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of Pittwater, Australia
Controlled Burns in Pittwater
NSW Fire Brigade will be carrying out controlled pile burns in reserves
across Pittwater this week, dependent upon weather conditions.
The controlled burns are part of the Warringah Pittwater Bush Fire
Management Committee’s 2010-2011 Hazard Reduction Program.
burns taking place on Monday 18 October are in Attunga Reserve East,
Newport behind Burke and Attunga Roads and on Tuesday 19 October in
McKay Reserve North behind Canara and Pacific Roads, Palm Beach.
scheduled pile burns are Botham Beach Reserve, Church Point, just north
of Holmport Marina for either Tuesday or Wednesday this week and in
Dark Gully foreshore reserve at Palm Beach, weather permitting.
Council’s Natural Environment & Education Manager Mark
said residents may experience smoke haze while the controlled burns are
“Residents may wish to close windows and doors,
remove any washing from the clothes line and cover trampolines and
pools if you live close to these locations,” he said.
“If weather conditions change the NSW Fire Brigade will postpone the
Mr Beharrell also urged residents across Pittwater to begin readying
their homes for the bushfire season.
“Now is the time to take action such as clearing gutters of leaves and
removing dead vegetation from your garden,” he said.
For more information about bushfire prevention visit www.rfs.nsw.gov.au
Media contact: Karin Nippard, Pittwater
Council Ph: 9970 1363
Message from the Offshore Vision Group
Sustainability Evening on the 9th in the SI Community Hall
was the first of its kind and a great success. We had a capacity
audience, great food, great music, and a thought provoking
presentation. In the Q&A afterwards, the overwhelming question
As a first small step we’ve set up a Google
discussion board. The purpose of the board is to allow everyone
(whether you were there or not!) to ask any questions, say what’s on
your mind and suggest actions for the future. We’ve also uploaded
Boyd’s slide presentation in full, in case you want to see what you
missed, or if you want to share it with someone else. Its in PDF form
so you don’t need the presentation software. There’s a slide image
followed by the narration on every second page. Its complete and uncut,
including the questionable inclusion of the Edelsten newlyweds!
discussion board is an experiment for the Vision Group. It might be
used for the evening’s follow up discussion only, but it could morph
into how we all keep in touch on offshore sustainability issues.
There’s the possibility that the whole thing could be migrated to
Facebook if that’s appropriate, but for now, this discussion board has
the advantage that you don’t need any special sign up to drop in see
what’s been said. You’ll only need a Google sign in if you want to add
a comment or start your own thread. There’s a link to the Discussion
Board at the bottom of this message.
If you’re at all interested
in sustainability issues, especially those issues peculiar to our
unique offshore living environment, we’d love you to join as a member
of the discussion group. There’s no commitment other than creating a
Google password for yourself (which you may already have). The benefit
of being a member is that you can choose to receive all of the
contributions to the discussion board as an email straight to your
Here’s a quick how-to if you haven’t seen a Google
discussion board before. Follow the link to go to the Home page of the
board. There, you’ll see each discussion thread and lower down the page
you’ll see the ‘files’ that have been uploaded.
Click on a
discussion thread to see what’s been said. If you’d like to post your
own response to an existing thread, just hit the ‘Reply’ button, type
your response and hit ‘Send’. That’s all there is to it. Your response
will appear on that discussion page and it will also go out to all the
email addresses of the discussion board members who have opted to
receive such messages.
To start a new discussion thread, go to
the Home page, hit the ‘+ new post’ button. You’ll find the ‘+ new
post’ button on the ‘Discussions’ bar.
Here’s the link to the discussion board; http://groups.google.com.au/group/offshore-vision?hl=en
Offshore Vision Group
Artmart at Fire shed
Saturday 23 Oct,
Sunday 24 Oct,
A Capella Choir
interested in joining an island choir next year?
We are having a meeting to discuss arrangements and costs.
Make a note in your diary - we will meet outside the Kindy on Sunday 14th November at
For further information contact Gordon Floyd on 99972035.
Pancake Stacks at the Kindy
Sunday 24 Oct,
Pittwater Submission on Meriton
Pittwater Council has made public its submission on the proposed
development by Meriton at 14-18 Boondah Road Warriewood.
