May 12 - 18, 2013: Issue 110

Articles This Week

Mullet Care Bush Care Project Update

Pacific Black Duck Bath - a delight for the eyes!

Eastern Rosella - and a little more about our progression to protecting our birds instead of exporting them or decimating them.

Swamp Mahogany Flowering - our Mother's Day 2013 flowers

DIY Hints: Growing Your Own Winter Vegetables by Paul Johnson

Profile of the Week:  May 2013 - Pittwater Organisations:  Southern Cross Wildlife Care - saving all sick, injured and orphaned wildlife under our southern skies

History: May 2013 - The NAVY in Pittwater: this year's  Avalon Tattoo, is on June 15th, 2013. Each year it is the turn of one of our Services to present the Challenge and this year it's our RAN Cadets; To Prelude this we will look at some of the long and varying links with the Navy Pittwater - Royal Navy and Royal Australian Navy Ships Visit Pittwater and Broken Bay – Training Days, Fleet Exercises and the Love of the Navy

Artist of the Month for May 2013:   Chuck Bradley- Scotland Island photographer with an exhibition at Manly Art Gallery

 Songs for Soibada - 2013 - Jack Vidgen to Perform

We can finally announce that Jack Vidgen has joined the great list of artists who will be performing at this years Songs For Soibada.

He joins Tom Burlinson performing with Simon Hyland, Sam Shaw and Shane Withington's band The Crows Feet Crew on 17th of May in ‘Songs for Soibada’. Tickets available HERE.

Also now available are Pittwater Friends of Soibada wines. This excellent selection is sourced from boutique vineyards and wineries throughout Australia & New Zealand. They are true to regional and varietal style, are delicious, offer outstanding value for money and come with a money back guarantee. All are labelled with the exclusive PFOS label & profits go directly to the village in Timor Leste. Minimum order is 12 and you can mix your orders from the selections here at the link.

 Historic lifejacket principles promote safety across international borders

NSW Office of Boating Safety and Maritime Affairs General Manager Howard Glenn this week announced some of the world’s most prominent boating safety authorities and organisations had vowed to promote lifejacket use and prevent death by drowning.

Representatives of national boating authorities and organisations from Australia, Canada, France, New Zealand and the United Kingdom yesterday (May 2nd, 2013) agreed on the International Lifejacket Wear Principles, as part of the Marine13 conference in Sydney.

Across these nations, drowning is the most common factor in all fatal boating incidents and four out of five victims were reportedly not wearing a lifejacket at the time. The single greatest challenge facing the international recreational boating community is getting more people to wear lifejackets, Mr Glenn said.

"The main aim of the principles is to promote lifejacket use and to normalise it by encouraging boating media around the world to show people wearing lifejackets in small boats," he said.
"Endorsing the principles does not create any obligations, but it does provide a powerful tool for future work and sets a benchmark for boating safety promotion around the world."

The different jurisdictions - largely depending on marine conditions - define small boats variously as under 4.8m, under 16ft, under 6m or under 7m. The draft principles were first discussed at the Canadian Safe Boating Council Symposium in 2012 and it was agreed that work would continue to finalise it at this week’s Marine13 conference in Sydney.

It will be hosted on a webpage to allow like-minded organisations to show their support, and to provide links to lifejacket use initiatives.
Mr Glenn said various organisation involved had committed to higher levels of cross-border coordination.

"Signatories to the principles believe international unity behind the promotion of wearing lifejackets will help strengthen and clarify the importance of lifejackets across all jurisdictions," he said. "This even translates to the language we want to use, with everyone agreeing to use the word "lifejacket" as a generic, non-ambiguous term covering all nationally approved personal lifesaving appliances and devices."

The Australian Recreational Boating Safety Committee, Canadian Safe Boating Council, Maritime New Zealand, National Society for Sea Rescue (France) and the UK’s Royal National Lifeboat Institution were the International Lifejacket Wear Principles’ founding signatories. Althought unable to attend the conference the Boating Division of the US Coast Guard also indicated its strong interest in the principles.

Signatories to the International Lifejacket Wear Principles agree to:
- Recognise the fundamental role that wearing a lifejacket plays in protecting people on the water.
- Recognise the importance of promoting the use of lifejackets when boating.
- Endeavour to ensure that any publication including brochures, DVD, video and websites will feature all people wearing contemporary lifejackets when in an outside area of a small craft that is underway.
- Recommend to the recreational boating industry that its publications similarly feature all people wearing lifejackets when in an outside area of a small craft that is underway.
- Require on-water education and compliance staff to wear lifejackets whenever they are on the water.
- Use the term "lifejacket" in public information and education.
- Encourage boating safety networks to become "safety partners" by supporting the above principles.

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 Car Park Sale in support of SLSC Nippers
19th May 2013, 10am - 4pm

Huge Car Park Sale of surf, skate and beach gear in support of local Surf Life Saving Nipper Clubs. Land & Sea Sports are supporting local Surf Life Saving Nipper Clubs with a huge car park sale of surf, skate and beach gear, including distressed stock, factory samples, minor imperfections, demo models and repaired returns. Huge bargains with profits going to support local Northern Beaches Nipper Clubs.

Venue: 1/1 Jubilee Ave, Warriewood NSW 2102
Contact: Land & Sea Sports 02 9997 2288

 Wonderful new photography exhibition - "Water, Wind & Ice" by Robin VF Smith- May 11- 26, 2013 at the Painters Gallery, Mona Vale

Robin has been a professional photographer for over 50 years and has travelled the world working for publications including National Geographic, Time Magazine and Encyclopaedia Britannic. His book "A Portrait of New Zealand" is the 5th best selling book of all time in New Zealand. He has made over 25 books in total, which have sold in approximately 40 countries.

His photos for this exhibition capture incredible landscapes featuring water, wind and ice, some of which he took as early as the 1950s. It's an incredible collection and we hope you are able to come and see it!

Taken in Antarctica in 2003 this is just one of many incredible photographs that will be on display at the Painters' Gallery for our up-coming exhibition "Water, Wind & Ice"

Painters Gallery
11/20 Bungan St  Mona Vale NSW 2103
(02) 9997 6607
'Paradise Harbour' Photograph by Robin V.F. Smith.

 Elvis to open St Ives Show + fireworks and police presence

David Cazalet as Elvis
Entertainment and inspiration for the whole family

The St Ives Show will be held at the St Ives Showground on the weekend of May 18 and 19, 2013. The event, presented by the Northern Suburbs Agricultural and Horticultural Society, Inc, showcases the best in arts, crafts, horses, cattle, dog agility, horticulture, apiculture, cooking and baking, photography and more.  This family friendly show will feature lots of displays and entertainment over the two days and Elvis will be ‘in the building’ to officially open the event on Saturday, May 18 at 2pm; there also will be a fireworks display by All Occasions Pyrotechnics at 7pm on the Saturday evening.
NSW Police Traffic and Highway Patrol Command Display will be on hand to promote road safety with an interactive display which includes an RBT truck, two Highway Patrol (HWP) high-speed pursuit vehicles and motorcycle plus a vintage Police car.  You’ll see a display of historical RBT equipment and a large screen TV with video/police TV shows playing. The whole display is interactive so you are invited to sit in the HWP cars, have your photo taken in the RBT truck and talk to the Police who safeguard your roads.
Visitors will see: Winners’ and finalists’ entries on display in the arts, crafts, and other competitions; demonstrations by the Australian Light Horse Brigade’s  A-Troop Richmond Windsor; Animals All animal nursery sponsored by Gordon Vet – lots of cuddly creatures great and small; Annual Horse Show featuring a range of breeds from miniature ponies to Clydesdales; + Blue Mountains Reptile Awareness show; Camellias-R-Us glorious winter colour display; Carnival rides including dodgem cars, bungie jumping; Careflight helicopter rescue simulator; Flyball – agility games for dogs; Greigo the roving magician; Heavy Horses Display; Hay cart ride for families, pulled by a Clydesdale; Kelpies rounding up sheep; ‘King in Concert’ performance by Elvis impersonator, David Cazulet; Lowline cattle display; Miniwheels demonstrations by boys and girls from 4 to 21 years of age; NSW Pipe Band mini pipe band championships; NSW Police Road Safety Road Show display; Pittwater High School’s agricultural display: smart farming and milking demonstration; St Ives Showgirl 2012, Madeleine Leva; Sydney Antique Machinery Club display of vintage farm equipment; Sydney Transport Museum display of old-style buses; Wildlife Kingdom – see spectacular macaws up close; Woodchopping – both handicap and championship events; and more; Workshops – free in the Cooking, Horticulture and Arts Pavilions; plenty of food and refreshments and places to sit and have a picnic; and free bus transport and parking.
Don’t miss your chance to visit the entertaining and inspirational St Ives Show. For more information about the show and performance and activity times, visit or call 0408 253 563.

