December 3 - 9, 2023: Issue 608

This Issue: full list in Contents page 

Front Page Issue 608 

Mona Vale Road West Upgrade Has NOT Been Cancelled

Wakehurst Parkway Upgrade: Please Speak Up For Local Wildlife In Your Feedback - Submissions Close December 6

2023 NSW Coastal Safety Report: SLS NSW - 48 people lost their lives on NSW beaches and coastal waters last year; 6 of those tragedies occurred in the SLS Sydney Northern Beaches Branch area

New State Government Rules To Increase Density In R2 + R3 Zones Go On Exhibition For Feedback This Week

From The Council Chamber November 28, 2023 by Pittwater Greens Councillor Miranda Korzy

Narrabeen Lagoon Sand Removal Completed Ahead Of Schedule: Berm At Entrance Removed

Councils' 2022-23 Annual Report Records A Great Year

2023 Australian Junior Surfing Titles

Pictures: Turimetta Moods: Late Spring Becomes Summer by Joe Mills .

Aquatics: Surfing Australia unveils exciting new competition: Australian Interschools Surfing Championships Schools are urged to register their interest HERE

Layne Beachley Becomes First Female Patron Of Surfing Australia As She Steps Down As Chair Of The Board: Adrian "Ace" Buchan Has Been Elected As The New Chair Of Surfing Australia

Park Bench Philosophers It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Burnout: How To Take Care Of Yourself Before The Holidays Start

DIY Ideas Christmas-New Years-Summer Prep.: Outdoor Areas For Summer Celebrations + How To Keep Your Home Cool During A Heatwave Without An Air-Conditioner + DIY Your Own BBQ Kitchen Garden For Gifts That Grow Past That Giving Day 

Christmas Wrap - markets, carols, lights + New Year's Fireworks Options: 2023

2023 Harken International Youth Match Racing Line-Up Confirmed: Racing On Pittwater December 4-8

Transport For NSW Wakehurst Parkway $75+M For 4 Lanes To Oxford Falls Road West Consult 2023 + Council To Spend $31+M On Oxford Falls Culverts Etc.TfNSW Feedback Closes December 6

Profile of the Week  Craig Boaden

Craig Boaden has been re-elected President of the Avalon Preservation Association for the 2023 to 2024 term, his second year in this volunteer position.

APA is a not for profit volunteer community group incorporated under the NSW Associations Act, established over 50 years ago. The residents group organisation is committed to protecting your interests – to keeping guard over our natural and built environment throughout the Avalon area.

Membership of the association is open to all those residents and/or ratepayers of Avalon Beach and adjacent areas who support the aims and objectives of the Association.

APA's aims are

  • To preserve the natural beauty of the area through promoting proper planning of all future development
  • To express positively in appropriate quarters the point of view of the residents with regard to any proposed development, and to protect the residential amenity of the area
  • To work with and assist local government in any efforts to improve and beautify the locality and where appropriate to instigate such improvements.

Find out more and become a Member at:

It is the second Avalon Beach volunteer Mr. Boaden has been a part of, the Avalon Community Library, which celebrated its 40th year in 2023 being another. Visit: Avalon Community Library Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Craig is a founding member and was technical advisor to the ACL. His Address at the 40th anniversary celebrations lends insight into this community venture.

This week, a small insight into the gentleman who has dedicated over four decades of his life to building and looking after his local community.

History Pittwater's Ocean Beach Rock Pools: Southern Corners Of Bliss + One Northern End Of Beach Rock Pool At Narrabeen: Some History

The Rock pools that form a feature at the southern ends of Pittwater beaches remain one of the most popular places to meet up with friends and enjoy a dip or do laps. They are places our children learn to swim, places we can sit and relax, for hours, places where those young and not so young anymore maintain fitness and good health, all year round.

There are still great swimming clubs associated with our rock pools; at Palm Beach the Barrenjoey Breakers swim on Mondays, Bilgola pool hosts the oldest, Bilgola Amateur Swimming Club and Citizens' Pool Committee, still running as the Avalon Bilgola Amateur Swimming Club Inc and Mona Vale is home to the famous Pittwater Pirates who are focused on Winter swimming. In the past Newport has been home to swimming events and quite well known swimmers of their times.

North Narrabeen pool is situated at the north end of that long stretch of sand - that is available at the base of this page - it wasn't the only northern rock pool our beaches have hosted as one was at north Newport originally and there were some at north Avalon Beach as well.

