July 21 - 27, 2024: Issue 631

This Issue: full list in Contents page 

Front Page Issue 631 

Over-Development At Palm Beach General Store Land: Palm Beach Whale Beach Association For Residents Encourages All To Attend On Site Hearing on July 24

Pictures: Out & About: July 2024 - Barrenjoey To Paradise Beach To Bayview To Narrabeen + Middle Creek - by John Illingsworth, Adriaan van der Wallen, Joe Mills, Suzanne Daly, Jacqui Marlowe and AJG

2024 NSW Architecture Awards Celebrate Excellence In Design, Placemaking, Sustainability: Local Projects At Bayview, Long Reef, Manly Are Award Winners

Narrabeen RSL Site At North Narrabeen Placed On Market: 1.884-Hectare Property

Barrenjoey Road - Careel Head Road Corner Creeks Overflow: July 2 2024 - The Drains In Pittwater Are Just For Rain

Paradise Beach Pool Renewal Project Update: June-July 2024

Osprey Nesting Platform Project At Careel Bay Wetlands Avalon Beach Doomed To Fail Due To Council's Inability To Keep Offleash Dogs Out Of EPA - Off Playing Fields

Wildlife Are NOT Pets: Volunteer Carers - NSW NPWS Issue Plea To Surrender Found Wildlife To Trained Registered Carers + NSW Government Is Looking To The Future: Improving Wildlife Rehabilitation and Care

Aquatics: 2024 Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern Beaches Branch Awards Of Excellence 

Park Bench PhilosophersMona Vale SLSC's Frederick Claude Vivian Lane - Gold Medal Olympian At Paris 1900 Games: A Few Insights Into A Local Legend

Profile of the Week Paris 2024 Olympic Games: 18 Locals Representing Australia

The Paris Summer Olympic Games takes place from July 26 to August 11, 2024. The Paralympic Games takes place from August 28 to September 6.

The Australian Olympic Team has been finalised with 460 athletes to represent Australia at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games in 33 sports. The Team is the third largest to compete at a Games held overseas, behind Tokyo 2020 (486) and Athens 2004 (482). The Australian Team is also likely to be the third largest delegation in Paris.

Of this number 18 are from the Neutral Bay to Barrenjoey area. They will represent Australia as part of Rugby, Rowing, Sailing, Water Polo and Football Teams, as well as in individual events such as Athletics disciplines

Equestrian Shane Rose, 51, is the oldest member of the 2024 Australian Olympic team while skateboarder Arisa Trew is the youngest at just 14, just younger than Narrabeen Sports High School student and surfer, and fellow Olympics skateboarder for Australia, Ruby Trew, aged 15.

This week a few insights into who to cheer on in the Paris 2024 Olympics.

History Hordern Park Palm Beach: Some History
Although this wedge of creek-threaded land was dedicated by the Barrenjoey Land Company to the public in 1912, along with the beachfront as part of the original land sales, and as shown in the first January 1912 sales pamphlet, the formalisation and registration of that handover of land for Hordern Park did not occur until September 1921 according to the document of registration. Likewise, on June 24 1924 the formalisation of land for Wilshire Park - when the Barrenjoey Land Company was selling off the remainder of its Barrenjoey peninsula holding to what would become the Palm Beach Land Co - was also some time after that initial dedication of access and parklands for residents, visitors and wildlife.

Hordern Park became the site of the Palm Beach SLSC 'shed' for a surf boat and a place for members to rest, and ostensibly the clubhouse during those first few years of the 1921 formed Palm Beach Surf Life Saving Club, a place for picnics, where generations of seagulls have bathed in the freshwater creek runoff onto the sand, and latterly, the place where Johnny Carters Swim school 'watermelon fights' took place at the end of each Summer Swim Season.

What we today call 'Hordern Park' was first sighted by Europeans in 1788 according to a sign dedication and named for one of the plants found growing in both Hordern and Wilshire parks still - the beautiful Cabbage-tree Palm.

Pittwater Offshore Newsletter: July 2024

Click on Logo to access the latest PON:  

Contents: Acknowledging our Offshore Firies; Support for Older Offshore Residents; 'Where Are All The Children?'; Newcomers' Welcome: call to service providers; Island Café; Island Fire Brigade AGM; The Tuesday Discussion Group; International Folk Dancing

To contact Roy:  editor@scotlandisland.org.au

Wakehurst Parkway Flood Improvement: Council Update on Design options

July 12, 2024; Project update
The Wakehurst Parkway Flood Improvement project, combined with Transport for NSW (Transport) Safety and Capacity Upgrades, represents an investment of more than $100 million into the critical road network.

