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October 16 2013
Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia

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Pittwater Council has issued information regarding three proposed Options for additional parking infrastructure at McCarrs Creek Road, Church Point. 

Council has organised independent assessment of Option 3, the new revised Church Point Friends proposal.  This is currently being undertaken to provide confirmation of proposed car spaces, costings and other aspects of the plan.

You can read detailed information of the proposals on Council’s website: 


This Sunday, October 20 at 10.30 a.m. in the Community Hall, Catherine Park for residents wishing to view and discuss the proposed Options.  Stay for a chat and a sausage/veg sizzle afterwards! 

Council will also be holding a Community Forum at the Mona Vale Memorial Hall on Tuesday, October 29 between 6.30pm and 8.30pm to discuss the Options in more detail.

SIRA and WPCA will hire a bus to take residents to and from Church Point to avoid having to move their cars!  Please email communications@sira.org.au to register your interest in travelling on the bus so we can confirm numbers.


Request for community comments on proposals for the rejuvenation of Leahvera and Cargo Wharf Reserve Areas

SIRAC Parks and Reserves Working Group held a Community Forum at Cargo Reserve on September 24th.  The Forum was attended by 25 residents.

A series of proposals were discussed with a view to improving the cargo beach area, access to the new commuter pontoon, the Leahvera reserve area and the organisation of parking and loading areas. 

The discussion led to some general agreement for 10 areas of action. These are summarised in a set of meeting notes and an annotated sketch plan of the area.  (These are available at HERE (PDF format)).

The Working Group is now seeking any further comments/suggestions in order to prepare a proposal to Council for their support/endorsement.

Please forward any comments to
Sue Dickson  sandgdickson@bigpond.com
Tim Turpin t.turpin@uws.edu.au
by Wednesday   October 27th.

Information Day

Members of the Pittwater Community are invited to view plans, reports and a model of proposed car parking at Church Point.

Through the generosity of the owner, the top room of the Waterfront Store at Church Point (accessible from Thomas Stephens Reserve) will be open from 10am – 4pm on Saturday 19th October.

Building 40-60 extra car spaces will not solve the parking problem at Church Point, but it can blight its beauty forever.

A committed group of on and offshore residents and design professionals, known as Church Point Friends, have come together following concerns about the character of Church Point being at threat of overdevelopment.  This group includes members from our local on and offshore community associations.

We are holding this information day to encourage everyone to see what options have been considered and to access reports provided to date.  A model has been made that has interchangeable pieces to see the different schemes.  Members of Church Point Friends will be there to assist you in reviewing the documents.

We support the benefits of additional parking integrated with better management of parking demand.  Church Point Friends have developed a low key, lower cost option which, we believe, provides a better waterfront public amenity whilst providing additional car parking.

Pittwater Council has indicated that a Community Meeting on Church Point will be arranged in the near future, prior to going to Council in November.  We urge you to drop in and familiarise yourself with the schemes.

The upper deck of the Waterfront store is a wonderful vantage point to view the affected area.

There will be an opportunity to provide comments, which will be forwarded to Council.


Australia's Largest Selling Wine Syndicate

Sunday October 20th, 2013, 3 - 5pm.

Greetings Wine Lovers

We have the tasting notes for our next wine tasting on Sunday October 20th, 2013, 3 - 5pm.

As promised, a good sparkling in time for Christmas and many of our old favourites. I have been promised a sparkling day to match the wine and would love your company. I know many of you have probably never travelled so far west, not even on your annual holiday, but now is the chance. The transportation costs are very low due to, err, the Australian dollar and a journey either by private vessel or ferry will add to your wine tasting experience. Plenty of parking on the jetty with the Aussie flag flying.

Please remember to bring along your own tasting glass, tasting notes and a platter of nibbles as a contribution.

Where:  Paul Purvis' sunny home, third jetty on the south side of Elvina Bay

If coming by ferry, alight at Elvina South, head east on the fire trail until you smell the wine...

If you are new to our totally not-for-profit wind syndicate it is lots of fun. Not only a chance to have a taste of fine wines but also the opportunity to meet your neighbours.

Date: October 20th 2013 from 3pm.

Download the tasting notes here.......tasting notes
Friends signup http://pittwaterwine.net46.net

Building Process in Pittwater Information Evening
Buying Property, Building or Renovating?

The 7 Steps YOU MUST Take Before You Buy Build or Renovate.
An information night discussing the approvals and building process in Pittwater.

Discussion will include:
  • Planning Certificates. How to determine what you can build on your land.
  • Architectural design process.
  • Approvals Process. Development Application v Complying Development Consent.
  • Architectural Documentation.
  • Building Contracts –Lump Sum v Cost Plus.
  • Building Contract Administration, Contract Variations.
  • How to select a Builder or Tradesman.
5:30pm, Thursday 24th October
Bayview Golf Club – Light Refreshments

Registration is recommended as places will be limited.
Register at www.thw.net.au or call 0419 210 480

  • Steel filing cabinets in good condition – 2x4 drawer @ $20.00 each, 1x 2 drawer @ $10.00.
  • Brother A4 & A3 DCP Scanner, Printer (Nov. 2010). A good machine but not needed in the new smaller office.                                                                                                 $100.00 o.n.o
  • Half cabin, f/glass commuter boat, 50hp Yamaha o/board, rego till end of June ’14, all the lights inc, inside the cabin, all the safety gear, side lockers and lines – an old one but a beaut commuter boat, available at end of October – not needed up the mountains!     $1,500  o.n.o.
  • Finn 8 – 8m, double ender motor launch, sleeps 4, lots of gear. 3 cyl Yanmar dsl, only 2 to 3lt per hour, 7 to 8 knots,  galley, radio, shr, e/frig, etc. etc. full inventory available, new antifoul, cushions and windows   A good sea boat for fishing and cruising.         $25,000 o.n.o
Bob Anderson – 0417 279 346

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