inbox and environment news: Issue 596
August 27 - September 2, 2023: Issue 596
Wallaby On Station Beach - Lives In Dunes At North Palm Beach
NSW Government States It Will Continue With Shark Mesh Program
- Nets at 51 beaches across 8 LGAs between Newcastle and Wollongong from 1 September to 30 April each year
- 305 SMART drumlines across the 19 LGAs, including 138 in LGAs with nets
- 37 tagged shark listening stations, including 13 in LGAs with nets
- Surveillance drone patrols at the current 50 beaches across 25 LGAs, including 15 in LGAs with nets
Underside of a loggerhead sea turtle as it swims overhead. Photo: Lance Miller
- Shark Meshing (Bather Protection) Program 2022/23 Annual Performance Report - 143 Animals Found Dead In The Nets In 2022/23; Trigger Point For The Objective Of ‘Minimising The Impact On Non-Target Species and Threatened Species’ Was Tripped In 2022/23 For 'Seals' - Whales Getting Caught In Nets - Smooth Hammerheads Dying By The Hundreds - August 2023, Issue 593
- June 2023 Report: Investigation Into The NSW Shark Meshing Program Finds Fairy Penguin Killed Not Recorded - Pregnant Shark Killed Not Recorded
- Large Leatherback Turtle Found On Whale Beach: Deceased - March 2023
- Northern Beaches Shark Net Death Trap Continues: Community Calls For Shark Nets Out Now - December 2022
- Manly's Little Penguins: Warden Program Update - October 2022 - calling on community to send in reports of Fairy penguins as they have disappeared from Manly
- Shark Meshing (Bather Protection) Program 2021/22 Annual Performance Report - Data Shows Vulnerable, Endangered and Critically Endangered Species Being Found Dead In Nets Off Our Beaches - August 2022
- Shark Listening Stations + Drumlines Have Been Installed Off Our Beaches - May 2022 Update
- Pittwater's Turtles Impacted By Boat Strikes In The Pittwater Estuary: 4 Knots Speed Limit/Distance To Shore Being Ignored - April 2022
- Juvenile Humpback Whale Caught in Shark Net off Whale Beach Renews Community Calls for Shark Nets to Not be installed until the Southern Migration ends - October 2021
- New Fleet Of Shark-Spotting Drones For New South Wales - July 2020
- NSW Shark Meshing (Bather Protection) Program 2020/21 Annual Performance Report: 90% Of Northern Beaches Marine Animals Entangled Were Not Targeted Sharks, Included are Threatened or Protected Species Mortalities
- Shark Nets Are Destructive and Don’t Keep You Safe – Let’s Invest In Lifeguards - December 2019
- Shark Drumlines Going In Off Our Beaches - September 2019
- NSW DPI's Shark Meshing 2019/20 Performance Report Released
- DPI Shark Meshing 2018/19 Performance Report: Local Nets Catch Turtles, a Few Sharks + Alternatives Being Tested + Historical Insights
- Lion Island's Little Penguins (Fairy Penguins) Get Fireproof Homes - June 2019
- Pittwater's Little Penguin Colony: The Saving Of The Fairies Of Lion Island Commenced 65 Years Ago This Year - April 2019
- Noah's Ark (Shark) Incidents in Pittwater - History insights
- Pittwater Fishermen: Barranjoey Days - History page
Council Calls For Removal Of Shark Nets On The Northern Beaches
Green Turtle Eggs Found Here To Head North
Shark Drumlines Going In Off Our Beaches
Valerie Taylor AM, 88, and Bailey Mason attended the Shark Nets Out Now protest at Manly on Saturday December 3rd, 2022
The Powerful Owl Project: It’s Fledging Time!
Sydney Water's North Head Facility To Increase Fertiliser Production For Farmers
A $94 million upgrade to Sydney Water’s North Head Water Resource Recovery Facility (WRRF) has reached an important milestone with the installation of two digesters which will help increase fertiliser production for the Central Tablelands of NSW.
The digestors will almost double the amount of biosolids which can be reused as agricultural fertiliser from 40 tonnes to 70 tonnes per day. Fertiliser from biosolids will continue to be delivered to farms in the Central Tablelands of New South Wales including Bathurst and Orange.
The North Head WRRF provides wastewater facilities for one-million Sydneysiders; from Seven Hills in the west, to Yagoona in the south and Ku-Ring-Gai and Collaroy in the north.
In 2021, Sydney Water began important upgrades to the facility to improve how we process biosolids for use as fertiliser for agricultural purposes.
Over 100 workers recently helped build and install two digestors which will almost double the capacity of sludge production for fertiliser from 40 to 70 tonnes a day by 2043.
The upgrades provide important circular economy benefits in that almost 100 percent of biosolids will be reused for agricultural purposes. Recovering biosolids also helps reduce waste to landfill while also reducing the number of chemical fertilisers used on farms and enhance soil structures.
Sydney Water North Head Project Interface Manager, Kelvin Chow says the upgrades are an important step forward in how we treat wastewater.
“We proudly produce biosolids for agricultural purposes which help reduce our environmental footprint. Not only will these upgrades result in increased biosolids production which are stable and odour free, but they will ensure the ongoing reliability of the facility,” says Mr Chow.
Sydney Water is constantly looking to reduce its carbon footprint and use alternative and renewable energy sources. At North Head WRRF, almost 60% of the facility’s total energy needs come from renewable sources.
The facility features a hydroelectric generator. The treated wastewater falls down a long drop shaft on its way to the deep-water ocean outfall. The falling water has enough kinetic energy to drive a water-powered generator, producing hydroelectricity.
North Head WRRF also uses cogeneration to meet some of its energy needs. Methane gas (biogas) is captured from the anaerobic digesters and used to power a combustion engine that drives an electricity generator.
