February 5 - 11 2023: Issue 570

This Issue: full list in Contents page 

Front Page Issue 570 

Aquatics: Bush to Beach 2023

New Avalon Beach Mural Celebrates Local Flora and Fauna Still Present - Laments That Now Gone

Agreement To End PEP-11 Litigation Revives Applicants' Licence Extension Process: Responses From Candidates For Pittwater In 2023 State Election - MP For Mackellar

Pittwater Planning Could Be Covered By Its Own LEP: Greens Lawyer

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

Council's Draft Economic Development Strategy Released For Feedback: Document States Mona Vale - Avalon Beach Place Plans Scheduled To Be Impemented In 1-2 Years

Pictures: 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.

Seniors Festival 2023: What's On In Pittwater

Park Bench Philosophers: CSIRO Researchers Use Machine Learning To Advance Alzheimer's Research

Art News: February 2023 - New Avalon Beach Mural Celebrates Local Flora and Fauna Still Present - Laments That Now Gone, Avalon Whale Mural,The Studio At Careel Bay Launches 'A Compendium Of Subjects – No Rules!' By Robyn Williams, ART Gallery On Palm Beach: an Artist run initiative - meet and talk to the creators, On At Many Art Gallery & Museum This Summer; Barely Wearable + Fair Play + Manly By Ferry, Mona Vale School Of Visual Arts + More

Profile of the Week Ride For Youth Mental Health In The First-Ever Manly Spin-A-Thon!

Community Capital Foundation (CCF), a local charitable foundation operated by Community Care Northern Beaches (CCNB), is excited to announce the firstever ‘Manly Spin-a-thon" - an outdoor, spin cycling fundraising event aimed to build awareness and much-needed funds for youth mental health programs on the Northern Beaches. 

Taking place on Saturday, April 1st, 2023 from 10am-3pm, the ‘Spin-a-thon’ is in collaboration with Manly Business Chamber and ANTHEMCYCLE, with all proceeds going to charity organisation, Waves of Wellness (WOW) Foundation. 

Registration to ride or sponsor a team is now open at:  communitycapitalfoundation.com.au/spinathon

By participating in the event, you will help support local charity, Waves of Wellness (WOW) Foundation who were chosen by youth ambassadors as providing effective support programs. Proceeds from the day (the aim is to raise $50,000) will be donated to Waves of Wellness to run youth mental health surf therapy programs for 100 young people.

Find out how you can get involved this week.

History Pittwater Summer Houses: 'Billabong' + 'Ocean House', Ocean Street, North Narrabeen - The House At The End Of The Road
On D H Lawrence's visit to North Narrabeen in 1922 - and other early weekend visitors to the ocean side of North Narrabeen Lagoon By Robert Whitelaw

Pittwater Offshore Newsletter: January 1, 2023

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Letters to the Editor

Following requests to run an 'Letters to the Editor' section on this page, we now invite Readers to send in what they'd like.

Letters should preferably be 150 to 175 words.
Letters must include the writer's address and phone number and 'permission to publish'.
Letters should not contain attachments.
Letters should be exclusive to Pittwater Online News.

The editor's prerogative includes editing letters for length, grammar or legal reasons, among other considerations. 

Letters to the Editor: Issue 570

Bantry Bay Explosive Magazine Building Concerns
It is extremely sad to see a classified heritage site rotting away, overgrown by bush and weeds and subject to poor drainage. The Bantry Bay heritage buildings are also subject to random vandalism, trespassing and defacement with graffiti. 
I have personally witnessed unauthorised fire lighting alongside one of the largest buildings.  
Currently fire danger might not be considered extreme however, when dry, hot and windy conditions inevitably occur the adjacent houses in Killarney Heights could come under threat from an unanticipated bushfire showering burning embers over the adjoining ridge. 

The dominance and preponderance of highly combustable casuarina trees close clustered above the inset buildings is alarming.
The Magazine Track would seem to be an ineffective "fire break/control line" as it is narrow, steep and overgrown in in many places making carrying fire fighting appliances difficult in emergency.
In regard to the buildings with holed, leaky roofs; deterioration of ceilings, floors, fixtures and fittings will end up costing New South Wales taxpayers a fortune.

Much of this unnecessary cost of restoration could be saved if prompt repairs and general maintenance was carried-out now and on regular occasions.
It is of vital importance that all the heritage buildings are made and kept secure from illegal entry, vandalism and graffiti.
The large tapered timber signal mast is in danger of collapse as the supporting rigging has rusted and disintegrated. The mast’s supportive tabernacle needs to be checked for dry-rot, repainted as does the mast itself and the truck (masthead cap).
I plead for immediate action as outlined for the protection of the Garigal National Park and the nearby residents of Killarney Heights. 

The ongoing protection and preservation of a vital part of our maritime and built heritage for this generation and future generations is justified and demanded under this site's NSW Heritage classification.
It is with hope and trust that the necessary work on this vitally important site can and will be carried out to the full extent required as matter of urgency.

John Vaughan OAM
Former Office Bearer:
Manly, Warringah & Pittwater Historical Society
Willoughby District Historical Society and
CEO, Royal Australian Historical Society

NB: The Bantry Bay Explosives Depot is a heritage-listed former explosives depot at Killarney Heights in the Northern Beaches Council, New South Wales, Australia. It was built in 1915. The property is overseen by the Office of Environment and Heritage, an agency of the Government of New South Wales.
Representation of the King of Australia on Australian Currency Notes 
I write with concern that a decision has been made to exclude the image of the King of Australia from future issues of the Five Dollar Note. It has been a long, honourable and appropriate tradition to have the image of the the monarch of Australia on the lowest demonisation currency note as our country, the Commonwealth of Australia is democratic constitutional monarchy by choice of the Australian People. 

