- January 2001 -
Volume 2, Issue 11; January 2001
A New Year and a new millennium. A time for assessment of past performance and a time for planning. A great time also to improve our personal health and well being. Living in paradise gives us a great opportunity to tune our bodies. With swimming, sailing, rowing and walking all freely available to us, there can be no reason to be other than taut and terrific. But there is also the opportunity to share some New Year conviviality with friends... Ahh well, maybe next year....
Please Note: You will get two copies of this newsletter. One will be in full colour with all the bells and whistles. The other in plain text for those of you who prefer it that way, or have no choice :)
In this Issue:
the break of the new millennium, we are not short of challenges, the
major ones being:
ROADS AND DRAINAGE
CHURCH POINT WHARF
MONA VALE HOSPITAL
Roads and Drainage
Christmas and the New Year out of the way, the Roads and Drainage
Workgroup will recommence its action, working with Council, to start
improving the roads, based on the results of the R and D Survey. We
will keep you up to date through the Email Newsletter as well as the
normal hard copy Newsletter.
have now all been advised by a letter from Council, together with an
accompanying one from SIRA, that we have to improve the present
Emergency Water system, upgrading it in 2 stages. First,
replacing the present ‘always breaking down’ infrastructure with
pipes and fittings acceptable to Sydney Water, plus adding water
meters to each house, probably a storage tank at the top of the
Island, giving a ‘trickle feed’ to all houses. This will
eliminate all the complaints about short supply, water theft etc and,
at the same time, remove the continuing and onerous task of the EW Supervisors. It
will also mean that some houses at the top of the Island, which have
never been able to get water, will be able to do so. The Emergency
Water will be run by a Trust, set up by SIRA, but independent of it.
It will be a system similar to one that has been operating in Berowra
Waters for some 30 years very successfully. All houses that connect
will make a contribution to the set up cost (to be determined and
advised) but will then buy water at mainland rates (around 90 to 100
cents per 1000 litres) Instead of the present $4.20 and thus
eventually ‘pay off’ the investment and thereafter profit from the
deal. The second stage, some 10 or more years down the track, will be
to go to full ‘water and sewerage'. The EM Workgroup has commenced
regular meetings, chaired by Shirley Page. Many people have
offered to help, and that help will be welcomed further down the
Shortly, a hard copy Newsletter will be posted out, followed by a special General Meeting.
It is now nearly 2 years ago that a public meeting in the Mona Vale Hall almost unanimously voted for the motion: “That Pittwater Council recognise that the existing Church Point Wharf is important to Pittwater’s heritage, that Council adheres to the heritage guidelines as set out in the Burra Charter and that Council investigate and consult on a more appropriate design to accommodate disabled access incorporated in the existing structure” Plans developed by architects Ron Barrelle and Dermer Bennett were presented that would both retain the heritage character of the wharf, as well as provide disabled access. The Council plans provided only a ramp and pontoon structure. This would completely change the character of the existing wharf, which goes against the Burra Charter.
This Charter specifies that the curtilage, or surrounding area, of a heritage listed building (the Church Point Store is such a building) should remain in the same character. Further work by these architects, who give a lot of their time and are dedicated to protecting and improving our Pittwater heritage, have made additional significant improvements to the design. It gives to disabled, as well as less abled people (and this includes old people, people on crutches etc.) something a moving ramp and pontoon simply cannot do, and that is to provide a solid, stable platform, with a choice of steps or ramps, to board a ferry or taxi or any watercraft.
stable platform also enables people to walk out above the water, and
be surrounded by it. The interesting thing is that disabled people say
that they enjoy this opportunity.
A ramp/pontoon successfully removes that enjoyment. To see a good
example of this type of wharf, go to the National Maritime Museum at
Darling Harbour, where a new one has
been constructed. The good thing about Ron and Dermer’s design
is that this one will work even better. And the thing that
should really please the Council on our behalf - they are getting top
professional advice at no cost!. Despite the overwhelming vote by the
public, together with the far superior design, we believe the Council
still wants to push its ramp/pontoon system. So, watch this space for
you would like to discuss this and make any constructive suggestions,
ring Greg Roberts on 9979 9599.
the end of January you will receive a `Newsletter’ from the Northern
Sydney Area Health Service (NSAHS). It sets out ‘Options’, and
asks you to vote on your preference. The clear preference to all of us
in this area is to vote for the retention and upgrading of Mona Vale
Hospital. If a new hospital were to be built it would probably
be somewhere south of the intersection of Wakehurst Parkway and
Warringah Road, towards Bantry Bay. It would be a bad choice for all
off-shore residents, adding another 10 to 15 minutes to get to
hospital in an emergency in normal traffic, and considerably more in
peak hours, holiday times and also when Wakehurst Parkway is cut off
by the not too rare occurrence of fire, flood and accidents.
