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Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia Volume 6, Issue 61; September 2004
Please accept my apologies for the brevity and slightly unusual appearance of this month's newsletter. Your editor is on a SIRA fact finding tour of the South of France and this edition has been prepared using a fifteen year old laptop computer with a French keyboard while sitting on the top of a mountain in the Ardeche. I kid you not! All should be back to normal for the next edition.
Please support the committee organising the Island Festival - so much has been done to make this an exciting event and it will be a great opportunity to invite family and friends to visit our corner of Paradise.
In this Issue:
| Pittwater Council Wins Dougherty
Pittwater Council has won the RH Dougherty Communication Award, which recognises leading practice in communication management in councils.
The award was presented by the Local Government and Shires Associations at the launch of 2004 Local Government Week on 2 August 2004. Pittwater Council won the Dougherty Award for a new category, Reporting to Your Community. The winning submission was on Pittwaters innovative internet program which streamlines the Development Application process by listing what development is permissible on every block in Pittwater, providing a concise list of information to be submitted with a Development Application and allowing progress of the application to be tracked on-line.
The judges said: Pittwater Councils entry, titled An Open Door Community Communication Package, for their on-line development enquiry and assessment program, was a clear and outstanding winner. It addressed one of local governments major issues and produced a model other councils should follow.
Pittwater Mayor Lynne Czinner said: We are delighted to accept this prestigious award which recognizes Pittwater as a leader in local government communication. Reporting to our community has always been of vital importance to Pittwater Council, and it is gratifying that our new internet program for tracking Development Applications is being recognised and awarded at State level.
The festival will be a
celebration of this community . All the information can
be found on our brand new web pages at: www.scotlandisland.org.au/festival. Click here to go there now
To fund our continued
fight to UPGRADE MONA VALE HOSPITAL and improve the
delivery of health services on the northern beaches -SATURDAY
4TH SEPTEMBER 6.30PM
On the day of the fair, October 31st, we are planning a writers' tent, which will feature various things: local stories, local writers reading their work, children showing their handcrafted books, a book launch and a display of the literary heritage of Scotland Island and the off shore communities.
We need help in several areas: 1) We need information about our literary heritage as well as realia - books, newspaper clippings, pictures, photos, etc - relating to this heritage so that we can construct an informative and interesting display, 2) We also want to display works by people currently living on the island and offshore communities - if you are a writer and have a published work, we'd like to show it. You can also sell copies in the tent. 3) The writers' tent will contain a café - if you'd like to run one, or know of someone who would, let us know.
If you can contribute anything, or if you have any great ideas, please contact either Carol Floyd (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Penny Star (email@example.com).
A reminder for all those who have not signed their Water Agreements and SIRA membershipform + $20.00 to do so as soon as possible. Water cannot be purchased without these now that SIRA has taken over the upgrade of the line. The new agreement has been posted on the Scotland Island website here and all future newsletters will contain a permanent link that will allow you download a copy. To download a copy in Microsoft WORD format CLICK HERE. To download as a pdf file, CLICK HERE
Vehicle Registration Day is September 18 from 9am to 2pm in the Fire Shed.
Cost $50 + $10 for the Fire Brigade. Pink Slips are valid for 1 year. Currently there are about 23 registered vehicles on the Island, plus a couple of trucks and terrain vehicles. Everyone is being encouraged to ensure that their vehicle is registered to cover for third party insurance in the event of an accident.
With the number of vehicles now in use, this has become even more necessary
You are no doubt aware
that Scotland Island is risk (Warringah-Pittwater
Bushfire Risk . doc.012). The current drought means that
we have an increased risk of . We must take action as
soon as possible to minimise the danger to our .
As our newsletter continues to grow (nearly 600 readers) we are including some links to other nearby organisations and events that may be of interest. If you would like to contribute, please send a message to the editor by clicking here.
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The views expressed in this newsletter are not necessarily the views of the Scotland Island Residents Association, or any of the associated Pittwater Offshore Resident's Committees
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