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.
Council’s Delivery Program 2021-2025 Operational Plan and Budget is now open for community comment by Sunday 30 May 2021. It proposes a total of $3.8M for Avalon Place Plan implementation out to 2025. This small budget will be totally inadequate to provide any signifcant implementation of the priorities identified in the place plan.
Northern Beaches Council has released the draft Avalon Place Plan for exhibition until Sunday 16 May 2021. The APA urges members and residents to tell Council asap what they think of the Plan, in particular the shared zone and the bike plan proposed by NBC and the alternate proposed by the APA. The deadline is Sunday 16 May 2021. Have your say now!
There are 58 action items listed to be implemented over 10 years. We have converted the Avalon Beach Place Action Plan to both Excel and PDF format. You can download the actions in Excel format here and as a PDF here.
The draft Plan proposes a shared zone on Old Barrenjoey Road north of the intersection with Avalon Parade. The Plan also proposes a bike path route in Avalon Parade and passing through the intersection with Old Barrenjoey Road. In the opinion of APA, Clareville and Bilgola Plateau Residents Association and the Palm Beach Whale Beach Association, this bike path proposal will direct more bike traffic onto the major thoroughfares, require the removal of trees and parking places and is an over-engineered solution.
The APA does not se a priority need for a bike path but has prepared an Alternate Bike Plan which uses Avalon laneways to feed bike riders through Avalon village to the shops and Avalon Public School. Unlike the NBC plan, the APA plan requires little in the way of major roadworks, tree removals or parking reductions to achieve a safer, cheaper and more pedestrian/cyclist-friendly outcome. Read the covering letter here. For the complete APA web page on this important issue click here.
Another bank hits the road
The latest bank to desert Avalon Beach is Westpac. The Avalon Beach branch closed on Friday 7 May 2021. The nearest Westpac is now at 10 Park St Mona Vale.
This move follows similar departures by National Australia Bank (NAB) and ANZ Bank. This means that the last bank in Avalon Beach is the Commonwealth Bank. There is still a St George ATM in Newport.
Rates harmonisation plan
Currently there are 3 different rating systems in the northern beaches LGA – one each for Manly, Warringah, & Pittwater. Ratepayers in each area pay the same rate they would have if there had not been a amalgamation. Like other amalgamated councils, NBC are now required to “harmonise” the rate structures for their previously separate LGAs into one structure.
This will mean adjusting residential, commercial and concession rates for the three former LGAs to an integrated structure with one rate in each of these three categories. In general, Manly had the smallest domestic rate while Warringah had the highest. Pittwater was just below the average. Commercial rates are different, with Warringah with the highest rate. NBC has prepared a draft plan which is at Have Your Say Submissions closed 28 February 2021.
Request a tree outside your home
Council has asked APA to encourage members to request a native tree be planted outside your home. You will need to maintain it. Make a request for a tree 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.
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
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 took place on 29 & 30 April 2021. It was attended by a large crowd of interested local residents. However, as proceedings weren’t completed, a resumed hearing will take place at the Court on 19 & 20 July 2021.
We’ll keep you updated as soon as we receive further information.
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.
Keoride has extended its services during the COVID-19 crisis. Keoride will now drop off and pick up at the following additional locations:
Newport Coles; Woolworths Mona Vale; Warriewood Square; Elanora Heights pharmacy and IGA; Woolworths Narrabeen, and Mona Vale Hospital. These additional hubs will be in place until further notice.
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.
The lease determination is On Hold as at 20 February 2020 (confirmed February 2021).
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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