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|December 6, 2009
of Pittwater, Australia
Jetty Tax Court Case Tomorrow
for Valuation Certificates
you share a jetty with your neighbour(s) ? You might be able to support
the legal challenge by a Clareville jetty owner. The case is
before court tomorrow, Monday, so please read on and act immediately if
you can help.
Have you received a separate Notice of Valuation for the Department of
Lands for your waterfront facilities?
valuations for jetty/waterfront and adjoining freehold are infrequently
raised by the Valuer General, but are being sought urgently to defend a
legal challenge by a Clareville jetty owner in court on
valuations may be issued when the registered owner of the freehold land
is different from the registered holder of the jetty licence, for
example in the case of a jetty shared by adjoining
There are a handful of such
instances known to WAG in Sydney Harbour, but none known in Pittwater
which is the reason for the urgent request for
The Waterfront Action Group’s detailed request is attached.
you are able to assist, please urgently fax a copy of both valuation
certificates to George Citer, secretary WAG on 9948 5228, or scan them
and email them to email@example.com If you wish to clarify
this request further, please call George Citer on 9948 5228, or
alternatively call Graham Forster on 4342 7487
Friends of Currawong Newsletter
December 03, 2009
has reached us that Unions NSW
has signed a sale agreement with “Eco
Villages” with a settlement date of twelve months from now.
imagine that the sale will be dependent on a successful development
application. Details of the deal are thin on the ground as usual
however this is no cause for despair. We always knew that this was one
option that could crop up and you can bet your boots that the Heritage
restrictions that we put in place with our historic win this year will
make life very difficult for them.
At this early stage it is a case of wait and see, always the hardest
part. Now would be a good time to remember that:
last time we fought and defeated them we were fighting over a
piece of real estate (although a very special one) this time we are
fighting over a registered heritage site….every single square inch,
thanks to all of you.
- they will never have a housing estate on the
site which they intended
- they will never dump half a million tonnes of
infill on the site like
they intended last time,
- they will never build a gated community on the
site like they intended
- they will never destroy the heritage
significance of the site like they
intended last time,
- they will never dredge the creek like they
intended last time.
And this time we are a well oiled fighting
machine with years of experience, we have a local Council that is 100%
behind us and a local Member who is a totally committed fighter and we
have our dedicated and caring supporters without whom none of this
would be possible. I couldn't put it any better than Rob Stokes who
raised the issue in Parliament last night and I attach his speech below
for you all to read.
In short, we have never been in a stronger position in the entire
history of the fight and we confident of a positive outcome.
we will take a well earned break over Christmas and come back fresh as
ever to engage in the next exciting phase in our battle to protect the
Heritage of Currawong Beach forever.
With patience and persistence we will prevail.
President of the Friends of Currawong.
Stokes Mr Rob
Private Members Statements, PRIV
Mr ROB STOKES (Pittwater) [6.09 p.m.]: I bring to the attention of the
House a very sad matter I have become aware of in the last half an
hour: Unions New South Wales has, by virtue of a joint venture
agreement, sold Currawong Beach, in Pittwater—that beautiful, unique,
heritage bushland site—to property developer Eco Villages Australia.
This event is appalling for the people of Pittwater. It demonstrates a
complete failure on the part of the New South Wales Government to show
leadership by taking the opportunity to buy back this unique site for
the people of New South Wales.
This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the Government to do
something really special—to buy back a site with real meaning, real
heritage significance and real environmental value, surrounded as it is
by a national park that has just been recognised as a Commonwealth
heritage place because of its outstanding biodiversity values. A
coordinated approach by the Department of Planning, the Department of
Lands and Pittwater Council, together with financial support already
committed by the Pittwater community and the Friends of Currawong,
could have, with a bit of leadership, seen the Government step in and
use its close relationship with the union movement to negotiate a
purchase of the site. But it seems that Labor is too distracted with
its own internal leadership woes to do something positive and visionary
that would have real, tangible environmental and social benefits for
the people of New South Wales.
The sale simply demonstrates why this Government will go down in
history as the Government of wasted opportunities. Future generations
will not thank this Government for what has transpired this afternoon.
However, it puts one thing in clear focus: There is now no doubt that,
whatever Unions New South Wales might have been established to do and
regardless of any heritage of service to working people that Unions New
South Wales might claim, Unions New South Wales has now—under the
leadership of first Michael Costa, then John Robertson and now Mark
Lennon—been morphed into nothing more than a property developer. Rather
than being motivated by concern for the welfare of working people in
New South Wales, the unions have entered into a joint venture with a
property developer that has been a major donor to New South Wales
Labor, using the extraordinary ministerial discretion available under
the notorious part 3A of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act,
to seek the rezoning, subdivision and residential desecration of a
unique waterfront bushland heritage site.
