Freshwater Community News

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

HARBORD DIGGERS CLUB CLOSES TEMPORARILY

A well-attended function was held last weekend, in what was left of the old Diggers Club building. It marked the temporary closure of the Club prior to its re-opening on Lumsdaine Drive in 2018. The last remaining section of the “Old Lady” will shortly be demolished to permit the construction of the final phase of the development. This will include levels of apartments atop a gymnasium and two swimming pools.

Some permanent staff have been relocated to jobs at the Manly Bowling Club (which is owned by Mounties Group) and others are being bussed each day out to the Mount Pritchard Club premises of Mounties. It is intended that when the new Club is completed that these highly trained staff will return.

Here is a previous article published in the Manly Daily

Harbord Diggers to close temporarily for hospitality precinct rebuild

About 40 permanent and 20 casual roles will go when the club shuts to complete construction on its hospitality precinct. General manager Dale Hunt said staff had been notified.

“We are exploring a number of options to accommodate permanent and perma­nent-part-time staff during closure and casual staff where possible,” he said.

“Other projects include working at other venues, training and community roles. We will be consulting with them throughout the process.”

Artist impression of the interior at Harbord Diggers’ hospitality precinct.

He said the upgraded club would be one of the peninsula’s biggest employees.

“Once open, the new Diggers will provide more than 150 local jobs, ensuring we can continue as one of the largest employers in the area,” Mr Hunt said.

Wet weather over the summer had slowed construction, Mr Hunt said.

“We lost 60 construction days, which set back the project timeline for stage one,” he said.

The closure will allow stage-two demolition and excavation work on the $160 million redevelopment to start early.

Temporary Italian dining venue Gio will go when the club closes in November for the rebuild.

“While not in our original redevelopment plans, this decision will allow us to reduce the overall construction of the Diggers by approximately eight months,” Mr Hunt said.

“Bulk excavation work on the eastern end of our site, where we are currently trading, will now be completed before we open our new venue.”

Harbord Diggers’ temporary fitness venue, Gfitness Freshwater, will be unaffected and members can use sister venue Manly Bowling Club.

Precinct Retail has put out a call for suitable hospitality operators at the club. The redesign could include up to four restaurants, Precinct Retail director Matthew Yovich said.

“We are looking between two to four operators, with a focus on quality,” he said.

“The facility has been designed to maximise the outdoor area.”

Diggers general manager Dale Hunt (pictured) said the new club would be one of the largest local employers.

The precinct concept would bring complementary businesses together in a similar way to a shopping centre, Mr Yovich said.

Expressions of interest from hospitality operators closed on June 29. The hospitality precinct is scheduled to open by next May.

The redevelopment of the club got the green light in 2014. Stage one, which includes the contemporary new club, child care, the hospitality precinct and residences for seniors, is scheduled to open in April or May next year.

Stage two will include a fitness centre and an aquatic centre.

Work on the residential construction is continuing apace and the Carrington Drive aligned apartments are scheduled to be available for occupation in February 2018. Already the sandstone facings of the apartments are being realised. This section also includes a pre-school facility

Also completed is the major storm water pipe that will remove excess storm water from the site. This will be discharged into the ocean nearby.

FRESHWATER VILLAGE IN A STATE OF TRANSITION.

The combined impact of major construction projects nearby, changes in retailing and high rents has placed the Village in a period of transition.

In a short space of time, the newsagency has closed; a travel agent has moved to other premises in Curl Curl; our two laundry shops have closed and 6 shops on the southern side of Lawrence Street lay empty. Soon our baby health centre will close, and families will have to hop into a car to travel to the Mall for neo-natal and midwifery services. When these services disappear, they never return.

On the plus side, we are soon to get a Super IGA supermarket and the return of Bakers Delight and possibly a new tenant for the current IGA space.

ARMISTICE DAY 2017 IN JACKA PARK AND SOLDIERS AVENUE.

A family friendly remembrance service will be held on 11 November 2017, and a Flyer is attached with details. Each year, our Nation pauses on the 11th hour of the 11th day of November to remember the 60,000 Australians who lost their life in this tragic war.

