“The Duke” Newsletter November/December 2019


THE “DUKE”

November/December 2019

Friends of Freshwater
Community News
Volume 18,2019 Update from The Friends of Freshwater Inc.

SOLDIERS AVENUE OF HONOUR CENTENARY TRACKS A NEGLECTED HISTORY OF FRESHWATER

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The great American writer and poet, Maya Angelou, once wrote that we should all have great respect for the past, because “if we don’t know where we have come from, then we don’t know where we are going”. 

Commemorating a Centenary, such as for Soldiers Avenue on 10 November, 2019, was all about giving due recognition to our past but understanding its importance and its lessons for our future.

A major event, organised by a group of Freshwater organisations including the Surf Club, Literary Institute, RSL Sub Branch and the Friends of Freshwater, was held at Jacka park and Soldiers Avenue.  A memorial Ceremony in the presence of Her Excellency the Governor, Mary Beazley AO QC, was followed by a traditional walk down Soldiers Avenue behind the full contingent of the Manly Warringah Pipe Band.  Along the way, a plaque was unveiled for the Surf Club Tree on the corner of Soldiers Avenue and Oliver Street to mark the large number of Surf Club members killed in WW1.  The Governor also planted a tree (the first since 1964) to mark the Centenary and unveiled a Plaque in honour of Rohan Tapfield who was killed in the European sector of the War. She also unveiled plaques to honour the Holloway brothers (Eric and Cyril) for their service, as well as for Sapper Fred Reynolds, who was killed at Gallipoli.  These plaques are being installed in the newly laid heritage footpath and bring to 14 the number that have been installed since the Centenary of Anzac in 2015.

 

When Warringah Shire Council first established the Soldiers Avenue of Honour a century ago, it was also tangibly recognising the grief that this community was feeling at the loss of a large number of its own who did not return from the great war. This grief again reappeared following the Second World War and subsequent international conflicts.

 

At the time, our community was setting about creating a permanent living memorial to the service of those people as one that would continue to grow over time. A century later, the now stately Soldiers Avenue trees sit alongside plaques for those who served Australia.  This Avenue of trees continues to bear witness to this service and provide hope and even inspiration to their descendants, many of whom were in attendance at the Centenary Commemoration on 10 November.

In Jacka Park, the splendid sculptures by Alan Somerville, of both a local nurse, Alice Le Messurier, and the unknown northern beaches soldier, are now a permanent and meaningful piece of public art for the community. They represent a great use of government funding for a community purpose

 

POEM RECALLS THE LINK BETWEEN FRESHWATER BEACH AND PEACE

World War I enlisted soldier, Rohan Tapfield, wrote a large number of postcards to his children from the WW1 European Front. Many had some reference to his desire to again feel the Freshie surf and sand under his feet. Unfortunately, he did not survive the War.

In a beautiful evocation of this Soldiers desire to return to Freshwater, Harbord Public School, Year 6 student, Leonardo Anderson, delivered his poem to a gathering of 500 people on 10 November in Jacka Park, as part of the Soldiers Avenue of Honour Centenary commemoration.  A framed copy of the poem complete with Soldiers Avenue Centenary Logo has been requested by the Governor of NSW, Her Excellency the Honourable Mary Beazley AO QC to mark the occasion. This is an accolade to the author as it is likely to be hung in Government House.

Leonardo is also the 2019 School Captain and will undoubtedly shine at High School from 2020 onwards.  His poem is reproduced below.

GRANT BOOSTS WORK ON LOCAL HISTORY

In the footsteps of the late Gwen Gordon, local historian, Wendy Machon has been steadily compiling studies of large number of local families where one or more of their number enlisted in world War One.  Her work has been bolstered by support from the NSW Government’s Community War Memorial Fund and from a generous donation from John Thorpe AO. Eventually this research will emerge in book form.

 

Jacka Park Public Toilet Construction has commenced!

 

Readers of the Duke will be aware that we have long been campaigning for a public toilet amenity in Jacka Park. As everyone knows, This Park is in heavy use, mainly by children both of school and pre-school age and for events such as Armistice Day.  With nowhere to go, children invariably use the fence lines of neighbouring properties. Not very hygienic to say the least.

