inbox and environment news: Issue 602
October 22 - 28, 2023: Issue 602
Narrabeen Lagoon Entrance Clearing Works: September To October Pictures By Joe Mills
Please Look Out For Wildlife During This Spring Heat
Sydney Wildlife Rescue: Next Rescue And Care Course Commences October 28
- Friday 10 November
- Friday 8 December
'Scotland Island, Newport, Pittwater, N.S.W.', photo by Henry King, Sydney, Australia, c. 1880-1886. and section from to show cottage on neck of peninsula at western end with no chimneys through roof. From Tyrell Collection, courtesy Powerhouse Museum
𝗞𝗶𝗺𝗯𝗿𝗶𝗸𝗶 𝗥𝗲𝘀𝗼𝘂𝗿𝗰𝗲 𝗥𝗲𝗰𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆 𝗖𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝗻𝘃𝗶𝘁𝗲𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝘁𝗼 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗢𝗽𝗲𝗻 𝗗𝗮𝘆 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟯 𝗮𝘁 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗛𝗨𝗕 - 𝗞𝗶𝗺𝗯𝗿𝗶𝗸𝗶.
Highlighting the four resident not-for-profit organisations: Peninsula Seniors Toy Recyclers, Bikes4Life, Boomerang Bags Northern Beaches - Kimbriki, Reverse Garbage and their dedicated volunteers.
Palmgrove Park Avalon: New Bushcare Group Begins
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: email@example.com 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
Sea-Lovers Urged To Help To Save Sea Turtles This Nesting Season
- walk your local beach early in the morning, as sea turtles generally nest during the night.
- keep your eyes peeled for any tracks in the sand, which are usually 80–100 cm wide and can sometimes be mistaken for tire tracks.
- take your phone with you so you can quickly call NSW TurtleWatch or NPWS if you see any signs of turtles, tracks or a nest.
$16 Million For Crown Reserve Improvements
- Maintaining or increasing public access, amenity and use of a reserve.
- Supporting social cohesion and participation in community life.
- Enabling people with accessibility requirements or living with a disability to be included.
- Delivering a service or infrastructure to enable Aboriginal people to access, care for or protect and manage land.
- Conserving heritage values and/or natural values of a reserve.
- Creating employment or business opportunities.
Funding To Make Apartment Buildings Ready For EVs
Have Your Say On 10-Year Trout Cod Recovery Roadmap
Joint Watering Action To Support Native Fish And Waterbirds Ahead Of Predicted Dry Times
State Government Announces $128 Million For Communities In Central-West Orana REZ
- public infrastructure upgrades
- housing and accommodation
- training and employment programs
- health and education programs
- support for energy efficiency and local rooftop solar
- initiatives for First Nations people.
Doubling Sydney's Desalination Plant Capacity
Better Management Of Contaminated Land Legislation Passes NSW Parliament: Belrose's Bare Creek Cited As Example
NSW Introduces Landmark Climate Change Bill To Set Emissions Reduction Targets
- establish the Net Zero Commission – a strong, independent, expert body to monitor the state's progress to net zero. It will report annually to ensure parliamentary transparency and accountability
- put in place guiding principles for action to address climate change
- set an objective to make New South Wales more resilient to our changing climate.
Federal Government Announces $25 Million To Better Protect Nature
AER Alleges Breaches Of National Gas Rules By Santos Direct
Wholesale Energy Prices And Demand Fall In July To September Period
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 Around Manly Dam: Spring 2023 by Kevin Murray and Joe Mills
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
Sydney Opera House 50th Anniversary Film: Play It Safe
"I like to be on the edge of the possible," Jørn Utzon once said, and his design marked a daring leap in 20th-century architecture.
Celebrating 50 years of brave creativity at Sydney Opera House, our new film pays tribute to those who defy that nervous little voice inside us that tells us to play it safe and keep it simple.
