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of Pittwater, Australia
Island Community Forum
4th November 4-6pm
A report to this week’s Council meeting has highlighted a revised
design for a new car park and road realignment next to the commuter
wharf at McCarrs Creek Road Church Point. The revised design has been
put forward by a group of Church Point and offshore residents as an
alternative to the original design approved by the Council in the
Church Point plan of management.
The plan of management and associated masterplan were adopted by
Pittwater Council in 2009 following years of consultation with
residents. The plan also involved technical and economic specialists,
government agencies and broader community feedback as well as an
independent peer review.
Since its adoption, the Council has been progressively implementing the
expanded dinghy tie-up capacity at the commuter wharf
- Precinct 1 McCarrs Creek Road
car parking area and footpath to the west of Rosstrevor Reserve
of Church Point fixed wharf
- Precinct 2 Village hub at Thomas Stephens Reserve
parking including facilities for the disabled, motor bikes and a
car pooling scheme,
as well as upgraded lighting.
- Precinct 3 Church Point Reserve
The next priority project is the realignment of McCarrs Creek Road
supported by a new seawall, with extra car parking and improved
The adopted concept design is based on a curved section of roadway with
a separate car park on the cliff side of the road with angled parking.
This would fit in behind the curved alignment of the recently completed
A consortium of local residents/architects last week submitted an
alternative design that seeks to reduce the overall width of the scheme
by a parallel car parking arrangement.
Mayor Jacqui Townsend said the Council had agreed to consider the
alternative design and assess how it compares with the original
concept. “Bearing in mind that the fundamental outcome is to achieve
the optimal number of additional car parking spaces at Church Point
with the best design,” she said
Mayor Townsend said she wanted community stakeholders directly affected
by the proposed car park to consider the Council’s feasibility
assessment before construction begins “It’s important that we gather
all possible views on this issue before we proceed with the final
step,” she said.
Funding for the first stage of the new car park is coming from several
sources, including the Council’s capital works budget, the specific
carpark sticker scheme and pay & display income from Church Point
as well as RMS funding and other potential grant funding.
CONSULTATION TO BE REVIEWED
Mayor Jacqui Townsend has called for a renewed focus on community
consultation as the new Council got down to business this week at its
first full meeting.
Mayor Townsend asked for a review of the Council’s current consultation
policy in one of several mayoral minutes approved at the meeting.
The review will be carried out by a community-based committee made up
of councillors, Council staff and community members, one of whom would
be aged between 15 and 21.
In calling for the review, Mayor Townsend acknowledged that the Council
had comprehensive processes in place for consultation but said the
Pittwater community was diverse.
“I want to ensure the Council has the best structures and processes in
place to reach out and get feedback from the whole community, not just
segments of it, in a manner which is effective, efficient and
positive,” she said.
The review will take place over the next two months and be reported
back to the Council by early December.
The Council also approved the Mayor’s request for a ‘statement of
respect ‘ to be read out before Council and committee meetings and a
review of delegations from the Council to the General Manager and
Mayor. Delegations allow the Mayor or General Manager to make certain
decisions on behalf of the Council without needing a meeting or prior
Mayor Townsend, Pittwater Council. Ph: 9970 1104
SUBMISSION ON PLANNING REFORM
Pittwater Council has lodged a submission to the state government on
its proposed changes to planning law in NSW.
The changes were outlined in a ‘green paper’ by the government released
for public comment in July this year.
A report presented to the Council last night outlined the Council’s
concern that the green paper was ‘written at a high policy level and
…it is difficult to assess the full extent and consequences of the
Some of the changes foreshadowed by the government include a renewed
emphasis on strategic planning, community consultation on development
applications before they are lodged rather than during the assessment
process, widening the use of regional planning panels and heightened
transparency in decision making regarding developments.
The Council’s submission outlined the need for ‘meaningful engagement
and systems to reinforce the (community’s) expectations and confidence
in the planning system.’
The submission noted the use of plain English, social media and
technology such as computer modeling would all need to be considered
as tools for engaging the community.
It also asked for all decision-making on developments to be open to the
public, including those made at ministerial level.
Mayor Jacqui Townsend echoed the sentiments of the Council submission,
saying that “our community need to be made aware there are changes
afoot in the way development will proceed in the future.”
