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- November 2006 -
Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia Volume 9, Issue 182 November 2006
We have all been shocked at the news of the terrible fire that destroyed the work of some of our most well known offshore artists. Our community stands ready to support these wonderful artisans in any way that we can.
We have one of the headline functions of the festival to come - the H2O 360 Film Festival in Catherine Park, premiering short films from remote Australian communities and islands including Antarctica AND Scotland Island! All the fun starts at 4pm this Saturday the 4th November. This is a licensed event!
And after the film festival we will all go and have a good lie down.
An early pioneer in Pittwater, Frederick Chave, developed three properties on points between Towlers and Lovett Bays with the evocative names of "Carlton Villa", "Brighton Villa" and "Bleak House" named after his favourite book by Charles Dickens which had been published in 1853.
Near the north entrance to Lovett Bay, Mr. Chave had the finest orchard in the district. One shilling (10 cents) bought a bucket of grapes grown from a "dingle" or area of hollow ground between his house and the road. He also grew figs, lemons, oranges and olives. When he died in 1898 Frederick Chave was buried in the little churchyard at Church Point. Other members of his family settled in Bayview.
It is most topical to point out that Salvation Creek which forms the title of the current bestseller and which runs into the end of Lovett Bay is now officially named Larmer's Creek. In 1939 the name was changed to honour one of the area's earliest surveyors, James Larmer. Interest these days also centres on Tarrangaua, the magnificent brick and stone former home of the writer Dorothea Mackellar (1885-1968) ,which was designed in 1924. This is now, fittingly, the residence of top-selling author , Susan Duncan, and her husband and so the literary link with Tarrangaua continues. A chamber opera commissioned by Warringah Council as a tribute to Dorothea Mackellar in 1988 included words which undoubtedly evoked the author's feelings about her beloved bay. "Dear Lovett Bay, so quiet and far from just about everything! The friendly rocks, the cool embrace of water."
Next Month The shingle splitters of Elvina Bay
Pittwater YHA is looking
for a summer part time cleaner.
Last November Pittwater Council hosted a Community Forum, which discussed the theme ‘Pittwater 2030’.The outcomes of this forum were a set of five Key Directions identified by our community as critical to a future Pittwater, as well as many valuable ideas which could assist in moving forward to creating a sustainable place to live, work and play in 2030. We are now finalising this vision, and offer interested residents a last opportunity to contribute to the Strategic Plan at community workshops facilitated by Peter Cuming, Managing Director of Sustainable Futures Australia.
Peter will use the unique Planning Web tool at workshops scheduled for Friday 10 and Saturday 11 November at Mona Vale Memorial Hall, Pittwater Road, Mona Vale. Pittwater’s Councillors would be delighted if you can participate in these thought-provoking discussions. Three Friday workshops will be held at 9.30am-12.30pm, 1.30pm-4.30pm and 5.30pm-7.30pm, while Saturday’s workshop will be held from 9.30am-12.30pm. If you would like a final opportunity to contribute to the strategic plan and direction for a future and sustainable Pittwater 2030, please register with Kylie Llewellyn on 9970 1107, as bookings are essential.
WANTED - Waterfront Home for permanent rental.
Pittwater Off-shore Artists
Last week Pittwater Council hosted a Technology Forum for Councillors, senior staff and selected key stakeholders across Pittwater, representing business, education, healthcare, seniors, community, entertainment and IT. The forum investigated the feasibility of facilitating community-based high-speed broadband and/or wireless internet access in Pittwater, and its inherent social and economic implications. We were fortunate in securing the services of Paul Budde, well-known and eminently qualified Industry Analyst, as Facilitator of the forum. Paul gave an extremely informative briefing on the state of the industry, both in Australia and worldwide, and graphically illustrated the social and economic implications and advantages of community-based high-speed broadband access. His presentation engendered much discussion and the Action Plan arising from this will be presented to Council in a report on the event. We will keep you informed of any developments arising with this challenging issue.
Your editor had prepared a long piece, accompanied by many photos taken by Boyd Attewell for this edition of the newsletter. However, it seemed totally inappropriate to include this story in view of the disastrous fire in Newport last Saturday night. This newsletter will keep you up to date with an information that comes to hand about the outcome of the fire investigation.
Melbourne Cup @
The Fire Brigade
Lost at the
Scotland Island Fair
Narrabeen Lakes Summerfest
at Berry Reserve
Congratulations to Anne and Andy Palmer and Kauri on the arrival of a son Ashlee. Mother and son doing well!
Don't Dump It,
So…make a difference: control asparagus weed on your property!
Pittwater Council is having an asparagus fern out day on Sunday 6th of November. Bags are available free from the Scotland Island Lodge (9979 3301)
The bagged asparagus fern will be collected from public wharves in the week commencing 11th of November. If you live at the top, ring Colin 9979-3301 and he will arrange a pick-up..
You don't need to bag the entire fern, just the corm. The corm is the hard lumpy material at the base of the stems. Using a sturdy knife is the easiest way to do it. Leave the stems and all the underground globules – they contain moisture that will be reabsorbed by the soil as they break down.
is in the air and our local frogs are croaking and making merry.
Greg Roberts advises that the brand new 'hot off the press' Pittwater recipe book he took down on his visit to Melbourne as a gift to old friends has already been put to the test at 2 significant dinners.
He has cooked both Rosemary Haskell's 'Ginger Glazed Salmon' and Carol Floyd's 'Hearty Slow-Cooked Lamb Shanks with Beans' to loud acclamation.
More dinners, using its recipes, will be cooked during the next week.
Their friends, Nola and Robin Byrne, have stayed with Louise and Greg and love the Island. They are delighted with the recipe book and would like to acquire some copies for Christmas gifts. editor- more copies available from Rosemary on (02) 9979-3301
What a fantastic opening! Hundreds of guests admired the eclectic display of art at the opening of the Shape of Water Exhibition held on Friday 27th October. The show was opened by Larry McDonald from Australian Galleries. Below are some photos taken by Boyd Attewell on the night.
Women on Water (WOW)
WOW is a women’s discussion group that meets on the second Wednesday of each month to discuss topics relevant to women. The meeting commences at 12.00 noon with lunch (each member is asked to bring a plate and a bottle) and general discussion, news etc. Discussion of the specific topic takes place between 1.00 and 2.30. The meetings rotate around member’s homes. All women are welcome to attend including Mums with babies.
The next meeting will be held on Wednesday 8 November. For more information or to place your name on the WOW emailing list please phone or email Kerry B at firstname.lastname@example.org or 9999 4092.
Archived Newsletters A complete set of past electronic newsletters since May 2000 can be found and read at https://www.ymlp.com/pubarchive.php?sira or by clicking here or by visiting the Mona Vale Library. The Island website is at www.scotlandisland.org.au
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The views expressed in this newsletter are not necessarily the views of the Scotland Island Residents Association (SIRA), or any of the associated Pittwater Offshore Resident's Committees
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