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of Pittwater, Australia - Volume 12, Issue 545
A belated happy new year to everyone, yes we are finally back up
and running again. To all those people that sent emails
to have them bounce back, please send them again as your involvement in
the PON is vital.
all accounts most have had a tremendous festive season, and as is
becoming the custom around here, the offshore community set the
standard for celebrations with the outstanding performances
Floating Choir, the Island Dog Race which attracted an enormous crowd
this year and of course the new and very promising Gone
offering entertainment at Church Point on the Christmas eve.
those interested, here are the links to the offshore photo gallery with
photos covering these events. Note there are more floating choir photos
to come - also, there is a link to short compilation video
(only a few minutes) of the Floating Choir at Frog Hollow !
Scotland Island Dog Race Photo album or
Floating Choir Photo Album
Short Video of Floating Choir
Penny of Church Point Ferry Service is working on a history of the
boats, crew and ferry service,
and is looking for material to be included - if you have
any photos, or interesting anecdotes about
ferry drivers please contact Penny at
firstname.lastname@example.org - 0433 038 408. The article
come tribute to Lenny Duck and the Elvina printed below may
your memories, and hopefully allow Penny to build an accurate history
of the service.
SI Chidren's Centre Job Vacancy
FerryTales - Lenny Duck & the
The Russcraft 7 - Pegasus III
Local Contact Guide
January 2011 Calendar
a full version (A4 size) of this months calendar, ready for
printing, just click on the
You can contact
Gwyn Perkins by email at email@example.com
file is quite large and in PDF format. To view PDF
will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer.
download Acrobat Reader please click here
Scotland Island Children's
for Director and Childcare Worker
The Elvina, the
Falcon, and Driver Lenny Duck
the Community Centre and fire brigade, before electricity connection
and Tarrangua, before Eastern and Bell Wharves, and even before the
Sydney Harbour Bridge… there was the Elvina. Our old girl is
approaching 100 years. She has much to celebrate. The Elvina is the
longest serving passenger ferry in NSW and her story is rich.
Goddard’s granddad built the Elvina in 1911 at Palm Beach. She was
for the Port Jackson and Manly Steamship Company, and originally named
the “Falcon.” She has been plying the waters of Pittwater ever since.
Church Point Ferry service began in 1924. One of the first drivers was
a demobbed Norwegian seaman, Einar Holst Fredriksen, AKA Fred. But
motor forward a couple of decades. It’s World War II. All dinghies,
skiffs and yachts were to serve the war effort. The Elvina (then
Falcon) played her part moving troops to the gun emplacements on West
Head, not to mention most people around Pittwater.
December 1951 to be precise, E.H. Caldwell of Church Point purchased
the Falcon. Her moniker was soon the Elvina, named after Pittwater’s
Elvina Bay, serviced by the Church Point Ferry Service.
known of the ferry drivers was Mr. Lenny Duck. Lenny was a lived
locally, driving the ferry prior to the existence of water taxis. He
was himself a taxi of sorts. Early flights, medical emergencies, out of
hours issues, Lenny could be enticed out of bed to help.
there were the regular after-hours runs. Tanya Mottl worked at a
Newport restaurant. After work Lenny picked her up – as long as she
brought him a dessert or two.
Margaret Molloy remembers Lenny
delivering mail and taking the Molloy family back to Church Point after
the last ferry. He thought they were having such a good time he
couldn’t possibly take them away before dark.
about the Elvina, it’s only right to linger long on driver Lenny Duck.
He loved the old girl, and to this day the Elvina is moored outside the
house where he lived. When Lenny decided to retire, the Elvina was
brought out for his last shift.
Lynne and Michael Clay, long
time resident of Elvina Bay, wrote an ode to the man, which she has
kindly allowed us to use. It too is part of the Elvina’s 100-year
rain, hail, lightning, sunshine, bushfire smoke, moorings too close
southerly busters, howling nor-Easters, hot summer nor’ westers that
sear the inside of your nostrils and threaten bushfires with every
gust, to the bitterly cold winter westerlies that dry out your lips and
hands till they split…. The weeks of rain where you got soaked tying up
the ferry and collecting fares -
to a very special man – a man who wore shorts right through winter, and
to days when there weren’t any outboard motors of tinnies, no
electricity, a monthly garbage service, when we all tied our putt putts
to Church Point Wharf and parked our cars between the Pasadena and the
Blacklers boatshed (now the mini- market)
To the sounds
of the World War II air raid siren at the old Fire shed… which
still make the hair stand up on the back of my neck!
do you remember Denis Ryan playing the double bass and the bagpipes as
he travelled around the bays on the back of the ferries? Or when the
Elvina had no wheel-house and you had to drive with the front window
down because the spray on the window made it hard to see - needless to
say you and the passengers got wet, but never a complaint -
have seen all these things and more. Here’s to the Beaver, Wagstaff,
Church Point, Curlew, and Elvina and here’s to you. Our heartfelt
thanks for being such a thoughtful considerate and helpful friend over
the thirty plus years we have known you."
at Mona Vale Library
Mona Vale Library has a number of events taking place in January that
will suit both children and adults.