Here is the text of a message we received from our Mayor and Curl Curl Ward Councillor, Michael Regan. It is self-explanatory.

Michael Regan to Friends of Freshwater Inc.

FINALLY – A toilet at Jacka Park! Something that has been requested for many a year now (and was budgeted to be done the year the amalgamation happened) is now about to happen. Yes -The toilet at Jacka Park is about to get built. Here is the advice from staff this afternoon. “I’ve been advised that we have received today, approval from Sydney Water to connect to their existing services, so we (Council) will carry out that work this side of Christmas with an aim of starting the construction works in March/ April 2020.!”
I know better late than never. Thank you all for your support and for pushing us to deliver. 
#about time #overdue

CHRISTMAS IN FRESHIE

Amid the shop closures, landlord machinations and the glaring lack of a supermarket, Christmas in Freshie might appear a bit subdued, but you may have noticed a few Christmas decorations in Freshwater Village recently. These have been attached to the maturing Water Gums along the streets.  There’s more to come: by the end of the month there’ll be a summery, festive flag program along Lawrence Street and into Albert Street. There is also a plan for a proposed Freshwater Fair for Sunday 8 December 2019, 8am – 2pm.

<Click for more details – Sunday Dec 8 – 8am – 4pm >

The intention of the Freshwater Fair is to invite people into Freshwater village for a day out, encouraging them to do some Christmas shopping, meet up with friends, grab some produce, get spruced up or buy a coffee/meal.  As well as providing decorations, Council will be programming some music/entertainment for the main areas and producing posters/flyers to pop around the village.  For this special event, businesses will be permitted to display merchandise outside their shop (even if they are not currently a permit holder) – noting that they must leave at least 2 metres clearance for people to safely walk past shops.

The Organic Scarecrow will also be part of the event.  On the day, Tim from the Organic Scarecrow, will be coordinating the market in the usual site near Vintage Cellars, but may expand his offering to include some retail stalls for the day.

 

PUBLIC ART ALONG THE COASTAL PATHWAY FROM PALM BEACH TO MANLY

 

The recently concluded Sculpture by the Seas from Bondi to Tamarama was marked by concern as to its future location. This event annually attracts both many thousands of visitors and a large number of entrants from sculptors.  To say that it is popular is an understatement. Our northern beaches coastline has been suggested as an alternative venue, given the stated intention of our Council to place install public art along the Coastal Walkway.
This includes the pathway from South Curl Curl to Freshwater.

One successful entrant in the Sculpture by the Seas event was from local Queenscliff ceramic artist, Sally Portnoy, (see image above) and it is clear that there will be no shortage of local artists willing to have their work displayed.

SUCCESSFUL AGM FOR FRIENDS OF FRESHWATER

A new Executive has been elected to fill the following positions for 2020: –

  • President: Peter Harley OAM
  • Vice President: Phil Curry
  • Secretary: Stacey Berkman
  • Treasurer: Denise Goldstein
  • Committee Members: Christine Frith, Rob Keeping, John Oliver.

With fifty people in attendance at the Harbord Beach Hotel, Peter Harley outlined the highlights of the year including working closely with the 3 tiers of government on various community projects.
These include;

  • Scrutiny of all significant Development Applications and Modifications
  • Bush regeneration of Undercliffe Reserve
  • Refurbishment of the Soldiers Avenue of Honour including installation of a heritage footpath along its northern side
  • Upgrading community amenities such as toilets and playgrounds
  • Public art installations including sculptures, plaques. storyboards and murals.
  • Providing a model of sustainability via Freshie Community Garden.
  • Using our not for profit status to successfully apply for grants to assist community project
  • Seeking ways to generate a revitalisation of Freshwater Village.

WHATS HAPPENING WITH THE FORMER ANGEL RESTAURANT SITE

This property at 29 Crown Road, Queenscliff, originally comprised a single storey dwelling with attached shop, on its corner site. Both its façade and awning are heritage listed as it is a rare surviving example of a typical corner shop with dwelling attached and provides evidence of the growth of local infrastructure in the early decades of the 1900’s.