 Sydney Writers Festival 2013 – May 20-26

Theme this year – Have We Got A Story For You


This year Sydney Writers’ Festival is presenting poetry somewhere rather unusual – on street cleaning trucks. People going about their everyday business might suddenly come across poetry where they least expect it, bringing a bit of lyricism to the everyday.

There are 11 trucks in total with 19 poems ranging from Rilke, Yeats, Judith Wright and Sydney’s Martin Harrison and joanne burns.

The poetry has been curated by Luke Davies, the 2012 Prime Minister’s Literary Award-winning poet who’ll be at this year’s festival. There is a stunning selection, capturing moments in time, observations, and whimsy. Luke chose poems, ‘that stop you in your tracks, and are utterly unlike the advertising copy that litters the verbal landscape’.

More widely this year at Sydney Writers’ Festival, there’s a lot of great poetry. We have two of the world’s greatest performance poets Kate Tempest and Anis Modjani, a range of extraordinary Australian poets.

Bard boys clean up Sydney streets

 Pittwater Natural Heritage Association (PNHA)

PNHA in the Sustainability Lane at the Pittwater Wine & Food Fair.  Our WEED DISPLAY attracted a lot of interest. It's hard to find out about weeds - what IS a weed and what's native, what to do about weeds - great to have someone to talk to about weeds.

Avalon Golf Course
Where everyone's welcome!

Special: Social clubs who book and play before June 30 2013 will only play  $20 for 18 holes

Avalon Golf course (established in 1926) is a true blue, 9 hole public golf course, and the only course on the peninsula that offers casual golfers the opportunity to play 7 days a week.
A relaxed atmosphere and beautiful location make Avalon the perfect course for those wanting to enjoy an unhurried game.
You can also achieve and maintain a recognised handicap with Golf Australia/golf link on special at the moment for $59! (yearly membership in July = $120).

Fully licensed, with catering and BBQ facilities, Avalon is the perfect casual golf course - or the perfect venue for social groups, corporate golf days or a casual round of golf any day of the week. Come for a visit soon, and rediscover Avalon Golf Course (entrance off The Crescent Avalon).

Phone (02) 9918 2606. Email  Address 32 Old Barrenjoey Rd, Avalon (entrance off The Crescent)

Sly Dogs Unplugged at Church Point Cafe
Live music Sunday 12 May, mid-afternoon

The Sly Dogs will be doing some "winter healing" unplugged every second Sunday at Church Point Cafe on the deck.  First session is this coming Sunday May 12th, Mother's Day, bring mum along and relax. Other dates are:  June 9th, July 14th, August 11th.

 Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association May 2013 Newsletter

Wayne Hawkins, who is the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network(ACCAN) Disability Policy Officer, has invited those people who have an interest in supporting a proposal for an ongoing service trial, similar to last year’s technical trial for providing Audio Description (AD) on Australian TV. This service would allow greater access to television for Australians who are blind and vision impaired, while giving the ABC the opportunity to resolve any issues in delivering Audio Description (AD) before regulation is put in place.

Mr. Hawkins reports that at this crucial point, when the future of AD on Australian TV is being decided, ACCAN have formally written to the Minister for Communications, Senator Stephen Conroy, and the ABC’s Managing Director, Mark Scott, calling for an ongoing service trial to begin on ABC1 this year, so there is an urgent need for consumers to show that the necessity for this service has not gone away. If you wish to take action you can email Senator Conroy and email Mark Scott
For more information, visit It’s as easy as ABC or follow @ADonTV on Twitter

 Awards For Public Sector Excellence  - Friday, 05 April 2013

Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes today encouraged the community to nominate deserving local public sector employees for state-wide recognition. The Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Public Service are now open for nominations for employees, such as teachers, nurses, police officers and fire-fighters who display exceptional levels of dedication and customer service.
“These awards are a great opportunity to recognise those in our community who go above and beyond to deliver the services we all rely on,” Rob Stokes said today.

“Far too often the contributions made by our local public sector workers go unnoticed despite the vital roles they perform. Our nurses, police officers, teachers, fire-fighters, bus drivers and paramedics all do a fantastic job and it’s important we acknowledge their efforts.

“More information on the Premier’s Awards and details on how to nominate are available by visiting .

“I encourage everyone to consider putting forward one of our outstanding public sector employees for these prestigious awards,” Rob Stokes said

Nominations close on 12 July 2013.
See more at:

 Vote 'Yes' in referendum to secure direct federal funding for communities - May 10, 2013

Councils across NSW are calling on their communities to vote 'Yes' in a referendum at the next federal election to ensure essential funding for communities can continue to be provided directly to councils by the Australian Government. Joint President of Local Government NSW, Cr Keith Rhoades AFSM, said the referendum announced today by the Prime Minister gives the people of Australia an historic opportunity to enshrine within our nation's Constitution the Federal Government's ability to fund councils through programs such as Roads to Recovery.

"In the past year alone, NSW councils have received close to $97 million from the Australian Government to upgrade roads in their local communities, and a total of $484 million since 2009," said Cr Rhoades. "In fact 20 NSW councils, including Blacktown, Penrith, Moree and Gosford, have each received more than $1 million in Roads to Recovery funding in the last 12 months. The Australian Government's ability to provide this crucial funding directly to councils is currently under threat due to recent High Court cases, such as the challenge to the school chaplaincy scheme. A simple and minor change to the Constitution will solve this problem," said Cr Rhoades.

"I call on the people of New South Wales to stand up for their communities and vote 'Yes' in this referendum."

Joint President of Local Government NSW, Cr Ray Donald, said now that the Government has announced its support for a referendum on local government, we need a full commitment from the Federal Opposition, the Greens and Independents on this important issue.

"For more than ten years, both sides of politics have been directly funding councils through the Roads to Recovery program, the Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program, the Regional Development Australia Fund and number of other grant initiatives. Billions of federal dollars have helped councils carry out tens of thousands of local community projects including roads, footpaths and bridges, community halls, ovals, childcare centres, swimming pools and more," said Cr Donald. "This minor but important change to the Constitution will in no way impact the governance relationship between State and Local Governments."

"Under this proposed change to the Constitution, councils will continue to remain accountable to their communities and the responsibility of the state government; however uncertainty about councils' access to federal funding for vital local community infrastructure and roads will simply be removed." 

"I urge the people of NSW to think about what their community will gain from maintaining Commonwealth funding to their council  and vote 'Yes' in this referendum."

For more information go to:

 Pittwater Milestones Trivia Evening - Unravel the Strands of Time- Saturday 18th May, 6.30pm – 10pm

What interesting stories lie behind your suburb, in Pittwater or along the northern beaches? Have you heard about famous (or infamous) people, whose stories are woven into the rich tapestry of Peninsula history?
From the naming of Pittwater by Governor Philip in 1788 to the present day, the fascinating history of the northern beaches is revealed in the story of its people, places and pastimes. Join with Pittwater Community Arts in a fun Trivia Evening to discover our rich, varied history and celebrate significant Milestones in the development of our community.

The theme for this year’s National Trust Heritage Festival, Community Milestones, is a celebration of the individuals, communities and their achievements which have become landmarks in the development of the built, natural and cultural environment of our country. Celebrating its own Milestone of 10 years this year, Pittwater Community Arts has each year, participated in the National Trust Heritage Festival by conducting an event in Pittwater which relates to the Festival Theme.
Come alone or bring your friends for a fun, interesting evening. There will be tables of 8-10 max; table groups can be arranged on the night.
Tea/coffee & light refreshments will be provided during the evening. BYO drinks, glasses & snacks.

Bookings essential. Phone Maureen 9913 1474
Date: Saturday 18th May, 6.30pm – 10pm
Venue: Newport Community Centre
Cost: $10ph. A Raffle will be held on the night.

 “A Decision to Discriminate: Aboriginal Disempowerment in the Northern Territory” - Published by ‘concerned Australians’ - October 2012 - Review by Sabine Kacha

This book will be available at the Aboriginal Support Group – Manly, Warringah Pittwater’s ‘Update on the NT Intervention’ on Monday 13th of May 2013 at Mona Vale Memorial Hall. Details on Events Page.

'A Decision to Discriminate' is the latest book in a series of highly regarded publications by ‘concerned Australians’. These include “This Is What We Said”, “Walk With Us” and “NT Consultations Report 2011: By Quotations”.

A Decision to Discriminate” demonstrates how our democratic processes failed Aboriginal peoples of the Northern Territory. It shows the process leading to decisions which were deeply flawed; a process miserably failing the people who provided evidence to its inquiries by ignoring their clearly expressed views and instead pushing the legislation through the House of Representatives before the Senate Inquiry report had been completed.

