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The Pearl Beach GEM
The President's Report


We are so fortunate to live in such a peaceful and picturesque place as Pearl Beach.

This month of May has been full of culture with very interesting and entertaining musical events which are reported on later in this issue of The Gem. Lynne Lillico and her ready band of helpers have worked hard in coordinating these events and they can only be successful and continue with the support of our community here. Please let Lynne know that you would like to be involved and support future community events.

The Memorial Hall renovation project is nearing completion - the front steps have now been re-aligned and comply with the building code. Please be careful when using these stairs as you get used to them. We may need some volunteers to get us over the line with the building renovation. If you think that you could assist please contact Larry Nelson. 

It is important for us all to note that the upkeep of our much loved community Hall is an ongoing financial commitment for us all. It has been challenging particularly over the last 18 months, with our traditional sources of revenue through Events and Memorial Hall hire needing to be curtailed to a major extent.

Fortunately, with careful planning of Alison Phillips, the Annual Easter Book Fair was staged adding much needed income to our coffers. Thanks to the energies of a range of people other creative events have supported this financial commitment through local fundraising such as our Auction - thanks to Alison and Gary Phillips, our Roadside Ramble for drinks and eats - thanks to Linda and Greg McPhee and our Raffles over the Summer with the steadfast support of the McPhees, Thurlows and Tooheys, along with their merry band of ticket sellers.

Additionally we have had generous support from Pearl Beach Real Estate, Accom Holidays, Central Coast Realty, Pearl Beach Blinds and the Pearl Beach Tennis and Recreation Club. Without this support financial disaster for keeping our Hall open and functioning was a real possibility. 

Always moving forward, you will see later in this Newsletter plans for fundraising activities over the next few months. Thanks to Greg McPhee for collating these ideas and bringing them to fruition. As with the events mentioned above - the success of this fundraising is dependent on individuals supporting them in whatever way is possible.

You might wish to donate to our new ‘Go Fund Me Appeal’ for the ongoing maintenance of our Memorial Hall. Details are included in this Newsletter.

Beyond Pearl Beach, we are aware of the financial difficulties facing the Central Coast Council. The solutions there will have both a financial and service provision impact on us as individuals and as a community. The Pearl Beach Executive Committee can draw to the attention issues of concern to the Council. As individual rate payers you have a right to address your views directly to the Council and I would urge you to do so if you are wishing to express the views that are important to you. As I have remarked before “THEY should do something, means YOU should do something.”

I hope that you enjoy this Newsletter, full of information for you in our community, with sun shine during the Winter in Pearl Beach. 

Russell Grove


Pearl Beach Progress Association
The Pearl Beach Progress Association is a committee of local residents that meets  on the first Saturday of the month at 5pm (except for June and January.)  Local residents and interested visitors are welcome to come along and find out about local issues and what is happening in our beautiful village.
Currently Covid 19 Restrictions Apply

The current PBPA Covid-19 Safety Plan is on the website,  please follow this link
Hall Bookings   - or further information please email
Central Coast COVID 19 Testing Locations
Please check via this link for more up today information
Safety Advisory Group

PBSAG News May 2021.       Beach Safety
A letter was sent 19 March 2021 to Central Coast Council seeking a review of beach safety at Pearl Beach. The Council sent a response letter dated 25 May signed by Julie Vaughan Director of Community and Recreation Services. Brief of Progress Association letter and Julie Vaughan’s response:

Based on the response letter, it is clear that the CCC is not willing to support Pearl Beach’s beach safety other than the installation of additional signs which in reality is not good enough. The Pearl Beach community (and our visitors) deserve better support of its council and we now intend to seek Council’s further consideration of the matters not adequately addressed by Council.

On another matter, we are still waiting on an update from Surf Lifesaving NSW re the installation of an Emergency Response Beacon (EBS) at Pearl Beach.

Community Fire Unit

Training on the 4th Tuesday of each month has commenced to bring all members of the CFU up to date with both operational procedures and the completion of CFU Operator Courses. It is pleasing to report that CFU members Duncan Bridel, Jeff Slater, Larry Nelson and Paul Toohey have now had their courses processed by the RFS District Office. Their Certificates will be presented at the next meeting of Pearl Beach Rural Fire Brigade, on Tuesday 8th June 2021.