Starring Tim Minchin, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, The Australian Ballet, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Ziggy Ramo, Zahra Newman - Sydney Theatre Company, John Bell - Bell Shakespeare, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Elma Kris - Bangarra Dance Theatre, Kira Puru, Cathy-Di Zhang - Opera Australia, William Barton, Courtney Act, Jimmy Barnes, Sydney Dance Company Pre Professional Year Students and Associate Artists, Lucy Guerin Inc dancers, and DirtyFeet dancers.
Music and lyrics: Tim Minchin
Director: Kim Gehrig
Executive Music Producer/Arranger: Elliott Wheeler
Cinematographer: Stefan Duscio
Creative Agency: The Monkeys, part of Accenture Song
A Revolver X Somesuch Production
Archival footage and photography courtesy of National Film and Sound Archive, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, British Broadcasting Corporation, Nine Entertainment Co., 10X Media Group, State Library of NSW and Utzon Family.
Presented by Sydney Opera House in partnership with Australia.com.
NSW Government To Host Vaping Roundtable
- Hear evidence on how vaping is affecting young people and schools
- Discuss effective school-based vaping interventions
TGIF! Passengers Tap Into Cheaper Public Transport On Fridays
Postcards From The Past: Palm Beach
Exhibition Spotlights Film Behind And Beyond The Front Line
New Research By ReachOut Highlights Links Between Study Stress And Poor Sleep In The Lead Up To Year 12 Exams
- Lifeline – 13 11 14
- Kids Helpline – 1800 55 1800
- 13YARN – 13 92 76 to speak with an Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander crisis supporter
- If you are in immediate danger dial 000
Links To ReachOut Support Content
8 Student-Backed Study Tips To Help You Tackle The HSC
By University of Sydney: Last updated 6 July 2023
Our students have been through their fair share of exams and learned a lot of great study tactics along the way. Here they share their top study tips to survive and thrive during exam time.
1. Start your day right
Take care of your wellbeing first thing in the morning so you can dive into your day with a clear mind.
“If you win the morning, you can win the day,” says Juris Doctor student Vee Koloamatangi-Lamipeti.
An active start is a great way to set yourself up for a productive day. Begin your morning with exercise or a gentle walk, squeeze in 10 minutes of meditation and enjoy a healthy breakfast before you settle into study.
2. Schedule your study
“Setting up a schedule will help you organise your time so much better,” says Master of Teaching student Wesley Lai.
Setting a goal or a theme for each study block will help you to stay focused, while devoting time across a variety of subjects will ensure you've covered off as much as possible. Remember to keep your schedule realistic and avoid over-committing your time.
Adds Wesley, “Make sure to schedule in some free time for yourself as well!”
3. Keep it consistent
“Make studying a habit,” recommends Alvin Chung, who is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws.
With enough time and commitment, sitting down to study will start to feel like second nature rather than a chore.
“Do it every day and you’ll be less likely to procrastinate because it’s part of your life’s daily motions,” says Alvin.
4. Maintain motivation
Revising an entire year of learning can seem like an insurmountable task, which is why it’s so important to break down your priorities and set easy-to-achieve goals.
“I like to make a realistic to-do list where I break down big tasks into smaller chunks,” says Bachelor of Arts and Advanced Studies student Dannii Hudec.
“It’s also really important to reward yourself after you complete each task to keep yourself motivated.”
Treat yourself after each study block with something to look forward to, such as a cup of tea, a walk in the park with a friend or an episode of your latest Netflix obsession.
5. Minimise distractions
With so many distractions at our fingertips, it can be hard to focus on the task at hand. If you find yourself easily distracted, an “out of sight, out of mind” approach might do the trick.
“What helps me is to block social media on my laptop. I put my phone outside of my room when I study, or I give it to my sister or a friend to hide,” says Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws student Caitlin Douglas.
While parting ways with your phone for a few hours may seem horrifying, it can be an incredibly effective way to stay on task.
“It really helps me to smash out the work and get my tasks done,” affirms Caitlin.