Upgrades to the North Head WRRF are due for completion by late 2024.
Smoke In Air-On Horizon - Red Sunsets Already: August 23-24, 2023
- Keep doors and windows closed to prevent smoke entering homes
- Keep outdoor furniture under cover to prevent ember burns
- Retract pool covers to prevent ember damage
- Remove washing from clotheslines
- Ensure pets have a protected area
- Vehicles must slow down, keep windows up, turn headlights on
- Sightseers must keep away from burns for their own safety
- If you have asthma or a lung condition, reduce outdoor activities if smoke levels are high and if shortness of breath or coughing develops, take your reliever medicine or seek medical advice
Get Ready Weekend 2023: Know Your Risk This Bush Fire Season
Sulphur Crested Cockatoo
Careel Bay; August 24, 2023
Aurora Australis At Mawson Station: August 2023
photos by and courtesy Jess Condon Antarctica, taken on Saturday August 19 2023
''Aurora over an Emperor penguin rookery. Emperor's are only found in Antarctica, and are about the size of a 6 year old child, 19/8/23 Mawson Station, Antarctica.'' - Jess
Jess arrived there in February with 19 others and will be getting collected Feb. next year. She is there for 12 months helping to keep a research station running through the Winter.
Bioluminescence at Station Beach, Palm Beach in the early hours of Sunday-Monday morning August 20 to 21 this week from midnight until around 1am.
Photos: by and courtesy Jarvis Liu - Artist: jarvisliu559
Jarvis specialises in Street Photography. He was based in Chengdu, China and is now in Sydney, Australia.
Palm Beach Longboarders Inc states there was bioluminescence at Avalon beach on the evening Thursday August 24. People can witness this natural phenomenon when there is lots of bioluminescence in the water, usually from an algae bloom of plankton. The bioluminescent sea or estuary will glow when it's disturbed by a wave breaking or a splash in the water at night. Algae bloom sea sparkle events occur in calm and warm sea conditions.
Saving Native Species Grants
- 22 Birds
- 21 Mammals
- 9 Fish
- 6 Frogs
- 11 Reptiles
- 11 Invertebrates
- 30 Plants
Invitation For Public Comment: Mt Gilead Stage 2 Residential Development, Gilead, NSW (EPBC 2019/8587)
- Click here to download – EPBC 2019_8587 Mt Gilead Stage 2 Preliminary Documentation_AdequacyAssessment_Ver 3_20230720
- Click here to download – Appendix A_2019-8587 Referral
- Click here to download – Appendix B_EPBC 2019_8587 Decision notice 24FEB2020
- Click here to download – Appendix C_EPBC 2019_8587 PD Requirements_24FEB2020
- Click here to download – Appendix E_Lendlease SustainabilityPolicy
- Click here to download – Appendix F_cam-sustainability-framework-full-1
- Click here to download – Appendix G_ Australia-mission-zero-roadmap-summary
- Click here to download – Appendix H_MtGilead Stage2_Biocert_v8_20230718
- Click here to download – Appendix I_Draft Response Principles for Koala Protection in the Greater Macarthur and Wilton Growth Areas
- Click here to download – Appendix J_DPE Methodology to calculate Koala corridor widths
- Click here to download – Appendix K1_DPE Letter to Lendlease re Koala corridors – Dec 2021
- Click here to download – Appendix K2_DPE Indicative koala corridor map Gilead
- Click here to download – Appendix L_Koala_Conservation_at_Gilead_Lendlease 2022
- Click here to download – Appendix M_ Mount Gilead Stage 2 Koala Plan of Mgnt v4_20230720
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- Click here to download – Appendix O – PMST Search – 2 February 2023
- Click here to download – Appendix P_EPBC Likelihood tables_v3-02022023
- Click here to download – Appendix Q_Koala Drone surveys Figtree Hill_Wild Conservation 2021
- Click here to download – Appendix R_Koala Drone Surveys Figtree Hill_Wild Conservation 2022
- Click here to download – Appendix S_PlotData_EPBCondition_20191009
- Click here to download – Appendix T_Flora Species List from plot data
- Click here to download – Appendix U_Naturalised Stormwater Strategy for Gilead_E2 Designs
- Click here to download – Appendix V_BioBankingCreditSummaryReport_Development_20230626
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- Click here to download – Gilead EPBC offset_CPW Step 1_Cond C_Ver 3_20230628
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- Click here to download – Gilead EPBC Offset_GHFF_Large-eared Pied Bat Offset Calculations_existing_Ver 3_20230628
- Click here to download – Gilead EPBC Offset_GHFF_Large-eared Pied Bat Offset Calculations_restored_Ver 3_20230628
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- Click here to download – Gilead_Koala Offset Calculations_Endangered_existing_Ver 3_20230628
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- Click here to download – Gilead_Koala Offset Calculations_Vulnerable_existing_Ver 3_20230628
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Time Of Wiritjiribin
Female Lyre bird - Elanora Heights
Photo by Selena Griffith, May 29 2023
Selena says ''this one followed me along the path. Never been so close.''
Bushcare Training Day At North Narrabeen
- Weed identification and best practice removal techniques
- Native plant identification and weed species including lookalikes
- Hands-on weed removal
- Bring along your unknown plant species for identification
Palmgrove Park Avalon: New Bushcare Group Begins
2023 Banksia Foundation NSW Sustainability Awards Open For Nominations
Northern Beaches Clean Up Crew: Sunday August 27 2023 From 10:00-12:15 - Turimetta Beach Clean Up
Waste And Sustainability In Schools NR37040: At Kimbriki
Stony Range Spring Festival 2023: Sunday September 10
Seen Any Glossies Drinking Around Nambucca, Bellingen, Coffs Or Clarence? Want To Help?: Join The Glossy Squad
- a female bird (identifiable by yellow on her head) begging and/or being fed by a male (with plain black/brown head and body and unbarred red tail feathers)
- a lone adult male, or a male with a begging female, flying purposefully after drinking at the end of the day.