Prime Minister Gough Whitlam promoted and implemented the Royal Style and Titles Act 1973. 

This document makes Queen Elizabeth II 'Queen of Australia', as the Assent to the Act changing the title set by the Royal Style and Titles Act 1953. It also eliminated both the reference to the United Kingdom, and the title 'Defender of the Faith'.

The Schedule on page 1 states the new form in full as: 'Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God Queen of Australia and Her other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth’.

In the spirit of the adoption of the Royal Style and Titles Act 1973, it is right and fitting that representation of the Australian Sovereign, Charles III, King of Australia, be included on the Five Dollar Note. Such representation should be in traditional fashion, either a profile the King’s head or a reproduction of the King’s Royal Crown, the Tudor Crown.

Should at some time in the future Australia’s form of government be changed by referendum, the  democratic vote of the Australian People, then this tradition could be revived. 

Indigenous art of both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander design should be included with the image or the King or the Royal Crown harmoniously blended together in a similar way to the first issue of Australia’s One Dollar Note in 1966. 

I strongly recommend continuance of the current tradition of representing our monarch on the Five Dollar Note.

John Vaughan OAM

Voices of Mackellar is hosting a Q&A with Dr Sophie on her first 200 days as the Independent Member for Mackellar. Moderated by Wendy Harmer. 

To register your attendance, see here. Registration is free.

Dr Sophie looks forward to a great discussion! 
 WHEN: February 28, 2023 at 7:00pm - 8pm
 WHERE: Oaks Room, Dee Why RSL, 932 Pittwater Rd, Dee Why

Four charged with online grooming and child abuse material offences across state: Avalon Beach man arrested - charged

Thursday, February 2, 2023: NSW Police
Police are warning parents and carers to have conversations with their children about online safety, following the arrest of four men for online grooming offences and child abuse material in the last week.

Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Sex Crimes Squad Child Exploitation Internet Unit (CEIU) have charged the men – aged 24, 38, 53, and 68 – as part of ongoing operations under both Strike Force Trawler and Strike Force Trident.

Details of the Avalon Beach arrest are as follows:
In December 2022, investigators began engaging online with a man from Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Police will allege in court that the man believed he was speaking with a 14-year-old boy and engaged in sexually explicit conversations about acts he wished to perform on the child. Following inquiries, a 68-year-old man was arrested about 7.40am last Friday (27 January 2023) at a home in Avalon Beach. He was taken to Manly Police Station and charged with use carriage service to send indecent material to person under 16 and use carriage service to groom under 16 years for sex. He was refused bail to appear at Manly Local Court that day, before he was granted conditional bail to appear at Downing Centre Local Court on Thursday 16 March 2023.

The State Crime Command’s Sex Crimes Squad Detective Chief Inspector Chris Goddard said these arrests serve as a reminder for parents and carers to be aware of what your children are doing online.

“As kids are headed back to the classroom and using online programs and chatrooms as part of their studies, parents and carers need to engage with their children about their online safety and what programs they are using. As we move towards a more technology-based learning environment, the risks of children engaging with strangers increases.

“Make sure your children know they can approach you at any time to talk about what they find online and if any unknown person tries to chat to them. We want kids to feel comfortable to tell an adult when something’s not right.

“Our covert investigative teams will continue to work with our partner agencies to uncover those who are grooming children and wanting to cause harm in our society,” Det Ch Insp Goddard said.

The Sex Crimes Squad comprises a number of investigative teams who lead investigations into adult sex offenders, including the Child Exploitation Internet Unit, Child Protection Register, and Extended Supervision Order teams.

Strike Force Trawler is an ongoing investigation by the CEIU into the sexual exploitation of children facilitated through the internet and related telecommunications devices. Regular covert online investigations are conducted by the CEIU; and police in NSW work closely with their law-enforcement colleagues interstate and overseas.

Strike Force Trident is another ongoing investigation by the CEIU, relating to persons using peer-to-peer technology and applications to disseminate and exchange child abuse material online.

Anyone with information about the dissemination of child abuse material online is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.

Temporary Bus Service Changes:  Bus Driver Shortage

January 29 2023
Several bus operators across Greater Sydney have made temporary service adjustments to deal with driver shortages across the industry.
A Transport for NSW spokesperson says like other States across Australia, NSW is dealing with an unprecedented bus driver shortage and has introduced adjusted timetables.

“These temporary timetable adjustments in regions 6, 7, and 9, offer reliably predictable route services, rather than cancelling services ad hoc, and give more certainty to commuters when planning their trip as they cater to customer needs based on driver availability,” the spokesperson said.

“We will continue to work with operators and scheduling experts to ensure timetable adjustments are as efficient as possible and are working towards reinstating suspended services as soon as possible.”

Timetable adjustments were introduced for region 6, in the Inner West and Sydney's South, in December 2022, while region 7‘s, in Ryde and surrounds, new timetable was introduced on Friday 27 January 2023. An adjusted timetable for region 9, in the Eastern suburbs, will be introduced from Monday 30 January 2023.

“We will continue to monitor the network and adjust timetables as needed. Commuters across these regions can find the latest timetables on Transportnsw.info and on the planning apps,” the spokesperson said.

