In 1804, Broken
Bay was again carefully surveyed, this time on the order of Governor
Hunter, who had succeeded Phillip. The number of settlers had
greatly increased and the natives, in an interview with the Governor
complained "most ingenuously" as he reported, that they were being
driven back from the river and the shore by the settlers. They asked
that a certain portion of the shore might be assigned to them as
their own. The Governor promised that no more settlement should be
made on the lower portion of the river or bay, and that this part
should be their own.
It seems probable that after this they congregated in Pittwater for
some years. Old inhabitants have recorded the great number of
"blackfellows" who lived on the shores of the inlet. They also told
of their middens which may still be found from time to time which
show shells of oysters, whelks and cockles which they must have
eaten in enormous quantities. These middens or aboriginal refuse
dumps have been found far up the hillsides as well as near the shore
and some caves were found full to the roof with shells and the wood
ash of long burnt-out fires. (My wife and I can remember erosion of
the sea wall near Catherine Park which revealed just such a midden
with huge shells, much larger than those seen today. L.W.)
The survey of the inlet carried out by Governor Hunter probably gave
impetus to the naming of the different Pittwater localities. From
the time of Phillip the south head of the bay had been called
Barrenjuee, with the final syllable pronounced and each one equally
accented as the natives did. Barenjuee has, since those early days,
been spelt Barranjo, Barenja and Barrenjee, with other possible
variations and has only been permanently accepted as Barrenjoey in
the last hundred years. Many may regret that the use of native names
should be altered or vulgarised to save a little trouble in
The only other name that can be definitely attributed to Phillip
besides Pittwater is the first identification of Lion Island. He
called the rock, which stands at the entrance to Broken Bay, Mount
Elliott ,because he thought that it resembled Gibraltar. Gibraltar
was where his friend, General Elliott, had inflicted a tremendous
defeat of the united fleets of France and Spain, then at war with
England, in 1781 and again in 1782. The island was shown as Mount
Elliott on many early maps and was remembered as this by many early
residents. But it is now accepted as Lion Island and it certainly
does resembled a lion couchant gazing like a guardian through the
heads to the Pacific.
Next month: What was the Hundred of Packenham?
Gordon, Pittwater Council’s General Manager, will retire on 1 May
2005, after serving at the helm of the young council for nine years.
He achieved the council’s top administrative role just four years
after it was formed on 1 May 1992.
At its meeting on Monday 28 February, Pittwater Council granted Mr
Gordon’s request to retire due to ill health, and released him from
his current employment contractual obligations. Mr Gordon’s contract
was due to expire in October 2006.
In the nine years that Mr Gordon has served Pittwater Council as
General Manager, he has achieved significant change and has raised
the council’s profile to be that of one of the best councils in New
South Wales. Under his leadership Pittwater Council has won numerous
awards in a wide range of fields, including the most prestigious in
local government – the Bluett Award – in 2003, which rated Pittwater
as the most progressive council in the State.
Pittwater Councillors voted to acknowledge the outstanding
contribution of Mr Gordon to Pittwater with the presentation of the
Pittwater Medal at a dinner to be held in his honour.
Mr Gordon said: “It has been a great honour to serve the community
of Pittwater, to have worked with the Councillors in a team effort
to improve the area and to have had the pleasure of heading up such
a magnificent staff.”
Pittwater Mayor Lynne Czinner said: “It was with great regret that
Pittwater Council accepted the request by Angus Gordon for early
retirement. It is through Angus’ expertise and guidance that
Pittwater Council has flourished and become a leader of local
government in various areas in New South Wales. The General Manager
and staff had visions of what they wanted to achieve for Pittwater,
and it is with pride that we saw those visions become realities. The
acquisition of the Warriewood Wetlands, the Greenhouse Park at
Winnererremy Bay, the innovative designs of new community facilities
such as Mona Vale Library, Avalon Recreation Centre and the Northern
Beaches Indoor Sports Centre, and partnerships with our community
are prime examples of how Angus led the way to success. Council,
General Manager and staff have been a really cohesive team, and we
are very sorry to see Angus go. With his departure we will all lose
a good friend”.
Ferries - Good News!
PENSIONER EXCURSION TICKET (PET)
It's not very often we can offer any good news re fares but this is
one of them. After protracted (read: time consuming, frustrating and
sometimes outright infuriating) negotiations with the MoT (by all
private ferry operators) we are pleased to be able to announce the
availability of a limited PET. The basic effect is that the cost per
trip for those eligible will drop from $2.46 (blue 13 trip ticket)
to $1.25 - plus most other public transport becomes free for the
The limitations, forced upon us by the MoT, are:
• It is only
available to offshore residents.