The events described here took their origins in 2007, when the government introduced the “Northern Territory Emergency Response” (NTER, commonly known as “NT Intervention”). This measure was set to last for 5 years, and shortly before its end of term the parliament passed a new legislation, ‘Stronger Futures’ on 29 June 2012. This legislation imposes discriminatory legislation on Aboriginal peoples of the Northern Territory,  effectively extending the failed Northern Territory Intervention for another ten years.

The responsible Minister, Jenny Macklin, gives as reason for the new legislation: “Well the message loud and clear from Aboriginal people, from parents and grandparents is
that they want this.”

There were over 450 submissions to the Senate Inquiry into the Stronger Futures Bills, coming from a diverse range of people and organizations including Aboriginal communities, lawyers, welfare agencies, human rights groups and churches. The vast
majority were highly critical of the Bills, e.g. Dr Gondarra OAM, Dhurili Clan Nation said: “… please do not let us down and say, ‘This is the legislation we are going to deal with, because the Aboriginal people are naughty boys and naughty girls and so we need to look after them and we need to treat them this way.’ No, we do not need that. We are not a puppet on a string. You do not play around with us. We want to be a free people. We want to determine our dignity and pride in being a people. That is the message that we are giving.” Even some politicians acknowledged the rejection of these Bills, eg, Senator Scullion, the Shadow Minister for Indigenous Affairs, when he said: When we get to most communities any observer would say that Aboriginal people more generally hate the
Intervention. They do not like it, it invades their rights and they feel discriminated against.

Despite of all the evidence and a huge number of voices speaking out against the “Stronger Futures” legislation, it received bipartisan support in both houses of the parliament and was passed with almost no opposition. The Hon. Alastair Nicholson AO in the foreword to the book makes the point,
What I find almost equally disturbing as the policy of ignoring the participation and input of Aboriginal people into the decision making process is Government willingness to perpetuate and cloak racial discrimination against them as so called ‘special measures’ purporting to protect them, while at the same time abandoning any semblance of compliance with international obligations.

Unfortunately the voices of Aboriginal peoples are seldom heard in the public domain. In the tradition of its predecessors this book uses quotes as a way of recording what the people have said.

Further info:
To order the book:


Pittwater Council is seeking expressions of interest from residents to help develop their new program ‘Enliven Pittwater’. The new program aims to ‘enliven’ Pittwater’s village centres through public art, cultural events and a mobile phone app and will be delivered in partnership with the business community, the arts and cultural community, Council and other interested parties.

The expressions of interest are sought from two community members to participate in a ‘Leadership Group’ which will be set up to lead and champion the project.  Council’s Acting Manager for Community, Library & Economic Development Melinda Hewitt said we are seeking an arts and cultural representative with established skills and experience in the arts along with a community representative.

“We are particularly keen to hear from community representatives who are under 30 years old,” said Ms Hewitt.

The positions are voluntary with a commitment of two years required, with the leadership group anticipated to meet from early July on a bi-monthly basis.

Ms Hewitt said we are seeking people who can demonstrate the following:

A shared vision of an ‘enlivened Pittwater’ and an ability to engage, motivate and inspire others towards that vision
A commitment to working collaboratively across the Pittwater community
A connection with relevant networks and interest groups that can be aligned with the project
Knowledge of community development principles.

Ms Hewitt said the program ‘Enliven Pittwater’ is a wonderful opportunity to enhance our village centres so they are vibrant community spaces to be enjoyed, whilst we engage with our local businesses in commerce.”

“This project will aim to energise our street life, promote our local business and deliver exciting cultural sites,” she added.

For more information about ‘Enliven Pittwater’ or to submit an expression of interest visit EOI applications close 5pm, Tuesday 28 May 2013.


Mona Vale Library will support cancer research this month by hosting an Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea event on Thursday 23 May from 10am to 12 noon.  Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea is now in its 20th year and is one of the Cancer Council’s foremost fundraising events, raising $12.3 million alone last year.

Library Services Manager Cathy Howie said the library had supported the Cancer Council by hosting morning teas at the library for the past seven years.

“It’s an ideal opportunity for people to have a relaxing morning, catching up with others and at the same time support a very worthy cause,” she said. “We’re asking those coming to our morning tea for a $5 donation to go towards cancer research, prevention, education and support services.  There’ll also be tea or coffee and some delicious home-made goodies on offer, in return for your $5 donation.

Ms Howie said the Library would be running a raffle and some other fundraising initiatives on the day.

“The local Knitters Guild who meet weekly at the library have kindly donated the entry fee from their tea cosy knitting competition to the cause and we’d like to thank them for their contribution,” added Ms Howie.

For those who’d like to support Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea, but can’t make it, why not donate online at


Pittwater Council will publicly exhibit its draft flood study for the Careel Creek catchment located in Avalon.  The Council voted at its meeting last night to adopt the draft flood study for public feedback from Saturday 11 May to Friday 14 June 2013.

The draft study is a technical investigation of flood behaviour in the Careel Creek catchment and updates a previous study carried out in 1999. The new study looks at the changes in catchment conditions such as overland flows, plus the potential impacts of climate change using historical data on flooding, floodplain modelling techniques and projections of future flood behaviour.

Residents in the area have been advised of the study’s findings, including whether their properties are considered to be flood-prone. Around 660 properties were classified as being flood-prone in a 1 in 100 year flood event by previous studies, with a further 42 properties now identified in the 2013 draft study.

General Manager Mark Ferguson said that the study had been completed at the direction of the NSW government’s statewide policy on flooding.

“When finalised, the study will assist the Council in making flood-related planning decisions for existing and future developments as well as informing residents of the potential risks of flooding in the area,” he said. “We’re also inviting affected property-owners to face-to-face or over-the-phone sessions with staff who can explain exactly what the findings mean for them,” he said.

To view the study, visit Comments close on Friday 14 June 2013.


Pittwater residents are invited to join members of the Manly, Warringah, Pittwater Aboriginal Support Group to commemorate Sorry Day on Sunday 26 May from 3pm to 5.30pm. Sorry Day offers an opportunity for Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians to come together and be a part of the journey of healing for the Stolen Generations and their families.

The event commences at 3pm at Berry Park, Narrabeen (near the Tramshed), where participants will take a ‘Silent Remembrance Walk’ to the Scout Hall at Bilarong Reserve, Wakehurst Parkway, North Narrabeen. At Bilarong Reserve there will be a mix of entertainment, Aboriginal speakers, a BBQ and other refreshments. Entertainment will include a didgeridoo player and dancers, with children’s craft activities.

Neil Evers from the Aboriginal Support Group said that the Sorry Day event forms part of the Guringai Festival which runs from 26 May to 14 July across the Northern Sydney region.

“The festival celebrates our vibrant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and culture in the north of Sydney,” he said. This year’s Guringai Festival’s theme is “Live Life Loudly”, reminding us that laughter is food for the soul and to live your life as fully as you can.
The Guringai Festival – now in its thirteenth year – includes workshops, art exhibitions, performances, films and talks throughout the Northern Sydney region. To download a copy of the 2013 Guringai Festival program visit


Would you like to learn ways to resolve disputes that could arise between you and your neighbour?  Mona Vale Library is holding a free session with a local solicitor who will provide free insights into the legal mechanisms and rules that help regulate relations between neighbours.

The Having issues with your neighbour talk will take place at the library on Tuesday 14 May from 5.30pm until 6.30pm as part of the library’s focus on Law Week. Library Manager Cathy Howie said the talk would deal with some common conflicts that arise between neighbours.

“Problems such as fencing, drainage, air, water and noise pollution, unlawful building works and vegetation can be a source of discontent,” she said.

“Hopefully we can give residents more confidence in approaching these problems so they can gain a mutually agreeable resolution.”

Law Week 2013 runs from 13-19 May and is a nationwide initiative to promote community awareness of the law, the legal system and the legal profession. NSW Law Week is supported by a number of organisations including the Law Society of NSW and the Department of Justice and Attorney.

For details of other Law Week events in NSW visit

If you are interested in attending the free talk please contact the library on 9970 1600 or book in person at the library, 1 Park Street Mona Vale. 


Owners of backyard pools are now required by law to register their pools with the NSW Division of Local Government. The requirement follows the state government’s review of the Swimming Pools Act that identified measures to improve children’s safety under the age of five years around private swimming pools.

Council’s Environmental Compliance Manager Jeff Lofts said statistics show that that the leading cause of preventable childhood deaths in NSW are drownings in backyard swimming pools.

 “Owners will have up to six months to register their pool and/or spa with the Division of Local Government at with the cut-off date for registrations on 29 October 2013.”

Mr Lofts said that Council staff will be available at the Food & Wine Fair next Sunday 5 May to answer questions that residents may have regarding the new regulations.

“Council staff will be at the Fair at Winnerreremy Bay, Mona Vale from 10am to 4pm as well as the Northern Beaches Expo on Saturday 25 May (10am to 5pm) and Sunday 26 May (10am to 4pm) at the Northern Beaches Indoor Sports Centre Warriewood.

