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|Notices for Offshore Residents
of Pittwater, Australia
PENINSULA MUSIC CLUB PRESENTS
JEWELS OF THE BAROQUE
The Early Music Dance Consort
The Rameaunes, (a Speculative Baroque Orchestra)
Corinne Parker soprano
Discover a treasury of gems from the Baroque era, with an evening to
delight both the eye and ear in our 2nd concert for 2009. It will
combine music, song and court dance from the 17th and early 18th
centuries. Works by Vivaldi, Corelli, Lully, Campra and Handel.
Friday 17th April, 2009, 8pm
Loquat Valley Anglican School
1977 Pittwater Road Bayview
Tickets for 5 concert series subscription $55
Single tickets $20, con. $15,
School Students free (all payable at the door)
A sparkling wine supper will be served after the performance
Enquires please phone Janice Tuynman 9999-1937 or Wendy Reading
Doors open at 7.15pm for AGM before concert
TALK on Thursday 23 April
Elvina Bay Author Michelle McDonald
talks about her book
Kiss of Saddam”
Mona Vale Library will
be hosting an Author Talk on Thursday 23 April
with writer Michelle McDonald.
Bay author will speak on her memoir “The Kiss of Saddam”,
which focuses on the remarkable story of Selma Masson, a Muslim brought
up in a privileged Iraq in the 1950s and 1960s.
Selma Masson’s husband, at one time the Iraqi Ambassador to Spain, was
imprisoned and tortured by Saddam Hussein.
Selma is forced to bargain for her husband’s freedom and pay a high
price for love with an unforgettable encounter with one of the world’s
most hated men.
It is 1991 and the Iraqi invasion is in its first year. Selma Masson, a
mother of two and wife of a Baath party diplomat and human rights
activist Mohammad al Jabiri, is worried. Her husband has disappeared
and securing his freedom from prison and torture will mean courage and
The book also covers the heartbreaking aftermath when Mohammad comes
home a changed man, with further tragedy to come when her son commits
Author Michelle McDonald was born in New Zealand, moving to Australia
in 1966. She has worked with asylum seekers since 2001 and it was
during her work at Villawood Detention Centre that she met Selma.
The book also movingly captures the experience of life in Australia for
political asylum seekers.
The Author Talk will begin at 6.30pm
at the library in Park Street, Mona Vale.
Books will be available for purchase and signing by the
Bookings are essential and can be made by phoning 9970 1600.
The admission fee which includes light refreshments is $7.50 or $5.50
concession (friends/pensioners/students) – cards must be shown
HOLIDAY FUN FOR KIDS ON THE COAST
Places are now available for primary school aged children to attend the
Easter school holiday activity program at Pittwater Council’s Coastal
The school holiday program, which runs between 14 and 28 April, offers
some great activities aimed to entertain and stimulate young
minds. Children will learn skills they can apply in their
lives on the coast.
Pittwater Council’s Natural Environment and Education Manager Mia
Dalby-Ball said the program offered a combination of art, craft,
adventure, discovery and learning and will focus on the wide variety of
plants, animals and sea creatures that are abundant in Pittwater’s
“One of our popular activities on offer is the Junior Fishing Clinic,
an introductory fishing workshop that supplies all the facts and tips
about fishing and lots of free gear as well!”
Other activities include the ‘Horses and Dragons Under the Sea’
session, where children take a walk along the coast and learn about the
mysterious underwater world of sea horses.
There is a session on Humpback Whales called ‘Whale Song’ in which
children will learn about these mammals as they travel to warmer waters
for the winter.
“For children who like plants, the ‘Magic of Forests and Gum Trees’
session is ideal”, said Ms Dalby-Ball. “They discover how the lungs of
the earth work and join in making a tree of life and bush craft,” Ms
Dalby Ball said.
The Kids on the Coast program runs every day throughout the school
holidays, offering two-hour activities between 10am-12 noon and 1pm-3pm
for $20 per child per session. For children wishing to attend
sessions the cost is $55 per day (10am-3pm) which and includes care
Each activity is led by an enthusiastic and experienced educator. The
Coastal Environment Centre is located at Lake Park Road, North
For more information or to book a place go to
www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/environment/cec/kidsoncoast or call the
Coastal Environment Centre on 9970 1675.
Media Contact: Sonja Elwood 9970 1675
SEEKING LOCAL ARTISTS
Pittwater Council has set aside space at Avalon Recreation Centre for
established and emerging artists to exhibit during January each year –
and is now looking for artists to exhibit in 2010.
