inbox and environment news: Issue 563
November 20 - 26, 2022: Issue 563
The Ku-Ring-Gai GeoRegion UNESCO Proposal
Pittwater’s zonings have been critical to protecting this spectacular and precious area. Large swathes of our suburbs were classified as Environmental Zones - later redefined by the NSW government as Conservation zones. Much of Pittwater’s residential areas are currently zoned C4 (Environmental Living).
Conservation zones, such as C4, are applied to properties with significant environmental values - which may be ecological, scientific or aesthetic - and to those potentially exposed to significant hazards such as bushfires, flooding and landslides. The zones help determine what owners are allowed to do on their land.
- Cliffs, beaches, and lagoons from Long Reef to Barrenjoey.
- Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.
- Muogamarra Nature Reserve.
- Northern Garigal National Park.
- Berowra Valley National Park.
- Numerous geological sites, including several sites of international significance. Currently more than 45 key geosites have been identified across the area.
- Extensive rare and threatened flora and fauna
- Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park was registered on the National Heritage List in 2006, with the following assessment:
‘Summary of Significance: Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and Long Island, Lion Island, and Spectacle Island Nature Reserves contain an exceptional representation of the Sydney region biota, a region which is recognised as a nationally outstanding centre of biodiversity. The place contains a complex pattern of 24 plant communities, including heathland, woodland, open forest, swamps and warm temperate rainforest, with a high native plant species richness of over 1000 species and an outstanding diversity of bird and other animal species. The place is an outstanding example of a centre of biodiversity.’
- The area provides a vast array of Aboriginal heritage sites including rock engravings, cave art sites, grinding grooves, shell middens, occupational deposits, stone arrangements and burials. It is one of Australia’s most dense areas for Aboriginal sites. Over 570 sites recorded, some with multiple site traits.
- The proposed ‘Ku-ring-gai’ GeoRegion reveals the best exposed geological section of early to mid-Triassic period (240 million years ago) sedimentary rocks in the Sydney Basin.
- The sediments were deposited in Gondwana adjacent to a high latitude coast under a cold climate in fluvial, lacustrine, and shallow marine environments. Various rock units contain a diversity of fossils that inform us of past environments over nearly 50 million years.
- The GeoRegion includes eight volcanic diatremes (pipes) and associated dykes with the Hornsby diatreme having perhaps the best known exposed geological section in NSW, if not in all Australia.
Ku-Ring-Gai GeoRegion: A New Concept In Landscape Conservation
Help Guide Future Decisions For Manly Dam
The Council are calling for expressions of interest from the community to sit on the advisory committee that will guide decisions about how Manly Dam is managed over the next four years.
Officially known as the Manly Warringah War Memorial State Park, we’re seeking to appoint three community members to the Advisory Committee including:
- an environment representative
- a recreational representative
- a community representative.
Manly Dam is a popular spot for enjoying picnics, bushwalking, mountain biking, swimming, and water-skiing. Loved by locals and visitors, this dedicated war memorial and State Park is home to a wide variety of significant ecological communities and flora and fauna.
This is your opportunity to have your say on how this beautiful park is managed over the next four years.
The Manly Warringah War Memorial State Park Advisory Committee includes three community members, and representatives from Council and the NSW Government.
If you’re interested in a position, submit your expression of interest on the council website before 11 December 2022
Orchid at Manly Dam. Photo: Selena Griffith
The Pittwater Natural Heritage Association (PNHA) tell us Bottlebrushes are done, and now it’s time for Melaleucas.
They have fluffy flowers because their many stamens grow five bundles on each flower. Photos; Small tree Snow in Summer aka Melaleuca linariifolia is white, flowers attracting lots of insects, in Warriewood Rd, and Etival St Avalon. Hillock Bush aka Melaleuca hypericifolia a sprawling shrub is dusty red.
