Youth Week unity
Youth Week turns 21 this year, with a continued focus on engaging, stimulating community events that celebrate everything young people offer society. From April 16-24, there will be a range of activities and events ranging for 12-25 year-olds, including sports, arts, music, fitness and leisure activities. The theme is 'Together more than ever.' Mayor Michael Regan said it was exciting to resume the popular annual Youth Week activities after most events cancelled last year due to COVID-19 fears. "Youth were possibly the most affected by the uncertainty and disruption of the last year, so the theme of unity for this year's resumed event program reflects solidarity and encouragement for our young people's future," Cr Regan said. "Young people are doing so much great work in and around our community and Youth Week is a terrific opportunity to highlight the positive contributions they make in our local community." The first event to kick off Youth Week celebrations on April 16 is a 3x3 basketball competition in Warriewood. A full list of Youth Week events is available at northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/services/youth/whats-on/youth-week.
Centres of the future
After community consultation in late 2019, a new Community Centres Policy and Strategy will aim to establish more shared-use, larger multi-purpose and integrated network of community centres across the northern beaches. The new plan hopes to support social connectedness, reduce loneliness and increase physical activity. The soon-to-be-constructed Warriewood Community Centre has been designed to meet this future demand. The Strategy also advocates investigating the Aboriginal history of current and future centres.
Deputy Mayor Candy Bingham says the campaign continues to save all four Manly Ferries. Information on how these classic ferries can be converted to electric, and major concerns emerging about defects found in the proposed replacement Emerald Class ferries are now the focus of the grass-roots campaign. In line with this, a paper has been prepared by former Merchant Navy Chief Engineer Andrew Westwood setting out international examples of double-ended ferries being successfully converted to electric, while slashing operating costs. Cr Bingham says thatmajor concerns have been raised about the poor quality of the new Emerald Class ferries, built in China, which are to replace the Classic Freshwater ferries. "If they are anything like the Rivercats built in Indonesia which arrived seven months ago containing asbestos and won't fit safely under two Parramatta bridges, then buyer beware," she said. "We must keep all four Freshwaters at least until the government can prove that the replacement ferries are fit for the special Manly F1 route, particularly crossing the heads during a swell."
New netball courts
The sprawling sportsgrounds superhub at John Fisher Park in Curl Curl now boasts 25 upgraded hard surface netball courts. All were resurfaced with Plexipave sports surfacing system and nine were also re-laid with new bitumen and net posts. Manly Warringah Netball Association (MWNA) Secretary Cathy Hurditch said the upgrades will improve the quality of games played, enabling players of all ages, genders and abilities to participate in netball. "MWNA is extremely grateful for the support from Northern Beaches Council in making the improvements for the commencement of the Winter 2021 season," she said.
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