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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackeral Beach
July 20, 2010
Notices for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia

Alcohol Consumption at Thomas Stephens Reserve, Church Point

Council proposed at its meeting on September 7, 2009 that there be a ban on the consumption of alcohol at Thomas Stephens Reserve at Church Point. 

This proposal was advertised for public comment from September 10 to October 30, 2009.  A total of 105 written submissions were received with 81 against the ban, 20 in favour and 4 undecided. Council staff also had meetings with various stakeholders for further feedback.

At the Council meeting held last night, Monday July 19 a report and recommendation was tabled and the matter discussed. Representatives of the Bayview Church Point Association and the Scotland Island Residents’ Association addressed Council with the BCPA supporting total prohibition and SIRA the preservation of the status quo with a curfew, noting the long tradition and the value of community social interaction and networking that takes place at the Point.  After considerable, discussion the following decision was taken.

  1. That the consumption of alcohol at Thomas Stephens Reserve, Church Point, be prohibited except for:  Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays between the hours of 3pm and 9pm
  2. That signage be erected outlining the hours of the Alcohol Free Zone throughout the precinct.
  3. That both the local Water Police Command and the Dee Why Local Area Command be notified of the Council’s decision and that ongoing monitoring and enforcement of the restriction as well as an increased police presence in the area be sought.
  4. That Offshore Communities and the Waterfront Store be notified of Council’s decision.

See below media release from Pittwater Council and map showing the area known as Thomas Stephens Reserve outlined in red.

We are not clear when this change will come into effect.  

Bill Gye

Local Council Notices

Pittwater Council has reached a negotiated position that will see alcohol consumption prohibited at Thomas Stephens Reserve, Church Point during weekdays between Mondays and Thursdays.

The drinking of alcohol will however be allowed at the reserve between the hours of 3pm and 9pm on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.

The decision follows a period of consultation with the community which initially proposed a 24 hours a day ban on drinking alcohol at the reserve.

The Council’s Reserves and Recreation Manager Les Munn said the initial proposal to ban alcohol in the reserve followed a number of incidents involving drinking in the reserve and subsequent harassment of residents using the Church Point Wharf.

“However after discussions with the community we’ve been able to negotiate a solution that should meet everyone’s expectations,” he said.

Mr Munn said the proposal to ban alcohol at the Reserve resulted in 105 submissions during the public exhibition period.

“Of those submissions, close to three-quarters were against the total ban of alcohol at the reserve,” he said.

As a result Council staff met with the onshore and offshore resident associations, owners of the waterfront store at the wharf, as well as the Water Police and Dee Why Local Area Command.

Mr Munn said it was clear many residents were in favour of continuing what was described as an ‘age-old tradition of drinks at the point’ on a Friday night.

“Anti-social behaviour and intoxication was felt to be restricted to a known number of individuals generally later in the evening,” said Mr Munn.

Mayor Harvey Rose said that by limiting drinking hours at the reserve, Council had struck a balance between the reserve as a focal point for social gatherings and a transport hub for offshore residents.

“We have listened to the community and residents and we believe the new restrictions will help keep the peace at the reserve,” said Mayor Rose.

For more information regarding Pittwater’s alcohol-prohibited areas, visit www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au

Media contact:     Les Munn, Pittwater Council Ph: 9970 1354
20 July 2010


Update on Trudi Engler

Dear All,

Firstly I would like to acknowledge all the wonderful people who have offered help either financially or in other ways to ensure Trudi finds a comfortable home.

The situation has changed since John Saunders put out the last request for assistance. Trudi was in the care of Ute Mills for about 11 days and Ute called me this morning to tell me that she has now been taken to River Glenn, part of Greenwich Hospital, Riverview Rd to be assessed by the social workers etc. Apparently she will be there for at least 2 weeks maybe more and they have her name down at Allambie Heights (though there are 2 on the waiting list before her).

This is a better situation for Trudi and hopefully she will be abele to go to the  Allambie Heights Home where it will be easier for people from the community to visit her. Right now the best we can do is to visit her with some chocolates or other sweet things to let her know that we are all still supporting her. Her memory is not as good as it was, but she is still with it, though very frail.

Please feel free to contact me if you want further information. John and I will be seeing in what other ways we may be of assistance to her.

Thank you
Marion van den Driesschen
9979 3993 or marionvdd@yahoo.com.au

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