Also Flowering Now
PON staff photos
Misty Morning At Turimetta Beach
photos taken by Joe Mills, Monday November 14th, 2022
Gardening With Brush Turkeys: November 24 At Narrabeen - PNB End Of Year Event
THURSDAY, 24 NOVEMBER 2022 FROM 19:30-21:00
Hosted by Permaculture Northern Beaches
At: Tramshed Arts and Community Centre
Spring is well and truly here and so are the brush turkeys. We are very lucky to have turkey expert, Dr Ann Goeth, author of “Mound Builders”, deliver this month’s PNB talk. Ann will provide her unique insights into the life of brush turkeys and help us uncover fascinating facts about their foraging habits, breeding, and why they build such large mounds. She will also give tips on how to deal with them in the garden.
Come and see and hear a different side of one of our most common garden visitors.
This is our last meeting for the year for PNB and we will be celebrating all that has gone before us in 2022 and welcoming in 2023. If you would like to bring some snacks and non-alcoholic drinks to share with other members on the night for our end-of-year gathering.
Entry is by donation to help pay for room hire.
Photo: Joe Mills
Northern Beaches Clean Up Crew South Curl Curl Beach Clean Up: Sunday November 27
Northern Beaches Clean Up Crew, meets the last Sunday of every month at 10am on Sydney's northern beaches. We update our location every month. Come and join us for our South Curl Curl clean up. It will be our last clean up this year, because the last Sunday in December falls on Christmas Day. We'll meet in the grass area, close to the beach - see the map on our website or social media. For exact meeting point look at the map or type in "75 Carrington Parade, Curl Curl in NSW" - we'll be at opposite that address.
We have clean and washed gloves, bags and buckets. We'll clean up the surrounding area and the beach, to try and catch the litter before it hits the beach, trying to remove as much plastic, cigarette butts and rubbish as possible.
The ones in the crew that are certified wildlife rescuers will also look for an entangled seagull that has been reported needing help.
We're a friendly group of people and everyone is welcome to this family friendly event (just leave political, religious and business messages at home so everyone feel welcome). It's a nice community - make some new friends and do a good deed for the planet at the same time. Send us a message if you are lost - email or on our social media. Please invite family and friends and share this event.
We meet at 10am for a briefing. Then we generally clean between 60-90 minutes. After that, we sort and count the rubbish so we can contribute to litter research. We normally finish around 12.30 when we go to lunch together (at own cost). Please note, we completely understand if you cannot stay for the whole event. We are just grateful for any help we can get. No booking required. Just show up on the day. Looking forward to meeting you at South Curl Curl beach.
Help Needed To Save Sea Turtle Nests As Third La Nina Summer Looms
Watch Out - Shorebirds About
TALK & BOOK LAUNCH
Book Your Free Ticket To: Developing Sustainable Communities
Wanted: Photos Of Flies Feeding On Frogs (For Frog Conservation)
Possums In Your Roof?: Do The Right Thing
Local Wildlife Rescuers And Carers State That Ongoing Heavy Rains Are Tough For Us But Can Be Tougher For Our Wildlife:
- Birds and possums can be washed out of trees, or the tree comes down, nests can disintegrate or hollows fill with water
- Ground dwelling animals can be flooded out of their burrows or hiding places and they need to seek higher ground
- They are at risk crossing roads as people can't see them and sudden braking causes accidents
- The food may disappear - insects, seeds and pollens are washed away, nectar is diluted and animals can be starving
- They are vulnerable in open areas to predators, including our pets
- They can't dry out and may get hypothermia or pneumonia
- Animals may seek shelter in your home or garage.
You can help by:
- Keeping your pets indoors
- Assessing for wounds or parasites
- Putting out towels or shelters like boxes to provide a place to hide
- Drive to conditions and call a rescue group if you see an animal hit (or do a pouch check or get to a vet if you can stop)
- If you are concerned take a photo and talk to a rescue group or wildlife carer
There are 2 rescue groups in the Northern Beaches:
Sydney Wildlife: 9413 4300
WIRES: 1300 094 737
Please be patient as there could be a few enquiries regarding the wildlife.
