SIRFS Winter Fireshed Dinner
Pittwater Weather Update
- No change to council
Warringah Council - to bow out of SHOROC ?
SIRFB Fireman's Ball
Co-Op Club -
Cottage to Let
Polycraft for Sale
Boat & House goods for sale
Island Car for
Local Contact Guide
WEST PITTWATER COMMUNITY
Representing the communities of McCarrs Creek, Elvina Bay, Lovett Bay
and Morning Bay
Box 289, Church Point, NSW 2105
Companion Animals and the Lower Western Foreshores
Recently there have been a few sightings of rabbits in Lovett Bay
(north) and rental enquiries to include cats on the western shores. The
WPCA would like to remind offshore residents that Pittwater Council has
a Development Control Plan (DCP) for keeping companion animals on the
Lower Western Foreshores covering McCarrs Creek, Elvina Bay, Lovett Bay
and Morning Bay. The DCP states:
D8.12 Companion Animals
“The keeping of cats,
ferrets and rabbits is prohibited.
Owners who wish to keep
permitted domestic animals shall prevent them from entering the
National Park and any Wildlife Protection Area at all times.
A maximum of 2 dogs are
permitted per household”
P21 DCP Part D,
Thank you for your consideration and cooperation,
West Pittwater Community Association - WPCA
Island RFB Fire Shed Dinner
Saturday 13 June 2015 from
On 5th May we brought www.pittwaterweather.com online to replace the
individual links that were previously necessary during our development
Initially on entering the site we have Snapshots of the Temperature,
Humidity and Wind at each of our present operational stations via the
Then on clicking on the individual stations at the top of the page
access is made to the full comprehensive data for each station.
We now have 4 stations operational and 3 more in the pipeline.
The TABS on our individual stations give access to the following data –
- All present weather parameters updated every 2
- Data freezes at last reading if power lost to unit -
Always check time of data.
- Top banner photos cycle automatically or mouse over
- This Month, This Year, Monthly, Time
- Standard, Steel Series, Flying – analog & digital
- These graphs present temperature, pressure, rainfall,
and wind speed
trends for the last 24 hours. The thumbnail graphs are sampled every 10
- Click on a thumbnail to display the corresponding
- The large graphs are sampled every 1 minute.
- Tides & Moon (supplied by WillyWeather)
- 7 day Forecast (generated by WeatherUnderground)
- Slideshow of surrounding area
- Webcam – not available yet. Coming to some stations
The crucial need for these stations was demonstrated during the
horrendous weather of 20th and 21st April when Western Foreshore &
Scotland Island residents were totally dependent on the information to
know when it was safe to leave their homes.
- System – maintenance overview
- Information – description & location of equipment
- Contact us – comments or questions
The wonderful volunteers of the SES, Rural Fire Service and Marine
Rescue could also have an overview of the weather at various locations
around the peninsula.
On 21st April over 350 hits were recorded on the Palm Beach station,
over 250 at The Quays and 170 for Scotland Island. This was from a
service that was little known at that stage.
Now, as of 9th May, Total Hits on all the stations are approaching
The aim of this Project is to establish weather Observation stations
around Pittwater that transmit the present ACTUAL conditions to the
The Bureau of Meteorology and many other providers produce Forecasts
and the BoM produces Observations for many locations but NOT Pittwater.
When the Barrenjoey Lighthouse installation receives approval from
National Parks and Wildlife Service then that weather information will
not only benefit Pittwater users but coastal traffic as well.
Barrenjoey will be equipped with a webcam as well as other suitable
locations giving a bird’s eye view of the surroundings.
The National Manager, Marine Weather, for the BoM is fully supportive
of our endeavour as is Seabreeze.com.au and the NSW Minister for
Hopefully this project could be a blueprint for other locations around
Australia that are lacking BoM Actual weather information to create
their own network to not only be available directly but through the BoM
WOW (Weather Observation Website) facility -
Observations/ Live wind map for Sydney area
PittwaterWeather is a not-for-profit association helping the community
with vital information.