Manager Cathy Howie said that one of the highlights would be craft
workshops that are suitable for both primary-aged and older children.
“The workshops focus on making ‘softies’ that are the latest rage in
stuffed toys,” said Ms Howie.
“Softies have been described as handmade and unique and only limited by
one’s imagination,” Ms Howie said.
Details of the workshops are as follows:
rabbit – Learn how to create a funny bunny
19 January 2011
Ages 8 – 12 years
9am – 11.30am
Sampler Cat –
This quirky cat teaches sewing techniques used in softie making
20 January 2011
Ages 12 – 18 years
9am – noon
The workshops are $10 and are limited to 10 participants; bookings are
essential on 9970 1600.
include a morning snack, but participants are asked to bring a drink.
Children involved in the Sampler Cat workshop can also bring any
colourful ribbons or favourite buttons that they may wish to use on
Another highlight of summer activities at the library is a photo
competition for children under 18 years of age.
The library is looking for images of unusual or interesting mailboxes.
Local Studies Librarian Sarah Thompson said that the photographs
entered would be added to the
library’s local history collection. “A selection of the photos will be
displayed in the library as part of
a collage,” she said.
Ms Thomson said each photograph submitted would be entered into a prize
Entry forms will be available at www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/library from
1 January 2011.
activities over January at the library include a free photographic
exhibition to celebrate the National Heritage Festival called The Home
Front: Life in Pittwater during World War Two.
showing photographs of everyday life in Pittwater during the war will
include anecdotes and oral history excerpts.
The exhibition runs from Wednesday 5 January to Monday 31 January 2011.
Sarah Thompson, Mona Vale Library Ph: 9970 1607
Council adopts Great Mackerel Beach
At its meeting this week Pittwater Council adopted the Great Mackerel
Beach Floodplain Risk Management Plan.
Harvey Rose said the Great Mackerel Plan was the first in a number of
flood risk management projects that Council was reviewing. Others
include Mona Vale/ Bayview, Nareen Creek at North Narrabeen and
“The primary aim of these plans is to reduce
risk to people and property in Pittwater and ensure that future
development takes into account any flood risk,” he said.
the flood plan for Great Mackerel Beach was a priority, given flooding
has occurred there on a number of occasions, causing property damage
and potential risk to life,” added Cr Rose.
Cr Rose said that
there were a number of issues raised by residents during the
consultation period which included a community information day held
earlier this year.
These included investigating:
issues that form part of the plan include: preparing a policy to
establish future management of the entrance to the lagoon;
investigating a voluntary house-raising program; improving flood
warning and preparing an emergency response plan with the State
- local drainage problems after heavy rainfall
through the preparation of a local drainage strategy
- the relocation of the Telstra cable on the
bridge crossing of Great Mackerel Creek
- the possible relocation of the Rural Fire
Service shed which is prone to frequent flooding.
Cr Rose said that while flooding is nothing
new for Pittwater, climate change could mean that local floods will be
higher and more prolonged in the future. “This in turn may impact on
The Council’s review of its flood plans takes
into account benchmarks set by the state government’s Sea Level Rise
Policy that was adopted last year.
The policy assumes a sea level rise of 0.4 metres by 2050 and 0.9
metres by 2100 along the NSW
To view the Great Mackerel Beach Floodplain Risk Plan
Jennifer Pang, Ph: 9970 1209
Celebrate World Wetlands Day
Council is organising a free twilight walk in the Warriewood Wetlands
to celebrate World Wetlands Day on Friday 4 February 2011.
Environment & Education Manager Mark Beharrell said the
walk led by a Coastal Environment Centre educator forms part of the
Sustainable Living in Pittwater Program.
“The walk will give residents the chance to explore the largest
remaining sand plain wetland in northern Sydney, “ he said.
is an abundance of bird life in the Warriewood Wetlands which contains
several endangered ecological communities which includes the swamp
mahogany forest,” said Mr Beharrell.
“The walk takes in the
wetland boardwalk and shows some of the design features used in
managing water quality and restoring habitat near new housing
developments in the valley,” he said.
Mr Beharrell said the walk would provide a memorable opportunity to
learn about wetlands and the creatures that live in them.
He said families and accompanying children are welcome on the walk,
which will meet at Katoa Close, Warriewood at 6pm.
Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes, bring a rain
jacket and wear insect repellent.
Book online at www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/cec or call 1300 000 CEC (232)
Media contact: Sharon Kinnison, CEC
Mobile: 0438 719 764
Life in Pittwater during World War II
before seen images from World War II and anecdotes from those who lived
through it are a highlight of Mona Vale Library’s latest exhibition.
Amazing Stories is on display at the library until 31 January to
celebrate The National Trust’s Heritage Festival for 2011.
Manager Cathy Howie said the photographic display which includes
anecdotes and oral history excerpts brings together the memories of
Pittwater residents who lived through World War II.