Did you know that: –

  • The Soldiers Avenue of Honour and Jacka Park are now known as the Freshwater Anzac Precinct.
  • The Soldiers Avenue of Honour (established in 1922) is unique to Sydney.
  • Soldiers Avenue and Jacka Park were declared a community war memorial in 2016 by the State Government.
  • Trees in Soldiers Avenue are heritage-listed and the Heroes Tree was first planted in 1923. Each tree was planted to recognise the service of a local soldier.
  • 129 men from Freshwater served in WW1 from a total Freshwater population of less than 1500. 34 were killed in action. This loss reverberates with their families today.

This annual event is organised by the Harbord RSL Sub Branch and the Soldiers Avenue of Honour Stakeholders Group and next year will be the centenary.

APARTMENT COMPLEXES NEAR COMPLETION

The 26“Freshwater’apartments on the former Harbord Growers Site are due to be completed by year end. Already major internal fit-outs are proceeding apace and scaffolding systematically removed.

At 5 Pavilion St, the 6-storey cliff-top apartment block has now assumed its permanent profile.  This should be a welcome improvement on the dog of a building that it replaces.

OURCELLARBRATIONS LIQUOR LICENCE CAMPAIGN SUCCESSFUL.

Liquor and Gaming NSW has advised that the Liquor Licence application by Cellarbrations has been withdrawn.  This was for a packaged alcohol retail outlet in the new “Freshwater” apartment complex (formerly the Growers Market site).

With more than 50 submissions from the Freshwater community opposing the application, along with those of the Northern Sydney District of the Department of Health; Northern Beaches Council and the NSW Police, this is a pleasing outcome.

POISONED!

A mature Norfolk Island pine on the beach end of Kooloora Avenue is dying and Council has earmarked it for removal. It is part of a stand of mature Norfolk Island Pines in this Avenue that are heritage listed.

Upon being alerted to the poor state of the tree by a neighbour, we spoke with Northern Beaches Council Tree Preservation Officers. They have been investigating its demise and are of the opinion that it was poisoned by someone.  A note to that effect has been placed on the tree and Council is looking for further evidence and offering a $10,000 reward. The Tree will also be replaced.

The Friends of Freshwater is frankly disgusted at this turn of events. View enhancing at the expense of trees is the stuff of some beach communities where well-heeled individuals feel that they can do as they please.  This has not happened so overtly in Freshwater before and never on a heritage listed tree.

A PASSIONATE CHEF

SBS is filming segments for a Series on prominent Australian citizens of Italian background. The Series is entitled “Passionate Italians” and will include a segment on Freshwater restaurant owner and chef, Giovanni Pilu.

His much-lauded restaurant was recently recognised with a National Award for Best Italian Formal Restaurant. The judging criteria for this Award is based on a ranking by consumers of their dining experience. Clearly there are many contented diners.

Giovanni is also known for his campaign to include local produce in restaurant menus and it was fitting that filming of him was partly done in Freshwater Community Garden where gardeners, often from apartments nearby, are growing their own produce.

Fortunately, at the time of filming and despite the record dry, the Community Garden was looking like a green oasis.

CEDRIC RECOVERS.

Popular Café Calm Owner and Chef, Cedric La Page, is recovering from an horrendous motor bike accident at South Curl Curl. He was thrown from the bike and had various body injuries including two broken wrists, one of which required micro surgery. For a Chef, one’s hands are tools of trade and the accident has forced him away from the Café, while he recovers.

PUBLIC ART PROJECT FOR FRESHWATER VILLAGE PLAZA (UPDATE)

The first of five concrete pods in Freshwater Village Plaza has been the subject of artistic treatment by a well-known aboriginal artist, Leanne Tobin. See photos attached. The other four pods are also to be part of an ongoing public art project. These pods, that currently have a range of functions including as protection for a major storm water pipeline passing underneath, will be used to depict the various phases of the history of Freshwater. This will extend from the millennial occupation by our first peoples; the arrival of our early settlers in the 19th Century; our surfing and Anzac history, and a pod devoted to the future.

A project team with Sean Rout as Chair, and Stacey Berkman, Kent Bull, Tai Ropiha and Peter Harley as members, has been working for the last two years on this project.

On Saturday, September 30, a public launch of the Project coincided with the installation of a painted artwork which depicts Freshwater Creek moving to Saltwater.  This is very apt, given that Freshwater Creek snakes its way through our community and down to saltwater at the Beach. There is also a great deal of local evidence, including middens, to suggest that the Cammaraigal clan used both the environs of Freshwater Creek and Beach as regular sources of food, and cave overhangs for shelter.

