarship Program, open to local students going into year 12 for the 2023 year of study. 

A total of ten students will receive $2000 each, to assist them in achieving their utmost potential while completing the Higher School Certificate. 

To find out more, please visit:


Macquarie Street East To Commemorate Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Premier Dominic Perrottet have announced a plan to commemorate Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with a public square named in her honour in the heart of Sydney’s historic Macquarie Street.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said he was pleased that the new public square would be named in honour of Her Majesty.

“Her Majesty The Queen held a very special place in the hearts of many Australians and I am pleased we can continue to commemorate and remember her magnificent life by naming this new plaza in her honour,” he said.

“The Queen dedicated her life to public service and it is appropriate that this new plaza will bear her name and can be enjoyed by Australians for many years to come.”

Mr Perrottet said it was fitting for the tribute to be included in the Macquarie Street East Precinct revitalisation plans, which celebrates the precinct’s different histories. 

“We’re realising a 20-year vision to celebrate this unique section of Sydney ensuring the heritage assets along Macquarie Street are more accessible and attractive for visitors in the 21st Century,” Mr Perrottet said.

“The precinct is already of national cultural significance, which is why we have chosen it to commemorate our late Head of State, by naming the new public square Queen Elizabeth II  Place. We’ll also erect a monument in her likeness.”

Minister for Planning and Minister for Homes Anthony Roberts said the first stage of works sees the removal of now unused, modern additions to the historic Registrar General’s Building.

“This is the first step in giving this iconic public building, indeed the whole Macquarie Street Precinct, a new lease of life, while protecting its historic integrity and respecting its original character,” Mr Roberts said.

“Investigations have also commenced for a permanent soundshell in the Domain – an initiative that will significantly reduce the impacts that come with setting up for Sydney’s much-loved summer concert events and increase year-round community access to The Domain.”

Volunteers Needed: Meals On Wheels

Meals on Wheels have lost a lot of volunteers in the last few months due to COVID regulations etc. so they are desperate for some new people on the roster.

The local service covers all the way from Manly Vale up to Palm Beach, so a run takes around 60-90mins. 
You leave from and return to the warehouse in Bassett Street, Mona Vale.
You don’t need to sign on to permanent shifts, even once a month would help them out greatly.
All drivers need an unrestricted license, must be fully vaccinated and will require a volunteer police check.
If you are able to assist please call Milly on 9457 3900 or email 
NBeachesVolunteer@kmow.org.au and she can give you more info and send you through training paperwork.


Narrabeen Amateur Swimming Club

Just over two weeks until our 2022-23 Season begins!! Get your registration in now, go to https://www.narrabeenasc.com.au/sign_up

Monika's Doggie Rescue: Pets Of The Week

Ralph 

9yo English Staffy X


Ralph is a sweet well-mannered staffy boy who walks well on loose lead. He is a favourite amongst our volunteers. Ralph is affectionate and friendly with people. Ralph came from the pound with heartworm. DoggieRescue is committed to ensuring he has treatment for the heartworm at our expense however he can be adopted at any time. The treatment takes around 3 months. He has a short coat and weighs 18.4kg. All our dogs come desexed, C5 vaccinated, heartworm free and microchipped. Also included for the love and health of our dogs is a free Health and Wellness Voucher with our DoggieRescue Vet. His adoption fee is $400. For further details call DoggieRescue on 9486 3133 or email  Monika@DoggieRescue.com. RON R251000024

Pinot 

10 month Dwarf Lop X


Pinot is one of Champagne's kits. Champagne was one of 5 bunnies dumped at a park, all but one were pregnant.  Champagne gave birth to 5 kittens - our wine litter on 24 Nov 21. Pinot is a sweet boy who loves gentle pats.  He has beautiful black and white markings and looks to be a Dwarf Lop eared bunny.  Pinot comes with 2 vaccinations, chipping and desexing and his adoption fee is $195. For further details call DoggieRescue on 9486 3133 or email Monika@DoggieRescue.com. RON R251000024

Community Invited To Comment On The Conservation Zones Review And Technical Reports

As Northern Beaches Council moves towards developing a single planning system for the whole Council area, as required by the NSW Government, an important step in the process is the review of our conservation zones.

Conservation zones (previously known as Environmental zones) are used in a council’s Local Environmental Plan (LEP) to identify and restrict inappropriate development in areas with high environmental values or that are subject to hazards such as bushfire or flooding.

The Conservation Zone Review will help Council establish which land areas are included in conservation zones in the new Northern Beaches LEP. It contains a review of Conservation zones used in in our four current LEPs, a proposed methodology to establish a consistent set of Conservation zones across the area, and maps of proposed Conservation zones based on that methodology. The Review is based on comprehensive set of technical studies that identify and map areas subject to a range of hazards or with important environmental qualities.

Mayor Michael Regan said while most of the community will see little change to their existing zoning, we want to make sure we’ve got the balance right.

“The aim of this review is not just to deliver consistency across our area but to make sure we apply the right zoning to the right areas using the best available knowledge,” Mayor Regan said.

“We want to protect the precious environment that makes our area special, and also keep our community safe from hazards like flood and bushfire.

“Being in a conservation zone doesn’t mean you can’t build a new house or add an extension – just that you’ll need to take the environment or hazards into account, when you do so.

“The Review is informed by multiple technical studies and provides a strong starting point for a considered discussion about our future Conservation zones.

“Now it’s important we hear from our community. Have we got it right? I encourage everyone to have look at what is being proposed, see what it means for you, and let us know what you think.”

Detailed information will be available on Council’s Your Say website, including an online mapping tool showing affected residents what their current zone is and what is proposed.

Public exhibition of the Conservation Zones Review and Technical Reports starts Friday 2 September and continue for an eight-week period until Sunday October 30 for the Biodiversity Planning Review reports.

Visit the project on the Your Say website to get involved, at:

JP Public Register

You can find a Justice of the Peace (JP) using the online Public Register. You can search by postcode, name of a JP, day of availability, language spoken and JP registration number. The register lists a JP’s location, availability and telephone number. Please note that JPs are volunteers and may not be available at all times. Click here to access the JP Public Register

NB: There are  3 J.P’s working in Pittwater RSL Sub-Branch office, we work every Monday (10:30am to 15:30)except on public holidays:
  1. Terry Jones J.P.
  2. Robert (Bob) Wood J.P.
  3. Deborah Hendy(Carter) J.P

Calling All NSW Volunteers To Have Their Say

The NSW Government is calling for volunteers across the state to have their say as part of the Ministerial Volunteer Taskforce.

Minister for Families and Communities and Minister for Disability Services Natasha Maclaren-Jones established the Ministerial Volunteer Taskforce to identify emerging trends, issues and opportunities across the sector to support and grow volunteering.

“The Ministerial Volunteer Taskforce is looking at the future of volunteering and I hope this consultation period will bring in as many voices as possible to help shape the future of the sector,” Mrs Maclaren-Jones said.

“We deeply value the efforts of our volunteers and their incredible spirit of service. Every day across our state volunteers work selflessly to contribute to the community and support others. We want to make sure they are well-supported, recognised and empowered.”

Chair of the Ministerial Volunteer Taskforce the Hon. Scott Farlow MLC is calling for all areas of the volunteer sector to take part in the consultation process.

“Hearing from the sector is vital. From volunteers and volunteer-involving organisations to businesses that work with the volunteering sector, researchers and academics, we want to ensure all volunteers are heard,” Mr Farlow said.

“The consultation process will contribute to the Taskforce’s report that will examine a range of topics including volunteer recruitment, retention, research, recognition and supporting our volunteers.”

The Ministerial Volunteer Taskforce consultation phase opens on 2 September and will run until 5pm on 30 September.

To provide an online submission please visit: www.volunteering.nsw.gov.au/nsw-volunteering-taskforce 

 

Click on logo above to visit their website.

Mona Vale Residents Association

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



Please Slow Down: Wildlife Crossing

Phoebe the Swamp Wallaby weighed less than a kilogram when she was orphaned on the roadside after her mother was hit and killed by a vehicle. Fortunately, Phoebe was uninjured, taken to a local vet and raised and then released by Sydney Wildlife volunteer Jane.

While Phoebe was fortunate, other native birds and animals are not so lucky.

So, if you’re returning home after your summer holiday (or just out and about on Australia Day), please slow down - particularly at dawn and dusk and in areas identified with wildlife crossing signs, for your safety and the welfare of our wildlife.

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



 
Photo: Phoebe the Swamp Wallaby by Jane
Notice by Sydney Wildlife Rescue

Fairy Penguins Coming Ashore

The Australian Seabird & Turtle Rescue Central Coast looks after seabirds and turtles that come ashore along our beaches. 

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

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


Speed Humps On McCarrs Creek Rd: Please Share Wildlife Data 

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

It records the GPS position, date, sex, species. Photos can be added as they help in identification
The data is then forwarded to OEH and Transport NSW as it can help establish the best places to place  mitigation. Thanking you all in advance for your help with this. There is so much wildlife on the move in our area at present due to various pressures. Although we have had pictures sent to us, many of these have no date or location.

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

2022 Australia Pipe Band Championships: Pittwater Rugby Park Warriewood

The 2022 Australia Pipe Band Championships will be hosted by the New South Wales branch of Pipe Bands Australia and held over the first weekend in October. The first Australian Championships were held in Maryborough, Victoria in 1961 making this the 61st annual gathering following the cancellation of 2020 event due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To be held October 1st and 2nd.

The event is ticketed. In order to enter the venue every person will need an APBC22 wristband. Every competing band will be sent sufficient wristbands for their registered playing members plus an additional 5 bands.

Humanitix paper or smartphone tickets will be scanned at the venue and exchanged for a APBC22 wristband which needs to be worn at all times. Cash wristbands can be purchased on the day for $12 – no band supporter discounts will apply. Any supporters wishing to purchase entry via a credit card payment on the day will need to do so on the Humanitix site.

Entry with a wristband can be achieved through either Gate A or Gate B. Gate A is located between No.7 oval (band encampment/parking) and the main oval. Cash ticket sales on the day are only available at Gate B, which is the main entrance in front of the venue directly behind the grandstand.


Event description
An open air weekend of Scottish Pipe Band Music and Highland dancing on Sydney's beautiful Pittwater Peninsular.  Plenty of seating but bring your own chair and blanket to get up close and personal with the performers.  Food and drink available.  This will be the biggest gathering of kilted people in the Southern Hemisphere in the last four years! Come to Warriewood on the October long weekend and Get Yer Celt On !

Roadworks: Seaforth

Wakehurst Parkway near Castle Circuit
Tue 4 Oct 2022 to Fri 7 Oct 2022
Scheduled closures: Every Night (9:00pm to 5:00am) Traffic affected both directions
Advice: Allow extra travel time, Check signage, Reduced speed limit (40km/h)
Other Advice: Alternating (stop/slow) traffic conditions will be in place.


2022 Australian Sports Foundation Active Kids Grant 

Active Kids Grants are available for volunteer-run community clubs and organisations with members aged 20 or younger. Grants will be awarded in the form of free sports equipment and on-field or training uniforms, to be supplied by ASF partners HART Sport and ISC. 

Grant round closes 5pm (AEDT) Friday 7 October 2022

There are five categories of grants on offer:Up to $2,500 GST inclusive (equipment only)
  • $2,500 - $5,000 GST inclusive (equipment only)
  • $5,000-$10,000 GST inclusive (equipment only)
  • $5,000-$10,000 GST inclusive (uniform only*)
  • Up to $10,000 GST inclusive (can be equipment and/or uniform*)
* Uniform orders must be for a minimum value of $5,000 GST inclusive.

It should be noted that there are a set number of grants available in each category, so clubs/ organisations are encouraged to only apply for what you need to improve the physical and mental health of young Australians through more sports participation opportunities.

Access and download the Grant Toolkit through this link to get the full details on how to apply and what we need from you: https://fundraise.sportsfoundation.org.au/grants

Click here to apply today: https://grants.sportsfoundation.org.au/

Funding For Projects To Honour Veterans

Communities from across the State are encouraged to recognise and support their local veterans through the $100,000 Anzac Community Grants Program.

Minister for Transport, Veterans and Western Sydney David Elliott today announced an increase to funding available to local community groups to apply for a grant, worth up to $3,000.

“The NSW Government has increased funding available to honour former and current serving personnel. I encourage anyone who is interested in the service and sacrifice of veterans in New South Wales to apply for an Anzac Community Grant,” Mr Elliott said.

“We’re looking for projects that honour and support our veterans and those who currently serve, and that broaden our understanding of their military efforts and peacekeeping contributions. This is an opportunity to get projects off the ground, at a local community level across the entire State.”

Applications are open to individuals and not-for-profit organisations, including local government authorities, ex-service and non-government organisations and educational institutions.

Grants cover four categories: 
  1. local community historical research and education; 
  2. preservation or display of war memorabilia; 
  3. public commemorative events; 
  4. and support to members of the NSW veteran community
Minister Elliott said the program, which delivered more than 50 projects across the State last year, helps address key concerns for veterans including wellbeing, education and recognition already highlighted in the NSW Government’s submission to the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide.

“We are committed to supporting the more than 1,200 veterans that transition into NSW communities from the Defence Force every year, and to honour their service,” Mr Elliott added.

Details on how to apply for the Anzac Community Grants Program can be found hereThe grant round closes at 5pm on 11 November 2022.

Rotary Upper Northern Beaches: Get Involved In Something Positive

At Rotary Upper Northern Beaches, we are always welcoming new members. We find that new members bring new ideas, energy and opportunities.

There is something for everyone in Rotary and you can apply your skills for the betterment of our community. This can include anything from cooking a BBQ, to managing a fundraising project, to helping with marketing and social media. You can even get the opportunity to serve on our Board.

We have been quite active in the community over recent and coming weeks, including;
      - The Beach To Beach Fun Run (held on 28 August)
      - The Bobbo (Bobbin Head Cycle Classic, held last Sunday 18 September)
      - Our Annual Charity Golf Day (To be held this Thursday 29 September at Monash Country Club)
      - Cooking the BBQ at The Annual Australian Pipe Band Championships next weekend 1 & 2 October at Rat Park).

These are just a few examples of our fund raising and community activities.

If you are looking for a way to give back to the community, while meeting some great people and having some fun with it, please come and check us out. Our next meeting is this Wednesday 28 September at The Sands Hotel Narrabeen (6pm Dinner in the bistro for 7pm Rotary meeting upstairs).

If you would like to know more about Rotary and how you can get involved, please contact us on 02 8005 0711 or email contact@rotaryuppernorthernbeaches.org


Church Point Commuter Wharf Feasibility Study On Public Exhibition

The community is invited to review and provide feedback on a feasibility study into a solution for overcrowding at the Church Point commuter wharf.

The Church Point Commuter Wharf Feasibility Study was commissioned to consider a range of options to meet the future needs of both the offshore and community given the rising demand for moorings, and frequent overcrowding at the current wharf which can cause safety and accessibility issues.

Options considered include an extension to the existing facility through the addition of another curved arm and additional structures at Rostrevor Reserve, Church Point Reserve, Rowland Reserve, McCarrs Creek Reserve and Bayview Baths.

The study ranked the creation of an additional structure at Rostrevor Reserve the highest, followed by extending the existing commuter wharf.

Mayor Michael Regan encouraged the community to have a look at the challenges and opportunities with the options considered in the study.

”The Church Point Commuter Wharf functions as a water-based interchange for approximately 700 offshore residents as well as onshore residents, visitors, and businesses.

“It currently can’t keep up with the demand and needs a long-term solution.”

“This is step one in the process to address the issue and we’d love to hear from the community what they think of the options under consideration.”

The feasibility study considers the environmental and social impacts, costs and benefits, coastal environment, navigation channels, impact on swing moorings, marine vegetation and fisheries as well as the impact on public transport, local users, visitors, businesses and residents.

It assesses these in contrast to the impacts and benefits that might be recorded by performing a similar extension to the commuter wharf at nearby location Bayview.

The outcomes of public exhibition of the Church Point Commuter Wharf Feasibility Study will impact parking demand around the Church Point precinct and is being considered in concert with a review of the Church Point parking scheme which is being bought forward.

The community can have their say until Monday 26 September at https://yoursay.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/church-point-commuter-wharf


$5 Million To Activate NSW Heritage

Applications are open for innovative ideas that boost public access to the state’s most significant heritage places and stimulate local economies across NSW.

Minister for Heritage James Griffin said $5 million in funding support is available through the 2023-2025 NSW Heritage Grants program.

“Our NSW Heritage Grants program is now in its 44th year and has helped deliver fantastic heritage renewal projects right around the state,” Mr Griffin said.

“For the first time ever, we’re also trialling a $1 million matched funding grant, which is designed to protect and promote our heritage by incentivising owners and custodians to revitalise state heritage listed sites and bring them back to life.

“We want to see applications that engage communities in our rich heritage, contribute to community wellbeing, and support economic activity within local areas.

“The Heritage Grants are all about revitalising some of our most meaningful places in NSW, and preserving them for our future generations.”

The 2023-2025 NSW Heritage Grants program has six categories, including:
  • The new Activating State Heritage Grant where one successful applicant will be awarded $1 million in matched funding
  • Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Grants where applicants can apply for up to $80,000
  • Caring for State Heritage Grants where applicants can apply for up to $150,000
  • Community Heritage Grants where applicants can apply for up to $50,000
  • Emergency Works Grants to help address emergency situations at state significant sites
  • Local Government Heritage Grants program designed for NSW local councils.
Examples of previous grant recipients can be found here:
For more information, including guidelines and applications, visit the Heritage NSW website webpage here:  www.heritage.nsw.gov.au/grants/applying-for-a-grant

Expressions of Interest close 12:00pm Wednesday 5 October 2022.

Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary Stalls 

The Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary members are having a stall at Pittwater Place on the first Saturday of every month from 9am to 3pm selling knitting for babies and children, beanies, bedsocks and scarves for oldies, sewing items, craft and jams, raising funds for the rehabilitation and palliative care units.

NSW Government Provides $2 Million To Improve Boating Infrastructure

The NSW Government has committed a one-off $2 million funding program to support maintenance and repair works to boating infrastructure as part of a $28 million Boating Now Program.

Minister for Transport and Veterans David Elliott said the NSW Government allocated the additional funds to help boating infrastructure owners across NSW undertake maintenance works to boat ramps, pontoons, wharves, jetties, boat ramps and car and trailer parks.

“NSW boasts some of the best waterways in the world which are not only enjoyed by recreational water users but vital for local tourist operators and commercial vessels, therefore it is important to ensure boating communities have easy access to modern maritime facilities,” Mr Elliott said.

“We understand the challenges of maintaining boating facilities and recognise that repairs can be costly for asset owners and managers.

“We’ve listened to feedback from boating stakeholders and as a result we’ve made up to $2 million available as part of Round Four of the Boating Now Program to help owners return boating assets to their optimal operational condition,” Mr Elliott said.

Applications are now open for the Boating Asset maintenance sub-program, which will fund up to $30,000 per asset and up to a maximum of $60,000 per applicant for multiple assets.

To be eligible, the boating asset must be available for general boating public use and provide direct benefits to recreational boaters. The asset must also be included in an existing annual maintenance schedule or have its own asset maintenance plan in place at the time of application.

Guidelines and the application form is available on the Boating Now websiteApplications close at 5pm on 30 September 2022 and must be emailed to MIDO@transport.nsw.gov.au

September 18 - 24, 2022: Issue 555

This Issue: full list in Contents page 

Front Page Issue 555 

Pictures: Rowers Raise Nearly 300K For Mental Fitness During 2022 24 Hour Row

AquaticsNSW Records Deadliest Year For Coastal Drownings:  2022 NSW Coastal Safety Report by SLSNSW

Youth For Soibada – Be A Part Of It!

Manly Warringah Netball Association End Of Winter Season 'Wrap'Spring Comp. Kicks Off In October

Veterans Centre That “Shouldn’t Need To Exist” Marks First Year Milestone 

Surfer Groms Comp In Coffs Harbour Sees Local Surfers Among Winners

Be The Boss: I Want To Be A Marine Electrician

Church Point Commuter Wharf Feasibility Study On Public ExhibitionFeedback Closes September 26

Park Bench Philosophers A Third Straight La Niña Is Likely this Spring and Summer: Here’s How You and Your Family Can Prepare

Environment Channel-Billed Cuckoos Return, Weed Alert: Corky Passionflower At Mona Vale + Narrabeen Creek, La Nina Event Declared - Above Average Rainfall Likely For Eastern Australia, Flood Warning - Peel and Namoi Rivers, Wakehurst Parkway Closed Due To Flooding, Manly Lagoon Friends September Clean Up Nets A Heap Of Rubbish, Northern Beaches Clean Up Crew: Clontarf September 25, Katandra Bushland Sanctuary Open, Ku-Ring-Gai Sculpture Trail For 2022 Eco Festival, Sydney Cockatoos and Humans Are In An Arms Race Over Garbage Access,  Dust Off Your Picnic Blankets For The First Ever Statewide Picnic For Nature, Echidna 'Love Train' Season Commences, EPA Releases Climate Change Policy And Action Plan, Wanted: Photos Of Flies Feeding On Frogs (For Frog Conservation), Possums In Your Roof?: Do The Right Thing, Local Wildlife Rescuers and Carers State That Ongoing Heavy Rains Are Tough For Us But Can Be Tougher For Our Wildlife, Aviaries + Possum Release Sites Needed, Sydney Wildlife Rescue: Helpers Needed, Bushcare In Pittwater: join your local group, Great Artesian Basin At Risk As Perrottet Government Approves New Coal Exploration, Transition To Plantation Timber Would Be A Win For The Nature And Industry, Ever heard of ocean forests?; They’re larger than the Amazon and more productive than we thought, Nearly 30% of Australia’s emissions come from industry; Tougher rules for big polluters is a no-brainer, ‘Too hard to get to work’: climate change is making workers’ lives more difficult, La Niña 3 years in a row: a climate scientist on what flood-weary Australians can expect this summer, We may be underestimating just how bad carbon-belching SUVs are for the climate – and for our health, Scientists are divining the future of Earth’s ice-covered oceans at their harsh fringes, Where is your seafood really from?; We’re using ‘chemical fingerprinting’ to fight seafood fraud and illegal fishing, The climate crisis is real – but overusing terms like ‘crisis’ and ‘emergency’ comes with risk, 10 simple ways to make Australia’s climate game truly next-level, ‘The most significant environmentalist in history’ is now king; Two Australian researchers tell of Charles’ fascination with nature, A rapid shift to electric vehicles can save 24,000 lives and leave us $148bn better off over the next 2 decades, What caused the world’s largest die-off of mangroves? A wobble in the Moon’s orbit is partly to blame, Pittwater Reserves: Histories + Notes + Pictorial Walks, Pittwater Environment Groups, Shorebirds Guide

