“The Duke” Newsletter March 2018

KOOLOORA AVENUE PINES

The recent poisoning, in late 2017, of one of the 22 Norfolk Island Pines along both sides of Kooloora Avenue is indicative of the increasing tension between individual and community amenity. The tree died in quick time, and Council, at substantial cost, was forced to remove it. A new, mid-size tree, has just been planted as a replacement (see picture attached).

This stand of heritage-listed trees was originally planted by Harbord Public School children in 1936 as part of an Arbour Day Program, which enabled street trees to be planted throughout Harbord. Long standing local residents such as Keith Sterland, well remember planting Street trees while at School.  Arbour Day is now known as National Schools Tree Day, and is held on the last Friday in July each year.

Kooloora Avenue has Freshwater Creek running to the ocean along its northern side.  The Creek is now encased in a Storm Water pipe.  These trees would have thrived on the additional moisture provided by the creek.

 

Norfolk Island Pines are a common feature across the east coast of Australia.  According to famous botanist, Joseph Maiden, who wrote about them in “Flora and Fauna of NSW “in 1902, these trees, apart from providing shade, revel in the sea air, have narrow leaves and a conical shape that offers little wind resistance.

“Kooloora” is said to be a local Aboriginal word possibly meaning ‘fresh water’. The Avenue was previously named Freshwater Ave until Council changed the name in 1932.

The heritage listing of these trees was, in part, based on the fact that they are socially significant as plantings by the local school. Although some are in indifferent health they are a prominent visual element in the Freshwater Beach area & are representative of seaside plantings & association with recreation/holiday themes.

 

FRESHWATER’S HERITAGE SITES

 

Developments in Freshwater often raise questions of the suburbs’ heritage. Here are the 16 sites that are currently listed as local heritage sites.

·       Former Harbord Uniting Church Corner Albert Street and Ocean View Road
·       Duke Kahanamoku Statue and Memorial Park 77 Evans Street
·       Freshwater Surf Life Saving Club Freshwater Beach
·       Freshwater Rock Pool Freshwater Beach
·       House known as “Melrose” 56 Harbord Road
·       Street Trees Kooloora Avenue
·       House known as “Felicita” 46 Kooloora Avenue
·       Building known as Harbord Literary Institute Corner Lawrence Street and Oliver Street
·       Building known as Early Childhood Health Centre 29 Lawrence Street
·       House 35 Marlborough Avenue
·       Harbord Beach Hotel 29 Moore Street
·       Street Trees Soldiers Avenue
·       “Freshwater” Restaurant 80 Undercliff Road
·       Harbord Public School Corner Wyadra Road and Oliver Street
·       Jacka Park Memorial Garden Corner Wyndora Avenue and Oliver Street
·       Street trees Wyuna Avenue

This list is constantly being updated.

 

 

HARBORD BEACH HOTEL RETURNS TO ITS HERITAGE COLOURS

 

Recent renovations to the heritage-listed Harbord Beach Hotel (aka “the Hilton”) have included a return to the white liverage first used in 1928. For much of its recent life, it has been painted a predominant sand colour.

 

 

 

 

CENTENARY YEAR FOR THE HARBORD LITERARY INSTITUTE.

 

The Harbord Literary Institute is in its 100thyear of operation, and as yet the community has heard nothing from Council as to any proposed celebration of its longevity.

With its organising committee disbanded (a casualty of the Council amalgamation) there is no capacity for the community to have any input. This is left to anonymous “Asset Managers” who administer the premises.

 

In 1918, it held many “Welcome Back” functions for local returning service personnel from the war fronts of Europe.

 

The Institute, uniquely, continues largely the same activities as when it was first established. It still has a library, run on a voluntary basis, after Council closed its Branch.  These dedicated volunteers keep the library flame flickering in Freshwater. It also has a meeting room which is well used for political and community meetings. Its Hall is booked for cultural and community gatherings, and by day, is a long-standing pre-school. Its former tennis court is now utilised for children’s outdoor play.

 

WHAT USE THE VACANT EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTRE?

 

Mums and their new born children are now forced to seek early childhood services in the multi-storied bun rush that is the new Brookvale Community Health Centre, adjacent to Warringah Mall.  This involves finding parking in the Complex and getting to the designated floor of the building with pram and necessities. Needless to say that young Freshie mums are scattering to other nearby suburbs for their mothers’ groups rather than using this facility.

It is a shame, as the Freshwater Early Childhood Centre worked perfectly well.

 

Which begs the question as to what is going to be the further use for this Council Asset?

 

WITHER WAVES YOUTH CENTRE?

 

The Mounties Headland Site is nearing part completion with some residential accommodation and a day care facility soon to be occupied. Work is continuing apace on other areas and the excavation for the swimming pools/gymnasium/ residential tower, is well underway.

 

At the completion of this project, attention will revert to the other Mounties Group asset in Freshwater, the Waves Youth Facility.  This site was established by members of the Freshwater community via the Harbord Diggers Club. It was meant to be a lasting gift to the youth of our community.  With the quiet removal of the site from the core business of Mounties, its Board is apparently free to use or dispose of the asset as it wishes.

Of course, with a burgeoning youth population, a revitalised youth centre would be welcomed.

 

VILLAGE DEVELOPMENT APPLICATIONS THREATEN ITS FUTURE (update)

Congratulations to the 70 concerned residents who have lodged submission against DAs that if approved will determine the future character of Freshwater Village. These DAs are currently being assessed by Council.

Two DA’s lodged in late December 2017, for construction of 35 apartments on vacant land behind the northern side of the Village. This land, now zoned commercial, had never been built on and one of the blocks was owned by the one family for the last 70 years. It recently sold to a developer, IPM Holdings, which immediately lodged a DA. These blocks are uncomfortably close to the Harbord Electricity Sub Station and its 14 KV transformers and magnetic fields.

One DA (2017/1287) proposes 24 bedrooms to be located 3 metres from the Sub-Station, and we are of the view that this is unsafe, unhealthy and poor urban planning.

Submissions against the Developments have mainly been on the grounds that the residential accommodation is accessed by driveways that flow onto busy Lawrence Street. This is in contravention of the Freshwater Village provisions within the Warringah Development Control Plan. There is also no underground parking for visitors or retail customers as there has been with other Village developments.

These DAs will take much, but give little to the community or the Village in return. Needless to note that there has not been one submission in support.

Interestingly one Development Applicant, IPM Holdings, has purchased the former Anglicare site in upper Wyndora Avenue and is currently selling its town houses known as “the Pavilions”prior to completion in June this year.

NOTIFICATION MAP CONTROVERSY

During this DA process, we discovered that only a small number of surrounding properties were being notified of these DAs.  Of particular note was the adjoining Kahana building in 18 Marmora St., which has its western wall abutting the proposed development. The newly installed residents were not notified, even though the development proposal affects them mightily.

For development proposals of such controversy, widespread notification would have been the norm. Once upon a time the community was letterboxed, and then it was reduced to 300 residences, and now it is a mere 79 properties being notified.

FOF is raising this with Council as it appears that Developers are seeking to have minimal notification by treating these DAs simply as “Alterations and Additions”.

HARBORD ELECTRICITY SUB STATION CONCERN

Friends of Freshwater has written to Ausgrid on 14 March asking it to fully wall its open-air sub-station. We are of the view that the time has come for a public safety approach to be taken to the radiation emissions from the site. These should be isolated by the construction, on 3-sides of the site, of a brick wall lined with metal to ensure that emissions are contained and earthed. Gone are the days when a simple wire fence and precautionary signage will suffice.

We are yet to receive a response.

2018 Memberships of Friends of Freshwater are due for renewal.

If you are thinking of becoming a member of FOF, or simply renewing your membership, then hop on line to our website at www.freshie.org.aufor easy subscription.

This year our projects will be focussed on:

  • Seeing various aspects of the Freshwater Open Space Master Plan through the planning stage including the upgrading of Beach reserve playgrounds and public amenities: completion of the missing segment of the coastal walkway from South Curl Curl Pool through to Freshwater Beach: bush regeneration of Undercliffe Reserve to bring it back to a natural state, and implementation of a Reserve Management Plan for Freshwater View Estate.
  • Continuing to grow the Freshie Community Garden in Crown Reserve as a model of urban sustainability.
  • Work on the next stages of the Freshwater Village Public Art project with a focus on Freshwater’s early settlers and surfers.
  • Refurbishing the Soldiers Avenue of Honour as part of the Centenary of Anzac commemorations.
  • Closely scrutinising all significant Development Applications in Freshwater for compliance with planning requirements

 

 

“The Duke” Newsletter February 2018

 

BEACH RESERVES MASTER PLAN EVOKES WIDESPREAD COMMUNITY DISCUSSION AND INPUT.

