Wild Weather Comments
of special mentions.
Thanks to the fire brigade for shuttling passengers from Tennis back to
Bells as Bells was temporarily unavailable due to live power lines
being across the path.
Also, all the children are to be commended on their behaviour this
afternoon. We had a horror trip, couldn't land at Carols, or
Eastern. Bell's was out with the fallen tree and live main electricity
wires. Carrie explained the situation to the children, and
they all sat quietly. At the only stop on the
island - Tennis, the older children took the younger children and
arranged to walk them home. I was so proud of the way that
they all pulled together and helped one another, and comforted those
that were uneasy with the changed arrangements.
Josh and 'Corkscrew' (sorry - don't know his real name !!) were
outstanding. They proactively went and sat amongst the children, and
talked to them, explained what was happening. They helped ensure the
children remained seated, quiet and calm. All the kids
deserve a special mention - they were really well behaved on a very
Thanks to Julian and Brigitte for keeping everyone informed of the
changing conditions !
Church Point Ferry Service
To whoever it was .. SES or Energy Australia or whoever did
such a magnificent job of restoring power in such a short time in such
weather conditions as we had today!
A candle-light night is not such an issue for me, but I'm sure sure
Mums with bubs or small children were very grateful, as were all the
Thanks to Penny for the info...hope the wind abates soon.
Thank you !
Tuesday is usually quite a heavy day for me with a 8kg baby + 8kg milk
+ another few kilos of shopping + a baby bag ... with all that was
going on, the ferry was only dropping at Tennis and we live just up
from Bells so a long heavy walk was in stall for me...
I dont mind carrying heavy bags... but I WAS happy on this particularly
longer walk on this heavier day was helped by a man Cal... or Cam? I am
sorry I have forgotten your name but you told me you had moved over
last year from Perth. Thank you so much for your help in carrying my
heavy bags and for the boys who helped the power come on so quickly so
my baby could have a warm bath and warm food and milk.
Many thanks from Ineka and Jarrah.
Looking for a lift from Tennis
anyone who regularly takes their boat across from Tennis to Church
Point on weekdays between 6:45 and 7:05 in the morning who could give
me a lift.
I would normally take the ferry, but the 6:40 from Bell's gets me to
work an hour early and the 7:10 from Tennis gets me there just too late.
I'd be more than happy to help out with fuel money and would never hold
you up. If I'm not there at the time we arrange then just go without me
as I really don't want to put anyone out.
If you can help out please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Queen's Birthday honours: The heroes
13 Jun 11 @
by John Morcombe
THIRTEEN worthy residents of the peninsula have been honoured in the
Queen’s Birthday honours, including renowned Lovett Bay architect Rick
Leplastrier, who has been appointed an Officer of the Order of
Among those honoured are high-profile figures including Manly
councillor and former State MP Peter Macdonald but what many look for
as they read the list of those honoured are the people they’ve never
heard of and who are truly the unsung heroes finally getting their due.
Typical of those now being recognised are Tony and Carmel Smith, who
have together given more than 80 years to helping others but whose
modesty left them dumbstruck to learn they had been awarded the Medal
of the Order of Australia.
``There are so many thousands of people who deserve recognition,’’ Mrs
Also honoured today are Wayne Gobert, of Collaroy, Ronald Cragg, of
Forestville, Muriel McCabe, of Davidson, David Macintosh, of Collaroy,
Dr John Lockwood , of Mona Vale, Richard Kenzie, of Seaforth, Joan
Fisher, of Collaroy Plateau, Bill Worth, of Narrabeen, and Maureen
Stephenson, of Bilgola Plateau.
Also honoured today are Rick Griffiths, of Newport, and Jeffrey Cree,
of Davidson, who have been awarded the Australian Fire Service medal.
For the full story of the peninsula residents honoured, read tomorrow’s
The Manly Daily.
Thanks to Baynews
Saturday 18th June - Mark your diary !
give Asparagus Fern the hiding it deserves !
Pittwater Council, National Parks and Wildlife Service and Pittwater
Natural Heritage Association (PNHA) are inviting members of the local
community to help remove Pittwater’s worst weed, the noxious Asparagus
Fern, at Barrenjoey Headland on Saturday 18 June.
In return,you will receive a voucher entitling you to a free tour of
the historic Barrenjoey Lighthouse with National Parks and Wildlife
Discovery Rangers to enjoy at a later date.
The campaign against Asparagus Fern is also being supported by DATS
Environmental Services and the Hawkesbury Nepean Catchment Authority.
