Inbox and Environment news: Issue 494
May 16 - 22, 2021: Issue 494
Proposal To Allow Dogs Offleash On To Mona Vale Beach And Palm Beach
Pittwater Pathways, John Illingsworth: Avalon To Bangalley Coastal Stability Base-Line Flyby
Published May 12, 2021 - 4K slow flyby to assess future geomorphic events (rockfalls, slips) or simply enjoy the scenery and music - slowly. John Barry - Instrumental Suite (Filme Proposta Indecente)
Sydney Wildlife Clinic At Narrabeen CEC
Seal At North Narrabeen
Palm Beach Panorama
Palm Beach Changing Light
Sydney Wildlife: Registrations For The Next Rescue And Care Course Are Now Open - Commences June 19, 2021
ORRCA News: 2021 Census Day And 2021 Art Comp.
- * Create a cetacean inspired artwork of any description
- * Like the ORRCA FB page and/or Instagram Page
- * Post artwork publicly via your Facebook or Instagram account
- WITH the hashtag #orrcacreatesasplash2021 AND the age
- category they are entering (12 years and under, 13-18 years, 19 years and over)
- * You are able to submit multiple entries
- * Posts needs to be shared publicly so that the ORRCA team can
- see artwork and hashtag
- * All entries must be submitted by 5 June 2021
ORRCA Census Day 2021: Sunday June 27 2021
- This is a FREE event for all to join in.
- From sun up to sun down.
- Record all your sightings from your favourite whale watching location using an ORRCA data sheet and sending it into the team at the end of the day.
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org for all the details as they unfold.
Newport Community Garden Autumn Harvest
North Head National Park Uprgrade: Give Your Feedback
- - reconfiguring the car parks to provide more accessible parking spaces and overflow parking.
- · extended landscaped space for visitors to enjoy views across the harbour.
- · installation of pedestrian crossings and a pedestrian path to improve safety, access and circulation.
- · installation of a new bus stop to the east of the Bella Vista Café.
- · improvements to the entry of the Fairfax Walking Track (currently closed).
Friends Of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment: Next Forum
Avalon Community Garden
Avalon Community Garden’s primary purpose is to foster, encourage and facilitate community gardening in Pittwater on a not-for-profit basis.
The garden was started in 2010 by a group of locals who worked in conjunction with the support of Barrenjoey High School to develop a space that could be used by the local community, to grow
vegetables, herbs, plants and flowers, and practice sustainable gardening techniques to benefit its members and the community overall.
The garden has been very successful and has grown and developed since its inception, in terms of its footprint, infrastructure, variety of produce and diversity of members. The garden welcomes new members all year round. Levels of contribution range from multiple times a week, to once a month. Your contribution is always welcome, and it is acknowledged people will have varying levels of commitment.
We encourage you to join and start enjoying the following benefits associated with community gardening:
They provide benefits for individuals and for the community as a whole. Community gardens provide education on gardening, recycling and sustainable use of natural resources.
They develop community connections and provide a means of engaging youth, children, the elderly and the disabled and otherwise marginalised individuals in mutually enjoyable and rewarding activities, thus helping to develop more functional and resilient communities.
People involved in community gardens say they improve wellbeing by increasing physical activity and reducing stress, providing opportunities to interact meaningfully with new friends, give time for relaxation and reflection as well as an opportunity to improve their interconnectedness with nature.
To get involved take a look around the site, join the Facebook group and come along and visit on a Sunday morning between 10 and 12 at the garden within Barrenjoey High School on Tasman Road, North Avalon.
Bushfire Conference June 2021
Another Local Tawny Frogmouth Road Death: Bird Strike Project
Tuesday May 4, 2021
A resident of Elanora tried to save a Tawny Frogmouth that had been hit by a car and left on the road earlier this week. The bird, with differing size in pupils, indicating head trauma with associated neurological issues, also had a badly broken wing and unfortunately had to be euthanised after the gentleman who found it, cycling, took it to a local vet.
