“The Duke” – May 2019


THE “DUKE”

May 2019Friends of Freshwater
Community News
Volume 14 ,2019 Update from The Friends of Freshwater Inc.

THE POWER OF MANY WRITTEN SUBMISSIONS

In a recent edition of the Duke, we called for public submissions to be submitted by members to Northern Beaches Council on the provision of a heritage footpath for the Soldiers Avenue of Honour.
Through social media and email, the Friends of Freshie sought to lift the priority of this foot path from one which would likely never be built to one that would be built in the near future. This would enable the timely installation of plaques to commemorate the Centenary of the Avenue of Honour (which was first named by Council in 1919).
Council received 151 submissions from across the northern beaches to its Walking Plan, of which 120 were from Freshwater concerning the heritage footpath in Soldiers Avenue.
The weight of these submissions was such that Council made special provision to commence work immediately.
It has decided to: -Complete the Project by Remembrance Day 11th Nov 2019

  • leave adequate space between the proposed footpath and the kerb to allow for garden beds and trees in the future
  • install some plaques on behalf of the committee. FOF to provide numbers of plaques they have available for install.
  • liaise with FOF once the project is set out onsite to determine the location of plaques to be installed.
  • install concrete blanks in the footpath for future plaque install. Peter to determine number and locations of blanks.
  • carry out repairs to existing footpaths on Soldiers Ave as part of the works

It just goes to show that well-written submissions in large numbers have their own persuasive strength. Many thanks to all those who made submissions. More strength to you.
The overall Walking Plan was approved by Council on 22 April 2019.

THE PHANTOM CARVER IS TERMINALLY ILL

If you look closely, while walking around the coast of the northern beaches, you will observe random rock carvings of animals, aboriginals and even trains.  In Freshwater, on both headlands we have rock carvings along the paths. These are the work of Mick Leslie, also known as the “phantom carver”.  For many decades he has been making his mark on our sandstone outcrops. They are not to everyone’s liking, and some even regard them as environmental vandalism, but they have stood the test of time, and Council is considering including them in its register of public art. Some of his carvings constitute way marking and this is so at Queenscliff Steps where his carving of 1880, at both ends, dates the arrival of this important thoroughfare.

Mr. Leslie, now 92, is terminally ill with cancer and is thought to have not long to live. His carvings will live on as a memento.

THE SOUNDS OF SILENCE…. FRESHWATER STILL WITHOUT A SUPERMARKET (Update)

Our community and our village businesses are none the wiser as to when, or if, a supermarket is going to open in Freshwater Village. The brand new 1200 square metres of retail space has been empty since October 2018 leaving our community without a convenient, close, source of fresh fruit and vegetables. Commendably, our local butcher is selling milk and The Captains Shop is selling a limited range of fruit and vegetables, and has plugged the gap left by the closure of our news agency.
The lack of an anchor tenant in this retail space has also had a debilitating impact on village businesses, some of which are now closing their doors and departing.
“Berties” and “Blaek” on the southern side of Lawrence Street have left for sites in Manly obviously hoping for greater pedestrian traffic.
Already there are empty shops and likely to be more. Their emptiness is compounded by the fact that one particular landlord is seeking rents well above what the tenants have the capacity to pay. A solid dose of realism is needed.

A Super IGA for Freshwater?
There has been no significant work on the Super IGA since we last reported. It is still likely that the eventual, probable, anchor tenant of the Retail space in the “Freshwater” complex is the Karellas Group, who are associated with the IGA/Metcash for basic grocery items, but operate under the Supa mart brand for other supplies.
If the experience from its other 6 sites (Cremorne; Rose Bay; Pyrmont, Pennant Hills; Blaxland and Rozelle) is anything to go by, it probably will attempt to offer a one-stop shopping experience focussing on fresh local produce. The Group is fast growing, after its successful initial foray into supermarket operation at its Cremorne site. It has converted the old Festival Records site in Pyrmont to a supermarket as well as the former Tram sheds factory building at Harold Park, near Glebe. Its MD, Vas Karellas is 42 and his brother, Andrew, is 40 and both are closely involved with every stage of the business.
Their arrival in Freshwater cannot come soon enough although latest mail suggests an April start.

INDOOR BOULDERING CENTRE PROPOSED FOR FORMER IGA SITE

A DA has been lodged BY SKYWOOD CLIMBING with Northern Beaches Council for an indoor bouldering facility with potential to accommodate 100-150 persons.
This former retail space still has refrigeration and a loading dock suitable for a large fruit and vegetable outlet.
During the public submission phase Council received mostly adverse submissions citing noise, traffic and closeness to residential properties.
Given that there will be no change to the building structure with only interior modifications including toilet and showering facilities, it is likely that the DA will be approved.
Bouldering, like its close cousin, Rock Climbing is a fast growing sport and has been recently included in the Olympics. It is not rock climbing as most of the activity is horizontal movement only. This means that the various climbing challenges do not require height. It is a sport for adults and young adults and attracts senior school participants.
Of note is the fact that rocks at the northern end of Freshie beach have been used for bouldering for a long time.
One of Skywood’s prime movers is Yossi Sundakov-Krumis who has been selected as a member of the Australian Climbing Team.
Approval of the DA will involve a change in building use to Recreational Centre, Indoor.
It is clear that this Centre will place additional pressure on parking in the Village plaza as participants are likely to seek parking for hours rather than minutes, as was the case with the previous supermarket.