“We continue to support operators in the recruitment of drivers and we are currently running bus driver recruitment campaigns across the network.

“We thank the community for working with us during this time and encourage anyone interested in becoming a driver to find out more here”.

Transport for NSW is also working closely with all private bus operators on several strategies to address driver shortages and is closely monitoring their progress. They include:
  • - recruiting bus drivers through depot open days, information stalls, providing bonuses and increased marketing and media.
  • - redesigning it’s shifts to improve operational efficiency and reduce the number of drivers required.
Buses may still be operating at reduced service levels on any given day due to unplanned driver absences. Please check the Trip Planner before you travel.
At: https://transportnsw.info/trip

Update: 1105 Barrenjoey Rd Palm Beach Development Proposal Refused - Appeal Dismissed

The Decision on this development, which went to the L&E Court, was handed down on Friday January 3rd. The appeal was dismissed. Development application DA2021/2362 for a three-storey building over basement parking at 1105 Barrenjoey Road, Palm Beach and 43 Iluka Road, Palm Beach (Lot CP SP 87024 and Lot CP SP 87022) is 'determined by refusal of consent'.
The full judgement may be read here.

The applicable height of building standard under clause 4.3 of Pittwater LEP is 8.5m. The proposed works have a building height measured to the top of the lift overruns of between 10.96m and 10.98m representing a variation of between 2.41m (28.3% exceedance) and 2.48m (29.1%). The roof parapet would exceed the standard by between 1.75m (20.5%) and 2m (23.5%). The proposed acoustic screen around an internal roof top service area is suggested to have a building height of about half a metre higher than the lift overruns.

The area falls within the land subject to clause A4.12 Palm Beach Locality under Pittwater DCP. The “desired character” commentary to this clause includes the following:

“Future development will maintain a building height limit below the tree canopy and minimise bulk and scale whilst ensuring that future development respects the horizontal massing of the existing built form. Existing and new native vegetation, including canopy trees, will be integrated with the development. Contemporary buildings will utilise facade modulation and/or incorporate shade elements, such as pergolas, verandahs and the like. Building colours and materials will harmonise with the natural environment. Development on slopes will be stepped down or along the slope to integrate with the landform and landscape, and minimise site disturbance. Development will be designed to be safe from hazards.

The design, scale and treatment of future development within the commercial centres will reflect a 'seaside-village' character through building design, signage and landscaping, and will reflect principles of good urban design. Landscaping will be incorporated into building design. Outdoor cafe seating will be encouraged.

A balance will be achieved between maintaining the landforms, landscapes and other features of the natural environment, and the development of land. As far as possible, the locally native tree canopy and vegetation will be retained and enhanced to assist development blending into the natural environment, to provide feed trees and undergrowth for koalas and other animals, and to enhance wildlife corridors.”

The requirement to demonstrate that there are sufficient environmental planning grounds to justify the contravention (PLEP cll 4.6(3)(b) and 4.6(4)(a)(i), in part) were not demonstrated by the proponents.

Council Land At Bangaroo Street North Balgowlah: Update

The Northern Beaches Council Property Steering Committee resolved at its meeting on Thursday 2 February 2023 to terminate the Expression of Interest (EOI) process in relation to 2 Bangaroo Street North Balgowlah. 

The Committee has determined that the future of this Council owned parcel of land will be reconsidered following the adoption of the new Northern Beaches Local Environment Plan (LEP).

The Save Manly Dam Catchment Committee teamed up with friends in North Balgowlah and Seaforth to try and protect Burnt Bridge Creek and the riparian zone in a bid to try and stop the Northern Beaches Council selling off land for development. 

A Motion for the last Council Meeting of the year, December 13, 2022 was submitted by Councillor Candy Bingham calling on a Pause of the Expression of Interest process for Council-owned lands Lot 1 DP 130467 and Lot 873792, also known as 2 Bangaroo Street, North Balgowlah, to allow for further assessment and consultation.

Cr. Bingham also called for the Council to undertake a community-wide consultation in recognition of the value of the Burnt Bridge Creek to the wider community, as the community has not, as yet, had any say on the sale of this land.

The Notice of Determination for DA2015/1156 was issued on May 30, 2016, by Northern Beaches Council, while under the governance of the Administrator, shortly after it was formed. This DA2015/1156 would have ordinarily expired on June 6, 2021, but was extended for two years to June 6, 2023 due to COVID 19.

Acting upon Resolution 7.1 of Warringah Council's Minutes of Council Meeting of 11th April, 2006, Northern Beaches Council's newly-formed Property Strategy Committee commenced the sale of this land. A real estate agent was engaged and advertisements noting DA approval to subdivide the land into three lots were placed calling for "Expressions of Interest". This process closed on 2 December, 2022.

A message from those in Manly, North Balgowlah and Seaforth was recieved;
''Please help us save Burnt Bridge Creek from development! Its riparian wildlife corridor helps protect so many of our local species, including our endangered grey-headed flying fox camp. Northern Beaches Council has put on sale for subdivision and development a large area of riparian bush, at 2 Bangaroo St. This is despite this land being classified in the Council's own recent Waterways study as of 'high environmental value' and within a proposed protected riparian buffer zone. 

The sale is legal only because the Council is using a zoning loophole, dating back to Warringah Council days. The sale of this land has never been put to our elected Council representatives, or the community.
Fortunately, our Manly Ward Councillors have a Notice of Motion on the agenda for the last meeting of the year, this Tuesday, December 13 - calling for the sale process to be paused and environmental factors to be taken into account. 

