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|September 7, 2009
of Pittwater, Australia
cremation will take place Friday 11 September at 1.45 at the Northern
Suburbs Memorial Gardens & Crematorium Delhi Road North Ryde -
All welcome but no details of the service available.
In Paradise, Artists of the Northern
Opening 6pm-8pm Friday
Off shore artists Susan Rushforth and Tracy Smith will be
exhibiting at Manly Regional Gallery in an exhibition titled "In Paradise, Artists of the
This is to be opened by Rick Leplastrier this Friday 11th Sept
6pm-8pm Everyone is welcome.
The exhibition runs until Nov 8th.
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Changes to recreational boating
Penny Gleen from
Pittwater Users Group reports the following...
have been many small changes to the legislation covering recreational
boating. I strongly suggest that you go to the following link to update
particular, the safety equipment requirements have changed, and we are
now required to carry a bilge pump, fire extinguisher, horn or whistle
and fire bucket. Please find list attached.
invited for Volunteer Grants Program
federal government’s Volunteers Grants Program is now open to
applicants from eligible not-for-profit organisations to support their
volunteers and encourage volunteering.
The grants available from
the federal government are from $1,000 up to a maximum of $5,000 and
can be used for purchasing small equipment such as computers, air
conditioners and barbeques to help volunteers in their work.
Organisations can also apply for funding to contribute towards their
volunteers’ fuel costs.
the program, fuel costs can be claimed by individuals carrying out
their volunteering work, including those who use their cars to
transport others to activities, those delivering food and those
assisting people in need within the community.
Pittwater Mayor David James said that volunteers were the backbone of
has a strong tradition of volunteering and the Council has a goal of
increasing volunteering over the next five years.”
“We welcome any support that is available to them and would encourage
local organisations to apply for these grants,” he said.
The closing date for applications for the Volunteer Grants Program is
Friday 25 September.
Applicants can apply online at www.fahcsia.gov.au or call for an
application form on the toll-free hotline 1800 183 374.
Alcohol Free Zone !
Council meeting on Mon 7 Sept. discusses alcohol free zones, the
upgrade to Kitchener Park Mona Vale and changes to tree preservation
Following is an excerpt from the report on renewals of
Alcohol Free Zones & Alcohol Prohibited Areas where it relates
Thomas Stevens Reserve, Church Point.
Free Zones & Alcohol Prohibited Areas Community, Recreation
Date: 7 September 2009
Town & Village Building Communities
Provide planning, design, investigation and management of town and
PURPOSE OF REPORT
purpose of this report is to detail the results of the public
exhibition of the proposed changes to the Alcohol Free Zones (AFZs) and
Alcohol Prohibited Areas (APAs) in Pittwater and seek Council
endorsement of the changes.
The Local Government Act 1993 provides two primary methods for councils
to manage the consumption of alcohol in public places:
council may establish an AFZ (ss. 642-649) on a road, footpath or
public car park. The AFZ may be in force for a period of up to four
years, or for a special event. Police officers enforce AFZs. After
recent changes to the legislation, the enforcement provisions related
to AFZs no longer require a warning to be issued, and alcohol can be
confiscated on the spot if someone is drinking or thought to have
intent to drink in an AFZ. There is no longer a fine for drinking in an
2. Where a council has the control and management of parks
or reserves, it may erect notices (APA) to prohibit the consumption of
alcohol, and/or other activities (s. 632). Fines may be imposed by
authorised officers for persons acting contrary to a notice erected by
1.2 Council has a number of AFZs
throughout Pittwater that are due for renewal by 30 September 2009. In
order to assist with the review of AFZs, the Ministerial Guidelines on
AFZs released in February 2009, as well as the Department of Local
Government (DLG) Evaluation of AFZs (April 2007) have been considered.
AFZs were introduced as an early intervention measure to prevent
escalation of irresponsible street drinking to incidents involving
serious crime in identified trouble spots. However, the DLG Evaluation
found that AFZs have become a long-term measure used by most councils
to address a variety of issues (once an AFZ is established 82% are re-
established). It appeared from the review that in some cases these AFZs
may in fact no longer have been required. For this reason a thorough
review of the current AFZs and APAs has been conducted in consultation
with key stakeholders.
1.4 The following is a list of the
existing Alcohol Free Zones in Pittwater:
Stevens Reserve, Church Point
2.4.1 In the report to Council on 6 July 2009 staff identified concerns
with alcohol consumption in
Stephens Reserve, Church Point. Further review of the issues around
this relatively small reserve indicate that there is a strong argument
to make the Reserve an APA, prohibiting the consumption of alcohol 24
hours a day.
2.4.2 Historically significant groups of people
have congregated in the Reserve and consumed alcohol often purchased
from the former Church Point cellars (which is now operating from the
General Store). This pattern of behaviour has effectively turned the
Reserve at times into an outdoor drinking barn.
2.4.3 The use of the Reserve in this way creates issues for many
residents who use the Reserve
access the Church Point commuter wharf. Anecdotal evidence highlights
incidents of harassment and intimidation experienced by a number of
2.4.4 Staff therefore believe it is appropriate to
prohibit alcohol entirely from this Reserve and recommend this proposal
is placed on public exhibition. Staff recognise that people may want to
purchase alcohol and move through the area to access the commuter
wharf, so in this instance the APA would only apply to the consumption
not possession of alcohol.
Based on the submissions received and further consultation internally
with Council staff it is proposed to continue the operation of the AFZ
in the Newport residential area in the vicinity of the Newport Arms
2.5.2 In addition it is proposed to include Thomas Stephens Reserve,
Church Point as an Alcohol
Prohibited Area, 24 hours per day.
That Council place on public exhibition a proposal to prohibit the
consumption of alcohol in Thomas Stephens Reserve Church Point
Here is the link to the entire report - note
it is a big file!