The loss is a reminder that with increased housing targets, poor transport options and more people driving cars on these roads, our local wildlife is at risk if commuters continue to speed in these areas. If you want to keep seeing these other residents the message is - slow down in these poorly lit road channels, particularly along Powder Works road which seems to be claiming more wildlife than other thoroughfares at present.
Owls and nightjars frequent roads to hunt easily obtainable rodents that feed next to the road. Also busy roads fragmenting owl habitat can be also a mortality factor, especially for juveniles either searching for an easy prey, or dispersing from a nesting site.
Nocturnal bird habitat is increasingly at risk from rapidly expanding urbanisation and development pressure. Deforestation and habitat fragmentation continues to escalate in both urban and rural areas in Australia, with only 16% of Australia now forested and the 2019/2020 bushfires have significantly impacted the distribution of many of our nocturnal birds. In urban areas, large hollow-bearing trees, which are used annually by most nocturnal birds to nest, are often removed for safety and to reduce risk to infrastructure. For many nocturnal birds these old, hollow-bearing trees take several hundred years to develop and are now critical habitat in urban environments - further, there is fierce competition from native and introduced animals for the remaining hollows. Whilst retaining hollow-bearing trees is essential for many owl species, understorey vegetation is important for many other night birds. Grass owls nest on the ground in open grassy areas under tussocks or sedges, whilst Nightjars often nest in scrapes on the ground amongst leaf litter.
The urban environment does impact nocturnal species differently. Some, such as the Powerful Owl seem to be more common in our cities now. These owls can do well in forested urban green spaces due to a ready source of prey (e.g. possums, birds and fruit bats), however increasing rates of development pressure are threatening key habitat features like tree hollows and roosts and collisions with cars and windows are significantly impacting the population of many nocturnal species. If we wish to keep owls and other nocturnal birds in our urban neighbourhoods, targeted management practices that work to retain or rebuild key habitat features and mitigate threats are essential.
Owls can be killed by ingesting poisoned rodents. Insectivorous nocturnal birds, such as Frogmouths and Nightjars are also highly susceptible to secondary poisoning, particularly from termiticides. To avoid secondary poisoning pest control needs to use poisons that have no secondary transfer, and that are single dose rather than multi dose.
Bird Strike Project: BirdLife Australia
Up to one billion birds strike glass in North America each year, and millions more hit windows each year around the globe. This is an enormous and heart-breaking number - although we don't know much about bird strike in Australia, the loss of birds through car strikes and glass strikes is happening here on a daily basis. With your help, BirdLife Australia can learn more about where and why it's happening, and work together to prevent one of the highest causes of bird injury and mortality.
The Bird Strike Project aims to provide a single management point for our partners in data collection, solutions, and eventually go beyond simple solutions and work across industry to get bird-friendly technology into buildings and other infrastructure. Bird strike has also been assessed as a major threat to Australia’s urban bird communities by a panel of experts during stakeholder workshops for BirdLife Australia’s Urban Bird Conservation Action Plan (UBCAP).
How can you get involved?
You can report any bird window/car strikes using our online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/aussiebirdstrike
What do we know about window strike?
- Migratory species are some of the most vulnerable to window collisions
- Collisions are more frequent during autumn migrations and spring breeding seasons
- Species who exhibit fast, agile and direct flying patterns are more susceptible to window collisions
- Flocking species are less likely to collide with windows
- Large areas of transparent or reflective glass increased the risk of window collisions
- Windows that reflect sky or vegetation may appear as an available flight path or habitat and can cause a bird to collide with a window
- Individual buildings can have their own unique set of characteristics that influence the risk of window collisions
- Collisions are more of a risk in older neighbourhoods with complex vegetation
- Landscaping features such as birdbaths, birdfeeders, resource-rich trees and water features bring birds closer to windows and increase the risk of a collision.
- Low-rise buildings close to urban greenspaces are hotspots for window collisions
- Suburban and rural areas have a higher collision risk
How can you make your windows safe for birds?
