December 10, 2023 - January 20, 2024: Issue 609


Pictures Of The Year: 2023

Records of Celebrations, news reports, regattas, pictorial walks by Joe and Kevin and wonderful natural happenings have filled each Issue in 2023 - Front page base photos that remind us why we all live here and chart the shifts in the seasons we are all witnesses to.

We've also lost a lot of great people this year who did so much for our community over decades in some cases. 

Our condolences to their families who will be feeling their absence as we head into end of year reminiscing and missing their presence at the Christmas table this year or getting that New Years kiss. 

Some of those for you to see once more before we begin again in 2024.

January 2023

From: Ten Years On ‘Hands Off Barrenjoey!’ Remains The Song - transcription of speeches + photos of interior of Asst. Keepers cottages + NSW Department of Planning and Environment January 23 2023 'Barrenjoey Headland statement'

Best Dressed Crew was those aboard John and Gemma Winterbottom’s’ boat ‘Primrose’ who all dressed as Martians in full green bodysuits. Photo: Marg Fraser-Martin, Marg's Yacht Photos

Winners are grinners!!!. Photo: Marg Fraser-Martin, Marg's Yacht Photos

From: Woody Point Yacht Club’s 2023 Putt Putt and Gentlemen’s Launch Regatta

Warringah- Pittwater SES Unit members showing the new Medium Storm Vehicle to young supporter Leo.
Mackerel Beach RFS members ran the pancakes for breakfast this year
Mayor Michael Regan, Uncle Neil Evers, Mackellar MP Dr. Sophie Scamps, The Hon. Rob Stokes, MP for Pittwater

From: Australia Day Breakfast At Newport 2023 + Ride With Aboriginal Peoples 2023

Palm Beach SLSC's 2022-2023 President, Jeremy Black and Captain, Tim Markovitch

The Brats 2023

The Brutes 2023, + 'comment' from AT

The Bruisers 2023

81-year old 'Bruiser'  Doug Ferris leads out the swim

From: Palm Beach SLSC's 2023 Brats, Brutes, Bruisers Carnival 

NSW State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers on the Northern Beaches have been given a $255,000 boost to their emergency response capability with the delivery of a new Medium Storm Vehicle and General Purpose Trailer.

Minister for Emergency Services and Resilience Steph Cooke joined Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes, SES Commissioner Carlene York and SES volunteers and staff on Monday January 16th to hand over the keys to the new vehicle and equipment.

“The Warringah-Pittwater Unit’s 128 members are some of the most active in NSW and I’m very grateful for their work in the Northern Beaches community as well as deployments to regional areas,” Ms Cooke said.

“The two new assets being officially handed over today form part of the NSW Liberal and Nationals Government’s $116 million Fleet Replacement Program to provide our wonderful volunteers with the best possible resources and equipment.”

Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes said the new vehicle and trailer are a welcome sight following relentless rain and flooding over the past year.

“The Medium Storm Vehicle is equipped with a comprehensive suite of equipment to enhance the volunteers’ capability in storms and flood rescues, while the General Purpose Trailer will assist with the transport of sandbags, tools, water, food, medicines and other items,” Mr Stokes said. 

“These new assets will help our volunteers better protect the community, keeping residents safer and stronger when severe weather strikes.”

From: Upgrading SES Warringah-Pittwater Unit's Storm Response
Turimetta Beach, January 18, 2023 - photo by Joe Mills
North end of Paradise Beach, Pittwater January 18, 2023 - photo by A J Guesdon

Graffiti 'Art' On Pavilion Building At Palm Beach

Opened in January 1937 after the demolition of the growing amount of structures erected in the same vicinity, including the 3rd version of a PBSLSC clubhouse, this iconic instance of still intact Pittwater Art Deco buildings has been targeted by a vandal during the first week of 2023. The top image was taken January 7th 2023, below this taken January 1st 2023, when the 'art' was not present.

Drainage Upgrade At Garden Street Warriewood

Council contractors are presently upgrading the infrastructure on the eastern side of Garden Street at Mullet Creek due to damage caused to the structure over the years by storms.

The works include:
  • renewing the headwall and wingwalls
  • upgrading the existing undersized apron and scour protection
  • upsizing the existing stormwater pipe connection to the southern wingwall
  • installing new pedestrian fence. 
These works are essential to renew the collapsed wingwall and prevent further deterioration of the headwall structure. The work will increase the life and integrity of the structure and secure the embankment on the eastern side.

The proposed works will not address flooding issues, however, will significantly improve the structural integrity of the existing outlet.

During the construction activities, care will be taken to ensure there is no adverse impact on water quality and marine habitats/ vegetation. Appropriate sediment and erosion control measures are installed and maintained during the works.

Residents state the flow of water through the creek beyond these has almost ceased as a result. The creek downstream of the culvert under Garden Street is zoned as E2 – Environmental Conservation.
Construction started late in 2022. The work was delayed due to Covid-19 related resourcing and contractor availability.

The estimated construction time for this project is 3-4 months from establishment to handover.

These photos were taken from the swamp side, and this is not accessible to the public because of the construction barricades. 
Photos: Joe Mills

Local Seniors State They 'Are Invisible'

Older residents tell us they are 'the invisible' people in our local population - Are you a Senior? Do you feel the same? Are there enough multi-generational connection events happening in our area? How can services and connections be improved?

We'd like to hear from - please email us at

Februaruy 2023

Photo: Michael Mannington OAM

Kristen Wright and the youngsters enjoying some snorkelling. Photos: Michael Mannington OAM

Burra Mac(Burra McHughes) with Beryl Driver OAM. Photo: Sallymae Bailey

From: Bush to Beach 2023

L to r: organiser Jasmine Hopcraft, Mural Artist Daniel Hend, Tom Borg Mc Gee, WIRES wildlife rescuer and carer, Cristo Tracy, General Manager at Avalon Beach RSL, and Jayden Walsh, Ecologist From: New Avalon Beach Mural Celebrates Local Flora and Fauna Still Present - Laments That Now Gone

Sue Millar and family

Brent Walker 93 christening

From: Two New Surfboats For Avalon Beach Surf Life Saving Club by Roger Sayers OAM

Marg says; Three went out, two came back, waiting on the event report!! Photo: Marg Fraser-Martin, Marg's Yacht Photos

Photo: Marg Fraser-Martin, Marg's Yacht Photos

From: Woody Point Yacht Club’s 2023 Putt Putt and Gentlemen’s Launch Regatta - The Races Photos In Issue 569 we ran a report on the Woody Point Yacht Club’s 2023 Putt Putt and Gentlemen’s Launch Regatta. Along with sharing a few insights about the boats taking part and the winners of this year's fun, Marg Fraser-Martin, of Marg's Yacht Photos, shared some great images. Marg has since sent in some action shots from the races - how could we resist a second 'run' ? Who does not love these beautiful wooden boats?  They're absolute classics and we're lucky to have so many great examples on Pittwater. An absolute feast for the eyes and senses.  Margaret runs as a Profile soon - this lady is another of Sydney's GREAT women photographers, and one of the nicest people you could meet.

Twany Frogmouth at Warriewood. Photo: Kevin Murray

More Than 1300 Calls For Help As Deluge Hits NSW

Friday February 10, 2023
The NSW State Emergency Service (SES) has had a busy 24 hours responding to 1337 calls for help as heavy rain lashed much of the coast yesterday. 65 Flood rescues were recorded across the state.  

The Greater Sydney area received more than 437 calls for help, with storm and flash flood related incidents recorded in parts of Sydney, the Northern Beaches, Central Coast and the Hunter.  

SES Manly was called out to assist a driver whose car was trapped by sudden and fast flood waters at Oxford Falls and later attended to helping residents in Amiens Rd Clontarf after a landslide took out a large section of embankment.

The driver in the car trapped by floodwaters will not deter from 'if it's flooded forget' again.

                                                                                         landslide at Clontarf

The NSW SES Warringah / Pittwater Unit were also out and about this weekend attending to fallen trees and leaking roofs.

In related NSW SES Warringah / Pittwater Unit news one of their volunteers, Dan, is heading to Turkey with the FRNSW USAR team.  

Our thoughts are with everyone over there at the moment. Good luck with the search efforts and stay safe.

The Hon. David Elliott, BA, MA MP, NSW Minister, with Dan and members of the FRNSW USAR team heading over to help Turkey.

Further south in the Illawarra and South Coast, NSW SES volunteers and emergency service partners were busy with 378 incidents including flood rescues from vehicles and people stuck in buildings, landslides and storm related assistance.  

Landslides along Lawrence Hargrave Drive saw a bus stranded. Fortunately all occupants were safe and well with the NSW SES conducting welfare checks. 

In the state’s west, a storm led to more than 239 incidents at Dubbo. The majority of these incidents were for leaking roofs, water damage and a few flood rescues.  

21 schools were impacted in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven including 6 being declared non-operational in the Wollongong local government area.  

NSW SES State Duty Commander Colin Malone said SES volunteers and emergency partners would be out in the field again today. 

“We will continue to respond and assist communities and work through the impacts of this rain,” he said. 
“Yesterday was a very busy time for the NSW SES and our partner agencies. We’re asking people to check conditions before travelling. 

“If you come across a flooded road, please do not take the risk, find an alternative route.” 

Unsettled weather conditions are likely to continue, with the traditional storm season far from over.  
The NSW SES is reminding people: 
  • -not to drive, ride or walk through flood waters.    
  • -do not park your car under any trees or powerlines.  
  • -secure and put away and loose items around your backyard or balcony.   
  • -if you require assistance from the NSW SES call 132 500. If it’s a life-threatening situation call 000 immediately.  
Incidents Total: 1,337 
Break Down by Zone:   
Metro – 437  
Northern – 229  
South Eastern – 352  
Southern – 8  

For emergency help in floods and storms, call the NSW SES on 132 500. In life threatening situations, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.

Photos: SES Manly Unit/NSW SES

NSW Sports High Schools Partner With Australian Olympic Committee

New South Wales has scored a first with the state’s seven Sports High Schools officially becoming Australian Olympic Pathway Schools from February 6th 2023.

NSW Education Minister Sarah Mitchell MLC and NSW Sports Minister Alister Henskens SC, MLA with Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) Chief Executive Matt Carroll, jointly announced the partnership, aimed at boosting opportunities for talented NSW athletes to progress their sporting and academic careers.

In a further boost for schools across NSW, the state government has also announced Australia’s largest Olympic education initiative, with an extension of the “Olympics Unleashed” program set to reach 250,000 school students over the next three years.

Minister for Education and Early Learning Sarah Mitchell said the unique designation from the Australian Olympic Committee for these schools was fantastic news and would help boost the state’s efforts to create future generations of Olympians and Paralympians.

“Our seven Sports High Schools in NSW are the only secondary schools in Australia to have this prestigious recognition," Ms Mitchell said.

“This reflects the great strength of our sports high school network and their excellent track record in fostering both sporting high performance and academic achievement. I can’t wait to see the next generation of medal-winning athletes coming from our public schools as we look to Brisbane 2032.”

The seven Sports High Schools in NSW receiving this recognition are Endeavour Sports High School, The Hills Sports High School, Hunter Sports High School, Illawarra Sports High School, Matraville Sports High School, Narrabeen Sports High School and Westfields Sports High School.

This news comes as the NSW Government confirmed a $1.5 million boost to extend the successful “Olympics Unleashed” school program, aimed at supporting students through the power of sport, until 2026.

“The award-winning Olympics Unleashed program, which teaches our students important life skills in decision making, goal setting and overcoming adversity, has reached more than 75,000 Year 9 students over the last three years,” Ms Mitchell said.

“Continuing it for a further three years will mean thousands more young people, including primary school-aged students for the first time, will benefit from the program delivered by Olympians and aspiring Olympians.

“Sporting heroes are made in our public schools and particularly our amazing sport high schools, so it is fitting and incredibly exciting to recognise their role in Australian sporting excellence by acknowledging them as ‘Australian Olympic Pathway Schools’.”

Minister for Sport Alister Henskens said the NSW Government is committed to supporting the state’s seven sports high schools in their endeavour to develop future Australian Olympians.

“The students at our sports high schools today will be our heroes standing on the podium at the Brisbane 2032 Olympics, and this partnership will strengthen their opportunity for international success,” Mr Henskens said.

“The first-of-its-kind in Australia, this initiative will encourage even more high school students to reach for the stars, as well as provide programs to help young people stay focused and motivated while they’re studying and trying to forge a pathway in their respective sports.”

Today’s announcement builds on the signing of an MOU between the sports high schools and the NSW Institute of Sport, which strengthened the pathway for talented athletes with a specific focus on Olympic sports.

AOC Chief Executive Officer Matt Carroll said the Australian Olympic Pathway Schools designation is an important endorsement of the value of the sports high schools network in NSW.

“The key to sporting excellence is to align participation, pathways and high performance. To have this alignment at high school level is powerful, particularly as we look to Brisbane 2032 and beyond.
“We have seen Olympic Training Centres recognised around Australia and overseas, but never at the school level.

“The AOC is also thrilled by the extension of the Olympics Unleashed program. Our Olympic athletes can deliver these sessions across the state, including regional areas and Indigenous communities. We will reach 1,800 schools across the three years.

“It’s important that our young people pursue a passion – we want people to get active but finding your passion may lie beyond sport.”

Since Sydney 2000, the state’s Sports High School have produced 36 Olympic and Paralympic athletes, including Brandon Starc (Track and Field), Caitlin Foord (Football) Kyah Simon  (Football), Maurice Longbottom (Rugby 7s), Kaarle McCulloch (Cycling - Track), Dani Stevens (Athletics), Mariah Williams (Hockey).and Amanda Reid (Swimming and Cycling – Paralympics).

Olympic sports currently with programs at NSW Sports High Schools:
  • Athletics
  • Baseball/Softball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Hockey
  • Rugby Union
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Polo

Online Safety In A Changing World

AvPal February 7th presentation 'Online Safety in a changing world' as part of the local Seniors Festival 2023 events took place at the Newport Community Centre.

AvPals presenter Saskia Zaitzieff went through the latest risks, what to look or listen for to avoid being caught and where to get help. 

The presentation included examples of current scams to help you identify them and highlighted the various clues that give them away. 

After the main presentation there was a short information session on the wide range of AvPals courses for Seniors being presented at the Newport Community Centre in Term 1, 2023, followed by afternoon tea.

The AvPals Term 1 program is on the left hand of this page.

Further Seniors Festival events happening locally can be found in: 
The Scamwatch website provided by the Australian Government provides an up-to-date list of what kinds of current scams are occurring and how to protect yourself from these. Visit:

You can also subscribe to receive email alerts for these at: 

Top tips for avoiding scams:
  • Stop – take your time before giving money or personal information.
  • Think – ask yourself if the message or call could be fake? If it is, hang up and block them from calling you again. Remember NO Australian organisation such as, for example, the ATO will call you to demand money.
  • Protect – act quickly if something feels wrong. Contact your bank and report scams to Scamwatch.
Reminder: if you find you are targeted via email by scammers:
  • Look - at the email address; does it match the content
  • Block them - right click and nominate the email as 'junk' and this will 'block the sender'

Photo: Rory Amon Councillor NBC, Saskia Zaitzieff AvPals presenter, Jim Carmichael AvPals President,  Miranda Korzy Councillor NBC, Greg Ross AvPals Coordinator. Photo: Michael Mannington OAM

100 Year Anniversary Of Dee Why Ladies' Amateur Swimming Club 

Februay 4, 2023:
A wonderful day celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Dee Why Ladies Amateur Swimming Club that achieved this milestone in September last year.

My late grandmother, Marjorie Smith OAM swam in the first race in 1922 and dedicated her life to the Club until her passing in 1996 having taught hundreds of thousands of children how to swim.

In 1965, together with her best friend, the indomitable Isa Wye MBE OAM, who was Secretary of the Club at 16, then President for over 50 years, they helped bring men and womens Swimming together, bringing NSW and Warringah together.  

They worked hard for an Olympic Swimming pool and officially opened it as President and Secretary of Warringah Amateur Swimming Association in 1979.

Pictured in this photo my mum Roslyn De Luca OAM who also spent her life at the club, Toby Williams - Life Member of WASA, Lois Clarke OAM - Life Member DYLASC and WASA and Marion Robertson long term Treasurer and Life Member. 

It was great to see in attendance Life Members, Michael Regan, past and present members.
The historical photos, Minute Book and Gala Day Program are simply amazing.


Cr. Vincent De Luca OAM
Photo: Michael Mannington OAM

Marine Rescue Broken Bay Catch Up

Council have replaced the existing Marine Rescue Building at Rowland Reserve, Bayview, with a new single story building in the same location.

The existing building was built over two decades ago using re-purposed demountable structures and was showing ongoing signs of dilapidation. The new base provides more space for operations and training.

Council worked closely with key stakeholders and the local community to determine the needs for the new building.

The works are now complete and the new base is operational for Marine Rescue.

A formal opening ceremony will be held next month.

In related MRBB news, members recently drew the prize tickets for the raffle they were holding over the past few months.

The lucky numbers were drawn by CEO of the RMYC Jayson MacDonald. The Royal Motor Yacht Club has been a supporter of Marine Rescue stretching back to the 1930's when members first commenced training to serve others on Pittwater.

The funds raised are put towards meeting the costs of running the vessels the MRBB use to provide assistance to those who issue a call for help while on the waters of Broken Bay.
Congratulations to all winners - some GREAT prizes.