6. Beware of burnout
Think of the HSC period as a marathon rather than a sprint. It might be tempting to cram every single day but pacing out your study time will help to preserve your endurance.
“Don’t do the work for tomorrow if you finish today’s work early,” suggests Daniel Kim, who is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Commerce and Advanced Studies.
“Enjoy the rest of your day and save the energy for tomorrow,” he recommends.
Savouring your downtime will help you to avoid burning out before hitting the finish line.
7. Get a good night's sleep
Sleep is one of your greatest allies during exam season.
“I’ve found that a good night’s sleep always helps with concentration and memory consolidation,” says Bachelor of Science (Medical Science) student Yasodara Puhule-Gamayalage.
We all know we need to be getting around 8 hours of sleep a night to perform at our best, but did you know the quality of sleep also matters? You can help improve the quality of your sleep with some simple tweaks to your bedtime routine.
“Avoid caffeine in the 6 hours leading up to sleep, turn off screens an hour before going to bed, and go to bed at the same time every night,” suggests Yasodara.
8. Be kind to yourself
With exam dates looming and stress levels rising, chances are high that you might have a bad day (or a few!) during the HSC period.
According to Bachelor of Arts and Advanced Studies student Amy Cooper, the best way to handle those bad days is to show yourself some kindness.
“I know that if I’m in a bad state of mind or having a bad day, I’m not going to be able to produce work that I’m proud of,” she says.
For Amy, the remedy for a bad day is to take some time to rest and reset.
“It’s much more productive in the long run for me to go away, do some things I love, and come back with a fresh mind.”
Immerse yourself in a mentally nourishing activity such as going for a bushwalk, cooking your favourite meal, or getting stuck into a craft activity.
If you feel completely overwhelmed, know you're not alone. Reach out to a friend, family member or teacher for a chat when you need support.
There are also HSC Help resources available at: education.nsw.gov.au/student-wellbeing/stay-healthy-hsc
Wednesday 11 October, 2023: HSC written exams start. Friday November 3, 2023: HSC exams finish.
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.
Word Of The Week: Volunteer
1. a person who freely offers to take part in an enterprise or undertake a task. 2. a person who works for an organization without being paid. 3. Volunteering is time willingly given for the common good and without financial gain.
1. freely offer to do something. 2. work for an organization without being paid.
From the Latin word voluntarius, meaning willing or of one's own choice. Originally of feelings, later also of actions. This Latin verb originated from the Latin noun voluntas, meaning will or desire - late 16th century (as a noun, with military reference): from French volontaire ‘voluntary’. The change in the ending was due to association with -eer. The first English language use of the word, “Volunteer,” was in a poem titled, “Of Arthour and of Merlin,” which originated around 1330.
Of Arthour and of Merlin, also known as just Arthur and Merlin, is an anonymous Middle English verse romance giving an account of the reigns of Vortigern and Uther Pendragon and the early years of King Arthur's reign, in which the magician Merlin plays a large part. It can claim to be the earliest English Arthurian romance. It exists in two recensions: the first, of nearly 10,000 lines, dates from the second half of the 13th century, and the much-abridged second recension, of about 2000 lines, from the 15th century. The first recension breaks off somewhat inconclusively, and many scholars believe this romance was never completed. Arthur and Merlin's main source is the Estoire de Merlin, a French prose romance.
Tapestry showing Arthur as one of the Nine Worthies, wearing a coat of arms often attributed to him, c. 1385 - unknown creator.
King Arthur (Welsh: Brenin Arthur, Cornish: Arthur Gernow, Breton: Roue Arzhur, French: Roi Arthur) is a legendary king of Britain, and a central figure in the medieval literary tradition known as the Matter of Britain. In Welsh sources, Arthur is portrayed as a leader of the post-Roman Britons in battles against Anglo-Saxon invaders of Britain in the late 5th and early 6th centuries. He first appears in two early medieval historical sources, the Annales Cambriae and the Historia Brittonum, but these date to 300 years after he is supposed to have lived, and most historians who study the period do not consider him a historical figure. His name also occurs in early Welsh poetic sources such as Y Gododdin. The character developed through Welsh mythology, appearing either as a great warrior defending Britain from human and supernatural enemies or as a magical figure of folklore, sometimes associated with the Welsh otherworld Annwn.