It is prominently located on the pathway between Manly and Freshwater and has previously operated as a restaurant/café. The Duke has fond memories of the fare prepared by Chef Alex Berry in his tiny kitchen at the Restaurant. Sadly, it will never return to being a restaurant as the commercial kitchen has been removed.

The new development has a hipped & gabled roof to a two story dwelling & gabled roof to shop and veranda, over footpath, with corrugated metal skillion roof and simple timber posts and timber weatherboard walls.

While the fabric of the building has been altered, the integrity of its function and use has remained.

The property meets the residential height and scale limits.

The land is zoned R2 Low Density, Residential, however the cafe use of the building operates under existing use rights.

For a long time, the timber façade was poorly maintained but the current works have successfully restored the integrity of the building. The builders are local and have taken great pride in their work.

 

CORPORATES DISCOVER FRESHWATER BUSH REGENERATION

Local resident and reader of the Duke, Victor White, regularly walks down Queenscliff Steps and along the pathway through Undercliffe Reserve to Freshie Beach and has noticed the impact upon his walk of the systematic removal of weed infestation. He has seen the natural bush return and with it the views to the beach.

 

He noted that his employer, Sales Force, has provision for 7 “corporate days” for each employee per year, where staff members can work on a community project with other members.  This commendable initiative is part of a widespread organisational trend known as Corporate Social Responsibility. Mr White approached his employer and Undercliffe Reserve and its bush regeneration project were selected. 12 staff have now commenced work on the steep site under the supervision of Northern Beaches Council Bush Care supervisor, Andrew Lee.

His employer, Salesforce, is a cloud computing company that specializes in customer relationship management (CRM). Salesforce’s services allow businesses to use cloud technology to better connect with customers, partners and potential customers. The software has become the number one for customer success and helps businesses track customer activity, market to customers and many more services. Its world-wide revenue last year was 3.39 billion.

 

FRESHIE REAL ESTATE GOES THROUGH THE ROOF

Beach Reserve properties at Freshwater have become highly prized and bankable. Recent sales in Ocean View Road, adjacent to the Beach Reserve, fetched high prices. Adam Gilchrist who runs Gymnasium franchising company, F45, now owns two neighbouring homes at the beach end of this road. He set a suburb high price when he purchased the three- level property (pictured) for $14 mill. At the southern end of the Reserve at the end of Undercliff Rd The ‘White Rabbit’ gallery owner  Judith Neilsen, is remodelling her Undercliff Rd/Bridge Street holiday home with bronze cladding and extensive sandstone surrounds will be an architectural piece of art with no expense spared to create a standout. Another property at 31 Kooloora recently sold in quick time for in excess of $4m.

Over at The Drive, a well-known cottage held by the same family for 78 years is now for sale.

Its owners were Len and Bonnie Walter who lived there variously with their six children, many of whom went on to make prominent careers in specialist medicine. Son, Len, still lives in the Drive.  Bonnie recently died aged 107, and for many years if one walked along the Drive it was a treat to hear her piano playing. When Len died in 2003, Bonnie, then 91, decided to paint the fishing cottage its distinctive lilac colour. Needless to say, Bonnie was well loved by the residents of The Drive and more widely in the community.  This cottage is rumoured to have a sale price in excess of $3.1m.

 

“The Duke” Newsletter September 2019


THE “DUKE”

September 2019

Friends of Freshwater
Community News
Volume 17 ,2019 Update from The Friends of Freshwater Inc.

 

WHATS HAPPENING IN FRESHWATER VILLAGE

For many residents, the amenities provided by a Village represent a second home (or a third one, if you go to work).

Freshwater Village is clearly going through a transitional phase as two, major, main street, residential/commercial developments are completed. This has taken the best part of seven years and has been very disruptive to local businesses.  When the Harbord Growers closed in 2013 and subsequently moved to Balgowlah, it left a major void in the Village which has yet to be finally filled.  It primarily supplied fresh fruit and vegetables directly from Flemington Markets, and not from a western Sydney cold store as other supermarket chains do.