Generally Sydney Wildlife do not recommend offering food but it may help in some cases. Please ensure you know what they generally eat and any offerings will not make them sick. You can read more on feeding wildlife here
Information courtesy Ed Laginestra, Sydney Wildlife volunteer. Photo: Warriewood Wetlands Wallaby by Kevin Murray, March 2022.
Aviaries + Possum Release Sites Needed
Sydney Wildlife Rescue: Helpers Needed
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
Friends Of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment Activities
Gardens And Environment Groups And Organisations In Pittwater
Pittwater Reserves: Histories + Notes + Pictorial Walks
A History Of The Campaign For Preservation Of The Warriewood Escarpment by David Palmer OAM and Angus Gordon OAM
America Bay Track Walk - photos by Joe Mills
An Aquatic June: North Narrabeen - Turimetta - Collaroy photos by Joe Mills
Angophora Reserve Angophora Reserve Flowers Grand Old Tree Of Angophora Reserve Falls Back To The Earth - History page
Annie Wyatt Reserve - A Pictorial
Avalon's Village Green: Avalon Park Becomes Dunbar Park - Some History + Toongari Reserve and Catalpa Reserve
Bairne Walking Track Ku-Ring-Gai Chase NP by Kevin Murray
Bangalley Headland Bangalley Mid Winter
Banksias of Pittwater
Barrenjoey Boathouse In Governor Phillip Park Part Of Our Community For 75 Years: Photos From The Collection Of Russell Walton, Son Of Victor Walton
Barrenjoey Headland: Spring flowers
Barrenjoey Headland after fire
Botham Beach by Barbara Davies
Bungan Beach Bush Care
Careel Bay Saltmarsh plants
Careel Bay Birds
Careel Bay Clean Up day
Careel Bay Playing Fields History and Current
Careel Creek - If you rebuild it they will come
Centre trail in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Chiltern Track- Ingleside by Marita Macrae
Clareville/Long Beach Reserve + some History
Coastal Stability Series: Cabbage Tree Bay To Barrenjoey To Observation Point by John Illingsworth, Pittwater Pathways, and Dr. Peter Mitchell OAM
Cowan Track by Kevin Murray
Curl Curl To Freshwater Walk: October 2021 by Kevin Murray and Joe Mills
Currawong and Palm Beach Views - Winter 2018
Currawong-Mackerel-The Basin A Stroll In Early November 2021 - photos by Selena Griffith
Currawong State Park Currawong Beach + Currawong Creek
Deep Creek To Warriewood Walk photos by Joe Mills
Drone Gives A New View On Coastal Stability; Bungan: Bungan Headland To Newport Beach + Bilgola: North Newport Beach To Avalon + Bangalley: Avalon Headland To Palm Beach
Duck Holes: McCarrs Creek by Joe Mills
Dunbar Park - Some History + Toongari Reserve and Catalpa Reserve
Dundundra Falls Reserve: August 2020 photos by Selena Griffith - Listed in 1935
Elsie Track, Scotland Island
Elvina Track in Late Winter 2019 by Penny Gleen
Elvina Bay Walking Track: Spring 2020 photos by Joe Mills
Elvina Bay-Lovett Bay Loop Spring 2020 by Kevin Murray and Joe Mills
Fern Creek - Ingleside Escarpment To Warriewood Walk + Some History photos by Joe Mills
Iluka Park, Woorak Park, Pittwater Park, Sand Point Reserve, Snapperman Beach Reserve - Palm Beach: Some History
Ingleside Wildflowers August 2013
Irrawong - Ingleside Escarpment Trail Walk Spring 2020 photos by Joe Mills
Irrawong - Mullet Creek Restoration
Katandra Bushland Sanctuary - Ingleside
Lucinda Park, Palm Beach: Some History + 2022 Pictures
McCarr's Creek to Church Point to Bayview Waterfront Path
Mona Vale Beach - A Stroll Along, Spring 2021 by Kevin Murray
Mona Vale Headland, Basin and Beach Restoration
Mount Murray Anderson Walking Track by Kevin Murray and Joe Mills
Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment: Past Notes Present Photos by Margaret Woods
Narrabeen Lagoon State Park
Narrabeen Lagoon State Park Expansion
Narrabeen Rockshelf Aquatic Reserve
Nerang Track, Terrey Hills by Bea Pierce
Newport Bushlink - the Crown of the Hill Linked Reserves
