Woody Point AGM - Lovett Bay Boatshed
Saturday 9 April
CURRAWONG SALE FINALISED
Council today announced that the sale of Currawong to the NSW
Government had been finalised today, Friday 8 April.
With the finalisation of the sale, an historic agreement between the
Council and the government to create a new state park is confirmed.
Mayor Harvey Rose said that six months of bipartisan negotiations
between the government and the Council will result in Currawong and
other key reserves forming Pittwater State Park.
Mayor Rose hailed the sale of Currawong as ‘a great day for the people
of Pittwater and New South Wales.’
Mackerel Beach Reserve which adjoins Currawong, Pittwater Park at Palm
Beach and its ferry wharf, Governor Phillip Park at Palm Beach,
Barrenjoey Beach, North Palm Beach and McKay Reserve will also become
part of the Pittwater State Park.
As part of the agreement, the state government will take control of
three Council-owned sites. Mackerel Beach and McKay Reserves will form
part of the new Pittwater State Park. A third site at 69A Beaconsfield
Street Newport, currently jointly owned by the NSW Government and the
Council, will become Crown land.
Mayor Rose paid tribute to NSW Crown Lands for its efforts in
concluding the sale. He also acknowledged the contribution of the
Friends of Currawong and local member Rob Stokes MP.
“They have consistently kept Currawong in the public eye and led the
fight tirelessly against over-development of the site,” he said.
The operation of Pittwater State Park will follow that of similar state
parks owned by the Crown across New South Wales through Crown Lands.
State parks provide camping and caravan sites, bungalows and cabins,
plus a range of recreational activities such as picnicking,
bushwalking, swimming and watersports, cycling and fishing.
Mayor Rose said that the existing conference centre at Currawong, known
as the Tuta building, could provide the opportunity for environmental
and other types of education at the site.
The Mayor said it would be likely that Pittwater Council will have
responsibility for the day-to-day management of the site, while the NSW
Government would be the land owner.
The operations of Pittwater State Park will be overseen by a board of
trustees, comprising NSW Government and Pittwater Council
representatives, representatives from the community and an independent
Mayor Rose said that any future use of Currawong will be determined in
close consultation with the community.
“It is envisaged that Currawong will be improved with eco-tourism,
recreational, environmental education and heritage benefits for the
Mayor Harvey Rose: 9970 1104
General Manager Mark Ferguson, 9970 1105
8 April 2011
Green Ticket Success
Point Ferry Service
17 tonnes of
greenhouse gas emissions offset
The new 13-trip Green Ticket has surpassed our standard yellow
multi-ticket! In the first quarter, 62% of regular full fare commuters
paid an extra $1 ($60) to help us offset fuel emissions. That extra
dollar means they not only helped the ferry service be an
environmentally friendlier business, they also reduced their own
footprint on the Planet.
How we offset –
how much is 17 tonnes?
In the first quarter alone we have offset 17 tonnes of greenhouse gas
with certified carbon credits. This is the equivalent of taking 51 cars
off the road for one month, or at least as many tinnies! Put another
way, it is about 28 return Sydney – Brisbane economy flights.
To ensure proper process, sustainability consultants, Pangolin
Associates, manage our certified carbon credits. We have invested
credits in a wind power project in India to truly make a difference.
Certified carbon credits typically support global renewable energy such
as wind and solar.
In addition to carbon credits, the $1 is making a difference locally. A
small part of the Green Ticket dollar goes into Australian
reforestation. As such, Green Ticket passengers have already planted 17
managed, native trees. These are guaranteed for 30 years.
Green Tickets have been a great success in our community! Many people
who do not use a 13-trip pass have requested a way they can reduce
their ferry footprint. As such donation boxes will be placed on the
ferries for your convenience. If you would like to donate – the
equivalent is 5₵ per one way trip, or 10₵ per return. Any
amount donated will go directly to offset emissions and plant native
The word is we may see her around Pittwater early next week !
Medical Emergencies on Scotland Island
Public Meeting -
Wed 3 May, 7.30pm at SI Fire Station
Scotland Island and Western Shores
Indigenous Interests Group 2011
Friday April 15
The highly acclaimed film Liyarn Ngarn will be shown.
Liyarn Ngarn, in the Yawuru language of the West Kimberly region around
Broome in Australia's far north-west, means "Coming Together of the
Spirit". It epitomizes a 30-year long mission of Indigenous leader and
Yawura man, Patrick Dodson, to bring about a lasting and true
reconciliation between the original owners and the immigrants.
This compelling documentary tells of the devastation and inhumanity
bought upon Indigenous people in every aspect of their daily lives.
Personal stories of injustice are recounted by renowned English actor
Pete Postlethwaite, as told to him by Patrick Dodson and Bill Johnson,
an old English school friend, whose Indigenous son Louis died
Respected songman, Archie Roach, adds his powerful lyrics and voice to
this often painful, yet inspiring, journey of strength.
Liyarn Ngarn aims to change peoples' perception and attitude to
Indigenous people and to assist with the process of true and lasting
reconciliation. It is also offers some kind of meaningful epitaph to
the Indigenous lives lost through sheer inhumanity.
Some comments on the film:
Ngarn had me riveted and moved me to tears, anger and shame. It's the
most culturally significant film I've seen in years ... Pete
Postlethwaite, Archie Roach and Patrick Dodson are superb ... it's an
absolute 'must see' for ALL Australians."
Lightfoot, Film Producer, "Wolf Creek", "Rogue"
Community Hall 7:30 pm
Bring a plate
to share and something to drink
PS National Close the Gap Day was on March 24th, and we have registered
our event as part of the day, but we are holding it a few weeks late
due to various other commitments.
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