5 PAVILION STREET APARTMENT COMPLEX

From Freshwater’s uninhabitable, ugly duckling, to an impressive apartment complex, the transformation of 5 Pavilion Street has been remarkable.  With its apartments recently selling for $5m and $6m, others appear to agree.
Friends of Freshie previously agreed with the approval of this apartment complex subject to a geotechnical survey, when it came up for consideration in the Land and Environment Court.

FARMERS’ MARKET INITIATIVE (update)
We reported in the last edition that Council has sought tenders for a fruit and vegetable market to be held each Sunday in the Oliver Street Car park. These closed on 28 February.
We have been advised by Northern Beaches Council that Cambridge Markets was the successful tenderer. It will commence on a weekly basis from Sunday 19 May offering a range of fresh fruit and vegetables.

HAVE YOU HEARD OF GEOCACHING?
Geocaching is a real world outdoor treasure hunt that has a number of sites in Freshwater. It enables the exploration of interesting locations using GPS receivers. Each player has a personal code and, upon location of the cache, is required to record the date and time of location. If the cache is in the form of a gift, the participant has to replace it with equivalent or better gift.
This worldwide activity is an innovative way of learning about the nooks and crannies of our neighbourhood.

RESCUING FRESHWATER BEACH’S SOUTHERN HEADLAND

Come and join a keen group of Freshwater volunteers that has been patiently removing a major infestation of weeds that had threatened to takeover Freshwater Beach’s southern headland.
Over the last few years these Friends of Freshwater members have removed tonnes of noxious weeds and replaced them with native species.
This is very satisfying “work” and the “workplace” views are unbeatable.

Now that the cover of poisonous phoenix palms, lantana, madeira vine, morning glory and Crofton weed has been removed, surfers can now clearly see the shape of waves from vantage points around Queenscliff Steps.
The pathways through Undercliffe Reserve on this headland are an integral part of the NSW Coastal Path and are used by many international visitors.
Come and join with us in this vegetation rescue.
We meet at Queenscliff Steps in Freshwater on alternative Thursdays and our next session is on Thursday, 9thMay at 1pm for two hours. For more details, contact harlquin@gmail.com

PHASING OUT THE FRESHWATER CLASS FERRIES FROM THE QUAY TO MANLY RUN.


There was widespread community concern at the prospect that the Freshwater Class Manly Ferries might be scrapped.  These have been plying the Harbour since 1982 and have provided yeoman service to our northern beaches community and to international visitors.
These ferries have an indelible association with Freshwater. Not only is one of the class so named, but the Member for Manly at the time the ferries were constructed at the Newcastle State Dockyards and then put into service, was Alan Stewart who still lives in our community. His explanatory words on the history of Freshwater are located on a plaque that is affixed amidships on the Freshwater Ferry. (See photo attached). It is worth a read if you get a chance.  Subsequent Members for Manly including our recently re-elected Member, James Griffin, have also been strong supporters of the Ferry Class and its renowned ability to ferry large numbers of passengers to and from Manly Wharf.
These double ended ferries were built to last and the hull life can be extended into the future.

ABORIGINAL HERITAGE OFFICE OPENS IN FRESHWATER

Did you know there are over 1000 sites of Indigenous culture and heritage on your doorstep in northern Sydney?
The Aboriginal Heritage Office, now based in Freshwater, proudly display a vast array of local cultural artefacts in their education and museum space. The new facility also boasts an outdoor space for school and community education sessions.
Their collection ranges from Aboriginal shellfish hooks through to wooden artefacts, some of which are dated back thousands of years prior to colonisation.
AHO Manager David Watts said the Office provides support to Council and the community when it comes to the protection and management of more than 1000 Aboriginal archaeological heritage sites. They also deliver important education programs to students.
“Delivering these services had become a major challenge in our (previous) cramped office space at Manly,” Mr Watts said. “We are delighted to now have the space to better service the community and raise awareness about Aboriginal culture and issues.”
Northern Beaches Council Mayor Michael Regan said he was pleased Council was in a position to support the AHO in finding an appropriate home, better suited to its needs.
“The AHO plays a vital role in helping develop a deeper understanding of Aboriginal culture among school children and the broader community. We are very proud of our involvement with such an important community service.”
The Aboriginal Heritage Office, now in its 20th year, is a joint initiative involving Northern Beaches and five other councils: Lane Cove, North Sydney, Willoughby, Ku-ring-gai and Strathfield.
The new office space location is 29 Lawrence Street in Freshwater and is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9am to 4pm.
Personal tours can be arranged online: http://www.aboriginalheritage.org/contact/contactform/

JOIN the Friends of Freshwater for 2019.
If you are thinking of becoming a member of FOF, or simply renewing your membership for 2019, then hop on line to our website at www.freshie.org.au for easy subscription.
In 2019 our projects are focussed on:

  • Seeing various aspects of the Freshwater Coastal 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  Honour for its Centenary Year 2019
  • Continue to closely scrutinise all significant Development Applications in Freshwater for compliance with planning requirements
  • Getting the basic necessities of life such as provision of fresh fruit and vegetable; public toilets and footpaths upgraded.
  • Ensuring Freshwater’s fair share of the Council Capital Works Budget.
  • Revitalise the weed-infested southern headland of Freshwater Beach with volunteer and professional assistance.
  • Continue to apply for Grant funding from the three tiers of government for various projects in Freshwater.

