Newsletter – February/March 2018

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VALE: Herminie Susan SWAINSTON

19.01.1937 – 01.03.2018 of Palm Beach

Herminie Swainston was a long standing member of the Association and her contribution was significant right until the time of her passing, when she was so vigorously involved in the development of the Palm Beach Pathway. Her life was immersed in the outdoors of Pittwater and it was that way for over 70 years. A witness to the changes at Palm Beach, this lady has seen what has changed and what remains the same. We have lost our “history teacher” and her wealth of knowledge, not to mention her tenacity, her passion and clear thinking. She will be sadly missed by so many people.

Herminie Susan Swainston on Pittwater News

Join the PBWBA Committee – Get involved

Due to changes in circumstances for a couple of the current committee we are now seeking new committee members. It’s a challenging role and you can be part of real change.
Please contact President Richard West 0407 942 941

Dates for the Diary

  • NBC Council Meeting: March 27th 2018 Dee Why 6.30pm
  • Next monthly Coffee Morning: Thursday 29th March 10.30am “Palms 101 Stonegrill” under Iluka Apartments Barrenjoey Rd Palm Beach (under cover, plenty of seating)
  • Monthly Committee Meeting: Mon April 9th 7pm Pacific Club. All members welcome to attend.
  • Member for Mackellar Mr Jason Falinski MP invites all residents of Palm Beach and Whale Beach to Morning Tea at “The Boathouse” Governor Phillip Park from 10.30 to 12 Tuesday 24th April to discuss any Federal issues.
  • Centenary Annual General Meeting: Tuesday May 8th 7pm. Palm Beach (RSL) Guest speaker. Refreshments. All financial members welcome. Agenda and Nomination forms will be available for download from
  • Membership renewals due: $35 yr/$95 3yrs PO Box 2 Palm Beach 2108 or Online here

Your Committee at work Feb & March

Feb 27: Council Meeting (All NBC meetings can be viewed live or later on NBC website – Council Meetings section)

  • President Richard West addressed NBC on Centenary of PBWBA.
  • Committee Member Mitch Geddes – addressed Council in Public Forum re appointment of delegates to Strategic Reference Groups.
  • Councillor Rory Amon (on behalf of PBWBA) – request to NBC (agenda item 9.1) to use proceeds from sale of road reserve adjoining 22 Palm Beach Rd to be applied to a new set of steps in the grassy bank immediately opposite the land in question to help pedestrians walk safely at this dangerous corner.
  • Community member Stephen Guilford addressed NBC during Public Forum at Council meeting re landscaping at Kiddies Corner.

The PBWBA recommends to Council that, in view of these community concerns, the council revisit the plans for Kiddies Corner.

Feb 28: Meeting with Mayor Michael Regan together with neighbouring residents groups – Avalon, Clareville-Bilgola, Newport – topics included

a) planning and development
b) communication with and by council
c) NBC strategic plan
d) impacts of state government on local government. A frank and informative meeting.

Further details to come.

We presented Mayor Regan with a list of local issues we are following (most of which are listed below) plus a dozen photos to illustrate some of our concerns – eg the school bus trying to navigate Whale Beach Rd. A picture says a thousand words. We will request a separate to meeting in the near future to discuss local issues.

Pittwater Park Parking Demand Strategy, Walkway Pittwater Park to Governor Phillip Park, Landscaping Palm Beach Kiddies Corner, Historic Bus Shelter – Surf Rd /Barrenjoey Rd, Morning Traffic Congestion Whale Beach Rd south to Avalon, Northern Beaches  Hospital – public transport, Walkway Manly to Palm  Beach, School Bus from Whale Beach to Avalon PS, Palm Beach Plan of Management, Iluka & Woorak Reserve, Short Term Holiday Lettings – AirBnB, “party houses”, “Hoons”, Sale of road reserves, entrance to Palm Beach – the “trailer dump” along Barrenjoey Road, lack of footpaths on Barrenjoey Rd.

March 9: Meeting with Local Member Rob Stokes PBWBA only. Agenda items listed above plus Barrenjoey Lighthouse – provision of toilets & water, Cardiac and Neurosurgery Northern Beaches Hospital, Newport roundabout at Neptune St/Barrenjoey Rd. A very productive and informative meeting. Folder of relevant correspondence and photos left for further reference and follow up.

Correspondence out

Letter to Minister of Environment & Heritage Gabrielle Upton re provision of toilet and water at The Lighthouse as a matter of urgency given the tens of thousands of visitors to the precinct.