Community Support Centre Project

A Grant application for $20K representing the cost of the Solar + Battery Power System to be installed at the Community Hall was submitted 14 May 2021 under the NSWG Community Building Partnerships 2021 program. The Progress Association appreciates the support of Liesl Tesch who brought the NSWG grant opportunity to our notice. Decision is not till Nov 2021.  

Mobile Phone Reception Issue

Many Pearl Beach residents have been experiencing ongoing problems with their mobile phone connectivity and reception for considerable time. This culminated in the decision of the Progress Association to undertake a survey inviting residents to provide details of their mobile phone experience. A big thank you to all who assisted by taking the time to complete the survey form. An interesting summary of survey conducted in March April.** Table at end of this report.


This information was sent 30 April by letter to Lucy Wicks MP seeking her assistance by taking this unsatisfactory issue up with the Mobile Black Spot Program | Dept of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications. A formal reply has not yet been received and so on the 17th May we requested a meeting with Lucy Wicks to discuss this and other matters; we remain hopeful that a meeting can be arranged shortly. 

Paul Toohey

Pearl Beach – Safety Advisory Group – 26 May 2021

** Analysis of the Survey Inputs


Bush Fire Preparation and Bush Fire Behaviour Information
Please follow the link to access these documents which are a collaboration of information and edited by Greg McPhee.  Access to these documents are on the Pearl Beach Web Site.

Can you help !
Do you have any suggestions ! We need people to organise fundraising events !
We need willing volunteers and participants !
Please contact: Greg McPhee

Community Events
Photographs Colin Husband


25TH APRIL 2021

We, in Pearl Beach were not able to commemorate Anzac Day last year due to COVID19 restrictions place on the community.

This year, with the restrictions relaxed, we were able to work with the new requirements. With only 74 people allowed in the Community Hall, it was decided to hold the ceremony on the beach.

Knowing that the sun rise was to be at 6.25am I seemed perfect to commence the proceedings at 6am.

The service commenced with an Acknowledgement to Country by Erica Scott, who is a regular visitor to Pearl Beach. Progress Association President, Russell Grove, welcomed the attendees to the commemorations.

The formalities followed with long time resident, John Steinbeck speaking on the Australian contribution to the ANZAC tradition. Another resident, Sarah Waldin, a former New Zealand military person, spoke in both Maori and English on New Zealand’s view of the ANZAC tradition.

This was followed by Kerime Danis, formally from Turkey, who read Mustafa Kamal Ataturk’s speech on his thoughts of Turkey’s responsibility on looking after the fallen on the shores of Gallipoli.

Lily Frost, a young lady who has lived in Pearl Beach all her life, read Laurence Binyon’s ‘Ode to the Fallen, with everyone joining “ They shall grow not old….”

The most stirring was the Last Post played by Jackson Hood, a student of the Gosford Conservatorium.  To see and hear Jackson playing the Last Post with the sun rising behind him bought a tear to the most hardened of souls.

Wreaths were laid on the beach while Lynne and Phil Rich played and sang “And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda” Not a dry eye in the crowd.. Later the wreaths were carried to the War Memorial at the Hall. 

Everyone was invited to the Hall for Tea, Coffee and ANZAC Biscuits. A big thank you to all those who baked the wonderful array of ANZAC biscuits and helped with the morning tea.

A wonderful and memorable tribute to all those who suffered in the conflicts under the Australian and New Zealand flags.



These two young blokes, Stephen Parsons and David George, average age 77, have kept the Pearl Beach Drive roadsides clean over the past several years.

However, it is NOT a lifetime job. One of them has reached the mandatory retirement age of 80! David is hanging up his picker-upperers and Hi-Vis vest. Stephen is keen to recruit a younger replacement volunteer. Signs and safety vests are provided free!

Please contact Stephen Parsons: 0448 751 595

Pearl Beach Progress Association Music & Irvine Family Piano Scholarship Concerts presented a weekend of music performed by students from the Central Coast Conservatrium


Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 May 2021 - Pearl Beach Memorial Hall

The annual Scholarship concert has been jointly sponsored by the Pearl Beach Progress Association and the Irvine Family since the inaugural concert held in May 2005 in conjunction with the Central Coast Conservatorium to offer performance opportunity to students who have excelled in their chosen field. 

