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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackeral Beach
January 15, 2010
Notices for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia

Marine Rescue NSW’s two-in-one course
Marine Rescue NSW’s two-in-one course for local boat owners at Pittwater this weekend:
  • A boat licence course on Saturday will be held at the Pittwater Aquatic Club in The Esplanade at Mona Vale on Saturday from 9am.
  • A practical boating course on Sunday that meets the supervision requirements of boating logbooks at the Marina Rescue base at Rowland Reserve from 8am
To book, call 9451 0525, 0418 640 310 or 0418 966 074

It is recommended to read the NSW Maritime publication Boating Handbook prior to attendance of the courses.

Position Vacant
Scotland Island Children’s Centre is looking for Casual Child Care workers
We would love for you to join our dedicated team if you:
  •    Love working with children in an attentive, playful and supportive way.
  •    Are confident in working with groups of children.
  •    Enjoy working as part of a team.
  •    Have excellent communication skills.
Small centre catering for children age 2 to 6 years
Open Tuesday to Thursday
Please contact Rowena on 02 9986 0401

Local Council Notices
Pittwater's Australia Day Activities
Now in its 22nd year. Pittwater’s annual Australia Day Breakfast on the Beach will be held at Bert Payne Reserve at Newport Beach on Tuesday 26 January 2010.

Celebrations will get underway from 7am, with local service clubs preparing hot breakfasts and drinks for revellers through till 10.30am. There will also be plenty of activities during the morning, including thong-throwing contests, a jumping castle, treasure hunts and face-painting.

Australia Day Ambassador and CEO of the Smith Family Elaine Henry OAM will present Pittwater’s Australia Day awards during a citizenship ceremony starting at 8am, which will be held upstairs in Newport Life Saving Club.

Federal Member for Mackellar the Hon. Bronwyn Bishop and Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes MP are guests of honour at the citizenship ceremony, along with Pittwater Councillors. Close to 50 new citizens from 16 countries will make their pledge of loyalty to Australia during the ceremony.

Mayor Harvey Rose said Australia Day was a time to reflect on the birth of the nation and the efforts of those who have shaped Australia as a country. “We should also remember the first Australians in Pittwater - the Guringai people – whose culture is still evident in the local area” he said 

The Mayor paid tribute to the local Rotary, Lions and Zonta service clubs and the Rural Fire Service and SES for their organisation of Pittwater’s Australia Day activities. St John’s Ambulance volunteers and representatives from the police will also be present on the day.

“The Breakfast on the Beach has been an annual event since 1988, thanks to these local volunteer groups.”

Entertainment at this year’s Australia Day at Newport Beach will be provided by the Snake Gully Bush Band and young Avalon performer and star of last year’s School Spectacular, Charlie Westhoff.  Griego the Great Magician will also keep the crowd entertained with roving magic tricks from 8am. 

Hot breakfasts of bacon or sausage and egg rolls and pancakes are $4 a serve, with lamingtons, fairy floss and hot and cold drinks also on sale.  All funds raised on the day will benefit local service clubs and volunteer emergency services.

Following the Breakfast on the Beach, the Royal Motor Yacht Club will host the Annual Australia Day Parade of Sail. Local boat owners interested in participating should register with the Royal Motor Yacht Club on 9997 5511. 

For more information about Pittwater’s Australia Day celebrations visit www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au or www.australiaday.com.au 

Media contact: Community Relations, Pittwater Council Ph: 9970 1119 or 9970 1172

Tiny Insects Wage War on Aquatic Weed in Pittwater
Pittwater Council is enlisting the help of a tiny beetle in its fight against the spread of Salvinia molesta, a noxious aquatic weed.

Salvinia molesta is one of the world’s worst aquatic weeds, first introduced to Australia from Brazil in the 1950s. It is highly invasive and found in temperate and tropical Australia. In Pittwater it is widespread in the Warriewood Wetlands and some dams on private properties.

The weed reduces light and oxygen entering the water, creating unfavourable conditions for aquatic life with waterways becoming smelly and unpleasant. The weed is spread by its use in ornamental ponds and aquariums and can also be spread by boats & vehicles. It is a listed noxious weed in NSW and as such banned from sale across the state.

The salvinia weevil (Cyrtobagous salviniae) was first imported from Brazil in 1980 by the CSIRO and tested under laboratory conditions as a method of controlling the salvinia weed, while not affecting native flora and fauna or agricultural crops.

Since then the Salvinia weevil has been used successfully to control salvinia weed in Queensland, the Northern Territory and New South Wales, most recently on the Hawkesbury River near Windsor.

With the support of the NSW Industry & Investment’s weevil breeding program, the Council this week released 1000 of the tiny salvinia weevils into the Warriewood wetlands. 

Mark Beharrell from the Council’s Catchment Management & Climate Control unit said the weevil made the salvinia weed easier for field staff and volunteers to manage.

“The weevil doesn’t eradicate the weed but makes it easier to manage when used with other methods such as physical removal or treatment with herbicide,” he said.

Mr Beharrell said the salvinia weed was particularly difficult to control in the Warriewood wetlands, due to difficult access, the sensitivity of the environment which prevented pesticide use and the size of weed infestation.

“This is why the weevil is a good alternative way of reducing the weed,” he said.

Pittwater Council’s salvinia weevil control program will run for up to four years, with local Bushcare volunteers assisting with monthly monitoring of the weevil population. 

Media contact:    Lavinia Schofield, Pittwater Council Ph: 9970 1365    

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