February 18 - 24, 2024: Issue 614

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Front Page Issue 614 

State Government Planning Changes For Medium To High Density Triggers Call To Provide Feedback: Closes Friday February 23

Avalon-Bungan-Newport-North Narrabeen-Long Reef Beach Surfers Named Among Finalists Announced 2023 Australian Surfing Awards + Chelsea Hedges To Be Inducted Into The Australian Surfing Hall Of Fame

NSW Government Launches Asbestos Taskforce To Support Investigation Into Tainted Mulch: Bonded Asbestos Found At Allambie Heights Public School

Bayview Walkway and Seawall Set Works To Commence 

Narrabeen Lagoon Entrance Closed Again: Council's Update - February 2024

Surfing's First World Championship At Manly In 1964: Midget Farrelly Tribute At Palm Beach Given Go-Ahead

Pictures: Turimetta Moods by Joe Mills

Aquatics: Marine Rescue NSW volunteers have completed more than 700 missions + 1,788 returned to shore so far this year: boating season continues until Anzac Day 

Park Bench Philosophers:  FrogID Reaches One Million Frog Records

DIY Ideas: Humid Summer + Above Median Rainfall Predicted For Autumn 2024 Means Mould In The Home: Some Tips To Keep The Family Safer & Healthier

Hazards Near Me Updates To Include Severe Weather Warnings

Central Coast Drug Ring Dismantled; 12 Men Charged

Food: Whole Pumpkin Stuffed With Chorizo, Rice & Goats' Cheese The pumpkin crops are coming in, with prices at around $4 for a whole pumpkin this week.

Profile of the Week 2024 International Women's Day Events: Four Local Organisations Working To Raise Funds To Help Women - Count Her In: Invest In Women - Accelerate Progress!: Northern Beaches Womens' Shelter - Zonta Club NB - The Women's Resilience Centre - Women Of Whale

Women’s economic empowerment is central to a gender equal world. When women are given equal opportunities to earn, learn and lead, entire communities thrive. 

The theme for International Women’s Day 2024 is Count Her In: Invest in Women. Accelerate Progress.

Based on the priority theme for the United Nations 68th Commission on the Status of Women, Count Her In will examine the pathways to greater economic inclusion for women and girls everywhere. The aim is to Inspire Inclusion.

While important progress has been made, women face significant obstacles to achieving equal participation in the economy. Without equal access to education, employment pathways, financial services and literacy, how can we ever hope to reach gender equality?

We must ensure women and girls are given equal opportunity to build their capabilities and strengthen their capacity to learn, earn and lead.

One of the ways you can so is by getting involved with International Women’s Day. 

International Women’s Day is Friday 8 March 2024. Four events will run at Palm Beach, Newport, Long Reef and Manly from February 28 to March 10 with all aiming to Inspire Inclusion to Count Her In.

History Palm Beach Golf Course 1924 To 2024: Some 100th Year History Celebratory Insights

Palm Beach Golf Club is celebrating its 100th year throughout 2024, with celebrations starting off earlier this month with the unveiling of a centenary plaque by the courses' designer, Craig Parry.

This Issue a few insights from way back when Palm Beach Golf Course was a paddock for local cows.

Pittwater Offshore Newsletter: february 1, 2024

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Includes: A celebration of Offshore Theatre; Secret Island: the new island play; Island Bushcare Group Wins $5,000 Grant; Community Buildings Manager and Cleaner Wanted; Community Vehicle Out of Service; Fire shed fundraising dinner; SIRA Committee Meeting; As You Like It; Island Swim; Moon Dance; The Tuesday Discussion Group; Dumpling cooking class; International Folk Dancing; Island Café; Pirates' Treasure Hunt; Secret Island: what you didn't know about your neighbour; Feast for Freedom

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Seniors Housing Proposal for 25-27 Kevin Avenue, Avalon Beach

DA2024/0044: Exhibition Notice
Exhibition Period: 13/02/2024 to 27/02/2024
Cost of Work: $ 8,590,453
Description: Demolition works and construction of Seniors Housing with basement parking with 2 Buildings and 10 Units of 3 bedrooms per unit, and 21 car spaces- 4 Units in Building 1 and 6 Units in Building 2.

The building proposal comprises of one (1) storeys of basement carparking and associated waste and services rooms, beneath two (2) storeys of residential units. The building has an effective height of 10.815m (RL 31.00 – RL 20.185). 

The majority of trees on the site are associated with the Pittwater and Wagstaffe Spotted Gum Forest. 12 trees would need to be removed to accommodate the proposed buildings.

Submissions can be made to Council during the exhibition period. Any submission must specify the grounds for objection.

The application and the documents accompanying the application, including any environmental impact statement, are available on Council’s Application Tracking for the minimum period required under the Act.

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Fire and Rescue NSW joined by Paw Patrol

Fire and Rescue NSW are very excited to announce our partnership with PAW Patrol™! 

FRNSW and PAW Patrol share a passion for rescue, community service, teamwork, and friendship, making it the perfect partnership -  Or should we say PAWfect!

We can't wait to see ‘Marshall’ and his mates at our upcoming events and are excited to get their help in spreading important fire safety messages to kids across NSW.

It's never too early to learn about fire safety, visit www.brigadekids.com, you'll be sure to impress Marshall and our crews when we see you next!

Hazards Near Me updates to include severe weather warnings

The New South Wales State Emergency Service (NSW SES) has launched the inclusion of severe weather warnings as part of the Hazards Near Me NSW App and Hazard Watch. 
Developed in partnership with the Department of Customer Service, the update to include another hazard will ensure more communities across NSW will be prepared during weather events.  

Minister for Emergency Services, Jihad Dib said the expansion of the app's hazards was timely given we’re in the middle of Storm Season, which runs from September to March and typically sees an increase in storm activity.  

“Severe weather warnings and alerts are now available immediately on your phone or device. This is in addition to the warnings and alerts for fires, floods and tsunami that are already available on the platform,” Minister Dib said.   