Patrick Brennan, Artistic Director, Central Coast Conservatorium comments “this prestigious event is an excellent opportunity for Conservatorium students to perform for their local community and deliver truly breath taking performances”.  He continues, “the Central Coast Conservatorium is most grateful for the financial awards totalling $2,250 that is given by the Pearl Beach Progress Association in Memory of the late Pearl Beach resident, Jill Roe OA and to the Irvine Family for  the winners of this important event . The prize money will help them further their musical studies at the CCC”.

Winner of the Irvine Family Piano Scholarship Chris Chen, a year eleven student at Central Coast Grammar School performed a beautiful rendition of Beethoven Sonata Op.13 No.8 in C minor Pathetique 1st movement and Chopin – Fantaisie-Impromptu (Op. 66).   

The Junior Showcase concert was introduced in 2013 to celebrate solo instrument and vocal performance by the Central Coast Conservatorium junior students.  The showcase concert embraces the concept of “pure performance” rather than “competitive performance” and allows the  younger musicians to perform with focus, passion and conviction”.  This year an enthusiastic audience enjoyed a diverse program performed by sixteen students with ages ranging from 8 years old.

Finalists in the Pearl Beach Senior Music Scholarship impressed Adjudicator Ian Cook with their high level of performance making it extremely difficult to choose a winner.   Announcing the winner,  flautist Kayla Lush, a year eleven student at ET Australia Secondary College he complimented her on a beautiful rendition ‘Ballade by Philippe Gaubert’.  He continued that she has been playing flute for ten years, and is currently learning from Rosalie Bourne and has already established an impressive  career in music.  

  'The People Choice’ award established in 2015 with a scholarship valued at $250 jointly sponsored by the Irvine Family and the Progress Association.   This concept has become extremely successful and offers the audience the opportunity to choose a performance of their choice and this this year violinist Kaito Deed, aged 14 was unanimously chosen.

Guest performers this year were the 2020 Irvine Piano Winner, pianist James Zhang and vocalist Bee Haslam, winner of the Pearl Beach 2019 scholarship.  Accompanist for the two days of music was Noah Peres who impressed the audiences with his accompanying skills, compassion and  talent as a supporting musician.

 Lynne Lillico

Publicity, Pearl Beach Progress Association

Photo:  Junior Participants, and Senior Scholarship participants.

Pearl Beach Progress Association   - Bring Music Back to the Community

‘Great Guitars with Guy Strazz & Mark Johns in Concert’

7.30pm Friday 30 April 2021 - Pearl Beach Memorial Hall


A capacity audience enjoyed the recent concert by guitar duo of Guy Strazz and Mark Johns at the Memorial Hall which once again resonated with the sound of lovely music for our community to come along and enjoy.    


The Great Guitars Concert showcased music from wonderful composers such as: Joseph Kosma, Chick Corea, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Harold Harlen, Consuelo Velázquez and George Gershwin. 


Guy and Mark’s guitar arrangements, included an emotional version on ukulele of ‘Over the Rainbow’ and took the audience on a musical journey of past and present with great tunes such as Summertime, All of Me, Take Five, sunny, Autumn Leaves, Spain, and one or two of Guy’s APRA awarded compositions including Mandela, Afro Bouban and the brand-new Overture Samba


Guy Strazz has previously performed at Pearl Beach and is a renowned master guitarist and awarded composer. He is at home playing diverse styles of music – from classical to funk and jazz to samba and bossa nova. He has appeared worldwide as featured artist at many festivals, including the Adelaide International Guitar Festival. His associations include guitarists Martin Taylor, Slava Grigoryan and Mike Stern as well as jazz luminaries Vince Jones and Don Burrows. 


Mark Johns is one of the world’s most renowned session guitarists and performers. As the ultimate all round player he has recorded and toured with artists including Jeff Beck, Faith Hill, Whitney Houston, Enrique Iglesias, Sting, Mariane Faithful, Julie Driscoll, John Dankworth and Cleo Laine. Mark is as versatile a composer as he is a guitarist. His music can be heard on a number of well known television and movie soundtracks.  


At the conclusion of the concert we enjoyed light refreshments and time for socialising once again, and we hope this is a start of future concerts and events for the community and friends to support.