“We will also be running free information sessions for residents about the new regulations later this year. “

Mr Lofts said the other key point of the new laws include a requirement from 29 April 2014 for those selling or leasing a property with a pool to obtain a swimming pool compliance certificate from Council before selling or leasing their property.

“However pool owners can apply for a compliance certificate any time to ensure their pool meets the requirements, regardless of whether they are selling or leasing their property,” said Mr Lofts.

Mr Lofts said that the Council will also be implementing a swimming pool fence inspection program later in the year.


Pittwater, Warringah and Manly Councils and NSW Roads and Maritime Services have joined forces to reduce speed on northern beaches’ roads through the Local Government Road Safety Program. The campaign - called Speeding? You’re In Our Sights - will target drivers on the beaches with flashing VMS signs urging drivers to slow down, ‘slow down in my street’ bin stickers and additional police enforcement. The campaign starts on Monday 6 May and will run for three weeks until Sunday 26 May.

Drivers will be warned in advance about the campaign, with banners in key locations across the peninsula as well as bus shelter and press advertising.

Senior Sergeant Rick Janssen from the Northern Beaches Highway Patrol said the key message of the campaign was that police are out to stop drivers who don’t stick to the speed limit.

“If you’re caught you’ll face a heavy fine and could even lose your licence,” he said. “Driving at high speeds gives you less time to detect and respond to hazards - that’s why it’s essential to slow down and drive to the conditions of the road.”

Sgt Janssen said that young drivers are of particular concern.

“Data across the Pittwater, Warringah and Manly local government areas shows that speed-related-crashes are significant among drivers 25 years and under. Close to 50% of drivers involved in speed-related-crashes are aged between 17 and 25 years. These statistics are extremely worrying and show that speed plays a major part in injuries and loss of life on our roads, particularly among our young people,” said Sgt Janssen.

“P1 drivers or provisional riders need to be aware that they will have their licence suspended for at least three months for any speeding offence, as well as receiving four demerit points and a fine,” added Sgt Janssen.

Residents can also remind drivers to slow down by obtaining Slow Down in my Street stickers available from Pittwater, Warringah and Manly customer service centres.


Pittwater residents with a flair for writing are invited to enter the 2013 Pittwater Short Story competition. The competition which is run by Mona Vale Library and Berkelouw Books is open to children as well as adults and asks participants to write a short story that is identifiably located in the Pittwater area. Mona Vale Library Manager Cathy Howie said to give entries a distinctive Pittwater feel, they must incorporate a reference to ‘sandy feet’.

“The competition is open to three age groups, including 9 to 12 years, 13 to 16 years and an open age group,” said Ms Howie.  “The word limit of the short story varies depending on the age category, with 9-12 year olds needing to submit no more than 500 words; 13-16 years a maximum of 1000 words and no more than 2000 words for the open age category.”

Prizes will be awarded in the three age categories, with book vouchers on offer of up to $300 in the open category. The competition is now open with entries closing on 7 June.

Entries should be submitted in hard copy only. Entry forms are available at Mona Vale Library and Berkelouw Books or can be downloaded online. All entries must be accompanied by an entry form.

For more information about the competition and to download an entry form visit

2013 Northern Beaches Local Business Sustainability Award

Warringah and Pittwater Councils are urging local business people that practise and promote sustainability to nominate their business in the Sustainability category of the 2013 Northern Beaches Local Business Awards.

“This is the second time the Sustainability Award has been included in the annual Local Business Awards, and Warringah Council is very excited to be a joint major supporter of this important award,” said Warringah Mayor, Michael Regan. “The aim of the Sustainability Award is to recognise the achievements of local businesses that have put in place practices that contribute to a more liveable and healthy Warringah.”

Pittwater Council Mayor Jacqueline Townsend said there were a range of ways that businesses could demonstrate their commitment to sustainable practices, from turning off unused appliances to providing more flexible working conditions for their staff.

“Pittwater has a well established program of assisting local businesses to be more sustainable and save water and energy costs and we encourage them to enter the awards.”

Local businesses nominating for the Sustainability Award need to demonstrate the integration of sustainability practices to business planning, operations and marketing, such as:
• The reduction of energy use, water use and waste sent to landfill
• Using environmentally friendly materials, supplier products and services
• Installation of environmentally friendly building systems, such as rainwater tanks, insulated
walls etc.
• Partnerships with community sectors
• Providing staff with family friendly conditions
• Using ethical business practices
• Providing staff and customers with sustainable transport options

Businesses have until Wednesday 12 June to nominate for the Sustainability Award. For more information please call 9942 2678 or

Customers of local businesses can nominate businesses that provide great service in 28 different categories by Friday 17 May. For more information or to vote, visit

The 2013 Northern Beaches Local Business Awards
Wednesday 3 July
Miramare Gardens, Terrey Hills


Two over-arching plans for Pittwater’s future are on public exhibition for comment.

Pittwater 2025 – Our Community Strategic Plan goes on public exhibition after six months consultation with the local community. According to Mayor Jacqui Townsend, Pittwater 2025 maps out the goals and aspirations of local residents over the next ten years under five key directions. The key directions are Supporting & Connecting Our Community; Valuing & Caring for our Natural Environment; Enhancing our Working & Learning; Integrating our Built Environment and Leading an Effective & Collaborative Council.

“Mayor Townsend thanked the community for their contribution so far to Pittwater 2025 and encouraged residents to provide further feedback to ensure their aspirations for Pittwater in the next decade were captured in the plan.

Over 700 interactions have taken place so far with community members on Pittwater 2025, with comments closing on 31 May. The Council’s Delivery Plan for 2013-2017 and the budget for the2013-2014 financial year are also on public exhibition. General Manager Mark Ferguson said several major capital works projects would be the focus for the coming year.

“We will be starting work on the new car park in Bungan Lane Mona Vale and the redevelopment of Avalon Beach surf club, as well as significant upgrades to Boondah Road and Macpherson Street in Warriewood,” he said.

Mr Ferguson said the Council would also be starting a program of rolling works on coastal and bushland walkways and more footpaths and cycleways, as well as stepping up its maintenance of local roads. He said the Council would deliver a balanced budget for the coming financial year with a small surplus. 
The Delivery Plan and budget are on exhibition for comment between Tuesday 16 May and Friday 31 May. All the documents are available on the Council’s website at or at Council offices and libraries at Avalon and Mona Vale.


An expanded program of footpath construction, including areas near schools, has been adopted by Pittwater Council at its meeting this week. The revised footpath strategy builds on a bigger ‘Walks & Rides Strategy’ aimed at increasing connectivity through footpaths, cycleways and shared paths between village centres and public transport hubs across Pittwater.

Mayor Jacqui Townsend said the Council had reviewed its overall footpath strategy following concerns by some residents.

“Our goal for all footpath and shared path construction is to try and minimise people’s reliance on motor vehicles,” she said. “We’ve now prioritised the list based on an integrated network to address safety concerns and areas where there is a high level of pedestrian use.”

One of the first new footpaths to be funded out of the new strategy will be an extended footpath to Elanora Heights primary school, with $74,000 set aside in the Council’s draft budget for the 2013-2014 financial year.  Other priority projects pencilled in for the new financial year include footpaths at Bishop Street and Grandview Road Newport; Waratah and Waterview Streets Mona Vale and Barrenjoey Road at Avalon and North Avalon.

Mayor Townsend said that priority pathways would be built based on links to other village centres, retail areas and public transport, or where pedestrian safety was severely compromised. She said $800,000 had been included in the Council’s draft budget for 2013-2014 for extra footpaths.

“We will also look at boosting funding for more footpaths by disposing of small remnants of road reserve where there is an interest by property-owners in purchasing them,” she said.

To view the Council’s draft budget and delivery plan for 2013-2014 visit Comments close on 31 May 2013.


Pittwater Council is inviting emerging local artists to apply for ArtZpace 2014.  Held in January, ArtZpace is a biennial project in which up and coming artists get to plan and present a professional exhibition.  The show is staged at the Avalon Recreation Centre.  

Council’s social and community development coordinator Melinda Hewitt said ArtZpace offered young and emerging artists the chance to display and sell their work in a professional setting, while also building their networks and skills as artists.

“They can draw upon the expertise of an art show coordinator to guide the planning, hanging and marketing of their work,” said Ms Hewitt. “In 2012, 13 artists were chosen to exhibit their work over the ten day exhibition,” said Ms Hewitt.

“The group was highly successful in making sales and promoting their works to a wider audience, with some artists being approached by private galleries and for commissions,” she said. “ArtZpace is a popular fixture in Pittwater’s cultural calendar.  It provides excellent exposure for emerging artists, as well as a great opportunity for audiences to access art,” Ms Hewitt added.