“We know February is typically the busiest month for the NSW SES, and in February 2023, the NSW SES responded to 9,288 calls to the State Operations Centre. More than 4,200 of those calls were for storm damage in communities across the state.   

“This is why it's so important to have severe weather warnings included as part of the suite of warnings available on the Hazards Near Me NSW app, Hazard Watch and the NSW SES website.”  
NSW SES Commissioner Carlene York APM said it had been an incredibly busy summer for volunteers, and urged the public to download the Hazards Near Me NSW app. 

“NSW SES volunteers have already responded to more than 4,600 incidents across the state since Christmas Day. The majority of those were for severe weather,” Commissioner York said.  

“Just last week North Western parts of NSW were experiencing severe weather, which resulted in storm warnings and minor flooding.  

“I would encourage anyone who hasn’t yet downloaded the app to do so and be prepared for whatever hazard may impact your community.”  

Department of Customer Service Executive Director of Government Technology Platforms, Reece Clementi said the app was a trusted source of information for the community to access warnings and advice during hazards.

“If you are one of the more than four million people who already have the Hazards Near Me NSW App, update your watch zone notifications to ensure you are receiving relevant warnings in real time for fires, floods, tsunami and now severe weather,” Mr Clementi said.  

The Hazards Near Me NSW App uses the nationally recognised Australian Warning System. 

There are three levels of warnings within this system including: Advice, Watch and Act and Emergency Warning. 

These same categories will now be used to keep communities safe and informed when severe weather is occurring nearby. 

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

GoodSAM App

GoodSAM is integrated with the NSW Ambulance Triple Zero (000) dispatch system and connects volunteers to patients in the critical first minutes of a cardiac arrest until paramedics arrive. 

All you need is a willingness to perform CPR until the ambulance gets there. 

You will be sent a notification if someone nearby needs your help. 

See the NSW Ambulance website for more information on how to sign up:

More than 9000 people experience an out of hospital cardiac arrest in NSW every year. Cardiac arrest is often unexpected, and for every minute a patient doesn’t get chest compressions, also called Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), their chances of survival fall by 7-10%.

The NSW community is being encouraged to help save lives by signing up to the free GoodSAM app, with NSW Ambulance launching a volunteer recruitment campaign.

Minister for Health Ryan Park said the GoodSAM program will give people who are in cardiac arrest a better chance of survival by alerting nearby registered community members who are prepared to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Three lives have already been saved through an initial six-week pilot involving 1,600 NSW Ambulance clinical and corporate staff, who volunteered as GoodSAM responders.

If you are willing and able to perform CPR, and are aged 18 or older, you can sign up to receive alerts when someone needs help.

GoodSAM will also show you any publicly accessible defibrillators that have been registered with GoodSAM, and you can use these if you feel able. Last year, a global network of 1.5 million GoodSAM volunteers helped save the life of a cardiac arrest patient on average every three minutes.

By registering as a GoodSAM volunteer, you can help keep them alive, while paramedics arrive.

Kaddy Transport: Volunteers needed

On Tuesday February 6 2024 Michael Regan, MP for Wakehurst, still in the NSW Parliament chamber at 6:40 pm, read out a Community Recognition statement about Kaddy Transport, based at Dee Why - a local volunteer run organisation which is need of new volunteers.

Mr. Regan stated:

''Today I acknowledge the vital service provided by Kaddy Transport in Dee Why. It was started in 1980 by Val Rayward, a matron at Royal North Shore Hospital, after polio confined her to a wheelchair. 

For over 40 years Kaddy has assisted thousands of clients who are frail or use wheelchairs to travel safely to medical appointments and social activities. Unlike similar services in the area, Kaddy is free. It relies entirely on friendly volunteer drivers and generous sponsors, including Dee Why RSL. 

I especially acknowledge Allan Hale, a long-time board member of Kaddy, who sadly passed away in 2022 after volunteering since 1983. Awarded the Order of Australia in 2014, he was still driving clients until a week before he passed. 

Finally, I give a big shout-out to Barbara Smith, Kaddy's office co-ordinator, who is retiring this week after decades of service. 

With the loss of those incredible volunteers, Kaddy is now in urgent need of new ones—and especially drivers—to avoid closing. Today I put the call out for more volunteer drivers. Let us keep that incredible service on the road.''

KADDY Transport is a not for profit organisation which takes people on Sydney's northern beaches with disabilities to medical and other essential appointments. 

KADDY stands for Keen, Able and Disabled of Dee Why. Started in 1980 by Val Rayward, a matron at Royal North Shore Hospital after Val contracted polio and became confined to a wheelchair, and found that there were no community transport facilities available.

Val saw a real need for a means of transport for people with disabilities to meet medical appointments, so she started fundraising activities with the support of the Uniting Church at Dee Why, in order to purchase a bus.

If you would like to help as a volunteer or know someone who could use their service, please telephone the KADDY Transport office on (02) 9972 0242 or email kaddy4@optusnet.com.au 

Discussion paper on short and long-term rental accommodation: Have your say

From: 15/02/2024
To: 14/03/2024

The NSW Government has released a discussion paper and seeking community input which will inform a comprehensive review of Short-Term Rental Accommodation (STRA) in NSW.

This Government states this is an important next step as the NSW Government continues to look at ways to address the housing crisis in NSW.

Led by the Minister for Housing, Minister for Homelessness Rose Jackson, the four-week public consultation opened February 15 with the release of a discussion paper and an online questionnaire.

Through this review the NSW Government will work with all stakeholders to ensure outcomes contribute meaningfully to increasing housing affordability, and stability in NSW. 

Specific feedback which will be sought and considered throughout this process includes:
  • > The adequacy of the STRA planning and regulatory framework, and options for improvement.
  • > Potential policy options, including measures to incentivise property investors to make properties available for long-term rental accommodation.
In NSW, housing affordability and availability are at their lowest levels in decades.
Even though NSW has the largest population, it is last on the east coast when it comes to housing completion.

Building approvals and construction activity have slowed while build costs have skyrocketed.

