December 16, 2018 - January 12, 2019: Issue 388


Pittwater: A Year In Pictures

Pittwater has an amazing amount of talented photographers who generously share some captures of our area each year simply to communicate what a wonderful place we live in. There have also been some great photographs attached to great stories of Pittwater people's achievements a little way away from home - those too have captured the moment and brought us all some uplifting moments and good reasons to smile and laugh.

We have lost some wonderful people this year, some way before their time, people who will be badly missed during the Christmas and New Years break. If you're around their family members now and in the weeks to come, an extra hug and kind ear may help ease that pain. 

We have also had some conflicts this year - in fact, since the time this news service began the emails and phone calls expressing frustration, anger and dissatisfaction have never been so many. Everything from sandstone blocks appearing on the Palm Beach beachfront that weren't on walkway plans, to the idea of putting a boardwalk at the southern end of that same beach and depriving those who need easier access to the sand of that, the outrage expressed at the pronouncement that an administrator would take someone's business and asset at Church Point and bulldoze the iconic Pasadena, the B-Line to Newport furore that could have been headed off by making site investigations that would prove this unworkable prior to announcing any plans, the wilful destruction of protected environment at Warriewood, the not caring about protected fauna and flora elsewhere - the closing of Mona Vale Hospital Emergency Department while its replacement is not ready to receive all that would come its way stand out. 

Hopefully 2019 will bring some kind of easing back into what the community is more used to - peaceful and calm enjoyment of living in a beautiful place amongst wonderful people.

We are blessed with a mass of volunteers in the bush and on the beach, in the libraries, the church halls, RSL's, business chambers, sports groups, in craft groups, arts groups - in fact, in everything that touches and fills our lives in Pittwater there will be a volunteer or a whole mass of volunteers busily giving to and building and maintaining community. As Harvey Rose once said, 'Pittwater has the highest amount of volunteers'. 

What better way to round off the year than to share some of what you have seen here in 2018 - then exhale, and think about how we may do it better in 2019. In the meantime, we all get to be here - lucky us.

Angus Campbell - NSW Team, Polo by the Sea - January 2018
First four back to the beach in the new 400m Swim of the Newport Pool to Peak series of swims: Nick McCouat, Logan Bartlem (10-12 yrs.) Pascal Blanquer and Dominique Melbourn (10-12yrs.). January 2018
King Tide at BYRA, Summer  2018 in Pittwater - photo courtesy Ian Urban of the NS14 fleet

2018 Surf Life Saving Interstates Championships: New South Wales Wins!

The Red Wattlebird - Anthochaera Carunculata

The red wattlebird (Anthochaera carunculata) is a passerine bird native to southern Australia. At 33–37 cm (13–14 1⁄2 in) in length, it is the second largest species of Australian honeyeater. It has mainly grey-brown plumage, with red eyes, distinctive pinkish-red wattles on either side of the neck, white streaks on the chest and a large bright yellow patch on the lower belly. The sexes are similar in plumage. Juveniles have less prominent wattles and browner eyes. Photo taken at Careel Bay playing fields, January 2018.

Australia Day Awards 2018 Recognise Outstanding Community Support In Ken Hughes AFSM, OAM

Ken Hughes AFSM, OAM - Photo by Michael Mannington, Volunteer Photograhy

Woody Point Yacht Club's 2018 Putt-Putt Regatta And Gentleman's Launch Race

Aboard The Elvina - photo by Penny Gleen
One man's and two women's legs as they sit on the roof of a ferry. Hood, Sam, 1872-1953, from Album Hood Collection part II : [Postcards: Australian and overseas] Date of Work ca.1905-ca.1925. Image No. a342015. Courtesy State Library of NSW.
Left to right: Brett Stapleton ASC Australia Day Regatta 2018 organiser, Kelly Holder (Couta Boat Club  Pittwater Chapter – now at ASC), Jane Durham, Commodore of Avalon Sailing Club and David Hyde, on starter boat etc, one of the many volunteers that make this great club work.
Paradise Beach, Pittwater - January 27th, 2018 (A Long Weekend ON Pittwater)  - Photo by Neil Johnston

Warringah Pittwater District RFS Brigades Volunteers: A Busy Spring And Summer Serving The Community Over 2017/2018

Royal National Park Fire, January 21, 2018 - photo courtesy Ingleside RFB
Avalon Quilters Members with "Touching Stars" - the 2018 AMDF Raffle Quilt - February 2018

Local Sailors Excell At 2018 World Cup Series Miami: More Medals For Olympians

2018 World Cup Series Miami - Nacra 17, Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin have a positive 2018 start - photo © Tomas Moya/Sailing Energy/World Sailing - February 2018

Marcus Blackmore's Ammonite Wins The 2018 New Zealand Millennium Cup

Australian Sailing Team members Mat Belcher, right of trophy-holder Marcus Blackmore, and Will Ryan, bottom right, celebrate the win - Caroline Blackmore holding the champagne! Photo by and courtesy Jeff Brown, Breed Media

2017-18 NSW Hobie States Titles Hosted By Palm Beach Sailing Club: Day 1

Natasha and Nathan Bryant - February 2018

Vissla Great Lakes Pro 2018 Goes Off!

Holy Wawn WINS!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Holly Wawn took control of the final day to claim impressive wins and go into the up and coming QS6,000 events in red-hot form. Photos by  Ethan Smith / Surfing NSW - February 2018

Clare Costanzo WINS Hardy Cup 2018: 

First Female Skipper - First All Female Team To Take Out Prestigious Match Racing Event

Hardy Cup 2018 Winners!  Photo by Darcie Cottington, Darcie C Photography - February 2018

Avalon Beach SLSC Launches A New Surf Boat - The Roland Luke

On Sunday February 4th Avalon Beach SLSC christened and launched their newest surfboat. Named to honour Life Member and Competition Manager Roland Luke, who is also active in many other parts of our community, particularly Avalon Soccer club, where he has been setting up the fields for training and game days for decades, the new boat is a welcome addition to the surf club's equipment. 

Palm Beach Longboarders 'Show Us Your Dooleys' Comp 2018 Opens A Great Year

Palm Beach wrapped up their first comp for 2018 on Sunday, February 4th. It was the Day of the Dooleys again with patron Mick Dooley attending to enjoy some great waves and great surfing – all on Mr. Dooley’s boards – ergo ‘Show Us Your Dooleys’.

Mick Dooley and PBL VP Greg Nichols 

Avalon Beach Avocados Win Their Trans Tasman Test Debut

Avalon Beach SLSC's Avocados - U23 Women - Sweep Nathan Wellings, Bow Ellie Di Biagio, 2nd Bow Lauren Petersen, 2nd Stroke Chloe Scott, Stroke Amelia Barber. Februay 2018

Summer In Pittwater: 2018

SLS SNB Branch Championships 2018 Opens - Newport SLSC's Mitchell Trim - photo by Bill Sheridan - February 2018

You can't run a Carnival without Officials - just three of the great volunteers at this year's Branch Championships - photo by Bill Sheridan

Summer Becomes Autumn In Pittwater: 2018

Spotted: Six Black Cockatoos At Careel Bay

7.20 a.m. Saturday Feb. 24, 2018
Winging west in 2 x 3 bird v's towards Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park. Can hear them calling back and forth to each other prior to seeing. Came from direction of Bangalley Headland, North Avalon.

Traditionally Black Cockatoos are the best sign of wet weather ahead; the more in a flock, the more rain coming over the next few days.
photo by and courtesy of Paul Wheeler
                                                      Summer Dawn in Pittwater, Monday February 19th, 2018- photo by Jo Longhurst

'Only a night swim beats that February humid heat — in North Narrabeen.' Saturday February 24th, 2018 . Photo by Selena Griffith

The Big Wave Project By Tim Bonython The Big Winner At 2018 Surfing Australia Awards

Tim Bonython filming at Shipsterns, Tasmania. Photo courtesy ASMF

2018 NSW Surf Life Saving Championships:

Masters and Opens Competitions

Fiona Rae (Palm Beach SLSC) Jan Proudfoot (Newport SLSC) and Paula Tocquer (Mona Vale SLSC).
Mona Vale coming back in during challenging conditions of Day 2 in Opens Championships - photo by Richard Black

2018 Pittwater Woman Of The Year

The Hon. Rob Stokes, MP for Pittwater and Gailene Keen, 2018 Pittwater Woman of the Year - photo by and courtesy Cr. Kylie Ferguson, NBC

Gailene works with the Be Centre children’s charity at Warriewood which assists young people (aged 3-12) who have experienced trauma, domestic violence or challenging personal circumstances. 

Gailene has also worked in key roles with the Cancer Council, St Lucy’s School for students with disabilities and the Starlight Children’s Foundation, which helps grant wishes to seriously ill children. 

Autumn In Pittwater: 2018

Pittwater Spotted Gum Corymbia maculata, showing autumnal shifts of pink and green
Cassia (Senna pendula). Also known as Senna and Arsenic Bush. Originating in South American, Cassia is a perennial sprawling multi-stemmed shrub or tree up to 5m tall.  This weed replaces native vegetation and establishes in a wide range of native plant communities, including coastal heath and scrubland, hinddunes and riparian corridors. The large seed pods are eaten by birds and other animals. Currently flowering - please pull out and get rid of if you have in your garden or join a local Bushcare Group to help Pittwater rid itself of this weed.

