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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackeral Beach
August 12, 2011
Notices for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia

Please move your kayaks, boats etc

Pittwater 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 foreshore and Council has requested that residents with boats, kayaks, etc. along the seawall and grass verge relocate them during the period of construction.

Cass Gye
02 9979 5853
0418 220 107
P O Box 52
Church Point  2105

Curlew Back !CPFS
Dear Residents,

Now 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 engines installed.
This should take about three weeks, so the Curlew will be working Monday to Friday for that time.

These 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.

We 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 Vet's View

For 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.

Ray 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., 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 Pittwater.

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
Luvya Ray

Pittwater YHA Open Day
4th September 2011
BBQ, Lunch Music etc
Includes free ferry trip @12.30pm

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Pittwater YHA, Flora Fauna Photo Weekend
2 to 4th September 2011

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