Rental vacancies are low and there are more than 55,000 people on the waitlist for social housing.

This week alone, two independent reports highlighted the magnitude of the housing crisis facing Australia’s most populous state.

The Productivity Commission reported that Sydney was at risk of becoming a city with no grandchildren if we do not meaningfully address the housing crisis.

Whilst an analysis by Homelessness NSW showed that homelessness has risen across 58 of the state’s 128 local government areas in the past year alone.

The NSW Government states it is taking action to strike the right balance between supporting our local communities, supporting the visitor economy and jobs, whilst addressing the homelessness, housing and rental crisis.

''Whilst the review and potential reform of STRA alone is not a silver bullet, it is an important step towards fixing existing structural issues in the housing market.

All options are on the table in this review and the NSW Government looks forward to seeing extensive feedback from industry as well as the community.'' the release states

Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Paul Scully said:
“We’re hoping to better balance housing availability for the people of NSW with the benefits that tourism brings to local communities.

“We’re in a housing crisis, so it’s important we look at every available option to boost housing supply, including a shift from non-hosted short-term rentals to long term rentals.

“We’ve already endorsed the Independent Planning Commission (IPC) recommendation to tighten the cap on some non-hosted short-term rentals in Byron Shire, and other recommendations made by the IPC will be considered as part of this broader STRA review.”

Minister for Housing and Minister for Homelessness Rose Jackson said:
“We’re determined to do everything we can to tackle the housing crisis and put every part of the housing market under the microscope for options to encourage a greater supply of long-term rental accommodation.

“All options are on the table and we are keen to hear from the community on how various aspects of regulatory and revenue measures can be designed to get the best outcome.”
“This review will inform our approach to make better use of all forms of housing, including short term rentals, vacant property and holiday homes.

“This includes looking at ways to move some of this housing to the long-term rental market and to minimise its negative impacts on the housing market as well as what we can do to support homelessness services across NSW.”

Stronger Primary Healthcare System To Support Australians With Long COVID

February 15,2024
The Australian Government has responded to the recommendations made by a parliamentary committee into Long COVID, recognising the chronic nature of Long COVID and the need for multidisciplinary team-based healthcare.

The recommendations from the House Standing Committee on Health, Aged Care and Sport’s Inquiry into Long COVID and Repeated COVID Infections focused on strengthening primary healthcare services, improving COVID-19 vaccination communications, educational support for healthcare providers, and a national research program.

The Government’s initial response to the committee’s report, which was tabled in Parliament on 19 April 2023, included a $50 million investment from the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) for research into Long COVID. A further $50 million was committed from the MRFF to drive innovation in primary care, including in multidisciplinary team-based healthcare.

Of the committee’s nine recommendations, the Government has noted two and accepted seven in full or in principle.

These recommendations were informed by almost 600 submissions from individuals, community groups, health experts, public health organisations and state and territory health departments.

The Government has also developed a national plan to provide a framework for the health response to Long COVID, known in the medical literature as post-acute sequelae of COVID‑19.

The national plan has been informed by the recommendations of the Inquiry. It highlights three strategic priorities to ensure people with Long COVID, and their families and carers, can access treatment and support to receive the best possible health outcomes:
  1. improve primary care support for people with Long COVID,
  2. increase awareness within the community and health sector, and
  3. provide support for Long COVID research.
The Department of Health and Aged Care has also commenced a review and update of the National Strategic Framework for Chronic Conditions, which enables all levels of government, as well as health professionals, to deliver a more effective and coordinated national response to chronic conditions.

The update will consider common issues in the management and treatment of chronic conditions to guide sustainable, evidence-based and person-centred multidisciplinary support for Australians living with such conditions. An open public consultation will begin this month.

The plan builds on existing Albanese Government investments to strengthen Medicare, including $6.1 billion committed in the 2023–2024 Budget, a new Medicare rebate for GP consultations longer than 60 minutes, and the largest investment in bulk billing in Medicare history.

The Government is committed to supporting initiatives that reduce the incidence, severity and longer-term impacts of COVID-19. The best way to prevent Long COVID is to protect yourself from infection, including by staying up to date with your vaccinations to help protect against severe illness.

Federal Health Minister, The Hon. Mark Butler said:

“The Australian Government recognises the long-term impacts of COVID-19, including for those who experience prolonged symptoms following an acute COVID‑19 infection.

“Long COVID is an emerging health issue, both in Australia and internationally. The Albanese Government is investing $50 million for research into Long COVID.

“The Albanese Government is strengthening Medicare for all Australians, but particularly to provide the kind of multidisciplinary team-based healthcare for people with chronic and complex conditions like Long COVID.”

NSW Planning wants AI product solutions to make faster development applications

February 14, 2024
The NSW Government is investing $5.6 million in artificial intelligence (AI) to help reduce development application (DA) timeframes and deliver more housing.

The Department of Planning, Housing and Infrastructure (DPHI) is calling on industry to submit innovative existing and mature AI technology solutions to help reduce manual workloads for councils and to streamline the pre-lodgement phase.

Industry is invited to submit proposals until 11 March 2024.

Applications will be evaluated on how they address one or more priority focus areas, demonstrate low impact implementation, and align with the NSW AI Assurance Framework and AI Ethics Policy.

Successful suppliers will be asked to showcase products and share ideas with councils following the evaluation of applications.

DPHI will then confirm a list of suitable AI products and provide guidance for councils on how to engage with suppliers and select the best AI tools for the task.

Applicants have four weeks to prepare their responses, focusing on four priority areas to assist councils during the pre-lodgement DA phase.

These include:
  • A pathways and requirements finder: To help prospective applicants identify site-specific development requirements to speed up their development process.
  • Document self-assessment health check: To help applicants self-assess before lodging their DA. This aims to address any potential barriers or gaps in their documentation before they lodge.
  • Risk-based triage: To help council staff quickly identify non-compliant elements within a submission so that the triage process is efficient and improves council’s productivity.
  • Document assurance: To help council staff verify an applicant's documentation to provide increased confidence in the quality of the material submitted.
The project is guided by six overarching principles including trust, transparency, customer benefit, fairness, privacy, and accountability.

