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The Pearl Beach GEM
The President's Report


We are well into another new year in beautiful Pearl Beach, but for all of us this summer has come to mean much more than warm weather, time with family and lazy days at the beach.  The catastrophic bushfires that seem to have been burning forever, and have finally been extinguished, have been an ongoing source of anxiety for our community and more so of course for those more directly affected.  Thankfully, at least so far, we have been spared the trauma that a serious bushfire would inflict on our village.  However, the recent storms have resulted in some damage to property (including the rear of our Hall), not to mention the loss of so many trees and other flora, but thankfully with no loss of life or serious injury.

It is appropriate therefore to acknowledge the wonderful work of the RFS and SES volunteers, who have worked tirelessly to respond to calls for assistance, both within and well beyond Pearl Beach.  Whatever anxieties we might have experienced over recent months would no doubt have been significantly exacerbated had we not had the confidence that we have in these brave men and women.  The fact that our community and many grateful visitors have raised over $30,000 for the RFS at a number of fundraising events is clear evidence of our appreciation.

As always we have begun the new year with a busy program of social events.  The Australia Day Kids Races was again a wonderful event enjoyed by not only our community but the hundreds of visitors to our village.  Thanks are due to Larry Nelson, Peggy Todd and their teams of helpers, also to Ross Hilliard of PB Real Estate for his generous sponsorship of the barbecue which resulted in a substantial donation to Mingaletta.  Members should look at the calendar on the Association’s website for the next few months, but we can look forward in particular to the Opera in the Arboretum on 28 March, the Easter Book Fair and the innovative Pearl Beach Art Trail on 11 April, the much anticipated Dead Men Talking (Henry Lawson and Banjo Patterson in conversation) performance on 9 May and the Scholarship Concerts on 16 and 17 May.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Pearl Beach Hall, and we are planning some appropriate activities to acknowledge this important milestone.  Members will be very aware of the pivotal role that the Hall plays in the life of our community.  It was first opened in 1950 and has been enlarged and upgraded several times.  The Association has undertaken extensive consultation with our community to develop a program of works to enhance the functionality of the rear of the Hall, including a larger deck and roof, as well as a new storeroom.  We have been fortunate in having secured a substantial grant under the Central Coast Council Community Infrastructure Grants program, which will allow us to proceed with the upgrade.

Finally, given that the Pearl Beach community is largely made up of people at (shall we say) a mature stage of life, we need from time to time to mark the passing of one or more of them.  We note with great sadness the recent loss of long time residents Sylvia Fullerton, Grace Walker and Fay Austin.  Fay in particular was always a lively contributor at the Association’s General Meetings and the mainstay of the Dune Care group.  Sylvia, Grace and Fay will all be missed.
--Peter Romey

Pearl Beach Progress Association
The Association is a meeting of local residents and interested visitors on the first Saturday of the month at 5pm (except for June and January.) Come along and find out about local issues and what is happening in our beautiful village.

EXPLORE OUR WEBSITE            updated weekly.

JOIN OUR FACEBOOK PAGE                f@Pearlbeachprog

Do You Have a Function to Plan?
Why not hire the Pearl Beach Memorial Hall.

Its spacious interior offers an elevated stage complete with the tables and chairs to support the seated capacity of 100 people, original polished wood floors, commercial kitchen, dedicated wall hanging system for art and high ceilings. The acoustics are excellent for drama and music events.
This versatile space also has a verandah and open grassed back yard which are included in the hire. Pearl Beach Community Hall is a wonderfully historic blank canvas for guests wanting to plan and create their perfect occasion – wedding, anniversary, birthday, art show or corporate event.
The Hall has a fully equipped commercial kitchen with all the utensils, crockery and cutlery to cater for 100 people.
Bluetooth Theatre/Speaker system and microphones are available for use by the hirer.
The Hall has ramp access and a unisex disability access toilet.
As the Progress Association owns the Community Hall, it is responsible for all ongoing running costs, maintenance and improvements. To maximise income through hall hire, the Hall is now listed on VENNU, an online site for community spaces for hire.
To find out more details about hiring the Hall and to make a booking, go to
Still more questions:  email
For bookings from the Pearl Beach Progress Association, Pearl Beach Community Non-Profit Groups and Pearl Beach Community Initiatives please email booking requests or changes to
You can also contact VENNU through the PBPA website.
PBPA is seeking someone with skills to help show the Hall to it's maximum potential.
CAN YOU HELP or do you know someone who could help? Contact

