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The Pearl Beach GEM
The President's Report

Summer approaches with a vengeance and so does the increased chances of bushfires.All permanent residents and non-resident owners are asked to be vigilant in ensuring that their properties are clear of unnecessary leaves and foliage. Our own “Street Alert Teams” are in place to keep you informed of the situation, however it is important to remember that protecting yourself and your property rests with you. 

Beach safety is so important and to be ever vigilant of watching that your family and friends are safe on the beach and in the water is vital. To assist with this the Progress Association through the Pearl Beach Safety Advisory Group, have arranged the installation of Defibrillators and Beach Safety equipment, the maintenance of which, is proudly sponsored by Pearl Beach and Patonga Real Estate. 

At this time of the year we have an influx of visitors to the village to enjoy a well earned rest. They are most welcome to share our peaceful and beautiful environment. There are however some inconveniences and dangers to be aware of and hopefully be avoided.  Some are, children and adults playing and walking in the middle of the road ( a dangerous occupation); walking dogs unleashed on the roads and beach; parking in a hazardous way to the inconvenience and danger of others and lastly unnecessary noisy gatherings. We all need to consider others around us for our mutual enjoyment. 

Activities for visitors and residents alike have been planned taking in the restrictions of COVID-19. Some are, The Art Trail; Santa on the Beach; Carols on the Beach; The Summer Book Fare; Bingo and BBQs during January together with various activities for “Kids looking something to do”. Keep an eye out for the signs around the village. 

Fund raising is an unfortunate fact of life. The Progress Association has to maintain beach safety equipment and the fabric of our historic Memorial Hall, which is 70 years old this year. We are in the middle of undertaking improvement/renovations to update the facility. Over the holidays you will see Raffle Ticket Sellers outside the General Store on most weekends. Please come up, say hello and buy some tickets to have the chance of winning some “Great Gourmet Prizes”. This fundraising is generously sponsored by ACCOM Holidays, Central Coast Realty and Pearl Beach Blinds (MOA). We are very grateful for their support. 

Last of all on behalf of the Progress Association,  you are wished a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and to our visitors we wish you a Happy Holiday. 

Russell Grove
President 2020-21
Pearl Beach Progress Association

 

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
For more information, please visit our website, which is updated weekly. pearlbeachprogress.org.au


Hall Bookings   - www.vennu.com.au or further information please email pbpa.hallhire@gmail.co
 
The Hall Deck Upgrade Fundraising - Pearl Beach Progress Association

The target of $24,000 to fund the Hall Deck Upgrade has been achieved. A very big thank you to all those that contributed, organised and took part in the various fundraising activities to make this possible.

This fundraising effort will allow us to complete the Hall Deck Upgrade project including the extension of the deck, a new side access to the deck from the hall and a storage room in addition to the deck roof which was completed earlier this year.
 

To learn more about this upgrade please follow the link https://pearlbeachprogress.org.au/hall-fundraising-update

 
Pearl Beach Memorial Hall
COVID-19 Safety Plan

Covid-19 Conditions of Entry

  • No entry if you are unwell
  • Hand sanitiser provided in the entry must be used on arrival and departure.
  • Everyone attending the Hall must check-in using the Service NSW QR code and app OR write their full name and contact details on the attendance sheet.
  • Everyone must socially distance - 1.5 metres from each other.

Limit on Numbers – 

  • Maximum of 37 people seated in the hall.
  • Maximum of 20 people for yoga / exercise classes plus instructor.
  • Only 4 people are allowed in the kitchen at any one time.
  • Maximum of 10 people seated on the back deck.

The current PBPA Covid-19 Safety Plan is on the website

https://pearlbeachprogress.org.au/wp-content/uploads/20201116-PBPA-Covid-19-Safety-Plan.pdf

Central Coast COVID 19 Testing Locations
Please check via this link for more up today information
https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/how-to-protect-yourself-and-others/clinics

Woy Woy Douglass Hanly Moir Pathology

29-37 George Street, 2256, Woy Woy, NSW, AU

Phone 1800 026 622 or (02) 9111 3405 to make a booking. 

Find out more on the Douglass Hanly Moir website.

Appointments are required

Open Monday – Friday 7.30am – 3.30pm

Gosford Hospital 75 Holden Street Gosford

Bookings essential: Phone 4320 5055 Phones unattended 12.30-1.30pm daily

Open Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm

Weekends 10am – 4pm 

Erina Laverty Pathology

58 Karalta Road, 2250, Erina, NSW, AU

Approximately 13.8km away

Appointments are not required,  (opens 3:00PM), Wheelchair accessible

East Gosford Laverty Pathology Drive-through Clinic

Hylton Moore Carpark, Althop Street, 2250, Gosford, NSW, AU

No GP referral required, however GP referrals are accepted.

