December 4 - 10, 2022: Issue 565

This Issue: full list in Contents page 

Front Page Issue 565 

Aquatics: Newport's Milla Brown Wins Her Division In The 2022 Australian Junior Surfing Titles: Qualifies For 2023 Irukandjis Team

Dangerous North Avalon-Mona Vale Road Sections To Finally Have Footpaths

Pictures:  A Walk Around The Cromer Side Of Narrabeen Lake by Joe Mills

PEP-11 Proponents Lawsuit Against Former Prime Minister Casts A Deep Gloom Over Local Waters 

Healthscope Terminates Agreement With HCF, Australia's Largest Not-For-Profit Health Fund 

Men Rescued From Capsized Vessel At Newport On Water Safety Day

Northern Beaches Shark Net Death Trap Continues: Community Calls For 'Shark Nets Out Now' 

Park Bench Philosophers: TGA Consultation On Nicotine Vaping Product Regulatory Reforms: Minister Butler Launches 'Reignite Tobacco Reforms'

Art News: December 2022 Through January 2023 - Sydney Modern is open at last, ART Gallery On Palm Beach Summer Focus On Little Treasures, The Studio At Careel Bay Features Art From The Beach This December To January, Art Exhibition: 'Rewilding', Sydney Art Space At Mona Vale: End Of Year Exhibition + School Holidays Workshops 2022-2023, Mona Vale School Of Visual Arts: School Holidays Program, On At Many Art Gallery & Museum This Summer, Christmas Ransom: I quite enjoyed watching this (terrible) new Aussie Christmas film, Clothes women wanted to wear: a new exhibition explores how Carla Zampatti saw her designs as a tracker of feminism

ACF - Saving Sydney's Koalas Film Night At Narrabeen: Thursday December 8th

Christmas Wrap 2022: Giving To Others - Carols - Street Lights - Markets - Meals: MORE listings have been added in

Monika’s DoggieRescue 2023 Calendar Is Available NowA History Of The DoggieRescue Calendar by Roland Briefrel  

Profile of the Week David Madew
Bilgola SLSC Member is also one of the Pittwater Swim Series committee members. With Summer now commenced, it's a good time to look into what's coming up with the Pittwater Swim Series, after two years of weather and Covid postponements, and catch-up with a Bilgola SLSC member - that wonderful little beach tucked away below the Bends.

The Bilgola Surf Life Saving Club was formed in the summer of 1949 when a small band of locals commenced patrols on Bilgola Beach. In 2019 the Bilgola SLSC celebrated 70 years of service to the local community.  Bilgola Beach is nestled in between Avalon and Newport Beach.

Our volunteers are committed to keeping the beach safe and serving our community.  We patrol Bilgola beach on weekends and public holidays during the Patrol season, which starts in September and goes through to late April.

Every summer, Bilgola is home to several major surf sports events, including the Billy Swim and the Bilgola Boat Carnival.  We have a thriving nippers community and a genuine family friendly atmosphere.

The Bilgola SLSC clubhouse is a the focal point for our club and local SLSC community.  The facilities include new and upgraded toilets and showers, a gymnasium, BBQ areas and glazed undercover areas.  It has a spacious hall and bar area for club training, meetings and private functions,  as well as junior clubrooms and storage for our lifesaving and competition equipment.  The clubhouse has a fulltime  caretaker onsite.

Visit Bilgola SLSC:

This week, a chat with Mr. Madew about all things swimming and Bilgola.

History St Michael's Cave - North Avalon Headland: Some History

A look into our local crumbling cavern...

Pittwater Offshore Newsletter: December 1, 2022

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2022-2023 Issues of Pittwater Online News: cut off time for end of year wrap - holiday notices

Our last Issue for 2022 will be published Sunday December 11th.
Our first Issue for 2023 will be published Sunday January 15th.

Staff will still be meeting commitments for all community events and meetings where attendance/ photography/reports have been requested, however, those that fall between these dates will run in the first Issue for 2023.

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Banishing boredom adds up for Bilgola Plateau Public School teacher Julia Priest

From subtracting boredom in maths classes to the search for the next David Attenborough, nine dedicated NSW public school teachers have won scholarships to explore a passion project.

The 2023 Premier’s Teacher Scholarships were announced on November 30th 2022, offering 14 scholarships of up to $15,000.

Among the nine public school winners was Bilgola Plateau Public School teacher Julia Priest who received the Premier’s University of Sydney Mathematics Scholarship.

Ms Priest said winning her scholarship was “a golden opportunity” to banish boredom from the maths classroom.

The day a talented student told her maths was dull was a turning point for the passionate primary teacher.

Intrigued, at his response, Ms Priest then surveyed three Year Five classes at the school.

“To my horror, he was not alone,” she said.

Students were doing well at maths but did not necessarily love it.

If they were doing well without loving the subject, what could they do with passion?

Now, thanks to the $15,000 NSW Premier’s University of Sydney Mathematics Scholarship Ms Priest is determined to “banish boredom from the primary mathematics classroom by giving students a voice”.