Newport Beach had at least three over the years, two at its south end, with one named for Bungan Beach, while Avalon Beach has had five if you count the three residents recall from their childhoods at the north end of the beach and the two, including a children's pool, at the south end. 

In the wonderful poem by Seven Little Australians author, and early Palm Beach visitor, the mother of Sir Adrian Curlewis and grandmother of Ian Curlewis and Philippa Poole, it is clear natural rock pools of sorts formed at southern extremities on most of our beaches were the original forms for these pools. These natural pools were taken advantage of when 'surf-bathing', and doing so out of rips or waves became more popular with many of our early 'rock baths', as they were named then, a simple extension of excavating more rock out of these. Some were concreted, others were not. Some had safety chains, others didn't. Some have been gone for a while.

Rock baths were built at North Narrabeen Headland at a cost of £494. This is the tenth rock bath built by the council. THE COUNCILS. (1934, January 9). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 13. Retrieved from

As with many things from and about Pittwater, the need was met by community members first and then backed up by the august political bodies of their times.

With new information and new vintage photographs, a reprise of these popular earlier History pages, by request, runs this Issue.

Pittwater Offshore Newsletter: December 1, 2023

Click on Logo to access the latest PON:  

Includes: The Politician and The Pilot; Scotland Island Christmas Ode; SIRA: 2023 AGM Report; Scotland Island Community Vehicle: drivers needed; Markus Plattner Farewell Concert; Scotland Island Website; Gardening Tip; Table Tennis Is Back!; Carols Afloat; The Tuesday Discussion Group; Carols Up The Creek; Santa To Visit Scotland Island; As You Like It; Moon Dance; For sale: Bathtub; For sale: Polycraft Brumby

To contact Roy:

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).  

State Government announces New planning rules to fast track low-rise and mid-rise housing

The Minns government has stated it is confronting the housing crisis with bold reforms to create tens of thousands of new low-rise and mid-rise homes.

The government announced changes that will fast-track a greater diversity of homes like residential flat buildings of 3 to 6 storeys, terraces, townhouses, duplexes and smaller 1-storey to 2-storey apartment blocks in suburbs where they are not currently allowed.

The reforms create capacity for industry to deliver up to an estimated 112,000 new homes across the Greater Sydney region, Hunter, Central Coast and Illawarra, the government has stated.

This represents 30% of the number of homes NSW needs to meet under its Housing Accord target of 377,000 new homes by 2029, the government says.

Currently, each local council has its own rules for what kind of homes can be built in their area. In many local government areas, these rules do not allow the types of homes that we need for the next generation, housing close to transport, infrastructure and social amenity.

In October the government identified a significant gap in the approval of density, with terraces and 1-storey to 2-storey unit blocks allowed under R2 zoning in only 2 of 32 Local Environmental Plans (LEPs) – that’s just 6% of the LEPs across Sydney.

R2 is a zone for land which is made up of low-density housing.

This ‘missing middle’ has meant that low-rise density has been ignored in the face of a growing housing crisis, the government has stated.

Additionally, 60% of R3 zones across Sydney presently prohibit residential flat buildings of any scale.

Details of the proposed changes include allowing:
  • dual occupancies (2 separate homes on a single lot), such as duplexes, in all R2 low-density residential zones across all of NSW.
  • terraces, townhouses and 2-storey apartment blocks near transport hubs and town centres in R2 low-density residential zones across the Greater Sydney region, Hunter, Central Coast and Illawarra (the Six Cities region).
  • mid-rise apartment blocks near transport hubs and town centres in R3 medium-density zones and appropriate employment zones.
This will mean more housing just a short 10-minute walk (800m) from transport hubs, shops and amenities the government says.

The government has stated it will amend a State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) to enact these changes while simultaneously encouraging councils to add these types of dwellings to their own planning rules.

If a local government’s planning rules match – or go further than – this new NSW Government policy, the state government changes will not apply.

The government states it has previously written to councils, asking them to review local policy settings to allow for more housing in low-density and medium-density zones across their local government area.

National Housing Accord targets were set at the National Cabinet with all 3 levels of government represented.

The plans will go on public exhibition for public feedback from this coming week.

Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Paul Scully said on Tuesday November 28:

“Sydney is one of the least dense cities in the world but fewer than half of councils allow for low-rise and mid-rise residential buildings in areas zoned for such homes.

“We’re confronting a housing crisis so we need to change the way we plan for more housing, we can’t keep building out we need to create capacity for more infill, with more diverse types of homes.

“Diversity of housing allows people to stay in their communities and neighbourhoods through different stages of their life, with family and friends able to live nearby. More housing choice means more options for everyone – renters, families, empty nesters.