Many in our community fought against an enormous 2012 residential development which would have dwarfed the Village. Out of that came a Village Master Plan which prescribed height controls, setbacks, underground parking and laneway closures.  These planning controls remain in operation, even with the Council amalgamation, and all recent construction has had to abide by these provisions.

The current state of the Village in terms of shop closures and lack of services is in part due to the lack of a Village anchor tenant, as well as capricious landlord behaviour.  This should have been resolved in October 2017 when the 1200sq retail supermarket space was completed, but it has been mired in litigation and liquidation proceedings ever since. We understand that this will be resolved soon and a suitable supermarket will be operating by year end.

We are also stuck with a small number of village landlords, a few of whom are not very community-minded. This is not going to change. One landlord with extensive holdings has, for a number of years, been tolerant of empty shops or shops with short term pop-up enterprises. This emptiness and constant departures is disconcerting for the community who would want to live in a vibrant village with active pedestrian traffic.

This landlord currently has an approved DA for demolition and construction of  his mainstream properties ( unlikely to be built), and also has recently listed them for sale ( now withdrawn from sale). In a confounding manner, he is now repairing and remediating individual premises and residential holdings above.

According to a recent Manly Daily article of 28 September, he is now proposing a New York Style delicatessen as well as Italian,Chinese and steakhouse restaurants. Of course all of these require considerable expenditure on outfitting with grease traps and fume extraction systems. Those with long memories will instantly recall that his properties have previously housed a Chinese restaurant; the Bronzed Onion; Stowaway Bar; a quality butcher shop and a Vietnamese Baker. These proposals represent a ” back to the future” approach, and for these initiatives to be successful, tenants will need to have security of a 5/5 leasehold ,fair rents, leases without demolition clauses, and support for the permanent fit outs.

GREEN SHOOTS EMERGING
There are some green shoots emerging:-
  1. A new tenant, SKYWOOD, is about to open as a bouldering centre in the former IGA site in Freshwater Village. It is currently spending < $1m on a fit out. It will be interesting to note the impact that its clientele will have on the Village.
  2. A small outdoor fresh fruit and vegetable market commenced on Sunday 25 August on green space adjacent to the Aboriginal Heritage Centre. It is being run by a local operator called Tim The Organic Scarecrow. It had been operating on a trial basis but has now been given an extended go-ahead by Council. Its quality produce has been well-received by the community. Other stalls on the site have been offering organic and eco-sensitive products that do not compete with offerings by nearby retailers.
  3. Wilson Car Parking has departed, along with its big end-of-town, automated, car park fees. The 58 car spots are now currently available for free for those wanting to shop or do other things in the village. The only downside is that the customer lift is not working, and when it does, it will emerge into a supermarket.
  4. The “Oceans” Development on the northern side of Lawrence Street is progressing well and its shops have been sold to local businesses. This will be ground floor retail with two upper floors of residential accommodation extending back to the Oliver Street Car Park. It is due to open in 2020. With some luck and a bunch of background work there may be a change from their car park access in Lawrence Street to the back of the building via the carpark on Oliver St, we will know soon.
  5. The old Freshwater Bakehouse site is going through an extensive renovation now and will soon be an exciting new food related venue to be advised by the new tenant.
  6. Our Albert Street Servo is being upgraded and renovated.
UNSAFE AWNINGS