She will visit schools with great results or incredible growth in maths to document innovative strategies and hear the thoughts of children.

Ms Priest has an honours degree in science and an MBA and worked in the corporate sector as a strategic planning consultant, before a decade ago retraining as a teacher.

“I wanted to do something for the community,” she said.

“Primary teaching was perfect because I love maths, science, English and art and I can do all that.”
Ms Priest said the scholarship was “a golden opportunity”.

“I was thrilled and excited and leaping around.”

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet said the scholarships provided recipients with the funds to support a five-week study tour.

“These scholarships provide teachers with the unique opportunity to explore their field of expertise by visiting some of Australia’s highly acclaimed schools and centres for teaching and learning,” Mr Perrottet said.

“This is an amazing opportunity that can really transform a teacher’s professional career by broadening their knowledge and expanding their horizons.”

Minister for Education and Early Learning Sarah Mitchell said the scholarships helped enrich the learning experiences of students.

“It’s great news for our students, who benefit from the new knowledge, teaching methods and skills these teachers bring back to their classrooms,” Ms Mitchell said.

“By providing our best teachers the opportunity to become world experts in education, we are enriching the learning experiences of our students.”

The public school recipients were:

Premier’s Anika Foundation Youth Depression Awareness Scholarships
  • Brianne Balfoort, Kotara School for Specific Purpose
  • Margaret Tang, Putney Public School
Premier’s Geography Scholarship
  • Jaye Dunn, Asquith Girls High School
Premier’s Hicksons Lawyers Health Education and Wellbeing Scholarship
  • Ross Montague, Picnic Point High School
Premier’s NESA Quality Teaching Scholarship
  • Jenny Perry, Campbelltown Performing Arts High School
Premier’s Teachers Mutual Bank Aboriginal Education Scholarship
  • Michelle-Gai Brown, Vincentia High School
Premier’s University of Sydney Mathematics Scholarship
  • Julia Priest, Bilgola Plateau Public School

Photo: Golden opportunity: Bilgola Plateau Public School teacher Julia Priest, left, and principal Cindy Gardiner at the awards ceremony.

Photo: Premier Dominic Perrottet, Education Minister Sarah Mitchell and NSW Department of Education Secretary Georgina Harrisson with the 2023 scholarship recipients.

Matthew Cross wins Liberal party Preselection for seat of Davidson 

Natalie Ward lost the preselection 95 to 85 in the safe lower north shore Davidson electorate to the former Premier Mike Baird's staffer, Matt Cross. The vote was held Monday November 28th.

Despite the setback the Liberal Party MLC, and current Minister for Metropolitan Roads and Minister for Women's Safety and the Prevention of Domestic and Sexual Violence in the Perrottet ministry, since December 2021, remains a valued member of the Perrott Ministry. 

"Natalie is a leading light," the Premier said last week.

"She's a future leader of the Liberal Party and she will continue to make a very strong contribution."

Ms Ward is the second Liberal female MP to lose preselection in less than a week.

The Premier has backed the new candidate for Davidson replacing the outgoing speaker, Jonathan O'Dea.

"Matt Cross is somebody who is a Harvard graduate, somebody who has been a leader when it comes to public health policy," he said. 

Mr. Cross is currently the Head of Government Relations and Stakeholder Engagement at The George Institute for Global Health, an independent health and medical research institute. Their mission is to improve the health of millions of people worldwide, with offices in Australia, China, India and the United Kingdom.

He has worked as a Management Consultant for KPMG, been the National Government Relations Manager for the Property Council of Australia, served as a Senior Adviser to NSW Premier, Mike Baird, and NSW Premier, Barry O'Farrell AO and also worked in the Office of NSW Treasurer and Minister for Industrial Relations.

He holds a University of Sydney Master of US Studies, University of Sydney Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and Harvard University Master of Public Administration (MPA).

He is a Director of the St Ives Rotary Club and has been passionate in fundraising and awareness for Lifeline through running the Sydney Marathon (2022), trekking the Kokoda Trail (2017) and running NYC Marathon (2016), as part of a team that raised over $115,000 for suicide prevention. 

Mr. Cross posted on one of his social media platforms, after the vote:

''Honoured by the result last night.

Gessika and I look forward to what is ahead.

We look forward to serving our community, sharing Liberal values, and being part of generational change.''

2022/23 ABB Grand Final returns to Newcastle

December 1, 2022
It has been a huge year for the 2022/23 Hyundai Australian Boardriders Battle with more than 70 of Australia’s best clubs competing in eight state qualifying rounds.

Today Surfing Australia can reveal Destination New South Wales and the City of Newcastle will host the Grand Final of the series as it celebrates its ten-year anniversary.

Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the city has a long and proud history of hosting and supporting top level surfing contests at its renowned surf breaks.

"We're thrilled to be once again playing host to the final of the Australian Boardriders Battle, which has been contested in the waters off Newcastle Beach since 2017," Cr Nelmes said.

