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|November 7, 2009
of Pittwater, Australia
VALE JIM REVITT, PITTWATER FOUNDING
Leading community volunteer, activist and founding father of Pittwater
Council, Jim Revitt from Elanora Heights, passed away yesterday at the
age of 78.
Jim Revitt was known for his passionate defence of the right of
Pittwater residents to have their own local government and was a
leading figure in the secession from Warringah Council and subsequent
establishment of Pittwater Council.
Although choosing not to become an elected Councillor, Jim Revitt
played a leading role in various community organisations and grassroots
movements, including the Save Mona Vale Hospital Committee, the
Pittwater Escarpment Committee, the Elanora Heights Progress
Association, the Pittwater Residents Association and the Pittwater
Natural Heritage Association.
In 2003 Jim was recognised for his outstanding commitment to the
Pittwater community by being awarded Pittwater’s Australia Day Citizen
of the Year.
Speaking today, Mayor Harvey Rose said the Pittwater community would be
forever in Jim Revitt’s debt for his contribution to the local area.
“Not only was he instrumental in bringing about the creation of
Pittwater’s own Council, but he continued to represent the Pittwater
community on many other important issues, including the environment and
health services,” Mayor Rose said.
“He was a quiet and modest man, but a very determined one when it came
to getting the best out of government for the people of Pittwater.”
Jim Revitt was formerly an ABC journalist who reported on the Vietnam
War from Saigon and worked as a foreign correspondent in south-east
Asia and India.
After returning from Asia, Jim worked in the ABC newsroom and later
trained cadet journalists, particularly those from Aboriginal and
non-English speaking backgrounds. He was subsequently appointed as an
official mentor and teacher for the ABC in coaching and teaching
Jim Revitt was also an established author and editor in his own right,
completing his autobiography just before his death and editing books by
his niece and well-known author, Di Morrissey.
A longstanding Elanora Heights resident, Jim leaves behind his widow
Rosemary and two sons, David and Damian.
Pittwater Council is organising an extra clean-up of vegetation for
Scotland Island residents as part of its bushfire prevention campaign.
The vegetation collection will take place on the island on Monday 23
and Tuesday 24 November.
The Council’s Director of Urban & Environmental Assets Chris
Hunt said the clean-up had been organised to assist residents in
reducing bushfire fuel on their properties.
“With the fire season approaching, all the indications are that this
summer will be a high-risk period for bushfire,” Mr Hunt said.
“It’s essential that property-owners prepare now, particularly given
the Island’s relative isolation.”
The extra vegetation collection will follow the same rules as other
Council vegetation collections, which are:
Mr Hunt said that householders on Scotland Island wishing to take part
in the extra vegetation collection should place materials outside their
property no later than
6am on Monday 23 November.
- A maximum of 2 cubic metres of vegetation for
- Leaf litter, grass clippings and prunings to be
placed in hard-sided containers
- Branches to be no longer than 1.2m and tied
together with twine
- No plastic, hessian or nylon bags
- No cardboard, foam or polystyrene boxes
- No soil or untied bundles
Earlier this year the Council and the Rural Fire Service conducted a
door-knock of Scotland Island residents offering advice and assistance
to reduce bushfire risk to homes.
New national guidelines have also been introduced on bushfire warnings
in the wake of the Victorian bushfires of last January. These include a
new ‘catastrophic’ category of bushfire warning, which defines the risk
to life as being greater than the risk to property.
Warnings of potentially catastrophic bushfires will be broadcast over
the internet, on television and on radio at regular intervals.
For more information about the new bushfire warning system and how to
protect properties from bushfire, visit www.rfs.nsw.gov.au
Load the Vegetation Brochure here
Nettie Lodge "Corridos Exhibition"
Nov. 15 to Dec. 3
14, 5-8pm everyone is welcome
Peninsula Music Club
for the Year, Friday 13th November
Peninsula Music Club's final concert for the Year will be a Piano and
Violin Duo, Bernadette Bulkus and Natsuko Yoshimoto. They are a dynamic
duo who perform regularly together.
Bernadette is the Musical director and driving force behind the newly
formed Freshwater Festival of Chamber Music. Bernadette and
Natsuko are superb soloists in their own right performing Nationally
and Internationally. They have also participated in and won many
competitions around the world.
They will be performing an all French programme with works by Debussy,
Poulenc, Satie, Ravel and Saint-Saens.
Starting at 8pm (doors open at 7.30pm) at Loquat Valley Anglician Prep
School 1977 Pittwater Road Bayview.
Tickets $20 con. $15, school students free, available at the door.
A sparkling wine supper will be served after the performance.
Enquiries phone 9999-1937.
approves PITTWATER FOOD & WINE FAIR
Pittwater Council has approved a food & wine fair to be held in
Winnererremy Bay at Mona Vale next May, after considering a report on
the feasibility of the event at its meeting this week.
