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Freshwater Coastal Open Space Master Plan

 

 

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.

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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.

22 March 2017

Drop In Session and Site Tour

Drop in and visit Council’s project team between 9 am and 12 noon on 22 March 2017.  We’ll have a Council marquee located on the grass near the picnic tables adjacent to Koolora Avenue.  Staff will be collecting information that can be used to plan the future of the space.

A walking site tour will take place from 10am – departing from the marquee area. Please wear walking shoes, a hat and bring some water along.

25 March 2017

Drop In Session and Site Tour

Drop in and visit Council’s project team between 3 pm and 5pm on 25 March 2017.  We’ll have a Council marquee located on the grass near the picnic tables adjacent to Koolora Avenue.  Staff will be collecting information that can be used to plan the future of the space.

A walking site tour will take place from 4pm – departing from the marquee area. Please wear walking shoes, a hat and bring some water along.

17 April 2017

Stage 1 comments close

02 May 2017

Working Group Meeting

16 May 2017

Working Group Workshop

20 June 2017

Working Group Workshop

16 November 2017

Working Group Presentation

The Working Group met to review the draft master plan before it went to Council.

28 November 2017

Council meeting

Council endorsed the draft masterplan for public exhibition commencing 2 December 2017

Saturday – 09 December 2017

Drop in session at Freshwater Beach to discuss draft masterplan

From 8am to 11 am near the Kooloora Avenue Playground

02 December 2017

Public Exhibition of Draft Masterplan commences

Wednesday – 13 December 2017

Drop in session at Freshwater Beach to discuss draft masterplan

From 8am to 11 am near the Kooloora Avenue Playground

04 February 2018

Submissions on the Draft Masterplan close

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.

COUNCIL TO REMOVE ROGUE CAMPHOR LAUREL IN SOLDIERS AVENUE OF HONOUR.


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?

Source: ABS Census data 2011 and 2016

 

We are again gathering to do a bit of gardening in the sunshine.
This week we will be planting citrus and tending our other citrus trees which need a bit of TLC.
COMMUNITY BANK SUPPORTING LOCAL COMMUNITIES ADVERT FILM
On Wednesday morning next week the Community Bank is filming a link between its customers and its sponsored organisations, of which there are more than 200). Our Garden is a recipient of Bank support for the purchase of its shed and its compost bins as well as one garden bed.
If anyone can afford an hour on Wednesday morning to assemble at Room 210 Cafe in mid Lawrence Street at 9.15am then please let me know?  Coffee and muffins will be provided by the Bank. It is anticipated that sporting, charity, environmental and kindergarten reps will be in attendance. Come with garden implements.
 

Friends of Freshwater Inc. Charter

FRESHWATER TO BE BASED ON MODERN URBAN DESIGN AND PLACE-MAKING PRINCIPLES: –

  • Assisting with maintaining and developing sustainable village centres serving the local community for Freshwater and nearby threshold suburbs such as Queenscliff, North Manly, and Curl Curl.
  • Drawing upon Freshwater’s unique character, heritage and history to celebrate and enhance its institutions and its image.
  • Maximising opportunities for pedestrians, motor vehicles, public transport, and cyclists to move safely around and through the community.
  • Reducing adverse parking and traffic impacts in Freshwater Village, Beach Reserves and neighbouring streets.
  • Creating and maintaining a network of public open spaces and facilities to service the needs of the community.
  • Consolidating the Sydney Coastal Walk and its loop linkages as they pass through Freshwater from Palm Beach to Manly
  • Providing state-of the art, culturally sensitive, high quality, place-making and integrated urban design, with emphasis on amenity, safety and security.
  • Evaluate major development applications in Freshwater to ensure that they adhere to both the Local Environment Plan and other local planning instruments.
  • Restoring the natural environment and amenity of Freshwater’s coastal reserves.
  • Working with the three tiers of government to support the progress of community projects specific to Freshwater.

The Duke Newsletter

The Duke Newsletter – Friends of Freshwater

Peter Harley our President has published a Newsletter that he distributes by email to his list but is published here for review and comment upon registration.
The Duke  is filled with interesting chronological details that relate to matters of that month, from the local weather, the surf, background on history, events, comments and anything that has an impact on our life in Freshwater.

Simply click on the relevant month or use the SEARCH facility to find anything that is printed and relates to our area.

Membership Renewal

2017 MEMBERSHIP OF FRIENDS OF FRESHWATER Inc.

 The Friends of Freshwater is one of the biggest apolitical activist community groups on the northern beaches. If you wish to join or renew membership for 2017 then please refer to our online membership system here.

Contact

The Friends of Freshwater is a ‘Not for Profit’ Registered Organisation managed by a group of  locals who who share an interest in our local community and express concerns, news, history and events as it may impact our local area.

Our Group President is our general contact and can be emailed here Peter Harley