• Until 29th May 2005 you must fill out a voucher every time you buy
It could have been a lot more onerous - contact Jack if you want all
the gory details.
To ensure the residency condition is met you have to apply to us for
a "PET pass". To do this:
Make sure you have either a Pensioner Concession, NSW Seniors or War
Widower Concession card with you.
• Make sure you have proof of local residency with you (e.g..
drivers license, rate notice, telephone bill etc. that has your name
and address on it).
• Make sure the address on the proof of residency is on Scotland
Island or in Elvina, Lovett or Morning /Towlers Bay.
• Contact Alan (mobile 0419 946 566) and arrange to meet him to fill
out an application for a PET pass.
• Fill out the application on the spot, Alan will help you where
• Alan will issue a "PET pass" to you on the spot and give you a
book of vouchers.
To buy a PET:
• Sign and date a voucher.
• Show your "PET pass" to the ferry master. Be prepared to show the
ferry master your concession card if he asks for it.
• Give the ferry master $2.50 and the signed and dated voucher.
• The ferry master will give you a date stamped PET, good for the
rest of the day.
To use a PET on the ferry that you have bought earlier in the day:
• Show your "PET pass" to the ferry master.
• Be prepared to show the ferry master your concession card if he
asks for it.
• Show the PET to the ferry master who will check the date and punch
it (not on mag strip).
Jack Kirkpatrick Alan McGrath
The plain Truth
You may be
interested in knowing how much data (approximately) you use when
surfing the net. This can be useful to know when choosing a
broadband plan. The figures below are typical per month usage.
500 plain text E-mails
500 HTML E-mails =12.5MB
60 E-mails attachments=
20 photo E-mails =20MB
1000 Web pages= 10MB
20 Music downloads= 60MB
4 Movie trailers= 88MB
4 hours Online Games=
Routine antivirus and
windows updates for protecting your computer= 100MB
Thought For The Day
72 muscles to frown and only 14 to smile.”
Are you burning energy, or conserving it, while you read your emails?
We are looking for
a liveable waterfront island home for ourselves and three children. We
are an interested buyer with finance approved, seeking motivated private
seller. Please call Peter on 0417 062 061 or email details to
Jetty Tie-Up wanted
am looking for a kindly soul who has a water front property near Cargo
or Bells Warf who would be interested in allowing my wife to use their
Warf to tie up her tinnie. She finishes work after the last ferry and
the cab costs are escalating so we are happy to pay for use of a Wharf.
It is only a little boat so won't take up much room. Anyone interested
please contact Richard on 0400 311 531.
Players “Secession Revue”
Calling all Actors, Singers and Dancers
The Players are going ahead with the Revue. We have had two meetings and
there is plenty of interest.
If you attended one of the meetings or if you missed out but would still
like to be in the Revue, we are having two nights of sorting out who
will do what – these are not really auditions (so you don’t have to be
nervous) but just a sorting out, as everyone will have a chance to do
something! Everyone is welcome, you don’t have to have any experience
just a willingness to join in.
We are having one night for Guys and one for Gals.
Guys are called for Monday 4 April at 7:30pm at Bob and Kerry’s home on
Top of the Island, corner of Fitzpatrick and Thompson directly above
Gals are called for Tuesday 5 April at 7:30 at Bob and Kerry’s.
Phone Kerry or Bob on 9999 4092 with questions or for directions on
finding our home. Please contact Kerry on 9999 4092 or
Sharon 9997 6017 if you have any questions
Project for Pittwater
Pittwater Council is working with local Police and its community to
prevent crime through a new project, Community Engagement – Crime
Prevention Through Education.
The Council has received $40,000 funding from the Attorney-General’s
Department to implement the program over the next 12 months. During this
time, it will conduct three education campaigns focusing on Domestic
Violence/Sexual Assault; Break Enter and Theft; and Reporting
Through these campaigns, Pittwater Council hopes to:
• Increase community awareness of crime prevention principles and
strategies through an extensive media and communication strategy.
• Reduce the level of fear of crime in the community via the promotion
of positive messages about crime prevention and safety in Pittwater.
• Encourage residents to adopt protective strategies to reduce their
rates of victimisation and to implement crime prevention practices.
Mr Tony Van Den Hurk, Project Co-ordinator, said: “We believe that this
innovative project will help to prevent crime in Pittwater. We ask that
all local community organisations who distribute regular newsletters or
circulars to their members please contact us, with a view to
participating in this project. We need the assistance of our community
to help get the message across that crime CAN be prevented.”