"As Australia's biggest grassroots boardriders event, it provides a wonderful opportunity to showcase Newcastle's attractions along our coastline and beyond to the visiting surfers and their supporters, as well as more than two million viewers who tune in to the live televised broadcast of the final."

"We can't wait to welcome them to our city in February 2023 for their milestone tenth anniversary event as part of a sizzling summer of events being supported by the City of Newcastle."

The nine-leg series is always hotly contested with a huge prize pool up for grabs as well as bragging rights.

Surfing Australia CEO, Chris Mater said: “Competition has so far been fierce between the clubs, and we look forward to another close contest in the Grand Final. Newcastle always delivers for this event and this one will be extra special given the ten-year milestone of what has become world-renowned as the greatest club surfing series on the planet,” he said.

Hyundai Director or Marketing, Jennifer Gulliver said: “It has been another hugely successful year for the state round events including the She’s Electric Leaderboard. As naming rights sponsor for the second year running, we’re excited to see the final return to Newcastle in what promises to be a blockbuster end to the season.”

24 clubs will go to-head in the Grand Final with three of those top spots to be determined by wildcard application and announced on January 16th, 2023.

The 2022/23 series is proudly sponsored by Hyundai, Zambrero, Harvey Norman, ACCIONA, Oakley, Reeftip, Ruffie, City of Newcastle and Destination NSW.

The Australian Boardriders Battle is proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.

Manly Life Saving Club: Share your vision on Council's ideas board

Council are holding a drop-in session so that the community can come and talk to the project team and design consultants to hear more about the plans for the Club - Saturday 10 Dec 2022 11:00 am – 01:00 pm: On site drop-in session

Come and talk to them outside the Club and meet the team – everyone is welcome.

Council are proposing to renew Manly Life Saving Club to provide a facility that meets the needs of all users now and into the future.

They are working with the appointed design consultant TERROIR to develop the proposed scope of works which will be determined by the available funding (once finalised).

Council want to talk to the community again about their vision for the Club building and surrounding community facilities. If you haven't had a chance to share your thoughts on shaping the future priorities for this iconic club, now is the time to have your say. 

Following this engagement period, concept designs will be developed in collaboration with their appointed Community Working Group, and with feedback from the community and relevant stakeholders.

Brookvale Structure Plan: Revised  draft on public exhibition

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

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

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

To read the Revised  draft Brookvale Structure Plan visit:

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

Scheduled Roadwork: Seaforth to Frenchs Forest

Wakehurst Parkway between Judith Street and Aquatic Drive - Sun 27 Nov 2022 to Tue 13 Dec 2022 - 8:00pm to 5:00am; Road closed both directions

Advice: Reduced speed limit (40km/h), Use diversions

Other Advice: Resident access will be maintained. Access for buses and emergency services will be maintained through the work zone at all times.

Diversions - Light vehicles:

Northbound: Frenchs Forest Rd, Sydney Rd, Burnt Bridge Creek Deviation, Condamine St, Kentwell Rd, Allambie Rd & Warringah Rd.

Southbound: Aquatic Dr, Allambie Rd, Kentwell Rd, Condamine St, Burnt Bridge Creek Deviation, Sydney Rd, & Frenchs Forest Rd.

Heavy vehicles: Warringah Rd, Pittwater Rd, Condamine St & Burnt Bridge Creek Deviation in both directions. From: Live Traffic NSW

Visit NSW Government announcement made November 15th, 2022:

Wakehurst Parkway Improvements: More Details On $75 Million Spend Announced By NSW State Government

Councils facing more financial uncertainty due to ongoing Red Fleet dispute

Councils across NSW have been set up to fail their annual audits because the NSW Government is forcing them to carry the depreciation cost of assets they neither own nor control, Local Government NSW (LGNSW) said.

LGNSW President Darriea Turley AM said the current NSW Government was overseeing a dramatic increase in the number of councils being hit with qualified audits, after only two were issued in 2021.  

And she said the spike in qualified audits comes down to the NSW Government’s insistence that council accounts include depreciation costs for Rural Fire Service (RFS) assets.

“It is a ridiculous notion that councils are responsible for RFS assets. In most instances we don’t even normally know when a new fire truck arrives in town until we see a photo of the Minister and the local fire service in the media,” Cr Turley said. 

“But despite this, the NSW Government continues to dig its heels in on the issue and heap more financial uncertainty on the local government sector at a time when councils facing unprecedented natural disasters can least afford it. 

“A qualified audit report can have serious financial repercussions for councils, limiting their ability to obtain loans and grants.

“The bullying of councils by the NSW Government needs to end. The government needs to do the right thing and take back control of the RFS assets.”

Cr Turley said LGNSW and councils across NSW wholeheartedly support the efforts of RFS volunteers who do a heroic job to keep communities safe.

“This is purely about questionable accounting practices adopted by the NSW Government,” Cr Turley added.