Statutory Reviews Into Native Vegetation Management And Biodiversity Laws Tabled
$850,000 In Funding Open To Improve Fish Habitat
- removal or modification of barriers to fish passage
- rehabilitation of riparian lands (riverbanks, wetlands, mangrove forests, saltmarsh)
- re-snagging waterways with timber structure
- the removal of exotic vegetation from waterways and replacement with native plants
- bank stabilisation works
- fencing to exclude livestock.
Fast Tracking Feasibility Study For Prospect Reservoir
Blue Mountains National Park And Kanangra-Boyd National Park Draft Plan Of Management: Public Consultation
- improving recognition of the parks significant values, including World and National Heritage values, and providing for adaptive management to protect the values
- recognising and supporting the continuation of partnerships with Aboriginal communities
- providing outstanding nature-based experiences for visitors through improvements to visitor facilities - including:
- Opportunities for supported or serviced camping, where tents and services are provided by commercial tour operators, may be offered at some camping areas in the parks
- Jamison Creek, Jamison Valley Walk-in camping Potential new camping
- Leura Amphitheatre Jamison Valley Walk-in camping Potential new camping
- Mount Solitary Jamison Valley Walk-in camping Potential new camping
- Maxwell’s HuC Kedumba Valley Cabin/hut Potential new accommodation
- Kedumba Valley Maxwell’s Hut (historic slab hut) - Building restoration in progress; potential new Accommodation for bushwalkers
- Government Town Police station; courthouse - Potential new Visitor accommodation
- write clearly and be specific about the issues that are of concern to you
- note which part or section of the document your comments relate to
- give reasoning in support of your points - this makes it easier for us to consider your ideas and will help avoid misinterpretation
- tell us specifically what you agree/disagree with and why you agree or disagree
- suggest solutions or alternatives to managing the issue if you can.
Areas Closed For West Head Lookout Upgrades
NPWS advise that the following areas are closed from Monday 22 May to Thursday 30 November 2023 while West Head lookout upgrades are underway:
- West Head lookout
- The loop section of West Head Road
- West Head Army track.
Vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians will have access to the Resolute picnic area and public toilets. Access is restricted past this point.
The following walking tracks remain open:
- Red Hands track
- Aboriginal Heritage track
- Resolute track, including access to Resolute Beach and West Head Beach
- Mackeral Beach track
- Koolewong track.
The West Head lookout cannot be accessed from any of these tracks.
Image: Visualisation of upcoming works, looking east from the ramp towards Barrenjoey Head Credit: DPE
Bush Turkeys: Backyard Buddies Breeding Time Commences In August - BIG Tick Eaters - Ringtail Posse Insights
PNHA Guided Nature Walks 2023
Our walks are gentle strolls, enjoying and learning about the bush rather than aiming for destinations. Wear enclosed shoes. We welcome interested children over about 8 years old with carers. All Welcome.
So we know you’re coming please book by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org and include your phone number so we can contact you if weather is doubtful.
The whole PNHA 2023 Guided Nature Walks Program is available at: http://pnha.org.au/test-walks-and-talks/
Red-browed finch (Neochmia temporalis). Photo: J J Harrison
Report Fox Sightings
Marine Wildlife Rescue Group On The Central Coast
A new wildlife group was launched on the Central Coast on Saturday, December 10, 2022.
Marine Wildlife Rescue Central Coast (MWRCC) had its official launch at The Entrance Boat Shed at 10am.
The group comprises current and former members of ASTR, ORRCA, Sea Shepherd, Greenpeace, WIRES and Wildlife ARC, as well as vets, academics, and people from all walks of life.
Well known marine wildlife advocate and activist Cathy Gilmore is spearheading the organisation.
“We believe that it is time the Central Coast looked after its own marine wildlife, and not be under the control or directed by groups that aren’t based locally,” Gilmore said.
“We have the local knowledge and are set up to respond and help injured animals more quickly.
“This also means that donations and money fundraised will go directly into helping our local marine creatures, and not get tied up elsewhere in the state.”
The organisation plans to have rehabilitation facilities and rescue kits placed in strategic locations around the region.
MWRCC will also be in touch with Indigenous groups to learn the traditional importance of the local marine environment and its inhabitants.
“We want to work with these groups and share knowledge between us,” Gilmore said.
“This is an opportunity to help save and protect our local marine wildlife, so if you have passion and commitment, then you are more than welcome to join us.”
