June 27 - July 10, 2021: Issue 500


Issue 500: A Few Pictures Of Pittwater

Through the over 10 years this news service has brought out a weekly Issue hundreds of thousands of photographs have been taken and shared - by residents and 'staff'. As a means to communicate what's been happening the Pictures page has proved to be popular, with some Readers stating it's the page they go to first each week. By the 5th year a parallel site dedicated just to sharing images from carnivals and regattas or events had had over 10 million visits or 'clicks' - some stating they used that lot of albums as a means to help with training, if it was sports photographed, while others were able to download images to add into their own family albums.

Other themes were a great means to record annual migrations in air, water and bush, or to simply celebrate the beauty of this place - that seasonal photo at the base of each Front Page each week is no idea stumbled upon; it is and remains a conscious decision to share others' great captures and sits at the base as a reminder that, whichever season it records occurring and its annual returning shifts of flowers and weathers, we are all from, connected to, and based in a natural environment - it is set out to be both a calming, grounding invocation of reconnection as soon as you land here, as well as a reminder that we stand where others stood, in the same breezes, and the same seasons, and are all witnesses to what is clearly manifested in a physical way as being a living or divine design before and all around us.

Last year, and again this year too, every time Joe Mills and Kevin and Glenys Murray take a walk and share that happy trail all those unable to access these areas for various reasons have been able to go anyway, see all those plants, those close ups, those big views. This wonderful pair have sent in another of a walk from Manly to The Spit this week, which we're saving for Issue 501.

Kevin Murray and Joe Mills

Some weeks have had to record the community's anger over the deliberate illegal destruction of these beautiful places, and consequently, the wildlife that lives in them. The loss of flora for money makes apparent the dupe of 'offsets' - offsets cannot replace or replicate unique to an area ecological communities. There is no 'offset' for extinction other than to not destroy.

Other images are a way to celebrate the volunteers that are the backbone of this place, the great achievements of Council, the local organisations and individuals that have organised great events solely to benefit others - the day big boofy blokes were gallivanting in pink around Hitchcock Park to raise funds for the Sunnyside Association remains a treasured memory in the community's psyche, the day Mayoress Jacqui Townsend announced Marita Macrae was to receive a Ruth Readford Lifetime Achievement Award was a very good day too. 

The job allows news service workers to meet so many wonderful people - the honour and the privilege to communicate some of their self to make a record and thus put on record brilliant things, to inspire, to inform, to rally - to let others hear their cheeky laugh, the 'cool' phrases that were part of the lingo of their surfing or mod generation, but more than that; the Veterans who were on the Burma railway, or in New Guinea, Korea and Vietnam, or even womanning the home ports quickly turn those glossy movie 'adaptations' to dross when they plain speak. 

The youngsters who have stepped up to speak their mind or shown us how to ride those waves, bikes, scooters, skateboards, horses, the teenagers who bravely share their stories through their photos - all wonderful - and all a continual reminder of how richly diverse this community is.

There have been historical markers among these images; the day we all saw Currawong saved and later, proclaimed a state park. This was followed by Narrabeen State Park, the Barrenjoey Rally, seeing Joan Reid and Lynleigh Greig work their hearts out to get the Sydney Wildlife Mobile Clinic from idea to reality, those wonderful Avalon Tattoos Graham Sloper toiled to give us, all those great regattas on our estuary every yacht club on Pittwater provides, witnessing Tamara Sloper-Harding connect youngsters in Pittwater with youngsters in Soibada, witnessing thousands of surf life savers in carnival after carnival, witnessing Christine Hopton finally getting to officially open a brilliantly conceived and accomplished new Avalon Beach SLSC - her expression that day remains one of our own favourite photos - as is one taken of the first two female Captains of Palm Beach SLSC in Alex and Kate during an annual BBB's carnival:

Alex Tyrell, Captain of Palm Beach SLSC ( 2015/2016) Kate MacDonald, Captain of Palm Beach SLSC ( 2009/2010), also first female President (2013/2014)

Here are some of those who have regularly contributed to what you see here - thank you all, even though no 'thank you' really covers it:

