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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.

LATEST NEWS

Our latest Bulletin 

Every two months APA circulates members with its latest Bulletin. A copy is also displayed on our notice board in fromt of Terry White Chemmart & there’s a QR link to the website on the community notice board outside the Avalon Recreation Centre. A copy is also kept in the Avalon Community Library.

Read Bulletin no. 119, featuring the water flow across Barrenjeoy Road in the Bilgola Bends, remediation of the dunes at north Avalon, the osprey breeding platform, abnd the proposed off road cycling facility. 

1112 Barrenjoey Road (old general store) onsite conference site 24th July

DA2023/1289 for shoptop housing at 1112 Barrenjoey Rd Palm Beach (the old general store site) was refused approval by Council and is now before the Land and Environment Court (LEC). An onsite Conciliation Conference by the LEC will be held on Wednesday 24 July 2024 commencing at 9:30am. Objectors and supporters are eligible to speak and be heard by the Commissioner. We encourage members to attend this Conciliation Conference on site on Wednesday 24 July at 9.30am.

The community needs to indicate to the Court (as it did recently at 231 Whale Beach Road and 27 North Avalon Road) that there is major community concern with this development application and that it is NOT in the public interest.

 

Report a pothole

The recent rainy weather is causing some havoc on our road surfaces with potholes emerging on many roads across the area. Potholes are repaired by either Council or NSW government teams depending on their location.

Council-managed roads 

Council manages the local roads that are not major arterial corridors. If the pothole is on a  Council-managed road please report it so NBC can make sure it’s on the works schedule.   To report a local road pothole click here.  

 State-managed roads

Major roads are managed by the NSW Government and they are responsible for their maintenance, including repairing potholes. To see a list of these and to report a pothole click here.

Have your say on development applications

Anyone can submit comments to Northern Beaches Council to support or oppose a development application. These comments are called ‘submissions’. You can make a submission on any type of development application that is released for public comment.

Click here for further information on how to make a DA submission.

 

 

Avalon Beach Bike Facility

Vote on your preferred location: Des Creagh Reserve or Avalon Beach Reserve. Comments close Sunday 11 August

For more informaiton click here.

 

 

Modern architecture heritage study

The Council has received 105 community nominations of buildings from the Modernist period (ie post World War 2), that may be worthy of further investigation and possible heritage protection.

Nominations are being considered and potential property owners being contacted.

In early 2025 NBC will share the findings and seek Council approval to exhibit a list of properties.

For further information click here

 

Osprey Nesting Platform, Avalon Beach

Proposed construction of a pilot artificial nesting platform at Hitchcock Park

Ospreys have successfully taken up artificial nesting platforms at other locations in northern NSW and interstate. However, to date an artificial nesting platform designed for the osprey has not been attempted within the Greater Sydney Region. NBC is proposing to be the first Sydney Council to install an artificial nesting habitat for ospreys and to monitor its success.  Click here for further information. 

27-29 North Avalon Road: Land and Environment Court hearing onsite

A conciliation conference took place on 14 September 2023 before a Commissioner of the Land and Environment Court over this seniors living development across two residential blocks. No agreement was reached and the conciliation conference was terminated.

The matter was again listed for hearing before a Commissioner of the Land and Environment Court last 29 and 30 April 2024.

The onsite hearing took place at 9:30am Monday 29 April 2024 opposite the site. After the Commissioner inspected the site and heard oral evidence from residents, the remainder of the proceedings was heard at the Land and Environment Court in Sydney. An APA committee member was there to hear the objections of local residents, which centred on the developer attempting to put aside compliance conditions to improve senior’s access to shops and public transport.

Proposed changes to parking near Avalon Public School do not address safety

Council has proposed changes to parking durations in Old Barrenjoey Road near Avalon Public School. Its project, which you can see here.  The preamble states “We have received a number of safety concerns from local residents and Avalon Public School about street safety and its impact on children, parents, carers and local residents”.

STOP PRESS: The Traffic Committee at its June 2024 meeting accepted the NBC recommendations, which include the parking restrictions but not the pedestrian crossings.

Large numbers of mostly primary school aged pedestrians must cross both Sanders Lane and The Crescent opposite twice each day. Council’s project contains no suggestion of a pedestrian crossing across Sanders Lane or The Crescent.  This a critical concern left unaddressed in the NBC proposal.

