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|Notices for Offshore Residents
of Pittwater, Australia
Dear Wine Lover!
Something to take the chill off winter. Some lovely sunshine
at the home of Greg and Louise Roberts on Sunday 28th June 2009
to taste another excellent selection from the Wine Syndicate. We have
been assured of a sunny and warm afternoon and we look forward to your
The wines? Absolutely wonderful as the list will show. Please download
the tasting notes, PRINT them to bring with you, together with a
tasting glass and some of your delicious nibblies for us all to share.
Please, download the list from here: CLICK
If you already have a copy of the tasting notes/price list/delivery
instructions, remember to add 'Pittwater Offshore' as the place where
you tasted the wines. We ask this because it means that at the next
tasting we get a plentiful supply of tasting bottles...
We are looking forward to your company.
But please pop an entry in your diary for SUNDAY, June 28th 2009. If
you are on Scotland Island, please walk around if possible. If coming
from the Western Shores, gather your mates together and come in one
boat to avoid congestion at the Robert's jetty.
Best Wishes - your committee
If you want further information, you could ring Greg Roberts
9979 5228, George Gaal 9979 9141, Julian Muir 9999 4449, Paul
Purvis 9979 9667 or Alan Gaines 9979 2070
Catherine Park Bushcare and Mini Beast
good to miss.
Fun for the whole family. You are invited to join us for
Catherine Park Bushcare and Mini Beast Survey.
Sunday 1pm to
Sonja Elwood (Council's Threatened Species Officer) will join us from
the mainland to assist in an invertebrate survey for our Spotted Gum
Forest. So in addition to regeneration we can assist her with
monitoring for life in the leaf litter. Should be lots of fun.
Participants will look for and help to make a record of life in the
forest assisted by digital camera and computer.
Note - The activity is fun and appropriate for
families so please help spread the word.
again to the monthly RFS Corner, notices, updates and musings of the
West Pittwater Rural Fire Brigade. A few updates on
Check Your Fires
With winter almost on us, many people will be lighting their solid fuel
fires, after a long period of non-use. It’s a dangerous time for fires,
as this initial use can cause some problems. While we’d recommend
getting someone to service your fire and flue, at the very least take
the time to check there is nothing in the flue that could either block
it, or set fire to it. While summer is the bush fire season, winter is
the house fire season, with all the heating appliances running full
You may have seen some of the things happening on Scotland Island, with
all the door knocking and discussions on fire preparedness and
awareness, plus how to plan and prepare for a bushfire emergency. While
West Pittwater isn’t at this stage, we view engagement with the wider
community as a key to what we do, so be prepared for some initiatives
coming from us.
the Bushfire Season
It’s never too early to start thinking about the preparations you can
do, to make your property safer. I know it seems a long way off, with
this being winter, especially with all the rain that’s been coming down
lately, but a lot of the preparations don’t happen that quickly and
aren’t the sort of things that you want to be thinking of at the last
minute, such things as:
- If you have a pump and all the associated
equipment, give them a test. Getting them serviced, could take a while;
- Think about getting flammables away from the
house. Better still, give
them some permanent storage (shed, lean to, etc.) well away from the
- Check the connections on water tanks. Actually
it’s now compulsory from
the council, to put storz fittings (let us know if you don’t know what
one of these is) onto any new water tanks. Apart from being compulsory,
it’s really good idea, as the quicker you or the RFS can get connected
to water, the easier it’s going to be.
We’ve been pretty active on the training front and it’s always a good
idea for RFS members to keep their skills up to date, We’ve had – in no
particular order – people completing or scheduled on:
Senior First Aid;
Advanced Oxygen Resuscitation;
Rural Fire Driver
Chainsaw - Crosscut
Well the plans for the new fire boat are well underway and if the end
result matches the amount of thought going into it, it should be very,
very nice. All the bells and whistles and everything short of the
kitchen sink. Well maybe one of those too.
Drop us an email
We’re always keen to hear from people, so drop me an email
(Gearl@bigpond.net.au) with any ideas of what you’d like to see in RFS
Corner, or even that you’ll be in South Elvina and would like a quick
tour of the station.
Anyway, all for now.
