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.
APA wishes all our members and their families a wonderful holiday and new year!
Several years ago NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service (NPWS) proposed a commercialisation of the Barrenjoey Headland with a boutique hotel occupying the main building. Pittwater Community Alliance, including APA, held a delegation with NPWS hosted by Rob Stokes MP at which we presented the reasons against such an alienation of public facilities. The proposal was put on hold, but has now resurfaced in a draft Plan of Management.
At a recent meeting with Rob Stokes MP, Rob said he was in favour of limited short term accommodation being offered to not-for-profit charities but didn’t see such accommodation being commercially viable. And as you can see, the rally on 22 January at at Palm Beach was a roaring success. For more information you can visit the Palm Beach Whale Beach Association or Pittwater Online News.
Avalon Customer Centre – danger averted, but for how long?
Many thanks to our members who emailed Councillors to ask them to oppose reducing hours from 5 dpw to 2 dpw. Our Vice President Dianne Ramsay spoke against the staff recommendation and Cr Korzy (sec. Cr De Luca) moved a successful amendment that:
Staff retain the current hours for a trial period until after road works are complete or the March 2023 council meeting, whichever is later.
Staff immediately improve signposting for the Avalon Customer Contact Centre and inform residents that it is operational via social media and local print media.
Staff investigate ways of improving the centre.
The centre is located in the front of the Avalon Recreation Centre, to the left of the main entrance. You can take your peeling NBC parking sticker for a replacement, and ask the helpful staff about their other services.
It’s now up to us, the Avalon community, to make use of the Centre over the next few months, to show our support for a fully resourced facility.
Regarding the Council roadworks which have taken place at the Avalon Parade / Old Barrenjoey Road intersection, the Avalon Palm Beach Business Chamber has been in discussions with Council regarding the timing and extent of the works. The timing, at the the start of the Christmas retail period, is potentially crippling for Village retail businesses which have suffered in the past two years due to Covid.
The Council CEO Ray Brownlee had committed NBC to complete work by COB on Tuesday 6 December. The Chamber has written to the CEO holding him to that commitment, however the commitment has not been met. APA has heard that the new finish date was 14 December, although that date was not met either. See Northern Beaches Advocate article and Pittwater Online News article.
Concerning development in the Lizard Rock saga
The Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council (MLALC) was granted land at Belrose, including a site known as Lizard Rock. On 23 December 2022, the Sydney North Planning Panel approved “further consideration” of 450 home sites at Lizard Rock. This proposal is opposed by several senior government ministers, 2 local Federal members, and several NBC councillors including Mayor Regan. Indeed it’s hard to find anyone who will go public with support for this alienation of high conservation value bushland. APA will continue to monitor developments in this worrying development and advise members accordingly. See Northern Beaches Avocate for more information.
Win on proposed sale of public path between 32 and 34 Watkins road
At Council on 22 November 2022 the proposal to sell the public reserve to a neighbour was rejected. The community opposed this proposed privatisation of public land in April 2022. It is gratifying that Council have listened to the objections and acted accordingly.
APA Vice President Dianne Ramsay and former APA committee member Sue Martin OAM both spoke at the meeting against the proposal. APA thanks them and also Cr Miranda Korzy who led the opposition to this ill-advised alienation of public land.
The APA has made a submission regarding Council’s draft Conservation Zone review. To ensure Council understands how important these issues are we ask all members to make a submission, as Conservation Zones will form an integral part of the new Northern Beaches Council Local Environment Plan (LEP).
Conservation Zones C3 and C4, are important as they give local government and residents control over residential development in sensitive areas. In contrast, areas zoned ‘Residential’ allow ‘Complying Developments’ to be built. A ‘Complying Development’ does not need to be notified to the community and could compromise environmental values. Use the Councils online search tool to find out how the new zoning may affect you and your neighbours.
CONCERNS with Council’s draft review include:
– the large number of properties to be transferred from Conservation Zones 4 and 3 (C4 and C3) zoning to ‘Residential’ zoning;
– the low value or lack of value given to Biodiversity, Tree Canopy, Scenic Location, Cultural/Heritage and Risk (eg fire, flood, steepness); and
– the lack of definition of ‘Residential’ zone.
To ensure that Council listens to residents’ concerns:
– click Council’s Have your Say link
– write your individual submission including the concerns above, and
– include that you support the APA ‘NBC Conservation Zones Review’ submission.
At a recent meeting with Rob Stokes MP, Rob fully supported Council drafting an LEP which is agreeable to the Pittwater community and submitting it to the NSW government rather than watering down the draft LEP in case the government weren’t in agreement.
Avalon place plan
NBC approved the Avalon Place Plan on 26 July 2022. The proposed terracing of Avalon Beach southern headland [draft p.74], which is currently a pleasant grassy headland behind the bus stop, will be revisited in the future with another “community consultation”. This item is designated for implementation in the 5-10 year timeframe and will be investigated again prior to then. This overdesigned intrusion still has almost zero support in the community. The Council has deleted any cycle path, but plans to revisit the issue in the next year. In an article in the SMH of 25 July 2022 labels the APA Alternate Bike Plan as “undafe”, with no reasons or evidence given.
NBC has required the applicant to submit a new DA rather than relying on the original 2014 DA and the subsequent Modification (Mod2021/0203). This was the recommendation of Council’s Design + Sustainability Advisory Panel in its report.
APA opposes this DA and has made a submission to Council. Our reasons are: the differences between the 2014 DA & the new application are too great to be treated just as a modification, a new DA is required; the proposed building would be completely incompatible with the required “seaside character” and would grossly breach the permitted height limit; it would completely overwhelm the adjoining heritage-listed Barrenjoey House; the proposed on-site parking is below the required minimum. Click here for more information. Watch for the new DA!
NBC has been removing sediment and stormwater debris that has accumulated in Careel Creek. This may enhance creek ecology, improve native habitat and reduce the opportunity for noxious weeds to establish. This project complements previous work by bushcare volunteers and NBC staff. We hope the creek will function better with an improvement in tidal flows leading to a reduction in odours and better environmental outcomes. Click here for the NBC notice and here for further information on our Careel Bay Bushcare Group, or contact the NBC Coast and Catchments team on 1300 434 434.
Avoid COVID-19 but stay connected to your friends and relations
Avalon Preservation Association advises members that COVID-19 is still with us. To help resist its spread, please wash your hands regularly, wear facemarks at indoor venues and maintain physical distancing. It’s more important than ever to maintain your connection with friends and relatives – whether face-to-face or via technology.
The APA notice board
APA has a notice board in Avalon Beach Village. It is located on the southern wall between Terry White Chemmart (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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