Council inspections have led to awnings on Village buildings being in need of repair or removal.  The Awning on the Robinsons building at the western end of Lawrence Street was recently removed without the guarantee that it will be replaced. The concrete awnings on the properties extending from Dowling Street appear to have extensive spalling from exposure to salt air and water. This spalling has the capacity to cause a serious hazard and they are currently temporarily propped.
A LITTLE BIT OF FRESHIE IN ‘DOWNTON ABBEY’.
The current cinema version of “Downton Abbey” is a reminder of Freshwater’s association with ‘Highclere Castle’, the setting for the film and the television series.
One of the pioneering contributors to the establishment of Freshwater, as we know it today, was the horticulturist,Charles Holloway. His guiding hand can be seen in the establishment of Harbord Public School, the Harbord Literary Institute and the Soldiers Avenue of Honour (for which he donated the distinctive Bush Box Trees) and the Tramway which found its way to Freshwater.
Holloway had emigrated from England to Australia in 1881 and married Henrietta Fells in 1883 Sydney. He was a horticulturist, being apprenticed at 14 as gardener at Highclere Castle, which was the country seat of the Earls of Carnarvon.  Highclere’s famous 1,000 acre park had been designed by renowned landscaper, Capability Brown.
(see photo from Old postcard C 1900 of Highclere found in Holloway family papers)
In Freshwater he set up a nursery business bordering Jacka Park and Eric Street, drawing its water from the nearby Freshwater Creek.This was very successful and later, with his sons, he would develop a bulb production business on land that is now the site of the Harbord Bowling Club. At one point this business was the biggest of its kind in Australia. Holloway Place, Curl Curl, is named after him.
Young Charles Holloway had a pretty impressive resume as a gardener before he arrived in Australia.  At one point he also worked on the estate of the Archbishop of Canterbury.
WHAT WILL BE THE FUTURE OF WAVES YOUTH CENTRE?
With the recent opening of the impressive new gymnasium within the revamped Harbord Diggers Club and the opening of the new swimming complex on October 9,
the Waves Youth Centre is currently dormant.
This Centre was a gift to the youth of our community from those our community who established this iconic Club. Legendary Harbord individuals such as Harry Knox, Mackie Campbell and Bill Messenger were closely involved in its establishment in 1986.When Mounties took over the Harbord Diggers Club, it quickly purchased additional assets such as the Youth Club site and the Sussex Inlet holiday facility for relatively token amounts. The Diggers Club was heavily indebted and did not have much bargaining power, whereas the Mt. Pritchard based Mounties was cash rich. Later, when acquired,Mounties Group moved these assets to non-core so that they could be dealt with in a way that did not require the full membership to vote on their future. This is the current situation and our community is rightly concerned as to the future of Waves, given that we have a tide of young people looking for outlets in a community which, other than Brookvale, has the least amount of green space on the northern beaches.
We need to be vigilant on actions taken by Mounties in respect of this site.
ONE OF OUR LAST SERVOS IS BEING UPGRADED
A servo which has been serving our community for near a century of motoring, is now being upgraded to meet the quickly advancing technology of motor vehicles. On the corner of Soldiers Avenue and Albert Street, it is a well located site and has seen many proprietors including the famous McPhee family that launched a national transport company from this site. Current proprietor, Keith Tucker, in renovating the site has found an old sewerage line running underneath as well as a large concrete plug designed to support a heavy vehicle hoist. The site should be fully operational again in the new year.
PUBLIC TOILETS IN A POOR STATE
Pity the people that need to go to a toilet in Freshwater, as it is a problematic experience. In Freshwater Village there is only one public toilet and it was built in the 1930’s and then only to serve the firemen from the nearby Fire Station. It has no hygienic facilities for men and is largely outdoors. For women it is little better but it does have hand washing facilities.
Private toilets in the Village often require a key from the local business.
In the southern Lawrence St., properties, the toilets are below standard and have not been upgraded for decades. the one exception is Little Collins Cafe which has a more than acceptable toilet facility.
At Jacka Park there is no toilet amenity but after lobbying by Friends of Freshwater this is about to change.
Likewise at Freshwater Beach the toilets located in the Surf Club which are often unsavoury, are to be renewed as part of the Beach Reserves Master Plan. They will be relocated to the southwestern edge of the Club. With as many as 10,000 people at the beach in the height of summer it is important that toilet facilities be of a high standard.
RV’S CAUSE A PROBLEM IN BEACH RESERVES
Freshwater attracts a significant passing traffic of surfers in RV’s as they move around the coastline of Australia. Unfortunately it is not well suited to this nomadic lifestyle given the fact that its amenities close at sundown and are not reopened until sunrise. Where to ablate in the intervening period. Sadly it is in the dunes or in the reserve. This is clearly unacceptable and recently Council has erected 12P traffic sites to encourage RV’s to move on promptly.

“The Duke” Newsletter August 2019


THE “DUKE”

August 2019

Friends of Freshwater
Community News
Volume 16 ,2019 Update from The Friends of Freshwater Inc.