Inbox News We were on a global panel looking at the staggering costs of COVID – 17.7m deaths and counting: Here are 11 ways to stop history repeating itself, Benefits of the environment to health. A literature review of health benefits derived from 3 ecosystem services: air filtration, local climate regulation, and recreation: AIHW, Replacing band-aid wound solutions could save lives and millions in health system costs: AMA, Social Housing Temperatures In NSW Exceed Health and Safety Limits: Study, M4-M5 Link To Be Renamed, Emergency Department Walk Outs Show Need For Ratios Nurses Association states, Government States Hospitals Continue To Perform Well Despite COVID-19 And Flu Outbreaks, Researchers Identify How Science Can Help Cities and Companies To Operate Within Earth System Limits, Chemical Fingerprints Could Land The Biggest Catch: Seafood Fraudsters, Australian Vets and Pets To Reap Benefits From New Drug To Treat Common Infection, Mucosal Antibodies In The Airways Protect Against Omicron Infection, Tropical Insects Are Extremely Sensitive To Changing Climates, The Blood Stem Cell Research That Could Change Medicine Of The Future, Dementia Action Week: 19 – 25 September 2022, A Rugby Trip Inspired William To Take Some Brave Steps, Celebrities Combine Forces And Voices To Support People Impacted By Dementia + National Dementia Helpline Now 24/7, Cheaper Scripts For Millions, Seven Healthy Lifestyle Habits May Reduce Dementia Risk For People With Diabetes, Pace As Important As 10,000 Steps For Health, Risk Factor For Developing Alzheimer's Disease Increases By 50-80% In Older Adults Who Caught COVID-19, Daily Multivitamin May Improve Cognition And Possibly Protect Against Decline, Men's Sheds Grants And Movember Improving Men's Health, Surfer Groms Comp In Coffs Harbour Sees Local Surfers Among Winners, Barrenjoey High School Maths Teacher Farewell, 2022 Schools Spectacular, 2023 Year 12 School Scholarship Program Now Open: DYRSL, Securing A Brighter Future For Disadvantaged Youth, HSC Online Help Guides, World Barber Day Highlights Demand For Age Old Craft, UNSW Launches Artificial Intelligence (AI) Institute, What Is The Beaufort Scale?, Be The Boss: I Want To Be A Marine Electrician, Word Of The Week: Galoot, We found the oldest ever vertebrate fossil heart; It tells a 380 million-year-old story of how our bodies evolved, ‘He was deadly, a deadly man’: remembering the incredible life and work of Uncle Jack Charles, Lord of The Rings: Rings of Power – a guide to the expanded world of Middle-earth in J.R.R Tolkein’s other books, Starlink, Amazon and others are racing to fill the sky with bigger satellites to deliver mobile coverage everywhere on Earth, Negative feedback is part of academia (and life) – these 6 strategies can help you cope, AI art is everywhere right now; Even experts don’t know what it will mean, Moonage Daydream: brilliant Bowie film takes big risks to create something truly new, The Whitewash is a scathing, hilarious satire of Asian misrepresentation in Hollywood, It’s corn! How the online viral ‘Corn Kid’ is on a well-worn path to fame in the child influencer industry, It’s hard to imagine better social media alternatives, but Scuttlebutt shows change is possible, Sunday Comics and Cartoons: A  message from Ginger Meggs in 1947, Christmas card competition 2022: Kindergarten to Year 6, Kindergarten In Sydney In 1968, Spring Things: Pittwater Butterflies, Bumblebees and Honeybees, All About Frogs For Youngsters, How To Draw A Penguin In Just 3 Minutes!, Curious Kids: How do ants crawl on walls? A biologist explains their sticky, spiky, gravity-defying grip, Curious Kids: what is exotic matter, and could we use it to make wormholes?, 

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II - A Tribute Of Local Connections: Did you know that the Queen's grandfather visited our area in 1881? There have been requests to leave this Tribute up. The ABC will broadcast the State Funeral of HM Queen Elizabeth II from 7.20 pm Monday September 19 2022 AEST.  Details of the State Funeral and Committal Service for Her Majesty The Queen are available here

Profile of the Week  Wingala Lapidary Arts & Crafts Group

Pittwater residents have been raving for years about this great local group. As we head into Spring and residents head further afield to look for beautiful stones, a timely reminder of one of our great local assets. 

Wingala is the only lapidary club on the northern beaches. It is located in Harbord Park, off Wyadra Avenue in Freshwater and is now open to new members.

Lapidary is the art of turning common stones, semi-precious gems and precious gems into beautiful jewellery or display pieces.

Sessions are held on Mondays and Wednesdays during the day and on Thursday nights.

No previous experience is necessary as you will be guided by experienced members who will help you produce a simple piece of jewellery in just one or two sessions.

The club is fully equipped with grinding wheels, buffing belts and polishers as well as silver jewellery equipment for more advanced projects. Details of how you can get involved run this Issue.
The passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on September 8th, 2022 has been a reminder that her love for her grandfather featured in her early life, with The Queen calling him 'Grandpa England' while he called her 'Lillibet'.

The second Royal visitors to our shores, Princes Albert and George, grandfather of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, came here in 1883 for a visit, boarding a steamer at Newport Wharf for a tour along the Hawkesbury River. They travelled overland in a coach they boarded at Manly – their relative’s experience at Clontarf not deterring a chance to see the beauty of this place. Newport Wharf, the first version - which was then called 'Victoria Wharf' after these young princes grandmother - Queen Victoria, had just been completed, partly in anticipation of having these princes as guests and being able to take them on a scenic cruise around Pittwater and up the famed Hawkesbury aboard a steamer called the 'Pelican' - owned by the gentleman who had also built the wharf and the first version of the Newport Hotel.

This week a few insights into the Newport of then and how a private wharf became a public one.

VALE Max Gordon Riddington

It is with great sadness that we said goodbye to one of Manly’s greats on Sunday 11 September, 2022.

Aged 90, Max was surrounded by his close family including children Brett, Craig, Scott, Deb and Sue and brother Don. He was Pa Max to Nathan, Blake and Brunna, Chelsea, Trent, Nate, Willsy, Neve and great grandfather to Charlotte.

He will be remembered as a proud Manly man, always a gentleman and committed life member of Manly Life Saving Club, serving countless years in senior administrative positions. He was one of the great watermen of his generation, winning countless Australian Surf Life Saving Titles as an individual and a team member.

Family and friends are warmly invited to a Service of Thanksgiving for Max’s life to be held at St Matthews Church, The Corso, Manly at 10.30am on Wednesday 28 September, 2022.

VALE Patricia Helen Buckle

Of Narrabeen, passed away 11.09.2022

Patricia was born 13.3.1929 in Melbourne. Much loved wife of John Alexander Buckle (dec), loving mother of their children Peter, Margaret, Geoffrey and Judy (dec) and adored grandmother of Amy, Sarah, Charlotte Ebony and Finn and great grandmother of Stevie, Chip, Autumn, Willow and Jax.

Patricia later married Red William Moore (dec) and became a much-loved step mother to Gary, Tracey and Terry and grandmother to their children.

Patricia will be ever cherished and loved, never forgotten. Her amazing service to others and her effervescent love of life will be forever etched into and is a part of who we are.

Family and friends are warmly invited to attend her Funeral Service to be held in the RSL War Veterans’ Village Chapel, Collaroy Plateau on Monday, 26th September, 2022 at 10am.

VALE Dr John. Dixon Hughes OAM, FRCS, FRACS, FAMA

Passed away peacefully at Greenwich Hospital on Tuesday 14th September 2022, late of Castle Cove.

Remembered for his life of service to his patients and Sydney Hospital, and his support of medical research and innovation.

Devoted husband of Pat (dec). Loving father and father-in-law of Richard and Sandy, Peter and Jann, Andrew and Janet, David and Fiona. Beloved Grandfather of Doug, Chris, Lachlan, Kate, Tania, Polly, Lucy, Hamish and Vickie. Adored Great Grandfather of Joel, Luke, Zac, Brielle, Sophie, Sam and Jake.

Family and friends are warmly invited to attend John’s funeral service on Monday 26th of September 2022 at Macquarie Park Crematorium, Cnr of Delhi rd and Plassey rd, North Ryde in the Magnolia Chapel commencing at 12pm.

In lieu of flowers donations to The National Foundation for Medical Research and Inovation are welcome. https://nfmri.org.au/make-a-difference/donate/

Public Holiday Declared In NSW For National Day Of Mourning

Thursday, 22nd of September 2022 has been declared a public holiday in NSW by the Minister for Employee Relations Damien Tudehope under section 5 of the Public Holidays Act 2010.

This follows the announcement made by the Prime Minister Anthony Albanese that the National Day of Mourning on 22 September 2022 will be recognised as a National public holiday across the country. 

The day coincides with the National Memorial Service to be held in Canberra.

Shops and retailers can trade as they normally would on other public holidays such as Australia Day or New Year’s Day. This additional public holiday will not be a “restricted trading day” (such as Good Friday or Anzac Day) under the Retail Trading Act 2008.

For banks and other financial institutions it will be a “bank close day” under the Retail Trading Act 2008.

For employers and employees the provisions of the Fair Work Act 2009 that deal with working on public holidays will apply.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard has instructed NSW Health to encourage all local health districts to retain as much of their planned elective surgery on September 22nd as possible, subject to staff availability.

NSW Proclamation Ceremony

After the Governor-General of Australia proclaimed the new Sovereign, a NSW Proclamation Ceremony took place at NSW Parliament House, Macquarie Street Sydney.

The short ceremony was held outside Parliament House.

Macquarie Street was closed to traffic so members of the public could attend.

On 11 September 2022, the Governor of NSW presided at a meeting of the Executive Council at Government House where the Premier of NSW Dominic Perrottet, joined by Ministers of the Government, recommended that the Her Excellency proclaim King Charles III as King of Australia. The Governor accepted the recommendation.

In the afternoon, Her Excellency read the Proclamation at NSW Parliament House proclaiming Prince Charles to be King Charles the Third, by the Grace of God King of Australia and his other Realms and Territories.



Photo: NSW Government/© Photo by Salty Dingo 2022

Ingleside Rural Fire Brigade: Get Ready Weekend 2022

Ingleside RFS Station is open Sunday 18th, 10am-2pm. We're looking for residents of Ingleside, Bayview, Elanora Heights to drop in to our Station to find out the risks to your property from Bushfires. 

The proposed updated Community Protection Plan will be on display. It shows the impact of fires on your property, the risks for you during bushfires and we can give you advice to prepare your property and what to do during a bushfire emergency, including how to evacuate and to where. 

Ingleside Station is located on King Rd, between Powderworks and Manor Roads. 



Paul Dillion Drug And Alcohol Information Evening At Narrabeen 

The Narrabeen Sports High School Wellbeing Team would like to invite our Narrabeen Sports High School parents and community to a drug and alcohol education Parents' Information Evening presented by Paul Dillon, founder of Drug and Alcohol Research and Training Australia (DARTA). 

The information evening will explore: 
  • - Teens, parties, gatherings and alcohol: What do parents need to know?
  • - Vaping – ‘short and sweet’: What do parents need to know?
Our Year 10, 11 and 12 cohort will also have presentations from Paul on Monday September 19th 2022. 
A big thank you to the P&C for funding this event that will enable our school community to be informed about how best to support teens and parents through this key period of growth and learning.

The presentation will take place on Monday 19 September 2022 at the Narrabeen Sports High School Hall starting at 5:30pm.

To register your interest please complete the Google Form - https://forms.gle/tJW9pryxoUmPSQEx7

Barrenjoey High School Maths Teacher Farewell

Farewell to Mr Grunseit, Head Teacher of Mathematics at Barrenjoey High School. That's 36 years serving our students. Thank you very much sir.


Introduction To The Child Safe Standards For Sailing NSW 

Monday 19th September 6:00pm - 7:00pm
The 10 Child Safe Standards were enacted into legislation in NSW on 1 February 2022. They provide a framework for organisations to create and maintain environments that support children and young people to feel and be safe and for organisations to meet their legal obligations under the Child Safe Scheme. 
This webinar will: 
  • Provide an overview of the Child Safe Standards and examples of the Standards within a sport setting. 
  • Outline the policies that your club needs 
  • Provide resources and support to help you develop your child safety policies.


Congratulations To Amy And Matthew Young - The Studio, Careel Bay

The REINSW Awards for Excellence 2022 were held on Thursday 8th September where Amy Young and Matthew Young of  The Studio by Laing+Simmons at the Careel Bay Marina were announced as  the winner of the prestigious Community Service Award by the Real Estate Institute of NSW.



Posting on their Facebook page, the Youngs stated:

''This award means the world to us. We love supporting our community. We have worked hard to create 'The Studio' to have a positive impact on the lives of locals within our community through supporting local artists, community donations and raising awareness for the important work of local charities. 

Thank you to all those who attended our events to support the local community! We are still smiling from such an amazing night.''

The Studio by Laing+Simmons at the Careel Bay Marina, 94 George St, Avalon Beach, has hosted a variety of Artists, all of whom contribute to local charitable organisations to help them do their work.

In September money raised by The Studio was given to OneEighty, Inc. Paris Jeffcoat and Nada Herman joined Amy Young to receive their donation.

This year alone The Studio has hosted exhibitions supporting Living Ocean, the Be Centre Foundation, and One Eighty. 

When they're not busy presenting great local homes you will find the Youngs as volunteer members supporting the Bilgola SLSC.



Photos; REINSW Awards and The Studio at Careel Bay Marina

2023 Year 12 School Scholarship Program Now Open: DYRSL

Dee Why RSL is pleased to announce the 2023 School Scholarship Program, open to local students going into year 12 for the 2023 year of study. 

A total of ten students will receive $2000 each, to assist them in achieving their utmost potential while completing the Higher School Certificate. 

To find out more, please visit:


Macquarie Street East To Commemorate Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Premier Dominic Perrottet have announced a plan to commemorate Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with a public square named in her honour in the heart of Sydney’s historic Macquarie Street.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said he was pleased that the new public square would be named in honour of Her Majesty.

“Her Majesty The Queen held a very special place in the hearts of many Australians and I am pleased we can continue to commemorate and remember her magnificent life by naming this new plaza in her honour,” he said.

“The Queen dedicated her life to public service and it is appropriate that this new plaza will bear her name and can be enjoyed by Australians for many years to come.”

Mr Perrottet said it was fitting for the tribute to be included in the Macquarie Street East Precinct revitalisation plans, which celebrates the precinct’s different histories. 

“We’re realising a 20-year vision to celebrate this unique section of Sydney ensuring the heritage assets along Macquarie Street are more accessible and attractive for visitors in the 21st Century,” Mr Perrottet said.

“The precinct is already of national cultural significance, which is why we have chosen it to commemorate our late Head of State, by naming the new public square Queen Elizabeth II  Place. We’ll also erect a monument in her likeness.”

Minister for Planning and Minister for Homes Anthony Roberts said the first stage of works sees the removal of now unused, modern additions to the historic Registrar General’s Building.

“This is the first step in giving this iconic public building, indeed the whole Macquarie Street Precinct, a new lease of life, while protecting its historic integrity and respecting its original character,” Mr Roberts said.

“Investigations have also commenced for a permanent soundshell in the Domain – an initiative that will significantly reduce the impacts that come with setting up for Sydney’s much-loved summer concert events and increase year-round community access to The Domain.”

Volunteers Needed: Meals On Wheels

Meals on Wheels have lost a lot of volunteers in the last few months due to COVID regulations etc. so they are desperate for some new people on the roster.

The local service covers all the way from Manly Vale up to Palm Beach, so a run takes around 60-90mins. 
You leave from and return to the warehouse in Bassett Street, Mona Vale.
You don’t need to sign on to permanent shifts, even once a month would help them out greatly.
All drivers need an unrestricted license, must be fully vaccinated and will require a volunteer police check.
If you are able to assist please call Milly on 9457 3900 or email 
NBeachesVolunteer@kmow.org.au and she can give you more info and send you through training paperwork.


Narrabeen Amateur Swimming Club

Just over three weeks until our 2022-23 Season begins!! Get your registration in now, go to https://www.narrabeenasc.com.au/sign_up

In Tune With TonyB: The Carer Gateway

In Tune is a radio programme about our local community, hosted by TonyB.

In Tune with community, culture and home-grown music of a diverse range of genres and timelines. 

Each week, we play great local music and we chat with guests from local community groups, causes and charities, about how they make a difference.

In our next programme on Friday 23th September, we will be chatting with George Olivares from The Carer Gateway. We will hear all about the great support that they provide for people who look after family members or friends with either a disability, a medical condition, mental illness or frail due to age.

Radio Northern Beaches
Fridays at 6pm
FM 88.7 or 90.3
Or live stream at https://www.rnb.org.au/
All previous programmes, on demand at  https://www.mixcloud.com/InTuneWithTonyB/
Please also feel free to like and share our Facebook page (link below) and if you would like to come and chat with us on air about your community group or your music, please feel free to message us via the Facebook page.
 

Emergency Department Walk Outs Show Need For Ratios

September 14 2022
The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has urged the NSW government to overhaul the current nursing and midwifery staffing system, as new figures show tens of thousands of frustrated patients have left emergency departments without receiving or completing treatment.

New Bureau of Health Information (BHI) data shows 76,117 patients walked out of public hospital emergency departments during April to June this year, the highest of any quarter since 2010. Almost one in five of the patients who left had re-presented for care within three days.

Waiting times inside emergency departments were also the poorest on record, with barely half of the ‘triage category 2’ patients, and only 62.8% of all patients, starting treatment on time.

NSWNMA General Secretary, Shaye Candish, said the report card was an alarming reminder of the demand on public hospitals and reflected the extreme pressure experienced by nursing staff.

“Our public health system has been under enormous pressure for an extended period, held together by nurses, midwives and other health staff stretching themselves beyond what is reasonable,” said Ms Candish.

“The sheer volume of patients leaving our emergency departments before starting their care is shameful. Returning within a few days to try and access care, as they’ve likely deteriorated, doesn’t depict a ‘world class’ health system, or one that’s meeting the needs of NSW patients.

“We can see bed block issues and ramping outside emergency departments are also compounding the delays in ambulance response times to some of the highest priority cases.”

BHI figures indicated elective surgery waiting times for non-urgent and semi-urgent surgeries during the quarter were also the longest on record, with patients waiting 339 days and 161 days respectively.

“The current staffing system in our public hospitals is no longer fit for purpose. It isn’t transparent and it’s open to manipulation. We need clear nurse-to-patient ratios on every shift to deliver safe care to all patients when they need it,” Ms Candish said.

“Many members have told us unsafe workloads are prompting staff to reduce their hours. We know that manageable and safe workloads will attract nurses and midwives back into our health system.

“The ratios our members are seeking are flexible to help manage patients’ care needs and the clinical experience of nursing staff across a hospital.”

The NSWNMA said members would continue to advocate for patient safety in NSW public hospitals and reiterated calls for the NSW government to guarantee safe staffing with ratios.



$5 Million To Activate NSW Heritage

Applications are open for innovative ideas that boost public access to the state’s most significant heritage places and stimulate local economies across NSW.

Minister for Heritage James Griffin said $5 million in funding support is available through the 2023-2025 NSW Heritage Grants program.

“Our NSW Heritage Grants program is now in its 44th year and has helped deliver fantastic heritage renewal projects right around the state,” Mr Griffin said.

“For the first time ever, we’re also trialling a $1 million matched funding grant, which is designed to protect and promote our heritage by incentivising owners and custodians to revitalise state heritage listed sites and bring them back to life.

“We want to see applications that engage communities in our rich heritage, contribute to community wellbeing, and support economic activity within local areas.

“The Heritage Grants are all about revitalising some of our most meaningful places in NSW, and preserving them for our future generations.”

The 2023-2025 NSW Heritage Grants program has six categories, including:
  • The new Activating State Heritage Grant where one successful applicant will be awarded $1 million in matched funding
  • Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Grants where applicants can apply for up to $80,000
  • Caring for State Heritage Grants where applicants can apply for up to $150,000
  • Community Heritage Grants where applicants can apply for up to $50,000
  • Emergency Works Grants to help address emergency situations at state significant sites
  • Local Government Heritage Grants program designed for NSW local councils.
Examples of previous grant recipients can be found here:
For more information, including guidelines and applications, visit the Heritage NSW website webpage here:  www.heritage.nsw.gov.au/grants/applying-for-a-grant

Expressions of Interest close 12:00pm Wednesday 5 October 2022.

Monika's Doggie Rescue: Pets Of The Week

Elizabeth 

3+yo Maltese X Pom


Elizabeth was named in honour of the Queen as she arrived the day the Queen died. Elizabeth is a bright active girl who is social with other dogs. She has a confident nature and she LOVES her food. She can be quite piggy with her food. Her microchip says she is 3yo however our vets feel she is a bit older than that. She has a coat that needs regular clipping. She came from the pound overweight and is currently on a diet plan. She does have separation anxiety and is looking for a home based worker.  She suits apartment living. She weighs about 7kg.

All our dogs come desexed, C5 vaccinated, heartworm free and microchipped. Also included for the love and health of our dogs is a free Health and Wellness Voucher with our DoggieRescue Vet. Her adoption fee is $450. For further details call DoggieRescue on 9486 3133 or email  Monika@DoggieRescue.com 

Pie 

10yo Domestic Short Hair


Pie is a very gentle calm cat about 10yo. He greets everyone who comes to visit. He is social with other cats. He enjoys lots of pats and cuddles. Pie has a heart arrythmia 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. All our cats come desexed, wormed, F3 vaccinated, FIV/FeLV tested and microchipped. His adoption fee is $220.  For further details call DoggieRescue on 9486 3133 or email Monika@DoggieRescue.com. RON R251000024

Fundamental Changes To Funding Needed To Fix Public Hospitals: AMA (NSW)

The Bureau of Health Information’s latest Healthcare Quarterly report provides further evidence that fundamental changes are needed to improve funding for public hospitals and alleviate pressure on the system.

“Each quarter, the Bureau of Health Information releases a report that is more damning than the last. How much more evidence does the Commonwealth Government need before it commits to a 50/50 funding split?” said AMA (NSW) President, Dr Michael Bonning.

“Emergency department attendances are at record levels, patients are waiting longer to be transferred from ambulance to ED, the average length of stay in hospital for patients is increasing – there are huge bottlenecks in our hospitals that are hampering the health system’s ability to care for patients.

“We can’t keep doing the same things and expecting to see improvements – the federal Government needs to change the way public hospitals are funded to expand capacity and improve performance.

The AMA’s Clear the Hospital Logjam campaign outlines a plan to alleviate the pressure on public hospitals.

“The four-point plan calls for a reintroduction of funding for performance improvement. It also calls on government to give public hospitals additional funding for extra beds and staff to expand capacity.

“In addition, we’re asking Government to fund alternatives for out-of-hospital care, so patients with needs that can be better met in the community can be treated outside of hospital. This includes co-ordination with general practitioners to address avoidable admissions and readmissions.

“The AMA continues to call on the Commonwealth to increase its contribution to 50%. This is an investment of $12.7bn over four years between 2022-23 and 2025-26. NSW would be required to then reinvest the 5% of ‘freed-up’ funds to improve performance and capacity.

“And lastly, the AMA is urging the Commonwealth to remove the artificial 6.5% cap on funding growth that is shared between States and Territories.”

Dr Bonning said it was good to see that elective surgery activity is picking up.

“There is a need to address long elective surgery waitlists and we want to see the State adequately fund this work to be done in public hospitals, rather than outsourced to private hospitals.”

Dr Bonning added that State must address the workforce shortages that are contributing widespread burnout among doctors.

“We know from member feedback that there are unprecedented levels of fatigue for doctors at all career stages. It is having a detrimental effect on doctors’ health and wellbeing and makes it more difficult to provide high quality patient care,” Dr Bonning said.

Fight On The Beaches 2022 Fundraiser

Want to support cancer research while having a really good time doing it?
Fight on the Beaches is a local charity run by local Mums and they are hosting ‘Party for a Cure’ on 24 November at Manly Pacific.