DPHI has already worked with NSW councils to define the key challenges experienced during the pre-DA lodgement process.

More than 30 metro and regional councils have participated in workshops to date, with a focus on identifying existing AI products that can be easily implemented and used in the NSW planning system to reduce DA timeframes and deliver on the government’s priority of more housing faster.

Councils noted applicants need a simple and streamlined application process to access important information and what documentation is required for their site-specific DA.

Port Stephens Council and Wagga Wagga City Council are among the first group of enthusiastic councils to investigate how AI technologies could help enhance council DA processes.

Wagga Wagga Council Manager for Development Assessment & Building Certification Paul O'Brien said the introduction of AI will help get applications in the correct format so council isn’t going back and forth trying to clarify critical project information.

“For most of the regular clients they understand what needs to happen, however for occasional developers who might do it once or twice in their lifetime it's very confusing and having an AI presence can help step them through it,” Mr O’Brien said.

Port Stephens Council Manager for Development and Compliance Evert Grobbelaar echoed the AI optimism, saying Council sees potential benefits to using AI in the pre-DA lodgement process, for improved application quality, reduced DA processing timeframes, and education opportunities for the community and landowners on the lodgement process.

Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Paul Scully said:

“Councils are responsible for determining approximately 85 percent of all new dwellings in NSW.

“Introducing more AI features into our planning system is about working smarter so that councils can assess DAs faster, which helps to build more homes where they are needed most.

“Using AI tools will help us cut down DA assessment times, saving proponents, councils, developers and taxpayers valuable time and money.

“AI won’t replace our highly skilled planners at the core of the planning system, but it will free them up from repetitive daily tasks so that they can focus on more complex DAs.

“The Department is also trialling AI tools such as chatbots and automated document processing to support triage queries and enhance response times for the Planning Portal.”

NSW Government announces review into funding model of councils

The NSW Labor Government states it is delivering on its election commitment announcing it will implement a review of the financial model for local government to address rising cost pressures facing councils across the state.

The Government has asked the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) to examine the financial model for councils and key factors impacting councils’ financial sustainability.

The review will assess the resources currently available to councils, their capacity to cover ongoing expenses and ability to fund core council services and infrastructure for their communities.

It will also identify ways to improve budgetary performance and accountability within the sector so democratically elected councillors are empowered to make decisions for the effective running of their councils. 

This announcement follows changes made to the IPART rate peg methodology last year, which give councils greater certainty about the income they can generate through the payment of council rates, while protecting residents from significant rate increases. 

This financial modelling review will provide a holistic view of the challenges impeding the financial sustainability of the sector and ensure councils are delivering value to their communities through responsible fiscal decisions.

IPART will consider and recommend improvements on matters including: 
  • The visibility of councillors and the community over the financial and operational performance of their councils;
  • Whether the current budget and financial processes of councils are delivering value for money for ratepayers and residents;
  • Whether the current funding model will sustainably support the needs of communities;
  • Whether councillors and council staff have the financial capacity and capability to meet current and future needs of communities; and
  • How better planning and reporting systems can improve long-term budget performance, transparency and accountability to the community.
Read the draft Terms of Reference and provide feedback at: www.ipart.nsw.gov.au/Local-Government/Review-of-council-financial-model-in-NSW

Have your say on the draft Terms of Reference until 15 March 2024.

IPART will consult with councils and the public to develop a report due to the Government 12 months’ after the Terms of Reference have been finalised. 

Minister for Local Government Ron Hoenig said:
"The financial sustainability of councils is one of the most significant issues facing local government in this state.

"With the cost of delivering core services to communities rising, it’s critically important councils are financially sustainable, but that needs to be balanced with the impact on tightening household budgets.

"That’s why we’ve asked IPART to make recommendations about whether the current financial model of councils enables long-term financial sustainability and whether councils have the financial capacity and mechanisms needed to deliver budget improvements.

"There needs to be a closer examination so that the solution to financial challenges is not increasing revenue through raising council rates or seeking financial support from the State Government.

"This review is a key election commitment and will help ensure this vital tier of government can continue to deliver essential services to NSW communities."

Two new magistrates appointed to Local Court

February 15, 2024
Attorney General Michael Daley today announced the appointment of two prosecutors as magistrates to the NSW Local Court, Megan Heywood and Sean Hughes.

Ms Heywood is a barrister with more than 25 years experience and has dedicated her career to the public administration of justice, spanning New South Wales and interstate.

For most of the past two decades she has worked with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) in Queensland, the Australian Capital Territory and New South Wales, where her focus since 2007 has been appearing in jury trials. 

Ms Heywood was first appointed a Crown Prosecutor in Queensland in 2008 and also co-founded a law firm there before relocating to New South Wales and commencing with the NSW ODPP in 2018 as a Solicitor Advocate.

Ms Heywood is currently a Crown Prosecutor in the NSW ODPP based in Sydney, a role she was appointed to in early 2022.

Mr Hughes is a barrister with almost 20 years at the Bar, mainly in criminal law both defending and prosecuting in NSW Supreme and District Court jury trials.

Across almost 30 years, he has worked with NSW Police, Legal Aid NSW, private practice and the NSW ODPP.

In 2010, Mr Hughes started prosecuting as counsel for the ODPP and two years later was appointed Crown Prosecutor. He then rose to Deputy Senior Crown Prosecutor in 2021, a position he currently holds.

Sean Hughes will be sworn in on 27 February 2024 and Megan Heywood will be sworn in the following day.

Quotes attributable to Attorney General Michael Daley:

“I congratulate Ms Heywood and Mr Hughes on their appointments as magistrates.

“The Local Court is the backbone of the NSW justice system, with almost all criminal and civil matters starting there. Both individuals will bring a rich range of skills and experience to the bench and will help the State continue delivering justice for the community.”