West Pittwater Rural Fire Service
Mobile: 0419 448 477
Learn how to identify and control
weeds to reduce bushfire
9 am - 12
Meet near Community Centre at 9am or come along to Catherine Park (in
the bushland area west of Community Centre) between 9am and12 noon.
Please wear covered shoes and long pants.
Council staff will demonstrate correct weed removal techniques; explain
slip issues and requirements for works within endangered Pittwater
Spotted Gum Community.
The Rural Fire Service will be continuing visits to residential
properties on Scotland Island to explain bushfire risk and asset
Enquiries: Ph 9450 3000 or visit Scotland Island RFS Centre
An On-Site Sewage Management Strategy
An On-Site Sewage Management Strategy has now been drafted in
accordance with the requirements of the Department of Local Government,
state legislation and environmental guidelines which have been
developed to ensure effective management and monitoring of on-site
sewage management systems throughout NSW.
The draft On-Site Sewage Management Strategy:
- Outlines aims, objectives, goals, actions,
environmental, public health and amenity issues, performance standards
for on-site sewage
enforcement measures plus on-site system ownership responsibilities.
- Details the risk assessment based inspection
program and approval to operate processes.
- Provides a framework for implementation of
ecologically and socially
sustainable on-site sewage management practices. It is intended that
this will be achieved as far as possible by a process of community and
user education and by implementation of appropriate operating
- Establishes links with Council’s 2020 Strategic
Plan and the Water Management controls contained within Development
Control Plan 21.
The draft On-Site Sewage Management Strategy is currently on public
exhibition and any submissions are to be received at Council by close
of business on 22 June 2009. Please note that all submissions in their
entirety will be treated as public documents and may be made available
- Includes provision for regular evaluation and
During the exhibition period copies of the draft On-Site Sewage
Management Strategy will be available for viewing at Council's offices
at 1 Park Street, Mona Vale and 59A Old Barrenjoey Road, Avalon and on
Council's website via the following weblink:
Submissions are to be emailed to
email@example.com, or; submitted using an
electronic web form (attached to the exhibition document web page) or
forwarded in writing and addressed to: The General Manager (Attention:
Robina Warburton, Principal Environmental Health Officer) Pittwater
Council, PO Box 882, Mona Vale, 1660, or faxed to (02) 9970-7150.
Submissions are to be clearly marked with the Document Exhibition Name
“Draft On-Site Sewage Management Strategy”.
Technology Skills Course for Women
Mona Vale Library and the Northern Sydney Institute of TAFE have joined
forces to offer local women the chance to update their technology
skills for the workplace and the home.
The first five week course will conclude next Monday with 16 women
ranging in age from 35 to over 50 taking part. Another is planned to
begin in a few weeks time hosted by the Library, with teachers from
TAFE presenting and providing laptops for use during the course.
Coordinator Marketa Vacek from the Library said the course was suitable
for women of all ages.
“The first step in the course is an assessment process to see where
each student is at in terms of skills,” she said.
“The course is divided into several components, including using the
Internet, various software applications, tips and tricks, open-source
and free software and an introduction to graphic design.”
“TAFE have also included a segment on buying a computer, so students
have a better idea of what applications they really need and avoid
unnecessary costs as a result.”
Ms Vacek said the students attending the course had all improved their
computing skills and confidence as a result.
Local MP Rob Stokes will attend the final class of the current course
on Monday 15 June to meet students.
The new course is already open for bookings and costs $150 per person
for a five week course of 3 hours a week. For bookings and further
details contact Robyn Woolley at TAFE on 9448 4429 or
Media contacts: Marketa Vacek Mona Vale Library Ph: 9970 1600
Robyn Woolley Northern Sydney TAFE Ph: 9448 4429
Foreshores Waste Calendar
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Queen's Honours for local residents;
Margaret Molloy OAM
Ian Leslie OAM
to local residents who have been awarded the Medal (OAM) of
the Order of Australia !
Little Lovett Bay resident Margaret Molloy received her OAM for
services to the community of West Pittwater, and North Lovett
Bay resident Ian Leslie received his OAM for service to the media,
particularly current affairs journalism, and to the community. Elvina
Bay resident Anne (Erin) Mountstephens for charitable
organisations, particularly through fundraising for Vision Australia.