“Density done well means townhouses, apartments and terraces clustered near shops, high streets and parks.

“We already have great examples of these types of homes. Sydney has grown using these housing types. Look at homes in Wollstonecraft, Waverton, Erskineville, parts of Wollongong or Newcastle. They’re great places to live. We just need more of them.”

However LGNSW has stated communities across NSW could find themselves living in congested neighbourhoods without adequate parking, green space, schools and hospitals if the NSW Government’s proposal to force greater housing density goes forward without council collaboration.

Local Government NSW President Cr Darriea Turley AM said there were no cookie cutter solutions to the housing crisis which is why council planning rules have always reflected their communities’ vision rather than the wishes of developers.

“While we don’t shy away from the need for more housing, it’s councils who undertake the strategic planning for their communities based on the capacity of services and the availability of infrastructure,” Cr Turley said.

Her comments followed the Premier’s announcement that the State Government will force councils to lift long-standing exclusions on building terraces, townhouses, and multi-storey apartment blocks across various local government areas where they are currently not permitted in some local zones.

“Councils recognise the scale of the housing crisis, but the proposal will do nothing to reduce the price of homes given developers will still seek to make maximum profits.

“It will be like the situation we see in supermarkets where people are paying more for less. The price of homes will continue to rise but the quality and size of those homes shrink,” she said.

“I do welcome Minister Scully committing to listening to feedback from councils and communities over the coming months as these reforms are exhibited, to ensure negative impacts of wide-ranging reforms can be avoided.

“Increases in density must be accompanied by investment in infrastructure to ensure quality of life for all communities is not worsened.”

She said increased populations required schools, hospitals, parks, open spaces, playing fields, roads, and public transport.

“Local councils understand their communities and are always best placed to deliver housing diversity that is the best fit for local character and contributes to making great living places,” Cr Turley said.

“As the government’s proposal goes on public exhibition next week, it is critical that democratically elected local councils retain the right to make decisions in the best interests of their communities.

Photo: Dee Why's sky full of cranes. Pic: AJG/PON

Warringah Rats: AGM

Inviting all members, players, coaches, managers, volunteers and supporters to the Warringah Rugby Club AGM
When: Wednesday, 6th December. 2023 at 6. 30 pm
Where: Club Rooms, Pittwater Rugby Park

Come along and help make a difference
Club bar will be open after the meeting.
The agenda, nomination and proxy forms are available through the office.

InTune With TonyB

InTune is a radio programme about our local community, culture and music.
Each week, Tony Butera chats with guests from local community causes and charities, about how they make a difference. 

In this week's show, Tony chatted with members of Rotary clubs on the Northern Beaches about the wonderful community projects they have planned leading up to Christmas.

Listeners also get to hear a great line up of predominantly home-grown music.

You can stream this and all previous programmes on demand here: InTune on Demand.
Stay tuned for more great programmes on InTune.  
Radio Northern Beaches
Fridays at 6pm
FM 88.7 or 90.3
Or live stream at
If you would like to chat with Tony on air about your community cause or your music, please feel free to message the Facebook page InTune and feel free to like and share the page.

Christmas Hampers 2023

Pittwater MP Rory Amon’s electorate office at 1725 Pittwater Road, Mona Vale is a drop off point for Acts of Kindness Community Outreach’s Christmas Hamper Appeal. The office is open to receive donations for these hampers 9-5.

AOK will be putting together and delivering 300 hampers for homeless and vulnerable people across the Northern Beaches and Sydney this Christmas. 

Donations needed are as follows: 
  • Plumrose Tin Ham 450g 
  • Tin/Jar Fruit
  • Long life custard
  • Savoury biscuits 
  • Large bag chips 
  • Sweet biscuits/short bread 
  • Lollies/chocolate 
  • Cordial bottles
  • Soft drink 1.25L 
  • Tin tuna 
  • Tin corn 
  • Tin spaghetti/baked beans 
  • Christmas pudding 
  • Fruit mince pies 
  • Packet bon bons 
All items must be ring pull or lid (i.e., do not require a can opener). 

Photos: MM + AJG/PON

Christmas Hampers 2023

This year Dr. Sophie Scamps, MP for Mackellar, is working with local organisation The Give Hub as a collection pickup / drop off point for non-perishable food items. 

