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- February 2007 -
Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia Volume 9, Issue 211 February 2007
Earlier this month the Land and Environment Court ruled in favour of the redevelopment of the Pasadena site at Church Point. You may be aware that there has been a concerted community push to have this development stopped. Thousands of 'person' hours were expended and, on this occasion, the community lost. Now it is time to move on, accept the decision and attempt to take advantage of what appears to be a loss. All our efforts must now be focused on the vexatious car park issue. A new Pasadena will mean a lot more visitors and a lot more visitors means less spots for you and I.
The Oliver family (of which there became many) were pioneers of Pittwater when the aborigines inhabited the sprawling slopes of Kuringai Chase. It was related that the matriarch, Mrs.Oliver, would sit at Church Point telling stories to her many children with a loaded musket at her side to scare away marauding natives. These had earlier looted a whole paddock of potatoes and frightened her children with fierce and threatening behaviour. Her husband, William, had developed his farm on the neck of the peninsula between Lovett and Elvina Bays which was later called Flood’s Peninsula.
We have previously touched on the fact that William’s young son, Frederick, tragically died as a result of a fall from his horse and was buried in a lonely grave about 100 metres from the old Oliver homestead beside the track to Linda Falls. William died at the North Shore Hotel at Circular Quay in 1882 and was buried in the churchyard at Church Point. Later the same year one of his sons, Thomas Albert, married Martha Shaw under a tree somewhere between Bayview and Church Point. Martha then contributed to the dynasty by bearing Thomas 11 children!
Martha’s father, Joseph, and mother, Susan, came from West Riding in Yorkshire, arriving in Sydney in 1834. Joseph became a shell digger, a shoemaker and, finally, a farmer in Broken Bay. Martha, who was born in 1852, was christened at The Basin, Pittwater, by the chaplain of the visiting Royal Navy frigate H.M.S Juno which was under the command of Captain S.G. Freemantle. The ship then left to visit Pitcairn Island to attempt to move the truculent inhabitants to Norfolk Island and was later engaged in survey work on the Australian and New Zealand coasts.
It may be of interest to all residents, that as of now, Pittwater Council will be booking any cars that are parked behind a car in the section between Commuter wharf & Cargo Wharf at Church Point. For a number of years now residents have been able to park their own 2 vehicles together, the council have informed me this is obstruction & all vehicles will be booked daily. I can only say I have been very lucky to date.
Contributed by a concerned resident
Island Poetry -contributed by Geoff Bullock
Mint Julep recipe
The Scotland Island Players
Pittwater Tangler Bin Launch
The new Church Point Plan of Management has been released by council - this is a must read, particularly if you use Church Point for parking, as a bus stop or for any other reason. SIRA are working closely with council to ensure the best possible result for al offshore residents. You are strongly recommended to read it as soon as possible.. Click here to access the document from council. (in pdf format)
Just for the record, on Tuesday 23rd January,
blessed with fine weather. we had a very successful pump out operation. Palm
Beach Barges provided the transport & Able Liquid Waste used two tankers to
complete the "fun part" !3 of us got together and that kept the 10.5 hrs of
barge time down to $156.00/household + $500 for Septics & $600 for Envirocycle
I wonder if you can help me with my query.
The annual Woody Point Putt Putt Regatta was the usual great success with a huge crowd of offshore boaties enjoying themselves on this splendid January day. Many 'gentlemen' turned up in their launches, some accompanied by their ladies :)
The day before had been a terror, with strong Southerlies and dark clouds; but this fine Sunday was a day to remember.
Congratulations to Camille and Giles on their great Christmas present - the birth of baby Cleo. A beautiful baby sister for Sabine.
The Pittwater Cookery Book:
Due an overwhelming response a reprint has been done and a limited number of copies are still available from Rosemary at Scotland Island Lodge (Tel 9979 3301 or email email@example.com or from Adrian & Jane on 9979 2158 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. This will be your very last opportunity to lay your hands on the most perfect gift for friends and family.
Over 600 copies of the local Anthology Water Access Only sold out over Christmas however because many people are still asking for books a second print run is possible later this year if enough orders are received.
Please e-mail Juliette at Pittwater Trading On-Line: email@example.com with your order and phone number if you would like to be added to the waiting list. 200 orders are required before printing can occur.
All General merchandise, Cars boats and trucks and Not for Profit announcements are advertised FREE at Pittwater Trading On-Line. http://www.pitwatertradingonline.com.au
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