Home Fresh Direct
Direct" has recovered from surgery and she and Marcello are back at
markets to pick the freshest fruit and vegetables for their offshore
Let Nikki know if you want to have your fruit & vegetables delivered
Saturdays - straight to your private jetty or to any public jetty -
her a call on 0416 469 598.
You can order different sizes - $30 for a small box, $40 for a large one,
for free range eggs or $10 for a bunch of flowers - Nikki will give you a
call on approach.
Banksias and other wildflowers on West Head
Join us for a fun day of botanising strolls along bush tracks to identify
spring flowers in the beautiful Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. A
fitness level is required. The walks are not suitable for young children
Date Sunday 23rd September
Time 9.30am - 3.30pm
Meet Mona Street, Mona Vale near Pittwater High School at 9.30am for car
Cost share of park entry fee
Bring Picnic lunch; water; Les Robinson's Field guide to Native Plants of
Sydney Kangaroo Press (if you have a copy). Wear good walking shoes.
BOOKINGS FOR ALL PROGRAMS ARE ESSENTIAL -
CEC 9970 6905.
Many Australian marsupials are on the brink of extinction and need your
help. This national spotlight survey, co-ordinated by Perth Zoo, is now
its ninth year.
If you would like to have some fun and at the same time help Australian
scientists and conservation agencies, you can take part in this year's
Stalk at the Warriewood Wetlands.
Date Wednesday September 26th
Time 6.30pm - 8pm
Where Warriewood Wetlands
Cost no charge
Mona Vale Library
Mona Vale Library turns 35 in September and library staff have a packed
program of birthday events planned.
The birthday celebrations also coincide with a joint partnership between
Pittwater Council and the Fred Hollows Foundation to raise funds for an
indigenous literacy project in remote regions of Australia.
Some of the events planned during September include:
Inconcert@Mona Vale Library Saturday 1 September 10am-3pm. A day-long
musical event featuring musical storytelling, pianist Scott Ericksen, The
Brass Cats brass band, young rock group Innuendo, jazz band The Postmen
the Newport School concert band and orchestra and Mater Maria HSC music
students. Entry a gold coin donation with all proceeds to the Indigenous
Literacy Project in partnership with the Fred Hollows Foundation. Contact
Heather Thompson 9970 1614.
Trivia Quiz Friday 14 September at Mona Vale Library from 7pm. $10 per
BYO drinks and nibblies. Enter a team of up to 8 and win great prizes!
proceeds to the Indigenous Literacy Project in partnership with the Fred
Hollows Foundation. To register contact Jane Smith on 9970 1608.
MyChoice library project during September. If you're a Pittwater Library
Service member, show your library card at participating bookshops and
choose a new book for your local library! Participating bookshops are
Berkelouw Books at Mona Vale 13-16 September and The Next Chapter
at Centro Warriewood 20-23 September. For full details contact Heather
Thompson 9970 1614.
Other events later in the month include a poetry festival on Friday 21
September between 10.30am and 12.30pm at Mona Vale Library and a free
Fun Day also at the library between 10am and 1pm on Saturday 29
Mona Vale Library is located at 1 Park Street Mona Vale.
For more information: Heather Thomson – Mona Vale Library Ph: 9970
Fabian Garain Stacey - born Tuesday 14
weight 7lb 10oz, length 55cm according to his father but 53cm according
the hospital - a son for Harriet and Jeremy and a brother for Imogen and
Harriet and Fabian (to be nicknamed Beano) are both fine.
Authors @ Mona Vale
Forthcoming events, Sept-Oct, 2007
Lucinda Holdforth ––”Why Manners Matter: the Case for
Civilised Behaviour in
a Barbarous World” on Tuesday 4 September, 6.30pm
The author argues this is vital for survival and relates this in a
Poet Fest, with four poets celebrating Poetry Week – FREE on Friday
Michael Caulfield– “The Vietnam Years” on Thursday 27
Personal accounts of those who fought and families left behind.
Mohamed Khadra– “Making the Cut: A Surgeon’s Stories of
Life on the Edge” on
Wednesday 24 October, 6.30pm
Autobiography and description of extraordinary events overtaking everyday
lives, including his own.
