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A big night tonight for all the fantastic bands in the Judges Choice finals of Northern Composure. See Edgecliff, Speaking Of Which and Joker In The Pack battle it out for the top spot at Glen Street Theatre – tickets are limited, book now.
Your elected Council meets on Tuesday night and there is plenty on the agenda of community interest. We’ll be considering community feedback on Warriewood Community Centre, the renaming of areas after inspiring locals, community events grants and a policy which aims to better protect young children.
Great to have some more restrictions eased this week, including gatherings of 30 people now permitted in public spaces and restaurants - we are frantically updating all our signage, again! The NSW government is reminding people to keep vigilant though, the virus is still a threat and it would be truly awful to have to go backwards again.
Although we can’t safely host our usual Christmas and New Year events this year we are going to deliver that festive feeling through decorations, carollers and musicians in our town centres. If you have a small band or carol group, please put in an EOI so you can be a part of it.
Have a great weekend!
October is NSW Small Business Month and we are celebrating the incredible contribution of the 33,000 businesses across the Northern Beaches, 98% of which are small business.
2020 has been particularly hard on our local small businesses and at Council, we’ve provided support through fee waivers, short term parking provisions and outdoor dining extensions and links to available funding and advice.
All of us can do our bit to support the local economy by shopping, dining and booking local wherever we can.
A call out this week too, during Carers Week, to the many carers in our area who make a difference to the lives of so many every day. Over 2.6million people in Australia care for another person, making an incredible contribution to our communities and the national economy. Our thanks to you for all that you do.
Have a great weekend.
This month is Mental Health Month. Your Council has many events planned to help the community 'Tune In' to their mental health, social and emotional wellbeing. Can I encourage you to jump onto the website and find activities or webinars that might help you or someone you know.
Last weekend we got a taste of what summer is going to present this year - lots of locals and visitors hitting our beaches to cool off under strange but real COVID -19 conditions. Our lifeguards and the police were out counting and talking to people, and I'm pleased to say that pretty much everyone stuck to the rules. As such, we didn't have to close any beaches due to capacity problems. Thank you for playing your part.
Predicting the bigger crowds, Council staff arranged additional bins, collections and cleaning at hotspots. And boy were they used - we shifted an unprecedented 39 tonnes of garbage over that weekend, amounting to 15 more tonnes of waste at beaches and public places, compared to the same holiday weekend last year.
Council will continue to roster extra teams and services on and be proactive in this space. Like you, we don't want backed-up litter bins spoiling our beaches and parks.
And if you were out enjoying the fantastic weather last weekend and missed the Manly Jazz Online, you can still tune in and enjoy recordings of some 35 bands via our website.
Have a great weekend.
As the weather warms up and people flock to our extraordinary part of the world, we again face the challenge of managing our beaches in a way that ensures we keep the risk of COVID-19 low.
I want to reassure you we have a comprehensive plan in place which takes into account the safe capacity of each beach. Our lifeguards and rangers will be actively reminding people about social distancing and gathering sizes, working closely with NSW Police. How great would it be if they were supported by a group of friendly local volunteers?
This week, in the spirit of 20 years since the triumph of Sydney Olympic volunteering, Council resolved to call for volunteer COVID Safety Ambassadors to help us on beaches and public spaces across the summer. If you are interested, learn more and pop in an expression of interest, we’d love to have you on board.
Now don’t forget this long weekend to stay COVID-safe when out and about; stay 1.5m apart, gatherings of less than 20 and stay home if you feel unwell. We must all play our part in the right spirit.
And speaking of incredible volunteer contributions, the brand new Mona Vale Surf Club is a step closer with a call for tenders endorsed by Council this week. This much-needed facility has seen three stages of public consultation and will be an incredible asset for both lifesavers and the community for many years to come.
Finally, innovative solutions for waste was also on Council’s agenda this week. I’m looking forward to exploring what more we can do to encourage increased recycling of soft plastics, e-waste and old clothing.
Have a great long weekend.
This week I joined the NSW Premier to launch the state government’s COVID summer safety plan which aligns nicely with the summer action plan we released last week for the Northern Beaches.
It is great that we are all on the same page with our intention to keep beaches, parks and other public spaces open through the summer. Importantly, empowering our community to play their part.
On our part we’ll be looking at increased cleansing, beach safety marshals, and additional flagged areas to help disperse people across beaches. Signage and an escalating response should our public spaces reach capacity is also a part of the plan.
Empowering our community means we are relying on you to do your bit. People in outdoor spaces like the beach are being asked to be in groups of less than 20, and be a towel length apart (1.5m) from other groups. That’s not much to ask, and who wants to be any closer on a hot day anyway? Also, if you do get to the beach or park and it looks really busy, maybe consider going elsewhere. Or try early morning or late afternoon when we know there are less people about. Just a thought.
We all love summer on the Northern Beaches so please work with us to keep our favourite spaces open for all to enjoy. Oh, and remember, the Lifeguards and the Lifesavers focus needs to on the water to keep us safe. So let’s all play our part to keep the beaches open.
