It’s been a long time coming, but thanks to a grant from the NSW Government and the work of our local member, Mike Baird, Manly Life Saving Club is finally able to start the much-needed upgrade of their facilities. The $350,000 grant will allow the club to begin stage one of their redevelopment, which involves a complete overhaul of their amenities block. (The current amenities were built in the 1960s when the club only had six female members- it now has over 900, so it’s no surprise that these members in particular are looking forward to the upgrade!)
The Club will also be refurbishing their training hall to increase their training program, and has plans to redevelop the equipment storage areas.
It’s wonderful to see our iconic Manly club getting the upgrade it needs. What do you think of the plans to refurbish?
Does anyone have a photograph of the Clubhouse before the existing one?
Anyone who has ever looked up while walking along the Corso is familiar with the Victorian and Federation-style façades that give Manly its distinctive look. Maintaining this historic style can prove difficult, particularly when old buildings need to be redeveloped.
The Corso, pictured above in 1922, is a good case in point. One recently unveiled development is sure to put some minds at rest: Previously a dilapidated Coles Supermarket, the new building, known as “Corsoleil”, embraces both the old and the new, featuring 7 shops and 60 new apartments behind a façade that reflects the heritage of buildings around it.
The new development will still be home to Coles (set to re-open on June 30th), as well as the National Australia Bank.
What do you think? Has the developer got it right?
What can you tell us about The Corso's history? Let us know!
Great news! The new owners of Oceanworld Manly are making major changes. From June 28th it will be known as the Manly Sea Life Sanctuary. Over the coming weeks, the Sanctuary will be preparing for its new role as a “world class facility for the breeding, protecting, rescue and rehabilitation of Australian marine life.”
At the core of the relaunch is the Penguin Cove, which will give visitors a chance to see Manly’s famous Little Penguins (a great initiative!) while learning about how they can help protect these iconic birds, and a new rehabilitation facility to care for sick and injured animals.
You can read more here.
What do you think of the new plans for Oceanworld/Manly Sea Life Sanctuary?
Manly is home to a variety of beautiful marine life- but damage caused by high boat usage at Manly Cove West and Quarantine Beach could be putting our marine nurseries at risk. An Issues Paper placed on the NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) website was developed after community concerns were raised about damage caused by high boat usage.
Seagrass meadows in the North Harbour area, including populations of the recently listed endangered strapweed, Posidonia australis, are being denuded by boats, which not only damages the plants- it removes the safe environment they create for Manly’s native fish. The Issues Paper proposes several changes to the current anchoring restrictions to protect these populations. The paper also addresses concerns for the endangered Little Penguin population of North Harbour.
If this is an issue you would like to see addressed, you can read the Issues Paper here :http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fisheries/info/seagrass
What do you think? Should there be boating restrictions in these areas?
Candy Bingham, Deputy Mayor, Northern Beaches Council. Background in marketing, public relations & community engagement. Author of five business books. Former Lady Mayoress of Sydney. Aka Candy Tymson.