Welcome to the website for the Avalon Preservation Association, also known as Avalon Preservation Trust. We are a not for profit volunteer community group incorporated under the NSW Associations Act, established over 50 years ago. We are committed to protecting your interests – to keeping guard over our natural and built environment throughout the Avalon area.
Membership of the association is open to all those residents and/or ratepayers of Avalon Beach and adjacent areas who support the aims and objectives of our Association.
In APA, we care for Avalon because we live here.
The committee of the Avalon Preservation Association wishes its members and residents a safe and healthy 2021. May it be so much better than the past year!
Council’s summer 2020-21 beach & park management plan
With COVID-19 restrictions likely to continue in place, people won’t be travelling overseas or interstate, so the popularity of the northern beaches is likely to soar over summer.
To manage this influx, Council has developed a plan of management for public spaces. In particular, the definition of beach and park “capacity” to cope with social distancingrequirements is of interest. As is the staged actions as the defined capacity approaches 90%.
To read the Plan click here.
Northern Beaches Council proposes pedestrian barrier in Barrenjoey Road
NBC is proposing to install a long series of steel barriers along the sides and on the median strip on Barrenjoey Road in the strip between Central Road and the traffic lights at Avalon Parade. The work would be paid for by the Federal government.
BREAKING NEWS: NBC ANNOUNCEMENT 13 AUGUST 2020
NBC has apparently listened to the welter of – presumably negative – resident reactions to this proposal. To quote from the recent announcement on the NBC Your Say website: “Based on community comments received we have decided to pause consultation until early next year to consider this proposal in the context of the broader Avalon area. The comments received will be kept on record and included in future consultation. If you have any questions, please contact Phil Devon, Manager Transport Network on 0466 136 560 or email NBC.
APA is very concerned at this proposal, which came out of the blue. Council says that the proposed installation is “in response to community concerns for pedestrian safety”. APA is unaware of any specific concern in the community regarding the strip covered by this proposal, and in a letter to Federal member for Mackellar Jason Falinski, we stated that “we are aware of only one, non-fatal, accident in the vicinity in recent years.” In his reply to APA, Mr Falinski advised his office had not proposed this work. APA further said that “industrial style fencing more suited to Parramatta Road is completely out of character here. Fencing in the centre of the road would impede both the current movement of pedestrians walking to the town centre from east of the road and residents walking to the beach and surf club from the opposite direction”. APA requested that this intrusive and unrequested project be abandoned and also asked all parties to consider “other options to maximise road safety at this location in consultation with the Avalon Beach community.” APA asked NBC which organisation originated this uncalled-for project and the NBC CEO has finally admitted it was the Council. Comments to NBC closed Sunday 30 August 2020.
Avoid COVID-19 but stay connected to your friends and relations
Avalon Preservation Association wishes all its members and all residents the best of health. To avoid COVID-19 and contribute to resisting its spread, please obey Health Dept requests re physical distancing (see diagram). It’s best to stay home as much as possible, and you can order groceries etc online. It’s more important than ever to maintain your connection with friends and relatives – via the telephone, email, social media, and software like Skype, Whatsapp, FaceTime and Zoom.
Seniors living development application
Developers have applied to develop 2 residential blocks at 27 & 29 North Avalon Road for a seniors living development of 10 self-care units. The original DA, DA2019/1117 was rejected by Council, so the developers have appealed to the Land & Environment Court under a new DA, DA2019/1260. NBC has rejected this amended DA. The DA calls for the removal of over 50 trees from the two blocks plus further recommended removals from the public verge. 25 of the requested removals are “prescribed” trees which can only be removed with Council permission and 27 are “non-prescribed” trees which can be removed without permission. The effect on vehicle movements along a quiet residential street will also be significant. APA has contacted NBC and Rob Stokes MP regarding this development. APA Members and others may wish to do the same.
