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- November 2007 -
Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia Volume 9, Issue 266 November 2007
It has been suggested to me by an offshore reader that it would be good to publish some 'letters to the editor'. The content (about 50-100 words) would be published in the next edition (subject to the infamous blue pencil). The content of your letter could be anything from missing dogs, to why you like living offshore. Or maybe a whinge would be ok! Just click this link or email email@example.com and send off your thoughts. Thanks!
When Governor Phillip’s first exploratory party ventured a few miles up the imposing mouth of the river to be subsequently named the Hawkesbury on March 3, 1788, a number of aborigines were observed living close by the river banks. The party believed it was necessary to create good feeling with the native inhabitants of the waterway and gain their cooperation . It was recorded that “the natives (who, it was later discovered, belonged to the Dharuk people) tho ’friendly appeared to be numerous”. The aborigines who lived in the Broken Bay/Pittwater area were subsequently found to be the Garingals who referred to the river by name as “Deerrubbun”.
When the party was caught in a thunderstorm on March 5, they met “an Old Man and a Boy” who showed them the best and most protected landing place “and brought us a stick of Fire and some Water, signifying to us that the water was very cold. We gave them fish” the account reports “and the Governor exchanged some things for Spears.” The next day when it was still raining, “the Old Man and the Boy followed us around to one of the Coves and shew’d us water, “ the report continues. “We stopped in a cove on the eastern side about three miles up the river. Several women in Canoes were fishing. Two of them came ashore. One of them was Old and Ugly, the other woman tall and the handsomest woman I have seen among them. She was very big with Child.”
The party also reported their fascination with one woman “making a fish hook from the inside of what is commonly called the Pearl Oyster shell by rubbing it down on the rocks until then thin enough and then cutting it circular with another and then shaping the hook with a sharp point rather bent in and not bearded or barbed.” They noted the women also gathered a kernel they fed to the children. “They are a kind of nut growing in bunches somewhat like a pine top and are poisonous without being properly prepared.”
Some of the officers of the First Fleet had served in the American War of Independence and showed considerable interest in their first encounter with the native aborigines. Some even referred to them as “Indians”. A Dr. Worgan in the party claimed that the women, when near enough to accept a present , were “coy, shy and timorous.”
Leicester Warburton NEXT MONTH: The deepest bridge pier in the world
Local Predictions on Climate Change
Pittwater Council is reviewing its management strategy for flood prone land as a result of potential changes to water levels over the next century due to climate change.
The analysis of Pittwater’s potential rises in water levels comes as a result of anticipated global increases in sea levels, based on the findings of the United Nations’ International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
According to the Council report the IPCC predicts sea levels worldwide could increase by up to 59 centimetres.
As a result, the Council has adopted a recommendation by staff that all flood studies and management plans be reviewed to accommodate the IPCC predictions.
Pittwater’s flood prone land includes areas of Narrabeen Lagoon, as well as beachside suburbs such as Mona Vale, Newport, Bilgola, Avalon and Palm Beach.
Mayor David James said climate change was potentially the biggest issue facing all three levels of government in Australia.
“However, it is the state and federal governments which must show real leadership on this issue now.”
The Council report found that a higher incidence of ‘1 in 100 year’ flooding and elevated flood plain heights for future developments may need to be considered in the long-term.
The report also stated that the flood study for Narrabeen Lagoon which was prepared in 1992 should be updated to include modelling based on anticipated rises in water levels.
To read the report in full visit www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/council (17 September Council meeting business paper).
As you all know we had the Kindy Market Fay day on Sunday at which SIRA had the Recycle Bling Tent or Teepee as it was referred to on the day. The whole day was a success and I hear the Kindy raised twice as much as last year. Well done to Ruth and all involved.
Having started off slowly, the recycle tubs did go to good homes, with only a few remaining Good on you Cass and Pittwater Council for organising the delivery of them to the Island. Thank you to Aemon, John T., Gordon, Graeme and Lisa (English Lisa) who helped stack and unstack the tubs.
To those who spruiked for the stall and personned the table - letting everyone know that they need to put holes in the tubs and of the upcoming Mulching day in November -Shar, Kerry, Rosemary, Gordon?, Graeme and John D -thank you.
