Inbox and Environment News: Issue 496
May 30 - June 5, 2021: Issue 496
Proposal To Allow Dogs Offleash On To Mona Vale Beach And Palm Beach
Avalon Golf Course Bush Regeneration Work Stopped
Avalon Golf Course bush regeneration is at a crossroads. The $10000 grant funded contract bush regeneration work is finished. The major weeds are still there, and in the surrounding gardens. Have a look at the attached information in case you have these weeds on your land. The bushcare group has stopped work for lack of support.
Students Win Landmark Climate Case. In Global First, Minister Has Duty Of Care To Protect Young People From Climate Change
Will To Keep Fighting Whitehaven Is Strong After Landmark Vickery Ruling
May 27, 2021
Communities across NSW’s North West have commended eight high school students and their 86 year-old litigation guardian Sister Brigid Arthur, after a ruling was handed down today on their challenge in the Federal Court to Whitehaven Coal’s destructive Vickery Coal Extension Project.
The group argued Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley would breach her duty to protect young people from the devastating impacts of climate change if she approved the project.
In a landmark judgement, the Federal Court today ruled the Minister does owe a ‘duty of care’ to protect Australian children from the effects of catastrophic climate change. The Court drew a direct line between the mining of coal at Vickery and worsening climate change.
The Court did not grant an injunction preventing the Minister from approving the Vickery coal mine extension, but did provide another opportunity for legal arguments about the matter next month.
Boggabri farmer Sally Hunter said the ruling was a very important landmark because the Court had confirmed the Minister had a duty of care to consider the future wellbeing of the students when ruling on fossil fuel projects and that this particular project would worsen climate change.
“Locals in the North West would like to express their gratitude to this group of students and Sister Arthur for trying to stop the project and standing up for the future we all need to farm, to live and to prosper," she said.
“I appreciate these efforts to protect my childrens’ future too. Burning coal from Vickery will worsen all our childrens’ future so we are pleased to stand side by side in this battle against this destructive project.
“Whitehaven’s Vickery Project, if built, would have a devastating impact on heritage, prime farmland, and the groundwater so many depend on, as well as the climate.
“Today’s ruling establishes that the Minister for the Environment has a duty of care to protect these students from the catastrophic consequences of climate change, and that coal mined from Vickery will make a “small but measurable” contribution to global warming.
“If Minister Ley approves this project, she will be harming the futures of Australian children and further contributing to making the worst impacts of global warming inevitable and irreversible. She must refuse the project.
“As well, if Minister Ley approves this project despite today's judgment, she would be locking our region into a future dominated by a finite industry that is already on the way out.
“Workers and families ought to be able to expect the government to deliver jobs that will last beyond a few years. Now is the time to shift to renewables.”
- If built, the coal burned from the Vickery Extension Project would result in 100 million tonnes of carbon emissions over the next 25 years.
- While Whitehaven refers to the Vickery Project as an “extension”, this is misleading because the original mine was never built - it is an expansion on top of an approved application to build a mine in the same location.
- The mine, if built, would be located on the historic property “Kurrumbede” which was the inspiration for several Dorothea Mackellar poems including the famous “My Country”. There are fears blast activity at the mine will harm the historic homestead and outbuildings.
Pittwater Natural Heritage Association (PNHA): Mona Vale Dunes Planting Morning
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 email@example.com for all the details as they unfold.
Newport Community Garden Autumn Harvest
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
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
National Strategy To Protect Threatened Species
- Risk of extinction (Prioritising species and places under severe and imminent threat)
- Multiple benefits (Prioritising species and places where recovery action will benefit other species)
- Feasibility and effectiveness (Prioritising species and places where action can make a difference and is cost-effective)
- Importance to people (prioritising people and places of cultural significance)
- Uniqueness (Prioritising species and places that are unlike any other)
- Representativeness (Achieving balance in selected species and places)
- Mitigating new and established threats
- Conserving, restoring and improving habitat
- Emergency preparedness and response
- Climate change adaption and resilience
Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicles Protecting Australia From Exotic Marine Pests
Australia’s First Inspector-General Of Water Compliance For The Murray-Darling Basin
Roundtable To Find Answers To Unfashionable Problems
- Australia is reported to have the second highest consumption of textiles per capita in the world (second to the United States)
- Each Australian consumes an average of 27 kg of new textiles per year and disposes an average 23kgs of textiles to landfill each year
- According to the 2020 National Waste Report, in 2018-19 Australia generated 780,000 tonnes of textile waste. Only 7% of this waste was recycled (mostly exports) with the remaining 93% sent to landfill
- In 2019-20, Australia exported 47,320 tonnes of textile waste. Of this, 99% was worn clothing and other worn textiles. The top three export destinations were United Arab Emirates (55%), Malaysia (19%) and Pakistan (8%)
- The Federal Government recently boosted funding to National Product Stewardship schemes, committing an additional $5.9 million from the 2021-22 Budget to reduce waste and increase resources recovery.