“THE DUKE “ Newsletter December 2018

FRESHWATER VILLAGE STILL WITHOUT A SUPERMARKET OVER SUMMER.

The ongoing saga of a new Supermarket for Freshwater Village continues, with the expansive retail space at 22-26 Albert Street remaining empty for the foreseeable future.  Neither the developer, Chris Rose, nor the lessee, Karellas Group, is commenting and rumours abound. In an attempt to get accurate information, Friends of Freshie wrote to the Managing Director of the Karellas Group, Vasili Karellas seeking a date for commencement of trade. As yet, no response.

WHO IS THE KARELLAS GROUP?

The probable, anchor tenant of the Retail space in the “Freshwater”complex is likely to be the Karellas Group, who are associated with the IGA/Metcash for basic grocery items, but operate under the Supamart brand for other supplies. 

If the experience from its other 6 sites (Cremorne; Rose Bay; Pyrmont, Pennant Hills; Blaxland and Rozelle) is anything to go by, it probably will attempt to offer a one-stop shopping experience focussing on fresh local produce. The Group is fast growing, after its successful initial foray into supermarket operation at its Cremorne site. It has converted the old Festival Records site in Pyrmont to a supermarket as well as the former Tram sheds factory building at Harold Park, near Glebe. Its MD, Vas Karellas is 42 and his brother, Andrew, is 40 and both are closely involved with every stage of the business.

Their arrival in Freshwater cannot come soon enough although latest mail suggests a March/ April start.

FARMERSMARKET INITIATIVE

Due to the lack of fresh fruit and vegetables for the near future in the Village, Friends of Freshie surveyed the community with a Facebook site Poll to determine interest in a regular fresh fruit and vegetable market at a site near or in the Village.

The response was heartening with 2500 views of the poll and nearly 1,000 engagements. The following was the voting response: –

Would you like to
see a Farmers
market in Freshwater Village?
Yes

278 votes 94.6 %
  No 16 votes 5.4%
If you had a choice
between a Farmers market or
parking spaces on a Saturday/Sunday,
which one would
you choose?
Farmers market 258 votes 87.8%
  Parking spaces 36 votes 12.2 %

 

Based on this response we have written to Northern Beaches Council seeking its support for the Market in 2019. We are aware that the highly successful Frenchs Forest Markets will soon be looking for a new site as their current one is about to be demolished. An opportunity arises.

PAID PARKING IN FRESHWATER IS A WORRYING DEVELOPMENT.

The arrival of a big end of town parking operator, Wilson Parking, into the Freshwatercomplex at 22 Albert Street, is a concerning development. This is so, because no other public or private parking in the Village is subject to a per hour charge or a specified free period of one hour. This sets a worrying precedence given that it is based on the assumption that all those coming to the Village for shopping can conclude it within an hour. Overstaying in this car park will cost $6.00 for the second hour, $11 for the third and $18 for the fourth. It is also a cashless payment system. 

In no other nearby shopping centre is there such an impost provision.

At the time of writing, not one car was parked in the car park even though it has been open for more than two weeks. 

The Freshwater Village planning requirement makes provision for a specified amount of public parking space. In the case of the Freshwater complex there is provision for 58 car spaces. This underground car park was meant to take cars off the Street and increase the ambience of the Village. If people boycott it, it will have failed.

A critical factor in the life of the Village is the linger factor. This is where people can come to the Village to do a range of things including supermarket shopping and other activities including banking, hairdressing, dental services, real estate transactions and of course café and coffee consumption.  Together these require more than an hour to conclude, and the parking fee incurred will have an obvious negative impact. It will undoubtedly force avoidance of this car park, and into nearby streets.   It could also force other Village privately run car parks into per hour charging.

Our community wants to encourage people to come to Freshwater Village, not deter them. 

The newly established Body Corporate of the Freshwaterclearly did not give any thoughtful consideration to the negative impacts of this anti-community initiative.

ZAKOS VILLAGE PROPERTIES NO LONGER FOR SALE

Five commercial and residential holdings in Lawrence Street, Freshwater, extending from the arcade through to Dowling Street were put up for sale by the owner, for $30m.  These properties are the largest single land holding in the Village and have been owned by the Zakos family for many decades. Expressions of Interest closed on November 14 and the suits+ clipboards were all over the Village at the time.

Apparently they are no longer for sale.