“Requiring councils to record in their financial statements the total annual depreciation expense of RFS red fleet assets – estimated to be $145 million in the past year – will result in many councils having even less money to repair potholes in local roads or rebuild communities devastated by recent floods, let alone continue to provide and maintain other community infrastructure and services.

“And that hurts everybody, including those RFS volunteers who are such a critical part of their communities.

“This financial sleight of hand being perpetrated by the NSW Government shows a real disregard for our rural and regional communities, as well as for city fringe areas such as the Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury and Wollondilly.

“We’re so concerned about the implications of this issue that several metropolitan councils who don’t have a RFS are passing motions in support for the communities that do. 

“I applaud all the councils who have opposed this nonsensical stance from the State Government. 

“Councils are speaking with one voice and we won’t tolerate this Government’s attempts to polish up their own accounts at councils’ expense.

“LGNSW is willing to work with the government to resolve this discrepancy as quickly as possible so that councils can concentrate on the recovery needs of communities right across the state.”

McKillop Park Boardwalk Extension

The Freshwater Coastal Open Space Masterplan, adopted by Council in 2018, identifies the construction of a link between the end of South Curl Curl Boardwalk (Harry Elliffe Way) and McKillop Park Reserve.

Council states this boardwalk extension will provide a safer and more accessible connection along the headland. It will remove the need for pedestrians to use the stairs to Lumsdaine Drive to continue their walk along this beautiful stretch of coastline. It will also connect the existing boardwalk to the public artwork that will be installed in 2023 at McKillop Park Reserve.

Council states that due to the environmental sensitivities and rich biodiversity of the area, extensive work has been undertaken to ensure the design of the boardwalk has limited environmental impacts.

Council has commissioned a Review of Environmental Factors (REF), including a Flora & Fauna Impact Assessment, to assess the environmental impacts of the proposed boardwalk extension.

Council states the REF concludes that the proposed boardwalk is unlikely to have a significant impact on the environment.

You can view the REF documents HERE, along with a concept plan outlining the location and sketches of the proposed extension. Council have also provided a brief overview of the REF and some frequently asked questions on this page.

View the information and share your comments about the REF by:

completing the submission form here
writing to council marked 'McKillop Park Boardwalk Extension’ at Northern Beaches Council, PO Box 82 Manly NSW 1655.

Want to chat with Council?
Come along to a drop-in session on Saturday 3 December 2022 between 10am and 11h30am at McKillop Park Reserve (by the Freshwater Headland car park).

You can also contact the Park Assets - Planning, Design & Delivery Team on 1300 434 434 (during business hours) or by email if you have any questions before making your submission.

Submissions will close on Sunday 18 December 2022.

Help Guide Future Decisions For Manly Dam

The Council are calling for expressions of interest from the community to sit on the advisory committee that will guide decisions about how Manly Dam is managed over the next four years.

Officially known as the Manly Warringah War Memorial State Park, we’re seeking to appoint three community members to the Advisory Committee including:

  • an environment representative
  • a recreational representative
  • a community representative.

Manly Dam is a popular spot for enjoying picnics, bushwalking, mountain biking, swimming, and water-skiing. Loved by locals and visitors, this dedicated war memorial and State Park is home to a wide variety of significant ecological communities and flora and fauna.

This is your opportunity to have your say on how this beautiful park is managed over the next four years.

The Manly Warringah War Memorial State Park Advisory Committee includes three community members, and representatives from Council and the NSW Government.

If you’re interested in a position, submit your expression of interest on the council  website before 11 December 2022

Building a stronger pipeline of women in trades

The NSW Government is strengthening the pathways for women in trades with fee-free training and career-development opportunities.

Women will be supported to kickstart careers as part of a $5 million NSW Government program aimed at removing barriers and boosting the number of women in trades.

The Connecting Women to Trades grants program offers organisations up to $300,000 to deliver training, information and targeted support for women considering a career in trades.

Minister for Skills and Training Alister Henskens said organisations in flood-affected communities are encouraged to apply, providing women with training and job readiness skills to help local towns recover and rebuild.

“Women make up only two per cent of construction and engineering trade workers, and these grants will enable organisations to design and deliver projects that break down barriers for women joining trades,” Mr Henskens said.

“The NSW Government is strengthening pathways for women in trades, offering fee-free training and long-term development opportunities, which has contributed to a 59 per cent increase in the number of women commencing apprenticeships and traineeships in the two years to March 2022.

“This program is focused on priority industries experiencing skills and labour shortages where women are underrepresented, such as electrotechnology and automotive.”

The Connecting Women to Trades grants program will fund at least 15 projects across NSW with organisations eligible to apply for up to $300,000.

Minister for Women Bronnie Taylor said the program is being delivered in line with the NSW Government’s Women in Trades Strategy.

“Trades provide rewarding and well-paid careers, and by delivering more opportunities for women to enter these industries, we will continue to grow the pipeline of skilled workers and secure a brighter future for more women across NSW,” Mrs Taylor said.

Applications are open now at 

Nominations open for the 2023 Australian Surfing Awards

The 39th Australian Surfing Awards are just a few months away and you can have your say on who will pick up one of the coveted titles with nominations now open.

