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The Pearl Beach GEM
The President's Report

The Association held its Annual General Meeting in October, and members were I hope reassured that the management and financial affairs of the Association are in a healthy state.  The members of the Executive Committee were re-elected with the exception of Secretary Gabby Crompton, Jane Clarke and Di Swalwell, who stepped down.  Gabby, Jane and Di all made significant contributions to the work of the Executive during their time on the committee, and we thank them for this.  We also welcome new members Rebecca Jacobs and John Haymes, and look forward to working with them.  There remains a vacancy on the Executive, so I encourage any members of the Association interested in becoming more involved with the work of the committee to contact me.

With Christmas just around the corner, we can look forward to another busy program of events in Pearl Beach to mark the festive season and the New Year.  Members should look at the calendar on the Association’s website for the next couple of months, but prior to Christmas Day we have the Community Christmas Dinner and Community Carols, followed by the Family Bingo and the regular Summer Reading Book Sale.  The Australia Day Kids Beach Races and barbecue are on Sunday 26th of January, and will follow the community based format that we have developed over the last couple of years with great success.  There are also any number of Christmas street parties and sporting and social club events planned for December.

On a more serious note, as we head into another summer that promises to be both long and dry, we continue to be grateful for the wonderful work of the men and women the Rural Fire Brigade and the Pearl Beach Safety Advisory Group (PBSAG).  All residents are urged to make themselves aware of the Neighbour Alert system for alerting the community about the impending danger posed by bush fire, and to prepare their own Bushfire Survival Plans.

On behalf of the Executive Committee, I wish all of you a very happy Christmas and New Year, and look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at these events. — 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 what is happening in our beautiful village.

JOIN OUR FACEBOOK PAGE               @pearlbeachprog
HIRE OUR HALL                                     It is available for functions. Contact Tom Sarti (02) 43341023


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

A number of local community members have met to form a new group called 'Pearl Beach Buddies Community'.
The vision  is to promote community wellbeing through the development of an intergenerational network of helping hands- accessible to all residents, especially those with dementia and/or physical disabilites, and those who live alone. 

Join us on Friday 6 December 10am-11:30am for a community consultation session, where we will be asking:

- What does our community need?
- How can we best support each other?

We are looking for people who would be interested in becomming a 'buddy'- someone who can reach out and help others in the community by
- Meeting up with someone for coffee and a chat
- Taking someone to doctors or hospital appointments
- Helping to write letters, complete tasks online

Behind the scenes there is a steering committee who will be developing group guidelines including: code of conduct, communication methods, acceptable/unaceptable requests etc

 If you are unable to attend this session but wish to have input, please send your thought/ideas to this email:  Alternately drop a note in the letter slot near the Hall front door.



The Tennis/Bowls social day is planned for Sunday 8 December with a 3pm start.  Participants need to register their attendance with Judy McFarlane.
Satruday 14 December
Time: 6.30pm in the Memorial Hall

Entry:$40   Includes 2 course dinner  BYO Drinks
This years charity: Homeless Support 'SOX & JOX'

Bookings are essential: Contact Bev on  0439 623 818
Because it is so popular, there are only 1 or 2 single spaces left and a waiting list for couples and groups.

Bring a gift of unwrapped NEW SOCKS AND JOCKEY SHORTS


Monday 23 December Pearl Beach Memorial Hall

Families, kids and friends are invited to join in with the Pearl Beach Singers from 6pm onwards.

* meet Santa* 

Following the carols, donate to Central Coast Family support to enjoy drinks and nibbles.

A special thank you from Santa to the Pearl Beach Rural Fire Brigade.


Saturday 28 December
9am - 2pm
In the Memorial Hall

Victoria 0407 272 495
Great holiday reading available
All books $2

Pearl Beach Memorial Hall 7pm
Entry for each film is $5 (light refreshments will be served)

Friday 3 January, Top End Wedding (Feature Film)

Friday 10 January, The Final Quarter (With Panel Discussion)

Friday 17 January, Black Anzac (Documentary)

Friday 24 January, 2040 (With Panel Discussion) 

Family Bingo
Come and join us in Pearl Beach Memorial Hall for whole of family fun
$5 for 5 games (cash prizes) 
5pm - 6pm

Wednesday January 8
Wednesday January 15
Wednesday January 22


 The Pearl Beach community will again be running
 Australia Day Beach Races on Sunday, 26 January 2020.