Download our brochure below to undertake the strike risk checklist and read about ways to strike proof your home and office
What should you do if you find an injured bird?
Please see our FAQ on sick or injured birds, including contacts for wildlife rescue groups around the country or download a pdf:
Tawny Frogmouth, NSW - photo by JJ Harrison
Floodplain Harvesting Rules Rejected By NSW Parliament
The Wentworth Group Of Concerned Scientists And The Environmental Defenders Office Response To NSW Government Claims Related To Access To Information About The Floodplain Harvesting Licencing Framework
Federal Budget 2021/22 Slashes $32m From Nature Conservation: Sinks Another $265m Into Carbon Capture Schemes
Kurri Kurri Gas Plant EIS Submitted: Federal Government Plays Game With Farmers’ Livelihoods
Submission To The Inquiry Into The Environment Protection And Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Standards And Assurance) Bill 2021
- The Bill fails to prescribe clear requirements for the quality and application of national environmental standards. Consequently, it is impossible to guarantee that States and Territories would protect matters of national environmental significance in the national interest or that the poor environmental outcomes currently occurring under the EPBC Act would be addressed.
- The Environmental Assurance Commissioner does not have sufficient powers or resources to undertake independent compliance and enforcement of Commonwealth, states and territories.
- There is no public commitment that all the urgent reforms identified by the final Report will be implemented to deliver comprehensive improvement to the Act.
- A requirement that national environmental standards must be developed for all MNES in a scientific, evidence-based manner by appropriate experts, and a requirement that national environmental standards must be consistent with the objectives of the EPBC Act, including:
- ‘Maintain or enhance’ the absolute outcomes for all matters of national environmental significance; and
- Address cumulative impacts, at all scales (e.g. national, state, regional and individual project levels).
- Removing the limit on monitoring and auditing individual decisions and actions;
- Clarifying powers to compel production of information;
- Requiring the Minister to respond publicly to audit reports;
- Clarifying that any person can refer a complaint to the EAC;
- Requiring a mandatory compliance and enforcement standard be developed as a precondition to any accreditation or devolution; and
- Ensuring adequate funding for effective operation.
Firefighting Chemical Found In Sea Lion And Fur Seal Pups
Fracking Company Clears Land Equivalent To Distance From Perth To London In Kimberley: McGowan Government Says No Permit Needed
Time Running Out To Save Coral Reefs
NSW Government To Strengthen Planning For Natural Hazards: Feedback Wanted
New guidelines to help communities and councils plan for natural hazards such as bushfires, drought and floods have been released today for public feedback - until June 8, 2021.
In releasing the draft Strategic Guide to Planning for Natural Hazards in NSW, Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes said the recent flooding which devastated parts of the state emphasised the need to plan strategically for natural hazards.
“Our state is the best place to live in Australia but with its natural beauty comes challenges,” Mr Stokes said.
“In the last few years we’ve experienced some of the worst drought, bushfires and flooding on record so it’s important we continually learn and adapt how we plan for these hazards.
“This draft guide supports the findings of the Bushfire Royal Commission that we need to better address legacy risk in our communities by making sure that strategic landuse planning builds resilience to known hazards.”
Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott said NSW has been hit by a series of natural disasters in recent years and the NSW Government is working to reduce the impact and costs of extreme weather events on communities where possible.
“Between 2009 and 2019, NSW was affected by 198 declared natural disasters which resulted in significant losses and cost the State approximately $3.6 billion per year,” Mr Elliott said.
“That’s why we need to future proof our regions rather than reacting to disasters when they occur – prevention and mitigation are critical.”
The draft document comprises eight guiding principles:
- Consider natural hazard risk early
- Protect vulnerable people and assets
- Adopt an all-hazards approach
- Involve the community in conversations about risk
- Plan for emergency response and evacuation
- Be information driven· Plan to rebuild the future, not the present
- Understand the relationship between natural processes and natural hazards
The NSW Government’s flood prone planning package will be finalised shortly.
