We have to blame Shar for the delayed newsletter this month, I am sorry
but her birthday falls way too close to end of the month !
As usual the year has sped by at an alarming rate with far to many
events to recall or summarize here. Enough to say we have had a
dreadful year of losses of some of our dearest offshore friends - a
very sad year in that regard and one that hopefully wont be repeated in
a long long time.
I feel that a couple of people should be mentioned in appreciation of
their efforts. Bill Gye, after goodness knows how many years as
our patient SIRA president has stepped down from that position and
handed the batten on to Judy Readman. I don't think any of us can
really appreciate the work he has put into this position, the countless
hours of meetings and negotiations he has endured in dealing with
issues on our behalf. Thank you Bill for your tireless and
sometimes unappreciated efforts. Also a special thank you to Gwyn
Perkins for always coming up with a brilliant and quirky cartoon every month for our
PON. His portrayal of our daily lives with such wit and insight makes
us all smile and nod and say to ourselves... "yes that's exactly how it
is"... or... "that's so true". Keep up the good work Gwyn.
Also a reminder that as usual we have our icon offshore celebrations
this month - details and times etc will be confirmed later, however we
have the Carols Afloat, Carols @ Carols (maybe Tennis?) and of course
the Island Dog Race on Christmas eve.
Finally a very Happy Christmas to all PON readers and thank you to all
those who have provided assistance and contributions to the newsletters
this last year.
Notice to ALL
Taxi Service over Christmas
SI Fire Brigade Matters
Information Session held at the Pasadena
Local Council Notices
Letter to the
WOW Christmas Lunch
Local Contact Guide
|Notice to all Residents
is the wait list application form for tie-up at the Church Point
Commuter Boat Wharf.
The form can be posted to Pittwater Council, P O Box 882, Mona Vale
1660, handed in at Customer Service in Mona Vale (above the Library) or
scanned and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
The fee of $50 is not required to be paid at this time.
When the annual fee for tie-up at the wharf has been finalised,
invoices will be forwarded to those who have sent in an application,
along with a temporary license agreement which is required to be signed
for a period of 12 months or part thereof.
Should you have any questions please contact:
Reserves & Recreation Officer
Ph: 9970 1353
Boat Tie-up Facilities Wait List Application Form - PDF
Boat Tie-up Facilities Wait List Application For -
Pink Water Taxi
Hours For Christmas and New Years Eve.
0700 hrs. to 1200
(Lunch Break, no Taxis
1500 hrs to 1900 hrs.
(Alex can stay a little
bit later if required, just call him and book in)
New Years Eve
0600 hrs. to 1500 hrs.
1500 hrs. to 0300 hrs.
After midnight service is
available by booking and advance payment only. (Call Alex for enquires)
Alex (0428 238 190)
Brigade - Fire
Our brigade was first formed in 1955. A small group of residents had
met at Bangalla to form a new progress association ( a forerunner to
the present SIRA).
The first priority of the new association was to form a bushfire
The first vehicle for fire fighting was donated by one of the then
weekender residents, a modified old army vehicle with a 44 gallon drum
and pump. A small fireshed was built on the waters edge at Tennis Court
Wharf by the new volunteers (see image).
The present fireshed, moved further back, in its present position, was
built in 1991, and later extended to provide a parking bay for the
larger vehicles we have now.
The crews are now better trained and the equipment is up to date and
technically sophisticated. We have added Community First Response to
our skills to cope with medical emergencies.
We have had 22 firebrigade captains since those early days, the present
captain being Ian White. Each Captain is elected or re-elected each
The brigade structure is;
Fire fighting officers;
Senior Deputy Captain
Deputy Captains (Crew Leaders)
and the administration;
As we are now in the fire season, it is sensible to stay aware of the
risk of bushfire, a very good web page is ‘being firewise’ on the RFS
(or just Google ‘being firewise’).
The brigade members wish you a very happy Christmas and New Year and we
thank you for all the support during the last year. (I know its a bit
early but this is the last newsletter of the year)
(still looking for new active members)
......the painting of the old shed and vehicle is by John Parker, past
David Wardman SIRFB
Offshore Directory 2013 (POD 2013)
is running out to get you advertisement in.....
We are planning a new POD
to be published in Feb 2013.
The new look POD 2013 will be in A5 format and will have a great cover
reflective of our offshore community designed by Gwyn Perkins.
There will be new sections including a historical timeline, restaurants
that we can access by water and a section for those that choose, for
personal mobile numbers and email address.