Marine Wildlife Rescue Central Coast has a Facebook page where you may contact members. Visit: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100076317431064
Watch Out - Shorebirds About
Possums In Your Roof?: Do The Right Thing
Aviaries + Possum Release Sites 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
Move Over Lithium-Ion: Zinc-Air Batteries A Cheaper And Safer Alternative
America's Wealthiest 10% Responsible For 40% Of US Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Climate Win-Win: Study Quantifies Benefits Of Enhanced Weathering
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
A Stroll Through Warriewood Wetlands by Joe Mills February 2023
A Walk Around The Cromer Side Of Narrabeen Lake by Joe Mills
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
Mona Vale Woolworths Front Entrance Gets Garden Upgrade: A Few Notes On The Site's History
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 Reserves: The Green Ways; Bungan Beach and Bungan Head Reserves: A Headland Garden
Pittwater Reserves, The Green Ways: Clareville Wharf and Taylor's Point Jetty
Pittwater Reserves: The Green Ways; Hordern, Wilshire Parks, McKay Reserve: From Beach to Estuary
Pittwater Reserves - The Green Ways: Mona Vale's Village Greens a Map of the Historic Crown Lands Ethos Realised in The Village, Kitchener and Beeby Parks
Pittwater Reserves: The Green Ways Bilgola Beach - The Cabbage Tree Gardens and Camping Grounds - Includes Bilgola - The Story Of A Politician, A Pilot and An Epicure by Tony Dawson and Anne Spencer
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 Chiltern Trail On The Verge Of Spring 2023 by Kevin Murray and Joe Mills
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 - Creeks Deteriorating: How To Report Construction Site Breaches, Weed Infestations + The Long Campaign To Save The Warriewood Wetlands & Ingleside Escarpment March 2023
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
Australian Predators of the Sky by Penny Olsen - published by National Library of Australia
Baby Birds Spring 2015 - Rainbow Lorikeets in our Yard - for Children Baby Birds by Lynleigh Greig, Southern Cross Wildlife Care - what do if being chased by a nesting magpie or if you find a baby bird on the ground
Baby Kookaburras in our Backyard: Aussie Bird Count 2016 - October
Bird of the Month February 2019 by Michael Mannington
Birdsong Is a Lovesong at This time of The Year - Brown Falcon, Little Wattle Bird, Australian Pied cormorant, Mangrove or Striated Heron, Great Egret, Grey Butcherbird, White-faced Heron
Bird Songs – poems about our birds by youngsters from yesterdays - for children Bird Week 2015: 19-25 October
Bird Songs For Spring 2016 For Children by Joanne Seve
Birds at Careel Creek this Week - November 2017: includes Bird Count 2017 for Local Birds - BirdLife Australia by postcode
Black Cockatoo photographed in the Narrabeen Catchment Reserves this week by Margaret G Woods - July 2019
Black-Necked Stork, Mycteria Australis, Now Endangered In NSW, Once Visited Pittwater: Breeding Pair shot in 1855
‘Feather Map of Australia’: Citizen scientists can support the future of Australia's wetland birds: for Birdwatchers, school students and everyone who loves our estuarine and lagoon and wetland birds
Flocks of Colour by Penny Olsen - beautiful new Bird Book Celebrates the 'Land of the Parrots'
Front Page Issue 177 Front Page Issue 185 Front Page Issue 193 - Discarded Fishing Tackle killing shorebirds Front Page Issue 203 - Juvenile Brush Turkey Front Page Issue 208 - Lyrebird by Marita Macrae Front Page Issue 219 Superb Fairy Wren Female Front Page Issue 234: National Bird Week October 19-25 and the 2015 the Aussie Back Yard Bird Count: Australia's First Bird Counts - a 115 Year Legacy - with a small insight into our first zoos Front Page Issue 236: Bird Week 2015 Front Page Issue 244: watebirds Front Page Issue 260: White-face Heron at Careel Creek Front Page Issue 283: Pittwater + more birds for Bird Week/Aussie Bird Count Front Page Issue 284: Pittwater + more birds for Bird Week/Aussie Bird Count Front Page Issue 285: Bird Week 2016 Front Page Issue 331: Spring Visitor Birds Return
Jayden Walsh’s Northern Beaches Big Year - courtesy Pittwater Natural Heritage Association
John Gould's Extinct and Endangered Mammals of Australia by Dr. Fred Ford - Between 1850 and 1950 as many mammals disappeared from the Australian continent as had disappeared from the rest of the world between 1600 and 2000! Zoologist Fred Ford provides fascinating, and often poignant, stories of European attitudes and behaviour towards Australia's native fauna and connects these to the animal's fate today in this beautiful new book - our interview with the author
Juvenile Sea Eagle at Church Point - for children
Kookaburra Turf Kookaburra Fledglings Summer 2013 Kookaburra Nesting Season by Ray Chappelow Kookaburra Nest – Babies at 1.5 and 2.5 weeks old by Ray Chappelow Kookaburra Nest – Babies at 3 and 4 weeks old by Ray Chappelow Kookaburra Nest – Babies at 5 weeks old by Ray Chappelow Kookaburra and Pittwater Fledglings February 2020 to April 2020
Lion Island's Little Penguins (Fairy Penguins) Get Fireproof Homes - thanks to NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and the Fix it Sisters Shed
Magpie's Melodic Melodies - For Children (includes 'The Magpie's Song' by F S Williamson)
Nankeen Kestrel Feasting at Newport: May 2016
National Bird Week 2014 - Get Involved in the Aussie Backyard Bird Count: National Bird Week 2014 will take place between Monday 20 October and Sunday 26 October, 2014. BirdLife Australia and the Birds in Backyards team have come together to launch this year’s national Bird Week event the Aussie Backyard Bird Count! This is one the whole family can do together and become citizen scientists...
National Bird Week October 19-25 and the 2015 the Aussie Back Yard Bird Count: Australia's First Bird Counts - a 115 Year Legacy - with a small insight into our first zoos
New Family of Barking Owls Seen in Bayview - Church Point by Pittwater Council
Odes to Australia's Fairy-wrens by Douglas Brooke Wheelton Sladen and Constance Le Plastrier 1884 and 1926
Oystercatcher and Dollarbird Families - Summer visitors
Painted Button-Quail Rescued By Locals - Elanora-Ingleside escarpment-Warriewood wetlands birds
Palm Beach Protection Group Launch, Supporters Invited: Saturday Feb.16th - Residents Are Saying 'NO' To Off-Leash Dogs In Station Beach Eco-System - reports over 50 dogs a day on Station Beach throughout December-January (a No Dogs Beach) small children being jumped on, Native birds chased, dog faeces being left, families with toddlers leaving beach to get away from uncontrolled dogs and 'Failure of Process' in council 'consultation' open to February 28th
Pecking Order by Robyn McWilliam
Powerful and Precious by Lynleigh Grieg
Restoring The Diamond: every single drop. A Reason to Keep Dogs and Cats in at Night.
