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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackerel Beach

October 20, 2014

Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia






Last week, Pittwater Council received confirmation that the Local Infrastructure Renewal Scheme funding it had applied for has been approved. This news means that overall repayments of loans necessary for the car park project will be reduced.
Read the full story including important other developments over the past few months

Scotland Island Cafe

Sunday 26 October


The Burn

Pittwaterfolk, herewith an excellent report from Capt. Andrew Cutler WP Brigade on the recent Lovett Bay burn, you’ll all find interesting

The Lovett burn at the top of Elvina Fire Trail was successfully completed over Sunday 12th & Monday 13th of October. This was a 200 hectare burn that has been planned for two years and we been frustrated by weather numerous times. It stretches from the Elvina fire trail down the Waterfall trail and up the Salvation Creek defile to the West Head Road.

Fire Control called us on Saturday night at 19:00 and asked if we could have a crew ready to light up at 10:00 the next morning. I would like to thank all those who made themselves available both during the day and night shifts at such short notice.

The reason they pushed forward so urgently with the burn is that it protects Lovett, Elvina Bays and McCarr’s Creek from fire coming out of the west which is our high risk direction. The district had the resources available both with local crews and out of district Strike teams from Gosford, and most importantly it is highly probable this was the last weather window to get the burn in for the next 8 -12 months hence the decision to go at the last minute.

Due to some delays in lighting up the West Head road sector we came under a little pressure containing that control line. The crews and Helicopter crews did a fantastic job chasing down a couple of spots down the Waratah Trail in the afternoon and evening as the Nor-easterly built.

The next day we had a couple of helicopters finish the burn with an Aerial Incendiary run in the centre of the area.

I drove the burn yesterday afternoon and now after 70mm of rain it will be very cool. The wind last night should also have brought down any weakened branches but remember if you are walking on the fireground be aware of any weakened limbs for a little while.

I would like to thank all the West Pittwater Crews with support from SI, Coal and Candle brigades as well as the Gosford Strike team and the NPWS fire mitigation crew who worked very hard laying and recovering hoses and recovering down the Waterfall trail.


Cup Day at the Fire Shed

4th November from 2pm


Expressions of interest invited

The Pittwater YHA managers, Michael and Sarah are looking for someone to assist with the running of the YHA.


The position is to cover the day-to-day tasks including reception, managing bookings cleaning and helping with guests needs.

Reception hours to be covered are 8-11 am and 5 – 8 pm with Wednesday afternoon to Friday morning being the times to cover.

Please reply by email with resume to pittwater@yha.com.au 
Pittwater YHA
Managers Sarah Polomka & Michael Doherty
p: (02) 9999 5748 (8-11 am and 5-8 pm)
w: http://www.yha.com.au/hostels/nsw/sydney-surrounds/pittwater/


Lost Things Exhibition

By local artist Deborah Hally

Opening 30 October  6-8pm


Island Players

Pittwater Pearls

November 7th, 8th, 14th & 15th



Cot and High chair

A cot and high chair to buy or take off your hands from early November
Contact Marie
99797936 or 0411253438


To Buy a Table Tennis Table

Please call Boyd on 0417 991 499 or boydatt@bigpond.com

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