Council considered a detailed submission prepared by its staff at its
meeting this week. The submission was sent to the NSW Department of
Planning earlier this month on behalf of the Pittwater community,
during the public exhibition of the development proposal for 14-18
The NSW Department of Planning is assessing the
proposal, not the Council, under NSW planning law which allows
so-called ‘state significant’ development proposals to be assessed by
the state government.
The development application will go before
a state government appointed Planning Assessment Commission, whose
powers regarding the application have yet to be clarified.
Council has previously indicated that the development application does
not meet local planning controls and as a result is an over-development
of the site. The proposal for the Boondah site is for up to 559 units
with associated facilities including a gym, swimming pool, shops, a
childcare centre and a connecting road.
The Council’s submission
grouped its objections to the proposed development under five headings;
precedent & equity, orderly planning, infrastructure &
services, amenity and community expectations & participation.
the Council’s planning staff on their work on the submission, Mayor
Harvey Rose said the Council remained steadfastly opposed to the
“We still have not been told how the
community will have a voice before the Commission deliberates on this
development,” Mayor Rose said.
Mayor Rose added that the Council
considered ‘all public submissions should be heard by the Planning
Assessment Commission in open session to the public and the media.’
Council’s submission has again emphasised the deficiencies in the
proposal, as well as the scale and bulk of the development which the
Pittwater community is clearly opposed to.”
Media contact: Mark Ferguson, Pittwater
Council Ph: 9970 1105
LAST CHANCE TO
the development would not be in the public interest”
Keneally - Minister for Planning - 28 April 2009
Friends of Currawong and the Community at large thank the Premier for
her courageous decision to reject the last Eco-Villages assault on the
historic heritage site known as Currawong. As Planning Minister she
listened to the people and rejected the subdivision development in its
entirety. In addition she listed the entire site on the
“…the proposal is inconsistent with planning objectives for the
site, is beyond the community’s expectations for the site and
will result in adverse impacts on historic heritage and environmental
values.” - Kristina Keneally - 28 April 2009
should have been the end of it. No! Eco-Villages
submitted a second DA which although scaled down, is equally obnoxious.
Nothing has changed! Many of the key recommendations made by
government appointed Panel of Experts (IHAP) have been ignored or
* IHAP recommends
that “Any future proposal should provide for public access to
cabin precinct, the foreshore and the valley floor.”
* Under the new development proposal there will be no public access to
any part of the site effectively creating a private enclave within the
* IHAP recommends no new
buildings be allowed on the foreshore because of the visual impact from
Pittwater and the visual impact on the Heritage listed
* The new proposal places three houses in the foreshore area in
defiance of this recommendation. Two of these houses are two storeys
and have a roof height of 12 metres plus. This is four metres higher
than the Heritage listed original farmhouse, Midholme. Another two
houses are placed behind Midholme and in front of the cottages.
* IHAP recommends any additional development should be
to the lower end of the valley north west of the cabins and be “single
storey, low in height, bulk and scale and be of a size befitting
holiday accommodation rather than permanent residential development.”
* The developers have ignored all of these recommendations. The
proposed 12 new houses are very large two storey 4 bedroom buildings
designed for permanent residential use. In addition Midholme
the Conference Centre are to be converted to residential use.
THE THIN END OF THE WEDGE
* “Any intensification of development on the Western foreshores is
inconsistent with the draft Sub Regional strategy and therefore State
Plans and Metropolitan Strategy for the area. It is important to note
that there is potential for further development of large parcels of
privately owned land zoned for residential purposes (and otherwise) on
Scotland Island and the Western Foreshores and approval of this
proposal would set a precedent.” -
about it. Do you want to see a surge of massive resort type
developments on the Western Shores of Pittwater and Scotland
Island? It has been a long standing policy by Pittwater
(and Warringah Council even earlier) - NOT to allow further subdivision
on the Western Shores. Allowing this subdivision proposal will open the
floodgates as other developers scramble to take advantage of the
OTHER KEY ISSUES HAVE NOT BEEN
* Parking – The developers still have no new solution to the problem
of parking arising from this development other than utilizing
already overloaded public parking areas and street parking at Palm
* Commuting – The developers choose to
ignore the fact that residents at Currawong will demand facilities for
boats for commuting and recreation. It is simply not believable that a
private Community owned Water Taxi will satisfy their needs. The
reality is a Currawong Private Marina will be built.