This year there are 17 categories including the new addition of Surf School of the Year.

Awards are presented to those who have made a significant contribution to the development of surfing in Australia from Male Surfer of the Year to Female Surfer of the Year, Coach of the Year, Surf Culture and Indigenous Surfing Community Celebration.

If you love big waves you can vote for the Heavy Water Award or even submit a photo or video for the Surf Photo of the Year and Surf Video of the Year categories and it's easy using our online form.

The event will also see an athlete inducted into Surfing Australia’s Hall of Fame. Lat year Joel Parkinson was added to the prestigious list joining other world-class Aussie athletes Stephanie Gilmore, Julian Wilson, Owen Wright, Mick Fanning and Sally Fitzgibbons.

Surfing Australia CEO, Chris Mater said: “It has been an incredible year for our surfers & community, and we look forward to celebrating their achievements at the Australian Surfing Awards. This is a chance to recognise not only our top athletes but also the broad spectrum of individuals and organisations who are involved in the sport through events, business, media, photography, movies, clubs, travel, administration or pioneering new initiatives.”

Nominations close on December 18, 2022.

The 17 categories are:
Male Surfer of the Year
Harvey Norman Female Surfer of the Year
Male Para Surfer of the Year
Female Para Surfer of the Year
Griffith University Male Rising Star Award (18 & Under)
Griffith University Female Rising Star Award (18 & Under)
Heavy Water Award
Reef Tip Greater Good Award
Peter Troy Lifetime Achievement Award
Coach of the Year Award
Surf School of the Year Award
Simon Anderson Club Award
Acciona Innovation Award
Surf Culture Award
Indigenous Surfing Community Celebration Award
Surf Photo of the Year
Surf Video of the Year

Local Government Boundaries Commission Review

The Minister for Local Government has initiated an independent review of the Local Government Boundaries Commission (Boundaries Commission).

Dr Juliet Lucy has been appointed to carry out the review. Dr Juliet Lucy has legal experience with a strong focus on administrative and public law. Dr Lucy will author the final report canvassing options for improvement and making recommendations accordingly.

The review is examining the composition, function and processes of the Boundaries Commission as established under the Local Government Act 1993. Specific attention is given to:
  • Chapter 9 Part 3 (Part 3 Local Government Boundaries Commission) and Schedule 2 (Membership and procedure of the Boundaries Commission)
  • The mechanisms by which information and community and stakeholder views can be best provided to the Minister to guide and enhance the decision-making process.
  • Any improved, effective mechanisms for providing advice on and recommendations relating to proposals to the Minister, to ensure best practice and optimum outcomes.
Terms of Reference

The review’s terms of reference are available below.

Discussion Paper

A discussion paper has been released to outline the current composition, function and processes of the Boundaries Commission and to invite submissions seeking suggestions for improvement.

Anyone, including councils, individual councillors, council staff and members of the public can make submissions in response to the discussion paper.

The discussion paper is available below and information about how to make submissions is contained in the paper.

The discussion paper has also been shared on the NSW Government ‘Have Your Say’ website.

Submissions should be made before 5:00 PM COB 16 December 2022

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.

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.

Mona Vale Residents Association

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

Pittwater Community Groups: 

Sports (plus Social Members)

Gardens and Environment

Rural Fire Brigades
Services - Community Organisations

Arts and Social

Fairy Penguins coming ashore

The Australian Seabird & Turtle Rescue Central Coast looks after seabirds and turtles that come ashore along our beaches. 

Little penguins on the Central Coast, off Barrenjoey and in the Hunter region live and breed on offshore islands.

If one is found along our coastline, the penguin may be suffering from exhaustion, is unwell, injured or is currently moulting. Please report any penguins that are found onshore and please don’t place them back into the ocean.

VALE Jason Keith Feehely

Born August 6th, 1944
Keith 's Service will be held at 10-30am on Monday 5th December at the Maria Regina Catholic Church, Central Rd, Avalon.  

Our sincere condolences to all of Keith’s family and friends. He will be much missed by many of us.

VALE Clive Imber

Local sailor Clive Imber, who made a single-handed double crossing of the Atlantic when he was in his late sixties, has died. He was 92.

A well-known figure on Pittwater at the helm of his dark blue 23ft gaff-rigged cutter Rummager 2 he also crewed regularly with friends and was a member of the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club and then Royal Motor Yacht Club.

Imber had a colourful past and, as a member of the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, fought in the Korean War. In civilian life his sporting activity was as joint master and huntsman of the Norfolk Beagles. Hunting was banned when he was in his fifties and, desperate for something new, he enquired about lessons at a little local sailing club.  After his first session, where he turned up wearing a Barbour jacket and green wellies, he was hooked.

It was not long before he had qualified for an Ocean Yachtmaster Certificate and bought his first boat, a Falmouth Bass, a South Coast One Design. Then he had a Vancouver 34 sloop built at Itchenor, West Sussex, to fulfil his dream of sailing the Atlantic single-handed – a feat which he achieved at the age of 66 in 1996.