For more information and to provide feedback on the draft natural hazard guide visit planning.nsw.gov.au/Natural-hazards
New Plan To Revitalise Oldest NSW's Park By Installing Mountain Bike Trails
- Royal National Park, Heathcote National Park, Garawarra State Conservation Area Draft Planning Considerations
- Royal National Park, Heathcote National Park and Garawarra State Conservation Area Draft Plan of Management
- Royal National Park, Heathcote National Park and Garawarra State Conservation Area Draft Mountain Biking Plan
Defending The Unburnt: EDO Launches Landmark Legal Initiative
- 14 million hectares burned. Nearly 3 billion native animals impacted. Entire communities all but destroyed.
- We have a plan to defend what remains.
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
Avalon Golf Course Bushcare Needs You
New Shorebirds WingThing For Youngsters Available To Download
A Shorebirds WingThing educational brochure for kids (A5) helps children learn about shorebirds, their life and journey. The 2021 revised brochure version was published in February 2021 and is available now. You can download a file copy here.
If you would like a free print copy of this brochure, please send a self-addressed envelope with A$1.10 postage (or larger if you would like it unfolded) affixed to: BirdLife Australia, Shorebird WingThing Request, 2-05Shorebird WingThing/60 Leicester St, Carlton VIC 3053.
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
Australia Post Unveils All-New Aussie Icons For Great Aussie Coin Hunt 2 Including Barrenjoey Headland For Home & Away - The Letter H!
May 10, 2021
Australia Post is celebrating iconic and admired symbols of Australian life with a whole new collection of $1 coins and the return of its most successful collectables program with the Great Aussie Coin Hunt 2.
The new coins, produced in partnership with the Royal Australian Mint, range from Akubra to Zinc sunscreen and include instantly recognisable Australian landmarks, like Q for Queen Victoria Market and S for the Sydney Harbour Bridge; much-loved brands, like M for MILO, T for Tim Tam and V for Victa Lawnmower; and even H for popular and longstanding television program Home and Away which features a landmark that will be familiar to Pittwater youngsters - Barrenjoey headland!
Australia Post Executive General Manager Community & Consumer Nicole Sheffield said the Great Aussie Coin Hunt 2 would again create a sense of fun and excitement with a touch of nostalgia as people reflect on their connection to the quintessentially Australian themes.
“We’re thrilled to once again partner exclusively with the Royal Australian Mint to celebrate 26 Australian icons and connect families and communities through the fun of the hunt and the good-humoured banter that it generates,” she said.
“This year, we are releasing the full alphabet from the start of the hunt but they will be in limited supply, so we encourage those who want the full set to get in quickly to secure their collection of great Aussie memorabilia.”
Royal Australian Mint CEO Mr Leigh Gordon said the icons on the coins feature everything from favourite foods to some of Australia’s lesser known native flora and fauna and were selected by sampling the Australian public.
“There is definitely something for everyone in this coin series and we are delighted to be again working with Australia Post to create a playful way for all Australians to engage with coins and take a light-hearted look at our way of life,” Mr Gordon said.
Designed to be fun for all ages, everyone can join in the hunt by going into one of more than 3,500 participating Post Offices, making a purchase and receiving the $1 collectable coins in their change, or by purchasing the entire collection instore or online.
For the ultimate discovery, keen coin hunters will want to keep an eye out for a special edition coloured coin of the Great Barrier Reef, randomly available in full set coin tubes.
For more information about the Great Aussie Coin Hunt 2 and to learn more about the Australian icons featured on the coins, visit aussiecoinhunt.com.au.
The Rions Win Northern Composure Unplugged
Wednesday, 12 May 2021
The Rions have won the 2021 edition of Northern Composure Unplugged final. The Ten finalists battled it out in front of a 200-strong live audience last Friday 7 May.
Thanks to their uber slick rendition of Australian singer-songwriter Matt Corby’s hit song Brother and an original composition of their own, the Rions got the nod from the judges.
