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Northbridge Park proposals to be debated
The many changes proposed by Council in lighting; and widen the use of the Oval two levels of undercover parking;
its draft Masterplan for the northern section to sports other than football and • Retain the present Library building in
of Northbridge Park (along Sailors Bay Rd cricket; the short term as an extension to the
from Northbridge Public School to the • Modify the northern portion of the 1st OOSH child care facility but demolish
Men’s Shed) will be discussed at an NPA fairway of the golf course to include it in the long term; and
meeting in Northbridge on February 24. two training fields with lights; • Improve the access, aesthetic,
Council’s report says there is “strong and • Partially fence the BMX track and biodiversity and sustainability of
growing demand/competition for access to develop an adventure play area for Northbridge Park.
all the available recreational spaces and youth; The draft Masterplan will be on exhibition
ancillary facilities within the Park”. • Replace the tennis courts with a basket- until March 3, 2010. Interested residents
Among the Masterplan’s main ball court and handball practice area; can inspect the plan at Northbridge
recommendations are to: • Construct a new community recreation Library, the Golf Club or Council offices
• Convert Northbridge Oval to a full area over the existing Golf Club car and should make submissions direct to
synthetic grass sports field; upgrade the park, to include a sports hall, cafe and Council by that date.
Community anger over Suspension Bridge safety fence
Residents showed their anger and frustration at a big meeting on December 17 when RTA
officials told them that the RTA’s design for a safety fence on the Suspension Bridge had
already been decided and that “negotiation of the design was not on the table”.
The safety fence is planned to prevent suicides from the Suspension Bridge following a
Coroner’s recommendation in April 2008 that action be taken. Between 1995 and 2007,
there had been six suicides from the bridge and four attempts.
The RTA’s design is a curved palisade fence fastened to the outside of the existing
balustrades. It will be two metres higher than the balustrade. Construction will commence
on February 22 and last three months. Work will take place at night using a crane.
More than 100 residents of Willoughby and North Sydney Council areas attended the
information meeting in St Marks Hall, though several walked out when they heard that
RTA had already made a decision.
“There is no excuse for the RTA not consulting with the community,” local State MP
Gladys Berejiklian said. “The RTA has not accepted the value of the Suspension Bridge
A section of the RTA’s prototype panels for the
curved palisade safety fence for the Suspension to the community and has totally ignored them. It’s just not acceptable.”
Bridge. Continued on page 6
Do you care what happens
INSIDE THIS ISSUE
Come along to the General Meeting of Northbridge Progress
3 Nursing home for Northbridge Association to be held at 8pm on Wednesday, February 24
5 Flooding in Northbridge? at St Marks Hall, Malacoota Rd.
6 Library opening soon
7 Councillor’s viewpoint Guest speakers:
9 Citizen of the Year Julie Whitfield, Willoughby City Council:
10 The great 1938 mystery “The Northbridge Park draft Masterplan”
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President’s report for 2009
As we start a New Year, I look forward to another active time for
NPA. We will keep striving to prevent overdevelopment in our
beautiful suburb and to preserve our bushland and recreational
areas. We already have a list of Northbridge issues, among them
a new car wash proposal, recommended changes to Northbridge
Park, and a big nursing home proposal. The Suspension Bridge
safety fence, the Northbridge Hotel alterations and the Cliff Ave
units proposal remain controversial for many residents and will
continue to receive NPA’s attention. No doubt other community
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P O Box 357 Suspension Bridge safety barriers go ahead
More than 100 residents met on December 17 to hear RTA representatives tell us that
www.northbridgepa.com.au RTA had already decided on its preferred design for a safety fence for the Suspension
Bridge (see front page). By the time you read this, construction may have commenced.
As with many community issues, our dissatisfaction with RTA is not so much with its
Peter McNair : 9958 7670 selected design; our overwhelming frustration is that the community was not consulted
Vice Presidents in a meaningful way and does not feel involved with a decision which affects all of us
Ron Hicks : 9958 8765 who drive or walk over the splendid bridge.
John Lightfoot : 9958 0028
Awards for Northbridge residents
Secretary I’m delighted that recent nominations for awards for Northbridge residents were
Malcolm Lye : 9958 7566 successful. In December, the Hon Joe Hockey MP presented a North Sydney Community
Treasurer Award to Tony Clifford, who was nominated by NPA. The award recognised Tony’s role in
Pam Clifford : 9958 0529 establishing the Men’s Shed in Northbridge, his important contribution to a Northbridge
Rotary Club project in East Timor and his long association with the Hunters Hill Theatre.
Committee members NPA Vice President Ron Hicks also received an award from Mr Hockey for his
John Becroft : 9958 6436 substantial contribution to Crows Nest Centre Computer Club. Ron was nominated by
Grant Sheldon : 9958 5510 the club.