For more information go to: https://2bangaroostreet.com/actions

Scheduled roadwork: Resurfacing 

Balgowlah to Fairlight 
Sydney Road between Condamine Street and Brisbane Street 
from Sun 12 Feb 2023 to Thu 23 Feb 2023, 9:00pm to 5:00am. 
Traffic affected both directions; Reduced speed limit (40km/h), Check signage, Exercise caution, Alternating (stop/slow) traffic conditions will be in place.

Share your views on threats to Pittwater and Cowan Creek

Council is seeking feedback from the community on issues and threats facing the coastal environment of Pittwater and Cowan Creek.

The feedback will help inform a new coastal management program for the Hawkesbury-Nepean River system that is being jointly developed by Northern Beaches Council with five other councils and the state government.

“We love our local waterways and want to preserve and protect them for future generations,” Northern Beaches Mayor Michael Regan said.

“Pittwater is part of the broader, beautiful Hawkesbury-Nepean River system that is home to some stunning beaches, and natural rivers and estuaries teeming with aquatic life.

“We want to hear from you, our residents, about the things you see as threats to this precious river system.”

The community can flag locations and issues of concern on an interactive map or share their thoughts through an online survey.  The community can flag locations and issues of concern on an interactive map or share their thoughts through an online survey. The survey is being hosted on the Hornsby Shire Council website, one of the project’s six partner councils.

Residents can rank threats and issues that are of most concern to them. These include but are not limited to foreshore erosion and inundation, natural habitat loss, water pollution, climate change impacts such as sea level rise, overcrowding, inadequate waterway access and supporting infrastructure or lack of coordination between government agencies managing the estuary. Details about threats and issues are included in the survey.

Other participating councils include Central Coast Council, Hawkesbury City Council, Hornsby Shire Council, The Hills Shire Council and Ku-ring-gai Council.

The survey runs until late February.  For more information or to have your say visit https://yoursay.hornsby.nsw.gov.au/hawkesbury-nepean-CMP

Change to classification of psilocybin and MDMA to enable prescribing by authorised psychiatrists

February 3, 2023: 
The TGA announced today that from 1 July this year, medicines containing the psychedelic substances psilocybin and MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine) can be prescribed by specifically authorised psychiatrists for the treatment of certain mental health conditions.

The announcement reads:
From 1 July this year, medicines containing the psychedelic substances psilocybin and MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine) can be prescribed by specifically authorised psychiatrists for the treatment of certain mental health conditions.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) will permit the prescribing of MDMA for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder and psilocybin for treatment-resistant depression. These are the only conditions where there is currently sufficient evidence for potential benefits in certain patients.

Prescribing will be limited to psychiatrists, given their specialised qualifications and expertise to diagnose and treat patients with serious mental health conditions, with therapies that are not yet well established. To prescribe, psychiatrists will need to be approved under the Authorised Prescriber Scheme by the TGA following approval by a human research ethics committee. The Authorised Prescriber Scheme allows prescribing permissions to be granted under strict controls that ensure the safety of patients.

The decision acknowledges the current lack of options for patients with specific treatment-resistant mental illnesses. It means that psilocybin and MDMA can be used therapeutically in a controlled medical setting. However, patients may be vulnerable during psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy, requiring controls to protect these patients.

For these specific uses, psilocybin and MDMA will be listed as Schedule 8 (Controlled Drugs) medicines in the Poisons Standard. For all other uses, they will remain in Schedule 9 (Prohibited Substances) which largely restricts their supply to clinical trials.

The decision follows applications made to the TGA to reclassify the substances in the Poisons Standard, extensive public consultation, a report from an expert panel, and advice received from the Advisory Committee on Medicines Scheduling.

There are currently no approved products containing psilocybin or MDMA that the TGA has evaluated for quality, safety and efficacy. However, this amendment will allow authorised psychiatrists to access and legally supply a specified ’unapproved’ medicine containing these substances to patients under their care for these specific uses.

More information is available in the psilocybin and MDMA questions and answers.

Monika's Doggie Rescue: Pets of the Week

Wendy, Peter Pan, Tinkerbelle 

4-5 yo Foxy X Pugs - an instant family

Peter Pan, Wendy and Tinkerbelle came from the pound from the same household. None were desexed and Wendy had very recently had pups. Peter Pan is very protective of his girls and they are always seen napping together in the one bed. Ideally, they would love to stay together as they are very bonded. They are used to eating together and sleeping together. They are active playful dogs and easy to handle and cuddle and well socialised with other dogs. They all have short coats. Wendy weighs 7.5kg, Peter Pan8.1kg and Tinkerbelle 6.2kg.

All our dogs come desexed, C5 vaccinated, heartworm free and microchipped. Also included for the love and health of our dogs is a free Health and Wellness Voucher with our DoggieRescue Vet. Their adoption fee together is $1300.To find out more call DoggieRescue on 9486 3133 or email  Monika@DoggieRescue.com.  RON R251000024


12mths Domestic Short Hair

Emerald was a mum who came from the pound with young kittens. They have all been adopted. Emerald is a very gentle sleek girl. She has gained a lot of confidence since arriving! She’s a sweet girl, who loves a good ear scratch.  She is best suited to a quiet home as she does not like fast loud movements. She has a short coat and weighs 2.9kg. All our cats come desexed, wormed, F3 vaccinated, FIV/FeLV tested and microchipped. Her adoption fee is $220. To find out more call DoggieRescue on 9486 3133 or email  Monika@DoggieRescue.com.  RON R251000024

Brookvale Structure Plan: Revised  draft on public exhibition

Council's vision for Brookvale includes additional dwellings and building height increases in some areas of up to 12 storeys, a new town square of a minimum 5,000 square metres with areas of open space adjacent to the B-line stop, a Pittwater Road Corridor with buildings of between 7-8 storeys with ground-level double-height spaces supporting showrooms, entertainment, night-time economy, and creative maker spaces with residential dwellings above, street upgrades, planting more trees, and introducing cycleways.

