of Pittwater, Australia
Church Point Plan of Management Passed
After almost 30 years of struggle over various plans for Church Point,
a significant milestone was passed last night with the approval of the
Church Point Plan of Management by Pittwater Council after a long
debate, with Councillors voting 6 for and 1 against
In the grand scheme of things the Church Point issue means little, but
as a local concern it has been particularly intractable, often
described as the Pittwater equivalent of the stalemate in the Middle
This achievement is, of course, only the end of the beginning and after
taking a moment to celebrate we must now move on to achieving at least
the following three objectives:
1. To reduce
the fees to a level that are acceptable to almost all Offshore
Remember, even if the plan had been lost we would have been charged
fees anyway by the owner of the reserve that forms the carpark, the
Department of Lands. At least now we should get some improved amenity
for our contributions and, with the Plan of Management now approved, we
can approach State and even Federal Governments for financial
contributions and grants.
2. To ensure
that we are involved in the ongoing detailed design process.
As Ric LaPlastrier said at a previous meeting about the Church Point
Plan “the god will be in the detail”. In this we will
endeavour to work collegially with Council staff, Peter Altona, Cathy
Kubany and other skilled Offshore and Onshore community members
3. To ensure
all or most aspects of the plan are implemented.
In particular, moving quickly to improve safety, increased parking and
boat mooring, improvements to the centre of Church Point and, if
possible, the expanded walkway along the front of the main carpark.
It will be important to keep our own community well informed. In the
first instance, Council needs to ensure they will have sufficient funds
to service loans that will be taken out to commence the
project. This means that the charging of fees will precede
the implementation of works and we will be asked to pay a fee before
much work is started. We will, of course, be extracting guarantees as
to the nature, extent and timing of works to be carried out with these
loan funds before we agree to support any fees proposal.
I should take this moment to thank Michael Wiener, President, WPCA and
the WPCA Committee – the two Offshore Associations working together is
a powerful force. I would like to acknowledge Ian Souter who, over the
past few years, has put much time and professional expertise into this
project. Thanks also go to Jon Hazelwood whose wonderful plan now forms
the basis of the POM. In addition, thanks to past Presidents of SIRA
Shar Jones, Greg Roberts and Ron Barrelle who spent considerable time
on this issue over many years, as well as Ric Leplastrier, Bob
Anderson, Dermer Bennett and others from the Western Foreshores. Thanks
to Cass whose detailed work in the background always goes on and Karin
Krueger for her PR expertise and advice. Thanks also to the SIRA
Committee and to the 80 or so residents who were at the Council Meeting
last night in support and, despite the delay in starting and the
seemingly interminable discussion, who stayed to the end and
Above all it is the strength of a vibrant and co-operative community
like ours that is the secret of our success in this and other matters.
As Shane Withington was heard to say at a meeting about the Currawong
victory “I’ve learned that if you want to get something done you
involve the Offshore communities”.
Thank you everyone!
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Church Point 2105