inbox and environment news: Issue 565
December 4 - 10, 2022: Issue 565
Carp In Careel Creek
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
Gilead Stage 2 Development
''no longer required to assess impacts to ‘biodiversity values’ as these have already been addressed by the Minister and ‘conservation areas’ will be required to be managed in perpetuity for conservation''.
Help Needed To Save Sea Turtle Nests As Third La Nina Summer Looms
Watch Out - Shorebirds About
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
Magnetic Material Mops Up Microplastics In Water: RMIT
Mangroves: Environmental Guardians Of Our Coastline
- Globally, mangrove forest, tidal marshes and seagrass meadows store more than 30,000 teragrams (or 30 trillion kilograms) of carbon across 185 million hectares, potentially reducing around three per cent of global carbon emissions.
- In 1992, an oil spill from the Era, at Port Bonython, released 300 tonnes of bunker fuel was released into Spencer Gulf, with a small slick of condensate getting into the mangroves south of Port Pirie. Mangroves do very badly in oil spills, and you can still see the scars of where the oil landed to this day.
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
AvPals Training Term 4 2022 At Newport
Pittwater-Narrabeen Parkinson’s Support Group
Higher Vitamin K Intake Linked To Lower Bone Fracture Risk Late In Life
Put The Kettle On! How Black Tea (And Other Favourites) May Help Your Health Later In Life
ECU Part Of International Taskforce Clarifying Prevention, Diagnosis And Treatment Of Sarcopenia
- 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.
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
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.
Keep On Dancing Is What The Science Says!
Have Your Say: National Dementia Action Plan
- a coordinated approach to risk reduction
- early diagnosis
- better support for carers
- provide a national vision – for greater inclusion of people living with dementia, their carers and families
- guide action by governments – so health, acute and aged care systems work more seamlessly and broader policies and programs consider dementia
- drive mainstream services and systems – to improve outcomes for people living with dementia, their carers and families
- develop an accountability framework – so we can measure progress
- engage, inform and involve the whole community – to achieve a society that’s more understanding and more inclusive of people living with dementia.
- people living with dementia
- their carers, families and friends
- people who work in primary care, health, acute or aged care
- researchers and academics.
An Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Voice To Parliament
Preventing Age-Related Vision Loss
- the latest AMD treatment guidelines from the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO)
- the new AMD biomarkers and how to detect them using retinal imaging
- clinical trials for patients with AMD.
Cheaper Medicines For High Cholesterol And Chronic Heart Failure
Updated Guiding Principles To Improve Medication Management
305 Squadron, Australian Air Force Cadets
The Australian Air Force Cadets, formed in 1941 (then as the Air Training Corp) is an inclusive, aerospace-focused youth development organisation supported and administered by the Royal Australian Air Force, as part of the broader Australia Defence Force Cadets program.
Although it has evolved in the many years since its formation 1941, and continues to evolve with a renewed focus on S.T.E.M. education, the Australian Air Force’s objectives are currently:
- To give cadets a foundation of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) knowledge and discipline
- To develop qualities of leadership, self-reliance and initiative
- To develop character and good citizenship in the widest sense
- To develop an interest in the RAAF and aviation generally
- To instil a knowledge of aviation history, and
- To encourage cadets to continue an active interest in aviation into their adult life.
More information about the Australian Air Force Cadets can be found at: www.airforcecadets.gov.au/who-we-are
No. 305 (City of Northern Beaches) Squadron, Australian Air Force Cadets meets every Thursday evening in Dee Why. There, our cadets learn multiple subjects, including aviation theory, fieldcraft and drill and ceremonial (which includes marching).
305 Squadron accepts recruits between the ages of 13 and 17 and teaches them valuable life skills, allowing cadets to develop qualities including leadership, self-reliance, discipline, confidence, self-respect, good communication, teamwork, and citizenship. We provide experiences and opportunities which you won’t find anywhere else. Our cadets experience a small taste of what the air force is like and will make friends for life.
In addition to our weekly training, we offer many extracurricular activities on the weekends including:
- Visits to a Air Force Bases, and their aircraft hangars;
- Camping and field training;
- Pilot experience weekends where our cadets learn to fly planes as young as 14 years old;
- Safe firearm shooting; and
- Community and ceremonial events.