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
Big Battery To Help Power NSW Schools And Hospitals
May 25, 2021
A 100-megawatt battery will help to power schools, hospitals and Government buildings across NSW under the state’s new electricity supply contract. As part of the $3.2 billion 10 year contract, awarded to Shell Energy and Edify, a 100-megawatt battery will be built alongside the Darlington Point Solar Farm in the Riverina, providing critical dispatchable electricity prior to the closure of the Liddell Power Station.
Artist's impression of Riverina energy storage system Credit: DPIE
Energy Minister Matt Kean said the deal delivers great value for money and electricity security for the people of NSW.
“The NSW Government is the second biggest energy customer in the state and we are using our purchasing power to leverage new dispatchable capacity to help power our schools, hospitals, traffic lights and tunnels,” Mr Kean said.
“This battery will help to keep the lights on and keep costs down during peak energy periods, and support more renewable energy to come online.”
Shell Energy CEO Greg Joiner said the NSW Government has been a longstanding and valued customer and is proud to be partnering with them and Edify to bring this energy solution to the market.
“Partnerships are key to delivering solutions in a complex energy transition and we’re pleased to be delivering innovative power solutions that bring investment and contribute to a cleaner and more resilient power system in NSW,” Mr Joiner said.
“Providing products and services that help large energy users decarbonise and meet their emissions goals is a key focus for us in assembling the building blocks of a cleaner energy system in Australia.”
Edify CEO John Cole said batteries are earning their place as a valued capacity solution to secure dispatchable renewable energy for consumers, businesses and Government.
“With our successful track record in forming partnerships to deliver storage projects, we are excited to head back into the Riverina community and continue our work with Shell Energy and the NSW Government to make this innovative project a reality,” Mr Cole said.
The battery, to be built by early 2023 and operated by Edify, will support up to 35 local jobs during the construction phase and will mitigate concerns around supply shortages related to the closure of the Liddell Power Station.
The new contract will commence from July 2022, when existing contracts expire.
$870,000 Upgrade For Popular The Ruins Campground In Booti Booti National Park
May 21, 2021
Campground amenities at The Ruins campground in Booti Booti National Park are being upgraded to improve disabled access and better cater for families, thanks to the NSW Government's investment in National Park's visitor infrastructure.
National Parks and Wildlife Service Manning Great Lakes Area Manager Steve Smith said that while the facilities at the popular campsite had been serving national park visitors well for more than 35 years, it was time to bring the campground into the 21st century.
"We've begun construction on a 300m2 environmentally sustainable campground amenities building and a new camp kitchen" said Mr Smith.
"The brand-new amenities building will feature two accessible bathrooms, family and baby change facilities, instantaneous hot water, low voltage lighting and a coded electronic door access system.
"With up to 600 visitors able to camp at this beach-side campground at any one time, these new facilities will increase capacity, improve disabled access and better cater for families in an energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly way," said Mr Smith.
The Ruins campground is nestled between the spectacular Seven Mile Beach and Wallis Lake in Booti Booti National Park. The park is home for more than 210 species of birds, including the endangered Little Tern and Pied Oystercatcher.
Construction is expected to be completed in September 2021, weather permitting.
The Ruins Campground will remain open during the construction period, however, approximately 50 percent of camp sites in the campground and the BBQ area adjacent to the amenities building will be closed to ensure public safety. The beachside amenities building will be open providing shower and toilet facilities for campers.
Visitors can make a booking to camp at The Ruins campground during the construction period or post-completion in September by visiting the NPWS website.
Ensure you check the Local Alerts for more details and project updates before you visit.
Win For Water: Adani Faces Water Woes Following Court Victory For Communities
May 25, 2021
The Lock the Gate Alliance has stated it welcomes today’s Federal Court ruling that the Morrison Government should have applied the “water trigger” to Adani’s North Galilee Water Scheme.
The scheme would suck up to 12.5 billion litres of water each year via a 150km pipeline from the Suttor River for use in the Carmichael coal mine.
“This is a setback for Adani and proof the government has mishandled the assessment process for the company’s destructive Carmichael coal mine,” said Lock the Gate Alliance Queensland spokesperson Ellie Smith.
“This means if Adani wants to continue with its North Galilee Water Scheme it will have to go back to the drawing board and submit it to a full and rigorous assessment.
“This is an important outcome for landholders and communities in Central Queensland who rely on the water Adani wanted to take for its polluting coal mine.
