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of Pittwater, Australia
Alcohol Consumption at Thomas Stephens
Reserve, Church Point
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.
- 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
- That signage be erected outlining the hours of
the Alcohol Free Zone throughout the precinct.
- 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.
- 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
ALCOHOL RESTRICTIONS AT THOMAS
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
The decision follows a period of consultation with the community which
initially proposed a 24 hours a day ban on drinking alcohol at the
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
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,
Media contact: Les Munn, Pittwater
Council Ph: 9970 1354
20 July 2010
Update on Trudi Engler
I would like to acknowledge all the wonderful people who have offered
help either financially or in other ways to ensure Trudi finds a
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
This is a better situation for Trudi and hopefully she
will be abele to go to the Allambie Heights Home where it
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.
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.
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