Appointments are not required, (closes 4:00PM)

Wheel chair accessible but patrons must remain in motor vehicle, GP referral is required

West Gosford 4Cyte Pathology Drive-through Clinic

252 Manns Road, 2250, West Gosford, NSW, AU

Enter via Dignity Crescent. Approximately 13.9km away

Appointments are not required (closes 5:00PM)

Wheel chair accessible but patrons must remain in motor vehicle, GP referral is not required

You should be tested if you have one or more of the following symptoms:

Fever, Night sweats/chills, Cough, Sore/scratchy throat

Or the unexplained onset of one or more of the following symptoms:

Loss of smell,  Runny nose, Loss of taste, Muscle pain or joint pain
Loss of appetite, Diarrhoea, Fatigue, Vomiting
Changes to laws for short term rental accommodation

Short-term rental accommodation options have changed greatly over the past decade. Technology now easily connects people who want to rent out their private homes or rooms with people who are looking for accommodation in that location.


New laws from 18 December 2020 will impose new obligations on booking platforms, hosts, letting agents and guests. To read further click on the following link:

https://pearlbeachprogress.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2020-10-NSW-Fair-Trading-short-term-rental-changes.pdf

Safety Advisory Group

 Neighbour Alert:

Our Neighbour Alert bulletin of Oct 2020 has been or is in the progress of being distributed to residents. Among other things the Bulletin highlights important information to residents including reference links to delve into the “Bushfire Awareness Preparing Your Property” and “Bush Fire Behaviour” on the Pearl Beach website.  

At the same time, through the assistance of our Street Contacts: 

  • we’re updating our database with new residents to Pearl Beach and any residents who may have left Pearl Beach.
  • handing out the RFS Bush Fire Survival Plan brochures to residents who may not have completed their plan yet.
  • Recommending residents download the “Fires Near Me App” and to set up a watch zone.

Safety Advisory Funds Raising Efforts

Raffles were held on 26 Sept and 10 Oct raising $1,870.50 and $1,595 respectively. A special thanks to Greg McPhee for organising and to all the volunteer helpers who made these two fund raisers such a great success.

Further fund raising is being planned for the coming holiday period over the New Year and January holiday period.

Beach Safety 

As previously reported, we sought Central Coast Council assistance in the establishment of a Lifesaving Patrol service at Pearl Beach. However, due to budget constraints the Council has not been able to assist but following our approach to the Umina Life Saving Club, President Steve Scahill, ULSC have agreed to provide non-specific time allocated patrol visitations to Pearl Beach by IRB (Inflatable Rescue Boat) during the peak New Year/January holiday period. Additionally, Steve Scahill suggested the installation of an Emergency Beacon at Pearl Beach which is currently being considered by Surf Life Saving NSW – should the request be supported the costs involved will need to be funded by the NSW Govt. We believe the Emergency Beacon would add significantly to our Beach Safety.

 AED/Defibrillator and First Aid CPR Training and Accreditation Courses held 7th & 14th Nov 

A big thank you to Richard Stewart for organising the CPR/AED and Provide First Aid courses held on 7th and 14th November. Over 30 Pearl Beach local volunteers attended these courses which this is tremendous news for our village. Nicole, from Lifesaving NSW Academy, was again our trainer and, as usual, she always makes it an interesting and rewarding experience for attendees. These courses are part of the safety initiatives of the Pearl Beach Progress Association’s PBSAG sub-committee. 

Well done and a big thanks to Richard Stewart. 

Community Support Centre Project – within the Pearl Beach Memorial Community Hall

The Community Support Centre Project upon establishment is being designed to cater for Pearl Beach community residents in the event of emergency situations that may potentially isolate the community and restrict communications. This remains a keen project and to assist with set-up funding requirements it is planned to allocate funds raised from our Fund-Raising events being organised for the New Year/January holiday period. 

A critical component of this project is the installation of a new Solar plus Battery system to ensure off-grid power supply at the Hall. We submitted a Grant Application to the NSW Govt earlier this year to fund a new Solar + Battery system amounting to $19K; with somewhat disappointment a decision email has been received 21 November advising our application was unsuccessful. Ours was 1 of 3,000 applications. 

