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of Pittwater, Australia - Volume 10, Issue 409
As of August 2 the E86 limited stop bus service will no longer be
stopping at Warringah Mall. This will seriously impact the
on the Northern beaches suburbs who use this service to get to
for work and shopping.
Documentation regarding this particular change has been minimal and
confusing to say the least, however part of the Sydney Buses
Northern Region Guide clearly shows Warringah Mall is no longer one of
the pickup and setdown points. see here
Islander Boyd Attewell has written a letter to the member for
Pittwater, Mr Robert Stokes pointing out this absurd change
its consequences and seeks his intervention. We now wait and see what,
if anything, happens!
Another Fire Shed dinner coming up this next weekend so be sure to get
there early as it looks like it's going to be a big night. Details
A Special Thanks
Fire Shed Dinner
Old Photos Restored
Author Talk@ Mona
Reference Group Members
Boat Launching Procedure
can be seen here
in the Offshore Gallery
Service becomes a Disservice
E86 will NOT
stop at Warringah Mall
Mr Rob Stokes
Member for Pittwater
I am writing in relation to the changes that Sydney Buses are making to
bus timetables on the Northern Beaches effective from 2 August 2009.
There is a very fundamental change they are making to the E86 service
and I feel users have been inadequately notified. The change will
seriously disrupt many journeys, particularly for peak hour trips to
and from Warringah Mall for all residents from Bayview, Church Point
and McCarrs Creek.
At present, residents in those 3 suburbs can join the E86 in the
morning peak hours, and then get off the bus at Warringah Mall. Many
passengers do this to get to work and to shop. In the evening peak
hours, passengers can get on the E86 at Warringah Mall and be taken on
a limited stops ride back to their suburb.
Incredibly, from 2 August, the E86s will not stop at Warringah Mall at
all. The current stop costs other passengers on the bus about 20
seconds. Once the stop is abandoned, passengers who would normally get
on and off at the Mall will have their journeys seriously delayed, plus
there is the added stress and delay (for city bound journeys) of
alighting at Dee Why to rejoin a long queue of commuters to catch an
all-stops bus that will take them the last 3 km of their journey to the
Mall. In the evenings, Sydney Buses are recommending catching the all
stops 156 which is infrequent and half an hour slower than the limited
stops E86. (The timetable might indicate a slightly smaller time
difference than half an hour, but the reality is ALWAYS the all stops
meanders up the beaches and is at least 30 minutes slower than the E86
by the time it reaches Bayview, so a 33 minute trip becomes well over
Sydney Buses are themselves confused about the E86 service. In their
information booklet entitled Sydney Buses Northern Region Guide,
Network Map and Service Information, effective from 2 August 2009, they
say that the E86 serves “McCarrs Creek to City via Mona Vale, Narrabeen
and Warringah Mall.” This will be incorrect from 2 August, but it
indicates their recognition of the vital and frequently used hub of
Warringah Mall to the rest of the Northern Beaches population.
The cessation of the E86 Mall service will, I know, result in many
Northsiders abandoning use of the bus services and, for those
remaining, there will be serious delays and inconvenience.
I have made an initial complaint to the Sydney Buses info line, but
they say that it will be up to a week before a Complaints Officer can
call me back.
Boyd makes the following offer;
If any PON reader would like to contact me direct, they are welcome to
on 0417 991 499 or firstname.lastname@example.org . Maybe we could car pool from
Church Point to the Mall until this is sorted out.
Our Berkelouw Book Fair was a great success. Thank you to everyone who
purchased books. The sales and donations enabled us to acquire twenty
five wonderful new titles for the children.
Our Grandparents/ Special friends Day was also well attended and
enjoyed by all. The children of course loved getting to the park to run
run run. Thank you to Kylie Bennetts and Petra Godfrey for
organising the sausage sizzle.
This month inside the Kindy there have been a number of new activities
taking place. We have a new listening centre, with 8 sets of
headphones. Many children enjoy the chance in the afternoon to take
time out with a quiet story. During the mornings this month a variety
of craft centres have been on offer. The children have enjoyed the
opportunity to make their own books, hats and a creative assortment of
Thank you to Emma Valente for the donation of the two CD walkman’s.
month we are revamping our dress up collection. If you have dress up’s
that you no longer need your Island Kindy would love them. We do
already have a lot for princesses. Thanks.