The four-piece band won a thousand dollars in cash and prizes, a marketing and publicity package from Perfect Pitch, plus the opportunity to perform at the inaugural month-long Taste of the Beaches food and wine festival currently in full swing.
Finalists were selected from 26 entrants who had a song filmed and recorded at Glen Street Theatre in April and streamed online on the KALOF YouTube channel during National Youth Week.
Performances gained over 15,000 views and over 4,000 votes were cast for the Audience Choice award.
Finalists were assessed by a panel of music industry professionals: Dave Keogh of Perfect Pitch, Geoff Stanwell and Penny Howell of Northside Radio, Sam Wilkins from Council’s Community and Belonging Strategic Reference Group, Jenna Kim from Council’s Youth Advisory Group, and Kate Lush, internationally acclaimed and multi-award-winning musician.
The finals event was also recorded by Radio Northern Beaches and streamed online over the weekend.
Mayor Michael Regan said he was pleased to again experience the talent and enthusiasm of local young performers.
“It is very encouraging that we have such talented young people who have such great passion for their art,” Cr Regan said.
“I congratulate all this year’s participants and finalists for such high standard performances and great entertainment.
“Online views and voting was significantly higher than last year, so I would like to thank everyone who took the time to engage with and encourage our up-and-coming talent.”
The Rions said: “We are so stoked to be a part of KALOF’s Northern Composure event, it’s such an amazing opportunity for kids on the Northern Beaches and we congratulate all the other awesome contestants. Can't wait to team up with KALOF again for our sold out single launch on May 29 at Mona Vale Memorial Hall."
The remaining place getters and prizes are:
- 2nd – Tilli Kay, guitar & vocals, $250 cash and Mona Vale Music voucher;
- 3rd – Little Icaro, guitar & vocals, $150 cash and Mona Vale Music voucher;
- Audience Choice, Ava & Mia, duet, guitar & vocals $200 cash and Mona Vale Music Voucher
- Most Viewed Award – Ava & Mia, duet, guitar & vocals, $100 cash;
- Junior Encouragement Award – Gemma Willis, guitar & vocals, Mona Vale Music Voucher
All entrants received a copy of their professionally-recorded song to help them secure future performance opportunities, and finalists received a KALOF gift pack.
The Rions released a new single and video on April 14th - 'Night Light' runs below. Find out more on their website: therions.com
Ironcraft: Artisans Of Australia
Published May 12, 2021 by NFSA
From the Film Australia Collection. Made by Film Australia 1984. Directed by Paul Humfress. A detailed look at the making of cast iron lacework at a small iron foundry in Newtown, Sydney.
Jack Thomas, who has been working at the foundry since 1939, provides a tour through the process and, with his workmates, demonstrates the skills required. In this small workshop where a few workers cast iron in sand, the red hot metal and dim light give an unexpected glimpse of what iron work must have been like in the early years of the Industrial Revolution.
IRB Premiership Series Commences: Good Luck To Local Clubs
This weekend will see the first IRB (Inflatable Rescue Boat) racing event hit the water in two years. With 300 surf lifesavers raring to go, it will be a highly competitive two days to kick off the 2021 Sharkskin NSW IRB Premiership Series.
The first event of the season will see 17 club teams from six NSW branches taking to the surf with speed and precision for the start of the Sharkskin NSW IRB Premiership Series, hosted at Terrigal SLSC on the Central Coast this weekend.
The gun Kiama Downs SLSC team took out back-to-back wins in the last Sharkskin Premiership in 2019 with a narrow four-point lead as well as the State Championships that season.
The south coast club has a strong rivalry with Caves Beach SLSC with the two clubs taking turns at the top of the State Championships and Premierships series over the last decade. But it’s been 18 months since their last race so anything could happen in 2021.
Steve Strong led the Kiama Downs team through the last dual winning season and said his team of 20 is feeling good, fit and ready to get back on the line.
“Everyone is really keen to get back out there,” said Strong. “There are some clubs with big teams entered. We have about the same numbers as last time and feel like we can give it a shake against the bigger teams. Our boats feel good and we’ve spent time fine-tuning race setup and gear.”