 Lynne Lillico

Publicity Officer                    Images Duncan Bridel

Up Coming Events



Presentation The Embroidery Traditions of Kutch in Northwestern India

An Invitation

to a presentation by Carole Douglas

on the embroidery traditionsof Kutch

in Northwestern India.

‘In Her Own Voice – stitch as tradition, identity and livelihood’ ....

Carole Douglas is an artist, writer, educator and intrepid traveller. She has been travelling to Kutch, Gujarat, India for 25 years where she has worked on several curatorial, educational and cultural projects with local artisans.

Music provided by Malathi Nagarajan, a Pearl Beach resident

Tuesday 22 June 2021

2pm – 4pm PEARL BEACH MEMORIAL HALL 9 Diamond Road

Bookings essential – Lynne 4344 2319
Cost: $15 includes afternoon tea
A donation to an Indian Charity would be appreciated

COVID QR Check will apply

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Glee Club

When  COVID-allows the singers to meet, a somewhat small group of us gathers and sing a few numbers. It has been very difficult as singing is the first casualty of restrictions.  We are getting things moving so watch this space!

M. 0411 752 834

Pearl Beach Buddies Community

BUDDIES: - is a friendly place to meet up with other local residents. 

Some people come because they simply enjoy the social contact.  

Some have ongoing health issues so something social close to home is helpful.  

Some members are carers and enjoy the opportunity to talk with others.  

Everyone is welcome at Buddies: 

WHERE: Pearl Beach Memorial Community Hall  

WHEN:   2nd and 4th Mondays of each month 

TIME:     4PM – 5.30PM Recent Buddies activities  

  • Guest speakers from various organisations which provide home care services and 

         explain what is available and how the system works. 

  • People shared their experiences (and frustrations) trying to work their way through 

          the maze that is ACAT and the difficulties accessing Aged Care Packages. 

  • Table games 
  • Fun musical performances from some of our local residents 
  • Gentle seated exercises before or after discussions. 
  • There will also be friends available if you need help with your mobile phone or   accessing services. 
  • We always have afternoon tea and a chat. 
  • You are welcome to suggest new activities. If you can't arrive at 4pm, it is OK to  come during the session. If you want to "pop in" with a question, that is ok too.   

Buddies also aims to provide assistance to Pearl Beach residents outside of our social activities. If you need help with medical appointments, hospital, or other transport, are temporarily incapacitated and need to find out how to access some extra help or are feeling lonely, isolated, or overwhelmed with carer's responsibilities, please contact us via the phone number or email address below. 

If you would like to go on our email list, please contact us. 


Pearl Beach Buddies

0499 790 279                         Image    Malathi (Malti) Nagarajan

The Art and Craft Group
The Art Group have been mainly working individually but have kept in touch using Instagram #pearlbeachartists.  It is a wonderful tool to use and some artists have sold art works during this time.   Some of the Artists meet to paint in the open and some wonderful seascapes are made.
The artists of Pearl Beach had a very successful Artist Trail on Easter Saturday.
Art Group Enquiries Malcolm 0414 525 216 Cecile 0412141721, Margaret Westcott (0401968947)

During the Upcoming Ethemeral Art Trail a number of the art group are doing individual installations. 
Bev Lapacek and the Craft Group are doing a Community Installation titled 'Wrap with Love'. The members of the Craft Group knit squares, which are made into rugs.  They are then sent overseas or within Australia wherever there is need. Make sure you see the display of their wonderful work.

 The motto of Wrap with Love is  ‘Cold humanity is our concern, people caring about other people.’  

Bev Lapacek (0439623818)
Art Trail- Pearl Beach Artisans
The Crommelin Arboretum 

 Working bees are every third Sunday of the month. New people are always welcome. 9-11 followed by morning tea and a chance to chat.