Numerous letters and emails to NBC on topics including – the northern section of the Wharf to Gov Phillip Park Walkway , The Coastal Walkway Manly to Palm Beach (Whale Beach section), traffic congestion Careel Bay to Avalon, 717 school bus, Pittwater Park Parking Demand Study, sale of road reserves on Barrenjoey Rd and Florida Road, landscaping at Kiddies Corner, ponding in Ocean Road, draft Council code of Meeting Practice keeping the public forum but also receptive to regular “Town Hall” style Q&A and appointment criteria for Council Strategic Reference Groups (SRGs).

Other Issues we are following

“Pittwater Forever” has a new name and mission statement. ” Pittwater Community Alliance” is a federation of 12 major resident & community associations in Pittwater. They assist in representing the Community’s interests to protect and preserve the unique environment of Pittwater. Pittwater Community Alliance is independent and has no political allegiance or bias.

Removal (by NBC) of dead Norfolk Island Pine between 35 & 39 Ocean Rd. The tree died as a result of an AGL gas leak and will be replaced by an advanced tree to be paid for by AGL.

Community Consultation expected in April re Whale Beach section of proposed Manly to Palm Beach Walkway.

Media release from Mayor Regan – extract

Problem boat and trailer parking areas targeted under a six-month trial.

Northern Beaches Council is introducing a trial designed to crack down on trailers and boats parked on public roads.

It is hoped the trial will help residents park closer to a number of popular local parks and reserves.

Introducing a six-month trial in five problem locations across the Beaches, Mayor Michael Regan said other measures had failed and it was time to try something different.

Barrenjoey Road, North Avalon (adjacent to Careel Bay Playing Fields) The entrance to Palm Beach – a very welcome initiative. PBWBA has been requesting this for years!

Council has notified hundreds of residents in the immediate vicinity of the affected areas and the response has been overwhelmingly in favour of the trial. Implementation commences Monday March 19th.

Palm Beach to star in new Australian film

7 February 2018: Media Release – NSW Government/Destination NSW

Sydney’s picturesque Palm Beach will be the setting for a new feature film to be directed by critically acclaimed filmmaker Rachel Ward.

The NSW Government today announced its support for Palm Beach, a heart-warming comedy about old friends reuniting, with Sydney’s iconic Palm Beach providing a stunning backdrop for the unfolding drama.

Minister for the Arts Don Harwin said, “This is fantastic news for NSW filmmaking, bringing in a spend of over $5m as well as 80 jobs across the shoot at the beautiful Palm Beach location setting.

Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said the production would showcase Sydney’s northern beaches to viewers from around the world.

NSW Government is supporting the production through its arts, screen and culture agency Create NSW and tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.

The film will star Bryan Brown, Sam Neill, Greta Scacchi and Jacqueline McKenzie, and will start production later this year at various locations in Sydney.



Draft Code of Meeting Practice – 2018

The Draft Northern Beaches Council Code of Meeting Practice provides a regulatory and decision-making framework for Council Meetings to promote the accessibility, accountability and transparency of Council decisions.

The draft Northern Beaches Council Code of Meeting Practice is based on the meeting requirements from the Local Government Act, 1993 and the Local Government (General) Regulations, 2005. This draft leaves the majority of key meeting procedures unaltered from the current Code and includes the Public Forum and Public Address.

The Draft Code is currently on public exhibition and submissions are welcome.
Submissions close Sunday 8 April 2018

PBWBA is adamant the public forum remains as it provides the opportunity for senior Council officers to listen to community concerns.

Expressions of Interest – Community Safety Committee

Nominations are invited from stakeholders, businesses, groups and individuals from the community to join the Community Safety Committee. The committee meets six times per year and advises Council on community safety, including:

  • Security of open spaces and public areas, lighting, transport and event safety
  • Community safety and crime reduction, prevention and detection initiatives
  • Alcohol-related crime and anti-social behaviour
  • Local crime hot spots and areas of community concern
  • Relevant grant funding applications
  • Community Safety and Crime Prevention Plan

More information and nomination forms are available on NBC website.
Nominations close Monday 26 March 2018


On demand transport to/from the Mona Vale BLine hub. Trial is progressing very successfully. Community feedback has been excellent. Try it!


PITTWATER ONLINE NEWS (ISSUE 349) 25th February 2018
Fascinating article about the history of tents and camping at Gov Phillip Park.

Vale Herminie Swainston

Richard West AM
President PBWBA – 0407 942 941

The Secretary
Palm Beach & Whale Beach Association
P.O. Box 2 Palm Beach NSW 2108