The Friends of Freshie is concerned that many of the shops are now empty with no apparent urgency to be filled. This includes 4 shops in the Arcade. Advertising signage atop the premises is also outdated and needs to be removed. Likewise, toilets are in need of upgrading and fire protection systems brought up to modern day standards

OF CREPES, GELATO, BREAD AND SUSHI

Soon to open in Freshwater Village are shops catering for a wider culinary taste. The former pharmacy site in the Plaza will open as a creperie and a gelateria. We see the return of Bakers Delight to the place near where it previously existed and the arrival of Teru Sushi (a sushi train restaurant) run by Hiro’s restaurant owner Francis Kim).

These are all welcome arrivals.

Harbord Literary Institute turned 100.

It is one of the last of its kind still standing and still serving its community during the day as a community kindergarten and library, and at night as a meeting place and activities centre. Political parties have held branch meetings there since the 1930’s.

A Centenary Celebration was held on Saturday, December 1, with more than 300 in attendance.  Its history was detailed by speakers including Local Studies Librarian, Michelle Richmond, and former local teacher and historian, Keith Amos.

Everyone recounted the various uses of the Hall for a wide variety of functions. Mayor  Regan also revealed that he had his engagement party there.

In order to recognise the contributions of those now deceased who have contributed their time to the Literary Institute over 100 years, the Freshwater Community Bank has provided a community partnership grant to enable a permanent legacy of those people to be framed and placed on the wall of the meeting room. This represents a small permanent legacy of the Centenary.

PUBLIC MURAL COMPLETED IN FRESHWATER VILLAGE PLAZA

As part of a community development grant gained by Friends of Freshwater Inc. for installation of public art in the Village Plaza, two northern beaches artists, Jaimee Paul and Miguel Gonzalez painted the mural with Freshwater themes across the southern wall in the Plaza. These artists were drawn from a list of community artists compiled by Northern Beaches Council. Another young budding artist, Annika Mulcahy, also has had her work incorporated into the mural complete with her signature.

The mural has been well received and is an attempt to give the Plaza more vitality.

Explanatory signage has also been erected at part of the project.

ARMISTICE DAY CENTENARY PRODUCES A LASTING LEGACY FOR FRESHWATER.

Armistice Day 2018 was a major community event held in the Freshwater Anzac Precinct memorials at Jacka Park and Soldiers Avenue of Honour with more than 500 in attendance. Both sites were formally registered in 2016 with the State Government as Community War Memorials. Soldiers Avenue has local heritage listing for both its trees and plaques.

In the wake of the Centenary, Freshwater now has 11 new bronze footpath memorial plaques installed in Soldiers Avenue beside heritage-listed trees, recognising the WW1 service of local soldiers.  Two significant bronze sculptures located in Jacka Park representing WW1 returning soldiers and nurses, as well as a commemorative bench to honour the centenary. This bench is permanently placed at the entrance to the Avenue of Honour, near its Albert St. entrance.

These legacy items were funded by various State and Federal government grants obtained by the Friends of Freshie on behalf of other stakeholder organisations.

OUTSTANDING RESULTS FOR BALLY BOYS.

We are indeed spoilt for excellent secondary schools on the northern beaches. The recent 2018 HSC results again confirmed the emerging academic reputation of Balgowlah Boys Campus.  It is now the most academically successful public comprehensive boys school, based both on its HSC and its Naplan Literacy and Numeracy results. In HSC English results, in particular, the Campus was 7thin the State, ahead of many Selective Schools including Manly Campus. It rose from 96 to 62 in the State overall.

Not surprisingly, parents have also noticed, with 260 boys enrolled for Year 7 in 2019, of which 75 are coming from Harbord Public School alone.

Dux of Bally was All Rounder, Joshua Smith, who also won a Freshwater Community Bank Tertiary Scholarship valued at $5,000. Joshua had previously attended Harbord Public School. His Principal, Paul Sheather, is also a proud Freshie person.

UNDERCLIFFE RESERVE GETS ANOTHER GRANT FOR BUSH REGENERATION

Land Care have provided a further $12,000 for professional work to be undertaken in Undercliffe Reserve. This will complement the volunteer work being done by Friends of Freshwater. If you would like to join with us on alternative Thursdays, then get in touch with us via this Facebook site or our website as per below.  You will be most welcome.

JOIN the Friends of Freshwater for 2019.

If you are thinking of becoming a member of FOF, or simply renewing your membership for 2019, then hop on line to our website at for easy subscription.

In 2019 our projects will be focussed on:             

  • Seeing various aspects of the Freshwater Coastal 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
  • Getting the basic necessities of life such as provision of fresh fruit and vegetable; and public toilets and footpaths upgraded
  • Ensuring Freshwater’s fair share of the Council Capital Budget.
  • Revitalise the weed-infested southern headland of Freshwater Beach. With volunteer and professional assistance.
  • Closely scrutinise all significant DA’s.

“The Duke” Newsletter August 2018

IS FRESHIE BEING SHORT-CHANGED BY ITS COUNCIL?


 

Freshie is going through a major phase of development, the like of which we may never see again.

All of the developments, including the $200m New Dawn Diggers; The $20m “Freshwater”apartment and retail complex:“KOA”atop Soldiers Avenue and the recently approved “Oceans”, have paid S94 contributions to Council. These are substantial, but it is apparent that none of these contributions, not one dollar, will find its way back to our local community. 100% will be devoted to Dee Why Town Centre and its surrounding infrastructure projects.