* Construction Chaos – It is proposed that 11 existing
will be very substantially rebuilt/renovated. In addition twelve new
large two storey houses are proposed – most of them perched on a steep
slope. The developers do not acknowledge the magnitude of the
impact on the onshore facilities and communities as a result of this
construction onslaught. It is horrific to imagine the damage this
proposal will cause to the fragile Currawong environment – both marine
and bush alike. In the DA to Pittwater Council, Eco-Villages show
photographs of a ride on lawn mower with small trailer attached and a
small service vehicle with a 500 kg payload captioned
construction vehicles”. We believe you. NOT.
* The Heritage Listed Cottages – will be owned under a joint community
title by the landowners at Currawong. There are no guarantees of public
access to them as holiday accommodation.
The developers no longer mention public access to Currawong. There will
be no public access to any part of Currawong. Full stop. End of story –
60 years of historic association with the Union Movement wiped out in a
flash. Currawong becomes a private resort for the most privileged
sector of our society.
WHY CAN’T CURRAWONG BE ACQUIRED BY
THE GOVERNMENT FOR A STATE RECREATION AREA?
* Neville Wran, Premier in 1977 took steps to acquire Currawong for the
State. The Unions withdrew their plan to sell the land.
* In 1980, Eric Bedford, Minister for Lands in the Liberal Government ,
supported a buyback for the State. The Unions would not sell.
* In 2006 the Morris Iemma Government made an offer of around $11.5
million to the Unions to buy Currawong for a State Park. Lands Minister
Tony Kelly was strongly supportive. It is common knowledge that Michael
Costa, Treasurer and former Union Leader, ordered the offer be
* Subsequently John Robertson,
then Secretary of the NSW Labor Council, accepted the highest so called
“unconditional” offer of $15million for Currawong
* Nearly 4 years later a
deposit of only $1.5million has been paid and the purchase price has
been reduced to $11million.
AN APPEAL TO PREMIER KRISTINA
great respect we thank you for your enlightened decision as Planning
Minister for rejecting Eco-Village’s development proposal and for
Heritage Listing Currawong. Now as Premier we urge your government to
consider purchasing Currawong before it is too late. This is the last
opportunity for the State to negotiate a sale with one landowner,
Unions NSW, rather than 14 separate landholders in the future.
this subdivision be approved, there will never be another opportunity
to acquire the entire Heritage site for the people of NSW. In
addition a precedent will have been set that could see a string of
similar developments on the Western Shores of Pittwater.
appreciate your decision to visit Currawong and see for
the extraordinary beauty and tranquillity this latest Heritage Site
offers. We appreciate your decision to fully endorse the
recommendations of the IHAP Panel of Experts.
developers, Eco-Villages, have decided to ignore or
many of the key recommendations of IHAP, thereby ignoring the
will of the Government, the Opposition, Pittwater Council and the
Community at large.
This development must not proceed. Where others have failed
may you succeed.
Friends of Currawong
Here is the link to DA : http://portal.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/internet/modules/TrackingDA/default.aspx?page=wrapper&key=195562
Sea Scouts Gardening Fundraiser
products delivered to nearest wharf !
fertilizer, mulch and Water Wise Products
Scouts are holding their annual fund raiser this year; and what an
opportunity for offshore residents.
Quality gardening products delivered to your nearest wharf and proceeds
go to a great local cause!
This was a great success last year with the offshore community being
great supporters of the event!
Just fill out the attached order form and return as per details
And the local scouts (in their faithful tinnies) will do the rest.
John, Jacqui & Angus Ewan
Pittwater Boat Covers.
Download the flyer and Order form here
If your kids have out grown their trampoline or other children’s
outdoor equipment, please contact us.
We are also after a commuter boat. Would consider Poly or Aluminium if
in good condition.
Contact Mark or Jane: Tel: 9979 4270 or Mobile: 0435 819 610
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