As in the last two years, the event will host a barbeque 
(sponsored by Pearl Beach Real Estate with proceeds going to Mingaletta).

There will be a number of kids’ age-races; 3-legged, wheelbarrow and sack races; tug-o-war and the “Rock to Rock” beach marathon.
 There will also be some combined child and parent events. 


Races will commence at 8am and run for approximately 2 hours

Age races start at 4 years of age and go up to 16 years

The Rock to Rock beach marathon is an all-age event and
participants will need to register on the day.

Awards will be issued for all races and certificates issued for winners of the various categories in the beach marathon. 

The Arboretum has been successful in getting a Communities Environment Program grant to look at relocating koalas back into Pearl Beach. We have also been successful in getting a second grant  to build a new wheelchair friendly shed for propagating threatened species, koala trees, bush tucker plants and other species.
NBN Central Coast News recently interviewed members of the Aboretum regarding the koala relocation and threatened species that were in the Arboretum.
We are always looking for new members and volunteers. Membership is $20 per year. The Crommelin Native Arboretum is a Not-for-Profit Charity and donations are tax deductible. 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 meeting at the cottage with morning tea at 11am except in December.

Ann Parsons, Vice President Crommelin Native Arboretum Inc. Pearl Beach
Click here for the Arboretum Website

Saturday 28 March, 3pm-5.30pm

Presented by Woy Woy Rotary Club Inc

Crommelin Native Arboretum

Entry: Adults $70/Seniors $67


"A great Christmas gift idea"


Click here for event flyer
Book Here

Clean Up Australia 2020

Clean Up Australia will be on the 1st of March 2020 from 9am to 11am
Registration will be at the Hall.

You will need water, hat and gloves and long sleeves and trousers. 

Stephen Parsons, Convenor, 0448 751595





In the Pearl Beach Memorial Hall.

This is the Progress Association's main fundraiser for ongoing Hall expenses.
As the Progress Association owns the Hall, we are totally responsible for all running and upkeep costs.

Please come along and support this event.

Pearl Beach Rural  Fire Service
During the past quarter the Pearl Beach Brigade has been called out approximately twenty times to incidents and as a member of a Strike Team to fires on the Central Coast.

During extreme fire hazard days a crew is normally based at the Fire Station ready for a rapid response call out.

A Get Ready Day was held at the Fire Station on Saturday 17th November,
this was well attended by local residents.

The Community Fire Unit team, following training, is reaching operational readiness. The Unit will provide a first line of defence against spot fires in the village.


Have you made your Bush Fire Survival Plan?
Does every one in your home know what to do in the event of a bush fire?

Download the Fires Near Me app to your phone and set your Watch Zone

Neighbourhood Alert Guidelines



This exhibition tried to capture how the Pearl Beach Progress Association has contributed to the uniqueness of Pearl Beach village life and influenced activities for the last 90 years. It aimed to reflect and pay tribute to the many people who have made such a valuable contribution to the 90 year history of the Progress Association and to Pearl Beach village.

We celebrated their hard work, achievements and milestones, and highlighted their stories, memories and recollections.
Whatever their involvement, whether as a leader, an organiser, a regular doer, occasional helper, or someone who joined in and took part, all played a role in making the Association successful over many decades and building an enduring sense of community within Pearl Beach.

Oral History Project – Stories of Pearl Beach

An exciting project that involved conducting a series of 63 personal interviews of current and past residents over this last year to produce a video and audio podcasts by Pearl Beach film makers Rachel Shea and Andrew Frost. This project has been supported by a Heritage Grant from Central Coast Council.



Click here for a full report of the 90th Tides of Time Exhibition


13 art and craft locals opened their homes or studios to the general public as part of the 90th weekend celebrations and all commented what a great day it was.

Feedback was extremely positive with this new initiative for Pearl Beach artisans.
It appears that visitor numbers ranged from 100 to many hundreds who enjoyed the trail and made purchases.

The artisans are now talking about the next one!!!


8th September
'Paws for a Cause' was held to raise much needed funds for Guide Dogs NSW/ACT. 