Council put the Draft Master Plan on display in late November 2017, with submissions to be received from the community by Feb.4, 2018. Some expressed concern, that with the community moving into summer holiday mode, the draft Plan would not get the deliberation it deserved.  This has proved not to be the case.

The widespread discussion and concern expressed by the community has led to a number of community meetings with Councillors and the Mayor. These have been specifically around the issue of parking and loss of green space in the Beach Reserve  A number of constructive proposals have been put forward to improve parking and traffic movement without compromising on existing green space and these have been put directly to Council

Of special note is the formation of a Freshwater Park Group comprising residents nearby to both Undercliff and Moore Roads.  They compiled a petition with 576 signatures to reinforce their proposals. These have already been the subject of meetings with the Mayor and senior Council staff.

Council will also be meeting with the bush regeneration group who have been patiently improving the bushland along Lumsdaine drive and Carrington Parade.

The proposed route of the Coastal Walk scythes straight through this bushland rather than straddling the Coast, as does the current Boardwalk.

The ball is now squarely in Councils court, and we await further developments.

VILLAGE DEVELOPMENT APPLICATIONS THREATEN ITS FUTURE.

Two DA’s lodged in late December 2017, for construction of 35 apartments on vacant land behind the northern side of the Village. This land, now zoned commercial, had never been built on and one of the blocks was owned by the one family for the last 70 years. It recently sold to a developer, IPM Holdings, which immediately lodged a DA. These blocks are uncomfortably close to the Harbord Electricity Sub Station and its 14 KV transformers and magnetic fields.

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One DA (2017/1287) proposes 24 bedrooms to be located 3 metres from the Sub-Station, and we are of the view that this is unsafe, unhealthy and poor urban planning.

At the time of writing, FOF and 30 other residents have now lodged objections.  Of course we will need more, and we now have until Mid-march to lodge. These have mainly been on the grounds that the residential accommodation is accessed by driveways that flow onto busy Lawrence Street. This is in contravention of the Freshwater Village provisions within the Warringah Development Control Plan. There is also not underground parking for visitors or retail customers. These DAs will take much but given nothing in return.

Interestingly the Developers have not received one submission of support.

NOTIFICATION MAP CONTROVERSY

During this DA process, we discovered that only a small number of surrounding properties were being notified of these DAs.  Of particular note was the adjoining Kahana building in 18 Marmora St., which has its western wall abutting the proposed development. The newly installed residents were not notified, even though the development proposal affects them mightily.

For development proposals of such controversy, widespread notification would have been the norm. Once upon a time the community was letterboxed, and then it was reduced to 300 residences, and now it is a mere 79 properties being notified.

FOF is raising this with Council as it appears that Developers are seeking to have minimal notification by treating these DAs simply as “Alterations and Additions”.

BABY HEALTH CENTRE CLOSURE

Our Baby Health centre is no more and has closed, without any fanfare, after 50 years of excellent service.

The Department of Health has moved it to a new consolidated Community Health Centre.

Mothers seeking post-natal assistance are now forced to drive to Warringah Mall to obtain these essential services. This involves competing for a car spot in a building designed principally for the B-Line bus service traffic.  While it has the advantage of having specialist health services in situ, the days of the leisurely walk to the Village for the Mothers Group meeting and breast-feeding advice, appear over.  Village cafes serving coffee to this clientele will also notice their absence.

NORTHERN BEACHES COUNCIL AS A VILLAGE LANDLORD

Both the Harbord Literary Institute and the Baby Health Centre are buildings under the care and control of Northern Beaches Council. Both are in the western end of the Village and are heritage-listed. Council, for planning purposes is also a major landlord in Freshwater Village.

With the Baby Health Centre now vacant, questions arise as to its future use.

ARMISTICE DAY 2018 IN JACKA PARK AND SOLDIERS AVENUE.

A family friendly remembrance service will be held on 11 November 2018, 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. This year has special significance as the Centenary of the conclusion of a tragic, prolonged 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.
  • We are progressively installing bronze footpath memorial plaques adjacent to designated trees for soldiers who saw service in this War.
  • We have also compiled 20 histories of Freshwater soldiers and their descendants, many of whom still live nearby.
  • 129 men from Freshwater served in WW1 from a total Freshwater population of less than 1500. 34 were killed in action. This loss still reverberates with their families today.

This annual Armistice Day event is organised by the Harbord RSL Sub Branch and the Soldiers Avenue of Honour Stakeholders Group.

APARTMENT COMPLEXES NEAR COMPLETION

The 26“Freshwater’apartments on the former Harbord Growers Site are nearing completion and readying for occupation. Already major internal fit-outs are proceeding apace and scaffolding systematically removed. This apartment block is about 6 months overdue. Finishing touches are being placed on the facades. Friends of Freshwater, at the Approval stage, managed to get concessions on provision of a baby change room in the new public toilets as well as external seating and bike racks. The Super IGA will have 1200sqs of retail space.

The look of the external façade with its muted sandstone cladding is in keeping with the requirements of the Freshwater Village DCP provisions.

There has been much conjecture over the occupants of the third retail space, after Cellarbrations withdrew its Liquor Licence application. Latest mail from our Village snout, is that it will be a restaurant selling Japanese-styled food.

Underground parking for both residents and customers will be a welcome addition to the Village. We will welcome the return of Bakers Delight, and a Super IGA.

At 5 Pavilion St, the 6-storey cliff-top apartment block has now assumed its permanent profile for its 6 apartments. These will be very substantial and will sell for a pretty penny This undoubtedly will be a welcome improvement on the dog of a building that it replaces.

CONGRATULATIONS TO FRESHIES SEAN ROUT

Freshwater’s Sean Rout was recently recognised by Northern Beaches Council on Australia Day. for his outstanding service to our community and more widely.  He is an Executive Member of the Friends of Freshwater, organises both the Anzac Day Ceremony at Mckillop Park and the Armistice Day Ceremony at Jacka Park but is also closely involved with the Manly Marlins and the Manly Waratahs.

Good one, Sean!

FRESHWATER VILLAGE AS A SUSHI HUB

By mid 2018, Freshwater Village may have three outlets serving Sushi.  Hiro’s restaurant in Lawrence Street has doubled its capacity, and the owner is thought to be opening a Sushi Bar in Freshwater Village Plaza (where a well-liked Pharmacy used to be). In addition, a Japanese Ramen noodle establishment is rumoured to be opening in the new “Freshwater” complex.

EMPTY SHOPS STILL THE NORM IN FRESHWATER VILLAGE.

High rents and short leases continue to plague shopkeeper in the Village.  Recently a three further shops had their leases terminated. “Wonders” toy shop, which serviced Freshies burgeoning 0-5 population, has moved to Darley Road, Manly.  Total Beauty is to be located upstairs in the Village Plaza and Phil Murray’s Gym is also looking to move elsewhere.

It appears that the landlord, IPM Holdings must be supremely confident of getting its opportunistic DA approved.

2018 Memberships of Friends of Freshwater are due for renewal.

If you are thinking of becoming a member of FOF, or simply renewing your membership, then hop on line to our website at www.freshie.org.au for easy subscription.

This year our projects will be focussed on:

  • Seeing various aspects of the Freshwater Open Space Master Plan through the planning stage including the upgrading of Beach reserve playgrounds and public amenities: completion of the missing segment of the coastal walkway from South Curl Curl Pool through to Freshwater Beach: bush regeneration of Undercliffe Reserve to bring it back to a natural state, and implementation of a Reserve Management Plan for Freshwater View Estate.
  • Continuing to grow the Freshie Community Garden in Crown Reserve as a model of urban sustainability.
  • Work on the next stages of the Freshwater Village Public Art project with a focus on Freshwater’s early settlers and surfers.
  • Refurbishing the Soldiers Avenue of Honour as part of the Centenary of Anzac commemorations.
  • Closely scrutinising all significant Development Applications in Freshwater for compliance with planning requirements

 

“OPERATION PHOENIX” IN UNDERCLIFFE RESERVE

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The Friends of Freshwater in collaboration with Northern Beaches Council and Land Care is moving to remove a major infestation of the poisonous Phoenix Palms that are dominant in Undercliffe Reserve and spreading to the Southern Dunes. Already a major specimen at the top of Queenscliff Steps has been treated for removal. The spikes of the fronds of this plant are particularly nasty as spiked contact can hospitalise people. Their large canopy also prevents the growth of native plants.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The Duke” Newsletter November 2017

FRESHWATER COASTAL OPEN SPACE DRAFT MASTER PLAN RELEASED FOR PUBLIC CONSULTATION

At its meeting on 28 November, Northern Beaches Council approved a recommendation to release its Freshwater Coastal Open Space Master Plan for public comment.

This Draft Plan was prepared by Council staff with input from a project team consisting of reps from Freshwater SLSC, Harbord Diggers, Friends of Freshwater and people drawn from the local community. Funding for its implementation is to be drawn from the Amalgamation funding provided by the State Government.