It is also clear that our community’s requirements for footpaths, public toilets and upgraded public spaces are low down the pecking order and with no special priority.

In short, we are being short-changed by the voracious demands of town centre developments.

Friends of Freshie Executive has prepared a set of questions for a meeting with the Mayor, who is also one of our Curl Curl Ward councillors, to discuss these issues.

 

REZONING OF FRESHWATER VILLAGES PUBLIC CAR PARKS

Council is proposing to reclassify the two public car parks in Freshwater Village (the Oliver Street car park and the Lawrence Street car park) from their current zoning of “Community Land”to “Operational Land”.

It needs community concurrence to do so.

Carpark near Community Centre

Carpark back of Lawrence Street

The Friends of Freshwater is of the view that this is a timely initiative and, on balance, is in the best interests of the Freshwater community. We do have concerns as to pedestrian safety, particularly with the safe movement of children from Harbord Kindergarten across the Oliver Street car park.

We also have concerns for the Waves Youth Centre and its future, once the Mounties Group complete its Harbord Diggers redevelopment and the gymnasium is transferred there from its temporary site in the Waves Centre. Will this be the subject of re-development, and how will it impact upon the car parks?

 

“Community Land” as a planning provision, means that it can only be used for public purposes and is usually associated with open space such as public parks and recreational purposes. It cannot be used for private purposes such as allowing the Freshwater Village shopkeepers fronting the northern side of Lawrence Street to have legal access to their properties via these car parks. Currently all deliveries to them are from Lawrence Street. Rezoning to “Operational Land”allows this to occur from the rear of their properties. This will significantly reduce risk to pedestrians on Lawrence St. .and ease traffic movements.

 

 

FRESHIE COMMUNITY GARDEN COMPOST PROJECT GATHERS MOMENTUM

We set out this year to upgrade our capacity to handle the substantial green waste generated by the Community Garden, as well as cater, more effectively, for the fruit and vegetable scraps being supplied from the kitchens of apartment dwellers.
In the process we have built 3 large green waste bins to create healthy compost for re-use in the Garden. These bins will not have either food waste or invasive weeds, and are lined to prevent entry of vermin. These bins will also be aerated, manured and watered regularly.

With the help of the Kimbriki Eco Centre, we have also gained 6 large compost bins for handling fruit and vegetable scraps. People using these bins will be urged to contribute to the making of the   ” compost recipe”by adding sprinklings of dolomite, rock dust, coffee grounds and leaf litter. These bins will also be watered and aerated regularly by our garden volunteers.
A simple coloured coding system will inform as to which bins are being filled and which are curing.

Again, no weeds, meats or plastics should be placed in these bins. It is also an unfortunate fact that so-called biodegradable plastics do not break down in the lower temperatures of these bins.

This Composting Project is being developed at minimal cost and using recyclable materials wherever possible. We are thankful of the community gardeners who have given generously of their time.

 

ABOUT THE FRESHIE COMMUNITY GARDEN

Our Freshie Community Garden has operated for the last five years, at Crown Reserve, Freshwater, on land allocated by Northern Beaches Council to the Friends of Freshwater Inc. (FOF). All members of the Community Garden are also members of the FOF. The It is alongside an alternative pedestrian route between Freshwater and Manly. The Community Garden is run by its gardeners as a vibrant green space designed to not only produce edible produce for allotment holders, but also to promote sustainable living practices, healthy exercise and community engagement. Wherever possible, equipment and materials used in the garden are derived from local recycling. We are also appreciative of the goodwill of the local community and local organisations.

Currently it accommodates 38 garden allotments tended by 60 gardeners and their families. In 2018, we are upgrading our composting capacity to support a community-wide desire to convert fruit and vegetable scraps into fertile soil.

Our Garden is increasingly used by local kindergartens and pre-schools as a site for teaching basic sustainable practices.

Prospective gardeners can contact us at this site or alternatively via our website

Public Toilets Update

 

Jacka Park is classified as a “District Park” but is almost alone on the northern beaches without any toilet facilities. Users of the children’s playground have long complained about this situation, and Friends of Freshie, in 2016, managed to get it inserted on the Capital Projects Priority List for Warringah Council’s Parks and Foreshores Strategic Plan. All that went awry with the Council Amalgamation and we are now back to Square One competing with 30 other public toilet projects for funding. As for the kids, they are going in the bushes or wherever.

 

We are also concerned about the inadequate public toilet facilities in Freshwater Village. These were constructed 88 years ago and have no handwashing amenities in the men’s toilet, and the toilet block is open to the elements in wet weather. Again, nothing has been done to rectify this situation.

MASSIVE IMPACT OF SALT SPRAY ON BUILDINGS

Look around and you will observe the impact of salt spray on our medium density buildings. Remediation work is being undertaken on many buildings but none so extensive as that of “El Hacienda” in Undercliff Road. This prominent building has had all its ornate balustrades removed and balconies stripped. There has also been a need to replace some windows. This has become a major project and indicates the corrosive capacity of salt spray.