WE HAVE SINCE DISCOVERED THAT THERE ARE HOLES IN THE BOTTOM OF THE TUBS YOU JUST CAN'T SEE THEM. SPREAD THE WORD. We have a few bins left, needing good homes and now we all have containers, it's great that we won't be finding any more recyclable material in the wharf bins!
On the inside of the tent, thanks to the Kindy and Dorothy for use of their equipment and to Gordon, Graeme, Shar, Annette, Gill and Lisa for setting up everything. Of course a big thanks to John T for creating, constructing( with the help of Paul K) and collapsing the art piece, which was appreciated by all.
English Lisa , you were a trooper, who was there from wo to go. Thank you.
Emmy, thank you for your great recycled hanging musical ensemble, the 3 R's banner and for your incredible dynamism.
Colin and John T, thanks for helping Em.
Great Sea Craft was made from all the recycled materials inside the tent which was then paraded around the park for all to admire. Thanks to all the kids and parents. and to Jilla, Matt and Ruthy for leading the procession, accompanied by Emmy on percussion.
Thank you also to our judges, Jon D and Graeme. and their assistants Denise and Jenny. It was great that all the kids received a prize.
A thankyou to Carmel for driving us around at various times and Tarryn for the use of her car.
John Hendo, thanks for the great poster and Gill, thank you once again for printing and laminating them.
Paul P., thankyou for your great PR work and last but not least, a big thanks to Maddy and Anthony Carmicheal for who inspired the 'Great Sea Craft Parade"! and Sonia and Ava, who also helped.
If there is anyone I have forgotten to the thank - THANK YOU.
A big thank you to Pittwater
Council for making new recycling bins available for
residents at the Kindergarten Market Day on 23 September and
to everyone who helped in the recycling bling tent,
constructed by John Travers and Paul Kinnison.
I am having an exhibition opening on Tuesday the 4th December 6-8 p.m. at TAP Gallery 45 Burton Street Darlinghurst. The Exhibition title is "Sacred Sheelas" which is work from Ireland where I was the International Artist-in-Residence in September this year. If you would like a personal invitation could you email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and then I will email you an invitation. I will be exhibiting along with another artist who for many years lived on Mackeral Beach.
This is to let you know that
Alyse has won a silver medal at the sailing in Shanghai
sailing with her team, Belinda and Chris. She is so proud -
she was presented with her medal yesterday at the closing
ceremony to the sailing in front of all the other sailors
representing their countries.
contributed by Margaret Molloy
Island family seeking 2-3 bedroom waterfront property for 12 months rental. Also seeking short term furniture storage rental (large shed, unused boatshed or spare room) for 4-6 months.
Please contact Cathy on 0410 335 965
superannuation is something that most of us keep little
track of, but if you never pay any attention to it, please
at least read this.
Come & watch the big race on our two big screens. Join in the sweeps and buy a glass of bubbly from our licensed bar.
From 2pm on Tuesday, 6 November at the Fire Station, Scotland Island. $5 entry per adult (kids free) - includes snacks.
Mondays: 9.15 am to 10.00
am, at the Kindy.
how much we love our Rugby...
I have been receiving your newsletter for the last few months, as we have bought a house on the island and are moving in 12 days. It has been great, as it has taught me about the island, as we are completely new to the area. I have enjoyed hearing about all the activities on the island and would love to become more involved once I arrive; one that especially appealed was a meeting that took place where different discussions took place. Would it be possible for you to let me know how to go about finding out about the different clubs on the island?
This has arrived from a reader of our newsletter. She has obviously been doing her homework about the pluses and minuses (are there any?) of offshore living. Good planning, I am sure you will agree
Family Day Care Extends its
Shop on the
We all had a wonderful time at the wine tasting last Sunday. You were there, weren't you? Sixteen hand chosen wines by the 'Wine Syndicate' - and no obligation to buy! Who could ask for more. This tasting was held on the South side of Scotland Island and the next tasting is in Elvina Bay. Keep an eye on this newsletter for more information.
No one makes any money from these tastings apart from the wine maker - perhaps you might like to consider coming next time.
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The views expressed in this newsletter are not necessarily the views of the Scotland Island Residents Association (SIRA), or any of the associated Pittwater Offshore Resident's Committees
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