Sea Birds off the Pittwater Coast: Albatross, Gannet, Skau + Australian Poets 1849, 1898 and 1930, 1932
Seen but Not Heard: Lilian Medland's Birds - Christobel Mattingley - one of Australia's premier Ornithological illustrators was a Queenscliff lady - 53 of her previously unpublished works have now been made available through the auspices of the National Library of Australia in a beautiful new book
7 Little Ducklings: Just Keep Paddling - Australian Wood Duck family take over local pool by Peta Wise
Spring Notes 2018 - Royal Spoonbill in Careel Creek
Station Beach Off Leash Dog Area Proposal Ignores Current Uses Of Area, Environment, Long-Term Fauna Residents, Lack Of Safe Parking and Clearly Stated Intentions Of Proponents have your say until February 28, 2019
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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Fire And Rescue NSW Delivers Car Crash Simulations To ‘Drive Home’ Safety Lessons For Teenagers
Thursday August 24, 2023
Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) and its emergency services partners have shared information with thousands of teenagers in an effort to make them smarter and safer drivers, staging confronting car crash simulations to press home the potential consequences of poor decisions behind the wheel.
The realistic demonstrations have formed part of the three-day ‘bstreetsmart’ event, an initiative of the Trauma Service at Westmead Hospital, held at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney’s west.
It is aimed at reducing the fatality and injury rates among young people on our roads.
The demos begin with the audience, comprising 16 to 18 year olds, being shown a video with a number of young people inside a moving car and discussing a party they had just attended.
The driver is heard saying he’s fine to drive despite having drank alcohol, before one of his passengers is seen unclipping her seatbelt to show him a text message she received.
The dangerous antics result in a ‘fatal’ crash with a bike before a dramatic rescue operation plays out on-stage involving firefighters and other first-responders.
The mock scenario involves FRNSW crews using hydraulic tools to cut ‘trapped passengers’ from the vehicles as paramedics treat the injured; police interview witnesses, inspect the scene and subsequently arrest the driver; and an undertaker removes the body of the deceased.
The entire production is narrated and embedded with life-saving lessons for the students.
The ‘bstreetsmart’ event has also included moving presentations from Melissa McGuinness, whose son Jordan and four other people were killed in a car crash in Queensland in 2012.
Jordan had been speeding and driving under the influence of alcohol. The students also gained unique insights from a spinal injury patient, brain injury experts and a learner driver instructor.
FRNSW Acting Assistant Commissioner – Community Safety, Dave Felton, highlighted that people aged 15 to 30 are disproportionally represented in road trauma.
“The ‘bstreetsmart’ initiative is critical to developing good drivers, riders and passengers, as it demonstrates to young people how quickly and easily things can go wrong on our roads,” Acting Assistant Commissioner Felton said.
“The crash simulations are shocking, but they’re designed to be, because too many young people ignore other road safety messaging and aren’t alert to the dangers.
“Fire and Rescue NSW is proud to be involved with ‘bstreetsmart’ and it’s extraordinary to think how many lives have likely been saved as a result of the lessons this program has been rolling out over the past two decades.”
Students Name Final Mega-Boring Machine For Western Sydney Airport Metro After Dr Marlene Kanga AO
The fourth and final name of the tunnel boring machine (TBM) for the Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport project has been unveiled during a special launch ceremony at the Orchard Hills metro station site.
NSW Deputy Premier Prue Car, Marlene Kanga AO flanked by Claremont Meadows Public School students, and NSW Minister for Transport Jo Haylen,
On hand to witness the launch were representatives from six local primary schools who participated in a Sydney Metro competition to name the machine. The students were the first to be introduced to TBM Marlene, the winning name submitted by Claremont Meadows Public School.
The machine is named in honour of Dr Marlene Kanga AO, recognising her significant contribution as a global leader in engineering and role model to women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).
TBM Marlene will tunnel 4.3km, carving out the metro tunnel from Orchard Hills to St Marys alongside TBM Catherine, which is currently about 100m into its journey.
The 900-tonne TBM will tunnel on average 120m per week and is expected to arrive at the St Marys metro station site in mid-2024.
The naming competition was an opportunity for local primary school students to learn more about the new 23km metro line currently under construction from St Marys to the Aerotropolis that will transform travel in their area.
It also provided a chance for students to explore achievements of inspiring Australian women in the community, with all names submitted required to be female – a tunnelling tradition stemming from the 1600s when miners working underground prayed to Saint Barbara for protection.
All six schools that participated in the competition - Claremont Meadows Public School, Our Lady of the Rosary Primary, Kurrambee School, St Marys South Public School, St Marys North Public School and Orchard Hills Public School - were commended for the significant thought and effort they put into their suggested names.
The launch of TBM Marlene means all four TBMs for the mega project are now in the ground, with TBMs Eileen and Peggy 1275m and 386m into excavating the 5.5km of tunnels between the Airport Business Park and the Aerotropolis, respectively.
New metro rail will become the transport spine for Greater Western Sydney, connecting communities and travellers with the new Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport and the growing region.
The Australian and NSW Governments have a shared objective of having Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport operational when Western Sydney International Airport opens for passenger services.
About Marlene Kanga AO
Dr Marlene Kanga AO is listed among Australia’s top 10 women engineers and top 100 engineers. A chemical engineer, she was National President of Engineers Australia in 2013 and President of the World Federation of Engineering Organisations in 2017-2019.