305 Squadron has a long history on the Northern Beaches, celebrating its 71st anniversary in 2022. After moving locations several times during its history, it settled at The Pittwater House School and enjoyed a close association with the school between 2001 and 2016. Since then, 305 Squadron has moved to the Dee Why Multi-User Depot, which it shares with the Army.
The cadets of 305 Squadron can be seen formed up at ceremonial events across the Northern Beaches, including ANZAC Day Services at Dee Why RSL, Avalon RSL, Manly Corso, and the Harbord Diggers Club.
Over 305 Squadron’s rich history it has developed the motto “quinta fuerit primma” which translates to “the fifth shall certainly be first”. This motto capture both the history of 305 Squadron (as the 5th squadron in NSW) and the aspiration of its members --- to be first among equals.
305 Squadron welcomes engagement with the local community. To get in touch, please send an email to our commanding officer Gregg Barr-Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org
In late January 2023, 305 Squadron will be running an information night for prospective recruits. To register your interest and receive updates on the date of the information night, please register an expression of interest in joining 305 Squadron at: airforcecadets.gov.au/how-to-join
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
Safer Drivers Courses At Narrabeen - Dee Why
To secure a spot at the Narrabeen or Dee Why Awesome SDC visit our website: www.awesomesdc.com.au
Awesome Driving School is a provider of the TfNSW Safer Drivers Course. Our 5 hour course = 20 hours in your logbook!
Narrabeen Safer Drivers Course
Sun, 4 Dec 2022 at 10:00AM - 4 Places Remaining
Sun, 11 Dec 2022 at 10:00AM - 8 Places Remaining
Wed, 21 Dec 2022 at 10:00AM - Places Available
Sun, 8 Jan 2023 at 10:00AM - Places Available
Thu, 19 Jan 2023 at 10:00AM - Places Available
Sun, 29 Jan 2023 at 10:00AM - Places Available
Dee Why Safer Drivers Course
Sat, 17 Dec 2022 at 10:00AM - 6 Places Remaining
Thu, 22 Dec 2022 at 10:00AM - Places Available
Thu, 5 Jan 2023 at 10:00AM - Places Available
Wed, 11 Jan 2023 at 10:00AM - 10 Places Remaining
Tue, 17 Jan 2023 at 10:00AM - Places Available
Sat, 21 Jan 2023 at 10:00AM - Places Available
Wed, 25 Jan 2023 at 10:00AM - Places Available
The Rions Christmas Special 2 at Dee Why RSL
Announcing the 2nd edition of our Christmas Special show! It's happening on December 17th at Dee Why RSL (18+) and tickets are on sale now! Our last one sold out so make sure you get in quick. It's gonna be next level with special guests Molly Millington, The Good Love, Liquid Time and Chloe Dadd.
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.
Creating Our Future - SpecFest 2022 FlashMob
How is this amazing Flash Mob performing Creating Our Future at SpecFest 2022. Over 200 students learned choreography online then travelled from all over NSW to perform outside Qudos Bank Arena on Friday 25 November 2022. Congratulations to everyone involved!
Be The Boss: I Want To Be A Podiatrist
To become a Podiatrist you need to complete a degree such as a Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine or Bachelor of Podiatry. The coursework includes theoretical and practical lessons, as well as clinical experience.
Complete an accredited podiatry degree. Entry requirements for these courses usually require that you have completed high school, studied a number of science subjects and achieved an appropriate ATAR. Alternatively, you may complete an approved undergraduate degree and a Master of Podiatric Practice.
Many Podiatrists choose to specialise based on their experience and interests. Common areas of specialisation include sports medicine, biomechanics, arthritis and gerontology.
Tasks and duties
Diagnosing diseases and deformities of the foot using medical histories, x-rays, laboratory tests and physical examinations.
Treating deformities, prescribing and making orthotic inserts for patients when they’re required.
Performing minor surgical procedures, like ingrown toenail surgery, using a local anaesthetic.
Podiatrists work in hospitals, in private practices, nursing homes and community medical clinics.
A Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM), or a podiatrist, is a healthcare professional who diagnoses and treats conditions affecting the structures of the foot, ankle, and leg. The podiatric medical school curriculum includes lower extremity anatomy, general human anatomy, physiology, general medicine, physical assessment, biochemistry, neurobiology, pathophysiology, genetics and embryology, microbiology, histology, pharmacology, women's health, physical rehabilitation, sports medicine, research, ethics and jurisprudence, biomechanics, general principles of orthopaedic surgery, and foot and ankle surgery.
Podiatry is a high-paying specialization and was listed by Forbes in 2007 as the 15th-best-paid profession in the United States. The median annual salary of a podiatrist in the US was $124,830 in 2016 according to the US Bureau of Labor and Statistics.
Podiatry is practiced as a specialty in many countries, while in many English-speaking countries, the older title of chiropodist may be used by some clinicians.
In Australia, graduates of recognised academic programs can register through the Podiatry Board of Australia as a "podiatrist", and those with additional recognised training may also receive endorsement to prescribe or administer restricted medications and/or seek specialist registration as a "podiatric surgeon".
The professional care of feet existed in ancient Egypt, as shown by bas-relief carvings at the entrance to Ankmahor's tomb dating from about 2400 BC, where work on hands and feet is depicted.
Corns and calluses were described by Hippocrates, who recognized the need to physically reduce hard skin, followed by removal of the cause. He invented skin scrapers for this purpose, and these were the original scalpels.
Until the turn of the 20th century, chiropodists—now sometimes known as podiatrists—were separate from organized medicine. They were independently licensed physicians. Lewis Durlacher, who was appointed as surgeon-chiropodist to the British royal household in 1823, was one of the first people to call for a protected profession.
There are records of the King of France employing a personal podiatrist, as did Napoleon. In the United States, President Abraham Lincoln suffered greatly with his feet and chose a chiropodist named Isachar Zacharie who not only cared for the president's feet but was also sent by President Lincoln on confidential missions to confer with leaders of the Confederacy during the U.S. Civil War.
The first society of chiropodists was established in New York in 1895—and still operates there today as NYSPMA. The first chiropodist school opened in 1911. One year later, the British established a society at the London Foot Hospital and a school was added in 1919. In Australia, professional associations appeared from 1924 onwards. The first American journal appeared in 1907, followed in 1912 by a UK journal. In 1939, the Australians introduced a training center as well as a professional journal.
Sports podiatry covers the following two areas: foot and lower limb chronic overuse injuries and mechanical performance enhancement to minimise injury and maximise efficiency. Podopaediatrics is a specialty of podiatric medicine that focuses on the treatment of medical lower limb issues in children.
In Australia there currently exist two levels of professional accreditation and professional privilege: General Podiatrist and Podiatric Surgeon. There is current lobbying for other specialties to be recognised in Australia, such as podopediatrics, diabetes, high risk, musculoskeletal and sports podiatry. Australian podiatrists are able to practise abroad, with their qualifications recognised in some Commonwealth countries.
Australian podiatrists must register with the Podiatry Board of Australia. The Podiatry Board of Australia is responsible for regulation and recognition of podiatrists and podiatric surgeons, and assessing foreign trained registrants in conjunction with the Australian & New Zealand Podiatry Accreditation Council (ANZPAC).
The Podiatry Board of Australia recognizes 3 pathways to attain specialist registration as a podiatric surgeon:
- Fellowship of the Australasian College of Podiatric Surgeons
- Doctor of Podiatric Surgery, University of Western Australia
- Eligibility for Fellowship of the Australasian College of Podiatric Surgeons
Entry into undergraduate Podiatric Medicine degrees can be done after the completion of a Year 12 Certificate with an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR). The cut-off scores from the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) generally range from 70.00 to 95.00, dependent on the popularity and intake of each podiatric medical school. Prospective students can also be of mature age (21 and over) and they apply directly to the university instead of going through UAC. The UWA DPM program has admission requirements of: completion of a UWA bachelor's degree or equivalent, a minimum GPA of 5.0 from the most recent three years (FTE) of valid study, suitable GAMSAT score, and English language competency. There is no interview requirement for the DPM at UWA (applications are handled via the university).
