Newsletter – Christmas 2023

On patrol at Palm Beach

Formed in 1918 The Palm Beach and Whale Beach Association (PBWBA) has a long history of helping to protect our area. A campaign to preserve the area now known as Governor Phillip Park from major development was won 105 years ago!

PBWBA currently has almost 470 financial members and we would welcome new members in 2024.   The greater our membership  the more attention our advocacy receives.  To join please complete the form on the website  

Come along to our informal coffee meetings or Committee Meetings in 2024. We encourage you to read the Newsletters which are either emailed or posted to you and are also on the website.  We try to keep members up to date with Palm Beach and Whale Beach local news, information and items covering a broad range of topics.  

As always our objective is to preserve and enhance the environment and natural beauty of the area and to protect  local character and amenity by promoting proper planning of all developments and by expressing constructively, in appropriate quarters, the views of residents.

Hal Baily Reserve / Whale Beach

Snapperman Beach & Palm Beach Wharf



Listening to the informal ‘speeches’.


The popular annual Christmas Cocktail Party was held on 10th December at Dunes in Gov Phillip Park Palm Beach. A wonderful evening was enjoyed by approximately 125 members. Amongst the guests were Rory Amon, Member for Pittwater and the three Pittwater Ward Councillors Cr Miranda Korzy, Cr Michael Gencher & Cr Karina Page.


We have worked hard this year writing submissions, attending many meetings and keeping up with local and state government issues which directly affect Pittwater Ward.

In 2024 we will focus on

  • State Govt Zoning reform – the NSW Dept of Planning has recommended that all the Conservation Zones in Pittwater – and all others on the Northern Beaches – be kept and not rezoned R2 or R3 as flagged in the Council’s 2022 Conservation Zones Review.
  • The new NBC Local Environment Plan (LEP) which includes development controls and local character statements which are very important if we wish to maintain the seaside character of Whale Beach and Palm Beach.
  • Barrenjoey Lighthouse – “NO” to any proposed short term accommodation
  • Monitoring proposed developments – especially non-compliance with the Pittwater14 LEP & DCP21 controls & disturbance to other residents during the many huge excavations and constructions which are taking place. Detailed Traffic Management Plans and the use of cranes and heavy vehicles must be monitored and regulations/conditions enforced.
  • The footpath along Whale Beach Rd from Whale Beach to Palm Beach which seems to have come to a halt. Why? Council will undertake essential maintenance but State Govt fund have run out for this section of the project to be completed.
  • Footpath – Barrenjoey Rd from Careel Bay to Iluka Rd (sth) State Govt funds required.
  • Footpath and steps at Surf Rd intersection with Barrenjoey Rd.
  • Governor Phillip Park Plan of Management development/fees/ maintenance/ infrastructure
  • Tree canopy – preservation and enhancement
  • Traffic and parking – continually working/liaising with Council and TforNSW – particularly Whale Beach Rd which is fast becoming ‘unfit for purpose’.

We would like to thank the following people and organisations for their continuing help and support:


  • Palm Beach Surf Club – our monthly Committee meeting venue and Coffee Meeting venue.
  • Jason Marty of Intervision Design for his work with us on the Newsletters, emails, functions & website even as he sails around the Greek Islands and Turkish coastline!
  • Northern Beaches Council, particularly Andrew Johnston from Community Liaison who attends our meetings, answers our endless questions and follows up with the relevant council departments.