Project Local -
Support Marine Rescue Broken Bay
The offshore communities have a long and proven record of community
spirit and looking out for each other - values shared by each of the
volunteers at Marine Rescue Broken Bay.
Every weekend we respond to emergencies on the Pittwater and offshore.
We assist hundreds of Boaties, in many different ways, every year.
We work very hard to raise funds so that we can continue to provide
support to anyone who requires assistance on the water. Our fundraising
funds day to day fuel and operating costs.
Currently our ability to respond to emergencies is being limited by an
unserviceable boat trailer. Unfortunately the trailer has passed it's
used by date and is unusable. The trailer is crucial to our ability to
launch and retrieve our RIB and be able to respond to calls for
assistance and emergencies.
We would be extremely grateful if you would vote for us in the Manly
Daily's Project Local. The local project which receives the most votes
will receive $2,500. This funding will allow us to purchase a new boat
trailer and continue to be able to provide the rapid response so vital
to saving lives and property in an emergency.
The voting link can be found here:
Everyone who registers can vote up to 10 times. All your votes can be
given to Marine Rescue Broken Bay or be distributed amongst a number of
Thank you for your support.
Marine Rescue NSW Broken Bay
WOMAN OF THE YEAR ANNOUNCED
Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes announced this week Pittwater
Councillor Patricia Giles OAM as Pittwater’s Woman of the Year.
The award was presented at the International Women’s Day Breakfast at
Mona Vale Golf Club hosted by the Zonta Club of the Northern Beaches.
Rob Stokes praised Cr Giles for her relentless efforts saying she is
one of our community’s most dedicated advocates.
"For over two decades Trish has fought for our community – helping to
secure areas of natural beauty including the Warriewood Wetlands,
Ingleside Escarpment, Winnererremy Bay, Bangalow Reserve and Currawong.
"Trish is a remarkable member of our community and this award is a
fitting tribute to her outstanding efforts over so many years," Rob
Councillor Giles has served as a Pittwater Councillor for 20
consecutive years and was the longest serving Pittwater Mayor, holding
the position for six and a half years.
Pittwater Mayor, Harvey Rose congratulated Cr Giles on her award and
echoed the sentiments of Local Member, Rob Stokes, saying that without
Cr Giles’ tenacity much of Pittwater’s open space, bush and parkland
would not have been retained.
The annual Zonta breakfast is a major fundraiser for the club, raising
nearly $4000 annually. These funds are donated to a number of
valuable causes both at a local and international level.
For information about the Zonta Club of the Northern Beaches
THE MATURE MAN’S
A reading group for men
will be starting up at Mona Vale Library during Seniors Week in March.
Library manager Cathy Howie said the new Mature Man’s Book Club was a
reading group specially for older men in the community.
“Book groups are often thought of as being for women but this one aims
to encourage men to open up and discuss their reading likes and
dislikes,” she said.
The Mature Man’s Book Club will have its first meeting at 2pm on
Tuesday 20 March at Mona Vale Library, 1 Park Street. Each session
lasts around an hour.
“No special literary knowledge is needed, just an appreciation of
reading and a willingness to talk about different books across all
genres, both fiction and non-fiction,” Ms Howie said.
She said the first session on 20 March would kick off with a general
discussion about books, leaving members free to nominate topics for
The group will meet monthly every third Tuesday at the library. To find
out more or to join the group phone Sharelle Ravenscroft on 9970 1609
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Media contact: Cathy Howie Mona Vale Library
Ph: 9970 1601
Letters to the Editor
Some time ago a request was made by an offshore resident interested in
an onshore perspective on the Church Point masterplan – particularly
relating to precinct 1 and proposal for a suspended carpark.
I am happy to provide this perspective as a resident of over 15 years
who has had ongoing involvement in the masterplan dating back to the
days when Council proposed replacing the existing jetty with a Darling
Harbour style pontoon (about 10-12 years ago). This was when the on and
offshore communities came together as one community pressing for a
masterplan to guide all development at the Point.
We have something very unique here which is becoming increasingly
threatened by inadequate and untested planning decisions, inappropriate
developer (council) driven approval and review and final approval by
councilors who are mainly concerned with getting rid of a long term
problem as quickly as possible. We have a Council which views Church
Point as nothing more than a transport hub!