Newport Community Garden - Woolcott Reserve
Newport to Bilgola Bushlink 'From The Crown To The Sea' Paths: Founded In 1956 - A Tip and Quarry Becomes Green Space For People and Wildlife
Pittwater spring: waterbirds return to Wetlands
Pittwater's Lone Rangers - 120 Years of Ku-Ring-Gai Chase and the Men of Flowers Inspired by Eccleston Du Faur
Pittwater's Parallel Estuary - The Cowan 'Creek
Resolute Track at West Head by Kevin Murray
Resolute Track Stroll by Joe Mills
Riddle Reserve, Bayview
Salvation Loop Trail, Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park- Spring 2020 - by Selena Griffith
Seagull Pair At Turimetta Beach: Spring Is In The Air!
Stapleton Park Reserve In Spring 2020: An Urban Ark Of Plants Found Nowhere Else
Stony Range Regional Botanical Garden: Some History On How A Reserve Became An Australian Plant Park
The Chiltern Track
The Resolute Beach Loop Track At West Head In Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park by Kevin Murray
Topham Track Ku-Ring-Gai Chase NP, August 2022 by Joe Mills and Kevin Murray
Towlers Bay Walking Track by Joe Mills
Trafalgar Square, Newport: A 'Commons' Park Dedicated By Private Landholders - The Green Heart Of This Community
Tranquil Turimetta Beach, April 2022 by Joe Mills
Turimetta Beach Reserve by Joe Mills, Bea Pierce and Lesley
Turimetta Beach Reserve: Old & New Images (by Kevin Murray) + Some History
Warriewood Wetlands and Irrawong Reserve
Whale Beach Ocean Reserve: 'The Strand' - Some History On Another Great Protected Pittwater Reserve
Wilshire Park Palm Beach: Some History + Photos From May 2022
Winji Jimmi - Water Maze
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
Staying Safe At Schoolies
- Leave a copy of your bank card details at home in case you lose it and have to cancel it, take your bank contact details with you so that you can report lost or stolen cards
- Make sure you’ll have enough money to cover all the essentials while you’re away, including an emergency stash
- Know where you’re staying and how you will be getting there and home again
- Have a safe place you can store any important documents or valuables while you’re away - a lockable side pocket within a bag works best
- Remember your phone charger and make sure you have plenty of credit/data, so that you can stay in touch with home or call for help if you need to - also remember to stop when packing to come home, look around you and make sure you pack that charger
- When you’ve booked your accommodation make sure your parents or carers have a copy of the details – they will want to know where you are and that you are safe
- Your ID and Drivers Licence
- Your phone charger
- A decent hat, sunscreen and mozzie repellent
- Some comfy shoes - closed in, as well as sandals/thongs - there be ants and spiders out there!
- Basic First Aid kit – band aids, safety pins and paracetamol
- Any medications you might need - leave the scripts at home so you don't lose them
- Transportable food; muesli bars, instant noodles, cup-a-soups, a mix of dried fruits and nuts
- Soap bag - deodorant, a cake of soap, shampoo, toothpaste and toothbrush, a comb, a shaver
- Reusable water bottle - carrying around the non-reusable plastic pose version is NOT fashionable any longer
- PLEASE make sure someone always knows where you are going and when to expect you back – ideally go out with a minimum of one other person or stick together as a group
- Have a way of staying in touch with your parents and contacting them in an emergency - maybe decide before heading off that you will send them a text in the morning and check in via phone call at a certain time each afternoon/evening. Remember it’s FREE to use public pay phones across Australia now. You could also give your parents contact details to a couple of your friends going away with you (and their parents too if you know them).