Grab your friends and make a night of it. Money raised will fund local cancer research and local screening clinics.


Sport, Sleep Or Screens: New App Reveals The ‘Just Right’ Day For Kids

Not too sport heavy, not too sleep deprived – finding the ‘just right’ balance in a child’s busy day can be a challenge. But while parents may struggle to squeeze in homework amid extracurricular commitments and downtime, a world-first app could provide a much-needed solution.

Developed by University of South Australia in partnership with the Murdoch Children's Research Institute, the Health-Day-App is helping parents understand which combination of activities can best help their child’s mental, physical, and academic outcomes.

The study found that shifting 60 minutes of screen time to 60 minutes of physical activity resulted in 4.2 per cent lower body fat, 2.5 per cent improved wellbeing and 0.9 per cent higher academic performance.

Lead researcher, UniSA’s Dr Dot Dumuid says that the app will help parents and health professionals better understand the relationships between children’s time use, health, and academic outcomes.

“How children use their time can have a big impact on their health, wellbeing, and productivity,” Dr Dumuid says.

“We know that screens are not great for children’s wellbeing, so if they’re choosing to play video games at the expense of playing sport, it’s easy to guess the negative impacts effects on their health.

“This app helps guide healthier behaviours. By tracking a child’s current activities over the day, and using the app to adjust these, we can model how any changes are expected to impact on their physical, wellbeing and academic performance.

“It’s a quick and easy tool that can predict health and wellbeing outcomes for children.”

Assessing 1685 data records from the Australian Child Health CheckPoint study (children aged between 11-12 years), the new app enables users to make hypothetical adjustments to time use behaviours.

It firstly requests users to input a child’s current 24-hour time usage across seven categories – sleep, screen time, physical activity, quiet time (such as reading or listening to music), passive transport (such as catching public transport), school-related time (including homework), and domestic/self-care (chores/getting ready).

It also includes an advanced option for health professionals to account for puberty and social economic status. On the subsequent panel (accessed by selecting ‘Specify reallocations’ on the left side bar) app users can move sliders to try out time reallocations of their choice. Expected differences to body fat percentages, psychological health, and academic performance are presented in numerical and graphical formats.

“The Healthy-Day-App lets parents, carers and health professionals consider possible changes to a child’s day and predict how this might impact health outcomes,” Dr Dumuid says.

“I encourage parents to play around with it – it may just make you reconsider how much screen time your child has in the car, in a café, waiting for an appointment…try it and see. It may surprise you.”

The Healthy-Day-App can be accessed here:  www.unisa.edu.au/Healthy-Day-App 

The study is published in PLOS ONE, and can be accessed here: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0272343

Community Invited To Comment On The Conservation Zones Review And Technical Reports

As Northern Beaches Council moves towards developing a single planning system for the whole Council area, as required by the NSW Government, an important step in the process is the review of our conservation zones.

Conservation zones (previously known as Environmental zones) are used in a council’s Local Environmental Plan (LEP) to identify and restrict inappropriate development in areas with high environmental values or that are subject to hazards such as bushfire or flooding.

The Conservation Zone Review will help Council establish which land areas are included in conservation zones in the new Northern Beaches LEP. It contains a review of Conservation zones used in in our four current LEPs, a proposed methodology to establish a consistent set of Conservation zones across the area, and maps of proposed Conservation zones based on that methodology. The Review is based on comprehensive set of technical studies that identify and map areas subject to a range of hazards or with important environmental qualities.

Mayor Michael Regan said while most of the community will see little change to their existing zoning, we want to make sure we’ve got the balance right.

“The aim of this review is not just to deliver consistency across our area but to make sure we apply the right zoning to the right areas using the best available knowledge,” Mayor Regan said.

“We want to protect the precious environment that makes our area special, and also keep our community safe from hazards like flood and bushfire.

“Being in a conservation zone doesn’t mean you can’t build a new house or add an extension – just that you’ll need to take the environment or hazards into account, when you do so.

“The Review is informed by multiple technical studies and provides a strong starting point for a considered discussion about our future Conservation zones.

“Now it’s important we hear from our community. Have we got it right? I encourage everyone to have look at what is being proposed, see what it means for you, and let us know what you think.”

Detailed information will be available on Council’s Your Say website, including an online mapping tool showing affected residents what their current zone is and what is proposed.

Public exhibition of the Conservation Zones Review and Technical Reports starts Friday 2 September and continue for an eight-week period until Sunday October 30 for the Biodiversity Planning Review reports.

Visit the project on the Your Say website to get involved, at:

Newport Residents Association September Meeting

Speaker: Angus Gordon OAM
Our next meeting will be Tuesday evening 20th September 2022 commencing at 7 pm at the Newport Community Centre Activity Room, The Boulevard, Newport.

Guest Speaker at our next meeting will be Angus Gordon re: Newport and other Beach Restoration Issues

Angus is a coastal engineer and coastal zone manager with over 50 years experience having undertaken projects in all States of Australia and in Brunei, Dubai, Kuwait, Indonesia, Hong Kong and New Zealand.

He was first involved with Newport in 1974 following the major storms of that year.


Angus Gordon OAM. AJG pic.

The recent storms have devastated the southern end of Newport Beach. Council has recently instigated remedial works and the NRA has posed the following question to council;

The Newport Residents Assn is concerned about the current works, 
  1. What happens to them (under legislation emergency works are required to be removed within 90 days),
  2. What NBC proposes for the future,
  3. Any other current repair plans,
  4. How active is NBC with the Sydney Coastal Council Group
  5. NBC attitude to major beach nourishment
  6. How to more permanently create access to the Newport pool
Council has responded with the following answers;

Newport Beach Erosion
Our Coastal team have been in contact with various owners on a number of occasions as well as conducted site visits to monitor impacts. We will undertake beach scraping to aid the recovery of the beach as soon as conditions allow, however this won’t offer the kind of significant protection the owners are seeking.

The coastal management framework is such that we don’t have many tools available to us to assist owners in the short-term, but we are looking at ways to assist where we can, including the potential for long-term coastal management actions.

Under current legislation emergency works are required to be removed within 90 days.
The property owners are aware of the terms of the emergency order which requires them to remove the works at their cost following Council providing them with 30 days notice to remove.

What NBC proposes for the future
Council is currently progressing updates to its existing Coastal Zone Management Plans (CZMPs) for Bilgola Beach, Mona Vale Beach and Collaroy-Narrabeen Beach (our local “hot spots”) to convert them to Coastal Management Programs (CMPs) (a requirement from the NSW Government if Council is to retain access to relevant grant funding for its coastal projects). Once these are completed, Council will proceed with a CMP for its open coast beaches, including Newport.

Other repair plans
Once sand volumes increase, Council will progress with beach scraping to accelerate the movement of sand back onto the beach.

How active is NBC with the Sydney Coastal Council Group
Council is an active member of the Sydney Coastal Councils Group, and meets regularly with member Councils and the Secretariat in its capacity as a member of its Executive Committee, its General Manager Forum, its Technical Committee and its Sand Nourishment Working Group.

NBC attitude to major beach nourishment
Council is very supportive of beach nourishment and has a history of advocating for this management option. It is also a key action in our existing plans and strategies. As noted in the supplied information, while Council is supportive of this option it does require significant intervention from the NSW Government which to date has not been forthcoming.

How to more permanently create access to the Newport pool
Once beach volumes recover, it is expected the access will return to normal
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The Newport Residents Association: https://newport.org.au/
Film: Newport Beach Erosion by Pittwater Pathways, John Illingsworth, August 3rd, 2022

ACHPER NSW Awards 2022 Honours Narrabeen Teachers

Announcing the winners of our 2022 PDHPE Awards. Congratulations:
  • Early career: Samantha Rodgers, Narrabeen Sports HS
  • Secondary: Ross Montague, Picnic Point HS 
  • School: SEDA College NSW & Narrabeen Sports HS (joint winners)
The Awards recognise those making a difference in health and physical education. Thank you for the many fantastic nominations we received - there is some amazing work being done across NSW/ACT. 

Early Career Teacher category winner
Samantha Rodgers, Narrabeen Sports High School
In her early career years Samantha has delivered exceptional teaching, development of curriculum, PDHPE processes and cutting-edge athlete support.

Samantha designed a specialist High Potential and Gifted Education (HPGE) athlete support program for Narrabeen Sports HS to meet student’s personalised potential goals. It has led to improvements in attendance, individual/school achievement and performance for identified students, as well as greater parent and staff engagement.

Samantha has contributed to 7-12 PDHPE programming enhancements and implemented a successful reflective evaluation process for both staff and students. This has provided useful data in relation to programming and assessment.  

She nurtures local partnerships with sporting associations and primary schools and has delivered professional learning on HGPE identification and support, to local school Principals. Samantha’s work ethic, care for students and skills are an asset to her school and students.



School/faculty category – joint winner
Narrabeen Sports High School PDHPE faculty
The hard-working PDHPE faculty from Narrabeen Sports High School PDHPE has transformed the way PDHPE content is delivered at their school with great results.

Through extensive review and consultation with the school community, the team developed personalised scope and sequence for PDHPE and refocussed practical programming and assessment. This included implementation of the Sports Education in Physical Education Program.

The faculty launched a new multi-faceted online platform for students and teachers to support PDHPE delivery, engagement and evaluation. Among its features is a Google website for each program with comprehensive resources, assessment options, and enrichment activities.

The new approach support students who are often on school business for representative commitments and has led to improvement in student attainment, coursework quality and theory lesson engagement. Students are positive about the relevance and relatability of content and delivery. The online platform also enables effective program updates and seamless transition for new staff.



The Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER) is a national professional association representing people who work in the areas of health education, physical education, recreation, sport, dance, community fitness or movement sciences. A membership-based non-profit organisation, we are governed by a volunteer board and have a network of state and territory branches.

ACHPER NSW is committed to delivering quality PDHPE professional learning. Funds generated from our activities are used to develop programs, resources and members support.

Race Walker Elizabeth McMillen Claims National Junior Title


Killarney Heights girl and Sydney Pacific’s Lizzy McMillen continued her rise with an outstanding win in the Australian Winter Walking Championships in Melbourne on Sunday September 11.

Lizzy led a trio of NSW athletes crowned national champions including Sienna Pitcher and Sophie Polkinghorne.



During 2022 we have witnessed the progression of 18-year-old race walker Lizzy McMillen. In February and March she just missed selection in the Australian team for the World Race Walking Teams Championships and World U20 Championships. In most previous years, she would have been selected, but with Australia’s depth and quality in junior women’s race walking she just missed an opportunity to wear the green and gold.

Along the way her times have been tumbling. On the track over 10,000m she was third in the National U20 title in 48:58.32 minutes, then improved to 48:56.07 minutes for second in the Oceania open title in June.

On the road, she first dipped under 50 minutes in May, winning an invitation 10km walk in Melbourne in 49:56 minutes.

But last Sunday in Melbourne Lizzy McMillen stunned with a massive 10km road walking PB of 48:13, to win the Australian U20 10km Winter Walks title. She defeated NSW teammate Hannah Bolton (MIN) who clocked 52:41 – just 10 seconds short of her PB.

Lizzy’s time was a 103 seconds PB and elevated her to number two junior in Australian behind only SA’s Olivia Sandery who was an outstanding fourth at the World U20 Championships in August. Lizzy is under-20 in 2023, but not age-eligible for the next World U20 Championships in 2024.

Just as outstanding was Sienna Pitcher (MIN) in the under-16 5km walk. Sienna clocked 24:41, defeating Asics Wests race walker Lyla Williams who registered a time of 27:03. Sienna’s time was faster than she has recorded both on the road or track for the distance. She is a member of the outstanding Central Coast race walking squad coached by Frank Overton. In 2022, Frank coached three athletes to the World Racewalking Team Championship and World Championships.

NSW’s third national champion was Paramatta’s Sophie Polkinghorne in the under-14 3km walk. She won by eight seconds over ACT’s Emma Grocott in a time of 15:14, with NSW’s Jessica Loring third in 15:27.

Sophie, who is coached by John Nilon, will also compete in the 800m and 1500m running events at the NSW All Schools next week.

Report: David Tarbotton for Athletics NSW
Image: Elizabeth McMillen (courtesy of David Tarbotton)

Manly Jazz Festival 2022

The wait is almost over for the return of Australia’s longest running Jazz Festival. 

Manly Jazz will bring big brass bands, roving musicians, emerging artists, blues inspired quartets and nouveau jazz outfits to Manly for one great weekend of live music, from 23-25 September.

After a two-year hiatus, the springtime event will welcome back visitors, bona-fide jazz enthusiasts and many loyal locals ready to mark the festival’s 45th edition.

Northern Beaches Mayor Michael Regan said he’s pleased to see Manly Jazz return to venues, stages and the streets of Manly.

“Swing by the Corso and stroll along our streets while enjoying some of the very best jazz music Australia has to offer,” Mayor Regan said. “This is a great time to support local businesses who are hosting jazz artists inside their venues. When the music stops on the Corso, it continues inside at venues such as The Steyne Hotel, Manly Wharf Bar, Garfish and Manly Pavillion. Attendees can enjoy the tunes whilst eating and drinking at one of our many local bars, clubs and restaurants.”

The Corso and surrounding laneways will host four stages and several activations.

Piano for The People is back by popular demand, offering passers-by a chance to play an upright piano for their audience. Large chalk art will entice attendees for happy snaps, while a jazz garden will be set up on The Corso to offer an oasis to sit down in and soak up the atmosphere.

Roving musicians like Phat Brass, Cope Street Parade, Sax Summit and the 343 Brass Band will wander the streets with their instruments in full view. The 3-day program of Manly Jazz will feature renowned artists including Dan Barnett, one of Australia's most respected singers, trombonists and bandleaders, Blues guitarist Ray Beadle, Jazz violinist, and vocalist George Washingmachine, and the Bob Barnard Tribute Band.

John Morrison, presents the Director’s Choice Concert - a big swing jazz ticketed event covering the hits of Count Basie, Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Gene Krupa, Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald.

Manly Jazz is back stronger and better than ever before with a wonderful program people won’t want to miss. For more information visit the Manly Jazz webpage 


'Wall To Wall'- Ride To Remember Those Who Have Fallen Returns

NSW Police Force launched the annual ‘Wall to Wall’ charity motorbike ride in The Domain on Saturday 17 September 2022.

The 2022 ‘Wall to Wall: Ride for Remembrance’ will see over 650 registered riders from NSW – including serving and retired police officers as well as friends and family – join colleagues from across the country in a gesture of police solidarity.

The NSW contingent will travel from the NSW Police Wall of Remembrance in Sydney to the National Police Memorial in Canberra to honour officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty, while raising funds to support their families.

The Wall to Wall: Ride for Remembrance is an annual charity motorbike ride that aims to:
  • commemorate the service and sacrifice of fallen Australian police;
  • raise much needed funds in support of fallen officers’ families; and,
  • promote motorcycle road safety.
This year’s Wall to Wall: Ride for Remembrance will feature more than 2,000 police officers from across the country registered to ride to Canberra.

After departing The Domain, the riders will be escorted along the Cahill Expressway and over the Sydney Harbour Bridge before travelling along the M2, M7 and Hume Highway.

As the group travels south along the Hume Highway, riders who commenced their journey from Kiama and Dubbo will join the contingent.

NSW Police Force Commissioner Karen Webb said the ride is an opportunity to honour those officers who have lost their lives and show support to the families that they have left behind.

“Wall to Wall is an important event for police around Australia to honour those colleagues who have lost their lives,” Commissioner Webb said.

“The ride commemorates the service and sacrifice of officers who have died in the line of duty, and also those who have died from non-work-related incidents.

“Coming together for this event is a way of showing our police solidarity and support by raising much needed funds to help ease the burden of families and loved ones left to pick up the pieces.”

All funds raised during the Wall to Wall ride by the NSW contingent will go toward NSW Police Legacy.

NSW Police Legacy provides care and support to more than 20,000 serving and retired police officers and their families during times of tragedy and need.

For more information about NSW Police Legacy, visit: www.policelegacynsw.org.au.

Further information regarding the ride can be accessed via: www.walltowallride.com

2022 Australian Sports Foundation Active Kids Grant 

Active Kids Grants are available for volunteer-run community clubs and organisations with members aged 20 or younger. Grants will be awarded in the form of free sports equipment and on-field or training uniforms, to be supplied by ASF partners HART Sport and ISC. 

Grant round closes 5pm (AEDT) Friday 7 October 2022

There are five categories of grants on offer:Up to $2,500 GST inclusive (equipment only)
  • $2,500 - $5,000 GST inclusive (equipment only)
  • $5,000-$10,000 GST inclusive (equipment only)
  • $5,000-$10,000 GST inclusive (uniform only*)
  • Up to $10,000 GST inclusive (can be equipment and/or uniform*)
* Uniform orders must be for a minimum value of $5,000 GST inclusive.

It should be noted that there are a set number of grants available in each category, so clubs/ organisations are encouraged to only apply for what you need to improve the physical and mental health of young Australians through more sports participation opportunities.

Access and download the Grant Toolkit through this link to get the full details on how to apply and what we need from you: https://fundraise.sportsfoundation.org.au/grants

Click here to apply today: https://grants.sportsfoundation.org.au/

Funding For Projects To Honour Veterans

September 16, 2022
Communities from across the State are encouraged to recognise and support their local veterans through the $100,000 Anzac Community Grants Program.

Minister for Transport, Veterans and Western Sydney David Elliott today announced an increase to funding available to local community groups to apply for a grant, worth up to $3,000.

“The NSW Government has increased funding available to honour former and current serving personnel. I encourage anyone who is interested in the service and sacrifice of veterans in New South Wales to apply for an Anzac Community Grant,” Mr Elliott said.

“We’re looking for projects that honour and support our veterans and those who currently serve, and that broaden our understanding of their military efforts and peacekeeping contributions. This is an opportunity to get projects off the ground, at a local community level across the entire State.”

Applications are open to individuals and not-for-profit organisations, including local government authorities, ex-service and non-government organisations and educational institutions.

Grants cover four categories: 
  1. local community historical research and education; 
  2. preservation or display of war memorabilia; 
  3. public commemorative events; 
  4. and support to members of the NSW veteran community
Minister Elliott said the program, which delivered more than 50 projects across the State last year, helps address key concerns for veterans including wellbeing, education and recognition already highlighted in the NSW Government’s submission to the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide.

“We are committed to supporting the more than 1,200 veterans that transition into NSW communities from the Defence Force every year, and to honour their service,” Mr Elliott added.

Details on how to apply for the Anzac Community Grants Program can be found hereThe grant round closes at 5pm on 11 November 2022.

Being Mums

Do you sometimes feel stressed and find it hard to cope with your newborn?

The next Lifeline Being Mums Group begins on 29 September and will run for 8 weeks on Thursdays from 10:30am–12:30pm. This FREE support group is perfect for mums who would like to develop new skills, make new friends, and reflect on their journey of motherhood. Babies are more than welcome to come to the group.

If you or someone you know could benefit from this group, please do not hesitate to contact them on 9498 8805 and for more information, please visit: https://lifelineh2h.org.au


Rotary Upper Northern Beaches

There are many reasons why people join Rotary. Here are great examples:

The Opportunity to Serve: Rotarians provide community service to both local and international communities. This is perhaps the best reason for becoming a Rotarian: the chance to do something for somebody else and to sense the self-fulfillment that comes in the process and return of that satisfaction to one’s own life. It is richly rewarding.

Friendship: In an increasingly complex world, Rotary provides one of the most basic human needs: the need for friendship and fellowship. It is one of two reasons why Rotary began in 1905.

Fun:  Rotary is fun, a lot of fun.  Each meeting is fun. The club projects are fun.  Social activities are fun.  Serving others is fun.

If you would like to know more about Rotary and how you can get involved, please contact us on 02 8005 0711 or email contact@rotaryuppernorthernbeaches.org


Youth Up Front: Canine Assisted Learning Program At Ingleside

Our CAL program has been popular with schools and the unmistakable response from students, teachers and parents is that the interactions our students have with the dogs have a profound effect on their mental health - this is down to feel good hormones but also the social skills and resilience built whilst participating in the program.

If you would like to know more about the CAL program visit our website and watch the CAL videos on YouTube. You can also give us a call any time. 

We are always on the look out for more four-legged volunteers and their humans and if you think that might be for you, check if your dog meets the criteria, and if yes, volunteer together!

To find out more, please visit:

Youth Up Front
Tumburra Street, Ingleside.
Phone: (02) 9986 3339

Statement From Minister For Local Government On Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council Demerger

Wendy Tuckerman – Minister for Local Government
Wednesday, 14 September 2022

The NSW Government has committed to demerging Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council in line with the recommendations of the Local Government Boundaries Commission and the strong support of the local community.

This is a very complex undertaking, and I’ve asked the Office of Local Government to provide advice on a path forward consistent with the provisions of the Local Government Act 1993.

While the demerger process is occurring I have made it clear that it is my expectation that the Council continues to act in the best interests of the entire community.

This includes refraining from taking decisions that would unduly constrain the future decisions or operations of new Councils.

The OLG has issued Guidelines to Cootamundra Gundagai to support this while a transition plan and process are developed.

This process is ongoing and I look forward to working with Council as we continue down the path of demerger.

I recognise the community interest in this process and we will be providing regular updates as we move forward.

We remain committed to holding elections for the new councils at the next ordinary local government elections in September 2024.

I thank Cootamundra-Gundagai council and the community for their understanding as we work through the complex challenges of demerging the council.

Church Point Commuter Wharf Feasibility Study On Public Exhibition

The community is invited to review and provide feedback on a feasibility study into a solution for overcrowding at the Church Point commuter wharf.

The Church Point Commuter Wharf Feasibility Study was commissioned to consider a range of options to meet the future needs of both the offshore and community given the rising demand for moorings, and frequent overcrowding at the current wharf which can cause safety and accessibility issues.

Options considered include an extension to the existing facility through the addition of another curved arm and additional structures at Rostrevor Reserve, Church Point Reserve, Rowland Reserve, McCarrs Creek Reserve and Bayview Baths.

The study ranked the creation of an additional structure at Rostrevor Reserve the highest, followed by extending the existing commuter wharf.

Mayor Michael Regan encouraged the community to have a look at the challenges and opportunities with the options considered in the study.

”The Church Point Commuter Wharf functions as a water-based interchange for approximately 700 offshore residents as well as onshore residents, visitors, and businesses.

“It currently can’t keep up with the demand and needs a long-term solution.”

“This is step one in the process to address the issue and we’d love to hear from the community what they think of the options under consideration.”

The feasibility study considers the environmental and social impacts, costs and benefits, coastal environment, navigation channels, impact on swing moorings, marine vegetation and fisheries as well as the impact on public transport, local users, visitors, businesses and residents.

It assesses these in contrast to the impacts and benefits that might be recorded by performing a similar extension to the commuter wharf at nearby location Bayview.

The outcomes of public exhibition of the Church Point Commuter Wharf Feasibility Study will impact parking demand around the Church Point precinct and is being considered in concert with a review of the Church Point parking scheme which is being bought forward.

The community can have their say until Monday 26 September at https://yoursay.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/church-point-commuter-wharf


Grant Program Helps Women Leaders Thrive In Sport

Our next female sporting CEO’s can kick off their administration careers through $370,000 worth of grants, in the Women Leaders in Sport (WLIS) initiative.