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 will be also on the PBPA Website soon.
Bush Fire Preparation
Bush Fire Behaviour Information
Community Events

The Pearl Beach Progress Association is undertaking a major fundraising drive this summer. Covid-19 restrictions have severely impacted our ability to use our Memorial Hall and hold events which are so vital for us to maintain our financial viability. Clearly our fixed outgoings of rates, water and insurance still need to be paid. We are keen to take advantage of the summer’s influx of visitors to bolster our funds. Funding is also required to maintain the important safety initiatives and equipment which we provide for our community and visitors.

Proposed Fundraisers & Events – Summer 2020/2021

  • Art Trail – 5 Dec 2020
  • Christmas Twilight Dinners – 6 Dec and 13 Dec 2020
  • Raffles –
    28 Nov, 5 Dec, 12 Dec, 26 Dec, 31 Dec 2020
    2 Jan, 9 Jan, 16 Jan, 23 Jan 2021
  • Santa on  the Beach photo opportunities – 19 Dec, 23 Dec 2020
  • Summer Book Sale – 28 Dec 2020
  • Kids Club Activities
    • Lantern Making with Malcom – 5 Jan 2021
    • Art Class with Marijke Greenway – 12 Jan 2021
    • Walk on the Wild Side at the Arboretum / Clay Sculptures with Gaby Porter – 21 Jan 2021
  • Bingo (probably in two sessions) – 6 Jan, 13 Jan, 20 Jan 2021
  • Bingo  BBQ’s – 6 Jan, 13 Jan, 20 Jan 2021
Please see Notice Board for Times & Costs and further information

There is a call out for volunteers to help with selling raffle tickets and to those who would like to add to the treasure chest of raffle prizes.  Please click on the link below.

 https://pearlbeachprogress.org.au/summer-fundraising/

Glee Club

COVID-19 has seen our Glee Club on hold for some time which is most unfortunate.  The singers aren’t holding their breathe which is a good thing!  Stephanie our new pianist hasn’t put her fingers on the hall piano. Hopefully we can arrange for some singing for Santa at the beach in December.  New Year may bring about a change and we may be able to finally have a singalong.  I will keep you all informed.  

Pauline Toohey
M. 0411 752 834

 

Photo. 2019 Concert
Pearl Beach Buddies Community


PEARLBEACH BUDDIES

Who are we?

Pearl Beach Buddies is a group set up by local volunteers who identified the opportunity to work with the local community to reduce isolation for all people.

Buddies is open to everyone; - those residents who would like some social contact, those residents who have health issues, those who would like to offer help to others if needed, and. or those who would like someone to point them in the right direction to find help for ongoing issues.

We formed at the end of 2019 full of hopes, plans and enthusiasm. Sadly, for everyone in the world, along came COVID-19, and while the Community Hall was closed, so was Buddies. When the Hall was able to re-open, so did Buddies. With COVID-19 limitations on Hall attendance we are adapting as conditions change.

What happens at Buddies

  • We have afternoon tea and a chat.
  • We often have guest speakers such as Dr John Irvine who took "a lighter look at ageing". John is a well-known psychologist and past resident of Pearl Beach who remains a great supporter of our community. We also heard from aged care specialist Shirley Bye who spoke about on planning for our future (which also involves the ways we need to take care of ourselves now).
  • If there is time afterwards you may choose to join a gentle seated exercise group or you may prefer to sit and chat some more with others. There will also be friends available if you need help with your mobile phone or accessing services.
  • Buddies is there 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 some extra help or are feeling lonely, isolated, or overwhelmed with carer's responsibilities.
  • 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.
  • We are thinking of having a swim club over summer. 

When:  2nd and 4th of each month, from 4 pm to 5.30 pm. Our last session this year is on Monday 14 December 2020 and our first meeting next year is on Monday 11 January 2021.

Where: Pearl Beach Community Hall

Phone: 0499 790 279 

Email: pearlbeachbuddies@gmail.com

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

A Happy Christmas and New Year to all - Pearl Beach Buddies

The Art and Craft Group
During Covid 19 the Art Group have been mainly working individually but have kept in touch using Instagram #pearlbeachartists and FaceTime.  It is a wonderful tool to use and some artists have sold art works during this time.   The artists of Pearl Beach had a very successful Artist Trail on Saturday of the October long weekend.  