Wakehurst Parkway – Site investigations: to march 2024

The NSW Government is investigating improvements to Wakehurst Parkway between Frenchs Forest Road, Frenchs Forest and Pittwater Road, North Narrabeen focusing on capacity and safety for this key link in Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

Initial site investigations have taken place on Wakehurst Parkway between January and
October this year.

Transport for NSW will continue these investigations to better understand and inform
the options being considered as part of these improvements.

What work are we doing?
Investigations will take place along Wakehurst Parkway between Pittwater Road and Frenchs Forest Road. The key work areas will include:
  • Trefoil Creek
  • Dreadnought Road
  • Oxford Falls Road
  • Middle Creek Reserve
  • Elanora Road
  • Mirrool Street
The survey work will involve ecological and geotechnical surveys and may involve some
ongoing utility surveys which will include boring and minor excavation. 

We’ll be working at various locations on Wakehurst Parkway through to Thursday 29
February 2024. Work will not be constant throughout this period.

Investigations will be carried out in stages across the 9.5km corridor and will cover day and night shifts.

Day shift hours are Monday to Friday 7am to 6pm and Saturdays 8am to 1pm. Night hours are Monday to Saturdays from 8pm to 5am.

We will not work on Sundays or public holidays at this stage. Work schedules are subject to change due to permits, weather and site conditions.

Further notification will be provided should there be significant changes to our construction

While most of the work will be carried out alongside Wakehurst Parkway with minimal impacts to traffic, temporary traffic changes will be required at various times to ensure work zones are safe.

This may include partial lane closures and reduced 40km/h speed limits near our work areas. Please keep to speed limits and follow the direction of traffic controllers and signs.
For the latest traffic updates, you can call 132 701 or visit live traffic.com

Location of investigations:

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

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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. 


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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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Cryptosporidiosis alert for NSW

February 13, 2024
After a steep recent increase in cryptosporidiosis cases across the state, NSW Health is advising the community not to swim for at least two weeks after they've had diarrhoea.

Executive Director, Health Protection NSW, Dr Jeremy McAnulty said there had been 498 cases of cryptosporidiosis reported in NSW so far in 2024, compared to the 5-year average of 95 cases for the same time period.

Cryptosporidiosis is a diarrhoeal disease caused by the parasite, Cryptosporidium, which infects the intestine and is a common cause of acute diarrhoea in young children. Other symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, fever, headache, and loss of appetite.

Dr McAnulty said with almost half of the cases in children under ten years old, parents especially needed to be aware of the risks and precautions.

“Cryptosporidiosis is commonly acquired by swimming in and swallowing water contaminated with cryptosporidium parasites," Dr McAnulty said.

“The parasite survives for many days, even in chlorinated pools, and in the past very large outbreaks have been caused by people who had recently been infected going swimming.

“Almost half of the cases reported this year had been swimming during their exposure period, and with such a high proportion of young children affected and with many schools about to hold swimming carnivals, we're urging parents to stay alert for symptoms," he said.

People who have had diarrhoea should:
  • avoid swimming for at least two weeks after your symptoms resolve
  • avoid sharing towels for at least two weeks after your symptoms resolve
  • avoid handling food for at least 48 hours after your symptoms resolve
  • children who have diarrhoea should be kept home from preschool, childcare or playgroup until 24 hours after the diarrhoea has completely stopped.
To avoid catching cryptosporidiosis:
  • avoid swimming in estuaries and inland waterways (e.g. rivers, creeks, dams) during and for at least three days after heavy rain
  • avoid swimming at ocean beaches during and for at least one day after heavy rain 
  • avoid swallowing water when swimming
  • wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds after using the toilet, handling animals or their manure, changing nappies, working in the garden and before preparing food or drinks
  • do not drink untreated water (for example, from lakes or streams). Boiling water by bringing to a rolling boil is sufficient to kill Cryptosporidium.
The increase in cases has also been experienced in Queensland, with further information available at Queensland Health. More information on cryptosporidiosis is available on the NSW Health website.

New Warriewood Community Centre: March 2024 Information Sessions

The construction of the new Warriewood Community Centre on the site of the existing Nelson Heather Centre building at Jacksons Road and Boondah Road is expected to commence in early April 2024. 

Works are anticipated to be completed by October 2025.

Notification letters will be sent to local residents, businesses and key stakeholders next week. The letter to residents in the immediate vicinity of the Community Centre and key stakeholders will include an invitation to attend an information session on the
construction phase of the project. 

Two Information sessions have been scheduled on Thursday 7 March 2024 as follows:
Venue: Ted Blackwood Centre – Main Hall
Address: Corner of Jackson and Boondah Roads, Warriewood
Time: 12.30pm – 1.30pm

Venue: The Tramshed – Berry Hall
Address: 1395A Pittwater Road, Narrabeen
Time: 6.30pm – 7.30pm

Please email council@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au if you would like to attend before 28 February 2024.

The Council's project team and a representative from the contractor, Belmadar Pty Ltd, will be present to answer any questions. 

Further information about the project can be viewed at HERE

Features on the new center will include:
  • five multi-purpose halls suited to a wide range of recreational activities
  • two multi-purpose meeting rooms
  • a community lounge room, providing a safe and accessible space
  • large covered outdoor spaces which overlook landscaped gardens
  • modern and accessible amenities, including showers
  • multiple and adaptable kitchen facilities.

Image: View from B-Line stop, Artists Impression. Image: NBC

Narrabeen Sports High School 2024 Open Night

Students and Families are invited to attend the Narrabeen Sports High School Open Night on Tuesday 5 March 2024.

Our Open Night will consist of a tour of the school so prospective families can have a 'taste' of what school will look like here at Narrabeen with our new and updated facilities.
Tours will last approximately 45 minutes, they will begin from 4:00pm with the last tour beginning at 5:15pm.

We invite you to come along and hear about the amazing opportunities Narrabeen Sports High School can offer.

Surfing Mums & Dads

Want to join the best Mums (& Dads) group on earth? Surfing Mums Australia is a not for profit organisation with groups across Australia. We take turns surfing and looking after each other’s children. 

