Street Paws Festival Debuts at Maroubra Beach

Maroubra Beach is set to host the inaugural Street Paws Festival, a celebration of our furry companions and their companionship with humans. Supported by Rotary Clubs Botany, Randwick, and Maroubra, this event promises a fun-filled day for both dogs and their owners. 

The festival, which will take place on 7 April 2024 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Arthur Byrne Reserve, boasts diverse activities and competitions.

Street Paws Festival Maroubra
Photo Credit: StreetPawsFestival/Facebook

Schedule of Events

  • 10 am: The festival starts with a warm welcome by the Mayor of Randwick.
  • 11 am: Watch the dogs showcase their talents in Best Tail Wagger, Best Trick, and Best Dancing Dog categories.
  • Noon: Get ready to be amazed by the creativity displayed in the Best Fancy Dress Dog competition.
  • 1 pm: Honour the wisdom and grace of senior dogs in the Most Dignified Old Timer contest.
  • 2 pm: Prepare for an overload of cuteness as puppies vie for the title of Cutest Puppy.

In addition to the main events, attendees can participate in a raffle, enjoy a sausage sizzle, paint their faces, and explore various dog-themed market stalls. This event is perfect for families looking for a delightful day out with furry friends. 

Photo Credit: StreetPawsFestival/Facebook
Street Paws Festival Maroubra
Photo Credit: StreetPawsFestival/Facebook

Since its inception in 2018, the Street Paws Festival is committed to becoming an annual fixture across Sydney. Organisers plan to rotate the festival to various locations, ensuring accessibility to dog lovers citywide. 

Future iterations of the event are expected to return in other suburbs, providing communities with continued opportunities to celebrate the bond between humans and their four-legged companions.

Follow Street Paws Festival on Facebook for more information and updates.

Published 13-March-2024

Maroubra’s Iconic Rubik’s Cube Has Been Solved

After fifteen years, the Rubik’s Cube that sat on the shore of Maroubra Beach that many have taken to calling the ‘Maroubrix Cube,’ has finally been solved.

The Maroubrix Cube is now solved!
Photo Credit: Facebook / Randwick City Council

This piece dates back from 2008, when anonymous street artists added the quirky fixture that has captivated locals and tourists since then.

The unsolved Cube right next to an actual Rubik’s Cube, taken October 2023.
Photo Credit: Facebook / Cubos R Py

The unusual design of the Cube, endearingly called the Maroubrix Cube, has caught the attention of Maroubra Beach’s passersby. It was intentionally designed to be unsolvable, which caught on to Rubik’s Cube enthusiasts.

Maroubrix Cube is mentioned on Wikipedia’s Big Things of Australia, and is even featured in a children’s book as a ‘portal to another realm’.

Although the recent transformation of the Cube has been made by the still-anonymous artists themselves, a lively debate has sparked among the Maroubra community. This has divided the locals between embracing the refreshed look and cherishing the unsolved puzzle that gave it its original charm and recognition for over a decade.

Randwick Council Mayor, Philipa Veitch, expressed her surprise at this sudden change. She acknowledged the artists’ intention as thought-provoking. She states that this public art transformation challenges the community to contemplate and stimulate a healthy dialogue.

While some residents have applauded the Cube’s new appearance as “satisfying” and “long overdue,” others have voiced nostalgia for the original design, resisting the change. Over the years, temporary alterations like festive costumes and pastel paint caused mixed reactions, showcasing the community’s attachment to the artwork.

The Maroubrix Cube is now solved!
Photo Credit: Facebook / Randwick City Council

The ongoing debate revolves around honouring the artists’ intentions and the council’s role in preserving or altering public art. Mayor Veitch advocates for maintaining the solved state. She highlights the importance of allowing artistic expression to evolve naturally without intervention.

As Maroubra grapples with this unexpected twist, the future of the Rubik’s Cube remains uncertain. Whether it will persist in its solved form or undergo further transformations, the Cube continues to serve as a focal point for artistic expression and community conversation in this beachside locale.

