Inbox and Environment News: Issue 479
January 17 - 23, 2021: Issue 479
Time Of Burran
Gadalung Marool (hot and dry) January - March
The behaviour of the male kangaroos becomes quite aggressive in this season, and it is a sign that the eating of meat is forbidden during this time. This is a health factor; because of the heat of the day meat does not keep, and the likelihood of food poisoning is apparent. The blooming of the Weetjellan (Acacia implexa) is an important sign that fires must not be lit unless they are well away from bushland and on sand only, and that there will be violent storms and heavy rain, so camping near creeks and rivers is not recommended.
Acacia implexa, commonly known as lightwood or hickory wattle, is a fast-growing Australian tree, the timber of which was used for furniture making. The wood is prized for its finish and strength. The foliage was used to make pulp and dye cloth. The Ngunnawal people of the ACT used the bark to make rope, string, medicine and for fish poison, the timber for tools, and the seeds to make flour.
It is widespread in eastern Australia from central coastal Queensland to southern Victoria, with outlying populations on the Atherton Tableland in northern Queensland and Tasmania's King Island. The tree is commonly found on fertile plains and in hilly country it is usually part of open forest communities and grows in shallow drier sandy and clay soils.
Acacia implexa flowers - photo by Donald Hobern.
Coastal Environment Centre Turns 30 In 2021
Narrabeen's Coastal Environment Centre will reach 30 years of service to the community later this year. The CEC was officially opened on December 13th 1991 by the then Premier Nick Greiner and the then Mayor of Warringah, Councillor Brian Green. The Centre passed to the newly constituted Pittwater Council with the secession from Warringah and grew to become Pittwater’s environmental flagship and a highly regarded regional community environmental education centre with a string of awards to its credit.
In 2012 Pittwater Council’s award-winning Coastal Ambassadors program was extended along the entire NSW coast, thanks to financial support from the NSW Environmental Trust. The Coastal Ambassadors program was started by the Council’s Coastal Environment Centre in 2005. Every year since then, the program has trained volunteers from surf clubs and other community groups to become ‘ambassadors’ for the local marine environment.
Typically, Coastal Ambassadors receive up to 6 weeks training in environmental education on coastal issues, which they then use to teach other volunteers, schoolchildren and visitors about the importance of looking after the coastline.
Since its inception in 2005 the CEC has trained hundreds of Coastal Ambassadors and the program has the backing and support of Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern Beaches, community groups such as Eco Divers and the Surfrider Foundation and the NSW Environmental Trust. One example of the program’s success is that many of Sydney’s northern beaches surf clubs have now undertaken energy audits and measures to improve their club’s sustainability targets.
The CEC also hosts a wide range of initiatives and groups, such as Youth Leading the Way program introduced by OzGreen or hosts local forums, such as those made available by the Friends of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment (FoNLC).
YLTW Program at CEC in 2013 - A J Guesdon photo
Council also presents and offers a wide range of programs and events annually for all ages - the Narrabeen Rockshelf platform walk and talk in the Narrabeen Aquatic Reserve is just one brilliant offering to connect the next generation with their environmental inheritance. Well worth keeping an eye out for, these educational walks and talks are for all ages and interests.
You find out more and keep up to date as we approach that 30th milestone later this year by visiting: environment/coastal-environment-centre
Numb Ray (Hypnos Monopterygius) In Pittwater At Present
Residents report large numbers of Hypnos monopterygius, also known as the coffin ray or Australian numbray, are in the Pittwater estuary at present. This sluggish and nocturnal coffin ray frequents sandy or muddy habitats, where it can bury itself during daytime. It can produce a powerful electric shock reaching 200 volts for attack and defense.
The unusual pear-like shape of the coffin ray distinguishes it from all other rays. Its body is flabby, with two large, kidney-shaped electric organs visible on both sides of the head. The pectoral fins form a greatly enlarged disc about as wide as long, that is thick at the centre and thin at the margins. The leading margin of the disc is straight to gently concave. The eyes are minute and can be elevated on short stalks.
