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.
Annual General Meeting 25 November 2019
Associate Professor Peter Davies, Professor in Environmental Planning at Macquarie University, gave a very interesting talk on 25 November at the APA AGM . Professor Davies addressed many issues and concerns around the important issue of the urban tree canopy – benefits and value.
A large and enthusiastic audience of APA members and guests at the Avalon Bowling Club greatly appreciated the talk and the opportunity to ask questions and join in discussion of the issue, which is important for Avalon and the whole of Pittwater. Attendees included Northern Beaches Councillor Ian White representing the Mayor. Councillor Alex McTaggart also attended. Council provided free trees to attendees at the AGM.
In May 2019 NBC approved for public exhibition the proposal to instal four (4) hard surface and lit netball courts and one half-basketball court, to be located next to the Yellow Brick Road, north of the skate park. Our discussions with the Peninsula Netball and Newport Netball groups showed the associations only asked for 2 netball courts and a possible ½ basketball court. The doubling of their request would have created a much larger footprint and replace the present grass area with hard surfaces.
Following public submissions and discussions with the APA, Council has approved a compromise solution (left) for 3 netball courts (2 hard courts on the western side of Careel Creek & 1 grass court on the east) and one half basketball court next to the skate park. For more information click here, to see the initial plan click here To read the independent Public Hearing Report click here and for the final staff proposal passed by Council click here (p. 178).
Place planning for Avalon Beach is continuing, with a Community Reference Group (CRG) conducting monthly meetings from October 2018. APA has a representative on this group and we encourage all our members to think about the Avalon Beach you wish to have in the future. APA and other community groups requested in May 2019 that NBC hold a public meeting to inform residents of progress, but in July NBC refused our request.
NBC held a well-attended ‘activation’ on Saturday 27 July 2019 8.30am to 2.00pm on Old Barrenjoey Road north. This event displayed several options for the intersection with Avalon Pde. 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 provided hard copies of the draft Avalon Place Plan to CRG members in late November 2019 and aims to present it to the CRG at its December meeting and to Council for approval to exhibit early in 2020.
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.
Towards 2040: draft NBC Local Strategic Planning Statement
The LSPS is a new requirement by the NSW Dept of Planning. It is intended to be an overview of how the council sees the area now and into the future. NBC has developed a draft LSPS which was approved for public exhibition on 24 September 2019.
This will be the headlight document for planning on the northern beaches. Please have a read here and make your thoughts known to APA. The deadline for submissions to NBC was 10 November.
Council demolished two pedestrian bridges
In late 2018 NBC condemned and then demolished two well-used pedestrian bridges in Avalon. The first ran east from the carpark opposite the Avalon Recreation Centre and adjacent to the Barefoot Boulevard shopping centre, to allow pedestrians to cross Careel Creek to Barrenjoey Road. The second bridge also crosses Careel Creek north of the skate park, opposite the traffic lights at Central & Barrenjoey Roads. The latter is used extensively by students from Barrenjoey High School as well as those walking to the Montessori school or to North Avalon Beach. While the southern bridge will not be replaced, work has been completed on the northern bridge (see photo).
APA stand on polling day
APA committee members set up a stand outside Avalon Recreation Centre on Federal election day Saturday 18 May 2019 from 9.00am-3.00pm. When they voted, members and guests (including Jason Falinski MP) dropped by to see what the APA is doing or let us know their ideas for Avalon. It was great to meet and speak with so many members of the Avalon community. APA looks forward to continuing this tradition at future community events.
NBC CEO Ray Brownlee goes walkabout in Avalon with APA
On 12 March the APA committee hosted NBC CEO Ray Brownlee on a walkaround of Avalon. We met in the Avalon Recreation Centre for a briefing, at which we raised the vexed issue of the Creative Arts Space North promised for Avalon but not delivered. Ray confirmed that the next year would see additional resources put into delivering a better solution than could be provided for the measly $260,000 NBC voted. Ray also confirmed that the coastal walkway would not be located on the ocean side of the south Avalon headland, a major win for the community and APA.
Council votes against Creative Arts Space North at Avalon
In a shock decision at its 25 February 2019 meeting, 13 of 15 Councillors voted against funding a creative arts space north at Avalon. 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 subsequently by NBC senior staff and Mayor). The Avalon 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 two small spaces for individual artists.
Crs Alex McTaggart and Vince De Luca moved & voted for an amendment to delay implementation while further investigations and discussions were carried out. This however was stymied when Cr Kylie Ferguson moved another amendment in favour of the original staff recommendation, which was carried 13-2. In speaking for the staff proposal, Cr Penny Phillpot (Frenchs Forest Ward) stated that the recommendation was “a gift from Heaven”, that “Avalon wants to be a bit exclusive”, and “Let’s not be selfish”. Cr Candy Bingham asked Kylie Walshe, Executive Manager Community, Arts & Culture, whether there was room for art exhibitions upstairs in the Avalon Golf Club, to which Ms Walshe answered “Yes”. 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 does not commence until the 2 hours 50 min mark. The Mayor’s message of 2 March mentions the decision as though the two 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 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 yet to be made as at 31 January 2019 (checked December 2019).
The APA Management Committee supports the Campaign by the Save Mona Vale Hospital Committee and Dr Richard West’s request for the retention of Acute Services at Mona Vale Hospital. The Committee feels that the significant downgrading of Mona Vale Hospital is an issue that potentially affects all APA members. As Avalon residents, we are almost 25km from the new Northern Beaches Hospital. This tyranny of distance in an emergency is particularly worrying, especially when flooding frequently closes Wakehurst Parkway and new roadworks will soon be further slowing traffic on Mona Vale Road. The mission of the Save Mona Vale Hospital Committee is to retain a Level 3 hospital on the Mona Vale site that will provide our community with emergency, surgery, maternity and other acute services.
Avalon to Newport shared walkway
Council has developed a draft concept plan for a shared pedestrian and cycle link from Avalon to Newport. APA has written to NBC objecting to the proposed relocation of parking in Avalon Parade on South Avalon headland so that parkers will not be able to view the beach, and in general that the proposal is over-engineered, with too much concrete and other hard surfaces. NBC CEO Ray Brownlee has now confirmed to APA that the coastal walkway would not be located on the ocean side of the south Avalon headland. For more information.
Keoride is the government Uber-like car service from your home to Mona Vale and return. It is a very user-friendly service. The app is intuitive and easy to use after a short while. And you can now use your Opal card to pay. Choose the ‘Opal Pay’ option when booking your trip and tap on when you board (please note you do not have to tap off when disembarking). We need to patronise Keoride if we wish to retain this service. Keoride said in April, “We know journey and waiting times on the Northern Beaches service have increased over the last few months and to address these issues we have added additional vehicles to the Keoride fleet. Please let us know if trip & waiting times improve – or not.
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). We are displaying images of our various bushcare groups right now. Check the notice board regularly to catch up with APA news in the Village, as we will change the contents regularly.
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