Pittwater Life August 2017 Issue


Local Election Countdown. DAs Process Overhauled. Gallop Poll. Taste of the Beaches.


Latest on the Council election...

With little more than six

weeks to go before the

first Northern Beaches Council

election, this month we grill

the latest batch of candidates

who have announced their

intentions to run in our

Pittwater and Narrabeen wards.

(First up: before you vote, you

might want to check what ward

you live in, so you can work out

which candidates you need to

run your eye over – see p9.)

The latest election

development sees the

emergence of the Northern

Beaches Community Alliance,

which will field independent

candidates in Pittwater and

Narrabeen wards (so far).

Their driving force is former

Pittwater Mayor Alex McTaggart

– although with Robert Hopton

as the focus in Pittwater, and

Dr Conny Harris in Narrabeen.

Alex believes it’s a time for

renewal – read about their push

on p18.

The Greens have also

launched a ticket, while Liberal

candidates are days away from

confirming. Stay tuned!

* * *

This month we say a fond

farewell to meticulous

distribution manager Ray

Drury, who worked dilligently

for 22 years ensuring you

received a copy of Pittwater Life

in your letterbox each month.

Ray estimates he’s engaged

around 750 locals to deliver the

magazine during his tenure.

Turning 79 this month, Ray

is looking forward to spending

more time with his wife Joy...

and having a few more hits

(but fewer shots) on his beloved

Palm Beach Golf Course.

From all of us at Pittwater Life

– a huge thanks, and wishing

you many quiet, happy days


Ray hands the distribution

baton to John Nieuwenhof

and Gill Stokes; if you’re

interested in becoming part

of our walking team email


– Nigel Wall

The Local Voice Since 1991

AUGUST 2017 3

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