Sydney Royal Easter Show 2018 Show Stopper Beer Brewed By Modus Operandi Mona Vale Extends Locals Input Into RAS Annual Celebration Of Local Products

Launching The Show Stopper at Sydney Royal Easter Show with Ryefield Hops, The Hon Niall Blair MLC 
Head to The Stables for a refreshing NSW Grown & Brewed Pale!

Back in the days when Pittwater was a mostly rural area with great farms harvesting great produce from grains through to dairy products many of these early framers would exhibit and win prizes for their chickens and fruit and most of everything else under the sun displayed at RAS Shows.

In 2018 local craft beer makers Modus Operandi are extending and bringing into today that long line of locals who have and are still contributing something great to the Sydney Royal Easter Show.

The Showstopper Pale, brewed by Modus Operandi, based at Mona Vale, is the craft beer of choice at this year’s Show. It uses all NSW-sourced ingredients, including hops from Ryefield Hops at Bemboka, NSW and malted barley from growers in western NSW.

The first beer to be brewed exclusively for the Sydney Royal Easter Show was unveiled on Wednesday, March 21st, by Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair at Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park. More HERE

Sydney's First Fauna Overpass To Be Installed On Mona Vale Road

Overpass: An artist's impression of an animal overpass that will be build along Mona Vale Road West. Picture: NSW Government

Pittwater Residents Among Thousands Calling For NSW Government To Get Cleaner At Time2Choose Rally 

Rachel Ward with Glenn Morris and his Australian stockhorse, Hombre.

Thousands of people from communities around the state rallied in Sydney’s CBD on Saturday, March 24th, calling on the NSW Government to prioritise clean water, air and land over coal and gas projects, and to repower NSW with renewable energy to tackle climate change.

The #Time2Choose march was led by First Nations people and followed by horseback riders, connected through Farmers For Climate Action, knitting nannas, quite a few people from Pittwater, Doctors for the Environment Australia, as well as champions for our environment.

Glen Morris, the Inverell farmer who rode his horse across the Sydney Harbour Bridge in 2016 to protest against new legislation to increase vegetation clearing came to town again, this time bringing his mates.

Morning mangrove paddle, Morning Bay, Pittwater. Photo courtesy Pittwater YHA

Lara Duncan: Songstress 

Avalon Beach songstress Lara Duncan
Avalon Beach songstress Lara Duncan is a singer and performer who regularly gigs around Sydney. Lara Duncan has grown up performing on stage dancing, singing and acting. After receiving a Band Six for Music 1 in her HSC in 2016, this Barrenjoey High School student was offered a scholarship to study her Diploma of Musical Theatre at Brent Street for 2017.  This year, she is planning to pursue her passion for country music as she realised how much she loves the story telling aspect to music and the way you can transport, not only people, but yourself to another world when you sing. This 18 year old has completed her Diploma of Musical Theatre at Brent Street and is a CMAA Academy of Country Music Graduate.

The genres of music she specialises in are Indie, Folk and Country. A strong smooth voice and great skills on guitar are complimented by not only being able to sing other's songs but writing her own. Pittwater Online's Profile of this Week and April Artist of the Month shares a small insight into a young woman with great gifts and lots of passion.

Newport School's Easter Hat Parade 2018

Newport PS Celebrated 130 years in 2018 - a great achievement and a wonderful community school.

Avalon Community Garden's Zest For Life Festival Inspired By Young Gardener

Avalon Community Garden members getting ready to share their Zest for Life

Aneira Ravenscroft - serious about good food!

Emotional Health Forum At Barrenjoey High School Launches Wellbeing Spaces

Year 12 Student & Vice Captain Ariel Wheeler and Ms Sarah Peachman cut the ribbon at the opening of the Wellbeing Space at Barrenjoey. Photo courtesy BHS.

Wednesday March 28th provided an amazing community opportunity. Three organisations have come together with one thing in mind: the emotional health of youth on the northern beaches.

Thanks goes to the Hon Rob Stokes, Councillor Kylie Ferguson, members of OneEighty Avalon, The Youth Hub Avalon and Barrenjoey High School for their hard work and dedication to meet the needs and shift the tide for our younger citizens. 

Congratulations to Barrenjoey SRC on the opening of the Wellbeing Space. The Wellbeing Space provides senior students with space to proactively manage their emotional wellbeing.

Councillor Kylie Ferguson attended the Emotional Health Forum to introduce Justene Gordon, CEO of The Burdekin Association, and speak about the Avalon Youth Hub which will open on May 18th.

Resolute - on the Pittwater Estuary.

Winter Sports Season 2018 Opens 

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

United Hospital Auxiliaries Zone Day Hosted By Friends of Northern Beaches Palliative Care

L to R - Yvonne Parsons Metropolitan Zone Representative, Linda Swales State President, Jo-Ann Steeves President Friends of Northern Beaches Palliative Care Auxiliary, Norma Moran President Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary, Gail Carew Vice President Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary and member Friends of Northern Beaches Palliative Care Auxiliary. Photo by Michael Mannington, Volunteer Photography.

Seismic Testing Off Our Coasts Set To Blast Early Migrating Whales And Newcastle Fishermen's 'Farm'

Late Wednesday MEC Resources Ltd announced the vessel contracted to undertake the 2 dimensional seismic survey of approximately 200 line km planned on offshore Newcastle survey was currently located in an area that has been impacted by Tropical Cyclone Iris and this has delayed the planned survey commencement date of 9 April 2018. 

Avalon Beach RSL Anzac Day March 2018 Invites All Women Veterans To Wear Their Medals And Join Their Ranks 

Tamara Sloper  Harding OAM and Jan-Maree Ball OAM. A J Guesdon picture.

Aussies 2018: A Mass Exodus West!

Not too many waves here  - The Big Kangaroo stands 16.4 ft (5 m) tall at Border Village, on the border between South Australia and West Australia. Named “Rooey II“, the papier-mache and fiberglass statue was built in 1986 to capitalise on traffic going west to Perth where the America’s Cup yacht race was being held.  Photo by and courtesy Linda Wiadrowski‎

Not many waves here either - April 12th, 2018 - photo courtesy Ashley Cardiff

Creative Creatures Film Festival 2018 Wows Big Audience With Big Ideas

Niam Melville, Rowan Mitchell and Euan Harris - Gold WillBe winners 2018 - at Warriewood beach.

Katy Young, creator of the Creative Creatures Film Festival with Jackson Baker, creator of Revive - the other big winner in 2018

Budawa Sign Unveiled: The First In A Series To Be Installed Here

Budawa Aboriginal Signage Group and friends. Left to right; Aunty Lois Birk, Jess Birk, Julie Janson, Lauire Bimson,  Neil Evers, Jeni Thornley, Aunty Clair Jackson. Outside Mona Vale Library.
Warringah Rugby Club vs. University of Queensland, in 'Tackling Violence' Cup 2018 - Photo by Warringah Rugby Club

Bilgola SLSC's Bruce Robertson Hangs Up His Cap: Australia's Oldest Serving Patrol Member Celebrated With New IRB

Gladys and Bruce Robertson with...the Bruce Robertson!.

SLSA President, Graham Ford AM and Bruce Robertson OAM

Alyse Saxby Set To Sail At 2018 Special Olympics National Games In Adelaide 

Alyse at the Combined Australian Hansa Class Championships. 
Mona Vale Beach in Autumn 2018. 
Waiting for a Wave, North Avalon, Friday afternoon, April 13th, 2018.

Mermaids Of Palm Beach Commence B To B Bash 2018 Fundraising

Beryl Driver OAM with Beverly Wilson, host of the "Brees Cottage" Garden Party. Photo by Michael Mannington

Aussies 2018: Newport Wins 2nd in Youth, Boaties Score Gold, Masters Excel

Palm Beach SLSC Secures Gold in the Surf Boat relay - photo courtesy PBSLSC

Congratulations to Warriewood's  Louise Barnett, Tanya Deer, Alex Coates, Kathryn Maguire (The Rustys) and sweep Russel Lamb for GOLD in the 200 years Masters Female surf Boat and to Donna Wishart, Beverley Tilbury, Kerry Mcewan, Kate Munro (Avalon Beach Antiques) for securing the SILVER!

Warriewood Rusty's win GOLD!
Further to this story, and for those who have already read Aussies 2018: The Mass Exodus West! in Pittwater Online's pre Aussies Issue:

In an outstanding display of good sportsmanship and Aussie mateship Jeff Nesbitt, Ashley Cardiff and son Blake towing Avalon Beach SLSC's surfboats to the Australian SLSA Titles in Perth, turned back after crossing the Nullabor Plains to help out opposition surfboat competitors from Warriewood SLSC who had broken down in the middle of the Nullabor ...a round trip of 200 kilometres for the Avalon boys.

Jeff said
"We were at Eucla at the end of the Nullabor. Warriewood broke down exactly half way across. We drove back 100km to pick them up plus their boat and drove 100km back to Eucla.

In the morning the towie took them back to their car then continued east back to Ceduna to put the car in for repair. They bought another car and drove back across the Nullarbor to pick up their boat. All good...☺"

Jeff, Ash and Blake said they were happy to help out.
Considering this was their 6th straight day of driving, it was a pretty good effort all round and a credit to our boaties.
All boats Avalon and Warriewood are in Perth now ready to compete.
Whatever the outcome of the competition in the surf. and Avalon Beach is hoping to do well in both women's and men's crews.. these Avalon Beach boys are already winners! - Roger Sayers ABSLSC Life Member and Publicity Officer.