From the perspective of the Friends of Freshwater, this is a once in a generation opportunity to inject some fresh thinking into the workability and amenity of these spaces.

We have been campaigning for a number of years for the missing link of the Coastal Walkway to be completed from South Curl Curl through to Ocean View Road; the two beachside playgrounds to be upgraded; removal of weed infestation in Undercliffe Reserve, and a Management plan for Freshwater View Reserve.  The current Diggers development also provides the opportunity to have a fresh look at the configuration of McKillop Park and surrounding streets.

It is without doubt that Freshwater Beach and the surrounding public open space forms some of the most stunning sections of the Palm Beach to Manly Coastal Walkway. The park area immediately behind the beach has been developed in an ad hoc fashion as land was acquired by Councils over a period of time, and is dominated by car parking. This dominance compromises the ability of this important space to function in a way that best serves the community.  Additionally, access to the beach area and adjacent headland reserves such as McKillop Park and Freshwater View Reserve, is far from ideal.

Maps of the three principal areas under consideration are attached. They extend from Queenscliff to South Curl Curl.

Public submissions are being received by Council on its website and at drop-in sessions that are being held adjacent to the Kooloora Avenue playground this Saturday, 9/12, from 8-11am, and on Wednesday 13/12 from 8am to 11am. Council can also be contacted on 1300 434 434.

Should you have any concerns about aspects of this plan, we urge you to put your thoughts in writing to Council.

Needless to add that Friends of Freshwater will also be making a submission to Council

MAGICAL MOMENTS FROM ARMISTICE DAY CEREMONY

An Armistice Day Ceremony to commemorate those men and women who served in WWI, was held in Jacka Park on the eleventh hour of the 11 November, as it has been done for the best part of a century. More than 400 attended including local dignitaries, defence service personnel and descendants of those who gave service. More importantly, Armistice Day is about recognising the fragility of peace and the impact of war on families. This is as poignant now as it was then.

The lessons of the 5 years of intense war during 1914-1918 still reverberate almost a century later.

In the Freshwater Anzac Precinct of Jacka Park and later in the Soldiers Avenue of Honour there were some magical moments on this day that illustrate the essence of peace and the depth of emotions for forebears long departed.

Pippas Peace Prose

Pippa Ravenscroft is the 2017 School Captain of Harbord Public School and within a few months, a high school student. She spoke of peace in her own crafted prose at the recent Armistice Day Ceremony.

Peace is special. So special, that sometimes we dont notice it, ad take it for granted, as it has always been there. And it hasnt.

But in my lifetime, peace is all I have known.

In Freshwater, my generation has grown up in a community that is safe. We’ve never had to worry about living in fear. When youre not living in fear, you have the freedom to be hopeful about what you can achieve in the future.

Peace is extremely precious and we have to look after it. We wont always agree with one another, but if we treat others how we like to be treated, and look at things from other peoples perspectives, it could help create a more peaceful future.

Future peace lies in our hand and I hope we dont throw our chances away.

I hope that people never have to wake up in fear for the future

I hope for a world where everyone lives in peace and harmony.

MARY SUGGATE AT HER SON, BILLYS TREE.

A cameo theatre-in- education role was conducted at the Suggate Tree on the corner of Soldiers Avenue and Marmora St.  Local Soldiers Avenue resident, Wendy Machon played the role of William “Billy” Suggate’s mother, Mary, who planted the tree in 1925.

Suggate died, aged 19, a century ago, in the battle for Passchendaele, Flanders, Belgium.

As “Mary” explained, Dad and I were never able to visit where our beautiful boy was buried. We shared our grief with dozens of our neighbours. With so many sons and husbands lost, we needed somewhere to grieve. Many towns and villages came up with the idea to plant a special tree for each soldiers memory. Our good friend, Mr. Holloway, donated the trees in this memorial street from his nursery. This is our Billys memorial tree, planted on this corner by Dad and I.

It didnt need to rain; our tears did that.

A century later, Harbord Public School, Deputy Principal, Brian ORourke unveiled a footpath memorial plaque at Billys Corner.

 

CONTAINER RECYCLING SCHEME OFF TO A SLOW START IN FRESHWATER

The State Government has embarked on the roll out the container deposit scheme across the northern beaches. However, there are very few reverse vending machines to cope with the demand and only 16 shops on the northern beaches allocated as collection points.

In Freshwater, only Polar Bar on Harbord Road is so licensed.

Soft drinks, juices, flavoured milks and bottled water have all gone up in price, while a carton of beer has increased by $4 a carton due to the introduction of the scheme. An apparent short term windfall for the bottlers.

Friends of Freshwater is a strong supporter of the Scheme due to the experience of plastics fouling the beach.

 

TREE REMOVAL

The poisoned Norfolk Island Pine in Kooloora Avenue, on which we reported last month, has been removed by Council. This tree had its roots poisoned by someone wishing to gain an unexplained advantage.  It will be replaced by a new pine in this heritage listed stand of trees.

PUBLIC ART PROJECT

We are still seeking further formal feedback on the first of our public art project pods…. the First Peoples Pod.

Many people have sought more information about the Aboriginal Artist who painted the pod façade. Leanne Tobin has worked as an artist for three decades. She is of Darug descent and grew up in Western Sydney. In 2011, Leanne won the Parliament of NSW Aboriginal Art Prize for her art work, “Defending Country”. She is currently the Artist in Residence at Blacktown Council’s Art Centre.

ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION AND ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR

In response to a spate of anti-social behaviour at Freshwater beach which has involved under-age drinking, and widespread community concern, Northern Beaches Council and the local area Police Command have resolved to establish an Alcohol Prohibited Area to cover the beach reserves from Undercliffe Road in the south, the public car park adjacent to Freshwater Beach extending to Ocean View Road.  In addition,

An Alcohol Free Zone will be established for Freshwater Village to included public roads, footpaths and carparks within the area from the corner of Oliver and Lawrence Streets through to the junction of Albert St. and Ocean View Road. Police assert that these are needed public space management tools to combat anti-social behaviour associated with excessive consumption of alcohol.

TIM TRUMPER

Freshwater resident, Tim Trumper, has recently been appointed Chairman of the NRMA after being a Board Member since 2014. His Board responsibilities as a Director in that period have included the Northern Beaches, where he has been active in a wide range of motoring issues. He has been vocal on upper age driving limits and has stated that our view is that there is no driver upper age. Its about your driving ability and your awareness of that ability

Tim is closely monitoring new motoring technologies such as the introduction of driverless cars and alternative fuel sources.

HIGH RENTS KEEP SHOPS EMPTY.

One of the downsides of sky-high real estate prices is that the assessed value of property keeps rising, as do rates and taxes.  Landlords have to pay these increased costs and often pass them on to tenants in the form of higher rents.

In Freshwater, a real estate hotspot, commercial rents are inordinately high.  This has led to a number of shops becoming vacant and remaining unfilled for lengthy periods. Something has got to give.

“The Duke” Newsletter October 2017

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.

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.

OUR CELLARBRATIONS 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 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.

 

“The Duke” Newsletter October 2016

 “THE DUKE “

                                  October 2016 Update from The Friends of Freshwater Inc.

CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES TEST THE FRIENDSHIP OF FRESHWATER COMMUNITY

The construction companies on the three major Freshwater sites have been working into the night with their trucks rumbling through the community during sleeping hours, and constantly during the day, without any obvious traffic management plan, and with apparently scant regard for either pedestrian safety or community amenity.  Recently a Tower Crane was erected by Hindmarsh Construction on Sunday night 23 October where an out of hours work application Permit 2016/00191 was approved by Council for commencement on Sunday 23 October 2016.

The Permit operating hours were clearly stated to commence at 8.00pm and conclude at 3.00am on Monday morning 24 October 2016.

 It was a surprise when neighbours received notice from Hindmarsh Construction in their mailboxes on 20 October 2016, stating that the massive Tower Crane installation would be commencing work on Sunday 23 October 2016 at 6.00pm and concluding at 6.00am Monday 24 October 2016.

With not much thought given to community amenity, Hindmarsh Construction was also blatantly contravening the out of hours permit approved by the Northern Beaches Council.

Residents have been most patient with these builders particularly on the numerous occasions that they have worked outside of allotted hours. It is apparent with Hindmarsh Construction that the Principal Certifier, and Council’s Compliance Officers have simply let this happen.

Hindmarsh Construction, as with Ganellen and Growthbuilt have a regulatory requirement to comply with the Conditions of its Permits, and Northern Beaches Council has to ensure breach enforcement action in accordance with the Provisions of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, 1979.


SWING CRANES AND THEIR AIR SPACE.

It appears to be a little known fact that the air space above one’s property can be a source of income. Construction companies have long paid a fee to nearby property owners whose properties are being overshadowed by the swing arc of Self-Erecting and Tower Cranes and their counterweights.

