1: Feb 22, 2007
Environmental Protection for the
Aboriginal heritage - Susan Moylan-Coombs
Ecological significance of bushland in the catchment - Chris
McIntosh, National Parks and Wildlife Service
Environmental protection / Crown Lands - John Filocamo, Dept
Narrabeen Restoration project - Angus Gordon, chairperson
Roadkill mitigation - Dr Conny Harris
Pleniary Session - Dr Judy Lambert
Announcement of success
in gaining $1.9m Urban Sustainability Grant
- May 29, 2007
in the catchment
Participants identified the following issues in the catchment
and brainstormed about possible solutions:
Urban expansion, Weeds in bushland, Flooding, Loss/extinction
of native species, Feral Animals, Stormwater Scouring, Reduction
in amount of bushland, Weeds in Waterways, Erosion after bushfires
and from other causes, Siltation, Litter, Track Maintenance,
Wildflires in Bushland, Native animals killed on roads, Pollution
and contaminants, Unstable Creek Banks
2: Second Anniversary
- Sept 18, 2007
of struggle to protect Narrabeen Lagoon
Rob Stokes, MP for Pittwater, spoke about ways to protect
Slide show of photos from the 30 year history of struggles
to protect Narrabeen Lagoon by the Narrabeen Lagoon Committee.
3: Oct 16, 2007
Sustainability Grant program
Angus Gordon spoke about progress on the Narrabeen Lagoon
Restoration Project. Urban Sustainability project staff (Blayne
and James) presented the Business Plan for the Sustainability
Grant. They were the newly appointed project officers for
the $1.9 million grant for the Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment
4: Feb 28, 2008
- Your Catchment - Can They Be Conserved?
Bronwyn Bishop, Federal MP for Pittwater, spoke about the
importance of the area.
Georgina Woods, Crown Lease Project Officer for National Parks
Association, reviewed successful Crown Land conservation in
Angus Gordon, Chairman of the Lagoon Restoration Project,
discussed plans for dredging the lagoon.
Blayne Petrowicz, Urban Sustainability Project Officer detailed
new program of catchment events for 2008
5: May 29, 2008
Creating a sustainable
Brad Hazzard, MP for Warringah, spoke about the environmental
value of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment
James Brisebois outlined the project works of the $1.9m grant
Pathway around Narrabeen Lagoon announced - agreed by Minister
Newsfront & Narrabeen
Lagoon - 30 years on:
Ellis, writer of the movie, spoke about incidents during the
filming. Cake was presented to celebrate the 30th anniversary
of the film.
The climax of the film, recreating the
horrific Maitland floods of the 50s, was shot on Narrabeen
Candidates for the election of Warringah Councillors
each spoke to the meeting. The new council will replace Administrator
Blayne Petrowicz, Urban Sustainability Project Officer, outlined
progress with Sustainability education program
7: Nov 6, 2008
Why Garigal National Park should
include NLC bushland
Jonathon O'Dea, MP for Davidson, spoke about "What next?"
in protecting the catchment
NPA speaker Andrew
Cox spoke about how to lobby for extensions to National
James Brisebois outlined progress on Major Project onground
8: Feb 23, 2009
to Oxford Falls $100m Retirement Resort
Wendy Harmer had the audience in fits of laughter as she described
the proposed development but there was a serious side to the
discussion as well. This proposal is alien to the desired
future character of the Oxford Falls locality.
Jacqui Marlow, Conny Harris and Fiona van Dort discussed the
plants, animals and threatened species in the catchmen.
Blayne Petrowicz spoke about the Catchment Sustainability
9: May 25, 2009
and Environment - Community Consultation in the Planning Process
of $4m from Federal Government for completion of walkway around
Brad Hazzard MP Shadow Minister for Planning
Sylvia Hale MLC Greens Planning spokesperson
Rob Stokes MP for Pittwater
David James Mayor of Pittwater
Michael Regan Mayor of Warringah
Brisebois gave anupdateon the major works being undertaken
in Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment.
10: Aug 24, 2009
Meeting the Challenge - How do schools,
business and community live sustainably in a catchment?
Representatives from schools, the community and businesses
in the community made presentations on initiatives they have
undertaken to improve the sustainability of Narrabeen Lagoon
Jim Somerville announced that the Geographical Names Board
has officially reinstated the name "Narrabeen Lagoon"
for the waterway.
11: Nov 23, 2009
Protecting your patch
Czinner, a local resident, explained with photographs what
it was like to have your home burned down.
George Shepard, Rural Fire Service, outlined what home owners
can do to prepare for bushfire season.