Council and Transport are working together to undertake these improvements in an efficient manner, with the goal of minimising inconvenience, lowering costs, and ensuring community and road user safety.

Council states it is currently looking at two options for Oxford Falls Road West which include a Box Culvert or a Bridge option. 

''We are working with various authorities to confirm approvals required for each option prior to selection.''

Design options: (images by NBC)
1. Oxford Falls West - Box Culvert Option
2. Oxford Falls West - Bridge Option
3. Oxford Falls West - Location; Driver view

Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade: AGM report

July 7, 2024
Thanks to those members and members of the community that were able to attend our AGM today. 

For a "quiet" season the Brigade was pretty busy with 37 emergency responses during the year. Almost 1 per week. Incidents ranged from medical emergencies through boat fires, bushfires, structure fires and hazmat incidents.

Elections for the upcoming year resulted in the following appointments:
President: Roy Baker
Secretary: Vanessa Barry
Treasurer: Lara Hassell
Equipment officer: John Marshall
First Aid Officer: Kylie Bennetts
CFR Leader: Ian White
Station Officer: Steve Yorke
Captain: Peter Lalor
Senior Deputy Captain: Ian White
Deputy Captain: Craig Laslett
Deputy Captain: Tom Laslett

Steve Yorke AFSM
Today at our AGM we recognised the extraordinary contribution that Steve Yorke AFSM has made to our Brigade and the RFS by appointing him a Life Member of the Brigade.
Steve's career with the RFS started way back in the 1970's when he helped create the state's first Remote Area Firefighting Team. 

Steve Yorke AFSM. Photo: SIRFB

He also helped start the Evans Shire Headquarters Brigade and became a Deputy Captain of that Brigade. 

In 1991 he joined our Brigade and became an active member of the Warringah Pittwater district. 

In 1999 he was appointed Deputy Fire Control Officer. 

He was the NSWRFS Senior Liaison Officer during the 2000 Olympics.
During the early 2000's he held a number of District and Regional roles including Fire Control Officer for Blacktown, Regional Business Manager and Regional Manger for Region East.

Between 2009 and 2017 he was responsible for the State Operations Centre, the Operational Communications Centre, aviation and other specialist capabilities in the RFS. 
He was appointed Assistant Commissioner in 2013.

In 2017 Steve was appointed Director Operational and Mitigation Services.
In 2020 Steve was appointed Director Procurement and Logistics.
In his career with the RFS Steve has managed major incidents in NSW as well as every other state and territory in Australia and in the USA, Canada and France.

He has also been instrumental in helping establish the RFSA and has served as Councillor and State President. He is currently the chairperson of the RFSA Greater Sydney Area Division 4 and a State Councillor.

Steve was appointed a Life Member of the RFSA in 2007.
Steve also helped establish the RFS workplace giving program known as Coffee4Kids which has raised more than $700,000 for the Randwick and Westmead Children's Hospitals.

Steve retired from the RFS as a salaried office in 2023.
While doing this he has been a member of our Brigade and over the years has held various positions including Deputy Captain and Senior Deputy Captain.

We're proud to have Steve in our Brigade and incredibly grateful for his contribution to the RFS and communities all over NSW, Australia and other parts of the world.

Steve Yorke AFSM with SIRFB Captain Peter Lalor. Photo: SIRFB

Nominate Someone Inspiring For An Australian Of The Year Award

Nominate an inspiring older person or someone making a difference to the lives of older people for a 2025 Australian of the Year Award.

Do you know someone who is achieving great things as they get older? What about an aged care worker or volunteer dedicated to helping older people?

If someone comes to mind, why not nominate them for a 2025 Australian of the Year Award?

For the last 65 years, the Australian of the Year Awards have celebrated the achievements and contributions of exceptional Australians. In 2025, we'd love see more nominations for Senior Australians and those improving the lives of older people.

You can nominate an older person who is making Australia a better place, like Glenys Oogjes, 2024 Victoria Senior Australian of the Year. Glenys is the head of an influential animal advocacy group and has been a force behind historic changes in Australian animal policy. 