Bilgola secure SILVER in 200 men (Norman Pounder, Mark Parsons, Grant Jacobs, Garett Smith) and Long Reef won gold in 260 men (Peter Kinsey, David Sams, Malcolm Maccormick, Robert Pearson) . Photos courtesy Donna Wishart, SLS NSW

Everyone knows Warriewood SLSC is a family orientated surf club bent on having fun  - and now a few more pictures to prove it. 
On Sunday April 22nd the members held their annual Inflatable Surf Race which was clearly a big winner for all ages. What a great way to close out the last Sunday before their Patrol Season finishes. Photos by and courtesy Felix, Warriewood SLSC.

Restored Vintage Tram ‘Number 1753’ And Café Set To Open This Month

Restored Vintage Tram ‘Number 1753’ And Café Set To Open This Month At Narrabeen 

You won’t miss the brightly-coloured, 1930s-era Sydney tram, mounted proudly on iron tracks beside busy Pittwater Road in Narrabeen which is set to open on 30 April. Trams ran along Pittwater Road from Manly to Narrabeen from 1913 to 1939.The old Number 1753, R-class tram, formerly trundled between North Sydney and The Spit Bridge, transporting countless passengers from 1933 until it rattled to a halt finally in June 1958. Number 1753 was then sold off in 1959 for the princely sum of £60, to an apple orchardist from Bilpin – to be used for sleeping accommodation.

Over time, Number 1753 became dilapidated before languishing eventually, covered with graffiti, in the former Rozelle Tram Depot before the Sydney Tramway Museum in Glebe took possession. 

Northern Beaches Mayor Michael Regan said in 2014, the former Warringah Council  came to Tram 1753 rescue paying $3,000 for it.

“It was decided to resurrect the old tram and incorporate it into our Tramshed Arts & Community Centre, next to Berry Reserve in Narrabeen for the delight of the community and visitors.

“Council’s trades staff later teamed up with volunteer members of The Forest Community Men's Shed - and set to work restoring Tram 1753 to its former glory.

 “The Men’s Shed members worked tirelessly on the tram’s restoration over a period of about 12 months. Council staff undertook contaminant removal, the electrical works and exterior painting, amongst other things.

“Between them, they’ve all done a terrific job of restoring the tram. It looks just great.” said Mayor Regan.

Ducks Away As Lifesavers Gear Up For IRB Season: Bilgola And Mona Vale Entering For First Time

Bungan Beach SLSC in action in 2017 - photo by Richard Black

Community Forum Calls For Immediate Pittwater Demerger: Pittwater Rally Will Be Held At Parliament House - May 15th

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

Pittwater's Phil Walker's GIPA Application For The KPMG ‘Business Case’ On Forcibly Amalgamated Councils

Palm Beach & Whale Beach Association 100th AGM 2018: A Celebration

PBWBA Vice-President Virginia Christensen with a 100th anniversary cap.
Swell Building - photo by Adriaan van der Wallen, May 12, 2018

Avalon Youth Hub: The Door is OPEN

On Avalon Beach, if someone is having trouble with the riptides, are exhausted from treading water for way too long, feeling like they are about to sink and have no voice left to call out with, they raise their hand and someone comes to their rescue, stops them from drowning.

Now facing that beautiful arc of sand  another form of exhale, relax and be safe has opened to meet those other ‘seasons’ everyone finds themselves in, at some stage during their life and lift them up and out, too – to a same safe place.

On Friday afternoon, to officially open the Avalon Youth Hub, an event was held at the Avalon Annexe building. The office itself is at the front of the Av. Rec. Centre.  The annexe was packed. The mood was buoyant – a sense of finally taking one step forward meant this was a celebration. 

The Mission: To connect young people and their community to support services
The Vision: A strong northern beaches community that can find help when needed

The Avalon Youth Hub aims to be a safe space for young people, their families and support persons. A go-to for help with a range of concerns in respect to a young person, not just in times of crisis. This could involve general feelings of confusion or family conflicts, homelessness, Drug and Alcohol issues, school issues, police matters, mental health or simply coming in to ask for advice.

Opening hours, out of opening hours, contact details, and more HERE 
Local Flora for Local Fauna Autumn flowering; Eucalyptus robusta Sm. Swamp Mahogany 

Autumn Becomes Winter In Pittwater

Whales seen off North Bilgola Headland, Wednesday May 23, 2018 - this one was seen about half a kilometre from shore breached and slapped its tail repeatedly - fantastic to see. Photo by and courtesy Marita Macrae

Avalon Beach Historical Society's 9th Great Historic Photographic Exhibition

Geoff Searl, President of the ABHS and local Historian becomes part of a Historic photograph - the Avalon Beach rock fall of 2017

Five of the original 19 ABHS Members were in attendance at the opening; Russell and Gwen Lansbury, Geoff Searl, Nickolas Manfield, and Judy Thomson. 

Newport Community Centre Hosts Pittwater Artists Trail Winter Exhibition 

Avalon Soccer Club Celebrates Female Football With A Brilliant Super Sunday

It was fast, it was fun - some brilliant moves by skilled players during a feast of games - a skills coaching clinic from one of the best, cakes (!), and it will happen again before the season is over! 


Winter In Pittwater

Rainbow off North Narrabeen Beach, June 1st, 2018 - courtesy Narrabeen Lakes Christmas Light Paddle group
Winter waves; 'A lot of waves if you were in the right spot this morning (June 2nd), Palmy cracking the bank' - photo by Adriaan van der Wallen

Bushcare In Winter: A Great Time To Plant To Make Cooler Greener Summers

The Bangalley Head Landcare Group - photo courtesy Avalon Preservation Association

The Barrenjoey High School Winter Night Market: A 50th Anniversary Celebration

$1 a spin! - photo by Sally Mayman

Ian Bowsher BHS Principal and Professor Fred Watson - photo by Sally Mayman

Drone shot of fireworks by Sean Mulcahy
On Avalon Dunes - a fungus that glows at night is Ghost Fungus Omphalotus nidiformis. Photo courtesy Pittwater Natural Heritage Association.

Pittwater Winter Regatta Incorporating The NSW 2.4mR Class Championships Hosted By Sailability Crystal Bay

Invictus Games Training Sessions To Be Held On Pittwater This Week

Alyse Saxby - Photo by David Staley

Offshore RFB Volunteers Benefit From RFSA Grant: New Thermal Imaging Cameras For Mackeral, Coasters, Scotland Island And West Pittwater

L to R: Paddy Broughton, President West Pittwater RFB, RFSA President Ken Middleton and Peter Lalor, Captain of Scotland Island RFB.

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

Living Ocean Crew First Research Trip Of The Whale Migration Season

L to r: Christy Bishop, Scott Metzler, Mark Farrell, Carol Newman, Robbi Luscombe-Newman, Sam Barripp, Jools Farrell and Bill Fulton. Photo by Jack Barripp

A Run From McCarr's Creek To Bayview June 2018 - Park Bench Reflections

Sandra and 'Obi' (aged 12 in human years - 64 in dog years).
The good thing about downpours, for days on end, is it makes everything so green and so blue when the skies clear again.
And when they do, everyone is out and about enjoying a brilliant Saturday walk or quiet reflective moments on all our Park Benches...
It's a Beautiful Day!

Coasters Retreat - photo by John Vaughan

Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern Beaches Awards of Excellence 2018

Most Outstanding Club (for Lifesaving) - Palm Beach SLSC.
Willie Wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys), Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus moluccanus) and White-faced Heron (Egretta novaehollandiae) enjoying food the rains bring - Careel Creek track behind BHS June 27th, 2018.

Newport's 'From The Crown To The Sea' Paths: Complete the Loop Update

HILLSIDE RD NEWPORT Littoral Rainforest Video by Bruce Walters with Danielle Bressington

VSLSC's 24 Hour Row For One Eighty And Gotcha4Life: Let's Do This!

Mona Vale Hospital Fight Continues At July Forum

Protect Pittwater Association
Media Release
July 7, 2018

The fight for Mona Vale Hospital and high quality emergency services for Pittwater residents will continue at a forum on July 18. 

Protect Pittwater President Bob Grace said the forum has been organised by the group to let locals know what is planned for Mona Vale Hospital and to chart a course for further action. 

“I don’t think Pittwater residents have realised what’s happening,” Mr Grace said. 

“Mona Vale Hospital will exist in name only. It won’t have inpatients, it won’t have operating theatres, there will be no emergency department.

“Imagine trying to get to the new private hospital at Frenchs Forest if you’re seriously injured and Wakehurst Parkway is closed due to flooding.

“The people of Pittwater must have an emergency department at Mona Vale Hospital.” 

That's GOLD! Avalon Beach SLSC Take Out IRB State Title

Avalon Beach SLSC Gold Medal winning team at the 2018 NSW IRB State Championship - photo courtesy AVSLSC

Barrenjoey Milky Way Arch

Wide-Field winner in the 2018 CWAS David Malin Awards: Barrenjoey Milky Way ArchSupplied: ©Tom Elliott/David Malin Awards

Winter is one of the best times to view and enjoy the night sky. Cold weather provides a great opportunity to observe the night sky, and even capture it with a camera - a medium called 'astrophotography'.