It is hoped that Governments, both State and Federal, will see fit to
help fund the ongoing running of this service.
President – PittwaterWeather Incorporated
9997 2600 0404 803 747
United front at public
meeting on amalgamation.
unanimous in their voice for ‘no change to Pittwater Council or its
borders without community support’.
Over 350 residents attended the public meeting which saw an
overwhelming backlash against the NSW Government’s proposed Council
amalgamation plans as part of its ‘Fit for the Future’ program.
The meeting, held at Pittwater RSL Mona Vale, opened with the Hon. Rob
Stokes MP stating his support for Pittwater Council and its’ good
governance historically, whilst calling for Council to be willing to
take on the challenge of expanding upon this in the future.
“This is an opportunity to say; Can change benefit us? Make our
community stronger? Safer and better? And if so, that is a good thing,”
Mr Stokes agreed that while some of the reasons Pittwater saw itself
separating from Warringah remain valid today, “the Pittwater boundary
does not make complete sense, as it divides a catchment in two, and
from an environmental perspective this does not encourage good or
inexpensive environmental outcomes. Better to manage catchments
holistically,” he stated.
Ian Kennedy spokesperson for ‘Pittwater Forever’ summed up the
sentiment of the meeting in stating “ …we feel betrayed by the
politicians as we are in a process assessed by IPART, which is a
sham,… there is no evidence that amalgamation provides better community
Marcia Rackham, spokesperson for Mona Vale Residents Association stated,
“…we do not wish to return to the inefficiencies of Warringah and
unsympathetic developments” and in saying no to any change “We are not
being elitist, we are being true to ourselves and our environment,” she
Pittwater Council’s General Manager Mark Ferguson called for calm
stating “this is not a campaign yet, it is community engagement.
Effective community engagement and consultation is of the utmost
importance”, Mr Ferguson stated.
A key outcome of the meeting saw the 350 residents put forward a
motion, carried unanimously, for:
Pittwater to remain as we are without any boundary changes, and amended
this by calling for reaffirmation of the Government’s pledge that there
be no forced amalgamations.
Mayor Jacqui Townsend concluded proceedings in reaffirming the
commitment of Pittwater Council to its residents in providing local
representation and delivery of local services.
Cr Townsend urged “Please do not underestimate the importance of your
voice in this process” and encouraged the community to continue to have
Residents unable to attend the meeting are encouraged to go online have
your say via the online survey on our website, www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/reform
If you haven’t already, contact your councillors individually.
Stay informed at our Reform page on the web.
Warringah Council - to
bow out of SHOROC?....
under the guise of saving money in its bid for a
“It’s not about saving
money – it’s about Warringah Council undermining SHOROC, an
organisation that works well, to instead ensure its own agenda at the
expense of others” Pittwater Council’s General Manager Mark Ferguson
stated emphatically today.
These comments were in response to a resolution from Warringah Council
at its meeting last night.
This resolution stated, that at the next SHOROC (Shore Regional
Organisation Of Councils) Board Meeting, the Warringah Mayor bring
forward the following proposal that “the Administration component of
SHOROC be immediately abolished.”
Warringah’s reasoning for this is that SHOROC’s current model of
operation is “inefficient, costly and ineffective”.
Pittwater Mayor Jacqueline Townsend argues that “this partnership of
State Government, Northern Beaches Councils, and SHOROC has to date
delivered outstanding results for our region, realising major
infrastructure funding for significant public transport, road upgrades,
and of course the Northern Beaches Hospital”.
Cr Townsend supports this stating “SHOROC has received the highest
honour for excellence in NSW Planning in 2014, winning The Planning
Institute of Australia’s President’s Award for its Shaping Our Future
Mr Ferguson said that this resolution to abolish SHOROC is a clear
example of Warringah showing its unwillingness to work with others. It
is another example of Warringah’s misinformation campaign.
“Quite clearly Warringah Council is forgetting its previous rhetoric of
uniting the Northern Beaches utilising its key values of respect,
integrity, teamwork and responsibility, which is quite laughable as it
is directly undermining an organisation which has clearly shown its
capacity to work strategically with Pittwater, Manly, Mosman and
Warringah Councils” Mr Ferguson added.
