||This is one of a series of old
photographs collected, scanned and presented by Leicester Warburton.
You will remember Leicester as the author of 'History Corner', now
in retirement! We look forward to a wonderful image each month. More
information about these photos can be made by contacting Leicester
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Notice - Gourmet Lunch and Auction at Elvina Park
“The WPCA plan a Gourmet Lunch and Auction at
Elvina Park on Sunday, 10th August, 2008.
The afternoon will help raise funds to purchase solar panels for
Pittwater High School.
It’s a terrific initiative by the school to become self-sustaining
their power needs.
Please note in your diaries.
It will be an outstanding event.
More details to come”.
ASPARAGUS FERN OUT DAY -
10TH MAY 2008
The Northern Beaches Asparagus Fern Steering Committee held its first
Asparagus Fern Out Day for 2008 at Lovett Bay on Saturday 10th May and
36 souls turned out to do battle with the dreaded asparagus fern in the
heritage-listed spotted gum forest at Rocky Point.
They removed some 2000 plants, clearing a significant area of this
This was a great community event, with approximately equal attendance by
locals from the Western Shores bushcare groups, and mainland helpers from
Pittwater Natural Heritage Association and the NBAFSC.
But follow up work needs to be done, thus if you would like to help
Lesley or Ken:
Lesley: 9979 9477, 0408 623 554. Email:
Ken: 9918 9170, 0417 287 320. Email:
Women On Water
Water (WOW) is a discussion group for offshore women. A variety of
are discussed (a different topic each meeting) after a lunch of delicious
food provided by participants.
hold its next meeting on 11 June at the home of Rosemary Haskell, Scotland
Island Lodge in Kevin Avenue,
commencing at 12.00 noon. If you would like more information or to be
on the WOW email list please email Kerry Borthwick on
leads the way in Environmental
A survey by the Sydney Metropolitan Catchment Management Authority has
revealed that Pittwater has the highest numbers of eco-volunteers on the
The 2007 survey showed that of volunteers engaged through Pittwater
and its Coastal Environment Centre (CEC), 252 were regular volunteers,
a further 938 one-off volunteers working on environmental projects last
year. According to the survey, this equated to 8,285 hours that volunteers
spent working to improve Pittwater’s environment.
The survey results showed that most eco-volunteers spent their time
in a Bushcare group (71%), with the next most popular activity being tree
Natural Resources Manager Mia Dalby-Ball said Pittwater volunteers
a variety of tasks, ranging from eradicating noxious weeds such as
fern through to working on beautification projects organised through the
network of around 20 local Bushcare groups.
In addition to the bushcare groups, Pittwater’s environmental
also working in local catchments as Streamwatch volunteers monitoring and
measuring water quality. Other volunteers have joined community committees
such as the Pittwater Sustainability Working Party who operate as
sustainability champions in the Pittwater community.
The award-winning CEC Coastal Ambassadors Program, where
volunteer surf club members are trained as environmental educators, was
recognized by the federal government in 2006 as an example of innovation
national environmental education.
“We are pleased to see that Pittwater residents are the most
generous on the
northern beaches when it comes to giving their time to help look after the
environment,” Ms Dalby-Ball said.
However, Ms Dalby-Ball said the Council was also looking at ways to
participation in environmental volunteering through its Strategic Plan,
known as Pittwater 2020, which will be formally launched on Wednesday 4
at Mona Vale Golf Club.
“The theme of Pittwater 2020 is sustainability and there’s no
doubt we need
the community’s continuing help to secure Pittwater’s
Ms Dalby-Ball said this year’s Environmental Volunteer of the Year
also be announced at the launch of Pittwater 2020 on 4 June.
Temporary Closure of
On the advice of Northern Sydney Central Coast Health (NSCCH), Pittwater
Council has temporarily closed the children’s playgrounds at
Bay and South Avalon.
The closure follows the identification of a strain of salmonella bacteria
sand from these playgrounds. Salmonella can cause vomiting and diarrhoea
there are particular concerns that young children might accidentally put
sand from these playgrounds in their mouths.
The tests follow 23 reported cases of gastro-enteritis in the Pittwater
since February this year caused by the same strain of salmonella that has
been identified in sand from the playgrounds.
Community Garden Begins to
Following the wonderful donation from SIRA to the Children's Centre to
create a small garden for the children, things are starting to happen.
The proposed garden will be located on a small, underused area adjacent to
the Kindy playground, and
will include several half barrels and a small raised bed for the children
propagate, care for and harvest flowers and vegetables. The garden will be
fantastic opportunity for the children to work together and harvest home
grown produce with all the fun of watching things grow.
The kindy would like to encourage the community to enjoy the children's
efforts and participate in this unique feature. We would like to create a
community compost and mulching facility once the garden is established,
where your surplus newspapers and household waste (no dairy products /
can be processed. Please feel free to spend time in our garden sanctuary
should you have any questions or would like to assist with the creation of
the garden please call the Kindy on 9979 7856.
Chess - The Musical - A
Offshore musical star Lucy Boocock had the
starring role in the Balmain Light Opera Company's production of 'Chess -
the Musical' - and was a spectacular success in her role. Lucy's musical
career is assured! She was confident and strong voiced and perfectly cast.