Strong said despite feeling ready there is still a lot of unknowns around all the new younger crews.
“The time off has given everyone the chance to spend lots of time on development. Thirroul and Terrigal have some good new young crews and we have a couple of strong Under 23 male and female crews so it will be really interesting to see how everything unfolds for round one,” he said.
IRB racing is the opportunity for drivers and crew to develop and hone vital rescue skills in simulated scenarios under pressure. The out-of-season sport also provides the opportunity for lifesavers to keep fit and connected throughout winter.
2021 Participating Clubs:
Avalon Beach SLSC, Bondi SBLSC, Bungan Beach SLSC, Caves Beach SLSC, Helensburgh-Stanwell Park SLSC, Kiama Downs SLSC, Maroubra SLSC, Mona Vale SLSC, Newport SLSC, Nobbys SLSC, North Avoca SLSC, North Cronulla SLSC, Ocean Beach SLSC, Queenscliff SLSC, South Maroubra SLSC, Terrigal SLSC, Thirroul SLSC.
Sharkskin NSW IRB Premiership rounds:
- Round 1: 15-16 May, Terrigal SLSC (Central Coast)
- Round 2: 29-30 May, Cape Hawke SLSC (Lower North Coast)
- Round 3: 12-13 June, Warilla Barrack Point SLSC (South Coast)
- Round 4: 26-27 June, Ocean Beach SLSC (Central Coast)
NSW IRB Championships: 10-11 July, South West Rocks SLSC (Mid North Coast)
- IRB Rescue
- IRB Mass Rescue
- IRB Teams Rescue
- IRB Rescue Tube
- IRB Relay
Male and Female Divisions:
- Rookie (first 2 years driving/over 18 years old)
- Under 23
Icons And Future Stars To Headline Nudie Australian Boardriders Battle National Final In Newcastle This Weekend: Good Luck To Local Clubs Competing
Former World Number Eight Josh Kerr will bookend a Snapper Rocks team primed to challenge for the title at this year’s nudie Australian Boardriders Battle National Series Final this Saturday and Sunday, May 15th and 16th.
‘Kerrsy’ lines up in a strong team that includes the likes of Jay Phillips, Sheldon Simkus, Kobie Enright and Jaggar Bartholomew.
“It’s been a long time since I’ve pulled on the jersey for Snapper in the National Final so I’m really excited about this weekend. We have a great young squad with the experience of Jay Phillips and I to balance the team. We have a proud history of winning the event and hope to get another trophy for the cabinet this year!”
Other big names set to surf for their clubs include young guns Molly Picklum (North Shelly), Caleb Tancred (Avoca), Ellie Harrison (Torquay), Sophie McCulloch ( North Shore) and Dylan Moffat (North Narrabeen).
Moffat, who recently put on quite a performance in front of his home crowd as a Wildcard in the Rip Curl Narrabeen Classic WSL Championship Tour event, is well aware of the calibre of surfer the nudie Australian Boardriders Battle National Final attracts.
Dylan Moffat said “There’s a long list of really amazing surfers competing in this year’s Final. We at North Narrabeen feel we have a really well-rounded team and can’t wait to see how deep we can go in the comp come the Sunday afternoon, history shows we are always a big shot at the title!”