Applications for ArtZpace 2014 are now open and will close at 5pm on Friday 31 May 2013. Exhibition space will be available from Friday 3 January to Sunday 12 January 2014.

Application packs and further information on the ArtZpace 2014 project can be obtained from Council’s customer service centres and libraries or at 

For more information call Zoe Johnson, Community Development Officer at Pittwater Council on 9970 1171.


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New Season for Sailability Pittwater 

Sailability Pittwater is a volunteer organisation which provides sailing for people with a disability. Our main recreational sailing activities are at Rowland Reserve, Bayview, and we run competitive sailing for people with a disability out of RPAYC Newport.

We are currently looking for new volunteers for our Saturday morning program at Rowland Reserve and Tuesdays at RPA. Visit our website for more information at or call John on 99825656 / 0409391065

ANZAC Centenary 2015

Planning is already underway this historic event. The ANZAC Centenary will be commemorated in Pittwater on Sunday 19 April 2015 with a march from Boondah Reserve, Warriewood at 11am, finishing at Pittwater Rugby Park at 12.30pm for a commemorative service. All schools, community services and sporting groups are invited. Any organisation wishing to participate in the March or Ceremony should call Graham Sloper on 9918 2201.

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 National Volunteer Week 13-19 May 2013

National Volunteer Week (NVW2013) is Australias largest celebration of volunteers and volunteerism. Today there are over 6 million (ABS 2010b) people volunteering annually in Australia, representing 36% of the adult population. Volunteering Australia along with its state and territory network recognises the valuable contribution each individual provides by offering their time, skills and passion, continuing to demonstrate Australias proud culture of giving.

This year using a variety of communication channels the NVW2013 campaign will recognise the contribution of over 6 million volunteers who offer their time and dedication to the communities we live in.

To make this NVW20136 a great success we need your help to spread the word!

From 13 - 19 May 2013 we will be asking you to visit our Facebook ( and Twitter ( #NVW2013) pages and post your own messages of thanks. These can be in the form of pictures (you can even download some fun signs from our website to use in your photos), videos and stories.

If you know a volunteer, or a volunteer team who deserves a recognition, we'd love to hear from you. See; HERE

Dear Pittwater Online News

Update on Scarves at Langfords; more then 40 scarves donated now thank you for your help over 6 weeks. See details on how to give scarves for ‘Look Good Feel Better’ at HERE 

Doreen Cherry

Mona Vale Rugby League Club

Checkout this great story on our website "Ref's Calling" Well worth a read! AT:


The Department of Planning & Infrastructure is presenting free Metropolitan and Regional Discussion Sessions on the White Paper – A new planning system for NSW.

These events will provide local government and planning practitioners, building professionals and the community with an opportunity to provide feedback on implementing the new planning system.

Details of all forums and how to register to attend HERE

Probus: Monthly Meeting Guest Speaker Next Tuesday 14th May - Alexander's Lost World - David Adams

Local film maker David Adams makes a welcome return as this month's guest speaker. Alexander's Lost World is a 6 X 60 minute series co-produced with David Adams Films and Sky Vision. Following the course of the River Oxus (Amu Darya) for the first time. Adam takes viewers on an extraordinary 1500 mile journey through war-torn Afghanistan and Central Asia.

The ancient Greeks have long been credited with bringing 'civilisation' to the East. In fact, it appears to be the other way round. Alexander the Great discovered a highly developed civilisation (a lost world that pre-dated even the Persians.
As Adams unravels the mysteries of the Oxus civilisations, its great fortress cities are dramatically recreated in stunning CGI. Travelling through the most remote regions of Afghanistan unarmed, Adams and his cameraman live as everyday Afghans gaining a most unique insight into the people and our shared heritage.

Davis will screen 'episode 2' (48 minutes) of the size part series and will be available for questions afterwards.

Pittwater Probus Club is a men's club. Join and enjoy the experience of new friends, interesting guest speakers and mixed lunches and social functions in the wonderful atmosphere of Mona Vale Golf Club.

Meetings every second Tuesday at 10am at Mona Vale Golf Club - Visitors welcome - Interesting speakers at every meeting
For information please phone Bill Marshall on 9918-0064

New Northern Beaches Hospital Highlights Transport Fix Needed Now- BY  JACQUI F  – MAY 10, 2013
SHOROC President and Warringah Mayor Michael Regan, says we are another step closer to having a much needed new hospital and it is now time to fix the roads and transport issues in and around the area.

“It is widely acknowledged transport is the biggest issue across the SHOROC region and councils have been advocating for many years as part of the Shaping Our Future strategy to upgrade our roads and deliver an effective public transport system. The campaign calls on priority investment from state and federal governments to enhance the major public transport and road infrastructure for better access to, from and within the SHOROC region.

“While investigations are underway, the key questions are when and how will the intersections of Warringah Road with Wakehurst Parkway and Forest Way be upgraded, and the flooding issues on Wakehurst Parkway addressed?

“Concrete plans are needed for a fast and efficient public transport system to serve the hospital and link it to Dee Why, Chatswood and beyond,” said Mayor Regan.

SHOROC and its partner councils have developed an integrated plan for fixing the region’s transport woes, including priorities for the Pittwater/Spit/Military Rd, Warringah Rd and Mona Vale Rd corridors.

For Warringah Road and the Northern Beaches Hospital, SHOROC is calling for:

Grade separation at the intersections of Warringah Road with Wakehurst Parkway and Forest Way and upgrades to Wakehurst Parkway to provide flood-free access.

Fast public transport links from Dee Why to Chatswood, with an initial focus on the provision of frequent and direct express bus services and bus priority measures, and then upgrade to a segregated Bus Rapid Transit system or other greater capacity transport in future years.

Construction of targeted park and rides to maximise patronage of public transport.

“The new hospital will be a boon to our area for both health and employment and we want to ensure we maximise these benefits by having an equally effective transport system. We urge the government to commit to these vital road and public transport upgrades before the end of 2013.

“SHOROC and the councils will continue to work with the NSW Government on planning the hospital and transport upgrades and we look forward to seeing some real infrastructure improvements for our region,” said Mayor Regan.


Solo exhibition in Newtown - Tracy Ponich

Head to Newtown and take in IT'S SPRING... LOOK CLOSELY, a Head On Photo Festival 2013 exhibition. Eleven large-scale macro images capture nature's patterns, textures and colour. This is an exploration of the details of spring, sometimes elegant - and sometimes bizarre.

1 May – 30 June 2013
Newtown Library
8 – 10 Brown Street, Newtown NSW

Add On, a group exhibition

131 photographers, 131 images, including Scotland Island  Photographer Tracy Ponich’s  work. See quirky, intriguing Add On 2013, one of the main Head On Photo Festival events.

15 – 25 May 2013
Depot II Gallery
2 Danks Street, Waterloo NSW

For more information, visit:

from Kath Moody

A very enthusiastic  audience  applauded  the  new concert  from  “ Loosely Woven” which was  performed by 25 musicians and singers  at  Avalon Baptist Peace Church last  Sunday  evening.  It was called “Chimes of  Freedom” after Bob Dylon’s  song and album last year celebrating  50 years of  Amnesty’s International’s work.

Led by charismatic and talented Wayne Richmond, Loosely Woven again demonstrated their uncanny ability to encompass the gamut of human experience in a single performance. From a charming lovers' duet of the 1920s to a damning indictment of current Australian attitudes to refugees, the programme spanned a wide emotional spectrum. Accordingly, the solo voices were strong and convincing, especially in newcomer Jeannette Lawrence's reading of Eric Bogle's "All The Fine Young Men". The whole group deftly handled some complex, interweaving parts and subtle dynamics, most notably in a striking a cappella version of Paul McCartney's "Blackbird"

Meredith Williams's tender "Sometime", a tribute to her late husband, drew tears  from me  as she sang of the 'sun-soaked timeless day' of his death. And Kristy Dickson turned 'rock diva' for Linda Ronstadt's hit "When Will I Be Loved".

Among the instrumentalists, John Macrae expertly deployed his armoury of woodwinds to grace each number with just the right 'flavour' - a haunting cor anglais in "Escondido" ('hidden'), a plaintive oboe for the Celtic traditional "Come By The Hills". Similarly, Gial Leslie's glockenspiel rang out like a shower of crystals (the 'chimes', perhaps?). Flautists Meredith Williams and Samantha O'Brien blended delightfully on Bach's "Bouree In D Minor", backed by John, Gial and the crisp drumming of Eric Eisler.

