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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackeral Beach
January 12, 2010
Notices for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia

Community Vehicle - OUT OF  SERVICE

Local Council Notices

Please put your material out as described below, and further in attached brochure and the Pittwater Offshore Directory – BY SUNDAY, JANUARY 17

  • A maximum of 2 cubic metres of vegetation for each household
  • Leaf litter, grass clippings and prunings TO BE PLACED IN HARD SIDED CONTAINERS
  • Branches to be no longer than 1.2m and BUNDLED AND TIED TOGETHER WITH TWINE
  • No plastic, hessian or nylon bags
  • No cardboard, foam or polystyrene boxes
  • No soil or untied bundles

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Any material not complying with collection guidelines will be left on the road side for residents to arrange private collection.

New Youth Service in Pittwater
A new youth service has started operating in Avalon and Mona Vale, with the support of Pittwater Council.

Point Zero is a non-denominational operation offering a range of support for young people aged between 12 and 18.

Established in 1997, Point Zero initially began offering outreach services to young people in the Eastern Suburbs, after community concerns over the large numbers of teenagers gathering in Bondi and other suburbs.

The Point Zero website says the service offers ‘access to innovative prevention-based programs that empower, support, and educate young people and their communities in the Sydney Metropolitan Region’.

Initially, Point Zero will offer services to young people in Avalon and Mona Vale from an outreach van that will travel to both areas on Saturday nights.

Spokeswoman Stephanie Brauer from Point Zero said the outreach van would stop at places where young people gather and ‘provide them with support and a safe space.’

“They may need first aid, information and referrals, or just a hot drink or water and someone to talk to,” she said.

Ms Brauer said the outreach van began operating in Pittwater over Christmas and had received a positive response from young residents.

“We are also looking for volunteers to help man the outreach van and also casual paid youth workers,” she said.

Deputy Mayor Jacqui Townsend said the Council was supportive of the Point Zero service and would assist it where possible.

"Pittwater's younger residents may find themselves out late at night and feeling vulnerable. This service can give them assistance and support if needed," she said.

Point Zero is also looking for donors to support the service; all donations over $2 are tax deductible. For more information about donating or joining Point Zero Youth Services as a paid staff member or volunteer please phone 9389 0399 or email info@pointzero.org.au The Point Zero website is www.pointzero.org.au 

Media contact:  Angela Boyle, Pittwater Council Ph: 9970 1199

Evening ECO Adventures at Warriewood Wetlands
Pittwater Council’s Coastal Environment Centre (CEC) is celebrating the International Year of Biodiversity this year with a host of interactive community events, starting with evening spotlighting tours of Warriewood Wetlands.

Two spotlighting events have been scheduled for Friday 15 and Friday 22 January for families to experience the night life of the wetlands. Both tours are open to all ages and start from Katoa Place Warriewood at 7.30pm, finishing at around 9pm.

Community educator Sonja Elwood from the CEC said the tours were a great opportunity to see native animals that come out at night.  “We’ll be using high frequency recording equipment to locate microbats, a technique known as anabatting,” she said.

“The anabat machine detects sound above a human’s normal hearing capacity. The soundwave is recorded by the machine and interpreted to establish the species of bat is in the area.  

“The CEC has been monitoring bats for some years now and last year we began these tours so the public could get involved as well,” Ms Elwood said.

Pittwater Deputy Mayor Jacqui Townsend said microbats were creatures that could eat up to 500 mosquitoes and other biting insects per night.

“Due to Pittwater’s aged habitat of trees and caves at least six species of microbats inhabit the local area and all are listed as vulnerable under the Threatened Species Conservation Act,” Cr Townsend said.

Cr Townsend said the spotlighting tours added an interesting and fun aspect to learning about Pittwater’s environment, as well as contributing valuable data to be used in reports and processes for biodiversity in the area.

Gary Jackson, Executive Management Consultant at the CEC, said the tours gave the community the chance to ‘become eco adventurers for an evening and enjoy a unique experience.’

“It’s a very exciting way for anyone to investigate and locate nocturnal animals in their natural habitat, alongside our community education experts,” he said.

