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Looking for a good home for MJ, the gentle foster cat | Happy ending update 4 December 2017
MJ was rehomed in early December. Many thanks to all who responded to Bettina's call for help.
Bettina Mair is the good samaritan who found a lost cat and took him in. MJ (Michael Jackson) is a lovely two year old, gentle, domesticated pet. He's neutered, healthy and vaccinated. Bettina has been fostering MJ for a number of months and is now looking for a permanent home for him. She's tried various cat societies and Council with no success, so is reaching out to the Little Bay community.
Two shared work spaces for rent in Little Bay | 22 September
Two work spaces are available for lease in the heritage Coast Centre for Seniors. Contact Linda Mearing, Manager, for full details and to arrange an inspection:
Read the 4 September 2017 Facebook post — call for action
There is a DA application that is due to be considered soon, and which, if approved, will see a large apartment block built on Jennifer Street. Please consider writing to the council to disagree with the application.
The site has been a contentious one, and previous applications have been rejected on various grounds, mostly because of the environmental significance of the site.
The site currently includes Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub (ESBS), which is an Endangered Ecological Community protected by the Threatened Species Conservation Act and Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act. It is the most important vegetation community in the Council, and there is very little of it left! It's one of the reasons that we have the reserve on Harvey street, which is particulalry rich, and there are a few pockets throughout the Price Henry area.
This DA is proposing to clear some of the ESBS. The reason that we have so little is because previous such applications have been approved. The site on Jennifer Street connects the Harvey Street reserve to the National Park, and it so it's also important for the continuity of the area. The application has some maps that make this clear (see p. 9).
Although they make some arguments for the building itself increasing the quality of the habitat, this is clearly a tendentious argument. Clearing bushland never improves that bushland.
The application is also asking the council to increase the permitted height allowed. Now is also a good time to ask our local candidates to consider more carefully the development of sites in our community, and to reject the development of this site in particular.
Note: The web team has not checked the facts and is not responsible for any errors contained in the above post.
Ability Links — Helping people with disability fulfil their goals, hopes and dreams
Ability Links supports individuals who identify as living with a disability and/or mental illness (aged 0-64) to be valued and active members of their local community. We also work with family and carers (that can be outside ages 0-64).
Linkers focus on empowering people to make their own decisions, building their confidence and skills to achieve their goals. These primarily include social, recreational and employment goals.
Our service is entirely FREE and flexible, and features no referral process and no formal diagnosis.
Alongside supporting individuals, we have a focus on making our communities more inclusive and accessible. This could be through providing disability awareness training, improving physical accessibility, or facilitating community discussions about inclusion for people with disability.
To find out more contact Lilia Londono, St Vincent de Paul Society NSW – Ability Links East Sydney team:
La Perouse Public School is currently taking enrolments for 2018 | June 2017
Matthew Jackman, Principal of La Perouse Public School has the following message for Little Bay residents:
With a school catchment area comprising La Perouse, Philip Bay and Little Bay, and an increase in young families within the area we are hoping to attract enough students to fill a kindergarten class in 2018.
Having spoken to many people within the community, particularly Little Bay, I understand there is reluctance from some families to send their children to our school for a variety of reasons.
The message I would like to convey to the local community is that my staff and I are committed to working with all families within our catchment area to provide a high quality education for all children. Local Schools, Local decisions, part of the Department of Education reforms agenda, allows me the flexibility to work closely with the community to create a school that we can all be proud of, and this is a goal I am committed to achieving. We have a great opportunity to build our school numbers and to form a lasting partnership with parents and community while providing excellence in education for our students.
We have set aside the first Tuesday of each month for scheduled walk throughs and discussions about our programs. Please contact the School on 02 9311 2210 if you would like to discuss anything further.
Matthew Jackman, Principal La Perouse Public School Yarra Road, La Perouse NSW 2036
Beverley Toohey's Cochlear Implant Story | June 2017
At the end of June 2016 83 year old Beverley Toohey received a cochlear implant. Beverley has written a detailed account of her experiences before and after the surgery. She says, 'I'm hoping my story helps others as loss of hearing is a major problem for all ages'.
Beverley's story begins:
All my life I abhorred loud music (concerts), blaring radio whether in the car or at home and TV that could be heard outside or far away. So I wondered why my hearing loss presented itself during my working days in 1998. Subsequently and after discussions with various audiologists it was ascertained that my job as Personal Assistant to a CEO of an importing company and his constant use of a Dictaphone which often caused me to switch to full volume, was probably the cause. So I proceeded on a long journey of being fitted with hearing aids. Well known brands (Perseo, Phonak, Siemens, Oticon and finally Resound) a costly exercise.