The Avalon group meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9.30am and the Palm Beach group meets on Thursdays. The Mona Vale group meets Wednesday 9am, Narrabeen on Wednesday at 9:30 am, Dee Why / Long Reef on Friday 9am, Freshwater on Monday at 9am and Manly on Wednesday at 9am. 

Our surf swap meet ups welcome parents of all levels, whether you’re a total novice or have been riding waves for a lifetime. Meet ups are run by member volunteer coordinators, and take place at a specific beach location at designated weekly times and days – although some groups switch locations depending on the best beach conditions on that given day. Coordinators post updates on each group’s private Facebook page prior to each meetup, so be sure to check for updates before you go. When you arrive, you’ll be paired up with a parent who will be your surf swap partner. Meet ups generally run for two hours, so there’s potential for each parent to have roughly an hour of ocean time, and an hour of child minding – although new parents may like to work up to this time goal slowly. Parents decide between themselves who’ll surf first, and who’s surfing second. The term surfing is open to interpretation here; you can surf, body board, SUP, go for a beach run or do some laps. However you’d like to spend your ocean time is up to you.

We welcome all levels of surfers, from shredders to absolute newbies, any anyone who cares for a little person is welcome to join. 

To join go to surfingmums.com 

2024 Surf Life Saving NSW Championships

The dates are set for the 2024 NSW Surf Life Saving Championships:

Championships                Date               Location
Champion Lifesaver 1-2 March Freshwater SLSC
Champion Patrol          3 March         Freshwater SLSC
First Aid Competition 9-10 March Freshwater SLSC
Age Champs                 7-10 March Queenscliff SLSC
Inclusive Champs         10 March         Queenscliff SLSC
Masters Champs        13-14 March Queenscliff SLSC
Open Champs                15-17 March Queenscliff SLSC
Surf Boats Champs        15-17 March North Steyne SLSC

Basketball Court - Winnererremy Bay, Mona Vale: Have Your Say

Comments close: Fri 1 Mar 2024
Council states that a new basketball facility is coming soon to Winnererremy Bay, Mona Vale and is seeking feedback on their plan.

The proposed basketball facility will include:
  • new hard court with regulation size key and 3-point lines
  • new seating overlooking the courts and park area
  • open grassed areas will remain and will include new shade trees to provide passive recreational opportunities
  • an additional bike path around the perimeter of the hard court.
No lights will be installed. The hard courts are not intended to be used after dark as there is no existing lighting or future lighting planned. The build is estimated 12-week construction phase, weather permitting.

Share your thoughts on the proposed design by:
Please include 'Lets Play! Hard Court Mona Vale' in the subject line of all email or written feedback.

All comments in their entirety are made publicly available in the Community Engagement Report. Personal identifying information, and content which is discriminatory, hateful or which may defame, offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate will be redacted.

Council's concept design:

Mackellar MP Offering Free Anti-Scam Seminars

In 2023, losses to scams exceeded $4.5 billion, causing misery and financial hardship to thousands of people including hundreds on the Northern Beaches. The perpetrators of these crimes masquerade as your bank, the Tax Office, phone companies, or postal delivery services – to name a few.

Scammers deliberately target older people, the vulnerable and people who are not as savvy with digital communications.

“These scammers are without scruples,” said Dr Sophie Scamps, Federal MP for Mackellar.

“That’s why I want to help the people of Mackellar fight back against them, by knowing what to do when they are contacted by these people.”

Nearly 20% of reports in NSW were by people 65 and over, followed by the 55-64 age group (12.2%) and 45-54 age group (10.7%). There are steps you can take to protect yourself.

Mackellar MP Dr Scamps will host a free seminar on scams presented by staff from the Australian Competition and Consumer commission’s Scam.

In person event on March 14th: 10.30am-12pm
Ted Blackwood Community Centre, Jacksons Rd & Boondah Rd, Warriewood.

Online presentation on April 10th: 3.30pm to 5pm
To find out more please visit: www.sophiescamps.com.au/events

The scams awareness presentations will provide practical guidance to assist people to identify and avoid scams and stay safe online. The presenter will share valuable information on where to seek help and support when recovering from a scam.

It’s also an opportunity for attendees to share their scam stories with their peers. 
We all need to be vigilant and help each other to avoid scams. If you have an unusual phone call, text or email, stop! Hang up. Do not click on the link or provide information. Seek advice from a friend or relative

Streets as shared spaces Avalon Beach Feedback closes february

Closes 28 Feb 2024
Council states this is a temporary trial funded through the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment's Streets as Shared Spaces program. The program trials projects which test ideas for permanent improvements to local streets, paths and public spaces. It’s also a key action in the My Place - Avalon Beach Plan following extensive community feedback.

Some of the key changes include:
  • widening footpaths and enhancing outdoor dining areas
  • moving pedestrian crossings
  • installing planter boxes and seating
  • installing shade structure - charge your phone while enjoying a treat from your local cafes.
Council want to hear what you think about these changes and if you'd like to keep them when the trial ends - please share your feedback in their survey. The survey is open throughout the trial period and closes on Wednesday 28 February 2024.

You can also send feedback throughout the duration of the trial to council@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au.

Monika's Doggie Rescue Pets of the Week

Ben & Jerry 

9yo Jack Russell boys (brothers)

Ben and Jerry came from the pound very scared and bewildered. They have settled down and learning new things. Their former owner went into care so their life experiences have been limited. They are gentle affectionate dogs who love playing ball and are very social with other dogs. They are not used to being picked up so this needs to be done slowly in a calm relaxed manner. They are very affectionate and willing to please and make good eye contact with you. They look like brothers and want to stay together.  Jerry is a bit stockier at 8.4kg and Ben is 6.4kg. Both have short coats. They suit apartment living, FT hours but need rescue experience.

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. Their adoption fee together is $1000.

Ariel & Sebastian 

5mths Domestic Short Haired cats

Ariel and Sebastian are a very sweet, bonded pair. They are litter mates. They were dumped at our clinic doorstep. They love purring and like a good head scratch. They are shy to run up to you, but it will come with time once they know you. They are very sweet natured, affectionate kittens who love to play and snuggle together. You often see Sebastian with his arms around Ariel and he is licking and kissing her! She loves it.