Winnererremy Bay was recommended as the location for the fair after
other locations were discounted due to potential weather conditions and
a lack of parking.
The report recommended the fair be held in early to mid May on a
Sunday, with 10-15 wine or beer stalls and up to 15 food stalls.
The Council’s Reserves & Recreation Manager Les Munn said the
food stalls could be a mix of multicultural food vendors and local
“We’ll be inviting local restaurants and cafes to participate,” he
said. “Stalls will be available for hire at $350 for wine and $200 for
Mr Munn said wineries from the Hunter Valley and Mudgee and those
sourced through local bottle shops would also be invited to attend the
The fair will include entertainment on the day aimed at a family
Speaking after the meeting, Mayor Harvey Rose said the fair would be an
additional avenue for local restaurants to promote themselves to
visitors and residents.
“The Council is committed to supporting local businesses and we see the
food & wine fair as being a positive step,” he said.
For more information about the food & wine fair, contact Nikki
Griffith on 9970 1355.
Asparagus Fern Out Day to be held at
Rocky Point Saturday week
The next Northern Beaches Asparagus Fern Out Day is to be held on Saturday 14th November on the
Council Reserve at Rocky Point, Lovett Bay from 0900 to 1200.
Asparagus fern is one of our biggest weed problems offshore and it
requires a special technique to get rid of it. This is a great
opportunity to learn how to deal with this pest while listening to bird
song in an endangered Spotted Gum forest community.
Jetty space can be arranged. Tuition, tools and morning tea are
Lunch for the weed pullers will also be provided by the Rocky Point Bush
Care group at the beach.
Please RSVP to email@example.com by November 10 for catering
has decide to get involved in the whole moustache
growing for Movember this year.
To quote him “I have decided to put down my razor for one month
(November) and help raise awareness and funds for men’s health –
specifically prostate cancer and depression in men”.
What many people don’t appreciate is that close to 3,000 men die of
prostate cancer each year in Australia and one in eight men will
experience depression in their lifetime - many of whom don’t seek help.
Facts like these have convinced me I should get involved and I am
hoping that you will support me.
To sponsor Jonathan’s Mo, you can either:
Click this link http://au.movember.com/mospace/357230/
and donate online using your credit card or PayPal account
Write a cheque payable to ‘Movember Foundation’, referencing my
Registration Number 357230 and mailing it to: Movember Foundation, PO
Box 292, Prahran, VIC, 3181
donations over $2 are tax deductible.
Movember is now in its sixth year and, to date, has achieved some
pretty amazing results by working alongside The Prostate Cancer
Foundation (PCFA) and beyondblue: the national depression initiative.
Check out further details at: http://au.movemberfoundation.com/research-and-programs.
If you are interested in following the progress of my Mo, click here http://au.movember.com/mospace/357230/.
Also go to http://au.movember.com
has lots of useful information on the subject.
Drivers become Safer Drivers
workshop for parents and supervisors of learner drivers will be held by
the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) in conjunction with Pittwater
Council at the Mona Vale Library on Monday 23 November 2009.
The course, ‘Helping Learner Drivers Become Safer Drivers’, will offer
parents and supervisors hands-on advice on how to provide the most
effective driving practice for learner drivers.
Pittwater Council’s Road Safety Officer Michelle Carter said the new
rules for learner drivers meant there was a minimum of one year on L
plates and an increase to 120 hours of supervised driving, including a
mandatory 20 hours of night-time driving.
“A more rigorous driving test has also been introduced, focusing on
hazard perception and driver reactions, Ms Carter said. “These changes
to the Graduated Licensing Scheme are all about reducing the crash rate
for young drivers.”
“Parents and supervisors of novice drivers have a crucial role to play
in making the roads safer, and that is why the RTA has developed a
course to better support them.”
The course will cover topics such as:
new laws for learner and P-plate drivers
how to use the new Learner Driver Log Book
how to plan on-road driving sessions
“Parents and supervisors who have attended this course found it boosted
their confidence, helped them better plan driving sessions and allowed
them to share experiences with other parents and supervisors,” added Ms
Bookings for the Helping Learner Drivers Become Safe Drivers course are
essential and can be made by calling Michelle Carter from Pittwater
Council on 9970 1194 or by email at
Marion van den Driesschen Exhibition
Wabi Sabi - Patterns of Time
to 6 December 2009
Marion van den Driesschen's exhibition 'Wabi Sabi - Patterns of Time'
will run at the washhouse gallery from 17 November to 6 December.
You are cordially invited to drinks with the artist on Thursday 19
November 2009, 6.30pm to 8.00pm
load flyer here
The gallery is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 9am to 5pm
711 Darling Street, Rozelle, NSW 2039 Tel: 0425-248-334
gallery hours: 9am to 5pm tues-sun