In July 2016 Pittwater Online brought you the announcement of Warrumbungle National Park in Central Western NSW being declaredAustralia’s first Dark Sky Park, recognising and protecting its key role in astronomical research. The announcement was made by Pittwater's MP Rob Stokes when Minister for Planning and Environment. 

“Warrumbungle National Park has long been recognised not only for its beauty at ground level, but also for the wonder it holds in the night sky above,” Mr Stokes said.
“It’s an outstanding place to view the night sky and, with the nearby Siding Spring Observatory, plays an important role in Australian astronomical research."

See all of the winners and find out more HERE

Warriewood Valley Development Rezoning Rejected By Council Now Approved By Sydney North Planning Panel For Flood Zone: '0' Becomes '22'!

The view into Warriewood valley from Powderworks road, Narrabeen

Fauna monitoring in the upper catchment of Ingleside Chase Reserve: Success!

Eastern pygmy possum mummy and 6 babies in nestbox survey lines up around Ingleside installed by Sonja Elwood. Image courtesy Sonja Elwood. Photo credit: Emma Griffen - July 2018.
The James Craig visiting Pittwater during winter school holidays - photo by Adriaan van der Wallen.

Community Celebration Of Living A Plastic Free Life Sounds All The Right Notes In All The Right Directions

L to right: Living Ocean crew members Bill Fulton, Robbi Luscombe-Newman, Ben Player, Carol Newman, and Claudia Newman

The Green Team - the future is now!

2018 NSW State Junior Titles And 2018 School Surfing Titles

Lily MacDonald (Freshwater) - photos by Ethan Smith
Winter wattle is blooming in Pittwater - this means Spring is on its way.

Pasadena Acquisition Motion Rescinded Owner Rejects Offer To Buy Iconic Venue

The Pasadena, Sydney - refurbishment works almost complete.

Mermaids Of Palm Beach Ready To Get Moving Again In 2018 B To B Bash For Variety, The Children's Charity

The Palm Beach Mermaids: Elyse Cole, Beryl Driver OAM and Viktorija MacDonnell

Top Aussie Athletes Dominate Prestigious Hawaiian Event

Newport SLSC's  Isaac Smith and Hugh McAlpine - Photo courtesy Newport Kinghorn Surf Racing Academy

Just over a century since Hawaiian icon Duke Kahanamoku brought surfing to Australia, arguably kick-starting a love affair with the sea that continues to this day, ocean athletes of all persuasions from Down Under continue to achieve success in one of sport’s toughest challenges.

A strong contingent of Australian surf lifesavers including a number from NSW completed the gruelling Molokai Paddleboard World Championships in the homeland of the Duke this year. Now in its 21st year, the endurance based event of 52 painful kilometres on a paddleboard across the notorious ‘channel of bones’ is rightly regarded as one of the most demanding races on the planet.

The NSW pair of Lizzie Welborn (North Bondi) and Maddie Spencer (Newport) coached by Nick Carroll also made it onto the podium finishing just behind Brown in the women’s prone paddleboard.

“The women’s race was the highlight this year,” said Molokai veteran and Newport Kinghorn Surf Sports Academy coach Nick Carroll. “There were so many strong paddlers out there and there was a real battle for supremacy in the middle of the channel, especially between Lizzie and Maddie.

The Newport duo of Hugh McAlpine and Isaac Smith won the prone paddleboard overall teams division in a time of 5 hours, 47 minutes which was an outstanding result for the men who were making their Molokai Challenge debut.

"It was really good for the first two hours but the tide was supposed to go south but kept pushing north which made it really hard to stay on course,” said Isaac Smith.

“This was our first time competing here so we decided to do it as a team to check it out. I’ll definitely be back next year trying the solo division.”

"It was seriously ten times harder than I thought. When I jumped on the boat at the transition I had my head in my hands,” added Hugh McAlpine.

"The air is the same temperature as the water so there’s no respite from the heat. We were going hell for leather to keep our speed."

The pair did claim a prized scalp as they downed two-time world surfing champion John John Florence and his partner over the distance who surged late to finish third.

Newport SLSC's Maddie Spencer - Photo courtesy Newport Kinghorn Surf Racing Academy

Phil Walker's GIPA Application For  KPMG ‘Business Case’ On Forcibly Amalgamated Councils: 'Refused'

View from Lovett's Bay by John Illingsworth

Hempel Sailing World Championships Aarhus 2018 - Denmark

Australian Sailors Secure Qualification Places For Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Natasha Bryant and Annie Wilmot have realised their dream and qualified Australia for the 49FX for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics; now they commence qualifying themselves to be the team that represents Australia in the 49FX  - photo ©PEDRO MARTINEZ/SAILING ENERGY/AARHUS 2018

Avalon Beach SLSC Boat Rowers Complete Their 24 Hour Marathon Row For One Eighty And Gotcha4Life

AVSLSC President Ashley Cardiff, Ben Wilson*, Leanne Westlake, Rob Stokes*, Beck Lock*, Mel and Nathan Wellings.

*First rowers

Northern Beaches RFS Strike Team At Salt Ash Fire: Bush Fire Season Is Here 


Avalon Beach RSL's Kylie Darcy-Smith and Cristo Tracy getting into the spirit of things for FARM AID 2018

Planning Panel Refuses Seniors Development On Bayview Golf Course

North Narrabeen Hosts Event Three On The Nudie Australian Boardriders Battle Series 2018/19

North Steyne Boardriders win Event 3 - the top three winning teams, which includes Avoca and North Avalon (NASA) qualified for the upcoming National Final in Newcastle - photo by Ethan Smith/Surfing NSW - September 2018

Flower floating. Not trick photography, just a lucky snap. Picture by Adriaan van der Wallen

Avalon Beach SLSC WINS Club Of The Year In The 2018 Surf Life Saving NSW Awards Of Excellence

Nigel Penn (Bilgola) was awarded the President’s Medal for 20 years of dedicated service. The current club vice president is also an experienced and passionate IRB official and recently served as Deputy Referee at the Australian IRB Titles. 

“I see this award as for all my colleagues and for those who patrol the beaches. I absolutely love what I do, it’s why I do it. It’s about the passion, it’s about the community, and it’s about looking after the public,” said Penn.

Nigel with David Murray, President

All the Awardees plus more HERE

The Mermaids of Palm Beach Pictures From the Road in Car 2108: 

the 2018 Variety the Children's Charity Bonnyrigg to Braitling B to B Bash

The 2018 Variety the Children's Charity B to B Bash finished this week with many a smile and laughter shared along the way. The Mermaids of Palm Beach, in Car 2108, have done us all proud yet again.

Beryl Driver OAM was awarded her 20 Year Certificate this year, and counts that among highlights, along with getting to visit Uluru. Her only sad note is that this is the last Bash Elyse Cole will do 'on the road', although Elyse will continue to help fund-raise - as next year, it's the 21st Bash for young Beryl!

Reports and wonderful pictures from the road by Viktorija run as this Issue's Pictorial - HERE

Wildlife Champion Setting A Cracking Pre-Spring Pace

An Echidna released back into the wild this week after being in care

Lynleigh Grieg had done 8 wildlife call outs this week by Wednesday, and Thursday was shaping up to be just as demanding. 

Sydney Wildlife carers are seeing an unprecedented spike in animals needing assistance as wallabies shift into areas where there may be food at the end of a dry Winter, such as Collaroy Plateau, into places where they have had trouble which has created problems – such as a sulphur crested cockatoo with a damaged beak, or been hurt beside, on or around roads by people who don’t think speed limits apply to them.

Add to this a lack of sleep through caring for these poor animals, running a home and a family, and you know why wildlife carers may look at those who whinge about coffee that’s too cold at their local café, or having to get up earlier to finish school homework in askance. 

Not that they do.

Sydney Wildlife carers are among the kindest and most patient people you will encounter – it goes with the territory.

In October Sydney Wildlife is running yet another fundraiser to hopefully and finally get Wanda the Mobile Wildlife Clinic up and running.  If we have the bushfire season predicted this will fulfil a dire need and allow Lynleigh, who has been leading the charge on this along with Joan up at the Terrey Hills Sydney Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic, to get on with it.

We’re heading into Spring this week and with that will come many new animal babies that will increase the demand on our local wildlife carers.

If you can’t become a carer or volunteer in some capacity – there’s another course coming up in November (details here), you can attend this event and put something back in to supporting these animals and those who try to save them.

Details here:  It’s Time To GO WILD Again!

NSW Volunteer Of The Year Awards 2018: Northern Beaches Award Ceremony

Northern Beaches Volunteer Team of the Year Northern Beaches Palliative Care Volunteers from Mona Vale - photo by Michael Mannington, Volunteer Photography

Winter Becomes Spring In Pittwater

Bob’s Swell: Bob Bitchin' Bevern, LA Bob – A Tribute From Those Who Loved Him

'Possibly the one and only time he drank a beer.' :) -The Barrenjoey 2002 - Robert Bevern (Rob) - Bob with son Rob

On Tuesday August 21st Avalon Beach the family of Bob Bervern, residents and many from further afield lost a father, brother, father-in-law, a poppy, an uncle, a mentor, a colleague, a surfing buddy and great friend.

Today, Father’s Day, the community’s thoughts are with those he loved as a dad and who loved their patriarch.

To many here he was the last soul surfer in this area – one who held onto those values others surrender to buy houses and embroil themselves in mortgages and cars and all those accoutrements that may make you look rich but don’t necessarily make you feel rich – especially when you find out one of the original definitions for ‘rich’ was ‘deep’, and to this can be added ‘liberal, generous, infinite’.