The event will be livestreamed via: www.australianboardridersbattle.com
nudie Australian Boardriders Battle National FinalWildcardClubs:
NORTH SHELLY BOARDRIDERS
NORTH NARRABEEN BOARDRIDERS CLUB
POINT LOOKOUT BOARDRIDERS CLUB
TORQUAY BOARDRIDERS CLUB
ELOUERA BOARDRIDERS CLUB
nudie TRIALS WINNER
nudie Australian Boardriders Battle National Final Qualified Clubs:
NORTH SHORE BOARDRIDERS CLUB
SNAPPER ROCKS SURFRIDERS CLUB
NOOSA BOARDRIDERS CLUB
BURLEIGH HEADS BOARDRIDERS
MEREWETHER SURFBOARD CLUB
LONG REEF BOARDRIDERS ASSOCIATION
COFFS HARBOUR BOARDRIDERS
KINGSCLIFF BOARDRIDERS CLUB
SCARBOROUGH BOARDRIDERS CLUB
MAROUBRA UNITED BOARDRIDERS
TRIGG POINT BOARDRIDERS
PHILLIP ISLAND BOARDRIDERS CLUB
PENINSULA SURFRIDERS CLUB
For more head over to www.australianboardridersbattle.com
Learn How To Talk To The Animals At TAFE NSW
It was a love for animals, rather than the growing demand for animal attendants and veterinary nurses, that encouraged TAFE NSW students to broaden their skills caring for all things great and small.
The importance of a skilled animal care and management industry was highlighted by the 2019-2020 bushfires and COVID-19. It could not be a better time for the students to be considering a career in the animal care industry with Australia’s pet population, 29 million, is now higher than its human population.
TAFE NSW Animal Care and Management Head Teacher, Sherryn Page said whether you’re looking to start your career or broaden your skills to get the job you want, TAFE NSW offers a variety of courses that will equip students with the job-ready skills to be able to work in a variety of animal care fields.
“Students will gain knowledge and experience of what it is like to work as a nurse in a veterinary hospital or as an animal care attendant in a variety of facilities, such as boarding kennels and catteries, pet shops, grooming parlours, zoo’s, marine and wildlife parks”
Self-confessed animal lover, 21-year-old Kayla McGilvery, was able to secure work at as a full-time vet nurse at the Maudsland Veterinary Surgery after completing a Certificate II in Animal Studies and a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing at TAFE NSW Wollongbar.
“I’ve always had a passion for animals and have learnt how to work with them and communicate better with clients by studying the courses,” Ms McGilvery said.
“I really enjoyed the flexibility of the courses and only having to attend classes one or two days per week. The teachers were so supportive and really encouraged me to keep going with my studies.”
Byron Bay resident, Hayley Carbery, is completing a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing at TAFE NSW Wollongbar and has already secured employed at MyVet Byron Bay.
“I’ve had a passion for animals for years and now I feel I’ve found my niche. On-the-job, practical training is a major part of my work and my TAFE NSW study meshes in well with that.”
“I encourage anyone who is interested in the animal care industry to speak to someone at TAFE NSW about your goals. The only failure is not having a go or striving to do your best.”
For more information on animal care and services course phone 13 16 01 or visit www.tafensw.edu.au.
Hayley Carbery with a local patient
Some Oldsters-Youngsters Fun: 2017 'Don't Stop Me Now' (Queen) Lip Sync
As part of the 'Let's Find our Voice' project this fun lip sync clip was produced by Christine Walters, with the students & residents of FCJ College Benalla & Cooinda Benalla Aged Care.
Copyright: All rights reserved to the respected artists: Queen, Freddy Mercury, EMI Publishing, Sony ATV Music.
New Life In The Sun For A Lady Of The Harbour
Sydney's Newest Metro Stations Announced
- 12 minutes faster from Burwood North to North Sydney (Victoria Cross metro station) return - about 20 minutes (with interchange) using Sydney Metro, compared to about 32 minutes now (with interchange);
- Save 32 minutes a day from Castle Hill to Pyrmont - about 42 minutes (with interchange) using Sydney Metro compared to about 58 minutes now (with interchange);
- 14 minutes faster from Blacktown to Sydney Olympic Park - about 20 minutes (with interchange) using Sydney Trains and Sydney Metro compared to about 34 minutes now (with interchange).
New Strep A Human Challenge Model Paves The Way To Test Vaccines Against The Deadly Bacteria
Chill Out: Advanced Solar Tech Runs Cooler And Lasts Longer
New Gauge On Weather Forecasts; Novel Patterns Found In Australia's Climate Extremes
Boosting Body Heat Production: A New Approach For Treating Obesity
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