In respect of the hard financial times advertising costs have been kept
to a minimum, tax invoices will be issued and prices are inclusive of
Artwork should be sent with the attached booking form by Friday 14th
Download Booking Form HERE!
Please support this value local directory which will be distributed to
900 homes in the Pittwater area including Mackerel Beach and Coasters
INFORMATION SESSION -
The Information Session
held at the Pasadena on Friday, October 12,
2012 was well attended both by Offshore and Onshore residents.
The community members present thanked the Town Planner, Greg Boston,
Boston Blyth Fleming, the architectural consultant and the owners for
convening the meeting.
There seems to be a two-stage process. Stage 1, the developers were
seeking some feedback to their preliminary proposals. Stage 2
would occur after a Development Application (DA) has been lodged, when
comments would be invited from all residents but within a framework so
that they can be sensibly collated. Matters that don’t fit can be
listed as “other matters”.
If the framework consists of the Environmental Planning &
Assessment Act, then the comments can be used in submissions responding
to the forthcoming DA. These issues will carry the most weight.
Summary of Issues:
Draft Design Plan:
- Proposed uses
- Reliance on existing use rights
- Parking impact
- Noise Abatement measures
- Restaurant use or Function centre
- Development of jetty for patrons’ water access
- Potential for seaplane activity
- Opening courtyard wall
- ground floor (“fine dining” restaurant or function
- café adjoining Thomas Stevens Reserve and front
- small commercial space for possible IGA or bottle
- first floor: 6 high spec motel style units and a
conference/function room overlooking Thomas Stephens Reserve and front
- top floor: 4 high spec motel style units;
- existing 10 + car spaces on site
- reliance on existing use rights for the new DA.
The issue of parking MUST be addressed, particularly in the evening and
on weekends. The introduction of a license until midnight should
include a provision for valet parking and a shuttle bus (from Mona
Vale) for patrons. With the introduction of a Function Room
additional parking issues need to be addressed. The parking spaces on
the southern boundary may be only sufficient to accommodate guests.
Valet parking would maximise the capacity of the leased carparking area.
The community has inadequate parking availability and the impact of a
fully operational Pasadena must not be forgotten. The Waterfront Café
already has an impact on parking. Under the CPPOM parking spaces have
already been lost and there is the threat of additional incremental
losses, such as behind Holmeport and the proposed “resident only”
parking in Eastview Street.
With the introduction of late night dining and the possibility of live
music being provided, the issue of noise is very, very important.
Noise carries significantly across the water in a wide arc and the
previous owners were obliged to monitor decibel levels throughout the
evening and take abatement measures. The properties nearby will
also be significantly affected. There may also be the impact of
intermittent noise from the use of a sea plane if in operation.
Some of the problems could be reduced in the design and use of
materials. The owners do not want any problems with telephone calls
from annoyed residents.
- intended to be a commercial endeavour and leased
- impacts are quite different for each business
- Function Room may have
the potential to be
available for community use. Owners open to discussion when the
Function Room is not in use for commercial functions;
- Suggestion that Council consider taking out long
term lease of function space that could be used for purposes that
supported their bid for the building's acquisition?
- undertakings for shuttle bus or valet service
by the developers in a DA may be irrelevant if the tenant(s) will be
making the decisions, UNLESS Council can include this as a part of DA
approval to operate facilities;
- set time lunch shuttle on weekends would be the
type of consent condition community could suggest;
- developer indicated space beyond the building
footprint for seating etc., will not be used, but possibly a matter
between the tenant(s) and Council if they apply for outdoor use.
- plan to explore the options of what can be approved
for moorings and jetty for the use of Pasadena patrons
- positive outcome: good restaurant with water
accessibility, occasionally used privately for functions; Cottage Point
Inn and Berowra Waters have small marina/jetty arrangements for
- seating capacity figures are a matter to be
determined when the DA is assessed and approved; design not final so no
indicative numbers as yet.