1 - Prior to adoption of the PoM Council employed an independent panel
of suitably qualified experts to review and make recommendation on the
PoM and the supporting masterplan. This panel expressed concern at both
the financial and environmental risk posed by the current masterplan
(concept plan) proposal and recommended that council concurrently
develop a lower impact proposal based on the plan prepared by CPRA on behalf
of the working group.
Council has not only steadfastly refused to do so but has sought to
silence its critics by refusing to consult with onshore associations
other than providing information on progress.
Apart from the
environmental (including visual) impact of the current plan there is a
direct link between user pays and capital works. Put simply – the more
extensive and elaborate the works – the higher the cost to the end
2 - Council’s solution?– a suspended carpark with high cost dedicated
spaces for a privileged few at ground level.
Those who can’t afford this will need to negotiate goods and children
from the upper level carpark. A lift will need to be provided to comply
with access legislation – so the costs increase. The cliff adjoining is
slip affected . It is unlikely that geotechnical stabilization has been
fully addressed or costed. Council’s
own landscape architect is on record as having stated that it will be
almost impossible to screen.
There will be significant lighting impacts from the deck and the
undercroft area. This visual noise will destroy the very ambience which
has attracted so many to the area in the first instance.
3 - It has recently come to light that Council has applied for joint
grant funding with Gosford Council to make improvements in waterfront
infrastructure at both Gosford and Pittwater/Church Point. The
understanding is that our Council is looking at providing an additional
ferry stop south of Palm Beach for the Gosford ferry. Church Point is
one location being considered. Is it acceptable that Council has not
informed our community that it is even contemplating this proposal?
Clearly this is also a driver for the suspended carpark!
4 - The Church Point P0M is the largest and most significant
development to occur in Pittwater in several decades. It is deserving
of the utmost scrutiny if we are to avoid the excesses seen in
developments such as the Ettalong RSL which has fouled the visual
environment for so many.
Council is the developer in this instance and they are also the
approving authority. This presents a clear conflict of interest in the
absence of an independent approving body.
Council are not required
to submit a Development Application and they determine which studies
they do and do not require. There is no heritage study for this
area. We are not aware of any sustainability
studies or flora and fauna studies relating to the cliff area
where access would be provided to the suspended carpark – an area with
emergent spotted gums.
developer has this sort of leeway and all major developments are
subject to approval by the Joint Regional Panel. Even if Council can
legally bypass this requirement, in the interests of transparency it
should adopt the same process.
What has happened to the concepts of transparency, due process and duty
This is 1970s
planning at its worst. Every other Sydney Council is working to protect
the amenity of its waterfronts from just this kind of development.
What is being questioned is not the PoM but the developed design of
Precinct 1 contained in the supplementary masterplan. Masterplans are
concept designs and as such would normally be subject to developed
design taking into account improved outcomes. There is absolutely
nothing to be lost, and possibly much to be gained, in looking at a
lower capital costs alternative. The PoM as a strategic document is not
under threat as this is the normal masterplan development process.
At the end of the day we have a choice. Do we choose an expedient
solution just to “get on with it” or do we push for the best possible
plan which is financially and environmentally responsible which not
only addresses carparking needs but the very reason we came to live
here in the first place.
Cathy Kubany 3rd March 2012
Just a bouquet - maybe a pat on the back - for the Green clearance guys
a fortnight ago.
A very thorough job, boxes back in order and all trash moved .
Thank very much to the team
from the West Pittwater Community Association
Inside this issue:
Welcome to the autumn edition 2012 of BayWatch. We are pleased to
present President Michael Wiener’s Annual report (page 2)
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President’s Report 2
Ferries at the bottom of my Garden 3
CRED Reference Report 3
The past 12 months in Elvina Bay 4
Rocky Point Bush Care Group 4
Commercial Fishing Pittwater 5
I call it Paradise 5
‘Up the Creek’ 5
Surviving the Curse of Glamour 6
Bush Care 6
Lovett Bay Rhythm 6
What Happened to Summer?6
Fire Brigade Matters7
Fire Trails 9
To Kuddle or KeelHaul 10
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