Free to take:
This spinning composter’s lid does not currently slot in properly.
Other than that, in good order.
Please come and take it if you want. This is the composter outside the
Kindy gates not inside.
Scotland Island Fire Shed Dinner
7 at 7pm
Old Photos of Offshore Life Wanted
Digital Collection Islander Chuck Bradley, a professional
photographer has been inspired to make the following offer.
friend of mine came across some old negatives of the Island from a guy
on the eastern side and asked me to copy and restore them. One
of the shots of Bell Wharf you see here.
This got me to thinking how many other prints, negs, etc. may
be laying around in boxes on the Island and in the Bays.
I would like to take the task on to gather all these bits and pieces
and restore them and produce a digital collection for everyone to
I'm very keen for people to dig into those old boxes and see what they
Anyone with material that maybe useful can contact Chuck or
Historical negatives or photos will be copied, restored then
collated into a collection? All submissions will be
returned once copied,
Contact Chuck Bradley at
Phone: 61 (0)417 023 373
Studio 213/117 Old Pittwater Road
Brookvale NSW 2100 Australia
click image to enlarge
Free Battery and
Pittwater Council announced the launch of a free battery and
mobile phone recycling service that will come into effect from Monday 3
Residents can deposit their household and laptop batteries, as well as
mobile phones and chargers, into specially marked containers at
Council’s customer service centres at 1 Park Street Mona Vale and 59a
Old Barrenjoey Road Avalon.
Pittwater Mayor David James said the initiative was a vital step in
preventing toxic metals contained in household batteries from leaching
and contaminating the soil.
“When not disposed of correctly, heavy metals used in batteries can
threaten the condition of our environment,” Mayor James
“I encourage all residents to take advantage of this recycling
Mayor James said residents could minimise battery waste by choosing
appliances that connect to mains power where possible and buying
batteries that can be recycled.
“Rechargeable batteries can be reused up to 1000 times, resulting in a
cost effective and eco-friendly alternative to single-use batteries,”
Residents wishing to recycle car, boat and Uninterruptible Power Supply
(UPS) batteries can do so at Kimbriki Recycling & Waste Centre
For more details about the Council’s battery recycling program contact
Michelle Carter on 9970 196 or visit www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/services.
on Global Poverty
Residents are invited to two free events on global poverty taking place
The first presentation, called 1.4 Billion Reasons, will take place at
the Newport Community Centre on Friday 14 August at 10am.
The 90-minute presentation will be hosted by Hugh Evans, a former Young
Australian of the Year and member of the Global Poverty Project, along
with members from advocacy group RESULTS Australia.
According to the team from the Global Poverty Project, 1.4 billion
people in the world live in extreme poverty. Through their presentation
the organisation is promoting a global movement to take effective
action on poverty.
Event organiser Louise Lorimer from RESULTS Australia said the
presentation was traveling the world, inspiring and empowering
audiences in its path.
“We are very lucky to have Hugh Evans joining us here on the northern
beaches for this event. Hugh is traveling across the country
undertaking 40 of these presentations in 50 days!” said Ms
The second event will be a forum on poverty and will include
parliamentary leaders the Hon. Julie Bishop MP and the Hon Bronwyn
Bishop MP, along with other leading guest speakers.
The event will take place at Bayview Golf Club on Wednesday 2 September
at 10.30am. Following a presentation there will be an open forum for
the public to ask questions, followed by refreshments.
For more information or to RSVP for both of these events call Lili Koch
on 9948 8892 or email email@example.com
For more information about this poverty project visit
www.globalpovertyproject.com or www.results.org.au
Newport Community Centre is located at The Boulevarde, Newport and
Bayview Golf Club is located at the corner of Pittwater Road and Mona
Street, Mona Vale.
Review of Geotechnical Policy Adopted
Pittwater Council last night considered the recommendations of an
independent peer review of its interim geotechnical risk management
The peer review, by geotechnical consultants Douglas Partners, made
several recommendations regarding the interim policy. The main
recommendation is the removal of the geotechnical hazard zone in
Pittwater known as ‘H3’, which has also removed the requirement for
around 6000 property-owners in Pittwater to lodge a geotechnical report
when submitting a development application.