Height Limit + 'Gross Overdevelopment Of Site' Recommended For Approval: Old Palm Beach Fish & Chip Site

The  Northern Beaches Council has recommended the Northern Beaches Local Planning Panel approve the DA proposal at 1102 Barrenjoey Road, Palm Beach (the old fish and chip shop site), including a recommendaton for approval of the height breach. The DA is listed for the NBLPP Meeting to be held on Wednesday 15 February 2023.

The PBWBA, and the neighbor imediately adjacent, believes that the amended DA2022/0469 plans lodged on 26th September 2022 for this site still represent a gross overdevelopment of the site with unacceptable amenity impacts on the Community, the streetscape and importantly on the neighbouring heritage property Barrenjoey House and should be refused. 

''The height dwarfs surrounding properties and dominates the streetscape. The amended clause 4.6 variation request is not well founded.'' the Palm Beach Whale Beach Association for residents states.

However, the proponents have since lodged an ammended Clause 4.6 - Height of Building - request on December 15th 2022 that relies on judgements in the matters of Wehbe v Pittwater Council [2007] NSWLEC 827 (Wehbe) at [42] – [48], Four2Five Pty Ltd v Ashfield Council [2015] NSWCA 248, Initial Action Pty Ltd v Woollahra Municipal Council [2018] NSWLEC 118, Baron Corporation Pty Limited v Council of the City of Sydney [2019] NSWLEC 61, and RebelMH Neutral Bay Pty Limited v North Sydney Council [2019] NSWCA 130 - along with comparing the current proposal to one approved in 2014 for a smaller development as an improvement.

The new proposal exceeds the 8.5m height limit for Palm Beach by 3.0m or 35%, the proponents state. 

The ammended drawings show a RL of 13.75 metres for the 3 storeys (to roof pitch top) so 5.25m - at 2 storeys the RL is 9.75m.

The Council has stated 'the proposed development will be in the public interest and is consistent with the objectives of the standard and the objectives for development within the zone..' 

The public that are interested Pittwater residents, along with the neighbour whose home will be overshadowed, have objected en masse to the proposal. 

The Northern Beaches Local Planning Panel usually makes its determinations on the day. They are published on Council’s website, normally within three working days.

Over the past few weeks Pittwater Online has received emails with photos showing parks are not being mowed or maintained, Bilgola Plateau Park has not been returned to a state where it may be used by ALL residents after bike jumps were allowed, and huge amounts of sediment running off into McCarrs creek, which adjoins the Kur-ring-gai Chase National Park, as well as Sydney Water contractors showing, as one resident states, ''little regard for Newport beach''.

The above video, taken on Tuesday February 21st 2023, came with the comment;

‘’ This video was taken by a resident of McCarrs Creek road who is distressed that this environmental vandalism is allowed to continue. shows the ground washing down onto the street. What is doesn't show is that it then flows into the creek and traverses this neighbours property.

It's also dangerous. And it's not an isolated incidence. ‘’

At the recent community forum which pointed out Pittwater could legally keep its own formed by the community DCP and LEP, Bayview and Church Point Residents Association president Peter Blanchard, said his area was “another jewel in the crown on Pittwater”.

“We’ve got some pretty sombre examples in our part of the world and, in fact, across the road from where I live,” Mr Blanchard said.

“If my wife and I got caught short on this [DA’s going through], how the hell do other people keep up? 

“We woke up one day and found that seven blocks of land - in a row - had been put on the market by Roads and Maritime.''

DAs for three of those seven blocks had already been approved.

“The removal of the old growth forest and the undergrowth – as I say, abutting a virtual rainforest – has started,” he said. “We had some heavy rainfall here the past few days and it was very typical there that these slopes – very steep blocks – and soil of course, because it's bare earth, is running down onto the road, crossing the road, and then it runs into the creek.

“I’d been away for a few days, and I saw this soil colour in the creek. I thought it got some sort of growth in the creek, but no, it’s actually from across the road and running up McCarrs Creek.”

Mr Blanchard noted that no one was viewing the seven blocks and enormous loss of bushland from them overall, rather each was assessed individually.

“These blocks are being clear felled to the teeth,” he said.

“This is happening on this council’s watch; it is happening on this state minister’s watch.”

Another: ‘’The Mona Vale road site has been washed into McCarrs Creek on one side and Mullet Creek through the Warriewood side! Last rain event it was seriously obvious that the sediment on these sites is not controlled enough!’’ - image supplied:

At Newport a similar example has been unfolding for months. One Newport resident’s comment: ‘’Tons of sediment down the drain and out to Newport Beach, courtesy of Confluence Water.’’

And; ‘’ They told us the work would take 10-12 weeks, it took them 18 months.’’ - image supplied:

Newport paved area and sidewalk after Sydney Water’s contractors have ‘finished’:

Jamieson Park – a resident kindly mowed a strip for access through here – and what it looks like after the area was mowed on Friday - images supplied:

From: Sediment Running Off Into Creeks and Beaches From Work Sites - Public Parks Not Maintained – Bilgola Plateau Park Still Not Fixed: Residents NOT Happy 

Rotary Club Of Upper Northern Beaches 2023 Art Show: Opening Night

"Art helps us make sense of the world". - Pittwater MP Rob Stokes at the 2023 Rotary Art Exhibition Opening

A celebration of local artistic talent that will make a lasting difference in the community is happening through the Rotary Upper Northern Beaches Art Show 2023, 24th-26th February.

There are over 220 paintings and works from 80 artists this year, including Catherine Frostick, Tony Cabassi, Greg Hyde, Nina Paine, Andrew Taylor, Thomas R Poole. 

The Rotary Club of the Upper Northern Beaches proudly supports local charities, as well as being contributing to a strong international network of global programs.

The Upper Northern Beaches Rotary Club’s Art Show has fast become a popular annual community event and major charity fundraiser with the funds dedicated to supporting local and international charity beneficiaries.  50% of art sale proceeds are donated to worthy charities and all contributing artists are also in the running for a First Prize of $2,000 and Peoples’ Choice Award of $500.  

This year Trevor Harvey of Harvey Gallery Seaforth who was the club's Judge of the Major Prize.

The winner announced was Lena Nimmo for ‘Yellow Mobile’  #128  winner. 

Trevor stated ''‘Interior’ 126 also great. Her abstract ‘Fly Away’  #127 also great.

''Lena shows a confidence in her subject matter and materials. Whether it be a figurative painting, a miniature interior or a loose abstraction. They are all executed well. '' Trevor said

Special Mention; Mira Goldsborough. Beautiful work ! #70 I’m tempted to buy it. 

Congratulations to all.'' - Trevor Harvey.

Mayor Michael Regan, Lena Nimmo, Liz Lovell and The Hon. Rob Stokes, MP for Pittwater

Report: Tony Butera. Photos: Michael Mannington OAM, Community Photography

From: A Pittwater Mix: February 2023 - Purple Poppy Day 2023 at Pittwater RSL - Seniors Festival at Newport - Author Talk; Jo Riccioni in conversation with Meg Dunn at Avalon Community Centre - Rotary Art Exhibition Opening Night at Mona Vale - Gay Pride Rainbows Chalking it UP at Avalon Beach 

Photos: Surf Life Saving NSW
The always impressive March Past was won by Mona Vale SLSC at this year's SLS NSW Age Championships. Photos: Surf Life Saving NSW

From: Surf Life Saving NSW State Age Championships 2023

Time out in Mona Vale's Village Park.

Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club Patron

Club Patron Announcement, from Commodore Allen Stormon. 

"I am pleased to advise that Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC KC, Governor of New South Wales, is our new club Patron. 

I would like to thank the Honourable Bronwyn Bishop AO for her patronage. She has represented our club with distinction and will continue to be an Ambassador for our club with the local community".

Marine Rescue Broken Bay News

February 25:
Our Broken Bay members will be marching along with the MRNSW contingent in support of unity and inclusiveness. 

Our Broken Bay unit was delighted to work with the Ingleside Rural Fire Brigade joining BB30 for some interagency training. Both volunteer organisations working together to support our communities.

Thunderstorms Close Wakehurst Parkway - Local SES Units Respond To Calls For Help 

The NSW State Emergency Service - Operational Statistics Update for February 22nd, 2023

Severe thunderstorms impacted Sydney Metropolitan, Central West and Southern Tablelands yesterday. 

In total, NSW SES received 377 (227 Sydney Metro) incidents in the last 24 hours (to 5am). 12 (11 Sydney Metro) Flood Rescues (Mainly involving cars driving into floodwater).  

Focus areas:

  • Warringah Pittwater (and Manly Unit) – 63
  • Orange – 42
  • Queanbeyan – 33
  • Ku-ring-gai – 21
  • Sutherland – 17

The NSW SES Warringah / Pittwater Unit reported it had been a busy night for both the Warringah- Pittwater and NSW SES Manly Units:

''We currently have 4 of our vehicles attending to jobs, along with NSW SES Manly Unit, and several RFS units assisting us. In addition to this we have  our Flood Rescue  team along with Flood Rescue Teams from Manly and NSW SES Ku-Ring-Gai Unit

There has been 44 Requests for Assistance tonight, including 4 Flood Rescues. 

We had 60mm of rain in a 1 hour period, which caused multiple roads to flood. There is more rain expected over night. So please take care.''

By the time the volunteers members of these units could put relax again and dry off they had attended to 63 requests for assistance.

NSW SES Warringah / Pittwater Unit volunteer members. Pic: NSW SES M-W Unit

If you need emergency assistance due to flood/storm damage, call NSW SES on 132 500. If life threatening, call 000.

Fire At Ingleside Closes Mona Vale Road

On Friday February 24th Ingleside RFS volunteers responded just before 9.30am to a reported vehicle fire. Upon arrival, they found an old 'glass house' storing vehicles, was fully alight and spreading. Calling in more RFS resources and with assistance from Fire and Rescue NSW, the fire was brought under control within the hour. 

However, Mona Vale road was closed in both directions, as reported by Live Traffic, from soon after 9.30am, to protect the public. By 11.00 am one lane in each direction had reopened, with Emergency services still on the scene and the travel advice being to 'continue to slow down and take extra care'. At 1.00pm Live Traffic advised both lanes were now reopened.

Fortunately rain that had been falling earlier that day, quite heavily towards the northern end of the peninsula, lifted around the same time, keeping the Wakehurst Parkway open.

Unfortunately, numerous old and valuable cars were destroyed in the fire. At the peak of the response, NSW RFS had 8 fire fighting trucks in attendance with NSW Fire and Rescue having 6 appliances on the scene with both services working to extinguish the fire.

Over 50 firefighters were involved with a water shortage making the fire fighting difficult in the earlier stages until more water could be brought in.

However, the fire was prevented from spreading into other storage sheds. Just after 11.30, the fire was extinguished, with RFS Fire Investigators working with Police to determine the cause of the fire.

NSW RFS Brigades in attendance:
NSW RFS - Terrey Hills Brigade
Davidson Rural Fire Brigade
Warringah / Pittwater Headquarters Rural Fire Brigade 
Beacon Hill Rural Fire Brigade

Video: Ingleside RFS

Fire And Rescue NSW Firefighters Return From Earthquake Mission

Saturday February 25, 2023
Fifty-four Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) firefighters have been welcomed home after their two-week deployment to Türkiye in the aftermath of the fatal earthquakes in the country.

The Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) specialists had been working as part of the Australian Government’s 72-member Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) ‘AUS02’.

One of the NSW SES Warringah / Pittwater Unit volunteers, Dan, was part of this team.

FRNSW Commissioner Paul Baxter, alongside partner emergency service leaders, Türkiye diplomats and other dignitaries, greeted and thanked the contingent after their plane touched down in Sydney tonight.

‘AUS02’ had been positioned in the hardest-hit province of Hatay, where firefighters had been using their skills to locate and extract victims from the rubble.

Firefighters used more than 22 tonnes of equipment to search 27 sites, from which it was able to return 34 deceased persons to their families.

Minister for Emergency Services and Resilience Steph Cooke said the work undertaken by ‘AUS02’ has greatly supported local families.

“The devastation from these earthquakes has been heart-breaking and our thoughts remain with the Turkish and Syrian people,” Ms Cooke said.

“I am very thankful to our Urban Search and Rescue specialists for selflessly answering the call to help and the immense contribution they made while on the ground in Hatay.”

Commissioner Baxter said following an emotional and gruelling fortnight abroad, the FRNSW contingent will now enjoy some well-deserved rest.

“Our firefighters ensured victims of the quakes were treated with dignity and survivors felt supported, but we know it is work that is both physically and mentally demanding,” Commissioner Baxter said.

“We will continue to support our people and their families as they settle back into life in Australia and process what they’ve witnessed in recent weeks.”

FRNSW has a strong network of counselling, peer support services and other measures, which firefighters will be able to access at any time. 

Mona Vale SLSC winners of the Green Division in Adrian Curlewis Masters Carnival 2023 - Kristyn Monnock, Lise Layard and Sophie Stokes (MVSLSC Team Captain). Black Division was Manly LSC A Team

Angus Curlewis

Above: Adrian in 1927 the year he was admitted to the NSW Bar nla.pic-an10998777-30 Part of Philippa Poole (daughter of) photograph collection

glimpse inside the new kitchen and one fabulous PBSLSC Member preparing the lunch

From: The Adrian Curlewis Masters Carnival 2023 - A Peek Inside The Renewed Clubhouse + Inspiring Words From Pittwater MP 

Congratulations to the winners of the 20th Doug Crane classic. Once again Ashley Brown and Gem Lehman proved too strong for the opposition. Ashley took a big lead and held through choppy conditions. 

Tim Hixson, ABSLSC Swim Captain

Ready to swim

From: Doug Crane Classic Celebrates Its 20th Year: The History Of This Great Swim + Doug's Profile From 2011

Palm Beach supplied the Reserve Men’s and U23 Men’s teams for the 2023 Interstates Cup, run alongside the ASRL Open each. Photo: Malcolm Trees.

Palm Beach (NSW) Padlocks win!  Photo: Malcolm Trees.

Palmy Army at ASRL Open 2023

From: 2023 ASRL Open A Great One: Local Boaties Train Eyes On State Championships - Nationals 

James Spithill shared some great insights and inspirational messages - the young sailors of BYRA were stoked

Mike Woolley, friend, Linda Buchan, Sailability Crystal Bay

Ken Beashel

Thomas Spithill and Kate Pellew (nee Spithill).

BYRA's Club Captain – Mal Keeler, Rear Commodore – Mindy Meehan, who organised the SailGP event, and Commodore – James Roberts

From: SailGP Skipper James Spithill Visits BYRA To Help Launch Their Youth Development Foiling Program: Inspires Next Generation To Get On The Water

World Para Surfing Champion Emma Dieters is the Australian Surfing Female Para Surfer of the Year
Cooper Chapman was named the Reeftip Great Good Award winner for The Good Human Factory.  His award was presented to him by Rod Brooks

From: Australian Surfing Awards Winners Announced: Cooper Chapman for The Good Human, Emma Dieters, Para-Surfer 

From: Cancellation Of Bus Services Continues To Impact Local Commuters - Students: Drives Residents To Take To Their Cars Again, Residents State This Will Be Reflected In How They Vote In The 2023 State Election

Executive Committee of MoWaNa with Guy and staff of The Mind Cafe, Narrabeen. From: MoWaNa Safe Space Launched

Avalon Beach Village Shared Space Update

by Cr. Miranda Korzy
Work will start again in Avalon Village next week and continue through March.
Council staff will update councillors on timing for completion of the program, once contractors are confirmed - and we'll pass that on.  

Works starting on Monday 20 February:
  • Relocation of bus stop slab and construction of connecting footpath north of pedestrian refuge on Barrenjoey Road.
  • Install gutter bridges, kerb ramp and footpath works Avalon Parade west leg (23/2 – 27/2 day shift)
  • Undertake pavement repair works Old Barrenjoey Road week commencing 20 February (Night Shift)
  • Pavement Stamping Old Barrenjoey Road week commencing 20 February (Night Shift).
In the meantime, a reminder that pedestrians have right of way throughout the shared zone and the speed limit is 10kph.

Appreciation For Avalon Beach SLSC's Awesome Trainers!

ABSLSC  adult and youth Bronze Medallion squads kicked off on the first weekend of February.

Combined with one of the largest SRC squads currently underway and a Bronze Medallion education course in Singapore to start soon the club will have 86 members of their community learning valuable lifesaving skills and 15 Singapore based expats. 

We are so fortunate to have an incredible team of dedicated volunteer trainers committed to sharing their skills and expertise to help others.

ABSLSC Trainers

Pittwater Regatta competitors in ideal conditions, Photo: RPAYC 

From left, Kayimai, Bushranger and Soozal. Photo: RPAYC 

Crew of Anitra May takes in the view. Photo: RPAYC 

From: Pittwater Regatta 2023

Pretty happy! Long Reef SLSC Members. Photos: Cr. Miranda Korzy.

From: A Brilliant Day: New Clubhouse For Long Reef SLSC Opened

Baby Rainbow lorikeets testing out their wings this week - it takes around 60 days for them to learn to fly. Photos: A J Guesdon

March 2023

Swamp Wallaby At Palm Beach 

Photo: Emilio Gallego, taken Friday March 3, 2023 at Dark Gully - PLEASE do not speed through this corner.