This project has the support of Northern Beaches Council as part of its place-making strategy to make Villages and spaces on the Northern Beaches more vibrant.

Friends of Freshwater has been successful in gaining a grant from Council to assist with this project, but for its full realisation it will require further crowd-funding.

FRESHWATER IS IN THE MIDST OF ITS BIGGEST CONSTRUCTION PHASE SINCE 1970s

Major construction projects across Freshwater have now either commenced or are progressing to conclusion.

If a rough measure of economic activity is the “Crane Index”, then the Freshwater economy is relatively healthy. The coming influx of new residents, most of whom are downsizers, will have a flow-on benefit to businesses within Freshwater Village in particular.

We now have the 17-apartment “Kahana” at 18 Marmora St., now being occupied by new owners.

The retail and apartment complex to be known as the “Freshwater” at 22-26 Albert Street on the old Growers Site, is into construction of its upper floors and has only three more concrete pours prior to completion.

Likewise, the 6-story headland site at 5 Pavilion Street, is moving out of the ground, with fixed crane installed. Hopefully this will be a more aesthetically pleasing building than the poorly constructed ugly duckling that the community endured for more than 50 years. It is now designated as 6 whole-of-floor apartments rather than the pokey 12 two bedroom apartments that previously existed.

The demolition and excavation of the former disability services hospital “Sorrento Care” site at 12 McDonald St. Freshwater West has commenced for the construction of “the Pavilions” with 14x 3 bedroom well-appointed townhouses. All of these have been sold off the plan for high prices. A crane will no doubt appear on the skyline.

The SEPP55 sites at 36 Wyndora (9 apartments) and 96 Soldiers Avenue (10 apartments) have either not commenced or are seeking modification to building approvals.

All of these construction phases have inevitably tested the friendship of neighbours and the local community, with traffic control measures (or lack of), deliveries and concrete pours at all hours, crane movements, poor sediment control, as well as dust and noise, all causing concern.  The community realises that it is desirable for these projects to be completed as soon as possible, but there has to be a balance between expediency and amenity.

Building companies also have an historical reputation of asking for a centimetre of consideration but taking a kilometre. This is particularly the case for the demolition and excavation phase of these projects and the truck movements involved.

GANELLEN TESTS THE FRIENDSHIP OF NEIGHBOURS WITH EXTENSION OF WORKING HOURS.

The Mounties “New Dawn development is moving ahead with the first phase of its construction of 98 leasehold apartments rapidly nearing the fit-out stage. These apartments are being constructed along Carrington and Lumsdaine Drives. The second phase will involve the demolition of the remaining Club buildings and their replacement with residential apartments, gymnasium and a swimming pool complex.

Currently the South Curl Curl Boardwalk is closed due to the installation of a drainage pipe from the Diggers carpark to the ocean.

Harbord Diggers Members have recently been informed that the Diggers Club will close for a defined period from November 2017 until the new Club venue is due to open in April/ May 2018. This was apparently due to low patronage, but will permit acceleration of the second phase of the project

In February this year, the construction company, Ganellen, submitted a Modification application to vary the DA to permit extended hours of construction, despite a range of concerns being raised by 30 local residents who live nearby, as well as the Friends of Freshwater. Council has approved work hours during the week up to 7pm and on weekends uptil 4pm. This work has to be undertaken behind completed facades of the building. The Developer argued that fit outs including the laying of carpet and the installation of kitchens would not be unduly disruptive to the amenity of neighbours. A hotline for complaints has been established by Mounties to expedite concerns raised.

FRESHWATER IS THE MOST IN-DEMAND COMMUTER SUBURB IN AUSTRALIA

Freshwater has been identified as the most desirable and in-demand commuter suburb in Australia within 25kms of a capital city. This claim is based on the number of visits to the property site realestate.com.  Freshwater had 4,382 visits in the 6-month period to 31 May 2017 surpassing other Sydney and Melbourne suburbs.  Its location with iconic beach, and relatively close to the CBD with nearby, excellent, schools and public transport options, were cited as reasons why buyers viewed it so favourably. Visits to this site seeking Freshwater property vastly outweighed actual listings. On a recent weekend for example the Manly Daily listed only 3 properties open for inspection. This high demand has apparently resulted in an increase in the median house price to $2.1 million.