A community drop-in session and a business briefing will be held in February 2023 to talk to the project team and hear more about the revised structure plan.

Should the revised draft Brookvale Structure Plan be adopted by Council, the next phases of work to implement the Brookvale Structure Plan will include preparation of a Planning Proposal and supporting technical studies to amend the Local Environmental Plan (LEP), a 7.11 Development Contributions Plan (to levy development for community services and infrastructure), amendments to Council’s Affordable Housing Contributions Scheme, and an area-specific Development Control Plan setting out detailed planning and design guidelines to support the LEP controls. Depending on resourcing, this work could take one to two years to complete.

To read the Revised  draft Brookvale Structure Plan visit: yoursay.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/brookvale-structure-plan

Image - The new 'town square' (B-line stop): after

become a volunteer radio operator: MRNSW

Are you looking for a new challenge? With the busy summer boating season coming up Marine Rescue NSW units up and down the coast want to hear from you! And if you live in Sydney, our State Communications Centre in Belrose is especially keen to hear from you, just drop a line to: base.sydney@marinerescuensw.com.au 

Prior radio and boating experience is not required, and as a Radio Operator you'll play a vital role in helping to keep our waterways safer. If you want to take the plunge and join a dedicated volunteer team helping to save lives on our waterways, then go here for more information: 
www.marinerescuensw.com.au/become-a-volunteer/ or contact your local Marine Rescue NSW unit directly.

Pittwater Community Groups: 

Sports (plus Social Members)

Gardens and Environment

Rural Fire Brigades
Services - Community Organisations

Arts and Social

Speed humps on McCarrs Creek Rd: please share Wildlife Data 

Local wildlife rescuers are asking all members of the public to report any roadkill on McCarrs Ck Rd or any other road in the NB (Wakehurst Parkway or Mona Vale Road for instance) on www.wildlifemapping.org

It records the GPS position, date, sex, species. Photos can be added as they help in identification
The data is then forwarded to OEH and Transport NSW as it can help establish the best places to place  mitigation. Thanking you all in advance for your help with this. There is so much wildlife on the move in our area at present due to various pressures. Although we have had pictures sent to us, many of these have no date or location. There is a database that volunteers maintain but this needs three pieces of information:
  1. The position via GPS or road and suburb
  2. The date
  3. The animal
The details can be entered into the database directly by you at: www.wildlifemapping.org

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VALE Bill Hardman OAM
April 27th, 1945- January 12th 2023

Bill Hardman OAM at Avalon Beach RSL in 2015: PON photo

Former President at Forestville RSL Club Ltd
A Service was held on January 25th to celebrate the life of William (Bill) Hardman.

An article which ran on March 21st 2022 in RSL NSW News provides a short overview of his Service to our community even after serving in our Defence Forces. 

Mr. Hardman, along with Graham  Sloper, was one of the residents behind the ANZAC Centenary held at Warriewood in 2016, served as Honorary Treasurer for the NSW State Branch of the RSL commencing in 2015. 

He was awareded an OAM in the Queen's Birthday 2016 Honours List 'For service to veterans and their families'.

Bill was a Life Member at RSL NSW, also served as a Director until mid 2022 at Forestville RSL.

Outside of his roles in serving Veterans Bill  was an Elected Councillor to HCF Australia from 2011, was a former finance executive with senior management experience in major construction projects as a joint venture partner. Experienced President with a demonstrated history of working in the non-profit organization management industry. Skilled in Risk Management, Fundraising, Management Accounting, Financial Accounting, and Marketing Strategy. He was a strong business development professional with formal qualifications as a Fellow of the Institute of Public Accountants, a Fellow of the Institute of Financial Accountants, and a Diploma in Law through the Legal Profession Admission Board.
Our sincere Condolences to his wife Judy and family members.

A Hardman to stop
Anyone familiar with the Returned and Services League knows that sub-Branches are its heart and members are its lifeblood.

Building on the common bond of military service, it’s at this level that veterans band together to serve those who need it most among the veteran community.

An Award recently given at the Forestville RSL sub-Branch in Sydney’s north provides insight into the calibre of leadership and demonstration of excellence that is replicated among the RSL NSW membership.

In February, Bill Hardman OAM was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation “for distinguished service and outstanding leadership to RSL NSW” by Forestville sub-Branch Patron and World War II veteran Don Kennedy OAM.

Bill, who is a Life Member of the League, was recognised for leadership at the sub-Branch, District and State level where he has been:
  • Committee Member, Secretary (2003-2004) and President (2004-17) of Forestville RSL sub-Branch
  • President (2008-2011 & 2014-2022) and Vice President (2011-2014) of Northern Beaches District Council
  • State Councillor of RSL NSW (2008-2011 & 2014-2016)
  • State Treasurer of RSL NSW (2016-2017)
Commenting on the Award, Forestville sub-Branch President Bob Lunnon said Bill has always had an unwavering focus on the welfare of veterans whether it be meeting their needs in terms of advocacy, pensions advice, assistance with welfare issues or other practical help.