You can nominate someone making a positive difference to the lives of older people, like Professor Ralph Martins, 2010 Western Australia Australian of the Year. Ralph is recognised as a leader in research into Alzheimer’s disease. He is responsible for a series of breakthroughs that have advanced the understanding of Alzheimer’s across the world.

Nominating someone for an award is easy. Being nominated gives amazing Australians the opportunity to share their passion, gain more support and shows them the recognition they deserve.

Categories include:
  • Australian of the Year
  • Senior Australian of the Year (people aged 65 years or over)
  • Young Australian of the Year (people aged 16 to 30 years) 
  • Australia’s Local Hero.
Nominations close 31 July 2024

Visit Australian of the Year Awards to submit your nomination.

Photo Credit the National Australia Day Council 2024

Council Grants program open

Council has announced its grants program is accepting applications. Now in its seventh year, the grants program funds projects from local environment groups, sporting clubs, artists, individuals and not-for-profit organisations.

Mayor Sue Heins said the grants help fund vital projects, creating a more enriched and sustainable community.

“The grants program assists a wide range of projects with the aim of strengthening the community’s collective environmental, economic, social, community and cultural experience. 

“Our grants program enables individuals and groups that are often unable to fully fund their ideas or activities to gain the green light, greatly benefiting our community. 

“The selection process is rigorous and comprehensive, selecting projects with strong merit, that fit the criteria of the category, meet our sustainability requirements and enhance outcomes for the community.” 

The 2024/25 grant categories cover:
Applications for arts and creativity, community development, environmental and placemaking grants close on Monday 5 August 2024. 

Sports and recreation infrastructure grants close Friday 9 August 2024. 

For more information on each grant program, and to view videos and resources which may help applications stand out from the crowd, head to the grants page on Council's website

Protect our older community with a COVID-19 vaccine

The Australian Department of Health and Aged Care has stated COVID-19 vaccination rates are lower than needed to protect our older community, particularly aged care residents.

On June 25 the Department stated older age continues to be the biggest risk factor for severe COVID-19 disease.

Everyone aged 75 years and over is recommended to have a COVID-19 vaccination every 6 months.

For those aged 65 to 74 years, a COVID-19 vaccination is recommended at least every 12 months.

You don’t have to wait 6 months anymore between your last infection and having a COVID-19 vaccination.

''COVID-19 vaccines are free, safe and effective. The vaccine will protect our older community and you, from serious illness.'' The Department stated

''If you have a family member, friend or loved one living or working in an aged care home, please help them to get their COVID-19 vaccine now.

COVID-19 vaccination helps reduce the risk of serious illness, hospitalisation and death.''

Book a vaccination
To find a COVID-19 vaccine clinic near you: 
  • speak with your aged care provider, doctor, community health centre or pharmacist
  • book an appointment on the health service finder
Call the healthdirect helpline on 1800 022 222 if you need COVID-19 advice. 

Ingleside Rural Fire Brigade:  Seeking Recruits

Ingleside is recruiting now. Do you live in the local area of Ingleside, Elanora Heights, Bayview, Warriewood, Mona Vale and North Narrabeen?

Are you interested in learning new skills, meeting new people and helping the local and the wider community?

We are holding a new member information night on Tuesday the 2nd of July from 7pm at Ingleside Rural Fire Brigade, King Road Ingleside.

Find out more at: www.inglesiderfs.org.au


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Avalon Beach Bike Facility: Have Your Say

Comments opened: Mon 8 Jul 2024
Comments close: Sun 11 Aug 2024

Council states it has collaborated with Avalon Beach residents to find out what they value most and what features make Avalon Beach such a special and unique place. Through this collaboration, Council developed the 'Avalon Beach Place Plan, My Place: Avalon', which was adopted in 2022.
The place plan sets out a number of short, medium and long-term actions for Council to implement, including:
Action item 13: Create an off-road bicycle facility aimed at young people.

The bike facility would be a designated space for bike riders of a range of abilities and confidence levels, encouraging healthy and active lifestyles.

Council have identified two sites where a bike facility could be installed:
  1. Des Creagh Reserve
  2. Avalon Beach Reserve.
Council states both sites are large enough for a bike facility and installation of a bike track and landscaping is permissible under the Plan of Management. They are easily accessed on foot, bike and by car or public transport, and close to other complementary recreational facilities and amenities.

The strengths and constraints of each site are summarised on Council's webpage. Council states they want to hear from you to see which site you prefer for a bike facility.