Leader Wayne Richmond and his talented crew took their audience to many places - some enchanting, some disturbing, some hilarious, some mournful; I felt I'd been given a grand tour of my own heart. What more could you ask of a night out? #  Review by Paul Cruise

Avalon Group of Amnesty International  thank  Wayne and Loosely Woven  musicians for  giving us this gift of music, and for  their generosity in helping those in need. The members of Amnesty and members of Avalon Baptist Church provided a great afternoon tea. Donations were made to Amnesty and many signed the petitions in support of refugee rights   and also the rights of the women of Afghanistan. We very much appreciated and were moved by the original song “Life’s Savings” sung by Meredith Williams and written by her brother - an angry but heart wrenching song about the hard hearted way we treat refugees.  A great song for an Amnesty concert!

  Different walks of life, same goal: Stay Smart Online

What happens when you get a butcher, a tech-head, a ‘Cyber Safety Lady’ and a seriously Web-enabled grandmother into the same room? You get the team that’s leading the charge in helping Australian internet users to protect themselves online for National Cyber Security Awareness Week, 20 to 24 May 2013.

National Cyber Security Awareness Week this year brings together online butcher Jordo McHugh, web entrepreneur Bartek Marnane, cyber safety expert Leonie Smith, and technology advocate for seniors Nan Bosler OAM to spread the word about cyber security.

The four will reach out across the country to remind Australians that the internet is a great resource for socialising, business and shopping – but you need to ensure you’re doing everything you can to protect personal and financial information online.

The team will encourage people to get the best from tools including the Federal Government’s Stay Smart Online Alert Service; a service that informs users about recent online threats and provides solutions that help to manage risks.

Deputy Secretary of the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Abul Rizvi, said the ambassadors represented specific groups of Australians with an interest or concern about cyber security: small business owners and operators; families with older children; senior Australians; and younger people who are almost constantly online but exposed to considerable risk through their online behaviour.

“The simple message we want to reinforce is the importance of being secure online, and we believe peers are the most influential when it comes to online behaviour,” said Mr Rizvi. “Our Stay Smart Online ambassadors come from all walks of life, and have great knowledge about technology and cyber security that they can pass on to others.”

National Cyber Security Awareness Week is supported by nearly 1000 corporate, community and government sector partners who help to share the Federal Government’s top 10 tips to Stay Smart Online:

Install and update your security software set it to scan regularly.

Turn on automatic updates on all your software, particularly your operating system and applications.

Use strong passwords and different passwords for different uses.

Stop and think before you click on links and attachments.

Take care when transacting online – research the supplier and use a safe payment method.

Only download “apps” from reputable publishers and read all permission requests.

Regularly check your privacy settings on social networking sites.

Stop and think before you post any photos or financial information online.

Talk with your child about staying safe online, including on their smart phone or mobile device.

Report or talk to someone if you feel uncomfortable or threatened online – download the Government’s Cybersafety Help Button.

nBudd:e Secondary

Budd:e for secondary schools explores advanced cyber security topics, including: creating content, file sharing, pop-ups, privacy, sharing, scams, spam, spyware, malware, phishing, online transactions and computer viruses. Students can earn points answering questions to 'buy' parts and accessories to build a unique cyborg that can be used as an avatar on social networking sites.

To subscribe to Stay Smart Online Alert Service and for more tips to protect your home, business or school online, visit

 BowelCare is on again for 2013

The annual BowelCare program is about to begin, and once again Pittwater Rotary is participating locally. This multi-district Rotary program makes test kits available for sale at pharmacies, enabling people to conduct a simple at-home test for the early stages of bowel cancer. Kits will be on sale in local pharmacies from Saturday 4 May to Saturday 1 June. Lists of participating pharmacies may be found at

 Pittwater Artists Trail‏
Open Studios May 18 – 19, 10am - 4pm

The time has come! All studios open in two weeks, time to put it in your calendar. Plan your visit through the brochure or download your Arts Trail map here. You can find the brochure at Libraries, Community Centres,30 shops & cafes or

Look for the Pittwater Artists Trail logo when visiting studios.

Artists above:  (clockwise, left to right); Karen Hick - abstract artist; Jill Ferrall - mixed media; Cindy Goode Milman - impressionist oils; Elfriede Bartnitzky - textured landscapes; Marian Purvis - expressionist painter; Eric Martel - seascape

 Pittwater Offshore Newsletter Update 8/5/2013: click on Logo.   Also has an Extensive Local Directory.

Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackeral Beach

To contact Julian:

 Future of boating on Sydney Harbour open for public comment

Minister for Roads and Ports Duncan Gay has urged Sydney’s boating community to submit its views on two key aspects of the management of boating on Australia’s busiest waterway. The Draft Sydney Harbour Boating Safety Plan and the Draft Sydney Harbour Boat Storage Strategy are now open for public feedback Mr Gay said.

“Sydney Harbour is a busy waterway with significant recreational and commercial water traffic, as well as being an important part of the city’s identity and culture,” Mr Gay said. “We want to set the agenda for safety and management of this waterway to ensure it’s used in the best possible way.”

In the five years leading up to 2012 there were 514 reported incidents on this waterway, including six fatal incidents resulting in 11 fatalities. The most frequent causes of fatal and serious incidents were lack of judgement, not wearing lifejackets, and failing to keep a proper look out. The Draft Boating Safety Plan also identifies excessive speed and wash as significant concerns among recreational boaters and the wider community on the Parramatta and Lane Cove rivers and Sydney Harbour, along with potential conflicts between rowers, paddlers and other recreational users with larger vessels.

“It is informed by the Sydney Harbour Speed Review, which provides an overview of vessel operating speeds and speed related risks on the Harbour. The number of boats stored in and around Sydney Harbour is expected to increase from 17,000 to more than 22,000 by 2021 and the draft Boat Storage Strategy seeks to identify the best way to accommodate that growth.

“We need to plan for a mix of facilities that can accommodate the variety of vessels,” Mr Gay said. “The draft plans provided an excellent opportunity for stakeholders to get involved in shaping the future of boating on this waterway. We want to work closely with local councils and stakeholders to improve boating on Sydney Harbour,” Mr Gay said.

Submissions to the Draft Sydney Harbour Boating Safety Plan and the Draft Sydney Harbour Boat Storage Strategy close at the end of May 2013. To have you say on the draft plans, please send your comments to:

Office of Boating Safety and Maritime Affairs
Transport for NSW. PO Box K659,
Or email:
Submissions close on 31 May 2013

All Plan Documents at:

Southern Cross Wildlife Care - May 2013 Critters of the Month - Theodore and Blossom - Orphaned babies- By Lynleigh Grieg

Ringtail possums are - in my opinion - one of the cutest Australian animals! They are smaller than brushtail possums and have a long prehensile tail with a distinctive white section near the tip. They eat native foliage, native flowers and fruit. They are marsupials because they carry their young in pouches.

Meet Theodore (top) and Blossom (bottom) - Outta my way, I want the camera to capture my good side...!”

These two adorable ringtail babies came into care with Sydney Wildlife in February of this year. Theodore came riding into someone’s house, clinging to the neck of their dog! His mum was never found. Blossom’s mum was killed by a cat.

They were both about 65 grams when they came into care. At this weight, the babies require around-the-clock care! 4-hourly feeds day and night and artificial heat. They are put into little woollen pouches, lined with cotton fabric inserts. These mimic their mum’s pouch. The babies are always ‘buddied’ together with others of similar weights.

Theodore has always been very ‘clingy’. He never wanted to let go of me after his feeds and refused to go back into his basket...! You can see his little claws wrapped tightly around my fingers.

Blossom, on the other hand, was happy to be popped back into her knitted pouch and cuddle up in her favourite fluffy blanket. I think the ‘fur’ reminded her of her mum...

As the babies get bigger and bigger, they graduate from pouches to something called a ‘drey’. Ringtails build these dreys or nests in the wild using all sorts of twigs, foliage and grasses. These babies will eventually be released into the wild in their drey. As they grow, they are also moved from a tiny basket to a big cage and eventually into an outdoor aviary.

Blossom and Theodore have been growing week by week and are now big enough to be in a big outdoor aviary. As soon as they are able to lap their milk independently, we carers become completely ‘hands-off’. Their milk, foliage and fruit is placed into the aviary whilst they are asleep during the day. This de-humanises them and teaches them not to rely on us for their survival.

Theodore and Blossom are likely to be released in a few weeks’ time.

If you would like to keep our wonderful ringtails safe, please remember:

1. keep your cats indoors at night
2. drive very carefully at night in case they are on the road
3. try not to spray poisonous substances on your native plants

 Funding Opportunity For Local Fishing Groups - Monday, 22 April 2013

Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes today encouraged local fishing clubs, councils and community groups to apply for funds under the NSW Recreational Fishing Trust Grants. The Recreational Fishing Trust Grants are an initiative of the NSW Government to enable the funds generated from the sale of Recreational Fishing Licences to be reinvested back into improved recreational fishing opportunities. Last year the NSW Government allocated approximately $14 million to a range of recreational fishing projects across the state and a similar amount is expected to be made available this year.