A veteran of the Borneo and Malaya campaigns, Bill joined the League in 1978 and played an important role in developing the 2019 RSL NSW Constitution and introduction of Standard Operating Procedures.

In October 2020 Bill underwent an esophagectomy which continued to have an effect on his health. Bill accepted the Certificate of Appreciation with his wife Judy, a member of the RSL Auxiliary Forestville, who was presented with a Letter of Appreciation. At the District Council AGM on 15 March 2022, Bill announced his retirement from office.

Questions for Candidates in 2023 State Election

As residents are already sending in questions for Candidates, as per Pittwater Online News' usual practice during an election, we advise we are now officially open to receive these to add to the list.

All Candidates standing for the seat of Pittwater have advised they would like to be part of the coverage this election. The Profile of the Week for these will run Sunday March 19th 2023. 

As Readers have requested we extend this beyond the boundaries of Pittwater this time around, we will also aim to run the same for voters in the seats of Wakehurst, Manly and Davidson as well as Candidates for the Upper House with local connections - they want you to hear from them too. The Profile of the Week for these will also run Sunday March 19th 2023.

There may also be Notices/News from Candidates prior to this for both lower and upper house.

The questions from residents will be sent to out at the end of February to give those who want to be 'in' ample time to reply/respond. Please get what you want asked to us by February 28th, 2023.

Please email your queries to: pittwateronlinenews@bigpond.com - Heading: 'Q's for 2023 Election.' and nominate which electorate you will be voting in so we ensure we get the right q's to the right candidates.

Thank you very much.

Warriewood Updates

Courtesy Cr. Vincent De Luca OAM, Independent for the Northern Beaches
Any queries, please email me at vincent.deluca@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au 

Warriewood Community Centre
The Tender for Warriewood Community Centre was released on 1 December 2022. The closing date for the tender is 2 March 2023.
The outcome of the tender evaluation will be reported to Council once the assessment is complete.

Creek line corridor maintenance
The Council has commissioned contractors to undertake bush regeneration works to improve the condition and habitat value of the major creeks in Warriewood Valley, including Fern Creek, Narrabeen Creek and Mullet Creek.

The works involve strategic weed management in the riparian corridors, revegetating and replanting, and responding to reactive work requests when necessary. 
Council has allocated over $100,000 this financial year for these works.

Detention basin and flood mitigation
The Warriewood Valley Urban Land Release Water Management Specification (2001) was prepared to ensure that development within the valley was carried out in an ecologically sustainable manner, in terms of the water environment. 

It provides guidance in preparing water management documentation and designs related to subdivision and developments (on a sector by sector basis) of the valley.

The detention basin was installed as part of the subdivision and development of an area known as Sector 8, in accordance with the Specification. 

Its purpose is to store stormwater runoff and release it at rates no greater than the pre-development peak discharge. This ensures that peak flood flows downstream are not increased, thereby mitigating flood risk.

Lynne Czinner park update
The detailed design is complete for the bridge and Council expects construction to commence in March. 
The undergrounding of power and the stormwater works in the park have been completed. 

The detailed design for the park itself is nearing completion and Council expects to issue a tender for construction in March with a view to starting construction in winter this year.

Pending developments in the valley
There are no new DAs currently under assessment for subdivision or construction of multi-dwelling housing in Warriewood Valley.

On 22 July 2022, Council received a proponent-initiated Planning Proposal for 10 and 12 Boondah Road. The land is currently zoned RU2 Rural Landscape under the Pittwater Local Environmental Plan 2014 (LEP).

The Planning Proposal seeks to amend the LEP to permit future residential development of up to 44 dwellings, comprising 40 three-storey townhouses and four dwellings in a manor house form to be used as affordable housing for a period of 10 years.

On 21 December 2022, the Northern Beaches Local Planning Panel (the Panel) considered the Planning Proposal. The Panel’s recommendation to Council is to reject the Planning Proposal and not forward it to the Department of Planning & Environment for a Gateway Determination.

A report on this matter is scheduled to be reported to Council’s meeting of 28 February 2023.

Future of the southern buffer
There are five privately owned properties within the Southern Buffer, all zoned RU2 Rural Landscape. 
Landowners are able to pursue development outcomes on their land consistent with the land use table in the LEP.

In 2017, Council purchased 3 Boondah Road and has now delivered new hardcourts on this property. 
Council plans to improve the existing Boondah Road playing fields to increase the available hours of use through the provision of lighting and improved drainage/turf.

plastic ramp put in at south Avalon Beach 

To provide access over steepening beach perimter and exposed rocks:

Road works at Bilgola until late February

Council seeks community members for LGBTQIA+ working group

As Sydney prepares to host the world’s largest LGBTQIA+ event, WorldPride, Council is commencing a long-term plan to make sustained and meaningful change.

Rather than simply joining in with WorldPride celebrations over a festive two-week period, Council is seeking expressions of interest to form a LGBTQIA+ working group to identify strategies to make the Northern Beaches increasingly safe, inclusive and welcoming for all.

Mayor Michael Regan said the new working group is an ideal way to make the Northern Beaches a safer and more inclusive place, by getting a diverse group from our community together to identify the most effective ways to create positive culture change over the longer term.

“We value lived experience, the voices of young people and people with strong connections to the local LGBTQIA+ community,” Mayor Regan said. 