- When you’re out and about, stay with your friends and have a plan to meet up at a certain time and place if you lose each other in the crowd
- Be careful about who you tell where you are staying – arrange to meet new friends in a public place rather than at your accommodation
- Plan how you will get back to your accommodation and make sure you have enough money left at the end of the night to follow your plan
- If you’re walking around late at night please stick to well-lit areas
- Don’t leave your drinks unattended or accept drinks from strangers
- Don't take drugs - the only way to stay safe around drugs at Schoolies is to not take them. There is no safe level of illicit drug use – taking drugs is always risky as no one can ever be sure of what they are really taking, but more importantly, you can never know how your body will react - effects can vary between people or can give different results for the same person on different occasions
- Don't post 'stuff' to social media that you may regret having put out there the following day; keep some 'this is mine' stuff just for yourself; set profiles to ‘private’ or ‘friends only’ and only accept friend requests from people you know and trust or/and set an agreement with friends that consent must be given by all parties before uploading and/or tagging a photo and videos
- it is illegal to drink alcohol at Schoolies under the age of 18
- it’s an offence to supply alcohol to someone under the age of 18 – you could face fines of up to $10,444
- it is illegal to drink in public and to be drunk in a public place – no matter what their age - these are the laws for all of Queensland - not just during Schoolies
- under 18’s can’t carry alcohol in public (even if you’re holding it for a mate whilst he does up his shoe lace)
- it’s okay to say no – if you think you have had too much or don’t want to drink at all, just say no
- avoid mixing alcohol and medication (or any type of drug) - the side effects could be very serious
- take it in turns to have one sober friend every night
- give your body a break - just because it’s Schoolies doesn’t mean you have to drink every night (the human body is not designed to party for seven straight nights)
- when out and about, if you (or a friend) have had too much to drink, they can always ask a Safer Schoolies volunteer for assistance
- balconies can become very dangerous after drinking alcohol – stay well away from them if under the influence.
Byron Bay Schoolies 2022
Schoolies Road Safety Tips
Wings Over Illawarra 2022
Joe Mills, who usually does a lot of the walks through our local reserves and bush areas with his mate Kevin Murray, went further afield over the weekend of November 12-13th 2022 - to the Wings over Illawarra airshow that happens at Shellharbour Airport, which is also home to the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society (HARS) Aviation Museum. The great people there are 'Dedicated to keeping Australian Aviation History "in the air" '.
Wings Over Illawarra is Australia’s largest annual airshow and is held in the Illawarra on the NSW south coast just over an hour south of Sydney. Situated in a picturesque location with an amazing backdrop of the Illawarra escarpment, it is the only major airshow experience within easy reach of metropolitan Sydney and Canberra.
Its’ diverse program includes ground displays and flying demonstrations of historic, military, modern and aerobatic aircraft as well as children’s rides, students information sessions and other aviation and technology related exhibitions.
This year they had a great range of historical aircraft on display - a Kitty Hawke, a replica of the Southern Cross, possibly Australia’s most famous aircraft, as it was used by aviation pioneer Sir Charles Kingsford Smith to fly from the United States to Australia in 1928. This replica of the old Fokker aircraft was built in the 1980s. There were also aircraft from all three arms of the Australian Defence Force, with air displays and static exhibits from the Royal Australian Air Force, Royal Australian Navy and Australian Army. There were Hornets, a Hercules and some great more 'modern' aircraft. What's more, you could get inside some of these and have a good look around.
