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of Pittwater, Australia
RFS Exercises - Pittwater Challenge
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:
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.
- Beashels Boatshed – South Elvina;
- Andrew and Rusty Cutlers Place - South Elvina;
- Graham and Di’s Place – 13 Douglass Estate,
- Ferry – Off Bells, Scotland Island – Not
currently sure if it will be Curlew or Banksia;
- Barge – Off Cargo, Scotland Island;
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 - !
ON AGAIN ON
AGAIN ON AGAIN
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Caaaaafffffeeeeee - ! coooofffeeeeeee - ! Caaaaakes
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
Due to resignation, we need more volunteers. Call 0404 867
Especially keen on anyone who can also write poetry. Haiku.
More Rat Poison Found
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.
had only eaten a small amount although still required an emergency trip
to the vet to induce vomiting before it was digested.
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.
CURRAWONG DA ON
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.
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.
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.
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
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
A CALL TO ACTION
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!
we can defeat this proposal with your help. That means we need as many
submissions as possible from you.
submissions need not be overlong or a great deal of work, all we need
is for you to write to: The General Manager. Pittwater
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:
PITTWATER COUNCIL POLICY
• 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
application ignores significant recommendations contained in the
Minister’s Part 3A decision
• No further subdivision will be permitted on Scotland Island or the
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.
application proposes lot sizes of 700 to 800m2.
IHAP RECOMMENDATIONS AND PLANNING DEPARTMENTS DETERMINATION RELATING TO
PRIOR APPLICATION TO SUBDIVIDE
• No new development should be allowed in the areas of proposed lots
1-3, 5, 21-25.
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.
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
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
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!
also register your complaint with Pittwater Council: 9970-1111 and with
Pittwater’s local member Rob Stokes: Phone 9999-3599.
close on November 4th so please act now.
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
With patience and persistence we will prevail.
President of the Friends of Currawong.
Want to join the 2010 Christmas Choir
To join in, just turn up to the first Christmas carol rehearsal date on
November 9 at Tarrangaua in Lovett Bay. 7.00pm start.
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.
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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