About the Association

The Palm Beach & Whale Beach Association is a not-for-profit, non-political organisation of volunteer residents who are passionate about keeping our area unique, and keeping the local council and state government accountable. Our objective (from our Constitution) is “to preserve and enhance the natural beauty of the area and to protect the local amenity by promoting proper planning of all developments and by expressing positively, in appropriate quarters, the views of residents.” This is achieved through communication with Northern Beaches Council and State and Federal Government regarding development and building applications, by making submissions on relevant issues and by being represented on various local government and other committees. We welcome new members from the community; click here to become a member of the Association or find out about membership.


The Palm Beach & Whale Beach Association Inc. is the Peninsula’s oldest community organisation, originally being called The Palm Beach Progress Association, established in 1918. In 1944, it became the Palm Beach Association, and in 1998 it amalgamated with the Whale Beach Preservation Society, finally becoming The Palm Beach and Whale Beach Association Inc. in 2005.

Early progress included lobbying hard for polling booths in Palm Beach in 1920, paying 26 pounds and 3 shillings for repairs to Sunrise Road in 1922, and most importantly, in 1925, proposing that the strip of land from Pittwater to Ocean Beach be dedicated as a public park, subsequently named Governor Phillip Park; this was accepted by Council and it is something the association has fiercely guarded ever since.

Palm Beach Camping – courtesy Josef Lebovic Gallery Collection, National Museum of Australia

Whale Beach  – courtesy Josef Lebovic Gallery Collection, National Museum of Australia