Volker Aebischer, Irene and John Anderson, Jacqueline Andronicus, Adrian Boddy, Nan Bosler, Ray Chappelow, Geoff Clarke, Pam Bayfield, Kelvin Carlsson, Dick Clarke, Elyse Cole, Phil Colman, Shelagh and George Champion, Doreen Cherry, Warwick Dalzell, Damian Devine, Neil Evers, Jools Farrell, Kylie Ferguson, Guy Finlay, Brian Friend, Cameron Greaves, Kayleigh Grieg, Lynleigh Greig, Selena Griffith, Cindy Goode Millman, Trevor Gourlay, William Andrew Guesdon Snr. (dad), Christine Hill, Tim Hixson, Christine Hopton, Ann Howard, John Illingsworth, Ingleside NSW RFS, David James, Andrew Johnston, Miranda Korzy, Russell Lamb, Marita Macrae, Bernadette Johnson McAlinden, Viktorija McDonnell, Robyn McWilliam, Michael Mannington, Sally Mayman, Steve Meacham, Joe Mills, Dr Peter Mitchell, Kath Moody, Sean Mulcahy, Kevin Murray, Robbie Luscombe Newman, Newport Breakers Rugby Club, Jamie Nilsson, Dr Stephen Nolan, Mike O' Flynn, Bea Pierce, Philippa Poole, Lisa Ratcliff, George Repin, Lucinda Rose, Roger Sayers, Geoff Searl, Joanne Seve, Bill Sheridan, Tamara Sloper-Harding, Maureen Darcy-Smith, Tracy Smith, Malcolm Trees, Ron Turton, John Vaughan, Adriaan van der Wallen, Huang Zhi-Wei (aka Reg Wong), Peta Wise, The Curlewis Family, Surf Life Saving New South Wales, Paul Wheeler, Dave Whiteman, Peggy Williams, Peta Wise, Margaret G Woods, Warren Young, Warringah Rugby Club, Yours Truly (AJG).

There is no way the bulk of these could be put in this page for a 500th Issue of Pittwater in pictures - some run below in no particular order apart from their year of being produced. All were taken as a means to honour and celebrate Pittwater; her peoples and her beauty. 


Currawong Day - May 29th, 2011 - photo by A J Guesdon

Above: Ian Curlewis, December, 2011. 

‘Facts and figures of annual reports do not make history, nor do they make the Surf Life Saving Association. It was the joy of living, the joy of the sea, and a joy in challenging nature with a life to save a life, with a certain knowledge that win or lose there would be no reward. That made the Surf Life Saving Association of Australia. Here lies the treasure.’ - Sir Adrian Curlewis


Above: BL  (Barton Lynch) and daughter Tamarin. - BL's Blast Off 2011 

 Above: Dancers Avalon Tattoo 2011 Avalon Tattoo 2011 Pictorial -Right: Superintendent Doreen Cruickshank, Commander of the NSW Police Northern Beaches Local Area and Commander Christine Clarke, CO of HMAS Kuttabul.

Rocky Point Asparagus Fern Out Field Day - Saturday 12th November, 2011, From Marita Macrae


Photo from: Peter Ziegler, Bushcare Officer, Pittwater Council    Working on Asparagus Fern at Rocky Point, from Marita Macrae

Asparagus Fern, Pittwater's worst weed, got another thrashing at Rocky Point Asparagus Fern Out Day recently when 55+ people attacked it at Rocky Point, near Elvina Bay. A joint effort of Pittwater Natural Heritage Association, NPWS, Pittwater Council, Church Point Ferries, Hawkesbury Nepean Catchment Management Authority and DATS Environmental Services plus volunteers from bushcare groups and friends made this a great day. We didn't quite give it the coup de grace here as we'd hoped, but we'll plan that for next year.
How do you remove Asparagus Fern? For a demonstration go to: 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYjIHxuXAHs  Rocky Point is on Pittwater's western shore, near Elvina Bay.

White Light - White Beams - May 2011. A J Guesdon photo.

Botham Beach after Burn, June 2011. Photo by Marita Macrae. Pittwater Environmental Foundation Profile of the Week Issue 15


Songs for Soibada 2011


Above: Victor Lawrence, Alan Turner-Morris and Ron Carr of Marine Rescue Broken Bay Profile of the Week Issue 14 A J Guesdon photos


Michael Mannington, 'photographer at large' at Woody Point Yacht Club's annual Putt Putt Regatta, January 2012, with Cheeky 'pooch at large'.

The Curlew crossing the finish line at Woody Point Yacht Club's annual Putt Putt Regatta, January 2012

 The oldest and youngest students cut the cake; Jim Dunn (91 years young) and Elissa Rich ( 5 years old). Mona Vale Public School Centenary, September 2021

The Robinson Family, 2012 with Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO - Palm Beach Bible Garden Regeneration – Official Launch, Saturday 29th of September, 2012

Friends of the Palm Beach Bible Garden Memorial Incorporated: Front Row:  Leigh Major, Bryce Ross-Jones, Christina de Water, Jane Robinson. Middle Row:  John Swainston, Margaret-Ann Caillard, Virginia Casey, Herminie Swainston, Jill Taylor, Susie Holman, Back Row:  Peter Kellaway, Kerry Robinson. David Robinson. Photo by Michael Mannington.