How will this project improve road safety for school students walking to school?

The School has carried out a data collection study of the area – please read it here. Its priority is for pedestrian crossings to be installed across Sanders Lane and The Crescent, to warn drivers of pedestrian activity.

APA remains convinced, with the School, that pedestrian crossings are what is essentially required to properly improve the road safety for students. We understand that crossings are being considered in a separate project. Stay tuned.

 

Proposed NSW government housing changes

Recently the NSW Government proposed an initiative to change planning laws to allow more housing in the metropolitan Sydney area, including the northern beaches.

These proposed changes will apply uniformly across these areas with no allowance for local differences. APA strongly opposes this broad-brush treatment, as does NBC and most other councils. 

Senior council planning officers briefed a meeting on Monday 19 February 2024 at the Avalon Recreation Centre. 

APA has made a submission opposing this policy.

For further information on the proposed changes click here

 

 

 

 Avalon Shared Space

NBC has surveyed residents to gain their impression and preliminary opinion on making the changes permanent. Council originally imposed a deadline for responses of 30 April, which APA advised does not allow sufficient time for consideration. NBC agreed to extend the deadline to 1st October 2023, and it has now extended this date to 28 February, 2024 to take account of the summer season.  

A community session with Council staff (on-site) was held on 21 September 2023. APA queried Council on how many parking spaces were finally lost due to relocation of the pedestrian crossings. APA was originally told by NBC that only 9 would go, but this is was due to the pedestrian crossings only.  A further 9 spaces will be lost in the Village, plus those lost when Transport for NSW made unnanounced changes in Barrenjoey Road.

Council is now considering survey responses and submissions for consideration at a Council meeting to be held in the second half of 2024.

Trailers & boats parked on streets 

In 2021 the NSW Government introduced new laws – the Public Spaces (Unattended Property) Act 2021 and regulations – that put accountability firmly on those responsible to do the right thing and remove their property quickly from public land.  These reforms were developed following widespread consultation with Councils, the public, industry groups, retailers, peak bodies and government agencies. The Act includes caravans, boat & other trailers, whether or not attached to a vehicle. The law forces owners to take responsibility for their vehicles and provides councils with stronger powers to rid our roads, footpaths, parks, bushland and waterways of abandoned and unattended property. 

The law commenced on 1 November 2022 and replaced the outdated Impounding Act 1993. Parking issues relating to trailers and boats should be reported to Council Rangers via Customer Service on 1300 434 434 for investigation.

Council’s Conservation Zone Review

Conservation Zones will form an integral part of the new Northern Beaches Council Local Environment Plan (LEP). APA made a submission regarding Council’s draft Conservation Zone review.  NBC referred submissions to the Dept of Planning which has (belatedly) replied that these zones should stay substantially as they are, so a victory for common sense!

Update – June 2024
Council has now finalised the Conservation Zones (C Zones) Review. This is based on final Department advice as well as extensive technical studies, community submissions, mapping accuracy review, and initial site visits.

Keep up to date via the LEP/DCP project page.

BACKGROUND

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 original draft review included:

–  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.

APA understands that the NBC has revisited its methodology and is reworking the draft to take account of the 935 submissions, especially relating to wholesale rezonings from C4 to R2.  NBC advises that it is in discussion with the NSW Department of Planning and Environment regarding the methodology.  See the NBC update here. See also the informative Pittwater online News articles here and here.

 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.  

Work on the shared streetspace in Old Barrenjoey Road north commenced in November 2022. For the NBC web page on this important issue click here; for the APA web page click here.

 

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, consider wearing a facemark at indoor venues and maintain physical distancing where appropriate.  It’s more important than ever to maintain your connection with friends and relatives.

The APA notice board

APA has a notice board in Avalon Beach Village. It is currently located on the southern wall between Terry White Chemmart (Herforts) and Belle Real Estate at 56 Old Barrenjoey Road (our thanks to both).  There is also a notice on the community noticeboard in Dunbar Park with a QR code to the website. Check the notice boards regularly to catch up with APA news in the Village, as we will change the contents regularly. We hope to have news re moving the noticeboard to a better location shortly.

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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