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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackeral Beach
November 19, 2009
Notices for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia

A Thankyou to Bill Gye

After receiving a number of emails privately thanking Bill for his contribution, I thought it would be appropriate to sum up the general feeling about Bill's tireless efforts.

The article by Bill Gye (load PON 17-11-2009 here) has failed to acknowledge the tremendous efforts by Bill Gye himself.

Bill's involvement in this whole process goes back longer than most of us care to remember. His great advocacy for the offshore community, patient and balanced approach to the many and varied issues is to be applauded. Without his gentle, yet persuasive approach we would not have achieved what we have so far.   

Take a bow Bill you really deserve it.
Our thanks to you.

Julian Muir

Local Council Notices

Church Point Masterplan Approved by Council
In a historic decision, Pittwater Council has approved a final version of the Church Point Masterplan, after nearly two decades of debate on the future use of Church Point Reserve and adjoining areas.

More than 200 residents attended the Council meeting on Monday 16 November to see the vote taken on the Masterplan.

The recommendations concerning the Masterplan were all approved, with an additional recommendation moved by Cr James that asked for consideration within the Plan of future anticipated sea level rise projections.

Mayor Harvey Rose said the decision to approve the Masterplan signalled the end of a long decision-making process involving Church Point and offshore residents which had been ongoing for the last two years.

“This decision now provides a way forward for us to improve the whole Church Point area,” he said.

Mayor Rose paid tribute to staff and residents for their efforts in negotiating a successful outcome for the Masterplan.

He said that implementation of the Church Point Masterplan would be a staged process over several years, dependant on Council and other government funding.

“We are already seeking grant funding from the state government to enable components of the plan to be funded on a dollar-for-dollar basis,” he said.

Mayor Rose added that consensus had been reached with offshore residents over a user-pays system for car-parking and boat tie-up facilities.

The Masterplan approved this week at the Council meeting divides the Church Point area into three distinct precincts for future upgrading and redevelopment.

Precinct One – including McCarrs Creek Road west of the general store, the dinghy commuter wharf and cargo wharf, plus Rostrevor Reserve – would see the construction of a new sea wall, dinghy facilities, a pedestrian boardwalk, car parking and wharf upgrades.

Under the Masterplan, Precinct Two – including Thomas Stevens Reserve, the public wharves, the general store and the Pasadena function centre – would see upgrades to the wharves, pedestrian access, more boat tie-ups and improvements to the reserve, including lighting, seating and landscaping.

Precinct 3 – the Church Point Reserve and its immediate surroundings – would see construction of an improved seawall, a designated car parking area including motorcycle and cycle parking, extra tie-up facilities for boat-owners and landscaping improvements.

The Council appointed an independent panel of experts in planning, landscaping, environmental law and economics to assist with developing a final version of the Masterplan.

To view the Church Point Masterplan in detail, visit www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au

Media contact: Chris Hunt, Pittwater Council Ph: 9970 1133

An Evening with the Commitments
with Flaming Doghouse and Scotland Island Players
overheard at the Blues Brothers
“If I’d known it was going to be that good I’d have invited my mainland friends!”

The Kindy Committee are running a bar with an extensive range of drinks and snacks, so make sure you bring plenty of cash.  Proceeds will be spent on repairs to the trampoline, arts equipment and a special kids' sized workbench.

There will also be a special, abridged kids performance on Saturday 21st at 2pm - all ages welcome.  There will be a gold coin donation at the door.

Friday & Saturday Nov 20 & 21 at 7:30
Friday & Saturday Nov 27 & 28 at 7:30

$15 per head

Tickets from;
PMC Hill - 9999 4902
Rosemary @ Scotland island Lodge - 9979 3301

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