When the apartment complex, “Sea Change” on Crown Road, was being constructed, neighbours were handsomely compensated for the inconvenience of the tower crane hovering above. This is the current situation for properties in the near vicinity to both “Freshwater” and “Kahana “constructions.

SOLDIERS AVENUE ROADWAY UPGRADED.

Much work is being done on and below the road surface of Soldiers Avenue.  A variety of services are located under this road including major sewerage pipes, storage tanks, high voltage power cables, Telstra communication systems and, of course, Freshwater Creek.

In the last week, the road surface has been completely renewed after fully laden concrete and B-double trucks had roughed its surface. There are calls for a speed zone for this Avenue given the lack of two-way movement.  A speed hump is being installed between 56 and 58 Soldiers Avenue by NBC


FRIENDS OF FRESHWATER HAS ANOTHER ACTIVE YEAR

Friends of Freshie has been actively involved this year in a wide range of projects including: –

  • ·       Successful campaign for the removal of the 4G Optus tower from the McKillop Park headland
  • ·       Registration of the Freshwater Anzac Precinct as a community war memorial
  • ·       Refurbishment of the Soldiers Avenue of Honour, undergrounding of HV cabling and seeking State heritage listing.
  • ·       Public Toilets for Jacka park
  • ·       Freshwater Community Garden
  • ·       Urban planning issues
  • ·       The Village Public Art Project.
  • ·       Upgrading of Queenscliff steps
  • ·       Removal of weed infestation in Undercliffe Reserve
  • ·       Upgrading and saving Freshwater Beach Reserve Playgrounds.
  • ·       Boardwalk extensions from South Curl Curl to Freshwater Pool.

All of these projects require close interaction with the three tiers of government.

At its AGM on 12 October, a new Executive was elected for 2017. It includes:-

Peter Harley, President

Phil Curry, Vice-President

Brian Dunphy, Secretary

Denise Goldstein, Treasurer

Sean Rout, Executive Committee

Stacey Berkman, Executive Committee

Kent Bull, Executive Committee.

Mine Host of the Harbord Beach Hotel, John Thorpe, AO, was again elected as Patron.

HARBORD PUBLIC SCHOOL AND MANLY SELECTIVE CAMPUS SHORT CHANGED ON MAINTENANCE.

FOI documentation has revealed that Harbord Public School and Manly Selective are among 6 schools on the northern beaches which have a maintenance backlog in excess of $500,000. With $28 mill being spent on new classrooms at Harbord Public, this figure appears confusing and may relate to maintenance in other parts of the School. In the case of Manly Selective nothing appears to have been spent on the School or its grounds for a long time. The same dilapidated fence surrounds the Campus as it did in 1970.

ARMISTICE DAY CEREMONY AT THE FRESHWATER ANZAC PRECINCT IN JACKA PARK AND THE SOLDIERS AVENUE OF HONOUR.

It is now 98 years since the formal conclusion of World War One on 11 November 1918.  In Freshwater, we especially remember this day because of the profound impact this senseless conflict had on our community in both losses of life and injuries to those that returned.

On the 11 November next, we will be remembering a 24-year-old Freshwater Surf Club member, Horace “Ponto” Logan who was killed in action, near Fromelles, exactly a century ago. A bronze footpath memorial plaque in memory of him will be unveiled at his tree on the eastern corner of Eric St. and Soldiers Avenue. Many members of the Logan family will also be in attendance and for them it is a very poignant occasion.

The original Logan plaque and tree guard was mistakenly removed by Council in 1985.

The replacement of plaques is part of a five- year program to restore the original objects and fabric of the historic Soldiers Avenue of Honour. It has the support of the three tiers of Government.

At 11am on 11 November a commemorative ceremony will commence in Jacka Park and then proceed to Soldiers Avenue. All are most

welcome and then everyone will be invited to walk to Logan’s tree for the unveiling.

BABY HEALTH CENTRE SET TO GO

We reported in our last month’s edition that Freshwater’s long established Early Childhood Centre is set to close. It is slated to be part of a consolidated service within the new Community Health Centre being constructed near Warringah Mall. Mothers will then have to travel by car to the Mall to attend previously arranged appointments. This Centre will service the whole of the Northern Beaches.

The Village Early Childhood Centre is much cherished by young mothers, who can drop in for advice, and is used as a meeting point for mothers’ groups. It is pram accessible.

Located in a heritage listed building (a former fire station) it is an important part of the Village fabric.

Friends of Freshwater has written to the Hon Mike Baird to confirm the Department of Health’s intention to relocate the Service away from the Village. We are awaiting a response from the Department of Health before mounting a campaign for its retention.

WHO MAKES THE BEST COFFEE?

In Freshwater, we now have a large number of thriving coffee and café outlets. This has now increased with the re-opening of Carlos on Albert. This outlet previously had a loyal “milk crate” following.  In the new year, another coffee outlet will emerge with the opening of About Life and its mezzanine coffee shop.

Good coffee relies on a good barista, so who makes the best Coffee?

NORTHERN BEACHES WHITE RIBBON WALK AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE  23 NOVEMBER.

Starting at Queenscliff Surf Club a 30-minute Community Walk to Manly will be held on Wednesday 23 November next from 7am with a BBQ to be held on the Corso. This initiative against domestic violence is actively supported by Northern Beaches Police Command.

A Flyer is attached.

2017 NORTHERN BEACHES COUNCIL ELECTION LOOMING.

All the political parties appear to be gearing up for the election of the inaugural Northern Beaches Council. On 21 October, Your Warringah which had a majority on Warringah Council, as well as the Mayoralty, sought to change its name on the Register of Political Parties to YOUR NORTHERN BEACHES INDEPENDENT TEAM. Campaign literature under its new name can’t be far away.

As we have stated previously, the Friends of Freshie is apolitical and will not be endorsing or supporting any political party.

“The Duke” Newsletter September 2016

 “THE DUKE “

                                  September 2016 Update from The Friends of Freshwater Inc.

Daylight Saving has again arrived to relieve the early morning darkness. Spring has sprung with hot dry westerly winds and hints of summer heat. Volunteer surfing patrols on Freshwater Beach have resumed, but only the wet-suited are in the water. Whales are migrating up the coast to their breeding grounds in Hervey Bay, and in their wake, sharks are circling.  Summer will soon be upon us.

B-DOUBLE TRUCK CONVOYS RAISE SAFETY CONCERNS

B-Double trucks carrying excavated material from the Harbord Diggers construction site are continuing to cause widespread community concern in Freshwater.  In one 30- minute period this week, no less than 40 fully laden trucks rolled through Freshwater village.  When a Traffic Management Plan was hammered out at the DA Approval process, it was agreed by all parties that the narrow streets of Freshwater, and particularly Evans Street, were inappropriate for such large truck movements. That Plan has apparently been abandoned by the builder and the trucks have gone rogue. Now we find trucks arriving as early as 3.30am for their first load at daybreak and making three trips per day, all of which are moving through Freshwater Village.  The builder, Ganellen, appears indifferent to the safety concerns raised by our community.

BABY HEALTH CENTRE TO GO

Freshwater’s long established Early Childhood Centre is set to close. It is slated to be part of a consolidated service within the new Community Health Centre being constructed near Warringah Mall. Mothers will then have to travel by car to the Mall to attend previously arranged appointments. This Centre will service the whole of the Northern Beaches.

The Village Early Childhood Centre is much cherished by young mothers, who can drop in for advice, and is used as a meeting point for mothers’ groups. It is pram accessible.

Located in a heritage listed building (a former fire station) it is an important part of the Village fabric.

Are we up for a fight to keep this Service in the Village?

A BROADCASTING CAREER STARTS ON A BUS TRIP TO MANLY WHARF

It’s not often that a notable career commences by chance on a bus trip from North Curl Curl to Manly, but that was the experience of a young Norman May in 1957.  Travelling to work in the city, the Freshwater surf lifesaver, who was part of Freshwater’s legendary R and R team, sat next to Richard Healy, then NSW Director of Sport for the ABC and a well-known sporting commentator (and later, long term Member for Wakehurst). In the course of conversation, Healy asked May if he would be interested in providing expert commentary at a Surf Carnival being held at Dee Why at the weekend.  In the early days of television, the ABC, did outside broadcasts of a wide range of sports on a weekly basis. May commentated on the event and was then invited to become a sports broadcasting trainee. The rest is history, as it involved a lengthy career where he used his encyclopaedic knowledge of a wide variety of sports to become one of the nation’s most recognised and acknowledged sports broadcasters. He is best known for his Olympic swimming broadcasts but was adept at covering everything from fencing to rugby.

Although he never married, and lived for a long time with his mother in the family home                      at Abbott Road, North Curl Curl, in his retirement years, Norman “ Nugget” May moved to Bondi. He died, aged 88, on 11 September 2016.

