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|- November 2008 -
for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia Volume 9, Issue 349
extremely busy month we have just had on the Island
! More events in one month
can remember. From the hugely entertaining Ladies Sing the Blues to the
inaugural Art Mart Exhibition, a truely inspiring exhibition of this
communities extraordinarily talented artists; breakfasts here,
there; demonstrations; community meetings; fund raising; Ian White
(that was last month - well it seemed like just yesterday anyway !),
to top it off, Paul the editor of our electronic newsletter is handing
over the reins. Yes that's right, after 8 long years Paul is
going to take a well earned break from editing the Pittwater Offshore
Newsletter and purse other interests.
After 8 years and some 360
issues, I have decided to hang up my
keyboard. It has been a wonderful experience and the bringing of an
electronic newsletter to the offshore community has seen a remarkable
change to the way 'offshorers' relate to each other and participate in
functions that they might not have done in previous decades.
I am very pleased to
the appointment of Julian Muir to the
position of editor in chief. He has the full support of all of the
offshore community, in particular the committee of SIRA, who see the
newsletter as one of their most important activities. He has the
combined gift of technical ability and a sharp pen and I commend him to
I do invite you to
to the newsletter, to help Julian
maintain a flow of relevant information that will be useful to all of
us. You can contact him in the usual way, by emailing him at
He would love articles, pictures,
bouquets (and brickbats). Show him that you like receiving the
newsletter by contributing an item.
Thank You for allowing me
part of the very best community in
With Best Wishes, Paul Purvis
Kind words Paul, thankyou
on behalf of the Offshore Community I would like
to thank you for the
unrelenting service you have given to us. To have built up
the Pittwater Offshore Newsletter to become such an important
information tool in our lives, is testament to your tenacity, patience
Personally I feel I have
a huge pair
of shoes to fill - however with everyones assistance,
and continuing contributions, I am sure that what you
will only grow and improve over time.
And to conclude, a few personal
from Bill Gye.
" Dear Julian
It is my turn to acknowledge both of you -
Julian for stepping into the breech while Paul was away and doing a
and of course Paul's contribution to this community over the past
years of the PON is
well just very classy - it is amazing how with a
lot of good things that seem to continue on without much
acknowledgment or awareness
of what's involved in the background, like for example having good
partner, we don't appreciate the value of something until it is
in community is short
for "communication" and the PON is an exemplar of just the right
format for binding this sophisticated salty community together........
...... The PON has such
and "local brand value" that it must continue and it's great
to see that it can do so.
of the Month
Essence of our Community
Fire Season Again !
Wine Tasting Sucess
Author Talk@ Mona Vale Library
School Solar Project Fund Raiser
The Local Guide
|THE ESSENCE OF
Last Friday my husband, Rick Croft,
collapsed in an untidy heap at the end of the jetty in Little Lovett
Bay. He was scooped up by Rick the ferry driver,
Paul Burchill and someone else and taken over to Church Point where he
was looked after by Penny (ferry owner). I
was walking to the Basin at the time with Nick & Ann
Reeve, but somehow someone rang Bob Story, who had Nick's mobile
number. He, in turn, rang Nick so we set off back home
again. There I found two of our neighbours, Chris
and Lisa, patiently waiting for me. They had taken over from
Penny and her husband who had brought Rick home in
I think this
what a wonderful community we have. I should like to thank everyone who
took part in the rescue (please identify yourself and I shall give you
a big hug) and let you know Rick has made what appears a full
recovery. He is more determined than ever that
Little Lovett Bay is the place for him.
Scotland Island Cafe
We at the
Scotland Island Cafe would like to thank everybodys support and
patronage during our trial period. We are pleased to announce that the
Cafe will now be open
every Sunday morning, apart from the last weekend of the month
when the SIRFB opens its doors for breakfast. Our opening hours are from 9.30 to
12.oopm, and in case of bad weather you can always call
0432 893 590.
The Cafe is a voluntary run, not for profit activity with all
profits given to a nominated charity. We rely on the kind heartedness
of all the volunteers, whether it be working a shift or
baking a cake and we are extremely appreciative of all those
have helped out so
We also employ a number of younger Pittwatarians, as we see
this as a great opportunity for the kids to gain experience which will
be beneficial to them in many ways, particularly when it come to
seeking employment in their High School years.
If you have children, who you think would be interested in
working a 2 hr shift at the cafe, please call Lisa on 0432 893 590. The
same goes if you would like to volunteer your services for a shift at
the cafe, no experience required! All training provided along with a
scrummy breakfast. The cafe needs you to keep it going.