There are also sightings of stingrays (with barbs) being present. The number of stingray incidents in New South Wales is the second highest form of injury caused by marine life in the state, closely behind bluebottle stings, according to figures by NSW Ambulance.
These too are seen in calmer waters. Lacerations on feet and lower legs are the predominant injuries caused by stingrays with barbs, although cases of poisoning from being stung can also occur. There are toxins on those barbs and often pieces of barb can be left behind. Please seek medical advice if you have been stung by a stingray.
Hot water inactivates the toxins "which are usually painful and irritating but rarely cause serious complications". Ice packs can be used for pain relief if hot water is unavailable.
How to treat stingray wounds
- Get yourself out of the water and somewhere safe.
- Place the injured area in hot water, not scalding, for about 20 minutes.
- Control any bleeding.
- If the barb is imbedded, do not remove it.
- Seek medical treatment either with a doctor or emergency department.
Numbray in Sydney - Photo by and courtesy Sylke Rohrlach
Ross River Fever In Pittwater: What You Can Do To Beat Those Mosquitoes
Recent damp and humid weather is bringing out the mozzies, LOTS of mozzies - a reminder that Ross River Fever and Barmah Forest virus are now in our area and there are a few tips you can follow to keep you and your family safe:
1. It is important that if you’re spending a lot of time outdoors in these areas, especially close to wetlands and bush land areas at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active, that you take action to reduce the risk of being bitten. Cover up with long sleeved shirts and long pants and apply an insect repellent. Choose a repellent that contains either DEET (diethlytoluamide), picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Apply it to all exposed skin to ensure there is a thin even coat – a dab “here and there” doesn’t provide adequate protection.
2. You can also reduce the incidences of mosquitoes breeding by removing any shallow dishes of water or, if you have these out to feed wildlife and birds, regularly change the water so the stagnant water climate for them to breed is removed. Outbreaks can occur when local conditions of rainfall, tides and temperature promote mosquito breeding, so if we have rain followed by a warm day, check any receptacles in your garden and make sure they are emptied of water.
3. It is also a good idea to ensure you're not being bitten while asleep - repair any flyscreens that are damaged, or install them where absent. There are also a range of plants you can incorporate into your garden that repel mosquitoes and attract mosquito eating insects, such as dragonflies, or birds, possums, frogs and bats that will also reduce their numbers by eating them.
4. Similarly, if you're out and about in our wetland areas not chasing off or disturbing the wildlife that lives there, such as turtles or ducks, with ducklings just a few days old known to eat mosquitoes, will help. They eat them - we need this wildlife.
The saltmarsh mosquito, Aedes vigilax, transmits Ross River virus in many coastal regions of Australia. Photo: Mr Stephen Doggett (Medical Entomology, Pathology West - ICPMR Westmead)
Kookaburra Fledgling Feed-Time: 2 New Babies This Year
Careel Bay, January 15, 2020. Photos by A J Guesdon.
Upcoming Activities For Friends Of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment:
Sun 21 February 2021: 7.30 am Walk & Weed along the Narrabeen Lagoon catchment transverse walk.
Start at Oxford Falls walk for 3 1/2 hours, weed for 30min, continue 30min walk and car pool back to start.
Bring gloves and long handled screwdriver if available.
Walk grade: medium.
Bookings essential. Conny 0432 643 295
Friends of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment are pleased to announce the next forum will be held on 22 Feb 2021 at 7 pm .
Presenter: Jayden Walsh
Jayden is a keen observer of nature and has some stunning photographs and information to share.
The focus will be on wildlife that lives near the Narrabeen Lagoon and that, if you are fortunate, you may see when on the Narrabeen Lagoon walkway.
