Inbox and Environment News: Issue 606
November 19 - 25, 2023: Issue 606
PNHA: Invertebrate Night Life In McCarrs Creek Reserve November 25 - All Welcome - Part Of Great Southern BioBlitz 2023
Collaroy Beach Coastal Works: Have Your Say - Closes December 3
West Head Lookout Update
- >reinstatement of the previous sandstone paving and the bronze map plinth
- > installation of the stainless-steel balustrade along the lower retaining wall
- > planting of native species in the garden beds.
Norah Head Community Group Has Long Standing Connections
Communities And Industry To Have Their Say As NSW Accelerates Renewable Energy Transition
Next Steps To Beat Plastic Pollution In NSW: Have Your Say
- Are frequently littered or release microplastics into the environment;
- Contain harmful chemical additives; or
- Are regulated or proposed to be in other states and territories.
- Items containing plastic such as lollipop sticks, cigarette butts, bread tags and heavyweight plastic shopping bags are some of the problematic products that could be redesigned or phased out.
Upcoming Workshop With Permaculture Northern Beaches + 2023 AGM + 2023 Raffle
Finding Frogs In Warriewood Wetlands
Creative Christmas: Making Natural Christmas Decorations At Narrabeen + Avalon
Join The Avalon Christmas Tree Decoration Program
Wakehurst Parkway Update: REF For Proposed Works Available - Feedback Closes December 6
Sydney Local Native: Pittwater Edition Published
- average maximum height and width
- a description of the plant's form
- flower colour and flowering season
- an overview of the plant's best features
- its preferences for soil, water and light
- where it is naturally distributed.
Please Look Out For Wildlife During Heatwave Events
AER Releases Social Licence For Electricity Transmission Directions Paper
- What expectations should be held of transmission businesses in undertaking community engagement
- What outcomes need to be achieved from engagement
- When and how social licence issues can be factored into regulatory tests for the approval of and recovery of cost for new transmission development
- What evidence is needed to justify transmission network expansion and associated expenditure.
- clearly identify the information that is the subject of the confidentiality claim
- provide a non-confidential version of the submission in a form suitable for publication.
- 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
Palmgrove Park Avalon: New Bushcare Group
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
Australia’s New Nature Positive Laws: Public Webinars On EPBC Act Reforms Run November 23 & 28 - Register Now
History: Photos From Our Past - Narrabeen + Manly Corso
Narrabeen circa 1910 - off for a swim at the beach!; this is located alongside current day Birdwood Park
Narrabeen - the view south, circa 1936 - taken from what was then called 'Green Hills' (Elanora Heights
Many Corso circa 1927-1930
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: Draft
1. a preliminary version of a piece of writing. 2. a written order to pay a specified sum. 3. US; A current of air, usually coming into a room or vehicle. 4. US; A dose (of medicine, alcohol, etc.).
1. prepare a preliminary version of (a document). 2. select (a person or group of people) and bring them somewhere for a certain purpose.
US spelling of draught (adjective).
A phonetic spelling of draught, from Middle English draught, draght (“that which is pulled; that which is drawn up, a design”), from Old English dreaht, dræht, from Proto-West Germanic drahti, drahtu, from Proto-Germanic drahtuz (“a pulling, drawing”), equivalent to draw (“to draw, drag”) + -t. Cognate with Dutch dracht, German Tracht, Icelandic dráttur.
c. 1200, "act of pulling or drawing; quantity of liquid that one drinks at a time," from Old English *dreaht, *dræht, related to dragan "to draw, drag" (see drag (v.)). The oldest recorded sense besides that of "pulling" is of "drinking" (perhaps "so much as is drawn down the throat at once"); compare drag (n.) in reference to an inhaling on a cigarette. It is attested from c. 1300 as "that which is drawn or written." In British English, it retains the functions that did not branch off with draft.
c. 1500, a spelling variant of draught (q.v.) to reflect change in pronunciation. By the end of the 19c. it was the established form in the military, commercial, and many technical sentences, and it is now almost universal in American English as conforming to the pronunciation.
The meaning "rough copy of a writing" (something "drawn") is attested from 14c.; that of "preliminary sketch from which a final copy is made" is from 1520s; that of "flow of a current of air" is from c. 1770. Of beer from the 1830s, in reference to the method of "drawing" it from the cask. Sense in bank draft is from 1745. The meaning "a drawing off a group for special duty" is from 1703, in U.S. especially of military service; the verb in this sense first recorded 1714 although others cite "person conscripted for military purpose," 1864, American English, from draft + -ee.