We will all watch her stage career with great interest. A great crowd of
'offshore residents' attended the production at the Theatre Royal in the
city. (Chess is a musical
with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson,
formerly of ABBA. The story involves a romantic triangle between two
in a world chess championship, and a woman who manages one and falls in
with the other.)
Elections - We need YOU!
Purely by accident I found myself at a seminar
on Thursday night (Nelson Heather Centre) on what it means to be a
councillor and when and how to nominate - Bob Dunbar, Alex McTaggart and
Julie Hegerty were there among others to make various comments.-
According to Alex McTaggart -who is not nominating as is another
whose name escapes me - there are 2 vacancies in the Ward that includes
Scotland Island and the competition for these nominations would be so
negligible that probably Whitey's dog could get on the Council (and
demonstrate more acumen than some of the audience) with half a dozen
What really worried me was the calibre of the prospective new councillors
without exception all with (extreme) one issue agendas and with
quotients verging on the imbecile.
Do you think there would be someone on Scotland Island ready to take on
being a councillor for 4 years just to save us all from a fate worse than
death and I don't mean the car-park?
Their commitment would be tremendous (I have the notes from the meeting
can give a brief summary) but I can think of at least 6 people I would
to see putting their hands up- Electioneering material (cost not
recoverable) has to come out the candidates pocket but maybe money
be squeezed out of SIRA to cover their initial expenses by setting up some
kind of fund - Such is my concern that
Pittwater Council may well end up a shambles like Manly or Warringah if
anyone nominates (I don't mind who) I put on record that I will start off
the electioneering fund with $100.
The time table is short - nominations have to be in by August
As you may be aware, Trudi has left the Island and is now living in North
What you may not know is that she comes back to the Island for weekend
visits on a semi regular basis.
At the moment John and Fiona Saunders and their family very kindly offer
Trudi a room but we were wondering if anyone else would like to make a
similar offer. She is delightful to have around and happy to enjoy the
of family life.
When she is here she loves getting visits from her friends and I would
to make up a list of anyone interested in being contacted when she comes.
couple of us generally have afternoon tea with her and she loves to sit
listen to the patter of Island life.
Please give me a call and put your name on a little list. I will then ring
around when she is coming and see if you are free for a couple of hours on
the odd Saturday or Sunday.
Please give me a call on 02 9979 7122. Annette Ritchie
Cooking Classes on Scotland
Moroccan and Mediterranean Fun and easy cooking class With:
Every 2nd Thursday Starting 5th of June From: 11am to 1pm And 7pm to
$30.00 per person (Payable in advance please)
Ring and book:
Michele: 9986 06 78
Or Nathalie: 9999 44 49
Bring a notebook, a pen and your taste buds!
Save Currawong Meeting at
We had a fabulous turnout to our Friends of
Currawong meeting last night, with 85 souls braving the wilds of Mona Vale
in the face of adversity - threatening weather and missing the footy! The
offshore community were to the fore, with lots of people there and
speakers. But they were not alone, with the event really being a coming
together of the local community - onshore, offshore and people of all
I would not mess with them.
I have been to many rallies, meetings and the like and seldom have I seen
more determined bunch of people.
I would be obliged if you would please pass on the thanks of the Friends
Currawong Committee for the great support from your readers.
Treasurer Friends of Currawong
Prevention Message from the RFS
'Even though the bush fire season is over, it is
essential that your fire fighting equipment is functional. Most house
occur in winter with fuel stoves that have not been serviced and unused
So, please check your fuel stoves, get them serviced and chimneys swept.
Also check your pumps, so that you are correctly armed with functional
equipment to fight such a winter fire in your home, in the event that one
Environmental Grant Information Session for
A workshop to help Pittwater community members seek grants from the
Government’s Community Coastcare program will be held on Wednesday
at the Coastal Environmental Centre at Lake Park Road, North Narrabeen
6.30pm to 8pm.
Pittwater Council’s Coastal Environment Centre will be hosting the
that will provide an overview of the Community Coastcare program,
how to submit a grant application.
The workshop will help members of the community understand whether their
current or planned environmental project may be eligible for funding.
Feedback will also be offered on specific project ideas.
All members of the community including individuals, community groups,
businesses, schools and local government staff are welcome to
Program coordinator Tina Demetriou said that the workshop had been
for people who wanted to know more about the Community Coastcare program
the types of projects suitable for funding.
“Funds can be accessed for people who’ve got an idea for an
project and need some funding, together with those who have already got a
project underway,” Ms Demetriou said.
Coastcare is part of a Federal Government
scheme set up to protect Australia’s unique environment and to
sustainable management of natural resources.
The federal government will be providing $2.25 billion in funding over the
next five years from 1 July 2008 to 2013 as part of the Caring for our
As part of this funding, the Government is committing $100 million to help
repair Australia’s fragile coastal eco system through the Community
For more information about the funding program visit
information about the workshop or to book a place, please call Tina
Demetriou on 9970 1675 or email
the end of the monsoon season - When Will the Grass Fall?
Works on canvas and paper by Marion van den Driesschen
You are cordially invited to drinks with the artist on Thursday, 12 June,
6.30pm to 8pm
exhibition: 10-29 June 2008
washhouse gallery - 711 darling street, rozelle, nsw 2039
gallery hours: 9.00am to 5.00pm seven days - ph: 0425-248-334