CATHERINE PARK SEAWALL WORKS
Please move your
kayaks, boats etc
Council will commence replacement of the seawall at Catherine Park w/b
Monday, August 15. It is anticipated that this work will take
between 3 to 6 weeks.
The contractor carrying out this work requires clear access to the
and Council has requested that residents with boats, kayaks, etc. along
the seawall and grass verge relocate them during the period of
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Curlew Back !
that we have all farewelled the Curlew, thanks to the marvelous and
talented artists from the Gone Fishing Gallery, she is back!
The Amelia K will be coming out of service to have 2 John Deere marine
This should take about three weeks, so the Curlew will be working
Monday to Friday for that time.
diesel engines will be replacing very old Mazda engine, which had been
rebuilt many times. The John Deere’s for those that are interested have
a long stroke, and are slower revving than the mazdas. They will have
more power, which means that the peak torque will be developed at a low
rpm giving excellent fuel economy. They are a quiet and smooth engine,
and should make the Amelia K a more pleasant boat to drive and ride.
The boat will
also be re-wired, removing the many false alarms the drivers have been
battling with for many years.
hope that this will give you the opportunity to say “Goodbye” to the
Curlew, but rest assured, we will not let her go without offering a
Last Ride !
Penny and Simon
Letter to the Editor
Rebuttal of a
a bloke who I'm sure knows a lot about animal health, I'm afraid Ray
knows little about ecology, i.e. the way a healthy native bushland is
in balance. (when not disturbed by the human greed of saving on
firewood delivery costs)
The article he refers to asks people not to
remove firewood from Elizabeth Park and other bushland reserves. This
is essential if you want the Spotted Gum Veg. Community, (Listed as
"Threatened" by the NSW Scientific Committee), here for maybe
100,000yrs, to still be here for your grandchildren to enjoy.
suggests it is appropriate to remove certain materials from parks and
not others. e.g. Whiteants. No...I don't want them in my HOUSE, but
haven't you ever seen a Kookaburra digging into a nest? Remove
Whiteants and you remove their food...i.e. you kill them or their
young. It's that simple.
Yes all dogs, cats and chooks need to be
kept out of parks, and their food bowls and compost bins that keep our
rat population breeding need to be well managed, but there ARE native
terrestrial animals in Elizabeth Park. I ask all residents to consult a
reference book so as to recognise a Buff Banded Rail. This mostly
ground-dwelling bird has been resident in Elizabeth Park for just a
couple of years. I have observed groups of these birds in the sandunes
behind Mona Vale Beach, but I'm as uncertain of how they might get here
as I am certain of their current presence.
The current regime of
occasionally conducting an "area burn" as a hazard reduction exercise
also attempts, as best we can, to mimic the natural ecosystem. Before
settlement, lightning strikes would regularly but randomly deliver
'wildfires' across the Australian countryside. As our cities now are a
string of million dollar mansions, we can obviously no longer allow
wildfires to destroy areas, as they would destroy our homes. We then
mimic the natural system by burning limited areas, as hot as is
possible to manage, at intervals appropriate to the local veg.
community. (e.g. spotted gum 10 - 30yrs, coastal heath 5 - 10yrs, etc.,
Yes native animals die in the fire, but if the area is
limited, as in a controlled burn, some can escape to surrounding areas,
to return after the fire. (as would happen in a wildfire where small
areas would remain unburnt)
I hope to suggest here that people much
more skilled in ecology and bushland management than myself pay close
attention to various micro-issues across this subject. They know their
stuff and should be listened to by anyone wishing to ensure the
long-term survival of Elizabeth Park and other bushland reserves in
If it's all about making your life easy and saving dollars on firewood,
sharpen the chainsaw.
Brad Jones, Big Picture Bush Regeneration, resident 22yrs,
bush regenerator 17yrs
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