“This decision exposes the Morrison Government and its efforts to ram through the Adani project at all cost, even ignoring their own experts at the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources who recommended that the water trigger should have been applied.
“This ruling thankfully proves the Morrison Government made the wrong decision, and now sets a precedent for other large coal and coal seam gas projects planned across Queensland and the nation.
“Lock the Gate Alliance commends the Australian Conservation Foundation and the Environmental Defenders Office for their dogged pursuit of this matter through the courts.”
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
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Tiny Tot Pony On Turimetta Beach
Super Blood Moon: Some Photos Of The Lunar Eclipse Lighting Up Skies From Here
Were you among those who stayed up to watch the sky on Wednesday night as a full moon passed through its closest point to Earth coincided with a lunar eclipse?
Many people had cameras ready to capture the rare orange-red moon dubbed "super blood moon". The eclipse meant it was bathed in a deep reddish glow.
While the event was best viewed from Australia's east coast, it was visible across the country and across the world.
This is a sequence taken by Michael Mannington from Bilgola Plateau:
These were taken by Kevin Murray in Warriewood and show the moon as the eclipse begins to happen and the colour of the moon afterwards:
TAFE NSW Meets Skills Demand In Commercial Interior Design Boom
TAFE NSW graduate Hanna Margetson is helping to revitalize post-COVID-19 Sydney in her new job as a Graduate Interior Designer at Axiom Workplaces.
Commercial Interior Design services are in demand, and office fit-outs have been on the rise in Sydney since COVID-19 as businesses adapt to new, more flexible modes of working, and inner-city landlords seek to attract businesses with modern planning solutions.
Ms Margetson’s career path with TAFE NSW has put her in great stead to meet the increased demand for commercial interior design in the wake of COVID-19. Lucky for her, she was offered a taste of the interior design sector earlier than most.
“I first encountered TAFE NSW Design Centre Enmore when I was 17 and still in high school. My school had a TVET (TAFE-Delivered Vocational Education and Training) program that allowed me to complete my final subject for the HSC at TAFE NSW,” Ms Margetson said.
“I was able to complete an industry-recognised Certificate III in Design whilst still at school, and during the process I fell in love with the culture, teachers, and design community that TAFE NSW Design Centre Enmore displayed and knew I wanted to complete further study there.”
Ms Margetson enrolled in the Diploma of Interior Design and then Bachelor of Design (Interior Design) to continue her career path. Throughout Ms Margetson’s studies, she had the opportunity to build up her industry connections and knowledge by working in part-time jobs within the design industry to gain practical experience.
“Since finishing the bachelor's degree I have been offered a position as a Graduate Interior Designer at Axiom Workplaces located in Sydney's CBD specialising in commercial workplace interior design and construction,” Ms Margetson said.
“I love my new job as a fully-fledged interior designer, and I have TAFE NSW to thank for giving me the industry connections that helped me get my foot in the door.”
TAFE NSW Head Teacher of Interior Design, Todd Packer, said COVID-19 had caused a shift in the commercial interior design sector, and increased demand to respond to changes in ways of working.
“We’ve seen that more corporate employers expect their people to work from home at least two days a week which has led to a design emphasis on custom collaboration and community spaces.
“The permanent shift to virtual teams has also forced a total rethink of the technological setup of most contemporary office spaces.”
Mr Packer said unique networking events like the Bachelor of Design (Interior Design) virtual “Industry Speed Date” helped students get the connections to secure in-demand employment after their studies.
“The Industry Speed Date provides a casual forum for local industry to interview graduating students from the Bachelor of Design (Interior Design) for potential internship placements and employment opportunities.
“We’re committed to giving our students the best possible job outcomes and these industry events are key to forging meaningful relationships between the sector and TAFE NSW,” Mr Packer said.
Ms Margetson said that the subjects she completed throughout her time at TAFE NSW provided her with a vast portfolio that explored different industries within design along with a strong understanding of the practical design process.
“TAFE NSW not only provided me with design training, but also practical workplace skills such as public speaking, presenting, time management, working within a team, punctuality and more.
“The smaller sized classes at TAFE NSW meant a personalised experience and gave me the chance to create relationships with both staff and students. The projects were always hands-on and the up-to-date training provided me with practical skills to go out into the design industry with.”
To find out more about the range of study options available at TAFE NSW including the Bachelor of Design (Interior Design), visit www.tafensw.edu.au or call 131 601.