“He was the last soul surfer here. All the others have gone north, to small coastal towns where those values are still in place.” One peer said.

He was the last soul surfer here.


Spring In Pittwater: Happy Father's Day!

Sea Eagles Footy Legend Max Brown Joins Fight To Save Mona Vale Hospital

Sea Eagles footy legend Max Brown

Sea Eagles footy legend Max Brown has joined the fight to save Mona Vale Hospital, saying he’s only alive because of its Emergency Department. 

Many local residents oppose NSW government plans to close Mona Vale Hospital, on the Northern Beaches, when a new private hospital opens at Frenchs Forest next month. 

Spring In Pittwater

Breeding Season For Pittwater's Wildlife

This Royal Spoonbill spotted in Careel Creek displays the signs of being in its breeding season. 

The Royal Spoonbill (Platalea regiais) is a large white waterbird with black, spatulate (spoon-shaped) bill, facial skin, legs and feet. During the breeding season, it has a distinctive nuchal (back of head or nape of neck) crest, which can be up to 20 cm long in male birds (usually shorter in females). The crest can be erected during mating displays to reveal bright pink skin underneath. Breeding adults also have a creamy-yellow wash across the lower neck and upper breast and a strip of bright pink skin along the edge of the underwings which is obvious when the bird opens its wings. The facial skin is black with a yellow patch above the eye and a red patch in the middle of the forehead, in front of the crest feathers.

Be great if we could all be a bit mindful that we live in an environment populated with other animals of the furred, feathered and scaled kind this season and give them a bit of space and respect.

Surfers And Lifesavers Reach Historic Agreement

David Murray SLSNSW President and John O’Neill Chairman of Surfing NSW at Narrabeen

Waterhouse - Darmanin Take Gold In Japan At Tokyo 2020 Olympics Venue


2018 Pittwater Community Service Award 

Justene Gordon and The Hon. Rob Stokes, MP for Pittwater - photo by Michael Mannington, Volunteer Photography.

Hospital Campaigners Call For Government Transparency

Richard Roxburgh

Save Mona Vale Hospital campaigners are calling on the NSW Government to come clean about what services will be available after the hospital’s emergency department closes next month. 

The campaigners are inviting the community to join them at a picnic next door to the hospital today, to celebrate its more than 50 years of service to the community and show support for the retention of ongoing acute care on the site.   

Pittwater MP Rob Stokes this week revealed that work had begun on a “reconfiguration of the existing emergency building to provide a new 24/7 Urgent Care Centre”, new support services building and relocation of the helipad.

However, Save Mona Vale Hospital campaign chairman Parry Thomas said the NSW government needed to be clear with the community. 

“It’s not going to be an emergency department,” Mr Thomas told Pittwater Online News

“Renovations are being undertaken on the emergency building but it’s going to be a clinic. 

“It’s about time the (NSW) government stops spinning and is completely open with the community about what’s being provided. 

“They aren’t telling us exactly what they’re doing because they know how angry and disappointed the public will be. 

“They’re drip feeding small amounts of information hoping that the community won’t be able to put them altogether and figure out what’s going on.” 

Public acute care hospital facilities at Mona Vale and Manly Hospitals will close when the new private-public hospital at Frenchs Forest opens on October 30. 

Professor Richard West – a retired surgeon from Royal Prince Alfred Hospital – also called on the government to reveal what services would be available at both Mona Vale and the new Northern Beaches Hospital. 

Prof. West said that NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard needed to ensure that doctors providing emergency care at Mona Vale were Fellows of the College of Emergency Medicine.

“The Minister has to tell us what the staffing of the Urgent Care Centre is,” Prof. West told Pittwater Online News

“He must tell us whether Mona Vale will be able to ventilate and stabilise critically-ill patients before they are transferred to an appropriate hospital. 

“And he must also tell us what treatment will be available in the stroke unit at the new hospital and whether it will provide thrombolysis in the critical three hours after a stroke.” 

Acclaimed actor, Richard Roxburgh, a Pittwater resident, this week voiced his support for the campaign, calling on the NSW government to rethink its plans for Mona Vale.

“I’m a local Northern Beaches father with a growing family, and I have had so many moments when I’ve needed Mona Vale hospital that if it had its own frequent flyer program I would have lifetime platinum status,” Roxburgh said in a statement. 

“The idea of shutting down such an integral and functioning civic institution is both mad and dangerous.  

“Along a peninsula that (famously) has one road in and one road out, are people with medical emergencies from all the way up to Palm Beach meant to somehow teleport themselves the 30km to the new hospital at Frenchs Forest?  

“A lot of the time we can never quite see how bad government policy is going to affect us, but in this case it’s sitting out on stalks. 

“I urge the government to reconsider this dunderheadedness.” 

Upgrade, Not Demolition Needed At Mona Vale Hospital: Peter Phelps

Local author, film and TV star Peter Phelps is calling for acute services at Mona Vale Hospital to be retained, saying that what’s needed is an upgrade rather than demolition of its buildings.

Emergency, maternity, surgical and intensive care departments will all close at Mona Vale when the Northern Beaches Hospital opens at Frenchs Forest at the end of October. The main hospital building will be demolished next year. 

Speaking as MC at the Save Mona Vale Hospital Big Picnic last Sunday, Phelps encouraged residents to speak up to make sure local politicians get the message that the community wants acute care at the hospital and its iconic main building saved.  

“We have a local government, whose leader, the mayor, is not elected by you,” he said. 

“We have a state government, whose Premier, is not elected by you. 

“We have a federal government with a Prime Minister who is not elected by you. 

“So that it’s only through your petition, your voices, that we can keep medical services here at Mona Vale.” 

Red Bottlebrush, Callistemon, opening in Pittwater - Spring 2018.

Flags Are Up As Surf Lifesavers Hit The Beach For The 2018/19 Patrol Season

SLSNSW President David Murray, Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant, SLSNSW CEO Steven Pearce, The Hon. Gladys Berejiklian, Premier of NSW, Member for Manly James Griffin with Nippers and surf lifesavers.

Friday September 28th, 2018
By Surf Life Saving NSW

Summer came early to the iconic Manly beach today as the red and yellow flags proudly planted in the sand outside North Steyne SLSC signalled the return of volunteer surf lifesavers for the 2018/19 Patrol Season.

Lock Crowther Multihull Regatta 2018

Kim Russell (Port Macquarie) with Estelle Boyd - RMYC Member, getting ready to sail as crew with Skipper Shane Russell (Kim's dad)

Avalon Beach Historical Society Members Visit To Historic Bungan Castle

Members of the Avalon Beach Historical Society visited Bungan Castle today - kindly hosted by John and Pauline Webeck - full report after the School Holidays!

Above: The delighted visitors with John. Below: the view north over Newport, Bilgola and Avalon and the view south over Bungan Beach

Dendrobium - kingianum - cultivar : 'Bungan Castle' -  given to us all from the Albers-Webeck Family!

Ocean Turns On A Cracker Wave For Rick Millar Memorial: His Benchmark Made a Permanent and Lasting Legacy

13th, October 1948 - 8th August, 2018

Invictus Games Sydney 2018 Honours The Optimistic Generation

The Duke of Sussex's Speech | Invictus Games | Sydney

Published by The Royal Family, October 20th, 2018

Training for the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 sailing team was held at the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club in Newport, New South Wales, between May 4th and 6th, 2018. 

The Australian Invictus Games 2018 team converged on the Sydney Academy of Sport and Recreation, Narrabeen, in mid-August for the final staging camp before the Games. The teams had their final briefings, medical assessments and were given their coveted green and gold uniforms. 

New South Wales Governor, His Excellency General, the Honourable David Hurley AC, DSC (Ret’d), Commander Joint Capabilities Air Vice Marshal Warren McDonald AM, CSC, President RSL - NSW James Brown and Indigenous Elder Uncle Roy Mundine, OAM; were among invited guests who presented the 72 competitors with their uniforms.

The Invictus Games is an international adaptive sporting event for serving and former serving military personnel. The Games use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for wounded, injured and ill servicemen and women. 

Yesterday The Hon. Darren Chester, the Minister for Veterans' Affairs and Defence Personnel welcomed competitors and their family and friends to Sydney.

“On behalf of the Australian Government, I am honoured to welcome all competitors and their supporters to Sydney and I wish them the best of luck in the coming events,” Mr Chester said.  

“Australia is proud to be hosting the fourth Invictus Games and I urge all Australians to tune in to watch the events over the next week." 

Australian Army veteran Jeff Wright, who is competing in his second Invictus Games, was the flag bearer for Team Australia at the opening ceremony. He said he is looking forward to leading out the team.

“It’s an honour to lead out my teammates in front their friends and families, and to have the support of the Australian public for the Games,” Mr Wright said.

“Being a member of the Invictus Games team is a rewarding and fulfilling experience and a personal achievement for me to be able to compete for the second Games in a row.”

Mr Chester said the Games were also a great platform for generating a wider understanding of the sacrifices made by those who serve their country.

“The personal struggles each and every competitor and their families have overcome to make their national teams is a source of inspiration for us all,” Mr Chester said.

“The Games are more than a sporting event – they capture hearts, challenge perceptions and change lives.

“We are grateful for their service and are inspired by the unconquered spirit of these current and former serving members who have overcome so much to represent their countries on the world stage.”