Survey that went out with a Rates Notice last year signalled that 97 %
of Pittwater wanted to retain Mona Vale Hospital and have it upgraded
moderately, and to include palliative care.
critical requirement is that everyone fills in and returns this next
survey, because if we don’t, the areas of Warringah and Manly will
outvote us and Mona Vale Hospital will disappear. In addition,
everyone is invited to come to the Public Rally as detailed in the
attached publicity piece
For any further information, ring Greg Roberts on 9979 9599 or visit our website at www.savemonavalehospital.com.
As usual, the Island to the Point dog race was held on Christmas eve, much to the delight of the huge crowd. Unofficial estimates put the numbers at about 700! The race was won by an attractive black Labrador named Diesel in fine style from a big field. It was a beautiful island evening and the crowd managed to quench their unending thirsts in style. Anyone for a share in the bottlo? If you missed this great occasion, put the date in this year's diary. It's any easy one to remember...
Pittwater Council will hold a silent auction of Olympic and Paralympic memorabilia at the Pittwater Australia Day Breakfast at Newport Beach on Friday 26 January. This is a golden opportunity for peninsula residents and visitors to purchase a memento of the Sydney Olympic Games.
Thirty Olympic and Paralympic flags, Paralympic Torch Relay T-Shirts and Torch Relay road banners will be auctioned. (Olympic Flags are red, blue and aqua, while Paralympic Flags are green.) Some of the T-Shirts have been signed by actors Peter Phelps and Shane Withington. The auction will take place on the reserve adjacent to Newport Beach Surf Club. Items can be viewed and bids placed in the boxes provided from 8am till 9am. Minimum bids are: Flags - $30, Road Banners - $20, T-Shirts - $10. Celebrity Auctioneer Shane Withington will announce the auction results at 9.45am. Terms are Cash Only. Buyers must be present with proof of identity to collect their purchased item. Enquiries: Erica Goodsir, Tel: 9970 1108/0409 991 721.
At present there are numerous dangerous pot holes in the "paving" of the car park, particularly at the Western entrance....These need urgent attention as sooner or later someone will be injured and I would not be surprised if this results in a massive law suit.....
Surely this can be attended to immediately, particularly in the light that the revenue from the parking does not seem to be being returned to the maintenance of this area
Pittwater Mayor Patricia Giles will present Australia Day Citizen of the Year awards to two residents at the official ceremony at Pittwater’s Australia Day Breakfast at the Beach at Newport Beach on Friday, 26 January.
winner of the Australia Day 2001
Pittwater Citizen of the Year Award is Craig
Goozee, of Avalon. Craig has worked tirelessly for two years to
raise contributions to cancer research. After the death of his
daughter Jessica of a rare bone cancer in June 1999, with family and
friends Craig formed a charity called "A2B4C"
- Avalon to Broadbeach for Cancer - to raise funds for cancer
research. In early 1999 Craig undertook
a solo surf ski journey from Avalon to Broadbeach in Queensland which
raised over $150,000. This was divided between the Children's Cancer
Institute, the Oncology Ward of Sydney Children's Hospital and Camp
Quality for kids with cancer. Last March Craig completed a 5000km run,
cycle and paddle from Albany, West Australia to Broken Bay, raising
over $250,000. This was divided between the Children's Cancer
Institute, Sydney Children's Hospital and the Starlight Children's
winner of the Australia Day 2001 Pittwater Young Citizen of the Year
Award is Harley Cross, of North Narrabeen.
Although only 20 years old, Harley has already performed above 450
hours over five years in community service with St John Ambulance
Australia's Manly-Warringah Division. These have embraced different
types of duties, with most involving young people such as the
peninsula Youthfest and Pittwater Youth Dances. Harley has already
received an Award of Merit from St John Ambulance Australia as well as
a Rotary Youth Leadership Award in 1999, and is currently studying
nursing. He is regarded as an excellent leadership example for youth
on the peninsula.
Mayor Patricia Giles said: "We are delighted to give these two wonderful Pittwater residents the level of recognition they deserve for the outstanding community service they have provided both for cancer research and for the youth of Pittwater. They are fantastic representatives for Pittwater and we are all very proud of them."
Mayor Giles will also present a Pittwater Medal to the 2001 Pittwater Australia Day Ambassador - Olympic Yachtsman Colin Beashel, of Avalon. Since 1980 Colin has competed in 5 Olympic Games and in 1986 was named Australia Yachtsman of the Year; in 1995 NSW Yachtsman of the Year; and in 1999 again named Yachtsman of the Year. (please see attached summary)
Colin is a great ambassador for yachting, for Pittwater and for Australia.
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