Images: Location and options plan - NBC


Tribute to Bill Wall 
Sunday 28th July @ 3.15pm, 
immediately following the Avalon Beach SLSC AGM 
Entrance via the beach side stairs.
Everyone welcome, please spread the news.

Avalon Beach SLSC Life Member William (Bill) Wall passed away 01 May 2024.
Bill was born 27/12/41, in Mt Tye Northumberland, most northern county to Scotland.
He trained as a fitter and turner in the UK’s largest city Newcastle.

He first came to Australia as a ten pound Pom in 1961, came back in 1964 with wife Jill both worked for BHP on Groote Island NT. They had two sons Nathan born in 1969 and Simon in 1972.

The family moved into Catalina Crescent Avalon Beach and the beach soon became their second home. The boys joined Nippers, Bill was asked by Ken Brown to help out with the wade and that was the start of a very long association with Avalon Beach SLSC.

Bill qualified for his Bronze Medallion 20 May 1979, and these awards followed ARC, Patrol Captain, Trainer, IRB Crew Certificate, IRB Captain, Training Officer IRB, IRB Instructor, Assessor IRB, Silver Medallion IRB Driver, First Aid Certificate, CPR, Operate Communications Systems and equipment.

In 1985/86 He did 135 Patrol Hours on the beach as Club Captain. He was part of our team to win an IRB Bronze Medal in the NSW State Championships in 1980/81. He was crew with Roger Sayers driving they undertook a mass rescue on the Australia Day Long Weekend 2008 where they saved four people. He was  one of our volunteers that took to the water in Pittwater when bushfires threatened people living on the Western Foreshores.
Bill held various positions Club Captain, Deputy President, Branch Delegate, Judiciary, Life Membership Committee, Radio Officer, and a short time as President July 1989/February 1990. He ran the Club Bar QY’s for many years was Club Caretaker 1985/86.

As a Sales Manager for Formica, CSR and other building suppliers he was successful in arranging sponsorship for of our club in various ways.
He received his 40 year Long Service Award in July 2020.

Never shy of a challenge he paddled in the Sydney Harbour Surfboard Challenge, Palm Beach to Whale Beach Big Swim, Blue Mountains Canyon trek with 5 club members, climbed to the Base Camp in the Himalayas with club member Bowie Wolthers was riding a Harley Davidson motorbike at the ripe age of 82 !

Bill was also part of Craig Goozee’s team with A2B4C raising funds for children’s cancer research in honour of Lisa and Craigs daughter Jessica. Bill completed three campaigns with Craig, the charity raising in excess of $5 million dollars.

I would like to invite you all to remember the special moments, words, experiences you shared with a Bill, a man that appreciated people, took the time to listen to them, understand their stories, to be there for people in their time of need. A man that enjoyed life to the fullest, proud of his heritage, proud of his family and proud to be an Aussie.

AS BILLY WOULD SAY  ''gan canny, man”, GORDIE to say goodbye, take care or take it easy. 
Rest in Peace our mate Billy
Warren Young OAM, Life Member
Avalon Beach SLSC.

New Driver Knowledge Test Online Launched For Learner Drivers

People wanting to get their learner licence will now have the option to take their Driver Knowledge Test (DKT) in the comfort of their home or anywhere with internet access with the launch of Transport for NSW’s Driver Knowledge Test online.

A commitment in the 2026 Road Safety Action Plan, the Driver Knowledge Test online has been developed by Transport for NSW in conjunction with Service NSW and comes with a host of benefits, including supporting a broader, deeper understanding of the road rules and safe driving practices.  

Transport for NSW Deputy Secretary, Safety, Environment and Regulation Sally Webb said the new DKT online delivers a modern learning experience and an accessible path for learner drivers.

“We know that learning has changed over the years and this new digital, accessible and interactive product is a reflection of how people learn today,” Ms Webb said.

“It gives easier access to the test to people who are in regional or remote locations who may not live close to a Service NSW Centre and it also has text to speech functionality which makes the product accessible for people with low literacy or dyslexia.

“It provides a cost benefit because the test can be taken as many times as needed to pass and a fee of $55 is only paid when you come into the Service NSW Centre to apply for your learner licence and have your photo taken.”

“Most importantly, it is an engaging way for people to learn about the road rules and safe driving behaviour, which forms the foundation of how they drive once they are on the road,” Ms Webb said.

Service NSW A/Executive Director Partnerships, Projects & Insights, Lauren Nagel, said  the DKT online provides several other benefits.