 CELLARBRATIONS LIQUOR LICENCE CAMPAIGN.

For the second time in a year, Friends of Freshwater has mounted a campaign against an application for a Packaged liquor outlet adjacent to the Freshwater Village Plaza in the new “Freshwater “development. More than sixty individual submissions of objection were also lodged with the Department of Liquor and Gaming including from the local District of the Department of Health and the site’s near neighbour Freshwater Community Bank.

Since 2010, the overall number of liquor licences in Freshwater has increased from a few to 11. This includes 3 packaged licences: 2 club licences; 6 on premise licences of which 3 have primary service authorisations.

All of these are within 300 metres of the proposed packaged alcohol applicant.

It should be firmly stated that our concern is not with those café and bar licensees that serve alcohol with the provision of food, or on occasions directly. but only with the excessive provision of packaged alcohol.

Comparison of Liquor Licence Rates has Freshwater at double the State average and with the addition of this application, double that of any suburb on the northern beaches. It should be noted that these statistics do not include the packaged liquor outlet attached to the Harbord Beach Hotel licence.

According to the NSW Department of Health, research indicates that, as the density of packaged liquor outlets increase in an area, the rate of adolescent alcohol use increases, with the most vulnerable young people being those aged 12-14years.

Recently a large crowd of alcohol fuelled adolescents descended on the northern end of Freshwater Beach. Local Police with the Riot Squad struggled to break up the melee. Many of those involved were found to be in the 12-14 years’ age group.

We have yet to be informed of the outcome of our submissions, but very few liquor licence applications have garnered such a strong oppositional response.

FRED REYNOLDS IS REMEMBERED 102 YEARS AFTER HIS DEATH.

Famous Freshwater soldier/engineer, Fred Reynolds, who was killed in action on 25 April 2015 at the Gallipoli landing, has been remembered by his descendants and the Freshwater community at a ceremony in the Soldiers Avenue of Honour on 23 April. Reynolds, who lived, until enlistment, at 50 Crown Road with his family, was a very keen surfer.  At the time of his death, Reynolds was seen using his surfing skills to rescue other wounded soldiers during the chaotic landing on the beach at Gallipoli. He was hit by a sniper’s bullet.

For the last few years, Soldiers Avenue resident, Wendy Machon, has been researching Reynolds and his family tree. Machon, as part of the Soldiers Avenue of Honour Stakeholders Group, was determined that there be an appropriate memorial for Reynolds in Soldiers Avenue rather than a tiny plaque in the roadside gutter. At the Centenary of Anzac in 2015, a Lone Pine was planted by the then Premier, Mike Baird, in Reynolds’ honour. The surround, built by Freshwater resident, Roy Buirchell, is painted in the regimental colours of the Royal Australian Engineers. A bronze Footpath Memorial Plaque was also installed in the footpath adjacent to this memorial. A full history of his short life has also been prepared by Machon, and this was made available to his descendants.

 

BENT FORK NO MORE

The sign on the window says that it has closed for renovations, but the word on the street is that it has closed permanently.  It will probably be replaced by another Café on this prominent but high rent site.

PIG FACE WATERFALL

A unique Pig-face “waterfall” has spectacularly grown over a cliff in Undercliffe Reserve. (See image attached). This common native plant, which Northern Beaches Council often uses as a salt tolerant ground cover, is also called ice-plant or angular sea fig. Its pollinated fruit tastes like salty strawberries, and its purple flower is eaten by aboriginals as bush tucker, much as one would eat zucchini flowers. The fleshy leaves were cut up for salads and provided aboriginals with a source of salt. The Freshwater Community Garden, as part of its “Bush Tucka “project, has a garden bed full of pig face.

FRESHWATER COASTAL OPEN SPACE AND RESERVES MASTER PLAN UPDATE.

Friends of Freshwater, along with Freshwater SLSC, Harbord Diggers Club and 8 representatives of the local community have met on three occasions over the last two months to develop a draft Master Plan for the upgrading of the Coastal Reserves. These reserves extend from South Curl Curl to Queenscliff.