What's on in the Arboretum

PBEAT – Pearl Beach Arboretum Ephemeral Art Trail. Friday 11 June to Sunday 04 July 2021.
• Come in daylight hours and immerse yourself in Nature and in Art. Please wear sensible shoes.
• $5 per adult min donation to further the work of the Arboretum.
• People’s choice award voting via our website or Instagram.
• Special activities available on some weekend days.
• Start at the Arboretum Cottage via Crystal Avenue Entrance.
• More information on the Arboretum Website
FREE BEE DAY – Pearl Beach Arboretum Saturday 12 June 2021 from 10 am.
• Talks on Australian Native Bees by Sydney University expert Francisco Garcia – Please RSVP by Wed 09 June 2021 to
• Free bee-attracting plants will be given away to the community (one per household).
• Morning tea provided, bring a picnic lunch.
• Meet at the Arboretum Cottage via Crystal Avenue Entrance. 
• The Ephemeral Art Trail will also be on display - $5 per adult min donation to further the work of the Arboretum.
• A raffle will be held to raise money for the Arboretum, the Pearl Beach Progress Association, and the Pearl Beach Environment Group.
• More information on the Arboretum Website

NATIONAL TREE DAY FREE EVENT - Pearl Beach Sunday 01 August 2021 – Run by the Pearl Beach Arboretum and the Pearl Beach environment Group
• 09.00 am – 11.00 am Free Guided Tours of the Pearl Beach Special Ecological Areas. Meet at the Pearl Beach Café. Please RSVP by Friday 23 July 2021 to
• 10.00 am – 12.00 pm Free Bee-attracting plants given away to the local community at the Pearl Beach Arboretum 71 Crystal Avenue Pearl Beach.
• 10.30 am – 12.00 pm Morning Tea at the Pearl Beach Arboretum Cottage 71 Crystal Avenue Pearl Beach. $5 donation per adult. Please RSVP by Friday 23 July 2021 to
• 03.00 pm – 05.00 pm Free Talks on Trees, Birds and Bees at the Pearl Beach Memorial Community Hall. 9 Diamond Road Pearl Beach.
• 05.00 pm – 06.30 pm Refreshments and a Bush Dance Music at the Pearl Beach Memorial Community Hall. $5 donation per adult. Please RSVP by Friday 23 July 2021 to
• More information on the Arboretum Website

Tennis and Bowls

Tennis and Bowling groups are now meeting as usual.
Pearl Beach Plodders
Twenty eight Pearl Beach Plodders, and friends, have booked 5 nights in Blackheath, staying in individual cottages at Federation Gardens from Sunday 10th till Friday 15th October. The ‘plods’ and program is very flexible and optional, including High Tea at the Hydro Majestic, visit to Katoomba Cultural and Heritage  Centre, Happy Hours around the Fire Pit, some very easy walks, shared BBQ dinner. Anyone interested should contact me ASAP on 0439623818. 

Plodder’s monthly walk will recommence in July with notice posted on the Hall Noticeboard. 

Bev Lapacek 0439623818
(Co-founder of PB Plodders in 1997)
Pearl Beach Bushcare

Bushcare Saturday 5th June at BOOFS Site [Back of Old Fire Station]


Bushcare will return to this site, behind the boom rail next to the Green Point Creek on Diamond Road, to plant up to 14 Casuarina Torulosa kindly provided by the Arboretum as part of a Community Environment Program Grant. Stakes etc will also be made available.

Initial examination of the site has been undertaken by Robert Payne, Phil Rich and myself from Bushcare, together with Anna Deegan from Council to verify the species that should be planted on this site. 

Preliminary preparation of the site will have been completed by Phil and myself. This will include getting rid of some obvious weeds. Movement around the site should be OK as it fairly open.

It should be an fantastic opportunity to establish a copse of these fine trees.  I have sighted the trees on offer and they look excellent. This species provides food for the glossy black cockatoos and are also a koala habitat tree.

Bushcare will need to water and weed around these trees but this should not be arduous during Winter.

I look forward to a good planting occasion. Morning tea will be served at 1100.  Personal cups please.

Stephen Parsons

0448 75 1595

Majong continues every Monday 1.30 pm in the Hall. Newcomers are welcomed and tuition is happily provided.  
Shirley Green 0490831523
Barry Carter passed away early May.  Barry and Marie had a home in Greenpoint Road.

 Phil Clark, long term resident of Emerald Avenue, Pearl Beach  passed away Sunday, 9th May at the age of 94.
Francis Grove
In recent times I have been grateful to receive much support and concern in relation to Frances’ sudden illness. Sadly I have to share with you that Frances left us on Friday 28 May. In accordance with her wishes, there will not be a Funeral Service.  Frances loved Pearl Beach, she was known for her warmth and generous spirit that she so readily shared with those around her.     Russell
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