CLEAN UP OF UNDERCLIFFE RESERVE CONTINUES WITH ANOTHER GOVERNMENT GRANT.

The weed-infested Undercliffe Reserve on Freshwater Beach’s southern headland is gradually being cleaned up.

Volunteer activity from the Friends of Freshwater over a number of years, with professional supervision from Northern Beaches Council, is now being supplemented by professional contractors, Dragonfly Environmental, on a grant of $12,000 provided by NSW Land Care to Northern Beaches Council.
Where once noxious weeds such as lantana, madeira vine and phoenix palms predominated the pathways, now beach views are re-appearing and healthy native species are coming into their own.

Century Old Time Capsule Discovered at the Harbord Literary Institute

Recently, a group including members of the Sterland family, the Mayor, Michael Regan, Council staff and former members of the Harbord Literary Institute Committee, watched as a Council worker very carefully extracted the Foundation Stone which was set in place by the Hon. A.C.F. James M.L.A, Minister for Education over 101 years ago on the 13th July 1918. This revealed a glass time capsule.

Forgotten for over 100 years, knowledge of this capsule only came to light late last year, when a worker, cleaning out a unit in Balgowlah, found an old ledger, belonging to Mr. Thomas Arthur Sterland, a former Deputy President of the then Warringah Shire Council. It was full of Manly Daily cuttings and other memorabilia spanning from WW1 years to the 1930’s and had been handed down, over the years, to a family member.  Among his many local accomplishments including the establishment of Soldiers Avenue, Tom Sterland was one of the founding fathers of the then named Freshwater Literary Institute (later changed to Harbord).  The gentleman who found the ledger was able to pass it onto Keith Sterling, a Freshwater local, who is the grandson of Tom Sterland.   He read the ledger cuttings and discovered in a Manly Daily article written at that time, that a capsule had been inserted behind the Foundation Stone over 100 years ago.

The Manly Daily article of the time had also included this information:  “The Chairman then stated that behind the tablet had been placed a copy of the local and city papers of that date, along with coins of the realm, also a type-written copy of the history of the hall”.

Needless to say, there was a fair amount of doubt that anything would actually be behind the Foundation Stone laid so many years ago.
There were gasps of delight when witnessing the first sight of the glass capsule as the stone was lifted away.

The capsule has now been taken away for investigation by experts in this
field and, once evaluated, will be on show to the public at a special presentation (date to be announced). The coins of the realm will probably be no more than tuppences, halfpennies, bobs, shillings and quid’s.

SOLDIERS AVENUE HERITAGE FOOTPATH UPGRADE COMPLETED

Again many thanks to those 121 families who wrote submissions in support of this Foot Path. It was so low on a Walk Plan priority list, that it would never have been built.  Council to its credit, and on the back of such outstanding community support, changed tack and gave the footpath immediate priority. It is now built.
Freshwater locals in and around Soldiers Avenue are understandably thrilled with this outcome.
This footpath literally paves the way for Australian soldiers to be remembered for their brave sacrifices abroad in World War I.
Freshwater identity Sean Rout thanked Council for the completed works.
“Soldiers Avenue is an iconic venue which means plenty to so many people on the northern beaches.
“When we approached Council about our plans, they were happy to accommodate what we had in mind for the community, particularly Mayor (Regan) and our local Councillors.
“It is vital we remember our fallen soldiers, they are the reason we are fortunate to live the way we do today,’’ Mr Rout said.

Northern Beaches Council Mayor Michael Regan was delighted to hear Soldiers Avenue now has its own unique honour heritage footpath.
“What a great local, community driven project. Thank you to those local legends driving this project so all of the community benefit.
“I cannot think of a better way to remember those selfless men who put their own lives on the line to ensure the future of our great nation,’’ the Mayor said. “The previous Warringah Council was happy to support this project, so it is great that the new (Northern Beaches) Council is finishing this project off.
I look forward to the end product at Soldiers Avenue.”

FRESH ATTEMPT AT FRUIT AND VEGETABLE POP-UP MARKET IN FRESHWATER VILLAGE

Council has accepted a proposal from a Freshwater local, Tim, the Organic Scarecrow, to bring pop-up stalls to the Harbord Institute pocket park (See grassy area near Vintage Cellars).