1. a current of cool air in a room or other confined space. 2. a single act of drinking or inhaling. 3. the depth of a ship below the surface of the water
1. denoting beer or cider served from a barrel or tank rather than from a bottle or can; "draught ale". 2. denoting an animal used for pulling heavy loads.
From Middle English (in the sense ‘drawing, pulling’; also ‘something drawn, a load’): from Old Norse dráttr, of Germanic origin; related to German Tracht, also to draw.
c. 1200, "act of pulling or drawing; quantity of liquid that one drinks at a time," from Old English *dreaht, *dræht, related to dragan "to draw, drag" (see drag (v.)). The oldest recorded sense besides that of "pulling" is of "drinking" (perhaps "so much as is drawn down the throat at once"); compare drag (n.) in reference to an inhaling on a cigarette. It is attested from c. 1300 as "that which is drawn or written." In British English, it retains the functions that did not branch off with draft
The English name for checkers; draughts is a group of strategy board games for two players which involve diagonal moves of uniform game pieces and mandatory captures by jumping over opponent pieces. The term "checkers" derives from the checkered board which the game is played on, whereas "draughts" derives from the verb "to draw" or "to move".
From late Middle English: from draught; related to obsolete draught in the sense ‘move’ (in chess or any similar game); compare with French trait, from Latin tractus ‘a dragging’.
Similar games have been played for millennia. A board resembling a checkers board was found in Ur dating from 3000 BC. In the British Museum are specimens of ancient Egyptian checkerboards, found with their pieces in burial chambers, and the game was played by the pharaoh Hatshepsut. Plato mentioned a game, πεττεία or petteia, as being of Egyptian origin, and Homer also mentions it. The method of capture was placing two pieces on either side of the opponent's piece. It was said to have been played during the Trojan War. The Romans played a derivation of petteia called latrunculi, or the game of the Little Soldiers. The pieces, and sporadically the game itself, were called calculi (pebbles).
Two men in medieval clothing sit with a board balance between their knees. Two other men, one a knight in armour, the other perhaps a page boy, watch on. From: Knight, Charles: “Old England: A Pictorial Museum” (1845) from page 175
The draught of a ship's hull is the vertical distance between the waterline and the bottom of the hull (keel). The draught of the vessel is the maximum depth of any part of the vessel, including appendages such as rudders, propellers and drop keels if deployed. Draught determines the minimum depth of water a ship or boat can safely navigate. The related term air draught is the maximum height of any part of the vessel above the water.
The more heavily a vessel is loaded, the deeper it sinks into the water, and the greater its draught. After construction, the shipyard creates a table showing how much water the vessel displaces based on its draft and the density of the water (salt or fresh). The draught can also be used to determine the weight of cargo on board by calculating the total displacement of water, accounting for the content of the ship's bunkers, and using Archimedes' principle.
The closely related term "trim" is defined as the difference between the forward and aft draughts.
Load line mark and draught marks on the side of a ship
Archimedes' principle states that the upward buoyant force that is exerted on a body immersed in a fluid, whether fully or partially, is equal to the weight of the fluid that the body displaces. Archimedes' principle is a law of physics fundamental to fluid mechanics. It was formulated by Archimedes of Syracuse.
Archimedes of Syracuse (c. 287 – c. 212 BC) was an Ancient Greek mathematician, physicist, engineer, astronomer, and inventor from the ancient city of Syracuse in Sicily. Although few details of his life are known, he is regarded as one of the leading scientists in classical antiquity. Considered the greatest mathematician of ancient history, and one of the greatest of all time, Archimedes anticipated modern calculus and analysis by applying the concept of the infinitely small and the method of exhaustion to derive and rigorously prove a range of geometrical theorems. These include the area of a circle, the surface area and volume of a sphere, the area of an ellipse, the area under a parabola, the volume of a segment of a paraboloid of revolution, the volume of a segment of a hyperboloid of revolution, and the area of a spiral.
Archimedes' other mathematical achievements include deriving an approximation of pi, defining and investigating the Archimedean spiral, and devising a system using exponentiation for expressing very large numbers. He was also one of the first to apply mathematics to physical phenomena, working on statics and hydrostatics. Archimedes' achievements in this area include a proof of the law of the lever, the widespread use of the concept of center of gravity, and the enunciation of the law of buoyancy or Archimedes' principle. He is also credited with designing innovative machines, such as his screw pump, compound pulleys, and defensive war machines to protect his native Syracuse from invasion.