For details on how to book for this event are on the website. At: https://www.narrabeenlagoon.org.au/Forums/forums.htm
Narrabeen Beach & Lagoon Clean Up 2021
Bushcare In Pittwater
Where we work Which day What time
Angophora Reserve 3rd Sunday 8:30 - 11:30am
Avalon Dunes 1st Sunday 8:30 - 11:30am
Avalon Golf Course 2nd Wednesday 3 - 5:30pm
Careel Creek 4th Saturday 8:30 - 11:30am
Toongari Reserve 3rd Saturday 9 - 12noon (8 - 11am in summer)
Bangalley Headland 2nd Sunday 9 to 12noon
Winnererremy Bay 4th Sunday 9 to 12noon
North Bilgola Beach 3rd Monday 9 - 12noon
Algona Reserve 1st Saturday 9 - 12noon
Plateau Park 1st Friday 8:30 - 11:30am
Browns Bay Reserve 1st Tuesday 9 - 12noon
McCarrs Creek Reserve Contact Bushcare Officer To be confirmed
Old Wharf Reserve 3rd Saturday 8 - 11am
Kundibah Reserve 4th Sunday 8:30 - 11:30am
Mona Vale Beach Basin 1st Saturday 8 - 11am
Mona Vale Dunes 2nd Saturday +3rd Thursday 8:30 - 11:30am
Bungan Beach 4th Sunday 9 - 12noon
Crescent Reserve 3rd Sunday 9 - 12noon
North Newport Beach 4th Saturday 8:30 - 11:30am
Porter Reserve 2nd Saturday 8 - 11am
Irrawong Reserve 2nd Saturday 2 - 5pm
North Palm Beach Dunes 3rd Saturday 9 - 12noon
Catherine Park 2nd Sunday 10 - 12:30pm
Elizabeth Park 1st Saturday 9 - 12noon
Pathilda Reserve 3rd Saturday 9 - 12noon
Warriewood Wetlands 1st Sunday 8:30 - 11:30am
Norma Park 1st Friday 9 - 12noon
Coopers Point, Elvina Bay 2nd Sunday 10 - 1pm
Rocky Point, Elvina Bay 1st Monday 9 - 12noon
Gardens And Environment Groups And Organisations In Pittwater
NSW Government Response To Independent Panel's First Flush Recommendations
December 22, 2020
The NSW Government agrees in principle to all but one of the 10 Independent Panel’s recommendations into the management of the 2020 Northern Murray-Darling Basin first flush event.
Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey said the independent assessment was done to provide key findings to help inform methods of future assessment as well as the future management of flows.
“In February, heavy rain fell over the northern basin and, for the first time in NSW’s history, DPIE – water placed an embargo on floodplain harvesting being ‘actively’ diverted to protect a first flush of water through to the Lower Darling,” Mrs Pavey said.
“The assessment was undertaken to provide clarity as to what we can do better in the same scenario. Many of the proposed actions identified by the panel are closely aligned with, or are already being implemented through, existing projects.
“Several will require further exploration with the community and timeframes will need to be extended accordingly.”
The Panel found the event was managed effectively resulting in good outcomes, but better transparency, including communication would have reduced community concerns.
“The Panel’s recommendations primarily relate to improving transparency and communication – these principles are consistent with several key initiatives already underway,” Mrs Pavey said.
“These include the State Water Strategy, regional water strategies, Aboriginal Water Strategy, review of north-west flow targets, remake of the Barwon-Darling Water Sharing Plan, and the Western Weirs project.”
The full NSW Government response is available on the department's website: Northern Basin First Flush Assessment.
Amended Barwon-Darling Water Sharing Plan Improving Connectivity
January 12, 2021
Under the Water Sharing Plan for the Barwon-Darling, the Resumption of Flows Rule will be activated on 12 January 2021 for the first time.
Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey said this milestone is a great example of NSW leading the way in achieving a proper balance between social, economic, environmental and cultural water management.
“The NSW Government is implementing some of the most significant reforms in a generation to improve water management across the State,” Mrs Pavey said.
“Active management protects environmental water in the river system by changing how flows are managed, and when licence holders can and cannot access water from the river. This will reduce the need for temporary water restrictions to protect environmental flows.
The Resumption of Flows Rule was incorporated into the Barwon-Darling Unregulated Water Sharing Plan in July 2020, and requires holders of A, B and C class licences not to pump when flows resume along the river after a prolonged dry period.
“We need these new environmental water rules because the old access rules for licence holders did not differentiate between flows from rainfall and releases that benefit the environment,” Mrs Pavey said.