From: New Marine Rescue Broken Bay Base Commissioned: A Building Designed To Look Like A Boat To Honour Its Purpose - The Work Of Marine Rescue Volunteers also available: Appointment Of New Marine Rescue NSW Commissioner Announced As Alex Barrell: A Local Gentleman From A Family Who Have Served Our Community For Decades

Palm Beach SLSC - one of several local clubs with small Masters Teams that had great results in the 2023 SLS NSW State Championships. From: Surf Life Saving NSW State Masters Championships 2023 A 'Great Reunion' For All

Protect Pittwater and Demerge NSW members at Avalon on Saturday March 4, 2023. Photo: supplied. From: Protect Pittwater On The Streets Again Calling For Council Demerger Poll

From:  A stroll through Warriewood Wetlands by Joe Mills

Zonta Club of the Northern Beaches, 2023. Photo: Michale Mannington OAM, Community Photography. 

From: Pittwater Woman Of The Year For 2023 Is Sally Mayman: Announced At Zonta Cub Of Northern Beaches International Women's Day Breakfast

Syd Fischer 2012 Rolex Sydney Hobart - Daniel Forster, Rolex pic From: Vale Sydney Fischer AM OBE

10,000 signatures held by (L-R) Garigal man Neil Evers, Dr Conny Harris, Pam Dawes, Deb Harris, Rachael Jackson, Cr Kristyn Glanville.

From: 10,500 Sign Petition To Save Lizard Rock From Development

ACS Furry Sailors Set To Hit The Water This Friday

This Friday will see the next scheduled Alfred's Community Sailing event here at RPAYC. The initiative provides sailing experiences, sail training programs and support to not-for-profit community groups to become involved in the excitement and social benefits, well-being and health benefits that sailing can provide. 

Some of our keenest sailors are of the furry variety! These fur-friends contribute to the success of the program by offering support to their fellow sailors in a way that only they can. Meet ACS regulars Reggie and Ollie! 

To find out more about our Alfred's Community Sailing program or how you can get involved please email or visit

Dear Editor: Issue 576

Barrenjoey Keepers Cottages

When the Palm Beach & Whale Beach Association (PBWBA) inspected the Assistant Lighthouse Keepers Cottages on Barrenjoey Headland in 2019, we were assured that a hole in the roof of one cottage had been repaired and that the damage to the interior would be made good. A recent inspection now shows that the roof has again been patched but the internal damage to the ceiling has not been repaired and that the exterior and surrounds of the cottages need maintenance. It is understood that NPWS is short of funds but this is not a good signal for its care of historic premises. Either NPWS don’t have the money or they don’t care.

Barrenjoey Headland, as part of Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park, is included in the Australian National Heritage List 2003 and, as such, the approval of the Federal Minister of Environment would appear to be necessary for any development of the buildings on the Headland. Because of its historic buildings, a factor which does not occur elsewhere in this national park, and the particular significance of the lighthouse to both State and Commonwealth heritage, it is appropriate that the Headland should have its own separate plan of management.

According to the Commonwealth’s National Heritage List, one of the two cottages occupied by Jervis Sparks in the 1950’s was restored by him in the style of the early 1800’s. Given that fact and also that no services are available within the cottages except a wood-burning stove, (i.e. there is no electricity, running water, toilet or washing facilities within the actual cottages), it is clear that substantial work would be required to bring them up to the current standard for premium short-term accommodation. There is no business plan for this work and hence no analysis of the likely cost or return on the investment. However it is likely that the pay-back period will be many years. It is also likely that the two cottages on their own would be unable to provide a realistic return to NPWS without the addition of additional accommodation on the headland, further reducing accessibility for the general public and damaging the natural environment.

All of this strengthens our argument that the Headland is not suitable for the provision of short-term accommodation and we still believe very strongly that the words “short-term accommodation” as a possible use of the cottages should be deleted from the proposed plan of management for Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park (PoM).

We believe that Minister Griffin’s suggestion of a stakeholder reference group has considerable merit as a worthwhile mechanism for inclusion in PoM’s generally and provision for this should be included in the Ku-Ring-gai Chase PoM before it goes to the Minister for approval. It would be a sign of good faith with the community for the SRG to be set up quickly now; the community concern about the headland remains at a high level. Our petition continues to gather signatures.

We remain happy to work with NPWS and local bodies to identify possible alternative uses (excluding short term accommodation) either as part of a reference group or as PBWBA, and we have recently gained access to additional expertise which would assist us in contributing to the process of identifying alternative uses. 

We also believe that several recent events should influence the decision on the PoM: -

(a) The announcement of a new national park of more than 400,000 hectares between Tibooburra and Wanaaring will further stress the inadequate resources of NPWS but also reinforce the view that its strength is the management of parks and wildlife, rather than the management of historic buildings. 
(b) Its proposals for Strickland House in Nielsen Park on Sydney Harbour are of major concern to all Sydneysiders. This is the only publicly-owned historic mansion left on the Sydney Harbour foreshore and it has a fascinating history. It’s value would be destroyed if the NWPS proposals as outlined in the Sun-Herald of 26 February were to proceed. Again, alternative uses need to be identified. Other, admittedly less historic, properties in this Park have already been “re-purposed” for accommodation and have in the process lost their integrity and the public has lost the use of them.
(c) Similar reservations surround the NPWS plans for an historic property on Port Hacking.
(d) The proposed 99-year lease of Cadman’s Cottage, the oldest building in the City of Sydney and located within the most important historic precinct of Sydney, for who knows what purpose, appears inappropriate and lacks transparency. It should be used as a museum of the early days of the Colony of Sydney.

The conclusions which we draw from these events and which we would commend to you are: -
(a) NPWS should concentrate on its traditional task of managing wildlife and bush reserves and national parks and be properly funded to do so. 
(b) The management of historic buildings like the Barrenjoey Headland and Strickland House and Cadman’s Cottage should be transferred to the Historic Houses division of Museums of New South Wales for them to manage, in the public interest. They are much better placed to consider alternative uses.

The Barrenjoey Headland is the Jewel in the Crown of Pittwater and must be preserved for a present and future generations.

A/Prof Richard West AM 
President PBWBA

Inside The Assistant Light Keepers Barrenjoey Cottages 
Photos taken January 15, 2023 by Greg Barrett


Narrabeen Sports High School: Your school needs your help!
Right now, delivery of the Narrabeen Sports High School redevelopment is in danger. The quality of the physical environment your children learn in, is in danger. We need just two minutes of your time to email the two main local candidates in the state election, to ensure the promised redevelopment is actually delivered.

You may not know that since a “rebuild” was announced several years ago, no real maintenance was allowed to be performed on the school. No point spending money on a building that will be demolished and replaced in a year or two.  For a time, this was a good trade-off because the opportunity to be a part of the rebirth of a school, attracted many of the best teachers from around Sydney, to join our school.  In a time of teacher shortages, we are now lucky to have one of the most passionate, dedicated and talented teaching teams and leadership in the state.  This has been a huge bonus to the opportunities and futures our children will have in life.

The problem is that that the physical building redevelopment has taken so many years to happen.  Over this time, the “rebuild” has been watered down to a “refurbishment”.  Now, even this refurbishment is being watered down because of insufficient government funding in the first place. And while both major parties are promising billion-dollar investments in new schools in marginal western suburbs electorates, our school is about to be forgotten.  

This is not just about having a pretty school.  The quality of the learning environment really impacts the motivation of your child to learn, no matter how passionate our teachers are. 

We have just over one week, before the election, to make this an issue for our local politicians to make a commitment to. At the bottom of this post are words you can include in an email to our local candidates. Please take just a minute or two to copy, paste and send them.  

If you see a local candidate campaigning nearby, tell them or one of the supporters wearing the T-shirts and waving the placards, that this is an important issue to you as a voter.  If enough of us do this, they will make commitments.  

The email addresses:
Rory Amon:
Jacqui Scruby:

The words:
'Our school has been denied regular maintenance, waiting for a promised rebuild.  This has been watered down to a modest refurbishment and now even this may not happen because of insufficient government funding.  Our school community has been penalized with the worst school infrastructure in the state, because of a politician’s undelivered promise. As a potential local representative, I want you to make this an important policy issue.  To help me decide on which candidate to support, I want you to make a public commitment to find the additional funding needed to at least deliver the refurbishment scope promised in November 2022 – without any further reductions in scope.'

Thank you for your help!
Narrabeen Sports High School P & C Association

Protect Mona Vale's Bongin Bongin Bay - establish an aquatic reserve
Who are we? 
We are a group of locals who are leading a campaign to have Mona Vale's Bongin Bongin Bay (Mona Vale Basin) declared as an aquatic reserve.

Our group is made up of local swimmers, surfers, surf life savers and beach users. Our group has no political affiliation. We are just passionate locals who care about our environment. 

What are we proposing?
With your support, we will be asking Northern Beaches Council to lobby the NSW Government to establish a 'no take' zone at Bongin Bongin Bay (Mona Vale Basin).

The establishment of this aquatic reserve will protect local marine biodiversity now and into the future.
Why do we support this?
We use the beach every day throughout the year and believe this unique environment is worthy of protection. We regularly see stingrays, dolphins, blue gropers, sharks, octopus, cuttlefish and many other species in and around Bongin Bongin Bay. Occasionally we have seen turtles, penguins and migrating whales.

However, we believe that fishing and the collection of crustaceans, shellfish and vegetation from the foreshore is impacting upon the biodiversity and the local ecosystem. 

Species that were seen regularly in and around Bongin Bongin Bay disappear after weekend fishers have been present.

Thank you
Friends of Bongin Bongin Bay (Mona Vale Basin)

Mona Vale Basin on Monday 7 Feb. 2022. Photo by Joe Mills

Careel Bay Footpath
Can you please find out what is happening with the footpath that was allocated a Grant in 2022. We were advised these works would commence on January 9th and now it is March 16th and nothing has started and no one heard from since.

Answer: Pittwater Online News has spoken to the Contractors, Kelbon, chosen by Council to complete the North Avalon-Careel Bay footpath and associated works who advised that Council requested they delay a commencement time to be outside of peak volume traffic times during school holidays. A February start date was then allocated. However, Council requested a further date be selected once they have approved their Design for the site as they want to ensure the stormwater system has capacity for the rain runoff that occurs along this stretch of road with the gutters in the current plans.

Once the Council have checked the Design for this a new date will be decided on and residents along that stretch of road will be notified one week prior to the commencement of works.

Northern Beaches Retired & Former Police Association March 2023 Meeting

Something a little different at our March meeting. Guest speaker Danny Shannon, accompanied by his assistant Jess Gaddes, gave us a look at the other side of the "Black Door" and how you can turn your life around from addiction and a life of crime. Once a drug addict, but now a much sought-after guest speaker on the corporate speaking circuit and mentor at schools, correctional facilities and recovery programs, Danny now runs a successful online business Encapsulator which creates personal videos for the future.

Chairman Dave Whiteman presents Danny with a thank you

Vice Chairman Brian Friend O.A.M. presents Danny with a thank you

The Northern Beaches Retired and Former Police Association meets bi-monthly at Manly Leagues Club with a Coffee Catch-up on alternate months. The venue has installed a installed a chairlift to assist members who struggled with the stairs.

Members receive regular email notification of meetings and other events.
For RFPA membership or other information please email

Executive :
Chairman : Dave Whiteman
Vice Chairman : Brian Friend O.A.M.
Secretary : Ian Finlayson
Treasurer : Bill Bush
Welfare Officers : Jim Soiland, Barry Miles and Geoff Kay

Photo: Michael Mannington OAM, Community Photography. From: MoWaNa Safe Space Officially Launched By Safe Space Community Champions

From: Warriewood Wetlands - Creeks Deteriorating: How To Report Construction Site Breaches, Weed Infestations + The Long Campaign To Save The Warriewood Wetlands & Ingleside Escarpment

Weeds strangling banksia trees at Governor Phillip Park, Palm Beach. Image supplied.

From: $378,072 Allocated To Council For Weed Control - Governor Phillip Park Gets A Grant This Time: Full Details Of All 11 Sites

From: Mona Vale Woolworths Front Entrance Gets Garden Upgrade: A Few Notes On The Site's History 

From: Avalon Beach SLSC's 'Round The Bends' & 30th Year Of Family Swims Have Been Run: Completes Pittwater Swims Series 2023

From: RPAYC's Inaugural Race From Pittwater To Shellharbour...and Back - The BWPS 2022-2023 + Pittwater To Coffs Harbour Yacht Race: starts March 31st off Barrenjoey Headland

Vale Robert Hunter Grace – ‘Bob’

May 17, 1935 - March 23, 2023

Formerly of Whale Beach and Coogee
passed away peacefully at home in Narrabeen 
One of Life’s True Gentleman
"Treat everyone with respect and dignity"
Son of Frederick and Martha. Brother to Barbara (dec), Fredrick (dec), Judith (dec) and Marcia (dec). Uncle to the Barden, Grace, Roberts and Carney families.

former Deputy Mayor of Pittwater Council Bob Grace in his famous red MG. Photo: AJG

It is with sadness we inform the community of the passing of Bob Grace. A feisty, cheerful fighter for our community over many decades.

Bob studied to become a pharmacist. However, Bob failed chemistry twice. A self-disciplined man, he did not give up and worked as a travelling salesman while studying law. Robert was called to the Bar in November 1967 and was a founding member of 4th Floor Selborne Chambers in September 1977. 

Fifty years of service to those in need of legal advice opened Bob's eyes to the numerous individuals unable to express their voice, muted by financial or legal complexities. 

Bob served on Warringah Council before ‘getting out of there’ to serve on Pittwater Council— and continued to be a passionate member of the Pittwater community, advocating for the return of Pittwater Council after it was forcibly amalgamated into the organisation we have today. He cited a loss of democracy, environment and a local voice among his reasons and contrasted the many differences between a built up Manly which was close to the CBD and the green hills of Pittwater, contrasting in turn the differences between the former Warringah council and that of Pittwater as simple physical and cultural facts.

Since 1998 Robert Grace had served as a Councillor in Pittwater, and became known as 'Amazing Grace' to many in the community.

A practicing Barrister who was actively involved in Whale Beach Surf Life Saving Club for 43 years, and a member of Palm Beach Golf Club for over 30 years, and fond of Elanora GC, many of us had long seen Bob waving to us as he zipped along in his red MG. A long-term supporter of the Avalon Bulldogs, instrumental in the Victorian Bushfire appeal (this club helped raise $500), Bob spent a lot spare Saturdays and Sundays looking after those he represents.

He epitomised enjoying being in this beautiful place and how it inspires us all to ensure what is Pittwater continues.

His 'motto for life'?

''I have two that are really the same message. Treat everyone with respect and dignity. Try to treat people as I would like them to treat me.''

Vale Douglas J  Mulray

December 1 1951 –  March 30 2023

Affectionately known as "Uncle Doug", he grew up in Dee Why and was well-known for his bawdy humour and charismatic larrikinism, with his style of free quips, parodies and 'unbridled naughtiness'.

Mr. Mulray started his early years as a salesman travelling in Europe, before his father, a lawyer, suggested a career in broadcasting.

He began his radio career at 2AD in Armidale, after doing a broadcasting course at the Digamae (Rod Muir's) Radio School. From there he grafted his way south, securing a spot with Central Coast station 2GO Gosford. During the mid-1970s he worked on 3AW Melbourne with a program called "Mulray & The Man".

In the late 1970s, he started a permanent job in Sydney with the newly formed 2JJ (Double Jay), where he built up a sizeable following. In 1982 he was poached by then new station, Triple M. 

Many may remember his "I'm a Punk" / "Doug's Dub" (as The Rude Band) release of the same year.

Doug moved into television, hosting talk show series Beauty and the Beast, as "The Beast''. In 1992 he hosted the infamous the Australia's Funniest Home Videos's spin-off Australia's Naughtiest Home Videos, although it was pulled from broadcast by Nine Network owner Kerry Packer after 34 minutes.

He was inducted into the Commercial Radio Hall of Fame in 2009. Mulray was married to wife Lizzie Muir. 

Doug Mulray, Mrs Mulray (left) and Danielle Barnes at Songs for Soibada, PFOS, 2011

Vale Ross Jorgensen 
1942 - 2023 

Ross Jorgensen made a unique contribution to surfboat rowing in the SLSC arena spanning almost 50 years as an oarsman, sweep, coach, mentor and official. He was selected in three Australian representative teams and several NSW State and Manly Warringah Branch representative teams.
Ross joined Warriewood SLSC for the 1971 season. He was a keen surfer and an accomplished stillwater rower, having competed in national titles with the Mosman Rowing Club.

He soon established himself at Warriewood and had early success winning a NSW State Championship rowing in 1973.

In conjunction with Roger Ninham, his great friend and crewmate from Mosman, he ushered in a new approach to surfboat rowing. His crews were lean, superbly fit and technically capable. Ross focussed on length, time at the finish and other technical aspects of the stillwater rowing stroke. Power to weight ratio was important to him, it wasn't just about raw rowing power. He was meticulous about boat rigging, inboard/outboard ratios and seat height positions.

It was as a sweep and boatman that Ross excelled above his peers. His earlier surfing days and knowledge of the sea became his greatest asset and he applied it expertly to the benefit of his crews.
He sat in rare air so far as results in Australian Championship finals are concerned. He coached Warriewood to their first Australian Open gold at Bancoora in 1977. The following year, as a sweep, he achieved silver at Kingscliff, then gold in 1979, 1980 and 1981 ( Trigg Island, Maroochydore and Wanda respectively ). Wanda presented a double reward for him as he swept the Reserve crew to a gold medal immediately after the A crew final. In doing so, Warriewood achieved back to back wins for both A and Reserve crews, the A crew achieving gold in three consecutive championships.