We've put LOTS of Joe's photos in the Park Bench Philosopher's Page this Issue, along with some taken by LAC Chris Tsakisiris (LAC - means Leading Aircraftman) and some insights by Flight Lieutenant Nicholas O’Connor. Here are a few - including the flying display put on by the RAAF Roulettes to open the show on the Saturday.
Next Issue the Profile of the Week features an insight into the Australian Air Force Cadets - No 305 Squadron that meets at Dee Why each week - more 'up, up and away' information for those of us who love feathery birds and those built by hand!
NASA’s Webb Catches Fiery Hourglass As New Star Forms
School Leavers Support
- Download or explore the SLIK here to help guide Your Career.
- School Leavers Information Kit (PDF 5.2MB).
- School Leavers Information Kit (DOCX 0.9MB).
- The SLIK has also been translated into additional languages.
- Download our information booklets if you are rural, regional and remote, Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, or living with disability.
- Support for Regional, Rural and Remote School Leavers (PDF 2MB).
- Support for Regional, Rural and Remote School Leavers (DOCX 0.9MB).
- Support for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander School Leavers (PDF 2MB).
- Support for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander School Leavers (DOCX 1.1MB).
- Support for School Leavers with Disability (PDF 2MB).
- Support for School Leavers with Disability (DOCX 0.9MB).
- Download the Parents and Guardian’s Guide for School Leavers, which summarises the resources and information available to help you explore all the education, training, and work options available to your young person.
School Leavers Information Service
- navigate the School Leavers Information Kit (SLIK),
- access and use the Your Career website and tools; and
- find relevant support services if needed.
An Epic Set Of Performers Announced For The 2022 ARIA Awards
Be The Boss: I Want To Be A Video Game Designer
Summer Skills Fee Free Courses
Summer Skills is a fee-free* short course program to support school leavers, aged between 15 – 24 years, obtain job-ready skills over the summer months.
Whether you plan to attend TAFE NSW, university, have a gap year or are still undecided, we have a course that can give you the skills for a brighter future.
Priority industry areas have been identified under Skilling for Recovery and include short courses in Early Childhood Care, Aged Care, Disability, Hospitality, Construction, Agriculture, Business and Administration, IT and Digital, Retail, Transport and Logistics, Manufacturing/Engineering and Sport and Recreation.
For example - starting November 23, 2022 at Ryde: STATEMENT OF ATTAINMENT IN COMMERCIAL COOKERY BASICS
Or starting November 24th at Ryde: STATEMENT OF ATTAINMENT IN ESPRESSO COFFEE
Find out more at: https://www.tafensw.edu.au/summer-skills
- Be the Boss: I Want To Be A Baker
- Be The Boss: I Want To Be An Information Technology Administrator
- Be The Boss: I Want To Be An Architect
- Be The Boss: I Want to Be a Marine Electrician
- Be The Boss: I want To Be A Cabinet Maker
- Be The Boss: I Want To Be An Automotive Mechanic
- Be The Boss: I Want To Be A Biotechnologist
- Be The Boss: I Want To Be A Pilot
- Be The Boss: I Want To Be A Music Producer
- Be The Boss: I Want To Be A Gardener
- Be The Boss: I Want To Be A Builder
- Be The Boss: I Want To Be A Confectioner
- Be The Boss: I Want To Be A Ship's Captain
Word Of The Week: School
1. an organisation that provides instruction: such as a college or university. 2. the process of teaching or learning especially at a school. 3. a source of knowledge. 4. a group of persons who hold a common doctrine or follow the same teacher (as in philosophy, theology, or medicine). 5. the regulations governing military drill of individuals or units.
1. to swim or feed in a school (of fish). 2. to teach or drill in a specific knowledge or skill. 3. to educate in an institution of learning.
From at least 12th century; Middle English scole, from Old English scōl, from Latin schola, from Greek scholē leisure, discussion, lecture, school.
The word school derives from Greek scholē, originally meaning "leisure" and also "that in which leisure is employed", but later "a group to whom lectures were given, school".