Raffle & Sausage Sizzle Fund Raiser for the Pearl Beach Rural Fire Service
With support of the Progress Association, the PBSAG and local RFS volunteers held a raffle & sausage sizzle on the 8th and 15th January.  It is pleasing to report that these events were a resounding success and raised a total of $15,000.
A big thanks goes to all those who contributed hugely to make this such a huge success:
  • The local Pearl Beach community and our holiday makers;
  • Pearl Beach Real Estate, ACCOM, MOA Window Coverings, Pearls on the Beach, Bells at Killcare, Bombini Restaurant Avoca and Saddles Mount White, Pearl Beach Store & Café
  • The RFS ……. with special mention to chief organiser Carolyn Everett and Russell Grove for his grand efforts and work on the packaging and drawing of the raffle.
The Pearl Beach community greatly appreciated the support of Lucy Wicks, Federal MP for Robertson and Liesl Tesch, State MP for Gosford who found the time to attend the sausage sizzle and raffle drawon Wednesday15th January.
Subsequently, John Allan our local RFS President reported that additional donations have been received into their bank account increasing the total funds raised in January to $33,000. This means that in the course of time our local RFS will be better equipped to protect Pearl Beach with new night lights, two-way radios, brigade storage fit out, and funding towards at least 2 additional Community Fire Trailers. --Paul Toohey PBSAG
A hard copy of the events calendar is available in two locations:
- At the front doors of the Pearl Beach Memorial Hall
- Outside the Pearl Beach Shop

Saturday 28    Opera in the Arboretum  
                       Presented by Woy Woy Roatary Club                      
Crommelin Native Arboretum
                       Time:    3pm -5.30pm
                       BYO picnic, rug & chairs                                                            Entry:   Adults $70/Seniors $67
                                                                                                                                       Bookings: go to opera in the arboretum 2020

Saturday 11     Easter Saturday Book Fair                               
                        Venue: Memorial Hall
                        Hundreds of books for sale                            
                        Time:    9am – 5pm
                        Collectables, vinyl records, CD’s         
                        Cake stall, plants 
                        Enquiries: 0487 444 537
                        Proceeds to Memorial Hall upkeep and maintenance.
Saturday 11    Art Trail – Pearl Beach Artisans                                                          VenuePearl Beach Artists’ Studios 
                        15 Artists open their studios                                                                    Times:   9am – 5pm 
                         Map available on the day at Memorial Hall 
                         Enquiries: 0414 525 216              
Saturday 18    Titanic Commemorative Dinner   
                                   Presented by the Rotary Club of   Brisbane Waters                                                           VenueMemorial Hall 
  Time:    6pm 
                        Entry:   $100, Five course dinner 
                        Dress in 1912 Costume, win prizes        
                        Bookings: 0425 222 778 
                        Guest speaker – Michael Booth 

Saturday 25   Anzac Day Memorial Service                                                                Venue: TBA  
                        A donation to Legacy would be appreciated                                          Time: TBA 
                        Looking for a volunteer to co-ordinate the service 

Saturday 9       Dead Men Talking  with Max Cullen and Warren                                   Fahey                                              
Saturday 16     Showcase Concert                            
Sunday 17        PB Music Scholarship and Irvine Family Piano                                  Scholarship   

Saturday 27     Trivia Night                  
                          Proceeds to the Hall renovations & upkeep 

Check the website -     
A number of local community members have met to form a new group called 'Pearl Beach Buddies Club'.
The group currently  meets: 
Every second Monday from 4.30 - 6pm in the Community Hall
The next meeting will be held on Monday 9 March.
The vision  is to promote community wellbeing through facilitating a supportive social network - accessible to all residents, especially those who live alone, those with reduced mobility, dementia or physical disabilites.

What will happen at the Buddies Club?
You can sit and chat with old or new friends, have a cup of tea of coffee, and play cards or other table games if you wish. 
Help with computer and mobile phone issues and assistance with understanding documents will also be available.
A JP can be available with prior notice. (email below)
Occasionally We will organise a guest speaker.
Please bring a small donation for tea, coffee and Hall hire.

Eventually we will be coordinating residents who need assistance  with others who can provide that assistance or otherwise locating services in the Peninsular area that could provide the service.
Please email  if you have any queries.   
If no email call 0419277753.


It's not too late to buy tickets. 
Click here for more information

9am – 5pm    Saturday 11 April 2020

Memorial Hall  9 Diamond Road Pearl Beach

Book donations are welcome NOW.
Please leave books on the side verandah under cover.
Good collectables
can also be left there to be sorted.
Magazines and reference books are not accepted as they do not sell.

Cooking, gardening, art, travel, novels and children’s books – all at $2.50 each

We are also seeking homemade cakes, biscuits, jams and chutneys for our Easter Bookfair Cake Stall.
Please deliver goods for the cake stall from 8am on the Saturday morning onwards.