The first flow of water after a dry period can trigger significant social, cultural and environmental outcomes. These flows maintain and connect vital refuge pools for fish and other water dependent biota, improve water quality, and replenish town water supplies.
Prior to the new rules, licence holders could pump when the commence-to-pump threshold was reached, even if part of the flow was released to benefit the environment. This meant held environmental water could be extracted, and may not have benefitted the environment the way it is intended to.
In some cases its removal from the system prevented flows from passing downstream to replenish the lower reaches of the river and towns such as Wilcannia.
“Including these reforms in the NSW Water Sharing Plans ensures they are enduring and certain,” Mrs Pavey said.
The resumption of flow rule will be triggered due to the flow at Wilcannia being below 200ML/day for 90 days.
Pumping can resume in line with existing access announcements once there is a forecast for river flow at Wilcannia of 400 ML/day for a minimum of 10 days, or a forecast of a cumulative flow to pass Bourke of 30,000 megalitres.
Information confirming the status of the Resumption of Flows Rule will be available on the WaterNSW water insights portal.
Visit the resumption of flow rule (PDF 340.1 KB) in the Barwon-Darling water sharing plan for more information.
Shorebird Identification Booklet
The Migratory Shorebird Program has just released the third edition of its hugely popular Shorebird Identification Booklet. The team has thoroughly revised and updated this pocket-sized companion for all shorebird counters and interested birders, with lots of useful information on our most common shorebirds, key identification features, sighting distribution maps and short articles on some of BirdLife’s shorebird activities.
The booklet can be downloaded here in PDF file format: http://www.birdlife.org.au/documents/Shorebird_ID_Booklet_V3.pdf
Paper copies can be ordered as well, see http://www.birdlife.org.au/projects/shorebirds-2020/counter-resources for details.
Download BirdLife Australia's children’s education kit to help them learn more about our wading birdlife
Shorebirds are a group of wading birds that can be found feeding on swamps, tidal mudflats, estuaries, beaches and open country. For many people, shorebirds are just those brown birds feeding a long way out on the mud but they are actually a remarkably diverse collection of birds including stilts, sandpipers, snipe, curlews, godwits, plovers and oystercatchers. Each species is superbly adapted to suit its preferred habitat. The Red-necked Stint is as small as a sparrow, with relatively short legs and bill that it pecks food from the surface of the mud with, whereas the Eastern Curlew is over two feet long with a exceptionally long legs and a massively curved beak that it thrusts deep down into the mud to pull out crabs, worms and other creatures hidden below the surface.
Some shorebirds are fairly drab in plumage, especially when they are visiting Australia in their non-breeding season, but when they migrate to their Arctic nesting grounds, they develop a vibrant flush of bright colours to attract a mate. We have 37 types of shorebirds that annually migrate to Australia on some of the most lengthy and arduous journeys in the animal kingdom, but there are also 18 shorebirds that call Australia home all year round.
What all our shorebirds have in common—be they large or small, seasoned traveller or homebody, brightly coloured or in muted tones—is that each species needs adequate safe areas where they can successfully feed and breed.
The National Shorebird Monitoring Program is managed and supported by BirdLife Australia.
This project is supported by Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority and Hunter Local Land Services through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program. Funding from Helen Macpherson Smith Trust and Port Phillip Bay Fund is acknowledged.
The National Shorebird Monitoring Program is made possible with the help of over 1,600 volunteers working in coastal and inland habitats all over Australia.
The National Shorebird Monitoring program (started as the Shorebirds 2020 project initiated to re-invigorate monitoring around Australia) is raising awareness of how incredible shorebirds are, and actively engaging the community to participate in gathering information needed to conserve shorebirds.
In the short term, the destruction of tidal ecosystems will need to be stopped, and our program is designed to strengthen the case for protecting these important habitats.
In the long term, there will be a need to mitigate against the likely effects of climate change on a species that travels across the entire range of latitudes where impacts are likely.
The identification and protection of critical areas for shorebirds will need to continue in order to guard against the potential threats associated with habitats in close proximity to nearly half the human population.