Plato's academy, mosaic from Pompeii
Som Sabadell Flashmob - BANCO SABADELL
Grease - Central Station Antwerp
Uptown Funk Flashmob In Sydney
Columbia, Bogota - AAINJALA 150 TAMBORES
In the indigenous Wuayuunaiki language of the region, AAINJAA means “to do, to elaborate, to manufacture, and to build.”
Pierce County Sheriff's Department Dance Off!
Schoolies Flash Mob - Surfers Paradise, 2011
THE LION KING Australia: Cast Sings Circle Of Life On Flight Home From Brisbane
"Lean On Me" By The Purple Tunnel People
Love Has No Labels
U3A At Newport: Geoff Searl This Coming Tuesday 22nd
Home Care Pricing Caps A Win For Older Australians: COTA Australia
- care management prices will be capped at 20% of the package level
- package management prices will be capped at 15% of the package level
- providers cannot charge for package management in a calendar month where no services (other than care management) are delivered, except for the first month of care
- providers cannot charge separately for third party services (including brokerage, handling and subcontracting charges)
- providers cannot charge exit amounts.
Changes To Stop Home Care Overcharging
More Ways For Seniors To Get Involved In 2023 NSW Seniors Festival
- Friends of Ivanhoe Park Botanical Garden Inc., Manly - Walks and Talks in Ivanhoe Park Manly
- RSL LifeCare Ltd., Pittwater - War Vets Art Exhibition & Workshops
Premier's Gala Concerts
- A day trip to Mount Wilson on 5 October (details on page 9);
- Our annual picnic on 20 October, this year at Clontarf Reserve (details on page 10); and
- Tunnels and Gunners Tour, with a guide from the Sydney Harbour Trust, on 3 November (details on page 10.
AvPals Training Term 4 2022 At Newport
Dover Police DashCam Confessional
From 2015 - we've run this before but it remains a favourite, so we're running it again!
The clip shows Delaware Master Cpl. Jeff Davis, a then 19-year veteran with the Dover Police Department, driving a patrol car while lip-syncing and dancing to the popular 'Shake It Off' Taylor Swift song, replete with head rolls and finger-pointing.
The video was posted to the Dover Police Department's Facebook page and quickly amassed thousands of views in Australia, England, Germany and throughout the U.S. Just one day after the video was posted, the clip had 845,000 views on YouTube. Today it's over 45 million - proving we're not the only ones who like revisiting this great clip.
Wings Over Illawarra 2022: Some Brilliant New + Old Machines + Some History Of Pittwater's 'Aces' By Joe Mills And LAC Chris Tsakisiris
ATAGI Update On Boosters Following COVID-19 Meeting
- ATAGI has made no new recommendations at this time, including no changes to the number of COVID-19 vaccine booster doses recommended.
- ATAGI emphasises the importance of remaining up to date with recommended doses of COVID- 19 vaccines, especially for people aged 65 years and older and those at higher risk of severe COVID-19:
- As of 9 November 2022, 5.5 million eligible people living in Australia (27.8% of the eligible population) had not received a first booster dose, and 3.2 million people aged 50 years and older (42.7%) had not received a second booster dose.1
- Adults aged 30 to 49 years can consider a second booster dose, and 4.4 million people aged 30-49 years (84%) have not yet received one.1
- Under-vaccinated people are at an increased risk of severe illness and death. Staying up to date with vaccine recommendations is an important way a person can protect themselves in the current context of increased COVID-19 cases.
- ATAGI continues to recommend that all people defer COVID-19 vaccination for 3 months after a confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection. The next scheduled dose should then be given as soon as possible.
- Eligible individuals can receive either a bivalent or original COVID-19 vaccine, whichever is available to them. Both bivalent and original vaccines result in an improvement in the immune response against Omicron subvariants.