All our cats come desexed, wormed, F3 vaccinated, FIV/FeLV tested and microchipped. Their adoption fee is $440 together. 

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

2024 SLSSNB Branch Championships

The 2024 Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern Beaches Branch Championships will be held in February and March 2024. All event circulars and additional important event information are posted and updated on this page – www.2024-slssnb-branch-championships

Time Table & Locations Summary
Champion Lifesaver Championships
(Resus and Theory Only) Branch Office, Warriewood (Evening) Wed, Feb 7th 2024

Patrol Competition Championships
(Resus and Theory Only) Branch Office | Warriewood (Evening) | Thurs, Feb 8th 2024

Following events will be held at Newport Beach on Sat, Feb 10th 2024

Champion Lifesaver Championships  
Patrol Competition Championships
Open Championships (Beach Events Only)  

Following events will be held at Newport Beach on Sun, Feb 11th 2024

Junior Championships (Beach Events Only)  
Masters Championships (Beach & Water)  
March Past Championships  

Following events will be held at Newport Beach on Sat, Feb 17th 2024

Open Championships (Water Events Only)  
First Aid Championships (U17’s & U19’s) 

Following events will be held at Newport Beach on Sun, Feb 18th 2024

Junior Championships (Water Events Only)  
First Aid Championships (U14/15’s & Opens) 

Rescue & Resuscitation Championships will be held at Maroubra Beach
on Sun, Feb 24th 2024, in conjunction with the SLS Sydney Branch Championships

Surf Boats Championships will be held at Newport Beach on Sat, Mar 2nd 2024

Hudson Parade Clareville Plan of Management: Have Your Say

Closes: Sun 3 March 2024
At the Council meeting held 19 December 2023 Council resolved that the draft Plan of Management for Lot 2 DP 827733, 316 Hudson Parade, Clareville (the Site) be placed on public exhibition for a minimum of 42 days, with the outcome reported back to Council.

The draft Plan of Management (PoM) enables Council to grant a licence to the owner of the adjoining property at Lot 1, 316 Hudson Parade (Lot 1) to construct and use a boatshed and to use the access stairs to the boatshed on the Site.

For several decades, this Site has been a location for a boatshed and for stairs to access the boatshed by the owner of Lot 1. In 1993, the land was dedicated to Council by the then owner of Lot 1 and there has been a historical agreement to continue to allow access to the boatshed and stairs. Once adopted this PoM will enable Council to grant a new licence to the owner of Lot 1. The draft PoM also includes ensuring public access through the foreshore area within the Site.

Share your thoughts on the draft PoM in the submission form further down this page.
invite you to provide your feedback by:
Please include 'Hudson Parade Clareville - Plan of Management' in the subject line of all email or written feedback.

All submissions in their entirety are made publicly available in the Community Engagement Report. Personal identifying information, and content which is discriminatory, hateful or which may defame, offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate will be redacted.

Boundary map:

Have your say: A Heritage Strategy for NSW

Closes 31 March 2024
The NSW Government is developing a Heritage Strategy to set a new direction and vision for protecting heritage in our State.

Heritage includes the places, objects and stories we have inherited from the past and want to protect for generations to come.

Our heritage includes tens of thousands of years of Aboriginal culture and landscapes, natural heritage, historic buildings and structures, gardens, precincts and cultural landscapes, archaeological sites, shipwrecks and intangible heritage.

The NSW Heritage Strategy will address key challenges that heritage, in all its forms, is facing now and into the future.

Tell Heritage NSW what you think
Heritage NSW is seeking your feedback to inform and shape the direction of the NSW Heritage Strategy, ensuring it responds to community aspirations in delivering a better future for our heritage.

Your input will help to build our understanding of what is important to the community, key challenges facing heritage and opportunities to address them.

Please share your insights and ideas by completing the survey here until 31 March 2024.

Have your say: Travel to and from school in NSW

Closes 29 February 2024
The NSW Government wants to make it easier for parents, carers and their children to walk or ride their bikes to school.

Data shows that less than one in four children in NSW currently walk or ride to school. This is a substantial decline compared to previous generations. Making it easier to walk or ride would provide enormous benefits to children, including:
  • improved health and self-confidence
  • learning how to navigate our streets and public spaces safely
  • setting lifelong sustainable travel habits.
Tell us what you think
You can have your say on walking and bike riding to school by completing a survey, taking a quick poll or sharing your ideas. Your feedback will help the NSW Government understand what things would need to change to encourage more parents and carers to walk or ride with their children to school more often.

Community encouraged to have their say on Clubgrants scheme

The NSW Government has released a discussion paper and begun community consultation into the effectiveness of the Clubgrants scheme, as part of a wider review to ensure the grants program is providing a social benefit to the people of NSW.

The consultation period will be open until 18 March 2024.

Clubgrants enables eligible registered clubs to contribute a portion of gaming machine profits to local community services, projects and infrastructure through grants, and receive a tax concession in return.

The discussion paper provides background on Clubgrants, the terms of reference and targeted questions to help guide submissions. There is also a survey for those who do not want to write a submission.

The public consultation will enable key stakeholders, participants, and members of the public to provide feedback and have their say as part of the review.

The Review into the ClubGrants Scheme was announced in tandem with the Independent Panel on Gaming Reform, which brings together representatives from industry, harm minimisation advocacy groups, law enforcement, unions and a person with lived experience to build consensus on a roadmap for reform.

It adds to a number of reforms already undertaken by the Minns Government to reduce gambling harm and prevent money laundering:
  • reduced the cash input limit from $5,000 to $500 for all new poker machines from 1 July 
  • reduced the statewide cap on gaming machine entitlements by more than 3,000 
  • banned political donations from clubs involved in gaming 
  • removed VIP gaming signage across NSW 
  • invested $100m into gambling harm minimisation over the next four years.
Minister for Gaming and Racing David Harris said:

“The NSW Government is committed to ensuring integrity and public trust in government grants.