Stewart Truswell AO : 9958 1294 On Australia Day, Martin McCurrich, who was jointly nominated by NPA and
Federation delegate Northbridge Rotary Club, received the prestigious Willoughby Citizen of the Year award
Jenny Roxburgh : 9958 3674 from Mayor Pat Reilly. The award recognised Martin’s role as a Councillor, his business
career and his important contributions to several Northbridge organisations (see page 9).
Peter McLachlan : 9958 2213 NPA Committee for 2010
The 202 Editor I’m pleased (and relieved!) that, at NPA’s Annual General Meeting in December, the
Penny Lye : 9958 7566 2009 Committee members were all re-elected for the 2010 year. The Committee
(with Malcolm Lye) represents a mix of ages, skills and experience and I’m indeed fortunate to have their
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February 2010 3
Nursing home for Northbridge?
the Willoughby Paddocks (now named
Market Garden) site with an aged care
NPA’s preliminary comments to the
developer were that potential concerns
could be traffic generation from the
facility; the three storey height on Sailors
Bay Rd; the impact on amenity of
neighbours, particularly on the semi-
detached houses at 164-166 Sailors Bay
Rd; the appearance of the facility on the
Baringa Rd streetscape; and the impact
on local business due to potential loss of
A major nursing home is planned on the sites of these three houses on Sailors Bay Rd and the three
parking spaces in Sailors Bay Rd.
Baringa Rd houses behind them.
Sue Francis will be speaking about the
A new 116 bed nursing home is planned for development in Northbridge on six project at NPA’s general meeting on
contiguous blocks of land currently occupied by houses. If approved, the facility would February 24 and members of the project
front onto both Sailors Bay and Baringa Rds but the only vehicular entry and exit would team will be available for questions.
be a new two-lane driveway directly opposite the Euroka St roundabout.
As The 202 went to the printer, Council had notified a Development Application for
the nursing home and also agreed to an extension to the closing date for comments to
March 1. Cliff Ave units again refused
The development would include 30 low care hostel beds and 86 high care beds but At its meeting in early December, Council
no independent living units. The assessing authority for the DA will be Council, which unanimously rejected a developer’s
will be guided by the relevant State planning guidelines. However, because the amended plans for 14 seniors’ units on
development would cost more than $10 million, the determining authority will not be two blocks of land in Cliff Ave near the
Council but Sydney East Joint Regional Planning Panel. Suspension Bridge. Council had previously
The Sailors Bay Rd frontage is planned to be three storeys high with the first two refused an application by the same
storeys set back to the existing building alignment and the third storey further set back. developer for eight units on the site.
The Baringa Rd frontage will be two storeys high, set back to the existing building The decision is subject to an Appeal in
alignment. the Land & Environment Court. A further
At peak morning and afternoon times the facility would generate 15 vehicle hearing is set down for February 22-24.
movements per hour. There would be 31 parking places under the building. Local residents and NPA have strongly
In the past, NPA has advocated additional aged care facilities in or near Northbridge objected to the proposal on several
and tried unsuccessfully to persuade Council and State Government to develop part of grounds.
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Where does it stop? Crazy to replace tennis courts
I believe NPA should oppose any safety I see in the December issue of The 202 that Council wants to replace the tennis courts in
barrier on the Suspension Bridge. Singling Northbridge Park with “a basketball court and handball practice area”.
out the bridge is inappropriate as it has The NPA should object. Basketball is a worthy recreation and handball is probably
not featured in a large number of suicides. interesting to kids but to replace the tennis courts is a bit crazy.
The Coroner's suggestion about a fence Australia has already seen too many courts ripped up. Tennis Australia and most tennis
seems to have been as much about supporters believe this is a significant cause of the decline in tennis in Australia. Instead,
protecting any innocent person below the Council should be getting behind tennis by providing some shelter and possibly tennis
bridge should someone jump. If safety of lessons at Northbridge to attract young local players back to the game. Basketball and
the people in the park is a concern, a handball can be supported by building more facilities if there is a demand, not by
short covered area could be installed in eliminating tennis. Trevor Duff
the park below the bridge – much cheaper
than bridgeworks. Leave our tennis courts alone!
I have had three people in my extended
I read in the December issue of The 202 that Council is proposing to replace the tennis
family commit suicide, as well as two
courts at Northbridge Park. Certainly there is room for a lot of improvement in that
business associates in the last year.
public area but it would be a retrograde step to remove the tennis facilities as part of
Where does all this stop? Do we erect
that work. There are very few public tennis courts around this area – indeed almost
fences along beaches every night in case
anywhere – which, given the long wonderful history of tennis in Australia and the
some inebriated person goes for a
suitable climate in Sydney for playing the game, is a national tragedy.
midnight swim and gets into difficulties?