Ross subsequently took Bungan Beach to gold medal wins in 1985, and 1986 ( Point Leo and Moana ) then placed in the next two championship finals ( Scarborough and Cronulla ) adding to A crew placings he had earlier achieved with Queenscliff in the mid 70’s.
This was an extraordinary achievement.

Ross continued his involvement and success for many years in womens and masters competition at a number of northern beaches clubs. He maintained an active interest in coaching and mentoring local and interstate crews, particularly South Australian crews where he eventually moved to in order to support his sister in 2019.

He will be missed by his many friends and rowing colleagues who acknowledge the loss but recognise the significant legacy he has left the sport.

Col Scully - Warriewood SLSC

Vale Denzil Joyce OAM

Life Member 
Manly-Warringah Rugby League Football Club

It is with great sadness that MWRLFC informs our community that Denzil Joyce has died at the age of 92. Mr Joyce was made Life Member #17 of the Manly Referees Association in 1964. His contribution also extends to the Manly Warringah Junior League and Manly Warringah District Club.

Manly Referees Association along with the MWRLFC extend our deepest condolences to his wife Judy, Family and Friends. 

Denzil was 92 years old.

Denzil Joyce OAM via the Manly Warringah Sporting Union (est. 1964) brought order and control to all field sports in our area where chaos would otherwise prevail. Denzil was the President of this organisation for 29 years, his system is used all over Australia and New Zealand. 

Denzil was recognised for his contribution to the community and an Oval at North Curl Curl was named in honour of him.

Denzil was a GIANT of our Community. He built the dressing sheds and the Jane Try Stand at Brookvale Oval. 
Some of Denzil's achievements and recognitions include:

1957–61, 69–84 MWRLFC Committee Member.
1957 MW Junior RL Secretary.
1960 MW Junior RL Life Member.
1962 MW Junior RL President.
1964–93 MW Sporting Union President.
1976 Warringah Community Service Award.
1978 MWRLFC Life Member.
1978 MW RL Referees Association Life Member.
1978 South Curl Curl SLSC Life Member.
1978–82 South Curl Curl SLSC President.
1979 MW Sporting Union Life Member.
1989 Order of Australia Medal (Services to Community)
1997 Warringah Community Service Award.
1997 Pittwater Community Service Award.

Vale Michael Byrnes OAM 

It is with great sadness that we inform the community of the passing of a truly significant surf lifesaver, a former President of Surf Life Saving NSW and Avalon Beach SLSC stalwart, Michael Byrnes.  

Michael completed his Bronze Medallion in 1953 and held many positions at his beloved club including Vice Captain, Chief Instructor, Chief Steward, Assistant Secretary, Registrar, Race Secretary, Publicity Officer as well as being part of the General Committee and Judiciary Committee.

Michael was a Life Member of Avalon Beach SLSC, Sydney Northern Beaches Branch, SLSNSW and SLSA.

At a Branch level he held roles including Deputy Superintendent, Secretary of the Board of Examiners, Branch Team Manager, State Centre Management Delegate, Registrar for the Board of Examiners, Assistant Treasurer, and Liaison Officer to Metropolitan. He served on the Selection Committee, Constitution Committee, Judiciary Committee, Finance Committee, Boat Committee, Life Saving Committee, Gear Improvement Committee, Gear Inspection Committee and Boat Rowers’ Committee.

At a State level Michael served as Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer and Trustee. He served on the Constitution Committee, Finance Committee, Herald Gear Fund Committee, Finance/Herald Gear Fund Committee and Selection Committee. He was elected President of Surf Life Saving NSW and served from 1984-1989.

Over his many, many years of service he has been an Assessor, Examiner and Official. In 2011 he received a 50+ Years of Officiating Service award. In 1999 Michael was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for service to Surf Life Saving.

Members like Michael are the bedrock on which the current Surf Life Saving movement is founded. The organisation is richer for having him serve in his many capacities across so many decades. His passing is a huge loss to us all.

Our thoughts and best wishes are with his family during this time.

Avalon Beach SLSC

Plateau Road Gas Fire Incident

On Thursday 30 March, a contractor engaged by Council to undertake stabilisation road works on Plateau Road, Bilgola Plateau struck a gas line, resulting in a fire.

Gas supplier, Jemena, attended the site to shut off the gas supply to the affected area. Fire and Rescue (Hazmat Crews) also attended the scene, managed the incident and extinguished the fire once the gas was shut off.  Jemena is continuing to work on reinstating the gas service to houses in the street.

No one was injured in the incident and no houses were affected.

Council understands the inconvenience to residents and is working with all stakeholders to update residents and resolve the incident.

Incident status
Jemena has now reinstated the gas service to houses on the street.

Plateau Road reopened to limited traffic at approximately 6pm today.  Buses, residents and pedestrians can continue to use this road.

Given the expected wet weather over the weekend, the contractor will have traffic controllers on site and maintenance crews available to address any minor issues.

As a result of the incident and damage to machinery, Council are reviewing options to complete the road resurfacing works and will provide further information soon.

We are working with the contractor to recommence as soon as possible.


Photos: FRNSW, Cr. Miranda Korzy

Avalon Beach Shared Space, 11am Saturday March 25, 2023. Photo: A J Guesdon
Turimetta Beach Sunrise, Thursday March 23, 2023. Photo: Joe Mills

April 2023

From: New Pittwater MP Will Be Rory Amon - 2023 NSW State Election Results Signal A Change In Pittwater Voters

From: Avalon Soccer Club Kicks Off Its 2023 Season Home Games: A Catch-Up With The Green & Red Pre-Season

Deputy Unit Commander Marine Rescue Broken Bay Andrew Majewski and Unit Commander Jimmy Arteaga 

From: Marine Rescue Broken Bay Volunteers Will Be On Duty This EasterPlease Log On – Log Off + a look inside the new MRBB Base

The 2023 Palm Beach to Balgowlah Coastrek at the Narrabeen leg. Photo: Joe Mills

Little Corella fledglings - one being groomed by a parent bird, April 1, 2023, Careel Bay. Photo: A J Guesdon.

Ingleside Rural Fire Brigade New Members

Sunday April 2nd, 2023: 
Congratulations to our newest volunteers, Nick, Nick and Matt, who today passed their initial RFS training Course in the rain today. They are now qualified and can participate operationally with the Brigade. Welcome.


Photos: Ingleside Rural Fire Brigade

Canopy Keepers: Advocates For Pittwater's Trees

Last Tuesday a bunch of Keepers attended the council chambers in support of member Jane's  address to the councillors, seeking an answer about the status of the long-awaited Urban Tree Canopy Plan for the Northern Beaches. 

Jane was following up Keeper Leigh's address to council last July regarding the plan (which has been promised since way back in 2018).

We are happy to hear it is finished and will be available to us this month.
Fingers crossed!

We were also there in support of Clr. Kristyn Glanville's motion to council to increase compliance development and building control.

Of most interest to us is the apparently frequent incidence of unauthorised clearing of trees and vegetation on both private and public land, and the ongoing non compliance when it comes to tree replacement.

We are happy to hear that this motion was supported, and look forward to a conversation about better ways to protect our precious trees.

More in: From The Council Chamber March 28, 2023 by Pittwater Councillor Miranda Korzy

Dragon Boats DBNSW State Championships 2023 Gold For Bei Loon

Congratulations to Bei Loon's Senior Women’s B team - now officially NSW State Champions!! 2nd were the Pittwater DBRC!!

The 2023 State Championships took place on Sunday 26 March at the Sydney International Regatta Centre, Penrith. CATEGORIES: Junior Mixed, Junior Women, Junior Open. Premier Mixed, Premier Women, Premier Open.

Dragon Boats NSW; 
''What a fun and competitive day of racing at the DBNSW State Championships 2023! After having to cancel last year's Championships due to the weather, it was great to see clubs return on our grandest stage.''

Other results;
Senior A Open 20s -  2nd -  FFB FFB/Northern Beaches
Senior C Open 20s - 1st  Nowra Waterdragons Pittwater-Nowra

NSW SES Warringah/ Pittwater Unit News

The Warringah/ Pittwater Unit  are excited to have a group of new recruits joining the Unit for 2023 intake. They have been enthusiastic and focused on the orientation activities and team building exercises. As SES is a volunteer organisation, it is critical to have new members to enrich the experiences and skills of the existing members. 

NSW SES Warringah/ Pittwater Unit  extends their welcome to all our new recruits. 

Vale Terry O'Sullivan

It is with sadness we inform you of the passing of Terry O’Sullivan, better know as Tezza to family and friends.

Terry was a great friend and supporter of both Warringah and Newport rugby, as well as Avalon rugby league through his business “Barrenjoey Signs” at Mona Vale. He was always happy to help with sponsorship and nothing was too much trouble.

His smiling face, with beer in hand was missed at the Newport BB's games on Saturday.
The club held a one minute's silence prior to the beginning of the A Grade game to honour Terry.

Last Sunday Life Member, referee and long-term coach of junior teams Brian Friend OAM led a Tribute for Terry O’Sullivan prior to the A-Grade match on Sunday April 16. 'Tezza' as he is known to many in our community, passed away, just falling asleep, over Easter. His support through his business, Barrenjoey Designs, of local feetball clubs Warringah, Newport and Pittwater will be missed - but not as much as the gentleman himself.

Brian said ‘’Terry was a genuine bloke and a great supporter and sponsor of this club and his beloved A Grade over many years. His chair up in the supporters section, where he’d enjoy a beer, sits empty today.

The club feels deep sorrow for Terry’s family and extends its heartfelt condolences to his three daughters.  

We, as a club, will observe one minutes silence as a tribute to our mate.’’

Terry O'Sullivan aka T-Rex, Tezzy or Bad Grandpa passed away in his home on Easter Sunday morning, 9 April 2023. He was found peacefully asleep in his favourite chair.

His family have asked everyone to come along and celebrate his life with them at the Northern Suburbs Crematorium on Wednesday 19th April at 10:15am and a wake will be held at the Avalon Bowlo from 1pm. 

The family have said:
We ask that you bring your cherished memories of him (and your naughty one’s too…..we know there’ll be a few)

If Tezzy touched your life in any way we'd love to see you there. 

From his daughters,
Aja, Cassie and Rachael

Mona Vale Public School Upgrade: February 2023 Update

The Mona Vale Public School Upgrade Project update of February 2023 provided by School Infrastructure NSW states:

Work continued over the summer school holidays on external landscaping and the refurbishment of Blocks A (new student library), B (4 classrooms and a shared practical activity area) and H (teachers’ resource library, storeroom, and shared office space). These works were completed in time for students and staff to enjoy from Day 1 Term 1 2023.

Funded by the school, a sunshade structure over the new centralised amphitheatre was built, which will allow for enriched student learning and play while being sun safe.

New walkways were finished to provide better accessible connections throughout the school. This includes connections from the main entrance to Block B, the canteen and hall, and Block D lower level classrooms. Accessible walkways connecting the centralised amphitheatre and upper-level Block D classrooms to the new library in Block A and the Emma Street gate were also finished.

The time capsule and Heritage Bell were reinstated at the end of the 2022 school year, in time for the traditional bell ringing for the Year 6 leavers. The heritage pavers were laid adjacent to the Heritage Bell along with new pavers provided by the school community.

Work on the new performance space (Block S) continued with external wall cladding, landscaping and work on the interior progressing well.

6 demountable classrooms which are no longer needed were removed from the oval.

Work started on an upgrade to the Emma Street teachers’ carpark.

Next steps
  • Work will continue on the Emma Street teachers’ carpark upgrade, which is expected to be finished and ready for use by March 2023.
  • Work on the lift to Block E will continue and is on track to be finished by February 2023.
  • Construction of the new performance space will continue and is expected to be finished by March 2023.
The Mona Vale PS project will deliver a new administration and classroom building (Block R), a new performance space (Block S), and upgrades and refurbishment of Blocks A, B, D, E, H and N, including new staff and administration spaces.

Photos taken Monday April 10 2023 by Pittwater Online:

NB: project is now stated to be $250 million - sign has not yet been updated

From: Mona Vale Road East Upgrade Update: April 2023 Pictures Vs. December 2022 Photos

Fungi Time. Photo: A J Guesdon

function at the 'Old Mens Home Narrabeen'

From: Wesley Taylor Narrabeen To Close – Will Be Sold To Developers: Multiple Closures Of Local Aged Care Facilities In Past 2 Years May See Some Residents Having To Move Away From Family Members + A Few History Insights Into The 93 Year Run Of This Home For The Elderly

Narrabeen Education Campus:  School Holiday Works Notification  

April 2023 - Notice by NSW Department of Education – School Infrastructure
We are upgrading Narrabeen North Public School and Narrabeen Sports High School with new and improved education facilities to support the student community.

Temporary school buildings
To accommodate upcoming works to Narrabeen North Primary School, 4 temporary school buildings will be installed next to the Narrabeen Sports High School playing field (see map below).
New decking and perimeter fencing will also be installed in the area for the safety and wellbeing of our students and teachers.

These works will start on Wednesday 5 April and will be completed by Saturday 22 April 2023.

Vehicle movements
The above works will involve large vehicle movements, including a mobile crane and trucks. Traffic control will be in place for the safety of motorists and the local community. Access will be maintained to all residential properties at all time.

Work hours
Working hours will be 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday, and 8am to 12pm Saturday. There will be no work on Sundays or Public Holidays unless otherwise notified.

The health, safety, and wellbeing of the school and the local community are our highest priority, and we will continue to keep the community updated.

Thank you for your patience as we deliver this important project for the Narrabeen community.

Contact us
If you have any questions about this project you can contact School Infrastructure NSW on email at or during business hours on 1300 482 651.

March 2023 Update: Project overview
A project is underway to upgrade Narrabeen North Public School and Narrabeen Sports High School with new and improved education facilities to support the student community.

At Narrabeen North Public School, the project will provide:
  • ▪ new flexible permanent learning spaces
  • ▪ upgraded learning spaces
  • ▪ new supported learning spaces
  • ▪ upgrades to core facilities, including the library, administration and hall.
At Narrabeen Sports High School, the project will provide:

Artist Impression of new works at Narrabeen Sports High School.  Image: SINSW

Narrabeen Sports High School Site Plan.  Image: SINSW

From: Avalon JRLFC Kicks Off An A Grade Season 'For The Community'

Palm Beach fish & Chips, 2021, just before the site was demolished. Photo supplied

Former Palm Beach fish and chip site April 19, 2023. Photo: PON

From: DA Proposal For Palm Beach Fish & Chip Site Refused: Residents Relieved - But Still Calling For A Return Of Pittwater Council

Snapperman Beach, Pittwater - late Autumn calm. Photos: A J Guesdon

The Honourable Jodie Elizabeth Harrison MP, NSW Minister for Women attended the opening in lieu of NSW Minister for Sport Steve Kamper

Newport’s 2023 Woman’s Breakers side

From: Newport Breakers Rugby Club's First Home Games For 2023 A Clean Sweep For All Grades As Club Starts Its 60th Year + New Women's Facilities Officially Opened

Andrew Cassidy, winner of the Grand Kahunas Men Over 50 Longboard SUP Surf . Photo: Peter 'Bosko" Boskovic / Surfing NSW

Blaze Angel Roberts: winner of 2023 NSW Open Women's Longboard State Title and Open Log. Photo: Fiona Roberts

From: Aquatics: Local Surfer Andrew Cassidy Wins Longboard SUP In Port Stephens Surf Festival; Blaze Roberts Wins Open Women Log AND Open Women Longboard - Manly Longboard Classic QS 1,000 Commences This Week

Rear Admiral Rachel Durbin, CSC, RAN, gave the 11am 2023 Anzac Day Address at the combined Avalon Beach RSL Sub-Branch and Pittwater RSL Sub-Branch Commemorative Service. Photos: A J Guesdon.

Chloe Anderson, Maritime Warfare Officer at Royal Australian Navy, Sophie Keoghan, Maritime Logistics Officer at Royal Australian Navy also formed the Colour Party for 11am Combined March and Commemorative Service of Avalon Beach RSL Sub-Branch and Pittwater RSL Sub-Branch this year

From: Anzac Day In Pittwater 2023

May 2023

Melaleuca Quinquenervia (Paperbark tree) are in flower at present all over Pittwater, providing nectar for wildlife. Photo: Joe Mills
Warriewood idyll. Photo: Joe Mills

Australia’s Gift To Mark The Coronation

May 3, 2023
Statement by the Prime Minister  of Australia, The Hon. Anthony Albanese

On behalf of the people of Australia, the Australian Government will make a national contribution of $10,000 to Western Australian charity Friends of the Western Ground Parrot in honour of The King’s Coronation.

This contribution will go towards the conservation of the Western Ground Parrot, a rare and critically endangered bird found in the remote Cape Arid National Park and Nuytsland Nature Reserve, to the east of Esperance.

The Western Ground Parrot is shy and rarely seen, as they spend most of their time on the ground in low dense heathland.

It is estimated that there are only 150 Western Ground Parrots remaining. In recent years, bushfires have impacted their known habitat which has threatened the last wild population.