Many of the volunteers in the office are also choosing to participate by filling a box with non-perishables, these will be donated to local community groups (primarily One Meal Northern Beaches) over the Christmas break. 
Boxes must be filled with any non-perishable foods + Christmas goodies and returned to Dr. Scamps office by Dec 1st. 
Address: Shops 1&2/1238-1246 Pittwater Rd Narrabeen 
Open: 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday
You can also find out more about The Give Hub - and register to fill a box - on their website. At: 

If you follow this list to fill your box (you don’t need  every item) or drop off to Dr. Scamps office, your contribution will enable a person/family to make 25 individual serve meals :
  • Canned spaghetti or baked beans (4 pack) or large can 420g
  • Canned soup (535g) or Cup-a-Soup (4 pack)
  • Canned corn, carrots, peas, vegetables, tomatoes
  • UHT Milk - 1L or 6pk @ 200ml
  • Up and Go Cereal x6pk @ 250ml or box of cereal
  • Sweet or savoury box/tin of biscuits, snack bags
  • Tuna or salmon 95g
  • Two fruits in juice cups (4pk) or canned fruit 300g-700g
  • Pasta and pasta sauce, chicken tonight jar
  • Recipe base (eg, satay chicken, creamy chicken curry)
  • Spreads - vegemite, peanut butter, jam, honey, Nutella
  • Muesli bars or cereal bars, LCMs, Le Snak dip and crackers
  • Dried fruit - sultanas, yoghurt coated sultanas etc
  • White sugar, cake mix, coffee, tea bags, hot chocolate, Milo
  • Sauces - tomato, barbecue, mayonnaise, stock cubes, gravy
  • 2-minute noodles, curry cooking kits, noodle and risotto meals
  • White Rice - 1kg or microwave rice 250g, rice meals
  • Breadcrumbs, schnitzel mix
ADD a touch of Christmas to your box -
  • Christmas decoration or stocking; or
  • Gift voucher (for food purchases only - no alcohol); or
  • Plum pudding and/or custard, Christmas cake; or
  • Shortbread, chocolate, jelly, mousse, zooper doopers; or
  • Chips, soft drink, cordial, juice packs, UHT flavoured milk; or
  • Magazines
Gluten free options are welcome!
Haven’t signed up yet for Christmas 2023? There’s still time! Click the link to the give hub's  to register today!
Working alongside charity One Meal Northern Beaches

Wakehurst Parkway Update: REF For Proposed Works feedback closes december 6

Transport for NSW (Transport) proposes to carry out road improvements along Wakehurst Parkway between Frenchs Forest Road, Frenchs Forest and Pittwater Road, North Narrabeen.

These include intersection upgrades and focus on improving safety and capacity for this key road link in Sydney’s northern beaches. 
A Review of Environmental Factors (REF) including Biodiversity Development Assessment Report (BDAR) has been prepared for the proposal. These documents outline the proposed work, potential construction and environmental impacts and mitigation measures. 

The documents will be available for viewing on the project webpage from Monday 6 November. 
Formal submissions about the proposal are welcomed by emailing . by December 6, 2023
The REF is on public display until 5pm Wednesday 20 December

The Wakehurst Parkway project team will be at Oxford Falls Main Hall at Oxford Falls Peace Park on Thursday 16 November from 3pm to 6pm, and at Bilarong Community Hall on Saturday 18 November from 10am to 2pm.

Mountain Bike Incidents on Public Land: Survey

This survey aims to document mountain bike related incidents on public land, available at:

Sent in by Pittwater resident Academic for future report- study. The survey will run for 12 months. 

Letters to the Editor

Letters should preferably be 150 to 175 words, but considering the magazines inability to word limit itself - that remains optional. Letters must include the writer's address and phone number and 'permission to publish'.
Letters should not contain attachments - these will be requested if required to illustrate content/subject.  Letters should be exclusive to Pittwater Online News.

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


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Pittwater Community Groups: 

Sports (plus Social Members)

Gardens and Environment

Rural Fire Brigades
Services - Community Organisations

Arts and Social

Please Slow Down: Wildlife Crossing

Phoebe the Swamp Wallaby weighed less than a kilogram when she was orphaned on the roadside after her mother was hit and killed by a vehicle. Fortunately, Phoebe was uninjured, taken to a local vet and raised and then released by Sydney Wildlife volunteer Jane. While Phoebe was fortunate, other native birds and animals are not so lucky. So, if you’re returning home, 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

Pittwater Online News: December to January Issues 2023/2024

Please note that Issue 609, the final full Issue for 2023, will be published Sunday December 10. 