The Back Deck Cafe will have refreshments run by our community from breakfast until lunch finish so bring your friends along and join us.
You may even win the Hamper Raffle

If you can help with donations for the raffle hamper, assist on the day or setting up on Friday, please contact:

 Alison Phillips on 0487 444537 or email

To assist with the Cake stall please contact: 

Donna Higgins on 0419277753 or email

All profits from this event go to PBPA for the maintenance and upkeep of your Memorial Hall. 

Plan a leisurely Easter Saturday in Pearl Beach. Stock up on 2nd hand books at the Book Fair, enjoy a delicious morning tea on the Hall back deck, buy some locally made jams and a cake for afternoon tea and:

Remember to collect an Art Trail  brochure at the Hall with  directions to 15 wonderfully talented local artisans in their studios.

Saturday 11 April 9-5  Enquiries 0414 525 216
Have you purchased your ticket yet for our fabulous themed Titanic Dinner?              Presented by the Rotary Club of the Brisbane Water Inc. 

Funds raised will support the Coast Shelter's Youth Cottage and  Women’s Refuge (both based on the Peninsula) 

The evening’s host is well known Titanic Historian Michael Booth as the famed Captain Smith.

Dress in 1912 Costume for a fun evening - prizes for best dressed.  Great Raffle prizes and  fabulous items in the Silent Auction.  
Tickets $100 ph for a 5 course dinner including a bottle of red and white wine per table (BYO as well).
We need a volunteer to coordinate the Service

The community have traditionally come together on Anzac Day to reflect and remember the sacrifices made by so many.  ‘Lest we forget” 

In 2019 a large crowd of locals, families and friends crowded into the Memorial Hall and garden surrounds on a glorious morning.  Guest speakers, local community members and students from Umina Public School presented moving stories, read poems and told of their personal experiences. The Pearl Beach Singers provided vocal leadership with  appropriate songs. 

In past years Russell Grove has professionally managed  the moving program. Last year, Di Swalwell and Jeanette Sims took over that role. The ceremony concludes with morning tea and time to socialise, and traditionally we have collected donations for Central Coast Legacy.  

Representatives from Central Coast Council, Lucy Wicks MP, Liesl Tesch MP and other special guests lay wreaths at the memorial in the front of the hall.   

This  year we are looking for a volunteer from the Pearl Beach community to undertake the role of co-ordinator and manage the 2020 Anzac Day ceremony on Saturday 25 April.   

Please refer any interest to - 


 Presented by the Pearl Beach Progress Association
Starring Max Cullen as Henry Lawson and Warren Fahey as Banjo Paterson, a hit musical comedy not to be missed!  
Australia’s two favourite storytellers meet up at the Leviticus Bar &  Grill, Heaven’s Gate, to swap yarns, sing, recite their poems and remember old times.
Saturday 9 May 7.30pm
 Beach Memorial Hall, 9 Diamond Road, Pearl Beach
      Tickets $45 includes welcome drink.  
Bookings essential:

Proceeds to the Pearl Beach  Memorial Hall renovations and upkeep


The Arboretum koala sub-committee has met with each of the key stakeholders: Central Coast Council, Associate Professor Mathew Crowther from University of Sydney, Laurie Pasco from National Parks and representatives from the Pearl Beach and Patonga community.
Gosford City Council - Dogs in Open Spaces Strategy states specifically:
Dogs are not permitted in COSS (Coastal Open Space Systems) Reserves.
Dogs are not permitted in the Crommelin Native Arboretum.
Dogs are not permitted in NSW National Parks.
SBS plans to do a mini documentary on Central Coast Koalas.
Working bees

The Arboretum is always looking for new members and volunteers. If you would like to join the Arboretum please contact the Honorary Secretary at
Our monthly Working Bees are held every 3rd Sunday at 9am, (except in December) meeting at the cottage with morning tea at 11am  We would warmly welcome new helpers.
Membership is $20 per year.
The Crommelin Native Arboretum is a Not-for-Profit Charity and donations are tax deductible.
Ann Parsons
Vice President
Crommelin Native Arboretum Inc.
Pearl Beach