Friends of the Western Ground Parrot Inc. is a registered charity that supports conservation of this rare Australian parrot. They raise funds for recovery and awareness projects, including monitoring and translocations to create a secure second wild population.

Past contributions to mark significant Royal occasions have supported the conservation of the Bilby, Mountain Pygmy Possum, Numbat and Koala.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said, “His Majesty King Charles III has long championed conservation and sustainability, so I am pleased to mark his Coronation with a national contribution to the conservation of the Western Ground Parrot.”

“Known as Kyloring by the Noongar people, the Western Ground Parrot is listed as critically endangered. This contribution will complement other conservation efforts underway to protect the Kyloring.”

Website, Friends of the Western Ground Parrot Inc at:

From:  Irrawong Reserve, Warriewood - A Late Autumn Stroll 2023 - photos by Joe Mills

Last day of the 2022-2023 Patrol Season at Avalon Beach, Tuesday April 25th, 2023

From: Near Record Breaking Season For NSW Surf Life Savers: 4,605 Rescues Over The 2022-2023 Season + IRB 2023 Premiership begins + 2024 State Championships returns to Queenscliff

2023 IRB Premiership Begins

As the Patrol Season closed the following weekend local surf club members from Avalon Beach, Newport, Bungan, Mona Vale and Queenscliff travelled south to take part in Round 1 of the 2023 IRB Premiership on April 29th.

With five rounds this year – an increase on the four last year – Inflatable Rescue Boat racers will journey across the state to test their skills in the affectionately nicknamed ‘rubber duckie’.

Surf Life Saving NSW Director of Surf Sport, Don van Keimpema is looking forward to seeing the 2023 Premiership play out, which sees five surf clubs host rounds over the coming months before the State Championships at Ocean Beach in July.

“The Sharkskin NSW IRB Premiership is a feature event on the state surf sports calendar – it provides a great spectacle and showcases the skills of our membership,” he said.

“I’m really excited for the new season, which promises to be a really tight fought contest.”

Mona Vale SLSC IRB Team at Round 1 of 2023 IRB Premiership

From: 2023 Manly Longboard ClassicCompetitors Cross-Step and Weave Their Way To QS Victory + World Longboard Tour Wild Cards Confirmed + Winners Of The NSW Longboard State Titles Confirmed

Turimetta at daybreak, May 2023. Photo by Joe Mills
Friday May 12, 2023 Narrabeen. Photo: Claudia Haworth/Surfing NSW
From: Epic WSL Sydney Pro Junior + Sydney Surf Pro At Narrabeen: May 13-14 + May 17-24

From: Small Business Owner At Palm Beach Battling Council To Stay Afloat - Keep Staff Employed

Australia SailGP Team win Season 3. Pictured aboard their F50 on Sunday May 7th US time. Photo: Ricardo Pinto for SailGP

From: Australia SailGP Team Wins Season 3 - Historic Third Straight Victory

Jellyfish Turning Up In Rock Pools At Present

Residents have reported big numbers of jellyfish turning up in ocean rock pools this week and forwarded images of same.

These look like the brown version of the Blubber Jellyfish Catostylus mosaicus, also known as Jelly Blubber. Found in intertidal estuaries and coastal waters of eastern Australia they are the most commonly encountered jellyfish with large swarms occurring. 

In Sydney waters, the Jelly Blubber's large bell is a creamy white or brown colour, but farther north and south it is usually a light to dark blue. This is because the jellyfish has developed a symbiotic relationship with algal plant cells that are kept inside its body. These plants vary in colour from region to region. The algae photosynthesise, converting sunlight into energy that can be used by the jellyfish. 

The Jelly Blubber has no mouth but there are many tiny openings in its tentacles. The tentacles also have stinging cells that can capture tiny crustaceans and other plankton.

The sting can be painful but generally poses no serious risk to humans unless you are one who reacts to stings, and in that case, don't swim when you see them in the water or pool.

The body has a rounded top (bell) and eight textured arms, each arm with three "wings". There is a white cross inside body, visible through the bell. The bell can be up to 35 cm across.

This is the creamy version photographed in the estuary 10 years back - there were literally a thousand of them drifting away there together - almost like a ballet.

Vale George Annells CHAMPION

b. 10th March 1930 - d. 28th April 2023
Passed Away peacefully at Northern Beaches Hospital.
Loved husband of Shelagh Champion OAM (d. 2017.)
Father to Bruce and Ian; Father-in-law to Patricia and Heather. Papa to four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Remembered for his dedicated work as a teacher, environmentalist and historian.

''The northern beaches has lost a giant of local history research and writing.'' - John Morecombe, esteemed local journalist and Honorary Fellow of the Manly Warringah Pittwater Historical Society

This Issue one of George's 2012 History insights penned for Pittwater Online News.
Thank you for your volunteer service over many years to our community George. You gave us more than many people will realise and will be much missed by any of us. R.I.P. sir.

Photo: The Hon. James (Jim) Macken, R.I.P., Geoff Searl OAM and George Champion OAM in January 2019. Photo: Geoff Searl OAM

Congratulations Bei Loon Dragonboat Club + Pittwater Pinks 

After their success at the Australian Dragon Boat Championships, Bei Loon have qualified and been invited to the IDBF CC World Championships in Ravenna 2024. Be Loon's Senior B Women Standard and Senior C Standard and Senior B small will represent Australia, and Pittwater, in the14th Club Crew World Championships. Well done team! 

In the 2023 Australian Dragon Boat Championships a team of 37 Bei Loon athletes competed in 10 events, getting two golds and three silvers and also claimed honours in the State v State event, where 5 of their members compete in the NSW State team.

Gold - Senior B Women 20s, 2km.        
Gold - Senior B Mixed 10s, 500m.       
Silver - Senior B Mixed 10s, 200m.                 
Silver - Senior B Women 20s, 200m.        
Silver - Senior B Women 20s

In mid May 2023 Bei Loon were very grateful for the generous sponsorship from Pittwater RSL for their initiative to support their local community as that has allowed them to fund a prototype trolley. Now the moving of these heavy boats has become a lot easier for the club.

Bei Loon Dragon Boat Club is located at Rowland Reserve, Bayview, Pittwater. Members train Saturday and Sunday mornings all year round as well as Tuesdays and Thursdays (early morning or early evening) during Summer and Wednesday mornings during Winter.  

Bei Loon is competitive as well as providing an enjoyable, friendly environment for those who want to keep fit but not necessarily compete.

Find out more and get involved at:  - Profile

The Pittwater Pinks Represent In NZ

In related DB news, congratulations to the Pittwater Pinks who returned from the NZ IBCPC Festival a few weeks ago having placed 5th out of the 19 Australian teams - although clearly having fun and meeting thousands of other great women was the winner as well. 

The IBCPC Dragon Boat Festival is held every 3 to 4 years under the auspices of the International Breast Cancer Paddlers’ Commission. The festival is an international non-competitive participatory event for breast cancer paddler teams who engage in Dragonboat activities as post breast cancer diagnosis rehabilitation. Dragon boat paddling has become a rehabilitation therapy for tens of thousands of women, and men worldwide, who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. 

For the first time since the establishment of IBCPC in 2010, the festival took place in the southern hemisphere in New Zealand. 

Running 10 April 2023 - 16 April 2023 at Lake Karapiro, Cambridge, New Zealand, the 2023 IBCPC Participatory Dragon Boat Festival welcomed 4000 to 5000 people from all over the world. The participants are mainly women between the ages of 20 and 80.

The Pittwater Pinks are an integral part of the Bei Loon family. Solely made up of breast cancer survivors, the team is a mixture of paddlers from social to competitive. If you are are a breast cancer survivor there will be a place for you in the team.

Registrations for the Pittwater Pinks are open all year round.  Training is at the same times as Bei Loon.

Congratulations Leilani, Emily + Ned

Huge congratulations to Warringah Rugby players Leilani Nathan, Emily Robinson and Ned Slack-Smith.

Emily and Leilani have been selected for the Wallaroos squad after outstanding work throughout the Super W Competition.

Ned has been named in the Junior Wallabies squad who will play against the New Zealand Under 20's in Wellington on May 29th and June 3rd in a two game series.

Emily started out with the Narrabeen Tigers as a junior has 18 caps with the Waratahs but posted on Instagram after being named in the Wallaroos team;

''It’s hard to put into words what this day means. 
To all the people who came before us and paved the way for us to reap the rewards Thank You.
To all the girls of my era we have had the best of both worlds pre and post professional era.
To the girls who will never know what it’s like to work 2 jobs and train full time I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU!
There will never be a greater honour than representing your country.''

Born on the Central Coast and debuting for the club in 2023, Leilani Nathan is a breakout star in the backrow for the NSW Waratahs. Sister of Newcastle Knights NRLW powerhouse Nicole Nathan, Leilani’s rugby experience ranges from a junior level with the Hamilton Hawks to being awarded the 2019 New South Wales Country Corellas Player of the Year and excelled with her senior club (Eastern Suburbs - Easts) where Leilani did well in the Jack Scott Cup. 

Leilani Nathan

The Wallaroos impressed on May 20th with a 22-5 win over Fijiana to kick off their 2023 campaign.
Their next game is June 29th against the NZ Black Ferns - that match will be at Brisbane's Kayo Stadium.

Ned Slack-Smith, a resident of Avalon who played as a Newport Breakers Junior Rugby and became a local Warringah Junior, was awarded the inaugural Rats Rising Scholarship. To ensure Warringah retain, nurture and promote local juniors, their program aims to award scholarships annually to help them achieve their dreams.

Ned is now contracted to the Western Force and recently selected in the Junior Wallabies team for the U20’s World Championships. In the 2022 edition of Junior Wallabies Head coach Nathan Grey named back-rower Ned Slack-Smith as captain. 

NSW Waratahs scrumhalf Teddy Wilson was announced as Junior Wallabies captain for 2023 on Tuesday May 23rd.

The World Rugby Under-20 Championship kicks off on June 24 in South Africa, where the Junior Wallabies will be working to win the tournament. 

At the last instalment, in 2019, Australia finished runners-up, the final score being 24-23 to France.

Junior Wallabies coach Nathan Grey in a statement "We're very excited about getting the squad together and testing ourselves against New Zealand, who always present a great challenge,"

"In particular the scheduling of the second game as a curtain-raiser to the Super Rugby Pacific fixture presents a valuable opportunity for the players to experience a big stadium and a big stage to perform on.

"Many of the players in this squad essentially picked themselves through the quality and consistency of their performances playing for their clubs over the last month.

"Super Rugby Pacific commitments have forced some changes but we have the benefit of being able to draw from an extended shadow squad of players who have been involved in the program to date.

"From all corners of Australia, they come together under the Junior Wallabies banner, to represent their country with pride and take a huge step in their development as Rugby players."

VALE John Ward OAM

14.2.39- 22.5.23
Late of Elanora Heights

Loving husband of Pam. Much loved father of Stephen, Katherine, Peter, Helen, Kali and Rebekah. Proud grandfather of Gypsy, Helene, Maddie, Jarrah, Emily, Patrick, Archie, Felix, Grace and Beau, and Great-grandfather of Aisha. 

Former Principal of Barrenjoey High School (1990-1999) and Randwick Boys High (1986-1989). Proud member of the Australian Labor Party. Life member of N.S.W Teachers Federation. John was much loved and will be missed by many.

OAM in 2023 Australia Day Honours List
'For service to the community through a range of organisations.'

John specialised in science ending up as principal of Barrenjoey High. Pam and John were made Life Members of Manly-Warringah Teachers Association, with John awarded Federation Life Membership. 

The Wards were recognised on Australia Day for their long service to Royal Life Saving Society of Australia, the Australian Labor Party, education, sport (tennis, netball, basketball, rugby league), the community and aquatics, with Pam still a trainer with the Department’s learn-to-swim program. 

John's OAM List includes:

For service to the community through a range of organisations.

Narrabeen-Pittwater Branch of the Australian Labor Party

  • President, since 1997.
  • Honorary Treasurer, 1987-1996.

Elanora Community Centre

  • Honorary Treasurer, 1999-2019.
  • Honorary Secretary, 1989-1999.

Elanora Park Tennis Club

  • President, 1980.
  • Honorary Treasurer, 1977-1979, 1981.
  • Member, 1975-1984.

Royal Life Saving Society of Australia

  • Member, 1960-2018.
  • Examiner, 1960-2018.
  • Founder, Aquatic Club, 1962.


  • Former Teacher, New South Wales Department of Education.
  • Life Member, Sydney North Secondary Schools Sports Association.
  • Life Member, Manly-Warringah Teachers Association.
  • Life Member, New South Wales Teachers Federation.


  • Former Director, Sydney Academy of Sport.
  • President, Sydney North Secondary School Sports Association, 1991-1999.
  • Volunteer, Sydney Olympic Games, 1998-2000.
  • Secretary, Parramatta District Men's Basketball Association, 1966-1972.
  • State Referee, Sydney basketball Referees Association, 1965-1972.
  • Umpire, Chequers Netball Club, 1965-1988.
  • Referee, New South Wales Rugby League, 1966.


  • Honorary Treasurer, Pittwater Sub-Branch, Returned and Services League of

Australia, 2015-2020.

  • President, 2nd Narrabeen Scout Group 1973-1977.
  • Member, Manly-Warringah Environmental Education Association, 1981-1983.
  • Vice-President, Aboriginal Education Council (NSW) Inc, 1992-2000.
A Mass to Celebrate John's Life was held at St Anthony in the Fields Catholic Church, Myoora Road, Terrey Hills, Thursday 1st June 2023. At the conclusion of Prayers following the Mass, the cortege proceeded to the Frenchs Forest Bushland Cemetery.

Photo: Pam and John Ward at North Sydney Olympic Pool, photo courtesy NSW Teachers Federation

Congratulations John McFadden: World Food Champion

Mona Vale Chef John McFadden claimed the coveted title of World Food Champion at the 10th World Food Championships’ Final Table in Bentonville, Arkansas on Sunday, May 21st, picking up $US100,000.
Touching down in Sydney he was greeted by his family with 'congratulations' signs at the airport and by neighbours with Australian flags in their home street.

The World Food Championships is the largest competition in Food Sport, where culinary competitors of previous events convene for a chance at winning the ultimate food crown and a share of hundreds of thousands of dollars in prize money. 

John, who won the category title of World Seafood Champion at WFC’s Main Event in Dallas last November, went on to best nine other category champions in a three-round culinary gauntlet designed to test skills, technique, creativity and time management. 

“Exhausted”, is how the well-liked Aussie chef described his experience when asked about the win, which saw him go up solo against three teams of three across three challenges, two of which were elimination challenges.

The last challenge was to cook courses three and four from a five-course tasting menu.

“My course three-dish was ‘surf and turf’ prawns, scallops, and chorizo, cauliflower puree, roast crab and prawn sauce,” McFadden told Club Management from Bentonville, Arkansas, straight after the final.

“The fourth-course dish was seared lamb, roast heirloom carrots, spiced carrot puree, dukkah, salted yoghurt and hazelnuts.”

John made his way through to the major final after being crowned World Seafood Champion at WFC’s Main Event in Dallas in November last year. He then went on to beat nine other category champions in a three-round culinary gauntlet designed to test skills, technique, creativity and time management. 

“I won the final by 10 points across five judges with a score of 95,” he said.

In more exciting news, after winning the World Food Championships in the USA, John has partnered with Doug Fraser, Kylie Franks Fraser and the Basin Dining Room to create a 5 course tasting menu showcasing the award winning dishes. The event will be held on Wednesday June 28th.

For bookings contact The Basin Dining Room, overlooking glorious Mona Vale Beach, at:

John standing with chef Timothy Ordway, Executive Chef at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (n Bentonville, Arkansas0, after taking out the World Food Championships overall title.

Full NSW Government Funding For Wakehurst Parkway Confirmed: Improvements In Elanora Road, Elanora Heights + Mirool Street Narrabeen Now Included - New MP For Wakehurst Also Brings Up Cancelled Bus Services + Proposed Lizard Rock Development In Representative Of Community Statements 

More in this Issue's Pictorial - Aquatic Reflections seen this week: Narrabeen + Turimetta by Joe Mills 

The construction for the footpath between Careel Head Road and Currawong Avenue commenced on Monday May 29th 2023, at the Currawong end.

The footpath was the result of a petition from residents and went through a 'planning' stage that formed part of the 2022-23 Budget announcements and 2023-2024 Budget announcements.  

In December 2022 former Pittwater MP Rob Stokes announced funding for the footpath under the Get NSW Active program.

June 2023

Picnic In The Park At Avalon Beach A Great Success

Picnic in the Park, Dunbar Park on Saturday morning, June 3rd 2023, hosted by Northern Beaches Council, was a great success - they sold 1,500 tickets. 

The Show seen here was The Busy Izzy and Friends show. Peppa Pigs 'Taking Turns' live show was on next!

Photos: courtesy Cr. Miranda Korzy

From:  Pittwater's Great Outdoors: Spotted To The North, South, East + West- June 2023:  Palm Beach Boat House rebuild going well - First day of Winter Rainbow over Turimetta - what's Blooming in the bush? + more by Joe Mills, Selena Griffith and Pittwater Online

Seagulls bathing in Hordern Park Palm Beach creek runoff: Pittwater Creeks 2023

 In August 1932, Cr. Hitchcock (after whom Hitchock Park at Careel Bay is named), seconded by Cr.-Austin - That the name "Glenburnie Park" be altered to "A. J. Hordern Park" in recognition of the keen interest taken in the reserve by the late Mr. Hordern, and of the money expended by him in maintaining it.'