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MEMORIAL PLAQUE FOR WORLD WAR 1 DECEASED SOLDIER

Horace Sydney Logan was killed in France during World War 1 a century ago. He was one of his Battalion who survived the horrendous Battle of Fromelles only to be shot in the head by sniper fire two weeks later.

The Soldiers Avenue of Honour Stakeholders Group is installing a bronze Footpath Memorial Plaque (see montage) in Soldiers Avenue adjacent to his allocated tree on the eastern corner of Eric Street and Soldiers Avenue. This will be commemorated with a ceremony at this tree on Armistice Day, 11th November, 2016. “Ponto” as he was known, was a student of St. Josephs College, and when he died, his family donated a rowing eight boat to enable the College to compete in its first Head of the River. Logan was also a founding member of Freshwater Surf Club (see photo of him seated in the front row, first right) and his name is on the Club’s Honour Board. Current students from St. Joseph College will form an Honour Guard at the ceremony.

FRIGID FROGS FLY THE FLAG

It’s a proud tradition for one of our local winter swimming clubs, the Frigid Frogs which operates throughout the winter at South Curl Curl Pool. It has again won the Australian Winter Swimming Championship as the best all-round club. This is the 14th occasion that this has occurred and is in part due to the dominance of its swimmers in the older age categories. Local swimmers Warren “Wick” Riley, Max Van Gelder and Barry Lumsdaine excelled in the Over 80 category, while Ossie Doherty did likewise in the over 90 category.  The Frigid Frogs are proudly supported by the Freshwater Community Bank.

NEW YORK TIMES OBITUARY FOR BERNARD “MIDGET” FARRELLY

It is not often that the death of an Australian gets coverage in the New York Times but this is what happened when one of Australia’s much admired surfing champions, Midget Farrelly, died on 7 August last, aged 72.

In an obituary published on 10 August 2016, columnist Daniel Victor, wrote that Farrelly who won a historic world championship at Manly Beach, was an outsider in the surfing world, who, in 1969, railed against drug-taking which had become ingrained in the surfing culture of the time. Farrelly editorialised in the surfing magazine, Surfing World. “Does the beach take dope; do the waves take dope; do the seagulls take dope”. “Man, if you are part of that scene, you won’t either

A young Farrelly, aged 14, joined Freshwater Surf Club in 1958 when his family was living at South Curl Curl.  In the world of surfing, it was then the age of 3-metre-long balsa boards, and “Midget” as he became known, even though he wasn’t small of stature, constructed his own balsa board and was off on a stellar career as a surfboard rider and manufacturer in this newly emerging sport.

In later years, he was the Sweep on surf boats for the Palm Beach Surf Club.

The magazine, Surfing Life, said that “he had surfed until a few weeks before his death from stomach cancer”.

WHO MAKES THE BEST COFFEE?

In Freshwater, we now have a large number of thriving coffee and café outlets. This will soon increase with the arrival of About Life (with an 85 seat mezzanine area) and the re-opening of Carlos on Albert. Good coffee relies on a good barista, so who makes the best Coffee?

TEACHERS HAVE LASTING IMPACTS

The late Tom Uren, surf lifesaver, boxer, prisoner-of-war, politician and activist, who spent his school years in Freshwater prior to 1939, always used to state that “Miss Rolfe’s words are always with me when I give a public or parliamentary speech”. Miss Rolfe was his Year 6 teacher at Harbord Public School in 1933. “She taught me how to frame a speech” said Uren who was delivering speeches into his 90’s.

It is yet another example of the lasting impacts of our teachers. To those who attended Harbord Kindergarten during her tenure, it will always be known to them as “Crump’s Academy”, after the long standing Director and community activist, Irene Crump.

Former students of St. John the Baptist School may have similar fond memories of Daphne Blake who has recently passed away aged 93.

Do you have a favourite memory of our local teachers such as John Speight, Keith Amos, Gwen Gordon or more lately Bryan O’Rourke?

TWO SUPERMARKETS FOR FRESHWATER

By early 1918, Freshwater Village will have two supermarkets.  A DA lodged by Harrington Property Group, the owner of the current IGA site in Freshwater Village Plaza, heralds the forthcoming arrival of About Life, an upmarket organic supermarket with obligatory coffee shop. This company currently operates, in a similar way, at other sites in Cammeray, Lane Cove, Crows’ Nest, Bondi and Surry Hills

Friends of Freshwater has also been informed that the incoming proprietor of the 1,200sq.m retail supermarket space in the Freshwater apartment complex will be a SUPA IGA operated by the proprietors of the Cremorne IGA. This retailer is one of the best performed in the IGA network across Australia. It is unlikely to be selling liquor.

The “Freshwater” development is still at the excavation phase with the builder, Hindmarsh Construction, currently extracting sandstone to create the second level of the underground car park. It has taken months of removal of compacted beach sand to get to this point. After the basement slab is laid in late October and the groundwater storage tank established, the structural phase will begin in earnest. It is at this point that the builder hopes to catch up valuable lost time caused by the SX Projects financial collapse. During this phase, we will likely see convoys of concrete trucks agitating up and down Albert Street. This will continue until March next year, when fitting out will commence. Residents are likely to be in their apartments by October and the supermarket and two shops (one a Bakers Delight) fully operational by early 2018.

The completed SUPA IGA has provision for 100 customers at a time with underground parking, public toilets and amenities. During the DA Approval Process, Friends of Freshie raised the need for a baby changing space, and has again raised it with the builder and architects. The Village currently has poor capacity for baby-changing amenities. Hindmarsh Construction advise that it is normal to supply this provision in their construction process and it is likely that it will be provided near the Supermarket and adjacent to the main toilets.

In addition, a modification to the “Freshwater” development at 22-26 Albert Street (currently lodged with Council), seeks to strata the retail entities within the complex, and indicates that the supermarket will be geared to cater for 100 customers at any one time.

OVER 55’S PREDOMINATE IN FRESHWATER DEVELOPMENTS.

By 2018, Freshwater will have 277 more apartments occupied primarily by over 55’s.

By that time, the Kahana at 18 Marmora (16 Units – 1 beach house); the Freshwater (23 units); 36 Wyndora (9 Units); Freshwater Rise at 94-96 Soldiers Avenue (10 Units) and the Harbord Diggers New Dawn (190+) will be either at or near completion. In addition, a 17 town villa complex in McDonald Avenue on a former health facility site will also be at an advanced stage.

Some of these developments were approved by Council on the basis of SEPP 55 legislation, while others are overtly priced to attract downsizers.

It is clear that Freshwater will have a significant influx of population in the Over 55 age bracket.

TRAFFIC CALMING IN WEST FRESHWATER

Council is intending to instigate a Local Area Traffic Management Scheme for areas between Harbord Rd and Oliver Street.  This will enable the installation of ‘raised thresholds” for Brighton Street, Wyndora Avenue and Soldiers Avenue, as well as a raised wombat crossing in Johnson Street adjacent to a school entrance.

Amazingly this has been in the Council pipeline since a 2007 Survey was completed.

We can now only hope that further traffic calming will also be extended to busy streets east of Oliver St.

FRESHWATER ANZAC PRECINCT REGISTERED AS A COMMUNITY WAR MEMORIAL.

The historic Soldiers Avenue of Honour and the nearby Jacka Park Wall of Remembrance, have recently been jointly registered by the State Government as a Community War Memorial. This will assist with the ability to gain support for maintenance and refurbishment of these memorials.

COME JOIN US FOR MEMBERSHIP DRINKS AND MEETING AT THE HARBORD BEACH HOTEL ON WEDNESDAY 12TH OCTOBER AT 7PM.

Friends of Freshwater will be holding its annual drinks and meeting in the lower Freshies Restaurant at the Harbord Beach Hotel. All members most welcome. THERE WILL BE A REPORT GIVEN ON ALL THE PROJECTS IN WHICH WE HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN 2016.

IF YOU WISH TO  BECOME A FRIENDS OF FRESHWATER MEMBER OR SIMPLY RENEW YOUR EXISTING MEMBERSHIP THEN YOU CAN DO IT ON THE NIGHT

As you can see, we constantly need to raise our voice as a community on a variety of issues. Join us and strengthen our voice, and yours.

2016 memberships are now open at $10 per year via a simple transfer to FOF’s account at Freshwater Community Bank (633000/138650791) or via a visit to the Branch.

© Friends of Freshwater Village Incorporated

“The Duke” Newsletter August 2016

 “THE DUKE “

                                  August 2016 Update from The Friends of Freshwater Inc.

 

It is amazing that we are now approaching Spring with the wattles beginning to bloom, and the coastal rosemary flowering.  Big seas and heavy downpours of rain have battered and scoured our northern beaches in the last few months, but the sand is returning, and we are venturing out into the lengthening sunlight.