He departed Falmouth and began the Atlantic crossing from the Canary Islands along the traditional trade winds route. He met a solitary Russian cargo ship and the master delighted him by calling him ‘one of us, a man of the sea’. His partner of many years, Sheila joined him in Antigua and they cruised the Caribbean for many weeks. When told the cost of shipping the boat back, he decided the only option was to sail Rummager back himself.

On the return voyage he put into the Azores and in time-honoured tradition painted the name of his boat on the harbour wall (pictured).

Sheila joined him unexpectedly for a brief holiday before he set sail again for England, making final landfall just before his 68th birthday and completing a total 8,596 nautical miles on the round trip.

Imber was sailing up to a year ago when he reluctantly sold Rummager 2, the boat he had had shipped to Australia in a container when he settled here in 2005.

Determined to keep fit, he spent time on his rowing machine each day and was fit enough to walk to the car when finally admitted to Northern Beaches Hospital, where he died peacefully a few days later.

As he wished, his ashes have been scattered out to sea off Barrenjoey and he asked for any donations to be sent to the Royal National Lifeboat Institute – a volunteer organisation whose services he was thankful never to have needed.

Rock fisherman dies after being pulled from water at the blowhole

December 4, 2022
A rock fisherman has died after being pulled from the water on the Northern Beaches this morning.

About 10.45am (Sunday 4 December 2022), emergency services were called to Turimetta Headland, Narrabeen, following reports a rock fisherman had fallen into the water.

The man – who was wearing a life vest – was winched from the water by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter and flown ashore to Rat Park, Warriewood.

NSW Ambulance paramedics performed CPR; however, the man died at the scene.

He is yet to be formally identified, although is believed to be aged in his 70’s.

Officers attached Northern Beaches Police Area Command also attended and will now prepare a report for the information of the Coroner.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.


Tom has been a councillor with Mosman Council and served a term as deputy mayor. Mosman has a great vision and track record with formulating a strong strategy for protecting their environment, maintaining a village feel and keeping check of building controls that make Mosman a desirable suburb.

With great swathes of Sydney reeling from overdevelopment, come and find out what makes Mosman so successful in their approach.

Bilgola SLSC Member on Flood duty

Bilgola SLSC Patrol Captain Craig Poppleton is supporting the NSW SES in Bourke on behalf of SLSNSW this weekend.

Thank you for your Service Craig.

Photo: Bilgola SLSC

congratulations Narrabeen Sports High School year 10!

The VALID 10 Science results have been finalised and Narrabeen SHS students have excelled.The school average was 97.19 (compared to the State average 92.31) and most excitingly, 91.4% of students experienced growth from VALID 8 (82.3% experienced above expected growth).

Congratulations to everyone. This is an incredible effort from all involved!

Emma is Surfing for Australia in the USA this week: Update

Saturday 26th November Emma Dieters and the family headed off to the USA. Below is an update and thank you from Emma.

Hey all,
From before we left Australia, I planned to send this photo of us at the departure lounge to say thank you all so very much for helping to send us on this trip of a lifetime. However for the first 5 or so days we have literally been on the go. Not even when in the air did I have a moment to sit and gather thoughts. It’s been an eventful trip so far. Five days in and I am finally getting that moment.

I want to express that every donation made is thoroughly appreciated. This Go Fund Me has taken away the financial stress so we could enjoy this trip together as a family after the few tough years we’ve been through.

I have read through and seen each and every donors name and or business. I acknowledge those people I know, but also those people who I only know through family and friends and even strangers that are now apart of my journey. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart. I’ll be surfing for you all as much as I am doing it for Chook, Jacko, Indi and myself. I will be giving my all in the surf comp but no matter the result hope to come away amazing memories with my family and a bunch of new friends.

Feel free to follow along at @em_dieters on IG and/or Emma Dieters on FB. Comp opening ceremony is 4th of December USA (5th December in Oz) day’s following will be the comp… details to come

Em & family

ISA World Para Surfing Championship Returns to Pismo Beach, California 

Following the hugely successful 2021 Pismo Beach ISA World Para Surfing Championship hosted by AmpSurf, the ISA is pleased to announce the renewal of its partnership with Pismo Beach and AmpSurf to host the 2022 edition of the event once again in Pismo Beach, California, USA.

Set to take place on December 4-11, 2022, the Championship will feature the world’s best para surfers competing for their nations and the coveted ISA World Para Surfing Team Champion Trophy.

Through their partnership with the ISA, Pismo Beach and AmpSurf will not only be able to showcase their world-class destination for para surfing, but also help further the ISA’s mission to see para surfing included in the 2028 Paralympic Games in Los Angeles.