Bookings essential on 9970 1600 and payment within 3 days required to
Cost $7 and $5 for concessions. Light refreshments are included in the
All talks will be held at Mona Vale Library, Park Street, Mona
Help Save Currawong
An email from Shane Withington is imploring
readers to make a last ditch stand to rescue Currawong. The text of his
email is below. If you can help, you could download his suggested letter,
print it, sign it, and return it to the address shown on the letter. You
download the letter by clicking
Herewith the standard letter for the
of Currawong. We need people to sign the bottom, write their name and
address and post it to the address at the top of the letter. We need as
people as possible to do this and ask them to forward it on to any people
community groups they might know and ask even them to forward it on
The bigger the response the better our chances. It's getting close to D
and this might be our last shot.
The quickest, tastiest
A quick and easy tasty
pasta that everyone will love, easier than tuna casserole and
Boil water for pasta
then put pasta on to cook. while that's happening brown the onion in a
separate pan. Once brown add tuna and tomato paste to heat thru. pour in
cream and add salt and pepper to taste.
Toss pasta and sauce together and serve topped with parmesan
Free community Wi-Fi
Arrives at Newport
Pittwater Council and myKP bring myKPcommunity
free wireless internet access to the Newport retail centre.
In a first for the northern beaches, the ‘free internet
provide locals and visitors to the area access to the Internet from
their wi-fi enabled devices free of charge. This is now available to the
public along Barrenjoey Road and surrounding streets.
The hotspot creates a wireless Internet connection that is accessible
through Wi-Fi connectivity.
According to Mayor Alex McTaggart, “The hotspot covers the Newport
shopping area and some surrounding streets. Visitors and locals can now
drop into Newport with their laptop or internet-enabled mobile device
and connect free of charge, check emails, chat or surf the
The service is part of the recently announced myKPcommunity project
currently deploying in NSW CBD, metro, regional and rural communities.
myKP CEO Grahame Miles, says “It’s not just about free
wi-fi. It’s about
economic sustainability and helping promote and develop both our larger
cities and our smaller communities”.
“A key benefit is that local businesses can take advantage of
visitors to the area and also promote themselves online with the
intention of encouraging economic benefits” Mayor McTaggart.
myKP users can use the same user credentials across all myKP hotspots
when visiting other myKP coverage areas. “For users, the
the same whether you’re using our hotspot in downtown Sydney or
For local businesses, the wi-fi hotspots extend to e-commerce,
e-marketing and taking advantage of online visibility” said
Called for Community Service Awards
Do you know an organisation or person that deserves to be honoured for
their dedication in serving the local community?
Pittwater Council is looking for nominees for the 2007 Community
Services Awards. The awards are presented annually in recognition and
appreciation of the service given by many individuals and organisations
to the Pittwater community.
Pittwater Mayor Alex McTaggart said the awards provide Council with an
opportunity to reward and celebrate the achievements of community
service volunteers and workers. “There is hardly an area in life
not touched by their efforts and we want to acknowledge the work they do
that enables our community to support and help each other.”
Any resident of Pittwater is eligible and will have a demonstrated
commitment to the community through their efforts and support of local
activities, either as a volunteer or in the course of their employment.
Organisations nominated must provide a community service to Pittwater
residents, but do not necessarily have to be based in Pittwater.
The award will be presented at an evening function celebrating
International Volunteer Week on Tuesday 4 December 2007 at Mona Vale
Memorial Hall. All nominees will receive a certificate of appreciation,
with winners receiving an award.
Nominating someone is easy! Simply complete the form online at
or download it and complete, then mail to ‘Community Services
Nomination’, Attention Louise Jeffs, Pittwater Council PO Box 882,
Vale 1660. Nominations close on 19 October 2007. For all enquiries phone
9970 1170 during business hours or email
The Great Debate at
Clarification of Wildlife Protection
areas at Mackerel Beach
Separate to the road reserves discussed above, at Mackerel Beach there
are two Council owned land parcels that adjoin private property and the
National Park. These parcels have basically the same natural biophysical
attributes as the National Park and as such needed an equivalent level
of wildlife protection. The state government relies on local government
to ensure that the uses of adjoining public open space are compatible
with the ongoing effective management of the adjacent national park. For
this reason these parcels are proposed to be designated as Wildlife
Protection Areas. As such these are areas where dogs are not permitted,
as is the case within the National Park.