“These residents lived through rationing and the ever-present threat of
a Japanese invasion,” she said.
memories shared as part of the exhibition include the presence of
barbed wire on our beaches as well as recalling the servicemen and
women stationed in the Pittwater area.
Ms Howie said the images show the fortitude and resourcefulness of
Pittwater residents during World War II.
Mona Vale Library is located at 1 Park Street Mona Vale.
Media contact: Sarah Thomson, Mona Vale
Library Ph: 9970 1607
A day yacht Down
by John D.
is a spacious natural harbor situated about three hours’ sail north of
Sydney, Australia. The eastern shore is crowded with houses, yacht
clubs, and marinas. Half a mile across the water, the western side rims
the vast Kuringai National Park. This is untouched wilderness, save for
a half-dozen tiny communities dotting the water’s edge. At the
southern end of Pittwater lies Scotland Island, home to a thousand
souls. The only way to get to these places is by water. So, those who
choose to live there generally have an uncommon love of boats.
Roberts has lived on Scotland Island for 15 years. He’s sailed and
built boats all his life, includ- ing canoes, rowing sculls, sailing
dinghies, and his outboard-powered commuter boat. All of his boats are
made of wood. Once a week Greg has been crewing aboard a Jubilee-class
sloop in an informal ’round-the- buoys series. The Jubilees are 18'
open centerboarders designed in 1935 as one-design racers. They’re
lovable, but no match for modern boats. While Greg has enjoyed the
Jubilees, at about the beginning of the new millennium he began to
ponder the idea of building a day- sailer of his own—something like a
Jubilee, only much faster, with more room and “something where I
wouldn’t get my head knocked off every time we go about.”.......
You can read the rest of this fascinating
pre-production article about the making
of the Pegasus III by downloading the PDF file here - The Russcraft 7.
Also photos of launching day of Pegasus III can be viewed at the
Offshore Gallery - go to this link - http://picasaweb.google.com/offshoregallery/PegasusIIILaunch2009#
join Tuesday evening sailing
Contact Phillippa Thomas............0407 244 677
to swap late May/Early June a beautiful Georgian home in Perthshire,
right in the heart of Scotland, UK. My folks are looking for a 4-5 week
swap (including car) for a house on the Island or Bays (including boat!)
need a place with at least 3 bedrooms and ideally 2 bathrooms. The
house in Scotland is newly renovated (3 beds/2 bath), central and well
appointed. Only 45 min from Edinburgh or an hour from Glasgow
the house is well situated to explore Scotland. Perthshire is also the
gateway to the Scottish Highlands and has a many quality local food and
If anyone is interested please ph or email Col on 0412 294 216 /
Island Residents Association
(SIRA) Membership Application - click
here to download
|West Pittwater Community
Association (WPCA) - http://www.wpca.org.au
SI Emergency Water Contacts and Guidelines for water: click
here for information and contacts
Scotland Island 'Water Agreement' - click
here to download
Island Children's Centre - (SIOCS - Scotland Island
& Offshore Childrens Services)
Catherine Park (Long Day Care Service) 8.30am - 4.30pm (Tues,
Weds & Thurs)
Playgroup @ Children's Centre every Monday, 10.00am - 12 midday
Other services include: School Holiday Programme / Facility &
For information call 02 9979 7856 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Island Community Hall
Bookings: Kez on 9999 4092 or email@example.com
Services, Clubs &
Dance, Art etc)
Meditation and Group Fitness with Patrice - 0406
483 036 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Thursdays - 0421762236 email@example.com
with Max - Watercolour classes. Phone Max on 9997 4527
|Art Classes- drawing
and painting in oils, acrylics and mixed media- Marion 9979 3993 or
0431 457 431
/ The Forth Way - Call John on 9979 5584, Marion on 9979
3993 or Anne on 9999 3478
Group For Catherine Park - Run by SIOCS - Emmie Collins
on 0405 330 781
|WOW - Women on Water
- second Wednesday of the month - contact Nila on 9999 2445
& Kids Groups Playgroup - Run by SIOCS
- email Emma firstname.lastname@example.org
|Scotland Island Players
- contact Bob or Kez on 9999 4092
|Catherine Park Bush Care Group,
2nd Sunday @ 9.30am, Sharon Kinnison @ 9997 6017
|Elizabeth Park Bush Care Group,
1st Saturday @ 9 am, Bob Bolton @ 9999 4092
Thinking Group - Roy
Baker, 9999 6891, email@example.com
Buses and Railways
Moon phases, Sun rise & set
weather for Sydney (128k circle)
|ALL EMERGENCIES (Police - Fire - Ambulance)
Assistance Line & Information
1444 or 9281 0000
Bay Water Police
7899 or 0412 162 093
Island Rural Fire Brigade
Fire Service General Information 9265 2999
Fire Service General information
Emergency Service, Warringah/Pittwater SES
Parks & Wildlife Service: 000, general information
of Community Services: general information
388, (ah) 131 909
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