July 22 - 28, 2018: Issue 368

Warriewood Residents Association 

Warriewood Residents Association

About us
The Warriewood Residents Association (WRA) was established by a number of residents who became seriously concerned about the potential over development of the Warriewood Valley as a result of the State Government’s then Part 3A legislation. This legislation had the potential to allow the approval of development well beyond the original planned residential density. While this legislation has since been repealed, a Strategic Review initiated by the PAC and the Dept. of Planning & Infrastructure, still had the potential to threaten significant over development of the remaining land in the Valley, and were are determined to see this revert to the original Planning Framework for the Valley.

We didn’t quite manage to hold the previously planned densities, and we reluctantly agreed to an increase in some areas to ensure the Strategic Review could be adopted, and thus prevent some of the gross over-development that was being proposed at the time. Now that this Strategic Review is in place, we continue to watch closely to ensure that it cannot be over-ridden by other means, such as through the use of Pre-Gateway, which we continue to oppose.

We believe residents who have recently settled in the sectors already developed are entitled to expect around them; what was promised when they made a decision to purchase their property in Warriewood. That not only applies to their expectation on surrounding densities, (consistent with the plans in place), but also the amenity and facilities that were promised in the Section 94 plan, from contributions already collected, and yet to be made. We welcome input from anyone interested and involved in the ongoing development of the Warriewood Valley, and the wider Warriewood community. We encourage you to use our blog at the bottom of each page of our website to help guide our activity.

The WRA is incorporated as an association with the NSW Department of Fair Trading, and at our last Annual General Meeting, the following officers and committee members were elected:

Chris Hornsby
Chris is an architect by profession (although now retired), with many years experience in the design of both residential and commercial buildings. Spending his earlier life in Avalon, now a resident of Warriewood.

Susan Scarlett
Vice President
Susan has been an active community representative in all matters pertaining to Warriewood Valley development for many years now, and a regular attendee of many of the earlier meetings on the Warriewood Valley.
Julia Guinan
Secretary & Treasurer
Julia is a scientist working in Regulatory Affairs for a local pharmaceutical company.  Through her family Julia has been associated with the northern beaches for over 40 years and moved here 11 years ago. Julia is a founding member of the WRA and is committed to working with the members of the association for the benefit of the people in the south ward.

Angus Gordon
Committee Member
Angus began his coastal engineering career in 1970. He has undertaken projects in all States of Australia and Internationally in Dubai, Brunei, Kuwait, Indonesia and Hong Kong. He managed the Manly Hydraulics Laboratory and established an international engineering consulting firm.  Returning to Australia full time he spent 9 years as General Manager, Pittwater Council, before retiring in 2005. Now a part time consultant, Angus brings a wealth of experience to the team.

Lynne Czinner
Committee Member
Lynne served as a Pittwater Councillor for 16 years, Deputy Mayor from 1999-2002 and Pittwater Mayor in 2004/2005. Prior to her roles on Council, Lynne was President of the Warriewood Valley Resident’s Association.

Rob Hack
Committee Member
Rob began his electronic engineering career in 1971 and following 25 years in the corporate world started his own local business in 2004. His local community involvement has included President of the Manly Waringah and Pittwater Pony Club back in the early 1990s  and past President of the Warriewood Valley Resident’s Association.

The association’s initial goal was the prevention of over development of the Valley. This was happening because developers were making applications direct to the State Government that were overruling Pittwater Council’s development controls in force at the time. This resulted in the drafting of the Warriewood Valley Strategic Review which was jointly agreed to by the State Government and Council, that served to define the future of the remaining development in the Valley. 

A recent initiative demonstrates what the Warriewood residents association does. Two members of the WRA met with operations staff of the Northern Beaches Council recently to review the condition and placement of the street trees in the Warriewood Valley against the Landscape Masterplan.  The meeting shared experiences and invited the WRA to participate with Council staff  in a joint inspection of the plantings to see how well the trees were progressing in comparison with the standard envisaged in the Landscape Masterplan.

In view of the most recent announcement regarding the proposed development for 2 Macpherson street Warriewood through the just instigated Planning Panels, it remains imperative that residents keep each other informed and band together when needed to protect the values that make a community great and ensure Local Environment Plans (LEP) and Development Control Plans (DCP) are met by any proponent or proposal for Warriewood.

Why we love Warriewood
The images below best illustrate why we love Warriewood Valley the way it was originally planned and the way it has been developed to date. We congratulate the developers that feature in this gallery for development that works with the beauty of our natural environment. The water management facilities in each sector are a credit to what can be done to make these a natural feature of the development, and in many cases serve to create additional parks and playing areas when they are not required to detain water in times of heavy rain. Support our fight to preserve what we have and to stop developer greed and the suggested crazy over development of our beautiful valley. We understood that the building heights would be a maximum of 8.5m and we will campaign to maintain this feature of the Valley .

Water management ponds in Sector 12 – Shearwater – Developed by Clarendon at 15 dwellings per Ha

Bike trails traverse the Valley and follow the creek line corridors preserved for all to enjoy.

Warriewood Waterfall in Ingleside Chase

Sector 10 developed at 15 dwellings per Ha by Stockland (Fernbrook Sanctuary).

Water management in Sector 10 is an integral part of the neighborhood park in the sector.

Sector 1 developed by ……. at 15 dwelling per hectare.

Warriewood Beach

Sector 11 (Seagreen) developed by Australand at 25 dwellings per Ha

Other reasons we love Warriewood:
  • We love living in an award winning planned suburb that is the result of years of consultation with the residents.  We hope the council continues to value this consultation
  • We love being able to cycle safety on Boondah and on the older wide roads. We wish we could jog safely
  • We love North Narrabeen pool and beach, and Warriewood beach 
  • We love the surf coffee shop at Warriewood beach 
  • We love having a Post Office, RTA and Medicare in our local shopping centre 
  • We love the friendly people you meet every morning on your walk 
  • We love living in a valley which has horses and space
  • We love living in a district with so many young families and children
  • We love the Friday fresh produce markets at Rat Park
  • We love having a large plant nursery in our district
  • We love the community spirit that came together to demonstrate so forcefully at the public meeting last year, that we are dedicated to stop over development in our district
  • We love the weird spelling of our district which we have to always spell out to people, i.e. the extra “e” Warriewood. Do you know why it is spelt that way, i.e., Warriewood vs  Warriwood? (Visit: The Macphersons of Wharriewood and Narrabeen: the photo albums of William Joseph Macpherson)

Join the WRA
To Join the WRA simply provide your name, email address and street address HERE, and press the “submit” button to receive a membership application by email.