It's been a long time coming but finally the future of the old Seaforth TAFE site is assured with the site recently acquired from the Dept of Education by Manly Council for just $4.46m . Well done Manly Council!
The well-below market value price is on the proviso that the site be used for community purposes.
What community services would you like to see it used for?
A recent report from Phil Speer is a concern:
"On Tuesday 14 June at approximately 7:30 am, I was walking toward Manly Wharf. On the beach near the pool netting was a penguin being attacked by two crows. As one crow would grab the penguin it would spin to bite the crow and then the crow on the other side would attack the penguin. Crows are smart birds. Two of us chased away the crow and a guy from Oceanworld came and wrapped the penguin in a towel and took it away. The penguin had some bite/peck marks on its back with some bleeding but was not too bad. The weather was awful and the seas very rough and it probably was very tired because of this."
This morning (Sunday 26/6) Rob Burgess saw a crow poking around the rock crevices near the penguin nesting area at Foundation Steps.
While a lot has been done to manage the behaviour of dogs around penguins maybe the focus should now turn to crows?
The overflow stormwater pipe at North Steyne has been an eyesore for years and the cause of many an accident, one in particular causing a surfer to become a paraplegic.
The Council has received two independent reports stating that the removal of the pipe will have minimal effect on the waves at North Steyne but local surfers claim that rain water coming out of the pipe changes the sand banks and therefore conditions.
Should it stay or go?
What do you think?
The Manly Golf Club Musical Revue has been a tradition for the past 36 years and is always a fun night - with the latest show last weekend been no exception.
The performers are members of the Club including life member, Bill James, (pictured) who started the show as it's original producer & director. He is also one of the stars!
Thursday night is Charity Night and this year funds were raised to support LIfeline, Northern Beaches. Good one guys!
Manly Wine and Food Festival In its 25th year, the Manly Food, Wine (& recently added) Sustainability - Festival was fantastic this year! Good weather, lots of treats, well-run stalls and a good layout ensured that everyone had a good time. Well done Manly Council!
This event is really good for Manly and good for the environment. As one well-briefed volunteer on garbage duty told me, "89% of the rubbish from the event is recycled".
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.