(This was Alfred James Hordern) The hectares that form this park were gifted to the then Warringah Shire Council by the Barrenjoey Land Company.

July 2023

Left to right: Narrabeen Sharks Legends Alan Thompson, Tony Balkin, Mark Gerrard, Anthony Watmough, Shane Bullock. Photo: A J Guesdon

Life Members Doug Miller, George Aprile, John Rousell and Jeff Foster

Narrabeen legends: Toni Couper with Clarkie

From:  Narrabeen JRLFC's 90th Celebratory History A Shark’s Tale Book Launch Featured A Legends Q&A With Alan Thompson, Anthony Watmough, Mark Gerrard, Anthony Balkin

Avalon Soccer Club's W16's 2023 Vanuatu contingent. Photo: Vanuatu Football Federation

From: Avalon Soccer Club's Women's 16's Return To Vanuatu - 2023

Newport SLSC IRB Team racers at 2023 State Championships. Photo: Malcom Trees.

From: 2023 Sharkskin NSW IRB State Championships

Milla Brown. Photo: Ethan Smith/Surfing NSW

From: Milla Brown Wins 2023 Pro Junior + Skullcandy Oz Grom Open

Photo by Joe Mills from, A Walk To Barrenjoey Headland

From: A Walk To Barrenjoey Headland: Thursday July 13, 2023 by Kevin Murray and Joe Mills 

Northern Beaches Para Surfer Boardriders Club members and supporters. Photo: Byron Chadwich

From: Northern Beaches Para Surfer Boardriders Club Makes Waves In Community - Raffle open now

Maureen Worth from North Narrabeen Surf Club with her award. Photo supplied

Eli Demeny OAM, Sailability Manly with her award (at front in middle in brown/taupe jumper)

From: 2023 NSW Community Sports AwardsCongratulations Maureen North, Eli Demeny

From:  Mona Vale Road East Upgrade Update: July 2023 Pictures

North Narrabeen Lagoon on a Sunday afternoon.  Photo: A J Guesdon.

RPAYC Annual General Meeting Elects New Commodore

The 2023 Annual General Meeting was held on July 20th with a strong attendance from members.

Congratulations to new Commodore, Robert McClelland and Vice Commodore Julia Hornsby and welcome to our new Rear Commodore Yacht Racing - Peter Farrugia. Congratulations also to Robert Alpe on being elected for his second term as Rear Commodore Membership.

Rear Commodore Activities Kirsty Hunter, Rear Commodore Cruising, David Williams and Rear Commodore Centreboard, Mat Butterworth, will be continuing in their roles.

We also elected Robert Cole’s as a Life Member, recognised our 50 Year Members – Gary Fennen, Hugh Weir & Neville Wells and awarded Leon Wilson Club Member of the Year!

Special Resolution 1 amending the definition of a “Family” was passed. 

The Board is pleased to announce the appointment of John Bacon to the Board of Directors for 2023-24.  John will fill the role left vacant when Julia Hornsby was elected to Vice Commodore.  

John has a wealth of experience in the role having served on the RPAYC Board from 2012-15.  John brings a breadth of knowledge and professionalism to the role, currently serving on a number of boards, as an internationally respected businessman and as an accomplished sailor.   

The RPAYC also elected Robert Cole as a Life Member of the Club.

The Commodore had the great pleasure of inducting Robert Cole as a Life member of the club at this years AGM. 

A Senior member, Robert has been an active and committed club member for 48 years. During that time, he has competitively sailed at club level, represented the club at major races and regattas, such as Rolex Sydney Hobart and Pittwater to Coffs Harbour, and given his time and expertise as a member of the RPAYC Race Management Team.  

Robert has taken a leadership role on many major projects, including the Sesquicentenary History Wall, the Admirals Cup Trophy replica, the Olympic Display, soon to be unveiled and the display table located in the foyer, designed to showcase and protect the club’s most significant flags. Robert has previously also been awarded both the Volunteer of the Year and The Clubmanship Trophy.

RPAYC also recognised their 50 Year Members – Gary Fennen, Hugh Weir & Neville Wells.

RPAYC's new Commodore Robert McClelland welcomed by retiring Commodore Allen Storman

Jason Falinski Elected NSW Liberal Party President

Statement released: July 7, 2023
NSW Liberal Party Members have elected successful businessman and former Member for Mackellar Jason Falinski as the Division’s State President.

Jason has been serving the community for decades as a Federal Member of Parliament, Warringah councillor, and a member of the Warringah Chamber of Commerce, Long Reef Surf Club and Australia-Asia Young Leaders Program.

As the Federal Member for Mackellar, Jason chaired two key House of Representatives economic committees, overseeing Treasury, the RBA, APRA, ACCC, ASIC and the ATO. As the Chair, he championed critical community issues such as housing affordability, the operation of the Reserve Bank, as well as taxpayer and shareholder advocacy.

Before entering Parliament he established and ran a health care furniture and equipment manufacturer. Since then he has established an in-home care company and a strategic advisory firm.

Newly elected NSW Liberal Party President Jason Falinski said, 
“I thank the members for their vote of confidence in me and my platform of delivering a renewed Party. Ahead of us all is a great task of promoting a simple but visionary idea that we should treat everyone the same as each of us want to be treated.”

“Our Party has been through two challenging elections, and now is the time to rebuild and revitalise - with new campaign techniques, technology and re-establishing fundraising networks; while countering the vast ecosystem of online front groups that pretend to be representative.”

“We will continue to work with the community and encourage people across the state to join us in fighting for a better future for NSW and Australia.”

Whale Beach Road Coast Walk Update: Delayed Indefinitely

Despite the Palm Beach Whale Beach Association working with Council, viewing plans and walking up and down Whale Beach Rd with Council officers many, many times over the last five years the PBWBA have been advised that there is no money left from the State Government grant received by NBC to complete – or even start – the project.

Council’s response to the PBWBA's question – WHY? – follows:

“The budget identified for the Coast Walk project through Whale Beach Road was based on the provision of a footpath and kerb and gutter only. As the engineering requirements and the scope of the project have progressively increased the construction cost estimates now far exceed the available budget. Grant funding that was included in the overall budget for the Coast Walk did not anticipate the inclusion of a wider upgrade to the road and drainage infrastructure of Whale Beach Road. In addition to the section of Coast Walk along Whale Beach Road, works are also yet to be completed between Newport and Avalon. Due to insufficient funds being available, remaining works on the Coast Walk will need to be prioritised. Some sections will need to be deferred to future works programs and additional funding sought.”

Council has advised that the priority is to complete the Newport to Avalon section.

''The PBWBA are shocked and disappointed at the news that, after 5 years of preliminary work, investigation and discussion, the Whale Beach section will not proceed at present. We have requested a meeting with the new CEO, Scott Phillips, to discuss the matter as soon as possible.'' Richard West AM, President of the PBWBA, stated

From: Church Point Precinct Upgrade Scheduled To Be Completed This Financial Year: Boardwalk Completed In December 2022 Now A Popular Suntrap For Residents + Visitors Beside The Estuary + Scotland Island Bells and Carol Wharf Upgrades Completed

FromChurch Point, Pittwater: Winter 2023 + Some Photos and Snippets From The Past

From: Newport Breakers Womens Rugby Team Win The Inaugural Joy Johnson Cup 2023

From: Wuthering Day 2023 At Mona Vale Shines A Light On The Women's Resilience Centre

Heading into the Coasters Retreat fireground, Saturday July 8th. Photo: Northern Beaches Rural Fire District
Coasters Retreat fireground, July 9, 2023 - his fire started Saturday July 8th. Photo: Northern Beaches Rural Fire District

From: Concerns About Delayed Hazard Reductions In High Fuel Loads Areas - Pittwater MP Calls For New Fireboat For Offshore RFS's

Church Point seagull, July 2023. Photo: A J Guesdon. More in this week's Pictorial 'Church Point, Pittwater: Winter 2023 + Some Photos From The Past' 

Turimetta Erosion

''After a washout on Monday, this morning's sunrise (Tue 25 July 2023) was a total contrast.  The previous high tide had eroded the front  sand and exposed the rock shelves, including a feature we call The Gutter.  This area is very popular with swimmers at high tide.  The erosion is about 2 metres in height.  This erosion was also similar the full length of the beach.  Amazing how these large volumes of sand are easily moved by nature, in such a short time.  '' Photo and info.: Joe Mills (Turimetta Moods)

As we headed into the Winter 2023 break a Warriewood resident forwarded the following:

Warriewood wetlands choked with weeds: Residents call for Action

Hi at Pittwater Online, 

After your mention of Pond 3 in Shearwater Estate (March 19-25 Issue 576) there has been a lot of interest from locals, walkers, Birders, and concerned residents, etc, so much so that the amount of cardboard signs going on the fence has grown again now, even though the Council removes them they reappear again. People are now taking notice of the out of hand growth of the choking aquatic weed growth in Pond 3.

So thank you for the previous mentions in Pittwater Online, maybe you can use this Pic taken today for a follow up story. IE before the Council take them down again. 

Personally I think the long term for the whole Wetlands does not look good if Council can not make an effort to stop the spread here before it gets into the whole Wetlands system,

Cheers to you all at PONews, Neil F, June 25, 2023

Warriewood Weeds covering pond update:

Update, Friday July 14 2023: 

Dear Editor

After your story/Facebook post of the invasion of the water weeds in pond 3 in Shearwater Estate and surrounds of the wetlands, plus the Photo on the fence, it has certainly caused a lot of people to become aware of this problem.  Many more signs appeared, put there by Residents, Locals, dog walkers, Birders etc  so much so that there about 30 plus  signs of  the non-action for the Council to see.

Then on Monday 3rd July it all happened; A Council contractor got in the pond 3 in an amphibious machine and started the clean out, also on Tuesday 4th. It is now almost back to normal and looking great, so sometimes they will get on with it after a big push by caring people and a story by local press. (Pittwater Online News). A big thankyou to you all at PON.

Neil F. After Photos: Neil F. 

Further to Weeds in Warriewood Wetlands: Photos of The Truxor Aquatic Weed Harvester, the owner/operator comes from the Windsor area, that removed the weeds - images supplied

''All this machinery is available  if they (council) would take advice on what is out there. Is this a money thing - are we back under a cosmeytically renamed Warringah Council that rips money out of Pittwater to spend in Warringah and allows weeds to flourish, cracked pavements to go unattended, and encourages overdevelopment?

The Wetlands  need attention,  this aquatic weeds thing is a v. bad -and  all originally imported from overseas, Salvinia Molesta and this Parrot Feather, as they call it, are a huge problem.'' - Warriewood/North Narrabeen Resident Sunday July 16, 2023

Part of the problem is that although the Council can apply for grants to remove large patches of weeds on Crown Land, and issues the work to Contractors once grants have been won, there is a cap on how much is allocated annually. Additionally, many places are not listed as Crown Land and therefore there is no grant to assist with weed management.

Council relies on what can be allocated from its own annual budget and on the hundreds of bushcare volunteers who work to maintain these areas, the bulk of whom have been doing so for years and are now seniors in many instances and unable to do as much as they may have when younger.

Community residents have expressed the notion that maintenance of these areas was not properly factored into the costs of amalgamation. Residents have also spotted other residents dumping their garden refuse in our bush reserves or those alongside the roads, adding to the problem, and have opined that simply putting up a sign does not stop this from occurring.

August 2023

Tumbledown Dick Rural Fire Brigade Join Coasters Working Bee

A crew from Tumble headed across the water to join an RFS working bee to help put in interconnected water tanks behind houses at Coasters Retreat, Ku-Ring-Gai National Park earlier last week. 

These tanks will provide water for firefighters on the park side if the houses were being impacted by fire. It was a great day that included a lunch BBQ overlooking the Pittwater. 


During the past few days crews from our local NSW RFS brigades have been pat of hazard burns across the area. However, last nights downpour of 75mm, which extinguished any remnant embers and closed the Wakehurst Parkway soon after the storm broke, means planned HR's will be delayed for a few days.

The community thanks all these volunteers for putting in the hours to keep us all safer.

Photos: Tumbledown Dick Rural Fire Brigade

Representing Australia

Good luck to our Pittwater Baseball Club boys Kai R, Hamish M and Jack K as they represent Australia at the Babe Ruth League, Cal Ripken World Series in Branson, Missouri, USA.

How good do they look in the Aussie gear?
Great work, boys make sure you share some Pittwater love while you are there!
We look forward to hearing all about it when you get back.
If you would like to follow Kai, Hamish and Jack, you can get all the info here:

Photo: Warringah Rats Rugby Club From: Congratulations Warringah Rats: 2023 Colts Club Champions!!

From: Life Electric Net Zero Expo + Forum - Dr. Sophie Scamps MP, In Conversation With Dr. Saul Griffith, John GrimesMackellar MP Calls For Albanese Government To Put Young Australians Before Fossil Fuel Lobbyists - Senator Pocock's Duty Of Care and Intergenerational Equity Bill

From: Pittwater’s Warmest Welcome - at Newport Bowling Club!! - $55 membership + lessons offer

From: Avalon Beach and Village On A Sunday Afternoon

Breakfast at Warriewood Surf Club Cafe: Nice View!! Photo by Peter Salter; Pete tells us you can get an excellent egg and bacon sambo + a brilliant coffee for $12 - 'yum - and great value'.

Turimetta Moods'Everyone on a beach during a sunrise will stop, sit or stand (or photograph) and be mesmerised by the unfolding beauty.' Photo/quote by Joe Mills

From: Avalon Rec Centre Cracking Up, Rusting - Dunbar Park Annexe Walls Green With Mould, Even After Months Of No Rain

From: Newport Breakers Colts: Robertson Cup Winners Season 2023

4am Friday August 18 2023, the fauna bridge installation works completed successfully. Photo: courtesy Transport for NSW/RMS (and Lorraine; who has rescued so many wallabies along this section)

From: Mona Vale Road (East) Upgrade: Fauna Bridge Supports Installed

From: A Stunning 64 Medals Sees Australia Atop The Medal Tally At Trinbago 2023 Youth Commonwealth Games

One of the destroyed cruisers. Photo: NSW Rural Fire Service

From: Police Investigation Underway After Boat Fire At Church Point Pittwater: Pittwater Fireboats Deployed

Jason Livingston won both the over 45 and over 50 Longboard titles. Photos: Kurt Polock/ Surfing Australia

Emma Dieters - a 2023 Australian Para Surfing Titles winner. Photo: Lighthouse Sports Photography/Surfing Australia

Sam Bloom in action at the 2023 Australian Para Surfing Titles winner. Photo: Lighthouse Sports Photography/Surfing Australia

From: Local Surfers Excel At Australian Surf Championships 2023

From: VP Day Service At Avalon Beach RSL Cenotaph; Conducted By Avalon Beach Sub-Branch, 2023

From: The Chiltern Trail On The Verge Of Spring 2023 by Kevin Murray and Joe Mills

Wallaby On Station Beach - Lives In Dunes At North Palm Beach

Photos by and courtesy Paul O'Keefe, taken Thursday August 24 - going into the dunes and North Palm Beach. 

Residents have stated they have seen its paws in the sand at Station Beach and on North Palm Beach but now someone has caught this 'local' on a camera. 

Interestingly 'Barrenjoey' headland's name derives from a indigenous word meaning 'little kangaroo' - ergo: the wallaby! 

Thanks Paul - great pictures - another Urban Wallaby of Pittwater, and Barrenjoey!


Vale Mark 'Blocka' Houlder
1961 - 2023

Son of Robert Charles Houlder (passed away December 1, 1979, formerly of Queenscliff) and Edna Grace Houlder nee Corr (passed away July 21, 2013, formerly of Avalon Beach) uncle to many.

Former Club Captain at Palm Beach Golf club, former fire Chief at Avalon Fire Station, current President at Avalon RSL. A Dolphin Crescent original.

First Clasp - Honours List 18th March 2005 of NSW Fire Brigades, Fire Brigade Officer 5647, Mark Houlder.

A kind and gentle man who will be missed by many in the community of Avalon Beach.

Laying a wreath on behalf of Avalon Beach RSL Club Ltd. Mark attended numerous Dawn and 11am Anzac Day Services, along with VP Day and Remembrance Day Services at the Cenotaph

10th Reunion Day On The Gold Coast: Local Legends Get Together

Past Profilee of the Week Paul Cunningham shares some photos this week of a get together that happened August 17 in what Paul describes as 'a top day at Manos restaurant in Surfer’s Paradise.'

North Palm Beach surf champion in the sixties Peter Lewis 

With Tony Holt; a lot of fond memories

With the legend Larry (Flash) Corowa 

Larry Corowa MBE (born 5 August 1957 in Murwillumbah, New South Wales) is an Indigenous Australian former professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. An Australian international and New South Wales representative winger, he played club football at the Balmain Tigers for six seasons between 1978 and 1983, with two games for the Gold Coast Seagulls in the 1991 New South Wales Rugby League Premiership. Playing on the wing, Corowa became one of Rugby League's most prolific try scorers of his era. He is one of a select few players to have scored more than a try a game in a season of football in Australia.

He was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 1980 New Year Honours for service to sport.