Dr Kanga has had an executive career in complex systems safety in the oil and gas and chemical industry. She is now a non-executive director and a board member at Endeavour Energy, Business Events Sydney, Standards Australia and formerly, Sydney Water Corporation and Innovation Australia. She is a director of iOmniscient Pty Ltd which has developed advanced video analytic technologies and Rux Energy Pty Ltd which is commercialising new materials for hydrogen storage.
She is Chair of the global Institution of Chemical Engineers Safety Centre, advancing complex system safety engineering internationally.
Dr Kanga is an Honorary Fellow of Engineers Australia, an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (UK), a Foundation Fellow of the International Science Council, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
She was the Engineers Australia 2018 Professional Engineer of the Year, received the Chemeca Medal in 2019 for contributions to chemical engineering and the Ada Lovelace Medal as an outstanding women engineer, in 2023. She is an Officer of the Order of Australia “for distinguished service to engineering, as a global leader and role model to women.”
Deputy Premier Prue Car said:
“The students have done a great job naming this tunnelling machine after such an inspiring leader in STEM.
“The name Marlene was suggested by Claremont Meadows Public School, and it is fitting that students from nearby schools were here at today’s launch as this project will serve many generations to come.
“It has been a joy to have these local school children attend the launch and send the fourth and final TBM for this transformational project off in style.
“The entries from local schools demonstrated an awareness of the contributions and successes of many outstanding women, and I’m so pleased to see Dr Marlene Kanga AO recognised in this way.
“The naming of TBM Marlene is a tremendous legacy for its namesake, and I look forward to tracking the machine’s progress as the tunnel advances from Orchard Hills to St Marys.”
Minister for Transport Jo Haylen said:
“Major construction is well underway on the Western Sydney Airport Metro, with the fourth and final tunnel boring machine launching its journey to build Sydney’s newest rail tunnels.
“It is fantastic to see local schools get involved and learn more about this vital transport link that will revolutionise how people will move in the area putting Western Sydney on the doorstep of the rest of the world.”
Deputy Premier Prue Car and Marlene Kanga AO. Photos: NSW Government
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Word Of The Week: Rascal
1. : a mean, unprincipled, or dishonest person. 2. : a mischievous person or animal. 3. a cheeky person or creature; a troublemaker.
From Middle English (in the senses ‘a mob’ and ‘member of the rabble’): from Old French rascaille ‘rabble’, of uncertain origin. mid-14c., rascaile "people of the lowest class, the general mass; rabble or foot-soldiers of an army" (senses now obsolete), also singular, "low, tricky, dishonest person," from Old French rascaille "rabble, mob" (12c., Modern French racaille), as Cotgrave's French-English Dictionary (1611) defines it: "the rascality or base and rascall sort, the scumme, dregs, offals, outcasts, of any company."
This is of uncertain origin, perhaps a diminutive from Old French rascler, from Vulgar Latin rasicare "to scrape" on the notion of "the scrapings." "Used in objurgation with much latitude, and often, like rogue, with slight meaning" [Century Dictionary]. Used also in Middle English of animals unfit to chase as game on account of some quality, especially a lean deer. Also formerly an adjective.
Compare: rapscallion (n.); "A rascally, disorderly, or despicable person" [Century Dictionary], 1690s, alteration of rascallion (1640s), a fanciful elaboration of rascal (q.v.). It had a parallel in now-extinct rampallion (1590s), from Middle English ramp (n.2) "ill-behaved woman." Also compare rascabilian (1620s). Rapscallionry "rascals collectively" is marked "[Rare.]" in Century Dictionary (1897); Galsworthy used rapscallionism.
Compare Rascar - Etymology; From Old Spanish rascar, from Vulgar Latin rāsicāre, a frequentative verb based on Latin rāsus (“shaven”).
Published by NFSA - From the Film Australia Collection. Made by the Commonwealth Film Unit 1961.
An account of the part cricket plays in Australian life, showing facilities for learning the game and highlights from famous matches. Narrated by former Australian Captain Victor Richardson. Today’s players as well as players from the past, like Bradman, O’Reily, Miller, Lindwall and Oldfield are shown playing or coaching. Young cricket enthusiasts learn the game at school and can progress to competitive matches if they show promise. Later, they may be selected for a national team. Filmed during the 1960 / 61 series between Australia and the West Indies.
Council's Support For Young Writers Produces 'Promising' Results In 2023 Competition
Quest Haven Primary School, at Mona Vale during the 1930's - photographed by Max Dupain, courtesy Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
The winners of this year's Young Writers Competition were announced on Saturday 19 August at Dee Why Council Chambers.
Now in its fourteenth year, the challenge this year was to write a short story based on the theme ‘promise’… and the students certainly kept their promise rising to the occasion.
Northern Beaches Mayor Sue Heins presented the awards to the aspiring writers, encouraging a new generation to continue their commitment to writing in an increasingly technologically focused world.
“Writing is so important for children. It's the fuel that drives communication, and writing enhances problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
“I was so impressed by the depth of talent and passion of students from kindergarten to year 12. It was terrific to see such a diverse range of uplifting, and creative interpretations of the theme.
“Thank you to all the judges who had the very difficult job of selecting 24 finalists as well as the many teachers, school librarians and parents who inspire a love of literacy in our young people.
“Congratulations to all the winners and equally well done to all those who submitted entries in this year’s competition.
This year 400 entries from across 50 schools were received with 24 finalists selected.
The winners are:
Olivia Pollrock “The Story of the Witch and the Broken Promise”
Ashley Smith “The Promise of Safety”
Frankie Boulter “The Last Promise”
Nico Clausen “Don’t Reach Me”
Year 9- 10
Lillian Hamilton “Evening Rounds”
Quinn Campbell “Infallible Memories”
All the finalists run below.