Kathrin Longhurst Awarded 2021 Archibald Packing Room Prize For Portrait Of Kate Ceberano
May 27th, 2021: Art Gallery of NSW
Packing Room Prize 2021 winner Kathrin Longhurst Kate © the artist
The Art Gallery of New South Wales’ head packer Brett Cuthbertson and his packing room team have awarded the 30th annual Archibald Packing Room Prize to Kathrin Longhurst for her portrait of the celebrated Australian singer and songwriter Kate Ceberano.
Longhurst’s painting is one of 52 finalist works from 938 entries received for the Archibald Prize 2021, which is celebrating its 100th year.
The German-born, Sydney-based artist is mostly self-taught and was previously a finalist in the Archibald Prize 2018 and Sulman Prize 2012.
The Packing Room Prize is a cash prize awarded to the best entry in the Archibald Prize as judged by the Art Gallery staff who receive, unpack and hang the entries. This year, the prize money has doubled, increasing from $1,500 to $3,000 for the winning artist.
After 40 years working at the Art Gallery, head packer Brett Cuthbertson holds 52 percent of the vote for the Packing Room Prize.
‘Kathrin’s work fits my criteria. It’s a portrait of a well-known celebrity and it looks like her! I met Kate Ceberano many years ago and Kathrin has really captured her likeness. As soon as I saw the work, I thought “that’s it”,’ said Cuthbertson.
‘This is also the first time in my tenure as head packer that I have awarded the Packing Room Prize to both a female artist and female sitter. I have been on the lookout, but this is the first time it stood out to me as a clear winner.’
Longhurst’s work is the second portrait of Kate Ceberano to win the Packing Room Prize in its 30-year history, following Peter Robertson’s win in 1994. Ceberano was also the subject of an Archibald Prize 2010 finalist portrait by Christine O'Hagan.
After learning she had won the 2021 Packing Room Prize, Longhurst said she was ecstatic.
‘I first spoke to Kate in early 2020 about collaborating on a portrait,’ says Kathrin Longhurst, a Sydney-based artist. ‘She had seen my work at the home of mutual friends, and asked if I was interested in painting her next album cover. We attempted to get together several times, but lockdowns and border closures lead to every trip being cancelled.
‘In 2020, the pandemic decimated the entertainment industry. The extended lockdown in Melbourne had devastating consequences for Kate and many of her fellow performers. But it ended up being an enormous year of growth and personal breakthroughs for her, culminating in her decision to move her family to Sydney to chase the work.
‘This is when we finally met. Although the album cover deadline had expired, we decided to paint the portrait to create a record of Kate at this important moment in her life, and as a legacy for her daughter.’
‘I was quite daunted before painting this portrait, as Kate is such an iconic person and there are so many incredible images of her already out there. I really wanted to create something new and fresh that captures her personal growth after the devastating consequences of lockdown on the entertainment industry last year. I painted her larger than life, looking fiercer and stronger than ever before.’
An Australian entertainment icon, Ceberano has released 28 albums over 40 years, hitting the Top 10 charts across five decades, and won three ARIA awards. She was the first woman inducted into the Australian Songwriters Association Hall of Fame in 2014.
This year, 2144 entries were received for the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes, making it the second highest number of entries following the 2020 record year. The Art Gallery also received the highest ever total number of entries by Aboriginal artists across the three prizes.
The Archibald Prize received 938 entries for its centenary year; the Sulman Prize received 546 entries; and the Wynne Prize received 660 entries. For the first time, there are more finalist works by women than men across the three prizes.
The Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes, the Young Archie competition and the Archibald Prize regional tour are all generously supported by presenting partner, ANZ.
Mark Whelan, Group Executive, Institutional at ANZ said: ‘ANZ has a proud history of supporting the arts community in Australia. We are delighted to announce that the prize money has doubled in recognition of the 30th anniversary of the Packing Room Prize. This is an important award and we congratulate artist Kathrin Longhurst on receiving the 2021 Packing Room Prize.’
The Archibald Prize, first awarded in 1921, is the country’s favourite art award, and one of its most prestigious. Awarded to the best portrait painting, it’s a who’s who of Australian culture – from politicians to celebrities, sporting heroes to artists.
Finalists for the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2021 were also announced today, as were the finalists for the 2021 Young Archie competition, for which there were more than 2100 entries (40 selected as finalists + 20 honourable mentions).
Finalists in all Prizes will be exhibited at the Art Gallery of NSW from the 5th of June to 26th of September 2021 alongside Archie 100: A Century of the Archibald Prize, a landmark exhibition exploring the rich history of the Archibald Prize. Visitors can book a date and time to see the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2021 and use the same ticket to see Archie 100 any day and time it's open.
The Archibald Prize 2021 exhibition will travel to six venues in regional New South Wales and Victoria from October 2021, offering audiences around the country the opportunity to see all finalist works.
A great Kate song for all those who choose to pursue the Arts:
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