It is clear that the demand from the community to access fresh fruit and produce is very strong.  Organic Scarecrow have been encouraged to trial a solution.
Tim from the Organic Scarecrow will bring a small, quality offering of organic and chemical free produce to the village.  The seasonal supply will include leafy greens, fruit, vegetable, yogurt, eggs, olive oil and local honey.  Bulk wholefoods, such as flour and nuts, and deli cheeses and olives are also potential inclusions.
Council had previously heard of the business community’s reservations about a large market, and have shared this feedback with Tim.  The Organic Scarecrow is a small family business, and wants to see Freshwater Village succeed.  He will be letting customers know about the great flowers, meat, bread, fish, coffee, fashion and homewares that are in the village – and won’t be selling these items himself.  We encourage local businesses to refer their customers to Tim too!

The Organic Scarecrow pop-up will be a modest scale.  Initially it is expected that up to five marquees will be erected on the site, which is adjacent to the Vintage Cellar car park.  Starting on Sunday 25 August 2019 the Organic Scarecrow will be on site for four weeks.  After those four weeks, Council will undertake a review of the operation to consider extending their permit.

SUPERMARKET SAGA CONTINUES INDEFINITELY

The Freshwater community is still without an essential food provider as wrangling over the empty 1200sqm space at the “Freshwater” continues.

Amid unconfirmed allegations that the landlord has gone into receivership, reports of recent creditors’ meetings and that legal action for recovery of debts is afoot, it is unclear as to which supermarket operator will eventually trade from the retail space.
The community has lived with the rumour that either a Super IGA or Woolworths would be the retailer.  Friends of Freshwater has been unable to substantiate either as the occupant.
Whatever the case it would take at least two months from a decision for an operator to be in a trading capacity with fit out, stock and staffing.
The site has been empty but ready for occupancy since October 2018.
Needless to add that this lack of an anchor tenant is having a debilitating impact on the vibrancy of the Village, shopkeepers’ trading capacity and its pedestrian traffic.

FRESHWATER VILLAGE. WHAT CAN WE DO AS A COMMUNITY?

It has been 5 years since the Growers Market ceased operation in the Village and the absence of a major supermarket with essential grocery items and fresh fruit and vegetables is keenly felt, especially by the shopkeepers who specifically gain from a major anchor tenant nearby.
However, we can do something about this by deliberately purchasing products from these traders.  Purchasing meat from the gourmet butcher, fish from our fishmonger, bread and baked items from two outlets, gifts from local shops, hairdressing, fashion, sheets and towels.
The old rugby adage applies equally to Villages…USE IT, OR LOSE IT.

FORMER IGA SITE BEING TRANSFORMED TO A BOULDERING CENTRE

A development application has been assessed and approved by Northern Beaches Council for this site. It has been lodged by Sky World Climbing and the cost of set-up work currently being undertaken is listed as $625,000. It is intended to use the premises as a recreational facility for 100-150 mainly mature age audience.
Bouldering is a fast growing sport which will be featured at the next Olympic Games in Tokyo. The listed proprietor is already a member of the Australian Climbing Team.

NEW WAY OF BUILDING “HITS” FRESHWATER

In the last couple of weeks you may have seen a new house built in an astonishing ‘2 days’ in the block next to the ‘overflow’ car park at Freshie beach. It’s creation came from delivery on the back of 5 very large truck trailers and then got loaded onto its prepared site. It was actually built in a factory in Melbourne and took 4 days to be transported here on these trailers.

It arrived early on the thursday morning but it’s final transit along Albert St and ultimately down Ocean View Rd was not incident free. One of the buildings was too high and ‘hit’ overhead power lines and cables. Bringing live wires, damage and blackouts for many in the street.

But all ends well and the new residents will be moving in later this month.

JOIN the Friends of Freshwater for 2019- 2020

If you are thinking of becoming a member of FOF, or simply renewing your membership for 2019-2020, then hop on line to our website at www.freshie.org.au for easy subscription.
This year 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.