Mr Van Den Hurk can be contacted on 9913 2522 or 0419 683 699 or email:
1.. Water Supply
Main waterline to the island has been secured by a padlock
New water line: Quote more expensive than expected. Short deferment so
that more of work can be completed at one time (cost saving).
2. Waste Strategy
Clean Up Australia Day was very successful. Thanks to Colin Haskell and
area coordinators, as well as Toby Jay for collecting and removing waste
with his barge
3. Community Vehicle
Concern re cost greater than grant
SIRA to explore ways to increase grant for new lease and economise on
vehicle management costs
1800 number cost is currently in excess of $200/month. Decision made to
change free call arrangement to user pays. 1800 number to be
discontinued and a new prepaid mobile telephone established. Estimated
cost reduction in excess of $2000 year.
4. Church Point Precinct Master Plan
Requests have been made to Pittwater Council by SIRA, Western Shores and
On Shore residents to separate car parking from Master Plan. PWC
unlikely to agree.
5, Car parking at Church Point
SIRA still waiting on ‘pro bono’ legal advice re car parking at Church
Point. Additional ‘pro bono’ opinion being sought.
Special General Meeting of island and offshore residents to be called to
discuss offshore strategy to fight potential car parking losses once
legal advice received.
Need to raise money for General Funds towards future legal fees to fight
car park proposal.
6. Roads and Drainage
Fitzpatrick Avenue run off working be scheduled for Saturday 23 April
starting at 0900. Sleepers are on site and heavy work being done by
contractor, however help needed from users, “locals” and anyone else who
is willing to lend a hand
SIRA is taking action to arrest runoff damage down Fitzpatrick Avenue.
7. Public wharves
Date of Special General Meeting to be determined at April SIRA Committee
Meeting. Aim of SGM: To facilitate consensus on residents’ needs and
desires for inclusion in the consultation process with PWC.
8. Pittwater Offshore Directory (POD) 2005
A number of requests for full page ads have been received.
Ads will also be listed in the Pittwater Offshore Newsletter.
Still looking for volunteers to assist with the new POD.
9. Master Plan for Sewage and Water
First meeting of the sub-committee was held on Saturday 19 March. A
major workshop is planned to inform and consult with stakeholders.
10. Hall Management
The hall management sub-committee met and agreed that there is a need to
increase involvement in managing the SI Community Hall. Initial step
would be to have a key on the island. A plan is being developed with the
aim of increasing local “control”; investigating ways of increasing use
and improving the facilities.
11. Historic Photos
A grant application has been lodged to assist in establishing this
12. SIRA Committee Meetings:
Committee meetings are held the second Monday evening of each month
except January. The next meeting will be held on Monday 11 April 2005.
13 SIRA Committee 2004-2005
Shar Jones (President)
Greg Roberts (Vice President)
Paul Purvis (Vice President)
Kerry Borthwick (Secretary)
Deryn Vokins (Treasurer)
General members: Claire Atkins, Pam Bradbury, Trudy Engler, Rosemary
Haskell, Sharon Kinnison, Jennifer Knox, Colin Monger, Annette Ritchie,
Guyren Smith, Gillian Unwin, David Wardman
Apologies to Jennifer Knox who was left off the list last month!
14. Contacting SIRA
Postal address: PO Box 70, Church Point, NSW, 2105
Kashmir woven Sale on
Bed linen, home accessories, (cushions
and tablecloths, serviettes, etc) all woven in Kashmir by a woman
who's work is stocked by the London Tate modern art gallery and the
New York Met. Really beautiful fabrics, of course lots of hand
spun/woven/dyed and embroidered cloth. Linen, cotton glorious
colours.These products are sold to exclusive retail shops all over
Come along to the Sale
this Saturday at Michael Hall's house, 58 Florence Terrace, Scotland
Island (Top of Carols Hill or Top of Eastern Wharf steps - pink ribbons
on trees outside).
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- NSW Police:
000, general information 9281 0000
- Broken Bay
Water Police 9979 4944 or 0412 162 093
- NSW Fire
Service: 000, general information 9265
- NSW Ambulance
Service: 000, general information 9320
- Rural Fire
Service: 000, general information 9450
Emergency Service, Warringah/Pittwater
SES: 9486 3399
Parks & Wildlife Service: 000,
general information 9457 9322
- Dept of
Community Services: general information
- Sydney Water:
Australia: 131 388, (ah) 131 909
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