"This is a great opportunity to see the funds generated by the sale of recreational fishing licences reinvested into our local waterways,” Rob Stokes said today. "Recreational fishing is a huge part of our community’s lifestyle and provides great opportunities for all ages. Everyone who goes fishing contributes to the recreational fishing fund – so this is our opportunity to see this money put to good use. Fishing clubs, councils, community groups and individuals are all eligible to apply for funding. Projects may include fish stocking, artificial reefs, research and education, fishing facilities, workshops or fish aggregating devices. Applications are now open and are being accepted until Friday 31 May 2013.

"Further information and details on how to apply is available by visiting the NSW Fisheries website or by calling 02 6691 9681. Our community certainly knows the importance of ensuring our local recreational fishing opportunities are improved – so I encourage all local groups with an interest in our waterways to consider applying for funds,” Rob Stokes said. 

 Managing ADHD through play - 10 May 2013

Children make sense of the world through play, say University of Sydney paediatric occupational therapists, who have developed a play program to teach essential life skills to children diagnosed with ADHD.

The program 'The Ultimate Guide to Making Friends', which includes a parent handbook, a video starring an alien character called Oober and clinical play sessions with a therapist, has so far been tested via two pilot studies. Researchers are seeking participants for the third phase of the study.

Early results of the initial two phases are promising, showing play can help children learn afresh the essential lifelong skills of sharing and caring. They also indicate the young participants are increasing their social and communication skills.

Study co-ordinator and PhD candidate, Sarah Wilkes-Gillan says:

"Play is often described as 'children's work'. Kids learn and develop through play. As small children we all learn the importance of sharing and cooperating. These skills require empathy, which is the ability to imagine how another is feeling and see the world through their eyes or viewpoint. This skill takes time to develop and we use it throughout our entire lives," says Sarah.

"While we teach young children to share, empathy is a complex skill that develops as children grow. We notice children begin to play with others, instead of alongside them. Some children may develop empathy at a slower rate than others. They might continue to care about themselves and their possessions and do not think about how their peers or family members think or feel," she says.

The program is also helping the parents of the children with ADHD. Anecdotally, parents say the simple step-by-step guide has given them tools and strategies to use at home, providing them with methods to communicate better with their child and help their child to develop lasting friendships.

Sarah's PhD supervisor, Professor Anita Bundy, says:

"What we know is that many children with ADHD can have problems understanding social cues. They dominate play time. They are not necessarily empathetic and find it difficult to learn the social skills that other children learn. This may mean they have problems making and keeping friends."

Experts estimate as many as 900,000 Australian children between the ages of two and 19 are living with ADHD.

The research team is currently inviting participants in their larger 10-week intervention program commencing in May and running in blocks through to December. The program involves clinical sessions with therapist-supported play, video feedback of play interactions, and parent involvement through home activities.

Sarah Wilkes-Gillan will present the study's preliminary findings at the Occupational Therapy Australia Conference, to be held in July.

 A new planning system for NSW – White Paper Released for Public Comment - Media Release April 16, 2013

The NSW Government is building a planning system focused on sustainable growth to deliver the jobs and houses we need to support our growing cities and regions.
The new planning system will make NSW more competitive by improving decision making, providing more certainty and making it more cost effective to do business in the state. It will focus on people and communities, rather than processes. Communities will have a say in shaping their local area by helping to develop the long-term strategic plans that will set the ground rules for development.

White Paper
On 16 April, the NSW Government released the White Paper – A new planning system for NSW for public feedback.
There will be extensive opportunities for community and stakeholder engagement. Individuals and groups can make submissions by:
Sending an online submission (including attachments)
Using the online feedback tool to submit comments on specific sections or chapters of the White Paper
Posting a submission to New Planning System, GPO Box 39, Sydney NSW 2001.

You can also join the discussion by:
Participating in online discussion forums at Have Your Say
Attending one of the briefings, feedback sessions and meetings being held across NSW
Using the Meeting In A Box toolkit to hold your own meeting and provide feedback
Please read our submissions guide for more details.
A note about privacy: All submissions received will be published on the department's website. Please do not include your name or other personal information in your submission or on attachments if you don’t want this information published. Please read our privacy statement
Details and White Paper documents HERE The White Paper is available at and will be on exhibition until Friday 28 June 2013.

Also currently open to Consultation: The Draft Metropolitan Strategy for Sydney; Submissions close 31/05/2013

Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary - Volunteers Needed

The Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary Kiosk, due to demand, will be amending its trading hours and will be open from 9.00am to 6.30pm. daily. The Kiosk is conveniently located on the ground floor, near the main entrance and provides a handy location for staff, visitors and patients to purchase food, drinks, gifts and magazines. The funds generated provide much needed equipment for the hospital.

The Auxiliary manages the Kiosk which is staffed by a Manager and volunteers who work one shift once a month, fortnight or week as suits them. With the introduction of the new shift of 4.00pm to 6.30pm ... MORE VOLUNTEERS ... are urgently required.

All volunteers receive training in all aspects, from coffee making to milk shakes .... NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED. If you can help support your Community Hospital please contact, the Manager, Claudio on 9998-0272 or at the Kiosk from 9.00am to 1.30pm. For further information on Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary please go to the website: email:

 Upcoming Events by the Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary.

Third Friday of every month: stall at Mona Vale Hospital foyer.  9am – 3pm.                               

May: 18th sausage sizzle at Bunnings, Narrabeen; 8am – 4pm
June: 1st stall at Pittwater Place, Mona Vale, knitting, craft and books; 9am – 3pm
15th sausage sizzle at Bunnings, Narrabeen; 8am – 4pm

July: Friday, July  5, stall at Centro, Warriewood.  Knitting and craft.  9 – 3pm

Bushcare Notices - May 2013

Bushcare at Warriewood

The Warriewood bushcare group managed by Pittwater Council needs more volunteers on 4th Wednesday morning of the month – Can you help? Please contact Mary Johnsen at 9999 2020.  

Sun May 5
Avalon Dunes 8:30-11:30am
W’wood Wetlands 9-12pm

Sun May 12
Bangalley Headland 9-12pm

Thu May 16
Mona Vale Dunes

Sat May 18
Toongari Res 9-12pm
Old Wharf Reserve 8-11am
North Palm Beach 9-12pm
Pathilda Res 9-12pm

Sun May 19
Angophora Reserve 8:30-11:30am
Crescent Reserve 9-12pm
McCarrs Creek Res 9-12pm
Irrawong Res 1-4pm
Woorarra Ave Planting Day

Tue May 21
Porter Reserve 9-12pm

Wed May 22
W’wood Bch 8-11am

Sat May 25
Pindari Res 8-11am
Nth Newport Beach 8:30-11:30am
Careel Creek 8:30-11:30am
Kywong Reserve 8:30-11:30am

Sun May 26
Bungan Beach 9-12pm
Winn Bay 9-12pm
Irrawong Reserve Planting Day

For further information on bushcare and/or to check if your group is working this month, please contact our bushcare officer below. Bushcare is a great way to help your local bushland and make new friends! Helena Dewis 9970 1367

Pittwater Council's COOEE Newsletter May 2013

The Newport Breakers Rugby Club is calling out to former players, supporters and community members to come forward with photos of Porters Reserve as they prepare to celebrate the clubs 50th birthday. The club has come a long way from its humble beginnings in 1963, when a former cow paddock turned rubbish tip was bulldozed to make way for a rugby field.  Few of those early pioneers would have envisaged the legacy that they were creating for the northern beaches community. The Newport Junior Rugby club today is one of the largest in the Southern Hemisphere and comprises over 600 players with teams from U6’s to U17’s. The Newport Senior club, ‘The Breakers” compete in Suburban Rugby’s 2nd Division and field 5 senior sides including colts U21’s team and have over 120 registered players.

To celebrate this important milestone, Newport plans to celebrate its 50th year in style with a full calendar of events locked in throughout the season. Activities such as Back to Newport Day, the ever popular Ladies Day and Family days including children’s rides are all pencilled in to the celebrations.

Newport Breakers President Steve Hansen says “this year is obviously an important year for the club as we celebrate the big 50; we have focussed strongly on off season player recruitment which has resulted in swag of exciting new talent to the club”. Hansen said the club goals were “to better the 2 premierships achieved last year by our Colts and 4th grade sides, with a particular focus on achieving higher grade silverware”. 

As for Porters Reserve, it starts the 50th year celebrations in tremendous condition. Newport  have just completed upgrades to the ground with a complete resurface of Porters Reserve, new lights for training and continuing upgrading of the clubhouse and the change sheds will  ensure the local players have the best facilities . Mr Hansen concludes “we’d particularly like to acknowledge the financial efforts of both Pittwater Council and the Newport Junior Rugby Club who have joined with us to achieve what is arguably the best rugby oval in Sydney”.