Larry was selected as a member of the 1978 Kangaroo tour, though he did not play a test on tour. He made his test debut for Australia during the 1979 Ashes series against the touring Great Britain Lions at Lang Park in Brisbane with the Kangaroos winning 35–0. He played in the first two games of the series for his only test appearances, scoring a try on debut at Lang Park. Nicknamed "The Black Flash", Corowa was considered during his time with Balmain to be 'the fastest player in the game' not only in Australia but the rest of the rugby league world. Larry Corowa is listed on the Australian Players Register as Kangaroo No. 516.

Catching up with Ken Arthurson and legend Peter 'Hollywood' Byrnes at Manos Surfer’s Paradise brought back a lot of good memories.

Kenneth Richard "Arko" Arthurson AM is an Australian rugby league football identity. Affectionately known as "The Godfather of Manly", he played, coached and was later an administrator at the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles club in the New South Wales Rugby League premiership.

Peter played for the Newtown and the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles. Bradman Best, who plays as a centre for the Newcastle Knights in the NRL, is his grandson.

Great photos of those still kicking up their heels - thanks Paul!

Congratulations Narrabeen FC On Winning The Manly Warringah Football Association's 2023 Premier League Grand Final

Grinning Narrabeen FC Winners. Photo courtesy Cr. Vincent De Luca OAM

Palm Beach Directors President and Vietnam Veterans Bryan Webster and Palm Beach Vice President John Oliver carry the Vietnam Veterans (Northern) banner and lead the March held on Sunday August 20 2023 to Palm Beach RSL Sub Branch Cenotaph.
From: Vietnam Veterans Day Services 2023 - 50th Anniversary Of The End Of The Vietnam War: Collaroy, Narrabeen, Palm Beachphotographs by Michael Mannington OAM,  Commemorative  Addresses supplied

Demerge NSW Alliance members and Protect Pittwater Association members  with Dr Amanda Cohn, Greens spokesperson for Local Governmen at Parliament House last week, August 23. From: Protect Pittwater Association Ramps Up Its Case For Council ‘De-Merger’

Elanora Heights Public School Has A Great Coach

August 26, 2023: EHPS; We are extremely proud of our very own Mr Rosconi for coaching the opens NSWPSSA Rugby Union team to victory! Well done to Malakye who played in the team. Elanora Heights PS are proud of you both!

Sydney North won most of their games and drew the last one.

Day 1:
Sydney North 26 vs South Coast 5
Sydney SSW 12 vs Sydney North 35

Day 2:
Sydney North 21 vs Sydney West 10
McKillop 14 vs Sydney North 26
Day 3:
CIS 19 vs Sydney North 19

 2023 Rugby Union Champions 
🥇Sydney North Schools Sports Association and NSW Combined Independent Schools Sports Council shared the trophy with a 19 all draw🏆
🥉Polding Catholic Schools NSW Sport

Thank you to hosts Sydney South West School Sport Association together with team and carnival management, players, parents and supporters. 

Sunrise meditation on Avalon Beach, Saturday August 26 2023

September 2023

Merinda II + Zephyr Charters Granted Liquor Licences

August Liquor and Gaming NSW Decisions show the Merinda II and Charters have been granted liquor licences for their vessels. Based at Newport in the case of Zephyr, and out of the Boathouse Group running to Patonga, both local businesses cater for those who like dining, and now wining, on the estuary and the routes undertaken. 

Worth remembering when planning upcoming end of year celebrations or something unique for family celebrations.

From: Pasadena Restaurant Has Conditions Placed On Licence To Limit Late Night Noise Impact On Neighbours

From: Narrabeen Sports High School Upgrade Update: August 2023 - Essential + Urgent Maintenance Works Currently Being Undertaken Under New NSW Government

The Faucon. Photo courtesy NSW Government/Transport for NSW

From: Dredging Of Ettalong Channel Underway

From:  Beach2Beach 2023 + The Newport Community Festival photographs by Michael Mannington OAM


Above - North Sydney Council: 9 November 2022 - ''When the State Government announced changes to the Western Harbour Tunnel construction techniques this week we called on them to stop and reassess the project. This massacre of trees on Arthur St, North Sydney is the response. Our thanks to the residents who are documenting the trail of destruction across the area''. Images: North Sydney Council From: Beaches Link Tunnel Officially Cancelled

Retired Police Officers Day At Mona Vale Police Station 2023 

Dave Whiteman, former Profile of the Week and President of the Northern Beaches Retired & Former Police Association said 'it was a great success'. 

''Hosted by Superintendent Pat Sharkey and his wonderful support team headed by Sgt. Belinda Caddy and Acting Executive Officer Rebecca Jessep. 

Well over 50 Northern Beaches RFPA Members and former NSW Police Officers, including one Police widow, enjoyed catching up with former workmates and an excellent BBQ courtesy of the NB PAC.

Some members travelled from the Central Coast and the Blue Mountains to be there and Members who have passed in the last couple of years were also acknowledged. 

We extend out thanks to Superintendent Sharkey and his team for a wonderful day of great memories.'' - David Whiteman, Chairman of the Northern Beaches Retired & Former Police Association

Group photo by Dave Whiteman, a former Newport resident and in original intake at Pittwater High School - thanks Dave!

Rat Park , Warriewood at dawn September 7, 2023 - smoke haze from a Hazard Reduction in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park lingered over Pittwater. Photo: Joe Mills - more in this week's Pictorial - Turimetta Moods: August Becomes September 2023 ; North Narrabeen - Turimetta - Warriewood - Mona Vale photographs by Joe Mills

Vale: Ken 'Sava' Lloyd

It is our sad duty to advise our community that Ken ‘’Sava’’ Lloyd from Gunnedah, ex Collaroy, Warriewood and Bayview, passed away in Tamworth Hospital on Monday September 11, 2023. 

Sava was a member of Collaroy SLSC earlier in his teens and later, of Warriewood SLSC. He often told Pittwater Online about his adventures in and along the coast here, as well as his distress that the fairy penguin colony that once lived on Turimetta Beach had been displaced by dogs being taken onto that beach. 

In his teens he and 3 others from the Collaroy Club formed a singing foursome called the Four Brothers. See ‘’My Singing Story’’ by Sava

His family later lived at Bayview and were in our area for a few generations. See Ken’s story ‘Bayview Memories – the Lloyd family’ 

Sava; ''I have attached a photo of Fred, Elva and Bill and myself in trap and Fred was taking sister Elva to school at Katoomba. The sulky is the one Fred Lloyd borrowed off Mark Foy.''

His grandfather held one of the first fishing licences in NSW and his dad had one of the fisherman’s shacks at Long Reef: Dad's Fishing Shack At Long Reef by Sava.

Mr. Lloyd's Fishing Shack at Long Reef. Painting by G K Townshend - courtesy 'Sava Lloyd'.

He also told us about the ‘closing of the Narrabeen Hotel’ over a firecracker incident.

Along with asking us to find out where the display gun that had once been at Narrabeen Cenotaph may be and sparking a month’s long delving into those records for him as that Marker and Narrabeen RSL were commencing some anniversaries. More on that here.

In recent months Pittwater Online sent Ken in a new camera after his had been destroyed in flooding (a few times) along with new wheels for his ‘seniors scooter’ so he could keep on getting out and about, todays’ pension for seniors not stretching to afford these physical and emotional necessitates, especially after those floods – Ken loved taking photos, and he loved getting around his neighbourhood!

Ken was also a member of the Manly Warringah DJRFL. His father was a founding member of the Narrabeen Rugby Club in the 1930’s – along with being a very good lifesaver himself. His dad, Bill Lloyd, was a foundation member of South Narrabeen SLSC where he made a rescue and received an award for bravery:

Although a gallant rescue was attempted, Harold Spooner, a baker of Pittwater-road, Narrabeen, was drowned in the surf not far from his home yesterday.
The bather had been in the surf for a brief time before he was seen to throw up his hands as if trying to attract attention. Mr. William Lloyd, a member of the Narrabeen Surf Club, immediately went to the rescue. The club's life-saving appliances were too far from the scene to be of use, but Mr. Lloyd pluckily plunged into the surf without their aid, and attempted to reach the bather. His efforts, however, failed, and Mr. Spooner disappeared. The body has not been recovered. BATHER DROWNED. (1925, February 26). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 12. Retrieved from 

R.I.P. ‘Sava’ – you and your generous sharing of local stories and those quirky poems will be missed. 

Photos; Ken’s including Collaroy Junior Boat crew 1955; Bob Maladay Sweep.Wally Bienson, Ken 'Sava' Lloyd, Tom Whelan, The Late Bede Brodigan, and Collaroy's first Tuck Stern Surf Boat and this boat's First time competing at a Carnival at Nth Narrabeen. Photos: Ken ''Sava'' Lloyd - who liked saveloys!

Celebrations For Dedicated NSW RFS Members: September 2023

Experienced RFS firefighters from across the Northern Beaches were recently celebrated for their collective contribution of more than 1,000 years of service to their communities.

Across two ceremonies at the Northern Beaches Headquarters Brigade Station in Terrey Hills, Commissioner of the RFS, Rob Rogers and Deputy Commissioner Kyle Stewart presented 18 National Medals and 33 Long Service Medals.

Commissioner Rogers said these medals are a proud acknowledgement of the commitment shown by these individuals over the years.

“The members being recognised this week range from 10 to 52 years of service, with a special mention of three members who have each contributed 50 or more years’ Service.

“I acknowledge Northern Beaches Headquarters Brigade member Allan Brett, a member for 52 years. Alan is receiving the National Medal 3rd Clasp for his long and distinguished service beyond normal expectations.

“Ronald Hughes has been an active member of the Ingleside Brigade and continues to impart his knowledge and skills on fellow Brigade members, and is a worthy recipient of the Long Service Medal for his 50 years of Service.

“I also note Retired Chief Superintendent Alan Brinkworth of the Terrey Hills Brigade for his 50 years of service. Alan has served his Brigade, District and the wider Service though his various roles as both a volunteer and staff member, all while maintaining the history of the Service as the RFS Honorary Historian.”

Commissioner Rogers congratulated each of the Northern Beaches volunteers on their dedication, commitment and service to their communities.

“Members of the Northern Beaches District exemplify the very essence of community service. They stand as role models, inspiring others to come forward and contribute to the betterment of our communities.

“The hard work and professionalism of all RFS members does not go unnoticed and while they do not ask for praise, we should take every opportunity to acknowledge their contribution and commitment to their community.

“We also thank the family, friends, employers and colleagues of all our members. It takes their ongoing support and patience to assist and enable our volunteers to do what they do to save lives and property.”

Photos: by and courtesy Warringah / Pittwater Headquarters Rural Fire Brigade; Life member Firefighter Allan Brett AFSM who has received his third National Service Medal clasp, totalling a massive 52 years of service to the Northern Beaches community. Throughout his time at the Brigade, AB has risen through the ranks to Group Leader and still contributes significantly to the brigades operations. We are also celebrating Deputy Captain John Freeman who received his 15 year National Service Medal. Better known as Kiwi, John has contributed countless hours to the training of our members and attending incidents across NSW.

Photo: Alan Brinkworth ('Brinky') - by and courtesy NSW RFS Terrey Hills Brigade - Brinky's historical Rural Fire Service Display. With decades of RFS knowledge and memorabilia, Brinky has curated the most comprehensive historical display.

Congratulations gentlemen and thank you for your service!

Avalon Beach Historical Society Celebrates 40 Years

On Tuesday September 12 2023, in the Annexe in Dunbar Park, 51 visitors and members of the Avalon Beach Historical Society were welcomed by President Geoff Searl to celebrations for 40 years of the Society. 

18 locals were present in the upstairs dining room of the Avalon Beach RSL Club on 14 September 1983 to give birth to the Society and there were 3 members present at Tuesday’s meeting who were there on that night – Gwen Lansbury, Nick Manfield and Geoff.

Three original members: Geoff Searl OAM (President of ABHS), Gwen Lansbury, Nickolas Manfield. 

Geoff was elected President on that night and Nick was elected Vice-President while Gwen put her hand up as a committee member.

The Society has been affiliated with the Royal Australian Historical Society since inception.

It has grown considerably and now has the following of 135 keen members, including 7 recipients of OAMs and one AM.

66 photographs illustrated the many activities of the Society from witnessing one of the last firings of a torpedo from the observation deck of the testing station at Clareville in September 1983 to the ‘10th Great Historic Photographic Exhibition’ held last year.

Bill Goddard ably provided the projection skills necessary for the evening. 

Mention was made of the huge contribution to the Society by its inaugural Life Member (in 2003), and Patron, John Stone. John has made available to the Society the front portion of his office at 15 Bowling Green Lane for the last 10 years. John’s computer skills have also enabled restoration of damaged or poor quality photos loaned to the Society for exhibition and research.

Geoff Searl and John Stone at entrance to John Stone Photographic services business where ABHS office also is.

A special cake to celebrate the occasion had the Society’s logo covering the entire top of the cake – the first general store in 1922!

Election of Office Bearers for the coming year was simple as those from the past year were unanimously re-elected – Geoff as President, Nina Gow as Secretary, Christine Ellis as Treasurer, Roger Sayers as Publicity Officer and Sue Morrow and Collette Searl as Committee members.

Committee Members for the coming year - Roger, Geoff, Collette, Christine and Sue

The Society holds 4 meetings a year with the September meeting being the AGM. Meetings are always of interest with either a guest speaker or photographic show focussing on a particular area of research and interest.

If you wish to become a member of the Society, drop a line to the Avalon Beach Historical Society, Post Office Box 1, Avalon Beach or call Geoff on 0439.292.566.

You are also very welcome to visit the Society any Saturday morning between 10am and 1pm.

Report: Geoff Searl OAM
Photos: Brian Friend OAM/AJG

Palm Beach To Ettalong: Dredging Update

The Dredger is getting close to finishing operations in the Ettalong Channel. Next week TfNSW will commence hydrographic soundings of the channel. 

Palm Beach Ferries will begin its own refamiliarization and training within the channel.  An update will be made by Wednesday the 20th of September on when it should be safe to resume services to Ettalong & Wagstaffe.

Liesl Tesch MP, Member for Gosford, and 7 time Olympian (RPAYC) was out on the water on Friday September 15  to see the work of the Port Frederick dredge up close.

Liesl Tesch MP said, ''I appreciated the opportunity to see the environmental monitoring taking place to ensure that our environment is protected while dredging continues.

Thank you Andy Hartley from Maritime and Civil Delivery Group for showing me how the turbidity monitor works to keep an eye on our oceans health - the geography teacher in me was in heaven.''

Photos: Liesl Tesch MP earlier today out on the water  to see the work of the Port Frederick dredge up close. Photos courtesy LT MP!

More available in earlier September 2023 report Dredging Of Ettalong Channel Underway'.

Palm Beach Ferries provides exceptional ferry services between Palm Beach, Wagstaffe, and Ettalong Beach. Departing regularly from the Palm Beach Wharf, the picturesque journey takes just 30 minutes, passing by Barrenjoey Headland.

Jervis and Louis Tilly, Will Troop at the November 2022 NSW WASZP and Wingfoil Slalom Championships, hosted by PBSC and RPAYC. Photo: A J Guesdon 

rowing 40k in the am - Zac (left, looking a tad weary) and Todd

Nathan Wellings and Matt Mayall - 50 k each

Mel Wellings and Gus Worland - Gus went from one club to another over the course of 24 Hour Row, cheering everyone on - 50 k walked, at least!

Manly Sea Eagles' Mascot Igor at Avalon Beach with his No. 1 Fan

CATHY FREEMAN STAND LAUNCH - Olympic champion Cathy Freeman set against the backdrop of the newly unveiled Cathy Freeman Stand at Stadium Australia, Sydney Olympic Park, Sydney, Friday, September 15, 2023. The NSW Government named the stand in honour of Cathy Freeman at the home of her 400m Olympic gold medal during the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins) From: 'Cathy Freeman Stand' Unveiled: Honours Inspirational Athlete Embedded In Our Hearts

Narrabeen Lagoon entrance on September 14, 2023. Photo; Joe Mills

Dusk At Avalon Beach

September 29, 2023 - Humpback whale breaching its way south, time to leave the water and beach, the view west

October 2023

L to r: Geoff and Collette Searl of the Avalon Beach Historical Society, who put the history and photos together, Craig Boaden, founding member technical advisor to the ACL, newly re-elected Mayor Sue Heins, Library Association President Meg Dunn and (at front with Meg), Helen Clark who was Head Librarian for the Avalon Community Library for 4 decades.

From: Avalon Community Library Celebrates 40th Anniversary
A wonderful reception hosted by Council and ACL volunteers to celebrate 40 years of Avalon Community Library officially opened a historical exhibition of the library on Friday evening, September 29 2023. The actual anniversary is October 28, but taking advantage of the 2023 Labor Day long-weekend for a party, ACL volunteers and Council hosted a Historical display for the community to visit in the Avalon Recreation Centre.

The History page this Issue runs the short speeches given by current ACL Library Association President Meg Dunn, Mayor Sue Heins, and Mr. Boaden and below this, some captures from what was on display for those who missed it, and which requires no explanation from us due to the excellent work of and records, photographs and artefacts kept by Geoff and Collette Searl of ABHS and ACL members, along with some of the volunteers who attended, all of whom deserve a hearty round of applause for their dedication to those young and older who enjoy nothing better than curling up with a great book.

Bilgola Plateau Probus Club 1st Birthday

The Bilgola Plateau Probus Club is now on a membership drive to secure interested people to join our club.  Membership is open to males and females who are currently retired or semi-retired.

