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Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia Volume 7, Issue 74; February 2005
This newsletter contains material received too late for the 'first of the month' edition you all received recently.
I am sorry to have to tell you that I have been VERY disappointed with Telstra's response to my frequent requests to advise us all of the availability of true (not ISDN) broadband for the offshore communities. I was advised by them yesterday that ADSL will not now be available till March. A spokesperson for Telstra suggested that people wanting ADSL should sign up with Telstra to "improve the chances of our community getting ADSL sooner rather than later". This is just unacceptable. Many residents want to choose their own internet service provider or may want to stay with the ISP they currently use. I will keep you informed of progress.
In this Issue:
President’s Australia Day message
During the Pittwater Council Australia Day breakfast at Newport Beach, Scotland Island’s fabulous duo, Emmy and Claire were awarded medals for the Pittwater Cultural Event of 2004. We are all basking in their reflective glory and in the echo of how we all felt on the day of the fair – something like the way we all felt during the Sydney Olympics.
And I started thinking about island people – what a civic minded, talented and hard working bunch we are. Since I was privileged to be elected as president of SIRA last June I have become ware of what a wonderful diverse and yet cohesive community we have – it’s just as rare and precious as out unique environment.
We are full of admiration for our high flying medal winners but there lots of other living national treasures in our midst, people who contribute to our island life in lots of different ways:
Ian, John and the ‘firies’ who help us prepare for the unimaginable disaster and will fight to save us if it ever happens. They are also first on the scene when any of us need a medi-vac.
Our wonderful “rottweiler”, Cass, who keeps the place running smoothly, and simply make things happen. Even when she’s gnawing away at each of us we must value her
Colin, Cass and the community vehicle drivers who ferry us around
Sharon who has worked energetically for years to ensure that our roads remain usable.
Deryn, Guyren and the water monitors for a water that isn’t perfect yet but is improving and it sure beats having none
Paul who keeps us all informed through the electronic newsletter.
Colin, Rosemary, Cass, Anne Richard, Toby. Dave and Russell and all their helpers who keep the island looking terrific.
Karen and the Kindergarten Committee
Jenny who has organised and led the bush care group for years
Jenny who makes us think
John and Allison who generously provide superb background music every time there is an island event.
Trudy who has turned several generations of little island girls into elegant and gracious performers
Jennifer who’s working to sort out the public wharves
All the Players, specially current producer, Bob.
Bill who holds our history
These are just some of the people who come to mind. I know there are others. We love and appreciate you all, our friends and neighbours. And a big thank you to everyone.
Farewell to Karmel, welcome to Carrie
At the end of the last school year Karmel Patterson retired after 17 years service as supervisor of the kids on the school ferry. We thank her for her valiant work and wish her well for the future. Welcome to Carrie Towers who has taken over the job.
The future of Church Point Car Park
The Church Point Master Plan developed by representatives of SIRA, WPCA , Church Point and Bayview residents associations, working with Council, was passed by Council on 21 December. While we support the Master Plan in principle we are concerned about one aspect of it. The car park is on crown land. The associations had agreed to a mix of free surface parking and the construction of an underground car park with spaces for sale. DIPNR, owner of the Church Point Reserve (the car park), has indicated that it is willing to allow only 70 free spaces. An article in the Manly Daily (31.12.04) suggested that no overnight parking would be allowed in any of these. A time frame of two years has been suggested for this to be set in train.
SIRA has taken the following actions.
1. In the Council meeting I spoke against any reduction of free spaces in the car park, saying that “off-shore residents will not tolerate the removal of what is seen as a basic social right, access to their homes”.
2. Following the meeting SIRA has sought advice on whether we have a legal right to free car parking in Church Point Reserve, based on 43 years of usage and a 1993 gazettal that DIPNR claims is null and void because the Minister did not sign off on it.
3. I wrote a response (published 27.1.05) to the Many Daily article, (enclosed)
When the advice is forthcoming we can plan an appropriate campaign to settle this vexed question once and for all. We will be calling a general meeting of all off-shore residents to discuss it. We will be publicising this widely and I urge you all to attend and contribute to the discussion
Letter to the Manly Daily published 31st December
It is good to see
media interest in Pittwater affairs. The recent Manly Daily articles
on the “jetty tax” and Church point Precinct plans are welcome
contributions on issues of vital interest to water access only
First event by
David Wardman on February 26th 7.30pm at his home, 82 Richard Road
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