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of Pittwater, Australia
MESSAGE FROM THE SCOTLAND ISLAND RURAL FIRE BRIGADE
bi-annual Vegetation Collection w/b September 13 is the ideal
opportunity to reduce some of the fuel load on your property in
preparation for the 2010/11 Bush Fire Season.
There will NOT be another
collection until February 28, 2011.
take advantage of this service offered by Pittwater Council and place
out material as described in information provided about the
collection. If in doubt, please refer to the POD (Pittwater
Offshore Directory) for guidelines.
However, for those residents
wishing to conduct pile burns on their property, you are required
obtain a Hazard Reduction Certificate, downloadable at:
http://rfs.nsw.gov.au/dsp_content.cfm?CAT_ID=517 and lodged with the
Warringah Pittwater Rural Fire Service Fire Control Centre at Terry
Hills. This certificate is valid for 12 months from the date
When the Bush Fire Danger Period kicks in, October 1st,
there is also a requirement to obtain a Fire Permit from the Fire
Remember that despite having a Hazard Reduction
Certificate and a valid Fire Permit does not automatically allow you to
burn off. There may be “No Burn” days declared by the State
Government and, of course, no fires can be lit on “Total Fire Ban” days.
are also requirements that you inform your neighbours of your intent to
conduct a burn and you have to inform the Fire Control Centre at Terrey
Hills before you light the fire.
So taking advantage of this green waste collection will reduce the
amount of burning that has to be done on the Island.
Brigade still has several outstanding pile burns to conduct on public
land, including Pathilda Reserve, the top of Elsie Street near
Elizabeth Park and part of the Thompson Street walking track.
will inform the community when these burns are to take place.
important aspect for Island residents is to be prepared for the coming
Go to http://rfs.nsw.gov.au/ to check out the Bush Fire Survival Plan
and Bush Fire Household Assessment Tool
Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade
Any material not complying with collection guidelines will be left on
the road side for residents to arrange private collection.
Counterfeit Fifty Dollar Note
Heads Up From
Rod on the Pink Water Taxis
Following a busy weekday shift last week, I had occasion to take a
slightly odd $50 note to the Broken Bay Water Police.
$50 note was just fractionally larger than another $50 placed on top of
it: about 1.5mm on two sides if you matched a corner.
also slightly mis-registered; the 'window' was closer to the edge
compared to other $50's and the opposing side had a thin white edge
with a couple of black tick marks. One could easily dismiss it as just
being badly cut by the Mint as in all other respects, the look and feel
Broken Bay Water Police had the $50 analysed by
Australian Federal Police who have advised that the note is fraudulent
and only one of a couple handed in thus far. The AFP report
states that only two things give them away:
The fakes are
very convincing but if something is not quite right and catches your
eye, get it checked out.
- On a real
note, there is another small '50' embedded in the note just under the
large '50' on the surface but this only shows up under a black light
(UV) - the fakes don't have this.
- Unlike a real note, the stars on the window of
the fakes can be scratched off with a fingernail.
Rescued from the Rocks by unknown
August I returned to Church Point to find our tinny high and dry on the
had been a very windy day and no doubt due to my rushing, I had not
secured it well enough, it had slipped its mooring at the commuter
wharf and drifted away.
With a cheeky grin, a passing man, seeing me standing in amazement at
my beached craft, offered to sell it to me cheap.
“Its mine and I have no idea how it got here” I laughed.
had raised the motor and securely tied the boat to the street sign
while the tide was high to save it from drifting away.
Now at low tide it was nestled high on the rocks, balanced quite
nicely, displaying its barnacled bum to the world.
contemplating what to do, the cheeky man immediately morphed into a
white knight, and taking me for a maiden in distress, offered to assist
me in my plight.
Within a few minutes he had summoned assistance
from a friend, and after some discussion and much huffing and puffing,
they dragged our tinny to the waters edge, suggested I jump
aboard and pushed me off into the wind with a salute and a smile.
As I turned to shout my thanks, I realised that with all the
excitement, I had no idea of their names.
would sincerely like to thank that mysterious man and his friend
whoever they were and even more thanks to whoever saved our drifting
craft, lifted our motor and tied our boat to the street sign to save it
Your kindness is once again testament to this wonderful community.
Can’t thank you enough.
Please contact me for a beer or two!
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