STORM DAMAGE REPAIRS

The South Curl Curl beach sinkhole that emerged after the major April 2015 storm provided a powerful indication of storm power. The southern corner of the beach was eroded to bedrock, the integrity of the beach ramp threatened and the pavement was undermined.  Northern Beaches Council has just spent $700k+ in buttressing the sea wall structures with wire anchoring into the sandstone at the rear of the beach. With the return of the sand, it is hard to see any evidence of this engineering work but be reassured that it is there to combat future storms. The large tonnage of rocks dumped into North Curl Curl Pool is another question and it may have to be removed by explosives prior to summer.

Along the South Curl Curl Boardwalk, there are minor signs of uplift and misalignment, but it held up well.

Amazingly, Freshwater Beach came through largely unscathed with minimal beach erosion. The prevailing science confirmed that its dunes, along the full length of the beach, acted as an affective buffer.

AN UPGRADED SOUTHERN WALKWAY FOR FRESHWATER

Work is nearing completion on the third stage of the upgrading of Queenscliff Steps with only permanent safety railings to be installed. The steepness of the steps has been reduced and potholes removed. The first two stages were completed earlier in the year, and a $100,000+ contract has been let to local company Performance Concrete Pty Ltd. to re-lay the last stage that links Queenscliff to Freshwater Beach.

These Steps are heavily used and form an important part of the Sydney Coastal Walk.

They were first created in 1880 by stonemasons employed by John Lewers, Freshwater’s first postal agent, who owned the Kiosk at the southern end of Freshwater (now Pilu at Freshwater). This enabled, for the first time, pedestrian access down a steep cliff, and through Undercliffe Reserve to the Beach and the Kiosk.  Previous access was only by boat, or around the rocks at low tide. Lewers’ stonemasons also carved a tunnel at Queenscliff Headland in a failed attempt to create a walkway to Freshwater Beach, (the tunnel is still there).

Local Stonemason, Mick Leslie, improved the carved 1880 datings in the 1970” s. These now appear in relief at both ends of the walk.

Friends of Freshwater still has a major concern about the inadequate pipes that have to cope with the massive amount of storm water that cascades down these Steps, from the hard surface areas of Crown Road and Pavilion Street, into Undercliffe Reserve and out to the ocean. We have been campaigning for the last 5 years for an upgrade of these storm water facilities and the stairs.  Overflows of nutrient laden storm water have become more frequent, and the new stairs will continue to bear the brunt of storm events.  Any overflows always lead eventually to weed infestation of the Reserve below.

Friends of Freshwater has been successful in gaining a $10,000 Land Care Grant to develop a vegetation management plan and undertake bush regeneration in this heavily weed-infested Reserve. Initial work is being done along the pathways to the Beach, and already lantana has been removed to reveal again the spectacular views.

A welcome addition will also be the provision of a bicycle rail along the Steps to compliment those installed in earlier stages.

APPALLING GRAFFITI TAGGING ON QUEENSCLIFF STEPS.


In an act of wanton vandalism, the new Steps have already been tagged by someone with a dislike of joggers and people from western Sydney.  Where do these attitudes come from in our otherwise very tolerant and accepting community?  And why joggers?

“BUSH TUCKA” Project in Freshie Community Garden


 At its meeting on 9 August, Northern Beaches Council approved a Community Development Grant of $2,000 to enable the Freshie Community Garden to mount a project focussing on indigenous foods.

With these funds the Garden will be able to plant native fruits including quandongs, kutjera, muntries, kunzeas and finger limes. It will also assist with the planting of native vegetables such as warrigal greens and wild parsnip. It is intended that indigenous food workshops will also be conducted at the Garden by Permaculture Northern Beaches.

TETRAGONIA RAVIOLI

While we are on the subject of indigenous food, local chef and television presenter, Ed Halmagyi, has been promoting neglected, largely unknown and forgotten foods that are all around us on the edges of our beaches, in our parklands and on our footpaths. These include dandelions, nasturtiums, pigface, turkey rhubarb and cobblers peg. Tetrogonia (also known as Warrigal greens, native or beach spinach) is readily available in Undercliffe Reserve.

Halmagyi has a recipe for Tetrogonia Ravioli which involves pasta dough, and range of ingredients and 6 cups of washed Tetrogonia. A word of warning is that the leaves have to be blanched in boiling water for 20 seconds or until wilted, and then refreshed in iced water.

OYSTERS EELS AND FISH—THE FUTURE OF CURL CURL LAGOON

In early August, 45 people attend a forum hosted by Curl Curl Lagoon Friends. Council provided an overview on the health of the lagoon. It is getting better, with very low bacteria and lots of phytoplankton. What it lacks is biodiversity caused by lack of seagrass for example.

Dr Vicky Cole from Sydney Uni  also spoke and is an expert on oysters (which are excellent as filters and creating habitat).

Oyster balls have been trialed successfully in Manly Lagoon recently. They filter massive amounts of water and create habitat for things like tube worms and marine plants to attach to.

Northern Beaches Council is hoping to take the same approach with a research trial in Curly Lagoon initially in the channel east of Griffin Rd bridge. It hopes to install plastic sea grass in 4 places in the lagoon. This is unusual process, but seagrass is difficult and almost impossible to transplant. Artificial grass allows essentials foods to grow on it and fish are attracted to the food, and as habitat. Although the memories of the old Curly Dump linger, we may even get to see edible fish and eels again.

FRESHWATER IS BEING SHORT CHANGED

Our submissions to Council to gain a share of the Sect 94 Developer Contributions (this year alone + $2m) have fallen on deaf ears. The bulk of funding has gone as per usual to Dee Why and its need for Town Centre infrastructure.

We recently addressed a full Council meeting on 23 August as to projects in Freshwater which we thought had been funded or at least evaluated.

These included the Jacka Park Public toilets (we have been waiting 30 years);

Footpaths on the norther side of Soldiers Avenue (these were previously approved as long ago as 1935 but never built); an above tidal zone walkway from the recently upgraded Freshwater Rock Pool through to Ocean View Road (to enable disabled access to a pool that has disabled access); and upgrading of Freshwater Beach children’s playgrounds (not touched since 1990’s).

We hope to gain access to the Stronger Communities Fund of $15m which was created out of State Government funding for the Council amalgamation.

The Administrator, Dick Persson, stated at the meeting that he would like to look at these sites with the Executive of the Friends of Freshwater.

AUSGRID MINOR TRIM OF TREES

The heritage-listed trees in Soldiers Avenue will have minor trim on September 2 to enable clearance of the insulated aerial bundle cables. At the same time, Ausgrid has agreed for some arboreal reshaping of the trees which had been severely misshapen from harsh pruning. Progressively we hope to get these trees back to a normal shape.

SOUTH CURL BOARDWALK MISSING LINK GETS FUNDING SUPPORT.

In a major coup, the Administrator, Dick Persson, has announced that $200,000 has been allocated from State government funding to extend the Board Walk from South Curl Curl Rock Pool to Freshwater Rock Pool.

Readers of “The Duke” will be aware that FOF has been campaigning for this outcome for a number of years, given the fact that the Board Walk is part of the Sydney Coastal Track, is heavily utilised, but is frustrating for the disabled, those in wheelchairs or with prams, who have to turn back at a set of stairs.

It is our hope that these improvements will pave the way for access to all and not just the able-bodied.

B-DOUBLE TRUCK MOVEMENTS CAUSE COMMUNITY CONCERN.

Currently Freshwater and Curl Curl are being beset with truck movements through its narrow streets. The Ganellen Harbord Diggers site alone has 300 B-double truck movements per working day. This will continue for the foreseeable future as 150,000 cubic metres of sand stone is progressively removed from the site.

Mostly these trucks are queuing in pre-dawn light in Griffith Road awaiting a call to load excavated materials. They then proceed on a predetermined path around Lumsdaine Drive and then, fully laden, return back along Carrington Parade. Many undertake this journey in convoy.   However, some rogue drivers are breaking out from the agreed traffic plan and taking short cuts through Freshwater Village and random streets. In their haste, street signs have been knocked over, chicanes, roundabouts and street surfaces damaged and pedestrian crossings made unsafe.  Dust and spoil is everywhere in the Village.

A similar situation applies to the former Growers Site, and nearby Kahana in Marmora Street. Fully laden B-double trucks are exiting the Growers site across Albert Street and up Lawrence Street. These are an imposing sight for pedestrians wanting to cross the Villages 3 pedestrian crossings.  Cement trucks have essentially taken over Marmora Street whenever there is a concrete pour with as many as 6 being nearby at the one time.

Friends of Freshie members in Kooloora St and Carrington Parade have reported disrupted sleep from large trucks idling nearby with engines running at 5.00am.

Clearly Council’s Traffic Management planning for these site is largely non- existent and very much at the whim of the construction company. Traffic control is deficient and pedestrians have to negotiate their own way along these streets.

