Island Vegetation Collection
is on Sunday, so
please place vegetation out with visual impact in mind - I am sure this
will be appreciated by the Festival organizers!
you read collection guidelines before putting your material
This is an ideal time to reduce the fuel load on your property prior to
the fire season.
Please put your material out as described below, more detailed in
attached brochure and the Pittwater Offshore Directory – BY SUNDAY,
* A maximum of 2 cubic metres of
vegetation for each household
* Leaf litter, grass clippings and
prunings TO BE PLACED IN HARD SIDED CONTAINERS
* Branches to be no longer than 1.2m and
BUNDLED AND TIED TOGETHER WITH TWINE
* No plastic, hessian or nylon bags
* No cardboard, foam or polystyrene boxes
* No soil or untied bundles
Any material not complying with collection guidelines will be left on
the road side for residents to arrange private collection.
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Lifejacket reforms for NSW waterways
are changing in New South Wales on 1 November 2010.
The new rules
for recreational boating to improve safety and reduce deaths from
drowning were unveiled in July by NSW Ports and Waterways Minister,
Mr McLeay said a NSW Maritime lifejacket discussion paper proposing
changes had touched a nerve in the boating community, with a record
“There was overwhelming support for the proposals. I’d like to thank
boating organisations and the maritime industry for driving these
reforms, and for boaters in general for taking the time to make a
“A lifejacket can’t save your life unless you’re wearing it, and so
we’re changing the rules to ensure that in times of heightened risk
it’s now essential rather than optional.
“We want boating to be fun so we haven’t said a lifejacket has to be
worn at all times. Instead, we’ve worked with boaters to identify the
higher risk boating activities where lifejackets will now be required.”
The new rules
for wearing lifejackets include:
By children less than 12 years of age when:
• in a vessel less
than 4.8 metres;
• when in an open
area of a vessel less than 8 metres in length that is underway;
By all boaters in a vessel less than 4.8 metres in the following
heightened risk situations (‘heightened risk’ is any time when there is
greater risk of either an incident occurring; or if an incident does
occur it might be more difficult to help yourself):
• at night;
• on open (ocean)
• on alpine waters;
• when boating
• when the boat is
being used as a tender more than 400 metres from shore;
At times of ‘Skipper Judgement and Direction’ in ‘heightened risk’
situations such as when the weather worsens or the boat breaks down
(this makes it clear the skipper has a high level of responsibility);
When water-skiing or wakeboarding;
When operating a canoe or kayak on:
• enclosed waters,
when more than 100 metres from shore; and
• open (ocean)
the new lifejacket rules there will be a 12 month advisory period,
during which NSW Maritime will only penalise repeat offenders.
The changes are detailed in a paper titled Lifejacket Reforms – Saving
Lives through Safer Boating, which can be downloaded from NSW
Maritime’s website: www.maritime.nsw.gov.au.
The paper points out that to achieve their primary purpose of
increasing safety by assisting the wearer to float – and ultimately to
prevent them from drowning, lifejackets must be:
• the correct type
for the situation;
• the right size;
• accessible; and
Simply carrying lifejackets on board vessels does not save lives
because capsize, man-overboard, or other unexpected situations occur
suddenly and without warning. Locating and donning lifejackets once in
the water can be difficult or impossible, depending on the experience
of those involved and other factors such as current, wave action and/or
There are many factors that contribute to a boating fatality and it is
impossible to conclude absolutely that wearing a lifejacket would save
a person’s life in the event of a boating incident. However, there is
an international consensus amongst boating safety organisations that a
person’s chance of survival can be dramatically increased by wearing a
The following documents can be downloaded...
Andrew Thompson Comes Alive!
Thompson will reincarnate to build his 18 ton Coaster the
'Geordy' (just near the History Tent) this weekend.
He has aged somewhat, but don't be put off by that - he was only 37
when he died, having achieved what a normal person might do in 4
lifetimes - an extraordinary man.
Find out more about this amazing man through this article....
