November 11 - 17, 2018: Issue 383


100 Years On - We Will Remember Them

Avalon Beach RSL Sub Branch supporters led by Danni Sloper have crocheted multiple poppies for this display in the club's foyer.


Final Regatta Of MC38'S 2018 Series Is Happening On Pittwater This Weekend

Good winds for sailing, Saturday November 10th, 2018, on Pittwater - photo courtesy RPAYC

The final in a five-part series of two day regattas rotated between around host clubs RPAYC, RSYS and CYCA is occurring on the estuary this weekend. Hosted by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, these sleek fast yachts are spectacular to watch.

More in Maserati Takes The Chequered Flag In Act 5 and The MC38 2018 Season by Lisa Ratcliff


Destruction Of Swamp Sclerophyll Forest At Warriewood: Developers Dreams Remain A Community Nightmare

On Sunday November 4th regular Contributor John Illingsworth (Pittwater Pathways) sent through the below video of habitat destruction along a creekline at Warriewood that began on Monday October 29th. 

The vegetation removal appears to be in breach of the Pittwater LEP (Local Environment Plan) and the Pittwater DCP (Development Control Plan) in respect of tree and vegetation cover and adverse environmental impacts. 

'If destruction of this intensity can happen here at a dedicated conservation area in Warriewood, what chance for the rest of Pittwater's sensitive environment?' Mr. Illingsworth quite reasonably pointed out. 

This is a Dedicated Conservation Zone.

Pittwater Online News shared the video on its Facebook platform to which the community reacted with dismay and outrage - also understandably.

We sought comment from Council - and have been provided the following media release;

Council investigates destruction of bushland at Warriewood

Council is investigating the destruction of bushland at a new subdivision at Warriewood.



Champion Casey Shatters NBI's Pittwater Paddle SUP Record

Pittwater's MP, Rob Stokes and James Casey - photo by Volunteer Photography

Australian Stand-Up-Paddle champion James Casey not only shattered the Pittwater Paddle fastest course time by 4.5 minutes, but it was the first time a SUP has beaten the entire field in the annual 8.4km race organised by disability support organisation Northern Beaches Interchange.

An ideal spring morning with light winds and flat seas greeted competitors in the NBI’s primary fundraising event which starts from the beach at Winnererremy Bay, Mona Vale,  and takes the main group around Scotland Island and back. The second option of the 3.6km route to the island and return proved just as popular.

Casey, a first-timer at the NBI Pittwater Paddle who competes internationally and finished third in this year’s gruelling 51km Molokai 2 Oahu ocean event, was pushed hard around the scenic racetrack by another Pittwater Paddle first-timer, Chris Wilson, in his debut Ski race.

“Normally skis fly past me” Casey said back on shore. “I tried to hold the ski off as long as I could, Chris caught me when I was almost around Scotland Island but I figured we started at the same time and maybe I could hold on so I jumped on his wash, sprinted across the sand bar when he went around, and managed to get him. I’m looking forward to next year already!” Casey added. 

Winner of the Prone Paddle event, Mona Vale SLSC’s Luka Monnock satisfyingly beat his paddle coach to the finish, among other challengers, and Charles Adams proved too strong in the Kayak event. Double SUP honours went to Jason Kennett and Brett Barber and father and daughter duo of Guyren and Geordie Smith won the male and female Ski sprint respectively.

Luka Monnock - photo by Volunteer Photography


Spring In Pittwater

Jacaranda trees are currently out in Pittwater - a lovely lilac October-November regular.

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