By way of comparison, basketball has very little tradition and comparatively few
Do we erect cushioning around posts
players in Australia and handball is a game mainly played by children in primary
and trees on country roads so young
drivers don’t get killed? Do we have all
I’m sure this senseless proposal will not be supported by the majority of local residents
train drivers travel at 15kph to allow them
during the current exhibition and consultation period of the draft Masterplan. If the
to stop to avoid suicides?
Masterplan must include the new facilities, make room for them in the expansive space
People will continue to commit suicide
available, but please leave the popular tennis courts alone!
when and how they choose. It may no Brian Chittenden
longer be from that bridge if the barricades
go up, but it will continue. Barricades and That red building
guards are a crazy imposition on this Ian Foster (“Amazed” in The 202, December issue) misses the point. I too like bright
community. The money spent on guards colours. However, Council gave the developers a palette of colours from which to
and fences should be spent on health or choose as just one of the conditions of the DA. Red was not one of those colours.
other higher priority issues. There is a formal process of approval by Council that sets out strict guidelines that
Julie Denovan should be respected by developers, architects and builders. If these guidelines and
conditions of approval are disregarded and flouted then, at best, it makes a mockery
of even having guidelines and, at worst, sends out a signal to all developers that
Write to us And for this reason alone, they should be made to repaint the building.
The 202 is a community newsletter
and we welcome letters from residents
about local issues. We do not publish Thanks to NPA
anonymous letters. Letters should be
In mid-December, the RTA agreed to a Community Meeting to discuss proposed anti-
sent to The 202 editors by email to
email@example.com or to suicide fencing on the Suspension Bridge. The snag was that the meeting was to be held
PO Box 357, Northbridge 2063. in a week’s time, one week out from Christmas. I want to personally thank the
Your letters should be concise Northbridge Progress Association and its committee for their support with hosting this
(preferably less than 250 words). event, which included coordinating the hall, catering and publicity. Over 100 residents
Please include your email address attended the meeting, finally giving them an opportunity to let the RTA know the depth
or phone number as we may need to of their anger about the proposed fencing and their concern about depression in our
edit letters to fit the space available. community. This would not have been possible without the support of the NPA.
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Flooding in Northbridge? Another car wash proposal
Almost 180 Northbridge Council is assessing a Development
houses have been Application from Crystal Car Wash for a
identified by Council as new car wash facility on the vacant site
“at risk of flooding from on the corner of Sailors Bay Rd and
storm events with equal to Eastern Valley Way. The previous DA
or greater than a 1 in 100 was submitted in 2006 by Vahivi Pty Ltd,
year flooding”. The houses but apparently it has since sold the site
will be subject to Council’s to Crystal.
special Floodplan The closing date for comments on the
Management development new DA was February 1.
controls. NPA understands NPA has submitted an objection based
that Council has notified on the site being zoned Residential 2(a).
the owners of all the NPA claimed that any commercial use,
affected properties. such as the car wash, should be
Council has two main prohibited. NPA’s submission said that in
categories for flooding of so far as the new owner of the site is
properties in Willoughby. relying on “existing use rights”, it is noted
The most serious is “Main Stream Flooding” when main creek systems may inundate the that the site has been inactive for about
surrounding floodplain. In Northbridge, the category covers Sailors Bay Creek and six years and any existing use rights, in so
Council has identified 30 houses in Noonbinna Cres, Kameruka Rd, The Outpost and far as they may have existed, would have
Lower Bligh St as at risk. now lapsed.
The remaining 149 houses fall into the “Local Overland Flooding” category which is In addition, NPA felt that the traffic
related to major and local drainage pipes and systems rather than to a main creek. It is generation and resultant congestion and
caused by “runoff which travels as sheet flow over grassed and paved surfaces … or the noise created by the proposed facility
along roads en route to the main drainage system, and/or overland discharges from the would be much greater than would be
main pipes in the catchment headwaters …” The houses judged by Council as at risk of generated by a residential development on
this kind of flooding are located throughout Northbridge in 17 streets including Sailors the site. The submission also noted that the
Bay Rd and Eastern Valley Way entry and exit driveways proposed for the
Residents who wish to object to the new controls should contact Council on facility would pose unacceptable hazards
9777 1000. to drivers and pedestrians.
Northbridge Oval’s synthetic surface
The NSW Government has approved an application by Council for a grant of $300,000 for construction of an all-weather synthetic
playing surface for Northbridge Oval. Council’s application for $108,000 Commonwealth funding for the project is also likely to
be successful. Council is discussing further contributions from user organisations (football and cricket) towards the $1 million cost
of the project.