Finally, if you are still looking for something to keep the kids entertained in the holidays, we still have a few spaces available in our vacation care programs.
Have a great weekend
Through flood, bushfire threat, major storms and a pandemic, our community sure have been tested this year. In every street, suburb and local village there are those among us who have selflessly stepped up, gone that little bit further and made a real difference to the lives of others.
I’m sure you know one of those people. Now is your chance to make sure they are properly recognised.
Nominations for the 2021 Australia Day Awards are now open. Nominating someone is easy and there are six categories from which to choose.
Don’t let this opportunity slip past, let’s make sure the most outstanding in our community are celebrated for the things they do every day.
Speaking of winners, congratulations to those awarded in this year’s Northern Beaches Art Prize, including the recently announced People’s Choice Award. For the first time the Art Prize was run online this year with the theme Postcards From Home. Make sure you check out all the incredible artworks in the online exhibition, until the end of September.
Have a great weekend.
In case you missed it we recently won grant funding for an idea to close some streets to traffic to support our businesses and provide more public space for our community.
Cafes and other businesses have restricted numbers indoors thanks to COVID-19 so the plan is to provide more space for them outside and extend the pedestrian traffic onto the road. Over the next few months selected streets in Mona Vale, Newport and Dee Why will see some weekend street closures to provide this opportunity.
We’re also looking at closing Tania Park to traffic for limited periods on Sundays to allow more recreational use of this great space. Stay tuned for dates and more details.
You don’t have to be a history buff to love looking at old photos of our area and hearing from the people who lived and worked here at another time.
Mona Vale’s football team from the 1950s, a paddle steamer at Manly Wharf, the outfits on Palm Beach in the 1930s or Dee Why Post Office circa 1915, plus over 27,000 other historical photos, oral histories, maps and even theatre programs can be found on our new online History Hub.
Get exploring! We’d also love to hear from you if you have information to add to any of the material you find on the site or would like to donate to our collection.
Have a great weekend.
With the weather warming up, it’s great to see a number of community infrastructure projects complete or just about finished.
Replacing the tidal pools at both Little Manly and Forty Baskets has long been on the to-do list. They look fantastic with brand new piles, decking and netting, in keeping with their important heritage value.
The new playground in Dunbar Park in Avalon is open and the new netball courts near the beach will be finished within the month.
It’s great seeing how popular the new Curly skate park is and the new basketball court at Nolan Reserve is also getting a work out.
The new sports courts in Warriewood Valley are coming along well and will be an amazing facility with multi-use courts, fitness centre, learn to ride bike path and new amenities. Stay tuned for October completion.
Killarney Heights shopping precinct has had a makeover, including a new kids playground and within the next few weeks LM Graham Reserve at Balgowlah will have new amenities and sports storage area, making way for the old block to be demolished and giving our dogs a larger exercise area. These are all important facilities, critical to the outdoor lifestyles of so many in our community. Please enjoy them all in a COVID-safe way!
Have a great weekend.
It’s been a pretty rough year for our local business community and many have had to change their whole way of operating within a very short time just to keep the doors open.
We’ve been sharing some of their inspiring stories as part of our Business Community Unite program. We’ve seen how Balgowlah’s Cheese on Wheels joined other market stallholders to create an online portal to sell their produce. Vale Plastics in Brookie who pivoted to manufacture hygiene screens to protect those serving the public across Australia. Jaki from Literacy Circle in Killarney Heights adapted her whole teaching approach so she could continue to support her students. And this week Bobbi from The Pottery Café in Collaroy describes how she started a Curry Club and take home pottery kits.
These are great stories of success and examples of our innovative, creative and resilient business community. Stay tuned, next week we’ll learn how Newport Yoga Centre moved classes online and delivered wellness packages to their customers.
You too can help our local economy - shop local, dine out or order in, or just be a tourist in your own area and/or book a local experience. And with Father’s Day only a week away, it’s a great time to think about how you can support our local employers.
Have a great weekend.
Have you been watching the latest Craig Reucassel offering on the ABC, Fight for Planet A? He is challenging families to take a look at their energy use and emissions to see what they can do to bring them down, saving money and helping our environment.
If you too want to join the challenge, we are offering a limited number of our residents a one-year subscription to an online carbon tracking tool like the one being used in the program.
The tool will calculate your home’s carbon footprint, look at your consumption, compare you with other homes like yours and help you find ways to reduce your energy, water and waste.
We only have a limited number so be sure to sign up now.
On a different note, Manly Art Gallery and Museum’s current exhibition showcases maps dating back as far as 1482. These world maps are extraordinary as you see for yourself how the world looked to people at that time. You first see Australia in small parts to the north, to eventually becoming part of the world map we know today. And how’s this for timely - there is a 1902 State Government map that shows the hotspots of the plague in Sydney!
If you can, book yourself in for a Covid-safe visit soon.
Have a great weekend.