Traffic & Safety
- Forestville. Just before 9.00am Monday, 17 May, NSW Ambulance paramedics were called to reports of a collision between a car and bicycle at Warringah Road, Forestville near Altona Avenue. They found a 45-year-old woman who had been struck at low speed and come off the bike, sustaining a knee injury. Southbound traffic was impacted while the woman was treated and assisted from the scene.
- Narrabeen. Just before midday Wednesday, 19 May, emergency services responded to a two-car motor vehicle accident at Pittwater Road, Narrabeen near King Street. NSW Ambulance paramedics treated a women in her 60s with minor injuries who was transported to hospital in a stable condition. Fire and Rescue NSW Narrabeen Station rendered a small spill safe while NSW Police managed heavy traffic conditions, with two of three lanes closed while the incident was cleared.
- Manly Vale. Just after 6.00pm Thursday, 20 May, emergency services were called to reports of a collision between a truck and motorbike at Campbell Parade, Manly Vale. They arrived to find the motorcycle rider on the side of the road. NSW Ambulance treated the rider, taking them to hospital in a stable condition. NSW Police conducted traffic control until the incident scene was cleared around 30 minutes later.
- Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Around 4.15pm Friday, 21 May, emergency services were called to a single car motor vehicle accident at McCarrs Creek Road near West Head Road. A vehicle with two occupants had rolled multiple times. Paramedics found the two occupants had managed to exit the vehicle themselves. One was suffering a head injury and the other was experiencing back pain. Both were taken to hospital by ambulance in a stable condition. McCarrs Creek Road was closed by NSW Police while the accident scene was cleared.
- Dee Why. Between 24 May and 25 June, Pittwater Road, Dee Why at the intersection of St David Avenue will be disrupted by night roadworks.
- Forestville. 5.10am Saturday, 15 May, the Shell Coles Express at Warringah Road, Forestville was robbed by a man wielding a knife. Police believe the same man was responsible for robbing the same store exactly one month earlier. Police have asked for public assistance to identify and locate the man. Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
- Brookvale. NSW Police have requested assistance identifying a man who stole a diamond ring worth $295k from a jewellery store at Warringah Mall, Brookvale. The man is alleged to have entered the store at 11.40am Monday, 12 October 2020, and snatched the ring from a 58-year-old female employee before fleeing the store. Anyone with information on the identity of the man should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
- Killarney Heights. Overnight Wednesday, 19 May, two vehicles were broken into at Roscommon Crescent, Killarney Heights. Coins and personal belongings were taken from the vehicles, one of which was locked.
- Warriewood. Northern Beaches Council have responded to questions by Cr Vincent De Luca OAM following concerns raised by community members about vandalism and drug use at Warriewood Valley Playground at Callistemon Way. Locally known as Rocket Park, Council are investigating replacing the shade sail to prevent further slashing and burning damage. Executive Manager Parks & Recreation Steve Lawler said, “A common occurrence is large amounts of broken glass, with drug paraphernalia being noted on occasion.” Mr Lawler said Council were working with NSW Police and assured Cr De Luca that Council would prioritise the park, “given the current level of vandalism and anti-social behaviour occurring.”
- Terrey Hills. 8.40am Thursday, 20 May, a man was caught on security camera dumping a mattress from a white Toyota Hiace van at the end of Cooyong Road, Terrey Hills.
Drugs & Alcohol
- Two Northern Beaches residents were apprehended as part of a drugs bust at Botany on Tuesday, 18 May. Acting on information, Australian Border Force intercepted a shipment of cocaine worth $154m concealed in toolboxes. A 26-year-old man from Dee Why and a 33-year-old woman from Collaroy who allegedly tried to collect the shipment were detained by NSW Police after trying to evade capture.
- Dee Why. 6.20pm Tuesday, 18 May, emergency services were called to reports of an unconscious person at Dee Why. NSW Ambulance paramedics arrived on the scene and assessed a 16-year-old male they determined to be heavily intoxicated or drug affected. The youth became uncooperative requiring police assistance to restrain him. He was taken to Northern Beaches Hospital in a stable condition for further treatment under police escort.
Fire & Rescue
- Manly. Sunday, 16 May, Fire and Rescue NSW crews from Manly and Dee Why responded to reports of a fire at a premises at Darley Road, Manly. They extinguished food that had caught alight and ventilated the property. No injuries were reported in the incident.
- Freshwater. Just before 6.00pm Tuesday, 18 May, NSW Ambulance paramedics were called to reports of a 10-month-old girl at Freshwater who was choking. They arrived and assessed the child, who was at that stage breathing freely.
- Manly. 6.43pm Wednesday, 19 May, NSW Ambulance paramedics responded to Manly Aquatic Centre to treat a young female who had suffered a possible neck injury after reportedly being pushed into the pool.