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of the name. It was originally an unnamed
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Anger over Suspension
New library opening soon
The new Northbridge branch library on the
Continued from page 1 corner of Namoi and Sailors Bay Rd will be
RTA facilitator at the meeting, Fiona Court, opened on Saturday February 27, when a
agreed that “the negotiables put to the Community Open Day from 10.30am to
community were limited, but we took a 3pm will celebrate the new facility. The new
decision to act in a timely fashion”. library building, the former Presbyterian
Mary Knaggs, a senior heritage architect church, was purchased by Council in May
with the Government Architect, explained 2007.
to the meeting that the planned fence was Michele Burton, from Willoughby Library,
selected after a long and professional spoke about the new library at an NPA
process, including construction of meeting in December 2009. She said that
prototype panels. “The fence is simple, the present library was only 64 sq metres
straightforward and light,” she said. “A and operated for 7.5 hours per week. The
competition for a design would have been new facility will provide 210 sq metres of
a great idea but I honestly believe it would space which will include the new, bigger
have reached the same solution.” library plus meeting areas for community
groups up to 35 people. It will be open for
Michele Burton spoke to the December NPA
meeting about the new Northbridge Library.
15 hours per week, with hours designed to
meet a broad range of user groups. There
will be disabled access by a ramp and stairlift, and two disabled parking spaces outside
Multifunctional area included
The library will include a multifunctional area on a mezzanine level with space for
study, exhibitions and meetings. It will provide an open lounge and outside reading area
on the ground floor. There will be new Sustainable Living collection for children and
adults and an increase in audio/visual material including music CDs, DVDs and audio
books. The library will provide a wide range of online resources, with new technology
and an OPAC (on-line public access catalogue) area. Free WIFI via Uconnect will be
available to connect up to 25 people at a time. The new library will encourage book
clubs and author talks are also planned.
A new Local History Section will promote visual representation of the suburb’s
heritage to all visitors and provide a link to the more extensive historical resources held
at the Willoughby Library’s collection in Chatswood. Michele thanked the NPA for its
Senior heritage architect Mary Knaggs spoke pledged $2000 donation to the Local History Section, which will be presented at the
about the RTA’s design process. library’s opening.
At the end of the meeting, Cr Gail Giles-
Gidney read out a resolution to be
delivered to the Minister for Roads, which
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Our beautiful Suspension Bridge is to get
an ugly pool fence
by Cr Gail Giles-Gidney
The Suspension Bridge is to get very ugly suicide protection. Many residents, sensitive to the issues
It appears that the RTA lives by its own set of rules. In this case of depression in our community, want to
they have ignored NSW State Government guidelines requiring see more help given to those in need. We
“proportional, timely, accessible and representative, focused, are all concerned by the immediate and
transparent and flexible” community consultation. As a result, the RTA is installing very long-term impacts of suicide on family
ugly, 2.0 metres high “pool fencing” as a cheap fix to a complex problem. members, friends, neighbours and of
The Coroner’s report back in 2008 highlighted the bridge as a "suicide magnet" but course the rescue workers.
did not license the RTA to ride This is a complex community issue, and
roughshod over the aesthetic an ugly quick fix is not an appropriate
aspects of our heritage bridge. solution.
Just before Christmas and with
only one week notice more than Cr Giles-Gidney is one of our Sailors Bay
100 concerned local residents Ward Councillors, each of whom
attended the RTA briefing meeting contributes regularly to The 202.
to voice their anger – loudly. I was
not alone in my unanswered
concerns on inadequate design
specifications, poor budget
allocations, comprehensive dismissal Contact your Ward
of alternative designs, little respect Councillors
of public interest and the intended
If you have questions or issues to raise
visual damage to a heritage icon.
with your Ward Councillors, they are
happy to be contacted:
So, was there an outcome of the Adrian.Cox@willoughby.nsw.gov.au
meeting? No, not really. The RTA Or phone 9958 1135
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of the planned fencing, for one day
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Council rejects pub alterations The cost of being green
In November, Council refused another by David Synnott
Development Application by the owners It was pleasing to see that two Northbridge houses were open for inspection for the
of Northbridge Hotel for the substantial Sustainable Houses Day last September. As those householders would know, being
alterations and additions in 2007 which green comes at a cost. In the past two years, we have invested $20,835 (after rebates,
were carried out without the consent of etc) in a solar electricity generation system and a heat pump.
Council. During the two year period, Our household is a light user of electricity – we used only 4077 kWh in our first 12
Council issued two penalty notices and months. Our system generated 3400 kWh during that year or 83% of actual demand.
two draft orders for non-compliance but We sold 2998 kWh to the grid for $348 and we bought from the grid 3675kWh for
these were never implemented. In a letter $308, giving a credit of $40. (These figures use the then applicable retailer’s rates based
in December, NPA requested that Council on “time-of-use” metering but not including the daily charge.)
pursue enforcement action in relation to Due to a Home Show promotion, our heat pump cost us only $100 after rebates,
the unauthorised works at the hotel. whereas an electricity-boosted solar water heater would have cost about $3000 after
As The 202 went to the printer, Council rebates. The heat pump required little installation effort, physically replacing the
advised that discussions were being held previous electric water heater with minimal changes to plumbing and electric
with the current hotel manager to submit connections. In the first six months since installation it reduced the power required for
a further application to address the non- water heating by 68% compared with the average use for the same period over the
compliance and other concerns. preceding three years.