East at Easter 2012

 Narrabeen Lagoon - view to ocean from Nareen Parade Lookout

 Mayor Harvey Rose addresses opening night for ArtFest 2012 audience. Photo by Michael Mannington.

 Winner of the 7th Lion Island Challenge, and for the sixth year in a row, Tim Jacobs of the Manly Warringah Kayak Club 

  Little Pied Cormorant Microcarbo melanoleucos, also called a 'Shag. World Oceans Day 2012. Picture by A J Guesdon, 2012.

Deputy Mayor of Pittwater Cr. Bob Grace and Mayor of Pittwater, Cr. Jacqueline Townsend - Rotary Club of Pittwater's Carols in the Park 2012

Palm Beach, Pittwater 12pm 28.12.2012. Picture by A J Guesdon.

On the Pittwater estuary side, Palm Beach, 28.12.2012. Picture by A J Guesdon. 

Maria Regina school excursion - photo by Peta Wise

 Above: Clareville Beach in late afternoon light. Photography by Geoff Clarke.

 Avalon Primary School Band at Avalon Market Day, 2012.

 Commodore Peter Haig of the RMYC, Rear Admiral Davyd Thomas AO, CSC, RAN (Rtd.) and guest Ron Hattersley. RMYC Broken Bay launch of Boating Season 2012

 Clean up Careel Bay Some of the Pittwater residents who cleaned up Careel Bay Creek and Bay and its surrounds on Saturday morning in front of the ute filled with rubbish.

Asparagus fern out day. Pam Bateman, Noxious Weed Officer with Pittwater Council, Helena Dewis, Bushcare Officer Pittwater Coucnil, Marita Macrae - Pittwater Natural Heritage Association


Commodore Graham Sloper AM RAN (Rtd.) and wife Dannie - awarded Life Membership of the Australian Returned Services League

Woody Point Yacht Club 2013 Putt Putt Regatta - February 2013 - sure to raise a smile!

Coastal Platform Tour - February 2013 - we seek out and write articles specifically for our younger readership

John Black, great grandson of Albert Black, atop Barrenjoey Lighthouse (17.8.2013). International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend  2013: At Barrenjoey

2013 Pittwater Australia Day Awards: Left To right: Citizen of the Year Eric Martel, Sportsperson of the Year Jake Lynch, Beryl Driver, Senior Citizen of the Year 2013, Young Citizen of the Year Amelia Warde, Community Event of the Year, Rotary Carols in the Park, Roger Digby (Coordinator). Front: Sports person of the Year Daniel Fitzgibbon. Picture by Michael Mannington.

Cr. Alex McTaggart, Cr. Bob Grace and Brian Friend (Friendly). ANZAC DAY 2013

Paul Debyer and John Sinclair, Secretary Manager Club Palm Beach (Palm Beach RSL)

Shearwater migration - This poor starving bird picked up and shook this gum leaf - clearly wanting something to eat. 

Winter Fog Pictures: 12.7.2013 

Narrabeen team  - AR3 Division winners – These ladies have won the Grand final 3 years in a row - each year they have moved up to a higher division from B1, AR4 now AR3. Led by team captain Bianca with Natalie, Ellesha, Jemma, Emma, Melissa, Jane, Nikki and Lena. - Picture courtesy Gail McDonough, Club Secretary

 North Narrabeen lady Laurie Sword with the Commodore of the RMYC Peter Haig who won this year's Commodores Award for her painting 'Don't Panic and Always Remember Your Towel' which the Commodore loved so much he purchased it on Friday evening. RMYC Marine Art Exhibition 2013

Harvey Rose. Co-convener People for Pittwater. Barrenjoey Rally 2013

Hon. Robyn Parker and Hon. Rob Stokes at Barrenjoey Lighthouse - commercialisation of Barrenjoey canned.

Barton Lynch and some of this year's surfers. BL's Blast Off 2013

Barrenjoey Fire - Photographed from RFS Helicopter - image courtesy NSW RFS. 

Native seed pods open at Barrenjoey Headland after recent bushfire. 

 Warringah Concert Brass - Carols by the Wharf, 2013. 


Greg Allum OAM, Chairman of Carnival Committee 2014 Australian Interstate Championships,  President of SLSA Graham Ford, and Rick Wright OAM. Newport SLSC and Pittwater Council hosts Interstate Championships 2014 at Newport Beach

Bilgola SLSC Gold  Surf Boat Crew Wins 2014 Trans-Tasman Test Series. L to R Jarrad King, Brendan Murray, Don McManus, Mitch Foran, Anthony O'Toole.

Palm Beach SLSC Surf Boat Sweeps 2014 - Left to right: Mark Highfield, John ‘Rastus’ Rasmus, Stephen Cox, Peter Spence, Matt Giblin, John Van der Wallen.