The November Art & Craft Fair, because of COVID 19 is now being held as An Art trail on December 5, 2020

Art Group Enquiries Malcolm 0414 525 216 Cecile 0412141721

CRAFT GROUP:    There will be a Xmas Stall run by the Craft Group selling jams, xmas decorations and knitted goods and will be located at 58 Diamond Road.  There are plans next year to resume Art and Craft Meetings in the hall.  
Thank you to Heather, Pim, Jenny, and Mandy, knitters extraordinaire, who  have knitted and donated Teddies for the Rotary Club Interplast program. 
Bev Lapacek (0439623818)
Art Trail- Pearl Beach Artisans
A chance to do your Xmas Shopping Saturday in Pearl Beach. 

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

Saturday 5 December
Enquiries Malcolm 0414 525 216 Cecile 0412141721
The Crommelin Arboretum 

Pearl Beach Arboretum

New bridge
Central Coast Council has commenced building a new bridge on the path from The Pleasance into the large open area. It should be finished before the end of November.  This is part of a plan to replace or repair all the bridges in the Arboretum but work is dependent on funding.

Survey
We are conducting a survey to find out what those in the community enjoy about the Arboretum and what could improve their experience.  You can access the survey through this link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ST6DYQV 

Donation of painting and tapestry
Bev Lapaceck very kindly donated a beautiful tapestry she completed of a koala. This will be displayed in the cottage and join the painting donated by Marijke Greenway in September.  It is wonderful how the community has shown its support of the Arboretum’s project to return koalas to the Arboretum.  We are still working with the Central Coast Council and the National Parks and Wildlife Service in establishing whether there is any evidence of koala populations in the local area.  We are also awaiting the NSW State Government’s revised policy on the translocation of koalas.  As more news comes to hand we will let you know.  Keep in touch via our website 

https://www.pearlbeacharboretum.org.au/  or via facebook

https://www.facebook.com/PearlBeachArboretum/  or contact us on

contact@pearlbeacharboretum.org.au

  Propagation shed
We have been very busy renewing and refurbishing our propagation shed with a grant from the Federal Government and under the direction of David Kay our builder.  Plus of course the huge numbers of volunteer hours members have contributed.  We are excited to be able to start propagating, particularly endangered or rare Australian natives, in this purpose built facility.  Come and have a look when you wander through the Arboretum.  Once the propagation is well underway we hope to conduct workshops and share our knowledge with the community.

Enjoy nature
Finally enjoy a walk through the Arboretum.  See what amazing plants we have and look out for our wallabies, other wildlife such as echidnas, goannas and of course the beautiful birds.

Victoria Crawford
President
Crommelin Native Arboretum Inc

Mobile Phone Reception
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
Tennis and Bowls

Tennis and Bowling groups are now meeting as usual.
Pearl Beach Plodders
 Twenty Eight Pearl Beach Plodders enjoyed beautiful weather for the 4 nights stay at Thou Walla Sunset Retreat, Soldiers Point.    Happy Hours were split into 2 groups, to comply with Covid-19 restrictions however that did not stop all from enjoying this time together.  Mandy and Bev, the 2 organisers had planned a very relaxed program to include some gentle 'plods', a Whale Watch Cruise and a visit to the newly opened Koala Sanctuary.  On the last night we all came together in the retreat BBQ area to share drinks, nibbles and tall tales.  Gary and Alison were the only Plodders who tackled Tomaree Lookout, quite a strenuous uphill walk and not for most of us ‘ageing Plodders’. 

Next year I am hoping to organise a Plodder return holiday in Blackheath, last visited in 2007, so watch this space. 
Our once a month walks  will resume in February. 2021.  Anyone interested in joining the email notification list can contact me by phone on 0439623818.  
Bev Lapacek
Pearl Beach Bushcare
Bushcare will be in recess until the first Saturday in February. So in 2021 watch out for the noticeboard at the main intersection.  There will be an email to those folk who have provided their addresses.  
Stephen Parsons
Convenor
Darts in the Hall
Thursday Night Darts continues to be a very popular event every Thursday night.  Due to its popularity and the current covid 19 restrictions in the hall, we are unable to accept any new members.
Barbara Grantham 0408465526
Mah-jong
Majong continues every Monday 1.30 pm in the Hall. Newcomers are welcomed and tuition is happily provided.  
Shirley Green 0490831523
Environmental Concerns
CLIMATE - Resilient coasts require diverse defence solutions
This article was forwarded to the Gem by Kay Williams excerpt from www.nature.com
 
Read Article
Other Items of Interest

STAY INFORMED about all DA’s lodged near your home in Pearl Beach
Go to www.planningalerts.org.au You simply enter your address and it will give you information on all submitted DA’s within 2kms . Better still register your email and it will send you alerts when a DA is submitted that is within 2km of your property

 
DO YOU ENJOY CRYPTIC CROSSWORDS?

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.
 
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