Archimedes died during the siege of Syracuse, when he was killed by a Roman soldier despite orders that he should not be harmed. Cicero describes visiting Archimedes' tomb, which was surmounted by a sphere and a cylinder that Archimedes requested be placed there to represent his mathematical discoveries.
Archimedes Thoughtful by Domenico Fetti (1620)
Lifesavers Issue Schoolies Safety Message
- Only swim at a patrolled beach, between the red and yellow flags
- Don’t swim under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Never swim at night
- Ask a surf lifesaver or lifeguard for advice
- Look after your mates, and know where your group is while in the water
- Call triple-zero (000) to report an in-water emergency
Traineeship Opportunities: Work & Learn Locally With Council Or Hundreds Of Other Local Businesses
Now that the school year is drawing to a close, and not everyone wants to go to university ever, or even straight away, it's time to look around and think about what you may want to do next.
Local Traineeships are a great way to continue your Lifelong Learning and are often advertised on platforms like Seek - including those currently available and listed at: www.seek.com.au/traineeship-jobs/in-North-Shore-&-Northern-Beaches-Sydney-NSW
The great aspect of working and learning locally is you are not going to spend up to a day each commuting to and from a place of work; wouldn't you rather have that time going for a swim each morning or afternoon? and it's a lot cheaper than having to swap buses or find funds for a car and running it.
TAFE NSW is working with councils across the state to train administrative staff, upskilling their knowledge of business practices and helping to deliver important services and facilities to local communities.
At Temora Shire Council, trainees Jake Schulz and Karis Reardon are working in different areas of the council, learning important skills on the job, and gaining formal qualifications through their studies at TAFE NSW.
Jake, 19, is studying a Certificate III in Business Administration while working in a customer service role with council’s Pinnacle Community Services team, helping to streamline hands-on services to care for the aged.
“It’s very fulfilling because I’m working closely as a frontline contact person with the elderly and helping them can make their day,” he said.
“The traineeship is a perfect way to gain knowledge on the job and through TAFE NSW, and I’ve learned so much – both in skills for work and life.”
Karis, also 19, is working with the council’s customer service team and says her traineeship is a great blend of learning practical and academic skills while being paid to work in her home town.
“I’m getting great experience in customer service, balanced with other administrative skills and getting Certificate III qualifications with TAFE NSW will help with lots of opportunities in the future,” she said.
TAFE NSW Head Teacher of Business Services, Daphne Tyndall said the traineeship program was an example of how vocational education helps communities, employers and workers.
“By working with councils, we’re helping to meet those important skills needs in local government and at the same time, ensuring participants can get the formal qualifications needed to progress their careers while they’re earning and learning on the job,” she said.
“Council has always offered annual traineeships which includes supporting our trainees with paid time they need to attend class and complete assessments,” said General Manager Ms Melissa Boxall.
“We’ve found it a successful way to retain staff both in Council and locally, in an environment where we often lose our young people to regional and bigger cities for further studies and career opportunities. We also notice that they are more likely to return to our Shire with further qualifications if they’ve started their career here, we have a number of returnee staff.”
“We’d recommend any business taking a similar approach and are happy to guide them through the process,” concluded Ms Boxall.
Karis and Jake, who are both using their traineeships to earn money in a gap year before attending university, have thanked the council and TAFE NSW for the opportunity to earn and learn, saying the skills they’re learning now will help set them up for exciting careers.
Local Council Opportunities
In June 2023 the local council accepted the tender of Novaskill for a Provision of an Apprenticeship and Traineeship Program. The Contract Commencement Date is 3 November 2023, allowing a duration of Contract for 2 years with 3 further 12-month options to extend.
The program is designed to allow engagement of a Group Training Organisation to employ up to 25 apprentices and trainees per year and deliver the program management.
Novaskill has partnered with Northern Beaches Council to offer multiple Early Childcare Traineeship opportunities including on-the-job training with ongoing mentoring and support to help you achieve your career goals and unleash your true potential.
You'll complete a Certificate III Early Childhood Education over 18 months through a combination of formal training with a Registered Training Organisation and practical on-the-job experience at one of Northern Beaches Council’s childcare centres.
Council's webpage on their opportunities for Traineeships / Apprenticeships states:
Kick-start your career with a traineeship / apprenticeship at Northern Beaches Council.