A parade of working Guide Dogs and puppies in training mesmerised all that attended. Central Coast Guide Dogs Support Group also had a merchandise stall at the event.  
Fun and laughs were had by all-this not at all serious dog show. Some of the handlers were even sin binned by the judges for their misbehaviour. Hot dogs, a raffle and ‘Paw traits’ (photos of dogs and their owners) were available on the day.
Wonderful sponsorship from local and other organisations and businesses and money raised on the day enabled a total of $5,500 to be donated to Guide Dogs.
A big thank you to all who helped co-ordinate the event and in particulalr to the local community and their friends who participated  in such a great day.

Pearl Beach Community Day Out
21 September 2019
More than 35 folk from Dunecare, Bushcare and the community met at Coral Crescent for 2 hours of solid work on the dunes and North Coral Crescent. 
Led by Annie, Donna, Greg, Keith and Stephen, teams moved through the Dunes all the way to the shop and at North Coral through to the coastal dunes. 

It was a resounding success and there was a terrific tounout. A great big thank you to everyone who volunteered, especially Karen and James who provided sustenance in the form of a BBQ.

 Sunday 6 October 2019 

Jointly presented by the Pearl Beach Progress Association and the Crommelin Native Arboretum Committee ‘Jazz in the Arboretum’ featuring John  Morrison and his  ‘All Stars’ and the ‘Australian Institute of Music Big Band’.  Many people thought it was the best concert yet, however the lower than expected numbers were disappointing. 

Click here for full report

Literary Lunch with Garry Linnell

Saturday 19 October

Garry Linnell, author, journalist and radio broadcaster, talked about his days in radio, and as a journalist 
and his journey researching his latest book  which is a fascinating story about William Buckley who was transported to Australia 
and then spent 30 years living in the bush with an Aboriginal tribe.   

A delicious  lunch was prepared by the Two Turkeys and enjoyed by an enthusiastic audience

Bungaree Weekend Sold Out (November 2019)
Picture Couresty of Colin Husband
People came from far and wide to participate in a wide range of activities. Guided by local Aboriginal men and women they wove baskets, crafted clap sticks, learned language, became devotees of Aboriginal Agriculture, absorbed the stories of Country, ate some bush tucker, made some music and danced the dances.The Hall was packed to the rafters for Author Paul Irish’s presentation and much chatting followed.

Deputy Mayor Jane Smith extolled the virtues of inclusiveness and encouraged Pearl Beach to continue down this path.





The Emergency+ app was developed by Australia’s emergency services to fight a common problem. Most callers couldn’t give their exact location, and the further they were from civilisation, the more vague their info became. Sick of this, emergency services partnered with the Aussie government to release an app that taps into the GPS in your phone. If you’re in a bind, making a call through the app allows you to give the operator the critical location data they need to save you ASAP.

Emergency+ also features a list of emergency numbers beyond 000 and how to use them. The SES, Police Assistance, Crimestoppers and even the Poisons information hotlines make an appearance.It’s free, takes up 6 megabytes and you can never predict when you might need it. 

Dorothy lived to an incredible age of 97. She was a loving mother, grandmother and greatgrandmother who was married to Husband Ron for 72 years. 
Dorothy was a much loved and respected friend, as well as a capable, clever and resourceful community minded person. She was a founding member of the Pearl Beach Craft Group who was responsible for the beautiful Village Tapestry in the Memorial Hall. Dorothy was also a life member of the Aboretum. 
KEITH LEGO 1930-2019
Keith was husband to Judy, and father to Denise, Christine, Graham and Pamela. He first began visitng Pearl Beach at the age of 15, and took up residence in 1953 following his marriage. Intially, he was a teacher at Gosford High School but in 1961 the family relocated to Epping following his appointment at Epping West Public School. In the following years he taught a variety of schools, and in 1973 he became a Principal until retiring in 1988. At this time, Keith and Judith returned to Pearl Beach, where he was an active community member. He was a president of the Tennis Club, and instrumental in establishing the bowling green. Keith was also involved in building the stage at the Pearl Beach Memorial Hall. In February 2019, due to ill health, Keith and Judith relocated to Willoughby where he enjoyed visits from his family members until his death in October 2019. He is survived by his wife Judith, who remains in Sydney, 4 children, 7 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

Local Service Information 
Click here for a useful information.
Pearl Beach- Mary Knaggs
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