Why the suggestion of dedication of Council Wildlife Protection Area
lands to the National Park (note, this does not include the road
Noting the similarities of wildlife protection status on Council's land
and those that apply to the National Park it was seen that there may be
merit in having singular land tenure and management arrangements for
what is ostensibly the same bushland of high ecological value but
currently owned by different government agencies. Why duplicate
management arrangements and have two separate organisations a seeking to
achieve basically the same outcomes? It was for this reason that the
Wildlife Protection Area land parcels at Mackerel Beach were suggested
to form part of the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.
Why was there an attached letter to the Minister?
Because of the current status of the Council owned land (which is
subject to a Deed of Trust with the Ministerial Corporation), it was
noted that the relevant State Government Minister, in this case the Hon.
Frank Sartor, Minister for Planning, would be required to advise as to
whether lifting the restrictions on Council's land could be considered.
This is a necessary first step to determine whether it is legally
possible for Council to dedicate the land as part of the national park.
To correct a current misconception in the community, it should be noted
that the subject letter has, in fact, not been sent to the Minister,
however it does outline Council’s intended request of the Minister
as such is included as part of the current community consultation
Why reference to other Western Foreshore locations?
Given that other Western Foreshore settlements have similar issues as
identified at Mackerel Beach it was foreshadowed that similar issues may
arise. However the focus at this stage was Mackerel Beach. The other
settlements would be the subject of further analysis, in conjunction
with the community as to what should be Wildlife Protection Areas and
whether to include such areas in the National Park.
What lands are generally intended to form part of further
Across the Western Foreshores there are multiple individual parcels of
land of varying sizes and shapes that are either in private ownership,
owned by Council or the National Park. The majority of this land is non
waterfront and in some instances is a random mix of both Council and
National Park lots. These are the primary Council land holdings that it
was felt could be considered for National Park inclusion. In addition,
along the foreshores there is also a scattering of Council and National
Parks properties, some of which are located between residential lots or
separated from other national park land by public roads. There should be
further discussion as to the most appropriate type of longer term
management for these lands given the current constraints that affect
Why is there only a map set for Mackerel Beach and not the other
Western Foreshore Settlements?
The reason is that at Mackerel Beach there has been more detailed
analysis of the parcels to be designated as Wildlife Protection Areas,
whereas at the other western foreshore settlements there is still a need
for more detailed analysis. This analysis will need to engage the
community, the Department of Planning and the National Parks &
Service. It may be that not all of Council's land should be put to
wildlife protection at these other locations and that there may be some
scope to achieve other community and environmental benefits and use for
the subject land parcels, by more closely examining what land use
patterns and management arrangements should be applied into the
Women on Water
- is on Wednesday September 12 (ie the second Wednesday of the month)
starting at midday. Come and join us at Michelle McDonald's home in
Elvina Bay. Just bring a plate of food to share and something to drink.
ALL OFFSHORE WOMEN OF ANY AGE are welcome.
Please phone Kerry on 9999 4092 if you haven't been to WOW before and/or
have any questions.
The topic for September is: FEAR
"One of the most interesting and pervasive of human emotions, fear
present is many aspects of our lives.
Psychological fears, physical fears beset us daily. Governments and the
media use fear to manipulate our viewpoints and to reinforce or alter
mindsets. We have a seemingly perverse desire to watch horror movies,
and thrillers. We engage in dangerous activities for the thrill of the
moment – bungy jumping, rock climbing, speed skiing - the faster,
more on the edge the better.
It seems to me that fear is hugely influential in our lives and those
influences can be both positive and negative.
Let's discuss the positives and negatives of fear and how these
positives and negatives affect us personally in our everyday