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Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia Volume 9, Issue 133; April 2006
I do hope you enjoy this copy of thee newsletter. They may be just a bit thin in the next couple of editions as I am on another island (in the Mediterranean) for a time. Now that most of us enjoy ADSL in the offshore community it may be a shock to go back to wind up internet - but them's the breaks. For those of you interested in matters technical, I have taken up with Telstra the possibility of our future connection to ADSL2+ in our communities. Don't hold your breath!
And can I commend to you the item below about the Community Arts Event. A freebie at the Avalon Sailing Club.
On the Pittwater side of where the yacht clubs now stand at Newport, several small farms were established and even a boarding house run by a Miss Scott. At one end of the little bay in front of the house was Green Point and, at the other, Haystack Point. The latter is said to have derived its name from a curious occurrence.
The Hawkesbury River had often proved that it was prone to flooding (indeed, his heroic efforts in rescuing farmers from early Hawkesbury floods was believed to have contributed to the early death of Scotland Island pioneer Andrew Thompson). In this case, a major flood had carried a haystack fastened to a large wooden framework of logs from a Hawkesbury farm downstream and into Pittwater where it beached at the southern arm of Crystal Bay near today's yacht clubs. This has been known as Haystack Point ever since. It is said that several pigs were accidental passengers on the haystack and these were recovered by a local fisherman.
Settlement at Newport arose out of necessity for a haven to which passengers and mail might be carried on the way to Sydney from farms and townships further north. At that time there was no railways between Newcastle and Sydney of course and the mail from places between the Hunter and Hawkesbury rivers was taken across the Hawkesbury at Peat's Ferry and carried on horseback from there. A proposal was then made to shorten the distance of travel by taking passengers and mail from Gosford to Pittwater. A boarding-house was built at Newport and then a wharf for a proposed steamer but the two original entrepreneurs , Messrs Jeanneret and Pile failed to get the government's contract which was given to a man with the then colourful name of Rock Davis, an inhabitant of Brisbane Water. Davis immediately built a steamer named the Florrie for the purpose. A difficulty then arose when the owners of the wharf refused to allow Davis to use it and for a time the mail and passengers had to be unloaded further up the bay. The contretemps , however, was soon ended when the two owners of the wharf bought the Florrie and took over the contract. Soon after a family named Boulton took over the boarding house and secured a licence and, as word about the beauties of Newport beach spread, settlement on the ocean side of Newport began. One of the Boulton sons drove the first mail coach from Newport to Manly and this continued until early in the 1900s.
NEXT MONTH: When there was no Bayview, no Church Point.
beaches to get $300m hospital
.. with permission from the
I am looking for a piano for my children (so something fairly cheap and basic) and am wondering whether anyone wants to sell one. My phone number is 9997 5018 or 0412 891 091.
children who do home schooling?
I am a
student at the Sydney Film School making a short documentary about
the different ways Sydneysiders commute to work. I understand that
some people on the island take their own runabouts to the mainland
as part of their trip to work and I am hoping you can help me find
someone who would be happy for me to film part of their trip from
the island to the mainland.
Caulerpa taxifolia can easily be spread. Pieces that break off can start whole new plants. Even after a week out of water, if in a warm damp place such as a wetsuit or anchor well, pieces can start a new plant.
Caulerpa taxifolia is a bright green seaweed with a characteristic 'creeping' stem called the stolon. The stolon can measure over 1 m in length and is fixed to the bottom by the 'roots' called rhizoids. The stolon bears 'leaves' or fronds. The fronds can be 5 to 65 cm in length.
What you can do
Report sightings of Caulerpa taxifolia to the Threatened Species and Biodiversity Unit on (02) 4916 3811 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or to NSW Fisheries' 24hr reporting hotline on (02) 4916 3877
(reprinted with kind permission of the author)
..... I shall now address the issues
facing Scotland Island and the western foreshores, which are our
offshore communities. It is these people who are most disadvantaged
by the lack of services. There are a number of issues relevant to
offshore communities which should immediately be addressed by this
Parliament. Scotland Island needs town water and town sewerage.
There should be an immediate promise by Sydney Water to provide
these basic services. Also, it is ridiculous that Scotland
Island residents cannot get the rainwater tank rebate because they
are not connected to town water, yet during times of drought they
must buy their water from the mainland half a kilometre away and
from a Sydney Water tap. It is nonsense.