We meet on the first Friday of each month at 10am at the Newport Bowling Club; 2 Palm Road Newport.

Bilgola Plateau Probus Club is now one year old, and is still accepting membership applications.

To find out more contact the President Mike Musgrave on 0419 263 165.

First Birthday Celebrations

BPPC President Mike Musgrave, Founding Member, Sue Heins, Mayor

Anne Kellick, Bob Kellick

Susan Blackmore

Di Cross Vice President,. Mary Musgrave, Mike Musgrave Founding Member, Sue Heins Mayor

Community Fire Information Day At Mackay Reserve

90 to 100 residents and visitors attended the very successful information day and BBQ held on Sunday 10th September at Mackay Reserve where the original CFU is located.

Fire & Rescue NSW, Avalon Firies and members/volunteers with the CFU explained how to prepare your property, how to develop a survival plan and other fire safety issues. A second trailer, CFU477, is now located at the Ralston Rd end of Mackay Rd. Thank you to all who organised and supported this important community event.

Report: Prof. Richard West AM, President of the Palm Beach-Whale Beach Association. 

To find out more and join this residents association visit:

Tumbledown Dick Rural Fire Brigade's RAFT Members

October 11, 2023
One of our RAFT (remote area firefighting team) members, Jarrod, headed out to the Watagan National Park yesterday with the remote area crew working in some pretty steep country. 

Access was by 4wd only down a track that had just been put in by a bulldozer.
The team spent the day with some of the parks crews going into the bush to locate and deal with hotspots that had been picked up on an infrared camera by an airplane doing a scan of the area the day before. 

Park Air 3 and Kestrel Helitak were also involved, with the team calling them in to drop buckets of water as needed. 

“The Helitak puts down some serious down wash! Brought down some decent sized branches (so keep your eyes peeled if working under them),” Jarrod said. “All in all a big but fun day.”

Jarrod at work

The symbolic raising of the red and yellow flags at Maroubra Beach, on September 23 2023. Photos: SLSNSW

From: New Turimetta Beach Emergency Rescue Board Saves Lives - Prevents Tragedies: Council Installs More Boards Along The Coast, State Government Commits $23 Million Over Four Years To Help Keep NSW Beaches Safe During 2023 Raising Of The Flags Ceremony

The Hon. Penny Sharpe MLC, Minister for Climate Change, Energy Environment & Heritage with Alice the Springer Spaniel and Echo the Britney Spaniel and their trainers, including Ryan Tate from Tate Animal Training. Photo: NSW Government From: Council Partners With NPWS To Sniff Out Soil Borne Pathogen

From: Graze 'N' Cakes 2023 - Sandy and Viet Dang opened Graze N Cakes in mid-September 2017 meaning they have just commenced their 7th year as one of Avalon’s favourite places to get the best food going. Time for a catch-up as they commence their 7th year!

A Yes campaigner handing out flyers outside Avalon Rec. Centre yesterday, October 14. 

Beach Without Sand Celebrates 40th Year

David Watson, 'Wato' opened the first Beach Without Sand (BWS) store at North Avalon in 1983 as the surf culture on the Northern Beaches was booming. He has had Chris ‘Kong’ Friend by his side for pretty much the entire time. The shops are still run today by Wato and Kong, with the help of Sam and Bec (Wato’s kids) and Abbey.

The outfit has been a strong supporter of many local events and clubs, including the North Avalon Surfriders Association (NASA).

On Sunday October 15 the BWS Team hosted a BBQ and fundraiser at North Avalon shops.

Their message via social media afterwards:

Wow! What an incredible weekend. We want to thank our incredible community for helping us celebrate 40 years with the most amazing day! 

With your help we raised over $2000 for Fletch Crowley and his family, so thank you to everyone who bought raffle tickets for making that possible! 

The day couldn’t have gone ahead the way it did without the help of so many of our incredible brands, with whom we share decades of great relationships, along with the generosity of locals and their businesses.

A huge thank you to the below:
  • 🎂 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 
So thank you again to our epic community, here’s to the next 40 years! ❤️

Wato and Roger Sayers OAM on Sunday October 15 2023


Crew of Frantic, Skippered by Mick Martin, awarded the Sir Lipton Cup Trophy as winners of the inaugural Sydney to Auckland Ocean Race 2023. Photo: RPAYC
From: Sydney To Auckland Ocean Race Winners: Let The Celebrations Begin!

Avalon Bowling Club: Thank You Maurice Altman

We would like to say a massive THANK YOU to Maurie Altman who has stepped down as President after an incredible 8 years at the recent AGM. 

Many of you will know Maurie (or may have seen him around the club or walking through the village) - what you might not know is the countless hours he has voluntarily put into the club to help continue its growth and make it a integral part of the community. 

We are sure you can all agree how appreciative we are of the work he has put into the Avalon Bowlo, especially in the recent uncharted years - so once again THANK YOU. Maurie won't be disappearing however, he will still be around - rolling up on the green or front of house at his beloved Wednesday Jazz. 

We welcome Michael Le-Hanie who will be taking over the reigns as President, along with our wonderful board of directors.

ASC Success At Australian Masters Games In Adelaide

Avalon Sailing Club members Jeff Conly & Nick Chan took on the challenge and made the trek down to Adeilade with their Spirals to compete in the Australian Masters Games. 

Jeff writes:  
“The sailing here borders on insane. Launching through the surf is considered normal and when it blows, the waves on the course are so steep that you cannot see the boat in front of you. We completed seven races, three on day one in a very pleasant 10 knot southerly. Four one hour long races back to back on day two in a very testing 20-25 knot hot northerly. Slept rather well after that. We were blown off the water on day three with a 30 knot s/w change that produced a 3m surf and surfers at our launching area. All up, a fun experience. We both ended up with third place in our respective divisions.”

Congratulations Jeff and Nick - what a great result in such different conditions!

Sunday Yacht Racing on Pittwater
If you're looking for some casual PHS (handicap) racing on Sundays in & around Pittwater - then please join us at Avalon Sailing Club for some fun racing.

Our summer program has five different series; two around the marks in Pittwater, "up the river" to Juno Pt, around the two islands and one offshore outside Broken Bay with PBYC. That means you can participate anything from one or two Sundays a month to every Sunday during the season.

Start and Finish lines are mostly off Avalon Sailing Club in Clareville.

Friday Afternoons at ASC
It’s the end of the week, and you're thinking it's time to relax and wind down. Wouldn’t it be great to enjoy a sundowner or two with some good friends on Pittwater? Maybe even bring something along to throw on the BBQ and let the kids splash around in the water.

What are you waiting for? We are reserving every Friday afternoon for members to enjoy our fabulous facility and location, and are keen to make Fridays a weekly social event. Bring your own food and drink, we’ll open the bar if you run short. Feel free to invite your friends and family along, I’m always amazed how many locals don’t know we are here - and if they did, I’m sure many would be interested in membership.

We’ve been talking about getting some fun sailing going as well. If there is interest, we could rig up the Pacer Puffins and have some fun “races” around marks. Kids and adults could try sailing in a new class. The idea is to keep it casual, and if there is enough interest get some boats out on the water and just have some fun relaxing on a Friday afternoon.

About ASC
Avalon Sailing Club is a family oriented sailing club, sited at Clareville, on Pittwater, part of Sydney's Northern Beaches area in the Garigal Country of the traditional custodians. We are known for our friendly and relaxed atmosphere with our purpose to foster the love of sailing on the waters of Pittwater. We are particularly proud of all those children who first learned to sail at Avalon and continue to enjoy our sport, along with those who have gone on to represent Australia at the Olympics, Americas Cup, Sail GP and other world class events like the Sydney to Hobart. 

Find out more at: avalonsailingclub

Marine Rescue Broken Bay  Rescue Op. October 2023

Our BB30, MR Terrigal and water police responded to an emergency on Saturday October 21 where a 2 person surf ski competing in a race ran into difficulty where their ski broke apart leaving it's crew in the water. 

With a combined effort of all attending emergency services, everyone made it home safely to their families.

Log On whenever you're heading out on the water and Log Off when you return. We'll stand watch. If you don't Log Off as planned, our volunteers will start searching for you. To Log On, call your Marine Rescue NSW base on VHF Channel 16 or use the free Marine Rescue NSW app.

Tell us:
  • Your boat registration number
  • Where you’re leaving from
  • Where you’re heading
  • What time you plan to return
  • The number of people on board
  • Your mobile phone number
If the fish are biting and you decide to stay out longer, simply call the base on VHF Ch 16 or use the Marine Rescue NSW App to update your arrival time.

Channel 16 on VHF
Channel 88 on 27MHz


Whale Tale Of The Week: Jason Breen's Encounter With A Breaching Whale Calf

Jason Breen, 55-year-old wind foiler from Newport was enjoying a blast off the Mona Vale Basin on Wednesday October 25 when a whale calf, doing a baby whale calf leap, landed on him.

The whale temporarily trapped the surfer  underwater as the strap attaching him to his craft dragged him down beneath the whale. Fortunately the strap broke from his board and freed him, allowing him to surface.

Jason surfaced, said  'I just got hit by a whale'.

Jason is thankfully fine - nothing is known about how the young whale is.

Jason had his GoPro going at the time, which captured the encounter - Paul Nettlebeck who was on the headland also filmed the encounter and was glad to find out Jason was ok.

With a few weeks to go until the official end of the whale migration back south 'season', and more that will pass our coast outside of those times, it's worth keeping an eye out for the masses of gentle giants now heading back to Antarctica whether you are foiling, paddling, rowing, sailing or cruising.

Jason is now calling himself 'The Whale Guy' on his Instagram account, which provides:

Little Wattlebird, Anthochaera chrysoptera, on Bangalley Headland. Photo by Kevin Murray.  More in this week's Pictorial - Bangalley Headland Walk: Spring 2023 photos by Kevin Murray and Joe

November 2023


Avalon Bowling Club are extremely excited to announce they were the joint recipient of the Community Engagement Award at the November 8 Bowls NSW Awards along with the Northern Beaches Vision Impaired Group for their Vision Impaired Lawn Bowling Group. 

''We are honoured to be able to support such an incredible program and so proud to see it be acknowledged for it's community impact. This program also wouldn't be possible without the dedication of the amazing volunteers.'' the club stated 

To find out more visit Pittwater Online News' Northern Beaches Vision Impaired Group profile.


Footpath For Careel Bay To Currawong Avenue Palm Beach: Update

The Contractors for building this footpath state they will be finished the installation by the end of next week - they are currently, today, setting out the frames for the section just near the Careel Head Road bus stop.

The Contractors state everyone that has spoken to them while walking this section during the past few months has been 'absolutely lovely' and really complimentary on their work and their approach - but that's Pittwater and Pittwater people. 

They will be placing a 'thank you' letter in all mailboxes along the sections when the works are complete for residents to provide feedback.

A few progress shots taken on the morning of Thursday November 9, 2023


Photo: Bob with Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC KC, Governor of New South Wales, RSL NSW Annual State Congress 2023 © Salty Dingo

'Rose' - now an orphan. Photo: Helen.

Winning Team - North Narrabeen Boardriders. Photo by Surfing NSW From: North Narrabeen Win Australian Boardriders Battle Central Qualifier

Pittwater MP Rory Amon with Pittwater's 2023 Community Service Award recipients Judy Kelly and Robert Hopton. Photo Michael Mannington OAM. 

Laura celebrating with family and friends at North Narrabeen. Photo: WSL / Matt Dunbar

Left to right: Karl Attkins, Mike Stanley-Jones, Blaze Roberts, Stuart ('Stretch') Cooper, Andrew Clarke (Clarkie) and Lucas Molloy. Photo: A J Guesdon.

November Colours: Spotted Gum + Jacarandas

Emma Dieters, Photo Credit: ISA / Pablo Franco
Kirk Watson, Photo Credit: ISA / Pablo Franco
From: 2023 ISA World Para Surfing Championship: Emma Wins again! Kirk Watson and Joel Taylor Win Gold Too!! - Seven medal haul for the Irukandjis at the 2023 ISA World Para Surfing Championship

Newport wins gold at 2023 Coolangatta Gold: Lizzie Welborn (on board), Dominique Melbourn (swimming) Piper Harrison (running) and Jemma Smith (on ski), – Open women’s short course team 1st. Photo: Newport SLSC's Newport Kinghorn Surf Racing Academy

From: Newport Surf Clubs' Sports Academy Athletes Going From Strength To Strength: Coolangatta Gold Wins + Athletes In 2023-24 Nutri-Grain Iron Start List + Summer Of Surf Series

From: Out & About On The Pittwater Estuary: Etchells NSW State Championship Being Sailed From The Stunning Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, Palm Beach Sailing Club's Beware The Bullets Regatta Day 1 2023, A Day At The Basin, The 2023 DF65 Masters Club Challenge by RPAYC, Trevor Gourlay and Selena Griffith

At The Basin, Pittwater. Saturday November 18, 2023. Photo by Selena Griffith

Bird Life Careel Bay. Photos: A J Guesdon, November 2023

PHS Alumni: Gillies Family members with Tom Burlinson at the PHS 2023 Reunion

From:  Pittwater High School Alumni 1963 To 1973 Reunion For 2023: A Historic 60 Years Celebration + Some History

Mark Head is back at his beloved Avalon Beach. Photo: Roger Sayers OAM From: Mark Head is back on Patrol! 

Photo: L to R Mathew Helm, Layne Beachley, Heather Garriock and John Forbes. Image: Sport NSW

Jemma Cook with her award. Photo: Sport NSW. From: NSW Champions Of Sport Awards 2023 Recognises Three Local Heroes

PBSC's 2023 Bullets regatta. Photo: Dick Clarke

From: Palm Beach Sailing Club: Beware the Bullets Regatta 2023 wrap by Dick Clarke, Commodore 

calling to mum and dad; feed me! feed me!

leaning off the top of the fence top get a larvae pod

success! From: Some Late November Insects: For Youngsters

Crimson rosella (Platycercus elegans) at Careel Bay, November 25, 2023. Photos: A J Guesdon.

December 2023

Narrabeen Lagoon entrance being opened again. Photo: Thursday November 30, 2023 by Joe Mills From: Narrabeen Lagoon Sand Removal Completed Ahead Of Schedule: Berm At Entrance Removed

Ruby Trew and Grace Gosby from NSW have won the Under 16 Girls Allstars schools division. Photo: Noah Clifford / Surfing Australia

The Australian Junior Surfing Titles have been taking place at Phillip Island, Victoria running 25th November to Sunday 3rd December.


Locana Cullen has won his Division - Photo: Noah Clifford / Surfing Australia

From: 2023 Australian Junior Surfing Titles

New station for Duffys Forest RFSB

From: Councils' 2022-23 Annual Report Records A Great Year

From Turimetta Moods: Late Spring Becomes Summer by Joe Mills - photo taken dewcember 1, 2023

Joe shares his final 'Turimetta Moods' for 2023 and has recorded the shift from late Spring to the first day of Summer as a result from North Narrabeen to Warriewood and surrounds.

From: Turimetta Moods: Late Spring Becomes Summer by Joe Mills .

Big Sing members with Samantha Shaw at centre From: Christmas Wrap - markets, carols, lights + New Year's Fireworks Options: 2023

The Big Sing members practising for upcoming carolling

Brains Trust Lunch 2023

Our thanks to the wonderful community members, all volunteers, who have helped with photos, research, support and advice in 2023.

Many thanks to Brian Friend OAM, Joe and Gerry Mills, Kevin and Glenys Murray, Peter and Roz Verrills, Marita Macrae OAM, Roger Sayers OAM, Warren Young OAM, Geoff (OAM) and Collette Searl, Michael (OAM) and Pam Mannington,  and Eric Gumley.


Carols At The Beach + Carols In The Park 2023

Pittwater has commenced the 2023 carolling season with events hosted by Avalon Beach SLSC beside the beach and in Mona Vale's Village Park, hosted by the Rotary Club of the Upper Northern Beaches and the Pittwater Uniting Church.

Councillor Miranda Korzy has sent in some wonderful photos from each event and shares they were just brilliant and a great get together for community as we head into the last two weeks before everyone exhales on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and the peaceful lull prior to New Years.

Councillor Korzy was joined at the Carols at the Beach by fellow Councillor Michael Gencher and Pittwater MP Rory Amon - all out to spread good cheer in the community and wish you all a very Merry Christmas - and a brilliant New Year!

left to right: Cr. Gencher, Pittwater M Rory Amon, Cr. Korzy and Vice president of Avalon Beach SLSC Richard Cole

At Avalon Beach there was dancing and the legendary Joy Yates and the Jubilation Choir performing. At Mona Vale the 'Grinch' dropped by but could not stop the singing, dancing and smiles on every face.

Despite the heat and then blast of cooler air with a storm change at Narrabeen, about 2,500 people were at Carols at the Beach and around 1,000 at Mona Vale's Carols in the Park enjoyed old favourite Carols along with some to get those toes tapping. 

The big man in red also visited both Carols, leaving the elves and Mrs. Claus to carry on putting together everything that needs to be done by Christmas Eve. 

Some pictures, courtesy of Cr. Korzy + one from Adriaan van der Wallen of the fireworks at Avalon Beach to close their 2023 edition of Carols at the Beach.

At Avalon Beach SLSC's Carols at The Beach:

At Mona Vale's Carols in The Park:

Carols at the Beach 2023 fireworks. Photo: Adriaan van der Wallen