The Surfing Australia Irukandjis Australian Team that has headed over is:
Mens’ PS-Stand 1: John Wheele
Men’s PS-Stand 3: Chris Blowes
Men’s PS-Kneel: Michael Foti
Men’s PS-Knee: Mark Mono Stewart
Women’s PS-Prone 1: Sam Bloom
Men’s PS-Prone 2: Lee Ferrier
Women’s PS-Prone 2: Jocelyn Neumueller
Women’s PS-Prone 2: Emma Dieters
Men’s PS-VI 1: Kirk Watson
Men’s PS-VI 2: Jack Jackson
Men’s PS-VI 2: Matt Formston

ABHS December 2022 Meeting

Our last meeting of the year (traditionally our Christmas meeting) will be held on TUESDAY 13 DECEMBER and as usual it will be held in the Annexe in the north-western corner of Dunbar Park.

This meeting will start at 8pm and after a brief general meeting, up-to-date on local historical goings-on, our guest speaker BILL GODDARD will resume his talk.

For those who were unable to attend our September meeting and AGM, Bill made a great presentation concerning his family’s boatbuilding activities on Sydney Harbour and at Palm Beach from 1917 – the GODDARDS. 

Bill’s talk was so interesting and thorough that we had to cut it short to allow for the all-important supper.
At our request and with Bill’s enthusiasm he will review his earlier talk with a brief return as a catch-up and then proceed to round-off the presentation with the remaining great photos.

We will also have on display the high-quality camera which belonged to A. J. Small, gifted to the Society by members of the Small family after they visited our exhibition in June.

John has been researching the history of the camera and has revealed some surprises.

There are still some members who haven’t renewed their membership for the coming year and it would be appreciated if you would update your dues.

The list will be available to check your membership status on the night.

Collette and her helpers will have been busy preparing the usual excellent Christmas fare treats and you will be most welcome to join us for supper after the meeting.

For those of you who are unable to attend, the Executive Committee wish you the happiest and healthy festive season and look forward to your company in 2023.

Geoff Searl OAM
President, Avalon Beach Historical Society

Life After Covid and 32 Years in Politics: Interview with Brad Hazzard, Wakehurst MP, NSW Health Minister

Tuesday December 6th's edition of Community Voices (Radio Northern Beaches) hosted Michael Lester runs an interview with NSW Health Minister.

Michael says; 
''Meeting and delivering on the challenges and stresses of Covid these past three years has prompted the political retirement of Brad Hazzard, MP for Wakehurst for 32 years, and NSW Minister for Health for the past five years, at the coming state election in March 2023.
He discusses with me the highs and lows of the Covid experience, the motives and values that sustained his long and successful career in the Liberal party and in politics, the prospects and challenges of the next election, and his options as he contemplates reclaiming his personal and family life as he steps back from politics.''

A recording of the interview is also now available at the link below for on demand streaming:

In Tune With TonyB

In Tune is a radio programme about our local community, hosted by TonyB.

In Tune with community, culture and home-grown music of a diverse range of genres and timelines. 

Each week, Tony plays great local music and we chat with guests from local community groups, causes and charities, about how they make a difference.
In his next programme on Friday 9th December, Tony will be chatting with Alison Hush, of The Belong Club (a CCNB initiative). Alison will tell us all about the great work that the Belong Club does to facilitate activities that connect people in the community. The programme will also feature a great line up of predominantly home-grown music.

Radio Northern Beaches
Fridays at 6pm
FM 88.7 or 90.3
Or live stream at
All previous programmes, on demand at
Please also feel free to like and share our Facebook page (link below) and if you would like to come and chat with us on air about your community group or your music, please feel free to message us via the Facebook page.

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

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

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

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

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

Watch for the full details, including booking link, on the flyer in early January

Christmas Gifts
Would you like to consider giving a gift to one of the Services we support?
Possible suggestions are: 
  • A basket of goodies for a woman at the Manly Shelter,
  • Vouchers for mums who were in Refuge during Covid and now supporting, each other while living in transitional housing,                
  • Christmas gifts for the children,
  • Gift cards for the women to use as needed.
  • A bag of non perishable food for distribution by Community Northern Beaches.
If you would like more details please get in touch. Email:

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

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

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

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

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and festive holiday season!

Petition: Wakehurst Parkway northbound bike-track carpark entrance after Sports Centre

The entrance to this Council Carpark is not only on 2 blind corners, the speed limit is 80 kilometres. I had a severe car accident on this same corner in 2018, I was hit 130ks head on and almost died. I was coming from Narrabeen, a car lost control around the corner and hit me head on. My son last week had an accident in exactly the same place heading towards Frenchs Forest when someone pulled out of the carpark and turned right towards Narrabeen. 

There needs to be something done regarding the dangerous position of this well used carpark. No right turn heading north and no right turn coming out of the carpark could address it in the short term.

Please sign this petition so we can get some action on this and save lives:

Lisa Raicevich 

Catherine Park Scotland Island: Draft Landscape Improvements Plan

Council have been working closely with key internal and external stakeholders, and Scotland Island Residents Association (SIRA), to prepare a draft landscape improvements plan that considers all issues and recommendations raised.