Avalon Sailing Club Hosts Round Two of NSW Manly Junior Championships 

Team Spirit at Narrabeen - QANTAS Women's Sevens Rugby Team 

 Left to right: Maddy Elliot, Evania Pelite, Rachel Crothers, Emma Tonegato

 RMYC Multihull Division’s Lock Crowther Multihull Regatta 2014 Honours Australian Pioneer of Multihull Yacht Design 

Palm Beach Sailing Club members involved in Bart's Bash 2014 - picture courtesy Linda Renouf.

 Mermaids of Palm Beach - Viktorija MacDonnell, Beryl Driver and Elyse Cole.


Jack Cannons, Belinda, Donna, Scott Romain (Manly Surf School). Bush to Beach Program.

The BIG TOW - April 2014  - Photos By Jacqueline Andronicus

The light-blue soldier crab, Mictyris longicarpus, at Careel Bay - a species of crab found on sandy beaches from the Bay of Bengal to Australia; with other members of the genus Mictyris, it is "one of the most loved crabs in Australia". The Soldier Crab lives in sandy estuaries and mangroves, and occurs in massive groups that seem to emerge from nowhere all at the same time. The Soldier Crab is quite distinctive with its small, round, blue body on long jointed legs with purple stripes. As it marches around feeding, it moulds the sand into numerous pellets, sorting through it for organic matter. There is only one other species of soldier crab common in Sydney. This is the smaller Mictyris platycheles. - See more at: http://australianmuseum.net.au/Soldier-Crab#sthash.dZwZAKKa.dpuf

The Royal Spoonbill (Platalea regia) at Careel Bay -  also known as the Black-billed Spoonbill, occurs in intertidal flats and shallows of fresh and saltwater wetlands in Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and the Solomon Islands. It has also been recorded as a vagrant in New Caledonia. The Royal Spoonbill lives in wetlands and feeds on crustaceans, fish and small insects by sweeping its bill from side to side. The renowned ornithologist John Gould first described the Royal Spoonbill in 1838, naming it Platalea regia.  See more at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Spoonbill

Royal Spoonbill in Careel Creek - one of two were visiting this watercourse a day during 2014. 

Pittwater YHA Bushcare Event: 12 and 13 April 2014 - Photographs By Marita Macrae and Michael Doherty; Funding for this vital work is by the Australian Government 'Caring for our Community' program with the support of the Greater Sydney Local Land Services, Hawkesbury-Neapean Catchment Authority in partnership with Pittwater Natural Heritage, National Parks and Wildlife Service and Pittwater Council. The next Pittwater YHA Bushcare weekend is September 12-14, 2014.

Pittwater YHA hostel is nestled on the hillside of Morning Bay in Ku-ring-gai National Park. This hostel is an easy escape from the busy city life of Sydney and ideal for groups. Attractions include bushwalks to lookouts and Aboriginal engravings, plus from the hostel you can see native birds, wallabies, possums and goannas.

This backpacker hostel is perfect for those wishing to get out of Sydney without actually leaving Sydney. Escape for a week or just a weekend. More details on their website HERE

Epic Swell Avalon Beach - March 16, 2014 photo by Patrick Hudson

Avalon Beach SLSC Upgrade:

President of Avalon Beach SLSC Christine Hopton with Mayor of Pittwater, Cr. Jacqueline Townsend -opening new Avalon Beach SLSC clubhouse, August 29, 2014

Palm Beach Wharf Upgrade:

Inaugural 315 Km Sydney Harbour & Coast Walk Begins At Barrenjoey -  Inaugural Walkers with Mayor of Pittwater Jacqui Townsend and Pittwater MP Rob Stokes


Richard Leplastrier - ArtSPOT, January 2015

 The ladies behind Artspot 2015 (l to r): Jacqui Giuliano, Michele Petrie, Meredtih Rasdall, Cindy Goode Milman, Nada Herman, Jessica Watts.

Gordon Lang - PBSLSC Masters Captain, PB SLSC Twilight Masters Carnival

Life Member 'Nugget' and Jill Meares - PBSLSC.

Avalon Tattoo 2015 - Avalon Public School students - WWI Tribute - some did not come home 

 Youth Week 2015 - Pittwater Council Brings The Big Air School Back To Avalon Skate Park For School Holidays Fun Fest- Skills a'plenty on show at Avalon Skate Park this week.

Toby and Jones.

Avalon Bulldogs Host Mona Vale Raiders

Big Swim 2015 swimmer, Megan Healey, who is raising funds for Kiss Goodbye to MS, had 37 Umina SLSC members with ages ranging from 12 to 67 swimming alongside her. The Big Swim forms part of what Megan calls her "Bucket List" and she, and her great team, did the swim from Palm Beach to Whale Beach in fine style.