Applications are now open for the program which has provided leadership opportunities for more than 20 years and created continued success from the boardroom to the sporting arena.

Sporting organisations can also apply for grants for projects that create more leadership pathways for women and more diverse and inclusive workplaces.

Minister for Sport Anika Wells said hundreds of emerging female leaders would benefit from the program’s $370,000 in grants.

“You can’t be what you can’t see, and it is clear this program is creating a culture of valuing gender equity,” Minister Wells said.

“WLIS isn’t just helping change today’s sporting landscape, it’s opening doors for generations to come.
“We need young girls to see themselves as CEO’s at sporting organisations and clubs.”

WLIS is managed by the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) with support from the Office for Women and funded through the Australian Government’s Women’s Leadership and Development Program.

ASC CEO Kieren Perkins OAM said WLIS had helped strengthen the role of women leaders in sport for more than two decades.

“Since 2002, WLIS has supported more than 26,000 women and 800 sport organisations. We have also expanded the opportunities provided through WLIS over the past 12 months with more than 500 women across 34 sports progressing their careers,” Mr Perkins said.

“We are proud of this program which is driving positive social change and championing equal representation in sport.”

Previous grant recipients include Karen Townsend who described the leadership training as gratifying.

“It was fulfilling to share, learn and engage with others in such a supportive environment. I’d like to thank my previous employer Hockey NSW for supporting my application. The training I received has given me the confidence to lead change in my new role at Equestrian Australia,” she said.

Rowing Australia used its grant for a project aimed at increasing the number of women in high performance coaching positions in the sport.

“We could not have run this project without the support of a WLIS grant,” Rowing Australia Chief Operating Officer Sarah Cook said.

“We look forward to continuing to work together to make positive and lasting change in this space and create a sporting system where there is gender equality and representation at all levels of sport.”

Individuals and organisations have until 23 September 2022 to apply.
For more information visit the ASC website at: https://www.sportaus.gov.au/grants_and_funding/wlis

Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary Stalls 

The Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary members are having a stall at Pittwater Place on the first Saturday of every month from 9am to 3pm selling knitting for babies and children, beanies, bedsocks and scarves for oldies, sewing items, craft and jams, raising funds for the rehabilitation and palliative care units.

Nominate Your Unsung ‘Eco-Hero’

Do you know someone who deserves acknowledgment for outstanding environmental and conservation achievements to protect the Northern Beaches’ unique natural environment?

Mayor Michael Regan is encouraging the community to get involved.

“We undoubtedly live in one of the most beautiful parts of the world and we want it to stay that way. With the community’s help, it’s possible.

“Nominations are being sought from community members and environmental groups who have volunteered their time and effort to enhance the region’s diverse and valuable natural environment.

“Anyone who is doing exceptional work to preserve the environment deserves recognition, so please let us know.” Mayor Regan said.

The Northern Beaches 2022 Eco Awards are open to people from all walks of life.

People can be nominated in the following award categories:
  • Caring for Bushland
  • Caring for our Coast
  • Caring for our Waterways
  • Caring for our Native Animals
  • Sustainable Resources Award
  • Sustainability & Climate Change Award
Individual Achievement Awards will be presented in two categories:
  • Youth and
  • Lifetime
To qualify for entry, work must have been carried out in the Northern Beaches local government area in the past two years, except for the Individual Achievement Award (Lifetime Achievement) which recognises work of more than 25 years.

More information about the award categories along with the nomination form can be found here.

Nominations close at midnight Friday 23 September 2022. 

1080 Pest Management

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 1 August 2022 and 31 January 2023 in Ku-ring-gai Chase 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 local park office on 02 9451 3479 or 02 8448 0440

Calling All NSW Volunteers To Have Their Say

The NSW Government is calling for volunteers across the state to have their say as part of the Ministerial Volunteer Taskforce.

Minister for Families and Communities and Minister for Disability Services Natasha Maclaren-Jones established the Ministerial Volunteer Taskforce to identify emerging trends, issues and opportunities across the sector to support and grow volunteering.

“The Ministerial Volunteer Taskforce is looking at the future of volunteering and I hope this consultation period will bring in as many voices as possible to help shape the future of the sector,” Mrs Maclaren-Jones said.

“We deeply value the efforts of our volunteers and their incredible spirit of service. Every day across our state volunteers work selflessly to contribute to the community and support others. We want to make sure they are well-supported, recognised and empowered.”

Chair of the Ministerial Volunteer Taskforce the Hon. Scott Farlow MLC is calling for all areas of the volunteer sector to take part in the consultation process.

“Hearing from the sector is vital. From volunteers and volunteer-involving organisations to businesses that work with the volunteering sector, researchers and academics, we want to ensure all volunteers are heard,” Mr Farlow said.

“The consultation process will contribute to the Taskforce’s report that will examine a range of topics including volunteer recruitment, retention, research, recognition and supporting our volunteers.”

The Ministerial Volunteer Taskforce consultation phase opens on 2 September and will run until 5pm on 30 September.

To provide an online submission please visit: www.volunteering.nsw.gov.au/nsw-volunteering-taskforce 

NSW Government Provides $2 Million To Improve Boating Infrastructure

The NSW Government has committed a one-off $2 million funding program to support maintenance and repair works to boating infrastructure as part of a $28 million Boating Now Program.

Minister for Transport and Veterans David Elliott said the NSW Government allocated the additional funds to help boating infrastructure owners across NSW undertake maintenance works to boat ramps, pontoons, wharves, jetties, boat ramps and car and trailer parks.

“NSW boasts some of the best waterways in the world which are not only enjoyed by recreational water users but vital for local tourist operators and commercial vessels, therefore it is important to ensure boating communities have easy access to modern maritime facilities,” Mr Elliott said.

“We understand the challenges of maintaining boating facilities and recognise that repairs can be costly for asset owners and managers.

“We’ve listened to feedback from boating stakeholders and as a result we’ve made up to $2 million available as part of Round Four of the Boating Now Program to help owners return boating assets to their optimal operational condition,” Mr Elliott said.

Applications are now open for the Boating Asset maintenance sub-program, which will fund up to $30,000 per asset and up to a maximum of $60,000 per applicant for multiple assets.

To be eligible, the boating asset must be available for general boating public use and provide direct benefits to recreational boaters. The asset must also be included in an existing annual maintenance schedule or have its own asset maintenance plan in place at the time of application.

Guidelines and the application form is available on the Boating Now websiteApplications close at 5pm on 30 September 2022 and must be emailed to MIDO@transport.nsw.gov.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. Click here to access the JP Public Register

NB: There are  3 J.P’s working in Pittwater RSL Sub-Branch office, we work every Monday (10:30am to 15:30)except on public holidays:
  1. Terry Jones J.P.
  2. Robert (Bob) Wood J.P.
  3. Deborah Hendy(Carter) J.P

Mona Vale Residents Association

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



Please Slow Down: Wildlife Crossing

Phoebe the Swamp Wallaby weighed less than a kilogram when she was orphaned on the roadside after her mother was hit and killed by a vehicle. Fortunately, Phoebe was uninjured, taken to a local vet and raised and then released by Sydney Wildlife volunteer Jane.

While Phoebe was fortunate, other native birds and animals are not so lucky.

So, if you’re returning home after your summer holiday (or just out and about on Australia Day), please slow down - particularly at dawn and dusk and in areas identified with wildlife crossing signs, for your safety and the welfare of our wildlife.

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



 
Photo: Phoebe the Swamp Wallaby by Jane
Notice by Sydney Wildlife Rescue

Fairy Penguins Coming Ashore

The Australian Seabird & Turtle Rescue Central Coast looks after seabirds and turtles that come ashore along our beaches. 

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

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


Speed Humps On McCarrs Creek Rd: Please Share Wildlife Data 

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

It records the GPS position, date, sex, species. Photos can be added as they help in identification
The data is then forwarded to OEH and Transport NSW as it can help establish the best places to place  mitigation. Thanking you all in advance for your help with this. There is so much wildlife on the move in our area at present due to various pressures. Although we have had pictures sent to us, many of these have no date or location.

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

September 11 - 17, 2022: Issue 554

This Issue: 

Front Page Issue 554 Congratulations Newport Breakers Rugby Club: Barraclough Cup Premiers For 2022

Pictures: Descendant Of Bungaree Unveils Name For New Marine Rescue Broken Bay Vessel

Aquatics: Local Surfers Win Placings In First Woolworths Surfer Grom. Comp For 2022 At Kiama

DIY Ideas Spring 2022: Time To Get In The Garden! What Can Be Done In September - For Youngsters + Oldsters

Be The Boss: I Want To Be A Cabinet Maker

Spring Clouds - For Children

Environment Dogs Off-Leash On Beaches Open For Feedback, Avalon Beach (south) clean: September 17, PNHA's Spring Nature Walks 2022: next one is Sunday September 18, Rally for our Forests: September 15 - outside NSW Parliament House, Katandra Bushland Sanctuary Open, Ku-Ring-Gai Sculpture Trail For 2022 Eco Festival, Dust Off Your Picnic Blankets For The First Ever Statewide Picnic For Nature, Echidna 'Love Train' Season Commences, EPA Releases Climate Change Policy and Action Plan, Magpie Breeding Season: Avoid The Swoop!, Wanted: Photos Of Flies Feeding On Frogs (For Frog Conservation), Possums In Your Roof?: Do The Right Thing, Aviaries + Possum Release Sites Needed, Sydney Wildlife Rescue: Helpers Needed, Bushcare In Pittwater, The Impact Of Megafires On Estuaries From Australia's 'Black Summer', We pay billions to subsidise Australia’s fossil fuel industry; This makes absolutely no economic sense, ‘Untenable’: even companies profiting from Australia’s carbon market say the system must change, Miniscule Fine Handed To Fracking Company Origin Energy Over Major Contamination Spill, NSW Approves Most Greenhouse Gas Intensive Coal Project Since Paris Agreement,  Another Mass Atlantic salmon escape from fish farm: into Huon River, Faster In The Past: New Seafloor Images Of West Antarctic Ice Sheet Upend Understanding Of Thwaites Glacier Retreat, Australia finally has new climate laws. Now, let’s properly consider the astounding social cost of carbon, Australia finally has new climate laws; Now let’s properly consider the astounding social cost of carbon, The Southern Ocean absorbs more heat than any other ocean on Earth and the impacts will be felt for generations, From microbes to forest bathing; here are 4 ways healing nature is vital to our recovery from COVID-19, Heat pumps can cut your energy costs by up to 90%; It’s not magic, just a smart use of the laws of physics, With better standards we could make plastics endlessly useful – and slash waste; Here’s how, Poorly ventilated buildings are allowed under Australia rules – it’s time to fix it, Migration boost is bad news for Australia’s environment – we mustn’t ignore that, Microplastics are common in homes across 29 countries, Pittwater Reserves: Histories + Notes + Pictorial Walks, Pittwater Environment Groups

Inbox News Pollution Exposure In Infancy Alters Gut Microorganisms; May Boost Disease Risk, Multicultural Health Week Highlights Cancer Screening To Save Lives, New Strategy Targets Obesity Rates In NSW, Frequency Of Premenstrual Anxiety; Mood Swings A Public Health Issue, How Does Nature Nurture The Brain?, Neolithic Culinary Traditions Uncovered, Study Calls For Change In Guidance About Eating Fish During Pregnancy, Bees Use Patterns -- Not Just Colours -- To Find Flowers, How Tardigrades Bear Dehydration, Schools Celebrate Excellence + Innovation: Local Recipients Of 2022 Awards, Canberra’s Top Sites On Offer At The Click Of A Mouse, State Athletics Championship Back At Olympic Park, Securing A Brighter Future For Disadvantaged Youth, HSC Online Help Guides, Woy Woy The Venice Of Australia (1936), Be The Boss: I Want To Be A Cabinet Maker, The Queen In Australia (1954), Word Of The Week: Queen, If your landlord wants to increase your rent; here are your rights, What happens to Australia’s money now the Queen has died? And why are leaders’ faces on coins anyway?, Doomscrolling is literally bad for your health; Here are 4 tips to help you stop, World’s earliest evidence of a successful surgical amputation found in 31,000-year-old grave in Borneo, A giant ‘bullseye’ on the Nullarbor Plain was created by ancient sea life, House of Dragons – an introduction to the stories and British history that inspired the beasts of Westeros, Seaweed is high in vitamins and minerals – but that’s not the only reason westerners should eat more of it, How to spend time wisely – what young people can learn from retirees, Gen Z smartphone addiction can boost compulsive buying – but businesses can help them kick the shopping habit, Male artists dominate galleries; Our research explored if it’s because ‘women don’t paint very well’ – or just discrimination, Gamma rays from a dwarf galaxy solve an astronomical puzzle, 4.7 Million Australians To Receive Government Payment Increases, COVID-19 Oral Antiviral Treatment For Older Australians In Residential Aged Care, Biggest Increase To Age Pension In 12 Years But Timing Is Everything, COTA Australia Mature Workforce Survey, New Safe Haven For Vulnerable Older Women In East Gosford, Driving Your Pension Dollar Further, Men's Sheds Grants And Movember Improving Men's Health, Dementia Action Week: 19 – 25 September 2022, AvPals Term 3 2022: Training At Newport, Seaweed is high in vitamins and minerals – but that’s not the only reason westerners should eat more of it, The Webb telescope has released its very first exoplanet image – here’s what we can learn from it, A window to the brain: the retina gives away signs of Alzheimer’s disease and could help with early detection, 

Church Point Commuter Wharf Feasibility Study On Public ExhibitionFeedback Closes September 26

Do You Want Pittwater Leashed? Let The Council Know Why!

Park Bench Philosophers Ethel Turner's Seven Little Australians - insights from her great-grandson (from 2019) for more information on the Children's Book of the Month for September 2022

Middle Harbour Yacht Club Inshore Sprint Series Starts September

Art News: September 2022: Council Unveils France Belle Parkers Outstanding Public Artworks On Coast Walk + Trifecta Of Amazing Creatives' Exhibitions At Manly Art Gallery & Museum Until Mid-October: Portrait Of House - The Drawn Line - Manly By Ferry + Ku-Ring-Gai Sculpture Trail For 2022 Eco Festival + Breathing Colour In Conversation features Church Point's Ceramics master + Mona Vale Artist To Exhibit In One Of Sydney’s Most Unique Sculpture Events + The Savagery Of Sheep at Brookvale By Four Local Aerial Artists: Sydney Fringe Festival + Henry Lawson Walking Tour, Talk & Tea

Profile of the Week Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II - A Tribute Of Local Connections

On Thursday September 8th at 6.15pm UK time, 3.25 am Australian time, a statement was issued which read:

Queen Elizabeth II
1926 - 2022
The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon.
The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.
Thursday, 8 September 2022. From: www.royal.uk

An hour later:

A STATEMENT FROM HIS MAJESTY THE KING
AT THE TIME OF THE QUEEN’S DEATH
The death of my beloved Mother, Her Majesty The Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family.
We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished Sovereign and a much-loved Mother. I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.
During this period of mourning and change, my family and I will be comforted and sustained by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection in which The Queen was so widely held.
Thursday, 8 September 2022

Our own State and Federal representatives have also paid tribute.

Many Royal family members have served as members of the Royal Navy, and arrived in Sydney Harbour on ships, so visiting Pittwater or other places on Sydney's northern beaches would allow them an insight or a day off in an environment they love as well as getting to experience eponymous Australian events and lifestyle. The affection remains mutual in a place that welcomes all and celebrates what is known locally as ‘democracy on the sand and water’.

However, it is our love for Her Majesty that has persisted. So many have had some form of contact with Queen Elizabeth, a lady who really made an effort to meet and greet as many of her people as possible and in doing so changed forever the role of the Royals in our lives, whose declaration from her accession to the throne to 'serve us' did not cease even when a great-grandmother, that her revolution of what royalty is and does will stay with us.

Queen Elizabeth may have had superlative frocks and matching hats that dazzled, gowns that sparkled and tiaras that winked even without sun, but we saw her in her muddy gumboots too - we saw her serving alongside us - we witnessed her serving us.

This Issue we'd like to share some of those memories that have come through the interviews and experience of those who had the privilege to meet or serve this wonderful lady.
Along with a few 'extras'....
Five legends of the pool became the first to be celebrated as part of the new Swimming Australia Hall of Fame, with the inaugural inductees unveiled at Swimming Australia Awards, held Sunday August 28, 2022, including one of the founders of Mona Vale SLSC, Freddie Lane.

Born to a successful ship's chandler who also ran ferries to Manly, Mr. Lane was a champion in the sport of swimming who held hundreds of medals and championships over his competitive career.
 
He also had a passion for art and at one time was involved in the Curlew Camp at Sirius Cove. 

This week a few insights into this gentleman; the first Australian winner of a gold medal at an Olympic Games in the sport of swimming.

Pittwater Offshore Newsletter: September 1, 2022

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VALE Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
1926-2022


On behalf of the people of New South Wales, I extend my deepest sympathies to all members of the Royal family, following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who has passed away at the age of 96.

Today we reflect on the remarkable life of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

The young Princess Elizabeth became Queen of England at the age of 25 after the death of her adored father, King George VI, in 1952. Her Coronation took place in Westminster Abbey on 2 June 1953.

Her official title was Her Majesty Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen of Australia and Her other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth.

Queen Elizabeth II went on to become the longest-reigning British monarch, Australian sovereign and leader of the Commonwealth of Nations, which she navigated for seven decades - with dignity, courage and commitment.

She has been an inspiration to the global community and here in New South Wales, visiting our State 12 times.

As the first reigning monarch to visit our nation, Queen Elizabeth set foot for the first time on Australian soil in 1954 at Farm Cove in Sydney Harbour where an unprecedented crowd of more than one million people greeted her.

The public’s overwhelming jubilation and enthusiasm at seeing the young monarch was the beginning of the state’s long-held joy in her frequent visits.

Her Late Majesty will forever be connected to pivotal moments in our State’s history. 

She officially opened the Parliament of New South Wales in 1954, Sydney Opera House in 1973, Parramatta Stadium in 1986, and Darling Harbour in 1988.

She also visited NSW regional areas including Newcastle, Lismore, Orange, Dubbo, Armidale, Tamworth and Wagga Wagga, drawing huge crowds of well-wishers.

While we mourn her passing, it is the occasion for the people of NSW to offer thanks for a lifetime of public duty to the Crown, the Commonwealth, and to millions of people across the globe.

The Hon. Dominic Perrottet, LLB, BCOM MP
Premier of NSW

NB: To leave an online message of Condolence please visit: www.pmc.gov.au/condolence-form

VALE Bill Geoghegan

North Curl Curl SLSC club's oldest member, Bill Geoghegan, has passed away, just nine days short of his 103rd birthday.

Bill has been a regular presence at the club for many a year, right up until recent times. A true club stalwart, and very much always available to provide wise advice to those that sought his wisdom, and always provided with a cheeky smile.

Bill also served our country in the RAAF

BILL GEOGHEGAN
Navigator, RAF Bomber Command, Royal Australian Air Force
“I thought I had a duty to do what I could to help out.”

Like many Australians, Bill Geoghegan was deeply concerned to read about the conflict unfolding on the other side of the world, enlisting to do his bit to support the war effort. 

“I lived in North Bondi at the time and was pretty fit and healthy,” he recalls. “There was a lot of bad publicity about what was happening in Europe so I thought I had a duty to do what I could to help out.” He initially joined the Australian Imperial Force for a year before enlisting with the Royal Australian Air Force in 1942, serving with Bomber Command.

He became a navigator, based at Skellingthorpe in northern England, the starting point for numerous operations over Europe. His squadron’s missions included the oil campaign in Norway and the crossing of the Rhine against the German armoured divisions in 1945. Both operations were fraught with danger, earning congratulations from the British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill at the time. Mr Geoghegan knows he is lucky to have survived to tell the tale.

“I know I am very fortunate to still be here. One night there were two crews and they tossed up to see who would go on the operation. The other crew went and they never came back. It wasn’t my time.”
While Victory in Europe Day brought a sense of relief, it wasn’t until 1946 that he returned to Sydney.

“Coming home was a bit strange,” he recalls. “It was a dangerous thing what we were doing and I was away for a long time. It took a while to get used to being back home.”

He married, bought a block of land in North Curl Curl and built a home where he raised four children and lived until passing away this week. 

Mr Geoghegan celebrated his 100th birthday at his local surf club in 2019.

“It’s been a wonderful life, really,” he reflected. “I look back on my time in service with good memories. The sense of camaraderie is what I remember most fondly.”

  

Our sincere condolences to all his family and the family that is at North Curl Curl SLSC.
RIP Bill.


Photos: Bill with then Manly MP Mike Baird courtesy/by Louis Tassone, Bill in his uniform in 1941 and Bill in his garden 4 May 2020. Bill's WWII Service: As told to the NSW Department of Communities & Justice Media Unit, May 2020. Read more in the NSW Department of Communities & Justice collection 75th Anniversary Stories.

COVID-19 Weekly Update 

Friday 9 September 2022

In the 7 days to 4pm Thursday 8 September:  
-21,711 new cases of COVID-19 have been recorded: 11,938 rapid antigen tests (RATs) and 9,773 PCR tests.

There have been 119 lives lost.

As at 4pm Thursday 8 September:
-1,503 people with COVID-19 in hospital
-27 people with COVID-19 in ICU. 

Northern Beaches cases:  1,691

Changes To COVID-19 Isolation Period From Friday

September 8, 2022: NSW Health
The self-isolation period for people in NSW diagnosed with COVID-19 will reduce from seven days to five days tomorrow, Friday 9 September in line with last week's decision by National Cabinet.

People who test positive will need to comply with the NSW Health Factsheet which will require them to:
  • If they had a positive rapid antigen test (RAT), register this on the Service NSW website.
  • Self-isolate immediately for five days from the day their positive test was taken. If a person continues to have acute symptoms, such as a sore throat, runny nose, cough or shortness of breath, they are to remain in self-isolation for seven days from the day of their test. 
  • Not enter certain high-risk settings for seven days after they had their positive test. This includes healthcare (hospital premises, public clinics, and private health facilities), residential aged care, and residential disability care facilities.
  • Tell people that they live with that they have tested positive and self-isolate from them as much as possible.
  • Tell people they spent time with from the two days before they started having symptoms or two days before they tested positive (whichever came first) that they have COVID-19.

COVID-19 can be transmitted for up to 10 days after a person tests positive so NSW Health strongly recommends taking the following precautions after a person leaves isolation until 10 days after the positive test was taken:
  • Wear a mask when in an indoor setting that is not their own home
  • Avoid healthcare, aged care, disability or correctional settings unless they need medical care or in an emergency
  • Avoid large or crowded indoor gatherings where they will be in contact with groups of people that they don't live with
  • Undertake a rapid antigen test if they need to attend an indoor gathering with people they don't live with. Do not attend the gathering if the result is positive
  • Talk to their employer before returning to work. Employers are responsible for completing their own risk assessments and may require additional measures to be taken before employees return to work
  • Work or study from home where practicable.
From Friday September 9 2022, there is also no longer a requirement for people to wear a face mask on a domestic commercial aircraft.

New Storm Truck For NSW SES Manly Unit

A new state-of-the-art Medium Storm Vehicle will be deployed on the Northern Beaches to bolster the NSW State Emergency Service’s (SES) response to the upcoming storm season.