Unions New South Wales has become a property developer first—focused on
deals with developers, not on the real needs of working people. It is
now clear that the first test of the new prohibition on developer
donations must be for the Premier to rule out ever again taking money
from Unions New South Wales. That money is now tainted, laundered as it
has been through the device of an option to purchase workers' land by a
wealthy eastern suburbs developer company. If this deal has gone
through on the basis of a payment of $15 million, which is the figure
talked about in the media, then something is seriously amiss. The
Independent Hearing and Assessment Panel on Currawong made it
abundantly clear that there is virtually no commercial value in
Currawong as a development site. The geographic, infrastructure,
environmental and heritage constraints of the site mean that its value
must be half of that quoted in the media.
Of course, because Unions New South Wales is a private business, its
records and the deal with the developer will remain hidden from public
view. But I inform this House now that if $15 million has passed hands,
something is not right. And this deal should not be hidden from public
view—first, because at the time the deal was considered Unions New
South Wales had a representative on the New South Wales Heritage
Council. Unions New South Wales has benefited from 60 years of not
paying land tax on that site—a deal that would have gained Unions New
South Wales millions of dollars worth of value, since it is now
treating the site not as something it holds in the public interest but
nothing more than a site to be flogged off to a property developer
mate. Secondly, at the time this deal was negotiated the current
Minister for the Environment was the head of Unions New South Wales. He
was the bloke who said, "I can put D9s and chainsaws through Currawong
if I want." And he is now the environment Minister of this State!
I give a word of warning to anyone who thinks they can get a greasy
deal through under the radar. Will the Pittwater community and the
wider community simply shrug their shoulders and say, "Well, we tried",
and then go away? No, that will not happen. We will not go away. This
fight is not over. It will go on and on, until Currawong is forever
saved from the scourge of greed and self-interest that threatens it
with dismemberment and desecration. The Pittwater community is united.
They have been through many attempts to flog off this land, to the
detriment of many and the benefit of a few. I will not go away, Shane
Withington will not go away, and the Friends of Currawong will not go
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Activities at Mona Vale Library
Vale Library will run three exciting activities throughout the holiday
period starting on Monday 14 December 2009 with the ‘Summer Read Rate
The Read Rate & Raffle is open to all ages
and gives library members an opportunity to rate the book they have
Participants are asked to submit a
rating form on a scale of 1 to 5 estimating their satisfaction with the
book they have borrowed. All completed forms will go into a weekly
prize draw for adults and children.
Community & Library Services Manager Lindsay Godfrey said the
initiative was a great way to encourage reading during the summer
“Through the raffle we’re hoping to get a real sense of
what people like to read which helps library staff tailor future stock
orders,” he said.
Librarian Catherine Buddin said another
activity for children during the holidays was ‘Draw Your
On Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout January, primary school
children are invited to come along and draw their house on special
fabric, using pens provided.
“The best work will be included in a wall hanging displayed during
Heritage week in April 2010,” said Ms Buddin
Throughout January Mona Vale Library will also hold a photo exhibition
celebrating the history of Scotland Island.
Mayor Harvey Rose said the exhibition celebrates the 200th anniversary
of Scotland Island, when Andrew Thompson was given the grant at
Scotland Island in 1810.
Mayor Rose said the Scotland Island
community would be holding events on the Island in 2010 to mark the
anniversary for offshore residents.
To find out more
information about activities at Mona Vale library during summer
visit: www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/library or call 9970 1600.
Christmas Training in the Park
Get a head start
on the Christmas kilos!
Come along and try fun, outdoor training with a difference.
Friday the 18th Dec, 6:30-7:30am. Catherine Park (near tennis)
great opportunity to try out a class before term starts 2010
$15 Bookings essential
Bring water, sweat towel and yoga mat if you have one.
TERM 1 2010 starts January 11th. Pilates and Group training classes.
For more information and to register for Christmas session contact
Patrice Corrie 0408 707 679 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Wanting to organise a cleaner for a home.
Does anyone offer this services on the Island?
+61 410 163 883
Rental - One
Bedroom Off-Shore Ground Floor Dwelling
Covered open living area – lounge – bathroom - has limited kitchen
facilities nevertheless previous tenants have set up outdoor
living area for cooking. Shared laundry facilities and washing machine
- $250 per week (includes electricity) – rent
period paid fortnightly in advance
- Access by shared private jetty and/or short
walk from North Elvina ferry wharf
- Available from 11th December 2009
- Bond $1,500.00 (equivalent to six weeks rent
Also short team holiday season rental negotiable
Unique Aspect Overlooking Elvina Bay
Contact Marion and Michael Edols
AH land line: 9979 3993
Michael's mob: 0402 65 69 67
Juniper and Michael are looking for a house to rent from February 7
We are a mature professional couple pursuing a change in life style.
Need two bedrooms but no frills, prefer own jetty access but not
Please contact us on 0407984449 until December 31 then overseas till
Juniper and Michael Greve
If you have something for sale that
you think locals would like - let us know and we will put an
entry in the PON at the beginning of each month...
Very good condition with clothes and accessories, great Xmas pressie,
also a dolls stroller, no good offer refused.
Phone Rowena 9979 5466 or 0406 046 256