Here in Australia, the place where these birds grow up and spend most of their lives, continued monitoring is necessary to inform the best management practice to maintain shorebird populations.
BirdLife Australia believe that we can help secure a brighter future for these remarkable birds by educating stakeholders, gathering information on how and why shorebird populations are changing, and working to grow the community of people who care about shorebirds.
To find out more visit: http://www.birdlife.org.au/projects/shorebirds-2020/shorebirds-2020-program
Aussie Bread Tags Collection Points
New Advocate For Children And Young People
Zoe Robinson has been appointed NSW Advocate for Children and Young People (ACYP) for five years following a productive 12-month stint while acting in the role.
Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services Gareth Ward said Ms Robinson had worked hard to elevate the voices of young people throughout her career and would continue to be a strong voice for children and young people in NSW.
“Zoe Robinson is a champion for children and young people and I look forward to working closely with her to ensure the voices of young people are at the heart of Government decision making,” Mr Ward said.
The Advocate for Children and Young People promotes the wellbeing of children and young people across the State by engaging with them and encouraging their participation in decisions that affect their lives.
Minister for Mental Health, Regional Youth and Women Bronnie Taylor said Ms Robinson had also been instrumental in representing the views of young people in regional NSW.
“This year has been a tough one for kids in the bush and the ACYP has an important role in making sure the voices of regional youth are elevated through to the highest levels of Government,” Mrs Taylor said.
Ms Robinson has worked hard to support, listen and advocate for children and young people aged zero to 24 years across NSW with a particular focus on those doing it tough.
“I have the opportunity to learn from the experiences of children and young people every day. I look forward to continuing to bring focus to the issues that are important to children and young people in NSW and ensuring that they have a voice in the decisions that affect them,” Ms Robinson said.
The ACYP is an independent statutory office reporting to the NSW Parliament through the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Children and Young People.
Winter Sports 2021 Registrations
Narrabeen Youth Club - Netball
NYC (Narrabeen Youth Club) Netball is a local family-oriented netball club for U8's to Senior players, with competition running through winter on a Saturday at John Fisher Netball Courts in Curl Curl.
All details on how to register are available on our website: https://www.nycnetball.com.au/
Mona Vale Commodores Netball Club
Register for our Come and Try Netball Day on Saturday 23rd January from 10:30-12pm. Session will be held at New Life Gym at 10 Jubilee Ave, Warriewood. Ideal for kids aged 5-12 years. Please book your child’s free ticket at www.trybooking.com/BNMSC
Local family friendly netball club based on the Northern Beaches of Sydney catering for all levels from NetSetGo to Seniors. Live local, play local. Established in 1969.
To register visit: http://www.monavale.nsw.netball.com.au/
Newport Breakers Netball Club
Pittwater Peninsula Netball Club
Online registrations are now open!! Go to www.peninsulanetball.org.au and follow the links.
Tips before you start:
- have your MyNetball details handy (if unsure or applying for the first time visit mynetball.resultsvault.com)
- if you would like to use the 2021 Active Kids Voucher visit http://www.service.nsw.gov.au/.../apply-active-kids-voucher
- once you have your MyNetball number and your Active Kids Voucher head to our website and click on Register then follow the prompts.
Pittwater Baseball Club
Pittwater Baseball Club has been part of the community for over 35 years and has a great reputation. Our club has seen many families through from Ratpackers (4-6 yr olds) to Adult Senior Leagues (16+), plus Masters and Minor Leagues over summer and winter. We are about having fun with friends, Making new ones, learning good sportsmanship, developing skills and making memories... Our home field is Rat Park in Warriewood and we are part of the Manly Warringah Baseball Association.
So come join us and have a go.