BREAKING NEWS: The Land & Environment Court held a conciliation conference on 18 August 2020 which failed to reach agreement. There was to be a Court hearing on 26 & 27 November 2020 but as leave was given to present amended plans, the hearing will now take place on 29 & 30 APril 2021. Written objections are still being accepted until 29 March 2021 by NBC’s solicitors Storey & Gough at firstname.lastname@example.org or 128 George St Parramatta 2150. We’ll keep you updated as soon as we receive further information.
Keoride has extended its services during the COVID-19 crisis. Keoride will now drop off and pick up at the following additional locations:
Woolworths Mona Vale
Elanora Heights pharmacy and IGA
Mona Vale Hospital
Please note these additional hubs will be in place until further notice.
BREAKING NEWS: NBC tabled the Draft Avalon Place Plan on 15 December 2020 (see link at Item 12.2, page 31). In it NBC references the APA’s Alternate Avalon Bike Path Plan (here also is the APA submission ), which is a safer and less disruptive alternative to Council’s bike plan, which would travel down Avalon Parade with the loss of pedestrian amenity and many parking spaces. The public exhibition of the NBC plan plus the APA’s Alternate Bike Plan will commence on 15 February 2021 and will run for a 3 month period.
Place planning for Avalon Beach has been ongoing, with a Community Reference Group (CRG) conducting meetings. APA has drawn up a plan for Old Barrenjoey Rd north which was on display with the other options. Click here for the APA plan. NBC finally provided limited hard copies of the draft Avalon Place Plan to CRG members in June 2020. The CRG met to discuss the draft and APA has sent detailed comments to NBC.
To read relevant documents on Avalon visit My Place Avalon. For the future wellbeing of our Avalon Beach, it is essential that you participate by making your thoughts known to APA. For the complete APA web page on this important issue click here.
Council votes against Creative Arts Space North at Avalon Beach
In a hurried shock decision at its 25 February 2019 meeting, 13 of 15 Councillors voted against funding a creative arts space north in Avalon Beach.
Instead, Council accepted a staff recommendation to approve up to $4,000,000 to refit the top 2 floors of the Mona Vale Civic Centre as a creative arts space.
Council also accepted the staff recommendation to spend a measly $260,000 refitting two rooms downstairs in the Avalon Golf Club as artist’s studios.
This is NOT what the Avalon community asked for and not what was assured (by former Administrator Dick Persson and by NBC senior staff and Mayor). The Avalon Beach community (as well as those of Palm Beach, Whale Beach, Clareville, Bilgola Plateau and Newport) asked for and expects the creation of a well-resourced multi-arts space for community use, not just two small poorly-funded spaces for individual artists.
APA President Peter Mayman addressed Council for 3 minutes. You can view the address and debate here. Peter’s address starts at 39 min 25 sec, and this is followed by another address against the staff proposal and then two in favour. The actual debate and voting commences at the 2 hours 50 min mark. venues have been treated similarly in terms of resources.
Just to reiterate: NBC will spend $4,000,000 for the Mona Vale space, but only $260,000 for renovations to 2 rooms in the Avalon Golf Club.
Avalon Montessori School has proposed to Council that a block of public land adjacent to the school be leased to the school as a fenced playground are, ie terminating its use as a public space. The land in question, adjacent to the Yellow Brick Road, was remediated some years ago by Pittwater Council and Avalon bushcare volunteers, and is now healthy bushland. APA wrote to NBC objecting to the lease; read our letter here. See NBC information here and Pittwater Online News article here. The lease determination is On Hold as at 20 February 2020 (checked May 2020).
The APA notice board lives!
After some years in the wilderness, APA once again has a notice board in Avalon Beach Village! It is located on the southern wall between You Save Chemist (Herforts) and Belle Real Estate at 56 Old Barrenjoey Road (our thanks to both). Check the notice board regularly to catch up with APA news in the Village, as we will change the contents regularly.
Visit Current Issues & click on the Recent tab.
Check out our latest APA Bulletin here.
If you’re not an APA member already, why not make today the day you join the APA?
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