Notices and reports will be added into this Issue, and instantly published, with an Issue 609.5 sent out should 5+ reports accumulate between Issue 609 and 610 (just in case one of those announcements that happen on Christmas Eve or New Years Day that impacts on the community is made - that will define requirement for a 609.5 mail out).

Issue 610 will be published Sunday January 21 2024.

If you want your Event or Notice in the last Issue for 2023 to be included in the Issue Notice sent out to subscribers we need it no later than 12pm Saturday December 9.

Pittwater Online staff will still be in Pittwater attending events/surf carnivals/interviewing Profilees - so we'll see you all on the beach or bush tracks this Summer break.

Thank you all very much for your contributions and support this year - it wouldn't be a decent news service without you. 

We remain For, About and BY Pittwater

Photo: southern end of Pittwater from Bayview heights, pic; AJG. 

Church Point Ferry Service Christmas Day Timetable 2023

We'll be there for you on Christmas Day

On behalf of everyone at the Church Point Ferry Service, we would like to thank all of our customers for their support during the year. We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.

On Christmas Day we will be operating the following services only. For the rest of the festive season ferries will run as per our regular timetable. For public holidays use the weekend timetable.

Christmas Day Departures:

  • Bells wharf: 8.20am
  • Church Point: 8.30 am
  • Church Point: 9.30 am
  • Church Point: 10.30am
  • Church Point: 3.30pm
  • Church Point: 4.30 pm
  • Church Point: 5.30pm

Be safe this holiday season. Think of the Ferry Master as your designated driver.

Scotland Island Residents Association 2023 AGM Report

by Roy Baker, Editor Pittwater Offshore Newsletter (PON)

SIRA's new 2023 committee (l to r): Marie Minslow, Maddy Bandfield, CB Floyd, Julie Cooper (Treasurer), Julie Paterson, Robyn Iredale (President), Julie Torney, Deb Woods (Secretary), Ian White, Colin Haskell (Vice President), Emma Harvey, Boyd Attewell. Absent are Sharon Kinnison and Basil Daher.

Around 40 islanders attended the 2023 AGM of the Scotland Island Residents' Association, held in the island's community hall on 19 November. Also present were Pittwater MP Rory Amon, Northern Beaches Council Mayor Sue Heins and Councillor Miranda Korzy.

The meeting opened with President Robyn Iredale thanking the outgoing committee. 'We've been extremely lucky to have a very committed and competent group this year', she commented. 'It's demanding work, but we all try our best'.

The meeting heard reports from various committee members. Treasurer Julie Cooper reported a small budget surplus, achievable only because of the first increase in water charges in seven years. In relation to water supply, Robert Fox told the meeting that generally the system works well, although he identified problems caused by fluctuations in mains pressure from Sydney Water that can cause the pump to shut down.

Ian White spoke in relation to the community vehicle, reporting that usage remains down from pre-COVID levels. In relation to transport, Bill Gye handed the attending councillors a 'to do' list, which includes installation of additional commuter boat tie-ups. CB Floyd reported on the activities of the Communications sub-committee, and George Orr did likewise in terms of Governance.  

Unsurprisingly, the meeting was dominated by the decision by NSW Transport not to register buggies. Numerous complaints were made about the condition of island roads and the lack of facilities for disabled residents. Rory Amon commented on the state government's concerns about safety, both in terms of the roads and many of the unregistered vehicles used on them.

There seemed to be consensus that no one wants an island dominated by cars, and Robyn Iredale reported that SIRA has applied for funding for a communal buggy.
On a lighter note, the meeting was told about numerous successes in terms of community events. The island café, which meets monthly, continues to attract a healthy crowd. Renovations to the Recreation Centre are now complete and sound equipment has been purchased. Robyn Iredale made special mention of The Two Catherines play, which earned enough money to cover its costs. All in all the Rec Club returned a modest profit, which will continue to be reinvested in a range of activities.

Committee reports having been delivered, it was time for election of the new committee. Robyn Iredale was returned as president for her second year. Deb Wood and Julie Cooper were also reelected to their respective roles of secretary and treasurer. Sharon Kinnison and CB Floyd stepped down as vice presidents, but will remain on the committee, as will Boyd Attewell and Ian White. Colin Haskell stepped up as SIRA's new vice president. 

In addition to the above, SIRAC has five new members: Basil Daher, Julie Torney, Julie Paterson, Emma Harvey, Marie Minslow and Maddy Bandfield.

SIRA's 2023 annual report can be accessed here.