The fourth Invictus Games is being held from 20-27 October 2018 in Sydney celebrating 500 competitors from 18 nations in sports that range from Archery to Wheelchair Tennis. Today the mens and women's Cycling and Sailing events take place, the cyclists on a picturesque Royal Botanic Garden course, the Sailing on Sydney Harbour.  The CYCA, RSYS, RPAYC and RANSA have been working together with Invictus Games Sydney 2018 to ensure the success of the sailing regatta. 

Pittwater's Spithill siblings James, Tom and Katie have been spending the past few days with what they describe as 'inspirational people', and everyone is just blown away and humbled, and feeling pretty honoured to be involved in this event. Today they will be joined by a host of supporting people from the above clubs who all have a great passion for people and for sailing.

Today 11 teams of four from 10 nations are competing in the Elliott Class. A World Sailing accredited instructor who will be on board at all times and act as a fifth member of the crew, there to observe and provide advice on safety issues if needed. A Hansa 303 division with 5 sailors from 4 nations competing in the Hansa 303.  Competition in each event will consist of two stages. 

This is a free event with people able to watch the action from the Sydney Harbour foreshore near the Royal Botanic Garden. If you can't get there you can cheer ALL the athletes on by tuning into the ABC iView platform. The races commence at 11 a.m. The Invictus Games Down Under run October 20 - 27.


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

Independent Win In Wentworth Sends A Warning Over Mona Vale Hospital As Campaign Continues

Former Newport resident, Prof. Kerryn Phelps AM 

October 21, 2018

The loss of the federal seat of Wentworth by the Liberal Party in yesterday’s by-election should be a warning to the Coalition over its plans for Mona Vale Hospital, campaigners for acute services at the facility said today.

Save Mona Vale Hospital chairman Parry Thomas said the win in Wentworth by Independent Kerryn Phelps – who grew up in Newport – should be a wake-up call to the NSW government.

“The same attitude toward the needs and wishes of the local community that has caused the federal government to lose the critical seat of Wentworth has been displayed by the state government when dealing with the community over Mona Vale Hospital,” Mr Thomas told Pittwater Online News.

The campaign is fighting the state government’s decision to close all acute services at Mona Vale Hospital – including emergency, surgery, intensive care and maternity – when the new Northern Beaches Hospital at Frenchs Forest opens at the end of the month.

However, Pittwater MP Rob Stokes revealed an apparent change of heart over the emergency department at Mona Vale Hospital in an announcement on Friday.  

“My job is to listen to our community and take action,” Mr Stokes said in a statement.

“That’s why I’m calling on health authorities to make further enhancements to ensure an Emergency Department will continue as part of the redevelopment and modernisation of Mona Vale Hospital.”

Mr Thomas said the announcement offered hope to the community but the Save Mona Vale Hospital campaign would continue unabated. 

“The community has a right to be sceptical about the statement because in recent years Mr Stokes has continued to support the removal of all acute services from the hospital,” Mr Thomas said.

“At this point it’s not about promises or appeals to his cabinet colleagues – it’s about achieving concrete results for the community.”

Mr Stokes and NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard came under pressure this week from revelations that the new hospital is having problems recruiting enough doctors.

Medicos were taking legal action in the Industrial Relations Commission against Northern Beaches Hospital’s operator Healthscope and the NSW Health Department, Seven News reported on Monday.

If the doctors did not sign the contracts they had been offered, the hospital would not have enough staff to open, Australian Salaried Medical Officers Federation spokesman Dr Tony Sara told Seven News. 

Last Sunday, thousands of residents joined a rally at Mona Vale Village Green, hosted by MC, actor and activist Shane Withington, after the most direct route to the new hospital - the Wakehurst Parkway - closed due to flooding from rain overnight. The rally was followed by a march to Mona Vale Hospital.

 Shane Withington at MVH Rally

Mr. Parry and residents outside the Mona vale Hospital ED last Sunday

In addition to Mr Thomas, speakers at the rally included Sea Eagles footy legend Max Brown.

The former winger recounted his experience of a heart attack last October and how Mona Vale Hospital saved his life in the nick of time before transfer to Royal North Shore Hospital.

“Now I can assure you that from what I was told at that hospital (RNS), if I had not had that intervention, the immediate treatment at Mona Vale Hospital, I would have died,” Mr Brown told the rally.

“… And I hope Mr Stokes you listen to that because it could be your mother, your children, your father, your aunt, your uncle, it could be anyone of us because we won’t have a facility to save lives.”

Max Brown speaking at the MVH Rally

Section of the crowd in Mona Vale's Village Park last Sunday. 

Residents outside Mona Vale Hospital after the March. 

Seed pod of Banksia integrifolia var. integrifolia - Coast Banksia

Surf Life Saving Australia Awards Of Excellence 2018: Avalon Beach SLSC Named DHL Club Of The Year - Whale Beach Receives A Meritorious Award 

Surf Life Saving Australia photo: SLSA President Graham Ford AM with Whale Beach SLSC Members at the 2018 Awards of Excellence

Eileen Gordon Awarded Life Membership To UHA - Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary Continues To Work For The Community

Mrs Linda Hurley, Patron UHA and President of the Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary, Dr.  Yvonne Parsons - photo by Michael Mannington, Volunteer Photography

Pittwater Calls For Demerger Answer After Five Month Delay: LGNSW

Protect Pittwater spokeswoman and former Pittwater Mayor Lynne Czinner at front with Save Our Councils spokesman Phil Jenkyn to her right.

Silent Protest At Mona Vale Hospital “Closing Day” 

Newport Sculpture Trail 2018 Is Open!

Christina Ambrose-Keys, Nic Carroll and Patsy Clayton-Fry in the Murals Arcade yesterday before Christina's 'Wave'

Flannel Flower Fairy, by Cathy Cull

NSW Sports High Schools Association And Surfing NSW Form Partnership

Students from Matraville Sports High, Narrabeen Sports High, Illawarra Sports High, Hunter Sports High and Endeavour Sports High gathered today at Maroubra Beach to celebrate the new partnership between NSW Sports High Schools Association and Surfing NSW. Photo by Surfing NSW

Palm Beach Sailing Club Honours World And Olympic Champion Members At 2018 'Come Have Some Fun' Open Day

PBSC held their 2018 Open Day yesterday, Saturday November 3rd. As part of the ‘get on the water’ celebrations they launched the first phase of a program past Commodore Anthony Duchatel has been working on for the past four years – the recognition of members of the club who have excelled in the sport of sailing. Palm Beach Sailing Club is rich in a family focused ethos and enjoying the great sport of sailing. This, in turn, has produced a plethora of some of Australia’s great sailors, among them World Champions and Olympic medallists. 

Sydney Wildlife Totally Wild 2018 Fundraiser Mobile Clinic Goal Reached!

Following a particularly bad trauma season in 2016 (bushfires, heat-stress events, drought) Joan Reid - one of our most dedicated Sydney Wildlife volunteers - was determined to devise a plan to provide immediate treatment for our injured wildlife.  In one of the bushfire-affected areas, she noted that rescuers were filtering in and collecting as many victims as possible and then having to drive them long distances to veterinarians who were prepared to see them.  Many of these animals would have benefited from immediate onsite veterinary treatment.  And so, the idea of a mobile clinic began to form in Joan’s mind.  

Knowing that it would be a huge pioneering project, Joan enlisted some help.  I joined the ranks and my daughter, Kayleigh, asked if she could get involved.  We decided her cute face might just help in raising much-needed funds for the project! 

Joan Reid and Lynleigh Grieg - photo by Kayleigh

We did some costings and calculated that we would need at least $200,000 to buy a second-hand van, gut and re-fit it with veterinary equipment and then stock up on supplies required for treating wildlife.   

We had meetings with many of our local politicians, applied for Government Grants and approached companies for sponsorship.  We started up a Go Fund Me page and a Mobile Wildlife Clinic Facebook page to start getting the word out about our goal.  

Our first-ever fundraiser was held at the beautiful home of Sue and Peter Glasson in Bayview.  We raised $26K!  Our second major fundraiser was held a year later at the Cardinal’s Palace up on the hill in Manly.  With the help of Lisa Oldfield (television celebrity, businesswoman and author), Laurie Sword (our graphic designer extraordinaire) and Ali Watlington (wildlife rescuer and seasoned fundraising champ) on the committee, we raised a further $50K!

Between major fundraisers we were lucky enough to receive some sizeable donations from the amazing Harris family, the wonderful Scott and Andra of Future Vet Kids Camp, the indefatigable Bob Irwin and magnanimous megaentrepreneurs, Dick and Pip Smith.  These donations, teamed with a few extra mini-fundraisers (Santa Paws photos by Pampaw’d Pets;  Mona Vale Veterinary Hospital’s Open Day, Pittwater High’s Green Day and Pittwater Doggies to name a few) and radio support from Wendy Harmer from the ABC ensured that we were sitting on a grand total of $162,000 by the time our final fundraiser rolled around. 

The Go Wild Garden Party was set to be our goal-breaker.  It was held, once again, in the Glassons’ glorious gardens in Bayview.   

Well it was a roaring success!  And, guess what…?

We reached our $200K target!!!   So now we can go shopping for a van!

