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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackeral Beach
- April 2009 -
Notices for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia
April 2009

Clean Out Collection April 18 @ Mona Vale
 paint, oil, chemicals, etc

This was a notice in the Manly Daily - Clean Out Collection April 18 @ Mona Vale - for people with things like paint, oil, chemicals, etc. that did not go in the Clear Out.

Also, the Pittwater Council website has a link to Local Services, which includes Waste/Litter information that is pertinent and useful for Offshore residents.

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Cyndi Boste at the Scotland Island Fire Shed

Saturday night, 18 April, starting 8:00pm
Don’t forget, singer/songwriter, Cyndi Boste, will be appearing at the Scotland Island Fire Shed on Saturday night, 18 April, starting 8:00  pm.

The island’s own band, the Flaming Doghouse, will also be appearing with Cyndi.

The bar will be open.
Not to be missed!

Pilates Classes
9:00 am Monday and Wednesdays (starting 20th April)
Pilates is a series of exercises designed to….
  • Tone, lengthen and sculpt muscles
  • Develop core strength
  • Flatten the belly
  • Protect back, hips and knees from injury
  • Strengthen Pelvic Floor muscles
  • Improve static and moving posture
Classes are being held at the Scotland Island Hall

9:00 am Monday and Wednesdays (starting 20th April)

(I hr class including meditation)

$15 per session

Classes also being held in Mona Vale
7c Waratah Street (contours studio)

7:30 pm Wednesdays, 12:30 pm Saturdays

For more information go to www.belladonnafitness.com

Or call Patrice Corrie 0408 707 679


The Waterfront Action Group, our mainland colleagues, have had enough. They have retained lawyers to represent all willing members in a possible class action to recover over-payments they say they have been charged for 5 years.

The major argument is that the Department of Lands has not been fairly applying the formula suggested by the IPART. They have reviewed the statutory land value (SLV) each year but have not reviewed the rate of return on rental properties (ROR) since 1994. Accordingly, the jetty rental and rental for other uses of public land have rocketed up. If the rate of return had been reviewed each year WAG claims the public land rent would be substantially lower.

They are asking for support in this venture from the offshore community. Attached are several communiqués from the group.

While this is not our primary argument, that of equity, we do have real sympathy for our onshore colleagues. They too have been stymied by an implacable Government Department which appears to defend its policies regardless of the merit of the argument. Furthermore, any success they have in court would bring rentals down for us all.

In the light of the very real benefits that all jetty guardians would receive if they are successful, please take some time to read this material and consider their request.

Any questions or news please call Lesley, Paul or Greg.

Pittwater representatives of the Home Access Association (HAA)

E: lesley.stevens@prismpix.com   T: 9979 9477

E: paul.purvis@gmail.com  T: 9979 9667

E: greg.roberts@exemail.com.au  T:  9979 5228

Application March.pdf



Local Council Notices


Pittwater Mayor Cr David James will officially open the Newport Community Centre at 11-13 The Boulevarde, Newport on Monday 20 April 2009.

The centre combines community space for exhibitions, a meeting room, public tennis courts, a park and playground. The centre also houses the Northern Beaches Family Day Care offices.
The Council’s Community Services Manager Lindsay Godfrey said that the design of the centre incorporated a number of environmentally-friendly features to help reduce its carbon footprint and make it cheaper to run.

“The new building maximises natural light and cross ventilation, known as ‘passive solar design’ and sunlight is controlled in the building by the use of eaves and adjustable shades,“ he said.

“Other eco-features include the solar panels on the roof, rainwater tanks, waterless urinals and sensor taps.
“Materials from the former women’s bowling club building have also been recycled wherever possible,“ said Mr Godfrey.

Mayor David James said the Council was pleased with the design of the building and the surrounding landscaping. “The grounds include sculptures that really add to the building’s overall attractiveness,” he said.

“This is a fantastic new community facility for our residents. It offers a wide selection of activities and events to choose from including arts and crafts, health and fitness, dance, martial arts, personal development and tennis coaching.
Mayor James said that the new community centre and other upgrades meant that Newport was becoming a more enticing place for both residents and visitors. 

Although the community centre is already quite heavily booked for meetings, tennis court hire and children’s parties, bookings are still being taken through to the end of the year.
The public is also welcome to visit the centre on the same day (Monday 20 April) between 2pm and 4pm to take a look at the new facilities.

For more information about hiring the centre, call 9970 1156 or visit www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au

Media contact:  Lindsay Godfrey, Pittwater Council, Ph: 9970 1166

The first stage of the Newport shopping centre upgrade has been completed with commissioning of new signalised pedestrian crossings.