The Hon. Bronwyn Bishop starts the swimmers at Palm Beach

2015 3 WAY fish comp Hosts Narrabeen RSL - at weigh-in time - Sunday September 13th, 2015 

Bilgola SLSC's Under 6 Nippers getting ready for a row ! - picture courtesy Carol McManus

Pittwater Council Wins Sustainability Award. L- r: Mayor of Pittwater, Cr. Jacqueline Townsend,  Gerard Velayuthen, Director, Keep NSW Beautiful, Simonne Johnston, A/ Manager Commercial Property and Projects - Pittwater Council - picture courtesy Keep NSW Beautiful

Church Point Ferry Service - scenic cruises all year round; Penny Gleen and Michael - the Ferry Captain. 

Lion Island through Palm Beach Golf Club Trees/Spring 2015

 Ingleside RFB Open Day 2015 - Photo courtesy Ingleside Rural Fire Brigade

 Pittwater Councillors and supporters, all Pittwater Residents, at the NSW Local Government Conference on Tuesday October 13, 2015 at Rosehill - image courtesy Mona Vale Residents Association

 Little pied cormorant - Microcarbo melanoleucos, at Careel Creek- Spring 2015

Polo by the Sea

 Sylvia Cummings – Elanora Heights Community Preschool  with Nan Bosler OAM - President Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association (ASCCA)

Adriaan Van Der Wallen Nippers Age Manager - at Avalon Beach SLSC. 


Avalon Bulldogs A Grade.  Premiership Winners 2016 - photo by Bernadette Johnson McAlinden.

 Avalon Quilters 2016 Raffle Quilt"Ladies Leaping at the Zebra Crossing".

2016 Artists on the Pittwater Artists Trail - photo by Pamela Pauline 

Pittwater Camera Club Winners for 2016: From L-R  John Taylor, David Naar, Mike West, Richard Bryan, Ray Chappelow, Mike Fisher, Peter Bliss, Bob Hunting, David Hipsley, Sandra Smith, Robyn Aldridge, Patricia Roe.

Collaroy beachfront after June 2016 storms

Shoreshocked 2016 Pittwater - Juicy Ones - People's Choice Winners 

Australian Life Saving Team World Championships 2016Photo courtesy Martin Lynch

Avalon Beach SLSC's World Champion Surf Boat Crews.
                                                                                                                           Long Reef SLSC's World Champion Surf Boat Crew

Queenscliff SLSC's All Butt One living up to their '1'!

Black cockatoos at Clareville - photo by Paul Wheeler, October 2016

Upu Kila and crew mate Samantha Duchatel on Pittwater for the 2016 PBSC's Beware the Bullets Regatta

Bryce Haritos - a volunteer for Streamwatcher, the Hon. Greg Hunt MP, Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science and Federal Member for Mackellar, Jason Falinski at Warriewood Wetlands.

Whale leap off Palm Beach - photo by Adriaan van der Wallen

A Pied Cormorant colony has appeared at Palm Beach making good use of this pontoon off Palm Beach Wharf

Bayview Baths Centenary, 2016

Palm Beach Longboarders 2016 Old Mal Log Rally Group - the red & white board in front is the raffle 1st prize of a KEYO TP3 PIG 9’6” donated by Johnny Gill value $1500 - photo by Jacqueline Andronicus

Mona Vale Place Plan Rally - residents don't want Mona Vale turned into a Dee Why

Mike Stanley-Jones,  Avalon Beach SLSC Member behind the Youth Program which has been awarded Initiative of the Year in the 2016 SLS NSW Awards of Excellence.

Palm Beach SLSC's Captain Alex Tyrell with Jack (Johnny) Carter and Michael Tuck - Jack Carter Cup 2016

Pacific Club's January 2016 Carnival In Rio Fundraiser For Palm Beach SLSC

The Australian Paralympic Sailing Team at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony 

Northern Beaches Prostate Cancer Support Group members with a message - Big Aussie BBQ at Rat Park

                                                              Kayleigh Greig receiving her Australia Day 2016 Young Citizen of the Year Award from the Mayor of Pittwater. Cr. Jacqueline Townsend. 

Brian and Pamela Faulkner, Narrabeen Lakes Probus Club with Lorrie Morgan, Artist and former PCA President.

Afternoon Sailing on the Pittwater Estuary viewed from among trees at Clareville - Photo by Paul Wheeler, 2016


Lara Boyle from Whale Beach SLSC crowned the prestigious Surf Lifesaver of the Year at SLSNSW Awards of Excellence - Saturday night, August 5th, 2017 - photo courtesy Surf Life Saving NSW

Avalon Beach Women's Bowling Club Members - these Ladies prepared and served a great lunch for Koala Carnival 2017.