The interim policy will be placed on public exhibition for comment
between 25 July and 4 September. However, as the interim policy it will
take effect immediately for residents.
Acting General Manager Steve Evans said as a result of the Council
decision, a geotechnical report would no longer be needed as part of a
development application for those properties deemed to be in the H3
“However, the requirements of the policy will still apply to those
properties within hazard zones known as ‘H1’ and ‘H2’,” he said.
He said affected property-owners in the former H3 zone would be
notified of the outcome of the review in writing.
Pittwater Mayor David James said he was satisfied with the independent
review of the interim policy and the Council’s ‘safety first’ approach
to the landslide issue based on expert advice from geotechnical
“The fact is that Pittwater is recognised as one of the most
landslide-prone areas in the state and we have a duty of care towards
our residents,” he said.
“Our intention all along has been to have a robust landslide risk
management policy to help protect residents and the general public,
based on the best technical advice available. We are satisfied we now
“Removal of the H3 zone from the requirements of the policy is a
positive outcome for over 6000 local property-owners.”
The interim policy will be on public exhibition for comment at the
Council’s customer service centres at 1 Park Street Mona Vale and 59A
Old Barrenjoey Road Avalon or at
www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/documents_on_exhibition between Saturday 25
July and Monday 7 September 2009. A public meeting will also be held in
August to discuss the policy.
Day at Bilarong Reserve
To mark Planet Ark’s National Tree Day, Pittwater Council will hold a
tree-planting day at Bilarong Reserve, North Narrabeen on Sunday 2
August 2009 from 9am to 1pm.
National Tree Day is Australia’s largest community tree-planting event.
Each year more than 300,000 volunteers plant native trees and shrubs at
local sites across the country and since National Tree Day started in
1996, over 13 million native trees and shrubs have been planted.
Pittwater Mayor David James said National Tree Day provided benefits to
the environment by planting species that provided food and shelter for
“Pittwater is well-known for its native tree canopy and it’s important
we retain native vegetation wherever possible,” he said.
Council’s Bushland Management Officer Karin Nippard said the planting
day would link with work underway on the Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment
“Pittwater Council will provide tools, training and some morning tea.
We suggest participants wear sturdy shoes, a hat, and sunscreen and
bring a drink with them,” she said.
Bring the kids and make it a family day! Participants should
at the Scout Hall, off Wakehurst Parkway from 9am on 2
Further details about National Day and other planting sites to mark
this occasion can be found at www.planetark.org.au
Snap a Prize for
your Canine Companion!
Pittwater Council is looking for local dog-owners to enter the
Pittwater Dog of the Year Photo Competition. The photo
competition will be just one of the highlights of the annual Dog Day by
the Bay event on Sunday 27 September 2009, with the winner of the
competition announced at 12 noon on the day.
Entries are now open and online submissions are invited via Pittwater
Council’s website www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au The closing date of the
competition is Friday 4 September.
The winner will receive a gift pack of doggy goodies for their pet,
valued at over $100.
Dog Day by the Bay will be held at Rowland Reserve, Bayview between
10am and 3pm on 27 September and is a free day of fun for all the
family, including four-legged members!
There will be dog agility trials, dress up competitions, the popular
‘doggy dash’ race and other events for dog owners to enter with their
Stalls will exhibit and sell a wide range of products for pet-related
health, hygiene, grooming and play, as well as a variety of food and
A band will entertain while the kids can keep busy in the ‘kiddie’s
corner’ with fun activities and the jumping castle.
All money raised at the event will be donated to the local Animal
Welfare Leagues and the Guide Dogs Association.
For entry forms for the photo competition and full details on Dog Day
by the Bay visit www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au
Wednesday class will now be 8am only.
Monday class will remain at 9am
and the Tuesday class at 7pm.
Newcomers welcome. Drop in classes in the Scotland Island Hall, 1 hr
including meditation, $15.