All podiatrists may refer patients for Medicare rebatable plain x-rays of the foot, leg, knee, and femur, as well as ultrasound examination of soft tissue conditions of the foot. Podiatrists may refer patients for other radiologic investigations such as CT, MRI, or bone scans, however Medicare rebates do not currently exist for these examinations. Similarly, podiatrists may refer patients when needed to specialist medical practitioners, or for pathology testing, however similar exclusions in the Medicare Benefits Schedule prevent rebates being available to patients for these referrals.
Australian podiatric medical schools
Australian podiatrists complete an undergraduate degree ranging from 3 to 4 years of education. The first 2 years of this program are generally focused on various biomedical science subjects, including functional anatomy, microbiology, biochemistry, physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, evidence-based medicine, sociology, and patient psychology, similar to the medical curriculum. The following one year will then be spent focusing on podiatry specific areas such as podiatric anatomy & biomechanics, human gait, podiatric orthopaedics or the non-surgical management of foot abnormalities, podopaediatrics, sports medicine, rheumatology, diabetes, vascular medicine, mental health, wound care, neuroscience & neurology, pharmacology, general medicine, general pathology, local and general anaesthesia, minor and major podiatric surgical procedural techniques such as partial and total nail avulsions, matricectomy, cryotherapy, wound debridement, enucleation, suturing, other cutaneous and electro-surgical procedures and theoretical understanding of procedures performed by orthopaedic and podiatric surgeons.
Australian podiatric surgeons are specialist podiatrists with further training in advanced medicine, advanced pharmacology, and training in foot surgery. Podiatrists wishing to pursue specialisation in podiatric surgery must meet the requirements for Fellowship with the Australasian College of Podiatric Surgeons. They first complete a 4-year degree, which includes 2 years of didactic study and 2 years of clinical experience. Following this, a master's degree must be completed with a focus on biomechanics, medicine, surgery, general surgery, advanced pharmacology, advanced medical imaging, and clinical pathology. They then qualify for the status of Registrar with the Australasian College of Podiatric Surgeons. Following surgical training with a podiatric surgeon (3–5 years), rotations within other medical and surgeons' disciplines, overseas clinical rotations, and passing oral and written exams, Registrars may qualify for Fellowship status. Fellows are then given Commonwealth accreditation under the Health Insurance Act to be recognised as providers of professional attention for the purposes of health insurance rebates.
There are currently nine universities in Australia (plus one in New Zealand) offering varying degrees of podiatric medicine, from a Bachelor of Podiatry/Podiatric Medicine (BPod), a Masters of Podiatric Medicine (MPod), and a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) (DPM is a master-level degree). All podiatry schools are accredited by the Australian and New Zealand Podiatry Accreditation Council (ANZPAC). ANZPAC is an independent body comprising members consisting of the Podiatry Registration Boards in Australia and New Zealand. The Board of Management comprises registered podiatrists (nominated by the Registration Boards), nominees from the professional associations (Australasian Podiatry Council and Podiatry New Zealand), nominees from the educational institutions offering podiatry programs and community representation. ANZPAC has been assigned the accreditation functions for the Podiatry Board of Australia under the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme for Health Professions. There are also two more podiatry schools currently being developed at the Australian Catholic University and the University of Ballarat. The local universities offering podiatry are; University of Western Australia, Charles Sturt University, La Trobe University, University of Western Sydney, University of South Australia, University of Newcastle (NSW), Queensland University of Technology, Central Queensland University, Southern Cross University, and Auckland University of Technology (New Zealand).
Study of a pair of feet crossed, 1847, by Margaret Louisa Herschel, daughter of John Herschel, from the Royal Museums Greenwich
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Word Of The Week: Holiday
1. an extended period of leisure and recreation, especially one spent away from home or in travelling.
1. spend a holiday in a specified place.
The concept of holidays often originated in connection with religious observances or associated with traditions. The intention of a holiday was typically to allow individuals to tend to religious duties associated with important dates on the calendar. In most modern societies, however, holidays serve as much of a recreational functions as any other weekend days or activities.