So come along for an organic breakfast, cooked by
Karl and Ishbel, using organic ingredients where possible, a great
coffee made by our Barista Maddy and all served to you in the beautiful
surrounds of Tennis Park by Lisa and her wonderful waiting team.!
If you have any local produce that you would like to part
with such as eggs, freshly grown herbs etc or perhaps a one of your
favourite cakes or muffins that you would love to share with the
Community, please call the no. above. The same goes for any books,
DVD's or anything else you think appropriate .
See you all there, don't forget a hat and bring your bathers for a swim
the renovations on the Church Point Post Office have been completed,
the Romeo's will be selling the pre-pay bus tickets, which will solve
the problem many bus commuters and visitors have had because the early
city buses are Pre-pay buses only.
Organised for Christmas - Free Workshop
Vale Library is holding a free workshop on Wednesday Nov.12
6:30pm to 8:00pm. entitled "Getting Organised for Christmas".
Christmas seems to be an endless, last minute frenzy to get things
sorted, bought, posted, wrapped, decorated and cooked then
workshop is for you.
Bookings are essential - call 9970 1600
|IT'S THAT TIME OF THE YEAR
We do not know what the summer
bring us in the way of fires but we know that fire behaviour is
dominated by the weather conditions and from personal experience
preparing for a possible fire threat is better done before the
Do you have a
the refuse around your house ?
Is the fire
fighting equipment you have functional ?
The 1st of October was the official start to bush fire season during
this period you require a permit to light an unenclosed fire
these are available from West Pittwater Rural Fire Service.
You also need a hazard reduction certificate which is valid for one
year from the date of issue
available from Terry Hills Fire Control Ph 94503000.
If you do not have this documentation and the procedures laid out in
them are not followed then the fire is not officially sanctioned, and
if the fire is reported which it often occurs, then someone from the
Rural Fire Service will turn up and may tell you that you have to
extinguish your fire.
We have handouts with guide lines on how to formulate a fire plan
available at the fire shed and balloons and coloured pencils
plus other hand outs that are of value.
Please don't hesitate to contact us,
Captain West Pittwater Rural Fire Service
fuel for bushfire: Residents warned
BY KELLY ROBINSON
FIREFIGHTERS are warning northern beaches residents to prepare their
properties with current conditions conducive for fires to develop into
The official bushfire danger period came into effect on Wednesday and
peninsula firies are asking people to be careful lighting fires, after
a wet winter saw strong growth in the bush.
This has also meant many hazard reduction burns have not yet been
Warringah Pittwater Rural Fire Service district manager Craig Geddes
has warned residents to be careful when lighting fires on their
``As temperatures get warmer we ask people to be careful when using
fire,'' Supt Geddes said. ``The current conditions across most of NSW
mean that fires are more likely to develop into bushfires, threaten
life, property and the environment.''
``We haven't had a serious fire on the northern beaches for a while now
and we've had wet weather, and people can become complacent. It doesn't
take much to dry things out quickly,'' Supt Geddes said.
``Homes in and around bushland areas and on the urban interface are at
equal threat from bushfire. This highlights the need for all residents
to be clear on what to do if bushfire impacts their area.''
Persistent wet weather over the cooler months has hampered the NSW
Rural Fire Service's efforts conducting hazard reduction burns across
Supt Geddes said Warringah Pittwater district had a series of hazard
reductions burns planned over the next few weeks.
``We are far behind (with hazard reduction burning) because of the wet
weather in recent months but that's consistent across the Sydney
basin,'' Supt Geddes said. ``We're trying to squeeze in as many burns
as we can.
``We are also encouraging land managers to do manual clearing. It's
vital that all residents have a plan for when a fire affects their
property, so everyone understands what they need to do.
``Most importantly, residents should decide now if a fire affects their
community, whether they'll stay and defend their home or leave early.
Lives are lost when people leave at the last moment.''
For more information on bushfire safety call Warringah/Pittwater Fire
Control Centre on 94503000 or visit http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au
You also need a hazard reduction certificate which is valid for one
year from the date of issue
available from Terry Hills Fire Control Ph 94503000.
You are invited to this special 2 day exhibition of selected works,
some from the artist's personal collection of over 20 years.