Complaints to Council and the individual site foremen tend to fall on deaf ears. Even Council fines are simply regarded as normal daily business by these builders.

We can only hope that this construction phase will be soon over. “Kahana” with its 16 apartments will be finished in April 2017.  Likewise, “the Freshwater” with its 23 apartments, although slightly behind schedule, is also aiming for a 2017 completion. Stage 1 of the “Diggers New Dawn” is scheduled for 2018 but the site construction is currently two weeks ahead of schedule.

UGLY DUCKLING SOLD FOR DEVELOPMENT.


Although beauty is largely in the eye of the beholder, the 6-storey, uninhabited, building on the Queenscliff headland, known as 5 Pavilion Street, is plainly pug ugly, and in need of aesthetic re-development.  It has DA approval for a new building to replace the existing concrete-cancer riddled structure. It has been sold by the block’s 12 owners for $10 million to a developer. This values each apartment at $800,000. We will keep you posted of further plans.

LOCAL HERITAGE LISTING FOR DUKE SCULPTURE AND SURFING MEMORIAL

The Heritage Office has listed the Duke Surfing Memorial at Mckillop Park for local heritage listing. Friends of Freshwater is of the view that it is worthy of State Heritage Listing given the international significance of Freshwater/ Manly and its World Surfing Reserve in the history of surfing. The listing did not acknowledge the Centenary of Duke’s Day nor the emerging sister city relationship with Waikiki in Hawaii.  This is not the end of the road and there is clearly work to be done.

FRESHWATER ANZAC PRECINCT

An amalgam of Freshwater community groups known as the Soldiers Avenue of Honour Stakeholders Group, is seeking to have both the Jacka Park Wall of Remembrance and the Soldiers Avenue of Honour jointly registered as community war memorials under the heading of “Freshwater Anzac Precinct”. The group is applying to NSW Department of Veteran’s Affairs for this to occur.

© Friends of Freshwater Village Incorporated

“The Duke” Newsletter June/July 2016

 “THE DUKE “

                                  June / July 2016 Update from The Friends of Freshwater Inc.

 

In the Duke edition of May, we thought that that there might likely be major coastal damage from a succession of east coast lows. The UNSW at Manly Vale’s Water Research Laboratory, from its monitoring, was stating that a gathering storm might turn ugly.  It proved to be too close to the mark, but little did we anticipate that this would be the equivalent of the 1974 storms in wreaking havoc along the Northern Beaches.  Throughout June, we had two major storm events on June 6 and 20, combined with heavy seas, high rainfall and king tides… a dynamic and clearly devastating combination.  

STORM DAMAGE CLOSER TO HOME

From North Curl Curl to Freshwater and along the Manly to Shelley beachfront, there are obvious signs of the ferocity of the storms. None more obvious than the tonnage of sandstone dumped into the North Curl Curl rock pool. Some of it was heaved by powerful wave action over the safety railings. At Fairy Bower, the top capping of the storm wall was hurled into the rear wall of the nearby cafe. Luckily no-one was inside but the Cafe was nearly demolished. 

At South Curly, the southern end was again scoured, and work to fortify the footpath and ramp was suspended. It has since resumed.

Further along the South Curl Curl Boardwalk, there are minor signs of uplift and misalignment, but the structures held up well.

Amazingly, Freshwater Beach came through largely unscathed with minimal beach erosion. The prevailing science confirmed that its dunes, along the full length of the beach, acted as an affective buffer. Previously, when the Beach had an esplanade/sea wall along its length (it was destroyed by storms in 1979) old photos confirm that there was regular flooding of Ocean View Road at the northern end of the Beach.

EARLY TEST FOR NEW NORTHERN BEACHES COUNCIL 

Damage to the Collaroy/Narrabeen beach erosion hotspot is well documented and provided an early test of the response capacity of the newly amalgamated Council. Less known is the swift work to rectify the damage done to North Curly Pool and the South Curl Curl Boardwalk (which was temporarily closed, but is now open again).

AN UPGRADED SOUTHERN WALKWAY FOR FRESHWATER

Work is proceeding on the third stage of the upgrading of Queenscliff Steps. The first two stages were completed earlier in the year, and a $100,000 contract has been let to improve the last stage that links Queenscliff to Freshwater Beach. 

These Steps are heavily used and form an important part of the Sydney Coastal Walk.  

They were first created in 1880 by stonemasons employed by John Lewers, Freshwater’s first postal agent, who owned the Kiosk at the southern end of Freshwater  (now Pilu at Freshwater). This enabled, for the first time, pedestrian access down a steep cliff, and through Undercliffe Reserve to the Beach and the Kiosk.  Previous access was only by boat, or around the rocks at low tide. Lewers’ stonemasons also carved a tunnel at Queenscliff Headland in a failed attempt to create a walkway ( the tunnel is still there)

A massive amount of storm water cascades down these Steps into Undercliffe Reserve and out to the ocean. Friends of Freshwater has been campaigning over the last 5 years for an upgrade of these storm water facilities, the stairs, and effective lighting, as overflows of nutrient laden storm water had become more frequent, and the stairs more worn and less safe particularly at night. These overflows had also led to major weed infestation of Undercliffe Reserve. 

Friends of Freshwater has been successful in gaining a $10,000 Land Care Grant to undertake bush regeneration in this heavily weed-infested Reserve. Initial work is along the pathways to the Beach, and already lantana has been removed to reveal again the spectacular views. We are always on the lookout for voluntary assistance every Thursday fortnight for a couple of hours.

Of course this small grant pales into insignificance in comparison to the $500,000 spent on the Green army project in the dune below.

A welcome addition will be the provision of a bicycle rail along the Steps to compliment those installed in the earlier stages.

“OLD LADY” BEING RAPIDLY DEMOLISHED

Sections of the Harbord Diggers Club (also known fondly as the Old Lady) are currently being demolished with frightening speed. Once completed, the excavation phase will commence. A convoy of trucks queue from early morning and are waiting throughout the day in Griffith and Harbord Roads for the call to take away the debris.

SUBMISSIONS MADE TO COUNCIL ON SECTION 94A FUNDING FOR FRESHWATER PROJECTS 

Freshwater as a community does not feature in any of the NBC operational plans for funding of much needed  community projects such as  public toilets and playgrounds. In fact, for the last decade, Freshwater has not got one cent from developer contributions. It appears the lion’s share has always gone to the Dee Why inthe near future.Town Centre sinkhole.

Friends of Freshie has made submissions on both Council’s Operation Plan for 2016-17, and its Sect.94A Developer Contributions Plan, seeking a contribution from the $2million of developer contributions made by Freshwater Developers.  

We await an outcome.  

CRANES OVER FRESHWATER

Economists often say that the “crane index” is a good indicator of economic activity. In Freshwater, we could likely have 4 crane in the near future  A ground-operated untethered crane was installed in the first week of July at the “Kahana” site at 17 Marmora. Nearby, Hindmarsh Construction on the “Freshwater” former Growers site will install a much larger crane in August. Neighbour approval has had to be gained for the cranes to utilise the air space above their residences and offices

The Soldiers Avenue of Honour,Stage II

The Friends of Freshwater has also been successful in gaining a $29,000 grant from the State Government as part of the Centenary of Anzac Stage II for 2016.  The funding will be used to install Footpath Memorial Plaques to commemorate those young Freshwater men who served, and in some cases died, at Gallipoli or on the Western Front in WW1. These Plaques will be inserted into the footpath beside nominated, heritage-listed trees.

Florist Closes Her Door in Village

Well known Freshwater Village florist, Tina, has not renewed her lease and is vacating her Lawrence Street site after 16 years of service to the community.  For all of that time, she has been preparing wreaths for Anzac Day, floral tributes for memorial services, and flowers for all occasions. The Freshwater Rose will be missed.

A BEACON OF OUR FRESHWATER COMMUNITY WINS AWARD

It seems only yesterday that the last of the Big Banks left Freshwater without any banking services whatsoever. The community rallied around and a Community Bank was formed with a franchise agreement established with Bendigo and Adelaide Bank. 

The success of this initiative is now marked by the $2mill in sponsorships provided over the last decade to our schools, sporting teams, surf clubs, charities, environmental groups and university students. It is also marked by the high level of service given to the community by the Bank’s staff, all of whom are Freshwater residents. Its volunteer Board is also comprised largely of Freshwater residents, many of whom work nearby and implicitly understand the need for a good banking service.

Recently Freshwater Community Bank was adjudged the winner of the NORTHERN BEACHES LOCAL BUSINESS AWARDS IN THE SPECIALISED BUSINESS CATEGORY. This is great recognition for the outstanding contribution of  the Bank to our community. 