- Dee Why. At midday Friday, 21 May, Fire and Rescue NSW Dee Why Station was called to the Dee Why Children’s Centre at Fisher Road, Dee Why. Around 30 staff and children had self-evacuated from the building. Upon entering the building, firefighters saw no visible smoke and traced an electrical burning smell to a burned out light socket.
- Hazard Reduction. From Tuesday, 25 May to Monday, 31 May, a hazard reduction burn has been scheduled for 386ha of bushland between Slippery Dip Trail and Deep Creek, north of the Wakehurst Parkway. The burn is being managed by the NSW Rural Fire Service and NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.
- Sunday, 16 May, 9.00pm – Monday, 17 May, 5.00am – Ausgrid reported a disruption to power supply at Beacon Hill affecting 110 homes.
- Sunday, 16 May, 9.00pm – Monday, 17 May, 6.00am – Ausgrid reported a disruption to power supply at Palm Beach affecting 78 homes.
- Monday, 17 May, 7.00am – 3.00pm – Ausgrid reported a disruption to power supply at Cromer affecting 56 homes.
- Monday, 17 May, 7.30am – 1.30pm – Ausgrid reported a disruption to power supply at Balgowlah Heights and Clontarf affecting 33 homes.
- Monday, 17 May, 9.00am – 4.00pm – Ausgrid reported a disruption to power supply at Frenchs Forest affecting 58 homes.
- Monday, 17 May, 10.00pm – Tuesday, 18 May, 6.00am – Ausgrid reported a disruption to power supply at Bilgola Beach affecting 35 homes.
- Tuesday, 18 May, 9.32am – 12.05pm – Sydney Water reported a disruption to water supply at Pira Place, Forestville.
- Tuesday, 18 May, 10.29am – 11.50am – Sydney Water reported a disruption to water supply at Cambridge Avenue, Narraweena.
- Tuesday, 18 May, 9.48pm – 11.07pm – Sydney Water reported a disruption to water supply at Orlando Road, Cromer.
- Wednesday, 19 May, 7.00am – 7.00pm – Ausgrid reported a disruption to power supply at Clontarf affecting 64 homes.
- Wednesday, 19 May, 6.30pm – 8.10pm – Sydney Water reported a disruption to water supply at Knightsbridge Avenue, Belrose.
- Wednesday, 19 May, 7.00pm – 11.00pm – Sydney Water reported a disruption to water supply at Nargong Road, Allambie Heights.
- Wednesday, 19 May, 8.40pm – 10.00pm – Sydney Water reported a disruption to water supply at Cleveland Avenue, Cromer.
- Wednesday, 19 May, 11.36pm – Thursday, 20 May, 3.25am – Sydney Water reported a disruption to water supply at Waterview Street, Mona Vale.
- Thursday, 20 May, 7.00am – 3.00pm – Ausgrid reported a disruption to power supply at Freshwater and Queenscliff affecting 96 homes.
- Thursday, 20 May, 7.20am – 11.00pm – Sydney Water reported a disruption to water supply at Bungaloe Avenue, Balgowlah Heights.
- Friday, 21 May, 12.52pm – 1.42pm – Sydney Water reported a disruption to water supply at Springvale Avenue, Frenchs Forest.
- Saturday, 15 May, Marine Rescue NSW Broken Bay unit hosted Member for Mackellar Jason Falinski for a patrol at Pittwater. He was told about the vessels, people, systems and technologies that Marine Rescue NSW use to save lives on the water. This year so far, Marine Rescue NSW have launched 2,732 rescue missions, returning 6,815 people safely to shore.
- West Pittwater RFS conducted refresher training last weekend (Saturday, 15 May – Sunday, 16 May) at the Lovett Bay Fire Shed, brushing up on their first aid, chainsaw handling, roof work and specialist firefighting methods (main image and below).
- Tuesday night, 18 May, NSW SES Warringah/Pittwater Unit was represented at the Sydney Opera House for a lighting of the sails to celebrate National Volunteers Week.
- Friday, 21 May, Rural Fire Service Deputy Commissioner Bruce McDonald retired following a three decade contribution to the RFS. Deputy Commissioner McDonald is a Life Member of the Beacon Hill Brigade. He held a number of roles in the Brigade including, Deputy Captain, Senior Deputy Captain and Captain before being promoted to Group Officer in 1991. He worked as a motor mechanic before being appointed in 1999 to the role of Inspector in the Warringah/Pittwater District. He moved to RFS Headquarters starting as the State Operations Officer and occupying a range of roles over the past 20 years including Manager Communications Systems, Director Infrastructure Services, Executive Director and Deputy Commissioner.
Images: NSW RFS, Northern Beaches Advocate, NSW Police, Marine Rescue NSW, NSW SES