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- March 2007 -
Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia Volume 9, Issue 215 March 2007
According to records, McCarrs Creek, flowing into the south west corner of Pittwater, was first surveyed by Captain John Hunter in 1789. In his Journal in 1792, Hunter wrote :"We visiting all those parts which are navigable to shipping and having very particularly sounded and examined all the branches before, the business was finished in little more than a fortnight. There is fresh water in various parts of this harbour, with wood in abundance and fish may be caught in all the sandy bays."
About 230m above the headquarters of the Creek was the lofty eminence of the quaintly named Tumble Down Dick and , subsequently, a Trigonometrical Station was established there from which to take sights over Pittwater. The Government Surveyor William Govett had been over the area in 1829 and , referring to the summits he surveyed, wrote : " Masses of rock in some instances appear like the castellated ruins of a fortress with its dilapidated walls and shattered battlements – perpendicular in some cases and sloping in others – and receding into caves overhung by massive canopies. These caves or hollows are called by the natives 'gibbie gunyahs' or homes of rock, under which they occasionally put a night".
On Govett's survey plan dated 13/1/1830 although he listed the creek as "romantic" it is still unnamed and the earliest plan on which the name McCarr appears is that of a survey by J.Larmer which shows a track leading from the creek to Foley's farm at Mona Vale.
In the estuary of McCarrs Creek soundings revealed a depth of six fathoms or about 11m and this was always considered a good spot for red bream, but in the upper reaches among the hills the build up of silt has, over the years, changed all that. The same stretch of water was again surveyed by Captain Sidney in 1868 and the creek was marked on the map as Pitt Inlet.
NEXT MONTH: What put the bump in Bumpo Creek?
Wildlife Victoria Bushfire Emergency Appeal
In one of the most devastating bushfire seasons on record, thousands of animals are believed to have perished in the fires, and there are thousands more badly injured waiting to be rescued. Wildlife Victoria is at the forefront of caring for wildlife that have survived the bushfires and helping them on their road to recovery.
You can help this worthy cause by providing
much needed supplies, including towels and pillow slips, and medical
supplies such as bandages and burn creams. Donations can be made by
calling (Sandy) 0431 478 081 or (Mandy) 0421 471 007 or online at
Flog your Boat and Motor!
Annual General Meeting of SIRA
Order of Business:
Interlace, after 30 years in the same location, has moved (reluctantly) to Dee Why. We now do only costume hire and Fancy Dress, as we no longer have the room for the recycled general clothing side of the business, though I am still interested in retro or vintage clothing, from a costume hire perspective.
Our new address is: 5/20 Howard Avenue, Dee Why, above the newsagent. Our new phone number is (02) 9981 4427. Fax (02) 9984 7038.
Below is a photo taken by June Lahm of the 'Day of Reckoning' rally and march.
About 40 of our jetty owners were there, holding an impressive array of mobile placards (the most professional there) with, of course, the Banner.
Independent reports put the total participants at around 5000, representing over 50 disgruntled community associations. Nearly 200 had travelled down from the Tamworth area, concerned about the Govt's arrogant handling on their need to get rid of woody weeds.
A small team, lead by Lesley Stevens, had worked hard to develop the slogans, the artwork, the printing and the cutting and assembling of the placards. We now have them ready at a moment's notice to re enter the fray with the Govt. at any time.
Thanks to all who managed the time to participate. Greg
Scheduled repairs to parts of the road in Elizabeth Park have now been completed. The type of construction has included a machine mixture of cement, re- constituted bitumen and existing road aggregate approximately 300mm(1 foot) thick. Water is pumped into this mixture, shaped and rolled, to give a thick, hard base and surface.
After 27 years, we now have a vastly improved bush road to the top of our island, enabling safe access for the fire brigade, and residents ,who until now, have no other access to their properties.
We all need to look after this asset. Users, please drive on these new surfaces sedately, as it will take about a month for them to completely cure. We don't dry our skins with sandpaper, so please take care now, and we will not have to spend extra and unnecessary money repairing them.
A huge thanks to Colin Mathieson at Pittwater Council for overseeing this project and the workers who worked so hard to get this done with basically no disruptions to island traffic. This project had some peculiar problems to overcome, one of which was getting the profile machine not only up the "hairpin", but managing to actually profile the offending corner. I witnessed some extremely skilful machine operations.
Council is proceeding with public land clearing Thompson St walking track( west side) and piling it ready for SIRFB to burn. This is part of the Bushfire Management Plan in action. A big thanks to Mark Baharel and Chris and his people for their hard work in these areas. This is an on-going project, and will help to make our island a safer place in these times of global warming.
Thanks from all of us. Graeme Richmond. Captain. Scotland Island RFB.
Pittwater Council gets
Women in the Swim
At 7.30pm on 31 March 2007, individuals and businesses throughout Sydney will be turning off their lights for one hour. Earth Hour is the launch of a 12-month campaign to reduce Sydney's greenhouse gas emissions by 5% - which is the equivalent of taking 75000 medium sized cars off the road for one whole year!
Sign up to turn off your lights at www.earthhour.org. The earlier you sign up the more impact your registration will have on business, governments and the rest of the citizens of this great city.
The Fireman's Ball
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