the Foreshores and the Island
On Thursday, 8 January, a fire
(believed to have been deliberately lit) started near Akuna Bay in the
Ku-rin-gai Chase National Park. Later that day, it appeared that the
fire had been contained. However, in the early hours of Friday morning,
all active members of the Scotland Island and Foreshores Brigades were
called to assist as the intensity of the fire had increased and it was
heading our way. Two crews were deployed from the Island to assist with
house protection in Elvina Bay and along McCarrs Creek.
Boat pumps were placed on private jetties to
pump water from Pittwater onto bushland behind the houses and along the
fire trail. At first light a back burn was initiated along the ridge
between Elvina Bay and McCarrs Creek, to eliminate the dry fuel on the
ground so that the encroaching fire has no fuel to proceed with.
During this time, the NPWS helicopter was
water-bombing the main fire along with Elvis dropping its’ huge 9 tonne
loads of water. There were also a number of media helicopters in the
area. Late on Friday morning, the nor-easter kicked in, turning the fire
towards Terrey Hills and away from McCarrs Creek and Elvina Bay.
Blacking out (putting out any small fires still burning) and mopping up
continued and boat crews patrolled the area throughout the weekend.
On Saturday afternoon, the hillside
south-west of Elvina Bay erupted and burnt down to the upper parts of
McCarrs Creek, resulting in the blackened bush to be seen along McCarrs
Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade – 9999 4404 – New members always
Elvis has not left the
Fire returned to
the Western Shores and Scotland Island on the weekend of the 10th of
January and most residents were prepared to face a serious situation.
The Rural Fire Service, together with the regular Fire Brigades kept the
demon at bay and no property was lost. Many residents were seen on the
roof cleaning gutters and raking the surrounding areas to prevent 'ember
We were all able
to see the water bombing efforts of Elvis and his younger brother and
watched fascinated as water was scooped from Pittwater to be dumped on
the Westerns side of the bay.
Well done to all. Keep those water tanks
The late Frank
McAskill MBE, JP, Social Welfare Co-ordinator, Warringah Shire Council
(1971-1982), together with the Manly Warringah Pittwater Federation of
Senior Citizens (now disbanded), donated two perpetual Annual Trophies
for presentation to individuals and groups/organisations fitting the
If you know of an individual or a group/organisation whose achievements
and/or contributions to the welfare of older people is worthy of
recognition and acknowledgement, we invite you to nominate them for this
Nominations close at 6pm on Monday 16 February 2004. Nomination forms
are available on the Pittwater website-
Community Services, Aged Services - and also at Pittwater Customer
Service Centres at Warriewood and Avalon, Mona Vale and Avalon
Libraries, Warringah Customer Service Centre, Manly Customer Service
Centre, Manly Community Centre, 12 Wentworth Street, Manly and the
Northern Beaches Neighbourhood Service at 30 Howard Ave, Dee Why.
Enquiries: Jennifer Walker on 9970 1199.
Church Point Precinct and
taken a long time and a huge amount of effort from some dedicated
members of the offshore and onshore communities, working with the Dept
of Lands and the Council (the Design Group). However, shortly the draft
Masterplan for the CP Precinct will go on Public Exhibition for comment.
Church Point Wharf
The wharf has been of great concern to the community ever since Council,
over 3 years ago, said it was dangerous and was going to demolish it and
replace it with a ramp and pontoon.
Recently, as part of the DA to build a new Wharf with Ramp and Pontoon,
Council carried out a Heritage Assessment, which said that the Wharf has
a higher Heritage value than the Store/Post Office, and should be
retained. However, it is acknowledged that it is really in a serious
state, requiring significant repairs.
Council still wishes to demolish it. The community is still determined
to retain it in possibly a revised form, retaining the elements that
cause it to be regarded highly as a Heritage Wharf in Pittwater, and a
good example of the classic Pittwater wharves. Further assessment and
meetings are in progress.
What will almost certainly happen is that a temporary ramp and pontoon
will be hung off Thomas Stephens Reserve, and the wharf will be closed.
The reason for the temporary pontoon is so the final location can be
agreed through the Masterplan process.
The Wharf will be assessed regarding repairing/modifying it to a ‘small
boat’ level ie no ferries or similar.
It is most likely that the timber wharf will need to be replaced
entirely. A key issue will be getting it replaced with timber piles, not
concrete as per Council’s wishes.
We will report further when more detail is available.
Car Park Survey -
CLICK HERE to Complete!
The Underground Car Park is being
planned to take at least 250 cars, and hopefully up to 300 cars.
