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April 17 2016 - Freshwater Anzac remembrance
Services inthe Freshwater Anzac Precinct of Jacka Park and the Soldiers Avenue of Honour on 17 April, as well as a larger service on Mckillop Park Headland, on Anzac Day morning, again exemplified the special respect that the Freshwater community has for those who gave service both here and abroad in international conflicts.
A free community event hosted by the Harbord RSL Sub-Branch and the Soldiers Avenue of Honour Stakeholders Group was held in Jacka Park on Sunday, 17 April, with students from Harbord Public School, and the Northern Beaches Band (under the baton of local Uniting Church Minister, Brian Hayes). Scottish Piper and local resident, Bob Metcalfe, led, pied piper like, those who attended on a walk along Soldiers Avenue. Highlights included a wreath laying at the newly refurbished Heroes’ Tree by the Covey family in Honour of their WW1 grandfather, Alfred Hughes, who fought at both Gallipoli and the European western front. Mayor Michael Regan also cut a ribbon on the footpath memorial plaque for Frederick Austin Reynolds, the first Freshwater resident to die in World War 1, and the first soldier to be killed at the Gallipoli landing.
Students from Harbord Public School were also involved with poppy laying at various sites in the World War 1 precinct of the Soldiers Avenue of Honour.
Local Fire and Rescue Service officers provided the Honour guard for the formal flag raising commemoration at Midday.
On Anzac Day, Careflight helicopters and RAAF flyovers marked the occasion with almost 850 children laying poppies at the flagpole. In view of the construction that is happening nearby, this may well be the last occasion that Anzac Day is commemorated on this site for some time.
Both events were very Freshie occasions.
April 30 2016 - BOUTIQUE BREWERS ESTABLISH ON THE NORTHER BEACHES.
Two boutique breweries have set up production facilities in Brookvale. 4 Pines is widely known for its bar and production facility in Manly, but less known for its set-up in Brookvale. When Prince Harry was visiting Australia last year, he made an unscheduled visit amid tight security, to the Brookvale outlet for a quite one, like the author, Thomas Hardy, “ far from the madding crowd “.
Another brewer, Nomad, like 4 Pines, is now producing a range of beers based upon German styles. It is even producing a “Freshie Salt and Pepper” beer and it is not a bad drop. Apparently the two Nomad brewers, Leonardo Di Vicenzo and Brooks Carretta, were having a few on Freshie Beach, and, in a Eureka moment, came up with the idea that they could replicate the salty style of German Gose Beer (from Leipzig) with the addition of salt water from Freshwater Beach. While one assumes that the production process purifies the water, the Duke would want to be assured that the salt water had come from the southern rather than the northern end of the beach, where the storm water pipe (and overflow sewerage outlet) is is located.
April 30 2016 - 'THe Duke Newsletter' Update for April
Two new building companies have been contracted to build the two apartment development sites at 22-26 Albert Street (the former Growers Site) and at the Kahana at 18 Marmora Street (the former Frank Minnici owned consolidated property). Hindmarsh Construction has been contracted for the Growers site development, and Growthbuilt have got the Kahana job.
Having two separate building companies operating across three entrances with double the truck movements is not a good outcome for the community. The 18 Marmora St. site will now seek to place all its deliveries through a narrow entrance beside St Peters Uniting Church. The site is very compacted and the excavation abuts the boundaries of the site with little room for the normal amenities of a construction site. This construction process will test the tolerance of nearby neighbours in this otherwise quiet street and already Warringah Council has been fielding complaints about the interaction between heavy trucks and pedestrians. Local residents are watchful of the “ wedding tree” outside the Church, where many wedding ceremonies were conducted and photographs taken. Its roots protrude into the driveway used by concrete trucks, and special provisions were written into the DA to ensure its survival.
March 19 2016 - Imagine this stockpile of red dirt immediately adjacent to your property, and its been there throughout the summer and through every wind event.
And its made it difficult to use your backyard for any purpose, and then there's the deep excavation with water at the bottom, even though it hasn't rained for the best part of a month.