The students' compelling stories explore space, witches, astronauts and robots. They invoke feelings of family, safety, self-belief, love and heartbreak. From War to art theft and cuddly ninja penguins, the creative pieces capture a range of themes and adventures across this world and beyond.
The Young Writers' Competition is an annual competition open to students up to and including year 12 who live or go to school in our area and are members of the Northern Beaches Council Library Service.
Entries are judged according to characterisation, originality, plot and use of language. Stories are arranged into six different age group categories with highly commended, runner up and winner.
Congratulations to this year’s winners and finalists:
Kindergarten - Year 2, judged by Author Ashling Kwok:
Winner: Olivia Pollrock for The Story of the Witch and the Broken Promise
Runner Up: Isabelle Jones for Space
Highly Commended: Jasper Cook for The Missing Painting
Highly Commended: Teddy Brown for Revenge of the T-Rex
Years 3 – 4, judged by Authors Beck & Robin Feiner:
Winner: Ashley Smith for The Promise of Safety
Runner Up: Lily Elliott for The Promise
Highly Commended: Ella Harding for The Promise
Highly Commended: Maya Gaffney for Prometheus
Years 5 - 6, judged by Author Deborah Abela:
Winner: Frankie Boulter for The Last Promise
Runner Up: Anoushka Dymock for What Becomes of a Promise?
Highly Commended: Bronte McDevitt for The Endless Trek for Water
Highly Commended: Harriet Soper for A Dog’s Promise
Years 7 – 8, judged by Author Jeremy Lachlan:
Winner: Nico Clausen for Don’t Reach Me
Runner Up: Lauren Kuiper for I Promise
Highly Commended: Lachlan Kline for An Unexpected Battle
Highly Commended: Lam Nhi Catalinotto for It’s Me
Years 9 - 10, judged by Author Leanne Yong:
Winner: Lillian Hamilton for Evening Rounds
Runner Up: Lexie McCoy for Switch
Highly Commended: Annika Schulte-Paterson for To Heal a Broken Heart
Highly Commended: Laura Piper for All that I am
Years 11 – 12, judged by Author Gary Lonesborough:
Winner: Quinn Campbell for Infallible Memories
Runner Up: Otto Maxwell for Bronze Pocket Watch
Highly Commended: Jared Kimpton for The Farm at the Edge of Human Space
Highly Commended: Lachlan Ginger for Shadow
Coiuncil asked some of this year’s winners what they think makes a good story:
“A good story is something that anyone can see a part of themselves in” Quinn Campbell, Winner of Year 11-12 Category.
"A story needs a hooking start and emotion” Frankie Boulter, Winner of Year 5-6 Category.
Nine out of Council's 24 finalists this year have been finalists in previous Young Writers’ Competitions, demonstrating the student’s commitment to creative writing each year across multiple theme words and by different author judges.
All 24 finalists’ stories will feature in the 2023 Young Writers’ Competition ‘Promise’ e-book, which is available in the library’s collection.
Thank you to all the students who entered this year’s competition. For those interested in entering next year, this year's finalists have offered the following advice:
“Choose your idea, write about your passion and make the theme fit it” Lachlan Kline, Highly Commended for Year 7-8 Category.
“Be brave and just keep going!” Ashley Smith, Winner for Year 3-4 Category.
“Just keep writing!” Annika Shulte-Paterson, Highly Commended for Year 9-10 Category.
Council look forward to seeing what wonderful stories next year’s competition brings!
World's Biggest Lego Store Coming To Sydney + Lego Braille Bricks Launched
Australia is set to be the home of the Worlds Largest LEGO Branded Store, opening in coming months, with a new store opening in the Sydney Arcade, overlooking the Pitt St Mall in Sydney.
Spread across 2 floors, and covering 900 square meters, the store will be bringing some new experiences to the the Australian LEGO scene, including the Minifigure Factory, where you can have a minifigure printed with torsos and stickers that are unique to the store.
The store will feature models designed and built by Ryan ‘Brickman’ McNaught and his team, along with a new Story Telling Table: LEGO fans can go behind-the-scenes of the LEGO design process with a new storytelling table including interactive areas that allow access ‘behind-the- scenes’ through interviews and videos displayed on screens.
The store will also feature the stalwarts of LEGO Branded Stores:
- Pick and Build Wall: an enormous signature brick experience where visitors select the exact LEGO brick elements required to create personalised builds;
- Hands-on play opportunities: including a LEGO play wall and free LEGO build challenges and in-store events every month;
- Brick Specialists: whether visitors are picking out a gift, looking for the latest set or bringing a LEGO fan in for a special treat, Brick Specialists can help find the perfect LEGO set.
Troy Taylor, Vice President and General Manager, LEGO Australia and New Zealand, comments: “We’re really looking forward to opening the LEGO Sydney CBD store as the world’s biggest LEGO store.
“Supporting the LEGO Group’s mission to inspire and develop builders of tomorrow, the immersive new store will feature creative play experiences, with playful nods to Australian culture, that are sure to create lasting memories for every Aussie or visitor from around the world.”
Richard Facioni, Executive Chairman, Alquemie Group, said the new store would capitalise on the enduring appeal of the LEGO brand and bring a world-class retail concept to Australia. “We’re incredibly excited to unveil our flagship store and the world’s largest LEGO store, in partnership with the LEGO Group ANZ, right in the heart of Sydney.
“This globally unique store will offer an immersive LEGO experience for local and international brick fans, with a number of features new to this market. It will have something for LEGO fans of all ages and will definitely put Sydney on the LEGO world map!”
