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PROCESS FOR ENGAGING WITH THE SIRA COMMITTEE
Please Note: The SIRAC
meeting planned for October 6 has been rescheduled to October 13 due to
the holiday weekend. The next scheduled meeting is November 17.
We welcome engagement with our community. SIRA Committee members
want to actively engage with residents to understand their issues and
concerns and be available to answer questions. We are currently seeking
an independent consultant to review how we engage with the community
and advise on ways this could be improved.
Following the format of the Q & A Session held at the last SIRAC
meeting, the Committee reviewed the process and has decided to
introduce Open Discussion Sessions as a way of regular positive
engagement with the community.
Here are ways in which you can communicate with the SIRA Committee:
- By attending the Open
Discussion Session held between 12pm and 12.30pm at the
conclusion of the scheduled SIRA Committee meeting where residents are
welcome to ask questions, make comments, recommendations or give
- The Committee meeting will be for Committee members only to allow for
effective discussion in a timely manner. The minutes of each SIRAC
Meeting will be posted on the SIRA website after ratification by the
- Through informal contact with SIRA Committee members.
The full committee is listed on the SIRA website (www.scotlandisland.org.au/sira).
We are all Island residents
- By attending Community Forums held from time to time
on specific issues
- A Community Forum will be held during October to
provide the community with detailed information on the options for
expanded parking and improved road works at Church Point. (The date for
this will be finalised in conjunction with Pittwater Council)
- By attending the Annual General Meeting
Copy of this Updated
Engagement Process can be downloaded HERE
As part of the conciliation process between Pittwater Council and the
Applicants (i.e. developers) by the Land and Environment Court, a
conference was held at Church Point last Monday morning to hear the
views of those who had submitted written objections. About 50 people
Oral submissions were presented by four Offshore community members,
including representatives from SIRA and WPCA. The issues raised
included the significant impact on parking, noise factors, increased
bulk and scale of the building, encroachment onto public space and the
lapsing of previous usage rights.
The presiding Commissioner was receptive, pleasant and professional.
Pittwater Council’s legal representatives and staff were in attendance,
as well as those of the Applicant. The Conciliation Conference then
retired to a closed meeting. If the conciliation process is
unsuccessful the matter will proceed to the Land and Environment Court
for a hearing.
In parallel to this on Thursday morning, Pittwater Council’s
Developmental Unit meeting was held in Council’s Mona Vale Conference
Room to consider a report on the DA Application. The modified DA made
some concessions, such as removal of the upstairs function room and the
proposal to lease a coach bus on those occasions when a function is
fully booked. Despite these changes, the development would still have a
significant impact on parking, noise and local public space. With
a full restaurant, motel rooms and standing room at the bar it would be
possible to fit 300 or more people into the Pasadena (i.e. about 100 or
more cars). Similarly, whilst conditions can be placed around closing
time and noise levels, the ability to enforce compliance is always a
challenge and boundaries may well be pushed.
This meeting was also well attended by Offshore residents and five
community members spoke, including representatives of SIRA and WPCA. At
this meeting, we had the opportunity to go into more detail and several
matters were raised. This was aided by a detailed Council report that
is highly recommended reading for those who wish to background
themselves fully on this issue. Council staff who prepared the report
spoke to it and members in the Development Unit each responded. (LINK)
The recommendation to refuse the development was passed unanimously.
With this recommendation from the Development Unit the matter will now
go to a full Council meeting for consideration.
On Wednesday evening between 11:45PM and 12:45AM, we had an intruder
enter our property via the beach at Florence Terrace.
He broke into the boat house and then proceeded to the main house.
Fortunately, we had only just retired, so when the torch appeared in
our bedroom window, we responded by turning the lights on and this
seemed to deter the intruder.
In 15 years, this is my first experience of any type of security
Dolphins in Pittwater
As I'm sure you know, lots of people are seeing dolphins in the bay.
We were lucky enough to come across a large pod last Friday & here
is a link to a YouTube video we made http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPaRYXqUi-8
Dogs Defecating in a
I recently contacted the council regarding dogs defecating and roaming
round the island.
This was the reply I received................
23 September 2013
Dear Ms Lee
Re: Dogs Defecating in a Public Place
Thank you for your email which was received by Council on 2 September
Scotland Island residents must obey all New South Wales laws, this
includes the Companion Animals Act 1998. This Act covers dogs off lead
and dogs defecting in a public place.
If this is happening on the island, Council’s Rangers can attend and
patrol the area.
RANGERS TEAM LEADER
OF WATERCRAFT IN COUNCIL RESERVES
Steve Lawler, Principal Officer, Reserves & Recreation
7am to 4pm Monday to Friday
Phone 9970 1359 Mobile 0417 462 432
3 October 2013
Ms J Readman
Scotland Island Residents' Association
PO Box 70
CHURCH POINT NSW 2105
Dear Ms Readman,
Re: Storage of Watercraft in Council Reserves
Council has received representations from members of the Scotland
Island community expressing concern that watercraft are taking up
public open space in public reserves which is limiting the recreational
opportunity, damaging the grass coverage and potentially becoming a
hazard to users of the reserve.
In an effort to address the concerns raised above, a survey of the
reserves will be carried out by Council staff in October/November 2013.