Junior Rugby League
Mona Vale Raiders
16 Bishop Street, Newport
The Mona Vale Raiders are one of the fastest growing and one of the most successful junior rugby league clubs in the Manly Warringah competition. Our home ground is Newport Oval, which is located between Bishop St and Barrenjoey Rd. Our club is a family club and as such we have a policy of giving all young people who are interested in playing rugby league a fair go. This emphasis has allowed us to be one of the most successful clubs in the Manly Warringah Junior Rugby League competition. The suburbs we cover are Mona Vale, Newport, Warriewood, Ingelside, Bayview, Church Point and Scotland Island. For more information please contact email@example.com
In 2021 we will celebrate our 89th season. As the oldest and biggest club on the peninsular we have a long tradition of producing Junior Representative, First Grade and Australian Representative players. We have teams for every age group from Under 6s to Under 20s as well as Open Age A Grade and Over 35s Masters where we have players in their 60s. We are a community based club with a strong focus on family and inclusion. Our values are Honour, Respect, Loyalty, Integrity and Teamwork. Most of all we have FUN while developing our skills under qualified coaches in a safe environment. We accept Active Kids Vouchers so have your details ready. Come and make some lifelong friends while you play the greatest game of all with the Narrabeen Sharks. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Avalon Bulldogs Junior Rugby League Club fields teams from Under 6's through to Open Age within the Manly Warringah District and NSW Northern Conference Competitions. Email: email@example.com
Junior Rugby Union
Newport Junior Rugby Club
We welcome registrations from kids of all abilities and all ages from U6 to U18.
To register your children to play for Newport Rugby Club, you will need to set up your MyRugby account and register your children online following the steps here.
If you have any questions with regards to your registration, please contact our registrar or one of your age managers ( details in our committee tab ).
Important Note: Register for “Newport Junior Rugby” not Newport Rugby which is the senior rugby club! For any u10 players and above you will need to upload a photo for match day records.
More at: https://www.newportjuniorrugby.com.au/registration/
Narrabeen Tigers Junior Rugby Club
Narrabeen Tigers Rugby is a family club that prides itself on providing a safe and happy atmosphere where boys and girls can play rugby with their mates and learn some great new skills along the way. We are affiliated with Warringah Junior Rugby Union, and are located adjacent to Warringah Seniors rugby (Pittwater Rugby Park) at North Narrabeen Reserve, North Narrabeen.
We have over 300 registered players, all the way from under 6 to under 17 year olds. We are also very proud to have grown the girls teams in our club. Girls of any age are welcome to play in mixed teams, however for under 8/9, under 11, under 13 and under 15, we offer girls only teams and comps. Most age groups will have 2 teams entered, allowing both serious and social players to enjoy their rugby with Tigers. All of our coaches are SmartRugby™ accredited.
2021 registrations are now open! Register before 31 December 2020 to use your 2020 Active Kids Voucher. For details on how to register click here. Registrations for girls competitions will open in the new year.
More at: https://www.narrabeenrugby.com.au/
Narrabeen Football Club
Narrabeen FC, established in 1965, is one of Sydney Northern Beaches oldest football clubs, competing in the Manly Warringah Football Association. NFC’s focus is on the development of youth, fair play and competition. NFC fields teams from juniors through to senior. Register for 2021.
ONLINE registrations for the 2021 season open on 3 January 2021 for all players. Please make sure you read the instructions carefully before starting the process. Download a factsheet.
Registration – Before you start read this
Open from 3 January 2021
Register at www.playfootball.com.au. Please note, the website works best in Safari or Chrome.
Credit card payment only
*2021 season rego fees have been reduced due to a one off reimbursement from MWFA resulting from Covid-19.
Early Bird discount for all registrations received before midnight Friday 12 February 2021.
To claim the Active Kids Rebate, please visit the Services NSW Government website and obtain a claim number, BEFORE you register.
Read important information about player registrations, 2021 football season at Narrabeen FC and MWFA Instructions prior to registering.
Pittwater RSL Football Club
Pittwater RSL FC (Pride of the Peninsula) is looking forward to having you on board as a player and member of the Club. ‘Oh we love the greens’.
Registration for the 2021 Season is now open! Follow this link for a full run down of the rego process:
Parents – Don’t forget to register for the Active Kids Rebate this year!
Avalon Soccer Club
2021 registration is now open. We are delighted to announce that registration for the 2021 MWFA season is officially open. With the grading and team forming due next month, we are offering an Early Bird discount of $25 for our members from the 4th January 2021 to 7th February 2021. This will be applied at the time of registering.
