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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackeral Beach

- March 2007 -

Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia  Volume 9, Issue 220 March 2007     


Special State Election Edition

The NSW state elections are to be held this Saturday. Polling commences at 8am and concludes at 6pm. You may vote at any polling station in NSW, preferably in the Pittwater Electorate if you are a local resident. There is a polling station in the Scotland Island Community Hall - Tennis Court Wharf, Scotland Island and you are encouraged to use this facility if at all possible.


In the interests of a better understanding of the policy of the two leading candidates, we asked Mr Rob Stokes (LIB) and Mr Alex McTaggart (IND) for their view on the future of parking at Church Point.


Below are their statements:


Alex McTaggart (IND) Rob Stokes (LIB)

My position is as follows:


Council is undertaking a consultation process and an options paper has been developed and circulated for further community input.  I indicated at the start of the process that I would work with all stakeholders to develop an equitable and rational proposal for the Church Point precinct.  I undertook not to interfere in the public debate, but to take the lead in providing a public transparent consultation process.  For me to promote a particular position before the consultation process has been completed would be quite improper.


Offshore residents can be assured that I understand their concerns and I will ensure that they will be in the forefront of the decision making process.


Pittwater’s offshore communities are a vital part of the cultural and environmental fabric of Pittwater, and, if elected, I will fight to:


  • retain and enhance opportunities for offshore residents to park their vehicles safely on the mainland, in close proximity to the ferry wharves at Church Point & Palm Beach;
  • abolish the “jetty tax” for offshore residents, imposing charges on a cost recovery basis only;
  • provide recreational improvements on areas such as Church Point Reserve;
  • extend water-tank rebates to all offshore residents;
  • expedite plans to provide mains water and sewerage services to Scotland Island in consultation with residents; and
  • stop the re-development of Currawong.  A Liberal Government has committed to place Currawong on the State Heritage Register, and include the whole site in Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park.

Responsibility for the political content of this newsletter is taken by the editor, Paul Purvis, PO Box 296, Church Point, NSW

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