Avalon Preservation Association: 2023 AGM report + 2023-2024 Management Committee

Northern Beaches Council’s recently-appointed CEO, Scott Phillips  spoke at our 2023 Annual General Meeting on 23 November. Amongst other points he raised, Scott said that the current housing emergency affects all communities and LGAs, including the Northern Beaches.

However, Scott also said Council will not adopt a “cookie-cutter” planning approach, and that while there are areas which NBC has identified as suitable for additional dwellings, for example Frenchs Forest and Brookvale,  Avalon Beach is not suitable for additional or higher density housing.

Scott also acknowledged that the Northern Beaches differed in many ways from Manly in the south to Avalon and Palm Beach in the north.

During the conversation with the audience, several other issues were canvassed, including the Avalon Place Plan and the Shared Space, especially the need for the setting of medium and longer term goals and a design study which takes in the distinctiveness of Avalon Beach.

A Management Committee is elected each year at an Annual General Meeting to operate the business of the Association.

The 2023-2024 Management Committee comprises:
President: Craig Boaden (also webmaster)
Vice-President: Dianne Ramsay
Secretary & Public Officer:  Helena van de Linde
Treasurer: Ken Roberts
Membership Officer: Marita Macrae

Committee members
Conrad Grayson
Peter Mayman
Roger Sayers
Geoff Searl
Joel Seaton 

APA is a not for profit volunteer community group incorporated under the NSW Associations Act, established over 50 years ago. We are committed to protecting your interests – to keeping guard over our natural and built environment throughout the Avalon area.

Membership of the association is open to all those residents and/or ratepayers of Avalon Beach and adjacent areas who support the aims and objectives of our Association.

Our aims
  • To preserve the natural beauty of the area through promoting proper planning of all future development
  • To express positively in appropriate quarters the point of view of the residents with regard to any proposed development, and to protect the residential amenity of the area
  • To work with and assist local government in any efforts to improve and beautify the locality and where appropriate to instigate such improvements.
Find out more and become a Member at:

Bayview Church Point Residents Association: 2023-2024 Committee

President          Peter Blanchard
Vice President  Stephen Todd  
Secretary          Dr Jenny Rosen
Treasurer          David Shields  
Committee        Phil Thew, Rob Legg-Bagg
Public Officer    Phil Thew

The Bayview Church Point Residents Association (BCPRA) is a not for profit incorporated community association open to all adult residents of Bayview and Church Point.

BCPRA has been representing the interests of our local community for over 100 years. In this role it has regular contact with State and local government authorities as well as the community we serve.

The association is managed by a committee elected each year at an annual general meeting. The committee meets each month to discuss local issues and through consultation, strives to represent the best interests of local residents.

Association Objectives
  • Being a voice for the residents of Bayview and Church Point
  • Preserving and enhancing the unique environment and quality of the area
  • Facilitating environmentally sustainable progress
  • Maintaining ongoing rapport with Council, MPs, Police and local authorities ensuring awareness of local issues
  • Liaising with other Associations and Residents groups to ensure a meaningful voice in local matters
Find out more and become a member at:

Social Event
On 15th October 2023 the BCPRA committee hosted an open gathering where residents could meet each other as well as Federal, State & Local Council representatives to discuss local issues in an informal and constructive environment at Winnererremy Bay Park.

Federal Parliament member Dr Sophie Scamps, State Parliament member Rory Amon, Northern Beaches Mayor Sue Heins & Councillor Miranda Korzy all made themselves available on the day.

Approximately 40 residents were in attendance and enjoyed lively interactions.
Watch our website for upcoming similar events.

Pittwater Motoring Enthusiasts Association: updated meeting venue

Tuesday meetings every second week, held at the Pittwater RSL Club, 82 Mona Vale Rd, Mona Vale, starting at 7.30pm.

Pittwater Motoring Enthusiasts Association (PMEA or the Club) was founded in 1994 in the Pittwater region of Sydney. The Club fosters a friendship among people with a shared interest in vehicles of all types both old and new, including cars, motorcycles and other types of machinery and equipment.

The Club encourages the preservation, restoration, maintenance, use and display of historic vehicles and machinery.

Members and guests can attend fortnightly Tuesday meetings held at the Pittwater R.S.L. 82 Mona Vale Road, Mona Vale starting at 7.30pm.

Members meet socially in a range of regular events from our Events Calendar. The Club is very proud of its support, via donations, to charitable organisations each year. A Club magazine 'STAY TUNED' is published online every two months.

Most importantly, the Club encourages members to be active participants, not just joining the Club for the ‘cheap rego.’

The Pittwater RSL has the Glasshouse Grill if you want to arrive early for dinner or a light snack, full bar facilities and plenty of off-street parking.