FROM THIS PROCESS, WE ARE SEEKING THE FOLLOWING: –

  • EXTENSION OF SYDNEY COASTAL BOARDWALK FROM SOUTH CURL CURL THROUGH TO OCEAN VIEW ROAD
  • DUNE PATHWAY FROM OCEAN VIEW ROAD TO KOOLOORA AVENUE
  • UPGRADE OF DUNE LOOKOUT AT NORTH FRESHWATER BEACH
  • MODERNISE FRESHWATER RESERVE PLAYGROUNDS
  • CONSIDER RECYCLING INFRASTRUCTURE TO CATER FOR INCREASED USAGE OF RESERVES
  • VEGETATION MANAGEMENT PLAN FOR UNDERCLIFFE RESERVE
  • IMPROVE STORM WATER SYSTEMS FOR SOUTHERN HEADLAND
  • PLAN OF MANAGEMENT FOR FRESHWATER VIEW RESERVE INCLUDING INSTALLATION OF A SAFE LOOKOUT ABOVE SECRET ROCK
  • MOORE ROAD BOULEVARD OF TREES WITH LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE DESIGN FOR TURNAROUND AT THE BEACH.
  • TREATMENT OF LUMSDAINE DRIVE AND THE DIGGERS LEASED EASTERN CARPARK.
  • UPGRADE OF WORLD SURFING RESERVE IN MCKILLOP PARK
  • IMPROVEMENT OF LOOKOUT IN MCKILLOP PARK
  • INSTALLATION OF WAYMARKING SIGNS TO ASSIST VISTORS TO THE RESERVES AND ALONG THE COASTAL TRACK
  • IMPROVED AMENITY INFRASTRUCTURE SUCH AS PUBLIC TOILETS, WASTE RECYCLING, WATER BUBBLERS ETC.

This is a once in a generation opportunity to upgrade our Beach Reserves with funding from the Council amalgamation allocation.

NEW COMMITTEE MEMBERS ELECTED TO FRIENDS OF FRESHWATER EXECUTIVE.

At its Annual General Meeting held on 26 June, Freshwater residents, Christine Frith, Holly Carroll and Kent Bull were elected to the Committee. They accompany Sean Rout who was re-elected. Peter Harley was again elected President and Phil Curry, Vice-President while Denise Goldstein was re-elected as Treasurer.

Our Inaugural Secretary, Brian Dunphy, after 7 years of involvement, decided not to stand and his position was filled by Stacey Berkman. Dunphy, did much to set up the Friends as a Not for Profit Incorporated group and his contribution is much appreciated.    Committee Member, Samantha Clutton Ansley, also did not stand. as she has moved to Port Macquarie, but her contribution, particularly to the Optus Tower Campaign was very significant.

The President reported that the Friends of Freshwater had obtained more than $200,000 in grants for various projects in Freshwater. These included:

  • $163,000 for Soldiers Avenue Refurbishment Project from various State and Federal grant programs
  • $29,720 for the Freshwater Village Public Art project
  • $11,000 for the Undercliffe Reserve Bush Regeneration Project
  • $2000 for the Community Garden “Bush Tucka “Project

A further grant of $49,400 has been sought from the Northern Beaches Council Stronger Community Grant Program, Round 2. This has been sought for the preparation of a Moore Road Master Plan for the linkage between the Village and the Beach.

These projects will guide our work for the coming year.

1970s ACTIVISM REMEMBERED

When non-compliant, red-brick, medium density housing, was being erected across the Freshwater Basin during the 1970’s, many of the residents were opposed to both the consolidation of property and the rapid change in the fabric of their neighbourhood.  Some of these Unit Buildings gained dubious approval by exploiting loopholes in the then LEP or simply by corrupt activities. This led to Warringah Council being put into administration for the first time. A large number of residents banded together and fought against these developments, and even stood for Council elections, after the Council had moved out of Administration for the first time. This eventually led to WLEP 2000 which belatedly removed these anomalies.

One of those many activists was Jeanette Ward and it is always a delight to see her around the Village and continuing her activism as a Member of the Friends of Freshwater.

HARBORD GROWERS and BAKERS Delight moving out!
 
With the closing by the end of this month June 2015 the site once held by the Harbord Growers Market and Bakers Delight will become the start of another construction zone.
 
 
This is the vision of what may become a more upmarket shopping precinct in years to come – for  more comments see our Facebook page.

 

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