of Pittwater, Australia
Talk@ Mona Vale Library
The true story
of surviving 16 years in a destructive cult
& John Ayliffe
Date: Wednesday 14 October 2009
Venue: Mona Vale Library
1 Park Street, Mona Vale
Cost: $7.50 Adults
$5.50 Concession / Pensioner or Friends of Mona Vale
(passes must be shown)
Phone: 9970 1600
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Council Proposal to Prohibit Drinking
at Church Point....
of view from a 'local'....
have congregated at the point to associate freely, worship and
eat and drink ever since white settlement and likely before. To
describe this as 'historic' and then propose the annihilation of such
freedom in the fresh air - on the basis of mere 'anecdotal' reports of
minority misbehaviour is appalling.
Why, when the council is winding back such regimes elsewhere, out of
respect for resident’s ability to act like adults around their own
homes, are we the exception? We, the most celebrated long-standing and
unique community of all.
Take away the right to be adults - with all associated rights - at our
one meeting place and you take away the heart of a good people.
Why should we – the majority - pay for any misdeeds of a few? Instead
of criminalising the behaviour of citizens - who've already humbly
adjusted to night-time limits - why not police such issues (should
they, indeed, be real).
If you really are failing – with rangers and police – to prevent one or
two individuals acting up, how will you manage to stop a community
doing what it has for hundreds of years without ill effect? Will such
disparity assist in yielding respect and integration amongst people,
government and enforcement bodies?
And will this punitive regime suddenly be suspended on Christmas Eve as
thousands of locals and tourists converge – with international media –
for the dog race (entry cost and prize – food and BEER) that is such a
brilliant example of our generous, playful and inclusive nature? How
will that effect subsequent obedience if – at the one most potentially
dangerous and important moment – no-one wishes to embarrass themselves
acting like petty enforcers of a nanny-state?
This is not the Pittwater I thought I knew – the one I grew up in,
proud. In tandem with absurdly onerous proposals to the (hitherto free)
cost of make parking a tinny and a car out of reach of unpaid community
workers like myself (and half the existing populace), you now seek to
enact a cruel law that will cripple our communities’ one place to come
together and socialise.
I guarantee you there have been less issues of anti-social behaviour at
the Point than in any pub. Yet it seems you’d rather herd our mob (via
cars or very little public transport - and none, even water taxis now,
after midnight) out of the fresh air and into faraway premises filled
with impersonal gambling apparatus’ and the like. God knows, the
beaches has a bad enough drink-driving problem as is.
Shame on whoever proposed this in the first place and shame on any who
have allowed it to proceed without raising these very issues. Should
this get up you will have disenfranchised some of the greatest folks in
the whole region – at great, ongoing, cost. Look at the Watermark Open
Studios event last week! It did us – and Pittwater as a whole – proud.
Grow up, council, and show us some trust, leadership and respect.
at its meeting September 7, 2009 resolved to place on public exhibition
the proposal to prohibit the consumption of alcohol at Thomas Stephens
Reserve, Church Point for 24 hours a day.
The closing date for comments on the public exhibition is Friday, October 30, 2009
and submissions can be addressed to The General Manager, Pittwater
Council, PO Box 882, Mona Vale NSW 1660
or, you can go to this link: Pittwater Council-Public Notice - Thomas
you require any further information regarding the proposal please
contact Mark Eriksson, Landscape Architect Principal Officer on 9970
wednesday october 21
october 20–november 3
28 Queen St
02 9363 9892
GALLERY @ 28
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Dear Wine Lover!
to Spring! The Pittwater Wine Syndicate, in association with our
experienced wine tasting experts around Australia, is pleased top bring
you the Spring offering of fine wines. Another great selection for you
to taste, carefully chosen to suit our climate and our pockets....
tasting is at Paul and Joy's 'spacious' boatshed in Elvina Bay (three
jetties around on the South side of Elvina Bay). It is on, rain or
shine. After all, someone has to drink from the
tasting bottles :)
download the tasting notes, PRINT them to bring with you, together with
a tasting glass and some of your delicious nibblies for us all to share.
Please, download the list from here: CLICK
If you already have a copy of the tasting notes/price list/delivery
instructions, remember to add 'Pittwater Offshore'
as the place where you tasted the wines. We ask this because it means
that at the next tasting we get a plentiful supply of tasting bottles...
We are looking forward to your company. One last comment - we may look
professional, but the truth is the whole organisation, from the top
down, is totally organised by volunteers.
please pop an entry in your diary for SUNDAY, October 18 2009.
coming from Scotland Island or elswhere in Pittwater, please feel free
to moor/raft up at Paul and Joy's Jetty.
Best Wishes - your committee
If you want further information,
you could ring Greg Roberts 9979
5228, George Gaal 9979
9141, Julian Muir 9999 4449, Paul Purvis
9979 9667 or Alan Gaines
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