“Northern Beaches Council is running a program of activities that celebrate and support Sydney WorldPride, because we believe that social sustainability can only be achieved when we make the Northern Beaches safe, inclusive and welcoming for all.”

The LGBTQIA+ working group will comprise a diverse group of community members across Council’s five wards (Pittwater, Narrabeen, Frenchs Forest, Curl Curl and Manly). 

The group will include up to two community members per Council ward and up to three representatives from local community organisations that have strong connections to the local LGBTQIA+ community.

Expressions of interest open on Tuesday 31 January and close on Tuesday 28 February. 

Manly Warringah Choir Seeking Singers 

We are currently recruiting enthusiastic singers (all voices) to join the choir for our 2023 concerts.

We are a non-auditioned community choir, dedicated to the classical choral repertoire. We so appreciate the musical and social experience of being choir members and invite you to join.

Rehearsals commence on Thursday 2nd February, 2023, with concerts planned for May, August and December at St Paul’s Catholic College, Manly.

If you are interested, full details are available at: HERE

Manly-Warringah Choir

Rotary Upper Northern Beaches Art Show 2023: 24th-26th February

The Rotary Upper Northern Beaches Art Show is fast becoming a popular annual community event. Supported by Northern Beaches Council and other great partners including Johnson Brothers Mitre 10, it is a weekend to remember! It involves a range of stunning works across a wide variety of different price ranges, a Friday-night drinks and auction event, as well as art sales and exhibition all weekend.   

Over many years, the club has assisted many local and international charities, strengthening mental wellbeing, health and communities. 

The Art Show has become an important event in supporting these goals and this year, will directly support four charities:
  • Community Pantry Narrabeen - helping those in need for companionship and a good meal
  • Gotcha4Life - focused on building stronger mental health across the community  
  • and, two worthy international causes Build Your Future Today (Cambodia) and Friends Of Soibada (Timor Leste), changing lives of tens of thousands of children, women, and men.
50% of art sale proceeds are donated to these worthy charities and all artists are in the running for a First Prize of $2,000 and Peoples’ Choice Award of $500.  

The public has an opportunity to take pleasure in art whilst helping charities do great work! 

Art captures what our eyes and heart see in the world and hope to recall – a memory, an impression, or a created image that takes us elsewhere with its symmetry, the design, the materials used, the colours, a feast for the eyes.  As well as the pure pleasure of art, studies have shown that engaging with the arts can actually improve stress, memory, and empathy. Visiting a gallery has been found to relieve people of mental exhaustion, the same way the outdoors can.  

Rotary Upper Northern Beaches is a dynamic and growing club. Members can be involved in their own personal areas of interest, from volunteering at events (such as this art show), joining a committee to creating great meetings with guest speakers where members enjoy each other’s company.

Event details:  
24-26th February 2023. Mona Vale Memorial Hall. 1 Park Street, Mona Vale, 2103.
Opening Event and Art Auction: Friday 24th February 2023 from 6pm. Tickets $25. Includes supper, wine, beer and soft drink. 
Exhibition and Art Sales:  Saturday 25th Feb – 9am-4pm & Sunday 26th Feb- 9am-1pm. gold coin entry donation.  

More information 
Art show enquiries: rotaryartshownb@gmail.com

Preliminary roadmap for council demerger

Thursday, 2 February 2023
A preliminary roadmap for the demerger of Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council has been produced by the NSW Government, outlining a path forward for the process.

Deputy Secretary of the NSW Office of Local Government, Brett Whitworth said the roadmap provides a timeline for the implementation of the demerger.

“There is no recent precedent for de-amalgamating a council in NSW and this roadmap will inform the Government’s approach,” Mr Whitworth said.

“We understand the community and councillors would like a swift outcome, however the Government’s focus is not only on demerging the existing council, but on ensuring the two new councils are set up for future success.

“This will be a very complex undertaking that must be managed in line with the Local Government Act and it’s critical we take the time necessary to get it right.”

Under the proposed roadmap, the legal path for demerging the council would be established after the March State Election, as legislative change would likely be required to facilitate the process.

A transition manager would also be introduced in the second quarter of 2023 to oversee the build of the new councils while the existing Cootamundra-Gundagai council continues its operations.

It’s expected Cootamundra-Gundagai will cease operations in mid-2024, at which stage the new councils would commence, prior to the local government elections in September 2024.

“We know the community wants greater certainty about the demerger and we will continue to provide regular updates as they become available,” Mr Whitworth said.

“I thank the staff and councillors for working with the Office of Local Government during the development of this roadmap, and the Cootamundra-Gundagai community for their continued patience as we undertake this important process.”

Zonta NB's Pittwater International Women's Day Breakfast 2023 Speaker: Samantha Hollier-James - tickets now available

Wed 1st March 2023, 7:00 am - 9:00 am
Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, 16 Mitala St, Newport

Samantha co-founded Tour de Cure in May 2007. Tour de Cure is one of Australia’s most significant cancer research funds behind the Australian Government.  

Since 2007 Tour de Cure has raised over $95 Million, which has funded 647 Australian Cancer Research, Support and Prevention Projects resulting in an incredible 96 major cancer breakthroughs. Tour de Cure has also engaged over 175,000 Australian school children with their "Be fit, Be healthy, Be happy" cancer awareness message.