We offer experiences in Childcare, Property, Finance, Youth & Community Development, Bushcare & Biodiversity, Traffic & Transport, Information Technology, Library Services and more.
Trainee and Apprenticeship roles are advertised throughout the year through our partner; Novaskill. Below are some of our regular opportunities:
- Civil Construction Apprenticeship
- Early Childhood Educator Traineeship
- Customer Service Officer Traineeship
Please refer to the Novaskill vacancies site for a full list of opportunities currently on offer.
Council has a wide a variety of jobs where you can gain experience whether you are from a school, university, TAFE or private organisations. We run this pre-Christmas so if you have something in mind you'd like to find out more about for 2024, and try out through a hands-on work experience week, you can ask what opportunities there are and get organised.
How to apply for work experience with the council
Send a short application to email@example.com marked 'Work Experience' and include:
- Start date and length of the program you’re proposing
- Area of Council where you’d like to be placed eg marketing, child care, engineering, customer service, finance, carpentry, property management etc
- Insurance documents
- If you’re a student, include the name of your school or university, who will provide insurance documents. If you’re not a student, please arrange your own insurance cover.
Find out more
You’ll probably have questions about how to take advantage of these entry level employment opportunities with Northern Beaches Council.
Please call their Human Resources Team on 1300 434 434 to establish your next steps.
TAFE Digital Helps San Remo Mum Of Six Pursue Dream Career In Conservation: Online Study Options In Every Industry/Interest
If you have already commenced work or not worked for a while and be wondering how to get into the field you really want to pursue even if you have started off down another track, it's worth knowing TAFE NSW has a system set up to support just that.
One example we'd share is how TAFE Digital is arming a Central Coast mum-of-six with the skills and experience to pursue her passion and join the booming conservation industry.
Laurie Salt, 39, has children ranging in age from two to 21 and has faced a barrage of operations for both cervical and colon cancer in recent years.
But she hasn’t let her challenges distract from her dream of working in conservation, this month completing her Certificate III in Conservation and Ecosystem Management at TAFE Digital.
TAFE Digital offers a wide range of nationally recognised, online study options, across a range of modern industries. You can study online and enjoy flexible learning to fit your lifestyle, with TAFE's online short courses, certificates, diplomas, and degrees. Visit: https://www.tafensw.edu.au/digital
Laurie said with her two youngest children entering daycare from next year, she will finally be able to start her conservation career – aged 39.
“I’ve been raising the kids all these years and this is finally my time for a career,” Ms Salt said. “I’ve always loved wildlife, plants and the outdoors, and I’m passionate about conservation and bush regeneration.”
She said studying with TAFE Digital allowed her to balance her course work with her busy lifestyle, completing assignments where and when it best suited her.
“I didn’t think I’d be able to do it but because of the way the course was structured and how supportive my teacher was, it just suited me,” Ms Salt said. “My teacher would respond almost immediately to any queries I had and explain things in a way I could understand.
“The work experience component was amazing too. I was able to go to a local property and spray weeds, replant plants, erect wooden nesting boxes and learn about soil science.”
It’s been a difficult road for the San Remo mum, who underwent two operations after discovering she had cervical cancer last Christmas, and facing more surgery in the coming months after doctors found cancerous polyps in her colon. Undeterred, she now plans to enrol in the Diploma of Conservation and Ecosystem Management in 2024 while working in the field.
TAFE Digital Conservation and Ecosystem Management teacher Abraham Mijares Urrutia, who has almost 40 years’ experience in the conservation field, said Ms Salt was part of a growing band of learners using the courses to secure work in the conservation field or work on their own environmental projects.
He said conservation was a growing industry, with a range of potential job outcomes for TAFE NSW graduates, including ranger, bush regenerator, forestry workers, biodiversity officer, catchment officer and Landcare coordinator.
“It really is an exciting time to enter the industry, especially with the growing awareness around global warming and climate change,” Mr Mijares Urrutia said.
Both the Certificate II, III and Diploma of Conservation and Ecosystem Management are being offered fee-free at TAFE NSW, subject to conditions.
Troye Sivan’s Rush Wins Big At The 2023 ARIA Awards
- International sensation Troye Sivan takes home the most ARIA Awards in 2023 with a total of four: Song of the Year Presented by YouTube, Best Solo Artist, Engineer – Best Engineered Release (Styalz Fuego), Producer – Best Produced Release presented by Neumann (Styalz Fuego)
- Genesis Owusu wins three ARIA Awards with Album of the Year, Best Hip Hop/Rap Release, Best Independent Release presented by PPCA.