Merlin (Welsh: Myrddin, Cornish: Marzhin, Breton: Merzhin) is a mythical figure prominently featured in the legend of King Arthur and best known as a magician, with several other main roles. The familiar depiction of Merlin, based on an amalgamation of historic and legendary figures, was introduced by the 12th-century British pseudo-historical author Geoffrey of Monmouth and then built on by the French poet Robert de Boron and their prose successors in the 13th century.
The name Merlin is derived from the Brythonic term Myrddin, a bard who was one of Merlin's chief sources. Brythonic was a Celtic language spoken in Britain and Brittany, North France.
Geoffrey seems to have combined earlier tales of Myrddin and Ambrosius, two legendary Briton prophets with no connection to Arthur, to form the composite figure that he called Merlinus Ambrosius. His rendering of the character became immediately popular, especially in Wales. Later chronicle and romance writers in France and elsewhere expanded the account to produce a fuller more multifaceted image, creating one of the most important figures in the imagination and literature of the Middle Ages.
Merlin's traditional biography casts him as an often-mad cambion, born of a mortal woman and an incubus, from whom he inherits his supernatural powers and abilities. His most notable abilities commonly include prophecy and shapeshifting. Merlin matures to an ascendant sagehood and engineers the birth of Arthur through magic and intrigue. Later stories have Merlin as an advisor and mentor to the young king until his disappearance from the tale, leaving behind a series of prophecies foretelling the events yet to come. A popular version from the French prose cycles tells of Merlin being bewitched and forever sealed up or killed by his student, the Lady of the Lake after falling in love with her. Other texts variously describe his retirement or death.
Howard Pyle illustration from the 1903 edition of The Story of King Arthur and His Knights
Of course Volunteerism didn't need a word to mark when people first started helping each other without expecting anything in return. The oldest books we have, and prior to that artefacts, record caring about your fellow humans. That has persisted in the form of institutions such as hospitals, through churches' tending the sick, to more current forms of volunteering which sees people commit their time and knowledge in any area that they have a passion for; P and C members at schools, surf lifesaving, wildlife, pets that no longer have a home, sailing, cooking meals for people, delivering meals to people, restoring the environment where you actually get to see your contribution grow - literally, reading to others, connecting with older generations - in fact, whatever your interest, how ever much time you have to give, there's a way for you to learn new skills, expand your knowledge base, connect with like-minded others and build community ion your area of interests at a local, state and global stage nowadays.
This opportunity, for those who want to acquire some skills in a larger scale music event, is currently on offer - great for the c.v. and great for those who want to find out a little more about what goes into putting a music festival together.
The Northern Beaches Music Festival 2023: Volunteers needed
The Northern Beaches Music Festival 2023, like a magical musical phoenix rising from the ashes of Covid closure, is once again raising our live music banner high.
On November the 4th and 5th we will be presenting 50 acts on ﬁve stages over the weekend. The festival will once again be located at the Tramshed Community Arts Centre and The Berry Reserve by the beautiful Narrabeen Lake. It includes fabulous, multi genre world music on three ticketed stages and one free stage (free to the general public), set amidst our festival village of world food and merchandise stalls.
Our festival is a not-for-profit event produced by the Northern Beaches Music Alliance composed of:
- The Shack
- Humph Hall
- The Manly Fig
- Fairlight Folk
- Songs on Stage
- Acoustic Picnic
With a definite focus on the Northern Beaches, our common goals are to:
- To produce and present musicians and other performing artists including up and coming young artists.
- To provide, maintain and help create venues at which artists can be presented.
