Pittwater Life October 2018 Issue

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$2.45m dredging plan solution

The future of the commuter and daytripper

ferry link between Palm Beach and

Ettalong looks a lot rosier after a solution was

reached over the ongoing funding required to

dredge the troublesome Ettalong Channel and

keep it navigable.

The news comes as a boost to Palm Beach

and offshore businesses which have suffered

a downturn in business while the Channel has

been closed for the past six months.

The NSW Government has announced up

to $2.45 million will go towards an expanded

dredging program in the entrance channel to

Brisbane Water.

This is in addition to a $660,000 Statefunded

dredging contract that is currently

underway and expected to be completed in

coming weeks that would allow ferries and

recreational vessels return to the Ettalong


The NSW Government is contributing $1.225

million, through the Rescuing Our Waterways

program, towards a new long-term solution for

Ettalong Channel; the project will be overseen

by Central Coast Council.

Under the Rescuing Our Waterways

program, councils apply for funding to assist

with dredging projects on a matching dollarfor-dollar

basis with the NSW Government.

This new phase of dredging will see 80,000

cubic metres of sand from the navigation

channel removed, with the intention to

CHANGING CHANNEL: The dredge currenly at work.

relocate it to the nearshore areas of Ettalong,

Ocean and Umina Beaches.

The project will focus on keeping Ettalong

and Box Head Channels open and navigable,

and reducing sand from re-entering the


The current emergency dredging program

involves removal of about 10,000 cubic metres

of sand to provide a channel of 30 metres

width and 2.5 metres depth. A further 10,000

cubic metres will be removed to widen the

entrance opening in an effort to slow the

movement of sand back into the navigational


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On The House. Veteran

journalist Helen Pitt will be

speaking about her new book

The House at 6pm on Thu 4 at

the Avalon Surf Club Bangalley

Bar. Sally from Bookoccino who is

hosting the event says Helen will

share stories of the people behind

the white sails of the worldrenowned

Sydney Opera House

accompanied by a slideshow of

archival materials. Tickets $20,

includes a glass of sparkling wine.

Bookings at bookoccino.com.au

Craft week event. Hear about

sustainable textile practices with

dying and staining techniques

using plants, natural materials

and found objects with artist Sue

Pedley at the Eramboo Artist

Environment, Terrey Hills on Sat 6

from 9.30am-4.30pm and return

home with a bundle of textiles and

fresh ideas. Cost $150; book 9450

2550 or info@eramboo.com.au.

The right words. Learn what

to say when someone you know

is going through a tough time.

This Courageous Communication

Workshop on Tue 9 from 6-8pm at

the Newport Community Centre

is geared for ages 14-24; parents

and guardians welcome. Hosted

by NB Council Youth Support

Services, the facilitator is Lucille

Shackleton founder of Mem

Valora. Free; includes light supper.

Bookings on council’s website.

Newport PS big birthday. It’s

all happening at Newport Public

School on Thu 25 as it celebrates

130 years. Starting at 1pm with

historical displays, a giant reunion

afternoon tea from 4-6pm and

an evening of entertainment from

6pm showcasing the talents of

former students and staff. More

info 9999 3588.

Cemetery tour. See how

you can unearth the secrets of

Mona Vale Cemetery using your

smartphone or iPad at the launch

of a new self-guided historical tour

on Wed 17 from 10.30am-1.30pm.

Free; includes morning tea.

Bookings essential as numbers

limited 9970 1341 or cemeteries@


Appreciate art. Support local

artists at the many special events

being held this month see pages

38-41 for all the details.

16 OCTOBER 2018

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