Published 19-December-2023

Maroubra Veteran Trevor Cracknell Looks Back on His Years of Fearless Ocean Rescues

The waves crashing along Maroubra Beach aren’t just familiar background noise to Trevor Cracknell. They are an ever-present reminder of the thousands of rescues he has made across the state’s treacherous coastlines. Let’s take a look back at his journey, driven by an enduring commitment to protecting ocean goers in need.

Read: Police Appeal to Identify Man Rescued from Maroubra Beach

As a young lifesaver just starting his career on Maroubra Beach, Mr Cracknell often gazed up at the rescue helicopters patrolling the coast overhead. He was fascinated by the crews’ heroic work saving lives along the turbulent shoreline. 

One day, after chatting with a friend about his admiration for the service, Mr Cracknell decided to take the next step. 

Photo credit: Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopters/Facebook

He looked for open positions with Westpac, feeling called to join the crews he had admired from afar. 

Mr Cracknell joined the rescue service in 1986 at the age of 27 following a distinguished swimming career where he represented Australia at the Commonwealth Games. The service first launched 50 years ago on the same beach where he honed his lifesaving skills.

Now, 37 years into his rescue career, Mr Cracknell is a senior crewman and diver with no plans of retiring anytime soon. He says it’s been the best job in the world, eager to go to work every single morning over the last four decades.

Photo credit: Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopters/Facebook

This is despite the fact that the job has never been easy. Mr Cracknell recalls challenging rescues of fishermen who had fallen from rocks, overturned boats, and fighting the light which presents its own difficulties.

After a childhood spent exploring the coves and beaches of Sydney’s eastern suburbs, he is familiar with the coastline’s hidden dangers – he notes that more fishermen have been injured or killed on the rocky outcrops of this region than anywhere else across Australia.

In 2022, Mr Cracknell and his crew were awarded the Surf Life Saving Australia Rescue Medal for an extremely challenging rescue mission the previous year. 

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On 5 May 2021, Mr Cracknell, Jon Klopper, and John Molnar responded in the ‘Lifesaver 21’ helicopter to a welfare check request for a young family lost and isolated by rising creek levels at the National Park. 

Despite confined spaces complicating the delicate rescue, the crew located the family and directed them to an area where they could be retrieved. Each patient, two adults and an infant, was carefully secured, winched into the aircraft, and transferred to waiting emergency services at a nearby field, reuniting the grateful family safely. Mr Cracknell and his crew received SLSA’s prestigious Rescue Medal for their skilled handling of a complex heli-rescue.

Trevor Cracknell
Photo credit: Trevor Cracknell/Facebook

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Now in the twilight of his career, he plans to continue serving as long as fitness allows. He remains as passionate as ever, eager to help those in need after over 1,000 rescues. Though missions still present challenges, Mr Cracknell takes it all in stride, driven by a career-long goal of saving lives.

Published 18-October-2023

Police Appeal to Identify Man Rescued from Maroubra Beach

The emergency services came to the aid of an unconscious man who was pulled from the water at Maroubra Beach. The man, whose identity remains a mystery, was reportedly in critical condition and is currently being treated at St George Hospital.

The incident unfolded around 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, 27 Aug 2023, when calls alerted authorities to a man in distress off the north rocks at Maroubra Beach. The individual, who is believed to have been rock fishing, was swept into the water by the powerful currents, according to witnesses.

Responding swiftly to the emergency, officers from the Eastern Beaches Police Area Command, surf lifesavers, and a rescue helicopter rushed to the scene along Marine Parade. The man, described as being of Asian appearance and aged in his 50s or 60s, was located unconscious in the water.

Maroubra Beach rescue. Photo Credit: Ben Klein/Google Photos

Lifeguards from Maroubra Beach played a pivotal role in the rescue, skillfully navigating Jetskis to retrieve the unconscious man from the water. They initiated CPR whilst awaiting the arrival of paramedics. The man was then transported to St George Hospital, where he remains in critical condition.

Despite extensive efforts by law enforcement, the man’s identity remains a puzzle, leaving authorities with no means of contacting his next of kin. To aid in the investigation and identification process, the New South Wales Police have issued a public appeal for assistance.