 

FROM UGLY DUCKLING TO ELEGANT SWAN

We have commented previously on the prominent, apartment complex at 5 Pavilion Street and its occupancy of a magnificent site atop Curl Curl Headland with expansive views north to Palm Beach.

This 12 apartment building was previously in a dilapidated state, having been declared uninhabitable by NBC.  Its new incarnation as 6 single floor apartments will shortly be available for occupation.

Having appeared before the Land and Environment Commission on aspects of this development, FOF is delighted with the outcome. This building and its ornate brickwork cladding is a 1000% improvement on the previous structure.  More importantly it rectifies off street parking, and other deficiencies of the previous building.

 

4 of the apartments have already been advertised for sale at prices north of $5m per apartment.

 

An elegant swan indeed.

 

WHAT IS HAPPENING AT THE “FRESHWATER” (FORMER GROWERS SITE.)

 

Hindmarsh Constructions completed its construction of the Apartment and Retail building in Albert St., for its Mosman-based developer, FW Projects, but this was after

the previous Construction company SX Projects went into liquidation. The Project is more than a year behind schedule.

 

It now appears, even though an Occupation Certificate has apparently been issued by Council, everything has seemingly slowed while a range of rectifications are completed in the space for the anchor tenant and in the lower garage area.

Only a small number of owners have been allowed to move into their apartments. There has been an eerie silence about the building, and the Duke senses that the only obvious activity is that of dollars burning. Spare a thought for those who bought off the plan (as some did 6 years ago) and who are constantly rearranging their lives to cope with the delays.

 

Of course this has a more than passing interest to other businesses in the Village who are waiting upon an uptake of passing pedestrian traffic.  “The Freshwater”has provision for 56 parking spaces for its retail customers. The previous Growers had 35, so this will be a big boost to the Village when the complex opens. One hopes that it is sooner rather than later.

 

FLANNERY’S WHERE FOR ART THOU

 

We reported on the prospect of the organic food retailer Flannery’s taking up a leasehold in the Freshwater Village Plaza. A hitch has apparently occurred as to the extent of Flannery’s liverage on the side of the building.  Flannery’s were seeking near total coverage, which would have prevented other tenants advertising their presence.

 

Apparently the impasse is close to being resolved.

 

ANOTHER FRESHWATER TELCO 4 and 5G TOWER ISSUE

 

Vodaphone and Telstra have been installing a 4/5G Tower atop the Polar Bar two-storey building at 87 Harbord Road. The immediate community has not been properly consulted, and Vodaphone merely sent a letter to Council on 1/12/17 indicating its intentions, and mentioning that it was placing an advertisement in the Daily Telegraph, with a 10-day turnaround for the community to raise any concerns.

This has distinct echoes of the OPTUS Mckillop Park Tower fiasco and the Friends of Freshwater thought that we had overcome the sneaky approach of Telcos to proper community consultation on Tower infrastructure.

The protocol developed included proper notification of the community plus the lodgement of a DA so that the normal planning processes would apply.

 

Vodaphone is now hiding behind the Federal Telecommunications Act to justify its actions.  Although we thirst for mobile data capacity, this is not the way to achieve it.  4G Towers were meant to be on the roof of tall buildings not small residential buildings with no EMR measurements undertaken. We need to stop this blatant disregard of the community.

 

 

DEVELOPERS EYE FRESHWATER VILLAGE BACK PRECINCT.

 

Developers currently have two DA’s before Council for development of residential and retail accommodation on land that has never been developed before. Both IPM Holdings, who recently purchased a large, long held-block, from the Roberts family, and neighbour, Francis Kim (proprietor of the recently expanded Hiro’s Restaurant) now have applications being assessed by NBC. The Friends of Freshie has found significant deficiencies in both these applications including close proximity to an ever expanding source of Electro-Magnetic Radiation from the AUSGRID sub station, and various non-compliances with the LEP and Freshwater Village DCP. Both seek access to their developments from Lawrence Street when access from the rear should have been sought. In both cases, these DA’s are opportunistic.

DA2017/1287 proposes 20 bedrooms in close proximity to the sub-station fence. There is a probability that some of these might be occupied by children and for them the possible risk of exposure is elevated.

We think that this is not worth the risk and is indeed poor urban planning. Fortunately, Council’s Environment Health section has recommended refusal. This is on the basis that” theapplicant provides details of the long term effects of EMF and how exposure will be addressed”.

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n its submission to this DA, AUSGRID advised that the development be no closer than 3 metres to its boundary, which would severely compromise the viability of the development.

 

Both developments have been in the process of Council assessment for months and are problematic. A panel process was convened, Friends of Freshie was in attendance to raise its concerns. DA2017/1294 was approved but with the proviso that entry be from the rear of the site rather than from its Lawrence Street Driveway.

 

Freshwater Village Back Precinct includes the Literary Institute, former Baby Health Centre, Guide Hall, Waves Youth Centre (now a temporary Gym). The 5-story Telstra building (which is used as a de-facto telecommunication tower) and the Ausgrid Electricity Sub-Station, as well as two land holdings at the rear of Lawrence Street. There is also the Oliver Street car park, which is zoned for community use but ought to be zoned as operational land.