Lovett Bay NSW
For service to
the community of West Pittwater.
South Coast Register
Former resident receives honour
8/06/2009 9:38:00 AM
OLDER residents of the Shoalhaven will know of Mrs Margaret Molloy of
Lovett Bay, who was awarded the Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia,
in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
She grew up at Nowra, where the family lived from 1900 when her
grandfather Henry Rauch bought the Shoalhaven Telegraph newspaper.
He later published the Shoalhaven and Nowra News, as did her father
Cecil who was mayor of Nowra in 1926.
Mrs Molloy completed her education at the Nowra Intermediate High
School, and in March this year returned for a reunion of the class of
Following in the footsteps of her forebears, she was a prolific writer,
and during the 1990s was responsible for books on the history
of the Sydney Flying Squadron (A Century of Sydney’s Flying Sailors)
and Diabetes Australia (And Not To Yield).
However this honour is principally for her service to the community of
West Pittwater, which has included involvement in many organisations
since the early 1970s........................end
Margaret would like to convey the following message of thanks to our
“No community award can be given unless the community supports the
My thanks go to the communities of Western Foreshores and Scotland
Island for giving me full support for all my efforts.”
Mr Ian Craig
For services to media, particularly current affairs journalism, and to
Services to media earns Ian
June 8, 2009
Ian Leslie is glad his journalism career came before the demanding
deadlines and risky immediacy required in the contemporary industry.
Boasting a 45-year media career, including 11 years as a 60 Minutes
reporter, Leslie, 66, now runs his own communications business and
regularly appears as a keynote speaker.
"I always wanted to be a journalist when I was at school and I lived my
dream," Leslie, now a grandfather, told AAP.
Reporting for 60 Minutes has been the highlight of his career, Leslie
said, and made him realise how lucky Australians are to have such open
access to information.
However, the accuracy of Australia's media was at risk because of
"challenging" conditions, Leslie said.
"The immediacy of media means journalists have to work much faster,
work to tighter deadlines and think much quicker," he said.
"That's great but risks the balance of truth and research because I
don't think journalists these days have as much time to check important
"That's robbed some of the quality of journalism and I'm glad my time
came before now."
Leslie has been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in
the Queen's Birthday Honours list, in recognition of his services to
the media industry.
Mrs Erin Anne
For services to
charitable organisations, particularly through fundraising for Vision
Erin shows charity’s in the
North shore times 8 June 2009
Mrs Mountstephens is an only child, and her father William Morck also
received an OAM for his charitable work.
Mrs Mountstephens said she saw her OAM as a way of continuing her
“That’s why I’m thrilled,” she said.
Mrs Mountstephens, 70, who has volunteered with Vision Australia,
formerly the Royal Blind Society, since 1975, said her father also
worked extensively with support organisations for the vision impaired.
“He volunteered with St John’s college, St Lucy’s school for the blind
and St Edmund’s school for the blind.”
Mrs Mountstephens worked as an event co-ordinator with the Autistic
Association and is deputy president of the Black and White committee.
“We have a major fundraising function every month.”
At their next function, Women of Achievement, she said she expected 600
to 700 people to attend.
Mrs Mountstephens said she strongly supported women achievers.
“When people have worked very hard at something they are passionate
about, have achieved, and are recognised in the end, it’s very good,”
But she said she was surprised by her OAM.
“I’m very happy to have helped charitable organisations over the years.
I’ve made very good friends,” she said.
With thanks to BaysNews
Pittwater High School presents…
Wednesday 24th June – 7.30pm
June – 7.30pm
June – 1pm Matinee ($5 off tickets)
June – 7.30pm
July – 7.30pm
Friday 3rd July
July – 7.30pm
$10 CONCESSION (Students and Pensioners)
$40 FAMILY (2 Adults + 2 Children)
call Pittwater High School on 99994035
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Ellin Christie is selling her 1995 Barina, $1500 ONO. Please contact
her on 0415 638 185
If anybody requires an inspection on their septic system for council, I
have a licensed plumber coming over to the island next Tuesday, 16th
June. The cost will be $60.00 per household. If you would like to use
the plumber please contact me. Phone number is 99972405 Phillippa