Chris Grudnoff, Department of Environment, Climate Change
and Water, gave an overview of the role of fire in Australian
Clinton Drive demonstrated home fire-fighting equipment
Adam Burrowes of Warringah Council gave a presentations of
the Council's fire plans
12: Feb 22, 2010
Bush & Bikes,
Catchment DVD World Premiere
Professional film projectionists presented the world premiere
of "Caring for Catchment" - the DVD about Narrabeen
Angus Gordon organised a discussion about dredging of Narrabeen
David Yonge gave the Mountain Bikers' point of view, Ken Higgs
spoke about environmental concerns
Michael Baird, MP for Manly, spoke about permitting mountain
biking in National Parks.
13: May 24, 2010
Mia Dalby-Ball, formerly Natural Environment Manager
at Pittwater Council, discussed what we can learn about climate
change from history.
Angus Gordon reviewed the latest science and show how the
catchment is likely to be impacted by climate change.
Paine described how Tsunamis form, what the risk for this
area is and how to prepare for that eventuality.
14: Aug 23, 2010
past, present and future
Tina Graham from Warringah Library opened the forum with a
stunning presentation, using lots of historical photos, about
the history of tram transport to Narrabeen - note the forums
take place in the Tramshed.
Ben Taylor, from SHOROC, outlined the current Transport strategy
for the Northern Beaches.
Sandy Thomas, who has had extensive involvement with public
transport planning, explained some of the factors involved
and discussed issues important to Northern Beaches.
15: Nov 22, 2010
Foley gave an Aboriginal welcome and spoke about how important
the Narrabeen Lagoon catchment, particularly Wheeler Creek
Valley, is and was for Aboriginal heritage. Rob Stokes, MP,
outlined why the area needs protection and why a State Park
is an appropriate mechanism for achieving that protection
at this stage. Bronwyn Connelly of Lands and Property Management
Authority explained the importance of the Plan of Management
in the process of establishing a State Park. Kevin Evans of
National Parks Association discussed the challenges of managing
for both recreation and conservation and cited the South Australian
Belair National Park as an example of how this can be achieved.
16:- Feb 28, 2011
from all parties for the three electorates represented in
the Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment each spoke about the importance
of protecting the biodiversity in this area and supported
the establishment of Narrabeen State Park.
James Brisebois and Celia Cameron-Smith gave an overview of
the work completed during the 3 years of the $1.9m grant.
17:- May 23, 2011
Dennis Foley, an
Aboriginal elder from this area and author of Repossession
of our Spirit, gave valuable insights into the
Aboriginal heritage of Narrabeen Lagoon and its catchment.
is a teacher of Indigenous history and culture, shared
inspiring Aboriginal stories and culture.
18:- Aug 22, 2011
of Narrabeen Lagoon and catchment
outlined what can be done to provide environmental protection
Narrabeen Lagoon and its catchment.|
Senior Project Officer at Kimbriki Waste Management facility
explained what his organisation is doing to minimise adverse
impacts in the catchment and discussed what people can do
to minimise waste.
of Sustainability Systems, discussed choices people can make
to improve their impact on the environment - including using
19:- Nov 28, 2011
on Narrabeen Lagoon and in the catchment
recreational groups gave short presentations on what
they do on the lagoon or in the catchment, why it is beneficial
to people and in what way they protect the environmental values
of the area.
Forum 20:- Feb 27, 2012 at Narrabeen
The presentations covered:
(i) Overview of changes to Narrabeen Lagoon's water quality
(ii) Fish in the tributaries that flow into Lagoon.
(iii) Frogs that live in the catchment
Forum 21:- May 23, 2012
Heritage - Part II
Dennis Foley, an Aboriginal elder from this area
and author of ‚€œRepossession of our Spirit‚€Ě, gave valuable insights into the
Aboriginal heritage of Narrabeen Lagoon and its catchment.
is a teacher of Indigenous history and culture,
explained how research into Aboriginal heritage is conducted.
22:- Aug 27, 2012
Meet the Candidates
standing for election in Warringah or Pittwater Council areas
answered questions posed by our members and supporters - in
particular about the issues relevant to Narrabeen Lagoon
23: Nov 26, 2012
Brad Hazzard, MP, and Angus Gordon discussed what Narrabeen
Lagoon and its catchment might be like by the year 2050 and
outlined what needs to be done now to bring this about. Warringah
and Pittwater Council speakers explained how the community
could be involved in local planning for the future.
24: Feb 25, 2013
Birds and their habitat
Marita Macrae and David Palmer described the behaviour and
habitat of various birds of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment and
Tim Thurston demonstrated their calls.