LEGO Braille bricks now available
In related news, Lego announced on Thursday August 24 LEGO® Braille Bricks are on Sale now for the first time. Ahead of World Blind Awareness Month this October and in response to global demand, the LEGO Group announces LEGO® braille bricks are available to purchase for the first time through LEGO.com. The new product - LEGO® Braille Bricks – Play with Braille – is aimed at kids aged 6+ and has been designed so that anyone who is curious about braille, be they blind, partially-sighted or sighted, can have fun getting to know the braille system at home with their family members in a playful, inclusive way.
Martine Abel-Williamson, President, World Blind Union, commented: “For blind and partially sighted children, and adults for that matter, it makes all the difference if they can share their journey of learning braille with the people they love the most. For the blind community, braille is not just literacy, it’s our entry to independence and inclusion into this world, and to have LEGO Braille Bricks made available for the wider public is a massive step forward to ensuring more children will want to learn braille in the first place. And because it’s based on a product that so many families already know and love, this is really an invitation for all family members to have fun building tactile skills and getting familiar with braille using the same tool.”
Until now, LEGO Braille Bricks have only been distributed free of charge by the LEGO Foundation to organisations* specializing in the education of children with vision impairment. Since the launch of these educational kits in 2020, feedback from parents, carers, grandparents, children, and educators has continually highlighted the positive impact the bricks have and how they transform the way children with vision impairment can learn braille. This overwhelming response has led to the creation of LEGO Braille Bricks - Play with Braille to give families the opportunity to enjoy the benefits and practice their tactile skills at home.
Lisa Taylor, mum to 7-year-old Olivia and 4-year-old Imogen, commented: “Olivia first discovered LEGO braille bricks at school and they had such a big impact on her curiosity for braille. Before then, she found it hard to get started with the symbols but now she’s improving all the time. To have a set at home changes everything. We can play with braille together as a family and she can introduce braille to her little sister in a way they both love. LEGO braille bricks are accessible for her without being really different for other kids, so she gets to play and learn just like every other child. That makes her feel included which is so important, not just to Olivia but any child.”
LEGO Braille Bricks – Play with Braille includes 287 bricks in five colours: white, yellow, green, red and blue. All bricks are fully compatible with other LEGO products and the studs on each brick are arranged to correspond to the numbers and letters in the braille system, with the printed version of the symbol or letter situated below the studs.
The set also includes two baseplates to build on and comes in packaging with braille embossing. To enhance the play experience and support pre-braille skill development, a series of supporting play starters are available on LEGO.com and will teach players how to orient, attach and stack the bricks through well-loved games such as Rock, Paper, Scissors, which all members of the family can take part in.
Rasmus Løgstrup, LEGO Group Lead Designer on LEGO Braille Bricks said: “Play has the power to change lives; when children play, they learn vital life-long skills, so we were thrilled by the reception that LEGO Braille Bricks received in educational settings. We’ve been inundated with thousands of requests to make them more widely available, so we just knew we had to make it happen!”
“It’s been a fantastic journey collaborating with children, families and experts from around the world to develop the product and online activity packs. Our partners have been instrumental also in advising on what colourways should be used for the bricks, product packaging and digital experiences to ensure this is optimised for individuals who experience low vision and vision loss. We know this is a strong platform for social inclusion, and can’t wait to see families get creative and have fun playing with braille together.”
With its ongoing commitment to make its play experiences more inclusive, the LEGO Group has also partnered with the free mobile app Be My Eyes. The popular app connects blind and partially sighted people with companies to help with everyday tasks through a live video call. As part of the partnership, LEGO Customer Service colleagues will provide confidential, live visual assistance through the app covering support from a wide range of topics from unboxing, to general product support.
Mike Buckley, Chairman and CEO, Be My Eyes, commented: "The fact that the LEGO Group is investing in inclusion is huge because so many people in the blind and low vision community already love and enjoy LEGO products. Be My Eyes is incredibly honoured to partner with the LEGO Group to enable and inspire the creativity of blind and low vision builders across the globe."
The LEGO Group is also pleased to announce that LEGO® Audio & Braille Building Instructions will now become a permanent offering. Inspired and co-developed by entrepreneur Matthew Shifrin who is blind, this experience gives builders the option of having select LEGO building instructions available as audio or text for braille readers.
LEGO Braille Bricks – Play with Braille is priced at $149.99 and now available for pre-order in English and French versions ahead of launch September 1st 2023. In early 2024, the set will also be available in Italian, German and Spanish versions.
LEGO® Braille Bricks Play with Braille – English version availability:
- United Kingdom: £79.99: GBP
- Ireland: 89.99 EUR
- United States: $89.99 USD
- Canada: $119.99 CAD
- Australia: $149.99 AUD
- New Zealand: $169.99 NZD
The LEGO Foundation will continue to carry out research and distribute LEGO Braille Bricks educational kits free of charge through partnering national blindness associations and other partnering organisations.
*LEGO Braille Bricks as a concept has been tested and developed in close collaboration with partnering blind organisations from around the world.
LEGO Braille Bricks educational toolkits are distributed free of charge to select institutions, schools and services catering to the education of children with vision impairment. In each country where they are available, the LEGO Foundation works with an Official Partner to distribute them to these institutions.
The LEGO Group’s mission is to inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow through the power of play. The LEGO System in Play, with its foundation in LEGO bricks, allows children and fans to build and rebuild anything they can imagine.
The LEGO Group was founded in Billund, Denmark in 1932 by Ole Kirk Kristiansen, its name derived from the two Danish words LEg GOdt, which mean “Play Well”. Today, the LEGO Group remains a family-owned company headquartered in Billund. However, its products are now sold in more than 130 countries worldwide.
Photos for report supplied by LEGO
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