From; The word “holiday” first surfaced in the 1500s replacing the earlier word “haliday” which was recorded before 1200 in the Old English book Ancrene Riwle. Earlier, about 950, the word was “haligdaeg” and appeared in the Old English Lindisfarne Gospels1500s, from Old English haligdæg "holy day, consecrated day, religious anniversary; Sabbath," from halig "holy" + dæg "day"; in 14c. meaning both "religious festival" and "day of exemption from labor and recreation," but pronunciation and sense diverged 16c. Old English halig "holy, consecrated, sacred; godly; ecclesiastical," from Proto-Germanic *hailaga- (source also of Old Norse heilagr, Danish hellig, Old Frisian helich "holy," Old Saxon helag, Middle Dutch helich, Old High German heilag, German heilig, Gothic hailags "holy"). Adopted at conversion for Latin sanctus.
As an adjective mid-15c. Happy holidays is from mid-19c., in British English, with reference to summer vacation from school.
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Summer Reading 2022-2023: We Of The Never Never
We of the Never Never is an autobiographical novel by Jeannie Gunn first published in 1908. Although published as a novel, it is an account of the author's experiences in 1902 at Elsey Station near Mataranka, Northern Territory in which she changed the names of people to obscure their identities. She published the book under the name Mrs Aeneas Gunn, using her husband's first and last name. Over the years, newspapers and magazine articles chronicled the fortunes of the Elsey characters. Jeannie outlived all but Bett-Bett.
Jeannie Gunn was the first white woman to settle in the Mataranka area. Her husband Aeneas was a partner in the Elsey cattle station on the Roper River, some 483 km (300 miles) south of Darwin. On 2 January 1902 the couple sailed from Melbourne for Port Darwin so that he could take up a job as the station's new manager. In Palmerston, Gunn was discouraged from accompanying her husband to the station on the basis that as a woman she would be "out of place" on a station such as the Elsey. However, she travelled south and her book describes the journey, settling in, and the difficulties of life in the bush. Jennie Gunn lived on the cattle station for about a year before her husband, Aeneas, died of malarial dysentery on March 16th 1903. Jeannie returned to Melbourne shortly afterwards and never returned to the Northern Territory.
The book is regarded as being significant as a precursor of the 1930s landscape writers. Already in 1908 Australia was a significantly urbanised country and the book was seen to provide symbols of things that made Australia different from anywhere else, underwriting an Australian legend of life and achievement in the outback, where "men and a few women still lived heroic lives in rhythm with the gallop of a horse" in "forbidding faraway places".
Four of the stockmen from Elsey Station in 1933 who were characterised in "We of the Never Never"
Characters from Aeneas Gunn's book 'We of the Never Never', 1933
Caption: Do you know the men in the above photograph? Probably not, yet thousands of boys and girls throughout Queensland during the past week have had the quartet intimately in their thoughts. They are the originals of characters in 'We of the Never Never', Mrs. Aeneas Gunn's classic tale of early Australian days, which was a textbook for the State scholarship examinations. They worked together on Elsy Station and had the first reunion since those days in 1933 when 'Truth's' photograph was taken. From left to right they are: Irish Mac, The Dandy, Mine Host and The Quiet Stockman. The first-named has since died. The other three are residents of South Australia. (Description supplied with photograph). Photo courtesy State Library of Queensland.
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- In the study, researchers mapped 3.4 million lakes (with the lowest lake size down to 0.03 km2) and how their sizes developed between 1984-1999, 2000-2009 and 2010-2019.
- The GLAKES dataset constructed in this study is based on high-resolution satellite imagery and a deep learning algorithm. The dataset is publicly available.
- The research results have been published in the scientific journal Nature Communications.
- The first authors of the study are Xuehui Pi and Qiuqi Luo from Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen, China and The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China.
- Yang Xu, Rasmus Fensholt and Martin Brandt of the University of Copenhagen's Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management also contributed to the study.
- 49.8% of the total global lakes and 23.6% of the global lake area lies above the 60th parallel north.
- Lakes created by melting glaciers or thawing permafrost make up 30% of the world's lake area. Hotspots for these types of lakes include Greenland, the Tibetan Plateau, and the Rocky Mountains.
- Also observed during the period under review, were lakes that shrank due to drought and the consumption of water resources, among other things. These were observed across the Western US, Central Asia, Northern China, Southern Australia and elsewhere.
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