If you would like to become a member please Click HERE to view details:

Avalon Christmas Tree Decorating Program

Join in the community fun by decorating A REAL TREE!

Council is organising a Christmas tree decorating afternoon at Dunbar Park, Avalon on Thursday 7 December 2023 from 3.30pm to 6.30pm.

There will be an opportunity on the day to make sustainable decorations using natural products and repurposed fabrics at the workshops to be held inside the Annexe, Dunbar Park, or you may wish to bring your own home-made decorations. Bring along your creativity and take part in decorating Dunbar Park for the festive season.

The trees available for decoration will be the 12 Melaleuca (Paper Bark) trees located around the perimeter of Dunbar Park. Council staff will be onsite from 3.30pm to 6.30pm on Thursday, 7 December 2023 to assist with the decoration of the trees.
Council advsies that where possible natural materials and sustainable products should be used, also ensuring decorations can be affixed to the tree. Avoid single use decorations and try to use natural fibres that offer a better approach to sustainability.

Avoid plastic, polystyrene, or easily breakable decorations, opt for natural, organic, and recyclable materials or natural elements, like pinecones, branches, and holly.

Tree decorations should only be displayed during the nominated festive period from Thursday 7 December 2023 to Saturday 6 January 2024 and removed by groups and individuals by this date.

Any decorations and bunting left on the trees will be removed by council by 8 January 2024.

In the event of inclement weather, the decorations will be assessed and if damaged will be removed as required.

If your group would like to book a tree to decorate please email 

There are only 12 trees available to decorate so applications will be reviewed on a first in first served basis.

For further information regarding this program please contact Council’s Place & Economic Development team on 1300 434 434 or 

December 24, 2015 -  Kamikazecorner's Roundabout

$5.25 million available for surf club upgrades

With summer only a few weeks away, NSW Surf Life Saving Clubs can apply for up to $5.25 million for new and improved facilities following the opening of the NSW Government’s Surf Club Facility Program.

This program has also just been boosted with an additional $5 million in funding in the 2023-2024 NSW State Budget, with a total of $16 million allocated to the program over 4 years.

Clubs can receive grants up to $1 million for the upgrade, restoration or construction of these critical surf life saving facilities.

The program not only keeps Surf Life Saving Clubs modern and accessible but also helps surf life savers better protect beachgoers.

The program features 3 categories with Category 1 closing on Monday 11 December 2023 and Categories 2 and 3 closing on Wednesday 31 January 2024.

Minister for Sport Steve Kamper said, 
“NSW Surf Life Saving Clubs deliver a world-class service, protecting swimmers in the water and keeping people safe at the beach.

“That’s why we have increased funding for this program, to ensure our Surf Life Saving Clubs are modern, inclusive and accessible, enabling people from all sections of the community to participate.”

Minister for Emergency Services Jihad Dib said, 
“Rain, hail or shine, surf lifesavers never waver in their commitment to protecting the community and the NSW Government will continue to support them in the incredible work they do.

“With more people enjoying our beautiful beaches during the warmer months, we are investing in these facility upgrades to support our dedicated lifesaving volunteers.”

President of Surf Life Saving NSW Peter Agnew said, 
“We are pleased to see the NSW Government acknowledge and support the amazing contribution made by our volunteer lifesavers and surf clubs in NSW.

“Our lifesavers and Nippers deserve safe, secure facilities in which to train and store vital rescue equipment, as well as somewhere accessible which welcomes the community in to be part of our great and iconic movement.”

NSW residents urged to Beat the Heat this summer

People across NSW are being urged to plan ahead to ‘Beat the Heat’ ahead of what is forecast to be a hot summer.

NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant today launched NSW Health’s Beat the Heat campaign, spreading important information about how to keep healthy in hot weather.

“Extreme heat can cause severe illnesses and can be life threatening,” Dr Chant said.

“Ahead of what is expected to be a hot summer, we ask our community to ensure they are prepared, know the symptoms of heat-related illnesses and take action to keep cool during heatwaves.

"There are a few simple things you can do to keep safe, like staying indoors during the hottest times of the day, closing doors, windows, blinds and curtains early to keep hot air and sun out in the day, staying hydrated and carrying a water bottle when outside.

"If it's hard to keep cool at home, plan to spend the day somewhere cooler, which might include public spaces like shopping centres, libraries or air-conditioned community venues.”