- The increase in COVID-19 cases in Australia commenced a few weeks ago. It is unclear when the wave will peak or end. Any reduction in community transmission in Australia from an additional booster dose in people who are already up to date is likely to be minimal.
- A recent wave of the XBB subvariant in Singapore was of short duration and of small size. Severe disease and death were rare in people who had received at least two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.2
- ATAGI notes the following measures recommended by health officials during the current increase in COVID-19 cases:
- people are advised to use masks in indoor public places and crowded settings 3
- people who test positive for COVID-19 or feel unwell should stay at home until symptoms resolve 3
- People eligible for oral COVID-19 treatments, should speak with their doctor before they get sick to see if COVID-19 antivirals are right for them.4
- ATAGI continues to actively review the role of booster doses in the COVID-19 vaccination program. New booster dose recommendations are anticipated in early 2023 in preparation for winter. Future recommendations will aim to provide ongoing clear guidance across all groups including time since last dose and definitions of eligibility.
- Department of Health and Aged Care, Australian government. COVID-19 vaccine roll-out, 10 November 2022. Available from: COVID-19 vaccine rollout – 10 November 2022 (Accessed 13 November 2022)
- Ministry of Health, Singapore. Update on COVID-19 situation and measures to protect healthcare capacity. 2022. Available from: Update On Covid-19 Situation and Measures to Protect Healthcare Capacity (Accessed 13 November 2022)
- Department of Health and Aged Care, Australian government. New COVID-19 variant leads to increase in cases. 2022. Available from: New COVID-19 variant leads to increase in cases (Accessed 13 November 2022)
- Department of Health and Aged Care, Australian government. Oral treatments for COVID-19. 2022. Available from: Oral treatments for COVID-19 (Accessed 13 November 2022)
More Caution In Health Services As Covid Cases Rise
Have Your Say On The Future Of Help At Home
- ensuring flexibility to respond to changing needs
- care management and self-management
- funding to cover the cost of care and provide value for money
- increasing early support for independence at home.
Bilgola Probus Club Commences
Pensioner's Concessions: Council Rates
- Half of the total of your ordinary rates and domestic waste management service charge, up to a maximum of $250.
- Half of your water rates or charges, up to a maximum of $87.50.
- Half of your sewerage rates or charges, up to a maximum of $87.50.
New Analysis Of Australian COVID-19 Mortality Rates Released
- Wave 1: as occurring between March and May 2020. The predominant variant during Wave 1 was the original virus strain.
- Wave 2: as occurring between June and November 2020. Wave 2 predominantly occurred in Victoria. The variant during Wave 2 was the original virus strain.
- Delta wave: as occurring between July and December 2021.
- During Wave 1, nearly all of the deaths (99.1%) had COVID-19 recorded as the underlying cause of death.
- Over 80% of deaths have occurred during the Omicron wave.
- The largest number of deaths have occurred in January (1,828), July (1,759) and August (1,444).
- Each of these months exceeded the 1,396 deaths recorded during the entire period of the Delta wave.
Younger Generation Experienced Most Workplace Stress During COVID-19 Pandemic
Ray Of Hope: One Place Where Reef Manta Rays Are Thriving
Tracing The Origin Of Kampo: Japan's Traditional Medicine
Genes To Potentially Diagnose Long-Term Lyme Disease Identified
Dam Safety: New Australian Study Indicates Probable Maximum Flood Events Will Significantly Increase Over Next 80 Years
Study Finds Feeling Poorer Than Your Friends In Early Adolescence Is Associated With Worse Mental Health
Half Of Replanted Tropical Trees Don't Survive
A Chemical Reaction As Good As Gold
- Difficulty in targeting only one specific bond for reaction (poor selectivity).
- A lot of energy is required to break these bonds (high activation energy).
Scientists Say Sea-Level Changes Formed Australia's K'Gari Sand Island: Great Barrier Reef
Prehistoric Predator? Artificial Intelligence Says No
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