Minister for Emergency Services and Resilience and Minister for Flood Recovery joined Member for Manly James Griffin and SES Deputy Commissioner Daniel Austin at the Manly SES Unit yesterday, September 7th, to officially hand over the keys to the $245,000 purpose-built truck.

“This fully equipped vehicle has been delivered as part of the NSW Government’s $116 million investment in SES fleet replacement, giving our volunteers the vehicles they need to serve their communities to the best of their ability,” Ms Cooke said.

“The truck includes a ladder loader and ladder, power tools, front and rear anchor points and stowage for an Ark Angel rescue craft. It will help volunteers better respond to a range of incidents, including storm damage operations and flood rescues.”

Mr Griffin said the Medium Storm Vehicle is a welcome boost for the Manly SES Unit which has responded to more than 500 incidents in the past year.

“It’s been an incredibly busy period for our volunteers around Manly with the unprecedented rainfall Sydney has experienced this year,” Mr Griffin said.

“This new asset has arrived at the perfect time, allowing our 136 volunteers from the Manly SES Unit to better protect the community, with the official storm season fast approaching on 1 October.”

Deputy Commissioner Austin said the new vehicle will equip volunteers to carry out critical life-saving tasks.

“It is a significant boost for the area, offering greater response capability for land and in-water flood rescues, storm events and complex storm damage operations,” Deputy Commissioner Austin said.


Photo: Tessa Wicks cutting the ribbon/SES tape with NSW SES Manly Unit Unit Commander Charles Hellawell and MP for Manly James Griffin. Image: NSW SES Manly Unit

North Narrabeen Fundraiser Raises Thousands For CareFlight

Thank you everyone who came to the CareFlight fundraiser on September 3rd, bought raffle tickets, donated prizes, made bids on auction items and made donations. 

This community is incredible. Together we raised just short of $60,000. 

In September 2021, Izzy Hoffman was involved in a boat accident on Narrabeen Lake and sustained multiple critical head injuries.

Without the services of CareFlight we would be looking at a very different outcome.

Now it was our turn to give back to CareFlight.

You are all amazing. 

Hoffman Family

Video: RedHill - Sydney Band who played live on the night!

In Tune With TonyB: Simone Allan

In Tune is a radio programme about our local community, hosted by TonyB.

In Tune with community, culture and home-grown music of a diverse range of genres and timelines. 
Each week, we play great local music and we chat with guests from local community groups, causes and charities, about how they make a difference in the community.

We also aim to provide emerging local artists the opportunity to have their music broadcast on air and we invite them to come and chat with us about their passion.
We embrace diversity in every sense.
 
In our next programme on Friday 16th September, we will be chatting with Simone Allan, Founder and Director of The Women's Resilience Centre, a place of hope, healing and recovery for women who have experienced or witnessed domestic abuse and trauma.


  

Radio Northern Beaches
Fridays at 6pm
FM 88.7 or 90.3
Or live stream at https://www.rnb.org.au/
 
Please also feel free to like and share our Facebook page (link below) and if you would like to come and chat with us on air about your community group or your music, please feel free to message us via the Facebook page.
 

ABHS AGM 2022

The next meeting of the Avalon Beach Historical Society will be held on TUESDAY 13 SEPTEMBER in the Annexe on Dunbar Park. It will begin at 8pm and will be our AGM.

As most of our members know, the time taken for the Election of Office Bearers is kept to a minimum so that more time is available for the presentation of our guest speaker
AND this guest speaker will need as much time as we can spare!

BILL GODDARD has been gathering the history of his remarkable family for quite some years.
This history is backed up and illustrated with a wonderful pictorial history.

Bill has been working with John Stone to bring the quality of some of the already high-quality photos up to a real optimum standard. In fact, it’s a real treat to have such great quality photos from this era, especially from the 1890s when William Reuben Goddard (Bill’s great grandfather) began his boat building business in Lavender Bay. 

There are also some great photos showing the house and farm from 1917 and the launching of the first boat built in the shed – the M.V. ‘Reliance’ being rolled down to Pittwater on greased wooden poles from the area later called Waratah Street. 

From there Bill will take us into the 1920s after William had established the business in Iluka Road and then into the 1960s when ‘Goddards’ eventually ceased operations. 

For any new-comers and guests of members, supper is served after the meeting and is well worth hanging around for.

Membership fees are due on the night, and we will have our card facility, which we instigated at the exhibition, to facilitate payment. If you’re unsure whether you’re financial, we will have our up-to-date membership list available on the night.

Geoff Searl OAM
President Avalon Beach Historical Society


Dogs Off-Leash On Beaches Open For Feedback

The REF the council commissioned for dog off-leash areas - at Palm Beach (North) and Mona Vale Beach (South) is now open for comments -- closes September 11.

The webpage states the council will investigate any further requirements it must address before having dogs off-leash on beaches can proceed, including under the Local Government Act 1993, which states an Environmental Impact Assessment is required, as was the case in the Station Beach 'trial' challenged in the Land and Environment Court by residents, and any other requirements under the Crown Land Management Act 2016, the Companion Animals Act 1998 and Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

To register your support or opposition visit the council's webpage for this
Written submissions required - no survey this time.

Recent reports:

New Combined Clubs Series Comes To Pittwater - BBIC

The Royal Motor Yacht Club of Broken Bay has launched a brand-new yacht racing series to celebrate the coming summer.

Called the Broken Bay Island Series (BBIS) it’s a three-race event centred around RMYC’s long running Three Islands race and including two more events that will incorporate at least two island turns and be sailed on a Saturday.

The concept of the BBIS is to provide typical club racing yachts a full series that’s not too demanding on free time and really delivers on the fun of racing in a sizeable fleet with spinnakers.

The attraction of the annual RMYC Three Island race has always been the navigational challenge of tides and shallows quite apart from variable winds and some semi-open water.

RMYC Sailing Master, James Hill says the main aim of the BBIS is to deliver on those same challenges over a three-race series that’s a bit different to normal around-the­ buoys regattas.

Race Coordinator, Steve Lucas says previously the 3-lslands race was part of a local club series, however the BBIS reaches out to include boats and club teams from anywhere from the Central coast, Sydney Harbour and south to Port Hacking. “We really want more clubs to get involved and berthing is available for visiting competitors at our top­ class marina in Newport, Pittwater,” says Lucas.

RPAYC will be joining the Series and encourages owners to fly the RPAYC Flag. 

To enter the Series Click Here

Rotary On The Northern Beaches Is Alive And Well! - New Member

Rotary On The Northern Beaches is alive and well!

Last week we welcomed our newest member to our Rotary club. Jared Price.

There are many reasons people join Rotary depending on their own individual circumstances.

If you would like to know more about Rotary and how you can get involved, please contact us on 02 8005 0711 or contact@rotaryuppernorthernbeaches.org

It’s entirely up to you how much time you want to give and, along with other members, you’re sure to find something that suits your interest in the community.


Photo: Left to right: Brett Clapham (President), Jared Price and Tony Butera  

Being Mums

Do you sometimes feel stressed and find it hard to cope with your newborn?

The next Lifeline Being Mums Group begins on 29 September and will run for 8 weeks on Thursdays from 10:30am–12:30pm. This FREE support group is perfect for mums who would like to develop new skills, make new friends, and reflect on their journey of motherhood. Babies are more than welcome to come to the group.

If you or someone you know could benefit from this group, please do not hesitate to contact them on 9498 8805 and for more information, please visit: https://lifelineh2h.org.au


Monika's Doggie Rescue: Pets Of The Week

Eddie

8yo Maltese X Shihtzu


Eddie is a very sweet attentive boy. He is social with other small dogs and is easy to pick up and handle. He has a non-shedding coat and weighs 5.8kg. Eddie is looking for a home where someone is around as he suffers from separation anxiety. We expect he will be popular so we will need to short list applicants. Hope you understand. All our dogs come desexed, C5 vaccinated, heartworm free and microchipped. Also included for the love and health of our dogs is a free Health and Wellness Voucher with our DoggieRescue Vet. His adoption fee is $400.For further details call DoggieRescue on 9486 3133 or email Monika@DoggieRescue.com. RON R251000024

Cinnamon 

Netherland Dwarf X Rabbit


Honey gave birth to Sugar, Cinnamon, Toffee and Cookie on 29 Nov 21. Cinnamon is a sweet social little girl. She comes desexed, microchipped and with 2 vaccinations. Her adoption fee is $195. For further details call DoggieRescue on 9486 3133 or email Monika@DoggieRescue.com. RON R251000024

Belrose RFS Open Day 2022

We're thrilled to invite you all at the first Open Day we've been able to hold in years...
Your Belrose Rural Fire Brigade will be opening its doors to the public. Bring the kids for some fun, meet your local firefighters, grab some of the finest sausage sandwiches in the world and learn what you can do to protect your home from bushfire.
Can't wait to see you all there!

Saturday 17th September
10am - 2pm
207A Forest Way Belrose
Parking available behind the station.

ALL Local NSW RFS stations participating are listed at: www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/getready

Community Invited To Comment On The Conservation Zones Review And Technical Reports

As Northern Beaches Council moves towards developing a single planning system for the whole Council area, as required by the NSW Government, an important step in the process is the review of our conservation zones.

Conservation zones (previously known as Environmental zones) are used in a council’s Local Environmental Plan (LEP) to identify and restrict inappropriate development in areas with high environmental values or that are subject to hazards such as bushfire or flooding.

The Conservation Zone Review will help Council establish which land areas are included in conservation zones in the new Northern Beaches LEP. It contains a review of Conservation zones used in in our four current LEPs, a proposed methodology to establish a consistent set of Conservation zones across the area, and maps of proposed Conservation zones based on that methodology. The Review is based on comprehensive set of technical studies that identify and map areas subject to a range of hazards or with important environmental qualities.

Mayor Michael Regan said while most of the community will see little change to their existing zoning, we want to make sure we’ve got the balance right.

“The aim of this review is not just to deliver consistency across our area but to make sure we apply the right zoning to the right areas using the best available knowledge,” Mayor Regan said.

“We want to protect the precious environment that makes our area special, and also keep our community safe from hazards like flood and bushfire.

“Being in a conservation zone doesn’t mean you can’t build a new house or add an extension – just that you’ll need to take the environment or hazards into account, when you do so.

“The Review is informed by multiple technical studies and provides a strong starting point for a considered discussion about our future Conservation zones.

“Now it’s important we hear from our community. Have we got it right? I encourage everyone to have look at what is being proposed, see what it means for you, and let us know what you think.”

Detailed information will be available on Council’s Your Say website, including an online mapping tool showing affected residents what their current zone is and what is proposed.

Public exhibition of the Conservation Zones Review and Technical Reports starts Friday 2 September and continue for an eight-week period until Sunday October 30 for the Biodiversity Planning Review reports.

Visit the project on the Your Say website to get involved, at:

Calling All NSW Volunteers To Have Their Say

September 2, 2022
The NSW Government is calling for volunteers across the state to have their say as part of the Ministerial Volunteer Taskforce.

Minister for Families and Communities and Minister for Disability Services Natasha Maclaren-Jones established the Ministerial Volunteer Taskforce to identify emerging trends, issues and opportunities across the sector to support and grow volunteering.

“The Ministerial Volunteer Taskforce is looking at the future of volunteering and I hope this consultation period will bring in as many voices as possible to help shape the future of the sector,” Mrs Maclaren-Jones said.

“We deeply value the efforts of our volunteers and their incredible spirit of service. Every day across our state volunteers work selflessly to contribute to the community and support others. We want to make sure they are well-supported, recognised and empowered.”

Chair of the Ministerial Volunteer Taskforce the Hon. Scott Farlow MLC is calling for all areas of the volunteer sector to take part in the consultation process.

“Hearing from the sector is vital. From volunteers and volunteer-involving organisations to businesses that work with the volunteering sector, researchers and academics, we want to ensure all volunteers are heard,” Mr Farlow said.

“The consultation process will contribute to the Taskforce’s report that will examine a range of topics including volunteer recruitment, retention, research, recognition and supporting our volunteers.”

The Ministerial Volunteer Taskforce consultation phase opens on 2 September and will run until 5pm on 30 September.

To provide an online submission please visit: www.volunteering.nsw.gov.au/nsw-volunteering-taskforce 

Nominate Your Unsung ‘Eco-Hero’

Do you know someone who deserves acknowledgment for outstanding environmental and conservation achievements to protect the Northern Beaches’ unique natural environment?

Mayor Michael Regan is encouraging the community to get involved.

“We undoubtedly live in one of the most beautiful parts of the world and we want it to stay that way. With the community’s help, it’s possible.

“Nominations are being sought from community members and environmental groups who have volunteered their time and effort to enhance the region’s diverse and valuable natural environment.

“Anyone who is doing exceptional work to preserve the environment deserves recognition, so please let us know.” Mayor Regan said.

The Northern Beaches 2022 Eco Awards are open to people from all walks of life.

People can be nominated in the following award categories:
  • Caring for Bushland
  • Caring for our Coast
  • Caring for our Waterways
  • Caring for our Native Animals
  • Sustainable Resources Award
  • Sustainability & Climate Change Award
Individual Achievement Awards will be presented in two categories:
  • Youth and
  • Lifetime
To qualify for entry, work must have been carried out in the Northern Beaches local government area in the past two years, except for the Individual Achievement Award (Lifetime Achievement) which recognises work of more than 25 years.

More information about the award categories along with the nomination form can be found here.

Nominations close at midnight Friday 23 September 2022. 

NSW Government Provides $2 Million To Improve Boating Infrastructure

The NSW Government has committed a one-off $2 million funding program to support maintenance and repair works to boating infrastructure as part of a $28 million Boating Now Program.

Minister for Transport and Veterans David Elliott said the NSW Government allocated the additional funds to help boating infrastructure owners across NSW undertake maintenance works to boat ramps, pontoons, wharves, jetties, boat ramps and car and trailer parks.

“NSW boasts some of the best waterways in the world which are not only enjoyed by recreational water users but vital for local tourist operators and commercial vessels, therefore it is important to ensure boating communities have easy access to modern maritime facilities,” Mr Elliott said.

“We understand the challenges of maintaining boating facilities and recognise that repairs can be costly for asset owners and managers.

“We’ve listened to feedback from boating stakeholders and as a result we’ve made up to $2 million available as part of Round Four of the Boating Now Program to help owners return boating assets to their optimal operational condition,” Mr Elliott said.

Applications are now open for the Boating Asset maintenance sub-program, which will fund up to $30,000 per asset and up to a maximum of $60,000 per applicant for multiple assets.

To be eligible, the boating asset must be available for general boating public use and provide direct benefits to recreational boaters. The asset must also be included in an existing annual maintenance schedule or have its own asset maintenance plan in place at the time of application.

Guidelines and the application form is available on the Boating Now websiteApplications close at 5pm on 30 September 2022 and must be emailed to MIDO@transport.nsw.gov.au

1080 Pest Management

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 1 August 2022 and 31 January 2023 in Ku-ring-gai Chase 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 local park office on 02 9451 3479 or 02 8448 0440

Happy 80th Uncle Neil Evers

Pittwater indigenous descendant of Broken Bay peoples Neil Evers has recently turned 80 and been celebrating in fine style as well as bearing witness to honours being bestowed on his relatives.

On Saturday September 10th he visited the Marine Rescue Broken Bay Unit to unveil his relatives name as that for the new MRBB21, 'Bungaree'. This week's Pictures page features some of that wonderful morning.



On Friday September 9th he enjoyed the brilliant concert by Jessica Mauboy at the currently running series of concerts 'Night at The Barracks' at North Head Sanctuary Manly after a certain Pittwater local decided that was 'just the thing for Uncle Neil's 80th' and thrust four tickets to the show into his hands.

This concert opened with a traditional smoking ceremony, blessing these ancient grounds and cleansing them ahead of all the concerts to come over the next few weeks.




Apparently Ms Mauboy was 'brilliant' - and the show was 'fantastic', with at least 20 songs and had been preceded by another wonderful songstress Ms Mauboy is currently mentoring. Her set was 'brilliant' too.

There are still some tickets still available for some artists. Shows run through to the middle of October. To find out more, visit: nightatthebarracks.com.au

That had been preceded by a trip a little north of Pittwater to traditional home grounds and visits with cousins and more.

Born in 1942 at Collaroy, the son of  Allen John (Tidd) Evers and Dorothy May Evers (née Bimson), Neil was raised in Mona Vale and went to Mona Vale Public School which only had 52 students at that time. 
He then went on to Balgowlah Boys High.

When he left school he became a butcher, not realising how this profession would influence the work he would later do after successfully attained a diploma in Remedial Massage.

In 1977 he was offered the cleaning contract on 6 blocks of home units and started his own cleaning business, Mona Vale Cleaning Services. The business went from success to success to a point where he and wife Sue had sixteen people working in the business and a cleaning run that went from Ryde to Manly and out along Palm Beach, taking in private homes, lawn mowing, gardening and window cleaning.

Mona Vale Cleaning Services featured on the TV program ‘The Money Show’ as a successful business run from home. 

In 1991 Neil started another business Peninsula Massage. He helped in the organising of masseurs for the Pub2Pub Fun Run for 10 years as well as for the Newport Surf Club Big Swim.

He has held the position of National Vice President of Association of Remedial Masseurs (ARM) and is a registered Justice of the Peace. 

In 2011 he had 4 sons, a stepson and 7 grandchildren (5 Boys and 2 Girls). There may be great-grandchildren by now.....

Until about 2007 Neil was unaware of his ancestry. 

Neil is a 5th generation Aboriginal. 

He found out when a cousin that he never knew, Bob Waterer, found all of the family’s history. 

Bob would release a book written and edited by Nan Bolser AM,  “The Story of Bob Waterer and his Family 1803-2010” telling the entire story.

Happy 80th Uncle Neil - and Thank You for your kindness and generosity to so many over so many years, and for sharing your stories and knowledge of the First Nations peoples of our area.


Speaker O’Dea Seeks New Opportunities

September 6, 2022 - Tuesday
After more than 15 years of service, Member for Davidson Jonathan O’Dea has announced he will not recontest his seat at the March 2023 NSW election.

As a local Member since 2007, Jonathan has delivered major infrastructure investments in health, education, transport and public recreation for his electorate of Davidson. He has advocated locally for a sensible balance between progress and protection for the built and natural environment. He has also represented NSW on the international executive of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.

As Speaker of the NSW Parliament since 2019, Jonathan has overseen the running of the parliamentary precinct, including during the challenging pandemic environment.

He has driven substantial reform to modernise Parliament’s infrastructure and systems, increase public education and engagement, and lift professional standards.

“It has been an enormous privilege to represent the people of NSW alongside my parliamentary colleagues. I will now seek new opportunities in moving to the next phase of my working life,” said Mr O’Dea.

Parliamentary colleagues offered the following comments:

Premier Dominic Perrottet said that Mr O’Dea was “a vital contributor to the State, with a particular legacy of effectively managing COVID-19 restrictions in the Parliament during the pandemic. I thank Jonathan for his outstanding contribution and dedication.”

Opposition Leader Chris Minns observed, “O’Dea has significantly changed the culture of the Legislative Assembly by bringing to the role of Speaker a measure of impartiality that has ensured improved accountability of the executive in the best traditions of the Westminster system. From an Opposition perspective, O’Dea has run the Legislative Assembly like an independent and that’s a credit to him.”

Senior Independent MP Greg Piper said that “Jonathan O’Dea has served with diligence and integrity. He has always been thoughtful in making decisions and sought the best outcome for all. As Speaker, he has done much to improve the operation of the Parliament, including the behaviour within the Chamber.”

Mr. O'Dea was elected as the member for Davidson in 2007 and is now the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly in the NSW Parliament. He previously served in local government and on the boards of various non-profit organisations. Professionally, he has worked as a lawyer, general manager and company director. He holds two bachelor degrees, two master’s degrees and other post graduate qualifications.

His first speech to Parliament, ‘Building on Traditions - Foundations for Tomorrow’, in part, advocated for environmental measures to ensure future generations can enjoy our natural heritage. 


Newport Residents Association September Meeting

Speaker: Angus Gordon OAM
Our next meeting will be Tuesday evening 20th September 2022 commencing at 7 pm at the Newport Community Centre Activity Room, The Boulevard, Newport.

Guest Speaker at our next meeting will be Angus Gordon re: Newport and other Beach Restoration Issues

Angus is a coastal engineer and coastal zone manager with over 50 years experience having undertaken projects in all States of Australia and in Brunei, Dubai, Kuwait, Indonesia, Hong Kong and New Zealand.

He was first involved with Newport in 1974 following the major storms of that year.


Angus Gordon OAM. AJG pic.

The recent storms have devastated the southern end of Newport Beach. Council has recently instigated remedial works and the NRA has posed the following question to council;

The Newport Residents Assn is concerned about the current works, 
  1. What happens to them (under legislation emergency works are required to be removed within 90 days),
  2. What NBC proposes for the future,
  3. Any other current repair plans,
  4. How active is NBC with the Sydney Coastal Council Group
  5. NBC attitude to major beach nourishment
  6. How to more permanently create access to the Newport pool
Council has responded with the following answers;

Newport Beach Erosion
Our Coastal team have been in contact with various owners on a number of occasions as well as conducted site visits to monitor impacts. We will undertake beach scraping to aid the recovery of the beach as soon as conditions allow, however this won’t offer the kind of significant protection the owners are seeking.

The coastal management framework is such that we don’t have many tools available to us to assist owners in the short-term, but we are looking at ways to assist where we can, including the potential for long-term coastal management actions.

Under current legislation emergency works are required to be removed within 90 days.
The property owners are aware of the terms of the emergency order which requires them to remove the works at their cost following Council providing them with 30 days notice to remove.

What NBC proposes for the future
Council is currently progressing updates to its existing Coastal Zone Management Plans (CZMPs) for Bilgola Beach, Mona Vale Beach and Collaroy-Narrabeen Beach (our local “hot spots”) to convert them to Coastal Management Programs (CMPs) (a requirement from the NSW Government if Council is to retain access to relevant grant funding for its coastal projects). Once these are completed, Council will proceed with a CMP for its open coast beaches, including Newport.

Other repair plans
Once sand volumes increase, Council will progress with beach scraping to accelerate the movement of sand back onto the beach.

How active is NBC with the Sydney Coastal Council Group
Council is an active member of the Sydney Coastal Councils Group, and meets regularly with member Councils and the Secretariat in its capacity as a member of its Executive Committee, its General Manager Forum, its Technical Committee and its Sand Nourishment Working Group.

NBC attitude to major beach nourishment
Council is very supportive of beach nourishment and has a history of advocating for this management option. It is also a key action in our existing plans and strategies. As noted in the supplied information, while Council is supportive of this option it does require significant intervention from the NSW Government which to date has not been forthcoming.

How to more permanently create access to the Newport pool
Once beach volumes recover, it is expected the access will return to normal
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The Newport Residents Association: https://newport.org.au/
Film: Newport Beach Erosion by Pittwater Pathways, John Illingsworth, August 3rd, 2022

Youth Up Front: Canine Assisted Learning Program At Ingleside

Our CAL program has been popular with schools and the unmistakable response from students, teachers and parents is that the interactions our students have with the dogs have a profound effect on their mental health - this is down to feel good hormones but also the social skills and resilience built whilst participating in the program.

If you would like to know more about the CAL program visit our website and watch the CAL videos on YouTube. You can also give us a call any time. 