BECOME NEW FRIENDS OF FRESHWATER MEMBER OR SIMPLY RENEW YOUR EXISTING MEMBERSHIP for 2016

As you can see, we constantly need to raise our voice as a community, and keep it strong, on a variety of issues. Join us and strengthen our voice and yours. 2016 memberships are still open at $10 per year via a simple transfer to FOF’s account at Freshwater Community Bank (633000/138650791). 

“The Duke” Newsletter May 2016

 “THE DUKE “

                                  May 2016 Update from The Friends of Freshwater Inc.

Our “ Indian summer” is now over and winter is well and truly with us. El Nino has abruptly departed but not before leaving the hottest, rain-free, autumn on record. As we shiver into June, we are about to be deluged by a season of east-coast lows, big 3-6m seas and coastal erosion.  As they were in April 2015, the southern ends of our beaches will be the most vulnerable.


NORTHERN BEACHES COUNCIL CREATED. IMPLICATIONS FOR FRESHWATER.

The statewide, contentious, Council amalgamation process is still ongoing with many individual Councils contesting merger decisions made by the State Government. Submissions received from our community on the proposed Northern Beaches Council and its predecessor ( a divided model including Mosman), were an impressive 69% of those lodged throughout the State. It is our understanding that the bulk of submissions were in favour of combined Northern Beaches Council.

In Manly, Warringah and Pittwater, all elected Councillors and Mayors had their elected status abruptly annulled. It was a perfunctory process, with all having their email addresses cancelled and all Council property required to be returned. It was a heavy-handed, discourteous and undignified treatment of these elected officials.

It all happened with such speed that we, as a community, did not get a chance to say thank you to our Mayor and Ward Councillors for their 24/7 contribution on behalf of their elected ratepayers.

To the now former Mayor, Michael Regan, our former Councillors Sue Heins, Bob Giltinan and Pat Daley, the Friends of Freshwater extend a sincere vote of thanks for your contribution.

Its worth noting that we will never again have this level of representation, as Freshwater has been included in a proposed Curl Curl Ward comprising it, Dee Why, Beacon Hill, Narraweena and Curl Curl. This Ward will have three elected representatives covering a substantial population. The workload for elected reps will substantially increase, and take it out of the realm of enthusiastic volunteers.

Elections are proposed to be held in 2017. In the meantime, the appointed Administrator, Dick Persson, the acting General Manager, Mark Ferguson, and Deputy General Managers are comprising the formal Northern Beaches Council for decision-making purposes.

Of course, lumping four low rise residential areas (Freshwater, Narraweena, Curl Curl and Beacon Hill) with the fast growing, high rise, and largely medium density, Dee Why town centre, will inevitably mean that we will not get much of a lick of the ratepayer ice-cream. Dee Why, because of its location has massive storm water drainage issues which will require costly public works.

At its first meeting on Wednesday, 2 June, major project expenditures were approved. No prizes for discovering that the voracious infrastructure needs of Dee Why are to be funded by capital projects, and constitute a significant share of the NBC expenditure.

FRESHIE DEMANDS ITS FAIR SHARE.

As the photos below indicate, Freshwater is going through an obvious and noisy major construction phase with $200M worth of building contracts on the go. This is a once-off period for Freshwater as there are simply no more sites of this magnitude to develop.

 

SECTION 94 Developer contributions for these projects are approximately $2m and we have discovered that all of this will be devoted to infrastructure projects in Dee Why Town Centre. Not a cent will apparently accrue to projects in Freshwater. We believe this to be grossly unfair.

 

Many of these projects, we are told by Council staff, including the Jacka Park toilet facility, will only be funded out of Developer Contributions whereas previously we were told that they would be funded out of normal Council budgeting.

 

NBC Council officers have also apparently dumped the recently approved Open Space Strategy for Freshwater. After a lengthy public submission phase, we were informed as to the status of various projects including upgrading of playgrounds and an above tidal pathway from Freshwater pool, only to find that these projects have been swept into another process of consultation within a proposed Freshwater Beach Master Plan Project with a multi-year timeframe and no funding.

 

We raised our concerns with the former Warringah Mayor, Michael Regan and he shares our sense of unfairness As Chair of the Economic Committee, he is prepared to take our list of projects (none of which are big-ticket items) to the new Administrator.

We await a positive outcome.

DIGGERS CAR PARK DEMOLISHED

In what can only be described as a quasi-military operation, Tier 2 Construction Company, Ganellen, has already demolished the former Harbord Diggers car park, and parts of the western side of the former club building. This is in preparation for a major excavation of the site down to near sea level, with 150,000 cu.metres of rock to be removed. It will involve a large number of truck movements per day. Most of these trucks will be  queuing in Griffith Road awaiting a call.

OPTUS TOWER UPDATE

Friends of Freshie continues to keep a close eye on developments associated with the relocation of the Optus Tower in McKillop Park. We have been advised by Optus that the 3G Tower will be removed by March next year. Following our community campaign, the large 4G components have been removed. In the interim, Optus plans to establish Towers in the Curl Curl basin to overcome data signal black spots. Mike Baird’s Office and NBC Deputy GM Malcolm Ryan are also involved. 

NORTH CURL CURL COMMUNITY CENTRE

Conversion of the former Dee Why RSL Bowling Club site (on the corner of Griffith and Abbott Roads) into a Community Centre is nearing completion. The former Warringah Council sought public submissions to clarify usage.  It was pleasing to observe that a community garden is planned for the western bowling rink of the site.  Council received two petitions from 300 people, and 80 written submissions (including from Friends of Freshie) supporting a Curly Community Garden at this location. Already the Centre is heavily booked for various activities and meetings.

LOCAL PROVIDORING

 There is nothing better than fresh produce from one’s backyard. In days gone by, Freshwater had small farms, dairies, vegetable gardens and beehives. Many families fondly recall early school years when the Davidson family used to provide fresh milk to students from their dairy farm across the road from Harbord Public School.

Local restaurateur, Giovanni Pilu has revived this fresh tradition with his series of Locavore Lunches, where one can eat produce with a low food mileage. It runs counter to the supermarket offerings that often derive from international settings. In his latest menu, he has sourced potatoes from Robertson; Berkshire Kurabuta pork from Byron Bay, and persimmon-based deserts from his wife’s parents’ farm at Ourimbah.

Not to be outdone, Dale Hunt, GM of Mounties Northern Sites, has introduced local providoring into the Temporary Diggers. He has including genuine organic eggs, chutneys, honeys, jams and other local products. 

His honey producer is locally based in Freshwater, and it appears that there is also a local network of beekeepers in Freshwater busily harvesting honey.

POISONING OF BEEHIVE IN FRESHWATER COMMUNITY GARDEN

It is sad to report that the only native beehive in Freshwater Community Garden has been poisoned.  This is either an act of vandalism or one based on ignorance, as native stingless bees do no harm to anyone. Dan Smailes, Bee Co-ordinator with Permaculture Northern Beaches, found that a large amount of insecticide had been inserted into the hive.

Australia is now chronically short of pollinating bees and local governments are trying to redress this situation by locating stingless beehives in local reserves and backyards. Freshie Community Garden’s hive had recently been split into two thriving hives, and native honey had been harvested.

The Community Garden will purchase a new hive and start again with more explanatory signage.

COUNCIL SENDS FRESHWATER VILLAGE DA APPLICATION BACK TO THE OWNER.

A DA, which was lodged in February for a major re-development of properties along the southern side of Lawrence Street, has apparently been sent back by the Council Planning Department to its applicant. The properties are in the name of Mr. C.A.Zakos.

These properties play a prominent role in the life of Freshwater Village, and the ground-level retail shops provide a range of essential and hospitality services.

Our submission in February focussed on the significant shortfall in parking. It appears that Council have similar reservations and have asked for redevelopment of the plans to include the requisite parking. This will be difficult for the applicant as it involves foregoing revenue earning accommodation for parking provisions.

PEDESTRIAN SIGHTLINES IN FRESHWATER VILLAGE.

Council has planted a range of water gums in both the Plaza and along Lawrence Street. Some of these are located adjacent to pedestrian crossings. Their crown growth is now causing sightline confusion for both pedestrians and drivers. Former Councillors Heins and Giltinan, as well as Friends of Freshie, raised these concerns as part of a wider concern for the safety arrangements of these pedestrian crossings.

The new Northern Beaches Council considered these submissions on 2 June this week and resolved, “ that visibility and sight distance created by these street trees does not appear to be an issue at this location”.

Clearly it will take a major accident for something to be done to rectify the situation.

Queenscliff Steps to be upgraded in June.

The $100k Stage 3 of the Queenscliff Steps upgrade is scheduled to commence in June.

This will involve closure of the Steps to the southern headland of Freshwater Beach.  It is anticipated that the work will take a number of weeks and this busy thoroughfare will be closed for pedestrian access.

We have campaigned for this upgrade and for the improvement of stormwater drainage through Undercliffe Reserve.

 

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