The decision of the NSW Government to pay a “feed-in tariff” of $0.60 per kWh
generated by a home electricity generating system has changed the economics. The
New baby health centre tariff will apply for seven years from January 1, 2010. The 3400 kWh we generated
could earn us $2040 over a year, more than the opportunity cost of the capital
Council has commenced planning a new We are happy to share our experience with anyone interested.
purpose-built Early Childhood Health
Centre on the site of the present ECHC on
Council land fronting Eastern Valley Way TLC for Masonic Hall
and the Plaza car park. Council General Remedial work is being carried out on the exterior of the Masonic Hall at the corner of
Manager Nick Tobin said that design and Harden Ave. Freemason Sam Strykowski told The 202 that, after 85 years, the building
development approval is expected in required replacement of arch bars (or lintels), new guttering, roof repairs and re-painting
2010 with construction to commence in of exterior surfaces. “Hopefully the end result will showcase the building in its original
2011. “Funding for the project will come glory, as a tribute to those Masons who made a commitment to establish Freemasonry
from the ECHC in Penshurst St which has in Northbridge,” Sam said. “In due course, we hope to be able to allow the building to
been earmarked for closure following the be open on a regular basis for inspection by the public, but there is much work still to
upgrade of the Northbridge centre,” he be done.”
said. In the meantime some repairs and Sam said that the Masons are interested in creating a history of the building. “We would
maintenance will be carried out on the like to obtain photos, stories or memorabilia about the Northbridge Masonic Hall,” he
Northbridge centre. said. Contact Sam Strykowski 0408 174 410.
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fade to almost white. The flowers
blossom in September to late
November and develop brown
berries at this time of the year.
The berries in particular contain a
substance which is fatally toxic to
Well-known Northbridge identity Martin McCurrich received his award as Willoughby Citizen of the dogs. They can cause vomiting,
Year from Mayor Pat Reilly and Gladys Berejiklian MP. diarrhoea, muscle tremors, ataxia
On Australia Day, Martin McCurrich was awarded Willoughby Citizen of the Year. In his (un-coordinated) and seizures.
45 years’ residence in Northbridge, Martin was actively engaged with many local Salivation, excitement and
activities and associations to the benefit of the community. He served with distinction for
hallucinations are also common.
nine years as a Councillor for Sailors Bay Ward. He was a member of Northbridge
Swimming Club since 1973 and held positions as Captain, Vice President and President Symptoms can develop 15-18 hours
for a total of 10 years. He sailed with Northbridge Sailing Club for some 20 years and after ingestion.
helped to introduce the Laser class to the club. Martin is a long term member of the
Treatment requires aggressive
Rotary Club of Northbridge and in recent years raised more than $20,000 for
Shelterboxes for victims of natural disasters in the world. He served as a Director of decontamination to remove the plant
Chatswood Nursing Home for 13 years and has been a Board member of the Australian substance from the gastro-intestinal
Commercial Disputes Centre since it was established in 1986. In business, Martin was tract and prevent any further
the inaugural General Manager of the NSW Motor Accident Authority and was absorption of the toxin.
instrumental in setting up the current Green Slip system of third party insurance.
Hospitalisation is usually required for
The Citizen of the Year award was made jointly with Mrs Ann Barnacoat for her work
with Willoughby Meals on Wheels, Chatswood Red Cross and Australian Support Dogs. fluid therapy and monitoring.
Prognosis is good if recognised and
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10 February 2010
The great mystery of 1938
by Pam Clifford
At the end of Upper Cliff Ave a walking track leads straight ahead to the east and
comes out of the bush alongside the 5th tee of Northbridge golf course. Other tracks
branch down the hill towards Lower Cliff Ave. One track finally ends at Lower Cliff
Ave but others don’t seem to lead anywhere.
There is something unique about these tracks. Compared with others in
Northbridge, most of them are incredibly well constructed. There are sandstone steps
cut into the natural rock or built in local sandstone. Some sections have shaped
sandstone edging alongside well constructed drainways. These have all been made
by experienced stonemasons, given their obvious age and current good condition.
And along the way there are several seats. Two are natural rocks which have been
propped up with sandstone for support. Two seats are far more interesting – both
are under rock overhangs; one is labelled Arthurs Seat 1938 and the other Logans
And off Lower Cliff Ave, there is a rock overhang in an area with a good view of
the Suspension Bridge. A sign engraved into a concrete base similar to that at Logans
Chair reads Wilsons View 6-4-39.