Spare a thought also for the playgroup mothers in the adjacent church grounds who worry on a weekly basis about children falling into the excavation through the nearby perimeter fencing.
We all expect a bit of give and take, when next to a construction site, but this dirt mountain has been there at the "Kahana" site, 18 Marmora St., unmoved since December, in silent watch, overlooking the next door neighbours.
While we are aware that the builder, SX Projects, has apparently gone into voluntary liquidation and a new builder is being sought, these construction sites are currently having a lend of the patience of the Freshwater community and village businesses,( with turnover impacted) and we all wish the Developers would just simply get their act together and get on with it. The least that could be done is to actually communicate with the neighbours and nearby small businesses about progress and plans.
Freshie to become a 3 year construction zone.
Well the process of change is well on the way and the management at Mounties is in the final stages of approving the construction tenderer, to begin the demolition and construction phase. The demolition the old Harbord Diggers club is reportedly to begin about September 2015 and this means that many changes are beginning not only with the closing of the Harbord Diggers Gym but with the old Waves facility.
This is because it has been suggested that the temporary facilities for the new Gym is reported to be the old 'Waves' Facility in Oliver St
and to be managed by a private contractor, GFitness.
So before moving back to the new premises in 2018 there will be lots of impact to the existing users of the 'Waves facility.
Patricia Green recently wrote (1/6/15) to us and reported that there is lots of confusion as result of recent Mounties management updates.
There are lots of groups that use that hall and have been using it for a number of years. If you look on the Diggers website all the information is there - Funtime music, the Tap Scene, African drumming, yoga, art lessons, tae kwon do, little kickers...
They have all been told that they can no longer use the hall as the gym that is currently at the diggers is to relocate to the waves hall. After a long period of uncertainty the groups have been told this recently and given 6.5 weeks notice! So, for example The Tap Scene, a performing arts school which started at the beginning of 2014 and has 130 students has to find new premises and then maybe apply to council for permission to use said premises which can take up to 9 weeks apparently so she may have to close a new and thriving business!
The diggers management said that they would try to help all the businesses find premises at one of their other venues but this sadly is not the case as they have not been able to offer anything to any one of the groups. They have said that they have tried to help but the reality is that that is actually a lie, they have also publicly said that they told the businesses in February and that too is complete fabrication.
I am involved in the Girl Guides and so we have been trying to help by offering our hall, Funtime music is actually relocating there, The Tap Scene are going to run some classes there but it is probably too small for the number of ladies that attend yoga and the timing is not right for the African drummers. There are heaps of families affected by this but because they are all smallish groups there is not any fuss being made about it although Funtime music has about 60-70 families!
There are heaps of gyms around so really the closing of the diggers gym would not affect too many people as they could realistically just join another gym. Indeed there is a very good one in Freshwater itself, there are several just outside Freshie and I go to Virgin at Frenchs forest which really is not that far. There is nothing else like the waves hall and it is supposed to be a youth centre for the community and the diggers are just taking that away from the community. Obviously it is more profitable to run a gym from there and I guess they are worried about the future and enticing members back - just offer 1/2 price membership at the new place and I reckon they would come flooding back!!! Taking this facility away from the community is affecting children and families and the diggers management have behaved in a disgraceful and underhand manner and I just don't think that they should be allowed to get away with it without everyone knowing the truth.
If you need to know anything else Peter feel free to call me on 0405985904 or email me
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.
MOUNTIES DEVELOPMENT ON FRESHWATER HEADLAND FINALLY GAINS APPROVAL.
The Consent Authority, the East Region Joint Regional Planning Panel has given approval to a $150m development on Freshwater headland involving 97 Seniors Living apartments, a revamped Harbord Diggers Club and a 90 person child care facility.