“We would lose the grants and other revenues, and hide the costs
alongside Warringah’s ‘Smoke and mirrors’ campaign, Mr Ferguson stated.
“If they need to save money, maybe they could redirect some of the
money they are wasting on their current misinformation campaign for one
mega-council,” he said.
Mr Ferguson concluded, “If the status quo is not an option, and we are
forced to merge, a Greater Pittwater and a Greater Manly with two
councils of equal size - formed to create an equal partnership for
strategic decision making for our region, would make sense … definitely
not a ‘three-into-one’ model where one mega-council would have ultimate
To stay informed, please visit www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/reform
lunch & fussy eating workshop
find that your child’s school lunch often ends up in the bin?
Pittwater Council is holding a free workshop to help busy parents pack
a healthy lunchbox and to deal with fussy eaters.
The workshop will be led by Lynsey Bradley from Tuckshop Workshop on Wednesday 3
June at Warriewood from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.
Environmental Compliance & Waste Manager Jeff Lofts said that quite
a high proportion of school lunches are thrown away, with the workshop
showing parents how to break the cycle of fussy eating and prepare
healthy food for their children that is enticing to eat and will
sustain energy levels.
“Good nutrition during early childhood is vital, as is avoiding
unnecessary food waste,” said Mr Lofts.
The free workshop will include:
The workshop will be held at Warriewood, with venue details provided on
- Tips on keeping kids healthy through food and
- Lunch box ideas and recipes
- Simple, healthy school lunches that kids will love
- How to pack a waste free lunch
Bookings are essential as places are limited.
To book call 9970 1194 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on reducing food waste visit www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/lovefoodhatewaste
Celebrating 60 years of the
Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade
Saturday 11 July from
Dress Code - Formal
RSVP by 20th June - Online Only
(no tickets sold at the door)
Co-Op Club Presents: June 2015 Bookings
Church Point Cafe
play between 3-6pm
Artists play between
June 7: Shane Flew :
Flew returns to the Co-Op Club after a huge response to his first show
at the beginning of this year. The band featuring Clare O’Meara on
keys, violin & vocals, Dan Johnson slide guitar & Dave
Armstrong on percussion will present music that is a mixture of roots,
rockin Americana and folk.
...”A song-craftsman & original
entertainer for the heartlands of the world stage…”
- United Artists -
June 14: Mick Daley’s Corporate Raiders :
known for his work as frontman with NSW's renegade country rock and
roll outfit The Re-mains, (described by the Melbourne Age as
'Australia's best country rock band'), Mick Daley has taken a turn for
the verse, writing a set of quieter acoustic songs and a new album,
Courage and Shuffle the Cards.
He's also just recorded a new EP of pure acoustica, Tiny Violins, with
Melbourne's Matt Walker and is playing all along the East Coast with
his band The Corporate Raiders. They check into the Co-op Club on
Sunday June 14 for an afternoonages.
June 21: The Swing Merchants :
in early 2015, The Swing Merchants have been playing to sold out venues
across the country and have collectively performed alongside jazz
luminaries including Jeff Clayton, Gordon Goodwin, James Morrison, Don
Burrows, Emma Pask and George Golla.
Featuring Olivia Chindamo on Vocals, Jake Barden and Lachlan Karl
Hamilton on reeds, William Morrison on guitar, Harry Morrison on double
bass and Patrick-Earl Danao on drums, they are a group of like-minded
young players whose main aim is to swing, and to swing hard with
influences drawn from Ella Fitzgerald, Coleman Hawkins and Ray Brown,
The Swing Merchants swinging arrangements will take you back in time to
celebrate the early years of jazz, dating as far back as the Dixieland
…“With guys like these, the future of Jazz
is in good hands” – James Morrison (AM)
28: Joy Yates with Dave McCrae & band :
Yates with Dave McCrae & band are masterfully creative musicians
with immense capability and the flexibility to interpret and add to any
song or composition. Joy is known for her emotive & powerful
performances of a broad mix of material. Her career includes time
working with Van Morrison, Neil Sedaka, Cat Stevens along with a period
of progressive pop with ‘Esperanto’, a highly acclaimed rock orchestra
and then the formation of Jazz-fusion band ‘Pacific Eardrum’ with Dave
McCrae who has had an eclectic career in Jazz with international
credits ranging from bebop to fusion to solid mainstream swing with
Buddy Rich, Chet Baker, Annie Ross & more.. his performances have
been described in review as
…”dipping into the
Cottage to Let in Towlers
Enjoy a spacious cottage overlooking the scenic Towlers Bay and
Recently renovated, the waterfront cottage has a dock, one bedroom,
bathroom with laundry facilities, fireplace and sunny verandahs.
Suitable for 1-2 people, non smoker and available from 1st June.
Please call Suzanne on 9332 2611 or email email@example.com
Wanted - Runabout
Wanted to buy a used runabout with canopy.
Carolyn Andrew 0411221051
Free To Good Home
For Sale Polycraft 4.1 with
sale my Polycraft 4.1 with a Yamaha 50hp 2 stroke 3 cyl.
Low hours used for the last 6 months as commuter boat (no trailer).
Very reliable boat.
Bimini, nav lights, bilge pump, fuel tank, jerry can, life jackets, etc.
|Any questions feel
free to ask.
Boat & House
goods for sale
Island Car for Sale
(better than a buggy - stay warm & dry in winter
and traverse those hills with ease)
TOYOTA RAV 4 1997 (3 DOOR)
MANUAL 5SP 2.0i CRUISER PACK
4 WHEEL DRIVE
RADIO & CD PLAYER
REGO JULY 2015
GOOD SERVICE HISTORY
Diswasher for Sale
Used Dishlex Dishwasher (good condition)
Services, Clubs &
Dance, Art etc)
Meditation and Group Fitness with Patrice - 0406
483 036 firstname.lastname@example.org
and painting in oils, acrylics and mixed media- Marion 0431 457 431
Nathalie's Table - Cooking Classes - Nathalie - 9999 4449
Yoga - Tuesday 9.00 to 10.30 Tuesday morning - Phone Katya on
0414 187 916
|Dynamic Yoga - Tuesday PM.
& Saturday AM. Phone Nadine 0402 752465 email@example.com
|Tai Chi & Qi Gong classes –
Friday 10-11 am. Chris 0416221040 or firstname.lastname@example.org
/ The Fourth Way - Call John on 9979 5584, Marion on 9979
3993 or Anne on 9999 3478
Group For Catherine Park - Run by SIOCS - Emmie Collins
on 0405 330 781
- Women on Water
- meets 4 times a year - Jenny Frazer 0410533728 / 99994460.
& Kids Groups Playgroup - Run by SIOCS
- email Emma email@example.com
- contact Bob or Kez on 9999 4092
Park Bush Care Group,
2nd Sunday @ 9.30am, Sharon Kinnison @ 9997 6017
Park Bush Care Group,
1st Saturday @ 9 am, Bob Bolton @ 9999 4092
Thinking Group - Roy
Baker, 9999 6891, firstname.lastname@example.org
a capella choir
– Saturdays at 2:30 pm, SI Community Hall. Call CB on
Buses and Railways
Moon phases, Sun rise & set
weather for Sydney (128k circle)
and reviewing recordings
|ALL EMERGENCIES (Police - Fire - Ambulance)
Assistance Line & Information
1444 or 9281 0000
Bay Water Police
7899 or 0412 162 093
Bay - Weekend
9999 3554 -
(02) 8411 1121
Bay - VHF Radio channel
Radio Channel: VHF 16
27MHz Radio Channel: 86 or 88
Island Rural Fire Service
|Elvina Bay Rural
|Lovett Bay Rural
|Mackerl Beach Rural
Fire Service General Information 9265 2999
Fire Service General information
Emergency Service, Warringah/Pittwater SES
25 00 9486
Parks & Wildlife Service: 000, general information
of Community Services: general information
388, (ah) 131 909
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