For more information go to www.belladonnafitness.com
Talk@ Mona Vale Library
The Weight of Silence
Therese, memoir on Tues 4 August at 6.30pm at 6.30pm
In her achingly funny, heartbreaking childhood memoir, Catherine
Therese takes the reader inside her head, and upside down on a unique
coming-of-age rollercoaster. From picking her belly button in her
backyard in Blacktown to hiding inside her wardrobe interpreting
silence, to the bedroom of a boy with half a thumb, to the labour ward …
THE WEIGHT OF SILENCE is an unforgettable story of forgetting,
pretending, remembering, of becoming who you are. A girl who carries a
shard of glass, votes for herself and believes in holding rain.
to load the synopsis
Cost $7.50, concession $5.50 for Friends of Mona Vale Library,
Pensioner, Student. Cards must be shown. Also, a
reminder, payment is required within 3 days of booking.
WPCA Reference Group Representatives
Council’s Reference Groups and the WPCA elected members of the
Pittwater Estuary Working Group :
Penny Gleen (WPCA representative)
Alan Yuille (offshore representative)
Lisa Atkins (offshore representative)
Marita Macrea (Pittwater Natural Heritage Association)
Kristine Martin (Careel Bay Pittwater Protection Association)
Garth Wilson (geologist/bush regenerator)
Also – Michael Wiener, WPCA President was interviewed for the article
published in ‘Pittwater Living’ on community infrastructure “Councils’
Maintenance Dilemma” - which you find below.
Council’s Reference Groups
The Pittwater Council Reference Groups had their first meetings in May
2009. The following are details of their top
priorities. Should you have any issues you would like to
submit please contact the WPCA and we will pass them on to our
Recreation & Economic Development
WPCA Representatives: Paul Purvis & Penny Gleen
Top Priorities -
- To increase the feeling of connectedness
- To increase the level and effectiveness of
- To promote life-long learning
WPCA Representatives: Alan Yuille - alternate rep.
Top Priorities -
- To enhance water quality & improve the
condition of creeks
- To protect, enhance, conserve & restore
remnant bushland & creek line ecosystems & to maintain
abundance & diversity of Pittwater’s native plant &
Integrated Built Environment
- To minimise production of waste &
increase reuse & recycling
WPCA Representatives: Lesley Stevens & Michael Wiener
Top Priorities -
- To encourage land use that caters for all
- To encourage well-built development that
adheres to sustainable design principals
- To encourage Pittwater’s villages to be
liveable & amenable
- To encourage the use of public transport
& alternative travel means incl. issues such as reduction of
speed & road safety
WPCA Representatives: Graham Earl
Top Priorities -
- To provide open, ethical & transparent
- To maintain Council’s financial sustainability
- To promote proactive & effective
community engagement & consultation
So here it is.
Just bought a new boat and decided to take 'er for the maiden voyage
this past weekend.
This is my first boat and not quite sure of the exact SOP
(Standard Operating Procedures) for launching it off a ramp, but I
figured it couldn't be too hard.
I consulted my local boat dealer for advice, they just said "don't let the trailer get too
deep when you are trying to launch the boat".
Well, I don't know what they meant by that as I could barely get the
trailer in the water at all!
What am I doing wrong?
Septic Pump Out
Septic needs to be pumped out and it will be considerably
cheaper if we get a few households on the island done on the same day.
If anyone needs their septic pumped could get in touch with
Ben or Sarah on 99792131, or 0403153950.
Thanks to Sam Collins found a reliable white goods repair
company, so for all those people who asked Alpha Appliance repair. 99595473
If you have something for sale that
you think locals would like - let us know and we will put a
SINGLE line entry in the PON at the beginning of each month...
The Local Guide
Emergency Contact Numbers:
|ALL EMERGENCIES (Police - Fire - Ambulance)
Assistance Line & Information
1444 or 9281 0000
Bay Water Police
7899 or 0412 162 093
Fire Service General Information 9265 2999
Fire Service General information
Emergency Service, Warringah/Pittwater SES
Parks & Wildlife Service: 000, general information
of Community Services: general information
388, (ah) 131 909
Airlines, Buses and Railways:
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||Join WPCA To join the Western Pittwater Community
Association, contact Michael Wiener at email@example.com
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