Pearl Beach’s Mobile Phone Reception Reliability brought into Question
Many residents have voiced their concern as to the reliability of their mobile phone service. 
This is a concern to PBSAG who operate the Neighbour Alert mobile phone messaging system in that text messages are not delivered to the whole of the Pearl Beach community. Furthermore, in emergency evacuation situations, the Police, RFS, SES send text alerts to all mobile phones registered on the local mobile phone tower.
 --Paul Toohey PBSAG
Click here if you have mobile phone reception difficulties
PBSAG and Lifeguard at Pearl Beach
Support is gaining momentum for the concept of Pearl Beach having its own Lifeguard during the peak holiday season from Christmas/New Year to the end of January each year. With the safety of our local community and the vast number of holiday visitors to Pearl Beach in mind, the SAG strongly supports the initiative of Pearl Beach having dedicated Lifeguards to patrol the beach in the Christmas/New Year to the end of January each year. Our support is based on our desire to create a safer beach environment for everyone.  To those who are unfamiliar with Pearl Beach, the currents and lack of shallow water can be a dangerous combination for poor swimmers and children.
Click here to find out how you can support this initiative
On Sunday December 8th Pearl Beach Tennis and Recreation club held its final social day for the year.
The weather was perfect, the standard of tennis and bowls excellent and the sausage sizzle “supper” a great success.
Winners of the bowls competitions were Bev and David George (a family affair!) and the tennis competition was taken out by Tim Heasman (men) and joint winners Bev Waugh and Kathryn Kelly (women)
Thanks to all who helped make the day run so well.
--Barbara Grantham
In October Plodders enjoyed a 6km circular walk beside spectacular sea cliffs in the Malabar Headland National Park. Morning Tea and lunch were taken at the Maroubra Surf Club Cafe.  

Pearl Beach Plodders will resume walks on the 3rd Tuesday each month beginning in March. On 17/3 we will catch a bus from Woy Woy to Kincumber, walk the 4km to Davistown RSL for lunch, then take the ferry back to Woy Woy.

Go on the email list or check out the hall notice board a week before each walk.
Anyone interested in ‘plodding’ with us should contact Bev on 0438623718.
What a fabulous interesting and entertaining afternoon with Kate McClymont, investigative journalist and recently appointed as a member of The Order of Australia.  Over 100 Pearl Beach, Patonga and the wider peninsular folk braved the weather to enjoy a gourmet feast in The Pearl Beach Hall to hear Kate speak on her latest expose ‘Dead Man Walking.’ -- Two Turkeys Catering.
Grace Walker, a resident of Pearl Beach, died in December 2019. She was 93.
Grace and her late husband Tom settled in Pearl Beach in the 1970's, following time working in Port Moresby and on retirement, travelling the world. Both were keen tennis players in their day and were members of the Pearl Beach Tennis Club for many years. As recently as February 2018 Grace was attending ladies' bowls on a Tuesday morning and often reminisced about her tennis days! She had also been a very skilled potter, with her own in-house studio.

The beginning of the year started with the news of the sad passing of Sylvia Fullerton, who had lived in Pearl Beach for many years, firstly in Pearl Parade before moving to Diamond Avenue. Sylvia was a life member of the Arboretum, where she is fondly remembered for her extraordinary morning teas. Due to health issues, she had recently moved to Sydney to be closer to family. Sylvia was always a very gracious lady who will be missed by the Arboretum members and the Pearl Beach Community. 

Fay, a well-known Pearl Beach character, died in February. Most locals knew Fay as the very dedicated coordinator for Dune care. She led the Dune care team for many years and much of the credit for our extensive and healthy dune system can be attributed to her passion. 
Another long-term resident of 22 years who has since returned to England, sent the following:
"Along with other members of the PBPA, I just wanted to add my appreciation of all the work Fay did for the whole village. I was so sorry to hear that she had passed away.
 I had first been made aware of her, back in the eighties at a fashion show in the hall to raise funds for the PBPA.  
The models were all residents of PB. Fay was one of them. She was quite outstanding, as only she could be! It was a memorable afternoon. Her body wore the clothes, but her face wore a permanent, huge smile!  So lovely. 
Fay, thank you for that and for so many other happy encounters with you throughout these intervening years.  
Yours, Mary Cox

Poem from Fay Austin's Funeral - click here

If you are interested in joining a small friendly group of women who love cryptic crosswords one afternoon a week,
please contact Alicia Rachow:  4342 2906

Experienced or learners most welcome.
Do you have a valid Pensioner Concession Card or Commonwealth Seniors Health Card issued by either the Department of Human Services or Department of Veterans' Affairs.
If so, you are eligible for a $250 travel card.

Applications can be made at the Service NSW office at Woy Woy, by phone on 13 77 88 or through the Service NSW website at
The card comes loaded with $250 and can be used to pay for:

  • NSW TrainLink Regional train and coach services
  • Fuel
  • Taxi trips
The card currently takes approximately 2-3 weeks to arrive.


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AFTER THE STORM - Tourmaline Avenue
The Memorial Hall back deck and kitchen roof.
Sea water washing over the culvert at Agate Avenue and Coral Crescent
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