Known as ‘ArtZpace,’ the project is now in its third year, having been
developed as part of Pittwater Council’s five year cultural
Council’s community development officer Susan Machar said the primary
goal of ArtZpace is to encourage artistic expression in the local
community, by offering young and emerging artists the chance to display
and sell their work in a professional setting.
“Artists can also draw upon the expertise of an art show coordinator
during the planning, hanging and marketing of their work
“In 2008, the inaugural ArtZpace attracted four professional artists
and twelve emerging and young artists. ArtZpace saw thirteen young and
emerging artists participating in the week-long exhibition,” said Ms
“In 2009 all artists were successful in making sales and promoting
their works to a wider audience. A number of artists were also
approached by private galleries and buyers, said Ms Machar.
Applications for ArtZpace 2010 are now open and will close on 1 May
2009. Exhibition space will be available from Friday 8 January to
Thursday 14 January 2009.
Application packs and further information on the ArtZpace 2010 project
can be obtained from Council’s customer service centres and libraries
or visit www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au
For more information call Susan Machar at Pittwater Council on 9970
WATER CRAFT SALE IN APRIL
Impounded water craft ranging from small sailing boats through to
dinghies will be up for sale on Saturday 18 April.
The water craft can be viewed between 8am and 10.30am at Pittwater
Council’s Depot at 1 Boondah Road Warriewood. The impounded items have
been held by the Council while attempts were made to track down their
The Council’s Reserves & Recreation Manager Les Munn said the
abandoned craft were usually found on beaches and at other waterside
locations and owners were given several weeks to claim them.
“What we do in the first instance is try and trace the owner through
various means and ask them to collect the item,” he said.
“If we can’t trace the owner, we’ll hold on to the item for a further
month to give them a chance to get in touch with us before we take
steps to dispose of it.”
Mr Munn said that for residents who wanted to keep a craft near the
water, there were a number of storage options.
“The Council has storage facilities at Palm Beach, Clareville, Bayview
and Newport at a number of locations in these suburbs.”
The sale on Saturday 18 April will begin at 8am at the Council’s Depot
in Boondah Road, Warriewood. Items can be viewed between 8am and 10am
by which time sealed bids must be placed in the specially marked box.
All bids will be announced from 10.30am and the highest offer accepted.
Items can be purchased by cash, credit card or cheque and all items
purchased at the sale must be taken away by 12 noon on the day. For
enquiries about storage facilities or the sale of impounded water craft
contact Tanya Carmont on 9970 1353.
Media contact: Les Munn, Pittwater Council Ph: 9970 1354
FOR PITTWATER ROADS
Pittwater Council will receive $1.4 million over the next five years as
part the federal government’s Roads to Recovery program.
Council General Manager, Mark Ferguson said the money was a welcome
boost for Pittwater to assist in maintaining and upgrading local roads.
“The money will go towards resurfacing, repatching or rebuilding local
roads, depending on the severity of the work required,” he said.
“While the money is to be allocated over the next five years, we have
already assessed which roads are priorities for the next financial
The proposed program for 2009/2010 includes the following roads:
Lumeah Avenue, Elanora Heights
Mitala Street, Newport
Garden Street, Warriewood
The Serpentine, Bilgola Beach
Ocean Place, Palm Beach.
Parliamentary Secretary for Government Service Delivery, The Hon. Mark
Arbib MP said a total of $7.7 million for councils in the Wentworth,
Mackellar and Warringah electorates had been allocated from 2009/10 to
“This is a significant investment in the safety and condition of local
roads,” said Senator Arbib.
For more information about maintenance of Pittwater roads visit
Media contact: Paul Davies, Pittwater Council Ph: 9970 1177
MEMORY OF HELEN
The mother of Ex
Islander John Jarratt , died 31 March.
Helen helped John build the A frame house on the Eastern side of the
"Auntie Helen (Mum of John, Brian, Barry) gave up today & died
Nowra retirement home after speaking with her son Brian in America. She
hung up, smiled and away she went"
Looking for any accommodation on Scotland Island? I am
working at the marina in Akuna Bay but living 1.5 – 2 hours drive away
and would love to move closer to the area, having lived at Avalon/Palm
Beach for many years, love Pittwater and the whole Northern Beaches
lifestyle and would love to try living on Scotland Island this time.