Steps cut for a bush trail below Upper Cliff Ave.
These are the mysteries …
What was happening in Northbridge in 1938 and 1939 which caused the
employment of stonemasons? Why were stairways and drains constructed in such a
seemingly remote area of Northbridge Park? And most importantly, who were Arthur,
Logan and Wilson?
An interesting paper, undated and unattributed, entitled A Brief History of the Golf
Links, discusses the area around Salt Pan Cove. In 1924 at the southern end of the
Cove there was a camping area, holiday shack, picnic area, and a rock pool which
people visited during their holidays and on weekends. Later, in the years of the
Depression, people lived in humpies in the Salt Pan Cove area, some even tending
their vegetable gardens. Some of these people worked on the construction of the golf
course, which was opened with the first nine holes in 1935 and the second nine holes
in 1937. Obviously there were walking tracks leading down to Salt Pan Cove but that
all happened before our seats were built in 1938.
The attached aerial map was produced in 1943 by the NSW Roads & Traffic
Authority so it could plan post-war road construction. The main easterly track at the
Aerial map produced in 1943 by the NSW end of Upper Cliff Ave is clearly defined, showing that it was well used. The tracks
Roads & Traffic Authority. below are not visible through the trees, suggesting they did not have much traffic in
1943. There doesn’t even appear to be a track leading to Lower Cliff Ave or to what is
now Tunks Park.
Northbridge resident Don Landers believes he has an answer. He advised that in 1938
workers were installing the sewer in the western half of Northbridge as far east as the
Public School. The sewer main was installed along the southern side of the hill, just
below the golf course and connected into the big north-south main which had been
built under St Marks Church and which crosses Long Bay to Cammeray. It’s plausible
that the pathways were built to provide easy movement to the many workmen
involved with the sewer connection in 1938.
But the other question remains unanswered – who were Logan, Arthur and Wilson?
Does anyone have any suggestions? Please contact me on 9958 0529.
498 Miller St
Lodge French’s Forest United
NORTHBRIDGE 9955 4965
Invites Masons to affiliate and persons
interested in becoming a Freemason.
An initial enquiry can be made by contacting:
David — 0404 891 051
Sam — 0408 174 410
February 2010 11
Bushcare award for local Cartoonists
Don Wilson accepts
Our thanks to professional cartoonist and
his award for former Northbridge resident Dave Carter who
exceptional Bushcare draws for The 202 on a pro bono basis. Dave’s
services from website is www.thedavecartershow.com.
Council’s Bushland Thanks also to Northbridge resident
Officer Jude Morris David Boulton who has been drawing
(left) and Bushcare cartoons for us for several years.
Northbridge resident Don Wilson was presented with an “Asparagus Assassins • 9 holes $23
Award” to recognise his exceptional services to Bushcare over many years. Don’s Wed to Sun
award was a silver-painted peter lever (a Bushcare tool). “This award will allow him
• Play all you like for $20*
to continue his mission to rid Northbridge of all its asparagus fern!” said Council’s
after 3pm 7 days
Bushcare Coordinator Mandy Wilson. Don is the volunteer convenor of two *Must have own equipment if playing more than 9 holes
Bushcare groups – Clive Park/The Knoll and the roving Flying Squad. He has also
been the driving force behind the two very popular Bushcare Major Days Out held • 18 holes $33 Wed to Fri
in 2009 at Northbridge golf course, which are being adopted as a model by several • 18 holes $36 weekends and
other Councils around Sydney. public holidays
• 9 or 18 holes $20 Mon and Tues
Thank you from Rotary Phone Pro Shop 9958 7517
Rotarian Sally O’Neill thanks all those generous residents who gave
to Northbridge Rotary Club’s appeal for Haiti earthquake relief at Harbourview
Northbridge Plaza on January 16. The appeal raised almost $2400, Restaurant
sufficient to purchase two Shelterboxes – capsules containing a tent, sleeping and
cooking equipment, water and supplies for a homeless family. Internationally, Rotary Barbecue Friday nights
delivered or has committed 7000 Shelterboxes – worth $8.4 million – to the huge Function room available for
Haiti relief effort. weddings, 21sts, etc.
The club also thanks residents who gave gifts to Northbridge Rotary’s Tree of Joy in
the Plaza during December. 700 wrapped Christmas gifts were delivered by Phone 9958 6900
Rotarians to The Smith Family for distribution to needy families.