The aim is to enhance the park’s function and amenity whilst maintaining the open space landscape character by:
  • improving the amenity and management of existing facilities
  • improving the arrival experience to Catherine Park
  • managing vehicles (buggies) to improve pedestrian access & safety
  • managing water craft storage and improving access to water
  • improving pedestrian connections to the park and between existing community buildings to provide a more cohesive outdoor community space
  • enhancing existing foreshore and open grassed areas to cater for a range of recreational activities and community events
  • investigating and implementing appropriate treatments to address drainage issues in the park
View the concept plans HERE

Timeline for works
  • Funding is available to undertake the playground renewal in the 2023-24 financial year.
  • Potential improvement works will be funded through a budget bid and key aspects of the design will be delivered in stages based community feedback on priority improvements
  • Other potential improvement works will be prioritised and delivered based on:
    • community feedback
    • available funding in future Capital Works Programs
    • grant opportunities
    • alignment with other related works.

Feedback invited
Your feedback will help Council understand what is important to the park's users. View the draft concept plans below and have your say by:
  • completing the comment form here
  • emailing
  • writing to council marked ‘Catherine Park, Scotland Island - Draft Landscape Improvements Plan’, Northern Beaches Council, PO Box 82 Manly NSW 1655.
Comments close December 18 2022

All comments will be treated as public documents and made available on request.

Monika's Doggie Rescue: Pets of the Week


12yo - Mini Poodle X

Soldier a gentle mature poodle was handed in at the pound with the worst mouth of dental disease the pound staff had ever seen . He could not eat as he was in so much pain. He had a full mouth extraction and has a couple of gum grafts. Whilst he was under our vets also gave him a short clip as his coat was so matted and urine soaked. This little boy is just so happy now, tucking into his soft cooked chicken. It was a big ordeal for him but he has recovered well, and his bloods suggest he is in good health. He is enjoying the company of other small dogs and a little TLC. Soldier is now looking for a retirement home with a family who understand poodles and give him the spoiling he deserves. He has separation anxiety and is looking for a family where someone is around and suits apartment living. He has a non-shedding coat that needs regular clipping and weighs 5.3kg. If you would like to support him on his journey :

All our dogs come desexed, C5 vaccinated, heartworm free and microchipped. Also included for the love and health of our dogs is a free Health and Wellness Voucher with our DoggieRescue Vet. His adoption fee is $400. To find out more call DoggieRescue on 9486 3133 or email  RON R251000024


Dwarf Rabbit  - 5yo

Marie, an adult Dwarf X is a sweet easy to handle girl who came to our clinic as a stray. She has been with other rabbits in the past but also happy to be a single bunny. She is desexed, vaccinated and chipped. She is about 4 years and weighs 2.5kg. She is  social with other rabbits. She comes desexed, vaccinated and microchipped. Her adoption fee is $150. To find out more call DoggieRescue on 9486 3133 or email  RON R251000024

Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary Stalls 

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

Community invited to comment on the Conservation Zones Review and Technical Reports

As Northern Beaches Council moves towards developing a single planning system for the whole Council area, as required by the NSW Government, an important step in the process is the review of our conservation zones.

Conservation zones (previously known as Environmental zones) are used in a council’s Local Environmental Plan (LEP) to identify and restrict inappropriate development in areas with high environmental values or that are subject to hazards such as bushfire or flooding.

The Conservation Zone Review will help Council establish which land areas are included in conservation zones in the new Northern Beaches LEP. It contains a review of Conservation zones used in in our four current LEPs, a proposed methodology to establish a consistent set of Conservation zones across the area, and maps of proposed Conservation zones based on that methodology. The Review is based on comprehensive set of technical studies that identify and map areas subject to a range of hazards or with important environmental qualities.

Mayor Michael Regan said while most of the community will see little change to their existing zoning, we want to make sure we’ve got the balance right.

“The aim of this review is not just to deliver consistency across our area but to make sure we apply the right zoning to the right areas using the best available knowledge,” Mayor Regan said.

“We want to protect the precious environment that makes our area special, and also keep our community safe from hazards like flood and bushfire.

“Being in a conservation zone doesn’t mean you can’t build a new house or add an extension – just that you’ll need to take the environment or hazards into account, when you do so.

“The Review is informed by multiple technical studies and provides a strong starting point for a considered discussion about our future Conservation zones.

“Now it’s important we hear from our community. Have we got it right? I encourage everyone to have look at what is being proposed, see what it means for you, and let us know what you think.”

Detailed information will be available on Council’s Your Say website, including an online mapping tool showing affected residents what their current zone is and what is proposed.

Public exhibition of the Conservation Zones Review and Technical Reports starts Friday 2 September and continue for an eight-week period until December 2nd for the Biodiversity Planning Review reports.

Visit the project on the Your Say website to get involved, at:

JP Public Register

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

Rotary Upper Northern Beaches: get involved in something positive

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

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

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

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

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

Please Slow Down: Wildlife Crossing

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

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

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

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

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


Click on logo above to visit their website.

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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

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: