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|August 16, 2009
of Pittwater, Australia
Jetty Tax update and new HAA
to the efforts
of Elvina Bay resident, Paul Purvis, jetty tax updates and information
about the Home Access Association (HAA) can now be accessed via the HAA
State of Play
As you are aware the Home Access Association, (HAA) was formed in
reaction to the impact of the NSW Government’s review of waterfront
tenancies. For 9 years we have sought a discussion with the Department
of Lands over the anomalous position of the water access only community
and jetty tax. The need for this discussion became more urgent
following the across-the board-jetty tax increases imposed by IPART in
Throughout this time your Committee has attempted to engage the
Department of Lands through a continuous stream of letters, met with
every Parliamentary party in the Upper and Lower Houses, attended
rallies, talked to lawyers, talked to local government and developed
Despite these efforts, the Department of Lands has continued to
stonewall any discussion. There are, however, some promising
developments on the horizon.
You may recall the Auditor General announced a review into the system
of license fees for waterfront jetties to be concluded in early 2009.
After the Terms of Reference were widened the reporting time was
delayed until June. We understand there has been a further delay
following a flurry of responses from the Department of Lands and
Maritime to the draft report and that the new reporting time is now
September. We await the document with interest.
The State Liberals have stood by a commitment to deal fairly with our
issue, through three changes of leadership. They too are waiting for
the Auditor General’s report before finalising their policy position on
water-access-only residents. For further information contact your local
member after the release of the Auditor General’s report: Rob Stokes
for Pittwater; Judy Hopwood for Hornsby and Ray Williams for the
The Department of Lands has also ignored requests from the onshore
jetty owners for a sensible discussion. Fed up with waiting the
Waterfront Action Group (WAG), a subcommittee of the Boat Owners
Association (BOA) is gathering material for the class action they are
mounting regarding jetty rentals.
The WAG attack is multi-pronged. First they will assert that the rate
of return of 3.05%, which forms part of the equation on which the
rental is based, is flawed. Rental averages are unfair; the real rate
of return for waterfront rentals is much lower than for other
properties, and while there has been a regular review of statutory land
values there has not been matching reviews of the rate of return.
Secondly WAG will assert that the rate for the seabed on which the
jetty sits should be based on the rental charged for similar seabed use
such as a swing mooring, not the unimproved land value of the residence
to which the jetty is attached, as the jetty’s potential rate of return
can never match the rate of return from the adjacent residential land.
HAA believes members would support WAG in their endeavours.Not
only would this class action ease the burden for jetty owners if we do
not prevail with our separate argument (that we should not be
for primary access to our homes), but it will also assist those who
have been hit with additional rocketing costs for the reclaimed land
attached to their property. However, only those who are party
the class action by way of WAG membership will recoup their overpaid
rentals for 2005 to 2009. For further information about WAG
or to join the cause log on to their website at: http://www.waterfrontactiongroup.com.au/
To be in a position to capitalise on these developments the Association
needs a better form of communication. Pittwater water-access-only
residents have received regular HAA jetty tax updates through their own
online community channels. However, communication
with members up and
down the Hawkesbury has been limited by the cost of mail-outs and an
outdated membership list. Now thanks to the efforts of Elvina Bay
resident, Paul Purvis, the Home Access Association (HAA) offers all
members the opportunity to receive updates via a website.
NOW to become an online member. We want to keep you up to date with all
these developments, to discuss possible solutions and prepare ourselves
for the state election in March 2011.
All future communication will come via this medium. Only members will
be able to access all areas including material deemed 'sensitive'.
Membership information will never be distributed to others and emails
from HAA will be limited to essential information only. Please
encourage your friends and neighbours to sign on so that we can fully
inform and fully represent
the water access community on this essential part of our life.
Compellingly, membership continues to be free as the website will allow
us to maintain good communications for minimal cost.
Any questions or news please telephone, email or write online to your
Paul Purvis: firstname.lastname@example.org T:
Greg Roberts: email@example.com T: 9979
Lesley Stevens: firstname.lastname@example.org
T: 9979 9477
River, Berowra Creek and Marra Marra Creek.
Kevin Cooper: email@example.com T: 9655 1713
Carl and Carol Joy: firstname.lastname@example.org
T: 9499 8113
John Sutton: email@example.com T: 9985 9188
Talk@ Mona Vale Library
Nicholson, novel on Tues 25 August at 6.30pm, Mona Vale
The next author talk is ABC Arts Journalist Anne Maria
Nicholson - you may have seen her reporting on all sorts of cultural
events and people on TV!
Her novel is Pliny's Warning, he being Pliny the Younger who gave an
eyewitness account of the eruption of Mt Vesuvius and became known as
the world's first vulcanoligist.
The 'warning' is what measures a group of scientists are wishing to
implement to save the inhabitants from catastrophe in the event of
disaster occurring again, which in their opinion, is a very real
So, it is based on historical and contemporary fact, set in a factual
location with intrigue and a love interest, thrown in, for good measure.
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- October 2009
Tuesday 25 August – Author - Anne Maria Nicholson
“Pliny’s Warning” Intrigue and passion in the shadow of Vesuvius
Wednesday 9 September – Jim Macken “Crimes, Scandals, Corruptions” –
COST - $5 ONLY
Thursday 17 September – Kelsang Dornying “Transform your Life”
Tuesday 29 Sept – Author - Perminder Sachdev “The Yipping Tiger and
other tales from the neuropsychiatric clinic”
Thursday 8 October – Author - John Robson “Captain Cook's War and
Bookings essential on 9970 1600 and payment within 3 days required to
Cost $7.50, $5.50 – concession (Friends of Mona Vale Library/
Pensioner/student cards must be shown. Friends’ subscription
needs to have been paid. Light refreshments provided.