Warriewood SLSC's Rustys - State gold medal Surfboat crew - photo courtesy Phil Deer

North Avalon Beach headland loses it's 'Indian face' - August 2017

Ingleside RFB, December 16, 2017: Middle: Welcoming our new tanker - photo courtesy Ingleside RFB

Santa loves the Warringah Pittwater District RFS - Tumbledown Dick Rural Fire Brigade and Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade - photos courtesy named RFB's

ANZAC Day in Pittwater - Warren Young OAM

Geoff Searl putting the final touches to his Avalon Beach 1: 30,000 - the piece shows the contours of the land and hills around Avalon Beach - Newport Sculpture Trail

Jack Gale at 2017 Old Timers Race on Pittwater - photo courtesy RPAYC

Day 3 at 2017 Havaianas NSW Grommet State Titles: Cedar Leigh-Jones wins! - photo by Ethan Smith/Surfing NSW

Andrew Pearce, President Whale Beach SLSC Romilly Madew, President of Bilgola Beach SLSC, Richard Cole, President of Avalon Beach SLSC - World Oceans Day 2017 event at PB SLSC

MP for Pittwater Rob Stokes, Valerie Taylor AM, MP for Mackellar Jason Falinski, Dr. Barry Traill World Oceans Day 2017 event at PB SLSC


Gladys and Bruce Robertson OAM

Wide field winner in the 2018 CWAS David Malin Awards: Barrenjoey Milky Way Arch
Supplied: ©Tom Elliott/David Malin Awards

Avalon Soccer Club - HUGE supporters of Women's soccer

Jason Waterhouse, Olympian and World Champion  - Rod and Kerry Waterhouse, multi World Champions and Don Wood, World Champion - Don and his wife Jean started sailing on Pittwater in 1949 in Stingrays. He won his last World Championship at age 74.  Palm Beach Sailing Club Honours its Champions

Potential For Newport Paradise To Be Expanded: A Greener Sydney Spark! 

L to R:  New South Wales Governor, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC, DSC, (Ret’d); Commander Joint Capabilities Air Vice Marshal Warren McDonald, AM, CSC; President of the Returned and Services League - New South Wales, James Brown; and Indigenous Elder, Uncle Roy Mundine, OAM; hold up an Invictus Games flag at the Sydney Academy of Sports and Recreation, Narrabeen. © Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence. Photographer SGT W. Guthrie. © Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence

Offshore Volunteer RFB Members along with Allan Brett RFSA Northern Beaches, who organised an idyllic presentation ceremony at McCarr's Creek Reserve.

Avalon Beach SLSC IRB members at 2018 IRB Championships ;

Congratulations to the Avalon Beach SLSC Gold Medal winning team at the NSW IRB State Championships in the 45+ Teams event: Jean Harper, Alan Moran, Alan Mahn, Richard Cole, Xanthe Friend and Amelia Barber. 

Winter Sports: Avalon Bulldogs JRLFC player getting in the spirit of things - and this is after the game has finished!

Living Ocean Join AUSMAP Program: Call For Volunteers

Congratulations to Narrabeen Sports High School on taking out the 2018 Manly School Girl Cup at Brookvale Oval On September 18th.

Results from the Manly School Girl Cup finals 2018:
3rd VS 4th Playoff
NBSC Cromer defeated Pittwater High School

Grand Final
Narrabeen Sports High School defeated Mater Maria.

Congratulations to all girls for participating in this years competition. Photos courtesy PlayNRL Sydney Metro

Congratulations Layne, Rob And Dave

Australians Rob Bain, Layne Beachley and Dave Macaulay have won the Azores Airlines World Masters Championship in historic fashion last weekend, claiming victory in the Final bouts against Cheyne Horan (AUS), Rochelle Ballard (HAW) and Shane Beschen (HAW) respectively in the Grand Masters, Women’s Masters and Men’s Masters divisions held in good three foot surf at praia de Santa Barbara.  

A World Surf League (WSL) Specialty Event, the Azores Airlines World Masters Championship was treated to an abundance of swell and great performances by some of the legends of surfing from past generations, culminating with the crowning of the Champions.