To register for Avalon Soccer Club head to the Play Football website. Full registration information for Avalon can be found HERE.
This season to process the large volume of registrations there are 3 registrars.
- Jactina Newcombe Juniors U6-U11 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Jill Thain Mixed U12-O55 email@example.com
- Amie Stylianou Womens W12-WO35 firstname.lastname@example.org
When asked to email information to the registrar please choose the relevant registrar for your age category. This will prevent delays in processing your registration.
Many teams fill up quickly and we will soon be closing off registration for some age groups. Any registrations after this time will be placed on a waitlist, pending sufficient players to create an additional team in that age group. Where possible, waitlisted players will be accommodated in an alternative age group (with returning players given priority). For any queries please get in touch with the relevant age coordinator.
Parents registering their children under the same login can obtain a family discount for the 2nd plus family member. No discount applies for the first family member, then each of the other family members select from the following:
- 2nd family member $10 select 1st sibling
- 3rd family member $15 select 2nd sibling
- 4th family member $20 select 3rd sibling
- 5th family member $25 select 4th sibling
Student discounts only apply to full-time adult student Student ID must be emailed to the registrar.
Coaches and Managers
All coaches and managers need to upload a photo and enter your working with children number, also please enter the team that you will manage or coach. All these fields are mandatory. Select the option Role Coach and both the Coach and Team Manager products will appear.
To be a coach or manager of a team with any players under the age of 18 you will need to have a valid working with children check before you can be issued your ID card. There must be a valid coach and manager for every team before they are permitted to play. You can apply for a working with children check here: https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/apply-working-children-check
If you already have a WWC check please make sure that the ‘valid to date’ will not expire during this season – apply for an updated check if that is the case.
Registration Information Day
Will be held at our club house at Careel Bay on Saturday 6th February 9:00am – 3:00pm.
If you have any questions about playing with Avalon (or would just like to meet us) then come along. The uniform store will be open on this day for any of your kit needs.
Active Kids Voucher
The Active Kids Rebate program provides a $100 voucher towards the cost of registration for U6 to U18 players. Players must obtain their voucher BEFORE registering. For more information about the Active Kids Rebate click here. To apply for your voucher from Service NSW click here. Vouchers are per child, not per family.
Welcome to all new players, especially if you are playing football for the first time. You will need to create an account and then register to play. We always try and place all our U6 and U7 players in the same team as their friends. If you have any questions, please contact your age coordinator.
All returning players MUST register with their FFA number from last year, not create a new number. The system will default to the club you last played at. If you played for a different club last season or played in a summer competition then remember to change the club to Avalon when registering.
If you have changed your email or forgotten which email you used to register last year then phone or email the Play Football helpdesk to assist you. Ph: 02 8880 7983 Playfootball.email@example.com
Registrations are based on the age that you will be on the 31st December 2021. For example, if you turn 7 anytime in 2021 you will then select U7 Mixed Saturday. To play in the U6s a child must be turning 5 or 6 anytime in 2021 and be born in either 2015 or 2016. This is an FFA rule.
Make sure you select the correct product when registering. Boys can only play in Saturday mixed competitions. Girls should register in a Sunday girls package if they want to play on Sunday.
More at: https://avalonsoccerclub.com.au/2021/01/04/2021-registration-is-open/
Digital Marketing Skills: Certificate IV In Marketing And Communications
January 11, 2020
TAFE NSW has introduced advanced digital marketing skills to its communications and marketing course to equip students and business owners with the skills needed to thrive in an online environment.
The TAFE NSW Certificate IV in Marketing and Communications will integrate key skills including digital marketing budgeting and market share optimisation through digital marketing tools in 2021, to equip students with the skills employers are looking for in a post-pandemic world.
The COVID-19 pandemic has seen a large reliance on digital marketing as organisations shift their businesses to online and introduce e-commerce as an integral part of the customer journey.
According to data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, almost half of the Australian workforce — 46 per cent — was mainly working from home at the height of the pandemic, highlighting the reliance on digital marketing technology to connect to consumers.