12 February 2010
Parking hassles at Northbridge Baths
By Bruce Wilson
2-week beginner/ general course
March 1 to 11
Northbridge Baths and Marina are
special places for residents and
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday visitors to enjoy. Unfortunately,
during hot summer days the parking
can become very difficult! Council’s
Warners Park Centre, Northbridge
large sign indicates a maximum stay
of four hours in the car park during
summer weekends, public holidays
Suzanne Barr B.A., B.V.Sc, IYTA, and school holidays. On Widgiewa
teacher of yoga since 1994, Rd itself, there should be no cars
spent 12 months in India studying parked at all, as there is a
with the Iengyar family. designated footpath down the
eastern side and No Parking signs on the western side. Commonsense shows how
Phone 0448 732 809 dangerous it can be for young families with kids, strollers and baskets to walk on
Other classes available Widgiewa Rd when cars are parked to the fence, and ascending and descending vehicles
are eyeballing each other to seek right of way.
is a certified However, we can all help each other. If you are planning to spend more than four
Iyengar Yoga hours at the Baths or on a boat, why not drive down to the car park, unload your family
and belongings, then drive back up to Coorabin, Minimbah or Courallie Rds? There are
at least 50 parking spots within two minutes walk of the Baths, some in shade. Of
course, if you live within 1500 metres and have no children to carry, why not simply
walk as a personal “mini biathlon”. For others, why not carpool to the pool? To prevent
those who selfishly exceed the four hours limit, Council’s Rangers have been asked to
actively enforce the parking laws.
Northbridge’s community garden
By Jenny Roxburgh
Have you been down to Warners Park recently and seen the community garden?
Community gardens or allotments have been around for hundreds of years and are currently
experiencing a revival in developed countries. They are a source of fresh produce, a space
for community interaction and a release from the stresses of everyday life.
Northbridge’s community garden began life at the end of Mowbray Rd on the Market
We’ve seen it all!
Garden site where a large development is planned. Fortunately, a new site was found in
Warners Park adjacent to Willoughby Council’s Environment Centre.
Call Computer Troubleshooters
The first working bee of the Warners Park community garden group was held in June
Northbridge to implement a 2007, when “a definite air of excitement” was noted at the idea of starting from scratch
Reliable Backup Strategy and applying all that had been learned since work began on the original garden on the
Save all your documents, photos, emails, Market Garden site. Help and training is provided by Council staff.
contacts, music, accounts etc... Members of the community garden have helped set up a no-dig garden at Northbridge
Contact Howard Lardner
Public School, helped in getting a vegetable garden established at a city high school and
0413 507 219
provided an exhibit in the Royal Horticultural Society’s Easter Show.
or 9967 3963
The group meets on the first Saturday and the third Sunday of each month, between
9am and 12pm. Everyone is welcome, whether resident of Willoughby or not. It’s an
email: opportunity to learn about saving water in the garden, composting, no-dig gardens and
howardL@comptroub.com growing vegetables, as well as avoiding the use of commercial herbicides and pesticides.
www.nets.com.au For more information contact Council’s Mandy Wilson (9777 7875) or visit
The Brown Rice House Dine in / Take away / BYO
Japanese and Korean Cuisine
Chicken Teriyaki $ 9.50
Sashimi (S) $7.00 (just salmon) (M) $15.00 (L) $20.00
Sushi & Sashimi set (S) $16.50 (M) $24.50 (L) $40.00
Tofu Soup (Spicy, Mild, Miso) $13.00
Korean Style Pancake (Seafood, Kimchi) $13.00
Beef Rib Stew (Mild, Spicy) $15.00
Bowl of Brown Rice $ 3.00
Shop 7, 128 Sailors Bay Rd, Northbridge Reservations: 9967 3888 OPEN 7 days 10am till late
February 2010 13
The Suspension Bridge art competition Heritage in Northbridge
In November, as part of its 90th Anniversary celebrations, NPA held a competition
among kindergarten and primary school children in Northbridge. Children were asked
to colour in a simple outline of the bridge and older children were asked to also write
a poem about the bridge. We were delighted to receive hundreds of entries from
enthusiastic children. The winners were announced in the December issue of The 202.
We have reproduced two of the winning entries and one poem. It is regrettable that
space will not allow more and that those we have printed are not in their vivid colours.
By Annabel Scanlen
Year 5 St Philip Neri Catholic School
Northbridge Bridge is made of cement and
when I drive past I know I’m near home.
The properties in Northbridge which are
Trucks and cars are on their way,
heritage listed in Willoughby Local
My car drives past every day. Environmental Plan 1995 are:
Over Tunks Park, a long way down, • Clive Park and the tidal pool, Sailors
Security Guards looking after her crown. Bay Rd
Lights up at night with a beautiful glow, • Northbridge Golf Club and golf course,
It’s one of a kind we all know. Sailors Bay Rd
By Brian Xu
Oversized vehicles drive slowly past, 2E Northbridge Public School • Northbridge Public School, original
While the other little ones go very, very fast. School Building A, Sailors Bay Rd
People running, walking or pushing their pram, • Northbridge Sailing Club, Sailors Bay Rd
Stop for a second to see the view grand. • Clavering, house at 186 Sailors Bay Rd
Cammeray and Northbridge it does connect, • Flats at 266-276 Sailors Bay Rd (shown
Making the traffic easy to direct. above)
In heavy rain the floods come along, • Group of shops 288-296 Sailors Bay Rd
• Shops and residence at Bonds Corner,
Which make it look just like a billabong.