Authorities have described the man as approximately 160cm to 170cm tall, with a slim build and an olive complexion. He was found wearing long black pants, a white long-sleeved button shirt with a grey cardigan, a black vest, and white speckled boots. The man was also carrying a blue Nike backpack and had fishing gear in his possession.

Anyone with information about the incident or the unidentified man to come forward. Maroubra Police Station can be contacted at (02) 9349 9299, and information can also be provided to Crime Stoppers at 1800 333 000. 

Published 29-Aug-2023

Locals Love It: McKeon Street Plaza in Maroubra Beach to Go Permanent

Construction is now underway to convert the temporary McKeon Street Plaza in Maroubra Beach into a permanent public space, after an overwhelmingly positive community response to the initial trial last year.

Read: Shared Space Trial At McKeon Street In Maroubra Encourages People To Use Public Spaces More

The section of McKeon Street was first closed to vehicles in October 2022 on a trial basis, creating a vibrant community hub supporting local businesses with programmed events like farmers markets, live music, and movie screenings.

Randwick Mayor Dylan Parker said the trial received highly enthusiastic feedback from locals. “A permanent plaza in the heart of Maroubra Beach will be a welcoming space for the community to spend more time socialising and supporting local businesses,” he stated.

Aerial view (Photo credit: Randwick City Council)

The new permanent design incorporates suggestions from community consultations, with 85 percent of respondents supporting making the plaza permanent. Locals expressed a desire for a revitalised public area fostering community spirit, active lifestyles, and celebrating the coastal character of Maroubra.

New seating (Photo credit: Randwick City Council)

Features of the upgraded permanent plaza will include a performance stage, increased shade and seating, community garden beds, indigenous coastal plantings, and public art installations. Access will be maintained for local businesses throughout construction.

The 6-month trial of the McKeon Street Plaza was funded through a grant from the NSW Government’s Streets as Shared Spaces program

The initial trial period concluded on March 31, but Randwick City Council voted on March 28 to extend the trial to allow time for additional community consultation and evaluation of potential long-term plans for the space.

Read: New Pedestrian-Friendly Masterplan For Maroubra Unveiled

The Maroubra Beach community is eagerly anticipating the completion of the new McKeon Street Plaza, expected by late September 2023. Mayor Parker encouraged locals to continue visiting Maroubra’s cafes and shops during construction, saying their support of local businesses is greatly appreciated.

Published 25-August-2023

Blue Dragons at Maroubra Beach: Emerging Threat Brings Worse Pain than Bluebottle

An unprecedented number of sea slugs called blue dragons have been seen in Maroubra Beach and other beaches in NSW, posing a dangerous threat for swimmers.

While blue dragons have been reported before, specifically in 2018 and 2021, the numbers that have recently washed up at Maroubra beach, as well as Bondi beach, were higher than ever in late January 2023. 

Compared to bluebottles, blue dragons have a more potent sting that isn’t life-threatening or venomous but could deliver the most excruciating pain, according to marine biologist Julian Obayd. He has been sharing information about blue dragons and other unique sea creatures on his TikTok account. 

@julianobayd Replying to @J̷o̷e̷l̷ 🎶 (PART 1) Forgot i did this informative video on Blue Dragons with help from @The Dodo thank you Carolina if you’re reading this 🙂 🐉 #venomous #dangerous #bluedragon #beach #beachvibes #alien #rescue #manowar #fish ♬ original sound – Dragon Hunter

If stung by this sea creature, the experts advise rinsing the area with seawater and never freshwater. It’s also best to avoid rubbing the area and instead soak the sting in comfortable hot water for at least 20 minutes. 

The heat should help with pain relief but if hot water is not available, ice packs may be applied to the area as well. If pain persists, medical assistance must be done as soon as possible. 

Blue dragons usually appear in late summer but with the water temperature rising, its numbers have been inevitably increasing. 

Professor David Schoeman of the University of the Sunshine Coast believes that more unusual occurrences will happen in marine life as the heatwave continues. The waters in Bondi or Maroubra beach will not only get warmer but such a temperature will be longer in duration by 2050. 