Volunteers should meet at 8.30am at the north end of Governor Phillip
car park and wear gloves, long trousers, sleeves and covered footwear.
A free morning tea and a gourmet lunch are also included on the day.
The event concludes with lunch served at 1pm.
Bookings are required for this event by phoning 9918 9170 or 0417 287
Thanks Everyone !!
(ph: 02 9970 1367
mob: 0408 164 235
Êfax: 02 9970 7150
Reminder from the Pittwater
Offshore Wine Syndicate
This is a reminder that the Wine Tasting for our group, is to be
held on Sunday 19 June from 3pm. The tasting will be held at Alan and
Ruth Gaines lovely boatshed (red boatshed at Eastern channel marker; 71
Florence Terrace). The tasting notes and price list are not yet
available, so this note is just to ask you to pop an entry in your
Please remember your GLASS and food to graze upon...
PLEASE: Print the tasting notes and order form and bring them with you
on the day.
Click HERE for the TASTING notes.
June 19, 2011
Gaines - 71
Florence Terrace - Scotland
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can invite your neighbours by suggesting they visit
www.wine.hostcell.net where they can sign up to receive our quarterly
'notice of tasting'
forget your Tasting Glass and some food for us all to share **
Best Wishes - your committee
If you want further information or directions, you could ring:
Gaal 9979 9141
Gaines 9979 2070
Muir 9999 4449
Purvis 9979 9667
* Greg Roberts 9979
ON PITTWATER’S RATE VARIATION
Pittwater Council is expecting to begin work in the new financial year
on a $38 million 10-year program of capital works and projects in
Pittwater, following approval of its proposal for a rate variation by
the Independent Pricing & Regulatory Tribunal (IPART).
The Council will give final consideration of the approval at its
meeting on 20 June. IPART handed down its decision on Pittwater’s
application in a statement issued today.
General Manager Mark Ferguson said the rate variation would allow the
Council to implement major capital works such as new roads, footpaths
and drainage, as well as key community-based projects such as upgrades
to surf clubs, car parks and sportsfields.
“We believe the decision reflects that we have a strong capital works
plan based on sound financial modeling and transparent reporting,” Mr
“Historically Pittwater has suffered from a backlog of capital works
that has built up over decades but this program will help us shift that
“In addition this program will deliver important environmental works on
Mr Ferguson said the rate variation would replace the current 5%
environmental infrastructure levy, which ends on 30 June this year.
This levy was introduced in Pittwater in July 2005 and has funded
numerous environmental projects, overseen by a community committee.
Funds generated by the new rate variation will also be overseen by a
community committee and expenditure reported to the Council every six
The rate variation will see a cumulative increase of 7.8% in the
2011-2012 financial year; 7% in 2012-2013 and 6% in 2013-2014. This
includes the annual CPI increase, currently projected at around 3%.
For the average residential ratepayer in Pittwater, it will mean an
estimated increase of $41 a year in rates for 2011-2012; $85 in
2012-2013 and $86 in 2013-2014.
Pittwater was one of 23 councils in NSW to submit a proposal to IPART
for a rate variation this year, with nine being successful, nine
partially successful and three rejected.
Mr Ferguson said that the Council had weighed up the case for the
variation carefully and had spent more than twelve months consulting
the Pittwater community on the issue.
To view the capital works program to be funded by the rate variation
visit www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/rates To view the IPART decision visit
Mark Ferguson, Pittwater Council, 9970
TO GO ON IN PITTWATER
The NSW Government will extend the Fridge Buyback scheme for another
year because it is so successful at saving energy and helping
households cut their bills.
Up to $1.5 million will be allocated across NSW to the scheme for
another 12 months, according to NSW Minister for the Environment Robyn
Fridge Buyback pays householders up to $35 to have the second fridge
collected and taken away from their homes. Every fridge taken out of
circulation saves one tonne of carbon pollution a year and about $225
on annual electricity bills.
Each fridge is professionally degassed and the metals recycled, meaning
extra environmental benefits.
Pittwater Mayor Harvey Rose, a keen supporter of the program, welcomed
“To date, 830 Pittwater households have got rid of fridges through the
scheme and as a result, are saving over $185,000 on their power bills
Fridge Buyback recently won in the United Nations Association of
Australia’s World Environment Day Awards in Melbourne in the Best
Specific Environmental Initiative category.
Fridges to be collected must be working, in regular use, 250 litres or
more in size and at least 10 years old. Conditions apply.
To participate, call Fridge Buyback toll free on 1800 708 401 or visit:
Amanda Delaforce, Fridge Buyback Ph: 8966 9444
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