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Fauna Fair with Feathered Friends
Fauna Fair with Feathered FriendsFauna Fair with Kyle Pryor as MCFauna Fair with Play in the Park ProductionsFauna Fair with special guest Billy the BandicootFauna Fair with Dr Adrian Davis from Hollows as HomesBetter Business PartnershipTodd SampsonSchools Spectacular with Dr Karl and Ruben MeermanJohn DengateRanger StaceyFauna Fair tree planting at Dee Why LagoonHilltop to Headland

Meet remarkable Australians. Learn amazing facts. Enjoy our beautiful environment. Hilltop to Headland makes sustainable living fun!

Our Hilltop to Headland environmental series brings leading personalities, scientists and thinkers to the Northern Beaches. They're sharing their knowledge of our area's fascinating ecology. And they're showing us new, more sustainable ways to live, work and play. Get involved!

Coming up for 2017

Stony Range Family Treasure Hunt - Easter School Holiday Family Fun - Thur 20 April, 10am – 12.30pm, Stony Range Botanic Garden

Families are invited to get in touch with their inner detective. Come to the bushland oasis at Stony Range Botanical Gardens and go on a wild treasure hunt. Explore the beautiful gardens, hunt for the hidden gems and have some fantastic holiday fun.  Every child will receive some treasure to take home, and the whole family can enjoy a free BBQ brunch. Keep an eye out for special guest, Billy Bandicoot at 11am.

Free, bookings essential through our partner - Coastal Environment Cenre: Treasure Hunt at Stony Range Booking Here

Events to date

Sustainability Business Network event - Solar Solutions/Earth Hour Edition: Can it work for your business? - 21 March 2017

Our Earth Hour celebrations got off to a great start with over 20 local businesses attending the solar talk hosted by 4 Pines in Brookvale.This event was Northern Beaches Council’s first business focused Earth Hour event and the second for our Sustainability Business Network. The Australian Solar Council gave a great presentation on the options for solar and 4 Pines provided not only a great venue and selection of local beers but a great case study for investing in solar too.  

95% of attendees said they now have a better understanding of how they can assess solar feasibility for their business. Looking for more information, check out our Solar for Business factsheet on our Smart Sustainable Business pages.

Sustainability Business Network Launch Event - 22 November 2016  

This was the follow up event to last year’s Business ‘Power to Save’, to launch our new sustainable business network. The event featured an inspiring presentation by Sarah Mandelson, CEO of Serendipity Ice Cream. The business has gone completely carbon neutral and Sarah shared some great success stories.

The local business panellists also had a lot of fantastic sustainability success stories: including Ruby Lane, winner of the Northern Beaches Local Business Award in Sustainability, Hairazor with Sustainable Salons Australia, 4 Pines Brewery and representatives from the Better Business Partnerships.

Missed the event but still interested in signing up to the network: Register Here for the SBN  

Better Business Partnership - Northern Beaches Pilot September - December 2016

 The Better Business Partnership (BBP), a joint Council service, is assisting the Northern Beaches Council to consider how it can best assist businesses to achieve success through sustainability.
46 surveys have been completed by local businesses, this has given us a real snapshot into how our local business are going and what areas they require further guidance and assistance in. 10 environmental sustainability audits have been completed as part of the pilot.
The results of this project will help guide and direct our programs in the future.  For more information regarding this pilot project please contact the Better Business Partnership on 9777 7516 or email info@betterbusinesspartnership.com.au  

Northern Beaches Fauna Festival - 3-11th Sptember 2016

From September 3-11th Northern Beaches Council held a Fauna Festival, a free family festival with an environmental education theme. It was a week full of fun with fauna activities spread across the peninsular. There was loads of entertainment for the whole family, including; live bird flight shows, walks on the wild side, rock platform tour & night stalk, native wildlife interactive displays.
The festival finished with a Fauna Fair to celebrate our beautiful local wildlife that call Dee Why Lagoon home. Feathered Friends Productions and Play in the Park Pantomime entertained the crowd and conservation organisations educated the community on everything from Frogs & Tadpoles, Birdlife to biodiversity. The weather shone and Dee Why Lagoon provided the perfect backdrop for the event.

Energy Management Basics for Local Business - 10 and 17 March 2016

This was the follow up training event from our inaugural business focussed event, Power to Save, put on in partnership with the Office of Environment and Hertitage. Local businesses learnt how they could reduce their business energy use and improve their bottom line, though industry case studies and online toolkits.