1 - Dave Macaulay (AUS) 14.43
2 - Shane Beschen (HAW) 11.33
3rd Fabio Gouveia (BRA)
4th Luke Egan (AUS)

1 - Rob Bain (AUS) 17.10
2 - Cheyne Horan (AUS) 9.53
3rd Simon Anderson (AUS)
4th Michale Ho (HAW)
5th Glen Winton (AUS) 
6th Hans Hedemann (HAW)

1 - Layne Beachley (AUS) 12.93
2 - Rochelle Ballard (HAW) 10.43
3rd Frieda Zamba (USA)
4th Pauline Menczer (AUS)
5th Pam Burridge and Jodie Cooper (both AUS)

Read Surfing Australia's report HERE

View of Taylor's Wharf, Clareville, from Trappers Way, Paradise Beach
Neil Evers Welcome to Country and Julie Janson, Smoking Ceremony - Mick Glasheen Exhibition at Newport

Boaties Food Drop 2018 - the Team - Collaory SLSC's photo

Team Newport SLSC!  Molokai

Avalon Beach SLSC is SLSA Club of the Year

Paradise Beach, Pittwater -  Photo by Neil Johnston, January 27th, 2018 

A View to Scotland Island  - September 2018

Portuguese Beach, Pittwater - May 3rd, 2018; 3.00 o'clock in the afternoon.

Mackeral Beach Wharf

ABHS Members and their host John - visit to Bungan Castle

Aboard The Elvina - photo by Penny Gleen, January 2018


Narrabeen Creek - misty morning - photo by Selena Griffith, May 9th, 2019

SLSA President Graham Ford, Rob Stokes, MP for Pittwater and the winning NSW team. SLSA Photo.

Surf Life Saving NSW has taken out both Divisions of the 2019 Interstate Championships held on Newport Beach Thursday, January 24th. The win makes this a back-to-back victory for the teams. The NSW Pathway Cup team, led by Newport's Joel Piper as Captain, amassed 214 points, from Queensland (197), SA (117), Victoria (114), WA (110), Tasmania (50) and NT (7).

Mona Vale Road East upgrade - May 2019 update

Zonta Club of NB Birth Kit Packing day

World's Greatest Shave - Friendly pre go mo-free; about to be shaved by his granddaughters!

National Rescue Award: Jemima McGahey (Palm Beach SLSC) and Mr Jason Falinski MP, Federal Member for Mackellar - photo by SLSNSW

Wedgetailed Eagle In Cannes Reserve: I thought you might be interested to hear that on Monday morning (June 10, 2019 about 8am) I saw an Eagle swooping through Cannes reserve with a flying fox in it's talons. It was quite low (about level with our backyard) and the FF managed to get free when the eagle landed on a branch. By the time I got my camera the eagle had flown to a higher perch but I managed to get a photograph before it flew off toward the North. Report and photo by Larry Paice

Selena Griffith at Ocean Sentinels Vivid Sydney installation this week - photo by Bea Pierce

Australian Junior Surfing Titles: Narrabeen's Jamie Thomson wins! photo by Blainey Woodham (@blainey_woodham) / Surfing Australia / Nikon Australia

Avalon's Hannah Chadwick was a Finalist in this years Volunteer of the Year Awards - photo by Michael Mannington, Community Photography

Pittwater Baseball players Josh Beezley, Max Milner, Tom Butler and Forest player Caden Crouch on their way to Nettuno, Italy to play in the 2019 World Boys Baseball Tournament as members of the Roos Baseball Team. 

Avalon Craft Cottage members at 50th Birthday Luncheon. Photo by Michael Mannington, Community Photography

Avalon Craft Cottage 50th Luncheon: Robin Thomson, Nola Marshall, Lesley Warren, Jenny Fraser, Frank Wyld, Meg Sedgwick. Photo by Michael Mannington.

The team behind the Saving of Grevillea Caleyi

Doug Menzies, Warriewood SLSC's Jen Spencer, Warringah MP Zali Steggall and Mackellar MP Jason Falinski

Careel Bay Restoring Sydney Freshwater Wetlands Bushcare Group - Final Field Day - May 25th, 2019

Bilgola SLSC's Under 23's crew - the Bilgola Ripperz

Thousands of residents have joined School Strike 4 Climate Change protests

Bad Hair Day In Pittwater, September 19 2019 - a Michael Mannington photo

September 21, 2019: Ingleside NSWRFS continues to put RFS volunteers in the field at the Long Gully Rd, Drake bushfire near Tenterfield. Our volunteer Josh was deployed into the field Friday, patrolling Fire edges, clearing trees and mopping up smaller fires. Whilst they had a dusting of rain, that's already evaporated and it's dry again on the 53,000Ha fire.

Horses Evacuated To Clive Rogers Equestrian Centre Warriewood:  As a result of the extreme fire conditions forecast for Tuesday this week, November 12th, council undertook to make available  evacuation areas for resident large animals, including horses, at Warriewood and Frenchs Forest Showground. Regular Contributor Joe Mills, photographer and past Artist of the Month, took these photos during one of his dawn jaunts to North Narrabeen and Turimetta beaches on Tuesday morning.