“Service NSW is all about making it easier for the customer to interact with Government and by simply offering the Driver Knowledge Test online, aspiring drivers can complete the course and test at a time and place with internet access that suits them,” Ms Nagel said.

“By going online, this means students don’t need to miss out on school or extra curricular activities to visit a Service Centre to complete the test. They can do this in the comfort of their own home and at any time. The Driver Knowledge Test online is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

“If customers are unsuccessful passing, learners won’t have the hassle of organising another visit to a Service Centre and trying to find a time that works with parents or guardians to drive them there, they can simply try again at home.”

“Within 12 months, we’re expecting about 200,000 customers to complete the DKT online so this will also free up our Service NSW team members to dedicate their time to other critical transactions,” Ms Nagel said.

DKT online also allows young people to get a head start as it can be accessed at 15 years and 11 months. When it is passed, they can visit a Service NSW Centre on their 16th birthday to apply for their learner licence.

The DKT online will initially launch in English and Simplified Chinese. Additional languages will be added in the future.

Similar products for learners have already had success in Queensland, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania. The statewide launch in NSW comes after a successful 6-week pilot in metro and regional locations with 94 per cent of participants giving the product four or five stars.

To enrol in DKT online or for further information visit: https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/driver-knowledge-test-online
Photo Creator: PHIL CARRICK 

NSW SES Donates Clothes Through Uniforms 4 Kids Partnership

Friday July 19, 2024
Retired NSW State Emergency Service (SES) uniforms will be saved from landfill thanks to a partnership with Uniforms 4 Kids, a charity that will turn the former orange and blue uniforms into clothes and items for children and families in need.

Officially launched today, the partnership means donated emergency service uniforms can be turned into evacuation bags, children’s clothes, hats, pencil cases, library bags and soft toys.

The partnership is an opportunity for the NSW SES to help the communities it serves even further, while also supporting sustainability.

The charity relies on volunteers to cut, stitch and sew the items. It also partners with the New South Wales Police Force, Queensland Police Service, Australian Federal Police, Australian Border Force, Ambulance Victoria, Queensland Ambulance Service, Royal Flying Doctors and Australia Zoo.

Uniforms 4 Kids was founded in 2015 by Order of Australia recipient Yvonne Pattinson, who began recycling donated police uniforms for children in remote and rural communities.

To date, more than 55,000 items made by the charity have been donated to domestic violence shelters, remote communities, families and children in need throughout Australia and in countries overseas where the AFP and Australian Border Force provide assistance.

Anyone interested in getting involved can visit www.uniforms4kids.com.au

Minister for Emergency Services Jihad Dib said:
“Our dedicated SES volunteers do a lot for their local communities, and this partnership with Uniforms 4 Kids extends that ethos of helping people out.”

“This partnership will help ensure fewer retired SES uniforms go to waste, not only helping families who might need financial assistance during these challenging times, but also helping to reduce landfill.”

“Volunteerism makes the world a better place, and to have two volunteer organisations partner to improve the lives of the communities they serve is inspiring.”

NSW SES Acting Commissioner Deb Platz APM said:
“We’re proud to partner with Uniforms 4 Kids, which is a very worthy cause that will make a difference to the lives of others in need.”

“Not only that, but being able to give children evacuation bags made from old NSW SES uniforms will further develop community awareness and get families talking about what they may do, or pack, into the bag should they need to evacuate during a natural disaster.”

Uniforms 4 Kids Chairman Glenn Ferguson AM said:
“We are thrilled to have the NSW State Emergency Service partner with us to further deliver on our mission of creating unique clothing for children in need, no matter who or where they are.”

“By being able to repurpose donated uniforms for the good of others, we’re continuing the use of the NSW SES uniform to protect and serve communities, all while reducing waste.”

“Our dedicated sewing volunteers are based all over the country, with some groups formed in nursing homes, assisted living villages, church groups, or social groups, adding to the social impact we’re having.”

“Our team is made up of volunteers, and all monies raised go towards enabling the creation of outstanding and beautiful clothes.”