The intention is to initially sticker any watercraft that are stored on
the public reserve and impound any that have not been removed within 14
Your assistance in promoting this matter in your newsletter would be
PRINCIPAL OFFICER, RESERVES & RECREATION
ARTIST GRANT PROGRAM OPENS
The Pittwater Community Arts organisation is offering a new grant for
emerging young local artists, with support from Pittwater Council.
The ‘Emerging Artist Grant’ will be awarded to a young Pittwater based
artist or artisan aged between 18-30 years in early December. The grant
of $2000 will then be used by the grant recipient to develop and or
market a new body of work that will be shown at Newport Community in
April next year.
Applications open on Tuesday 1 October 2013 and will close on 1
November. Applicants can apply via the Pittwater Community Arts website
at www.pittwaterarts.com and must be members of the organisation.
Annual memberships cost $20
President of Pittwater Community Arts Lorrie Morgan said the new grant
program was an exciting step forward for the organisation.
“Awareness of Pittwater-based artists has been growing for some time
and this is another way we can support emerging artistic talent and
help it blossom,” she said.
Ms Morgan said the grant program represented an exciting evolution for
Pittwater Community Arts, with it being the first major grant ever
offered by the organisation.
The Council will support the grant program by offering a 50 metre space
at Newport Community Centre free of charge to the grant recipient for
the April exhibition of their work.
The Council will also provide hanging systems and screens for
Mayor Jacqui Townsend said that the grant program reinforced the
Council’s commitment to nurturing the arts in Pittwater.
“We’re currently planning a series of events for Pittwater during the
summer months which will showcase creativity and the arts through the
Enliven Pittwater program.”
“Details of all these events will be announced in the next few weeks.”
Media contacts: Lorrie Morgan, Pittwater Community Arts Ph: 9997 8079
I opened the discussion
with the urgency to buy ethical Australian Produce and support the
small farmer. Corporate control
thrives on monoculture and it is vital we have biodiversity in order to
survive as a species.
To quote Australian Farmer , Luke Whitington ,from Braidwood NSW
" we must protect food culture in Australia from Coles and the like .
Corporations do nothing but subject food to corporate culture, that is
why food is being sold for shape not for substance, beware of corporate
influences in the DENATURING OF FOOD.
Luke has been published a number of times - Braidwood Rural Press " The
Ultimate Irony " 8th Aug.2013 - to quote " the farmer , feeder of the
Nation is treated as a second hand citizen of Australia ." " do you
know that young people are opting out of business as farms because they
don,t want to be part of an abandoned industry ? with all the
consequences that flow ."
To quote Dr McTavish West - Landline TV last week - " Australia as a
Nation is rapidly losing the ability to feed itself and when left with
no options that can lead to War."
I chose the work of Dr Vandana Shiva and Dr Ariel Salleh as both women
are at the leading edge of Eco - Feminism and the Care for the Planet
Jenny Covers asked me to define Eco - feminism and our conclusion has
nothing to do with banning men. In fact the opposite, we hope men will
develop a more empathetic and caring relationship with Earth , who
nourishes us and the planet as a whole must be more widely respected.
With out clean air, water etc and ethical management of our resources
we cannot survive as a species. The Feminist movement has always had a
consciousness of sex gender oppression as a global phenomenon and we
hope men will listen.
Dr Vandana Shiva urges us " to make Peace with the Earth " and she is
coming to Sydney 3-4 Nov to speak at the Writers Festival of Dangerous
The Seed Freedom Movement is vital to the survival and biodiversity of
the Earths food resources and I urge you to join the movement go to
Dr Ariel Salleh is currently in Germany @ University of Jena and sent
me an interview she recently did about Eco - Feminism and we discussed
@ WOW the questions of Brigitte Aulenbacher and Ariels answers and our
own answers to Brigitte questions.
Claire Provost in Geneva. - the guardian.com wed. 18th sept 2013
"FOOD CRISIS fears prompt UN wake up call to WORLD LEADERS. The United
Nations urges Governments to do more to support small farmers to curb
hunger , poverty and climate change
Ariel said " this is about climate as much as food since the peasants
are cooling down the earth with their careful hands on production."
Over a decade ago a concept to focus on FOOD SOVEREIGNTY was introduced
by the International Peasants Movement LA VIA CAMPESINA .
Unlike food security often defined as ensuring people have enough to
eat, food sovereignty focuses on questions of power and control. It
puts the needs and interests of those who produce and consume food at
the heart of agricultural systems and policies.
We discussed avoiding supermarkets and to avoid buying products from
battery farming as the stress on animals and birds is very sad and not
There is also not enough known about GMOs and David Suzuki backed up
Ariel and Vandana ethics the other night on Australian TV and I believe
to find middle ground is important eg GM golden rice in India
and the GM potato in South America that is drought and insect resistant
does have enormous benefits in feeding thousands of people.
SUPPORT OUR HOME GROWN PRODUCTS
We are urging shoppers to support local australian produce , read
labels and don,t buy unethical food.
To quote myself as an ARTIST 1994 I wrote
" I equate Mother Earth to my own body also giving birth to Life
THE LANDSCAPE - EARTH , FIRE , AIR & WATER are integral to our
existence and without Care and Management we humans will destroy our
very being "
Antonia Hoddle Kitching
Macarthur FAO World Food Day 2013
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