Submissions to the green paper closed on 5 October. The state
government has indicated it will release a draft white paper on
planning law in November for further public comment, with a view to
introducing a new planning act by April 2013.
To view the Council submission visit www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au For more
information about the state government’s proposed changes to planning
law visit www.planning.nsw.gov.au
Steve Evans, Pittwater Council. Ph: 9970 1133
Letter to the Editor
Wharf and surrounds
This note is in response to Judy Readman’s letter to editor of 15
October 2012. I agree and support her angst with the state of the
wharf at times, particularly when hazardous materials such as old
batteries are left on the wharf, or when rubbish (such as boxes or
kitchen cabinets) is not properly broken down and piled in heaps around
However, I see the wharf and surrounding bush and beach reserve as not
only sites that are sometimes abused, but also of sites of real grace
and community. Cargo Wharf, like many of the ferry wharves,
serves as an informal recycling centre. Sometimes furniture,
flower pots, household goods are intentionally left adjacent to the
skips to indicate that they are no longer wanted, but still in
relatively good nick. Often these objects are recycled back
into homes on the island, sometimes they are not.
Unfortunately, all too often there is just rubbish.
Looking beyond the rubbish, however, the area also reflects community
and individual efforts to manage and improve the area. When I
lived closer to Cargo and used it daily, on more than one occasion I
witnessed members of the community come by with a whipper snipper to
cut the grass. Not only has this been done by Col Bailey who
lives close by, but also Toby Jay, who lives nearly on the other side
of the island. I beg forgiveness of the others who have also
contributed whom I have not named. I enjoy sitting at the lovely
table and benches under the casuarinas, built on sturdy pilings and of
magnificent timbers. I have enjoyed countless snags, cheer, and
sailing stories at Woody Point bbqs on the beach. These amenities are
thanks to the efforts of trades and citizens on the island.
To the mums, we owe thanks to swings for the children hanging from
branches. There is a rack for storing kayaks and other water
craft that was built with community sweat. However, inadequate
now, it still serves as a reminder that we can co-operate to improve
the reserve. Yes, there are ‘warts’ in the area, but there is
also real grace and a place to come together and real evidence that we
do care and are capable of finding solutions.
Unfortunately, this is not the first time folks have had a rant about
the state of the area as we often get exhausted with how degraded it
can become. However, rants don’t often motivate change.
Nevertheless, this may be an opening to start thinking creatively about
how to better manage the area.
When I first moved to the island, I was certainly vexed with what to do
with my moving boxes. What we unpacked on the day, we sent back
with the removalists, what we didn’t… well, some was stored, some went
to the bins (collapsed, of course). When we bought our house, we had
been here long enough to come to realize what a valuable resource the
PON was and advertised that we had free boxes and packing material to
give away. It was snatched up immediately. How can we
communicate this option to new folks moving to the island? Do we need a
welcome to the island package? Is this something SIRA can do? I know at
a point in time there was a publication that Jenny Cullen had a hand
in. Is that still around?
The other problem is the inappropriate use of the bins for building
project waste. We are quick to point our fingers at the tradies,
but there are also a number of home hobbyists who contribute a bit (and
sometimes more) here and there. The recent kitchen remodel
rubbish may well have been a homeowner as opposed to a tradie. The
problem is, it adds up. At the moment, there is no easy mechanism
to deal with this less-than-a-quarter/eigth-of-a-skip pile of rubbish
from a shed, or even a good spring clean of household rubbish for that
matter. Do we need to think of something creative to deal
with this? I’m sure with our collective wisdom we can get on top of
There is a "Scotland Island Residents" Facebook page.
Perhaps we can start something there?
Richard Road..Scotland Island - Sat. 27 - 11am-5pm
We have (on the island) about 20 sheets of gyprock 1200 x 2400 length
brand new, recently bought, and which we don' t need. We would like to
sell them for cost price ( i.e. save all delivery& transport
price), we can help deliver at a house on the island (with our ute).
Ben will be the person to contact (0411 403 477).
John Deere Gator 2004
6x4 Diesel utility vehicle.
560 Hours. One owner.
Engine excellent condition
Only used on Scotland island
Missed out on a
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