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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackeral Beach
October 14, 2010
Notices for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia

RFS Exercises - Pittwater Challenge
this Sunday, October 17th

West Pittwater and Scotland Island RFS Brigades would like to let everyone know that we will be holding some Inter-Brigade exercises, this coming Sunday, October 17th, around McCarrs Creek, Elvina Bay and on the water around Scotland Island. These will be occurring between 8am and 4pm, so if you see:
  • RFS trucks and operational vehicles, at Holmeport Marina and in Rostrevor Reserve, Church Point;
  • Multiple other emergency services boats, including Police, Marine Rescue, as well as RFS;
  • Events, including RFS personnel, appliances, artificial smoke and fire at:
  1. Beashels Boatshed – South Elvina;
  2. Andrew and Rusty Cutlers Place - South Elvina;
  3. Graham and Di’s Place – 13 Douglass Estate, McCarrs Creek;
  4. Ferry – Off Bells, Scotland Island – Not currently sure if it will be Curlew or Banksia;
  5. Barge – Off Cargo, Scotland Island;
So if you see these events, please don’t be perturbed, it’s not an actual emergency and is our Brigades chance to show other Warringah Pittwater Brigades, the idiosyncrasies of offshore / water based fire fighting, as well as our beautiful area as a whole.

If you have any questions please get in contact with the West Pittwater Secretary - Graham Earl, Mobile: 0419 448 477, Email: GEarl@Bigpond.net.au

Cafe cafe cafe - !

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Caaaaafffffeeeeee - !  coooofffeeeeeee - !  Caaaaakes - !
Cafe-rine Park
10 till 12
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The Cafe Poetry Department

(Ed – um, didn’t we ask for a haiku? Not a hakka?)

If anyone can bake a cake for this week, please call on 0404 867 768.
Lyn – your box may still be down at the cafe, if you are passing on Sun. morning.

Due to resignation, we need more volunteers.  Call 0404 867 768.
Especially keen on anyone who can also write poetry.  Haiku.

More Rat Poison Found
Near Bell Wharf

There has been rat poison found near Bell’s.  Our dog, Chewy was with me on a walk and found a cake of rat poison somewhere between Bell Wharf and the water platform on Richard Road.  Fortunately he had only eaten a small amount although still required an emergency trip to the vet to induce vomiting before it was digested.

I’m told this is the third case of rat poison being consumed by dogs on the island in recent months which is obviously concerning, even more so when the poison has been found in the proximity of a pathway frequented by young children every day.

Karen Burns

Local Council Notices

Pittwater Council has received a new development application from Eco-Villages Pty Limited for the Currawong site.

The application is now on public exhibition for comment between 1 October and 1 November 2010.

Unlike the previous development application for the site, for which planning powers were removed from Pittwater Council by the state government, this time the Council will assess the application.

However a decision on the development application will be made by the Joint Regional Planning Panel following the assessment.

The Council’s Planning Director Steve Evans said the current development proposal by Eco-Villages was for 12 new homes, with retention and alterations to nine of the holiday cottages, as well as alterations and additions to the heritage-listed Milhome and Tuta buildings.

Mr Evans said that the development application would require a complex and detailed assessment involving multiple approvals from other government agencies such as the Rural Fire Service and the Department of Environment Climate Change & Water.

He said the application would also require approval from the NSW Department of Planning under relevant clauses of the Heritage Act for proposed changes to the Midholme and Tuta buildings.

Printed copies of the Currawong development application can be viewed at Pittwater Council’s customer service centres at 1 Park Street Mona Vale and 59A Old Barrenjoey Road Avalon. The application can also be viewed on the Council’s website at www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au

Mr Evans added that comments would be welcomed from those who had previously commented on the original development application.

Media contact:     Steve Evans, Pittwater Council Ph: 9970 1133

Friends of Currawong-www.friendsofcurrawong.com

Dear friends of Currawong,

Once again the developers “Eco Villages” have submitted a development application to build a housing development on the beautiful heritage listed Currawong Beach.

This enclave for the privileged few, although smaller than the original development which was thrown out of the Independent Hearing Assessment Panel 18 months ago, arrogantly defies the recommendations of the IHAP panel which were endorsed by the Premier herself Kristina Keneally when she was Planning Minister!

But we can defeat this proposal with your help. That means we need as many submissions as possible from you.

The submissions need not be overlong or a great deal of work, all we need is for you to write to:  The General Manager. Pittwater Council. PO Box 882 Mona Vale. NSW. 1660.

Our main question is: What was the point of the Independent Hearing Assessment Panel if its recommendations can be ignored?

Please object on some or all the following grounds:

• development must not exceed existing building footprints.
The new DA proposes 12 new residential dwellings.

• The IHAP stated that any “proponent for future development of Currawong should have regard for the proponents’ report and the Ministers Part 3A decision”.
The current application ignores significant recommendations contained in the Minister’s Part 3A decision

• No further subdivision will be permitted on Scotland Island or the Western foreshores.
The current application proposes 16 new subdivisions including a single subdivision for the cabin group and for community land.

• Dual occupancy map area 1 Minimum lot size to be 1200 m2.
Current application proposes lot sizes of 700 to 800m2.


• No new development should be allowed in the areas of proposed lots 1-3, 5, 21-25.
Current application includes house lots in areas identified in the previous application as unsuitable ie lots 1, 2, 3, and 5.

• The IHAP report found that the proposed residential lots 1-3 and lot 5, located immediately below the cabin group and adjacent to Midholme, were inappropriate for development as were lots 21-25.
The IHAP report clearly recommends that the only site available for small scale development is the area to the north west of the cabin group and Midholme.
The current plan also destroys the Heritage curtilage of the site which has been determined to be unsuitable for housing.

• The IHAP report said that Currawong should provide for and improve formalised public access to the foreshore area and historic parts of the site.
The current application makes no provision for public access to the valley floor, foreshore or cabins and Midholme.

As you can see there are many reasons for this DA to be refused and these are only a few!
Please also register your complaint with Pittwater Council: 9970-1111 and with Pittwater’s local member Rob Stokes: Phone 9999-3599.

Submissions close on November 4th so please act now.

The fight to save Currawong beach has been going since 1970 and will continue with your support. We anticipate that we will defeat this latest DA and then head for the Land and Environment Court and defeat it there as well but we need you to object to the development in the strongest possible terms.

With patience and persistence we will prevail.

Shane Withington.
President of the Friends of Currawong.

Want to join the 2010 Christmas Choir Afloat?

To join in, just turn up to the first Christmas carol rehearsal date on Tuesday November 9 at Tarrangaua in Lovett Bay. 7.00pm start.

With just six rehearsals before the grand finale performance, choirmaster John has asked that anyone who wants to join please try to make every or at least five of the six dates. All of them would be preferable.

Anyone who wants to join is welcome. Being a good singer is NOT a pre-requisite. It's about community and fun.

The performance will be on Toby's barge on December 21.

So it’s time to dust off the Santa hats, oil the vocal chords according to personal taste and get into training for the 88 steps to the house.  See you there. 

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