- G Flip and Forest Claudette win two ARIA Awards
- Kylie Minogue wins Best Pop Release for Padam Padam
- Jet inducted into the Hall Of Fame
Celebrating 50 Years Of Hip Hop Live At The 2023 ARIA Awards
The LEGO Group Opens The World’s Largest LEGO® Store
Sydney, November 14, 2023:
The LEGO Group, in partnership with Alquemie Group, today unveiled the world’s largest LEGO® store.
Situated at Sydney Arcade, overlooking Pitt Street Mall in the heart of Sydney, the impressive 900sqm store spans two levels to create a new record for the largest LEGO store globally.
The landmark store includes the first LEGO Minifigure Factory in Australia, plus custom built large format brick features which draw inspiration from local icons and architecture, such as:
Sydney Harbour Bridge: with 549,378 bricks and taking 3,630 hours to build, this model draws inspiration from the 1920s and 30s when the original bridge was constructed. Signature features include iconic animals such as ‘Bridget’ one of the many white cats who used to live on the bridge during the 50s, ‘Jerry Chip Seagull’ and ‘Alf’ the native pink galah - in addition to ‘Erika’ the rope holder and ‘Johnny’ the worker reaching for a sneaky cupcake. Sydney Opera House Mosaic: including 303,719 bricks and taking 1,058 hours to build, with a special ‘mystery brick’ for brick fans to try and locate!
Rainbow Gum Tree: with 183,394 bricks and taking 1,271 hours to build, this incredible model stretches from the lower floor to second floor of the building and features all native Australian animals.
Troy Taylor, Vice President and General Manager, LEGO Australia and New Zealand comments: “It’s a great privilege to open the world’s largest LEGO Store in Sydney. “With immersive features, creative play experiences and playful nods to culture, Sydney's new store will give LEGO fans of all ages the chance to discover a wide range of LEGO products and exciting digital and physical experiences.
“We hope the new store contributes to the LEGO Group’s global mission of inspiring and developing the builders of tomorrow, whilst creating special memories for every fan who visits.”
Richard Facioni, Executive Chairman, Alquemie Group, adds: “This world class retail offering creates a new landmark for local families and LEGO fans from around the world. “We invite fans to step into a world beyond their imagination, including brick-built playful nods to Australian culture and inspiring, interactive experiences.”
The world’s largest LEGO Store also features leading LEGO retail experiences:
- Minifigure Factory: Customers can create and customise their own LEGO Minifigure and then watch it being printed in the store.
- Storytelling 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;
- 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.
The new LEGO Store Sydney is located at Sydney Arcade, overlooking Pitt Street Mall.
About the LEGO Group
At the LEGO Group, our mission is to inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow through the power of play. The LEGO System in Play, with our 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 means “Play Well”. Today, the LEGO Group remains a family-owned company headquartered in Billund. Our products are now sold in more than 130 countries worldwide.
For more news from the LEGO Group, information about our financial performance and responsibility engagement, please visit www.LEGO.com/aboutus.
About Alquemie Group
Alquemie Group is a retail and consumer investment platform managed by ACTA Capital. It's unique operating model leverages their collective expertise and shared services to accelerate the growth potential of its business and to create a leading portfolio of globally recognised brands. The Alquemie portfolio currently includes LEGO® Certified Stores, General Pants, National Geographic Wear (a partnership with the Walt Disney Company), Ginger & Smart, SurfStitch and Pumpkin Patch, with a pipeline of additional investments planned.
Australian Sailing On The Lookout For #NextGen Foiling Stars
November 14 2023
The fast paced and exciting world of foiling has started to make its mark on the world of Olympic Sailing.
The iQFOiL is set to make its debut as the equipment for the windsurfing class at the Paris Olympic Games, with Grae Morris having earned Australia a nation quota at the recent Allianz Sailing World Championships in The Hague.
The fledgling foiling board regularly attracts over 400 competitors at youth international competitions and over 200 in the open competitions.
Meanwhile the Wing Foil is fast becoming one of the most sought-after water sports across the globe and has started to make inroads on the racing scene.
Australian Sailing has a strategic objective to build depth in the women’s iQFOiL class and to start building a talent pool in the wing foil class. While speculative around Olympic class status for the wing, for Australia it also serves as a respectable foiling pathway class in terms of safety, performance, and cost.