We are always on the look out for more four-legged volunteers and their humans and if you think that might be for you, check if your dog meets the criteria, and if yes, volunteer together!

To find out more, please visit:

Youth Up Front
Tumburra Street, Ingleside.
Phone: (02) 9986 3339

Zac Newbold: U18'S Baseball World Cup Tournament Fundraiser

My name is Zac Newbold.

Baseball Australia has selected me as part of the U18s Australian squad travelling to Florida, USA, this coming September.

I depart Sydney on 28th August and return home on 21st September.

As part of this squad, I will train and play in a college showcase called Perfect Game.

During my participation, I will be vying for selection in a final 20-player squad that will ultimately represent Australia in the U18's Baseball World Cup Tournament to be held from 9th to 18th of September in Bradenton, Florida.

I am 1 of only 14 players from NSW in the squad and the only player from the Northern Beaches area.

I am a local junior in every way.

I grew up playing for Pittwater Baseball Club, starting as a junior tee-ball player at the age of 4.

I have represented Manly Warringah Baseball Club; Baseball NSW, where I was awarded the MVP of the U16 Nationals Tournament in 2020.

I formerly represented Australia in the U12 World Cup in Taiwan and the Cal Ripken tournament in the USA.

I am also a former Mona Vale Public School and Mater Maria Catholic College student, where I completed Year 12 last year and was School Vice Captain.

After completing my HSC, I was offered to study Bachelor of Pre-Medicine, Health & Science at Wollongong University, but deferred for various reasons.

Prior to focusing just on baseball, I was a Narrabeen Tigers RU, Warringah Rats RU, Narrabeen Sharks RL junior player & recently played in the U18 regional Sydney Scorpions touch team.

While being part of the U18 Australian baseball squad is an amazing achievement, and I am extremely excited and proud to be part of this squad, the downside is the cost of the trip. It is $6000.00 plus incidentals. So, I am currently working four jobs to try and fund this myself.

I have set up the GoFundMe page to try and raise funds to help support my dream of playing in the U18's World Cup Tournament. Page at: www.gofundme.com/f/u18s-baseball-world-cup-tournament

I would appreciate any size donation and look forward to letting you all know how I went in Florida.

Cheers (and thank you),
Zac


Zac Newbold in the green-and-gold. Pic: Baseball Australia

Artist Of The Month Becomes Art News

During the past 12 years we have run an Artist of the Month page to celebrate and showcase local Artists in all mediums; Painting, Sculpture, Music, Literature, Photography, Theatre and more. 

There was always more demand then could be fulfilled by showcasing just one Artist and running all others in the Events page or through Snippets in the Community News or Profile of the Week pages, or as stand alone Features.

Although these options will still remain open to local Creatives, an Art News page dedicated to helping Artists reach their local audience, and including everyone, launches this Spring so you can not only catch-up on what's been happening but also see what's coming up locally or further afield, especially when a local Artist is part of that Event.

If you have something coming up, something to say, or something to showcase, we want to hear from you.

As we still don't charge anyone for anything a few pointers on what you need to include in your 'package' to make it easier for us to help you. 

Please include:

  1. A biography of yourself: include what you have done before
  2. A portrait (photograph) of yourself
  3. What the Event is: and when and where it will happen
  4. A sample/s of your work

Once you have those four 'needs' ready, email them to pittwateronlinenews@live.com.au with the heading 'Art News'. 

Remember it's always a great idea to give people advance notice of your Exhibition or Event, so once you have firm dates, get in contact.


Church Point Commuter Wharf Feasibility Study On Public Exhibition

Council are holding two community drop-in sessions so that you can come and chat to us about the project and ask questions.

Drop-in dates:
  • Wednesday 7 September from 9 am – 11 am
  • Saturday 17 September from 9 am - 12 pm
Both drop-in's will be held in Thomas Stephens Reserve, Church Point.

The community is invited to review and provide feedback on a feasibility study into a solution for overcrowding at the Church Point commuter wharf.

The Church Point Commuter Wharf Feasibility Study was commissioned to consider a range of options to meet the future needs of both the offshore and community given the rising demand for moorings, and frequent overcrowding at the current wharf which can cause safety and accessibility issues.

Options considered include an extension to the existing facility through the addition of another curved arm and additional structures at Rostrevor Reserve, Church Point Reserve, Rowland Reserve, McCarrs Creek Reserve and Bayview Baths.

The study ranked the creation of an additional structure at Rostrevor Reserve the highest, followed by extending the existing commuter wharf.

Mayor Michael Regan encouraged the community to have a look at the challenges and opportunities with the options considered in the study.

”The Church Point Commuter Wharf functions as a water-based interchange for approximately 700 offshore residents as well as onshore residents, visitors, and businesses.

“It currently can’t keep up with the demand and needs a long-term solution.”

“This is step one in the process to address the issue and we’d love to hear from the community what they think of the options under consideration.”

The feasibility study considers the environmental and social impacts, costs and benefits, coastal environment, navigation channels, impact on swing moorings, marine vegetation and fisheries as well as the impact on public transport, local users, visitors, businesses and residents.

It assesses these in contrast to the impacts and benefits that might be recorded by performing a similar extension to the commuter wharf at nearby location Bayview.

The outcomes of public exhibition of the Church Point Commuter Wharf Feasibility Study will impact parking demand around the Church Point precinct and is being considered in concert with a review of the Church Point parking scheme which is being bought forward.

The community can have their say until Monday 26 September at https://yoursay.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/church-point-commuter-wharf


Surfing Australia Life Member Nominations Now Open

Surfing Australia announces the call for nominations for the most prestigious honour of Life Membership. 
To be considered for Life Membership the emphasis must be on extraordinary and outstanding service to Surfing in Australia and the individual contribution of the person being nominated must have been above and beyond what could be reasonably expected, within the surfing community outside that of their State Association. 

The sport of surfing is made up of Athletes, Administrators, Coaches, Technical Officials and Volunteers. As such, Life Membership must represent much more than just being part of an Australian Team or the holding of office and the routine performance of that office.

Nomination forms & Life member criteria can be obtained at the following links:

Nominations close 14th September 2022. 
Please send submissions with subject line LIFE MEMBER NOMINATION to: 

The upcoming Life member induction will be held at the 2023 Australian Surfing Awards incorporating the Hall of Fame

Grant Program Helps Women Leaders Thrive In Sport

Our next female sporting CEO’s can kick off their administration careers through $370,000 worth of grants, in the Women Leaders in Sport (WLIS) initiative.

Applications are now open for the program which has provided leadership opportunities for more than 20 years and created continued success from the boardroom to the sporting arena.

Sporting organisations can also apply for grants for projects that create more leadership pathways for women and more diverse and inclusive workplaces.

Minister for Sport Anika Wells said hundreds of emerging female leaders would benefit from the program’s $370,000 in grants.

“You can’t be what you can’t see, and it is clear this program is creating a culture of valuing gender equity,” Minister Wells said.

“WLIS isn’t just helping change today’s sporting landscape, it’s opening doors for generations to come.
“We need young girls to see themselves as CEO’s at sporting organisations and clubs.”

WLIS is managed by the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) with support from the Office for Women and funded through the Australian Government’s Women’s Leadership and Development Program.

ASC CEO Kieren Perkins OAM said WLIS had helped strengthen the role of women leaders in sport for more than two decades.

“Since 2002, WLIS has supported more than 26,000 women and 800 sport organisations. We have also expanded the opportunities provided through WLIS over the past 12 months with more than 500 women across 34 sports progressing their careers,” Mr Perkins said.

“We are proud of this program which is driving positive social change and championing equal representation in sport.”

Previous grant recipients include Karen Townsend who described the leadership training as gratifying.

“It was fulfilling to share, learn and engage with others in such a supportive environment. I’d like to thank my previous employer Hockey NSW for supporting my application. The training I received has given me the confidence to lead change in my new role at Equestrian Australia,” she said.

Rowing Australia used its grant for a project aimed at increasing the number of women in high performance coaching positions in the sport.

“We could not have run this project without the support of a WLIS grant,” Rowing Australia Chief Operating Officer Sarah Cook said.

“We look forward to continuing to work together to make positive and lasting change in this space and create a sporting system where there is gender equality and representation at all levels of sport.”

Individuals and organisations have until 23 September 2022 to apply.
For more information visit the ASC website at: https://www.sportaus.gov.au/grants_and_funding/wlis

Simple Steps To Online Safety For Every Family

New resources are now available from the eSafety Commissioner to help parents and carers from all backgrounds protect their families in the digital world.

Online Safety for Every Family is a package of animated videos and advice sheets addressing a range of common challenges, with topics including social media, gaming, online bullying and general online safety.

Available in English, Simplified Chinese, Arabic, Vietnamese, Tamil and Dari, the materials can be downloaded from eSafety’s website.

“We see a very broad range of online skills across the community, including among those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds,” eSafety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant said.

“Increasingly parents and carers have a high level of digital literacy but we are also aware some may feel a divide between themselves and their children when it comes to technology.

“We have created these resources to help bridge that divide and ensure everyone can be confident helping their children learn and play safely online.”

The package is designed to help parents begin a conversation with their children about online safety and build the confidence to support more positive experiences.

It also includes links and information to help if something goes wrong. 

“Research from eSafety shows half of children surveyed in 2021 had been treated in a hurtful or nasty way online in the past year, one in ten had been the target of hate speech and 55 per cent had been in contact with someone they first met online,” Ms Inman Grant said.

“It also shows that parents and carers tend to underestimate the prevalence and impact of potentially negative experiences online.

“At eSafety we are working to improve the online environment in a range of ways, including through our work with tech companies to boost safety and transparency across the industry.

“However, it is important to recognise the huge contribution parents can make in their own children’s lives. Equipped with the right information, they can play a positive and proactive role ensuring children remain happy and healthy online.”

The resources launched today can be downloaded at:
Report instances of cyberbullying or online abuse at: esafety.gov.au/report

Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary Stalls 

The Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary members are having a stall at Pittwater Place on the first Saturday of every month from 9am to 3pm selling knitting for babies and children, beanies, bedsocks and scarves for oldies, sewing items, craft and jams, raising funds for the rehabilitation and palliative care units.

September 4 - 10, 2022: Issue 553

This Issue: 

Front Page Issue 553  

Art News: September 2022Council Unveils France Belle Parkers Outstanding Public Artworks On Coast Walk + Trifecta Of Amazing Creatives' Exhibitions At Manly Art Gallery & Museum Until Mid-October: Portrait Of House - The Drawn Line - Manly By Ferry + Ku-Ring-Gai Sculpture Trail For 2022 Eco Festival + Breathing Colour In Conversation features Church Point's Ceramics master + Mona Vale Artist To Exhibit In One Of Sydney’s Most Unique Sculpture Events + The Savagery Of Sheep at Brookvale By Four Local Aerial Artists: Sydney Fringe Festival + Henry Lawson Walking Tour, Talk & Tea

Church Point Commuter Wharf Feasibility Study On Public ExhibitionFeedback Closes September 26

Single Mum's Terrible Experience: Council's Missing Documents

Dr. Sophie Scamps MP Signals Intent To Introduce Private Members Bill To Regulate Junk Food Advertising Impact On Our Children

Do You Want Pittwater Leashed? Let The Council Know Why!

Why Soibada As A Sister Village For The Northern Beaches?

Pictures: Avalon Quilters 2022 Exhibition Of Members Work 

AquaticsFemale Lifesavers Dominate SLSNSW Awards Night: Wins For North Narrabeen SLSC, Warriewood SLSC, Dee Why SLSC

Park Bench Philosophers Supporting Bushfire Responders: After The Fires Study Finds Gaps In Mental Health Resources Available For Firefighters After The 2019-2020 Firestorms

Middle Harbour Yacht Club Inshore Sprint Series Starts September

Be The Boss: I Want To Be An Automotive Mechanic

Environment Dogs Off-Leash On Beaches Open For Feedback, Masked Lapwing Plover Chicks Update: All Now Dead Because No One Is 'Responsible For Wildlife In Council Areas', Leopard Seal Visitor, VALE Barbara Triggs, Katandra Bushland Sanctuary Open, Ku-Ring-Gai Sculpture Trail For 2022 Eco Festival, Dust Off Your Picnic Blankets For The First Ever Statewide Picnic For Nature, New National Fire Rating System Backed By New Fire Behaviour Models and Fire Danger Calculator, Effectiveness Of The NSW Biodiversity Offsets Scheme: NSW Audit Office Report, Damning Auditor-General’s Report Finds Coalition’s Biodiversity Conservation Architecture Is A House Of Cards States Nature Conservation Council, So-Called Biodiversity Certificates Scheme Another False Solution To Tackling Environmental Crisis Researcher States, NSW Government To Allow Carbon Credits for Marine Ecosystems,7.7 Million Hectares For Seismic Surveying, Older Homes Left Out In The Cold By New Building Sustainability SEPP, Greater Sydney Water Strategy Announced, Rally To Optimise Economic Benefits For Lithgow From Gardens Of Stone Ecotourism Without Trashing The Region’s Scenic Values, Keeping Kermit: New Clues To Protecting Frogs From Deadly Bd Fungus, Echidna 'Love Train' Season Commences, Magpie Breeding Season: Avoid The Swoop!, Wanted: Photos Of Flies Feeding On Frogs (For Frog Conservation), Possums In Your Roof?: Do The Right Thing, Aviaries + Possum Release Sites Needed, Sydney Wildlife Rescue: Helpers Needed, Bushcare In Pittwater, ‘Stealth privatisation’ in iconic national parks threatens public access to nature’s health boost, Thousands of photos captured by everyday Australians reveal the secrets of our marine life as oceans warm, Sacred Aboriginal sites are yet again at risk in the Pilbara; But tourism can help protect Australia’s rich cultural heritage, Good news – there’s a clean energy gold rush underway, Seahorse fathers give birth in a unique way, Marine Protected Areas In Antarctica Should Include Young Emperor Penguins Researchers state, This spider-eating, nest-sharing bat was once safe from fire – until the Black Summer burnt its rainforests, Labor’s biodiversity market scheme needs to be planned well – or it could lead to greenwashing, ‘One of the most progressive and environmentally conscious legal texts on the planet’: Chile’s proposed constitution and its lessons for Australia, What’s going on with the Greenland ice sheet?; It’s losing ice faster than forecast and now irreversibly committed to at least 10 inches of sea level rise, 7-star housing is a step towards zero carbon – but there’s much more to do; starting with existing homes, The ‘yuck factor’ pushes a premier towards desalination yet again but history suggests recycled water’s time has come, A new discovery shows major flowering plants are 150 million years older than previously thought, Scientists release world-first DNA map of an endangered Australian mouse and it will help to save it, The surprising history of how electric vehicles have played the long game and won, Pittwater Reserves: Histories + Notes + Pictorial Walks, Pittwater Environment Groups

Inbox News Australian-First Cyber Centre To Safeguard NSW Police Network, Track Laying Complete On The Next Stage Of Sydney Metro, Eco-Glue Can Replace Harmful Adhesives In Wood Construction, Positive Neighbour Involvement Important If Teens Don't Develop Mother-Child Bond, Discovery and Naming Of Africa's Oldest Known Dinosaur, High Folic Acid Supplementation Associated With Higher Rates Of COVID-19 Infections and Mortality, Dolphins Form Largest Alliance Network Outside Humans, New Way Found To Turn Number Seven Plastic Into Valuable Products, Team Developing Oral Insulin Tablet Sees Breakthrough Results, 2022 Australian Museum Eureka Entry On Crayweed For Sleek Geeks Highly Commended, HSC Online Help Guides, Radio Northern Beaches Offers Free Broadcast Training: 14 Spots, 75th Anniversary Coin, Be The Boss: I Want To Be An Automotive Mechanic, More Opportunities To Get Skilled For Free, Girls In Engineering Club, Power-Sharing For Nature-Based Solutions To Climate Change : Fiona Nunan At TEDxWarwick, Alternative Math: Short Film, Word Of The Week: Catapult, Some Father's Day Music, Creative skills will be crucial to the future of work. They should take centre stage at the jobs summit, Five myths about Shakespeare’s contribution to the English language, A new discovery shows major flowering plants are 150 million years older than previously thought, Mapping food supply chains, nanotech cancer diagnosis, and tracking bushfire recovery winners at 2022 Eureka Prizes, What is brown noise?; Can this latest TikTok trend really help you sleep?, Summit cheat sheet: what is productivity and how well does it measure what we do?, NASA is launching the 1st stage of the Artemis mission – here’s why humans are going back to the Moon, Can’t get your teen off the couch?; High-intensity interval training might help, Why do people overshare online?; 5 expert tips for avoiding social media scandal, Discovery and Naming Of Africa's Oldest Known Dinosaur, Indigenous Ecological Knowledge Kept Alive Through New Language Exchange, Giving Older Australians The Option To Work and Earn More, Summit Pensioner Income Credit A Good Start, Long COVID: How researchers are zeroing in on the self-targeted immune attacks that may lurk behind it, Men's Sheds Grants And Movember Improving Men's Health, Can supplements or diet reduce symptoms of arthritis? Here’s what the evidence says, Celebrities Combine Forces And Voices To Support People Impacted By Dementia + National Dementia Helpline Now 24/7, 

Profile of the Week 2022 24 Hour Row for Mental Health

REGISTER & DONATE: www.24hourrow.com.au
START: 12 Noon, Saturday 10 September 2022 (AEDST)
FINISH: 12 Noon, Sunday 11 September 2022 (AEDST)

If you're looking for something to kick off your training for the season, there are 9 clubs in SNB running the 24 Hour Row next weekend (10-11th September) and there are still spaces at all clubs. If you and your crew, or just you want to jump in message 24 hour row and they will put you in touch with one of the organisers at the club closest to you. Visit: www.facebook.com/24HrRow

Local Clubs are: Palmy, Avalon Beach, Mona Vale, Narrabeen, Long Reef, North Curly, South Curly, Freshie and North Steyne. 

If you row between midnight and 4am you go in the running to win a night for two at the 5 Star Ovolo Hotel Woolloomooloo. There's also a Concept 2 Ergo up for grabs.

The 24 Hour Row is now in its 5th year. Started by long time Avalon Beach surf lifesaving club members Nathan and Mel Wellings back in 2018, initially, just one club wanted to make a difference after seeing too many lives lost to suicide on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. Each year the event has grown with more surf life saving clubs taking part. 

“We love this event because it brings so many communities together and shows solidarity and passion for a suicide free Australia.”

After the success of the Avalon Beach 24 Hour Row over the past years, the event expanded in 2021 despite the pandemic and extended lockdowns; 35 locations from Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australian Surf Life Saving Clubs and gyms took part in the event last October. 

In 2022 they're aiming for 50 to participate in this year's event and raise $250,000.

This week a few insights into an established Pittwater annual event.

It was the passion of one local woman that set the wheels in motion for Mona Vale’s very own library and her legacy was marked at the Saturday September 3, 2022 festivities to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

The late Olive Beaton was instrumental in campaigning the local community to support her plight for a library in the northern part of the beaches. 

The idea for a library was coined when Mrs Beaton found it difficult to get her two children to Warringah Shire Library in Dee Why due to the distance from their school, particularly without a car.

In 1970 she was elected to the General Committee of the Mona Vale Branch of the Friends of Warringah Shire Library which provided much support to the campaign. In addition, she attended numerous Warringah Council meetings, organise deputations and sent letters to campaign for and promote such a facility over a period of five years.

Her daughter, Linda Touw fondly remembers her mother’s adoration when discovering her dream would become a reality.

“She used to also say she felt vindicated by the establishment of the library that she was so passionate about, and in her own words, “it certainly made all those council meeting attendances worthwhile”.

“If she were still alive today, she would say she is very proud that the library has been of such a wonderful benefit to the Pittwater community for all these years and she is thrilled that her dream finally become a reality.”

From April 1970, the Friends of Mona Vale Library formed to help stock the library, including an extensive vinyl record collection, a hit with the youngsters of the time.
This week a few insights into a popular community hub.

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Swimming Australia Hall Of Fame: Mona Vale SLSC's Freddie Lane Honoured

Five legends of the pool have become the first to be celebrated as part of the new Swimming Australia Hall of Fame, with the inaugural inductees unveiled at Sunday night’s Swimming Australia Awards (held August 28, 2022).

Fred Lane (Dolphin #1), Fanny Durack (Dolphin #9), Dawn Fraser (Dolphin #86), Shane Gould (Dolphin #214) and Ian Thorpe (Dolphin #494) comprise the first class of inductees, with the group both spanning and highlighting some of the most significant generations of Australian swimming.



In a clear indication of the elite calibre of the inaugural class, the five Australian swimming luminaries were chosen from the 1,163 athletes to have worn the Gold Cap across the Dolphins history.
Swimming Australia CEO, Eugénie Buckley, said it was a profoundly proud moment for the sport of swimming in Australia.

“The Australian Dolphins have a legacy of more than 120 years as our country’s most admired team and these five athletes represent the very essence of what it has meant to swim for Australia,” Buckley said.
“Whether it is their immense achievements in the pool, or the tremendous pioneering spirit each has displayed to leave the sport in a better place than which they found it, all five athletes have left a mark on swimming that will inspire multiple generations, as is clearly the case with Fred and Fanny.”
“While there will be many worthy of elevation to this new Hall of Fame in the coming years, there are none more deserving to be first through the door than these five and we are incredibly proud to unveil them as our inaugural inductees.”

Both Fraser and Gould were in attendance at the 2022 Swimming Australia Awards to accept their induction.

The Swimming Australia Hall of Fame has been established to both recognise and celebrate those who have left an indelible mark on the sport at the international level.

Swimming Australia Hall of Fame – 2022 inductee Fred Lane – Australian Dolphin #1
After winning multiple All-Schools’ Championships in the early 1890s, Fred Lane joined the East Sydney Amateur Swimming Club in 1895 and soon rose to be the world’s top amateur swimmer at the turn of 20th century. Sponsored by businessman and sportsman Mark Foy, Lane moved to England in the summer of 1899 and settled in Blackpool, working as a clerk at a legal firm. Joining Blackpool Swimming Club, he won the British Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) 220 yds and quarter-mile salt water titles in 1899, 220 yds title in 1900, and 100 yds and 220 yds titles in 1902. Lane competed as one of only three Australians at the 1900 Olympics, where he won gold medals in 200 m freestyle and 200 m obstacle course events. While winning the ASA 100 yds title in 1902, Lane became the first man to swim 100 yds in one-minute flat and, while winning the 1902 220 yds title, Lane clocked 2:28.6, which in 1974 was ratified by FINA as the first world record for 200 metres. In October 1902, Lane also became the first man to swim 100 yds in less than a minute by clocking 59.6 at Leicester Baths. Lane retired from swimming at the end of 1902 and returned to Australia in 1903.

In 1922 the second edition of Mona Vale SLSC was formed, with the first Club president being Australia’s first Olympic Gold Medallist in the pool, Freddie Lane, who called everyone together with: 

NEW CLUB FOR MONA VALE.
A meeting is to be held this afternoon at Mr. F. C. V. Lane's residence, Oceania, Mona Vale, with the object, of forming a local surf life-saving and swimming club. All interested are cordially invited to attend. NEW CLUB FOR MONA VALE. (1922, October 8- Sunday). Sunday Times (Sydney, NSW : 1895 - 1930), p. 10. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article128222438 

Mr. Lane also gave land, at cost, for the club.

More next Issue
Freddie Lane image courtesy Olympic Gold.