In the past the Pasadena included several shops. This provided a
real community amenity and perhaps more shops serving the local
community would be desirable. This would possibly reduce demand on
carparking. A bottle shop was mentioned as part of the overall
plan; a small retail/gift shop in the foyer/entry of the restaurant;
- studio/one bedroom self-contained apartments;
- changing the roof structure to solid rather than
lightweight construction (verandahs of the self-contained accommodation
units/ hotel rooms);
- developers alerted to acoustic
Appropriation of Public
- use of Thomas Stephens Reserve as entry space to the
- degree of overlooking to the public park from the
proposed café on ground floor;
- degree of overlooking to public park from the 1st
storey function room;
use of public footpath space to enable transition
to new ground floor level (approx 500mm higher) i.e. putting entry
steps in this already narrow footpath area;
- opening of the west wall to the courtyard on ground
and 1st floor seems reasonable, although there are disadvantages to
some users of the courtyard;
- exactly how/if it alienates public use remains to be
- loss of the ‘blank’ western wall that flanks the
park – some in favour of opening it up, some in favour of retaining
privacy with an unbroken wall.
- ideally a balance that achieves privacy for park
- blank wall provides an edge to the park used to
effect as a ‘proscenium’ for public activities;
- climatic benefit of masonry wall as a sun trap
adjacent to public space in winter;
- wall size is a blank
canvas that the shadow play of trees, etc, enliven the space;
- first and foremost a park;
- current disengagement of commercial activity needs to
be maintained not increased;
- impact of increased hospitality industry activity on
the village square of the local community;
- increased height and lack of current architectural
finesse shown in this early scheme, especially on the McCarrs Creek
- benefit of external access (existing) to the proposed
function room, encourage community use of this space;
- general acceptance of the hotel/conference use
- interest in the commercial IGA-type area, but it is
not an assured end use;
- slight concern over the ubiquitous palm tree as a
- building’s address to public space needs to be in
synch with CPPOM and Precinct 2 consultation;
- query demand to support another bottle shop and cafe
as well as a high spec restaurant?
PLANNING & ASSESSMENT ACT 1979
Matters for consideration
(some paraphrasing applied)
Clause 90 (1) In determining a development application, a consent
authority shall take into consideration such of the following matters
as are of relevance to the development application:
any plan of management adopted under that Act for the conservation area
(b) the impact of that development on the environment
(c) the impact of that development on the landscape or scenic quality
of the locality
(d) the social and economic effect
(e) the character, location, siting, bulk, scale, shape, size, height,
density, design or external appearance
(f) the size and shape of the land, the siting of any building or works
thereon and the area to be occupied…
(g) whether the land is suitable by reason of it being affected by
flooding, tidal inundation…
(h) relationship to adjoining development
(i) whether access to the site is adequate including the movement of
vehicles, loading, etc.
(j) amount of traffic likely to be generated particularly in relation
to capacity of the road system
(k) whether public transport services are necessary
(l) whether utility services are available
(m) adequacy of landscaping & tree/vegetation preservation
(n) any representation made by a Public
(o) existing and likely future amenity of the neighbourhood
(p) any submission made under section 87: ‘Submissions in respect of
DAs for designated Development.”
(q) the circumstances of the case
(r) the public interest
(s) any other prescribed matter (eg Heritage)
When: Saturday 1st
December, 11am to 5pm.
Where: 96 Richard Rd,
Scotland Is. (Just at the top of the road that leads to Cargo Wharf)
Come and have a glass of
wine and a browse! You will be bound to find something you
love. Hope to see you there!!
STEP FOR NEW LOCAL PLANNING SYSTEM
The Council has taken a significant step in rewriting its Local
Environmental Plan for the first time in more than 20 years.
The Local Environmental Plan – or LEP as it’s usually known – is the
guiding document for all development and planning controls in
Pittwater. Since first being prepared in 1993, it has been amended more
than 90 times to take account of legislative changes.
The NSW Government has issued a directive to all NSW councils to
prepare new LEPs for their local areas by next year, in line with
housing and employment targets already set in 2005. Each LEP must
observe standard terms and definitions in a bid to ensure greater
clarity for the public and developers.
Planning Director Steve Evans said the Council endorsed the new draft
LEP at its meeting this week. “This will now be sent to NSW Planning
& Infrastructure for ratification before being placed on public
The Council received a grant of $63,000 from the state government to
prepare the new LEP, on the condition that it is publicly exhibited by
March next year.
Mr Evans said the Council was well ahead in preparing the document for
the public exhibition date.
The main points of the new LEP are:
More clarity in the rezoning of land and the elimination of some
The inclusion of sustainability principles to guide future development
Standard definitions for different types of land use
A slight increase in types of development which are classified as
To read the Council report on the new LEP visit
www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/council and view the agenda for the 19
20 November 2012 in August on
Steve Evans, Pittwater Council Ph: 9970 1133
to the Editor
Please respect our environment.....
