Newsletter – September 18

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Future Meetings & Events

Members Christmas Cocktail Party – The Centenary Celebration

We have decided to hold the party at Moby Dicks this year as the venue has good space for us to display historical documents and photographs from the archives in conjunction with the Avalon Beach Historical Society.

Sunday 9th December, 6.30pm Moby Dicks, Whale Beach

Purchase Tickets by 30 November

Coffee morning

Friday 28th September 10.30 am
“Palm Beach Paradise Cafe” Ocean Rd opposite the beach.
Members, friends, neighbours all welcome!

NSW Police Community Meeting

Invitation to the public to discuss with local police any issues of concern
Wed 3rd October Newport Community Centre, The Boulevard Newport Beach, 7pm

Committee meeting

Monday October 8th, 7pm Pacific Club.
All members welcome!

Mona Vale Hospital emergency and surgical closes October 31.

The nearest emergency department will be at Frenchs Forest. The focus of Mona Vale “hospital” will then be aged care, rehabiliation, palliative care and community health. By definition it is NOT a hospital. A hospital must have an emergency department, medical and surgical beds and operating theatres. It is misleading to call it a hospital and gives the Community a false sense of security. It should be called a health campus.

There will be a 24 hr “Urgent Care Centre” for minor injuries and illnesses such as minor burns, minor sports injuries, minor cuts, minor fractures. Patients with more serious or life threatening conditions should call an ambulance or present at Northern Beaches Hospital Frenchs Forest.

Ambulance response times in Pittwater are problematic. The benchmark response time for critically ill patients is 15 minutes. It is vital that Avalon Ambulance Station be fully resourced 24/7.

The Urgent Care Centre at Mona Vale must be staffed by doctors and nurses fully trained in emergency medecine. They must be able to resuscitate and stabilise critically ill patients. Last year more than 100 critically ill patients presented to Mona Vale Emergency Dept. In total there were 36 000 presentations to the Emergency Dept.

Northern Beaches Hospital at Frenchs Forest is almost 30km by car from Palm Beach. Allow about 1hr 30 to 1hr 50mins one way travel time by bus. (Bus to Dee Why then change bus to Frenchs Forest.) Mona Vale is 12km and approx 40mins by 199 direct bus.

There must be a direct bus service from Pittwater to the Northern Beaches Hospital via Wakehurst Parkway.

Northern Beaches Hospital Frenchs Forest is a state of the art, public/private level 5 facility (Royal North Shore Hospital is level 6). We are extremely concerned that a dedicated stroke unit may not be provided at Frenchs Forest. It is likely that patients requiring this treatment will have to be transferred to RNSH. Patients treated in a dedicated stroke unit have a much better outcome. The unit needs to be comprehensive and able to give thrombolysis treatments to dissolve clots. This treatment needs to be given within 3 hours.

Other current Issues

  • Pittwater Park Parking – lack of implementation of approved strategies. Still waiting!
    THE COUNCIL APPROVED THE PARKING STRATEGIES LAST NOVEMBER. THIS DELAY IN IMPLEMENTATION IS UNNACCEPTABLE. PITTWATER PARK IS CROWN LAND AND MUST BE EQUALLY ACCESSIBLE TO EVERYONE. WE BELIEVE THE DELAY IS DUE TO AN APPLICATION BY COUNCIL TO CROWN LANDS DEPT TO ALLOCATE THE NORTHERN SECTION OF THE PARKING AREA FOR THE EXCLUSIVE USE OF THE OFFSHORE RESIDENTS.
  • Sydney Marine Park Proposal. Submission prepared by Mitch Geddes was sent to Dept of Primary Industries re Barrenjoey “Special Purpose Zone” see attached submission. After Community pressure the NSW Govt has backed down on the proposed fishing ban for the time being. However this Barrenjoey “Special Purpose Zone” proposal may still go ahead.
  • The residents of Ocean Rd have received a letter from Council stating that in October dish drains will be installed on the western side of Ocean Rd from Palm Peach Rd to the culvert and the road will be resurfaced.
  • Station Beach unleashed dog area trial – Community consultation expected late September early October.
  • Station Beach remediation of erosion and landscaping at edge of golfcourse – preliminary planning and costing inderway by NBC.
  • Landscaping at Palm Beach – next section to be completed will be south from the Pavillion (excluding Kiddies Corner), followed by the section from Black Rock to Gov Phillip Park.
  • Letter to Council re deep pothole at corner of Nabilla Rd and Barrenjoey Rd, provision of timed parking immediately in front of the three shops and replacement of missing safety poles.
  • Historic bus shelter Surf Rd – plans have been drawn up and work should commence soon.
  • “My Place – Avalon” Community Reference Group – President Richard West appointed to group.
  • Barrenjoey Lighthouse provision of toilets and water by NPWS – three options proposed by NPWS, community consultation soon. The NPWS are unneccessarily delaying this project. There has already been Community concultation. There is no need to repeat this as it was agreed that the toilets would be placed on the lower level of one of the lighthouse keepers cottages. As summer approaches and with expectations of 250 000 plus visitors each year it is unnacceptable that there is still no drinking water or toilet facilities at the Lighthouse.
  • Walkway from Whale Beach to Palm Beach. We are awaiting plans following Community consultation.
    NBC website | Community engagement | “Have your Say

1) “DRAFT: Move: Northern Beaches Transport Strategy”

The strategy looks to:

  • reduce carbon emissions by 30%
  • provide safer walking and cycling options
  • reduce car dependancy
  • improve public transport.
    Do these plans meet your transport needs? Closes 7th October

2) Community Centre Strategy

Help Council identify opportunities so all of our community, young and old, can enjoy the community centres into the future. Closes 28th September

3) Northern Beaches Coast Walk Public Art

Where are your favourite places along the Coast Walk?

Share your ideas, comments and photos on the interactive map of where you would like to see public art along the walkway in the future and why these places are special to you?

Comments on the interactive map close Sunday 30 September 2018

Have your say or Complete a survey

Your Association continues to be very active

I would like to thank the Committee and especially the two Vice Presidents Virginia Christensen and John Warburton for taking over while I was away in Europe.

I would also like to congratulate the Northern Beaches Council and our local member the Hon Rob Stokes on the completion of the Walkway from Pittwater Park to Governor Phillip Park. It was a complex project and the result is excellent.

With the busy summer season fast approaching the main issue we need to address is parking and congestion in Pittwater Park. I encourage all our members to lobby the Councillors via phone or email for the immediate completion of the approved strategies. The car park must be shared fairly and equitably to allow visitors and tourists to access the park and use it for its primary purpose of recreation – not long term car storage.

Richard West AM
President PBWBA

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