“The Clubgrants scheme has not been formally reviewed by government since 2013, so this review will give the community and key stakeholders a chance to have their say on its effectiveness.

"Registered clubs are part of the social fabric in local communities across NSW, and the Clubgrants scheme helps to provide vital local services, projects and infrastructure.

“Feedback from a broad range of stakeholders and members of the public is critical to ensure their views are considered. 

“I encourage everyone to read the discussion paper and provide a submission or complete the survey before 18 March. Your feedback about the scheme will form an important part of our review.”

Written submissions
• You can provide your submission via email to gaming.policy@liquorandgaming.nsw.gov.au
• You can visit the NSW Government’s Have Your Say website www.haveyoursay.nsw.gov.au for links to the survey and discussion paper.

Feedback must be provided by 18 March 2024

Road Works

SCHEDULED ROADWORK Utilities: Mona Vale Road between Emma Street and Oliver Way - Thu 1 Feb 2024 to Tue 20 Feb 2024, 8am to 5pm. 

Advice; Check signage, Reduced speed limit (40km/h). Other Advice; Alternating (stop/slow) traffic conditions will be in place to allow motorists to pass in one direction at a time.

SCHEDULED ROADWORK: Oxford Falls - Wakehurst Parkway between Oxford Falls Road and Caleyi Trail; Mon 12 Feb 2024 to Sat 2 Mar 2024: 9:00pm to 5:00am. 

Traffic affected both directions. Advice: Reduced speed limit (40km/h), Check signage, Allow extra travel time. Alternating (stop/slow) traffic conditions will be in place to allow motorists to pass in one direction at a time.

SCHEDULED ROADWORK Resurfacing: Collaroy to Narrabeen - Pittwater Road between Homestead Avenue and Mactier Street; Sun 11 Feb 2024 to Fri 1 Mar 2024 - 9:30pm to 5:00am.
Traffic affected both directions. Advice; Reduced speed limit (40km/h), Check signage. Portable traffic control devices will allow motorists to pass in one direction at a time. 

SCHEDULED ROADWORK: Oxford Falls - Wakehurst Parkway between Oxford Falls Road and Caleyi Trail: Mon 12 Feb 2024 to Sat 2 Mar 2024 - 9:00pm to 5:00am.
Traffic affected both directions. Advice; Reduced speed limit (40km/h), Check signage, Allow extra travel time. Other Advice; Alternating (stop/slow) traffic conditions will be in place to allow motorists to pass in one direction at a time.

SCHEDULED ROADWORK Resurfacing: Dee Why to Brookvale - Pittwater Road between Delmar Parade and Cross Street; Sun 11 Feb 2024 to Fri 1 Mar 2024: 9:30pm to 5:00am. 

Traffic affected both directions. Advice; Reduced speed limit (40km/h), Check signage, Exercise caution. Other Advice; Contraflow traffic conditions will be in place to allow motorists to pass in both directions.

Pittwater Classic Yacht & Dinghy Regatta: 2nd & 3rd March, 2024

Following hot on the heels of last year’s successful Couta Nationals, Avalon Sailing Club (ASC) and Bayview Yacht Racing Association (BYRA)are very excited to announce they will be hosting the inaugural Pittwater Classic Regatta. This fabulous concept is a passion of Larry Eastwood whose aim is to create an event that will become a staple on the season’s calendar for classic boats.

ASC are in the early phases of planning, but can confirm that Avalon will be hosting the yachts with BYRA hosting the dinghies on their lawn. Saturday will be a series of races around courses on Pittwater, with a pursuit race around Islands on Sunday. 

A concourse display of the dinghies will be held at BYRA on Sunday morning. BYRA will host the main event on Saturday evening with Avalon providing the entertainment on Friday and/or Sunday. ASC will be running tender services with the big RIBs between clubs.

Further details to follow and will be posted on the ASC website shortly.

Please join us in celebrating 100 years  of  Creative Leisure: 1924 – 2024

What are your memories of Creative Leisure?
Calling past participants in any Creative Leisure Movement activities, to send us your stories or experiences.
By Post: Northern Beaches Creative Leisure & Learning Inc
PO Box 1718  WARRIEWOOD 2102
Phone: 9944 6027

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.

Entries Open For Aussies 2024 On The Sunshine Coast 

Entries for the 2024 Australian Surf Life Saving Championships (The Aussies), the pinnacle event on the surf lifesaving sports calendar, are now open with entries numbers expected to exceed 6,500. 

Queensland’s Sunshine Coast will host the largest surf sports carnival in the world next April (13-21) with local Surf Life Saving Club’s Alexandra Headland, Maroochydore, Mooloolaba and Coolum all hosting the more than 500 beach and water events across Youth, Open and Masters age categories. 

Surf Life Saving Australia’s Sport Manager Wayne Druery says the event promises to be bigger than 2023, particularly with the inclusion of some new events. 

“The Australian Surf Life Saving Championships is the pinnacle for surf sports athletes and something that competitors, club members and families look forward to every year,” said Druery. 

“It is a time when the surf lifesaving community comes together to test their surf and rescue ready skills, as well as catch-up with friends from all around the country. 

“We are excited to announce that for the first time, we will be offering dedicated Adaptive Surf Sports events for competitors with a disability. These events have been designed following an extensive consultation process over the past two years, and as part of Surf Life Saving Australia’s ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion.”  

Ocean Events including ski, swim, board and ironperson will be held at Maroochydore, surf boat and lifesaving events will be at Alexandra Headland, board riding at Coolum with Mooloolaba hosting the ocean swim and beach events. 

Early Bird entries close February 11. Standard entries close 31 March.  

Entries are open via the SLSA Sports Event Management System (SEMS).  

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

Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary needs volunteers

The Auxiliary is looking for new members to help with our fund raising efforts.  New ideas and assistance with our stalls are very welcome.  Contact 0407 216 253 for more information. The Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary members host 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.

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.

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, 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