Samantha’s professional work in Media was recognised through winning the B&T Women in Media "People's Choice" Award in 2019. Samantha also works tirelessly to nurture and support young leaders as a volunteer mentor for the past decade. She is passionate about helping people achieve their goals, whatever they may be.

Join us to hear from Samantha and how we should;
“never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world, indeed it is the only thing that ever has.” - Margaret Mead

Tickets available now at: 

Why Zonta?
We believe in making the world a better place by empowering women. 
We find joy in doing this in a supportive community of like-minded professionals from diverse countries and cultures. 

Zonta stands for women’s rights. We advocate for equality, education and an end to child marriage and gender-based violence. 

Zonta expands opportunities for women and girls through our international education programs and service projects.  

We shall not rest until women’s rights are recognized as human rights. 

Manly CWA Women's Day 2023

Manly Branch of the Country Women’s Association of NSW is proud to be celebrating 100 years of serving the local community.  Throughout this year we are celebrating in many ways and are welcoming the community to celebrate and learn with us.

On Saturday 11th March we are having our annual International Women's Day High Tea.  We are pleased to have Selena Griffith as our speaker who will focus on #EmbraceEquity. Selena is the CEO of ENACTUS which encourages university students  everywhere to use innovation and business skills to ensure that all people thrive in a sustainable world.

At the High Tea delicious home baked goods will be served and there will be a chance for guests to socialise with members of the CWA and students enrolled in ENACTUS.

Tickets are available on humanitix for $70 from:


Click on logo above to visit their website.

Mona Vale Residents Association

Mona Vale Residents Association is a community group encouraging involvement on important matters within the Mona Vale area.

Volunteers needed: meals on wheels

Meals on Wheels have lost a lot of volunteers in the last few months due to COVID regulations etc. so they are desperate for some new people on the roster.

The local service covers all the way from Manly Vale up to Palm Beach, so a run takes around 60-90mins. 
You leave from and return to the warehouse in Bassett Street, Mona Vale.
You don’t need to sign on to permanent shifts, even once a month would help them out greatly.
All drivers need an unrestricted license, must be fully vaccinated and will require a volunteer police check.
If you are able to assist please call Milly on 9457 3900 or email 
NBeachesVolunteer@kmow.org.au and she can give you more info and send you through training paperwork.

Volunteers Needed: Red Cross Avalon Shop

Please talk to the people in the shop or telelphone if you can help out each week, for around 4 hours.
Address: Shop 4 & 5 / 48 Old Barrenjoey Road, Avalon 2107 NSW; Phone: 02 9918 0952

Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary Stalls 

The Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary members are having a stall at Pittwater Place on the first Saturday of every month from 9am to 3pm selling knitting for babies and children, beanies, bedsocks and scarves for oldies, sewing items, craft and jams, raising funds for the rehabilitation and palliative care units.

JP Public Register

You can find a Justice of the Peace (JP) using the online Public Register. You can search by postcode, name of a JP, day of availability, language spoken and JP registration number. The register lists a JP’s location, availability and telephone number. Please note that JPs are volunteers and may not be available at all times. Click here to access the JP Public Register
NB: There are  3 J.P’s working in Pittwater RSL Sub-Branch office, we work every Monday (10:30am to 15:30)except on public holidays:
  1. Terry Jones J.P.
  2. Robert (Bob) Wood J.P.
  3. Deborah Hendy(Carter) J.P

Rotary Upper Northern Beaches: get involved in something positive

At Rotary Upper Northern Beaches, we are always welcoming new members. We find that new members bring new ideas, energy and opportunities. There is something for everyone in Rotary and you can apply your skills for the betterment of our community. This can include anything from cooking a BBQ, to managing a fundraising project, to helping with marketing and social media. You can even get the opportunity to serve on our Board.

We have been quite active in the community over recent and coming weeks, including;
      - The Beach To Beach Fun Run (held on 28 August)
      - The Bobbo (Bobbin Head Cycle Classic, held last Sunday 18 September)
      - Our Annual Charity Golf Day (To be held this Thursday 29 September at Monash Country Club)
      - Cooking the BBQ at The Annual Australian Pipe Band Championships next weekend 1 & 2 October at Rat Park).

These are just a few examples of our fund raising and community activities.

If you are looking for a way to give back to the community, while meeting some great people and having some fun with it, please come and check us out. Our next meeting is this Wednesday 28 September at The Sands Hotel Narrabeen (6pm Dinner in the bistro for 7pm Rotary meeting upstairs).

If you would like to know more about Rotary and how you can get involved, please contact us on 02 8005 0711 or email contact@rotaryuppernorthernbeaches.org

Please Slow Down: Wildlife Crossing

Phoebe the Swamp Wallaby weighed less than a kilogram when she was orphaned on the roadside after her mother was hit and killed by a vehicle. Fortunately, Phoebe was uninjured, taken to a local vet and raised and then released by Sydney Wildlife volunteer Jane.

While Phoebe was fortunate, other native birds and animals are not so lucky.

So, if you’re returning home after your summer holiday (or just out and about on Australia Day), please slow down - particularly at dawn and dusk and in areas identified with wildlife crossing signs, for your safety and the welfare of our wildlife.

Please contact Sydney Wildlife Rescue on (02) 9413 4300 for advice if you hit a native animal or come across an injured one while driving. It is helpful if you can provide an accurate location or landmark to assist our rescuers who will pouch check marsupials for joeys, so little lives like Phoebe can be saved. 

Photo: Phoebe the Swamp Wallaby by Jane
Notice by Sydney Wildlife Rescue