Northern Beaches Council’s Nice Little Earner

Hundreds of people are being booked at Mona Vale because of RMS incompetence and NBC laziness. They know about this but do nothing .... except continue to fine you. It’s probable that more than $20,000 has been ripped out of unsuspecting punters’ wallets because of this. Anyone for a GIPA to find out:

1. How many have been booked at $187 a pop and paid up?

2. How often has Northern Beaches Council been notified of the problem with the lines and the signs – and failed to act?

3. Why does the State Debt Recovery Office – the enforcer – autocratically refuse to acknowledge this incompetently marked pavement and poorly positioned signage? 

If you’ve been booked and you’ve not yet paid the fine consider an appeal in writing. And if they refuse you perhaps consider defending the matter in court as I successfully did.

If you’ve already coughed up could you appeal for a refund? After all, if it’s good enough for the banks why not State Revenue and the NBC?

This is not legal advice. This video is offered in good faith without prejudice.



Report and video by John Illingsworth - Pittwater Pathways

Pittwater Mens Probus Club - Visit To The 2018 Temora Warbirds Airshow

Club members at Temora with a Catalina - photo by Michael Mannington

Palm Beach  had a 'red tide' this week. Photo by Robbi Luscombe-Newman; 'This just shows the scope of the bloom out to the 'jump' rock at S.Palm Beach' - Robbi

100 Years On - We Will Remember Them

Avalon Beach RSL Sub Branch supporters led by Danni Sloper have crocheted multiple poppies for this display in the club's foyer.

Final Regatta Of MC38'S 2018 Series Is Happening On Pittwater This Weekend

Good winds for sailing, Saturday November 10th, 2018, on Pittwater - photo courtesy RPAYC

Destruction Of Swamp Sclerophyll Forest At Warriewood: Developers Dreams Remain A Community Nightmare

On Sunday November 4th regular Contributor John Illingsworth (Pittwater Pathways) sent through the below video of habitat destruction along a creekline at Warriewood that began on Monday October 29th. 

The vegetation removal appears to be in breach of the Pittwater LEP (Local Environment Plan) and the Pittwater DCP (Development Control Plan) in respect of tree and vegetation cover and adverse environmental impacts. 

'If destruction of this intensity can happen here at a dedicated conservation area in Warriewood, what chance for the rest of Pittwater's sensitive environment?' Mr. Illingsworth quite reasonably pointed out. 

This is a Dedicated Conservation Zone.

Pittwater Online News shared the video on its Facebook platform to which the community reacted with dismay and outrage - also understandably.

We sought comment from Council - and have been provided the following media release;

Council investigates destruction of bushland at Warriewood

Council is investigating the destruction of bushland at a new subdivision at Warriewood.


Champion Casey Shatters NBI's Pittwater Paddle SUP Record

Pittwater's MP, Rob Stokes and James Casey - photo by Volunteer Photography

Jacaranda trees are currently out in Pittwater - a lovely lilac October-November regular.

Warriewood Development Approved By NSW Planning Department Confirms   Community Perception Of False Claims Of ‘Consultation’ Or ‘Affordable Housing’ 

A few weeks back some may have had a giggle over a Channel 9 report where the Premier, in opening a new bridge at Penrith and being confronted by that vocal resilient core of protesters trying to save the historic and iconic Thomspons Square at Windsor, told them that today was about Penrith ‘so just keep quiet’.

Some may have even emitted their own little ‘no’ in chorused answer, unheard and unseen in their own living rooms.

Following on the back of revelations by Warriewood residents that yet another section of Warriewood’s green creek areas had been razed by a developer comes the finally released knowledge that a development for 22 dwellings in a buffer zone (Narrabeen creek), and the amending of the Pittwater Local environment Plan (LEP) so that can proceed, has been progressed by the NSW Dept. of Planning. 

Spoken against by the community and Pittwater council years ago, and knocked but by the even the most recent version of a council foisted in the community by the current state government, but approved by that same state government’s also foisted on the community ‘planning panel’, the inappropriate development has been ticked off by that same state government’s planning department as the final 'LEP - Gateway part' of the process.

An old photo of Macpherson St but still relevant with regard to flooding.

The ‘news’ comes the same week that department is asking the populace to ‘have its say on community consultations’ and crowing about how building approvals and constructions have gone up and this will produce ‘housing affordability’. [1., 2.]

The median sale price of 2 bedroom houses in Warriewood in the last 12 months is $2,200,000, townhouses are averaging 1.3-1.4 mill. The median sale price has grown 24.9% in the last 12 months. [3]

The average salary in Sydney, New South Wales is $67,026 according to one source and $83,517 via the ABS.

The Avalon Mixed Palette Art Show 2018

Lorrie Morgan, Katherine Roberts and Debby Waters on Opening Night

Glossy Crystal Waves For Palm Beach Longboarders Old Mal/Old Log Rally 2018

Always a fun, relaxed day, this years Palmy Rally was no exception. Glassy little waves early on peeled left and right across the bank up the north end of the beach, giving competitors nice little walls to work with. 

When the southerly kicked in the better waves were hard to find but some great rides and manoeuvres were witnessed anyway. The usual suspects were in very good form and made the most of every bumpy section. 

The Rally is growing with each year and attracting new surfers to this classic style of surfing, as well as those who are Australian legends in the sport. Great to watch, visitors saw Lachlan Meakes' excellent rail work and the smooth riding of longboard champion Jack Norton, and that's before you get near multi competition winner Tully White or Blaze Roberts, who only took to the longboard just over a year ago, great fun her sister Hunter is getting amongst too. 

Some Lachlan Meakes 'rail work'.

Great surfers from local boardriders clubs all along the peninsula were among the ranks taking to the water again this year.

A Fresh Salt Spray From Freshwater SLSC Surf Boat Carnival: Event 3 Of 2018-2019 SLS SNB Premiership

Mona Vale takes off ! - photo by Bill Sheridan, 2018

Ingleside 'New Suburb' Development Plans Put On Back-Burner Due To Unacceptable Bushfire Risks

Ingleside - obscured by smoke, August 2018 - December 2016: Draft Plan For Ingleside Land Development Released - up to 3,400 new homes

Safety First For Ingleside

November 23, 2018: Departmental Media Release- NSW Department of Planning and Environment

Proposed development plans for Ingleside will not proceed after an independent bushfire risk assessment found the 2016 draft plan  would put future residents in danger.

Department of Planning and Environment’s Acting Deputy Secretary, Planning and Design, Brett Whitworth, said the safety of residents is of paramount importance.

Campaigners Say A Networked Solution The Way Forward For Beaches Hospitals

Save Mona Vale Hospital chairman Parry Thomas outside Parliament House this week Mr. Thomas at this week's Mona Vale Hospital 'Wake'. - photo by Michael Mannington, Volunteer Photography.

November 24, 2018

The NSW government should step in to resolve the Northern Beaches Hospital debacle and reopen acute services at Mona Vale as part of a networked solution, campaigners say. 

Save Mona Vale Hospital chairman Parry Thomas today said the problems at the new hospital could be eased in part if acute services were reopened at Mona Vale Hospital under a networked hospital model. 

Mr Thomas said his group had warned the state government that the new hospital would attract larger numbers than expected due to its catchment extending to the North Shore rather than just along the coastal strip. 

“The Northern Beaches Hospital operators Healthscope and state government have clearly been broadsided by the number of patients going to the new Frenchs Forest facility, now that full hospital services are no longer available in the actual beaches area,” he said.  

“An extra 15 minutes to half an hour travel time to the new hospital for coastal residents is exacerbating the danger of life-threatening emergencies. 

“Therefore, Mona Vale Hospital should be reimagined as part of a network of hospitals serving the northern beaches, restoring a fully-functioning emergency department, surgery, ICU and maternity. 

Mr Thomas said a vote of no confidence by senior doctors in the NBH medical director Dr Louise Messara and resignation of its CEO Deborah Latta this week clearly showed the issues at the new hospital were more than “teething problems” – as they have been described by NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard. 

“The state and federal governments must step in to end the dysfunction by turning the new hospital into a public facility to restore the public’s confidence,” Mr Thomas said. 

“And with not a single medical practitioner prepared to support Dr Messarra, it’s time that she resigns from her post.”   


Station Beach Off Leash Dog Area Proposal Ignores Current Uses Of Area, Environment Values, Long-Term Fauna Residents, Lack Of Safe Parking And Clearly Stated Intentions Of Proponents

Barrenjoey/Station Beach.

Those who strolled through Careel Bay playing fields or along the shore at Careel Bay during the pre local government elections would have been approached by people forcing on them the below 'how to vote' leaflet. The lobbyists were not interested in any discussing any other point of view.

The same councillor preferenced, who voted against Pittwater Council seeking to defend its right to exist via legal action, action that proved successful for those who did so and remain intact, secured a seat as a representative for Pittwater in the forcibly amalgamated council and pushed for what was promised to the 'how to vote card' volunteers.

As a result the community is now asked to have its say on allowing dogs off-leash into an area known for its endangered ecological community, known for being beside a golf course where an errant ball may whack someone in the head, as has occurred at Mona Vale since a public pathway was installed alongside it, known to be a place where seabirds live and have lived for a long time, known to be a place where people who breakfast at The Beach House stroll, known to be a place where thousands of visitors to Barrenjoey Headland and Lighthouse visit, and known to be a place where Palm Beach residents are already walking their dogs, leaving a faeces trail behind them. 

