Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia Volume 6, Issue 53; March 2004
Your editorial staff were HIGHLY impressed with the remarkable results from the survey in the last newsletter. More than 120 (~30%) of subscribers responded. At a presentation to Pittwater Council and other interested bodies, representatives from SIRA were able to show the commercial viability of the underground car parking scheme as a result of this survey. We will keep everyone informed as to progress.
This month we want you to complete another survey. This time to try to persuade Telstra to provide ADSL broadband capability to offshore residents. Please read the item below carefully!
In this Issue:
As many of you are aware, obtaining an ADSL (Broadband) connection if you live offshore in Pittwater is virtually impossible. There are alternatives, including ISDN and satellite, to dialup but they are more costly and not for everyone. We are sick of being geographically disadvantaged. Many offshore residents work from home, or are planning to do so. We choose to live in a slightly remote part of Sydney, but that does not mean we cannot take advantage of modern telecommunications.
Now is your chance to influence Telstra. Simply complete the survey by clicking here, or going to http://members.optusnet.com.au/sira/adslsurvey.html
The Red Gum Lerp (Psyllids) - A Tiny Insect That Attacks Eucalyptus
Psyllids are also called jumping plant lice and belong to the Order Homoptera, along with scale insects, aphids and cicadas. In fact, they superficially resemble a miniature cicada except they are the size of aphids (less than 4 mm long). Both immature and adult psyllids feed by sucking plant juices out of the leaves, causing serious leaf drop which weakens the trees and makes them more susceptible to other pests, such as wood-boring beetles. The wingless, yellowish immature form (nymph) secretes a waxy protective cover called a lerp. "Lerp" is a term derived from an aboriginal Australian language describing this cover.
With great difficulty. Many local residents are adding chlorine to their tanks and this does seem to provide some temporary relief. Some residents claim that if the water is allowed to settle for some time before drinking (for example, a holding tank), good results are found. If you want more information on lerps and their removal, try clicking here
The Dance of Life
You may have seen or perhaps been told, that water provided to residents via the emergency water scheme on Scotland Island is not warranted by Sydney Water or Pittwater Council as potable. That is, they will not accept responsibility for the quality. Stickers, such as the example shown here, are being placed on standpipes and water lines to cover this problem.
The water you buy from your emergency water monitor is not warranted as to quality by anyone. That is not to say it is polluted. Just not guaranteed as to quality.
Pittwater Council is offering a wealth of FREE, interesting activities for residents to enjoy in Seniors Week. There's something for everyone at these events, which run between 15-23 March. Activities include:
Avalon Computer Pals Open Day - Tuesday 17th March, 1:30pm-4pm: Like a glimpse into the world of computing? Have a go at accessing the Internet, making personal greeting cards, chatting to friendly volunteers, enjoying an afternoon tea and lots more!
Discover Warriewood Wetlands Walk - Friday 19 March, 9:30am: A guided tour through the Warriewood Wetlands.
Planning for an Easy-Care Garden - Monday 15 March. Informative seminar on learning how to work towards an easy-care garden. Guest speakers include Eileen Rees, Pamela Polglase and Peter Rutherford.
More information about these grants can be found by visiting: www.facs.gov.au/volunteergrants or phoning 1800 050 199.
THE HON LARRY ANTHONY MP
The Brigade annual General Meeting is to be held in the fire shed at 2.0pm on the 7th March. all are welcome wether you are a member of the brigade or not. The Brigade is seeking to attract new members, anyone can join over the age 16 years, You can join as an active member or social member.
Anyone interested could come along to our brigade training on Sunday the 7th March after 9.0am, (or any 2nd Sunday of the month) you would see something of the way we operate, look at the equipment and talk to active members. You are most welcome. Basic training is given in certain aspects of bush fire protection and firefighting at the training centre in Terry Hills qualifying you as a Basic Firefighter, from there should you wish, on going training is available.
Hope to see you at the fire shed.
For all those Scotland Island residents who feel a bit 'Scottish"
As our newsletter continues to grow (nearly 600 readers) we are including some links to other nearby organisations and events that may be of interest. If you would like to contribute, please send a message to the editor by clicking here.
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Archived Newsletters A complete set of past electronic newsletters since 2000 can be found and read at http://www.scotlandisland.org.au/archive.html or by clicking here or by visiting the Mona Vale Library.
The future of this newsletter is in your hands. More than 700 residents and friends read this electronic newsletter monthly. Please tell your friends and neighbours to subscribe. If you are particularly literate in matters computing, you might like to help them follow the very simple path to subscription. It is easy to join. Simply click here to join, leave or change options or go to following address: http://www.scotlandisland.org.au/signup
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The views expressed in this newsletter are not necessarily the views of the Scotland Island Residents Association, or any of the associated Pittwater Offshore Resident's Committees
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