 

Friends of Freshwater has written to Council seeking place management emphasis on the precinct, given that Council is both a prominent landlord as well as the consent authority for the Village.

 

HARBORD LITERARY INSTITUTE  2018 CENTENARY

 

The unique Harbord Literary Institute is in its 100thyear of operation, and Council is planning for an appropriate p celebration of its longevity.

 

The Institute, uniquely, continues 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 Community Kindergartens. Its former tennis court is now utilised for children’s outdoor play.

 

 

WHAT USE THE VACANT BABY HEALTH 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. DID THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH THINK ABOUT ITS CLIENTELE AND THEIR NEEDS?

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?  We have heard scuttlebutt that it may be a site for an Aboriginal Heritage Centre.

 

NEW DIGGERS IS PARTIALLY OPEN BUT WHAT IS FUTURE OF WAVES CENTRE?

 

The Mounties Headland Site is now open with completion of an operational club, some residential accommodation and a day care facility now operating.

 

The impressive new Club was officially opened on 30 June after a gala occasion was held beforehand on 28 June. Work is continuing apace on other areas and the construction of the swimming pools/gymnasium/ residential tower, is well underway. Soon a massive number of concrete trucks will begin deliveries in order to lay the foundations for this final stage.

 

At the completion of this project, community 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 both a lasting legacy and 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 of the kind that was previously operated and staffed by the Harbord Diggers, would be well-received by the community.

 

 JOIN the Friends of Freshwater in 2018.

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 Coastal 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 and Armistice commemorations.
  • Closely scrutinising all significant Development Applications in Freshwater for compliance with planning requirements

 

 

“The Duke” Newsletter May 2018

NORTHERN BEACHES COUNCIL APPROVES FRESHWATER COASTAL SPACE MASTER PLAN

 

At its last meeting on 22 May, Council approved its Freshwater Coastal Space Master Plan.

 

A summary of the changes made since the draft plan are on our home page for your reading.

It should be noted that the Beach Reserves have not received any attention from Council since the 1980’s and there are areas of great neglect. Playgrounds are run down, public toilets outmoded and walking tracks eroded.

 

Many proposals in the Draft Plan, which caused great community concern, have either been removed or modified.

These include:

  • A proposed car park for the Reserve adjacent to Gore Rd. (Gone)
  • A shortened turnaround at Moore Rd. (Gone)
  • Lumsdaine Drive one-way (Gone)
  • A raised boardwalk across the northern dune to the Surf Club(Gone)
  • A road from Undercliff Rd., to service Pilu restaurant (Gone). The former road will be sealed.
  • Reduced parking at McKillop Park to enable green-space picnicking (Gone)
  • Green Space between Ocean View Road and Kooloora Ave. (Gone) although a small strip along the dune edge has been proposed.
  • Seating and terracing in the green space above Moore road (largely Gone)

Council approved the conversion of the overflow car park (formerly an in-filled Freshwater Creek) to be officially a car park. This had some opposition from some locals who wanted to see it retained for occasional recreational use.

The Board Walk Missing link has been resolved with its extension from Lumsdaine Drive through to Mckillop Park and thence to the northern end of Freshwater Beach at Ocean View Road. The Walk will be constructed along the rock platform so as to not disturb a healthy stand of native vegetation. This was a great win for bush regenerators. Russell Beardmore, Tanya McAllen and Harry Eliffe who raised their concerns with the draft proposal directly on site with the Mayor and senior management.

New Public toilets have been proposed for construction on the western end of the Surf Club.  Likewise, new playgrounds are proposed to replace the existing two that are antiquated and too close to roads and passing traffic.

 

There will be a pedestrian footway up Bridge Road to the Queenscliff Steps as another part of the Coastal Walk connection. Pavilion, Undercliffe and Freshwater View Reserves are also specified for upgrading.

 

Overall the Reserves precinct will gain an extra 35 car spots from the proposal and maintain green space in largely its current configuration.

 

The Coastal Walk extension looks to be first cab off the rank for construction work. This will be paid directly from the amalgamation funding provided by the State Government.

 

WHAT IS HAPPENING AT THE “FRESHWATER” (FORMER GROWERS SITE.)

 

Hindmarsh Constructions has completed its construction of the Apartment and retail building in Albert St., for its Mosman-based developer, FW Projects, but everything has seemingly come to an abrupt halt.  The building was set to be completed in June 2017 and is now a year behind schedule.

Are there structural defects, which need to be rectified before the building can get its Occupation Certificate from NBC?  Is there a contractual legal impasse? No prospective retail tenants are fitting out their premises nor have apartment owners moved in.  There is an eerie silence about the building, and the Duke senses that the only apparent activity is that of dollars burning. Spare a thought for those who bought off the plan and are constantly rearranging their lives to cope with the delays.

 

The changes to legislation which now mean that all construction defects have to be rectified before an Occupation Certificate is issued by Council are apparently at the heart of the delay.

 

Of course this has a more than passing interest to other businesses in the Village who are waiting upon an uptake of passing pedestrian traffic.  “The Freshwater” has provision for 62 parking spaces for its retail customers. The previous Growers had 35, so this will be a big boost to the Village when the complex opens. One hopes that it is sooner rather than later.