In the most recent State of the Beaches report Station Beach/Barrenjoey Beach, showed the highest range of faeces present of all estuary beaches. If it is not dog leavings, per the definitions of such annual reports, then the faeces present must be that of birds, lots of birds, and not an area suitable for dogs to be running around off-leash in. 

Considering there are places in Pittwater where it would be safe for those who insist on claiming for themselves areas in which to share dabbling their feet in saltwater with their dog, areas such as the south end of Whale Beach where there is actually enough parking to keep owners and pooches safe, a green lawn area for doggy rolling around on, and an outdoors café wherein company and coffee may be enjoyed, the selection of Station Beach is not a popular one with the thousands of other residents who live here - that other 97%. 

The Dog Act 1966 evolution to the Companion Animal Act 1998 shows a shift from controlling dogs to governing dog owners. They were preceded by the Dog and Goat Act 1898, for those who like to look deeper.

The impetus for the Companions Animal Act 1998 was a changing pattern of pet ownership, ‘partly as a result of different approaches to urban development and workforce participation’, and a change in community expectations about what is required of a responsible pet owner. In the 1960s, houses were further apart, with smaller houses on a block than now — that is, there was more yard and more distance between houses. During this period, dogs were allowed to wander the streets. Women being in the workforce was also much lower in the 1960s. These factors meant dog barking or dog attacks were less frequent than now, as they had more yard in which to entertain themselves and freedom to roam, and there was a much greater chance that someone would be at home during the day. 

Urban growth has required changes to the regulation of cats and dogs, changes to the way common communal spaces may be used, to provide for the protection of wildlife, protection of people (children for example), and protection of the environment.


Palm Beach Sailing Club's Beware The Bullets Regatta 2018

A 'cracking weekend' was had by all sailing in this year's PBSC Beware the Bullets Regatta, great conditions, great people, great support crew and great courses on a brilliant Pittwater. Even those who couldn't sail due to a dodgy knee, for example, had a great time catching up with everyone. Newcomers also commented on the friendliness of the club and its members and the superlative way the regatta is run. 

This was the 53rd consecutive running of the annual regatta. In the 1970’s and 1980’s the Beware The Bullets regatta was conducted from Governor Phillip Park where over 200 off-the-beach catamarans would attend. 

Every year we see catamarans flying a hull very high as a result of the bullets and, if you are not careful and react swiftly, the bullets can make the boat capsize and sailors lose their position in the race. 


Be Brave Artspace - The "BRAVE" 2018 Exhibition By 14 Artists: Open To Dec. 23

A large crowd turned out to the opening night of end of year 'Brave' Exhibition in the Be Brave Artspace, Gallery and Studio at North Avalon-Careel Bay Friday night, November 23rd.

Celebrating and showcasing the works of 14 Artists, the works range from jewellery, to ceramics, landscapes, portraiture and mixed media - there are even some beautiful mosaic stools. 

Brave 2018 features work by James Cooper, Tara Axford, Maria Viviana Ramirez, Tracey Trinder, Sue Richardson, Tina Berkeley, Mark Kingston, Brenda Mackenzie-Haig, Flavia Julius, Nicholas Osmond, Chris Sutton, Fiona Mitchell and Kajinki.

'At the end of each year I will be curating a group exhibition called “Brave”. ' explains Be Brave's owner, an Artists herself, Tina Berkeley explains.

'I decided to leave the theme loose, focusing more on each artists signature works. I want the exhibition to demonstrate courage, creativity and commitment and for the first time I have decided to join the exhibiting artists in this Group Exhibition.'

The Be Brave Artspace opened on December 1st 2017. Since then the floor level airy and light filled space has hosted a range of brilliant Artists.


Some of the Brave 2018 Artists outside the gallery at this years' Opening Night.

TONDELAO (Yacht) at Cowan Nov 2018 Barrenjoey from Pittwater just before sunrise with orange clouds - photo John Vaughan

Spring Becomes Summer In Pittwater

The last week of Spring each year brings the annual HARKEN International Youth Match Racing Championships, hosted by The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, to Pittwater. The 2018, which is the 26th consecutive HARKEN, is seeing 12 crews compete for the Rockin' Robin Perpetual Trophy on the RPAYC's Elliot 7 performance keelboats with a team of four or five, all of who must be under 23 years of age. 

The RPAYC has two great crews in this year, Skippered by James Farquharson and Juliet Costanzo. 

The plan for today is to get straight into the quarter finals with a full schedule of sailing to complete including Semi's & Finals. You can watch all the action LIVE today with an added bonus - two very special sailing commentators...

You want want to miss them!

Catch up on all the news and results HERE

Team Farquharson 

Team Costanzo

From Palm Beach To Pasadena: Mick Glasheen's Drawing On The Land  - GARIGAL COUNTRY Opens

Newport Artist Mick Glasheen is taking his exhibition Drawing on the Land - GARIGAL COUNTRY on the road from Palm Beach to Pasadena.

First held in the Newport Community Centre last year, Mick is staging this exhibition in three local reserves over three weekends in December to raise money to support the purchase of the endangered littoral rainforest above Porter Reserve, Newport, so that it may be integrated into the adjoining Attunga and Porter Reserves. 

The exhibition began yesterday in the Governor Phillip Park, Palm Beach for the weekend of December 1/ 2. 

Featured are large scale panoramic paintings of Aboriginal rock engraving sites in the Kur-Ing-Gai National Park - such as the iconic “Emu in the Milky Way” and “Rainbow Snake” sites off the Elvina track. 

Also showing is Dancing with Strangers, Mick’s first History painting - depicting the first encounter of Europeans with Aboriginal people on the shores of Pittwater in March,1788. The work fuses a sketch by William Bradley with Mick's luminous visions.

Dancing with Strangers

Bowen Bungaree descendant Neil Evers gave the Welcome to Country, sharing insights into his ancestors connection with the very spot he stood on and some of the Europeans Bowen would have had interactions with along the stretch of sand we now call 'Station Beach'. Neil recounted Bowen's service for those he found in his home while standing alongside Barrenjoey Headland, where his ancestor once had a camp.


Neil Evers and Mick Glasheen


Students Demand Government Stop Adani Coal Mine And Transition To Solar Power: Big School Walk Out For Climate Action To Be Followed By More Actions

‘The Blue Mountains train is PACKED with school kids and Climate Action signs!’ 11am post on social media

Despite the NSW Education Department stating public school students would face disciplinary action should they attend Friday’s Big School Walk Out for Climate Change, the Sydney strike went ahead with many Peninsula students among their number, some accompanied by their parents. The students came from every age range and from many local primary and high schools.

Upu Kila MBE

Photo - Upu  and Sir Dadae.

Palm Beach Sailing Club member Upu Kila sent us through a photo from New Guinea of his MBE Induction at Port Moresby on Thursday, November 29th. The ceremony was conducted the Governor General of Papua New Guinea, Grand Chief Sir Robert Dadae. 

2018 Tradies Surfmasters At Cronulla: Local Champions Crowned 

Winner of the AirAsia Wave Of The Day - David Hammond (Avalon). Photo by Terry Day/ Surfing NSW

The 2018 Tradies Surfmasters saw some exciting surfing last weekend as elder surfers restoked their competitive flame in playful Cronulla waves. The day was dominated by out-of-town surfers with visiting surfers claiming five out of the six divisions ahead of Sutherland Shire locals. 

Mona Vale's Mark Gobbe took out 1st place in the over 55's while Newport's Mark Tickle secured 2nd in the over 50's men division. Forestville surfer Col Barry was a finalist among the over 60's men as was Carl Musker, Collaroy, was a finalist in the Single Fin competition.


                                    Winner Mark Gobbe in action at the 2018 Tradies Surfmasters. Photo by Terry Day/ Surfing NSW

Doggie Rescue's 2019 Calendar Is Out!

Monika and Pepper

DR’s ever popular calendar is out now. Each month features a winning photo from the calendar competition showing DoggieRescue dogs in their new forever homes.

The cover depicts our new Freedom Dog Park that now brings so much pleasure and happiness to our dogs and volunteers. This is your opportunity to grab a calendar for yourself and perhaps a few as Christmas presents for your doggy friends.

At $15 it makes the perfect Christmas gift, knowing that 100% of the proceeds of the calendar goes directly to the animals in our care.

It is available online at or can be purchased by calling 02 9486 3133 or by visiting the shelter at Ingleside.


Summer In Pittwater

Santa Stops By Avalon Beach SLSC's Carols At The Beach To Say Ho! Ho! HO!

Santa Claus took a short break from his busy schedule on Saturday night to pop down to Avalon Beach and join in with a few great Christmas Carols and say 'hi!' to a some local youngsters. With Christmas Day only a little over two weeks away now that man in the jolly red suit is working hard to spread good cheer, hugs, laughter, and spend a little time with as many children as possible. 

Fortunately the wonderful firemen at the Avalon station were able to give Santa a lift in their jolly red and yellow truck so the sleigh and the reindeer could help out back at the North Pole getting more stuff done so Christmas Eve will go as smoothly as possible. If that goes as well as the great evening hosted by the Avalon Surf Club things will go very well indeed!


Skye from Paw Patrol with three members of Avalon Beach SLSC's A Team.

Cedar Takes Out A 1st At 2018 Surf Dive ‘N Ski Australian Junior Surfing Titles

Cedar Leigh-Jones, 1st! - photo by Blainey Woodham / Surfing Australia / Nikon Australia 

Barrenjoey HSC Students of 2018 - outstanding results - More HERE