TAFE NSW Head Teacher of Business Services, Susan Huntington, said TAFE NSW was on the front foot in order to make sure skills students are learning are closely aligned to industry needs.
“Throughout the pandemic, we have seen Australian businesses pivot to online without the skills needed to understand their online business model,” Ms Huntington said.
“TAFE NSW works closely with industry to identify what their skills needs are, and digital marketing is undoubtedly a skill that employers will look for in a post pandemic world.”
The Certificate IV in Marketing and Communications will allow students to learn from industry-experienced teachers on how to develop and communicate marketing strategies, conduct market research, analyse consumer behaviour and run digital marketing campaigns.
The course offers flexible delivery for students to study full-time, part-time or online with fee-free training options for those eligible for JobTrainer.
To enrol in a marketing and communications course at TAFE NSW, visit www.tafensws.edu.au or call 131 601.
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- Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN) – www.opan.com.au
- Phoenix Australia – www.phoenixaustralia.org/aged-care
Free Diary Informs Seniors Of Their Rights
$44 Million To Extend Dementia Training, Education And Support
- Dementia Training Program (DTP)
- Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Service (DBMAS)
- Severe Behaviour Response Teams (SBRT)
- Needs Based Assessment (NBA), which is a component of the Specialist Dementia Care Program.
A Prognostic Alzheimer's Disease Blood Test In The Symptom-Free Stage
Resistance Training Benefits Older Women Just As Much As Older Men
Contracts Signed For Rollout Of COVID-19 Vaccine
- Distribution and logistics— industry leading providers DHL Supply Chain and Linfox will undertake COVID-19 vaccine distribution.
- Data—Accenture will provide tracking of vaccine doses as well as enabling overall program implementation monitoring.
- In addition, PwC will be the Department of Health’s Program Delivery Partner for the vaccine rollout.
Preventing Nicotine Uptake By Young Australians With Prescription Based Vaping
- The previously proposed Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations will not be proceeding due to the significant overlap with the TGA decision.
- In consultation with the RACGP, AMA and other medical experts, the Government will develop a Telehealth Smoking Cessation item that will be available 6 months prior to the 1 October implementation date. As part of this work the Government will provide $1 million for an education campaign focussed on smoking cessation.
- The current available evidence does not support that e-cigarettes are a safer alternative to smoking cessation aids currently available.
- There is also currently insufficient evidence to conclude whether e-cigarettes can benefit smokers in quitting.
- Risk of nicotine addiction for new or continuing users.
- The introduction of novel nicotine delivery system may have a negative impact on tobacco control and may re-normalise smoking.
- Exposure to nicotine in adolescents may have long-term consequences for brain development, potentially leading to learning and anxiety disorders.
- Unknown toxicity of long-term exposure to heated and inhaled chemicals.
- Risk of accidental exposure to children, particularly in relation to liquid nicotine.
- Between 2015 and 2019, current e-cigarette usage by U.S. youth increased by approximately 1,128,000 young people aged 14-19 years (71.9% increase). This has resulted in a total of over 4 million U.S high students currently using e-cigarettes.
- In Australia between 2016 and 2019, the number of current e-cigarette users aged 15-24 increased by approximately 72,000 (95.7% increase) for a total of approximately 147,000.
- In addition, recent research from the Australian National University has found e-cigarette users are three times more likely to take up traditional cigarette products.
$45 Million Boost For Smart Places In NSW: EOI Sought
Multi-Million Dollar Tender Now Open For The Construction Of The World's Longest Wild Dog Fence
Sport Integrity Australia Advisory Council
- Ms Sarah Kenny (Chair)
- Ms Lynne Anderson (Member)
- Mr Peter Conran AM (Member)
- Ms Margot Foster AM (Member)
- Mr James Sutherland (Member)
- Mr Scott Draper (Member)
- Mr Ken Maroney AO APM (Member)
- Ms Megan Mitchell (Member)
- Mr Jason Marocchi (Member)
Reminder: Centrelink Debt Recovery Activity To Restart In February
First Tracks Laid On City & Southwest Metro
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