Corinne Fisher explained how proposed changes to NSW Planning
laws could impact on bird habitat.
Peter Sedgwick revealed how he took his spectacular photos.
25: May 27, 2013
Secrets of our Aboriginal past
Foley told us of the rich Aboriginal Heritage in this area.
Neil Evers outlined the numerous events available during this
year's Guringai Festival
26: Aug 26, 2013
of the Past
Bert Rose, remembered for his generosity with sausages for
charity events when running Narrabeen Butchery presenedt his
collection of photos from Narrabeen's past. Kathy Ridge outlined
the proposal from Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council
for Gai-mariagal National Park to be established across their
27: Nov 25, 2013
Gai-mariagal National Park - how will
Fraser explained how typically an Aboriginal-owned National
Park works, who goes on the Board, how is the park managed,etc.
John Seidel described the process of determining biobanking
28: Feb 3, 2014
Dredging Narrabeen Lagoon
The three availalbe options for dredging the lagoon to facilitate
recreation were explained - comments and questions were invited.
29: May 26, 2014
Guringai Heritage and shared History
Julie Janson showed examples of
interpretive signage that acknowledge Aboriginal archaeology,
shared history and use of the natural environment and talked
about the need for local signage.
Clair Jackson demonstrated
recent local Aboriginal
Jenny Harris talked about the proposal for adaptive re-use
of Waratah Park in relation to Gai-mariagal Aboriginal Owned
30: Aug 25, 2014
Bugs and Beetles in Narrabeen Lagoon
Martyn Robinson described fascinating invertebrates that are
so essential to a healthy environment.
Aboriginal Place Names
Neil Evers gave the meanings of some local Aboriginal place
names and told of heritage that needs to be marked with dual
31: Nov 24, 2014
Managing Narrabeen State Park &
World Park Congress
Adrian Turnbull gave a presentation on the management issues
for Narrabeen State Park. Bob and Roberta Conroy reported
on their experiences at the World Parks Congress.
32: Mar 16, 2015
Meet the Candidates
This forum was cancelled because of insufficient numbers of
attendees and candidates. However, each candidate was asked
to submit their answers to questions.
33: May 25, 2015
evening was had by all - lots of participation in weaving,
bush tucker, dancing and learning about artifacts.
34: Aug 24, 2015
Our catchment - Positives and Negatives
Participants marked up maps with valuable features in the
catchment as well as hazards or management issues. Colin Davison
spoke about land management challenges on Metropolitan Local
Aboriginal Land Council land. Dave Darcy, Northern Beaches
Area Commander for Police, spoke about challenges of knowing
whose land you were on in the catchment and the need to respect
the owners of the bushland.
here to read a summary of the workshop findings.
35: Nov 23, 2015
Our Catchment - Looking back, Looking
Jim Boyce of Manly Warringah Pittwater Historical Society
toldl stories that showed why development occurred where it
did in the Narrabeen area over time.
Brent Jacobs talked about what needs to be done in the area
to prepare for the Future with its impacts from Climate Change.
36: Feb 29, 2016
Live animals and threatened species
Ryan Dare let everyone touch the native animals and hear about
their lives. Nick Skelton gave a presentation about which
animals are threatened in the catchment and why.
37: May 23, 2016
Aboriginal arts and crafts
Participants enjoyed painting and beadwork. Also, Michael Birk and Dennis Foley walked with people to the shores of the Lagoon and explained how people lived there in the past.
38: August 22, 2016
Forum 39: November 28, 2016
Building Resilience - options for future proofing our power supplies
Michael Furey and Harley Mitchell outlined the probabilities that power supplies will be interrupted in the future and how to build in resilience by acting now.
They discussed various issues to do with solar power and
Narrabeen Lagoon State Park and its future; Managing Crown
Rob Stokes, MP, and Administrator Dick Persson will discuss the future of
Narrabeen Lagoon State Park.
A speaker from "Crown Lands,
Our Land" will outline the challenges facing management of
crown lands across NSW.
Forum 40: February 27, 2017
Threatened animals in Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment
Jacqui Marlow told us about methods to mitigate
against road kill of animals,
Joan Reid brought live animals and told us about
caring for injured animals.
next forum will be ...
Forum 41: May 29, 2017
Aboriginal Caring for Country
Aboriginal people will tell us about the bush regeneration and
cultural sites protection work they are currently performing
in Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment and at Waratah Park.
Aboriginal elder will tell us about the significance of some
of the Aboriginal sites in Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment.
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