Construction work on the biggest project in Freshwater’s history will commence in 2015, and will involve a massive demolition of the current building and parking areas, and the excavation of the site down to 3 levels to permit a 580 space car park for club patrons and seniors living residents. A new gymnasium and pool area will be housed on the southeastern side of the site facing Evans Street. The child care facility will be housed on the south west side of the site facing Carrington Parade, while the Diggers Club will be housed underneath the residential podium and will face South Curl Curl and have one of its three entrances facing Lumsdaine Drive.July 2014:
Peter HarleyPO Box 663Freshwater NSW 2096
As foreshadowed at the recent Opening of the Shade Cover in Freshwater Village Plaza, free Wi Fi coverage has been installed by Warringah Council for Freshwater Village, extending from the junction of Lawrence and Oliver Streets through to the junction of Albert Street and Moore Road.
Access to this free Wi-Fi service via smartphone or tablet can be made by selecting FreeWiFi@Freshwater, waiting for the logon screen with the Warringah Council logo to appear, and then clicking on the line that says, “ Click here to log on to Warringah Council free Wi-Fi service”.
Already the Duke has spotted people with tablets using this free service outdoors in the Village.
After the great efforts by the FOF Committee and especially the special efforts of Roy Buirchell we now have an officially opened and beautifully functioning community garden. More Pics here
See here for story link from Manly Daily
"the Duke" - March 2013 for more details
Warringah Council has announced that it will be installing Free Wi-Fi for the Freshwater Village Plaza. Now we will be able to use the Shade Cover and new street furniture as an outdoor office. That is unless you work for Google or Yahoo
- URBAN PLANNING AND LARGE-SCALE DEVELOPMENTS
- PROTECTING FRESHWATER's INTEGRITY
- UNDERGROUNDING UTILITIES FRESHWATER’S HERITAGE - INCLUDING SOLDIERS AVENUE OF HONOUR
- COASTAL AND BUSH REGENERATION
- FRESHWATER’S COMMUNITY GARDEN
- COASTAL WALKING TRACKS
- GREEN SPACE EXPANSION
- MOORE ROAD BOULEVARD AND TREESCAPE
- TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT PLANNING
ORGANISERS of Celebrate Freshwater are asking residents whether the fair should be held annually.
A large number of people - including local school students, community groups from Harbord Bowling Club and a band called Hailstone - turned up to the corner of Lawrence St and Albert St on Sunday.
The bank's business development coordinator Melanie Carson was amazed by the attendance.
Given its success, the bank is considering staging the fair every year.
"That could well be possible," Mrs Carson said. "It's a big investment on our part and we had 30 volunteers.
"It will be interesting to see the response from the community. If we're able to to garner support for this to be held annually, it could well be."
Would you like to see the event become an annual one?
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Proposed architects view of one option(2c)
After quite a wait and a somewhat questionable consultation process with the local community, the MOUNTIES' on behalf of the Harbord Diggers Club has finally released their vision and alternative options for the site development.
It is now up to us, the Community to ensure that in the subsequent period we have a voice in determining a satisfactory outcome.
MOUNTIES' the owner of the prominent Harbord Diggers site includes plans for up to 125 seniors living units.
The club wants to build the seniors units on its current site and to construct a new club near Lumsdaine Drive that would "capture the views to Curl Curl Beach".
Mounties has been trying for years to upgrade its ageing premises with several proposals have been refused.
Recently Mounties Group confirmed it had lodged a site compatibility application with the Department of Planning and Infrastructure to gain in-principle support of its latest plans.
This is because its R2 low-density residential zoning prohibits independent seniors living development.
If approved, Mounties would then be able to lodge a development application with Warringah Council.
The club hopes to build a seniors development up to three storeys, with between 75 and 125 units, each with one to three bedrooms and basement parking.
The new club building would be up to two storeys and include a gym and pool.
The car park on Crown land next to Mackillop Park would be revegetated for public use.
For more information from Mounties see: newdiggers.com.au
A new Committee was elected at a meeting held last Sunday morning at the area allotted for the community (off Crown Rd) for creating a Community Garden.The news is good as the Council has approved a grant of $5,000 and this committee will be submitting full plans and beginning an improved local resource
Your choice:The community has one voice, it has been heard.
The latest information is that the community has been heard and all major projects are currently as of July 16 2011 are on hold.
This website and the Facebook page with a link above are the primary means of contact and communciation with the Freshwater community.It includes the latest information, developments and events of interest. It is also provides the means to manage membership.