We meet the first Monday of each month.

Monday 6 May 2019 at 7pm.
Agenda will be posted here closer to the meeting date.
Venue: Manly Bowling Club, Raglan Street, Manly.
All welcome. Grab a drink from the bar and join us downstairs.

For your diaries: Sun 28 April - Ivanhoe Park Botanic Garden open day. More info here.

GMRF supports the Manly Food Co-op. Visit them online or drop into the shop 11-25 Wentworth St, Manly.

About GMRF

The Greater Manly Residents Forum started in late 2016 when the Northern Beaches Council - a result of the merger of the Manly, Warringah and Pittwater Councils - decided not to continue Manly Council's successful Precinct system. Despite this, residents from the Ivanhoe Park and Fairlight Precincts banded together to continue as an independent, combined group known as the Greater Manly Residents Forum.

"To assist the residents of Greater Manly to safeguard the culture and lifestyle of the area for residents, for the foreseeable future. To work with the Northern Beaches Council and the Government of New South Wales to ensure sustainable tourism, maintain and enhance the area as an ecologically sustainable environment with a lifestyle embracing diversity, tolerance and community engagement for the betterment of all."

Chair: Denise Keen
Co-Chair: Sandy Hudspith
Secretary: Sue de Monchaux
Treasurer: Nick Reid
Project/Forum Development Coordinator: Gary O'Brien
Website/Facebook Coordinator: Susan Robertson
Notice Board Coordinator: Meg Morgan
Membership Coordinator: Libby Bubb
Grant Coordinator: VACANT

GMRF Membership application form (2018) can be found here (PDF document; opens in a new window).


Minutes now available

Minutes/action points from our March '19 meeting are now available. -posted 1Apr19.

Ivanhoe Park Botanic Garden - Open Day 28 April

The Friends of Ivanhoe Park Botanic Garden are having an open day on Sunday 28 April from 11am-2pm. See the linked flyer for more information (opens in a new window), or visit their website for details. -posted 14Mar19.

Minutes now available

Minutes/action points from our meeting 4Feb19 are now available. -posted 25Feb19.

Minutes now available

Minutes/action points from our meeting 5Nov18 are now available. -posted 13Nov18.

Minutes now available

Minutes are now available for our October 2018 meeting. -posted 5Nov18.

Stony Range Spring Festival

Looking for something to do this weekend? Get along to the beautiful Stony Range Botanic Garden this Sunday, 9 Sep, for their Spring Festival.
-posted 5Sep18.

Northern Beaches Hospital report

A group from the GMRF recently participated in a tour of the new Northern Beaches Hospital. Here is a report on that tour from GMRF's Gary O'Brien. -posted 27Aug18.

Minutes now available

Minutes are now available for our May, June and July 2018 meetings. -posted 27Aug18.

Northern Beaches Hospital tours

The team behind the new hospital are organising tours to take place on Saturday 15 September. View our Facebook post below for more info.

If you attend please do share your thoughts about the new facility on our Facebook page. -posted 2Aug18.

News from local Councillor/Deputy Mayor Candy Bingham

Candy was kind enough to attend our July AGM. In addition to thanking the GMRF for pushing through the Roseberry Street study, Candy updated us on some very worthwhile initiatives from Council happening in our area. These are outlined in Candy's June newsletter and include:

  • night parking in Manly - reduced to just $5 after 7pm in Council-operated car parks. This is a great win for both our local businesses and the community;
  • a review of the existing Manly Surf Lifesaving Club building, which is vastly inadequate for the community's current needs;
  • upgrades to the Fast Ferry wharf;
  • release of the draft flood study for Manly - Seaforth; and
  • details on $550,000 of grants available from Northern Beaches Council.

More details on all of the above can be found on Candy's website here. -posted 4Jul18.

Latest news and reminders

Have a problem or service request? The Northern Beaches Council now has a customer service centre operating weekdays from 8.30am-5.00pm. RING 1300 434 434.
Requests can also be made over the counter at Manly or online. We understand a mobile app is also in the works.

Resident street parking permits are now due for renewal for Tower Hill and Ocean Beach zones. Click here for Council's website.

A Place Co-ordinator has commenced working in the Manly Ward. The role will be to liaise with businesses and co-ordinate Council events and activities happening around the area. Denise and Lloyd have met with Debs and are helping to relocate the old Precinct notice boards.

If you were the registered owner of a private vehicle as at midnight 30 November 2017, you may be able to claim a CTP Green Slip refund for insurance policies bought or renewed before 1 December 2017. Click here for more info.
-posted 6Apr18.