Residents are also invited to take part in a series of invertebrate surveys to be held this year, which will monitor insects in Pittwater’s reserves and parks. Further information is available at: www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/cec 

To book into one of the spotlighting tours call the Coastal Environment Centre on 1300 000 CEC (232) or email cec@pittwater.nsw.gov.au

Each tour costs $8 per person for adults (13yrs and over); $5 children 6-12yrs, with children under five free. Family passes (2 adults/2 children) for $20 are also available.  EFTPOS & telephone credit card payments are accepted at the CEC.

Media contact: Gary Jackson, CEC Ph: 9970 1677

Pittwater's Australia Day Ambassador Announced
The NSW Australia Day Council has announced that Pittwater’s Australia Day Ambassador will be Elaine Henry, CEO of The Smith Family.

Ms Henry will be present from 8am at the Council’s Australia Day citizenship ceremony on Tuesday 26 January at Newport Surf Club, which also includes the presentation of Pittwater’s Australia Day awards.

Ms Henry is herself an Australia Day award recipient, having been awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for her work with the NSW Cancer Council.

During her tenure as Executive Director of the NSW Cancer Council, a post she held for more than 12 years, Elaine was recognised for her community work in cancer control. She also initiated a number of entrepreneurial activities including Daffodil Day, Australia’s Largest Morning Tea, opened a range of merchandise shops and the establishment of the National Breast Cancer Centre, Breastscreen NSW and the Cervical Screening Registries.

As CEO of The Smith Family, Ms Henry has transformed the 87-year-old organisation from passive welfare to an innovative social enterprise delivering education and learning programs to disadvantaged children across Australia. 

Her belief is that education can help people break free of the cycle of poverty.

“To progress as a society, we need to reject the status quo to get things done - to experiment and not be afraid to either fail or to stop, when things are not seen to be working,” she said.

Elaine Henry has sought to influence public policy development on poverty through her service on numerous public committees at the state, national and international levels.  

In 2006 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Letters from the University of NSW for her eminent service to the community and community health. 

Ms Henry will mingle with local residents at the annual Breakfast on the Beach event following the award ceremony. The Breakfast on the Beach, hosted by Pittwater Council and local service organisations, runs until 11am with hot breakfasts, tea and coffee, plus family activities such as thong-throwing, treasure hunts, face-painting and a jumping castle. For more details about the event visit www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au and click on the community events calendar. 

Media contact:  Community Relations, Pittwater Council Ph: 9970 1119

Kindy Working Bee
Sunday 17th January
Come and help the kindy prepare for an exciting new year of childcare on the island. The kindy opens on Tuesday 19th January and therefore there will be a Working Bee from 9 til 12 on Sunday 17th January.  Parents and other members of the community are needed to help spring clean rooms, outside areas and equipment.  Tea and snacks provided.  Children most welcome.   

You Asked..
Wanted Tinny to Hire 
Carolyn and David Andrew have come to live at Elvina Bay for two months as a trial to see how we like living in Pittwater.We are therefore wondering if anyone has a small motor boat that they would like to rent out to us on a temporary basis for two months.
Our telephone number is 0411221913 or email at Carolyn.Andrew@bigpond.com
We shall be living at Elandra in Elvina Bay

English Tutoring on the Island
Do your children need extra help with their English schoolwork?  I am an English teacher from Pymble Ladies College, currently on maternity leave and available for tutoring on the island.  I have experience of teaching Year Seven through to Year Twelve, including Standard, Advanced, Extension One and Extension Two English modules.  I can work to support the individual needs of your child in your own home or at my place on Florence Terrace.  I love literature and I can help your children to embrace the wonderful world of words too!  I only realistically have time to take on three or four students, so book in early to secure a place.
Contact Barbara Labram on 0400 377 056 for more information.

Work Wanted
As a new Lovett Bay resident and following some overseas volunteering work I am looking for part time work in the northern beaches area.

My work experience is in admin and accounts so I’m up for similar work including, filing, organizing, reconciliations, data entry, excel and word processing etc.  I  am also keen to turn my hand to anything different – so if  you need an intelligent, responsible, efficient, computer literate, happy soul - let me know !

Contact Roz -  (m) 0435 217 447 - roznoble@hotmail.com

Primary School Teacher available for Tutoring
Does your child need help with English,mathematics or preparation for the NAPLAN testing? I am a female primary teacher with >20 years experience and am available for tutoring.
I can come to your home on the island.
Angela Wallace
I can be contacted on 99798825 or 0422062390

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