Published 9 March 2023

Is It Time for Maroubra to Get Rid of Shark Nets?

Maroubra is among the 51 beach locations where the Shark Meshing Program is being implemented. Do you think it’s time to get rid of the shark nets?

Some NSW coastal areas could soon be ditching shark nets altogether if plans of letting each council area decide for itself pushes through.

Agriculture Minister Dugald recently confirmed that the state government is in talks with councils about the future of the current shark bite mitigation program. Among those who have shown strong support for the removal of the shark nets is Central Coast MP Adam Crouch, and if he could have his way, he would like his electorate to be the first region to do so.

Wollongong’s Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery also expressed his support for the proposal stating that there are better approaches to protecting both human life and the marine environment.

Randwick Council is also calling for a change in the current shark net program and expressed their full support for the additional shark mitigation measures including SMART drum lines and listening stations by voting to take part in the trial.

Grey nurse shark
Photo Credit: The original uploader was Jlencion at English Wikipedia., CC BY-SA 2.5 <>/Wikimedia Commons

Since 1937, shark nets have been deployed on Sydney’s beaches as a measure to reduce the risk of shark attacks. The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) manages the deployment of these nets at 51 NSW beaches, including Maroubra, from September to April each year.

A 2021-21 Annual Performance Report, however, showed that out of the 376 marine animals that were caught in the shark nets during the period from 1 September 2021 to 30 April 2022, an overwhelming 85 per cent or 325 were non-target animals.

Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas)
Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas)
Photo Credit: Bernard DUPONT from FRANCE, CC BY-SA 2.0 <>/Wikimedia Commons

Threatened or protected species that were caught includes 28 white sharks, 14 green turtles, 16 leatherback turtles, 14 grey nurse sharks and 4 loggerhead turtles.

Moreover, during the period, there was one reported human-shark interaction at a meshed beach involving a surfer who was bumped by an unidentified shark at Maroubra Beach in early March 2022.

Also, there were seven verified interactions at unmeshed beaches, three of which happened in the shark meshing region including a spearfisher who was uninjured after fending off a white shark at Magic Point, Maroubra (just one kilometre south of the closest meshed beach) in March 2022.

Early this year, the NSW Government announced that it will invest an additional $85 million in shark mitigation technology including SMART drum lines and SMART listening stations.

Authorities Issue Water Safety Warning in Maroubra and NSW Waterways

Maroubra locals are urged to take extra caution and be mindful of water safety, following a number of incidents across the state’s waterways. 

On Sunday, 2 January 2022, two fishermen were rescued in Maroubra after their boat capsized in the early morning. Marine Area Commander Superintendent Murray Reynolds said it was not the only accident that happened in the last few days.

That same Sunday at noon, the police and the NSW Surf Lifesavers were called to Windang Island after a 21-year-old man, who was fishing on the rocks, was swept in the water. He easn’t wearing a life jacket. His body was located at 1:20 p.m. 

Prior to these accidents, three people also drowned in the waters of NSW, including a 15-year-old boy who was swimming at Shoalhaven River.

“The most difficult part of our work is when someone dies or is seriously injured and we know it could have been prevented,” said Mr Reynolds. 

“These deaths are incredibly tragic. Our heart goes out to the loved ones of the people who recently lost their lives in the water.

“We’re asking the community to help us keep you safe, always assess the environment and take simple precautions to prevent tragedy.”

Per the authorities, below are the things to remember:

  • Avoid the water if you do not know how to swim.
  • Swim only in areas where there are patrols or between the lifeguards’ red and yellow flags
  • Wear a lifejacket if you’re out fishing or riding a boat.
  • Don’t swim at night. 
  • Be mindful of the rips.

The authorities also said to check the water conditions and the weather before heading out. Remember that these conditions are unpredictable so when in doubt, it’s better to cancel plans than to proceed.

water safety at Maroubra beach
Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Steve Pearce, the CEO of Surf Life Saving NSW, said it’s extra challenging to rescue people during the busiest time of the year at the beaches. NSW locals, however, are fortunate to have “fantastically skilled and resourced lifesavers and lifeguard services up and down our coastline.” 