North Head Wastewater Treatment Plant update

Sydney Water is planning to spend $62m to upgrade their treatment of biosolids at their North Head plant. More info can be found in their March newsletter here. They are preparing a Review of Environmental Factors for this project, which will be on display 19 March to 3 April 2018 at the Sydney Water website. -posted 13Mar18.

Return and Earn - reverse vending machines operational in Manly

Our local MP James Griffin has informed us that a 'Return and Earn reverse vending machine' is now operational at Coles in Manly Vale. Residents will receive a 10c refund when they return eligible drink containers. They can choose to donate the proceeds to charity, receive a docket redeemable for cash, or get an electronic transfer using PayPal. Most drink containers between 150ml and three litres are eligible for the refund. More info can be found at the Return and Earn website. A special reverse vending machine will also be operational at Manly Beach during the Sydney Surf Pro from Sat 24 Feb to Sun 4 Mar.
-posted 23Feb18.

Manly Ward Councillors contact info

We've just added the contact details for our local representatives on Northern Beaches Council (Candy Bingham, Pat Daley and Sarah Grattan) to the Contact page. -posted 12Feb18.

Ivanhoe Park $750K upgrade

In case you missed it, here's a link to the Manly Daily article from August 2017 outlining the upgrade planned for our beloved Ivanhoe Park (link opens in a new window). -posted 12Feb18.

Membership Application Form

To cover running costs of the GMRF, we've introduced a membership system. You can find a link to the form here. Note it's a PDF file and will open in a separate window. -posted 7Feb18.

Northern Beaches Tunnel Document

At Monday's meeting Denise presented a comprehensive document on the proposed tunnel prepared by a local action group. You can find that document here. Note it's a 12MB PDF file and will open in a separate window. -posted 7Feb18.

Our first newsletter is out!

Our inaugural newsletter is out and you can find it here. Comments, contributions, advertising and thoughts welcome via email, or come to our meeting next Monday 5th Feb. -posted 31Jan18.

Minutes now available

Minutes are now available for our Nov '17 meeting. -posted 13Jan18.

Permanent change to meeting date

It was agreed at last night's meeting that the schedule for the GMRF monthly meetings will change from the first Monday of each month to the SECOND Monday of each month. This will allow us access to the downstairs section of the Manly Bowling Club each month, as on the first Mondays the space is used by the Club. We trust, and hope, this suits everyone. -posted 5Sep17.

Liquor and Gaming Review

The NSW Dept of Industry has released a discussion paper entitled "Evaluation of the Community Impact Statement requirement for liquor licence applications" that we thought may interest some of you. The paper can be found here. -posted 19Jul17.

Manly Daily coverage of our Meet The Candidates forum

The Manly Daily covered Monday's forum. Here is their report.
- posted 05Apr17.

Meet the Candidates forum

GMRF is hosting a forum next Monday, 3 April whereby local residents can meet the four major contenders in the forthcoming State by-election. Please join us.

WHEN: Monday 3 April, 7.00pm - 8.30pm approx
WHERE: Manly West Primary School (in the hall), Corner Hill & Griffiths St, Balgowlah. Map link.
WHO: The following candidates will be appearing:

  • Ron Delezio - Independent
  • James Griffin - Liberal
  • Kathryn Ridge - Independent
  • Clara Williams-Roldan - Greens

All welcome but be early as seating is limited.
- posted 30Mar17.

Manly Daily feature

The Manly Daily published an article about the formation of the GRMF in their 21 March issue. Read it here.
- posted 21Mar17.


Minutes are in PDF format and will open in a new window.

  • March 2019 here
  • February 2019 here
  • January 2019 - no meeting
  • December 2018 - no meeting
  • November 2018 here
  • October 2018 here
  • September 2018 here
  • July 2018 here
  • June 2018 here
  • May 2018 here
  • April 2018 - no meeting due to clash with Easter
  • March 2018 here
  • February 2018 - minutes coming soon
  • January 2018 - no meeting due to most people away on holidays
  • December 2017 - no meeting due to Xmas
  • November 2017 here
  • October 2017 here
  • September 2017 here
  • August 2017 here
  • July 2017 here
  • June 2017 here
  • May 2017 here
  • April 2017 - no meeting; Election Candidates Forum held instead
  • March 2017 here
  • February 2017 here
  • January 2017 - no meeting due to most people away on holidays
  • December 2016 here


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You can also contact our local councillors on the Northern Beaches Council as follows:
CANDY BINGHAM (Deputy Mayor) email or 0418 430 544
PAT DALEY email or 0428 203 347
SARAH GRATTAN email or 0427 745 673.

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