- To invite, involve and include our diverse community including the disabled and indigenous, especially with regard to music, performing arts, food, dance, costume and culture.
We are keen to hear from all potential volunteers to help us with the presentation and production of our festival. We need people to:
- work on the gate
- help with administration
- help on stage (including compering)
- help with waste management
- help with musical instrument storage and retrieval as well as a whole range of other more skilled activities!
A “four hour shift “ gets you a day’s free entry! Two “four hour shifts” gets you a free weekend pass. If you’ve got the skills and would like to be involved please contact us!!!
You can contact them at via the numbers listed in the poster below - this is a 'give-get given' opportunity:
Beach Without Sand Celebrates 40th Year
- 🎂 Tammy! For your amazing cake
- 🍹 Tom for keeping everyone hydrated with your epic kombuchas
- 🍺 Balter for keeping the good times rolling with beers galore
- 🚀 NASA for lending us the tents and BBQ
- 🌶️ Volcom for putting on an epic chilli eating competition that the grooms will be talking about for years to come
- 🛍️ Volcom, Quiksilver, Roxy, Ocean & Earth, Rip Curl, Sun Bum, We Are Feel Good, Creatures of Leisure, FCS, Otis and Oneill for providing epic prizes and giveaways for the day along with all the goodies that filled the show bags
New Statutory Agency To Investigate Systemic Issues In Aged Care
- investigate systemic issues across the aged care system, including complaints management processes
- report on the Government’s implementation of the recommendations from the Royal Commission’s final report.
National Centre To Improve Health Outcomes For People With Intellectual Disability
- be a leader in intellectual disability health
- identify gaps in research on intellectual disability health
- improve health services for people with intellectual disability
- help people with intellectual disability and their families to find the right health services and access health information
- provide expert advice for implementing other measures under the Roadmap.
- the University of New South Wales
- the Council for Intellectual Disability
- First Peoples Disability Network
- Down Syndrome Australia
- the Centre for Disability Studies at the University of Sydney
- Queenslanders with Disability Network
- the University of Melbourne
- the Telethon Kids Institute in Perth, and
- the Mater Intellectual Disability and Autism Service in Brisbane.
Can The Perception Of Neighbourhood Environments Influence Active And Healthy Ageing?
New Study Sheds Light On Health And Wellbeing Of Carers
Aged Care Design Ideas Competition Now Open
Fluctuating Blood Pressure: A Warning Sign For Dementia And Heart Disease
$600,000 In Grant Funding To Keep Seniors Connected
- Category 1: Creation grants for new projects, with $20,000 awarded to 5 innovative projects with an overall value of $100,000.
- Category 2: Enhancement and/or expansion grants for existing projects, with $30,000 each for 10 different organisations with an overall value of $300,000.
- Category 3: Local council grants for local council projects, with $40,000 each for 5 different councils with an overall value of $200,000.
Common Drug Can Improve Hand Osteoarthritis Symptoms
Seaside Stories: Dementia And Reminiscence
National Immunisation Program – Changes To Shingles Vaccination From 1 November 2023
- people aged 65 years and older
- First Nations people aged 50 years and older
- immunocompromised people aged 18 years and older with medical conditions including:
- haemopoietic stem cell transplant
- solid organ transplant
- haematological malignancy
- advanced or untreated HIV.
NSW Residents Reminded To Put Their Heart Health First
- quitting smoking or not smoking at all
- eating a healthy diet
- drinking alcohol in moderation
- looking after your weight.
Fresh Light Shed On Mystery Of Infant Consciousness
Link Between Seasons And Eating Habits
Sexism And Poorer Parenting: Study Suggests A Link
- Most women fail to appreciate fully all that men do for them
- Women seek to gain power by getting control over men
- Women exaggerate problems they have at work
- Once a woman gets a man to commit to her she usually tries to put him on a tight leash
- Women are too easily offended
Researchers Capture First-Ever Afterglow Of Huge Planetary Collision In Outer Space
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