Signs of heat-related illness can include headache, dizziness, nausea and vomiting, fatigue and cramps. People with these symptoms should cool down right away, move out of the sun and seek shade or air conditioning, take a cool shower or bath if possible and take sips of water.

People who don’t respond to these steps or who show symptoms suggesting a more severe illness, including a sudden rise in body temperature, who are no longer sweating, showing aggressive or strange behaviour or who are fitting, should seek urgent medical attention or call Triple Zero (000).

NSW Ambulance Associate Director of Clinical Practice, Marty Nichols, explained that people should also keep an eye on their neighbours in periods of warmer weather.

“I encourage everyone to keep a close eye on more vulnerable members of our community, particularly the elderly or those with chronic medical conditions when the weather is hot,” Mr Nichols said.

“Parents and carers should also keep a particularly close eye on babies and young children as they can be more sensitive to the heat.”

People are encouraged to read Beat the Heat information on the website for further advice and tips on how to protect themselves and their loved ones during heatwaves this summer.

With heat comes the risk of bushfires and poor air quality due to bushfire smoke. People in impacted areas are encouraged to check the air quality​​​​​ where they live and to follow associated health advice​​​ when planning their daily activities.

Mona Vale Creative Space: 2024 bookings now open

For nearly three years, Mona Vale Creative Space has helped emerging and start-up creative businesses to showcase and sell their work. Council is now seeking artists and designers interested in renting the space in 2024.

Located in the heart of Mona Vale village, the space is ideal for creatives looking for an affordable studio and pop-up retail space.

Northern Beaches Mayor Sue Heins said the creative space connected artists and creatives with the community and was perfect for growing a business.

“Since we opened the space, the display of diverse art pieces and fashion have been positively received by the local community,” Mayor Heins said.

“We are very excited to see what other creatives can bring to the space and what amazing works they will showcase and sell.”

Creative brands who could benefit from the lockable studio space include fashion designers,  jewellery makers, designers, and ceramic artists.

Council offers affordable rent to help artists establish their creative practices.

The 4m x 8m area has the space for an estimated 16 people and includes a range of equipment and furniture including a storage unit, display cabinet, chairs, gallery lines, hooks, and hanging rail.

Also included are basic facilities such as a shared toilet/bathroom and a shared kitchen.

“Not many opportunities present themselves for creatives to showcase their works for a reasonable price, so now is your chance to unlock your creativity,” Mayor Heins said.

“This is a wonderful chance to grow your business and connect to locals in the area.”

Applications for 2024 are now open. Apply here

Monika's Doggie Rescue Pets of the Week


12yo Maltese X

Bobby has come through a lot of surgery with flying colours and is ready for a home now. He came from the pound with a very sore blind eye and a pendulous lump. He was very shy and scared when he came from the pound. Bobby has been to an eye specialist who said we need to remove the eye; the retina is damaged. He has had a dental and had 15 teeth removed. We have also removed the lump on his leg, which was benign, Yay, and he has had the painful eye removed. He is so much happier now.  He is in good spirits, eats well now, enjoys the company of other dogs but also enjoys lots of quiet nap times in the sun. He has a non-shedding coat and weighs 4.6kg. Bobby suits a quiet family that understands he can only see on one side and you need to be careful that he knows what you are doing. He would be happy in apartment living and FT working hours. (sorry no pic since eye removal).

All our dogs come with desexing, all puppy vaccinations, 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 $500. 

Sesame & Mochi 

6mths Domestic Short Haired Cats

Sesame and Mochi where found on the streets. They are sweet gentle sibling cats who would do well in a quiet home environment. We have included a video to show how bonded they are. Sesame is an affectionate girl that has a short shiny black coat with speckles of random white, like the one single cute strand on her forehead! She loves to be cuddled like a baby over your shoulder as she nestles in your neck, cradled in your arms, sprawled over your lap or given belly rubs once you give her some time to know you and that you bear gifts of food :) At playtime they like to play with string toys and hanging out with kitty friends.  One of her favourite things to do besides napping, rubbing against your legs and FOOD is playing with her brother Mochi! They will entertain each other happily whilst you are at work. All our cats come desexed, wormed, F3 vaccinated, FIV/FeLV tested if over 6 months old and microchipped. Their adoption fee together is $440.

For further details call DoggieRescue on 9486 3133  or email  RON R251000024

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 and she can give you more info and send you through training paperwork.

Report Hate Crimes

NSW Police Force: 
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 or call 1800 333 000 or report in person at any Police Station. 

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.

Mona Vale Residents Association

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

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

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: 

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: or contact your local Marine Rescue NSW unit directly.

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

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:

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