..... I take this opportunity also to highlight the lack of investment in road infrastructure by the State in recent years. The electorate of Pittwater is served by five arterial roads: The Wakehurst Parkway, Barrenjoey Road, Pittwater Road, McCarrs Creek Road and Mona Vale Road. These roads are in a disgraceful condition and require immediate repairs and upgrading, including replacement of bridges, widening of carriageways and safer pedestrian access. Of most concern is Mona Vale Road, the most talked about neglected piece of metropolitan roadway in New South Wales and, regrettably, the scene of many fatalities. The state of our roads is a classic indication of 30 years of neglect. I give notice that I will not relent in pressuring the Government to carry out these essential works. In summary, it is fair to say that the Pittwater electorate, from the light at Barrenjoey to the lagoon at Narrabeen, has not had its fair share of the State's resources.
If you would like to read the speech in its entirety, click here
Thursday 6 April, 11.30am. Simon Nasht, political journalist, foreign correspondent, documentary filmmaker and novelist will talk about his latest book "The Last Explorer - Hubert Wilkins - Australia's Unknown Hero". Hubert Wilkins was one of the world's greatest explorers but why was he largely forgotten by Australia? Book with Mona Vale Library on 9970 1600.
On Thursday 16th March, Doreen Cruickshank, Local area commander of the Dee Why area of the NSW police, together with Alex McTaggart MP, visited Scotland Island and the Western Shores for a familiarisation tour.
Our visitors were taken around the bays and then given the grand circuit of the island in the community vehicle, driven by Gordon Floyd. Thanks also to Greg Roberts for the use of his beautiful boat for the tour. The photo shows our two guests on the Northern side of the island, accompanied by SIRA president Shar Jones.
for the National Trust Heritage Festival
The Theme for the National Trust Heritage Festival Week this year is "Industrial Heritage - Our Working Lives" which celebrates our rich industrial heritage and will explore the places, structures, industries, items and the people behind our industrial heritage. It will highlight the significance of a wide range of areas including primary production, transport, technology, manufacturing, building and maritime industries.
As part of this Festival, Pittwater Community Arts will present an evening showcasing aspects of the boating industry around Pittwater.
Described by Captain Arthur Phillip in March 1788 as 'the finest piece of Water I ever saw...', Pittwater has had a long history of boating - transport, recreation, racing and boat-building.
Special guest speakers will be Captain Ken Edwards, Master of the Barque, 'James Craig'; John McConaghy founder of McConaghy Boats, Mona Vale, world leaders in carbon fibre yacht construction; and Bob Basham, who will speak about Sailability, a national movement which facilitates on-water activity for people with a disability.
Venue: Avalon Sailing Club, Hudson Pde, Clareville. Supper will be provided. A Raffle will be held on the night.
Bookings essential. Ph 9913 1474. Entry free. And you can park your commuter craft at the Avalon Sailing Club
Free Advertising tips from Juliette at Pittwater Trading On line
With small business particularly, no matter what you're selling, you simply must use your advertising headline to make it immediately clear why people should read your ad.
Let's say you were shipwrecked on a remote, abandoned island and needed to be rescued.. Would you write your name or a little joke, or some clever play on words in the sand ? No way! Not if you wanted to save your life. You'd want your message to seize the undivided attention of whoever saw it. You'd want it to be direct and right to the point. Perhaps: HELP -- SAVE ME!!! That ought to get your message across in no uncertain terms, wouldn't you agree?
With all the competition for your customers' time and attention, you don't have the luxury of tricking them, being too clever, or boring them for even a second. Imagine if you took your advertising as seriously as saving your life - what an impact!. Check out advertising headlines all around you to see how many companies promote their business name instead of the key benefit they offer their customers. Worth thinking about... For more tips, ideas or help with advertising, email Juliette at email@example.com
Last chance to showcase your Photography, artwork or suggest a title for our Offshore Anthology
Anthology Production is supported by Pittwater Trading On Line and ed'n'art design
Final closing date for title ideas, photography and art has been extended to this Friday April 7th. Creative titles and beautiful photography and artwork has been submitted to support our written stories and poems- what a privilege it is to showcase the work of local residents. .
All writers, artists and photographers will be informed during April if their work has been chosen by the professional editors and will be invited to release their work for inclusion.
Title ideas, artwork and photography can be e-mailed to Juliette Robertson at firstname.lastname@example.org by final deadline: this Friday April 7th. Thanks to all for your contributions.
MusicFest, the first
Australian edition of Fête de la Musique, will
happen in Sydney and will spread to other Australian
cities and towns over time to eventually include the
evenings of talks
4 intimate evenings of talks
about spirit and the feminine influence on the
4 intimate evenings of talks
about spirit and the feminine influence on the
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