Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia Volume 6, Issue 54; April 2004
This month we begin the first of an occasional series telling us of the history of our beautiful corner of the world. Guest contributor and well known journalist Leister Warburton has a wonderful piece below that you will not want to miss! Enjoy!
The biannual council Scotland Island & Offshore cleanup is one next week. Please, oh please, do not put out any rubbish until the last 48 hours.
Thanks to the many subscribers who responded to our ADSL survey in the last edition. We have contacted Telstra and are arranging a high level meeting with them to discuss the many issues raised by YOU! Truly the offshore community must represent the highest level of 'work-from-home' residents in Australia.
Finally: Watch out for news from council about the Church Point Precinct - your input via the survey about the car park has had quite an effect!
In this Issue:
Do you know Stokes
Point on the eastern shore of Pittwater at the southern entrance to
An introduction to sails
Island Players - Annual General Meeting
If you have an older computer (IBM only, Pentium 1 or better), Wesley Uniting Employment 'Work for the Dole' contract want to refurbish and then give your equipment to Not For Profit organisations both here and overseas.
They should be delivered to their Hornsby office in the Hornsby Police, Citizens Youth Club in George street opposite the railway station. Open Wednesday's and Thursday's. Ring beforehand John Jones 0419980627
The new SPAM Act - Federal Government
The Federal Parliament has enacted
legislation to regulate unsolicited commercial electronic messages, also
known as 'spam'.
- an exciting new Internet service for its customers.
MasterPlan is an interactive development interrogation system which allows customers to easily access all the development controls and permissibilities relevant to particular forms of development on specific sites via the Pittwater website. MasterPlan enables customers, upon entering the address and development details online, to obtain a list of controls relevant to a property and the proposed development type.
When combined with Pittwater’s new electronic Development Application and Construction Certificate tracking services, MasterPlan delivers a comprehensive real-time process to provide transparent and consistent information about the Development Application and construction process.
This takes the mystery out of the Development Application process for Pittwater’s customers and represents a real breakthrough in customer service. It is also a real step forward for home-owners and the associated industries of design, architecture, planning, building.
For more information on MasterPlan, please contact Lindsay Dyce, Manager Planning & Assessment, Tel: 9970 1135
Bush Regeneration in
A reminder to all Scotland Island Residents and to all who live on the western foreshores - the biannual general cleanup is on April 19th.
Please do NOT put anything out on the roads until a week before the due date.
Recently a deal was brokered with council to remove dead vehicles & trailers on Scotland Island. Using the resources of local island contractors and paid for by council, last week saw eight cars and 5 or 6 trailers taken from the island. The operation was a great success. The next great clean up step is to encourage those with trailers and building materials using the road reserves for storage to move these items onto their own property! Another target is recycling, with some residents placing their materials out on the wrong week, i.e. A Zone one week, B Zone the following. Please - examine your recycling calendar. Check which week is your recycling week. Pittwater Council have the dates if you are not sure.
to 2 May 2004
Discover all about World War II constructions on West Head and houses on the waterfront. Fish and Chips will be taken aboard at lunchtime, tea and coffee available. Cost $30/$26 Concession, Fish & Chips $7.50. Bookings essential on 9997 5422.
More about the Lerps
Thanks to all the people that have shown interest in the venturi aeration system. I have been very busy the last few weeks talking to people, fabricating and installing systems to maintain their water.
It seems the lerps is a common problem with very little known about the issues.
I suspect that the lerps is a sort of catalyst for the tank to stagnate during the warmer months, so it is not one single problem but a compilation of numerous factors including cleanliness of the water entering the tanks.
As I said last issue, I dumped my water, cleaned my tank and started again. I still think this is the best option so the aerator does not have to run excessively to try to clean the water. Initial tests indicate that the aerator will break down organic material in the tank, reduce smell and remove the possibility of mosquitoes laying larvae in the water – the most obvious result after one week, no mozzies! All beneficial so far, there is a sediment left that has either not had enough time to fully break down or may be left in the system. Filtration will remove this but it is a costly exercise that also has to be maintained. I will be installing a basic filter in our system (along with maintaining gutters and leaf catchers) before it is pumped into the main holding tank thus eliminating the dirty water in the first place.
“Chloroform is a suspected carcinogenic compound formed in water when chlorine, added as a disinfectant, reacts with natural organic matter from decayed vegetation.”
Not only does it taste bad it may also be quite harmful.
As I’ve said, I am now producing these venturies. They are available to be purchased directly through me for $154 including GST - or soon available through irrigation suppliers - who love the idea and have made orders already! (There are other venturi systems available, all are imported, plastic and more expensive.) They are reasonably easy to self install, I can advise how to set up the system depending on your requirements or I can fully install the system for automated aeration.
If anyone missed the special edition dated March 24, 2004 where this was mentioned I’m sure it’s easy to look up or contact me for further information on 0438 043 100 or email on firstname.lastname@example.orgThanks again, Tim Marshall.
The end of March signals the end of the official bush fire season. For Island and offshore residents this enables us to clear our properties of the build up of debris around the house by pile burning.
We do ,however, need to have an environmental assessment of our property by a fire officer before any pile burning. (this helps to protect our property). It is a simple procedure and forms are available from the fire shed. Don't forget though to ring the fire shed before you burn ,and when you finish.
A history of the evolution of the Scotland Island Pre School is currently being compiled. Information, anecdotes, photos and background information are needed to create this valuable archive.
If you have even the vaguest memory or tiniest piece of information, I would love to hear from you. Please contact me at email@example.com, or phone 9979 3639, or post to Box 359 at Church Point.
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