395 Sailors Bay Rd
It was build in 1919,
• Harry Seidler designed house at
When they started using lots of machines.
9 Coorabin Rd
People love the bridge, it’s a work of art, • St Philip Neri School Hall, Sailors Bay Rd
The tradesmen must have been very smart. • Suspension Bridge, Strathallen Ave, over
Hip Hip Hooray, turning 90 this year, Tunks Park
We love Northbridge Bridge and will all give By Alex Brennan • Clock Tower, corner of Cliff and
a cheer. St Marks Kindergarten Strathallen Aves (proposed).
Ray White Northbridge
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Real Estate needs please don’t hesitate to contact:
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Phone: 9967 3611
Shop, 315 Sailors Bay Road, Northbridge
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Give blood Friendship & Craft Club Masonic meetings
The Red Cross donormobile will be at the Members of the Northbridge Friendship Lodge French’s Forest United
Plaza car park on Friday, February 19 and & Craft Club meet every Wednesday at No 249 of the United Grand
again on Friday, May 14. It is advisable to St Marks Hall, Malacoota Rd. For more Lodge of NSW & ACT holds
make an appointment: phone 13 14 95. information, call Margaret Tyson regular meetings at the
9958 8976. Northbridge Masonic Centre, corner Sailors
Register for rugby Bay Rd and Harden Ave, on the second
During February, Norths Pirates will be taking Men’s Shed Wednesday each month. All Freemasons,
registrations for boys and girls from five years The Willoughby Community whether attached to a Lodge or not, visitors
old to under 16 teams. The Pirates will also Men’s Shed reopened for the from interstate or overseas are invited to
be fielding a Junior Opens team for 2010. New Year in January. The shed attend. Enquiries: David 0404 891 051, Sam
For more information contact Bill Rees on is open on Tuesday, Wednesday 0408 174 410 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
0416 161477 or 99593053 or visit: and Thursday from 10am until 3pm.
www.northspirates.rugbynet.com.au Wednesday is a mixed day with women Northbridge Probus Club
members attending. Contact Tony Clifford The men’s club of friendly
Cleanup Australia 0418 220 774. retirees meets monthly on the
You can join other community members second Tuesday of the month
and do your bit for your neighbourhood Film group at the Northbridge Bowling
on Cleanup Australia Day, Sunday March 7. The Workshop Film Group presents a wide Club from 9.45am until noon.You will be
NPA is coordinating a group to work in the variety of feature films, shorts and most welcome to join us. For details call
Clive Park area. Meeting place is at the bus documentaries on the first and third Fridays Barry 9958 7761 or Richard 9958 1004.
terminus at Clive Park at 1.30pm. Don’t of the month at the Workshop Art Centre,
forget to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, Laurel St, Willoughby. The evening starts at Seniors Computer Club
a hat, gloves and wear sturdy shoes. 8pm with an introduction to the film, which The Crows Nest Centre Computer Club
To register, visit: is followed by discussion and light teaches seniors how to use Windows based
www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au/register/? refreshments. For more information, phone computers, with modules covering Basics,
clive+park+northbridge 9564 5258 or 0409 958 055. Email, Web, Digital Photography, Word,
Excel, Computer Security, Typing, and
NPA’s website Classical concert Computer Maintenance. Each module
NPA’s web page Willoughby Symphony’s first concert for the consists of four weekly 90-minute lessons.
www.northbridgepa.com.au year is called The Fountain of Fantasy, with Fees are: annual membership $35, with $25
has information on current works by Schubert, Sibelius and Beethoven per four week module. Starting dates for the
community issues, minutes of to be conducted by Nicholas Carter. It will first half of 2010 are: February 1, March 15,
meetings, past copies of The 202 newsletter, be held at Pymble Ladies College on April 26, June 7. For more information
Neighbourhood Watch and crime statistics, Saturday, March 13 at 8pm. For bookings, phone 9460 8866 or visit us at
links to local organisations and NPA contacts. phone 9777 7547. http://home.people.net.au/~cnccc/
We welcome contributions to the community noticeboard. It provides free advertising for not-for-profit community and charity organisations in
Northbridge. Please ring 9958 7566 or email email@example.com. Editorial deadlines are published on the front page of The 202.
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for your executive rental and sales
property, call the MARKET LEADERS
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