Nature Watch Week - 27 Feb to 4 March 2016

Nature Watch Week was our first Warringah specific citizen science project, with over 280 participants. The community were asked to be scientists for the week and conduct wildlife surveys in their favourite outdoor place, and were invited to participate in an array of monitoring activities. A total of 38 different species recorded and reported through the upload tool on our Nature Watch Week Webpage . The week consisted of 3 fully booked events, Bird Identification Workshop at Long Reef, Friends of The Bush Nature Watch Big Day Out at Dee Why Lagoon and Spotlight Adventure at Stony Range.


Power to Save

It's the first time Warringah Council targeted businesses as part of its Hilltop to Headland environmental series and it was a great success. Over 180 attendees from local business come along to learn from our local champions, industry experts and inspiring keynote Todd Sampson. They learned how to improve productivity and their bottom line through sustainable practices. To have a look at the presentations from the night and find out more information on what your business could be doing have a look at our Smart Sustainable Business page.

Duffys Forest Day

Nearly 300 schools children came to Glen Street theatre to celebrate the wonder that is Duffys Forest - that means we've got a whole new crew of Duffys Forest Defenders! The children were treated to a live native animal show (including a cameo appearance by our very own Billy Bandicoot) and explored Council's unique curriculum based Duffys Forest Defender online resource.

Warringah's Water Wonderland

Over 5,000 people flocked to Dee Why beach to share in the wonder of our beautiful aquatic playgrounds. Channel Ten's Ranger Stacey headed up a stellar line up of entertainment including live Sea Creature Shows, Under the Sea storytelling, face painting, childrent's activities, roving entertainment, stalls and displays.


Matthew Hayden

Australia's greatest ever opening batsman, Matthew Hayden, was at Dee Why RSL in March sharing his passion for sustainability (and signing a few cricket bats!). Check out the pictures on the right.

Meandering in May

Warringah is blessed with an abundance of nature walks, and May saw Council guides leading expeditions along some of the best. Keep your eye out on this page or sign up to Warringah's free quarterly newsletter, Eco News, to be the first to hear about future walks.


Schools Sustainability Spectacular

On April 5, schools in Warringah were treated to a special Hilltop to Headland event at the Glen Street Theatre. They were amazed and entertained by Dr Karl and Ruben Meerman - courtesy of Warringah Council.

Ernie Dingo

We celebrated World Environment Day and the Guringai Festival with Ernie Dingo on Wednesday 5 June, 7 - 9pm at the Dee Why RSL.


Dr Karl and the Surfing Scientist

On 6 June Dr Karl Kruszelnicki and 'the surfing scientist' Ruben Meerman presented 'The Ecology of Your Home' at the Harbord Diggers Club. They demonstrated the startling environmental consequences of the things we do around the house every day.

John Dengate

On 24 March TV personality, author and environmentalist John Dengate presented 'Your Backyard Habitat' at Glen Street Theatre. He showed us how to attract native wildlife into our gardens.

Ranger Stacey and the Warringah's Water Wonderland

On 26 February Ranger Stacey presented 'Warringah’s Water Wonderland', a family-friendly event introducing us to the diverse and fascinating marine life of our rockpools and beaches.


Professor Tim Flannery and Professor Bruce Thom

On 9 June more than 500 people packed the Dee Why RSL to hear from Professor Tim Flannery, Australia's Climate Change Commissioner, and Professor Bruce Thom, head of the Climate Change Council. They discussed the challenge of climate change and its effects on our coast.

Ed Halmagyi

Over 200 people turned up to hear an inspiring talk on sustainable living from celebrity chef and author Ed Halmagyi. Ed offered advice on being green in the kitchen - sourcing locally grown food, using seasonal ingredients and making ethical shopping choices.

Ranger Stacey and the Taronga Zoomobile

Ranger Stacey introduced families to the wildlife of Warringah and how to attract it to our own backyards.


Warringah Council's Hilltop to Headland Environmental Lecture Series 2010 featured some of Australia's most respected environmental leaders. The first lecture, featuring Professor Tim Flannery, Australia's leading climate change expert, was booked out within 24 hours. The series also featured TV personality, horticulturist and environmentalist Jamie Durie; author, TV presenter and environmentalist Tanya Ha; Executive Chairman and founder of Clean Up Australia, Ian Kiernan AO; and comedian, entertainer and radio host Adam Spencer.