Sunken boats update..
Sadly there now appears to be a significant amount of evidence which
suggests that a resident was, at least partly, responsible for the
sinking of boats at Carols wharf on Saturday night the 23rd of October.
A party hosted that night, “somewhere” between Carols and Bells wharf
resulted in a number of incidents which suggest that guests from that
party were responsible for the sinking of our boats.
The disappointing thing is that the host of that party has not co
operated with the water police or come forward to offer assistance.
Even more depressing is the fact that people in our community know
exactly what happened and refuse to say anything.
I would implore that host to please approach me, or the Water Police,
so that the culprits directly responsible can be dealt with. Attempting
to protect them or deliberately hindering a police
investigation is an offence.
Ignoring the issue and leaving your neighbours with a damage bill of
thousands of dollars is not just offensive – it is morally
If anyone would like to approach me to discuss this matter I can be
contacted on 0433 839 118.
New Performance Centre for Pittwater
Did you donate a
There will be an official opening of this building in early 2011. The
building concept arose in 2002 and many parents responded to the
invitation to donate a "brick" for $100 to go towards this building.
Some of the school's past records are incomplete and they are trying to
track down an accurate list of all brick donors.
If you, or any person you know donated a brick, could you please
contact the school on 9999 4035.
Flashing warning signs at roadkill
29 Oct 10
by Brenton Cherry
MEASURES have finally been put in place to address the northern
beaches’ appalling wildlife roadkill toll.
this week the RTA installed four flashing warning signs at known
roadkill hotspots following a sustained campaign from local residents
sick of seeing native fauna strewn across our roads.
have been positioned on Mona Vale Rd at the intersection of Kimbriki
Rd, Ingleside, two on McCarrs Creek Rd and another at the top of Powder
Works Rd, Elanora.
WIRES rescuer Mandy Beaumont, who is
regularly called out to collect dead wildlife, saw the signs in action
on Wednesday night and said they were a spectacular sight.
“It looked like people were actually slowing down and checking their
speedos when they saw the signs,” she said.
not the solution, we still want more wallaby-proof fencing, but at
least it is a start. People may now stop, think and be aware that there
are animals crossing the road.”
Jacqui Marlow, from the Northern Beaches Roadkill Prevention group,
said she was delighted that the RTA had listened to them.
“But we are not stopping there, more wallaby-proof fences are a must,”
Home Hansard & Papers Legislative Assembly 22 September 2010
Electorate Native Animal Roadkill Prevention
Stokes Mr Rob
Private Members Statements, PRIV
ELECTORATE NATIVE ANIMAL ROADKILL PREVENTION
Mr ROB STOKES
(Pittwater) [6.36 p.m.]:
Tonight I raise an issue of real importance in my community of
Pittwater, which is enormously fortunate to be surrounded by
spectacular national parks, native bushland and iconic Australian
wildlife. From the Garigal National Park in the south to the
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park in the north, Australia's native flora
and fauna constitute one of the most defining categoristics of the
Pittwater community. While our natural environment is a treasured part
and a unique defining element of our local surrounds, we face the
frightening reality that some of our most iconic native wildlife may
soon be lost forever.
Early last week I had the pleasure of
chairing an enormously well-attended meeting of the Northern Beaches
Roadkill Prevention Committee, an outstanding group of volunteers
dedicated towards reducing the tragic number of native wildlife injured
and killed on our local roads. This group was formed in 2005 to raise
awareness and to seek better funding for this increasingly important
issue, and it has since worked tirelessly to achieve important
outcomes. That group worked in the media, in academia, presented papers
and posters, refereed conferences and has done hard research work to
demonstrate this is a real problem and that with intervention we can
mitigate the worst excesses of that problem.
One of its most
notable achievements has been the construction of a wallaby exclusion
fence along the Wakehurst Parkway, a highly successful venture on one
of the northern beaches most notorious arterial roads, which has seen
the death of scores of wallabies, including bettongs and sugar-gliders.
Indeed, I have seen an echidna walking across the Wakehurst Parkway.
Fortunately he got to the other side of the road but unfortunately many
do not. While this initiative is certainly a step in the right
direction, the reality remains that with hundreds of kilometres of
bushland surrounding roadway in Pittwater, much more needs to be done
to prevent the very real risk that our local population of native
wildlife will continue to decline. Whilst the measures in force along
the Wakehurst Parkway have so far been successful, other notorious
roads within Pittwater such as McCarrs Creek Road, have witnessed more
than 30 reported deaths of wallabies over the past year alone. This is
a tragedy that we as a society can no longer afford to continue because
the death of even one female wallaby is enormously significant because
of its cumulative impact on the viability of the local population. If
left unchecked inevitably it will lead to the extinction of the local
population, which effectively is marooned by the Sydney-Newcastle
There is no hiding from this issue. Anyone who has
driven along Pittwater's bush-surrounded roads, including McCarrs Creek
Road, the Wakehurst Parkway, Mona Vale Road, West Head Road and many
others, are well aware not only of the beauty that exists but also of
the dangers that exist to wildlife, motorists and their passengers.
What has become increasingly clear in recent times is that despite the
fantastic efforts of local volunteers, including Jacqui Marlow,
President of the Northern Beaches Roadkill Prevention Committee,
committee members like Eira Battaglia, Neva Poole, Niamh Kenny and many
others—too many to mention this evening but others such as Sydney
Wildlife, people like Mandy Beaumont from WIRES, assisted by local
veterinarians such as Gail Carey from Elanora Heights Veterinary
Clinic, who I met the other day—we need greater government awareness
and contribution, which is imperative, in order to see real
All ideas, policies and suggestions require
funding. Whilst the Government has been supportive in commissioning
studies, inquiries and reviews on this issue, the time has come for it
to start initiating some real action. Anyone who has seen the terrible
carnage on our roads knows that no amount of reviews or inquiries will
change the situation that exists. Instead, what is required now is the
prompt release of adequate funding and the continued commitment of the
New South Wales Government. I acknowledge the ongoing support and
interest of the Roads and Traffic Authority, especially its regional
representatives, and the Minister for Roads on this matter. I urge them
to now be forthcoming with the rollout of initiatives and preventive
measures to help ensure that our roads are safe and our native wildlife
is protected. Although we are not talking about enormous amounts of
money, the outcomes and benefits certainly are enormous. Warning signs
and wire fencing, whilst not major infrastructure—even putting culverts
under roads—will improve road safety, potentially save lives and assist
in the preservation of our native wildlife. They have just as much
right to be in our community as any living thing.
not think much about seeing a single native wallaby lying dead on the
side of the road, but that would change rapidly if the wallaby were to
crash through their windscreen and cause an accident, or if the tragic
situation was reached where the local population of wallabies
completely ceased to exist. Members may think I am being alarmist. I
remember seeing koalas in the area. When I was a young bloke I was very
lucky to be able to see koalas in Avalon. My kids, unfortunately, will
not get to see them because that population of koalas is now extinct. I
would hate to see the same thing happen to wallabies. This is a
situation where a failure to act will be viewed as a real pity and a
real failure. I certainly encourage the Government to act on this
Lost blue iPod
Lost on Thursday November 4th November between Yamba and Bells
Wharf. Treasured 9th birthday present. If you picked it up
off the road late in the afternoon last week could you please contact
Lisa on 9999 3832 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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