Photo: November 8, 2019 - The Ingleside NSWRFS Tanker is up in the Port Macquarie area, they left at 5am to get there.  An additional 5 tankers were also responded to Taree just after lunch. Ingleside had 4 RFS volunteers involved in this bushfire effort. Then a 2nd Strike Team left just after lunch from the Northern Beaches RFS District (Friday November 8th) and ended up at the Rainbow Flat bushfire, just South of Taree - another terrible fire. By December NSW RFS Volunteer Strike Teams from our area were heading to the South Coast to meet the infernos there. Photo courtesy Ingleside NSW RFB.

Carols at the Beach 2019


Ingleside Rural Fire Brigade: January 6, 2020

Our two Ingleside NSWRFS Strike Team leaders are returning to the Northern Beaches of Sydney tonight after their 3 day deployment to the South Coast. The 5 truck team of 31 volunteer fire fighters engaged 57 residents affected by bushfire in the West Conjola area today. Some great work, particularly during the 45⁰C heat on Saturday, saving homes in Bendalong, Manyana and Little Forest areas.

Thanks to The Milton Hotel for putting on delicious pizzas, coffee and softies at no charge for our volunteers this afternoon.

Brigades on the Strike Team:

  • Davidson Rural Fire Brigade
  • NSW RFS - Terrey Hills Brigade
  • Warringah / Pittwater Headquarters Rural Fire Brigade
  • Tumbledown Dick Rural Fire Brigade
  • Belrose Rural Fire Brigade
  • Ingleside Rural Fire Brigade

Our Firies: Their Words, Pictures, Videos - 2019/2020 Fire Storms

At Lake Conola, January 17 - Lynleigh Greig photo - Sydney Wildlife Mobile Clinic's Inaugural Run Into The New South Wales Firegrounds

The Rions and Marvell and more! Thank you to Creek Street Photography for the amazing photo. Barrenjoey High School supports fire ravaged Mogo Public School 

Palm Beach SLSC's Saturday morning Patrol of January 25th, 2020 - Patrol Captain Doug Lucas.

Krystal Elliott took part in Newport's Pool to Peak 400m swim finishing in 6 minutes, 20 seconds in the 10-12 years Age Division

'A Shower at Sea' - off Avalon Beach  - photo by Roger Sayers

Mona Vale Rd, Terrey Hills Ingleside Rural Fire Brigade photo - February 2020 storms

Mona Vale SLSC's Drifters - Gold! - photo by Aaron Tannahill - 2020 Australian Surf Rowers League (ASRL) Open

North Narrabeen SLSC's Reserve Male 'Smokos' team - Gold! - photo by Malcolm Trees - 2020 Australian Surf Rowers League (ASRL) Open

Left to right: Vice President of Avalon Beach RSL Tamara Sloper Harding OAM, Robert Johnson, Director of Johnson Brothers Mitre 10, former NSW Police Snr. Constable Lisa Hewitt, President of Pittwater RSL and Pittwater Woman of the Year 2017, Deborah Carter, Lieutenant Commander Ryan Carmichael RAN Retd. - ANZAC Day 2020 - Light up the Dawn.

Bungan Beach SLSC recognitions - 2019/2020 SLS SNB Awards of Excellence - Bungan Beach SLSC photo

Chloe Carr with her Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern Beaches Branch 2020 JLOTY Award on Bungan Beach

Drone Pilot training at North Mona Vale headland during June 2020

Above: Wednesday July 15, 2020 photos of North Avalon Beach headland and boulder.

Above: Saturday July 18, 2020 photos of North Avalon Beach headland

Mona Vale Road East upgrade - July 2020 update

L to R: Surf Life Saving NSW CEO, Steven Pearce, Gotcha4Life Founder Gus Worland, Collaroy SLSC Member and 2021 Olympian Georgie Rowe, The Hon. Rob Stokes, MP for Pittwater and Mona Vale SLSC Member. Back;  Mel and Nathan Wellings, Avalon Beach SLSC Members and Founders of the 24 Hour Row. Photo by Surf Life Saving NSW.

                                                                                                                                                       Kelvin Carlsson - photo by Joe Mills

Mona Vale Beach Dawn, Saturday July 25th, 2020 - photo by Dave Murray

Eastern Yellow Robin at Warriewood Wetlands - photo by Margaret Woods 

Yellow-tailed black cockatoo, Calyptorhynchus funereus, above Lovett Bay, October 2020 - photos by Kevin Murray

Marine Rescue NSW Commissioner Stacey Tannos, MP for Mackellar Jason Falinski, Michael Seale, NSW Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott, MP for Pittwater Rob Stokes with the brand spanking new Michael Seale