Traffic & Safety

  • 10.20am Saturday, 27 March, a two-car accident was reported at Pittwater Road, Collaroy near Eastbank Avenue. The vehicles pulled into the side street to exchange details and nobody was reported injured. A Fire and Rescue NSW crew from Narrabeen Fire Station attended and reported there were no fluid leaks.
  • 3.15pm Tuesday, 30 March, a minor two-car motor vehicle accident was reported at Pittwater Road, Narrabeen near Mactier Street. No injuries were reported and emergency services were not required.
  • 9.30pm Tuesday, 30 March, a vehicle breakdown at the Wakehurst Parkway, Oxford Falls closed one southbound lane near Dreadnought Road. Traffic was impacted until 11.00pm.
  • 6.30pm Wednesday, 31 March, a four-car accident was reported at Pittwater Road, North Narrabeen near the Wakehurst Parkway. One of the vehicles involved required the assistance of a tow truck.
  • 2.15pm Thursday, 01 April, emergency services were called to reports of persons trapped in a motor vehicle accident at Daydream Street, Warriewood.
  • Motorists are reminded that double demerit points are in force for fines issued over the Easter long weekend from Thursday, 01 April to midnight on Monday, 05 April.

Vandalism

  • About 9.30pm Friday, 26 March, Warriewood residents reported damaged bus shelters at the intersections of Garden Street and Watergum Crescent, as well as at the corner of Garden Street and Shearwater Drive. Residents reported the damage was caused by a group of around a dozen teenagers approximately 15-years-old.

Fire & Rescue

  • 5.00pm Saturday, 27 March, a bushfire was reported at Flint and Steel Beach at West Head in the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Approximately 5ha of bushland was burned before the fire was contained by firefighters attacking the blaze from the water and fire trails. Access to West Head was restricted during the operation.
  • 3.50pm Sunday, 28 March, NSW Ambulance was called to reports of a 28-year-old female injured on the walking track approximately 100m from Barrenjoey lighthouse. Surf Life Saving Palm Beach assisted with extrication of the patient via an All Terrain Vehicle (ATV).
  • 7.45pm Sunday, 28 March, RFS Terrey Hills brigade responded to reports of a fire at Ingleside, which turned out to be a resident burning building material and vegetation in a non-approved bonfire. The fire was extinguished and NSW Police spoke with the resident. Property holders should notify the NSW RFS of any planned burns.
  • 10.30am Tuesday, 30 March, Fire and Rescue NSW were called to reports of a house fire at Violet Avenue, Forestville. Crews from Forestville, Dee Why and Willoughby responded and found smoke coming from the bedroom of a home. They gained access to the unoccupied house and extinguished the fire by 11.00am.
  • Around 8.00am Wednesday, 31 March, Fire and Rescue NSW firefighters from Mona Vale Station were called to assist in the rescue of a Sulphur-crested Cockatoo caught in fishing line at Waterloo Street, Narrabeen. The bird was retrieved and handed into the care of WIRES.
  • 10.15am Wednesday, 31 March, Fire and Rescue NSW firefighters from Dee Why Station and NSW Ambulance attended a call to a child locked in a vehicle at Howard Avenue, Dee Why. The child was released from the vehicle in good health and reunited with their mother by 10.30am.
  • 10.45am Wednesday, 31 March, emergency services including NSW Ambulance, NSW Police, NSW RFS, and a Fire and Rescue NSW crew from Narrabeen Station, were called to reports of a man who had fallen from scaffolding at Marinna Road, Elanora Heights. A 70-year-old man was assessed and treated at the scene for minor injuries and not taken to hospital.
  • Just before 10.00pm Thursday, 01 April, a Pantech truck hit two parked vehicles at Avon Road, Dee Why. A Fire and Rescue NSW crew from Dee Why Station attended and extinguished a fire in the rear of the truck. NSW Police were called to the scene as the driver of the truck was not at the scene when firefighters arrived. The fire was extinguished by 10.30pm, with reports the truck was full of rubbish. The vehicle was towed from the scene.
  • 2.00pm Friday, 02 April, emergency services were called to reports of a Toyota Landcruiser on fire at Oliver Street, Queenscliff. NSW Police and a Fire and Rescue NSW crew from Manly Station attended the scene, finding flames coming from the engine bay. They had extinguished the fire by 2.30pm, nobody was injured but the vehicle was destroyed and taken away by a tow truck.

Missing Persons

  • A 54-year-old man reported missing from Quakers Hill in Sydney’s north-west on Saturday, 27 March, was located safe in Dee Why on Wednesday, 31 March.

Beach & Waterways

  • Beachwatch NSW reported that all Northern Beaches waterways remain impacted by ongoing storm water pollution. Boat owners are advised to remain on alert for remnant floating debris from floodwaters.
  • Friday, 26 March, a large plastic tank was spotted floating in the water off Dee Why Beach.
  • 7.00pm Monday, 29 March, a 44 gallon drum containing an unidentifiable substance was reported washed up on rocks south of Whale Beach. A Fire and Rescue NSW crew from Dee Why determined it was not flammable and the drum was moved above the high water mark and barrier taped for retrieval by Northern Beaches Council.
  • Tuesday, 30 March, Long Reef Beach, North Curl Curl Beach and South Curl Curl Beach were closed due to dangerous conditions.
  • 10.45am Friday, 02 April, Surf Life Savers responded to reports a man swimming at the northern end of Whale Beach became caught in a rip and encountered difficulties. The man was able to remove himself from the water and was assisted by lifesavers on the beach.

Utilities

  • Monday, 29 March, Sydney Water reported a burst water main disrupting water supply to Duffys Forest.
  • Tuesday, 30 March, 11.20am – 11.50am Sydney Water reported a disruption to water supply at Smith Street, Manly.
  • Wednesday, 31 March, 6.23am – 8.25am Ausgrid reported a power outage affecting properties at Belrose, Davidson and Frenchs Forest.

Community

  • Northern Beaches RFS crews remained in flood-impacted areas of the Hawkesbury during the week to continue assisting local communities with recovery operations (main image).
  • Northern Beaches Fire and Rescue NSW Stations will be holding a virtual Open Day this year on Facebook. With ongoing uncertainty around COVID restrictions, on 15 May they will be holding a virtual station tour, provide home fire safety advice and people can meet the crews and learn about their capabilities. Forestville, Manly, Dee Why and Narrabeen Stations will be taking part in the Open Day.
  • Saturday, 27 March, Terrey Hills RFS brigade commissioned a new pumper truck. They have moved equipment over from the old truck, which served them and the community well and will be sadly missed.
  • NSW SES Manly Unit is holding an Open Day on Sunday, 11 April, from 2.00pm – 5.00pm at 1C Quirk Road, Balgowlah. The State Emergency Service is the lead agency for floods and storm response. The SES on the Northern Beaches is fully volunteer based and needs enthusiastic volunteers to fill roles in rescue, operations, logistics and administration. Anyone interested in becoming a member or just finding out more about the State Emergency Service is invited to visit.

Images: Davidson RFS (I-Hui Waung), Joe Mills, Terrey Hills RFS (Declan McLerie), Fire and Rescue NSW