 

FLANNERY’S WHERE FOR ART THOU

 

We reported on the prospect of the organic food retailer Flannery’s taking up a leasehold in the Freshwater Village Plaza. A hitch has apparently occurred as to the extent of Flannery’s liverage on the side of the building.  Flannery’s were seeking near total coverage, which would have prevented other tenants advertising their presence.

 

Apparently the impasse is close to being resolved.

 

ANOTHER FRESHWATER TELCO 4G TOWER ISSUE

 

Vodaphone is currently installing a 4G Tower atop the Polar Bar two-storey building at 87 Harbord Road. The immediate community has not been consulted, and Vodaphone merely sent a letter to Council on 1/12/17 indicating its intentions, and mentioning that it was placing an advertisement in the Daily Telegraph, with a 10-day turnaround for the community to raise any concerns.

This has distinct echoes of the OPTUS Mckillop Park Tower fiasco and the Friends of Freshwater thought that we had overcome the sneaky approach of Telcos to proper community consultation.

The protocol developed included proper notification of the community plus the lodgement of a DA so that the normal planning processes would apply. Vodaphone is now hiding behind the Federal Telecommunications Act to justify its actions.  Although we thirst for mobile data capacity, this is not the way to achieve it.  4 Towers were meant to be on the roof of tall buildings not small residential buildings with no EMR measurements undertaken. We need to stop this blatant disregard of the community.

 

 

DEVELOPERS EYE FRESHWATER VILLAGE BACK PRECINCT.

 

Developers currently have two DA’s before Council for development of residential and retail accommodation on land that has never been developed before. Both IPM Holdings, who recently purchased a large, long held-block, from the Roberts family, and neighbour, Francis Kim (proprietor of the recently expanded Hiro’s Restaurant) now have applications being assessed by NBC. The Friends of Freshie has found significant deficiencies in both these applications including close proximity to an ever expanding source of Electro-Magnetic Radiation from the AUSGRID sub station, and various non-compliances with the LEP and Freshwater Village DCP. Both seek access to their developments from Lawrence Street when access from the rear should have been sought. In both cases, these DA’s are opportunistic.

DA2017/1287 proposes 20 bedrooms in close proximity to the sub-station fence. There is a probability that some of these might be occupied by children and for them the possible risk of exposure is elevated.

We think that this is not worth the risk and is indeed poor urban planning. Fortunately, Council’s Environment Health section has recommended refusal. This is on the basis that” the applicant provides details of the long term effects of EMF and how exposure will be addressed”.

I

n its submission to this DA, AUSGRID advised that the development be no closer than 3 metres to its boundary, which would severely compromise the viability of the development.

 

Both developments have been in the process of Council assessment for months and are problematic. If a panel process is convened, Friends of Freshie will be there to raise its concerns.

 

Freshwater Village Back Precinct includes the Literary Institute, former Baby Health Centre, Guide Hall, Waves Youth Centre (now a temporary Gym). The 5-story Telstra building (which is used as a de-facto telecommunication tower) and the Ausgrid Electricity Sub-Station, as well as two land holdings at the rear of Lawrence Street. There is also the Oliver Street car park, which is zoned for community use.

 

Friends of Freshwater has written to Council seeking place management emphasis on the precinct, given that it is both a prominent landlord as well as the consent authority for the Village.

 

HARBORD LITERARY INSTITUTE CENTENARY JULY 2018.

 

The unique Harbord Literary Institute is in its 100thyear of operation, and it is unclear as to what Council is planning for any proposed celebration of its longevity.

With its organising committee disbanded (a casualty of the Council amalgamation) the usual planning has not occurred.

 

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 BABY HEALTH 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. DID THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH THINK ABOUT ITS CLIENTELE  AND THEIR NEEDS?

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?

 

NEW DIGGERS SET TO OPEN BUT WHAT IS FUTURE OF WAVES CENTRE?

 

The Mounties Headland Site is nearing part completion with some residential accommodation and a day care facility soon to be occupied. The impressive new Club will officially open its doors on 30 June and there is a gala occasion being held beforehand on 28 June. Work is continuing apace on other areas and the excavation for the swimming pools/gymnasium/ residential tower, is well underway. Soon a massive number of concrete trucks will begin deliveries in order to lay the foundations for the second stage.

 

At the completion of this project, community 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 legacy and 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 of the kind that was previously operated and staffed by the Harbord Diggers would be well-received by the community.

 

 JOIN the Friends of Freshwater in 2018.

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

This year our projects will be focussed on:

  • Seeing various aspects of the Freshwater Coastal 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

 

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The Friends of Freshwater Inc. publishes “the Duke”Newsletter as a service to its membership and the wider Freshwater community, and all the views and opinions expressed in it are those of the Executive of FOF Inc.  If you wish to become a member or renew your membership, further contact can be made with us either via our website www.freshie.org.au; or via our email address friendsoffreshwater@gmail.com; or via our face book site Friends of Freshwater Inc.; or via our formal address at PO Box 663, Freshwater NSW 2096.

“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.