Friday 7th November 5-8pm
Exhibition Hours: Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th 10-6pm
House 179 Darling Street Balmain
Peinture' Studio Balmain
Studio' Kangaroo Valley, Scotland Island
Print Residencies: Umbria Itlay, Cork Ireland
Enquiries: 99999 5955
& DRAINAGE ANNOUNCMENTS
Pittwater Council has agreed to fund weekly clearance and maintenance
of our drains.
of the island do have rudimentary drainage systems including drains
(which range from steel topped underground systems to roadside
ditches), sediment pits, and water-bars (which actually are not speed
humps but are designed to direct the water off the road surface).
Lakeman (island resident) will be clearing and maintaining areas each
week, and over time, will work his way all round the island and back.
November's priorities will be: -
The sediment basins in Catherine Park / intersection of Kevin St and
the trail to the top. They are chock full of gravel that has run off
2. Clearance of the
drains on Thompson St (above / around the intersection with Kevin St).
They are overgrown and completely blocked.
The dirt road into Catherine Park (used to lead to the parking area now
the climbing equipment), which has eroded badly due to lots of recent
activity in the park.
4. The water
bar at the top of the island on the Fire Trail / Kevin junction, which
needs repairing and cleaning. It is significant as it affects run off
all the way down the roads to the park at the bottom.
routine work will help to ensure that, when it rains, water runs off
the majority of roads instead of eroding the surfaces. This will
hopefully mean that future roads repair budgets can go towards building
new infrastructures instead of continually re-patching old work.
If you see Matt at work on your roads give him a hand, a cup of tea, or
a pat on the back!
if you notice that the ditches / drains outside your property are
blocking up please help by clearing any debris whenever you can.
Roads & Drainage Announcement II
Want to Help ?
Do you care about the state of our roads?
Are you interested in working with Council and SIRA on a 5 year plan?
Want to join the Roads & Drainage sub committee of SIRA?
Pittwater Council has drawn up a draft plan of management for our
island roads and drainage systems.
We need to review the documents, and interested volunteers are welcome
to join the Roads & Drainage team in this task.
First meeting is on Wednesday 5th November at 8 pm.
Call Anne Palmer: 9999 3478 for more details and to join the working
Congratulations RAIDERS !
rally was described by various
journalists as an
"overwhelming success" or a "triumph in
from the rally is still continuing and things seem to be moving fast -:
Liberal Party announced
that they would revoke 3a
Park was handed back to the local Council
Hilltop people got a meeting with the Minister
- Currawong won its vote
in Parliament 22 to 16
coverage was given to
all our causes
And there is
more to come!
Now not all
of this is a direct result from the rally but we are fairly sure that
such a well coordinated and well run and well timed show of people
passion had a strong influence in directing the hand of Government.
Currawong will present the dossier on the 11th of the 11th
during our meeting with the Minister and, as we agreed, go in to bat
for the groups contained therein and that ends our obligation.
currently trying to set up a foundation that will be available to
represent the unrepresented in the future. Because of the calibre of
the people we are negotiating with this will take an amount of time but
we feel it is needed to get it right. There's no point rushing in and
getting the wrong people involved. We are negotiating with a Government
funded body and some retired Politicians who still feel that they have
something to give back to the community, so
THIS SPACE. We might
have some sort of news by the end of the year
no guarantees but we will
give it our best shot.
ADIEU FOR NOW
continue our fight for the rare and precious gem that Currawong is and
we will continue our efforts to set up the foundation, we will continue
to offer our support and we will continue to offer our solidarity to
all the fabulous people that we met during our history changing day in
and persistence we will prevail,
Withington Co convener Friends of Currawong And the RAID
|Masquerade Ball "Behind the Mask of
Dear OffShore community,
We are holding an evening of magic and disguise - a Masquerade Ball "Behind the Mask of Autism".
There are 4 weeks left until the big event and we would love to have as
many of our local community there. We have a dynamite MC team - Bianca Dye
- witty and funny who is best known as a morning presenter on NOVA
96.9FM and Nils Vesk,
a talented and inspirational public speaker and ex-cleo bachelor.
We have a fantastic band - Fibro
Lounge and we have amazing items for auction of all
different types of values so there is something for everyone, and a
lucky door prize! It is a formal evening, yes
ball gowns and masks for
the girls and even a tux (and mask) for the boys (but a suit will be
DATE: Saturday the 22nd of November 2008
LOCATION: Mona Vale Golf Course
TIME: From 7:00pm
DRESS: Formal wear and Mask
PRICE: $130 per
(group tables of
8 can be booked)
CONTACT: Tanya Costin -
Tables of 8 and/or 11 can be purchased, or individual tickets. If you
are with friends, let us know so we can seat you together.