Zac Newbold: U18'S Baseball World Cup Tournament Fundraiser

My name is Zac Newbold.

Baseball Australia has selected me as part of the U18s Australian squad travelling to Florida, USA, this coming September.

I depart Sydney on 28th August and return home on 21st September.

As part of this squad, I will train and play in a college showcase called Perfect Game.

During my participation, I will be vying for selection in a final 20-player squad that will ultimately represent Australia in the U18's Baseball World Cup Tournament to be held from 9th to 18th of September in Bradenton, Florida.

I am 1 of only 14 players from NSW in the squad and the only player from the Northern Beaches area.

I am a local junior in every way.

I grew up playing for Pittwater Baseball Club, starting as a junior tee-ball player at the age of 4.

I have represented Manly Warringah Baseball Club; Baseball NSW, where I was awarded the MVP of the U16 Nationals Tournament in 2020.

I formerly represented Australia in the U12 World Cup in Taiwan and the Cal Ripken tournament in the USA.

I am also a former Mona Vale Public School and Mater Maria Catholic College student, where I completed Year 12 last year and was School Vice Captain.

After completing my HSC, I was offered to study Bachelor of Pre-Medicine, Health & Science at Wollongong University, but deferred for various reasons.

Prior to focusing just on baseball, I was a Narrabeen Tigers RU, Warringah Rats RU, Narrabeen Sharks RL junior player & recently played in the U18 regional Sydney Scorpions touch team.

While being part of the U18 Australian baseball squad is an amazing achievement, and I am extremely excited and proud to be part of this squad, the downside is the cost of the trip. It is $6000.00 plus incidentals. So, I am currently working four jobs to try and fund this myself.

I have set up the GoFundMe page to try and raise funds to help support my dream of playing in the U18's World Cup Tournament. Page at: www.gofundme.com/f/u18s-baseball-world-cup-tournament

I would appreciate any size donation and look forward to letting you all know how I went in Florida.

Cheers (and thank you),
Zac


Zac Newbold in the green-and-gold. Pic: Baseball Australia
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Looking For Lynette Dawson

On Saturday January 9, 1982, Lynette Dawson of Bayview, devoted mother of 2 young children, disappeared.

Two state coroner’s determined that Lyn is dead, and that a “known person has committed an indictable offence”. However, the Dept. of Public Prosecutions (DPP) chose not to prosecute the known person, against the advice of the two coroners.

Looking at the past key events:

- the extraordinary 'The Teacher's Pet' podcast by The Australian was launched in May 2018, by the amazing Hedley Thomas, Slade Gibson and more. This podcast was well investigated and dynamic, discovering existing and new witnesses and evidence. It weaved together the sad and connected stories of Lyn and that of the 1980's Northern Beaches students from several schools. This podcast had an amazing 29 million downloads, leading to a well-deserved gold Walkley win for Hedley and Slade. And ultimately, it gave Lyn her voice once again. Thank you to The Australian, Hedley, Slade and all those who brought Lyn's story back into the light!

- Around June/July in 2018, many wonderful people wrote letters to the NSW Attorney General, the DPP, NSW Minister of Education and more on behalf of Lyn and the 1980's Northern Beaches students. A big thank you to everyone who gave up their precious time - it was very important.

-  On 19th July 2018, on 2GB with Ben Fordham, NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller apologised to Lyn's family for past failures in Lyn's case.

- In late July 2018, 'Strikeforce Southwood' was announced, created to finally investigate the claims of historic sexual abuse of 1980's Northern Beaches students at several schools by alleged teachers!

- Mid September 2018, the Bayview property was searched thoroughly by NSW police for 6 days - Lyn's remains were sadly not located.

- On the 30th of September, 2018 the 'Walk for Lyn' happened! Organised and supported by many wonderful people, especially the Northern Beaches students, to give some closure to Lyn's family and friends. A beautiful day, with hundreds walking for Lyn, honouring her life with flowers at the walk and from afar. Many lovely photos were shared to Lyn's page from amazing people from around the world. Thank you to everyone who honoured Lyn's life!

- Once again police submitted the brief of evidence to the DPP - this time it was successful! On the 5th of December the known person was arrested and charged with the suspected murder of Lyn.

-  And lastly, Lyn's page, 'Looking for Lynette Dawson', grew from around 450 friends/followers in April 2018 to now over 18,000! Thank you to all of you following Lyn's page, we appreciate your continued interest and support for Lyn.

On December 5th, 2018 Chris Dawson was arrested by Queensland Police and charged for the murder of his missing wife, Lynette.

On August 30th 2022 in a judge only trial, Justice Harrison found Chris Dawson guilty of murdering our much loved Lynette in the Supreme Court of NSW after a 5 hour judgement.

On 30/08/2022 - 40 years, 7 months and 21 days later, Justice for Lynette Dawson was delivered in the Supreme Court of NSW. 

Now we just need to bring her home to give her the peaceful rest she deserves.

Thank you for your interest and support,
The family and friends of Lynette Dawson

NB: This Monday on Australian Story: Two decades ago Lyn Dawson’s family first spoke to Australian Story about their search for answers following Lyn’s disappearance. Now her ex-husband Chris Dawson has been found guilty of her murder. But what next? 

In the series return of Australian Story the program will run exclusive interviews with friends and family as they come to terms with the verdict. 

Lyn Dawson: Vanished | Monday September 5, 8pm | ABC TV + iview


National Cabinet Statement On COVID-19 Settings Changes

The following statement was released following the conclusion of National Cabinet on Wednesday 31 August 2022.

National Cabinet met in Sydney today to discuss COVID-19 settings.

Acting Chief Medical Officer Professor Michael Kidd provided an update on the pandemic and outlined strategies for combating potential COVID-19 waves.

First Ministers reinforced their commitment to continued collaboration between commonwealth, state and territory governments in managing the COVID-19 pandemic.

The National Cabinet agreed to reduce the isolation periods for COVID-19 positive cases from seven to five days following a positive test, with the following caveats:
  • This would apply only to people with no symptoms at five days.
  • Seven days’ isolation remains for workers in high-risk setting including aged care, disability care, and those providing care in the home.
This is a proportionate response at this point in the pandemic.

These changes will come into effect from Friday 9 September, with the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment (PLDP) eligibility to reflect the changed isolation periods, effective the same date.

National Cabinet also agreed to remove the mandatory wearing of masks on domestic flights. This change will also come into effect from Friday 9 September.

NSW Statistics as at September 1st, 2022:
64,946 Active cases 
1,756 Admitted to hospital 
36 In intensive care 
14 Requiring ventilation 
23 Deaths in last 24 hours
4,701 new cases in last 24 hours

There are 111,081 Active Cases Australia wide as of August 31, 2022

Surf Lifesavers Awarded National Medals For Their Service To Surf Lifesaving

August 31, 2022: Surf Life Saving Australia would like to congratulate the 123 surf lifesavers who have been awarded with the National Medal, as well as First Clasps, Second Clasps and Third Clasps for their sustained service and commitment to Surf Lifesaving.

Established in 1975 as a military recognition award, the National Medal has since branched out into government and voluntary organisations and is now Australia’s most awarded civil medal.

The National Medal is awarded to individuals on behalf of the Governor-General of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd) and recognises long and diligent service in organisations that are dedicated to protecting life and property at a degree of risk to their members.

National Medals are awarded to those individuals who risk their lives or safety to protect or assist the community in enforcement of the law or in times of emergency or natural disaster.

“On behalf of Surf Life Saving Australia I would like to congratulate and say thank you to the 123 life savers being awarded National Medals for outstanding service,” said SLSA President John Baker ESM.

“The dedication and commitment shown by these outstanding volunteers is thoroughly deserving of this honour, the role they play in keeping our coastlines safe is invaluable and greatly appreciated”.

As a volunteer emergency and safety service, Surf Life Saving has over 181,000 members, with members performing on average over 1.3 million volunteer patrol hours and more than 11,000 rescues a year.

Heading the list of those honoured is Paul Johnston (North Avoca SLSC) who receives his Third Clasp for 45 years of service, with Michael Pontefract (Evans Head SLSC), Gerald Stephenson (North Bondi SLSC) and Robert Alan Wright (Woolgoolga SLSC) all receiving Second Clasps for 35 years of service with 16 members receiving First Clasps for 25 years of service; and 103 members receiving the National Medal for 15-years of service in actively patrolling protecting the Australian coastline communities.

Surf Life Saving Australia volunteers with a minimum of 30 patrolling hours over a minimum period of 15 seasons, since September 18, 1986 are eligible for the National Medal.

Recipients of the 2022 National Medal include local lifesavers:
Medal – First Clasp (25 years service):
Garry Fox Queenscliff SLSC

National Medal (15 years service):
Terry Barber Avalon Beach SLSC
Robert Stokes Mona Vale SLSC
Michael  Renie South Narrabeen SLSC
Ken    Passmore South Narrabeen SLSC
Roger    Shahani South Narrabeen SLSC
Stephen   Martin South Narrabeen SLSC
Andrew Pearce Whale Beach SLSC Inc


Dogs Off-Leash On Beaches Open For Feedback

The REF the council commissioned for dog off-leash areas - at Palm Beach (North) and Mona Vale Beach (South) is now open for comments -- closes September 11.

The webpage states the council will investigate any further requirements it must address before having dogs off-leash on beaches can proceed, including under the Local Government Act 1993, which states an Environmental Impact Assessment is required, as was the case in the Station Beach 'trial' challenged in the Land and Environment Court by residents, and any other requirements under the Crown Land Management Act 2016, the Companion Animals Act 1998 and Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

To register your support or opposition visit the council's webpage for this
Written submissions required - no survey this time.

Recent reports:

Leopard Seal Visitor

Selena Griffith forwarded this photo, taken from 40 metres distance, of a Leopard Seal visitor to our area in recent days. 

Unfortunately as soon as we posted these on social media we commenced getting message that dogs were on the beach, a no-dogs area, and people were concerned that either those pets or the seal would end up being attacked, as happened at Long Reef in November 2020 - a Marine Park and NO DOGS area.

Council and trained ORRCA volunteers, who had been monitoring the visitor the day previously, quickly acted and fenced off the area to ensure the safety, and peace, of all.

Although it is nice to share images of these visitors on social media, it's not a good idea to state their location as it can attract too many people to that place.

There is a requirement in NSW to maintain a 40m exclusion zone for seal protection and the protection of the community. 

Please report any sightings of seals hauling out onto our beaches to the ORRCA 24/7 Rescue Hotline on 02 9415 3333. 


Narrabeen Pedestrian-Cycle Bridge Update

Council advises
The Narrabeen Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge is nearing completion. Some of the balustrade panels and decking panels delivered to site were deemed unsuitable for use. The replacement elements are due for delivery this month. It is anticipated that the bridge will be opened for public use in late September (weather permitting).

The bridge piers are driven steel piers with HDPE sleeves to improve resistance to corrosion. These types of piers are commonly used around Pittwater and Sydney Harbour and comply with relevant Australian Standards. 

The local NSW Maritime Boating Safety Officer is scheduled to undertake a site visit in early September to complete a navigational assessment of the new bridge prior to the completion of the project. Council will implement any recommendations identified by NSW Maritime.

‘The new bridge is constructed at a higher level than the nearby road bridge to comply with current flood planning level requirements.


Progress of works photo: NBC


Background
Council are building a three metre wide pedestrian and cycle bridge alongside the existing road bridge to eliminate the current pinch-point and increasing safety for users of the bridge and trail.

The works are being funded under Transport for NSW’s B-Line project to improve pedestrian and cycle links along Pittwater Road.

The new bridge itself will be approximately 110 metres and with the concrete lead-ins it will be approximately 130 metres all up.

The piers of the new bridge will be aligned with those of the existing bridge to maintain navigational channels beneath the bridge.

During extreme storm events Pittwater Road Narrabeen is subject to flooding. To reduce the flood risk and to comply with current bridge design standards, the height of the new multi-use bridge will need to be elevated above the height of the existing bridge.

Narrabeen Lagoon bridge for walkers and cyclists site plan, 2022 - finalised. Image supplied

Newport Breakers 1st Grade To Face UNSW - 3rd Grade To Face Hills In Grand Finals

In the Semi Finals held on Saturday September 3rd 2022 the Newport Breakers had four teams playing. The results were:

Barraclough Cup (1st Grade)
Newport 13 v 3 Lindfield
UNSW 31 v 10 Hawkesbury Valley

Which means Newport’s 1st Grade will meet UNSW in the Grand Final at T G Millner Field next Saturday, September 10th. 

Other results were:

Stockdale Cup (2nd Grade)
UNSW 25 v 0 Newport
Lindfield 20 v 15 Hills
The Grand Final will be Lindfield V UNSW.

Robertson Cup (Colts)
Lindfield 34 v 12 Beecroft
Newport 19 v 20 Eastern Suburbs
The Grand Final will be  Lindfield v Eastern Suburbs

Blunt Cup (3rd Grade)
Newport 15 v 7 UNSW
Hills         18 v 5 Lindfield
Which means the Grand Final, same date, same field, will be Newport Hills at T G Millner Field.

The Richardson Cup (4th Grade) Grand Final is UNSW Lindfield
Newport placed 3rd overall in the 2022 Richardson Cup. 

During the week NSW Suburban Rugby Union announced the 2022 Club Champions. With the completion of the minor premiership rounds in Subbies, we can now congratulate all our divisional club champions.

Congratulations to Waverley for winning the Div 1 club championship, getting their name on the Bruce Graham Shield.

Well done also to the Club Champions decided over the last couple of weeks - Newport (Div 2) and Sydney Harbour (Div 4) who have won respectively the Reliance Shield and the Herlihy Shield.

The Cowboy Cup, the inter-divisional championship, runs right up to grand final day.

So hold your breath and cross everything next Saturday - let's hope the Breakers have a good run after a great Season in all Grades -  and bring home some bling to the Portress next Saturday. 


Marine Rescue Broken Bay Saves Launch

September 3, 2022
Our BB30 crew was called to assist a 50ft cruiser that had run aground this afternoon in Bayview. BB30 was able to safely extract the vessel of the sand spit in a reverse pull. 

All ended well and with a happy skipper being assisted by highly skilled and trained volunteers.

2022 NSW Volunteer Of The Year Awards

The local 2022 NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards winners were announced on Friday September 2nd 2022 at Dee Why RSL.  

Unfortunately our area, and those winners announced for the North Shore, show no award in the 'Young' section this year. Elsewhere there have been Young winners announced.

Along with the winners, certificates were issued to a variety of local volunteer organisations who have served the community, including the NSW SES Warringah / Pittwater Unit and NSW SES Manly Unit,  Harbord Strikers Football  and Narrabeen Lakes Swimming Club and Collaroy Amateur Swimming Club recognised.

The 2022 NSW Volunteer of the Year Award recipients for the here are:

Adult Volunteer of the Year – Dr Bo Zhou from Manly
Dr Zhou has been volunteering for more than 25 years at CASS, an organisation that services Chinese, Korean, Indonesian and other CALD communities. He began assisting with the Academy of Arts and has since provided a range of professional support including financial, corporate governance and translation services.

He has been a prolific supporter of fundraising activities which have helped to build residential aged care facilities catering for CALD communities.

Senior Volunteer of the Year – Norman Nolan from Bilgola Beach
At 80 years of age, Norm has been a dedicated figure in the Street Walk program for the past decade. The Youth off the Streets program provides support for homeless and vulnerable young people in the Sydney CBD and Inner West areas.

Volunteers work from 7pm to midnight four nights a week, providing meals and a trusted night time presence for young people who are at risk of harm.

Volunteer Team of the Year – One Meal Northern Beaches Co-op volunteers
The 180 volunteer team members at One Meal Northern Beaches Co-Op provide healthy, fresh cooked meals and food to over 1,500 homeless, vulnerable, and at-risk people across the Northern Beaches each week.

The vital community service was established in 2019 and now delivers the equivalent of 6,000 meals per week via 16 community organisation referrals. One Meal also provides breakfast packs and meals to over 80 disadvantaged students referred by school and community organisations each month.

Regional finalists for the awards are announced at 25 ceremonies throughout NSW and are invited to the Gala State Ceremony for the announcement of the 2022 NSW Volunteer of the Year.


2022 winners and presenters. Photo: The Centre for Volunteering

Rotary On The Northern Beaches Is Alive And Well!  


Last Rotary Upper Northern Beaches joined forces with Brookvale Rotary Club, to jointly host the annual Beach2Beach Fun Run Festival.

Members from both clubs were involved in planning the event and volunteering at the 13km, 6km and 3km start. This all culminated in great entertainment and festivities at the Newport Beach Finish line where "fun runners", walkers, friends and family, enjoined some fine cuisine from the Rotary Upper Norther Beaches BBQ. 

If you would like to know more about Rotary and how you can get involved, please contact us on 02 8005 0711 or contact@rotaryuppernorthernbeaches.org

It’s entirely up to you how much time you want to give and, along with other members, you’re sure to find something that suits your interest in the community.


In Tune With TonyB: Councillor Gencher Up Next

In Tune is a radio programme about our local community, hosted by TonyB.

In Tune with community, culture and home-grown music of a diverse range of genres and timelines. 
Each week, we play great local music and we chat with guests from local community groups, causes and charities, about how they make a difference in the community.

We also aim to provide emerging local artists the opportunity to have their music broadcast on air and we invite them to come and chat with us about their passion.
We embrace diversity in every sense.
 
In our next programme on Friday 9 September, we will be chatting Michael Gencher about a range of community activities he is involved with, including Mona Vale SLSC and Neighbourhood Watch.  

Radio Northern Beaches
Fridays at 6pm
FM 88.7 or 90.3
Or live stream at https://www.rnb.org.au/
 
Please also feel free to like and share our Facebook page (link below) and if you would like to come and chat with us on air about your community group or your music, please feel free to message us via the Facebook page.
 


Calling All NSW Volunteers To Have Their Say

September 2, 2022
The NSW Government is calling for volunteers across the state to have their say as part of the Ministerial Volunteer Taskforce.

Minister for Families and Communities and Minister for Disability Services Natasha Maclaren-Jones established the Ministerial Volunteer Taskforce to identify emerging trends, issues and opportunities across the sector to support and grow volunteering.

“The Ministerial Volunteer Taskforce is looking at the future of volunteering and I hope this consultation period will bring in as many voices as possible to help shape the future of the sector,” Mrs Maclaren-Jones said.

“We deeply value the efforts of our volunteers and their incredible spirit of service. Every day across our state volunteers work selflessly to contribute to the community and support others. We want to make sure they are well-supported, recognised and empowered.”

Chair of the Ministerial Volunteer Taskforce the Hon. Scott Farlow MLC is calling for all areas of the volunteer sector to take part in the consultation process.

“Hearing from the sector is vital. From volunteers and volunteer-involving organisations to businesses that work with the volunteering sector, researchers and academics, we want to ensure all volunteers are heard,” Mr Farlow said.

“The consultation process will contribute to the Taskforce’s report that will examine a range of topics including volunteer recruitment, retention, research, recognition and supporting our volunteers.”

The Ministerial Volunteer Taskforce consultation phase opens on 2 September and will run until 5pm on 30 September.

To provide an online submission please visit: www.volunteering.nsw.gov.au/nsw-volunteering-taskforce 

ABHS AGM 2022

The next meeting of the Avalon Beach Historical Society will be held on TUESDAY 13 SEPTEMBER in the Annexe on Dunbar Park. It will begin at 8pm and will be our AGM.

As most of our members know, the time taken for the Election of Office Bearers is kept to a minimum so that more time is available for the presentation of our guest speaker
AND this guest speaker will need as much time as we can spare!

BILL GODDARD has been gathering the history of his remarkable family for quite some years.
This history is backed up and illustrated with a wonderful pictorial history.

Bill has been working with John Stone to bring the quality of some of the already high-quality photos up to a real optimum standard. In fact, it’s a real treat to have such great quality photos from this era, especially from the 1890s when William Reuben Goddard (Bill’s great grandfather) began his boat building business in Lavender Bay. 

There are also some great photos showing the house and farm from 1917 and the launching of the first boat built in the shed – the M.V. ‘Reliance’ being rolled down to Pittwater on greased wooden poles from the area later called Waratah Street. 

From there Bill will take us into the 1920s after William had established the business in Iluka Road and then into the 1960s when ‘Goddards’ eventually ceased operations. 

For any new-comers and guests of members, supper is served after the meeting and is well worth hanging around for.

Membership fees are due on the night, and we will have our card facility, which we instigated at the exhibition, to facilitate payment. If you’re unsure whether you’re financial, we will have our up-to-date membership list available on the night.

Geoff Searl OAM
President Avalon Beach Historical Society


Monika's Doggie Rescue: Pets Of The Week

Olivia 

14 weeks Staffy X Kelpie


Our Grease themed pups, Sandy, Olivia, Frenchie and Danny were saved from a rural pound. They are mixed working breed pups who need a lot of exercise and stimulus. They were in poor condition but are eating well and loving their puppy milk. They are suited to families where someone is home to teach and guide them. They would suit families with older children who are used to active dogs.  Olivia has a short coat and weighed 7.3kg at 12 weeks. All our dogs come desexed, all puppy vaccinations, heartworm free and microchipped. Also included for the love and health of our dogs is a free Health and Wellness Voucher with our DoggieRescue Vet. Her adoption fee is $800. For further details call DoggieRescue on 9486 3133 or email Monika@DoggieRescue.com. RON R251000024

Smeagol 


adult Abyssinian Guinea Pig

Smeagol, named after a character in The Lord Of The Rings,  is a sweet little piggy who has lived alone but with a lot of human company. He is a young adult Abyssinian. He is looking for a home as an indoor piggy with a family who have time to play with him. His adoption fee is $30. For further details call DoggieRescue on 9486 3133 or email Monika@DoggieRescue.com. RON R251000024

Nominate Your Unsung ‘Eco-Hero’

Do you know someone who deserves acknowledgment for outstanding environmental and conservation achievements to protect the Northern Beaches’ unique natural environment?

Mayor Michael Regan is encouraging the community to get involved.

“We undoubtedly live in one of the most beautiful parts of the world and we want it to stay that way. With the community’s help, it’s possible.

“Nominations are being sought from community members and environmental groups who have volunteered their time and effort to enhance the region’s diverse and valuable natural environment.

“Anyone who is doing exceptional work to preserve the environment deserves recognition, so please let us know.” Mayor Regan said.

The Northern Beaches 2022 Eco Awards are open to people from all walks of life.

People can be nominated in the following award categories:
  • Caring for Bushland
  • Caring for our Coast
  • Caring for our Waterways
  • Caring for our Native Animals
  • Sustainable Resources Award
  • Sustainability & Climate Change Award
Individual Achievement Awards will be presented in two categories:
  • Youth and
  • Lifetime
To qualify for entry, work must have been carried out in the Northern Beaches local government area in the past two years, except for the Individual Achievement Award (Lifetime Achievement) which recognises work of more than 25 years.

More information about the award categories along with the nomination form can be found here.

Nominations close at midnight Friday 23 September 2022. 

NSW Government Provides $2 Million To Improve Boating Infrastructure

The NSW Government has committed a one-off $2 million funding program to support maintenance and repair works to boating infrastructure as part of a $28 million Boating Now Program.

Minister for Transport and Veterans David Elliott said the NSW Government allocated the additional funds to help boating infrastructure owners across NSW undertake maintenance works to boat ramps, pontoons, wharves, jetties, boat ramps and car and trailer parks.