Monika's Doggie Rescue Pets of the Week



Lenny is just a sweet gentleman. He walks well on lead, and is an affectionate boy. He is super easy to bath. He belonged to a homeless person so spent a bit of time on the streets. He is more the size of a small lab but has that wolfy coat. Our trainer says: "Gentle older dog. Very calm. relaxed with children though not particularly playful. Takes treats very gently and will sit down asked. Accepts pats from children very gently. Copes well with kids play and noise. Lovely family dog." He has a short scruffy coat and weighs 18.7kg. He suits FT workers and copes with apartment living. All our dogs come with desexed, fully 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. His adoption fee is $300. 


6mths Domestic Short Haired

Flopsy was brought to our clinic with a paralysed front leg from a traumatic injury. After spending months at our clinic seeing if the nerves would recover, unfortunately it did not happen. Our vets have amputated the leg and she is a happy 3 legged girl happy affectionate girl. All our cats come desexed, wormed, F3 vaccinated, FIV/FeLV tested and microchipped. Her adoption fee is $220. To find out more call The Cottage Animal Hospital on 98907220 or email monika@DoggieRescue.com. RON R251000024

For further details call DoggieRescue on 9486 3133  or email  Monika@DoggieRescue.com.  RON R251000024

Sails to Shelter: 2024

Do you have aging sails or sails you no longer need? RPAYC is supporting Bambak, a new business repurposing retired sails from ending up in landfills through their Sail-to-Shelter program in Vanuatu. They repurpose recycled sails to build shelters and household goods in Vanuatu and Australia, promoting community well-being and environmental health.

On the weekend of 20-21 July, a special drop-off bin will be on-site at RPAYC. 
Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club - RPAYC
16 Mitala Street, Newport

Council launches campaign to Target illegal dumping

Council has announced it wants to know if people are illegally dumping items so it can hold dumpers to account and stamp out this anti-social behaviour.

Is there building rubble in your local bushland reserve or an abandoned fridge in your street? 

This is Illegal dumping, and is not only an eyesore, but puts you at risk of fire and injury, pollutes your neighbourhood and can harm native wildlife.

Illegal dumping happens when individuals or businesses dispose of waste or litter on land or in water without legal approval. It includes:
  • Dumping rubbish or green waste in the bush or by the side of a road
  • Abandoning items on a footpath when there’s no pre-booked council collection
  • Adding to other people's bulky goods clean-up piles 
  • Asbestos waste
  • Littering
Council states:
''Recent updates to Environment Protection have strengthened our powers to prosecute offenders, including doubling of penalties and increased fines for repeat offenders and large-scale waste dumping. 

''Our investigators have issued numerous waste and litter fines over the past few months.
In a recent case, residents in Bantry Bay Road, Frenchs Forest reported a ute entering the street and the driver unloading vegetation waste at the side of the road.  

On arrival, our officers discovered a second load being dumped by the same person. The offender admitted the activities, was directed to clean up the discarded vegetation on the spot and was ultimately prosecuted and fined $1,000. '' Council stated

Council states their Rangers can’t be everywhere at once; so they rely on the eyes of the community to keep them informed about illegal dumping.  

''If you do see dumped material in your neighbourhood or bushland areas - whether you know who’s responsible or not – let us know, so we can take action to identify those involved, issue fines and arrange removal of material. ''

For residents wanting to dispose legally of their end-of-life items, every household has the opportunity to book two free bulky good collections in every 12-month period. 

Or for on-the-spot disposal, you can take your waste to Kimbriki Recycling and Resource Centre, for a fee.  Alternatively the items may be able to be disposed for free at one of Council's drop-off waste reduction events.

Building and vegetation waste can also be taken to Kimbriki, where you can substantially reduce disposal prices by separating waste loads for recycling.

''Together we can all work harder to stop illegal dumping and maintain our beautiful Northern Beaches and reduce what we waste. '' Council states

For more information, visit Council's 'How to report Illegal dumping' webpage at: www.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/services/rubbish-and-recycling/illegal-dumping

Slow Down: Wildlife Crossing

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

Mona Vale Residents Association

Mona Vale Residents Association is a community group encouraging involvement on important matters within the Mona Vale area. Email: mvrasydney@gmail.com

Report Hate Crimes

If you are subjected to hate on social media or online you should keep evidence by taking screen shots of the abuse including usernames, URLs and any other relevant information. 
You can report the abuse directly to the platform and report in person at any Police Station. If you witness a hate incident or hate crime but are not the victim, you can still make a report to the NSW Police.

In an Emergency call Triple Zero (000). If not urgent, you can report online at crimestoppers.com.au or call 1800 333 000 or report in person at any Police Station. 

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 RegisterNB: 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

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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