You can organise payment in one lump sum for the table - $1040 (table
of 8) or $ 1430 (table of 11) or people can pay individually as below
and let me know your name and details. I will send tickets out in the
mail/ e-mail. $50 of your ticket price will be tax deductable and a
receipt will be provided on the evening.
1) Direct deposit payment can be made to "Life without Limits"
Payment to : Life without Limits
BSB : 112 879
Account Number : 482331792
Reference : "xxx" table or "name of person"
2) Cheques can be made directly to "Life
without Limits" and posted to c/o Tanya Costin PO Box 304
Church Point NSW 2105
For more information on the cause you will be supporting, please see
the website below. Take-away information on the Son Rise Program for
curing Autism will be available on the evening. All money raised is
going towards sustaining and increasing the effectiveness of Blake,
Hannah and Felicity's intensive full time Son-Rise Program
that day by day takes us closer to curing their Autism.
0418 209 956
|WIne Tasting Sucess !
Thank you all for turning up in remarkable numbers last weekend. Some
60 wine lovers sipped on an excellent selection this time.
Please: Remember to put Pittwater in as the place you tasted the wines.
This is to ensure we get plenty of bottles for tasting next time!
Please also remember that orders have to be placed on or before 31st
October. If you need another order form, let me know. (yes
we know its the 1st today - but if you get your order
in today they will accept it....)
Wine can be delivered to your favourite Post Office or you can pick it
up for free - details are on the order form
Paul, Greg and George et al.
Talk@Mona Vale Library in November
The next two talks are -
Cashman - 'Charlie and Me in Val-Paradis' on Wed 5th
the story of the author and her poddle, Charlie's new life in a rural
French town - Download more details here.
AND THE FOLLOWING TALK IS
Greig - 'Taming War. Culture and Technology for Peace'
on Thurs 20 Nov
suggests some powerful strategies of how we can all play our part
- Download more details here
Both talks commence at 6.30pm
Bookings essential on 9970 1600. Cost $7.50, concession $5.50 (cards
must be shown - Friends of Mona Vale Library/Pensioner/Student
Events & Promotions Librarian
Mona Vale Library
Mona Vale NSW 2103
tel 9970 1600 or 9970 1605 fax 9979 1465
High School's Solar Panel Project
Fund Raising Lunch
You are invited to support
School's Solar Panel Project
by attending a fundraising lunch
Pittwater Business Limited
Rob Stokes MP, Member for Pittwater
Pittwater High School
With Special Guest Speaker
Chief Judge of
Land & Environment Court of NSW
Date: Friday 21st November 2008
Where: Royal Motor Yacht Club, Newport
Price: $90 p/p - includes 3 course meal &table wine.
(cash bar available)
RSVP by 13th November - Enquiries please phone Jill Dubois on 9999
You can download the RSPV PDF form here
CLASSES ON SCOTLAND ISLAND
Come and try something different at
See how easy and economical it is to dish up a
Wonderful dishes, including vegetarian and seafood, that your budget
Wednesdays and Thursdays fortnightly
Mixed classes and men only classes
For more information please email us at
on 0418 533 701
If you have something for sale that
you think locals would like - let us know and we will put a
entry in the PON at the beginning of each month...
- Dual seat canoe - in excellent, hardly used
- asking $750 - +61403442764
The Local Guide
- NSW Police: 000, Police Assistance Line:
1444, general information 9281 0000
- Broken Bay Water Police 9910 7899 or 0412
- NSW Fire Service: 000, general
- NSW Ambulance Service: 000, general
- Rural Fire Service: 000, general
- State Emergency Service,
SES: 9486 3399
- National Parks & Wildlife
general information 9457 9322
- Dept of Community Services: general
- Sydney Water: 132 090
- Energy Australia: 131 388, (ah) 131 909
Membership of SIRA,
Emergency Scotland Island Water Contacts and Application for Water +
Guidelines for water, in one document: click
here for information (while online) Download
the Scotland Island 'Water Agreement' by
Buses and Railways
You can now join the
Island Residents Association by clicking
here. Please print the page and return the completed form to
SIRA at this address: The Treasurer, SIRA, PO Box 70, Church Point
2105. Please NO CASH. Contact SIRA at
join the Western Pittwater Community Association, contact Michael
Wiener at firstname.lastname@example.org
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