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.
Meet the candidates on 11 May
Pittwater Community Alliance (PCA), of which APA is an institutional member, has issued an invitation to all candidates for the House of Representatives seat of Mackellar to address a public meeting to present their policies for the Federal election on 21st May 2022. This meeting will take place between 6.45pm and 9.00pm on Wednesday 11th May 2022 in the Main Hall at the Newport Community Centre, The Boulevard Newport.
Pittwater Ward councillors meet public
Pittwater Ward councilloors will hold community meetings on the fourth Thursday of each month at 7pm. Each month the meetings will move to a different venue in Pittwater, giving everyone an opportunity to attend meetings close to home. April’s meeting was held on 28 April 2022 in the Annexe of Avalon Recreation Centre.
APA 2021 AGM held
APA’s Annual General Meeting was held on 11 November 2021. Office-bearers elected for 2022 are: President Peter Mayman; Vice President Dianne Ramsay; Secretary Marita Macrae; Treasurer Ken Roberts. Committee: Chelsey Baker, Craig Boaden, Conrad Grayson, Roger Sayers, Geoff Searl, and Joel Seaton.
Our guest speaker was Angus Gordon OAM. Angus was General Manager of Pittwater Council from 1996 -2005. He has a Masters degree in Water and Coastal Engineering.
The proposed very large housing development at 521 Barrenjoey Road, Bilgola Bends has been refused by Council.
If granted it would have disfigured the main gateway to the northern peninsula and set a bad precedent for future developments. The block, just south of Kamikaze Korner, is very steep with little verge and no footpath, ensuring additional traffic issues on that already problematic section of the road. The development is very bulky and multi-level, and does not meet Council’s criteria for developments in a sensitive E4 Environmental Living zone. It proposes the cutting down of many native trees including several on public land. For more information click here.
The NSW Government requires all amalgamated Councils to combine their original Council’s Local Environment Plans (LEP) and Development Control Plans (DCP) into one new LEP and DCP. NBC has produced a discussion paper. The new LEP and DCP are two vital documents for our future. The process will not be easy and will need our close scrutiny. In particular we will need to be sure our Pittwater values are maintained. APA has studied these documents and worked with other community groups to respond. Click here to read the discussion paper.
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 7 spaces below the required minimum. The DA assumes this can be replaced by on-street parking, which is incorrect. Click here for more information. Watch for the new DA!
NBC has been removing sediment and stormwater debris that has accumulated in Careel Creek. It is hoped that this will enhance creek ecology, improve native habitat and reduce the opportunity for noxious weeds to establish. NBC has also carryied out survey work as well as landscaping and planting. 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.
Council’s Delivery Program 2021-2025 Operational Plan and Budget was open for community comment until 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 released the draft Avalon Place Plan for exhibition until Sunday 16 May 2021. A whopping 532 submissions were received, and NBC are currently considering these. 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 see 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.
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.
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. COVID-19 is still with us and to contribute to resisting its spread, please obey Health Dept requests and wash your hands regularly, wear facemarks at indoor venues and maintain physical distancing (see diagram). However, it’s more important than ever to maintain your connection with friends and relatives – whether face-to-face, via the telephone, email, social media, and software like Skype, Whatsapp, FaceTime and Zoom.
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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