In early 2024 Australian Sailing will be running our inaugural #NextGen Foil program, which will identify and assist sailors interested in transitioning to the foiling board classes. The program will be delivered in Brisbane in conjunction with the Queensland Academy of Sport.
We are on the lookout for female sailors who have an interest in developing their skills in the classes with a view on competing at the highest level in the future.
We are also after male sailors or current foilers who are interested in joining the wing program.
Prerequisites for the program are:
- 1. Commitment to the program
- 2. Skilled sailor and good racer
- 3. Risk taker and highflyer
- 4. Quick decision maker
- 5. Curious learner
The yearly program will be run by the QAS at the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron with regular structured sessions throughout the year. Initial camps will be run in January 2024 as an initiation to foiling and the program, with the potential for regional camps aligned to other youth sailing initiatives.
High performing sailors throughout the program may have the opportunity to integrate into regular QAS training when an identified level of performance is achieved.
This is an exciting opportunity to fast track female foilers and male wing foilers into the performance pathway and enhance Australia’s coaching capability in the foiling board classes to support our medal prospects for 2028 and a home games in Brisbane in 2032.
Please compete the Expression of Interest form to begin our journey today: https://www.sailing.org.au/surveys/5238/
Focus: Australian Government Photographers
Manly Junior Class NSW - Round 1 Regatta
- Round 1 will be hosted by Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (RPAYC) on 25 & 26 November 2023.
- Round 2 will be hosted by Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Sailing Club (HKSC) on 10 & 11 February 2024.
Will A New Aged Care Act Deliver?
Residential Aged Care Quality Indicators—Annual Report 2022–23
- physical restraints were at 21.1 per cent in Q1; in Q4 they were down to 17.8 per cent
- significant unplanned weight loss was at 9.2 per cent in Q1; Q4 7.7 per cent
- consecutive unplanned weight loss in Q1 11 per cent; Q4 a drop to 7.9 per cent
- residents prescribed multiple medications in Q1 36.7 per cent; Q4 35.5 per cent
- residents prescribed antipsychotics in Q1 18.6 per cent; by Q4 18 per cent
- residents who recorded a fall in Q1 32.3 per cent; Q4 32.1 per cent
- falls that resulted in major injury in Q1 2.1 per cent; Q4 1.9 per cent.
- activities of daily living
- incontinence care
- consumer experience
- quality of life.
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Thank You & Farewell To National Seniors Australia's Chief Advocate
- Retaining the energy supplement for new Age Pension recipients
- Opposing the proposal to scrap franking credit cash refunds
- Securing a regulated price for electricity together with basic consumer protections
- Reducing the Pension Loans Scheme rate to 3.95% (now Home Equity Access Scheme) and making it available to everyone of pension age
- Retaining the pension age at 67 years-old instead of the proposed 70 years-old
- Reducing deeming rates for pensioners and other payment recipients
- Campaigning government to reduce the home care wait list by 25 percent in twelve months by releasing tens of thousands of home care packages
- Increasing the income test threshold for the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card to give more self-funded retirees access to concessions.
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National Apology And Recognition For Thalidomide Survivors And Their Families
$135m For Rural And Remote Aged Care Services
Survey About The 15% Aged Care Pay Rise Now Open
- Has it helped to attract and retain more workers to aged care?
- Does it make you want to stay working in the sector?
- Do you feel more valued and rewarded for the work you do?
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- Connect with nature to feel grounded and calm
- Increase your ability to access creative thinking to help with important decision making
- Understand the science – calming the nervous system and accessing the brains prefrontal cortex
- Connecting to place and understanding that we are ‘a part’ of the earth not ‘apart’ from it
- Mindful connection to the earth helps reduce feelings of anxiety, stress, fear, and depression
- Mindful connection promotes feelings of joy, creativity, strength, and resilience
- Totally free and easily accessible form of (self-guided) therapy to increase wellbeing
New Treatment For Advanced Prostate Cancer Added To The PBS
NSW Government To Fast-Track Top-Quality Building Designs
World First Trial Of Mobile Cardiac Treatment Could Save Lives
Chemotherapy Day Unit Now Available At Hornsby Hospital
- refurbishment and expansion of psychiatric emergency care centre
- refurbishment and expansion of the Medical Assessment Unit (MAU)
- outpatient ambulatory care services, including the provision of a day chemotherapy unit, renal dialysis unit and haemodialysis unit.
- expansion of BreastScreen NSW
- expansion of oral health services at Hornsby Hospital.
- integration of community health services
- a rooftop helipad.
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