Pittwater Council contractors have finished construction of a 3 metre central landscaped median, installation of three new pedestrian signalised crossings, new pedestrian refuges and traffic signals in Barrenjoey Road and adjoining streets.
Project manager James Payne said that the Council and RTA would monitor changes to traffic flow over the next three months to ensure that traffic runs smoothly.
The main changes to traffic flow and pedestrian access are:

Two new sets of pedestrian lights at Coles Parade and Robertson Road
A revised traffic flow arrangement at Seaview Avenue and The Boulevarde servicing the local community.
All pedestrian lights being synchronised to reduce delays to traffic flow.
The retention of two-way traffic flow in Bramley Lane from the car park to Ross Street, following community feedback.
A morning-only parking restriction in Seaview Avenue approaching Barrenjoey Road to help improve traffic flow.
Mr Payne said Sydney Buses had agreed on the location of the new bus stops along both sides of Barrenjoey Road, with the endorsement of the Newport Chamber of Commerce and approval from the RTA.

One bus stop is located next to the Caltex service station on the southbound side of Barrenjoey Road and the other at the site of the former newsagency near the Council’s project office on the northbound side. 

Mr Payne said the second stage of the Newport upgrade, which will focus on landscaping of the footpath areas, will begin in April after the Easter break.

“The landscaping is an all-important phase of the upgrade and will help bring Newport’s retail centre back to life,” he said.

For more information about the Newport project visit www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au 

Pittwater Council has agreed to negotiate the sale of the land it owns at Foamcrest Avenue in Newport to Fabcot Pty Ltd, the property division of the Woolworths supermarket chain.
The Council voted at its meeting of 2 March 2009 to proceed with a negotiated sale of the Council-owned land for an agreed price of $4.55 million plus GST. In addition, Woolworths will provide a further 56 publicly owned car parking spaces in perpetuity at no cost to the Council.

Council reports relating to the sale have been released to the public and can be viewed on the Council’s website at www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/sale_of_Newport_site Copies are also available at Council’s customer service centres and libraries at Mona Vale and Avalon and have been provided to local community groups such as the Newport Progress Association and Newport Chamber of Commerce.

The sale of the land has been negotiated with Fabcot, subject to a successful rezoning and development application for the site to accommodate a ‘full-line’ Woolworths supermarket including a delicatessen, seafood, boutique shops and a public car park.
Currently, two thirds of the site at 15-17 and 25-27 Foamcrest Avenue Newport is owned by the Council, with the remaining one third owned by Fabcot Pty Ltd. The Council issued an expression of interest document in 2007 to seek an integrated development of its land and subsequent redevelopment of the whole site.
The Council’s General Manager Mark Ferguson said it was important the site was developed in a sympathetic way to encourage business growth and local employment opportunities.
He said the sale would be negotiated after the Council agreed to give owners consent to Woolworths to seek a rezoning application for the entire site.

He said the Council would not be responsible for the final determination of the rezoning application or any development application, due to its interest in the site.

“The rezoning application will be determined by the NSW Minister for Planning and any development application will be determined by a joint regional planning panel under recent changes to NSW planning law,” he said.

“Currently, 56 car spaces are available on the Council-owned portions of the site, but any car park could accommodate up to 300 vehicles for general public use”.

Mr Ferguson said approximately half of the car parking would be owned by Woolworths, with the balance owned by the Council.

“The exact number of car spaces and final design of the development will not be known until a rezoning application is approved by the Minister and a development application is decided,” he said.

Mr Ferguson said a decision on rezoning the site and a development application could take up to 12 months to be decided.

He added that a development currently taking place next to the Foamcrest Avenue site was an unrelated project by a private property owner.

Media contact:  Mark Ferguson, Pittwater Council Ph: 9970 1105

Yoga in the Hall
Thursday evenings
Mino Francis is continuing her Anusara Yoga classes on the Island

Starting date: Thursday 16 April 2009

Time: 7pm - 8:30:
(please try to be there a few minutes early to set up your mats etc so that we can start on time)

Location: Scotland Island Community Hall

Cost for class: $200 if you pay for 10 weeks OR pay casually - $22 per class.

Yoga mat, blankets, strap and block hire: $2 per class

If you have any questions, call Carol Floyd on 9997 2035 or 0407 066 419
or Mino Francis on 0421 762236.

You can also check out Mino's style of teaching on


Everyone is welcome, whether you are a casual attendee or are able to commit to the full 10 weeks

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