As someone who lives just a couple of doors along from Cargo Beach -
which is currently in the process of of having arrangements made to
clear it of boats being moored there, thereby creating a pleasant
recreational area for the community - I was disappointed to discover,
on Sunday, four separate handfuls of discarded, used toilet paper
littering the front of my property and the area of foreshore
Indications are that Cargo Beach had quite recently been used for
'recreational purposes' and, as where the toilet paper was left is the
closest piece of waterfront concealed from general view by vegetation,
it is my guess that the person(s) responsible had walked along from
It is to be hoped that, as the condition of Cargo beach improves, any
increase in the number of people using it for recreation will not mean
a corresponding increase in the number of people treating this
adjoining stretch of foreshore as a urinal, and leaving toilet paper
With Christmas just around the corner, it's time to start thinking
about our final WOW lunch for the year. I have had a few sugestions
that it might be nice to have a change of venue from the Church Point
Cafe to Quays Marina Cafe and I have made tentative bookings at both
cafes for Wednesdays 12th/19th December, but before confirming would
obviously like to know your thoughts about your preferred venue/date. I
would really appreciate hearing from you ASAP so that I can finalise a
booking, as it may not be possible to vary the numbers afterwards and I
wouldn't like anyone to miss out.
As our topic for discussion, I would like to suggest that you might
like to bring along some fresh ideas for next year's meetings. Just to
get everyone thinking-I would like to propose that meetings be held on
different days of the week next year to enable those who are working on
a particular day to have the opportunity to attend at least once. Also
that we venture offshore occasionally for film/art/writer's festivals
to broaden our horizons for discussion.
Looking forward to hearing from you ASAP either by phone 99994460 /
0410533728 or email me.
Jenny F :)
to Housesit …
My parents are visiting Australia to help my partner and I build our
home. They are looking for homes to house sit between mid January and
Their home in Canada is also on an island which is water access only,
so they’re used to boats.
They are both very tidy, respectful and non-smokers. They are
happy to care for pets and tend a garden.
0411 378 453
Brown Shag Pile Carpet/Rug
12 Months old
230cm x 158cm or 7ft 6" x 5Ft 2"
Please contact Annette Freeland 99973136
Please call Cath 0424 745 208
Sandy 0415 058 922
Services, Clubs &
Dance, Art etc)
Meditation and Group Fitness with Patrice - 0406
483 036 email@example.com
- Thursdays - 0421762236 firstname.lastname@example.org
with Max - Watercolour classes. Phone Max on 9997 4527
and painting in oils, acrylics and mixed media- Marion 9979 3993 or
0431 457 431
Nathalie's Table - Cooking Classes - Mediterranean
cooking fortnightly - Nathalie - 9999 4449
Yoga - Tuesday evenings - Phone Katya on 0414 187 916
|Dynamic Yoga - Saturdays from 9am - 10.30am 0402 752465 email@example.com
/ The Forth Way - Call John on 9979 5584, Marion on 9979
3993 or Anne on 9999 3478
Group For Catherine Park - Run by SIOCS - Emmie Collins
on 0405 330 781
- Women on Water
- second Wednesday of the month - Jenny Frazer 0410533728 / 99994460.
& Kids Groups Playgroup - Run by SIOCS
- email Emma firstname.lastname@example.org
- contact Bob or Kez on 9999 4092
Park Bush Care Group,
2nd Sunday @ 9.30am, Sharon Kinnison @ 9997 6017
Park Bush Care Group,
1st Saturday @ 9 am, Bob Bolton @ 9999 4092
Thinking Group - Roy
Baker, 9999 6891, email@example.com
a capella choir
– Saturdays at 2:30 pm, SI Community Hall. Call CB on
Buses and Railways
Moon phases, Sun rise & set
weather for Sydney (128k circle)
|ALL EMERGENCIES (Police - Fire - Ambulance)
Assistance Line & Information
1444 or 9281 0000
Bay Water Police
7899 or 0412 162 093
Bay - Weekend
9999 3554 -
(02) 8411 1121
Bay - VHF Radio channel
Radio Channel: VHF 16
27MHz Radio Channel: 86 or 88
Island Rural Fire Brigade
Fire Service General Information 9265 2999
Fire Service General information
Emergency Service, Warringah/Pittwater SES
Parks & Wildlife Service: 000, general information
of Community Services: general information
388, (ah) 131 909
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