Woolworths Partners With Uber Eats to Trial One-Hour Delivery in Maroubra Beach

Woolworths has launched a new initiative with Uber Eats to facilitate a one-hour delivery service in Maroubra Beach and 11 other Sydney and Melbourne sites.

Beginning Monday, 30 Aug 2021, customers may shop for 1,200 products from Woolworths Metro using their Uber Eats app. After the grocery staff has packed the purchases, the items will be delivered by Uber Eats drivers straight to the designated address from the app. 

Justin Nolan, the general manager of Woolworths Metro, said that the initiative should satisfy their online customers’ last-minute shopping needs, especially for those looking for speed and reliability of service. Mr Nolan also said that it will also comply with their customers’ need to limit their time outside because of the risk of virus transmission. 

Woolworths Metro products on the Uber Eats app include the most basic grocery staples, as well as a good selection of fresh fruits, vegetables, and ready-to-eat meals. The process and payments work the same way as when people order from restaurants through Uber Eats. 

Photo Credit: UberEats/Facebook

App users from Maroubra Beach, Bondi, Padstow, Park Sydney (Erskineville), Pyrmont, Randwick, Redfern, Rose Bay, and Rozelle in Sydney should be able to see the feature when it rolls out next week. The service will also be ready in Balaclava, Hadfield, and Hawthorn in Melbourne.

Woolworths has plans to introduce the service in the rest of its Metro outlets across Australia in 2022. It comes as the supermarket giant has an existing and broader partnership with Uber for larger online supermarket deliveries.  

Meanwhile, Uber Eats ANZ regional manager Lucas Groeneveld said that their delivery service has increased in demand amidst the Sydney lockdowns, which has been extended until the end of September. Mr Groeneveld said that adding Woolworths Metro strengthens their platforms’ appeal for Australian households because because they may now be able to get anything from the app. 

Controversy Arises Over Shark Nets in Maroubra Beach and Other Areas

The local community at Maroubra Beach and other northern beaches are wholly against the proposal to remove protective shark nets at local beaches, citing safety concerns

Recently, Randwick City Council received a motion to phase out shark nets around eastern Sydney’s beaches, saying that these could also trap other non-harmful marine creatures like turtles and other fish.

Greens MP Lindsay Shurey proposed to have smart drum lines in place of the nets to lessen the harmful impact of the barriers on the sea animals but Liberal councillors rejected the motion. In a post on Facebook, the nippers explained why they don’t support the proposal.

Photo Credit: SharkSmart NSW Government

“For the record, Maroubra Beach is approximately 1.2km wide from point to point. From the shoreline approx 400 metres outwards, we have a series of shark nets placed strategically to help protect swimmers and surfers from the risk of shark attacks, we’ve had no attacks for many many years at Maroubra,” the post stated.  

“The protected area for humans on Maroubra Beach is limited to a relatively small area of the beach/ocean where a series of nets are strategically placed in channels (not entirely across the beach) blocking pathways for sharks from approaching shallow areas where people are likely to be located.” 

The nippers also said that whilst drumlines work in regional areas, Maroubra Beach is different because it is frequented by beachgoers every day. The nets helped fend off a white pointer in Maroubra Beach as 1,200 school children were holding activities in the water.  

“Your club is conscious of protecting sea life however not at the expense of children and others & until the technology is able to replace nets thereby protecting people we strongly reject the proposal to remove physical barriers.”

It comes as drone footage controlled by a Maroubra local caught a juvenile predator, the great white shark, on the hunt for a stingray miles off the tourist beach. Whilst the video caught such spectacular behaviour, other commenters on social media said that the shark could have easily breached the barrier.

Meanwhile, experts reminded beachgoers of some basic ways to avoid a shart attack:

  • Never go swimming alone, especially at dawn or dusk
  • Avoid swimming in areas where there are lots of fish
  • Don’t wear jewellery as it can catch light and attract the predators