Andrew Thompson. (1773 - 1810)
Thompson arrived in Sydney as a convict on the transport Pitt with the
Second Fleet in 1792. He was sentenced to fourteen years transportation
for the theft of cloth, valued at about 10 pounds, from the shop of a
merchant. Thompson was born c.1773 and was therefore about nineteen on
his arrival in Sydney. His father was a weaver manufacturer and dyer at
Kirk Yetholm in Scotland and Andrew had been educated at a parochial
school until forced to leave due to ill health. He was studying for the
excise service when arrested.
In the colony Thompson was appointed to the police service in 1793 and
served with distinction at Toongabbie and other areas. In 1796 Governor
Hunter appointed him to the Green Hills (later Windsor) and he rose to
Chief Constable, a position he held until 1808. The Reverend Samuel
Marsden praised Thompson's actions in the 1806 Hawkesbury floods when
he saved the lives of 101 residents, plucking them from their rooftops
in one of his boats.
Thompson had received an absolute pardon in 1797. He built the first
toll bridge at Windsor, established a brewery and a hotel, managed
Governor Bligh's Hawkesbury farms, owned ships, a tannery and salt
works. In 1804 Governor King had helped Thompson set up a salt
manufacturing plant in Broken Bay. The first site was Mullet Island
(now Dangar Island) on the Hawkesbury River but later Thompson moved
his salt works to Scotland Island, named for his homeland. In 1809
Thompson was granted by Lieutenant Governor Paterson '120 acres on
island near the southern extremity of Pittwater Bay - being the first
bay on the south west side of the south head of Broken Bay. Rent: 3
shillings per year commencing after 5 years. Governor Macquarie later
approved this grant. The grant reserved to the government 'the right of
making a Public Road through the island and also reserving for the use
of the Crown such timber as may be deemed fit for naval purposes'.
At the salt works on the island Thompson extracted salt from seawater
by means of an oil burner. He was able to extract 200 lbs (90 kgs) of
salt a week. A house was built and a ship slipway. It was rumoured
Thompson operated an illicit still on Scotland Island.
Governor Macquarie was a valued friend and appointed him a justice of
the Peace and Chief Magistrate on the Hawkesbury. Macquarie described
him as a man of 'sober habits and good character'. The 'exclusives' of
the colony hated and maligned Thompson. Macquarie appointed him a
trustee of the new turnpike road from Sydney to Parramatta, which
antagonised the Reverend Marsden, another appointee. Marsden retired in
anger to his farms.
By 1810 Thompson was ill as a result of his strenuous efforts in the
Hawkesbury floods of 1809 and he died on 22 October 1810. His estate
was valued at between £20,000 and £25,000 (pounds). In his will he
bequeathed a quarter of his fortune to Governor Macquarie. Macquarie
wrote that Thompson's death 'affected Mrs. Macquarie and myself deeply
- for we both had a most sincere and affectionate esteem for our good
and most lamented departed friend'.
Thompson's was the first burial in the cemetery of St Matthew's Church
at Windsor and Governor Macquarie composed the long epitaph carved on
his tombstone, which may still be viewed today.
Before his death Andrew Thompson had laid the keel of a vessel, which
he named the "Geordy". "The Sydney Gazette" of 24 November 1810 states:
On Wednesday, the 14th of the present month, a launch took place at
Scotland Isle, Pitt Water, of a vessel of 18 tons, said to be one of
the finest of her brethren ever built in the Colony.- She makes part of
the devised property of the late Mr Thompson, who at the laying down of
her keel gave her the name of the "Geordy".
Following Thompson's death the island was initially rented to William
Mason for £120 (pounds) for three years. Robert Lathrop Murray then
purchased it. In 1812 Scotland Island was offered for sale and the
Sydney Gazette advertisement declared it contains 'one hundred and
twenty acres of good soil, extensive salt-works, a good dwelling-house
and stores, labourers' rooms, and every convenience suitable for a
fishery, or shipbuilding, also a vessel of about ninety tons, partly
built, still on the stocks.'
In the 1920s the foundations of Thompson's house and the remnants of a
wharf were still in existence.
comes from a book on the history of the area called "Pittwater
Paradise" by Joan Lawrence.)
Wanted Pre-school handbook
Do you have a Pre-school handbook which includes the history of the
kindy? If so, please contact me at email@example.com as we
would like to use it for the festival on Sunday.
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