“NSW boasts some of the best waterways in the world which are not only enjoyed by recreational water users but vital for local tourist operators and commercial vessels, therefore it is important to ensure boating communities have easy access to modern maritime facilities,” Mr Elliott said.

“We understand the challenges of maintaining boating facilities and recognise that repairs can be costly for asset owners and managers.

“We’ve listened to feedback from boating stakeholders and as a result we’ve made up to $2 million available as part of Round Four of the Boating Now Program to help owners return boating assets to their optimal operational condition,” Mr Elliott said.

Applications are now open for the Boating Asset maintenance sub-program, which will fund up to $30,000 per asset and up to a maximum of $60,000 per applicant for multiple assets.

To be eligible, the boating asset must be available for general boating public use and provide direct benefits to recreational boaters. The asset must also be included in an existing annual maintenance schedule or have its own asset maintenance plan in place at the time of application.

Guidelines and the application form is available on the Boating Now websiteApplications close at 5pm on 30 September 2022 and must be emailed to MIDO@transport.nsw.gov.au

Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary Stalls 

The Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary members are having a stall at Pittwater Place on the first Saturday of every month from 9am to 3pm selling knitting for babies and children, beanies, bedsocks and scarves for oldies, sewing items, craft and jams, raising funds for the rehabilitation and palliative care units.

1080 Pest Management

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 1 August 2022 and 31 January 2023 in Ku-ring-gai Chase 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 local park office on 02 9451 3479 or 02 8448 0440

Speed Humps On McCarrs Creek Rd: Please Share Wildlife Data 

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

It records the GPS position, date, sex, species. Photos can be added as they help in identification
The data is then forwarded to OEH and Transport NSW as it can help establish the best places to place  mitigation. Thanking you all in advance for your help with this. There is so much wildlife on the move in our area at present due to various pressures. Although we have had pictures sent to us, many of these have no date or location.

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

Please Slow Down: Wildlife Crossing

Phoebe the Swamp Wallaby weighed less than a kilogram when she was orphaned on the roadside after her mother was hit and killed by a vehicle. Fortunately, Phoebe was uninjured, taken to a local vet and raised and then released by Sydney Wildlife volunteer Jane.

While Phoebe was fortunate, other native birds and animals are not so lucky.

So, if you’re returning home after your summer holiday (or just out and about on Australia Day), please slow down - particularly at dawn and dusk and in areas identified with wildlife crossing signs, for your safety and the welfare of our wildlife.

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



 
Photo: Phoebe the Swamp Wallaby by Jane
Notice by Sydney Wildlife Rescue

Fairy Penguins Coming Ashore

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

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

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


 

Click on logo above to visit their website.

Mona Vale Residents Association

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


OLG Consultation: Lobbying Of Councillors

The Office of Local Government (OLG) is undertaking consultation on the development of guidelines and a model policy on the lobbying of councillors.

Mayors, councillors and councils are invited to provide input to inform LGNSW’s submission on behalf of the sector or may wish to respond to OLG directly.

In response to ICAC investigations, the OLG is proposing to develop guidelines to enhance transparency around the lobbying of councillors. 

OLG is also developing a model policy on lobbying to support councils to implement the guidelines. If adopted by councils, the policy would operate to supplement the provisions of their adopted codes of conduct.

The OLG consultation with local government is seeking views on:
  • what should be included in proposed OLG guidelines to enhance transparency around lobbying of councillors,
  • whether the Lobbying of Government Officials Act 2011 should apply to local government.
To assist with the development of the guidelines and model policy, OLG is seeking the following from councils:
  • councils’ views and suggestions on ICAC’s recommendations on the content of the proposed guidelines,
  • suggestions on what issues, behaviours and risks need to be addressed in the guidelines and model policy,
  • information about what measures councils currently take to enhance transparency and promote honesty around the lobbying of councillors, and copies of or links to councils’ existing lobbying policies.
More information on the consultation is available in the OLG circular online.

Submissions made directly to OLG are due by Monday 5 September 2022 and should be submitted to olg@olg.nsw.gov.au.

ICAC has already provided a pamphlet on Lobbying in Local Government, ''Lobbying Local Government Councillors Guide.''
That document states:

Transparency is a useful means of governing accountability and perceptions of fairness in lobbying processes. There are a number of ways councillors can help ensure transparency whilst being lobbied. These include:
  • documenting meetings with proponents
  • generally conducting meetings in official locations such as council premises
  • having other people present during meetings inviting applicants who have approached them for a meeting to discuss a significant development to write to council seeking a meeting with all councillors and relevant staff
  • providing copies of information presented during lobbying meetings to council officers for consideration and assessment (if required), distribution to other councillors and filing as part of council’s records
  • asking people who have requested a meeting to put their arguments in writing
  • making a declaration at a council meeting about lobbying activities they have been engaged in that are not part of council’s formal processes
In June 2021 the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) recommended that legislation be amended to better manage lobbying in the state including the prohibition of secret communications or meetings between lobbyists and government officials.

In a report released, Investigation into the regulation of lobbyingaccess and influence in NSW (Operation Eclipse), the ICAC found that new legislation, or significant reform of the current Lobbying of Government Officials Act 2011 (the LOGO Act), is required to safeguard the public interest against the inherent lobbying risks of corruption and undue influence.

ICAC Chief Commissioner, the Hon Peter Hall QC, said that while lobbying contributes to positive outcomes that are in the public interest when it is conducted ethically and honestly, Operation Eclipse and other Commission investigations have shown that lobbying, access and influence can result in favouritism, or even corrupt conduct, and the present regulation is deficient.

“The LOGO Act, while a step in the right direction, falls short of implementing all of the 17 recommendations made by the Commission more than 10 years ago in its previous lobbying investigation, Operation Halifax,” Chief Commissioner Hall said. “In Operation Eclipse, the ICAC has made a further 29 recommendations to address this shortfall and to better regulate lobbying practices in NSW.”

The recommendations made in Operation Eclipse included:
  • the NSW Government creates a dedicated NSW lobbying commissioner whose primary purpose is to regulate the LOGO Act
  • any fundraising event, where an attendee pays for any form of exclusive or private access to a minister, should be classified as a “scheduled meeting” for the purposes of Premier’s Memorandum M2015-05 and subsequently be disclosed in published summaries of ministerial diaries, along with the fact that it was paid access. This information should be published irrespective of whether any lobbying takes place
  • the Lobbyists Code of Conduct, which primarily creates obligations for lobbyists, be expanded, to create obligations for government officials who are lobbied, and renamed the “Lobbying Code of Conduct”. Despite its name, the LOGO Act imposes few if any obligations on government officials who interact with lobbyists (that is, the “lobbied”), and the existing Lobbyists Code of Conduct
  • the detailed standards and obligations set out in the “Lobbying Code of Conduct” include a prohibition on undocumented or secret meetings with lobbyists with requirements to: document all communications with lobbyists, including those held away from government premises (apart from immaterial or ephemeral communications); and avoid discussing substantive matters with lobbyists in social settings.
Operation Eclipse also found that third-party lobbyists are subject to regulation despite carrying out just a fraction of the lobbying that takes place each year in NSW, and only third-party lobbyists are required to be registered. The Commission therefore recommends that a broader range of lobbyists be required to register, particularly professional in-house lobbyists, who ought to be subject to a similar level of regulation as third-party lobbyists.

The Commission also recommends that the LOGO Act be amended to mirror the provisions of section 16 of the Gaming and Liquor Administration Act 2007. This would provide secretaries and agency heads with authority to designate high-risk roles and associated “key officials” where appropriate. Officials in such roles would be subject to a six-month restriction on employment in certain areas related to their public duties.

Based on criteria published by the lobbying regulator, the restriction period could be removed, modified or made subject to conditions.

Based on an analysis of complaints and investigations, the Commission notes that lobbying is common in local government. This point was made in the Commission’s recent report on its Investigation into the conduct of councillors from the former Canterbury City Council and others (Operation Dasha), where it was recommended that the provisions of the LOGO Act be extended to apply to local government.

The Commission conducted research to draw lessons from models considered to have elements of best practice. Case studies of regulatory models in Australia, Canada, Ireland and Scotland were prepared, followed up by further insights in interviews with international regulators. In addition, an analysis was conducted of all NSW Government departments that provided information on procedures and protocols in relation to their interactions with lobbyists. This included guidelines on how officials grant access to lobbyists and how those interactions are recorded and made transparent.

The ICAC commenced Operation Eclipse on its own initiative in February 2019. Like Operation Halifax, Operation Eclipse differed from investigations usually conducted by the Commission in that it was not concerned with examining whether any particular individual may have engaged in corrupt conduct, but rather sought to examine particular aspects of lobbying activities and the corruption risks involved in the lobbying of public authorities and officials.

In March 2021 the Central Coast Council adopted its own 2020 draft Lobbying Policy which includes a requirement for a Lobbyists Register. North Sydney Council has had one in place for several years, as has Sutherland Shire Council.

Audit To Spot Check Council Disclosures

On August 24th, 2022 the OLG announced it will be undertaking spot checks across all councils on disclosures. A team of investigators will review disclosures of interests submitted by councillors and council staff across NSW to ensure transparency and increase public confidence in the local government sector.

Minister for Local Government Wendy Tuckerman said investigators from the Office of Local Government would be conducting spot checks of written returns of interests which are required to be completed at all councils across the State.

“Councillors and council staff, including general managers and administrators, are required to declare their interests, including any property they own or interests they have in companies, and whether they are a property developer or associate of a property developer,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

“Checks will be conducted randomly after 30 September so councillors and council staff have more than two months to ensure all the information they’ve provided in their return is accurate and complete.”

Mrs Tuckerman said it was important members of the public had confidence in their councils and their organisational integrity which this random audit will bolster.

“Our 128 local councils manage $178 billion in assets and spend more than $12 billion each year on providing infrastructure, facilities and services to local communities across the State,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

“It’s a huge responsibility and residents should be able to trust the people they’ve elected to council, along with council staff, are being honest and transparent about any interests they may have.”

More information about disclosure requirements can be found here. However, that may need to be further revised to include a section on meetings by councillors with lobbyists, especially when they then advocate for their agendas.

Artist Of The Month Becomes Art News

During the past 12 years we have run an Artist of the Month page to celebrate and showcase local Artists in all mediums; Painting, Sculpture, Music, Literature, Photography, Theatre and more. 

There was always more demand then could be fulfilled by showcasing just one Artist and running all others in the Events page or through Snippets in the Community News or Profile of the Week pages, or as stand alone Features.

Although these options will still remain open to local Creatives, an Art News page dedicated to helping Artists reach their local audience, and including everyone, launches this Spring so you can not only catch-up on what's been happening but also see what's coming up locally or further afield, especially when a local Artist is part of that Event.

If you have something coming up, something to say, or something to showcase, we want to hear from you.

As we still don't charge anyone for anything a few pointers on what you need to include in your 'package' to make it easier for us to help you. 

Please include:

  1. A biography of yourself: include what you have done before
  2. A portrait (photograph) of yourself
  3. What the Event is: and when and where it will happen
  4. A sample/s of your work

Once you have those four 'needs' ready, email them to pittwateronlinenews@live.com.au with the heading 'Art News'. 

Remember it's always a great idea to give people advance notice of your Exhibition or Event, so once you have firm dates, get in contact.


Church Point Commuter Wharf Feasibility Study On Public Exhibition

Council are holding two community drop-in sessions so that you can come and chat to us about the project and ask questions.

Drop-in dates:
  • Wednesday 7 September from 9 am – 11 am
  • Saturday 17 September from 9 am - 12 pm
Both drop-in's will be held in Thomas Stephens Reserve, Church Point.

The community is invited to review and provide feedback on a feasibility study into a solution for overcrowding at the Church Point commuter wharf.

The Church Point Commuter Wharf Feasibility Study was commissioned to consider a range of options to meet the future needs of both the offshore and community given the rising demand for moorings, and frequent overcrowding at the current wharf which can cause safety and accessibility issues.

Options considered include an extension to the existing facility through the addition of another curved arm and additional structures at Rostrevor Reserve, Church Point Reserve, Rowland Reserve, McCarrs Creek Reserve and Bayview Baths.

The study ranked the creation of an additional structure at Rostrevor Reserve the highest, followed by extending the existing commuter wharf.

Mayor Michael Regan encouraged the community to have a look at the challenges and opportunities with the options considered in the study.

”The Church Point Commuter Wharf functions as a water-based interchange for approximately 700 offshore residents as well as onshore residents, visitors, and businesses.

“It currently can’t keep up with the demand and needs a long-term solution.”

“This is step one in the process to address the issue and we’d love to hear from the community what they think of the options under consideration.”

The feasibility study considers the environmental and social impacts, costs and benefits, coastal environment, navigation channels, impact on swing moorings, marine vegetation and fisheries as well as the impact on public transport, local users, visitors, businesses and residents.

It assesses these in contrast to the impacts and benefits that might be recorded by performing a similar extension to the commuter wharf at nearby location Bayview.

The outcomes of public exhibition of the Church Point Commuter Wharf Feasibility Study will impact parking demand around the Church Point precinct and is being considered in concert with a review of the Church Point parking scheme which is being bought forward.

The community can have their say until Monday 26 September at https://yoursay.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/church-point-commuter-wharf


Draft Coastal Design Guidelines

The NSW Planning Department is updating the NSW Coastal Design Guidelines (the Guidelines).
The draft 2022 Coastal Design Guidelines will guide planning and decision-making to protect the coastline and ensure better-designed homes and places.

They will guide decisions on:
  • Requests for changes to planning rules in coastal communities (planning proposals)
  • Appropriate design for homes and building
  • Managing growing coastal communities.
A renewed focus on connecting and collaborating with Aboriginal communities is central to the Guidelines to ensure that land use planning and design begins with respect for Country and Aboriginal heritage.

Have your say
The draft Coastal design guidelines will be on exhibition to 9 September 2022. We welcome your feedback on the guidelines during the exhibition period. More information about the guidelines is available on the planning website.

Narrabeen RSL Update

Thank you to the many members who attended last nights meeting at Mona Vale Bowling Club.
Member votes were in favour of the proposal to amalgamate with Manly Leagues Club.
Our members will be updated as the process continues.

We are greatly appreciative of your ongoing support and concern for the future of Narrabeen RSL.


Belrose RFS Open Day 2022

We're thrilled to invite you all at the first Open Day we've been able to hold in years...
Your Belrose Rural Fire Brigade will be opening its doors to the public. Bring the kids for some fun, meet your local firefighters, grab some of the finest sausage sandwiches in the world and learn what you can do to protect your home from bushfire.
Can't wait to see you all there!

Saturday 17th September
10am - 2pm
207A Forest Way Belrose
Parking available behind the station.

ALL Local NSW RFS stations participating are listed at: www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/getready


Community Invited To Comment On The Conservation Zones Review And Technical Reports

NB: Reports should be available starting Monday September 5th.

As Northern Beaches Council moves towards developing a single planning system for the whole Council area, as required by the NSW Government, an important step in the process is the review of our conservation zones.

Conservation zones (previously known as Environmental zones) are used in a council’s Local Environmental Plan (LEP) to identify and restrict inappropriate development in areas with high environmental values or that are subject to hazards such as bushfire or flooding.

The Conservation Zone Review will help Council establish which land areas are included in conservation zones in the new Northern Beaches LEP. It contains a review of Conservation zones used in in our four current LEPs, a proposed methodology to establish a consistent set of Conservation zones across the area, and maps of proposed Conservation zones based on that methodology. The Review is based on comprehensive set of technical studies that identify and map areas subject to a range of hazards or with important environmental qualities.

Mayor Michael Regan said while most of the community will see little change to their existing zoning, we want to make sure we’ve got the balance right.

“The aim of this review is not just to deliver consistency across our area but to make sure we apply the right zoning to the right areas using the best available knowledge,” Mayor Regan said.

“We want to protect the precious environment that makes our area special, and also keep our community safe from hazards like flood and bushfire.

“Being in a conservation zone doesn’t mean you can’t build a new house or add an extension – just that you’ll need to take the environment or hazards into account, when you do so.

“The Review is informed by multiple technical studies and provides a strong starting point for a considered discussion about our future Conservation zones.

“Now it’s important we hear from our community. Have we got it right? I encourage everyone to have look at what is being proposed, see what it means for you, and let us know what you think.”

Detailed information will be available on Council’s Your Say website, including an online mapping tool showing affected residents what their current zone is and what is proposed.

Public exhibition of the Conservation Zones Review and Technical Reports starts Friday 2 September and continue for an eight-week period until Sunday October 30 for the Biodiversity Planning Review and until Friday September 30 2022 for some of the reports.

Visit the project on the Your Say website to get involved, at:

Surfing Australia Life Member Nominations Now Open

Surfing Australia announces the call for nominations for the most prestigious honour of Life Membership. 
To be considered for Life Membership the emphasis must be on extraordinary and outstanding service to Surfing in Australia and the individual contribution of the person being nominated must have been above and beyond what could be reasonably expected, within the surfing community outside that of their State Association. 

The sport of surfing is made up of Athletes, Administrators, Coaches, Technical Officials and Volunteers. As such, Life Membership must represent much more than just being part of an Australian Team or the holding of office and the routine performance of that office.

Nomination forms & Life member criteria can be obtained at the following links:

Nominations close 14th September 2022. 
Please send submissions with subject line LIFE MEMBER NOMINATION to: 

The upcoming Life member induction will be held at the 2023 Australian Surfing Awards incorporating the Hall of Fame

Leading Prosecutor Appointed To NSW Supreme Court

September 2, 2022
One of Australia’s leading criminal prosecutors, Sarah McNaughton SC, has been appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court of NSW.

Ms McNaughton is currently the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP), a position she has held since 2016.

Attorney General Mark Speakman said Ms McNaughton brings more than three decades of legal experience to the Supreme Court bench.

“I congratulate Ms McNaughton on her well-deserved appointment as a judge of the Supreme Court and wish her every success during her term of office,” Mr Speakman said.

“Her outstanding legal skills and experience will be valuable assets to the Supreme Court and to the administration of justice in our state.”

Prior to her appointment as Director, Ms McNaughton appeared as both prosecution and defence counsel in a number of complex criminal trials, developing specialist expertise in taxation offences, corporate crime, drug importation and terrorism.

She has been a respected member of the NSW Bar since 1996, was appointed Senior Counsel in 2011 and has held a range of roles in private practice and with the CDPP.

Ms McNaughton will be sworn in on Tuesday, 11 October 2022.

Biography:

Sarah McNaughton SC commenced her five year term as the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions on 16 May 2016. In May 2021, Ms McNaughton was reappointed for a further period of 2 years.

Ms McNaughton has 33 years’ experience as a legal practitioner and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons), Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Master of Laws from the University of Sydney. She was admitted as a solicitor in 1989, joined the New South Wales Bar in 1996, and was appointed Senior Counsel in 2011.

She appeared for the State of New South Wales at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and was appointed Senior Counsel Assisting the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption.

Ms McNaughton’s role as Director included an appellate practice in intermediate appellate courts across the nation and in the High Court of Australia.

Grant Program Helps Women Leaders Thrive In Sport

Our next female sporting CEO’s can kick off their administration careers through $370,000 worth of grants, in the Women Leaders in Sport (WLIS) initiative.

Applications are now open for the program which has provided leadership opportunities for more than 20 years and created continued success from the boardroom to the sporting arena.

Sporting organisations can also apply for grants for projects that create more leadership pathways for women and more diverse and inclusive workplaces.

Minister for Sport Anika Wells said hundreds of emerging female leaders would benefit from the program’s $370,000 in grants.

“You can’t be what you can’t see, and it is clear this program is creating a culture of valuing gender equity,” Minister Wells said.

“WLIS isn’t just helping change today’s sporting landscape, it’s opening doors for generations to come.
“We need young girls to see themselves as CEO’s at sporting organisations and clubs.”

WLIS is managed by the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) with support from the Office for Women and funded through the Australian Government’s Women’s Leadership and Development Program.

ASC CEO Kieren Perkins OAM said WLIS had helped strengthen the role of women leaders in sport for more than two decades.

“Since 2002, WLIS has supported more than 26,000 women and 800 sport organisations. We have also expanded the opportunities provided through WLIS over the past 12 months with more than 500 women across 34 sports progressing their careers,” Mr Perkins said.

“We are proud of this program which is driving positive social change and championing equal representation in sport.”

Previous grant recipients include Karen Townsend who described the leadership training as gratifying.

“It was fulfilling to share, learn and engage with others in such a supportive environment. I’d like to thank my previous employer Hockey NSW for supporting my application. The training I received has given me the confidence to lead change in my new role at Equestrian Australia,” she said.

Rowing Australia used its grant for a project aimed at increasing the number of women in high performance coaching positions in the sport.

“We could not have run this project without the support of a WLIS grant,” Rowing Australia Chief Operating Officer Sarah Cook said.

“We look forward to continuing to work together to make positive and lasting change in this space and create a sporting system where there is gender equality and representation at all levels of sport.”

Individuals and organisations have until 23 September 2022 to apply.
For more information visit the ASC website at: https://www.sportaus.gov.au/grants_and_funding/wlis

Simple Steps To Online Safety For Every Family

New resources are now available from the eSafety Commissioner to help parents and carers from all backgrounds protect their families in the digital world.

Online Safety for Every Family is a package of animated videos and advice sheets addressing a range of common challenges, with topics including social media, gaming, online bullying and general online safety.

Available in English, Simplified Chinese, Arabic, Vietnamese, Tamil and Dari, the materials can be downloaded from eSafety’s website.

“We see a very broad range of online skills across the community, including among those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds,” eSafety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant said.

“Increasingly parents and carers have a high level of digital literacy but we are also aware some may feel a divide between themselves and their children when it comes to technology.

“We have created these resources to help bridge that divide and ensure everyone can be confident helping their children learn and play safely online.”

The package is designed to help parents begin a conversation with their children about online safety and build the confidence to support more positive experiences.

It also includes links and information to help if something goes wrong. 

“Research from eSafety shows half of children surveyed in 2021 had been treated in a hurtful or nasty way online in the past year, one in ten had been the target of hate speech and 55 per cent had been in contact with someone they first met online,” Ms Inman Grant said.

“It also shows that parents and carers tend to underestimate the prevalence and impact of potentially negative experiences online.

“At eSafety we are working to improve the online environment in a range of ways, including through our work with tech companies to boost safety and transparency across the industry.

“However, it is important to recognise the huge contribution parents can make in their own children’s lives. Equipped with the right information, they can play a positive and proactive role ensuring children remain happy and healthy online.”

The resources launched today can be downloaded at:
Report instances of cyberbullying or online abuse at: esafety.gov.au/report

Pittwater Community Groups: 


Sports (plus Social Members)

Gardens and Environment

Rural Fire Brigades
Services - Community Organisations

Arts and Social

JP Public Register

You can find a Justice of the Peace (JP) using the online Public Register. You can search by postcode, name of a JP, day of availability, language spoken and JP registration number. The register lists a JP’s location, availability and telephone number. Please note that JPs are volunteers and may not be available at all times. Click here to access the JP Public Register

NB: There are  3 J.P’s working in Pittwater RSL Sub-Branch office, we work every Monday (10:30am to 15:30)except on public holidays:
  1. Terry Jones J.P.
  2. Robert (Bob) Wood J.P.
  3. Deborah Hendy(Carter) J.P