New Development DA’s submitted in Village
12 February, 2018 – Another quick one that our illustrious leader, Peter Harley has discovered that was not adequately communicated by the council and his action today has had the time slot for submission of comments extended by a month.
If you feel this is of interest to the Freshwater Community please make your submission via the direct Council links below.
Both blocks 21, 15&9 have had DA’s lodged for development – DA2017/1294 and DA2017/1287.
They were lodged at the end of December for sites on the northern side of Lawrence Street, and in the case of 1294, received by Council on 20/12/17 with little time to prepare the documentation prior to the Christmas break. Then the turnaround time for submissions has to occur largely in School Holidays when the bulk of the beachside Freshwater population is enjoying its holidays.
The Council has just extended by a month the comment time and will circulate to more neighbours details and is asking for any impact submissions before expiry.
Freshwater Coastal Open Space Master Plan
Submissions on the Draft Masterplan close – if you have any comments submit your comments to the Council link below.
On November 28 the Council submitted a report to recommend that the draft master plan is placed on public exhibition and as available on the Northern Beaches Council Site. The key part is there has been a consultative process since earlier this year that is continuing. <click on image to see full size> MasterPlan 1 – The Greening of area behind Freshwater Beach MasterPlan 2 – Changes/ Improvements on the Freshwater / Queenscliff Hill MastrPlan 3 – Reclaiming Diggers Car Park, MacKillop Park and the boardwalk extension Here are the Key parts and the next important step is to attend the following on site meetings on : Saturday December 9 8am-11am – Beach end Kooloora Ave and again Wednesday December 13 8am – 11am – Beach end of Kooloora Ave to learn, discuss it or offer alternative ideas or objections.
- Completion of the missing link coastal boardwalk from South Curl Curl Pool to the northern end of Freshwater Beach.
- Better access to Freshwater rock pool for disabled and frail-aged.
- Upgraded public toilets and amenities in the Beach Reserves (Freshwater Surf Club) and at McKillop Park (Harbord Swimming Club site)
- Refurbishment of the two children’s playgrounds and their surrounding safety, that have not had renewal for the last 20 years.
- A Management Plan for the heritage-listed Freshwater View Estate
- Stormwater upgrades and bush regeneration of Undercliffe Reserve to prevent overflows and further weed infestation.
- An integrated linkage between the Freshwater Village and the Beach via Moore Road.
Submissions close on 4 February.
To lodge an on line submission:-
- Go to Northern Beaches Council
- Click on HAVE YOUR SAY
- Click on Community Engagement Projects
- Scroll down to Freshwater Coastal Open Space Master Plan
- Click on Submission tab, make comments and then submit.
All the best
TRAFFIC IN OCEAN VIEW RD WHEN CAR PARK CLOSED
This image link below is a short ‘Time Lapse’ taken on Australia Day – Jan 26 2018 at 11am and represents 5 minutes of realtime but shows the impact of closing the Car Park completely and the issues at the beach end ‘cul de sac’ with turnaround traffic without more attention to car short unloading of passengers likely.
A Finnish research team from the University of Turku is currently in Australia identifying sustainability initiatives in local communities. Team Members from the Finland Futures Research Centre, Professor Markku Wilenius and Dr. Ana Jones, recently visited the Freshwater Community Garden to observe how small green spaces can be used for a greater community purpose. They were impressed at the recycling of resources, water collection, composting, bee-keeping and collective production of fruit, vegetables and herbs. They were also impressed by the capacity of the Community Garden to provide a social focus for people residing in nearby medium density housing.
Freshwater Community Garden is now into its 5th year of existence and is a testimony to the persistent work of local volunteers with a small level of assistance from local government.
Volunteers in the unfenced Crown Reserve Garden, tend the plants, mow the lawns, remove the weeds and harvest the crops. Many friendships have been formed during these activities.
These local bottom-up environmental initiatives, according to the Finnish Futures Research Centre have a wider application globally.
ROGUE SOLDIERS AVENUE CAMPHOR LAUREL REMOVED AND STUMP GROUND TODAY .
Monday Dec 4 2017
A substantial camphor laurel tree with a massive tree root system has been removed in Soldiers Avenue and stump ground today. So extensive were its roots, that the roadway and kerb will have to be lifted to enable it to be fully removed.
Friends of Freshwater has been calling for the tree’s removal for a number of years so that a footpath and further Queensland Brush box trees can be planted in it stead and along the Northern side of the Soldiers Avenue Memorial. Queensland Brush Box Trees comprise the heritage listed trees in the Avenue Memorial.
Our research has also revealed that there were memorial brush box tree saplings planted between 1920 and 1939, in memory of deceased service personnel, on this side of the Avenue, but they did not survive to maturity.
Burls taken from the Camphor Laurel will be made into suitable memorial items for installation in Jacka Park.
The Soldiers Avenue of Honour Stakeholders Group (including the Friends of Freshwater) has been negotiating for two years with Northern Beaches Council and its predecessor, to remove a massive Camphor Laurel tree on the northern side of the Soldiers Avenue World War 1 Precinct. Camphor Laurels, because of their invasive root systems, are considered a noxious pest by local government. This particular tree is relatively young compared to the heritage-listed Queensland Brush Box trees in Soldiers Avenue and it is not associated with the memorial plantings of trees over the last century.
This tree is causing major damage to the streetscape and its bulging roots are in the way of a proposed foot path for which the Group has also been campaigning. Council is planning to remove the tree on September 4 but obviously councils take their time.
Undercliffe Reserve at Freshwater has been restored with a little help from some local friends.
For the past two years a Friends of Freshwater Bushcare volunteer group has been working to regenerate and stabilise the local environment in the area, contributing more than 500 hours of their time to the cause. Founding member Peter Harley said the results of their work had not been lost on local residents and visitors alike. “There is a great appreciation for our work among local beach goers,” he said. One such local beach goer includes seven-time World Surfing Champion Layne Beachley, who regularly stops on her way for a surf, to compliment the efforts of the group. “The transformation has been truly remarkable,” Ms Beachley said. “The work of the volunteers means you can now take in the beautiful view on the way down to the beach.” Mr Harley said the group had recently received a grant from Greater Sydney Local Land Services which had helped boost the results. “We also rely heavily on support and guidance from Northern Beaches Council,” he said. Greater Sydney Land Services officer, Rebecca Mooy said “ the volunteer effort at the Reserve is obvious when you walk the path from the new stair way. “ Coastal Rosemary, Wattles, and Lomandra planted by the volunteers to increase the shrub layer are a big change from the weedy understory of Asparagus Fern and other weeds that had invaded coastal bushland,” she said. Northern Beaches Council General Manager Environment and Infrastructure Ben Taylor said the iconic beach, within the Manly – Freshwater World Surfing Reserve, is a highly valued part of the northern beaches coastline and is a focus for council’s volunteers who also stabilised the sand dunes to reduce the impact of coastal erosion. “A mountain of invasive weeds has been removed, native plantings re-introduced and the general environment of this much-loved location greatly improved for everyone to enjoy,” he said. Follow us www.facebook.com/GreaterSydneyLLS/ Twitter @lls_sydney YouTube Greater Sydney Local Land Services
Census results for FRESHWATER NSW 2096.
One of the most fascinating is how Freshwater is evolving, in terms of population growth and shifts in demographic. How is the shift in different age groups affecting house and rental prices? Are there more baby boomers or millennials in your area?