Anyone with photos from the 60’s and 70’s of Porters Reserve or old Newport rugby photos is kindly asked to email them to

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Workshop for parents and supervisors of learner drivers
28th May 2013, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Designed for parents and supervisors of learner drivers. The Helping Learner Drivers Become Safer Drivers workshops are designed for parents and supervisors of learner drivers.
The free 2 hour workshop provides practical advice on how to conduct effective driving lessons. The course, developed by the RMS assists parents and supervisors of learner drivers with the important role of advising and teaching novice drivers.
The course covers topics such as new laws for learner and P-plate drivers, how to use a Learner Driver Log Book, how to plan on road driving sessions, how to deal with difficulties that may arise during driving practice and the importance of giving the learner constructive feedback.

The amount of time that young drivers spend on the road is very important. Lack of experience in dealing with a variety of situations is the main reason new drivers have more accidents. Supervision from a safe and skilled driver can help make learning to drive a positive, safe and fun experience for young learners.
Bookings are essential and can be made by contacting the road safety officer at or 9970 1196.

Selling and Buying Online for Home and Business
20th May 2013, 10am - 1pm

TAFE 5 week computer course for local women. Hands-on computer course in Mona Vale Library for 5 mondays starting May 20th at 10am. Suits women who wish to improve their computing skills to include selling and buying using internet services eg ebay, uploading photos to a site, financial safety management.
Cost: $230. Registrations essential. Venue: Mona Vale Library
Contact: Robyn Woolley 99420227 or email

Tea Cosy Competition
22nd May 2013, 1pm - 3pm

The Woolley Wednesday Knitting Group are holding a tea cosy competition to raise funds for the Biggest Morning Tea Cancer Appeal.

Cost: Entry fee $5 per tea cosy. Entry forms available and the entries close Monday 20 May at 5pm. Prizes will be awarded. Venue: Mona Vale Library. Contact: Elaine Dewey 9913 3254

Waratah Park Working Bee
26th May 2013, 9am - 1pm

Waratah Park, "Home of Skippy the Bush Kanagaroo" TV series represents an important part of history of our local area. It is 12 hectares of bushland, environment culture and rare flora and fauna species. Currently the park is closed to the public and all animals have been removed from the park.

Waratah Park has no help whatsoever other than the small group from a small group from Duffy's Forest Residence Association, who go into the park one Sunday a month to clean-up, remove weeds, bush regenerate and remove green waste.
We are looking for volunteers to come to the park and assist. Any help whether large or small would be appreciated!
The next working bee will be on Sunday 26 May, 2013 from 9.00am to 1.00pm.

The park is still a great place but we need to take care of it. If we don't,  this historical Australian icon could be lost to the people of Pittwater and Sydney.

Venue: Waratah Park, 13 Namba Road, Duffy's Forest
Contact: Peter Staff email or Ph:9487 1471 or DFRA Jenny Harris Ph:94501206 or Mob:0408512060 Website: All details are on DFRA website:


Local children will have the chance to join a club specialising in one of the most enduring playthings of childhood from May. Mona Vale Library is starting up a Lego club on the first Sunday of each month from 2pm to 4pm. Next is June 2nd, 2013.

The club is open to children aged between seven and twelve years of age, with younger children welcome with parental supervision. If you are interested in attending a Lego at the Library session contact the library on 9970 1622 or book in person at the library, 1 Park Street, Mona Vale.

Federal Government Media Releases this week:

Employment hits a record high
PORTFOLIO: Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
SNIPPET: Labour force figures released today by the ABS show that seasonally adjusted employment surged by 50,100 in April, exceeding market expectations, to stand at a record high of 11,663,200. Seasonally adjusted full-time employment increased by 34,500 in April 2013, to stand at 8,159,700, also a record high. This impressive record of job creation during very difficult global circumstances and the sustained high dollar is certainly an achievement all Australians can be proud of, Minister Shorten said.

AusPost seeking applications under the Our Neighbourhood Program | Office for the Not-for-Profit Sector
PORTFOLIO: Prime Minister and Cabinet
SNIPPET: Australia Post is currently seeking applications from organisations who are interested in becoming National Community Partners in their new program - Our Neighbourhood. Through Our Neighbourhood, Australia Post aims to help build healthier, more vibrant and more inclusive communities across Australia. To apply to become a National Community Partner, visit the Australia Post website to complete the Australia Post National Community Partners online application form.

Advance Care Plans to be Included on E-Health Records
PORTFOLIO: Health and Ageing
SNIPPET: THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP. Announcing the initiative at the 4th International Society of Advance Care Planning and End of Life Care Conference, Ms Plibersek said it would ensure all Australians could have control over their end-of-life care. An Advance Care Directive is a written document regarding someone's wishes for their future health care.

Australian and Polish Foreign Ministers discuss bilateral relations, media release, 7 May 2013, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs
PORTFOLIO: Foreign Affairs and Trade
SNIPPET: Foreign Minister Bob Carr held talks in Sydney last night with the Polish Foreign Minister, Mr Rados&#322aw Sikorski. Mr Sikorski was accompanied by a business delegation. 'People-to-people links are at the very heart of our bilateral relationship,' Mr Sikorski said.

Families to be considered for bridging visas but 'no advantage' principle applies
PORTFOLIO: Immigration and Citizenship
SNIPPET: Minister for Immigration and Citizenship. 'People released into the community on bridging visas will receive adequate support, but it will not be so generous that it encourages people to come to Australia by boat.'. Families on bridging visas will not have access to Centrelink support but may receive an appropriate allowance.

CSIRO launches new breed of factory bots focused on safety and sustainable manufacturing | CSIRO
PORTFOLIO: Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education
SNIPPET: CSIRO aims to establish and build relationships with members of the community. A new breed of industrial robots and ICT systems could transform Australia's manufacturing sector, creating safer environments and more efficient factories, according to a CSIRO whitepaper. Materials Science and Manufacturing.

Five graduate from Leaders for Tomorrow | The Hon Amanda Rishworth
PORTFOLIO: Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
SNIPPET: Five people with disability today graduated from Leaders of Tomorrowa national leadership program that helps people with disability become leaders in business, the community and government. Leaders for Tomorrow, part of the Australian Government's $11 million accessibility package under the National Disability Strategy, is a 12-month program which supports people with disability to develop their leadership skills. Ms Rishworth said that each of the graduates from the Leaders for Tomorrow program deserved to be praised for their fantastic achievements, and wished them well as they go on to be leaders in their communities and to inspire others around them.

Baha'i community in Iran, media release, 6 May 2013, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs
PORTFOLIO: Foreign Affairs and Trade
SNIPPET: May 14 this year marks the fifth anniversary of the detention of seven national leaders of the Baha'i community in Iran. The Australian Government reiterates its concerns at continuing human rights abuses in Iran including those affecting the Baha'i community. Australia calls on Iran to respect the rights to freedom of religion, freedom of assembly, and freedom of association.

Minister for Defence Science and Personnel - Defence riders join The Long Ride for prostate cancer
SNIPPET: Minister for Defence Science and Personnel Warren Snowdon today farewelled Defence motorcyclists who are participating in The Long Ride to Cairns. 120 military and Defence civilian riders from bases across Australia will join more than 250 other Long Ride participants as they head for north Queensland. On this basis, thousands of the current Defence work force could be affected by prostate cancer during their lives.

Minister for Defence - Speech at the launch of the 2013 Defence White Paper
SNIPPET: SPEECH AT THE LAUNCH OF THE 2013 DEFENCE WHITE PAPER. In the meantime, we are bringing forward replacement of our patrol boats and replacement of our supply ships, Success and Sirius . Can I finally, Prime Minister, take this opportunity of thanking the Chief of the Defence Force, the Secretary, the Service Chiefs, my Ministerial and Parliamentary Secretary colleagues for the work that they have done on allowing this White Paper to be published in a timely manner today.

Illegal workers caught in Newcastle and Central coast areas - DIAC Online Newsroom
PORTFOLIO: Immigration and Citizenship
SNIPPET: Immigration compliance officers have located 27 illegal workers and visa overstayers in a series of compliance operations in the Central Coast and Newcastle areas that concluded overnight. Investigations into the circumstances of the employment of the illegal workers are continuing. People with information about illegal workers or visa overstayers are encouraged to call the Immigration Dob-In Line on 1800 009 623.

Issues paper on multinational profit shifting
SNIPPET: Comments are being sought on an issues paper on multinational profit shifting, said Assistant Treasurer David Bradbury. Last year, the Government asked Treasury to examine the risks to the sustainability of Australia's revenue base into the future from multinational profit shifting and aggressive tax minimisation. This paper looks at the broader issues surrounding multinational profit shifting and has been developed in consultation with experts from the community sector, academics, business and the tax profession on the Specialist Reference Group.