All talks will be held at Mona Vale Library, Park Street, Mona Vale at
CLOSING DATE FOR
Pittwater Council has extended the closing date for its Sustainability
Awards to Friday 28 August.
Pittwater Mayor David James said that we have already received a number
of entries but would like to give residents and businesses a further
opportunity to be a part of these inaugural awards.
“There are three categories where residents and business can
demonstrate their commitment to making Pittwater sustainable namely:
‘sustainability in design’, ‘sustainability in business’ and
‘sustainability in landscaping’.”
Judging of the submissions will be undertaken by a panel of experts
which includes the independent representative Ms Hazel Storey, a
sustainability manager with the Local Government Managers Australia
Cr David James said that we are delighted that Ms Storey has agreed to
be a part of the judging panel. She has a wealth of experience in
sustainable practices and is at the forefront of continuous improvement
in this important area.
The sustainability in design category will focus on recognising
architects, owner-builders and designers who have developed buildings
with sustainable features.
Entries can include new residential buildings, extended, renovated or
refurbished buildings, medium density housing and commercial premises.
Sustainability in business will offer awards to both small (less than
20 employees) and medium to large businesses (over 20 employees) who
have become more sustainable through innovations involving staff,
resources or new business practices.
The sustainability in landscaping category will recognise homeowners,
landscape architects, landscapers or garden designers who have
committed to making Pittwater more sustainable through landscaping and
gardening. This may involve practices such as designing gardens to be
drought-resistant, creating vegetable gardens or havens for native
wildlife and birds.
All entries for the awards must be within Pittwater and be submitted by
Friday 28 August. Awards will be announced at a special ceremony in
Alternatively, entries can be hand delivered to Simonne Shore or via
mail to PO Box 882 Mona Vale 1660.
Further details about the awards and the criteria can be found on
Council’s website at www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au
RTA hands council $15m road repair bill
09 BY JOHN MORCOMBE
THE ROADS and Traffic Authority is trying to shift responsibility for
``a clapped-out road’’ on to Pittwater Council, along with the
$15million cost of repairing it.
Pittwater Rd and McCarrs Creek Rd, between Mona Vale and the boundary
of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, are classified as state roads,
meaning they are the RTA’s responsibility.
But now the RTA wants to classify the roads as regional ones, leaving
Pittwater Council with the responsibilities and costs involved in
repairing and maintaining them.
The RTA tried the same thing in 2005 but failed after the council
strongly objected to it.
A report at the time said ``a considerable portion’’ of the road needs
full-depth reconstruction and the installation of drains.
Pittwater Councillor Julie Hegarty said it’s just another example of
cost shifting by the State Government.
She said the road was never built to handle the amount of traffic now
using it and the road verges are below standard.
``They’ve obviously looked through their road system for opportunities
of getting roads that will cost money to fix,’’ she said.
``That’s the only reason they want to give it to us to save money at
McCarrs Creek Rd has already suffered a major landslip near Botham
Beach and Pittwater Mayor David James said there have been significant
failures in other areas. ``They are just trying to foist a clapped-out
road on to us,’’ he said.
``It needs $15million to bring it up to scratch.
``It’s in danger of significant failure in several spots and there are
also future impacts due to climate change part of the road goes
underwater at spring tides and part of the road near Rowland Reserve
will have to be elevated at some time in the future.’’
Is the RTA acting properly? Comment below
RTA'S Reclassification of Roads
Pittwater Council has rejected the decision by the RTA’s Road
Classification Review Panel to transfer road management responsibility
from the state government for Pittwater and McCarrs Creek Roads from
Mona Vale to the boundary of the Ku-ring-gai National Park.
A report presented to the Council this week said the current poor
condition of both roads would require $15 million to repair, in
addition to hundreds of thousands of dollars in ongoing maintenance
The RTA advised the Council in June this year that it intended to
reclassify parts of McCarrs Creek Road and Pittwater Road as ‘regional
roads’, instead of their current classification as ‘state roads’.
Roads classified as state roads are subject to full funding and
maintenance by the RTA. Regional roads are the responsibility of the
local Council and are provided with limited funding from the RTA.
At its meeting last night the Council voted to accept the
recommendations of a report by the Council’s engineering staff.
In addition to rejecting the reclassification of the roads, the report
also recommended the formation of a joint working party with the RTA
and the Council to assess the current condition of the roads and the
future funding required for maintenance and improvements.
Mayor David James said the proposal by the RTA to reclassify the road
was ‘unacceptable’, and represented another example of cost-shifting
from state to local government.
“We will be inheriting major roads which are already in a poor state of
repair and in parts have stability concerns,” he said.
“To repair and maintain these roads will cost the Pittwater community
literally millions of dollars, especially when the future impact of sea
level rise is taken into consideration.
“Pittwater and McCarrs Creek Roads are a major tourist gateway into the
Ku-ring-gai National Park and should remain state roads on that basis.”
Mayor James said the Council would seek a meeting with the RTA as soon
as possible to discuss the issue.