Please complete this SURVEY to give the planning group an idea of how
many car park places would be taken up by the Offshore community. This
will form a rough guide only. The developers
would, no doubt, want to do their own research later. To complete the
survey, while you are still connected to the net,
If you would prefer to simply email the survey questions to the
co-ordinator, please send your selection to
WOULD ALL OFFSHORE PEOPLE PLEASE FILL IN THE SURVEY, EVEN IF YOU DO
NOT WANT A SPACE . IF YOU DO NOT WANT A SPACE, SIMPLY TICK THE ‘AREA’
AND THE ‘NO’.
THERE IS NO COMMITMENT TO GO AHEAD AND TAKE A SPACE FROM THIS SURVEY.
It is not known at this point the financial basis on which the places
will be made available (the area is Crown Land) – whether by long term
Lease, or some form of Strata title – discussions are being held with
the Dept of Lands.
However, it is expected that the cost to construct the parking spaces
will average around $40 - $50,000 each. A maintenance fee would be
added/included to cover cleaning etc.
Pittwater Local Studies
SINEWS and SIRA readers
What a fantastic resource for information about Scotland Island and
Thanks to the Herculean efforts of Cass Gye these newsletters are all
archived at Mona Vale Library. However there are gaps in the collection
and if you have any please bring them in and I would be happy to
photocopy them. Phone 9997 5422
|Any issues from
Summer 1998 to April 2000
Vol 27 No 4 1987
Vol 26 No 3 1986
Vol 25 No 3 1985
Vol 24 No 3 1984-5
Vol 23 No 3 1983
Vol 21 No 5 1981
Vol 20 No 5 1980
Vol 19 No 3 1979
Vol 18 No 5 1978
Vol 17 No 1 & 4 1977
Vol 16 No 3 1976
Vol 15 No 5
Vol 14 No 2
|Vol 13 No 3 1974-5?
Vol 12 No 3 & 4
Vol 11 No 3
Vol 10 No 5
Vol 9 No 4 to Vol 10 No 1 1965
Vol 7 No 4 to Vol 8 No 4
Vol 4 No 3 to Vol 6 No
Vol 1 No 3 to Vol 4 No 1
All of the electronic edition of
Pittwater Offshore Newsletter from April 2000 are now preserved
at the library for posterity!
Carol's at Carols - a
With thanks to
Julian Muir, below are a
number of excellent 'thumbnail' pictures taken at one of Scotland
Island's most endearing events - the Carols at Carols event in December
If you want higher quality copies of any of these, I am sure Julian
could help! High quality images are not published here for security
The perfect way to end
(colada or other large glass)
30 ml Bacardi (white rum)
30ml Strawberry liquor
6 Fresh Strawberries
15ml Lemon Juice
30ml Sugar Syrup (water dissolved sugar)
1/2 scoop of ice
Put all the ingredients into a blender,
blend until smooth, (approx 1 min)
pour into glass .
Garnish with fresh strawberries.
Trivia Night - Fundraiser
Help halt over development in Pittwater.
To fund an independent study to support community opposition to the
state government plans for Pittwater.
Friday 6th February at 6:30pm.Avalon
Beach RSL Function room$25 per head. Finger food provided. refreshments
at bar prices. Tables of 10. Bookings essential!
Contact: Peter Mayman 9918 2941 or Harvey
Rose 9918 3268. Supervised by the Avalon Lions Club inc.
"Island Thinking" is an opportunity to
share our artistic and intellectual endeavours. On a Saturday evening,
at about 2-monthly intervals, someone shares the fruits of their study –
academic, art, music, spiritual and the like. The subject matter is
entirely up to the presenter but is generally aimed at offering an
insight into the particular realm of study.
We have been getting together for about 18 months, and in most
enjoyable, relaxed social settings have proved that in fact we are a
rich thinking community. “Island Thinking” is NOT an oxymoron.
Our next event is happening at Tracy and Paul's boat shed on Saturday
February 28th at 7.30pm.
A panel of three will discuss Post-Modernism in three disciplines. Tracy
Smith will tell us about art, John Lloyd music and Julia Miller history.
They are looking forward to lots of interaction with the audience.
Please come and enjoy - bring your questions and insights.
Contact: Jenni 9997 8724 email@example.com ; Tracy firstname.lastname@example.org
It would be a good idea to make contact nearer to the event to confirm
The local guide
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Emergency Contact Numbers
- NSW Police: 000, general information 9281 0000
- NSW Fire Service: 000, general information 9265 2999
- NSW Ambulance Service: 000, general information 9320 7777
- Rural Fire Service: 000, general information 9450 3000
- State Emergency Service, Warringah/Pittwater SES: 9486 3399
- National Parks & Wildlife Service: 000, general information 9457 9322
- Dept of Community Services: general information 9977 6011
- Sydney Water: 132 090
- Energy Australia: 131 388, (ah) 131 909
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